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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Our secret sexual fetishes on: Today at 07:55:03 pm
I wonder when the Good ol boys club Moderators are going to stop this guy from starting these idiotic threads.

Pending "the boys" (what are you trying to tell us TG? Tongue) regaining some sobriety after their long drunken spree in the Cave (I just smoke pot, which is why I am able to still function), in the interim, I would be willing to cut a deal with Zen. I delete all my silly threads on FC for the past month, if in exchange, Zen deletes all of his FC threads created during the past month. What do you think? Smiley

While I don't have an issue with any of your silly threads I'll gladly take you up on it.

Zen? Where are you?  I'm baaaaaack.

I was unable to delete so I'll have to ask the mods to.

There should be a delete button when you click on your first post in this thread. Here is an example of  a thread I started, which I will delete as a quid pro quo. See the delete button?

2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: Today at 06:19:21 pm
This is a snarky - and thus entertaining - review of last night's performance.

The part of that article that says that Rand Paul said that we should collection information more on terrorists than civilians "without explaining how one does that" is bizarre to me. Paul clearly discussed the warrant process and historical examples of failure to follow up on leads, and spent enough time on it to almost belabor the point.

Fair point. The guy was an a mission other than hewing slavishly to absolute accuracy. He was availing himself of his literary license.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: MN-PPP: Close race with Democrats slightly ahead; #DeezNutsmentum on: Today at 06:09:27 pm
Hillary at 38/55 favorables pretty much means that if the Republicans nominate a sane candidate she is done.

She has it in the bag.

I think your little formula, with zero wiggle room, results in the ineluctable conclusion, that to a 100% certainty, the Pubs will nominate an insane candidate. So the only question remaining, is by insane, do you mean legally insane (which varies by state, but we can get that later), or insane in some more colloquial sense (in which event we will need to flesh out what you mean).  Look forward to hearing from you, on all of these most important and pressing issues.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: MN-PPP: Close race with Democrats slightly ahead; #DeezNutsmentum on: Today at 06:04:25 pm
Sounds like another candidate who did well in national polls but poorly in state polls. We all know how that turned out...

I had not read that article before, and I found it most fascinating. Thanks!
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Our secret sexual fetishes on: Today at 05:49:06 pm
I wonder when the Good ol boys club Moderators are going to stop this guy from starting these idiotic threads.

Pending "the boys" (what are you trying to tell us TG? Tongue) regaining some sobriety after their long drunken spree in the Cave (I just smoke pot, which is why I am able to still function), in the interim, I would be willing to cut a deal with Zen. I delete all my silly threads on FC for the past month, if in exchange, Zen deletes all of his FC threads created during the past month. What do you think? Smiley

While I don't have an issue with any of your silly threads I'll gladly take you up on it.

Zen? Where are you?  I'm baaaaaack.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Our secret sexual fetishes on: Today at 03:25:38 pm
I wonder when the Good ol boys club Moderators are going to stop this guy from starting these idiotic threads.

Pending "the boys" (what are you trying to tell us TG? Tongue) regaining some sobriety after their long drunken spree in the Cave (I just smoke pot, which is why I am able to still function), in the interim, I would be willing to cut a deal with Zen. I delete all my silly threads on FC for the past month, if in exchange, Zen deletes all of his FC threads created during the past month. What do you think? Smiley

While I don't have an issue with any of your silly threads I'll gladly take you up on it.

Deal then. I have to run off to do chores, but when I return, I will delete mine assuming you have deleted yours on the FC board for the past month. Nice doing business with you bro.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: MN-PPP: Close race with Democrats slightly ahead; #DeezNutsmentum on: Today at 03:18:05 pm
Fun poll. One thing about Minnesota. It likes clean politics, and honest politicians. And when it comes to Hillary, well you know what the polls say about certain of her character traits at the moment. So maybe the dots are connecting here, maybe not.

And they will choose Bush or Walker who unlike her are squeaky clean and always tell the truth.
Gimme a break!

Minnesota has gone Republican only once since the 50's but if Republicans want to spend millions there instead of Ohio or Virginia then more power to them.

It's always a pleasure having you drop by px. Assuming the content of your post is the epitome of sublime truth, the problem here is that the voters are just not as perspicacious as you are, px.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Our secret sexual fetishes on: Today at 03:03:13 pm
I wonder when the Good ol boys club Moderators are going to stop this guy from starting these idiotic threads.

