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varrockguard99

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  1. Never understood why people bang on about open carry. The alternatives are concealed carry, which (if you're a person who dislikes and/or fears guns) seems worse, or not being able to walk around with them at all, which seems fairly bad for the self defense bit.
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    Probably the first New Years where I've actually had fun in the normal way. Fun change of pace.
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    Haven't posted here in a while. I'll always find it amazing that so many of us still post here despite how much our lives must have changed since we made these accounts.
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    Been playing too much League of Legends.
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    I don't take any Friday classes so I'm one day into a sweet four day weekend. Didn't go out tonight though, next week I guess.
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    Isn't one of the talking points every Republican candidate is using lately that they'll try to repeal / defund Obamacare? I think someone like Donald Trump, for instance, would do some very different things with capital gains taxation or the federal minimum wage. That's not even getting into the Bernie Sanders / Ron Paul types who will likely never win but at least talk big. And that's not really how Caesar's Civil War happened. The senate basically did everything they could to prevent Caesar from having command of troops but Pompey and Crassus basically outmaneuvered them through public channels to give him political positions of command. Those three all made very specific decisions that lead to the end of the Republic and while ultimately it may have ended eventually regardless the Caesar era and the Pax Augusta had a profound effect on the entire world and would likely not have happened had those three individuals not made key decisions of their own volition.
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    You've chosen an example I largely agree with but international relations and military intervention aren't the only pieces of the presidential puzzle, far from it. Regardless, individual actors with individual beliefs can make a huge difference. Caesar crossed the Rubicon, that was the decision of a man and it was not a decision every man would have made. Put another person in that place and it's not necessarily their move. Now, whether another person would have even reached that point is another question entirely, but the point stands.
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    Now that you got the name calling out of the way maybe you can go into detail about how many presidents act significantly differently than anyone else put in their position in the same political climate of their time. As an aside I'd also like to say I don't believe in the Great Man theory of History for the same reasons. That's impossible which is exactly my point - how do you believe that you can accurately say what McCain would have done had he won over Obama? You said something along the lines of - or maybe someone else did, to be honest I can't be arsed to go back and check so I'm rolling off memory - that a Republican president would have entangled us in the same dilemmas regarding Libya, Syria, etc. What information could you possibly base that on? You could base it on their previous voting track record or statements they made during or before their campaign, but by your own admission those things don't hold water - after all, how many promises did Obama bend or break by doing what you claim (or what the other guy claimed, I really should check but I won't because I'm lazy) to be the same as what any Republican candidate would have done? Obama fought in Libya, that's exactly what McCain would have done so he's no different - who's to say McCain wouldn't have done more, or done less, or perhaps not done anything at all? Or perhaps joined other fights in other places? Democrats said X, Democrats did Y, Republicans always do or say they'll do Y so they're all the same! Don't you see? If you follow that logic then why would you expect Republicans to not behave the same way and do entirely different things from what they said or promised or you believed they would do? The attitude that all candidates will behave the same way in a certain political climate is based on nothing and is an inherently lazy worldview because it can never be challenged with real evidence - the only person who ever was or will be President of the US in 2011 is Obama, and talking about what someone else would or would not do once they were privy to all the intelligence, secrets, and briefings that come with that position is 100% conjecture. It also ignores the differences in opinions and world views that exist across the (somewhat) broad spectrum of backgrounds that Presidential candidates come from. Doesn't the existence of two parties with such massive followings suggest that two people on opposing sides would do different things if they had the choice?
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    Thinking that every candidate would do the same things if they became president is an incredibly cynical and simplistic view.
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    I've tried to ice skate a couple times and never gotten it.
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    Great day at work today since everyone was out of the office. Sat inside reading on my phone for 9 hours and left.
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    I miss when all I needed to be happy was a web browser so I could play Runescape.
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    based boris a dude killed somebody (by accident) at my plant today. news crew was there and everything
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    Had to take a day off to go to two doctor's appointments. Glad to have some time to rest and not work.
  15. The Avatar: TLA movie probably has a fair shout for bottom 5 all time.
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