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  1. Paladin of Ice

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

    I agree in general, but how do you tell with each specific case if this has actually happened, especially with someone running for president? Why shouldn't I believe that Biden wouldn't still favor the sort of policies that made dollar signs show up in the eyes of credit card and debt collection companies? Why should I believe that he'll take the right steps on mass incarceration? Me Too? Systemic racism? Income inequality? Worker rights and protections? Etc. I mean, I know that anyone who actually looks at policy is very much the exception to the rule and most people are just happy to have a folksy, charming guy to vote for, (not on this board but in general in America) but I would actually like to make some headway on those issues sometime in my lifetime. I know it probably won't happen for various reasons, (including that something like 1/5 of the judiciary and 2-3 members of SCOTUS will be Trump appointees before he's out of office even if we vote him out in 2020, and they will fight to stop any efforts to undo Trump's rampant stupidity and viciousness) but it would certainly be nice. And as far as believing that a candidate will take action on any of those fronts, Biden is pretty far down the list for me. Yeah. Like I said with primary voters Biden will be much more popular than with the larger field of Democratic voters, and the media do love themselves a centrist, so if the activists of the party don't get involved during the primary Uncle Joe will have a far better chance than he logically should. But I'm similarly doubtful that his number of core voters will grow much, unless the low information voter crowd really gets drawn to Biden's charm and tragic life story.
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    US Politics: It’s Not A Crime If Your Feelings Got Hurt

    Name recognition, the thought that he’s experienced, (overlooking the fact that Biden has a lot of bad experience tied to his record, such as with the drug war or being part of rewriting bankruptcy laws in a way that gutted their protections) and that the dem primary voters are disproportionately midwesterners who think all problems would be solved by Democrats being more moderate. Biden might not have much appeal to those of us who are lefty politics junkies, but to that crowd he’s just what they’ve been waiting for.
  3. It should be noted that this is an old trick Barr has used before, when he and H.W. Bush dropped the pardons for Iran-Contra, they did so on Christmas Eve. Although I think the internet, social media, and the 24 hour cable news cycle mean that this tactic will be a lot less effective in 2019 than it was in 1992. But Barr always has been, and always will be, a willing Republican hatchetman.
  4. I think it's moronic to expect any change in this country to happen as long as Democrats need the House, the presidency, and 60 votes in the Senate to get anything done, but Republicans just need a president who's willing to give the law and human decency the middle finger.
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    US Politics: compromising positions

    We certainly know that the West Virginia GOP was shamelessly and openly trying to equate/link her with 9/11 terrorism in the minds of their voters, and it’s not like a certain segment of the country needs much impetus to want to harm a dark skinned refugee wearing a hijab... (also worth noting that a lot of this “outrage” is being ginned up by Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy, who spent the lead up to the 2018 election accusing prominent Jews of buying the election for Democrats.) I don’t have time to look over the Vox article right now, but as I understand it, her most recent comment, the one that was supposedly a “vile anti-Semitic slur” and worthy of being censured and reprimanded for was saying something along the lines of “it’s wrong to have a greater loyalty to a foreign power than the best interests of the United States” and as far as I’ve heard she didn’t even name names. I mean, it’s not a vile anti-Semitic slur when we say that about Trump and Russia, so what am I missing? I’m genuinely curious.
  6. Or maybe Democrats should look to strike while the iron is hot. People are calling out for a better healthcare system and right now they can still remember that Republicans are demonstrably full of shit on the issue. If Republicans try that tactic again and scream “Death panels!!!!11!1!”, or government takeover or whatever else, Democrats can point out that Republicans said that the ACA was going to do all that too and it didn’t happen, nor was it a Socialist apocalypse that chased all the Christians out of America or stole all the money doctors make or whatever else they said about it. All a presidential candidate would have to do is let Trump and other Republicans complain, then roll their eyes and say “We’ve heard this all before. You said it ten years ago and it wasn’t true then, just like it’s not true now. And what exactly was your plan again?” Personally I think that plays a lot better than mouthing empty slogans and being caught looking like you don’t have any actual plan.
  7. Trump likes the Saudis. They rent properties from him, and that’s all he needs to know. Besides, thanks to his gut and very good brain, he knows more about war than the generals, more about intelligence than spies, and more about international relations than the diplomats, so we’re in good (tiny) hands. It sure is a good thing voters considered issues like this with all due diligence.
  8. The Syrian government fighting ISIS? Buddy, you are quite misinformed. The Syrian government and the Russians were quite happy to ignore ISIS entirely for years on end so ISIS and the rebels would fight each other. Assad and company only ever focused their efforts on non-ISIS rebels. It was left to the Kurds, Iraqis, the US (mostly air power) and a few rebel groups to fight ISIS.
  9. Thing is, it’s not like Gabbard’s awfulness was hiding or anything. A minute’s worth of googling and research would take you on a dive right into it. Plus she has a right wing Democrat/actually moderate Republican voting record on all but a few issues, (as opposed to most of the faux moderates we hear about that keep sticking to the Trump line) so most of the attention she got, especially from progressives, was due to being a superdelegate who backed Bernie. And while I was glad that Bernie pushed the economic discussion in the party leftward, the idea that anyone or anything he touched or backed should be adopted was always obviously bullshit, at least as far as I’m concerned.
  10. A rising star only with the uniquely stupid and uninformed who thought that anything Bernie Sanders touched was golden and sanctified.
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    US Politics: The Accountability Problem

