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25801  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Which current politician represents you and how would they do if they ran in on: April 21, 2005, 03:08:39 am
The top vote getter for any candidate in one state in one election in US history.

25802  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Death penalty, crime rates and its affect on society on: April 21, 2005, 03:02:26 am
25803  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: What is the most socially conservative county or town in the Northeast? on: April 21, 2005, 02:39:06 am


Keep in mind how much of the state's population lives in the lean social liberal or social liberal counties.

Centre County (home of Penn State) is socially conservative?

Centre County, outside of State College is socially conservative. The city is somewhat more liberal, with all the college age folks, but overall Penn State really isn't a liberal university. I'd venture to say the students there are probably more conservative then the average college student.

It seems pretty liberal (not when compared to NYU or Brown, of course).  If I go there next year, I'll give you a better idea.

State College is kind of famous for being a conservative college town.
25804  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Death penalty, crime rates and its affect on society on: April 21, 2005, 02:37:59 am
The safest (statistically) states are North Dakota (safest), West Virginia, and Northern New England (vermont, new hampshire, maine). These states all do not have the death penalty. The most dangerous states are Nevada (least safe), Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina, Florida, Tennesee, Alaska, California, New Mexico, and Texas. All of these states have the death penalty. It does not improve society.

And those areas with a lower crime rate are also far less populated.

New York City, which has 8 million people, has a murder rate below the national average.
25805  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Poor marks for Congress... on: April 21, 2005, 01:18:38 am
Memo to the American electorate:

If you don't like Congress, stop giving them 95% incumbnency rates.

A lot of that has to do with gerrymandering. Some states like NY, NJ and CA have specifically pro-incumbent gerrymandering.
25806  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Evan Bayh vs. Tom DeLay on: April 21, 2005, 01:16:29 am

Why would DeLay get only 50% in Utah, but 60% in Texas?

Some Mormons get sick of crazy southern Republicans.
25807  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Connecticut OKs civil unions for gay couples on: April 21, 2005, 01:13:41 am
woohoo! and no one can whine about judicial activism!

And it was signed into law by a Republican. It doesn't look like there's any chance of defeating her next year.
25808  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: history books on: April 21, 2005, 12:33:51 am
I can think of at least five things wrong with History books

1.They are mostly written by liberals.  This is one area where the left has blatant bias over the right.  They are always big on using PC terms, defining progressive movements and supporting the more liberal figures more than others.


Not true. They are written so that they can be approved by the major states, particularly Texas. This one conservative couple has a lot of say in which books are approved there.  They actually said they're against books that make you think. Evolution is out, memorizing lots of useless facts is in.
25809  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Sick scenario. on: April 21, 2005, 12:29:34 am
I'm against spreading rapist genes through rape, so get an abortion.

that's a little offensive. There are no doubt some good people who are the product of a rape and don't have "rapist genes" that make them scum like their father.

Well, true, but I imagine they're worse off than the average.
25810  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Sick scenario. on: April 21, 2005, 12:07:20 am
I'm against spreading rapist genes through rape, so get an abortion.
25811  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: opebo vs. Jim Talent? on: April 21, 2005, 12:01:44 am
Talent wins 75-21
25812  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Evan Bayh vs. Tom DeLay on: April 21, 2005, 12:00:06 am
25813  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: King County renamed...sort of on: April 20, 2005, 11:44:26 pm

jfern, you must consider that the people who named Rhode Island that also named it Rhode Island. They aren't exactly the brightest fries in the big meal.

I'm not sure why it got its name, but I assume the non-island part is what was called Providence Plantations.
25814  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Look What He's Done to US!!! on: April 20, 2005, 11:39:04 pm
The following are possible district maps for a US Senate
elected from 100 districts that could cross state lines.

