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General Comments / Random question
« on: May 24, 2023, 04:13:13 PM »
There was a third board, very vaguely attributed to Card, that wasn't Hatrack. Got banned from there 15 years ago but thinking about asking back in. Think the name had something to do with the Alvin Maker books? Anyway, it was running pretty strong back then and I'd be surprised if it wasn't still going. Tom at least was there, think Wayward as well.

General Comments / Pete and Ephraim's thread
« on: May 22, 2023, 09:02:47 AM »

I'm sure the "both" of you have lots to say, unfortunately your discussion is *censored*ting up the board for everyone else. If you find the need to have a vigorous debate "between yourselves," can you try to direct it here? So it doesn't pollute the board? Thanks in advance.

General Comments / Dianne Feinstein
« on: May 07, 2023, 12:21:59 PM »
She's gotta go, right?

I mean, she's handing the Reps a win in the Senate Judiciary Committee just by not being there. Mitch McConnell is not defending her right to stay in office because he's her friend.

Dementia sucks, getting old sucks, but I really don't understand anyone who would defend keeping her in office at this point. Dick Van Dyke is spry and still has his mind in his mid nineties, so there are exceptions. Feinstein isn't one of them.

General Comments / Thomas
« on: April 22, 2023, 04:27:16 PM »
In light of recent reporting...

Beyond the original reporting about hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of free trips and services every year, his billionaire funder also bought Thomas's mother's house, performed tens of thousands worth of renovations on it, and she still lives in that house.

Any of the rightwards people care to explain how this *doesn't* or *shouldn't* trigger a huge investigation? Guy has been helping to define law since the early 90's, and unlike other courts there is no appealing his decisions.

And yes, at this point I would be more then willing to see the same investigation for every Justice.

I don't even care about his name. So, here's how it works. You have federal judges, and they have districts. Case comes up, it's randomly decided which judge will have the case. Texas is a big state geographically so they have a few districts. Turns out Amarillo has a super right judge, but  he's the only judge in the district. Any case goes to him.

Right wingers have been setting up offices in the district to establish standing to put up cases. They know they'll win.

This guy just put out an opinion outlawing the abortion tablet. Well, the first of two required. Legal experts across the nation are laughing at this, but it is still serious, because he is a federal judge. That means something. Funnily enough, another federal judge filed a brief telling him to go *censored* himself, so no one knows what will actually hold.
I'm curious as to how the right wingers here will react to this. Seriati, Lambert, Flyod, etc. This one judge in a backwards district has declared that women thousands of miles away can't get the medicine that they need. A medicine that is safe and has been backed by the FDA for twenty years. With studies citing how safe it is.

States rights. That is the theory that says Ohio can make a 12 year old rape victim go to Indiana so she doesn't have to go through the physical and mental trauma of carrying and giving birth to her rapist's child. I'm just asking you carry that same outlook through this. It's outrageous. It wasn't even the Supreme Court, just some *censored* in Texas telling everyone else how to live.

General Comments / He screamed for me two times.
« on: October 16, 2022, 03:31:33 AM »
I guess. Y'all can't hold a page against my *censored*.

General Comments / Russian War Crimes
« on: October 14, 2022, 09:36:09 AM »
So I know whataboutism is a thing, and I also know some *censored* went down in Iraq and Afghanistan, and, yes, Guantanamo Bay, that left the US looking less then pristine.

But the *censored* coming out of Ukraine is next level, horrifying stuff. Not up to WW2 Nazi levels, but only because they've not had the time and resources to scale it up. Ideawise? They are absolutely on point. Julia Davis on twitter, follow her, you can watch the propogandists cheering everything happening. How Ukrainians aren't real people.

A family. Killed, and thrown in a mass grave.

There's another video out there, of a mass grave being filled in. There's a naked dead guy, hands tied behind his back. He tumbles down the slope.

The real horrifying *censored*? One of the "corpse's" head moves when he lands. He was half buried, shot, and just laying there pretending to be dead in the hope he could maybe dig himself out of his own grave.

When the war is over, how should we respond?

General Comments / Pence, faith, and freedom
« on: June 18, 2021, 09:07:42 PM »

Holy crap. Is this the same feeling ya'll conservatives get when the Biden/Clinton type democrats are fighting with the Bernieites? Because of if it is I'm totally getting the schadenfreude now. Hahaha.

General Comments / New trans laws
« on: June 02, 2021, 02:41:54 PM »
Gonna be real for a second, I don't and never have gotten the whole trans thing. Think it's like when my Dad couldn't understand gay marriage. Probably a generational thing.

Anyway I've got no issue with anyone doing whatever they want with their own body so I'm cool with it all, and I'm also kind of curious about the recent rash of laws aiming at trans issues. Is this just an acceptable blowback against BIDEN STRONG 2020 or are right wing politicians in right wing states trying to get votes locked in with...their electorate.

