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101  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What is your favorite 2016 debate moment so far? on: November 30, 2015, 10:07:27 am
"I think now would be a good time to mention that China isn't part of the TPP."

-Rand Paul
102  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Nine weeks to Iowa: who wins it on the GOP side? on: November 30, 2015, 08:55:26 am
Cruz, but not by a substantial amount.
103  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 14 year old boy arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school on: November 29, 2015, 11:10:56 pm
I don't know,

No, you obviously don't.
104  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Donald Trump drops 12% in one week in Reuters poll on: November 28, 2015, 05:55:01 pm
This is non-data. The original was a massive outlier that everyone with an IQ over 30 knew was bullsh**t. There is no drop, was a joke.
105  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 14 year old boy arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school on: November 27, 2015, 11:16:44 pm
It's funny how the people who sided with him just can't admit they were played.
106  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 14 year old boy arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school on: November 26, 2015, 11:42:20 am
He was a bright middle school kid who brought a homemade clock to school to impreess a teacher. Yes, undoubtedy occasionally absurd zero tolerance school policies had a role to play, but anyone who believes for a second he would've been arrested if he was a white Methodist boy is deluding themselves.

Whathe was arrested for was bringing a (fantastically imagined) suspicion of bringing a bomb to blow up his school. "bomb + Muslim = terrorist" as many Americans will tell you, including repeatedly mayor of that city.

this was an attack of blatant Islamophobia, but it hit a telegenic middle class kid and proved an embarrassment

Point of Order: He didn't "make" anything. He just stripped the plastic outside of an alarm clock and put the innards in a suitcase.
107  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Bill Gates on: November 26, 2015, 01:12:56 am
Freedom Fighter.

So much better than that douche-bag Steve Jobs.
108  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump applauds supporters who attacked black man at Alabama rally on: November 24, 2015, 05:24:02 pm
Freedom of speech implies the reasonable right to not be beaten up after saying something offensive to another's sensibilities. That protester used his First Amendment rights, and no person has the right to take those rights away from him with a violent assault.

109  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Can Jeb Fix It? on: November 24, 2015, 05:22:26 pm
Like this guy, I assume?

Are you saying Jeb Bush is a pedophile? Like Jimmy Savile?
110  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Awarding Teacher Tenure on the Basis of Seniority on: November 23, 2015, 12:33:39 am
The left in this country makes the mistake of thinking that teachers unions advocate for better education policies. This is absolutely not true. This is not how unions work. Teachers unions advocate for more pay and less work regardless of individual performance. As do all unions. No one thinks that a union of janitors particularly cares that toilets are clean, the work is just a means to the end of getting paid. That's not to say that teachers unions or janitors unions are bad. They serve an important purpose but that purpose is in the interest of their union members and not in the interests of management, the government, customers, students, etc. As such, we cannot let them wholesale dictate policy. We need to realize this.
111  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Was Hitler charismatic? on: November 23, 2015, 12:32:02 am
Obviously yes. The Nazi's sharp rise in popularity between 1928 and July 1932 would not have been possible otherwise.
112  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: It's July 22, 2016. TRUMP. on: November 22, 2015, 10:28:53 pm
It won't happen.  The party establishment will never let Trump take over the party.  Trump can't win at the Republican convention unless he has the support of the party insiders, which he does not have.  If necessary, and I doubt it will come to this, they will disqualify his delegates. Trump may go Reform Party, but will not be a factor in the general election even then.  0 electoral votes, less than 5% of the popular vote.  Trump has absolutely no chance.

This would be the end of the GOP as we know it. Trump would run as an independent/write-in and utterly demolish the GOP's chances in 2016. Republican base turnout would plummet and the down-ballot effects would be massive.

The base would never forgive the Republican establishment for this insult. Any GOP elected official who supported this (or was perceived to support this) in any way would be primaried and crushed.

The idea of the establishment blatantly stealing the convention is nonsense.
113  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: College Students Are Ridiculously Infuriating Safe-Space/Mega-thread on: November 22, 2015, 08:28:05 pm
The "SJW" movement is so positively outlandish that I don't think criticizing it naturally aligns you to anyone.
114  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: opinion of hippies on: November 20, 2015, 01:57:34 pm
Do you know how to starve one to death?  Hide his SNAP card under his work boots.

Lol if you think this joke was originally about hippies.
115  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rubio's ISIS strategy? Start a Civil War in Iraq (???) on: November 20, 2015, 03:14:07 am
There is already a Civil War in Iraq.
116  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: College Students Are Ridiculously Infuriating Safe-Space/Mega-thread on: November 18, 2015, 12:00:41 pm
You know how orGanisations like PETA explicitly base their organisations at being obnoxious and stuntish? Yeah, I think these students are playing a similar game.

But that just backfired and PETA is widely considered a joke.
117  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Ethics of doxxing on: November 17, 2015, 01:33:10 pm
No, you shouldn't. This is such an SJW question it isn't even funny.

"Should I try to destroy someone's livelihood because they posted something I didn't like online?"
118  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Missouri/Yale protests on: November 17, 2015, 07:58:41 am
“F*** you, you filthy white f***s!” “F*** you and your comfort!” “F*** you, you racist s***!” …

The flood of demonstrators self-consciously overstepped every boundary, opening the doors of study spaces with students reviewing for exams. Those who tried to close their doors were harassed further. One student abandoned the study room and ran out of the library. The protesters followed her out of the library, shouting obscenities the whole way.

