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76  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Who'll win in Kansas? on: September 13, 2014, 08:46:41 pm
I'd be fine with Heidi Heitkamp being majority leader, because, well, she isn't a complete assface.

Of course she is. She voted against Manchin-Toomey. She should be happy she wasn't expelled from the caucus.
77  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football Pick'em- 2014 style on: September 13, 2014, 08:36:47 pm
I'm so pumped up about the game against LSU next week. It's such a great opportunity for us.
78  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Would Edward Snowden deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? on: September 13, 2014, 01:59:49 pm
Where's the option for "No, but he doesn't deserve to rot in Hell?"
79  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Americans: if your state... on: September 13, 2014, 01:25:41 pm
No, that would be a clusterf*** of epic proportions.
80  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 13, 2014, 01:23:32 pm
I don't have chocolate that often, maybe once a month or less.

Why not 0 times per month?
81  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: IA: CNN/Orc: Braley in the lead on: September 13, 2014, 01:08:29 pm
If I were a Republican, I wouldn't even want Ernst to win. She'll harm the party by being such an embarrassment way more than her individual vote will help.

One senator either way, even when "control" is at stake, means very little. The exact count only matters when one party is approaching 60, and that's pretty unlikely to happen either way in the next 6 years.

And yes, I would say the same thing in real life if the Democrats had nominated a liberal equivalent of her in one of the close races.

So youre suggesting the people of Iowa write in Mickey Mouse?

Braley isn't a conspiracy loon, he's just an incompetent campaigner. I don't anticipate him embarrassing the party once he's a senator (although to be fair, you can't always predict these things).

But yes, if the Iowa Dems had nominated a Dennis Kucinich-type, then yes, I would endorse a third-party candidate, and had, say, Kentucky nominated a Kucinich-type, I would endorse McConnell.

The only time I would deviate from this is if one party were on the verge of 60 seats.
82  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: do you use ms access on: September 13, 2014, 01:02:43 pm
A little bit at work, but generally we use SAS for queries like this.
83  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: IA: CNN/Orc: Braley in the lead on: September 13, 2014, 10:40:37 am
If I were a Republican, I wouldn't even want Ernst to win. She'll harm the party by being such an embarrassment way more than her individual vote will help.

One senator either way, even when "control" is at stake, means very little. The exact count only matters when one party is approaching 60, and that's pretty unlikely to happen either way in the next 6 years.

And yes, I would say the same thing in real life if the Democrats had nominated a liberal equivalent of her in one of the close races.
84  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Mandatory vacation pay on: September 12, 2014, 09:07:28 pm
If I may ask, what does your employer offer in terms of paid leave (both vacation and sick) and what happens if you do not use all of your allotted days?

We get 11 vacation days per year and 5.5 sick hours per month. Sick hours roll over each month until they hit 300, and vacation days roll over until they hit 20. We also get a 12th free day off each year, but we have to go get a preventive checkup on it (which takes about an hour).

I generally use about 5 or 6 vacation days each year (I used 8 the year I got married), so my bank is going to approach 20 next year. My parents and in-laws all live in town, so I don't have as many occasions to use vacation time.
85  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: GOP Generic Ballot Surge on: September 12, 2014, 08:59:15 pm
It's really interesting how we have two separate realities going on -- every day Republicans become more and more convinced of a big win, and every day Democrats become more confident that they'll hold on.

One of these groups is going to be really shocked and upset come November...
86  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Are there any candidates who are “wackos, weirdos and witches”? Senate 2014 on: September 12, 2014, 12:20:58 pm
Ernst is a far-right conspiracy-peddling nutjob. We got really lucky republicans bailed us out, considering how poor our candidate is there.
87  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Top 5 21st century Simpsons episodes on: September 11, 2014, 11:29:17 pm
I'll let you know in a few months when I get there.
88  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a young rich white liberal? on: September 11, 2014, 09:17:31 pm
I don't consider myself rich, but I do meet the requirement, so yes, all 4.
89  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Scottish Independence referendum, 2014 on: September 11, 2014, 06:54:16 am
Second question: if Yes wins, will the UK change its flag to remove the white X part?
90  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Democrats for Susan Collins on: September 10, 2014, 11:48:33 pm
They could try the Sheldon Whitehouse Method and say, "Look, we all love Susan Collins, but is keeping Susan Collins worth having a Senate controlled by Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz?"

