I think you closed the book too soon on the linguist's jokes. I liked the smiley though. Bernie's is pretty good. And most jokes are nothing but words, even more are nothing without words. And if you count puns, any field of study, linguistics included, must have a ton of possibilities based upon its jargon alone.
Just a random question John, "4 More Years, Vote!" ?
Oh, I'm not saying we don't try. We have plenty of jokes. Most people just don't get them. We do like borrowing jokes from others though-- and yes, they are in language, so we can call them our own! Victory!
And yes, Bernie, that's a good one. Hadn't heard that one before.
Q) why did the subjunctive get in a fight?
A) because it was moody
There is a presidential election coming up in the US. I think it's important enough to lend my title to it for now.
Originally Posted by keyboard1333
Mitt Romney or Barack Obama? What's the general consensus here?
Let's see, should we go back to the Republican party that almost completely ruined the country, or let Obama continue fixing things?
After George Bush ruined the Texas Rangers, it took 8 years and Nolan Ryan to get them back into winning form. I think Obama needs at least as much time.
I am in the ultra rare position (at least for me and especially this late in the game) where I am undecided. I've really been struggling with this one.
Iowa's a swing state, though with only 6 electoral votes it's probably not so important.
And since were both mods now I can no longer tell you how to vote :)
So I'm curious - What are the key differences you're aware of that you're having trouble deciding upon?
That's a difficult question to answer. I want to be careful how I answer, because religion and politics are the number one and two topics that are most likely to start arguments and it is something many people like to argue about. It could potentially draw debaters in like flies.
Still, I am Christian and have been since 16. Christian is a broad term, but I am against abortion and am for the death penalty. I am against defining marriage as something other than one man and one woman. I am a solid Republican in so far as it stays true to biblical values. Still, I do like how President Obama stays true to the Democratic party platform. Mitt Romney I don't trust. His position seems to change too easily.
I'm being a little vague on purpose and probably not vague enough!
No matter who wins or how good or bad our elected officials are we (Christians) are commanded to pray for the well being and wisdom of our elected officials because they have ultimately been placed there by God.
For those who want to know where a politician stands on any given issue I have found http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm to be very useful.
I will probably be more reserved in my responses on this, because for most people this is a touchy issue and I do not believe that heated debates really help to sway people one way or the other.