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Glad I'm not the only one willing to say it.

 

Totally contrived. It also had nothing to do with how this country could be run by either party, not a smart thing to base a decision on.

 

I don't like Ryan as a candidate but I did enjoy that moment. I just like to see the other side of candidates and behind the scene stuff.

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I love the FiveThirtyEight blog. Always interesting to see how everything is tracking. The way it's going now, it could be an interesting month leading up to the election.

 

This scenario is altogether possible and there are a number of outcomes to get to a 269 - 269 tie.

 

http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/2012/custom-presidential-election-map#nkammnjannajjenje

 

As interesting from a political perspective it would be, holy shit I think the country would rip apart at the seams. And the internet would explode.

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Pretty sure Ryan's widows peak is scripted too.

 

Also, if Hollywood ever needed a stunt double for Eddie Munster, Paul Ryan should be considered.

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isn't the country already torn apart at the seams?

 

anyway, i think it's really going to take a zombie apocalypse to reset the world. although, we'd probably fuck that up too.

 

An electoral college tie would be as close to a zombie apocalypse as we could get.

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We Agree!

 

 

Here’s my analysis, which I sent this morning to a Republican friend who has been struggling to convince me to vote.

 

1. Foreign policy – We agree. We love American military power and will extol it every chance we get to score points with patriotic voters. America should continue to police the world, bully other nations, and fight undeclared wars.

 

2. Unemployment – We agree. It is government’s role to manage the economy and create jobs. What kind of nut case doesn’t know that?

 

3. Medicare and Social Security – We agree. We love them. Taxing young people to pay for old people’s retirement checks and government-rationed medical care is the American way. We should continue it forever.

 

4. Taxes – We agree. We love them. We will always claim that we’ll give the middle class a break because that’s where the votes are. People are too stupid to understand that “loophole” is just another name for “deduction,” so it’s a slam dunk that they will cheer when we promise to get rid of them. Then – surprise! – their taxes go up even though the rate went down! Such a deal! We will fiddle with the tax code to get votes and to manipulate people’s economic behavior, but the one thing we will never do is question the morality or efficacy of taxing the pants off of productive people in the first place.

 

5. Afghanistan – We agree. Our troops are wonderful. Voters feel good when we say that. Did we mention how brave they are? With just a little more training, the people whose country the US government invaded and is now occupying will be able to provide their own security so we can leave – sort of. Foreigners love it when we help them like this. Fragging is but one way they show their appreciation.

 

6. Syria and Libya – We agree. Khadafy had to go. Assad has to go. Voters think we’re cool when we say somebody “has to go.” Phrases like “slaughtered his own people” help too. Supporting killers in other countries at the expense of productive Americans is a splendid idea, especially when we aren’t sure who the killers are, who they might kill, or what they aim to accomplish. If we assure voters that we won’t put “boots on the ground,” they’ll think we are soooo reasonable and restrained. A nice bonus is that these adventures always create more instability that we will have to fix later. Hey defense contractor campaign contributors, can we hear a big “cha-ching” from ya?

 

7. Abortion – We agree. We love this issue because we know that questions about the role of government in this will never be resolved, since they boil down to a fundamental disagreement over what constitutes an individual life. Thank goodness this tool will always be there when we need it to demonize opponents and whip up our base.

 

8. The tone of the campaign – We agree. God bless the hero who asked the question. Hero, hero, hero! We never get tired of saying that word. Voters get tears in their eyes when they hear it, and voters with tears in their eyes tend not to notice that our policies are exactly the same. Only the other guy engages in negative campaigning. Our side simply cites the record and tells the truth.

 

9. What I could give to this country that no one else could – That would be my unique ability to manage the biggest government in the history of the planet so it can fix all problems. Unemployment, poverty, the shrinking wealth of the middle class – government can fix those things and more if you’ll just put my team in charge. Hey, how about that, we agree!

 

In conclusion We agree! Things are bad. But cheer up: government can fix it! More debt! More deficits! More deceit! More drones! More dead foreigners! God bless America! Oh, and remember: there is a huge difference between Republicans and Democrats. Never in the history of Our Sacred Democracy have there been differences that are more differenter, so everybody vote!

 

Here's an enlightening video clip:

 

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Really Sparky, I can't figure out what you are trying to promote here. Not even a clue.

 

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Just giving you all something to think about. Take from it what you want or don't want to see. I think it's pretty clear. Whomever wins we all lose. Is that clear enough for you?

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Yea, it is all clear, so why even bother still talking about it. Perhaps we are talking small differences here, but some people still recognize that and are interested in the reality of those details. So let it go. Have all the personal fantasies you want about how the world is ending if you like. We all have those as well as myriads of utopian ideas about how much better things could be. You really want to hear all my personal crack pot ideas about a perfect world?

 

It is Sunday morning and I am going to bet your life looks about like the rest of ours; a day off with our families and friends in a house with or without a morgage, taking a break from our ordinary work lives that encompass mundane tasks for the man. And maybe it helps you to cope with that life by propigating all these crack-pot theories and throwing them up here. But most of us go about our lives and figure we are going to make the best of this election between the two choice we have, not the choices we don't have.

 

And short of you telling me you live off the grid, raging against the machine every day in a come concrete way (not posting bullshit on a band fan site) , I don't intend to engage with you on these things. I know most all of this stuff. I have talked to people from every conceivable ideological postion in my life and know most of this shit by heart. Reality is a hard nut to crack, but try cracking it.

 

The world is not going to change appreciably no matter who is elected. I agree with that, but I am more willing to take my chances with one guy than the other, small as those chances may be for something significantly different.

 

We can't stop you from posting, but really day by day it makes you look kinda nuts. Vote for no one or vote for someone who isn't going to win. I figure I will try and pick a winner and hope for the best. That's what people have been doing for centuries and will continue to do for the forseeable (and reality based) future.

 

LouieB

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I think people are kinda nuts to think either Obama or Romney are the answers to our problems. Just passing along things I find interesting. Panther might still be reading this forum.... :thumbup Don't let my posts get your shorts in a knot. I don't let yours bother me. Thanks for the grammar correction.

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