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101  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: House Majority Whip allegedly Spoke at White Supremacists Conference on: December 29, 2014, 04:17:08 pm
That's conterminous with his party. There is nothing to see here.
102  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Has Obama handled ISIS better than Bush would have? on: December 29, 2014, 01:44:24 am
Educate yourself. The destabilization of Iraq opened up the country to all sorts of insurgents that have been able to operate because of the instability and ISIS cropped up after the war. Bush's action played a big role in Iraq's current state. But you are entitled to your opinion.

Nothing you said dismisses my post in any way. My post stands.

Whatever, like I said, you have your opinion. I'll leave it at that.
103  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Has Obama handled ISIS better than Bush would have? on: December 28, 2014, 07:52:01 pm
ISIS is Bush's fault, he wanted to start the Iraq War and without that, there would be no ISIS.

This is just silly. If you wanted you could say it was Saddam's fault for empowering the Sunni thus creating resentment whenever the Shia inevitably took over. Or it was the British Empire's fault for creating Iraq in the first place after WWI.

You can push the post back as far as you want and find someone who "fault it is" that IS exists. You could probably even blame the Romans for some action or another that eventually led to the modern arrangement of things.

Educate yourself. The destabilization of Iraq opened up the country to all sorts of insurgents that have been able to operate because of the instability and ISIS cropped up after the war. Bush's action played a big role in Iraq's current state. But you are entitled to your opinion.
104  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Has Obama handled ISIS better than Bush would have? on: December 28, 2014, 03:50:13 pm
ISIS is Bush's fault, he wanted to start the Iraq War and without that, there would be no ISIS.
105  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Don't Get Cocky: An Observation on: December 27, 2014, 08:29:22 pm
The GOP self-destructing into a party that couldn't obstruct would be best for everyone and even Republicans should recognize that. It's not productive to have a major political party who shuts down the government over political reasons.
106  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CNN Poll: Solid economy lifts Obama approval to 2014-high on: December 27, 2014, 01:13:47 pm
Let's see, then. 1960. 1988. Even arguably 1992. I misread the statement. And no, Democrats won't be giving us a Clinton or Reagan style economy. They, if they lose, will pass on an economy that is recovering but isn't great.

A Democrat didn't win in 1988, A Republican did. Anyway, it makes no sense to constantly criticize Obama over the economy, but then try to take credit for the recovery. You can't have it both ways and you can't take credit things for you didn't do.
107  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Walker's reelection in badgerland wasn't all that impressive on: December 27, 2014, 01:10:01 pm
It wasn't anything to write home about at all, and it definitely doesn't indicate that he could carry the state running for President. No one is saying the election results aren't valid, but Democrats do have an issue with turnout.
108  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama wears a tiara on: December 25, 2014, 08:09:09 pm
Coming into a non-serious thread and turning it into a nag fest is really cool.
109  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who should the GOP look to to give the 2015 SOTU Response? on: December 25, 2014, 04:06:12 pm
Joni Ernst. She will show exactly what the GOP means.

Airhead to represent an airheaded party. It would fit.
110  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CNN Poll: Solid economy lifts Obama approval to 2014-high on: December 25, 2014, 12:00:34 am
1980 was a year that Republican won. And Reagan's presidency was full of deficit and created the sub-prime loan mess years later.
111  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CNN Poll: Solid economy lifts Obama approval to 2014-high on: December 24, 2014, 11:53:24 pm
I'm pretty sure Democrats have never done it, because Republicans barely ever leave anything in good shape after leaving an office.
112  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who should the GOP look to to give the 2015 SOTU Response? on: December 24, 2014, 09:59:10 pm
Michael Grimm.
113  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CNN Poll: Solid economy lifts Obama approval to 2014-high on: December 24, 2014, 03:49:10 pm
So, the idea is the GOP should benefit from work they didn't do? Of course, that's how they always operate. Bush took credit for Clinton's work.

And considering that McConnell and Boehner's approval is very low, I hardly think anyone but a few extreme partisans is enthused about them.

That's politics. The economy was recovering under George H.W. Bush - but Clinton won anyway. His influence on the U.S. economy was marginal, but that didn't stop him from claiming all the credit. More credit went to the Reagan deregulation and business adjustments in the 1980s and the (conervative) Federal Reserve headed by (Republican) Alan Greenspan and the tech boom of the 1990s.

That said, I don't care particularly if Obama is responsible, as long as we take the credit, of course. As a Republican partisan, if the stars work out (and why not? The economic recovery is nothing like the Clinton boom of the late 1990s or the Reagan economic expansion of the 1980s), and we win the Presidency, the strengthening economy expands the GOP's menu of options to exercise our power.

Drastically downsize the welfare state, put Kennedy's replacement on the Supreme Court, gut the budget, and put in the 20 week abortion ban law - a strong economy can blunt the effects in 2018.

But, that's a direct contradiction of the Republican ranting that Obama wrecked the economy. It's incredibly dishonest and little silly to even try to claim credit, but that's the Republican Party for you.
114  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CNN Poll: Solid economy lifts Obama approval to 2014-high on: December 24, 2014, 12:43:33 pm
So, the idea is the GOP should benefit from work they didn't do? Of course, that's how they always operate. Bush took credit for Clinton's work.

