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You can put that down to "Romney was a crap candidate" if you like, but I can't imagine anybody else doing better. Can you? Do you think Ron Paul would have pulled better numbers than Romney? Who do you think would have made a stronger run? Jon Huntsman Gary Johnson Tim Pawlenty Mitch Daniels Chris Christie Jeb Bush Mike Huckabee Basically, anybody who is a member of the "reality based community". Huntsman was tainted by his association with Obama (cooties!) Pawlenty is boring and ran out of money early. Johnson got totally ignored. The others looked at the tea leaves (so to speak) and decided to sit this one out. Would any of them have won? No way of telling. But I'd be surprised if any of them made the kind of howling blunders that Romney did. Not releasing tax info (or backlash from their contents, if he did release them). The "47%" remark. Having no detectable beliefs or principles. The whole "rich guy" aura.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2012 on Your Orca thread at Obsidian Wings
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Both parties have "political consultant" parasites. IMHO, Obama's biggest advantage in the 2008 primaries was that all the "big name" consultants were working for Clinton, and siphoning off multi-million-dollar "fees" for advice that was every bit as bad as what Romney got.
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2012 on Your Orca thread at Obsidian Wings
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russell: The more people saw of Romney, the less they liked him. He's the most unlikable presidential candidate I can remember. Less likable than Nixon? Yeesh! Likeability is important for a politician -- GW Bush, remember, was "the guy you'd like to have a beer with", despite the fact that he's a recovering alcoholic. Romney has the attitude that there are His People and The Help. Not good.
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2012 on Your post-election thread at Obsidian Wings
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Fiddler brings up a good point -- what about false positives? Poppyseed bagels/pastries are the classic trap (one of the local delis sells poppyseed hammantashen the size of dinner plates); I'm sure there are others. Re Reagan's "drug free workplace": "Drop your zipper for the Gipper" -- Abbie Hoffman And congrats to Sprog the Elder!
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I've caused a bit of a ruckus in a restaurant by ordering apple pie with cheese. (They ended up bringing me a piece of pie and a separate plate with a slice of cheese on it. It was a heated plate. Messy!) And in college, for putting ketchup on scrambled eggs (trust me, those eggs *needed* ketchup) Depending on where you grew up, both of those things are either totally disgusting or so mundane that you don't even think about it.
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Watermelon and feta is an excellent combination. Try adding some chopped mint.
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The Library at Alexandria? The Library at Baghdad? How about Nikola Tesla's complete lab notes?
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2012 on Found things Friday open thread at Obsidian Wings
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Re "useless" degrees: A University is not a trade school, no matter how much the Job Creators want it to be. Spend four years getting a degree in Ethnic Studies or Contemporary Media or any other Liberal Art and you'll be very good at writing, doing research, comparing different authorities, describing various viewpoints, and digging hard data out of crap. For decades, the path to Business Management started with a Liberal Arts degree. Nowadays, it seems to be more important to know how to write Excel macros than to write a coherent position paper.
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2012 on What do governments do? at Obsidian Wings
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Re Citizens United and free speech: "Corporations are people*, my friends" -- Mitt Romney * So is Soylent Green
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2012 on What do governments do? at Obsidian Wings
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A point that folks seem to be missing is that Assange isn't worried about *legal* extradition. He's worried about getting grabbed, put on a plane, taken to [classified], and being subjected to classified interrogation techniques. Given the treatment of the guy accused of being the other end of the pipeline (Bradley Manning), I'd say he has a legitimate worry. As a Commonwealth citizen, I'd guess that he has more protection in the UK than in Sweden. In addition, Sweden has been very willing to violate its own laws for the benefit of the RIAA/MPAA in the Pirate Bay case.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2012 on Assange Bleg at Obsidian Wings
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"Nice little world economy ya got here. Be a shame if anything happened to it." There's a perfectly good way to handle banks whose liabilities exceed their assets -- it's called "bankruptcy". It's designed to deal with pear-shaped situations. Everybody knows exactly what the weird financial derivatives are worth -- zero. They're the financial equivalent of last week's lottery tickets. Democracy is nice, but we're seeing who really holds the reins. Our masters are not to be inconvenienced.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2009 on Well, What Did You Expect? at Obsidian Wings
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