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25801  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Income tax time again on: March 09, 2006, 08:16:14 pm
What do you mean only $50,000?

O/c not possible to answer the question as I don't know what sort of job this guy does.

Well Wolf Blitzer and his right-wing friends think that $50,000 a year is chump change, and they control the media, so they must be right.

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0504/11/nfcnn.01.html
25802  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Does Bush deserve his current crap ratings? on: March 09, 2006, 02:06:51 pm
Option 3 (sane)
25803  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Contract with America: Renewed on: March 09, 2006, 01:24:26 pm
Finally some of them are waking up to all the hypocrisy that's gone on of late. Wonders never cease

Dave



Yeah, it only took a few years for 2 Republicans to notice the obvious.
25804  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: TX-28 primary on: March 09, 2006, 01:22:33 pm
It's sad how the populists are defending this guy that was endorsed by the Club for Growth. They even gave him $150,000.
25805  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Can you be a liberal if you live in a McMansion? on: March 09, 2006, 01:17:02 am
Okay has anyone actually defined McMansion yet?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMansion

Its essentially a large house thats built out of sh**tty materials.

Thanks for that article, ferny.

I'm not Jfern.

You are a California Democrat. You must be me.
25806  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: TX-28 primary on: March 08, 2006, 07:15:16 pm
1. This Bush loving DINO could switch parties

Perhaps, but please have a look in the mirror before deciding why that might be the case.
Frankly the fact that, despite the mass defections seen in Texas over the past decade, he's *still* a Democrat, probably says something... doesn't it?

He could be waiting until after the election. The point is this guy endorsed Bush both times, and so is not a real Democrat.

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2. Rodriguez had some landslide wins

The GOP still does not exist in that part of Texas. Make my (late Sad) cat the Democratic candidate, and she could (have) won by the sort of numbers that he polled.
Yes, they have to settle for electing DINOs.

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3. Chet Edwards is significantly more liberal and wins in a 69% Bush district

Chet Edwards is a longserving incumbent in a rural area. People in rural areas often have no problem voting against their normal habits if candidate X or Y brings home the bacon.
My point is Chet Edwards would be a much better candidate for a statewide race. He's a true winner, DeLay tried to take him down, and failed. Every other Democrat targetted by DeLay was defeated. He represents George Dubai Bush.

 Cuellar is more conservative than one of Utah's 3 Congressmen. That's just sad.
25807  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: TX-28 primary on: March 08, 2006, 07:05:31 pm
A runoff is avoided.

99% of precincts reporting

Cuellar 52.8%
Rodriguez 40.7%
Morales 6.5%

Good try, Ciro.

Let's just say I'm happy Cueller won the primary. I hope one day he'll decide to run, and make it, to the Senate - as a Democrat (albeit not a liberal one). He's, likely, the best the Democrats can run statewide

Thanks for the demographics Smiley, jimrtex

Dave

WTF? Let's list all of the problems with your argument

1. This Bush loving DINO could switch parties
2. Rodriguez had some landslide wins
3. Chet Edwards is significantly more liberal and wins in a 69% Bush district. Jim Matheson is more liberal, and managed to win 55-43 in his Utah Congressional district.
25808  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Hillary crushes Guiliani in 2008 NY state. on: March 08, 2006, 06:55:04 pm
If Giuliani runs, I might switch parties to vote for him in the primary.
25809  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Can you be a liberal if you live in a McMansion? on: March 08, 2006, 06:51:37 pm
I prefer the Sears house which came and a kit and were of various shapes, sizes and floors. I guess it was the McMansion of the 20's and 30's but you bought them through the Sears catalog.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sears_houses

Hmm, adjusting for inflation, that's around $15k.
25810  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum March Madness Round 2 on: March 08, 2006, 04:42:45 pm

NORTHEASTERN BRACKET
1) Boss Tweed
12) nini2287
6) Akno21
10) nickshepDEM

SOUTHERN BRACKET
Cool angus
4) hughento
6) Harry
7) Ebowed

MIDWESTERN BRACKET
1) Al
4) Supersoulty
3) Left of the Dial
7) ilikeverin

WESTERN BRACKET
9) Speed of Sound
4) Alcon
11) Ernest
2) Gabu

25811  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: TX-28 primary on: March 08, 2006, 03:22:48 am
Cuellar will top 50% once the rest of the votes are counted with plenty to spare.  I have heard that early voting in Webb County was about half what regular voting was and with those margins...

