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Sunday, March 17, 2019

President Donald Trump on Sunday asserted that deceased Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had been "working" with Democrats before his death to undermine the president's administration.


Saturday, March 16, 2019

We do not treat all hate crimes equally. For decades, we have been understandably focused on attacks by Muslim extremists. I say understandably because 9/11 was the worst terrorist attack ever, and it was only a prelude of the horrors to come.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

DOJ Twitter: Parents spent anywhere from $200k to $6.5 million to guarantee admissions to elite schools for their children. "There will not be a separate admissions system for the wealthy. And there will not be a separate criminal justice system either." - USA Lelling. 33 parents have been charged nationwide. Defendants include university athletic coaches, college exam administrators, CEOs and actresses. Conspiracy facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and admission of students to elite universities as purported recruited athletes. read more


Actresses Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman among 40 charged in college exam cheating plot The scheme involved students who attended or were seeking to attend Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA, and other top colleges.


Monday, March 11, 2019

President Donald Trump passed an ignominious milestone during his weekend speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference over the weekend. According to a tracker kept by the Washington Post, Trump made more than 100 "false or misleading claims" over a span of two hours, a performance that pushed him over 9,000 lies in the first 773 days of his presidency through Sunday. Which raises the question: When will Trump utter his 10,000th lie?


Comments

"Matter of fact, if you were born a woman, why are you talking hormones?" - #4 | Posted by boaz at 2019-03-21 03:58 PM

The Experts Do Agree About Hormone Therapy

[snip] The North American Menopause Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and The Endocrine Society take the position that most healthy, recently menopausal women can use hormone therapy for relief of their symptoms of hot flashes and ------- dryness if they so choose. These medical organizations also agree that women should know the facts about hormone therapy.

Period. End of story.

"Um, the reality is that if you are born with a penis, you are a boy, a vagina, you are a girl." - #4 | Posted by boaz at 2019-03-21 03:58 PM

Intersex: When a baby isn't quite boy or girl

Being intersex is almost as common as having red hair, yet no one ever talks about it. Here's one family's story of raising an intersex child.

[snip] Intersex, or differences of sexual development (DSD), is an umbrella term that refers to people born with variations in sex characteristics that don't fit into the typical binary definition of boy or girl. Stephani, who was studying nursing, and Eric, who was working on his PhD in media studies, had heard of intersex conditions, but many parents who find themselves in a similar situation are shocked to realize that babies can be born with anything other than a penis or vagina. Yet being intersex is almost as common as having red hair, affecting nearly two percent of the population.

Period. End of story.

"The Dems are losing ...." - #23 | Posted by Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf at 2019-03-21 11:23 AM

🌊 Democrats won control of the US House
🌊 Republicans Suffer Worst House Defeat in U.S. History Based on Popular Vote
🌊 Democrats national lead in raw House votes broke the record for largest vote total in the history of midterm elections
🌊 Democrats earned 53.1 percent of the overall vote in House races while the Republicans earned only 45.2 percent
🌊 Democrat's vote margin bigger than Tea Party's in 2010.
🌊 Democrats received over 61,000,000 votes (Republicans received 45,000,000 in 2010)
🌊 Biggest GOP loss since the Watergate mid-term election in 1974
🌊 Republicans lost 323 state legislative seats (367 since Trump took office)
🌊 Republicans lost 7 governorships, including key 2020 Midwest states in PA, WI and MI.
🌊 6 state legislatures flipped control from GOP to Democratic (7 since Trump took office)

In Orange County, California, what was once known as Reagan Country, there are 6 Congressional Districts:
Before November 6th, the GOP held 4 of the 6
🌊 Now, Democrats hold all 6 seats

In New England, the place where the expression "rock-ribbed Republican" was created:
🌊 Democrats hold all 21 Congressional seats
🌊 11 of 12 US Senate seats are held by Democrats (or independents who caucus with Democrats)

In the races for the US Senate:
Republicans defended 9 seats and lost 2 (a 22% loss rate)
🌊 Democrats defended 26 seats and lost 4 (a 15% loss rate)

Oops.

"The reason the EC makes sense is because we are the United States of America." - #87 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-21 10:24 AM

The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists

[snip] Some claim that the founding fathers chose the Electoral College over direct election in order to balance the interests of high-population and low-population states. But the deepest political divisions in America have always run not between big and small states, but between the north and the south, and between the coasts and the interior.

One Founding-era argument for the Electoral College stemmed from the fact that ordinary Americans across a vast continent would lack sufficient information to choose directly and intelligently among leading presidential candidates.

