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  1. Paladin of Ice

    U.S. Politics: Huff and Puff the Socialism away

    Warning: The semi-rambling thoughts below are my thoughts and perceptions, as someone who tries pretty hard to keep up with the news but is not an expert on this particular subject. No we don't, and I've pointed out in talks elsewhere that the NYC metro area has 20 million+ people in it, (at least the way it's commonly defined, probably somewhat fewer in a range where they're likely to go to work within the bounds of NYC) so Amazon's 25K jobs, even if true, is not exactly a game changer. Especially with the metro area having an unemployment rate of about 3.7% right now. (Lets not get into the issue of how unemployment is calculated and better methods that aren't being used and how much numbers can be trusted and all other such petty quibbles that are irrelevant to the larger point I'm trying to make but which a lot of members of this board like to tie these threads up in knots over.) So I personally bristled back when Amazon was announced to be getting billions in tax cuts to do it, but IF the HQ2 had lived up to the hype on how many jobs it created and what salaries they claimed it would be, it might have still been worth it, from my perspective. You tax the workers, you play the long game and get the company later when their incentives run out, (because a lot of companies can skip and run out on states over tax breaks for a factory or such, but it's usually a little harder to transplant a major corporate center/headquarters) you take the added benefits you get in the surrounding community and such, etc. Whether the amount of incentives or how it was bargained for (billions + keeping everyone in the dark and getting it behind their backs) is right you can argue one way or another. After seeing the shit that's gone on in the last decade or two with cities giving away money to big businesses (Foxconn and various sports teams being probably the most infamous examples) I'm mostly against the practice in principle, because it's one thing to try to help development small and medium businesses but how much help do companies worth worth billions upon billions need to build a factory? That's bullshit. But on this particular deal/issue, Amazon trying to flex its muscles and shake up local politics, in both Washington and New York states, is a complete deal breaker for me. Between threatening Washington over that state's tax policies and trying to dictate terms to NY on labor practices and the process of getting HQ2 there, (including trying to hold a veto over the state lawmaker that would be appointed to review the deal) I turned against it. Amazon, and other companies and rich owners/C level managers need to be broken of this idea that they can make the rules and dictate terms to rest of the country as to what happens. That's not how this shit works, and every last one of them needs to be broken of the delusions they have. We the people, through our instrument of government, set the rules of the road, they're just a few more drivers among all the other traffic. It's time for them to learn that lesson. Amazon thought it could deliver a "it's my way or the highway" ultimatum to NY, and when the state didn't bend over backwards for them they threw a fit and ran off with their ball. Personally, I love the fact that the state didn't bend over for Amazon. And for both the good of the community and the larger potential cultural message it sends, I'm happy to see Amazon coming back to NY without a bunch of tax giveaways and special perks. It's too bad that it won't be the bigger site, but only time will tell on how things will go from here.
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    U.S. Politics: Huff and Puff the Socialism away

    On the flip side, I'm also fairly sure that the 25K jobs figure for the planned HQ was likely an inflated number, (I mean, Amazon was basically trying to sell the state on the deal, they have every reason to promise big numbers that might not be borne out. I believe it's been mentioned that even Amazon estimated that there would only be few hundred jobs initially) and it's likely that the smaller center will grow over time. (The same way Google is paying to double the size of their workforce in NYC.) Which is part of why I ended my post on an uncertain note.
  3. Paladin of Ice

    U.S. Politics: Huff and Puff the Socialism away

    *Raises eyebrow* 49.9%? Trump and Republicans would give limbs for their approval to be that high. The one time that Rasmussen, which is notoriously in the bag for Republicans, could find a way to give Trump a 50% approval rating he had to trumpet it (no pun intended) like it was the biggest news of the year. Even for someone as petty, insecure, and desperate for validation as Trump is, that’s not something you do if those sort of ratings are routine. In most everything I see, aside from Rasmussen, he’s a little lucky to be above about 42%. Not that this means that polls tell the whole story or that those of us who are anti-Trump and what he does should get complacent; they don’t and we shouldn’t. But lets not overestimate the opposition either. In other news Amazon is opening a site in NYC after all, without all the tax credits, handouts, and attempts to change local culture/politics that they demanded last time. The only catch is it’s going to be a much smaller facility, estimated to bring in around 1500 jobs as opposed to estimates of 25000 with the last one. We’ll see how it turns out.
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    U.S. Politics: Huff and Puff the Socialism away

