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  1. NMpackalum added a post in a topic Hilary has more trouble   

    I was watching Carly Fiorina on the news today criticizing Hilary. Did Clinton really say that her server was secure because she has secret service guarding the server? Telling if true.
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  2. NMpackalum added a post in a topic Hilary has more trouble   

    If people who actually pay attention to politics more than 2 weeks before an election still consider her trustworthy enough to be president, with the volume of borderline ethical items that has popped up over the decades, then no congressional hearing is going to change their minds. I just hope this populist left turn that she is taking is just pandering to the masses and she'll return to a little left of center. If not, the Dems might as well run Elizabeth Warren who has less baggage.
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  3. NMpackalum added a post in a topic Hilary has more trouble   

    Do you know of any other SOS or other government official have their own private email server? And if they do, would they be able to unilaterally determine which emails were personal and which ones they thought were government business. As it was, her aides didn't do a good job of hiding and deleting emails if the first 40 had 4 classified emails.
    Interesting to note, several sources claim that it was Valerie Jarrett that leaked the private email story to the press.
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  4. NMpackalum added a post in a topic Hilary has more trouble   

    To the original premise that Hilary is in trouble again: Who knows since Obama has the ultimate say on whether to prosecute according to judge Napolitano on Fox business this morning. The emails are public so you can read them but of the 40 reviewed, 4 were clearly classified as they reported air force positions and Ambassador Stevens' locations in Libya. Clinton's team forced the NY Times correction on their premature "criminal" investigations to referred to FBI to evaluate if there was going to be a criminal investigation. Petraus had to plea to less. Only 30,000 more emails to review of the first dump of emails. If Obama is not going to prosecute, then why bother with the hearings.
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  5. NMpackalum added a post in a topic Pretty disgusting   

    Your professor would have been fired at my school. Our anatomy professor repeatedly lectured us on appropriate behavior around cadavers since he arranged the donations of many of them. 
    I'm generally pro choice but as someone who occasionally performs these procedures on fetal demises, it's a disgusting procedure and these days you can almost always achieve the same result medically. I can't imagine the mentality of people who do this for a living. Really, if you were too lazy to get an abortion before 20 weeks then what's another 3-4 months.  Some desperate couple will pay you $40k for the baby.
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  6. NMpackalum added a post in a topic Introduce Yourself Thread   

    I lived in McNamara Hall at Umass for a year.
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  7. NMpackalum added a post in a topic Jobs in the US   

    I don't quite get you guys. This is like a mutual admiration society sometimes. I fall into the lower end of the 1% ($387k+) and pay an effective tax rate of 40+ percent. The capital gains tax at this level is 28% which is the 6th highest in the world. I get no deductions for dependents or anything else. I have 12 employess where my insurance has gone up 40% since the ACA was implemented for a higher deductible plan and the employer mandate hasn't even hit yet. I work 60+ hrs per week in a high liability field. My practice provides hundreds of thousands in uncompensated care. Yeah, the 1 percenters are the real problem. I don't complain about my income and actually would pay more if there wasn't so much waste in government. Just don't go on with how we don't pay our fair share.
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  8. NMpackalum added a post in a topic Jobs in the US   

    Wait..what ..there was an income tax cut. You're using the growth rate of 2 states as evidence that income tax cuts 3 presidential terms ago hasn't been successful. You do realize that statistically, the largest percentage expansion of growth in recent history was after Clinton decreased the capital gains tax.
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  9. NMpackalum added a post in a topic GOP might have a problem - A Trump problem !!   

    OK, eliminate the drug crimes if it makes you feel better. 12 percent of murders and 20 percent of kidnappings/hostage taking, unless you want to chalk it up to drug trade crimes too. Then you've got to eliminate US citizens who are convicted of drug trade crimes and then percentages go up again. The stats presented have no assumptions about how or who gets hurt by gun laws. The Right might argue what you claim but the Left ignores that gun control laws have little effect on gun crime reduction based on majority of studies (Harvard Journal of Law 2007).
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  10. NMpackalum added a post in a topic GOP might have a problem - A Trump problem !!   

