TheCid

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  1. TheCid

    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.
  2. As I have said before, they need to determine the awards 3 years after the movie comes out. Let all the hoopla and buzz die down. Of course, the studios will still do their politicking, advertising, campaigning and arm twisting.
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    I Just Watched...

    Weren't all posters for similar movies from this period sleazy? Just like the covers on pulp fiction books. I have been watching the Honey West TV series and Irene Hervey is one of the three main actors. I think she plays Honey's aunt(?), but sort of takes care of the office/home where Honey lives.
  4. TheCid

    2018 Elections

    Guess we can now start a thread on 2019 election.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Wonder if anyone has done a comparison on on air personalities' salaries at Fox, CNN/HN and MSNBC?
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Not sure what is going on with WP. Mine were free for years, then disappeared and now they are back again.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I fully expect that seat to go back to GOP in 2020, but who knows. Sanford probably would have won it, but he **** Trump off. The GOP nominee was also in an automobile accident before the election which reduced her campaigning time. The district is Charleston County plus some others around it. Only Charleston went for the Dem. For many years, the thinking in S.C. is that there is S.C. and then there is Charleston - a whole 'nother state. When I was in college in the late '60's, you could not purchase liquor by the drink in S.C. except in actual private clubs. Except Charleston. As an 18 year old I walked into the bar at prestigious hotel and ordered a mixed drink. No ID needed, no limit.
  8. But where are they now? You seem to be inferring that it is OK for Dems in power to remain quiet and thereby not question the extremist Dems. thereby lending support to the GOP argument that the Dem party will be the ruination of America by creating a socialist nation and bankrupting the government. Not my opinion, but it would be fodder for lots and lots of GOP ads. If one of the extremist Dems wins the nomination, the voters will decide that the Dem party has moved too far to the left. That argument has worked in countless GOP vs. Dem elections throughout the nation. 2016 being one.
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    2020 Election

    I was quoting post by mr6666. My comment was the last sentence. I think the original post is that foreign "actors" are already involved in the 2019-2020 primary process.
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    2020 Election

    It appears the Dems may benefit from the Texas judges ruling and the GOPers may suffer. It gives the Dems a positive campaign issue on health care and portrays GOPers as being uncaring about health care. It will keep the issue roiling through the next election or at least when the Supreme Court makes a final decision. Even then, the decision may be bad for GOPers and good for Dems. The question is if the Dems can come out with a reasonable concept of health care for more people that does not scare too many people away.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I commented on this somewhere on Off Topics. Graham has gone off the deep end, so it doesn't matter as he will now support all-things-Trump. There is practically zero chance of a Dem winning a Senate seat from S.C. But, if Graham loses, the winner will not be chair of a Senate committee. Graham chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and has lots of influence due to seniority. His successor would not. That's why I will vote for anybody but Graham (holding my nose).
  12. "James said: "What members of Congress care about most is winning the next election, and I believe there will be enough 'I can't support something so radical and win the next election' Dems in Congress in 2020 to control a too-far-left Dem President." Where are they now? I haven't heard any Dems. in office saying they can't support the proposals extreme left of center Dems. running for president are espousing.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    The educational performance in Graham's own S.C. is worse than Kentucky's. As I have said before, Graham is really worried about his primary in 2020. The extremist (Trump) wing is pretty much in control of GOP in S.C. Trump endorsed GOP incumbent Mark Sanford's opponent in the 2018 GOP primary in Charleston, S.C. district. The opponent won and the Democrat won the seat in Nov. First time in decades.
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    2020 Election

