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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: opinion of tender branson on: April 22, 2014, 11:37:22 pm
Mein favorite Österreicher.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Pro-life Dems feeling partisan pinch on: April 22, 2014, 11:33:58 pm
Casey, right?

And Matheson.

That's strange.  I thought there were a whole lot more.

There were more of them pre-2010.

These are Democrats who supported Dave Camp's 2010 amendment to prevent women from obtaining insurance coverage for abortion services in the ACA. As you can see, all Southern Blue Dogs or centrist swing-district Catholics.

Bobby Bright (AL)
Marion Berry (AR)
Mike Ross (AR)
Jim Marshall (GA)
John Barrow (GA)
Dan Lipinski (IL)
Jerry Costello (IL)
Joe Donnelly (IN)
Ben Chandler (KY)
Charlie Melancon (LA)
Collin Peterson (MN)
Travis Childers (MS)
Gene Taylor (MS)
Ike Skelton (MO)
Mike McIntyre (NC)
Heath Shuler (NC)
Dan Boren (OK)
Jason Altmire (PA)
Tim Holden (PA)
Lincoln Davis (TN)
Jim Matheson (UT)

How many of them are still in Congress?
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this the worst post in the history of Atlas? on: April 22, 2014, 09:08:26 pm
http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/ld-testing/if-you-suspect-child-has-learning-disability
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Final Post-Reconstruction Southern Republican Primary: Virginia on: April 22, 2014, 09:03:00 pm
A. Linwood Holton (Governor, 1974-1978)
William L. Scott (U.S. Senator, 1973-1979)
Mills E. Godwin* (Governor, 1966-1970 as Democrat, 1974-1978 as Republican)
John N. Dalton (Governor, 1978-1982)
John Warner (U.S. Senator, 1979-2009)
Paul S. Trible, Jr. (U.S. Senator, 1983-1989)
George Allen (Governor, 1994-1998; U.S. Senator, 2001-2007)
Jim Gilmore (Governor, 1998-2002)
Bob McDonnell (Governor, 2010-2014)

This lot is a colorful bunch:

Linwood Holton's daughter married Tim Kaine, who was also governor, though as a Democrat. Holton himself crossed party lines in 2008 to endorse Barack Obama for president.

William L. Scott was named the nation's dumbest senator by a gag magazine, and Scott, failing to pick up on the satirical nature of the piece, called a press conference to refute (or perhaps prove) the charges.

Mills E. Godwin arguably exemplified the migration of conservative, segregationist Democrats into the GOP during the period of his two terms.

John Warner was married to the actress Elizabeth Taylor at the time of his election, and only became the GOP's Senate nominee in 1978 after their first choice died in a plane crash.

George Allen went from 2008 presidential shortlister to political irrelevance with one ill-chosen word.

Jim Gilmore's 2008 presidential bid would go down as the most forgettable in history if anyone actually remembered he was ever a candidate.

Bob McDonnell likes to have rich men buy him pretty clothes and nice things.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Texas down-ballot statewide offices on: April 22, 2014, 07:52:19 pm
Dan Patrick is not a tea-party favorite.

What is he, then?
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: is your hair dyed? on: April 22, 2014, 07:47:47 pm
I don't plan on bothering with hiding gray hair unless it happens before I'm 50 or something.

Part of the problem with men dying their hair is that it always ends up looking ridiculously fake because men tend to do it covertly in their bathroom one morning rather than going to a colorist who knows what they're doing as women tend to do. So they end up with this one uniform, oversaturated color when no one's hair is just one color IRL.

Even rich men can't seem to make it work.

7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: was norm coleman an alright senator? on: April 22, 2014, 07:41:48 pm
I might have been inclined to vote for him had I been in MN in '08. (I was partial to Barkley, personally.)

