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As others so eloquently pointed out, I am not sure how a once in a lifetime flood justifies major military hardware for the police.

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As others so eloquently pointed out, I am not sure how a once in a lifetime flood justifies major military hardware for the police.

 

 

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So... just curious, is everyone here on the Trump-hate wagon?

 

And what if he got impeached and you got someone worse? I know you can say that's impossible but you've been wrong before.

 

Anyways, was just wondering as I chill with my wanton lass :)


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What are you still bothering me for? I'm a Knight. I'm not interested in your childish games. I need my rest.

 

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So... just curious, is everyone here on the Trump-hate wagon?

 

And what if he got impeached and you got someone worse? I know you can say that's impossible but you've been wrong before.

 

Anyways, was just wondering as I chill with my wanton lass :)

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The Electoral College system was fine until Hillary lost.

 

 

It was actually a pretty sore point in 2000 as well when Gore (D) lost the election while holding a .5 lead (not as gigantic of a lead as Hillary's 2.1, but sizeable enough). As for the rest of what you said, with no explanation/context, I'm not sure what you mean. (e: oh, the last point: yes, american liberalism is not the same as classic liberalism)

If you mean the democracy bit?

There are many forms of democracy, in UK its first pat the post, in Ireland, we have a vote transfer system called Proportional Representation, in USA, it's Electoral College. The democrats don't seem to accept the fact that Donald Trump was democratically elected, because they say Hillary got more votes. That would be ok in England, where it's first past the post, but the election was in America, where a different democratic system prevails.

That's why I say the democrats don't seem to believe in Democracy.

Hope that made it a bit less muddy :)

you make a common european mistakes.

 

first, our fed government is far less powerful than most people (including some americans) realize.  our individual state and local governments has more influence on day-to-day life o' citizens than does the fed.  in fact, the fed is specific prohibited by our Constitution from the kinda interference which is commonplace in ireland and elsewhere. our democracy happens much closer to home, and you ain't even considered local and state elections.  

 

furthermore, the electoral college is only a means by which our President is elected.  as much as europeans fail to understand the limits o' our fed government, confusion 'bout the Presidency is even greater.  is not the President who writes our laws but Congress.  the President's powers is most vital in regards to foreign affairs and administration of the executive branch of government, but even then, the executive is a massive organization staffed by career bureaucrats who, for practical if not legal reasons, are largely insulated from Presidential whim. the President is not our Prime Minister, or anything even close. don't let tv and movies mislead you.

 

use electoral college to somehow represent american democracy is, at best, myopic.

 

HA! Good Fun!

Thanks for taking the time to explain the system more clearly, you are correct, I don't fully understand the mechanics.

 

But, regardless of it being fit for purpose, it is the "only game in town" and until that is changed, I would suggest that Donald Trump won democratically within that systems rules?


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So... just curious, is everyone here on the Trump-hate wagon?

And what if he got impeached and you got someone worse? I know you can say that's impossible but you've been wrong before.

Anyways, was just wondering as I chill with my wanton lass :)

I think the American people had a horrific choice to make, in the choice, of the last two standing, I would have voted for Donald Trump, Hillary, for the myriad reasons that have already been thrashed out during the election and her actions while in government, prior to the election, scares the beejeesus out of me and I'm not even American :) Edited by Fiach
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So... just curious, is everyone here on the Trump-hate wagon?

 

And what if he got impeached and you got someone worse? I know you can say that's impossible but you've been wrong before.

 

Anyways, was just wondering as I chill with my wanton lass :)

I have never hated Trump even though I wanted Hilary to win. I want global economic stability, growth and sustainability, security  and Western values and ideology to be replicated world wide so there is prosperity and better quality of life for all

 

The USA is the foundation of these objectives so I dont  want the USA  president to implode and impact these objectives, Trump around most international policy decisions has been fine. Its his domestic policies that have been concerning and some of his tweets and public comments to be questionable, impulsive, petulant  or demonstrate poor judgement 

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Don't hate him, don't like him though. We didn't have a good pick between the 2. I voted for Johnson, but I know for damn sure Johnson could not survive the same media **** storm that Trump is enduring. Tbh the sob needs to stay off Twitter.

Otherwise, it's the same show different face, meaning the people with power are still there doing their thing as usual, we just have a much bigger distraction with Trump to make us look elsewhere. The only difference with Hillary, is A. the toxic PC atmosphere would still be here choking everyone (still is but would be in much heavier doses) and B. we wouldn't have the media so far up her ass that they couldn't talk about anything else, no the media would be directing us elsewhere away from looking at her.

