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81  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: July 12, 2014, 06:55:42 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 10, 2014, 11:52:01 AM

I think the problem is that he's stuck with a do nothing congress and he's forced to do whatever he can through executive orders.  I believe his use of the latter is what's testing the bounds, but WTF else is he supposed to do?  I mean I don't agree with many of his policies but if we had a congress that actually did it's job...
Yeah, remember that he spent most of his first term trying to compromise with Republicans, often offering unilateral concessions that made Democrats blanch. Republicans responded like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. If you land on your back enough times you eventually wise up.

That said, Obama has a notoriously imperious governing style and plays the political schmoozing game poorly when he plays it at all, so I don't think Washington gridlock is completely one-sided.
82  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: July 10, 2014, 04:02:30 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 10, 2014, 02:47:05 AM

But isn't that every president? Seems like they all, left and right, do whatever they can to get what they want done with little regard for congress or anyone else.

Anyway, if SCOTUS says it's constitutional, it is, case closed, no?

The law is constitutional, yes. No question about that after SCOTUS rules. The manner in which it's being implemented stretches boundaries. Had the law been enforced strictly as written it likely would have crashed and burned the healthcare system, which is exactly what the Republicans were hoping would happen.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's for Lunch Today? on: July 10, 2014, 03:50:16 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 10, 2014, 02:42:38 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 10, 2014, 02:26:51 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 10, 2014, 12:50:30 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 09, 2014, 10:38:06 PM

Every day I have a ham-and-cheese on rye with a handful of potato chips and a glass of skim milk. When I'm feeling wild I change up the ham with turkey or roast beef, but I don't think the excitement is good for me.

I guess you haven't read the studies that say whole milk is better for you. icon_neutral

I have. They are specifically about children and weight control, but you can reasonably generalize to adults. Milkfat makes you feel fuller so you eat less; those who drink low- or nonfat milk tend to eat more and often overcompensate for the "missing" calories. However, I benefit from the calorie savings in skim because I always eat the same lunch. Apart from the fat, skim milk is nutritionally equivalent to whole milk in vitamins, calcium, etc.

Take that, science.

Sorry, was making a joke referring to the Zeke thread.

 icon_lol I got that, and this is the answer that I would have posted there if I ever made a serious reply to a Zeke thread.
84  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: July 10, 2014, 02:42:33 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 10, 2014, 12:58:39 AM

I think you guys might be underestimating her fame. When I worked with 99% conservative, they all loved her. I still see the occasional thing on Facebook quoting her. I think she's still pretty popular in Jesusland.

Yeah, but not so much outside of Jesusland according to a new poll: "Fifty-four percent of voters in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll say they would prefer the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee to be less outspoken in political debates.

"The voters who are over Palin come from across the political spectrum: Nearly two-thirds of Democrats, a majority of independents and nearly 4 out of 10 Republicans in the poll say they’ve heard enough."

So it's not just us.

Quote from: Lee on July 10, 2014, 12:58:39 AM

I don't understand how the president doesn't respect the Constitution because of the whole healthcare thing either.

The President takes an oath to "faithfully execute" the laws that Congress passes, but Obama has taken it upon himself to fudge certain deadlines and other details without the consent of Congress. I don't know enough about constitutional law to judge just how flexible faithfully executing should be, but the objections have some merit. Calling a law "Obamacare" doesn't mean that Obama gets to define it as he goes along.

Impeachable? I doubt it, but impeachment is at least as much about political power as it is about legal merits.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's for Lunch Today? on: July 10, 2014, 02:26:51 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 10, 2014, 12:50:30 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 09, 2014, 10:38:06 PM

Every day I have a ham-and-cheese on rye with a handful of potato chips and a glass of skim milk. When I'm feeling wild I change up the ham with turkey or roast beef, but I don't think the excitement is good for me.

I guess you haven't read the studies that say whole milk is better for you. icon_neutral

I have. They are specifically about children and weight control, but you can reasonably generalize to adults. Milkfat makes you feel fuller so you eat less; those who drink low- or nonfat milk tend to eat more and often overcompensate for the "missing" calories. However, I benefit from the calorie savings in skim because I always eat the same lunch. Apart from the fat, skim milk is nutritionally equivalent to whole milk in vitamins, calcium, etc.

