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101  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Jindal calls Giuliani to congratulate him on Obama comments on: February 23, 2015, 08:07:53 pm
First Jindal issued a press release, saying that the essence of what Giuliani said was true:


"The gist of what Mayor Giuliani said — that the President has shown himself to be completely unable to speak the truth about the nature of the threats from these [Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] terrorists – is true," Jindal, a potential 2016 presidential contender, said in a statement shared with The Hill. "If you are looking for someone to condemn the Mayor, look elsewhere."

Now he's followed that up with a congratulatory phone call:


Rudy Giuliani received a call recently from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, congratulating the the former mayor on the critical President Obama comments he made this week, according to CNN.
Guiliani grabbed headlines this week for reportedly telling those at a dinner Wednesday in Manhattan for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker that "I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America.

"He doesn't love you. And he doesn't love me."

Next week, watch for Jindal to create a state holiday in Giuliani's honor.
102  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Texas GOP Primary on: February 23, 2015, 06:36:32 pm
We have a polling board, people, and here is the thread for this poll:

103  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Post funny pictures of likely 2016 presidential candidates here (no photoshops) on: February 23, 2015, 05:43:53 pm
Bush's wedding photo:


"True story: This is the only picture from our wedding. The photographer, my brother Marvin, accidentally rerolled from a Frank Zappa concert. Thankfully, my mom took one photo with a Kodak."
104  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: TX-TT/UT: Cruz leads Walker on: February 23, 2015, 04:38:12 pm
Cruz 20%
Walker 19%
Bush 9%
Carson 9%
Perry 8%
Huckabee 5%
Paul 4%
Rubio 4%
Palin 3%
Christie 2%
Jindal 1%
Santorum 1%
Kasich 1%
Fiorina 0%
Bolton 0%
Graham 0%
(yes, that's 16 candidates they included….but they left out Ehrlich and Pataki!)
105  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread (Part 2) on: February 23, 2015, 02:06:16 am
Sanders says his "gut" will determine whether he decides to run for prez:


“Before I make that decision, I have to develop a sense in my own gut as to whether or not there is the grassroots support across this country,” the Vermont senator told ABC News during an interview in Iowa. “My gut is telling me very clearly that there is a lot of responsiveness to the fact that there is something wrong in this country.”

Should he decide to make a White House bid, Sanders would not say if he would run as a Democrat or Independent.

“You know the fact that I’m in Iowa, which is a caucus state, maybe speaks for itself, but I haven’t made up my final decision,” he said. “I’ve got to say – some of my strongest supporters say, ‘Bernie, stay out of the damn Democratic Party. Run as an Independent.’”
106  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 23, 2015, 12:27:42 am
Get over your distaste of using your own car for work, and apply for a pizza delivery job (if you can handle driving in "flurries" during the bitterly cold ~30 degree weather of Oklahoman winters).

A few weeks ago, when you applied for that call center job, you said "I need income" to justify going back to the call center racket.  So why doesn't "I need income" prompt you to apply for pizza delivery?
107  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 22, 2015, 09:26:43 pm
So, Bushie, you were really 296 lbs when claiming you were only 290 a couple of weeks ago?

He currently claims that he lost 8 pounds, then gained 3 back to sit at 288.  Which would mean that his peak weight would have been 293.  However, the highest he reported was 291 back in January:

Have you hit 290 yet?

I'm at 291 currently.

He then lost a few pounds due to getting sick, and went down to 288.  Then he started the "diet", lost a few pounds and then gained them back, so he's right back at 288, the same weight he was the day the diet started.
108  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 22, 2015, 09:04:00 pm
Losing 8 pounds does not come by slothful eating.  That's how much I've lost.

You were at 288 this morning. So, are you saying your peak was 296? Or are you counting losing pounds that you've since gained back? Or are you lying?

Yes, I did have a bad couple of days and gained 3 pounds back, so im at a net loss of 5.

That's not true.  You lost a good deal of that weight *before* the diet started, because you were sick, and you lost your appetite.

You said here:

I could be accused of having a cheat day on the first day of the diet, but then I would answer by saying the diet hasn't officially started.  In one of my posts from yesterday, I said the weeks run from Sunday through Saturday.  So, I am going to start the diet at midnight Sunday morning, the beginning of the week.

