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by iamspen
Wed May 29, 2013 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Privatising City Government?
Replies: 44
Views: 7306

Re: Privatising City Government?

CorruptUser wrote:What competitive market?


Touche. Although I could segue into a diatribe about how important public infrastructure has been sold to private companies and allowed for things such as this...but I won't.
by iamspen
Wed May 29, 2013 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Privatising City Government?
Replies: 44
Views: 7306

Re: Privatising City Government?

It isn't private ownership that's inherently virtuous and efficient...it's competition. Anyone who thinks private enterprise and competitive markets breed efficiency has never dealt with American cable and internet providers. Shudder. But I digress. My home city is toying with leasing all city-owne...
by iamspen
Wed May 29, 2013 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Privatising City Government?
Replies: 44
Views: 7306

Re: Privatising City Government?

Taking public institutions and privatizing them takes the power away from the people and their elected officials. It's undemocratic.
by iamspen
Wed May 29, 2013 5:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631647

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I thought .tif was something else entirely.
by iamspen
Wed May 29, 2013 12:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631647

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

It's more because I have to describe my favorite pictures of cats in the same manner than I would my peanut butter.
by iamspen
Tue May 28, 2013 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631647

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1FYuhm/:1 ... cepts-his/

Son of a BITCH! I don't know if I can use the internet anymore.
by iamspen
Sat May 18, 2013 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jewish parking exceptions blasted by Quebec Govt
Replies: 76
Views: 12838

Re: Jewish parking exceptions blasted by Quebec Govt

Well, what this boils down to is...can non-religious events get parking exemptions with similar ease in this area? Because if so, no problem. Sure, you don't want to give religious groups special rights...but you also don't want to discriminate AGAINST religious groups. If the city is equally willi...
by iamspen
Fri May 17, 2013 1:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jewish parking exceptions blasted by Quebec Govt
Replies: 76
Views: 12838

Re: Jewish parking exceptions blasted by Quebec Govt

curtis95112 wrote:If you were sincere in your beliefs, I have trouble seeing the relevant difference between this and that of organized religions.


Because in this case, one person can easily find a place to park that won't violate their spiritual beliefs. Dozens of people? Not so much.
by iamspen
Fri May 17, 2013 12:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jewish parking exceptions blasted by Quebec Govt
Replies: 76
Views: 12838

Re: Jewish parking exceptions blasted by Quebec Govt

Most cities in the US, at least, allow free parking on holidays, some of which are religious, and most all of them allow free parking on Sundays, which is the typical weekly religious day for the majority religion of the country. If that should continue to be the case, and assuming we don't want to ...
by iamspen
Sat May 04, 2013 12:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Guantanamo Hunger Strike
Replies: 50
Views: 9284

Re: Guantanamo Hunger Strike

Obama tried to close it (not very hard, granted, but he did order it closed). Congress, on the other hand, are the shitbags who basically forced it to remain open by making it nearly impossible for the President to release or try the people in there. That's what Obama would like you to believe. In ...
by iamspen
Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 41900

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

And while in a pure libertarian framework there's room for contracts which rely on just people (after all, who is going to deal with a person who breaks contracts?), even if we suppose government's role can cover enforcing contracts, this was not a contract case . This was a copyright case. If it w...
by iamspen
Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 41900

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Arariel wrote:Left to its own devices, neither does government.


Good thing there's no, like, legislation or judicial rulings or anything we could present to argue that.
by iamspen
Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631647

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Scientists create phasers

Not sure how I should lede this. "Set phasers to kill?" "Mahboob jiggles and excites?" The options are limitless!
by iamspen
Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631647

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

That's like Lenin saying the communist party is evil. Sure is, Newt, but you're the one who started digging the trench.
by iamspen
Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hugo Chavez dead
Replies: 50
Views: 6663

Re: Hugo Chavez dead

It was up there. And I'll offer condemnations of all of those things in appropriate threads. It's clear the CIA shouldn't be sponsoring death squads in Latin America. That has little relevance re: Hugo Chavez's support of FARC.
by iamspen
Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hugo Chavez dead
Replies: 50
Views: 6663

Re: Hugo Chavez dead

Completely false. Active support =/= ties to and comparing an incident like My Lai, internally and internationally condemned, to the actions of FARC means that you are either being purposefully obtuse or don't know much about FARC. A stronger case may be made ala drone strikes and civilian casualti...
by iamspen
Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hugo Chavez dead
Replies: 50
Views: 6663

Re: Hugo Chavez dead

Nope. Just pointing that if you're going to take that admirable stance then the group of politicians who have ever had ties with village massacring murders extends just a tad beyond Chavez. Wouldn't it be just a tad OT to talk about those people in a thread that bears Chavez's name in its very titl...
by iamspen
Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sequester Part II, The Tea Party Strikes Back
Replies: 323
Views: 26788

Re: Sequester Part II, The Tea Party Strikes Back

The claim that Boehner intentionally sabotaged the Super-committee is a new one on me. Didn't both parties send a bunch of old folks? Sure, but only one party had delegates completely unwilling to compromise. (It must be noted, however, that they frequently threw that word around because, apparentl...
by iamspen
Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631647

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Black is about as correct as white. I'm a pale pinkish color, but white is an acceptable abstraction. It is sufficiently clear that people know what it means, and that's what communication is all about. I avoid african-american as a term, because it doesn't really work well when you're not dealing ...
by iamspen
Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631647

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

And, for the record, federal law only trumps state law if it falls within the purview of the federal government as defined in the Constitution, so on slavery matters federal law definitely did not trump state law, which is why they needed to pass an amendment to the Constitution. Sorry, but that is...
by iamspen
Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Japan, China, on collision course over uninhabited islands
Replies: 97
Views: 21278

Re: Japan, China, on collision course over uninhabited islan

Spoiler:
My mistake. I read that legislation established Guam as an unincorporated US territory after the war, but hadn't bothered reading up on its history prior to that.
by iamspen
Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Japan, China, on collision course over uninhabited islands
Replies: 97
Views: 21278

Re: Japan, China, on collision course over uninhabited islan

PeterCai wrote:America occupied lots of places after World War 2, but we never claimed any of it was our de jure territory. They were the possessions of defeated enemies, handed back to them once we were satisfied with their political and economic state.


