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Brushing off a crime isn't the same thing as rally 'round?  Gimme a break. For just a single instance, let's consider just a single figure: Brett Kavenaugh.  Lets consider the relentless perversity snake oil peddled to and by their base, such as pizza pedophilia blood drinking mobs.  Each one of these crazier snake oil than the preceding, except they also exhibit the transference of crimes far too close committed by the rethugs, and by now, clearly, their base.

Not to mention their cop base who just love to murder kids.

How many rethugs have lost their political careers from the actual crimes they've committed, compared to Dem figures such as Anthony Weiner, Scott Stringer, Al Franken -- and Clinton himself is pretty much sidelined at this point by Dems.  Cuomo too.  And that just lately.

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Could Roger Stone still be indicted for selling pardons, or was the pardon he got a blanket one?

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I had two years of pre-K education and I think every child in this country should as well. We should also have public summer camps for kids whose parents can't afford to send them to private ones (I also went to camp from ages 5-12 and then was a junior summer camp counselor for two years). These experiences are great for kids and reduce some burdens of parenthood. 

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12 minutes ago, Mindwalker said:

Could Roger Stone still be indicted for selling pardons, or was the pardon he got a blanket one?

I can't find any indication that his was a blanket pardon.

And even if it was, it would not cover any crimes committed after December 23, the date of the pardon. So if any part of the alleged activity of selling pardons happened between Dec. 24 and Jan. 20, he could still be indicted for that. 

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10 minutes ago, Ormond said:

I can't find any indication that his was a blanket pardon.

 

The text of it is here. It was restricted to the criminal indictments he was convicted on.

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So Romney had a fun party conference, and almost got censured. Yeah, the sane people are definately going to root out Trumpism within the next couple of months.

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So if you're wondering whatever happened to Lin Wood (who isn't?!?), he moved to South Carolina in February and promptly started running for state party chair against incumbent Drew McKissick:

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“We need some chaos in the Republican Party in South Carolina. Somebody needs to shake it up,” Wood said Tuesday in the city of Aiken to applause and laughter. “So here I am, Mr. Shaker.”

A day earlier, Wood heckled McKissick during a speech at a Hampton County GOP event and suggested the incumbent doesn’t care about stopping pedophiles. The two then had a face-to-face confrontation where McKissick swiped at Wood for raising vague allegations about “Chinese pornography.” The chairman’s supporters inevitably describe Wood as deranged, pointing out that the Georgia Bar is investigating his conduct and wants Wood to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

 

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On 5/1/2021 at 6:40 AM, A Horse Named Stranger said:

How does that guy assume to have any credibility left with anybody?

I mean he bowed to Trump in 2016, and got nothing out of it. Then when the writing was on the wall for a one term presidency he was moderately critical of him. He also got covid, and was more critical of the Trump administration's handling, and now he is back to bootlicking. So with whom is he supposed to have any credibility left?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_rehabilitation

If Glorious Leader consents, any fallen star can be hung back on the wall, and all their previous history is forgotten by the Glorious Leader's followers.

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21 hours ago, A Horse Named Stranger said:

So Romney had a fun party conference, and almost got censured. Yeah, the sane people are definately going to root out Trumpism within the next couple of months.

I almost feel bad for the guy.  Almost.  I think he's actually a good stand in for a larger problem that occurs when people make their political party their identity.

Sometimes, your team changes but you don't.  But if its part of your identity, you are left feeling like you don't have a choice but just have to follow along.  For politicians, its not just their identities, but also their meal tickets.  But I think a lot of Republican Voters start down the rabbit hole of insanity, just because they've so invested in the party that they can't imagine leaving. 

And if you listen to the madness long enough, the rest of the world's sanity starts to sound insane.

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Biden administration picks Richard Cordray to oversee federal student loans
The selection of Cordray, who previously was attorney general of Ohio and ran unsuccessfully to be governor, is a major victory for progressives who have been calling on the Biden administration to take more aggressive action on student loans and for-profit colleges.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/05/03/biden-picks-richard-cordray-student-loans-485231

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The Biden administration is planning to install Richard Cordray, the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as the head of the nation’s $1.6 trillion portfolio of federal student loans, according to several sources familiar with the decision.

The selection of Cordray, who previously was attorney general of Ohio and ran unsuccessfully to be governor, is a major victory for progressives who have been calling on the Biden administration to take more aggressive action on student loans and for-profit colleges.


Cordray is expected to be appointed by Education Secretary Miguel Cardona as the head of the agency’s Office of Federal Student Aid.


The Education Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Cordray did not immediately have a comment on the decision.

Cordray is an ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has been leading the progressive charge to overhaul how the Education Department manages its day-to-day student lending operations, oversees student loan servicing companies and regulates colleges that receive federal student aid.

 


 

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On 5/2/2021 at 11:54 AM, Martell Spy said:

This is something I’ve reflected on a lot lately as a new parent. My wife and I both work full time and our parental leave is long gone. Our son now goes to daycare most days. I know that my wife feels a little bit guilty about having other people raise your kid some of the time (though now that we’ve been doing it for a bit she also appreciates the benefits).

