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JimizoAug. 27, 2016 - 10:49AM JST
"It's not over yet, so until then, you or anyone else can't call it. I remember my uncle saying the same thing in 1980 and then his jaw dropped. But I will say this, this election cycle on both sides is nasty and disgusting, the entire mudslinging is just outrageous."
Trump's mudslinging is partly what propelled him to the nomination. While it was trashy, he humiliated the bobble-heads in the debates with ad hominems. Jeb looked like he wanted to run home to mummy and Rubio looked like he'd just had his arse whipped with a rolled up towel in the showers. Utter trash, yes, but effective and many people like him for it.
There's always mudslinging from both sides but let's be honest, Trump has taken this to new levels. This is why the debates will be eagerly watched. They are waiting and hoping to see Trump throwing his feces all over the stage.
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JimizoAug. 27, 2016 - 01:30AM JST
You are being very unusually evasive here. I'm not asking how strongly you feel.
It's a simple question. Do you think religious beliefs deserve special privilege? I have political heroes. One is John Rawls. If someone drew an unflattering cartoon of him, I wouldn't regard it at the same level as using the n-word. I'd regard it as a difference of opinion.
If you think religious opinion deserves privileged status, just say it. Lots of people who are religious or non-religious believe this.
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JimizoAug. 27, 2016 - 12:28AM JST
"I just wonder if you'd be prepared to say that satire of a political figure is equivalent to using the n-word."
"I don't know if they are equivalent, but both of them could potentially get you killed."
Unusually vague from you. It's pretty simple. You seem to regard satire of a religious figure as equivalent to using the n-word. I'm just asking if you regard criticism and ridicule of a political figure in the same way. I'd add that the figure of Mohammed is very relevant to understanding Islam and Islamism.
If ridicule of a political figure you disagreed with resulted in violence, would you accept the reticence of the press to deal with it?
It is a difficult question and I'm just wondering where you stand.
JimizoAug. 26, 2016 - 11:30PM JST
It can be argued that Mohammed and his example are a key component in Islamism. He was a military leader who created an Islamic State through many bloodbaths. I don't think Mohammed can be seen as an irrelevance here given how he is revered.
Very crude satire of important figures is a French tradition. Charlie Hebdo hammered religious figures and politicians non-stop. It was religiously motivated people, Islamists, who mowed the staff down with military grade weapons.
I just wonder if you'd be prepared to say that satire of a political figure is equivalent to using the n-word. I don't give any special status to religious belief. I'm sure you don't either.
JimizoAug. 26, 2016 - 07:13PM JST
"I remember it was pointed out that nobody would dare try 'Islam, the musical' as they did with Mormonism. The reason of course would be the very real threat of violence"
"That hasn't stopped the cartoonists - as it shouldn't. If/when you give in to the fear, you lose."
It certainly stopped the vast majority of major news outlets reprinting or showing the images which caused offence. They did show images of mayhem in reaction to these cartoons. Perhaps they made the decision after viewing the images of violence and fury. Understandable, I suppose, but would you regard that as having given in to fear and intimidation? I think it was Ms. Zahn on CNN who admitted on air that the decision not to show the cartoons was partly out of fear for the safety of its staff and a sensitivity to Muslim feeling. Call me a cynic but my money would be on the first as the main cause.
I think it's undeniable that fear of violent consequences plays a role in dealing with Muslim sensibilities. This is something I'm very uneasy about. I think the media and governments share this unease.
JimizoAug. 26, 2016 - 02:58PM JST
"I haven't claimed otherwise. But that's not going to stop me from criticizing the rule as discriminatory, and to point out how it's actually counter-active to their goal of not having more terrorist attacks (if that's their actual goal)."
I agree with that but it does make me uneasy if I think about it another way. The ban on religious symbols doesn't just apply to Muslims but I get the sense people are particularly afraid that offending or insulting members of this religion will lead to violent consequences. I actually have some sympathy with members of other religions who point out that less restraint is used when offending their religious beliefs ( I remember it was pointed out that nobody would dare try 'Islam, the musical' as they did with Mormonism. The reason of course would be the very real threat of violence ).
It gives me a feeling of treading on eggshells around someone with a hair-trigger temper. Not a comfortable way of living.
JimizoAug. 26, 2016 - 10:23AM JST
"Arabs are much more tolerated in the west than westerners are tolerated in Arab countries."
Let's stay with religion rather than talking about Arabs. Do you really want the west to be as intolerant as backward, theocratic hellholes? France is a secular country and one of the goals of secular government as I understand it is that no religion is privileged - all are treated equally. I don't want the west to become a place where followers of a religion are relegated to a lower status and not tolerated.
It's depressing to see women covered up for religious reasons in 21st century France but I don't see how a ban on this or other religious garb is effective in promoting secular values ( the completely covered face is another issue ). If France wants to see something to get really offended about, take a trip across the water to the UK where you can find Sharia courts in operation.
JimizoAug. 25, 2016 - 09:01PM JST
"I think liberals are trying so hard to paint him as a racist, they're starting to believe it."
More to the point, racists seem to think he's a racist or at least closer to their principles than the racist democrats you talk about. Just ask David Duke, Marine Le Pen and the people who think the abolition of slavery was a mistake.
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JimizoAug. 25, 2016 - 03:57PM JST
"Thanks for the dummies guide to polling. This isn't a Fox News audience here."
