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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Will Estonia join Nordic Council within the next 50 years (as full member)? on: Today at 03:02:07 pm
Since they are all part of Schengen and the EEA, is there anything the Nordic Council actually does these days besides complementing each other on being Nordic?
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Amish romance fiction on: Today at 06:24:35 am
Nathan, I recommend you stop trying to take the concept of 'authenticity' as a real thing seriously.

It's less the lack of authenticity that bothers me and more the fact that these novels end up serving a distinctly ideological function, one with which I disagree and to which I object.

I see no contradiction here. Romantic fantasy novels are all about authenticity, they are not known for their empiricism. Why single out the Amish? Nobel Savage fantasies are all over the place.



I imagine Nobel Savage fantasies are dynamite!
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of William Howard Taft IV on: Today at 06:12:02 am
Worked with Ralph Nader

Didn't bother reading any further.  HP.

You should have.  He worked with Nader in the 70s, back before Nader became consumed by his ego and image.  (He still had too much ego back then, but Nader was not yet the joke he would become.)
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of turkey (as food) on: November 27, 2014, 11:07:10 pm
It's more the stuffing and other fixings that make turkey so good rather than the bird itself.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is opebo? on: November 27, 2014, 11:04:24 pm
The simple reason that opebo got banned was that he pulled the "how can you possibly think that what I posted/put in my signature had anything to do with sex" stunt once too many times.  He either was utterly clueless about how others viewed what he posted or more likely he thought he was such a fixture of this forum that he would only ever get slaps on the wrist rather than an outright ban.

Jmfcst's ultimate ban was a bit of a mess.  His initial muting was due primarily to a number of unresolved reports of his posts on some of our less policed boards getting resolved all the same time (and also rather harshly in my opinion).  However, his response to what one could argue was a bit of overenthusiastic moderating was basically to say, "If you're gonna mute or ban me for that chickenscratch, I'll give you something worth being punished for."  If he hadn't gone ballistic, I think he'd probably still be here.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: USA, Canada, and Ukraine alone in voting against UN Resolution condemning Nazism on: November 27, 2014, 07:33:09 am
But how can a country which has rejected the idea that children and the disabled have rights be seen as the leader of the "free" world?
Wow.  I never knew before that failing to ratify a particular UN treaty was equivalent to rejecting that their topic area had any validity.  Thanks, Snowstalker.  UNtil now, I never knew that UNless the UN is involved, it's impossible to have any human rights at all.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: November 26, 2014, 11:54:14 pm
2. It's extra absurd because Nathan is constantly all preachy about the churchy shtick, in which everybody is important.

Amazingly, words can mean slightly different things in different contexts.
Also, just because everyone has value doesn't mean everyone has general importance.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Dixie Reborn on: November 26, 2014, 11:40:12 pm
In his own words:
I don't expect myself to go to heaven.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of this advert on: November 26, 2014, 09:30:54 pm
Better than these ads:
10  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: State Capital buildings of the United States - ROUND 16 on: November 26, 2014, 09:22:45 pm
3 Virginia
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Russian Revolution on: November 26, 2014, 09:15:24 pm

Why is saying "reactionary" meant to carry the weight of an insult? It's no more objectively good or bad than "conservative", "radical", or "liberal".

A conservative wants to keep things as they are while reactionaries want to return to a past that rarely is as good as they imagine it to have been and even more rarely is the actual past.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 12-year-old Shot Dead by Police on: November 26, 2014, 09:11:32 pm
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/11/cleveland_police_officer_shot_1.html

Video was just released. It shows the 12 year old approaching the front of the police car.

That alone would be justifiable cause. 911 call of a guy waving a gun, cops pull up, suspect with gun approaches.

Can't even see what the guy was holding, if anything, in that video.  What I can see is a police car driving off road for no apparent reason other than to make an intimidating charge at the suspect under circumstances in which there was absolutely no apparent reason for them to do so.

Getting a call that their is a guy waving a gun around is a pretty damn serious call.

Which is precisely why they should not have been charging in there without a clue.  If that kid had had a real gun and had been intending to use it, their "tactics" would have increased the danger to themselves and to bystanders.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 12-year-old Shot Dead by Police on: November 26, 2014, 03:34:02 pm
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/11/cleveland_police_officer_shot_1.html

Video was just released. It shows the 12 year old approaching the front of the police car.

