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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 04, 2014, 04:37:23 PM
I tend not to watch previews as too often I've felt they've spoiled the surprise of the story, so I didn't see the hand holding incident you speak of.  However, I will continue to believe this unseen incident is indication of a father/daughter style relationship instead of the raunchy alternative. 

But if it does come down to sexy time, I won't be crying foul.  I'll just be a little skeeved out considering the age difference.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 04, 2014, 04:06:55 PM
I really hope I don't survive a zombie apocalypse with my mother in that case.   tear
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 04, 2014, 03:38:15 PM
Do you have sex with everyone you hold hands with?   eek
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 04, 2014, 02:35:02 PM
I'm really glad they didn't go the obvious route of having them fall into bed together.  That's way too "tv" for this show. 
85  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 03, 2014, 07:33:33 PM
That's the simple answer, yes.  But unfortunately we don't live in a simple world.

Forbes has a great breakdown of the situation.  The most disturbing portion to me is this:

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There is also the matter of the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, in which Ukraine agreed to give up its nuclear weapons and Russia vowed to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity.  By violating the treaty, Putin is signaling that all agreements signed during Russia’s period of weakness in the 90’s are null and void.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 03, 2014, 06:54:21 PM
Conversely, I find Daryl's character to be the most complex and interesting.  He started off as a "good ol' boy" who I initially thought was just there as additional muscle for Merle.  But it was slowly revealed over time that he is likely the most altruistic character on the show...and he has no right to be, considering his past.  It's a fascinating study of nurture vs. nature in my opinion.  Whether or not the writers intended this, I cannot say.  But I like to think that because he's not changed substantially over the course of the show, just had his true self revealed over time, means they did.
87  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 03, 2014, 06:32:03 PM
We'll have to wait and see.  I just don't see Putin going on a frenzy of incursions.  The trigger for this is first and foremost their holdings in Crimea.  To use that as justification for incursion into other areas just seems a bit far fetched.  

But, who knows.  He could be that aggressive and his need to restore some semblance of Soviet Union era Russia so great that he could.  God help us if that's the case.
88  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 03, 2014, 05:45:38 PM
If Putin stops where he is and continues no further, I think this will wind itself down (even with the slap in the face to Obama that was the incursion the day after our president says "don't!").  If he continues into eastern Ukraine though...well...
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 03, 2014, 05:40:04 PM
There's at least a third option.   icon_wink
90  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 03, 2014, 04:36:37 PM
That's a bit larger than a "slight majority" when compared to the next largest group.  
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a restart. on: March 03, 2014, 03:17:35 PM
First thing to realize:  you're very much in the norm. Most folks experience those things from time to time...more so for some.  
92  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 03, 2014, 01:58:59 PM
On the surface, it looks like a clear cut case Cold War mentality on the part of the Russians a la Afghanistan.  But I was listening to the news reports on this matter on the way into work this morning and numerous sources are saying that the areas that the Russians have marched into have been almost welcoming due to a large part of the population that considers itself Russian to begin with.  The real test will be whether or not they continue their march into eastern Ukraine, which is the primary source of industry for the Ukraine and which, if lost, will almost completely decimate the Ukrainian economy.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 03, 2014, 01:53:21 PM
I thought it was a great look into Daryl's psyche.  They used Beth as a vehicle to explore what motivates Daryl and it helped to cement his character as a fan favorite, I'm sure.  I could listen to Daryl and Merle stories all day long.
94  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: March 01, 2014, 01:34:59 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 01, 2014, 03:39:19 AM

Now, hepcat, you have the power to prove to everyone that this has nothing to do with political ideology and that I'm hopelessly mired in my own unfounded preconceptions.  There's just two simple steps:

Why would I do that?  I already said this about Cruz's attempts to revive DOMA elsewhere in R&P.

Quote from: hepcat on February 14, 2014, 06:50:20 PM

I honestly don't think folks like Cruz are even backing this crap on the basis of a moral stance anymore.  I truly believe it's become purely a political point.  It's a way to display defiance against all things Obama and thus help you to stand out from the crowd for all those nut cases out there who almost believe Obama is the anti christ.

I just objected to your use of sweeping generalizations earlier.  As long as I remember that your posts tend to be equal parts emotional hyperbole and facts you've culled from various news sources other than Fox, we actually agree on most things.  You're kind of a liberal version of a Tea Partier, in a way.   icon_wink
95  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: March 01, 2014, 12:19:44 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 25, 2014, 12:09:02 AM

Homophobic discrimination is just one square on the multi-paneled quilt of discredited economic theories, religious zealotry, Social Darwinism, xenophobia, profiteering, and batshit-crazy secret-Muslimism that makes up the Conservative movement.  It's a big enough tent that every subset deserves recognition for its own brand of asshattery.

