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Vurbal

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    Vurbal reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    It's possible to be define oneself as a Republican or Democrat, to be socially and/or economically conservative or liberal, and still be a reasonable, thoughtful person. But such people seem to have become scarce on Capitol Hill.
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    Vurbal reacted to Ternaugh in Agents Of SHIELD!   
    It's the soap.
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    Vurbal reacted to csyphrett in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    The variation I saw was:
    Pepsi: That didn't go over well
    United: Hold my beer.
    Sean Spicer: LEEEEEEEROOOOY JEENNNNKKKINNNSSS!!!
    CES 
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    Vurbal reacted to Tom in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Which is certainly a major reason any number of people didn't vote for him.
     
    Unfortunately, sufficient people either thought he'd become 'presidential' or that he'd surround himself with professionals who'd keep him from doing anything too damaging or whatever reason they had for preferring him to an alternative.
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    Vurbal reacted to Iuz the Evil in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    (From Jesse McLaren's twitter)
     
    PEPSI: Check out this PR disaster.
     
    UNITED: That's amateur hour. Watch -this-!
     
    SEAN SPICER: Hold my beer.
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Lucius in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I don't worry that he'll do nothing. I'm more worried he'll do something dangerously stupid.
     
    But, yeah, this is the real problem IMO. Putin is a world class player at global brinksmanship. Trump can't even manage to negotiate with his own party -  keep his own top secret documents behind closed doors for that matter. Putin is playing chess and Trump is still trying to wrap his head around tic tac toe.
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Doc Shadow in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I don't worry that he'll do nothing. I'm more worried he'll do something dangerously stupid.
     
    But, yeah, this is the real problem IMO. Putin is a world class player at global brinksmanship. Trump can't even manage to negotiate with his own party -  keep his own top secret documents behind closed doors for that matter. Putin is playing chess and Trump is still trying to wrap his head around tic tac toe.
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I don't worry that he'll do nothing. I'm more worried he'll do something dangerously stupid.
     
    But, yeah, this is the real problem IMO. Putin is a world class player at global brinksmanship. Trump can't even manage to negotiate with his own party -  keep his own top secret documents behind closed doors for that matter. Putin is playing chess and Trump is still trying to wrap his head around tic tac toe.
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    Vurbal got a reaction from aylwin13 in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Well not exactly. You forgot about the part where he publicly admitted that saving face (which he didn't) was more important than the American people.
     
    So far I'm not sure if Trump reminds me more of Chevy Chase doing Weekend Update on SNL (I'm the president and you're not) or Eric Cartman.
     

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    Vurbal reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    My favorite explanation of the "trickle-down" economic theory came from the Dinosaurs! satirical comedy television series, by the Henson company.
     
    Most rich people live in big houses on top of hills. If we give rich people more money, some of it is bound to fall out of their pockets and trickle down to where the poor people live.
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    Vurbal got a reaction from pinecone in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I'm actually thrilled about this, strangely enough. It's about time we had a serious spotlight pointed at the blatantly unconstitutional mess which is asset forfeiture.This honestly isn't all that different from the government seizing property from supposed drug dealers as a way to boost budgets, get free toys, and pretend to be tough on crime - without a single charge being filed, let alone proven in court.
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    Vurbal reacted to Old Man in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    When I run into someone like that, I can't help but think "you know, I could punch this douchebag in the face, it would feel good, and I'd be instantly famous".  Haven't done it yet though.
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    Vurbal reacted to Sociotard in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    An amusing twitter takes Trump quotes and puts them in Red Skull speech balloons.
     
    https://twitter.com/PresVillain
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    Vurbal got a reaction from tkdguy in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I don't supposed this is really related to nothing on this thread, but in the interest of not polluting the forum, I'll post it here.
     
    I took my wife to a very nice restaurant on Valentine's Day, and just before we were done eating, she said she could see me start scowling because our governor, and Trump's nominee for ambassador to China, Terry Branstad walked by. He was still in the lobby when we left, but I ignored him since I knew my wife would be embarrassed if I said something nasty to him on the way out.
     
    I'm glad she was there, because anything I would have said almost certainly would have been a cheap shot, I like to think I'm better than that.
     
    Sometimes I'm not.
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Iuz the Evil in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I don't supposed this is really related to nothing on this thread, but in the interest of not polluting the forum, I'll post it here.
     
    I took my wife to a very nice restaurant on Valentine's Day, and just before we were done eating, she said she could see me start scowling because our governor, and Trump's nominee for ambassador to China, Terry Branstad walked by. He was still in the lobby when we left, but I ignored him since I knew my wife would be embarrassed if I said something nasty to him on the way out.
     
