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  1. His support wasn't always this enthusiastic, but the guillotine sharpening provision changed everything.
  2. Trump is very committed to fighting corruption you see, fighting fighting fighting until he and his buddies are included. Drain the swamp is right, drain it right into their pockets.
  3. Why wouldn't they? They're in desperate need of a new distraction and this seems tailor-made for that purpose. After all, the "investigation" was created to that end, and while I'd like to think it would only appeal to the Hannitys of the world, unfortunately I think you're sorely mistaken on that point. This is like the Strozk texts times a billion. We haven't seen anything yet and every day is worse than there last. Trump has no scruples about scapegoating and "throwing under the bus" anyone that fits the bill, including 3/4 of the people that've worked for him. Sure, using the Justice Department to do it via indictment is totally repugnant to normal people, but that's why Barr has the job he does. We've yet to see a level beneath which Trump won't stoop and I don't expect to see one anytime soon. If it continues to get bleaker for him, it wouldn't shock me in the least to see Barr, Graham, Trump Jr., Ivanka and the rest of the Royalists under the bus eventually. The question is will it work.
  4. You woo me with those dreamy Buttigieg numbers and then wake me up to this nightmare? Bloomberg and Hillary. No better way to drain enthusiasm from the process.
  5. Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump The Governor of California, @GavinNewsom, has done a terrible job of forest management. I told him from the first day we met that he must “clean” his forest floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him. Must also do burns and cut fire stoppers..... ..Every year, as the fire’s rage & California burns, it is the same thing-and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help. No more. Get your act together Governor. You don’t see close to the level of burn in other states...But our teams are working well together in..... ....putting these massive, and many, fires out. Great firefighters! Also, open up the ridiculously closed water lanes coming down from the North. Don’t pour it out into the Pacific Ocean. Should be done immediately. California desperately needs water, and you can have it now!
  6. There's so many nothing burgers flying this way and that that It's hard to keep track of all the high crimes and misdemeanors evidence piling up. I don't know if this counts as well, but it is more evidence that we sorely need this new invention I just came up with. Supported by a harness that goes over the neck and shoulders to provide stability for its reflective surface, the Relecto-dictment was designed so that every word spoken by its Republican wearer will be reflected back into their face in the form of an indictment for whatever crime they were just accusing someone else of. The law-abiding among us may finally have some peace and quiet.
  7. It was posted already but worth worth a second look. This is crazy. I was gone for a few hours so I googled "latest impeachment news" when I returned to catch up real quick-like, but it took 20 minutes just to get through what what happened in the last half-hour. I'd say that when the news starts threatening to break faster than the speed of reading, it's probably a good time to go to Minneapolis.
  8. She is just as relevant now as she was before. I don't get it. Are you saying she's irrelevant because she's no longer the voice of the progressive movement, or maybe that the progressive movement itself is no longer relevant? Both? Neither? I ask because the idea that she's no longer relevant for whatever reason doesn't jive with my experience at all. I don't have the slightest bit of interest in the constant twitter spats, but it's impossible to follow politics and not be constantly inundated with the latest "news" about her, especially if you follow conservative sources or the President himself. Luckily, I seem to have missed whatever "without her puppet master feeding her material and promoting her" is referring to. Did she piss off George Soros or something?
  9. My favorite cartoon as a kid (ever, actually) and one of the few things that made it seem cool to be a science nerd. I've been to the Louvre, Guggenheim, MoMA, etc. and my favorite art exhibit is still "The Far Side of Science" I saw at the California Academy of Sciences in 1986. Reprints or new material I'm happy either way. ETA: Just last week I pulled up the one with the kid pushing on the "pull" door at the School for the Gifted to illustrate a point about myself to my buddy from South Korea. He didn't really get it (probably because he's gifted), but we spent half an hour going through the classics anyway. So days after lamenting that "they just don't make them like this anymore" (yes, get off my lawn) this news pops up. Rules.
