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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support Ron DeSantis?
« on: March 23, 2023, 10:16:42 AM »
Can a governor legally ban a currency that the US Treasury accepts as legal US tender?  This would be similar to him banning the use of the dollar as a method of payment, would it not?  I also don't really get what the hype is with hating on a government issued digital currency, it doesn't really seem like it would be vastly different that some other digital currencies, other than it has the backing of a government.  I'm not real sure why there needs to be one in the first place, as it's been pointed out that most of our dollars are already digital.

It'd be wonderful if people left Fox News in droves because they prioritized viewer feelings over facts, since "facts don't care about your feelings".  I don't have great hopes that would happen though.  Even if it did happen, those viewers would likely go to News Max or OAN instead, making it even worse.

Maybe it's about time for some sort of accreditation board for news media companies.  Give grades on fact vs. opinion reporting and which side has more control over the company.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who is going to become Speaker?
« on: January 10, 2023, 06:08:14 AM »
It may be from a lack of exposure due to there not being a large Jewish population in the southern US, but it doesn't seem like the extremist end of the Jewish faith applies their religion onto others, like Christianity and Islam, but rather onto themselves.  Forgive my ignorance if this is not the case.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support Joe Biden?
« on: January 04, 2023, 07:25:09 AM »
I'm pretty sure the investigations are going to surround Hunter's laptop, since he holds a high position of power in this administration.  They will then vote to impeach Hunter to make sure he is removed from office.  They will also probably investigate Ukraine, because they were definitely the aggressors in the Ukrainian invasion.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who is going to become Speaker?
« on: January 04, 2023, 06:29:26 AM »
If something actually important comes up, they will do what they always do, nothing.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support Joe Biden?
« on: January 03, 2023, 07:43:33 AM »
I saw the news about the US considering travel restrictions from China immediately following a story about a flight from China to Italy where 52% of the passengers had COVID.  I assumed THAT was the reason for considering restricting travel.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support Ron DeSantis?
« on: December 19, 2022, 06:56:23 AM »
A grand jury doesn't seem the proper place to investigate mRNA vaccines.  It seems rather silly for a grand jury to investigate anything really, they are there to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to bring criminal charges.  You can't charge a vaccine with a crime.  It rather seems like he should be charging the Florida Department of Health with studying mRNA vaccines to determine efficacy and safety instead.  That is my issue with this political stunt he is pulling.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: War
« on: December 09, 2022, 07:34:35 AM »
Zelensky is banning Christian Churches.
I love this.
Zelensky has not banned a Christian church.

What actually happened was that Zelensky banned a Christian Church.


You're quite literally relying on people reading the headline and nothing else.
Seems to me there is a difference between your original claim of Christian churches, i.e. general churches, and your revised claim of banning a Christian church, i.e. a specific church with Moscow ties.  You're being quite disingenuous with your argument here, to the surprise of no one.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: December 06, 2022, 07:27:12 AM »
I think D1 brings up a good point.  It certainly is time to evaluate the constitution and update the language a bit.  Even the founding fathers agree with that sentiment "I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accomodate ourselves to them and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also and keep pace with the times." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. ME 15:40

The great debate on the 2A, and really the constitution as a whole, boils down to originalists and interpretists.  Should the constitution be read and regarded using the original interpretation, thus the context surrounding each part of the constitution must be considered when considering each amendment?  Or should the constitution rather be interpreted using the text as written and applied to the current day?  The constitution is poorly outdated and needs amendments to properly handle the concerns of the modern day, most notably with a lack of explicit privacy (be it medical or electronically).

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support Ron DeSantis?
« on: November 09, 2022, 06:37:06 AM »
Back to the topic of the primaries.  There is another hiccup with the primaries besides just the low turnout.  In a lot of states, you have to be a registered as a member of a political party in order to vote in the primaries.  This means that if you are not registered to vote as either a Democrat or a Republican, you don't get to participate in the primaries, such is the case with me in Tennessee.  In order to have any real say, I'd have to register as a Republican in order to participate in the Republican primary.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support Ron DeSantis?
« on: November 07, 2022, 07:24:21 AM »
You can't do a real job from home.
Care to define what a real job is?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: War
« on: November 04, 2022, 06:32:06 AM »

Oh we're allies all of the sudden.

We should tell these people to go fuck themselves.

Wouldn't telling the Saudis that we are not getting involved in any way be what you want, for the US to remain neutral and stay out of conflicts?  I'm confused on your position.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: War
« on: November 02, 2022, 07:09:20 AM »
Ukraine never deserved this.

A good leader would have remained neutral and avoided any conflict.

