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Teacher's post about Penn hate being due to the wish to protect UChicago is completely incorrect.  Penn definitely got hate even prior to the tie with Chicago in the rankings.  The reason why Penn gets so much flack is that they pay much more attention than their peer schools do to whether or not applicants seem genuinely interested in attending their school.  This is, to be fair, a perfectly legitimate way of building a particular community.  But it comes off to a large extent as them trying to game the rankings system by increasing their yield.  People who would have gotten in if it were just about numbers frequently get waitlisted because their applications didn't show much interest in attending Penn.  Hence the hate.

No.

It's because of *&^% like this:

Reed Shuldiner, when he was an associate dean in the law school at penn, claimed that if penn law received a $20,000 alumni gift, that penn's central university administration "taxed" away $2,000 & "returned" $18,000 to penn law, then penn law recorded that entire transaction as penn law receiving $38,000. He went on to claim that such "creative accounting" was justified because there is no analogue to GAAP for making reports to U.S. News & World Reports & that penn's peers also do this. It would be worth investigating whether penn law did (& still does?) engage in such fraudulent & unethical reporting, especially in light of it being a law school which teaches professional ethics to law students & the recent wave of U.S. corporate accounting scandals.

http://agoraphilia.blogspot.com/2005/05/puzzle-of-penn-law-schools-ranking.html

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XOXO is an awful site, wiki them for laughs.  This site can be overly optimistic at times, but at least some useful information is disseminated.  Penn is clearly an excellent school, apparently they dont fill the champagne flutes high enough to satisfy xoxoers

Penn is a fine school, but gets lots of ridicule for bullshitting its way up the rankings (and admitting to it).

The people on XO are often much more clever, witty, and knowledgeable than what you find around here.  Also, sorry about your tiny pink LSAT score, bro.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: john mccain, adulterer
« on: June 03, 2008, 10:47:29 AM »
Frankly, I think John's chances in November are fairly slim.

Frankly, I don't think anyone gives a *&^% about this unsupported, phoned-in response.

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I agree with that, too, but there doesn't seem to be a small-government, non-war horse in this race.  I don't necessarily oppose a slight increase in income tax to help offset some of these massive deficits, but dropping the SS Tax Cap is ludicrous.

Small government is a myth. Time to accept it. We both agree that we wish the budget would get balanced, that pork/earmarks would cease, and that cozy lobbyist influence would stop. But let's be real. Both parties are good at one thing--maintaining the status quo.

The $9 trillion hole we're in right now has to be paid by someone, and the middle class obviously can't shoulder that burden.

Non-responsive.  The money raised from eliminating the SS Tax cap will go directly to social security.  AND AROUND AND AROUND WE GO.

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The "major issues" are whatever you want them to be.  HTH.  (FWIW, I pick taxes - Obama's tax policies suck.)

Major issues for the entire country. See also: any poll.

Also, we know your stance. You're on McCain's side solely for taxes, which is fine. Just hope your boy doesn't go running up massive deficits fighting stupid wars, because that's just future taxes--when you have more money to take.

I agree with that, too, but there doesn't seem to be a small-government, non-war horse in this race.  I don't necessarily oppose a slight increase in income tax to help offset some of these massive deficits, but dropping the SS Tax Cap is ludicrous.

EDIT: Also, 'the economy' isn't an issue - that doesn't even make sense.  The president can do about as much for the stock market as your mom can.

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Saying McCain is not a maverick based on the "stats" is really a joke. Just because it is not common to vote against the party means nothing. He has voted on hundreds of issues. Yes, he is a conservative that's why he usually votes with the Republicans - the point of being called a maverick is supposed to show that when his conscience dictates McCain is willing to buck the party not that he isn't a member of the party at all. Immigration, campaign finance reform, same-sex marriage (McCain supported state rights), stem cell research, the Gang of 14, and many other issues are just a FEW examples of McCain's true maverick status. Not only that, McCain was willing to criticize Bush and Rumsfield during the Iraq war.

