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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Surely half of us are above 100 and half below. And almost all of us cluster from 85 to 115.

    If this is the case, then a leader of 100 would garner the most votes.

    You're assuming that an average mind would be the most popular amongst an average group. That seems to be a huge leap to me. I would think that there are some barriers to entry when it comes to high-level politics that would slightly elevate median IQ scores (college degree at least, often a JD or MBA, extensive reading and writing, socioeconomic status). Wouldn't we usually have average-level presidents throughout history if this were true? Most speculation points to the conclusion that we have not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    Actually, that's a question I'm curious about.

    In the US, what happens if someone does shoot you? Do you pay medical? Sue the guy who shot you to cover them? What if he can't?
    There are state victims' services departments. Here is Pennsylvania's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Liquid_Laser View Post
    Heh, well I wasn't really addressing you, just adding to the thread in general.

    Although you can tell by observing her that she has a high social intelligence, and that is the type of intelligence that is important in politics. She is fairly eloquent and poised and such. She seems fairly good at reading people and is charismatic. Bush on the other hand has trouble putting a coherent sentence together, and frequently messes up figures of speech. Compared to Bush she seems very intelligent.
    Compared to Bush, everyone seems intelligent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lowtech redneck View Post
    I wasn't saying that she's a martyr, merely that taking care of a special needs child is very difficult. Apparently, many other people agree, as over 90% of Down Syndrome babies are aborted (I seriously hope that wikipedia number is bullshit-on a side note, if such numbers are accurate, she DOES deserve commendation from anyone who happens to believe that abortion is morally wrong). Taking care of a special needs child (particularly an infant) while caring for four other children is no mean feat. Doing so while having a demanding career is even more impressive, and I think someone with less than above-average intelligence is unlikely to do justice to both jobs at the same time. In the context I used it, the fact that Palin's youngest child is developmentally disabled is not insignificant.
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    She's fundamentally no different than the others. The Democrats(Obama and Biden) are just more rhetorically gifted, but in the end they're just windbags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    She's fundamentally no different than the others. The Democrats(Obama and Biden) are just more rhetorically gifted, but in the end they're just windbags.
    I think she's pretty rhetorically gifted, and also a windbag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eileen View Post
    I think she's pretty rhetorically gifted, and also a windbag.
    I would agree. Biden is the most gaseous of this group, though.
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    Calling virtually every Republican candidate a moron is standard stuff for Dems. However, it comes across as a smarty-pants personal insult that is code for "all Repubs are Neanderthals." While one may personally believe this, it will never move a voter from voting Repub to Dem which in this political environment would actually be the smart thing to do. I think the dumb Repubs frequently outsmart the Dems.

    I believe Dems would be infinitely more successful if they left off this tactic and appealed to the many Republicans who are highly uncomfortable with the Religious Right by moving their economic polices to the center. The Repubs are leaving the center court wide open and the Dems are also too rigid to take advantage of it.

    Wait! Maybe I've gotten off topic here. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    Actually, that's a question I'm curious about.

    In the US, what happens if someone does shoot you? Do you pay medical? Sue the guy who shot you to cover them? What if he can't?
    You would sue for restitution.
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