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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: McAuliffe say Clinton is willing to walk back on TPP. Then reverses his comments on: July 27, 2016, 06:51:43 am
The Hillary campaign threw McAuliffe under the bus on this one. Hillary has assumed the mantle of the "protectionist lite" candidate in this election, and given her opponent, is not going to be walking that back, at least prior to election day.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Do you think that Donald Trump's campaign was serious from the start? on: July 26, 2016, 03:51:23 pm
Originally it might not have been serious. It is serious now, and should be taken seriously. The nation has gone nutter.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Where would you choose to live? on: July 26, 2016, 10:28:35 am
Sedona AZ, which is barely within the named county. Flagstaff is kind of a dump really. It's main street is just neon light tourist chain store/motels row.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Inescapable PA: Massive data dump and maps, maps, and more maps on: July 25, 2016, 10:20:18 am
Ah, I didn't connect the dots. Very impressive work Miles. And I didn't know you were part of a "decision desk." Awesome. And folks say sometimes that the quality of our posters sucks. They really  don't have a clue - at all! Smiley
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton/Kaine 60 Minutes Interview Thread on: July 25, 2016, 10:02:51 am
The interview gave Hillary a break, by not mentioning in the segment about Clinton's honesty, that while the AG said that what she did was not appropriate to prosecute, she had lied to just about everybody continually throughout the process. I would have asked Hillary if she thought the AG's characterization of her conduct was unfair. It would have been interesting to have observed how Hillary answered that question.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Could you visit St. Louis without being reminded of opebo constantly? on: July 25, 2016, 09:58:51 am
I don't think opebo spent much time in St. Louis. His suburbanized family farm, that created the family wealth, was far outside of the city. Opebo likes to muse about poor people through his Marxist lense, not actually mix and mingle and spend time with them. So no is the answer. On the other hand, who here could possibly think of Hudson, without thinking of myself? Tongue  Sorry, I could not resist that one.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Inescapable PA: Massive data dump and maps, maps, and more maps on: July 25, 2016, 07:35:21 am
If this long article isn't salivating inducing succulent red meat to forumites, nothing is. The article in the end does not say anything that those of use who are fascinated by a most unhip state that has such dramatic cross trends going on between its various parts, did not already know, but it is still fascinating. And yes, Trump needs to win it, or he's done. It will be a great experiment in whether the Trump nationalistic/populist/authoritarian message can get white working class voters to have a turnout that finally matches, if not exceeds, that of blacks, as well as get them to trend rather sharply in his direction. PA is ground zero in this election. It certainly isn't VA, nor CO. Those states have too many educated whites to give Trump an opening. Another interesting thing to watch is whether PA votes more Pub this time than Florida. How much of the Cuban vote will Trump manage to hold, among other things, will be a key factor.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: #NeverTrump GOP endorsements LATEST: Carlson,Pressler,Scowcroft,Paulson endorse Clinton on: July 25, 2016, 06:12:20 am
Btw, I'm still waiting for a single high profile Republican who previously ruled out voting for Trump in the GE to change their minds and endorse him.  There've been plenty of folks who went from undecided to endorsing him, but among those who said months ago that they wouldn't support Trump in the GE, none of them have flip-flopped and currently backing Trump.

I thought folks were saying that all the #NeverTrump Republican politicians would fall in line?  We're past the RNC now, so what gives?  If there was going to be a mass migration of these folks into the Trump column, wouldn't it have happened by now?


Is it possible that some of these folks share my opinion of Trump? If so, you have your answer. Smiley
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: How would you vote for Senate if you lived in Calif.? on: July 25, 2016, 05:15:43 am
Undecided
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump: Ailes is a "very, very good person" on: July 24, 2016, 05:55:26 pm
Yes, we know Donald. Sexual harassment of women by men is not a character flaw that bothers you much. Heck, in the good old days, such sexual harassment did not exist. It was just what men naturally did. If they didn't, they were probably gay.
If you believe the rumors, it was pretty much Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson against the rest of the Fox talent when it came to Ailes. The rumor was that if Ailes was let go, Hannity, Gretta, O'Reilly, etc. were ready to jump ship with him.

