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  1. ThinkerX

    U.S. Politics: For Whom the Bell Polls

    On the one hand, the timing is suspect, especially with Trump's vindictiveness. On the other, corruption is endemic in Puerto Rico. Might be interesting to see what happens here... http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/fbi-raids-san-juan-city-offices-weeks-after-trump-alleges-corruption/ar-BBOtgeS?ocid=msnclassic
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    U.S. Politics: For Whom the Bell Polls

    The end seems appropriate. However, the guest list seems more interesting than the fatality. I wonder...just how many other aged GOP candidates or incumbents are one good party from a date with the reaper? Maybe somebody here has a list... http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/dennis-hof-‘bunny-ranch’-owner-and-gop-candidate-for-nevada-legislature-found-dead-after-party/ar-BBOtVL7?ocid=msnclassic
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    U.S. Politics: For Whom the Bell Polls

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/nypd-to-pursue-charges-against-9-members-of-far-right-proud-boys-for-violent-brawl/ar-BBOr1JQ?ocid=msnclassic
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    U.S. Politics: For Whom the Bell Polls

    Some motion, anyhow. The 'comments' were taking an ugly turn: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/proud-boys-fight-at-g-o-p-club-spurs-calls-for-inquiry-cuomo-blames-trump/ar-BBOnomo?ocid=ob-fb-enus-580&fbclid=IwAR2jtyg4f-O-_VmANY4Qgcy2g6u7hkI3LT0K6CNp6kQLgv50V9lH8O-NiMQ Because I wanted something at least semi-objective rather than blind propaganda from both sides (truth is *ALWAYS* the first casualty) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proud_Boys (seems to have a fair pile of footnotes)
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    U.S. Politics: For Whom the Bell Polls

    Maybe the latest hurricane dented Trumps bank account somehow. Or maybe it's just a momentary thing. Still, I know a fair number of hard-right types around here who (quietly) accept the reality of manmade climate change, so.... http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-says-climate-change-not-a-hoax-not-sure-of-its-source/ar-BBOo8CI?ocid=ob-fb-enus-580&fbclid=IwAR0SdtEsc0yICgx_13XiZeEFptO3ANXaTdXzBE_65GuX-ZaOEbxawZpWOx0
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    US Politics: Red Whine Hangover

    Ah well... Not that anybody here cares, and I'm to preoccupied to come up with a link at the moment, but Murkowski is in major hot water with the Alaskan branch of the republican party over the Kavenaugh mess. As in, they might toss her out of the party (possible, but not real likely)
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    US Politics: Red, Red Whine

    My concern with 1 is that 'those on the left' are becoming as enamored of 'fake news' and suspect arguments as those on the right. Or, 'he who hunts monsters risks becoming one himself.' I stated my response to 2 earlier, though you hadn't posted yet. Basically, work together on points that can be agreed upon (Medicare for all and Climate Change, and likely others. This does involve compromise, of course) Your point 3 has a significant possibility of either a messy revolution or civil war that ultimately results in a partial collapse of the country ('failed state' in current terminology). That said, conservatism is deeply flawed at present. I also see it as demographically doomed; conservative areas/demographics are undergoing a population implosion NOW, something I have a front row seat to.
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    US Politics: Red, Red Whine

    Regarding Kavenaugh's accusers, I have two points - one an observation from conversations at work and elsewhere, the second personal. Most of the people I work with were unimpressed with Ford's testimony - including almost all of the women. They regarded it very much as a he said/she said type fiasco. Second, as I recounted here months ago, I made was involved in some episodes from my younger days that seemed casual and inoffensive at the time but, apparently are not. Now, should I be fool enough to run for public office, should those past episodes be counted against me?
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    US Politics: Red, Red Whine

    Did you somehow miss the part about a charismatic candidate being essential? Without a charismatic candidate pushing *EXTREMELY* hard on such issues - to the point where 'regular democratic officials' start to squeal in genuine outrage - the democratic party will fail to take the white house. I'm talking Sanders levels of dedication here. It's that or fail.
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    US Politics: Red, Red Whine

    Biggies are some variant of 'Medicaid for All' and an acknowledgment that Global Climate Change exists. I also pointed out before that a good non-religious case can be made against abortion. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/28/most-americans-now-support-medicare-for-all-and-free-college-tuition.html https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/28/opinion/sunday/republicans-climate-change.html I live in a heavily conservative area, and know conservative types who freely admit Medicare for all would be a good thing, and who also acknowledge climate change as an issue.
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    US Politics: Red, Red Whine

    Unless the Democratic Party somehow nominates a candidate that is BOTH genuinely charismatic AND is willing to aggressively campaign for such things as Medicaid for All, a increased minimum wage, and such causes, my current assessment is that Trump has at least a 50% chance of winning reelection - even if partially impeached (by the house, not the senate.) Most of the democratic presidential prospects floated thus far in these threads come across to me as boring technocratic types who WILL lose.
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    US Politics: Red, Red Whine

    As a centrist, I have to take issue with this assessment. My chief concern is the political spectrum becoming so utterly polarized the US slides into either civil war, revolution, or paranoid tyranny. The last two options are dangerously unstable and probably mean the end of the country. More and more, even on once rational sites like this one, I see a tendency towards demonization, utterly ignoring points in common, and also ignoring severe flaws in the faction one subscribes to. And yes, some points in common DO exist - enough to build on for those not blinded by hatred. Wake up - a very large minority of the country subscribes to conservatism. Likewise, another large minority could be termed progressive. Final victory for either side here is not feasible, even with super-charged voter suppression and police state measures. If the different ideological factions do not find some way to get along, the result is a no-win nightmare.
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    And now Barnes & Noble faces the Headman's axe

    The last chain bookstore here died decades ago. For a long while, the local Safeway kept a long aisle of books, but that shrank to nearly nothing a few years back. What we have is one local bookstore dealing in new tomes (that seems to be doing reasonably well), one religious bookshop that is hanging on by its fingernails, and two used bookstores. I started ordering most of my books ten or twelve years ago. I have since switched to mostly kindle. That said, I expect local (niche) bookshops to be making a comeback.
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    US Politics: Judge Dread

    There are also other stories not pertaining to the Kavanagh mess. Among other things, it seems we managed to avoid a government shutdown (remember the fretting here about those during the Obama years?) http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ap-source-trump-signs-spending-plan-avoiding-shutdown/ar-BBNG8UI?ocid=msnclassic And as a consequence of last weeks news - a minor storm that inflicted utterly trivial damage on a insignificant faction of the country - there is a push to extend voter registration deadlines way down south. I figure it's just barely possible a few posters here might be affected by that. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/voter-registration-extension-sought-in-flooded-s-carolina/ar-BBNFiKw?ocid=msnclassic And an opinion piece on a labor movement that will turn into a major issue regardless of the party in power or governmental efforts to thwart it: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/workers-are-ready-for-their-cut-of-this-booming-economy/ar-BBNGbBj?ocid=msnclassic That I, of all the posters here, have to be the 'voice of reason' or the 'adult in the room' in these threads, should be truly disturbing, especially to long term posters.
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    US Politics: Judge Dread

    Meanwhile, lost in the back and forth bickering here, the Kavanagh mess has been delayed: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-latest-gop-delays-kavanaugh-vote-for-investigation/ar-BBNFi8H?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=msnclassic
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