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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    So I looked over Trump's Rasmussen polling numbers -- the ones most beneficial to him -- and, now that they're over, they don't paint as pretty as a picture as Trump would like.

    Trump polled 51% and higher less than 10% of the time. His best years were 2017 and 2020, 13.8% and 12.2% of polls having him over 50% respectively. ("Year" actually means Jan 20-Jan 20 in this context)

    Trump's "strongly approve" was higher than his "strongly disapprove" 2.1% of the time. Again, his best years were 2017 and 2020, but those were both under 5% of polls putting him above water.

    2018 was Trump's worst year, easily. He was never over 50%, and he never had "strongly approve" over "strongly disapprove". I don't think there was a single, specific reason (as shown next), just a long string of failures. Trump praised Nazis in 2017, and both allowed the lethal outbreak and also tried to overthrow democracy in 2020.

    Trump's biggest day-over-day change, 4%, happened Nov 7, 2019. I don't know why. Near as I can tell, he spent the day at a Louisiana rally lying about settling a Trump Foundation payout and lying about the ongoing impeachment.

    Trump's biggest day-over-day loss, -6%, was Sept 28, 2020, That one's much easier to explain, The NYTimes dropped this famous Trump taxes article Sept 27, 2020, specifically the one that said Trump didn't pay taxes.

    Trump's biggest 7-day average over previous 7-day average, +5%, happened around Feb 18, 2019, most likely because Trump declared National Security Lol and sent US military to the Mexican border.

    Trump's biggest 7-day average over previous 7-day average, -5%, was around Oct 8, 2020, most likely because he caught COVID due to trivializing the lethal outbreak and nearly died as a direct result. EDIT: Or, it could have been his Debate 1 performance.

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    So Texas lifted the mask mandate, Austin put it right back.

    Texas took them to court.

    The Texas judge sided with Austin.

    There were other townships who also had their own mask mandate, which will now legally enforce them, following this ruling.
    Good. Fuck their ridiculous governor and his desire to kill as many people as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vegas82 View Post
    Good. Fuck their ridiculous governor and his desire to kill as many people as possible.
    Speaking of, perhaps you heard that Biden said there could be more restrictions in place, if things get worse not better, and DeSantis said "that's insane and we won't do it"?

    Yep, Biden was speaking, specifically, about a situation in which cases and deaths were rising (as @Benggaul has been showing us, they aren't) and taking appropriate actions, and DeSantis -- again speaking of a situation in which things were getting worse -- pledge to refuse to do such actions, which weren't even named.

    If you're looking to fuck a ridiculous governor, it looks like you might have some options. Take your pick, I'm happy with Graham's wife.

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    Still feel awful. Still 99% convinced it's just allergies/hayfever. Still reserving the 1% because I don't want to die of hubris.

    66,785 new cases; about 2.5k fewer than last Friday. Not all states are in yet. Definite slowdown in the decrease of new cases indicating we're heading for a plateau--way too soon.

    1,505 deaths is about 300 fewer than last Friday and brings the total to 545,544.

    Related news:

    U.S. reaches COVID vaccine milestone of 100 million shots--That's doses, not vaccinations, but we're ahead of schedule in meeting Biden's 100 million vaccinations in 100 days goal and all indications are that it will be met. The US is also on pace to have enough doses available for every adult in the US by May (though it will undoubtedly take longer to administer them all) and should have an excess of over 150 million by the Summer. What a difference, eh? Fuck Trump and fuck the people who allowed him to kill over half a million people through his ignorance.

    Stay safe, folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    So Texas lifted the mask mandate, Austin put it right back.

    Texas took them to court.

    The Texas judge sided with Austin.

    There were other townships who also had their own mask mandate, which will now legally enforce them, following this ruling.
    I have to say, it's absolutely fucked that state governments can sue municipal governments over local decisions that do not break state law and do not receive meaningful backlash for it. Greg Abbott is likely going to receive praise by people touting free speech over his attempts to force Austin to remove their mask mandate, rather than condemning him for endangering the state as a whole and then attempting to attack municipal jurisdictions from protecting its citizens.
    Sylvanas didn't even win the popular vote, she was elected by an indirect election of representatives. #NotMyWarchief

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benggaul View Post
    Still feel awful. Still 99% convinced it's just allergies/hayfever. Still reserving the 1% because I don't want to die of hubris.

