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26  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: U.S. Media Coverage Of Israel-Gaza Conflict Gets An 'F' on: August 23, 2014, 02:53:17 pm
I think there's a racist element to it. I think there's an ethnocentric element to [the media coverage]
Has anyone surprised by this?

What do you mean by ethnocentrism in this context?
27  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: U.S. Media Coverage Of Israel-Gaza Conflict Gets An 'F' on: August 23, 2014, 02:52:18 pm
It's difficult to come to a different conclusion. I understand there will be a certain pro-Israel bias in the States, but even so, it's odd that the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza would be almost completely ignored.

I don't think the damage done in Gaza has been ignored in the US media. Be careful not to confuse the public statements of our officials, and the judgments people make, with ignorance of what's happening. For a variety of reasons more Americans sympathize with Israel than Gaza even while acknowledging that Gaza has been pulverized.
28  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Democrats who voted against aca in 2010 but still lost the seat. Why? on: August 23, 2014, 01:28:00 pm
Because the argument would be used against any Democrat who leads the caucus, and she happens to be effective at her job.
29  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Realistically, could anyone beat Hillary in a primary? on: August 22, 2014, 10:44:06 am
Her popularity among the Dem primary electorate makes it very difficult to imagine. If she has the support of 70%, any opponent is going to hit a low ceiling before they drive their own negatives up by hurting Hillary.
30  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Mitt Romney does the Ice Bucket Challenge on: August 22, 2014, 10:42:07 am
Did the water freeze solid upon contact?
31  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: McConnell describes the horror that will ensue if the GOP takes the Senate on: August 21, 2014, 05:10:52 pm
32  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: What year will a Democrat win the Texas governorship? on: August 21, 2014, 08:46:07 am
Biggest factor is whether Democrats can put up remotely viable candidates. Not to win in their own right, but to be there in case a Mourdock/Akin situation happens and the seat falls in their lap. No idea. In theory that could have happened this year, but it won't.
33  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 20, 2014, 01:50:40 pm
Lunch time.  The day isn't going quite as well, but it's still very good.  My boss is overall pleased with my work, I just need to pick up the pace in my learning.  I've got a lot of stuff yet to learn, and I need to learn faster.  Otherwise, I am doing great.

Well, this must have been uncomfortable, but it's good that he gave you constructive feedback. Can I ask what he's suggesting for improvement?
34  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republic of Texas – what if? on: August 20, 2014, 09:58:33 am
Wouldn't an independent Texas start off with no tariffs? Given that, would it really be so bad if they were (temporarily or permanently) outside of US-negotiated trade agreements?

Even if Texas started out with no tariffs, the U.S. would by default impose tariffs on goods and services coming in from Texas. Not unless they negotiated prior to secession, but as we see with Scotland those negotiations get very difficult, very quickly, and most likely Texas would need to do a UDI a la Rhodesia to get independence.

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Also, what influence does Texas, or any State government for that matter, have on Federal Reserve policy? There's the Dallas Fed but just because it's in the State doesn't really give Texas any influence on what they do.

Absolutely location matters. That branch represents the needs and business climate of that part of the country and because it's a populous area, it likely punches above its weight. Moving forward, the Federal Reserve wouldn't have to consider if TX were overheating or lagging when making policy decisions.
35  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republic of Texas – what if? on: August 20, 2014, 09:18:34 am
Now I'm not saying Texas would be better off being independent, but it would do fine.  Better than any Central American country, most South American countries and certainly light years better than Belarus.  You'd have to be pretty blinded by your biases to make such a claim me thinks.

The instability would ruin anything that is good about Texas. If the business community flees, what else is left?

Yep, hard to imagine now but Montreal used to be the economic capital of Canada. Not any more.
36  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republic of Texas – what if? on: August 20, 2014, 09:16:58 am
Like Scotland and the EU or like Quebec, Texas would have to negotiate membership in NAFTA simply to maintain current ties with Mexico and Canada, and would suddenly be at a great competitive disadvantage relative to other states in trade with the U.S.A. While that gets worked out, this would cause an immediate recession as customs and immigration checkpoints are placed on the many connections between Texas and the U.S.A., and as companies doing business in the U.S.A. vacate Dallas and Houston for more stable homes.

Would Texas adopt the U.S. Dollar? If not, look for a massive economic crash and dislocation until Texas Dollars are established as a sort-of-sound currency. If they hang onto the U.S. Dollar, they'll have surrendered any influence in how the Federal Reserve sets rate.

Texas would need to beef up its government to handle immigration, foreign relations, national defense, and other issues the federal government now handles. Higher taxes. Lower spending than the already low spending on services and infrastructure.