Spoiler:
Guam. But your point still stands.
by iamspen
Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 54998

Re: Shooting at CT Elementary School

You don't understand. The politicians advancing the current legislation, are doing so specifically and explicitly to make it easier down the line to implement additional gun-control legislation leading to an outright ban. It's not a slippery slope when that is actually the goal. There's nothing ine...
by iamspen
Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The latest foreclosure horror: The Zombie Title
Replies: 33
Views: 3172

Re: The latest foreclosure horror: The Zombie Title

Or, perhaps they shouldn't enter into a deal to borrow large amounts of money if they will be completely screwed if they can't pay their debt. Or, perhaps when they realise they can't pay their debt, they should try to do something about it. And if they can't do anything about it, then they should ...
by iamspen
Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The latest foreclosure horror: The Zombie Title
Replies: 33
Views: 3172

Re: The latest foreclosure horror: The Zombie Title

People's houses aren't just randomly foreclosed. I don't have much sympathy for people who can't pay their debts and don't do anything about it, and just expect it to go away. And it's not like the home 'owners' suffer that much either - now they just have even more debt that they won't get around ...
by iamspen
Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 54998

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

Most states have requirements for concealed carry which include training, so that's a moot argument, quote sniping aside (which is something I didn't even start). That's the point, though. Even with the rights you do have, or think you should have, there are always reasonable restrictions on them, ...
by iamspen
Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 54998

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

Should be no restrictions according to whom? All rights, in practice, have many limitations and caveats. According to me, as well as anyone who believes in Lockean style rights. According to your logic, the government should issue licenses and restrict usage of tools that could be dangerous to othe...
by iamspen
Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 54998

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

Because clearly allowing those who may or may not have an abnormal understanding of how their actions affect the world around them to have guns is the same as allowing little brothers to have guns, right?
by iamspen
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 54998

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

Diadem wrote:I'm glad it took at least 2 posts before everyone stopped caring about what happened and started pushing their political talking points.


Yeah! Let's not pretend there's some sort of problem here or something!
by iamspen
Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria removes itself from the internet
Replies: 8
Views: 2323

Re: Syria removes itself from the internet

Shutting down the internet and effectively severing ties to the outside world would also allow the Syrian government to, say, obliterate entire towns and maintain plausible deniability, should it want to do that. And if I had to hazard a guess, I'd say it does (though I won't go so far as to predict...
by iamspen
Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children stolen over political party membership.
Replies: 90
Views: 11169

Re: Children stolen over political party membership.

But a (functioning) constitution at least allows judicial oversight over the legislature and executives.
by iamspen
Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 173213

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Either blacks are fraudulent bastards, or Maine has a serious problem keeping tabs on its negroes! Edit: I don't always get page-toppers, but when I do, I make it COUNT! For accidental douchebag prevention: Well, there are reports of voter fraud. For example, the GOP chair in Maine is alleging that ...
by iamspen
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 173213

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

In the same way that trite and meaningless jokes about Germany being incorporated as our next state don't help our reputation as imperialists.

As in, it doesn't affect our reputation at all either way and it's a pretty mundane thing to get upset about.
by iamspen
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 173213

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Apparently, good-natured humor is beyond some folks. I drink domestic micros almost exclusively, and quite heavily. That doesn't mean our brewing reputation is in good health.

I feel a burning desire for a 60-minute IPA.
by iamspen
Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 173213

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

sardia wrote:I'd vote to incorporate Germany...


Finally, a good domestic beer!
by iamspen
Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631647

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Wisconsin lawmakers support bill to authorize arresting federal officials who try to implement The Affordable Care Act

Meh. Who among us doesn't commit borderline treason when things don't go our way?
by iamspen
Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 173213

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

So a federal judge is quite unhappy that Ohio Secretary of State violated court orders in an attempt to suppress voters.

http://m.theatlantic.com/politics/archi ... rk/264983/

So that's fun.
by iamspen
Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 173213

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:I expected freedom!


WOLVERINES!!!!!!!

In seriousness, someone needs to clue these bumblefucks in: the lamedtream media they constantly bitch about IS Fox News.
by iamspen
Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Electronic voting machine 'Miscalibrated'
Replies: 22
Views: 4377

Re: Electronic voting machine 'Miscalibrated'

Despite apparently widespread voter suppression and fraud, the Republicans are still getting owned electorally.

I hope the DOJ opens up investigations on this shit.
by iamspen
Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 173213

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

That's a bit ridiculous. Just because voters should expect longer lines doesn't at all mean the legislature didn't fuck them, and, in fact, indicates EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE. Just because they hell you, hey, early voting hours have been reduced doesn't somehow magically make it right, especially when t...

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