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Mar. 17th, 2008 | 11:21 am

Since it's the latest trend...

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Politics

from: No Name Person
date: Mar. 17th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
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What are your reasons for supporting Clinton for President. Been waiting to ask you this for awhile now.....

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Nangbaby

AHA...

from: nangbaby
date: Mar. 20th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Sorry for getting to this so late, but I forgot I even wrote my initial post.

The first reason is that Clinton going to push that health care plan of hers. I don't know her personally, but it seems like since she tried and failed, she's made it a mission to arrange things for her to get into a position where she can get another shot at it. And the truth is the United States needs universal health care. If she becomes president, there's no guarantee that she'll be able to get it done, but it won't certainly get done if she doesn't become president.

The second reason is that of the two she is the more qualified. I don't think Obama right now would make a good president. He has not served a full term in the Senate, and the Senate can take years to learn all the intricacies and form the necessary alliances to create an agenda. Clinton on the other hand has experience not merely from her time in the Senate, but from her time as being a First Lady. People may discount that, saying that football wives and military wives aren't as capable as their husbands in their profession, but it's comparing apples to oranges. The reality is, the wife of a prominent politician would be far ahead of the average person when it came to political experience.

Also, while there are plenty of idiots who hate Clinton because of her last name, there are plenty idiots who love her because it means Bill Clinton will be literally back in the White House. If the name advantage could be used for Bush, can't it work for Clinton? And let's not forget the obvious name disadvantage that Obama has (forget "Obama bin Laden" and the silly "Hussein" stuff, what about "Othelllo," "OJ," "O-Drama", and "O-NO?").

Fourth, if she wins the nomination, she might choose Ed Rendell as her veep if the "dream ticket" doesn't tun out. It's doubtful for a whole laundry list of political reasons, I could conceivably see Rendell as a competent president in case something were to happen to Clinton.

Fifth, this really is Clinton's last chance, which is why I want her to go for it. If she loses the nomination, she will never be able to realistically run for president again. She's in her 60's, and president. Even if Obama wins the nomination and picks her to be the VP, and he gets elected, Clinton will be vice president for a possible eight years. She'll then be practically 70 when it comes time for her to get another shot. I value persistence. On the other hand, if Obama gets the nomination then loses the general election (and despite what people think, it can easily happen), he is ruined FAR before his time.

Finally, let's face it. We have a choice between a good Caucasian female candidate and a good African-American male candidate. Both of these choices are significant, but here's the difference. Promoting Obama will not only give a very false signal that we have gotten over our racial hangups (see, a black man can become president, but *only* if he's a hybrid of all our experiences and cultures) but it reinforces the idea that a woman can never be in charge of what is still the greatest country on Earth. With a woman, the very language will have to change. Instead of a First Lady we have a First Man, or first gentleman. Once language changes, the ideas can follow. Believe me, if the female candidate weren't a candidate as qualified as Clinton, I would lean toward Obama, because he's no slouch. But to me, he is an unknown who is being propped up by the media (at least until recently) and his own rhetorical skill.

Let's not forget. Bush also promised to be a uniter rather than a divider. Unity and change won't necessarily get anything done. To get results, you sometimes do have to make enemies.

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Re: AHA...

from: No Name Person
date: Mar. 21st, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
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First off as important as Universal Health Care may be I doubt it will ever get done in this country because to many people they see it as Socialism and won't go along with it even if it benefits them in the long run. As for being the only one to get it done well, I'll get into all of that later.

As to who is more qualified that is the other area that she has tried to play on and the notion that her time as First Lady is really valid kind of means almost any other former First Lady could run. The Senate time served theory is also not that much in her favor if you look at work-rate since he seems to have been more involved in much of what he is campaigning on in the short time he has been in office. (I can give you a run-down at some point if you like). She also hasn't released her earmarks yet, so I don't know what else she has been advocating for.

The Clinton name, well as you said it is a blessing and curse. The Republicans and everyone who hates them both with a passion won't be happy to see either of them in the White House again to be sure. I can tell you this though, his name can't carry her because she is just not as liked as he is especially among white males. And at this point all the goodwill they have with minorities is now with the Hispanics and Asians. Black people really, really feel like the Clinton's have spit in their face for the most part. The older Black establishment is pretty much all they have and I can tell you that nobody is listening to what they have to say at this point. As for his name, well that is just more stupid American crap which is what it is at this point.

