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16726  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group One - World Leader's Survivor - Round TWENTY-TWO on: May 24, 2009, 12:15:22 pm
Apisai Ielemia - Tuvalu
16727  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Expanding Nuclear Energy on: May 23, 2009, 08:18:25 pm
In all seriousness, our goal should be to provide the most energy in the most efficient way possible.  Nuclear, hydro-electric, wind, solar, and geothermal are all good, environmentally friendly ways to provide electricity.

Drowning a bunch of land is hardly enviro-friendly.  While it makes sense to include hydroelectric generating capacity if you are going to build a dam, building a dam just to get electric power makes zero sense.
16728  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your "craziest" position you still legitimately hold on: May 23, 2009, 08:07:13 pm
So apparently ben defines the South as anywhere barbecue and chicken are popular.

That's an awfully narrow definition of the South, since real barbecue (slow cooked pork with a mustard-based sauce) is generally found only in about half of South Carolina.
16729  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Supreme Court Decision Day on Tuesday on: May 23, 2009, 07:38:49 pm
So you're saying that Court decisions in which the votes are "narrow" should be up for scrutiny? The Justices understand the Constitution and the law. To say the rights of minority groups are better in the hands of registered voters rather than people who interpret the constitution as their job is ridiculous.

And yeah, last year, they decided that same-sex couples can get their relationships recognized by the state under the name "marriage", because it is a right of every citizen in the state of California, and any effort to remove that right would be up for scrutiny. That was In re Marriage Cases in a nutshell. I'm not expecting them to change their opinion, regardless of what 52% of California voters think.

No. I'm saying there is no reason to think that the 3 dissenting justices were any less diligent in applying the California Constitution than the 4 who chose to overturn the existing law.  In general, when it comes to overriding a law passed either by a legislature or by a referendum process, in those jurisdictions that have them, I favor requiring a supermajority to declare laws unconstitutional.  (for example, 5-2 or 4-2 on the California Court; 6-3 or 5-3 on the Supreme Court)  A court that acts on political issues such as this in a manner that denies the people the ability to decide them for themselves is in the long run corrosive to the value of democracy that is essential to the continuing existence of a republic and the rule of law that is essential to any form of stable government.  The long term maintenance and popular support of our little-r republican form of government is far more important that having judges try to ram down the throats of the electorate social changes that they are not yet ready for.

I think the following quote from Justice Corrigan's dissent to In re Marriage Cases says it best.
Quote from: Justice Corrigan
The process of reform and familiarization should go forward in the legislative sphere and in society at large. We are in the midst of a major social change. Societies seldom make such changes smoothly. For some the process is frustratingly slow. For others it is jarringly fast. In a democracy, the people should be given a fair chance to set the pace of change without judicial interference. That is the way democracies work. Ideas are proposed, debated, tested. Often new ideas are initially resisted, only to be ultimately embraced. But when ideas are imposed, opposition hardens and progress may be hampered.
(emphasis added)
16730  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Would you allow a Gutanamo detainee to live in your neighborhood? on: May 23, 2009, 05:44:29 pm
Depends on the detainee.
16731  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Supreme Court Decision Day on Tuesday on: May 23, 2009, 05:43:40 pm
It's about whether a small majority of voters can remove a constitutional right of any minority group(and if doing so constitutes a revision rather than an amendment of the California Constitution).

Better a small majority of voters than a narrow 4-3 majority of judges to decide this or any other subjective issue.



One of the purposes of the court is to uphold the rights of minorities even in the face of majority opposition.

That assumes that state recognition of a same-gender relationship as a "marriage" and not by some other name rises to the level of a right.  I don't see how what something is called can ever be considered a rights issue.
16732  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group Five - World Leaders Survivor - Round TWENTY-ONE on: May 23, 2009, 04:55:47 pm
Ivo Sanader - Croatia
and
Brian Cowen - Ireland
16733  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group Four - World Leaders Survivor - Round TWENTY-ONE on: May 23, 2009, 04:54:25 pm
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner - Argentina
16734  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group Three - World Leaders Survivor - Round TWENTY-ONE on: May 23, 2009, 04:53:15 pm
Massimo Cenci - San Marino
and
Evo Morales - Bolivia
16735  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group Two - World Leaders Survivor - Round TWENTY-ONE on: May 23, 2009, 04:50:51 pm
Michael Somare - Papua New Guinea
and
Leonel Fernández - Dominican Republic
16736  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group One - World Leader's Survivor - Round TWENTY-ONE on: May 23, 2009, 04:38:45 pm
Apisai Ielemia - Tuvalu
16737  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: South Carolina's Bobby Jindal? on: May 23, 2009, 03:58:37 pm
I think were looking at the next South Carolina governor, friends. Possibly the first woman President of the Untied States, also.