Students who refused to listen to or join their outbursts were shouted down.  “Stand the f*** up!”  “You filthy racist white piece of s***!”  Men and women alike were pushed and shoved by the group.  “If we can’t have it, shut it down!” they cried.  Another woman was pinned to a wall by protesters who unleashed their insults, shouting “filthy white b****!” in her face.

Suspend them all imo.

Ugh. Where are the SA when you need them.
119  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Were the bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki morally justified? on: November 12, 2015, 11:46:24 am
It seems that the Americans largely had completely dehumanised their enemy by this stage to the extent they had convinced themselves that the Japanese were monolithic and would never, ever surrender without being hurt.

Well, it was true.
120  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who do you want kicked off the stage next? on: November 11, 2015, 12:49:02 pm
Kasich and Fiorina. Bring Christie back.
121  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary says we should be better pals with Netanyahu on: November 11, 2015, 12:20:14 am
A friend of mine who's a history major who I bum cigs from and vice-versa is doing a term paper on the Islamic soldiers who fought in favor of the Axis powers (I don't know the exact terms; platoon? legion?), and I believed referred to how the Mufti was such a popular figure with Muslims he attracted adherents from as far away as China to join the Axis forces. Again, I don't know the details, but I believe these concepts are connected.

The SS Handschar division was used in a counter-insurgency role in Yugoslavia and consisted of Bosnian Muslims. Other then that Muslims in the Axis played a tiny insignificant role barley (if at all) worth mentioning.
122  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which candidate do you forget the most? on: November 09, 2015, 01:36:49 am
Santorum, but out of the 10 Huckabee
123  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Carson has a bigger live TV meltdown on: November 07, 2015, 09:24:25 pm
He managed to dodge a question by pivoting to create a battle with the media. It worked, it may hurt him in some circles but the things he said will resonate with GOP primary voters.

He basically is going to try to change the subject from  "Ben Carson Lied" to"Ben Carson Fearlessly Battles The Liberal Media". I have no doubt that was the plan from before he even walked on stage for that press conference.
124  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: a group of students wants to ban Stonewall from being shown on: November 07, 2015, 08:57:22 pm
I think I'll just stick this right here:

It's unpopular to say but I really do believe there are a lot of misguided women who would allow themselves to get "raped" rather than just say "no" even though saying "no" would likely stop many of the "rapists" Because if they said "no" and the guy did stop, then they wouldn't be able to complain about the omnipresent "rape culture"
What the f**k?

I know it seems weird but my friends post articles on Facebook all the time, I see comments on Jezebel and other websites.

At first I thought they were poorly constructed parodies but everyone appears to be taking them at face value. If anyone is even mildly critical, they are shouted down.

The story is always the same: Girl in college. Guy asks her out. She doesn't want to but agrees out of pity. She allows herself to get drunk. She agrees to go back to his place. She makes out with him even though she doesn't want to, again out of pity. They have sex. She doesn't say "no" but she either doesn't move or she says something like "slow down" or "please wear a condom" It's rape. After the rape, she may agree to hang out with him several more times, again apparently out of pity. She may even get "raped" a couple more times. The writer will then make clear that the worst part is this person doesn't even know he's a rapist! But they are!

I've seen variations on that story so many times over the past couple years.

Also, just to be clear, nothing like that has ever happened to me. I always wait for enthusiastic consent and use a safe word even when I'm not doing anything particularly kinky, just because I'm terrified of these chicks being out there.

Those groups definitely exist but I still do think there are women who seek out the attention that being "raped" brings. I once knew in a girl, IRL, who claimed her long term boyfriend raped her because he got her to go along with sex even though she was sick and didn't feel like it. She admitted she didn't say "no" she just acquiesced to having sex with the guy she lived with and shared a bed with. She kept going out with the guy for 2 years after that also. Of course, after she told that story, everyone in the room told her what a brave, beautiful survivor she was. That's why some women try to read rape into all their past sexual encounters, the attention, it's like Munchhausen syndrome.

Of course, I don't think things like this constitute a majority of rape accusations, but they do exist. People practically brag about their rapes the way people used to brag about their bad childhoods to show how deep and interesting they are.

If a girl agrees to go on a date with you and agrees to go back to your place after that date, that would seem to be fairly clear implied consent to most people. If that's not the case, the girl needs to give a clear "no" to cancel out the mixed messages.

"Do you want to come up to my place for a drink?" = "do you want to have sex?"

Everyone knows that because it's been repeated in every piece of media ever.

Anyone who doesn't know that is either a vegetable or being disingenuous.

Obviously if you agree to a drink and say "NO" you mean "NO"

but if you agree to a drink and you don't say anything, you will come off as being coy, and that's probably your intention unless you're mentally ill or an idiot.

Everything he said other then the first quote is accurate and common sense.
125  General Politics / Economics / Re: America’s white working class is suddenly becoming a dying breed on: November 06, 2015, 03:31:45 am
The supreme irony is that working class whites have Reagan and the Republicans to thanks for this mostly.
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