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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 2 hours ago

Re: The election process in this country...

"Left" is a set of ideas/ideals that don't really move. But it also is a relative term, I must concede. In fact, I think I mentioned that up-thread already!

Oh, I know. I'm just trying to tease out why Clinton wouldn't be [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 3 hours ago

Re: The election process in this country...

The Dems are about to nominate Hillary. She's a moderate. Left of center, but not by a lot.

She's fairly liberal. Her voting record in the Senate (using the DW-NOMINATE rating) was to the left of Obama, and to the left of Biden - and [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 4 hours ago

Re: The election process in this country...

It is semantics to some extent. Pataki held most of the positions that Republicans support, but perhaps not as extremely. And he differed on a few. I wouldn't say he was "far right". He was "moderate". He's [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 11:21 AM

Re: The election process in this country...

I suppose it is relative. I would say when those candidates ran they were "far right". That doesn't mean they were the furthest right of any in their party, but they were not in any way moderate.

Well, then we get into a [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 11:03 AM

Re: The election process in this country...

I think the original statement was correct. If you aren't far-right you are not getting the Republican nomination today.

Again, I don't see it. McCain "swung" right in 2008, but he wasn't the choice of the far right wing of [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 9:17 AM

Re: The election process in this country...

In our present system of primaries, it is impossible for the GOP to nominate someone who is not hard right.

Perhaps - although ironically, the last two nominees (McCain and Romney) were not thought of as being from the hard [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 9:11 AM

Re: The election process in this country...

I thought that's what I said. :^)

Not exactly. You had intimated that the two-party system is a product of tradition and habit....which I think minimizes the very real structural reasons why we end up with only two relevant [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 6:12 PM

Re: The election process in this country...

And that, in itself, prevents 3rd, 4th and 5th candidates from running how?

Because support for a third-party candidate cannot be transferred to another candidate for the head of government.

In Parliamentary systems, you can [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 5:40 PM

Re: The election process in this country...

The Democratic Party and the Republican Party's duopolistic capture of the American democratic process is based on not much more than tradition and habit,

Not really - it's due largely to structural factors. Namely, that we have [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 4:12 PM

Re: Coates endorses Sanders

That is interesting. Sanders needs to start making inroads among minority voters, and it's a positive sign for his campaign if that's starting.

There hasn't been any recent polling in any of the other early primary/Super Tuesday states, so [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 2:02 PM

Re: Iowa

I can't really make heads or tails of what you have written above.

I think what he's saying is that you would reasonably expect that both state-run and private prisons would provide only the bare minimum required by law to their [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 1:59 PM

Re: Iowa

That's why one "leads", yes?

Of course. But it's also a possible explanation of why one might choose not to "follow" that particular leader. If you think the compromises and policies necessary to bring those [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 10:12 AM

Re: Hilary can deliver revolution. Bernie can't

My point is that if she is elected President, Hilary Clinton will achieve a revolutionary moment for the USA, and that applying the "R" word exclusively to Bernie is wrong.

On a similar point, there's also a reasonable [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 9:11 AM

Re: Iowa

I suspect all programs are subject to unintended consequences. Does that make them in some manner invalid?

Nope. It just means that they're not necessarily going to have the outcomes a proponent claims for them. Free college might [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 9:07 AM

Re: Iowa

Besides, like their respective positions on reparations, Clinton and Sanders are basically the same on this issue. Clinton proposes to make 2-year public community colleges free. Sanders proposes to make 4-year state colleges free. With regard to [more]

Wed Feb 3

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 6:23 PM

Re: Iowa

There's a big difference between a program that benefits everyone no matter what, e.g. universal healthcare, and a program that benefits everyone who can afford to avail themselves of it, e.g. the home mortgage interest deduction.

If the
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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 6:09 PM

Re: Iowa

Keeping a kid out of gangs and in high school long enough to graduate, for example, often is not trivial. However, at the same time, when a kid does that and then hits the dead-end of "can't afford college"...then what? Gotta have both [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 6:04 PM

Re: Iowa

Because there can't be social/racial justice if there is economic injustice?

Sounds right to me. And I think the vice-versa is true also. It's a symbiosis. Gotta have both or you have neither.

Like having a really nice receiver
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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 5:57 PM

Re: Iowa

It seems he's saying that if programs don't benefit ONLY black persons then they are not good for black persons.

No.

The point is that if a program is likely to benefit one group disproportionately more than another group, [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 5:53 PM

Re: Iowa

The analogy fails not because Kanye and Cam are rich, but because the selection of beneficiaries is arbitrary and grossly inefficient with respect to the target problem.

I wonder if that's true.

Consider the beneficiary [more]

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