Political talk from outside of the UK
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By MisterMuncher
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I remember as a kid feeling incredibly self-conscious carrying my hurl into a shop after training, knowing that someone might take it for an implicit threat. As a grown man, I don't particularly like carrying my knife roll in similar situations after work for the very same reason.

I don't understand how your basic empathy gets so broken that you need to make others feel uncomfortable and vaguely threatened to feel good about yourself.
 
By Malcolm Armsteen
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Failed state.
Death cult.
Toxic masculinity.
Frontier spirit.
Rugged individualism.
Worst education in a first-world nation.
Fox News.
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By Bones McCoy
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Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:06 pm
Failed state.
There are other countries you witness this affinity for long firearms.
* Yemen.
* Eastern Afghanistan / Pakistan tribal areas.
* Unstable bits of Somalia.

Failed states indeed.
 
By The Weeping Angel
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I think calling America a failed state is somewhat dubious. I'm not saying America doesn't have problems it does but can we cut back on the rhetoric please? Anyhow here's an interesting piece on Texas potentially going Democrat.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/08/poli ... index.html
I was once a skeptic on Texas turning blue, but I've changed my tune because Trump is a uniquely unpopular Republican in Texas who seems to be the driver of an important development: Like other Americans, Texans with a college degree are shifting rapidly from red to blue, and Democrats have a lot of room to grow with them in Texas.
This doesn't mean the state will go Democratic in 2020 (Democrats not named Joe Biden currently are losing to Trump in the Lone Star state in high quality polling), but it is a real possibility.
Trump's net approval rating (approval - disapproval) among registered voters has been slightly negative in Texas throughout his presidency. The latest Quinnipiac University poll put it at -1 points. All other elected Texas Republican officials had at least a +8 point net approval rating. This poll comes on top of the 2018 exit poll giving Trump a +1 net approval rating, and the midterm electorate in Texas is likely more Republican leaning than a 2020 presidential electorate will be. Trump won the state by 9 in 2016.
If the 2020 election were held today and it were solely a referendum on Trump, Texas would be a toss-up.
 
By Malcolm Armsteen
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I think it's a failed state for the reasons expressed. That isn't 'rhetoric' it's what we call an 'opinion' backed up with some 'supporting evidence'.

But I'm glad you're taking over as discussion monitor.
 
By Boiler
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Bones McCoy wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:14 pm
Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:06 pm
Failed state.
There are other countries you witness this affinity for long firearms.
* Yemen.
* Eastern Afghanistan / Pakistan tribal areas.
* Unstable bits of Somalia.

Failed states indeed.
Mention of long arms makes me wonder what would happen if my cousin pitched up in Costa with his longbow...
 
By Malcolm Armsteen
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A state which can't do a decent job of protecting its citizens has failed.
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By Bones McCoy
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By Samanfur
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Looking at the Texas story, the 'good guys with guns' (my own parentheses, since this is TX, and my non-white friends could tell you some cop stories) were the first people to get shot.
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