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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: State of the Downballot Executive Offices on: November 22, 2014, 10:29:29 pm
I have no idea what the difference between treasurer and auditor is.

I would probably put the TX Comptroller in the treasurer map since part of the reason the state treasurer position was abolished 20 years ago was because by that point most of its functions had been transferred to the comptroller's office and it had become an increasingly ceremonial post.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much do you like or dislike Oklahoma? on: November 22, 2014, 09:56:14 pm
Oklahoma!
Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain,
Where the waving wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain.

Oklahoma!
Every night my honey lamb and I
Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk
Makin' lazy circles in the sky!

We know we belong to the land
And the land we belong to is grand!
So when we say,
Yow-aye-yip-aye-oh-ee-ay,
We're only sayin'
You're doin' fine, Oklahoma,
Oklahoma, you're O-K!
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: United States Senate election in New York, 1980 on: November 22, 2014, 08:47:05 pm
D'Amato

Javits was a good senator, but why would you send someone with confirmed ALS back to Washington?
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Will Bushie injure himself bowling tonight? on: November 22, 2014, 08:22:51 pm
Sore from bowling? Jesus...

Muscles I haven't used in a long time.

And you don't consider that a problem?
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: SEC Football Question for Harry on: November 22, 2014, 08:01:42 pm
Believe it or not this isn't directed at you in particular Bushie, though your comment reminded me of this issue I have...am I wrong to think it a violation for someone to like a team from a collegiate institution they didn't attend?

The most classic examples I can think of in my personal experience are a) Notre Dame fans, and  b) people who attended Penn State satellite campuses but love the main campus football team and do the whole "we are Penn State" schtick.  It's sort of related to, I didn't attend large relatively local public (or even only game in town private school) institution X but i like them anyway...which again, sorry Bushie, I also have a problem with.

More borderline is the old..."well my brother/sister/parent went there" rationale. 

Am I alone in this?  (GET OFF MY LAWN KIDS)

No, you are not alone.

If you didn't go to college or went to a dinky liberal arts college or a podunk state school that nobody cares about, well, they play pro football on Sundays - pick a team and throw yourself into that.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What time does your family eat dinner on Thanksgiving? on: November 22, 2014, 07:50:22 pm
The early meal could maybe be a German-American thing, borrowing from the tradition of lunch being the large, hot meal in German society.

Here, it varies by family but tends to be early evening (between 4 and 6).

This is why I'd be interested in seeing the geographic variation in this.

Are people in the Great Plains eating early while the English-Irish-Italian-etc Americans on the East Coast are holding off for a regular early evening dinner?
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Bob Dole on Immigration in 1996 on: November 22, 2014, 05:13:18 pm
Another question, why did Asians vote for Bob Dole, when Romney got butched amongst the same group ostensibly because of immigration?

1996 Asians were likely more heavily weighted towards Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian immigrants who were more disposed to Republicans because of lingering Cold War issues.

Asians didn't just dislike Romney because of immigration; they were turned off by a party that is increasingly anti-intellectual and prone to rhetoric that implies "their kind" are not welcome to be part of America's cultural patchwork.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Alaska go Libertarian in 2016? on: November 22, 2014, 04:35:44 pm
Best case scenario would be the Libertarian running a one-state campaign and devoting all their energy to visiting every random little Alaskan village and blanketing the airwaves with TV ads.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Racism Powered Republican Triumph on: November 22, 2014, 04:31:16 pm
Everything on the ballot below the top one or two races (president/governor/senator) is so irrelevant to the average voter that it would be hard to see racism influencing a down-ballot race one way or the other.

I seriously doubt a randomly selected 2013 Virginia voter could tell you the race of any candidates apart from those running for governor.

Add to that the fact that E. W. Jackson is a racially ambiguous name in a way that, say, the surname Cuccinelli is not and to a lesser extent McAuliffe is not (being more of an Irish Catholic name than an Ulster Scots name that an antebellum slaveowner may have conceivably had).
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is "the American people" a dog whistle term to refer to white conservatives? on: November 22, 2014, 04:17:01 pm
No, but "hardworking Americans" and "the taxpayers" are examples of terms that are better dog whistle candidates.

Both of those are also too vague and over-used by all sides to be dog whistles.

Liberals/Democrats rarely make reference to taxpayers. The implication is (1) that some people pay tax and some don't (everyone has to pay SS/FICA taxes and even if you get your entire income tax withholding refunded back to you, you essentially gave the government a one-year interest-free loan) and (2) that somehow your worth as a citizen or your right to determine policy is determined by how much tax you pay.

The Left prefers the term "working families" even when the families in question do not actually work.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: November 22, 2014, 04:01:21 pm
How many of you have ever had 2 bowls of cereal in one sitting? I can't say I ever have.

That's normal for me, especially if the bowl is small.  Occasionally, I'll pour a third bowl if I'm really hungry.  I remember as an elementary-school kid I downed 8 bowls of cereal in one sitting.  That's my record and something I cannot do anymore due to my lactose semi-intolerance.

And Mama Bushie probably gleefully poured you more Count Chocula and dismissed any criticism with, "He's a growin' boy!"
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is "the American people" a dog whistle term to refer to white conservatives? on: November 22, 2014, 03:22:46 pm
No, but "hardworking Americans" and "the taxpayers" are examples of terms that are better dog whistle candidates.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Will Bushie injure himself bowling tonight? on: November 22, 2014, 03:19:14 pm
We know how this is going to end...

