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Post by Nu-D » 20 Jan 2020, 13:01

Happy MLK day. Instead of taking the day off, I’ll be writing a brief on behalf of a person of color who’s being threatened with jail for telling a judge to respect his constitutional rights.
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Post by Blackcyclops » 20 Jan 2020, 13:18

Nu-D wrote:
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Happy MLK day. Instead of taking the day off, I’ll be writing a brief on behalf of a person of color who’s being threatened with jail for telling a judge to respect his constitutional rights.
Wait...what? How is that even possible?
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Post by Cable » 20 Jan 2020, 15:47

I was the only one who showed support for Biden but I feel pretty good about his chances. Warren is going to stay in too long (after she loses Iowa and New Hampshire she is only delaying the inevitable) and split progressives with Sanders while Biden walks away with moderates.

This will be the first election in which I am a registered Democrat.
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Post by Anna Raven » 20 Jan 2020, 16:09

Biden has many flaws in my eyes, but none bigger than he keeps trotting out the lame excuse that video games lead to gun violence. He and Hillary and the moderates all love that one because they know it panders to both sides of the isle, without actually having to do anything to solve the actual problem.
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Post by Cable » 20 Jan 2020, 16:15

Anna Raven wrote:
20 Jan 2020, 16:09
Biden has many flaws in my eyes, but none bigger than he keeps trotting out the lame excuse that video games lead to gun violence. He and Hillary and the moderates all love that one because they know it panders to both sides of the isle, without actually having to do anything to solve the actual problem.
I would definitely agree blaming violent video games is an absolutely stupid excuse.
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Post by Anna Raven » 20 Jan 2020, 16:18

Cable wrote:
20 Jan 2020, 16:15
Anna Raven wrote:
20 Jan 2020, 16:09
Biden has many flaws in my eyes, but none bigger than he keeps trotting out the lame excuse that video games lead to gun violence. He and Hillary and the moderates all love that one because they know it panders to both sides of the isle, without actually having to do anything to solve the actual problem.
I would definitely agree blaming violent video games is an absolutely stupid excuse.
I'm not saying I wouldn't vote for him if he becomes the nominee, because he's obviously better than the alternative. And if he is in fact the best bet to defeat Trump, I'm all for that too. I just am tired of old men, with old man ideas in charge of things. (Bernie's an old man too obviously, but at least his ideas are fresh).
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Post by Nu-D » 20 Jan 2020, 16:59

Anna Raven wrote:
20 Jan 2020, 16:18
Cable wrote:
20 Jan 2020, 16:15
Anna Raven wrote:
20 Jan 2020, 16:09
Biden has many flaws in my eyes, but none bigger than he keeps trotting out the lame excuse that video games lead to gun violence. He and Hillary and the moderates all love that one because they know it panders to both sides of the isle, without actually having to do anything to solve the actual problem.
I would definitely agree blaming violent video games is an absolutely stupid excuse.
I'm not saying I wouldn't vote for him if he becomes the nominee, because he's obviously better than the alternative. And if he is in fact the best bet to defeat Trump, I'm all for that too. I just am tired of old men, with old man ideas in charge of things. (Bernie's an old man too obviously, but at least his ideas are fresh).
When I drove Bernie door-to-door in Rutland in 1996, he was promoting the same ideas then that he is now. And they were the same ideas he had in 1980-whatever when my dad canvassed with him for mayor of Burlington.

Hardly “fresh.”

I love Bernie, and support his “ideas.” I’ve voted for him whenever he was on my ballot. But Bernie comes to his political views as an ideologue. Bernie grew up surrounded by Jewish labor activists in 1930-1940’s Brooklyn. His socialism is born of “this isn’t fair; everyone should get a fair share.” He doesn’t really have an empirical basis for his socialism, so much as a philosophical predilection.

In contrast Warren comes to her ideas as a pragmatist and an empiricist. Warren grew up a Reagan Republican in Oklahoma. She came to the left after years of research and study of how economies work (or don’t), and how best to manage them to ensure fairness and reduce poverty. Her conversion was fact-based, not philosophically based. She understands policy in a way Bernie doesn’t.

