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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Adopts 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Rule on: September 30, 2014, 05:40:21 pm
I'm sure glad all of these drinks and drugs killed my sex drive a long while ago.

So are women.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of "True Leftists" on: September 27, 2014, 09:02:47 am
ISIS has gained a huge number of recruits since bombing began.

Cite?

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Best provide humanitarian aid and maybe arm the Kurds. Regardless of whether the US bombing effort destroys ISIS (which I highly doubt), the underlying causes of the sectarian conflicts in Syria and Iraq are being palliated at best [...]

The objective of the current bombing campaign is to accelerate the destruction of the Islamic State. If the IS were to disband tomorrow, only to be replaced by an Islamist state that doesn't have a policy of wanton rape, murder, and slavery, then the campaign would have been a success.

We aren't trying to fix all the problems in the Middle East with bombs. We're trying to destroy an organization that doesn't deserve to inhabit this planet.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How would you fix the Republican Party? on: September 24, 2014, 12:21:18 pm
And whatever the rest of its social platform consists of, it's imperative that the GOP continues to be known as "the pro-life party". That one item will keep most social conservatives voting Republican in spite of the party's liberalization on other issues, and current polls indicate that that position won't hurt them much among youngs.

Yeah, other than the few issues you mentioned, the GOP doesn't have much shifting to do, and abortion has been a 50-50 issues since the 1970s and will remain so for a long time. The problem they have is they keep trivializing rape or making dumb comments that distract away from the actual abortion debate.

Yes. Much of the difficulty that Republicans have in appealing to certain demographics stems from perception, not policy. The GOP would do well to adopt a policy by which officeholders who make ignorant comments are publicly shamed and expelled. 
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How would you fix the Republican Party? on: September 24, 2014, 08:30:08 am
I do think that it's in the GOP's long-term best interest to liberalize on marijuana, the gays, and perhaps even criminal justice. However, if it's going to do that, it needs to keep a few points in mind: Everything must be rationalized using conservative logic; i. e., "The War on Drugs is expensive and breaks up families", "It makes good fiscal sense to reform the prison system", etc. This extends to same-sex marriage, support for which should be approached from a "pro-family" perspective. And whatever the rest of its social platform consists of, it's imperative that the GOP continues to be known as "the pro-life party". That one item will keep most social conservatives voting Republican in spite of the party's liberalization on other issues, and current polls indicate that that position won't hurt them much among youngs.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Previous Poster's Signature: The Wrath of Khan on: September 23, 2014, 07:28:35 am
It's unfortunate that Guntaker wasn't around to give us his take on the Scottish independence referendum.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: September 21, 2014, 07:55:05 pm
Paul extols my least favourite political virtue, that of "consistency". That's what his supporters use to defend him - "say what you like about Dr Paul, at least he's consistent". In practise "consistency" is a euphemism for closed-mindedness.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which version of "It's Not Funny Anymore" is better? on: September 16, 2014, 01:37:26 pm
The vocals on the original are better... which really says something, because I normally dislike Bob Mould's voice. I voted for the original.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of people who purchase vinyl records nowadays on: September 15, 2014, 08:39:03 am
Last night, my parents came home with about 200 records that they had purchased at the auction that they were attending. Most of the collection consisted of the usual used-vinyl fare, but I did manage to find some records that looked interesting - four Bill Cosby albums, some Rodgers & Hammerstein soundtracks, lots of novelty and old country music, and several Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones albums for my sister.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum IRC Channel, Thread 2 on: September 13, 2014, 01:04:25 pm
All together, I wonder how many posts were deleted along with the old thread. I'm pretty sure that oakvale alone just lost like 600 posts off his post count.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Perhaps the most out-of-touch video ever on: September 13, 2014, 12:15:04 pm
Simfan, don't you think that some of that money would be better spent feeding starving children in Ethiopia?

Who do you think I am, Jeffrey Sachs?

I don't know what that means, but your original post was "What"?, so I'll respond to that one: Don't you think that there are better uses for a person's money than spending $40,000 a year to send their kids to private school, or spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a house?

Surely utilising one's money in an attempt to better the comfort and prospects of one's family is the best way in which said money can be used?

If one has attained an above-average level of comfort and ensured above-average prospects for one's family, and then has the opportunity to improve the comfort and prospects of someone else's family, one should do that.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Perhaps the most out-of-touch video ever on: September 13, 2014, 11:59:50 am
Simfan, don't you think that some of that money would be better spent feeding starving children in Ethiopia?

