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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Extremely Ready for Hillary on: Today at 05:55:21 am
Let's not forget this guy.....who had Hillary's signature "tattooed across his lower abdomen and made a video of the inking, which he sent immediately to Chelsea Clinton" (wtf?):


2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Can't we just have one thread for Election Night results? on: October 30, 2014, 09:00:20 pm
Of course the site is probably going to be unusable/crash constantly on election night anyway.

Not sure why everyone thinks that.  It's not *that* bad for midterm elections.  In 2010, there was a bit of slowdown, but it was still pretty usable.  Of course, it's more likely to crash if we have 20 separate threads, as people will have to load new threads much more often to keep up with everything.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Reagan Library announces GOP presidential debate for September 16, 2015 on: October 30, 2014, 08:47:15 pm
Mark your calendars:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/30/2016-republican-presidential-debates_n_6079122.html

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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced on Thursday that it will invite GOP presidential candidates to attend a televised debate at California's Reagan Library in September 2015.
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While the Reagan Library hosted GOP debates in the last two presidential contests, it's unclear if the Republican National Committee will sanction the one now set for Sept. 16, 2015.

The RNC recently approved new rules that would limit the number of presidential primary debates. Some GOP officials believe that too many debates over a long primary season in 2012 damaged some of the party's candidates. In response to such concerns, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus established a 13-member committee of Republican officials that would set debate rules, including selecting venues, debate partners and even moderators.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Can't we just have one thread for Election Night results? on: October 30, 2014, 08:41:28 pm
Also, by having 20 different topics, you're encouraging people to click around a lot more than they otherwise would, which'll presumably slow down the forum.  Why do that, if the high traffic is going to slow things down already?  With one megathread, people won't be reloading pages every 30 seconds, and hopefully the forum will run faster.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / IA-Reuters/Ipsos: D: Clinton 60% Warren 17%; R: Romney 17% Ryan 13% Christie 12% on: October 30, 2014, 08:36:39 pm
Reuters/Ipsos poll of Iowa:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/31/us-usa-elections-iowa-idUSKBN0IK00N20141031?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews

I can't find a link to the full results, but according to that story:

Dems

Clinton 60%
Warren 17%
Biden 4%
others ?

GOP

Romney 17%
Ryan 13%
Christie 12%
Bush 10%
Walker 10%
"5 other Republicans got at least 5%", but they don't say who they are
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Can't we just have one thread for Election Night results? on: October 30, 2014, 08:20:46 pm
During the primaries, the activity on big nights (MS Primary, GA Primary, etc.) was enough that I sometimes had to submit a post up to 10 times before the "someone else just posted" warning finally stopped popping up.

That means that you don't have your account set up the right way for a high traffic event like an election night.  Go to your profile page, and on the lefthand side of the screen, click on "Look and layout preferences", then tick the box that says "Don't warn on new replies made while posting".  You'll no longer get those "someone else just posted" messages.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Can't we just have one thread for Election Night results? on: October 30, 2014, 08:17:20 pm
This is what we did in 2010 and it worked fine...

Actually no, it isn't what we did in 2010.  In 2010, there were several omnibus threads for each set of states, e.g.:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=127334.0

However, as I recall, people really didn't like that, and were hoping for one megathread.

Or maybe I'm just projecting.  Personally, I thought it was pretty foolish.  Would vastly prefer one megathread for all Senate races, one for all House races, and one for all Gubernatorial races.  Navigating between 20 different threads is just impractical.  Think about how much clicking around you'll have to do to if you want to read everything.  Even finding the right thread to post in is a mess if things are happening quickly.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 30, 2014, 11:30:01 am
Guys….talking about shoes won't help you get girls.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Extremely Ready for Hillary on: October 30, 2014, 07:57:27 am
WHERE IS CLARENCE?
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Extremely Ready for Hillary on: October 30, 2014, 07:56:53 am
Here is more from Sarah Sole, the artist featured in the second pic:

http://www.sarah-sole.com/










11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread on: October 30, 2014, 06:21:55 am
Sounds like Biden will not announce his 2016 intentions until the summer:

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/10/joe-biden-2016-elections-112328.html?hp=f1

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Most of the time, it’s not so hard to tell what Biden’s thinking — he’s just said it. But even his inner circle doesn’t seem to know where his head is on 2016 — whether he is actually going to get in the game or stay on the sidelines, dreaming of his glory days.
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The last any of Biden’s circle seems to have heard is that he’s still not planning to make a decision about the race until next summer, well after Clinton’s expected launch and the chance for a graceful exit that he could say wasn’t about being chased out.

This is in keeping with what I posted here back in February:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=187658.0
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Extremely Ready for Hillary on: October 30, 2014, 06:13:59 am
Some of the stuff in this photo-essay might appeal to IceSpear, among others here.  Tongue

http://www.politico.com/magazine/gallery/2014/10/extremely-ready-for-hillary/002081-029554.html#.VFIdPFZ4xBU




13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Post funny pictures of likely 2016 presidential candidates here (no photoshops) on: October 30, 2014, 06:01:51 am

14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: October 30, 2014, 05:04:49 am

Brown, Brown, Brown, Brown, Brown, great, you're alive.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread on: October 30, 2014, 02:34:16 am
Pence reiterates that he won't make up his mind about a presidential run until after Indiana's legislative session ends at the end of April:

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a potential dark horse for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, told RealClearPolitics on Friday that he will decide his political future after his state’s legislative session adjourns in April of next year. 

“In Indiana, we have a long session of our legislature -- which is the budget session -- every two years, and that’s going to occupy all of my thinking and all of my focus for the first four months of next year,” Pence said. “So after we get through that, we’ll sit down as a family and think and pray about where we get called to serve.”

Jeb Bush says that you shouldn't take George P.'s comments (suggesting that a Jeb candidacy is likely) seriously:

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/jeb-bush-my-son-didnt-talk-me-making-2016-guess-n237176

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The possible presidential hopeful said son George P. Bush didn't consult him before telling ABC that the next-in-line Bush presidential hopeful was "more than likely" to run in 2016.

"He's got an opinion, he didn't talk to me," Jeb Bush said in a brief interview ahead of a campaign appearance here on behalf of Colorado Republicans. "When you have kids you'll probably have the same frustration, you love them to death and they have their own opinions - but I'll make up my mind just as I've said, at the end of the year."

Asked if he still plans to make up his mind at the end of the year, Bush replied: "Same as I've always said, there's nothing new here."
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many times has jmfcst returned as a sock account? on: October 29, 2014, 06:49:22 pm
^ That's what I find the most hilarious and pathetic.  "I'm going to troll my way into deliberately getting banned; I'm far too good for this place anyway."  "Just kidding, I'm going to sneak my way back in thirty times."

And don't forget, before he trolled his way into getting banned, he first deliberately locked himself out of his account because he said he was spending too much time here.  Then a month later he changed his mind and created his first sock account.  It was after he was let back in that he trolled himself into a ban (because, again, he said he was spending too much time here, and wanted out).
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 29, 2014, 09:34:00 am
I'm completely lost now. Where is bushie's computer? Where is he staying? Where does he sleep at his parents house now that his room has been turned into the train room?

^^^^

Bushie, are you staying with your grandma or with your parents now?….because I'm confused.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: AP-GfK polls Americans' belief in the paranormal on: October 29, 2014, 07:56:17 am
Here's a "paranormal" poll by Gallup from 2005, in which the questions are a little more focused:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/16915/three-four-americans-believe-paranormal.aspx
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many times has jmfcst returned as a sock account? on: October 29, 2014, 07:21:59 am
A more important question - who is his 2016 candidate of choice? Because whoever it is is of course guaranteed to win the GOP nomination.

