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26  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Alan Grayson vs Patrick Murphy Florida democratic primaries on: August 25, 2015, 05:13:37 pm
Reminder for the true progressives, Grayson doesn't support the Iran deal (Murphy does, incidentally), and Grayson is also leery of taxing income from off-shore accounts (of which he has a hefty one). Murphy might not be the best, but he's not an obnoxious hypocrite like Grayson.
27  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Viktor Orbán on: August 24, 2015, 11:20:57 pm
Evil, but not as much as Jobbik.
28  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Paraguay successful at denying 11-year old incest victim abortion on: August 24, 2015, 05:34:51 pm
A child will be born in Paraguay.

Carry on.

A child born of a rapist stepfather and an 11 year old girl who will have her physical and mental health drastically affected by this.
29  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1976 New York Senate Election on: August 24, 2015, 04:47:48 pm
I voted for the Socialist Workers candidate for the lolz.
30  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: OKC man stabbed outside of Braum's on: August 24, 2015, 01:17:42 pm
Wow, RIP. Hope justice can be done and something done to ensure this doesn't happen again.
31  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should states be allowed to leave the USA? on: August 23, 2015, 05:52:50 pm
It could probably happen if it was approved by an act of Congress.
32  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Jimmy Carter on: August 23, 2015, 05:46:54 pm
Still a MASSIVE HP as a person, politician and President. However, my prayers go to him in his battle against cancer.

Why as a person?

Same reasons some other people have been putting. Comes off as super-sanctimonious and he's vile rhetoric on Israel doesn't help;

Technically, the rhetoric on Israel is political, so it shouldn't count as HP as a person. Sanctimonious attitudes if he has them would count as personal, but US policy on Israel is a political view, not a personal view.
33  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Could Jeremy Corbyn win a General Election? on: August 23, 2015, 11:32:29 am
Could he? Yes. Will he win the next election? Probably not.
34  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK MPs - 2015 Parliament on: August 23, 2015, 12:23:21 am
Out of curiosity, are there any Mormons in this Parliament? I imagine there's only one or two, and probably Tories, but I'm just curious.

David Rutley (Macclesfield - Conservative, 2010-)
Chris Whittaker (Calder Valley - Conservative, 2010-)

In the past there was also Terry Rooney (Bradford North - Labour, 1990-2010). And that's all.

There was one in Scottish Parliament, Brian Adam fron 1999 to his death in 2013, for SNP (list MSP for North East Scotland 1999-2003, MSP for Aberdeen North 2003-2011, for Aberdeen Donside 2011-2013).

There is also the UKIP MEP for Wales, Nathan Gill.

Thanks! I enjoy collecting the names of all Mormon politicians not in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, or Wyoming, so if you ever run into the names of Mormons in other parliaments, PM me.
35  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Jimmy Carter on: August 23, 2015, 12:09:26 am
Massive FF. Whether or not you agree that the difficulties of his Presidency arose from his own doing or were from circumstances not under his control, I think it's fair to say that he tried his damnedest for the American people. As he himself has said, one more helicopter could've made more difference than you could have possibly imagined.

However, regardless of your view his Presidency, I don't think anyone can dispute the fact that he is fundamentally good-hearted person. In that way, I think he almost too good for this country as President. However, his post-Presidency work really set the bar high and I am quite glad he did. I hope President Carter is with us for many years to come, but if he isn't, he will have left us a great legacy either way.
36  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK MPs - 2015 Parliament on: August 22, 2015, 03:09:01 pm
Out of curiosity, are there any Mormons in this Parliament? I imagine there's only one or two, and probably Tories, but I'm just curious.
37  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who would you support in the Soviet-Afghan War? on: August 22, 2015, 11:21:30 am
As I recall, Massoud was the most moderate of the anti-Soviet (and later anti-Taliban) fighters, right? I get the feeling that he's been lionized a bit much, but could he and more moderate Afghan socialists strike a deal once the Soviet leave?
38  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1976 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: August 21, 2015, 09:58:19 pm
Yes! Church win! Probably going to vote for the American Party now.
39  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Illinois bill banning conversion therapy for minors signed. on: August 21, 2015, 06:35:21 pm
It's pretty obvious that homosexuality is NOT 100% genetic.

For instance, if it were 100% genetic like your eye color, you would expect all identical twins to both either be gay or straight. No such thing is observed.


Studies have they found that if one of a set of identical twins is gay there is a ~50% chance the other is gay. With fraternal twins, it's a ~20% chance. So there is a higher chance of being gay if your sibling or twin is gay but it's clearly not the same as the chance of having blue eyes if your identical twin has blue eyes.

