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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: de Blasio continues to run Bloomberg's racist, drug warrior police department on: Today at 09:54:40 pm
Also, regardless of action at the state level, couldn't NYC just make violations of Marijuana possession the lowest priority for the police? Many liberal cities out west do that to change policing without having to change state laws.

Mj possession in small amounts is already officially decriminalized, but they manage to get around that. 
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Washington Initiatives 591 and 194 on: Today at 09:17:55 pm

There should be background checks beyond what is currently at the Federal level, but 594 casts too wide a net as to what counts as a "transfer" of a weapon.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support a ban on hunting albino deer? on: Today at 03:14:54 pm
I would, but that'd be racist.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Shut down the EPA? on: Today at 03:13:17 pm
It has no legislative or judicial capacity, only executive, and to my knowledge, it has not erred.  For example, we have all been the beneficiaries to the Clean Water Act, and its amendments and extensions. 

Doesn't it basically have legislative capacity though?  It makes decisions on what items can't be sold or manufactured.  Regulating commerce is a legislative function, not an executive.

Not really.  Whatever power the EPA has comes from statutes passed by Congress.

Those statutes give functionally legislative power to the EPA.  Congress is saying "Here, make some laws."

That's kind of a stretch.  The Supreme Court doesn't agree for one thing.  But, the bigger point is that we can't create all these minute regulations through Congress.  That's just a recipe for having the Federal government of 1910.  You probably think that would be a good idea, but your problem isn't with the EPA, but with the modern administrative state.

True, it pretty much is, but I don't see why the EPA can't make recommendations and then Congress can act on them. Plus a lot of the regulations are hardly minute. Requiring each state to meet a carbon emissions target, for just the most glaring example, is equivalent to directing both state and national energy policy.  How is that not the purview of our elected representatives?

Congress doesn't act anymore. And that's basically a legislative veto which is unconstitutional anyway.

The Executive proposing anything is unconstitutional if it requires a Congressional action in order for it to become law? That's an odd reading of INS v Chadha.   The fact that Congress might not act is something we have to be willing to put up with in a system of divided powers. 
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Cohn: Demographic trend hurting Democrats in Arkansas on: Today at 01:55:06 pm
Summary:  Northwest urban/suburban area attracts conservative Southerners from other states, the traditionally Democratic Southeast is diminishing, and old Democrats are dying off.

There's some graph that lists the Atlas as a data source, I can't figure out what it's supposed to show.

Comparison between Gore 2000 and Obama 2012 margins in each state.

no, not that one. I see what it is. It's population change since 2000 (x) by vote for Pryor in '02 (y) in each county. They just did a poor job of labeling the axes.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Cohn: Demographic trend hurting Democrats in Arkansas on: Today at 01:41:47 pm
Summary:  Northwest urban/suburban area attracts conservative Southerners from other states, the traditionally Democratic Southeast is diminishing, and old Democrats are dying off.

There's some graph that lists the Atlas as a data source, I can't figure out what it's supposed to show.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: GA: Survey USA: Nunn remains slightly ahead on: Today at 09:22:42 am
Lot of undecided voters still and the I is not getting 4%.

2-4 % is normal for a Libertarian in Georgia races.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The t_host1 Institute of Comedy on: Today at 09:18:31 am
There is still room for Grimes to win this.

Yeah, in your head, which certainly has plenty of room.

Go play with your Santorum, Roberts and Brownback dolls, okay? Bye, little boy.

Ah, the "Senate Collection." Not available: Alison Lundergan Grimes.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Democratic-Republican Party Convention, October 2014 on: October 21, 2014, 11:47:35 pm
oh yeah.....

The Convention has endorsed Poirot/shua for President, and Yankee for IDS Senator...     

EDIT: and of course, MadmanMotley for Mideast Senate!
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Politico is still a right-wing joke website on: October 21, 2014, 10:41:13 pm
Democrats have been in danger of losing the Republican Fox News viewer vote for some time now.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Attention Whoring: Seeking advice regarding depression/meds on: October 21, 2014, 10:35:08 pm
It sounds like you are doing a number of helpful things, which is great. Often the motivation to do these things that make one better is the hardest part.  I've been telling myself to go down to the Yoga center and start a class there for months Tongue  
Having a support system, being with people even if like me you are an introvert - these are crucial too.