After looking him up, well that's a personal thing clearly so, you got me there. New York's Governor liked expensive hookers so.......

The whole time thing, and it's her turn is also kind of a personal reason which I can understand for some. But if she has managed not to outright win, then clearly it isn't her time as far as the numbers go. I really don't know that if after Gore and Kerry she figured there weren't any other people in the party on the rise but, either by fluke or chance clearly someone else kind of showed up.

As for First Lady, as I said before there are men who really still won't go for that for whatever reason. I don't know if it's her or just the idea but, like I said most White men I know can't stand her for whatever reason, and none of them are even near Republican or Conservative. As for his "Blackness", well anyone with sense knows that his light tone and speaking skills has made him go down easier. Once again this is still an ignorant country and they are easily swayed one way or another. How many people do you think realize Cheney is Jewish?

On the unity front again, nobody thinks things are going to change at all just because there is a person of color as President. But as I have said before Hillary is as polarizing as people have said and this campaign has really left a bad taste in my mouth. I never even gave Obama half as chance when this started but, clearly he is either lucky or knows what he was doing. As soon as Hillary started losing the campaign got ugly and really started looking like a Republican running against a Democrat.

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Re: AHA...

from: No Name Person
date: Mar. 25th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
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Wow, this died quick. Guess I should have asked the favorite underware question ;)

I got this from somewhere else........

"It's been a while since I asked this, but what do you think are the most overrated and underrated extraordinary abilities?

In my opinion, the most overrated superpower is flight. On the surface, its amazing, as it offers freedom and true three-dimenional movement. But in of itself, it really isn't as useful as a power in of itself as most traditional abilities (super speed, super strength, invisibility, etc). Sure, with flight someone can go places most humans cannot reach without aid and it is an excellent ability when paired with any other, but without any supporting abilities it's nothing more than a glorified way to travel.

On the other hand, I think the most underrated power is body-switching, by which I mean one's consciousness implants itself in another person's body, not shape shifting. Assuming that there aren't any restrictions (such as either having a range, having it be limited to physical contact, or requiring the initiation be done by speech), it's easily the most dangerous ability and the most unstoppable one. Imagine if you could hop from body to body and do what you wanted. The possibilities are literally endless. Even if the person whose body you swap with your own takes over yours, it doesn't matter as you'll be free to posess any form you want, and the other part unable to stop you."

-Flight is one of those powers that have become iconic due to certain characters having it in conjunction with better powers. As Angel learned during the Mutant Massacre flight is uselss indoors and can get you killed under the wrong circumstances, so I agree with it being overrated.

Possession/Transferal is an interesting power but, you missed one big limitation, what happens to the original persons body? In some cases having seen this power in use there has been the issue of their body being left laying in a coma-like state leaving them pretty much vunerable. Another scenario is the person not having a body at all which has it's own advantages and disadvantages.

Most underrated ability is the healing factor which is funny because of how popular it became due to obvious influences. Being able to withstand physical damage and resistence to disease makes it pretty much hard for people to kill. Aside from complete Invulnerability it is one of better abilities to have, and being it is underrated people tend to take it lightly for some reason.

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Nangbaby

The Doro Factor...

from: nangbaby
date: Mar. 25th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
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Hey, no one reads my journal any more. Heck, I'm sure half the people on my friends list actually forget I exist.

Well, the first thread died because you made a lot of great observations and I couldn't really come up with a counter that would even make sense. I'm not convinced enough to change my mind, but my silence was pretty much an assent to your words.

You have raise good points about. I was assuming a swap as opposed to remote mind-control that wouldn't necessarily need the user's original body to remain alive, as the consciousness would be separate.

Still, in the scenarios provided...

- If the original body becomes imbued with consciousness of your victim simply lock yourself up. Although the person inside you could kill themselves by swallowing their tongues or biting it off, that victim would probably be too confused to realize what's going on at first.

- If the original body becomes comatose and you need it to remain alive to switch bodies, then it does leave you vulnerable, but if you plan your steps carefully, then you shouldn't need to do it too often or too long.

- If you have no "real" body, you'd be effectively immortal, but at the same time, that in of itself would be a disadvantage as what would happen if you did want to die? (If you have no worries about that sort of thing, then go for it.)

There's also the caveat that sometimes there's some sort of initiation process that is dependent upon a gesture or a condition, which makes it possible that you get stuck in a body you can't "leap" out of, or that the process takes time and isn't instant, but even with these restrictions, it's not a bad power and it's one most people don't think about.

