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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Process / Re: What if one or more states decided to hold the GE on a different day? on: Today at 06:14:31 am
It used to be the case. The longest hold out was Maine. Even after Congress used its power to put the national election on the same day in all states, Maine continued to hold its statewide general elections in September into the 1950s. Its gubernatorial races were the origin of the phrase, "As Maine goes, so goes the Nation" until the 1936 election rewrote it as "As Maine goes, so goes Vermont."
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where have you flown this year? on: Today at 05:57:59 am
Last time I flew was in 1984. That said I will be flying next year when I go on my honeymoon.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Fight Song on: Today at 05:55:14 am
First rule of Fight Song...
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: Today at 05:51:40 am
Saw a church sign BRTD would approve of:
POKEMON GO
CATCH THE SPIRIT
WITH US SUNDAY
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Romney considers endorsing Gary Johnson on: Today at 05:46:46 am
You really think this man's stupid enough to do this at this point in the campaign? The convention just took place. This would burn every political bridge he's ever established in his life.
It's not as if he's going to need to ever cross those bridges to nowhere. Romney won't ever be running for another political office.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: No EV winner, could Johnson win in the House? on: Today at 02:00:04 am
If Johnson starts doing well, it's unlikely he'd draw support from both parties equally. If Johnson does well enuf to win the Southwestern States, the map is going to look like this:

Johnson will have a very limited appeal with African-Americans, tho he may do reasonably well with other minorities. A Johnson candidacy that does well is going to put a good chunk of the South in the Democratic column.

Even with fantasy election results, the only realistic scenario for Johnson to win the Presidency this election is he gets a faithless elector or two in a close race that puts the election into the House, and that the Senate goes Democratic so that a few House Republicans can deny Trump the election in the House and force their colleagues to accept Johnson.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Would Trump refuse to concede? on: Today at 01:36:58 am
He will concede and move to Moscow.
He owns a home in Idaho?
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Updates on Voting Rights bills and lawsuits in 2016 on: July 27, 2016, 06:44:35 pm
We seem to be arguing two separate things. I'm arguing that it is easy to set up the machines to do the right thing. You're arguing that it's easy to set them up to do the wrong thing. This is one of those cases where we're both right. 😈
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Trump become the new Aaron Burr? on: July 27, 2016, 04:49:21 pm
I doubt he'll get the chance to duel Hillary. Maybe Ted Cruz, but no way the Secret Service would let Donald point a gun at the President.
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Current Trump Press Conference: I hope Russia finds Hillary's emails on: July 27, 2016, 04:47:32 pm
It's fairly clear to me that this was just another of Trump's attempts at humor. This is not a game changer, and I say that as someone who thanks to Trump decided that the GOP had gone so far around the bend into Crazyville that I abandoned being an Independent and am now a Democrat. Besides, the Russians need no encouragement to hack computers. Unless Trump is funneling passwords to the Russians, calling his comment traitorous is excessive hyperbole.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Your most unusual personal goal in life on: July 25, 2016, 10:11:47 pm
Go on Jeopardy, but only after the next great California earthquake.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The eventual fate of Chris Christie on: July 25, 2016, 08:31:21 pm
Last seen humming "Don't Stop Believin'" to himself.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Updates on Voting Rights bills and lawsuits in 2016 on: July 25, 2016, 08:03:11 pm
Again, pathetically easy.  I'll deal with the machines here in South Carolina since I'm familiar with them.  First off, your worry about unintentionally cancelling out a vote for Jill Stein doesn't make much sense.  There should be someway to cancel out a vote if that us what the voter wants, and if they don't want that, the disappearance of the green bordered box with a check mark in it ought to clue the voter about that.  Even if it doesn't, when one goes to cast the ballot, the machines here nag you if you have any races that don't have a vote in them and offers to take you to the first such race.

As for an idiot wasting time to go back and cast a straight ticket at the end, I'm not too terribly worried about his vote, but assuming the machine is configured properly, it'll only override races in which a vote has not been cast directly. (Assuming that's what the law in that state calls for.)
14  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: This Protestant denomination selector quiz on: July 25, 2016, 04:41:38 am
I'm confused... Aren't Presbyterians Calvinist? I voted no to all predestination questions and ranked them with high priority. Huh

Most of the mainline churches pay little attention to their historical theology.
PCUSA is not the same as PCA which ranked much farther down your list Antonio.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Surprise Democratic States on: July 25, 2016, 04:38:18 am
Texas, not because it's likely to happen, but it is conceivable that Trump could manage to mobilize the Hispanic vote to come out in far larger numbers than it traditionally has.  But at this point, I fully expect all those state to be safely in the Trump column come November.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton's campaign manager: Russia helping Trump on: July 25, 2016, 04:35:29 am
Atlas logic: it is completely rational to think that wiki leaks releasing DNC emails about plots to screw over Bernie Sanders means Trump is in Putins pocket. But it's a crazy conspiracy to have any problem with the Clinton foundation receiving money from middle eastern governments.

