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3026  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Joshgreen? on: March 24, 2014, 08:42:21 am
Tim Scott is an Uncle Tom, so I don't see the problem here.

...?
3027  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Why the Republican Party can't be "moderate" on: March 24, 2014, 12:38:41 am
The data suggests that the GOP isn't moderate, not that it can't be moderate. It's current trajectory is damaging in the long term, driven to the right by fear and short-term thinking.

The party was much more moderate 20 years ago, but that's because people like Chris Shays, Connie Morella and Marge Roukema got forced out by primaries, anti-GOP waves, and gerrymandering.

Marge Roukema. Heh. She was my congresswoman when I was a kid.
3028  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Freemasonry on: March 23, 2014, 07:44:06 pm
HO (Catholic)

Fun Fact: William Wirt, onetime US Attorney General and the Anti-Masonic Party's candidate for president in 1832, was a Freemason himself.

Huh?
3029  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: America in 50 years on: March 23, 2014, 06:28:10 pm
Probably more unpleasant in most ways but better in a select few.
3030  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What should I have for dinner? on: March 23, 2014, 04:00:12 pm
I had salmon with pesto cream sauce. And biscuits. Lots of biscuits.
3031  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who should we trade BTRD for? on: March 23, 2014, 01:32:26 pm
write-in teddy.

Absolutely not, that guy actually terrified me.
3032  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who should we trade BTRD for? on: March 23, 2014, 01:27:25 pm
j-m-f-c-s-t. Not hard.
3033  General Politics / Economics / Re: America's changing retail landscape highlights our Brave, New, Unequal World on: March 23, 2014, 01:09:54 pm
Where would American Apparrel fit?

That place is not cheap, you know. It's for the young people with the "hipster" streak. Young people living off if parent's moneu. Often.
3034  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: BRTD watches The Wire on: March 23, 2014, 12:56:16 pm
The bit awhile ago where that dumb cop accidentally killed the other cop was pretty intense. Seems like this part might be heating up, but the last ep was kind of boring procedural stuff, basically that captain getting ripped on for establishing that free zone so drug dealing wouldn't happen in other areas.

Don't be talking sh*t about Prezbo.

What about PrezBo?
3035  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: opinion of standard deviation on: March 23, 2014, 12:42:18 pm
As an economics student it is crucial to basic analysis and a key part of statistics. everyone sshould be familiar with it.
3036  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: International Architecture Thread on: March 23, 2014, 11:51:20 am
I agree that what if should be replaced by an architecture forum.
3037  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michigan gay marriage ban struck down on: March 23, 2014, 12:01:47 am
No, gay people weren't hanged from trees. No, being gay isn't some sort of arbitrary social construct on which for decades determined what you could and could not do, where you could not go, and so forth.

What the hell are you talking about?
Being gay is a fundamental biological trait.

Race is a meaningless social construct.

Do not add extra sentences that I did not type to my posts again. (I took it as an inadvertent mistake, which I've used my mod powers to fix. - TF)

And my question was directed more to your absurd statement that gay people have never been lynched or segregated.

What did I add?

And it's ludicrous to act as if the two ever happened in comparable frequency. Of course it happened but it's a frankly insulting comparison to make, and indeed a dehumanising one, that the perhaps of hundreds of thousands of black people what died unnatural deaths in this country's history... are somehow worth less individually as to be equal to the sum of suffering of an assorted few gay people. It implies a certain... hierarchy of value.

I realise I sound a bit shrill and hyperbolic. But it's a comparison, often made superficially and without thought, that bothers me greatly.
3038  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Pacific Gov. DemPGH's Office: No Bigfoot! on: March 22, 2014, 07:41:05 pm
I applaud the governor's rational and healthily sceptical approach to this.
3039  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: March 22, 2014, 07:38:22 pm
perhaps Putin wants to divide Ukraine into three parts.

I appreciate this post.
3040  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you do your own taxes? on: March 22, 2014, 07:36:25 pm
Did them the year I was in San Francisco. That was annoying as hell... even though I did not actually have to pay anything. Seriously, why can't the government just figure out how much someone owes and directly take the money away from them instead of having them go through that hassle (which also makes tax evasion much easier)?

They do figure how much you owe, but no one trusts the government.

