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Re: “How One Local Server Learned to Stop Worrying About Bird Poop and Embrace Patio Dining

It's impossible to decide what's worse with this guy, the opinions or the writing. Well, congrats at least on getting my rageclick.

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Posted by Van Buren Boy on 07/26/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “It’s Time to Stop Laughing Off Poor White Men’s Malignancy—And Their Humanity

I think you are somewhat conflating progressive values/cultural elitism with wealth and privilege. Trump won among all different kinds of whites, not just rural and poor but also suburban and well-off. According to Politico, rural voters only represented 17% of the electorate - they may have overwhelmingly supported Trump, but they were far from constituting the totality of his coalition. Also, I think characterizing Clinton as "a technocrat who represents a status quo that has economically failed them" is unfair when she did in fact put forth a number of concrete proposals to improve the lives of Americans who are struggling, including raising the minimum wage and tuition-free college. Regardless of how you gauge the level of her sincerity or likelihood of getting those things accomplished, it was still a heck of a lot more than her opponent offered in the way of actual tangible solutions. Does that leave us with the conclusion that millions of adult Americans lack the capacity to make a responsible decision? Or did they weigh the factors and just decide that some things were more important to them than others?

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Posted by Van Buren Boy on 11/16/2016 at 3:55 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Elections Contest: Guess the Results, Win a Prize

welp, that's exactly the same map I planned to pick (save for making NE all red and ME all blue), so no fun in that!

Posted by Van Buren Boy on 11/07/2016 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Loathe Hillary? Fine. Vote for Her, Anyway. Democracy Depends on It.

This was a great essay that precisely mirrors my own experience. I too opted not to vote in 2000, in my case because Nader wasn't on the ballot in NC. As a 20 year-old I should have known better, but I can't fully condemn young voters for clinging to Stein or Johnson since I made the same mistake myself. As for the 30 and 40 and 50 year-olds out there though, there's no excuse. If you don't vote for Hillary then you are unequivocally demonstrating that you are OK with a Trump presidency. If that's how you feel then fine, I think you're wrong but at least you're not playing yourself. As you so succinctly put it though, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are not going to be president, and when you do anything besides vote for Clinton, you are saying I'm doing nothing tangible to keep President Trump from happening.

14 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Van Buren Boy on 09/28/2016 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Psst … Guess What? Your Brunch Waiter Hates You.

I'm sure all of the people in fast food service fighting to get paid a living wage feel super-sad that you're not able to make "bags of cash" on late Sunday mornings too.

15 likes, 30 dislikes
Posted by Van Buren Boy on 07/20/2016 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Kevin Hart, coming to PNC Arena May 1, is one of comedy's biggest stars—so where's the critical love?

I think it's just a matter of differing sensibilities. Hart is a broader comic who appeals to a wider range of people. For better or worse, Louis could never play PNC. Hart is more in the same class with Dane Cook or the a Blue a Collar guys or even Tosh. Meanwhile, Hannibal Buress is very popular with tastemakers because his style is more off-kilter and unpredictable.

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Posted by Van Buren Boy on 05/01/2015 at 12:14 AM

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