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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 80% of Republicans approve of George W. Bush, 43% would vote for him in 2016 on: September 28, 2015, 12:06:02 am
And honestly, this is why Republicans will probably lose 2016. They haven't gotten over the Bush years and Bush mentality. Mind you, neither have the Democrats, but they don't have Bush's legacy to deal with...

From a policy perspective, the worst thing George W. Bush did for America was to essentially remove a "boots on the ground" military option from the table for an entire generation.

For the next decade or so, we will probably be confined to aerial, drone-based warfare, even in situations where it's not the best or most prudent method. Why? Because after thousands of Americans got sent across the world for a totally pointless war, voters and elected officials are wont to send more Americans across the world, even if it's for a legitimate reason.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Indians form Republican Hindu Coalition on: September 27, 2015, 11:42:48 pm
There's no way Hinduism has one of the lowest conversion rates in the United States. No one born in the United States actually practices that religion; they all turnout as atheists/agnostics/apatheists/whatever. With such a wholesale rejection of Hinduism ('rejection' isn't really the right word, since the attitude is too apathetic to be construed as such) I don't know how you can arrive at the conclusion that Nikki Haley and Bobby Jindal are somehow unique in terms of defying their cultural heritage of whatever.

Sure I see a lot of Indians born in the states who don't practice Hinduism, me being an example I suppose, but I've yet to meet anyone who's actually converted to Christianity. Because of that Christianity, I think that Haley and Jindal are unique.

I do not think our American Christian friends here realize how poisonous the word "conversion" is for non-Christians. I may be completely atheistic and non-nationalistic, but even I have to make a conscious effort for conversion into Christianity, if it happens, not to affect my relationships with people: it is sitting in deep. I would not object if my daughter(s) decided to convert (would attend a church, or whatever, wedding, if necessary), but I would, definitely, say something at night to my wife which would make her upset with me (she is a lot better on this than I am). I would pretend that I were just joking, but I would know myself that it would be more than a joke.  Bad among the secular Jews - and I am pretty sure even worse among secular Hindus.

Of course, Israel explicitly bans converts from Judaism from settling there and the current ruling party in India has always made fight against Christian conversion one of its main aims. It is the admirers of PM Modi who are supposed to be the Republican Hindu electorate.  Bobby Jindahl can hardly seem a very nice man to many of them. It is hard to explain to Christians, especially in America, where conversion is fairly common and the religious market is competitive. I know this, and I even like this. But...

Yeah, in most of the world, even among the irreligious, religion isn't really viewed as a personal choice. It's something you're born into and is a fairly fixed part of your identity. Go to the Balkans and you won't find a lot of people switching between Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy and Islam. Go to Iraq and a Sunni family isn't going to casually decide to start going to a Shia mosque since they moved to a new neighborhood and it's more convenient to get to.

I have relatives who are basically atheist but will still identify as Greek Orthodox when asked about their religion.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 80% of Republicans approve of George W. Bush, 43% would vote for him in 2016 on: September 27, 2015, 11:37:44 pm
They approve of the hyped up 'Murica yellow ribbon zeitgeist that pervaded the 2000s, and of all the Hummers and iPods and Xbox 360s and Caribbean vacations they were able to buy with their easy-to-get home equity loans.

They don't approve of the consequences of all of that, which didn't fully manifest themselves until after Dubya moved to Dallas.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why does Yahoo News bring out some of the worst people? on: September 25, 2015, 09:45:23 pm
Yahoo! News is basically USA Today but on a screen.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: $40,000 South Carolina filing fee looms for GOP candidates on: September 25, 2015, 09:43:35 pm
This is so, so cruel. And they say there isn't 'money in politics'. America's supposed to be a nation where anyone can run for political office, but how can they in the GOP if they basically have to spend what is usually around a year's salary just for one state?

I would criticize this as another hackish GOP policy, but I'm pretty sure the Dems do it too...

Well it's either that or this:

Is this short enough for you?

6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would Tom Dewey have made a good President? on: September 25, 2015, 07:20:04 pm
Yes. It would have been a competent but totally forgettable administration where the New Deal was kept as is, apart from some mostly marginal "efficiency" measures, the US would adopt a restrained, internationalist policy regarding rebuilding Europe and probably wouldn't have made as big of an issue over Korea.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kim Davis switches to GOP on: September 25, 2015, 07:15:52 pm
I had this premonition that this would happen. She really wants to hold on to her most lucrative, excessively compensated for a small poor county, job. She won't be able to win a Dem primary, so now it's on to plan B.

Except that by the time the next election comes around, most of the voters in that county may well have forgotten about this whole issue and will just reflexively vote for whoever the Democrat is (and not for her).
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kim Davis switches to GOP on: September 25, 2015, 01:49:10 pm
The Democratic Party is better off without people like her.