That alone would be justifiable cause. 911 call of a guy waving a gun, cops pull up, suspect with gun approaches.

Can't even see what the guy was holding, if anything, in that video.  What I can see is a police car driving off road for no apparent reason other than to make an intimidating charge at the suspect under circumstances in which there was absolutely no apparent reason for them to do so.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement Monday night) on: November 26, 2014, 03:13:09 pm
I'm going to tell you something, as someone who was trained on weapons in combat during military training. Do you think that those who are the trainers think any differently than me? Do you think a liberal educator from Berkeley is training police officers? No. It's probably some fat gray haired guy with a mustache who was driving around town as a patrolman when Jimmy Carter was President. They aren't training police officers to use restraint, they're training them to eliminate threats.

Yes. I believe a systemic problem is systemic. Thanks for asking.

To avoid lumping me in, I think the officer acted according to procedure and should not be prosecuted in this case. But the procedure is wrong.

I've heard liberals say things during the last 48 hrs up to and including "the cop should have been the one to back down."

Do they realize what they're saying or is it anger?

Effective policing requires to know when backing down is in the best interest of public safety.  By all accounts, the culture of the Ferguson Police was ignorant of that fact, and instead treated Cartman of South Park as a role model for how to be a police officer.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you refer to anything as "The Bad Place"? on: November 26, 2014, 03:06:03 pm
Denny's
For reasons that have nothing to do with the food, Denny's (or rather one particular Denny's) will always be The Good Place to me.

If I were to name anything The Bad Place, it would be Update.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of William T. Sherman on: November 26, 2014, 02:13:00 pm
Sherman was if anything one of the more Southern-friendly Northern generals.  Keep in mind, Sherman was the first person in charge of what eventually became LSU.  However, he didn't let that get in the way of fighting war in what he felt was the most efficacious manner.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your view on the death penalty in America on: November 26, 2014, 02:06:34 pm
Option 2 and Option 4, voted Option 2 in the poll.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: John Brown vs. Darren Wilson on: November 26, 2014, 09:53:05 am
Well, they both were responsible for the senseless shooting of a black man.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: First snowfall of the year, boys and girls on: November 26, 2014, 09:47:02 am
It's snowing now, boys.  Big wet flakes in copious quantity.  They're not sticking to the ground, because it rained all last night, but the weather channel predicts 3 to 6 inches to accumulate by tonight.
Any weather station that feels the it must name winter storms to gin up ratings has a few screws loose in my opinion.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Do you think Mitt Romney could be the GOP's 2016 nominee? on: November 26, 2014, 09:03:07 am
Second, his wife is even more firm on him not running than he is, and she will not let him run unless the alternative is watching the nomination of a teapartier.
So in other words, Ann will be begging Mitt to run?
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Andrew Cuomo vs Fifty Shades of Grey on: November 26, 2014, 09:01:04 am
Fifty Shades of Grey > Cuomo > title character of Fifty Shades of Grey
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement tonight) on: November 26, 2014, 08:55:41 am
Some principles matter more than probability of success.
I think the prosecutor succeeded in his aim.
23  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints a Protestant Sect? on: November 26, 2014, 02:02:38 am
No, they don't hold common Protestant theologies, nor do they share a common Protestant history. If they're Christians, they're their own branch.

well, the LDS movement unquestionably grew out of the equally-unquestionably protestant Second Great Awakening.  to that extent it is very much a child of a uniquely American protestantism.

Yeah, but if by that logic Mormons are Protestants, Protestants are Catholics.
24  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: State Capital buildings of the United States on: November 26, 2014, 12:59:40 am
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What time does your family eat dinner on Thanksgiving? on: November 26, 2014, 12:55:10 am
We have officially set 12:30 PM as our dinner time on Thursday.  The turkey will go in the oven around 8:30 am.

That's got to be a rather small turkey.  Even then, you're either not stuffing the bird or giving it time to rest properly before serving.  Oh wait, you said you were doing Stove Top (snicker).
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