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1  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / The Commerce Clause on: Today at 08:07:10 am
How has it been possible to interpret the The Commerce Clause to justify so many and so varied exercises of federal power? I fully understand the political rationale behind this development (given how hard it is to change the Constitution), but it just seems to be obvious that it is objectively wrong to interpret it in such a broad manner. Even if you don't subscribe to original intent and consider the text a "living document", one should assume that there are some limits to how far you can stretch the Constitution.
A verdict like Wickard vs. Filburn seems to be completely unreasonable. So did the justices basically just rule based on their own political views?  

2  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: The "preview" thing is not working anymore on: Today at 07:34:12 am
Yes.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post then Edit or Edit then Post? on: October 22, 2014, 09:42:28 pm
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: International Military Trade and Deliveries General Discussion on: October 22, 2014, 09:11:13 pm
“We must immediately increase our readiness for unplanned military actions during peacetime,”. Wonder how the Lithuanians plan on actually doing that. Is he just talking about more patrols or would there be more to it?

Your title looks weird. How about International Military Trade and Deliveries General Discussion?  Deal is included in trade and thread is superfluous.
International Military General Discussion would be broader and (probably) generate posts from others than you.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Cuomo v. Teachout on: October 22, 2014, 08:20:02 pm
Also Hawkins does not sound like I expected him to at all.

You mean, sometimes he has a southern accent which cuts in and out.

^ Has he ever lived in the south? I know he's lived in Connecticut and New York but nothing about if he lived south of the mason dixon line.

"Hawkins says that his accent is native to a particular neighborhood of San Mateo (in San Fransisco), between the railroad tracks and the Bayshore freeway, which had been settled mostly by people from the South, whites and blacks. The neighborhood was diverse: “Blacks were probably the largest group”

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/culture/2010/11/748265/howie-hawkins-saves-green-party-loads-trucks
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: How many Incumbent Senators will be defeated? on: October 22, 2014, 07:50:37 pm
Pryor, Begich, Roberts, Udall.

So four.
7  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: If you weren't wearing X, bad thing Y wouldn't have happened to you on: October 22, 2014, 07:46:49 pm
Dunno if you can use that phrase in this context, but it certainly feels wrong - and it seems pointless. If they want to kill a soldier they can easily find one.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Most Vulnerable Incumbent Senator on: October 22, 2014, 07:14:25 pm
This is no longer a question. It's Pryor.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Give a title to the previous poster's autobiography on: October 22, 2014, 07:06:48 pm
"Bringing home the bacon"

10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Ideologically, who was more right-wing between these two Presidents? on: October 22, 2014, 06:52:02 pm
So, if you cut taxes and venture into something as expensive as warfare debt will go up. But taxation is a much stronger ideological indicator than debt level, since it directly influences the distribution of wealth. Choosing to finance the Iraq war et al without raising taxes was an ideological decision.

There has always been plenty of right wingers willing to get their countries into debt to finance military costs, its not a useful indicator of a politicians position on the left-right scale.
Non-Defense spending also increased significantly under Bush, and he enacted a ton of new spending initiatives, such as Medicare Part D, No Child Left Behind, and a record number of subsidy programs. Clearly he was not a fiscal conservative.

Never talked about fiscal conservatism, which is almost always irrelevant as an analytical category since few politicians are principled on those issues once they get into office, but you claimed he wasn't an economic conservative and if you look at his general record it is free trade, deregulation, less public sector influence and big tax cuts. So economically conservative.
The "ownership society" is also a quintessentially conservative concept with its focus on personal responsibility, economic freedom and ownership of property. All core conservative values.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Electoral College problems for Republicans on: October 22, 2014, 06:28:04 pm
If that happens, Republicans can forget about winning in presidential election.

Huh

The electoral college favours the Democrats at this point.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Best drinking game for Election Night? on: October 22, 2014, 06:20:43 pm
Take a shot every time a reporter says something stupid (this will be too dangerous if you watch it on Fox).
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: São Tomé and Príncipe - General Election - October 12, 2014 on: October 22, 2014, 05:25:10 pm
A single constituency result has been published, if anyone is interested..

Água Grande, the most heavily populated with a total of 36.431 voters, but 10.758 abstained.