Yet we have your boy the CIA puppet who plays the piano with his penis.

The world is a strange place.
Ukraine never deserved this, yet you wanted everyone to take the actions which would have led to Ukraine suffering far worse than it is now?  Please help me make sense of that.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support Joe Biden?
« on: October 28, 2022, 06:36:23 AM »
The inflation percentage is a comparison to the same period the previous year.  So prices increased less in September than they did in August.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support Joe Biden?
« on: October 26, 2022, 06:53:53 AM »
I'd blame inflation on the amount of money we printed during covid.

In fairness this started under Trump.

True, the first round as those in power fleeced though world for their spoils. However, the countless other stimulus packages, handouts, sending money to other countries and stupid programs is definitely on them. Trillions extra...a trillion for everyone!!! We can just print it, no problem!

I think you're looking at the wrong spot.
Here, we had a large well of saved money (the oil fund) that we used for the pandemic.  So we didn't need to "print money".  We still have inflation and our central banks raised interest rates a fair bit.
We also have a ton of oil.
Which means we're making a ton of money back from oil sales right now.

Which stupid programs?  Also, didn't Trump do most of the stimulus money handouts?
To jump on this.  Obama handed Trump a bustling economy, one in which the interests rates were ripe to rise in order to prepare for future hardships.  The Fed tried to raise interest rates, but faced major push back from Trump, so they decided to scrap this idea.  Couple that with the temporary tax cuts for individuals and the permanent tax cuts for corporations, and you have an economy running on jet fuel, but with a razor thin margin for error.  All the safety nets were pulled and there was no realistic way for the government to respond to any sort of economic crisis without simply printing more money.  And then COVID hit, what a speed bump that was.

So we have an economy based on just-in-time inventory, with all possible safety measures already being used (by the Fed that is), and companies appeasing their investors with stock buybacks instead of real capital investments with the tax cut money they had.  A true recipe for disaster.  In waltzes a global pandemic that halts the supply chain, makes it dangerous for people to be in close contact with one another, and forces shifts with the economy.

Inflation is a complicated thing, but the foundation of it was created by Trump, who sacrificed economic safety nets in favor of stock market sugar highs.  Biden is having to tackle a global inflationary event with both hands tied behind his back.  Inflation would have happened under Trump and I doubt he would have handled it any better.  Remember, it takes a year or 2 for a president's economic policies to really show effect.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support Joe Biden?
« on: October 25, 2022, 06:57:38 AM »
Which of Biden's policies do you disagree with Bom?  I don't exactly have much love for Biden either, but a lot of what is going on in the country is largely out of his control and would have been happening under a Trump presidency, such as the inflation and economy slowing down. 

Under a Trump 2nd term, the war in Ukraine would have likely still happened, but might have been over by now with a Russian victory.  We might be looking at a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.  We would also be potentially looking at further Russian aggression in the Baltic states, since Putin appears to want to restore the boundaries of the USSR.  Trump loved to suck up to strong, authoritarian leaders and didn't seem to be too keen on pushing back on them much, except for China.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: October 24, 2022, 06:12:12 AM »
Sounds like the Jan 6 committee has voted to subpoena Trump, with Pelosi taunting him by saying he isn't brave enough to testify.  Let the shit storm begin.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support Liz Truss?
« on: October 20, 2022, 06:27:18 AM »
The next PM may not be able to solve the problems quickly, but they can sure as hell not make them worse as Truss was attempting to do.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: War
« on: October 20, 2022, 06:25:16 AM »
I may have been thinking of this when mentioning Russia attacking their own infrastructure

Russia occupied the nuclear plant in March, shelling started in August.  Russia and Ukraine accused each other of the shelling.  Turns out it was the Russians shelling the station even though they held it.  Now they have shelled substations supplying the plant with power, cutting it off from external power.  They attacked their own position and tried to blame Ukraine for it.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: War
« on: October 19, 2022, 06:47:25 AM »
I was under the impression that Germany had already cut ties with Russian LNG near the start of this war, so the Nord Stream pipeline leaks didn't really change much about German energy, but I could be wrong about that.  There have also been plenty of instances of Russia attacking their own infrastructure in this war to make it look like someone else is attacking them.

The US has only been a weapon supplier so far in this war, why would they decide to make a strike on a target that would provide little benefit to them or helping to end the war?  Why would they risk being brought into the war in a more active roll by way of being an aggressor and giving any credence to Putin's claim of defense of Russia?  Too much risk, too little reward.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: War
« on: October 17, 2022, 12:50:46 PM »
Why is it America's fault for the threat of nuclear war when Russia was the aggressor?  Does Russia have any culpability in your eyes for this war?

