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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Chris Christie in running to be next Seton Hall Univ. president on: Today at 12:57:28 am
What kind of trash school appoints an obese, hated criminal as their president?
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bill Gates: robots should pay taxes on: February 18, 2017, 10:14:28 pm
It's a good idea, but not really sure how you define "robot." Are self-checkout kiosks at the grocery store robots?
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Glenn Greenwald: Empowering Deep State is prescription for destroying democracy on: February 18, 2017, 03:37:09 pm
I endorsed the TRUMP movement in July.

Trump is the most immediate threat to democracy (as well as to peace, public safety, etc.).


I have recanted and apologized for my ironic Trump support.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CPAC: Milo as keynote speaker on: February 18, 2017, 03:27:22 pm
Embarrassing.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Support for protectionism dropping on: February 18, 2017, 03:23:16 pm
This is true of issue polling on basically all of Trump's positions.  Support for Obamacare, Syrian refugees, the concept of diversity, etc. have all been up since Trump's election.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Glenn Greenwald: Empowering Deep State is prescription for destroying democracy on: February 18, 2017, 03:20:19 pm
Greenwald is a Putin and Assad apologist. I don't give his opinions of democracy much credence.
I hope you're not willing to dismiss the premise of an entire argument and go supporting "the deep state" because you didn't like the messenger.

Well, the problem here is Trump.  Trump is the most immediate threat to democracy (as well as to peace, public safety, etc.).  It is not a good situation that we are in where we are relying on the "deep state" to check and balance Donald Trump, but it is the situation we are in.  In a functioning democracy, where you had a president and a majority party that respected the rule of law and believed in good governance, you wouldn't need the "deep state" to intervene, but instead we have Trump and the modern GOP.

Few journalists (with the exception of those at Breitbart and Fox News or whatever) did more to get Trump elected than Greenwald, so I'm not going to place much credibility in his cry crocodile tears about the "deep state" now that he's gotten his fascist elected.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Mark Cuban for the Democrats? on: February 18, 2017, 11:08:35 am
Cuban would be a really weak nominee (I can't see modern Democrats getting behind a rich guy that easily), but I am surprised no one has been floating his name for Texas Senate/Governor in 2018. He fits Texas Dems and Indies far better than the national equivalents.

If Democrats want to truly expand the map, they need to find someone who can win statewide election in Texas. Right now I think Cuban would be the best bet possible.

Cuban has better things to do than be one of 100 senators or be the governor of one of 50 states.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Mark Cuban for the Democrats? on: February 18, 2017, 10:59:41 am
He'd have to bring the Berners to heel, but if he can do that he'd be an exceptional pick.

And a comically damanged nominee who would suffer terrible turnout from the voters you need most.

Mark Cuban has a very good relationship with the blacks.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Mark Cuban for the Democrats? on: February 18, 2017, 09:45:05 am
He'd have to bring the Berners to heel, but if he can do that he'd be an exceptional pick.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Glenn Greenwald: Empowering Deep State is prescription for destroying democracy on: February 18, 2017, 02:54:08 am
Greenwald is a Putin and Assad apologist. I don't give his opinions of democracy much credence.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cory Booker vs Donald Trump on: February 17, 2017, 08:07:13 pm
^^Great post. It'll definitely be harder for the deranged left to swiftboat Booker like they did Clinton. I think Clinton's long history in politics also worked against her, whereas Booker is basically a fresh face. It'll be much harder for Sanders or whoever to disingenuously smear Booker as the "establishment" like he did to Clinton.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Tracey: Media's Encouraging Trump to be more Belligerent on: February 17, 2017, 05:30:11 pm
lol Michael Tracey
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cory Booker vs Donald Trump on: February 17, 2017, 02:27:30 pm
Depends whether or not the pro-Trump left manages to demonize him and brainwash progressives against him like they did Clinton. If he can avoid that, then he should be heavily favored.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What does it take for Pence to break up with Trump? on: February 17, 2017, 01:42:37 pm
probably if Trump banged his wife
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Official Trump 1.0 Approval Ratings Thread on: February 17, 2017, 01:42:09 pm
Pew and Gallup have pretty identical cross-tabs too. Republican support is near 90%, but only about 1/3 of independents and single digits of Democrats approve.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Wikileaks criticizes...the leaks that brought down Flynn on: February 15, 2017, 01:17:26 am
-WikiLeaks does not somehow pick and choose what it leaks to benefit the Kreml'.

.....that's literally exactly what Wikileaks does.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What would a Harris vs. Brown primary map look like? on: February 14, 2017, 10:53:06 pm
Not really sure why everyone here thinks Brown would win most of Bernie's voters. Harris would pick up a lot of progressive activist and youth types who supported Sanders.

True. And I'm not even sure why everyone thinks Harris would be a poor candidate or worse than Warren. People always talk about "identity politics" or something like that, but I definitely think she'd be stronger than Warren in a GE.

I agree she's stronger than Warren in a general (with less baggage) but shes weaker in a primary with no name id and without a nationwide fundraising apparatus

She doesn't need a nationwide fundraising apparatus.  There's more than enough money in California.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is this the beginning of the end of the Trump administration? on: February 14, 2017, 06:09:33 pm
If the Democrats retake the House (or senate I guess). But Congress isn't going to investigate this as long as it's Republican-controlled, and I don't think you can build the critical mass of public pressure to force him out without congressional investigations.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What would a Harris vs. Brown primary map look like? on: February 14, 2017, 05:10:26 pm
Not really sure why everyone here thinks Brown would win most of Bernie's voters. Harris would pick up a lot of progressive activist and youth types who supported Sanders.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Is Flynn the first administration official to be fired by two presidents? on: February 14, 2017, 01:52:19 am
First Obama, now Trump. Has this happened to anyone else in American history?
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump showed off about North Korea crisis in full view of everyone at Mar-A-Lago on: February 13, 2017, 01:43:34 pm
I'm sure Maralago will coincidentally receive a number of new foreign applicants in the coming weeks. Only $200k to listen in on the President? What a steal for foreign spy agencies!
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Photo of Trump @ Maralago this weekend responding to NK's missile launch on: February 13, 2017, 12:50:35 am
Oh, good catch. Yeah this is an instant legendary photo.

The first Instagram post to make it into a US History textbook?
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Photo of Trump @ Maralago this weekend responding to NK's missile launch on: February 13, 2017, 12:25:30 am
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could President Trump turn California Republican in 2020 on: February 11, 2017, 05:44:59 pm
Not in a free and fair election, no.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which state do Democrats have a better chance of carrying: NC or GA? on: February 11, 2017, 05:31:27 pm
At the end of the day, there is a coalition of 50% of voters of North Carolina who will vote for a Democrat.  Not clear such a coalition exists in Georgia yet.
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