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  1. False. They're positions are like 85% similar. Hell, their voting record is 93% the same. Also false now that Trump has locked it up.
  2. [Edited]: Sanders has been relatively untouched in terms of attacks so far, but if he were the candidate for the general, with his illegitimate son, essay on women fantasizing about gang rape, socialist ties, and the simple fact that his healthcare plans would raise taxes on everyone, he'd get pretty hammered in the general, especially by an asshole of Trump's caliber. ETA: For context about how meaningless polling is at this stage, both Kerry and Dukakis were beating their opponents by much larger margins at this point in the election process. **Also, for the record, I like Sanders. The above is how I imagine the GOP would try to frame his personal history and current proposals.
  3. Aerys I-gay or just weird?

    There's no textual evidence one way or the other whether his marriage was arranged, [edited] though it was said that: and there were rumors he never even consumated it. As WoIaF shows, marriages with the royal family without sex or need for heirs were often made to strengthen alliances, which I suspect, given all that occurred during Daeron II's reign, could have been necessary. It also could be that Aerys married his wife for friendship. She didn't seem to be happy with the state of affairs, though, with her constant visits to the sept. When the council tried to get him to set her aside, hoping he would like another woman more since he refused her bed, Aerys defied them, which makes me think he either cared for her in a non-sexual way or didn't want to go through the whole thing again with another woman. It could be he didn't have much of a sex drive, or he could have been 100% asexual. I think either interpretation is fine. Probably when we meet him in another Dunk and Egg story is where we'll have a better picture of him.
  4. Aerys I-gay or just weird?

    My guess was that Aerys I was asexual. If he'd been homosexual, in his position of power he would have indulged in his preferences and there would likely have been rumors of it in court, as with Laenor Velaryon.
  5. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    Was Obama behind replacing Dean with DWS? Why is that? One of the only points of agreement I've read across all corners of the Democrat spectrum is that she isn't very effective as DNC chair. Aside from that, I know very little about her policies (or Dean's, as DNC chair, for that matter).
  6. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    Was curious about this. Here's a pretty decent take on it when Ted Kennedy was supporting Obama. Quotes from the article: I think she's justified including it in her list of accomplishments.
  7. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    [edited] I disagreed with many of the assertions in your post, but I wanted to call this one out. Early polling at this stage is meaningless. Both Kerry and Dukakis were beating their opponents in polls by higher margins at this point in the race. When the GOP machine trained it's attack dogs on Sanders, paints him as an old Communist, starts bringing up his illegitimate son, his essay on women fantasizing about gang rape, how he would raise taxes for middle class families... he would be hurting in the general. There's a reason that Republicans would love for him to win the nomination.
  8. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    I fucking knew this would happen. One more example of how bullshit caucus's are.
  9. 2016 US Election: what happened in Nevada?

    Good thing she's pledged to elect a Supreme Court justice who would overturn Citizens United and raise the minimum wedge then, eh? ETA: also, coming from a person who would vote for Donald Trump, this is hilarious.
  10. 2016 US Election: what happened in Nevada?

    Since the status quo for the past 8 years has been a slow, steady movement to the left, I'm pretty OK with this. I do worry about her foreign policy, though as we've discussed before, it won't be anything near the disasters of W, Trump, or any other Neocon administration. I thought this article did a decent, nuanced job of examining her hawkishness: 4 Things To Know About Hillary Clinton's Approach To Foreign Policy
  11. Either the Texas Republican Party has suddenly become amazingly progressive, or they're in dire need of a copyeditor: How The Wrong Verb Meant The Texas GOP Called Most Texans Gay Statement in question:
  12. 2016 US Election: what happened in Nevada?

    Ah, I see. Gotcha. Sorry I misunderstood you. I believe if not for caucuses, Clinton would be ahead by even more votes. And thanks. Caucuses are a terrible, dated vestigal malformation of electoral process that should be excised. I could see how, say 30 years ago, they could have been a helpful tool to inform the voting populace. But we have this thing called the internet now, and it's remarkably easy to find politicians' stances and voting records with a few clicks.
  13. 2016 US Election: what happened in Nevada?

    I find the Sanders supporters' rationale that democrats should ignore the popular vote because he's been winning the caucuses to be... ironic to say the least. Caucuses do more to suppress voter turnout than anything else. They're utter bullshit garbage. (can you tell I'm still annoyed about my caucus experience?) Just see Nebraska, where Clinton recently won the doesn't-count popular vote after losing the caucus earlier.
  14. Seriously? You're comparing 80 years to 8? A group that was deliberately created in the midst ofBush's invasion (2006)to take back Iraq is a pretty one-step correlation in cause and effect. ISIS would still existwithout the Arab Spring. It would not have even been created if not for the Iraq War.
  15. Al Queda in Iraq (AQI) would never have existed as a thing, like, at all, if not for Bush's Iraq invasion. So yeah, it's largely his fault. ISIS was created in Iraq as a direct result of his illegal war. It may have grown as a result of Syria's part of the Arab Spring, but that doesn't change the fact that it wouldn't have even existed if we hadn't invaded Iraq.