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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Poll: Congressman's ad "Make America WHITE Again." Is this racism Trump's fault on: Today at 02:04:58 pm
Where is the "This is a publicity stunt and not racist" option? (...)it is clear that he means "white" in cultural, rather than racial, terms.

what is "cultural whiteness"?

A nice way of being overtly racist while trying not to sound REALLY racist .
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump shifts position on Muslim ban; says only ban immigrants from certain areas on: Today at 01:52:58 pm
I think it's adorably hilarious how Trump's cultists like to pretend the words coming out of his mouth have actual meaning.

It's like the stories of the Knights Templar listening to the Head of John the Baptist speaking in tongues, only it's actually happening right in front of us.

This x 10
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why has Hillary dropped off so much since March/April? on: Today at 01:51:54 pm
The LP convention and the selection of Gary Johnson and how dislike-able Trump and Clinton are.

You REALLY think the LP Convention or Gary Johnson has ANYTHING to do with this? Roll Eyes

Not 1 voter in 10 outside Atlas knows either.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The House Democrats Sit-In on: June 24, 2016, 11:44:40 pm
Bad move. Young people are a lot less likely to support an assault weapons ban than older Americans. This could be the moment that the Democrats start losing the youth vote.


Let me try this again...


easy, Icespeaf. i think you're overreacting. Grin

<runs away>
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rumsfeld endorses TRUMP on: June 24, 2016, 10:19:13 pm
But the True Leftists told me all the neocons were supporting Hillary!

The neocons who were former Democrats are likely to back Hillary. 

Rumsfeld's a career partisan Republican in Nixon's Cabinet.  He's not a neocon.

Roll Eyes
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2016 Federal Election on: June 24, 2016, 09:49:18 pm
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Of all the states that have a Democratic governor now.... on: June 24, 2016, 02:54:58 pm
Probably California, though HI and NY are candidates.

I'd say NY before CA, but basically agree.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Of all the states that have a Repuublican governor now.... on: June 24, 2016, 02:53:02 pm
Kansas. They couldn't even elect a Democrat for governor in ideal conditions.

That wasn't ideal conditions. The massive Republican wave nationally saved Brownback's ass. Even in a neutral year he would've lost.

I'll say Alabama. Not only is the black population much smaller than Mississippi in a state where race essentially determines your party affiliation (the GOP dream on a national stage), they don't even have any serious politicians (like Childers, Hood, etc.). I mean seriously, look at the last few Democratic nominees here.

2016 Senate: Ron Crumpton, a random marijuana activist
2014 Senate: Literally could not find a single candidate
2014 Governor: Parker Griffith, a joke who switched parties about 5 times

Probably Alabama for this reason, though arguably just as applicable to TN, particularly with the lack of bench.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: What the hell happened in Wyoming '06? on: June 24, 2016, 02:43:51 pm
Wyoming is one of, I believe, a few states where registered Republicans vastly outnumber Democrats and Independents combined, with more than 6 in 10 residents being Republicans.  Democrats make up just 20% of the electorate.

In 2006, Wyoming was an absolute clusterfck for the GOP with Democratic governor Dave Freudenthal winning reelection with just below 70% of the vote and the incumbent Republican congresswoman barely winning reelection with under 50% of the vote.

So, even taking into account the hostile anti-Bush sentiment of that year, why did the Republicans do piss-poor in what is indisputably the most Republican state in the country?

(Apologies if this is in the wrong board.)

Freudenthal was a popular and efffective incumbent of a decidedly moderate bent. Even 10 years ago the national red state/blue state divide wasn't so deep as now, so that governor's races were not nearly so linked to the state's national partisanship. See the equally huge re-elections of Govs Henry in OK and Bresden in TN that year, or to a lesser degree Schwarzenegger in CA.

It is only because of WY's huge GOP bent and the congressional race being more nationalised (and thus partisan) that a nut ike Cubin survived the wave.
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: Strategies 360: Trump+5 in Maricopa County, AZ on: June 24, 2016, 11:26:32 am
If Maricopa county votes for R or D, so goes the state?

if it votes D, absolutely. if it votes R by a close margin, not necessarily
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Kingdom Referendum on European Union Membership on: June 24, 2016, 10:37:39 am
When economic shocks happen, it's always the little guy who suffers you fool.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Study: Clinton received most negative media coverage by far in 2008/2016 on: June 24, 2016, 02:07:31 am

If you are a female then you know this to be true: that to get ahead in life, you have to do everything twice as good as any male competitor to be considered "better" at something, or "more qualified."

I've been aware of this for most of my adult life. I'm also aware that most men don't believe it, and it's because they haven't experienced it. Doesn't make the situation none the less true, however.

And I'm not talking sports or activities that involve strength, which men are clearly physically constructed to be better at.

Being a female in politics -- where males dominate and have ever since our country was founded -- Hillary has had to climb hills and jump through hoops that no man has had to, simply because she is a female. And put a "Clinton" after her name and it adds dimensions of additional obstacles she's had to overcome that the guys haven't.

On a positive note, it's a testament to how strong, adaptable, resilient, incredibly intelligent, politically savvy and damn good Hillary is at doing something that is important to her.