Bushie throws out his back bowling on Saturday night.

Bushie calls in sick for work yet again on Monday.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What time does your family eat dinner on Thanksgiving? on: November 22, 2014, 03:18:11 pm
Between 12:30 and 1:00 pm.  We generally eat light the night before like Taco Salad and then have a small breakfast and then pop the turkey in the oven between 8:30 and 9:00 am.

lol
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: November 22, 2014, 03:17:28 pm
C'mon guys, there's nothing wrong with pigging out and enjoying yourself on holidays, especially holidays known for mega-feasts like Thanksgiving and Christmas, as long as you behave yourself the rest of the year.  It's two days out of the year you can eat like a fatso and have no regrets.  One also does not have to go vegetarian to eat healthier.  Red meat is not bad if eaten in moderation.

Except that you don't behave yourself the rest of the year and you don't eat anything in moderation. You don't get to "cheat a little" when your entire life you've been playing on Easy Mode.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: November 22, 2014, 03:02:00 pm
I am not going vegetarian or less meat.  That one is out.

Yet again, you say you're going to diet and then proceed to add a bunch of caveats that make it totally worthless.

Not going to cut back on meat...not going to change anything about Thanksgiving/Christmas...still no mention of any exercise of any kind...having a Quarter Pounder is perfectly fine because you skipped the fries...

...so basically you've done jack sh*t. You're not fooling anyone.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What time does your family eat dinner on Thanksgiving? on: November 22, 2014, 02:56:11 pm
Usually about 2pm. And this is the norm for nearly all of my friends and neighbors, which makes me wonder if there is a regional variation to when Thanksgiving dinner is consumed.

(The fact that it's called "dinner" to begin with always seemed weird to me for this reason since I've never observed it being eaten in the evening anywhere other than in Thanksgiving TV sitcom specials.)
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: November 22, 2014, 02:54:12 pm
Bushie,

Consider getting your protein intake from more non-meat sources since the meat sources you eat are so horrific and unhealthy (bottom-of-the-barrel/cow ground beef that's probably 90% fat; chicken coated in grease, batter and salt derived from a chicken that met its grim fate in a Heartland processing facility getting ripped apart by overweight schmucks not terribly different from yourself).

Being an Ay-rab, I often simply use hummus in lieu of meat - today my lunch was fresh vegetables with hummus, and an apple. Lentils are another very versatile option.

Is your brother a Fat like you?
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: November 21, 2014, 10:04:36 pm
Why can't you live with Granny for the duration of this contract and then wait until you get a long-term job until you get a new apartment?

(1) How much of a cash cushion do you have? Your finances are f#$%ed up and you have no business living on your own unless you can say you have at least 3 months of living expenses liquid in savings. Not when you have your debt load, not when your parents are still helping you out, not when you have a way to avoid the expense of rent at least temporarily.

(2) Your quality of life will be better if you have a shorter commute. You don't have kids - screw good school districts and "safe neighborhoods" and all that crap. You'll have more time in the morning and evening to actually live your life - and less of an excuse not to actually get off your ass and go do something.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gallup: US Postal Service, FBI and NASA are the best Government agencies on: November 21, 2014, 08:04:06 pm
The ratings for IRS are fairly good considering they're a punching bag.

Except that for a large chunk of Americans, the IRS is an agency that actually gives them money once a year.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much do you currently weigh? on: November 21, 2014, 07:50:30 pm
155
5' 11"
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: November 20, 2014, 10:30:47 pm
As the Bible says in the book of James - Faith without works is dead.

That pretty much flies in the face of the entire "Jesus loves me anyway so why bother trying?" attitude you've lived your entire life by.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Rockefeller GOP on: November 20, 2014, 08:43:08 pm
I'd love to see him go to an actual Republican Party meeting/convention and see how much of an odd bird he is.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb launches exploratory committee! on: November 20, 2014, 08:40:22 pm
While I'm all for challenging Hillary from the left, it might be better to have someone a little more liberal do that.

I mean, I guess he could pull a Romney and flip flop into being "severely liberal", but would anyone really buy that?

Or Romney could pull a Romney and refashion himself as a severely liberal Democrat who deserves all the credit for signing the proto-Obamacare into law.

Or hell, maybe Scott Brown could run for president as a Democrat. He's still unemployed, isn't he?
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Kasich attacks Walker for ignoring facts and being too partisan on: November 20, 2014, 08:35:19 pm
Another hinderance Kasich faces is the NRA. He has either a D or an F from that organization for his time in Congress as he supported gun control, typical for a Republican representing a surburban domnated district in the 1980's and early 1990's.

Yeah, the whole "Get guns off the streets at all costs" schtick was pretty much boilerplate for Republicans in the suburbs of major non-Southern cities in the '80s and '90s. Of course, it was usually part of the "Tough On Crime" package along with minimum sentencing laws that send people to prison for life for having an ounce of weed on them because some little old white lady got raped in her kitchen by an intruder at gunpoint this one time and we have to pass this law we're going to name after her otherwise her grandkids are going to get in trouble after school and try drugs and play violent video games on this newfangled thing called a PlayStation. Oh and we should make them wear school uniforms too. That will fix everything.
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