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Douglas Carpenter

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Corry (Erie County), Pennsylvania 16407
Home country: USA
Current location: Saipan, U.S. Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands
Member since: Wed Jun 1, 2005, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 19,493

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2016 CNN Poll: Clinton deadlocked with Christie but leads other GOP presidential possibilities

Source: CNN

December 26th, 2013

04:00 PM ET
- 20 minutes ago





CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser

Washington (CNN) - In a potential preview of the next presidential election, a new national poll suggests Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie would be neck and neck if the 2016 contest were held today.

But a CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday also indicates Clinton leading eight other possible Republican White House hopefuls in hypothetical general election matchups.

According to the poll, 48% of registered voters say they would support support Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, if he were the GOP nominee, with 46% saying they would back Clinton, the former secretary of state, U.S. senator, and first lady, if she captured the Democratic nomination. Christie's 2-point margin is within the survey's sampling error. The CNN poll is the third non-partisan, live operator national survey conducted this month to indicate a possible matchup between Clinton and Christie basically all tied up.

If she decides to run, Clinton would instantly become the overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. And Christie, fresh off his landslide re-election last month as New Jersey governor, is on top of the pack in recent polls of the race for the Republican nomination.

So what's the secret of Christie's strength against Clinton?


Read more: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/26/2016-cnn-poll-clinton-deadlocked-with-christie-but-leads-other-gop-presidential-possibilities/
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Dec 26, 2013, 04:36 PM (16 replies)

Polls: Clinton, Christie deadlocked in hypothetical 2016 matchup

Source: CNN



Posted by
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser

CNN) - In a possible preview of the next presidential election, two new national polls on Wednesday suggest Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie would be neck and neck if the 2016 contest were held today.

A Quinnipiac University survey indicates that 42% of registered voters nationwide say they would support Christie, the Republican Governor of New Jersey, if he were the GOP nominee, with 41% saying they would back Clinton, the former Secretary of State, if she captured the Democratic nod.

According to a McClatchy-Marist poll, 48% of registered voters say they would support Clinton, with 45% backing Christie.

The new numbers are a switch from this summer, when both surveys indicated Clinton with an advantage over Christie. He grabbed national headlines last month for his landslide re-election victory.

While Clinton and Christie are deadlocked, the McClatchy-Marist survey indicates the former Senator, 2008 Democratic presidential candidate and First Lady, holding double-digit leads in hypothetical general election matchups against seven other potential Republican contenders.


Read more: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/11/polls-clinton-christie-deadlocked-in-hypothetical-2016-matchup/
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Dec 26, 2013, 04:16 PM (3 replies)

CNN Poll: GOP has edge in early midterm indicator

Source: CNN

A CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday also indicates that President Barack Obama may be dragging down Democratic congressional candidates, and that the 2014 midterm elections are shaping up to be a low-turnout event, with only three in 10 registered voters extremely or very enthusiastic about voting next year.

Two months ago, Democrats held a 50%-42% advantage among registered voters in a generic ballot, which asked respondents to choose between a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district without identifying the candidates. That result came after congressional Republicans appeared to overplay their hand in the bitter fight over the federal government shutdown and the debt ceiling.

But the Democratic lead evaporated, and a CNN poll a month ago indicated the GOP holding a 49%-47% lead. The new survey, conducted in mid-December, indicates Republicans with a 49%-44% edge over the Democrats.


Read more: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/26/cnn-poll-gop-has-edge-in-early-midterm-indicator/comment-page-1/



Please don't try to bullshit yourself into denying reality by claiming that this poll is some sort of corporatist conspiracy. The fact is Americans are a profoundly ignorant people. But that is what we have to work with. We have to face reality if we want to advance civilization and move the country and the world forward.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Dec 26, 2013, 09:24 AM (90 replies)

my goodness - the little town I was born in has become a popular destination for same-sex weddings

Letter: Jamestown, New York has benefited from doing the right thing


Marriage equality went into effect more than two years ago. During that time it has been my pleasure as a city marriage officer to perform sometimes as many as 10 same-sex marriages per week. Couples have come to Jamestown from 20 different states and every continent in the world. My goal was to make Jamestown a same-sex marriage destination, and we have succeeded.

Couples stay in hotels, eat at restaurants and reserve local venues for receptions, including the Lucy-Desi Museum. Doing what is right has been good for business without the city having to spend a dime on promotion but relying on word of mouth. Every couple has remarked to me how friendly everyone in Jamestown has been and how warmly they have been received, resulting in referrals to their friends to get married in Jamestown by an openly gay city councilman.