    Remember how the Republican defense of Trump had been starting to settle on "Trump wasn’t trying to investigate the Bidens, he just really cares about corruption and wanted to root it out in Ukraine. It’s pure coincidence that the Bidens were caught up in that, the real scandal is how corrupt the Bidens are!" Yeah, that defense was always bullshit, (since Trump’s own transcript mentions Crowdstrike, the company that was hosting DNC services, and which right-wing conspiracy theories and Trump himself claim had a server that they hid from the FBI and moved to Ukraine [in actuality Cloudstrike is a cloud based service and didn’t have a server there to move and hide]) but Rudy Giuliani just officially blew it up by outright admitting that they were investigating Biden. On Twitter, because of course. Link: Anyone want to start an over/under on how long it takes the GOP to move the goalposts again?
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    U.S. Politics: Huff and Puff the Socialism away

    Okay, I started on this the other day, then didn't get close to finishing it. Anyway... Short answer: I soured on Bernie by the end of the 2016 primary and that has continued during the time that has passed since then, plus I think he's kind of a fuck up, so I'm reluctant to support him now. Long version: I think Bernie has an extraordinarily narrow view of problems and refuses to considers alternatives, no matter how obvious it becomes that his theories are out of touch. I think he's so set on going back to the state of the world 50 years ago he doesn't see how the larger world and environment has changed and those solutions aren't viable anymore. I think his heart is in the right place but he's only interested in what he wants to see and is oblivious to anything else, which is a terrible quality in a president. (I always think back on part of a debate I listened to while driving in 2016. Sanders and Clinton were asked about problems in Central and South America, and Sanders got peevish and basically said "Why are we talking about South America? I'm running to be president of the United States!" Because, y'know, it's not like anything that happens in another country can ever effect the US, right?) For a lot of the 2016 primary, he didn't really put out much detail about his proposals, and when he did, they often got things wrong and were called out even by left aligned think tanks and analysts. He often seems all too willing to throw social, gender, or racial causes under the bus in pursuit of his economic goals. I want a lot of the things Bernie wants. I just don't think he's going to be able to deliver on any of it. Meanwhile Warren wants very similar things and almost always has a far more solid idea of how to get it. And because I do worry about Bernie screwing up an attempt at getting solid momentum for a leftward push in US politics, I would be willing to accept some candidates with more modest proposals (such as Booker) before him. If it came down to Bernie vs one of the "moderates" like Biden, Klobuchar, Bloomberg, or Buttigieg, I'd go with Bernie. Until then, he's Plan C behind Warren and some of the younger candidates, like Booker, Castro, and Harris, all of whom are struggling mightily and are unlikely to get anywhere in this election, sadly. My $.02.
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    U.S. Politics: Gar Nicht Trump's Traumschiff!

    There are incredibly serious problems with someone who makes 20,000 in a year and someone who makes 20,000,000 both paying the same percentage. A percentage that’s pocket change for the millionaire is the literal difference between life and death for the working class. It’s also likely to starve local governments of badly needed tax revenue leading to major service cuts or outright being eliminated. (What, you want the city to have a professional fire department and a working water treatment plant? Maybe if we hadn’t lost all that funding due to tax cuts.) It likely would do the same to the federal government, leaving them ever more beholden to private companies to pick up the slack. And anyone who knows anything about private prisons can tell you that’s a horror show and then some.
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    U.S. Politics: Gar Nicht Trump's Traumschiff!

    I thought I was going to be harsh for saying 30-40x, (with no more than 1% of wages being paid in stock, paying high level corporate officers in stock encourages bullshit tricks to inflate the stock price while neglecting the health of the company) but you guys are apparently tougher than I am. I do think 10x may, in some cases, be somewhat underpaying the corporate officers, but it would certainly be a hell of a lot better than the runaway system we have now. And if they can't make ends meet on that salary, maybe they can make a handy little chart of how to get by like McDonald's made for its employees awhile back.
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    U.S. Politics: Gar Nicht Trump's Traumschiff!