Take that, science.
86  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: July 09, 2014, 10:48:54 PM
Eventually she's going to have to get herself elected to something if she wants to keep the limelight. As it is, she's in the same category as the Kardassians -- pointless celebrities who are easily ignored.
87  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: July 09, 2014, 10:44:45 PM

Quote from: Scraper on July 09, 2014, 02:48:07 PM



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'm banning Zekester for 3 months.  This is his 3rd incident. He's not here to add to the community, he's here to get a rise out of people.

Thanks, Obama!


Damn Obama and his hippie loving army of "fags". It's all their fault that Zeke is banned, it's a liberal conspiracy for sure, if people would just let him use his "alternative" and "non-traditional" meanings of the word fag then he could be in conservative bliss right now. Instead his 1st amendment rights have been violated. (Or something like that, I think?)
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As often as he taunts the Ban Hammer, it must be satisfying when it finally comes down.

I mostly enjoy Zekester's talent for livening the place up but hope he works up some new material before he comes back. Repetition gets tedious.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's for Lunch Today? on: July 09, 2014, 10:38:06 PM
Every day I have a ham-and-cheese on rye with a handful of potato chips and a glass of skim milk. When I'm feeling wild I change up the ham with turkey or roast beef, but I don't think the excitement is good for me.
89  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: July 09, 2014, 05:31:15 AM
I'm just trying to figure out what any of this has to do with the Syrian opposition.
90  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 08, 2014, 03:10:57 AM
The last word on skim milk.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Changes in gaming habits over the years... on: July 08, 2014, 03:04:42 AM
I was going to say that my habits haven't changed very much, but...

Quote from: Lee on July 08, 2014, 01:04:57 AM

What bothers me most in the way I have changed with gaming is my unwillingness to learn how to play new game, ... And forget reading manuals, I never do it anymore. Back in the golden days when games came with hefty manuals that was one of my favorite things to do, sit down and read through it (

...This. And I even had a job writing game manuals for a few years. Nowadays I gravitate to games that use the conventions I already know. I'm willing to do tutorials in a new game if they're well done, but that's about it.

I seldom stray outside of my single-player turn-based strategy comfort zone, though, and those conventions are pretty well set in stone.

I don't have any games on my phone. I ought to get one for those occasions when I unexpectedly find myself with time to pass, like when I had to wait an hour to donate blood today. But every smartphone game I've ever seen is either lame or costs money. Granted, I haven't seen very many.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Falling Skies onwards to Season 4! on: July 01, 2014, 06:26:16 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 01, 2014, 06:16:12 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 01, 2014, 05:34:58 PM

After seeing the second episode the fragmented storylines are starting to gel. I still don't know how Moon Bloodstain came back from the presumed dead, though, and I especially have a hard time buying the "Hitler Youth" arc.

lol!  Are you having more success than I am buying the Daenryshybridmagik storyline lol? 

No, that's terminally silly, too.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Falling Skies onwards to Season 4! on: July 01, 2014, 05:34:58 PM
After seeing the second episode the fragmented storylines are starting to gel. I still don't know how Moon Bloodstain came back from the presumed dead, though, and I especially have a hard time buying the "Hitler Youth" arc.
94  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: June 30, 2014, 10:25:48 PM
We need a higher appeals court. Maybe the President can just overturn them with an executive order.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Falling Skies onwards to Season 4! on: June 30, 2014, 10:22:20 PM
That season premier was kind of a train wreck, wasn't it? Hard to figure out what was going on.

I don't have the best memory or attention span, so these questions might have been addressed already. When did Blood Moonshot's character come back to life? I thought she was written out last season. Suddenly she's a badass terrorist chick? Wha...? Similar question about Lorax -- didn't we leave her as a manchurian candidate, or did they rehabilitate her?
96  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 26, 2014, 09:29:41 PM
It is not clear that Assad's enemies are preferable to Assad for anybody other than the Syrians. Assad is at least fighting ISIS and al Qaeda along with groups that might be more pro-Western. Iraq is disintegrating. Libya is in the hands of warlords. Sometimes the devil you know....

