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51  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Cornish National Liberation Army on: September 18, 2014, 10:28:11 pm
I'm not convinced that this is an actual thing and not a hoax or a parody.
52  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What is Jeb Bush's base? on: September 08, 2014, 09:41:02 pm
In most polls where Jeb is included, he tends to do respectably. Why? What is his base?

The Tea Party.

There will be at least a half dozen Tea Party candidates. Of course they'll support him in the general, but they'd much prefer a fire-breather in the primary.

To answer the question, Jeb's base is moderate and somewhat conservative Republicans. While there probably aren't enough of them left for him to win the nomination, his only hope is to win the New Hampshire primary against a divided field of Tea Partiers and SoCons, and then build on the momentum from that. All easier said than done.
53  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Scott Brown sums up the bottom line of the American Right on: September 08, 2014, 09:28:19 am
What if I told you both the private sector and public sector provide goods and services that are delivered by people being paid for their work?

Mind = blown.
54  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will Hilary Clinton being a feminist hurt her? on: September 07, 2014, 10:37:37 am
To be fair, I'm almost certain she made that statement before Tumblr Feminists became a thing.
55  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread on: September 04, 2014, 08:30:32 pm
Portman will be dead on arrival in a GOP primary for the simple reason that he supports gay marriage. The Republican base might be prepared to accept a nominee who supports gay marriage in 2020, but not in 2016.

Add to that, the reason that Portman came around to supporting marriage equality was that his son is gay. Most of the Republican base still views having a gay child as a a source of deep shame at best and a character flaw at worst. I do think they'll come around eventually, but not in the next 2 years.
56  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which potential candidates will get cabinet positions? on: September 03, 2014, 10:38:03 pm

I could see Rick Perry in some sort of cabinet position but I'm not sure where. Mayyybe John Bolton as Secretary of State in a Christie administration, but that might be a bit too aggressive.

Perry as Secretary of Commerce would be hilarious (leading the agency he forgot he wanted to eliminate), but I can't think of any good reason a Republican president would want him in the cabinet.

Bolton would have a hard time getting confirmed, even with a Republican Senate.
57  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Buchanan: Hillary has never been right on Foreign Policy. on: August 31, 2014, 12:01:40 pm
I love how all of the Clinton-hacks in this thread are just using ad-hominem rather than addressing the points made in the article. They don't want to admit that Hilary has been wrong on everything she's said when it comes to these key foreign policy decisions.

You know the anti-Hillary hacks are desperate when they resort to pimping a column written by a racist Holocaust-denier.

Thanks for proving my point about no one wanting to adress the points made in the article.

Who cares what points he made?  If you want to make points about Hillary's foreign policy, perhaps you should use a column from someone other than a racist Holocaust-denier.

Buchanan is a Hitler apologist who's flirted with Holocaust denial. He has no credibility to speak on anything. I don't care what David Duke or Shirley Phelps Roper have to say about a Hillary candidacy either.
58  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Can Jordan remain a bastion of stability and moderation in the Arab World? on: August 31, 2014, 09:59:07 am
If it fell into chaos, would the King...
1. grab power and crack down hard on protests/riots
2. be overwhelmed and defeated relatively quickly
3. flee to safety

He seems like a good guy, but he's still a king in the Middle East, so I'm not sure.
Option 1. Despite the image they project in the West, the Hashemites haven't held on this long by being soft or stupid.
59  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Do any regions in Estonia or Latvia want to break away and join Russia? on: August 30, 2014, 11:13:48 pm
Narva might, but nowhere else.
60  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: If USA/Russia/China are the 3 most powerful countries, who are 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 ? on: August 30, 2014, 10:16:05 pm
China is far more powerful than Russia.

My ranking would look something like this:

1. USA

2. China
The problem with putting the PRC so high is that they don't really deserve it.  HUGE internal issues.  Issues much harder to overcome than anything the other 9 might have to deal with.  They have a large military that is rapidly improving, but it's still a long LONG way behind the West in tech and even Russia.  (stealing tech sounds good on paper and even occasionally works out for the thief, but more often then not, in actual use they are almost never as good as the thing copied and often quite inferior)  They can't project the sh**tty power they do have.  And they don't have any friends that aren't bigger basket cases than they are.

China has the world's second largest economy, largest industrial base, and the world's largest population, which unlike 30 years ago, is now reasonably well-educated and healthy by global standards. I certainly agree that they have a lot of internal issues (the demographic bomb their rulers planted by failing to repeal the One Child Policy in time is at the top of the list, and their environmental problems are nothing to scoff at either), but so do all the other major powers. None of the other major powers, save the US, can match China in economic power.

Putin's Russia, like the Soviet Union and Russian Empire before it, appears vastly more powerful than it actually is. Without nuclear weapons, it probably wouldn't even be in the Top 10. France and the UK still have projection power left over from their days of Empire (though France more than the UK these days), though both are small compared to China. Germany ranks as high as it does due to its dominance within the EU. On that note, if the EU were one country, it would be more powerful than China, but it doesn't have a common foreign or defense policy, so it isn't.

India still punches below its weight, but it's a rising economic power, has nukes, and has pretty good strategic reach.

China is far more powerful than Russia.

