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1  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Meeting of Pope and Patriarch Spark Hopes of Bridging Thousand-Year Rift on: Today at 06:42:44 pm
I'm just surprised that the Patriarch of Moscow hasn't met any of the Popes before. I would have thought John Paul II would have met the Patriarch, at least.
Lingering disputes over the disposition of Catholic church properties in the former Soviet Union precluded that.  Things were lining up for a possible meeting between John Paul II and Alexy II shortly before the former died in 2005
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: POWERFUL new TRUMP ad in South Carolina on: Today at 10:35:18 am
It is a good ad.
Meh. It doesn't speak to me. Not only that but Jamiel was murdered back in 2008 before Obama made targeting the criminal elements among illegals a priority. His killer would have been less likely to slip thru the cracks these days.

Facts such as you adduce don't matter (even if they were known, and few will know them). It is a good ad because the parent of the victim is supporting Trump, and he is a particularly appealing figure.

Tho it is odd to hear people who say that government does nothing well will be able to stop all illegal immigrants. I'm just not capable of that level of doublethink.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How would your town vote in Bloomberg v Trump v Clinton on: Today at 08:48:15 am
I don't live in a town.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: POWERFUL new TRUMP ad in South Carolina on: Today at 08:42:20 am
It is a good ad.
Meh. It doesn't speak to me. Not only that but Jamiel was murdered back in 2008 before Obama made targeting the criminal elements among illegals a priority. His killer would have been less likely to slip thru the cracks these days.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cruz loses porn star ad, but gains hip rap ad w/ Hillary wielding a baseball bat on: Today at 07:49:59 am
Probably would have been better as a GE ad, but I think using it now helps establish the idea in Republican minds that Cruz is ready for the GE.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The New Jim Crow Author:  Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote on: February 12, 2016, 09:12:09 am
As an a aside, I noticed how tone deaf Alec Ross, Clinton's senior advisor on innovation when she was Secretary of State, was the other day when flacking his new book on some public radio program. According to him, one of the things that made America great was that except for Native Americans, our ancestors (at least he didn't call them forefathers) made the choice to face the challenge of a new land far from their home. I guess the Middle Passage must not have been as fearsome as even the white-washed history books I read in elementary school said it was if their "passengers" made the "choice" to be there.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: And it's back again (Shrinking the House : Take Two) on: February 12, 2016, 08:58:27 am
If one likes the admittedly arbitrary cube root rule, the size of the Commons ought to be around 400 seats.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: February 12, 2016, 08:23:43 am
@ home today because I have the flu.

Well, don't head into the basement. People who spend all their time in basements have weakened immune systems, regardless of whether it's because they're held prisoner there or just hiding from mommie and the rest of the real world by being down there.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How did Cruz get such a good campaign? on: February 12, 2016, 12:05:15 am
It's been documented that he's a great admirer of Obama's ground game strategy in his elections wins and modelled his own senate election win on it. He even handed out copies of Plouffe's book to his staffers as a Christmas present.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ted-cruz-gave-campaign-staffers-copies-of-david-plouffe-s-book

He's put in the hours and money early on to set up a similar campaign infrastructure relying on grass-roots enthusiasm and just like Obama's did in 08, it's starting to bear fruit.

This this and this. Cruz is highly intelligent and has been studying politics forever. Dude is lightyears beyond any candidate politically.



How did you reach into the future to get a picture of TRUMP reacting to Cruz locking up the nomination?
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Are Republicans in Congress blowing our best chance to fund infrastructure dev? on: February 11, 2016, 11:58:16 pm
South Carolina's roads are bad enuf that we actually have Republicans seeking to increase the gas tax, tho only if some other tax is cut at the same time of course.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Most Women Oppose Selective Service Registration on: February 10, 2016, 08:59:29 pm
More like a case of feminist wisdom.We're not going to get into a war where we could make use of the draft, so it would be better to simply save the bother and expense and get rid of it.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Catholics! Are you getting ashed today? on: February 10, 2016, 08:55:07 pm
Yes, tho at a Lutheran church.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will Trump win all 50 delegates in SC? on: February 10, 2016, 03:53:13 pm
I don't see how a 16-point Trump polling lead doesn't translate into him winning every district, unless the polls are very, very wrong.

It won't be a 16 point lead by next Saturday. It'll be single digit.

Also last time Newt won by 12 points and Mitt still won the 1st district. I can easily see Cruz getting the 3rd, 4th, and 5th even with a TRUMP victory. It's even within the realm of possibility for Cruz to win a majority of the CDs if TRUMP has a narrow victory.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: "Mindless zombies turn out in droves." on: February 10, 2016, 03:38:44 pm
The problem isn't that TRUMP is bad, tho he is. The problem is that the rest of the GOP field is so pathetic, I can understand why some are voting for TRUMP.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Path to a Kasich Nomination? on: February 10, 2016, 09:56:16 am
Build on New Hampshire so as to be guy that will have all the mainstream support in 2020 as the GOP seeks to deny the Democrats four straight terms in White House.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Florida on: February 10, 2016, 07:55:43 am
And yet despite this, the usual suspects will remain opposed to stricter alligator control.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The eventual fate of Chris Christie on: February 10, 2016, 01:11:14 am
Other:  Host a show on MSNBC.
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Help with finding a word on: February 10, 2016, 12:39:59 am
I'm looking for a single word that expresses or at least alludes to the idea that an honor is a burden.  I don't even know if English has a single word to express this concept, but even if it's an archaic or seldom-used technical term, I'd really appreciate it as it would help out with a translation I'm working on.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will the establishment support Kasich now? on: February 10, 2016, 12:18:17 am
Kasich just doesn't have the resources to do anything but lay the foundation for a 2020 campaign to be the Republican nominee against either President Clinton or Sanders and/or be the Vice Presidential candidate this year.  He just doesn't have the time to turn his second place in the Granite State into more.  At this point, I just don't see the GOP nominee being anyone other than TRUMP or Cruz.  Other than them, only Jeb and Marco have the infrastructure in place to compete and neither looks to be able to excite enough enthusiasm right now to win.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republican New Hampshire primary results thread (polls close @7pm and 8pm ET) on: February 09, 2016, 11:57:39 pm
I thought the threshold was 10%.  Why then are the various election sites not showing Rubio as having any delegates?  Are they just being cautious about the possibility he could go below 10% or is it something else?
21  General Discussion / History / Re: Favorite non-fiction history books on: February 08, 2016, 06:29:25 pm
Bruce Catton's Army of the Potomac trilogy is my favorite ACW book.
22  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: 12th Amendment Vote if Candidates are Incumbents in Congress on: February 08, 2016, 06:18:20 pm
The requirement in the Senate is a majority of the whole number, so a veep never gets to vote to keep emself in office. Had Clay done better in 1824, he would have been able to vote for himself in the House.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Ted Cruz end up in second place in New Hampshire? on: February 08, 2016, 09:20:20 am
I think he will now that Rubio's stumble means the establishment likely won't coalesce around a single candidate.  By all accounts, Cruz has the best ground game.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you watching the Super Bowl tonight? on: February 08, 2016, 09:11:46 am
Congrats to Peyton Manning on going out on top!!
Everyone in his family and all his fans can only hope.  Some people unfortunately don't know when to quit and he might be one of them.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Multiple internal polls show Rubio crashing/Kasich surging today in NH on: February 07, 2016, 10:46:17 pm
What sunk the Cruz ship?
Probably who they are polling.  These are internal polls, so they likely oversample voters who could support Kasich, and I doubt there is much overlap between Kasich voters and Cruz voters.
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