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26  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best and Worst Senators of the Past 50 Years: Pennsylvania on: July 13, 2016, 01:04:31 pm
Clark seems pretty good, and Santorum is awful, so I choose those two respectively.
27  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Lyin' Ted to join President Obama in Dallas for memorial service on: July 12, 2016, 10:59:11 am
People of different ideologies come together when tragedy strikes. Not surprising. Just because you disagree with someone doesn't mean you can't be civil with them and share their loss.

I imagine this will be viewed similarly by Republicans to Christie's hug of Obama after the hurricane.
28  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best and Worst Senators of the Past 50 Years: Oregon on: July 12, 2016, 10:57:45 am
Morse/Packwood, easily.
29  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Michael Flynn on: July 12, 2016, 10:55:43 am
The Soviophile?

The cold war ended a quarter of a century ago, get over it already.

Tell that to Putin.
30  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who will win Salt Lake City? on: July 12, 2016, 12:18:21 am
Salt Lake City is actually really liberal (even though they have an Olympics-fueled fondness for Romney). They have an openly gay mayor, the hero of Kitchen v. Herbert as a city councilman, most of the Dem representation in the state legislature comes from Salt Lake City, etc. They also have the headquarters of the LDS Church, but by pure votes, the LDS leaders and LDS Church employees don't actually provide many votes.

Incidentally, because of district map quirks, the headquarters of the LDS Church is represented by a very out and proud openly gay man, State Senator Jim Dabakis (who was also Utah Democratic Chair). He was married to his partner by the previous mayor of Salt Lake City.

So all that being said, Hillary will win by double digits. The LDS folks in the city hate Trump, and the liberal-leaning folks never would have voted Trump and will be more eager to go vote.
31  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Michael Flynn on: July 11, 2016, 11:40:14 pm
Completely nuts, as I understand it.
32  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Hypothetical Indiana Senatorial election, 2016 on: July 11, 2016, 11:35:09 pm

That and having enough money that he'll force Republicans to spend something on Indiana rather than other races.
33  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bahamas warns its citizens about US police on: July 10, 2016, 10:46:55 am
I guess this means don't try to go for your gun when the police try to arrest you, or don't try to charge/tackle/assault the police or try to steal their guns, or you might be in some deep s**t.  a.k.a. GENOCIDE!!!111!!1!1!!1!!

I'd give a serious, thought-out argument to your post, but you clearly aren't willing to be more than just an awful poster, so why should I give you the time of day?
34  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best and Worst Senators of the Past 50 Years: North Carolina on: July 09, 2016, 10:33:37 am
Yeah no, Santander goes on ignore. Defending apartheid and Nathan Bedford Forrest? Nope.
35  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is opposing interracial marriage racist? on: July 09, 2016, 10:24:42 am
I don't know. I don't really have a problem with it, but I don't know if it is racist.  Some people like it for their fellow people to stick with their race. They say it makes society probably cleaner. After what happened in Dallas last night, you may see a decline in interracial marriage.

Uh..... Those people who want their "fellow people to stick with their race"? They're not people that should be listened to.

EDIT: Excluding the members of actually demographically challenged groups, like the discussion we had on Jewish inter-marriage earlier.
36  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Gingrich: White Americans "don't understand being black in America" on: July 08, 2016, 11:42:43 pm
I could also say that black America doesn't understand whites.


Aww...tell us your fears of getting pulled over for a traffic violation? A $60 ticket?

Because anybody who acts like a normal human being will never ever come close to having a cop need to use any sort of force whatsoever.

I'd love to live in your bubble.
37  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who should I support in the WA-7 Congressional election? on: July 08, 2016, 10:49:45 pm
I like Walkinshaw and Jayapal the best, to be honest. Walkinshaw for the earnest attitude and the seniority he could one day accrue, and Jayapal for being the further left candidate possible, a Sawant type. It'd be interesting to see her in Congress, but for true effectiveness for the district, I think Walkinshaw is the best.