My ranking would look something like this:

3. Russia
4 (tie). France, Germany, India
7 (tie). Japan, UK

India doesn't belong in that category, they're weaker, I'm not sure I would place them above Italy. As for the position of Japan, Germany UK and France, I think it's really unclear who are strongest.
If we talk about economic power Japan are biggest, but through the German position in EU, they're more economic powerful. France and UK are somewhat equal here.
Political well I think Germany wins, no one wish to offend them, so most states listen to Germany when they talk, most of EU to large extent looks to Germany before they act. The political power of France and UK are weaker but still signifacant. Japan are likely the weakest on this
Military UK and France are around equal and both are miles ahead of Germany and Japan. Of course Germany doesn't need to have the projective power of UK and France, simply because they have fewer of the kind of interest, where they need to intervene across the world.

So I would place them with Germany first, France and UK sharing their position as the 5th strongest powers in the world, and Japan below them.

9. Brazil
10. South Korea

Neither of these states belong above Italy.

Brazil dominates its region, and South Korea is an economic powerhouse and is a major innovator for a country of its size. Italy is locked in demographic and political decline and suffers from chronic corruption, poor leadership, and dysfunctional government.
61  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: If USA/Russia/China are the 3 most powerful countries, who are 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 ? on: August 30, 2014, 10:56:03 am
China is far more powerful than Russia.

My ranking would look something like this:

1. USA

2. China

3. Russia
4 (tie). France, Germany, India
7 (tie). Japan, UK

9. Brazil
10. South Korea
62  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Andrew Cuomo electable for America in 2016? on: August 29, 2014, 01:28:39 pm
There's no chance he'll make it through the Democratic primary.
63  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Making what is "bad" not bad? on: August 27, 2014, 10:23:24 pm
I'm a nerdy, skinny white dude from the suburbs, and I wore a hoodie and baggy pants throughout high school and college. Believe me, I am the furthest thing from a thug. People wear hoodies because they are functional and utilitarian.
64  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Nobody is noticing but Democrats are absolutely flooring the GOP with SuperPACs on: August 26, 2014, 08:16:45 am
Better pass that Constitutional amendment ASAP!

I unironically agree with you, all this money in politics is pretty sickening. There's certainly a lot of hypocrisy from the left regarding campaign finance reform but I guess the go-to argument would be "sticking to principles is electoral suicide" much in the same way that a lot of politicos speak out against gerrymandering except when it's their own party doing it in a state where it's the norm

Same here. We need to get money out of politics regardless of which party happens to be benefiting at the moment.
65  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you have a flip phone? on: August 25, 2014, 02:18:20 pm
No, but I had one until 2010.
66  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Opinion of Forced Savings/Insurance Schemes on: August 18, 2014, 01:15:40 pm
67  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did your mother keep or change her name when she got married? on: August 17, 2014, 08:50:32 pm
My Mom kept her name, but I think it's mainly a generational thing assoicated with boomers: my wife took my name, and most of the married women we know in our age group (25-35) took their husbands' names unless they come from cultures where this isn't the custom.
68  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Citing Israel, GOP eyes Jewish vote on: August 08, 2014, 10:11:51 pm
Republican hawkishness on Israel isn't primarily aimed at Jews. It's aimed primarily at Evangelical Christian Zionists. Inroads into the Jewish community are at best an afterthought.
69  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Will world war 3 start soon? on: August 01, 2014, 09:19:36 pm
Think of the USA as Britain circa 1914, and China as Imperial Germany.

I've always thought this was a revelatory accurate comparison. The USA is the global naval power that is also the "status quo" power and China is like Imperial Germany, a rising newcomer power who wants a global sphere for itself.

The same was true of the U.S. and the Soviet Union, yet we somehow managed to go 40 years without a world war.
70  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Hamas on: August 01, 2014, 09:16:41 pm
Obviously terrible, but there's a reason they ascended to power in the first place.
No. No qualifications or equivocations. They're just horrible people. For the record, I don't support what Israel is doing in Gaza right now, but that doesn't change the fact that Hamas is a horrible organization.
71  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which of these countries legalize gay marriage before 2020? (poll) on: July 29, 2014, 10:14:41 pm
USA, Mexico, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Thailand, and Nepal (which should have a constitution by then).

Taiwan should be included in the poll too, as it's probably closer than anywhere else in East Asia.
72  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Sarah Palin be the 2016 nominee? on: July 29, 2014, 10:04:13 pm
Palin (R) vs Anyone (D)

73  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Anybody think Rick Perry will run in 2016? lol lol lol on: July 29, 2014, 10:00:48 pm
He will, but the media won't take him seriously.
74  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Why does the media use the "wrong" colors? on: July 26, 2014, 03:23:44 pm
Up until the year 2000, there was no set color scheme and newspapers and TV networks generally used blue for the president's party and red for the opposition. The 2000 Election Debacle caused the red for Republicans/blue for Democrats map to be up on TV screens for weeks on end, giving rise to talk of "red states" and "blue states".
75  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Military Question:Aircraft on: July 21, 2014, 08:55:19 am
Why does the United States need three different strategic bombers?  I guess the same question can be applied to fighters and attack aircraft. 


None of the current three U.S. Strategic Bombers have been exported. The real answer is that each of the three is specialized for different missions.
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