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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Greetings on: Today at 08:13:19 pm
What does 'Queen mum' mean?

Senile alcoholic racist.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK local by-elections, 2016 on: February 04, 2016, 07:40:13 pm
Apparently not. But judging from Oswestry it would appear that blatant corruption and cronyism is!
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK local by-elections, 2016 on: February 04, 2016, 07:06:58 pm
Good hold in Measham given the *ahem* circumstances...
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion: Corbyn vs the Pigdiddler on: February 04, 2016, 07:06:25 pm
Urgh, this came out of nowhere. RIP Sad
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Parliamentary by-elections, 2015-2020 on: February 04, 2016, 02:01:14 pm
Labour shortlist for Ogmore:

Chris Elmore - a councillor in Barry, member of GMB and the Co-op Party, Labour candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan at the last General Election.

Christine Gwyther - based in Pembrokeshire; former AM for Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire (1999-2007), Minister of Agriculture 1999-2000, Labour candidate for Dyfed-Powys Police Commissioner 2012

Geraint Hopkins - local councillor (Llanharan ward in RCT borough) and currently on the council cabinet in RCT. Member of Unison. One time Deal Or No Deal contestant.

Alex Owen - local councillor (Penprysg ward in Bridgend borough). Member of the FBU.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Irish general election on: February 04, 2016, 01:34:46 pm
I suppose I should pick somewhere random and rural... lets go with Carlow-Kilkenny.

Green: 35
AAA: 34
PBP: 33
Lab: 29
FF: 27
SF: 27
Renua: 23
FG: 22
Ind: 3

lol
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinions of Karl Marx, Charls Darwin, and Sigmund Freud on: February 04, 2016, 12:59:34 pm
What, you can't even spell Charles? A very common English name? I know you aren't exactly the brightest sandwich in the toolbox, but Jesus.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is President Obama an atheist? on: February 04, 2016, 11:41:01 am
I like that basically 90% of the responses here are 'I would like the following to be true, therefore I shall believe it.'
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: February 04, 2016, 11:38:46 am
...or Pakistanis/Bengalis in the UK.

Who don't actually form a single voting bloc either (and there are also Gujarati Muslims, and if we're talking of London then the Turkish Cypriots, the Turks, the Kurds...) even if sometimes there is related electoral movement.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: International gender voting patterns on: February 03, 2016, 09:52:20 am
A major problem you'll find with regards to this is that a lot of the relevant surveys - whether recent or historic - are less than reliable and sometimes actively dreadful. But way better than attempts to survey voting patterns of insert minority here *shudders*.

Quite interested at how the gender gap manifests itself in different political cultures. I know in the UK women tended to be more conservative than men in the 50's but shifted left over time so now are more likely to vote LAbour. How is this different in other countries? (especially developing ones)

The big MORI survey (which is the closest thing we have here to exit poll data) showed only a very slight difference.
11  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Should Muslims allow the Hajj to be performed at more times during the year? on: February 03, 2016, 09:45:18 am
One of Barth's biggest problems with the liberal Protestantism of his day was that it was too conciliatory towards established political institutions, leading to e.g. support for the First World War.
12  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Should Muslims allow the Hajj to be performed at more times during the year? on: February 03, 2016, 09:41:37 am
The concept of a Reformation makes no sense for a religion that is not Christianity.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics - Version 2.0 (Presidential Election: April 24) on: February 02, 2016, 06:57:10 pm
oh lawd
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rubio v Clinton - Who will win the general election? on: February 02, 2016, 12:09:20 pm
Rubio's an empty suit - like a right-wing parody of Obama.

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Hillary would easily crush him - even Bernie would have a good shot.

Alas, this does not follow logically from the first sentence Sad
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Iowa Caucus results thread (entrance poll @8pm ET) on: February 02, 2016, 11:22:33 am
A. Clinton's crew here are really...militant
B. do we have a map of Iowa with results already?

Dave is nothing if not efficient about such things:



Red Clinton, Green Sanders.

But here's the amusing part; compare with 2008...



