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In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

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I will vote or have voted for the (R) candidate
  5568 votes / 13%
I will vote or have voted for the (D) candidate
  12925 votes / 30%
I will vote or have voted for the (L) candidate
  3276 votes / 7%
I will vote or have voted for another candidate
  1548 votes / 3%
I am a U.S. voter, but choose to abstain
  2645 votes / 6%
I am not a U.S. voter.
  12672 votes / 29%
Cowboy Neal is our man.
  3830 votes / 9%
42464 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

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  • Re:Vote (Score:5, Informative)

    by Frequency Domain (601421) on Friday November 02, 2012 @03:13PM (#41856679)
    I beg to differ, it matters a great deal. The two major candidates have a lot of differences about how they'd handle the economy. Even more importantly, whichever side you come down on for issues such as "money == speech", "corporations are people", or Roe v. Wade, the long-term balance of the Supreme Court will very likely be decided by who gets elected.
  • Re:Vote (Score:4, Informative)

    by David_Hart (1184661) on Friday November 02, 2012 @03:40PM (#41857183)

    Deregulation was a great idea when it came to the banking and mortgage industry.... Oh, wait, sorry, bad example....

  • Re:Vote (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 02, 2012 @05:42PM (#41858977)

    You misleading little prick. He suspended taxes so that the ships could unload gasoline before having to pay taxes. This is so the disaster caused shortage could be reduced, not because the economy works better without regulation. After all, NYC is one of the most highly regulated economies in the world and it is also one of the largest and most productive with its highly regulated metropolitan area producing 8.5% of the US GDP with only 7% of the population.

  • Re:Mitt will win... (Score:4, Informative)

    by Nimey (114278) on Friday November 02, 2012 @06:46PM (#41859731) Homepage Journal

    Um, what? Mitt's been doing little else /but/ lying for the whole campaign.

  • Re:Vote (Score:2, Informative)

    by Ear Phantom (250084) on Friday November 02, 2012 @08:58PM (#41861137)

    Yes but which side supports balancing the budget during their term?

    Neither. Both will say they want to. Both, to varying degrees, will try. Obama will talk about the revenue side and Romney will talk about the spending side, but all economists know that neither end really has any impact on GDP other than short-term hocus-pocus.

    Which side supports auditing the Fed?

    Neither, but how is this even an issue? This is only important to crypto-libertarian conspiracy theorists who don't understand how our government works but are eager for a fiscal witch-hunt. Who supports auditing the Department of Education? Who supports auditing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms? There is oversight in all of these departments, and yes, even the Fed.

    Which side supports repealing the NDAA?


    Which side supports repealing the PATRIOT Act?


    Which side will bring troops home?

    Kind of a no-brainer, but Obama, of course. Already has and will continue to do so.

    Which side won't start a war with Iran?

    Neither will "start" a war with Iran, but Romney's former school buddy certainly would if Romney gets in.

    Which side will cut unnecessary spending from the government?

    Neither, but to some degrees, both will try. But again, see my answer to above. It's a non-issue that's all about public perception.

    Which side will stop the war on drugs?

    Neither, sadly.

    Which side will support gay marriage?

    Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you will know that Obama is our first gay president and Romney bullied gay people in college and feels no remorse for it.

    I think you get where I am going... You talk about 4 general ideas, but when it comes to important real issues, there is no difference.

    Lots of BIG differences here, but I question what you see as "important real issues."

  • by deanklear (2529024) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @07:39AM (#41863591)

    Yes but which side supports balancing the budget during their term?

    Obama wants to raise the top tax rate and cut some spending, and has outlined his specific plan which independent economists say would reduce the budget deficit.

    Romney announced that he wants to cut taxes even more for the wealthy, and claims he'll close that loophole with deductions and spending cuts, but refuses to offer specifics.

    Which side supports auditing the Fed? Which side supports repealing the NDAA? Which side supports repealing the PATRIOT Act?

    Fair criticism. However, Romney has said things like "We should double Guantanamo."

    Which side will bring troops home?

    Obama has brought troops home.

    From Politifact: 'Romney's current campaign website is vague on plans for Iraq. He buries the issue in a topics page about the Middle East, praising George W. Bush's 2007 "surge" of troops and bashing Obama's 2011 withdrawal deadline. He makes a reference to reports from field commanders who "recommended a 14,000 to 18,000-strong residual force as the minimum necessary to carry out our transition mission."'

    Which side won't start a war with Iran?

    US Warns Israel off pre-emptive strike in Iran []

    US military commanders have warned their Israeli counterparts that any action against Iran would severely limit the ability of American forces in the region to mount their own operations against the Iranian nuclear programme by cutting off vital logistical support from Gulf Arab allies.

    Romney: "Well, it's worth putting in place crippling sanctions. It's worth working with the insurgents in the country to encourage regime change in the country. And if all else fails, if after all of the work we've done, there's nothing else we could do besides mil -- take military action, then of course you take military action. It is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon. We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon."

