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  1. Paladin of Ice

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    I really think the best way to go would be get Pelosi to agree to remain leader/speaker for another 4-6 years max, during which the party will benefit from her experience in everything from fundraising to deal making to twisting arms to get needed votes and everything else, and in the meantime a new generation (note: not Steny Hoyer or the other members of the current leadership group that are in their 70s) can be groomed for how to do all that and be prepared to take over. Because the Democrats absolutely need new blood and to break out of the seniority system they currently have in the House, but I doubt there’s anybody who can do it better than Pelosi right now, and by no means do I want the blue dog conservative Democrats opposing her setting the tone for the party. Have a voice in the conversation, absolutely, especially in red states or the rural areas of blue states, but not to set the direction of the larger party.
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    US Politics: Paradise Lost

    Classic Clinton triangulation.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    Some people knocked hard on Carlson’s door and spray painted on it. Meanwhile he laughed at Democrats getting bombs sent to them, regularly has on guests who say things like that Hispanic-American kids aren’t really Americans and the large numbers of them in the Southwest means that the border with Mexico has moved north, Carlson lhimself has said that Mexican-Americans are basically agents of Mexico with a goal of packing the US electorate when those kids come of age and can vote, claimed that Democrats invented sexual harassment purely as a means to hurt Republicans, and has David Duke and Richard Spencer calling him their biggest ally in the media. Scaring his wife sucks and is wrong, but compared with all the wrong and sucky things he’s done and been apart of, you’ll have to excuse me if I respond by shrugging my shoulders and saying “Meh.”
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    US Politics: In Through the Out Door

    And I think last year sometime if you counted all shootings where either 3 or 4 people were killed or wounded, (I forget which number it was) we were at more than 1 per day. That’s simultaneously scary, numbing, and demoralizing to know.
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    US Politics: In Through the Out Door

    Run up the votes in the the wrong races. Mazie Hirono winning 73% of the vote in Hawaii does nothing to help Donnelly in Indiana or Heitkamp in North Dakota. In California you had the two Democrats competing for one Senate seat without a Republican in the race, that was about 6.5 million votes by itself, not one of which did any good for Bill Nelson or Claire McCaskill. Same with Gillibrand's almost 1.85 million vote edge, and every other deep blue state or surprisingly easy win in a purple state, like Ohio and Wisconsin.
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    US Politics: In Through the Out Door

    Gotta agree with Trisk, I don’t take what Pelosi or Schumer are saying at face value at all. Of course they don’t expect Republicans to suddenly stand up for what’s right or for Trump to do a 180 and be a reasonable deal maker, they’re saying it because it’s what is the traditionally expected and ritual thing to say, and so when Republicans turn around and spit on the outstretched hand, Democrats can turn around to the press and the people and say “Well, we tried, and you all saw it.” What they don’t seem to get is that the traditional way is outdated and, for the foreseeable future, as meaningless as yesterday’s garbage. The press isn’t an impartial ref between the sides, it’s mostly giant corporations that will bend over backwards to avoid alienating potential customers, even if that means utterly neglecting their basic function. When a large segment of potential customers (right wingers) insist that the sky isn’t blue but yellow and purple polka dots and constantly rail against you for not giving fair treatment to the polka dot theory, most corporate media will find a way to twist their reporting to not directly contradict the polka dot point of view. The general public doesn’t care either, since most of them only pay loose attention to political news at best, and often only when there’s an election around the corner. (political junkies who constantly follow the news and talk about it in person or online are very much outside the norm.)About the only thing they really care about is effectiveness, not whether you’re doing something the right way or according to the rules. Democratic politicians are like an athletic competitor whose opponent blatantly cheats, so Democrats look to the ref and the crowd to plead their case and get rewarded. Except the ref is just shrugging and letting things go on, the crowd is not actually watching the action, and the opponent is using the chance to rack up the points, however illegally they’ve been gained. When the crowd finally does tune in to see what the final score was, all they see are that Democrats are losers. Dems keep thinking someday they’ll be rewarded for trying to win strictly according to the rules, that the ref will call fouls and/or disqualify the opponent and the crowd will run the opponent out of town, but bottom line it looks pretty damn unlikely, and if it does ever happen it’s going to be at the margins and not a deciding factor. That is what I think Dems can’t or won’t wrap their heads around. They’re still gesturing to the ref and crowd and nothing is going to happen.
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    US Politics: In Through the Out Door

