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  1. James Arryn

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    I like the idea where the Dems offer is tied to w/e Mexico pays for the wall.
  2. James Arryn

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    It’s so distopian bizarre-beyond-belief that we’re still talking about a medieval non-solution to a non-problem in the 21st century. A fucking wall.
  3. So the MoD is alerting reservists that they will be subject to callup in the event of a no-deal Brexit?
  4. James Arryn

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Trump is making a major announcement about the Humanitarian Crises that are stealing our jobs at 3pm tomorrow.
  5. James Arryn

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    This works for him though. Because everyone arguing that the rugs aren’t real is underlining the idea that if they were it would somehow be ominous.
  6. James Arryn

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Why do people like him feel the need to interject stuff like ‘I need to tell you’ and ‘frankly’ before giving their opinion? Is it like keeping floors between genitalia?
  7. James Arryn

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    No worries. I do this thing where I invent entirely new and not necessarily clear terms and expect everyone else to adjust accordingly.
  8. James Arryn

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Yeah, that’s what I said. (Floating bar.)
  9. James Arryn

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    But Cohn’s statements are not heresay, it’s direct witness testimony, and the emails are corroboration. Besides, I think they might meet the exception standards for heresay on their own, but as corroboration there shouldn't be a problem, as I understand it. Moreover I doubt Cohn will be alone in terms of witness testimony. But I think what we’re going to see is a floating bar, which will be constantly set just above wherever the evidence might be.
  10. James Arryn

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    When the President obstructs it, it’s not justice.
  11. James Arryn

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Well, yes and no. Extra childish because 1) the DoD isn’t subject to the shutdown, meaning this saves nothing, and 2) he for no apparent reason added 2 days and 1 destination to het trip than was true. But on the other hand, if he can just muddy the waters and thereby get the lazy or already-on-board to throw up their hands and say ‘oh, they’re all as bad as each other’ for him that’s a win here. People keep counting on his incompetence, but when all you’re trying to do is break stuff, you don’t need much of that anyways.
  12. James Arryn

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    The other wrinkle is: Allegations of X. GOP: there’s no evidence, this is just a witch-hunt/speculation/fake news. We get it, you hate Trump, he’s the devil, etc. Eyes rolled. Time passes. Proof of X. GOP: there’s nothing new here, we’ve known this for a while, what’s the point of talking about this now other than the Left hates Trump? Eyes rolled.
  13. James Arryn

    NBA 2018: Fear the Deer

    Put up 58 tonight. If he keeps this up he’ll sneak into the top 10 for the MVP...
  14. James Arryn

    U.S. Politics: Phantom of the Emergency

    It’ll probably backfire because Democrat, but I think it’s brilliant. It’s taking away what he does all this for in the first place but can’t admit to, his need for attention and adulation. Also, she and Schumer seem to have overtly decided to take a parental tone with him, which given his age is very eloquent without being overtly offensive, and it’s working.
  15. James Arryn

    U.S. Politics: Phantom of the Emergency

    I share Ty’s misgivings. The Dems are winning the blame game, but their motivations here are prevention of what they see as waste and ideological error (the Wall) and fear of establishing a precedent for Trump using shut downs to get w/e he wants. But the waste factor is a diminishing return. If/when the cost of the shutdown supersedes the expected cost of the wall, or at least whatever portion they refuse to fund, that position becomes increasingly fragile. Whereas Trump doesn’t care about how the effects others aside from it’s effect on his image, and there he seems to think a show of strength > all else. And while some of the GOP do care about the effects of the shutdown, that’s offset by the ‘all government is bad’ brigade AND those who think the Wall is what is best for the country. In this Trump’s narcissism actually might help his resolve, provided Fox et al don’t flip on him. As far as the very real fear of precedent, that’s often where the Dems historically fail, and part of that is the repeated pattern of Dems thinking that biting the bullet and doing ‘what’s best for the country’ will ultimately play well for them and paint the GOP as selfish/idealogical, but that fundamentally misunderstands the US priorizatuon of ‘winning’ over other factors regardless of the circumstances and the correlation with strength/weakness. It’s a sad truth that the GOP has always understood this more. For instance Kavanaugh, where it was generally assumed that the GOP was faced with the choice of winning the appointment and losing public support, but no, predictably Trump’s popularity soared after pulling out the ‘win’ against...his own side, whose fear of bad or was literally the only obstacle. And, also predictably, a few weeks later it became a non-factor. But somehow this never stops the Dems from thinking this time will be the time when they get rewarded for losing on principle.
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