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3026  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Has the US turned to a European style of partisan elections? on: November 06, 2014, 04:57:10 pm
Get the people out of politics, as King said. Simple as that.
3027  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 6th Circuit Upholds Gay Marriage Bans in MI, OH, KY, TN on: November 06, 2014, 04:53:07 pm
The end is nigh.
3028  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Libyan FM: Restoration of monarchy "only solution" to end instability on: November 06, 2014, 02:51:59 pm
Libya: long live the king?
Poll shows fading support for parliamentary system

Libya's Constitutional Drafting Assembly has set up an online poll asking people what system of government they would prefer – monarchical, presidential or parliamentary – and the results, if they reflect public opinion at all accurately, are rather "alarming".

With more than 23,000 votes cast so far, 39% favour a monarchy, 38% a presidential system, and only 18% a parliamentary system.

Online polls are far from scientific but the large number of participants in this poll suggests it may broadly reflect current sentiment.

The notable lack of enthusiasm for parliamentary government probably reflects Libyans' disillusion with the lacklustre performance of the General National Congress which was elected after the fall of Gaddafi.

More surprising, though, is the level of support for a monarchy – fractionally ahead of support for a presidential system.

3029  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton vs. Walker map on: November 05, 2014, 09:00:01 pm
3030  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Confession Time: I was The Terminator on: November 05, 2014, 08:05:21 pm
You know what's even more fun than taking a bath?
Posting here while cleaning yourself, you should try that...oh wait, you're being banned....
Nobody likes you, please go away
3031  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Will the Republicans retain the Senate after the 2016 Elections? on: November 05, 2014, 05:41:35 pm
I doubt it.
3032  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 2014 Post-Mortem: How did the Democrats screw this up so badly? on: November 05, 2014, 03:39:26 pm
Democrats failed to gloat about healthy state of the economy and jobs, and instead got mired down on "culture war" issues that failed to inspire people. They should have ran a campaign based on "Republicans will shut down the government and get us downgraded again" to get people out rather than "the war on the women!!!" shtick that so many of them seemed to be on.
3033  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: For Democrats: Is Direct Democracy the Solution? on: November 05, 2014, 12:35:31 pm
Democracy is dead in America. We now live in a pure plutocracy with only a facade of democracy. We will have elections, but results will be rigged. Sure, there might be some Democrats winning a Congressional seat, a Senate seat, or a Governorship here or there, but those Democrats will be impotent much like  the tolerated minor parties of the old East Germany. They will not dare seek to pick off support for any legislation from the dominant GOP.

Folks, it was a great run. But it is over. We now have voted ourselves into a system of lords and masters, and those are not feudal relics as in some European countries.   You can trust that the GOP will not allow the Democrats to ever win a majority in either House of Congress, let alone the Presidency.

We screwed ourselves, and unlike the Germans in 1933 we do not have a combination of economic distress and hurt feelings from national mistreatment by victorious powers.  Democracy in America may return in the wake of military defeat as happened in much of Germany in 1945. What's our excuse? Are we more interested in slasher films and Ultimate Fighting than in our political realities?

The best that America can be now is something like Spain under Franco or Portugal under Salazar -- a cheap place for a holiday. We will still have Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, beaches, ski slopes, and such great cities as Boston, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. But most Americans will be priced out of them -- and timed out of them by having to work 70-hour workweeks for near-starvation wages. America could be a great place to visit but a horrible place to live.

We Americans are going to get much more sophisticated about politics while we become impotent to do anything about them. As propaganda becomes the norm in news and education, those who have IQs above 100 will learn to read between the lines. But too late, as in the Soviet Union.  

Yes....7 senate seats changed hands and we are now Spain under France. You're understanding of American politics is impressive.

Spain under Francisco Franco, you idiot.
3034  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: South Dakota county changes name on: November 05, 2014, 12:31:24 pm
3035  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Joe Republic Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: November 05, 2014, 11:19:34 am
Good Lord, is Snowstalker ever happy?

♫ If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands! ♫
Snowstalker: A typical capitalist plot to divert the proletariat from taking into their own hands the means of production.

♫ If you're happy and you know it, stomp your feet! ♫
Snowstalker: True happiness will not be obtained until the people stomp the capitalist system into the dustbin of history.

♫ If you're happy and you know it, shout Amen! ♫
Snowstalker: As you can see, the predatory capitalists - like the rapacious feudalists before them - are quite happy to dope the masses with the opiate of religion.
3036  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What happens now? on: November 05, 2014, 10:44:52 am
If I were Obama I'd spend all my time overseas on state visits and going to summits and whatnot.
3037  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: White Southern Democrats are dead on: November 05, 2014, 10:33:33 am
All those above points that make the Democrats losers in midterms will guarantee their victory in 2016.
Yea, Zombies tend to awake in presidential years.  The problem is Dems need a "Rock Star" to awaken large numbers of zombies and their "Rock Stars" are always inexperienced incompetents, which the country has gotten sick of the last 6 years.  

No, Dems don't need a rockstar to awake them.  Turnout for Presidential elections is consistent, even when Al Bore is the nominee.

Dems have won popular vote in 5 out of last 6 Presidential elections and the one they didn't win in 2004 was won on a campaign of President Bush that featured VIVA BUSH which won 45% of the Hispanic vote in 2004.   GOP seems disinterested in attempting to do that ever again.

