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  1. I was searching for this thread a few months ago. Can't believe there was no discussion about the South Dakota situation.
  2. Tucker/FOX defended him in court arguing that "The 'general tenor' of the show should then inform a viewer that [Carlson] is not 'stating actual facts' about the topics he discusses.' Until evidence *is* provided, anything he claims should be taken as "exaggerated non-literal commentary.' (argument from his own defense)
  3. That's not compelling for me. You could replace 'refuse to get vaccinated' with eat fast food, drink alcohol, smoke, ride without a helmet and I'll say it is an unfortunate but completely acceptable outcome in the name of free will. What is not an acceptable outcome in the name of free will is the risk created to others - a far more legitimate reason for mandating.
  4. "Eclipsed"? My goodness. You do you. I'll just fondly remember actual reality where the POTUS used a Sharpie to draw make believe hurricane forecasts, threatening NOAA or anyone else who dared question the Department of Truth.
  5. 1000x this. What was it 25,000 lies by POTUS? Call it a long play brainwashing of the masses.
  6. I've been wondering about pain I've had that seems like what you describe (not excruciating, just nagging). I'm not sure if it is coming from lumbar or hip.
  7. To his credit, that's exactly what he messaged me today saying, apologizing for getting us off track. Great guy, I think we've just got all these bottled up opinions. Your approach seems like a great one.
  8. Boy, went out for drinks with a conservative friend for the first time since this all began. The friendship dates back to grade school, and I usually see eye to eye with him on 75% of topics. Talking about covid was rough. Had a sense of his stance since he'd asked about family get-togethers a few times in 2020. Everything was great until this topic came up... thinks the risk is overblown, doesn't believe the death count is actually attributable to covid, etc. Then he became provocative on decisions my family made; e.g. "Did you have someone super susceptible you were trying to protect?" ("if not, then you overreacted" being the implication). At one point I had to say "just stop, let's change the subject." Really an awkward elephant in the room topic for old friendships. I'll need to get better at this.
  9. Is it possible your neighbor has a compost for gardening... or are you certain it went into his trash? It's not recommended as a compost, but could explain better than any other reason that comes to mind.
  10. I agree with all of that, yet… James Jones went out of his way to give a convoluted and rambling defense of Aaron not being complicated. 0% chance he said that without Aaron influence/request. I think that means this was - as crazy as it seems - something that bothered Rodgers enough to set a record straight.
  11. I agree with most of your hot takes as I've been following along, but no so much this one. Do you think Aaron had any input/influence on James Jones' commentary about him not being complicated?
  12. The latest quote from James Jones is hilarious. Who else is picturing Aaron calling Jones to explain how he's not a complicated guy? This is the best contradictory doubletalk he could come up with:
  13. I really like what the Vikes are doing at DL this offseason.... it's going to be vastly better with Pierce returning from covid, signing Tomlinson/Richardson. If they can get added relief from Lynch/Watts, this interior line play could be something special. Night and day from 2020.
  14. Appropriate motto for the Retrumplican party... you know, the "law and order" Orwellian doublespeak party.
  15. Very happy to report that my 15 year old got his 2nd pfizer Monday. Reading the last page of this thread, I'm selfishly relieved I no longer need to convince anyone the sky is blue for the protection of my immediate family.
  16. This is going to sound harsh, but why track and report when the citizens of these states clearly do not care about covid? What can be said to these people that 600,000 deaths has not already communicated? Government actions are only tolerated if a reflection of its citizens.
  17. Meh, I'm not saying he will for certain play again, but that's the bet I'd take today. I think you are exaggerating the alienation of women, and the PR cost. Whether political candidates or sports heroes, unless there is a Ray Rice tape out there, the page gets turned pretty quickly these days.
  18. Understood, just wasn’t sure what to make of your mask policy vs. you saying the company asked him to vax.
  19. Can he come with a mask but is choosing not to do that?
  20. It tells me that your thesis is off. There is no path to changing of minds.
  21. I agree with this, but if you are talking intent, you do understand this was not the understanding they were given by Trump in his speech about this proceeding. They were told Pence had the right to set aside electoral college, in fact had been begged by Trump to do this, and was a traitor for going through with what every sane person knew to be a rubber stamp role. They, OTOH, were told they needed to fight like hell to stop this from happening.
  22. That's just it... it's not strictly a 'personal health choice.' It has impact to others. It's no different from saying you should be free to smoke in a bar - as if there's no health risk to others. Or arguing a right to take the health risk of driving drunk... as if you're the only one on the road. Your freedom ends where the freedom of others begins. That's not new.
  23. The precedent of the individual demanding that society abides by the trivial preferences of the individual? Yeah, I totally see that.
  24. You talk about freedom of choice and at the same time lash out at a band and a restaurant from freely making contrary choices. You have to see that you're talking out of both sides of your mouth. Do you if that is what you want. Don't go to the concert. Find a new restaurant. Respect the right for others to choose if you are championing freedom..
  25. Do yourself a favor and just spit out the hook.
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