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25801  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Allen wins Wisconsin straw poll. on: May 25, 2006, 02:45:06 pm
Well, that's not hard.  Gingrich isn't happening, and Guilani and Rice don't have much of a shot at the nomination.
25802  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Survey USA 50 State Senate Poll on: May 24, 2006, 03:38:20 pm
Bush fatigue must be setting in. Of the 10 most popular Senators, 8 are Democrats, and the 2 Republcians are about as moderate as Republicans get (the 2 ME Senators). Reasonably liberal Leahy, Reed, and Obama are included in the top 10.
25803  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: RNC sends out convention invitations on: May 23, 2006, 10:54:13 pm
They should have it in the Cayman Islands with all of the Enron subsidaries.
25804  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Bryan in 2008? on: May 23, 2006, 10:52:52 pm
Depends on if his social views would have become at all reasonable.
25805  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: opinion of james traficant? on: May 23, 2006, 10:49:56 pm
HP - Curropt right-wing Democrats need to leave the party.
25806  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: More evidence Bush doesn't intend to enforce border laws on: May 23, 2006, 10:49:18 pm
I didn't need any more evidence that Bush is a total joke.
25807  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CATO: Please raise taxes on: May 23, 2006, 10:48:43 pm
Raise taxes and cut pork. Also start subsidizing states based on how much tax revenue. No more letting places like utah or west virginia leech money from states like new york.

True. It's interesting that overall the Republican states tend to benefit more from federal spending than they contribute in taxes, while the Democratic states obviously are thus the opposite.

A lot of that may be because of the Senate and electoral college giving disproportionate influence to the small states. Also states like Iowa have too much influence for other political reasons.
25808  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: DNC worked to defeat Nagin - Drudge on: May 23, 2006, 10:47:23 pm
Landrieu said at one of the debates the Lt. Gov. handles education issues.

Bush called Nagin to congratulate him. Maybe Nagin is really a Republican, but he just pretends to be a Democrat to get elected. Ron Forman, who finished third, also switched from R to D before the election. Couhig, who finished forth, was the top Republican finisher.

Well Nagin DID contribute to Bush.
25809  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Tiny dot counties in Virginia? on: May 23, 2006, 10:46:35 pm
Cities in Virginia are counties. Probably created by some Republican who likes showing off those seas of red on county maps.
25810  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Warner/Lieberman vs McCain/Romney on: May 23, 2006, 05:45:34 pm
Warner's VP choice dooms him.
25811  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Why cant Hillary win? on: May 23, 2006, 05:43:24 pm
] One key reason: Fifty-seven percent of Democrats and 52 percent of independents polled think she'd be treated more harshly than other candidates.

That's the stupdiest reason I've ever heard of. Gore was treated harshly. Kerry was treated harshly. Anyone we run is going to be treated harshly. How harshly the Republican organizations such as the RNC and the so called media treat our candidate should not be used as criteria.
25812  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Senatorial Results 2004! on: May 23, 2006, 05:38:06 pm
Schumer 1998:


Schumer 2004:
25813  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Poster that is furthest from the average of their state on: May 23, 2006, 05:33:03 pm
There was once a DC Republican. I think he wins.
25814  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Freedom Fighter or Horrible Person? on: May 23, 2006, 05:31:25 pm
jfern - HP

Are you some sort of joke?
25815  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Casey operative admitted to trespassing at the Santorums' home on: May 23, 2006, 05:29:26 pm
Santorum doesn't live there, he lives in Leesburg, VA, about 35 miles from where he was born, Winchester, VA. Virginian's 3rd Senator shouldn't worry about what happens in PA.
25816  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Favorite Congressman from the preceding posters state. on: May 23, 2006, 12:09:43 am
The great John Conyers
25817  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Franklin Roosevelt v. Augustine Pinochet on: May 23, 2006, 12:07:53 am
Granted there will always be 'poor' people, but in a libertarian society the poor will be better off to make decisions for themselves and able to invest.

Yes, the planet needs to become more libertarian so that poors starving to death can invest in the stock market.
25818  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / CATO: Please raise taxes on: May 22, 2006, 09:45:46 pm
Damn socialists.

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2006/05/11/starve-the-beast-just-does-not-work/

25819  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate Passes Bill Making English the Official Language on: May 22, 2006, 03:56:32 pm
Gonzales says this bill won't change current laws.

Whew, for a moment I thought Congress was actually passing a bill to change law.
25820  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Affordable housing for all? on: May 22, 2006, 03:52:36 pm
Well, obviously if they weren't so damn lazy they'd work 169 hours a week or something.
25821  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / US spending $700 million on "secret" new embassy in Iraq on: May 22, 2006, 03:42:25 pm
It will be the largest US palace embassy in the world.

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Embassy? What embassy? The U.S. is building its grandest complex ever, anywhere, in Baghdad. Officially, it's a secret.


By Leila Fadel


Inquirer Foreign Staff


BAGHDAD - Don't ask about the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. It's a secret - security reasons.


But it's hard keeping a 104-acre complex rising on the banks of the Tigris River hidden. Anyone who cares to know can easily see four giant construction cranes towering over the river at the largest such project ever undertaken by the United States - a symbol of American presence that will last well into the future.


When the complex is completed by June 2007 - this one apparently on schedule, unlike most construction projects here - it will be an American oasis in the heavily fortified Green Zone, away from the fear and lack of services that permeate the rest of Baghdad. Among the 21 buildings will be a recreation center to rival any in the United States with, among other amenities, a pool, gym, food court and beauty salon.