Who do you think I am, Jeffrey Sachs?

I don't know what that means, but your original post was "What"?, so I'll respond to that one: Don't you think that there are better uses for a person's money than spending $40,000 a year to send their kids to private school, or spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a house?
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Perhaps the most out-of-touch video ever on: September 13, 2014, 11:33:37 am
Simfan, don't you think that some of that money would be better spent feeding starving children in Ethiopia?
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much money would you need to call yourself rich? on: September 12, 2014, 11:01:30 am
"Rich is when your money works for you, not when you work for the money." - Clair Huxtable
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / How Old Were You When Your Parents Were Born? on: September 12, 2014, 08:17:30 am
Mom: -20
Dad: -22
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Ted Cruz finding new ways to win friends and influence people on: September 11, 2014, 02:05:32 pm
The headline coming out of this incident should be that Ted Cruz told a gathering of Christians that he "will not stand with [them]".
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What do you call the first and last slices of a loaf of bread? on: September 09, 2014, 09:20:24 am
I call them "rumps", but I'm probably the only one. Not that it matters what they're called, since I always end up feeding them to the birds anyway.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: September 06, 2014, 01:18:00 pm
Today is my first day home after a week-long vacation to the Florida panhandle. I'm here to report that Mississippi and Alabama were significantly more wooded than I expected. I'm also here to report that, while in Alabama, I saw a black man driving a car with a "Romney/Ryan 2012" bumper sticker. Another bumper sticker anecdote that might interest someone: I spent a few seconds in traffic behind a vehicle whose driver "<3 the Old Latin Mass". Next to that sticker was one which admonished whoever was reading it to "Pray the Rosary".
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Tik's Focus on Christmas (Music) Thread on: August 29, 2014, 12:49:05 pm
You might find some of the material on this list usable:

http://i.imgur.com/xsBQ4g9.jpg

I'm sorry that I can't offer any recommendations. If I had been through some of the albums myself, I would.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of people who wear hoodies and baggy pants on: August 27, 2014, 08:36:29 am
Define "baggy". Are these jeans baggy?
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Imprisoned - A Review on: August 26, 2014, 08:33:51 am
You have potential.  Some really awful writing habits, but potential nonetheless.

The question is, was this post in reference to the OP, or to the short story that the OP was reviewing?
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in London or Stockholm? on: August 24, 2014, 07:09:24 pm
London, absolutely. I'd do a lot of visiting battlefields and rummaging around in meadows. I'd visit York, Bosworth, Tewkesbury, Eltham manor, stop at Harrods, visit Senlac Hill (Hastings), and really do a hell of a lot of touring, yeah.

I have my passport but have never managed yet to get to England. One day!

Some of those places you listed are a bit far from London.

By American standards, no place in a European country is "far" from any other place within that same country (with the exceptions of Russia and Norway, Sweden, and Finland).

Ukraine, France and Spain are bigger than Sweden, Norway, Finland. Germany is roughly the same size as Finland.

True, those countries are larger in area. But my post was about driving (or taking public transportation) from one part of a country to another, and it would surely take longer to travel from one extreme of Norway to the other than it would to do the same in France, Spain, or Germany.

Although even under this criteria, I was wrong to leave out Ukraine. My mistake.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in London or Stockholm? on: August 24, 2014, 06:20:11 pm
London, absolutely. I'd do a lot of visiting battlefields and rummaging around in meadows. I'd visit York, Bosworth, Tewkesbury, Eltham manor, stop at Harrods, visit Senlac Hill (Hastings), and really do a hell of a lot of touring, yeah.

I have my passport but have never managed yet to get to England. One day!

Some of those places you listed are a bit far from London.

By American standards, no place in a European country is "far" from any other place within that same country (with the exceptions of Russia and Norway, Sweden, and Finland).
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Pancakes? on: August 23, 2014, 02:43:34 pm
I don't know why someone would eat pancakes when they could have waffles.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: August 22, 2014, 01:10:20 pm
Now if we could get Badger to explain why he's a Republican, we would have two Atlas Forum mysteries solved.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Religion in Latin America 2014 on: August 20, 2014, 12:27:42 pm
After centuries spent under the thumb of the Whore of Babylon, the people of Central and South America are finally beginning to see the light of true Christianity. Praise the Lord!
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