To be clear, I’ve only met Bernie twice, once for an afternoon of going door-to-door, and once at a meet & greet. My view of his policy acumen is not based on a whole lot more than the general public. I don’t have deep insight into his mind and knowledge. These are just my impressions.
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Post by Anna Raven » 20 Jan 2020, 19:57

I guess just fresh in the sense of, we haven't really tried this before in this country.
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Post by Omnicon » 23 Jan 2020, 01:07

Cool, didn’t know we have a page on Facebook too.

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Post by Milkshake08 » 23 Jan 2020, 04:41

Look if Biden wins I'll vote for him, but besides "video games lead to gun violence" he also has crap opinions about numerous other things, such as marijuana and student debt. I want a president and Congress that understand the problems people younger than 40 face and want to help them, too. Marijuana should be legal federally, and Big Pharma needs to be dismantled. I don't partake myself, but don't see the harm and I live in Colorado, where it's been legal and my tax benefits from it are huge. The medicinal uses alone will help cancer patients, epileptics, and people with neuropathy.

I'd prefer Warren, since as someone earlier said, Sanders has the ideology but not the knowhow to make it work, and she also has worked extensively in helping people get money back from corporations and in consumer protections, which we need. But Sanders would be in close second for me, with Biden below even Butteg-oh hell whatever his last name is, who I strongly dislike.

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Post by Nu-D » 23 Jan 2020, 12:05

A couple of boxes of free comics listed on my local craigslist, if anyone’s interested...

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Post by Aeon » 23 Jan 2020, 13:29

Omnicon wrote:
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Cool, didn’t know we have a page on Facebook too.
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Post by Omnicon » 23 Jan 2020, 13:46

Yeah. Maybe I will do that and you can’t stop me from doing that.


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Post by Nu-D » 23 Jan 2020, 13:57

Milkshake08 wrote:
23 Jan 2020, 04:41
Look if Biden wins I'll vote for him, but besides "video games lead to gun violence" he also has crap opinions about numerous other things, such as marijuana and student debt. I want a president and Congress that understand the problems people younger than 40 face and want to help them, too. Marijuana should be legal federally, and Big Pharma needs to be dismantled. I don't partake myself, but don't see the harm and I live in Colorado, where it's been legal and my tax benefits from it are huge. The medicinal uses alone will help cancer patients, epileptics, and people with neuropathy.

I'd prefer Warren, since as someone earlier said, Sanders has the ideology but not the knowhow to make it work, and she also has worked extensively in helping people get money back from corporations and in consumer protections, which we need. But Sanders would be in close second for me, with Biden below even Butteg-oh hell whatever his last name is, who I strongly dislike.
My read on Biden is that he doesn’t have a particularly strong policy or principle. He gauges the political winds and positions himself slightly to the right of the center of the Democratic Party. He views himself as a moderate democrat, and once he knows the spectrum of the party’s views on an issue, he positions himself on the right side of that spectrum.

It’s resulted in some catastrophically bad judgments on his part—from the Anita Hill hearings, to tough-on-crime policies in the 1990’s, to the invasion of Iraq. Those were all widely accepted centrist positions which, in hindsight, were wrong. But since the current center of the Democratic Party has shifted moderately leftward, and since Biden is so thoroughly an establishment candidate, he might be just the antidote we need to four years of disruption and chaos.

I think Biden’s a fundamentally good guy, and generally honest though sometimes misguided and blind to his own errors in judgment. I think as someone who’s committed to the establishment, he’ll go a long way to restoring the constitutional order and essential political norms the current president has been tearing up. I don’t think he’ll make a lot of waves, and I certainly won’t agree with all of his judgments. I basically think he’ll be the Jimmy Carter to Trumps’ Richard Nixon (I know, I’m skipping Ford).
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Post by tokenBG1009 » 23 Jan 2020, 14:46

Coincidentally, the idea you have of Biden is pretty much what I expected of Hillary. I never expected her to really push the bar forward, but she'd at least get us away from the Trump era. Hillary would be the line. I do believe that Biden WILL end up being that if he wins the White House. Part of me feels like it'll be that area where ideas are thrown out for the next candidate to take up and push things in a certain direction.
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Post by Nu-D » 23 Jan 2020, 15:36

Honestly, I think Hillary is more policy minded than Biden. But I agree both are very influenced by their perception of what’s politically expedient. It may be because of decades of media scrutiny, but I also perceive Hillary as being more invested in doing favors for allies and friends. That may be a pretty unfair judgment, though.
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Post by RingOtaku » 24 Jan 2020, 18:24

So after it was briefly discussed in this thread I hunted down a digital copy of X-Women one-shot. I knew about the artist and his usual work thanks to the internet... I took it in the context of it was a one-shot originally meant for a different country and culture.

