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Vance running to keep his seat
Posted by BigJim on 6/30 at 1:17 pm
[link=(http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/vance-mcallister-running-full-term-louisiana-108434.html?hp=l1)]Politico link[/link] Sorry if germans but didn't see it on front page. Wow, just wow. Dude, needs to take a hint. :wha: ...

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Hawk-Democrat alliance supports Jindal's Common Core stance
Posted by BigJim on 6/27 at 3:16 pm
Wow, the "fiscal" hawks continue to show what they are really about. [link=(http://thehayride.com/2014/06/legislators-the-extreme-common-core-rhetoric-is-counterproductive/)]From the Hayride[/link] [quote]The signatories: State Representative James Armes State Representative Terry Brown Sta...

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Jindal jumps the shark with reversal on Common Core
Posted by BigJim on 6/20 at 10:58 am
[link=(http://thehayride.com/2014/06/sadow-jindals-all-in-as-a-common-core-opponent-now/)]It's bad when Jindal is losing people like Sadow[/link] [quote]And if DOE additionally goes to court, or goes ahead unilaterally implementing and makes Jindal decide whether to take it to court, Jindal polit...

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St. George Fire Chief blasts Annexation
Posted by BigJim on 5/13 at 11:36 am
[link=(http://theadvocate.com/home/9154423-125/st-george-campaign-letters-to)]Accuses Mayor of "tax mining!"[/link] Wow, if only someone could have seen this coming. If St. George incorporates, get used to having this conversation a lot. Just additional proof that the whole incorporation effo...

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McAllister won't seek reelection
Posted by BigJim on 4/28 at 4:35 pm
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/top-aide-congressman-seek-election-23500428 Probably the best outcome, imho...

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Elder Scrolls Online live
Posted by BigJim on 4/10 at 3:56 pm
Anyone playing this? Review? Looks like the PvP could be good....

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Villere Officially Demands McAllister’s Resignation
Posted by BigJim on 4/10 at 1:52 pm
[link=(http://thehayride.com/2014/04/villere-officially-demands-mcallisters-resignation/)]From the Hayride[/link] The pressure mounts (more than Villere in article) Not a huge Villere fan, but looks like the right call on his part. I am actually OK with him not resigning as long as he doesn...

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Vance McAllister's scandal score
Posted by BigJim on 4/9 at 1:02 pm
How bad is this scandal? Let's go the (un)Official Scoreboard to find out: Higher scores = more forgivable Lower scores = more serious offense Penalties: Married? yes: -1 Partner was married? Yes: -1 Public funds involved? tough to tell at this point Used Family Values/religion as major...

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Vance McAllister sucking face with staffer
Posted by BigJim on 4/7 at 3:19 pm
[link=(http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/vance-mcallister-video-kissing-staffer-105435.html)]Link to video inside Politico article[/link] ...

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Bills to pay down Louisiana retirement debt stall
Posted by BigJim on 3/21 at 8:50 am
[link=(http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/bills_to_pay_down_louisiana_re.html#incart_river)]Kicking it down the road...[/link] How can you pay for additional benefits like COLAs when you don't have enough to pay for the benefits you have already promised??? :banghead:...

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Should Obama be doing anything different NOW?
Posted by BigJim on 3/6 at 9:30 am
I understand the "his weakness let Putin invade argument," but at this point is there an action he should pursue that he isn't OR actions that he should not pursue that he is. (Wow, that was wordy). In short, what should Obama being doing different about the Ukrainian/Russian situation? ...

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SADOW: No, Higher Education Isn’t In Catastrophic Shape In Louisiana
Posted by BigJim on 1/23 at 1:25 pm
Thought this would add a little data to the discussion in the other thread. A little light to go with the heat if you will... [link=(http://thehayride.com/2014/01/sadow-no-higher-education-isnt-in-catastrophic-shape-in-louisiana/)]Posted on the Hayride[/link] A few key points: [quote]A myt...

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Suggested Meme: "Mary Landrieu's Healthcare Time Machine"
Posted by BigJim on 11/15 at 8:29 am
[link=(http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115595/mary-landrieu-obamacare-bill-complicated-and-threatening)]Mary Landrieu's Healthcare Time Machine[/link] I think that title kinda encapsulates what she wants to do and why is it not only a bad idea, but basically an impossible one. My gift to Ca...

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Seeking Congressional approval smart political move by Obama
Posted by BigJim on 9/3 at 9:31 am
but it shows a true lack of leadership. If he really thought this was a big deal AND was planning on limited strikes; he should have done it already. Instead by punting to Congress he diminishes the military and diplomatic value of the strike. But by doing so he either gets to share the blame...

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Hope Obama strikes Syria
Posted by BigJim on 8/30 at 9:11 am
I know this isn't going to be popular on this board but he drew a bright line. They crossed it. Action needs to be taken. This should be in the form of missile strikes or bombings; a short limited engagement. What about all the negatives? 1. No international legal sanction: I could give a...