Great thread and great article!!!

At the risk of sounding a little patronizingly sexist myself, this is a great post applicable to most successful women in addition to Clinton, and also a clear example of why we need more women on the Forum to give all the basement-dwelling neckbeards here a regular dose of reality.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Guess the previous poster's real name on: June 24, 2016, 12:51:39 am
No no, his name has to be Certrude, to live up to his initials. Tongue
Anyway, Barry came to mind.

"Barry Badger". I'll grant it has a ring. Smiley

Though at the office it's more like this with my law partner and I:


(The exaspirated secretary would be our Office Manager/My Wife) Grin

<Oh, and SKIP>
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why does every post BRTD makes has a cellphone next to the title? on: June 24, 2016, 12:47:14 am
It helps you see which threads to not bother reading.

OK, that was funny. Cheesy
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of BRTD? on: June 24, 2016, 12:46:07 am
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Guess the previous poster's real name on: June 24, 2016, 12:38:37 am

17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: June 24, 2016, 12:38:02 am
Greece has been in an economic depression for years now, and they stuck with the EU.

When will they recover, 50-100 years?

15 000 Euros lands you a flat in Thessaloniki, think about that and how much mama Merkel helped them.

Blaming the EU on the Greek depression makes this fit for a very different thread.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What the hell is wrong with Florida democrats? on: June 24, 2016, 12:29:57 am
^Pete King is a very moderate Republican. A loud moderate, but a moderate.

I think he meant Steve King
19  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Unban CCSF on: June 24, 2016, 12:07:49 am
I oppose this. Granted, I didn't know him while he wasn't banned, but I had a conversation with him in IRC not too long ago where he called me a 'cuck' and a 'race traitor'.

Yes, as previously noted, he wasn't banned for his opinions (again, see JCL and Thomas from NJ), but rather for being a bona fide horrible person. His posting history on Toxic Atlas since then has only further proven this.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: NC-PPP: Trump +2 on: June 23, 2016, 11:55:43 pm
Like most southern states, voting here is particularly polarized, so it will swing less than most states in play. This reads: advantage Clinton, but by no means set in stone.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: John Lewis leads sit-in on House Floor to pass gun control legislation. on: June 23, 2016, 11:17:09 pm
Everyone knows my bias on this issue, but i'm finding it really hard to take the Dems seriously on this issue when they weren't willing to vote for the Cornyn bill. Yeah it wasn't the 5 steps forward that they wanted (all no-fly list people banned), but it was at least 1 step forward (all no-fly list people face a brief waiting period during which the Feds can get a court order I.E. minimal due process). The only real justification I've seen for the Dems to vote against it is so they can run ads saying "na na na na GOP luvs terristz". Why wouldn't the "do something anything" vote for the bill that could actually pass other than politics?
My thoughts exactly.  I'd love to see a Democrat actually rebut this.

Because the 72 hour waiting period is totally meaningless. What is the point of putting people on that list in the first place if they're deemed to be potentially dangerous enough to be banned from planes but not buy weapons? Buying a gun and shooting up a place is a hell of a lot easier than hijacking a plane and crashing it or getting past security with a bomb.

Isn't 72 hours enough time for the government to put forward evidence as to why someone is too dangerous to buy a gun?  A lot of people on the No-Fly List are just unfortunate to share the same name as a terrorist.  Is that enough reason to punish them?

And anyways, isn't it a good thing that we are forcing the government to back up their No-Fly list with actual evidence?  Right now, what's the recourse if you get put on the list?  What evidence does the government have to put forward to support it?

I can tell you fiirst hand no, that is not much time at ALL.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: FOX News gives "Graphic Warning" for Sanders speech on: June 23, 2016, 11:00:46 pm
WTF were they saying was potentially offensive ? Huh
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sabato Crystal Ball: PA moves towards Trump, AZ/GA/UT towards Clinton on: June 23, 2016, 10:58:44 pm
Seems to check out to me, Sabato is one of the best political prognosticators.

nah. he's grossly overrated.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Jill Stein qualified to be president of the United States of America? on: June 23, 2016, 10:54:31 pm
Of course not. Don't be silly.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Hypothetical: LeBron James v. Urban Meyer for OH Governor on: June 23, 2016, 07:35:57 pm
The greater Cincinnati area is not the region with which I'm most accustomed, but people all over the state went nuts last Sunday. It's not as if we've got another NBA team to root for. (If this was about the NFL, it'd be very different.)

Well considering the family of my close friend, where the family has DEEP loyalties to o$u and the mid-to-southern end of the state was very much against LeBron and seems to have no affection for Cleveland, it makes me think that it is not automatic that ohioans' nba loyalty lies with the Cavs; AND that o$u football is #1 in the state not basketball (this isn't Indiana, Kentucky, or Kansas), I feel that Urban Meyer would definitely beat LeBron.

Meyer (R) - 54%
James (D) - 46%

This. Osu love trumps all, especially in central ohio. }ames can't swing enough of the NE to compensate
It wouldn't be about a swing, it would be about boosting minority turnout to an unprecedented level.

Sorry, I meant "swing that big of a turnout boost" in NE OH. My point remains the same .
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