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1  General Discussion / History / Re: What was American Involvement in the Sino-Japanese in 1894-1895? on: Today at 03:01:25 am
Effectively there was no American involvement.  Both China and Japan looked to Europe rather than the US for assistance in building their militaries, and for good reason.  The US Army was small and only equipped to fight Indian wars.  The US Navy was still small and while it was engaged in a major building program, arguably the Chinese Navy in 1894 would have been a superior force to the US Navy had it not been plagued with corruption and mismanagement.  Indeed, on paper the Chinese Navy was stronger in 1894 than that of the US with two battleships that outgunned anything the US Navy had.  Nor did America play any significant part in trying to restore peace.
2  General Discussion / History / Re: Palestinian exodus in 1948 on: Today at 02:35:02 am
Does not the fact that the security of the State of Israel in 1948 could only be secured by unjustly displacing the existing inhabitants only serve to emphasize the unjustness of attempting to establish such a state then?  (Not that whether or not it was just to establish a state has any bearing on the justness of the continuing existence of such a state once founded.)
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Previous Poster's Signature Thread on: Today at 01:14:28 am
Two good quotes, which is surprising considering the sources.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If Bushie worked for the NSA, what would happen? on: Today at 01:12:25 am
Edward Snowden would have found asylum in Kenya instead of Russia.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Marvel vs. DC on: Today at 01:10:36 am
As much as I enjoy the DCU, Marvel is clearly the better company at this point.  Still, both companies have a good stable of characters and I certainly wouldn't mind seeing an amalgam of their universes, but not the Amalgam universe.  A universe in which Batman and Wolverine both exist rather than merged into a new Dark Claw character might well be interesting.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Your favorite kind of pie on: Today at 12:56:38 am
Other, pecan. How did it get left off? Sad

A damn yankee made the list.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Oklahoma man arrested for "loving on kids" in Kenya on: Today at 12:49:06 am
This title was too oddly specific not to be about our resident Kenlahoman. Not that he would ever honestly do that. But still.

Given what little we know of this case, it is entirely possible the suspect and our own Kenlahoman have been on a mission trip together.  Whether our Kenlahoman remembers him (especially if he came from a different church) is a separate question.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Plan to split California into 6 states advances on: Today at 12:34:07 am
The sorts of voters likely to vote in initiatives generally tend to be skew towards those distrustful of government.  A bicameral legislature by its very nature makes passing laws more difficult, which is exactly what those who distrust government should favor.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Federal Judge Rules California Death Penalty Unconstitutional on: Today at 12:31:38 am
Oh look, another botched execution!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28457460


Yup and this guy had his appeal denied in order to obtain info on drugs that would eventually torture/kill him by the Supreme Court yesterday.

Except that only his lawyers are claiming he suffered.  Apparently all the other witnesses, both those from the victim's families as well as the neutral ones from the press that were present, indicated that he wasn't snorting, he was snoring.  Yeah, it's not good that the execution took longer than expected because death penalty opponents are willing to take steps they know will cause some unexpected results.  However, last night does not appear to have created another torturous death of the the variety some long to have happen because of their monomaniacal insistence that the end of capital punishment in this country justifies any means necessary.  However, despite how death penalty opponents will try to frame the narrative, the abnormality their actions helped precipitate last night in Arizona does not appear to have gone wrong badly enough to be considered "botched".
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / MOVED: Sheer speculation, but how would a President McCain.......... on: Today at 12:19:24 am
This topic has been moved to Past Election What-ifs (US).

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=196104.0
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: SC-Various SC media outlets/Susquehanna (R): Gov. Haley (R) up 4 (or 13) on: July 23, 2014, 05:02:25 pm
Basically, the poll is showing that Sheheen's support is firm, but weak.  He needs Ervin to do better to have any chance defeating Haley.  Given the money Ervin has spent so far, for him to only get 3% is rather pathetic.  In short, Strong R but not Safe R.
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Leader of Best Korea having fun with other world leaders on: July 23, 2014, 04:46:08 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUgEmezpS_E

Words can't do this video of Kim Jung-un justice.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Recent development most dangerous to U.S. nat'l security? on: July 23, 2014, 02:49:53 pm
Option 2.  While Option 4 is quite bad, I don't see where a continuing outbreak would be able to occur in the US as we're not culturally wedded to burial practices that have contributed to the long-lasting nature of the West African outbreak.  Option 2 has a very low, but non-zero risk of spiraling US-Russian relations back into Cold War II: The Wrath of Putin
14  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Chaos is the word used for Freedom that someone doesn't like. True or False? on: July 23, 2014, 02:39:04 pm
In some cases, I would agree. But, the term "chaos" is also used to mean disorganization or disorder. There are plenty of example of spontaneous (free) organization/order, and there are also plenty of cases where attempts to forcibly bring about "order" lead to chaos in practice.
But isn't disorder/disorganization just freedom that people don't like?
Disorder and disorganization that are strong enough to impede the ability of people to do what they like is not what I would call "freedom".
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the Selective Service System be abolished? on: July 23, 2014, 09:00:40 am
Yes and no.  There's no real chance we'd be making use of it anytime soon, and if we'd ever did have need to engage in a draft in the future, it wouldn't take long to set one up.  So there's no point in requiring draft registration right now.  But as a contingency plan, maintaining the system on paper with a couple of people keeping the plan up to date is fairly low-cost option and provides a position you could promote or transfer an incompetent bureaucrat into to get em out of the way.
16  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 2 (Jas) on: July 22, 2014, 03:39:13 pm
If Jas were to attack you Hagrid, it wouldn't be for the purpose of gaining territory to hold, but of depriving you of your regional bonus.  Iowa->South Dakota would have been the surest way of doing it while Oklahoma->Kansas would likely have worked and kept Jas from being too strung out.

