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10976  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Describe your local elections this fall on: September 27, 2007, 04:06:07 pm
The only elections this November I can think of will be for Somerville (MA) Mayor and Alderman—I think the challenger visited my house earlier in the summer, because I (inexplicably) have a perfect voting record, even counting the Alderman Special Election Primary they held halfway through the year.

I've got nothing against Mayor Curtatone and will probably vote to re-elect him—he's that typical type of overachieving urban mayor who shows up at and puts his name on every community event, no matter how small or poorly attended.
10977  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: End of the Budget Amendment on: September 27, 2007, 01:39:55 pm
Yes, I know I said I would get to this today.  Didn't happen.  Sad  But considering this might not pass without a good solution, I think it's important to try.

This one, more than a number of other bills, has some pretty important implications, so I don't mind if it isn't rushed.

After all, my "this afternoon" turned into somewhere approaching 48 hours.
10978  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Attorney General Confirmation Hearing: Hashemite on: September 27, 2007, 01:36:47 pm
A scheme of mass deportation of undocumented aliens isn't practical to say the least.

What types of risky schemes do you support, then?
10979  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Larry Craig: The Gift that Keeps on Giving on: September 26, 2007, 09:48:07 pm
Uh, I'm not sure who exactly you think is getting the gift here.  Certainly not Idaho.

That was sort of the joke, but anyway...

My apologies.  I'm not used to even handed political analysis around here!
10980  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Larry Craig: The Gift that Keeps on Giving on: September 26, 2007, 09:24:55 pm
The Democratic Party. Opponents of anti-gay right-wingers. Freedom fighters everywhere.

Yeah, a guy who taught everyone in the country about how gay people f*** in public restrooms staying around is really going to help the cause of gay rights.  Right.

Also, Safe LaRocco.
10981  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Larry Craig: The Gift that Keeps on Giving on: September 26, 2007, 09:17:14 pm
Uh, I'm not sure who exactly you think is getting the gift here.  Certainly not Idaho.
10982  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Christian Right No Longer Enthralled by Fred Thompson on: September 26, 2007, 05:23:02 pm
were unpleasantly surprised by his confession that he doesn’t belong to or attend any church

But that makes him more like Reagan!

At this point, the corpse of Reagan appears to be a far more appealing candidate than a live Fred Thompson.  More charismatic and energetic, too.
10983  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What happenned to all the Republicans? on: September 26, 2007, 05:19:55 pm
Perhaps they got frustrated by a series of threads explaining how realistic a Democratic veto-proof majority is—pardon, not just realistic, but inevitable.
10984  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Polygamist sect leader, Warren Jeffs, found guilty of rape charge on: September 26, 2007, 05:15:44 pm
A very curious question about this case I'd like to know the answer to: why wasn't the 19-year-old ever charged with rape himself?
10985  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Judicial scandals? on: September 26, 2007, 05:12:19 pm
It seems we are constantly bombarded with outrageous scandals from the executive and legislative branches of government. When was the last time we had a really juicy judicial scandal? The only thing I can think of off hand is the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill mess, and that seems pretty mild by political comparison.

Not so much a "scandal," but two years back, a justice on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court became the first to be denied reconfirmation by the voters because he conspired with the State Legislature to craft an unconstitutional pay raise bill in a way that would pass judicial scrutiny.
10986  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Quinnipiac NJ-Sen: Lautenberg (D) 39%, Generic Republican (R) 36% on: September 26, 2007, 05:09:36 pm
Sucks for Lautenberg.  Is there any New Jersey Democrat who isn't so tainted that they couldn't take up the reigns in this race or is everyone associated with the NJ Democratic party tied up in a scandal right now?

You'd have to pry the nomination from Lautenberg's cold, dead hands.  Literally.

More or less. But, theoretically, there are five Democratic congressmen interested in the nomination (Andrews, Pallone, Holt, Rothman and Pascrell).

I'm sure Payne and Sires would love the nomination themselves, but they're at least realistic about their chances.  And it should be clear by now that Pallone is a little pu*** and would never risk his seat for higher office unless a Senate seat was handed to him on a silver platter.  (And it essentially was back in 2002.)
10987  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Adult Stem Cell Research Enhancement [Bill] on: September 26, 2007, 03:54:58 pm
Honestly, if forced to choose between more money to embryonic stem cell research and an "initial investment" into adult stem cells, then I'd rather the money go toward adult cells.
10988  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Political Party Definition Amendment on: September 26, 2007, 03:51:56 pm
Result on Final Vote
Aye: 1 (Brandon)
Nay: 5 (Verily; Moderate; Ebowed; Earl; afleitch)
Abstain [Voted]: 2 (Sam; Lewis)
Abstain [Didn't Vote]: 2 (Al; Rob)

The Amendment fails.
Epically.

No worse than any of the other DWTL trash we're stuck debating.

Brandon H might not take kindly to legislation he proposed being called DWTL crap, but who knows for sure.  Tongue

I assumed this was something Brandon picked up from DWTL—virtually everything from him in the queue is DWTL leftovers.
10989  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Adult Stem Cell Research Enhancement [Bill] on: September 26, 2007, 01:41:22 pm
Nay.
10990  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Political Party Definition Amendment on: September 26, 2007, 01:40:51 pm
Result on Final Vote
Aye: 1 (Brandon)
Nay: 5 (Verily; Moderate; Ebowed; Earl; afleitch)
Abstain [Voted]: 2 (Sam; Lewis)
Abstain [Didn't Vote]: 2 (Al; Rob)

The Amendment fails.
Epically.

