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 on: Today at 04:14:13 am 
Started by ChairmanSanchez - Last post by Sawx, King in the North

Yeah, the guy was totally inept as DSCC chairman from 2005-2009.

oh wait

In all fairness when you're the opposition party and the President is f***ing up as horribly as Bush did it's pretty easy for the base to turn out. Anyone can do it.

The times when we're in power are a real challenge though. Schumer's leadership wouldn't have done much to change the Senate results in 2010 or 2014.

 on: Today at 04:11:34 am 
Started by Flo - Last post by Flo

Amendment 2 results. It looks like what carried the amendment above 50% was Northern rural areas and the southern part of the county. Opposing forces were southern Leesburg and old people.

While I was making the map, I decided to look at the Democratic primary in August, Nan Rich won four (?) precincts, but in one of them she literally won every vote (I think it was #95).

 on: Today at 04:04:19 am 
Started by The Arizonan - Last post by Sawx, King in the North
It's still Kansas.

Nothing to see here, move on.

 on: Today at 03:58:21 am 
Started by Oldiesfreak1854 - Last post by jimrtex
Trying to apply a strict genetic test to WASP-hood, which is a sociocultural construct never used by the people to whom it is applied, is futile.

If one must be of non-Catholic British Isles descent to be a WASP, must one also be wealthy? Must one have attended an Ivy League school? Would a strong liberal arts college like Amherst or Swarthmore be acceptable? Is there a minimum net worth requirement?

Would the du Pont family of Delaware qualify as WASPs? They are of Huguenot French, rather than English, stock, and they came to America in the early 19th century, which is "late" compared to the colonial Mayflower settlers. Same story with the Rockefellers, who are of German ancestry and came to America well after the Revolutionary War.
Certainly not John D.'s father Bill, who was a traveling salesman (elixirs), abandoned his family, and was a bigamist under an assumed name.

John D. graduated from a business college.

His only son, John D., Jr., went to Brown.

His sons all went to Ivy League schools: John D III (Princeton), Nelson (Dartmouth), Laurence (Princeton), Winthrop (Yale, but expelled), David (Harvard)

The 4th generation includes John D IV (Jay) Harvard, Nelson's 4 sons: Dartmouth+Columbia, Princeton, Harvard, and Princeton; David's sons: Harvard and Harvard Medical (I don't know if his BA is from Harvard).   The only exception is Winthrop's son, who went to TCU (so being expelled from Yale, and moving to Arkansas, must de-WASP you.

 on: Today at 03:55:15 am 
Started by HagridOfTheDeep - Last post by AggregateDemand
It is related to industry. During prior generations, whole foods were cheap and processed foods were prohibitively expensive. Sugar was expensive, and the US imposed tariffs and anti-trade barriers on sugar so the industry switched to high fructose corn syrup in the late 1970s. Sweetener prices tumbled, and obesity rates started to climb. Now, sugar processing has been refined, and sugar prices are plummeting, as well.

However, cheap plentiful calories are a blessing, not a curse, and we should place an expectation on people to exercise their freedom responsibly. In very limited instances, it may be practical to subsidize whole foods to make sure that people actually do have access to food choices, but those programs should be limited in scope and focused on the most desperate communities.

 on: Today at 03:52:58 am 
Started by ChairmanSanchez - Last post by Ebowed
I wonder which wins more votes for Chuck Schumer, promising people affordable health care or actually providing it to them?

 on: Today at 03:51:05 am 
Started by King - Last post by Clinton 2016
2016 is looking better day by day.

GOP try to impeach him:D  it will backfire

 on: Today at 03:47:45 am 
Started by FreedomHawk - Last post by Clinton 2016
These rioters are far from revolutionaries.

 on: Today at 03:47:13 am 
Started by FreedomHawk - Last post by Lowly Griff
And, this idea that we're living increasingly in a police state, that's just nonsense.

Well, it's not to those of us who haven't lived under the thumb of the likes of Giuliani and Bloomberg since we were children. Particularly in suburban America, there is a massive militarization of local police departments over the past decade that in no way shape or form is justified given the national downward trend of violent and non-violent crime alike (supported in part by the stats you posted).

But lo and behold, guess who is increasingly inhabiting suburban America these days? Though probably not intentional (as the federal government's wasted splurge on war equipment and local/state/federal politicians' fetishes with appearing to be "tough on crime" made a perfect marriage in this case), the disbursement of excessive equipment to law enforcement in select jurisdictions continues to follow the migration of minority communities as they move away from residing exclusively in urban areas. Cities with 10,000 people and crime rates below the national average do not need their own SWAT teams - let alone a freaking tank.

I highly doubt we're about to see any sort of "revolution" of sorts. It would have been far more likely to have occurred under economic circumstances in 2010-2011 if it were going to happen. With the rapid expansion of law enforcement's capabilities, it will only occur if/when people become as desperate as past generations (when they truly have nothing left to lose).

 on: Today at 03:43:26 am 
Started by Joe Republic - Last post by Mr. Morden
Yes, Joe's done a great job considering he didn't quit his job to Focus on Updateopoly.

Actually I did decide to voluntarily terminate my employment in order to devote my attention 100% to Update-opoly.  This is the path that God has laid out for me, so the moment that I heard His words in my ears, I thrusted ahead and told my boss I was leaving that day and would not return.

I understand that at first there is little to no income from running Update-opoly, but in time my God will deliver on His promise and furnish my desires for financial stability.

That's definitely a different way of doing things.  But just because it's different doesn't make it wrong, and no one can say otherwise.

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