    I agree that Pompeo, Mulvaney, and Pence will simply do their best to stonewall their way through things and can't be relied on not to lie through their teeth. Giuliani, I feel, would get on the stand and blow the entire administration to pieces while he thinks he's giving the perfect defense. Republicans might even agree to put him on because they think they can get him to be the fall guy all by himself. It's tempting to get Bolton up there too, because I'm sure he has no loyalty to this admin, but if he actually wanted to testify and say anything meaningful he would have simply done it instead of asking the court to block it. I know all the arguments for why one shouldn't investigate a prior administration criminally, but in this case I think an exception has to be made. When these guys are out of power, every single high ranking member of the Trump admin has to swing for their actions.
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    U.S. Politics: Gar Nicht Trump's Traumschiff!

    No. In fact I think we feel fairly sure that she's a Republican who ran as a Democrat because it's impossible to get elected on the Republican ticket in Hawaii.
  10. Paladin of Ice

    U.S. Politics: Gar Nicht Trump's Traumschiff!

    Thanks for the extra details from your links, there are a few wrinkles there that I wasn't aware of.
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    U.S. Politics: Gar Nicht Trump's Traumschiff!

    Fucking LOL! Lets take a moment to do some basic math and civics here kids. Warren's proposed wealth tax, if she can a) get chosen as the Democratic candidate, b) get elected president, c) win the Senate along the way, d) get a 50+ Democratic Senators on board with her tax, e) nuke the filibuster, (because, at least under current conditions, there’s no way that Democrats are getting a filibuster proof majority in the Senate, and no way Republicans will let any tax increase go into effect without filibustering it to death) and f) do all this without the proposal being seriously watered down, the amount that Warren has proposed for the wealth tax is 2% for fortunes over $50 million. To keep the math nice and easy, we’ll use round numbers. So if for each billion dollars that qualifies that works out to... $20 million in taxes. 1/50th the amount that FNR wants for them to give away with no guaranteed ROI. I guess it just makes sense though that a hypothetical billionaire worth about 5 billion would prefer to give away 20% of his wealth to this defeat Warren and Sanders fund instead of being taxed for 2%; after all, he wants to hold onto his money, right?! Surely their collective action will defeat the evils of socialism! (By the way, if anyone is wondering how many billionaires would be taxed as much in 1 year as FNR says that they should give away in one year to this fund, the answer, at least according to a Wikipedia list that has the wealth of US billionaires is: 12.) Now surely FNR has slippery slope arguments inspired by the great profit* Ayn Rand about how the dirty takers and looters of the world with their grasping, pawing hands will inevitably use this as a means to strangle these great Galtian men and women of the world and doom all mankind. After all, 2% today could climb to (shudder) 3% in another 50 years! Thanks for the laughs FNR, and for being such a perfect representation of the level of thought I’ve come to expect from so-called fiscal conservatives and libertarians. * not a typo.
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    U.S. Politics: Gar Nicht Trump's Traumschiff!

