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re: College debate enters the 'post racial' era - BigJim
[quote]Yes. It should be dismissed out of hand. There is a topic. If you don't want to debate the topic go take up soccer. But don't change the topic to something that you want to talk about.[/quote] But that is why it is debate and not soccer. In sports, the rules are rules. In debate you get ...


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re: College debate enters the 'post racial' era - BigJim
Actually for those familiar with CEDA or NDT debate, it's actually a very interesting phenomenon. Not saying I agree with it, but it should not be dismissed out of hand. As debaters adapt, this 'alternative' method will fade out....


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re: La legislature decides to keep unconstitutional crimes against nature law - BigJim
Horrible legislature is horrible. The only "good" news, I guess, is that this is a symbolic vote. The law is unconstitutional. Considering how religious LA is, it is actually kinda surprising how most of the social conservative victories have been mostly symbolic....


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re: Powerful forces all lining up to stop St. George - BigJim
[quote][quote]Central was a long-established community that already had the tenets of being a town but without the legal standing. SG does not fit that description. Not even close.[/quote] Why is this important?[/quote] Because I don't want towns popping up willy-nilly wherever three voter...


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Elder Scrolls Online live - BigJim
Anyone playing this? Review? Looks like the PvP could be good....


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re: Villere Officially Demands McAllister’s Resignation - BigJim
[quote]Ironic Villere decides now to have some principles. Could it be because his good ole boy, hand picked by the RINOs lost to this guy McAllister??[/quote] Honestly think it has more to do with the fact that McAllister would not call him back, and when his Chief of Staff, Terry Adams, finall...


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Villere Officially Demands McAllister’s Resignation - BigJim
[link=(http://thehayride.com/2014/04/villere-officially-demands-mcallisters-resignation/)]From the Hayride[/link] The pressure mounts (more than Villere in article) Not a huge Villere fan, but looks like the right call on his part. I am actually OK with him not resigning as long as he doesn...


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re: Is modern morality simply a popularity contest? - BigJim
[quote]It seems to me that much of the 'modern' view of morality springs from the popularity of the idea and not the absolute righteousness of the cause. In other words, the only way to really affect society in this age of moral relativism is to garner popular support, as no argument can honestly be...


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re: McAlister bringing in the FBI - BigJim
[quote] Is he doing a good job and voting on issues the way he promised? If yes, then everyone needs to leave him the frick alone. Who cares about guys running ass? [/quote] That's just it. He didn't run on any issues. He ran on the: 1. I'm a good guy; 2. who is different than everybody ...


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re: If Obama Ever Had a Real Scandal. Could You Imagine? - BigJim
[quote]Why didn't they result in any indictments?[/quote] As soon as the independent prosecutor comes back with his investigation... oh wait. Scooter Libby released info to destroy a political opponent. The IRS used their audit power to harm political opponents. You really can't see the para...


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re: Political topics that you just tune out? - BigJim
Global warming/climate change Not really going to pay attention to media stories on this topic until I can really devote some time/effort into studying the details and nuances....


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re: Vance McAllister's scandal score - BigJim
[quote]You forgot "Republican" as a penalty, probably -1 (or -2). "Democrat" and "Pro abortion" as mitigating factors. Probably +1 each. (And, which he is neither).[/quote] Well I have the family values/religious score in there. You think that doesn't capture it enough? ...


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Vance McAllister's scandal score - BigJim
How bad is this scandal? Let's go the (un)Official Scoreboard to find out: Higher scores = more forgivable Lower scores = more serious offense Penalties: Married? yes: -1 Partner was married? Yes: -1 Public funds involved? tough to tell at this point Used Family Values/religion as major...


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re: GOP lawmakers balk when spending cuts turn real - BigJim
which is why we need a balanced budget amendment. They will put off pain if they can....


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re: Hank Aaron compares GOP to the Klan - BigJim
[quote]He's going to tow the party line. He was a great baseball player but you shouldn't expect him to be part sociologist, part economist, part statistician, and part historian. Pop culture stars should not be role models, and as a society we would do ourselves some good if we regarded the...


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re: Vance McAllister got religious 'when I needed votes' - BigJim
[quote]Why would he apologize to him? He did't cheat on him, his wife did[/quote] Seriously?? It's not like they were random strangers. They were friends and the husband even gave McAllister $10k in contributions. And yes the wife is 50% responsible, but that is why he is divorcing her. O...


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re: Vance McAllister got religious 'when I needed votes' - BigJim
[quote]Mrs. Peacock might have had something to do with that also, doncha think?[/quote] Umm, that's probably why he said they are headed for divorce? He didn't say, "he's wrecked my life, I can't be his friend anymore."...


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re: La 5th District USRep McAllister (R) caught in extramarital encounter (video) - BigJim
[quote]We have an entire thread full of posters defending the guy who cheated on his wife as opposed to you know, calling him what he is.[/quote] Haven't really seen anyone really defend this guy. Really more of an attack on liberals that will use this to paint "pro-family" republicans as hypo...


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re: La 5th District USRep McAllister (R) caught in extramarital encounter (video) - BigJim
[quote]I'm shocked he didn't work in a "Hail Hydra" reference in there somewhere.[/quote] :bow:...


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re: Vance McAllister sucking face with staffer - BigJim
So should/will Riser run in November?...


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re: Vance McAllister sucking face with staffer - BigJim
[quote]He wasn't in a public building? Was it a private residence?[/quote] I think the article says it was his district office....


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re: Vance McAllister sucking face with staffer - BigJim
Remember, he was elected in a special election. He has to run again in November (if he has a challenger). Will/should Riser challenge him? I think he should, but I think he won't because he was too personally upset about losing and won't want to go through that again....


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re: Vance McAllister sucking face with staffer - BigJim
[link=(http://www.hannapub.com/ouachitacitizen/news/article_dce7369e-be77-11e3-9b86-0017a43b2370.html)]Ouachita Citizen article (with video)[/link] Some great lines in there: [quote]Peacock’s husband, Heath Peacock, 34, also donated $5,200 to McAllister’s congressional campaign last fall, acco...


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re: Vance McAllister sucking face with staffer - BigJim
Who is more upset, the staffer's husband or Neil Riser?...


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Vance McAllister sucking face with staffer - BigJim
[link=(http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/vance-mcallister-video-kissing-staffer-105435.html)]Link to video inside Politico article[/link] ...


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re: SCOTUS declines NM photographer First Amendment case - BigJim
[quote]If a business is open to the public, it must serve everyone. No discrimination[/quote] That is not correct. You cannot discriminate against certain protected classes. ...


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re: REPUBLICANS expand ObamaCare - BigJim
Thanks. Still seems like an improvement to the ACA overall....


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re: Gov. Jindal Backed Common Core Repeal Bill Last Week - BigJim
I really think he is just hedging his bet. ...


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re: REPUBLICANS expand ObamaCare - BigJim
[quote]High-deductible plans were the best thing going in insurance prior to the ACA.[/quote] Understand and agree with this. [quote]But this will make the ACA even less financially feasible than it already is.[/quote] What is the thought process behind this? Fewer premium dollars to sprea...


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re: Found on the OT: Highest paid public employees by state - BigJim
What's terrible is how many basketball coaches top the list. That just a damn shame....


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