No worse than any of the other DWTL trash we're stuck debating.
10991  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Quinnipiac NJ-Sen: Lautenberg (D) 39%, Generic Republican (R) 36% on: September 26, 2007, 01:35:01 pm
Sucks for Lautenberg.  Is there any New Jersey Democrat who isn't so tainted that they couldn't take up the reigns in this race or is everyone associated with the NJ Democratic party tied up in a scandal right now?

You'd have to pry the nomination from Lautenberg's cold, dead hands.  Literally.
10992  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Survey USA: September Senate Approval Ratings on: September 26, 2007, 01:30:31 pm
http://www.surveyusa.com/50StateTracking.html
John Kerry   9/25/07   8/21/07   7/24/07   6/19/07   5/24/07   4/24/07   11/22/06
Approve   52   47   52   50   47   54   48
Disapprove   42   45   42   46   47   41   50

Kerry also stays above 50%. I wonder how low his approval would have to go before the NRSC committed funds to Massachusetts?

One would assume Republicans would need a candidate there, first?

Seriously, what is this insane fetish Democrats have with Republicans spending money in Massachusetts?  Republicans don't have the money, and seriously, even if they did, they're not idiots.
10993  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Giuliani party seeks $9.11 per person on: September 26, 2007, 01:03:20 am
Honestly, this is not the most offensive thing I've encountered in political history, to say the least. Also, given that it isn't an official campaign thing, who cares?

Because it's so en vogue to hate Giuliani for things well beyond his control!

He can refuse the money though, and if he doesn't he should be held accountable.

Agreed, it's very important for him to symbolically reject the, uh... seriously, we're talking about nine dollars and eleven cents here.  What will the sum total be?  $100, if that?

Exactly. The bad press he'd get wouldn't be worth if the couple hundred bucks it'd raise. There's no reason for him to not refuse the money.

But Giuliani is a cheapskate. He got the conservative ad rate in the NY Times, paying less than half of what MoveOn paid for the same exact type of ad.

Uh oh, bad news!  I don't want a President who is a cheapskate!  I want one that spends like a drunken sailor!
10994  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Obama Wins the Money Race Yet Again on: September 26, 2007, 12:56:26 am
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=3644382&page=1

To those of you resigned to a Hillary Nomination: This isn't over yet.

Too bad he isn't as good as getting people to vote for him as he is in raising money.

I mean, this is that retarded Dean "online money" crap all over again.
10995  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Quinnipiac NJ-Sen: Lautenberg (D) 39%, Generic Republican (R) 36% on: September 26, 2007, 12:47:42 am
Quote from: Quinnipiac Poll
New Jersey voters approve 42 - 34 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is doing, but say 46 - 36 percent that he does not deserve to be reelected next year. Sen. Lautenberg is too old to effectively serve another six years, voters say 54 - 40 percent. Republicans say 62 - 30 percent that Lautenberg is too old, a feeling shared by independent voters 55 - 42 percent. Democrats split 47 - 48 percent on the subject.

 
By a narrow 39 - 36 percent margin, voters prefer Lautenberg over an unnamed Republican challenger.

[MORE]
10996  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: House Ratings from John Birch Society on: September 25, 2007, 10:19:49 pm
...Seeing as the next President is probably going to be a Democrat, conservatives should support Kucinch for President.

I can think of one way Democrats can guarantee themselves a loss in the next election: nominating Kucinich for President.
10997  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does anybody here have DirecTV and watch Passions on: September 25, 2007, 08:25:04 pm
I had thought the audience for "Passions" was teenaged girls.  I mean, seriously, all it had witchcraft, midgets, and dudes who took their shirts off a lot.
10998  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Adult Stem Cell Research Enhancement [Bill] on: September 25, 2007, 03:07:22 pm
I only recently noticed that this money is $50 million in adult stem cell research to match the $50 million in embryonic stem cell research already approved by a past Senate.

I had misread the text initially, thinking this was just more money for embryonic stem cell research.  Which surprised me a bit, since DWTL was the original sponsor!  (I'm no longer surprised by the bill, FWIW.)
10999  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to Allow the Senate to Set a Minimum Wage on: September 25, 2007, 02:37:12 pm
I see no reason to change what presently works.

Now that the Northeastern Region is well on its way to passing a minimum wage consistent with that of other regions—and higher than than of the continental United States, I'm inclined to agree.

It was a bad court ruling to be sure, but overruling the court by constitutional amendment seems unnecessary at the present time.

Technically, all states in the NE Region except New Hampshire already have higher minimum wages than $5.15 an hour per 2003 numbers (which are the relevant ones).

The new NE minimum wage—which is currently leading in the vote—will be $6.75 for 2008 and $7.75 for 2009; indexed to inflation thereafter.  Most states in the region already outpace the $6.75 minimum, but when the $7.75 rate takes effect on Jan. 1, 2009, only Massachusetts will have a minimum higher than the regional rate ($8.00 per hour).
11000  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Giuliani party seeks $9.11 per person on: September 25, 2007, 02:29:30 pm
Honestly, this is not the most offensive thing I've encountered in political history, to say the least. Also, given that it isn't an official campaign thing, who cares?

Because it's so en vogue to hate Giuliani for things well beyond his control!

He can refuse the money though, and if he doesn't he should be held accountable.

Agreed, it's very important for him to symbolically reject the, uh... seriously, we're talking about nine dollars and eleven cents here.  What will the sum total be?  $100, if that?
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