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26  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: WI: Russ Feingold for Governor? on: November 29, 2016, 12:24:48 am
Wisconsin is no longer the progressive bastion that it was historically. Former Senator Feingold is unelectable statewide now.

Yeah, this isn't the state of Fighting Bob La Follette anymore. Nor is it even Feingold's state. We'll see if its Tammy Baldwin's state though.
27  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: (Serious) Which George W, Bush Accomplishment is your favorite? on: November 29, 2016, 12:19:38 am
Leaving office.

More seriously, I put "Other", but saying Islam was a religion of peace was pretty good. He did try to prevent the War on Terror from being a religious crusade.
28  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who is a bigger FF for your party affiliation: Rand Paul or Elizabeth Warren? on: November 29, 2016, 12:17:19 am
Warren is one of my favorite currently serving politicians, so easily her.
29  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Does Elizabeth Warren have any leadership skills outside Wall Street topic? on: November 28, 2016, 01:03:41 pm
Warren might not have been a "leader" on some issues, but how does she vote? If she votes the same or similar to Bernie and other progressives, then I don't see the problem.

Also, considering she's only had 4 years of experience in the Senate, whereas Bernie's been around since the 90s, I would cut her some slack in terms of "leadership".
30  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: This is incontrovertible proof that God is evil. God does not live by his own go on: November 28, 2016, 12:52:59 pm
Has anyone actually had their mind changed by this guy? Does his odd version of Gnosticism appeal to anyone but himself?

Anyway, good job, you discovered an issue that Christian theologians have looked at for centuries, with various answers. Maybe you should look at what they've said about the issue.
31  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Chris Van Hollen on: November 28, 2016, 03:50:53 am
I would've preferred Donna Edwards, but I can't complain overall. He should be a solid liberal vote, just as we should get out of a state like Maryland.

I've heard Donna Edwards grand-stands a lot, and is not very good with constituent services, so perhaps on those grounds, Van Hollen was the better choice.

Still, if I were a Democratic voter in Maryland, I would have voted for Edwards to add diversity to the Senate. Plus she has experience dealing with conservative Democrats.
32  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which Cuban Regime Was Worse? on: November 28, 2016, 03:44:09 am
I would say that if Batista was given the same amount of time to rule as Castro and had a foreign power trying to murder him in increasingly inventive ways, he would be worse in most ways.
33  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Simon Bolivar on: November 28, 2016, 03:42:05 am
There's a good reason why he's called "The Liberator".
34  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Fidel Castro dead at 90 on: November 26, 2016, 01:15:18 pm
President Obama's statement


How weasel-worded.
35  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump's Cabinet Set to Be the Wealthiest Ever; Worth $30 billion+ on: November 26, 2016, 12:23:57 pm
Just so we're clear here, how much is too much net worth for a cabinet member?
There's not "too much", but its less likely that an uber-wealthy person will be in touch with the middle class and poor of America.
36  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Do You See Congress Lifting the Trade Embargo on Cuba if Raul Castro Dies? on: November 26, 2016, 12:19:33 pm
Literally the only thing keeping the Embargo alive is now Raul Castro. I see Cuba becoming less hardline once he dies, and apart from a few hardliners on the US side, I don't see anyone objecting to lifting the embargo from a post-Castro Cuba.
37  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Being an Independent when you are not really a swing voter. on: November 26, 2016, 12:12:07 pm
Well, I'm a registered independent mainly because you can be so in Utah and still vote in Democratic primaries, and because I want to avoid having too much party-sponsored junk mail and the like (a strategy which failed this year).

I also like to avoid political arguments with friends and family, and I can defuse a lot of it simply by noting that I'm an independent. If asked directly whether I'm left-wing or right-wing, I'd answer honestly that I'm more of a left-wing guy, but most people don't get that far after I note I'm independent. I hate confrontation, so this works out well for me. In reality, I consider myself a "Warrenite", in that I'm most ideologically aligned with Elizabeth Warren. Not a fan of Hillary or of Bernie anymore, but I still like Warren.

Basically, I'm only an Independent out of convenience, so on an anonymous internet forum, I am honest and choose my actual party color as a Democrat.
38  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is socialism to blame for Venezuela's plight? on: November 26, 2016, 12:05:15 pm
No, its being reliant on one particular, economically volatile resource, and having incompetent strongman-style socialism.

Other countries that have "socialism" of a sort (at least to American eyes) are more competent with their economies; Sweden, Norway, even Germany or France.