Sunday morning means Sunday, Feb. 8th.  How much did you weigh that day?

I made it home from church.  This morning, I weighed in at 288, but I woke up too late for breakfast.

288 is how much you weighed on the morning of the first day of the diet.  If you are now back at 288, then you've lost a net of zero pounds since Day 1 of the diet.
109  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 22, 2015, 10:24:06 am
It's obviously too cold to leave the house and walk outside.  Going to the grocery store to get any food for dinner tonight is out of the question, as "flurries" make the roads impassable.  Does Braum's deliver?
110  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 22, 2015, 08:48:47 am
I made it back to Tulsa early.  There's a little uncertainty in the weather in Oklahoma City the next couple of days, so I decided to play it safe and come on back home.  I will postpone my recruiter interview for a couple weeks.

Why are you postponing the interview?

Because a few snowflakes landed on the ground and didn't melt right away.  Worst weather that Oklahoma has had in centuries.
111  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread (Part 2) on: February 22, 2015, 07:08:59 am

Specifically, he says he won't make any decisions until the end of April at the earliest.  More here:


Signaling little interest in entering the 2016 presidential race, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he is focused entirely on home state affairs, but the Republican refused to shut the door entirely on a White House bid.

"My head's in Indiana," Pence said in an interview Saturday with reporters from The Washington Post. Once Indiana's legislative session concludes at the end of April, he said, he and his family will "search our hearts and see where we feel called to serve."
112  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Star Trek on: February 22, 2015, 05:49:10 am
Season 3 maybe I can understand (although, I dunno, there's a real oversaturation of Bajoran storylines in 2 that just seem dumb), but Seasons 5 & 6 of DS9 are the shining seasons of that show IMO.

About half the episodes in the opening 6 of Season 6 were great (although the resolution of that storyline was a silly deus ex machina).  And there were a few other gems throughout the season, like "Far Beyond the Stars" and especially "In the Pale Moonlight", but there were also an awful lot of clunkers, like "Time's Orphan", "The Magnificent Ferengi", and the absolute worst episode of the series, "Profit and Lace".  The season also introduced the Pah-wraiths, who were a highly unnecessary and silly foil for the Prophets.

So yes, I preferred Season 2, when Peter Allan Fields was still writing on the show.  While they're not the *best* episodes of the series, yes, I enjoyed many of those Bajoran politics episodes.

I realize that *now* the mainstream opinion of fandom is that the show got much better after the introductions of The Dominion and Worf, but I'm old enough to remember when the show was in its first run, how there was certainly a faction of fandom back then who thought that this represented a departure from the show's strengths.  Tim Lynch was perhaps the most prominent such person on the interwebs:


And I guess I'm somewhere in between Lynch and the more "mainstream" view: I probably like Seasons 4 and 5 the best, but after that, I'd probably go with 2.
113  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: MO-Remington Research/Missouri Scout: Hillary trails by quite a bit in Missouri on: February 22, 2015, 02:57:12 am
Kentucky and Colorado are both toss-ups with Hillary?  Uh, alright..

It's the CLINTON's.

It's the 90s again.

MO in general is trending GOP for at least the last 25 years, so Hillary is unlikely to even come close there. Unless she wins by a landslide nationally. These are not the 90s anymore.
114  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2015 Academy Awards Discussion on: February 22, 2015, 01:53:36 am
Razzies have been announced:

115  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Star Trek on: February 22, 2015, 01:52:25 am
DS9 is kinda like TNG in that the first 2 seasons aren't as good as seasons 3-6...

I liked DS9 Season 2 better than Seasons 3 and 6.
116  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republicans only: Choose from just the "formally exploring" candidates. on: February 22, 2015, 12:27:43 am
I don't understand the criteria Wikipedia is using to decide who's "formally exploring".  Plenty of other candidates, like Bolton, Cruz, Huckabee, Paul, Rubio, etc., also have PACs.  So in what sense are they not "formally exploring" while the other candidates are?
117  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / MOVED: Serious Question on: February 22, 2015, 12:22:58 am
This topic has been moved to Presidential Election Trends.

118  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Star Trek on: February 21, 2015, 09:22:14 pm
I still say Season 3 of TNG was the best.  Interestingly enough, the writing staff in the mid-to-late years of DS9 included quite a few veterans of TNG Season 3 (Behr, Beimler, Moore, Echevarria).
119  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: BK and BRTD adventure time on: February 21, 2015, 07:54:57 pm
This is strange and I don't know how I feel about it.

