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#1156261 Election Night Coverage (radio)

Posted by mouse on 09 November 2012 - 07:36 PM

In response to some of the tea party stuff, I absolutely disagree that they could fix the republican party. I'm liberal -- left of Obama, but I would have considered voting for Huntsman because he's a smart, fair, moderate guy whom I think would make good decisions for the country. Not just his half of the country. I was scared of Santorum's platform, and I want nothing to do with Paul do to his views on social issues. I think most moderates would be even more likely to vote for a guy like Huntsman, but Santorum, Paul, Bachman, and Perry made more noise in the primaries because of the effect the far right has on the party. Romney managed to pander to that demographic while convincing moderates that he was less extreme. It won him the primary, but made him seem like a lier come the national election. If the Tea Party quiets down, Romney can run on his own platform and a guy like Huntsman isn't a light weight.
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#1154290 Presidential Election Poll

Posted by mouse on 14 October 2012 - 03:18 PM

I don't care that I'm voting for someone who in all likelihood will lose, I'm voting for someone I can believe in. And if everyone who said they like (insert third party candidate here) but won't vote for them because they won't win actually did vote for them, it would make a big difference.

This. I would argue that the biggest problem this country has come election season is apathy, and I would argue that the theater and bullsh!t that the 2 party system creates breeds apathy. People who give a sh!t need to make some kind of statement, whichever one they believe is right. For awhile, my statement was voting democrat because I am liberal and felt that liberals in office are a good thing. More and more, I'm realizing democrats aren't liberal, I respect honest conservatives/libertarians (Johnson) more than democrats, and I'm tired of making excuses for democrats, especially when I still like Obama the person and respect his intelligence, but feel that the country is just as crappy as it was 4 years ago under Bush. Especially when I think many of his failures are a result of the stupidity that the 2 party system breeds. I would like to think that my vote could make a difference of some sort, and ignoring the sheer number of people who vote and the low odds that my vote would swing an election, even if it does, I don't really believe that Obama beating Romney would make the type of difference this country needs. Or any difference, really.
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#1154147 Presidential Election Poll

Posted by mouse on 11 October 2012 - 11:33 PM

Excellent. Vote for Stein, I agree.

Really, you "hated" Bush? I dislike Obama's policies cause they are killing a great country, but I sure don't "hate" him.

By the end of his term, I did. I acknowledge it may be excessive. To my credit, I wanted him to succeed, because I care more about the country than my feelings, at least in an abstract, idealistic way.
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#1154141 The Next Time You Want To Complain About The US "Religious Right

Posted by mouse on 11 October 2012 - 10:55 PM

I agree with your issues with Islamic theocracies in the middle east, but I disagree with the motivation of the post. I would argue that Christian fundamentalists move us closer (not close, closer) to those fundamentalists. We should be holding ourselves to a higher standard as a nation, and more and more we simply celebrate that we're better than someone else. Thank god we don't kill women for seeking equal rights and that our government doesn't take away our rights to the ridiculous degree that China's or Russia's do, but we should be trying to be exceptional, and being better than Russia, China, and the Middle East is far from exceptional.
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#1151596 Romney on the 47%

Posted by mouse on 19 September 2012 - 05:48 PM

Really? Would it change your point of view at all if he said he was going to take away all the stuff you want, but then says he cares about them?

Frankly, I'll take that over Obama castigating those rubes who don't know what's best for themselves because they cling to their guns even with the obligatory "I care about their welfare nevertheless".

I don't agree with Reaganomics, but I think he was much closer to Obama in terms of saying I care about people with whom I neither identify nor agree. Reagan either believed or tried to sell (I'm inclined to say the former) that trickle down economics benefited everyone. Romney comes pretty close to saying if you're poor, fvck you. I would probably vote against both Reagan and Romney, but I find it easier to support and respect Reagan, agree with him or not, than I do Romney.
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#1151450 Romney on the 47%

Posted by mouse on 18 September 2012 - 06:15 PM

Romney losing this election could be the best thing for the GOP. The current power brokers in the party will be forced to realize that the majority of this country is socially progressive and fiscally conservative. Pandering to the extremes of the party will not win elections when the demographics of this country are changing so much.

This. I'm liberal, but I'm tired of the debate going the way it has for the past 10 years or so. At this point, it's each side screaming a predetermined set of talking points, and the one who screams best wins. Most people I know are stuck picking a candidate with whom they disagree on half the issues. I'm lucky enough to agree with most of what Obama has tried to do (though I have issues with his effectiveness, just like everybody else), but I feel for people who really don't have a candidate they can legitimately get behind. Also, progress is made when intelligent people debate over things they care about, not when talking heads stress the party line, regardless of their own feelings (which I think Romney is doing, especially re. health care). We aren't making progress, because both parties are holding fast to certain things, whether they agree with them or not, and refusing to compromise because it would show weakness, even when compromise would make sense (Bettman and Fehr much?). The media makes it worse, since they force the same talking points through over and over again. Throw in lobbyists and unlimited donations, and you realize that the American people are stuck voting for parties, not policies, and not people, even if a bunch of voters don't realize that (the I'd have a beer with that guy factor). We've gone from an innovative, heroic country, to a country who is falling farther and farther behind in education, while relying on a costly military to remain a world power, and we deserve better than we're getting as we try to solve these problems.

