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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which republican will win DC? on: June 26, 2017, 01:24:19 pm
New York City elected Republican mayors so D.C. could. Also - a Trump supporter was already elected statewide to the Board of Education last year.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Officer who fatally shot Philando Castile acquitted on: June 26, 2017, 01:02:01 pm
This is disgusting. The cop pulled out the gun and shot in the space of time it took to look down and get your wallet. There was no warning. There was no command to put his hands in the air. Castile never disobeyed police instructions. He never lied to the police. He may not even have seen the gun was out. You cannot miscommunicate and then shoot someone.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favorite troll on: June 26, 2017, 12:39:53 pm
Jeffster is not a troll.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Will the Republican Party, in its current form, ever nominate a Southerner? on: June 26, 2017, 12:29:24 pm
Neither party has had a southerner on the ticket since 2004 except for Tim Kaine, and he was arguably picked more because he is a beltway insider who owes his career to NoVa than anything to do with the south.

This is beside the point, but he's actually from Richmond and in his 2005 gubernatorial win, he would've won statewide even if you threw out Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Arlington, and Alexandria. He did quite well in the Richmond and Tidewater areas.

Well I'll be, you're actually right. Look, the guy just didn't give off southern vibes. It'll be a 50-50. Apparently he was born in Minnesota, grew up and went to school in Kansas, and didn't move to Virginia until after his law school graduation. Maybe that explains his Catholicism. I still think the south as the country's largest region has been underrepresented on tickets since 2004.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Will the Republican Party, in its current form, ever nominate a Southerner? on: June 26, 2017, 11:24:04 am
Neither party has had a southerner on the ticket since 2004 except for Tim Kaine, and he was arguably picked more because he is a beltway insider who owes his career to NoVa than anything to do with the south.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why big business keeps winning at the Supreme Court on: June 26, 2017, 11:06:58 am
    The relevant question, of course, being whether or not these rulings were consistent with the law. One, I would note, that is tragically absent from this article.

You mean like the 90% of people (including many "Justices") who try to argue about what's consistent with the law but just end up rationalizing their preexisting biases? At least he's honest about what he's looking at. It's disingenuous to claim that this is sort of a technical legal matter without political implications, and that a large number of cases favoring business is just a matter of random chance. I mean, in your heart of hearts, do you really believe that? Really? Besides, the sample size isn't that small. If you read the article, the latest term's cases are only the last in a long docket line from the Roberts Court.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How is Kamala Harris a better candidate than Hillary Clinton on: June 26, 2017, 11:01:19 am
Never say never, but at the moment she is way overrated. Her sponsoring a bill to give government representation to every illegal immigrant, as well as saying illegal immigrants aren't criminals (although true), won't play well to the swing voter. She does however have a good chance in the D primary.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Why are there no conservative comedy news show hosts? on: June 26, 2017, 10:53:59 am
I was thinking about it considering how many liberal ones I watch:

John Oliver
Samantha Bee
Trevor Noah/Jon Stewart
Stephen Colbert
Seth Meyers

But I can't think of any conservative ones. At all. Why?

South Park has lasted longer than all of those shows.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Why big business keeps winning at the Supreme Court on: June 26, 2017, 10:34:06 am
The term ending Monday lacked the sort of high-profile cases that draw wide public attention, such as marriage equality or affirmative action. Yet the court’s docket was filled with cases involving conflicts pitting business against consumers and workers. Although they do not generate big headlines, these cases profoundly affect the lives of millions of ordinary people — and the court usually sides with business.

Studies have shown that the court, led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., is the most business-friendly court in nearly a century, and the cases decided this term only buttress that finding. Of the 19 decided cases pitting corporations or business entities against individuals or government agencies — regardless of whether the chamber filed a brief — the court ruled in favor of business 14 times, or 74 percent of the time.

In other cases this term, the court limited the ability of states to protect residents of a nursing home from being forced into arbitration; erected new hurdles for people seeking to bring class actions; and restricted the ability of the Securities and Exchange Commission to force people convicted of securities fraud to pay back their ill-gotten gains. In each of these cases, the court ruled in favor of the side supported by the chamber.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/06/26/why-big-business-keeps-winning-at-the-supreme-court
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Ralph Nader: The Democrats are unable to defend the US on: June 25, 2017, 02:24:58 pm
What a great man.

Lincoln's Republican Party was far more vicious.

