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1701  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: IL-Gov: Schock out on: April 25, 2013, 09:56:52 pm
If Madigan runs, what do you think more determined Republican candidates like Dillard/Rutherford will do?
1702  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Obama Nation: A Novel on: April 24, 2013, 10:49:10 pm
I hadn't realized that Vander has been inactive for more than a year now...
1703  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What to do with those Darn Immigrants? on: April 24, 2013, 09:29:42 pm
Social Security fraud, which is quite a serious crime

A serious crime, really?

Eh...it depends on the format. But the second half of that sentence was worded too strongly anti-illegal-immigrant. I support amnesty Smiley
1704  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Alberta general election, 2012 on: April 24, 2013, 04:46:16 pm
1705  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: When will right-wingers drop the "Democratic voters only want free stuff" thing? on: April 24, 2013, 04:45:45 pm
The USA is a giant country, and one where politics, in general, is much more individualistic and parties are more 'vague coalitions' than other countries where parties have tighter controls over members' rhetoric and actions. So, some politicians will soon drop it, others will adopt it. Perhaps it will get less common, though as it's still very effective in many places I doubt it will disappear entirely anytime in the near future.
1706  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would the world have been better off if the USSR still existed? on: April 24, 2013, 04:41:53 pm
I wouldn't have been born if the USSR didn't collapse, so...
1707  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: My A.P. books on: April 24, 2013, 04:38:26 pm
Biology 8e AP* Edition, no doubt about it.

Oh, you have your own list? I've never read the Great Gatsby, so I can't really judge. Huck Finn and the Crucible are both books I haven't read for a while, but I enjoyed them back when I did read them. The high school's Drama Club did a performance of the Crucible when I was in the 8th grade (so I wasn't in it, but some close friends were), and I remember it as quite good and enthralling. So, Crucible, I suppose.
1708  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What to do with those Darn Immigrants? on: April 24, 2013, 04:32:15 pm
We should liberalize immigration law, to make it generally easier for people to immigrate to live permanently in the US. What to do with present illegals I'm not sure; many of them are also guilty of Social Security fraud, which is quite a serious crime. I'm in favor, generally speaking, of amnesty, but the logistics of it give me a headache.
1709  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MI-Sen: GOP establishment wants Rogers on: April 24, 2013, 04:25:30 pm
I doubt Rogers runs, there hasn't been much chatter about Land beyond 'name-dropping' speculation, which makes me think she's unlikely, and I rather hope Amash doesn't run; I don't agree with him consistently but he's a positive influence on the House and a Senate run against Peters almost certainly would not be successful. In all honesty, this race is probably only good for a decoy...who's that fellow who lost to Stabenow in '06? Bouchard? He could do.
1710  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 84% of Republicans approve of George W Bush on: April 24, 2013, 04:16:01 pm
I know I do. Bush's economic governance, while not great, was at least OK, and he certainly ran an FF foreign policy. I'd rather have him than the current President.

Ignoring whatever delusions you have about the recession, I'll offer you the chance to elaborate on this.

Bush ran reasonable and extremely successful policies with regards to conflicts in the Caucasus, in regards to epidemics and war in Africa, and in regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His one mistake, launching the 2003 war in Iraq, is only really apparent in hindsight and without hindsight was clearly the correct decision to have made. Both the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were carried out quite well; had McCain won the election in 2008, I'm confident today Iraq would be a solid American ally. (McCain compared it to South Korea after the Korean War, which I think is a good comparison). Obama reflexively pulled out, which was one of his greatest mistakes. (Not that going in wasn't a mistake, but pulling back once you're already there is also rarely a good move).
1711  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 538: Americans Don't fear terrorism on: April 24, 2013, 04:06:49 pm
Makes a lot of sense, as we get farther away from 9/11 and as the country continues to trend in a general libertarianish direction (see the trends for gay rights and gun rights, among other things).
1712  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 84% of Republicans approve of George W Bush on: April 24, 2013, 04:03:42 pm
I know I do. Bush's economic governance, while not great, was at least OK, and he certainly ran an FF foreign policy. I'd rather have him than the current President.
1713  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: AR Congressional Races 2014 on: April 23, 2013, 06:19:53 pm
Who would be a Republican candidate in a second open election in the 4th? Darr himself?
1714  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: WaPo says Baucus is retiring on: April 23, 2013, 04:34:22 pm
Schweitzer will certainly be a more powerful voice in the Democratic caucus against gun control than Baucus ever was (though in the long run, this is an issue that mainstream Democrats will soon be avoiding giving answers on, like Republicans are with gay rights).

Howard Dean, who has an A rating from the NRA himself, said last week that Schweizter would have likely supported Manchin-Toomey.

