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Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM PDT

List of Republican Demands

by JeremySchro

-Ban the phrase "Happy Holidays"
-Tim Tebow named starter of Dallas Cowboys
-Firearm Safety training in Pre-School
-Obama's REAL Birth Certificate
-Global Warming be renamed "Longer Summertime"
-Tax system under which number of yachts equates to lower tax burden
-Steal some UN golf courses
-Science textbooks replaced with Bibles
-Mitt Romney and his etch-a-sketch will be responsible for all redistricting
-The years 2000-2008 be removed from history books
-Bomb Iran (Sorry we had to let McCain have one)
-NSA will be responsible for enforcing new anti-sodomy laws
-3/5 Compromise
-January will now be "Rich appreciation month"
-All hotel rooms must have copies of Atlas Shrugged

Please feel free to add your own

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Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 07:44 AM PDT

PPP's Latest Poll

by JeremySchro

Just saw that PPP released its latest polling on 12 additional Republican held districts considered vulnerable in 2014. This polling once again shows that the vast majority of Americans blame House Republicans for the ongoing shutdown. Of the 12 seats, 5 had Republicans trailing, and a six had them tied with generic Democrats. Once told that the House member voted for the shutdown, Democrats took 8 of the House seats.

This polling is in-line with more recent polling done by PPP.

Public Policy Polling has now surveyed a total of 36 House districts in two weeks,and the results show Republican incumbents are in serious danger in 29 out of the36.
Democrats must net 17 seats to reclaim the House.
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Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 06:38 AM PDT

Breakthrough on HIV Research

by JeremySchro

I haven't seen this diaried, apologies if I missed it.

Researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University have developed a vaccine that has successfully cleared the monkey version of HIV. The primate version of HIV (known as SIV) is a more deadly form of the virus, and usually the monkeys will die within a year or two of infection. The researchers infected 16 primates with SIV before using the vaccine. Nine of those primates were able to not only live, but their immune systems had completely eradicated the SIV virus.

The vaccine used the cytomegalovirus (CMV), which is part of the herpes family. Researchers modified the virus' natural ability to spread through the body, instead having it tell all the various parts of the immune system -- particularly the T-cells that can fight off SIV infection -- to target the SIV.
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The researchers are still trying to determine why some monkeys lived and others didn't, but obviously the fact that nine of the monkeys had no signs of the disease is significant.

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Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 11:42 AM PDT

Breaking News from CNN!

by JeremySchro

Al Gore has won the State of Florida!

North Korea has nuked itself!

O.J. didn't do it!

Assault Weapons Ban voted on in Senate!

Rand Paul was right about black history!

Lee Harvey Oswalt practiced magic!

Please feel free to add your own headlines.

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What is the most reliable news source of the following:

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Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 05:39 AM PDT

BREAKING NEWS**

by JeremySchro

This morning, the reanimated corpse known lovingly in conservative circles as Ann Coulter has again emerged from her swampy grave along the banks of the Potomac in an effort to gain attention.  She has called upon her conservative minions to follow her to the lawn of the White House where she plans to burn a crucifix in full view of the Oval Office.

When we contacted her spokesman he was insistent that this display was in no way racially motivated, but instead was an opportunity for conservatives (douchbags) to come together for a bonfire and sing along. Thousands (or at least 20) teabaggers are planning to attend the event, but may be hampered by the White House’s no Hoverround policy. Rush Limbaugh, equally desperate for attention, is expected to attend the event and will be providing the keynote psychotic rant for the scooter ridden guests.

When we contacted the Secret Service, they said that they are taking the event very seriously.  Specifically, they are reaching out to members of the Republican Party in hopes of finding a way of subduing Ann.  More moderate members of the Republican Party, speaking off the record, indicated that they have been trying for years to kill Ms. Coulter, but at this point have been unable to find a weapon that can suffice.

“We’ve tried silver bullets, garlic cloves, crucifixes (or crucifi?) and wooden stakes, but at this point she seems impervious to mortal weapons. We even tried throwing her into lava, ala terminator, but she managed to escape”.

Despite their worries, the Secret Service is confident that they will be able to stop Ms. Coulter. The head of the Secret Service has asked that no members of the media attend the event saying, “If people just stop paying attention to her we think she’ll just fade away into obscurity, where she belongs”.

Please stay tuned for more updates in the coming days.

UPDATE* The Secret Service has issued a warning to the public. Under no circumstances should anyone listen to Ann Coulter. Doing so will deprive you of the ability to have a rational, coherent thought.

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Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM PST

The Grand Bargain. What Can Go?

by JeremySchro

This will be a short Diary because I am more interested in hearing other people's thoughts on this issue.  Obviously we all want to see the Bush tax cuts on the wealthy expire in order to help bring in more revenue, but from a Liberal point of view what would you be willing to see changed in order to address the defecit?  Personally, I think the retirement age should be raised.  Other than that I haven't really seen any other proposals that I would accept but I'd like to see if anyone else has put much thought into this.

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Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM PDT

How the Gallup LV Poll Makes Sense

by JeremySchro

I've been reading a lot about the Gallup likely voter screen and how the only way it makes sense is if Mitt Romney has a 20+ point lead in the south. While that number sounds really high it actually could make sense when asking people if they are likely to vote. If you are a democrat living in say Alabama, Missisipi, Texas, Arkansas etc...and you know your states are solid red regardless of whether or not you vote are you really all that likely to go out and vote on election day? Personally, unless there was a close race downballot somewhere, I would have a hard time justifying missing work to go out and vote when you know there is 0 chance of Obama carrying your state.  So if someone called me and asked me as a Democrat in a dixie red state if I was likely to vote on election day, I'd probably say no. Thoughts?

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Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 06:40 AM PDT

CNN Debate Coverage

by JeremySchro

I have to admit I only watched the debate for about an hour last night (it was just so damn boring) but while I was watching on CNN i found myself inexplicably following the little graph on the bottom that went up and down as the candidates spoke.  This leads me to wonder what effect this little graph might have on people's opinion of who won the debate.  If you constantly see it high when Romney speaks and then see it level off when Obama speaks, does it make you think to yourself "Wow Romney must be winning"?

I have always wondered what effect things like these have on voters.  I've also wondered if polling ever influences peoples perceptions.  For instance if a new poll comes out that says 67% of Americans think Mitt Romney is a dick, does that make people who are otherwise unaware or dont have any thoughts on the issue say "yah he must be a dick"? I guess I am just thinking out loud but does anyone have any thoughts?

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Does anyone else still chuckle when they hear a reference to Dick Army?

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Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 08:07 PM PDT

Undecided Voters

by JeremySchro

I don't mean to be insulting. I try to respect everyone regardless of their political or philosophical views, but how in the fuck are there still people who consider themselves "undecided" with regards to the presidential election.  I've been struggling to grasp this concept. Are they merely ashamed to identify themselves with one political party in particular? Have they not been paying attention to the news in any way whatsoever? Are they stupid?

For a long time undecided voters have been given some type of Socratic status, as though they are more intelligent with regards to their votes.  In all honesty, they either don't care or are just plain stupid.  How can you possibly be undecided when the party platforms are so drastically opposed to one another? I am not advocating for one party or the other, but to say now (in the most polarized society we've seen in a long time) that you are undecided seems like you are admitting that you have paid no attention to whats going on.

I am completely cognizant of the fact that a lot of people don't have the benefit of being able to follow the campaigns on a day to day basis. But please, this isn't just some election with politicians who are all the same.  This is an election which will shape the future of our country, our lives, and our childrens lives. Take the time to be informed and make a decision that you think best represents the values that you hold so dearly.  

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