I find I am very effected by my environment. Take a look at your living space and see if there is anything you can do to make it better, whether it is cleaning, putting up some pictures, etc.

What kind of hobbies do you have - any art/crafts or music?  If there is something you can do that involves making or creating something it is worth pursuing to give you a sense of accomplishment and also forget about some of your troubles for a little while in the process.

do you have a pet?

You might try making sure you are getting some Omega-3s, especially EPA and DHA. They are found in fish and fish oil, though they also come capsules from algae sources, and are added to some brands of milk and margarine.

You working out? If not, try it, and try it hard, no matter how depressed you are prior to commencing. That might be your best therapy. I mean that.


This is excellent advice

By "working out" what specifically do you suggest?
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Don't vote for deviants on: October 21, 2014, 09:29:41 pm
I am confident the good people/furries/otherkin of Atlasia will not countenance this persecutory campaign.  You bumfuzzle your supporters with cries of 'fascism' and yet trade in its currency.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: John Hickenlooper: I don't like Obamacare on: October 21, 2014, 09:11:26 pm
A Democrat who thinks the ACA should have been designed differently?  Oh heavens!  Doesn't he know it was birthed fully formed from the head of Ted Kennedy?
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Houston demands local pastors turn over sermons. on: October 21, 2014, 01:22:54 pm
Will they lose their right to marry? Will they get fired from their place of employment? Will they be put in jail, or stoned to death? Hanged to death? Will their families shun them? Will they get death threats?

I think they'll be ok.

If this is ok, what's to keep some city council from going after churches that preach gay rights? Or does that not matter either because somewhere something worse is happening?
This slippery slope foolishness never makes any sense. If you let the churches preach whatever they want, what's to keep them from inciting a riot and encouraging members to kill the gays? Oh noez Roll Eyes

What on earth is this jibberish response supposed to mean?  Do you really not understand the idea of legal principles that apply to expression regardless of content?
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: CO-Latino Decisions/NCLRAF: Udall wallops Gardner among Latinos on: October 21, 2014, 11:39:38 am
PPP has this at 64 Udall - 24 Gardner.  Udall approvals are evenly divided between Approve, Disapprove and Not Sure (33/35/32). Gardener favorability is divided as well (40/43/11).  Udall's high support in voting preference among Latinos is in spite of what he has made his signature issue - unlike whites, Hispanics are nearly divided on Amendment 67 (43 yes/46 no).
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 1968 - Romney/Brooke vs Humphrey/Muskie (including Wallace) on: October 21, 2014, 01:04:40 am
And yet the Gallup poll for March 69 already has those numbers up to 66 willing vs. 24 unwilling. 
I'm sure that understates the racism considerably, but even for the prejudiced, prejudice is only one factor.  Surely it can't be that a full 90% of South Carolinia's voters (even as restricted as the franchise was) were willing to vote for a Catholic in 1928, and yet they did.
Voting for a VP also isn't the same as voting for a president.  I voted for McCain in 2008; I didn't consider it a vote for Palin - she was just unfortunately attached to the ticket.  Willingness to vote for a ticket with someone as VP might be more analogous to willingness to vote for someone as a senator - if even that - than a president. It could be different in the 60s given the JFK assassination, but I still would guess the claim that a Republican candidate would win less than 1/3 of the vote in 68 on a pick of VP overstates the racial effect.  Humphrey and Wallace had their own limitations as well when it came to voter appeal. 
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 1968 - Romney/Brooke vs Humphrey/Muskie (including Wallace) on: October 20, 2014, 11:23:50 pm
This one is a real wildcard to predict.  If Romney is the nominee, I'm assuming he has managed to avoid his "brainwash" comment, though he is still very critical of the war, and his handling of the Detroit riots is largely considered a success. His campaign calls for national healing and picks up a larger share of support than usual for a Republican from young, urban and minority populations. On the other hand he is seen by many in his own party as too eager to surrender in Vietnam.  Romney's religion is a hindrance in some areas, and he runs into some conflict with his own church over race issues though he retains the support of a majority of his fellow Mormons.  Quite a few Americans are reluctant to vote for a black for VP, though many of those are willing to stomach this given dissatisfaction with the Democrats. In the end, Humphrey is able to win the most support by a wide margin, though Romney is given credit for pulling Humphrey to break somewhat from LBJ on Vietnam in order to hold on to his liberal supporters.

