Jump to content

TrickstaPriest

HERO Member
  • Posts

    1,050
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    1

Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    TrickstaPriest reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I suppose in a Republican Party which encourages doing and saying anything to win, it was inevitable they'd turn on each other.
     
    I also consider it a testament to how far the GOP has sunk that I would be willing to believe either of them.
  2. Sad
    TrickstaPriest reacted to archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    GOP candidate Anna Paulina Luna filed a restraining order last week against fellow Republican William Braddock, who is also planning to run for Congress in her district.
    "I received information yesterday (at midnight) regarding a plan (with a timeline) to murder me made by William Braddock in an effort to prevent me from winning the election for FL-13," wrote Luna in a petition for injunction, which also claims that Braddock is conspiring with "political opponents" Matt Tito and Amanda Makki to "take her out."
     
    https://www.rawstory.com/anna-paulina/
     
    Trumpists: the comedy gift which keeps on giving.
  3. Like
    TrickstaPriest reacted to Matt the Bruins in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Skilled RNs, engineers, safety inspectors, etc. contradict as well.
  4. Thanks
    TrickstaPriest reacted to DShomshak in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    If you're really rich, you can have "concierge medicine" with a private doctor. All part of a trend toward the "concierge society" where the super-rich don't have to care about maintianing roads because they go everywhere by private helicopter, or (for the less exorbitantly wealthy) pay to drive in the carpool lane while the wage slaves creep along in the other lanes. Or. rock used to be the music of the people, but now only the rich can go to concerts: Computers buy most of the tickets the instant they go on sale, for resale at 10 times the price. Skyboxes at sports stadiums: games are for corporate officers to entertain foreign guests while they cut deals, while the plebes watch on TV. And so on.
     
    Granted, naked plutocracy has a certain refreshing honesty compared to concealed plutocracy.
     
    Dean Shomshak
  5. Thanks
    TrickstaPriest reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I'm afraid I don't see the relevance of your comparison. Nobody in this video is from China. The Chinese system isn't under discussion. The United States is not supposed to be an authoritarian regime engaging in clandestine oppression, it's the wealthiest country in the world, supposedly the land of opportunity. These people are reacting to information that's freely available, from the perspective of their own experiences. The average cost of American health care, and the average lifespan of Americans, compared to all the other countries on that list, are objective statistical facts. The systems these global citizens live under have functioned for decades, in many cases generations. You don't need to be an expert on America to recognize these profound disparities, and that with America's vaunted wealth and resources it doesn't have to be that way. These people are collective proof that it doesn't have to be that way.
  6. Thanks
    TrickstaPriest reacted to unclevlad in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    This argument doesn't hold up that well for me.  The hatemongers have far greater reach;  the Cassandras have the same reach.  What is less clear is the reception of the messages from each side. This is only a couple weeks old:
     
    https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/28/politics/poll-qanon-election-conspiracies/index.html
     
    The Cassandras can't break the absurd belief that Trump won the election.  There's a dangerously high belief in the QAnon BS.  So...yes, the ground is different compared to, let's say as late as the start of WW II...but much of that, IMO, was the speed of communication.  It was easier to hide things;  it was easier to exert tight control in a limited area because it was harder to get a message out.  OK, this changed starting in the late 60's, with live or near-live TV feeds.  This was a big issue in Viet Nam;  we saw the problems directly, and that hugely energized the anti-war protests.  What got Ray Rice booted from football?  The elevator video.  Pictures are massively, immediately impactful;  words often aren't.
     
    The other aspect:  the basic ground might not be as fertile, but the hatemongers have been working that ground for over 20 years.
  7. Thanks
    TrickstaPriest reacted to Dr. MID-Nite in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    The fact that humanity wants to do the fascism thing all over again...less than a 100 years later...just depresses me beyond belief.
  8. Like
    TrickstaPriest reacted to Matt the Bruins in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Watch Florida pass a law making it illegal for their legislature to expel insurrectionists from the legislative body.
  9. Like
    TrickstaPriest reacted to unclevlad in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/11/politics/mike-nearman-oregon/index.html
     
    Well, some states show sense at times anyway.  Vote was 59-1.
  10. Like
    TrickstaPriest reacted to archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Tuesday, "I understand from what's been testified to the Forest Service and the BLM [Bureau of Land Management], you want very much to work on the issue of climate change," Gohmert said to Jennifer Eberlien, associate deputy chief of the National Forest System, during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing.
     
    Gohmert said to Eberlien, added that a past director of NASA had once told him that orbits of the moon and the Earth were changing.
     