Running for office in Montana, but depending for money on national Democrats, I doubt Schweitzer will be taking a position on it. If something like it were to come up I agree he would vote for it, but I think, however slightly, replacing Baucus with Schweitzer shifts the rhetoric on gun rights right just a teeny bit. (Which, of course, is the long term trend as well).
1715  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: IA-Sen: Reynolds out on: April 23, 2013, 04:30:40 pm
I can't recall if Northey's taken himself out. Matt Whitaker has said he will run if/when King declines, and he's certainly no pushover, but Schultz has more electoral experience and Mark Jacobs would be able to self-fund (Jacobs reminds me a lot of Ron Johnson -- I think he'd be quite a strong candidate).
1716  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: AK-Sen: Joe Miller "considering" run on: April 23, 2013, 04:27:07 pm
Treadwell self-financed his campaign for Lieutenant Governor in 2010, I believe. There's no reason to think he wouldn't do so again. (Also, RRH has a link to a source that says Miller is leaning towards running, has met and had a "frank" discussion with Senator Moran, but is waiting to meet with Sarah Palin!!! before he decides whether or not to run). First off, it's kinda bizarre to see Palin still has real influence anywhere, but I really do wonder what she would say to him.
1717  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: WaPo says Baucus is retiring on: April 23, 2013, 04:22:26 pm
Schweitzer will certainly be a more powerful voice in the Democratic caucus against gun control than Baucus ever was (though in the long run, this is an issue that mainstream Democrats will soon be avoiding giving answers on, like Republicans are with gay rights). Whoever said Schweitzer will be further left than Baucus is...very mistaken. Electorally, this seat seems pretty clear-cut: easy Democratic hold with Schweitzer, Republican gain without him. Either way, I think, the seat will move right.
1718  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Boston Bomber - Enemy Combatant or U.S. Legal System Prisoner on: April 22, 2013, 11:17:54 pm
Because Tsarnaev is not actually affiliated with any foreign government, there is little doubt in my mind that Tsarnaev is to be tried as a U.S. citizen. In any case, it seems this will occur anyway.
1719  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Could another Republican have done better in WV? on: April 22, 2013, 11:12:44 pm
I honestly think Santorum would've broken 2/3. If in this alternate reality some scandal/crisis broke out and Obama lost decisively, Santorum could probably have cleared 70% with room to spare (ie, 72-73%).

The answer is definitely 'yes', but with different circumstances Romney himself could've done much better WV.
1720  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you type? on: April 22, 2013, 10:36:32 pm
Two-fingered, but much faster than most of my touch typing friends and apparently with significantly greater force -- I've heard numerous people describe my typing technique as "attacking the keyboard", and I've actually been asked to type quieter at libraries. Occasionally, I might hit backspace or enter with the middle finger if the hand is in approximately the right area, but generally I use almost exclusively index fingers. I attempted to take a touch typing class in the 4th grade at our public school (ours was the last class to have learned cursive along with touch typing, incidentally), but the principal allowed me to be exempt from the class, because I never followed the "rules" but still managed to consistently type much faster than anyone in the class (I am basically a self-taught typist, dating back to my days in early elementary school when I was still actually learning English).
1721  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Vito Marcantonio on: April 22, 2013, 06:51:10 pm
Advocated for Operation Sledgehammer. FF.
1722  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2013 Elections in Germany on: April 22, 2013, 05:23:16 pm
I read about AfD on Wikipedia -- it seems like their big schtick is being anti-Euro, but that otherwise their positions align nicely with the CDU. Could CDU/CSU/FDP/AFD be a potential coalition? The YouGov poll shows this would be a very narrow but still viable majority (48-47).
1723  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How will Washington (over) react to Boston Bombings on: April 20, 2013, 10:17:00 pm
So far, I've seen this used as an argument against immigration reform and as an argument against gun control (apparently in the aftermath of the lockdown there was a huge spike of gun sales in the Boston area, though I can't remember where I read that so take it with a grain of salt). Obviously, gun control is dead in the water anyway, but it'll be quite a shame if this manages to derail immigration reform, which is clearly desperately necessary.
1724  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: US-Canada County Maps Thread on: April 20, 2013, 06:13:58 pm
Lake and Peninsula Borough in Alaska intrigues me. Why is it so overwhelmingly Orthodox? It's Wikipedia article says nothing on the topic. (And I thought there might be parts of, say, rural Saskatchewan which might be quite Orthodox as well).
1725  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2013 Federal Election: At-large Senate on: April 19, 2013, 07:43:33 pm


AT-LARGE SENATE


[ 6 ] Alfred F. Jones of Puerto Rico
Labor Party



[ 2 ] HagridoftheDeep of South Carolina
Federalist Party



[ 5 ] Kalwejt of Vermont
Liberal Party



[ 3 ] Matt from VT of Massachusetts
Federalist Party



[ 7 ] MaxQue of Colorado
Labor Party



[ 1 ] Mr. X of Ohio
Independent



[ 4 ] Napoleon of Connecticut
Liberal Party



[ 8 ] Poirot of New York
Independent



[ 9 ] Write-in: Lots of excellent candidates running, vote was difficult to make



[  ] None of the above
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