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  1. I don't agree with that, and I've already explained why what I've said is not dead wrong. Further, the First and Second Amendment are still huge issues in American law and American society. We protect speech better than any nation on the planet - even the "regular people" believe in that value, for the most part. And a hell of a lot of people vote on the single issue of gun rights, which, to be fair, does tend to follow a party line as well. I'm well aware that there are serious issues with personality politics, but in general, I think people do try their best (and I certainly know many people who think for themselves - although this could be limited to my social circles, I admit). To the personal issue, like I said, I meant in general.  I don't expect people to "sit in awe," and people don't - people I greatly enjoy conversing with.  I appreciate that you finally actually wrote a post discussing the real issue, but for the most part, you just act like an ass to me and you're not a pleasant person to converse with.  I seem to recall you once being better, but as it currently stands the last few times - I'd rather just not. Perhaps I'm an outlier in this, but so be it.
  2. It's technically not wrong - legal privileges that are not technically constitutional rights are occasionally referred to as rights (I hesitate to say often): they are things you have the right to do under the law as it stands (I actually just read a case referring to it as "driving rights," as it so happens). But I didn't push it because I wanted to argue the actual point - the politics of it: getting it through Congress against lobbying groups like those behind AO's businesses, as well as general Americans.  To your second point, I simply disagree. The First and Second Amendments are evidence of the independent mindset of America (our intense capitalism as well), even if only in the aggregate (which this would affect). To go back a touch though, you don't seem interested in much more than gotchas lately (perhaps longer, but I've more recently become very aware of it). You knew what I meant, and this isn't really the first time, so I think going forward I'm just not going to bother speaking with you - though I always try to remain optimistic with people, so perhaps you'll surprise me. 
  3. Privilege. Doesn't really affect my point at all.
  4. Perhaps so, but if it's a programmed suicide pact, I foresee a lot of people (myself included, probably) lobbying Congress to keep them from ever becoming mandatory, which, as I understand it, defeats the purpose quite a bit. Americans are an independently - minded lot, giving up driving rights would be difficult enough, adding this wrinkle would be the last straw, I think.
  5. People already don't seem too hot on the idea of self-driving cars, I think. This would be the nail in the coffin. 
  6. Not entirely sure if sarcasm, but true enough. Something terrible is going to get me though, looking at the way I live (and my family history of all the diseases), so if it means enjoying bacon, I'll take this deal (hear that, Satan? I'll do a lot for some smoky deliciousness).
  7. Doesn't seem like anyone here is denying the study. Just seems like everyone recognizes that the risk is worth the pleasure, in the end.
  8. Death penalty states acquire death drugs illegally

    It doesn't really work though - I don't think I've ever seen the argument be about reflecting on what they've done.  And I don't think it is inherently inhumane to execute, even granting the problems with our current methods.
  9. At this point, I just can't care. Gotta die from something and it really does seem like, on a long enough timeline, everything leads us to cancer.
  10. Well hi thar

    I'll be moving as well, I suppose. Got a job working for a judge in New Mexico, for 2017-2018.  Don't think I'll be getting a house, but the savings from living in NYC will be nice for a year. :p
  11. Sorry to hear it - my excitement level is pretty low now.
  12. Makes sense and is a great idea. The only time I really find myself interested in a classical orchestra is video game music. I'll often listen to AC soundtracks when I need a boost at work.
  13. I like the Atlantic (from what I've seen), but yeah, I wouldn't describe it as liberal (not far right wing either, honestly, but anyway).
  14. For me, personally, FF7 is one of my favorite games of all time. I don't doubt its greatness, I doubt what SE will do to that greatness.  :p