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7226  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: 2012 GOP nomination Intrade rankings on: October 08, 2010, 05:09:56 pm
Romney 29.6
Thune 19.0
Palin 18.8
Pawlenty 13.5
Gingrich 9.0
Huckabee 7.9
Barbour 7.0
Daniels 7.0
Paul 6.2
J. Bush 6.0
Pence 5.0

those are the only three who have a chance, IMO.

Funny, because those are the three I'd consider to have the least chance (besides Jeb).
7227  Election Archive / 2010 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: CA: Angus Reid: Boxer leads by 16 in RV Online poll on: October 08, 2010, 04:11:49 pm
Why the hell are you even posting this?
7228  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Anyone planning on voting tactically, not for favorite candidate? on: October 08, 2010, 04:08:48 pm
I kind of have to do that a lot.  Luckily the crop of GOP candidates in MA this year are pretty good, although unfortunately Kamal Jain didn't win the primary.
7229  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why does cinyc always say "so-called "progressives""? on: October 07, 2010, 11:48:32 pm
It's what you get for describing yourselves with a buzzword.  It would be like if conservatives suddenly started calling themselves "happyfunnists."  Don't say you wouldn't put scare quotes around that - see, I just did!
7230  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is Nazism left-wing? on: October 07, 2010, 09:44:25 pm
When the Bolsheviks took power in Russia, they promptly set to work purging all the Mensheviks and Socialist Revolutionaries.  Does that mean they aren't left-wing?  When either Maoists or Marxist-Leninists have taken power in countries, they always set to work almost immediately purging the slightly-different Communists, as would the Trotskyists if they ever got into power.  Are they not left-wing?  In most European countries, Socialist parties refuse to form coalitions with Communist parties.  Are they not left-wing?  Like all political movements, far-leftists have their own infighting, which they tend to resolve violently more often than other groups.  Because the Nazis persecuted some leftists who publicly opposed them (and they also persecuted rightists who publicly disagreed with them), does not mean that they were not left-wing themselves.

Furthermore, the decline in real wages for workers can be explained by three rather obvious factors:

a. Far-left nutcase economic policies tend to depress real wages.
b. There was a massive worldwide depression.
c. There was a war in which millions of tons of bombs were dropped on German factories.

Of course the Nazis had a tiny chosen elite that they rewarded with great wealth and influence.  So did the Soviets.  So is the case in every centrally-planned economy, and the more centrally-planned, the more that is the case.

It is true that "left" and "right" did not originally refer to what is now referred to as the economic left and right.  Hence my alternate definition.  But it is the terminology we use nowadays, and so we should refer to ideology with modern notation for consistency.

The Nazis did borrow quite a bit from social conservative ideology as well.  The fact remains, however, that their plan all along was to create a radically-redefined culture they viewed as diametrically opposed to the previous one.

Opebo is a fascist due to his support of nonsensical populism and made-up identity politics, worship of authority figures, and, most importantly, calling for his political opponents to be rounded up in camps and presumably killed.

Have I addressed every concern?
7231  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is Nazism left-wing? on: October 07, 2010, 08:44:04 pm
It's funny that the only member we have who is a real, no-holds-barred, genuine article bonafide fascist is the one who's accusing others of fascism.
7232  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Advertising Notes - Where the Dems and Reps are Putting Their Money on: October 07, 2010, 06:33:08 pm
Is that spending in addition to what they already are, or changes in the planned level of spending?
7233  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: RPC Senate No Toss Ups: GOP+9 50/50 on: October 07, 2010, 05:49:36 pm
Since you are so concerned about Republicans controlling the Senate, who do you support for the general election?
7234  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is Nazism left-wing? on: October 07, 2010, 03:57:17 pm
The way I see it, there are two ways of measuring if an ideology is "left-wing" or "right-wing."

The first is the simplest - right-wing ideologies support systems closer to laissez-faire economics, left-wing ideologies support greater redistribution of wealth and greater central planning.  Fascism and Naziism support total government control of the economy and a vastly expanded welfare state.  They are therefore clearly left-wing, if not far-left, in this regard.

The second is a more subjective one - "left" ideologies are generally futurist and disdainful of old social orders, "right" ideologies seek to defend traditional social orders against modern encroachment.  Fascism and Naziism advocate a literal "end to history" in which all "old" thinking, culture, and artifacts would be eliminated, and be replaced by modern "new" thinking.  The aristocracy would be overthrown and the "new man" would be king.  Symbols of modernism - planes, trains, automobiles, and the military, would form the focus of their ideology.  Hence the Nazi plans to bulldoze the entire historical district of Berlin and fill it with gigantic neoclassical monstrosities, and the Fascist plans to fill in the Venetian canals.  The Nazis even banned the use of Fraktur type in newpapers and encouraged the use of Futura.  They are therefore "left" on a cultural basis as well.

Which brings us to the horseshoe theory.
7235  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is Nazism left-wing? on: October 07, 2010, 03:38:28 pm
Yes.
7236  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: PPP: Lieberman in third in hypothetical race v. Murphy and either Rell or Schiff on: October 07, 2010, 03:07:20 pm
So you can have a hardcore Democrat instead?

If Osama bin Laden were the only candidate running against Lieberman, and I were living in CT, I would vote for him.
I just lost a lot of respect for you, given that you would support a terrorist who was responsible for one of the worst events on American soil over a crooked politician.