So you're telling me all we need to win is a "ˇViva [Insert GOP candidate here]!" campaign?
3038  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Embittered election postmortem (please let's just have this one thread to vent) on: November 05, 2014, 10:30:39 am
Last I checked, Obama still had veto power. Nothing will get done in Congress. Hillary Clinton will still be the next President of the United States. The fundamental picture has not changed.
3039  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Embittered election postmortem (please let's just have this one thread to vent) on: November 05, 2014, 10:17:15 am
Jesus Christ this thread. The arrogance, narcissism and general delusion of the majority of the posters in this thread (many of whom manage to be perfectly reasonable most of the time) is just... staggering. I mean, throwing around terms like 'morally indefensible', an 'ideology that is an affront to man and God' (paraphrasing), 'the neanderthal age', 'evil', 'morally depraved'. What planet are you living on? An election has come and gone and the Republican party have taken a narrow majority in the Senate. So what? The world still turns, the Sun still shines, the birds still sing. Instead you'd think that Sauron had been reunited with the One Ring, judging by the comments here.

This thread is basically just an excuse for a bunch of woebegone politics junkies to engage, with other woebegone politics junkies, in hyperbolic, hypocritical moralistic cant. That's the sickening thing here, not that a bunch of perfectly nice people have defeated a bunch of other perfectly nice people in an election that probably won't change a lot anyway (given the lack of a filibusterproof majority and the Presidential veto). Seriously, go to a mirror, slap yourselves repeatedly, then read a good book. You'll feel much better.
This is just a way for some red avatars to let out their angst over losing the election.  I wouldn't take whats said here too seriously.

I'll admit it is pretty funny to see the red avatars just losing it. I kind of wonder if the blue avatars did the same in 2008, though.

Yes. This election is hardly important. But the meltdown of the Dems on here is hilarious.
3040  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Official GOP Gloating Thread. on: November 05, 2014, 10:12:33 am
I don't think we can call Gillespie a C-lister anymore. If he was, Warner would've preformed at Durbin/Franken/T.Udall-levels.

But I agree with you on Brown. There are plenty of candidates in NH that probably could've beaten Shaheen. Marilinda Garcia, Dan Innis, Jim Reubens, hell, even Charlie Bass could've beaten Shaheen. Brown just ran a campaign that has been way too goofy (EBOLA IS CROSSING THE BORDER OMG).

That would have been beautiful!
3041  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Official GOP Gloating Thread. on: November 05, 2014, 10:10:47 am
No gloating, we need to be better than that.  This was a hard fought race and kicking dirt in Democrats eyes is unnecessary.

Not like they'd ever give the Republicans here a chance to not be kicked in the face Roll Eyes

This. "Gracefulness" or "magnanimity" is something that would be slightly-less-than-reciprocal here.
3042  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Will Mia Love lose in 2016? on: November 05, 2014, 10:07:32 am
Girl could barely win in a district that was R+17, in Utah in 2014!

That's not racist. Roll Eyes
3043  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: White Southern Democrats are dead on: November 05, 2014, 10:04:03 am
What social policy of the democrats is deeply unpopular? Explain?
Really any social engineering is resented.  Leftists use Political Correctness to force their social policy on people that don't want it or strongly oppose it, which multiplies the resentment.   

The Culture War is generally comprised of:
family and religious values - war on religious institutions and citizens right to exercise religion.   
feminism - This addled failed and dying ideology is dominant among the left.   
gay rights - Gays have never not had rights in my lifetime, The right would welcome a discussion about the merits of gay marriage, but if you are anything short of 'in your face' you are a bigot of some kind.  This issue ties into family and religious values.  Dems demogogy here is unpopular.  - Some of this stuff is getting weird.  Mandatory diversity classes have become dominated by the latest fad of classifying every type of transgenderness or sexual oriantation -- This is obviously a waste of time, but it is often used to attack anyone with independent thoughts or who (rightfully so) resent being forced to be there wasting their time.   
race - The Dems are scary in this area.  You have Maoist indoctrination camps going on were children are forced to empathize their white guilt with each other  -- kids who correctly point out they and their families have nothing to feel guilty about are told "everyone is guilty."     
guns - Dems are widely unpopular on guns, mostly because they are illogical, incoherent, or insane on the issues.  The Constitution is pretty clear, so stop living in a fantasy world.  Also, Urban mayors like to blame guns for their crime problems... so nauseating.   
abortion. - This is a polarizing issue, however Dems have managed to act disgracefully with regard to it.  You can't claim a moral high ground when you are advocating the antithesis of morals.  Why does any regulation of Abortion require hair on fire freak outs from dems? 

3044  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Democratic Collapse Among Asians on: November 05, 2014, 09:46:14 am
Still, fantastic news.
3045  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Official GOP Gloating Thread. on: November 05, 2014, 01:21:52 am
Absolutely fantastic.
3046  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: 2014 US Congressional Election Results on: November 04, 2014, 10:37:50 pm

3047  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: 2014 US Gubernatorial Election Results on: November 04, 2014, 10:27:44 pm
Hurray for Walker. Coakley does not deserve to win.
3048  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: 2014 US Gubernatorial Election Results on: November 04, 2014, 07:19:52 pm
Listen...don't crucify me; I'm just passing along what I heard from a campaign source. This is not what I'm saying I believe will happen.

They're mobilizing for a recount here.

In PA?
3049  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Sexual harassment? on: November 04, 2014, 02:01:35 pm
As anyone with the slightest bit of street savvy is undoubtedly aware, people who greet you on the street in New York City are rarely people who you want anything to do with. The derelicts in the video are not saying "hello" out of courtesy or neighborliness.

This. If you're talking to me, something is wrong with you.
3050  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ethiopian electoral-type event, 24 May 2015 on: November 04, 2014, 01:21:35 pm

Date set.
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