Yeah, if I were Bellows' campaign manager, that would be the entire focal point of the campaign, running lots of ads simply asking that question over and over.

It might not be enough, but it sure would be more likely to win than focusing on the NSA or whatever Bellows is trying.
91  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Who will win in Iowa? on: September 10, 2014, 10:51:05 pm
We really lucked out on this one. Braley's a poor candidate, but even he's not going to lose to that loony conspiracy nut the Republicans chose.

92  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who is the 4th greatest President? on: September 10, 2014, 09:58:28 pm
Lots of people wouldn't put the slaveowner Washington in their top 4...
Citation needed. Most Americans who are not history nerds, if pressed, could name about 5 Presidents. Washington is definitely going to be in everybody's top 4 because they've heard of him their entire life. Ditto for Lincoln. Democrats will probably add Clinton to their favorites. Republicans will add Reagan. And, of course, most people are aware of Bush and Obama but nobody wants to claim either as a favorite at the moment.
In any case, while I won't defend Washington's practice of slavery, he, at least, had the decency to set them free in his will, something Jefferson did not do. Most of them came from his wife anyway. Jefferson, on the other hand, has the whole Sally Hemmings situation to account for. Owning and having an affair with (she was a slave; I really don't think it'd wrong to substitute the word rape here) his dead wife's half sister is something else altogether.
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You need a citation for "lots of people..." ?  I didn't say a majority or anything like that. Just enough people so that it's not "almost fact."
93  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Scottish Independence referendum, 2014 on: September 10, 2014, 08:05:54 pm
If "Yes" wins, how does this affect other independence movements? A shot in the arm, I assume?

Would Catalonia and Basque be next?
94  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do you like the Treehouse of Horror episodes? on: September 10, 2014, 06:12:12 pm
I'm curious as to how Harry is new to The Simpsons. Did your parents not let you watch it when you were growing up? Because it's about the most universal childhood/adolescent experience ever for most people in our generation. That and Saved by the Bell. For better or worse, all our shared experiences came via the television.

Nope. I did a little bit anyway when they weren't watching, but by high school/college when they wouldn't have cared, I just didn't bother watching.

I feel like parents not letting their elementary-school-age kids watch The Simpsons was pretty standard in Bible Belt suburbia, but I might just be projecting/misremembering.
95  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football Pick'em- 2014 style on: September 09, 2014, 06:32:50 pm
BYU
Cincinnati (locks at 6:00 PM EST)
Missouri
Connecticut
Louisville
Duke
Iowa State
Georgia
TCU
Washington
Florida
Rutgers
USC
UCLA (I guess?)
Oklahoma
Arizona State
96  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: SD: SUSA: Rounds +11, Weiland, Pressler nearly tie on: September 09, 2014, 05:54:16 pm
Does SD have a runoff, our is plurality enough?

If plurality is fine, I'm not convinced that Weiland is better off in a 1v1 than with Pressler in it.
97  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Do you like the Treehouse of Horror episodes? on: September 08, 2014, 08:49:29 pm
Admittedly, I'm pretty new to The Simpsons, having just started watching from season 1 a few weeks ago, and I'm in season 4 now, but the Treehouse of Horror episodes have probably been my least favorite so far.

I just want to watch regular episodes, not silly one-off stories set outside the show's continuity. I never liked when Futurama did these style episodes either, and I really hated that stop-motion Christmas episode of Community.
98  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who is the 4th greatest President? on: September 08, 2014, 06:23:17 pm
Lots of people wouldn't put the slaveowner Washington in their top 4...
99  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Your top 5 Family Guy episodes? on: September 08, 2014, 06:18:43 pm
Ugh, BRTD likes the worst episodes too.

So your favorites?

Hands down the worst episode is "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven".

Isn't that the one with the entire Star Trek TNG cast? That one was pretty funny...
100  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Mississippi 2014 discussion thread on: September 08, 2014, 05:51:56 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaLGz6N0lEo

Pretty good ad from Childers. Subtle appeals to the McDaniel crowd and liberals in the same ad.

Do you suppose that if the DSCC spent real money here, Childers could actually win?

No, that would be counterproductive. The only person who can give Childers an outside chance is Chris McDaniel.

If he gives Childers a formal endorsement, then we could move the race from Safe R to Likely R -- it would still be very difficult for Childers to structure a campaign around picking up Tea Party voters while also shoring up his base and getting a high black turnout, but at least the potential votes would be on the table.
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