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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: CO-Suffolk: Gardner +1 on: September 17, 2014, 03:17:54 pm
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: September 17, 2014, 11:59:06 am
The really bad part is in bold.

If the law means anything, the editorial letter has legal gravitas, even if people don't like the implications.

While it is the same argument made in Loving v. Virginia, the situation is obviously not the same. In Loving v. Virginia, the state was essentially arguing that a person's sun tan fundamentally changes the nature of a marriage relationship. It was racist and stupid.

Gay marriage presents a different situation, in which the editorial letter has merit. If people don't like it, perhaps they should stop being dumb sh*ts, who beg for regulation rather than freedom. The problems faced by homosexuals in the United States are not specific to homosexuals, nor do they have anything to do with sexual orientation. An unmarried heterosexual couple faces the same discrimination.

People need to get their heads straight, if they want to hurdle the social injustice inherent to government policies that discriminate against married and unmarried people. This issue isn't about gay or straight.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: September 16, 2014, 05:17:22 pm
I admit I overstated the case. The breadsticks are pretty good. Everything else is, at its best...palatable. Whenever in my life I've ended up at Olive Garden (Olive Garden for me is a place to 'end up at' rather than 'go to'), most of what I've eaten has been the breadsticks.
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you wish Pat Quinn were your state's governor? on: September 16, 2014, 01:30:43 pm
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Olive Garden takes triumphant stance against Wall Street on: September 16, 2014, 12:25:59 pm
Olive Garden is actually pretty good if you put it out of your mind that it's meant to be an Italian restaurant. This just cements that.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Which Pat Quinn accomplishment is your personal favorite? on: September 16, 2014, 12:06:15 pm
1 and 4 are the only ones that aren't horrific.

For some reason I didn't remember you thinking that gay marriage is 'horrific'.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: AR-Southern Progress Fund (D)/Answers Unlimited (D ?): Pryor+4 on: September 16, 2014, 10:00:42 am
This race looks about tied, all things considered.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: September 15, 2014, 04:18:56 pm
That wasn't quite what I was asking, but I appreciate the effort that must have gone into that post, and I'm sorry about your family situation.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Fredrik Reinfeldt on: September 15, 2014, 02:05:56 pm
Meh, he's as good as a right-winger can get. Can't say I like him or wanted him in power, but I can't in all honesty complain.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: NH-CNN: Dead heat on: September 15, 2014, 12:39:13 pm
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: ME-PPP/MCVAF: Michaud+1 on: September 15, 2014, 11:09:41 am
Uuurrrggghhh.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: September 15, 2014, 10:48:21 am
memphis, I guess mainly what I'm curious to know is, what was this discipline or what were the disciplines through which these classes you took looked at religion as a phenomenon? Was this generalized religious studies or world religions, sociology of religion, history with a focus on religion, religion in art, religious texts as literature...?

I don't doubt that you indeed do have a broader base of knowledge about religion than most 'true believers', but that is partly just because most people worldwide aren't very well-educated by American standards.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: September 14, 2014, 08:59:44 pm
I'm beginning to doubt, not the veracity, but the relevance of memphis's claim of having taken religion courses in college. I think we can assume he's telling the truth, but he sure doesn't seem to have learned much from them.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is Andrew Cuomo to the right of the average New York voter? on: September 14, 2014, 05:25:16 pm
BRTD's question is, of course, unanswerable, because it assumes that Andrew Cuomo has actual political convictions.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: IL-Chicago Tribune/APC Research: Quinn takes double-digit (!!!) lead on: September 13, 2014, 07:24:09 pm
After reading this thread, I'm convinced some on this poll would vote for Ed Gein and treat him like a pretty swell guy so long as he had a D after his name.

The fact that you're comparing Governor Quinn to a murderer says more about you than it does him.

I'm not directly comparing them. I'm using an even more despicable figure to prove how awful this football team mentality has gotten

But that doesn't actually prove it. The sensibility that that proves anything counts as making a comparison.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Germany: SPD Minister-President wants to turn his Land into a theocracy on: September 13, 2014, 11:14:56 am
I don't support this idea either, but what a stupid, clickbait-y thread title.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: FL-Gov, AIF: Great Scott in the lead on: September 12, 2014, 11:36:00 pm
'Rasmussen I know, and SUSA I know, but who is AIF to me?'
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: September 12, 2014, 02:23:21 pm
Family Guy's current quality is comparable to classic Simpsons. Not necessarily better, but comparable.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MI: Ex-Gov. Bill Milliken (R) backs Peters on: September 12, 2014, 02:07:27 pm
I'm kind of surprised that Milliken is still alive and in a condition to be making political endorsements.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: IA-PPP for Americans for Tax Fairness: Ernst +2% on: September 11, 2014, 10:29:19 am
Well this is unsettling.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: September 10, 2014, 09:36:23 pm
I assume the comments about poor people are true. They actually make me like Hollande more.

I also think poor people are mostly awful and largely responsible for their own plight. I'm a socialist but mostly because I think people are too stupid to live their own lives. They need the government to keep them from falling into outright squalor.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: September 10, 2014, 06:57:43 pm
Option 2, definitely.

Gay men have historically been on the cutting-edge of the homosexual rights movement in the United States, and they should be recognized as such by having their letter come first in this increasingly-commonly used acronym.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which term do you prefer? on: September 10, 2014, 06:57:06 pm
LGBT (normal)

As to the OP, gay men have historically congratulated themselves by thinking so.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Cuomo v. Teachout on: September 10, 2014, 02:07:31 pm
How much was Teachout's victory in Romney counties due to Republicans trying to unseat Cuomo?

It's a closed primary...

Then that confuses me as to how she did so much better upstate than in the city, unless it has to do with anti-NYC sentiment (e.g. Tio Hardiman doing so well downstate vs Quinn).

A combination of what jaichind just said and the fracking issue, for the most part.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Cuomo v. Teachout on: September 09, 2014, 10:32:25 pm
ag, do you think Cuomo has any chance of hitting 62%?
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