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Everything posted by dfitzo53

  1. To be fair, that's pretty much the only face Lincoln ever made.
  2. Voted, you are ahead at the moment. Best of luck!
  3. Conservatism

    Somebody plug the twa-bot into the charger. It's operating in power saving mode right now.
  4. Cancer Sucks

    Glad to hear it, jschuck!
  5. I agree. There's a growing body of research that suggests that being "bad at x" is generally not a thing. Good teaching and consistent practice can let most people learn most things. (I could go into quite a rant about the state of math education, but this probably isn't the place.) One other point about women putting careers on hold - in most places in the US maternity leave policies are much more generous than paternity leave. Until that shifts you won't see nearly as many men staying home to care for the babies. There are obvious biological concerns like nursing as well, but right now it almost never makes financial sense for the man to take family leave unless the woman was already making more money.
  6. Conservatism

    Well then they wouldn't even need health care. What's the downside?
  7. Conservatism

    If you're just going to copy and paste from another website it's customary to provide a link or other citation. The funny part to me is that they have a citation generator to make it easy for you right above all the content you copied.
  8. I wonder if McCain was chuckling so much because he Collins/Murkowski were like, "Look, here comes this prick Pence again. He apparently actually thinks he can convince me to vote yes. Let's jerk him around a little bit before we vote."
  9. Never is a strong word. The idea of buying a computer for $100 would've been unfathomable not that long ago. I think there are all kinds of ethical questions around this, but our lifetimes are a blip on the radar in terms of humanity's actual history.
  10. 100% disagree. There are lots of people in public positions that make responsible use of them. It gives the average Joe a feeling of connectedness with those in power. It just so happens that our commander in chief is a moron. That's not Twitter's fault.
  11. Conservatism

    I think if Trump goes down and Pence takes over and does a decent job he'll slide into a second term. It won't be hard for Republicans to play that off to people who are already leaning conservative. Even with all the hand-wringing we're seeing, people have short memories and are willing to give extra weight to the positives for people who have the right letter next to their name. (That goes for everybody, not just the Fox News crowd.) All of that said, it's pretty tough to speculate that far into the future anyway, let alone when you consider that pretty much anything is in play in terms of what Mueller and company could discover. If there is hard evidence against everybody down to Ryan that changes everything. (Not likely I don't think.)
  12. Is that special or something? (Just kidding I love bourbon please don't kill me.)
  13. You didn't hear that the next G20 summit is going to be held online in the ES Tailgate?
  14. The Own3d Thread.(Keep it clean)

    To be fair, I'd be terrified too. 4,700 ft is a lot of ft.
  15. Emerging Technologies

    So it'll be riding in those things that send your money to the teller in the bank drive through? That's...like...everything I've ever wanted.
  16. I like how the article about the mall questions why men would want to use the pods, then goes on to explain they contain video games. I mean...
  17. The Grilling and Cooking Thread

    Quick pickling onions is so easy and makes you look like a boss. A++.
  18. I want to make sure my point is clear, because I think I'm being misunderstood. I don't believe that any politician, at least any politician anywhere close to the mainstream, actually lives out conservative principles. However, I do think there are conservative voters who would tell you they believe fiscal responsibility should be the government's main priority. (My dad is one.)
  19. Did I say that? I don't remember talking about Nixon. Sure, I'll buy that. However, I do believe that some conservatives hold that more dearly than almost anything else, there just isn't a candidate to really carry out that vision. And in some sense, with a government as large as our federal and state governments have to be, it's almost impossible to realize anyway.
  20. Your post made me think...I wonder if we need a new term like anti-liberal. I don't think a true diehard conservative would actually support Trump in any way. If we consider conservative in a positive light, these are people who hold strong to their values (often religion-inspired, though not always) and prize things like fiscal responsibility, personal honor, small government, (real) homeland security, responsible gun ownership and a strong desire to defend the value of what it means to be an American. Some of those values overlap with what we'd currently call a liberal and some of them don't, but none of them are, in and of themselves, bad. More importantly, almost none of them overlap with what people could honestly say about Trump. He doesn't have a core set of (traditionally positive) values that guide him, isn't a man of his word, isn't fiscally responsible and isn't interested in actual homeland security or preserving the value of the American reputation. As such, I don't see people who will stand by them as being diehard conservatives, I see them as being diehard anti-liberals. They are so scared of what the word liberal implies about a person that having Trump is seen as better than having a liberal in office, despite the nearly objective falsehood of that view.
  21. We've got Herring Run up here in Bmore, so it can't just be a Virginia thing. Maybe if one of us had been to college we'd be able to figure this stuff out.
  22. Net Neutrality 2017

    I fear there are some grave misunderstandings in this thread that need to be cleared up. For my money, nobody explains it better than Senator Ted Stevens.
  23. Official Trump Does East Asia Thread

    Is it really that important to get the names of yellow and brown people right? </sarcasm>
  24. NY Times - Back to the Center, Democrats

    Zoony, we're all friends here. There's no need to sugar coat things, so tell us how you really feel.