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51  General Discussion / History / Re: Who was the most politically adept President? on: February 07, 2014, 03:12:14 pm
Honorable mention to Dubya, who at 29% approvals at the end got everything passed he wanted.  He was marvelous at getting a lot out of Congress.

If that were true, Social Security would have been privatized and Harriet Miers would be on the Supreme Court.
52  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Chances that Howard Dean runs on: January 30, 2014, 03:42:30 pm
Low, I would hope. He did a great job as DNC Chairman, but he doesn't do well under the pressure of a campaign. He'd make an excellent HHS Secretary in a Democratic Administration.
53  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: When will a county in Massachusetts vote for the Republican candidate? on: January 30, 2014, 03:40:35 pm
Plymouth is entirely winnable in a good Republican year.
54  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Pew: Americans not paying much attention to "Bridgeghazi" on: January 14, 2014, 09:36:48 am
Not suprising. It's a local issue and while Christie is a big name for 2016, I doubt many people are paying attention. Things like this only have any importance by the end of 2015.
The importance of this episode isn't so much in how it effects the public's perception of Christie, but rather in how it effects the media's coverage of him and his candidacy.
55  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Has Chris Christie become a laughing stock? on: January 12, 2014, 11:39:40 am
A bit surprising he botched such an easy cover-up, and this whole Bridge Scandal makes me wonder what other skeletons are in his closet. That said, the bridge thing will blow over, but it's probably started the process of turning the press, and particularly the political press and the New York papers, against Christie.
56  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why are modern day Democrats generally peaceniks? on: January 12, 2014, 11:38:13 am
Exact, up-to-date numbers are hard to come by, but I wouldn't be surprised if there have been more drone strikes under Obama than under GWB.
57  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Chris Christie is out after Bridgegate? on: January 09, 2014, 02:25:32 pm
Way too early to tell. In a month or so, we'll have a better idea.
58  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: 'That' salute. on: January 01, 2014, 10:52:38 pm
Could someone translate this for Americans?  I've never seen this before.

59  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France debating ban on childhood beauty pageants on: December 23, 2013, 02:02:58 pm
Good -they should be banned. Children should be free just to be children. 
60  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Jang Sung-taek sacked, arrested on live TV, and executed in North Korean purge. on: December 19, 2013, 10:27:10 pm

What if the team Rodman is coaching loses?
61  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Barack Obama: Master Troll on: December 18, 2013, 11:56:10 am
62  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: What will be next US Constitutional Amendment? on: December 18, 2013, 11:54:24 am
With the gutting of the Voting Rights Act making it necessary, perhaps the Right to Vote Amendment, along with the Equal Rights Amendment.   

While I doubt the Fair Vote Amendment has any chance of passage, I can see where one would argue for its passage as a way to respond to Shelby County v. Holder.  But why the Equal Right Amendment?  Not only am I not aware of any efforts to suppress the women's vote, the Voting Rights Act doesn't include any language about gender based voting discrimination.

The Voting Rights Act was most recently renewed under George W. Bush, with most Republicans voting in favor.
63  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Jang Sung-taek sacked, arrested on live TV, and executed in North Korean purge. on: December 16, 2013, 07:14:55 pm
The extreme language in the KCNA statement, as well as the fact that Jang was executed rather than simply stripped of his positions and/or forcibly retired, shows that he wasn't merely pushed aside in an internal power struggle, and that this isn't merely a case of Kim Jong Un asserting himself to consolidate his hold on power, but that Jang was actually a real threat to Kim Jong Un. We may never know what he actually did, but my guess is that a coup was either attempted or afoot.

The announcement accuses Jang of being a "reformist" ideologically aligned with the West. If only he had succeeded!

Remember that in North Korea that's pretty much the worst thing you can say about somebody, so who knows if that part is actually true: it may just have been piled on to his other crimes.
64  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Gay Marriage will be legalized in which of the following countries by 2020? on: December 16, 2013, 07:00:52 pm
Taiwan should be on the list. It will legalize gay marriage long before many of the countries you listed, and might well be the first place in Asia to do so.
65  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Why did Bill Clinton do so well (compared to Obama) in Wyoming? on: December 15, 2013, 03:47:06 pm
Coal is the biggest reason. The urban-rural split from 2000 onwards is another. Wyoming is only about 11% Mormon, and Mormons aren't the main reason why the state is so Republican. The state's heavy reliance on extractive industries and lack of urban centers are.
66  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: John Boehner is a strong, conservative Speaker who don't need no Tea Party on: December 13, 2013, 11:08:42 am
What a fearless leader. So fearless that he led the nation into a shutdown instead of doing his job.

Hopefully this means that he's seen the light and has realized that he needs to stand up to his back-benchers.
67  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Marco Rubio signs family up for Obamacare, asks for federal subsidies on: December 12, 2013, 10:49:10 am
68  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Toppling Lenin Statues on: December 11, 2013, 02:17:29 pm
We should only stop when there are just a handful left...like 4.
69  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 80 years later, LSU honors man that it expelled for criticizing Huey Long on: December 10, 2013, 06:50:31 pm
Better late than never, I guess.
70  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Do you think Vermont should secede from the US and join Canada? on: December 06, 2013, 07:15:37 pm
No, and Canada isn't the left-wing paradise that American liberal lore holds that it is. Sadly, it will stray ever farther from that ideal as oil sands continue to give Alberta more money, population, and influence.
71  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Texas Megathread on: December 06, 2013, 06:59:25 pm

lol. Didn't know he was such a Dewhurst fan. This has to be red meat more than actual conviction, because the cognitive dissonance is remarkable.
This is actually a pretty popular idea on some of the fringes of the right.
72  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Nelson Mandela has died on: December 06, 2013, 01:27:22 pm
Farewell to one of the few truly great men of our time. May he Rest in Peace.
73  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: HHS in 2010: 40-67% of those with individual insurance won't be able to keep it on: November 21, 2013, 11:40:49 am
A large percentage of these people who have the low premium plans are going to be too poor to qualify for subsidies. Many will go on Medicare, unlikely to be better than what they have now, and won't help at all with making prices more competitive.


Medicaid (not Medicare) is going to be a lot better than some awful $10,000 deductible plan with high copays, not to mention it should have a bigger network.

Even better, those are the exact people who need to be OFF of $10,000 deductible plans.  I personally wouldn't have a problem with a rich person having a $10,000 deductible, but no one should be allowed to have a deductible they can't potentially afford.

Exactly. Selling such a plan should be illegal.
74  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obamacare enrollment sees sharp increase in November on: November 20, 2013, 02:05:35 pm

Unlucky PlayStation 4 owners face 'blue light of death'

iPhone 5 wifi issues

Feds open formal probe into Tesla electric car fires

About 15,000 Medtronic devices used in heart procedures are being recalled

Keep in mind those last two are about cars bursting into fire and burning to the ground and peoples hearts stopping and killing them... not 404 errors on your internet machine.

Even bigger than the iPhone 5 wifi issue was the iPhone 4 antenna controversy. My favorite part was Steve Jobs indignantly replying to one email with "You're not holding the phone right." They had to give everybody free phone cases for months!

Not to mention the Apple Maps Fiasco: even though it's vastly improved over the past year, I know plenty of people who still won't use it because of the early horror stories.
75  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What % of the vote would Sanders get in Vermont as a 3rd party candidate? on: November 19, 2013, 12:18:27 pm
Remember that 3rd parties almost always overpoll. I think he'd get around 10% in Vermont, 5% in the rest of New England, and 1% nationwide.
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