120  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread (Part 2) on: February 21, 2015, 07:52:30 pm
Bolton has set up a new non-profit:


The organization, launched ahead of Mr. Bolton’s trip to the early-nominating state of New Hampshire Friday, would further bolster the fundraising infrastructure he built during the 2014 campaign cycle.

Among the new nonprofit and his two existing political-action committees, Mr. Bolton plans to raise a total of $20 million between now and the 2016 election. The political-action committees raised a combined $7.5 million in the 2014 campaign.
He said he has not yet made up his mind on whether he would run for president or how he would spend his committees’ money on the presidential race should he elect not to join it. Mr. Bolton, who has struggled to be taken seriously among the set of more high-profile Republicans eyeing the nomination, said he would make his decision by late summer or early fall.
121  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Tender Branson bumps Inks out of top 10 most prolific posters list on: February 21, 2015, 06:23:18 pm
How long before Al knocks out Lewis?

About four months.

At present posting rates, Tweed being bumped out of the top ten because both Tender and Lief catch up to him should happen much faster than that.  Perhaps within about a month and a half.
122  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Tender Branson bumps Inks out of top 10 most prolific posters list on: February 21, 2015, 07:06:05 am
Congrats Lief on reaching #10!

He isn't at #10.  Tender Branson is.  Lief's tied with Inks for #11.

Oh I was under the assumption that we were using this ranking http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?action=mlist;sort=posts;start=0 which excludes opebo because he was banned, you know like with Lance Armstrong and le Tour de France.

Yeah Opebo shouldn't be counted.

I don't see why not.  Those 46,561 posts are still there.
123  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Primary calendar update on: February 21, 2015, 06:06:44 am
From FHQ:


Snyder has signed the bill that would move Michigan's primary to March 8, so it's no longer scheduled to be pre-Super Tuesday.

So at present, we have the following situation: Four states (IA/NH/NV/SC) are allowed by the two parties to have pre-Super Tuesday primary/caucus dates.  However, the tentative schedule has four other early states listed:


Those are CO, NY, UT, and NC.  CO comes with an asterisk, because the state parties have the option to either go with the first Tuesday or February or the first Tuesday of March, and everyone expects them to pick the latter.  UT also comes with an asterisk, as the legislature has yet to vote to allocate the funding for the primary.  Everyone expects that if they do so, they will also move the primary later.

New York…the legislature is in session all year, and everyone expects them to move later.

So the one remaining question mark is North Carolina.  It sounds like at least some Republicans in North Carolina are happy to leave the North Carolina primary where it is, which is three days after South Carolina:


Whether this view prevails or not is unclear.  At present, if NC sticks with a pre-March 1 primary, then they suffer the new "super penalty", which means they lose more than 80% of their delegates.  Is the state really cool with such a stiff penalty?  Will the candidates even bother to commit the resources to campaign in such a big state if there's such a small number of delegates at stake?  I guess we'll find out.
124  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 21, 2015, 05:50:48 am
The betting markets also have Turnbull as the favorite to be PM at the next election, and the Coalition (very narrowly) comes in as a favorite to win it.
125  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: CPAC 2015: February 25-28 on: February 21, 2015, 05:17:22 am
Christie will in fact be attending CPAC again this year:


Huckabee has declined to attend CPAC this year, as he's busy on his book tour.

More details about the new format:


As the American Conservative Union puts final touches on its annual political conference next week, they've offered potential Republican presidential contenders the option of a moderated question-and-answer session instead speaking from a podium to the thousands of activists in attendance.

One White House aspirant taking the group up on the offer is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Republican sources told Bloomberg Politics. ACU spokesman Ian Walters confirmed that speakers will have 20 minutes in front of the crowd and have the choice of delivering remarks and taking questions, or devoting the entire time to a Q&A session.

The full schedule is still being worked on, but it sounds like we tentatively have…

Thursday: Walker, Jindal, Christie, Cruz, Carson, Fiorina
Friday: Bush, Paul, Perry, (maybe) Rubio
Friday night keynote dinner address: Pence

Don't know yet when Bolton, Palin, Santorum, Trump, and others will be speaking.
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