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4551  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: What if... on: April 22, 2008, 06:12:55 am
Pigs would be flying!!!
4552  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: My Al Gore Timeline on: April 21, 2008, 08:54:50 am
This is not really a Al Gore Timeline if he doesn't become Emperor of the Moon in the end.
4553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2008 Federal Senate Elections — Official Booth on: April 19, 2008, 10:35:35 am
[1] EarlAW (PLP-NY)
[2] Lewis Trondheim (JCP-ND)
[3] HappyWarrior (PLP-MD)
[4] Sensei (PLP-OH)
[5] CultureKing (JCP-WA)
[6] Rockefeller Republican (NLC-ME)
[7] Bacon King (NLC-GA)
[8] Colin Wixted (NLC-PA)
[9] Hashemite (LLDL-VT)
[10] Afleitch (NLC-WI)
[11] kingofthebenchpress (I-PA)
[12] Willy Woz (JCP-TN)
[13] South Park Conservative (NLC-IA)
[14] Jake (NLC-MS)
4554  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SCOTUS upholds legality of lethal injection on: April 19, 2008, 10:23:52 am
HC (Horrible Court)
4555  General Discussion / History / Re: Was the expulsion of Germans from east of the Oder-Neisse justified? on: April 18, 2008, 01:55:36 pm
An atrocity committed as revenge for an even greater atrocity.

But I'm glad the expulsion happened... otherwise I wouldn't have been born.
4556  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: The Huckster has something up his sleeve. on: April 15, 2008, 09:51:49 am
Well, at least it isn't April 1 today. Wink
4557  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Chavez bans the Simpsons on: April 14, 2008, 05:31:04 am
After reading the article I must ask why this has necessarily something to do with Hugo Chavez. While I wouldn't totally rule his involvement, there's nothing that suggests that this has happened on his initiative/insistence either.
4558  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Unlikely 2008 Scenario But.......... on: April 09, 2008, 10:41:51 am
Wouldn't Pelosi merely become Acting President of the United States? And wouldn't the new vice president be at the top of the line of succession and sworn in as next president (since the office of the president would technically still be vacant)? At least this is how I would interpret the Presidential Succession Act as well as the 25nd Amendment. But perhaps we would need a Supreme Court ruling to settle this question.

Then again, since they're only a few months until a new administration takes over anyway, Pelosi might to decide to nominate no VP at all (bascially what Barry/Conor said).
4559  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Charlton Heston? on: April 07, 2008, 07:12:24 am
Which Heston should I rate here? Liberal Heston (1950ies-70ies) or Conservative Heston (1970ies-2000ies)? The man was a worse flip-flopper than Mitt Romney. Wink

Anyway, does someone know what exactly caused Heston's radical shaft in politics, which must have occured sometime between 1970 and 1980? According to Wikipedia, he was once known for being a supporter of Adlai Stevenson and gun control and an opponent of segregation and the Vietnam war.
4560  General Discussion / History / Re: Greatest President of.... on: April 04, 2008, 01:58:12 pm
So far it's a tie between Bill Clinton and whoever is elected this year. Wink
4561  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: "Nightmare Senario" for the GOP on: April 04, 2008, 04:20:39 am
Had McCain already announced a running mate at the time of his death?
4562  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Harris/IHT/France24 - European Leadership Survey on: April 04, 2008, 03:58:49 am
I'm surprised by the "lack of self-confidence" among the French. Is this a result of their current douchbag president* or more of a general feeling in France?

*who stands out for three things: congratulating Vladimir Putin for United Russia's victory in the 2007 parliamentary election after most of the other EU leaders had blasted Putin (for which Sarkozy was then criticized at home), meet-and-greeting Muammar al-Gaddafi in Paris, and finally his marital problems/sex life. Wink

Btw, there's currently a lot of clapping-ourselves-on-the-shoulder going on in Germany anyway, because some multi-national poll supposedly found out that Germany is the most popular country in the world or something like that. Don't fuel the fire any further!
4563  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Nicolas Sarkozy divorces. on: April 01, 2008, 10:42:43 am
Hey, who knows... one day this might be true too... again. Wink
4564  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: the Future of America 2008-2200 on: April 01, 2008, 08:19:45 am
2008-2200?? I bet this timeline ends with Richard Nixon's head-in-a-jar being elected the 80th president or something like that. Wink

J/k, carry on please.
4565  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Hillary to announce her withdrawl from the race! on: April 01, 2008, 08:12:09 am
And in related news: Hillary Clinton accepts Barack Obama's offer to become his running mate. Tongue
4566  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Lyndon B. Johnson on: March 31, 2008, 05:38:20 am
I'm glad that this is no FF/HP poll, because I voted "Neutral". Wink
4567  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are you offended by this t-shirt? on: March 29, 2008, 04:04:23 pm
Yes, because the colour of this t-shirt is just hideous.
4568  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Ralph Nader urges Hillary Clinton to continue. on: March 29, 2008, 03:49:40 pm
Actually, Hillary is mostly supported by Libertarians. That's also the reason why she will pick Gravel as her running mate.

