Discussion in 'Debate and Discussion' started by BlueJackalope, Feb 9, 2012.
He looks "baked"
Yeah, I don't remember $2/gallon gas at all, after Bush's first term. I don't even recall that momentary blip, which appears to have coincided with the 2008 Presidential election.
Around here, gas prices are regularly above the national average, anyway.
It's almost a given that 7 million new jobs will be created under our next President unless we have another major recession. Obama has "created" 4.5m over the last 3 years (Jan 2010 - Present) when you start from the bottom of the market. There were 171k new jobs in October, 148k in September, 191k in August. To create 7m jobs over 4 years, all you need is around 146k jobs per month, so if the economy doesn't crater it's a virtual no brainer.
12m is a bit tougher. You need 250,000 per month for that. Of course, you can cheat a couple of months just by hiring back Government employees that Obama has terminated. For all the shit he gets about big government, he's reduced the government payrolls by over 500,000 during his administration.
You youngsters. I remember buying gas for 75 cents a gallon.
Edit: Seems appropriate:
Aww I miss bloom county.
A little late, but...
Yes, shower at the university that produces the most liberals in Pennsylvania.
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You're better off for it.
Just for you.
Bloom county and Lennon in the same thread!
We must be in heaven man!
Some of the screen grabs of Twitter/Facebook/texts are sublime.
Yes, yes you should reconsider having kids. I'm with you on this.
This one really cracks me up with the Australia comment:
Australia doesn't have a president (we are still a constitutional monarchy / Westminster system)
Our Head of State is Queen Elizabeth the Second. (I presume she is Christian, also being the head of the Church of England, but she doesn't make a big deal of it after all). The Queen has no role whatsoever in the day to day administration of the country.
The Governor General (Queen's representative) is Quentin Bryce - a woman. She is a VERY distinguished lawyer, who has championed some very liberal causes - sex discrimination, human rights etc. Technically she is catholic, but honestly I had to look that up, her religion is completely non existent in her public role. The Governor General has again little to no role in day to day running of the country, other than signing some stuff and holding reserve constitutional powers that only get exercised at those infrequent political crisis OH SHIT moments a country has from time to time.
Our Head of Government is Prime Minister Julia Gillard (female) - who leads the centre (leftish) Labor party. Her job before entering politics is probably best described as "Union lawyer". She is (defiantly) atheist and the first Prime Minister to take an affirmation upon entering office (ie she did NOT swear the oath of office on the bible, but affirmed to uphold the office etc). In a special bonus "really get up old white conservative men's noses" set of attributes she is both childless and unmarried. Or "deliberately barren" as the old fuckstick conservatives like to say.
Oh, yeah she made this speech on the topic of sexism and misogyny on the behalf of her opposition counter part (who is white, male, catholic, conservative)
So Kristen Neel, come on down!! You'll love it here! ;-)
Now I want to move to Australia*. That is one kick-ass lady!
* I won't though. You've got those creepy spiders.
I like the spiders, it's the Australians that creep me out.
You're weird. Australians are the coolest.
Australia is great except for the strong undercurrent of racism among many Aussies. But that is a story for another day =)
Yep - though I would argue it isnt so much racism as provincialism. Friends of mine who lived there for a while (white english) found it hard to make local friends, and there is a strong over current of anti pom sentiment. My guess is that it is because Aussies, apart from traveling (which implies going home) tend to stick in the state/ city/ town they grew up in, and so have a close circle of mates going back years. E.g. it is rare to go to university outside your home town, unless you are from the outback, and there are no colleges
Also, many Aussies hate the Aboriginies with a passion and, unlike the majority of New Zealanders (I would argue) have failed to reconcile the terrible things that happened during colonization with their current society.
Nope, there is definitely a whole lot of racism and xenophobia here. It's practically a requirement.
I read in a Very Serious And Definitely Not Pop Science Book that the Maori had a much less genocidal time of things in the colonial period. So that may help modern NZ society (which I originally typed as "soziety," which strikes me as a completely reasonable way to shorten "NZ society" now that I think about it [shut up it's 10:12 on a Friday evening]) in this particular regard.
Pretty much. Also, Maori were "fortunate" to be settled, largely, in the Victorian period when the idea of the Noble Savage was particularly strong (and Maori always managed noble - mostly by outnumbering Europeans for a long time and being able to handle a musket well. Victorians respected those who could probably kill them).
Way to burst my bubble guys! But in my experience, xenophobia is almost everywhere in one form or another. In Europe it's mostly towards immigrants, especially Muslims.
We've got that here too, sadly. It does vary a lot based on location, though: in the inner-west of Sydney, where I live, it's all happily multicultural and post-racial and making a racist comment in public will see you socially ostracized until the end of time. Out in Mt Druitt, however, it's another world...
...it's pretty disappointing to see Gillard and co. seeking to outdo the Liberals in catering to the One Nation vote; talk about excising the entire Australia mainland from the migration zone and "stopping the boats" when we've got one of the lowest rates of refugee applications in the developed world is just pathetic.
Not so much a crazy image as a cool one. Yesterday was the anniversary of Rosa Parks' refusal to move to the back of a Montgomery bus. This photo, taken last spring, is of Barack Obama on that same bus at the Ford Museum, sitting in the same seat Parks refused to vacate.
That one needs to become a meme.
is it wrong of me to want to see obama with the president is not impressed expression in the bus picture?
So Saudi Arabia has its first ever domestic violence campaign.
Hmm, the fact that it is in English, not Arabic makes me suspicious that it is more for external purposes than a serious domestic campaign
I mean, on one level you are right that it's been prompted by international pressure, but it's definitely an attempt at targeting their own culture with advocacy-ad tactics.
I never knew Chuck was a left wingman.
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