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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Vermont Has Bailed on Single-Payer Health Care on: December 20, 2014, 11:50:55 pm
And yet Shumlin's positively champed at the bit to stick his neck out for things like public abortion funding and physician-assisted suicide. Needless to say, he's not on my list of favorite governors any more. GOOD PRIORITIES, VERMONT. REAL GOOD.

Those things are both important and achievable.

Well, yes, that's technically the case.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of feminism on: December 20, 2014, 09:12:24 pm
Not really the point of the thread but I've never really understood why 'bra-burning' gained currency as an archetype of 'unreasonable' feminism.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: AK: Gov. Walker fighting for Medicaid expansion on: December 20, 2014, 08:02:58 pm
Isn't Walker a Sarah Palin endorsed Tea Partier?

Is this action a result of compromising from having the Dem candidate as Lieutenant Governor?
That's what I thought when I saw this, too: "Oops, there goes his Palin support."


He had his stance on Medicaid expansion known before his Palin endorsement, so your train of thought is far off from any reality. Palin endorsed Walker because she hates Parnell with a passion.
Then why was he her lieutenant governor?

I think his having won a primary may have had something to do with it.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your favorite REAL Italian food? on: December 20, 2014, 07:16:08 pm
Write-in: acquacotta.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: December 20, 2014, 05:05:40 am
Family Guy isn't hysterical, it's arrogant, pompous ,sadistic, and worst of all, vulgar without a point. Which makes it's textbook liberal (not progressive) It's everything Quagmire told Brian in one of the better episodes, and even that was screwed up because he was the last character that should be talking.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of feminism on: December 19, 2014, 09:48:02 pm
Freedom philosophy (not a terrible).
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Poll: Americans approve of Brown decision, disapprove of Garner decision on: December 19, 2014, 12:42:42 am
This is quite understandable actually.

Yeah, this isn't my position but I definitely get why one would hold it.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Should Family Guy do an episode about killing Kim Jong-un? on: December 18, 2014, 08:58:34 pm
The plot of any given Family Guy episode is a thin veneer designed to loosely pull together disparate observations on something else. Like an Ozu film, except Ozu's veneer was in the service of observations that were actually worth making.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of "SJW and porn" blogs on Tumblr on: December 18, 2014, 08:29:48 pm
@Maddy: How is hating extremist hatred "the wrong reasons"?

Because it's not extremist hatred in any genuinely dangerous sense. It's a false equivalency based on a misunderstanding of or decision to ignore power imbalances. It's like saying that because Miles Davis expressed a generalized distrust of white people he was as bad as Bull Connor. As I understand it the 'right' reason to hate 'SJW and porn' blogs is the second part, not the first part.

EDIT: I have very personal reasons for agreeing with you that TERFs are the [Inks]ing worst, though. You're right about that.
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What was your favorite #1 hit in 2014? on: December 18, 2014, 04:09:40 pm
'Blank Space' (normal)
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of "SJW and porn" blogs on Tumblr on: December 18, 2014, 06:53:16 am
MormDem hates these blogs for the exact wrong reason.
12  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which electoral maps are the most aesthetically pleasing to your eye? on: December 18, 2014, 06:48:42 am


I don't like the use of insets for Insular Italy.

I do, however, like the phrase 'insets for Insular Italy'.
13  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Clinton 3rd term(No 22nd) on: December 18, 2014, 06:25:42 am
Stillborn.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of incorporating the cross into Christmas celebrations? on: December 18, 2014, 04:35:32 am
In general, it's in bad taste to inject religion into holiday celebrations.  If you're with your family and friends, it's just awkward to bring up religion.  The point of holidays is to eat and drink and be merry, right?

Do you know why they call it a holiday?

Exactly!  All holidays are inherently holy days, including Martin Luther King Day, Columbus Day, Labor Day, etc.

Be careful if Our Dear Friend sees this thread. I'm not sure he understands sarcasm.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of incorporating the cross into Christmas celebrations? on: December 18, 2014, 12:17:25 am
If there is a cross it should be discrete, nearly subliminal, as a hint of things to come.

Ooh, yes, this I like.

But yeah, in general I do think that the cross should be primarily emphasized in the Lent-Holy Week-Easter sequence, whereas the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany sequence should make use of other central symbols--the star, perhaps, although the relevance of that only really comes in towards the end, or the creche, although that can get real kitsch real easy. Perhaps there's not as immediately obvious a possibility as I went into this post thinking. Pentecost of course has the tongues of flame, and those are hardcore.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Vermont Has Bailed on Single-Payer Health Care on: December 18, 2014, 12:02:28 am
And yet Shumlin's positively champed at the bit to stick his neck out for things like public abortion funding and physician-assisted suicide. Needless to say, he's not on my list of favorite governors any more. GOOD PRIORITIES, VERMONT. REAL GOOD.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Joe Republic Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: December 17, 2014, 09:15:27 pm
Context

Gold (Ron Paul fan)
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Aaron Sorkin on: December 17, 2014, 09:06:14 pm
I can't decide whether West Wing at its best makes up for Newsroom.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much can you bench press? on: December 17, 2014, 08:45:34 pm
...not much.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: BRTD's Obessions on: December 17, 2014, 08:24:31 pm
More like opeb-sessions.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What was the best present baby Jesus received? on: December 17, 2014, 07:42:57 pm
Myrrh was the 'keeping it real' present.

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom:
Suffering, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you agree with Obama's decision to normalise relationships with Cuba? on: December 17, 2014, 07:40:36 pm
Yes (left-leaning). I think this'll be good for both countries.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Leave of Absence (again) on: December 17, 2014, 07:35:36 pm
Well, I'm back! Smiley I think 39 days must be a new record for me, but it was necessary to keep up with everything. I'm not entirely done, but things are looking much better now and I think I can again afford to waste my time here.

So, nice to see you guys! Smiley

So what exactly are you doing going forward? You said you had some decisions to make in your OP.

Nah, that's not what I meant. I know very well what I want - what I had to do is move my ass to try and get it. Tongue And that's mostly (although not completely) done. Basically, I had to deal with my applications to US universities (I have 15) along with the usual term papers.

Where have you applied?
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of incorporating candles into Hannukah celebrations on: December 17, 2014, 07:17:44 pm
bad analogy is bad
25  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Please help me understand non-religious metaethics. on: December 17, 2014, 07:06:20 pm
Okay, yeah, I was just going to bring up the Incarnation myself so thanks for covering that.
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