    [SNIP]

    Stay safe, folks.
    My wife had a huge allergy fit a while back thinking the same thing. I get tested twice a week for work so we always had a good barometer for whether our household had it and were confident it wasn't COVID, but better safe than sorry. Not sure if you take medication for your allergies or not, the only thing that worked for her was Xyzal. Hope you feel better soon.

    Stay safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vegas82 View Post
    Good. Fuck their ridiculous governor and his desire to kill as many people as possible.
    Maybe he'll get defeated by Matthew McConaughey in next year's election.


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    and genius is that genius has its limits."

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhaelixWW View Post
    Maybe he'll get defeated by Matthew McConaughey in next year's election.
    Alt-right, alt-right, alt-riiiiiight.

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    To those that don't know of or do and don't follow, Rachel Maddow is a delightfully bright news anchor, hosting her own show as well as other news broadcasts on MSNBC. Yesterday, she offered this commentary re the GOP's relationship with Trump:
    Maddow noted how Trump this week urged GOP donors to send their cash directly to him, causing momentary tensions with the Republican Party until its leaders ended up bowing down once again to their one-term and twice-impeached president.

    “I mean this is some masochistic stuff right here. Do you guys have a safe word? You might want to employ it at some point,” joked Maddow. “At some point, we’re going to hear the Republican Party in the corner going ‘avocado.’”

    “What does he have to do to get you to not give him more of what he wants?” she added. “To stop praising him, to not actually giving him more of your money? What does he have to do? The meaner he gets, the bigger the swings and the more insulting he gets toward you, the more you praise and thank him.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubby View Post
    "Trump this week urged GOP donors to send their cash directly to him"
    Good.

    Because you know he's just going to keep a lot of it, and this splits funding between the Party of Trump and the Republican Party -- neither of whom will have the assets to run a proper campaign.

    I endorse this, I encourage this, I want to see where this goes.

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    Trump made a rare public appearance at...man, that feels strange to write. "Rare public appearance". Huh.

    Trump made a rare public appearance at a Mar-a-Lago fundraider, specifically, rescuing dogs from China and bringing them to tue US.

    "Well that's actually nice of him. Good to see he's actually looking at others and not just hims--"

    I'm with you 100 percent. We had many meetings in the White House and the Oval Office having to do with saving and helping dogs!
    "...nevermind."

    Yeah. Also he attended wearing a MAGA hat. And of course, we all know Mar-a-Lago was paid to host the event.
    @cubby is this close enough to what you were talking about? And also, how do you feel about questions on a leash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    Good.

    Because you know he's just going to keep a lot of it, and this splits funding between the Party of Trump and the Republican Party -- neither of whom will have the assets to run a proper campaign.

    I endorse this, I encourage this, I want to see where this goes.

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    Trump made a rare public appearance at...man, that feels strange to write. "Rare public appearance". Huh.

    Trump made a rare public appearance at a Mar-a-Lago fundraider, specifically, rescuing dogs from China and bringing them to tue US.

    "Well that's actually nice of him. Good to see he's actually looking at others and not just hims--"



    "...nevermind."

    Yeah. Also he attended wearing a MAGA hat. And of course, we all know Mar-a-Lago was paid to host the event.
    @cubby is this close enough to what you were talking about? And also, how do you feel about questions on a leash?
    That’s the charity that’s pumped millions into Trump’s pockets right?

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    I strongly disagree with your use of the singular in that description.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    I strongly disagree with your use of the singular in that description.
    Sorry, I didn’t intend to imply it was singular. I just saw it trending earlier due to Lara Trump’s relationship with the charity and the family’s history with the Trump Foundation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vegas82 View Post
    Sorry, I didn’t intend to imply it was singular.
    No no, you were linking a specific article. I knew where you were going, Scoobs.

    Meanwhile the (cough) charity's Trump, Lara, is apparently considering running in 2022 in NC. Looking forward to the grift/theft she's personally involved in to be handwaved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    Good.

    Because you know he's just going to keep a lot of it, and this splits funding between the Party of Trump and the Republican Party -- neither of whom will have the assets to run a proper campaign.

    I endorse this, I encourage this, I want to see where this goes.

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    Trump made a rare public appearance at...man, that feels strange to write. "Rare public appearance". Huh.

    Trump made a rare public appearance at a Mar-a-Lago fundraider, specifically, rescuing dogs from China and bringing them to tue US.

