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26  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Scottish and Orange Irish Ancestry on: November 30, 2014, 03:31:29 pm
The Anglo-Saxons kingdoms included much of Scotland.  Northumberland went way north of the Humber.  Scots English was not English that developed in the south and then moved north.  It developed contemporaneously.

While all of these facts are more or less accurate, as a result of revisionist history and the impact of a defined border more recently than that, Scotland when taken as a whole is considered a Celtic nation as opposed to Anglo-Saxon. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_nations
27  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Chuck Schumer: Focus on Obamacare was wrong. on: November 29, 2014, 05:42:01 am
Chuck Schumer: Focus on [not Chuck Schumer] was wrong.
28  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Don't look now but the oil market is collapsing on: November 29, 2014, 05:41:19 am
Did anyone predict this--Saudi Arabia shanking the North American petroleum industry? They're going to do to Keystone XL what Tom Steyer likely can't.
29  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement Monday night) on: November 29, 2014, 05:39:14 am
Those in charge of the police and the National Guard made some stupid decisions.

This is inadvertently poetic. The whole issue here is that "stupid decisions" by anyone shouldn't result in people being killed, and how can we avoid that.
30  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby on: November 26, 2014, 04:40:36 pm
Juanita Broaddrick's main issue was that she had sworn an affidavit that Clinton had not assaulted her before she gave her interviews. I am not passing judgment on what really happened, but I don't know how you explain that.

Easy. Bill/Hillary paid her off.

Well, I mean, I don't know how Juanita explains it. She hasn't said "I swore this affadavit because the Clintons paid me," has she?
31  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you wish we had opebo's insight on the Ferguson, MO situation? on: November 26, 2014, 10:25:24 am
I reflexively vote no on opebo polls but given the commentary this issue has attracted, I honestly think an opebo hijacking about "the bad place" would be an upgrade.
32  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Would Juliette Kayyem have won MA? on: November 25, 2014, 09:56:19 pm
Only Coakley could have blown this. Baker was a good candidate, but this is Massachusetts.

An ideological amateur like Kayyem or Berwick would have done worse than Coakley.
33  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement Monday night) on: November 25, 2014, 09:11:51 pm
This thread is proving the flypaper theory correct.
34  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby on: November 24, 2014, 01:27:41 pm
Juanita Broaddrick's main issue was that she had sworn an affidavit that Clinton had not assaulted her before she gave her interviews. I am not passing judgment on what really happened, but I don't know how you explain that.
35  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYT: Hagel to resign on: November 24, 2014, 09:53:32 am
Susan Rice?
36  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: WaPo's green card maps on: November 24, 2014, 09:52:14 am
That color scheme is horrible.
37  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Would Frank Guinta have defeated Shaheen in NH? on: November 24, 2014, 09:03:47 am
I remember reading this (and someone else mentioned it at some point). I think Baker asked Brown not to run for Senate in Massachusetts, since DSCC would start spending there and nationalize the statewide races. He felt that this would hurt his chances in the Gubernatorial race, which I think he was right about.

Having said that, I still can't fathom how Brown thought this was a good idea.

I agree. There's a lot to criticize about Brown's choices, but I too believe that he did not have an opportunity to run for governor once Charlie Baker expressed his interest, and a primary would have been unthinkable.
38  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: the unspoken truth - anybody think many democrats oppose keystone on: November 24, 2014, 07:06:26 am
because they see it going through states (Great Plains) that they do not represent and see it benefiting "those" (read republiproles) people and not people who vote for them or their constituents.

It's going to create 50 permanent jobs.
39  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Incoming Nevada Speaker is a real piece of work on: November 23, 2014, 03:04:33 pm

Wow, that's some profound contrition from him.

40  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce executive order on immigration on: November 23, 2014, 09:51:24 am
Because of Coleman's lawsuit, Kennedy's death, Republican solidarity, and McConnell's exploitation of the rules, there was not time in the legislative calendar to reform our broken immigration system after the economic recovery act was passed and health care reform was undertaken.

