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26  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Biden steps down as VP. Who replaces him? on: November 17, 2014, 05:30:35 pm
How about Harry Reid?

He would never get Senate confirmation.
27  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Papal Patch (some clarification if you even bother) on: November 17, 2014, 03:33:16 pm
Thank you.

Obviously Callixtus and Camerlengo do not like me very much.

I got them them exiled.

I actually like you very much, although I don't see what the last sentence is supposed to mean Tongue

Luv ya buddy!

Well, I carried on so much about the big land grab and the rebels moved off shore, so..........
28  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton does have a very impressive resume, I must admit on: November 17, 2014, 12:27:55 am
James Buchanan also had a very impressive resume.

....


Seriously?

James Buchanan was well educated, had some military experience, and did have extensive political and diplomatic experience

Attended the village academy (Old Stone Academy) and later Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, graduating with honors, 1809. Later that year, he moved to Lancaster, where he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1812.

A dedicated Federalist, he initially opposed the War of 1812 because he believed it was an unnecessary conflict. When the British invaded neighboring Maryland, he joined a volunteer light dragoon unit as a private and served in the defense of Baltimore. Buchanan is the only President with military experience who did not, at some point, serve as an officer.

1814-1816 PA State House of Representatives, Federalist
1821-1831 U.S. House of Representatives PA
1832-1833 Minister to Russia
1834-1845 U.S. Senate PA
1845 Declined nomination by James K Polk for U.S. Supreme Court
1845-1849 U.S. Secretary of State, under James K Polk
1852-1866 President Board of Trustees Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster, PA
1853-1856 Minister to United Kingdom
1857-1861 President U.S.

29  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Papal Patch (some clarification if you even bother) on: November 16, 2014, 11:37:45 pm
Thank you.

Obviously Callixtus and Camerlengo do not like me very much.

I got them them exiled.
30  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Is Landrieu done for? DSCC cancels many of their ad buys in LA markets. on: November 16, 2014, 10:51:03 pm
I'm not sold Landrieu is dead. She has come back from near impossible situations before and survived in a state that's become redder with each election. Her job is to raise her standing with whites from 18% to 35%, and convince enough Louisiana whites she's good enough to retain in office, while keeping African American turnout as high as it was November 4. While hard, this is not necessarily impossible.

Cassidy is not a telegenic or talented politician, either. Landrieu could use the national spotlight around Keystone to show her distance from the president, who is likely to veto the bill and her commitment to energy issues, which is important to Louisiana. (I feel this is why it's important that Senate Republicans withhold cloture from the Keystone bill).

I'm actually of the view Landrieu could barely survive a runoff. I don't think we should write off Landrieu until the votes are actually counted.

But the fact the DSCC has cancelled ad buys in many of the major media markets in Louisiana does have some significance.
31  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Is Landrieu done for? DSCC cancels many of their ad buys in LA markets. on: November 16, 2014, 10:21:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) Senate Democrats' campaign committee on Thursday began canceling plans for television ads in Louisiana's major markets to help Sen. Mary Landrieu's runoff campaign against Republican Bill Cassidy, making her re-election bid an even steeper challenge.

www.theind.com/news/indnews/19528-senate-dems-cancel-ads-in-la

Is Landrieu done for this time?

32  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Hillary Clinton does have a very impressive resume, I must admit on: November 16, 2014, 08:57:59 pm
I have to admit that Hillary Clinton does have a very impressive resume.

Are there any potential Republican Presidential candidates for 2016 who can compare to this?



From Wikipedia

Raised in a politically conservative household

1960 At age thirteen helped canvass South Side Chicago following the very close U.S. presidential election, where she found evidence of electoral fraud against Republican candidate Richard Nixon

1964 Volunteered to campaign for Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in the U.S. presidential election

Early political development was shaped most by her high school history teacher (like her father, a fervent anticommunist), who introduced her to Goldwater's The Conscience of a Conservative, and by her Methodist youth minister (like her mother, concerned with issues of social justice), with whom she saw and met civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. in Chicago in 1962.

