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Re: “SURJ Plans Protest, Boycott of Trump-Related Businesses on Black Friday

Bric-
Sometimes its not the message, just the messenger.

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Posted by barf on 11/29/2016 at 5:31 PM

Re: “New Plant to Bring 75 Jobs to Presidents Island

This is great news, but is this going in the same place where Cargill cut 440 jobs a couple of years ago? Just asking for clarity.

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Posted by barf on 11/29/2016 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Why The Fuss?

CL-
No doubt the Donald would be quick to tell us how Carson and the typical person living in HUD housing obviously share a lot in common. It paves the way for Ivanka to be appointed as administrator of NASA in the coming months.

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Posted by barf on 11/23/2016 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Why The Fuss?

Oak-
Just an FYI- my points re: the EC were not just a personal opinion or some contemporary postulation but we're essentially direct quotes from Madison, Hamilton, Jefferson, etc..

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Posted by barf on 11/22/2016 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Why The Fuss?

The Electoral College exists for numerous reason, tyranny by sectionalism (overwhelming numerical superiority via population of a state) being just one of them and not necessarily the most important. At its root the EC was meant to allow the population of each district to select the individual most capable to make such an important decision with the belief that the masses lacked the ability to truly understand the complexity of the decisions and issues faced by the President and that these same masses would be easily swayed by unqualified individuals who had nevertheless mastered the little arts of popularity. In fact, the founding fathers who had helped design the what we now know as the electoral college as a safeguard against dangerous or inept presidential candidates were outspoken critics in their later years of the move to allow electors to pledge their vote to a particular candidate prior to the election. They argued that the system had been perverted from a EC composed of independent, intelligent free agents capable of logical deliberation to one defined by party vassals. The architects of the Constitution felt so strongly about the danger inherent in the evolution of the electoral college to a general ticket approach that several were advocates for a constitutional amendment to prevent the distortion of the independent electoral system into a form that served party politics.

In many ways, its as if the founding fathers anticipated the dangers inherent in an election cycle defined not by quiet contemplation, but of 5 second soundbites and social media blurbs. In the end, I think they were probably onto something. I wonder if vast majority of this nations citizens truly understand the extremely complex and interconnected web of issues that characterize our society, system of government and economy to the degree necessary to make informed decisions.

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Posted by barf on 11/22/2016 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Schweinehaus Changes Focus to Barbecue

I enjoyed their local, unique take on German fare. Im sorry to see the option go, but the market gets what the market wants I suppose.

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Posted by barf on 11/16/2016 at 2:58 PM

Re: “New Plan Aims at Major Crime Reduction

Might want to grammar check the last paragraph or so...

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Posted by barf on 11/15/2016 at 5:30 PM

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