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Re: “Why UA student senate rejected resolution against Rebel flag. Sad!

Yes, I'm going to go there: Most Germans in the 1930s & 1940s were just hard working people. They were frustrated by the Allies terms of the Versailles' Treaty. They didn't actively hate Jews, Roma, and others, though they may have participated in state-mandated discrimination against them, likely as a way to "get along" with the prevailing authorities. Most Germans today have a great-uncle/grandfather what-have you who did his duty, fought honorably under a flag, and maybe died for his country -- though not implying that he personally subscribed to the beliefs of the leaders of his nation at the time. As part of their "heritage," should *that* flag be flown -- and incorporated in to, say, Bavaria's flag.

(It is also "interesting" to note that Georgia added the Confederate Battle Flag to their state flag in 1954 (gee, I wonder why...) and South Carolina, before they removed it a year or so ago, only started flying it over their state house in 1961.)

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Posted by GeddyLee on 09/23/2016 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Republicans continue sexist barrage on Hillary Clinton

I teach college students. Trump often reminds me of the student who didn't do the reading/homework, but is trying to bluff his way through class, making general statements, and hoping that I'll reveal something about what I'd like him to say to get the "right answer."

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Posted by GeddyLee on 09/08/2016 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Republicans continue sexist barrage on Hillary Clinton

JB: Not to mention that doing so is a *War Crime*

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Posted by GeddyLee on 09/08/2016 at 9:00 AM

Re: “A House debate in Jonesboro illustrates politics today

ledhead: Not only did he get his PhD that way, he teaches at an on-line for profit university. Now, American Military University has what sounds like a great, useful mission -- providing opportunities for service members where their frequent moves and deployments make traditional schools difficult. However:

(1) notice that it is for-profit, and

(2), I'm guessing since a majority of their students are active or former service members, much of the school's income is GI Bill or other "Gubermint" related money.

Again, *I* think (other than the profit part) that this is great. I'm all for it. But then, I also think that using tax dollars to pay for pre-K education is also a good thing...

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Posted by GeddyLee on 08/21/2016 at 1:48 PM

Re: “U.S. unemployment rate falls below 5 percent


You are correct on the facts, but... This always feels disingenuous to talk about U6. Yes, in some sense U6 is a "better" measure of real unemployment, but U6 and the official reported number move nearly in lockstep, and have for decades. The official number is the number everyone knows and we all know things are good when it's below 6 and bad when it creeps above 8 or so, so when you say "U6 is 9.9" it sounds like things are horrible on the employment front. In fact, U6 hovered between 8 and 10 (basically) for most of Bill Clinton and GW Bush, exploded with the 2008/9 recession and has fallen since, so we are still recovering from horrific unemployment in 2009, but the 9.9 can't be compared with the "5 is good" we all know.

Maybe I just have a selective memory, but I don't seem to remember *anyone* (Dems, Repubs, whatever) talking about the low Bush or Clinton official number as "yeah, but U6 is high!"

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Posted by GeddyLee on 02/05/2016 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Picture worth a thousand words department: Employment under Obama

Actually, runner, your numbers don't seem to say what you think they say. In 8 years, Reagan increased revenue by 75.8%, for an annualized increase of 7.3%. In 4 years, Carter's revenue increased by 33.1% (you should use 1976 - 1980, to be consistent, though there's even a bigger increase if you use 1975 - 1979, as you did), for an annualized increase of 7.4% If you do back to Eisenhower, you find:

Eisenhower +4.3% annual revenue increase
JFK/LBJ +6.5%
Nixon/Ford +8.7%
Carter +7.4%
Reagan +7.3%
GHW Bush +4.7%
Clinton +8.0%
GW Bush +2.8%
Obama +3.0%

(Yes I'm biased, but if you ignore the first Obama year, where revenue dropped by nearly 20%, due to the collapse, his revenue has increased by about 7.5% annually since.)

Finally, yes, Carter's increases were largely driven by inflation, but to your "in the Reagan years did incoming tax dollars almost double in 8 years" comment: Carter in 4 years essentially tied Reagan, and Clinton (in an even better inflation period) increased revenue by 86%, compared to Reagan's 75%.

In fact, what has always bothered me about the "Obama crazy deficit spending!" crowd is that since 2009, Federal spending has essentially been flat. There was a one-time 17% increase in 2009 (the stimulus, essentially). The "Obama deficit" is basically entirely due to the crash in revenue that occurred due to the 2008 crash.

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Posted by GeddyLee on 12/30/2015 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Clergy oppose another piece of gay discrimination legislation

The Presbyterian Church's (PCUSA -- i.e. the mainline one) Arkansas Presbytery yesterday approved a condemnation of the two bills as well. The presbytery is the adminstrative and ruling body over churches in the north and central part of AR, and the members who voter yesterday are a combination of clergy and lay leaders from PCUSA churches in the northerns 2/3 of the state.

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Posted by GeddyLee on 02/22/2015 at 12:56 PM


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