    It’s not as good as it looks. Tester goes back generations in Montana, was quite popular in the state prior to the election, and is the only working farmer in Congress, and he still could just barely beat back a challenge from a Johnny come lately with an out of state accent. Democrats are doing better there than in many other places, but it doesn’t mean they’re doing well. Winning a statewide election in a red state will be quite the challenge for dems as long as Trump and co. keep whipping the base into a frenzy.
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    US Politics: In Through the Out Door

    Well, apparently Congress believes the country is much more conservative than it actually is, (at least according to this WaPo analysis) and Democratic voters are an eternal exercise in herding cats because they're a group with very different priorities and goals that don't always fully connect and are always threatening to go their own way. Which means a certain amount of watering down and lowest common denominator if you don't want to send one of those factions into a temper tantrum. From the linked article: The true Washington Bubble. I'd recommend everyone communicate more with your Democratic congresspeople and get others to flood their offices with pro-liberal/progressive opinions to try to overcome that disconnect.
  9. But nothing will equal the ease with which those 7,000 people (mostly women and children according to people who have actually been there among them) conquers the nation of 320,000,000, at least according to reality challenged right wingers.
  10. Man, it sure is a good thing that nobody except Avenatti and Swetnick ever said so much as a bad word about Kavanaugh then. Otherwise it would look like a blatant case of false equivalency whose only purpose is act like Swetnick was the only accuser and/or lump all the other accusations against Kavanaugh into the same bucket and dismiss the accusations that even numerous GOP politicians and voters acknowledged as credible. And even that is assuming that being referred for prosecution equals guilt,(I thought Republicans were just making a big deal about presumption of innocence) or that it’s not a bit of political payback. Sorry, but this trolling/false equivalency rates only a 3/10. Better luck next time.
  11. Obviously, even the most rankly partisan court couldn’t accept this, (well, maybe some of Trump’s completely unqualified appointments would like the one(s?) nominated despite never having tried a case before) but what I’m more worried about are the next steps and the ripple effects, if in fact Trump isn’t simply blowing smoke to stir up election turnout. Like if Trump tries to pull a Jackson after being ruled against and says “Lets see them enforce it.” (I strongly doubt he’d try that seriously because I doubt he has the spine for the blowback from that sort of blatantly unconstitutional power grab... but spending years whining about it to favorable crowds while inspiring more political terrorism is straight from his playbook.) Then there’s the future fascists getting obsessed with the idea of literally being able to write new definitions of who does and doesn’t count as American, a goal they’ll make up all kinds of bullshit and fake stats to turn into a wedge issue with an uniformed electorate, the future Conservatives who only care about winning, complete with the future McConnells who know they can’t get this result by working within the system but are willing to go outside law and convention to get whatever they want, no matter what damage they have to do to the country or what institution they need to undermine to get it, etc. The danger isn’t the courts ruling against the 14th now, but what kind of black is white, night is day rationale will be used to try to accomplish it, (or to come as close as possible to accomplishing it) in the years to come should anyone open that door, or seriously flirt with doing so.
  12. Trump wants to end birthright citizenship with an Executive Order Hey hey, ho ho, Rapist Don has got to go.
  13. Paladin of Ice

    US politics: Georgia on my mind

    I know the topic has probably more than moved on, but I read some of this yesterday when I was at work and couldn't respond, and I just wanted to get in one more rebut to it along with what others have said. It's a little more than just the Good Samaritan. Remember dividing the Sheep and the Goats? Note that it specifically includes welcoming a stranger, without a caveat that they must be a fellow believer or from the same nation, (because God would care so much about manmade lines on a map) or the same ethnicity. So whatever Bible you bought and have been reading, you should really try to get your money back. You got a bad copy. Oh, and as was pointed out by others regarding Babel, it was a unified culture all speaking the same language and cooperating as one that God destroyed. It takes a special kind of willful misreading to get "multiculturalism is bad" out of that. Of course, two seconds worth of thinking should tell us that Babel is a bullshit fable, unless you think that the tower built 4,000 years ago or whatever it was is bigger and taller than anything that has been built since with much more advanced construction methods, which is pretty goddamn doubtful. Strange how we haven't seen any buildings from either the ancient world (pyramids, the sphinx, etc.) or the modern, (Empire State Building, towers in Dubai, etc.) suddenly struck down by God and the countrymen suddenly speaking dozens or hundreds of different languages. Including in the days of vengeful Old Testament God. Peculiar, that. As far don't go to the cities of Samaritans, gee, could the supposed son of an all-loving and all-wise God who created all people be saying "Those people aren't like us, fuck them forever", or could he be saying "It's not worth the danger of trying to march into a city of thousands of polytheistic people who are our enemies and preach that their gods are bullshit demons leading them astray and only our god is real. That'll get you killed without the message you're trying to spread ever getting out. Lets start spreading the word elsewhere, we'll take it to them later." Cause really, which one sounds closer to being all-wise and all-knowing? Or do you just believe that Jesus and God are as big an asshole as the biggest asshole you can find while walking down the street? If so, it kinda raises the question of why you would worship them.
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    U.S. Politics: For Whom the Bell Polls

