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GM Joe

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GM Joe last won the day on September 20 2018

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  • Birthday 11/27/1968

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    : Chicagoland
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    I enjoy collecting and playing classic videogames and computer games (from the late 70s/early 80s). I'm also a theme park maven.
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    I grew up in the SF Bay Area, graduated from CSU Hayward (now CSUEB), and have lived in Northeast Illinois since the early 1990s. I'm married to a wonderful woman who shares my hobbies and passions. Back in the mid-90s, I did freelance work for Imperium Games as a member of the Core Group.
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  1. That's the thing about starting down the path of saying "the rules don't matter," whether it's the rules of propriety or the Constitution, or anything in between. Here we are, after decades of undeclared wars, rule by executive order, and an ever-expanding Executive Branch, and now the President can apparently do whatever he wants as long as his party holds one branch of Congress; the Senate Leadership can save Supreme Court Justice picks until his party has the Presidency; and so on. Sure, they're all called out in media, but it doesn't matter. Because the rules don't matter. Not really. Not when it comes down to it. What matters is what We The People do to the folks who break the rules. And apparently, we don't do anything to them any more, so long as they're "on our team." Which is great, because I'm fully in support of this totally Constitutional way to remake the Constitution : https://harvardlawreview.org/2020/01/pack-the-union-a-proposal-to-admit-new-states-for-the-purpose-of-amending-the-constitution-to-ensure-equal-representation/
  2. The biggest issue is that even if Democrats retake the Senate and hold the House while winning the Presidency, that still leaves the Supreme Court. They'll strike down anything that even mildly discomforts the wealthy and powerful, no matter what that will mean for average citizens. On the other hand, the only way to solve that particular problem is to hold the Senate and the Presidency, so that's where it'll have to start. Probably not this time around, though.
  3. It's probably 20% liberals saying "look what the idiot said now", 20% his supporters saying "look what our great leader said now", and 60% Russian bots. 😉
  4. Meanwhile, Trump's taking credit for falling cancer rates. Cancer rates that have been falling for decades due to a decline in smoking along with better cancer treatments...the latter of which being in part the result of work by the NIH and the National Cancer Institute, both of which Trump wanted to subject to budget cuts. There is no bottom to his shamelessness. And the kicker is, his followers believe he's really responsible for things like falling cancer rates. He gets retweets and "likes" galore for these self-aggrandizing tweets.
  5. I think you're right. Countering Trump's vision with "let's go back to the way things were before Trump" is a losing strategy, IMO. There needs to be a coherent, easily understandable vision presented by the candidate, and it needs to address the issues people care about in a way that isn't just more of the same old, same old.
  6. Say hey, good lookin' - what ya got cookin'? How's about cooking somethin' up with me? Hey, sweet baby - don't you think maybe We can find us a brand new recipe? I got a hot rod Ford, and a two dollar bill And I know a spot right over the hill There's soda pop and the dancing's free So if you wanna have fun, come along with me Say hey, good lookin' - what ya got cookin'? How's about cooking somethin' up with me? I'm free and ready, so we can go steady. How's about saving all your time for me? No more lookin' - I know I been tookin' Hows about keepin' steady company? I'm gonna throw my date book over the fence And buy me one for five or ten cents I'll keep it till it's covered with age Cause I'm writin' your name down on every page Say hey, good lookin' - what ya got cookin'? How's about cooking somethin' up with me?
  7. Well-written article on AOC's first year in Congress: http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/01/aoc-first-year-in-washington.html
  8. Hear that lonesome whippoorwill He sounds too blue to fly The midnight train is whining low I'm so lonesome I could cry I've never seen a night so long When time goes crawling by The moon just went behind the clouds To hide its face and cry Did you ever see a robin weep When leaves began to die? Like me, he's lost the will to live I'm so lonesome I could cry The silence of a falling star Lights up a purple sky And as I wonder where you are I'm so lonesome I could cry
  9. I'm sure it had nothing to do with yesterdays' reveal of unredacted Ukraine documents. https://www.justsecurity.org/67863/exclusive-unredacted-ukraine-documents-reveal-extent-of-pentagons-legal-concerns/
  10. Unfortunately. I remember the 2008 election, when McCain sang his little ditty. And before that, back in May of 2003 when a senior Bush official said, "Anyone can go to Baghdad. Real men go to Tehran."
  11. I can't believe how fast time flies. Who'd have thought it was time to start another war already!
  12. Yup! Even with the one megahit single -- Take My Breath Away (which they didn't write) -- the album peaked at 61 on the US Billboard charts, whereas their previous album, Love Life, had made it to 23 without any such assist. Yet the songs on the former are as great as any they recorded previously, IMO.
  13. Berlin, Like Flames. From their third album, the last one before the original group broke up. The album was a commercial failure, but I consider it an unqualified artistic success.
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