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3176  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: opinion of bizarro atlas? on: April 09, 2015, 03:11:57 pm
That he's not into the sex stuff. Too much for their tiny minds to handle.

That, or they've inadvertently been made part of the plot.
3177  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kansas passes law banning food stamp receipients from pools, movie theaters on: April 09, 2015, 03:00:46 pm
Well, I'm no hands-off smallgovernmentarian, but I feel that these sort of interventions are overly crude. I feel that if the state really wanted to prevent dysfunctional homes it would invest in affordable childcare, limit working hours and boost socialwork programs.

I have long been a very strong proponent of the first idea and similar pro-family measures.
3178  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which military service branch would you join if you were drafted? on: April 09, 2015, 02:55:22 pm
standing in 'drill' (wtf)

I would not mind marching around, actually, but it's the manual of arms that would worry me, with my rather wanting level of hand-eye coordination.
3179  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Hot or not ? - Penelope Ann Miller on: April 09, 2015, 02:53:56 pm
She looks better now than she did in the 90s imo.

I don't think so, no.
3180  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does your phone have a removable battery? on: April 09, 2015, 02:52:47 pm
I don't know and I'm not sure why anyone would care.
Because when your phone dies you can take the battery out and put in another charged battery in? Not sure what there's not to understand here. Huh
3181  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: will dzhokhar tsarnaev get the death penalty?? should he?? on: April 09, 2015, 02:49:47 pm
Yes/No. Should be sent to an awful prison, though. Maybe one in Mississippi or run by Joe Arpaio.
3182  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kansas passes law banning food stamp receipients from pools, movie theaters on: April 09, 2015, 02:42:38 pm
I think that if a parent requires the government to hold their hand and tell them they should be buying food and clothes for their kids instead of lingerie and tattoos; their is clearly some ... deeper issue at hand, that won't be solved by such top-down paternalistic solutions.

There is a shocking lack of faith in poor people's ability to look after their own children among some conservatives.

I'm not sure some good old-fashioned paternalism would be necessarily be a bad thing. Certainly, the large amount of, for lack of a better term, ill-educated and socially dysfunctional minority youth whose life prospects are bound to be almost irreparably constrained, probably indicates that the parents are at least in need of some assistance in the task of raising their children properly.

The negative income tax would do much to help but there are broader values and social forces at work, and the question of whether a social, and not just an economic, policy intervention is called for is one that I think needs asking.
3183  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kansas passes law banning food stamp receipients from pools, movie theaters on: April 09, 2015, 01:57:54 pm
I agree with everything in your post, King, except there's an element of moral hazard that comes in if children or other dependents are involved.

Yeah, if you are giving money to an addict or a compulsive gambler, you are contributing to a problem.  That doesn't mean "solutions" like this do any good or aren't worse than the problem.

Yeah, I'm under no pretense that this law is in any way intended to help welfare recipients.
3184  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: opinion of bizarro atlas? on: April 09, 2015, 01:53:23 pm
There's a bizzaro Opebo

Who's the dunce who did that?

Whoever did that is ruining both the joke and the element of surprise.

Solarstorm, you idiot. Or ssuperflash, I can't tell them apart. I doubt BRTD would be this daft.
3185  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Lincoln Chafee exploring 2016 run. on: April 09, 2015, 01:02:37 pm
Oh lord.

I voted for him in 2010 but he's such an awkward man and terrible orator. Anyone would wipe the floor with him.

Chafee's problem is he's never really had to work his ass off to get elected the way most politicians do. He inherited his Senate seat from his father and then he used that name recognition to get a plurality victory in a governor's race. He's not willing to play dirty or gladhand or make a hard sell. If he had been born in 19th century Britain and were inheriting a seat in the House of Lords, he'd be fine.

Supposedly, when he was running for reelection in 2006, he would get up and deliver his canned speech at an event and then just hide in the back of the room and avoid talking to anyone at all cost.