    Because Kevin McCarthy, as far as I know about this story, had singled Omar out for her support of the BDS movement, (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, which wants to protest Israel's actions towards Muslims by pulling outside investment and such) and Omar had responded by essentially saying that the only reason McCarthy pretends to care about anti-semitism is because AIPAC and similar pro-Israel lobbies donate to him. Yeah, the bullshit greedy Jew controlling the world trope needs to have died in a fire at least a couple of centuries ago, but why criticism of a pro-Israel lobby and saying someone only cares about that issue because lobbying groups pay them to care is different from saying that a Republican senator only cares about oil because oil lobbying groups fill their pockets, or write policies beneficial to big pharma or Wall St. because pharma and Wall St. groups give them money is beyond me. As is why criticizing Israel is the same as criticizing Jews. And considering some of the policies and tactics of Israel and the distaste I've often seen for those policies among quite a few American Jews, if anything I think conflating Israel with all Jews worldwide is if anything really dangerous and wrongheaded. And lest we think McCarthy has a single honest bone in his body about this issue: https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1055170806949523458/photo/1 In case the link doesn't work, in McCarthy's own words about the 2018 election "We cannot allow Soros, Steyer, and Bloomberg to BUY this election! Get out and vote Republican on November 6th!" But please, do go on about how much McCarthy cares about anti-semitism. Especially when he said that just after a bomb was sent to Soros' house...
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    U.S. Politics: 5.7 Billion Problems But The House Ain't One

    The other to consider besides his approval ratings is his disapproval rating. The approval rating is a little lower than general, but seldom has the disapproval been higher, and usually only for a day or two at a time. (Currently the disapproval is just about 56% as per 538.) A lot of people whose usual answer to whether they approve of Agent Orange or not is “Don’t know, don’t care, I spend every waking moment with my fingers in my ears and making noise loudly so I never hear the news or politics” have moved into the disapprove category. Going from, say, 42% approval to 39.5% may rightly not seem like much... but simultaneously going from 50% disapproval to 56% is a pretty bad sign for someone in elected office, even with an overly compliant, “We need a horse race for our ratings!!1!!” media.
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    U.S. Politics: Oh Donnie Boy, the Feds are calling...

    Who totally respects and values American ideas like Free Speech.
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    U.S. Politics: Oh Donnie Boy, the Feds are calling...

    Hey, Spencer said he wanted a "peaceful ethnic cleansing", and what more could we possibly ask for? I mean, black people didn't remove themselves from the country after a terrorist campaign that included thousands of murders and every possible societal screw being turned on them, and millions upon millions didn't even leave the area that was harshest towards them, but surely the stuper geniuses of the alt-right have come up a way to "peacefully" move out all the non-white population and create their ideal ethnic state. I mean, there's obviously no chance that said stuper geniuses don't have a plan, or that any percentage of people, however small, would fail to move peacefully, even though it means getting away from Spencer and his ilk. So obviously there's no chance of the foreign wars they decry being replaced with ones in the towns and neighborhoods across America. And it's certainly not like large sections of the alt-right openly advocate for just that! Just don't click on this link. Or this one. Definitely not this one. You should avoid this one too. Don't even think of clicking on the multiple videos that show Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes repeatedly calling for violence and murder, or how he claims to have been encouraged by multiple figures within the alt-right and the Fox News crowd. I mean, all you have to do is not happen to be black, muslim, or Jewish in their presence. Or part of a multiracial couple. Or a family member who reports them when they start getting especially violent and crazy. So really OGE, there's nothing but peaceful intentions from the alt-right, and no reason why you have to be so hard on their lickspittles... er, sympathizers... er, sea lions... er, the open minded people who just want to ask the important questions. I mean, we wouldn't want to be uncivil about the matter or anything, right? [/sarcasm]
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    US Politics: Sing us a song, you're the Tariff man