25.673 votes

UDD - 243
ADI – 14.591
MLSTP – 5.891
MDFM – 722
PTS – 39
MS – 15
CODO – 30
FDC – 30
PND – 631
PCD – 2.175
PEPS – 571
UNDP – 50

Blank – 286  
Invalid – 409.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: São Tomé and Príncipe - General Election - October 12, 2014 on: October 22, 2014, 05:19:51 pm
It turns out the boycot in five localities across the districts of Lembá, Cantagalo and Caué was because locals wanted to pressure the authorities to solve problems with lack of drinking water and electricity.
The National Electoral Commission decided not to repeat the elections, since it was a voluntary boycot. However PND believes it has a chance of getting a seat in Lembá constituency and has extended their appeal to the Constitutional Court, now requesting repetition of the election in six (sic) localities in Lembá, where they say the population boycotted the polls. Last Thursday the locals in the Ribeira Palma district of Lembá demonstrated and demanded the right to (re)vote. If the Constitutional Court decides to repeat the elections in the towns of Lembá, which boycotted the elections on 12 October, the end result may change according to local media. PND might win a mandate and the UDD loose their sole seat.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Ideologically, who was more right-wing between these two Presidents? on: October 22, 2014, 04:52:58 pm

So, if you cut taxes and venture into something as expensive as warfare debt will go up. But taxation is a much stronger ideological indicator than debt level, since it directly influences the distribution of wealth. Choosing to finance the Iraq war et al without raising taxes was an ideological decision.

There has always been plenty of right wingers willing to get their countries into debt to finance military costs, its not a useful indicator of a politicians position on the left-right scale.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Botswana general election - October 24, 2014 on: October 22, 2014, 03:11:08 pm
Quality analysis with background about the more sinister sides of BDP rule by Amy Poteete.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201410211490.html
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Ideologically, who was more right-wing between these two Presidents? on: October 22, 2014, 03:02:23 pm
Reagan. Bush was a social conservative and a neoconservative. But I can't say he was a fiscal, or even an economic conservative without laughing.

This.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_tax_cuts
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: IA-Monmouth: Ernst +1; Branstad curbstomps on: October 22, 2014, 02:47:21 pm
Glorious! Bailey's got no shot in a non PPP goosed poll.

There really isn't that big a difference between Braley +1 and Ernst +1, you know. And the gold standard poll shows the latter as well. This race is clearly a pure toss up in the minds of everyone but Larry Sabato.

Ernst is winning by just as much as Hagan in the polls. The spin machine here is quite nice.

3 = 1

Krazen math!


Polls, plural. I suggest you look at the averages and plug then into your spin machine.

Is every Republican on this site an insufferable f**k? Welcome to ignore.

Krazen is a special case of malign trollitis.
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread on: October 22, 2014, 02:43:14 pm
The Danish pharmaceutical company Bavarian Nordic has made an agreement with American Janssen Biotech about development of an Ebola vaccine. Animal tests has shown that their MVA-BN vaccine combined with Janssen's Advaxc gives a 100% protection against Ebola, and both companies are therefore eager to test a combo vaccine on humans. BN stocks up 21% on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange after the news.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1876 Presidential Election on: October 22, 2014, 02:31:59 pm
Peter Cooper
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Nordic Thread on: October 22, 2014, 02:13:11 pm
Ten Kurdish men aquited for support of terrorism in the Copenhaghen City Court yesterday. They were accused of collecting 140 mio. kroner (roughly 25 mio. $) for PKK.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Your choice on: October 22, 2014, 01:56:53 pm
Option 2 (turtlehater)
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Top 10 most interesting races on: October 22, 2014, 01:49:46 pm
Senate?

Kansas, Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Georgia, Louisiana, South Dakota, Arkansas, New Hampshire, and Kentucky

Senate and Gov?

Kansas Sen, Alaska Gov, Kansas Gov, Maine Gov, Wisconsin Gov, Alaska Sen, Colorado Sen, Iowa Sen, Florida Gov, Georgia Sen

Senate and House - we are on the Congressional Elections board Wink
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Top 10 most interesting Senate and House races on: October 22, 2014, 01:22:57 pm
What is your Top 10 of the most interesting Senate and House races?

National Journal got these for the House:
http://www.nationaljournal.com/against-the-grain/the-10-most-compelling-house-races-of-2014-20140522

Politico got these for Senate:
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/2014-top-senate-races-101664.html
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Opinion of Australian mining magnate Lang Hancock on: October 22, 2014, 12:23:17 pm
What is your opinion of Australian mining magnate Lang Hancock? His political ideas sounds awful, so HP.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lang_Hancock

Some standard "least government is the best government" stuff, but also:

Supported Westen Australian secession.

Wanted the Australian government to ban foreign support to subversive environmental organizations, such as Friends of the Earth!

Supported ultrareactionary and corrupt Queensland Premier Johannes "Sir Joh" Bjelke-Petersen.

"Nothing should be sacred from mining whether it's your ground, my ground, the blackfellow’s ground or anybody else’s. So the question of Aboriginal land rights and things of this nature shouldn't exist."

So no real respect for private property if it didn't benefit himself and no respect for aborigines.

Even in favour of forced sterilization of aborigines!

"In a 1984 television interview Hancock suggested forcing unemployed indigenous Australians − specifically "the ones that are no good to themselves and who can't accept things, the half-castes" − to collect their welfare cheques from a central location: "And when they had gravitated there, I would dope the water up so that they were sterile and would breed themselves out in the future, and that would solve the problem."
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