A healing factor isn't underrated, because everyone and their mom now has an healing factor since it is popular, even people and creatures who were previously assumed to have none. It makes you hard to kill, true, but if the body snatcher takes your body, what are you going to do? :)

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Re: The Doro Factor...

from: No Name Person
date: Mar. 25th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
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The only real cases of that power that I can think of are in an RPG that I used to play where the main downside was the fact the body stayed unprotected. Then there was a Marauder named Malice who could posses people but, had no body. Main problem she has was that with allot of high powered psychics around she could still be attacked since she did "exist" on a plane that can still be affected.

The immortality factor is there but, that makes one a ghost for all intents and purposes and that might cause some form of mental problems if the person was ever "real".

Keeping on the subject I always thought Intangibility was underrated since it can be practical and deadly when used right.

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Nangbaby

True, true..

from: nangbaby
date: Mar. 26th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
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You've got another point there. A high level psychic could disrupt the essence of the actual entity. Then again, a high level psychic could do about anything. Personally, I wish writers would collectively pull back the power of psychics and rapid healers because it's gotten to the point where if you don't have a smidgen of either power, you're at the whim of everything else.

Intangibility is also VERY under-rated, I definitely agree. It's a power that requires a little imagination and training, though, which is why I personally wouldn't want it. I'd be the type of person who would forget to turn my power off and end up sinking into the Earth's core. :)

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Re: True, true..

from: No Name Person
date: Mar. 26th, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
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Kittie Pryde once fell asleep and phased into the Danger Room and couldn't figure out why. She also learned to stick her hand in people and pretty much pop vital organs. Too much time with Uncle Logan in Japan I guess.......

Turning into something like rocks or metal is kind of overrated since it's really hard to hide and will get even a good-guy looked at like well, a monster. I mean the Thing and Colossus were both cool but, people who have seen too many monster movies will kind of recoil.

Underrated, Power Theft. Rouge's version was problematic because I think they thought it could be too powerful so they gave her a disadvantage to go along with it but, it still kicked ass when it really counted. Mimic was one of the only other characters I remember really having it and that was a proximity deal with the original X-Men team.

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Re: AHA...

from: No Name Person
date: Mar. 25th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC)
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This is funny because there has been allot of talk about people (stupid-ass Republicans) crossing party lines to vote. That never sounded legit to me since I always thought it couldn't be legal since people usually have to register to vote and some party or Independent has to be declared.

http://www.alternet.org/democracy/80392/?page=1

-I think that people who have this type of mentality are too stupid to even be allowed to vote and it kind of casts the same bad light on America and its election process that makes the country look like hypocrites all over the world.

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Nangbaby

Re: AHA...

from: nangbaby
date: Mar. 25th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
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As far as primaries go, how the process works depends on the state. Let me dust off what I remember from the public policy class I had a good ten years ago...

In Pennsylvania and other states, we have a closed primary, which means the primary you can vote in (Democrat or Republican) is already on record and is determined by how you registered. Since I registered as a Democrat, when April 22 comes, I am only allowed to vote for the Democratic candidates. Independents get it rough, because they can't vote on the primary at all.

Other states do it differently. Some allow independents to vote for the primary that they want. Some allow any registered voter to go up to the polling place, simply say if you're a Democrat or a Republican, then vote in that primary. I'm not sure about Ohio or Texas, but they may have an open primary, which means that while people crossing party lines may be illegal if done as a calculated move (electioneering and fraud), it would be very hard to prove since this type of action is permitted at least on an individual level.

Yeah, the primary process is kind of messed up, in part because you have two parties with different rules and different states with different rules, but to fix it would require the states give up their sovereignty over how to run things. As seen from the Florida and Michigan debacles, they aren't about to do that.

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from: No Name Person
date: Mar. 26th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
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I have always been under the impression that the Primaries were closed in most states and from that article it seems like people in Ohio just broke rules to try and jig the vote. I know in California they didn't allow Independents to vote in the Democratic Primary for whatever reason.

Florida and Michigan were told they would be shut out of the delegate count if the didn't push back their Primary but, they did it anyway. I just love how certain people cared way after it was done but, hey it's the magical American voting system.

I think it's a joke that in 2008 there are still the amount of widespread voting problems as there are now, especially after the last two elections. I can tell you that for some reason here in New York Obama supposedly didn't get any votes in Harlem and parts of Brooklyn. We have yet to find out how that magic happened....

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