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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Turning Point USA on: Today at 12:08:12 am
FO: Funny Organization

After all any organization that takes a stand up comedy routine as a serious political statement can't be anything but an FO.

2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you met muon2? on: Today at 12:00:52 am
Not yet, but he is one of the few people here I'd bother to actually meet in real life if we ended up being in the same area at the same time.
3  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Where do you stand on the killing of Cecil the Lion? on: August 01, 2015, 11:30:50 pm
As an aside, let me point out that most of the posters here live in areas where the apex predators have been eliminated and would be opposed to their reintroduction. Despite being native to the Carolinas, I can't see either the wolf or the panther ever being anything but sport team mascots here.

Particularly poor strawman.

Especially since it wasn't even a strawman, but an aside.  I wasn't offering it as any sort of defense of his actions.
4  General Politics / Economics / Re: Opinion of this image on: August 01, 2015, 09:59:26 pm
I thought the Greek economy was overdrawn, not withdrawn.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should wild animals be banned from circuses? on: August 01, 2015, 09:05:01 pm
What shua said. I know enough about elephants, specifically, to know that using them in circuses is unjustifiable.
Agreed. http://youtu.be/jcZUPDMXzJ8
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Non-Christian President on: August 01, 2015, 08:26:14 pm
We already have a non-Christian president right now. Have you ever seen what is written on Obama's wedding ring? 'There is no God but Allah' in Arabic. That's just shameful that we elected him.

Lolno. Get your conspiracy theory (and anti-Muslim bigotry) idiocy out of here.

That actually is inscribed on the wedding ring.
No it's not. http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/weddingring.asp
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The new ten dollar bill to have a woman on: August 01, 2015, 08:20:40 pm
Madison already has a denomination as he's on the $5000 bill.
8  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Majority of Americans Ready for Muslim President on: August 01, 2015, 08:07:45 pm
If you're of a certain backwards mindset, then we already have a Muslim president.

I simply don't know what he believes. What I do know is that many things that he does believe are antithetical to my worldview.
Which things? Tolerance, mercy, helping the less fortunate, not choosing force as the first solution to a problem, or something else?
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Merkel running for 4th term on: August 01, 2015, 03:15:37 pm

Merkel would never enter a coalition with the Petry-AfD.

Even if FDP were unavailable and the only other option were yet another grand coalition with the SDP?
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Merkel running for 4th term on: August 01, 2015, 02:34:30 pm
Supposing that both the FDP and the AfD manage to just pass the 5% threshold and that Merkel only needs one of them to form a government, which would she likely prefer, or would she try to take both so as to have a more stable government?
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Moderator changes: 2015 edition on: August 01, 2015, 01:21:23 pm
I've never understood why people get so bent out of shape over empty-quoting. It's a wasteful practice but on the scale of waste it's about like forgetting to turn off the bathroom light for a few hours. It's not that big of a deal either way.

I suppose the forum will be better off without it happening but it's strange to see it become such a sticking point for some people.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Antonio Archive of Old Atlas Superiority on: August 01, 2015, 01:20:25 pm
IIRC, Snowstalker posted some porn as part of his "I'm going to act crazy-stupid so as to force Nym to ban me" campaign. It worked, but he could've just stopped posting and saved the forum some drama as well as saved his reputation.
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Russia poses 'existential' threat to US on: August 01, 2015, 01:10:28 pm
Is Russia really that dangerous?

More than that - right now it's on par with ISIL (though - in different ways) - one of 2 biggest threats to Western world

Um, no.

Only in the sense that it is a much bigger threat than ISIL.

Almost every state in the world is a bigger existential threat than ISIS. ISIS are bunch of goat-inking slave keeping vermins, who have succeed in filling a power vacuum, but who will be exterminated the first time Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran decides to use five minute on finding a power sharing compromise or the minute USA decides to send in land troops.
So you're saying that ISIL is going to around for quite a while. As you pointed out ISIL isn't a threat to the US, so we're not going to send in ground troops beyond maybe some special forces in Iraq. The idea that Iran and the Saudis would agree on anything is also laughable. I wouldn't be surprised now if the Syrian Civil War didn't last another decade so as to be at least as long as Lebanon's was.
14  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Where do you stand on the killing of Cecil the Lion? on: August 01, 2015, 11:08:46 am
As an aside, let me point out that most of the posters here live in areas where the apex predators have been eliminated and would be opposed to their reintroduction. Despite being native to the Carolinas, I can't see either the wolf or the panther ever being anything but sport team mascots here.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate to vote on defunding Planned Parenthood on: July 31, 2015, 05:50:07 am
You don't think it's not even a little disingenuous to suggest that getting a STD test and getting an abortion are comparable activities?

Nope, both are legal women's health activities.