So an honest politican? Sounds like the person we need more of.
3186  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Ellen Pao on: April 09, 2015, 12:58:50 pm
Isn't she CEO of Reddit? Curious.
3187  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Reaganfan Theatre of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts V on: April 09, 2015, 12:55:30 pm
I have Sephardi ancestry, for the record.
3188  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Mad Men is back on: April 09, 2015, 12:45:58 pm
Look at that hideous frilled shirt. How they ever thought that a good thing to wear I shall never know.

Otherwise Don seems to be in a downwards rut at the moment. Who was that lady at the diner supposed to be, though? And how Don just went with the flow... not good. And the women his assistant (?) so dryly recited had "made themselves available that night", by now it's just the same old same old. Yikes.
3189  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: opinion of bizarro atlas? on: April 09, 2015, 12:39:43 pm
There's a bizzaro Opebo

Who's the dunce who did that?
3190  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kansas passes law banning food stamp receipients from pools, movie theaters on: April 09, 2015, 12:34:04 pm
I agree with everything in your post, King, except there's an element of moral hazard that comes in if children or other dependents are involved.
3191  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Real Life Picture Thread (PAPOY Creepfest 2015) on: April 09, 2015, 11:48:42 am
You go to community college?
3192  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Spelling-Reform on: April 09, 2015, 11:44:06 am
No, because the result tends to look like the output of a stupid five year old. This is the biggest problem- it "looks dumb".
3193  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does your phone have a removable battery? on: April 09, 2015, 11:33:46 am
Most Android phones have removable batteries. You're surprised?

No, I mean they're getting rid of the removable battery in the S6? Obviously I have an Android.
3194  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does your phone have a removable battery? on: April 09, 2015, 11:15:58 am
Wait, what, really?
3195  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Get out: US voters want more deportations, curbs on immigrants on: April 09, 2015, 10:58:08 am
RT? How patriotic.
3196  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which military service branche would you join if you were drafted? on: April 09, 2015, 12:52:48 am
Is there "if I have to be drafted, can I apply for an commission?" program? Serious question. Because in that case I'd sign up for the Navy, else probably the Air Force.

lol simfan you'd be hazed out of the officer's core in approximately five second. you've made 3-4 paragraph long posts about proper attire in formal settings...


Well, would it be any better with the enlisted men? Indeed, I dare say what you mention is part of the appeal!

3197  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which military service branche would you join if you were drafted? on: April 08, 2015, 06:42:05 pm
Also, anyone else notice the spelling of "branch"? Tongue
3198  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which military service branche would you join if you were drafted? on: April 08, 2015, 06:32:28 pm
Is there "if I have to be drafted, can I apply for an commission?" program? Serious question. Because in that case I'd sign up for the Navy, else probably the Air Force.

Heck, if this didn't work and if my number was bad enough, I'd probably apply to Officer Candidate School anyway to get one step ahead. It would depend, I guess, on how people were treating members of the military in what I assume would be a time of crisis- if service was being looked on with befuddlement and disdain or understood in the context of events. I wouldn't want to lose too many opportunities if it was the former, but if that wasn't the case I could see myself applying voluntarily.

Army, I guess? With my plans for grad school, I'd be a good fit for military intelligence depending on when I got drafted.

See, I suppose nowadays it'd be different with so many people going to college, but I feel like there'd be other routes for a degree holder than just being drafted.
3199  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which military service branche would you join if you were drafted? on: April 08, 2015, 06:25:42 pm
I'd want to join the navy. Not only because I enjoy being on the water, but because it's the safest branch to join when the people we seem to have the most conflict with are in some middle eastern desert.

So you want to join the branch that had to go find and kill Osama bin Laden (who was nowhere near water)?

I doubt they'd be putting draftees on SEAL Team 6.
3200  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which military service branche would you join if you were drafted? on: April 08, 2015, 06:14:41 pm
Is there "if I have to be drafted, can I apply for an commission?" program? Serious question. Because in that case I'd sign up for the Navy, else probably the Air Force.
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