So, what record does this give the Daily Kos forces now, 0 and what exactly...  Smiley

Hey, they endorsed Obama who did a 40+ point pickup. DailyKos was talking about the obscure State Senator with a funny sounding name long before anyone knew who he was. That Ryan guy hired someone to stalk him.
25812  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: A New Opebo Wannabe (R-MO) ? on: March 08, 2006, 03:21:26 am
Someone asked me to register this account because they were having filter issues.  It became increasingly clear as time went along in the conversation that they are an already registered Forum member attempting to harass Opebo.

When I talked to the person on MSN, his or her IP resolved to Albuquerque, New Mexico.  That's pretty much all I know.

WMS strikes again!

25813  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: A New Opebo Wannabe (R-MO) ? on: March 08, 2006, 03:20:49 am
Has Opebo ever said anything about being in NM or Canada?
25814  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: TX-28 primary on: March 08, 2006, 02:16:51 am
Intersting bit from Ciro.  He's predicting a run-off but his statement almost sounds like a concession:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/3/8/14550/06793

People on that thread don't seem to realize that the DINO has likely won.

Texas is a joke, defeating a good man like Rodriguez in 2004, and defeating him again now, all while DeLay easily wins his nomination.
25815  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Jimmy Carter on: March 08, 2006, 02:13:45 am

And? If the Chinese has bought to Canal like they tried to do already and something militarily ever occured they could easily cut us off, which would put us in very bad trouble if we needed the navy, to you know, defend the west coast.

Yeah, San Diego will be undefended without the east coast.

Anyways, I don't think the largest naval ships can fit through the Panama.
25816  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: TX-28 primary on: March 08, 2006, 02:09:45 am
Final update before I go to bed:

84% Reporting

Cuellar 47.9%
Rodriguez 45.3%
Morales 6.8%

Damn DINO will probably avoid a runoff.
25817  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Bush tells Dept of Homeland Insecurity to help Religious Groups on: March 08, 2006, 02:05:32 am
Yet again Bush puts his right-wing base above the needs of America.

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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 7, 2006

Executive Order: Responsibilities of the Department of Homeland Security with Respect to Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to help the Federal Government coordinate a national effort to expand opportunities for faith-based and other community organizations and to strengthen their capacity to better meet America's social and community needs, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Establishment of a Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the Department of Homeland Security.

(a) The Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) shall establish within the Department of Homeland Security (Department) a Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (Center).

(b) The Center shall be supervised by a Director appointed by Secretary. The Secretary shall consult with the Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (WHOFBCI Director) prior to making such appointment.

(c) The Department shall provide the Center with appropriate staff, administrative support, and other resources to meet its responsibilities under this order.

(d) The Center shall begin operations no later than 45 days from the date of this order.

Sec. 2. Purpose of Center. The purpose of the Center shall be to coordinate agency efforts to eliminate regulatory, contracting, and other programmatic obstacles to the participation of faith-based and other community organizations in the provision of social and community services.

Sec. 3. Responsibilities of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. In carrying out the purpose set forth in section 2 of this order, the Center shall:

(a) conduct, in coordination with the WHOFBCI Director, a department-wide audit to identify all existing barriers to the participation of faith-based and other community organizations in the delivery of social and community services by the Department, including but not limited to regulations, rules, orders, procure-ment, and other internal policies and practices, and outreach activities that unlawfully discriminate against, or otherwise discourage or disadvantage the participation of faith-based and other community organizations in Federal programs;

(b) coordinate a comprehensive departmental effort to incorporate faith-based and other community organizations in Department programs and initiatives to the greatest extent possible;

(c) propose initiatives to remove barriers identified pursuant to section 3(a) of this order, including but not limited to reform of regulations, procurement, and other internal policies and practices, and outreach activities;

(d) propose the development of innovative pilot and demonstration programs to increase the participation of faith-based and other community organizations in Federal as well as State and local initiatives; and

(e) develop and coordinate Departmental outreach efforts to disseminate information more effectively to faith-based and other community organizations with respect to programming changes, contracting opportunities, and other agency initiatives, including but not limited to Web and Internet resources.