VP Herbert Humphrey (MN) / Sen. Edmund Muskie (ME)  46% 374
Gov. George Romney (MI) / Sen. Edward Brooke (MA)     37%  87
Fmr. Gov. Geroge Wallace (AL) / Gen. Curtis LeMay (CA)  17%  77
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: October 20, 2014, 10:43:17 pm
Bush wasn't unintelligent. In fact, his genius move was to drop the elitist, East Coast WASPy snobbery that pretty much defines the rest of the Bush clan, in favour of that "I'm a small-town hick" act.  That way his liberal opponents all went for the easy elitist attacks, allowing BUsh to maintain a populist image.

Neither is Palin. She was just tragically unprepared for prime-time. An alternative planet where Palin was never chosen as veep could have kept her as a serious political player now, rather than the laughing stock she is right now.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Limiting Abortion... on: October 20, 2014, 10:36:42 pm
On the alternative side of things, one can quite easily question the sincerity in the Republican Party's efforts to actually ban abortion. The Republican Party had ample opportunity to overturn Roe in the 80s and early 90s if they hadn't screwed their Supreme Court nominations up. It casts a rather different perspective on say, the presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney: pay lip service to the Pro-Life movement but when the chips are down and they actually have choice between protecting life and maintaining power, what will the choice be?

But will Republican Presidents actually be allowed to make Supreme Court nominations anymore that will not align with the Religious Right (unless they are replacing a Liberal justice or Kennedy in a Senate that can come up with a coalition who will block that nomination)?

I can even see Kennedy seeing the writing on the wall and concurring or joining a decision that throws out Roe, Casey and Griswold if a personhood  law soon gets passed at the state level and a Republican Government gets elected in 2016. However, I will contend that if abortion is still legal after the next president leaves office, it probably will never be a crime.

There is absolutely no way Kennedy is going to touch Griswold - he's based a lot of his decisions on it.  He may be willing to modify Casey similar to the way that Casey modified Roe.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Look and Layout Preferences #10: First day of the week on the calendar on: October 20, 2014, 09:56:09 am
The first day of the week is Sunday, how do you not know the first day of the US week?

I thnk that is little known outside the US. Sunday has long ago replaced Saturday as the day of rest in (culturally) Christian societies, so its not exactly logical that you are still resting before you work. Quite anachronistic. The modern ISO standard is Monday-Sunday.

And Saturday/Sunday is the week-end. Starting the week before it has ended is strange. Wink

You are forgetting the definition of "end" that means "the part that lies at the boundary."  The weekend is therefore at the transition of one week and the other.

The reason most Christians celebrate Sunday as the day of rest  (I'm sure you know but I'm just stating this explicitly)  because this is the day Christ rose from the dead. This was, according to the Bible, on the first day of the week.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is This Acceptable Behavior? on: October 20, 2014, 01:03:23 am
It's actually not misspelled, it's just spelled foneticly according to the speech patterns of its author.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Look and Layout Preferences #12: Show quick-moderation on message index on: October 20, 2014, 12:59:07 am
i have no idea what this is
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you prefer freepcrusher-style Democrats or krazen-style Republicans? on: October 20, 2014, 12:25:35 am
neither exist outside the internet.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Republican Party (1854-1874) on: October 20, 2014, 12:24:37 am
Besides Lincoln, good

Why would someone think that Lincoln is worse than any other Republican of this era? 
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV on: October 19, 2014, 11:27:04 pm
seems like an FF.  why the hate? 
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