Likely there is some genetic influence in your sexuality, but as the left always reminds us, it is largely a "social construct", meaning that the society you are born in influences you.

The fact that these practices are outlawed then is just a sign that society is shifting in a gayer and gayer direction, making the enforcement and promotion of heterosexuality more taboo than it had been.

If sexuality is partly a "social construct" than whether or not your society shames certain sexualities or accepts them will to a degree determine how many people express those sexualities. So we're just moving more and more to the gay side.

In NY the other day I saw a large apartment building flying 4 flags. One flag pole had the American flag below the gay flag. Another had the rainbow flag alone. And the fourth also had the rainbow flag alone.

Our culture is moving very determinedly in the gay direction.

Are you serious? No. Just no. To the ignore list you go!
40  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What is the opposition to the Iran Deal? on: August 21, 2015, 10:58:53 am
Paranoid warmongering noise.


The Israeli right has been screaming about Iran being just "a few years away from getting a bomb" since freaking 1992. And our own intelligence agencies determined that Iran stopped research on nuclear weapons in 2003.


It's just "How can I show how much I hate Obama?" and "How can I show everyone how 'pro-Israel' I am?"

Iran's not getting a nuclear weapon. They don't want one. They're not f-ing suicidal. Seeing how we installed a brutal dictator that killed thousands of people for 25 years, and how both the U.S. and Israeli right want to start a war with them, it's hilarious that we're the ones who aren't supposed to trust Iran.
41  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1976 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: August 21, 2015, 10:57:46 am
If Church wins this one, I think I'll vote American next time for the lulz. If Taft wins, probably voting Populist again.
42  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Which Republican can Defeat Baldwin? on: August 20, 2015, 11:46:27 pm
Sean Duffy is probably the Republican's best and most likely get, for reasons that have already been said in the thread.
43  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Bob Menendez on: August 20, 2015, 06:53:29 pm
Corrupt warmongering scum. Hopefully the person who replaces him doesn't have one of those traits.
44  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What will Barack Obama be doing in the year 2025? on: August 20, 2015, 06:51:53 pm
Probably playing golf and going on vacations, as he has been doing for the past six years.

For how lazy you conservatives claim Obama to be, he certainly looks visibly aged and stressed out. Dude looks older than Dubya did at the same time in his presidency.

Also, pretty sure Obama's still taken less vacation time than Bush or Reagan.
45  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Carly Fiorina: Everyone should have to take citizenship test on: August 20, 2015, 01:26:06 pm
Honestly, as long as it's a fair test, I have no problems with this.
46  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support ending birthright citizenship (US)? on: August 20, 2015, 01:22:46 pm
We literally have an issue where America is ahead of where most countries of the world will likely ever be. Let's not change that.

Have any posters from Australia, New Zealand, or Europe weighed in on what troglodytes we are for opposing birthright citizenship? Just curious...

Not a perfect fit to your criteria but its one of those archiac and bizarre things about the United States to much of the world... similar to the United States's 2nd amendment. Enjoy your American Exceptionalism.


To call a pretty expansive and inclusive amendment 'archaic" is kind of odd.
47  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who would you support in the Soviet-Afghan War? on: August 20, 2015, 01:21:39 pm
The Soviets (not-pro Taliban)
48  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What is the opposition to the Iran Deal? on: August 20, 2015, 01:20:54 pm
The rest of the world is ending their sanctions, and we never really traded much with Iran anyway, so it's kind of pointless to keep the sanctions up.

And to be honest, the ayatollah and his cronies aren't stupid. If they actually wanted to fight Israel or use a nuclear weapon, they would've done so before now.

Also, we (the US) can't really afford to be hostile towards Iran when there's ISIS running about.
49  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1976 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: August 20, 2015, 09:50:40 am
What is it with this forum's conservatives' obsession with Goldwaters and Tafts?

And Grover Cleveland, don't forget how ridiculously obsessed they were with him.
50  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Serious question: When will the US start taking in asylum seekers ? on: August 20, 2015, 02:10:26 am
The U.S. should take in zero refugees, or limit the number as much as possible.

There are billions of people doing poorly in the world, many countries torn apart by war. It does us no favorsto  bring them here. Witness all the problems caused by Somali refugees for instance.

http://newobserveronline.com/somalis-in-america-a-horror-story-of-crime-violence-and-now-terrorism/

Finding a country full of problems with people who want to flee, and allowing them into your country, just transfers problems to you.

No more refugees.

Ah, so you're a racist moron who doesn't understand what America stands for. Okay.
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