No Excuses

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  1. 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.
  2. A buzzsaw is coming the GOP's way worse than 2018. Four years of buffoonery has a cost.
  3. https://thinkprogress.org/trump-ichan-steel-imports-cf7deb8beaf0/ Insider trading 101. If the SEC still does what it's supposed to do, this should be a major scandal that demands an investigation. This is the kind of corruption that is a hallmark of oligarchies. Also might as well make this the trade war thread. It seems like the tariffs won't just be for steel and aluminum.
  4. Nah, his comment is especially tone deaf if he looks into the history of how black veterans of WWII were treated when they came back from service. The entire segment was a window into the world of clueless white people who think the world revolves around them, their feelings and their own cultural history. He can start here: (Yes, Michael Thomas is subtweeting Brees with this)
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    The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    This crapola of a team might make the playoffs which is amazing.
  6. This isn’t a small gesture. This is the SecDef going on record against his CiC. Esper might get fired for this. Having worked with DoD people and high ranking military leadership, this is a pretty strong signal that defense leadership is not happy with Trump and how he wants to use the military to “dominate” citizens. Makes me feel slightly better that if bunker**** gives an order to the military to use force against the public, they will disobey.
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    The Quarantine Thread

    Figured we could use a separate thread for this that doesn’t contain any COVID-19 news but rather focuses on what to do while your quarantined inside your home for what might be weeks or more. I assume a lot of us are now teleworking in some capacity. Anxiety inducing times but we are planning on making the best of it in our home and as memorable as possible So how are we entertaining ourselves? Post what you’re binging, playing, cooking etc. I have a huge backlog of movies and games to get through. We started day 1 of our self quarantine yesterday by watching The Death of Stalin. Dark comedic take on what followed Stalin’s death. 10/10 would highly recommend. Also thinking about starting to go through my game backlog with Far Cry 5. Wife and I are also restarting couch co-op game called Overcooked 2. She doesn’t game at all but loves this game. We already beat it entirely once but thinking of doing a second play through. Highly recommend it as a co-op game to pass time.
  8. 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
  9. A show of force to inspect a “vandalized bathroom” would have been the plot of a Veep episode, not ****ing real life.
  10. DC has its biggest protest so far even past curfew. An idiotic show of force will only have the opposite effect, get more people to show up in opposition. This is America, where the government flexing itself on the public is never well received.
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    Some More Cops Who Need to Be Fired

    The Dems are enormously incompetent if they don't use their return to the WH, if they have the Senate and House to go with it, to approve DC statehood. Stand up for your voters and give them the representation they deserve.
  12. 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.
  13. and journalists outside of China who write and report on the CCP, like members of my wife’s family, have their relatives disappeared or tortured or falsely imprisoned.
  14. The healthcare system in this country is one big joke, where a $30 test gets billed for $20,000 and then insurance companies tell you, “WOW!!! We save you so much money!” The amount of predatory rent seeking happening here is just breathtaking.
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    Some More Cops Who Need to Be Fired

    To clarify, I’m mostly speaking about local politics. National Dems under Obama at least started good work at DoJ that was completely dismantled by ghoul Jeff Sessions. Police oversight will ultimately have to be done by local city politicians. I am tired of Democrats propping up losers like Bill deBlasio.
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    Some More Cops Who Need to Be Fired

    There is zero need for precincts to own military gear and armored vehicles that they are not qualified or trained to use. The second problem you describe, of poorly trained cops acting above the law, directly makes the first one significantly worse.
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    Some More Cops Who Need to Be Fired

    I am exhausted by sloganeering from Democrats at this point. If you aren’t willing to pick a fight with police unions and go union busting and dismantling their power, then **** you and you’re not getting my vote. I don’t want slogans or tweets or bull**** statements. I want to see you dismantle a police state that is so out of control, that ****ing precincts in bum**** Georgia and South Carolina are better armed than some militaries of developed countries.
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    Some More Cops Who Need to Be Fired