  10. Wait, I'm say that like it's a bad thing, but it's won your undying loyalty for 2+ years now. Which is it? I mean, if Biden deserves to be condemned for giving a muddling answer on a controversial subject, does TalibanTrump's penchant for lies, lying about lies, and lying about anyone who won't lie with him on any subject no matter how trivial or grave mean his circle of hell is so deep that he flies straight through the center of the earth and into the sun? Whoa.
  11. Umm, I don't think "having a bias" means what you think it does. Does this place have an anti-Hitler bias? A pro-gravity bias? Having more people on one side of an argument is not indicative of bias. Most of the time it means one side has more proof, is more convincing, etc. It can involve bias, but usually those effects are more subtle. When Trump only has a 34% approval rating among independents (Carter is the only President to have had a lower one at this point in his term), it should come as no surprise that most of the news, postings, and posters are anti-Trump. He sucks at his job, is proud of how much he sucks, and rubs people's noses in how much he sucks because he knows his people get a kick out of it. What's not to love? He's good at sexual assault and racism and making anti-intellectual (i.e. stupid), impulsive, ego-based decisions (oh, and losing money), so it's kind of surprising his approval rating isn't even lower. If anything it indicates a bias in the opposite direction. For some reason the white, poorly educated men who make up his base are impervious to seeing what is so clearly obvious to everyone else. Gee, I wonder why that is
  12. This was a great, thought-provoking post that stuck with me since I read it yesterday. I was listening to a podcast today about the success the alt-right-white is having targeting gaming sites for new recruits when it dawned on me: Trump culture is gamer culture. The most important things are humiliating your enemies and devotion to your friends, who are the only ones on your side and the rest of the world is conspiring against you. Racism and misogyny are encouraged, but not in the traditional, white supremacist way that we grew up with. Offensiveness and provoking reactions is the point, along with protecting the culture of the culture from change. I don't know that the analogy is perfect, but it's the best explanation I've heard. You can't win at real life so you find other ways to be successful, and success in that life becomes more important than anything that real life can offer. The most perplexing part is why? What is happening to our country? My guess is that it's an emotional/tribal/survival phenomenon. Trump is the only one fighting for traditional American (white) culture so his other foibles become irrelevant. It's not a logical, policy-based attraction but rather an emotional and largely subconscious one. ETA: I think it's here to stay but will probably become more concentrated and insular, especially if/when Trump loses. Looking back at 2015/16 you can see it's already happened to a significant degree. I have no idea what that means for the future of the Republican Party and our country though.
  13. I know this is so last week, but stories like this are why Drew Brees deserves criticism for supporting and promoting Focus on the Family. I don't hate the guy or even really care what he thinks, but there is no doubt that conversion "therapy" helps nobody and harms millions. I'd bet most gay people would say that coming to accept their own sexuality was a large part of their adolescence, most likely a painful one and undoubtedly so if they're from a religious background. Brees' and anyone else's support of this churchy snake oil should be called what it is: an endorsement of of adolescent suicide, depression and anxiety disorders. But Jesus Saves so they must not have prayed hard enough
  14. You only say that now because you're winning (are you Yoga Pants of Yore or ANGEL OF DEATH?). Give it a few weeks and it'll come naturally. Soon you'll be whining with the best of them
  15. I'll tell you what's funny: despite living amongst some of the wealthiest cities in America in Orange County, CA, the spiritual and literal home of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and pre-Trump modern-day Republicanism (not to mention the long-standing relationship with the KKK or the 20,000-person Klan rally held in Anaheim, the home of Disneyland), I've manged to surround myself with only like-minded folks. I guess my conservative friends who, convinced by "unskewed polls" that Romney would win (remember those days?), bet me on the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election were really just faking their disappointment. Same with the employees I managed who liked to sprinkle in wetback and the n-word when they thought only sympathetic ears were listening. Must have been a ruse to convince me that they don't think exactly like I do. Of course the Republicans I am/was friends with and the conservative leanings of well over 50% of the population I interact with on a daily basis (which has only increased since I started business school) were part of an elaborate, Truman Show-esque production designed to lead me to conclude that my more liberal beliefs were mine alone. It sounds exhausting to me, but there's no telling what level of duplicity Democrats will stoop to to enact their socialist agenda. Being left-leaning and therefore incapable of interacting with anyone that disagrees with me politically, I realize now that my attempts to surround myself exclusively with like-minded folks has been much more successful than I thought. Thank you for helping me see the error of my ways, o Oracle of Wisdom and Harbinger of Light @supermike80! I once was lost but now am found. All praise to savior Donald and his cavalcade of angels!