Red Clinton, Green Obama, Blue Edwards
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of RFayette's signatures? on: February 01, 2016, 06:07:29 pm
The point is that the Bible is not to be questioned.  God gave us his word, and we need to take it at face value.  I remember, as my pastor put it, "You can't just keep questioning and questioning God.  You need to just accept the truth of God's word for what it is."  Questioning can be the work of the devil - it can make people fall astray from the faith and the sufficiency and inerrancy of scripture.

Jesus. Where even to start? Well with the obvious point that I did not 'question the Bible' (whatever that means) I questioned you. Again you do not appear to have noted the direction of the questioning, but perhaps that is a minor matter. The thought process again appears to be rather depressing: to question RFayette is to question The Pastor which is to question the Bible which is to do the work of the devil.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of RFayette's signatures? on: February 01, 2016, 03:00:02 pm
And neither did I say you were an atheist...

Not directly, but it is fairly clear from this...

I want to re-iterate that I do not hate anyone here, even those whom I have had very strong disagreements with, such as Al, afleitch, and trianinthedistance.  My desire is that all repent and believe in Jesus Christ and the whole counsel of God, the Holy Bible.

This...

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Do you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? If not, in what position are you to criticize other's faith? Perhaps it's YOU who chooses to believe not in God and his word because you prefer being an arrogant "intellectual."

This...

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You love to insult Bible-believing Christians because you hate the truth of God's word. You and other "intellectuals" hate God and belittle the intelligence of those who do. Guess what, the Bible says that many who the world thinks are wise are fools in God's eyes! I hate intellectualism!

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All who reject the Lord Jesus Christ and believe not the Gospel will be cast into hellfire....and many, many atheist intellectuals who think they knew everything will be there because they didn't heed the calls of those "ignorant" fundamentalist Christians.

...that you have made certain assumptions and that you have made these assumptions entirely because your beliefs have been subject to a critique (I note that it has obviously not occurred to you to consider the direction of said critique). The thought process at work here is sadly all too obvious.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Where are you on the hawk dove spectrum? on: February 01, 2016, 02:29:12 pm
Please don't tell me that this means that you currently back ISIS?
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of RFayette's signatures? on: January 31, 2016, 09:11:50 pm
I want to re-iterate that I do not hate anyone here, even those whom I have had very strong disagreements with, such as Al, afleitch, and trianinthedistance.  My desire is that all repent and believe in Jesus Christ and the whole counsel of God, the Holy Bible.

This continues to be rather amusing if also a little bit sad. I am not an atheist, as is well known here. Of course even if it wasn't it should have been quite obvious from the tone and content of my argument. The assumption that because I questioned the mishmash of slogans and half digested dogma that constitute your beliefs I must be an atheist (who therefore needs to repent!) is telling.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of RFayette's signatures? on: January 31, 2016, 03:03:09 pm
The knavish poltroon stormed out before I'd even finished my line of reasoning, which is most vexing.
21  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Counter-Reformation vs. Magisterial Reformation vs. Radical Reformation on: January 31, 2016, 02:10:45 pm
A prominent historian made the case that counter-reformation is the root cause of Italy's cultural, social and political decline in the 16th century, from which it has never recovered.

That seems very... 19th century... as an argument...
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK MPs - 2015 Parliament on: January 29, 2016, 11:31:52 am
An unnamed Staffordshire MP who liked to brag about the number of parliamentary divisions he attends was described in Tony Wright's Very Short Introduction to British Politics as a prize buffoon and used as an example of why journalists should not assume that turning up in division lobbies = doing a good job. I wonder who he had in mind.
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: $681m in Malaysian PM's personal bank account "gift" from the Saudis on: January 26, 2016, 01:43:56 pm
The money was just resting in my account.
24  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: What major metro areas are more GOP than the state they are in as a whole? on: January 26, 2016, 01:43:20 pm
Nothing is a better comment on the weirdness of American voting habits than the fact that Pittsburgh is actually a legit answer to this question these days. It isn't long ago that it was one of the least Republican metropolitan regions.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Spanish elections and politics on: January 25, 2016, 02:29:52 pm
Hey, Portugal was a pleasant surprise. There is some hope (though I'll probably regret saying this).

Stranger things have certainly happened. Yet I look at certain elements in both Left parties and then I look at the general constitutional crisis that Spain will be embroiled in for years no matter what and then I worry...
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