Almost certainly not the next South Carolina governor.  She simply does not have the party connections or experience to be able to win the nomination in 2010 unless the Republican primary electorate is in a throw the bums out mood, and I see no reason why it would be.  She wouldn't even have a chance to make the runoff if it weren't for Sanford's backing.  All that would be equally true if she were male.  Rep. Barrett, AG McMaster, or Lt. Gov. Bauer will almost certainly be the GOP nominee.

However, this race may well get her the foundation she would need to capture a State Senate seat in 2012.  A lot would depend on how the Senate gets redistricted.  It could even be a confusing race in Senate District 26 between the incumbent Nikki Setzler (D) and challenger Nikki Haley (R) if district 26 gets gerrymandered to the east.
16738  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: South Carolina's Bobby Jindal? on: May 23, 2009, 12:23:36 am
So far I've only been able to figure out who I'm opposing, but if Haley does make it to the runoff, I'll probably back her.

I'm poised to do the same.  I was going to support Robert Ford in the Democrat Primary, but now that Haley is jumping in I'll vote for her in the GOP primary.

Robert "video poker" Ford is another candidate on my list of candidates to oppose.  If Bauer and Ford win their respective nominations, I'm definitely voting third party for governor in 2010.
16739  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group Five - World Leaders Survivor - Round TWENTY on: May 22, 2009, 06:20:33 pm
Ivo Sanader - Croatia

(BTW: Once I vote for somebody, I generally keep voting for him or her till they are gone, so as to save effort in considering who to vote for.  If you want to influence my vote, do so when I need to pick a new target.)
16740  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group Four - World Leaders Survivor - Round TWENTY on: May 22, 2009, 06:06:24 pm
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner - Argentina

(BTW: Once I vote for somebody, I generally keep voting for him or her till they are gone, so as to save effort in considering who to vote for.  If you want to influence my vote, do so when I need to pick a new target.)
16741  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group Three - World Leaders Survivor - Round TWENTY on: May 22, 2009, 06:05:35 pm
Evo Morales - Bolivia

(BTW: Once I vote for somebody, I generally keep voting for him or her till they are gone, so as to save effort in considering who to vote for.  If you want to influence my vote, do so when I need to pick a new target.)

Since this race is close and I have a preference between the two front-runners, I'm changing my vote for this round to:

Stephen Harper - Canada
16742  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Czechs shocked by anti-Roma TV ad on: May 22, 2009, 06:03:53 pm
Mr. Fischer should get his facts straight.  The ad didn't reference the "the [Nazis'] Final Solution of the Jewish question during World War II"  it referenced the Nazis' Final Solution of the Zigeunerfrage (Gypsy question) during World War II.

The Romani were on a relative basis at least as devastated as the Jews were.  Indeed, the Porajmos managed to make a dead language of the Bohemian Romani dialect.  Indeed, the Nazis were so thorough in Bohemia and Moravia that most Gypsies living in the Czech Republic today are descendants of those who migrated from Slovakia (which had been Hungarian-occupied for most of the war) in the period after the war and before the Velvet Divorce that dissolved Czechoslovakia.  Of course, in absolute terms, the Shoah aspect of the Holocaust killed more, simply because there were more Jews than Romani for the Nazis to kill.  One of the great shames of the past half century is how many people mistakenly think the Jews were the only targets of the Nazi Holocaust.
16743  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group Two - World Leaders Survivor - Round TWENTY on: May 22, 2009, 05:29:17 pm
Fradique de Menezes - São Tomé and Príncipe

(BTW: Once I vote for somebody, I generally keep voting for him or her till they are gone, so as to save effort in considering who to vote for.  If you want to influence my vote, do so when I need to pick a new target.)
16744  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group One - World Leader's Survivor - Round TWENTY on: May 22, 2009, 05:03:53 pm
Apisai Ielemia - Tuvalu

(BTW: Once I vote for somebody, I generally keep voting for him or her till they are gone, so as to save effort in considering who to vote for.  If you want to influence my vote, do so when I need to pick a new target.)
16745  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: World Leaders Survivor Redux - Organisation Thread on: May 22, 2009, 05:00:29 pm
Cumulative vote totals as of the end of round nineteen for those still surviving.  The all time vote getter so far is the eliminated Hugo Chavez, Venezuela with 38 votes.  Viktor Yushenko is in a position where he might displace Hugo from his throne when he is eliminated.

