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  1. NFL in LA Uniform Speculation Sometimes a coincidence is just that. A coincidence. Besides. Your conspiracy theory would mean that the Chargers' attempt to move to LA was a smokescreen. Which means all the reports of Dean Spanos being dejected after the vote are a testament to his great acting skills. And I don't believe Dean Spanos is good at anything.
  2. Ceci n'est pas une politics thread.

    Well the delegate count AND popular vote was closer in 2008 and than it is now, for one. Secondly? Again, it doesn't matter. Is it hypocritical? Yeah. Does that change what happened in 2008? No. 2016 though? What happened in 2008 ultimately has no barring here. So again...if Bernie cannot win this thing then why is he still running? The only answer that makes sense is that he wants to go to the convention and try to get the Superdelegates to back him. Which would completely subvert the will of the Democratic electorate. Kind of runs counter to his message, isn't it?
  3. Ceci n'est pas une politics thread.

    What does something that happened eight years ago have to do with what's happening now? Stop moving the goalposts.
  4. The Marvel Comics Movie & Television Thread

    Tony showing up in Homecoming was reported way back when Marvel got the rights to Spider-Man back from Sony (or, rather, worked out a deal). Anyway that sounds good...I'm just not sold on the Vulture as the villain. Sure, Green Goblin's been done like three times by now, but he is Spidey's arch nemesis. And he provides good pathos given Peter's relationship with Norman Osborne... I can see that. I was mostly talking about Star Lord's personal arc, which seemed a bit by the numbers.
  5. Ceci n'est pas une politics thread.

    This is the one question that I want to see Bernie's supporters answer. If Bernie's lost this thing then why is he staying in it? Don't go on about letting people vote their conscious...if he cannot win then why is he still going at it? Democracy is all well and good, but there is a certain logic to only letting party members choose a party nominee. Not that this disenfranchises Bernie supporters. The dates of these primaries have been set in stone for a while now. Plenty of time to register as a Democrat and cast a vote for Sanders. Two things. "Id-Pol" (George Orwell would be proud of you) seems to be the domain of the Sanders camp, not the Clinton camp. You point out that more younger votes are supporting Bernie. Which is true. It's also younger voters who are more willing to buy into identity politics rhetoric about "safe spaces" and how a white guy wearing dreadlocks is a great racial injustice. You don't see very man 50+ year old entrenched Democratic Hillary supporters spending their free time on Tumblr posting about cultural appropriation, do you? You talk about the Hillary camp wanting everything two ways, but you're the one who constantly trumpets Sanders' resonance with younger voters, while blaming Hillary's supporters for the worst tendencies of young voters. Secondly...Sanders has not being doing "just fine" when it comes to the visible minority demographics. His failure to make inroads in those areas are probably what's cost him the election. Obama galvanized the younger vote (in greater numbers than Bernie could) AND he got the visible minority vote. Bernie just got one of those. The other swung for Clinton. So no, this isn't an age thing. Race has very much played into this, and visible minorities just aren't buying what Bernie's been selling. Which has to be baffling for the Bernie camp, given his unassailable record on civil rights. His failure, for whatever reason, has cost him here. The solidly left-wing base that's supported Sanders needs to do some soul searching, because "they just weren't voting in their own best interests" isn't going to cut it. It'll involve actually dissecting the Sanders campaign, identifying what was done wrong, and correcting it. Heh. I won't deny the numbers that suggest that, but it's also not the totality of the situation. I'm pretty sure I'm younger than you, and I'd lean towards Hillary, if I had a say in any of this.
  6. Ceci n'est pas une politics thread. A great read on how Bernie lost the Democratic nomination fair and square. And how his current scorched Earth plan to upend the establishment by getting the Superdelegates to back him at the Convention is undemocratic.
  7. The Marvel Comics Movie & Television Thread

    This is the greatest thing.
  8. Movies, Movies, and Movies

    I'm about to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens at a drive-in. I'm psyched.
  9. Ceci n'est pas une politics thread. UNESCO has no right to exist.
  10. Ceci n'est pas une politics thread.

    No one's telling anyone to "shut up and die." Merely to acknowledge that Bernie's lost. He cannot win the nomination at this point. Not unless he actively pursues a strategy that will undermine the will of the majority of the Democratic electorate. So what's the point of staying in at this point? To push the party to the left? He's already done that. You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube. At this point he's doing his cause more harm than good. Backing out after he got trounced on the eastern seaboard would have begun the healing process, and even left the door open for a role in Clinton's administration. Now? He's burnt so many bridges that the Democratic Party won't even entertain the idea of giving him another soapbox.
  11. Ceci n'est pas une politics thread.

    Do you assume much? For the record, everyone that opposed him and thought he didn't have a chance has been proven wrong. I believe he has the potential to be the next Ronald Reagan and will win convincingly. Especially if the Justice Department does their job and throws Clinton in jail. ..., I don't think I did.
  12. Ceci n'est pas une politics thread.

    The problem with the Weimar comparison is that there's just too much working against it. Weimar Germany had a new and fragile democratic system of government and was dealing with the psychological and material losses from WWI. The US in 2016 though? A strong democratic tradition and no major military loses to damage the national psyche. At most you have war fatigue, but neither Afghanistan, Iraq, or whatever we're calling the campaign against ISIS have been as damaging to the American psyche as WWI was to the German one. Politically? Hitler was able to win an election (well win a minority government) on a blatantly anti-democratic platform because true democracy was still very new in Germany, and it seemed to have failed. For all the cracks one could make about the American democratic system? It's been going strong for 200+ years. You can't discount those two factors and still try to make the Weimar parallel work. It just doesn't. I'm not saying Trump cannot win under any circumstance. He could pull it off (I would say it's unlikely, given his demographic problems). It's just that his victory wouldn't be the start of a dictatorship/authoritarian revolution. He wouldn't be able to dismantle the democratic system of government in the US like Hitler was once he was in power in Weimar Germany.
  13. Ceci n'est pas une politics thread.

    It's not going to matter, considering his historically bad negatives among women and visible minorities. It's statistically impossible to win a national election by just appealing to the angry white guy demo. The problem for the angry white guy demo is that if Trump made moves to try and make up ground among women and minority voters? He'd stop being the candidate they fell in love with. So congrats. Your guy carved out his niche and now he's stuck in it.
  14. Movies, Movies, and Movies

    They've hinted at nine I think? Which means a lot of good and bad. I'm excited for Autobot Paladins but the sixth one is basically going to be Bumblebee's Day Out so....
  15. Ceci n'est pas une politics thread.

    Caucuses are quaint in an "old tyme democracy" sort of way until you realise that actual elections hinge on them. And then they become terrifying. Seconded the "everyone is acting children" sentiment.