    The author of this piece should get a nomination for hackiest hack of 2018. Nor I, considering Trump is pretty unpopular with independents, including in the key states in the Rust Belt, plus certain areas of the Midwest and Southwest, IIRC. Seems more like a drastic overreaction to their own fears or playing to their own biases, ala those “Third Way” jerks who deigned to go among regular people with the goal of proving their thesis that nobody cares about political labels and just want to work together to solve problems right, found their ideas rejected time and again, then put out a report saying they were right all along complete with lots of back patting.
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    US Politics: Sing us a song, you're the Tariff man

    I saw a story about Bundy condemning the attacks on the migrant caravan either last week or at the start of this week. Apparently he put out a long video condemning the Trump/Fox characterization of the caravan. The backlash is sadly predictable, but hey, still nice when people surprise you with unexpected decency.
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    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Yeah, but that doesn’t mean I can’t give you shit about your word choice and phrasing, not to mention the full implications of what you’re saying, especially if imprecise words/factual grasp is what you were criticizing someone else for in the first place. I hope there’s no hard feelings though, despite probably being a little snarkier than intended, I didn’t mean any harm.
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    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    A topic that got ignored yesterday to gossip about Occasio-Cortez has rapidly come true: Wisconsin Republicans gutted the power of the governor and state Attorney General to spite Democrats, who won both positions in the midterms. State Legislators had openly admitted they did this largely to prevent Democrats from being able to make changes to the agenda Republicans had set over the prior years. Pretty high quality contempt for Democracy and the people right there. The sort you don't usually see outside of actual dictatorships.
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    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Free reminder that Bernie Sanders is still the Junior Senator from Vermont. I guess that due to the accident of serving with someone who has been in the position for 44 years while Sanders has only been in Congress for 27, (and only in the Senate for 11, the fucking newcomer) he still hasn't earned the right to speak yet. Sorry Bernie, maybe one of these days Tywin will think you have the right to speak. Suck it up until then, and get off my lawn, you damn kid. It's almost like making assumptions about people based on a job title or some other description is stupid and ignores a huge amount of context.
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    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan are being sore losers who are trying to change the rules of the game after losing. After losses in governors and State Attorney General races, Republicans are trying to strip both positions of power, (including trying to give themselves an end run around the Attorney General) and is Wisconsin they're also trying to change elections to hurt Democrats and help Republicans. Article 1 Republican politicians and activists hating Democracy and being general pieces of shit? No surprise there. More in-depth analysis of specific measures being pushed by the Republican legislatures:
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    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    What is the longest you can go without clowning yourself? I'm guessing it's measured in hours, at most. Democrats reject any plans to pay for Trump's wall, Schumer says a shutdown over the wall would be on Trump's back. You repeatedly post alarmist bullshit in a way that would get you banned from most boards where I talk politics and then generally get proven wrong about it shortly thereafter. How about you take a lesson from that and chill the fuck out before you come off more like a /poi troll doing their best imitation of an unhinged leftist than an actual leftist? Cause this whole routine gets pretty goddamn tiresome, and I say that as someone who often agrees with where you're coming from.
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    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Jeffries and Luján got into leadership roles below the top 3, according to a WaPo article and an NPR story from yesterday, so it looks like they’re becoming official as presumed future leaders of the party.
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    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Pelosi easily became the nominee for Speaker, however more than 30 blue dog Democrats voted against her, and a few more abstained. If that result repeats during the official vote and Republicans don’t cross the line to vote for her (a pretty safe assumption) she’d fall short of becoming Speaker, and the ensuing turmoil would probably lead Republicans to laugh all the way to the bank.
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    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    And as much as I loathe Trump, his racist vision for America, and the Wall, if wrangling over it (and spending time negotiating over what won't be nearly enough funding to do anything worthwhile for it) keeps Trump and the GOP from trying to sneak through another crazily regressive tax bill that throws billions at corporations and the ultra-rich while undercutting basic services for the bottom 85% of wage earners, then more power to them. If Schumer can keep Trump focused on whether he'll get pennies or nickels for his Wall instead of pressing the GOP congress to pass another hastily scrawled out tax bill that is basically a hit job on the vast majority of America, I'll applaud him.
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    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Opposition to her as party leader is slowly growing within her own party on both wings, there are no heir apparents, she's 78 years old and most of her party's leadership is also in their 70s, so a massive change in leadership and getting the replacements up to snuff has to happen soon regardless of anything else, most of the names being put forward to replace her are currently more conservative than she is and would take the party in a direction she might not want to see it go, the selection process and infighting (whether it happens now or in a few years from now when the party needs to replace her no matter what) could prove a dangerous and costly distraction, especially if it plays out in real time before a Republican opposition once again united behind "We're just going to be anti everything Democrats do", and so on and so forth. The current political situation may not be enough to force her to such terms, but the larger reality is offering plenty of reasons. If it keeps the blue dogs from making trouble and sets up the party for the future, that alone would make it an excellent political move.
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