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2 hours ago, PleaseBlitz said:

I haven't read the whole thing, but an addition to phasing out private prisons, which will take forever because they are massive facilities that have to be totally reorganized, I wish he would issue an EO that phases out all of the private companies that provide services to prisoners.  For example, prisons have outsourced food services companies, banking providers, telecom providers, etc.  They are all expensive AF because they have to pay a ton of their profits in kickbacks to the people actually running the prison (that give them access) and because its not like prisoners can choose another service provider or, you know, leave.  So they get ****ed.  So like, if a prisoner's family wants to send him money for a razor at the commissary, the bank takes $30 for the deposit (which is free for non-prisoners) and the $2 razor costs $20.  You could implement this much faster because each thing is on a much smaller scale than the entire prison.

Around 2004-5 I had a client that assembled the MRE's for the military & federal prisons near Myrtle Beach, SC. Their entire MRE process was to receive dehydrated food from around the country (I think it was all US made) and put it in a pouch. I still remember being amazed how the guys on the ground were able to make vanilla, chocolate or strawberry milkshakes from the dry pack crap without any ice. They charged the US Gov't a FORTUNE to put these packs together + the dehydrated food charge. 

For the federal prisons: They made - and I quote - "Heart attack-in -a-sack" - which was essentially sacks of overly salted & high fat foods like: stew, spaghetti & other non-healthy meals RTE for the federal prisons in huge portion plastic sacks. Probably still going on today....

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Biden replaces controversial White House physician

 

President Joe Biden has replaced the controversial White House physician who offered misleading information about President Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis last fall.

 

A White House official said Biden had selected Dr. Kevin O'Connor to replace Dr. Sean Conley as his doctor. It's not uncommon for a president to name his own physician when taking office, though his two most recent predecessors each retained the incumbent doctor who had attended the men who served before them.

 

Conley generated controversy in the fall when he admitted to offering rosy descriptions of Trump's condition because the White House wanted to project optimism. In reality, Trump suffered serious conditions like shortness of breath that required supplemental oxygen.


Biden has a long history with O'Connor, who served as his physician while vice president. He is a retired US Army colonel who served in the 82nd Airborne Division, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and the United States Army Special Operations Command.


He administered Biden's physical in 2019 and prepared a report that deemed the then-candidate "healthy" and "vigorous." At 78, Biden is the oldest newly inaugurated president in history.

 

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20 minutes ago, redskinss said:

So what do people think the odds of Washington DC becoming a state are?

 

With the filibuster in place? Low. 

 

They should def still try, though. I'd like to see the GOP go on about how the 700K DC residents, a little less than Alaska and much more than Vermont or Wyoming don't deserve complete representation. Also, I want to see who slips and mentions DC being mostly African-America with their opposition. 

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16 minutes ago, redskinss said:

So what do people think the odds of Washington DC becoming a state are?

 

Absolutely zero.  

 

Odds of a majority of the Senate voting to make themselves less powerful?  

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2 hours ago, redskinss said:

So what do people think the odds of Washington DC becoming a state are?

 

2 hours ago, Larry said:

 

Absolutely zero.  

 

Odds of a majority of the Senate voting to make themselves less powerful?  

 

I guess we'll find out for sure...

 

Legislation that would make Washington DC 51st state introduced to Senate

 

Sen. Tom Carper introduced legislation to the Senate that could allow Washington DC to become the 51st US state.

 

The legislation, S. 51, is called the DC Admissions Act, and, if passed, would make Washington DC a full fledged state.

 

Many of the more than 700,000 residents of Washington DC have long argued for their statehood, as they pay taxes but do not have representation in the Senate. and only a non-voting Congressperson in the House.

 

Democrats have traditionally backed the move, as residents of Washington DC tend to be liberal and vote with the Democratic Party.

 

Republicans, naturally, do not want the district to gain statehood for the same reason.

 

"This isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue; it’s an American issue because the lack of fair representation for D.C. residents is clearly inconsistent with the values on which this country was founded," Mr Carper said in a statement.

 

The bill was first introduced in 2013, but has been tabled until now.

 

In order for the legislation to pass, Senate Democrats will need to convince 10 Republicans to vote in support of the measure.

 

In the event that the Senate removed the filibuster, it could also end with Vice President Kamala Harris casting a tie-breaking vote and granting the district statehood.

 

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This country can’t survive another republican majority. They are doubling down on their fascist bent and will only get worse. It also can’t survive another 2-4 years of legislative inaction. We need to get rid of the filibuster and pass changes the majority of this country want. That’s the only way people will see that democracy is effective and the only way Dem’s will keep the majority. 
 

I hope someone in the Democratic Party conveys this reality to people like Manchin and Sinema. And I hope it doesn’t take another domestic terrorist attack to hammer that home. Unchecked aggression always escalates. We’ve seen this escalation over the last 4 years. It’s not just going to suddenly stop it’s trajectory. 

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12 minutes ago, Cooked Crack said:

 

 

 

 

Not sure about Space FOrce but I hope this is a sign he and the Dems are looking at things on their merit not just get rid of it becasue dumbass did it. He was mostly a tool but did do a few good things even if they were consistently for the wrong reason. 

 

 

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