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  1. Comment on Jon Stewart makes an emotional plea on behalf of 9/11 first responders at a House Judiciary Committee meeting, unloading on lawmakers over their low turnout in ~news

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    Absolutely. These people are real heroes, many, if not all, sick and dying slowly. The least those senators could’ve done is shown up, even if the vote results were largely a formality. Especially...

    Absolutely. These people are real heroes, many, if not all, sick and dying slowly. The least those senators could’ve done is shown up, even if the vote results were largely a formality. Especially if the vote was a formality. At that point, it takes just a few minutes to hear out Stewart and then hold their vote.

    But you’re right. The optics are terrible. It basically looks like they’re saying “Here’s your money, leave us alone”

    And if it had six Democrats who didn’t show up, the Cheeto in Charge would’ve launched a Twitter rampage of epic proportions

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Jon Stewart makes an emotional plea on behalf of 9/11 first responders at a House Judiciary Committee meeting, unloading on lawmakers over their low turnout in ~news

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    It offers no actual value to the conversation for me to say this, and it's my own cynicism showing, but it does not surprise me in the least that the no shows were Republicans. Carlin said it...

    It offers no actual value to the conversation for me to say this, and it's my own cynicism showing, but it does not surprise me in the least that the no shows were Republicans.

    Carlin said it best......Republicans aren't Pro Life. They're Pro Fetus. They want live babies to grow up to be dead soldiers. Once you're born, they don't care about you.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on The USA notch up a record-breaking 13-0 goal glut against Thailand in the FIFA Women's World Cup in ~sports

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    I'm generally a believer that if you don't want someone running up the score on you, you should do better but damn...... This is Belichick level running up the score. Team USA should be proud of...

    I'm generally a believer that if you don't want someone running up the score on you, you should do better but damn......

    This is Belichick level running up the score.

    Team USA should be proud of their effort but at a certain point, that's just insult to injury

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Poll: Most Texas voters believe business owners shouldn't be allowed to refuse service to LGBT people in ~lgbt

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    I spent a lot of my childhood growing up out in the Panhandle. Lubbock, Post, Tahoka. Still have family out there. The way you put it is interesting, and fairly accurate. I had never seen it that...

    I spent a lot of my childhood growing up out in the Panhandle. Lubbock, Post, Tahoka. Still have family out there.

    The way you put it is interesting, and fairly accurate. I had never seen it that way but now you mention it, it’s pretty accurate.

    West Texas can be pretty strict and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that my youngest brother didn’t come out as gay until my mother(parents were divorced, I lived with my dad in Dallas) and her half of my siblings moved here to Dallas

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  5. Comment on Poll: Most Texas voters believe business owners shouldn't be allowed to refuse service to LGBT people in ~lgbt

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    Yea but if you contrast that with the Texas governors election, where Greg Abbott won re-election over Lupe Valdez by 12 pts or so, the same year that O'Rourke nearly upsets Cruz, and it doesn't...

    i don't see why that matters because it's not like land votes. statewide democrats in illinois regularly destroy republicans while only carrying a handful of counties because of urbanization; the same will be true in the future of any democrat which wins texas. clinton's 43% was done while carrying only 27 of the 254 counties in texas, and beto by my count only carried 32 on the way to 48%.

    Yea but if you contrast that with the Texas governors election, where Greg Abbott won re-election over Lupe Valdez by 12 pts or so, the same year that O'Rourke nearly upsets Cruz, and it doesn't paint the same kind of picture. IIRC, every major state wide office still went to Republicans, although they weren't the landslides they were previously. I won't say that Valdez was much of a competitive choice. She wasn't. But she did win many of the same counties that Beto/Clinton did. There simply aren't enough votes in the Democratic strongholds of the state to win state offices, let alone actually flip the state. Democrats put their chips on O'Rourke, poured millions into his campaign(70 million for Beto versus 33 million for Cruz) and they still lost to one of the most despised Senators in the country.

    not really? the year of blue texas is a meme, but it's kinda undeniable that texas is demographically trending favorably for the democrats, mostly on the back of growth in the cities and built up areas swinging toward the democrats

    But we're not there, yet, which is all I'm trying to point out. Is it only a matter of time? Absolutely. The growing Hispanic population, further urbanization(Texas is roughly 85% urban), and large numbers of transplants from places like California(a popular slogan among Republican/Conservative voters here is "Don't California my Texas') means, to me, that within ten years or so, Texas will be solidly purple on the strength of it's most populous counties/cities. But will we see that in 2020? I don't know. I'd like to think so. I love my state but I hate it's politics so I'm only too happy to see Texas moving slowly but surely towards the 21st century.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Baldur's Gate III - Announcement Trailer in ~games

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    Guess this means it’s finally time for me to pick up Baldurs Gate Enhanced Editions 1 and 2. Been meaning to for quite awhile. And still trying to decide if I want it on PC or IOS. If I had it on...

