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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oregon School Shooting - At Least 10 Dead on: October 12, 2015, 02:08:05 pm
Hey Figgy......sometimes a good guy with a gun, authorized by law, still isn't wanted around.


I'll be avoiding Olive Garden for a while.  It's not safe there.
Did you even bother to look at that story, or was the headline enuf to fuel your outrage? It was a waitress who asked him to leave, and not a manager. Olive Garden's made it clear that officers with guns are supposed to be welcome there. That said, if the cop was in plain clothes and not uniform, I could understand what happened, tho even then, it shouldn't have gone beyond making certain he actually was a cop.
2  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Slaves as percent of population by state, 1860 on: October 12, 2015, 01:49:43 pm
Technically, New Jersey should not be labelled a free state. While in 1807 it implemented emancipation, it did so on a gradual basis, so that it still had a few slaves until they were freed by the 13th amendment.
3  General Discussion / History / Re: Do allied firebombings during WWII constitute war crimes? on: October 10, 2015, 10:24:41 pm
Incidentally, one reason Dönitz got a light sentence was the Allies engaged in unrestricted submarine warfare as well.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / MOVED: What would a Biden Presidency look like? on: October 10, 2015, 10:20:16 pm
This topic has been moved to Election What-ifs?.

5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who won the Homeless Paris Puppy Debate? on: October 10, 2015, 10:13:13 pm
write-in: cat lovers
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Tell the previous poster not to leave The Atlas Forum. on: October 10, 2015, 10:11:52 pm
Don't die.
If that seems blunt,
it's because
death is the only way
I see you leaving
the Atlas Forum.
Even then,
if there be interwebs
in what you perceive
after death
you will be posting,
7  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Which do you most identify with? (more inclusive poll - 54 options) on: October 10, 2015, 09:55:09 pm
Raised Episcopalian.
Briefly Southern Baptist.
Now Mahayana.

Any particular sect of Mahayana?

Yeah, there's such a wide divergence between various schools, it's not a particularly useful moniker.  I don't care for Buddhism in general, as I'm not pessimistic enough about suffering to be one, tho some forms, such as Zen, I find tolerable.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should New York City ban Columbus Day? on: October 10, 2015, 09:35:12 pm
Columbus was a man who started the biggest genocide the history knows. The Black Lion awaits.

What is this "black lion"? Is it a terrorist group?
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is the Republican party too conservative on: October 10, 2015, 09:28:39 pm
They're not too conservative, as while they are more conservative than I am, we need a conservative party.  The problem with the Republicans right now is that they're too anarchic with too many of them unable to accept that legislatures need to compromise if they are to govern.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gun nuts protest Obama's visit to Oregon victims families on: October 10, 2015, 07:34:00 pm
Provider 2 has offered me one million quatloos to lock this thread. Since it seems to have veered off into discussing imaginary sums of money instead of Obama's visit, I have accepted the offer. Feel free to discuss gun control and the second amendment in a new thread, but try to make it a bit more sane or at least civil. This one skirted the edge at times by discussing other posters instead of issues, tho it didn't cross it.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football 2015 Discussion Thread on: October 09, 2015, 02:14:00 pm
Of course, USC sucks.  Not even Steve Spurrier can do more than whitewash the leaden Gamecocks this year.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: October 09, 2015, 01:38:30 pm
Context needed:
I had a great sweater once. Really awesome, wore it everywhere. Unfortunately, one day I accidentally cut myself cooking and promptly bled over it. The stain didn't come out. I hard to discard the sweater.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The CrabCake Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: October 09, 2015, 01:31:25 pm

Not really.  While he's old enough to have been the model for the engraving, I can't imagine him wearing an English riding outfit.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Russian cruise missiles hit Iran on: October 09, 2015, 01:13:53 pm
I'm pretty sure we'd hear about a cruise missile, fired in anger, falling short of it's target by many hundreds of kms by any country that shot it, whether it was humiliating the right guys or not.

