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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Will Ferrell as Ronald Reagan on: April 29, 2016, 12:47:37 pm
Firgured I'd post this. It's a letter to Will Ferrell from Reagan's daughter.

http://booksbypattidavis.com/an-open-letter-to-will-ferrell/#more-1732

Quote from: Patty Davis
AN OPEN LETTER TO WILL FERRELL

Dear Mr. Ferrell,
I saw the news bulletin — as did everyone — that you intend to portray my father in the throes of Alzheimer’s for a comedy that you are also producing. Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous.

Alzheimer’s doesn’t care if you are President of the United States or a dockworker. It steals what is most precious to a human being — memories, connections, the familiar landmarks of a lifetime that we all come to rely on to hold our place secure in this world and keep us linked to those we have come to know and love. I watched as fear invaded my father’s eyes — this man who was never afraid of anything. I heard his voice tremble as he stood in the living room and said, “I don’t know where I am.” I watched helplessly as he reached for memories, for words, that were suddenly out of reach and moving farther away. For ten long years he drifted — past the memories that marked his life, past all that was familiar…and mercifully, finally past the fear.

There was laughter in those years, but there was never humor.

Alzheimer’s is the ultimate pirate, pillaging a person’s life and leaving an empty landscape behind. It sweeps up entire families, forcing everyone to claw their way through overwhelming grief, confusion, helplessness, and anger. Perhaps for your comedy you would like to visit some dementia facilities. I have — I didn’t find anything comedic there, and my hope would be that if you’re a decent human being, you wouldn’t either.

Twice a week I run a support group called Beyond Alzheimer’s for caregivers and family members of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. I look into haunted eyes that remind me of my own when my father was ill. I listen to stories of helplessness and loss and am continually moved by the bravery of those who wake up every morning not knowing who their loved one will be that day, or what will be lost. The only certainty with Alzheimer’s is that more will be lost and the disease will always win in the end.

Perhaps you would like to explain to them how this disease is suitable material for a comedy.
Honestly I understand where a lot of this outrage comes from, but I've always been of the opinion that comedy is one of the few things that is black and white. South Park hit the nail on the head years ago: It's all okay, or none of it is.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: When did Clinton become the prohibitive favorite? on: April 21, 2016, 08:17:19 pm
June 7th, 2008
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Prince Has Died at the age of 57 on: April 21, 2016, 03:11:23 pm
RIP His Royal Badness
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Opinion of the #BernieorBust movement on: April 21, 2016, 01:27:10 am
I went rambling on about this the other day. I'll requote:

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In regards to the Bernie Or Bust people, sometimes I wonder why they are actually participating in the electoral process. Is it because they want to help America and advance certain issues? Because if that is it, playing this downright moronic "bernie or bust" card goes against that entire idea. They are basing their vote on the love of one specific candidate. If they actually cared about the issues, they would look at the candidates and vote for the one that results in the most progress towards the issues they care about. If you want to fight climate change, you don't stay home or vote for a Republican, you vote for 1) the candidate who says they will fight climate change and 2) the candidate who does #1 and also has the best chance of winning. In this case, it's the Democrat.

Personally, I care about my country and the issues facing it more than my pride or feelings of one candidate. Do I like Hillary? Not really. Do I think she is shady? Yes.... But I will not in any shape or form help a party or candidate that tries to suppress voting, deny climate change, roll back labor/consumer protections, etc, etc. Given the choice of two poisons, I will take the poison that only makes me sick, rather than the one that kills me.

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this election is going to happen whether or not people like it, and by all measure it will come down to a Republican or a Democrat. With that in mind, people should vote based on the issues they care about and not this fantasy of a pure candidate who they admire. Voting for the Green Party, or writing in a name, or staying home only helps an even more terrible candidate, which for most/all liberals would be Cruz/Trump/basically any plausible Republican candidate.

I'm not saying people should be proud of that decision. Just suck it up and vote for the least worst candidate who both has a shot at winning and supports issues you care about. Otherwise, how can anyone really take you seriously? If you say you care about, for example, climate change, but then go directly or indirectly help Cruz/Republicans just because you don't like Hillary, then how can you really say you care about climate change when you rejected the clear option to help advance that cause. Cruz/Republicans will fight to roll back all progress we have made on it, and if any of them gets into the White House to complete a federal trifecta, there will be a lot of progress lost. They will burn down every good thing that has been accomplished over the past 8 years.

Simply put, it's stupid.