I don't think D1 is arguing this from a moral standpoint.  I think he's suggesting that we need to abandon Ukraine because there's a risk Russia could send a nuke our way if we keep supporting them.

Beyond the repugnancy of this plan there's also the practical matter that autocrats with nukes don't suddenly vanish after we capitulate to nuclear blackmail.  It's almost certain that we'll see more unreasonable demands by them if this works out well for Putin.
You may be right, but his statements seem to be America is at fault for the increased threat of nuclear war instead of the nation threatening to actually use the nukes.  That seems like a moral stand to me, but I may be reading into things there.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: War
« on: October 17, 2022, 07:09:18 AM »
Why is it America's fault for the threat of nuclear war when Russia was the aggressor?  Does Russia have any culpability in your eyes for this war?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support Joe Biden?
« on: October 10, 2022, 06:58:01 AM »
I thought it has been common knowledge for a long time that some IRS agents carry.  I know when I was looking at job postings to join the IRS it was in those postings that carrying may be necessary for some positions, and that was over a decade ago.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: September 23, 2022, 07:07:00 AM »
I don't know how his lawyers for this case could have allowed him to actually do this interview.  They had to have known he would just start spewing nonsense like this that would absolutely destroy any sort of defense he possibly could have raised.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support Ron DeSantis?
« on: September 21, 2022, 07:55:18 AM »
The human rights abuse of these immigrants is absolutely terrible, but there is also another angle to all of this, which is the cost of this stunt.  I've seen reports of between $600,00 and $700,000 being paid to send these 50 people to Martha's Vineyard, amounting to well over $10,000 a person being paid to a third-party.  This amount is absurd to me, given that it doesn't appear Florida did much else beyond transporting these people.  There doesn't appear to be any employment, housing, food, or other types of assistance on the part of Florida to warrant this increased cost.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Roe V. Wade
« on: September 14, 2022, 07:00:44 AM »

So looks like Lindsey Graham is giving away the goal of the GOP.  He has introduced a 15-week abortion ban.  Looks like abortion truly isn't a states' rights issue after all.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: September 09, 2022, 06:45:11 AM »
Also, even if it were just Christmas decorations, unless Trump paid for the decorations with his own funds and not government funds, it would be wrong for them to take the decorations.  I seem to recall a big kerfuffle over the Clintons taking things from the White House when they left, which they then had to return.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: September 06, 2022, 07:03:04 AM »
Why can I find stories of Bill Barr recently throwing Trump under the bus regarding the classified documents saga on the FOX network on every other media outlet on YouTube except for the FOX network?? :-\

Doesn't FOX find that news worthy? ???
It wasn't very hard to find on Fox, just had to search Bill Barr and it was at the top of the list,

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support Joe Biden?
« on: August 30, 2022, 06:29:57 AM »
It's incredible, they actually portrayed Joe Biden as someone both stupid/senile and a criminal mastermind.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: August 17, 2022, 07:08:32 AM »
Liz Cheney is finished.

Not at all,  she is now free to go after the truth without concern for electoral consequences.

God speed Liz the Kraken destroyer of lies.

Maybe a presidential tilt in 2024?

Well if she runs as an independent she will split the democrat vote more than the repug vote. Repugs hate her and so would only assist Trump getting elected (if he ran)

If she runs on a repug ticket there is no way she will get over the line to win the primary

No way she will run as a democrat as her own politics are not compatible with the democrat ideals (eg abortion)

I dont think she would make a bad president. She seems dignified and intelligent which is a quality lacking in many American politicians. But American voters dont care for that. They want someone 'like them'. ie uncouth, undignified and liars

Maybe she can run for 2028 after Trump is dead? (would be about time that fat fuck keeled over). She can run against Dwayne Johnson 8)

She's one to watch! ;)
There is no way she would pull many Democrat voters as an independent.  She would more likely pull some of the more centerist Republicans, possibly enough to spoil a Republican victory.  I'd say her voters would probably be 20% dems, 40% republicans, and 40% independents.

That being said, I think she will run in the primary if Trump ends up running, just so that she can try to hurt him enough for him to lose the primary.  If he doesn't run, she likely continues whatever TV gig she gets after she leaves office and doesn't bother with getting back into office for awhile.

The real effect of this is with the Jan. 6 committee, she is now on the clock to uncover as much as she can before January, because there won't be many other Republicans that could sit on that committee the way that she has.  She has the goal of making sure Trump stays out of office, the rest of her peers want him back for some reason.

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