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  1. Totally agreed. Rick's plan was to put his faith both in some random junkyard people and in a burned-face dude with a history of cruel obedience to Negan. Rick is decent at the rough stuff--sticking guns in peoples' faces and killing off small groups--but when it comes to strategy, Mr Grimes isn't exactly Sun Tzu. It's not a bad idea to form an alliance with the heapsters, but good alliances are formed slowly, taking time to learn about each other and to build trust. The heapsters did nothing but make Rick fight some spiked zombie and then demand guns, neither of which reflected a deep commitment to the cause of resisting Negan. The Kingdom and Hillside make better allies because they have something at stake in this struggle; the heapsters were mere mercenaries, willing to fight for whomever paid them more. A good leader would have recognized this and kept the heapsters at arm's length, making them prove their dedication to the cause before letting them into Alexandria en masse. Rick, of course, is not a good leader; instead he's the type to make threats from his knees. No wonder Negan leaves him in charge; as Red Snow pointed out, killing him might clear the path for someone slightly more competent. Edited to add: Jadis is sure in a pickle, isn't she? She signed up with Negan with the likely expectation of quickly squashing Rick's rebellion and then claiming her share of the loot. Instead, she's got a nasty little war on her hands, and there's no way Negan's going to let her back out of it. She can't easily switch sides either; who'd trust her after her betrayal at Alexandria? Nope, she's in it now, and the best she can hope for is for a swift victory by the Saviors and a lifetime under Negan's thumb.
  2. I'm wondering just how many times Rick has to spearhead failed uprisings against Negan before the Alexandrians finally realize they need better leadership.
  3. PODCAST: Digging Six Feet Under

    There have to be some "Six Feet Under" fans here, right? If so, there's a podcast you might find interesting. "Digging Six Feet Under" is hosted by a licensed funeral director, so while you're enjoying talk about the series you can learn stuff about the business. Disclaimer: I have guest commentated on this podcast, and if that makes me a shameless self-promoter I accept your rebuke.
  4. U.S. Politics: Confirming The Trumpocalypse

    What's this scenario? I am intrigued.
  5. U.S. Politics: Confirming The Trumpocalypse

    Because he's an egomaniacal asshole?
  6. U.S. Politics: Confirming The Trumpocalypse

    I don't know what that scenario was, but I am sure I put no faith in Republicans--any Republicans. They've demonstrated time and time again that although they may not much care for Donald Trump, they'll do nothing to hinder him. Unless the American people turn strongly and severely against The Donald, the GOP will back him at every turn.
  7. U.S. Politics: Confirming The Trumpocalypse

    Our only hope is that the Republican Party destroys itself with its own power, as it did 2001-2006.
  8. U.S. Politics: Confirming The Trumpocalypse

    I think that "kidding yourself" pretty much sums up most of the impetus to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That, or thinly disguised indifference to human suffering.
  9. U.S. Politics: Feelings Trump Facts

    Ordinarily, I'd point out that political scientists know that most politicians try to keep most of their promises, but this is the Great Orange Ego Elemental we're talking about. So who knows what Trump will bother doing?
  10. Best books you read in 2016?

    Read that in 2015 and would recommend it to anyone who ever uses social media.
  11. U.S. Politics: Feelings Trump Facts

    I sure would hate to sound pedantic.
  12. U.S. Politics: Feelings Trump Facts

    I agree, and I'll add this. The Democrats worked for more than a year to come up with the ACA, but health insurance reform was a party priority for Democrats so that made sense. The GOP doesn't care about reforming anything about health care, so why does anyone think the party will spend a ton of political capital tackling this issue? I'm 50-50 on where I think this will go. Part of me thinks Republicans will kick up a lot of dust and then pack it in, and another part suspects that the party may be just dysfunctional enough to screw up the ACA and incur the wrath of millions of voters--some in red states.
  13. U.S. Politics: Feelings Trump Facts

    Not to seem like a smarty-pants, but I hear this all the time and it's not really true. The ACA passed the Senate 60-39, in regular order, over a filibuster. The House passed the same bill, then a bill was passed via reconciliation to make a few small fixes that the GOP had promised to filibuster. That's why Republicans today can't repeal the law root and branch via reconciliation, although they can certainly screw it up. Speaking of screwing up, this entire issue is a loser for them. Repeal will antagonize millions of a voters and the entire healthcare industry, but not doing so will piss of their voters. If I were the GOP, I'd pass a repeal that essentially keeps all of the ACA except for a few unpopular bits and renames it the Ronald Reagan Healthcare Goodies Act. Then I'd lie shamelessly and claim to have repealed "Obamacare." After all, the closed conservative information loop ensures that most Republicans will believe whatever they're told, so why not make use of that?
  14. U.S. Politics: Feelings Trump Facts

    I don't disagree with this, at least in principle. It's possible that a single-payer system (if we had one) might not cover every procedure and treatment under the sun, so there would still be some place for private insurance.
  15. U.S. Politics: Feelings Trump Facts

    So the solution for insufficient charity to cover the uninsured is more charity? I hate to seem really sharp here, but come now. Commodore, if you simply don't care about the uninsured, please say so and we can have an honest conversation. This fantasy about Goodwill or someone stepping up to solve the problem is just a waste of everyone's time. It didn't work before 2010 and it won't work now. Let's stop pretending that it will, yes?