I'd say he was okay.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: is the preceding atlasian more conservative or more liberal than your rep.? on: April 22, 2014, 05:17:38 pm
Probably to the left.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: opinion of Poland on: April 22, 2014, 03:30:56 pm
Shame on them for foolishly clinging to Roman Catholicism. As Slavs, they should either submit to the one true Orthodox Church or they should muddle about in post-Soviet atheism like the Czech Republic has done.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 50 Years into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back on: April 21, 2014, 07:59:30 pm
The sad fact is that McDowell County needs to downsize even more.  That's the biggest failure of our various anti-poverty programs, they fail to give people the assistance they need to successfully get out of communities whose economic reason for being has ended, yet they give them just enough to survive and produce another generation that will end up in the same trap their parents are in.   Back before coal mining began in the 1880s, the population of McDowell was under 5,000.  I don't think it needs to get that small, but if they transition to a rural tourism economy, they probably don't need but about 10,000 people in the county, less than half of what is there now.

It would incredibly hard, even in New Deal times, to sell people on the idea of a welfare program for helping people move to new cities.

True.  If the solution were easy politically, it would have been implemented long before.  Tho in a sense that is what the homesteading program was all about.

People forget that homesteading was just the 19th century version of the welfare state. If you got a free plot of land of significant size, you were basically set.

In 21st century terms, it was like giving Americans free seed money to start a business.

We already let people deduct moving expenses from their taxes. Why not let people who live in MSAs with unemployment above a certain level just get an expenses rebate up front that they can use on renting a U-haul, buying plane tickets, putting down a security deposit on a new apartment or whatever else they're doing.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Temping/Stopgap jobs on: April 21, 2014, 07:53:34 pm
I don't know what your earnings needs/expectations are, but I wouldn't bother doing the traditional temp job through a staffing agency. You're basically a Wal-Mart employee who sits at a desk rather than standing at a register.

Have you considered teaching a test prep class for whatever standardized tests you Canucks take?

I'd also suggest looking into bartending.

You could also look into working at your university. They're usually more than happy to hire recent grads for office work since it increases the number of students they can say are working upon graduation.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: opinion of indytexas (not texasindy) on: April 21, 2014, 07:43:13 pm
They're not the same person?

is this breaking news?  Smiley

anyway, i find texasindy to be a ff too, all be it a little eccentric.

jamestroll on the other hand...ugh.

I'm not old enough or rich enough to be called eccentric.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who is the worse individual? on: April 21, 2014, 08:11:59 am
Game Change did a total hit job on Elizabeth Edwards. Are we really supposed to believe she tore her shirt open and started screaming "Look at me!" during an argument with her husband in a parking garage as staffers watched in horror?

She was a better person than her husband. She was a smarter person than her husband. And she arguably would have been a more effective politician, had she gone down that path.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of this photo (Warning: Not for the faint of heart) on: April 21, 2014, 01:15:55 am
It is so hard for me to brush and floss my back molars, but this guy, he's all set.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: OR Congressional races 2014 on: April 21, 2014, 12:09:10 am
But aren't the bulk of Oregon Republicans basically Conger-type SoCons who live east of the Cascades?
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: James Lankford (R OK-5) to run for Tom Coburn's Senate Seat on: April 20, 2014, 11:55:58 pm
Guys, you could never hold elected office in your life and still be part of the "Establishment." It's all about who you're cozy with. The point (and I'm not agreeing or disagreeing because I know next to nothing about Lankford) is that he's been close to the House leaders who are generally regarded as Establishment forces.

Thank you. It's really not that hard to see.

Yes, someone had to say it.

And why is that a bad thing? Why is it not okay to be close to House leaders for sake of actually, I don't know, getting $#!@ done, but it's perfectly okay to be close to the leaders of the Tea Party-Industrial Complex that exercises far more influence over Republican policymaking than anything that spineless chump Boehner does?

Is T.W. Shannon some lone wolf with no connections to anyone? Do you think he doesn't have his own closed-door meetings with people he owes favors to and will owe more favors to once the election's over and the checks have been cashed?