But take it directly take it away from them? Only you would put it it that way and think it was a good idea. Tongue

Oh, I know that very well. There aren't many tax-lovers around these days. But that makes me all the prouder for being one of the few sane people in a world of morons. Wink

Taxes are a necessary evil, but that means they are evil.

I beg to differ. Provided that their burden is distributed fairly (that is, in a steeply progressive tax system), taxes are a force for good in and of themselves, as they give force to the fundamental principle that the well-off have a responsibility toward the collectivity, and a share of their wealth must be devoted to furthering the common good.

You put it in such noxious terms!  For me taxes are there to raise revenue for the government. If it is meant primarily to redistribute wealth, than it is improper. Redistribution should be at most a side effect of taxation and not its raison d'etre.

And of course for someone like me the moral justification for progressive taxation is fairly weak. In short I try to pay as little tax as I can. If I had more faith in the government, I might consider being less stingy but I'd much rather prefer to give a large share of my income to charity, which I do (about 20%), although a good chunk of this is just membership at the Metropolitan Museum and the Philharmonic. And I tend to "export" the rest to Africa.

It's not a lot of money, barely a thousand. But I feel it goes somewhere worthwhile whereas taxation seems like throwing money in a hole.
3041  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michigan gay marriage ban struck down on: March 22, 2014, 07:19:45 pm
No, gay people weren't hanged from trees. No, being gay isn't some sort of arbitrary social construct on which for decades determined what you could and could not do, where you could not go, and so forth.

What the hell are you talking about?
Being gay is a fundamental biological trait.

Race is a meaningless social construct.
3042  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What will Russia look like in 50 years? And what will Putin's legacy be by then? on: March 22, 2014, 12:40:09 pm
Muslim majority?!
3043  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you do your own taxes? on: March 22, 2014, 12:39:07 pm
Did them the year I was in San Francisco. That was annoying as hell... even though I did not actually have to pay anything. Seriously, why can't the government just figure out how much someone owes and directly take the money away from them instead of having them go through that hassle (which also makes tax evasion much easier)?

They do figure how much you owe, but no one trusts the government.

But take it directly take it away from them? Only you would put it it that way and think it was a good idea. Tongue
3044  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Hot or Not: Natalia Polonskaya on: March 22, 2014, 12:31:47 pm
You went too far with that one.
3045  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Based God Polling: At-Large Senate Special Election on: March 22, 2014, 12:28:33 pm
There's room to grow!
3046  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Let's discuss this graph on: March 22, 2014, 12:26:44 pm
Of course economic development is more important than the environment! What kind of question is that?
3047  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Georgetown student arrested for making "homemade" ricin in dorm on: March 22, 2014, 12:25:13 pm
Georgetown students just love illegal dorm room science projects.

You can't say something like that without giving a story! Tongue
3048  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michigan gay marriage ban struck down on: March 22, 2014, 12:22:56 pm
So now that I can get married, the next step is finding someone to marry...and that is proving to be quite a difficult task.

Haha, poor fellow!

As for Tweed, he has a point in that people have a strange obsession over this issue as if it were the most important issue facing the nation today. It can become a bit tiring.

As a black person, I must say, I consider the endless comparison with the civil rights movement to be a bit grating at times. When gay people move into a neighborhood, property values went up. When black people moved into a neighborhood, property values went down.

No, gay people weren't enslaved. No, gay people weren't hanged from trees. No, being gay isn't some sort of arbitrary social construct on which for decades determined what you could and could not do, where you could not go, and so forth. There is a point in Tweed's argument- your average openly gay person would be far more "socially acceptable" in the latte liberal circles that champion this than your average inner city black person.

Obviously gay people have faced a lot of bigotry in this country and for our shame. But saying it is the defining issue of our time is an insult to the millions upon millions who have been unfortunate enough to not be the cause celebres of contemporary liberalism.
3049  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Simfan vs. the Imperial Dominion of the South on: March 22, 2014, 10:53:57 am
Your honours,

I have been faced with a sudden assignment to speak about the Korean coup d'etat of 1979. I would like to request an extension until 9:00PM EDT on Tuesday, March 25th, if it would please the court.
3050  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Opinion of Mahmoud Ahmed on: March 22, 2014, 01:13:06 am
Opinion of Mahmoud Ahmed?
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