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Mlle. Zabzie

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    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?
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    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.
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    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.
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Reading Packets are Available

    I now know what you mean. Me too.
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    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.......
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    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).
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    US Politics: It’s Not A Crime If Your Feelings Got Hurt

    You will hear no argument from me regarding improving k-12 education. My only quibble is that I would go back further. I think there need to be quality pre-pre-school child care alternatives, universal nursery and pre-K options and ALSO better k-12 options.
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    US Politics: It’s Not A Crime If Your Feelings Got Hurt

    Thanks. I think that the wealth tax to pay for it is unconstitutional, but I digress. So this is basically a huge probably regressive government hand out to pay for a sunk cost (something I read said that people with incomes over $250K wouldn't benefit and there is a sliding scale between 100-250K, so full credit for her trying, but I don't think this solves the problem because it doesn't take into account earning potential, and there is still a lot of forgiveness for people who earn between $100-$250 who arguably shouldn't get any benefit). I gotta say, I'm with you and underwhelmed and would rather use the money for universal healthcare, or climate initiatives or infrastructure or other things that benefit the whole population rather than a limited class of persons. This also doesn't fix the costs of education. I'm curious to hear OGE's take on it, but overall, underwhelmed. I agree on the bankruptcy front. This should be an option. I also agree that we need to rethink how public higher education is funded. I really, really, believe that a robust public university system which is well-funded by taxpayer money is a big part of the answer. The part that makes me a little uncomfortable is that I worry that the vicissitudes of our political system will put unwarranted pressure on academic freedom as a result, but I guess that's why the 1st amendment exists?
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    US Politics: It’s Not A Crime If Your Feelings Got Hurt

    See, I agree with this, plus actually focusing on issues that voters continue to care about. Also, need a good nominee to oppose. Mike is WAY to the left of me (and smarter than all of us). If he has such a remote control, he would press the button basically because he's sick of all our whinging. That's bank side. Law firm side is tame.
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    US Politics: It’s Not A Crime If Your Feelings Got Hurt

    Not really. Booze is WAAAAAY better, and there is a general lack of tubas. Yeah - in a just and righteous world, we would no long have the chief cheeto in charge. But the world is neither just nor righteous, and impeachment is dumb. Yes. Because it is at this point. It's the economy stupid.
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    US Politics: It’s Not A Crime If Your Feelings Got Hurt

    Hey - how'd you get video footage of the Summer Meeting?
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    US Politics: It’s Not A Crime If Your Feelings Got Hurt

    I actually belong to a tax club, so I'm qualified to answer this question. Since the meetings occur at the University Club, I would say that the meetings are more like this. Even funnier is that the guy who presides is this guy who has an uncanny resemblance to Mr. Burns, except for the fact that he is pretty left wing and a genuinely lovely human being. Now the summer meetings get a little crazy, but what happens at tax nerd camp stays at tax nerd camp.......
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    US Politics: It’s Not A Crime If Your Feelings Got Hurt

    I generally agree with this. It's a pretty arbitrary proposal for a governmental expenditure (and does her plan address the tax bill side of this? Because it will amount to people getting free money, and I kinda think that should be subject to tax somehow).
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    It's Alive!!!: Zombie Pigs Edition

    And are these fast zombie pigs or slow zombie pigs? Inquiring minds need to plan before they become dinner.
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    It's Alive!!!: Zombie Pigs Edition

    Oh, there will always be taxable income. Your imagination is limited. And I'm old enough to be chief robot in charge.
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