With Trump, everyone looking at him while the govt does shady ****. With Hillary, we wouldn't be looking at her with the govt doing shady **** but something else.

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And what if he got impeached and you got someone worse? I know you can say that's impossible but you've been wrong before.

If you'd asked me a couple of months back, I'd have said impeach him before he does more damage. At this point I think most replacements from the Republican side, especially the vice-president, would be worse. Possibly most replacements from the Democrat side too. They'd know how to get their plans through whereas Trump has proven too incompetent to get his evil schemes to hatch. Better the devil you know to be useless and all that.
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Don't blame me... I voted for Johnson


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So just today I saw a Houston Police MRAP, presumably participating in flood rescues. This is a vehicle that Rand Paul says should never be given to local police, because why would local police possibly need a high clearance all terrain vehicle?

 

As far as the White House, Trump should fire Kelly and replace him with Bannon, bring back Lewandowsky and Gorka, and replace Tillerson with John Bolton. Trump needs loyal people who'll carry out his agenda, not a bunch of establishment backstabbers who undermine him every step of the way.

 

Stuff like that could certainly be repurposed for other things. Heck, some volunteers were using monster trucks (the kind you usually see crushing old cars in shows) which are absolutely perfect for flood situations.

 

As for the White House staff, Tillerson doesn't seem very competent, so, at least someone who knows how to structure a State Department properly.

 

 

As others so eloquently pointed out, I am not sure how a once in a lifetime flood justifies major military hardware for the police.

 

Three '500-year' floods in three years isn't 'once in a lifetime'.

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For the Houston area, yes, and it's what experts call '500 year', but aren't really since it's a probability, not an actual historical once in 500 years.

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Thanks for taking the time to explain the system more clearly, you are correct, I don't fully understand the mechanics.

 

But, regardless of it being fit for purpose, it is the "only game in town" and until that is changed, I would suggest that Donald Trump won democratically within that systems rules?

 

three branches of the US fed: judiciary, legislative and executive.  the legislative is elected the most democratically, as were intended.  judiciary is least democratic insofar as selection is concerned. the executive is chosen largely democratic, but with a nod to state rights. the US actual started out as a confederation o' sovereign States-- before we had the Constitution, we had the Articles of Confederation. the importance o' State rights is fundamental and inextricable in our current Constitution. the electoral college, which is chosen through a democratic process, is meant to recognize the value o' the individual States.  small population states cannot be complete ignored or marginalized during a Presidential election as their electoral votes may be disproportionate significant.

 

but keep in mind, the US judiciary is not appointed democratic save for some oversight by the senate.  this does not bother you because your irish high court justices is also appointed as 'posed to elected by the people in a popular vote?  your demand for democracy seems a bit selective, no? to avoid hypocrisy, should you not be demanding elections for judges, US and irish? 'course if you see judges as different and not requiring or benefiting from a more pure democratic selection process, then why not consider the possibility the US executive deserves a different approach?

 

the selection o' the US President is less democratic than is selection o' Congress.  truth. selection o' the President is more democratic than selection o' US (or irish) high court judges. as noted earlier, our President doesn't do what most people believe he is capable o' doing; is far more limited. additionally, the electoral college were a validation o' the importance o' State rights. is good reasons why the electoral college were (and still is) the means by which the President is elected.  

 

as an aside, am personally thinking the electoral college is a bit of an anachronism.  we would be happy to see if all states adopted the nebraska and maine approach to assigning electoral votes. however, changes to the process beyond voluntary state action requires either amendment process or a new constitutional convention. the number o' times an elected President has failed to also garner the popular vote is small... and hillary clinton is a terrible example o' a victim o' the process as she seeming could't find michigan, pennsylvania and (in particular) wisconsin on a freaking map. clinton's negligence lost her the election at least as much as did the electoral college. the need for change is not particular great, but the infrequent and dramatic aberrational Presidential results which has happened a couple times in recent memory makes the electoral college seem more broken than it may be. regardless, we personal would like to see maine and nebraska approach become the rule rather than the exception.

 

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As others so eloquently pointed out, I am not sure how a once in a lifetime flood justifies major military hardware for the police.

 

Three '500-year' floods in three years isn't 'once in a lifetime'.

