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  1. The same people it always attracted - power-hungry, unintelligent, rash people. The intelligent, rational cops are less likely to be on the front lines; they are detectives or supervisors. The dummies have to walk the beat and, therefore, are more likely to be bad at dealing with the public riffraff. If it weeds out people who don't understand how important it is for police to be active community members in order to maintain peace, then even better. That's what it seems police officers are perceived to lack, at least where I'm sitting - a sense of duty to the community. Instead, it seems like they're hung up on wielding their batons for every by-the-book encounter. Don't disagree. I am just tired of seeing routine arrests/police encounters where the suspect is outnumbered, sometimes handcuffed, often incapacitated and still ends up dead or severely wounded. That's straight-up incompetent policing.
  2. No, I live in Canada. Having several parties to choose from does help mix things up. But the structure of government in the US, with all its short-comings, seems more robust. For example, our senate is appointed. The leader of the party with the most seats is prime minister, so there are occasions where the party members determine the PM by their own internal vote rather than with a proper election. Indeed. Something like $2000/mo. Not sure where the money's coming from, but if taxpayers are receiving it, who gives a shit?
  3. Surely, downvoting yourself automatically puts you on the spectrum, right?
  4. Bad news, buddy. The votes don't mean anything.
  5. Is that right? They also have one of the highest infection and death rates for Covid. Where did you hear about this "no capital gains taxes" thing?
  6. Say what you will about the Republican lie about who's funding whom, but this little gem speaks volumes: In fact, most high-tax states send more money to Washington than they get back in federal spending. Most low-tax states make a profit from the federal government’s system of taxing and spending. This sounds, fundamentally, like a DC problem, not a Tennessee problem. The fiscal conservatives, whether Red or Blue, are calling for fewer social programs, less tax-and-spend, and balanced budgets. That the overall system benefits red states more than blue states, while damning, perhaps, to the red congressmen and governors of those states, is still very much an indictment of the deficit spending federal government. The US could divert 100% of its GDP in 2021 towards paying of its national debt, and they still wouldn't be out of debt.
  7. Sure, but with all the social programs and illegal immigration problem, I could've sworn they run deficits every year. Am I mistaken?
  8. I will remember that! I'm a rye man myself. American rye seems to taste like harsh bourbon. I love bourbon too, but for different occasions. Pure rye whisky with a splash of cola and lots of ice is my go-to. Maker's Mark or Bulleit is my go-to when I'm celebrating something. Crown Royal is a unique whisky and is my family's go-to for holidays and such, but in my humble opinion, it's a bit overrated.
  9. When did I ever deny the holocaust or advocate for racial genocide? I never have. But it ABSOLUTELY should be legal to deny the holocaust. Historical facts should all be allowed to be openly investigated by anyone at any time. That's a good point. But questioning the numbers, method, logistics, or policy of the holocaust do not fit any of those descriptions. And if they do, then so does questioning the genocide of Native Americans, and the Apartheid in South Africa, and of colonialism in general. Question any of those things, and you're in breach of the "holocaust code" that the court did not outline in its 1942 decision. When did I (whom I assume you meant to quote) ever joke about that? It's not my style, but it certainly should be legal.
  10. If Texas voted to be independent, I feel like the biggest impediment would be legal/constitutional battles, rather than violent ones. But then again, who knows how much the federal government relies on tax revenue from Texas. It's obviously one of the wealthier states in the union.
  11. No, it was widely accepted. The only contentious part was the wording, but even so, it's quite clear to most Canadians that the support for Quebec independence is generally exaggerated.
  12. Shitty deal. And double jeopardy laws prevent a re-hash of the murder trial? Oh, so I'm anti-semitic for other reasons in your eyes? Some fun facts: the second referendum on Quebec independence had a voter turnout of 93.5%. The result was 49.42% YES and 50.58% NO.
  13. Wasn't aware of that de Gaulle speech in Montreal. Thanks for sharing.
  14. Fair. My point is that, if you lose in civil courts, is the only means of the plaintiff collecting through private collection agencies? Is there no garnishing of wages? I'm anti-semitic because I consider routine neonatal circumcision barbaric? That's the standard we're at, now? I agree. Provincial bodies, such as the Ontario Human Rights Commission, actually get to draft applicable language for the enforcement of things like this. It's an atrocious state of affairs which is shameful for parliamentary democracy. But it turns out that the UK, France, and Germany are, for the most part, much worse off. If "degeneracy" is the incendiary phrase, then humanity is in trouble, not just Canada.
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