Pending "the boys" (what are you trying to tell us TG? Tongue) regaining some sobriety after their long drunken spree in the Cave (I just smoke pot, which is why I am able to still function), in the interim, I would be willing to cut a deal with Zen. I delete all my silly threads on FC for the past month, if in exchange, Zen deletes all of his FC threads created during the past month. What do you think? Smiley
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: MN-PPP: Close race with Democrats slightly ahead; #DeezNutsmentum on: Today at 02:55:23 pm
Fun poll. One thing about Minnesota. It likes clean politics, and honest politicians. And when it comes to Hillary, well you know what the polls say about certain of her character traits at the moment. So maybe the dots are connecting here, maybe not.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Our secret sexual fetishes on: Today at 02:48:12 pm
None of mine are secret, so the answer is none.

]Pity this Board does not seem to be moderated much anymore.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who do you think did the worst at the NH Union Forum? on: Today at 10:11:20 am
Jindal was the worst, but then he didn't matter anyway.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / The 2016 Presidential Elections Board Does Not Suck on: Today at 09:38:51 am
Yes, having participated recently quite a bit on the 2016 POTUS elections board, I find it interesting, well organized, mostly civil, and with many thoughtful and interesting posts. However well deserved its poor reputation in the past, it certainly does not in my view obtain now. So in that spirit, I put up the poll above. Smiley
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will Trump win any primaries or caucuses? on: Today at 09:14:48 am
With so many candidates, sure, it's possible that Trump will come in first in one of the early primaries. But it's all wild speculation at this point really. It will be interesting to see this Thursday just how facile Trump is with policy issues. One thing that really stood out to me last night, was how well Fiorina handled the question about the economic collapse in 2007, giving a nice tour de horizon of banks too big to fail, FANNIE and FREDDIE, etc. Trump needs to do that sort of thing on an issue or two: he needs to display some real depth of knowledge.

Oh, regarding the interesting question posed immediately above, about whether or not Trump really wants to win, my thought is that motivations can change over time. Campaigns change candidates. So while Trump may have gotten in just for the buzz, as time goes by, he might really become a true believer in himself (as opposed to it being a mere egomaniacal veneer), a man of destiny.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Road Trip 2015 on: Today at 08:39:10 am
I saw Butchart Gardens on a family vacation when I was about 12 years old. I still think that it is the most magnificent presentation of landscaping I have seen anywhere in the world. What makes it so special is the topography. It's setting is in a former rock quarry, so there are grottoes and so forth with rock cliffs and ledges at various elevations which serve as a very effective vehicle to display the plants, and create visual variety and drama. Sometimes the rock elevations are all covered with greenery, sometimes not, but in either case, the elevation changes and little valleys of landscape presentations, are most pleasing to the eye. Due to my visit there, when I designed a pool in the desert, I inserted reddish brown flat rocks between the pool and the golf course, inserting in and amongst the rocks various plantings, with water flowing from a raised pool through various crevasses in the rocks.

15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Your reaction to this analogy as to how Hillary Clinton is wired on: Today at 08:26:36 am
This was a comment written in the New York Times by a reader about Hillary Clinton. Do you find it an apt, or inapt, analogy?

"There is a scene in Total Recall in which Arnold has to get past Customs while dressed as an old woman. Since it's the future, he has some kind of robot mask on. However, as the questioning becomes more intense, and the robot has trouble with responding, the mask explodes, and Arnold is exposed.

"Hillary is like that. She does not seem to have any of her own thoughts. She synthetic, and obviously so.

"When she's asked a question, she does not answer. Instead, she starts bobbing her head, her eyes kind of bug out, and she has a weird smile on her face. She's not framing an answer. Her brain is calculating a response. She's searching for what the focus groups have suggested is the best answer.

"At some point, she will break down. No one can keep this kind of charade going for very long. The issues concerning "everyday Americans" are too diverse for pure calculation."
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate to vote on defunding Planned Parenthood on: Today at 08:02:02 am
I'm glad this bill failed. We Democrats have once again stood up to the Republicans' War on Women, and we must continue the fight to protect women's reproductive rights.

The Republicans are on your side.

Since when has legalizing abortion been in the beliefs of most republicans?

Not most registered Republicans, but most GOP politicians.  Republican-appointed justices handed us Roe v. Wade, and the current SCOTUS, though it is mostly Republican appointees, won't overturn it.  The GOP controlled all branches of government a decade ago and did nothing then too.