Putin supports Trump, King of Saudi Arabia and Sultan of Brunei support Clinton, Cuba and Mexico support Cruz,  Israel supports Sanders,   ect.
Is there any official statement that the emails were hacked by Russian? No. Conjecture made out of thin air.  

Actually, yes.  And that was being mentioned well before they got released to Wikileaks.  Of course, the Russians denied it, just like they denied ever engaging in state-sponsored doping of their Olympic athletes.

In what way are olimpic games connected with usa presidential election? В огороде бузина,  а в киеве дядька.
If you say "yes" you should take to court FBI director  and Obama.
 

I was using it as an example of how Russian denials aren't even worth the paper they are printed on these days.  It is strange what you said in Russian as Russian denials of sending troops to fight for the separatists in eastern Ukraine are as hollow and false, but I used the Olympic ones because they are more current.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton's campaign manager: Russia helping Trump on: July 25, 2016, 04:18:45 am
Atlas logic: it is completely rational to think that wiki leaks releasing DNC emails about plots to screw over Bernie Sanders means Trump is in Putins pocket. But it's a crazy conspiracy to have any problem with the Clinton foundation receiving money from middle eastern governments.

Putin supports Trump, King of Saudi Arabia and Sultan of Brunei support Clinton, Cuba and Mexico support Cruz,  Israel supports Sanders,   ect.
Is there any official statement that the emails were hacked by Russian? No. Conjecture made out of thin air.  

Actually, yes.  And that was being mentioned well before they got released to Wikileaks.  Of course, the Russians denied it, just like they denied ever engaging in state-sponsored doping of their Olympic athletes.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton's campaign manager: Russia helping Trump on: July 25, 2016, 04:07:55 am
Atlas logic: it is completely rational to think that wiki leaks releasing DNC emails about plots to screw over Bernie Sanders means Trump is in Putins pocket. But it's a crazy conspiracy to have any problem with the Clinton foundation receiving money from middle eastern governments.

That's the twisted logic of the radical lefties here.


It's not so much that it puts Trump in Putin's pocket as that it clearly shows who Putin would rather have in the White House.  Putin doesn't need to control Trump, just help him bull his way into the Western china shop to bust up the place so he can pick up the pieces he wants.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton's campaign manager: Russia helping Trump on: July 25, 2016, 04:03:58 am
Good to see Clinton following Trump's "evil foreigners are trying to hurt America" playbook. Sad!
The difference is that Putin is an evil foreigner.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who wins NE-2? on: July 25, 2016, 04:01:27 am
Because of redistricting since 2008 when Obama won it, the district will be TPed.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Updates on Voting Rights bills and lawsuits in 2016 on: July 25, 2016, 02:36:54 am

The straight-ticket option causes confusion, and increases roll off for non-partisan races and ballot propositions. It is hard to implement on voting machines. It is harmful to independent candidates and minor parties.


Whatever one may say about the problems with straight ticket voting, this isn't one of them. Even back in the day of mechanical voting machines, the necessary logic to implement it was fairly easy to design and build, tho it was a maintenance hassle, and that was mainly due to the mechanics needed to ensure that only one candidate was selected for each office. Mechanically, an OR gate is simple.  Now that everything is being tabulated electronically, be it by touchpad screen or Scantron sheet, it's pathetically easy to implement
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will the Liberal wing of the Democratic Party be put away for the next 8 years? on: July 24, 2016, 05:15:33 pm
Will the liberal wing of the Democratic Party allow itself to be "put away?"  THAT is the question.

This. Also, I don't trust the far left with the U.S. military. They would sell the military out in a jiffy.

As if our last Republican administration didn't already do that. Setting us up for failure in Afghanistan by getting distracted. Making a mess of the Middle East with the wholly optional and unnecessary war in Iraq. Obama certainly could have done better these last eight years, be he certainly did better than the Bush administration, and even Dubya with all his multiple faults was a better commander-in-chief than Trump would ever be if we make the mistake of electing Trump this November.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / MOVED: Those who pay for education should consider the benefits of a bonus system for s on: July 24, 2016, 05:07:56 pm
This topic has been moved to Political Debate.

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=241592.0
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why are "small government" conservatives so obsessed with the gays? on: July 24, 2016, 05:04:41 pm
The idea that legislating against corporal punishment is 'small-government' strikes me as an odd one.
If schools administered corporal punishment without getting parental permission, then being anti-CP would be a small government position. As a general rule, CP is now being administered in the schools only with parental permission, even in those places that still use.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump Would Fund Super PACs to Defeat Cruz, Kasich on: July 24, 2016, 11:29:26 am
Now that Trump successfully captured the nomination, it's time for the second step in his plan. Pivot to the general Turn off as many voters as possible by looking like a sore winner. It's almost like he's a Dem plant. Wink

My brother likely believes he's an illuminati plant to ensure their faithful servant Hillary is rewarded for her years of service. Needless to say, I stopped talking politics with him long ago.
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