New Posters in the PF--Introductions and Re-Introductions

Discussion in 'Politics' started by AlexDaGator, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. AlexDaGator

    AlexDaGator The Hammer of Thor
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    I've noticed some new names and faces in the PF lately. Election season tends to have that effect.

    Most of us know each other pretty well, and humanizing each other helps keep the vitriol down. In that spirit, I invite our old cadre to introduce yourselves to the newbies and for the newbies to tell us old salts about yourselves.

    I'll begin.

    I'm a fiscally conservative, socially moderate, civil rights fanatic (especially when it comes to the 1st Amendment). I am a strong proponent of federalism and consider myself a conservative libertarian.

    I love history. It was my undergrad major at UF. I read history voraciously. I believe understanding the past gives us a window to the future.

    I went to law school at UF, and earned the book awards for Constitutional Law and for Political and Civil Rights. From a legal standpoint, those are my passions.

    I began my career as a prosecutor, then joined the corporate world, and now I work for a non-profit.

    I am the child of immigrants. English was not my first language (although it is now my best language by far). My skin is white but I never identified with "White" America. I grew up poor. Attended UF on a National Merit Scholarship.

    I'm in my 40's, happily married (after a long run of partying a little too hard), and have a 4 year old son. I want him to grow up and live in a country with freedom, liberty, and economic opportunity. I am trying to be a better Christian.


    Alex.
     
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      I'll join in.

      I'm about as middle-of-the-road as they come politically. I try and evaluate each issue with an open mind and seek out differentiating opinions to educate myself. I really enjoy reading - especially about current events in the news and have a few iPad apps dedicated to longform reading. I've just started listening to podcasts and I'm bingeing on a few really interesting ones now. I love sports and watch whatever I can - including curling, which is incredibly interesting to me.

      I'm a Gator - graduated in the early 2000's after starting school at UF in 1990! I work for one of the largest producers of live entertainment in the area of data analytics and revenue optimization. Prior to that I worked in professional sports. I have a wonderful wife with a elementary-school aged son.

      I've been around the various iterations of this board quite awhile - from the old GSMB days to this one.
       
      • ThreatMatrix

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        Alex writes real purty too.

        Best way to describe me: I do not suffer fools gladly.
         
        • Lake Gator

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          I'm a dog. I believe in Calvin and Hobbes. Civility is not a sign of weakness. Rudeness is not a sign of strength.
           
          • Gator Fever

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            UF grad 94 after being in the Army for some years. Just a little on the political stuff. I consider myself conservative with some libertarian type leanings. I think I am one of just 2 people that post here that was on the Trump train early or even now figuring he was the only one running with a chance to beat an unindicted Hillary and thinking he will be alright and definitely better than Clinton on most of the few issues I think the new President will affect in reality.
             
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              My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Some times he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy, the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical, summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds, pretty standard really. At the age of 12 I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum, it's breathtaking, I suggest you try it.
               
              • Durty South Swamp

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                I was born, raised, encountered the real world, and kicked its ass. Any questions?
                 
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                • chferg

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                  I hate everyone. I never have pretended to like anyone.

                  Respect is earned, not given.
                   
                  • Taco Gratis

                    Taco Gratis Clear eyes. Full hearts.

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                    Ya know, despite my low opinion of Trump, this may not be that far from the truth.
                     
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                    I am coach. Though some would argue, I do not fit the mold of any label. I anger slowly or never. I wish this group could meet one day and share a draft or some of that BBQ I keep seeing some make in their smokers. I began going to gator games in 1965. Basketball and football. I can name the stars from that era and most of them as you move toward present day. I graduated from UF in 78 and once again with an MSED in 84. I hope new people stay and not let some of the incivility that will pop up not run you off. Oh yeah, I grew up about 15 minutes from the swamp. Or Fla Field as it was called for so long.
                     
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                    • L-boy

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                      I am a socialist who wears Che Guevara T shirts. I am not pro life. I am pro death. Baby fetus killing and death panels are my top priorities. After that making sure all the fat cats pay their fair share (which IMO is most of their income).

                      Mao Tse Tung is my hero.
                       
                      • Bammer

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                        Bammer. Notorious for trolling the sports board back in the day. Take myself quite seriously on here. Majored in accounting at UF. Probably one of the younger people in here.

                        On foreign policy I'm still learning. The students of history (ADG and DG) have taught me a crapload. I most miss cats. Extremely knowledgable, especially as it relates to religion.

                        My main subject matter expertise is in economics.

                        I'm most definitely libertarian. Socially I'm extremely liberal. Fiscally I have historically been conservative but that is becoming even more hard-right lately. I used to be a Keynseian. Not so much anymore.

                        On matters of foreign policy I'm an isolationist.

                        On matters of immigration I'm just to the right of Michael Savage.

                        I don't hate Obama like some in here do, though my love fest with him is definitely in the rearview mirror. His stumbles on foreign policy and his unwillingness to call Islamic terrorism what it is has really tainted my view of him, and it's also (one of) the reason I refuse to vote for HRC.
                         
                        • L-boy

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                          Now my other personality.....

                          Gator graduated in 86 in accounting. Got an MBA after that (not at UF). From Florida but Have lived in Dallas tx area since 1995.

                          Was republican until around 2002. I'm no longer republican. I don't consider myself democrat either but have voted for D presidents since 2004. I am socially somewhat liberal, fiscally moderate. I do believe govt has a proper role and would like to see more infrastructure spending. I generally prefer something resembling single payer health care although not sure we are willing to pay for it. Otherwise I think we should be cutting long term entitlements like Social security and Medicare (which puts me to the right of most republicans). I am not for massive tax increases but we do need to tax for what we spend.
                           
                          • AlexDaGator

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                            C'mon Taco. Tell us a bit about you. Not enough to figure out that you're really playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne posting from stately Wayne Manor, just enough to get an idea of you as a person.

                            Alex.
                             
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                            :rolleyes3:

                            L-Boy is one of our resident liberals (ahem, "center-left") but he's been catching a lot of heat lately so his legendary patience is worn thin and he's much grumpier than usual. Hence the sarcasm above.

                            He's a sharp dude and I enjoy our disagreements.

                            I hope he chooses to come back to this thread and post a more accurate description of himself.

                            Edit: He beat me to it.

                            Alex.
                             
                          • AlexDaGator

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                            Come on Lake. We're rolling out the welcome mat here. Tell us a little more.

                            Alex.
                             
                          • AlexDaGator

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                            Coach is one of our most beloved posters because he's a great guy, devoted to his students and to his friends and neighbors.

                            Alex.
                             
                            • L-boy

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                              I appreciate that you are one of the few that actually tries to understand what I say vs painting into some absurd ideological characature.
                               
                              • AlexDaGator

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                                I think I liked liberal troll Bammer a tiny bit more than conservative troll Bammer. Either way, I like Bammer. Wicked smart and funny as hell.

                                Alex.
                                 

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