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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bipartisan Report: FEC Launching Investigation against Trump Campaign on: Today at 06:35:13 pm
FEC is so toothless that it is unlikely this goes anyware, and if it does it will be some minor fine. This is more about how the Trump campaign still makes rookie mistakes and at this point it shouldn't be doing that.

This isn't a rookie mistake, this is literally a move only a moron would make.

And morons can't get elected?  Oh, if only that were true.  I got a number of mailings this past local primary for races I couldn't vote in, even if I wanted to.  It's fairly clear why it happened as my zip code straddles the county line and if I'd been on the other side of the line I could have voted, and I imagine that conventional commercial mail lists don't bother with which county, let alone which county council or state house district I live in.  Still it should have been fairly easy to cross reference my address with a voter registration list.  Indeed, I would have thought a campaign would have started there and then maybe used demographic info from commercial mailing lists to decide which names and addresses on the voter registration list would be targeted.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump: Mexican planes could be attacking New Hampshire on: Today at 06:21:39 pm
His comment might have had some resonance if he'd been speaking in St. Albans, Vermont.
3  General Discussion / History / Re: James Madison Quote on Voting on: Today at 04:15:22 pm
I have a hard time squaring liberalism with slaveholding.

You shouldn't.

Granted, classical liberalism is extremely indifferent to the plight of the less fortunate, there is a difference between government not offering a hand up to them and actively using the power of government to keep them down.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should Virginia (the poster) be awarded with 13 electoral votes? on: Today at 04:10:48 pm
You are a creep.

I've been waiting seven years for someone to call me a creep. It was indeed a long wait and I was starting to lose hope around 2013. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to believe in destiny again Smiley

Come now.  So long as there were far more obvious creeps here, you had no chance.  Still it is surprising that it took almost thirty months after it became realistically possible for you to be called a creep before you were.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: June 30, 2016, 10:27:27 pm
What does it say about me that I'm excited that Crystal Pepsi is coming back?
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Four years from today, who will be.....? on: June 30, 2016, 10:10:31 pm
...president of the United States? Betting on Jeb Bush now. I still have a hard time seeing the Dems win for a third time in a row.

If Jeb Bush were the nominee, he'd have a shot at winning, but I just don't see how he could make it thru the primaries. 

I will take some accolades now.  Not all accolades as I foolishly said he had a shot in the general election if he could only get there, but accolades nonetheless.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions on: June 30, 2016, 09:54:06 pm
I see both of them acknowledges and then ignored the fact that Kennedy doesn't live in their polarized worldview.  Not everyone views abortion and affirmative action as simple binary issues, and Kennedy is one of the most non-binary people in public life today. Support for early term abortions does not imply support for late term abortions.  Support for affirmative action does not imply support for quotas.  In both Carhart and Grutter, Kennedy found that the laws involved were attempts to achieve unconstitutional ends via figleaves purporting to not be such attempts. It's hard to see how one could have ruled in favor of Fisher in her case and left any constitutional means to achieve affirmative action.
8  General Discussion / History / Re: James Madison Quote on Voting on: June 30, 2016, 09:27:28 pm
I have a hard time squaring liberalism with slaveholding.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions on: June 30, 2016, 06:23:53 am
Kennedy has taken a sharp turn to the left. What's the catch?
That he hasn't.  On abortion he's always been a moderate hero and all this decision did was strike down two provisions that claimed to be about protecting women's health but clearly had no purpose other than to restrict abortions.  I could see him possibly voting to sustain some of the new round of laws that essentially ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, but not something as sweeping as these provisions were in impacting 1st trimester abortions.

Well, most SCOTUS analysts disagree with you on that, and they point at his Carhart vote.
But even so that doesn't explain his sudden change of heart on affirmative action.

Carhart was about very late-term abortions, not all abortions. Kennedy has clearly shown he views early abortions differently than late abortions. Ever since the oral arguments on this case it as clear he'd be skeptical of the Texas law so I don't know which analysts you were reading.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions on: June 28, 2016, 11:44:37 pm
Kennedy has taken a sharp turn to the left. What's the catch?
That he hasn't.  On abortion he's always been a moderate hero and all this decision did was strike down two provisions that claimed to be about protecting women's health but clearly had no purpose other than to restrict abortions.  I could see him possibly voting to sustain some of the new round of laws that essentially ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, but not something as sweeping as these provisions were in impacting 1st trimester abortions.
11  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Are you bothered by a church calling Donald Trump a false prophet? on: June 28, 2016, 11:28:45 pm
I'd be bothered only by the implication that he's any kind of prophet.
He's certainly not a prophet.  A prophet is not a foreseer; a prophet is one who speaks on behalf another, and Trump speaks only in his own behalf.
12  General Discussion / History / Re: James Madison Quote on Voting on: June 28, 2016, 11:25:42 pm
I know muh small government/states' rights gets in a lot of people's way, but I'd argue the DRs were undisputedly to the left of the Federalists.  A quote like this isn't surprising at all.

