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26 Food Things Only A Chicagoan Would Understand

26 Food Things Only A Chicagoan Would Understand

Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 23:16:26 in Taste

“Still over rated.”
26 Food Things Only A Chicagoan Would Understand

26 Food Things Only A Chicagoan Would Understand

Commented Apr 8, 2014 at 23:45:16 in Taste

“meh, the Chicago style hotdog is the most over rated of region dishes. Worse even than that provel covered disaster that passes for pizza in St. Louis. Relish and a pickle? Redundant.”

Beltway griper on Apr 9, 2014 at 11:10:17

“A sweet (bread n butter) pickle and relish would be redundant but Dill pickle and relish are different.”
Republicans Face 2016 Turmoil

Republicans Face 2016 Turmoil

Commented Feb 2, 2014 at 14:28:33 in Politics

“How do you mean? A candidates political platform is designed to appeal to certain groups, or demographics, of people. The GOP as is will not allow a Republican to take a soft position on immigration, spending cuts, or abortion, and in so doing they doom themselves to lose with latinos, voters under 40, and women. Because there just arent as many white men over 40 voting as a percentage of the electorate as there were in say 1980, where winning a 10 point majority of that vote was enough to guarantee a landslide. Now, you cater to only those voters you lose, as Romney did, by 100 electoral votes. In Presidential politics the GOP is irrelevant because they are not demographically viable. Again, its a demographic impossibility.”
Republicans Face 2016 Turmoil

Republicans Face 2016 Turmoil

Commented Feb 1, 2014 at 22:58:45 in Politics

“So? Who cares? Its demographically impossible for a Republican, any republican to get elected. The 2012 election proved as much. The country has just changed too much. Articles like this should focus on who will succeed Harry Reid and Boehner.”

Gophers on Feb 1, 2014 at 23:05:58

“I doubt it's demographically impossible for anything.”
'The Newsroom' Renewed For Season 3

'The Newsroom' Renewed For Season 3

Commented Jan 13, 2014 at 22:42:17 in TV

“I watch this show regularly but for the life of me I cannot understand the love that people over the age of 40 have for this show. Its not especially insightful, other than to say that there is something wrong with CNNs golden means model (but then why give it points for pointing out the obvious?) Its condescending and preachy, which is especially grating when its patting itself on the back for figuring out year and a half old news stories. Whats worse its narratively cowardly (the news team doesnt make mistakes unless its a vengeful Spy or an outsider with an ax to grind) or lazy (that frankly embarrassing Africa story line.) Sad to see it go. It was a good hate watch.”
Chris Christie Scandal Is An 'Impeachable Offense' If He Knew, Dem Lawmaker Leading Probe Says

Chris Christie Scandal Is An 'Impeachable Offense' If He Knew, Dem Lawmaker Leading Probe Says

Commented Jan 12, 2014 at 13:21:49 in Politics

“I will grant you that he is innocent, but then hes also incompetent.”

Lineman14 on Jan 12, 2014 at 15:08:46

“i agree”
Chris Christie Scandal Is An 'Impeachable Offense' If He Knew, Dem Lawmaker Leading Probe Says

Chris Christie Scandal Is An 'Impeachable Offense' If He Knew, Dem Lawmaker Leading Probe Says

Commented Jan 12, 2014 at 00:27:37 in Politics

“So then he is stupid enough to create, as the governor, a culture where this kind of thing can happen and then let them go on without any oversight? And thats supposed to be better?”

Lineman14 on Jan 12, 2014 at 00:45:28

“So the culture he created (allegedly) was responsible for this? Even if thats true, he's still innocent. And I never said that it would be better”
Chris Christie Scandal Is An 'Impeachable Offense' If He Knew, Dem Lawmaker Leading Probe Says

Chris Christie Scandal Is An 'Impeachable Offense' If He Knew, Dem Lawmaker Leading Probe Says

Commented Jan 12, 2014 at 00:25:32 in Politics

“I am not so sure. I mean, how much omerta would have to rely upon to really get away with it if he knew? No, I think his aides did it independent of him. Still though, that he would create an atmosphere like that means he probably shouldnt be Governor, let along the President.”

Blue3actual on Jan 12, 2014 at 00:42:15

“Not so sure that 'Bridgegate' will tank his chances in 2016, but it certainly can't help.”
White House Dares Democratic Senators Pushing Iran Sanctions To Admit They Want War

White House Dares Democratic Senators Pushing Iran Sanctions To Admit They Want War

Commented Jan 10, 2014 at 00:16:39 in Politics

“You mean for our time, not in our time. Chamberlain said Peace for our time. If your going to accuse somebody of appeasement you should at least get the quote right.

