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Comment: Re:Lame duck (Score 1) 210 210

You are quite wrong. Rove started the American Crossroads [americancrossroads.org] PAC specifically to oust the liberty and evangelicals from party leadership, right down to the local committee level. I've seen it in action.

AFAICT AC hasn't fought particularly against any Republican. A good chunk of their money goes to hurting Democrats.

As I said, I've seen it in action. I'll just leave this right here. A lot of their money is not tracked, because it doesn't go to candidates in partisan elections at all - it goes to candidates for leadership offices within the Republican party.

Comment: Re:Lame duck (Score 1) 210 210

Rove isn't a neocon, he's a partisan Republican. He will support whoever is in power, as long as it's a Republican.

You are quite wrong. Rove started the American Crossroads PAC specifically to oust the liberty and evangelicals from party leadership, right down to the local committee level. I've seen it in action. If he's supporting the Neocons (he is) maybe it's because they are still in power, right?

There is no one left who will say, "What's good for America is good for the world" as a justification to start wars, and PNAC closed a long time ago.

PNAC may have dissolved, but the Kagans (including Robert Kagan's wife, Victoria "Fuck the EU" Nuland) are still very active promoting the same type of interventionist foreign policies. And still very influential. Their latest funding / lobbying group is the Foreign Policy Initiative. Check it out.

Comment: Re:Lame duck (Score 1) 210 210

Neocons are dead, they pretty much gave up when Iraq showed their goal was a failure.

I wish. They are still firmly in control of the GOP. Sure, Cantor was ousted, but Rove came up with a war chest to oust the opposition from the party. Jeb Bush is their candidate, and he's raking in the campaign cash.

Comment: Re:huh (Score 1) 210 210

Are you seriously trying to say that a pro-choice candidate could ever get the Republican nod for president?

Nice. A subject change AND a straw man all in the same form-of-a-question response. Kudos to you, sir!

I said what I said, not what you said. Are you saying that the Democrats are clamoring for a pro-life candidate? Is this binary litmus test running the country now? Maybe a good question for your favorite Democratic candidate would be "Can you explain the moral difference between the crimes for which Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted (first-degree murder of infants shortly after birth at 23-25 weeks into pregnancy) and late-term abortions?"

No wonder the parties have such identical positions on so many other issues. This has got to be the single most asinine way to select a government in the history of mankind - convince a large block of voters to select or reject candidates on the sole basis of a single, decided issue that won't ever move more than minor degrees in one direction or another. You are a HUGE problem with politics today, by promoting this myopic view.

You even see Republican presidential candidates, when asked if they believe in evolution, making a canned reply of "Well, I'm not a scientist"

Hey, fucktard, you ever see Democratic presidential candidates even asked this question, hmmm? Why is that? You can't think your way out of a paper bag, can you? What a fucking idiot you are. Oh, everyone knows the Democrats love science and Republicans are anti-science, right? We'll just put the questions out there to bash our opponents with. Yea, we know 98.65% of all reporters are Democrats, that's a well-known partisan fact, too, right? Am I right?

The Neocons, that trotskyist group that wants eternal war in the middle east

Right. I count Obama among them.

are yet another group that has taken over the republican party.

More demonstration of ignorance from you (not unexpected). Which group has "taken over" and which has not? I've got news for you - the Neocons are into pushing left (they call it "moderate") as much as possible, and want the religious right to just shut up and vote. They are in opposition in the party. I expect a hyperpartisan moron like yourself to be ignorant of the various Republican party factions, but you seem to even be ignorant of factions within your own party. I don't even know why I'm responding, you're so obviously stupid about politics.

If democrats had brough in a foreign speaker to contradict a republican presidents policies, they'd be screaming for the gatling guns to be unleashed upon anyone to the left of the KKK.

I assume you're referring to Netanyahu? Nothing but a made-up controversy. And entirely irrelevant to the rest of your post.