I can abide someone having regressive opinions on marriage. I can't abide breaking the law and forcing everyone else to accommodate your notion of what you "believe" the law "should" be.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Fiorina put California into play? on: September 24, 2015, 08:04:18 pm
Clinton could admit during the third debate that she murdered Vince Foster and still carry CA.

Clinton could perform an amateur abortion on an 8-months-pregnant woman in the middle of the third debate, and harvest the fetus' brain and stick it in a cooler to send to Planned Parenthood, and still carry California.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Indians form Republican Hindu Coalition on: September 24, 2015, 07:45:43 pm
Was it wrong of me to assume that (at least a slim) majority of Indians already voted Republican?

From what I've observed - grew up with a lot of Indians/South Asians - the Christian (generally Catholic) Indians are the most Republican of the bunch, Hindus are considerably less Republican and Indian Muslims are slightly to the left of the Hindus. (But Pakistani Muslims are more Republican than Indian ones; not sure why.)
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Indians form Republican Hindu Coalition on: September 24, 2015, 07:43:19 pm
Good as I am also an Hindu Republican, and dont see how any Hindu  could be a democrat in these days unless Trump is the nominee.

The reasons why is

Hindus are very family orientated and believe in strong family values which Democrats do not

Hindus believe any person can succeed if they work hard, which the Democrats believe isnt true

Democrats support using affirmative action against which harms the entire Asians community

Democrats are appeasers to Islamic Extremists(unless it is a communist country invading them) which have harmed India and Hindus for thousands of years.

Democrats are for regulating and taxing everything which harms small bushiness owners ,engineers ,and doctors. Many of those people are affected are Indians.

Bill Clinton was one modern Democrat though who was an exception to all the things above as during his presidency he basically had an Republican Economic agenda

It makes sense that someone who follows a socially elitist religion like Hinduism would also support a political party that wants to "put people in their place." The Muslim-bashing probably doesn't hurt either.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should Golden Dawn, Jobbik, the NPD and other such neonazi parties be banned on: September 13, 2015, 02:47:54 pm
At this point, it seems like Jobbik will be advocating a "Final Solution" for the Syrian migrants before long.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: World's first Head Transplant scheduled... thoughts? on: September 13, 2015, 02:46:38 pm
Whether this guy lives or not, hopefully he gets recognized for more or less donating himself to science while still alive. Maybe they could name the procedure the Spiridonov Procedure or something. Usually it's named after the surgeon who created it, so maybe they could hyphenate it or something.

I don't really understand why it's being referred to as a head transplant and not as a body transplant, though, since ultimately he (physically manifested in his head/brain which contains his thoughts and personality) is getting a new body.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump is proof that... on: September 13, 2015, 02:37:23 pm
Well, punishing the upper class with populist economic policy wrapped up in racism and anti-intellectualism was pretty much par for the course in much of the 19th and 20th century for a lot of Democratic Party politicians, so I don't know why this is such a shock.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Cuomo: let's make NY the 1st state with a $15 minimum wage on: September 13, 2015, 02:27:24 pm
This is another example of a proposal that would not make much difference, or do much economic damage, in the NYC orbit, while potentially doing a lot of damage in largely economically comatose and population losing upstate NY.

When you have a state with as significant of a difference in price levels as New York (NYC vs. everywhere else), you need to set your statewide minimum wage to reflect the lower input costs present in most of the state and either have a separate wage schedule for NYC or simply leave it up to the municipal government there to set higher wage floors (I don't know if the former option would comply with the NY state constitution or not).
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Fantasy College fooball Megathred-Signup on: September 01, 2015, 10:43:44 pm
Count me in

Can we do this through ESPN or Yahoo Sports or something? Doing a draft manually in a giant Forum thread seems like it would be really tedious.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Notice that all Republican "rising stars" this century have been massive duds? on: August 30, 2015, 01:45:59 pm
Barack Obama just set the bar too high. Nobody will ever find a candidate that can match him. McDonnell was purged. Christie was attacked by first his own and then the media. Those two could have been great. Rubio is as dull as Pawlenty and Walker though being Cuban is a major help in electoral ability - still no BHO, and may fall yet. Susana Martinez seems smart enough not to get involved and Paul Ryan knows it's best to operate behind the scenes (perhaps hope for him way down the road a la FDR)

Jindal is pretending to be something he's not and is 4 years too late.

Rubio's political career is probably over for now. Maybe he'll make a "comeback" and run for governor in 2018.

I can see Paul Ryan staying in the House for a few more decades and being something like Wisconsin's answer to Bill Archer.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Beginning a New Life on: August 27, 2015, 04:37:51 pm
So, I'm flying to LA tomorrow, to move into my new home and prepare to start my first quarter as a PhD student at UCLA.

