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101  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What's the best thing that Israel has done for America? on: May 20, 2015, 09:21:33 pm
I interpreted Western as meaning simply "ally of America", which to be fair is a much broader usage of the term than is normal, but seems to make sense in this case, since most countries otherwise defined as Western don't have issues with bordering territories that are hell-bent on making war on them unless they are occupied. Bordering Khaled Mashal is not the same thing as bordering Elio di Rupo.

So you "interpreted" it incorrectly. Israel isn't held to a higher standards then the "anti-Zionist" left then other Western Liberal Democracies.

Try again.
102  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the R-Word Campaign on: May 19, 2015, 07:06:51 pm
Retarded.
103  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Was Lyndon Johnson a good President? on: May 19, 2015, 02:52:38 pm
"Cry me a river" about slaughtering people in the millions because of a psychotic machismo?

It wasn't that simple and you know it. It's not like the whole thing was his idea. It was widely believed in Washington that South Vietnam would just be the first "domino" to fall leading to Communist domination of Indo-China and Thailand.

Once the going got rough we couldn't "just withdraw" or else we would look weak in the eyes of the world. Geo-politics isn't pretty. It just really seems like a lot of people on this forum just utterly don't get how these things work.
104  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: May 19, 2015, 01:15:36 pm
I thought Littlefinger's plan would come to fruition before any wedding so I was surprised by the end.  Now not sure what LF is up to. And is Sansa still his ally?

Just got done blitz watching the whole thing over the last two weeks.

It kinda seems like his entire plan relies on House Bolton defeating Stannis in the battle for the North. If Stannis wins then he's back to square one with the Veil being on the front lines of the Baratheon advance. He would yet again become entirely beholden to the Lannisters to defeat Stannis.
105  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: AZ shuts down welfare benefits after 12 months...... on: May 19, 2015, 12:51:18 pm
Horrendous.
106  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of MADD on: May 19, 2015, 01:50:54 am
Mothers who daydream about imprisoning people for victimless crimes, without realizing they are putting their own progeny in peril. MADD is fun until your son/daughter blows a .09 at a random checkpoint and gets expelled from university after criminal charges.

Widespread adoption of breathalyzers was sufficient. We don't need angry mothers on the loose, even if we feel sorry for the ones who've lost loved ones.

We live in a weird world. If Dad went to the drunk driver's house and shot him to death, Dad would be put in jail for the rest of his life. If mom throws 1,000 innocent people in jail by lobbying for new laws, we're supposed to celebrate her "achievement". See also: marijuana prohibition

This exactly.
107  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Was Lyndon Johnson a good President? on: May 19, 2015, 01:46:25 am
Best president in the past 50 years.
108  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who should Hillary Clinton pick as her VP? Round 7 on: May 18, 2015, 04:57:56 pm
Brown and Kaine.
109  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who WILL BE the GOP nominee for President? on: May 17, 2015, 10:29:08 pm
It's gonna be Walker.
110  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mohamed Morsi sentenced to death by Egyptian court on: May 17, 2015, 10:28:40 pm
It is not a miscalculation: it is the eesence of his regime. Unless every Egyptian is shut-scared of him, he has no chance of survival. He will continue killing - that is his only chance.

But for how long can this be sustained? Egypt isn't North Korea.
111  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Breaking: Nine people killed in biker gang shootout in Waco on: May 17, 2015, 08:06:27 pm
But seriously what gangs were involved and who got the better of the other?
112  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Kasich vs Clinton first Prediction on: May 17, 2015, 07:57:56 pm
Clinton barely wins, the Ohio pick-the-winner streak ends. (270-268)


113  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Breaking: Nine people killed in biker gang shootout in Waco on: May 17, 2015, 06:49:33 pm
Lol.
114  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: If Bush loses Iowa AND New Hampshire... on: May 17, 2015, 01:01:16 am
When I tried to play through the Republican primary in President Infinity, Bush lost both but then rebounded after Super Tuesday and then beat me (Kasich) in a closely divided convention. Sad

Lame.

Reminds me of a Jessie Jackson 1988 campaign in ran in President Forever + Primaries.
115  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: If Bush loses Iowa AND New Hampshire... on: May 16, 2015, 10:57:59 pm
He tries to skip everything and win Florida. He becomes the literal incarnation of Rudy Giuliani for the 2016 cycle. It fails and he fades into irrelevance.
116  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you binge drink? on: May 16, 2015, 10:55:13 pm
5 drinks in 2 hours is binge drinking? That's pathetic.

I know right? It's almost as bad as when "being an alcoholic" is defined as "drinking to get drunk". I mean c'mon. We all know there's a difference between the 20 something partying his/her ass off and the 50-something guy at the bar silently pounding Jack & Coke's.
117  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Torie on: May 16, 2015, 10:52:16 pm
FF of course.
118  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Irresponsible, mooching Tea Partier insists he is not irresponsible or a moocher on: May 16, 2015, 10:50:05 pm
You can't deny it's a confusing system. 

There was all this talk about the individual mandate as a way to get rid of the free rider problem.  Justice Roberts informed us this is a tax, and lots of people just pay it up or don't make enough to worry about it.  The real limit on free riders is the limited open enrollment period, which this fellow got caught by.  I hope he finds a program to help him. Maybe people can realize from this story if they haven't already that the rule that says you can't be denied coverage for a preexisting condition only applies at the beginning of the calendar year, so you need to be prepared.

Forgive my ignorance, but why can't they just have open enrollment year-round? What is the mechanism that prevents this? Why not just make it to where people can just go to the website and sign up even if it's Summertime?
119  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: United States Now Working With Cuba on Lung Cancer Vaccine on: May 16, 2015, 09:59:04 pm
Honest trade at work! Great news.
120  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite officially "communist" country on: May 16, 2015, 08:26:44 pm
Cuba is easily the most democratic of the Stalinist hangers-on, so I vote Cuba.
121  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mohamed Morsi sentenced to death by Egyptian court on: May 16, 2015, 08:21:36 pm
I think is a miscalculation by General Sisi. This will just make Morsi a martyr.
122  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of a Different Kind of Dude Fest on: May 16, 2015, 12:18:29 am
Certain high-level academic and political contexts and socially liberal subcultures do not constitute 'society'. In the greater part of this country and among the greater part of its people things do not work that way.

Oh c'mon. These people seriously believe that being a "plutocrat" gives you less inherit privilege then being a working class white person. It's nonsense.
123  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Mitt Romney to Fight in Boxing Match Against Evander Holyfield! on: May 15, 2015, 10:10:07 pm

Does anyone have a video of the actual fight?
124  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of a Different Kind of Dude Fest on: May 14, 2015, 03:23:15 pm
Do they promote such SJW type things? Would any metal band ever challenge concepts of masculinity?

Probably not, thank God.
125  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: College student confronts Jeb Bush: "Your Brother Created ISIS" on: May 14, 2015, 02:59:21 pm
She is right that disbanding the Iraqi military was a massive mistake, but Bush is right in saying that in hindsight we should've kept 10,000 or so troops there to maintain peace and enable Iraq to develop as a modern state.

They are both right. We shouldn't have invaded Iraq in the first place but it was also folly to leave when we did.
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