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101  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Which MSNBC or Fox News personality is the most biased, toxic or uncharismatic? on: March 05, 2014, 04:25:27 pm
Al Sharpton is the worst. I'm still wondering when he is going to apologize to the Duke Lacrosse players who were falsely accused. He blatantly only took the position he took because the woman was black.

On the Fox side Hannity easily.
102  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: L.A. Gang Members join Syrian War fighting to support President Al-Assad. on: March 04, 2014, 06:21:37 pm
Golden.
103  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Judge rules SSM legal in Kentucky on: March 04, 2014, 05:56:38 pm
But why? He's a Democrat for pete's sake. Democrats are not supposed to be bigots.

Unfortunately the fact that he is a Democrat in Kentucky means he actually has even more political incentive to challenge this.

The "Only Nixon can go to China" logic applies here. Being a Democrat he kind of has to "prove" he isn't pro-SSM somehow.
104  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cuomo versus Walker on: March 04, 2014, 04:21:13 pm
Ugh, I don't even like to think about Cuomo being the nominee.

That being said he would win I think.
105  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Mark Penn named head of strategy at Microsoft = Good News for Hilary Clinton? on: March 04, 2014, 03:52:18 am
From what I read in Game Change I think Mark Penn gets a bad rap in the public eye. If seems like his plan was coming together and if anything Solis "Princess" Doyle was the weak link.
106  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do Single People Deserve equal protection that Married couples have? on: March 04, 2014, 03:48:40 am
Well, the theory is that it won't be too long before the spouse dies anyway and the money is inherited by the children and be taxed.  Of course, if it disturbs you excessively that spousal inheritance is treated differently than inheritance by children, we could just repeal the death tax. Tongue

Yeah, because the rate of the Walton family fortune's inheritance is somehow fundamentally intertwined with a single mother trying to leave something for her children.

107  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should homosexuals in Uganda be eligible for asylum in the US? on: March 03, 2014, 03:27:31 am
108  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kerry: America is acting like a poor country on: March 03, 2014, 03:10:02 am
I would dispute the idea that the "American left" is isolationist; I'd say it's more cautious than anything else. Only the far-left fringe opposes fighting Gaddafi and such.

Fair enough. Iraq left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. At least as far as the left is concerned.
109  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is it wrong for taxpayers to fund welfare of any kind. on: March 03, 2014, 02:59:17 am
I'm sorry and I know it's not "en Vogue" but the bank bailout had to happen to save the global economy and not doing so severely exacerbated the 1929 collapse.

So no.
110  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kerry: America is acting like a poor country on: March 03, 2014, 02:57:34 am
What is happening to the American left?

Yes, the isolationist/"pro-authoritarian dictator because it's none of our business" thing the American left's been on lately is pretty gross.
111  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: March 03, 2014, 02:36:27 am
In other words, if Putin didn't hasn't fell in megalomaniac dementia, I think that Crimea will be his last adventure for the moment. There are treaties, I know, but I can't see "Americans", Europeans and Western Ukrainians going to a complete war against a superpower for a peninsula that should have never left Russia, both by population and geopolitical balance.

Well, IIRC he did say his inspiration in life was Napoleon Bonaparte. He might see the Western leadership as weak and consider this "his moment" to consolidate his legacy as a "great leader" for Russia.
112  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Pro-EU demonstrations in Ukraine on: March 01, 2014, 10:42:13 pm
Putin is scary...

Vladmir Putin doesn't care about international law or the national sovereignty of other countres.

He does what he does simply because he can. And because he thinks he'll get away with it.
Nor does any leader with a modicum of international self-interest and power.
113  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Pro-EU demonstrations in Ukraine on: March 01, 2014, 10:43:10 am
The Russian parliament has approved the use of force in the Ukraine.
114  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama about to make live statement from White House on Ukraine on: March 01, 2014, 10:04:23 am
The global elite that controls and profits off ___________ wants _________ and they will get ________. Perhaps not __________, but they will get __________ in the future.

