1. #64901
    Quote Originally Posted by Redwyrm View Post
    They, and the rest of the world, know that Trump is a lame duck without any bargaining power. Unless Trump gives up the figurative baby and bath water. But I don't think congress would approve.
    tbf we also know that this may all happen again in 4 years.
    As long as your voting population remains that stupid, I would not trust the US on anything big personally. Sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Luniz View Post
    If only there was like, some kind of deal with international signatories including the US, that limited both how much uranium that Iran could have at once and also limited how much they could enrich it. And that this deal had some kind of agreement to allow inspectors into all their sites along with other oversight tools to ensure that Iran was abiding by the terms of the deal and not continuing to actively develop nuclear weapons.

    Some kind of like...Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drutt View Post
    As someone who just went through the process in the last two years, that test is nothing. Adding more questions or expecting more correct answers won't change anything materially. The questions are braindead easy, and they give you all of the questions (and the correct answers to them) in a pamphlet well in advance of the interview.

    One of the questions I was actually asked was "Who is the current Vice President of the United States?"
    Wasn’t that easy when I took it... mine was signed by Bush jr, so it’s been almost 20 years. I was the asshole in the back trying not to laugh, as everyone else was crying with joy.

    Oh no... yours is signed by Trump... I am so sorry... I thought I had it bad...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Felya View Post
    Wasn’t that easy when I took it... mine was signed by Bush jr, so it’s been almost 20 years. I was the asshole in the back trying not to laugh, as everyone else was crying with joy.

    Oh no... yours is signed by Trump... I am so sorry... I thought I had it bad...
    "Why is the Electoral College important?"
    So I assume that "It's not", while a proper and right answer, isn't the "correct" answer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Luniz View Post
    Trump Sought Options for Attacking Iran to Stop Its Growing Nuclear Program
    Because of course he is.

    This could actually be the most damage he could inflict on his way out of town.

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    Trump's actions are proof that we need to get rid of the lame duck session.

    Move the certification and inauguration to within a week of the counting being completed. Don't give the lame duck session time to do these things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Jensen View Post
    Trump's actions are proof that we need to get rid of the lame duck session.

    Move the certification and inauguration to within a week of the counting being completed. Don't give the lame duck session time to do these things.
    100% agree. No one thought we would have a Trump, who would actively harm the country on the way out. Everything should be looked at and update at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    Don't forget, Team Trump is a cult. I'm an Eagles fan for life, but when they suck (cough cough Sunday cough) I'll be one of the first to admit it. And, as you've seen on these very forums, even with the shield of anonymity, when Biden says something stupid or outright lies, I tend to call him out on it.

    The rabid fanbase is at the point where they would literally rather die than admit they backed a lying incompetent loser. Yes, literally, look at those mask mandates they're not following, look at the crimes they're committing. Kidnapping a governor? Driving from a Trump rally to the Philly vote counting location with guns what the fuck? Say what you want about Black Lives Matter, they at least are rebelling against unarmed innocent African-Americans being murdered in cold blood by police. I don't agree with violence as a political motivation, but at least them I understand. The rabid fanbase is looking at historic drops in American...everything, from jobs to international approval, and saying "Yeah we want more of this please, and we want it so badly we want to ignore the fact that it's now objectively proven we're outnumbered".

    Feel free to fail to understand. It's good that you don't understand. TWEETING IN ALL CAPS doesn't make you right, it makes you wrong louder.
    Yep. Every time I hear whinging about black lives matter, my response is just gonna be "Remember that time a bunch of right wing terrorists were threatening the lives of polling employees because they were too pussy to admit their god king lost?"
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    I don't care if he committed tax fraud. Scoring political victories and crushing the aspirations of your political opponents is more important than adhering to moral principles.
    Knadra finally just admitting Trumpkins care more about political victories than morals.

  9. #64909
    Thus far tonight I've heard Trump plans to sanction China, he plans to pull all troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan with no plan, and that he is planning an unprovoked strike on Iran. The first two are probably covered by the general protections presidents get, but wouldn't the third open him up for war crimes if the Biden administration decided not to protect him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xeones View Post
    wouldn't the third open him up for war crimes if the Biden administration decided not to protect him?
    I hope so. Because only throwing Trump into ICC would placate the rest of the world. Imagine if, say, Trump launched strikes unilaterally and we just shrugged our shoulders and allowed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Jensen View Post
    Trump's actions are proof that we need to get rid of the lame duck session.

    Move the certification and inauguration to within a week of the counting being completed. Don't give the lame duck session time to do these things.
    No, we just need to stop electing insane egomaniacs in the first place. Lame duck periods are important under normal circumstances, because it takes a while to transition the leadership of the entire executive branch. There is a lot of administrative stuff to be done. The 43 Presidents before Trump all enabled that transition (Well, 8 died, but the 35 that survived to the end of their term (s) all transitioned properly).
    "We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine." DJT- Jan 22, 2020
    "And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done." DJT- Feb 26, 2020
    “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.” DJT- Feb 27, 2020

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    162,149 new cases; a little under 35k more than last Monday. Hey, Nebraska managed to get their shit in just in time to make it into the...

