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1701  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Myers/Briggs personality type on: January 12, 2013, 04:29:14 pm
ENTP

You have strong preference of Extraversion over Introversion (78%)
You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (38%)
You have moderate preference of Thinking over Feeling (38%)
You have moderate preference of Perceiving over Judging (33%)
1702  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NJ-SEN: Lautenberg, with universal name rec, a goner against Booker on: January 12, 2013, 12:04:07 am
Anyhoo, there was an NBC4 report that Lautenberg had decided to retire but a spokesman has said that "it simply isn't true."

It had better not be...

Regardless of the outcome, your overall prediction accuracy number would still be in the single digits, so I wouldn't get your pretty little head too worried about it.

Your three predictions recorded on Atlas average out to a B-, so I'm not sure I would brag. But I'll take your word for it.
1703  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: "<Potential Candidate> is " on google search on: January 12, 2013, 12:00:10 am
Not that they're candidates, but some cool ones:

Angela Merkel:
is hitler's daughter
is a nazi
is a jew
is the daughter of adolf hitler

Benjamin Netanyahu:
is evil
is the antichrist
is hot
is a freemason

David Cameron:
is an idiot
is hot
is jewish
is a liberal

Vladimir Putin:
is a badass
is awesome
is evil
is a dictator

Stephen Harper:
is an idiot
is evil
is the devil
is destroying canada

Kim Jong-un:
is the sexiest man alive
is looking at
is looking at things

Kim Jong un:
is this cake
is hungry
is evil
is a derp

Xi Jinping:
is back

Hu Jintao:
is evil
is a dictator
is a good leader

Mahmoud Abbas:
is bahai
is mabus
is a terrorist
is a traitor

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:
is jewish
is evil
is hot


1704  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NJ-SEN: Lautenberg, with universal name rec, a goner against Booker on: January 11, 2013, 11:36:37 pm
Anyhoo, there was an NBC4 report that Lautenberg had decided to retire but a spokesman has said that "it simply isn't true."

It had better not be...
1705  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NJ-SEN: Lautenberg, with universal name rec, a goner against Booker on: January 11, 2013, 07:28:33 pm
Wow: Lautenberg aide rips Booker, calling him "self-absorbed, disrespectful and disloyal."

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/frank-lautenberg-aide-cory-booker-86070.html

Let's go, pobeditel'!
1706  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: WV-Sen: Rockefeller Retiring on: January 11, 2013, 02:13:10 pm
Actually, this is probably worse for Capito, since those on the right who although they were upset about her being pro-choice, would support her anyway since she was the best candidate against Rockefeller. But now, since it's an open seat, the Republican may believe they have the advantage either way, and may not want a pro choice Republican to be their next Senator. I think it's really likely that Capito will lose to a more conservative Republican, and then that Republican will in turn lose to an acceptable Democrat. It's going to be Delaware 2010 again.

Let's face it, the likeliest conservative Republican to beat Capito, if that happens, is David McKinley. And McKinley's no pushover. North Dakota 2012 this could be, but Delaware 2010 almost certainly not -- it'll be more obvious earlier that McKinley's vulnerable than occurred for Castle. Also, considering WV's recent sharp turn to the right, they could totally just elect that more conservative person to the Senate. Just because Tea Party challenger Ted Cruz beat David Dewhurst didn't automatically lose him the general election (Mike Lee's another good example...)
1707  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Make a map of the above four posters as separate candidates on: January 11, 2013, 01:49:02 pm
A Person runs a libertarianish campaign and wins several Western states, along with successfully sabotaging Hagrid in ME and NH. Scott and Antonio V split the leftist, Democratic vote almost evenly down the middle; though Antonio is based in California and Scott in New England, this split throughout the country ensures a decisive EC victory for the 'mainstream Republican', Hagrid of the Deep. The black community splits almost evenly in half between the two, which allows Hagrid to pull off several very improbable victories, notably Maryland.

Very few states are won with any kind of majority.