Hillary is terrible on basically every issue I care about. She's OK on abortion, I guess.

You must not care about any actual issues then
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: MD-Sen Primary (D) Marist: Van Hollen +6 on: April 14, 2016, 12:03:39 am
They're literally exactly the same ideologically and the same age. But as stated before, Hollen has been more helpful to the rest of the party in fundraising, so I guess I'll support him.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Remove a Candidate on: April 10, 2016, 01:33:50 am
Sanders, so we could be rid of the loony left and its internet supporters.

Go become a Republican.

And change your avatar.

I'm as left wing as you can get 😂. Lol Sanders supporters are the ones using republican talking points to ruin the chances of the presumptive nominee.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who would you rather have as a room-mate? on: April 09, 2016, 07:51:07 am
At least I'd get my privacy with Hillary, so her.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NH-Sen: Hassan running on: April 09, 2016, 07:44:46 am
GOP tries to hit Hassan over Phillips Exeter abuse scandal

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GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte and the National Republican Senatorial Committee are trying to turn a burgeoning sex scandal at the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy into a problem for Maggie Hassan, her Democratic opponent. [...]

“There certainly are questions that need to be answered by [Hassan] about this whole matter. And she’s given some inconsistent answers,” Ayotte said on Wednesday.

Hassan’s husband, Tom, was in the midst of a six-year stint as principal of the elite school in 2011 when Rick Schubart, a longtime teacher, was forced to relinquish his post after an allegation that he had an improper sexual relationship with a student beginning in 1977, according to The Boston Globe, which first reported the scandal last week. Phillips Exeter disclosed the abuse allegation to police and a state agency at the time but did not go public with the allegations.

Schubart, though, retained his emeritus faculty status at the school. Schubart and his wife donated to Maggie Hassan’s 2012 gubernatorial campaign, and he was listed among dozens of prominent local figures serving on a steering committee for her campaign.

In 2015, a second former student came forward with abuse allegations from the 1980s against Schubart. His emeritus status was then revoked by Phillips Exeter, he was barred from campus and school events, and the police were again notified. Yet as in the initial incident, the allegations against Schubart were never revealed to students, their families or the public.

Interesting....  how am I not surprised by this?
Yeah... this has nothing to do with Maggie Hassan. Ayotte's getting pretty desperate isn't she.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is most talk of "cultural appropriation" total nonsense? on: April 08, 2016, 03:32:31 am
No, and this is exactly why

10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Remove a Candidate on: April 07, 2016, 11:39:36 pm
Sanders, so we could be rid of the loony left and its internet supporters.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Alternative Elections / Re: If Obama were running for a third term right now... on: April 04, 2016, 01:45:32 pm
Honestly, Obama is the only person who's ever been able to really beat TRUMP in the political arena, so he'd probably win by about 8 points or so.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton: “I Feel Sorry For Young People Who Believe Sanders” on: April 04, 2016, 06:41:26 am
Damn a lot of the Bernie supporters in this thread sound like right-wing idiots.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sanders apparently has 11 point lead amongst AA voters in Wisconsin on: April 03, 2016, 01:23:48 am
Those crosstabs are downright ludicrous anyways. Sanders's lead among AA's is larger than his lead among whites. In what universe does that even remotely make sense?

WHAT PART OF KILLER MIKE ENDORSEMENT DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND??!?!?!

The part where black voters don't know who tf Killer Mike is.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Sharron Angle running for Senate again on: April 02, 2016, 03:25:49 pm
Isn't she the one who accused Harry Reid of stealing the 2010 Senate election?

Typical Republicans Democrats to act like sore losers and cry liberal conservative conspiracy when they don't get what they want.
Fixed.  See Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, John Kerry.
Well Gore did actually win in 2000 and Kerry would've won in 2004 without the fake gay marriage scare thing mobilizing the religious right in Ohio.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1988 Primaries (No Reagan) on: April 01, 2016, 09:14:48 pm
Accidentally voted for Iacocca but meant to vote for Nunn.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gov. Deal vetoes religious liberty bill on: March 30, 2016, 10:35:50 pm
Coward. The people wanted it signed. Go with the people not big business.

