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by LtNOWIS
Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bachman for Pres..President?
Replies: 18
Views: 2254

Re: Bachman for Pres..President?

Eh, not really. The Republicans who lose the nomination will mostly be increased in stature. In 2006, nobody knew who Romney, Huckabee, and Paul were. The 2008 nomination process turned them into household names, even though they never had a chance in hell at winning a general election with Bush in ...
by LtNOWIS
Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Trolling Wikipedia
Replies: 28
Views: 5105

Re: Trolling Wikipedia

"Anyone can edit Wikipedia, so it isn't necessarily reliable" isn't an especially new message. I think a lot of Wikipedians share my sentiment of "Dude, we're doing really important work here on behalf of the people. You're shitting on it and making it harder for us to get stuff done....
by LtNOWIS
Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bachman for Pres..President?
Replies: 18
Views: 2254

Re: Bachman for Pres..President?

Bachmann's ability to fire up a crowd of conservatives should not be underestimated. She's got a high degree of natural charisma. When she really gets going, you can tell that she's heard sermons in a lot of evangelical churches. More importantly, she's a million times more capable than Rick Santoru...
by LtNOWIS
Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Al Qaeda embassy bomber killed by Somali military
Replies: 7
Views: 1673

Al Qaeda embassy bomber killed by Somali military

From the New York Times: Somalis Kill Mastermind of 2 U.S. Embassy Bombings NAIROBI, Kenya — Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, Al Qaeda’s leader in East Africa and the mastermind of the American Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, was killed in a late-night shootout at a security checkpoint in Mogadishu,...
by LtNOWIS
Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bob Gates: Europe not living up to its military obligations
Replies: 40
Views: 4247

Re: Bob Gates: Europe not living up to its military obligati

Granada, Panama, etc. and anything else in the Western hemisphere is irrelevant to this. Anything in the American hemisphere, we can handle on our own. That's confirmed by the Monroe Doctrine, the Rio Pact, and so forth. With the Falklands War, we had treaties with Argentina and the UK, so we were o...
by LtNOWIS
Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anthony Weiner
Replies: 95
Views: 11464

Re: Anthony Weiner

Report: Police interview girl, 17, over 'direct online communications' with Rep. Weiner
If he sexted a minor, then that's a crime and he'll be in legal trouble.
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anthony Weiner
Replies: 95
Views: 11464

Re: Anthony Weiner

A wrecked or troubled marriage is a big distraction for a person. If someone is hugely distracted by personal problems, that can impact their job performance, judgement, etc. It's not good for a mayor or president to be preoccupied with personal drama. It matters a bit less for a legislator. New Yor...
by LtNOWIS
Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mad Max: It Begins
Replies: 55
Views: 12618

Re: Mad Max: It Begins

Actual terrorists have killed far fewer people since 2006 than the Mexican drug cartels.
by LtNOWIS
Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mad Max: It Begins
Replies: 55
Views: 12618

Re: Mad Max: It Begins

But we must continue to fight, because those guys are trrrrst criminals who put steel armor plating on trucks in order to sell drugs to our children, and we can't let them win! Are you really making fun of the idea that Mexican drug cartels are terrible people? They've killed tens of thousands of p...
by LtNOWIS
Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 19490

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

Isn't that a bit misleading as a statistic, given how many Jews probably left Germany in the face of Hitlers rise to power? That would have happened regardless of whether the Nazis went to war or not. Maybe in the short term WWII was the deadliest way to deal with fascism, but Hitler ultimately wan...
by LtNOWIS
Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Trolling Wikipedia
Replies: 28
Views: 5105

Re: Trolling Wikipedia

Targeted stuff like this doesn't hurt the site too much. Whenever an article is mentioned by Colbert or another prominent person, it's locked down easily enough. I don't think it does too much to inspire general vandalism either. For Colbert, I think he does it to be an audacious, iconoclastic perso...
by LtNOWIS
Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CEO of PayPal pays students $100K to NOT attend college
Replies: 61
Views: 6116

Re: CEO of PayPal pays students $100K to NOT attend college

A lot of people go to college simply because it's a cultural expectation. If your friends, parents, teachers, and so forth all say you should go to college, and your friends are all applying for college and talking about how important that is, than obviously you're going to want to go as well. But y...
by LtNOWIS
Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rick Santorum Officially Declares Candidacy
Replies: 47
Views: 4935