 

well, yeah, it kinda is.  on average, is gonna be less than once in a lifetime, but just as is possible to roll a hard seven five times in a row w/o dice being rigged, a once in a lifetime event doesn't mean is impossible for such an event to occur in back-to-back years.  is a tim caine video linked on this board somewhere in which he explains his frustration with explaining basic statistics realities to developers.  might be worth a read.

 

'course there is the possibility o' man-made climate change altering the overall dynamic, but such opens up a whole 'nother can o' worms for wod and we doubt he wants to go to such a place.

 

HA! Good Fun!

 

ps apologies for double post.  is gauche, but didn't feel like adding to our immediate preceding post.

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"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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Thanks for taking the time to explain the system more clearly, you are correct, I don't fully understand the mechanics.

But, regardless of it being fit for purpose, it is the "only game in town" and until that is changed, I would suggest that Donald Trump won democratically within that systems rules?

 

but keep in mind, the US judiciary is not appointed democratic save for some oversight by the senate.  this does not bother you because your irish high court justices is also appointed as 'posed to elected by the people in a popular vote?  your demand for democracy seems a bit selective, no? to avoid hypocrisy, should you not be demanding elections for judges, US and irish? 'course if you see judges as different and not requiring or benefiting from a more pure democratic selection process, then why not consider the possibility the US executive deserves a different approach?

 

 

HA! Good Fun!

Sorry if you considered my post hypocritical, it wasn't my intention to appear that way. I don't have a dog in this fight, I was just mentioning how it appeared to me, looking at it from the outside.

I'm not entirely sure why you are bringing up Irish and US judiciary appointments, I was only talking about the college system for presidential elections and how that's currently the only system available in the US, So it's result is person deemed to be democratically elected.

 

Anyway, I guess we'll have to agree to differ, cheers! :)


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We should however consider the possibility of the frequency of these sort of events greatly increasing due to global warming. Consequently, we have to think about ways of combating these issues. While progress is being made, it is being made far too slow... we have to think more radically.

Replacing tree based paper with agriculture based paper would do a great deal in regards to keeping CO2 levels at bay.

Fusion energy seems very promising so far... definitely much more so than most of the green energies; at least until we have actually useful batteries. But the ITER project seems to be very promising, and fusion energy could potentially provide safe and cheap energy to the world, assuming initial costs can be overcome.

Eating significantly less meat would help us significantly much as well.

Furthermore, we could greatly reduce the use of cars for example through introducing car free cities.

Flights, especially cargo flights, at least within small areas such as Europe or the US and even over large distances might as well be done with zeppelins or some sort of zeppelin/plane hybrid like the Lockheed Martin P-791.

 

Just some ideas.


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Thanks for taking the time to explain the system more clearly, you are correct, I don't fully understand the mechanics.

But, regardless of it being fit for purpose, it is the "only game in town" and until that is changed, I would suggest that Donald Trump won democratically within that systems rules?

 

but keep in mind, the US judiciary is not appointed democratic save for some oversight by the senate.  this does not bother you because your irish high court justices is also appointed as 'posed to elected by the people in a popular vote?  your demand for democracy seems a bit selective, no? to avoid hypocrisy, should you not be demanding elections for judges, US and irish? 'course if you see judges as different and not requiring or benefiting from a more pure democratic selection process, then why not consider the possibility the US executive deserves a different approach?

 

 

HA! Good Fun!

Sorry if you considered my post hypocritical, it wasn't my intention to appear that way. I don't have a dog in this fight, I was just mentioning how it appeared to me, looking at it from the outside.

I'm not entirely sure why you are bringing up Irish and US judiciary appointments, I was only talking about the college system for presidential elections and how that's currently the only system available in the US, So it's result is person deemed to be democratically elected.

 

Anyway, I guess we'll have to agree to differ, cheers! :)

 

 

is not a matter o' differing o' opinions.  we agreed with assessment that the selection o' the President o' the US is less democratic than is selection o' Congress or many other chief executives 'round the world... though is more democratic than quite a few, no? regardless, our post filled in seeming gaps in your assessment and knowledge concerning the election o' the President and other fed offices and we questioned why your criticism seemed so selective.  we noted reasons for the electoral college origin and continuation and we pointed out how the judiciary in the US is having even a less democratic selection process.  if lack o' democracy were the actual concern, then should you not be bothered by Justice selection too? but again, we noted how Irish high court judge selection suffers from a similar lack o' democracy.  doesn't make much sense to make a carte blanche condemnation o' lack o' democracy in the process o' chief executives while ignoring similar failings for other offices, does it?  

