Looking for practice material?

Find thousands of archived packets FREE for study/practice use at the Quizbowl Packet Archive!Announced tournament dates

Things That Are Terrifying

Discussion of non-quizbowl topics
Post Reply
User avatar
scphilli
Posts: 1939
Joined: Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:00 am
Location: St. Louis, MO
Contact:

Things That Are Terrifying

Post by scphilli » Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:20 pm

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Child:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEmuTX_HaNQ

User avatar
merv1618
Posts: 81
Joined: Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:32 pm

Re: Things That Are Terrifying

Post by merv1618 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:45 pm

Her descriptions of her siblings are amusing.

User avatar
L-Town Expatriate
Posts: 5848
Joined: Thu Apr 22, 2004 11:00 pm
Location: Riding a Mule down the Katy Trail to the State Fair

Re: Things That Are Terrifying

Post by L-Town Expatriate » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:50 pm

Todd Akin's "expertise" in human anatomy.

In some St. Louis area mansion, John Brunner is kicking himself for not pouring an extra $2 million into his own campaign.

Absolutely appalling. All of it.

User avatar
Mickey0R0urke
Posts: 1316
Joined: Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:42 pm
Location: Pacific, MO

Re: Things That Are Terrifying

Post by Mickey0R0urke » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:52 pm

L-Town Expatriate wrote:Todd Akin's "expertise" in human anatomy.

In some St. Louis area mansion, John Brunner is kicking himself for not pouring an extra $2 million into his own campaign.

Absolutely appalling. All of it.
Someone I went to high school with is defending Todd Akin. More appalling.

User avatar
L-Town Expatriate
Posts: 5848
Joined: Thu Apr 22, 2004 11:00 pm
Location: Riding a Mule down the Katy Trail to the State Fair

Re: Things That Are Terrifying

Post by L-Town Expatriate » Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:43 pm

Mickey0R0urke wrote:
L-Town Expatriate wrote:Todd Akin's "expertise" in human anatomy.

In some St. Louis area mansion, John Brunner is kicking himself for not pouring an extra $2 million into his own campaign.

Absolutely appalling. All of it.
Someone I went to high school with is defending Todd Akin. More appalling.
Yikes. Todd said he meant to say "forcible" instead of "legitimate". When I heard "legitimate", I thought "justified".

Why the heck (preemptively edited in the event Prague, OK's school board scours this board) do we still have first past the post? If we did what Arkansas and Oklahoma does for its primary system, John Brunner would be sinking another $7 million of his own money into an August 28 runoff.

User avatar
Mewto55555
Posts: 218
Joined: Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:56 pm

Re: Things That Are Terrifying

Post by Mewto55555 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:40 pm

Irrelevant to the Akin discussion, a valedictorian quoting Twilight in her speech is pretty terrifying (and not knowing the difference between was/were to boot)!

User avatar
L-Town Expatriate
Posts: 5848
Joined: Thu Apr 22, 2004 11:00 pm
Location: Riding a Mule down the Katy Trail to the State Fair

Re: Things That Are Terrifying

Post by L-Town Expatriate » Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:10 pm

Mewto55555 wrote:Irrelevant to the Akin discussion, a valedictorian quoting Twilight in her speech is pretty terrifying (and not knowing the difference between was/were to boot)!
The thread topic is "Things That Are Terrifying", and I concur: a valedictorian failing to use proper grammar in her speech is hella terrifying.

Then again, it's Prague, OK, and earthquakes generated by fracking in that vicinity last year were terrifying to Kirk Herbstreit.

User avatar
scphilli
Posts: 1939
Joined: Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:00 am
Location: St. Louis, MO
Contact:

Re: Things That Are Terrifying

Post by scphilli » Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:20 pm

Mewto55555 wrote:Irrelevant to the Akin discussion, a valedictorian quoting Twilight in her speech is pretty terrifying (and not knowing the difference between was/were to boot)!
Quoting Twilight is not so much terrifying as really really funny. I imagine she'll be mocked at reunions for years (of course by that point she'll have spent most of her life devoted to writing fanfic based on the characters).

User avatar
scphilli
Posts: 1939
Joined: Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:00 am
Location: St. Louis, MO
Contact:

Re: Things That Are Terrifying

Post by scphilli » Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:22 pm

L-Town Expatriate wrote:
Mickey0R0urke wrote:
L-Town Expatriate wrote: Why the heck (preemptively edited in the event Prague, OK's school board scours this board) do we still have first past the post? If we did what Arkansas and Oklahoma does for its primary system, John Brunner would be sinking another $7 million of his own money into an August 28 runoff.
Because it's cheaper. Remember MO basically set fire to $7 million for a meaningless primary in March. A subsequent runoff would be another few million at least.

