No Excuses

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    The Impeachment Thread

    There was a suggestion in the Russia investigation thread to start a new one for impeachment. With the investigation now over and the SCO dissolved, the next phase begins. There is growing support among House Democrats and one lone Republican (Justin Amash) on starting impeachment hearings over the 11 counts of obstruction highlighted in the special counsel report.
  2. This is just a general rant. Over the past few months I have been traveling quite frequently for work. Flying is just an absolutely horrendous experience at this point. It is remarkable that in a country where a substantial chunk of the population is obese or overweight, seats on aircrafts have gotten exponentially smaller to squeeze more and more people into a single flight. The end result is a miserable experience for everyone involved. Yesterday on a three hour flight, I was squeezed into my already tiny seat because the passenger adjacent to me couldn't fit into her seating space. I had to give up about a quarter of my seating space to her. Most airlines have instituted policies for larger passengers of size, and countries like Canada mandate that such passengers be given a 2nd seat at no additional charge. I know most US airlines have policies in place to accommodate passenger comfort but I don't think this ever gets enforced. Something needs to change.
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    The airline experience has become miserable

    I flew back from ATL today and the CLEAR line was slower than the regular check in lines. All because they had FIVE biometric machines manned by one person. For some dumb reason, you can’t simply walk up to one of their machines, scan your fingerprints and get moving. Someone has to babysit you through this process. It’s still worth it 90% of the time but it was hilarious watching the regular ticketing line just chugging along while the rest of us chumps stood around like morons. Also it’s obvious that CLEAR is for people too lazy to go for their TSA-PRE interviews. Precheck lines are always shorter and its 5x less expensive. There really doesn’t seem to be a reason to use CLEAR over Precheck. Might be time to just schedule an interview and just get it done.
  4. Bernie’s most rabid supporters just spent the past 24 hours harassing a Nigerian man who supports Buttigieg, who they determined was really just a white woman pretending to be black. Thousands of people harassed him enough that he had to deactivate his social media handles. And it turned out, that he is indeed Nigerian. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/janelytvynenko/pete-buttigieg-campaign-sockpuppet-nigerian
  5. There is a good amount of racism in the Bernie movement too.
  6. Politicians from democratic countries shouldn’t speak in glowing terms about any aspect of countries that are totalitarian and non-democratic. It’s just an idiotic thing to do, even if you are trying to give some kind of nuanced perspective. Dril tweet very applicable here:
  7. Yeah, what he’s doing is far worse. The Soviet government, Stalin in particular, spent lavishly on select public works that would be frequented by Western tourists, with the expectation that a bunch of these dolts will go back to their countries and speak in glowing terms about the wonders of communism and how it doesn’t lead to the destruction of artistic thought and creativity. Bernie and his wife seem to be two of those useful idiots.
  8. A lot of economically anxious right wing folks have descended upon UVA this weekend. Of course, there are heroes in this story. Who were sadly failed by their local police departments.
  9. I was holding off on posting this because I wasn't sure where this dumb conspiracy was headed. But this has now reached enough of a mass popularity in right wing circles so here you go. Tl;dr: people are convinced that a Trump admin official who they have dubbed "QAnon", is posting subtle hints of a massive conspiracy on the 4chan board /pol. http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/12/qanon-4chan-the-storm-conspiracy-explained.html
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    The Brexit Thread

    Discuss the impending **** storm.
  11. Splitting this off from the Charlottesville thread which should stay focused on hate group rallies and their aftermaths. Currently there is a wave of activism sweeping the country that is calling for the removal of monuments to Confederate generals and soldiers, who were traitors to the country and fought for a horrible cause. In Durham, protestors just took down a confederate statue. By my estimate the following cities have decided to remove or are considering removal of Comfederate monuments: New Orleans Charlottesville Richmond Lexington Jacksonville I am probably missing more.
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    Poll: Should Pete Rose be Reinstated to MLB?