Baghdad may have little potable water and only a few hours of electricity a day, but the embassy complex will have its own water treatment facilities and electricity generator.


First Kuwaiti General Trading & Contracting, a subcontractor of Halliburton's Kellogg, Brown & Root subsidiary, was granted the $592 million construction contract. By December, it already had been paid about $483 million.


The company is a relative novice when it comes to embassy building and has been criticized for its treatment of Asian workers, who critics say are imported for their willingness to work for low wages and who labor under hard conditions. About 900 laborers live on site as they build the complex, according to a report by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has congressional oversight responsibility for the project.


But little else can be gleaned about the expansive complex, which will sit on some of central Baghdad's most desirable real estate and will, when finished, dominate the view of anyone standing on the other side of the river.


U.S. officials here greet questions about the site with a curtness that borders on hostility. Reporters are referred to the State Department in Washington, which declined to answer questions for security reasons. A tour seems to be out of the question; no formal response was given to a request for one.


Photographers are squeamish about taking pictures of the site, preferring to shoot from buildings at a distance or from inside cars. Security is already tight in the area because of the politicians and diplomats sheltered in the Green Zone, a 5.6-square-mile chunk of Baghdad surrounded by blast walls and snipers. Iraqis fear that looking at the site for too long, even from across the river, will draw an unwanted response.


The only person who would comment on the embassy was the spokesman for U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R., Ind.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.


"The anticipation has always been that the U.S. will have a large diplomatic presence in Iraq," Andy Fisher said of the complex's massive size.


The construction project is larger than that of any other U.S. embassy built on foreign soil. In 2004, the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations said the U.S. Embassy in China was the largest embassy construction project, but at a mere 10 acres and five buildings, it isn't even comparable to what's going up here.


The same might be said for the recently completed embassy in Yerevan, Armenia, which at a cost of $80 million covers only 22 acres and three buildings.


Beyond security, it's no secret why a luxurious embassy might be needed in Baghdad. The State Department is finding it more difficult to persuade people to staff the embassy here, the Foreign Relations Committee report said. The post needs people with language skills and experience that are already hard to find. Americans can't bring their families here, and the kidnappings and violence relegate Americans to the embassy complex. The current embassy staff, about 1,000 Americans, lives in makeshift trailers in the Green Zone and works out of temporary quarters at the Republican Palace, which Saddam Hussein built to honor himself. It's also where the Americans have added a Starbucks-like cafe.


When the new complex is completed, the Americans will live in 700-square-foot apartments that will take up six of the new buildings. The Republican Palace will be turned over to the Iraqis, and the Americans will move into a palace of their own making.

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/nation/14628738.htm
25822  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Intellectual Property on: May 21, 2006, 11:38:03 pm
The purpose of copyright and patents is to encourage the dissemination of ideas and inventions.  Making the period too long is as destructive to those aims as making them too short.  Too short and people have no reason to use copyright or patent law; too long and dissemination is actually impeded.  Copyrights are way too long these days and they should never be extended once granted as it makes a mockery of the concept of "limited times".  Copyright should last 50 years at most.

This seems like a reasonable position.

One thing that annoys me particularly is when old computer games are not being sold anymore, either in brick-and-mortar stores or online at all, but yet can't be legally downloaded. If something like a book, movie, piece of music, computer game, etc. is not sold and hasn't been available for sale for a certain period of time, I would support it being legal to distribute it freely (not for a profit, but to make it available for free).

Of course, that creates a whole 'nother issue in and of itself, since intellectual property can be easily copied and distributed, whereas physical property can't be. It's possible to copy a book, movie, piece of music, computer software, etc. without destroying or harming the original, though the copying of it does cause the original to lose some value as it is no longer as unique.

I definitely support the right of people to profit from their intellectual creations, but it's disputable to what degree ideas are entirely original; every new idea is in some way built upon older ones.

You'll be able to legally copy your old Apple games in 2075.
25823  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: DNC worked to defeat Nagin - Drudge on: May 21, 2006, 11:24:59 pm
What's amusing about the DNC trying to defeat Bush supporters?
25824  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Edward McCormack's Comment on: May 21, 2006, 10:39:52 pm
It's irrelevant, Phil.  Would Bush be president right now if it wasn't for his father/name/grandfather or simply a failing laborer in New Haven?

Al Gore wouldn't have been the Dem. nominee in 2000 and 2008 without his father/name.

The list goes on and on and on.....

I knew that those points would be brought up and I understand what you're saying. I'm just bringing up a specific situation for a man who is more privileged than both Bush and Gore and I'm honoring the man who called it at an early time.

Was his great-grandfather a top advisor to President Hoover, his grand-father a US Senator, and his father a President? Appearantly Bush inheirted his economic genius from his great-grandfather.
25825  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Carbon Dioxide . . . It's good for you on: May 21, 2006, 10:26:35 pm
When you consider that the earth has endured much more CO2 than exists today is a testament that the debate is blown out of proportion.  Yeah we can aim for a more green lifestyle, but the world is not going to burn or flood out to an end where it is no longer able to sustain life like the eco-terrorists and their supporters want to make it seem.

First, calling people who want emissions reduced "eco-terrorists" seems rather extreme.

Second, this does not address the point behind the post at hand.  Whether or not increased CO2 emissions are bad, it is still true that it is an utter, unabashed red herring to point out that CO2 is necessary for life and then act as if it has any relevance whatsoever to the question of regulating emissions.

Eco-terrorist organizations like BP are out of control!
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