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  1. 18 points
    Resigning in protest of political interference in a criminal justice matter. I could not be prouder of the integrity of these persons.
  2. 13 points
    Wow That is fascinating. Mods, can you move this to the NBA forum
  3. 11 points
    Fellow dad at kids school....we are in the mens club together and were watching football with a few other dads when my semi-buzzed emotionally drained self told them all how close I was to pulling the plug. I had no idea he was a potential investor or even had an inkling he was in that kind of financial position...i was just pouring my heart out amongst friends. He said lets talk. We did. He does this investing stuff for a living it turns out. Luck? Providence? Coincidence? I dunno....but I do know if I hadn't have found him or something else by the middle of January I would have called it quits and used the rest of cash I had to pay my staff and any bills I could. Craziness.
  4. 10 points
    I see Barr telling it like it is. Dems just might not like the answers because they won't fit their agenda.
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  6. 9 points
    We've been hearing "all the dems need to do is nominate a moderate/centrist for an easy win" for as long as I can remember. Look at recent history. In 2004 the dems nominate moderate John Kerry who goes on to lose to wildly unpopular GWB. In 2008 Barack Obama runs a progressive campaign (didn't turn out to be progressive) and wins in a landslide. In 2016 centrist Hillary Clinton loses what should have been the biggest slam dunk election in our lifetime. And here we are in 2020 and people are STILL saying the nominee needs to be a moderate and appeal to the middle in order to win. That archaic thinking has been proven wrong over and over and over. The nominee needs to be someone who fires up the masses, not someone who runs to the middle in the general in order to pick off the stragglers.
  7. 9 points
    If the senate is controlled by the same party as the executive, and if the majority party of the senate is not willing to use checks and balances, there effectively are no checks and balances. An unchecked executive branch is a defacto dictator, so I would have to say we are in a dictatorship. Now, that term is a bit loaded. Dictatorship can cover a broad range of styles, from full oppression to benevolence. When I argue we are in a dictatorship, I don't mean executive for lifetime, rip up the constitution, elections are shams, imprison political enemies and all of that - we aren't there. But, we clearly have a president who can bend the law to his will, skirt traditional norms, punish political enemies, and push his agenda without bipartisan support. It's a soft dictatorship.
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  10. 8 points
    I'm sorry but this is just 100% fearmongering bull####. Simply not true.
  11. 8 points
    Considering that the bastardized electoral college functions nothing like the deliberative body envisioned by the framers, yeah let's go ahead and change it to something that doesn't negate the vote of about half of American voters.
  12. 8 points
    @fred_1_15301 I started at 6mph today expecting to have to drop down a little but ended up running 2.5 miles at 6mph before hitting 141 beats per minute which is my cutoff (I'm supposed to stay under 136 if I use 180 minus my age but I've somewhat arbitrarily decided that 140 means i just need to try to relax my breathing but 141 means i need to show down.) I slowed down to 5.7 and finished the 5k at 140bpm. Which is frankly amazing considering that 6mph was my goal pace 6 months ago. Now it's my slow run without stopping. I finished another .4 miles at around 5mph so i could complete my 3.5 mile run. So 3 weeks into doing MAF, When i started i was run walking a 28 plus 5k doing mostly 7 to 8 mph with some 3.5 walking when i bonk I'm now able to easily run the full 5k in a little over 31 minutes, or I can run 2 miles in under 17 minutes and finish the 5k in 27 and change. I fully expect to be under 26 minute 5k by end of month. I went from not being able to finish 3.1 miles to easily finishing 4 and expect to be at 5.5 by the end of February. I know you're working towards your 10 mile run and question this MAF thing. I can't say how it will work for you but I'm really happy with it so far.
  13. 8 points
    Retaliatory firings, soliciting election interference from foreign governments, attacks on the intelligence agencies, corruptly influencing the justice process on behalf of his friends, setting up channels in the DOJ for his personal attorney to funnel conspiracy theories to the AG... I could go on and on. And the Republicans are just peachy keen with all of this because they keep their power. They'll say nothing to Trump on these abuses. This is the start of behavior that leads to a revolution or uprising. These are the activities of an authoritarian. Trump truly is a threat to our country.
  14. 8 points
    I got a spam email for boner pills. It included the following line: She want to forget her name while you busy moaning her.
  15. 7 points
    A few years ago this would've sounded insane, today not so much. Some of you may have seen Bill Maher's closing remarks on Friday, they were chilling to say the least. Basically what he said is that when you switch over to a dictatorship, it still has the appearance of a democracy. Showed pictures of Russia and North Korea, how they still technically had a "parliament" but obviously they're just for show. I realize some people here indeed still think this is a crazy thought. But how far have we already gone? The checks and balances of our 3 branches no longer exist. The President is impeached and witnesses aren't even allowed at the "trial". The President is instructing the DOJ to do his bidding, whether it's sending Guiliani to dig up dirt on Biden or trying to lessen Roger Stone's sentence. Say Trump loses the election but refuses to leave office, siting voting "irregularities". What happens next? What do we have in place to stop him?
