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25801  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Gorbachev Says US Wasted Chance to Improve the World on: October 14, 2006, 03:21:06 pm
While Bush Sr. and Clinton deserve some blame too, it's really Dubya who blew the most chances. Just to show that I'm not just being partisan here. Rwanda/Burundi was a blown chance to do something.
25802  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Does China approve of North Korea's nuke test? on: October 14, 2006, 03:18:55 pm
No. China has something like $800 billion of US debt. A nuclear North Korea is not in their interests.
25803  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Conan - Thoughts and Opinions on Me on: October 14, 2006, 03:17:00 pm
When it comes to being polarizing, you are nothing compared to jfern.  And I would advise you not to try to compete with him. 

Polarizing = not giving bad advice? Let me get it clear for the record. Do you think that if the Democrats take Congress, they should have no subpoenas?
25804  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: House predictions as of now on: October 14, 2006, 02:46:37 pm
Tradesports still has 32.5% odds on the Republicans retaining the House, which is higher then their odds of losing the Senate (30.6%).

http://www.tradesports.com/aav2/trading/tradingHTML.jsp?evID=35889&eventSelect=35889&updateList=true&showExpired=false

A gain of 19.5 is the median predicted by Tradesports.
25805  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: More from Chris Shays: "Abu Ghraib was not torture" on: October 14, 2006, 02:32:59 pm
the hack must go.  I feel vindicated.  Every Republican member of congress (except for Orrin Hatch) should go.

Why not Hatch? Comedy relief?
25806  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Internet Gambling on: October 14, 2006, 01:48:56 pm
The government picks and chooses where to legislate their  morality.


Online State lotteries and horse racing? That's fine.

But online poker? No, of course not. That's immoral.



It is NOT the government's job to fight addictions for teens to irresponsible to not use their parents credit card.

It is NOT the government's job to tell people what they can and cannot do with their own money.

This bill is shameful, and so is every congressperson who voted for it, and the President who will eventually sign it.

He already signed it.
25807  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Scoonie/Deano963 vs. Tom DeLay/Bob Ney on: October 14, 2006, 01:30:19 pm
Let me think. This is a hard one. Smiley
25808  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: The case for and against Romney. on: October 14, 2006, 01:28:34 pm
His bashing of Masschusetts is pathetic.
25809  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Gore appears in first TV ad in 6 years on: October 14, 2006, 01:22:15 pm
Gore won. Get over it.

Is he the president? No. Thus, he lost.

Is Clinton the President?  No.
25810  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: More from Chris Shays: "Abu Ghraib was not torture" on: October 14, 2006, 01:20:29 pm
Does he want to lose reelection? You'd expect him to be running away from Bush now, not making lame defense and apologies for him.

That's the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. The Republicans know to toe the line. Rep. King (NY-03) says some pretty crazy sh**t too. Reynolds (NY-26) is quite obnoxious too. These are all in competitive districts, but they have a spine anyways. Meanwhile, we're stuck with at best uninspiring moderates at worst backstabbers in many of our marginal (and even not marginal) districts.

The fact is the Republican strategy is a winner, and it's only because of a huge shift in the national mood against their pathetic leadership that they might lose Congress.
25811  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Do you support mandatory spousal consent for abortions? on: October 14, 2006, 01:17:14 pm
Well, a lot of those people tend to be pro-torture too. I guess forced pregnancy is a special kind of torture. Suppose the woman is raped by her seperated husband.
25812  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Gore appears in first TV ad in 6 years on: October 14, 2006, 01:14:42 pm
What?

I have this theory that there are in fact three Al Gore's; populist Gore, DLC Gore and envirolefty Gore.

As long as there's none of this 2nd Gore, we should be in good shape.
25813  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Congress most polarized in almost a century on: October 14, 2006, 01:13:07 pm
I suppose it's fitting that the most polarizing (and obnoxious) poster on this forum should start a thread on how polarized Congress is. 

Speak for yourself.
25814  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: An amusing look at the No-Fly List on: October 14, 2006, 01:12:40 pm
My name (for some reason) also happened to be on this No-Fly list -however, it proved to be a very minor problem, and more of an object for jokes than an inconvenience.  The woman at the ticket counter at the airport looked at the list, looked at me, chuckled, and took me off of it.  That's all that happened.  So I never did get to have any interviews from the FBI...   

That makes me feel more secure already.
25815  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: More from Chris Shays: "Abu Ghraib was not torture" on: October 14, 2006, 01:11:43 pm
The sad thing is, he's the most liberal House Republican.
25816  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Gore appears in first TV ad in 6 years on: October 14, 2006, 01:09:23 pm
Like it or not Democrats, Gore ***lost*** the 2000 election.

Gore won. Get over it.


Ah, but which of the Three Gore's is it? If he does run, a combination of Gore The First and Gore The Third seems likely; Gore The Second is probably dead and buried.
What?


I've been thinking about this - I don't actually think Gore will run in '08, simply because of Hillary. Chances are that Hillary will win the nomination in 2008, lose to McCain, leaving Gore the freedom to try for and win the Democratic nomination in 2012. At least that's my theory.
Hillary is over-rated. I'm not saying that she doesn't have a chance at the nomination, but she's over-rated.
25817  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bush signs Republican law banning Internet gambling on: October 14, 2006, 01:06:45 pm

On the other hand, there's a lot of chance in the stock market.....
25818  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bush signs Republican law banning Internet gambling on: October 14, 2006, 01:05:16 pm
The amendment passed the House 317-93, with almost all of the opposition coming from liberal Democrats, including the most liberal 10.


Of course, the opposition representing less than half of the democrats who voted for the bill as well.

True, but liberal Democrats voted soldly against it. The top 10 most liberal Representatives (according to Progressive Punch) all voted no.
25819  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: AP Tester dismisses Clinton candidacy on: October 14, 2006, 02:08:21 am
Feingold is the biggest maverick in the Senate.
25820  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: GOP Redirects Funds From Faltering Races on: October 14, 2006, 01:54:22 am
They are wasting money on the Ohio Senate race. I would actually put it in Virginia if I was them.

And while we're at it, the NRCC should spend $20 million on NY-26, because it'd look bad if Reynolds lost.
25821  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Senate standings on: October 14, 2006, 01:52:47 am
OH to lean and MO to Toss-Up Wink

They're both kind of borderline.
After some thought I moved MO, but not OH.
25822  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: GOP Redirects Funds From Faltering Races on: October 14, 2006, 01:50:12 am
IL-8 is the only one they have a serious chance of taking.

Exactly, they'll be lucky to get within 5 points of any Democrat besides Bean.
25823  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Senate standings on: October 14, 2006, 01:46:54 am
Safe Democrat: CA, WA, HI, NM, ND, NE, MN, WI, MI, WV, PA, MD, FL, NY, MA
Likely Democrat: OH, RI
Lean Democrat: MT, NJ
Tossup: TN, MO
Lean Republican: VA
Likely Republican: AZ
Safe Republican: NV, UT, WY, TX, MS, IN, ME

Safe Indy: VT
Likely Indy: CT

25824  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Congress most polarized in almost a century on: October 14, 2006, 01:19:04 am


The polarization can be resolved in two ways:

1)  Get rid of the democrats  Tongue
2)  Bring in a third party  Cheesy

In other words, you want one party Republican control.
25825  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Congress acted on Schiavo but not Foley on: October 14, 2006, 12:52:36 am
Perhaps a 3rd thing should be added:
That evil online gambling

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