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  1. "Think of your children pledging allegiance to the maple leaf. Mayonnaise on everything. Winter 11 months of the year. Anne Murray, all day, every day." “The Canadians. They walk among us. William Shatner. Michael J. Fox. Monty Hall. Mike Meyers. Alex Trebek. All of them Canadians. All of them here.” “Canadians are always dreaming up a lotta ways to ruin our lives. The metric system, for the love of God! Celsius! Neil Young!”
  2. Yup, although that would skew the numbers a bit for Ford and Trump.
  3. Cool, so we could roughly (ignoring compounding effect) estimate, for example, Clinton at 20.6% / 8 = ~2.6% per year, Bush 41 at 2.2% / 4 = ~0.55% per year, and Trump at (roughly) -4.2% / 3.5 = ~ -1.2% per year. That's a more fair comparison, I think.
  4. Are these aggregate numbers over entire presidency or annual averages? If the former, that doesn't seem like a fair comparison given that term lengths differ.
  5. I haven't read much on this; just skimmed a couple articles. This seems like politically-motivated overreach, and a stupid one at that. If the officers and other parties are guilty of the alleged crimes, by all means, let's prosecute them and lock them away. I'm absolutely in favor of prison time for major embezzlement or financial crimes, as I don't believe monetary punishments are an effective deterrent here (committing a crime to steal 10 million is still profitable when the punishment is a fine of 5 million). However, dissolving the entity as a whole seems wrong in general. For those who would argue otherwise, replace "NRA" with "Planned Parenthood", "ACLU", or even "***Official*** (Fictional) Charity to Research Cancer" and consider whether your feelings change. I might consider dissolution justified if this were a repeated event, after a first prosecution of individuals involved, involving different officers of the same organization. Regarding the stupidity, this seems like a particularly poor time to do this, if one is a liberal and generally opposed to the NRA. This type of headline is unlikely to motivate liberals or swing voters to vote D more than they are currently inclined, but it does seem like it could motivate pro-NRA single-issue voters to donate/vote R.
  6. I'm pretty sure the primary policy changes being pushed are "whatever is required to have law enforcement stop targeting, and injuring and killing, black people indiscriminately".
  7. Let's put it this way. You wouldn't write "they deserve whatever they get" if the sentence was a $400 fine. There's some range of punishment that you (or anyone) thinks would be appropriate for this particular crime. What punishment do you think is appropriate? And yeah, asking someone what punishment is appropriate for a crime is not the same as "justifying the crime".
  8. No one has justified it. More to the point, it is patently absurd to suggest "they deserve whatever they get". Would you be fine with allowing a computer to choose a random number between 1 and 1000 months of prison time? Part of the idea behind our justice system is that punishments are supposed to fit the crime, rather than just hand out punishments willy-nilly. "Deserve whatever they get" is self-evidently a backwards way of punishing. I assume what you meant to write was, "yes, they deserve 45 years for this particular crime".
  9. Would this KHive crew be satisfied if Biden also announced that Harris would be his AG? In a typical administration, that would be a more important position. In this potential one, though, I suppose the thought might be that AG would not be the springboard to POTUS? What about SCOTUS? I imagine this KHive might like that quite a bit.
  10. Well, we can start with the fact that the House passed a bill three months ago and the GOP Senate has yet to pass one, much less begin negotiations with the House. We could add that the GOP Senate and the administration have been fighting over what should be included in the Senate bill. We could consider that the failed health aspects of the administration's response exacerbated the economic toll. We could consider that the administration expressly refused to allow Congressional oversight of its handling of the money allocated in the previous bill, and we continue to learn in dribs and drabs how poorly it has been handled. There's lots more...
  11. Maybe, just maybe, it's because the GOP nominee had expressly stated that he may not accept the results of the election?
  12. To be fair, it's barely August. Admittedly, I don't live in a swing state, but I haven't seen any POTUS campaign signs at all yet. A few bumper stickers, but frankly, I see more 2016 bumper stickers (for both sides) than 2020 at this point.
  13. I suspect it's Trump supporters who answered that they support looting, in order to cast aspersions. Make it a public poll and I suspect the results will be quite different.