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7151  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How to stop the revival of Laissez-Faire? on: October 13, 2010, 05:44:59 pm
You can start by recognizing that there is no chance of any program getting abolished, except maybe Obamacare prior to it starting up in full. People will fight to the death for their precious entitlement programs.

Yes.  I would love it if what the OP is saying were true.  Unfortunately, it's not, so we have to wait for entitlement programs to abolish themselves when we go bankrupt.
7152  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Liberalism? on: October 13, 2010, 05:23:08 pm
Ah, "progressivism."  The idea that we ought to cease all progress in society and culture in favor of petty tribalism and caveman notions of "fairness."

I have never met some one thinks like that, where do they live?

1600 Pennsylvania avenue.

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7153  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: John McCain/Hillary Clinton vs. Barack Obama/Joe Biden - 2008 on: October 13, 2010, 05:10:49 pm
You think that many Democrats would break with Obama to vote for McCain just because of Hillary?

Yes.

A lot of Hillary voters initially changed their mind because of McCain's female running mate.  If Hillary herself was on McCain's ticket, it would have been a blowout.  Especially since Hillary is a much more polished figure than Palin and can't possibly be accused of being any sort of "right-wing extremist."
7154  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Liberalism? on: October 13, 2010, 05:09:41 pm
Ah, "progressivism."  The idea that we ought to cease all progress in society and culture in favor of petty tribalism and caveman notions of "fairness."

Worst ideology that has ever existed (also the oldest) besides those that actually involved murdering people as one of their chief tenets.
7155  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Closest Senate race (by %) will be in...... on: October 13, 2010, 04:59:21 pm
I'll go out on a limb and say Connecticut.
7156  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: US Congressional Delegations Survivor ROUND 41 on: October 12, 2010, 10:54:57 pm
NY
7157  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is listing your middlie initial and postal code on a personal mailing address... on: October 12, 2010, 09:11:18 pm
No.  For example, my father and I have the same first name, but a different middle name, so listing my middle initial would be necessary to differentiate myself from him.  Also, you're making it a great deal more difficult for the post office if you don't use zipcodes.
7158  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Populares Convention, Oct. 2010 on: October 12, 2010, 08:03:32 pm
Can we just say that they're all reelected?
7159  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Who would you have voted for... on: October 12, 2010, 06:49:33 pm
It's just our luck that in the 20th century that we got 3 sociopaths in a row for President.

Kennedy/Ford was a sociopath? Or are you refering to a different streak?

Kennedy/Johnson/Nixon
7160  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Who would you have voted for... on: October 12, 2010, 04:40:46 pm
It's just our luck that in the 20th century that we got 3 sociopaths in a row for President.
7161  Election Archive / 2010 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: IL: Southern Illinois University: Brady leads by 8 on: October 12, 2010, 03:54:41 pm
20% undecided in mid-October?
7162  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Student tuition fees: Browne review urges no limits on: October 12, 2010, 03:52:54 pm
12,000 a year would not be on the high end here.

When you factor in financial aid, it would be.
7163  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Congressmen of New England Survivor ROUND 2 on: October 12, 2010, 03:37:13 pm
Eliminate:

Congressman John TIERNEY (D-MA)
Congressman Barney FRANK (D-MA)
Congressman James McGOVERN (D-MA)

Keep:

Congressman Stephen LYNCH (D-MA)

Immunize:

Senator Scott BROWN (R-MA)
7164  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: What the odds of the following scenarios? on: October 12, 2010, 03:33:32 pm

Democrats keep both the House and the Senate - 20%

Democrats lose the House but keep the Senate - 55%

Democrats keep the House but lose the Senate - 5%

Democrats lose both the House and the Senate - 30%

20+55+5+30 = 110
7165  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Federalists or Anti-Federalists? on: October 12, 2010, 03:32:02 pm
Definitely anti-Federalist in hindsight, probably still at the Con-Con too.
7166  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: It costs the US $50 million to kill each member of the Taliban on: October 12, 2010, 03:30:47 pm
The objective isn't to kill as many Taliban as possible. If it were, we would just carpet bomb the whole region. The objective is to create some kind of state in Afghanistan that is non-Taliban controlled and stable.

