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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Which revisionist theory is worse? on: January 20, 2017, 12:54:36 pm
Write-in: Ronald Reagan was not a race-baiting, anti-intellectual who ran a corrupt administration

aren't you a Trump supporter tho
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Welp, the California drought is probably over. on: January 08, 2017, 04:05:33 pm
Reporting in from the South (SF) Bay here. Rain was insane last night and into the morning. Still raining fairly hard, lots of wind as well.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Lynyrd Skynyrd on: January 08, 2017, 04:02:35 pm
Have had so many band members die it's not even funny...



...well, it wouldn't have been funny anyway. Sad
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who won the aspie vote? on: January 08, 2017, 03:58:21 pm
15-way split between Johnson, Trump, and 13 write-in candidates.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP proposes details of disastrous Social Security Reform - Massive cuts etc on: January 03, 2017, 03:23:31 pm
Reduce Revenue? That doesn't make a program solvent. Some people clearly need to get their head out of the clouds.

The logical outcome of Starve-the-Beast ghoulishness infecting the Republican Party. No wonder Ronald Reagan is beloved by the right-wing donor types.  Unfortunately for them, a different kind of ghoulishness altogether has been rapidly taking over the Party over the past few years, and so I somehow doubt that the majority of Republican voters who would not be insulated from the undermining/dismantling of Social Security (and Medicare, for that matter) would simply stand by as  Paul Ryan and the billionaires who bankroll him and the other cheerleaders for the elimination of "entitlements" do exactly that.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP proposes details of disastrous Social Security Reform - Massive cuts etc on: January 03, 2017, 03:11:35 pm
The class difference in life expectancy really bothers me. Given that, the benefits lower class folks get as a group are worth less. I think the only way out of the box, is to means test the whole damn thing Granted, there is some of that now, since what lower income folks put in, generates putting aside life expectancy, a higher return. But it is not enough, particularly as life expectancies increase, and in particular for the middle to upper middle class. Heck, these days it seems men are living into their 90's in droves. That did not used to be the case.

The Pub plan as described is insane, and won't go anywhere. Somebody didn't think it through very well.

Because means-tested social welfare programs are so popular in the US!

I suppose that would be a far more politically effective way to dismantle Social Security than what the likes of Paul Ryan are advocating.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What Kind of Conservatism Does FOX Shill For? on: January 03, 2017, 02:50:46 pm
Whatever their focus groups determine is most popular among the Republican voting base at any given moment.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who do you think won the IQ over 140 vote? on: January 01, 2017, 01:18:01 pm
why does this thread exist
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Iran and the United States: A Possible Détente? on: December 30, 2016, 03:03:32 pm
Yes, Iran needs to be brought in from the cold. A nasty regime, but can anyone honestly say they are worse than the west's supposed "allies" in the region? Let's face it Saudi and Qatari backed terrorism is far more perilous for the wider world nowadays anyway.

Added to that, the prospect of Iran becoming a "secular" (or at the very least, pluralistic) democratic state is pretty damn obviously much more probable than it is for those despotic Salafist monarchies that you mentioned (particularly the House of Saud, whom I maintain are on a collision course toward disintegrating into openly warring factions that are aligned with correspondingly warring al-Qaeda/al-Qaeda-inspired factions - and the worst-case scenario there, of course, is one or more said factions controlling vast swathes of territory, ISIS-style, in the Arabian Peninsula. And that would/will have massively horrific ramifications for the region - and thus, the world).
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Watership Down author Richard Adams dies aged 96 on: December 27, 2016, 03:25:18 pm
pls DIAF 2016 thx.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Thought: Perhaps liberals equating college degrees with Enlightenment (TM)... on: December 25, 2016, 12:39:27 pm
...hasn't quite endeared them to many of the voters who lack college degrees and will never receive them? Especially since these voters' livelihoods and communities have declined or been all but wiped out in recent decades - while simultaneously, college-educated Americans have done better (and post-grads - among the most liberal of groups, in aggregate - have done a lot better).

Just a thought.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the niqab br banned? on: December 21, 2016, 10:28:43 am
I'm not sure why, but I can't help but find it a bit...unseemly, that so many Westerners want to uphold "liberal values" - by robbing Muslim women of their religious and personal freedoms (I thought that those were "liberal values?" Huh ).

Actually, this has been a theme throughout American history as well. Think of the way in which immigrant Catholics were feared and perceived as a threat to Protes...uh, "secularism" in the 19th century US. And undermining parochial schools in immigrant communities was among the rationales for the common school movement.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaine_Amendment

But anyway, I can't imagine how repressing the faith of Muslims could ever exacerbate political violence from Muslims. Seems like a great idea! *thumbs up*


13  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: How can the G.O.P win over the black vote? on: December 20, 2016, 12:32:49 pm
How can Democrats win over the Southern white evangelical vote?
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Opinion of the Obama-era Republican Party on: December 20, 2016, 12:15:35 pm
?
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the niqab br banned? on: December 20, 2016, 12:13:32 pm
Don't ban the clothing, ban the people.

Ladies and gentleman, the Trump voter!
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Ta-Nehisi Coates on: December 20, 2016, 12:12:27 pm
HP racialist.

