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  1. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    Agree. As much as I more closely identify with Bernie's politics (if not necessarily the implementation of them), it would be improper for him to debate Trump prior to being selected as the Dem nominee. I can also understand the tremendous pressure from the momentum behind him to stay in the race to the very end. However, I would prefer it if he and his strategists were working on/executing a pivot plan to start funneling that momentum into influencing Congressional elections - especially in areas that could really make a difference in repairing the mess that is Congress.
  2. US Election: To NY and Beyond

    That will be lovely.
  3. Feeling like the worst parent ever

    Real quip and this may have already been addressed: Being able to focus on a specific interest wouldn't rule out ADHD. In fact, it's a common "symptom" that those with ADD/ADHD have brilliant focus but it's got to be something that the person is extremely interested in pursuing.
  4. US Election: To NY and Beyond

    The other Republican candidates virtually ignored the northeast. My state (RI) is one of the most politically corrupt and we are still clawing our way out of the 2008 mess. We have no industry besides tourism and our governor's disdain for our state is appalling. We are pissed at the establishment so naturally our state went with the two candidates that best represent anti-establishment positions.
  5. US Election: To NY and Beyond

    With all due respect, kal, that's your opinion. I appreciate that he is sticking around to keep the dialogue open for the disenfranchised left.
  6. Not to mention that us in the USA have become so accustomed to cheap goods produced overseas...
  7. I interpreted it more as though "what are the motivations behind the options?" Being well-behaved implies, to me, obeying or being good being that's what you were told/taught to be "because". Whereas in being considerate, you may still be well-behaved because you are considerate.
  8. US elections: The Trumpening

    I had a conversation about Trump with a friend of mine and she didn't even realize he inherited his fortune. So there are people out there that think he's a successful, self-made billionaire.
  9. I am not bowing down from my position that the conservative tendencies towards being more fearful lends to the fact that we cannot, as a country, get on a decent page about sensible gun laws (I am not anti-gun ownership) and fear-based rhetoric adds fuel to the fire. I am, once again, glad to live in freedom of these fears because worrying about the thin-veneer that is the fabric of society to the point where I feel I'd need to openly carry (or carry at all) a gun on a regular (or ever) basis feels restrictive and not very freedom-like.
  10. My point is that conservatives tend to be more fearful (as studies are showing) than liberals and their ideologies and policies flow from there.
  11. I'm sorry you think my "lame attempts at pathologizing opposing political views are unhelpful" but... Wait, actually I'm not sorry. I don't give a fuck. There have brain studies that show people are born to tendencies towards conservatism because of their brain make-up. And then there is this: And this. And so, whatever.
  12. US elections: The Trumpening