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  1. 19 minutes ago, Zorral said:

    Adam Schiff, New York, Nancy Pelosi -- or perhaps in her case, just the entire legislative branch of the federal government, are the overt targets of retaliation, just since yesterday.  Bedbug immediately shouted his demand for removal of this tumultuous priest / Schiff; Global Entry is now denied to anyone from NY; and then this about Pelosi -- and maybe Congress -- it's weird:



    That is really bizarre.  I hope someone presses Pence on what the heck he ment by that statement.

  2. 54 minutes ago, Fez said:

    Actually, I think it would be kinda bad for Sanders if he sweeps NH, NV, and SC. Because if he did that, it proves that the other candidates are non-viable and gives Bloomberg his opportunity to unite everyone who doesn't want Sanders. Whereas if Sanders does well, but doesn't dominate, than some of the other candidates stick around, Bloomberg doesn't get his shot, and things stay divided. Sanders instead slowly racks up a delegate lead, much like Trump in 2016, and around April everyone realizes that there's no stopping him.

    What about using Superdelegates to prevent his nomination?

  3. On 1/26/2020 at 4:30 PM, Robb4Ever said:

    What would have happened?

    Your screen name suggests to me that you may not be the most objective participate to this discussion.  I think it depends entirely on how strong Robb's sense of duty was and whether he figured out his wife's family was not really helping him.  If the former but not the latter, bad things.  If the latter but not the former.  He's in a bloody stupor over his sheer foolishness.  

    Winning battles but losing the war is not the hallmark of a good foresighted leader.

  4. 1 minute ago, Rhom said:

    That's the thing that gets me... its so obviously ridiculous that I don't understand why I should ever have to cite anything.  But then again, I would think its ridiculous on the surface to believe that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring out of the basement of a DC pizza parlor... but there we are seeing people barging in with guns to liberate the poor kids.

    This is coming from the same guy as the one who promoted "pizzagate":


  5. 4 minutes ago, Rhom said:

    I looked it up on Snopes I think it was (dangerous because so many people feel they are slanted in and of themselves and therefore won't listen to anything even when well researched) and I believe it was traced back to a Tweet from a radical right personality that I don't believe I had ever heard of.

    Every fact check service has said that the meme is absolute crap.  Cite them all.

  6. 12 minutes ago, Rhom said:

    I skew different politcally than most in this thread, but reading this made me think of something that is a bit embarrassing.  My grandmother is 87 and has lost most of her hearing.  Therefore, she gets most of her interaction through social media/Facebook.  She was a lifelong Democrat who basically became a Republican during the Clinton/W era or some such.  Not an uncommon thing here in the South.

    Grandma told me at Christmas that because Trump had been Impeached, he was no longer subject to term limits and could run for a third term... and she was dead serious.  Trying to explain the Constitution and relevant amendments to your essentially deaf grandmother is a very difficult proposition. 


    There is a meme running around Facebook making that claim.  It is blatantly false.  My best friend's 80 year old father claimed it was true and when I challenged him on it he claimed I was playing fancy "Lawyer tricks".

  7. 2 minutes ago, Maithanet said:

    Trump will not be on the ballot in 2024, and his influence with the Republican party may be very different then than it is now.  At the very least, I'm skeptical that Trump loyalty will be the #1 issue on Utahans minds in 2024. 

    See my most recent post above.  They may not have to wait to attack.

  8. 9 minutes ago, Fez said:

    Even if that's the case with Utahns (which it might be). He will still be subject to constant abuse from out-of-state Trump supporters and Trump himself, which can be extremely wearying. He will also be facing new hostility from his co-workers and friends that won't go away. One of the GOP Senators who doesn't hate him, Braun, has already felt the need to publicly announce that he would be opposed to any effort to expel Romney from the GOP caucus. And he is causing a permanent split within his own family; at the very least he is unlikely to see his niece or her family again. And there may be other Trump supporting family members as well, I don't know. 

    I wonder if there will be an attempt to beat him in his next primary race using his vote here as proof of his lose of influence within his own party?

  9. 5 minutes ago, Fez said:

    So rare to genuine courage in politicians, especially in Republicans these days. Romney has gained a lot of respect in my eyes today.

    Also, I find it interesting that, despite crossing the Rubicon, he's only voting to convict on the first charge, abuse of power; and not the second charge, obstruction of Congress. It does make me wonder if Democrats would've had more success on the witness vote if the House had waited to try to enforce the subpoenas in court before voting to impeach.

    Didn't the Trump defense use the failure to attempt to enforce the subpoenas as part of their defense?

  10. 8 minutes ago, larrytheimp said:

    Yeah everyone thinks of USSR, China, Nazi Germany as forced patriotism and flag humping, US could certainly use some serious introspection here.  Hearing the pledge of allegiance and the obligatory God bless America shit gives me hives, and makes mass killing and robbery palatable for all of us.

    I had a thread, years ago, where I pointed out why I don't like to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  I got push back here and this was in like 2010-2012.  The song "Proud to be an American" is so saccharine it makes my stomach turn over every time I hear it played.  

  11. 6 minutes ago, Ormond said:

    That entirely depends on what the Republicans decide to make attack ads out of. If they aren't mentioning it in October, you're right. If they make an ad about it that plays frequently in late October, I think you're wrong.

