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Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-29-2010, 06:15 PM
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

You're honestly contending that Obama didn't have a fairly privileged upbringing? Maybe we have different conceptions of what privilege actually constitutes, but I think going to the top prep school...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-29-2010, 06:13 PM
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Posted By operative
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-29-2010, 06:12 PM
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

I hope you don't mind if I leave the more contemporary political side of the discussion for another thread--I think these points are a bit better to concentrate on since they're hit on less...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-29-2010, 04:32 PM
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

Bush was more privileged, certainly, but let's not pretend Obama didn't have a privileged upbringing--wealthy, successful grandparents, an academic mother, going to the top prep school in Hawaii, etc.
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-29-2010, 04:31 PM
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

Ok, let's put it this way--the more serious liberals did not engage in "Bush is retarded" rhetoric. I will give you that. Just as the serious conservatives don't endulge in the "maybe he's a Muslim!"...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-29-2010, 04:08 PM
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

Good satire is not frivolous. Lackluster satire, however...

(good satire is a rare breed)
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-29-2010, 04:05 PM
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

I wouldn't attempt to label Bush an intellectual, certainly. Bush was absolutely not as stupid as liberals liked to imagine (eg the faux 'study' alleging Bush to have a sub-100 IQ score), but he was...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-29-2010, 04:00 PM
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

I enjoy responding to frivolous replies with more substantive posts. I thought you knew this by now.
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-29-2010, 03:51 PM
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

Oh I agree that it's not that difficult--it's certainly nowhere near as difficult as beating a nicotine or alcohol addiction. It's just the strongest addiction I've had to give up. The daily bar of...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-29-2010, 03:12 PM
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

If it's only 25% then we're not all that bad, relatively speaking:
http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_tob_tot_adu_smo-health-tobacco-total-adult-smokers
This is a pretty interesting chart in...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-29-2010, 02:53 PM
Replies: 59
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

There could be a hereditary issue with Bush, I really can't say for certain nor can you.



Not being an alcoholic former cocaine user--overcoming that. As opposed to being a heavy smoking,...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-29-2010, 02:51 PM
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

I guess I underestimated the strength of nicotine addiction; I've never smoked (literally, not one cigarette). I did give up coffee, after drinking 1-2 cups a day every day, and that involved two...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-29-2010, 12:04 AM
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

I was thinking more along the lines of the nature of the addiction--some people are addicted to drinking alcohol constantly throughout the day, some are addicted to binge drinking, etc. I'm wondering...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-28-2010, 11:01 PM
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

Interesting chart. One issue: does that differentiate levels of alcohol usage and addiction?
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-28-2010, 10:34 PM
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

Ok great he still smokes, which is more harmful than drinking anyway.

George Bush managed to stop drinking, cold turkey. Yet Obama can't kick smoking. That's a sign of personal weakness.
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-28-2010, 10:33 PM
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

Not everyone who gets a degree from Harvard is an intellectual. Obama's a great salesman.

If he's a great mind, where's the scholarship? He didn't publish a single thing. Why didn't he release his...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-28-2010, 09:01 PM
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Posted By operative
Re: Barack Obama on The Daily Show

I'm not so sure about the sober part--I think I recall a doctor's report that encouraged him to cut down on his drinking and smoking. Obama and Boehner ought to both quit cigarettes.

I don't think...
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