I agree, Texas would still be doing better than Venezuela or Honduras, but it would be knocked several steps down the GDP per capital ladder simply by leaving the U.S.
37  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 20, 2014, 07:55:29 am
Good Tuesday Evening!  This was by far the best day I've had in the first 12 days of work!!  Nothing went wrong and I mean NOTHING!!  I didn't have any major corrections, just very, very minor cosmetic stuff and even that was few in number.  After lunch, I got the honor of doing a few projects directly from the owner.  The owner who has been drafting since 1959, 23 years before I was born, asked me, who has been drafting professionally for 2 1/2 weeks to do a couple projects for him!!  I was honored!!  I got the two projects correct the first time!!  I am going to add to the second project when I get in tomorrow.

Great job, Jeff—a real vote of confidence in your work and reliability if they are giving you more important projects.
38  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Former Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) dead at 80 on: August 18, 2014, 11:03:01 am
RIP.
39  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Zell Miller endorses Nunn on: August 15, 2014, 11:57:29 am
So Zell's back to being a Democrat now?

You ARE referring to the man who violently rejected rumors he might switch parties and said that he would be a Democrat until "the day he died," right?

That was marketing. Being the "authentic Democrat" who sides with Republicans 100% on partisan fights, not just on the issues, was a good niche for him to own.
40  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 15, 2014, 11:27:47 am
Those Braum's sundaes do look good.
41  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 15, 2014, 10:14:31 am
Indeed, Hannity can't know what it's like to be young male and black in America.  This guy does though.

OMG, the comments. Ugh.
42  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 15, 2014, 09:27:31 am
That's cool that they treat their cows well though. Maybe Braum's ain't so bad after all.

I love that their website discusses their vertical integration, selling fresh milk and also ice cream they make from that milk, but is quiet about the logical next step to hamburgers.
43  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 14, 2014, 01:43:25 pm

Yeah this is great and all, but as King said, Rand Paul literally opposes the Civil Rights Act because it strips business of their rights to deny service based on colour.

He appears to have changed his position on the Civil Rights Act to support - a change I think we should welcome.

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/rand-pauls-civil-rights-pitch
44  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 14, 2014, 08:16:12 am
I'm concerned about the President's ability to respond. I recall how when the news about Trayvon's killing first broke, there was a general sense of outrage at what happened. When President Obama made a statement about how Trayvon could have been his son, suddenly it became a political issue and a very large number of people swung behind Zimmerman as a folk hero and criticizing Trayvon as a "thug."
45  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: KS: Rasmussen: After primary, Sen. Roberts (R) in trouble on: August 12, 2014, 11:21:26 pm
Right.

Back in the real world, Roberts wins comfortably and Brownback wins fairly easily, too.

Why should we expect Brownback to win easily?
46  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 12, 2014, 08:53:05 am
I can't believe that after years of people encouraging Bushie to find a non-call center job and stick with it, once he's accomplished that, he's getting cracks about sex and his social life.

I'm not anyone important here and can't summon up the moral authority of a Gustaf or Al to rain down lightning bolts on this thread, but I ask people to take a step back, think about what's actually happened here, and whether what you're doing is helping or hurting. 
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 10, 2014, 06:52:02 am
Why go out for a hamburger? It's the easiest thing in the world to make at home. Also, while it's nice that you have a job now, at your current wage and debt levels, you still can't afford to eat out ever.

Oh, I know.  I went to the grocery store today and got stuff for lunches and dinners this week so I can eat in all week starting tomorrow.  I'm going back to my parents next weekend, so if we go out to eat, they'll foot the bill.

At this point, aren't they pretty much footing the bill anyway?  There's no way you're even paying half your expenses (and yes, debt reduction is an expense).

I will be paying for nearly 2/3 of my bills with my expected income.

Yeah, I've heard that before.  You were supposed to be fully financially independent in April.  I'll believe it when I see it.

Can we have a moratorium on discussing financial issues while he's getting adjusted to his job, don't you think?
48  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Citing Israel, GOP eyes Jewish vote on: August 08, 2014, 09:58:25 am

Yes because most other religions don't do that.

Catholism, Lutheranism, Othodoxy and Islam all place a great value on taking care of poor people.

Is there not a distinction to be made by mitzvot and salvation through good works (Catholicism) as opposed to salvation through faith (Lutheranism)? Catholics used to vote more heavily Democratic until they were cross-pressured on abortion and crime worries, plus assimilation. Catholic advocacy was crucial for the success of PPACA, even over the objections of their own bishops.

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Again some other religions also do that, if it was that simple the prarie states would be overwhelming Democratic as Lutheranism and German Catholism put an incredible high value on education.

Well, Minnesota hasn't voted for a Republican since 1972...
49  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 08, 2014, 08:43:02 am
I just made it to work.  I'll get started in 2 minutes.  This is the conclusion of Week 1!

Jeff, congratulations on getting off to a great start this week. This is the right job for you and it's a challenge for anyone to shift into full-time work mode from job search. You should be proud.
50  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rand Paul flees from Mexican immigrant on: August 08, 2014, 08:41:06 am
How does that piece of human garbage keep getting elected in an R+4 district? Bachmann almost lost even in an R+10 one.

Somebody answer that please

Was his district R+4 before the remap? I think it's only in the last election he was in a competitive district.
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