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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Darielle » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:27 pm

KysenMurrin wrote:A lot of people don't bother to think between seeing the word and saying what they expected to see. So you get Cory-Anne.


In school, the teachers were required to refer to us by last name.
My last name is 14 letters long. The guy before me (in alphabetical order)'s last name was 12. THe guy after me was Ng.

We had a FUN time with that every year when new teachers came into play.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Klaudandus » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:23 am

http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/political-in ... -fox-news/
As part of a national journalism conference on Tuesday, August 20, America's Survival, Inc. (ASI), a public policy organization, is officially releasing a new report on radical changes at Fox News that should cause great concern to pro-family conservatives.
"Pushing Sean Hannity out of the 9:00 p.m. slot, to make way for pro-homosexual advocate Megyn Kelly, is another sign of the channel's left-ward drift and decline," said ASI President Cliff Kincaid, a veteran journalist and media critic.



Also, this PDF from said association...
http://www.usasurvival.org/docs/Kincaid ... -FINAL.pdf
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Reading parts of it, I wish I could shower myself with bleach...
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Klaudandus » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:28 am

Now, for a more standard political fare news

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/0 ... me-exists/
At a town hall meeting in El Dorado Hills, California on Tuesday, a constituent asked McClintock for his “stance on Wall Street criminal practices.” The congressman responded, “Well first of all, for a criminal practice there has to be a gun. It’s pretty simple.”
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Amirya » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:07 am

That's a pretty stupid statement. So if there's a knife, or a club, or other duress, it's not a crime?
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Klaudandus » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:11 am

Fridmarr wrote:
Klaudandus wrote:Well well well... Looks like Scalia and the SCOTUS were wrong. NC has risen up to the challenge and try to undermine voting rights.
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/0 ... ppression/
That's not a logical summary.
That a legislature may pass laws that violate voting rights doesn't make SCOTUS wrong. I highly doubt that SCOTUS indicated that no legislature will ever again pass a law that violates voting rights.

To be clear, SCOTUS didn't change the rules around what makes a law regarding voting rights constitutional they changed the procedure for challenging those laws, by getting rid of special laws that only affected certain districts based on defunct data. If these new laws do in fact violate the rights of voters, they can be challenged and overturned. Now all jurisdictions are subject to the same procedure, so that all of our citizens have equal rights.


http://www.thestate.com/2013/08/14/2920 ... rtail.html
Within hours of Gov. Pat McCrory signing a Republican-backed bill this week making sweeping changes to the state's voting laws, local elections boards in two college towns made moves that could make it harder for students to vote.

The Watauga County Board of Elections voted Monday to eliminate an early voting site and election-day polling precinct on the campus of Appalachian State University.

The Pasquotank County Board of Elections on Tuesday barred an Elizabeth City State University senior from running for city council, ruling his on-campus address couldn't be used to establish local residency. Following the decision, the head of the county's Republican Party said he plans to challenge the voter registrations of more students at the historically black university ahead of upcoming elections.


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But, allowing Section 5 to remain as part of the Voting Rights Act was just Racial Entitlement according to Scalia, right?
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Nooska » Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:54 am

And posting in LGBT made me remember..æ
I haven't updated about this; We have municipal elections coming up in november (I'm a candidate) - and in our municipality (and 2 or 3 others out of the 96 we have), there is a new party on the ballot. "Part of the Danes" (loosely ttranslated), mostly called "the nationalists". I'm really not looking forward to debates, I handle 'stupidity' very badly in general, and these so claled nationalists are an offspring of the now closed down national socialist party (yes, that sort of national socialism), and seem to be even more extreme.
Headline interview in the local paper saying that yes, they want to establish segregated kindergardens for muslims (it isn't a racial segregation from the very distinct wording, but a religiousone) - not to give them opportunities, but to protect our danish children from associating with them.

Never mind that its illegal out the wazoo, the level of thought these candidates (okay, tbf, its only their candidate for mayor) show, means I will ahve a hard tiome in any debate, disregarding political differences.

The only "upside" is a purely PR upside, since the majority opposition party (they call themselves "Left", the "liberal" party) is the only party that didn't immediately disavow any ideas, but said that they were welcome in regards to forming a majority for appointing the mayor.
They are so hungry for attempting to take the mayoral position that they don't dare alienate anyone who might support them, though I honestly think that they would probably rather have the current mayor than sit on the mercy of this party. Maybe its just the title, and the nice paycheck that goes along with it (~100k$US / year + what comes in on other boards etc that the mayor by tradition occupies, as opposed to the ~17k$US for a regular member of the council).
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Klaudandus » Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:44 am

Well...
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre ... ned-uk-nsa
http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2013/08/ ... ald-right/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the ... n-stories/

Not sure what is scarier, that UK is going after the press big time, or that they seem to be doing it at the behest of the US.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby fuzzygeek » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:40 am

Nooska wrote:We have municipal elections coming up in november (I'm a candidate)


Very much looking forward to hearing updates to this.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby fuzzygeek » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:45 am

Klaudandus wrote:Not sure what is scarier, that UK is going after the press big time, or that they seem to be doing it at the behest of the US.


The UK has never had freedom of the press, so some things they take for granted seem remarkably abhorrent in the US.

"Anti-terrorism" has been the "shut up and do what we say" justification for idiot government heavy handedness for more than a decade; the only possible positive is the populace getting wise and scaling back. This is difficult because governments never, ever want to sceed any power once they've got it, but it does happen.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Klaudandus » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:28 pm

fuzzygeek wrote:
Klaudandus wrote:Not sure what is scarier, that UK is going after the press big time, or that they seem to be doing it at the behest of the US.


The UK has never had freedom of the press, so some things they take for granted seem remarkably abhorrent in the US.

"Anti-terrorism" has been the "shut up and do what we say" justification for idiot government heavy handedness for more than a decade; the only possible positive is the populace getting wise and scaling back. This is difficult because governments never, ever want to sceed any power once they've got it, but it does happen.


Point there, but still friggin' scary.

It was later revealed that the White House actually got a courtesy call letting them know that they had detained Miranda, but truth be told, I still wonder if this was the UK taken initiative or being prompted by the US to do this in the first place?

I mean, a couple of months ago, we had France and other countries pretty much blocking the plane carrying the bolivian president to cross their air space because they thought Snowden might be in that plane.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Nooska » Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:33 am

A plane, worth noting, that, under international conventions, is considered sovereign bolivian soil, and with diplomatic immmunity for those on board (imagine if AF1 was "forced" down under those circumstances - and ignore for a moment that none would dare, and that AF1 would likely ignore such instructions and continue on, while possibly requesting an escort from the nearest air base with US planes)
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Klaudandus » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:05 am

When that happened, I noted that I'd have wanted that plane to have an accident just because it woulda been a huge diplomatic problem for France, Portugal, all the other countries that blocked the airspace AND the US.

Because you know it was at the behest of the US they did this.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Nooska » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:48 am

Of course it was at the behest of the US, I mean the rest of the world wouldn't care where Snowden happened to be if the US didn't care.

I do find it funny that Snowden has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Price, from several different groups/people that can nominate - we have 1 political party that has done so (the most leftleaning party that sits in parliament)
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Paxen » Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:08 am

Nooska wrote:I do find it funny that Snowden has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Price, from several different groups/people that can nominate - we have 1 political party that has done so (the most leftleaning party that sits in parliament)


It would be so awesome if he won it. Jagland is arrogant enough to do it, but I'm unsure if he considers these kinds of issues important enough, or relevant.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Klaudandus » Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:36 am

Well, Obama won one, it would be apropos if Snowden gets one too.

PS: Make this happen for the lulz.
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