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redlion

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In Topic: The Trump Train(wreck) Thread

09 June 2017 - 04:59 PM

"Well that depends on your definition of the word 'is' then."

I geek out for political minutiae like this. "I'm not a crook" was a huge spur for the counter culture and the SDS, and it's not hard to see parallels to the current political climate.

The UK just had an election where Theresa May (short-may-she-reign) basically ceded ground to Labor (a real Left party) and will have to partner with the Ulster Unionists of all people to form a government. Lolz for dayz.

But Trump will basically give the Democrats the '18 midterm elections if they don't screw it up for themselves. And hopefully they can leverage that into a one-term Trump/Pence presidency. I think it's too much to hope for a snap election in the US. Although that'd be something to see.

In Topic: The Trump Train(wreck) Thread

06 June 2017 - 09:41 PM

So Gorsuch will be on the bench that hears the travel ban case. First look at how this guy will rule as a justice. I hope he doesn't do what he said he'd do, and look to precedent for his answer. I mean in WW2 we had internment camps; that's a precedent, but it doesn't make it right.

Since I last posted Tillerson has become SecState, ceded all responsibilities to his underlings, and hidden from the public eye. The communications staff in the west wing have gone schizo trying to walk back various Trump tweets, only to have Trump undo their work in the wee hours of the morning. Sunday night John Oliver casually mentioned that something like 43 senior appointments have yet to even get a nominee from the administration, let along a confirmation hearing.

Trump has ingratiated himself with the Saudis and the Russians, while pissing on the Israelis by leaking their intel and not knowing that Israel is in the middle east. He pissed off the NATO allies, telling them to pay more and not worry about russia. He pissed off the pope - the pope! - by withdrawing from the Paris Agreement.

I mean where does it end? Where was it supposed to start? I guess most conservatives held their nose and voted for him so they'd get the SCOTUS seats when the time comes for Ginsberg and Breyer, but damn that's a cold way to think about running the country. Sacrificing any short term policy goals for the long term goal of having a conservative bench for SCOTUS?

I would hope that long term family traditions of voting for one party or another would not hold greater sway than a quick gut check personality assessment of this guy. Clearly I was wrong. Perhaps I am just pessimistic in outlook by nature, but it seemed obvious to the one or two people I discuss politics with in real life that this gremlin, this mole that comes out of his country club once in a blue moon, could not and would not be able to run the country.

What a horrible chapter in American history.

In Topic: 2016 Christmas Loot

25 December 2016 - 06:48 PM

Yessss.

I got pens. Lots of good pens. Three books that were on my wishlist and two that were not (brother being brother). A new wallet, which I sorely needed but hadn't asked anyone for (coincidence is greatness). A beard trimmer, also sorely needed.

Earbuds (beats by dre imcoolguiz), a few gift cards. Clothes that I will hang up and only wear for certain relatives. A good haul.

In Topic: Book suggestions

24 December 2016 - 12:46 AM

Good. That's exactly what we intend. :p

This one is the best though.

In Topic: Book suggestions

21 December 2016 - 09:34 PM

The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin.

The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.