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  1. To be fair, that's his job, no? I doubt that he does not understand the impact in other industries and for end customers. Or at the very least that there would be adverse impacts. But why should he be worried about that, at the expense of the people he is representing? It's the administration's job to weigh those concerns when making policy. True, this president / administration is totally incapable doing that, but surely that's not the fault of the steelworkers.
  2. There is broad public support for dreamers but not for shutting down the government over dreamers. And this was before the actual, negative impact of a shutdown on peoples' lives.
  3. Agreed with this. I don't think they trust McConnell, they are just looking for a way out. At the very least, enough of them are. I also have to disagree that Democrats were winning the message war. Republicans' basic message of "Dems are shutting down the government over protection for illegal immigrants" is compelling and also, basically correct (save a potential disagreement about whether Dreamers should be considered illegal immigrants). Democrats did get rolled, because they tried to support an impossible position. To me, it was very clear from the beginning that they would not have achieved anything substantial, especially considering they are dealing with comic-book level villains who are literally willing to kill children to score a few political points. I utterly despise the Republican leadership, and support the Democrats out of principle. And I do think they have the moral high ground on many (if not all) of the hot-botton issues. But ultimately many of these things are subjective. How you prioritize them, and what you are willing to give up to achieve them are even more subjective. More and more, Democratic party seems to support fight for positions out of principle, even when those issues are not necessarily priorities for the electorate at large (or even for most of the Democratic voters). There is something to be said for standing on principle (and honestly, I personally applaud the Democrats). But then, you cannot complain when you find yourself in the minority, with limited to no ability to basically achieve anything.
  4. Ancalagon, you are a beast. Please keep posting these threads, you put so many shows on my radar. Just yesterday, I was watching Godless (and loving it ) and thinking that I probably would not have found it if not you had posted about it like six months ago . Much thanks!
  5. The Kelly praise was always misguided, or at the very least was a product of wishful thinking. It should have stopped when he went out of his way to support Trump's ridiculous claim that Obama wiretapped him: Noone expects him to lay into Trump or say he is wrong, but if he was half the man he was being portrayed as, he could just have stopped at "I don't know anything about it." This is from the memory, but I'm pretty sure many other people in / around the administration and the congress did precisely that. But no, Kelly had to continue, voluntarily. "I don't pretend to even guess as to what the motivation may have been for the previous administration to do something like that." !!! Such a disgusting sycophant.
  6. I did not like it either. I didn't like most of what happened since episode 3 and almost nothing that happened in the last 3 episodes. At some point in the middle of the season I was thinking "This is not as good as the previous seasons, but it's still good." But now I'm thinking that was mostly due to goodwill carried from the previous seasons coloring my view. And it did evolve to something different than Fargo in the last few episodes, which would have been fine if it was well executed, but it just wasn't. Top to bottom, this season arguably had the best cast of all seasons on paper, but most of the performances either fell flat or failed to leave an impression as the writing / plot didn't really give them much to work with. Whereas in previous seasons, so many actors (even those who were unknown) gave memorable performances, even in limited screen time. It required an incredible amount of suspension of disbelief. And maybe suspension of disbelief is not even the right word. Seemed like they were intentionally playing up the improbability of those events and I guess this is somehow connected to the overall theme of "This is a [true] story" (together with a bunch of unexplained / improbable / fantastical things that happened in the second half of the season), but to me, it's all disjointed and haphazard. I feel that the creator is trying to make a point, but I have no idea what that is and honestly, the show did not capture my interest enough to think too deeply about it.
  7. I honestly don't see it. He is not closing that fast and he is barely jumping. His left foot is actually on the ground, safely away from Kawhi when Kawhi shoots it. Then as he is turning away, he takes another step and extends his leg right underneath Kawhi. As Pop said it does not look like a natural move. I know these type of injuries happen my mistake, but this looks very shady to me.
  8. Seriously... They were up by 2 with 3:00 mins or so to go. Gave up 7 points and then committed a charge, so all of a sudden, Celtics were up by 5, had the ball with 1:30 to go...And I was thinking: This is exactly what happens to Wizards (or really, all of Washington sports teams...) Then they made one clutch play after another, both on offence and defense! It was unbelievable. And it was not like Celtics chocked either, they also had 2-3 very good plays it that last minute,
  9. I think the decline of Danny Green is directly tied to the ascendance of Kawhi Leonard. This seems unfair to Kawhi, but I think there is a lot of truth in it. He is a fantastic player, but as he started becoming a superstar and dominating the ball more and more, the Spurs system / other players suffered. It is a difficult situation. You don't want to give up all that Kawhi is doing for the team, but the rest of the team seems to do much better when the system works more precisely. Those 2013 / 2014 teams were something else, arguably with less talent than the current roster.
  10. Exactly this. I don't think Trump is trying to conceal any Russian ties, either personal or by the campaign. That would require for him to think that there are things to conceal in the first place. Which would mean him admitting that there are problems, weaknesses, things he did that were wrong...He is simply incapable of admitting that. This is a bit of me playing armchair psychiatrist, but still: When Trump says "Russia is fake news. I never had anything to do with Russia. Never had any business in Russia" etc., I'm pretty sure that he 100% believes what he is saying. It's as if he lives in multiple alternate realities: as he says one thing, everything in the past that contradicts his current thinking does not exist for all intents and purposes. And if someone reminds him of those, the reality changes again to justify why that thing is not an issue or contradiction. So I think he genuinely believes that Russia story is completely bogus. And Comey should have been out there shutting this down, or at the very least shouting from the rooftops that it is bogus. He did not do that, which made Trump mad and now he is acting out.
  11. He rehabilitated his image with a competent stint on Homeland. He is cool now.
  12. I gotta admit, I'm impressed. They really don't give a fuck.
  13. Why do you guys do this? Why lie so blatantly? What is the point?
  14. I just watched the final season and felt I had to resurrect this thread from the dead to comment on how great it was. I felt that the fourth season was somewhat of a step back after the third, but everything they set up then paid off big time in the final season. Uncle Benjen really knocked one out of the park. The guy who used to be Robin Hood was excellent as well. (The episode that focused on him was incredible I thought, even though it barely included the people we know). So was his brother. And all the rest of the actors were excellent as usual. The last half hour of the final episode did not really work for me (I honestly have no idea what they were trying to accomplish there) but other than that, a really awesome ending. I thought this series was a bit pretentious when it first started, even a bit hard to watch, but it really evolved in to something else over time. So much genuine emotion, and they were able to convey it so brilliantly. The ability to slowly build all these feelings to devastating effect at the end...No other show really did that for me recently.