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    Re: Is Extremism Becoming Mainstream?

    The worst cases of extremism becoming mainstream have to do with socialism and environmentalism.

    Healthy skepticism of things like 9/11 is a good thing, and the "Truthers" do have a lot of circumstantial evidence on their side. The burden of proof is always on the government.

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    Re: Is Extremism Becoming Mainstream?

    DP is a metaphor for the country. Check out the amount of extremists here, and you will suddenly discover that those who do not have far right or far left views are becoming a minority.
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    Re: Is Extremism Becoming Mainstream?

    I don't know if I'd call the rise in Truthers and Birthers as a rise in extremism. More like a rise in massive stupidity. The South Park quote was dead on.
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    Re: Is Extremism Becoming Mainstream?

    Has anyone mentioned the fact that "The Public Policy Polling firm" is a Democratic polling firm out of Raleigh?

    Has anyone also said anything about the credibility issues concerning their agenda and the validity of their data? I just though this might be relevant information when evaluating their results. Take it into consideration, or dismiss it... Doesn't matter to me either way.

    Here's something written about them I found on the net:

    Beware: “public” pollsters with an agenda
    Wednesday, June 24th, 2009


    There are a few pollsters out there that claim to be publically distributing information, yet have a hidden agenda. Let’s take the Public Policy Polling firm as a prime example. This polling firm has consistently released polling number’s that show North Carolina’s senior Sen. Richard Burr’s approval ratings in the mid-30’s. Normally, this is dangerous territory for any sitting incumbent, but a closer look at the firm producing these “facts” shows they have an agenda.

    “We’re absolutely rooting in this race. We don’t want Richard Burr to get reelected. We wanted Obama to win last fall.” - Public Policy Polling pollster Tom Jensen.

    This is a quote in lieu of poll that showed Senator Burr as “vulnerable” by an admitted partisan hack. But Jensen decided not to make public his test of Sen. Richard Burr vs. the only announced opponent at this time, John Ross Hendrix. Hendrix, a “graphic artist” and perennial candidate is the announced Democrat candidate to take on Burr, yet he is not tested in this so-called survey. The simple fact remains that if Burr is tested in any poll against any “announced” Democrat, Burr cruises to reelection. Whether or not Hendrix is tested in Jensen’s poll samples, we’ll never know. What we do know is Jensen and Public Policy Polling will only release data that is favorable to Democrats.

    Let’s look at another poll by Public Policy Polling in Ohio

    This poll shows the Democrat(s) candidates leading the unopposed Republican candidate by 8-9 points. At least they admit their sample is 50% Democrat; 35% Republican. If anyone can tell me the last time a Presidential Democrat candidate won in Ohio by 15 points in my lifetime, I’ll buy you lunch.

    Case in point: the Public Policy Polling firm has an agenda: electing Democrats. Taking their polls as scientific expert analysis as a true poll reflecting a hypothesis of voting behavior is a complete mistake. Any media outlet promoting their polling data should undoubtedly be questioned. Keep a close watch on this firm’s “public” polling, as it will consistently show Democrats leading to promote their own internal agenda. If they work for Democrat candidates, fine. But to release outrageous numbers showing essentially unopposed Senate candidates such as Richard Burr down is absurd and does a disgrace to the polling and survey community, as we stand by the numbers we produce for our clients and candidates.

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    Re: Is Extremism Becoming Mainstream?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Libman View Post
    Healthy skepticism of things like 9/11 is a good thing, and the "Truthers" do have a lot of circumstantial evidence on their side. The burden of proof is always on the government.
    Way to destroy your credibility.

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    Re: Is Extremism Becoming Mainstream?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Way to destroy your credibility.
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    Re: Is Extremism Becoming Mainstream?

    Quote Originally Posted by What you should have said View Post
    More than half of this country voted for a man with a paper thin resume promising nothing more than that he would be 'different.' Clearly, we're experiencing mass lunacy.
    Fixed that for ya.

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    Re: Is Extremism Becoming Mainstream?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caedon View Post
    More than half of this country voted for a man with [...]
    (1) The 69,297,997 who voted for Obama represent 30.1% of 230 million adults in this country - less than a third.

    (2) Most people only vote for the lesser of two evils.

    (3) The smartest people are the least likely to vote.

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    Re: Is Extremism Becoming Mainstream?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Libman View Post
    (1) The 69,297,997 who voted for Obama represent 30.1% of 230 million adults in this country - less than a third.
    So over half of those who voted. Small clarification, but I will grant you it.

    (2) Most people only vote for the lesser of two evils.
    Possible, but not likely. I think most people vote for the person they prefer.

    (3) The smartest people are the least likely to vote.
    Bull****. People who cannot be bothered to vote are neither smart, nor of any real use to this country.

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    Re: Is Extremism Becoming Mainstream?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Clearly, we're experiencing mass lunacy.


    I have thought that for quite some time now.
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