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26  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Are there too many "checks and balances" in the US political system? on: April 07, 2014, 09:36:29 pm
There aren't enough. The legislative branch runs roughshod over everything else. The executive branch has become virtually powerless of late.
27  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Opinion of Kiryas Joel, New York on: April 07, 2014, 11:23:08 am

They allow this, but not Occupy?
28  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What should the campaign slogans be? on: April 06, 2014, 05:35:24 pm
Here's a list of possible Republican slogans...

"Fighting yesterday's battles tomorrow."

"We'll do to the country what we've already done to the country."

"Because adulterers are fun."

"We're the elephant in the room."

"One more chance? Please???"

"Number one in people freezin'."

"Because we say so."

"Building a bridge to the 12th century."

"Return to idiocy."

"No you won't."

"Keeping your kids safe from drugs by supporting Big Pharma."

"It's not fascism when we do it."

"Head for the mountains. It's Bush."

"We lie all the way to the bank."

"G-R-A-F-T!"

"You deserve a fake today."

"Had enough? Too bad!"

"In your guts, you know we're nuts!"

"It's morning in America. So we woke you up with a jackhammer."

"Spill, baby, spill!"

"It only takes 5 Supreme Court Justices for us to win."

"Let's close the book on libraries."

"Ax the facts."

"Taxed Enough Already - which is why we support a national sales tax."

"Every king a king."

"Just for the waste of it."

"We sell no whine before its time."
29  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Write the 28th Amendment on: April 06, 2014, 05:29:09 pm
I think there's a case to be made for having House elections every 4 years - in a presidential year - instead of every 2 years. More to the point, a lot of people just don't vote in the midterms lately. Why should the Tea Party 1% mob get its way half the time?
30  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Complete control vs. complete anarchy? on: April 05, 2014, 01:06:05 am
Really? Where are you from?

Campbell County, Ky.
31  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: In the twilight of Poppy's life, politicians and parties wrestle with his legacy on: April 04, 2014, 05:48:15 pm
We have long memories in the Rust Belt.
32  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: In the twilight of Poppy's life, politicians and parties wrestle with his legacy on: April 04, 2014, 05:46:30 pm
He also blocked a minimum wage increase, which cost me and other young people at the time.
33  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: In the twilight of Poppy's life, politicians and parties wrestle with his legacy on: April 04, 2014, 05:45:31 pm
Pray, explain how either of these: a) existed during the Bush 41 presidency; and b) how Bush supposedly contributed to either.

I was alive in those years, and they did exist. He made it worse, largely through his cronies that controlled local governments.

He also exacerbated the War on Drugs, which encouraged right-wing school officials to call students stoners and druggies even though they were totally clean.
34  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: In the twilight of Poppy's life, politicians and parties wrestle with his legacy on: April 04, 2014, 05:37:29 pm
Not to mention the fact that the right-wing media stole the "election" for Bush in '88.
35  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: In the twilight of Poppy's life, politicians and parties wrestle with his legacy on: April 04, 2014, 05:30:06 pm
What discrimination "flourished" during those years, compared to say Reagan's second or Clinton's first terms, and how did Bush 41 help engender it?

The worsening persecution against progressives.

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And oh Lord I need to know: WTF "right-wing concentration camps" is your fevered deliusional mind creating? Roll Eyes

The teen confinement racket.
36  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: In the twilight of Poppy's life, politicians and parties wrestle with his legacy on: April 04, 2014, 05:20:59 pm
And what "unspeakable human rights abuses" are you blathering on about?

The discrimination and right-wing concentration camps that flourished under his misrule.
37  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: In the twilight of Poppy's life, politicians and parties wrestle with his legacy on: April 04, 2014, 09:52:49 am
He was a lousy President. The worst ever, except for his son.

He started a war, wrecked the economy, and presided over unspeakable human rights abuses in America.
38  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Complete control vs. complete anarchy? on: April 02, 2014, 07:56:41 pm
After suffering under fascism, I would choose anarchy.
39  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michigan gay marriage ban struck down on: March 22, 2014, 10:30:56 am
The will of the people prevails again.