    Guess this means it’s finally time for me to pick up Baldurs Gate Enhanced Editions 1 and 2.

    Been meaning to for quite awhile. And still trying to decide if I want it on PC or IOS.

    If I had it on IOS, I could play on my IPad at work.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Poll: Most Texas voters believe business owners shouldn't be allowed to refuse service to LGBT people in ~lgbt

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    Well the main reason I say Texas is still a red state is that it’s basically only the big cities/counties and border cities/counties that will vote Democrat. Geographically speaking, the vast...

    Well the main reason I say Texas is still a red state is that it’s basically only the big cities/counties and border cities/counties that will vote Democrat.

    Geographically speaking, the vast majority of Texas is still solidly Republican

    https://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/president/texas/

    https://www.politico.com/election-results/2018/texas/senate/

    If we compare the 2016 Presidential election and the 2018 Senate election, Clinton and O’Rourke won basically all the same counties although in terms of pure numbers, Trump beat Clinton by a much larger margin than Cruz beat O’Rourke.

    For a Democratic candidate to really swing Texas, they’re going to have to find a way to win those smaller counties.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Poll: Most Texas voters believe business owners shouldn't be allowed to refuse service to LGBT people in ~lgbt

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    This survey reminds me of one of those "undercover videos" ABC News did several years ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhl9MLno424 Despite being a red state, Texas is actually pretty liberal in...

    This survey reminds me of one of those "undercover videos" ABC News did several years ago

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhl9MLno424

    Despite being a red state, Texas is actually pretty liberal in the big cities. Beto lost to Cruz in the Senate election by just a couple points on the back of winning most, if not all, of the most populous counties.

    Its certainly not perfect. There's been a string of murders of transgendered women recently that Dallas PD is at a loss to solve so far but by and large, in my experience, you're more likely to find Texans who subscribe to "Jesus said love everyone" and old fashioned Southern politeness, at least when going out for dinner.

    Again, not perfect. But the Dallas Pride Parade had to be held at Fair Park this year over it's traditional venue, the "gayborhood" down at Oak Lawn due to numbers swelling past the 50k mark. Getting 50k+ people outside in Texas in June is damn impressive and usually only reserved for football games and the State Fair.

    9 votes
  9. Comment on What are your goals and accomplishments for this week? in ~talk

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    I've tried but if I'm being 100% honest......discipline has become my greatest foe. When I'm at home, I'd rather be playing WoW or MtG or something. And you'd be right....taking a class for a...

    I've tried but if I'm being 100% honest......discipline has become my greatest foe. When I'm at home, I'd rather be playing WoW or MtG or something. And you'd be right....taking a class for a passing interest is probably a waste but I learn best in a structured environment where I can get guidance when I need it is the way I learn best. At least until I have a baseline knowledge of what I'm trying to learn. Once I have the basics down, and can build my knowledge from there, I tend to take a bit more initiative.

    Criminal psychology, mostly. I've grown up in a law enforcement household so I've grown up with stories of the atrocities man commits on each other. Just last night, my dad was telling me about a murder that occurred in his city. The questions that pop up in my head when I hear something like that. What drove a person to do that? What was running through their mind? What sort of upbringing did they have? Are they a product of a broken home, broken education system, broken criminal justice system or all of the above? What makes them tick? What drove them to the point where killing someone became the appropriate resolution?

    But I'm also the family "peacemaker". I'm the oldest of 6 and diplomacy was the name of the game in my household. Keeping 5 siblings from constantly fighting and bickering if only to provide my parents some semblance of order. So I think often about maybe going into a Mediator type role. Trying to help people reach a peaceful understanding and I think it sort of stems from the above questions. How do we help people reach common ground so things like assault and murder aren't seen as viable ways to solve their problems?

  10. Comment on I don't get all the love for The Orville in ~tv

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    I guess I'm the weird one here. I actually greatly enjoy both The Orville and Star Trek Discovery, although, in full disclosure, I haven't seen but a handful of episodes from TNG and Voyager and...

    I guess I'm the weird one here. I actually greatly enjoy both The Orville and Star Trek Discovery, although, in full disclosure, I haven't seen but a handful of episodes from TNG and Voyager and have only seen the latest Abrams films. So I certainly don't have any Trek background to really compare. Watching everything from Enterprise to DS9 is on my agenda though.

    My best friend is a massive Trek fan, though, having seen every episode of every show, every movie, books, even has a high quality, hand made bat'leth replica on his wall. And he, for most part, loves Orville and thinks Disco is quite good, more so the second season over the first.

    He thinks Orville is just Star Trek as done by Seth McFarlane and Disco is more Star Wars than Trek but it's getting closer. I'm eager to see what the third season of both shows have in store.

