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126  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the U.S. work more with Bashar Al-Assad in the fight against ISIS? on: September 30, 2015, 11:06:30 pm
"Moderate Sunni's".

You mean people supporting the Assad forces?

I think it's time for people here to accept that Assad is the only serious counterweight to the Radical Islamists. The FSA is the weakest of the factions remaining other then maybe Al-Nusra. The idea that they can seriously take over Syria and create a lasting government is nonsense. And the recent Russian intervention makes Western action against Assad impossible.

127  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary was worried about having gay friendly passports that Palin would critici on: September 30, 2015, 10:27:53 pm
And the whole time as SoS she opposed gay marriage. She waited until after it had 58% support nationwide to join the majority.

Yeah but isn't it fair to say we all know she really supported it the whole time, but the political winds were different?

I mean c'mon, does anyone here actually think Obama sincerely opposed gay marriage in 2008? Of course not. Why does he get a pass and not her?
128  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What do you think of SJW's like this guy? on: September 29, 2015, 01:20:28 am
Bigotry hiding as justice with the power of Social Science to blind the masses of this blatant hatred. If this person was born white they'd frequent The Daily Stormer.
129  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Paul to drop out soon? on: September 29, 2015, 12:41:38 am
I think he will hold out for a little longer waiting for the field to narrow and drop out in December or January if it obviously isn't happening. He's probably going to give it one last shot.
130  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How to argue with an Evangelical? on: September 26, 2015, 10:17:49 pm
Creationists and Theistic Evolutionists don't view the whole "The Bible is True!" assumption as baseless.

I know but.... but.... it kinda is.
131  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How to argue with an Evangelical? on: September 26, 2015, 07:22:18 pm
Honestly, it really does come down to final authorities.  The creationist position ultimately boils down to this:  the Bible is the word of God, and all evidence must be interpreted in light of scripture.  In this respect, the origins debate becomes a war of world-views. 

But isn't that anti-scientific in the sense that it poisons the well? Going into something with a massive baseless assumption already taken for granted doesn't seem wise.
132  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Pope Francis vs. Dalai Lama on: September 26, 2015, 07:19:08 pm
Pope Francis. The Communists taking over Tibet was the best thing that ever happened to them. People like to forger that the Tibetan regime before that was extremely repressive, backwards and feudal.
133  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Anyone else disappointed in Biden? on: September 25, 2015, 04:13:11 pm
He is polling well and even gaining momentum as a candidate without actually running. I don't see any need to rush things assuming he is in for the first debate in October.
134  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will the government shut down next Thursday? on: September 25, 2015, 02:42:21 pm
Given the latest news I think the answer is pretty obviously no.
135  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Boehner Resigning From Congress At The End Of October! on: September 25, 2015, 02:41:33 pm
Quick Question: Do the votes exist to bypass the Hastert Rule and pass the Senate Immigration Reform bill before Boehner resigns?
136  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why does Yahoo News bring out some of the worst people? on: September 25, 2015, 02:34:36 pm
It caters to a low-information audience that necessarily reduces itself to the lowest common denominator.

People who actually understand politics aren't as likely to get their information from Yahoo News, let alone bother to post in the comments section.
137  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which of the following Presidents deserve historical rehabilitation? on: September 25, 2015, 12:49:04 am
138  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Opinion of the Weather Underground on: September 24, 2015, 10:45:51 am
Misguided (in using individual terrorism as a means of advancing communist politics), wrong (in subscribing to Third Worldism), and dumb (developing 'white skin privilege' politics as a way of analyzing the situation in the United States). Nevertheless, they were willing to put their lives on the line for the cause and to some extent, I think they deserve a Freedom Fighter vote on that alone, even if they were fundamentally incorrect in their political perspectives. A hell of a lot more grounded in Marxism than any of the sects that survived the 1970s, that's for sure.
139  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Colombian Civil War is Nearly Over... on: September 23, 2015, 11:32:38 pm
Fantastic news!
140  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Soviet Union Leaders Poll on: September 23, 2015, 07:34:56 am
Lenin, of course.

Trotsky would've been a great leader as well.
141  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hey, there was another coup in Burkina Faso on: September 21, 2015, 01:56:27 pm
Just saw on Al-Jazeera that the coup leader has apologized to the nation and is stepping down.
142  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who are the 5 most liberal/progressive Presidents since 1900? on: September 20, 2015, 01:28:26 am
Teddy, FDR, Truman, Johnson, Obama
143  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rubio rising? on: September 19, 2015, 10:57:00 pm
Rubio is running such an awesomely smart campaign. Quietly building support while staying out of the spotlight for the most part. Staying above the fray by not insulting opponents or wading into controversial issues just yet. Speaking out strongly on foreign policy issues, his strength. Performing impressively in debates.

It's all by design, this long game. A quiet, strong presence in a slow, steady rise. Weariness with Trump's antics will set in, the truth of the incompetence of the outsiders on top will come to light, and all the other candidates will continue faltering.

There, in the middle of it, will be Rubio, the bridge, the hope, the only answer, peaking at just the right time. Not "Aha!" but "Duh!" - he's been there all along.

This could be a perfect description of the Rubio long-game.
144  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Japan approved sending its military abroad for the first time since World War II on: September 19, 2015, 12:37:09 am
Good news.
145  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 14 year old boy arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school on: September 16, 2015, 11:51:18 am
13 year old boy suspended for playing "hangman" (a word game a long the lines of Wheel of Fortune that kids have played forever)

6 different stories of students suspended for obviously fake guns

very white 12 year old girl suspended for not tucking in shirt

teen suspended for pink hair (to support breast cancer), teen suspended for growing hair too long (to support his sister with cancer), I could go on for hours I'm sure, but I'm hoping you get the point. 

This. Not everything is about race.
146  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Primary Atlas Poll, Sept 2015 on: September 15, 2015, 07:58:23 am
147  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favorite WW2 movies on: September 15, 2015, 07:32:35 am
Downfall. Easily the most realistic and accurate portrayal of Hitler in cinema to date.
148  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bernie Sanders claims America founded on 'Racist Principles' on: September 14, 2015, 03:58:27 pm
But the constitution is condoning slavery there.

But what were they supposed to do? Just let the Southern States count their slaves and get free House seats?

Don't get me wrong America had a lot of racism in it's founding but the Three-Fifths Compromise if often cited as evidence of this, when the reality is more complicated.
149  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker to propose sweeping crackdown on unions on: September 14, 2015, 03:56:32 pm
Rediculous hogwash.

Amazing that even the slightest sliver of worker-centric organization is considered a threat to the domination of capital in this New Gilded Age.
150  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bernie Sanders claims America founded on 'Racist Principles' on: September 14, 2015, 03:49:42 pm
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.

Naw, no racism there.

Well, to be fair, otherwise the Southern States would be able to inflate their influence by counting slaves as "persons" in the context of drawing Congressional districts. Not having the three-fifths compromise would have strengthened the hand of the slave holding elites.
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