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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: MA: Suffolk: Gov. Baker with 70% approval rating on: April 26, 2015, 07:31:38 pm
The main thing I disapprove of so far in his governorship is that godforsaken haircut...

Just checking... did you know he got the buzz cut for a cancer charity a few weeks ago?
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: MA: Suffolk: Gov. Baker with 70% approval rating on: April 26, 2015, 01:29:53 pm
Some of you may have heard that Boston's transit and commuter rail system fell apart during our record snowfalls.

Baker handled it as well as any governor could have. He acknowledged the problem early and often; he didn't make unreasonable claims about fixing it; he took control of the MBTA (fairly or not to Beverly Scott, the GM he booted); he declared himself open to different solutions; he announced a commission to study the problem and make recommendations; the commission actually came back with a report in reasonable time; he is now pursuing legislation to fix the MBTA.  

Social issues are deader than a doornail. His LG, Karyn Polito, was a major anti-same-sex-marriage campaigner in the legislature who has ditched her positions and now officiates at gay weddings.

When Baker denies interest in federal politics or running for higher office as a Republican, he comes across as authentic. His personal style is modest but smart. 

In a nutshell, he's the governor we thought we were getting when we elected Mitt Romney, but never did.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: I see the GOP being the dominant Party in the US for decades to come on: April 26, 2015, 12:28:48 pm
There is pretty much nowhere left for Republicans to permanently gain white voters. They aren't going to ever win more than 60% of the white vote in a presidential election barring an unusual landslide.

I doubt Mitt Romney is going to be the upper limit.

Do you think the Democratic candidate being African-American rather than white—as the 2016 nominee will be—might be a factor in Republicans' record performance among white votes in 2012?
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: I see the GOP being the dominant Party in the US for decades to come on: April 26, 2015, 12:27:11 pm
Wait, so you're a gay person and are against SSM?

He's a parody troll, not a genuine person.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gay marriage opponents' strategy uncertain in 2015 on: April 26, 2015, 12:04:35 pm

I am unaware of any theology that is against interracial marriage, so I would consider such a claim to be ersatz. As to the other two examples, I would have the same attitudes.

1. "If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so." -- Brigham Young

2. How did Bob Jones University defend its ban on interracial dating?

Neither of these are currently in force, which goes to show much "deeply felt religious objections" tend to track with the culture as a whole rather than absolute theology.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Reaganfan Theatre of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts V on: April 26, 2015, 10:29:19 am
Bold added for emphasis.

- So, then, why do I support civil unions and gay adoption? Because, ultimately, raising children in a same sex home is probably a better situation than raising them in an orphanage, and it only makes sense to provide some limited incentives to get that adoption to happen.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gay marriage opponents' strategy uncertain in 2015 on: April 24, 2015, 08:33:19 pm
Why are people discussing CCSF as if he were a real person?
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WaPo/ABC Poll: 61% support SSM; 1st time more than 6 in 10 support on: April 24, 2015, 07:58:27 am
All demographic groups support it now except conservatives, republicans, and seniors.

Ethnic minorities tend to be opposed IIRC.

It shifted significantly starting in 2012. Obama's endorsement likely moved a small but meaningful chunk of people and helped equality win in the Maryland referendum.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WaPo/ABC Poll: 61% support SSM; 1st time more than 6 in 10 support on: April 24, 2015, 07:57:42 am
Please don't respond to the parody troll. Thanks.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Brooklyn's population growth question on: April 22, 2015, 09:54:23 pm
Following up on LVP's point, no borough has gained population from domestic migration over the past five years. By the same measure, the Census estimate for Brooklyn (-92k) only lags behind Manhattan (-487k).

Isn't that like 30% of Manhattan's population moving away and getting replaced? Seems incredibly high.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: State rep, county party chariman etc. said something stupid - The Megathread on: April 21, 2015, 12:20:07 pm
Since she's not an elected official anymore:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/michele-bachmann-obama-end-times-iran

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Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) expressed a mixture of condemnation and appreciation toward President Barack Obama for, in her words, bringing the world to end times.

"We need to cry out to a Holy God," Bachmann said on Jan Markell's "Understanding the Times" radio show over the weekend. "This is coming faster than anyone can see."

“Barack Obama is intent, it is his number one goal, to ensure that Iran has a nuclear weapon," she said. "Why? Why would you put the nuclear weapon in the hands of madmen who are Islamic radicals?"
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: FL-Sen: Murphy In on: April 21, 2015, 07:53:22 am
Even if she had the ambition, IRL has some pro-gay votes which would doom her in a primary.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Christie: I can beat Hillary in OH, CO, NH, PA, WI, MI, and NM on: April 17, 2015, 02:05:28 pm
From USA Today
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Christie said he could win some states that President Obama won in 2012 and 2008. Christie said he could win in Pennsylvania “where folks have seen me operate” as governor of neighboring New Jersey and “have a real comfort level with the type of leadership that I provide."