The people also want Garland to get a vote and a hearing in the Senate...
Those people don't count
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sanders aims to win 40% in NY on: March 29, 2016, 05:42:52 pm
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Preeetttyyy shore they're just setting low expectations for the Media.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sanders campaign: Clinton won only states where we didn't compete on: March 28, 2016, 01:49:48 pm
Clinton supporters like to pretend that she would do better than Sanders in the general election. This opinion is just that, an opinion. They have literally nothing upon which to base this belief.
He does, on average, like 2-3 points better than she does against Trump and Cruz. Hillary Clinton has already had the kitchen sink thrown at her by the Republicans and she's still winning. Bernie has never experienced an actual Republican opponent and his numbers would crater once he went through the usual negative campaigning and millions of attack ads.

I think that a lot of people are voting for Mrs. Clinton simply because she is a woman.
She has made that a campaign issue.

Yeah, I had to take down my Carly Fiorina sign before I could switch to Hillary /s
Thank you for making my point for me. She has made this an issue and women are a group that she is appealing to. Nobody can deny this. She is playing the gender card. People do vote on personality rather than on policy. Of course, I don't think this is the way to vote, but some people do. Fioriana and Palin are examples of this. There are limits. People don't tend  to have this as the only criterion. They don't usually switch parties because of gender or race. However, many are under the illusion that there isn't much of a difference between candidates of the same party; I am sure that some people don't realize how stark the contrast is between Clinton and Sanders, so they let themselves be swayed by the "vote for her, it's time for a woman" argument. Not that there's anything wrong with wanting to have a woman POTUS, since we have never had one, but really, do you want to vote based soley on that? That is the only reason I can think why people would chose someone whose policies are so inferior to Sanders'. $12 minimum wage? Really?

Reverse sexism is your argument for why Sanders is losing? Seriously? You're right though, people should look at the policy differences. And when they do, they'll realize that Clinton actually has policies and Sanders has unattainable pipe dreams.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Give a Bernie Sanders-style response to the previous poster's question on: March 26, 2016, 07:02:33 pm
I don't have a SupahPac, unlike other candidates in this race.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bernie Sanders files paperwork to sue the DNC! on: March 25, 2016, 05:49:06 pm
They have to keep it going. The DNC only allowed his campaign access to their own data because of this. They'd probably just kick them out again otherwise. This is the only thing keeping the DNC from being 100% Hillary hacks.
Dude, it happened 3 months ago and he was let back in like a day later. The only reason their filing the suit is because Tad Devine is delusional.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Best Movie Batman on: March 25, 2016, 11:47:47 am
Michael Keaton is my favorite movie Batman, but Ben Afflefk amazed me with his aggressive take on him in BvS. George Clooney also holds a special place in my heart as he could've been a great Batman if he hadn't been in Joel Schumacher's movie.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: CNN/ORC national poll:D:Clinton 51% Sanders 44%;R: Trump 47% Cruz 31% Kasich 17% on: March 22, 2016, 06:58:40 am
Good luck getting that 44% to vote for you Hillary.

You realize this very poll shows they are in fact voting for her, right?

Of course. It's the turnout that will be the problem. The condescending tone against the Sanders voters is going to bite Clinton in the A** come November.

Sanders supporters being renowned, of course, for their utmost respect for Hillary Clinton and her supporters...

Oh because you think every Democrat should have the "utmost respect" for her? Just like the Clinton supports have respect for Sanders on here? Please in the words of Jeb Bush, give me a break. A lot of Sanders supporters read your post and say "Yea, i'm not going to vote this year".

Almost every democrat does have the utmost respect for Sanders himself. It's his insane campaign staff and an overly vocal minority of his supporters that aggravate Clinton voters
23  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: To what Cabinet position would you appoint the previous poster? on: March 21, 2016, 06:06:57 am
State Secretary
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Tom Coburn and Rick Perry discussed as potential third party Trump opponents on: March 21, 2016, 04:45:02 am
I'd like to see a Coburn run. I don't agree with him ideologically, but he always struck me as a good, principled guy. I remember when he defended Nancy Pelosi to an angry conservative crowd.

This. He was also one of the few, if not only, Republicans who was genuinely friends with President Obama, as they entered the Senate together.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Non-trump people: What one thing can Trump do to convince you to vote for him? on: March 20, 2016, 09:21:19 pm
He can win my vote in the following scenario after clinching the Republican Nomination, on the final night of the RNC when he gives his acceptance speech in primetime he states:

"I am just so awesome at being whatever I want I fooled millions of primary voters into believing I was as batsh!t crazy as they were.  Everything I said and did in my campaign was a joke and I can't believe you idiots fell for it. The Republican Party is gonna get creamed and you all deserve it for being racists, xenophobes, and dumbasses. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America!"
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