1965, enrolled at Wellesley College, where she majored in political science. During her freshman year, she served as president of the Wellesley Young Republicans; with this Rockefeller Republican-oriented group, she supported the elections of John Lindsay and Edward Brooke. She later stepped down from this position, as her views changed regarding the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. In a letter to her youth minister at this time, she described herself as "a mind conservative and a heart liberal." In contrast to the 1960s current that advocated radical actions against the political system, she sought to work for change within it. In her junior year, became a supporter of the antiwar presidential nomination campaign of Democrat Eugene McCarthy. Following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., organized a two-day student strike and worked with Wellesley's black students to recruit more black students and faculty. In early 1968, she was elected president of the Wellesley College Government Association and served through early 1969; she was instrumental in keeping Wellesley from being embroiled in the student disruptions common to other colleges. A number of her fellow students thought she might some day become the first female President of the United States. To help her better understand her changing political views, Professor Alan Schechter assigned Rodham to intern at the House Republican Conference, and she attended the "Wellesley in Washington" summer program. Was invited by moderate New York Republican Representative Charles Goodell to help Governor Nelson Rockefeller's late-entry campaign for the Republican nomination. Attended the 1968 Republican National Convention in Miami. However, she was upset by the way Richard Nixon's campaign portrayed Rockefeller and by what she perceived as the convention's "veiled" racist messages, and left the Republican Party for good.

1969 Graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with departmental honors in political science

1969 Entered Yale Law School. There she served on the editorial board of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action. During her second year, she worked at the Yale Child Study Center, learning about new research on early childhood brain development and working as a research assistant on the seminal work, Beyond the Best Interests of the Child (1973). She also took on cases of child abuse at Yale-New Haven Hospital and volunteered at New Haven Legal Services to provide free legal advice for the poor. In the summer of 1970 she was awarded a grant to work at Marian Wright Edelman's Washington Research Project, where she was assigned to Senator Walter Mondale's Subcommittee on Migratory Labor. There she researched migrant workers' problems in housing, sanitation, health and education. Edelman later became a significant mentor. Was recruited by political advisor Anne Wexler to work on the 1970 campaign of Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Joseph Duffey, with Rodham later crediting Wexler with providing her first job in politics.

1971 She began dating Bill Clinton, also a law student at Yale. That summer she interned at the Oakland, California, law firm of Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein. The firm was well known for its support of constitutional rights, civil liberties, and radical causes (two of its four partners were current or former Communist Party members); worked on child custody and other cases.

The following summer, Rodham and Clinton campaigned in Texas for unsuccessful 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern

1973 Graduated from Yale University with a Juris Doctor degree

Began a year of postgraduate study on children and medicine at the Yale Child Study Center. Her first scholarly article, "Children Under the Law", was published in the Harvard Educational Review in late 1973. The article became frequently cited in the field.

During her postgraduate study, Rodham served as staff attorney for Edelman's newly founded Children's Defense Fund in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as a consultant to the Carnegie Council on Children.

1974 she was a member of the impeachment inquiry staff in Washington, D.C., advising the House Committee on the Judiciary during the Watergate scandal. Under the guidance of Chief Counsel John Doar and senior member Bernard Nussbaum, Rodham helped research procedures of impeachment and the historical grounds and standards for impeachment. The committee's work culminated in the resignation of President Richard Nixon in August 1974.

By then, Rodham was viewed as someone with a bright political future. Democratic political organizer and consultant Betsey Wright had moved from Texas to Washington the previous year to help guide her career, and Wright thought Rodham had the potential to become a future Senator or President. After failing the District of Columbia bar exam and passing the Arkansas exam, Rodham came to a key decision. As she later wrote, "I chose to follow my heart instead of my head". She thus followed Bill Clinton to Arkansas, rather than staying in Washington where career prospects were brighter. He was then teaching law and running, unsuccessfully as it would turn out, for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas. In August 1974, Rodham moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas, and became one of only two female faculty members in the School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She gave classes in criminal law, where she was considered a rigorous teacher and tough grader, and was the first director of the school's legal aid clinic.

1975 Married Bill Clinton

1976 Campaign director of field operations in Indiana for Jimmy Carter's Presidential election campaign

1977 Joined the venerable Rose Law Firm, a bastion of Arkansan political and economic influence. She specialized in patent infringement and intellectual property law while also working pro bono in child advocacy; she rarely performed litigation work in court.

