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Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 1) 324

by ScentCone (#48623771) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

If gas was this low under a Republican president I could guarantee you that the party faithful would be giving the president full credit.

And would you point out, like I just did, that the Republican president was preventing oil companies from using their gulf wells? Or from being allowed to use new leases on fields? If a Republican president actually DID those things, you'd be able to. Is that what you're saying, that a Republican would be - as it relates to energy policy - exactly like Obama, and that his party would be giving him full credit for that? What ARE you saying?

Comment: Re:As long as they get close it's a win (Score 1) 79

by DerekLyons (#48623425) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

A very negative point of view.

Only in the eyes of the completely clueless or the drooling fanboy (not there's much effective difference between the two) are facts "negative".

If you get it back in one or a few bits then it is a win over just just chucking it up there and knowing you have lost it (as most rockets do)

Since the goal is to recover it whole, no, getting back in 'a few bits' is not a win. It's a failure. That things can and will be learned from such a failure does not change this.

Comment: Re:Failed state policies (Score 1) 324

by ScentCone (#48623359) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations
Yeah, I know, it's frustrating, isn't it? Do a little homework yourself. You'll see that definitions for stillbirth, miscarriage, and neonatal death vary tremendously by country, and are famously all of the map in poorer countries.

The US counts every birth that shows any sign of life - regardless of size or weight - as a live birth. Most European countries, though, don't consider any birth before 26 weeks to be "live births." A fetus needs to be at least 30cm in Switzerland before it's considered a live birth. Has to be at least a pound in Canada, Germany, and Austria. Those don't survive, and aren't considered live births. But in the US, they are (and then are promptly considered cases of infant mortality). About half of infant deaths in the US occur within moments and well within 24 hours of birth, but countries like Japan (with their excellent stats!) don't count them as deaths unless they occur AFTER 24 hours of birth. See how this works? By contrast, in much of Europe, babies born before 26 weeks’ gestation are not considered “live births.” Switzerland only counts babies who are at least 30 centimeters long (11.8 inches) as being born alive. In Canada, Austria and Germany, only babies weighing at least a pound are considered live births. Read more at

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 1) 324

by ScentCone (#48623285) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Anything good that happened during Obama's administration has nothing to do with him

Not at all. Please list some things for which he is actually responsible.

Accepted unemployment statistics suddenly become unreliable and unfavorable

Only when they are deliberately misrepresented in essentially unprecedented circumstances, such as we now have (millions abandoning their search for work, and no longer being counted), and millions more being employed ... but with only 30 hours a week of work, or less, because their employers can't be left holding the bag for the crushing overhead payload that is Obamacare. So even if you want to ignore the millions giving up even trying, the number you think is so good is: NOT.

A wind-down of US forces in the Middle East becomes new wars

So the war in Syria that wasn't happening while Bush was in office is NOT new? The conflict in Ukraine is not new? The occupation by the Islamic State of huge swaths of Iraq and Syria actually dates back to Bush's watch? Are you actually paying attention? The point is that people are saying that Obama "ended two wars" ... please describe which wars are now done. I'm interested.

You then declare Obama a failure without anything other than your backwards logic to support it.

Actually, I was very clear above. He's failed to keep the phony promises he made as a candidate. He's racked up more debt than all of his predecessors combined, expanded practices he said were unacceptable, contradicted himself on countless subjects... which of those things are you considering successes?

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 1) 324

by ScentCone (#48623255) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Many conservatives believe Obama is anti oil

It's probably because they watch what he actually does, rather than listen to what he reads from a teleprompter.

the USA has expanded and continues to expand its energy capacity hugely

Yup. But not because Obama has done anything to enable that expansion. Exactly the opposite. People with private and existing leases are working those resources with new technology. Obama isn't making new leases available, is still enforcing a moratorium on lots of drilling, etc. He's not responsible for the oil/gas glut, it's simply happening while he's in office, even though it would be happening even faster and across a wider part of the economy if he lifted the blocks he's put on much of it.

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 2) 324

by ScentCone (#48623239) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Don't give credit to the President for anything good that happens in the U.S. (Lower Gas Prices, the end of the War in Iraq and Afganistan, killing Bin Laden, unemployment below 8%)

If he were actually responsible for any of those things, we could talk about it. Actually he can't be responsible for ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, because those are still raging on, and our troops are still there. And he can't be responsible for unemployment below 8% because it's not below 8%. And lower gas prices? Explain what he's done to make that happen. Let me guess - you're going to mention something about more drilling in the US, right? Nope. He's only clamped down on that, in areas where he has any authority. And - killing Bin Laden? Please specifically explain his role, and how the intelligence and special forces people who actually did the work were stuck, and too dumb to finish the job until he provided his expertise in ... what was that now? Please refresh.

exactly what has he failed at???