    POLITICO.com " There are state supporters and funders of this stuff. Russia. North Korea is believed to be one, Iran is another,” he said. “In certain cases it appears coordinated, but whether coordinated or not, there are clearly actors attempting to influence the primary by exacerbating divisions within the party, painting more moderate candidates as unpalatable to progressives and more progressive candidates as unpalatable to more mainstream Dems.” ......... Just imagine what they will do to bolster Trump if one of the extremist Dems ("progressives") wins the nomination.
  15. What scares me and would cause me to hold my nose and vote for Trump is that a far left president, Sanders or one of the others, would so disrupt the political process and government as to enable it even less effective than it is now. While you are correct about how many Senators and Representatives would have to vote for these extreme policies, a lot of time would be wasted that could be better spent on something else. In addition, what few moderate Republicans remain and the moderate Democrats in Congress would be caught in the cross hairs of doing what is right for America and the people vs. protecting the idiot in the White House. Sort of like what we have with Trump. "but if you have that POV it should be easy for Trump to convince voters that lack your wisdom in those battleground states that will again decide the outcome." Exactly my point. Incidentally, it doesn't take 60 Senators, only 50+the veep. As we have seen, the majority leader can easily do away with the 60 vote requirement. Regardless, you have more faith in the wisdom of Dems in the House and Senate than I do at this time. After all the argument was that the GOPers in the House and Senate would restrain Trump. Well, we know what happened with that. The old adage about voting for the idiot we know vs. the idiot we don't know may apply.
  16. In a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court has essentially extended the 8th Amendment protections against unreasonable seizures to the states. Decision restricts civil forfeiture. This is where law enforcement seizes money and property just by saying it appears to be connected with illegal activities, such as drugs, untaxed cigarettes, gambling, etc. Even if charges are not filed and person is never convicted of a crime, the state and local governments get to keep the money/property unless the person hires an attorney to fight it. Two S.C. newspapers affiliated with USA Today have had a series of articles based on a three year study they did. The conservative, Republican dominated state legislature has introduced heavily supported legislation to mostly forbid the practices of state and local law enforcement related to civil forfeiture.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    More on how the Dem candidates are going to be portrayed as "socialists." One of the reporters on this covered Warren in Greenville, S.C., probably the most Republican voting city in S.C. Joke used to be that the Dem Party could hold its meeting in a restroom at a fast food restaurant. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/caught-between-trump-and-the-left-democratic-candidates-seek-to-avoid-the-socialism-squeeze/2019/02/19/6234dbfc-3386-11e9-af5b-b51b7ff322e9_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.8914934adae4&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1
  18. I remember when this first came to TCM or AMC and I anticipated enjoying it. Not so much. The title song is very good though.
  19. That should easily get Trump re-elected. As a life-long Democrat, it sure scares the hell out of me.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    For the five pictured, he could probably just use the generic "loser."
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Saw an article the other day where the movie stars of the 30's and 40's and maybe 50's were the "billionaire class" of their day. Many of them invested in various tax dodges to lower their movie star income taxes. Gene Autry in oil, some in cattle ranches, etc. So, our favorite people (for this forum) were tax scofflaws in their day.
  22. TheCid

    2020 Election

    Depends on your definition of fair. My philosophy has been that those who benefited the most from the American system of government and economy owe more than those who have benefited less. Rationale behind the graduated income tax. Problem is where do you draw the line for the increasing percentage. Then all the tax attorneys and accountants get into the mix to have Congress and states pass exemptions and so forth. And of course the financial institutions, brokerage firms and so forth have to get involved to have exemptions for their programs. Not to mention all the employee related organizations. Incidentally, the flat tax would have to be about 40-50% last I read to fund the federal government at current levels. So that is not the answer. Saw an article yesterday where the movie stars of the 30's and 40's and maybe 50's were the "billionaire class" of their day. Many of them invested in various tax dodges to lower their movie star income taxes. Gene Autry in oil, some in cattle ranches, etc. So, our favorite people (for this forum) were tax scofflaws in their day.
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    no tribute for julie adams?

    I'm a Julie Adams fan and I enjoyed the movie, but only because I went to a military college. As I recall it was not that good of a movie. Adams did not have a distinguishing role and Heston was mediocre. Relating to little children is not what Heston does well.
  24. TheCid

    2020 Election

    It really doesn't matter what they are by European/Canadian standards, the voters are HERE. As for fairness, I guess that depends on your definition of fair and how the two classes feel about it. I am sure there are lots of poor people in Europe and Canada who do not feel the system is fair to them. America is the richest country in the world and we have the highest living standard in the world. We also have horrendous poverty and poor health. Although, the health care here is the most advanced in the world, for those who can access it. Most people can. I don't think we are being "raped by the billionaire class." Although the corporations and billionaires (and quite a few millionaires) do not pay their fair share. But the poor and middle class (two largest voting groups) elected the people who write the laws. As I said before we have given trillions in aid to the rest of the world. We have provided the vast majority of the defense of the rest of the world. Maybe we should just keep it all here and spend it on ourselves?
  25. TheCid

    2020 Election

    Most recent was Obama, before that Clinton, Johnson, Kennedy, Truman, FDR, etc. It is not being left of center, it is being so extremely left of center that the government and the economy both collapse. Bogie said: "Governing solely to support the billionaire class needs to go. Taxes should go to enhance everyone's life, not just the companies and the military that the rich own." Not disagreeing with that. But the question is how do you pay for new social programs without driving companies out of business through excessive taxation. Also, if the markets crash, most Americans' retirement plans and jobs crash with it. The US took on tremendous world-wide financial burdens after WW II that Britain, Europe and Canada did not. The US can tax the rich and corporations more and provide far less economic support to both groups and do more for all the people. But what is a fair balance? Noticed that the foreign auto companies (Nissan and Honda so far) that build cars in England are preparing to pull out due to Brexit and take their taxes and jobs with them.

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