    I hadn't even thought about it in that vein.  I can see Trump making Pelosi the symbol of the Democratic Party and playing the rip over and over again.  Low information voters will turn on things like that. :(

  12. 8 minutes ago, ljkeane said:

    Thanks for the tips guys.

    Yeah, I'm going to be in Canada beforehand so probably similar issues. It'll be the end of April so hopefully the weather will be ok but I'm not too fussed if it's going to be a bit cold.

    Great thread by the by way. Thanks for that.

    I do like to visit a museum or two. Cheers Scot.

    One other thing.  My wife and I are Architecture buffs.  We walked into the "Chicago Cultural Center" randomly because the building looked interesting.  It has some amazing Tiffany stained glass domes and beautiful interior Architecture. 


    If you have time to get out of Chicago proper you should go to Oak Park and take a "Frank Lloyd Wright" tour.  I love his houses and Buildings.  


  13. 3 minutes ago, The Great Unwashed said:

    Other than the impeachment stuff, the average voter might just now be tuning in to election horse race stuff, and it's probably the only time they've really thought about politics since 2018. And what they saw was a gesture of respect from a powerful woman to a powerful man that was rebuffed out of hand. That's going to resonate with a lot more people. The only people who probably even know about her tearing up the speech are political junkies like us and committed diehards on either side.

    Also, if we're going to argue about breaking established norms in a social interaction with two people involved where both transgress the norm, then both parties must be called out, or else it just contributes to the problem.

    A fair point.  As I said, the bad part is I'm generally un-surprised by Trump's gracelessness.  Its sort of like the defense to liable that your reputation is so bad a lie about it can't actually damage it.  

  14. 8 minutes ago, The Great Unwashed said:

    If that's a consideration, then they'd also be taking into account Trump's rejection of Pelosi's handshake.

    ETA: In fact, it could be argued that they'd be more sympathetic to Pelosi's actions due to his rejection of her handshake earlier in the evening.

    I do, the sad part is that I expect that kind of gracelessness from Trump.  It's par for the course.   Pelosi tearing up the speech, apparently in response based on the way it has been presented in the compilation videos, makes it look like it was tit for tat.  

  15. 4 minutes ago, DMC said:

    I think it was a great symbol for the breakdown of institutional separation of powers/checks and balances that will be thoroughly demonstrated later this afternoon.  I didn't bother to watch last night, but good for Pelosi.  Kinda manipulated this, but today I'm lecturing on Federalist 51.  Madison articulating the beginnings of sop/checks & balances juxtaposed with the day that, at least in most of our current lifetimes, Congress officially and wholly ceded that premise of this country's governmental design.

    ..As for it "turning off" voters, give me a break.  Nobody is going to care nor remember that in their decision-making process come November.

    I like your lecture topic.  :)

  16. The Chicago Institute of Art is amazing.  I really enjoyed both the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium.  Just walking downtown is pretty nice.  Great food and a beautiful city.  I really like Chicago.


    On 5/16/2019 at 9:39 AM, LanMandragoran said:

    I hope she doesn't as it doesn't fit her character, but if GRRM has told DD the ending and they have kept fairly true to it, it seems likely that he will. And if so, it has to start in Essos. She can't be a benign liberator there, in a moral effort to distance herself from her mad father, and then turn herself into what she always hated (her brother mostly, but her father in memory).

    One of the things people forget is that Aerys II was seen as a great king early in his rule.  He was forward thinking and creative.  He went mad as this rule continued and after he had been captured and imprisoned in "The Defiance of Duskendale" mentioned in A Feast for Crows.  It seems that particular experience changed him and pushed him toward madness.  If the books follow the same pattern as the series I have to wonder if the experience of defending the North from the Others will change Dany.  Or will there be some other episode that will push her towards madness?

    I agree that the show handled this very poorly.  She went from willing to sacrifice everything for her people to carpet chewing crazy lady without even a blink.  I would hope that the mention of "The Defiance of Duskendale" in AFFC's creates a pattern we can watch for that will be the impetus for Dany's eventual fall, if fall she does.

  18. 7 hours ago, Platypus Rex said:

    I was not talking about criticism, then why did what I said even matter one way or another?

    Okay fine.  I was wrong to say that nobody mentioned China.  Happy now?  Or are you still mad.

    I see it is really important to you to prove that I am a bad person.  Please carry on. 

    That's obviously much more interesting than discussing the fact that China threatened bullied and censored the scientists and that tried to warn them of this impending tragedy … until it was too late to contain the outbreak.

    People here were accusing China of the sort of thing they would LOVE to be accused of, like overreacting to a situation that is not really that bad.  These were the sort of criticisms that any pro-China propagandist would be proud to make.

    Who here is a “pro-China propagandist”?

  19. 1 hour ago, Gaston de Foix said:

    Thanks all for the feedback on Novik in comparison with PR.  Not an intentional thread derail, I swear. 

    I think Rothfuss is a pretty good writer who has written some beautiful prose.  But Doors of Stone, we are told, will not be the end of Kvothe's story.  There is apparently another trilogy coming after that (or was planned anyway). 

    That’s not my understanding.  There will be more Temerant stories.  But they aren’t necessarily Kvothe’s story.