TheCid

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    2018 Elections

    Happy New Year and best wishes! The primaries are only a few months away and for many races, that is the real election. In many districts, counties, states, whoever wins the primary wins the election. So these primaries are critical. In addition, whoever wins the primaries for Nov. contested races will determine the success of those elections. If a poor candidate is nominated, the other party may very well win. As in AL special election for senate. Any other Republican would have won that race due to the factors present in AL. With more Trump nominees being approved for appointment to courts, the chances of voter suppression, gerrymandering and similar laws being overturned diminishes. One irony in S.C. is that the incumbent gov. got his job because Trump appointed Haley to UN. He was first elected GOPer in SC to endorse Trump. His biggest opponent is now doing as much as she can to get support from Trump and portray herself as a hard core Trump supporter. Will be curious to see if Trump picks a choice.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Newspapers in S.C. are reporting on the probable decline of jobs throughout the state as BMW shifts some production from Greenville S.C. to China. These are pro-GOP newspapers. The GOP apologists are trying to justify it as normal business procedure. Which to some degree it is, but even BMW admits the Trump Tariffs are partially to blame. BMW has to tread carefully as a "foreign" corporation in a very Red state and that receives many millions in breaks. Sens. Lindsay Graham, Tim Scott and Gov. Henry McMaster (all GOP and big Trump supporters) declined to comment for the articles. BMW produces 1,000 vehicles per day at the plant and there are suppliers in 38 of the 46 counties in the state. Then there are the other businesses that make money from the employees who work at BMW and the various suppliers.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    This is NOT TDS. BY JAMES HOHMANN with Joanie Greve THE BIG IDEA: Donald Trump’s insults of war heroes and military families who criticize him are a feature, not a bug, of his presidency. Bill McRaven, a retired Navy SEAL and Special Operations commander who oversaw the killing of Osama bin Laden and the capture of Saddam Hussein, is just the latest veteran to face Trump’s ire. “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace asked the president about McRaven’s comment that Trump referring to the free press as “the enemy of the people” is the greatest threat to democracy. Rather than respond to the substance of this critique, Trump dismissed McRaven as a “Hillary Clinton fan” and an “Obama backer.” Then he said the four-star admiral should have caught bin Laden earlier. “Wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that?” the president said. “Everybody in Pakistan knew he was there.” The president’s counterpunching betrayed a lack of basic knowledge about how these kinds of operations work. A former deputy director of the CIA, Michael Morell, noted that it was never McRaven’s job to find bin Laden: [It was the CIA's job to find him].
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    Noir Alley

    Not to mention, slow motion and zooming. I think a lot of movies had women wear backless dresses and skin tight garments so audiences would assume they were not wearing underwear. I've often wondered how some of these scenes in old movies actually showed up on the big screens they were meant for. Especially for those sitting in the first few rows.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    James. You have the dreaded TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome)!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or is is only TDS if someone comments negatively about Trump on a non-California issue?
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    That's a nice car!

    When I was in high school in the early 60's I dated a girl who drove a Hillman Minx. Her father worked as a mechanic at the local Ford dealership and got a deal on it when it was traded in on a Ford. At least once per month, she had to call someone to come give her a ride home or somewhere because it was dead on the side of the road. Her father would then go and get it running or back to the shop when he got off work. This was on yesterday, but The Wheeler Dealers (1963) had some very good early 60's Chrysler Corp. products. Also some others. During late 50's and early 60's (maybe later?), Chrysler Corp. supplied a lot of vehicles to Hollywood for movies and TV shows.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    I enclosed impede in quotes because I was quoting your use of the word. Regardless, firing Jeff Sessions and appointing an unqualified person who is publicly opposed to the investigation as acting AG definitely impedes it. As has his public and private attitudes, comments and actions. He may not be successful, but he is attempting to impede it by influencing others to view it as a "witch hunt." Many accept that which makes it more difficult for Mueller and his staff to find the information they need and to get the people they need to testify to testify. I do not know why you have blinders on or why you all of sudden became so defensive about Trump and his actions. All of the negative posts here about Trump are made because of something Trump has done or failed to do. That is NOT TDS (a fake diagnosis), but rather commentary of actual, occurring events.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Really wasn't familiar with Kristol until Trump. Based on his comments since Trump, he seems to be a moderate/conservative type. Then again maybe I only see his comments on Trump.
  9. Impeachment is a mistake. Even Pelosi admits that. Unless someone can prove that Trump did something illegal without question. So far, they can't. It would also have to be serious and seen as serious by the people. That is highly unlikely, especially in the Red and Purple states and probably even several Blue districts. I remember when Nixon resigned. There were a lot of people who believed he did not do anything wrong or that he should be removed from office for what he did. Remember, Nixon was never impeached. The Republican power structure convinced him that if he did not resign, he would be impeached and convicted. However, those Republicans are long gone from the current party. Clinton was impeached for vague, relatively minor reasons and the Senate failed to convict him. Impeachment proceedings and a vote for impeachment would guarantee the GOP increases the number of GOP senators in 2020, Trump wins reelection and the House returns to GOP control. Not to mention all the state governments that will revert to GOP control again. Worse, it would take precious time and political capital from the Dems that they need to enact the things that America really needs.
  10. Impeachment keeps coming up on different threads, so I thought might be a good time to separate it out and to explain it. Anybody with a different description, please feel free to post. Impeachment is the process that the House of Representatives uses to determine there is reason to believe that the president or other official has committed an action which warrants removal from office. Sort of like an indictment in regular courts. Takes a simple majority to vote for impeachment. If impeachment bill is passed, it goes to the Senate where a hearing is held. I believe the Chief Justice presides. Certain members of the House are certified to present the "case." The Senate must vote by 2/3's majority to convict and remove the person from office. Impeachment is only the first of two steps. Conviction is the important one. There have only been two impeachments of presidents (Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton) and neither resulted in a conviction. Both times, the opposition party controlled both houses of Congress. Currently, the Republicans (Trump's party) controls both houses of Congress, especially the House.
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    Noir Alley

