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News Comments > Out of the Blue
38. Re: Fast-food Logos Imprinted on Children's Brains Nov 7, 2012, 15:58 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Atomic wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 15:42:
Cutter wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 15:10:
Yes, because the GOP wouldn't permit anything to get done.

It's not like Obama or the democrats are moving to the middle to meet them either, though. They can only be expected to move so far. If they move all the way, it's not compromise, it's capitulation.

Obamacare is the shining example of his "my way or the highway" approach to policy. Wouldn't even stop to let it be read before it was voted on, for goodness sake.

Democrats did move to the right, offering up something like 3 or 4 to 1 cuts to revenues. GOP wouldn't even consider it unless they agreed to 0 revenue increase. THAT is "my way or the highway".

Obamacare is basically the Republican plan from the 90s. It's certainly centrist. Too centrist to be very good, unfortunately, but it's still a hell of the lot better than continuing our completely broken and stupidly expensive system the way we have been. Republicans weren't offering any better ideas. They weren't going to get people covered, they weren't going to deal with the problem of pre-existing conditions. They had no solutions.
 
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37. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2012, 15:54 Wowbagger_TIP
 
John wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 15:17:
Cutter wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 15:10:
Had the Democrats taken control of both houses they'd have everything fixed inside of 4 years. The economy always and only works under the democrats and because of their policies.
The Democrats had control of both houses and Presidency in 2008.

And yet again, no they didn't. With Republicans filibustering everything in sight, and the Dems without a filibuster-proof majority, they really did not have control.
 
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177. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2012, 15:48 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 13:54:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 12:06:
PHJF wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 11:55:
There are already millions of disenfranchised Americans... they're called people with criminal convictions.

There definitely should be higher standards for voters. My grandmother, for instance, is racist. She wouldn't vote for Obama on the sole fact of his being black. She should absolutely, positively, NOT be allowed to vote. In this day and age every citizen pretty much has access to tools to educate themselves and stay modestly informed... but a startling amount choose not to. I don't want uninformed bigots to have any say in a national election.

I agree that it sucks that uninformed and/or racist/bigoted folks can vote based only on their ignorance and hatred, but there's no good way to screen voters, so we just have to keep trying to educate more people and hope that each generation is at least a little more tolerant and a little less ignorant than the last. I think we're making progress on the tolerance part. Not sure about the ignorance, as there's plenty of that on both sides. I can't even talk to most co-workers, teammates, etc about politics, because they tend to have nothing more than gut reactions and crap they heard on TV/radio to go by.

Yep it totally sucks that voting isn't totally restricted to socialists and those that share the view point that in order to prosper again, America needs to become another Europe.

Keep beating that straw man. That's not remotely what I said.


RollinThundr wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 13:54:
It's hilarious that for a party that prattles on about tolerance so much, libs tend to not tolerate anyone that doesn't share their views, instead falling on the old playbook calling them bigots and racist for not buying into wealth redistribution so that those who make bad life choices can still prosper. It's ok Obama will level the playing field.

Ahh yes, the old "Why can't you be tolerant of my intolerance!?" argument. It's hilarious when people trot this out as a defense of their bigotry.
 
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167. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2012, 13:45 Wowbagger_TIP
 
PHJF wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 13:38:
Wish you guys were sensible enough to realize this whole "us vs them" shit propagated by hardline party politics isn't helping anyone. People are always drawing and defending borders between each other; it must be a relic of caveman culture. Your party sucks, your football team sucks, Mexico sucks, Muslims suck, console gamers suck (well I guess I'm guilty there), on and on and on. I think we need a good old-fashioned drug-fueled orgy. Peace love save the trees and shit.

Actually I don't see too many team players here. Not entirely sure about RollinThundr, but I think he just gerrymanders his arguments in such a way as to avoid the inclusion of any facts. Most are arguing issues, and given enough time and attention span, these things could probably be worked out. Hopefully Congress can actually start doing something useful now, but given Boehner's recent statements, I don't hold out much hope.
 
