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126  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: On What Issues Is Obama to Bill Clinton's Right? on: June 17, 2015, 09:00:26 pm
Foreign policy, our country has never been further right since Dubya, and Obama is just Dubya's policies made smarter and with more panache.

This is ridiculous nonsense. The Iran and Cuba rapprochements make this clear. All because someone isn't some True Leftist "anti-Imperialist" doesn't mean they are "rightist since Dubya".
127  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Iraqi Army No Longer Exists on: June 17, 2015, 01:14:19 am
Yes, but it would codify them. At least ISIS should we wiped out before we start talking about partitioning.

Okay I guess we'll just wait for that to happen then. So I'm guessing you are willing to support the Assad Regime? Because that's the only realistic way for ISIL to be defeated. If Assad falls then Syria is lost.

Basically we ("the West") have been outmaneuvered on a grand scale. If ISIL is to be defeated that means Iran becomes the dominant power with a "Shia Crescent" spreading from Iran through Iraq into Syria and Lebanon. There is literally no realistic mechanism by which ISIL is defeated without Iran being the ultimate winner.

Spare me the delusions about the "Free Syrian Army".
128  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: President of Spokane NAACP outed as white imposter on: June 17, 2015, 01:04:59 am
The intersectionalist left/SJWs/cultural Marxists/whatever you want to call them do not support transracialism. There was some confusion the first couple of days but now they are all uniformly against it. If you defend it, you will be shouted down as transphobic and racist.

You can still be against the concept, but you're wrong to pretend its something that the left is pushing.

Yeah but that's what SJW's say about anyone who disagrees with them on anything so does it really have any meaning anymore?
129  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Would you like to see Trump on: June 16, 2015, 01:10:40 pm
If Donald Trump wants to hand the Democrats an electoral college landslide, I say, go ahead.
130  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 15, 2015, 11:13:40 pm
I've only seen two episodes of this show, since I'm poor.  Sad

So am I, but it's widely available online for free. Just google it. That's how I watched basically the entire series.
131  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oregon moves to implement per-mile fees for road usage instead of gas taxes on: June 15, 2015, 10:22:21 pm
This idea frankly sounds outright absurd and impossible to implement.
132  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 15, 2015, 09:41:45 am
The dramatic fall of Stannis over the last two episodes was probably the most gripping part of the Season I think. The One True King has fallen, all is lost.

I wonder if how this complicates Littlefinger's plan. With House Bolton having so utterly crushed Stannis so swiftly they won't be weakened enough for the Nights of the Veil to attack. Then again he also has a plan with Roose Bolton to make an alliance with them and turn on the Lannister's IIRC. So maybe he's go that route.
133  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will it all come down to Virginia in 2016? on: June 14, 2015, 02:33:53 am
Yes, and Hillary will win because of it.
134  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 13, 2015, 11:46:49 pm
The "previously on" segment that'll play before the credits at the beginning of the finale has leaked onto Youtube:


It hints at the possible return of a character we haven't seen this season, so people who really want to go into the episode cold might want to skip this when they watch it.

Didn't watch, but please don't let them waste precious finale screen-time on Hordor & co.
135  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who Do You Match on iSideWith? on: June 13, 2015, 11:09:45 pm
I got Bernie.

Bernie Sanders: 95% on economic, domestic policy, healthcare, immigration, foreign policy, environmental, social, and education issues.

Hillary Clinton: 85% on domestic policy, economic, foreign policy, healthcare, immigration, environmental, social, and education issues.

Mike Huckabee: 55% on environmental issues.

Rand Paul: 52% on foreign policy issues.

Scott Walker: 21% no major issues.

Carly Fiorina: 11% no major issues.

Ben Carson/Ted Cruz: 7% no major issues.
136  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: President of Spokane NAACP outed as white imposter on: June 13, 2015, 10:06:45 pm
You do realize that basically 100% of the people peddling that line are right-wing 4chan/8chan/etc. trolls posing as SJWs for trollish purposes, no?

It's like Governor Simfan said. You must be overlooking how insane Tumblr has really gotten these days. They're so extreme it's impossible to tell the parody from the reality.
137  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: President of Spokane NAACP outed as white imposter on: June 12, 2015, 08:30:12 pm
This is utterly hilarious and I just can't get enough of it. It's funny because some SJW types on Twitter are defending her saying she's "Transethnic" or some nonsense.