Please elaborate. Is there part of this story I'm missing?
Are you suggesting Russia fired the missiles at ISIS in something other than anger?
Given the nature of the target, cruise missiles are a very poor choice of weapon.  The only reason Russia is using them is to get some practice firing them on actual targets so it can figure out how to improve them for situations in which it matters. Not only that but if Russia were firing cruise missiles in anger, there are other targets they are far more upset about than ISIS.
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Israel general discussion on: October 09, 2015, 01:08:36 pm
All things considered I see a very "warm" summer starting next may (no one likes winter wars and conflicts in the ME)
They might not like them but there's no evidence that anyone tries to avoid them.  If anything, it seems to be the reverse.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Could Congress just raise Debt Ceiling to Quadrillion, and continually fund gov? on: October 09, 2015, 12:55:07 pm
There still would need to be at least a biennial budget bill, if only for part of the government.  The Constitution explicitly limits bills funding Armies [plural is in the text] (but not the Navy) to two years. Given the intended purpose of the limit, I would say it is an open question whether the FBI, DEA, ATF, etc. would fall under the limit on funding Armies. It's doubtful the Founders foresaw the multiplicity of law enforcement agencies the Federal government has today.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / MOVED: Hillary Clinton announces opposition to Pacific trade pact on: October 09, 2015, 12:39:56 pm
This topic has been moved to 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite numeral system? on: October 06, 2015, 01:09:43 pm
Base 60, like the old time Babylonians used, and we still use in keeping time.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which is a cooler language? on: October 06, 2015, 08:39:44 am
Algol68 Wink
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Autumn 2015 Weather Outlook on: October 06, 2015, 08:32:54 am
I'm on the periphery of the damage zone and still affected. I have a boil water advisory and was under curfew last night, tho really that isn't needed for my part of the county.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Were opebo and jmfcst actually pretty similar? on: October 06, 2015, 08:24:00 am
My own personal reason for thinking opebo should've been banned was that he was always pushing the boundary concerning sexually related content, especially in his signature. Not only that, but when called on it, he claimed he couldn't see why anyone would think that. He either was a horrible liar or had a horrible sense of what was appropriate for a site that Dave wants accessible to minors.
22  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Mecca/Medina/Israel fall under the sea. What happens to Islam? Judaism? on: October 04, 2015, 05:18:28 pm
Since such a hypothetical would be unexplainable at present except as a literal Act Of God, every religion, including Christianity and Atheism would have to deal with it. Atheism, Deism, and other similar belief systems that assume a nonactive or even nonexistent Divine Power would have the most difficult time adapting. Islam would likely see the Hajj be done by boat, and go strongly anti-Wahabi. Judaism would likely become strongly anti-Zionist and add returning the Holy Land above the waters as something the Messiah will do when he comes.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: October 04, 2015, 07:00:53 am
Haven't floated away.


Seriously, we've had over a foot of rain here in the past twenty four hours.
24  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Why were the Whigs so strong in Kentucky/Tennessee during the 2nd party era? on: October 03, 2015, 10:56:57 pm
 Kentucky and Tennessee were located where internal improvements would do the most good and high tariffs would do the least harm, so it's not surprising that the American System advocated by the Whigs would be popular there.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kelly Gissendaner Executed on: October 03, 2015, 10:52:12 am
Meanwhile in Oklahoma, the state is preparing to kill Richard Glossip, a man who damn well may be innocent. The police told the guy who killed his boss that they'd take the death penalty off the table if he implicated someone else. So he said his coworker paid him to do it. Glossip was convicted solely on the testimony of that guy, and Mary Fallin refuses to even commute his sentence to life without parole.

I don't care if I get death points for this, but Mary Fallin is a cold-hearted bitch who now has blood on her hands. Whatever happened to "Better that 10 guilty men go free than one innocent man suffer?"

Republicanism? That said, I'd want stronger evidence of innocence to overturn a jury verdict than is present in that case.
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