That last part is hardly relevant in the 20th and 21st centuries, with radio, television and the Internet available to ordinary Americans across this vast continent.

But what's the real reason (from the same source):

Enter the 12th Amendment, which allowed each party to designate one candidate for president and a separate candidate for vice president. The amendment's modifications of the electoral process transformed the Framers' framework, enabling future presidential elections to be openly populist and partisan affairs featuring two competing tickets. It is the 12th Amendment's Electoral College system, not the Philadelphia Framers', that remains in place today. If the general citizenry's lack of knowledge had been the real reason for the Electoral College, this problem was largely solved by 1800. So why wasn't the entire Electoral College contraption scrapped at that point?

Standard civics-class accounts of the Electoral College rarely mention the real demon dooming direct national election in 1787 and 1803: slavery.

At the Philadelphia convention, the visionary Pennsylvanian James Wilson proposed direct national election of the president. But the savvy Virginian James Madison responded that such a system would prove unacceptable to the South: "The right of suffrage was much more diffusive [i.e., extensive] in the Northern than the Southern States; and the latter could have no influence in the election on the score of Negroes." In other words, in a direct election system, the North would outnumber the South, whose many slaves (more than half a million in all) of course could not vote. But the Electoral College -- a prototype of which Madison proposed in this same speech -- instead let each southern state count its slaves, albeit with a two-fifths discount, in computing its share of the overall count.

Virginia emerged as the big winner -- the California of the Founding era -- with 12 out of a total of 91 electoral votes allocated by the Philadelphia Constitution, more than a quarter of the 46 needed to win an election in the first round. After the 1800 census, Wilson's free state of Pennsylvania had 10% more free persons than Virginia, but got 20% fewer electoral votes. Perversely, the more slaves Virginia (or any other slave state) bought or bred, the more electoral votes it would receive. Were a slave state to free any blacks who then moved North, the state could actually lose electoral votes.

If the system's pro-slavery tilt was not overwhelmingly obvious when the Constitution was ratified, it quickly became so. For 32 of the Constitution's first 36 years, a white slaveholding Virginian occupied the presidency.

"Because of the 2018 midterms, Trump now has a new role, Kingmaker... - #11 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-03-20 10:21 PM

Trump is Kingmaker...

...of Democrats:

🌊 Democrats won control of the US House
🌊 Republicans Suffer Worst House Defeat in U.S. History Based on Popular Vote
🌊 Democrats national lead in raw House votes broke the record for largest vote total in the history of midterm elections
🌊 Democrats earned 53.1 percent of the overall vote in House races while the Republicans earned only 45.2 percent
🌊 Democrat's vote margin bigger than Tea Party's in 2010.
🌊 Democrats received over 61,000,000 votes (Republicans received 45,000,000 in 2010)
🌊 Biggest GOP loss since the Watergate mid-term election in 1974
🌊 Republicans lost 323 state legislative seats (367 since Trump took office)
🌊 Republicans lost 7 governorships, including key 2020 Midwest states in PA, WI and MI.
🌊 6 state legislatures flipped control from GOP to Democratic (7 since Trump took office)

In Orange County, California, what was once known as Reagan Country, there are 6 Congressional Districts:
Before November 6th, the GOP held 4 of the 6
🌊 Now, Democrats hold all 6 seats

In New England, the place where the expression "rock-ribbed Republican" was created:
🌊 Democrats hold all 21 Congressional seats
🌊 11 of 12 US Senate seats are held by Democrats (or independents who caucus with Democrats)

In the races for the US Senate:
Republicans defended 9 seats and lost 2 (a 22% loss rate)
🌊 Democrats defended 26 seats and lost 4 (a 15% loss rate)

Thanks, "Kingmaker" Trump.

"I will respond to ----------- with -----------." - #142 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-03-20 11:58 AM

Actually, you started with -----------, and double-downed throughout this thread.

So knock yourself out, sniper, er, fishpaw, er, madbomber.

#140 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-03-20 11:49 AM

You can be a thoughtful politico in your comments, like JeffJ and RoC (and Chris Wallace of Fox News).

Or you can post ----------- comments like sniper and fishpaw (and Rush Limbaugh).

Your choice.

"Oh...is this some that "the name is missing the 'ic" on the end of Democrat" flavor of -----------?" - #138 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-03-20 11:31 AM

Interesting, but very telling, that you refer to your own posting as "-----------."

That will have to be one for the archives.

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