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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce sweeping changes in Cuba policy today! on: December 17, 2014, 05:36:11 pm
Does Obama need the approval of Congress to end the embargo or can he just sign an executive order?

Congress has to pass a repeal. Republican Party is clearly not ready for that even though there are many who would be happy to junk it and are public about it.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama: 37-yr old Surgeon General has "lifetime of experience" in public health on: December 17, 2014, 11:02:20 am
The NRA/Republican opposition to this was completely ludicrous. It would be like blocking a Secretary of Defense nominee because of their position on abortion. Who f'ing cares about their views on something that is completely irrelevant to the job?

The point of controversy regarding guns was that the nominee did not believe that it was irrelevant to his job.

Referring to gun violence as a health issue is not controversial / arguable, or is there more to this that I hadn't seen?

I think it was that he referred to "guns" rather than "gun violence" as being a health problem.

It was a tweet, though, wasn't it?
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of describing Lindsay Graham as a "bloodthirsty old queen"? on: December 17, 2014, 11:00:05 am
I guess Lindsay Graham has gotten old.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Official Obama 2.0 Approval Ratings Thread on: December 17, 2014, 10:58:42 am
Both Gallup and Rasmussen now have improving poll numbers for Obama (Thanksgiving effect ?):

Gallup: 45-50
Rasmussen: 48-50

On the other hand, Reuters/Ipsos and The Economist/YouGov (both done before Thanksgiving) show the opposite:

37-56 and 39-58

But Ipsos and YouGov were also miles away from the 2014 exit poll result.


Hey, I was polled for a Rasmussen poll around that time.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce sweeping changes in Cuba policy today! on: December 17, 2014, 10:55:39 am
Again, why couldn't he have done all of this before the election?  I feel like at least Udall and Hagan could have won if Obama had done all of this stuff in the weeks before the election.

It should be obvious what event Obama was waiting for before he would share this news. It happened this week.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The Obama coalition in 2016 on: December 16, 2014, 03:43:21 pm
No reason to think young people or minorities turn out for Clinton in high numbers achieved in '08 or '12. If Clinton's successful, it's because she wins some voters Obama lost and turnout falls enough overall that she can afford to lose many of Obama's voters, plus Obama had a big margin to deplete before an R wins.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Gambia approves new anti-gay criminal code on: December 15, 2014, 01:27:47 pm
Although I'm not one of those awful "homosexuality is a Western obsession!" pricks, I find it odd that the western media, liberals soapboxers and politicians find it easy to ignore every other human rights violation beyond these anti-gay laws. How often did you read condemnation of Yoweri Musenevi, for instance, for his numerous crimes against the people; before the anti-homosexuality laws flared up? And of course, the reality of Western countries turning a blind eye to the state enforced homophobia of the GCC due to their "strategic role" as an anti-Iran bulwark.

You're correct that this represents an American or western filter. I see a couple of reasons for this. First, the influence of American conservatives driving these changes in Africa starting with the change of laws in Uganda. Second, that it's so often portrayed in Africa as a backlash to massive changes in policy toward gays in the west.

Coming against several thousand years of no one caring about persecution of gays in other countries, all the way through the beginning of the Obama administration, I think it's a welcome change.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Protests force out Haitian Prime Minister on: December 15, 2014, 07:43:59 am
Supposedly the State Department lobbied against a minimum wage increase in Haiti to keep in place the cheap slavery of the textile industry. I stand with the valiant and righteously angry Haitian people.

They'll be so pleased to hear that.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bernie Goldberg = Liberal FF on: December 13, 2014, 07:59:15 am
Lincoln Chafee = Conservative FF
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who would be the Atlas Poster of the Year 2014? on: December 12, 2014, 04:58:32 pm
I vote for Phil.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Cromnibus" Spending Bill - Averting a Shutdown on: December 12, 2014, 01:32:33 pm
No, I'm that awake.  What's needed is not campaign finance limits, but extremely strong sunshine laws, perhaps coupled with some degree of public financing.  We would be much better off if our politicians spent their time on governing rather than on fundraising a dribble at a time.

I'm not pinning this opinion on you, but I remember very clearly during the debate over McCain-Feingold how Republicans said we didn't need contribution limits, we needed campaign contribution reporting and that would make any size contribution ok. Then when McCain-Feingold took contribution limits off the table, Republicans no longer thought disclosure was necessary and became advocates of dark money instead. For these reasons I'm no more confident in our getting sunshine laws then I would be of a Republican federal government passing the alternative to Hillarycare on their own initiative that Obama ended up copying and enacting with Democrats.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: AR-Sen: Beebe isn't running on: December 12, 2014, 09:20:02 am
Charlie Baker isn't challenging Elizabeth Warren in 2018, either.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Washington Post: Santorum is running in 2016 on: December 10, 2014, 01:11:03 pm
He must believe that as the second-place finisher in the 2012 race, it's his turn to run.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michigan House passes bill legalizing religious discrimination on: December 10, 2014, 01:09:43 pm
The only ones that win when you legally allow discrimination are bigots.