    "Well that's actually nice of him. Good to see he's actually looking at others and not just hims--"



    "...nevermind."

    Yeah. Also he attended wearing a MAGA hat. And of course, we all know Mar-a-Lago was paid to host the event.
    @cubby is this close enough to what you were talking about? And also, how do you feel about questions on a leash?
    Lol.

    I would really like to start using "safe word" when referring to the GOP's relationship with Trump. Rachel Maddow deserves an Editorial Emmy for that alone.

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    "Flynn got pardoned! Woo! MAGA! Now nothing bad can possibly happen to...what's that ominous five-sided shadow?"

    The Pentagon's internal watchdog has finished a long-delayed investigation into Michael Flynn and has sent its findings to the Army for a final review that could possibly bring financial penalties against the military retirement benefits afforded to the retired Army three-star general.

    The Defense Department's Office of Inspector General had opened its own investigation in April 2017, looking into money that Flynn had received from Russian and Turkish entities after his retirement from the service and whether he had failed to obtain the proper approval to do so. The military has strict rules for payments that retired officers can take from foreign countries after their retirement from service.

    That investigation had been put on hold as then-special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential campaign and other investigations got underway.

    "On April 11, 2017, the DoD OIG initiated an investigation into an allegation that retired Lieutenant General (LTG) Michael Flynn failed to obtain required approval from the Army and the Department of State before receiving any emolument from a foreign government or a foreign government-controlled entity. At the request of the Department of Justice (DOJ), we placed our investigation in abeyance in June 2017, pending the outcome of criminal allegations against LTG Flynn," IG spokeswoman Dwrena Allen said in a statement.

    "After the former President pardoned LTG Flynn on November 25, 2020, we received permission from the DOJ to continue our investigation. On January 27, 2021, we closed our investigation against LTG Flynn and forwarded several administrative matters to the Acting Secretary of the Army for review and appropriate action," Allen added.
    Trump can't pardon Flynn again. Biden won't. And, if any charges are filed, these would be different ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    "Flynn got pardoned! Woo! MAGA! Now nothing bad can possibly happen to...what's that ominous five-sided shadow?"

    Trump can't pardon Flynn again. Biden won't. And, if any charges are filed, these would be different ones.
    As much as I would love that, this doesn't mention anything about actual prison time or anything like that, these are talking about going after his retirement benefits. That being said, they have been known to pull people out of retirement or after their contract in just to press that charges on them in military court.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugus View Post
    this doesn't mention anything about actual prison time or anything like that, these are talking about going after his retirement benefits..
    Not directly, no. We'll see what they turn up in their investigation -- if he was working with Russia and there's proof, he's got real problems.

    Just yet another item to watch in the future, as the people who thought Trump had their back become targets for their words and actions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    Not directly, no. We'll see what they turn up in their investigation -- if he was working with Russia and there's proof, he's got real problems.

    Just yet another item to watch in the future, as the people who thought Trump had their back become targets for their words and actions.
    True, he was pardoned on charges of lying about his Russian contacts and while Trump tried to make his pardon as broad as it could and that includes his past actions the pardon was only in regard to Mueller.

    That doesn’t stop stuff that Mueller hadn’t pressed charges on nor does that stop the Military from using UCMJ action on him.

    The military can have his ass even if he is retired and no longer active, even if he committed the crimes after he had left.

    Kinda like this guy.

    https://www.military.com/daily-news/...t-decides.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugus View Post
    As much as I would love that, this doesn't mention anything about actual prison time or anything like that, these are talking about going after his retirement benefits. That being said, they have been known to pull people out of retirement or after their contract in just to press that charges on them in military court.
    tbf, he wasn't actually going to serve a long prison term as is, if at all. I think it was like a maximum of 6 months? but likely not even that amount since that's what the prosecuters were asking for, probably the judge would have given less. but even if it was a full 6 months, idk, its still not much, but hitting him in the bank account after years of spending god knows how much on lawyer fee's as is, I think this will make it hurt longer and harder, so I'm good with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beanman12345 View Post
    tbf, he wasn't actually going to serve a long prison term as is, if at all. I think it was like a maximum of 6 months? but likely not even that amount since that's what the prosecuters were asking for, probably the judge would have given less. but even if it was a full 6 months, idk, its still not much, but hitting him in the bank account after years of spending god knows how much on lawyer fee's as is, I think this will make it hurt longer and harder, so I'm good with this.
    Agreed
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