Hagrid of the Deep (Republican) 399 EV
Scott (Democratic) 64 EV
Antonio V (Progressive) 63 EV
A Person (Independent) 12 EV
1708  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Oldiesfreak vs. Al Franken on: January 11, 2013, 01:32:23 pm
I would grit my teeth and vote Franken (or more likely just abstain), because while Oldiesfreak is closer ideologically and I do very much like him, a President with such a grotesque misinterpretation of American political history just couldn't be good news. Franken would win, too. Franken/Franken.
1709  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: If the last three posters were running for POTUS who would you vote for and why? on: January 11, 2013, 01:30:31 pm
Hagrid due to my ideological stance, though the other two are nice posters Smiley
1710  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What would a Christie vs. Clinton electoral map look like right now? on: January 11, 2013, 01:27:09 pm


Hit the nail on the head.
1711  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Israeli General Election 2013 on: January 11, 2013, 01:13:46 pm
Political ads are on TV now, and the one making the biggest noise is this one from Shas, which drew wide ranging condemnation for its perceived  anti Russian racism.

http://youtu.be/A-auotGWUeM

I find it extremely funny considering most of my acquaintances' first thought of what a stereotypical Russian would look like is me, and I look very much like the dude in that ad...

Of course, we already knew Shas are assholes.
1712  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: WV-Sen: Rockefeller Retiring on: January 11, 2013, 10:22:36 am
The two big Democrats whose names come to mind immediately are former Senator and Joe Manchineel acolyte Carte Goodwin and state Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who came in second in the 2011 special gubernatorial primary.
1713  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Ontheissues.org on: January 10, 2013, 09:33:39 pm
Added explanations, though some very simple ones need no explanation.

1.) Abortion is a woman's right: STRONGLY FAVOR
2.) Require companies to hire more women & minorities: STRONGLY OPPOSE no one should be required to hire someone else due to ethnicity/race/gender
3.) Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws: SUPPORT makes sense, such laws should apply to historically persecuted small minority groups
4.) Permit prayer in public schools: OPPOSE I oppose organized prayer in public schools, but there's no reason a religious kid shouldn't be able to pray on his own
5.) More federal funding for health coverage: STRONGLY OPPOSE
6.) Privatize Social Security: SUPPORT
7.) Parents choose schools via vouchers: OPPOSE there should be a 'nationwide curriculum' all students should be required to learn (and, btw, this should include evolution) and if parents don't want it, too bad. This 'nationwide curriculum' should explicitly only include STEM; topics like history and language/culture should be left to the parents; I believe education is one of the few underregulated fields in the US today
8.) Death Penalty: STRONGLY SUPPORT
9.) Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws: OPPOSE in CA in one instance stealing pepperoni pizza counted as a third strike; they're just too harsh
10.) Absolute right to gun ownership: STRONGLY SUPPORT
11.) Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy: SUPPORT we're already too progressive, but we don't need a tax cut now and when our government will be able to afford cuts they should be for everyone, not geared specifically toward the wealthy, but very theoretically support
12.) Immigration helps our economy-encourage it: STRONGLY SUPPORT
13.) Support & expand free trade: SUPPORT depends with who
14.) Link human rights to trade with China: SUPPORT this is an example, though again like #11 this is a very theoretical support and nothing hasty should be done as our economies are very interlinked
15.) More spending on armed forces: OPPOSE not necessary
16.) Reduce spending on missile defense (Star Wars): OPPOSE support making them more efficient, but chose 'oppose' because I don't believe that missile defense somehow specially deserves to be cut
17.) Seek UN approval for military action: STRONGLY OPPOSE
18.) Reduce use of coal, oil, & nuclear energy: SUPPORT chose support, but again, very theoretical, nothing hasty should be done. And I support nuclear; just oppose coal and oil
19.) Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it: OPPOSE current drug law goes too far. Drug laws should exist, but not because of some kind of special 'immorality' of drug usage
20.) Allow churches to provide welfare services: STRONGLY SUPPORT I'm a secularist, but why exactly shouldn't they be allowed?