Yeah, that worked out so well last time (e.g.: http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=141474.0 ), given that Romney was just about the only candidate who jmfcst never supported, and he repeatedly said that Romney couldn't win the nomination.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rival Survival on: October 29, 2014, 06:52:59 am
Here's a ~1 minute clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1ZqLAzwxOw
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Ben Carson Super PAC already has campaign chairmen for all 99 Iowa counties on: October 29, 2014, 05:01:59 am
http://www.christianpost.com/news/ben-carson-super-pac-well-prepared-for-iowa-caucus-136-chairmen-named-in-all-99-counties-128498/

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Should Carson decide to run, he will already have a steady grassroots campaign to rely on in the nation's first primary state, all thanks to an unaffiliated political action committee. The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee announced on Tuesday that it has named 136 chairmen to their PAC that will cover every Iowa county. The chairmen will campaign for more individuals to support the 63-year-old retired neurosurgeon and best-selling author at Iowa's Republican caucus in January of 2016.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread on: October 29, 2014, 04:58:43 am
National Journal examines the moves of Evangelical leaders to try to coalesce behind one candidate this time....with Cruz and Huckabee deemed the frontrunners to receive such an endorsement:

http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/ted-cruz-and-mike-huckabee-are-on-a-collision-course-as-evangelicals-audition-2016-contenders-20141025

While Cruz's ambitions have already been made fairly clear, note how they're also more or less treating it as a given that Huckabee will run:

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It's still early, and neither Cruz nor Huckabee has stated publicly their intention to run in 2016. But the Texas senator has sent clear signals to his allies that he's planning to jump in, perhaps as soon as the end of this year; and the former Arkansas governor has left little doubt in private meetings with Christian leaders and GOP consultants that a campaign is imminent.
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Cruz and Huckabee both have been courting Perkins, who's regarded as the chief rainmaker in evangelical politics. (In fact, during one recent stretch, Perkins said he spent five of six weekends with either Cruz or Huckabee—or both.) Cruz has paid a multiple visits to the early, evangelical-friendly states of Iowa and South Carolina this year. Huckabee has done the same—and, for good measure, is traveling with a group of nearly two-dozen Christian leaders from those states on a 10-day European trip next month.

Santorum supporters are quick to point out that he, too, has maintained a strong presence in Iowa this year—and, like Huckabee and Cruz, appears increasingly likely to run in 2016. In fact, Santorum and Huckabee appeared at the same Iowa Republican office in Sioux City last week—on back-to-back days.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Rival Survival on: October 29, 2014, 04:54:46 am
Will you watch this?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/rival-survival-on-discovery-channel-a-feeble-reach-across-the-political-isle/2014/10/28/5b8e3490-5e49-11e4-91f7-5d89b5e8c251_story.html
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is Bushie a personification of White Male Privilege? on: October 29, 2014, 04:34:26 am
Of course Bushie is the personification of white male privilege, but with his self awareness and relatively clear understanding of the situations around him he may just be the personification of evil itself - the very Lucifer that rebelled against God and caused all of the pain and suffering in the world.

You mean it's possible that Bushie, and not Vladimir Putin, is the Antichrist?

I suppose it's possible, in that the popularity of Update could be what sets him up as a false messiah.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many times has jmfcst returned as a sock account? on: October 29, 2014, 01:39:21 am
Newest one is WordToTheMutha, who's on mod review pending ban from Nym.

A quick search through the mod board gave me this list of likely jmfcst socks:

AllTheYoungDudes
Son of Byford
SonOfReason
Speechless
HeWhoWalksBehindTheRows
BigCrime
RGIII
JB
Bender
Blake
JTakagi
DonParker
ToTheCliff
Ted & Annette Fleming
DLF
TexasMack
TP

But I'm sure there a few that I missed.  So probably more than 20.

IIRC, his very first sock, after he'd locked himself out of his account, but wasn't yet permabanned, was named "Boba Fett", or something like that.

Atheist2006 also had about 20 socks, but eventually gave up.  (Or maybe he just became better at disguising himself.)  Not sure if there are any other chronic sockmasters who are still active.  Will Mondale84 try again, to further extort Bushie?
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