This is a thread sparked by an ongoing discussion between @ninjacake (atheist) @madmanmoe (Muslim) and @WARDOG01 (Christian). We have managed to have multiple discussions regarding our beliefs and they have all turned out very civil and informative to everyone involved. We figured we would try to do the same in a public forum. This is a forum in which we can question and debate our deepest beliefs but keep it friendly and worth the discussion. None of us really know for sure what lies beyond or own faith or beliefs so an open mind doesn't hurt, especially if you want to understand people different from yourself. That's pretty much the whole point of this thread. Anyone from any religion or belief is welcome to join the discussion or start a new one so long as you keep it within the etiquette of a reasonable debate.
I will start us out with a simple question. Is religion, in any capacity, required to have an understanding of good morals? The most basic morality I can think of is no murdering, no raping, no stealing, no adultery and no subjugation of other people. Many would argue our sense of morality is derived from religion but I would argue it comes from something much more simple. It comes from an understanding of how you yourself would like to be treated or acknowledged. For example: If you have ever been cheated on you understand the pain you can inflict on somebody if you do that to somebody else. If someone you love is killed by a drunk driver you understand what could happen if you drink and get behind the wheel. If you have ever been bullied and see it happening to someone else do you step in and help or are you perhaps the bully taking your own mistreatment out on others?
Is religion necessary to live a moral life? What happens to those who live a moral life but have no faith?
Once again Bernie Sanders has become a divisive figure in the democratic party. More specifically within liberal voters. Most of you know that I am a Bernie fan, but I will do my best to break down the situation as unbiased as possible. That being said I am speaking to democrats/liberals here so that particular bias will be prevalent.
Bernie Sanders says he is aiming for a revolution and he has been endorsing democratic candidates on many different levels. In a recent poll Bernie Sanders was voted most approved senator and the voting included independent, democrat and republican senators. Basically Bernie's endorsement has a lot of weight which is why a lot of liberal folks are pissed at him right now. Recently he made an endorsement for democrat Heath Mello who is running for mayor of Omaha in Nebraska and this is where things get divisive.
In 2009 Heath Mello sponsored a bill that would require women to get an ultrasound and see the fetus before making the decision to get an abortion. Mello also voted in favor of the Keystone XL oil pipeline so many people on the left are questioning Bernie's decision to endorse this man for mayor. Some people are going as far as saying he needs to just stop chiming in on what the democrats are doing since he isn't even a democrat (he is independent). Basically a woman's reproductive rights are non negotiable for a lot of liberal people and I firmly believe in pro-choice ideology just as Bernie has his entire career. Many are wondering how can Bernie be a progressive when he is supporting someone that does not appear to be progressive and does not 100% support a woman's right to choose in the case of of unplanned or unwanted pregnancy. This is an absolutely valid observation to make.
There is another man running for mayor in Omaha. His name is Jon Ossoff and he is very clearly pro choice in every capacity. It would seem like Jon Ossoff would be the choice candidate but there are some factors to consider which I will lay out for you. While Ossoff is very pro choice he is not on board with Bernie's universal health care plan and is also against a substantial increase of the minimum wage. Meanwhile, Heath Mello (the other guy) has a shady record on abortion but is in favor of both universal healthcare and a $15 minimum wage. This right here is what is dividing voters. Are social issues the most important? Are economic issues more important? Perhaps it's best to combine the questions and look at it from a socio-economic perspective.
Bernie Sanders has stated that if we are going to implement a progressive agenda then we need democrats in power in all positions all across the country. Supposedly, this will ensure democrats regain power of the house and senate in 2018 as well as the presidency in 2020. Here is the thing about Omaha. It is located in the state of Nebraska which is a VERY red state. It is safe to say that christian values are a major factor there when it comes to politics and that means it could very well come down to views on abortion for that clinch vote. The thing about Christian values is they are not exclusive to republicans.
You can not expect every democrat to be pro choice without getting rid of our religious freedom. That is the compromise that many say should not exist but I assure you it does exist (so long as you live in America anyway). That is a huge flaw in our two party system and by that I mean we all have to make way too many compromises. Sorry, I got off track there... Heath Mello has stated that if elected he will not touch the right to receive an abortion but the fact he isn't 100% pro choice will sit better with the voters in a republican state than Ossoff who is is an avid defender of Planned Parenthood.
I am also a defender of Planned Parenthood but I also know that ultimately this election for mayor of Omaha will be decided by the people who live there. If you don't live in Nebraska then you can't really sway this one with your opinions online. Ironic as I give my own, but I am trying to give a balanced view here. From a political standpoint I'd say Heath Mello has a much better chance of actually winning than Jon Ossoff and I do believe Bernie is counting on that. If you are wondering why he doesn't just endorse both since they would surely be better than the republican nominees it's because it would split the vote. You have to bet on the winning horse and this is the unfortunate and dirty side of politics. Even Bernie has to play the game which is why a lot of folks claim he is hijacking the democratic party.