    This says a lot. You know Breitbart. Denigrate anybody or source that doesn't align with your view of the world whether true or not. Honest debate requires ability to change your mind when presented with new information otherwise why bother.
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  11. NMpackalum added a post in a topic GOP might have a problem - A Trump problem !!   

    Back to the original topic; US sentencing board reported last week that illegal immigrants make up 3 percent of the US population and make up 37 percent of sentenced convicts. Trump may be more right than many choose to believe.  Though he still is a clown.
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  12. NMpackalum added a post in a topic GOP might have a problem - A Trump problem !!   

    If you listen to Dennis Kucinich (about as lefty as you can get), she single handedly toppled Khaddafi in Libya. He and several Pentagon higher ups had alternate negotiations with Khaddafi's son to exchange info about falsehoods about genocide pushed by Clinton. That's an accomplishment right there. War mongering over suspect info is ok if you're a democrat, at least according to the press. It still must be Bush's fault.
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  13. NMpackalum added a post in a topic Conservatives lose their minds over Supreme Court   

    Enough about unsubstantiated opinion regarding hormone levels since it's more complex than anyone here is describing or about opinions on nature vs nurture. What does the science say? Like climate science, the different sides trot out studies that supposedly support their conclusions and instead of being labeled a global warning denier, here you are called a bigoted racist or moron. The American Psychiatric Association reviewed 59 published studies and concluded that in a nutshell that none of these studies had any basis for any strong conclusions as they all lacked "power" to be statistically significant most without appropriate controls and in general just sucked. But there was no  real evidence that children of same sex couples were any less well adjusted either. Familial stress and socio-economic status were more influential in one study than parental gender. So there you go, we are all just Blowhards wanting to argue about nothing.
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  14. NMpackalum added a post in a topic Conservatives lose their minds over Supreme Court   

    This whole issue is so stinking stupid. All this is about scoring political points. The Gay/Lesbian/Transgender activists could just as easily go for pushing Civil Unions with equal protections under the law instead of calling it marriage because in effect it's the same thing. The marriage purists could take a step back and see how sacred their legal entity is with a failure rate of 50%. This is all about leverage and getting their own way without compromise on a simple problem.
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  15. NMpackalum added a post in a topic Republicans Rejoice--SCOTUS upholds subsidies   

    From a practical perspective, this ruling has no real effect on the fundamental changes to the health care system that the ACA has brought about. If this had failed, it would be far likelier that there would be a single payer system as very few people could afford the increased premiums without subsidies. The health of the uninsured lower income folks that were targeted by the ACA might have improved (there is no data to support this) but the health of the previously insured middle class who were provided employer sponsored insurance surely will see a deterioration if you believe that preventative care actually improves health outcomes.(there are many studies that show no benefit to preventative care from a cost perspective.) Because who really wants to write a check for a couple of hundred dollars for an annual followed by another couple hundred for lab tests or a mammogram, possibly a screening colonoscopy, pap smear etc...when your out of pocket is $6000. Just wait for the employer mandate to kick in next year and really see the premiums skyrocket when the business' punt the ball to the exchanges. As well meaning as the ACA might have been, you can't mandate behavior since medicaid eligible people generally only sign up when they need it. They still only show up to the ER anyway because they still can't get many providers to take the exchange plans, locale dependent obviously. Our local community hospital is $15 million in the red compared to the prior year because the Medicaid signup rate was much lower than expected. This segues nicely into the previous question about a doctor/hospital's obligation to see patients. Essentially, if you show up to the ER, they have to see you. It might take many hours since they will triage the more emergent cases but you will be seen. On the other hand, you get to move to the front of the line if you know what to say. For example..."My vaginal discharge itches so much that I could kill myself".
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