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76  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: For the first time in history the U.S. is downgraded to flawed democracy on: January 25, 2017, 06:35:23 pm
Only one proper fate for monarchs, of course.

77  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump threatens to "send in feds" to Chicago on: January 25, 2017, 06:30:32 pm
I'm sure, knowing Trump's character, he's neither forgotten nor forgiven this and is determined to get some sort of payback.

^The fascist knows his fascists. This has very little to do with any meaningful concern for the people of Chicago, and everything to do with the fact that the President is a senile old man who spends most of his free time being Mad Online. The right-wing posters here pretending to care about gun violence are doing a hilariously poor job at excusing a move that would be entirely aimed at political intimidation.
So lets get this straight. Trump is naturally angry with a morally corrupt Democratic administration in Chicago that was deliberately complicit in the use of mob violence by the Democratic party to shut down a political opponent. And to you that makes him the bad guy. Good of you at least to admit where your moral compass points to.
Yeah, I think it's awesome that the people of Chicago refused to let Trump speak. One of the best things the city's done all year.
78  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Name the first poster that comes to mind for each state on: January 25, 2017, 11:33:35 am
Alabama: DW Perry (thanks Kal)
Alaska: AkSaber
Arizona: CARLHAYDEN
Arkansas: Jerryarkansas
California: Antonio V
Colorado: Aizen
Connecticut: Scott
Delaware: SamTilden
Florida: Sanchez
Georgia: Adam Griffin
Hawaii: unemprof
Idaho: IdahoBlueDogDem
Illinois: muon
Indiana: JCL
Iowa: angus
Kansas: tmthforu94
Kentucky: bandit
Louisiana: Miles
Maine: Rockefeller GOP
Maryland: Verin
Massachusetts: Nathan
Michigan: Oldiesfreak
Minnesota: BRTD
Mississippi: gespb19
Missouri: mondale
Montana: Lumine
Nebraska: dead0man
Nevada: Retromike
New Hampshire: TN Volunteer
New Jersey: Hockeydude
New Mexico: King
New York: Averroes
North Carolina: NC Yankee
North Dakota: hopper
Ohio: Naso
Oklahoma: Bushie
Oregon: Computer89
Pennsylvania: 20RP12
Rhode Island: Mint
South Carolina: Duke
South Dakota: ??
Tennessee: GPORTER
Texas: IndyTexas
Utah: Zioneer
Vermont: mattfromvt
Virginia: benconstine
Washington: ebowed
West Virginia: potus2036
Wisconsin: gass
Wyoming: Svensson
79  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump threatens to "send in feds" to Chicago on: January 25, 2017, 10:47:19 am
I have to give Trump the benefit of the doubt here.

Chicago is out of control.

It's rapidly becoming a US Johannesburg.

But Detroit and nine other cities are a lot more "out of control."  Chicago doesn't even make the top ten.  No one's saying that Chicago doesn't have problems, but they don't warrant the President of the United States sending in federal troops which will not help Chicago.

Chicago became the epicenter of violence in Republicans' heads because of Obama.  That's the only reason they "care" now.
The thing is, Chicago is far bigger and has far more "nice" areas than any other city on that list. The numbers are even worse when you consider that almost all of the violence is concentrated in part of the city that is basically a war zone.
Which part?
80  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump threatens to "send in feds" to Chicago on: January 25, 2017, 10:15:27 am
"And the mob threatened and cursed, but the mob retreated because it had met the one thing that could stop it: force, rooted in justice, and backed by moral courage."


Mob didn't retreat last time.
81  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump threatens to "send in feds" to Chicago on: January 25, 2017, 09:59:43 am
I'm sure, knowing Trump's character, he's neither forgotten nor forgiven this and is determined to get some sort of payback.

^The fascist knows his fascists. This has very little to do with any meaningful concern for the people of Chicago, and everything to do with the fact that the President is a senile old man who spends most of his free time being Mad Online. The right-wing posters here pretending to care about gun violence are doing a hilariously poor job at excusing a move that would be entirely aimed at political intimidation.

