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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What should be Prince William's regnal name? on: August 12, 2017, 11:54:31 am
William V - the really interesting question is, if William and his heirs were stricken from the line of succession or all died before becoming King, would Prince Harry become Henry IV or Charles III?

Don't you mean Henry IX?
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What is the best speech in modern American history? on: August 12, 2017, 11:53:07 am
I Have a Dream, followed closely by RFK's speech because it was written so well so quickly.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump Tax Cuts to be Delayed Until 2018 on: August 02, 2017, 07:52:18 pm
A reconciliation bill has to be revenue neutral or it will only be temporary (and the GOP and the business community really want permanence), so the GOP's tax plan pretty much has to be revenue neutral.
You say permanence as if reconciliation bills are constitutional amendments, not the first things to get dismantled when the opposing party takes over.

Like Obamacare.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What dem politician in the 2020 race has the 'Carter' appeal? on: July 24, 2017, 07:52:10 pm
Sanders without the bank fraud scandal.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump approval ratings thread 1.1 on: July 19, 2017, 07:43:54 pm
Faux News poll:



They conveniently leave out their June poll where he had a 44/50 split in this graphic.

Approvals on:

The economy: 45/46
Immigration: 42/53
North Korea: 41/45
Syria: 40/45
Iran: 37/44
Russia: 33/56
Health care: 32/59

First time he's been in the negatives on the economy.

I bet they spun it to sound favorably to him somehow.

Approvals are up since May!
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Chilean Presidential Election 2017 - The road to the first round on: July 19, 2017, 12:20:04 pm
Is Sánchez having a real rise in support or is this just her consolidating support/having a bump from winning the FA primary?
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trumpcare Megathread: BCRA vote delayed, CBO score date unknown on: July 17, 2017, 04:35:46 pm
To be fair, Heller made the first threat by considering voting for the bill.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trumpcare Megathread: BCRA vote delayed, CBO score date unknown on: July 17, 2017, 04:32:42 pm
Threatening note left in Heller's office over the vote.

The person said that if the bill became law they would lose their health insurance and die, and then implied that Heller would die as well.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Peter Capaldi is leaving Doctor Who on: July 16, 2017, 10:41:13 am
Oh, God forbid a woman play an alien time traveler! The world's gone mad!
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Monarchy on: July 16, 2017, 06:37:15 am
Quaint.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: July 08, 2017, 11:11:10 pm
Yes

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rican_general_election,_1948
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: So apparently Hobby Lobby is now an Indiana Jones villain? on: July 06, 2017, 03:55:41 am
Like taking land in war, ransacking the locals of their ancient sh**t* went out of style right around the time Europe stopped being the best in the world at it (is that odd timing or what?)  Ya can keep the stuff you stole 70 years ago, but you must give back stuff you steal today.



*not that the locals give a sh**t about these kinds of things until some white dude shows up and starts making a big deal over it

I mean, Greece still wants the Elgin Marbles back, don't they?
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Elizabeth Warren (D) "It’s time for Democrats to run on single-payer health care on: July 01, 2017, 05:00:24 am
I'm a pre-med student right now and were single payer to pass my career would be over before it starts. Liberals have to realize that healthcare is somebody's labor and you are never entitled to somebody else's labor (slavery) doctors and nurses are overworked as it is and healthcare is 16% of the economy. All those jobs in the insurance industry would be destroyed and people will be out of work (probably what democrats want). I understand some people can't afford it, but why should they be entitled to care on the backs of people who already busy their asses taking care of their own families. Despite the feel good high school musical "were all in this together" mentality of most liberals, sorry we're really not. I have my own family and friends to worry about and I'm sorry, but I'm not concerned for someone who isn't a part of my life.
Your "career will be over" if we move to a watered down Canadian style system? Dramatic much? Are you under the impression that there aren't any doctors in Canada?

The big issue i have is I want to be a doctor who works with individual patients. I do not want the government running my work place, and effectively making me a government worker. If i wanted to do that i would'nt be busting my ass for pre-med and med school in the fall. We already have a single payer type system here. The VA. The VA is an absolute disaster which shows exactly what government run healthcare does to people. Veterans died on the waiting lists, and nobody is held accountable. Our system right now int perfect but we dont have the ridiculous waits that people in other countries have, which is why we have a big medical tourism industry in America. I for instance have been diagnosed with skin cancer twice and i was able to get it treated on the spot with no wait. In other countries, who knows, it couldve eveolved into melanoma before the bureaucracy got around to it. People from Canada, Asia, and Europe come here for procedures that they would otherwise need to wait in some cases several years for. Additionally, if you put the government in charge of the medical system, they will be able to step in and make decisions for the doctors and the patients, not allowing them to make their own. See the recent story of the 10 month old baby in England whose parents raised over a million dollars to bring him to the United States for a potentially life saving expirimental treatment. The NHS stepped in and refused on the grounds that it would cause the child to suffer, and they are pulling life support either today or tomorrow. For the government to not allow parents to make one desperate attempt to come to the US and save their child's life is disgusting.

We also have Medicare, you know.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Christian minister who enthusiastically supported Trump gets deported. Sad! on: July 01, 2017, 02:20:43 am
If you're illegal you're illegal. I have no more sympathy for him in particular than I do any of the actual bad hombres.