From now on, it might be better to just save this in your clipboard instead of having to type all that out again for every thread.
115  General Discussion / History / Re: By what point was the Soviet Union's fall inevitable? on: February 25, 2014, 02:39:50 am
Probably sometime in the mid-80's. The idea that there is now way the USSR survives with a POD after 1922 or even 1970 is laughable. Especially if "inevitable and unstoppable" is the standard.

We like to forget that the main reason the USSR was at a disadvantage in the Cold War was because of the devastation inflicted on them in WWII, never mind in comparison to America.
116  General Discussion / History / Re: Who was the most politically adept President? on: February 25, 2014, 02:34:46 am
Honorable mention to Dubya, who at 29% approvals at the end got everything passed he wanted.  He was marvelous at getting a lot out of Congress.

If that were true, Social Security would have been privatized and Harriet Miers would be on the Supreme Court.

Not to mention Immigration Reform.
117  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Be honest: Do you miss opebo? on: February 24, 2014, 05:10:58 pm
Yes.
118  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mexico captures #1 drug kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman leader of Sinaloa Cartel on: February 24, 2014, 03:40:13 pm
I'm not surprised that Dostoyevsky's deathless prose takes a while to sink in for a 'liberal eugenicist' like yourself, so here's the conclusion again, pared down and divorced from context because maybe that will help:

No! no! no! No man should be treated so, no man, no man!

No I know what you meant (you smug prick), I just don't agree. I think it's good that this person suffer. Not everybody deserves to live.

What you're describing is some combination or other of emotional catharsis--which has its place and its uses--and state-sponsored revenge, not justice, which is reconciliatory when it can be and concerned with the prevention or deterrence of future injustice when it can't.

No, what I'm describing is a policy to prevent future "recruitment" for the Cartels. If people learn that the wages of joining the enemy is death, and suffering for their families, then they will perhaps reconsider. The policies used by the Italians against the Sicilian mafia in the 1920's and 30's could be replicated with effectiveness in Mexico, I think.

Also, revenge isn't always a bad thing.

Which means they're the people over whom we're supposed to have some sort of moral high ground.

Pfft. It's not about "moral high ground". It's about winning the war against the Cartels. "Moral High Ground" is for victims.
119  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Pro-EU demonstrations in Ukraine on: February 24, 2014, 03:32:42 pm
It is the year 14. I would not discard that possibility, actually.

Wouldn't it just be the damnedest irony....
120  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Uganda passes tough anti-gay laws. on: February 24, 2014, 03:31:42 pm
http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/24/world/africa/uganda-anti-gay-bill/

It's official, President Yoweri Museveni has signed a modified version of the bill... basically the only thing the changed was "death" to "life in prison"

And to think they ask why Westerners think less of them. Oh well, eventually they will socially evolve out of this madness as their economies develop and education proliferates.
121  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mexico captures #1 drug kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman leader of Sinaloa Cartel on: February 24, 2014, 01:23:12 pm
I don't see how what you just quoted contradicts my statement. The Cartel leader will have more anguish then his victims because he knows his death is certain (which I doubt anyways considering their use of torture)? Good. These are literally some of the worst people in the world.
122  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mexico captures #1 drug kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman leader of Sinaloa Cartel on: February 24, 2014, 12:50:44 pm
Mexico has no death penalty. If he is extradited, it will, almost certainly, be conditioned on prosecutors NOT seeking death.

I'm not saying what I think will be done, but what should be done.
123  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mexico captures #1 drug kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman leader of Sinaloa Cartel on: February 24, 2014, 12:46:52 am
Execute him. Send a message.

It's time to take off the white gloves.
124  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Normalizing Relations with Cuba Favored by Majority of Americans on: February 24, 2014, 12:30:47 am
Good to hear it. We've been being "sore winners" about it for too long.
125  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Perry backs decriminalizing marijuana on: February 24, 2014, 12:25:17 am
Glad to hear it. That's one step, the next is legalizing it.
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