And Stefan Molyneux is a cultish hack who became an alt-right Trumpist as soon as he felt his audience was slipping away from his wacky anarcho-capitalist views.
39  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What's the true definition of "alt-right"? on: November 24, 2016, 12:14:12 pm
Internet Nazis. Occasionally also Internet Rapists like Roosh V.
40  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: By 2030, which western countries will still be run by "liberal elites"? on: November 24, 2016, 12:11:57 pm
What does "liberal elite" even mean in this context?
41  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion on the late Conrad Burns on: November 24, 2016, 11:40:48 am
Did anyone actually like Conrad Burns?
42  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Most shocking result? on: November 22, 2016, 04:33:30 pm
Johnson's win was probably the most shocking for me; I knew the race was tightening, but I did not expect Johnson to actually win.
43  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: House votes to allow federal contractors to fire people for being gay again... on: November 21, 2016, 09:32:11 pm
Here comes the first strike on reversing gay rights gained under President Obama...


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The House passed a massive National Defense Authorization Act late Wednesday, and tucked inside of it, a provision that would allow federal contractors to fire employees for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The language, slipped into the bill by Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.), would dismantle President Barack Obamaís 2014 executive action that makes it illegal for government contractors to fire or harass employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. In its place, Russellís provision applies a broad exemption that would open the door to contractors discriminating against LGBT people based on that contractorís religious beliefs.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lgbt-workplace-discrimination-ndaa_us_573cd273e4b0aee7b8e8e176


Hopefully the Senate can torpedo it.


Is it possible it could be ruled unconstitutional under grounds of equal protection?
44  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: CT-Gov: Visconti In on: November 21, 2016, 09:07:47 pm
I don't know anything about CT politics, but I just want to say that "Visconti" always reminds me of Renaissance Italy. Specifically Machiavelli.
45  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Pope Francis extends Catholic priests' power to forgive abortion on: November 21, 2016, 09:01:07 pm
As if the Pope has the authority to say that. The only one with the power to forgive, and to dictate how you get forgiveness is God. Not some fancy dressed human.
To be fair, Catholics do recognize him as the leader of their Church, so he kind of does have control over at least the theological doctrines of the church like this.

Same with the LDS Church President for Mormons like me. We have every right not to follow what he says, but he is kind of the guy in charge for theology for the entire church like that.
46  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Steve Bannon: "I am Thomas Cromwell in the court of the Tudors" on: November 21, 2016, 10:43:06 am
Can you imagine how megalomanical Bannon would be if he was actually president?
47  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 2017 German Federal Election on: November 21, 2016, 10:39:34 am
Merkel, easily. And I'm a little worried that the neo-fascists seem to be leading in this poll...
48  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Who ran the worst Senate campaign in 2016? on: November 20, 2016, 01:09:53 pm
I say Bayh ran the worst campaign, as he went from leading by double digits in the polls to losing by 10%. He couldn't answer basic questions, and from I understand, he came across as arrogant and entitled.

Strickland at least had the excuse of facing off against a strong opponent in Portman. He messed up like crazy too, but he wasn't hyped up as much as Bayh. Both of them seemed to want to waltz into their seats though.

Feingold also did badly, though I can't tell if its mostly his fault, or the fact that it was a bad year for Midwestern Democrats. Or if Ron Johnson was a genuinely strong opponent.

And being a Utahn, I have to look at Misty Snow's campaign, in which she didn't even crack 30%, though most of that is not her fault. I do think she ran a lackluster campaign outside of Salt Lake City, and seemed to want to only appeal to Salt Lake City Democrats. Though I don't think Jonathan Swinton would've done any better.
49  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will Trump push for recognition of the Russian annexation of Crimea? on: November 20, 2016, 03:20:36 am
Also, we don't actually know if enough Crimeans wanted to become Russian, because the Russians interfered with the vote and made it illegitimate.
50  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will Trump push for recognition of the Russian annexation of Crimea? on: November 20, 2016, 03:19:35 am
Crimea was land that was legitimately Russian up until it was split away and haphazardly assigned to Ukraine. The people of the Crimea did not wish to be governed by the NATO regime that resulted from the Euromaiden coup, nor was the original split of the Crimea from Russia legitimate. Putin stepped in and restored both Russia's rightful claim and the Crimean's right to have a government that works for them, not against them.

Sorry I haven't spent the entirety of my day answering your queries about a position I've upheld consistently since the start. In the future PM me if you're this interested.

"NATO Regime" and "Euromaiden coup"? Hah. That removes all credibility from your post.
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