Oh my God. No, being from New Jersey does not mean people from Pennsylvania like and look up to you. That's really really not how it works.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: WI-Marquette: Feingold (D) with dominant lead against Sen. Johnson (R) on: April 17, 2015, 10:07:49 am
Massive outlier - I'm skeptical. Need more corroborating evidence. But certainly looks good for Feingold at this point.

Ron Johnson's election in 2010 is looking like a massive outlier at this point.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Harry Reid now gives zero f[inks], starts talking mad smack about everybody on: April 16, 2015, 02:15:54 pm
Harry Reid was terrible, guys. In general, corrupt and mean. As the Democrats leader, single-handedly squandered the 2008 election.
2008 was an EXCELLENT year for democrats.....

Yes, but by clinging to the cloture rule, he let Republicans freeze the chamber for months at a time.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: CO-Quinnipiac: Sen. Bennet (D) down in early look on: April 14, 2015, 12:18:07 pm
Color me surprised. It seems like VA is a tad more Dem a state than Colorado at the moment.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: CA: Hillary leads by 6% only on: April 14, 2015, 08:26:44 am
0% undecided. What a state.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: CO-Quinnipiac: Sen. Bennet (D) down in early look on: April 14, 2015, 08:17:21 am
Is this the same poll that had Hillary at a consistent 41-42%, with some Republicans above and some below? Seems like Bennet is running as Generic D right now in Q poll.

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   U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida gets 41 percent to Clinton's 40 percent;
    She ties former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee 41 - 41 percent;
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gets 42 percent to her 41 percent;
    Clinton gets 42 percent to 41 percent for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas;
    She gets 41 percent to Bush's 38 percent;
    Clinton gets 41 percent to 39 percent for New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie.
19  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: please ban countryclasssf on: April 14, 2015, 07:42:54 am
On what grounds?

An obvious troll account. He pretends to be gay.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you support gay marriage before Hillary Clinton? on: April 13, 2015, 08:26:19 pm
It makes my head spin as well how soon we've gone from "gay rights don't threaten anyone else" to "you must conform or suffer the consequences." Do you have to be a "special snowflake" to deserve respect and tolerance?


21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you support gay marriage before Hillary Clinton? on: April 13, 2015, 05:33:03 pm
That is the case for most gays that I know personally, but I keep hearing from some corners that all those who oppose gay marriage are bigots.

Well, the Internet is dark and full of terrors, and you'll hear all kinds of generalizations from people age 18 to whatever which haven't been thought through. I think there's a full spectrum of people from the 90 year old who just doesn't get gay marriage but doesn't really care if it becomes legal to the very cynical political operative who thinks it's still 2004 and he can use opposing gay marriage to prop up a candidate, and obviously you can't paint everyone with the same brush.

Some people who oppose gay marriage are bigots, not because they oppose gay marriage, but because their opposing gay marriage is just one expression of their hatred of or disgust for gays which doesn't have a well-thought-out ethos behind it. I also think I don't have an obligation to be appreciative of people who oppose same-sex marriage to the point they try to deny us equal rights under the law, because it's their feelings vs. my rights, and they don't care what I think anyway.

We seem to have traveled in light speed from "gay marriage is unpopular, so gays who come out should bear the social consequences of flaunting their lifestyle" to "gay marriage is popular, so people who oppose it are special snowflakes deserving of everyone's respect and tolerance" and it makes my head spin. 
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why is Rubio running? on: April 13, 2015, 03:32:54 pm
Because he'd rather take his opportunity too early than too late.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: US uninsured rate continues to plummet, youth signing up most on: April 13, 2015, 01:22:53 pm
One question: have undocumented residents always/ever been included in the former "47 million Americans" figure?

I'm pretty certain they are.
24  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Will Texas ever have more electoral votes than California? on: April 13, 2015, 08:47:11 am
Article on Texas's water issues:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/13/us/mighty-rio-grande-now-a-trickle-under-siege.html
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you support gay marriage before Hillary Clinton? on: April 13, 2015, 08:36:08 am
I supported it from the moment I spent any time thinking about the issue, which would have been when it first gained currency as an issue across the Fruited Plain, which would have been about the same time I guess as Brittain33.

When it first came up as a localized issue in Hawaii that was covered in the gay media such as The Advocate, which probably would have been around 1996, I did not instinctively accept it. It was too far out there of an idea for me even though I was out and in same-sex relationships. I thought it was asking for too much and not what "marriage" meant. I was still in college at the time.

By the time the focus shifted from the aborted case in Hawaii (1998) to the partially successful case in Vermont (2000), I'd progressed to accepting it, too. But I was very naive and did not consider that there would be a big backlash, that politicians and really the majority of Americans wouldn't just accept these cases but would fight back actively. I really thought Vermont should go for marriage rather than for civil unions because then anyone could get married in VT and bring it home with them!
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