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101  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: OWS activist faces 7 years in prison for being sexually assaulted by a cop on: May 06, 2014, 09:38:17 pm
The problem with the far-left in America is that they aren't willing to do the things that are necessary to institute serious reforms. They are too absolutist. They should have become a major faction in the Democratic Party like the Tea Party did.

You can whine all you want on the internet but it doesn't matter. Anyone who thinks there will be a serious Marxist revolution in modern America is a moron. It's about organization and presenting a serious alternative to mainstream America.

This is not a problem. This is good thing. Either way, perhaps I have too much faith in people but I doubt if people understood what they wanted to do (not so much what they wanted to happen, but their means), they would be particularly keen on it.

How? How is being a utter non-factor in anything a good thing?
102  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: OWS activist faces 7 years in prison for being sexually assaulted by a cop on: May 06, 2014, 09:37:17 pm
The problem with the far-left in America is that they aren't willing to do the things that are necessary to institute serious reforms. They are too absolutist. They should have become a major faction in the Democratic Party like the Tea Party did.

You can whine all you want on the internet but it doesn't matter. Anyone who thinks there will be a serious Marxist revolution in modern America is a moron. It's about organization and presenting a serious alternative to mainstream America.

The far left is completely irrelevant, but OWS protesters aren't necessarily far left.

You know what I mean. Don't waste time with hair-splitting.
103  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: OWS activist faces 7 years in prison for being sexually assaulted by a cop on: May 06, 2014, 09:32:48 pm
The problem with the far-left in America is that they aren't willing to do the things that are necessary to institute serious reforms. They are too absolutist. They should have become a major faction in the Democratic Party like the Tea Party did.

You can whine all you want on the internet but it doesn't matter. Anyone who thinks there will be a serious Marxist revolution in modern America is a moron. It's about organization and presenting a serious alternative to mainstream America.
104  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Amherst scores triumph over "male white privilege", bans fraternities on: May 06, 2014, 09:27:37 pm
Terrible decision. We need to stop bending over backwards to every self-proclaimed "victim" there is. Some people want to be victims and will find something else to whine about now. They want to be upset about certain things because it gives them something to live for. Pathetic.
105  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of Muhammad on: May 05, 2014, 03:42:40 pm
A vicious warlord and enslaver who massacred many non-combatants and who kept multiple wives including at least one clearly too young. Pretty vile, HP.
106  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: May 05, 2014, 10:36:36 am
Please, Peter, Afleich, would it be possible to give death points to Snowstalker when he's being a pro Russian sage, thanks. Maybe he will finally be muted.

I will now report every Snowstalker's posts when he will be disgusting with the Ukrainians.

Why do so many people on this forums have this perception that disagreeing with them is somehow or should be an infractable/banable offense? I mean it's bad enough how many people practically have the entire forum on ignore spare a few people who agree with them on everything.
107  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Donors Considering Abandoning Chris Christie for Jeb Bush Instead on: May 04, 2014, 09:53:02 am
Mitt Romney also made in roads with more conservative Republicans with his 08 run. Jeb Bush hasn't done that.

True. Also it doesn't seem like Jeb will be as willing to pander to the right they way Romney did.
108  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hypothetical: Putin bombs Poland and/or Baltics. What happens? on: May 04, 2014, 09:51:49 am
77 Senators voted for an unjustified war against a government no one anywhere doubted we could beat with minimal effort.

Not the same as with Russia.

But if Russia attacked a NATO member Obama wouldn't need Congress to authorize use of force, right?
109  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Donors Considering Abandoning Chris Christie for Jeb Bush Instead on: May 04, 2014, 12:14:31 am
Money can only do so much for a candidate (see: Lincoln's 7-1 money advantage against Boozman). I think Jeb Bush is too toxic in the GOP field to win the nomination, no matter how much money the establishment GOP throws at him.

That's what they said about Mitt Romney.
110  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hypothetical: Putin bombs Poland and/or Baltics. What happens? on: May 04, 2014, 12:12:05 am
Nuclear War, between the European states that have Nuclear Weapons and Russia and China (Republicans and Congressional Liberals successfully block U.S Intervention)

Russia ends up occupying a European wasteland (as they have more nukes than Europe) With the exception of Britain, which they don't bother to occupy.

Putin considers preemptively bombing the U.S, but decides against it.