Roe is probably gone if the GOP wins the presidency in 2016. I don't see how Ginsburg makes it through 2020, and you can probably get past the Senate with a Huntsman-type - clearly pro-life, but otherwise quite moderate.

Roe and the three trimester concept is gone now. It's been replaced by Sandra Day O'Connor's undue burden on the mother standard. Which leaves open the issue as to what constitutes an "undue burden." There is no need to overturn anything per se, as opposed to just interpret those two words, which could open the door to allowing more restrictions on late term abortions.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: Today at 07:19:00 am
This is a snarky - and thus entertaining - review of last night's performance.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 08:50:48 pm
Where can I buy swag merch from Jeb's "swag store".


I can't find it.  Sad

I'm sure dudeabides would be happy to PM it to you.

I am thankful to the posters here who have respectfully disagreed with me, and I am thankful to the posters who clearly are my allies. Some like to attack me for my support of Governor Bush, they call me a troll or say that Iím delusional. Thatís fine, I can take the heat. But, I think my critics should at least understand where I come from and why I support Jeb Bush for President.

I am optimistic about the future of America, but Barack Obamaís policies have failed us, and he would rather divide people than appeal to our hopes and dreams. I believe in the principles of limited government, free markets, and a foreign policy where America is a leader in the world, but not the police of the world, and where we always protect our security interests. In January, I researched several prospective presidential candidates, their values, and their records. Iíve admired Jeb Bushís leadership for years and found that on the economy and reforming government, heís the candidate with the best track record. He also has diversity of experience, isnít afraid to make decisions, and he appeals to peopleís hopes in an era when we have a President who wants people to vote based on their fears. I also happen to agree with Jeb Bush on the issues.

I knew going into this process I could not support Rand Paul because of his opposition to Iranian sanctions, the Patriot Act, and his lack of judgement in foreign affairs. I knew going in that Ted Cruz canít win and is too inexperienced. Donald Trump is to the left of Hillary Clinton and is clueless on the economy and foreign policy. I like and admire Scott Walker, John Kasich, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Iíve gained respect for Rick Perry. But, simply put, Jeb Bush is the best qualified, heís got the best record, I agree with his vision, and he is the best able to defeat the Democrats and lead this country.

So, for the last time. I do not profit from supporting Jeb Bush. I do not volunteer for Bush's campaign, though I will in due time. I am not with Jeb Bush on 100% of the issues, but I am on most things. I don't think his father and brother were great Presidents, I think they were good, and I'm not judging Jeb on George H.W. or George W's record, that wouldn't be fair. I see the candidate's flaws - he has embraced common core and I get that the fact that he had investments in companies that benefited from Obamacare could cause problems for him. But I will defend facts AND my opinions, and the rights of others to express their opinions. 

That's a nice statement, but this chit chat here is more about debate performance, and less about who the Pubs should nominate, and who would make the best POTUS out of the bunch. I am open to Jeb, but thought his performance was undisciplined and lacking. He needs to get his act together, and soon, or he's going to fall by the way side imo.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 08:47:40 pm

Pedestrian write up, but then not much time to write it up.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 08:04:29 pm
As a Democrat, I thought the strongest overall was Graham.

You want to conquer Syria too on the ground, with the US leading a coalition? Graham knows what he's talking about, as far as depth, but his delivery was unfortunate.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 08:03:00 pm
Kasich, Paul and Walker did best IMO.

Yes, in the sense they accomplished the most for themselves. Christie was good, but I don't think he branched out, and took a risk anywhere.

Bush and Rubio were the big losers in the top tier I think. Fortunately for them, this event does not matter much. But it suggests the limits of their abilities.

I wonder if Kasich will start eating into the Jeb vote.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 07:57:48 pm
Jeb was a mess at the end. Ouch!
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 07:56:40 pm
Now I see why Rubio has lost over half his support...

Clearly. He's done. Sad really. He's way too immature and shallow.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 07:54:10 pm
'We all benefit when the government shrinks."

You know, except the millions who depend on government, and the millions more who work for it.

Gotta wean the former

Why?

Letting people who can work depend on the government, especially welfare, when they could do otherwise is too expensive, creates a culture of laziness, and wastes potential tax revenue.

People are always going to be dependent on something, hon.

I thought the idea of being able to deduct principal repayments from taxable income for student debt an interesting one. It creates the right incentives.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 06:49:20 pm
Walker is crushing this. Best so far.

 I think he must have written the questions out for the moderator.
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