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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: September 29, 2014, 11:10:04 pm
I thought pretty much all college campuses were smoke-free at this point.
The no smoking signs at every college I've visited has been next to tree pots overflowing with cigarette butts. It's almost a cliche.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Al Realpolitik Institute of Sulfur Mining & Extraction on: September 29, 2014, 08:18:10 pm
The sad thing was that for a while I thought Paul thought that was genuinely funny.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Battle of the Latin American Countries, Round 2 on: September 29, 2014, 07:04:45 pm
Chile, Haiti, Peru.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michele Bachmann: gay marriage is "not an issue", it's "boring" on: September 29, 2014, 06:06:41 pm
Yeah, this basically means complete, unilateral surrender. We won this one, I guess.
I wouldn't empty quote this and say "we" since I was not in favor of SSM until two years ago, but yeah, the good side has won here and that marriage equality is not a matter of "if" but "when."
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Jim Traficant passed away Saturday from injuries in tractor accident Tuesday on: September 29, 2014, 06:03:52 pm
Better than the vast majority of politicians, let's not kid ourselves.

Well, you have long had a peculiar taste in politicians.
The ironic thing is that Traficant was also virulently anti-hispanic.

What's so ironic about that? Xenophobia and racism is xenophobia and racism.
Considering the poster exhibiting a certain fanboyism about him, it is.
I really don't see how Snowstalker was endorsing him. I am not a Snowstalker defender in any sense, but lets call a stone a stone.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread on: September 29, 2014, 04:45:14 pm
George Pataki allegedly thinking (again) about running for president:

http://pagesix.com/2014/09/29/george-pataki-mulls-2016-bid-meets-with-david-koch/

Pataki's presidential ambitions are the strangest thing. He hasn't held office in nearly a decade, he's not well-known nationally, he's not much of a power within the Republican Party (even at the state level, he's almost invisible), and he's not running as an ideologue or to sell books (at least I don't think he is - he's not much of a personality, and  I have to imagine that consulting would be more lucrative for any former NY Governor).
I have been told by people who are "in the know" that Pataki was dead set on running, had agreed to be part of the next debate, and had a small list of respectable endorsements lined up. Then, out of the blue, he just decided not to run. Remember that he even had a very detailed Pataki for President website that was leaked online hours before his planned announcement.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should texting while driving be banned? on: September 29, 2014, 04:36:17 pm
Of course. Unlike helmet laws, which only affect the rider, texting while driving poses a danger for other individuals.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I just finished watching Gone with the Wind.. in theaters. on: September 29, 2014, 04:29:18 pm
I respect the movie for its technology and film-craft... but otherwise I find it generally insufferable.

This; Gone With the Wind is a mysogenistic and extremely racist film.  It is one of the two chief embodiments of Hollywood's historical romanticization of the Confederacy.  It is a "great" film in the way that Birth of a Nation or Triumph of the Will are sometimes referred to as "great" films.  Like those films it was a remarkable accomplishment in a technical/filmcraft sense, but (also like those films) it was also propaganda for a fundamentally evil societal system.
This is true, but that doesn't make it worth not seeing.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: September 29, 2014, 04:21:11 pm
The Trial of the d-bag who killed Sanchez's step-uncle saga: day 1.

The trial of the man who killed my mom's step-brother has begun today. He was murdered when I began Freshman year, and now as I start my final year the trial has just begun. I am not pro-death penalty and the killer is not likely up for the sentence, but I wouldn't shed any tears if he did get the needle. And I say that as a person who barely knew the victim or his family (I swear to God, I have relatives who met him once twenty years ago and who are basically only cousins by marriage that are more emotionally involved than I am), but I hope justice is served.

Long story not so short, (I think I posted about this when it happened shortly after I joined the forum), my step-uncle was shot dead during a burglary that he walked in on when he returned home from his son’s baseball game to get his cigarettes. He encountered the two suspects in the house and attacked them with the flag pole on his front porch and trapped them in a bathroom. Apparently, they shot him twice through the door and he was dead before he hit the ground. The defense claims that the killers were two other people who were selling him drugs when the deal went down. A small amount of cocaine was found in his body, though it is believed that it was last used six weeks prior to the killing. The killers fled the scene and were witnessed before and after the shooting by neighbors who thought they were casing the area (we believe that these same two men burglarized several houses-including three neighbors of my grandma’s a few blocks south).

The one killer was in his mid twenties, while his accomplice was only 15 at the time. The 15 year old has been trying to pin the killing on the older man, and may make a deal with the prosecution in order to get a lighter sentence. I sympathize with the kid; he comes from a blighted part of town and was part of a gang initiation. I don’t think his life should be ruined because of this, though the older man (and the man who they believed fired the gun) should rot in prison to his last dying day.

The prosecution seems fairly strong, though the sketch artists failed to get a decent image of the man. Also, the gun has never been recovered and neither suspect’s fingerprints were found on the scene. While that looks promising for the defense, the defendants alibi has been disproven as he claimed to have been in Ft. Lauderdale when a gas station across the town (the same gas station near my other relatives house that I frequent when in Vero by the way) as security camera footage proving that the two suspects were indeed together and in town on the night of the murder. I’ll continue to provide updates on the trial as it progresses, and I might go up on Friday to personally witness the trial out of morbid curiosity.

