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 on: Today at 08:45:44 pm 
Started by Tender Branson - Last post by Meclazine
What a country!

He will have a wall of bikies stopping protestors on the big day.

USA is the best.

Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump
People are pouring into Washington in record numbers. Bikers for Trump are on their way. It will be a great Thursday, Friday and Saturday!
9:05 PM - 17 Jan 2017

 on: Today at 08:45:30 pm 
Started by Jacobin American - Last post by Chickenhawk
I'll be one of the few brave souls to say I'm a Neoliberal Democrat

Supporting the hegemonic ideology is brave? Huh

Well, I was just basing that on the fact that 37 posts into this thread, only one person claimed to be a neoliberal. It seemed like Atlas was overrun with similar-minded posters to myself before the election, but most of them disappeared, and so now populists and progressives hold a large majority of the left-wing avatars here, which this poll seems to confirm.

A similar phenomenon happened on the right, although rather than a drop off of posters, "America First" Republicans have joined by a sizable number.

There certainly does seem to be a rather large proportion of Labor-Populist and Progressive Democrats now compared to before the election. I'd guess on November 8th it was evenly split; now most of the Neoliberal and Urban Liberal Democrats have either changed their faction or left the forum. This raises the question of to what extent, if any, this may be an indication of larger changes in the American political landscape.

I think anyone who claims that Hillary's damn-near-stunning loss is anything but BAD news for DLC types going forward in the Democratic Party is in denial.

It may be bad, but it usually takes Dems 2-3 stunning losses and terms of utter irrelevancy to finally, finally kick the bums out.

 on: Today at 08:44:33 pm 
Started by buritobr - Last post by Thunderbird is the word
I was going to say Nat Hentoff which I see somebody else already did. I strongly disagreed with him on the abortion issue but could respect his conviction and understand what motivated it and I was a fan of his in other areas and just of his writing in general.

 on: Today at 08:44:31 pm 
Started by Watermelon sin Jamón - Last post by RIP Jante's Law, FF
What is the broad opposition to surrogacy in France on the socialist party?

I'm more socially libertine/liberal than French socialists on a issue (bar one)? There's a first.

You support surrogacy, really? Huh It's one of the few issues I am unambiguously "socon" about.

I support it as a way to make life, for people and families and that would otherwise not be able to. I only support altruistic (surrogacy not done for money), and oppose commercial surrogacy.

I doubt there would be many volunteers, but fair enough I guess. Never thought of this possibility before.

 on: Today at 08:42:18 pm 
Started by MT Treasurer - Last post by SpookyWE
Simply a lunatic.

I'd love explanations more then accusations.

She thinks wi-fi causes brain damage, she's pandered to anti-vaxxers and 9/11 "Truthers", she picked a running mate who accused Bernie Sanders and the Je Suis Charlie people of being white supremacists and claims that the Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine was a NATO/Zionist false flag operation.
There's also the blatant rape apologism in her defense of Assange she posted a while back. And the fact that her running mate was an Assad supporter.
I think she and Baraka are just huge contrarians.
I don't think so. A lot of their line of thinking is very common amongst much of the far left.

 on: Today at 08:41:13 pm 
Started by Maxwell - Last post by Speaker & Lt. Governor R2D2
Taking into account the concerns raised by my colleagues, I have decided to withdraw this bill.

Debate is hereby tabled.

 on: Today at 08:41:11 pm 
Started by LongLiveRock - Last post by kcguy
I've turned into a cliché.  I'm a middle-aged man who's spent the past month trying to track down a guy half my age, with whom I had a 5-minute conversation.

Basically, I have a group that rotates houses every month to eat dinner and play bridge.  In December, while waiting for the food to be set out, I more or less stumbled into a conversation with some young guy I had never seen before.  It was a good conversation--basically everything he said reminded me of my best friends from back in college--but I didn't think any more about it.  We ate in different rooms, and I happened to catch him out of the corner of my eye as I was sitting down to bridge, when he gave me a big smile.

It wasn't until afterwards that I wondered if he had been flirting with me.  (I'm still not sure.  I have a couple of young co-workers who seem to try to get my attention in order to smile at me, and I'm pretty sure they're both straight.  There may be some dynamic going on that I'm not understanding.)  After that night, I wavered for three days before I decided to try and get in touch with the guy.

I figured he was some college student renting a room from the party host, so I sent an e-mail to the host asking him to forward my contact info.  The first e-mail got lost, so I eventually sent a second one, which he did forward to his roommate.

Last Tuesday, the roommate messaged me on Facebook.  The chat was really awkward, and after a few minutes I discovered why, when he made a comment about being a model.  I expressed surprise and said that I hadn't paid much attention to what he looked like, other than him being 23-ish and having dark curly hair.  The roommate replied that he was 43 and bald.  After I described the original guy, he explained that the young guy had been his one-night stand.  Then he promised to forward my contact info to the guy.

And in the week since, I've heard nothing, so I'm ready to give up.

Which is a little frustrating, because this seemed like a rare opportunity.  I haven't been on a date in years, and then unexpectedly I meet someone I enjoy talking to.  And not only do I enjoy talking to him, but he's actually gay and single.

 on: Today at 08:40:31 pm 
Started by Night on the Galactic Mass Pike - Last post by LongLiveRock
I usually get Asian women...

Just got an ad in Spanish for an accident lawyer though.

 on: Today at 08:40:20 pm 
Started by nekipa12 - Last post by TD
Two Senate losses isn't that meaningful in the face of a man who had no political career to speak of 18 months ago and is set to be sworn in as President this Friday.

 on: Today at 08:40:15 pm 
Started by MT Treasurer - Last post by Chickenhawk
It is only a matter of time before the inevitable Governor, Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster, be elected Governor of New Hampshire against Chris Sununu because if his brother got crushed by a NH woman, he can too.

Just want to address the notion of Kuster running: NH GOV is basically worth a bucket of warm urine. All state contracts over 10k and a bunch of other things have to pass a 5 member executive council (as other folks have noted in the thread). Kuster is likely far better off amassing seniority in the House or waiting, waiting, waiting for Shaheen to retire.

well, Shaheen turns 70 this year, but Kuster turns 61 too. And next Senate election in state is in 2020. May be too late for a long Senate career...

Well yeah. In that case she should just stay in Congress, since the corner office in NH is a strict downgrade.

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