1977 President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the board of directors of the Legal Services Corporation, and she served in that capacity from 1978 until the end of 1981. From mid-1978 to mid-1980, she served as the chair of that board, the first woman to do so. During her time as chair, funding for the Corporation was expanded from $90 million to $300 million; subsequently she successfully fought President Ronald Reagan's attempts to reduce the funding and change the nature of the organization.

Husband Bill Clinton Attorney General of Arkansas 1977-1979
Husband Bill Clinton Governor of Arkansas 1979-1981
Husband Bill Clinton Governor of Arkansas 1983-1992

1979-1981, 1983-1992 Hillary Clinton First Lady of Arkansas

1979 Became the first woman to be made a full partner of Rose Law Firm

1983 As First Lady of Arkansas, was named chair of the Arkansas Educational Standards Committee

1983 Named Arkansas Woman of the Year
1984 Named Arkansas Mother of the Year

1993-2001 Husband Bill Clinton President of the United States

1993-2001 Hillary Clinton First Lady of the United States

When Bill Clinton took office as President in January 1993, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the First Lady of the United States, and announced that she would be using that form of her name. She was the first First Lady to hold a postgraduate degree and to have her own professional career up to the time of entering the White House. She was also the first to have an office in the West Wing of the White House in addition to the usual First Lady offices in the East Wing. She was part of the innermost circle vetting appointments to the new administration and her choices filled at least eleven top-level positions and dozens more lower-level ones. She is regarded as the most openly empowered presidential wife in American history, save for Eleanor Roosevelt.

1993 President Bill Clinton appointed First Lady Hillary Clinton to head the Task Force on National Health Care Reform, hoping to replicate the success she had in leading the effort for Arkansas education reform.  The national  health care reform plan did not receive enough support for a floor vote in either the House or the Senate, although Democrats controlled both chambers.

Along with Senators Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch, she was a force behind the passage of the State Children's Health Insurance Program in 1997, a federal effort that provided state support for children whose parents could not provide them with health coverage, and conducted outreach efforts on behalf of enrolling children in the program once it became law. She promoted nationwide immunization against childhood illnesses and encouraged older women to seek a mammogram to detect breast cancer, with coverage provided by Medicare. She successfully sought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and childhood asthma at the National Institutes of Health. The First Lady worked to investigate reports of an illness that affected veterans of the Gulf War, which became known as the Gulf War syndrome. Together with Attorney General Janet Reno, Clinton helped create the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice. In 1997, she initiated and shepherded the Adoption and Safe Families Act, which she regarded as her greatest accomplishment as First Lady. In 1999, she was instrumental in the passage of the Foster Care Independence Act, which doubled federal monies for teenagers aging out of foster care. As First Lady, Clinton hosted numerous White House conferences, including ones on Child Care (1997), on Early Childhood Development and Learning (1997), and on Children and Adolescents (2000). She also hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Teenagers (2000) and the first-ever White House Conference on Philanthropy (1999).

2001-2009 United States Senate New York

2009-2013 United States Secretary of State under President Barack Obama
33  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Biden steps down as VP. Who replaces him? on: November 16, 2014, 05:30:44 pm
George Clooney is the obvious choice.


You mean besides the fact he has no qualifications whatsoever?
34  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Biden steps down as VP. Who replaces him? on: November 15, 2014, 10:53:23 pm
I am not asking for analysis of the doctor's diagnosis.

That is not the point of the question.

Junk commentary is junk. 

Just go with it.

I will agree with Mister Metts and say that Obama would go with an elder statesman, someone who will not be running for President or for anything else in 2016.  One possibility is Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, former Governor of Iowa.
35  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Biden steps down as VP. Who replaces him? on: November 15, 2014, 04:42:59 pm
I think John Kerry would be the best choice.

As far as ability and qualifications to assume the position of President, you could be right.

But would Kerry leave the very active and influential post as Secretary of State to become Vice President for two years?
36  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of Queen Mary I of England on: November 15, 2014, 04:33:00 pm
Another reason that Henry VIII is remembered in history is due to the fact he was married six times, and all the drama and intrigue that caused, and the impact that had on English history.

Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr
37  General Discussion / Alternative History / Biden steps down as VP. Who replaces him? on: November 15, 2014, 04:14:22 pm
On doctor's orders, Vice President Joe Biden steps down as Vice President.