This made my day.

It's time for another civil war. You guys are going to have to start it, since that's the only way a significant portion of the military will side with us.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Wall Street Journal vs New York Times on: June 24, 2017, 11:09:11 pm
The WSJ probably has better reporting, but you can't read it, whereas the NY Times you can. There's also a third paper called the Contemporary Journal, which is better than both, but you can't read that, either. So the NY Times.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Spark498 on: June 24, 2017, 10:41:26 pm
Pretty obvious troll IMO. His entire forum persona is an act, but this whole dating story was simply too overdone.

This is all very real and the proof is overwhelming at this point, so it's getting very frustrating to see this continually stated without a shred of reasonable evidence.

Here is his YouTube channel:

Link.

Listen to him talking about his predictions for the gubernatorial races. This doesn't sound like someone who thinks Trump can win Oregon, the parties will switch platforms or stalking a random girl is a pretty good idea. Tongue

Like Techno Timmy said, Spark is getting a good chuckle out of this thread.

When did he say Trump can win Oregon? Anyway, stalking has nothing to do with intelligence or demeanor.

My vote is FF, I don't know why he's so disliked.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Delaware Professor says Otto Warmbier "got what he deserved" in N. Korea on: June 24, 2017, 05:01:34 pm
Even North Korea didn't say he got what he deserved.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama's cabinet has been cashing in and selling out so far on: June 24, 2017, 04:35:46 pm
Nonsense, Mikado. The Democratic party has always been an egalitarian party since Andrew Jackson handed out his first spoil, and these people are going against that, which is why their actions are so outrageous.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Biden’s dust up with hedge fund manager Bill Ackman on: June 24, 2017, 04:01:56 pm
I haven't felt this good about Joe in a long time. This definitely makes up for him insulting Clinton.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Gun laws probably saved airport security officer's life on: June 23, 2017, 10:30:33 pm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/us/mixed-portrait-emerges-of-man-charged-in-stabbing-of-officer.html
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Nikita Khrushchev vs. Leonid Brezhnev on: June 23, 2017, 10:01:10 pm
Not surprising to see the overwhelming proportion of leftists here (including myself) vote for the more rightwing option.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which democrats would win Wyoming? on: June 23, 2017, 09:29:18 pm
Which Republicans would win DC?

DC was 4% Trump. Wyoming was 22% Clinton.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Democrats Are ‘Children Of Satan,’ Right-Wing Radio Host Says on: June 23, 2017, 04:36:29 pm
Guys, while RI's viewpoints are obviously a minority, I appreciate that he took the time to respond to my post with actual reason and arguments, no matter how controversial, explaining his thinking. That's all too rare these days. Good on him.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate judiciary commitee opens probe of Lynch's behavior during election on: June 23, 2017, 03:30:35 pm
While I doubt Lynch broke any laws, I don't think anyone could claim she handled this issue as anything but a massive debacle

Please refer to this as a "matter" not a "debacle."

You're a Constitution Party member now?

Anyway, let's not lose sight that Comey isn't an objective observer here, either. He has an incentive to make Lynch's behavior look worse to justify his gross violation of the Hatch Act.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Prominent Democratic fundraisers realign to lobby for Trump's agenda on: June 23, 2017, 03:25:41 pm
The deadwood is drifting out.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Atlantic: How Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration on: June 23, 2017, 03:19:56 pm
It's fair to say the Democrats' record wasn't good in 2009. A lot of people have been saying for years they should have done more on the recession and mortgage crisis. Obama missed a huge opportunity to be an FDR-style figure. This isn't controversial on the left anymore.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Atlantic: How Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration on: June 23, 2017, 02:33:08 pm
Exactly.. the Republicans controlled Congress for 18 of the last 22 years. As the legislative branch they are in charge of laws and appropriations.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hypothetical Trump vs Sanders on: June 23, 2017, 02:25:42 pm
With a strong populist message, Sanders appears to be coasting to a decisive victory. Then, on October 28, McCain/Romney max donor James Comey announces Sanders and his wife have been under FBI investigation since January. After the ensuing media firestorm, Trump narrowly wins the Electoral College, and Sanders concedes defeat. Debbie Wasserman Schultz bitterly laments that Hillary would surely have won.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeff Merkely? on: June 23, 2017, 01:47:48 pm
Jeff Merkley would be a top tier candidate.
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