    Which side will cut unnecessary spending from the government?

    See above.

    Which side will stop the war on drugs?

    Obama signs bill reducing cocaine sentencing gap []

    President Obama signed a bill Tuesday reducing the disparity in penalties for the use of crack and powder cocaine, according to the White House.

    The enactment of the law seals a hard-fought victory for civil rights activists who have argued for years that the differing punishments unfairly target African-Americans.

    Romney: "The entryway into our drug culture for our young people is marijuana. Marijuana is the starter drug. And the idea of medical marijuana is designed to help get marijuana out into the public marketplace and ultimately lead to the legalization of marijuana overall. And in my view, that's the wrong way to go."

    The guy is religiously bound to avoid caffeine, for Christ's sake.

    Which side will support gay marriage?

    Obama has instructed the Justice Department to stop defending DOMA and supports a legislative appeal of DOMA by the Respect for Marriage Act.

    From CSM: "Mr. Romney signed a National Organization for Marriage pledge a year ago in favor of a federal constitutional amendment to define marriage solely as between one man and one woman. Further, the former Massachusetts governor does not support civil unions."

    I think you get where I am going... You talk about 4 general ideas, but when it comes to important real issues, there is no difference.

  • Re:Vote (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 03, 2012 @04:37PM (#41867255)
    Glass Steagall didn't apply to AIG, Lehman Bros, Bear Steans, Countrywide, Fannie, or JP Mogan. None of those were commercial banks, thus Glass Steagall didn't apply. I don't know anyone who thinks Glass Steagall was the sole reason for the financial crisis. However, the overturning of it was part and parcel of an ideology that was a major factor in the crash: The erroneous belief system that banks can self-regulate without eventually creating an overwhelming systemic risk. This belief was manifested in a variety of bad ideas, poor oversight, exemptions and worse legislation. Eliminating Glass Steagall was part of a trend that threw open the doors to "too big to fail" - Smith Barney plus Traveler's Insurance plus Citibank became Citigroup. Not just too big to fail, but too big to manage, too, by all accounts.
  • Re:Vote (Score:5, Informative)

    by Cyberax (705495) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @10:00PM (#41869449)
    What a maroon. AIG, FNM and FRM, Countrywide are NOT banks and are outside of Glass-Steagall law. The problem was in banks like Citigroup (funny you've forgotten about it), BoA and JPM investing in risky instruments with the help of the companies listed above.

    Oh, and Lehman was not Steagall-compatible either.
  • by deanklear (2529024) on Monday November 05, 2012 @09:21AM (#41879519)

    (This will contain factual statements about Mormon history that is not intended to needlessly disparage their religion. There could be an entire other discussion about continuing in a faith that finds the truth to be offensive, but my purpose here is to reveal the truth for its own sake.)

    I will concede immediately that the Mormon stance on caffeine is not what I thought it was. It's even more ridiculous than I imagined, though it does allow for Mitt to drink Diet Coke, so you are narrowly correct in your implication for a citation.

    From WikiPedia:

    The "Word of Wisdom" is the common name of a section of the Doctrine and Covenants... It is also the name of a health code based on this scripture, practiced most strictly by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and Mormon fundamentalists, and to a lesser extent, some other Latter Day Saint denominations. In the LDS Church, compliance with the Word of Wisdom is currently a prerequisite for baptism, service in full-time missionary work, attendance at church schools, and entry into the church's temples...

    The text discourages "hot drinks", the non-medicinal use of tobacco, the consumption of wine (excluding sacramental wine) or "strong drinks", and encourages using meat sparingly. The scripture also recommends the consumption of herbs, fruits, and grains, as well as grain-based "mild drinks". As practiced by the LDS Church, there is no firm restriction relating to meat consumption, but there are additional restrictions against narcotics, and all alcoholic beverages are forbidden, including beer. The LDS Church interprets "hot drinks" to mean coffee and tea.

    They have recently softened their stance on caffeine to appear more rational and relevant, much as they did in 1978 when God suddenly revealed to the Mormon community that black people were okay []. The official LDS stance on caffeine is this:

    The only official interpretation of "hot drinks" (D&C 89:9) in the Word of Wisdom is the statement made by early Church leaders that the term "hot drinks" means tea and coffee. Members should not use any substance that contains illegal drugs. Nor should members use harmful or habit-forming substances except under the care of a competent physician.

    What this means is that drinking hot peppermint tea is forbidden, despite containing zero caffeine, while drinking Jolt Cola or Bawls is okay because it is cold. If you think an adherent of those ridiculous rules is capable of forming an effective drug policy for people who live in the 21st Century, vote Romney, and hope he doesn't drag other horrible ideas from 1850 into your life.

Some of my readers ask me what a "Serial Port" is. The answer is: I don't know. Is it some kind of wine you have with breakfast?


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