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Jason Bauman
Tech Enthusiast, Part-Time Writer, Coffee Professional
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Playing My Conservative Card

So today I got called a "liberal" who needs to research the other side.

So let me tell you a little about my upbringing and my knowledge, as a "liberal" of the other side.

I was raised in a conservative household. My family taught me it was OK to ask questions, for which I am forever greatfull and I hold no grudge or ill will towards them. Though we now differ politically, they don't have the hatred for this new "side" I'm on that many from similar backgrounds have. So, what was that background?

I'm Mennonite. More specifically, I'm conservative mennonite. I attended a church filled with largely "nondenominational" folks who came from an independent church that largely drew from a deeply baptist background.

I had people at my old church who moved to rural, upstate NY because they were convinced that the USA would crumble in the year 2000. Yes really.

I was one of the only people at my church not homeschooled. My parents received constant flack for this. As far as theology went,think super strong conservative (tell them they'll burn in hell!) but without most of the militaristic proclivities you see in some of the more vocal branches of conservative evangelicals.

In 1995, the Mennonite church came out with a new confession of faith. In it, they made the mistake of not using the words "inerrant and infallible" when referring to the Bible. For this terrible thing (and for not being extra tough on Homosexuality.. banning it wasn't strong enough) my church withdrew from the conference and founded our own.

When I graduated from my mostly white, lower-middle class high school, I went to Indiana Wesleyan University. To attend IWU, I had to sign a student contract saying that I would not listen to offensive music, watch movies above a PG13 rating (and only then with guidance), refuse alcohol, even at home when I was 21, and agree never to dance. Yes. Really.

My school is one of the more conservative in the nation, and if you read their list of former speakers, it's the "who's who" of bigots. This year they had Mike Pence speak at graduation. We were on the shortlist of schools to have a visit from the "Equality Ride" LGBTQ rights group because of the outspoken position the school, and the people we supported, held on the issue. I remember sermons from Exodus International at Chapel quite clearly.

I attended the business school and fell in love with Economics. My school is staunchly in the "Austrian" school. The one that is all free market all the time, gold standard currency, and keynes being satan.

For extracurriculars, I helped create the Libertarian party for our college. I registered AS a libertarian, campaigned for them on elections, and voted for them. I was never a "libertarian anarchist" but I (shamefully) used to think that they made a couple of good points.

Then I graduated. In April of 2008. You know, when the economy went to shit. I worked in a high commission job and rocked it until I was fired by my boss for making more money than he did and making sales that made myself and my employees the most money, even if it didn't mean he got the best bonuses.

I worked in deep, rural, PA (Pennsyltucky) where I had multiple customers refer to Person's of color as "Coons" until my boss and I kicked them from the store.

So no, you don't get to tell me that I don't know what the "conservative" side was. And if someone tries that fucking argument again, I'm going to point them to this, because I'm fucking tired of justifying myself to assholes who tell me that I don't know what I'm talking about when I give them link after link of hard data, and they respond with "well I think this" and then some bullshit about reports not being accurate while providing none of their own.

You have my conservative card. Where the fuck is yours?

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I had to unenroll my device due to a memory issue that made my phone almost unusable for a daily driver. I couldn't pin point it exactly, but I did notice that the phone had some.funky ways to deal with memory management:

-maps/gps seemed to go in and out of functionality. It would randomly take forever to lock on a location or acknowledge turns. Several times when I was driving listening to music and navigating, maps would stop.

-Play music would randomly show up in status bar after I dismissed app from multi tasking. Music would remain paused, but app would not stay closed and appear in status bar. Music also always would boot up after a reboot, even if I had not used app between reboots.

-audio drivers in general didn't seem to fare well here. Music would frequently skip and stutter, especially if the screen was off or app in background. With a YouTube vid, it seemed like app was trying to change video orientation, even with screen off, causing image to stutter. This happened with just speaker audio and wired headset. Bluetooth headset was almost unusuable if I moved at all.

Stock Nexus 6p, locked bootloader. TMobile network

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This is a pretty excellent question.

When elected, you're supposed to represent the people who voted for you. But, by that metric, why is it just accepted that you can accept donations from out of district businesses or even people? Why are they supporting you financially if not because they think you'll benefit them?

After citizens united, we know that money equals speech, but what does that mean for who you need to represent?

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Republicans will tattoo​ this moral monstrosity on their foreheads and the American people will hold them accountable.

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The president of the united States wants to shut down the government because he can't stand people working together.


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If you're a parent and your child is sick and it's possible for them to get help, it shouldn't matter how much money they have.

This is an incredibly powerful and emotional story.

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Republicans don't care about the filibuster

You're going to see a steady stream of articles coming out where Republican leaders and writers will wax poetic about the importance of the filibuster.

They're full of shit.

McConnell pitched the nuclear option the second it looked like there might be resistance to the confirmation hearing. He is literally the person who refused to follow process last year when it came to even giving Garland a hearing.

The filibuster would either get blown up now, or it will get blown up the next time a judge was nominated. Period. It doesn't matter how unqualified the person was. Remember, these are the same senators who confirmed Betsy DeVos.

The only thing the GOP cares about is staying in power and fucking the country over to benefit their donors. Everything else is showboating.

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Office dog, best dog
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