General Comments / Gun rights
« on: April 11, 2021, 05:00:34 PM »
As an ex patriot I just want to note how hilarious it is that when lockdowns and whatever stop happening ya'll start having weekly or biweekly mass shootings. Literally, the rest of the world saw this coming and are laughing.

General Comments / Roe might be in woe
« on: March 10, 2021, 02:04:25 PM »
Looks like Arkansas has won the right to be the test for whether our new Supreme Court will rule on whether women should be forced to incubate a dangerous parasitical human for nine months before expelling them in a manner that is dangerous to the both of them. Well done on winning *that* particularly disgusting point of American history!

Bonus points for adding in that rape and incest don't amount to sh*t, people are trying to play it off as "It's just to put it to the courts," but yeah buddy if they're confident and looking just to overturn precedent it's either they thought it wouldn't work or they thought that sh*t would go through. Either way if you win that law is law and then what're you gonna do? *Defend* it?

Me? I think Barrett is the lynchpin. Call me whatever names but somehow I am not seeing a lifelong Catholic with her amount of kids, her connections, and her jurisdicial writings and history coming along and turning heel on the antichoice crowd. Roe and Casey are done, at least until some more Conservative members of the court stroke out.

General Comments / Lame ducks and sitting targets
« on: December 10, 2020, 05:25:08 PM »
You learn something new every day. Today I learned there is a 130 year precedent in which an acknowledged lame duck president lays off on procedures for instituting federal death penalties because it's only polite to let the guy you got *censored*canned for to make those decisions instead. It's like you're respecting the will of the voters.

So Trump has decided to Trump all over that and his DOJ is putting on a full court press to execute just as many people as he can possibly.get away with before Jan 20th. Never mind the scumbags getting the treatment or how 5 percent of people put to death are actually innocent, this isn't and shouldn't be a death penalty debate.

All I'm saying is people still bring up the W key keyboard thing 20 years later and this guy is still doing this and no one cares, it's like he shot a guy on Fifth Avenue.

General Comments / Colorado Prop 113
« on: November 05, 2020, 07:34:25 PM »
Well, it passed and if we look at it it's quite a doozy.

It basically acts as a bootstrapping bypass of the Electoral College. It promises that if states adding up to 270 electoral votes also take up the compact, that Colorado pledges their electoral votes to the national popular vote winner.

Now people may get skeptical about that coming about but the funny thing about propositions that let's them continue to surprise us is that when you're voting they don't have an R or a D attached to them. So people who brainlessly vote straight ticket actually have to step back and think a moment. And I think this is something that could definitely catch on.

General Comments / NRA getting sued
« on: August 07, 2020, 03:40:56 AM »
So even if we step back and say half of the prosecutors statement is false on the face of it (because sadly that's what prosecutors do these days) holy crap.

If even half of this is correct I'm sitting here thinking about the originator of the golden parachute glowing green with envy over "Why didn't I think of that?"

And apparently it's multiplied because they're a charitable organization? Holy *censored* hahaha who has ever thought the NRA was charitable. Not me. Never knew that.

Anyway I was mostly preempting the Crunch Facebook bot and the lawyer bot we all love and despise at the same time. There will be blurbs and catchphrases about how NY is soooo liberal and so this is BS but state's rights yo. If you're gonna do shady things in a certain pace you best remember the Feds aren't usually the worst enemy around.

General Comments / So the POTSUS gets to swear on national TV now
« on: February 06, 2020, 03:57:38 PM »
So do his critics. Are we all still going to be censored? (Obviously tongue in cheek lol.)

General Comments / British elections!
« on: December 10, 2019, 06:47:31 PM »
So we're having elections this side of the pond. Boris Johnson is gonna win despite being a dick.

I would totally vote Lib Dem however despite the historical record of my district being Labour I'm not comfortable leaving it in the hands of people who would vote for economic suicide. Which, you know, they did. Direct democracy sucks ass. Labour it is.

Unless they actually managed to get young voters to really buy in, it'll he a Tory government. God help us all.

General Comments / Roy Moore can't take a hint.
« on: June 20, 2019, 07:01:00 PM »
Our favourite ephebophile has decided that he got done wrong in the last election and he's going to do it right this time.

Lol even Trump JR can't rationalise a way into backing this.

Some of my favourite quotes.

"You've seen one Roy Moore Senate campaign, you've seen the mall."

"Roy Moore doesn't want to be judged by things he did when his girlfriends were 16."

"Keep in mind that the Alabama Senate race is still young, which is why Roy Moore is still interested."

General Comments / The UK's John Stewart
« on: April 18, 2019, 03:34:23 PM »
Check this out.

He's unabashedly liberal, but more then willing to call the left out on their BS. Look through the videos on his channel. He'sgreat.

