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11851  General Politics / International General Discussion / Freedom House 2009 ratings released on: January 14, 2009, 11:19:58 pm
http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=445

overview essay:
http://www.freedomhouse.org/uploads/fiw09/FIW09_OverviewEssay_Final.pdf
charts and graphs:
http://www.freedomhouse.org/uploads/fiw09/FIW09_Tables&GraphsForWeb.pdf

Big stuff this year:
-South Ossetia given ranking, status of "Not Free"
-Afghanistan moved from "Party Free" to "Not Free"
-Mauritanea moved from "Partly Free to "Not Free"
-Senegal moved from "Free" to "Partly Free"
-Maldives improved from "Not Free" to "Partly Free"
-Pakistan improved from "Not Free" to "Partly Free"
-notable decline in much of former Soviet Union
-notable decline in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa
11852  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Read this on: January 14, 2009, 10:59:57 pm
Wow, I must subscribe to this.
11853  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Rank the Freshmen Senators by.... on: January 14, 2009, 10:46:33 pm
As much as everyone here seems to have an irrational hatred of Hagan, she is one of the sharpest politicians in North Carolina which should have been demonstrated this year, and given the sparcity of moderate female senators in the Democrats, she is one of sharpest female politicians in the country now. Add to that a southern accent and swing state background and she is probably on top.

I've heard from someone who knew her personally that she's actually quite far from being "sharp".

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Mark Udall is too liberal

He did shift towards the center for his Senate campaign; if he isn't any more liberal in the Senate than Obama was I'd say he'd have a shot.

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Warner is on paper perfect, though he always unperformed in real life. I think though he is a strong potential candidate for 2016.

I think he's too boring and stiff for a national campaign.

Al Franken is lucky he ran in this year, and he has cost the party a lot of grief.

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Merkley...party hacks who won because of the letter after their names.

Really? You get that impression from him? To me he's always seemed pretty big 'ideas' guy.
11854  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Rothenberg Senate Rankings on: January 14, 2009, 10:36:24 pm
I'd move Dodd up a notch.
11855  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: GOP recruiting Crist; "seems to be leaning towards running" on: January 14, 2009, 10:34:48 pm
He would be a great senator IMO.
11856  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Your Candidate in 2016-Democrats on: January 14, 2009, 07:19:31 pm
Merkley would be my favorite, I think, of the ones listed.
11857  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Alabama on: January 14, 2009, 07:10:44 pm
On Thursday, March 27, 2008, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals approved the release of former Governor Siegelman from federal prison while he appeals his conviction in the corruption case. He was released on Friday the 28th.[18]

sez wikipedia.
11858  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: does benconstine pray? on: January 14, 2009, 06:13:36 pm
the interest tweed shows in you, ben, is because you're more or less exactly like he was six years ago. At least I think that's it, anyway.
11859  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Name one thing you don't like about the preceding poster on: January 14, 2009, 06:00:08 pm
I bet he voted for Blago.
11860  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Stress and weight loss on: January 14, 2009, 03:09:43 pm
Step One: Return to red hair
Step Two: Make a cover of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up"
Step Three: Post on youtube
Step Four: success and happiness!
11861  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Control deals on: January 14, 2009, 12:42:17 pm
Don't forget Alaska; they have some sort of bipartisan coalition in place IIRC.
11862  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Rank the Freshmen Senators by.... on: January 14, 2009, 12:14:15 pm
Is there really anyone less likely than Franken?

I could see Franken maybe hypothetically being on an independent ticket one day. He's got the balls to try it.
11863  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Avatar request. on: January 14, 2009, 12:10:29 pm
I think a national US avatar would be pretty neat, actually.

The Democratic and Republican leaning independent avatars would be neat, too. They could still be I-whatever but instead of the green background it could be the 30% Dem/Rep colors.
11864  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Democratic Nominee For Virginia Governor 2009 on: January 14, 2009, 09:49:21 am
Earlier I posted "get a brian, moran" because I thought that was a witty way of saying I thought Moran would win. It was deleted, I guess because a mod construed it as an insult? I dunno.

But I have heard he has the support of the Warner/Kaine crowd, but that may be wrong.
11865  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Space on: January 14, 2009, 09:46:02 am
Or George W. Bush after Florida was called for Al Gore.

So you're saying that hypothetically, if I want to live forever alls I have to do is get the supreme court on my side? Awesome.
11866  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Socially, which Christian denominations are the most liberal and conservative? on: January 14, 2009, 09:42:27 am
I'm not an expert on the various denominations, but from personal experience here is my list:

Liberal

Quaker
UCC
ELCA
PCUSA
Methodist
LCMS
Roman Catholic
LDS
Baptist
WELS
Jehovah's whiteness

Conservative

Not enough exposure to other branches.