Didn't you vote for Trump?
17  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Paradox: the left, the right and the islam on: December 17, 2016, 04:22:26 pm
Who or what is "the islam" and why is there only one of him/her/it?
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How Clinton lost Michigan - and blew the election on: December 17, 2016, 01:53:39 pm
For people who claim to be well-educated because they have college degrees (??) I find it curious how many affluent (white) liberals don't seem to reflect on just why the places in which whites in general (not just the college-educated) are more Democratic than the national average. Or why whites (including white men) in working class political organizations (read: labor unions) are far more likely to vote Democratic than both working class and middle class whites who are not part of such organizations. Or why the region of the country where previously-loyal white Democrats began to defect from the party post-New Deal, post-WWII, and then especially during the Civil Rights Movement was (and is) the least unionized part of the country - and moreover, why, in that long (over half a century) process in which said region went from the most solidly Democratic to the most solidly Republican in the US, it was the working class and poor whites in that region whom have been the Democratic holdouts until really, quite recently. Or why the places outside of the aforementioned region becoming less Democratic has coincided to a striking extent with deindustrialization (which contemporary Democratic elected officials have been complicit in, BTW) and the related decline in unionization - and thus, bargaining power in the workplace.

Fascinating, isn't it?
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How can an anti-Senite support Sandrs for President? on: December 08, 2016, 08:56:31 am
An anti-Senite is someone who opposes the existence of the Senate?

Nah, an anti-Senite is someone who opposes Senility in politicians. Which is a disgusting ageist attack on the Bern, and BRTD should feel ashamed for it! Angry
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Peter Vaughan RIP on: December 06, 2016, 11:34:45 am
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/actor-peter-vaughan-starred-game-thrones-dead-93-article-1.2900310

Brilliant actor. I suppose 93 is a good run though.  RIP.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: During the course of this election, how have your political views changed? on: December 05, 2016, 11:46:50 am
I've moved to the left, but I don't see an option for me in the poll.

Same.

Also, this:

They have become more liberal on social issues and more conservative on fiscal issues.  I used to be more for a populist message on the economy... lift everyone up type of thing.  Now as a natural reaction to the ilk that Trump has brought out I have a much more hard line stance on fiscal issues. Cut taxes, cut social programs, support as much free trade as possible, stop sending money directly from the two coasts to support social programs in the Midwest and South (we pay way more in taxes than we get back).  Basically, I want a sink or swim economy. But I want it to be "fair" on social policies, which means there shouldn't be racial discrimination, gays should have equal treatment, and we shouldn't waste a ton of money on dumb wars.  So on balance, I still support democrats.

Is the embodiment of everything that is wrong with the Democratic Party of the 2010s.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Another massively stupid aspect of the Clinton campaign... on: December 05, 2016, 11:36:49 am
(cross-posted from AAD):

College-educated, affluent white suburbanites are the most sorted of voters (and furthermore, the most likely to be "polarized") in regard to the two major parties. They are, for the most part, locked into their respective party. While this is especially true in states - or regions within states - that are either reliably conservative or reliably liberal, it's also increasingly true in the (relatively) "purple" states like Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and obviously Arizona (lol), as well as in the Rust Belt.

As for ethnic and racial minorities...well, hell will freeze over when the contemporary Republican Party wins a non-negligible number of black votes. Latinos are certainly growing as a part of the electorate but are (a) more concentrated in either solidly liberal states or, in the cases of Arizona and Texas, solidly conservative, with Florida really being the only "purple" state in which they play a critically significant role in the Democratic coalition and (b) are still significantly less likely to vote than blacks and whites. Same with Asians, except that they're even more concentrated in certain (liberal) states and cities.

Meanwhile, as all of us political demographics nerds are well aware, working class white voters - particularly in places like (surprise, surprise!) the Rust Belt - are among the most "elastic" of all demographics in American electoral politics. And they continue to play a critical role in deciding the results in said Rust Belt states - and hence, in deciding who the President of the United States will be, which every Clinton supporter (or at the very least, anti-Trump voter) was (*heavy sigh*) painfully reminded of this year.

And yet...the brilliant minds at the incredibly well organized, extraordinarily well-financed, and very "cutting-edge" 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign managed to miss all of this?! (or forget about it - maybe even deliberately...)

Utterly moronic.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of David Brooks on: December 05, 2016, 01:06:52 am
lol
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Transition Team/Cabinet Thread on: December 02, 2016, 12:55:32 am
Ken Thomas ‏@KThomasDC
Trump/Pence mtgs on Friday: Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.; FL AG Pam Bondi; Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND; Amb John Bolton; Ret. Adm. Jay Cohen.

Hmmmm

Guess she doesn't feel very good about her re-election chances.

She's also basically a generic Republican on energy/environmental policy. Which makes her a Democrat in North Dakota politics.

Would be a brilliant move by Trump if it happened, and not just because it would be one less Democrat in the Senate, but also because the Republican who would be most likely to replace her is the guy who wrote Trump's energy policy and was an early endorser of his during the campaign.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump and United Technologies reach agreement to keep Carrier jobs in Indiana on: November 30, 2016, 12:38:04 pm
The moral of this story is that companies are perfectly fine with keeping jobs in the US so long as they get all kinds of sweet taxpayer-funded perks and other "incentives."

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