Anyway, any "occupation" would be an utter disaster. The people being put under martial law in this scenario do not trust the person giving the order, and Chicago has already demonstrated that it has a more aggressive and organized left-wing movement than any other city. People are proud of what happened last time Trump tried to come here. Not endorsing the idea of mass resistance against the national guard, but would be less surprised if it happened in Chicago than anywhere else.
82  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is Trump a dictator? on: January 25, 2017, 09:28:01 am
It's taken him less than a week to suggest placing a US city under martial law. Give him 4 years.
83  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your Presidential Cabinet on: January 24, 2017, 10:13:10 pm
I'm curious, why do people think DHS and DOD are natural fits to merge with each other? I understand that DHS has only been around since 2002-2003, but times have changed and I'd argue DHS serves a useful purpose in today's world.

Many countries have a Home Department that is separate from it's Defense Department (I.E. the UK is a good example).

The general thinking is that DHS is a bloated bureaucratic monster that would operate more efficiently if subdivided among other departments. Lumping it in with the DOD is probably a bad move, but you could eliminate a lot of redundancies by fully splitting up DHS—put ICE and Customs with the DOJ (along with the FBI, DEA, ATF, etc), put the TSA under the DOT or FAA, that kinda thing. Lot of ineffective levels of bureaucracy there already.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Vote for Blair: A House United on: January 24, 2017, 09:29:14 pm
Endorsed!
85  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Questions for Julián Castro on: January 24, 2017, 08:23:06 am
He's giving a speech at my university. Usually these things have a Q&A segment. Let me know if there's any questions y'all want asked (beyond the standard "are you running" stuff)
86  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Do AZ/FL & Wisc/Mich have an inverse relationship regarding Trade, etc... on: January 24, 2017, 08:20:09 am
There's no sizable pro-free trade bloc in the Florida electorate. Not sure what demographic you're suggesting exists that would vote like that. In a lot of Rust Belt states, it's easy to point out which folks are voting against free trade, because the impacts of free trade are tangible (this factory shut down, that kinda thing). There's no opposite effect of similar magnitude in Florida, or anywhere else for that matter.

As for Julian Castro, he would have done nothing to win Florida. Given his last name, he may have hurt the ticket. If it's Luis Gutiérrez then maybe you get enough of an effect on turnout in the Orlando burbs to swing the state, but that's unlikely. There's not really any other nationally prominent Cuban or Puerto Rican Democrats (even Gutiérrez is a stretch).
87  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why does the media have such a fetish with Mike Pence calling his wife "mother"? on: January 24, 2017, 01:38:31 am
My parents call each other this, with my dad also calling my mum, the Nepalese equivalent of wife, and her shortened name, as well as the Nepalese eqivalent of mum. My mum, would also call my dad, the Nepalese equivalent of husband, and the Nepalese equivalent of "dad".

Nevertheless, disgusted at the responses of liberals on this thread.


Jesus Christ what's with the Dark Red avatars constantly needing to act morally superior at every turn.
For what it's worth, I'm a dark red avatar and I think calling your wife "mother" is absolutely creepy. "Mom" is one thing, but "mother" is weird.
88  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: Tom Perriello to run for Va. governor: report on: January 23, 2017, 09:38:21 pm
Northam attended the Women's March today.
As did Perriello.