In addition, we have been fighting poverty by waiving my fee and asking the couples to donate to St. Susanís Center, our local soup kitchen, providing hundreds of meals each week to Jamestown residents in need. The couples have been very generous, writing checks in 100, 200 and 300 dollar amounts. This is all out-of-state money. I drop hundreds of dollars off to St. Susanís each week without it having to do anything other than continue its good work.

I knew marriage equality was the right thing to do, and thanks to everyone in Jamestown and beyond, it has turned out to be a good thing as well.

I bring this up not to brag about my work but to celebrate this community and the wonderful loving gay and lesbian couples it has been my pleasure to bring together in marriage celebrating their love. Merry Christmas!

Gregory Rabb

President

Jamestown City Council
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Dec 25, 2013, 12:58 AM (13 replies)

Don't Trust The Pictures Hotels Post On Their Websites

I have certainly found this before. There are many nice hotels where I live on Saipan but there is one hotel in particular that would be perfectly fine if it was promoted as a low cost budget hotel - but its website makes it sound like a classy luxury resort. It is always best to check a number of reviews before you book - including some from sites like www.tripadvisor.com that features a variety of impressions from multiple actual customers.



By Julie Zeveloff for Business Insider

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Hotels aren't always completely honest when it comes to the photos they post on their websites.

Professional reviewers from hotel review website Oyster visited vacation properties from Barbados to Boston, and the photos they took didn't quite match up with the online fantasy.

If you're thinking of booking a warm getaway as the cold weather sets in, let these "photo fakeouts" serve as a cautionary tale against relying solely on hotels' marketing materials.

Some of these photo "upgrades" are so egregious, you'll think you are looking at pictures of two completely different properties.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/hotel-real-v-fake-photos-2013-12?op=1#ixzz2oMPtEDiS
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 23, 2013, 10:48 PM (5 replies)

WADJA Movie Trailer (2013) Oscar nominated film - first major feature film made in Saudi Arabia

I just saw the interview with the Director, Haifaa al Mansour. with John Stewart on the Daily Show - The film has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film - This whole development sounds VERY exciting to those of us who have a special place in our heart for the Middle East.


A 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
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Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn't be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda's mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.

WADJA Movie Trailer. In theaters: September 13th, 2013
Directed by Haifaa al Mansour.
Cast : Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf

WADJA Trailer
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Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 23, 2013, 09:46 AM (0 replies)

WADJA Movie Trailer (2013) Oscar nominated film - first major feature film made in Saudi Arabia

I just saw the interview with the Director, Haifaa al Mansour.with John Stewart on the Daily Show - The film has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film - This whole development sounds VERY exciting to those of us who have a special place in our heart for the Middle East.


A 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
Join us on Facebook http://facebook.com/FreshMovieTrailers
Best DRAMAS Here http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...

Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn't be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda's mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.

WADJA Movie Trailer. In theaters: September 13th, 2013
Directed by Haifaa al Mansour.
Cast : Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf

WADJA Trailer
© Sony Pictures Classics
Subscribe now 2 catch the best trailers and the latest HD official movie trailer, film clip, scene and video !


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 23, 2013, 09:44 AM (0 replies)

WADJA Movie Trailer (2013) Oscar nominated film - first major feature film made in Saudi Arabia

I just saw the interview with the Director, Haifaa al Mansour. with John Stewart on the Daily Show - The film has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film - This whole development sounds VERY exciting to those of us who have a special place in our heart for the Middle East.


A 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
Join us on Facebook http://facebook.com/FreshMovieTrailers
Best DRAMAS Here http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...

Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn't be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda's mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.

WADJA Movie Trailer. In theaters: September 13th, 2013
Directed by Haifaa al Mansour.
Cast : Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf

WADJA Trailer
© Sony Pictures Classics
Subscribe now 2 catch the best trailers and the latest HD official movie trailer, film clip, scene and video !


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 23, 2013, 09:39 AM (2 replies)

Is the Democratic Party a real force for progress or is it a lesser of evils?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 23, 2013, 04:01 AM (6 replies)

Dear Phil (duck dynasty) Robertson, Thank you for educating people regarding God's Law

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.

a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev 1 : 9) . The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

b) I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21: 7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

c) I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

d) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

e) I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

f) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an Abomination (Lev 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

g) Lev 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

h) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev 19:27. How should they die?

i) I know from Lev 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

j) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev 24:10-16) Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help.

Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.


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Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Dec 21, 2013, 09:25 PM (38 replies)
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