Please tell me just what far away planet you live on where that kind of "Establishment" is perfectly acceptable to you but James Lankford's isn't.
Lankford panders to the interests of the Congressional Republican leadership. Shannon panders to the interests of the Oklahoma Republican establishment, thus making him the outside voice....technically.

The same logic that prevailed when "outsider" incumbent governor Rick Perry ran against incumbent US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison who had not held elected office for as long as Rick Perry had and had a far more substantive career outside of politics than he did.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oklahoma Strips Cities of the Right to Pass Higher Wages, Sick Leave on: April 20, 2014, 09:48:00 pm
Inks, he was trying to contest my point that I doubted that those supporting higher local minimum wages would still support that if local governments could also set one that was lower than the state or national minimum wage by engaging in a irrelevant semantic argument over what is meant by a "minimum wage" that asserted that a national or state minimum wage could only be trumped by a higher local minimum wage and never ever by a lower local minimum.  I freely admitted that is the way such laws do work in the U.S., but pointed out that meant that local governments did not have full local control over minimum wages.  Under full local control then if a local government set the minimum wage within its boundaries to $5, then that would be the minimum wage there regardless of what any state or Federal law said.  Indy Texas then doubled down on his irrelevant argument that had nothing to do with my point by resorting to Illogic 101 and bringing out the mathematical symbols.

Yes, because that is what a minimum is. It means nothing less than a given amount. Are we seriously having to belabor this point?
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Could the GOP's general problem be that the ave. American is getting poorer? on: April 20, 2014, 09:31:57 pm
Please, read the whole of my post.

The decline of the so called happened precisely after 1994, when the GOP decided to employ the Biblebeltical Strategy Full-Throttle

Cause and effect.

The decline of the Republicans happened after 1994, when Democrats embraced what they always were all along - the Party of State-guided developmental capitalism. Why vote for social reactionaries when the Democrats are promising you technocratic capitalism, if all you want is technocratic capitalism?

And why people all over the world (not only Americans) grew so disenchanted of free market and with such a strong belief upon an enlightened Ivory-Tower elite which magically knows what is better for ourselves much better than we know? Media indoctrination and colleges played a prominent role upon this. It didn't happen overnight. Its a process that takes DECADES. That's why we hardly notice it in the short term.

Except that your entire narrative is false. (It's also, interesting, based on an inverted Marxian analysis of society, with the "ivory-tower elite" in the place of the exploitative bourgeoisie - I'd guess you know somewhere that what I'm getting at is true.)

The Democrats aren't hostile to capitalism - and capitalism, as you know, is not synonymous with the 'free-market'. They're mere technocrats who want to administer it in a way as to promote stability (they take inequality as threatening to the system, and rightly so).

There's no room whatsoever for genuine class analysis or alternative modes of political economy within the Democratic Party.

I didn't say they were not capitalists. Actually, Mises proved a century ago that there CAN NOT exist a "socialist marxist economy".

Of course Liberals aren't hostile to capitalism. They depend upon it to survive. The point is, the brand of capitalism they promote is CRONY capitalism.

And I wasn't talking about Marx. I was talking about Gramsci.

What brand of capitalism does the Republican Party promote, then?

And before you go on about how "Bush wasn't a real conservative" and "The Tea Party is different" look at all those Tea Party representatives who've taken Ag Department subsidies and the fact that they have no problem pushing money into government contracts for Raytheon and BoozAllenHamilton and others.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2014 At-Large Senate Election on: April 20, 2014, 09:22:48 pm
[1] shua of Nunavut
Democratic-Republican Party

[2] Lumine von Reuental of Montana
The People's Party
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: James Lankford (R OK-5) to run for Tom Coburn's Senate Seat on: April 20, 2014, 09:20:05 pm
Guys, you could never hold elected office in your life and still be part of the "Establishment." It's all about who you're cozy with. The point (and I'm not agreeing or disagreeing because I know next to nothing about Lankford) is that he's been close to the House leaders who are generally regarded as Establishment forces.

Thank you. It's really not that hard to see.

Yes, someone had to say it.