McDermott is trying to cash in on the retiring Congressman's name, and seems pretty lackluster otherwise. Never heard of the rest of the candidates.
38  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best and Worst Senators of the Past 50 Years: North Carolina on: July 08, 2016, 10:44:41 pm
The fact that there's 4 "best" votes for Jesse Helms is just sad. There are probably better conservative NC Senators who aren't two steps away from being Nathan Bedford Forrest.
39  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Gingrich: White Americans "don't understand being black in America" on: July 08, 2016, 08:19:33 pm
What's the big deal? Of course Gingrich is right. Blacks suffer a lot. This is not new. We all know this. However, Black Lives Matter is making it worse for all Americans.
Yeah. It's right up their with slave uprisings and the Civil War.

America has a bad racial history. We all know that. We tried racial harmony. Those days are over. Today is a new day in America's racial past and it's sad. Race relations are over now, because of President Obama and his acolytes. It's clear this is a full out war.

You can't be serious. You're blaming a guy who tried to make it painfully clear that he wasn't of the old generation of black civil rights activists, whose appointments are mostly white, who makes it clear that he has a ton of respect for police, and who hasn't bothered to sign pardons for non-violent drug crimes? Cmon.
40  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best and Worst Senators of the Past 50 Years: North Carolina on: July 08, 2016, 01:18:12 pm
Helms/Dole Edwards

When Margaret Thatcher first visited the US as Leader of the Opposition, she was denied use of the British Embassy to meet with American conservatives. Jesse Helms offered her his own office, and that is where she met Ronald Reagan for the first time. He was a major force in moving the GOP to become more socially conservative in the 70s and 80s. He was a courageous legislator and he is misunderstood.
"courageous" and "misunderstood" are not words most sane people associate with Jesse Helms.

Honest question - is being a racist the worst thing in the world? That's the line most of us have been fed since childhood, but we're all human beings and we're all flawed. Is being a racist so bad that your life's work cannot be viewed in a net positive sense if you are a racist? I don't think so, but from what I've seen in these threads is that the "racists" are immediately branded as beyond redemption, sometimes ahead of convicted criminals and corrupt/inept lawmakers.
When you're Jesse Helms levels of racist, its pretty bad.
41  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best and Worst Senators of the Past 50 Years: North Carolina on: July 08, 2016, 12:44:13 am
Whoo, first vote!

Anyway, Sanford/Helms, for reasons that should be obvious.
42  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton & Trump VP news LATEST: Corker and Ernst withdraw on: July 07, 2016, 09:23:43 pm

If that's true, it just goes to show that Hillary doesn't care about the democrats' chance of having a senate majority in the short term or the long term.  Both of these seats would be at risk of falling into Republican hands, either through governor appointment with Warren or through a low turnout contentious election in 2018 in Virginia.

There actually is a way around that for Warren, which is for Warren to declare her intentions to resign a certain day or later to force Brown to not appoint anyone but for there to be a special election on the general election day.

The legislature could also pass a law that requires the governor to appoint a Senator of the same party.

That seems like a highly dubious legal proposition.

Why?  It's perfectly legal to do so.  And the Democrats have a veto-proof majority in both houses of the Massachusetts Legislature.

Really? I've always interpreted the 17th Amendment to mean that a legislature can either give a governor the option to appoint a temporary replacement or not. The notion that that appointment power could be given in a restricted manner is novel to me.

This is already the law in Arizona, Hawaii, Utah, and Wyoming.

Utah has that requirement in pretty much all elected offices, and specifically we have a kind of mini-convention, where would-be candidates for a seat (say, a state senate seat) give their reasoning for why they should be the appointee, and the delegates choose who they want to be the appointee, and their choice is sent to the Governor, who could theoretically reject that choice, but never does. So its a miniature version of our convention system.