Also, I have no problem with fiscal conservatives even though I happen to be fiscally liberal. I think foreign policy and economic policy need to be flexible, and should be decided by the smartest people, regardless of their political views. It drives me crazy that the party of fiscal conservatives continues to support bigotry and refuses to acknowledge separation of church and state.
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#1148028 The Hockey News predictions for the year

Posted by mouse on 18 August 2012 - 04:23 PM

You want to attack us for our top 6, be my guest, but our bottom 6 and D are fvcking good. What a crock of sh!t. Hopefully they predict the lockout will last til Christmas, because that would mean we get a full season.
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#1145723 Weird Dream I Had Last Night

Posted by mouse on 25 July 2012 - 03:15 PM

You clearly need to get a custom Sleeve 13 jersey.

Step 1: Acquire random jersey
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Cup
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#1145595 Boy Scouts of America

Posted by mouse on 24 July 2012 - 04:04 PM

Ditto, almost word for word. I remember it being camping trips, tying knots, and various exercises teaching everything from state flags to basic engineering principles. There was an oath that mentioned "God and country", but that really isn't much different from the Pledge of Allegiance or what's printed on our money. :noclue:

This. And I'm not ready to say that God and country belong to either conservatives or liberals.
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#1134985 EURO 2012

Posted by mouse on 25 June 2012 - 10:56 AM

Spain looks good, but the lack of striker is going to come back and haunt them. If I was Del Bosque, I would have tried out more guys in group play, but now the're stuck with a snakebitten Torres or a bunch of midfielders. If they yield a counter to Portugal, I don't see them stopping Cron, though I picked them to before the tournament. If they do get past the Portugese, I don't see them beating the Germans. The German midfield is good enough to take the Spanish out of their comfort zone, and they have the strikers to make them pay. IMO, the way to beat Germany is with a good forward attacking the weak spots (Boateng) in their defense, a luxury Spain doesn't really have. Plus Khedira and Ozil know how to beat the Spanish from playing against Barca with Real.

I dont think we were playing for penatlies , we just didnt have anything left, we were out of options. Rooney coming back into the squad was the worst thing that happened to this team.

This. They were playing loose and free flowing, using their speed. Rooney doesn't fit in as well with that. I don't know that they would have gone any farther without Rooney -- he is good at burying chances -- but his return took away some of the identity they had forged in his absence.
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#1134908 Nash or Parise?

Posted by mouse on 24 June 2012 - 06:36 PM

I have nothing against Nash, but Zach is a more complete player (backchecking, pk), a better leader, and one of the hardest workers in the league. If they were both UFA, I'd still want Zach. Since getting Nash would require us to give up assets, it's not even close.
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#1131062 GDT: SCF GAME 6 - New Jersey @ Los Angeles

Posted by mouse on 11 June 2012 - 10:02 PM

A dude I got along with pretty well in HS posted Devils suck on FB. Guess who just got defriended? Doesn't do much, but when I punch him out at a reunion I'll feel better.
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#1129704 Bench Kovalchuk

Posted by mouse on 07 June 2012 - 09:56 PM

only part I dont get is this "being hurt" .. all I see is a typical Russian forward, its like with OV late playoffs, the more he sat the better the club did .. lol

Double post
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#1126502 Why I'm not Bothered if We Lose the SCF

Posted by mouse on 31 May 2012 - 10:44 AM

I love this team. I'll be proud of them if they lose. But fvck this mentally healthy, accepting sh!t. We haven't been this far in 9 years. God knows when we'll be back. I'm gonna be fvcking devastated if we lose, and I don't want to hear about the silver lining. Sports aren't real life, nor are they sane. Really, none of us should ever give a sh!t about a bunch of rich strangers playing a game, but we do, and I'm not going to half ass my irrational love for them.
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#1125355 Matteau defends his goalie

Posted by mouse on 28 May 2012 - 06:03 PM

I wasn't one of the ones jumping on him for the obvious...

I wasn't talking about you, for what it's worth. Like ben00rs said, a couple of noobs have gotten antagonistic with a couple people, and I think it's a problem. Like crasher said before, a bunch of good posters have left the board, and the discussions are getting more and more stale. Manta was blatantly wrong, but he got run off for defending his opinion about Kovy. I hope we see him more and more, he seems to be working his way back in, but losing a poster that good (and full of sh!t as his Kovy predictions were, he's a damn good poster) is a blow, especially when the people who ran him off add NOTHING.
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