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Dr. Tarrasque

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  1. @Shoblongoo For once something good happened in Florida:
  2. It also lines up with a hypothetical that was brought up by lawyers suggesting Trump SHOULD be impeached during that "trial". I swear, there has to be politicians in the GOP that would still let it slide if Trump raped their daughters in front of their faces.
  3. So McConnell proposes a power grab to expand the Patriot Act of all things and then an amendment is suggested to EXCLUDE Internet Browsing History from the scope of this power grab and it doesn't get enough votes to pass lol. All those assholes that voted NAY to this deserve so much shit. Collins must really be banking on McConnell to save her seat to make such a vote given her current situation.
  4. No, they don't have to fall in line like the Republicans do, we need to end all that hyper-partisan garbage and have a Congress composed of folks who acknowledge that there's shit that needs to get done and work with those willing to. The Republican party is better off being destroyed because the politicians in that party have proven to be absolute hypocrites with no desire to get anything done other than funneling money to the rich and their platform and rhetoric has been using the Southern Strategy for so long that the party has become a place where Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists feel welcomed in. Get rid of that party and if we're to be stuck with a 2-party system, a new one may follow and that party will have to compete with the Democrats' platform and actually appeal to the people for votes. The Democratic party is also, as been said many times, guilty of the corruption despised by all in the country but even the career politicians will change their tune when their positions are threatened during primaries. Pelosi for example, would certainly be good to have defeated in a primary assuming the likes of Trump will be gone with this election cycle as well.
  5. Easy: Today's Republicans are rather shameless and just more interested in holding power. It's all about maintaining the majority where they can knowing that they have dwindling support.
  6. Barr on dropping the charges against Flynn
  7. The virus' current stats make this seem like a lot of "ifs" that have to happen just for an eventual case of his supporters just saying "He's doing his best! Obama would've been worse!" and just shrug it all off anyway. I would certainly hope for a blue wave and the likes of Mitch McConnell to lose their power but you appear to be neglecting how much Trumpists have already turned a blind eye to what Trump has been doing and the Right-wing media and personalities constantly hiding his cronyism only perpetuates that problem. You should though. Partisan polarization makes you stupid and it only makes things worse when trying to reason with people. If you're caught up in an argument between a Democrat and a Republican that voted Trump, attacking the Democrat when they are actually wrong on something helps open up the other person to your reasoning.
  8. Eh who knows. With each stooge that is removed from his cabinet or whatever their position is, they just get replaced with someone more loony and loyal as well as Trump having gotten away with so much already, can't imagine there being someone with the balls to actually shoot him but it certainly would be great if it came to that and the shooter was someone that was a huge supporter. Only in the case of Swing states. Hahahah, that's what I've been saying for some time here and everywhere I've discussed politics. It's impossible to avoid being seen as partisan when saying stuff like this no matter how much evidence is provided. The propaganda machine will be kept alive by all the partisan people that exist, It is super easy for right-wing media to latch onto viewers due to how self-destructively stupid folks on the left can be. I'll believe it when I see it. Republicans have been shameless in their support of Trump and to think that they'll change their vote with the right-wing media's mud-slinging at Biden and their willingness to ignore anything Trump does wrong seems foolishly optimistic. On the plus the side, it does seem like the Senate being taken from the Republicans is a possibility during this cycle and that would be great.
  9. And that's sad. Apparently Biden's lead in key states is less than what Hillary Clinton previously had... beautiful.
  10. VP for Biden has had much speculation that it'll be a black woman so eyes are on Kamala Harris or Stacey Abrams. In other news, Fox News literally defends itself from a lawsuit by saying the 1st amendment protects their lying. They're not wrong lol.
  11. It's pretty tribal right now yeah. You may see people in their late 20s and 30s despise that their hard earned money is going towards things they don't need or benefit people that aren't them (Social Security for the current Boomers for example). There's definitely more discord on the Left due things like "Bernie or Bust" and just a natural dislike of Biden because he is basically just a perpetuation of what we all hate about our government lol. There's some vocal dissent from the right but that's mostly from never Trumpers and as far as the voters are concerned, they just keep eating up whatever Fox News feeds them which basically boils down to "Trump is great, vote Trump, Democrats bad. Soooooooocialiiiiiiiism".