I have been talking to someone and CM Punk came up as a topic. I figured I would share why I respect CM Punk and why he is a hero of mine. Here it is (copy and paste of my own response):
There is a lot I love about CM Punk and I consider him a hero of mine right up there with Geoff Ramsey. I could link a biography and an interview he did on a podcast where he airs his grievances with WWE but it's quite a bit of content and I'd only suggest it if you are genuinely interested in seeing why Punk is such an interesting individual. I will do my best to explain who Punk is and why I respect him so damn much.
First of all he is straight edge which is an extremely difficult lifestyle to live. This means no smoking, drinking, drugs or promiscuous sex. Instead of coming up with a wrestling gimmick Punk just used himself and his straight edge lifestyle as his character, which made his performances much more genuine. In his indie wrestling days Punk would come out with a chip on his shoulder and proceed to tell everyone that they are weak because of the substances they depend on and he is better than all of them. Not only was I drawn to his arrogance and confidence, but as a recovering addict I could actually get behind the idea that this is a very strong man with so much discipline. He is a polarizing character and you will either love him or hate him, but everyone has to at least respect him.
When Punk arrived in the WWE the product was terrible. The product we get now is insanely more entertaining than it was back then and we have CM Punk to thank for that. Back in those days the most CM Punk could hope for was a run with one of the lesser title belts. He didn't have the size or build to be in the main title picture because Vince McMahon has this fixation on large, bodybuilder types. This meant that wrestling was more about the look than the actual wrestling. Luckily for Punk he was one of the first famous wrestlers to take advantage of social media and because he came from the indie wrestling scene he was basically the WWE's new "internet darling." WWE continuously tried to push Punk down the card but every time they did the fans would rally around him and for good reason. At the time he was easily one of the best if not the best wrestler in WWE. His matches are consistently good and his character is always entertaining. Throw in the fact the man is super intelligent and has amazing skills on the microphone and anyone watching the current product will wonder why the WWE didn't do more with CM Punk back then.
In 2011 Punk was getting sick of being underappreciated and around the time his contract was set to expire the rumblings online were that Punk was going to leave WWE. I do believe Punk was legitimately going to leave but Vince McMahon decided to give Punk the microphone and supposedly told him no script, say what you need to say.
There is a lot of debate about how much of this was scripted or not, but the fact is this promo literally made WWE relevant again. The fact is he said some shit that every fan had been thinking for a long time. After this promo CM Punk's merchandise sales quickly began outselling every other star on the roster, including Cena which was absolutely unheard of. Suddenly Punk was able to hold up the WWE for some perks which WWE was finally willing to give him in his new contract.
Punk finally got a run with the WWE championship. It just felt right and for 434 days CM Punk was the face of the company. Punk is the longest reigning champion in modern history. Punk ended up having to drop the title to the Rock who is a part timer and that did not sit well with Punk who had literally been carrying the company on his shoulders for over a year. The rock is extremely marketable so I can understand the decision, but I can also understand how frustrating it must be to someone who is putting in far more work. It's not a situation a full timer like Punk should drop the belt to a part timer but it's the fuckin' Rock. It was out of his hands the moment Dwayne Johnson decided to come back for another run with the title. Regardless, Punk still worked day in and day out. There was one thing he still had left to do in his career and that is main event Wrestlemania.
Unfortunately Punk never got that main event. After his title run it's like WWE just expected him to fall in line and things quickly began going back to the way things were before (luckily Daniel Bryan was there to combat this). This combined with the fact that he was feeling extremely beat up but not given time off to recuperate led Punk to walk out on the WWE. I am still sad about Punk's decision to leave, but it did set a precedent for change. We can see smaller guys wrestling in the main event now because of CM Punk.
Before Punk decided to try UFC he got a job as a writer for Marvel comics. CM Punk is quite the comic book nerd and I think he wrote one of the recent Thor annual comic. Now normally a rookie like Punk would never be allowed in a UFC ring for his first MMA fight, but he has the drawing power to make the money too much to turn down. Punk trained professionally for 2 years before fighting, but he did get his ass kicked. 2 years of training won't compare to someone who has devoted their life to the sport of MMA. I still respect the hell out of him for trying it though. He took his loss with dignity and at the end of the day he tried something not many in his position would ever dare to try. The man has balls! Punk want's another fight but it remains to be seen whether it will be in UFC or a lower tier MMA promotion.
To this day CM Punk is still controversial for wrestling fans. The entitled fans think he turned his back on the people that made him. There is literal hatred for Punk among the internet wrestling community. The rest of us respect that he was no longer happy and it was beginning to show. Everyone has the option to quit a job they don't enjoy. When WWE makes a shitty booking decision the fans let them know of their disapproval by simply chanting "CM Punk!" I think it's appropriate in many cases although Punk chants can seriously derail a show. That is how much influence CM Punk still has on wrestling and only one of the best in the world could accomplish that. Especially after being gone for years.
