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The Republicans have actually bent over backwards to try to appeal to non-whites. Remember that Bush caused the housing bubble by debauching credit standards specifically to increase Hispanic home ownership, with the reasoning being that they would then be willing to become GOP voters. Nevermind that Bush was also the first to propose amnesty for illegals and Karl Rove went out of his way to demonize immigration restrictionists.
Like I said, it's the GOP's fault for embracing such a liberal immigration policy. It makes no sense for them to support bringing more people into the country that will never vote for them.
Last edited by Beemo; 03-09-2014 at 03:16 PM.
We got provincial elections here in Quebec, the PQ attempt to get a majority at the provincial parliament and try to bring back the souvereignty ambitions.
Quebec election campaign kicks off for April 7 vote - Montreal - CBC News
PQ’s sovereignty ambitions shouldn’t distract from larger realities in Quebec | Toronto Star
.By: Chantal Hébert National Affairs, Published on Sat Mar 08 2014
MONTREAL—A few days into the April 7 election campaign Quebec is an island of relative tranquility in a Canadian sea of whipped-up referendum angst.
For the better part of the week there has been more talk of sovereignty and a future Quebec referendum in Toronto than in Montreal or anywhere else in the province.
A foreign visitor landing in the rest of Canada this week might have been forgiven for thinking that Quebecers were poised to spend the next month intensely discussing their political future. In fact it is columnists based outside the province who are apparently dying to redraw the federation in their place.
(On that score the prize goes to the columnist who suggested that it should be made clear to Quebecers that if they separated they would have to conduct their future business in English in the rest of Canada. How different from the status quo that would be!)
Meanwhile, for the first day of the campaign Pauline Marois was so eager to avoid the referendum issue that she spent 24 hours ducking the media at every turn.
In what has to be a first for a PQ leader, the opening statement of her campaign was devoid of a single reference to sovereignty.
When the questions inevitably caught up with her, Marois essentially kept all her options open.
If the PQ believed there was mileage to be had from talking up sovereignty and a referendum, it would do so. But no issue is more likely to cost it votes in this campaign than this one.
As an aside, more than a few PQ insiders believe that if Marois has a hidden agenda, it is more likely to involve bowing out at mid-mandate after having burnished her title as the first female Quebec premier by securing a majority government than to lead an uncertain march to independence
And why will they never vote for them?Originally Posted by Beemo
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Ron Paul wins the CPAC convention straw poll this year. (his second consecutive year winning it). Ted Cruz came in a distant second place.
I could see Paul ending up the leading candidate in the 2016 primaries...
You mean Rand Paul won it. At least he doesn't get ignored by the media like his dad did in poll placings.
Yup. It's a signature. Go away if you're expecting something interesting here.
On the plus side he's got some crossover Libertarian appeal, but not enough that it's poison as it was with Ron Paul. I'm skeptical of straw polls, though, especially those like the CPAC one that only represent a certain segment of the party.
Here's the deal, I'm the best there is. I wake up in the morning and I urinate excellence. And nobody can hang with my stuff. I'm just a big hairy American winning machine.
I'm very humble, too.
I spotted that article about Edward Snowden
Snowden: NSA ‘Setting Fire To The Internet,’ Violated Constitution ‘On A Massive Scale’ « CBS Houston
AUSTIN, Texas (CBS Houston/AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden spoke at this year’s South By Southwest Interactive Festival.
But the former NSA contractor did not appear in person at the conference in Austin on Monday. Instead, Snowden spoke via a video connection through Google Hangouts in front of an image of Article 1 of the United States Constitution.
Snowden participated remotely as he remains in Moscow where he’s living in temporary asylum, reportedly making use of seven proxy servers in order to avoid being located.
During the interactive talk, Snowden addressed the information connection policies of the NSA directly.
“When we think about what’s happened with the NSA in the last decade … it’s nothing that we ever asked for,” he said. “It’s not what we wanted, [and] it’s something we need to protect against.”
Snowden also asserted that the NSA is “setting fire to the … Internet,” according to a full transcript of the talk on the blog Inside, and described attendees of the Festival – as well as members of the technology community at large – as “firefighters” who can “fix this.”
He later singled out former NSA director Michael Hayden and current NSA director Keith Alexander as “two officials who have harmed our internet security, and actually, our national security.”
You'll recall that in 2013, Congress delaying any aspect of "Obamacare" was considered so unacceptable we had a shutdown showdown over the point. Today, going by this astonishing piece in the Wall Street Journal, in practice the individual mandate in "Obamacare" pretty much isn't going to exist for the forseeable future due to the actions of the Health and Human Services Department, which implement rather low standards for opting out of the mandate. Meanwhile enrollment in the exchanges continues to track below expectations, and data like this continues to bode ill:
To reiterate, the stated purpose of this was to insure the uninsured and it was claimed time and again this would positively impact the cost of health care for most also - hence "Affordable Care Act". I think complaints about executive overreach are only getting getting stronger also. The last two months have seen changes and delays and waivers introduced that go far beyond what was before Congress last October. Is this not amending the bill by another name?Meanwhile, a McKinsey & Company survey reports that a mere 27% of people joining the exchanges were previously uninsured through February. The survey also found that about half of people who shopped for a plan but did not enroll said premiums were too expensive, even though 80% of this group qualify for subsidies. Some substantial share of the people ObamaCare is supposed to help say it is a bad financial value. You might even call it a hardship.
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Tonight was a special election for Florida's 13th District. It was to replace the late Bill Young, a Republican. Republican David Jolly won over Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby by 2%: Republican Jolly wins Fla. congressional race
Some political pundits see this as a test on how the midterm elections will go this November. I think its a little early at this point.
A little news from overseas, New Zealand will hold a referendum about a new flag to replace the current one
New Zealanders will get referendum on changing national flag | CTV News
you can see some proposals had shown over the years. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Ze...bate#Proposals
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