• wouldn't it make Gerry-mandering easier?

    The more districts you have, the more you can divide people up.

  • comment on a post One small step to fixing Presidential elections over 9 years ago
    America is a big place, a heck of alot bigger than other countries with a winner take all election system.

    What happens when you have a tie on a ntaional level?

    Big countries with Proportional representation don't have this problem, because a handful of votes will not shift the entire outcome.

    Imagine what would happen if we had a tie on the national level a la Florida in 2000. It would be a crisis. The situation in Florida was complicated enough, and a significant, but not substantial, number of people lost faith in the fairness of the system. Multiply that by 50 and a national recount would be a disaster.

    Until the ballot system becomes much more efficient popular vote is not feasible.

  • comment on a post To the America First Party they go... over 9 years ago
    "We, The America First Party, wholeheartedly support 2nd Amendment rights as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and as given to us by Almighty God."

    Which commandment was the right to bear arms?..i keep forgetting.

  • comment on a post Religious right can't even enjoy their coffee over 9 years ago
    I thought these guys were really dumb until I found out Jonah Goldberg was one of the authors. He's so far left, I'm surprised his quote wasn't in Cuban.
  • comment on a post Diversity and the Two Lefty Blogospheres over 9 years ago
    I think the blogs like TPM and Yglesias aren't particular academic. Maybe they went to ivies, but that doesn't mean the analysis is academic.

    I think it just degree a political opinion.

    When we talk about democratic politicians, we argue over how much to give up in order to support a candidate. We don't really find many truly progressive politicians.

    Generally speaking the moderates would be fearful of a shift to the left just as much as a shift to the right in the democratic party. When they say 'DLC douche I'm supporting is the only electable choice', they really mean, 'he's my guy, and your guy won't win anyway, so stop whining'. I think most dKos and MyDD people would welcome a shift to the left.

  • comment on a post Same old same old over 9 years ago
    It's pretty hilarious, and it has a pretty high production qaulity.

    A lady has a drain clogged, and the repairman gives the signal to bulldoze the entire house.

    The Republicans are the bulldozers. It comes off pretty good, and it doesn't have the feel of a cheap political commercial at all.

  • comment on a post Truth / Power over 9 years ago
    michel foucault is turning in his grave.
  • comment on a post Arctic drilling over 9 years ago
    The taxes that you pay on a gallon of gas make the correspondence between oil prices and gallons of gas not 1:1. If oil prices double, the tax part of your gallon is still constant, the property value that is paid for in every gallon is also constant. Different states have different taxes, and different gas stations have different property values, so the correllation  will be different everywhere, but it will be 1:1 nowhere.

    I just hope we can knock of a couple votes in 2006, and swing it back the other way.

  • comment on a post Neocons: "Eliminate all Dictators by 2025" over 9 years ago
    I think liberal hawks are delusional.

    I worry that you sound to shrill, when making your argument, that it will be unfairly dismissed.

    I wonder how long Iraq will get a honeymoon to be a bad democracy. Obviously the administration criticize the democratically elected leaders for a long time, but liberal hawks and neocons will soon be forced to concede that planting democracy does not by itself Westernize an otherwise non-Western nation.

    But then again the Saudis have been working against US interests for a long time now, but they get a free pass. So maybe Iraq will get a similar free pass to be bad that Chavez can't get. Luckily Chavez doesn't give a shit and is building Venezuela in spite of us.

  • comment on a post Run Against DeLay Nationwide over 9 years ago
    don't you understand Chris? We're democrats. We  don't attack our opponents strengths. That's for Republicans. We only play defense on our weaknesses. This whole idea is just too bold. Just wait until the DLC comes out against it. Then you'll realize how bad an idea it is.

    Maybe if you'd have a little more empathy for the corporate interests that Delay was taking bribes from, you'd 'get it'.

    I think its a really bold plan. A national referendum on Delay would go badly for him. My only question is what is Delay's national name recognition?  I think it really depends on whether the Delay scandals catch fire in the media or not.

  • it's just a coincidence. When you point out coincidences like this, it creates a memory in everyone's head.

    Note to self: Jews control large aspects of the democratics party.

    People naturally recognize patterns, whether they are the result of a trend or randomness. In general, many people put some stock in the idea that Jews control more than their fair share. That's probably tthe root causes of anti-semitism. By pointing out a situation where this has happened, you only cement in people's head this incorrect belief. A false pattern in randomness becomes perceived as a real pattern.

    I know that you are saying 'it is just an observation.' Ask yourself if you would've made a diary if they were both Christians. Would that impress the religious right? What about the fact that Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry are both Catholic? Or that Harry Reid is a mormon?

    The fact that two Jews are in control of analogous committees in the House and the Senate has about as much significance to me as the fact that two Jews live across the street from each other at the end of my block. Its just not very important, and it isn't something that should be seen in that context.

    Especially when you are pretty much pointing out the Jews are controlling the flow of money to elected officials and candidates. How more rife with latent, historical stereotypes can a statement be? When you're dealing with stereotypes as dangerous as anti-semitism has proven for Jewish people, it's best not to publicize facts that support them, because they are almost always random coincidences like, the one you mentioned

  • I always was under the impression that Jews were pretty much just as good as gentiles at getting a job done, minus the horns of course.
  • on a comment on $1M for a clue over 9 years ago
    what do you expect out of someone who is Opus Dei? Those people are nut cases. Most well-informed Catholics think Mel Gibson is a bit of a loony. Popular movie not withstanding.
  • on a comment on $1M for a clue over 9 years ago
    its a messy case.

    The husband is saying that she had said to him in a conversation that if she was on life support with no chance of coming back to pull the plug. The parents contended that Schiavo was a devout Catholic. The pope has said that you should let someone in this situation live. Then Schiavo would have listened to the pope, when push came to shove.

    This isn't just like another Kevorkian case about someone choosing to die. I don't really trust the husband motives, as I mentioned below. The husband may have legally the right to do it, because the law is not in a position to differientiate between an honest motive and a disingenuous one.

  • on a comment on $1M for a clue over 9 years ago
    isn't there alot of messy stuff in this one?

    Like her husband is gonna get a lot of money, when she dies, and he has is now dating someone else? I thought there was a life insurance twist.

    There isn't this kind of outrage everytime someone gets the plug pulled on them.


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