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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2012 edited
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2012
    My fav Xalba moment was when he started this really bizarre thread about how there were giants and 1000 year old people in the old testament ancient aliens thing, and Warren shut it down with "Seriously guy those people didn't exist."

    Back to tricks. A lot can change in a week, and it's looking like the shoe's not dropped. Romney has gone through as much of a character transformation with his financials being released. Then again, deference for the superrich might sleaze him into office. I'm amazed that more republicans are abstaining or writing in at this point. If I were a republican I would be pissed. Oh well.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2012
    That one was pretty good. When even Warren looks at you and goes, "Yeah....ok...." and slowly backs away...

    Well, Gingrich looks like he's picking up steam in Florida which I'm sure is making Romney pull a David Tennant-esque "What? WHAT?!" Everything I've read about the GOP insiders is that they're running around like the sky is falling because none of them want Gingrich to get the nominee, in part because not a single person who worked with him has come out for him (many, instead, have come out against him AND backed Romney at the same time) and because current estimations is that if Gingrich wins the nomination then Obama is going to crush him due to Gingrich's wild unfavorability among his own party and the Left, only the majority of the GOP aren't listening to their "DO NOT WANT!" message.

    My honest guess? Romney's in for a hell of a fight. Yeah, he'll pick up delegates in VA for free since it's just him and Paul there but it doesn't really look like his current attack strategy, painting Gingrich as a narcissistic, ego-centric bastard, is working (partially because I think the average GOPer likes that in a candidate) where as Romney is getting hammered by everyone for his finances and his work for Bain, things much more unfavorable in the current climate.
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    'I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.' - Mitt Romney.

    It's almost non-Euclidean.
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2012
    I'm pretty sure that's actually a zen koan.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2012
    I'm pretty sure Mitt Romney just likes to say "millions" ... although it's a good bet that he doesn't consider millions to be all that much. Much like his speaker fees.
    • CommentAuthorG. Foyle
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2012

    "What is the sound of a million one handed americans believing in america"?
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    G. Foyle- FAP!
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2012
    Those of y'all who haven't read it yet, I highly recommend Warren's interview about space travel and Newt Gingrich on Vice:

    Deathmatch on Mars: An Interview with Warren Ellis on Newt Gingrich, Space Realism and Future America

    You are the wind beneath my freaking wings, Warren:
    For every bunch of dubiously photogenic fetal-alcohol-syndrome cases from New Jersey who get on the TV for ten minutes, there are ten times as many people at MIT inventing the future.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2012
    *sniff* I miss him.
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2012
    what is this I don't even

      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2012
    Please tell me that's not a real Newsweek cover. That looks like it came from the Onion.

    Also, come on Newt. At least look like you're TRYING to sneak up on ol' Mitt. Didn't they teach you anything at Space Ranger Academy?
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    Et Tu, Newte?
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2012
    I've been of-age to vote in the past two elections, and decided to skip them. I may have taken away the wrong lesson from my dad when he told me as a kid, "Don't trust any politicians." But, w/ all the things that seem to be going wrong this past year, it's seeming more and more important to get involved.
    I have a lot of friends that are hardcore Paul supporters (literally- some of them are in metal bands), so I'm trying to understand that guy... what I've taken away from looking at his stances is that there are good ideas there, but they rely on everyone to be good and just and doing the right thing all the time, yes? Because I don't have enough faith in people to think that'll work.

    This is a confusing year to try to get interested in politics, isn't it?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2012

    You've pretty much hit one of the major flaws of libertarian views from my perspective, in that they would only honestly function in a world that has nothing to do with our current reality. Is Medicare a great program? No, but Paul's idea of scrapping the whole thing and relying on people's charity to replace it (when people have very little charity and money to give to charity these days) would pretty much mean the declining health and deaths of thousands of people across the entire US. I find such an idea repugnant.
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    There's the concept of Paul's deregulation of corporations that I don't like either. His concept is "If you don't like that corporations' policies and tactics, then don't shop there. That's great in theory except when Wal-Mart puts out of business all the other Mom N Pops you actually liked supporting, and now you have no where else to shop locally. I might hate Wal-Mart, but if it ends up costing me too much gas, and I have to spend so much more to buy the same products, I'll end up shopping there despite my abhorrence.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2012

    That policy is also linked to his reasoning why the CRA needs to be revoked; he thinks that if people are allowed to be racist assholes then other people will simply not support those businesses, the Benevolent Hand of the Free Markey(tm) will work its magic, and the asshole businesses owners will be out of business. The problem with that is what happens when you're an asshole business owner in a small town and you're the only shop? Paul would tell someone being discriminated against to just open their own business but that's not practical for most people.

    He just seems like he wants to take the US back to some mythical ideal of the 1950's.
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    I was just about to add that, but I got into a religious discussion with one of my orderlies that took precedence.

    What is with this take our country back bullshit? Take it back to where you can use racial slurs in public instead of behind closed doors? I might be white, but I'm not rich and I'm not old, so I'll never be part of that in-crowd. I see a lot of disgruntled suburban white guys that feel like they're owed something. That black people and Mexican people took all their money, and got something out of Equal Opportunity, and now they want what's "theirs".

    I'm sick of that fucking attitude.
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2012 edited
    I have yet to see one of the debate moderators ask that question. I'd love to see that.

    Santorum/Gingrich/Paul/Romney: "Blah blah take our country back!"

    Debate moderator: "Can you please tell us exactly who or what you're taking it back from?"
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2012
    @Finagle - None of them have the balls.