Edit: Also, the victim’s wife took the stand. She has always hated my grandmother (her step-mother-in law) and my other Aunt who lives up there. She once kicked my uncle out for making a semi racist joke in the house since she is the ultimate stereotype of a wealthy white SJW. She played the emotion card well, and has been from the start. In fact, her two children’s college trust funds are overflowing with money and she milked her way into getting their house out of foreclosure (even though it was their fault for buying such an expensive house to begin with), so this isn’t a surprise. I’d like to request that this stays off of Facebook for now, even though I am not connected with anyone remotely related to the tragedy on there.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: September 29, 2014, 04:06:25 pm
Decided this morning to quit cigarettes to get ready for a 5K on October 25th. We'll see if this holds up.

Good for you. I'm in the process of quitting for good too. Good luck.
Yeah, I think I have to quit...but I don't think I'm going to be able to unless I get with a girl who is disgusted with the habbit.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: My Aunt Shared this Photo on Facebook on: September 29, 2014, 04:05:12 pm
Yikes.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Chelsea Clinton Preggers! on: September 28, 2014, 10:55:05 pm
As I said before, I'm happy for them. As Lief noted, I think the only bright side to a Clinton presidency would be the adorable toddler running around wildly in the background as Hillary tries to fight off the Fox News correspondent at the White House daily press briefing.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many of your grandparents are alive? on: September 28, 2014, 10:25:29 pm
Paternal Grandfather: 1914-1998.
Paternal Grandmother: 1925-2013.
Maternal Grandfather: 1939-2008.
Maternal Grandmother: 1942-.

My maternal grandmother and I are extremely close, and her age is finally starting to catch up with her. She had a heart attack scare (turned out not to have been a heart attack) on Christmas Day last year, but otherwise is still going strong. I'm sure she'll be around for another ten years at the very least. She's the reason I became interested in politics to begin with.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I just finished watching Gone with the Wind.. in theaters. on: September 28, 2014, 09:32:59 pm
I was going to invite a friend of mine to see this on Friday, but I totally forgot about it Tongue.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Previous Poster's Signature: The Wrath of Khan on: September 28, 2014, 09:14:58 pm
I don't see why the #iamarepublican campaign is so funny or interesting. It reminds me of the stock photo of all the people of various races holding flags on the Gingrich/Ted Kennedy websites.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grade Eric Holder's tenure as AG on: September 28, 2014, 09:06:10 pm
D; as noted, he wasn't Gonzales, Ashcroft, Reno, etc. But he ranks fairly close to them, and I'd imagine that three years from now when I am critiquing whoever Hillary picks for the post I'll be including Holder in the aforementioned list.
17  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: Best book about each Presidential administration since George Washington on: September 28, 2014, 08:21:03 pm
I enjoyed "Nixonland".

Currently reading The Invisible Bridge. Perlstein is fantastic - probably the first author I'd recommend to anyone interested in Nixon or Reagan. (Or, for that matter, the post-Goldwater Republican Party.)

I didn't know he had another book out. Looks like it's shaping up to be a trilogy!
It is! I saw him on C-SPAN's "Q&A" two weeks ago, and he said he has a fourth and final book in the works that will cover the Carter presidency and the final rise of Reagan, ending with his 1981 inauguration. He said it will be his last political book for a good while and will be writing mostly about sports for the time being.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Best Vice-President for Rand Paul? on: September 28, 2014, 06:36:16 pm
Rand Paul would more than likely want someone like Amash or Massie, but that's highly unlikely. The best pick would be Haley since Gary Johnson was too unintelligent enough to stay in the GOP
Johnson said throughout the campaign that he would run even if Ron Paul was the nominee. Paul did not endorse Johnson at any point. Johnson went to Ron Paul in person to inform him that he was running, and still did even after Paul disclosed that he too would run.

TL;DR: Johnson never had a chance in the GOP. He made a good decision to run for the Libertarian nomination and still managed to poll 1% of the vote in the end. The best option for Paul would be Rob Portman or someone of his standing.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: #IamARepublican Campaign on: September 28, 2014, 11:55:39 am
I think DemocRATS should be tried for treason. You guys are communists and pro Islamofascist traitors.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread on: September 28, 2014, 12:15:18 am
No Ryan announcent?
21  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Update survivor - round 4 on: September 27, 2014, 11:10:09 pm
Eliminate Mondale and Mama Bushie
22  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: President Forever results thread... on: September 27, 2014, 11:06:01 pm
2000

Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ)/Governor Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH): 428 Electoral Votes, 53.8% of the popular vote.
Governor George Bush (R-TX)/Former Governor Lamar Alexander (R-TN): 110 Electoral Votes, 41.1% of the popular vote.
Mr. Ralph Nader (G-CT)/Mrs. Winona LaDuke (G-MN): 3.2% of the popular vote.
Mr. Pat Buchanan (RF-DC)/Congressman Virgil Goode (RF-VA): 2.0% of the popular vote.

Curbstomped Gore in the primaries, and somehow managed to beat Bush in a huge landslide. I donít understand Utah or Texas, or how Buchanan got 13% in Vermont.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: September 27, 2014, 10:58:15 pm
What do you mean by "beneath you?" If it were a matter of survival, I'd take most jobs (other than inherently immoral professions like assassin, slave merchant, IRS employee, etc). But, if I had the option of leaching off friends/family, I'd definitely go for that over being, say, a prostitute.
What is absurd about that post?
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Bill Bulger on: September 27, 2014, 09:12:54 pm
I didn't know Whitey had such close political connections. Interesting.
25  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of 7/11 Christian Music on: September 27, 2014, 09:12:03 pm
I hear it every Thursday at my school's chapel, so terrible. This week they brought in this girl who gave the standard stump speech about how we need to be saved, but this time she started crying.

Better than the angry parent who addressed us Freshman year and told us that our teachers are misleading us and are not Christians, and ten times better than the guy last year who shouted us during "spirit week" everyday for not singing along with his band.
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