Altho to be fair I think his best choice for this turn would have been to split his reinforcements between Oklahoma and Missouri, attack Missouri->Illinois and then tactical move some armies from Arkansas into Louisiana.  He has little to gain from denying Tyrion the Southeast himself this turn, and Illinois and Mississippi were the only 1 battalion territories bordering him for a quick card pickup.  While Jas can't prevent a determined effort to deny him the bonus for holding the South, he could prevent a casual one in a way that wouldn't really adversely affect his ability to strike next turn.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Subsidies through Healthcare.gov may be illegal. on: July 22, 2014, 03:03:38 pm
Well yes, there is now a circuit split but the 4th circuit one is unlikely to change position whereas there's likely to be an en banc review in the DC circuit. That, in my view, will likely lead to a reversal and no split. Stay tuned.

What's an "en banc review"? A review with more judges than 3?

Yup.  En banc means all the judges of the circuit meet to make a ruling.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Question for Chick-fil-A eaters on: July 22, 2014, 02:59:00 pm
Why would I go to Chick-fil-a, which I would have to take public transportation to the nearest one, when I can just roll out of bed and go "dahn to 'da O"?

Da O, baby!! Cheesy

All hail O Fries!

Da O? Huh

http://theoriginalhotdogshop.com/

And yes, as you can see by the menu, they have chicken.... And it's delicious...

But the fries... My god, are they good.

Looks like their pizza would be a natural for this Forum:
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Pizza

$7.70

Several Topics & Extra Cheese for only $1.75 each
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Subsidies through Healthcare.gov may be illegal. on: July 22, 2014, 02:49:45 pm
Krazey, ACA is far from the first Federal program in which the unincorporated territories are treated differently than the states and DC.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Question for Chick-fil-A eaters on: July 22, 2014, 01:12:48 pm
Why would I go to Chick-fil-a, which I would have to take public transportation to the nearest one, when I can just roll out of bed and go "dahn to 'da O"?

Da O, baby!! Cheesy

All hail O Fries!

Da O? Huh
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Subsidies through Healthcare.gov may be illegal. on: July 22, 2014, 01:09:59 pm
There's also a potential standing issue.  I doubt that the law is worded so that the fines are directly dependent upon the existence of subsidized insurance in order to be levied.  It would seem far more likely that if there is a defect in the law, the fines and the subsidies are both dependent upon the existence of state-run exchanges, it which case plaintiffs could have standing to challenge being fined, but they would have no standing to challenge the subsidies.

It seems that both the fourth circuit and dc circuit didn't find the standing arguments availing, right?

Were they even raised by the defense, tho?  I somehow doubt that this case was taken seriously by the administration.  It seems odd that the fines would be directly triggered by the availability of subsidies, tho I'll admit it's not impossible that would be the case.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Polls on Same-Sex Marriage State Laws on: July 22, 2014, 12:51:43 pm
Keep your version of 'God's law' for your own denomination and congregation, thank yoy; the Crusades ended centuries ago.

''My version''? There's really only one way to interpret this:

''Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.'' - Leviticus 18:22

This law may be from the Old Testament, but it still applies today because it is a moral law, as opposed to a ceremonial law (such as the prohibition on eating pork, for example).


If you interpret it literally, it means don't have vaginal sex with a man.

Considering the inferior position of womankind in the OT. another potential interpretation is that Lev 18:22 is an admonition to not treat a male sexual partner as an inferior as you would a female.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Subsidies through Healthcare.gov may be illegal. on: July 22, 2014, 12:38:54 pm
There's also a potential standing issue.  I doubt that the law is worded so that the fines are directly dependent upon the existence of subsidized insurance in order to be levied.  It would seem far more likely that if there is a defect in the law, the fines and the subsidies are both dependent upon the existence of state-run exchanges, it which case plaintiffs could have standing to challenge being fined, but they would have no standing to challenge the subsidies.
24  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 2 (Jas) on: July 22, 2014, 11:31:33 am
Gotta say, that's actually very interesting.
Since Matt had no real hope of holding the Southwest, it made no real sense for him to fight to temporarily take it.

I am a bit surprised by Jas.  The de facto truce with Tyrion makes sense as there's an excellent chance Snowstalker will attack him to secure a card, if nothing else, and if not attacked by Snowstalker, Tyrion would be a fragile ally who could move against Snowstalker and/or Polnut while Jas looks towards the west.  The only surprise I have is I'd have thought that if he moved against the Matt/Hagrid pairing this turn, it would have been to put all 6 reinforcements in Iowa and attack Iowa->South Dakota, or if he wanted something RISKier, all in Oklahoma and attack Oklahoma->Kansas.  There was a reasonable chance Matt would go after Colorado next turn, but now it's pretty much inevitable that Matt will attack Jas next turn.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Your favorite kind of pie on: July 22, 2014, 11:15:01 am
Other: Sweet potato followed by pecan.
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