User avatar
L-Town Expatriate
Posts: 5848
Joined: Thu Apr 22, 2004 11:00 pm
Location: Riding a Mule down the Katy Trail to the State Fair

Re: Things That Are Terrifying

Post by L-Town Expatriate » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:06 pm

scphilli wrote:
L-Town Expatriate wrote:
Mickey0R0urke wrote:
L-Town Expatriate wrote: Why the heck (preemptively edited in the event Prague, OK's school board scours this board) do we still have first past the post? If we did what Arkansas and Oklahoma does for its primary system, John Brunner would be sinking another $7 million of his own money into an August 28 runoff.
Because it's cheaper. Remember MO basically set fire to $7 million for a meaningless primary in March. A subsequent runoff would be another few million at least.
Runoffs would not apply to presidential primaries (which are still set in February). Both parties have discouraged winner-take-all-delegates in recent contests, so runoffs would defeat that purpose.

User avatar
merv1618
Posts: 81
Joined: Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:32 pm

Re: Things That Are Terrifying

Post by merv1618 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:12 am

How 'bout the fact that people like Todd Akin actually get elected to high office?

User avatar
scphilli
Posts: 1939
Joined: Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:00 am
Location: St. Louis, MO
Contact:

Re: Things That Are Terrifying

Post by scphilli » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:15 am

L-Town Expatriate wrote:
scphilli wrote:
L-Town Expatriate wrote:
Mickey0R0urke wrote:
L-Town Expatriate wrote: Why the heck (preemptively edited in the event Prague, OK's school board scours this board) do we still have first past the post? If we did what Arkansas and Oklahoma does for its primary system, John Brunner would be sinking another $7 million of his own money into an August 28 runoff.
Because it's cheaper. Remember MO basically set fire to $7 million for a meaningless primary in March. A subsequent runoff would be another few million at least.
Runoffs would not apply to presidential primaries (which are still set in February). Both parties have discouraged winner-take-all-delegates in recent contests, so runoffs would defeat that purpose.
Dude ANY election day (primary, runoff, whatever) costs money. You think all that stuff is free?

User avatar
L-Town Expatriate
Posts: 5848
Joined: Thu Apr 22, 2004 11:00 pm
Location: Riding a Mule down the Katy Trail to the State Fair

Re: Things That Are Terrifying

Post by L-Town Expatriate » Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:27 am

scphilli wrote:
L-Town Expatriate wrote:
scphilli wrote:
L-Town Expatriate wrote:
Mickey0R0urke wrote:
L-Town Expatriate wrote: Why the heck (preemptively edited in the event Prague, OK's school board scours this board) do we still have first past the post? If we did what Arkansas and Oklahoma does for its primary system, John Brunner would be sinking another $7 million of his own money into an August 28 runoff.
Because it's cheaper. Remember MO basically set fire to $7 million for a meaningless primary in March. A subsequent runoff would be another few million at least.
Runoffs would not apply to presidential primaries (which are still set in February). Both parties have discouraged winner-take-all-delegates in recent contests, so runoffs would defeat that purpose.
Dude ANY election day (primary, runoff, whatever) costs money. You think all that stuff is free?
Of course not, but I'd rather have a candidate achieve an actual majority, rather than skirt to the nomination with a paltry 36 percent plurality. Heck, we had six Republicans run for Northern County Commissioner in Barry County (that's only half a rural county), with no other challengers. The winner received 28.6 percent of the vote, while second place earned about 22 percent.

However, Missouri already has a well-structured election calendar, limiting elections to six days: the first Tuesday after the first Monday in February, March (limited use), April, June, August and November. We'd only need to add the last Tuesday of those months for needed runoffs. (We also have two separate days in Kansas City through a series of dopey provisions in their post-Pendergast charter that requires the top two candidates in a council race, even if there are only two candidates, to advance to the general election that's one week before school board elections - now THAT's a waste of money.) By comparison, Arkansas' loose structure means county election officials had to prepare for the May 22 primary, June 12 runoff, special elections on June 26, July 10 and August 14, school board elections September 18, school board runoffs October 9, and then the general election November 6 with a runoff on November 27 (because municipal elections also coincide with the general).

Or, we could do what's archaically called a "jungle" primary: throw all the candidates into an August primary, top two from that go to November. This is used in Louisiana, Washington, Alaska and California. However, were this in use this past month, I think we'd wind up with the same two candidates for U.S. Senate, but no personal trainer from Riverside to siphon votes away come November.

User avatar
ZhangC1459
Posts: 342
Joined: Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:00 am

Re: Things That Are Terrifying

Post by ZhangC1459 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:51 am

You know what's terrifying? how fast this thread got derailed into a political discussion.

I hate all of you and should never sign in again.

User avatar
scphilli
Posts: 1939
Joined: Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:00 am
Location: St. Louis, MO
Contact:

Re: Things That Are Terrifying

Post by scphilli » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:15 pm

ZhangC1459 wrote:You know what's terrifying? how fast this thread got derailed into a political discussion.

I hate all of you and should never sign in again.
Agreed to the first part. As to the second, but if you didn't how would I live? If living is without Zhang?

Now THAT is terrifying :)

User avatar
scphilli
Posts: 1939
Joined: Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:00 am
Location: St. Louis, MO
Contact:

Re: Things That Are Terrifying

Post by scphilli » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:10 am

http://youtu.be/IF5WYaoWXI4

If someone knows Chinese, I would love to know how much they altered the lyrics.

Post Reply