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163. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2012, 13:18 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 12:12:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 11:44:
Prez wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 09:21:
Yeah I agree with that. What bothered me most about his first term is what he *didn't* get passed - no federal budget in 4 years ( 2 of them while Democrats contolled the Congress and virtually any budget he wanted would have passed with ease)

Please please please stop repeating this nonsense about Democrats controlling Congress for 2 years. It didn't happen.

This is a well-established misinformation campaign that started in the blogospere and has propagated for 2 years now. When both the house and Senate have majority leaders from the same party (as the Democrats did with Harry Reid in the Senate and Nancy Pelosi in the House that party is said to have control of Congress. It has been that way forever. The difference is that they were not "filibuster-proof" (having the necessary 66 seats to break filibuster) , which makes things take longer but the Democrats unequivocally still had control. With the number of moderate Republicans in Congress at the time virtually anything that the President wanted would have passed without issue. If you'll recall, the hold-up on the Health Care vote was because Pelosi did have enough Democrat support for the bill because of their evangelical views. A simple re-write of the section in question and the rest was academic.

I find it pointless that every discussion devolves into semantics, but this has to be addressed. THE DEMOCRATS HAD CONTROL OF CONGRESS THROUGH SIMPLE MAJORITY. They simply lacked the precious 2/3rd's majority. If everyone on the majority side is of a like mind than there is nothing the minority party can do to stop legislation from passing, only delay it via filibuster.

The semantics here are on your part, saying "2 of them while Democrats contolled the Congress and virtually any budget he wanted would have passed with ease". How was he going to pass anything, let alone "with ease", when anything they do can be filibustered? The Republicans were using the filibuster three times as often as we've ever seen before in our history. They openly declared that they weren't going to work with him and that they were going to ensure that his policies failed. There was no secret here. Republicans were fighting him on everything.

How exactly can you say that they had control, let alone the kind of control to pass "virtually any budget he wanted"?
 
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157. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2012, 12:06 Wowbagger_TIP
 
PHJF wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 11:55:
There are already millions of disenfranchised Americans... they're called people with criminal convictions.

There definitely should be higher standards for voters. My grandmother, for instance, is racist. She wouldn't vote for Obama on the sole fact of his being black. She should absolutely, positively, NOT be allowed to vote. In this day and age every citizen pretty much has access to tools to educate themselves and stay modestly informed... but a startling amount choose not to. I don't want uninformed bigots to have any say in a national election.

I agree that it sucks that uninformed and/or racist/bigoted folks can vote based only on their ignorance and hatred, but there's no good way to screen voters, so we just have to keep trying to educate more people and hope that each generation is at least a little more tolerant and a little less ignorant than the last. I think we're making progress on the tolerance part. Not sure about the ignorance, as there's plenty of that on both sides. I can't even talk to most co-workers, teammates, etc about politics, because they tend to have nothing more than gut reactions and crap they heard on TV/radio to go by.
 
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150. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2012, 11:44 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 09:21:
Yeah I agree with that. What bothered me most about his first term is what he *didn't* get passed - no federal budget in 4 years ( 2 of them while Democrats contolled the Congress and virtually any budget he wanted would have passed with ease)

Please please please stop repeating this nonsense about Democrats controlling Congress for 2 years. It didn't happen.

RollinThundr wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 08:13:
oh for fucks sakes. Obama didn't get anything done let's blame the GOP for blocking him! Or lets blame Bush! Or Reagan! So this is what conservatives have to look forward to for another 4 years? Blame everyone else but Obama for being a failure of a president? Yippy can't wait!

And the Republicans are right back at it again.
 
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103. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2012, 02:24 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Jeraxle wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 02:14:
Cutter wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 02:07:
Given how many people toke anyway - which is huge - vs. all the issues we see with booze, we're probably better off with more people toking than drinking anyway.

Just pointing out that tokers are lumped in with the drinkers in my book. The result is the same.. Me, angry, at their door.. =)

I think that comes with the "and regulate" part of the "legalize and regulate" amendments. So it should certainly be something that they enact laws to cover. Not sure if they make a breathalyzer for that yet though.
 