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  11. Comment on At least 12 dead, including suspect, in Virginia Beach shooting in ~news

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    Americans are convinced it's a God given right to own weapons. If I understand it correctly, we're one of the few countries, and certainly the largest, where gun ownership is considered a right...

    Americans are convinced it's a God given right to own weapons. If I understand it correctly, we're one of the few countries, and certainly the largest, where gun ownership is considered a right and not a privilege.

    It's absolutely asinine that gun ownership is a right and healthcare is not.

    But it's basically just that the GOP and NRA have convinced their bases that the world will end if Americans aren't packing heavy weaponry. That the Democrats and Liberals are trying to take everyones guns so they can impose their liberal ideology on God fearing Conservatives. That the Russians and Chinese are creeping just outside the door ready to attack a defenseless population......

    It's ridiculous.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on At least 12 dead, including suspect, in Virginia Beach shooting in ~news

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    Yea......when the militias and the military they fought against were more or less on equal footing technologically speaking. And the Brits weren't all THAT concerned with the colonies, to begin...

    Yea......when the militias and the military they fought against were more or less on equal footing technologically speaking. And the Brits weren't all THAT concerned with the colonies, to begin with. They were far more concerned with the French and Spanish right next door. Sure, they wanted to keep the colonies as a matter of pride but the French intervention and the threat of both France and Spain striking against Britain elsewhere did far more to help the colonies than our plucky militias did. If the Brits had said "fuck it" and committed their full military might to the colonies, the American Revolution ends in defeat.

    If the US people were to go to war against the US government, assuming the government kept most, if not all, of it's assets, the US people are not winning that fight. Even with AR-15s running around and guerrilla tactics, we're not competing with Tomahawk missiles coming from off shore, fighter craft dropping bunker busters, and Abrams tanks rolling through our streets.

    This isn't an invading force we're talking about here. This is our own military, complete with hundreds of bases across the country, capable of striking quickly with vastly superior technology and weaponry than the citizenry has available to them. All the advantages a guerrilla force has, like what we saw in Vietnam or the Middle East, goes away here. We don't have distance or supply lines to take advantage of. We don't have a disgruntled public that wavers on the conflict. The military can position the naval fleet and effectively blockade the country starving out the citizenry while the Air Force can cut off any aid from the air and hit rebel/insurgent groups with impunity.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Favorite Kaiju Movies? in ~movies

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    I'll also third Shin Godzilla and throw in a vote for Pacific Rim 1 and 2. But I'll also recommend the 2014's Godzilla and it's sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I feel the Ars Technica...

    I'll also third Shin Godzilla and throw in a vote for Pacific Rim 1 and 2.

    But I'll also recommend the 2014's Godzilla and it's sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

    I feel the Ars Technica review you linked is being overly harsh and nitpicky. Having seen the movie on Thursday, I greatly enjoyed it. Yea, the human part of the story is weak. I'll give the review that. It could've been stronger although the premise itself isn't without merit although I think it was better than 2014 Godzilla.

    But the monster action was top notch, in my opinion. The article references three actual fight scenes but neglects to mention some truly awesome moments within in the film. And the fight scenes are fairly long, especially compared to 2014 Godzilla, from what I remember. But there's more than just the monster on monster fight scenes with some really good human vs monster action including one really fun sequence with Rodan.

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  14. Comment on What are your goals and accomplishments for this week? in ~talk

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    To be honest, no. And I think that’s been the primary reason secondary education has been such a pain in the ass for me. I’ve just never been focused on finishing so much as just trying to figure...

    To be honest, no. And I think that’s been the primary reason secondary education has been such a pain in the ass for me.

    I’ve just never been focused on finishing so much as just trying to figure out what I’d want to finish in.

    As far as classes....I’ve always had this passing interest in programming and game development and, surprisingly, my community college has an AAS in “interactive simulation and game development” but with all the nightmares we hear now about what it’s like to work for a developer, it more or less puts that fire out. At least for a professional career. I may take a few classes and learn enough for a side project.

    I feel like I want to take my degree into the math/science direction and I originally started as a Psych major so I may finish that and try to angle for something in research

  15. Comment on The last season of Game of Thrones feels so wrong because its storytelling style changed from sociological to psychological in ~tv

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    "I think GoT was good at making you see the story from multiple perspectives where the bad guy's pov was understood, even sympathetic. Their actions made sense in the political world setup and you...

    "I think GoT was good at making you see the story from multiple perspectives where the bad guy's pov was understood, even sympathetic. Their actions made sense in the political world setup and you get it, might not like it, but you get why they have to do it, whatever heinous thing they end up doing"

    I think you hit the nail on the head here. Case in point, Tywin Lannister

    He is, objectively, a horrible human being. He sanctioned the Red Wedding, sentenced Tyrion to die etc....And yet, his utter devotion to his House, to his family(minus Tyrion), makes his methodology, while reprehensible, understandable. The man would stop at nothing to ensure the survival and prosperity of House Lannister. And some of his more quiet moments, like with Arya, makes you think that, in a different setting, Tywin Lannister might not be that bad of a person.

