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  1. What killed bipartisan compromise was the end of congressional earmarks. Formerly, congressmen were allowed to designate money to go to specific projects which were near and dear to their hearts. The way that deals were cut between the two political parties was that money, which was going to be spent anyway, was assigned to specific projects in exchange for a particular legislator's vote on a bill. That system did cause problems. A congressman were allowed to add those earmarks to legislation without his identity being known. So if a legislator wanted to be
  2. I only played Battletech once, at a tiny con in about 86 or 87. The people running the game gave us like a 10-20 minute orientation then threw 40 mostly inexperienced players and their mechs to protect a convoy against...Godzilla. It was a real blast. I've been reluctant to buy the Battletech online game because I'm afraid I'd get addicted and disappear down a rabbit hole for the next 10 months.
  3. Now Sylvester and Speedy Gonzales both had character....
  4. They made the same arguments against seatbelts and against electronic turn signals built into the car that you had to pay for (rather than being an option like floor mats).
  5. I adore cats and like most cartoon mice. I just don't like the interactions of those two actors.
  6. Oh, I don't doubt it from what I've read. I was just wondering if what he'd read suggested something different was happening.
  7. Personally, I pull for the channel switching button on my remote during Tom and Jerry cartoons.
  8. The locals were made aware of the law and apparently chose to defy it. Do you have any evidence to suggest that any of those tickets were trumped up charges rather than actual violations?
  9. The Senate these days have a virtual filibuster (where someone threatens to filibuster so the legislation is never brought to the floor in the first place). They do those so that the whole Senate never grinds to a complete halt. That one thing might be stalled, but the rest of the Senate can function. However, they can still do a real filibuster for anything except for SCOTUS nominations and budget reconciliations. A Senator who takes the floor can stall the whole Senate from moving forward with ANY business as long as he keeps talking and stays on the Senate floor. And he can keep
  10. Sure you can have a 4-4 split in those cases. When the Supreme Court can't come to a ruling in a case, the lower court ruling stands. On the other hand, if the SC decides to look at an original case (without an election controversy going through a lower court), but the Supreme Court can't come to a decision, you revert to the Constitution. The Constitutional procedure is that the old president is out and the next president has to be sworn in on a certain date. If the states (or Congress as the case may be) cannot decide on who should be the next president,
  11. There's nothing wrong with Florida as a property so I wouldn't want to get rid of it at a discount. You could argue that by allowing all the people to die off from COVID that the state is just reducing the number of future hurricane victims. (Sorry, I deal with tragedy through dark humor.)
  12. It's unenforceable, as such, in the time frame before the election. But anyone in the USPS who doesn't comply with the court order could be held in contempt and imprisoned. That goes from the top officials in the USPS down to people who run individual post offices. I could see top USPS officials thinking that Trump would go out of his way to protect them. I'm not sure that the person running the Tolleston Post Office at 2407 W 11th Ave in Gary, Indiana would be equally confident in presidential protection. Also the USPS and perhaps USPS officials themselves
  13. Here's a state-by-state listing of the earliest you can vote in each state. Some states have already started voting so if you're planning on voting at all, you might as well vote soon to avoid the rush. However, don't follow the president's advice of "vote early, vote often" (which is a crime). https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/515162-heres-the-earliest-you-can-vote-in-each-state If any of you aren't sure about the rules of your state and can't find the details you need in order to vote (whether in person on election day, early, by mail, or absentee)
  14. For my own use, I'm going to try to keep a running tally of Republican senators and whether they'll support the Senate having hearings and voting on a Trump Supreme Court nomination before the next term. Or not. Support: Martha McSally (AZ) Rick Scott (FL) Joni Ernst (IA) McConnell (KY) Kevin Kramer (ND) Lindsey Graham (SC) John Thune (SD) Ted Cruz (TX) Against: Lisa Murkowski (AK) - that's what she said earlier this year, no official word since Ginsburg's passing. Susan Collins (ME) - her official
  15. I would date it back to the Massachusetts Compromise.
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