I could go on but this is a nice summary of CM punk and his transition to UFC
Have you ever realized you may have dated someone that didn't work out for a while, but you keep it up because of his or her pets? Honestly, after a good time apart from someone I kinda miss their dog or cat more than I miss them.
Glenn Jacobs seems like a nice enough guy, right? You might not know that he is just putting on a show. His true identity is much more sinister.
It's getting to the point where a demon might actually be better than a normal politician. I know I'd vote for him if I lived in Fort Knox or whatever. He will Chokeslam those taxes and Tombstone piledriver big government! If shit get's out of hand he can just call in the Undertaker and the Brothers of Destruction will surely be able to handle it.
I am just some guy with anarchistic tendencies. I was a little shit when I was younger. These days I do my best to help others for a living. I am pretty introverted but still easy to interact with. I love this community and am drawn to most of the folks here for their similar interests. I am a self proclaimed anime and video game expert with an addiction to cats and cheeseburgers. Send me a friend request and let's fuck some shit up!
It did not seem like John Cena knew what I was asking him to do, but to be fair the people working the convention gave me very little time to take a picture. I simply told John to bend the knee closest to me then lean towards each other and touch fingertips. He did an amazing job with the brief instructions I was allowed to give.
I was about 14 when I got into Pokemon, Digimon and Yugioh and I found Toonami shortly after. I think I decided I was an anime fan when I was 15 years old. That's when I found Dragon Ball Z. These days I am thankful for all the legal streaming services like Cruchyroll and Funimation because I can keep up with brand new anime while still supporting the industry.
I think it's fair to say my passion for anime didn't just appear when I discovered anime. I have always been obsessed with animation since I can remember and American cartoons can be just as much fun for me to watch as any anime.
My first introduction to anime was when I would come home from school and watch shows like Pokemon, Digimon and Yugioh. I still have all my Yugioh cards btw. Fast forward just a couple years and I found Toonami on Cartoon Network. This was way better than the Toonami we now get on Adult Swim because it was every day and they did dish out some damn good anime during a time when anime was not nearly as widely accepted as it is now. At least as far as American culture goes. Every single weekday I watched shows like Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, Ronin Warriors, Gundam Wing, Outlaw Star, Rurouni Kenshin and Tenchi Muyo just to name a few. It was a golden age for an upcoming anime fan! These poor kids these days will never have it as good as I did back when Toonami was the shiznit!
They also used to make sweet videos like this as well as review video games. I found the Elder Scrolls through Toonami and it's probably my favorite game series.
Sorry, got off on a tangent. Basically, I think Toonami and Cartoon Network for introducing me to real anime.
I need to check out Stranger Things on Netflix. Vice Principals on HBO is also on the list. About a dozen different anime. For movies I need to see Batman v Superman, the new Independence Day, X-Men Apocalypse, Finding Dory and The Conjuring 2.
Everything on here takes a back seat to wrestling (WWE) which I am always caught up on.
Geoff has a daughter he should spend his time with and Ryan has kids as well so not them. I would be legitimately frightened if Jack were stalking me so he's out. Michael would never shut up and Gavin would just film everything I do.
I do actually. The Attack on Titan movies cast Japanese people to play white characters. This isn't a new thing and the fact people won't shut up about this instance is basically because white people are apparently the devil and this is just another case of white oppression. So I have read anyway.
I don't really buy into it and anyone in film can tell you it's better to get a big name attached to your film rather than spend the time and money finding the perfect Japanese Mokoto. She does have experience playing several similar roles. To be honest, I have better things to worry about than more race baiting.
The answer to this question is an entire journal's worth of opinions but I will give you the short and sweet. I mostly agree with the vision of Bernie Sanders. I want a system where even at minimum wage, anybody that works 40 hours a week should be able to at least afford a studio apartment, food, clothes and utilities. I want a system in which drug offenders go to rehab instead of jail or prison so they can actually work on their behaviors. This also goes back to the living wage thing. In today's system the person that get's a felony for marijuana is going to have an extremely difficult time getting more than a minimum wage job. Some apartments won't even rent to felons regardless of the charges.
I see a giant correlation between poverty and the following: broken family units, trauma, mental illness, addiction and a broken criminal justice system. That affluenza teen who killed several people driving drunk and then fled to Mexico got a 2 year sentence. The black man who robs a store to feed his family get's locked up for ages. I want to see a system where we can all be looked at as people regardless of what is in our bank account. I want to see some empathy up in this bitch!
I'm not a big fan of sugar but I like a good bite of pistachio ice cream once in a while. The kind I like is pretty hard to find around here so it's pretty much the only ice cream I will buy if I happen to see it.
My favorite type of games are one player RPG's like Skyrim, Fallout and Witcher so I would like to see more of those. As for what genre needs more attention? It's not really a genre but everyone needs to be looking at VR right now.