It's funny to see Tumblrina's and black activists tear each other apart over this.

I mean c'mon this is kill yourself level stuff here.

138  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is O'Malley a Clinton operative? on: June 12, 2015, 06:27:21 pm
Yes, the 1-2% he draws away from Sanders will surely be decisive.

Truth be told I don't think Webb will draw any votes from Sanders.
139  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rumsfeld: Bush was "unrealistic" about democracy in Iraq on: June 10, 2015, 10:52:22 pm

I always thing of this image when I think of Rumsfeld in regards to Iraq. The whole thing was just so Machiavellian.
140  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Joseph Stalin on: June 10, 2015, 10:39:33 pm
Obviously I'd put Hitler at the bottom but I'm not sure about Stalin or Mao. Stalin was sh**t for a whole host of reasons (being the personification of the bureaucratic counterrevolution in the USSR, utterly insane adventurism in foreign policy followed by equally stupid conservatism, etc), but I don't know if that level of terrible outweighs the utter garbage that is Maoism. I would have to give Mao some credit for pursuing revolutionary politics abroad, but at the end of the day Maoism is still basically middle class radicalism and literally allied itself with Richard fucking Nixon against the USSR, which is pretty unconscionable from a socialist standpoint.

I'm no fan of Stalin for reasons much the same as yours. I commonly think about how much history would be better if Trotsky somehow won over over Stalin ( I don't think a military coup would work).

Trotsky would never have purged the military (obviously considering that was his base of support) or made deals with Hitler. I would almost say WWII in Europe as we know it doesn't happen in this scenario. Hitler and Trotsky were both True Believers in their respective opposing causes.

But that being said I think you're wrong about Stalin's foreign policy conduct. I would say Stalin was in fact very cautious and conservative in his foreign policy decision-making. During the lead up to WWII the USSR was very much "playing defense" diplomatically. The M-R Pact was only made after it was clear the UK/France had no serious offer. They wanted to get the Soviets to contribute to the defense of Poland (a country that hates them) and do basically all the fighting while they build up to the final blow.

Germany had a better, more realistic deal that offered the Soviets what they needed most: time. As for the invasion of Finland that was also done as part of the grand effort. The idea was to secure their Northern flank and put some distance between Finland and Leningrad. Also let's not forget that Germany outright gave them permission as part of the deal. Everything the Soviets did in the lead up to WWII was to get ready for the inevitable war with Germany.

As you might imagine the shockingly rapid collapse of France came as quite a surprise. Stalin was still convinced that Hitler wouldn't invade until 1942 after somehow bringing Britain to heel. By this time the Soviets will be ready, and every year after that the Soviets get only stronger and Germany get's weaker. Keep in mind the Soviet economy was poised to take off in the 1940's if it weren't for the invasion ruining their economy and trashing the work of the 1930's.

If Germany doesn't invade by 1943 it's over. By 1945 (even if Germany beats the UK and forces them to make peace) the Soviets will invade Germany and smash them. The Soviets were playing the long game but the entire plan backfired with the German invasion coming earlier then expected.

The Berlin Blockade was probably the exception to this trend.

As for the second point I think the assertion that Maoism (real life Maoism) is "middle class radicalism" is incorrect. Maybe in America a lot of people identify as "Maoist" who are middle class people, but in the "real world" Maoists are the most radical of all really. They take it another step and focuses on Third Worldist ideology by whence the poor peasantry is the force of the Revolution.

The ting is that China didn't want to play a second fiddle role to the USSR and the Soviets were the main foreign threat to China by the latter half of the 1960's. It was realpolitik that Guided Mao to open up with Nixon. It's not like the Soviets didn't conspire against Mao's China with the Americans. They even wanted American consent to launch a pre-emptive strike against China's nuclear program/arsenal IIRC (it was in 1969 I think).

Voted HP.
141  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Abraham Lincoln vs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt on: June 09, 2015, 04:28:28 pm
Voted Lincoln.
142  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeb Bush: "Unwed mothers should be publicly shamed." on: June 09, 2015, 03:59:36 pm
Yeah, this guy is done.
143  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Iraqi Army No Longer Exists on: June 08, 2015, 03:54:29 pm
A partition would be tempting, but would result in a) massive ethnic cleansing b) a new Iran client state and c) a completely lawless Sunni state.