The most recent time this happened was in 2015, when State Representative Justin Miller (HD-40, D) resigned because he was arrested for being a thief. Three candidates ran: Amy Fowler, Chris Stout, and Miller's predecessor Lynn Hemingway. All three candidates were also  Democratic delegates. The Democratic delegates for HD-40 met and voted in two rounds for who they wanted to be the appointee for the seat. In the first round, Chris Stout was eliminated, and advocated for Lynn Hemingway, but gave his delegate vote to Amy Fowler (or was it the other way around?), which gave a lot of folks heartburn. Fowler and Hemingway face off in the second round, and Hemingway wins by one delegate vote, and his name is sent to the Governor as the delegate's choice for that office. The Governor accepted and now Hemingway is the state representative for that district (again).

It works like that with vacancies in all elected offices, except for Governor/LG and US Senator; Governor is succeeded by the LG, and if the LG's office is vacant, the Governor appoints a new LG (technically the Legislature has to confirm the new LG, but I've never seen reject the choice). And Senator is just the choice of the governor, restricted by party. I don't believe there's ever been a US Senate vacancy in Utah though. All other offices are party-restricted delegate choices.
43  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Predict As Much Of the 124th Senate As You Can on: July 06, 2016, 12:29:07 pm
Mike Lee will probably still be around, he'll only be in his 60s, I think. And knowing our luck, Orrin Hatch will go all Strom Thurmond and still be alive and in office somehow.
44  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of churches holding patriotic "Independence Day worship" services on: July 05, 2016, 08:59:02 pm
Only if Independence Day falls on the Sabbath itself does it constitute as justified.

You guys should see how overly patriotic Mormon church services on the week of the 4th of July are.

Besides using the hymnal versions of the Anthem, "America the Beautiful", etc. I'm not sure what you mean by that.

Lots and lots of testimonies about how great America is, and how even today its a shining light to the world, all the prayers saying a bunch about America and preserving it in "these perilous times", etc, etc. Maybe its just Utah.

Also we are basically the most Americana-infused religion ever. I mean, the Americas are literally a promised land, and the New Jerusalem being in Missouri and the whole Garden of Eden thing and all that.
45  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: PA-2: Fattah resigns on: July 04, 2016, 11:51:21 pm
Special Election to be held along with General election on November 8th, winner of special election will serve the remainder of Chaka Fattah house term.

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/elections/mc-pa-election-for-chaka-fattah-seat-20160701-story.html

So extra seniority for Dwight Evans, basically.
46  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of churches holding patriotic "Independence Day worship" services on: July 04, 2016, 11:36:57 pm
You guys should see how overly patriotic Mormon church services on the week of the 4th of July are.
47  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Are you afraid of death? on: July 04, 2016, 11:35:19 pm
Honestly, I'm afraid of death, even if I think there might be an afterlife. That's why I consider myself a transhumanist; I want to transcend death.

Living forever? Now that's an idea I find terrifying.

Well, for me, its more "living forever until I choose to die", than simply living forever. If I last until the heat death of the universe (assuming there's no Judgement Day), that's bad too. But living however many hundreds, thousands, millions of years I want to live? sure, why not?
48  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Pierre Trudeau on: July 04, 2016, 04:17:39 pm
FF to spite the haters.

Fun genealogical fact, when my ancestor was arrested and tried for participating in the Lower/Upper Canada Rebellions of 1837-38, he claimed that a certain man named Trudeau had forced him to take part in the rebellions. My ancestor was not believed, and was hung for his troubles, forcing his wife and kids to take refuge in America.
49  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Are you afraid of death? on: July 04, 2016, 03:40:02 pm
Honestly, I'm afraid of death, even if I think there might be an afterlife. That's why I consider myself a transhumanist; I want to transcend death.
50  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What the hell is wrong with Florida democrats? on: July 04, 2016, 12:03:23 am
Jesus...the hate for my state on here...

They have no mercy

I'm just saying your state Democratic party isn't very competent. Though its not the worst state party.
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