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87. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2012, 23:31 Wowbagger_TIP
 
nin wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 23:27:
Wow, electoral-vote melted tonight.

9:20 P.M. EST

Servers are hopeless.


Yeah, that's my bad, I was mashing F5 all night
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter
39. Re: Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter Nov 6, 2012, 22:57 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I've gone for a few kickstarters (Shadowrun, Wasteland, Grim Dawn), but those had a lot going for them, and a lot to show. Unless they give us something to indicate where this thing is going, I can't see funding it. I'll keep an eye on it and see if they come up with more before the KS ends.  
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83. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2012, 19:20 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Creston wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 18:59:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 18:07:
ugh, live in a terrible place for the voting spot. Wife voted this AM said it was 2 hours to get through the line. I just went to vote and the line was 3-4 people across and 2 blocks long......guess i will try right before they close....the place is TINY!

Dude... I had one person in line in front of me, and that was only because he was a little old (like 90+) man that I allowed to go first.

There are some advantages to living in the boonies.

Creston

I live a mile outside of downtown Dallas, and I had nobody in front of me Of course my vote doesn't make a difference at all here, but I gotta do it anyway. I'm probably more concerned about the state board of education than the presidential race. We get some serious morons on the SBOE here.
 
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81. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2012, 18:43 Wowbagger_TIP
 
PHJF wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 18:20:
Does anyone else find it funny how heavily Obama was criticized in '08 for being "an elitest" that the average joe "couldn't drink a beer with", and now the RNC comes back with a pompous millionaire whose religion forbids him from the consumption of alcohol?

Anyone?

Republicans are immune to irony and hypocrisy. They also used to hate flip-floppers, if you can believe that.
 
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80. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2012, 18:42 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 17:48:
Bodolza wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 16:31:
RollinThundr wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 16:25:
Don't just raise taxes while still spending out of control like both parties are currently doing.

Wow. After your previous rants, I'm a bit surprised that you support Obama's position on spending.

LOL Obama's position on spending is raise taxes while continuing to spend. So no, I don't support the Obmessiah's position.

Well, yes, the government will continue to spend money, so in that sense you're correct. But in the sense that he will increase government spending, the current record shows that you are likely incorrect, as the trend is downward, and given that he's already proposed far more cuts than revenue increases, I think you're completely misrepresenting his position.

Of course you say he's unwilling to compromise, which is rather hilarious given that the Republicans are the ones that have openly and repeatedly stated that they are unwilling to compromise. Of course you don't seem to have much interest in actual facts. You never seem to provide any to support your accusations, anyway.
 
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71. Re: How Videos Go Viral Nov 6, 2012, 17:12 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 17:04:
And here is the major issue in this election: You all are arguing over Obomney. Same guy, different pants.

I voted my conscience (Gary Johnson), and didn't have to pick the lesser of two evils. If everyone would do that, we wouldn't be stuck with two sports teams running the country into the shithole.

If there was a realistic way to get everyone to do that, then you'd be on to something, but there isn't. The best thing we can do to oppose the 2-party system is to make enough people aware that there are better ways to run elections, and that the current system is rigged to benefit the current parties, that they will start to demand a change. If you ever want to have another serious option, then the election system has to change.
 
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58. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2012, 15:45 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 15:18:
Cutter wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 15:08:
Oh don't mind Thunbder, everyone knows by now that like most of the rank and file GOP he'll never let actual facts stand in the way of a good rant against the Democrats. Obama isn't a miracle worker and it's hard to get anything done when the GOP oppose the man at every turn no matter how much he strives to cross the aisle and work together. And how would Romney's plans be any better? Oh wait, he doesn't have any. At leas none that he's shared publicly. What we've seen privately is that he believes at least 47% of the country are parasites who shouldn't even be entitled to food. Yeah, I can see where the GOP is a real boon to working people everywhere just like they always are...cut taxes on the rich and big biz, farm out domestic jobs, keep letting the military-industrial complex bankrupt the country. And the most fascinating part is they convince their followers to believe that all the resultant problem of that is the fault of the democrats. Amazing!!! It's like the greatest illusion of all time.

