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16726  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: PA Republicans fighting for polling booth dress code on: October 04, 2008, 10:18:58 pm
So long as the person comes in, votes, and leaves, I see no problem with a t-shirt or other ordinary types of political clothing.

Of course, you could also try negative campaigning with clothing.

I can just see some right-wing loonies sending women dressed in hijabs with a Vote Hussein Obama message in a Arabic looking script to the polls.
16727  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Inaugural Balls on: October 04, 2008, 08:27:59 pm
I would happen to agree, JSojourner.

Another good idea would be to shorten the conventions to 1-2 days.

That's horrible, tradition rocks. Quit wanting to make my country boring.

The conventions already are boring.  The excitement they used to generate is no more.  You want tradition, then lets go back to the days when the nominees never even spoke to the convention.
16728  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Inaugural Balls on: October 04, 2008, 07:38:36 pm
Gov. Sanford held inaugural barbeques instead of balls.
16729  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will the Las Vegas jury convict or aquit OJ? on: October 04, 2008, 01:17:56 pm
OJ is subject to serving a life sentence, which seems a bit severe.

Probably due to a three-strikes law given his two earlier crimes: The Naked Gun 2: The Smell of Fear and Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult.
16730  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: How does Obama respond to the OJ conviction? on: October 04, 2008, 11:01:03 am
I hadn't even heard about this until I saw this thread.  Nobody cares about OJ any more.
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16731  Election Archive / 2008 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: ME: Rasmussen: Obama leads McCain by 5 on: October 04, 2008, 10:58:06 am
Maine was Perot's best state in both 1992 and 1996.  Maybe the Maverick theme is allowing McCain to tap into some residual Perot sentiment.  Also the Palin bump was most pronounced in the states Perot did best.
16732  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Fellow Republicans, since Wall Street meltdown, is Obama headed for a win... on: October 03, 2008, 11:28:46 pm
The first candidate to come up with a solid plan that he can explain in relatively simple terms wins.

So in other words, you're predicting a tie in the electoral college. Wink
16733  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: In an Obama administration what appointment will Tony Rezko get? on: October 03, 2008, 10:58:16 pm
Taking this question purely in jest, I'd say either Secretary of Housing and Urban Development or Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
16734  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Obama adds another field office in NE-2, Some ME-2 Talk too on: October 03, 2008, 07:49:36 pm
I very much doubt that 20% of Aroostook County speaks French at home. Is there a source for this? How many people under age 70 would do so?

According to the 2000 Census, 22.37% of those in Aroostook County speak French as their first language, and 5.28% of all Maine residents.

Of the 15,645 primary French speakers in Aroostook County, 1,425 were ages 5-17, 10,490 were 18-64, and  3,730 were 65 and older.
16735  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which drugs do you think should be legal for personal use? on: October 03, 2008, 07:14:41 pm
Basically, if it can be grown or simply derived from a grown product it should be legal simply because we'll never be able to do anything with prohibition except make gangsters rich and ensure full employment for cops and prison guards.
16736  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: TV Ad spending week ending 9/30 on: October 03, 2008, 07:00:54 pm
Spending in SC?Anyway,I guess it's time to spend a bit more in MN...
He's spending the SC market that covers Western North Carolina.

Since only the ABC and CW stations in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson-Asheville DMA are in North Carolina, it probably is getting the lion's share of any SC Obama ad buys, tho the My Network station for the Charlotte market is in Rock Hill, SC so it might be getting some.

If Obama starts spending in Georgia again,  the CBS affiliate WRDW in North Augusta, SC and the Fox affiliate WTGS (licensed for Hardeeville, SC, but the transmitter is on the GA side of the border near Savannah) should also see ad buys.

McCain is spending more in IA than VA.

I'm speechless.
Wow, I hadn't even noticed that. What the hell are they thinking?

