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51  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask the next poster a question (second thread) on: January 27, 2015, 08:20:04 pm
West Wing only because I haven't watched House of Cards.
52  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Napoleon Memorial Thread #RIP on: January 27, 2015, 07:52:43 pm
Looks like the people have spoken. We want "Napoleon" to say. We'll all just pretend he wasn't Hamilton and move on with our lives.
The people have not yet began to speak.
53  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your county's eptymology (language) on: January 27, 2015, 06:59:29 pm
Palm Beach County is pretty Murican sounding to me Tongue
54  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Koch brothers to spend $900 million on 2016 elections on: January 27, 2015, 06:47:03 pm
Liberals are mad because money in politics. But didn't they just spend more money in the 2014 election cycle and get pummeled?

Also, this elitist notion that the Kochs "buy" elections is getting old, as if people don't decide for themselves, they just vote based on what advertisements say.
This x 1000.
55  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: As inequality soars, the nervous super rich are already planning their escapes on: January 27, 2015, 06:45:25 pm
Lol @ the 1%ers actually afraid of revolution.
Or maybe they just bought an exotic vacation home...
56  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: As inequality soars, the nervous super rich are already planning their escapes on: January 27, 2015, 06:41:49 pm
You never know when the murder-fetishists will have a few lucky days. Sure, they usually wind up killing a lot of people, running the country into the ground, and ending with everyone equally miserable, but they get their bread and circuses first. So good for these people planning for the eventuality and having an escape route to make sure their children don't get shot in their beds one night.
57  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: January 27, 2015, 06:28:36 pm
Update: an officer came by, thanked me for calling, and they're looking for the guy. The area has a history of burglary so I made the right decision.
58  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: January 27, 2015, 06:05:07 pm
On my way to the gas station, I noticed a man eyeing me as I walked up the street. When I exited the gas station, he was up my street checking out houses. My dad says I should call the police, but my mom says I shouldn't because I'll look like a racist. I stopped to talk to an elderly neighbor and we watched the man check house after house, and he tried to enter an abandoned one.

Should I bother calling the non emergency line for the police? This guy was definitely up to no good judging by how he tried to enter an abandoned house and went into other people's yards/driveways, but I don't know if this is worth the police's time.
59  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: A spooky coincidence on: January 27, 2015, 04:46:42 pm
Napoleon is Kyle?? This is huge.
60  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Chris Kyle on: January 27, 2015, 04:43:59 pm
A film glorifying him seems to be in bad taste (I didn't see it), but at the end of the day I do think there's some merit in the argument that soldiers set aside morality and ethics on the battlefield and just do what leaders tell them to do. Chris Kyle didn't start the war; he didn't invent the position of sniper, he just did what he was called on to do, and he was very effective at it.

Hasn't "I was only doing what I was told" been considered an illegitimate excuse for one's actions since Nuremberg?

Regardless of what he did or didn't do at war, his behavior off the battlefield was beneath the dignity of someone representing America's armed forces. He took what should be quiet, heroic public service and cheapened it into a commercialized, over-hyped way to make a quick buck off the same rubes who buy Lee Greenwood CDs and yellow ribbon magnets at gas stations.
Paragraph one is rather weaksauce, but the rest of what you are saying isn't that far off the mark.
61  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The "Make Words and Sentences Out of Avatars" Artwork Thread. on: January 27, 2015, 04:41:19 pm
this is the epitome of a thread that doesnt need to exist.
62  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Koch brothers to spend $900 million on 2016 elections on: January 27, 2015, 04:40:26 pm
Would you rather the Koch brothers merely keep the money for themselves?

Yes. I would rather that they built castles for themselves and whole counties as hunting preserves for themselves. By buying the political process the Koch family establishes tyranny far worse than what George III ever imposed upon American colonists.
I'm still waiting for the Koch brothers to buy my personal vote.
63  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of #DeflateGate? on: January 27, 2015, 04:15:09 pm
I don't care.
64  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bergdahl to face desertion charges...... on: January 27, 2015, 03:56:29 pm
What does the United States military gain by doing this, exactly?

You can't just wander off with no reason when you're in the military.  And, the military is kind of a stickler for rules and discipline for whatever reason.

It's just that getting held captive by the Taliban for four or five years or so would fit most people's definitions of 'having suffered enough' and then some.

I don't agree.

Bergdahl clearly seems to have blatantly deserted.  And, he caused enormous suffering for other people.  He put his family through horrible suffering.  He put US troops in serious danger when they went to look for him, potentially leading to several deaths.  And, he caused us to exchange 5 Taliban prisoners for him.  I'm sure Bergdahl suffered, but it's entirely his own fault. 

The only defense I could think of is that he is mentally ill.  If he has severe psychiatric issues, I think maybe you can give him a lenient punishment.  But, I absolutely think he should answer for what he did.
Of course he has mental issues; the war over there is brutal. I'd be surprised if he didn't have some form of PTSD dating before his so called desertion.
65  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bergdahl to face desertion charges...... on: January 27, 2015, 03:48:10 pm
What does the United States military gain by doing this, exactly?

You can't just wander off with no reason when you're in the military.  And, the military is kind of a stickler for rules and discipline for whatever reason.

It's just that getting held captive by the Taliban for four or five years or so would fit most people's definitions of 'having suffered enough' and then some.
Can you really blame him for walking off either?
66  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which George W. Bush accomplishment is your favorite? on: January 26, 2015, 08:30:02 pm
Ruining neoconservatism for an entire generation helped.
67  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Chris Kyle on: January 26, 2015, 08:29:13 pm
Regardless of what you think of his actions in Iraq, the dude lied about beating up Jesse Ventura and shooting rioters from atop a water tower after Katrina, when in reality he had never even met Ventura or ever been to New Orleans. That alone suggests that his motivation in being a sniper was considerably less honorable than a sincere if misguided desire to serve his country.
Yeah, I voted HP over this. I respect his service, but I don't get the idolization of him.
68  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Joe Republic Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: January 26, 2015, 08:22:54 pm
Rising out of his difficult circumstances, obviously.  Growing up in Kenya and all. 
69  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread (Part 2) on: January 26, 2015, 08:21:50 pm
I think with so many candidates they should make the Republican primary like Survivor/Apprentice, where, after each debate, one gets eliminated.
Maybe that can be Donald Trumps role!!
70  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Simon & Garfunkel on: January 26, 2015, 07:11:45 pm
I will be a HP or whatever and say that they're mostly insufferable. Paul Simon is one of the few songwriters for whom the word "pretentious" isn't egregiously misused. "And you read your Emily Dickinson, And I my Robert Frost".
I'll admit, Simon can be a bit annoying. But that still is a good song on the whole.'

My top five as of now:

5. Why Don't You Write Me?
4. Bridge Over Troubled Water
3. Mrs. Robinson
2. For Emily
1. America
71  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Donna Summer on: January 26, 2015, 07:06:57 pm
I don't know a lot of her material, but I've liked what I've heard. FF.
72  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Evil Sauna Cooks Man; Left "Charbroiled and Crispy." on: January 26, 2015, 07:06:26 pm
Quit stepping into NYE's turf.
73  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which Barack Obama accomplishment is your favorite? on: January 25, 2015, 09:21:59 pm
Killing UBL (normal)
74  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: U.S House members who might run for U.S Senate in 2016 on: January 25, 2015, 09:08:28 pm
What a bad list.
75  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Which poster would the above poster choose as their Vice President? on: January 25, 2015, 09:07:06 pm
Me, perhaps.
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