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  1. Having something of a personal wake for a friend that died earlier this week, so I created a playlist that’s heavy on Slipknot and Bring Me the Horizon. I keep coming back to these two tracks:
  2. I’m going with failure theater, but I hope I’m pleasantly surprised.
  3. True, but that’s not really what I’m saying either. Just that everyone agrees that Trump has the power to pardon this guy (which he almost certainly won’t), so the fact we’re being handed a cudgel with which to beat Republicans shouldn’t be scoffed at, since it doesn’t really matter what happens to this guy in the grand scheme of things.
  4. I’m not; I’m just pointing out that it’s rhetorically effective, and it has the added bonus of using his own cult members to destroy the fiction that he didn’t incite the insurrection. That’s a plus in my book, and it doesn’t really matter whether this dipshit gets pardoned or not.
  5. The $10,000 was supposed to be a day 1 thing that his SecEd could do with the stroke of a pen. Now the timeframe is “indeterminate” and the details are nonexistent. I’m pretty sure in politico-speak that means it’s dead in the water. Hence it was used to get people out to vote without any actual intent to deliver, i.e., a lie. Now you all can certainly pretend that Democratic leadership was ever serious about it, but in my experience politicians usually have details and timeframes for agendas they *actually* plan on implementing. ETA: Besides, it doesn’t really matter these days if something is *actually* a lie, but rather do people in general perceive it as one. Loan forgiveness being unceremoniously swept under the table seems like the administration saying “We lied to some folks”. YMMV
  6. He’s a defense lawyer. I’m not sure what he’s supposed to do besides try and keep his client out of prison. Actually, all these highly public defenses of the rioters is a good thing, because nearly all of these defense lawyers are directly saying that their clients were following Trump’s directives. ETA: Case in point.
  7. Of course they did. $10,000 loan forgiveness went the way of a pipe dream pdq. ETA: Now, I’ve pointed out here before that student loan forgiveness is a stupid place for Democrats to spend political capital, but we should at least be able to call a lie a lie.
  8. So, people *shouldn’t* get pissed when politicians blatantly and cynically lie to their supporters? I don’t know how many times I’ve seen liberals here castigate leftists during the run-up to elections, telling us that the “right time” to fight for leftist priorities is *after* the election. But when leftists actually start pushing for those things after the election, we get castigated for trying to “blow up” legislation because we hate BIPOC and non-cisgender people. Fuck that. This is just more liberal bullshit trying to maintain the status quo. Liberals told leftists to wait and fight after the election. It’s after the election so it’s time to fight.
  9. Thank you. Indeed, talking to a therapist about it is far different from talking to anyone else about it.
  10. I definitely see your point, but unfortunately I sincerely believe that the failure of law enforcement to contain the right-wing in this instance will inevitably lead to even more brutal crackdowns than we even saw during the summer on BLM and other leftist protesters in the future. Never let a crisis go to waste and all that.
  11. This is a bizarre take to me. So-called “rose Twitter” aren’t the white liberals calling for compromise on the economic issues that would be important to BIPOC and the non-cis queer community. That would be white liberals like...Pelosi, et. al. ETA: I mean shit, it’s not exactly rocket science for people to point out that you’ll never get what you don’t ask for.
  12. So, I finally hit my break limit. Since about mid-November I’ve been going to therapy 3 times a week. I don’t even know how to go about talking about things, because to me it just sounds so bizarre that it sounds made up. I’ve talked here before sometime last year about some stuff that I won’t reiterate, but during a therapy session last week I made what I thought was an innocuous comment about losing time while I’m driving, and after that session last Friday and sessions every day this week, it appears that I’ve been suffering from some type of dissociative disorder since I was about 5 years old. I guess more testing and appointments with specialists are coming up. As far as I can tell, it doesn’t appear that I’m suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder, but it’s very likely that I’m suffering from a combination of Dissociative Amnesia from my childhood and Depersonalization Disorder. Needless to say, this has been a shock for me, and added to that I was fired from my job because of the breakdown I had and one of my friends died of a heart attack a few days ago at the age of 39. i don’t know why I’m talking about it here, except that I haven’t been able to tell anyone about it. I don’t even know if anyone close to me would believe me.
  13. JFC...Democrats refused to sit Bork, not "anyone nominated by a Republican president". We can disagree without you treating me like an idiot. And, that's great if you think they would, but I think the most they'd do is Bork them until they crumbled under Republican rhetoric.
  14. I'm sorry, I forgot when Democrats refused to sit anyone nominated by a Republican president, remind me when that happened? Oh, Anthony Kennedy was nominated and unanimously approved in Bork's stead? You don't say.
  15. And that's the problem I'm talking about, perfectly illustrated. And there's no guarantee they would even if they'd done as well as they'd hoped. I'd argue not being as ruthless as your opponent when you have power compared to when they do is an irresponsible use of power. Why should I continue to support people who are committed to irresponsibly using power? Does anyone really think that a Democratic Senate would ever block the Supreme Court nominee of a Republican president, even now? I surely don't, because they'll be fecklessly worrying about using the power they have instead of exercising power when they have it.
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