    To me he's always seemed like the blandest of the bland and emptiest of empty suits. A good candidate, upon learning that he has zero support from one of his party's most loyal voting blocs, works hard to convince them and win them over. A good candidate doesn't try to paper over it by claiming that he has the backing of leaders from within that bloc when he doesn't, as good ole Mayor Pete supposedly did. I mean, this was originally reported by The Intercept so you gotta double check and verify it instead of taking it on faith, but so far it seems to be holding up to scrutiny and Buttigieg's campaign even made an official statement about it which seems to confirm some of the story. Things like this have made Buttigieg go from a "Meh" for me to a hard pass unless he's the last candidate standing. To me he seems like little more than empty souled neoliberalism with a fresh coat of paint. Democrats should definitely mount a campaign where every one of them in a prominent position basically says that if Trump had any guts or was innocent he'd testify. At least it would be another force of psychological stress on his unbalanced mind and might make him make more unforced errors and say deranged things to the press and on Twitter, continuing the trend of him turning off all but his most hardcore supporters. At best, it might actually provoke him to try to get more involved with the hearings. This is a guy who didn't have the self-restraint to resist the urge to talk about his dick during a presidential primary debate, after all. Look at that, a conservative who shot off at the mouth rather than putting in the two seconds worth of research it would have taken to see that he was wrong. What are the odds? https://i.imgur.com/Ffno981.png
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    Big pocket donors want to be sure that the winner won’t raise their taxes and are worried about Biden falling apart? That would be the cynical take, anyway.
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    Just to reiterate this point from the last page: Donald Trump Jr. got booed off the stage at a California University... by conservative activist students hopped up on conspiracy theories and who believe that the Trumps don't go nearly far enough. As delightful as it is that Trump Jr. got chased off stage by erstwhile supporters, and as delicious as it is seeing the Trump clan be on the wrong side of conspiracy theories, which they have thrived on and stoked non-stop, it points to the same problem I was getting at, which is that not every Trump supporter is an 80 year old holed up in a shack in the woods listening to AM talk radio and spending all day sending conspiracy theory chain emails to their grandkids. They cannot just be waited out. They are not all going to die within the next 10 years. This is not going to be over in 2020 or 2024. There is no going back to complacent normalcy just because Agent Orange won't be in the White House forever. If we do get complacent like that, it will only bite us in the ass somewhere down the road.
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    I think the "They're all going to die out within a few years" attitude is seriously (and perhaps dangerously) naive. Americans didn't age out of racism after the older and most vicious opponents of the Civil Rights movement got old and died off, for example. Racism and how it manifests in our system is different than it was but it's still very much around. It's going to be the same story here. There'll be a generational realignment that's different from the current status quo in some areas, (lots of polling shows that young Republicans are much more open about Climate Change, for example) but that takes time, and it'll take more time before they have their hands on the levers of power, especially as our primary system keeps rewarding the most extreme candidates because it's the more ideologically driven voters that tend to call the shots during primary season, especially on the Republican side. I know that most of the judges that Trump appointed are under 50. They're going to be around to "pwn the libs" for a long time yet, throwing plenty of sand in the gears of any progressive agenda, or even basic statecraft. And maybe Republicans will make their brand toxic enough to drive off some small percentage of voters, (the same way Goldwater, Nixon, Regan, and W. Bush supposedly would make the brand too toxic to attract people) but there's still plenty of kids wearing MAGA hats, who will spend every day while they're growing up hearing the Fox