    Compared to someone like Ramsey Bolton and Tywin isn't so bad at all.

    That's what the show did so well. Made even the bad guys understandable, if not sympathetic. Despite how evil Cersei could be, you never doubted how much she loved her children. How far she was willing to go to protect them. And she was madness done right, comparatively. Whereas Darth Dany was almost a 180, Darth Cersei was more gradual, each of her childrens deaths spurring her on farther into the monster she became.

    The only "bad guy" who wasn't sympathetic in the least was Ramsey Bolton but he was just done so well. He was Westeros version of the Joker, chaos incarnate, burning down the metaphorical forests of the North just to watch them burn. But the characterization was consistent. You knew exactly what sort of person Ramsey Bolton was.

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  16. Comment on The Blues were the NHL's worst team in December ... now they have a shot at the title in ~sports

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    Fuck the Blues! Coming from a salty Stars fan.....another team no one really expected to get as far as they did. I generally don't like seeing Boston get to celebrate ANOTHER championship but I...

    Fuck the Blues! Coming from a salty Stars fan.....another team no one really expected to get as far as they did.

    I generally don't like seeing Boston get to celebrate ANOTHER championship but I can't, in good conscience, root for the team that knocked mine out.

    Other than that, it is pretty impressive what they were able to accomplish given how dead they looked at one point. A hot shot rookie goalie is a sure fire way to things around, though, and set a team up for the future.

  17. Comment on What are your goals and accomplishments for this week? in ~talk

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    I intend to go to my local community college and sign up for classes for the upcoming Fall semester.....I have absolutely ZERO idea what I'm going to take but I've been in this start again/stop...

    I intend to go to my local community college and sign up for classes for the upcoming Fall semester.....I have absolutely ZERO idea what I'm going to take but I've been in this start again/stop again pattern with school and I have got to get around to finishing a degree. I promised my Dad I'd graduate college but at 31, I'm not getting any younger. And I feel like I'm getting dumber. All my family thinks of me as this "Genius by birth, slacker by choice" type that could've been a doctor or a lawyer or scientist if I had just focused on school but I've never felt I was anything more than maybe above average intelligence. So I feel like I need to finish before I get too old and dumb to finish. That sounds stupid, I'm sure, but I definitely don't feel as smart as I once was.

    Fortunately, I'm finally in a job that pays me enough that I shouldn't have much issue keeping the bills paid and still go to classes regularly. For the longest time, I was in a position where going to school meant working less and working less meant having a much harder time making rent. Shouldn't be too much of an issue this time around. Especially since I work nights and have significant downtime where I can study/do homework while working rather than trying to fit in between shifts or at home when I'd rather rest and relax.

    Now if I can just decide what I want to focus my degree on. There's a multitude of things that interest me so narrowing them down into a degree plan has always been an Achilles Heel for me

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  18. Comment on Movie Monday Free Talk in ~movies

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    Saw Aladdin. Had zero hopes or expectations for it but came out pleasantly surprised. Is it as good as the original? Not at all. There was no chance it was going to be. Robin Williams made the...

    Saw Aladdin. Had zero hopes or expectations for it but came out pleasantly surprised.

    Is it as good as the original? Not at all. There was no chance it was going to be. Robin Williams made the original what it is and any remake, especially a live action, wasn't going to measure up.

    That being said, I found it enjoyable as a simple popcorn flick to watch on a Thursday afternoon. I enjoyed the songs and found them comparable to the originals but at least one of them didn't work nearly as well to my ears.

    I appreciated Will Smiths attempt to make Genie his own and, in some ways, it works. In others, you just wish Robin Williams was still there to do it. There was a sweet little reference to the original film and Genie which I thought was a nice touch.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on What does your ideal Friday night look like? in ~talk

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    Ideally......any of these or some combination Sitting down at my LGS for some Friday Night Magic sitting down at my Xbox or PC for a night of relaxing gaming Catching a movie Catching a baseball...

    Ideally......any of these or some combination

    Sitting down at my LGS for some Friday Night Magic

    sitting down at my Xbox or PC for a night of relaxing gaming

    Catching a movie

    Catching a baseball game

    Hitting up my local arcade/barcade

    Playing a softball game

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Star Trek: Picard - Teaser in ~tv

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    Narrator sounded like Gina Torres Disappointed to not find her on the cast list Regardless, as someone who never saw TNG but has a Trekkie friend that absolutely loves Picard, well definitely...

    Narrator sounded like Gina Torres

    Disappointed to not find her on the cast list

    Regardless, as someone who never saw TNG but has a Trekkie friend that absolutely loves Picard, well definitely watch this

    2 votes