    I'm glad she was there, because anything I would have said almost certainly would have been a cheap shot, I like to think I'm better than that.
     
    Sometimes I'm not.
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    Vurbal got a reaction from gewing in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Rather than comment on the outcome of the election, I'll simply share what my 20 year old daughter said this morning. After reading several friends' posts on Facebook, saying they wanted to leave the country, she said, "Too many people have sacrificed too much for this country to just lay down when things get hard."
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Rails in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Rather than comment on the outcome of the election, I'll simply share what my 20 year old daughter said this morning. After reading several friends' posts on Facebook, saying they wanted to leave the country, she said, "Too many people have sacrificed too much for this country to just lay down when things get hard."
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Ternaugh in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Rather than comment on the outcome of the election, I'll simply share what my 20 year old daughter said this morning. After reading several friends' posts on Facebook, saying they wanted to leave the country, she said, "Too many people have sacrificed too much for this country to just lay down when things get hard."
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Grailknight in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Rather than comment on the outcome of the election, I'll simply share what my 20 year old daughter said this morning. After reading several friends' posts on Facebook, saying they wanted to leave the country, she said, "Too many people have sacrificed too much for this country to just lay down when things get hard."
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    Vurbal got a reaction from aylwin13 in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Rather than comment on the outcome of the election, I'll simply share what my 20 year old daughter said this morning. After reading several friends' posts on Facebook, saying they wanted to leave the country, she said, "Too many people have sacrificed too much for this country to just lay down when things get hard."
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Netzilla in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Rather than comment on the outcome of the election, I'll simply share what my 20 year old daughter said this morning. After reading several friends' posts on Facebook, saying they wanted to leave the country, she said, "Too many people have sacrificed too much for this country to just lay down when things get hard."
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Twilight in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Rather than comment on the outcome of the election, I'll simply share what my 20 year old daughter said this morning. After reading several friends' posts on Facebook, saying they wanted to leave the country, she said, "Too many people have sacrificed too much for this country to just lay down when things get hard."
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Pariah in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Rather than comment on the outcome of the election, I'll simply share what my 20 year old daughter said this morning. After reading several friends' posts on Facebook, saying they wanted to leave the country, she said, "Too many people have sacrificed too much for this country to just lay down when things get hard."
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Nolgroth in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Rather than comment on the outcome of the election, I'll simply share what my 20 year old daughter said this morning. After reading several friends' posts on Facebook, saying they wanted to leave the country, she said, "Too many people have sacrificed too much for this country to just lay down when things get hard."
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    Vurbal reacted to Lawnmower Boy in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Let me explain: "America" is the most awesomest scripted drama television show ever created for the Canadian market. (The producers also export it to Europe, Africa and Asia, where it does amazingly well, considering the language barriers.)
     
    To support this show, entrepeneurs have built "Americaland" theme parks with duty free shopping at all major Canadian border crossings,further monetising this entertainment experience, which soon spread to newspapers, magazines, comic books, and even the mass book market. 
     
    However, the initial "slice of life" broadcasting, such as Leave it to Beaver, The Nightly News, televised high school football (What? I mean, seriously?) and Cal Worthington used car commercials began to pall in, I want to say, the 1960s, and the producers moved on to an "event" format, with "Presidential elections" the fall after the Olympics --I think? Every four years, anyway. 
     
    "Presidential elections" featured life-and-death struggles between larger-than-life characters running for "President of the United States," or, possibly, "King of the World." (The writers often blurred the distinction.) As with the Olympics, their popularity soon overwhelmed the original, occasional-event format, and events were spread into the previous year. An alternative, rival concept, the "Off year election," was also successful, because while the stakes were smaller, the personalities were even more outrageous. For example, the comic geniusses who invented "Tip O'Neill" and "Newt Gingrich" got the Nobel Prize for Literature, for example. I think? I don't pay much attention to that stuff. Anyway, they should have. 
     
    Eventually, however, the producers got greedy, and began to try the madcap, cast-of-thousands format of "Off year elections" with the high stakes and larger-than-life personalities of "Presidential elections." The critics are, understandably, divided about this. Some see it as the culmination of two generations of first-class entertainment, and look forward to a sequel, perhaps a remake of The Day AFter, or Terminator. Others think that increasing inputs will just lead to declining returns, and that America will soon be cancelled. 
     
    We'll see! One thing is for sure, and that is that it'll make for some fun television. (Of course, for the poor, delusional crackpots who think that it is real, it's a world-historical tragedy unfolding in real time, but that's why they should be taking their meds!)
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