    "Is there anything that the National Forest Service, or BLM can do to change the course of the moon's orbit or the Earth's orbit around the sun?" Gohmert asked Eberlien. "Obviously they would have profound effects on our climate."
     
    "I would have to follow up with you on that one, Mr. Gohmert," Eberlien responded. 
     
    "Well, if you figure out a way that you in the Forest Service can make that change, I'd like to know," Gohmert added.
     
    https://thehill.com/homenews/house/557558-gohmert-asks-if-federal-agencies-can-change-earth-or-moons-orbits-to-fight
     
    Sure, we'll get on that right away. Just as soon as we make sure Guam doesn't capsize.
     
     
     
  11. Sad
    TrickstaPriest got a reaction from pinecone in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    This right here is why I'm so done.
     
    I know way too many people who are essentially only talking about 'the liberal left cancel culture making the world like China' who can't see what the eff is going on in front of their face.  If I stopped talking to people who talked like that I'd have no friends I see face-to-face anymore, and half a family.
     
    This is really not good.
  12. Thanks
    TrickstaPriest got a reaction from DShomshak in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    It's prescribed for ADHD, which is (to me) the leading 'thing' I'd think he has.
     
    Then again adderall abuse is not great, and long term consequences of overuse for that class of stimulants can apparently include mania and paranoia?  I might be wrong on this.
  13. Sad
    TrickstaPriest got a reaction from BarretWallace in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    This right here is why I'm so done.
     
    I know way too many people who are essentially only talking about 'the liberal left cancel culture making the world like China' who can't see what the eff is going on in front of their face.  If I stopped talking to people who talked like that I'd have no friends I see face-to-face anymore, and half a family.
     
    This is really not good.
  14. Like
    TrickstaPriest reacted to archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    “We’ve been fighting inflation that’s too low and interest rates that are too low now for a decade,” Yellen said, adding that “we want them to go back to” a normal interest rate environment
     
    https://thehill.com/policy/finance/557160-yellen-says-higher-interest-rates-would-be-a-plus
     
    That's Treasury Secretary Yellen.
     
    1) We haven't been "fighting" an inflation rate that's too low or an interest rate that's too low, much less fighting it for a decade.
     
    2) A normal interest rate environment would be an interest rate on a 10 year treasury bond of around 6%.
     
    Currently we're paying only 2.2% for those and our yearly interest on the debt is $378 billion.
     
    To give some context, that's 7.8% of the entire federal budget just to pay interest on the existing debt. 
     
    So Yellen is saying that we're fighting to intentionally increase the yearly interest on our debt from $378 billion to $1.03 trillion.
     
    Um...that's not what's been happening over the last decade. And it's not something that we should be looking forward to happening.
     
    It might at some point be an unfortunate side effect of what happens. But there's no one in government who is wanting that to happen since that'd trigger a massive governmental crisis due to lack of money to pay interest on the debt.
     
     
    IMO, someone needs to work with her on communication.
  15. Thanks
    TrickstaPriest reacted to archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    There's a number of people, including family members, who I no longer discussion politics with (and no I didn't end a sentence with a preposition).
     
    I don't think it's worth cutting myself off from family completely. It's kind of the only family you get even when you don't like their ideas on race, politics, religion, or whatever.
     
    And I hold out hope that when they see something screwy going on that they'll bring it up in conversation and we can have an ever-so-delicate discussion about it that'll open the door to other discussions.
     
     
    As for cancel culture, it existed long before "cancel culture" became a catchphrase. Liberals would get together on college campuses and protest when conservatives (pre-Trump conservatives) were invited to speak. And if the college didn't give in and uninvite the person, the liberals would show up to the event and make so much noise that the speaker couldn't be heard. That's been going on at various campuses for at least the last 35 years.
     
    In the pre-Trump years when we were all democrats, I disagreed with silencing efforts because bad ideas deserved to be heard, discussed, and rejected. And the rare good idea which was put forward by an objectionable person deserved to be considered despite the source.
     
    In the Trump era when so much political speech is anti-democratic and anti-republican crap but people swallow it without thought, I'm much more open to the idea of pre-emptive silencing. (Note that neither "democratic" or "republican" was capitalized because it wasn't a reference to the political parties but to the idea of democracy and the idea of a republic.)
  16. Thanks
    TrickstaPriest reacted to archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    We've talked here about how Trump is being investigated by a DA in Georgia for intimidating and pressuring an election official to use his office to overturn the election.
     