    Top 20:

    Texas: 11,879 new cases; 78 deaths
    Illinois: 11,632 new cases; 42 deaths
    California: 11,209 new cases; 39 deaths
    Tennessee: 7,951 new cases (new record); 30 deaths
    Minnesota: 7,437 new cases; 12 deaths
    Ohio: 7,268 new cases; 20 deaths
    Kansas: 6,868 new cases (new record); 10 deaths
    Michigan: 6,381 new cases; 55 deaths
    Pennsylvania: 6,214 new cases (new record); 14 deaths
    Indiana: 5,147 new cases; 26 deaths
    Missouri: 4,673 new cases; 8 deaths
    Fuck Florida.
    Connecticut: 4,639 new cases (new record); 22 deaths
    Wisconsin: 4,389 new cases; 12 deaths
    Colorado: 4,296 new cases; 32 deaths
    New York: 4,063 new cases; 36 deaths
    Nebraska: 3,440 new cases (new record); 18 deaths
    New Jersey: 3,435 new cases; 14 deaths
    Iowa: 3,209 new cases; 6 deaths
    Washington: 3,189 new cases (new record); 2 deaths

    Other states with new case/death records: Virginia, Arkansas and Vermont.

    At first glance it might not seem like many new records but bear in mind it's a Monday...so this is actually pretty excessive all things considered. There are three states with over 11k. On a Monday. Look for them to be hitting brutal new records later this week. I expect they'll get some company soon as well. Things are still wildly out of control across the US. Taking a state purely at random--South Dakota--their positivity is just south of 60%. That is not a typo. Trump and Governor Kristi Noem have done irreparable damage...not least because people are dying of COVID-19 while still denying that it's a thing.

    We could very well crack 200k new cases daily this week.

    739 deaths is a little under a hundred more than last Monday. The total is now 252,651. I think this will be a make-or-break kind of week in terms of what we could expect as this continues. I'm expecting around 1,500-1,600 days, but if we see 1,700-1,800 I would not be entirely surprised given the explosive growth of the outbreak and the numbers we've seen the past couple weeks. A lot of it comes down to whether or not there are beds and staff available for those sick enough to be hospitalized.

    Related news:

    At least 2 members of Congress announce positive Covid-19 diagnoses Monday--And they likely won't be the last.

    Biden urges Congress to pass coronavirus package with state, local government funding--Because the current White House occupant is too busy hatching more conspiracy theories and fleecing his flock.

    U.S. logs 1 million new COVID-19 cases last week, deaths up 12%--We already knew this, but A MILLION FUCKING CASES IN A WEEK can't be said enough. The rise in deaths is expected.

    Stay safe, folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benggaul View Post
    739 deaths
    It wasn't that long ago these were the high days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    It wasn't that long ago these were the high days.
    Kinda. We skimmed about a hundred or so below 1k for a while about a month and a half ago. But we haven't been down to 700 as a "high" since July.

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    Michigan state lawmakers announce plans to impeach Whitmer.

    "On what grounds?"

    The kidnapping failed.

    "No, really."

    Ignored court orders. Violated our Constitutional rights. Completely ignored due process and the legislature. Weaponized contract tracing databases to aid democrat campaigns.
    "So, COVID restrictions?"

    COVID restrictions.

    Meanwhile, McConnell suddenly realized he already got re-elected and asks Trump to not yank all the troops out of Afghanistan.

    The consequences of a premature American exit would likely be even worse than President Obama's withdrawal from Iraq back in 2011. ... It would be reminiscent of the humiliating American departure from Saigon in 1975. We'd be abandoning our partners in Afghanistan
    Hmm. Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittle late to be having second thoughts, isn't it? Funny, he didn't object when he needed the rabid fanbase's votes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    Michigan state lawmakers announce plans to impeach Whitmer.

    "On what grounds?"

    The kidnapping failed.

    "No, really."



    "So, COVID restrictions?"

    COVID restrictions.

    Meanwhile, McConnell suddenly realized he already got re-elected and asks Trump to not yank all the troops out of Afghanistan.



    Hmm. Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittle late to be having second thoughts, isn't it? Funny, he didn't object when he needed the rabid fanbase's votes.
    Republicans are a special kind of stupid aren't they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thekri View Post
    No, we just need to stop electing insane egomaniacs in the first place. Lame duck periods are important under normal circumstances, because it takes a while to transition the leadership of the entire executive branch. There is a lot of administrative stuff to be done. The 43 Presidents before Trump all enabled that transition (Well, 8 died, but the 35 that survived to the end of their term (s) all transitioned properly).
    If it's any consolation, I doubt Trump's administration has done any notable intelligence collection or presidential work in... well, let's generously say the past five months, so I don't think Biden and his team is missing out on too much in that regard, because it was never there to be given to him to begin with.

    Biden might be coming out ahead going in with his already-hired cadre of... actually qualified people... without having to deal with Trump's sharpie'd over transcripts of fox news pundits that he was using to inform all of the white house's decisions.
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    Kaleredar is right...
    Words to live by.

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    If Trump just told his followers to put a bullet in their brain, how many would actually do this? It’s a non zero number, I’m almost certain of that. 100, 500, 1000?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fahrenheit View Post
    If Trump just told his followers to put a bullet in their brain, what percentage would actually do this? It’s a non zero number, I’m almost certain of that. 100, 500, 1000?
    I think some would, but most would just do what they always do, saying “what he really meant by that was...”. You know, remaining in denial and making excuses for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Jensen View Post
    Republicans are a special kind of stupid aren't they?
    Add to that a healthy dose of maliciousness.

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