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Back to the drawing board. We better start sewing new American flags, because apparently North Dakota isn't a state. Unless, of course, we can split California in half really fast.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43769035/ns/us_news-weird_news/
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+jazz shaw You mean South Dakota doesn't get to invade North Dakota? Rats...
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Ummm... where do I change my preferences so G+ doesn't e-mail me every single time somebody comments in the same thread as me?
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Fabulous. Thanks!
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I forget who said this originally, but it's probably true. The GOP, as a negotiating tactic, spent so long trying to convince Obama they were crazy enough to let the country default that by the time they did it, it was too late to notice that he's apparently crazy enough to let them.
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True. But "saying it" is roughly the same as Obama "saying" that entitlement reform is "on the table" w/o putting down anything solid which could be voted on. Let's face it, it's all still vaporware until we see something on paper.

The uncomfortable point which too many of seem to be ignoring though, is as follows: The big "give" by the GOP in the eyes of both Boehner and McConnell thus far is that they're willing to discuss raising the debt ceiling at all. Nothing much else we've seen. But imagine for a moment that every Democrat in the country had vanished last Christmas and the GOP had passed the Ryan plan in whole cloth. The GOP would be forced to raise the debt ceiling now (or shortly) anyway. There is no plan that actually stops the growth of the debt. Just some that are slower than others.
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How lame is it that it took me this long to realize that I could actually post an update here like you do on Facebook? Even more to the point, I rarely post anything on Facebook unless it's something so libertarian that I'm not comfortable publishing at Hot Air. Do I really need yet another social network to not use? Does this thing have a function for writing "notes" like in FB?
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Yeah, I finally figured that part out after trial and error. Wouldn't hurt if they made it a bit more obvious, though.
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Video of Jon Stewart's interview with Congressional Medal of Honor winner Leroy Petry is attached at the link. I hadn't heard the full story before. So this guy is leading his platoon in a rebel compound. He gets shot in BOTH legs. He bandages up his own legs and continues fighting. The grenade lands, he picks it up to throw it away to save everyone and his entire hand is blown off. He PUTS ON HIS OWN TOURNIQUET on his wrist, and GOES BACK TO FIGHTING.

In the end, apparently a couple of the rebels still manged to escape the compound, which he "regrets." My theory is that he would have managed to catch them were he not dragged down by the weight of his own ENORMOUS BRASS BALLS.

Salute, Leroy. We owe you a big one.
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I'm glad they've started awarding the CMH to living soldiers again. It's been awhile
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I simply can't wait to see the dueling banjo explanations of these two simultaneous polls. In the first one, voters say 67-25 that a debt ceiling agreement should include a tax increase on the wealthy, closing loopholes, etc.
http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1295.xml?ReleaseID=1624
In the second poll, voters say 55-34 that they don't want a tax increase as part of the debt ceiling agreement.
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/taxes/july_2011/55_oppose_tax_hike_in_debt_ceiling_deal

Is this like when you ask voters if they want the debt cut and they overwhelmingly say yes, but when you ask them what to cut, they basically say nothing except the five bucks we spend on foreign aid?
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Here's your answer, which I deal with tangentially in the post that just went up at OTB.

The Quiinipiac and Gallup polls asked respondents if they supported a resolution that included several options, two of which were "only tax cuts" and "only spending cuts." The Rasmussen question merely asks "As part of legislation to raise the debt ceiling,should congress and the president raise taxes?"

Notice what's missing from Scott's question? Any mention of spending cuts. So, basically, he was asking respondents "Are you in favor of raising the debt ceiling and simultaneously raising taxes?" Gee, what do you think people would say?

This is why, in addition to looking at crosstabs and sampling when looking at a poll, you also need to look at the questions that are asked.
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Don't pay much attention to this. Just testing to see if and how I can link to a post on here externally.
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