[...]

Sec. 5. Responsibilities of the Secretary. The Secretary shall:

(a) designate an employee within the department to serve as the liaison and point of contact with the WHOFBCI Director; and

(b) cooperate with the WHOFBCI Director and provide such information, support, and assistance to the WHOFBCI Director as requested to implement this order.

Sec. 6. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be implemented subject to the availability of appropriations and to the extent permitted by law.

(b) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by a party against the United States, its agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

GEORGE W. BUSH

THE WHITE HOUSE,

March 7, 2006

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/3/8/0440/73933
25818  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Jimmy Carter on: March 08, 2006, 01:55:10 am

Um, I hope you realize how close the US was to war with North Korea in 1994 before the Carter trip. Because they were going to process plutonium, Clinton was seriously on the verge of a pre-emptive strike against its nuclear facilities... the retaliatory artillery barrage on Seoul would have killed tens of thousands of people immediately.

Clinton's fault! Carter's fault!
Sorry, I'm just simulating the Republican response.

Your party gave away the Panama canal. Good job.

A small price to pay for a non-Republican President.

Small Price? Do you realize what would happen if the US was cut off from the Panama Canal?

Shipping tons are up about 20% since Panama took control.
25819  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: South Dakota Passes Abortion Ban on: March 08, 2006, 01:53:39 am
Rasmussen:  South Dakotans split over abortion ban.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/2006/State%20Polls/February%202006/South%20Dakota%20February.htm

Favor 45
Oppose 45

That closely matches the 48-48 pro-choice "pro-life" split in the latest SUSA.
25820  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: TX-28 primary on: March 08, 2006, 12:22:57 am
Bush's man date at the 2006 State of the Union.



You know, the gay jokes do tend to get old.  Politicians touch eachother.  Ooh!

You're old?
25821  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate to debate "Flag Protection Amendment" just before the Fourth of July on: March 07, 2006, 11:49:10 pm
MODU, even if one takes a narrow view of what constitutes speech, flag burning clearly falls under the Ninth Amendment as one of the rights retained by the people.

Republicans don't believe in the 9th Amendment.
25822  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate to debate "Flag Protection Amendment" just before the Fourth of July on: March 07, 2006, 11:34:51 pm
Freedom Fighter

^^^^

It's sad that a bunch of bleeding hearts think that flag burning is protected under the First Amendment.  Flag burning laws were never hurting anyone for decades when all but one state had them on the books.  It's sad that it took a commie who caused city wide vandalism to pervert our national pride by saying we have the right to burn the flag.

Wait, if the First Amendment doesn't allow flag burning, then what is the point of this amendment? Haha, got you either way.

America is truly weak if burning a flag hurts it. We need to work on a strong economy and strong civil liberties, not on bullsh**t like this.
25823  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: TX-28 primary on: March 07, 2006, 11:33:27 pm
In news from other districts, Tom DeLay is projected to win his primary Sad

And hopefully, he'll be out on his arse come November. Wonder if jfern will concur with me on his one Smiley ?

What I will say is that these House primaries have pitiful turnouts. I can't say the ones for governor or senator are any better, from what I've seen

Dave

DeLay's supporters came out in force for him. Curroption isn't a negative in Texas.
25824  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: TX-28 primary on: March 07, 2006, 11:29:12 pm
News Flash from the Laredo Morning Times:

http://www.lmtonline.com/site/news.asp?brd=2290

Voting woes

Because of a technical difficulty, results from the Democratic and Republican primaries have been delayed.

The machine built to read the personal electronic ballots was incorrectly programmed, and as a result the votes must be extracted from flash cards attached to each machine.

Officials with the Webb County Elections Administration were unsure Tuesday how long the delay would last.

Thanks, Diebold!
25825  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: TX-28 primary on: March 07, 2006, 11:25:05 pm
Pro-DINO swing in Guadalupe county. Thanks to this being an open primary, it's basically equivalent to a general election between a Democrat, a Republican, and this Morales guy.
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