7237  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / CA welfare recipients spent $70 million on Las Vegas, Hawaii, Miami vacations. on: October 07, 2010, 03:02:04 pm
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/04/local/la-me-welfare-20101004

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More than $69 million in California welfare money, meant to help the needy pay their rent and clothe their children, has been spent or withdrawn outside the state in recent years, including millions in Las Vegas, hundreds of thousands in Hawaii and thousands on cruise ships sailing from Miami.

State-issued aid cards have been used at hotels, shops, restaurants, ATMs and other places in 49 other states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, according to data obtained by The Times from the California Department of Social Services. Las Vegas drew $11.8 million of the cash benefits, far more than any other destination. The money was accessed from January 2007 through May 2010.

...

The $387,908 accessed in Hawaii includes transactions at more than a thousand big-box stores, grocery stores, convenience shops and ATMs on all the major islands. At least $234,000 was accessed on Oahu, $70,626 on Maui, $39,883 on Hawaii and $22,170 on Kauai.

The list includes $12,433 spent at the upscale Ala Moana shopping center, $3,030 spent at a group of gift shops next to Jimmy Buffett's Beachcomber restaurant on Waikiki Beach and $2,146 withdrawn from ATMs on the island of Lanai, home to a pair of Four Seasons resorts and little else.

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Of the nearly $12 million accessed in Las Vegas, more than $1 million was spent or withdrawn at shops and casino hotels on, or within a few blocks of, the 4.5-mile strip. The list includes $8,968 at the Tropicana, $7,995 at the Venetian and its Grand Canal Shoppes, and $1,332 at Tix 4 Tonight, seller of discount admission for such acts as Cirque du Soleil.
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Although many Las Vegas casinos block the use of welfare cards in ATMs on gambling floors, more than $34,700 has been spent or withdrawn from the ATM at a 7-Eleven in the shadow of Steve Wynn's new Encore casino and a couple of blocks south of Circus Circus.

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Of the $1.5 million accessed in Florida, $13,109 was spent or withdrawn in South Beach, most of that at bars and restaurants along trendy Lincoln Road. More than $7,000 was withdrawn from ATMs a few hours north, at Walt Disney World.

The data also show $16,010 withdrawn from 14 cruise ships sailing from ports around the world Long Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing. Eight sail primarily from Miami.
7238  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Has Christine O'Donnell been character assassinated on: October 07, 2010, 01:09:37 pm
Yes, she's not perfect, but she's been subjected to a level of scrutiny that really hasn't been applied to any other senate candidate this year.  It's easy to make anyone, especially a public figure, look awful by only highlighting the worst aspects of their past.
7239  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Paladino buys airtime on all upstate networks for "major announcement" today. on: October 07, 2010, 01:07:51 pm
Paladino sure knows how to create publicity stunts.

I'm starting to wonder if he, like Alan Grayson, is really running a campaign for talk show host.
7240  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gallup: September unemployment hits 10.1% on: October 07, 2010, 01:00:17 pm
LOL

It's not really all that funny.
7241  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: PPP: Lieberman in third in hypothetical race v. Murphy and either Rell or Schiff on: October 07, 2010, 12:57:17 pm
So you can have a hardcore Democrat instead?

If Osama bin Laden were the only candidate running against Lieberman, and I were living in CT, I would vote for him.
7242  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / PPP: Lieberman in third in hypothetical race v. Murphy and either Rell or Schiff on: October 07, 2010, 11:24:55 am
http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2010/10/connecticut-down-on-lieberman.html

Chris Murphy (D): 37%
Jodi Rell (R): 29%
Joe Lieberman (ID): 17%

Chris Murphy (D): 39%
Peter Schiff (R): 25%
Joe Lieberman (ID): 19%

Good.  Anyone but Lieberman.
7243  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Paladino buys airtime on all upstate networks for "major announcement" today. on: October 07, 2010, 11:08:28 am
Huh

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/10/07/2010-10-07_what_will_carl_say_on_tv_today.html
7244  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Alternative Elections / Re: Obama vs. Palin vs. Trump on: October 07, 2010, 09:28:25 am
Ventura would actually make the most sense as Trump's running mate, since they were allied with each other back in the Reform Party days.

Ventura's been doing his whole "9/11 truth" thing, so I think he's finished as a serious politician.
7245  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Who would you vote for in Rhode Island? on: October 07, 2010, 09:27:25 am
The Republican.
7246  Election Archive / 2010 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: WV: Rasmussen: Raese moves further ahead on: October 06, 2010, 11:15:01 pm
So the Republican perennial candidate is leading the popular Democratic Governor. It's the sort of thing that, had one suggested it six months ago, would have immediately led to accusations of hackishness, & rightfully so.

. . . Six months ago, Robert Byrd was still alive.
7247  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Alternative Elections / Re: 2012: Lieberman/Rangel vs Paul/Johnson on: October 06, 2010, 10:41:59 pm
Wouldn't Paul be seventy eight by 2012, and still be seventy four in 2012? I can't see myself voting for either of these candidates, but might vote Paul depending on who comes out as the pro-life candidate. (Paul's Pro-Life, right?)

Very.
7248  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidates List on: October 06, 2010, 10:28:10 pm
The region of which you are the governor.
7249  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: name the forum member most likely to end up in prison? on: October 06, 2010, 09:54:54 pm
Haven't some of our forum members actually been in prison?
7250  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: wormyguy's serious platform thread on: October 06, 2010, 09:41:22 pm
So all this platform-writing business has been very boring, and not silly enough at all.  It's all much too serious.  So, I will now open the floors to an unprecedented experiment in direct democracy.  Write a good-sized paragraph as my next plank.  When I am elected your next senator, I will introduce legislation to turn it into law.  Have at it!  (Wait for at least one other person to go before going again).

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