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51  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 23, 2015, 02:12:01 pm
Sigged.  This is art. 

Bushie's updates on his job are always great for their optimism with ironic sense of impending doom.

The update is like if Oscar Wilde wrote a parody of an Horatio Alger novel.

52  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Gulf War: Iraq invades Saudi Arabia right after invading Kuwait and succeds on: March 22, 2015, 08:03:23 pm
The Coalition stages out of Turkey and goes straight for Baghdad. There's no way the other Arab leaders would allow Saddam to stay in power if he pulled something like this.
53  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Does NH deserve its first-in-the-nation place in presidential primary season? on: March 20, 2015, 09:16:34 pm
The only fair way to do this is to have a lottery before every election cycle, maybe with the stipulation that a state can't go first twice in a row, or that the winning state has to be from a different region than the previous one.
54  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Sanders be a Spoiler Anywhere? on: March 20, 2015, 09:11:18 pm
NH, ME, NV, FL, OH, WI, MN, and IA are all possibilities. He could force the Democratic nominee to spend money in OR and WA but wouldn't quite be able to put them in striking distance for Jeb or Walker. Of course, the Dems will fight tooth and nail to keep him off the ballot in all these places.
55  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the Senate be reformed? on: March 20, 2015, 03:24:53 pm

- Elect it from party lists based on nationwide PV
- Don't get rid of the filibuster, but make them actually read the phone book at midnight
56  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Based on his website re-design, I think Bernie Sanders is in. on: March 20, 2015, 03:07:58 pm
Whether or not he wins or even makes it out of Iowa he is going to provide a very, very important narrative to the 2016 Democratic field. 

Honestly... I think he'd be better off running as an Independent.  America is primed to embrace one. 

In which case, say hello to President Walker.
57  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 20, 2015, 11:05:44 am
It sounds like Bushie made about $7,000 last year. That's more than I would have thought, but I guess that old man who employed Bushie at CADD job #1 did let him linger for a while even though he "just didn't get it." Why is Bushie not on food stamps also? It's obviously not out of a principled desire not to take handouts from the government because he just received the EITC.

There are strict limitations on what can be purchased with food stamps: restaurant food, hot food from the food bars/buffet counters that many supermarkets have are not eligible. Most of the items he could buy with food stamps would require him to cook. Also, a single male with no dependents wouldn't get more than a token amount anyway. However, candy, ice cream, and soft drinks are (for which you can thank the corn lobby, since in the U.S. these are usually made with high-fructose corn syrup rather than real sugar).
58  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Norway or Tennessee? on: March 20, 2015, 08:35:27 am
Tennessee, mainly because of the weather, though the barbecue is a strong point in it's favor also.
59  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which state is Hillary more likely to lose? on: March 19, 2015, 10:21:01 pm

Virginia. More blacks in proportion to the population than any other Northern state (it is Northern now despite its Southern past), and huge numbers of government employees who are not going to let their good times come to an end for tax cuts.
LOL no Virginia is still Southern. The whites there are more conservative than the Union. Only Dem due to minorities.

Aren't Virginia whites actually more Republican than West Virginia whites?

Even if that was true last election, I doubt it will be true in the next one, and certainly not in the one after that. But back to the topic at hand, NOVA is no longer Southern in any meaningful way, but the rest of the state very much still is.
60  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which state is Hillary more likely to lose? on: March 19, 2015, 09:27:02 am
Virginia's leftward trend predates Obama, and the antics of Republicans in congress hurt the GOP here more than in any other state. I'd go with Ohio.
61  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Carson flubs foreign policy discussion in Hugh Hewitt interview on: March 18, 2015, 11:10:26 pm
I don't see how he actually corrected him. Muslims will tell you their faith goes back to Jacob...

Do you think Carson knows this? And even if he does, do you think he believes it? I highly doubt any non-Muslim does.
62  General Discussion / History / Re: Korean War: Win, lose, or Draw for America? on: March 18, 2015, 03:42:46 pm
Considering the difference in quality of life, culture, and basically everything in South Korea as compared to North Korea, I'd say the war was a short-term draw or minor loss, long-term win.

