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  1. Fragile Bird

    U.S. Politics: 5.7 Billion Problems But The House Ain't One

    Most houses of legislature that are modeled on British Parliament, like the US and Canada have done, have a position that is both ceremonial and functional as well, called an Usher or a Master at Arms or something, who controls visitors to the legislative chamber. It goes back to revolution in the UK, and the physical separation of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The doors of the Commons can be barred to both Lords and King. When parliament opens the Lords and the Crown have to be invited in order to enter. In Canada the Usher of the Black Rod, iirc, opens parliament by knocking on the door and can bar entry to the chamber. I know that the Senate and the President have to be invited in order to speak in Congress, do they also have to be invited just to enter the chamber? I assume there is also a similar person who ceremonially can block entry into the Congress. Who is that? If Trump shows up and is refused entry and tried to enter anyway, that would be an impeachable offense, wouldn’t it?
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    U.S. Politics: 5.7 Billion Problems But The House Ain't One

    I don’t know US high school terminology. I’m already so past the MAGA hat kid, but what’s a High School junior? Is a sophomore grade 9 and a junior grade 10? So, 15, 16?
  3. Fragile Bird

    U.S. Politics: 5.7 Billion Problems But The House Ain't One

    Damn it Jace, this thread screams for a title like Deal or No Deal!
  4. Fragile Bird

    The Magicians - SyFy [SHOW SPOILERS ONLY]

    Penny is quite different in the books, but so are others. When I read or listen to the books again I will override that image!
  5. Fragile Bird

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Republicans showing up on CNN right now are hopeful that enough Dems in the Senate will vote yes.
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    The Magicians - SyFy [SHOW SPOILERS ONLY]

    I enjoy the show, though the changes make me grit my teeth sometimes. But I really do love the books, maybe because I got the audio books from the library and really enjoyed listening to them. eta And I will always imagine the characters in the book as the actors in the show.
  7. Fragile Bird

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    I see that Twitter has suspended the account that posted the video of the MAGA hat boy and his confrontation with Mr. Phillips, saying the account claimed to belong to a California school teacher (‘teacher and advocate. Fighting for 20/20’) but actually belonged to a blogger based in Brazil. The account, @2020fight, posts an average of 130 times a day and has 40k followers. Social media researcher Rob McDonagh said the account is suspicious, due to high follower count, highly polarized and yet inconsistent political imaging, the unusually high number of tweets, and the use of someone else’s image in the profile photo. Molly McKew, an information warfare researcher who shared the video herself, said she later saw it was being amplified by a large number of anonymous accounts. Twitter said their rules forbid users from creating “fake and misleading accounts”, and that “Deliberate attempts to manipulate the public conversation on Twitter by using misleading account information is a violation of Twitter rules”. I guess that rule doesn’t apply to real accounts that use fake and misleading news to manipulate the public conversation on Twitter, like a certain WH account.
  8. Fragile Bird

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Whatever happened to that election bs that was going on in North Carolina? The district where the Republicans hired some guy to go and pick up mail-in votes that are believed to have vanished? The last I heard was everyone involved in the investigation resigned, halting the investigation. Has the Republican kept the victory and been sworn in to Congress?
  9. Fragile Bird