Anyway, history has vindicated Chamberlain. Had the UK and France decided to go to war in September of 38 France still would still have been steam rolled and the UK would have had to fight the Battle of Britain a year earlier with a significantly smaller air force. Whether he believed that those agreements to allow the Germans to move back into Czechoslovakia would prevent another war is irrelievent. The UK needed those few extra months to get its house in order. Churchill, who didnt have Chamberlains grasp of industrial production, realized as much an kept Chamberlain in his cabinet until is death a few months after Churchill took power. It wasnt until Churchill began writing his memoirs in the run up to his second, frankly disastrous, stint of prime minister that Churchill began to propagate the myth of appeasement, and then only to burnish his own reputation prior to an election.”
White House Dares Democratic Senators Pushing Iran Sanctions To Admit They Want War

White House Dares Democratic Senators Pushing Iran Sanctions To Admit They Want War

Commented Jan 9, 2014 at 23:59:06 in Politics

“Then isnt that so much worse, to blunder into a third costly and prolonged war, and really those are the choices here, because of a lack of faith. They need to either shut up and get with the program of propose a better one. They arent doing either.”
Amy Chua In 'The Triple Package' Claims Jews and Mormons Produce More Successful People

Amy Chua In 'The Triple Package' Claims Jews and Mormons Produce More Successful People

Commented Jan 7, 2014 at 01:17:14 in Religion

“I dont know man. There are two ways to dehumanize somebody. The first is to denigrate them, the other is to put them up on a pedestal. I am willing to bet that this comes with the expectation of achievement, and achievement in certain feilds. If it were me it would make my skin crawl.”
Amy Chua In 'The Triple Package' Claims Jews and Mormons Produce More Successful People

Amy Chua In 'The Triple Package' Claims Jews and Mormons Produce More Successful People

Commented Jan 7, 2014 at 01:13:12 in Religion

“How strange. You know, back in the middle of the 20th century, the people that wrote these types of books thought that the Jews occupied the bottom of the racial totem pole.”
Koch-Backed Political Network, Built To Shield Donors, Raised $400 Million In 2012 Elections

Koch-Backed Political Network, Built To Shield Donors, Raised $400 Million In 2012 Elections

Commented Jan 6, 2014 at 19:07:33 in Politics

“1. The courts are an arm of the Government.
2. If you really think that thats going to work then I have a big green bridge in Northern Michigan that I would like to sell you. I mean honestly.”
Koch-Backed Political Network, Built To Shield Donors, Raised $400 Million In 2012 Elections

Koch-Backed Political Network, Built To Shield Donors, Raised $400 Million In 2012 Elections

Commented Jan 6, 2014 at 12:20:06 in Politics

“So we are going to handle this through torts. I mean I get that libertarianism is a shallow philosophy but this isnt even ankle deep.”

8wallace8 on Jan 6, 2014 at 17:16:38

“That's why we have courts, to insure that the laws are enforced by the people, not government.”
Koch-Backed Political Network, Built To Shield Donors, Raised $400 Million In 2012 Elections

Koch-Backed Political Network, Built To Shield Donors, Raised $400 Million In 2012 Elections

Commented Jan 5, 2014 at 23:09:47 in Politics

“If the government didnt have power then the Koch brothers wouldnt need to buy power. They would have it already.”

8wallace8 on Jan 5, 2014 at 23:14:58

“Our constitution protect our personal rights. We have courts, jurried by our peers, that insure they are not infringed upon.”
Mitt Romney Blasts Obama For Telling People What Kind Of Insurance To Buy

Mitt Romney Blasts Obama For Telling People What Kind Of Insurance To Buy

Commented Jan 5, 2014 at 15:24:44 in Politics

“Why, they had enough charisma to carry them through primaries and defeat incumbent office holders. Unless the Tea Party stays home this spring the GOP will under perform again.”
Mitt Romney Blasts Obama For Telling People What Kind Of Insurance To Buy

Mitt Romney Blasts Obama For Telling People What Kind Of Insurance To Buy

Commented Jan 5, 2014 at 15:13:10 in Politics

“Really, looks like its going to be the same. Is the GOP somehow more united than it was four years ago? Or do you think that the Tea Party is going to stay home during primary season?”
Mitt Romney Blasts Obama For Telling People What Kind Of Insurance To Buy

Mitt Romney Blasts Obama For Telling People What Kind Of Insurance To Buy

Commented Jan 5, 2014 at 15:11:34 in Politics

“Daniel, like in sports, its never as good or as bad as it seems. Obamacare appears more and more viable by the day, and by November the ACA roll out is going to be nothing more than a memory. But go ahead and run on it. I would like to see the Dems hold the senate.”
Mitt Romney Blasts Obama For Telling People What Kind Of Insurance To Buy