Defending NE-2? Cheesy
16737  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Obama adds another field office in NE-2, Some ME-2 Talk too on: October 03, 2008, 05:07:12 pm
Not seriously of late, though in the early years of the Republic, electing individual electors, either from congressional districts or single member districts established just for the electors was fairly common.
16738  Election Archive / 2008 U.S. Presidential Election Campaign / Re: McCain wanted Iraq "surge" since '03; why didn't he try to unseat Bush in ' on: October 03, 2008, 04:54:47 pm
No first term President who sought renomination has been denied it since 1856, as Reagan found out in 1976 and Kennedy in 1980.  No way anyone could have kept W from being renominated, especially sice they'd have had to have laid the groundwork in 2003 when Bush was far more popular than he ever would be again.  That popularity likely played into Hillary's decision to not run in 2004.
16739  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: House approves bailout plan. on: October 03, 2008, 04:44:59 pm
Considering that this second version was worse than the one the House rejected on Friday, I'm disappointed that only 1 Congressman switched from yea to nay.  Considering that this second version was being so heavily crammed down Congress' throat, I'm happily surprized that there was even one.
16740  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Who won? on: October 02, 2008, 10:05:59 pm
Basically a tie.  Neither hit a home run or fumbled the ball, so who "wins" will depend on how well the spin meisters for the campaigns do, doggonit!
16741  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should the "preceding poster's signature" series end? on: October 02, 2008, 09:13:12 pm
If we didn't have them, we'd probably have 42 or so "What do think of (my / somebody else's) signature?" at any one time.  In comparison the "preceding poster's signature" series is mostly harmless.  This way we don't have to fish out other threads among the babel.
16742  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Nth "Opinion of the Preceding Poster's Signature" Thread on: October 02, 2008, 07:52:07 pm
As long as Obama doesn't declare victory on November 4, I don't think McCain will complain too much about Obama being consistent.
16743  Election Archive / 2008 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: SurveyUSA: Obama leads by 8 in New Mexico on: October 02, 2008, 04:34:07 pm
LMAO@every person who honestly believes in a neighboring state advantage.

Depends on how neighborly the neighboring states are.
16744  Election Archive / 2008 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: GA-InsiderAdvantage: McCain now leads by 6 on: October 01, 2008, 05:35:34 pm
That 18 point poll was an outlier.  IA had McCain with only an 8 point lead in Georgia two weeks ago, which was also probably an outlier.  I'd say that Obama is down 9-10 points in Georgia right now.  However, given how the Senate race is going, Obama may want to think about making a stop or two in Georgia as he travels to or from Florida if Martin thinks it will help him in the Senate race.  I don't think Obama can carry Georgia, but he might be able to help Martin pull off an upset against Chambliss.
16745  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: What if Condoleeza Rice replaces Sarah Palin? on: October 01, 2008, 02:51:10 pm
Even in the unlikely event Palin gets yanked from the ticket, no way would Rice in particular, or any woman in general accept the slot.  No sane woman politician would agree to join a losing cause in a position that make people think she was chosen only for her gender.  (Not that O am saying that the McCain campaign is doomed, but only if it clearly were could I see any chance of Palin being yanked, and even then I doubt it would happen.)
16746  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Fox News: LOL. on: September 30, 2008, 09:36:32 pm
It's not as if he said it would be split evenly.  He just said that it would be split, just like the vote in DC will be split between Obama and McCain.
16747  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Pirates die strangely after taking Iranian ship on: September 30, 2008, 07:53:40 pm
Uranium has too long a half-life to be highly radioactive.  Now if they came across some nuclear waste that had elements with a higher level of radioactivity, I could see such severe radioactivity poisoning, but not from Uranium itself, noy in such a short time.  Radium causes problems, but it is far more radioactive.
16748  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Are we headed toward a depression? on: September 30, 2008, 07:40:04 pm
It's definitely too late to stop there being a recession and the only definition of the difference between recession and depression that I've heard and agree with fully is Harry S. Truman's: "It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours."

That said, I don't think that a depression is inevitable.  I'm not so certain that the bailout is the correct medicine to avoid it.  What we need to do is bust up the CDOs into their component underlying securities and ban any further CDOs.  The financial industry has shown that it cannot be trusted with them.  Problem is, I can't see any constitutional way to bust up the CDOs unless they already have some provision allowing that to happen.  The closest would be to stretch eminent domain in some ways I really don't want it stretched to have the government force all of the CDO bond holders to sell them to the government (which to keep the cost to the taxpayers down, would pay them with the underlying securities themselves.)

Breakup the CDOs so that the assets within them can be priced and the current liquidity problem would be solved.
16749  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should Daylight Savings Time be abolished? on: September 30, 2008, 04:00:58 pm
We need to keep DST, but it should only be in force from the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in September.  (Maybe a little longer if the southern States all opted out of it.)
16750  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election Predictions / Re: Prediction Summary - with states most easily changed noted on: September 30, 2008, 03:10:25 pm

No.  I got busy with other things and once I got unbusy, I decided not to bother with this any more.  If someone else wants to, they can.  It's not difficult, just time consuming.
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