What about the will of the people in Kentucky? Did their will prevail when the overwhelmingly popular SSM recognition ban was struck down there?

Recent polls show support for marriage equality in Kentucky skyrocketing.

Plus, I voted no on the referendum to ban same-sex marriage in 2004.
40  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michigan gay marriage ban struck down on: March 21, 2014, 09:45:20 pm
Judges are not there to express the will of the people, legislatures are.

Then why have legislatures done such a terrible job of it?
41  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michigan gay marriage ban struck down on: March 21, 2014, 05:07:21 pm
The will of the people prevails again.
42  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Who will control Kentucky and West Virginia state houses after 2014? on: March 20, 2014, 07:06:17 pm
Besides that, Appalachian Kentucky is now only about the size of one congressional district. Other parts of Kentucky won't vote like West Virginia. (For instance, Louisville votes like a big Midwestern city; some rural counties vote like parts of Indiana; my district votes like Cincinnati; etc.)
43  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Write the 28th Amendment on: March 20, 2014, 06:46:47 pm
Here's an amendment I'd like to add. It's modeled after a set of laws that are on the books in Massachusetts...

Section 1. The right of students to freedom of expression in public schools shall not be abridged, provided that such right shall not cause any disruption or disorder within the school. Freedom of expression shall include without limitation, the rights and responsibilities of students, collectively and individually, (a) to express their views through speech and symbols, (b) to write, publish and disseminate their views, (c) to assemble peaceably on school property for the purpose of expressing their opinions.

Section 2. School officials shall not abridge the rights of students as to personal dress and appearance except if such officials determine that such personal dress and appearance violate reasonable standards of health, safety and cleanliness.

Section 3. No student shall be suspended, expelled, or otherwise disciplined on account of marriage, pregnancy, parenthood or for conduct which is not connected with any school-sponsored activities.
44  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Write the 28th Amendment on: March 20, 2014, 06:36:17 pm
I'm also inclined to support an amendment allowing revenue bills to originate in the Senate.

I don't trust the House with anything.
45  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Who will control Kentucky and West Virginia state houses after 2014? on: March 19, 2014, 09:35:26 pm
I'd say the chance that the Democrats keep either Kentucky or West Virginia's State Houses is about as good as Cuomo losing re-election in New York.  The Republicans are locks to take both State Houses.  If Obama were not incredibly unpopular in both states, then it might be otherwise, but this November will be especially toxic for Democrats in both states (except perhaps in the race against Mitch McConnell).

Kentucky may now be too urban for the modern GOP.
46  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Write the 28th Amendment on: March 19, 2014, 08:42:31 pm
I'd like to abolish the Electoral College. But I have an idea for an amendment that doesn't actually abolish it, but keeps the presidential election from being thrown into the House.

Under my amendment, if no candidate wins a majority of the Electoral College, then whoever wins the popular vote shall be the winner. The House shall have no say. None. And if the House doesn't like it, tough.
47  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Who will control Kentucky and West Virginia state houses after 2014? on: March 19, 2014, 07:32:47 pm
The seat in Covington also has no Republican candidate.
48  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Who will control Kentucky and West Virginia state houses after 2014? on: March 19, 2014, 07:21:31 pm
A lot of seats in the Kentucky House (including my district) don't even have a Republican candidate. That's very unusual for the GOP.

So we know the seat in northern Campbell County won't flip.
49  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Who will control Kentucky and West Virginia state houses after 2014? on: March 19, 2014, 07:18:25 pm
What about the Kentucky Supreme Court as far as judicial statewide offices?

It's elected on a nonpartisan basis.
50  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Who will control Kentucky and West Virginia state houses after 2014? on: March 19, 2014, 07:17:51 pm
They won't flip to the Republicans. In fact, there's an outside chance the Democrats could regain the Kentucky Senate.
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