I'd say that abortion is far more comparable to plastic surgery. While sometimes it's done for medical reasons, it's most often done as a lifestyle choice, albeit one far more consequential than plastic surgery, and one done to maintain the status quo rather than to alter it.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Boy Scouts Lifts Ban on Gay Scout Leaders on: July 31, 2015, 05:25:49 am
Let me say it again: Scouting does not exclude women. If you were to insist on a mixed-gender group, there even is Venturing. If that does not satisfy you still, there are a whole bevy of breakaway and Scouting-like groups for you to choose from. Perhaps the Unitarian Universalist scouts, whatever they are called, might suit you.

As for the religious requirement, the development of spirituality is part of Scouting's mission, as laid out by Baden-Powell. It is part of its purpose. To take that out would be to change the nature of Scouting.
There's the Unitarian Universalist Scouting Organization, but it's not a breakaway group. It exists to administer the UU's religious award for the BSA and to encourage and assist UU congregations in sponsoring troops.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Non-Christian President on: July 31, 2015, 05:12:19 am
We already have a non-Christian president right now. Have you ever seen what is written on Obama's wedding ring? 'There is no God but Allah' in Arabic. That's just shameful that we elected him.

Proof or nah?

It's on a golden ring, written in golden ink, so that only Allah can see it.

I thought writing on gold was a Mormon thing, not a Muslim thing.  So maybe Barry is secretly our first Mormon president?  Makes as much sense as what the OP wrote.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Boy Scouts Lifts Ban on Gay Scout Leaders on: July 30, 2015, 06:13:00 pm
The second issue is one of institutional capability. The two organizations are separate but unequal. BSA has a disproportionate amount of money, assets, and political capital whereas the GSA does not, and suffers for it. Conversely, the GSA is much better at dealing with the social reality of a changing America wrt LBGT and non-Christian scouts, whereas the BSA, despite recent movements, is still rampantly homophobic and Christian. Merging the organizations helps correct for the unique issues of each while creating greater opportunities for all scouts.
The fact that the two are unequal is actually an argument against a merger. It may also be well and good in theory, but in practice such mergers rarely go well. The Unitarian Universalist merger is a prime example. I am not a Unitarian dammit! I'm a Universalist who is a member of a UU church.
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Orthodox Jew stabs six at Jerusalem Pride...again on: July 30, 2015, 03:49:14 pm
Wow. What a sick person.
More like what a sicarius person. Not that the sicarii aren't sick.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / MOVED: Should the age of consent be lowered to 14? on: July 30, 2015, 01:36:28 pm
This topic has been moved to Political Debate.

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=216700.0
21  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should the age of consent be lowered to 14? on: July 30, 2015, 01:35:51 pm
I think it has to. It has been this way for many centuries. For some reason a few decades ago people started calling the girls who reach puberty "underage" while in fact, they are mature enough for sex. The girls who give birth when they are 14 y.o. breed the most healthy children. It has nothing to do with pedophilia since being sexually attracted to young females is a completely natural thing.

Citation needed, since IIRC it's generally not a good thing physically for a child to be born in the first few years after puberty is reached, tho that may be just the effects upon a mother who has not yet finished growing herself. In any case, as creepy as most moderns find ephebophilia, it's not a US-only issue, so I'm moving this from USGD to Political Debate.
22  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: You are given control of the Pentagon on: July 29, 2015, 09:18:06 pm
I'd give the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard control of exactly one side and build the proposed tower in the middle to hold the interservice functions.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate to vote on defunding Planned Parenthood on: July 29, 2015, 08:39:26 pm
If it isn't defunded, Congress should at least prohibit them from donating to political campaigns while receiving federal funds. I mean, Planned Parenthood is a corporation, and they engage in a lot of corporate money speech, which the left usually says is bad. It just seems weird that the feds give money to a non-profit which has lots of profits, enabling it to divert those profits into attack ads against Republicans.
The Feds don't just "give" money to Planned Parenthood, they buy the provision of services from them.  I rather doubt that the Koch brothers would be happy if everyone with a political agenda couldn't provide services to the government.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Boston selected as the 2024 U.S. Olympic Nominee. on: July 28, 2015, 08:20:01 pm
The IOC has proven leery in the past to centennial games, so I doubt Paris will get the nod. Hamburg seems likelier than Paris if Europe gets 2024. Strong support and a new Olympic city are both pluses for Hamburg.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Effect of Puerto Rican Statehood on: July 28, 2015, 05:34:53 pm
Three more sure D electoral votes.

You are underestimating the population of Puerto Rico. It would receive 7 electoral votes.

No, it wouldn't. Just like with any new state, it would be given 3 electoral votes till the next census (2020), where it would then be re-evaluated and given the possible 4 more electoral votes.
There's no requirement that a new State have only one Representative. It's been that way because most new States only have enough population for one, but Texas started out with two.
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