Posts by Joe Boden

  • Hard News: Memories of the news,

    Watergate. I'm 50 (almost 51) and the story broke in late 1972.

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  • Capture: Pixies Heaven,

    I went to the show in Christchurch, and it was fantastic. Third time lucky for me, as I had tickets to see them in Boston in 1989 and in Christchurch in 2010 and didn't end up going either time.

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  • Hard News: Be careful what you wish for,

    I'm a currently very depressed American who is (bizarrely) looking like a bit of a genius for living overseas for the past 19 years (14 here in NZ). I have no plans to return there.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    Well, a large proportion of Trump voters are people (such as evangelicals) who will vote Republican no matter who is on the ballot, so they may not be pro-Trump as such and agree with his "values". The rest are primarily undereducated white people (who apparently are all-in with Trump's appeals to racism, sexism and xenophobia).

    The past eight years have taken the mask off of America's supposed "post-racial" culture and revealed just how deeply embedded racism is over there.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    Having lived overseas now for 19 years I have always had to deal with a bit of embarrassment at being an American, given all the awful things we get up to around the world. Trump and his supporters have multiplied that embarrassment exponentially.

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  • Polity: Hekia's waynebrave,

    Not that I place any value on these, but interestingly, Stuff comments were running nearly 100% against the idea. Trial balloon fail!

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  • Hard News: DNC 2016: Beyond weird, most…, in reply to Biobbs,

    I think the wording of the Wikipedia article is slightly misleading. What they meant was, he served 14 months of Kennedy’s term, plus a full four-year term of his own (1964-68), making him still eligible to run again in 68. Had he served two years of Kennedy’s term instead of 14 months, then he would not have been eligible in 68.

    That's right. Had Gerald Ford won in 1976, he would not have been eligible to run again in 1980 as he had served 2 years and 5 months of Nixon's second term. But the small matter of Ford pardoning Nixon on 8 September 1974 took care of the 1976 election.

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  • Hard News: DNC 2016: Beyond weird, most…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I think I saw a poll where he was running at 10% vs Stein’s 5%, so he may have a better chance of reaching the 15% benchmark for admission to the debates than her.

    Stein doesn't have a hope in hell. The Green Party isn't even on the ballot in a number of states, and is nothing at all like the properly organized Green Party here in NZ or in Australia.

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  • Hard News: DNC 2016: Beyond weird, most…, in reply to nzlemming,

    It’s easier for an incumbent to be re-elected than a challenger to break in. Johnson would probably have been re-elected (despite the war) in 1968 over Nixon, but he could not stand again under the 22nd Amendment.

    Actually he could have stood for election again, because he served only the final 14 months of Kennedy's term. Here is the language of the relevant amendment:

    "Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term."

    However, in a nationally televised address on March 31, 1968, Johnson announced " "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President."

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  • Hard News: DNC 2016: Beyond weird, most…,

    "Trump Credits One Of 'Our Friends' In Russia, China With DNC Hack"

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-dnc-hack-friends-in-russia

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