Re: Rick Santorum Officially Declares Candidacy

It's hypocritical of the surprisingly large number of anti-gay rights Republicans who were, themselves, secretly gay. Surprisingly large number? There's what, Larry Craig and Ken Mehlman, and a few people who are allegedly closeted? That certainly doesn't apply to the entire Republican presidential...
by LtNOWIS
Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anthony Weiner
Replies: 95
Views: 11464

Re: Anthony Weiner

Etymologies don't need to make sense.
by LtNOWIS
Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pawlenty proposes three-tier tax system plus more!
Replies: 92
Views: 8810

Re: Pawlenty proposes three-tier tax system plus more!

US rail travel was actually faster 80 years ago than it is today, because nowadays freight is given priority over passenger service.
by LtNOWIS
Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rick Santorum Officially Declares Candidacy
Replies: 47
Views: 4935

Re: Rick Santorum Officially Declares Candidacy

How is it standing against gay rights in any way hypocritical? If you think it's awful, that's fine. But I'm not buying the idea that all Republican politicians are hypocrites because you don't like their policies. As for Santorum, he's a third-tier loser. Social conservatives aren't going to go for...
by LtNOWIS
Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anthony Weiner
Replies: 95
Views: 11464

Re: Anthony Weiner

If you want to look at equivalancies, Dems come out on the bad end of sex scandals while Repubs do not. Here's a handy list provided by blogger Steve Benen: ...sex scandals just don't hurt Republicans the way they hurt Democrats. Consider the recent evidence -- Ensign (adultery), Sanford (adultery)...
by LtNOWIS
Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Yemeni president to step down by year's end
Replies: 6
Views: 1265

Re: Yemeni president to step down by year's end

Civil War in Yemen?

That's been going on since like, 2004. Plus there's another insurgency in the Southeast, and ongoing violence against Al Qaeda.
by LtNOWIS
Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bolivia to declare Mother Earth has rights
Replies: 285
Views: 17128

Re: Bolivia to declare Mother Earth has rights

Bolivia is an unusual country. It's 55% American Indian, far more so than any other country. President Morales has been very populist and also advocates for Native identity a lot. So, this definitely has an element of grandstanding and publicity-seeking, not that there's anything wrong with that.
by LtNOWIS
Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled
Replies: 63
Views: 8121

Re: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled

Virgin America's efforts to be cool and hip are grating, but their food is pretty great. Nothing like a sandwich, a beer and television to pass time on a long flight.
by LtNOWIS
Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 19490

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

Hitler just about took over Central Europe without firing a shot. Maybe Germany could not have invaded so many more countries without assault tanks and bombers, but the idea of a Nazi-run Greater Germany that had absorbed Austria, Czechoslovakia, and chunks of other nearby countries that could not ...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23252

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

Right, but before that I said "Parents have the right to make there kids do a lot of stuff. That's a big part of how cultures propagate themselves." And the response started with, "No. Parents have no rights over their children..." At that point, at least in my mind, things had g...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23252

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

Hypotheticals? Extreme Cases? Anecdotes? Trivialities? The fuck?! How are trans people hypothetical, anedotal or trivial?! Would you also tell parents they cannot put their 2-year-old child into a bed longer than 1 meter, even though the child is longer than 1 meter and the bed will be too short fo...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23252

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

So you're okay with torturing one person when it's convenient for a bunch of other people? I personally think that's rather horrible and unjust, but I suppose there's nothing I can say to convince you otherwise. I'm sure we could spend months debating and parsing terminology, hypotheticals, extreme...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23252

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

Well, I guess I'll agree to disagree with that.

gmalivuk wrote:Do you even understand why that was Aaeriele's response?

