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Circling the Bowl
Author: BobR    Date: 04/27/2016 10:45:04

It's just about at end (apologies to states with primaries in Mid-May to June). This presidential campaign - which seemingly began immediately after President Obama was reelected in 2012 - has been steaming towards what seems to be the inevitable final showdown: Donald Trump -vs- Hillary Clinton.

Trump as the Republican candidate was not what anyone predicted, and not what anyone wanted. He's a joke, a showman, a used-car salesman, an intellectual fraud (which is saying a lot). Republic primary voters saw their clown car full of single-issue extremists and dullards, and decided to go all-in with the anti-politician candidate. Who better to be president than someone who doesn't know the first thing about how government actually works?

On the Democratic side, it started out interesting. Clinton was the assumed candidate, but the question was: who would run against her? Senator Bernie Sanders and Governor Martin O'Malley decided to give it a shot. O'Malley was definitely on the edges - he really had no national profile. Sanders was an odd choice as well - not a member of the Democratic party, he decided to run as one anyway. Most Dems welcomed him despite that as a foil to the perceived coronation of Clinton. It was certainly questionable how well he would be able to do as an "outsider" to the party (although very much an insider with regards to politics and the government). He has done exceedingly well.
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29 comments (Latest Comment: 04/27/2016 19:07:30 by trojanrabbit)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/26/2016 09:54:47

Good Morning.

We'll head right to Syria this morning. While the President continues to deny that we're sending "ground troops" to Syria, we are sending "advisors", about 250 soldiers to "support local forces" fighting ISIL. And so another cycle begins.
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15 comments (Latest Comment: 04/26/2016 19:59:48 by TriSec)

Open Monday.
Author: Raine    Date: 04/25/2016 13:19:18

Just woke up.

Is this primary over yet?
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16 comments (Latest Comment: 04/25/2016 19:36:08 by Mondobubba)

Well that Sucks
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 04/24/2016 16:59:02

In the middle of my blog - a brilliant one at that - my computer crashed.
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17 Days
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/23/2016 12:56:11

"Alll I've got is two cigarettes, and this broken heart of mine..."
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 04/23/2016 13:56:14 by Raine)

Purple Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 04/22/2016 12:41:09

2016 sucks, why are we losing so many icons!


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23 comments (Latest Comment: 04/22/2016 20:47:44 by Raine)

I could not pull anything together today!
Author: Raine    Date: 04/21/2016 13:08:18

I've been home for less than a week and the crazy train is all caught up to speed.
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13 comments (Latest Comment: 04/21/2016 19:29:49 by TriSec)

Primaries, Politics, and Playing the Game
Author: BobR    Date: 04/20/2016 13:38:14

New York state voted yesterday, and both Clinton and Trump had resounding victories. As always, those on the losing side complained of "dirty tricks" and "voter suppression". What happened is what is known as "the party system", which is what's supposed to happen during the primaries. That is the function of the primaries, to allow the members of the parties to pick their candidate for the general election.

For better or worse, election law (other than campaign finance regulations) are left up to the states, so every state has it's own rules. Within the states, counties (or precincts) may have their own way of doing things. It's up to the campaigns to ensure that they know what those regulations are and comply with them, and ensure their supporters are doing the same. This is why it's advantageous for a candidate to belong to an established party - there is an infrastructure in place to make sure the "i's" are dotted and the "t's" are crossed - in every state, city, etc. It is difficult for new or independent candidates to run without this infrastructure, which is likely why Sanders decided to run as a Democrat, rather than try to create his own party.
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36 comments (Latest Comment: 04/20/2016 20:25:59 by Mondobubba)

Ask A Vet
Author: Will in Chicago    Date: 2016-04-19 08:40:12

Good morning.

There is the old saying that the more things change, the more they stay the same. I have seen the truth of this many times, but I was still concerned and disturbed to learn that the U.S. is sending more troops to Iraq
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24 comments (Latest Comment: 04/19/2016 22:46:55 by livingonli)

Back home after “Nuit Debout”
Author: Raine    Date: 04/18/2016 13:17:41

For the past two weeks, Bob and I were enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime trip. We were all over the city of lights: Paris. It was good to be on vacation and just as good to be away from the madness of our election season.
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21 comments (Latest Comment: 04/19/2016 14:01:24 by velveeta jones)

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