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  1. Yeah. It just wasn't a political statement in WWI... but by 1933, it was.
  2. Don't blame the Neo-Nazis. The actual Nazis were the ones who made that haircut "popular".
  3. Even then, it's a crime. But still he went scot free (no pun intended).
  4. You assume they didn't actively try.
  5. ...He's a West Virginia Democrat. Which is a pretty red state. Having a conservative Democrat from WV instead of a Tea Party Wingnut may well be the best the Dems can hope for, and I think it'd be foolish to try to get somebody further left from there. 538 estimates that a senator from WV would vote with Trump around 95 % of the time. Manchin voting that way only 50% of the time is a good thing.
  6. @Ser Scot A Ellison You fell for the German-speaking version of the Onion.
  7. The UK formerly agreed to participating in the EU's budget, which lasts until 2020, if I recall correctly. The "divorce settlement" (not my favorite term...) is the question how to deal with that contribution, seeing how the UK will most probably not be a EU member in 2020. Many of these funds have already been allocated, so the UK reneging on their promises would mean a critical funding shortage for various EU programmes. ETA: so, yes, it's more about not wanting to pay your contract fees because you cancelled your contract in question early.
  8. It's precisely not about importing DUP loopiness to the rest of the UK. Please read the entire twitter feed. The problem is that there is currently no devolved NI government, and that the Tories governing at the mercy of the DUP is a de facto breach of the Good Friday agreement.
  9. I was wondering what was up with the more moderate parties in NI totally collapsing this time around. I guess I got my answer. And it's pretty much what I feared. Please fasten your seatbelts. We expect to experience some Troubles soon. Chin up! It only took us 30 years to sort things out last time around.
  10. I worry about the NI results quite a bit. Since the UUP and the SDLP were basically wiped out, it seems to me that the question of Unionism is once again on the forefront there. Not a good sign.
  11. Or maybe people took responsibility for their votes and as a result refused to lie back and think of Brexit.
  12. Sure. I'm just baffled by the bold assertion that only the Tories can negotiate Brexit well when... they've shown to be terrible negotiators amongst themselves and keep pulling stunts to increase their power at the expense of the British people.
  13. Well, but why do the Tories, of all people, deserve the benefit of the doubt on any of this after pulling two idiotic stunts in a row? Like, why would anybody think they'd make for good negotiators when it should have become clear by now that they0re not interested in the best for the country but only their own internal squabbles, which they try to solve by asking the public for a mandate? This would have never worked, and May's apparent naiveté on Brexit negotiations was just the cherry on top of all that.
  14. Well, blame the Tories and May for that. Their greed and hybris made them think they could increase their majority, instead of negotiating Brexit and calling for an election after. Instead, they were hoist by their own petard. I'd call that an ironic development. And entirely deserved, given how they campaigned on nothing but the personal favorability of a prime minister who had not proven to be any good at her job, anyway.
  15. Nah. The Jon Arryn, in this case, would be Comey.