And yes, there are pretty major differences in the left and right, just go google some voting records.

The fact of the matter is Cutter, his party controlled both the house and the senate for his first 2 years of office and he still couldn't even pass a budget. (still waiting btw) Yet it's still Bush's fault, or the Republicans fault, or its little Timmy down the street's fault. Clinton actually worked with the Republicans, if you can honestly say Obama has done the same I'll just come out and say it bluntly, you're an idiot.

Liberals amaze me at their ability to consistantly blame everyone else yet manage to never take responsibility for anything unless it's a good thing.
I think you've proved Cutter's point yet again. No, the Democrats did not control Congress for 2 years.

RollinThundr wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 15:18:
Spending to the point of oblivion for the sake of spending to the point of obvlion is bad regardless of what party you're affliated with. Common sense man. And I'm sorry if taxing the 1% a little more which realistically won't make a difference without making significant cuts, along with a healthcare tax which is essentially what obamacare is, another revenue stream to spend spend spend, aren't exactly top of my list of great ideas.
And yet again... spending has come down under Obama. Taxing the 1% is just a part of the solution, not the entirety of it. I remember a while back the GOP was all about how "every little bit counts" when it comes to cutting. Same holds true here. We don't need one silver bullet. We need a lot of changes that add up. I don't agree with some of what Obama has done or what he's likely to do if re-elected, but Romney is a far worse choice. He won't even tell us what he's going to do, and he seems to change positions on everything. And what's even worse is that he's going to have a whole crazy train of these GOP jackasses, who've been proving their ignorance and fanaticism on a regular basis, following him in if he wins. Why would I vote for that?
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Patched
11. Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Patched Nov 2, 2012, 23:13 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I think they need to do something to make sure no more good games get released anytime soon. That would pull me back to Skyrim!  
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4. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 1, 2012, 14:38 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Verno wrote on Nov 1, 2012, 13:03:
I disagree that they made it clear, I think they went out of their way to obfuscate it at times. Their Kickstarter page had claims like "We working on bringing you games like Call of Duty*!" and such on it. Games like Final Fantasy III**. They weren't outright deceiving people but they were certainly playing on expectations. This is assuming they actually manage to ship the thing in the promised timeline (March 2013 IIRC).

That said when backing a kickstarter people should do some research first and always be cautious so I won't exactly feel sympathy for people who were expecting anything other than something that will run Android apps/games and emulate some old consoles.

* Call of Duty not actually available
** The shitty NES $15 Android one that no one cares about

Yeah, I can't feel sorry for anyone that hasn't learned that asterisks (actual or implied) are important and that they should read the fine print. If you don't know that you're rolling the dice with a Kickstarter, then you just aren't paying attention.
 
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19. Re: Borderlands 2 Sells 5M - Halloween SHiFT Codes Oct 31, 2012, 19:50 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Gaige skin is the last one I think:

Unlock the Mechromancer's spooky "Stinger Missile" customization in Borderlands 2 with the below SHiFT code!

PC SHiFT Code: W3WBJ-C6ZB5-C6JJT-33JJB-JSFX6
Xbox 360 SHiFT Code: WTKTJ-696S5-R9RB6-5RTT3-BTS3H
PlayStation 3 SHiFT Code: CJWTB-FZK5T-TKKWT-ZJ5B3-X56B9

Should probably also note that all these codes will be active until Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 11:55PM CT
 
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9. Re: Borderlands 2 Sells 5M - Halloween SHiFT Codes Oct 31, 2012, 17:05 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Zero skin is up:

Unlock Zer0ís spooky "Hornet's Nest" customization in Borderlands 2 with the below SHiFT code!

PC SHiFT Code: 5J5JB-B9S35-W6J33-3BJBT-33JSF
Xbox 360 SHiFT Code: 5J53B-J96HW-F9FBX-CFTT3-FTFXS
PlayStation 3 SHiFT Code: KBKB3-J3R5J-BKCKT-H3W33-9F56C
 
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187. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2012, 15:24 Wowbagger_TIP
 
aaaand we have new news!!  
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