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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: RCP: Why Republicans Will Take the Senate (Part 2) on: Today at 09:55:19 pm
While Louisiana did shift to the left in 2012, Arkansas did not trend Democratic that year, rather, it trended Republican. Furthermore, whether we're looking at the trend or the swing, more than two states moved in a Democratic direction.

AK is Alaska, not Arkansas, and Alaska did swing to Obama. OC is still wrong about those being the only two, obviously.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Have you ever called your pet "n*gga"? on: Today at 08:46:23 pm
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Great Society on: Today at 07:46:45 pm
Certainly not the Greatest Society, but FS.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: KCDem vs Freedomhawk on: Today at 05:16:32 pm

By far.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: You have to get rid of one of the amendments to the Constitution - which one? on: Today at 12:38:05 pm
Definitely the 10th. State governments should have next to no power.

That is where you are sorely mistaken. I'd say the 16th and the 17th equally. The states are meant to be a check on federal power. That's how duel federalism works. I get your desire for massive federal power but it's proven to massively fail in terms of civil rights and liberties.

Jim Crow

The federal government got some of it wrong. Like forced bussing and affirmative act. Weren't those struck down as unconstituitional?

The states got vastly more of it wrong. Like Jim Crow. Wasn't that struck down as unconstitutional?
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Liz Warren shocks everyone who doesn't know her foreign policy. on: Today at 12:32:18 pm
This doesn't surprise me at all. She's an American politician, with presumably high ambitions - supporting Israel strongly is the only logical thing for her to do (no matter here personal views, which of course may well be very pro-Israeli as well).

What does surprise me is the fact that she was a Republican as late as 1996, according to the article. Warren was near 50 at the time, so it's hardly some "youthful mistake" either. It's funny though how she uses that old tired (and generally untrue) cliché of "I didn't leave the party, the party left me" (paraphrasing her, of course). A strange choice for Hero of the True Leftists.
I don't know where you got this from... in her memoir she makes it very clear that she switched from because she did research on the causes of bankruptcies and figured out the Republican excuse of irresponsible spending sprees to be BS. Also, I think (though I'm not sure) her family was ancestrally Republican.

Also, True Leftists universally despise Warren

Wait, aren't True Leftists her fanbase?

Well, "activists" are her fanbase.  I bet if you asked TNF, SWE, or Sagestalker their opinion of her it probably won't be as glowing of an endorsement as you would figure.

If she left the GOP in 19freaking96 because she thought it was too pro-Wall Street she certainly isn't as bright as her degrees would imply.  Not saying the Dems were/are more so, but that the GOP being the Party of Big Business goes back a lot freaking further than Newt Gingrich and Ronnie Reagan, unlike what a few retards on this forum like to believe.

Warren's framing of it, at least that I heard during her campaign against Brown, was that the Republican Party didn't become more pro-Wall Street in the nineties so much as she became less so.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Who will win in Florida? POST-PRIMARY, I guess on: August 31, 2014, 08:19:41 pm
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 31, 2014, 01:11:03 pm
Bushie, have you accepted that at some point you're just going to have to start horking down foods you don't like very much whether you want to or not if you want to stand even a remote chance of getting healthy again?
9  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should people with disabilities who are unable to attain orgasm, be allowed to.. on: August 31, 2014, 12:56:20 pm
Such a strange question
10  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Government social program for low income families regarding automobiles on: August 30, 2014, 06:05:00 pm
The money would be better invested in the development of affordable public transportation.
This and perhaps there be ways, if possible, to encourage/subsidize the rural poor to relocate to more developed areas.

Or we could identify and pursue policies that genuinely help rural areas, instead of encouraging rural communities and cultures to (continue to) self-destruct because rectifying their problems seems too hard. The more I think about the subject matter of this thread the more I come around to the subsidized ride-sharing concept, for example. Comparatively well-settled countryside--as in, northwestern Massachusetts and east-central Iowa rather than northern Maine or western Kansas--could also sure as the sunrise have better bus service than it generally does; trains aren't the only kind of mass transportation available. The unsustainable environment that ought to be crusaded against is, and I think traininthedistance (who's the only real expert on transportation policy I'd say we have here) would agree with me on this, the cul-de-sac, not Rural Route Insert-Number-Here or the holler. Not that this is where suburban development in this country actually originated conceptually, but 'eliminating the distinction between town and country' was one of the ideas where Marx, while well-intentioned, went disastrously wrong.
11  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: The best Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the past 50 years? on: August 30, 2014, 05:59:41 pm
Wilson was the best, but I can't dispute the fact that Thatcher was the most consequential since Attlee or even Churchill (during his first term).
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: As of now, which race is more likely to be within six points? on: August 30, 2014, 03:14:56 pm
New Hampshire, but I don't believe either will.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Urk, a town in the Netherlands on: August 29, 2014, 10:09:19 pm
No, you just wish we would self-segregate. I'll gladly grant that that's a less bad sentiment, sure.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Urk, a town in the Netherlands on: August 29, 2014, 06:09:25 pm
Over-reliance on dictionary definitions to deny claims whose actual meaning is obvious is disingenuous. It's using language purely to distract people rather than as a medium for actual communication. It's essentially the same technique as proof-texting.

As for the rest, I don't think you deserve any plaudits for not being as bad as opebo.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Urk, a town in the Netherlands on: August 29, 2014, 05:50:29 pm
The point isn't dictionary definitions of words but rather ideas and values as commonly understood. You're using sophistic hair-splitting in a transparent attempt to wash your hands of the fact that your attitude towards people who don't share your religious views is aggressively disparaging and at times openly hateful.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Urk, a town in the Netherlands on: August 29, 2014, 05:44:29 pm
Okay, fine. Bigotry, not intolerance. There.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Ernest on: August 29, 2014, 05:43:41 pm
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 29, 2014, 08:06:37 am
My stomach is kind of rumbling this morning, so I don't know if I'll be able to handle Mexican food for dinner.  I may have to go with the usual American food tonight.

