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Mlle. Zabzie

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  1. Mlle. Zabzie

    U.S. Politics: You Didn't Think It Would Be So Easy, Did You?

    Cat also knows when to quit.
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    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    why you there being an optimist? like, is that allowed?
  3. Mlle. Zabzie

    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    They have, and they will. Then the next thing that will happen, should the right ever control either both legislative branches with a veto proof majority OR have both legislative branches and the executive is that the equivalent of the Mann Act will be enacted, basically making it illegal to cross state lines to get an abortion in furtherance of the regulation of interstate commerce. This is very likely to happen in my lifetime. And really, we aren't talking about it and debating it because the thing is accomplished. It has and will happen. So why debate? It's like asking water not to run downhill. I mean, hopefully this motivates people to vote, but remember this board is a bubble within a bubble (e.g., I'm right wing-ish on this board, moderate in NYC, and basically a communist as compared to my relatives in NC).
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    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    Just sitting here waiting for the collective pivot on "states rights".
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    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    I have to say I agree. Bubble bias is real and Twitter is a bubbling cess pool of bubbleness (or something).
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    Escalators... what’s the deal?

    broken windows; broken windows.
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    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    Mea culpa; mea culpa.
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    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    Not my area. Sorry.
  9. Mlle. Zabzie

    Whataboutism as a Rhetorical Tool

    OMG, I think I love you, just a little bit, for all of this. But honestly, every one of you who has said "but not whataboutism" has basically just tried to reframe the question to prove your point. Lovely rhetorical trick. Sometimes it fools opposing counsel, but I've found I can't always assume they are hungover or otherwise distracted (it is mostly effective on Friday mornings). Experience has made me tediously aware of the need to have actual support for (rather than shiny objects to reflect) my position in non-internet arguments.
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    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    Yes. There is, I believe, also a series of cases out there on Scientology (including most recently in 1993 at the SC level). I personally find the Cavanaugh court's reference to Heinlein and Vonnegut in that context to be potential shade on the SC.
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    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    The first amendment is a funny creature. It has both a "freedom from" (the "establishment clause") and a "freedom to" (the "free exercise" clause) aspect. I think the founders were equally concerned with both. However, different wings of the amendment have gotten different amounts of weight at different times depending on the reigning cultural zeitgeist. Right now, very generally, I would say our right wing friends are very focused on free exercise, while our left wing friends tend to be more focused on the establishment clause. But differently, I'm relatively sure that people on the left wing are more likely to see some interpretations of the free exercise clause as actually violating the establishment clause (i.e., promoting one religion over another), and/or that the level of scrutiny/the level of compelling state interest to interrupt the free exercise clause (the "freedom to") is relatively lower than for the establishment clause ("freedom from" ). During the 20th Century, the focus was more on the establishment clause. I am really, really, really conflicted about this one and I think that the issues presented are very, very tricky.
  12. Mlle. Zabzie

    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Reading Packets are Available

    I now know what you mean. Me too.
  13. Mlle. Zabzie

    US Politics: It’s Not A Crime If Your Feelings Got Hurt

    Completely anecdotal, and so probably worthless, but my Uncle (grew up in rural NC, ex-marine, currently lives in NC), thinks that 2020 is a year for Democrats and is completely and utterly DONE with Trump (he was originally in the "don't really like him but will give him a chance because not Hillary" camp). He surprised the living HECK out of me by saying that he really likes the look of Kamala Harris (has no use for Bernie or Biden (too OLD), thinks Warren is smart but/and "dangerous", has no opinion of Booker, thinks Buttegieg doesn't have the experience, Gillibrand is an also ran). Anyhow, will be monitoring his views.......
  14. Mlle. Zabzie

    The history of this community board.

    Indeed, it was during this era that the classic form of the rant was developed. A classic rant must include the following elements: (1) a clearly stated grievance, (2) 2 non sequiturs of minimally relevant entertainment value, (3) at least three mis-spellings/grammatical errors which can serve as fodder for at least two response posts and (4) profanity as punctuation. Since the time of the classic rant, the form has evolved (including to add a gratuitous ad hominem section), but sometimes it is good to go back to basics.
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    The history of this community board.

    In the beginning, there was the EE board. Slow and imperfect as it was, it is enshrined in our memory collective as a time of halcyon peace and innocence, a time when R+L = J was not KNOWN, but more of a secret handshake of fan-ness. Its contents and actual membership have disappeared into legend and myth, but we all still worship the deity that emerged, like Zeus from the Titans, the all-powerful Ran. Then came the time of the EZ Board. Also, slow and imperfect, its time is known for threads that never ended, boarders with creative keyboarding skills, hills, Ottomans, NHAW, and possibly the Great Zorse War (though I may have the dates wrong - it was THAT LONG AGO). It was during this time that the thesis that Wales does not exists was first proposed (I am told). This thesis is still being debated today, though I believe that scientific evidence may have disproved it. This was the age of heroes. Though some have been deified (at least in their own minds), others have instead faded away into legend. Then the Board migrated to this platform. It has gone through several incarnations since its first medieval incarnation, but it has a rich history including the promise of the hover car to be excavated from the misty fields of France, several adventures involving accidental nudity, the Great Champagne Wars, and the never-ending Fl00b invasions/absorptions. But there are still threads that never end, and we are still "debating" US politics, and some of us still wander above the line into the pale sometimes (but not me - I'm a coward).