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101  General Discussion / History / Re: US wars history on: April 15, 2018, 07:18:10 pm
Independence, Civil, and WW2 are the obvious ones. Afghanistan is as well. The Korean War is more debatable but in the long term saving South Korea has proven to be an excellent choice. The gulf war is okay because of the way it was carried out.
102  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of the Amish on: April 15, 2018, 06:56:17 pm
I would say they are pretty harmless. They are generally hardworking and decent folks. They of course have views on certain issues that are literally medieval, but seeing as how they keep to themselves this generally isnít an issue for non Amish. They do sometimes draw the ire of farmers because hey pool their money so that basically any land that is for sale near current amish land will become Amish.
103  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: No endorsement in MN-08 on: April 15, 2018, 04:29:18 pm
Would you be willing to vote for a veteran of the Stasi in Germany? For a police veteran whose career spanned through Apartheid in South Africa?

LOL.
104  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Top ten Presidents on: April 14, 2018, 10:36:00 pm
Madisonís presidency was a disaster.

1. Lincoln
2. Washington
3. Teddy Roosevelt
4. FDR
5. Eisenhower
6. Jefferson
7. Truman
8. Reagan
9. Polk
10. Monroe or Clinton
105  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Neuroticism Could Be 'Sleeper Effect' in Trump and Brexit Campaigns on: April 12, 2018, 11:27:40 pm
When in doubt, blame the mental state of your opposition! Thatíll win  them over for sure!

HEAVY SARCASM

I believe that's a misinterpretation of the study's intent and implications. The implications of the study appear to be that neuroticism, which is linked to common psychological issues that are often caused by declining socioeconomic conditions, is particularly prone to the types of populist rhetoric that was employed by the Trump and Brexit campaigns. This isn't particularly surprising nor even new; what's new is that they've likely found the strongest correlating psychological "condition" to which right-wing (and perhaps left-wing) populism appeals. They're not blaming anyone's mental state, per se, but they are noting that neuroticism, which frequently arises in conjunction with local/regional socioeconomic decline, can incline people to support populist campaigns.

Yes this is the main point. Actually if Iím not mistaken neuroticism has been correlated with left wing views in some studies of previous elections as well, but certain traits that might be viewed unfavorably are associated with both sides voting patterns.
106  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sinclair allows anti-Sinclair ad to air, sandwiched between its defense on: April 10, 2018, 08:22:07 pm
This whole thing is so overblown. The quote could just have easily been said by a progressive talking about Fox News.
107  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Why is Indiana so Republican? on: April 10, 2018, 08:17:17 pm
- Very conservative suburbs
- Largely rural
- White and Protestant, and of German origin
- Not many college towns
- Low minority population

Why is having a large German American community relevant? Iíve heard its early settlement by people from more southern colonies like Virginia has led to IN voting more like a southern state.

Actually the southern (and more southern/Appalachian influenced) part of the state is traditionally more democratic. In 2016 rural southern Indiana voted more or less the same as rural northern Indiana but this has not usually been the case, especially for statewide elections.
108  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Why is Indiana so Republican? on: April 09, 2018, 08:48:10 am
I don't know how Barack won it in 2008.  It was a huge swing from 2004.

He brought tens of thousands of new voters out in Marion County, and he cut the margins in the doughnut counties (the suburban counties that ring Marion) to the point that for once they didnít outvote Marion. He also overperformed among rural midwesterners generally, and got a big turnout among folks in Lafayette/West Lafayette to flip Tippecanoe County, home of Purdue University.
109  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Red-state teacher rebellion hits Oklahoma, grows in Arizona on: April 03, 2018, 10:10:10 pm
Oklahoma enacted a half billion dollar raise in taxes last week and teachers are going to be getting a $6 K average raise, with an additional $50 million for schools.  Teacher unions are still on strike, saying it isn't enough, with no end in sight.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/02/598739415/oklahoma-teachers-set-for-statewide-walkout-amid-continued-pay-dispute

Republican government in red state raises taxes on oil and cigarettes to give teachers a pay raise and the Democrats still arenít happy. Shocker. Props to Oklahoma for listening to its citizens and acting though. It sounds like the situation there really was unacceptable.
110  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Most unknown U.S. state on: April 01, 2018, 03:06:04 pm
Delaware. Most people at least think of coldness and emptiness in North Dakota. To be honest I canít even picture what scenery in Delaware would look like.
111  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Zinke tells employees diversity isn't important on: March 26, 2018, 06:41:08 pm
Diversity isnít important for most tasks although in public policy I think it is.
112  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: People are leaving california due to housing costs and taxes. on: March 25, 2018, 03:27:24 pm
Lol no, California may be losing some people, but it's still gaining a lot more. My hometown in the Bay Area continues to build more houses as well as the neighboring cities. It seems like every year there are more and more people on the road. As someone who actually lives in California I can assure you that we aren't losing population.
no, but you've gotta at least acknowledge there's a significant domestic net outmigration that's hindering its growth

Seems to me like California's growth model involves replacing less well off people leaving with better off people coming in.

