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  1. Eh, I doubt it. Cuomo will never bow out gracefully because of his obsession with power and especially because he sees a spot atop the NYS political system as part of his identity and purpose in life, but I sincerely doubt that any Republican is getting elected in a statewide race in New York until the Trump years have faded in our memory. People have loathed Cuomo for as long as he’s been on the scene. He’s never been popular. But if he’s on the ballot vs a Republican, I wouldn’t bet against the prick. Cuomo and Kennedy are both really bad choices as far as I’m concerned. Cuomo in particular would be disastrous, both for the campaign and for the country if he ever actually got his grubby hands on the levers of national power. Regarding Wolf, does his popularity in handling COVID really matter in a state that’s almost an even split with Republicans? A Democrat doing anything besides immediately opening up for business and threatening everyone who wore a mask with a gun would be despised among Republicans. And a Democrat who did would immediately be turned on by Republican voters anyway, because their whole belief system right now boils down to “Fuck the libs.” Besides, I think the rumor is that the future (potential) political star in PA is the Lt. Governor, Fetterman. At the very least he seems to be becoming a bit of an online star/sensation, although I haven’t been following it closely.
  2. A lot of the time I try to be careful about actually calling someone a fascist. Fascist like, sure, saying that something comes from the fascist playbook, certainly, but it’s relatively rare that I say a specific person is a fascist. Cotton would have been perfectly at home goose stepping around Germany in the 30s. This is the same guy whose reaction to Times reporters exposing Bush era secrets was to say that they should be prosecuted under the Espionage Act, said that the only problem with torture at Guantanamo Bay was that the prison had too many empty beds, advocated for military occupation of cities in response to the George Floyd protests, (including naming specific, highly decorated units that he wanted to use, because apparently he spends a lot of time dreaming about the idea of the 101st Airborne parachuting into U.S cities) and was probably the biggest voice pushing for war with Iran. Hell, he also tried to undercut Obama on Iran before the nuclear deal was even finalized, basically flat out saying in an open letter that Iran shouldn’t bother signing it because if the next president was a Republican they’d just tear it up anyway. As far as I’m concerned, Cotton is one of those nigh-mythical “smart fascists.” And he’s still quite young for a senator, so he’ll be causing problems for years to come, unless something happens and he unexpectedly gets the boot.
  3. As someone living around that area, I wish I could say I’m surprised, but I’m absolutely not. I’ve seen a lot of hardcore hard right pro-Trump shit around ever since 2015. (I mean, what exactly do you say when you see bumper stickers around with lines like “Liberalism is a mental illness” or “Serve your country, neuter a liberal”, not to mention the various “It’s not over, Trump can still win” stuff a week or more after the election was called?) So yeah, Putnam and some of the surrounding areas being over represented by insurrectionists doesn’t surprise me, despite it also being New York’s smallest county.
  4. No, you see, when the right wing cancels something it's called boycotting, and that is totally legit. When the left wing boycotts something that's called cancelling, and it's the most evil and heinous thing ever. You gotta know these little nuances. Kind of like how the US military and the world's largest prison population aren't "big government" but food stamps for kids is. Just add it to the list of things the American right wing has tried to cancel since the 80s-early 90s, along with heavy metal, hip-hop, comic books, video games, Dungeons and Dragons, baggy jeans, gay people, trans people, Harry Potter, french fries, the Dixie Chicks, vegetables, pretty much any leftist comedian (Jon Stewart, John Oliver, Sam Bee, Colbert, Michelle Wolf, etc.) Keurig, Nike, Colin Kaepernick, Black Lives Matter, Dick's Sporting Goods, Disney, the NFL, and MLB. (Note: this is by no means a full list, just some things I could think of off the top of my head. Feel free to add to it if you like.) One has only to look at their current hate list: https://i.imgur.com/RBpO0HD.jpg Or their fearless cancelling leader: https://i.imgur.com/NLyvCjR.jpg
  5. To quote the late, great George Carlin: Fuck Tucker, Tucker sucks.
  6. I’m still so sad and disappointed both for the state of Wisconsin and the country in general that as fine and principled a Senator as Russ Feingold was given the boot and replaced with a waste of oxygen like Ron Johnson.
  7. That was the case with me. I had no reaction to the first shot aside from arm soreness, and while I remember a bunch of the nurses that I work with said they felt tired after awhile (nurses who got the shot at 8 or 9 said they felt ready to drop from fatigue around 2-3), that was it. The second shot really kicked our asses. Our location got it last Wednesday, it seems like everyone started reacting that night or the next day, with pretty much everyone feeling the same: fatigue, headache, stomach queasiness or outright nausea, and some (including myself) were also feeling light-headed. I started developing fever and chills Thursday night after having the rest of the symptoms I listed all day Thursday, but the fever and chills vanished almost as soon as I took some Tylenol. By Friday morning only the stomach issues were left, but it was strong enough that I called out, slept in, and couldn't eat until around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Since then, however, I've been good.
