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megaplayboy last won the day on February 26 2019

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  1. Stochastic terrorism is a bigger threat going forward than organized terrorism. Organized terror groups can be tracked, infiltrated and disrupted, but "lone wolves"(inspired by extremist ideologies) are harder to stop and still capable of doing a lot of damage.
  2. Basically, you get faster, stronger, tougher, with bigger energy attacks, maybe even some boost to your senses and combat skills(a CV boost). The alternative to Aid is Multiform, with perhaps some limitations imposed on the requirements for assuming the form and for holding it.
  3. Meanwhile they're insisting that all ballots be counted in Arizona. This thing is basically over, but the margins will have an impact down-ticket(the Senate is not settled completely, e.g.)
  4. It seems like an unnecessary fight. She already agreed that this next term would be her last in Congress and as Speaker.
  5. 100 million votes "banked" before election day. Amazing. We're headed for all-time record turnout, especially considering that the old records from pre-1920 didn't include 18 year olds, women, people of color or, in some cases, non-landowning white males. We need to continue early voting and make mail in voting universal, do motor voter registration everywhere and end disenfranchisement of ex-felons who've paid their debt to society.
  6. Yeah, the problem is that SCOTUS may rule that ballots received after election day, even if it's postmarked before election day, don't count, an inconceivable ruling in the Before Time.
  7. If you still have your mail ballot or absentee ballot, walk it in to a drop box. DO NOT PUT IT IN THE MAIL BECAUSE IT'S TOO LATE NOW. Alternatively, bring it with you to the polling place and vote in person instead. Some states require you to turn in your unsent absentee ballot in order to vote in person.
  8. The last great thing I can recall is the year same sex marriage became legal across the country. June 26, 2015. I believe that's also the month Trump declared his candidacy for president.
  9. It's the "shiftless, lazy blacks" trope. And, sadly, there are plenty of white folks who silently nod their heads in agreement, and don't believe they're being racist, just "realistic". See, those ugly negative stereotypes, in their minds, are largely "true", and therefore it can't possibly be racist for them to believe such things. Archie Bunker writ large. It's kinfolk to the same mindset that disregards scientific experts when those experts tell them inconvenient truths.
  10. Strategies to win the EC while losing the popular vote, OTOH, strike one as a bit obscene. "we know the other party is more popular at the national level, but here's a way we can win by threading the needle with narrow victories in a handful of battleground states". Once a party rationalizes that, it's a short hop to rationalizing minority rule in general, which is yet another step on the way to authoritarianism and tyranny.
  11. Only one of those involves a challenger beating the incumbent, 1932. That's the marker imo. If Biden even comes close to that mark, it's a real "come to Jesus" moment for the GOP. Do they steer away, or do they hit the gas as they near the cliff?
  12. There's a great deal of variance in people's handwriting, and the people processing these ballots aren't necessarily handwriting experts. Plenty of opportunity for mischief going the other way to just let them toss the ballots. If need be, put them in a pile and count them provisionally until you can evaluate them further.
  13. One of the elements of "didn't do anything" is the assumption that the person in question had the unilateral ability to do things. Generally speaking, with a two party system, 3 branches, 2 chambers, numerous veto points, they don't. It also tends to be a cheap "gotcha" move when said politician obviously doesn't have time to talk about all the various incremental measures they did enact/propose/support. It amazes me that Trump doesn't get more pushback on the "I can't release my tax returns while they're under audit" bs. First, it would be his lawyer advising him not to, not
  14. Karl Rove had an effective strategy to expand the appeal of the Republican party, but it was foiled when the base rejected the immigration reform proposals of Bush's early 2nd term. The RNC wrote a post-mortem after Romney's defeat in 2012, advising the party what it needed to do to survive and thrive going forward. Instead the base tripled down in 2016 and won a fluke victory. There are a few stages of internal reform a party can go through: Superficial(changing tone, message, messenger); Moderate(altering some policies and deemphasizing the less popular policies); Major(reversing the most
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