At the same time, if our best intelligence says that Assad's days are numbered, then we do want to ingratiate ourselves with, and help to choose, his successors.

Pouring money and weapons into the region hasn't worked out very well, so I'm inclined to save the money and leave them to their own fate. If one bad outcome costs half a billion and the other bad outcome is free, take the freebie. But I don't exactly have inside intelligence, so who knows? It seems that we are fated to meddle whether we want to or not.
97  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: June 26, 2014, 05:21:36 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on June 26, 2014, 04:50:56 AM

Quote from: hepcat on May 29, 2014, 02:51:24 PM

I gave up on the concept of banning guns ages ago.  But I support reasonable applications of gun control.  One of the more reasonable applications would be allowing a business to tell you NOT to bring firearms into their establishment.   

And before it comes up, that's NOT the same as allowing a business owner to refuse service to gays, blacks or jews.  Guns you can leave in the car.  Your color or sexual preference can't be.

Unless you have a detachable penis. Remember that 90's song? Anyone? paranoid

I really hate having to sit down every time I have to take a leak.
98  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: June 23, 2014, 03:43:57 AM
One could make a case that wealthy congressmen have more luxury of independence than those of modest means. Or that they represent the interests that made them wealthy. One can likely find examples for all points on that spectrum.

But the point was made about the SCOTUS being a millionaire's club, and SCOTUS theoretically doesn't represent anybody.
99  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 20, 2014, 05:11:29 AM
I don't care about football. When I hear "redskins" I think of peanuts.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: June 12, 2014, 07:37:02 PM
Sorry, but no Star Trek future until replicator technology abolishes war and economics. 3D printing is a good start.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Trying to plan a last minute vacation on: June 07, 2014, 03:42:19 PM

Quote from: Drazzil on June 07, 2014, 03:12:24 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 07, 2014, 01:35:47 AM

What kind of things do you like to do? When I travel I'm looking for museums, performances, and historical attractions. Other people like sports, or night life, or beaches, or even (shudder) shopping.

Never been to Portland myself (except the one in Maine) so I got nuthin.

museums performances and historical attractions sounds like my thing too.

That should be easy to research. Check to see if there are any upcoming concerts or plays that you want to see and plan your trip around that.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Trying to plan a last minute vacation on: June 07, 2014, 01:35:47 AM
What kind of things do you like to do? When I travel I'm looking for museums, performances, and historical attractions. Other people like sports, or night life, or beaches, or even (shudder) shopping.

Never been to Portland myself (except the one in Maine) so I got nuthin.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 06, 2014, 03:29:20 AM
I wonder what was the ratio of "whoopdie-fucking-doo" reactions to "ooooo shiny!" people.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi guys! on: June 01, 2014, 02:48:16 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 31, 2014, 08:31:46 PM

I get Drazzil and Daehawk mixed up all the time.   icon_redface

Daehawk is sex. Drazzil is drugs.  icon_wink
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man applying for work is hard on: June 01, 2014, 02:44:21 AM
Your headline makes no sense. What man became aroused applying for work?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Herein we learn the value of a properly placed comma.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: May 17, 2014, 09:52:37 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 17, 2014, 06:48:10 PM

Quote from: msteelers on May 17, 2014, 05:04:45 PM

Was it this: http://www.space.com/17628-warp-drive-possible-interstellar-spaceflight.html

That article claims the warp drive would move effectively at 10 times the speed of light. Google tells me the next solar system is 15 light years away... am I right in saying that even going 10x the speed of light it would take a year and a half to get there?

My god space is BIG.

As a kid I used to lie awake at night and wonder how space could end and if it did, what was on the other side.  There's nothing bigger, I'd wager!

Don't wager too much. Space is a property of our universe. If the multiverse hypothesis is right, our universe might be just one bubble. Nobody's likely to prove any of those scenarios anytime soon, so your money's safe for now.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: May 17, 2014, 02:07:17 AM

Quote from: farley2k on May 16, 2014, 05:26:15 PM

Full Trailer.


