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by Ragorn
Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: 2012 political strategy
Replies: 16
Views: 2585

Re: 2012 political strategy

I don't think Obama can lose. The facts simply support him too strongly, and the far-right conservatives who are unswayed by facts wouldn't have voted for him anyway. Healthcare passed: Check. Osama captured: Check. Economy recovering: Check. Attempts at bipartisan compromise: Check. Solid Republica...
by Ragorn
Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Topography of faith
Replies: 15
Views: 3023

Re: Topography of faith

Check the threads, libs are constantly arguing here that christianity is irrelevant in the USA at < 50% of the population. I don't think I have ever seen that written. I've seen talks about the decline in christianity. I've seen talks about the decline in churchgoers, but never that Christianity is...
by Ragorn
Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:59 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Obama's Assault on Fifth Amendment Rights
Replies: 6
Views: 1494

Re: Obama's Assault on Fifth Amendment Rights

Teflor Lyorian wrote:There is precedent that a physical item like a key and something that resides solely within your mind are both very different and treated differently by the justice system.

There is also a precedent that the government will waterboard you if they want something out of your mind badly enough.
by Ragorn
Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:57 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: News of the World
Replies: 8
Views: 1676

Re: News of the World

Theres a differnce between "new york woman is married to sasquatch" with a story trying to prove her husband is literally some sort of sub human half animal ... and .... sensationalism such as "new york woman married to sasquatch" with an article about how her husband is so big ...
by Ragorn
Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: News of the World
Replies: 8
Views: 1676

News of the World

What? A Rupert Murdoch-owned "news" outlet caught engaging in illegal and unethical journalism practices? Hold on, let me prepare my surprised face.

Ahem.

:O
by Ragorn
Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:16 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: US DOD spends $20B per year on air conditioning
Replies: 24
Views: 4229

Re: US DOD spends $20B per year on air conditioning

DON'T YOU SUPPORT THE TROOPS, COMRADE?
by Ragorn
Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:16 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: US DOD spends $20B per year on air conditioning
Replies: 24
Views: 4229

Re: US DOD spends $20B per year on air conditioning

This is why we need to cut Medicare and not military funding. Our soldiers need air conditioning! Fuck old people and their medicine.
by Ragorn
Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:16 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Picking Winners and Losers Again
Replies: 10
Views: 2137

Re: Picking Winners and Losers Again

Sounds like an excellent win for the consumer. Glad to see someone's finally willing to stand up to the big business politics of the republican party. I pick UNITED STATES CITIZENS as the winners, and FORTUNE 500 CEOS as the losers.
by Ragorn
Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: New York and California rank lowest for individual freedom
Replies: 23
Views: 2942

Re: New York and California rank lowest for individual freed

How does New York rank for individual freedom now, mother fuckers?

:D
by Ragorn
Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:12 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: The New Stock Market Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1746

Re: The New Stock Market Thread

I was on the upswing of that nice SLV rally a couple months back. Also the crash, but I stopped out in time :)
by Ragorn
Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:06 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Maxler's Compewters
Replies: 4
Views: 1188

Re: Maxler's Compewters

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by Ragorn
Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: New York and California rank lowest for individual freedom
Replies: 23
Views: 2942

Re: New York and California rank lowest for individual freed

Glad to see you guys haven't changed since I stopped reading. I agree with kiryan, former President George W. Bush did take away a lot of our freedoms when he instituted the Patriot Act and the TSA. I agree that if we didn't have eight years of authoritarian, nigh-fascist government intrustion in ou...
by Ragorn
Fri May 27, 2011 3:23 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Interested in new MMO? Look into Tera if you haven't already
Replies: 9
Views: 904

Re: Interested in new MMO? Look into Tera if you haven't alr

Yeah, and it's not even a good MMO. And the fact that Wizards keeps issuing "patches" for the game drives me insane. We're running a Call of Cthulhu game right now, and my group is also running a Dresden Files game that I'm not playing.
by Ragorn
Fri May 27, 2011 3:22 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: sex selection and abortion
Replies: 17
Views: 1730

Re: sex selection and abortion

Well yes. I am like 100% of Americans, in that I have my own beliefs about when a fetus becomes a human.
by Ragorn
Thu May 26, 2011 5:53 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: state to fed, groping is a felony, fed to state no mo planes
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Re: state to fed, groping is a felony, fed to state no mo pl

In this case, the argument is not necessarily "commerce clause" as much as "national security." And sadly, the feds are probably right... states just don't have the power to opt out of national security measures. Texas could not, for example, pass a law allowing Texans to sell mi...
by Ragorn
Thu May 26, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Interested in new MMO? Look into Tera if you haven't already
Replies: 9
Views: 904

Re: Interested in new MMO? Look into Tera if you haven't alr

We played up through 4th, but we all hated 4th edition so much that we stopped.
by Ragorn
Thu May 26, 2011 5:26 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: sex selection and abortion
Replies: 17
Views: 1730

Re: sex selection and abortion

Obviously not justified.

