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    1992--first season I remember
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  1. ***2017-18 NBA Season Thread***

    You get to make a two star team and can have any two players in the NBA except not both of LeBron and Durant. Who do you take? I'd go Durant and Kawhi. If this is a keeper league I go Giannis and Brow.
  2. The Official "Marvel" Thread (Movies,Comics etc)

    If Disney buying Fox means I'll FINALLY get a good Fantastic Four movie then this is a great day indeed.
  3. ***2017-18 NBA Season Thread***

    Dwight Howard's numbers over the last month have been pretty good. 17 & 11 on 56% shooting.
  4. The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    No need to criticize the fans who spent the time and money on showing up.
  5. Election 2017 Thread

    American Taliban.
  6. Election 2017 Thread

    Absolutely. I know it's probably tough to spend the money on a candidate who will almost definitely lose, and talented candidates don't want to run a race they don't believe they can win. But I don't think you can put a price on the value of having a Blue voice in a campaign and option on the ballot. Otherwise it's just hopeless to be a liberal in a Red county with no voice whatsoever. I think it leads to political apathy throughout the electorate and is bad for Democracy itself. Let's just say I'm pretty sure you guys aren't using best practices for teaching Science and American History.
  7. Election 2017 Thread

    I don't know what they're like in Texas because I'm not sure what passes for education in Texas, but I do know what they're like in VA/NC/SC because that's my whole family. They're liberals. First generation liberals in an sea of conservatives for many of them.
  8. Election 2017 Thread

    I think Democrats thought they could somehow reach White working class voters just by talking about them like that. But Hillary Clinton just didn't do nearly enough actual campaigning in those parts of the country. One of the lessons of the blue wave in Virginia is that there is no getting around knocking on doors and talking to voters face to face. Virginia Democrats knocked on millions more doors in this past election than they did in the McAuliffe and Clinton elections. I think that's what ultimately led to their huge victories. I think that you're right that an anti-corporate greed message is a unifying ticket. That plus Trump leads to the grass roots anger and activism to get people out of their homes and knocking on doors. The electorate has been primed for a nation-wide Blue wave. Democrats just have to do the work and raise and allocate the money to turn all of this energy and anger into real political organization and infrastructure.
  9. Election 2017 Thread

    White women can be reached. They just need to hear liberal voices. Far easier said than done, but that's the path to convincing them. Then there is a big segment of young White men who are the most liberal part of the electorate. They're the radicals complaining about X, Y, and Z Democrat not being liberal enough. Their turnout has not been maxed out like Black turnout has, but they're still fairly reliable Democrats. Then there is a bigger educated White male demo, that skews older, that is going to have to be convinced. They're the fence-sitters who want Democrats to woo them and, frankly, they are pretty sheltered from the negatives of Republican government. They make everything about themselves and they're going to want to have a lot of control in the political direction/decisions of the party. They are not reliable Democratic voters at all, most of them are former Republican voters. They're going to look for any excuse to vote for a Republican and still be able to sleep at night. Somehow Democrats are going to have to figure out how to win this mix of White voters and combine that with their strength in minority demos. I think Democrats have hoped that the Hispanic vote would be an end around to doing this, but we've learned that the Hispanic demo is not politically organized/activated and they don't turn out. We're probably a generation away from them being able to swing elections for Democrats. So Democrats are going to have to spend the money and create the infrastructure to organize left-leaning Whites in Red counties and states. To your point about catering to the needs and interests of Black constituencies, I don't think that clashes with the interests of left-leaning Whites. I see no reason why Democrats can't do that AND organize White voters. To me it's more about resource/time allocation than it is about any philosophical incompatibility. Democrats must go into rural communities and Red suburbs and preach their word.
  10. Election 2017 Thread

    There won't be any justice for them. The incidents happened too long ago. Moore got away with it.
  11. Election 2017 Thread

    White women aren't a monolith. The most clear fault lines in the demo are level of education and whether they are married or unmarried. Educated and unmarried White women are Democrats. Married White women without a college education vote Republican. And the reason is because those women take on the political views of their husbands. First off, education empowers you to think critically and formulate principles which aren't reinforced solely by dogma and social taboo. But education is also a passport into the public sphere. White women with college degrees are often in professions like teaching and nursing. They experience the utter bull**** of Republican anti-government free market worshiping philosophy everyday in their work. They see the ruinous effect of neglecting funding for education and healthcare. Married white women who don't work or don't work in Blue fields like teaching/nursing are, frankly, more sheltered from the world outside their homes and families. To them family and loyalty are what matter. So they take on the views of their Republican husbands. The security of their home is often dependent on this. And voting Republican is ultimately made easy for them because they live in conservative bubbles where they do not hear liberal voices. Actually, come to think of it, I think this is true of married white women who vote Democrat too. My wife has a college degree and she has grown to become far more liberal since she's been with me. I think White women are socialized to seek consensus and family harmony in a way that might be unique within the electorate. A member of my family is the quintessential example of the married White woman Republican voter with no college degree. The night before the 2016 election, she called my wife and asked her what she should do. Her husband was pretty vocal in support for Trump, their entire family is pretty conservative, and they live in a VERY conservative part of the country. Yet she must have had some issues with Trump to reach out to my wife like that. Anyway, my wife went over some of the bad **** about Trump and why he'd be a disaster. She literally did not know about or understand his issues, I'm dead serious when I say they never hear liberal voices. But I'm pretty sure her husband got into her ear next, and when the moment of truth came she still voted for Trump. ****ing pissed me off so much. Still makes me angry when I think about it a year later but I'm not mad at her anymore. I realize now it's an issue of security for her and her family. White husbands are VERY controlling and lead households on political issues. I'm not really sure what you can do about this except to keep educating and empowering White women and bring educated White men into the Democratic fold. Uneducated White men are ****ing lost.* *EDIT: unless they're union workers.
  12. Election 2017 Thread

    They represent the best in the party. And they have become the moral compass for the country. It's not just about their vote either, they're the ones knocking on doors for Democrats and doing the hard work of winning elections. Black voters turn out. They have for the past several elections. And this despite broad and determined efforts to disenfranchise them in places with Republican governments. Democrats need to understand how Black voters became model Democrats--how they were organized and activated. And then we need to use those lessons to organize and activate the liberal White, Hispanic, and Asian vote.
  13. Election 2017 Thread

    I don't think the issue is that they're taken for granted. These are the communities that Democratic candidates turn to when it's campaign time because they know they're the most loyal base of support they have. The issue is that Black voters are on an island in the South. There is no real organized White vote for the Left in a state like Alabama. This was an extraordinarily high turnout election for a single candidate special election in December. I haven't seen numbers, but I wouldn't be shocked if Black voter turnout was over 60%. Democrats are maxing out this demographic, and yet it is only 30% of the total electorate. Black Democrats need help. The national party needs to be pumping money into their organizations to help them build the infrastructure to grow the party in these states. We've got to help them activate and organize left-leaning Whites and bring them into their tent. Black Democrats have proven they can turn out a monolithic Black vote that is 30% of the electorate in Alabama, then if they can chisel off a third of that White vote, they can win the state. I think they can do it. And I think the demos they can bring in are White women and college educated Whites.
  14. Nevermind, just listened to it again and he pronounced it right.