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21) Message boards : Politics : 5 year Political future for the UK (Message 1725657)
Posted 14 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
Interesting days ahead

But half of the total posts went to women, including shadow defence, education, business and health.
That sounds fair.
22) Message boards : Politics : Jesus (Message 1725635)
Posted 14 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
Jesus? That's some Mexican guy, isn't it? Never heard of him.

23) Message boards : Politics : Migration Period now? (Message 1725634)
Posted 14 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
Drones are very accurate, they kill what they're pointed at with minimum collateral damage.

The person doing the pointing however, that's another matter.
24) Message boards : Politics : 5 year Political future for the UK (Message 1725633)
Posted 14 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
If Harriet Harman had been willing to stand, she would have walked it, and she would also have had a 50/50 chance of getting in at 2020. But age was against her.

Sadly i think you're right, though it shouldn't be. If a 66 year old who looks 86 can be elected, then the 65 year old who looks 50 should be equally if not more electable.
25) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1724638)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
I personally fine the term "Whitey" to be very offensive, and racist.

Actually I don't, neither do I find Honky offensive either as it happens. White people have far more offensive names for other races. The British Comedian Dick Emery had a catchphrase for his character Clarence "Ooooh, hello honky tonk!".

Now that I would find insulting :-))

Ooh you are awful, but i like you!
26) Message boards : Politics : U.S. Presidential issues questionnaire (Message 1724630)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
But why can't they all have the same laws? That is what confuses us Brits!

I hate to throw a spanner in the works, but in Britain we have three sets of laws. English law, Scots law and Northern Irish law.
They're all very similar, but there are important differences, particularly with Scots law. Like the age of majority being 16 not 18, 15 jurors in a trial not 12, and the additional option of a Scots jury to declare a verdict of 'Not proven', on top of the binary guilty/not-guilty of an English court.
27) Message boards : Politics : Migration Period now? (Message 1724621)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
They say a picture's worth a thousand words:

28) Message boards : Politics : U.S. Presidential issues questionnaire (Message 1724618)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
There are good points in most failed leaders.

So?

Edit: I would leave out Buchanan, Wilson and Andrew Johnson.

Nothing good about them.

I have no point to make, it just seemed appropriate.

If Trump wins the election, by 2017 America may well be missing Obama.
29) Message boards : Politics : U.S. Presidential issues questionnaire (Message 1724616)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
Found this picture and thought of this thread:



(Had to censor it slightly)
30) Message boards : Politics : Ephebiphobia (Message 1724590)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
They are not qualifications. They are proof of membership. Next.

I have AMRSC after my name (Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry) for which i needed a post-graduate degree at merit or distinction, so the two aren't mutually exclusive.
31) Message boards : Politics : Ephebiphobia (Message 1724584)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
I thought teachers were not supposed to make assumptions?

I assume that lorry drivers are allowed to though ...

Within the Classroom that may be generally correct, but occasionally you have to have to make judgement calls as a lesson progresses and amend it on the hoof. But as you very well know I retired 4 years ago, so why you keep bringing this up is food for thought to all others here. No work today? Or just bored?

Bringing what up? I'm passing comments on what is being said. Aren't I allowed to do that?

You continue to denigrate my employment. Let's see, how many professions have you stated you worked in? Are you qualified in all of those?

Very nice example you're setting for the youth on this thread "Praise the lord & pass the ammunition".

I see some things don't change.
32) Message boards : Politics : Monarchy v Republic (Message 1724575)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
And that's good, because it gives us as a nation an anchor of stability, rather than lurching from one political philosophy to another with successive governments.

Same goes for the House of Lords, paradigm shifts of governance often don't end well, so with the House of Lords acting as moderators for the House of Commons, things keep ticking by quite nicely.

Obviously it's not perfect, no system is, but Britain seems to be doing reasonably well on it.

I believe it also helps reduce corruption, in other countries governments offer bribes and favourable legislation, whereas in Britain we just give someone an Ermin gown and an archaic title and they're happy.
33) Message boards : Politics : Jesus (Message 1724548)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
Two things we know for certain about Jesus Christ, if he existed:

1. He wasn't called Jesus

2. He wasn't called Christ
34) Message boards : Politics : U.S. Presidential issues questionnaire (Message 1724547)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
At the time the 2nd Amendment was made in 1791, there waere two real fears in Amera. Firstly that there could be a national invasion by another country,
Predominantly us i believe. :D
and secondly that some politicians were corrupt and needed to be removed by physical force. Therefore it seemed sensible to arm the people to be able to deal with those eventualities.
A bit 'sledgehammer to crack a nut'.

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Adherence to the second and third words of that line could be where the problem lies.
You would never ever be able to change that because too many red necked Americans would never stand for it. For over 200 years they have had the right to carry guns, it is as natural to them as breathing.
That's not an excuse to not do the right thing. Plenty of people resent paying tax only to see the government piss them away on causes we don't agree with, but does that mean they should stop paying or storm government buildings firearms in hand?
Whether it is relevant to the 21C
It isn't
is a matter of opinion. The USA has probably the strongest military in the world, and a dodgy President is not likely to be marched out of the White House by a gun toting mob, however much a few people here would like to see it happen to Obama! There is Impeachment which has happened in recent times referred to before, to deal with that.
All he needs to do is learn the saxophone and appear on a few talkshows, worked for Clinton.
35) Message boards : Politics : Monarchy v Republic (Message 1724545)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
The Queen is nominally in charge of parliament and the government, in practice though she does not intervene; at least, not in a way that we know about.

I believe the official line is that she 'advises', and with 63 years experience, she seems ideally placed for the role.
36) Message boards : Politics : Monarchy v Republic (Message 1724347)
Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
Well perhaps American Presidents are more badly thought of than the British Monarchy and consider themselves at more risk of attack??

My point exactly.
37) Message boards : Politics : U.S. Presidential issues questionnaire (Message 1724340)
Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
2. The Magna Carta was fine for its time when it was written, so was the USA constitution, both need to updated for the 21C.

Indeed, neither (to coin a phrase) is set in stone.
As evidenced by the fact that the most controversial bit is itself the 2nd amendment! A fact forgotten by many gun-toting thugs who cite their precious constitution as justification for owning more weapons than IQ points.

Also, were it not for the 19th amendment, women wouldn't be able to vote!
38) Message boards : Politics : 5 year Political future for the UK (Message 1724275)
Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
Intelligent people didn't care in the first place! Labour is finished for a long time in the UK.

Shame, they did have some good ideas...
I think...
Can't bring any to mind just now...
39) Message boards : Politics : U.S. Presidential issues questionnaire (Message 1724273)
Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
And KFC isn't all that good food either!!!

Way too expensive for what you get. I'll take Popeye's anyday(besides you can get red beans and rice as a side!).

I'd rather make it myself, the only thing i buy premade is fish and chips.
40) Message boards : Politics : U.S. Presidential issues questionnaire (Message 1724246)
Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
I'm not a US citizen (as you've probably noticed) but i got:
86% Bernie Sanders
79% Joe Biden
79% Hillary Clinton

I confess i've no idea who Bernie Sanders is, wasn't he the chap who makes the fried chicken?

Hitting the compare answers button opens with our agreeing on much stricter gun control and decriminalising various drugs.


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