There's a reason he's still a consultant.

http://www.thewrap.com/bill-oreilly-sean-hannity-may-leave-fox-news-if-roger-ailes-departs/

Hannity in particular, given his limited talents, would be crazy to quit the gravy train. Ditto for Gretta. And O'Reilly knows that his power and notoriety, and all the attention he gets, comes from his chair at Fox. Where else would he get all that? So unfortunately, none of them are going anywhere.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump: Ailes is a "very, very good person" on: July 24, 2016, 05:36:56 pm
Yes, we know Donald. Sexual harassment of women by men is not a character flaw that bothers you much. Heck, in the good old days, such sexual harassment did not exist. It was just what men naturally did. If they didn't, they were probably gay.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who are you voting for in the 2016 General Election? on: July 24, 2016, 05:34:30 pm
The one with an irresistible impulse to try to lie her way out of trouble when she feels under threat. The choice is obvious! Does therapy do any good in mitigating such character flaws? I am kind of genuinely curious. Her behavior is just so self destructive.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Do you think Johnson will make the debate stage? on: July 24, 2016, 04:43:51 pm
No, and from what I have seen of Johnson, he would make a horrible debater. There just isn't any gravitas there at all. He really doesn't know much. But he's a pleasant fellow, no doubt about that.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton's campaign manager: Russia helping Trump on: July 24, 2016, 04:41:21 pm
This Putin speculation is getting way, way ahead of the actual facts as we know them at the moment. In fact we don't know anything about who hacked, and why. Nor do we know, to the extent anyone is implying that, that team Trump was in the loop on this. I suspect they would rather have DWS to kick around some more personally.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: In wake of email scandal, Sanders renews call for DWS to resign as DNC chair on: July 24, 2016, 02:23:26 pm
She will resign before the convention starts. Nobody wants her on stage for even a few minutes. That is my prediction.

She hasn't resigned yet, but Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Cleveland, Ohio) is taking over all of the chair functions for the week. DWS will not appear on the stage at any point.

No, at the moment (but not for much longer methinks) DWS is slated to still appear on a cameo basis, and if she does, she will be roundly booed.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: In wake of email scandal, Sanders renews call for DWS to resign as DNC chair on: July 24, 2016, 02:14:14 pm
She will resign before the convention starts. Nobody wants her on stage for even a few minutes. That is my prediction.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Donald Trump's best areas in Michigan to win on: July 24, 2016, 02:11:18 pm
Find areas dominated by white working class whites that are older, with few minorities in their midst, that have few unionized workers, and are not within the Dutch Calvinist belt (highly religious folks tend to shy away from Trump), and you will find Trump's best areas in Michigan - at least on a swing/trend basis.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Can Trump win back the educated voters? on: July 24, 2016, 01:19:48 pm
LOL.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump: Might pull out of the WTO and thinks the EU was created to beat the USA on: July 24, 2016, 12:28:57 pm
Yes, we know, Trump is a hardcore protectionist. That is just one of so many reasons that he is unfit for office. If all those folks flocking to Trump because they are dissatisfied with their standard of living, and think the elites are screwing them, only knew what their standard of living would be like after Trump is done f'ing everything up, with among other things, a host of trade wars, and no allies left on this Earth.  Boeing (you know, the outfit that sells planes across the planet, many to foreign governments) might have to file for Bankruptcy. Hopefully they never get to find out.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Austin school teacher bodyslammed by police for speeding on: July 24, 2016, 10:36:15 am
My take in watching the aftermath video, is that the cop himself was very nervous that he had gone over the top. And he could have done grave injury to that small woman. We have a problem. Given the use of videos recording cop behavior (and thank heavens for that), and too many cops that are unfit to be cops, we have a very incendiary situation, that can, and has, led to riots. Over time, we need to be much more selective as to who are cops, and pay them better, to get those who are really qualified to do this what is, these days, a very complex, and demanding job, that requires a good temperament, and smarts, as well as the requisite physical attributes, all in one package.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Would the previous poster win your county in a Presidential Election? on: July 24, 2016, 10:23:51 am
No, absent the opposition candidate being very flawed.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Historic Hudson Happenings Thread on: July 23, 2016, 06:32:01 am
Alas no, and no such names appear on the list of registered voters in Hudson.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Male escorts in Cleveland have been making bank this week on: July 22, 2016, 05:43:58 pm
“Most of them were first-timers. You could tell they were nervous,"

What a sad way to live.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / If the election were held today, would Trump carry this part of Toledo? on: July 22, 2016, 03:44:31 pm
Here is the part of Toledo that I am talking about. We know that Trump will tank in elite suburbs like Indian Hill to the east of Cincinnati. So he needs to make up a lot of ground elsewhere. Is this "elsewhere" going to be one of those places?

25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeb Bush to Endorse Gary Johnson Next Week? on: July 22, 2016, 02:43:28 pm
Great news! I hope Cruz endorses Johnson too. This will give Johnson the nevertrumpers and hurt trump. haha

Ah, hate to break it to you, but such folks were not going to vote for Trump just because Johnson was not on the ballot. Johnson may get some votes of those Pubs who loathe Trump, who might otherwise vote for Hillary. I think on balance Johnson helps Trump. A vote for Johnson is only a half vote against Trump, while a vote for Hillary is a full vote against Trump. I highly recommend going the full vote route against Trump, but that is just me. He's just too dangerous to be parsimonious and slash one's voting impact in half.
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