Quote from: Autistic Angel
Conservatives across the country launching simultaneous, coordinated crusades against threats that they are manifestly making up?  If that's not a top-to-bottom organized campaign, I don't know what one would possibly look like.

I realize you get worked up and that your opinions are often filtered through hyperbole at that point, so I'll just say, "Ah, okay then" and sign off with a hearty "cheers".
96  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 28, 2014, 08:52:27 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 28, 2014, 07:28:49 PM

This suggests you either believe this is all the product of coincidence, or that you have an alternate explanation in mind that's unrelated to the fact that supporters of these "religious freedom" bills self-identify with the same political ideology.

And this suggests to me that you've forgotten my original assertion.

Again:  It's wrong to say that every single conservative in this country wants these bills to pass.  Just wrong.  As Fireball succinctly and correctly put it, not all conservatives want this bill to pass, but all those who want this bill to pass are most likely conservatives.  The proof of that lies in the number of conservative GOP's like McCain who spoke out against it.

Extremism on either side of the fence just exacerbates the problem.

97  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 28, 2014, 05:36:01 PM

Quote from: Arclight on February 28, 2014, 03:46:28 PM

I'm hiding all my white sheets. The way Christians are dragged into everything "bad" is a sweeping sentiment. What do we call a person who lumps "all" of a particular group into a negative light?
Oh yeah, some of you have said it...Predjudice.
Do you think knocking Christians is any less wrong than knocking Gay's?

Think about it, before you throw your stones.

It's ironic that you insinuate everyone's acting like the KKK considering the Klan considered themselves a Christian group.   icon_wink

Anyway, as everyone who responded to you is pointing out, this is a group of Christians who aren't acting very Christian-like.  There are a lot of real Christians who oppose bigotry out there.  
98  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 28, 2014, 02:27:11 PM
If conservatives were relegated to only a dozen states, I might agree with you.
99  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 27, 2014, 09:11:07 PM
While I'm happy this nonsense has met its demise in Arizona, I was surprised to find out it's far from the only such bill being considered by states.

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The buck may have stopped with Gov. Jan Brewer in Arizona on Wednesday, but the fight to pass such laws bannered as religious freedom issues is still on in quite a few other states.

"Right behind it are Missouri and Georgia," said Jay Michaelson, a fellow at Political Research Associates, a progressive political think tank.

There's also a few more mentioned in that linked article.  Thankfully, more than a few of them have shelved any plans to institute such a bill.

100  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 27, 2014, 07:51:24 PM
The problem with splitting off is that neither group would be able to challenge the dems in any meaningful way for quite some time.  United we conquer, divided we fall and all that.  Although right now, the former is in question as long as they fail to get their extremist factions under control.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Following on: February 27, 2014, 04:31:02 PM
I had heard it had improved so I caught the first few episodes.  I rather liked what they had done with Joe for the first few episodes.  I would have stuck with it if they'd continued down that path, with Bacon going slowly mad with his obsession.  But they soon went back to the same old formula from season 1 so I'm out.
102  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 27, 2014, 02:10:34 PM
The Republican party needs to clean house.  They've becoming known as the party of bigoted hatred with actions like this.  I'm guessing that's why so many of them scrambled to get in front of this by releasing statements condemning it almost as soon as it appeared in the press.

Between the Tea Party and the extremist conservatives that truly believe this crap, they're going to have to do some serious soul searching about what they want to represent in this country's future.
103  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 26, 2014, 06:49:16 PM
To be honest, most news articles make it sound like the AZ business owners DON'T want this bill to pass.  Numerous business councils have sent petitions to the governor asking that it be vetoed. 

I think we're just seeing a relatively small group of sanctimonious politicians attempting to enforce their will on the greater majority.
104  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 26, 2014, 04:45:05 PM
The funny thing is that Jimmy Carter was considered a social conservative back in the day.  Now he's saying people should be allowed to marry whomever they love.  You have to take some hope in the knowledge that some people move forward in life.