Never in the entire history of the "country" has there even been "some kind of state," much less a "stable" one.  It's an impossible task.

Your grasp of history is appalling.

Quite. It was pretty stable until 1979, IIRC.



There has not ever been an Afghan "government" that has had any sort of effective control of anything beyond the immediate vicinity of Kabul.  The rest is controlled by various tribal warlords or coalitions of warlords.  "Stable" governments in the past have merely avoided irritating the warlords in the rural (for lack of a better word) areas too much.  The idea that Afghanistan can be made some sort of unitary state is historically, culturally, ethnically, linguistically, economically, militarily, and logistically (since much of the country is inaccessible from other parts except by horseback or even helicopter) impossible.  For good reason - "Afghanistan" as a country is an entirely artificial construct brought about by the fact that it was such a crappy and ungovernable scrap of land that neither Britain nor Russia ever felt like including it in one of their 19th-century annexation sprees.

You may want to broaden your grasp of history beyond Wikipedia.
7167  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Angle raised $14 million in 3rd quarter. on: October 12, 2010, 03:14:15 pm
That erases Reid's cash on hand advantage.  Ironically, this might mean that Angle is a stronger candidate than Lowden would have been, since I doubt Lowden could have raised half that much.
7168  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: What the odds of the following scenarios? on: October 12, 2010, 03:12:10 pm
Democrats keep both the House and the Senate

5%

Democrats lose the House but keep the Senate

50%

Democrats keep the House but lose the Senate

5%

Democrats lose both the House and the Senate

40%
7169  Election Archive / 2010 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: OH: Rasmussen: Lee Fisher = Fail on: October 12, 2010, 02:47:48 pm
I believe I said a week ago that O'Donnell had a better chance than Fisher and was laughed at.
7170  Election Archive / 2010 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: CT: Fox News: McMahon cuts into Blumenthal lead on: October 12, 2010, 10:50:41 am
If Blumenthal hadn't given the worst answer ever as to how to create jobs, this race would be over.  As it is, he likely wins, but he's doing his best to lose it.  I hope he doesn't know the word "maccaca".

We need to create jobs through creative policies!  He stood up for jobs!  A job can be created by a variety of ways!
7171  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Populares Convention, Oct. 2010 on: October 11, 2010, 10:47:56 pm
Official Ballot:

Chairman

[1] Jbrase
[  ] Write-In: __________

Vice-Chairman

[1] Han
[  ] Write-In: __________

Whip

[1] Libertas
[  ] Write-In: __________

Chief Director

[1] SvenssonRS
[  ] Write-In: __________

Secretary

[1] NiK
[  ] Write-In: __________
7172  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Robert Healey (Cool Moose) for RI Lt Gov, a position he wants to eliminate. on: October 11, 2010, 09:27:16 pm
He's a perennial candidate. He ran for Governor in '94 and '98 and Lt. Governor in '02 and '06.

And he did relatively well each time.
7173  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the "Debt Free America Act" (H.R. 4646) on: October 11, 2010, 09:00:41 pm
Well, IMO the facts that it won't generate nearly as much revenue as our friend Chaka thinks it will and that it will be almost impossible to enforce are features, not bugs . . .
7174  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Does anyone still think O'Donnell is going to win? on: October 11, 2010, 07:11:46 pm
If Christine O'Donnell just votes for herself, she should get 100% of the vote.
7175  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Alternative Elections / Re: Could Replicans Win New York State IF... on: October 11, 2010, 06:51:11 pm
I think the Replican party has a long way to go before it will win anything, even in the faraway possibility that Mike Bloomberg were running for ticket.
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