News or right wing radio/podcasts that their parents pay attention to, and/or getting caught up in outrageously false/racist internet sites. (Greater savvy in using technology does not equal greater savvy in telling fact from fiction, or being immune to things like falling for something because it tells you what you want to hear after all.) Furthermore, I think that when it comes to national politics the American public is fickle, uneducated, and directionless in terms of who they give power. I think they will demand vague undefined changes from the current paradigm, then refuse to change themselves and throw a fit about how any change that was made was all wrong and is the worst thing ever. They'll then lead a backlash against the change by either refusing to vote or going over en masse to the other party, which will take the exact opposite course, which after a few years will become the new worst thing ever, and so on. In the meantime nothing can really get done because there's no sustained momentum for what direction to go, (imagine a big, slow to turn ocean liner that needs a lot of time and space to change course. Now imagine that people keep yanking the wheel one way and then the other every few seconds. That thing is not going to successfully make a course change under those conditions) and shit falls apart little by little while we're all waiting for a change in direction. Lastly, I think that as long as the filibuster is in place in the Senate, Republicans and the various regressive forces have the edge. The much more divided Democrats are going to need to either get a super majority that actually agrees on a course of action and is willing to implement it, (good luck on that, and even if you get the super majority, it'll be fleeting because of the fickleness of the American I mentioned above and watered down by the need for compromise among the different Democratic factions) while Republicans just need to take the country hostage in budget and policy negotiations and let Democrats "talk them down" to only doing moderate damage each time instead of major damage. The result is consistent small victories for the GOP (and sometimes large, sudden, ones) while only the occasional, watered down and tepid victories for Democrats. And if you need a lesson in how that's gone for the parties, feel free to take a look at the last forty years and tell me which side has been dominating the direction of how our politics go. Which alternate universe are we in again? The one where Democrats get a super majority and can get every one of their members on board with impeaching judges, or the one where Republicans will vote to remove numerous useful pawns from the bench? Sorry, but I'm having trouble keeping track. I'll believe that Democrats, liberals, and progressives are willing to make those sorts of changes and can either control the way the changes go or turn it to their advantage in a way that outfoxes Republicans when I see it and not one moment before. Because we all know they won't find excuses to pull new "interpretations" out of thin air. That's never happened before. ... good luck with that one, buddy. Oh, I'm not despairing. I'm looking at all the evidence I've observed since the 80s, all the bit and pieces I've learned about how our politics were prior to that, and everything I laid out above in my response to ThinkerX, and trying say we need to have a game plan that can work despite the obstacles in our way instead of blindly rushing into the obstacle course and winging it. Lots of people believe that the arc of history bends towards justice. I don't. A lot of the time people hear that and assume that means I think it bends towards injustice. I don't. I believe it only bends the way you goddamn make it, and successfully doing so is incredibly hard, complex, and time consuming. So I want people who want the same changes I do to get their asses in gear and reconcile themselves to the fact that the work needs to be done instead of just assuming that because they really believe that they're in the right or because their opponents are super horrible it will all somehow work out in their favor. That process isn't going to be safe, comfortable, or easy. If you think it needs to be done, then accept all that and lets get to work already. ETA: Apologies to everyone for the wall of text, this got a lot longer than intended as I went on. Thanks for reading it if you did, I understand if your eyes glazed over and you skipped it all if you did that, and in conclusion... I'm James and I approve this message?
  16. Paladin of Ice

