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Turin the Mad wrote:
What, you hadn't heard? Cyborg, time-traveling Bill Clinton, in a robot body with all the oratory powers of Michelle Obama, endorsed by a matrix of first spouses! I know, it sounds weird at first, but you've gotta admit, that candidate would nail the likability factor across party lines.
Turin the Mad wrote:
;) Might be looking like a quaint discussion in 4 years.
I hope it does; I sincerely hope that, in four years, I'll look back at this thread and say, "I can't believe we were worried about that picayune nonsense."
And, I mean, not 'cause we'll be fighting for survival in the rubble of the cities once known as Huh'Murica. Mad Max is not inevitable!
I'm not saying you're wrong, but remember all the threats against Obama when he was elected? It's been ugly before, and we survived the experience.
. . .
Um, just to be clear (and I hope this clarification isn't actually necessary) I'm not endorsing assassination threats as de rigueur in politics.
For all my criticism of the US government, it's a pretty resilient system. I think (honestly think, not hyperbole) that if the coup-d'etat-leading-to-state-of-emergancy-leading-to-presidency-as-dictator ship were going to happen, it would have happened with Cheney, the who selected himself for the post of vice president, and then treated the office as a co-presidency.
I like the idea of being about to swap specific proficiencies awarded by race and class, but wouldn't warrior types just have proficiency in the renaissance weapons to begin with, since they're listed as martial weapons? Or are you thinking swapping proficiencies as a downtime activity for stone age characters? (I'm assuming you're not requiring the understanding alien technology table to use firearms in a steampunk setting.
Elves are trained in firearms because their society places great importance on dueling as a means of conflict resolution. Y'know, like the Atevi legal system, but elf-ier.
Also, who exactly is "they" in that scenario? I feel like everyone who rails against the #NeverTrump movement conveniently omits the part where they accomplished exactly nothing at the convention.
Meanwhile the DNC has decided to re-evaluate the super delegate system. Why would anyone who didn't want to waste their vote in the primary choose Trump over Sanders, exactly?
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
God, tell me about it; I keep remembering the 2004 presidential debates, when every commentator out there agreed that Kerry won the debates decisively, but Bush won, y'know, the presidency.
I am feeling fear.
Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
It also leaves the more decisive VP choices outside the ticket, where they can go full HAAM without besmirching Clinton's dignified gravitas.
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Aw, I thought the link was gonna be to Yeager. (Just read the book, you'll get the joke.)
I just won't let it go, but I'm willing to spoiler it:
Jeff, you don't have to speak in the hypothetical. The difference you're describing is the difference between Claremont's character and the one in the first movie. My point is, Rogue is a stronger character in Claremont's comics than she is in the movies. That's not a complaint about her characterization so much as about the number of characters that had to be included in any movie titled X-Men.
Though, full disclosure, I just saw Avengers: Age of Ultron this weekend, and by the end of it I felt like it should have been titled Avengers: Wait, All of Them? That's Too Many Cameos, whereas I found Ant-Man pleasantly limited in scope.
Yes, I watched the Comic-Con Geekend on Starz Encore, so sue me.
Spoilered for the sake of those who don't want on topic geekery diluted with conflicting flavors of geekery:
I don't know, granted I'm speaking as a Claremont reader, but all the things that made Rogue a cool character in her own right removed the need for Wolverine as a big brother type surrogate parent. Kitty was young and inexperienced when she joined the X-men and Rogue just wasn't.
Of course, given that they've replaced the entire cast of X-men with a younger generation of actors, I'd love to see a younger Rogue show up and have that relation ship with Mystique, but, y'know, X-men grognard.
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Indeed she does; from the moment she climbed into Wolvie's truck I was all, "That's supposed to be Kitty. Kitty Pride has that relationship with Wolverine," but no one listened. :(
I don't think Rogue showing up to steal her powers in a remote possibility, it's just totally weird that Quicksilver is the only character to show up in both movie series. Beast is supposed to join the fricken Avengers, okay?! :P
Somehow I think if Trump actually tried to launch a nuke, the Military would probably refuse his order. It's not like they are a mindless robot army or anything.
Okay, I really don't want to see a president elected where we have rely on mutiny to avoid nuclear war. We might as well just start campaigning for a military coup immediately on Trump's election, you know?
Not to put words in anyone's mouth, or impugn their motives, but it's important to remember that Sanders is popular with under 30 voters who, given their age, have only had the experience of their candidate beating Clinton in the primary for the nomination in 2008, followed by his running as the president in 2012. If you're an under 30 voter who supported Obama, this is the first time you've experienced your favorite primary candidate not winning the nomination against Clinton. Not that that excuses blaming primary winner for actually winning, but, y'know.
Look, whatever, I voted for Nader in 2000 and--OW! Stop throwing things, it's not like I did it in Florida!
I'm not saying you're wrong BNW, but given the reaction to Merrick Garland's nomination, I think that's more on congress than the democratic president.
You thought SevenEves dragged? I thought it read like an edge of your seat, worldwide extinction level event techno-thriller. And then the last section got all the more awesome!
I guess I'm just saying I totally appreciated the way Doctor Doob's point-of-view narration personalized the first two sections, and really enjoyed the OSR hex crawl of the third section, but no harm, no foul if you liked a different book more. :)
I'm not saying you're wrong, but it sounds like you're speaking in the hypothetical while Grumbaki is describing an experience he had while playing at the table, you know?
I don't know about investment being off topic; I bought some eldar shadow hunter escorts off Ebay UK for a cool $40 as compare to $70 on Ebay US, thanks mostly to the drop in value of the pound. That's the only way the Brexit has any effect on my life, outside entertainment value. (No offense UK readers.)
Edit: Whoopsy-daisy, wrong thread. It's still factual though, so l'm editing instead of deleting. :P
Sarcasm Dragon wrote:
Okay, but you're mixing the lyrics of "Kids" from Bye Bye Birdie with "Anything Goes" by Cole Porter.
I can't imagine there will be much media discussion of this movie without a reference to the first.
The quote by the French Home Office isn't substantiated by the article, though. His father says he wasn't religious, but that he had been medicated in the past because of his violent behavior. If there's evidence of his radicalization, that is what it is, but killing 84 people by driving a truck into a crowd isn't evidence in and of itself.
The 2/3 were primary turnout numbers though, right? I just feel like primaries are a totally craptasijc model for the general, you know?
Edit: That's right, I spelled craptastic with a J, for the sake of my eastern european kith and kin. :P
I don't want it either, but I'm willing to put in the time I have to keep the system functioning, you know? As Iron has pointed out, raising the retirement age isn't the only option.
My point is that privatization is a horrible idea. The private entity is only there to skim profits off the top of your nest egg.
Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
Seriously, whoever designed that logo was not a Trump fan. Or maybe Pence was the issue, but you get my point.
And then there was the time one of the waitresses at my restaurant (work at, not own) said to the cook, "Hey Charles? I just got another complaint about the tuna, but I think they just don't know what "seared" means; comp their drinks?"