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  1. Capt. Hilts

    Season 12 Chit Chat Thread

    You've just offended Al Capone, "Baby Face" Nelson, John Dillinger, Sam Giancana, Bugs Moran...
  2. Capt. Hilts

    [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 12

    The parents of the characters on TBBT have all been GREAT. The producers have done a GREAT job of casting them. I really miss seeing Raj's parents on Skype. Kathy Bates keeps that tradition going. They should have an episode with only the parents.
  3. Capt. Hilts

    [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 12

    More shocked how many 'real' events seem to have come straight from the onion.
  4. Capt. Hilts

    Chit Chat: Season 11

    Only one presidential candidate ever received more votes than Hillary Clinton: Barack Obama in 2008. That's it. When the electoral college was set up, the population disparity between urban and rural areas was around 16 to 1. It is now closer to 70 to 1. It makes the distortions of the electoral college all the greater. The voting power of people in Wyoming is significantly greater than those in California or Texas. The electoral college suppresses voting turnout for both parties. But overall voting numbers were high in '16. The under 30 vote spiked in 2008, but fell back in 2012 and 2016.
  5. Capt. Hilts

    Chit Chat: Season 11

    Indeed. As someone who suffered through Virginia's absentee voting process for years, YES!
  6. Capt. Hilts

    Chit Chat: Season 11

    The demographics of caucuses are younger than those who participate in primaries. That's the case everywhere. People who are older, have children, or do not want to go out at night etc. are less likely to participate in caucuses. Women, in particular, are less likely than men to be comfortable with the public proclamation of whom they're voting for and the ensuing debates than are men. So, caucuses are seen as discounting or distorting the voting population that actually shows up to vote in November: women. Especially older women. But it IS true he energized young people. Nevertheless, the number of those who actually voted that November, while better than previous years at near 50%, was part of a three year climb from the 1996 election. Overall, three million more folks under 30 turned out in November, which is great. That number fell again in 2012. Young people need to vote!!! It's their future! Capt. Hilts, pollster, who supports lowering the voting age to 16.
  7. Capt. Hilts

    Chit Chat: Season 11

    Yes, he was. But he won the nomination winning caucuses [which have far lower participation rates than primaries ] in Red states, whereas Hillary won the primaries of all the big, blue coastal states. It was weird. The Democrats, following the Republicans, have more front-loaded their primary process with Super Tuesday. The problem is that Super Tuesday skews too southern. So, if you don't win the black vote on Super Tuesday, you've got quite a hill to climb to the Democratic nomination. This hurt Clinton and killed Sanders.
  8. Capt. Hilts

    Chit Chat: Season 11

    Roe v. Wade was not, specifically, about abortion rights, but rather, privacy rights. I, for one, don't want to lose my privacy rights.
  9. Capt. Hilts

    Chit Chat: Season 11

    Not enough United Statesians have read Kipling.
  10. Capt. Hilts

    Chit Chat: Season 11

    Reading the NYT can be maddening, but the fact is, it is held to higher standards and monitored much more closely than other news sources.
  11. Capt. Hilts

    [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    Referring to Chucky.
  12. Capt. Hilts

    [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    Yes, I know BFM is female.
  13. Capt. Hilts

    [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    Leonard would have had to have admitted that Kurt, essentially, beat him up and he lost the virility contest to Kurt. Similarly, he would be an object of pity rather than admiration. Look, I think Leonard is a nice guy who does nice things, but having said he was looking forward to having smart and beautiful children with her means that he was motivated by things in addition to pure generosity. He wanted to ingratiate himself to her. It's that simple. Women have antennae for that. I think we have a bit of a gender gap here.
  14. Capt. Hilts

    [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    If he just wants to generically help people - how come he never did anything like that for Stewart, who has been just as badly off as Penny?
  15. Capt. Hilts

    [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    Moot point. Leonard was always looking for ways to ingratiate himself to her. Not pure generosity. But I agree his instincts are to do the 'nice' thing.
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