Do you think a gay fashion designer should be forced to make a dress for the wife of a religious fundamentalist?

Yes, he should, if his store and services are open to the public. No question.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RIP Judy Baar Topinka on: December 10, 2014, 09:21:41 am
That's too bad. Sounds like she was still active in her career and 70 feels too young.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: KCDem is a confirmed sock. on: December 10, 2014, 08:44:52 am
Can someone please crack the mystery of t_host next?

And Country Class SF?
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: 2018: DOAs and Retirements on: December 09, 2014, 09:06:31 am
I can't count the number of times, going back more than a decade, that people extrapolated forward from good elections to a filibuster-proof majority a few elections down the road. I remember this for Republicans after 2004. It's only sort-of happened once and it took two consecutive waves.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Cop in Eric Garner's death not indicted on: December 07, 2014, 02:48:16 pm

In that case it ran the risk of backfiring if the jury felt strongly like they needed to indict him for something. 

Considering that the grand jury was drawn from Staten Island residents with some disqualified by the prosecutor, he was surely certain this was no risk.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rand Paul blames Garner's death on cigarette taxes on: December 05, 2014, 12:38:54 pm
If you make something an arrestable offense

What's the legal definition of an "arrestable offense"? Would you consider jaywalking or speeding an arrestable offense?

I'm pretty sure that Garner was guilty of a misdemeanor, not a felony. And deadly force is never appropriate when enforcing a misdemeanor.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 05, 2014, 10:29:20 am
Andrew, congrats on the 80 lbs.  you're acting like 5 tiny cookies cancels out my entire meal.  You're focusing on a small treat instead of the rest of the lunch. 

2-3 cookies would be a small treat. 5 cookies is a big treat. Treats are ok in moderation but that means moderation across the whole day, and that's still a challenge for you.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rand Paul blames Garner's death on cigarette taxes on: December 04, 2014, 04:14:18 pm
People saying "not wrong." Can you envision a world where NY has a $5.85 tax on cigarettes, and police enforce that law without using violence or killing people who break it? Yes? The reason Paul is wrong is because he's focusing on the tax, not the violence.

The fact that Paul is literally correct that without the tax, this specific incident would not have taken place is wholly irrelevant to the problem of people dying needlessly in incidents with the police.

Also, he's being a senator from Kentucky here, not a thought leader.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 03, 2014, 09:07:43 am
Just cut out the carbs, all of them, no bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, sugar. Just do it.

That is really hard to do. I think it's better and more sustainable for Jeff to introduce healthier foods into his routine, displacing some unhealthier choices, than to ask him to make a massive change that even people who have a lot of discipline over their diets would struggle with.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 03, 2014, 09:05:58 am
LOL, of course there is a soda.

My meals are usually pretty simple. For breakfast, I have a cup of special k with some sliced banana, and a cup and a half of grapes after. For a snack, I'll have some celery. Lunch is a black bean boca patty on a sandwich thin with some low fat cheddar, and carrots to go with it. Mid-day snack is either coco almonds, or some more grapes. Dinner tonight is an asian style fried rice with brown rice, with some egg whites, and FILLED with fresh veggies that I got from the store.

At no point today, did I drink any thing other than a cup of tea in the morning (no cream or sugar..not a diet thing, just hate them in my tea) and my water.

What's wrong with the pop?  You gloss over a healthy meal and focus on the pop, which has no calories on its own?  That's pretty arrogant.

Just because there are no calories, doesn't make it good. It dehydrates you.. it makes you hungrier, and just adds crap to your system that you shouldn't' be having. It's pretty arrogant of you to assume that just because it is diet, that it is good for you.l

You're right that soda isn't as good as water, but all along we've been advising Jeff to make changes in stages. He's swapped out his food choices for healthier options. If he's pairing it with diet soda, it's still a big step forward.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 02, 2014, 11:11:15 am
I fixed my wrap for today and I threw in something else - a banana.  Now, I've got a healthier wrap, vegetable (carrots) and a fruit (banana).  I'll post a pic at lunch if I can remember.

Jeff, that's great. Keep it up!
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Chuck Schumer: Focus on Obamacare was wrong. on: November 30, 2014, 08:08:17 pm
Didn't health care come after the stimulus?
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