Mitt Romney Blasts Obama For Telling People What Kind Of Insurance To Buy

Commented Jan 5, 2014 at 15:07:52 in Politics

“No, if their goal was to overturn or defund Obamacare then that historical turn around is ultimately insignificant. But by all means, encourage your side to run on it again. Please.”
Mitt Romney Blasts Obama For Telling People What Kind Of Insurance To Buy

Mitt Romney Blasts Obama For Telling People What Kind Of Insurance To Buy

Commented Jan 5, 2014 at 13:15:56 in Politics

“I hope the GOP decides to run against the ACA again. They did that in 2010 and were unable to gain control of the senate in a year where they could have if not for rolling disaster that is the Tea Party. They tried again in 2012, and not only under performed but lost seats the legislature and were frozen out of the executive by 100 electoral votes, both of which absolutely blind sided them. So I hope they run against it next year. It sounds like a winning strategy for the country.”

FsclCnsrvtv on Jan 5, 2014 at 13:34:44

“Yes, but 2010 and 2012 were before the Obamacare lies had been exposed. Now that the public sees that the Republicans were right all along, it will be a different story. Public support for Obamacare (and Obama himself) plummeted once the truth came out.”

SpringBranchConservative on Jan 5, 2014 at 13:31:26

“Yes they did not gain control of the Senate. But you forget, intentionally I bet, that they had one of the biggest turnarounds in the House and in the States. So your argument fails.”

kevamy on Jan 5, 2014 at 13:30:57

“Amen to that!”

solopico on Jan 5, 2014 at 13:30:14

“The reason conservatives didn't win The Senate in 2010 had nothing to do with their platform, and everything to do with specific candidates who couldn't win a bingo game much less an election to federal office. That will change this time around.”
Winter TV Premiere Dates: When Will Your Favorite Show Come Back?

Winter TV Premiere Dates: When Will Your Favorite Show Come Back?

Commented Jan 3, 2014 at 18:25:10 in TV

“While Dr. Who is certainly over-rated, most of the shows on the list are kinda crummy. But has a lot more to do with the sad state of network TV.”
Former NFL Player Chris Kluwe Says Vikings Fired Him For Championing Gay Rights

Former NFL Player Chris Kluwe Says Vikings Fired Him For Championing Gay Rights

Commented Jan 3, 2014 at 00:55:19 in Sports

“But he did accuse his former employers based on his own personal maybe.

I honestly don't know if my activism was the reason I got fired.

I had a poor game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Vikings brought in several punters for a workout to potentially replace me. I do not believe this was motivated by my speaking out on same-sex equality,”

jonathan 12 on Jan 3, 2014 at 07:36:54

“He stated his belief, based on the many things he claims happened. And he admits he does not know for sure.

Many of the things that happened as far as the homophobic coaches saying this or that could likely be corroborated by other players if they do not fear termination. Time will tell as the other players retire.”
Former NFL Player Chris Kluwe Says Vikings Fired Him For Championing Gay Rights

Former NFL Player Chris Kluwe Says Vikings Fired Him For Championing Gay Rights

Commented Jan 3, 2014 at 00:43:21 in Sports

“It doesnt have to be poor performance. They were going to have to pay him 1.4 million next year and he was past his prime (38% of punts landed inside of the 20 yard line in 2010 vs. 25% of punts inside the 20 in 2012). The guy they draft to replace him put up almost the exact same numbers that Kluwe did the year before but did so for only $450k. Its hard to fault them from a business standpoint.”

John Shuck on Jan 3, 2014 at 01:24:07

“This kind of thinking leads to the kind of environment that loses football games over the long haul. My Cleveland Browns are a prime example of cheapskate thinking and short term profitablity. Still love to root for them though. Jim Brown was a man among the boys in his day.”
Former NFL Player Chris Kluwe Says Vikings Fired Him For Championing Gay Rights

Former NFL Player Chris Kluwe Says Vikings Fired Him For Championing Gay Rights

Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 22:07:06 in Sports

“I looked at them before posting. The numbers that stuck out for me were his kicks that landed inside of the twenty, an incredibly important stat for punters. He dropped from placing 32 of 83 (or just under 40%) inside the 20 in 2010 to 18 out of 72 (25%) inside the 20 in 2012. Thats a significant statistical drop off that buttress my point. His replacement performed about the same, but Kluwe was due 1.4 million while Jeff Locke was paid a little over 400K. Again, look at the numbers. You know I am right.”
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