    I like Eddie's commentaries and often watch Noir Alley just to hear them. I consider it part of the educational process about Noir and specific Noir movies. Not sure I would want more from Ben or the other hosts though.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Trump has continuously tweeted, made speeches and so forth to try to undermine the Mueller investigations. These are attempts to "impede" it by calling for the investigations to stop. He removed Comey and Sessions. He violated the DOJ chain of command and appointed an acting AG who has publicly indicated he would be in favor of stopping the investigations. This is what we know, not what he has done behind the scenes that we do not know about. Trump's "silly rhetoric" influences hundreds of people in Congress, thousands in government agencies and millions of US citizens. It is not TDS if it is accurate and true. In this case, it is. It is also not TDS if it is commentary on a threat to the American system of government. In this case, it is. For some strange reason, you have fixated on this TDS commentary that I guess you created and use it to defend Trump against criticism. Maybe you have TDDS - Trump Defender Derangement Syndrome?
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    2018 Elections

    Doesn't have to. Everyone knows it is the Republicans who control state and local government in GA.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    May not be important to the person who brags about NOT voting, but it is very, very important to the people who do vote - or try to vote. Voting is the basic foundation of every form of government in the U.S. It is not an extra. So, insuring that all eligible voters can vote and that votes will be properly counted is critical. It is what millions of Americans have fought for since 1775.
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    2018 Elections

    Stacy Adams admits defeat in GA governor's race. Although she is considering filing a court case. If Abrams moves forward, she would rely on a provision in Georgia law that has never been utilized in such a high-profile contest. It allows losing candidates to challenge results based on “misconduct, fraud or irregularities . . . sufficient to change or place in doubt the results.” The decision could ultimately fall to the state’s Supreme Court.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Or as in Out of the Past: "Build my gallows high." Of course, this would be the Trump gang's gallows. They have the money, they just do not want to spend it on elections that might result in a change of the status quo.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    And according to Trump, it is the fault of Californians. I still cannot understand how any rationale, patriotic, Christian person can continue to support Trump.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    If Trump, his family, his election committee and those closest to him are totally innocent and have nothing to hide, why the overwhelming fear of Mueller and his investigation? If there really was nothing, Trump would not spend so much time trying to undermine Mueller, shut down his investigation, etc. What is he afraid of?
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    Trump vs. Mueller investigation?

    Madmouth may be right, but I don't believe it. She tends to sensationalize the least little thing. One 10 day extension can lead to another and another and another and another and so on. Even it something does happen in 10 days, it may not amount to anything really significant as far as Trump, his family, those closest to him, his election committee, etc. However, I do believe there is something out there that has Trump and his closest people really scared. Otherwise why would he spend so much time and effort trying to debunk Mueller and terminate his investigations.
  20. There is no question a majority of Dems will vote for her. The question is if no Republicans vote for her as I think has happened in the past, could she get enough Dem votes to get a majority of votes cast? To me it seems (will never happen) that the Speaker of the House should have to receive 2/3's of all votes cast.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Susan Collins is the last Republican left in the New England Congressional delegations. There are 33 members of the group. Speculation is that Collins will either retire or be defeated in 2020. Collins is refusing to deny her votes to confirm Trump nominees until McConnell permits a vote on the bill to protect the Mueller investigation. Jeff Flake is refusing to vote. If Collins joined Flake, it would force McConnell to permit the vote.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Probably not. Look at the Senate. From what I have read, the suburbs are very difficult to classify. They tend to go both ways depending on a variety of issues. The Dems did do better in state elections also, but I still do not see a huge blue wave coming. And if it does, as in 2008, the GOPers will probably return in two years as they did in 2010 if the Dems go hog wild as they did in 2009-2010.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    While machines are a big problem, part of it is how people are excluded from even getting to use the machines. Then all the provisional and absentee balloting.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Probably because the Republicans are losing control of the state upon they once had a lock. FL is probably worst example, but some other Republican bastions are not far behind. If the Republicans cannot control who gets to vote and how the votes are counted, they realize they will lose power. Rubio is probably afraid that in his next election, there will be a close vote and he could lose if GOPers are not in control of the voting.

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