Count on it.
4569  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Will Hillary be hurt by Nader's endorsement? on: March 29, 2008, 03:40:01 pm
Will Hillary be hurt by her marriage with Nader? Tough question. But I'm inclined to say yes, since he's no match to Bill popularity-wise.
4570  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: New Tradesports rankings on: March 29, 2008, 01:03:30 pm
Republican nomination
McCain 95.0
Giuliani 1.7
Paul 1.5
Romney 1.1
Rice 0.7
Huckabee 0.5
Gingrich 0.3
Thompson 0.2

Um, why is McCain still below 100.0? Do some assume that he could die of old age prior to the convention or what?
4571  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Your parties of choice worldwide on: March 29, 2008, 11:08:36 am
Fact: Wilders wants to the Quran to be forbidden.

Mein Kampf is banned in Germany, what's the difference?

Technically, it isn't banned.

The state government of Bavaria, which is holding the copyright to "Mein Kampf", just isn't allowing any reprints. This has something to do with Munich still being Hitler's official place of residence at the time of his death or something like that. When he died and the German Reich ceased to exist, the copyright first fell to the American occupation authority (since  Bavaria was part of the U.S. occupation zone). With the end of the occupation, the state of Bavaria finally inherited the copyright to "Mein Kampf".

Since that time it has been the policy of the Bavarian government not to allow any reprints of "Mein Kampf". This also means that it is legal to own, buy, and sell issues of "Mein Kampf" which were published prior to 1945. Strictly speaking, surviving relatives of Adolf Hitler also could have gone to court and reclaimed the rights to "Mein Kampf", but nobody from the Hitler family actually tried to do this. Currently, the copyright is expected to expire on December 31, 2015 (= 70 years after the death of the author). On this date, "Mein Kampf" would enter public domain.

Aside from Germany, the state of Bavaria also owns the copyright for "Mein Kampf" in a number of other countries and is using it there to prevent the book from getting reprinted too. Among the countries where it is allowed to publish "Mein Kampf" is the United States. In this particular case, the copyright to the book was seized by the U.S. government during World War II under the so-called "Trading with the Enemy Act". Otherwise, the copyright for the United States would probably be in the hands of the Bavarian state as well now.

The author of the Quran has been dead much much longer than just 70 years, so the same thing clearly couldn't be applied here.
4572  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are you offended by this poster? on: March 28, 2008, 02:19:35 pm
Is this supposed to be the Ugly American? Wink
4573  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The next Chancellor of Germany will be... on: March 28, 2008, 02:08:41 pm
What are the chances of Peter Harry Carstensen, Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein, if Merkel decides to retire in 2013 ? Carstensen's state CDU is on a good way to defeat the SPD once again in 2010. Any chance for him within the CDU to become a front-runner ?

Um, Carstensen is actually seven years older than Merkel. He'll be 66 in 2013. And so far he seemed to have no higher ambitions whatsoever.

And as I see it, Carstensen would only become chancellor candidate of the CDU after Christian Wulff,  Roland Koch, Peter Müller, Jürgen Rüttgers, Dieter Althaus, Ole von Beust, and Günther Oettinger were assassinated. Any of those CDU minister-presidents probably has better chances of becoming Chancellor.

Carstensen falls more under the "minister-president as pre-retirement position" category... similar to Böhmer in Saxony-Anhalt or Beckstein in Bavaria.
4574  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Germany 2009: SPD at lowest level ever on: March 28, 2008, 08:20:32 am
What's with the Die Linke strength in Saarland? Industrialization of the region?

No, Oskar Lafontaine.
4575  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Pew Research: 10% think Obama is Muslim on: March 27, 2008, 07:59:01 pm
I'd be curious to know what %age of those who think he's a Muslim don't even know who Obama is, and are just assuming he must be a Muslim because the name "Obama" sounds Muslim.

After all, DMX had apparently never heard of Obama until about two weeks ago.  From an interview:


    Are you following the presidential race?
    Not at all.

    You’re not? You know there’s a Black guy running, Barack Obama and then there’s Hillary Clinton.
    His name is Barack?!

    Barack Obama, yeah.

    What the f*^k is a Barack?! Barack Obama. Where he from, Africa?

    Yeah, his dad is from Kenya.
    Barack Obama?

    What the f**k?! That ain’t no f*^kin’ name, yo. That ain’t that n&%ga’s name. You can’t be serious. Barack Obama. Get the f*&k outta here.

    You’re telling me you haven’t heard about him before.
    I ain’t really paying much attention.

Maybe someone should do a "Do you know who Barack Obama is?" poll. Let's see how many people answer "some African prime minister" or "a leading al-Qaeda member".
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