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4 hours ago, Cygnia said:


I love everything about the Libertarian response in that article. He should totally do that sort of thing more often. Just sound strategy right there…

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2 hours ago, Pattern Ghost said:

I think since Texas doesn't want to follow federal laws, they should perhaps be de-funded federally. Just yoink all of their Federal money and see how long their nonsense lasts.

 

Can't do that...simply, anyway.  Not if that would include Social Security.

 

But you could move every military base out of Texas.  Cuz that also strikes to the heart of the Texas ego.  And we're talking 160,000 jobs, and the office of the Texas governor gives an economic impact of $100B.

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12 minutes ago, unclevlad said:

Can't do that...simply, anyway.  Not if that would include Social Security.

 

 

It's mostly wishful thinking, I know. 

 

I wasn't thinking of social security, just all the copious federal subsidy money every state gets: schools, roads, infrastructure, etc.

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1 minute ago, Pattern Ghost said:

 

It's mostly wishful thinking, I know. 

 

I wasn't thinking of social security, just all the copious federal subsidy money every state gets: schools, roads, infrastructure, etc.

 

Yeah, I know.  But as a matter of strategy, one has to make one's threats credible. :)  

 

Schools would be almost as bad as social security;  they'd set up state schools with state-dictated curricula, and establish limited admissions criteria.  Kids of registered Democrats?  Need not bother.

 

 

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2 hours ago, unclevlad said:

 

Can't do that...simply, anyway.  Not if that would include Social Security.

 

But you could move every military base out of Texas.  Cuz that also strikes to the heart of the Texas ego.  And we're talking 160,000 jobs, and the office of the Texas governor gives an economic impact of $100B.

 

The US military are not officially concerned with political or social issues. One thing they care very much about, though, is operational readiness. If female servicepeople or families of servicepeople posted in a particular state can't get access to adequate health care, that affects their readiness.

 

For over a year military spokespersons have been dropping hints that the restrictive laws in some states will affect decisions on which facilities they'll expand, transfer, or close.

 

It's also worth noting that many bases are in rural areas, and servicing them is usually that area's main employment.

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Nikki Haley writes ‘finish them’ on IDF artillery shells during Israel visit

 

The image below will resonate across the Middle East for years to come.

  nikki-haley-signs-israel-artillery-shell

 

P.S. I read ex-military asserting that the markings on the shells next to the ones Haley signed identify them as white phosphorus.

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Yes, the one Haley signed was one of the HE shells it was stacked with.

 

The white phosphorus shells are the greenish-white ones with the yellow and purple bands, next to the HE rounds. That's what I was referring to, my apologies for not being clearer.

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On 5/25/2024 at 2:10 PM, Lord Liaden said:

This thread is one testament to how that stress has degraded optimism and faith in your country, and the sense of fellowship with many of your fellow citizens. And many people are far more easily triggered than those here.

I have to admit, the last 8 years eroded my confidence in the liberal enlightenment enterprise and gave me much greater sympathy for Fiacho.

 

This does not make me happy.

 

Dean Shomshak

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40 minutes ago, unclevlad said:

If he *does* end up with jail time...I feel bad for the Secret Service.  They'd still be obligated to protect him.

 

But they'll get to watch him suffer every day. I imagine that would be some measure of compensation.

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