Republican votes for Democratic initiatives, even ones Republicans had voted for in the past or authored, tended to evaporate as the actual vote came closer. It was in their best interest to deny Dems the claim of bipartisanship so they could run against Democrats in the next election.
41  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce executive order on immigration on: November 22, 2014, 11:47:33 am
I was responding to King's "strong presidency" hypothetical.

If I wanted Obama to knuckle under, I would not have supported ACA. That is proof that the legislative process can work.

...when you have 60 senators from the majority party, which the Dems enjoyed for like 5 months in 2009. Unsustainable.


Coakley blew it, but in the end MA of all states voted in number 41 Scott Brown to stop the healthcare law. That says that somewhere along the line Democrats screwed up rather badly in the process of forming and passing the law. The size of he majority bred complacency as did the promises of its forty year longevity. They thought they had time to squabble over different components and such forth.

If Obama had started with immigration he would have had it by August of 2009 most likely.

Like I said, requiring 60 votes in the Senate to pass law is a symptom of a broken government. We have natural swings toward the middle and the party in power is judged by their ability to govern. A President with huge majorities in both houses shouldn't be limited to the first 1.5 initiatives he can accomplish before natural trends reduce the majority to just very large. Remember the impact of Norm Coleman's lawsuit.

I don't expect blue avatars to sympathize with the Dem agenda in 2009 but I hope you'll consider the impact of a majority party being judged on their efficacy by voters when the minority party--in some cases, a minority party reduced to a small regional rump--can exercise a veto and then run against the majority for its inability to govern.
42  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Wyoming go Democrat in 2016? on: November 22, 2014, 09:56:29 am
RuPaul has a home in Wyoming.
43  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce executive order on immigration on: November 22, 2014, 08:31:21 am
I was responding to King's "strong presidency" hypothetical.

If I wanted Obama to knuckle under, I would not have supported ACA. That is proof that the legislative process can work.

...when you have 60 senators from the majority party, which the Dems enjoyed for like 5 months in 2009. Unsustainable.
44  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce executive order on immigration on: November 22, 2014, 08:27:46 am
Well, I don't know. On the one hand, Congress not doing what you want does not mean Congress is broken.

I mentioned the filibuster and gerrymandering in particular. Because of the filibuster, democratic majorities could not pass laws in reasonable time in 2009-2010. Because of gerrymandering, we had a split Congress in 2013-2014 even when Democrats got over 1 million votes more than Republicans in 2012 House elections. Unified Congresses in either of those terms should have been more productive.

No, I don't consider Congress broken because split or Republican Congresses didn't pass laws I support.
45  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever participated in a protest? on: November 21, 2014, 05:03:51 pm
Yes. I marched in Boston after Election Day 2000 with a sign protesting the miscount in Florida.
46  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce executive order on immigration on: November 21, 2014, 12:45:53 pm
Our federal government is broken. Obama's executive order is part of the breaking. But he's doing this because Congress is broken. And no, hand waving about "the Constitution" is not an excuse for Congress's dysfunction. The filibuster and gerrymandering are nowhere in the constitution and they have made governance close to impossible.

47  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NBC Poll: '2016 Field Is Crowded -- and Mostly Unpopular' on: November 21, 2014, 10:16:45 am
100% name recognition doesn't mean "no one can ever change their opinion or how they describe their opinion of a politician."



No, but it is a lot harder to move the opinion needle on a politician that is the very definition of a known commodity than it is to move the opinion needle on someone who is only now entering the national spotlight.

This is what I was responding to:

"And because she has 100% name recognition, everybody has already heard of her, so she can't get any more positives. So, her ceiling is 43% positive."
48  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NBC Poll: '2016 Field Is Crowded -- and Mostly Unpopular' on: November 21, 2014, 09:25:10 am
100% name recognition doesn't mean "no one can ever change their opinion or how they describe their opinion of a politician."

49  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does Bushie remind you of Scumbag Steve? on: November 21, 2014, 09:17:31 am
Nope.
50  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Politico: 10 Maps That Explain the Next Election on: November 19, 2014, 01:02:13 pm
Mississippi was majority African American until the 1930s.
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