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JCMach1

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Hometown: Florida
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Member since: 2001
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About Me

Small business owner, former professor and university administrator... former expat (lived in UAE for 10 years).

Journal Archives

Time to Consider the Direct Election of the Supreme Court

Yes, it would take a Constitutional Amendment, but hear me out. The advise and consent power has become partisan outside of any democratic process. We the people, quite literally, don't get a say. Imagine some of the possibilities:

-Expand the number of Justices
-Direct popular vote in non-partisan races the first November after a vacancy emerges.
-Retention votes every 4 years on Presidential cycle for all justices.
-limitations on age, before the bar, etc.

The Supreme Court was designed to be Conservative and elitist. Can we please to away with this non-democratic institution already?

Stagnant wages and rapid inflation on tap next

That will eventually lead to a business cycle recession. Will be big if all those high percentage, long term expensive car loans, and hyper-inflated real estate loans go South. Then, it's all about exposure...

Inflation/stagflation 12-24 months

Recession next 24-36 months...

Qatar is a serious Crisis

Similar to the Saudi invasion of Bahrain during the Arab Spring. The GCC (KSA and UAE mainly) are inching closer to invading Qatar. Reading Gulf papers, I have never before seen the kind of things that are going on.

It is also important for Americans and.those of us on the left to understand while the Qatari's are no angels, the Saudis beef with Qatar is essentially that they refuse to actively support the dictator Sisi in Egypt and refuse to kill AL Jazeera.

Trump is supporting his new BFF the Saudis in all of this nonsense despite the fact our main regional military base is in Qatar. It will also come as little shock that the Russians will benefit heavily strategically and monetrarity from the chaos. Europe will become more dependent on Russian NG. Plus, chaos will drive energy prices north.

I would put the odds at 50/50 the GCC will invade Qatar.

EV, PHEV, and Hybrid Car Owners Check-in

How do you like your car?

I have been driving my 2011 Volt for a month now and absolutely love it. Our other family car is a 2013 Prius, but for driving enjoyment you really can't compare the two.

My Volt is #2512

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5X5-3_3YovaNnJlVk9CZTlzSjg/view?usp=drivesdk

Fulton county has 'rare' data error

Per WSB-tv


Is the fix in????

Time to Stop Blaming Trump

Ultimately, he is what he is. It's awful, but he is genuinely who he is.

Instead, it's time to focus on those people who enabled him and who ultimately support most of his views and policies: the Republican Party.

The problem is not that all Republicans think the way this guy does. The problem is that they’ve been riding this tiger for a long time. They’ve been feeding their base all kinds of crazy for years, primarily for political expedience … -Pres. Barack Obama http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/10/obama-hits-gop-for-creating-trump-with-all-kinds-of-crazy.html

Election Predictions- Make Yours Here

Then, let's check this thread on Nov. 9.


Yes, yes, work hard to GOTV, don't take things for granted... BIGLY


But hey, we are all political junkies here... let's have some free-form prognostication.


Here are my predictions:

Clinton 52%- Trump 39%, However, she will hover near 50% most of the night, but the electoral blowout will be apparent. The only question is over/under 400 electoral votes. Electoral vote= 361-173

Dems take control of the Senate.
Dems take control of the House by 1-5 seats.

Rubio and McCain are retired from the Senate.
Trump congratulates Clinton, but doesn't concede the election and vows to fight on with his new media company (which will fold before the next Presidential election in 2020).

It's Not About Clinton's Health, It's a Sexist Dog Whistle

The modern version of this in America has its roots in the Puritan (protestant) history of this country. Oddly enough, Darwinian theorists in the 19th and 20th Century as pointed the 'evolutionary' function of women being weak (i.e. natural selection for this).

So yes, it is both religious and has its origin in creepy eugenics movement thinking. So yeah Trump should stop. IT's also the reason why he won't stop talking about it.

Bi-Partisan Tax Proposal: Make Olympic Awards non-taxable...

Granted some athletes will make millions off of the games. However, what about those medalists in obscure sports?

Should they be burdened with thousands of extra in income tax because they won a medal for their country?

Time for an exemption...

Olympic athletes who bring home medals also bring home cash — $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze — paid for by the United States Olympic Committee. Like any prize winner, from a jackpot hitter to a Nobel Prize recipient, the athletes are taxed because Olympic medals and cash bonuses are considered income, said Steven Gill, associate professor of accounting at San Diego State University... http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2016/08/15/olympics-victory-tax-gold-medal/88587636/

Trump's Acceptance Speech Tonight is a Full-Blown Jeremiad

Rhetorically speaking anyway. It also bashes immigrants and has enough racial dog whistles to put Fido down.

The jeremiad is a rhetorical tradition—a literary genre, even—that has appeared in every phase of America’s history—from King Philips War to Hurricane Katrina.[2] But the place to begin is Puritan New England. That’s where the jeremiad got its American stamp, where it was most commonly applied and most fully developed.

Most Puritan jeremiads were preached not during regular corporate worship but on special occasions appointed by the government. There were sermons delivered on election days. There were artillery sermons on days set for review of the colonial militia. There were thanksgiving sermons on days celebrating great blessings. But the jeremiad was most at home on days of colony-wide fasting in response to some crisis... The jeremiad is a rhetorical tradition—a literary genre, even—that has appeared in every phase of America’s history—from King Philips War to Hurricane Katrina.[2] But the place to begin is Puritan New England. That’s where the jeremiad got its American stamp, where it was most commonly applied and most fully developed.

Most Puritan jeremiads were preached not during regular corporate worship but on special occasions appointed by the government. There were sermons delivered on election days. There were artillery sermons on days set for review of the colonial militia. There were thanksgiving sermons on days celebrating great blessings. But the jeremiad was most at home on days of colony-wide fasting in response to some crisis... The jeremiad is a rhetorical tradition—a literary genre, even—that has appeared in every phase of America’s history—from King Philips War to Hurricane Katrina.[2] But the place to begin is Puritan New England. That’s where the jeremiad got its American stamp, where it was most commonly applied and most fully developed...

But the jeremiads did not end in despair. The third element was a call for repentance and renewal, backed by a promise that God would not forsake them if they returned to him.... https://9marks.org/article/the-american-jeremiad-a-bit-of-perspective-on-the-rhetoric-of-decline/


Here is a link to the text: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/full-transcript-donald-trump-nomination-acceptance-speech-at-rnc-225974#ixzz4F5J68xge
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