General Comments / Yemen
« on: April 11, 2019, 11:22:19 AM »
I feel I brought up some substantial issues the other night about Yemen.

We can blame Obama for starting it, and Trump for continuing it. It feels fun for the whole family.

I could be mistaken but I've had a glance through. Doesn't look like anyone is discussing it.

Lotta kids dying every day from starvation through a blockade that is enforced/enabled by US/Western support. Why aren't we protesting against this?

General Comments / Left eating it's own
« on: February 21, 2019, 05:30:35 PM »
Bernie Sanders has just announced, and reactions have been mixed.

I want to cry.  Honestly.

We get a guy who has stood up against bull*censored* foreign wars and money in politics for 35 years. Has been a staunch proponent of the same policies that turned Scandinavia and it's countries into third world nations.

He doesn't talk about black people enough.  He talks about a rising tide raising all ships. He acknowledges that poor white people are actually a thing and deserving to be listened to and somehow that's a bad thing.

It's gonna be 2016 all over again. I'm as liberal as anyone here and I am sick and tired of the race game.

Originally, Senators were supposed to be a counterweight against the hordes of idiotic, uninformed voters.

The State governments would choose people who they trusted to be intelligent. Successful merchants, scientists, respected clergy, whatever.

The 17th amendment changed this so Senators were voted in directly by the people. They then brought in the 60 rule, just so the Senate wasn't subject to the tyranny of the mob.

On a pragmatic level, I shudder to think at who the majority R state  governments would choose as Senators. On an idealistic level, there really does need to be a level of government removed from Trumptards or even, if you're looking at this from the other side, citizens who agreed with everything that Obama did simply because he's black.

You remove the 60 rule, the Senate becomes exactly the same as the House, and it becomes meaningless.

General Comments / Liberals have lost
« on: June 29, 2018, 03:04:35 PM »
It's done.

Kennedy could be depended upon to stand up against the most egregious BS, but he's gone. What is life going to be like in an R SC environment?

They'll make abortion rights up to the states. So you'll have lots of women desperately trying to cross state lines. They will die or, they'll have a kid that they dont want, or they'll leave their children in a foster system that sucks ass because Republicans only care about children before they're born.

If you're gay? Well, your marriage isn't valid anymore. Deal with it, pussy.

And all the rest. Christ, our curent court has allowed companies to flat out bribe politicians with money aND declare that "free speech=money," can anyone carr to guess what the next unbelievable thing they'll agree with will be?

General Comments / The new Cold War
« on: March 15, 2018, 05:08:34 PM »
I mentioned this in a post a few days back, but Russia committed a chemical weapons attack against a UK civilian population.

The spy in question, his daughter, and a policeman on the scene were critically injured. What isn't thrown in the headlines as much is that approximately 20 other civilians were also injured.

In a nerve gas attack.

On UK soil.

This is a really big deal. Putin has been pushing the boundaries for the past few years. Annexing part of Ukraine, the troll farms, and now this. Has he finally gone too far? Even the Trump administration has had to join with other NATO countries condemning this.

What do you all think will be the repercussions over this? How will Putin react if the sanctions cut too deep against the Russian oligarchy?

General Comments / The accused
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:30:44 AM »
Here in the UK we recently had a liberal politician commit suicide after allegations.

It's brought up some interesting discussions. The most interesting being that if an accusation is made, the alleged perpetrator has his name formally withheld from the public until he is found guilty - in criminal or civil court.

I have to say, I'm entirely on board with this. The state of the media nowadays, even if someone is found non guilty, the stigma of an accused assault will be stuck to them. The press often prejudges. That accusation against George Takei, it was decades ago with no corroborating evidence. Yet his name had been smeared through the mud.

General Comments / Current populations
« on: July 16, 2017, 03:24:22 PM »
I've read a few interesting articles lately, and they've made some decent points.

Mostly, about how religious zealots (Orthodox Jews, Muslims, Mormons and other Christian sects) really focus on pumping out as many children as they can.

Whilst secular peeps sit there responsibly and decide to just have two or three children.

My question is are we facing a backlash in the next generation or two? Maybe not in the States, but in Europe?

Democracy is the best system possible but I see it returning us to the 1600s if the churchophiles *censored* out more kids then the reasonable people.

General Comments / North Korea
« on: April 16, 2017, 10:02:12 AM »
Why are we letting them get away with this *censored*?

The concentration camps are literally there to be seen on Google maps. Okay, they're not attacking a religious or racial minority, but millions have been killed and will be killed.

Let me put it it this way. When the regime is overthrown, the massive death camps and graves dug up, how will you explain to your grandkids that you just looked the other way?

General Comments / Public vs private infrastructure
« on: April 12, 2017, 07:18:17 AM »

The public company was stopped from expanding to rural areas due to a law that was lobbied for by cable companies.