    So...
     
    The Georgia Republican Party passed a resolution on Saturday to censure the official for not going along with Trump's scheme.
     
    Really.
     
    https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/557141-georgia-gop-censures-state-official-who-criticized-trump
     
    I'd think any sane organization would wait to see whether Trump was indicted for his actions before censuring the victim of his actions.
     
    But I guess we aren't talking about a sane organization....
  17. Thanks
    TrickstaPriest reacted to Tom Cowan in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Not long term use, high dose use
  18. Thanks
    TrickstaPriest reacted to DShomshak in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    If Donald Trump has incontinence issues, I neither mock nor condemn him for that. I only mock and condemn him for his moral attributes. We cannot always control our bodies. We can always control our morals. No matter what culture we are born into or how twisted our upbringing, we can choose whether to be kind or cruel, generous or greedy, loyal or treacherous, modest or proud. I have seen this in my own friends. People suffering utter deprivation or hemmed in by horror have behaved well. Donald Trump, blessed with every social and material advantage, has not.
     
    (Though if Trump is addicted to adderall, that probably falls under morals. I doubt that there's a medical need or that anyone held a gun to his head to make him take the drug.)
     
    Dean Shomshak
     
     
  19. Like
    TrickstaPriest reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Jimmy Carter has been called the best ex-President the United States ever had. He wasn't well suited to managing the myriad dilemmas a POTUS faces, but in since using the profile and contacts he gained thereby to promote and direct humanitarian causes, Jimmy found his true calling.
  20. Like
    TrickstaPriest got a reaction from Pariah in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    To elaborate my own thoughts - this is not legal/Constitution treason, but the clear rabble-rousing to legitimize a military coup looks pretty bad (speaks to intent), especially when the motivations are wholly political satisfaction.
  21. Thanks
    TrickstaPriest reacted to Sociotard in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    That's the whole reason Treason is defined in the Constitution. It used to be common to accuse anyone opposing the kings agenda of treason. So, they defined it in the Constitution, where it would be hard to change.
     
    Still, saying there should be a coup is pretty awful.
  22. Sad
    TrickstaPriest reacted to Pariah in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    To the surprise of absolutely no one, Senate Republicans block commission to study Capitol riot of Jan. 6.
     
    Notable GOP dissenters include some familiar names: Cassidy, Collins, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, and Sasse.
     
    Nothing to see here, really.
  23. Thanks
    TrickstaPriest reacted to archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    About these "election security" bills.
     
    < rant on >
     
    I absolutely don't mind the "you have to have an ID and show the ID to vote", which has been a hobby-horse for conservatives for decades before Trump ever raised his ugly head in Republican politics.
     
    IMO everyone should be registered to vote and should be registered to vote at only one address so an ID requirement doesn't bother me.
     
    Make the ID free and make the state come to the person's home to make him/her/other an ID (if he doesn't already have one). And make the state come at the convenience of the voter whatever time of day that happens to be. (Sure, offer to pick him up and bring him into the office first or pay for an Uber during office hours. But when all else fails, go to him. Working odd hours or not having transportation to go get the ID should never be an obstacle.)
     
    The restriction to the voter of voter ID's comes when the state makes you go through hell to get an ID, whether it makes you show an impossible number of other ID's in order to get a state ID or whether the state ID's are only given out in certain locations and certain times which make it highly inconvenient for a potential voter to get one.
     
    Actually carrying that ID, after you get it, to the polls on election day is not any kind of significant restriction to the voter. If the ID is lost/stolen on election day, let the person do a provisional ballot, take his photograph to keep conservatives from gasping in horror at someone voting without an ID, and call it good.
     
    I personally think Democrats should push that as a compromise on the state level in every state.
     
    It'd defang a lot of the "elections aren't secure" chatter/concerns that have been around for decades and make the Democrats part of "securing elections" rather leaving that as a Republicans-only issue.
     
    And it'd not allow some common sense low-key "voter ID" concerns be a smoke screen to allow Republicans to push for draconian anti-voter legislation.
  24. Sad
    TrickstaPriest reacted to Old Man in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    To be honest I’m not sure it’d be any less effective today. 
  25. Thanks
    TrickstaPriest reacted to Old Man in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    The "something" you're looking for is the stolen 2020 presidential election.  That's how the GOP plans to override elections at the state level in 2024 (if not 2022).  They're already laying the groundwork with the election fraudits in Arizona and Georgia (so far) and direct legislative control over election certification in a number of other states.
×
×
  • Create New...