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Seeing things as Black and White in the GZ case
Posted by BigJim on 7/16 at 10:57 am
(Pun intended). I have been trying to figure out why so many people are upset about a verdict that seems fairly obvious to me. Below is the best I could come up with. I think it is human nature to see things as a duality: black/white; right/wrong. Most people aren't attorneys or haven't in...

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Obama's approval rating unaffected by recent scandals
Posted by BigJim on 6/3 at 9:32 am
So according to Gallup, Obama's approval rating has been floating between 48 and 50 (with a recent low of 47). If these scandals were really a big deal, why wouldn't they be moving the needle more? Let's look at them: Benghazi-"broke" before the election, if people ever cared, they don't anym...

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Feds should tax refund checks
Posted by BigJim on 3/11 at 9:43 am
I don't think it is fair that some people get refunds while others are having to pay taxes. Rather than cutting our military or slashing grandma's health benefits, we ought to tax refund checks. Another plus is that it should hit all those 1% people whose use tons of accountants to dodge taxes...

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Turn debt limit into de facto balanced budget law
Posted by BigJim on 1/14 at 12:33 pm
1. Approved debt limit increase for this year. 2. Set the limit for next year by taking a projection of what you would need for next year and knock it down by 10% 3. Repeat the process for the next 10 years. 4. 10th year you have a balanced budget (assuming your projections where correct.) To ...

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It's over, Obama's done
Posted by BigJim on 1/2 at 11:07 am
Bad news: -Republicans caved on the cliff negotiations. -There will be no meaningful spending reductions -There will be no meaningful entitlement reform Good news: Outside of international affairs, Obama is a lame duck. He has spent his energy on this (and won) but will not be able to ge...

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McKayla Maroney not impressed with Obama
Posted by BigJim on 11/16 at 8:46 am
[link=(http://www.politico.com/blogs/click/2012/11/mckayla-maroney-not-impressed-with-obama-149696.html?hp=r16)]POLITICO[/link] Thought you might enjoy this. ...

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People that voted for Obama-Why? and What do you expect him to do now?
Posted by BigJim on 11/7 at 12:11 pm
Your guy won, good for you. So what do you expect him to do? Specifically; how does he fix the economy? Or do you not really care about the economy much? ...

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So where is the "we were wrong" thread?
Posted by BigJim on 11/7 at 10:07 am
Didn't see one so I will start my own. I was wrong: -I underestimated the enthusiasm of democrats. -Related, I underestimated the "ground game" of Obama. I could also through in something snarky about overestimating the intelligence of the american electorate, but trying to honestly figu...

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I didn't watch
Posted by BigJim on 10/22 at 10:15 pm
It was too boring even for a politard like me. So, was it a Repubs think Rommeny won, Dems think Obama won; moderates/independents/undecideds watched other channels type of thing? 'cause that's my guess....

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Unemployment numbers didn't include California?!?
Posted by BigJim on 10/12 at 12:04 pm
[link=(http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/11/bls-fail-jobless-claims-number-doesnt-include-california)]CA didn't turn in their numbers[/link] I wasn't one of those conspiracy guys. I looked at the new anemic jobs numbers and thought the answer must be a drop off in the number lookin...

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topic selection
Posted by BigJim on 10/11 at 9:23 pm
Moderator has been tough on both of them. But the discussion hasn't followed what people think is important. This is where I see the bias....

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Edwards: State employees disrespected
Posted by BigJim on 10/3 at 12:29 pm
Speech to the retired State Employees Association [link=(http://theadvocate.com/home/4041536-125/edwards-state-employees-disrespected)]Not good when Edwards is your spokesman[/link]...

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GW2 PvP: Hints and Tips
Posted by BigJim on 9/24 at 9:02 am
To be clear I started this thread to get some hints and tips not so much to give them. That said, let me get the ball rolling: I have only played structured PvP so far. I enjoy it, but let's just say I have room for improvement. I mostly played with a necro, but after finding that somewhat ine...

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City of Heroes/City of Villians shutting down
Posted by BigJim on 9/7 at 4:56 pm
I think a few people on here play/used to play it. Maybe a few people on here might sign a petition: [link=(http://www.change.org/petitions/ncsoft-keep-ncsoft-from-shutting-down-city-of-heroes)]Petition to save game[/link] [quote]City of Heroes has been around for years now (around seven), ...

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Sadow eviscerates state retirement systems
Posted by BigJim on 6/22 at 4:54 pm
[link=(http://www.jeffsadow.blogspot.com/2012/06/disingenuous-reply-tries-to-obscure.html#more)]Disingenuous reply tries to obscure poor pension health [/link] Excerpts: [quote]Power and privilege fought back when a particularly dismal report shed more light on Louisiana’s overgenerous, underp...

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