IN!  Looks like a good hard sci-fi movie.


From the trailer it looks like the first half is a lot of family-oriented character stuff that leads to a good hard sf second half. I hope the "down on the farm" father-daughter stuff won't be as prominent as it looks.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's official good hates me this week on: May 15, 2014, 01:45:44 AM
Gods can be real dicks.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP H. R. Giger on: May 13, 2014, 09:27:09 PM
He had a unique vision. Other artists have used the bio-mechanical mashup, but Giger really owned it.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] Fargo on: May 10, 2014, 04:52:36 PM
Martin Freeman is no slouch, either. This is the best role I've seen him play. He even does the accent pretty well.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] Fargo on: May 10, 2014, 02:13:14 AM
Anybody watching? I just saw (and greatly enjoyed) the pilot tonight. Got three more episodes in the can and will get caught up in the next few days.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: May 07, 2014, 11:01:58 PM

Quote from: EddieA on May 07, 2014, 09:00:35 PM

  They're probably looking to attract fans of cop shows, organized crime dramas, and Batman. 

That leaves me out on three counts.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on: May 02, 2014, 07:49:17 PM
Didn't see the first one. Won't see this one either. Sorry Spidey.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mom's Day Ideas: For teh wife and Momz? on: May 02, 2014, 04:09:02 AM
Being a gift shop owner I really ought to have an answer...but I got nothing. My mom's been dead 10 years and we don't have kids so motherhood is an alien marketing concept.

I ought to take a shot at it anyway, so I'll mention that Switchables have been selling like mad lately. Women who are into collecting really love them.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First CK, now MO? on: April 29, 2014, 02:25:02 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 28, 2014, 10:43:07 PM


Personally, I wish we still had the separate PC games forum cause that's mostly (outside of some DS stuff) all I play still.

I stopped reading gaming threads when the PC games forum went away. I only play a few games a year and I don't like to wade through a lot of console posts.

Used to enjoy the P&R forum until most of the drama queens either got banned or left. They were at least entertaining. Nothing going on there anymore.

I keep coming here by force of habit, mostly.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: April 28, 2014, 10:06:56 PM
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 24, 2014, 11:38:33 PM

Quote from: Default on April 24, 2014, 11:11:49 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 24, 2014, 10:13:33 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on April 24, 2014, 09:36:49 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 24, 2014, 06:39:48 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on April 24, 2014, 06:28:39 PM

Well it's pretty much confirmed that net neutrality is dead. Hooray for closed door promises and lobbyists becoming policy makers and policy makers becoming lobbyists.

Yep, I am pretty liberal, but honestly with this, f*** Obama. No different than any other politician, appointing a lobbyist to the head of the FCC was BS, now we the consumers get the brunt of the costs yet again while the businesses prosper.

I've long been of the opinion that the majority of our elected officials across the board on both the local and federal levels have been bought and sold for years.

This is the truth.

More here.

http://benswann.com/princeton-study-declares-u-s-government-an-oligarchy/

Thanks for saving me the trouble of linking to that study, but curse you for taking my post!  icon_confused

Of course it's all about what's best for the oligarchs, as always.
118  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I think on: April 23, 2014, 10:14:08 PM
It is a testament to Eco's power that my first impulse was to defend Putin.  icon_razz
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: April 22, 2014, 01:42:43 AM
I sat through the first one on DVD a couple of months ago. It was overlong, obviously, but not as tedious as I'd been led to expect. I don't know if I'll subject myself to the second one or not.

Probably. But I won't like it.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 18, 2014, 12:40:54 AM

Quote from: Turtle on April 16, 2014, 01:56:40 PM

Thankfully the series is picking up, and has enough clout behind it to keep it airing despite the ratings. Still, I want to see how those other well known characters are taking it.

I read somewhere that it's almost certain to get another season, probably more on the strength of its synergy with the Marvel movies than on its own ratings. I hope it won't become yet another show that was canceled just as it started to get good.
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