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15201  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: SC Gov R: Nikki Haley gets some questionable support on: May 16, 2010, 07:22:51 am
I thought Romney endorsed Haley in April?

edit: Nevermind, he endorsed her March 16th, exactly two months ago to the day.  

Back on April 1 is when he did some stumping for Haley since he was coming here anyway to give a speech at The Citadel, but as you noted, mid-March is when he released his endorsement.
15202  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: SC Gov R: Nikki Haley gets some questionable support on: May 15, 2010, 10:32:34 pm
Romney was late to the game in terms of endorsing Haley.  He saw Haley was picking up steam and wanted cred among the conservative netroots etc. in an early primary state where the establishment is all behind candidates that wouldn't support Romney anyway

I saw it more as backing a candidate who wouldn't upset the eventual winner if he guessed wrong.  I do wish someone would release a poll on the governor's race since the campaign has started in earnest.  Haley has gained some momentum of late and might be able to make the runoff now.

However, he endorsed Haley two months ago when the campaign was just officially starting and well before she was picking up steam.  Palin is the latecomer here.
15203  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Election - Results Thread on: May 15, 2010, 09:36:15 pm
First voting intention for the next election. Wink

Con 38% (+1) Lab 34% (+4) LD 21% (-3). (changes on GE result)
ComRes/Sunday Mirror/Indy on Sunday

Interesting post-Brown bounce.

Only 5 years to go.

Which, based on UNS, would be:

Tories - 291 seats
Labour - 286 seats
Lib Dems - 45 seats
Others - 28 seats

Tories short by 35 seats of an overall majority

Is that UNS from the 2005 notionals or the 2010 results?  And if the latter, do you have a link to that 2010 swingometer?
15204  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: SC Gov R: Nikki Haley gets some questionable support on: May 15, 2010, 09:32:13 pm
I intend on voting for Haley as well in the primary.

What's funny is that I would too if I were you, even though she has the backing of all the nuts, at least she's not tied to the problems of the SC GOP establishment.

I wouldn't call Romney a nut.
15205  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you favour the nationalisation of transport? on: May 15, 2010, 01:06:00 pm
Rails are great for freight transportation, not so much for Passenger transportation. The creation of Amtrak which has run huge deficits ever since has shown that passenger traffic isn't profitable whereas along with deregulation and the end of having to perform passenger service has allowed the Rail companies to merge, consolidate and prosper.

The airlines need to do the same thing that Rails were allowed to do in the 1970's and 1980's and that will require less gov't intrusion, not more because Reps and Sens will try to save there there terminals in there districts.

Actually, if Amtrak could pare down to just the northeast corridor, where it also owns the track, and a few other profitable routes,  or if it was not responsible for the legacy pension costs of the private rail services it took over, it would be able to show a profit.

If I were in charge of Amtrak and didn't have to worry about the howls of the government or the railroad unions, I'd first shift legacy pension costs to the PBGC, then I'd eliminate the Sunset Limited and the Cardinal (which Amtrak discontinued, but Congress required it be restored) and other unprofitable routes.

Note also that some trains are kept running due to State subsides, such as the Ethan Allen Express and the Heartland Flyer, and as a business decision, as long as the individual states are willing to subsidize them, why not run them?
15206  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: "Posts Moderated" on: May 15, 2010, 11:55:46 am
There are plenty of others who would be willing to [moderate].

The problem is, not everyone who is willing is also able.  Ultimately, it is Dave's decision who he accepts as a moderator.
15207  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: 2010 and DeMint on: May 14, 2010, 08:58:13 pm
DeMint might not actually make it to M**nority Leader himself, but if he can purify the party enough he might have a shot if no one has the guts to oppose him.  Or he might choose to pull a DeLay and be the official No. 2 as the M**ority Whip.
15208  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: I'm respectfully asking for avatar on: May 14, 2010, 08:33:56 pm
Perhaps we should have Iceland avatars in time for the next Ash Wednesday.
15209  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: 2010 and DeMint on: May 14, 2010, 08:29:34 pm
DeMint might be able to get himself into the Vice Presidency, but unless the GOP takes even more of a lurch to a right than I think it will, I can't see him doing well in either Iowa or New Hampshire in 2012, while if he does well here in South Carolina, it will be credited to him being a favorite son.  Possibly he could do well in Nevada or Wyoming, but unless he wins one of those, he just won't have the momentum to win Florida and by then the best he could hope for is to play the 2012 version of Huckabee to whoever the 2012 McCain is.

More likely is that if McConnell doesn't seek a sixth term in 2014 then DeMint makes a play for M**ority Leader.
15210  General Discussion / History / Re: Two term presidents who should have been one term leaders on: May 14, 2010, 04:48:58 pm
Kerry would not have been defeated in 2008 we have never had two one termers before

Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan would be surprised to know that.

You can also add John Tyler+James K. Polk and Gerald Ford+Jimmy Carter.

No I can't. Neither of those combos were elected to and served one full term of their own.  While is possible that had Harrison and Taylor lived to their full term we could have a series of six one term Presidents in a row, we'll never know.