They were offering to build this infrastructure with cash on hand and private loans - not a penny in government funds.

Their service was 10 times faster then the private lines.

So the government decided to give 45 mil of taxpayer money to AT&T and Comcast to build the infrastructure.

This is rank insanity.

General Comments / UK, Brexit, and and the House of Lords
« on: March 08, 2017, 02:47:42 PM »
So last summer the UK had a mini Trump phenomenon. A bunch of pro business right wingers lied their asses off to the electorate, and a bunch of idiot voters voted to leave the EU without doing the slightest bit of research or fact checking. As an example of this, Cornwall gets a whole bunch of funds directly from the EU. Cornwall voted to leave. Immediately after the vote, you had Cornwall citizens asking if they were still going to get those EU funds.


But in the past week or so I've seen the House of Lords push back a little against the government. They've refused to endorse the Parliament bill that allows to the PM to do whatever she pleases regarding Brexit. They've added riders requiring Parliamentary approval of whatever deal she makes. And it is so...refreshing.

Theresa May was against Brexit but now she is hard line "Europe can go *censored* itself." Because the Conservative party have identified that that kind of sentiment can win it elections by appealing to the uneducated and ignorant masses. The EU *will* consolidate, and whilst it will probably never be in the same breath as the US, Russia, or China, it will still be a world power.

The British people just voted themselves into the place of Cuba because they suffered grand delusions that Victoria's fat ass was still on the throne and Britain still had an Empire. Don't worry, America, we have the same problem here of old white people thinking it's fifty years ago and voting accordingly.

 In 25 or 30 years, we'll limply go back begging to be allowed to rejoin, and when we do, we won't have anywhere near the power or influence that we could have.

It's given me a new outlook. The Trump vote and the Brexit vote have cemented in my mind that in today's world social media and media in general have allowed the ignorant to be manipulated en masse. And I truly appreciate now the intent behind the Founder's view of the Senate. That these people would not be beholden to the whims of the ignorant electorate, but would be intelligent and proven people who could make decisions without worrying about Joe Six Pack. Kind of like how the Supreme Court works. I wish they'd stayed that way.

General Comments / Russia
« on: February 25, 2017, 01:23:51 PM »
Darrel Issa is now saying that there should be a special prosecutor for Russian based misdoings.

Who here would like to explain how this is unfair but three+ years of Benghazi investigations were cool?


Transcripts of Clinton Wall Street speeches.

In a shocking turn of events, Clinton thinks we really need to listen to the bankers on how to fix their industry.

General Comments / Gary Johnson's faux pas
« on: September 08, 2016, 02:50:29 PM »
So Gary Johnson had a brain fart this morning. He either forgot or never knew the importance of Aleppo.

That's pretty bad, and yet.

He owned it. He didn't blame his opponents. He didn't blame the media. He didn't just ignore the questions about it to attack his opponents.

This is the kind of difference that Bernie brought to the campaign, and it is a complete 180 to how Clinton and Trump act when they're caught out on their mistakes.

I really don't know if this is the dawn of a new political era. Where the Internet and social media makes it so politicians have to act differently. But I really, truly hope so. Gary Johnson is a man who I disagree quite a lot on in regards to policy positions, but the way in which he runs his campaign,  in much the same way conservatives respected Sanders while disagreeing with his message, gives me some small sliver of hope for the future.

General Comments / Woman wants to sue her parents over faith healing
« on: April 19, 2016, 10:17:10 PM »

Good for her. I seriously doubt the legislation will pass, because Idaho is a red state and red states tend to believe that it's okay to hurt other people if your religion tells you to.

It seriously grinds my gears that children are constantly dying because their parents are nutjobs who prefer prayer over a doctor.

General Comments / The Brexit
« on: April 16, 2016, 02:04:01 PM »
So June 23rd is fixing to be the biggest referendum I've ever participated in; a yes or no vote as to whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union.

Frankly, and I usually make fun of people like this, I'm still undecided. I can see the advantages of being in the EU, but there are certain things that rub me the wrong way. For one, we get to give a lot more money to the Union then we get back in return, sort of like New York State as compared to Alabama, and the EU isn't integrated enough for me to find that kind of thing worthwhile.

For another, I'm not sure I like the virtual open border system they have going here. I'm sure opening the floodgates for Eastern European immigrants really helped out Eastern Europe, but I don't see any advantages for the UK.

General Comments / The Jihadist Next Door
« on: January 21, 2016, 05:24:53 PM »
For those of you who are interested in what happens when you allow savages to import their customs and beliefs with them, and allow them to keep said customs in the name of diversity and tolerance.

The YouTube link from there should be unblocked in the US. Channel 4 recently spent two years interviewing extremists living in the UK, one of which is suspected of being the new Jihadi John.

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