That shouldn't even be in dispute. OF course their are variences but when you compare the near Monarchical and certainly Aristocratic view of gov't held by many Federalists, the DRs were certainly the more liberal party in that sense.

Ehh, I'm not really even sure it is that prevalent for people to believe that the Federalists were the "liberals" of their day.  Sure, there is a cottage industry of hack historians who make guys like Alexander Hamilton and John Adams seem much more progressive than they actually were but most people I know, even those with little knowledge of the politics of the day, assume the Democratic-Republicans were the more liberal party (outside of slavery issues).  It's pretty hard for most people to see over things like the Alien and Seditions Act after all.

In regards to "Hamilton was right", the people I know who argue that largely mean in terms of economic development and state planning, not necessarily that him being "correct" makes him the more "liberal" Founding Father.

A lot of the confusion over who was "the liberal party" seems to emerge around the founding of the GOP if not a little bit earlier with the Whigs.  Certainly, with the DRs splitting into two camps largely based around Executive "Popular" Authority (the Jacksonians) and Congressional Authority (the National Republicans), the lines get a little murky on who is defending the "liberal" tradition from a modern perspective.

Neither the Republicans nor the Federalists of the First Party System were liberal parties, The Republicans of that era are best classed as populist in outlook compared to the mercantilist viewpoint of the Federalists.
13  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Scholar Who Discovered the 'Jesus' Wife' Fragment Now Says It's Likely a Fake on: June 26, 2016, 06:10:14 pm
Of course it is.

If Jesus was married, why would anyone lie about it? What possible motive could there be?

If one wants to be cynical, the Petrine faction would have had excellent reason to lie.  As it was they were having to deal with James the Just coming in after the resurrection and taking charge of the church. If Jesus had married that would have strengthened the claims of James to the leadership.  Both the Pauline and Johannine factions had their own theological reasons to insist that Jesus was celibate. And if James wasn't enamored of Mary Magdalene, he'd have reasons too to also avoid such claims as he might have had to consummate a levirate marriage with her.  Even Mary Magdalene would have reasons to minimize any carnal relation as it would have ended any hopes she might have entertained to be seen as an apostle in her own right.

None of which constitutes a good case for the possibility, let alone proof, but it provides the seeds for all sorts of horrid literature, both that which is avowedly fictional and that which pretends it is not.
14  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should life imprisonment without parole be abolished? on: June 26, 2016, 09:37:17 am
Where's the replace with the death penalty option? 😈
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Brexit's effect on US General Election on: June 26, 2016, 09:29:19 am
I think this is hurting Trump now. Americans are hearing about the UK's economic turmoil and seeing Trump praise them as having made the right decision.
The people paying attention to this right now are by and large not swing voters.
16  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban creation of "is a ____ wave" building threads about.... on: June 26, 2016, 09:19:54 am
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask Human Anything (#AMA) on: June 26, 2016, 09:17:24 am
What is your name?

What is your quest?

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
African or European?
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: June 26, 2016, 06:50:42 am
Speaking of getting hitched next summer, I'm beginning to consider where me and my fiancee will be honeymooning.  I've got a tentative idea of the itinerary, and I'd like opinions of it.

Saturday afternoon wedding and reception followed by drive to Atlanta that evening.
Sunday fly from Atlanta to Albuquerque, (probably on Southwest since we should be able to lock in fairly cheap fares)
Sunday evening to Wednesday morning, take in Albuqerque and hopefully an Isotopes game if they are in town.
Wednesday afternoon, take the Southwest Chief from Albuquerque to Flagstaff, AZ.
Thursday and Friday One day will be a trip to the Grand Canyon and one day for generic sight seeing.
Friday night, take sleeping car berth on the Southwest Chief to Los Angeles, CA
Saturday afternoon fly LAX or BUR to ATL, spend night at hotel in Atlanta and then drive home.