We'll just have to disagree on the extent of the Reigious right's influence.

We "disagree" because you don't know what the fuck you're talking about - that's clear.

I'm saying if you can't pass their litmus tests, you will not be the parties presidential nominee.

The FIRST thing you did in this thread was introduce a litmus test! Wow - how the left can project!

And for a person like myself, who views the political spectrum not as a left-right straight line, I see the further you get from the center, the closer left and right extremists become in actuality, if not rhetoric.

You view it from mainstream Democrat party talking points, and that's about it. Your opinion doesn't really matter in politics these days, because you will pull the lever for the "D" no matter who's name is there. Just like the racist "solid south" Democrats always did, and how all the useless eaters that care more about their free health care than how their children will find jobs, do today.

Comment: Re: It's like Venezuela but without all the gun c (Score 4, Insightful) 407 407

The Federal Reserve doesn't work like that. The USA can maintain its government deficit because enough people are willing to buy US government bonds. If, one day, people no longer trust it to repay its debts, there will be a financial meltdown the like of which the world has never yet seen.

The largest purchaser of US bonds today is ... wait for it ... the Federal Reserve.

Comment: Re: It's like Venezuela but without all the gun cr (Score 4, Interesting) 407 407

Even if 100% of their past debts were written off, current tax receipts are insufficient to meet current expenditure.

That situation is exactly the same in the US (except the gap is about $500 billion right now, more than the entire Greek debt). The only reason that the US keeps going is that they control the lender (the Federal Reserve). At least they think they do.

Comment: Re:Lame duck (Score 1) 210 210

That's a big part of what gave him a chance to win, the Republicans didn't take him seriously and spent most of their time fighting Hillary. Hardly anyone expected him to get the nomination much less win the presidency.

It was a good demonstration of the power of the MSM. Obama was their darling, going way back to his run for the US Senate. They started covering him, I think it was Time that did the first big fluff piece about him, way back in 2003. Other far-left "reporters" picked up the mantle and ran with it. They created him, and put him in place. It's no wonder he got such favorable coverage.

Comment: Re:Lame duck (Score 1) 210 210

He failed to get his trade bill, which is either good or bad, depending on your ideology, but it shows his lack of competence for working with congress.

No, actually, the TPA was recently passed, providing fast-track for the TPP (and the TPIP), which means it will only get an up-or-down vote when Obama finishes negotiations. Maybe they'll keep it secret until after that vote, too, who knows. I don't know what kind of bribes and/or threats were used to get it passed, but there it is.

Frankly, it's stunning how much of the Neocon agenda can get implemented when there's a Democrat president pushing for it. If a Republican president had done some of the things Obama has done, DC would be full of Democrats with pitchforks. For some reason they "trust" Obama ...

Comment: Re:Just great (Score 1) 210 210

Doctors are not federal employees

Well how did they get out of it when the rest of us are working for the Federal government for almost 5 months?

Or you prefer that doctors be drafted?

That's not the goal? After all, if healthcare is a "right", you need someone drafted to provide it...

Comment: Re:huh (Score 2) 210 210

The religious right have firm control of their party.

Not really. They haven't gotten what they want from the party for quite some time. The Neocons are firmly in control these days. They are the ones that put up McCain, then Romney (eviscerating the Ron Paul wing in the process). Oh, they get a lot of play in the MSM (easy targets), but influence in the GOP - not so much.

Comment: Re:Yay! (Score 2) 94 94

What's your bot? (My boys and I are watching the show on ABC.)

What a horrible job they did of putting that show together. Battles are only 3 minutes, but with all the commentary, backgrounders, interviews and fluff, they can only fit FOUR battles into an hour-long show. Worse, they include so much commentary they actually EXCLUDE about 1/2 the battles, and just show a few highlights from some.

Imagine if a network covered the NBA playoffs like that? Producers at ABC certainly showed a lot of incompetence with that show.

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.

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