On immigration, he's the same as Bush. Stem cell research? Wow, he's truly a maverick!

The two major issues in this election are the economy and the war. McCain is exactly the same as Bush on both, as well as the vast array of issues. He is not a maverick--like you said, he's a conservative.

Well, first off the claim by Obama was that its policy of the last 75 years for US President to take diplomatic efforts with their enemies is just flat out wrong. This is the issue we are discussing.

Bush talked to Qaddafi and Kim Jong-Il. You were saying?

The "major issues" are whatever you want them to be.  HTH.  (FWIW, I pick taxes - Obama's tax policies suck.)

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Jack wrote:

I'm not voting Republican or Democrat.  I think McCain is a good man, but I'm likely going to vote 3rd party.
I'll probably vote for Bob Barr.


Might as well throw your vote away. A vote that isn't for McCain is a vote that puts Obama one more step towards the White House.

Not correct.  Jack's vote only matters in a handful of states.  If he lives in a solid blue or solid red state, his vote contributes nothing to the selection of the president.  Unless, of course, a significant portion of his state's voters also choose to vote third party - then, it appears Jack has contributed to the growth of a multi-party system, which seems to be a worthy goal, and not consistent with "throwing one's vote away".

Don't worry too much - I'll be balancing Jack's non-McCain vote with one for the Green candidate (unless it's Nader, and then I'll write in Gore.)

LOL @ Al Gore. You're an idiot.

eh, @#!* you too.  I've got more political experience in my big toe than you'll ever hope to have.

Probably true.  Still doesn't make you not an idiot for voting for Gore.

Eh, I see from your posts that you call everyone an idiot, which, what, makes you about 11.  go along and play with your xbox now, let the grownups talk.

I don't really post except to call people out on idiocy/ridiculousness, but outstanding research nonetheless (fascinating, really).  And Al Gore is a mindless, hipocritical shill.

EDIT:  Sorry you're old as *&^%, and I've never once played xbox.

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I'm writing in Noam Chomsky

I'm writing in your mom.

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Jack wrote:

I'm not voting Republican or Democrat.  I think McCain is a good man, but I'm likely going to vote 3rd party.
I'll probably vote for Bob Barr.


Might as well throw your vote away. A vote that isn't for McCain is a vote that puts Obama one more step towards the White House.

Not correct.  Jack's vote only matters in a handful of states.  If he lives in a solid blue or solid red state, his vote contributes nothing to the selection of the president.  Unless, of course, a significant portion of his state's voters also choose to vote third party - then, it appears Jack has contributed to the growth of a multi-party system, which seems to be a worthy goal, and not consistent with "throwing one's vote away".

Don't worry too much - I'll be balancing Jack's non-McCain vote with one for the Green candidate (unless it's Nader, and then I'll write in Gore.)

LOL @ Al Gore. You're an idiot.

eh, @#!* you too.  I've got more political experience in my big toe than you'll ever hope to have.

Probably true.  Still doesn't make you not an idiot for voting for Gore.

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McCain isn't Bush. The Republican Party is a group with many different factions. To flat out dismiss McCain because of the last 8 years is not fair. I can understand wanting to vote out the Republicans from Congress, but the Presidency is a whole different story. McCain is his own man, and he has never truly had a good relationship with Bush. For liberals that say McCain is a 3rd Bush term, they have got to be joking.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/0507mccainvotes0507.html

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/m000303/

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A Washington Post analysis notes McCain voted with the GOP this term 88.3 percent of the time, the same as Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., whose conservative credentials are seldom questioned. McCain ranked ahead of 29 other Republicans, including Arizona's Jon Kyl, who holds the No. 2 spot in party leadership.

Wow - Obama's at about 97 percent.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23276453/

and how you count iraq war, numbnuts?

You're so well-spoken!

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