 

oversimplification or misunderstanding to say we disagree.

 

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"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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As far as the White House, Trump should fire Kelly and replace him with Bannon, bring back Lewandowsky and Gorka, and replace Tillerson with John Bolton. Trump needs loyal people who'll carry out his agenda, not a bunch of establishment backstabbers who undermine him every step of the way.

 

As for the White House staff, Tillerson doesn't seem very competent, so, at least someone who knows how to structure a State Department properly.

 

 

 

Tillerson seems fine, considering the limitations he's working under. No worse than Kerry or Powell, far better than Clinton or the later GWB offerings.

 

Kind of lol at WoD's idea of Bannon and Bolton in the same White House with Bolton as SoS. Their foreign affairs ideas are almost completely incompatible, and nearly everyone outside the US (and many within) loathes Bolton with utter passion.

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Kelly is pulling an Appleby on Trump it seems


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Thanks for taking the time to explain the system more clearly, you are correct, I don't fully understand the mechanics.

But, regardless of it being fit for purpose, it is the "only game in town" and until that is changed, I would suggest that Donald Trump won democratically within that systems rules?

 

but keep in mind, the US judiciary is not appointed democratic save for some oversight by the senate.  this does not bother you because your irish high court justices is also appointed as 'posed to elected by the people in a popular vote?  your demand for democracy seems a bit selective, no? to avoid hypocrisy, should you not be demanding elections for judges, US and irish? 'course if you see judges as different and not requiring or benefiting from a more pure democratic selection process, then why not consider the possibility the US executive deserves a different approach?

 

 

HA! Good Fun!

Sorry if you considered my post hypocritical, it wasn't my intention to appear that way. I don't have a dog in this fight, I was just mentioning how it appeared to me, looking at it from the outside.

I'm not entirely sure why you are bringing up Irish and US judiciary appointments, I was only talking about the college system for presidential elections and how that's currently the only system available in the US, So it's result is person deemed to be democratically elected.

Anyway, I guess we'll have to agree to differ, cheers! :)

 

if lack o' democracy were the actual concern, then should you not be bothered by Justice selection too? but again, we noted how Irish high court judge selection suffers from a similar lack o' democracy.  doesn't make much sense to make a carte blanche condemnation o' lack o' democracy in the process o' chief executives while ignoring similar failings for other offices, does it?  

 

oversimplification or misunderstanding to say we disagree.

 

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Maybe m not making my my point clearly enough.

it's not that I have a "concern for the lack of democracy". I couldn't care less about the judiciary either.

 

My point is, There are many forms of Democratic elections...for clarity sake, specifically for government leaders.

 

Each country I mentioned , democratically elects their leaders, but with different forms of democracy, PR, First past the post and Electoral College.

 

Ireland and England elect their leaders with their versions of Democracy and after voting, consider the winner, legally elected.

 

America has its own form of Democratic presidential election, Electoral College. That is it's legal democratic process to elect a president. So, Donald Trump won that democratic process, therefore he is legally the president.

 

It doesn't matter that Hillary got more votes, she still lost, because getting the most votes isn't legally the system used for voting for president in America.

 

Hope that helps clarify my thoughts on the matter :)


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As others so eloquently pointed out, I am not sure how a once in a lifetime flood justifies major military hardware for the police.

Because people don't need to be saved if it's just a regular old flood?

 

 

For the Houston area, yes, and it's what experts call '500 year', but aren't really since it's a probability, not an actual historical once in 500 years.

It's not even a probability, we've had 4-5 floods in the last 40 years with close to 50" inches of rain. Supposedly a 100 year event is 13" of rain over 24 hours, but that's pretty common here, it doesn't even flood except in some low lying areas. The only way I can figure this nomenclature is correct is if they factor out all the hurricanes and tropical storms, since they expect people to evacuate in those anyway.

 

 

 

So just today I saw a Houston Police MRAP, presumably participating in flood rescues. This is a vehicle that Rand Paul says should never be given to local police, because why would local police possibly need a high clearance all terrain vehicle?

 

Why don't they just buy monster trucks then ? Those can handle high water and are probably cheaper.   And they're macho, so that'll be great for the cops.

 

You mean like this? : http://ktar.com/story/1714663/monster-trucks-pull-national-guard-trucks-harvey-flooding/

 

MRAP seemed to dwarf any monster truck though, at least when you see it up close.


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