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News Comments > Out of the Blue
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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News Comments > Out of the Blue
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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News Comments > Out of the Blue
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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News Comments > Out of the Blue
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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News Comments > Out of the Blue
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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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
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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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Sells 5M - Halloween SHiFT Codes
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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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Sells 5M - Halloween SHiFT Codes
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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News Comments > Out of the Blue
187. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2012, 15:24 Wowbagger_TIP
 
aaaand we have new news!!  
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176. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2012, 13:23 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I hadn't read any of the actual news lately. I thought ya'll were joking about EP7... wow...  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
60. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 30, 2012, 23:56 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 23:35:
Traders, not investment bankers. They're different things. That was the whole point of what started this line of conversation.

Investment bankers: deal solely with companies and actual assets. If a company wants to get more liquid they guide a company through selling assets or debts. If a company is too liquid they guide a company through expanding or buying another company. They actually buy and sell things that exist in more than just paper (though debt is just paper, they deal with it by having a company issue it, not telling them to buy it.)

Traders: deal with less tangible assets. They're the guys that buy pork bellies low and sell high, all within fractions of a second.



One of those actually adds value to an economy. The other just keeps turning things around that it never actually owns. One of those was involved in this crisis. The other has nothing to do with it.
They are not the same thing and the term is not interchangeable.
I understand that traders and investment bankers do different things, but the big banks are all investment banks, and they all employed traders to do what they did with the sub-prime securities and derivatives. That's the sense that I'm talking about and why I said it's really picking nits when they all work for the same investment banks. The banks were responsible, even if they had other employees doing more useful and non-fraudulent things.
 
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57. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 30, 2012, 18:49 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 18:35:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 16:07:
Beamer wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 15:51:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 09:39:
Beamer wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 08:52:
Traders, not bankers. Investment bankers had nothing to do with this entire crisis. For some reason our media, and therefore population, seems to think investment bankers and traders are the same people doing the same thing. One is never in a position, really, to do any wrong-doing, the other can totally blow things up every single second. One works for clients, the other works for greed.
I strongly disagree. The investment bankers were making a killing on selling the packaged mortgages. I've heard mortgage lenders testify how people from Wall Street called them looking for more and more loans to buy up so they could package them. It was greed on both ends. The mortgage lenders making the loans and selling them to the Wall Street guys, who turned around and packed them up and sold them.

Those were traders, not investment bankers.
Picking at nits here really. Traders working for all the big investment banks, who were all up to their eyeballs in this business and had entire units dedicated to it.

I hate PC gamers. They just sit around, hunched over their mouse, clicking away at their FarmVille or their MafiaWars or their other random Zynga game.



See the difference? Two may be similar, from the outside, and they may be part of the same machine, but they do vastly different things and have no real contact with each other.
What are you talking about? The biggest investment banks in the country were doing this. They directed their employees to do this. How are they not responsible for doing this?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
55. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 30, 2012, 17:55 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 16:24:
You can't spend your way out of a recession, you let the market correct itself which it would if politicians would allow it to rather than print money like it's going out of style further devaluing said money.

This wasn't true for the great depression and it isn't true now between Junior and Obama's spend spend spend til the cows come home mentality.

I think you need to check history on that one. Granted the situation is much worse this time around than any other recession since the big one, but cutting government spending would have resulted in more unemployment, higher welfare needs, less tax revenue to the government, and therefore greater deficits anyway. We're going to have deficits either way. The GOP should have gotten out of the way and allowed more infrastructure spending to be done (which Romney now claims to support... this week anyway). Infrastructure has to be maintained, and there's no better time to invest in it than when you need the jobs anyway, and borrowing is about as cheap as could possibly be. Then, as we come out of the recession, we have better infrastructure, an economy generating more jobs and creating more revenue for the government, which can pay down the debt.

We still need cuts and we still need tax reform. I think tax reform could be a nice overall boost for the economy if it can be dramatically simplified, but it's a tricky thing to do well. Of course then you'll probably have a ton of out of work tax attorneys and tax preparation folks, but someone always gets the short end.


RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 16:24:
I have zero issue with raising taxes, but on the same hand in order to bring the deficit down and actually have a budget (something else Obama's ongoingly failed to have since day 1) you're not going to go anywhere.
Again, what's with this "Obama failed to" stuff? He came into a recession like we've never seen before, and the projections from economists that we were seeing at the time turned out to be too optimistic (which is really saying something, because those predictions were pretty dire already). So yeah, he didn't right the budget yet because to do so would kill the recovery.

RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 16:24:
Personally I would rather see government get the fuck out of health care period, all they're going to do is fuck it up more and pass the costs onto us. You know this, I know this, Obama and Mittens know this.
We, as a country, refuse to simply throw people out into the streets when they are sick and need care. So like Romney says, they can call an ambulance and go to the emergency room. They'll likely get hit with a bill they couldn't pay in their lifetime, but that doesn't matter, because the rest of us end up paying those costs. It's the most retardedly expensive way to provide health care, but that's how we do it right now.

Obamacare cuts these payments to hospitals, as well as forcing insurance companies to take people with pre-existing conditions. This was ok with both groups because the hospitals wouldn't get nearly as many uninsured patients showing up, and the insurance companies would get millions of new customers. It's a start towards bringing overall health care costs down rather than continuing to pay vastly more than the rest of the developed world while only getting moderately better outcomes in some cases, and the same or worse outcomes in a lot of cases.

Romney knows this. He did basically the same thing in Mass. But since the issue was radioactive during the primaries, he had to pretend that he doesn't know why Mass went with that plan, but that for some weird reason it works. It just suddenly makes no sense to him.

RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 16:24:
The GOP proposed cuts as well, the problem is the two parties can't agree on what to cut and how much due to completely opposite ideologies. That's where they need to meet in the middle and compromise, something I'm not sure is even in Obama's vocab.
I know they proposed cuts. That's all they proposed. It's not even so much that they can't agree on what to cut. It's that the GOP refused to accept any revenue increase at all (even closing tax loopholes, etc). The issue is that the GOP wants everything their way or no way. They were, after all, willing to do this sequestration deal rather than give an inch on revenues.

RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 16:24:
I'm with you, I'd like to hear exactly what Romney's plan entails as well but I still find it better than the alternative of 20 trillion in debt and nothing to show for it after another 4 year Obama term. Because honestly, what do we have to show now? More debt, the same level of unemployment (more if you count those who just gave up looking) and very little progress on anything important that Obama said he would do.
I'd first like to know what Obama said he would do that you thought was important. Then maybe we can go from there. Of course unemployment is higher than it was. Jobs were still in free-fall when he took office and didn't bottom-out until later. It's definitely recovering though, and any shouting from the GOP about it being too slow is just utterly shameless.

RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 16:24:
Look I realize he came in during the biggest fiancial crisis since the great depression but it's been 4 years now since he took office. Time to stop blaming the last administration and take some damn responsibility.

And that's the biggest cop-out of the entire GOP message. It's like we decide to race, and then I shoot you in the leg. When you can't keep up, I tell you to quit whining about things that happened 5 minutes ago and just accept that you can't beat me. It's complete bullshit, but for some reason right-wingers buy into it.

The economy is recovering. All indicators are showing that. You just don't come out of a recession that deep in four years. Especially with all the crap going on in the rest of the world. So no, that's not actually an argument. It's the GOP trying to pretend that the world began when Obama took office and nothing before matters, and they had nothing to do with it. Just watch how Romney always refers to job losses or other statistics starting 4 years ago, not mentioning that the same indicators had already plummeted off the cliff during the previous administration. It's completely dishonest, which is why I don't believe Romney won't go right back to the same policies that got us into the mess in the first place. Since he seems to have forgotten anything before 2009.

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53. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 30, 2012, 16:07 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 15:51:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 09:39:
Beamer wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 08:52:
Traders, not bankers. Investment bankers had nothing to do with this entire crisis. For some reason our media, and therefore population, seems to think investment bankers and traders are the same people doing the same thing. One is never in a position, really, to do any wrong-doing, the other can totally blow things up every single second. One works for clients, the other works for greed.
I strongly disagree. The investment bankers were making a killing on selling the packaged mortgages. I've heard mortgage lenders testify how people from Wall Street called them looking for more and more loans to buy up so they could package them. It was greed on both ends. The mortgage lenders making the loans and selling them to the Wall Street guys, who turned around and packed them up and sold them.

Those were traders, not investment bankers.
Picking at nits here really. Traders working for all the big investment banks, who were all up to their eyeballs in this business and had entire units dedicated to it.
 
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