  12. There's talk of Bernie having won the ideological war, leaving his mark on the political scene, bringing progressive ideas into the mainstream, etc... I can't help but think that it may not matter in the grand scheme of things. As long as we have the Electoral College in play, it is only the swing states that will matter in the Presidential election and the fact that the establishment successfully put into place another candidate pandering to the rich may be more demoralizing for those pushing progressive ideas because who knows when we'll see another candidate like Bernie? People pushing for change are campaigning on the Democratic party but that party itself has so much corruption that it's a wonder when any good change will push through specially with the Senate situation. It's super frustrating that the Republican party basically gets a free pass with the voter base they cultivated and the Supreme Court decisions on voter suppression related issues.
  13. I'm sure most people think the same thing and it probably is the case but for some of these GOP politicians, it's just more about stopping poor people from voting because as well as keeping Republican control. On election day, what you can certainly expect is old folks going out to vote and poor people to not bother or lack interest in doing so because they're unable to take the day off (or just don't see voting as a significant enough reason to take a day) and in many cases, they'll go vote but get discouraged by waiting in line for so long. There were reports of people waiting up to 6 hours to vote in Texas recently Ease of voting is a threat to them and they realize it, they may be exaggerating the difference in turnout that such laws would make but their fears certainly seem warranted given the recent increases in turnout during the Democratic Primary. Here's an example pointed out by Shoblogoo: Make it easier and you may see even higher numbers from the opposing side during an election cycle where people are just pissed. At the end of the day, no one truly knows how much such laws will impact voter turnout but the answer is simply "it hurts the GOP's chances of winning" given how the poor are the people they're constantly fucking with their policies.
  14. Generally speaking, because they know they and their policy positions are generally unpopular with majorities of the country. When a party fails to resonate with a majority of the country, you'd expect them to hold less power, less seats and they would try to change the campaign pitch to try to get more voters. The GOP is too entrenched in its use of the Southern Strategy and they know they're slowly dying for it so the best they can hope for without changing their ways is to just continue making enemies of certain groups and convince whites that there's a decade long plan to create a plantation of votes for the Democrats by increasing immigration. They know increased voter turnout will cripple them: A bill to ease voting for EVERYONE is a Democrat Political Power Grab (here's the bill in question). The Republicans in congress are fucking trash and should be removed from office. State Republicans that aren't bad should look to distance themselves from Trump and the current GOP but you've got perfect examples of recently elected morons in state GOP courtesy of Florida and Georgia. Again, they know they're shit, most of them are straight up ideologues until they've already fucked up and have to take action but the right-wing media will defend them anyways. Just check out the Daily Wire's youtube channel and you'll see their priorities to quickly be: 1. Blame China, we on the right are not to blame for anything. 2. Protect our lord and savior Trump, media is crazy. 3. AOC and the democrats are crazy, they and Bernie Sanders have never been right about anything.
  15. Of those 2, Linoan. Tina's class promotion only uses Light magic of which there's not much so you'd just be promoting Tina for the increased staff rank really. Good options for Paragon at this point I would say are Eda and Miranda if you're planning to use either.
  16. If there's a profit motive to it, it is likely that they anticipate some of the people using what is currently free but normally premium will pay to go back to the "premium" stuff after things are back to normal. On the rare occasion I go out these days, I'm not seeing people wearing masks at all here in Austin Texas.
  17. What the electorate wants is SUPPOSED to be primarily what the politicians representing them should fight for but it is most certainly not the case in the US... you've been asleep if you think that.
  18. You'd still have Sothe, Jill and Zihark, Nailah, Muarim. Granted, not the case if you bite it early on but if your run is done that early then you could literally just get back to where you died in no time lol.
  19. Supposedly yes but it doesn't appear to stop this. For non-monetary cases, well I think that would depend on the claims by the defense and the prosecution in court but I'm not the lawyer, Shob is. Because left, center and right doesn't really matter to some folks. There is however plenty of disdain for the current establishment and what a response like that can boil down to is just wanting to say 'fuck you' to the democrats pretending to be moderates/center for imposing a candidate that shows no interest in undoing the fact that our politicians are bought, which is something folks from all sides of the spectrum will tell you. Put it this way, our current politics is a disease, Trump is the symptoms of said disease just getting worse and worse while Biden is a treatment that will alleviate the symptoms for the short term and Sanders would be the first step towards finding the cure for the long term. That's probably what it's like to some people and some would rather say "take your stupid treatment you're charging me money for and shove it" and look to finding a real cure than to keep getting charged for temporary relief.