    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    We lost as far as judicial appointments go the moment Trump was elected. At least, if we continue to accept the rules of the game as they stand now. Republicans announced among themselves that they were refusing to play by the rules of the game when they talked about how their number one priority was making Obama a one term president. They reinforced it by using the filibuster to death. They made their private announcement public and flipped the game board and the table when Scalia died and they spent a year refusing to sit a new justice. And when they threatened to never sit a Justice under a potential President Hillary Clinton, they took out a gun put it to the other player's head. And they got rewarded for it all. Now they're rigging the game so it's physically impossible for them to ever lose again. So if you're a leftist like me, or even just someone who doesn't want to go further to the right and the extreme path that McConnell and company want to go, the question now is do we sit back and accept that, maybe try again in 20-30 years, (if we get 20-30 years and they don't decide to just stomp us to death while we're underfoot in the meantime) or do we admit that the old rules have been wiped away and it's time to fight back? And I mean actually fight, no one hand tied behind the back bullshit. When the fight's done and people are ready to live like we're an actual society again, we can make new rules. Until then... when we win in 2020, (or, God forbid, 2024) nuke the filibuster, and pass the legislation needed to create equality and start dealing with Climate Change. Pack the courts, and not just the Supreme Court, but the various federal courts, especially Appeals Courts. With the Supreme Court, put a new Justice on the bench every week if need be. Make one of them Barack Obama just to troll regressives along the way. When they escalate, then escalate back again, and do it harder. When everyone on both sides is sick of fighting and cries out for it to stop, we'll have detente and make new rules of the road. But for as long as radical regressives believe they have have a path to total victory, even a slow one like they've been walking the last 40+ years, they will never ever stop, and our country is already coming down around our ears. One thing we absolutely cannot do is waste the little time we have playing the game the same way as it existed twenty or more years ago and hope that regressives and hard right fundamentalists and white nationalists agree to do so too. Cause it ain't gonna happen, and wishing for life to be something it can't be will lose us a chance to set things right. At least that's the way I see it. Maybe there are other ways it can turn out that won't end badly. Can't say that I see many alternatives.
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    Anyone who doubts that Republicans are the party of White Supremacy/Nationalism is ignorant or bullshitting at this point. But when you combine it with this: You get a REAL nightmare. For example: White House lawyer Steven James Menashi has spent his life mocking and attacking every bit of decency possible. His career as college writer consisted of defending racism, denouncing LGTBQ groups, (including complaining about "incessantly exploit[ing] the slaying of Mathew Shepard for both financial and political benefit") mocking Take Back The Night demonstrations against rape on campus, (or "campus gynocentrists" as he called anti-rape activists) attacked the very existence of need-based financial aid as punishing to rich families, and wrote a defense of ethnonationalism that included the following: Menashi has been nominated to sit on the Second Court of Appeals. Menashi's nomination was advanced along party lines the other day, and now only a single vote stands between Menashi and a lifetime appointment as a judge. Normally this process takes weeks, even months. Republicans took only two days to advance Menashi this far. They want him, and everything he stands for and represents, on the bench and bending the course of the United States Courts their way. They want it badly. Menashi will be turning 41 in January. The oldest Federal Judge to ever serve, Wesley Brown, was appointed by President Kennedy in 1962 and took cases until about a month before his death at age 104 in 2012. After he gets seated as a judge, how long will Menashi be making rulings to own the libs, and put women and non-white people back in their place? Maybe opposing the people who want to put hot garbage like Meashi in a judge's robes is more important than playing People's Front of Judea vs The Judean People's Front and searching for the One True Leftist who will magically sweep aside all obstacles and turn the country into a utopia in 8 short years, never to be undone. But hey, I could be wrong. Anyway, thanks for coming to my TED talk.
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    Oh, I think it’s pretty simple to grasp what he’s thinking. It’s the same thing a lot of candidates are thinking "My personal vision of how to react and go forward is the only one that is right, if nobody else is bright enough to see how obviously right it is, then I have to get in there and save the country from all these obviously wrong people. And because I’m obviously right, all I need to do is say it the right way and everyone else will come around and see the light." This framework is particularly likely for Bloomberg, who’s definitely arrogant and convinced of his rightness at all times.
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    1) I hear about it occasionally, (often from those Nice Polite Republicans that certain people love to complain about, because Republicans routinely address trans people by their preferred pronouns, use terms like LatinX, and criticize Donald Trump) it's just a matter of what quality of news you consume. 2) 20 years? Try 30-40. Because I guarantee you that at least until the early 2050s there will still be judges appointed during the Trump administration making rulings against the latest version of universal healthcare or Climate change legislation by citing online conspiracy theories and including a more formal version of the phrase "Suck it, libtards!" somewhere in their opinion. But it was really, really important to tell Killary off for being such a shrill warmongering bitch that one time in 2016, so it's worth it, amirite? Because the leftist cause will be so accelerated when more Supreme Court justices and judges rule against it. 3) I'm actually fairly confident that Trump will lose, and lose badly in 2020, even though I still have a knot in my stomach every day over the prospect of him winning. That said, I agree that both a lot of leftists and candidates forget to look at the big picture and get fixated on small, unimportant details that relatively few people care about, and it's one of the main things that frustrates me about being a leftist.
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    Speaking of Rand Paul, it got brought to my attention that in 2014 he was demanding broader protections for whistleblowers, now he's leading the charge to try to unmask the whistleblower on the Trump-Zelensky phone call. Huh, I wonder what could have possibly changed from 2014 to now that would make Rand do such an about face. I mean, as a man of such principle, it's not like he'd do a 180 simply because the party in power has changed! Surely Rand Paul isn't the conscienceless empty suit that everyone on the left said he was from day one! </sarcasm>
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    Who do Independents want to be President? Anyone but Trump. Some are more squeamish about voting for Warren or Sanders, but for many they're not entirely out of the question.
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    If the results hold up in Kentucky, it’s great news. Bevin is such a piece of crap and always has been. Officially turning Virginia blue is also very welcome news.
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    Just posted about this on another board where I contribute to some political threads. As far as I’m concerned, all the higher ups in this administration should be hung from lampposts.
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    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    I don’t. I just think it’s better than we get virtually anywhere else that isn’t explicitly left leaning, and was made to look worse than it was in your original post.
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    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    Maybe they spaced out the different segments, but that wasn’t the only they had. They also an interview with a Democratic Representative who was on the committees taking depositions, and two different segments talking to NPR reporters with a “How are people from the parties reacting behind closed doors” kind of thing. Plus the host did a fair amount of pushback and questioning of both interviewees. Not perfect, by any means, but I wouldn’t count it as rolling over for Republicans, and it’s probably about as good as can be hoped for these days.
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