The General Rules (in order of priority):

(1) Roughly equal population (about 2.9 million).
(2) Only one district may span the boundary between any
pair of adjoining states.
(3) States entitled to less than one senator should be
kept whole in a single district.
(4) Relatively few states should be grouped together to form senatorial districts.
(5) States entitled to more than one senator should have as many districts totally contained within their boundaries, with one, or at most two partial districts.
(6) Counties should not be split between districts.

6 is a problem because of Los Angeles and Cook counties.
As for 1, You'd definitely have to vary the populations to get 3 and 5 to work.
25815  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: King County renamed...sort of on: April 20, 2005, 11:25:15 pm
It's 22 letters.

Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is 35 letters.
25816  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Which of the following should be legal? on: April 20, 2005, 06:46:11 pm
What? That we're going to have sex? I don't intend to get married anyway, I imagine most people consider sex to be somewhat implied.

Yeah, I imagine you won't be getting married soon.
25817  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Is the midwest crucial for victory? on: April 20, 2005, 06:44:58 pm
This is how I see the 2008 battlemap right now assuming a close election in the popular vote:

Dark blue and dark red states would take a blow out of 1932 or 1984 proportions for the other party to win.
Light blue and light red wouldnt be a total surprise for the other party to win, but they would have already have won the election because of other States if they get them unless the favored party fails to do anything to hold them.
The gray states are the battleground.

You're ignoring home state advatage for someone like Bayh.
25818  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Death penalty, crime rates and its affect on society on: April 20, 2005, 06:41:48 pm
Ever heard of innocent until proven guilty? Of course it doesn't apply to Texas. And for the record, OJ is guilty.
25819  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Which of the following should be legal? on: April 20, 2005, 06:40:06 pm
It's common sense. Anyway, you should at least have the option to put that in the contract.

The guy who talks about 1/5th of an acre being required to vote talks about common sense? What about 0.1999999 acres? Does it count?
25820  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who would you vote for in 1930s Germany? on: April 20, 2005, 06:39:02 pm
Wow, 4 votes for the Nazis. That's sad.

Without hindsight, 1930s Germany would look terrible to someone like me. You'd have a powerful USSR looming in the east and a powerful Communist Party marching through the streets.  What party is the only one opposing the Communists in the street and at the ballot box ? The Nazis.

You missed this part:

with hindsight of course. I'd vote for the Socialists.
25821  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Morning-after pill approved as non-prescription (Canada) on: April 20, 2005, 06:36:21 pm
Good news. Now they don't have to worry about assholes not filling their prescriptions for "moral" reasons.  If you can't fill people's prescriptions for "moral" reasons, find a new job. If you were a hardcore vegan, you couldn't expect to not serve people meat if you worked at McDonalds.
25822  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Morning-after pill approved as non-prescription (Canada) on: April 20, 2005, 06:31:05 pm
In other news, the most effective form of birth control, known as keeping your legs shut, is already widely available, if not often used.

Bush's abstience only programs actually increased the rate of pregnancy.
25823  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Intrade says Hillary has 42.5%, McCain highest with 18.3% at being parties n on: April 20, 2005, 06:26:58 pm
If Intrade is so good at predicting the eventual nominees, I'd like to know who they named in 2001 as the future Dem nominees for 2004.  Because that's effectively what they're doing here now.  If they still got it right then I'll be mightily impressed.

I'm pretty sure they got it wrong. The top names being mentioned in 2001 and 2002 were Gore, Lieberman, and Hillary, followed by maybe Daschle or Biden.
25824  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 'illegal' immigrants on: April 20, 2005, 06:18:46 pm
I oppose minimum wage.

Right now, the companies just outsource the jobs because Americans can't work for low enough wages. It's insane.

We shouldn't have free trade with countries that have no labour and environmental laws.  We should put up trade barriers against most countries. We can keep them low with Canada, the EU, Japan, Israel.
25825  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Vote in the Democratic Nomination Bracket competition. on: April 20, 2005, 06:16:53 pm
Wow. Dick Durbin eked out Kerry.

I guarantee you that Kerry would have won if he hadn't co-sponsored some birth control bill with Santorum.
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