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Friday, 11 January 2019

Tucker Carlson has sparked the most interesting debate in conservative politics

quote [ "All I?m saying is don?t act like the way things are is somehow ordained by God." ]

Perhaps extremists on both the left and right are acting like a vice grip, slowly but surely forcing average citizens into a middle ground. Too bad they don't have any money to effect policy in Washington.

Video of Carlson's monologue in extended.

[SFW] [politics] [+2 Interesting]
[by JWWargo@8:45pmGMT] [7 comments]

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Well-Kept Gardens Die By Pacifism

quote [ Good online communities die primarily by refusing to defend themselves.

Somewhere in the vastness of the Internet, it is happening even now. It was once a well-kept garden of intelligent discussion, where knowledgeable and interested folk came, attracted by the high quality of speech they saw ongoing. But into this garden comes a fool, and the level of discussion drops a little?or more than a little, if the fool is very prolific in their posting. ]

Came across this nearly 10 year old article last night, but was hesitant to post it. Not looking to start the same arguments over about the SE users pegged as trolls. Rather, this got me thinking about SE as a whole and where individual responsibility lies within its framework.

Short, relevant, personal recollection in extended.

[SFW] [politics] [+9 Underrated]
[by JWWargo@8:32amGMT] [8 comments]

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

President Trump says he's "cutting off FEMA funding to California over fires"

quote [ President Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning that he is cutting off FEMA aid to California over the state?s deadly forest fires. ]

Full in extended (paywall)

[SFW] [politics] [+5 WTF]
[by knumbknutz@10:31pmGMT] [9 comments]

Monday, 7 January 2019

What Happened When A Trump Supporter Challenged Me About the Wall

quote [ A conservative challenged liberal Facebook friends to ?make a case, not based on emotion? against Trump?s wall. ]

You'll never guess how this ends. Reality has a well-known liberal bias.

The short version of the argument I like: Have you ever seen a map of Texas? Do you know why the border with Mexico looks the way it does?
[SFW] [politics] [+4]
[by hellboy@11:39amGMT] [57 comments]

Saturday, 5 January 2019

HR1 - The For The People Act of 2019

quote [ This historic reform legislation?the most sweeping since Watergate?includes policies to ban members of Congress from serving on for-profit corporate boards or using nonpublic information to personally enrich themselves. It also shines a bright light on dark money and foreign money in our elections and enacts a small-dollar campaign finance system to vastly amplify the voices of everyday Americans in our elections. CAP urges the House to quickly pass the For the People Act in order to curb corruption in our political system and rebuild the public?s confidence in our elections and our government. ]

Good first day. To bad it will never be law, but what it does is lay down the marker of what should be. Which is about all we can expect from this congress.

[SFW] [politics]
[by bbqkink@6:33amGMT] [4 comments]

Friday, 4 January 2019

"No applause for Ronald Reagan?"

quote [ I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still. ]

They are showing over and over again their principals are as phony as their hero worship of Saint Ronny.
[SFW] [politics] [+1]
[by bbqkink@2:38amGMT] [16 comments]

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Elizabeth Warren: 'No to the billionaires' funding politics

quote [ Senator Elizabeth Warren, in her first interview since announcing the launch of an exploratory committee for a run for president in 2020, talks with Rachel Maddow about financial disparities in the United States and why she believes the Democratic Party should stick with grassroots politics and eschew the influence of billionaire funding. ]

Good open to the 2020 election.

[SFW] [politics] [+3 Good]
[by bbqkink@3:49amGMT] [18 comments]

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Lie to me...7,645 times.

quote [ Trump's rapid pace of lies in 2018 ]

The assault on the Truth is the story of the year.

The endless lies from Trump...his claims of Fake news...the real Fake News, from Russian troll farms and the right wing fervor swamp...the constantly evolving lies that change as they fall apart, faster than they can be told...lies, lies and more lies.

[SFW] [politics] [+1 WTF]
[by bbqkink@2:20amGMT] [14 comments]

Sunday, 30 December 2018

The Bipartisan Group That?s Not Afraid of Partisanship

quote [ Rather than seeking a centrist compromise, Better Angels is treating division as a given?and trying to foster conversations across it. ]

Every now and then I read something like this and think that maybe there is a way forward.

[SFW] [politics] [+3 Good]
[by hellboy@4:12pmGMT] [4 comments]

Friday, 28 December 2018

Corporate Democrats Are Already Punching the Left Ahead of 2020

quote [ National polling shows that the U.S. public strongly favors bold policy proposals that Sanders has been championing for a long time. On issues ranging from climate change to Medicare for All to tuition-free public college to Wall Street power, the party?s base has been moving leftward, largely propelled by an upsurge of engagement from progressive young people. This momentum is a threat to the forces accustomed to dominating the Democratic Party. ]

And as always they are using identity politics as the cudgel. And once again putting black women as the counterweight.

[SFW] [politics] [+1 Informative]
[by bbqkink@1:23amGMT] [15 comments]

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