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126  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Brawl between FOX and HuffingtonPost at WHCD after-party on: May 02, 2016, 12:27:17 am
Shame there isn't any video of this.
127  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CA: Harris uses AG's office for political witch hunts on: May 02, 2016, 12:25:17 am
She wanted to make some right-wing superpac disclose their donors, right-wingers cry foul.

Nice try though.
128  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nerd Prom on: May 02, 2016, 12:23:32 am
The first half of Willmore was alright but the whole "ZODIAC KILLER!" again and again was just cringe/facepalm worthy.

"That Jigaboo said what?" was his best line.
129  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: After Lyin' Ted loses Indiana... on: May 01, 2016, 11:18:17 pm
Yes

This is what Title 18, Part I, Chapter 29, Section 599 of the U.S. Code says:

    Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

But candidates for President do this all the time.
130  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jimmy Dore: Hillary Presidency worse for progressives & America than Trump on: April 30, 2016, 04:02:11 am
First of all, there are currently four conservative (Roberts, Alito, Thomas and usually Kennedy) and four liberal (Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan and Sotomayor) Justices so whoever replaces Scalia will tip the balance of power on the Supreme Court, effectively giving one side or the other a 5-4 ideological majority.  That is absolutely not a "small price."  In fact it is arguably the most important thing at stake in this election.  You do remember Justices serve for life, correct?

Are you aware that Donald Trump has suggested William Pryor and Diane Sykes as Supreme Court nominees?  I am not a fan of Garland but he would be far, far, better than those two from a progressive perspective.
131  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: College Students Are Ridiculously Infuriating Safe-Space/Mega-thread on: April 30, 2016, 02:05:07 am
Pearl Harbor happened 75 years ago. The only arguably justifiable war we've had since then has been Afghanistan.

Korea? Gulf War I? Operation Just Cause? The conflict with ISIL?
132  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hispanic Voter Registration Spikes on: April 29, 2016, 01:24:48 am
This "spike", especially compared to the numbers provided for 2012, doesn't seem very dramatic really.

This is just a reflection of the changing demography of America, not some sudden "surge" because of Trump. It's only a "whopping" 2 million. All things considered that's not much, especially considering they are not tactically located.
133  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: Greatest book ever written on: April 24, 2016, 09:45:09 pm
ITT: r/iamverysmart.
134  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Opinion of the term "regressive left?" on: April 24, 2016, 09:43:32 pm
It's a great way to lump people who simply think that making sweeping blanket condemnations of vast world religions is inappropriate and kosher and halal aren't the worst things ever in with George Galloway-style useful idiots and antisemites of the left, so HT.

Speak of the devil.....
135  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RIP Porn on: April 19, 2016, 11:48:18 pm
The prudes on both sides of the isle in this thread make me sick.

Horrible Resolution.
136  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Prediction: There will not be an Establishment Ticket on: April 15, 2016, 06:58:16 am
Wait, Yes there will NOT be an establishment ticket, or YES there WILL be an establishment ticket?
137  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Anoynmous? on: April 12, 2016, 01:45:20 pm
An interesting combination of really dumb and cartoonish rhetoric and generally FF activities.
138  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Can you be left-wing without being a liberal? on: April 09, 2016, 01:15:41 am
Uh yeah, you can be a socialist, communist, green, feminist, social democrat, yaddah yaddah yaddah.
139  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you rather live in a communist country or an SJW-ran dictatorship? on: April 09, 2016, 01:12:16 am
Write-in: partially-recognized Catholic Left quasi-state with wildly experimental and constantly oscillating domestic policy (normal).

Obviously I take issue with the Catholic part but this honestly doesn't sound too bad.
140  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: charlie hebdo continues to be pure garbage, now without the "muh satire" charade on: April 05, 2016, 11:29:37 pm
Is there any criticism of Islamic fundamentalism mild enough that Western liberals won't declare it racist? No? I didn't think so.
141  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of Kaiser Willhelm II on: April 05, 2016, 11:16:28 pm
If he had won WWI, WWII and the Bolshevik revolution would never have happened.

Uh, Kaiser Wilhelm doesn't win without the Bolshevik Revolution knocking Russia out of the war.

A German victory in WW1 would be better than IRL just because there'd be no Nazis, but it'd still be pretty bad. Germany was a military dictatorship by 1917 that was drowning in war debt. The only way it could stave off total economic collapse (like IRL) would be totally pillage Eastern Europe and France in a treaty infinitely worse than Versailles, which it totally would do.

