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Oct 28, 2010 freeamnesiac commented on Rasmussen: Rossi's in the Lead.
A Rasmussen poll showing a 1 point separation with a margin of 4 percent provides about as much useful information as reading tea leaves would.
Nov 27, 2009 freeamnesiac commented on It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.
To reiterate what has been said two dozen times already, atheism does not equal certainty of the lack of existence of God. Almost NO atheist holds that position. The vast, vast majority believe that 1) Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, 2) Extraordinary evidence has not been presented, 3) There is no reason to believe in a God, and 4) There is even less reason to believe in a Specific God.
Nov 27, 2009 freeamnesiac commented on Where You Can Buy the World's Strongest Beer.
I'm pretty sure there is a German Doppelbock with an ABV of 34%, making this the world's second strongest beer, but once you get over 20%, it probably doesn't matter too much. Also, irresponsible? As if drinking a high ABV beer is any more dangerous than downing a few shots of jack or goose. This is the same retarded logic that brings out the concern trolls who go off about "super strong pot" that is soooo dangerous because it has a higher THC content than it did in the 1960s.
Oct 24, 2009 freeamnesiac commented on Smart Highways for Dumb Drivers.
This seems like a pretty good idea overall. Does anyone want to take bets on how long it takes until a grassroots campaign starts up asking the question "DO YOU REALLY WANT THE GOVERNMENT TELLING YOU HOW TO DRIVE"?
Oct 23, 2009 freeamnesiac commented on A Whole Other World.
It's pretty well known within Political Science that, even in America, the ultra-rich can be surprisingly progressive in their politics, even on tax politics. One could theorize that at some point, you have so much fucking money that it doesn't matter any more, and the utility gained from having one more dollar is less than the utility gained from giving to a charity or helping your fellow countrymen.

When it comes to extremely regressive tax policy, the ones that you have to watch out for are ALWAYS the middle/upper-middle class. $60,000-90,000 households tend to be VERY conservative with their money.
Oct 6, 2009 freeamnesiac commented on The Anti-Eyman Ads.
Eyman-Bot hasn't popped into the comments yet to deliver his/its rebuttal yet? Man, he's off his game today.
Oct 1, 2009 freeamnesiac commented on "Elect More And Better Democrats".
I completely agree with Arsenic, in that the important thing is always the truth, not the rudeness, which is why Wilson's "apology" struck me as sour. He was essentially saying "I'm sorry I made you feel bad, but I'm still right"

However, in any reasonable sense, no, Grayson's claim is incorrect on face value. The Republican's plan, however misguided, is not "die quickly", or any variation thereof. Giving leeway to Grayson's claim, if we are being fair, opens the door to Wilson being able to lay claim to some truth in his own erroneous statement. By the same token he can say (and his defenders have said) "well, there may not be a provision in the bill specifically giving money to illegals, but there's nothing in there to ENFORCE it...therefore, I'm still right". Just as Grayson could say, "well, the republicans may not favor the quick death of the sick and elderly, but that's BASICALLY what their stubbornness amounts to."

Wrong is wrong.
Oct 1, 2009 freeamnesiac commented on "Elect More And Better Democrats".
@12, I'd also propose we make another rule stating that one's past history in the military, honorable as it may be, does not entitle them to some sort of truth monopoly. If you'd like to keep playing Logical Fallacy Tag, Will, I'm game.

For those of you arguing that this is a Good Thing, I just want you to do me a favor: Next time you are arguing with a Republican, and you bring up the fact that Republicans have been acting like incredible disrespectful assholes, remember this moment when they quickly fire back "WELLLL WHAT ABOUT GRAYSON?"

False equivalency aside, asinine comments like Grayson's force us to give up the moral high ground...and beyond the strategic implications for "our side", they only serve to further pollute what is already a blackened stream of political discourse.
Oct 1, 2009 freeamnesiac commented on "Elect More And Better Democrats".
Could we please make an addition to Godwin's Law saying that if you accuse anyone of "hating America", you automatically lose the argument?
Oct 1, 2009 freeamnesiac commented on "Elect More And Better Democrats".
Republicans do it. Joe Wilson does it. What a bunch of assholes. (They are.)

Democrats do it. Grayson does it. He's a champion of the left! (He isn't.)

With either instance, you have a public official claiming that something is true when it is decidedly not, and needlessly inflammatory to boot. Just as there is no provision in any health care bill to provide funds to illegal aliens, the Republicans do indeed have an alternative health care philosophy. Its not particularly thorough or great, but its there.

You would be fuming over this if Grayson was a Republican, but he's not, so you are cheerleading him on. We need to stop playing politics like it is a fantasy football league. All that this will amount to is one fewer number in the Dems column come 2010, so congratulations, I guess.