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Mark of New Jersey

Mark is a Founding Editor of The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, the predecessor of Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Is Metric on the table?

    I was worried about stuff like “Cap and Trade” and “get rid of the outliers in medical care” kinda stuff.

    If being able to buy gas by the liter instead of by the gallon is the worst that will happen to me, I’ll be thrilled! That’s a discount of almost 70% per unit! It’ll irritate me to buy almost 4 times as many units though…Report

  2. Avatar Dan Miller says:

    xkcd had a really interesting strip about converting to metric; it actually helped me a good deal.Report

  3. Avatar Will says:

    This post is begging for a Front Porch-style smackdown.Report

  4. Avatar E.D. Kain says:

    I always think of war and things like that when there is too much power concentrated in one party. Maybe that’s silly, though. War seems to be one of the few affairs that’s truly bi-partisan.Report

  5. Avatar Alex says:

    As an engineer, I’m more than willing to move to metric…but we need to keep the “foot”, it’s just about the handiest measure ever, and there really isn’t an equivalent length in metric.Report

  6. Avatar Chris Dierkes says:

    I don’t know the 60 includes Lieberman, Ben Nelson, Kent Conrad, Evan Bayh, who are really liberal conservatives far as I can tell. Hell Nelson might just be a conservative for all I know. Hardly any difference between them and Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins. Whose that wacko that filled Obama’s seat? Oh yeah, Burris.

    The Dems may have 60 but they have a whole lotta C or D team members.
    Plus, whose going to scare them into disciplinary shape: Harry Reid? Please. Dick Durbin? Gimme a break.

    I would expect them to fumble around as per their usual for sometime.Report

    • But even if they were all party-line Democrats, I would think that the threat of the metric system would rank as a laughingly weak argument against single-party dominance.Report

      • Avatar Chris Dierkes says:

        true dat.Report

      • Avatar greginak says:

        First they came for quarts,
        then they can for miles,
        then they came for inches, before you know it: muslim-facist-communist-sharia-athiest-anarchy-totalistarinism.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        And yet, I honestly can’t think of anything more likely to return the House and Senate to Republican control in 2010 than an attempt to reinstate the metric system…

        Socialized medicine? Well, maybe I’ll get something out of that.
        Global Warming? Well, I don’t understand the science and there’s stuff about The Children so I guess maybe I’ll get something out of that.

        I have to buy liters of gas now and drive 100km/hr on the freeway????? DID WE LOSE A WAR OR SOMETHING???? THROW THE BUMS OUT!!!!!!!!Report

    • Avatar Bob Cheeks says:

      We can pray!Report

  7. Avatar Jon H says:

    You scoff now, but give em the metric system, and the next thing we’ll have a month called “Thermidor”Report

  8. Avatar Barry says:

    “In the 20th century, I believe wars have only begun when one party controlled congress and the presidency , usually Democrats. The tradition continues in the 21st with the Republicans leading the way. Hopefully we won’t backslide with the Democrats in control again.”

    As has been pointed out above, foreign affairs actually do matter with the US government’s war/peace decisions. Take away WWI and WWII, and the US probably wouldn’t have started them, no matter how Librul Fascist FDR was.Report

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