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  1. I get what you're saying, and I see how Americans are victims of their own culture to some extent, and I understand the danger in blaming a people for their government. I get it all on an intellectual level. But it's hard to get past the last 20 years of avoidable epic fuckups.
  2. I don't think that Americans are genetically predisposed to barbarity and cruelty, but it's in our culture. The differences between the US and other Western industrialized nations are pretty stark: guns, prisons, for-profit healthcare, inequality, etc. I also think we as a Americans are sheltered from the hard realities a lot of the world experiences. We are the wealthiest, most protected, most culturally coddled people in history. The casual cruelty of our culture and the insulating effect of our comfort and very effective self-glorifying propaganda can make us pretty ignorant and callous about the rest of the world. As an immigrant American from a country that has suffered from the warping and corrupting influence of American foreign policy, I think I've got some decent perspective on that.
  3. Our town clerk (responsible for voter rolls, among other things), a friend of my wife, recently got this email: These apparently have been going around, so it must be some copy-pasted form from the right wing arglebarglesphere. The presumption, ignorance, and half-bright writing would make me laugh, if it weren't so problematic that there are millions of dumb chuds like this who lack even the cognitive capability to realize they might be wrong about something.
  4. Ah, I stand corrected. Honestly good for them, being the most successful franchise in the New York Metropolitan Area.
  5. I'm not in the business of defending Tom Brady but this was a good reminder that the Giants win in 2011 was the last championship for a New York (or New Jersey) sports team. I'd be petty too.
  6. Why is she dressed like a Green Beret for fucking traffic stops?
  7. Good. Rolling Stone ain't what it used to be, but this is a good headline. Ken Starr, Who Turned a Blind Eye to Rape and Defended a Sex Trafficker, Dead at 76
  8. Perhaps they feared being arrested if they answered "no."
  9. It is probably, in some way, Meghan Markle's fault.
  10. On the plus side, perhaps Putin can take comfort in the fact that Ukrainian gains no longer look like a giant penis penetrating Russian territory.
  11. I think what people are missing in this discussion is the amount of butthurt a royal eviction would create in your population of authoritarians. They are, indeed, your nation's most potent source of butthurt. Such a wellspring of resentment, properly channeled, is powerful enough to, I don't know, cut the UK out of the EU, or keep an incompetent government in power long enough to make Prince Andrew sweat.
  12. Maybe naming himself after a king whose young, glamorous wife ran off with a dashing cavalry officer would have been a little uncomfortable as well.
  13. Nothing says "I have no worthwhile response" quite like this kind of flaccid, empty sarcasm. You can defend the Queen's life of luxury, and you can take a crap on BFC's assessment of his worthiness, but doing one in order to defend the other is very... Trussian? Johnsonish?
  14. When she mentioned the federal court ruling, he jerked his head the same way Papa Doc did during the battle in "8 Mile" when Eminem delivered the line "He went to Cranbrook, that's a private school!" But it probably won't matter... Because in for a black woman running for office in the South in 2022 being twice as good as the mediocre white guy doesn't seem to be enough. Not just Georgia. It's the modern American right wing.
  15. Maybe Shapiro expects to be able to sell submerging property to other men whose wives have trouble getting wet.
  16. That's a great point: government can't do everything. One thing your government should stop doing ASAP is subsidizing the lives of shitheel politicians.
  17. And all the rest of the employees he liked to call "family" until it was time to be honest about the state of the company.
  18. I thought it was a good move for them but him being there with Westbrook is high comedy.
  19. But they wear pink shoes and gloves one month to demonstrate their love and care for women!
  20. I could use the old blind squirrel/nut or stopped clock analogies, but this situation calls for "Sometimes the sun shines on a dog's asshole."
  21. I took a very detailed "Which pop culture figure are you" quiz and my top three matches were Iroh from Avatar, Lester Freamon from The Wire, and Tyrion Lannister, so I'm pretty sure I won.
  22. This is actually more insightful than just about anything else you've posted. Or if political journalists weren't so desperate to be like the popular kids in high school.
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