And why is that a bad thing? Why is it not okay to be close to House leaders for sake of actually, I don't know, getting $#!@ done, but it's perfectly okay to be close to the leaders of the Tea Party-Industrial Complex that exercises far more influence over Republican policymaking than anything that spineless chump Boehner does?

Is T.W. Shannon some lone wolf with no connections to anyone? Do you think he doesn't have his own closed-door meetings with people he owes favors to and will owe more favors to once the election's over and the checks have been cashed?

Please tell me just what far away planet you live on where that kind of "Establishment" is perfectly acceptable to you but James Lankford's isn't.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: My favorite Alabama referendum on: April 20, 2014, 07:39:48 pm
The nation as a whole didn't have majority support for interracial marriage tell the late 90s, so AL wasn't all that far behind everyone else.


http://www.gallup.com/poll/149390/record-high-approve-black-white-marriages.aspx

That's a bit deceptive due to the large African American population in Alabama, which would obviously nearly unanimously back interracial marriage. In 2000, AL was 71% white, 26% black, 3% other. Meaning that in all likelihood, a majority of whites in Alabama voted to uphold the interracial marriage ban. Meanwhile, if you put the vote up in a nearly 100% white state such as Vermont or Maine, it would've passed with much more than 60%.

There's also the question of the veracity of that data to begin with. I highly doubt only 4% of people approved of interracial marriage in 1960.

So you're going to compare a racially polarized state with a fraught racial history (Alabama) to two very homogenous states that are far more liberal than the country as a whole and have/had fewer racial issues than the country as a whole (Maine, Vermont)?

Why do you highly doubt only 4 percent of people approved of interracial marriage in 1960? Were you alive in 1960?
22  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What was Hunter S. Thompson closer to being politically? on: April 20, 2014, 07:29:08 pm
Damn it!  Anarchist doesn't equal libertarian!  I want police, courts and a military thankyouverymuch.

Well I know many self-described libertarians who truly believe it would be better to just let people pay by the month for private security and fire services, pay for private arbitrators in lieu of a court system and replace the military with a mashup of stateless Blackwater-type private security contractors.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: April 20, 2014, 04:37:19 pm
Ahhhh, the girl I was worrying over got drunk last night and told me she wanted to be exclusive with me, and that she "needed" me in her life to keep her in line, and that she was tired of being the crazy single girl and really liked me and wished she didn't. 

I really don't know what to do. I either hurt her now and tell her I don't have time to start a relationship with all of this stuff upcoming or just wait and let her figure it out on her own in a months time. I'm just hoping she doesn't remember she said what she said today.

No. No. No. Abandon ship. Cash out your chips. Get off the bus.

You won't be able to get any future "benefits" from her, but it's not as if she's the only woman in the universe who can provide those "benefits."

There's no question I am going to abandon ship. I'm just not sure whether to cut it off now or just wait until I'm too busy to even bother with her and let her get the hint on her own.

Now. She's clearly the wrong kind of crazy - the kind that does not take hints easily.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: April 20, 2014, 04:33:36 pm
Ahhhh, the girl I was worrying over got drunk last night and told me she wanted to be exclusive with me, and that she "needed" me in her life to keep her in line, and that she was tired of being the crazy single girl and really liked me and wished she didn't. 

I really don't know what to do. I either hurt her now and tell her I don't have time to start a relationship with all of this stuff upcoming or just wait and let her figure it out on her own in a months time. I'm just hoping she doesn't remember she said what she said today.

No. No. No. Abandon ship. Cash out your chips. Get off the bus.

You won't be able to get any future "benefits" from her, but it's not as if she's the only woman in the universe who can provide those "benefits."
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: April 20, 2014, 04:24:37 pm

Visiting Grinnell College. Also its rather embarassing to admit, but it'll be the first time I'm out of California...

And you're going to...Iowa. Well, have fun with that.

But as a jaded college graduate who has dealt with things like student loan debt and the importance of a broad alumni network, I'm still going to advise you to go to the best UC school you can get into.
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