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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Politics and Elections in the Netherlands: GE March 15, 2017 on: February 19, 2017, 04:52:36 pm
When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. In Geert's case of course, the hammer is playing the victim. This guy has no intention whatsoever of ever being constructive in his political life.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: February 18, 2017, 02:09:17 pm
Is there by any chance a (sophisticated) poll aggregator for this election?
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Poland to launch its own space program on: February 17, 2017, 08:40:45 pm
So memes are actually powering the world right now? What a country!
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Meanwhile... (Chris Christie) on: February 16, 2017, 07:02:34 pm
So the president met with someone facing a criminal case against him for abuse of power as Governor. Are we sure the meeting wasn't about a pardon for Christie?

The President can only pardon federal crimes.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Meanwhile... (Chris Christie) on: February 16, 2017, 06:29:25 pm
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/16/515614761/court-moves-bridgegate-case-forward-setting-a-date-for-christie
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Will the midterm electorate help protect the GOP house? on: February 14, 2017, 01:40:01 pm
I would never underestimate the cognitive dissonance that could allow the Republican congresspeople to successfully distance themselves from Trump in the eyes of their base, him not being a "real Republican" when convenient.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Breaking News: Michael Flynn resigns on: February 14, 2017, 11:25:01 am
Is Trey Gowdy going to hold hundreds of hearings to investigate this scandal like he did with Benghazi?

Do Trump or Flynn have a (D) after their names?

They will on Fox News some day.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: February 12, 2017, 08:44:38 am
How tactical-minded do the French tend to be in the first round? Now that Fillon is badly hurt, could some of the tactical Macron voters decide to "return" to Hamon for a less risky gamble to get him into the second round instead?
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: FL County Republican leader booed after "death panels" comment in Pasco County on: February 11, 2017, 08:06:57 pm
Can you get any more condescending than labeling your constituents "children"?
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Politics and Elections in the Netherlands: GE March 15, 2017 on: February 10, 2017, 05:09:13 pm
As crude and flawed that coalition compatibility calculator might be, one cannot help but marvel at how much it is showing the PvdA to be in a position of power after the next election, even after losing two-thirds of their seats. Only D66 is coming close in that regard.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: McConnell shuts down Warren for reading Corretta Scott King letter on: February 09, 2017, 05:04:13 pm
I don't recall anyone ever having said anything positive about Mitch McConnell (aka the Auto-Filibusterer aka the Veto Victim Blamer aka Turtle McTurtleface) and now he springs this killer slogan on the world (unintentionally).
I guess this has to count as your one good deed in this life, Mitch!
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: February 09, 2017, 04:38:07 pm
Even a scandal-ridden Fillon would be odds-on to win a runoff against Le Pen, but I doubt many would be in favor of trying any experiment here.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump Will Back Gutting Dodd-Frank and Volcker Rule on: February 06, 2017, 05:06:07 pm
I hope Trump's supporters lose their retirement savings if they support this.

They will still blame the black guy for it.

Just that one?
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SCOTUS-Watch: It's Gorsuch! on: February 06, 2017, 04:52:08 pm
If the SCOTUS is deadlocked on the travel ban by a 4-4 tie, shouldn't that harden the Democratic opposition?
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Politics and Elections in the Netherlands: GE March 15, 2017 on: February 06, 2017, 04:20:13 pm
The earlied mentioned "coalition checker" has used aforementioned voting guide to get to a crude compatibility score of the various possible coalitions: https://www.coalitiechecker.nl/verenigbaarheid
For more fun, try toying with the text area in the upper left, which lists the mutually excluded parties.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: February 05, 2017, 06:12:26 am
At least Macron doesn't seem to be pulling a Thomas Dewey here and trying to coast himself to the Presidency solely on account of his (perceived) location on the political spectrum.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Politics and Elections in the Netherlands: GE March 15, 2017 on: February 04, 2017, 07:45:43 am
Here's a thought: would PVV be doing better or worse if it had the same issues etc but was led by a more bland-Hofer like individual than the divisive Wilders? (Ignoring of course that a PVV without Wilders wouldn't actually be the PVV)

No, because the party would look too similar to the VVD then.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump warns Israel: Stop announcing new settlements on: February 02, 2017, 06:56:17 pm
The Jewish state will die when a two state solution dies, and Jews are overwhelmed in their own "single state" by Palestinian population growth.
This myth won't die, will it?

How is it wrong?

He wants to finish the Nakba instead.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: February 02, 2017, 03:14:12 pm
Macron and Hamon should have a debate.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: France : Who has the best chance of beating Marine Le Pen in the second round? on: January 30, 2017, 05:34:34 pm
Michael Bloomberg seems like the better comparison:
Moderate Savior Coming From The Outside To Rescue The Republic From The Extremes Straight From The Middle!ô
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Sir John Hurt dead at 77 on: January 28, 2017, 11:57:37 am
One of those actors with a larger-than-life presence, making any movie he was in at least interesting or close to it.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Donald Trumpís Rumored EU Ambassador Says He Could Help Bring It Down on: January 27, 2017, 08:08:10 pm
If the European Union is supposedly so awful, why does this reality need to be pointed out by those outside of it?
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: January 22, 2017, 08:27:51 am
As flawed as I consider the French political system with its semi-presidential system and non-proportional lower house, they're very meticulous when it comes to electing their President with the use of the two-round system in both the general election and in primaries of major parties, as well as the use of (visible) debate clocks to encourage civilized and constructive debate.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nigel Farage is joining FOX News on: January 21, 2017, 06:52:44 am
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Nigel Farage is joining FOX News

Good. Now Fox off!
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: R. Perry accepted Sec of Energy position without knowing what the Dept. does on: January 19, 2017, 04:36:22 pm
I refuse to believe it's a coincidence that he's been offered the very same department he forgot he wanted to abolish. This is all some dumb joke from the Trumpster.
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