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  1. Pretty sure the thread is about Trump-Russia ties, not just the Mueller investigation. You can tell because this thread started on January 9, 2017 whereas the Mueller investigation started on May 17, 2017.
  2. Sure, man. Whatever you all have to tell yourselves, I guess.
  3. Conservatives: "why do liberals make everything about race? You guys are so obsessed!" Also conservatives, out of absolutely nowhere, with zero support and completely ignoring reality:
  4. I'm a lazy, junk-food-loving MFer who binge-watches Netflix and stares at his phone way too much. We have iPads and video games in our house, and we don't have any rules about how much the kids can use them. My wife and I are very protective parents, we praise our kids constantly and have no problem with participation trophies and the like. We're basically every negative stereotype that's been posted in this thread so far. And yet my kids play outside constantly, for hours every day. They play soccer and catch, they race bikes and scooters, they explore their surroundings and make up silly games and push the boundaries. We don't encourage it at all- in fact we spend a lot more time asking them to come into the house than asking them to leave it. The only thing we had to do for this to happen was live in a rowhouse, on a block with two dozen other rowhouses, in a tight-knit community. That's it. The kids want to be outside because they see their friends out there all the time and vice versa, and when they don't they can knock on doors until they find a playmate without ever having to get more than 50 yards from home. I get that the lifestyle not for everyone, but IMO a big part of the problem is the boom in suburban/exurban development and how it isolates us from our surroundings. City kids generally don't have the problem you guys are bemoaning. And although I have less experience with it I don't get the impression that rural kids do either, because although they have fewer friends in the immediate vicinity they have a lot of other cool stuff to explore nearby. But without one of those things just on the other side of the door, why would a kid go outside? Of course they're gonna wanna be online- that's their best chance to explore the world and bond with peers.
  5. Had the same experience when I learned the new female character in Stranger Things Season 3 (ice cream shop employee) was the daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. Once you know it the resemblance is all you see.
  6. Yup. Couldn't come up with a better definition of Trumpism if I tried. We see this exact same thing around here. How many times has a Trump supporter asked people who oppose him how the Trump presidency has personally affected them, implying that as long as they haven't been significantly affected yet they shouldn't be complaining? It happens like one a week.
  7. As I said before, I'm not going to debate the substance again. The reasons that many people, myself included, thought Kavanaugh was lying have been well documented. If you refuse to acknowledge and address them (as you did when you called his lies under oath about his lifestyle and activities at the time of the alleged incident "smoothing over"), so be it. My only concern is that we not raise the bar for believing victims to the impossible level you seemed to be suggesting- where they should be dismissed as fraud if they cannot remember exact dates and locations- because that would do massive damage.
  8. "I never thought leopards would eat MY face," sobs woman who voted for the Leopards Eating People's Faces Party.
  9. I too miss the good old days. Back in those days, rich men would ride around in Zeppelins, dropping coins on people. One day I seen J.D. Rockefeller flying by. So I run of the house with a big washtub and... hey! Where are you going? Anyway, about my washtub. I'd just used it that morning to wash my turkey, which in those days was known as a walking-bird. We'd always have walking-bird on Thanksgiving, with all the trimmings: cranberries, injun eyes, yams stuffed with gunpowder. Then we'd all watch football, which in those days was called baseball.
  10. Schadenfreude for Trump voters is a difficult subject. I don't get any joy when I hear about Trump voters who lose their jobs as a result of the tariffs, or see a loved one deported, or others who suffer other terrible fates due to his cruel and careless administration. This, however, is fantastic. People who live on the border voted for Trump and are now upset about the obviously foreseeable consequence of that vote: the government taking their property by eminent domain and dividing their community for construction of the border wall. Enjoy.
  11. Of course it's possible that she remembered things incorrectly. And I really don't want to get into the particulars of the Kavanaugh accusation here. I have my reasons for believing Ford's account, and I assume you would reject those reasons no matter how convincing I find them, and it doesn't matter at this point anyway. My actual point- which you ignored- is that expecting an accuser to remember dates and specific locations many years later is absurd. It's completely unreasonable and would have the affect of stifling accusations and enabling abusers. That's it. That's all I was saying. I used examples of major events from my teenage years because I assumed other people would reflect back on when they experienced those or similar things decades ago and realize they too could not remember the exact date, nor the location unless maybe it happened in their home or another place central to their lives.
  12. If it's any consolation to both you and @IvanKaramazov, she would enter office with, at best, a tiny Senate majority that relies upon the cooperation of people like Jon Manchin, Jon Tester and Angus King. Obviously she could shape regulatory policy without them, but anything more than that would require her to work from the center. She's not going to be raising the higehst marginal tax rate to 70%, nationalizing energy production, erasing all student loan debt and mandating zero emission vehicles or something. And the only Justices she'd likely have a chance to replace any time in the next four years would be Breyer and RBG.
  13. I really didn't want to get into the substance of this again, but this standard is absolutely bananas. It shows zero understanding of how the human mind works. It is not only normal to think that someone can't recall the exact date and location of an important event in their past (traumatic or otherwise), it's expected. Thinking back on stuff that happened during my teen years- I don't remember exactly where I was when I first found out a close relative or friend had died, or when I first found out I'd gotten into the college of my choice, or when I lost my virginity, or when I got dumped for the first time (of many). And I certainly don't remember the dates of any of these things. Nobody remembers dates of things that happened 30 year ago. I bet most of us wouldn't remember our own anniversaries if we didn't burn them into our brains by acknowledging them every year. I remember the people involved, and the emotions I felt, and perhaps some extraneous details that struck me for some reason. That's how memories work. Brains are not journals or log books or video recorders. Imposing this expectation on women who allege they were victims of sexual assault is not only silly, it's incredibly dangerous. It discourages women from coming forward about past sexual assaults, which in turn leads men to feel that can get away with it more easily, which in turn leads to more assaults. I don't think your intent here is shameful- it's likely just an outgrowth of your politics. But the inevitable result of the preposterous nonsensical standard you want to set is definitely shameful.
  14. Yeah I thought about that exact thing- Obama and the "professor" thing. But I think that's very different. I think "professorial tone" implies dorky know-it-all, whereas "schoolmarm" implies talking to people like they're children in need of discipline.
  15. Regarding my suspicions- has anyone ever heard a complaint that a male politician's tone reminded them of a schoolteacher? I certainly haven't.