I'm not sure that's much better.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The t_host1 Institute of Comedy on: August 28, 2014, 10:37:28 pm
The progressive and freedom-loving government of Holland...

When did this happen?
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Urk, a town in the Netherlands on: August 27, 2014, 10:30:55 pm
Like all such enclaves, it sounds like a fascinating place for any sociologist, anthropologist, folklorist, or, apparently, linguist, and thus a lot more fun than the HockeyDudes of the world give it credit for, but I wouldn't want to live there.

Fun and interesting are not one in the same, Nathan.  The progressive and freedom-loving government of Holland bestows a legal, drug-infused orgy upon these people and they would rather sit in and vote for Christian Democratic alliances.  I could only imagine what spending a day here would be like. 

Oh, come now, do imagine it! Don't tell me that hearing about places like this doesn't awaken in you any curiosity about what these people are like, what they hold in their hearts or what those hearts thrill to, what a day there is like, what they do do to enjoy themselves, what they believe (beyond the technically correct but boring and surface-level answer 'they're orthodox Calvinists'), how they understand their lives, what parts of those lives fulfill them or fail to fulfill them? Don't tell me that the process itself of discovering what 'fun' is for the people of Urk doesn't, itself, seem fun to you?

No, it really doesn't, sorry to say. 

Fair enough, I guess.

Nathan would you ever like to visit Colorado City, Arizona?

What Mung Beans said.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Urk, a town in the Netherlands on: August 27, 2014, 10:04:04 pm
Like all such enclaves, it sounds like a fascinating place for any sociologist, anthropologist, folklorist, or, apparently, linguist, and thus a lot more fun than the HockeyDudes of the world give it credit for, but I wouldn't want to live there.

Fun and interesting are not one in the same, Nathan.  The progressive and freedom-loving government of Holland bestows a legal, drug-infused orgy upon these people and they would rather sit in and vote for Christian Democratic alliances.  I could only imagine what spending a day here would be like. 

Oh, come now, do imagine it! Don't tell me that hearing about places like this doesn't awaken in you any curiosity about what these people are like, what they hold in their hearts or what those hearts thrill to, what a day there is like, what they do do to enjoy themselves, what they believe (beyond the technically correct but boring and surface-level answer 'they're orthodox Calvinists'), how they understand their lives, what parts of those lives fulfill them or fail to fulfill them? Don't tell me that the process itself of discovering what 'fun' is for the people of Urk doesn't, itself, seem fun to you?

hmmm...like Boris you probably actually WOULD find attending an Ingress event to be rather fascinating.

Have I ever directly claimed otherwise? I'm pretty sure I've actually asked you to explain more about Ingress on at least a couple of occasions in the past.

Yeah but I kind of understimated how much. I'll make sure to post some pics from Minneapolis September 6!

Mind you, I'm not as interested in Ingress players as I am in weird religious enclaves, but go ahead.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Urk, a town in the Netherlands on: August 27, 2014, 09:55:56 pm
Like all such enclaves, it sounds like a fascinating place for any sociologist, anthropologist, folklorist, or, apparently, linguist, and thus a lot more fun than the HockeyDudes of the world give it credit for, but I wouldn't want to live there.

Fun and interesting are not one in the same, Nathan.  The progressive and freedom-loving government of Holland bestows a legal, drug-infused orgy upon these people and they would rather sit in and vote for Christian Democratic alliances.  I could only imagine what spending a day here would be like. 

Oh, come now, do imagine it! Don't tell me that hearing about places like this doesn't awaken in you any curiosity about what these people are like, what they hold in their hearts or what those hearts thrill to, what a day there is like, what they do do to enjoy themselves, what they believe (beyond the technically correct but boring and surface-level answer 'they're orthodox Calvinists'), how they understand their lives, what parts of those lives fulfill them or fail to fulfill them? Don't tell me that the process itself of discovering what 'fun' is for the people of Urk doesn't, itself, seem fun to you?

hmmm...like Boris you probably actually WOULD find attending an Ingress event to be rather fascinating.

Have I ever directly claimed otherwise? I'm pretty sure I've actually asked you to explain more about Ingress on at least a couple of occasions in the past.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 27, 2014, 09:47:21 pm
Grad school orientation is in like nine hours for me.
24  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of this statement on: August 27, 2014, 09:45:34 pm
It's a false equivalency. A better use for this comparison would be for Viagra or something.
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Urk, a town in the Netherlands on: August 27, 2014, 09:40:13 pm
Like all such enclaves, it sounds like a fascinating place for any sociologist, anthropologist, folklorist, or, apparently, linguist, and thus a lot more fun than the HockeyDudes of the world give it credit for, but I wouldn't want to live there.

Fun and interesting are not one in the same, Nathan.  The progressive and freedom-loving government of Holland bestows a legal, drug-infused orgy upon these people and they would rather sit in and vote for Christian Democratic alliances.  I could only imagine what spending a day here would be like. 

Oh, come now, do imagine it! Don't tell me that hearing about places like this doesn't awaken in you any curiosity about what these people are like, what they hold in their hearts or what those hearts thrill to, what a day there is like, what they do do to enjoy themselves, what they believe (beyond the technically correct but boring and surface-level answer 'they're orthodox Calvinists'), how they understand their lives, what parts of those lives fulfill them or fail to fulfill them? Don't tell me that the process itself of discovering what 'fun' is for the people of Urk doesn't, itself, seem fun to you?
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