We already have those things. At least a partition could possibly bring some form of stability to the area.
144  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker doesn't rule out another invasion of Iraq on: June 08, 2015, 03:33:27 pm
Yeah, nowhere in the article does he say anything like that at all.
145  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 08, 2015, 03:22:08 pm
This is an interesting take on Stannis I found on the Game Of Thrones on HBO subreddit that I think sums up his character quite succinctly:

All your life you want to be noble, loved, and a hero. Then someone tells you that you actually are destined to be the hero and the king. It all seems great at first but it turns out being the hero doesn't mean you get to be loved. In fact now you have to start doing some pretty dark sh**t. You're burning people for hell's sake! But you're meant to be king, this god whose power you have seen says that you have to do these things. Then suddenly you're about to execute the one person who really respects and cares for you, he's one of your best friends. And then in this crazy quick sequence of events he's your hand, you're now destined to be a hero that will fight off a threat to the North, and you're heading to the Wall. You're starting to doubt yourself and honestly you're afraid but you have to do this it's your destiny.

So now you've preserved the Night's Watch but you see how weak they really are. You realize you need to be king to stop what your trusted adviser says is coming. So you head South and things start to go to sh**t. You're in a hurry but you're moving so slow. And then tragedy happens... you're attacked in the night. Things are falling apart. Then this offer comes. A promise of victory. A sacrifice, the biggest one you've ever made, for a win. At this point you don't doubt this lord of light. All you really doubt is yourself. But this is your destiny, to be the hero. You don't even want to be the hero anymore. But you have to. To save everyone. You know none of them will appreciate you. And now you're going to kill her. Your daughter. Your only child. And she's screaming at you to stop. But you, Stannis Baratheon, you are Iron. And Iron does not bend. You apply pressure until it shatters, until it breaks. And God you are so close to breaking. Selyse is gone now, she's trying to stop it. Your soldiers are looking at you like a monster. But you don't care. You only care about her and she's gone but it meant something... it had to. You're going to win now. You know this. You have to save them all.

Now this is why I love Stannis. And the saddest part is that he will never be the hero in the end. He's not the savior. Mel is either blind or lying. Eventually he will learn this and that moment... that is when the iron shatters.

In Stannis's eyes he has to do these things because he is the only one who can save Westeros from the White Walkers. He's delusional but he's a sincere True Believer.

Truth be told Stannis Baratheon is probably the most complex and personally interesting  character in the show at this point. They need to stop wasting screen-time with Arya and have the finale be mostly about the battle of Winterfell. If they don't get to it I'm gonna be very let down. I mean c'mon are they seriously gonna make everyone wait basically a year for it?
146  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Britain Considering a Written Constitution After 800 Years on: June 07, 2015, 10:33:43 pm
Yes, of course.
147  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Graham: Jenner is welcome in my GOP on: June 07, 2015, 10:32:02 pm
You people are cruel.

Good for Graham - the unfortunate thing is that his "common sense" response will likely hurt him with GOP voters.
148  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 07, 2015, 10:00:30 pm
I'm not 100% sure he really did it. They did cut the scene away a little early.

No dude, it happened. Let's not live in denial. It's like those people in Season 1 who thought Ned Stark "wasn't really dead". We hear it in every series ever, and it's never true.

That being said I hope he defeats House Bolton (which I swear to God the battle better happen next Episode or it's the biggest bullsh**t ever) but then is defeated in turn by Petyr Baelish next Season.

So does anyone remember that Breinne of Tarth is camping outside WinterFell, with a death wish against Stannis? He is marching straight to her.

Again, if they don't at least resolve the Stannis VS Bolton storyline then it's the biggest bullsh**t ever.
149  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker backs amendment to allow states to ban gay marriage on: June 07, 2015, 09:23:19 pm
So I assume the conservatives on this issue would be fine with State Rights to ban interracial marriage? Or is that somehow "different"?
150  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 07, 2015, 09:18:13 pm
Jesus dude I can't believe it. He's really that desperate to become King. Wow.
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