"Of course not, so I don't know why you would make reference to FOX? We worked with Pollsters all the time, it can be a very tedious job. FOX is a reliable, but they do more of the major polling as does NBC and CNN, pretty solid overall."
You missed my point. Your explanation of polling was a little patronizing. I understand polling and have a passable grasp of maths. It sounded like you were talking to Fox viewers.
About you working at Fox, I'm not sure what I should or shouldn't believe about what you post now. Best stick to the arguments themselves.
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JimizoAug. 25, 2016 - 03:05PM JST
"Trump is a non-drinker! That is the single-most destroyer of an old man's body and mind ( considerably worse all round for women...)"
Mt dad always told me to be suspicious of non-drinkers. He said they tend to be people who know they have no self-control and can't trust themselves to practice moderation. This description suits Trump very well.
Also, George W. Bush was supposedly sober as president. A pissed-up, slobbering wreck couldn't have done any worse.
JimizoAug. 25, 2016 - 12:38PM JST
"So, I'll just take it that your non-partisan historians evaluating the Bush presidency favorably don't exist?"
"Whatever you wish, some people believe Elvis is still alive, who am I to argue. Live and let live. I don't believe in bursting someone's bubble."
Not nice, Bass. I wasted time looking for them. I like reading things which challenge my opinions.
Not nice at all. Remember, it's the libs who lie.
JimizoAug. 25, 2016 - 12:23PM JST
We are all aware of your admirable work attempting to educate black people in your area about politics/to vote Republican.
It's just that Trump has the lion's share of the racist vote, is endorsed by the KKK and is highly regarded by racist groups outside the US. He has used inflammatory language about other minorities and a senior member of his own party shouted him down for "textbook racism".
You must admit, Trump isn't an easy sell. Keep up the good work.
JimizoAug. 25, 2016 - 12:11PM JST
Yes, Bass. Thanks for the dummies guide to polling. This isn't a Fox News audience here.
So, I'll just take it that your non-partisan historians evaluating the Bush presidency favourably don't exist?
JimizoAug. 25, 2016 - 09:54AM JST
As with Goldorak, a pity for responsible owners who do take care of their dogs. I worked at dog tracks in the UK about 20 years ago and thankfully, I've heard conditions have improved since then.
It's sickening to hear of these dogs being slaughtered after finishing racing. I know people who've adopted retired racers. Greyhounds are a particularly wonderful breed which I hear make particularly wonderful companions.
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JimizoAug. 25, 2016 - 07:30AM JST
"Trump’s appeal to Hispanics largely echoed his recent outreach to African-Americans. He rarely tried to explicitly lure minority voters during his unlikely rise to the GOP nomination earlier this year."
I feel a bit sorry for his loyal audience of whooping boneheads. They've been feeding off scraps recently. At the beginning of the campaign it was a feast of trash, racism and stupid s###.
2020 needs a candidate who won't go all cuddly, teleprompterish and PC on them.
JimizoAug. 24, 2016 - 07:15PM JST
I'm quoting what the voters thought about postwar presidents. Nixon and Bush are at the bottom. Obama is nowhere near those levels. According to you, he should be much lower than these two as he's even more corrupt than Nixon and even more incompetent than Bush. The majority of US people disagree with you.
I suppose another way to look at this is the assessment of non-partisan scholars looking at say, the W. Bush presidency. Can you provide the names of these historians ( note the plural ) who have reassessed the Bush presidency favorably? I'd love to read them ( again, note the plural ).
I think it would help all of us to read them.
JimizoAug. 24, 2016 - 06:04PM JST
"And you'll find a habitual liar, a skirt chaser and one of the most disastrous that got our people taken hostage and a president that will leave us with the worst deficit, an ongoing war, a radical group that believes in pure jihadism, a country divided. So I think when you peel that onion layer by layer, you'll see that this administration by far is the most corrupt."
I think you'll find the Republican Nixon oversaw the most corrupt administration. He's at the bottom of the pile according to the US electorate. Also, the US electorate sees him joined down there by Bush whose deceitful bloodbath in Iraq was followed by the economy flying off the cliff under his watch.
I'll stick with the assessment of the US electorate until you provide the names of the non-partisan historians who claim the Bush presidency was a roaring success. You claim they exist but I just can't find them. If I subscribe to Fox News, will I find them there? Just give me a hint.
JimizoAug. 24, 2016 - 04:02PM JST
"Worst. President. Ever."
Not according to his approval ratings. In fact, nowhere near the worst.
In terms of worst presidents ever, you'll find a GOP crook and a GOP warmonger scavenging the scraps at the bottom. The first is no longer with us and the second is something the GOP keep locked out of sight in the attic.
JimizoAug. 24, 2016 - 12:05PM JST
"I don't give a pass on Trump"
What in the name of Benghaziing teleprompters are you non-partisaning about now? You make up excuses non-stop for his statements and behaviour.
Let's start with you regurgitating the Fox News smirks about Obama using a teleprompter. You were ROFLing non-stop. Trump's use of one hasn't even merited a LOL from you.
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JimizoAug. 23, 2016 - 10:41PM JST
You didn't answer my question. What are you supposed to do with a flag? Is waving it disrespectful? How about getting its design tattooed on your arm? Should you pray to it or salute it?
I'm genuinely interested.
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