I saw someone collecting signatures for Perriello at the Women's March.
Hopefully their petitions don't get thrown out for collecting non-VA sigs.
When I collected ballot signatures in FL (for a mayoral election, no less) we checked them through VAN to verify they were legit before we turned them in. I imagine a Senate campaign will have something at least as effective at filtering out the bad signatures.
89  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Marco Rubio on: January 23, 2017, 09:35:30 pm
Low-energy loser. Watching Christie destroy him was one of the highlights of this cycle.
90  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: If you headed the DCCC in 2018..... on: January 23, 2017, 08:45:55 pm
IRL is definitely not unbeatable in a Clinton +21 district that IRL won by less than 10 points against a nobody. If Dems can't flip this in 2018, they don't even deserve to win the House.
The issue with trying to unseat IRL in 2018 is that what Democrats need to do isn't just win her seat, but break the Cuban machine that currently controls the area. That's essential not just to Democrats winning a couple seats in Congress, but to Dems taking the State Senate (and, more optimistically, the State House). There was a lot of progress made in 2016 on that front, and Dems are building a bench with people like Baez, Asencio, and Duran in the House, plus JJR in the Senate, but we need to focus more on downballot offices and build control that way. If Dems dump a bunch of money into the contest, they may have a 50-50 chance of picking up the seat, but they'll face an expensive fight to hold it every cycle afterwards. If they wait a few years on that and instead start by picking off the Republican bench in Dade, making it so Democrats hold the power in Miami politics, Dems gain a seat (well, two or three) that vote like C+21 seats should.
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Worst poster on this board? on: January 23, 2017, 10:51:51 am
v0031 is an institution, leave him alone.
92  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should state attorney general elections be nonpartisan? on: January 23, 2017, 09:48:46 am
This would just result in partisan elections sans the use of party labels.
93  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this chart? on: January 22, 2017, 11:40:56 pm
Horseshoe theory is a dumb idea when applied to politics and it's no less mind-numbingly stupid when you try to apply it to media outlets.
94  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bill Introduced to End US Membership to UN (!?) on: January 22, 2017, 11:39:41 pm
John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski will not vote for it. And I have a tough time seeing people like Lindsay Graham, Rob Portman, Lamar Alexander, Ben Sasse, etc. either. Not happening.
This is gonna die in the House, in the foreign affairs committee, without being brought up for a vote. Senate won't get involved.
95  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your party affiliation in 2014 vs your party affiliation today on: January 22, 2017, 09:54:32 pm
Dem/Dem, but I'm a DSA member now.
96  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Seth MacFarlane on: January 22, 2017, 01:18:15 pm
This is the Democratic Party where discussing here. The base of the party would be pissed if there voices are being spouted by a white straight cis male who has been writing crude jokes targeting those communities for the last 17 years.

But it's on a very progressive show.

Yeah, a show featuring regular domestic abuse, animal cruelty, being dicks to everybody and getting away with this, also lampooning mental illnesses is very progressive by its spirit.
On top of all of this, it also isn't particularly funny.
97  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump Cabinet confirmation hearings **live commentary thread** on: January 22, 2017, 12:18:52 pm
As a Dem I'm glad to see that Tillerson will be confirmed. If the neocons defected Trump would in all likelihood just choose a candidate more acceptable to them, and I'd prefer not to get drafted into Secretary Bolton's march on Tehran.
Tillerson as SoS is bad for the country, period.  Bolton can't even make it out of committee and we're not gonna have a draft again.
Anyone who Trump chooses as SoS is gonna be bad for the country. At this point, it's about minimizing the harms. If Tillerson gets rejected, Trump will pick someone who seems more likely to pass Senate confirmation by appeasing the bloc that rebelled, and whether that's Bolton or some other shriveled neocon husk (Giuliani, Armitage, whatever) that alternative candidate is likely to get the US involved in a few more wars than Tillerson would.
98  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump Cabinet confirmation hearings **live commentary thread** on: January 22, 2017, 12:00:09 pm
As a Dem I'm glad to see that Tillerson will be confirmed. If the neocons defected Trump would in all likelihood just choose a candidate more acceptable to them, and I'd prefer not to get drafted into Secretary Bolton's march on Tehran.
99  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What congressional districts/equivalents have you been in in 2017? on: January 22, 2017, 10:33:46 am
FL-13 (home), FL-14
IL-1 (school), IL-2, IL-3, IL-7
100  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Women's March Manifesto on: January 22, 2017, 09:09:00 am
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● We believe in Reproductive Freedom.

HM
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