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Now there you go with interpretation again. I see two very very different stories. Mr. Phillips felt the urge to insert himself and then say he was in danger for his life when a teenager stood his ground in front of him. All the other kids he walked past stepped away from him and then one didn’t. Both of them had room to step back and neither did. Nothing was said, they just looked at each other. The boy said he knew cameras were rolling so he wasn’t going to do anything to cause disgrace, he just stood and smiled. It’s actually something teachers at my Catholic school used to tell us to do if we were ever in a situation where things were escalating in a bad way, don’t argue or fight, just stay quiet and smile. But it's that MAGA hat, isn’t it? Right-wing racist punk, how dare he call himself a Christian, he should be expelled. ETA: In my part of the world, when Canadian provinces united to form Canada, since half the country was Catholic (mainly the French half, but there were lots of Irish Catholics as well) and half were Protestant, often of the virulently anti-Catholic type, the protection of Catholic schools was constitutionally mandated, so Catholic schools in Ontario are just the same as public schools except they teach religion and are under-funded. They snotty schools are pretty well all Anglican historically and are attended by the 1%, where life-long political ruling class connections are made.
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    I think what happened was that video surfaced on social media, and people immediately attacked the kid because he was wearing the MAGA hat, as a racist anti-native, anti-war veterans, anti-old people punk. Then news organizations jumped in without interviewing anyone except Mr. Phillips. They certainly weren’t going to interview the Black Israelites, who, as Fez mentioned, are well known for condemning and insulting anyone who comes within range. Mr. Phillips in the meantime said he got involved because he saw a boy take his shirt off and he knew there was going to be violence and he had to intervene by drumming his drum. The boy who took his shirt off was cheerleading the kids who started singing school songs (maybe football songs?). From the video there was absolutely no risk of any physical confrontations between the groups, just words. The shirtless boy was leading the songs, not leading an attack. Phillips misinterpreted the scene, just like people misinterpreted the video. But people who saw the video at least had an excuse since they only saw a little piece. The more details I read the less gray it becomes. The Black Israelites were calling the kids ‘incest babies’ (???) and ‘future school shooters’, and screaming how dare they show their faces and their MAGA hats where native people were, then cursing the native people and a black man who tried to speak up. And from their soapbox at the Lincoln Memorial I assume they damn well knew the Right to Life March was that day, and the area is one where buses pick up people. The kids themselves were pretty well behaved for a big group. As the CNN report today showed both Phillips and the boy had lots of room to back up and neither would. Phillips claiming he was afraid for his life was a pretty sad statement to make.
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    I stand corrected! That’s sick.
  12. Fragile Bird

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Fez, the only thing I’m saying is that it wasn’t as vile as that video made it out to be. It was a more complicated story. I saw a lot of nasty comments on stories about the kind of vile kids who wear MAGA hats. I just don’t see a Catholic school sanctioning kids going to the march wearing MAGA hats. I would bet someone at the march was handing them out, and it isn’t only kids who can’t resist a freebie. I feel as if the kids were not wearing the hats there would have been more interest in hearing both sides of the story. I also was not happy, after hearing more details, about Phillips’ comments about being afraid for the souls of these children and the awful state of affairs with American youth. Now I’m beginning to think it was more of a ‘get off my lawn’ Situation.
  13. Fragile Bird

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Not directing my comment at you, just the topic. I, like everyone else, was disgusted with that video, but I guess some people must have contacted CNN with more details about what happened before the video. Now I have mixed feelings. The black group that had been protesting were a religious group called the Black Israelites. Mr. Phillips, in his interview, merely said, “They witnessed these (4) individuals on their soapbox saying what they had to say. They didn’t agree with it and got offended.” What Phillips doesn’t say is that the black religious group members were condemning in pretty strong terms religions practiced by others, including shouting abuse at a Catholic priest who walked by, which sounds like what actually drew the students to them in the first place. Apparently at first there were only 4 or 5 students, then more and more of them joined the circle until there were many students. Phillips said a hundred. The abuse at the students continued (“you’ll burn in hell for being Catholics” kind of stuff, and stuff about what kind of people wear MAGA hats) and then a student took his jacket off. That’s when Phillips inserted himself. And witnesses said some of the kids chanted along with Phillips, which sounded like they were supportive of him (they did not say it was mocking). Am I impressed with the kid who stood in his face? Nope, not at all. Am I shocked that teenagers got upset at abuse hurled at them by strangers? No, I’m not. As an adult I would have said ‘fucking assholes’ to myself if I had heard a group of guys standing on a street corner telling the world they’ll burn in hell if they don’t worship their version of God, and then I’d walk away. But they were male teenagers. Like I said, I’m not impressed with their reaction, but the story has more shades of gray in it than what was originally reported.
  14. Fragile Bird

    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    1st. 5 Old Ladies Know 2nd. 7 Nan’s erotica: lovers chronicled 3rd. 1 Never Ending Legend - Clarified
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    My sweet, summer child, have you never spoken to a lawyer in your life? Soooooooo many weasel words in that statement!
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