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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Scenario: Joe Biden wins it all 2016 on: March 30, 2015, 10:00:10 pm
Not my favorite candidate, but eh, better than Hillary.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: CBS national poll on who voters would "consider voting for" on: March 29, 2015, 10:02:14 pm
No one is going to be talking about the email thing a month from now. It has no legs to stand on, especially when it raises all sorts of uncomfortable questions about certain GOP candidates' emails, say, I don't know, Jeb Bush.

While it will likely die as a serious issue (unless something truly damning comes to light), the right-wingnuts will be talking about Hillary's email until the election (and for the next 4-8 years if she becomes president).
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ron Paul Supporters Bolt Rand Paul Camp on: March 27, 2015, 01:06:38 pm
I'm not surprised to see Rand Paul losing support - he's become even less libertarian than most of the "beltway libertarians". That his lost support is going to Ted Cruz says nothing good, and gives some more evidence to the idea that a chunk of Ron Paul's supporters were always using libertarianism as a cover for their extreme right-wing conservative views on race, gender, and religion.
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Saudi Arabia and GCC allies bombing Yemen on: March 26, 2015, 09:50:47 am
I'm beginning to doubt the effectiveness of protracted airstrikes on terror targets.

They seem to work just fine at destabilization. Pakistan next?
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Saudi Arabia and GCC allies bombing Yemen on: March 26, 2015, 09:50:08 am
I have no idea who we should be rooting for. Probably neither.

Civilization, which can be summed up as "not killing people who aren't attacking you". So you're very close with "neither". I know very little about internal Yemeni politics, so I've no idea who's defending themselves, or if anyone is. But I suspect that the hereditary dictatorships dropping bombs aren't the good guys, no matter who they're targeting.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The Crazy Cruz Control Thread. on: March 25, 2015, 05:25:07 pm
Quote from: Ted Cruz
It used to be [that] it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier.

Most polemical discussions of Galileo are historically misinformed, but that sentence takes the cake.

As Carl Sagan said, "The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ted Cruz to use ObamaCare on: March 25, 2015, 01:09:30 am
I'll happily vote for "Republican Primary Debate Stage Struck by Meteor - No Survivors", but failing that, I'll probably end up voting for "whoever the Greens run" unless the Republican is really scary. In the latter case, because I do live in a swing state, I'll reluctantly vote for the lesser evil.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cruz announces he's running for president on: March 24, 2015, 10:11:00 am
Why did Cruz model his campaign logo on the Al Jazeera logo?:




I'm confused - is that flag supposed to be on fire, or crying?
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Election night 2016:Ted Cruz declared the winner. What is your reaction? on: March 23, 2015, 10:33:47 am
Let's say Cruz gets the nomination and wins the general. What is your election night reaction?

Be very glad that I'm working for a company that will support my emigration to either Canada or Hong Kong. (I'm already giving serious consideration to emigration. US trends get uglier by the week, in ways that won't be helped by either a Democrat or Republican win. But Cruz winning would make my decision for me.)
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Huck: Obama "disdains" Israel because he identifies w/ the rest of the Mid-East on: March 19, 2015, 11:16:44 pm
Does the Huckster think it's 2012, and he'll be running against Obama? (I know, I know - he's really just running for a bigger advance on his next book, and a bigger paycheck on his next contract with Fox. Still, it's fun to pretend the man has an any dignity or self-respect left.)
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Carson flubs foreign policy discussion in Hugh Hewitt interview on: March 19, 2015, 12:08:10 pm
http://dailycaller.com/2015/03/18/do-you-read-this-stuff-hugh-hewitt-questions-ben-carsons-foreign-policy-chops/

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In an interview with the conservative radio host Wednesday, Carson tripped up repeatedly during the discussion exclusively on foreign policy, including on the root causes of Islam and his foreign policy bonafides.

Carson claimed the root cause of Islam occurred “thousands and thousands of years ago” with Jacob and Esau and did not seem to know the Baltic states were part of NATO.

E.g., when Carson said that Islam goes back to Jacob and Esau, Hewitt corrected him, but Carson stuck to his guns:

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“Uh, but Dr. Carson, Mohammad lives in 632 A.D., so it’s a 1300-1400 year old religion. How do you go back to Jacob and Esau, which are B.C.?” Hewitt asked incredulously.

Carson stuck to his answer, telling Hewitt again Islam goes all the way back to Jacob and Esau, which is documented in the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament.

Later in the interview, Carson said that "We need to convince [the Baltic states] to get involved in NATO", apparently not realizing that they're already in NATO.

A little googling makes it seem that this likely comes from some interpretations of the Bible that put a prophetic slant on the story of Jacob and Esau. With Esau as the "father" of the Arab people, and the split between the two brothers being emblematic of the hostility between Arabs and Israel over Palestine. All of which glosses over the difference between Arab and Muslim, among other problems with it.