Agreed. Hopefully all Trump supporting illegals are thrown out of the country

Thought they should be able to keep the MAGA hats
Yeah this guys particularly heinous. He knew damn well what Trump meant and just wanted to get in the news hoping for a pardon. Not every illegal should be deported, but what exactly about his profession puts him above the law or ahead in the proverbial line of any hard working, otherwise non-criminal undocumented immigrant?

Not every illegal immigrant should be deported? What happened to "if you're illegal you're illegal"?
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Mexican Elections 2017-18 on: July 01, 2017, 01:24:57 am
Apparently the PVEM is "open" to joining the PAN-PRD alliance. http://www.jornada.unam.mx/ultimas/2017/06/28/pvem-da-la-espalda-al-pri-y-voltea-al-pan-y-prd
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Venezuela's Supreme Court bombed on: June 29, 2017, 12:24:28 am
LOL at all the posters that seem right out of the Bush administration CIA in 2002. "We can just have a coup in Venezuela since no one there really likes their President."

I mean the difference now is that Maduro is actually unpopular.
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Venezuela's Supreme Court bombed on: June 28, 2017, 03:25:24 pm
The guy who did it's been posting antigovernment things on his Instagram for a while, so it seems like this would have to be a fairly long con for it to be a false flag IMHO.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Tickets where you would have prefered the running mate to the candidate on: June 28, 2017, 04:02:25 am
You have an interesting list, especially on the Republican side, I prefer George H. W. Bush to Ronald Reagan as well but I think Reagan was the right man for the job at that time so I didn't put them on my list, afterwards the one I find very interesting is for Nixon over Eisenhower, why would you have prefered Nixon (just out of curiousity)?
Ike is overrated, and I believe Nixon could've been a great President if he had become President earlier in his career.

What? You prefer Andrew Johnson over Uncle Abe? LOL! Johnson was the greatest racist ever to reside at 1600 Penn. Uncle Abe was one of the greatest leaders in world history. Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike admire this great man.
Andrew Johnson was a Democrat who believed in the Constitution, not a tyrannical Republican who literally deported a sitting Congressman for political reasons.

Did Johnson believe in the 14th Amendment?
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Venezuela's Supreme Court bombed on: June 28, 2017, 03:58:13 am
The government has (in response?) transferred the attorney general's powers to the ministry of defense. The attorney general, Luisa Ortega, has been the major (only?) voice in the government against the slide into dictatorship, and some believe the attack was a false flag to strip her of her powers and continue the consolidation of power in general.
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Venezuela's Supreme Court bombed on: June 28, 2017, 03:41:18 am
Former intelligence officer Oscar Pérez, along with four masked men, claimed responsibility and called for war against the government in a video.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Mexican Elections 2017-18 on: June 24, 2017, 08:53:45 pm

I've heard talk of the PAN-PRD alliance running Anaya for President and Alejandra Barrales for governor of Mexico City to smooth things out for both of them? How accurate would you say that is and do you think those plans would affect a potential PAN-PRD alliance?

Yep, that is what I am reading as well.  Of course there are flies in the ointment.   PAN's  Zavala is opposed to this deal, especially the part where she is not the PAN candidate, and while she will not run as an independent, her faction might not go all in during the campaign.  Current head of Mexico City Mancera who would most like the PRD candidate could end up running separately as an independent.  It is not all that clear yet that Anaya and Barrales unite their respective parties behind this alliance with defections to AMLO or independent runs.

Certainly, and even if Mancera wouldn't want to run as an independent there's a contingent of perredistas who would end up going for AMLO anyway.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Mexican Elections 2017-18 on: June 24, 2017, 01:11:42 pm
Doesn't look like Zavala's national tour is going well for her, is it?

It's not.  She seems to be losing ground to PAN president Anaya.  The more people see of her the more unpopular she seems to get.  Her poll rating is falling to to about the same as a generic PAN candidate.  This means Anaya is gaining ground internally within PAN and as a result PAN has decided to go for an opposition alliance, which is what Anaya is pushing for versus Zavala's position of going it alone.

I've heard talk of the PAN-PRD alliance running Anaya for President and Alejandra Barrales for governor of Mexico City to smooth things out for both of them? How accurate would you say that is and do you think those plans would affect a potential PAN-PRD alliance?
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Mexican Elections 2017-18 on: June 24, 2017, 02:33:04 am
I wonder if Osorio Chong's role in (denying) the government spying scandal will have any effect on his chances, seeing as he looks to be the likely PRI nominee.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Mexican Elections 2017-18 on: June 23, 2017, 12:16:00 am
Doesn't look like Zavala's national tour is going well for her, is it?
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: TX governor signs bill allowing providers to deny LGBTQ youth child welfare on: June 16, 2017, 10:31:21 pm
It won't happen, this is just fearmongering by people who are hellbent on fighting against an imaginary threat of a Christian Theocracy that much of the left believes is real.

Don't deny the power of the Dominionist movement in the American Right.

It has no power.

Corporations and wealthy donors have the power in both major parties.  And corporations, whether they support Republicans or Democrats, almost unanimously take liberal stances on social issues.  That's why social conservatives haven't been very successful.

...Do you know what this thread is about?
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