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Gertrude

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  1. Gertrude

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    Personally, I do too. I think the only thing we disagree on is that what she did, minor as it is, doesn't matter. It matters a little, but it's far from fatal and what is being done to her because of it is so much worse. And while I said it wasn't specifically misogynistic, I do think it gained the traction it did because of the salacious details of a threesome and bisexuality, and that's gross. (the reaction to it, not that it happened)
  2. Gertrude

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    It was a campaign staffer and it wasn't a thing the voters could know about at the time. It's connected to her public office in a real way so I think it's fair game. In her resignation she admitted that it was inappropriate - she said it herself and she didn't have to. She could have just sited the harassment issues of her husband (ex-husband?) and not wanting to drag herself and others through this mudpit. If it's wrong, it's wrong and we shouldn't rebound with whataboutisms. Like I said, it's her decision to step down or not, I don't think it's required in this case. I don't think it's a case of misogyny here, rather it's driven by bad actors (husband, partisan politics).
  3. Gertrude

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    This is the part that I hate. What is being done to Hill via the photos, etc is disgusting and needs to be fought. This makes it look like leadership is only crunching the numbers and looking at optics. While I know this is how the game is played, it's disgusting and cowardly nonetheless. She should be supported whatever her decision is, not be pressured behind doors. Real talk about how this is going to play, sure, but pressure - no.
  4. Gertrude

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    I can't agree on Katie Hill. She acknowledged that it was inappropriate to have an affair with a subordinate, and I think that's the key phrase. I don't think anyone is upset about the affair part, it's the subordinate part. Should she step down? Maybe, maybe not, but I think it's objectively worse than what Franken was railroaded for. Ultimately I've always been in favor of congressional censure on ethics issues (if it doesn't explicitly break a law) and let the voters figure it out. I hated that congress was talking about censuring Roy Moore before he was even (theoretically) voted in. The voters knew about his actions and if they voted him in, they would have been saying who gives a shit? That's the piece of shit they wanted to represent their voice.
  5. Gertrude

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    I know I'm late to the party, but I could watch the video of Trump's face falling when he realized he was being booed and chanted at forever.
  6. I can't see right now how that would add to the story. And it would kind of destroy one of the best Perrin and Faile moments of the books (and there aren't many of them, so we need to savor them!) When Perrin sends Faile away from Two Rivers so she wouldn't see him die and she returns with local reinforcements to save his ass. Perrin and Faile in the Two Rivers - from her dropping all the shit and being there for him when he finds out about his family to the triumphant moment where she saves the day - is the only time I like them as a couple. I want more of this type of thing, not more forced drama.
  7. I saw a video of a few audition tapes for Mat, Nyneave and Fain. Looks like they were casting a wide net with regards to ethnicity, so I'm glad to see that. I love that they went with a darker-skinned main cast, but I'm also glad that they didn't seem to specifically aim for it. (if that makes sense).
  8. Ick ick ick on that rumor. Rooting for it to be wrong or rooting for it to surprise us with it's relevance to storytelling. Can't say I have much faith in that last one. Oh well, we shall see. It's always so easy to get worried about things when we know next to nothing and we're hungry.
  9. Gertrude

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Sorry for the triple post - A small bright spot in the news today, Joni Ernst sucks. Her approval is -4 and showed the biggest slip of all senators from last quarter with a nine point dive. The Dem running against her outperformed her in fundraising last quarter too, so here's hoping!
  10. Gertrude

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Early reports that Rick Perry will be stepping down soon. Not a lot more than that right now. I mean, I'd get the hell out of there too, but it kind of pisses me off when politicians can avoid trouble by stepping down. Public loses all interest in accountability after that. I am not sure what role he had in all this and I'm not saying he's in deep cause I just don't know, but this is always my first thought. Stepping down is the right move if there's been wrongdoing, but it shouldn't be a get out of jail free card. Personally I hope he's just a useful moron because not everyone can be hopelessly corrupt, can they? The normal amount of corrupt, sure, but law-flouting don't give a fuck corrupted? I'm still an optimist at heart.
  11. Gertrude

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    I mean, I don't agree with your premise, but the raven hair with a white streak is not doing her any favors in this comparison. (no shade to Tulsi personally because that streak is fabulous)
  12. Gertrude

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    And amidst all this shit, the WH just announced that the G7 will indeed be held at Trump's property, because of course it will.
  13. Gertrude

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    So of all the craziness and general shittiness of the news cycle lately, Something cut through the awful to actually make me laugh (and not in a good way). It's regarding the story of Trump inviting the family of the British boy killed by a US diplomat to meet said diplomat candid camera style. Trump, of course, said "Boris asked him to do it" - it wasn't his idea, of course not, he's just trying to help a friend. Boris says, "uh, no. Don't pin that shit on me dude." It's just the daily (hourly) reminder that under all of the very serious shit the president has done, there's a layer of ridiculousness that your brain can't even hold. He's done so much clowntastic crap that I've already forgotten and at the time was sure nothing could top that. I've had to be reminded that his press secretary was caught literally hiding in the bushes, he used a ceremony honoring native American vets to press a Pocahontas joke, his insistence on that crazy handshake / yank that he thinks is strong. Of course we're getting the book on the horrible crimes and misjudgements of Donald J Trump, I just really want to make sure we get the book that showcases his buffoonery because we need to remember that shit too.
  14. Gertrude

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    I had heard of the incident in Britain, I had just not heard of the brilliant "surprise" press conference planned by the orange one. I just ... fuck him so much. I've heard a couple of pundits wondering why the dem candidates haven't been hammering on Trump in the debates and I am wondering why they want them to. To me it seems like a waste of time when there's really no point of disagreement. The only people paying attention to the primaries are likely going to be plugged in and know exactly why Trump is fucking horrible and hope he's gone soon anyway (fingers crossed). What advantage does slamming Trump give any of these candidates right now? Is cheap theater and hammering an easy point convincing at this stage? When there are 12 people still on stage shouldn't you be pounding substance rather than outrage?
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