The same googling leads me to think that anyone who takes this interpretation seriously is likely to be what I would personally label as 'Christian nutter'. That seems to match with my impression of Ben Carson, so it makes sense that he would really believe what he's saying. He's not making a mistake, he's just firmly planted in the world of Christian mythology, instead of history.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rand Paul is in; to announce next month on: March 19, 2015, 11:57:24 am
He and his father are vile swine. Hopefully he and his legion of Alex Jones's fanboys don't get the nomination. I fear he would play well with young voters in the general.

Yes, having actual principles makes you swine.

Telling uninsured people to go die in a church makes you swine. Spreading nonsense about vaccines and other conspiracy theories to the gullible makes you swine.

He never told anyone to go die. He also isn't spread any nonsense about vaccines, he supports them and encourages people to get them. He just doesn't want to use the government to force people to do it. While Alex Jones is a conspiracy theorist, I haven't seen anything from Paul to indicate such.

Then you haven't been paying attention. http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/rand-paul-vaccines-can-lead-mental-disorders-n298821

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"I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines," he said.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who would make the best Republican President? on: March 18, 2015, 02:44:35 pm
While Sarah Palin hasn't stated outright she isn't running, it's pretty much assumed she's only going to Republican Party events to keep her name in the press and has no intention of actually becoming a candidate.

That's also true of Huckabee and Trump.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What does Donald Trump really want? on: March 18, 2015, 08:54:13 am
4&5 - he's going to use the Republican primary as free advertising. (Once he realized that was what Huckabee was going to do, he promptly stole the idea.)
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who would make the best Republican President? on: March 17, 2015, 06:52:13 pm
Kasich, then Bush
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Scott Walker vs Elizabeth Warren on: March 13, 2015, 03:59:30 pm
Why is everyone handing CO to Walker? Against Hillary, I can see it happening, but Warren?
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: WHEN? on: March 13, 2015, 03:51:05 pm
Sometime in April, but nobody knows exactly when. One thing I am sure of is that there will be a persistent media narrative about her "botched campaign rollout" the moment she does. Perhaps she will accidentally sneeze during the speech, or pronounce a word wrong?

Nah, they'll go on about the bad astrological significance of whatever date she announces. (Astrology being about as reputable as modern press coverage.)
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rand Paul criticized for not applauding Netanyahu with sufficient enthusiasm on: March 10, 2015, 02:29:15 pm
Perhaps trying to make up for it is why he signed on to that idiotic letter trying to wreck nuclear talks with Iran?
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeb Bush: Net Neutrality decision is "crazy" on: March 09, 2015, 11:12:22 am
It's not like we didn't know he was going to be a corporate sell-out candidate. But yeah, this is pretty-tone deaf - one more indication that Jeb is out of touch.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton will be the next President on: March 08, 2015, 09:13:06 pm
Unless the Republicans pick a stinker of a nominee, I don't think the Obama admin. is going to be giving her many coattails.

No Republican candidate will be allowed through the primaries without wallowing in the filth. If by some chance one does, he'll be doomed by the wing-nuts who will either stay home or vote 3rd party.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: FiveThirtyEight: NYT Wrong. Don't Dismiss Walker: Electoral Record is Impressive on: March 07, 2015, 02:10:09 pm
As I said before, 2010/2014 weren't really impressive since a ham sandwich with an (R) after its name would've won in most places in those years. The recall was much more impressive because it was high turnout and focused solely on him, rather than a nationwide political climate.

I can't help but wonder how the recall would have gone if the D candidate had been someone other than Barrett.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Scott Walker, God's Gift to the Democratic Party on: March 06, 2015, 08:50:07 am
Walker is a gift that keeps on giving: "Scott Walker says $7.25 an hour is a living wage"

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/08/1335139/-Scott-Walker-says-7-25-an-hour-is-a-living-wage
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What are Donald Trump's qualifications? on: March 03, 2015, 11:52:28 am
Up on the stage next to candidates like Santorum, Huckabee, and Fiorina, he'll bring a much needed sense of sanity and competence to the proceedings.

Rofl. (It's funny because its true!)
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules on: March 03, 2015, 11:50:04 am
Regardless of the rules in place, I'd say it is rather stupid to use a personal e-mail account as such a high ranking figure. Moreover, as is mentioned in the text, this means hardly any of her e-mails have been retained for official records.

Which is possibly why she did it. Remember the Bush email controversy back in 2007 with the "loss" of tons of emails because they weren't sent via official accounts? Same deal.

Those who think this isn't worthy of attention are sort-of right. It is wrong, but no one will care. Concepts like 'rules' and 'best practices' only apply to little people, not the ruling elites.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: People from either party you would support and why on: March 02, 2015, 06:53:19 pm
Democrats: Almost any potential nominee.
Reason: Walker as Republican nominee. He frightens me. And not because I don't like his politics, but because he seems like an immoral, unscrupulous, power-grabbing, law-breaking authoritarian. And that's in comparison to his fellow likely Republican nominees.

The rest of them, Republicans and Dems alike, are all quite awful, but Walker rises above the rest, the way toxic gas rises above a tank of pig sh**t.




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