Well, let's see. He's got one "signature" piece of legislation rammed through. He promised all sorts of things about it that turned out to be at the very least simply miserably wrong, and in many cases were deliberate lies. The result? Higher (not lower) health insurance costs and deductibles for millions of people (and we haven't even see the result of the employer mandate kicking in - just wait!), tens of millions still uninsured despite the giant rate hikes applied to others to buy them insurance, higher taxes on those that actually pay taxes, and more debt accumulated on his watch than every other president before him combined.

Or we could look at his promise to run the "most transparent administration in history" ... how's that working out for you? Controlling press conferences, harassing reporters, wiretapping newspapers, and stonewalling continually on all manner of inquiries from both the press and the legislative branch. If you'd like, we can explore his unconstitutional (and unsigned!) executive "actions" that attempt to alleviate his frustration that he can't talk another branch of government into doing his bidding.

a war he and Cheney outright lied about

What? Saddam wasn't, after all, shooting at the planes enforcing the no fly zone? He wasn't violating the UN's oil-for-food agreement? He wasn't continuing to import and build long range weapons? He never did have that stockpile of VX that the UN inspectors documented, and could no longer account for? Saddam actually honored all of the conditions of the cease fire that accompanied his being beaten back from invading Kuwait? Oh, right - he violated essentially every one of them, continued to slaughter people by the thousands using WMDs, and did everything possible to obstruct UN inspections - and never stopped targeting allied aircraft keeping him from slaughtering even more people in the north and south of the country. And of course, your preferred governing party (as previously manifested by the Clintons) not only supported removing him from power, they - and their Democrat counterparts in congress - voted specifically to authorize the use of force about which you're complaining. And they reviewed (and cited) exactly the same intelligence that the administration saw - you know, the same intelligence separately arrived at by several other countries' own agencies and sources. None of which painted a nice rosy picture of they guy you're feeling sorry for.

And the recession? You mean the one that was already beginning to take shape before Clinton left office? The one that's almost entirely due to incredibly foolish home loan policies about which the Bush administration warned the Democrat-controlled congress, but which that congress not only turned a deaf ear, but insisted that the underwriting bodies and banks did more of. That recession?

Comment: Re:Joe Biden for President? (Score 1) 324

by sumdumass (#48622337) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

I doubt, Joe Biden will score even so much as a nomination â" despite his desires â" which will, of course, be even more embarrassing for the Democrats, than him losing the subsequent election.

This is likely the number one reason why no one has attempted to assassinate Obama. They know we would get Biden in his stead.

Comment: Re:Failed state policies (Score 1) 324

by ScentCone (#48620863) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations
Nice red herring on the infant mortality rates.

Cuba doesn't count the deaths of infants that die within three days of being born. Those are considered miscarriages, and don't contribute to the numbers. In the US, any birth that still has a heartbeat outside of the mother is considered a live baby. If it dies moments later, that's "infant mortality." Many (very sensible) countries around the world don't do the math that way, resulting in complete apples/oranges when you compare the stats.

Regardless, you're trusting ANY numbers out of Cuba, where the government jails and sometimes kills people who say even very non-specific things that run counter to the totalitarian propaganda?

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 4, Interesting) 324

by ScentCone (#48620751) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Only President Obama could get gas to $2.50

Gas is that low despite him, not because of him. Get your basic facts straight.

end 2 wars

Which two was that? There's more war in Iraq than there was when he took command, and the war in Afghanistan that he said was the important one is still going on. There's also some new NEW war going on in Syria, where he's now got our forces involved, and we have some lead being slung around in places like Ukraine. "End" two wars? Which ones?

get bin Laden

You mean, be in office when the people who were already working on the task before he took office finally got things lined up and got it done? His main contribution: watching from the situation room. And the intel/SF people who made it happen aren't very happy with him leaving the Pakistani doctor who helped make it possible to twist in the wind after the deed. Classy.

bring unemployment below 8%

That fake number only works if you pretend that huge numbers haven't simply given up looking for work. The real number is much higher than that. Which you know. Which everyone knows. Please, show a little integrity.

then be told he's failing as president

Well, he is. So there's something to be said for being honest about it.

1 Billion dollars of budget deficit = 1 Gramm-Rudman