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16726  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.
16727  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.
16728  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.
16729  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.
16730  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.
16731  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.
16732  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.
16733  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should there be an English Parliament? on: May 12, 2010, 08:29:43 pm
There should be both an English Parliament and a Cornish Stannary Parliament.
16734  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: For Independents/Third Party members... on: May 12, 2010, 08:20:57 pm
I more often than not vote in the GOP primary, but that's because where I live, there will usually be one or more races, such as this year's race for S.C. House District 39, where the winner of the Republican primary will not be facing even a token Democratic opponent in the fall.
16735  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Gold Bugs. on: May 12, 2010, 08:06:59 pm
I prefer Tell-Tale Hearts.
16736  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: "Posts Moderated" on: May 12, 2010, 07:54:01 pm
ah.  My bad.  I thought it was an SOS

Wouldn't an SOS have been Leip-Leip-Leip  Dave-Dave-Dave  Leip-Leip-LeipWink
16737  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Stripper Pole Tax (for education funding) on: May 12, 2010, 03:55:10 pm
Not unreasonable.  If you are in a business where there is a considerable chance it'll be banned, making it into something the government makes money off of makes it less likely to be banned.

It's worked for gambling and low-level nuclear waste dumps.
16738  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you favour the nationalisation of transport? on: May 12, 2010, 03:42:52 pm
Why on earth would anyone want buses nationalized?  I can understand why local governments might choose to operate or subsidize a commuter bus service, but there's no need to have government involved with interurban bus service or to operate intraurban service on a national level instead of a local level.

The need for considerable infrastructure, especially in land, makes nationalization of rail tracks sensible, but not essential.
16739  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama Nominates Elena Kagan to be Next Supreme Court Justice on: May 11, 2010, 03:55:01 pm
The articles today make it seem like it's going to be an uphill battle.......we'll see.

From Mike Allen to my email inbox today:

Three Republicans did not vote: Cochran, Ensign and Graham. Of these, Graham is gettable, but it would be tough to envision either of the other two Republicans voting for her.

A lot will depend on what happens in the June 8th primary here.  If Gowdy upends Inglis in SC-4, Graham may feel like he needs to cast a symbolic vote against Kagan, and you can bet that Graham certainly won't agree to being the lone Republican to break a filibuster no matter what happens in the primary.

That said, I'm doubtful that the GOP will attempt a filibuster of her unless they can get bipartisan support for a filibuster.
16740  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Why doesn't the board named "History" have a moderator? on: May 11, 2010, 03:17:19 pm
"I shall try to run a neat inn." -- Pig-Pen in A Charlie Brown Christmas .
16741  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama Nominates Elena Kagan to be Next Supreme Court Justice on: May 10, 2010, 06:33:16 pm
Since my sig is temporarily being used for other purposes, let me bring this political cartoon to your attention here.

16742  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted on this referendum? on: May 10, 2010, 06:21:20 pm
No. Call me a philistine, but I don't think that as a general rule that government should be funding the arts.  (Exceptions include art education as part of the public school curriculum and auditoriums in the public schools that could be used by local performing arts groups.)
16743  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the preceeding poster's signature thread on: May 10, 2010, 06:12:41 pm
Governor: Anybody but Andre Bauer.

Grin Cheesy Grin

It certainly was apropos that his campaign sponsored a car in the Nationwide race at Darlington this past weekend.  Except the cars there often were driving slower than he does. Wink  I had the misfortune of having Andre as my State Senator before he became Lt. Governor, and I didn't like him them.  Hopefully this year's primary will be the last one for a while where I know well in advance which party's primary I'll be voting in.
16744  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the preceeding poster's signature thread on: May 10, 2010, 06:03:03 pm
A relatively tasteful bit of self promotion by Atlasian standards.

(As for my own sig, somewhat boring,  but I didn't feel like creating a 300 KB montage of campaign stickers to express my preferences.)
16745  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should Supreme Court justices have their terms limited? on: May 10, 2010, 01:33:14 pm
Why are people acting as if 9 justices is some sort of divinely mandated number in coming up with term length proposals?  It's not even Constitutionally mandated.

I know, but 9 is fine by me.  An odd number of justices is preferable for obvious reasons, and 9 is neither too many nor too few.

I'd prefer increasing the size to at least 12, so that there is 1 Supreme Court Judge per Circuit.

(I'd also prefer realigning the circuits and increasing their number to 13, with a minimal realignment of putting California into a new 12th Circuit and renaming the D.C. Circuit as the Territorial Circuit and transferring Puerto Rico there from the 1st, the Virgin Islands from the 3rd, Guam and the NMI from the 9th, and America Samoa which currently has no circuit. I'd also transferring the D.C. Circuit's jurisdiction in cases that don't really involve D..C., but a government agency based there to the Federal Circuit .)
16746  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama Nominates Elena Kagan to be Next Supreme Court Justice on: May 10, 2010, 12:40:33 pm
Obama picks Elena Kagan as Supreme Court nominee

By Robert Barnes and Anne E. Kornblut
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 9, 2010; 11:05 PM

In replacing Justice John Paul Stevens, Obama would also be breaking with tradition. Every other member of the court is a former federal appeals court judge, and Kagan has never served in the judiciary. The last time a non-judge was appointed was 1972, when President Richard M. Nixon nominated William H. Rehnquist and Lewis Powell in the same year.

If anything, appointing someone who is not a former federal appeals court judge is a well needed restoration of tradition, not a break with it.
16747  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should Supreme Court justices have their terms limited? on: May 10, 2010, 12:38:53 pm
Why are people acting as if 9 justices is some sort of divinely mandated number in coming up with term length proposals?  It's not even Constitutionally mandated.
16748  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Why did LibDems underperform ? on: May 10, 2010, 12:29:33 pm
I think one to two percentage points of the discrepancy came from pollsters doing their best to ignore the fact that both the BNP and UKIP were standing in a lot more constituencies this time.  A fair amount of the LibDem vote is pure protest vote at the two major parties, and with the BNP and UKIP to choose from as well as Lib Dems, some of that siphoned off to them.  Of course to test that proposition someone should do some regression analysis comparing Lib Dem swing where BNP and/or UKIP were standing for the first time to Lib Dem swing where they weren't.
16749  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK 2010: post election speculation thread on: May 09, 2010, 09:50:51 pm
They would have a chance to shine in government, and some form of PR could be worked out.  There might also be an election pact where the Tories won't contest some seats.

Given what will be facing the British government in the next little while, this is a good time to not be in the government.  The voters will likely blame whoever is in charge for what happens and make them pay for it.  Absent a plank in the Queen's Speech concerning a specific voting reform as part of the government's agenda, the LibDem's should stay out of Tory entanglements and at most offer to not get too much in the way of a Tory minority government.
16750  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: When is Dave Leip going to change the colors of the Democrats and Republicans? on: May 09, 2010, 08:05:05 pm
If and when Dave ever gets all of his maps to the point where adjusting the colors would be a simple matter of changing the color palette, yes.  But I can't see where revising existing maps should be a priority.
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