    Jade Helm was a hell of a thing. Someone sniffed a lot of glue and huffed a lot of paint before coming up with the idea for that one.
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    U.S. Politics: For Whom the Bell Polls

    It's cute that you think these attacks and protests would have to have any basis in reality. Remember QAnon? Pizzagate? Planned Parenthood selling baby parts? ACORN? Everything James O'Keefe and "Project Veritas" has ever touched? Getting Shirley Sherrod fired? Obama being a evil Muslim from Kenya who was going to hand the country over to Bin Laden? The Clinton kill list? Hell, noticed how Khashoggi is being falsely linked to terrorism basically as we speak? The right-wing can always drag up something from their separate bubble of reality or their feverish imagination to throw at anyone they conclude are their enemies. Just because harm hasn't actually been done should never make you think that you're safe from the right either imagining that it has been or inventing a fake harm.
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    US Politics: Red Whine Hangover

    See also the idiot "accelerationists" on the Left who hated the center Left and moderate Left (who agreed with them about 80% of the time) far more than the Right who agreed with them somewhere between 0-20% of the time. Who were sure that if Trump got elected he'd bungle it so badly and so obviously that he'd destroy things and send people running to them and afterward they could remake the country. They were of course forgetting how the Communist parties in Europe in the 30s (Germany, Spain, etc.) made that same bet and it didn't work out for them. Or the Leftists in Iran who were sure those silly religious fundamentalists would quickly lose power because what did they know about governing? Or how Ronald Reagan is still lionized by much of the US public instead of being remembered as an incompetent boob who exploded the debt, crush worker and union rights, allowed the stock market to go nuts, and encouraged the culture where "greed is good" and it's just expected that a CEO will make 300 times what the average worker in their company does, even if they do it by essentially looting the company and putting it in jeopardy of dying soon afterwards. Hell, they even forgot their own criticisms of Democrats, who they say play defense too much and are too reliant on Republican fuck ups and going too far for the populace. As for their prospects of succeeding, well, if the system still stands as it is now they're going to be blocked by the Trump court appointees and gerrymandering and the balance of power in the Senate. If the system falls and we have to go into USA 2.0, god only knows who is going to come out on top of that mess, because while FDR did it here in the States in the 30s and made a ton of necessary and popular left wing changes, overall more times you end up with a populist strongman when times get crazy and people just want order. You get Mussolinis and Putins, not woke hardcore leftists. But I've ranted enough already and done too much to relitigate the 2016 elections. Now if you're on the Left the only choice is to stick together and try to act as one, because we've got no more room for losses to the Right.
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    US Politics: Red, Red Whine

    What I've come to believe over the years is that The Average Voter(TM) only likes change as long you don't actually change anything about their lives, how they have to operate in society, or ask them to change anything about themselves. If you so much as change where a box to check off is located on a paper form, people will reel around like the Earth has been forcibly shifted under their feet and launch a hasty, usually ill-conceived backlash to try to undo what you did, often even if they were on the front lines shouting for changes to the paper forms. Maybe that's just because it's much easier to get people to agree to oppose something than it is to get people to agree on how something should change, or maybe it's because The Average Voter(TM) is ignorant, ill-informed, uses magical/childish thinking, and refuses to think out further than the next step they're going to take. Pick your poison as to which of those you believe in, or if it's both (or other choices not listed) all at the same time.
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    US Politics: Judge Dread