I would say short-term draw, long-term win for much this reason.
63  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Did you ever see Aaron Schock going far in higher office? on: March 18, 2015, 08:55:53 am
No, because he would have been outed.
64  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Donald Trump to launch presidential exploratory committee on Wednesday on: March 18, 2015, 08:53:34 am
65  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What does Donald Trump really want? on: March 18, 2015, 08:53:11 am
4, 5, 6, and 9, but mostly 4.
66  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What's the best title of it? on: March 14, 2015, 10:47:23 pm
67  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What is Hillary's floor in the popular vote? on: March 13, 2015, 10:11:24 am

Come on, you had to know this was going to be the answer when you started the thread Wink
68  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Virginia GOP considers foregoing primary, nominate by convention on: March 13, 2015, 10:10:24 am

Or is Cruz too left wing for the people who nominated Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson?

The VAGOP is actually surprisingly inept, especially here in Hampton Roads.

All I know is that this convention is probably going to be a sad mess.

You mean a hilarious mess! I fully expect them to vote for Cruz or possibly even Carson.
69  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Describe a Obama '12 voter/Kyrillos '12 voter on: March 13, 2015, 09:45:31 am
Iranian-American Democrat angry at Menendez's hawkishness on Iran.

Most Iranian-Americans despise the Iranian regime. The few who don't probably don't (or can't) vote.
70  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Greece threatens open Western Europe for jihadists, confiscating German property on: March 12, 2015, 01:24:58 pm
I think it's really time to finally kick them out and leave them in their own misery.

My only worry is that you'll kick them out... and into the loving arms of Putin.
71  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Why are most Western Islamic converts women? on: March 12, 2015, 12:00:11 pm
I'm almost certain marriage is the main reason: while Muslim men are in theory allowed to marry Jewish and Christian women, most scholars only allow this with restrictions that render most of them off limits. Much easier to get community and family approval if she converts to Islam. Muslim women are much more strongly discouraged from marrying, dating, or even meeting non-Muslim men.
72  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: FiveThirtyEight: Media attacks won't hurt Hillary among Dems on: March 12, 2015, 11:03:32 am
Anyway, it doesn't matter. Hillary won't win. I've just returned from the Washington Post comments section, and I could not find a single positive original comment about Hillary. I scrolled down until Internet Explorer stopped responding. Hundreds of comments. Not 90-10, not 95-5, not even 99-1 (as one comment suggested), but literally 100% to 0%. She'd be crazy to run. She'll be buried in the hate. Mark my words.

This is case in point why Republicans can get whatever they want when they have congress and the presidency, and can block everything even when they have neither. Democrats act like losers, even when we're winning. Republicans act like winners, even when they're losing.
73  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate Republicans write a letter to Iran on: March 11, 2015, 12:52:26 pm
If they are now trying to say they sent the letter as a joke, sending joke letters to foreign diplomats is even more scandalous than sending serious letters.

Republicans are only humorous unintentionally,  anyway.

Disingenuously claiming that something was a joke is generally the Republican line of defense when one of them says something horrible about race or gender, and it works more often than not. Considering that the purpose of this letter and the Netanyahu speech is to turn Israel into yet another Culture War wedge issue to be wielded against Democrats, that they would fall back on this isn't at all surprising.

Of course, the very real danger here is that it will undermine Democratic support for Israel in the long run, leading future Democratic administrations and congresses to assert more pressure on Israel on issues like settlements and Arab Israeli civil rights. Paradoxically, this may push Israel to reach a peace agreement that will guarantee its long-term survival, though almost certainly not on terms that the current Israeli government or its Christian Zionist supporters would like.
74  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Is there any democrat who could defeat Cruz in 2018? on: March 11, 2015, 09:52:48 am
Obviously yes because Texas will be blue in a few years

Yes, eventually Democrats will win everywhere and they don't even have to try because muh demographics.

Yes, but will we all be alive 25 years from now to see Democratic victories in Texas?))

I'll be in my 50s by then, so going by actuarial tables, I should still be alive. But as to the relevant question, no, Cruz probably won't lose to a Democrat in 2018. If it's a midterm with an unpopular Republican president, he's in danger, but he can probably raise enough money to pull through anyway. His real danger is in the Republican primary.
75  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Challenge: Describe a Bo Gritz 92/Nader 96/Nader 2000/Bush 2004/Obama 2008 voter on: March 11, 2015, 09:50:11 am
A disaffected white teenager who starts off as a neo-Nazi blaming immigrants and minorities for his problems and those of society, but between 1993 and 1995, gradually becomes disillusioned with them and gravitates towards environmentalism and leftism. He enthusiastically votes for Nader in both 1996 and 2000. He eventually becomes and evangelical Christian and votes for Bush because of abortion, despite deep misgivings about the War in Iraq and Bush's record on the environment. He stops supporting Bush after the Katrina Fiasco, becomes a Democrat, and votes for Obama in 2008.
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