http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/political_map.asp?PS=77.5&ES=75&q1=1&q2=5&q3=2&q4=5&q5=1&q6=4&q7=1&q8=5&q9=1&q10=5&q11=2&q12=4&q13=1&q14=5&q15=1&q16=2&q17=4&q18=5&q19=2&q20=5
1714  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NRA Membership surges by 100,000 since Sandy Hook on: January 10, 2013, 09:19:07 pm
Can't do anything but applaud a surge in NRA membership, even though this one is motivated primarily by fear.
1715  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Scott Walker on: January 10, 2013, 09:14:46 pm
He's a bit like Ayotte in that in the long run he wants it but in 2016 he's not running. Walker is basically a confirmed supporter of Paul Ryan 2016.

No, he really doesn't want it. He's one of the politicans that doesn't aspire to national politics. He wants to stay in the state.

Hasn't he visited IA and NH on previous occasions? I suppose IA as a neighboring state is forgivable, but if he's gone to NH that's a pretty clear sign of national aspirations.
1716  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hickenlooper: Universal background checks for all gun sales on: January 10, 2013, 09:11:54 pm
I for one support background checks, but I feel like it'd be easy for gun rights groups to declare a background check would be the first step down a slippery slope and whip up a convincing majority against them.
1717  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hickenlooper: Universal background checks for all gun sales on: January 10, 2013, 07:04:32 pm
A good way to motivate the opposition, though the election is too far away and as is Hickenlooper is too popular for this to actually lead him to defeat. Especially considering for some reason Scott Gessler, who is not beloved, seems to be the front runner for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
1718  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Scott Walker on: January 10, 2013, 07:02:06 pm
He's a bit like Ayotte in that in the long run he wants it but in 2016 he's not running. Walker is basically a confirmed supporter of Paul Ryan 2016.
1719  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NJ-SEN: Lautenberg, with universal name rec, a goner against Booker on: January 10, 2013, 06:33:02 pm
Lautenberg will most definitely retire now and the Senate Democrats will most definitely endorse Booker.  It looks bad that the only black person in the Senate is a Tea Partier.

Why does that look bad?
1720  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you ever vote for a Birther or 9/11 Truther? on: January 09, 2013, 11:15:32 pm
No to both. Especially to truthers.
1721  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Latest India/Pakistan flare up on: January 09, 2013, 08:25:59 pm
Really considering the circumstances during the partition and my general Indiophilia, I think all of Kashmir is by rights Indian, but then as I just noted I'm biased.
1722  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Politics of the Commonwealth nations? on: January 09, 2013, 08:24:48 pm
Zioneer, if you're interested in something else than The True North Strong and Free, I could put together something similar about South Africa. No promises as for when I could be able to do it, though.

I'm not Zioneer, but I for one would love to read that Smiley
1723  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: As expected, looks like Obama will pick Lew to replace Geithner as Treas. Sec. on: January 09, 2013, 08:21:35 pm
As long as they're not clearly incompetent, of course. It's the President's cabinet, and he has a mandate to govern.

I don't know. While an element of realism has to be maintained, since only the President can nominate (see Jack Lew; Reps won't get anyone better), I think if you can reasonably expect someone ideologically better from the President if his nominee is defeated (see Chuck Hagel), I think Senators would be perfectly justified voting against the nomination. I suppose it could come down to whether you, as an opposition Senator, believe your own mandate or the President's is more important.
1724  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Surprising lack of one-term Presidents? on: January 09, 2013, 08:15:15 pm
Historical coincidence, really. And I wouldn't say this until Obama's comfortably left office in January 2017; God forbid, but not counting Obama himself, 20.9% of Presidents have died in office of resigned. That's a very non-negligible amount.
1725  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Surprising lack of one-term Presidents? on: January 09, 2013, 07:41:57 pm
Most of the prez have been swept out with scandle and congress on the other hand isn't dependent on scandle, based on the economy. Most of the second half of Bush's second term was filled with scandle as the same with Clinton. Whereas Obama no such scandle arosed.

While I can't predict anything, no scandal had 'arosed' yet in January '97 or January '05.
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