  20. The polls do suggest this... I'm 30 and I voted and I'll still reluctantly vote for Biden over Trump even though my vote won't matter in that instance.
  21. Unfortunate but unsurprising... I knew that eventually the establishment would centralize on one candidate and they did it just in time for super Tuesday. Joe appears to be the one that Trump wants to go up against in the general election. The 2 have clear mental health issues but Trump gets a free pass on it from his base. Not to mention the man is essentially Hillary 2.0. As for the debates, they've been stupid but they highlight how shitty the media covers our politics (I mean look at this shit, reminds me of wrestling commercials) as well as put the candidates in a position where they have to fess up about mistakes they've made in the past. I don't believe the impact is significant enough to matter when it comes to the votes for the nomination because most folks made up their minds before the debates began, but continued exposure to these candidates makes it easier to see what we can expect if they do beat Trump (or whether or not they'll lose to him) and Biden's been consistently confirming my thoughts on him.
  22. Missed this one. Did you really? What's really there to talk about? The incompetence of the administration has been obvious throughout the years, Michael Cohen testified that Trump just ran the campaign to boost his brand and never expected to win the Presidency, the VP thinks the Coronavirus can be prayed away and the party backing the current president thinks you can ignore problems noted by science and things will work itself out. Anyone who thought this administration could take such things seriously and prepare hasn't been paying attention. If there's anything to expect, it's for infected people to be quarantined and left to die with no significant help unless they're a rich donor. To the most loyal Trumpists, there is no real problem with the Coronavirus other than it being propped up by the media to hurt Trump's reelection. That's spot on actually. I assume that Biden is supposedly more popular than Hillary because he's male and doesn't have as much negative baggage as Hillary did (BUT HER E-MAILS) but he's definitely easier for the Republicans to attack due to the Ukraine fiasco. They haven't found any real substance on that but they'll keep investigating it and make it Biden's equivalent to Hillary's E-mails while ignoring the nepotism under Trump. There's no real telling which candidate will actually beat Trump but the polls generally favor Sanders above the rest and he will indeed get more non-voters interested in participating... the question then becomes how many "moderates" buy into the fear-mongering from the right-wing of which we can many from those aged 65+ and being the incumbent does a lot for him. It's the attacks against him, they've mostly backfired and made him more popular because with any politician that's been around for decades, you can dig up dirt of awful decisions they made and things they did. With Bernie, that's rare and Bernie's willing to admit when he's made mistakes like he did in the most recent debate. On the other hand you have Biden who sometimes seemed like he was playing the Trump tactic of "nothing you did is wrong if you don't admit it". Biden is definitely Hillary 2.0 in this primary.
  23. I'd sooner wager it on the richer donors requesting that he step down so they can funnel all the money to Biden to stand a better shot of stopping Bernie from getting the nomination. Bernie apparently raised 46 Million in February. If there's a lesson to take in from Bloomberg, it's that those at the top still believe that you just buy a nomination and election so it would make sense for the top donors to centralize their funding (as well as Delegates, people who voted Buttigieg might move to Biden) onto one candidate than to split it onto several. The corrupt portion of the Democratic party hasn't learned the harsh lesson of how much money in politics is despised. The Republican party doesn't have that concern since their base won't truly understand the damage from Trump until it's too late and a large portion of them are still all-in for the guy.
  24. There really is a Trump tweet for everything
  25. No, fuck that. If we're going to stay stuck in a 2-party system with the Republican party remaining as it currently is then we certainly don't want what is currently supposed to be the lesser of 2 evils to stoop to their level of hyper-partisan garbage as well as reinforcing the "both sides" narrative the mainstream media loves to push out of fear from the Republican base. Primary shitty Democrats to improve the party and hold them to the standards of where we should be instead of where Trump and McConnell have lowered the bar to. Hammer the facts of their failures and the work that the recent Democratic presidents have had to do to clean up the Republican messes. Make it as clear as possible to the masses that voting for Republicans like the ones we have today is to vote for a regressive party bought by the rich. Most importantly, run on good policy and be mindful of regular Americans because seriously, that Carbon Tax is something the Democrats should consider ditching unless their goal is to give Republicans shit to seize on in the future.
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