Who does President Obama replace him with for the last two years of his administration?
38  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of Queen Mary I of England on: November 15, 2014, 09:06:32 am
No excuses can be made for this deranged woman who had innocent people burned at the stake.

No, but if she were a Protestant burning Catholics at the stake, I doubt you would made this poll.

Now that has got to rank as one of the silliest statements I have ever read on this forum, and there have been countless stupid statements made on this forum.

Nobody, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, whatever, has any right to burn anybody else at the stake because of their religious beliefs.

That behavior is inhuman, revolting and abhorrent.

The depraved Mary Tudor well deserves her place as one of the most hated and reviled monarchs in the entire history of England, and England has a long history.

Yeah, because the other Tudors were paragons of religious tolerance Tongue

The other Tudors is a whole other story.

Without getting into the history of all of them, I will say that Henry VIII was a tyrant and a monster.  His murders and other assorted crimes are too numerous to mention.
39  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of Queen Mary I of England on: November 14, 2014, 09:21:40 pm
No excuses can be made for this deranged woman who had innocent people burned at the stake.

No, but if she were a Protestant burning Catholics at the stake, I doubt you would made this poll.

Now that has got to rank as one of the silliest statements I have ever read on this forum, and there have been countless stupid statements made on this forum.

Nobody, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, whatever, has any right to burn anybody else at the stake because of their religious beliefs.

That behavior is inhuman, revolting and abhorrent.

The depraved Mary Tudor well deserves her place as one of the most hated and reviled monarchs in the entire history of England, and England has a long history.
40  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of Queen Mary I of England on: November 14, 2014, 04:48:41 pm
No excuses can be made for this deranged woman who had innocent people burned at the stake.

She shall forever be known as one of the most evil women in history. 
41  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: November 2014 Special At-large Senate Election on: November 14, 2014, 11:35:40 am
1. Cris
2. Poirot
3. rpryor
4. Bacon King
5. SWE
42  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NC: No, Hagan won't run in 2016 on: November 13, 2014, 07:31:00 pm
Where's John Edwards when the Dems need him?

That is there problem. The NC Democratic Party is built on running trial lawyers as po workin folk populists who shares your values and will fight for your economic interests, while secretly he is an out of touch lawyer who lives in two Americas, the America where he is a well respected populist in his own head and the other where he is real self, a dishonest, liberal ambulance chaser. At least half a dozen have been exposed has the corrupt crooks they are over the past decade and several more have had the false veener of centrism torn down. That is why they rely so much on demographic change because so many of the old rural Democratic voters have come to distrust that decade's old song and dance.

Thank you.  You picked up on my sarcasm very well.
43  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NC: No, Hagan won't run in 2016 on: November 13, 2014, 07:21:48 pm
Where's John Edwards when the Dems need him?
44  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Which Vice President came to the office most prepared and qualified? on: November 12, 2014, 11:13:08 pm
I have asked the question before about which President came to the office most prepared and most qualified?

This question asks which Vice President came to the office of Vice President most prepared and most qualified?

Please discuss.
45  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of Queen Mary I of England on: November 12, 2014, 09:19:36 pm
One of the absolutely most horrid ancestors of the House of Windsor, and there have been many.
46  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Sullivan Officially Wins on: November 12, 2014, 01:55:24 pm
THANK YOU ALASKA!


ON TO LOUISIANA!

47  General Discussion / History / Opinion of Queen Mary I of England on: November 11, 2014, 09:18:21 pm
What is your opinion of Queen Mary I of England, also known as Mary Tudor, Bloody Mary, and the Catholic Queen?
48  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Four most significant Presidents of the 20th Century on: November 11, 2014, 09:04:47 pm
Franklin D Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
Richard Nixon/Lyndon B Johnson Tied for third
Ronald Reagan
49  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield Press Conference on: November 11, 2014, 01:14:04 pm

Thank you Cris my friend.  I appreciate your warm wishes.

You will note that I did make a listing of particular words following my initial statement.
50  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Papal Patch - Behold our awesome recycled islands! on: November 11, 2014, 12:55:57 pm
But Your Holiness, does one not have the option of being no kind of a Catholic at all in your realm?   
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