My Lutheran additions put in.

Based on my experiences with the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) it'd probably go somewhere between ECLA and Roman Catholic. Here, I put it where I think it best fits.
11867  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Rank the Freshmen Senators by.... on: January 14, 2009, 09:38:59 am
Most Likely


Mark Udall(D-CO)
Jeff Merkley(D-OR)
Mark Begich(D-AK)
Mike Johanns(R-NE)
Kay Hagan(D-NC)
Mark Warner(D-VA)
Al Franken(D-MN)
Tom Udall(D-NM)
Jeanne Shaheen(D-NH)


Least Likely



(based off of nothing really in particular except gut instinct)
11868  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Tennessee: Williams elected speaker in upset on: January 14, 2009, 09:17:34 am
What I want to know is... how the hell do you pronounce "Naifeh"?

NAY-feh would be my guess.
11869  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Tennessee: Williams elected speaker in upset on: January 14, 2009, 12:52:18 am
Sounds like probably the Dems are just hurting themselves in the long run.
11870  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Secretary-General Hillary Clinton? on: January 14, 2009, 12:24:41 am
My two cents in the Purple/Phil debate here-

experience is neccesary in an appointment to a much greater extent than for someone running for election, as the campaign itself basically serves as an extended vetting process that an appointment lacks. See Lunar's opinion on Caroline Kennedy, for example.

I've never understood this argument. How does vetting someone give them experience?

It doesn't; it serves as a substitute. A campaign shows how good the candidate is at running something, how they handle pressure, how stable their ideology is, etc. Kind of, but not exactly, the sorts of reasons people look at someone's past experiences.
11871  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: New semester, new thread on: January 14, 2009, 12:20:07 am
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:

POLC-332 Poverty & Development
ECON 101 Microeconomics
POLC-335 Latin American Governments

Tuesday, Thursday:

IDEV-101 Intro to Development
COLQ-401 Rumba to Reggueton


Also, I'll be taking a low level Spanish class once I figure out which level exactly to be placed in.

VERY IMPORTANT UPDAET.

Instead of the Spanish class I'm taking Latin American Studies II (LAST 102) on tuesdays.
11872  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will Hillary Clinton seek the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2016? on: January 14, 2009, 12:08:04 am
The Democratic nominee in 2016 will actually be Rebecca Otto, of course.

source:

2016-2024: Rebecca Otto
2024-2032: Mike Fleck
2032-2036: Michael Naso, Jr.
11873  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Secretary-General Hillary Clinton? on: January 13, 2009, 11:57:26 pm
My two cents in the Purple/Phil debate here-

experience is neccesary in an appointment to a much greater extent than for someone running for election, as the campaign itself basically serves as an extended vetting process that an appointment lacks. See Lunar's opinion on Caroline Kennedy, for example, that he'd love to support her in the case of a special election but can't stand to have her just appointed to the Senate.
11874  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Liberalitarian 3-way cage match: Mint! vs Einzige vs FezzyFestoon on: January 13, 2009, 11:14:03 pm
Fezzy, though Mint's alright though. Einzige is mostly just caustic and annoying.
11875  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Treasury Secretary: Tim Geithner on: January 13, 2009, 07:17:49 pm
Pretty much expected. Clever timing on the announcement though. Now the endangered banks have 60-70 hours to figure out a game plan for next week.

huh?

As president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank since Oct 2003, it was Tim Geithner's job to regulate the banks, and we can see how that went.  Then, in mid Sept 2008, it was HIS decision to let Lehman fail even though it was too big to fail without bringing down the whole banking system.

And now this guy is going to be Treasury Secretary?!

ooops!  Now it comes out that Geithner failed to pay taxes totally $34k from 2001 thru 2004, and has recently had to pay other sums of unpaid taxes immediately prior to his nomination...and this guy is going to run the Treasury?!

D:

how does someone get away with not paying their taxes when they're the head of a freakin' regional fed bank?



edit. okay, it was while he was working for the IMF, he was technically self-employed somehow, so he had to pay payroll taxes on himself both as an employee and employer (which seems kind of silly- I didn't know people had to do that) but he didn't do both. Apparently as soon as the IRS pointed it out he paid them back with interest.

So, not quite as bad as it first sounded. Possibly even a misunderstanding?

source:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123187503629378119.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
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The second issue involved taxes due while Mr. Geithner worked for the International Monetary Fund between 2001 and 2004. As an employee, Mr. Geithner was technically considered self-employed and was required to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for himself as both an employer and an employee.

He apparently failed to do so, resulting in Internal Revenue Service audits his last two years at the IMF. As soon as the IRS brought the issue to his attention, he paid the taxes with interest, these people said.
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