    I woke up this morning angry at every local elected Democrat who hasn’t had the guts to check local police unions and sheriffs offices. For the party infrastructure that continuously disregards the need for supporting reformist DAs. I have zero expectations for Republicans and I find no value in getting angry at them at this point. They embrace their evil and have no problem owning up to it. But every election cycle local Democrats come begging for the votes of POC and time and time again they fail to do the bare minimum. The NYPD et al function as if they are not even remotely concerned about oversight from the local public institutions they exist within, and they are right. City halls are chalk full of spineless *******.
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    Some More Cops Who Need to Be Fired

    It’s going to be a prerequisite for every turd politician running for local elections to promise and then enact legislation that seriously curtails the authority of police and allows for their prosecution if they violate civil rights of people. I want to see minimum sentencing guidelines for cops who abuse their power. I am sick and tired of voting for “liberals” in blue communities whose views on the authority of law enforcement are meaningfully not much different than right wing authoritarian goons. I want the police state dismantled and I want all of their military gear thrown into the ocean.
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    Some More Cops Who Need to Be Fired

    All of this is happening in the backdrop of a total collapse of the economy. We have breadlines nationwide and cities burning. Well done Trump and Republicans. Obama left you a growing economy and playbook on handling pandemics and you decided to gas light everyone for the reality tv star who raw dogs porn stars.
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    Some More Cops Who Need to Be Fired

    This country is going up in flames in the middle of a pandemic and the worst economic collapse in 100 years. Even in my most dystopian vision of Trump’s America, I didn’t think we would be here.
  22. I don't have a link yet, but Breitbart just preemptively ran a counter-piece to a Washington Post story that is about to be released soon. The Washington Post article will allege that Roy Moore, noted homophobe, running as the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, assaulted teenage girls as young as 14, when he was in his 30's. Roy Moore is on record, denying these allegations to Breitbart. This is going to be a huge ****storm. Republicans will have to make a choice: defend Roy Moore or force him to step down and likely replace him with Luther Strange. It's going to pit the McConnell faction that favors Strange, against the Bannon faction, which favors Roy Moore. I have not linked to the Breitbart piece but if the mods ask, I will provide the link. The Washington Post story hasn't come out yet. The WP article is out: https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/woman-says-roy-moore-initiated-sexual-encounter-when-she-was-14-he-was-32/2017/11/09/1f495878-c293-11e7-afe9-4f60b5a6c4a0_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.969d8eb93561
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    Trump and his cabinet/buffoonery- Get your bunkers ready!

    The collapse of nations in the modern era always coincides with competent people with deep knowledge and key skills being pushed out for lackeys and sycophants, eventually leading to the collapse of key economic sectors and widespread poverty. That’s one of the reasons why the Soviet Union collapsed. The most stark example of this in recent times is Venezuela, which in ideal conditions should have been the most prosperous country on the American continent after the US, but is instead a complete economic basket case. It collapsed because socialists sacked every knowledgeable member of their petro industry in favor of yes-men over a roughly 30 year period. There is no replacing of talent and knowledge. We are not remotely close to such a scenario but it’s possible that can happen here too. We’ve seen hints of it under Trumpism where time and time again, experts have been replaced by sycophants and bootlickers. And it doesn’t help that the voting base for the party is also perfectly comfortable with brown nosing. But I doubt they’ll have unchecked power to wield at least two decades of the type of unchecked destruction needed to dismantle American prosperity. Our future dystopia looks a lot more Cyberpunk than a totally collapsed, impoverished nation. There’s an argument to be made that we’re already living in a Cyberpunk society.
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    Camping & The Great Outdoors

    After going through many trails in the area, I’ve come to really appreciate the smaller, off the beaten path trails. Less crowded, just as nice as the more popular ones. There are some really good trails off of Rockville Pike. We really enjoying walking our dog through the Beach Drive trails.