Europe would thus be an economic basketcase, totally cut-off from the rest of the world too, with Germany as only somewhat less disastrous than its neighbors (who will likely despise Germany).

It would also be bordered by the Soviet Union.

This is true if Germany wins late in the war, but what if they knock out France in 1914? Russia would probably make peace and the UK would be basically forced to end the war.
142  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of Kaiser Willhelm II on: April 02, 2016, 09:24:42 pm
If he had won WWI, WWII and the Bolshevik revolution would never have happened.

Well that depends on exactly when and how he won.

A swift German victory in 1914 may in hindsight been the best possible outcome of the war.
143  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Armenia/Azerbaijan on: April 02, 2016, 08:48:27 pm
Azerbaijan reported that 12 of its soldiers were killed in action and that a Mil Mi-24 helicopter and tank were also destroyed. Armenia said 18 ethnic-Armenian soldiers had died in the fighting, among the worst in two decades.

Is it possible or probable that's code word for separatists, and not actual Armenian soldiers?
144  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Tennessee GOP aproves anti-TRUMP delegate slate. on: April 02, 2016, 07:58:35 pm
I think it's pretty clear that if Trump gets gypped out of the nomination by shenanigans like this (especially if Cruz is the nominee) he will run as a write-in and the GOP will go down in a 1964 style landslide.
145  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump refuses to rule out using nukes in Europe on: April 01, 2016, 12:02:46 pm
No, it's literally common sense.

So let's imagine it's the early 1980's and the USSR has launched a massive invasion of Western Europe. Let's then say that they are doing outstandingly and are invading France.

So you think that it would be "common sense" for France not to use two or three tactical nukes against Warsaw Pact spearheads to blunt their invasion? Really? You think they should just let themselves be occupied?

Or how about if Israel was about to be overtaken by their neighbors in a war. Should they just let themselves be occupied (and likely wiped out) instead of using nuclear weapons to crush the invasion?

The whole point of having nuclear weapons is that they only are useful if you never get to use them (or, if you really want to be cynical, at least not use them against another nuclear power). The moment you pull the trigger, it's game over and everybody loses.

This only applies if there is nuclear parity. Even then it's much more complicated than that. You have to take into account who has the first-strike advantage, what kinds of weapons systems they have, where those systems are deployed (to minimize time from launch to impact) ect.

WarGames was not an accurate representation of nuclear strategy.
146  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Corey Lewandowski inappropriate behavior megathread UPDATE: he's been arrested on: March 29, 2016, 10:34:03 pm
Yeah, otherwise they would turn out just fine



At least you didn't see Saddam literally in tears going on about someone grabbing him strongly being "the worst experience" in his life.
147  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Corey Lewandowski inappropriate behavior megathread UPDATE: he's been arrested on: March 29, 2016, 03:00:59 pm
Again, I've watched the different angles and I still can't see anything that counts as battery.
148  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Corey Lewandowski inappropriate behavior megathread UPDATE: he's been arrested on: March 29, 2016, 02:49:05 pm
well it was aggressive enough for this...


I think that this whole thing could have ended with an apology, but obviously they went a different way. 

Boo hoo. Still not a big deal.

Some people just weren't beat enough as a kid.
149  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Corey Lewandowski inappropriate behavior megathread UPDATE: he's been arrested on: March 29, 2016, 01:26:21 pm
Oh for Christs sake he moved her out of the way a little aggressively (from the latest video). It's hardly "battery".

This really shouldn't be an issue.
150  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cruz will control Lousiana delegation despite TRUMP win on: March 27, 2016, 12:56:26 am
This is exactly how Trump will have the nomination snatched from him right under his nose; it won't be the party establishment, but Lyin' Ted that will take it from him

Ted will have the Establishment's full support in this endeavor.

I am predicting that Cruz will edge out Trump at the convention in the narrowest possible fashion.  It will be "Winning Ugly", but it will the best of all possible outcomes for those who have been vested in the GOP on an ongoing basis. 

Yeah but what about if/when Trump wages a write-in campaign and dedicates himself to attacking "Lyin' Ted" Cruz? With relatively little effort he ensures that Cruz will never be President. Out of spite. Because why not.
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