The way I like to frame it, though, is that  traditionally 2 parents would not usually be going at it all alone in raising a kid. In the past extended families tended to stay in close proximity and you might be able to call on any number of trusted relatives and neighbors to assist with child care. It is only in the era of both parents needing to work to afford cost of living and people having to move away from family to find opportunity that we find ourselves in a situation where we have little choice but to hire out some of the work of child care.

So I don’t personally feel much guilt about the situation because I think it is actually good for my son to see new faces and be around other children and he goes to a place that we vetted and has all the state licenses and whatnot. I worry about him being away from us, as any parent would, but I’m not too upset about the fact that he goes.

What I do dislike is the absolutely extortionate cost. It’s outrageously expensive and we do not live in a major urban area where the cost is markedly worse. My wife and I make a respectable living with our combined income and it is still a fairly nasty dent in our monthly finances. Monthly it is roughly 3x what you’d pay for a car payment on a nice-ish new car. Cannot imagine the burden this places on families who are skating much closer to the poverty line and require two working parents - or on single parent families for that matter. No wonder Americans can’t save for retirement, or much else.

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20 minutes ago, S John said:

This is something I’ve reflected on a lot lately as a new parent. My wife and I both work full time and our parental leave is long gone. Our son now goes to daycare most days. I know that my wife feels a little bit guilty about having other people raise your kid some of the time (though now that we’ve been doing it for a bit she also appreciates the benefits).

The way I like to frame it, though, is that  traditionally 2 parents would not usually be going at it all alone in raising a kid. In the past extended families tended to stay in close proximity and you might be able to call on any number of trusted relatives and neighbors to assist with child care. It is only in the era of both parents needing to work to afford cost of living and people having to move away from family to find opportunity that we find ourselves in a situation where we have little choice but to hire out some of the work of child care.

So I don’t personally feel much guilt about the situation because I think it is actually good for my son to see new faces and be around other children and he goes to a place that we vetted and has all the state licenses and whatnot. I worry about him being away from us, as any parent would, but I’m not too upset about the fact that he goes.

What I do dislike is the absolutely extortionate cost. It’s outrageously expensive and we do not live in a major urban area where the cost is markedly worse. My wife and I make a respectable living with our combined income and it is still a fairly nasty dent in our monthly finances. Monthly it is roughly 3x what you’d pay for a car payment on a nice-ish new car. Cannot imagine the burden this places on families who are skating much closer to the poverty line and require two working parents - or on single parent families for that matter. No wonder Americans can’t save for retirement, or much else.

We knew we were going to have multiple kids and decided that it wasn't worth it for us to have an extra $70k per year salaried worker in the house because taxes and child care for now 2 (maybe 3) kids full time would drain the vast majority of that benefit.  We are very fortunate because of the work I do, but I can't imagine what we'd be talking about if we made that much combined (as most households do not).  I'll never use it, but I think if we're going to expect two working parents at home - which you do with the pay structure of the united states - there needs to be some help from the government that is paid for by the corporations that benefit the most from those types of wages (<cough>Walmart</cough>)

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Today's Teacher Appreciation Day -- which we all see why there is one, judging by the current discussion on pre-K, daycare, etc. for our kids.  Teachers of every sort (except those who don't really teach because they are glamorous dept. ornaments who supposedly bring prestige and paying students to a university department) should get an across the board pay increase of at least 15%.

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The Biden administration's commitment to preservation now boldly includes keeping the Carters as living dollhouse figurines...

 

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Things are going great in state capitols.

And I bet things just as bad are said regularly in many others; but due to the near total collapse of non-national outlet journalism we never hear about it.

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30 minutes ago, Fez said:

Things are going great in state capitols.

And I bet things just as bad are said regularly in many others; but due to the near total collapse of non-national outlet journalism we never hear about it.

Wait. Just so that as a Canadian I perfectly understand, this bastard in Tennessee said counting black people as 3/5ths of a person was good, and other Republicans applauded????

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36 minutes ago, Fragile Bird said:

Wait. Just so that as a Canadian I perfectly understand, this bastard in Tennessee said counting black people as 3/5ths of a person was good, and other Republicans applauded????

So, in a tiny bit of fairness, I don't know the full context here. I'm not sure if he was saying that the underlying idea (let's count black people as 3/5ths of a person) was good, or if he was saying that the compromise and what it represented (a political concession from southern slaveholders to northern abolitionists to weaken southern power in Congress) was good.

But even if it was later, given the context I do know, which that this occurred during debate around critical race theory, I think there's a much, much better way to simply say "hey, context is important." And even if that is the point, there's better examples to go with instead of "let's delay a civil war for 80 years on the back of enormous human suffering and have said war still be incredibly bloody when it does go down." 

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16 minutes ago, Fez said:

So, in a tiny bit of fairness, I don't know the full context here. I'm not sure if he was saying that the underlying idea (let's count black people as 3/5ths of a person) was good, or if he was saying that the compromise and what it represented (a political concession from southern slaveholders to northern abolitionists to weaken southern power in Congress) was good.

I agree that context is important.  While I don't think I've ever said the 3/5ths compromise was "good," certainly that could be the takeaway of certain lectures on it and the Connecticut compromise.  However, that's the important part of context.  I was saying this in lecture - I don't see any reason to be saying this on the floor of a state legislature.  (Although, I suppose, certain state legislatures are less educated and informed than the students I was lecturing.)

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