Still... Wow. It just... gah. It is worth flipping through for the sake of seeing how an artist and their style can lead a story because clearly this was written around what Milo draws best mixed with all of Claremonts favorite females to write. It still comes off like a fan-fic. So often I had to stop for a moment and go "Yeah that dialogue was stilted and awkward but it does justify the visuals... I guess."
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Post by Nu-D » 24 Jan 2020, 18:35

That conversation prompted me to look around for a Manera comic in my digital collection too. I have Pandora’s Eyes, something I probably got out of curiosity back when there was all that chatter about his work for Marvel. Aside from the peekaboo art, what really struck me was that there was one female—the protagonist—and all of the other characters, foreground or background, were men. What world does he live in?
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Post by RingOtaku » 24 Jan 2020, 18:57

Reminds me of that Jimmy Buffet song "Fins to the left, Fins to the right and you're the only bait in town." lol. Yeah Milos work is amusing but sometimes I wonder if I have a cultural barrier thing going on. "The skill is there, I get what he is going for... Just don't know who this is For."
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Post by Anna Raven » 24 Jan 2020, 19:22

It's not every day we get a Jimmy Buffett reference on the Forum. Everybody drink! (Margaritas of course).
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Post by RingOtaku » 24 Jan 2020, 19:24

Anna Raven wrote:
24 Jan 2020, 19:22
It's not every day we get a Jimmy Buffett reference on the Forum. Everybody drink! (Margaritas of course).
Haha I am a big Buffet fan but I try to keep it on the down-low by and large around here. Never sure with our international cast how well-known he is.
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Post by Anna Raven » 24 Jan 2020, 21:08

RingOtaku wrote:
24 Jan 2020, 19:24
Anna Raven wrote:
24 Jan 2020, 19:22
It's not every day we get a Jimmy Buffett reference on the Forum. Everybody drink! (Margaritas of course).
Haha I am a big Buffet fan but I try to keep it on the down-low by and large around here. Never sure with our international cast how well-known he is.
I've eaten at his restaurant in Key West and had a "Cheeseburger in Paradise".
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Post by RingOtaku » 25 Jan 2020, 03:49

Anna Raven wrote:
24 Jan 2020, 21:08
RingOtaku wrote:
24 Jan 2020, 19:24
Anna Raven wrote:
24 Jan 2020, 19:22
It's not every day we get a Jimmy Buffett reference on the Forum. Everybody drink! (Margaritas of course).
Haha I am a big Buffet fan but I try to keep it on the down-low by and large around here. Never sure with our international cast how well-known he is.
I've eaten at his restaurant in Key West and had a "Cheeseburger in Paradise".
Nice. I ate at the one in Orlando in Universal Studios. I had the Cuban though. I'm easily tempted by Cuban Sandwiches.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Post by das_boot » 26 Jan 2020, 03:48

HELLO EVERYONE I’M ALIVE

... but seriously, Lavettye’s been messaging me and told me that people have been concerned, and I apologise for worrying anyone. Basically, I had my bag stolen on a train that had my laptop and tablet in it, couldn’t remember my login to use my phone, and then work went absolutely crazy over Christmas, and the longer I left it, the more my anxiety (which YAY ALSO FLARING) told me that people would be mad at me and yeah... that’s kind of where my head was at.

I’m aware that I dropped the ball BIG TIME on my draft, and I apologise for that. You guys deserved better, and I’m sorry.

Either way, I’m back, sorry for anyone I worried and sorrier again for anyone I pissed off by being the WORST draft host ever :(
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Post by Cable » 26 Jan 2020, 03:54

das_boot wrote:
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Either way, I’m back, sorry for anyone I worried and sorrier again for anyone I pissed off by being the WORST draft host ever :(
Don't worry about the draft, the reality is once you get the ball rolling it can finish itself :lol:
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