My impression is that California is attracting poor immigrants and the well off while losing the middle class through out migration. Is this incorrect?
113  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Were Southern Democrats stronger GE candidates? on: March 21, 2018, 07:06:52 pm
Truman was a Midwesterner but aside from that you are correct. Northerners were fine with a southerner and southernors were required to win for the dems in the south after the 1960s.
114  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Chuck Schumer: Palestinians are the reason there is no peace in the Middle East on: March 09, 2018, 12:14:46 pm
If youíre an Arab Muslim in Israel you can prosper. If youíre a Jewish person living in Palestinian territory you may literally be killed. How on earth could anybody support Palestine over Israel?
115  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Fair redistricting: Indiana on: March 06, 2018, 09:50:44 am
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I JUST WROTE A REALLY REALLY LONG WRITE-UP ABOUT THIS BUT IT DELETED UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Either way, here are the new and old PVIs.
OLD:
Indiana 1  D+8   
Indiana 2   R+11
Indiana 3   R+18
Indiana 4   R+17   
Indiana 5   R+9   
Indiana 6   R+18
Indiana 7   D+11
Indiana 8   R+15
Indiana 9   R+13

NEW:
Indiana 1  D+8
Indiana 2  R+12
Indiana 3  R+17
Indiana 4  R+15
Indiana 5  R+17
Indiana 6  R+15
Indiana 7  D+16
Indiana 8  R+16
Indiana 9  R+14

To make it quick, this map accomplishes everything I wanted. Has 2 suburban seats (IN-05, IN-08) instead of the million we have now (IN-04, IN-05, IN-06, IN-09), Has one centralized rust belt seat (IN-06), divides the 8th and 9th by horizontal geography rather than vertical which makes more sense given Southern Indiana's cultural similarity to the South. It also gives the Northern 3 townships of Marion County to IN-07, which makes more sense given urbanization, racial, etc. patterns of the county. There are also only 8 county splits without comprises geographical compaction.

Thatís a great map. I love what you did with the Indy metro and the big western district is cool as well. Also glad you put the rural northwestern counties with that district instead of with the region district.
116  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: IN-SEN: Messer deciding by May on: February 28, 2018, 02:10:21 pm
Isn't trump below water in Indiana? running as Pro-trump might hurt him more than its going to help him

Trump is barely underwater but certainly is not among GOP primary voters.
117  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: IN-SEN: Messer deciding by May on: February 28, 2018, 02:01:12 pm
Here is the first debate if anyoneís interested. Messer is the sensible one but is afraid to say that so he tries to justify his less extremist positions like voting to not shutdown the government as what Trump wanted. Rokita might be the strongest debator but he was full of attackís and in general is not a very nice guy. Braun was pretty rambly, and avoided taking clear positions.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rXcrhC1r8UY
118  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: IN-SEN: Messer deciding by May on: February 28, 2018, 01:57:36 pm
Here are two of Braunís. The immigration one is on tv now. Iím not sure if messer has a spot up yet or not. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OKCbQ5UFgbY
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VXuwIZEVmFM
119  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Most Conservative 2-term Democrat President on: February 25, 2018, 02:57:33 pm
Cleveland. Jackson was on the left.
This. I think people need to look at Jackson besides just focusing on the genocide.
....no. Economics is directly related to slavery and the Genocide. Stop trying to make this ďracist sociopathic murderers were really leftist economic populistsĒ thing happen.

Jackson did this to please landless poor whites. The party of businessmen, commercial farmers, and bankers (ie the party of capitalism) the whigs opposed his Indian policies.
120  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Xi Jinping seeks to remove term limits for his rule over China on: February 25, 2018, 02:51:55 pm
Itís been clear since the last big party meeting that this would happen. The guy is power hungry as hell.
121  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump: Guns for teachers will end school shootings on: February 25, 2018, 02:48:25 pm
I agree with the consensus that this will not be a solution but some of the criticisms here are rather silly as well. Nobody proposed forcing teachers to be armed, only allowing those teachers who wanted to. So no sweet old lady teacher would be forced to have a gun. Also they surely would have to be locked up, it wouldnít just like be sitting on a desk or in a holster for Godís sake. Get a grip people. Oppose a policy on its merits or lack thereoff, donít just spout nonsense.

So, you're saying that the GOP's actual proposal to stop all school shooting is that some teachers and other school employees will have a gun locked up somewhere? So that when a shooting is in progress, they can just go mosey on over to their gun locker - while the gunman patiently waits - then, in a state of complete calm, open the locker, ready their weapon, and then fire some of those magic bullets that will find the prospective shooter and kill them (and only them), without forcing the now-armed school employee to conduct a frantic hunt for them.

Anyone who thinks "arm the teachers" is anything other than moronic is, themselves, so stupid they ought to be found legally incompetent to conduct their own affairs.

Learn the concept of nuance my friend. I never said it was a good solution. Actually I said it wasnít. I just think a policy should be considered honestly rather than demagogued. You are correct in stating that it isnít a practical solution. It might at the very least be something that makes shooters less brazen though. One of the reasons schools are chosen is because they are easy targets.
122  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump: Guns for teachers will end school shootings on: February 25, 2018, 01:59:10 pm
I agree with the consensus that this will not be a solution but some of the criticisms here are rather silly as well. Nobody proposed forcing teachers to be armed, only allowing those teachers who wanted to. So no sweet old lady teacher would be forced to have a gun. Also they surely would have to be locked up, it wouldnít just like be sitting on a desk or in a holster for Godís sake. Get a grip people. Oppose a policy on its merits or lack thereoff, donít just spout nonsense.
123  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Most Conservative 2-term Democrat President on: February 22, 2018, 08:06:26 pm
Cleveland. Jackson was on the left.
124  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite Midwestern Republicans? Past or present on: February 17, 2018, 05:37:24 am
Mitch Daniels.
Historically of course Lincoln. McKinley was a good man as well.
125  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: OH-SEN: Mandel drops out! on: February 15, 2018, 07:31:27 pm
Portman's endorsed Jim Renacci, signaling his further departure from the establishment wing in Ohio.

Kinda a shame, Portman was one of the ones I liked.

Um, isnít the establishment backing Renacci? Who is he supposed to endorse?
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