And considering that McConnell and Boehner's approval is very low, I hardly think anyone but a few extreme partisans is enthused about them.
115  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYPD officers shot dead as "revenge" for Garner decision. on: December 21, 2014, 12:16:57 pm
It's unfortunate, but other people suffer the consequences of bad decisions from prosecutors and juries.
116  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: CA-Gov: Turnout between 2010 and 2014 on: December 21, 2014, 12:09:23 pm
The official results from the Secretary of State list the total as 60%.

It's obviously rounded. I believe in simple arithmetic more)))) (i took raw numbers from the same source)

It's statistically insignificant, really. It's kind of silly to quibble about it, but whatever.
117  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: CA-Gov: Turnout between 2010 and 2014 on: December 20, 2014, 05:19:22 pm
The official results from the Secretary of State list the total as 60%.
118  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama criticizes Sony for pulling "The Interview" on: December 19, 2014, 11:42:38 pm
What? He has no business even addressing this beyond "We're looking into the criminal violations committed".

It was a private business decision to protect their company. And the deal was basically set when the theater chain - the ones who really killed the project - decided not to show it.

Let's be real - he probably decided to pile on Sony because of the racist comments about him in the e-mail.

It wasn't really about business, the movie was pulled because of terrorist threats. That is a very dangerous thing, because it allows an out of control foreign government to extend control beyond it's borders. This isn't just about business, it's about national security.
119  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: CA-Sen: California Quake on: December 16, 2014, 08:47:02 pm
Orange County Democrats lean more economically conservative, but not enough to be a Blue Dog in the sense of the ones from red states. Loretta Sanchez used to be a moderate Republican, but that was when she running for Anaheim Council twenty years ago.
120  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: David Koch: "I'm a social liberal" on: December 15, 2014, 09:36:50 pm
That doesn't really matter, since he spends money to influence economic policy, not social.
121  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sandy Hook families sue gun manufacturor...... on: December 15, 2014, 05:12:38 pm
At least they aren't using state resources to sue for political theatrics, like some elected officials have done.
122  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Would Mark Udall have won if... on: December 13, 2014, 03:48:17 pm
Considering that he only lost by 2%, I'd say the women's health centered campaign work. His problem was that he didn't do anything to bolster his Hispanic numbers.
123  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: CA-Sen: California Quake on: December 11, 2014, 07:18:43 pm
It's highly unlikely that Republicans would not have gotten their preferred candidates under the previous primary system, as none of them faced any viable competition from the other Republican candidates that ran. With that said, I agree with the poster above, elections shouldn't be tailored to benefit anyone, moderates included. Moderates aren't entitled.
124  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: CA-Sen: California Quake on: December 11, 2014, 10:08:38 am
Republicans are banking on a pickup because of the top two, but that's not at all guaranteed to happen.

We're not banking on a pickup; we'll be able to hold the Senate without much difficulty without one. But we are looking forward to a nice bonus we may receive entirely thanks to the efforts of the Democratic Party in California to reform the election system.

Correction, it was Abel Maldonado, a Republican, who came up with the idea of a top two system, because he thought it would benefit him.

It benefits all moderates, who, otherwise, had no chances against left-wing loonies in Democratic primaries, and right-wing ones - in Republican. This year election gave enough examples of that with more sensible Democrats (and in some cases - Republicans) elected, and most moonbats and wingers  - defeated. And, as a person, who greatly dislikes loonies of all types - i can only applaude.. Of course - there are opposite examples too, but first step must be made to correct partisan idiocy, which existed before (and utterly denied moderates any chances to influence political process).

There were hardly any left-wing loonies winning elections before the top two, that really has never been the case. The legislature made some of the deepest cuts to services anywhere to balance the budget before the top two was implemented. The top two didn't benefit "moderate" Republicans that much, as none of them running this year in California managed to pickup one single seat.

Wrong. DeMayo, Gorrell and Ose almost won, and DeMayo would have win, if not for scandal. Kashkari managed to defeat Donnelly in "top 2" primary, what could not be a case in closed Republican primary. Republicans elected moderate Baker and libertarianish Hadley to Assembly. And i mentioned a substantial number of "business Democrats" elected this year (BTW, in most of the "top 2" D - D races more moderate candidates were elected, and that's natural - they get support of most Indies and some Republicans in such races). Substantial improvement over the most polarized legislature in the nation, which California was before. And it's only a beginning)))

It's spelled DeMaio, FYI and I'm not entirely sure the scandal caused him to lose, since Peters already had crossover support before that. Almost won is not the same as winning, all three lost and they only came close because of the climate.
125  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Convicted Sex Offender wins big scratch-off prize on: December 11, 2014, 09:56:27 am
He still should have been in prison, people who do such things to children shouldn't be back out on the streets. I know that's going to make a lot of people here angry, but that is my opinion and I am not sorry for it.
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