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  1. 11 hours ago, Gromnir said:

    literal or politically?

    in the past we would have observed aoc popularity would need eventual be supported by actual achievements, but such isn't the case in 2020 american politics. today, messaging and branding is more important. blame on republicans. blame on moderate democrats. heck, blame on the lincoln project. tangible success is unimportant as long as her message resonates with her base and there is a them to blame for failures.

    sound familiar?

    polarization means aoc can be successful, and so too may marjorie taylor greene.

    brave new world.

    HA! Good Fun!

    US politics these days is a big shiny package with nothing in it. All butter no bread. I guess this was inevitable. 

  2. 55 minutes ago, Skarpen said:

    Probably till the next election when they will see if AOC is to stay in politics or is she a one term blip.

    She’s already won a second term and defeated a challenger in the process. Kind of doubt she’s going away. However, the DNC can see that she faces primary challengers and then the road will get much rockier.

  3. 15 minutes ago, Achilles said:

    I really enjoyed The Fifth Risk. It's a short read that you could probably crank out in an afternoon.

    I know that our taste in books often align, so I'd be interested to hear your take on it.

    OK cool I added it to my to do list. The last one you recommended to me was pretty good. I came to completely different conclusions than  McMillan did but there you go.

  4. 56 minutes ago, Achilles said:

    I don’t think Paul Mitchell risked much by writing this letter now, especially since he’s already said that he won’t be seeking re-election. I think it’s a mistake to confuse this with bravery.

    Regarding the other point in your post, I guess I’m curious why you think it matters or what you would do with such information. If Amash was the one good man in Gomorrah, what would your next step be? 
     

    In reality it does not have anything to do with me really. There is very little the federal government can do to me or for me. Providing I don’t break the law or anything crazy like that and excepting any major domestic policy change. Not planning to break the law so... So it boils down to politics just being something interesting to talk about. As Grom pointed out (as you did too) its one thing to tell them off on your way out the door. It’s quite another to do it while you still have a career in front of you. Amash did that so he ranks higher on the respectable scale but now he’s out of Congress so not much that I can do fo him. If he ever runs for office again I’ll write him a check. What the hell. I make political campaign donations very infrequently. There are a couple of charities I favor and would rather write checks to them. 

  5. 33 minutes ago, Achilles said:

    Profiles in Courage

    Perhaps Gromnir is right. Perhaps they are not all utter scoundrels and villains, lacking integrity or moral character and engaging only in transactional relationships. Perhaps they are not all arrogant  moral busybodies who seek to torment us endlessly with the smug approval of their own conscience and sense of superiority. Perhaps Justin Amash and Paul Mitchell can show us there is still some decency and courage and conviction to principle to be found in the halls of the US Government. 

    Or perhaps they are aberrations at best and at worst the exceptions that prove the rule and my previous description fits 95% of them to a T. I am leaning towards the latter explanation but I am still hopeful I will be surprised.

  6. US Rep Paul Mitchell from Michigan has resigned from the Republican Party. I thought the letter he sent was worth sharing:

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    Mr. Kevin McCarthy

    Republican Leader

    U.S. House of Representatives

    U.S. Capitol

    Washington, DC 20515

    Dear Chairwoman McDaniel and Leader McCarthy:

    The weeks since the 2020 General Election have been traumatic for many in our nation, both voters and those of us who took an oath to serve this nation.

    As you well know, my voting record in Congress over the past two terms has been in line with President Trump and the administration's policies more than 95 percent of the time. Further, I voted for President Trump in the 2020 General Election despite some reservations about four more years under his leadership. I felt that many policies achieved during the Trump administration had been positive for our nation, whereas the policies espoused by the Democratic Party were too radical and did not reflect my principles.

    I have also worked hard to support each of you and your efforts. Ronna, you may recall that I spoke with you several times as you considered undertaking the role of RNC Chair. It was my strong belief that you could help lead our party and support its core principles, and I encouraged you to undertake the position. Kevin, I worked diligently with you as part of the Republican Leadership Team for both the 115th and 116th Congresses. I fervently whipped votes for our policies during both terms on some tough issues.

    As an active supporter of the national GOP, the state GOP, the NRCC and individual candidates, I raised almost $800k in just 2 1/2 years for the NRCC to support Republican candidates supported by leadership. I have contributed personal funds, not simply PAC funds, to innumerable candidates at the Federal and state levels.

    I agree that there have been some disconcerting aspects to this election. With more than 155 million people voting, both administrative errors and even some fraudulent voting likely occurred. Steps must be taken, by each state, to audit election results, validate ballots and process and report findings to ensure that every legal vote counts. Michigan clearly needs to do that, not just Wayne County. However, the president and his legal team have failed to provide substantive evidence of fraud or administrative failure on a scale large enough to impact the outcome of the election.