The only pair of consecutive Presidents that were elected and served exactly one full-term is Pierce-Buchanan.
15211  General Discussion / History / Re: Two term presidents who should have been one term leaders on: May 14, 2010, 04:03:52 pm
Kerry would not have been defeated in 2008 we have never had two one termers before

Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan would be surprised to know that.
15212  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Stephen Timms (East Ham MP) stabbed on: May 14, 2010, 02:16:02 pm
That isn't how a knife should be used during a surgery.
15213  General Discussion / History / Re: Who was responsible for 9/11? on: May 14, 2010, 10:54:25 am
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I love how I made this kind of as a joke and Libertas took the opportunity to become a self-parody.

LOL, this thread is a parody of how this forum is stuck in 2002.

That's right, the vast majority of Americans now believe that the government ordered 9/11. It's not like DailyKos has banned such conspiracy theories and bans anyone who posts them. Or DU segregates them all in one forum and slowly bans any promoters of them. It's a very widespread and mainstream view.

So, should we adopt the DailyKos standard and ban the person who started this thread? Wink
15214  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Gold Bugs. on: May 13, 2010, 08:55:14 pm
Saw in the news today that a hotel in Abu Dubai now has an ATM that dispenses gold bars and coins.
15215  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why does Rush Limbaugh refer to the Obama adminstration as 'the regime'? on: May 13, 2010, 08:03:51 pm
I would presume it is because Rush supports regime change. Wink
15216  General Discussion / History / Re: Who was responsible for 9/11? on: May 13, 2010, 03:33:24 pm
As much as I enjoy bashing Woodrow Wilson, even I find that a bit of a stretch. There are plenty of other paths history might have taken to establish a State of Israel in the latter half of the 20th Century. The Ottoman Empire was going to collapse with or without a defeat in the World War.
15217  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the preceeding poster's signature thread on: May 13, 2010, 03:17:38 pm
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Exterminate all Rational Thought.

Internet forums are a good place to do that. Wink
15218  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Anyone notice anything? on: May 13, 2010, 02:45:11 pm
Have you noticed that Cheney hasn't worked for Halliburton for a decadeRoll Eyes

I know he hasn't, but it sure is fun to take jabs at him!!

Unfortunately for your attempted jab, Halliburton wasn't involved with this incident.  Therefore, your jab doesn't come across as funny, let alone relevant.  Maybe next time....

You might wish to check the news.  Halliburton was the subcontractor responsible for the pouring of the cement at the well.  It may well be that they didn't do anything that contributed to this disaster, but they certainly were involved.

Shall we involve the plumbers who installed the toilets on the rig?  Tongue

Only if flushing all of the toilets at once might have been a cause of the disaster.  Improper handling of the cementing of the well may have been a contributing cause of the failure.
15219  Questions and Answers / Polling / Re: Why are foreigners unable to access "American Research Group (ARG)" ? on: May 13, 2010, 02:40:23 pm
It's possible that they think that they won't get any business from foreigners, so they don't see any reason to pay for the bandwidth to connect with IP's they can clearly identify as foreign.
15220  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: And one of the first acts of our new overlords is... on: May 13, 2010, 02:29:52 pm
As long as the 55% threshold only applies to votes on pieces of legislation and not on motions of no confidence, I don't see a problem.
15221  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Anyone notice anything? on: May 13, 2010, 02:24:26 pm
Have you noticed that Cheney hasn't worked for Halliburton for a decadeRoll Eyes

I know he hasn't, but it sure is fun to take jabs at him!!

Unfortunately for your attempted jab, Halliburton wasn't involved with this incident.  Therefore, your jab doesn't come across as funny, let alone relevant.  Maybe next time....

You might wish to check the news.  Halliburton was the subcontractor responsible for the pouring of the cement at the well.  It may well be that they didn't do anything that contributed to this disaster, but they certainly were involved.
15222  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: A sloution to illegal immigration- $5 for a head of cabbage on: May 13, 2010, 02:18:18 pm
You donīt have to have $5 for 1lb of cabbage. Just have the production moved down to Mexico and have it imported, it will be much cheaper.

Yes, of course, cutting agricultural subsidies would dramatically cut illegal immigration. As a side benefit, it would also help a lot Mexican agricultural sector. I am all in favor.

Agricultural subsidies have minimal influence on immigration.  The crops that get subsidies are mainly those with very little labor input required for production.  Eliminating subsidies would increase demand for fruits and vegetables since grains and meat would increase in price.  That increased demand would lead to an increased demand for agricultural labor.  So it would be quite possible that cutting subsidies would lead to a modest increase in illegal immigration.
15223  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Cameron Cabinet on: May 12, 2010, 11:36:51 pm
Is it just me or did the LibDems kind of get shafted as far as the cabinet goes? They didn't get any of the important positions, really.

Under the circumstances, I'd count having Vince Cable as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills is fairly important.  Given their relative sizes in Parliament, the LibDems ought to have roughly one out of every six ministries.
15224  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Who will be the next British PM? on: May 12, 2010, 11:14:23 pm
Good time to lock this thread since it no longer has any purpose...

Why would it be locked?

Maybe he was thinking it was on one of Al's boards, where obsolete threads are often locked.
15225  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Lack of Oval Office addresses from President Obama? on: May 12, 2010, 11:12:50 pm
Obama prefers to go out on the stump instead of making a single televised speech that will cause most people to flip to another channel.  The heyday of the Oval Office address for raw political purposes is over thanks to cable television and the internet, since a president can't count on a captive television audience anymore.
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