    Here's a full news article to go with the twitter summaries from last night: Months before Deborah Ramirez' story about Kavanaugh exposing himself to her became public, Kavanaugh was reaching out the friends to try to get them on his side to refute her. Which also mean he lied to Congress when he claimed that he didn't learn anything about Ramirez accusing him until the New Yorker article written about it just days before his hearing last week. Perjury and witness tampering in one go? How efficient. Wouldn't expect anything else from someone trying to get onto the highest court in the land. Such a good man, having his name and character slandered by evil Democrats and crazy, lying harlots, am I right? [/sarcasm]
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    US Politics: Judge Dread

    If Kavanaugh did assault Ford, and it was only Ford, I think if he had acknowledged it and apologized and said "I was a different person then who made stupid mistakes" he would have sailed into confirmation. Even if most people on the left suspected he was lying and we all still vehemently opposed his likely policies and biases, there would have been little room for the opposition to go. Instead he lied under oath, not just about the assaults he is accused of, (and yes, I'm writing this section with the assumption that he's lying and guilty, because there are huge holes in his story and he has lied so extensively on so many different platforms including under oath as part of the W. Bush administration) he lied repeatedly about absolutely trivial things that have nothing to do with sexual assault or his judicial record or his qualifications. He lied about his drinking, his treatment of other people, his in jokes, his school yearbook quotes. He brought out mouth frothing conspiracy theories and simultaneously called his accusers liars and then also said they weren't liars because he couldn't keep his story straight for more than a few minutes at a time. He made arguments for his innocence that have nothing to do with what he was accused of doing and saying, then acted as if it was settled. He basically told an entire political party that they were his enemies and he was going to get on the court despite their resistance and then do his best to spite them for the rest of his life. He showed he has no respect for being under oath. He has no respect for truth. He has no respect for dissenting views. And he has no intention of being anything other than a partisan hack on the court and using the power he will get accordingly. Making a mistake as a youngster is one. Lying in the press and under oath about it decades later while flipping the bird to everyone around who, however mildly, is trying to get you to acknowledge that your shit stinks is a whole other thing. So fuck that guy.
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    US Politics: Judge Dread

    It would just destroy a man's life to not get a promotion to a job with prestige lifetime job security. It's inconceivable to simply let him stay in the current 6 figure salary job with full job security that he has now. It would ruin his life to deny him. Ruin it, I say.
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    US Politics: Judge Dread

    First off, your trolling is seriously lacking. 2/10 at best. Secondly, we're "condemning" a man who has lied under oath to Congress before. Who has blatantly lied about his past life, so much so that classmates both Democrat and Republican came out of the woodwork to call bullshit on his lies. Who repeatedly contradicts himself and changes his story from hour to hour, let alone day to day. Who has multiple accusers making eerily similar claims from years apart without ever meeting each other. Whose main accuser has talked about him for YEARS, if only to a few intimate people (mainly her husband and her marriage counselor) who have corroborated the fact that she did tell them about her story years ago. Whose past statements of his actions radically contradict the way he tried to defend his character. We have a friend of Kavanaugh's who wrote a book about their misdeeds and wild youth who barely bothered to change the names and places (Bart O'Kavanaugh instead of Brett Kavanaugh, Loyola Prep instead of Georgetown Prep) which contradicts Kavanaugh's pathetic defense of himself and characterization of what he was like as a young man. Now take your propaganda spewing, trolling, misogynistic shit elsewhere. It's not wanted here.
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    US Politics: Crossing that Ford

    I highly doubt anything in the world could get Republican Senators to impeach a Conservative Supreme Court Justice, with the possible exceptions of murder and serial child sexual abuse. Otherwise they’ll make excuses to the mainstream while defending it to their base.
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    US Politics: Crossing that Ford

    They can make the play, but I’m pretty sure judges still need a 2/3 majority of the Senate for impeachment. Republicans will never vote to impeach one of their own, and Democrats are pretty damn unlikely to get those numbers. So... yeah.
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    US Politics: Crossing that Ford

    Considering how blatantly and implausibly Kavanaugh has lied about certain subjects (see his drinking at school, which he claimed was never to excess despite his own past words and multiple classmates contradicting him and saying he was a mean and sloppy drunk, or his claims to know nothing about Bush torture and Guantanamo memos that he helped draft) I’m not inclined to believe a single word he has to say. Maybe on this specific occasion he was too drunk to remember, but he almost certainly did this plenty of other times, and I doubt he had a blackout every time. In short, fuck that guy.
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    US Politics: Crossing that Ford

    Schumer is calling on Kavanaugh to withdraw from the nomination.
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