  16. Hey, it's Mr. Objective "I'm not biased" himself! Democrats clearly have no other option but to impeach, given that Trump is in the catbird's seat, what with losing to every Democratic candidate in every poll in every swing state. Hell, if ol' Trumpo plays his cards right, we might soon be adding states like Texas, Arizona and North Carolina to the list.* Supermike is fair and balanced and just calls 'em like he sees 'em. A more well-informed, non-partisan arbiter of truth one will not find. *This is where you say you don't believe in polls, citing Hillary in '16. Just like the FNC/RNC/NRA, Russia Today and the Trump Corporation wanted you to. Good boy.
  17. So by supporting an investigation into the President's voluminous and alarming foreign ties is tantamount to embracing the FBI as "the root of all that is good and decent in America historically and to present"? And being concerned about the disintegration of our ability to competently undertake foreign counterintelligence means holding the same view towards the CIA? This is a contention you agree with? Or is it that, having criticized abuses of power and controversial techniques in the past, in order to be consistent "the left" should ignore the possibility that Trump isn't acting in our country's best interest for nefarious reasons? Oh wait, I get it. Because of their former criticism, that "the left" now wants Trump investigated makes them hypocrites! As if wanting to hold the FBI and CIA to ethical and legal standards equates to believing that they serve no legitimate purpose to the country. Yeah, so, so funny Mr. Gerstein. This is almost as big a deal as thread titles.
  18. Trump's love affair with Putin and inability to keep his mouth shut has cost us our top intelligence source inside Russia, which is just the latest example of his careless ineptitude and general disregard for American interests making the job of our intelligence agencies (and that every other department in the Federal government) virtually impossible. I mean, last week the dude tweeted out a spy photograph of Iran, seriously compromising our capabilities in that regard. I can only imagine the open mouths and ashen faces of our intelligence officials when they learn of stuff like this. I guess they are used to it by now. Whether intentional or incompetence, the most valuable intelligence asset hostile foreign powers have is our own President, but the real issue is the freaking thread title. Owning the libs must be really, really important to some people. I hope the glee you enjoy in pointing out perceived hypocrisies helps keep you warm at night when we no longer have a country.
  19. I'd bet any amount of money that the Taliban will be in full control (inasmuch as one group can be) of Afghanistan within 6 months of the US withdrawal, probably more like 6 days. The idea that this group, with their ideologically rigid opposition to democracy, elections and the Afghan constitution, will voluntarily and peacefully participate in any kind of shared government is laughably absurd. But I guess their word and a Russian blessing is the best we can do, given that Trump's knee-jerk, out-of-the-blue decision to withdraw and close the US embassy ("it's too expensive") left us with no choice but to scramble for the threadbarest veil of semi-competency to provide cover for our Imbecile-in-Chief and make it less obvious that he doesn't possess a single molecule of intelligence or strategy. I guess we'll just throw another one on top of the heap of disastrous decisions we'll be paying for for years to come as he single-handedly destroys decades of diplomatic and counterintelligence efforts. Yawn Of course ISIS is already there, ready and waiting to exacerbate any conflict and fill in the cracks. Hoo-ray. 18 years, two fallen towers, trillions of dollars and thousands of maimed and lost lives of US servicemen later we can all pretend like it's September 10th, 2001 all over again. At least try to forget that the first thing Trump did after the towers fell was boast about now being the proud owner of the tallest building in lower Manhattan. It's all on tape, but it must be Fake News. You are only allowed to remember all the made-up help he personally gave to the first responders at Ground Zero, or all the made-up Muslims he still claims to have seen cheering the collapse. Remember, Never Forget something something...
  20. I didn't want any y'all's crappy players anyways. I shall return momentarily to choose even crappier ones.