I think Clint Eastwood said it best when asked about Gay Marriage rights:

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"These people who are making a big deal about gay marriage?" Eastwood tells the magazine. "I don't give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We're making a big deal out of things we shouldn't be making a deal out of ... Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want."
105  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Uganda president set to sign anti-gay bill into law on: February 25, 2014, 08:37:29 PM
The best thing we can do is put pressure on them through political channels and sanctions.  They need the outside world far more than the outside world needs them so I'm assuming they'll buckle under pressure.
106  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [PC] South Park: The Stick of Truth Pre-order $47.99 on: February 25, 2014, 07:37:03 PM
2game.com has it for 20 percent off... but then you can add the code
SPARK15OFF
for another 15 percent off for a grand total of about 35 bucks.   
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Godzilla to return to American shores on: February 25, 2014, 07:00:06 PM
All I want is a good old fashioned giant monster film.  It looks like this one is well on its way to giving me that.
108  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 25, 2014, 03:19:20 PM
We're still struggling with basic rights for minorities in this country, so I'm not naive enough to think that gay rights are going to be universally accepted as the right thing.  I was just making an off the cuff remark that reflects where I'd love to see this country (and the world) go someday.

Edit:  This is my favorite defense of the bill:

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"This bill has nothing to do with discrimination. It's protecting basic freedoms that belong to everyone," she said, explaining that it would protect a gay photographer's decision not to work for Westboro Baptist Church, or Muslims who don't want to sell "pork sandwiches on a Saturday."

I wasn't aware pork was a legally enforced mandatory item on menus in every restaurant in America.  I also wasn't aware that freelancers had to take every job offered to them. 

Kellie Fiedorek, the woman who uttered the above quote, claims to be an attorney.  A diploma written in crayon can't be legal though, right?
109  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 25, 2014, 02:53:35 PM
You shouldn't have to feel that giving someone a basic right is capitulation though.  It should just be the right thing to do.  Period.
110  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 25, 2014, 02:52:20 AM
Too bad AA isn't aware of that.   icon_wink
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: February 25, 2014, 01:50:52 AM
Ah man, I'm sorry to hear all that.  My thoughts go out to you and yours.  I really hope things turn around. 
112  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Uganda president set to sign anti-gay bill into law on: February 25, 2014, 01:31:12 AM
You don't say.
113  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 25, 2014, 01:25:02 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 25, 2014, 12:09:02 AM

Homophobic discrimination is just one square on the multi-paneled quilt of discredited economic theories, religious zealotry, Social Darwinism, xenophobia, profiteering, and batshit-crazy secret-Muslimism that makes up the Conservative movement.  It's a big enough tent that every subset deserves recognition for its own brand of asshattery.

I understand you hate conservatism with a burning passion, but you display an almost cartoonish grasp of what it is.  I'm not a conservative by any definition of the word, and even I know it's not comprised solely of robber barons dressed like snidely whiplash.  You're better than this, I hope.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 24, 2014, 09:26:35 PM
Whew...I was getting worried by some of the reviews that I'd made yet another mistake with a pre-order (something I've been trying to swear off of after a few recent disappointments).  But Ron's review makes me feel better about my purchase.  I don't want to play it like a shooter, I want to play it like a Thief game, so I should be good.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harold Ramis passed away today on: February 24, 2014, 08:25:23 PM
I'll just put this here.  I think Ramis would appreciate it.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harold Ramis passed away today on: February 24, 2014, 08:18:45 PM
While great films, I think Animal House and Caddyshack were the truly groundbreaking films in comedy.  They set the tone for a whole generation of raunchy...but smart...comedies.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harold Ramis passed away today on: February 24, 2014, 07:50:00 PM
Animal House and Caddyshack will always be his greatest works in my book.  They completely defined an entire era of comedy.  Such a comic genius.  And oddly, one of the few that weren't troubled individuals.  By all accounts, he was a down to earth family man who was respected by everyone he worked with.  Many of the great ones work from a place of pain.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Been reading a bunch of superhero comics, here's what I think on: February 24, 2014, 06:11:33 PM
I went through all their back issues of the incarnation before last of Nova.  That was a fun time.  I do remember being pissed off when I was about halfway through the run and I realized they'd left out damn issue.  Just one.  

But Cosmo almost made up for it.  What a great character.

I prefer DC to Marvel because I feel that the characters in the Marvel universe are too angsty and driven by the youth market.  Of course, those are purely opinions.  

I stopped reading comics (at least with any regularity) about 20 years ago, so I doubt I'll ever run out of things to read with my Unlimited subscription.  It's perfect for a guy like me.  I really hope DC does something similar in the not too distant future. 
119  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 24, 2014, 04:27:03 PM
I think we need to determine whether we're talking about the GOP or conservatives.  They're not one and the same.  There are conservative democrats too.

I guess my point is let's not demonize an entire group based on the actions of a subset of bigoted asshats.
120  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 24, 2014, 03:47:23 PM
Not all criminals are murderers, but everyone who commits a murder is a criminal.

 Tongue
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