Nonsense.
111  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "lol fox news" - The Megathread on: May 03, 2014, 10:23:57 am
How pathetic. I still don't get how people take Fox News seriously.
112  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate Republicans block minimum wage increase on: May 02, 2014, 03:11:21 pm
The difference is that ideological separation was minimized in those decades in favor of geographical separation; a Northeastern Republican and a Midwestern Democrat both felt themselves to represent industrial populations and so might vote for a wage increase, where Southern Democrats and Western Republicans opposed it on the grounds it would harm their agricultural constituencies. As the Parties sorted themselves geographically, they polarized ideologically. The obvious solution is to unpack them geographically.

Okay, we'll just "do" that then.
113  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: May 02, 2014, 12:28:43 pm
Soviet Union needed 9 years of full concentration - with the experienced army, coming straight out of WWII. You underestimate both Ukraine and Ukrainians. But it was awfully bloody and cruel the last time - on both sides. God forbid it happens again.

The Soviets by no means had to "fully concentrate" against the minor Ukrainian insurgency after WWII. You are dramatically overstating the effectiveness and scale of the Ukrainian insurgency. They were never a real threat to the Soviet State, they were a pest.

You're acting like the Ukrainian insurgency after WWII was some kind of major war.
114  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate Republicans block minimum wage increase on: May 01, 2014, 02:19:14 pm
To be fair, the Democrats brought this up deliberately so it would get voted down by Republicans to use as a talking point for the midterms. Still good to make the contrast though.
115  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary's worst division on: May 01, 2014, 11:40:50 am
East South Central.
116  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: SCOTUS upholds Michigan affirmative action ban on: May 01, 2014, 12:47:29 am
Strongly support the decision -that said, proponents of race-based affirmative action policies do have a point that if we are going to strip out race and ethnicity from admissions consideration, it is only fair to extend that to legacy preferences too.
117  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The True Left's turn against gay marriage on: April 30, 2014, 01:21:49 pm
Hmm, nope, still not seeing why this is 'intellectually hollow', as opposed to, oh, say, overly idealistic, slightly (or more-than-slightly!) unfeasible,  more trouble than it's worth, or any number of other criticisms that I'd gladly acknowledge because they don't come from a place of complete and total smug self-satisfaction. I'm sure you wouldn't claim that just capitulating to the way things happen to be or have become and attempting to mitigate (what one might see as) damage is the right course of action in many other areas, although I guess I understand why you think it's an appropriate course of action for 'the center' to take. I'm not sure if you intend 'a Mormon should appreciate this' as an insult, but I don't really take it as one, even though I'm not Mormon.

The basic premise from which you are arguing did always strike me as a little orthogonal to the point, but I didn't feel comfortable enough with my understanding of the history involved to get into that, so, you know, I'm kind of glad somebody who's more qualified to talk about it is.

They don't?

You and Meursault aren't getting along because you're so much alike.
118  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of this image on: April 29, 2014, 10:38:50 pm
119  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: White Supremacist gets probation for trying to create all-white town. on: April 29, 2014, 10:18:37 pm
http://www.jamestownsun.com/content/white-supremacist-cobb-be-released-probation-2

These kinds of injustices are why we need to allow for German-style anti bigotry laws (regardless of the first admendment... especially since he wasn't just speaking, he was acting on that speech)

No we do not.
120  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support Private or for-profit Prisons? on: April 29, 2014, 12:10:10 pm
No, it's a perversion of the very idea of justice system. And making it for profit is a very dangerous path.

This. Private prisons should be banned.
121  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Illinois lawmakers to draft cannabis legalization bill on: April 29, 2014, 12:42:08 am
Great to hear it!
122  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: The Armenian Genocide on: April 29, 2014, 12:40:41 am
It is shameful that we have not done so as yet.
123  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kerry: Israel could become "apartheid" state, needs new leadership on: April 29, 2014, 12:36:38 am
Point of Order: Kerry never actually described Israel as an "apartheid state" in being. He was talking about possible outcomes for Israel if no deal can be made.

A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.
124  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bob Schieffer: Romney may consider 2016 run if Jeb Bush doesnt on: April 28, 2014, 12:51:56 pm
It's Tom Dewey all over again.
125  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which losing Pres. nominee would have had the best second chance 4 years later? on: April 27, 2014, 08:47:06 pm
Al Gore in 2004. Only because I don't see a path to the nomination for Kerry in 2008 though. If Kerry could be handwaved in as the Democratic nominee in 2008 he would have a much better chance of winning then Gore against President Bush.
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