| Political Talk|| Should Obama be doing anything different NOW? - BigJim on 3/6/14 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? ...
| Political Talk|| SADOW: No, Higher Education Isn’t In Catastrophic Shape In Louisiana - BigJim on 1/23/14 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:
| Political Talk|| Suggested Meme: "Mary Landrieu's Healthcare Time Machine" - BigJim on 11/15/13 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...
| Political Talk|| Seeking Congressional approval smart political move by Obama - BigJim on 9/3/13 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...
| Political Talk|| Hope Obama strikes Syria - BigJim on 8/30/13 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...
| Political Talk|| Seeing things as Black and White in the GZ case - BigJim on 7/16/13 at 10:57 am|
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...
| Political Talk|| Obama's approval rating unaffected by recent scandals - BigJim on 6/3/13 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...
| Political Talk|| Feds should tax refund checks - BigJim on 3/11/13 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...
| Political Talk|| Turn debt limit into de facto balanced budget law - BigJim on 1/14/13 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.)
| Political Talk|| It's over, Obama's done - BigJim on 1/2/13 at 11:07 am|
-Republicans caved on the cliff negotiations.
-There will be no meaningful spending reductions
-There will be no meaningful entitlement reform
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...
| Fark Board|| McKayla Maroney not impressed with Obama - BigJim on 11/16/12 at 8:46 am|
Thought you might enjoy this.
| Political Talk|| People that voted for Obama-Why? and What do you expect him to do now? - BigJim on 11/7/12 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?
| Political Talk|| So where is the "we were wrong" thread? - BigJim on 11/7/12 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...
| Political Talk|| I didn't watch - BigJim on 10/22/12 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....
| Political Talk|| Unemployment numbers didn't include California?!? - BigJim on 10/12/12 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...
| Political Talk|| topic selection - BigJim on 10/11/12 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....
| Political Talk|| Edwards: State employees disrespected - BigJim on 10/3/12 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]...
| Gaming Board|| GW2 PvP: Hints and Tips - BigJim on 9/24/12 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...
| Gaming Board|| City of Heroes/City of Villians shutting down - BigJim on 9/7/12 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), ...
| Political Talk|| Sadow eviscerates state retirement systems - BigJim on 6/22/12 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]
[quote]Power and privilege fought back when a particularly dismal report shed more light on Louisiana’s overgenerous, underp...
| Political Talk|| Romney Economic Paradox - BigJim on 6/1/12 at 10:06 am|
[b]Warning-Crazy thought experiment below![/b]
Let's look at a few generally accepted principles and see where they lead us:
1. A lot of the economy is based on psychology, specifically consumer and business confidence. That is, if people feel confident about the future of the economy, they wil...
| Political Talk|| One time money shell game - BigJim on 5/14/12 at 1:07 pm|
Jeff Sadow "gets it."
[quote]A glimmer of hope has emerged from the posturing surrounding disposition of Louisiana’s fiscal year 2013 budget, with irony and hypocrisy again playing leading roles in the ...
| Political Talk|| Jindal's pension reform in trouble?? - BigJim on 3/30/12 at 9:13 pm|
| Political Talk|| A-Theist: Then what? - BigJim on 3/22/12 at 9:03 am|
A-theism is basically the lack of agreement in someone else's beliefs. So for those that don't believe in the supernatural: what are your moral beliefs and what are they based on?
Some starter questions (answer what you want):
1. Does "might make right?"
2. MLK quote "The Arc of the Moral Un...
| Political Talk|| Jindal's plans pension reform - BigJim on 1/26/12 at 9:08 am|
Advocate article http://theadvocate.com/home/1897976-125/jindal-unveils-pension-plans.html
Read the comments. A lot of angry state workers.
From the Governor's website: http://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=newsroom&tmp=detail&catID=2&articleID=3221
| Political Talk|| So when is the implosion of Santorum scheduled? - BigJim on 1/4/12 at 8:47 am|
I am guessing this weekend....
| Political Talk|| Sam Brownback tweeter: I’m being bullied - BigJim on 11/29/11 at 4:19 pm|
[quote]Emma Sullivan, the student who received national attention for writing a disparaging tweet about Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, told POLITICO that she is being bullied by other students at her school because of the incident.
“It is just b...
| Political Talk|| Christie education proposals blocked - BigJim on 7/12/11 at 12:38 pm|
[quote]Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) won't allow two of the governor's major education-overhaul proposals to get a vote, effectively killing them before they are formally introduced as bills.
Sweeney said Monday that he objected to Christie's proposals to link teacher salaries...
| Political Talk|| LSU Flag burning guy "wimped out" - BigJim on 5/11/11 at 4:54 pm|
Looks like an evolving story....
| Political Talk|| Osama issue checklist - BigJim on 5/4/11 at 9:24 am|
-Torture lead to his location: Don't care
-He was unarmed: Don't care
-The action was illegal/unlawful: Don't care
-We violated Pakistan's sovereignty: Don't care
-He isn't actually dead: Yes he is
-Burying him at sea is inappropriate: Don't care
-Native Americans are upset at use of Geronimo:...