DanteGabriel

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  1. Flat Earth theory gaining converts???

    That's obviously why you have the elephants facing in opposite directions to hold it up and keep it from pulling inward.
  2. U.S. Election - Onward to New Hampshire

    Thanks for the rundown on the Iowa Democratic Party in the previous thread, Fez. I bet this is more about disorganization and failure of involved officials than any deliberate skullduggery, but it's all too easy for the general public to assume the worst about a situation involving the Clintons.
  3. US Election Thread - Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa

    Was the Iowa caucus any more weird or disorganized than in previous years?
  4. NFL 2016: Super Bowl in Memory of John Fox

    I think of him as a legendarily awful announcer from his stints on Monday and Thursday nights.
  5. US Election Thread - Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa

    Having a 3/4 majority in Congress overcomes a lot of controversy and mean newspaper editorials I guess.
  6. US Election Thread - Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa

    FDR did make great use of radio. Was there a Fox Radio with associated media apparatus that constituted the primary source of news (and, increasingly, view of reality) for roughly half the electorate that demonized FDR and convinced people that any cooperation with him was equivalent to dealing with the Devil? What equivalent tool does Obama have that will capture a vastly more fragmented and distracted public? Reddit chats? I thought making speeches in front of a camera wasn't enough.
  7. US Election Thread - Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa

    All it took was the Great Depression, the threat of violent economic rebellion, and total dominance of Congress!
  8. US Election Thread - Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa

    A mass movement that formed with almost no leadership from elected politicians. This is what we're talking about, since you do seem to get scattered -- can Bernie Sanders create a mass movement in support of the goals he wants (and goals that I very much want too!), such as a big increase in minimum wage, single-payer health care, or meaningful corporate reform? Mass movements do work, but let me know if you have a surefire way to make a mass movement coalesce around a specific policy goal. One would think a couple of dozen dead white kindergarteners would be enough to catalyze a mass movement for gun control, but no. So how is a President going to create this mass movement? I have no idea what your last sentence means.
  9. US Election Thread - Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa

    I think, frankly, you've been a little disingenuous on the Obama-Sanders comparisons, especially when you write off Obama's gun control efforts as "just holding some press conferences." If a President has ever gotten a divisive piece of legislation passed by "taking the case directly to the American people" (which still sounds vague to me) then please let me know. How does President Sanders convince Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring a $15 minimum wage or single-payer health care bill to the floor for a vote?
  10. US Election Thread - Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa

    I think Obama is getting a little more forceful on gun control, but you still have failed to convince me that Sanders can or will do anything different to materialize this popular movement besides, well, making speeches. Obama made speeches on gun control, and appealed directly to Americans. What has Sanders done besides make speeches? Give me something besides vague platitudes about "building public support" (which sounds a lot like "making speeches"). What does "going to the media" mean, except making speeches while looking into a camera? If Sanders is going to become President and threaten to withhold his support from Democrats who won't get on board with whatever agenda he's pushing, how much is that threat worth coming from a registered Independent with a weaker hold on the Democratic coalition than Obama had?
  11. MLB, in winter.

    They struck hard and early in the offseason with Craig Kimbrel and David Price. If Kimbrel's the closer, they can move Uehara to the setup position and keep Tazawa around for middle relief. Hopefully the Price move has a domino effect where there's finally a number one in the rotation and they can stop pretending Porcello or Buccholz is the guy. On position players I didn't think they needed to do much. Plenty of talent in the lineup, and guys like Betts and Bogaerts are only going to get better, but they need to make sure Panda shows up weighing less than 300 pounds, and that Hanley Ramirez either figures out how to field, or just cut his underachieving ass.
  12. US Election Thread - Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa

    This happened without any President advocating for it, and in fact most elected politicians were pretty cowardly on it, so I fail to see how it is relevant to the power of the President. This is a change that came from a popular movement and a cultural change, not because any politicians pushed it.
  13. NFL 2016: Super Bowl in Memory of John Fox

    To be honest, I have kind of assumed that there will be some deal like this for Tom Brady one day, and that's part of why he's gone for these cut-rate contracts.
  14. US Election Thread - Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa

    I'm having trouble seeing how this advocacy you are describing is that different from what Obama tried to do to push gun control.
  15. NFL 2016: Super Bowl in Memory of John Fox

    Is that sort of thing even legal with the salary cap? I was also under the impression that there were no shortage of teams (like the Titans) who'd be willing to offer Manning a front-office position and a team stake without having to go through the football equivalent of Muhammad Ali vs. Larry Holmes.