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Polls / Would making all political parties illegal be good or bad?
« on: February 22, 2010, 11:47:03 PM »
Do you think it would be a good thing if We the People of the United States of American passed a law that would make political parties illegal in this country?  We would have to do it as the politicians would never even consider it.  Just think of the savings from not having conventions every year and therefore, no having primaries, no electoral college or any of that other stupid crap.  

Anybody who wants to run for office, lets say for President, simply pays a reasonable filing fee, if he/she can afford it, and throws their name out to the people.  Any American Citizen would be eligible and of course they would be able to mention their ideology such as conservative, libertarian and even liberals will be allowed to run.  Then every American Citizen (natural and naturalized) would be allowed to vote.  Sorry, this is my imaginary world and aliens of any kind, whether legal, illegal or Martian would not be allowed to vote.  You would have to have a photo ID so that rules out vampires as well.  When the votes are counted the person with the most votes is the president and the one with the second most is the vice president.  It makes perfect sense that if something happens to the President, the second most popular candidate should step in.  Getting idiots like Joe Biden and Dan Quail should be an impossibility.  If no one gets a 50.1% majority then there would be a run off between the top two vote getters with the same Pres/VP ending although the leader in the first election my lose the runoff when the votes for the also-rans are recast.  All elections for national office would be held in this way with the process and the voting machines being identical in all states and paid for by the federal government.

The States would be able to elect State officials any way they wanted but must lease the federal election equipment if they want to go that route.  However, the can use watermelon seed spitting contests if they want to.

Members of congress would be able to vote for whatever is best for the people of their state rather than some party line.  The majority party could no longer disregard the interests of the minority.  There would still be ideological differences and squabbles in congress but they would have to work together to get anything done.

Polls / What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30
« on: February 11, 2010, 09:31:53 PM »
I’m sure most people would agree that Owings over Gable was the greatest upset in NCAA finals history but what about the last 30 years.  If you look at the years you’ll notice that upsets are becoming more common.

I don’t have specific info on all of these match-ups so some are based on the seed differences but the ones I do know are as follows:

Schultz defeated Stewart 3-10, 2-9 & 2-4 before being pinned by Stewart in ‘81

Burley was a two time finalist, one time champion when Gibbons beat him ‘81.

JJ McGrew was defeated by Joel Sharratt 3-7, 2-3, 4-8 and 5-10 before winning 8-6 in ‘95.

Rosholt’s record was 17-10 going into the NCAA, had lost to the Missouri back-up earlier in the year and was beaten 8-1 by Barker in the Big-12’s two weeks before completely demolishing him in ‘03.

Hendricks defeated Perry 7-6OT, 3-1, 5-2 and 4-3 before losing 4-3 in 07.

Elinsky and Skove had never met that I can find.

Hazewinkle was a three time third place finisher when he lost to Donahoe in ‘07

I’m not sure about their exact head-to-head record but I know Caldwell pinned Metcalf in one of their previous meetings and I believe Metcalf had teched Caldwell.

Please feel free to add in info that might support your choice.

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