Look... if you're curious to know the nuances of my stance on abortion, you can ask. But don't bother asking me politically-charged, leading questions. My perspective on abortion has nothing to do with race or discrimination, and I'm not following you down that path.
by Ragorn
Wed May 25, 2011 7:37 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Interested in new MMO? Look into Tera if you haven't already
Replies: 9
Views: 904

Re: Interested in new MMO? Look into Tera if you haven't alr

I don't read General because of the spam, so this works.
by Ragorn
Wed May 25, 2011 6:49 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Your vaunted public servants seving the public
Replies: 64
Views: 4416

Re: Your vaunted public servants seving the public

Every 20 minutes or so, while I'm playing LA Noire, my roommate will suggest that I take the disc out and play GTA 4 instead.

"What do you mean I can't shoot this innocent bystander after I shove him off the embankment?"
by Ragorn
Wed May 25, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Two churches across the street from each other
Replies: 12
Views: 1363

Re: Two churches across the street from each other

Well, after a long dry spell, I believe I've finally wrangled one. They're fickle creatures, prone to pop in unannounced with no warning :)

Still on WoW, though only occasionally. Mostly playing League of Legends these days.
by Ragorn
Wed May 25, 2011 5:40 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Your vaunted public servants seving the public
Replies: 64
Views: 4416

Re: Your vaunted public servants seving the public

He does if it's me playing LA Noire.

Pedestrians are fucking HARD to kill in that game!
by Ragorn
Wed May 25, 2011 4:52 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: sex selection and abortion
Replies: 17
Views: 1730

Re: sex selection and abortion

Dunno. For me, it has nothing to do with looks, it has to do with viability. Once the fetus can thrive outside the womb with a reasonable chance of survival, that's where I start drawing the line. So it's not at the end of the second trimester, but usually somewhere within the sixth month. Which, i...
by Ragorn
Wed May 25, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Two churches across the street from each other
Replies: 12
Views: 1363

Re: Two churches across the street from each other

Something foofie this way comes.
by Ragorn
Wed May 25, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: sex selection and abortion
Replies: 17
Views: 1730

Re: sex selection and abortion

Would a mother's choice to abort a 4 month old fetus (16 weeks) because she didn't want the responsibility be within your justifiable reasons for killing? Or 3 month (12 weeks) fetus? It's more granular than that. Is the mother a middle-age, well-to-do housewife who decided she just didn't want to ...
by Ragorn
Tue May 24, 2011 8:50 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: sex selection and abortion
Replies: 17
Views: 1730

Re: sex selection and abortion

Hard to say. A fetus is not a person, though it contains human DNA.

I realize I shouldn't have used the word murder in that last post, as it carries a connotation I didn't intend. I'll edit "murder" to "killing."
by Ragorn
Tue May 24, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Your vaunted public servants seving the public
Replies: 64
Views: 4416

Re: Your vaunted public servants seving the public

Also, I'd call security if I saw someone open carrying in a grocery store. And definitely wouldn't shop there again if they permitted it.

Open carry should be subject to the same rules as smoking... establishment owners should be free to permit or ban it as they see fit.
by Ragorn
Tue May 24, 2011 8:48 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Your vaunted public servants seving the public
Replies: 64
Views: 4416

Re: Your vaunted public servants seving the public

I scrolled to the bottom before I read your title for those pictures. I actually thought it was "Overpaid Public Servants."
by Ragorn
Tue May 24, 2011 7:00 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: sex selection and abortion
Replies: 17
Views: 1730

Re: sex selection and abortion

The question at hand is: When is killing justifiable? Every person has their own unique perspective on the subject of justifiable killing. Aside from the most radical anti-war leftists, you'd be very hard pressed to find any living human who condemns killing in all cases. War, abortion, the death pe...
by Ragorn
Tue May 24, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Long commutes increase risk of divorce by 40%
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Re: Long commutes increase risk of divorce by 40%

25-30 minutes here. I'm somewhat bogged down by the fact that my ex-wife (and daughter) live significantly further from the city than I'm willing to go. So I have to balance my workplace and place of residence with her choice of location. 30 minutes is about the best I can do.
by Ragorn
Mon May 23, 2011 6:35 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB
Replies: 39
Views: 2605

Re: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB

Okay teffie, whatever you say.
by Ragorn
Mon May 23, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB
Replies: 39
Views: 2605

Re: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB

Actually, it's the opinion of the NRLB, based on communication between Boeing management and the chief of the union. I was merely reciting for you the facts present in the case.
by Ragorn
Mon May 23, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Two churches across the street from each other
Replies: 12
Views: 1363

Re: Two churches across the street from each other

I first encountered the Church Sign Generator thanks to a sign which read:

Cure Light: 50gp
Cure Moderate: 250gp
Cure Serious: 750gp
Raise Dead: Inquire Within
by Ragorn
Mon May 23, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB
Replies: 39
Views: 2605