Basically the high points are to be Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon and the train ride.  Might possibly trim a day from Albuquerque to get back a day sooner, but I'm not planning on using Los Angeles as anything other than a connection.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many airports have you been to? on: June 26, 2016, 01:59:46 am
Not many.

Boston, Massachusetts
Some airport in North Carolina when I was a toddler, don't remember which
Chicago, Illinois
Sioux City, Iowa
Orlando, Florida
Fresno, California
San Francisco, California

Might be forgetting a few.

If it was a connecting flight almost certainly Charlotte-Douglas, tho Piedmont Triad and Raleigh-Durham are lesser possibilities.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Brexit's effect on US General Election on: June 25, 2016, 07:42:41 pm
Cameron stated that negotiations with EU would be postponed till October when a new PM is elected.
The negotiations will take about 2 years.
According to EU constitution a member state can exit on condition that 75% of all member states agree to it.
Conclusion: No Brexit will take place.  It has been a fraud to imitate democracy.

No, once the UK formally signifies exit, then under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty it will happen in two years time unless the UK and the EU jointly agree to delay the exit.  However, that would be a bald exit with nothing done to smooth the exit. It's the withdrawal agreement that is intended to make the exit less painful that requires negotiation that requires a qualified majority (19 of the remaining 27 comprising 65% of the remaining population) of the EU to agree.

It might be possible, depending on the scope of what can be included in the withdrawal agreement, to have Scotland join/remain in the EU while bypassing the threat of a Spanish veto under article 49 on an independent Scotland joining the EU.  Similarly, perhaps NI and Gibraltar's continuing membership in the EU could be negotiated.  After all, it's only England and Wales that wanted out, and there already is precedent for only part of a member state to be in the EU.

I just got an idea, what if instead of invoking Article 50, the UK government seeks to have England and Wales listed in Annex II as a non-European country or territory?
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: DNC platform committee adopts $15 minimum wage in draft on: June 25, 2016, 07:00:09 pm
The following has been accepted for the platform:
- Abolition of the death penalty
- Expansion of Social Security
- Raise minimum wage to $15/hour and index it (referring to the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour as a "starvation wage")
- Updated and modernized version of Glass-Steagall
- Two-state solution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict that guarantees Israel's security with recognized borders and provides the Palestinians with independence, sovereignty, and dignity.

Following has been rejected:
- Opposition to TPP
- Tax on carbon
- National moratorium on fracking

Link

Not everything that I would have wanted, but not an awful start.

$7.25 is a starvation wage?  That may be true in some areas, but around here that would be a barely adequate wage for a full time job that a single person could live a spartan lifestyle on. I do payroll accounting in my current job, so I have some idea of what wage rates are like. Even in retail jobs around here, one can find jobs that pay better than the minimum wage. Anyone stuck at $7.25/hr year after year is probably being overpaid.

Not that I don't think the minimum wage shouldn't be increased, but $15/hr as a national minimum wage is sheer lunacy, and so is the idea that minimum wage should be a living wage as opposed to a spartan wage.
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / "Florida Man" has competition from "Texas Man" on: June 25, 2016, 06:36:31 pm
When I first heard about this, my first thout was that it was going to be yet another example of Florida Man™ but no, it was his arch-rival Texas Man™.

http://www.unilad.co.uk/video/man-shouts-fck-that-alligator-jumps-into-lake-and-is-killed-by-alligator/

Quote
Tragedy struck in Texas when one man lost his life after being killed by an alligator after jumping into a lake.

23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What does this mean? on: June 25, 2016, 06:27:59 pm
It means that such an officer got an automatic posthumous promotion to the rank one grade above the one he held at the time of his death.  Hence a 少佐 (Major) would be promoted to 中佐 (Lt. Colonel) if he died in battle.  It was a way of honoring his sacrifice to his country, and if he left behind surviving dependents, their benefits would be based on the salary of his posthumous rank.

There's almost certainly other militaries that have similar policies, either official or unofficial.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Capitals of states on: June 24, 2016, 09:56:03 pm
Probably the worst located state capital is Juneau. If only Congress had made moving the capital to the railbelt a condition of statehood.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who wins now? on: June 23, 2016, 11:56:28 pm
Horse hockey "it won't." It will have ramifications on the global economy, and those ramifications will be negative, and those will help Trump.
It's extremely unlikely those ramifications would happen quickly enuf to affect the U.S. economy in a way that affects the election. It's less unlikely, but still unlikely, that the example of what happens to the U.K. economy could turn voters here away from simplistic jingoism.
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