G1
Robert Fico, Slovakia: 19 votes
Rafael Correa, Ecuador: 3 votes
Carlos Gomes Junior, Guinea-Bissau: 3 votes
Serzh Sargsyan, Armenia: 3 votes
Apisai Ielemia, Tuvalu: 3 votes
Ralph Gonsalves, St Vincent and the Grenadines: 1 vote
Ahmed Abdallah Sambi, Comoros: 1 vote

G2
Fradique de Menezes, Sao Tome and Principe: 10 votes
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia: 6 votes
Ernest Bai Koroma, Sierra Leone: 4 votes
Leonel Fernandez, Dominican Republic: 3 votes
Denzil Douglas, Saint Kitts and Nevis: 2 votes
Yoweri Museveni, Uganda: 2 votes
Angela Merkel, Germany: 1 vote
Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Denmark: 1 vote
Michael Somare, Papua New Guinea: 1 vote

G3
Evo Morales, Bolivia: 19 votes
Stephen Harper, Canada: 18 votes
Gordon Brown, United Kingdom: 10 votes
Massimo Cenci, San Marino: 5 votes
Alvaro Colom, Guatemala: 1 vote
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil: 1 vote
Johnson Toribiong, Palau: 1 vote

G4
King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah, Bahrain: 14 votes
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Argentina: 12 votes
Mohamed Nasheed, Maldives: 3 votes
Jigme Thinley, Bhutan: 2 votes
Mirko Cvetkovic, Serbia: 1 vote
Fernando Lugo, Paraguay: 1 vote
Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi: 1 vote
Antonio Saca, El Salvador: 1 vote
Anote Tong. Kiribati: 1 vote

G5
Viktor Yushenko, Ukraine: 25 votes
Yayi Boni, Benin: 7 votes
Brian Cowen, Ireland: 3 votes
Stephenson King, St Lucia: 3 votes
Ronald Venetiaan, Suriname: 3 votes
Hans-Rudolf Merz, Switzerland: 2 votes
Ivo Sanader, Croatia: 2 votes
Litokwa Tomeing, Marshall Islands: 1 vote
16746  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: World Leaders Survivor Redux - Organisation Thread on: May 21, 2009, 07:03:57 pm
Cumulative vote totals as of the end of round eighteen for those still surviving.  The all time vote getter so far is the eliminated Hugo Chavez, Venezuela with 38 votes.  Viktor Yushenko is in a position where he might displace Hugo from his throne when he is eliminated.

G1
Robert Fico, Slovakia: 13 votes
Ahmed Abdallah Sambi, Comoros: 4 votes
Rafael Correa, Ecuador: 3 votes
Carlos Gomes Junior, Guinea-Bissau: 3 votes
Serzh Sargsyan, Armenia: 3 votes
Apisai Ielemia, Tuvalu: 2 votes
Ralph Gonsalves, St Vincent and the Grenadines: 1 vote
Ahmed Abdallah Sambi, Comoros: 1 vote

G2
Fradique de Menezes, Sao Tome and Principe: 9 votes
Ernest Bai Koroma, Sierra Leone: 4 votes
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia: 3 votes
Denzil Douglas, Saint Kitts and Nevis: 2 votes
Yoweri Museveni, Uganda: 2 votes
Leonel Fernandez, Dominican Republic: 1 vote
Angela Merkel, Germany: 1 vote
Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Denmark: 1 vote
Michael Somare, Papua New Guinea: 1 vote

G3
Evo Morales, Bolivia: 18 votes
Stephen Harper, Canada: 13 votes
Gordon Brown, United Kingdom: 9 votes
Fouad Siniora, Lebanon: 9 votes
Massimo Cenci, San Marino: 5 votes
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil: 1 vote

G4
King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah, Bahrain: 12 votes
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Argentina: 11 votes
Moussa Dadis Camara, Guinea: 9 votes
Mohamed Nasheed, Maldives: 3 votes
Jigme Thinley, Bhutan: 2 votes
Mirko Cvetkovic, Serbia: 1 vote
Fernando Lugo, Paraguay: 1 vote

G5
Viktor Yushenko, Ukraine: 24 votes
Bharrat Jagdeo, Guyana: 8 votes
Yayi Boni, Benin: 6 votes
Brian Cowen, Ireland: 3 votes
Stephenson King, St Lucia: 3 votes
Ronald Venetiaan, Suriname: 3 votes
Hans-Rudolf Merz, Switzerland: 2 votes
Ivo Sanader, Croatia: 2 votes
16747  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group Five - World Leaders Survivor - Round NINETEEN on: May 21, 2009, 06:51:43 pm
Bharrat Jagdeo - Guyana
16748  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group Four - World Leaders Survivor - Round NINETEEN on: May 21, 2009, 06:49:56 pm
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner - Argentina
16749  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group Three - World Leaders Survivor - Round NINETEEN on: May 21, 2009, 06:48:20 pm
Evo Morales - Bolivia
16750  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group Two - World Leaders Survivor - Round NINETEEN on: May 21, 2009, 06:46:28 pm
Hubert Ingraham - The Bahamas
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