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Tom Poetter (running against Boehner) AMA

21 July 2014 - 04:27 PM


Nothing too Earth shattering. Nor would unseating Boehner really be that game changing (perhaps embarrassing for the GOP though). Seems like an alright guy though.


I strongly prefer Rectify to The Leftovers

20 July 2014 - 11:24 PM

I realize they're not entirely comparable -- one is based off of a global sci-fi (religious?) incident as its essential concept and one is about a man who spent years on death row before his sentence was vacated "due to a technicality". Both are slow burns and Rectify has had more time to get going, but just on the basis of characters that interest me (not necessarily likeable, but interesting) Rectify is something I feel I can recommend to people.

With The Leftovers, I feel like they've invented a world where assault is justified. Every time someone does something moronic, frustrating, self- or otherwise destructive, it should be totally legal to assault them. Which, I guess things are getting towards that direction or at least the police have finally gotten around to abusing their powers in useful ways.

As for Rectify, well, this clip actually *isn't* the "best moment". Just one of many good ones.

So Whedon almost referenced Cyclops' mentally ill cousin "Buffy" in Astonis...

14 July 2014 - 01:14 PM

Implication: The Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode Normal Again is real...at least in the Marvel-verse. Buffy is not a slayer, but rather is delusional. OTOH, the X-Men/Daredevil/Spiderman/The Avengers/Doctor Strange are around, so it isn't like no one is protecting the Earth.


According to Cinema Blend, he revealed at San Diego Comic-Con that he almost had Cyclops, whose real name is Scott Summers, make a reference to his cousin… who was in a mental institution and believed she was a demon hunter. In the end, there wasn’t a suitable place to wedge-in this mind-blowing information and the idea was scrapped.

Hmm. Or maybe this is just one of those half-true/half-joking anecdotes that get told when you're doing panels/talk-shows/etc....

Hello Cleveland!

08 July 2014 - 02:25 PM

Cleveland Tops Dallas in Bid to Host RNC in 2016

Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP's 2016 presidential pick will accept the party's nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio.

The Republicans' site selection committee backed Cleveland over donor-rich Dallas, and the full 168-member RNC is expected to ratify the choice next month. The move signals the role Ohio — and its 18 electoral votes— plays in presidential campaigns.

"As goes Ohio, so goes the presidential race," said party Chairman Reince Priebus.

The RNC did not announce a start date for the convention but Priebus said that June 28 or July 18, 2016, are the two options under consideration. An earlier-than-normal convention was a priority for Priebus, and leaders of Dallas' bid said the calendar was the main factor running against the Texas city.

"June is not an option for us," said former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who was involved in Dallas' bid. "Reince really wants June."

Paying for the convention was another consideration. The previous two GOP conventions sapped party dollars during election years, and Priebus insisted the host city not leave the central party picking up the tab.

Although Dallas had the edge on fundraising as recently as last month, Cleveland narrowed that gap and lined up early pledges toward the expected $60 million price tag.

A successful convention is a boon not just to the political party, but also to the local economy.

In a post-convention report, organizers of Tampa, Florida's 2012 GOP convention said its $58 million in fundraising resulted in a $214 million direct economic impact. Some 50,000 activists, officials and reporters descended on the Tampa area for the convention, officials said.

"It provides us with an opportunity to showcase not only a great city, but a great state and a great message," Ohio GOP chairman Matt Borges said.

Gone are the days when its polluted Cuyahoga River caught fire. Cleveland, once dubbed "The Mistake by the Lake," has undergone dramatic redevelopment in recent years — $4.5 billion in projects have been completed in the past decade or are about to begin construction.

Its turnaround was a major part of Cleveland's aggressive — and persuasive — pitch to host the Republicans on the shores of Lake Erie.

"I've got to tell you: if you haven't been to Cleveland lately, it's a real surprise how beautiful it is down by that lake," Priebus said on Fox News.

Well, glad to hear people recognizing that Cleveland is a nice place. Then again 9 times out of 10, people mindlessly bashing cities like Cleveland and Detroit are conservative. :thinking:

OH SHIT Dow over 17K, unemployment hits 6.1% 6 year low ECONOMY ACCELERATING

03 July 2014 - 11:32 AM

U.S. Economy Added 288,000 Jobs in June; Unemployment Rate at 6.1%

The economy accelerated in June, with employers adding 288,000 jobs, well above the rate of hiring recorded in the first five months of 2014 and another sign that growth is finally rebounding.

The Labor Department also said on Thursday that the unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage point, to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008, when the economy’s fortunes turned sharply lower as Lehman Brothers collapsed and the financial crisis ensued.

Nearly six years later, some of the scars remain — like a historically low rate of Americans in the work force. But the job market has been showing signs of health, even as the overall economic growth rate has been anemic.

Unemployment has come down from 7.9 percent at the start of 2013, and the average monthly gain in payrolls has been above 200,000 for the last five months.

I've done these threads before and I know what happens. Some gloom and doom idiot comes in spouting off about the participation rate. Well check out this graph that shows the participation rate adjusted for retirees. That's right, the participation rate is IMPROVING.

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Say Participation Rate again motherfucker! I dare you. I double dog dare you. Say Participation Rate again!