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  1. The Great Unwashed

    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    I'm just following TPM's LiveBlog as much as possible...it's been an insane day at the office, so haven't been able to check CSPAN or whoever else is broadcasting it.
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    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    So I was reading an article about how Republicans in Congress just wish Trump would shut the fuck up (paraphrased), and realized that Trump has really gotten himself into a pickle. The people who are going to decide his fate in the Senate want him to shut up so they can focus defending on just a few fronts and staying on message, but the people who are ensuring that Senate Republicans don't turn on Trump, his base, want him to lash out and fight back, so even if he could shut his mouth, he can't because they'd start losing faith in him if he stopped being the person they voted for.
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    LGBTQ+ 6 -- It's a Rainbow of Flavors

    @felice and @karaddin Thank you very much for the advice. It was mostly along the lines I was thinking, but I feel better knowing that my instincts were more or less leading in the right direction.
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    LGBTQ+ 6 -- It's a Rainbow of Flavors

    Hi all, sincere apologies for posting here, but I have followed this thread for a while to try and educate myself and I don't want to be imposing or anything, but I was really hoping for some advice for a dad. So, I think my 17 year old son just came out to me as bisexual in a text. I texted him back (because he lives with his mom and he's supposed to be in bed), and told him that I'm glad he told me, and asked if I could pick him up tomorrow so we could talk about it if he wanted. He said that was good. So, I was hoping I could ask a few questions? He's worried what his mom will say because she's kind of conservative. Should I try to get him in my home so that he maybe feels safer during this time? Also, what are some questions to ask that are informative but not offensive? For context, he told me he was confused. He's had a long-term girlfriend, and I assumed they were sexually active. He has stayed at her house a few times, and I bought him condoms and told him to come back when he needed more if he didn't feel comfortable buying them. As far as any same-sex experience, I don't know. He also said that his friend tried to commit suicide last night, and then told me about thinking that he may be bisexual (my words, not his), so I'm not sure if this is an indication of some kind of relationship, or he's having curiosity because of the intense feelings he's having with his friend's attempted suicide? I apologize if I'm being insensitive, I just want to make sure that I don't ask questions that may accidentally alienate him. I'm going to find him a counselor so he can talk about his friend's suicide attempt, but should I search for a counselor with an LGBTQ emphasis? Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    Nobody except for Trump's hard-core base, their enablers and those profiteering off of both groups care much one way or the other about this. In fact, depending on how much coverage this gets, it'll probably backfire a little bit. If you want every single Republican to start raging against the Democrats, then arrest all two dozen of them. Sean Hannity would probably kill himself from the force of his spontaneous ejaculation were that to happen, and every surviving Fox News host, right-wing newspaper and conspiracy rag will talk about nothing else from now until the election. It's a stupid stunt designed to stroke Trump's ego and to play to his base. Since they're acting like children, treat them like children and ignore them, then wait and censure them when the hullabaloo has died down.
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    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    During Watergate, it was "follow the money". During Trumpgate, it'll be "follow the Fox News conspiracies".
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    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Yeah, these are all important things to remember. I see a lot of "but wouldn't President Pence be worse?" talk, and the easy answer is "no". 1) Pence doesn't command the loyalty of Trump's base, so they're not going to support him no matter what he does like they do with Trump. 2) Other Republicans aren't scared of Pence like they are of Trump. 3) Not much has been said about this, but Trump makes sure that Pence is involved in some way with every shady thing that goes on under Trump's watch - just look at how he involved Pence in the Ukraine scandal. You can be rest assured: if Dear Leader goes down, he's going to take Pence down with him (and Pompeo, Barr, and probably a few others for good measure). What's very interesting to me is that, despite Yertle the Turtle's campaign bluster about being the one who will stop impeachment dead in its tracks, he has already committed to holding the impeachment trial in the Senate. Which to me means he's getting enough pressure from his caucus to run this thing above-board. Which means that there are probably more Republican Senators who think that there may be more "there" there than have publicly made statements about the inquiry.
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    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    As an U.S citizen, I would like to formally apologize for our President being a giant fucking cunt.
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    DCEU: Killer Clowns from Gotham City

    As someone who has struggled with moderate to severe mental health issues for my entire life, even to the point of being institutionalized in a state-run hospital on two different occasions, I was not bothered at all as to how mental health is depicted in Joker, because it's a pretty fucking accurate take from my perspective. Obviously, the vast, vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent. But, there are some patients who are violent. But that's not the important takeaway, I think. Joker draws some (pretty obvious) conclusions about mental health that everyone seems to be missing for some reason. This movie just gets mental illness, and more specifically, the interaction of someone suffering from mental illness and how they interact with the world around them. The second time he's seeing his counselor, when she tells him that she won't be seeing him any more, spoke to me - because I've been the person sitting across from a therapist being told that I'm no longer eligible for free counseling and having that feeling in the pit of your stomach because you're frantically trying to figure out how you're going to afford to pay for your medications. Maybe it's the intersection between mental illness and poverty that people are missing, and that's why it's not relatable? I don't know. But I didn't feel that it treated the topic of mental illness unseriously at all.
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    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Dayum... Warren sounds like a fucking badsss.
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    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Bernie, you've fought the good fight. Please just gracefully announce that you need to look out for your health and family and that you're confident that Warren will carry the torch.
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    Police - a thin blue line, a wad of cash and scary guns

    Edit: Just realized I posted this in the wrong thread.
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    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Agreed on both points. Thought experiment: is there a way for a non-Biden candidate to make a electability argument by concern trolling where they sympathize with Biden, but argue that because of how the 2016 election played out, we can't have a candidate who has even a whiff of corruption about them?
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    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Fuck yes Booker! Preach!
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    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    My follow up right above your post. Dems need to bash him on the Ukraine/Syria stuff and call an intra-party detente for a night.