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tomierna's Avatar Picture tomierna (Admin) – December 08, 2007 02:43AM Reply Quote
Every election is the most important one.

John Willoughby – September 01, 2017 10:09AM Reply Quote
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That guy resigned, just ahead of getting fired.

John Willoughby – September 01, 2017 09:10PM Reply Quote
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Worse. He's suffering the ultimate punishment: full administrative leave.

ARL (Moderator) – September 02, 2017 12:32AM Reply Quote
What's sad is the Police Union, not matter what the officer has done, will go in to bat for them citing the "stresses of the job" or whatever.
< Donald >Sad!</ donald>

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/02/2017 12:33AM by ARL.

ARL (Moderator) – September 06, 2017 07:05PM Reply Quote

A memory happened to strike
The pres as he stood at the mike:
“Ivanka, I’ll add,
Said Daddy, not Dad,
While asking to come, which I like.”

ddt – September 13, 2017 08:41PM Reply Quote
Might be a good time to go back through what you're sure is true and reevaluate, especially if you get news from right-wing social media and outlets that propagate that: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/russian-trolls-tea-party-news-twitter-account


ddt – September 14, 2017 02:37PM Reply Quote
To have Trump in office, religious Republicans have become radically moved their ethical goalposts: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/opinion/trump-republicans.html


ddt – September 20, 2017 04:03PM Reply Quote

If you've ever voted Republican, or thought about it, do any of these arguments resonate with you? https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/20/16333876/republican-senators-graham-cassidy


John Willoughby – September 20, 2017 04:53PM Reply Quote
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I've not voted republican since 1992, and I doubt that I ever will again.

John Willoughby – September 25, 2017 01:02PM Reply Quote
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Aid bill for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands needs to wait until the second week of October? That can't be right. I'm going to look for a more reliable source.

If true, I think that both regions should take as much aid as possible whenever it shows up and then secede.


OK, so the inflammatory article that I originally saw is apparently based on the fact that FEMA isn't going to ask for more funding until mid-October. Which could mean that there's enough money on hand now, or that nobody's bothered to factor in further aid for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/25/2017 01:10PM by John Willoughby.

ARL (Moderator) – September 25, 2017 08:21PM Reply Quote

ddt – September 26, 2017 11:15AM Reply Quote
Props where due: a RedState.com commenter likened the younger Trumps to Mom from Futurama's kids.

Note on how weird naming can get in politics: in Germany, the center-right party includes the name "Socialist" (so I'm sure RedState thinks they're commies), while the "Free Democrats Party" (note: not "Democratic") wants no taxes and to privatize the whole damn government (which we're kind of doing here but under the table).

Note also that the two major US parties are the Republican Party and the Democratic Party (not "Democrat Party", which is ungrammatical).


John Willoughby – September 26, 2017 11:39AM Reply Quote
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I thought that the major US parties were the Reavers and the Ineffectual Weenies.

ddt – September 26, 2017 11:56AM Reply Quote
Reavers don't eat their own.


ddt – September 28, 2017 01:15PM Reply Quote
The crazy of the Republican party seems to ratchet only one way. Or does someone want to defend Roy Moore, or say "give him a chance"? We should all be given so many chances. Or given the chance at that level of government.


John Willoughby – October 01, 2017 04:03PM Reply Quote
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So, apparently, negotiation is Plan B and (possibly thermonuclear) war is Plan A. It's amazing how brave a draft-avoiding orangutan with access to a top-notch bomb shelter can be.

ARL (Moderator) – October 02, 2017 10:09AM Reply Quote
My wildly optimistic theory on this is Trump is pulling a crazy man bluff to try and spook China into ratcheting up the sanctions.

Please oh god let me be right ...

John Willoughby – October 02, 2017 11:03AM Reply Quote
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I think that this is Trump's default mode, before and after attaining the Presidency. Keep competitors from getting a solid handle on him or his intentions. I think that it is coupled now with a failing mental state, far more pressure, and higher stakes than he is used to (or understands). Can't just declare bankruptcy for a free "do-over" at this level.

ddt – October 02, 2017 12:26PM Reply Quote
What's been the most consistent and reliable predictor of what Trump will do in any given situation is the explanation that he's a bully who punches down in an attempt to make it not worth the other party's time to fight. His business was mostly sustained through perpetual threats of lawsuits (even w/o merit, that can suck out resources), threats of "I'll tell what secrets I know" (he knows none; a great example is the "investigation" into Obama's birth certificate, etc. Note that he does not punch up, but rolls over and shows his belly (see also: Putin).

I'd be glad to hear different, but haven't seen any situations where this is not a consistent explanation.


John Willoughby – October 02, 2017 12:44PM Reply Quote
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He will also deliberately start a meaningless media storm when there is bad/awkward news that would otherwise make headlines. Why'd the NFL fracas start? The week his senatorial candidate lost to Bannon's, and his cabinet's travel abuses were coming to the fore.

Of course, it could just be a coincidence. He tweets so much, and his administration fails so much, that a lot of failures would be bound to line up with random inflammatory statements.

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