  8. Except you specifically said rape, and in the past in talking about the subject Reid has specifically said it wasn’t rape, but more like overly familiar touches (IIRC). Then that changed for awhile before changing back. Furthermore when she was saying it was assault she said it happened in some kind of isolated alcove in the Capitol building, (again, IIRC) between Biden’s office and another location. But when the journalists went to investigate the area they found no such alcove. Long story short I don’t pretend to know what’s going on here or what the truth is, but I’m not willing to call Biden a rapist yet. And even if I was and I ignored everything else about the two, Joe would still come out ahead of Donny here, (as Trump has repeatedly bragged about sexual assault and finding excuses to walk into the dressing rooms of teenage beauty contestants while they were changing clothes) and Trump is probably the most corrupt president in my lifetime and who is posing a direct threat to democracy in America, so... it is what it is.
  9. Worrying statements (even by the standards of this administration) have been coming hot and heavy the last few days. (Or at least have been revealed in the last few days.) Michael Caputo, a Roger Stone protégée and Trump’s politically appointed hatchet man at CDC, publicly accused government scientists of sedition, urged Trump supporters to be ready to put down the armed insurrection that will come after Trump wins, and just made some generally loony toons paranoid comments. (And he confirmed all of these statements. Also note the after Trump wins, not if Trump wins) Trump meanwhile, was pouring gasoline on a fire by congratulating law enforcement for killing the Portland antifa guy, (ignoring that said antifa guy was claiming self defense and at least one witness says that the police didn’t even attempt to bring him in, they just started shooting) and added “There has to be retribution when you have crime like this” Insert comparison to Trump’s statements about Kyle Rittenhouse <here>. Meanwhile Woodward reported in an NPR interview that Mattis, Tillerson, and Dan Coats (the key members of the early Trump National Security team) all described Trump as a danger to the country. Furthermore, Trump refused to answer questions about what he’d do if he lost the election.
  10. That was (one of) Trump’s 2016 campaign managers actually, a piece of weasel shit named Corey Lewandowski.
  11. I believe Arizona has also gotten a big influx of people moving there from California, which is also changing the character of the state. Pretty sure that Texas is also changing in part because of new blood, as lots of people from across the country have been moving there as both Austin and Dallas increasingly became tech hubs.
  12. Yep, this is the key thing for me. As long as the filibuster is in place, the Democrats need 60 votes in the Senate to do anything. So either you need 60 Dem Senators, (which happens so rarely you might as well not even mention it, and will only ever produce watered down crap that is acceptable to the most conservative member of that 60) or you need to get Republican Senators to go along with it. And as we all should have learned in the last dozen years or so, Republican Senators have 3 modes when it comes to negotiating with Democrats on Democratic priorities: 1) Will not negotiate with Democrats, period, end of story. 2) Will not negotiate with Democrats in good faith, like all the assholes who were promising that they were totally "negotiating" on the ACA for a year only because they wanted to get it right, not because they wanted to take every chance to lie to the public and run out the clock until the mid-term elections, and 3) will only negotiate with Democrats if they can get at least 5 times as many Republican priorities passed as the watered down Democrat priorities. The filibuster is for people who think things are just fine the way they are and don't need to change. And if that's you, let me know what world you're from, because it sounds like a better one than this, which needs an absolute metric fuckton of change. The only way the filibuster is worth keeping is if it's changed so much that it might as well not be the filibuster anymore. Let the cards fall where they may. Learn to sell the voters on your positions for real instead of half-heartedly mouthing a few words it and letting the system block you from actually doing it. Yeah, it'll change the political landscape, but the political landscape is always changing. Adapt or die.
  13. I just posted about this in US Politics but I wanted to mention it here too: when you see the devastation that will result from this (and likely other major storms) just remember that less than two weeks ago Trump's Executive Order took 44 billion dollars from FEMA to cover unemployment payments so Trump wouldn't have to fund unemployment by signing off on a bill that gave money to the Post Office.
  14. It's hard not to see it as an endorsement. Just a reminder as Laura tears through the Gulf Coast: less than two weeks ago Trump's Executive Order took 44 billion dollars from FEMA to cover unemployment payments so Trump wouldn't have to fund unemployment by signing off on a bill that gave money to the Post Office. Donny, you really are a dumbass and a dipshit.
  15. The California fire system and using inmates as virtual slave labor situation is completely fucked. And the worst is the perverse incentive not to even let them work as fire fighters once they've served their sentence. Why pay a real wage and benefits if you can get them to risk their lives for pennies after they can't find work, slide into recidivism, and get sent back to prison? A quick reminder of how actually, acutely awful many Republican candidates and Republicans who are about to join Congress are: It would be nice if, instead of fighting each other to the death about how many dollars an hour the minimum wage should be or whether Warren (who has addressed Native crowds and gatherings dozens of times and been embraced by most Native groups since the whole DNA kerfuffle) must self-flagellate for the rest of her life in atonement, my fellow leftists could remember to solve big problems and fight the actual enemy. I swear, some of you would get into a public fist fight with an acquaintance who accidentally stepped on your foot while shrugging about the guy who stabbed you 25 times while mugging you.
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