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In the REAL political world of the 21st Century, a Republican candidate who cannot get the votes of lots of independent voters and a few Democrat votes CANNOT win a general election. Sure, there are a few exceptions to that rule, but they are few and far between and happen in only a very small number of states. Getting the votes of just of 20 to 30 percent of the voters won't get it done. You still need 50% plus one to win an election.
In New Hampshire (my "home state" for 18 years after retiring from the Air Force until 2007, when we moved to North Carolina) is not as unpredictable as you apparently think. Every one of the statewide elective offices in the Granite State is held by a female Democrat except for Senator Kelly Ayotte - a female but a reliably Conservative Republican. There are just far too many Massholes who emigrated from Massachusetts to NH to escape the Liberal imposed high taxes in the Bay State and then proceed to elect Liberals to office in NH anyway. Because they are inherently stupid in my opinion. So beating Jeanne Shaheen is not going to be as easy as some think. Kay Hagan is very beatable in my newly adopted "home state" of North Carolina but we Republicans have to get our act together and nominate an ELECTABLE candidate.
Exactly! I too am a Taxed Enough Already "Party" supporter. (There really is no such thing as a TEA Party - just a relatively significant number of likeminded individuals trying to take control of or replace the Republican Party.) Unfortunately there are too many T.E.A. "Party" people who think getting their guy or gal nominated at all costs is a winning strategy but they fail to look past the nomination process and recognize that if their candidate has little to no chance of winning the general election, they have a losing strategy.
Right now there is too much infighting going on among the large number of Republicans trying to get the nomination to run against Kay. I am concerned that the Tea Party activists will end up getting another loser nominated in North Carolina as they did in Nevada, Delaware, Missouri, and possibly some other states. Their insistence on 100% conservative purity could end up putting Kay back in the Senate for another six years and keeping Harry Reid in the Senate drivers seat for another two to six years, depending on the 2016 election results. It's better to elect a Senator you can agree with half the time than it is to re-elect one you NEVER agree with.
It certainly hasn't been reported in the Charlotte Observer - one of the largest circulation newspapers in North Carolina. It is a McClatchy publication and so firmly entrenched in the Democrat/Liberal/Progressive column it would take a thermonuclear device to blow them out of that trench.
The best piece of advice Dave Ramsey regularly gives is to get yourself debt free. We (both my wife and I) did this at the age of 62. We owed absolutely not a single penny to anybody for anything. Everything we have, including our home, we own outright. We took Social Security at 62, had a good medical plan to carry us through until we were eligible for Medicare, and have a $75K - $85K annual income from SS, retirements, and a little investment income. We have yet to take anything out of our IRAs/401Ks - but will have begin doing that by law this year. We live very comfortably and can do anything we want in the way of travel and leisure activities whenever to urge hits us. All it takes is some careful planning and self-discipline. Anyone who works for a living can do this. You just have to start early and stick with it.
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Unspeakable Suffering in North Korea

Rocky55 Wrote: Feb 19, 2014 10:53 AM
Problem is you need to find a way to instantaneously and simultaneously take out ALL of those long range artillery pieces aiming their death and destruction at Seoul. One way would be a couple or maybe a few carefully calculated tactical nuclear air bursts over the area of North Korea just above the demilitarized zone. A technically difficult but I believe doable task. Just got to have the testicular fortitude to make it happen.
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Another Galling Betrayal

Rocky55 Wrote: Feb 18, 2014 6:12 AM
We did NOT bomb North Vietnam "into the stone age". That is a foolish fallacy. We could have but the politicians - namely Lyndon B. Johnson - sat Washington choosing the targets and he put all the appropriate targets off limits to American air power, both Air Force and Navy air power. This what will always happen when the politicians reject virtually all of the advice of the professional military leaders. It is no coincidence that there have been more Generals and Admirals leave the service during this Obama Administration than there have been in any previous administration. They either resign or retire in disgust or are forced out. A really sad state of affairs.
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T.J. Oshie: 'The Real Heroes Wear Camo'

Rocky55 Wrote: Feb 16, 2014 6:25 AM
Exactly. Never respond directly to these trolls. Just Flag their posts and roll on by.
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A New Assault on Freedom of the Press

Rocky55 Wrote: Feb 13, 2014 10:27 AM
As I read that provision of the Constitution, it does give the Houses of Congress the power, without limitation, to make their own rules. Now if they were to make a rule that would be a violation of some other provision of the Constitution, it would be up to the Black Robed Oligarchs of the Supreme Court to make a determination as to which provision of the Constitution would prevail. See if you can find any provision in the Constitution whereby all of the members of both Houses MUST be given unlimited access to classified national security information. Don't believe you will find such a thing. Heck, back in the days when I got my Top Secret clearance, Barack Obama couldn't have even gotten into the military, never mind being granted any kind of security clearance.
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A New Assault on Freedom of the Press

Rocky55 Wrote: Feb 13, 2014 10:20 AM
But that simple typo does have a ring of truth too it. We do have a "rouge (as in red) government don't you think.
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