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« Reply #50 on: April 21, 2012, 11:38:49 pm »
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I have no pet peeves. I love everyone!
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« Reply #51 on: April 22, 2012, 04:02:26 am »
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People who have no pet peeves. People who love everyone. (had to be done)
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« Reply #52 on: April 22, 2012, 05:42:15 pm »

People who oppose the use of Congressional earmarks. 

People who actually think Congressional earmarks have a non-nominal effect on the budget.
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« Reply #53 on: April 22, 2012, 06:18:07 pm »

A few comments here!

1) People deeming the vice-president as important.

In an election? It certainly can be so. Look at Sarah Palin's affect on McCain in 2008, or how LBJ helped Kennedy in the South in 1960, for starters. Also, the office of the VP itself gained a lot of powers under Cheney.

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3) Back in 2002-2006 era I used to read on a lot of blogs and message boards the argument of, "You can't support a war if you never served." I always found this to be a real stupid argument. I never support wars because I do not support waste, but the logic of the above statement is lacking. Can one not support fighting crime since they have never been Batman?

It's an overly simplistic argument, to be sure, but it has some logic behind it; someone calling to send American soldiers to war seems a lot less credible, IMO, if they never served in the military themselves.

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4) Republicans who support Democrats for office and Democrats who support Republicans for office. Come on, dudes, you should cheer for the home team.

There isn't really any point in promoting partisanship for its own sake. Besides, I routinely vote in the GOP primary at the local level (because it's the only time my vote really counts here Tongue)

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7) Buddy Roemer (see #5)

He's well intentioned, sensible and funny, if nothing else. More than you can say about almost any other minor party candidates.

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8 ) The term "Kitchen Table Issues." Does anyone talk about stuff at the kitchen table anymore? Last time I had a discussion at a kitchen table was when I was caught with a Penthouse back in 7th grade.


When I'm visiting family, we always talk politics and such at the supper table. Might be different than most people, I dunno.

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11) People who admire politicians. Can't such people admire athletes, actors, porn stars, celebrity chefs or their mom?

I can't think of many politicians I admire in the slightest, but I don't see what's wrong with it compared to admiring other people you don't personally know.

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12) People like it when politicians act "like us." Recently Hillary Clinton got drunk at a bar and danced around like an idiot. If any other 65 year old woman did this she would not be hailed as "being like us" she would instead be called "a woman suffering from empty nest syndrome."

But, but, but, it's an amusing news story!

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13) Also, I hate it when politicians go on SNL. SNL is usually not funny, but when Obama, McCain or some other dolt goes on the place it just makes the show that much worse. Also, politicians have no need to ever talk about pop culture. I do not listen to a certain type of music because some suit wants me to.

Eh, you're entitled to your own two cents of course, but I find SNL to be funnier around election season, generally.

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15) Talking about Mitt Romney's dog on the car back in the 1980s. This was never funny and is not funny the 1 billionths time mentioned.

It's not really intended to be funny, I think, it's more to point out the fact that Romney is a guy who did that to his dog. It was a bit cruel.

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17) The term "Paultard." This was never funny and is not funny the 1 billionths time mentioned.

I use the term sometimes (interchangeably with Paulista, and maybe a few other words), and know plenty of Paul-supporters who use the adjective to describe themselves. Don't really see the problem with it at all.

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18) Ever referring to a male politician as "handsome" if the person mentioning the male politician is also a male. I mean God man.

What if they're gay?

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20) Inauguration Ceremonies.

Gotta differ with you there, certainly, I'd love to see a Presidential inauguration in person. I love the feeling of taking part in something "historical."
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« Reply #54 on: April 22, 2012, 06:51:31 pm »
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This one's more prevalent in the United States, but it probably happens in a lot of developed countries - people vastly overestimating what percentage of the budget is spent on foreign aid.
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« Reply #55 on: April 22, 2012, 07:29:02 pm »
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Americans seem to think we can balance the budget by cutting NPR funding, foreign aid, closing tax loopholes, and getting rid of waste. To balance the budget (which I don't necessarily support), we need either high tax hikes, deep spending cuts, or more likely both.
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« Reply #56 on: April 22, 2012, 08:31:59 pm »
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this reminds me: I got a C on a paper last semester.  my Professor remarked that it was "full of strange language and pet peeves".  not sure if they were his pet peeves, or mine?
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« Reply #57 on: April 22, 2012, 09:53:33 pm »
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Liberals who would rather have a die-hard conservative from the opposing party in office instead of a moderate from their own party.
Oh my god. THIS SO HARD. Also, the vice versa for conservatives.
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