  16. 7 points
    Maybe you should let it go. Okie Dokie Pokie
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    Pardon me, I couldn't help but overhear...
  19. 7 points
    I think we're closer to becoming a plutocracy than we are a dictatorship. Right now, Trump's the vehicle, not the driver. If he wasn't in line with what works for the people who own most of the wealth in this country (along with the mega rich in a few select foreign countries), he'd be out. But he is a plutocrat himself, with an appeal to a large enough segment of the population to endorse him unquestioningly, so he's a useful tool. If he were sharper, he could leverage that into a dictatorship, but he's not, so that's not really happening. It's the same imperial presidency game the neo-con leadership has been playing for a while now - they consolidate power, control the strings, the figurehead in front is useful for 8 years, then discarded (see W.). The effect for the rest of us though is roughly the same. The people have less and less power and influence the more those with wealth are allowed to play their game unfettered. We aren't citizens any more, just sources of revenue for those at the top. Sanders gets it, Warren gets it, Yang gets it - but outside of them I don't see any candidates left who are really focused on trying to correct this. Vote accordingly.
  20. 7 points
    So, you stumbled upon a fantasy football website and happened to start on page 330 of the investments thread? Makes sense.
  21. 7 points
    Useless trivia: my father was the one that started tracking offensive and defensive rebounds as part of the ABA. This was then adopted by the NBA. He also used Control Data to computerize the stats while NBA still did them manually.
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    Ran a frosty 5 miler on Sunday in about 25-30 degree weather for my first outdoor run of the year. I’m fat and out of shape so I just want be finish under 9:00 per. Finished at 8:53 and was pleased since it was a hilly course and slippery as hell since it was icy/rainy
  24. 7 points
    Sorry, you're not a huge baseball fan, then.
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  26. 6 points
    We can also use this as the Bill Barr impeachment inquiry thread.
  27. 6 points
    Do people normally discuss who they are going to vote for and who they have voted for in the past with their wealth manager?
  28. 6 points
    The stock could crash, but luckily Leronlimab is so good it also treats depression.
  29. 6 points
    If we were reading about some of this stuff happening in any other country what would we think?
  30. 6 points
    Wherever you draw the line, no matter how close to it you think we are currently, things are WAY different now from how they were four years ago. Explicitly politicizing the DOJ is just one example among many that would have been unheard of four years ago.
  31. 6 points
    Walton and Lanier would be dragging him up and down the court for 48 minutes.
  32. 6 points
    Also, there were a couple of times last night where it really started to be uncomfortable, and all of a sudden this thought popped into my head: "This doesn't hurt. Think about mile 19 at Carmel. This is nothing you pooooosay." And it worked. I was able to pull out of that brief pain and keep pushing. That run was very satisfying when done.
  33. 6 points
    Less snarky answer. We live in a country where the executive branch has way too much power. This didn't start on January 20 2017. It won't end on January 20 2021/2025. Framing the problem as living in a dictatorship is not helpful. What we need is sustained pressure by the citizens on their Senators and Representatives to re-assert legislative power. We need a new Church Committee but bigger and bolder.
  34. 6 points
    Totally disagree. Until the model fails (it road-tested the 2017 VA state races almost perfectly, then nailed 2018 months in advance), Rachel Bitecofer's "Negative Partisanship" has it right IMO. There are almost no persuadable Independents, and turnout effects swamp them in size.
  35. 6 points
    TLDR Stryker has some probs I got into an accident a few weeks ago. I caught the car running a red light out of the corner of my eye and sped up just enough for her to catch my rear (insert joke here). If I hadn't she would've hit me in my driver side door and we might not be having this conversation. Insurance took 2 weeks to pay out and ultimately more than we expected. But I walked away. I had just dropped off my daughter who would have taken the brunt of it so I'm beyond happy. So then my cousin died. No thopras needed, she was 37 and had a mental rap sheet longer than SLB's dong. My customer threw an inventory audit at me that took like 3 days longer than it should have My wife decided we're selling our house and buying something before April...or we're doing a bridge loan, or I'm pulling money from my 401K or.....I'm still not sure. I literally was yelled at for suggesting another realtor. We haven't even been pre-approved for a loan. Now the van I just bought with cash has a door issue and a check engine light. Probably an easy fix but I'm just done. Done I expect full shtick and hopefully funny replies that everyone else is going through this kind of BS but I'm just a bit overwhelmed. Life came at me really fast and I wasn't prepared. Not necessarily asking for advice or anything. Just typing it out kind of helps. TIA and good night
  36. 6 points
    If she makes it to the general election, Amy Klobuchar would beat Donald Trump like he was her intern.
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  40. 6 points
    So nice to be actually getting results. I'll be able to go to bed tonight!
  41. 5 points
    Free stuff for corporations is a message that is certainly strong with Trump supporters.