    Ronna, you know Michigan politics well. President Trump did not lose Michigan because of Wayne County, but rather he lost because of dwindling support in areas including Kent and Oakland County, both previous Republican strongholds. In the 2020 election, President Trump lost Michigan by 154,000 votes, compared to 2016 when his margin of victory was slightly more than 10,700 votes.

    I have stated publicly numerous times that when entering the political arena, a person must be willing to accept winning and losing with grace and maturity. Having personally experienced both winning and losing, the latter can be brutal.

    Any candidate, including the president, is entitled to request recounts and pursue legal challenges they believe are appropriate if they possess evidence of wrongdoing. President Trump has undertaken or supported both of these options. Recounts have failed to significantly alter the vote outcome in any state and dozens of court cases have been summarily dismissed in both state and Federal courts across our nation.

    It is unacceptable for political candidates to treat our election system as though we are a third- world nation and incite distrust of something so basic as the sanctity of our vote. Further, it is unacceptable for the president to attack the Supreme Court of the United States because its judges, both liberal and conservative, did not rule with his side or that "the Court failed him." It was our Founding Fathers' objective to insulate the Supreme Court from such blatant political motivations.

    If Republican leaders collectively sit back and tolerate unfounded conspiracy theories and "stop the steal" rallies without speaking out for our electoral process, which the Department of Homeland Security said was "the most secure in American history," our nation will be damaged. I have spoken out clearly and forcefully in opposition to these messages. However, with the leadership of the Republican Party and our Republican Conference in the House actively participating in at least some of those efforts, I fear long-term harm to our democracy.

    The stability and strength of our democracy has been an ongoing concern for me. I expressed strong concerns about the president's response to Charlottesville, the anti-immigrant "send them back" rhetoric, and even the racist comments of my own colleagues in the House.

    I believe that raw political considerations, not constitutional or voting integrity concerns, motivate many in party leadership to support the "stop the steal" efforts, which is extremely disappointing to me. As elected members of Congress, we take an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States," not to preserve and protect the political interests of any individual, be it the president or anyone else, to the detriment of our cherished nation.

    As a result, I am writing to advise you both that I am withdrawing from my engagement and association with the Republican Party at both the national and state level. I will support,

    contribute to, and fundraise for individual candidates who reflect the principles I hold dear. Further, by copy of this letter I am also advising Ms. Laura Cox, Chair of the Michigan GOP of this decision.

    I am also requesting that the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives change my party affiliation to Independent for the remainder of my term in office. While admittedly symbolic, we all know that symbols matter.

    Sincerely,

    Paul Mitchell

    Member of Congress

    CC Laura Cox, Chair, Michigan Republican Party

    Cheryl L. Johnson, Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives

     

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  7. Is this the end of cities in America?

    Ummm no. But, it is an interesting population shift. One that will be exacerbated by eventual tax increases as more and more of the taxes are borne by a shrinking tax base. But... the folks who move because of oppressively high taxation and city hall bullies tend to vote for the exact same s--t they just fled from when they get to their new cities. 

    As for me, hell will freeze solid before I ever again reside inside of a city limit. Or near one. In fact if I ever even get a neighbor whose house I can see from mine I am f-----g out of here!

  8. 5 minutes ago, Gromnir said:

    if you say so. am too familiar with gd's "sense o' humor."  says he is joking... but y'know, there is a more than a little truth in calling the bureau a terrorist group, yes? been here too many times.

    as an aside, trump current has 3x as many votes as biden. if biden eventual pulls off a win, clearly there were fraud involved.

    HA! Good Fun!

    As Sinbad would put it there is a grain of truth in all good humor. But in this case the tongue was firmly in the cheek

  9. Nothing much going on right now. The hot stove is ice cold as clubs reckon with millions of dollars in OPEX debt from the 2020 season. The Tampa Bay Rays are following up their World Series run with a fire sale. Charlie Morton, Mike Zunino, Hunter Renfroe, Chaz Rowe and Nate Lowe were all shown the door. The latter in a trade to Texas for farm system spare parts. Blake Snell and Kevin Kiermaier are being shopped for trade. And the Rays appear to be looking at second tier free agents and farm system depth to fill in the holes. Looks like a tank job to me. That means they are looking to just run out the clock on their lease in St. Pete and move the team to Montreal in 2028. To hell (or Canada) with them. 

    In other news the Cleveland Indians will change their name in 2022. So far no official candidates. You guys may not know this but the nickname came about because a player on the team, Louis Sockalexis, was a native American. He was the first to play in the major leagues. The name Indians might have been meant as derision. Hard to say. But it was made up by the owner of the team who recruited and paid Sockalexis albeit years later. They say today the name was a tribute but who knows. Before that they were the Naps in honor of star player and manager Nap Lajoie. Before that they were the Blues, Bronchos (yes that is the right spelling), Blue Birds, and Spiders.

    Personally I like Spiders. Any other ideas out there? 

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