Re: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB

It is illegal to retaliate against a union's right to collective bargaining by opening a plant in a non-union state or locale. Now look at who's reaching. A legitimate business decision to do business in America, to create American jobs, while retaining and hiring additionally in their original Was...
by Ragorn
Thu May 19, 2011 3:57 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB
Replies: 39
Views: 2605

Re: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB

Yes, it _was_ unionized. The workers at the SC plant voted to end union representation in 2009. (probably the reason why the unions have their panties in a bunch) Democracy in action, but under threat by the Obama administration. It is illegal to retaliate against a union's right to collective barg...
by Ragorn
Wed May 18, 2011 7:43 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB
Replies: 39
Views: 2605

Re: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB

well I agree that theres enough evidence to warrant an investigation... however, barring some internal memos saying it would be against their business interests to open the plant in SC Boeing should prevail in a fair environment. It'll probably be settled somewhat quietly with some sort of concessi...
by Ragorn
Wed May 18, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB
Replies: 39
Views: 2605

Re: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB

I fundamentally disagree it should be illegal. If both options are relatively equal in benefit to the corporation (and I doubt that is the case, the SC plant is probably a lot better deal) then it shouldn't matter whether they even overtly and actually claim to be punishing the union for their anti...
by Ragorn
Wed May 18, 2011 5:26 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB
Replies: 39
Views: 2605

Re: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB

There were a lot of important facts in the opinion piece that would seriously help your opinion be taken seriously had you accounted for them. For example: Boeing's new plant also was unionized. How do you punish the union by opening another union plant? Nice try though. Actually, the new plant was...
by Ragorn
Wed May 18, 2011 1:52 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB
Replies: 39
Views: 2605

Re: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB

So Boeing had a plant in a union state, and the union went on strike. Boeing told the union to get fucked, and announced plans to open a plant in a non-union state. Oops, that's actually illegal, and the union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB reviewed the case, det...
by Ragorn
Tue May 17, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Is the rape allegation for IMF head a political attack?
Replies: 4
Views: 619

Re: Is the rape allegation for IMF head a political attack?

I wondered the same thing, especially after the Julian Assange episode.
by Ragorn
Tue May 17, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Your vaunted public servants seving the public
Replies: 64
Views: 4416

Re: Your vaunted public servants seving the public

o'rly sarvis, do you know how much cops make? and then how much they make in overtime and benefits. Its quite lucrative actually. I have added police officers to your list of overpaid civil servants. My brother applied to the academy here six months ago, starting pay was $31,000 (and I'm in an extr...
by Ragorn
Tue May 17, 2011 5:05 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: They Got Bin Laden
Replies: 30
Views: 1905

Re: They Got Bin Laden

I think our soldiers adapted well to the situation and pulled off a very difficult (technically, politically, and emotionally) difficult mission. Cheers and brews all around.
by Ragorn
Tue May 17, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Your vaunted public servants seving the public
Replies: 64
Views: 4416

Re: Your vaunted public servants seving the public

I can't listen to audio at work, but I don't believe you'll find anyone on either side of the political spectrum who believes that police officers always act legally and with the best intent of the citizens foremost in their mind.
by Ragorn
Tue May 17, 2011 4:49 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: A partisan take on Obamacare
Replies: 2
Views: 475

A partisan take on Obamacare

http://www.slate.com/id/2293875/ In District Courts where Obamacare has been challenged, every single judge appointed by a Democrat has found it constitutional, while every single judge appointed by a Republican has struck down part or all of it. I wonder which factor is more at play here.... that t...
by Ragorn
Sat May 14, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage crisis?
Replies: 27
Views: 1656

Re: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage cri

The 50% I agree/agreed with: Redlining is illegal. Not only did I not say that, but it's not true. Redlining is currently legal, and the article that kiryan linked in the first article describes what the Obama Administration is doing to make it illegal. All opposed by the Republicans of course, who...
by Ragorn
Fri May 13, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage crisis?
Replies: 27
Views: 1656

Re: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage cri

Good, then you agree with me :) Guess we're done here.
by Ragorn
Fri May 13, 2011 11:04 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oh those special interests.
Replies: 127
Views: 6935

Re: Oh those special interests.

Actually, I think lifeguards should unionize and seek higher wages. I posted a link above to a job listing at a CA State Beach that pays a salary of $4000 for lifeguards. At least ONE lifeguard is making $4000 per year, which is UNACCEPTABLE. I propose we have the government step in and evaluate co...
by Ragorn
Fri May 13, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage crisis?
Replies: 27
Views: 1656

Re: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage cri

Teflor Lyorian wrote:Uh, many, many loans are from out of state banks. The majority of revolving credit is from out of state banks.

Nice try though.

Yeah, but it's a shame he lives in a redlined state and doesn't qualify for loans from any of them. Sorry.

Nice try though :)
by Ragorn
Fri May 13, 2011 11:00 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage crisis?
Replies: 27
Views: 1656

Re: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage cri

If you are trying to say that the bank wouldn't give you a loan on a new property in a different neighborhood because you presently lived in X neighborhood that would be somethign I disagree with.. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. This is the definition of the word "redlining." The bank will...

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