  42. 5 points
    Depends on how you define the word smart. In terms of common sense street smarts, I'm the best in the world. If we are talking book smarts, I'm like a squirrel having sex with a can of pringles.
  43. 5 points
    Doesn’t look good for Jim. Disgusting story.
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  45. 5 points
    I've tried to understand it but I don't get the Klobuchar love at all, like not at all. What is there to get fired up about? No big ideas, never has taken on anything important. In terms of getting things done in the Senate it's all been low hanging fruit. Voters are going to come out in droves for her? I don't think so.
  46. 5 points
    I voted mostly disagree. More about motivating people to take the time to go and vote. You might have 10-15% of the population on the fence between Trump and a Dem. You have 50% of the country that doesn't vote.
  47. 5 points
    I know nothing about politics, but I'd much rather put my faith in independents and suburban moms who voted convincingly for democrats in 2018 then in a bunch of 20 year olds hoping they decide to show up to vote b/c we're gonna need an awful lot of them if bernie is the nominee.
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    THat's cool, I don't do meth
  50. 5 points
    Offshoot from a discussion about this Blomberg ad. Here are some things I believe. 1. People mostly don't know exactly why they support the candidates they support. They may think they do, but their conscious beliefs are largely after-the-fact rationalizations rather than true causes. (See descriptions of various split-brain experiments for humorous confirmation that that's how humans work.) 2. An awful lot of what truly undergirds most people's thinking about politics is tribalistic affiliation driven by (subconscious) concern about status. Specifically, people want to affiliate with candidates who they believe will be respected by people on their own team, so that some of that respect rubs off on them. (Recognition from people in one's in-group matters a lot more than recognition from people in one's out-group.) 3. In 2016, a lot of Republicans believed that other Republicans thought highly of Trump. This is for a bunch of reasons: Trump was obviously high-status and cool because he was very rich, he slept with a lot of beautiful women, his name was on a lot of tall buildings, and he had a successful TV show. Just the kind of person we should want to affiliate with! Trump was obviously on their side in the culture wars: he frequently said politically incorrect things, he shunned elitist rules about spelling and grammar, he eats McDonald's and cheats at golf, all of which make liberals' heads explode. His campaign rallies were fun because they explicitly embraced tribalism. People pay hundreds of dollars to attend sporting events in order to cheer for their team and boo the other team. At Trump rallies, people cheered for Trump and booed journalists, "the establishment," snowflakes, elitists, Hollywood, and Benghazi emails. Who doesn't want to be a part of that? 4. Policy matters a lot to policy nerds, but that's about 2% of the population. For most people, to the extent that policy matters at all, it matters only indirectly. It matters as a signal about what kind of person you are. You may not be able to make a strong economic case for why current deficit levels are too high or too low, but "the deficit is too high" signals that you're fiscally responsible and disciplined, while "the deficit should not be our top concern" signals that you are cooperative and caring and desire to help those aided by pubic programs. The biggest example of a policy issue that matters -- but that matters indirectly -- is abortion. Presidents can't really do all that much to increase or decrease abortion counts, but it's a huge issue because your stance on abortion signals what kind of person you are. Do we want to be affiliated with someone who respects the sanctity of human life, or with someone who condones killing the defenseless unborn? Do we want to be affiliated with someone who respects female reproductive autonomy, or with someone who'd align with the villains in The Handmaid's Tale? 5. Biden was popular in Democratic polls for so long not because people thought he was the best candidate, but because people thought that other people thought he was the best candidate -- i.e., because of his perceived electability. (This was more subconscious than conscious.) 6. The trick to beating Trump is not convincing people that he's a misogynistic, duplicitous, profane rube with a bad makeup job. People already know that. The trick to beating Trump is convincing people that everybody else knows it too. That's where ads like Bloomberg's come in. They change the subconscious vibe associated with Trump away from the points in #3 above. 7. Trump is well aware of point #6 and uses it effectively against his political opponents. He wasn't as good at convincing people that Hillary was actually criminally corrupt as he was at convincing people that everyone thought Hillary was criminally corrupt. (Same, more recently, with the Bidens.) He wasn't as good at convincing people that Jeb was actually low-energy, or that Marco was actually little, or that Lyin' Ted Cruz was actually the direct offspring of JFK's killer as he was at planting those associations in the mind of the public via subconscious branding. It became stuff that "everybody knew" regardless of whether they thought it was true. 8. I am generally very much against urging Democrats to borrow treacherous tactics from Republicans. Let's not retweet bots promulgating fake news. Let's not invite foreign interference in our elections. Let's not threaten to criminally investigate our opponents without a legitimate predicate. Let's not produce our own version of QAnon. But with regard to an effective branding campaign, I do think Democrats should learn from Trump. They should run ads suggesting that everybody knows he's a laughingstock and a failure. On a subconscious level, in front of your friends, neighbors, and business associates, do you want to be affiliated with a laughingstock and a failure?