    His gambling doesn’t seem to have given him an unfair advantage over other players. He should be in the Hall of Fame. No one on the 2017 Astros should be getting in however.
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    The Impeachment Thread

    You have to be an absolute moron to think Barr is acting independently of Trump. You can also probably pinpoint exactly who is dumb enough to put this argument forward.
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    The Impeachment Thread

    Is it an assumption? Trump said it out loud the night before. The DoJ next day reverses course. The assumption here is believing DoJ spin that this wasn't political interference, when they have offered zero proof that the prosecutors went against their wishes. An anonymous spokesman, not willing to go on the record is all that you need to know.
  15. Contested convention looking like a real possibility. Bernie underperformed and the center-left candidates got the most votes and delegates in NH.
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    The Impeachment Thread

    Right on cue. Good puppy.
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    The Impeachment Thread

    The first of what should be many. This is a blatantly corrupt scandal staring House Dems in the face. What will they do?
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    The Impeachment Thread

    The Judge in this case has been very tough on Stone. She's going to hammer DoJ and have them explain what the hell happened here. She might still give him a tough sentence. And it's very likely that Stone eventually receives a pardon. To get this all straight, he's going to jail for obstructing an investigation into Trump's campaign, which he managed to do so successfully and Trump seems to have successfully gotten the DoJ to reward Stone for his obstruction by interfering in his case and walking back their tough sentencing guidelines. It is absolutely amazing that the GOP runs as the "law and order" party while constantly giving the entire concept a swirly and a wedgy on a daily basis.
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    The Impeachment Thread

    In a different world, this is another very clear impeachable offense. Banana republic stuff.
  20. It's the biggest gap in our political debate. I honestly don't care what policies anyone is promoting at this point. They won't be working with a legislative body that is in 100% agreement with them so purity tests at this point are totally meaningless. They'll have some authority with executive orders but none of the big ticket policies can be done through them. For me, it ultimately is a personality contest at this point sadly. I dislike Bernie's cult of personality and Biden is a gaffe machine who is ill equipped to traverse the 24 hour news cycle that will blow his gaffe's out of proportion. Really hoping someone besides these two can win the nomination.
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    The Impeachment Thread

    I thought about changing the thread title, but do not doubt this mans ability to get impeached again. This thread was started when the Mueller report clearly laid out obstructions charges against him, which IMO should have been pursued, and he was impeached for a wholly different issue, which is kind of hilarious when you think about it. It's unlikely but who knows. He is a basket of corruption, surrounded by grifters of all stripes.
  22. The tl;dr is that I'm only considering a Bloomberg vote in a disastrous scenario where Bernie hasn't locked up the election by the time we have the "Acela Primary" but every other center-left candidate has fallen off the face of the Earth. Bernie is going to get crushed in Maryland and I intend to vote for the center-left candidate most likely to pick up votes here. The long version: My politics is mostly free market, social liberalism so I tend to gravitate towards candidates who are speaking to market-focused economic policies. I liked Elizabeth Warren the most of out everyone in this field because her diagnosis of what is wrong with our market economy has been spot on for decades. I think it's a shame that she got in the "Medicare for All" mud trying to win over some Bernie voters who were never going to consider her. A combination of confused messaging on healthcare and a media that really over-scrutinized her doomed her campaign. I wish she had kept her campaign focused on public and private sector corruption. That's been her defining career issue and she was surging because she focused on it. She lost center-left voters after the Medicare for All confusion and she never gained progressive voters in the Bernie camp. So it seems right now, she's occupying a lane that isn't going to carry her to the nomination. So the other options with a legitimate chance of winning who are center-left are Biden, Buttigieg, maybe Klobuchar and it seems like Bloomberg has a distant but credible path to winning as well. I'm not fond of any of them tbh but if I had to pick, I would vote for Pete over Bloomberg and Biden I would not vote for in any circumstance for the primaries. I would vote for Klobuchar over Bloomberg. So why even consider Bloomberg? I like Bloomberg's messaging against Trump and I think fundamentally this election is not a referendum on any wonky left wing policies, but against Trump and what an absolutely garbage person with no good ideas he is. Bloomberg is the only person so far who has shown that he can hammer Trump relentlessly and get under his skin. To some extent, if the goal is just destroying Trumpism, Bloomberg has everyone beat on the messaging end. I also like Bloomberg's gun control policies and he's already demonstrated that he can put his money into elections and produce results on this issue.
  23. Not gonna lie, each week I find myself inching towards Bloomberg.
  24. To The GOP is making up claims of electoral fraud to undermine the trust of the public in our electoral process. Happening in FL and AZ for the past few days, and now it seems Nevada GOP is denying results that pretty much swept them out of power at every level of government in the state. As the GOP reaps the electoral results of their bargain with Trump, expect this to worsen.
  25. Bernie about to Trump his way to the nomination it seems. God help us all.