I'm at LAX right now.  My layover is so long, that it feels like I'll still be here tomorrow.  Tongue

I'd really like to meet you, but sadly I don't think I'll have the time right after arriving. In fact, I'll have to briefly go to Las Vegas because my brother will do an internship there.

Welcome to the States, my friend!  You know, Atlanta isn't that bad of a plane ride from LA. Grin

But seriously, you should visit.

I've been to Atlanta already, it's a lovely city indeed. Smiley

What kind of internship does one do in Las Vegas?

But that's neither here nor there - welcome to these United States!
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Watch Trump imitate asian negotiators broken english on: August 26, 2015, 08:50:35 pm
Actually not as bad as I expected. That's basically an impression of any foreigner with limited English skills speaking English.

I was expecting something more along the lines of...


20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Philip Hammond is a moron on: August 26, 2015, 04:12:12 pm
Philip Hammond is directing a directionless foreign policy with no hint of strategic vision or even basic interest in its effects, and is abdicating Britain's place on the world stage as a result. Defense policy is being decided by the Exchequer, which means cuts and a woefully under-equipped military--for the first time in decades, the Royal Navy has no aircraft carriers-- now such in a sorry state of affairs that Obama has to beg Cameron to reconsider, while the World Service and the Foreign Office budget are being cut.

The Cameron government has excelled in many other ways, but not foreign and defence policy is not one of them-- it's abysmal. What is not abysmal. however, is their approach to the Iran deal.

Fiscal appropriations aren't considered a legislative function in Britain the way they are in the US. Budgets there are done by professional, non-political budget analysts and essentially emerge from a "black box." There aren't MPs running around sticking earmarks in everything and demanding to "defund" specific programs.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which of the "Big Four" European countries is most socially conservative? on: August 26, 2015, 03:51:58 pm
Italy by far - devoutly Catholic, patriarchal culture. In Europe as a whole, it's probably second only to Poland as far as its traditionalism is concerned.

France is an odd bird in that objectively it seems like a liberal place, until you remember that sexual libertinism, secularism and intellectualism are its traditions and that they defend them strongly and often in racist, xenophobic ways.

Germany arguably has Scandinavian-type social aims - a very "nice" communitarian society where religion is more a cooperative social institution than a rigid enforcer of tradition - but is more temperamentally conservative in how it pursues them. Unlike the Nordics, they have a very fraught history to deal with, as well as a less homogenous society.

The UK is the most liberal (European, not American) country in Europe, both socially and economically.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Romney to be the Anti-Trump? on: August 25, 2015, 01:50:32 am
He's battle tested, which means that he's prepared for all of the attacks Democrats will throw at him - considering they pretty much dug up everything they could find in 2012 and he'll learn from his mistakes last time.
And he's lost the battle twice.

For a former governor, he's surprisingly well versed in foreign policy. He was right about Russia, China, Iran, Iraq, Mali and Syria, even though he was mocked by Obama.
Mittens thinks the Iraqi people were living in peace and enjoying their Bush-given democratic freedoms until Obama came along and started apologizing for America.

Could you imagine him saying something along the lines of what Obama said about Republicans having common cause with America hating Iranians? I know I couldn't picture it.
Maybe instead of binders full of women, we'd have Korans full of ayatollahs or something.

Personal reason- This is a good man of faith and integrity and he didn't deserve to be raked over the coals like he was in 2012. I think he should get a chance to turn the country around.
He lied repeatedly, brazenly and habitually through every stage of the campaign.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Romney to be the Anti-Trump? on: August 24, 2015, 09:38:49 pm
He couldn't do any worse than Bush.

Though, it's a bit early for a "establishment savior" candidate, isn't it?

The establishment savior candidate will eventually be Rubio or Kasich, the Pubbie electorate just needs to go through a few stages of grief before accepting that.

Not Rubio. Too much baggage. Not enough accomplishment.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Santorum goes against Obama. Again. on: August 24, 2015, 12:44:47 pm
Kinda forgot he was running

I forget that half of the people who are running are running. At this point, him, Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal just need to go sit in the green room with Pataki and Gilmore.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Stay classy, Ted Cruz on: August 23, 2015, 05:28:39 pm
People made up their minds about the Carter Administration long ago.

Are we in the same place?  Not really.  Back then, there was stagflation, but not the kind of unemployment there has been of late, and less UNDERemployment.  Back then, the cost of housing was not as big a percentage of household income as it was today.  Back then, we had a permanent adversary (the old USSR) which was crumbling, and our snoops knew it, but our politicians kept insinuating that the Soviets were about to outpace us, militarily.

Back then, Democrats and Reputlicans were down on Carter, for different reasons.  Most Democrats support Obama and what he's done.  Obama's nowhere near as unpopular as Carter became.

My parents were staunch Carter supporters in '76 and '80 (especially '80 since my dad absolutely despises the Kennedys) and any time they hear someone speak ill of him, they'll usually just say, "At least he was honest."
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