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  1. People really need to understand that Trump will be the Republican nominee and what that means. It means there is a significant chance he wins the general. Not because of logic or reason, but because 1. swing voters are, in the main, low-information morons and 2. Trumpers, if they haven't already, know that violence will be necssary to win, and they have the time to make plans to violently acquire the EVs they need in Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina and Michigan. CNN's biggest failure here wasn't in how this was staged, the questions asked, the lack of pushback/highlighing lies. It was in having this at all. Trump was given time that "any legitimate" candidate could also get. CNN said last night that Trump could legitimately be president again. CNN legitimized, prospectively, an authoritarian overthrow of our system of government. IMO, it's hard to overstate how bad last night was for this country.
  2. I'm not white knighting Anastasis here, but this terrible thread needs only one villain, and the OP is clearly it.
  3. Firearm deaths aren't the #1 cause of death for service members. Children don't need chaplains, they need advanced tactical training and equipment.
  4. There's a fair amount of y'all talking past each other in this exchange. Just, FYI. I think there are structural/historical reasons and dumb luck that blunt some of b_t's criticisms. Aaron Burr sticking us with the filibuster, and slavery/Jim Crow/racism entrenching it favors the current GOP greatly. So does the timing of SC vacancies which has allowed Clinton/Obama/Biden to only fill 4 seats in 18 years while Bush/Trump filled 5 seats in 12 years. You can quibble about Dem effectiveness in filling Scalia's seat, but no matter your argument, it's still a 5-4 court overturning Roe, ruling for Citizens United, gutting the VRA, and all the rest of their bullshit. But he's absolutely right that Dems have simply written off too much of the electorate to be considered good at politics. Many of them did so because of personal greed; the path to riches doesn't lie in passing laws that help poor people financially (see Sinema, but she's only an obvious example of a legion of her type that fly under the radar). But many of them do so because of cowardice or a total inability to understand what wins elections. b_t nailed this. Does the average voter who is persuadable to 1. vote to begin with or 2. vote Dem over other options care about gerrymandering (if they even understand it)? Care who sits on the Supreme Court? Care that trans kids are prone to suicide, that blacks are more likely to suffer from our brutalizing police forces, that women make less than men, etc.? Of course they don't. They want to know if you have any ideas that might improve THEIR lives. Speak to them, or don't be so surprised that the carnival barker who does make them promises wins their votes.
  5. This is the main problem with the post-Clinton Democratic Party. Bill told Hillary she "forgot about Bubba." It wasn't just Hillary. Dems should have looked on at the horror of the Trump phenomenon and realized that THEY helped create the conditions for his success. Rural America used to be Dem leaning. Then Dems fell in love with Wall Street and free trade (along with their embrace of civil rights), and their platform gave rural and small town Americans no reason to consider voting for them. Now, I don't want to completely exonerate Bill Clinton. He set the Dems on the path to where they are with Third Way politics. Was it necessary to win some elections as the Reagan Era reached its Zenith? Sure. But they should not have completely jettisoned the underpinnings of the New Deal coalition. Y'all shouldn't be so quick to tear down Mayor Pete, though. He seems to have the ability to fight effectively, and, no matter whether the political winds continue to favor an expansion of the progressive wing of the party, the Dems remain the far, far lesser of two evils.
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    "Hey, we know medical and psychological science has avenues that could assuage your pain, but I don't want to feel like a hostage to your threats, so I'm not gonna look go that route. We're gonna be creative."
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    Frustrations borne of the daily grind of parenting are totally valid reasons for enacting punitive, faith-based, draconian public policy. My 10 y.o. will not practice piano between lessons, therefore we should ban music instruction.
  8. IA needs to be the best funded, most prestigious, most feared section of every department/sheriff’s office. Federal funding and any seized funds (after vigorous reform in that arena too) goes to them ONLY. Give cops someone to fear, and hold them to the same standard as the rest of us in terms of charging them with crimes. Bagging a corrupt cop should be the fast track to electoral success for prosecutors, too.
  9. You know some MAGAt holocaust denier lawyer would tie up the execution with appeals and writs. Just about every Texas DA would get the headline and move on.
  10. Probation. And we'd likely be worse in that situation. Germany has a far more robust welfare state. Most states in the union would likely see imprisoning her as a huge expense and not worth the hassle. If she was convicted of something from 77 years ago in Texas and sentenced to any amount of prison time, I could see TDCJ immediately paroling her and calling those 77 years of not participating in genocide as "good time." New York would probably have to bite the bullet and pay for her to die in prison, for political reasons. California would have her consult on a movie/streaming show script.
  11. She was tried in juvenile court and received two years of juvenile probation. Nice headline for the prosecutors, but that's about it.
  12. All my stories about them are boring and dumb. Family case a SC wanted transferred to The Hague. Traffic case appealed de novo to County Court then to the appellate level because the offense was listed in the transportation code not the penal code. Another idiot accused me of failing to get him a bond … while sitting in my office 30 minutes after I was appointed to represent him. Another couple I told off as much as it took until they backed off. It helps when judges refuse to replace me with another lawyer. They do dumb shit for dumb reasons.
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