Yes, I think I do.
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Global War on Drugs has Failed
Replies: 126
Views: 43563

Re: Global War on Drugs has Failed

Which changes what about pointing out that these things are lobbied for because they're profitable for certain people, not because they're in the public good? Like, is there something you're arguing with? I don't think anyone's arguing or disputing the idea that people and industries lobby for thin...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23252

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

Most people won't need to unlearn it. Maybe not their entire gender identity. They might not need to ever switch the "I am Fe/male" learnin'. Or they might. But that's not the sum total of how gender is taught to and performed at children, and I can easily tell you that I, as a cisgendere...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Global War on Drugs has Failed
Replies: 126
Views: 43563

Re: Global War on Drugs has Failed

1)All non-federal public employees lobby for things that benefit them. They have the right to do so as much as anyone else. And I have the right to call them selfish, destructive assholes for doing so. Isn't life grand when we toggle randomly from "should" to "can you make me?" ...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23252

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

But why saddle someone with a bunch of baggage that they may need to fix/deprogram/unlearn later when you can just avoid having to program them in the first place until they're old enough to do it themselves? Why is it so urgent that they have a gender identity that you need to assign them one the ...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Global War on Drugs has Failed
Replies: 126
Views: 43563

Re: Global War on Drugs has Failed

Even there, it would still have been a bit absurd. Law enforcement absolutely already has the leeway to decide which crimes are a priority and which aren't. That's why you don't see roving jaywalking crackdowns outside of seattle's insanity. So if they throw absurd amount of effort into finding and...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23252

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

There's a very simple answer to this analogy: When you do a disgusting thing like pushing gender norms on your child, there'd better be some good justification for it. Doing it to stop bullying -> Even if it was true (Plenty of gender-conforming kids get bullied all the time, srsly), it's not a ver...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Global War on Drugs has Failed
Replies: 126
Views: 43563

Re: Global War on Drugs has Failed

The great thing about this post is that it looks like it belongs in a totally different thread. Really adds that sort of otherworldly effect that makes the whole piece really pop . Yeah, I waited a bit too long. It would've been more appropriate 10 posts or so earlier. Overall, I don't care too muc...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Global War on Drugs has Failed
Replies: 126
Views: 43563

Re: Global War on Drugs has Failed

Personally, i think it would be a lot better if police and federal law enforcement could simply decide not to enforce broad sections of the law, regardless of what those stupid politicians say. Government could be a lot more efficient if it didn't have to rely on elected leaders and all their obnoxi...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23252

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

Why should kids be put in a bubble of protection from pain and unpleasantness, while adults have to swallow that pill? If anything, the earlier the exposure, the better equipped these children will grow to be with said situations. Seriously? Protecting kids from unpleasant, terrible stuff is pretty...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: MSNBC Claims Palin Is In Violation Of Federal Law
Replies: 25
Views: 3540

Re: MSNBC Claims Palin Is In Violation Of Federal Law

The article goes on to say that making bipartisan compromises and holding corporations to share their profits fairly with the people are traits that Palin utterly abandoned when she took to the national stage, and she's never seemed to consider returning to that sort of pragmatic thoughtfulness in ...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: MSNBC Claims Palin Is In Violation Of Federal Law
Replies: 25
Views: 3540

Re: MSNBC Claims Palin Is In Violation Of Federal Law

It's been argued that despite her many, many flaws, she actually did a great job as governor by making the oil companies give more of their profits to the state. In Alaska, that's by far the most important thing for how well the state is run, because it's most of the state's revenue. Getting into pe...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled
Replies: 63
Views: 8121

Re: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled

It's good practice for the pilots and ground crews. It's better that they're ready to go now, than not be ready the next time someone tries to fly a jet into the Pentagon.
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23252

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

That still doesn't excuse nitephyyre's apparent stance that the children's pain is the parents' fault, not the other judgmental children and/or parents. Society is what it is. That may suck, but it's reality. You can change it and challenge it, but that may require pain and hardship, and arguably y...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled
Replies: 63
Views: 8121

Re: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled

I don't recall airline seats actually being able to recline all that far, at least not in coach. Even then I can't imagine how pissed off people must have been at this one douchebag who couldn't accept a seat being reclined towards him. Not only that, but the next flight isn't until Monday . So a l...
by LtNOWIS
Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23252

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

The point is that Jazz wants to be seen as a boy, and the parents are setting him up for failure in that endeavor. Have they said he can't decide to start wearing more "masculine" clothes if he wants to? How would he know which ones are masculine if they don't give him any guidance on tha...

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