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They need to pay attention; otherwise there'll be more faux suicides next year, the primitives talking about it a lot, but in fact doing nothing.....except yip-yap.

UnicornOnTheCob  (1176 posts)    May 28, 2017 at 6:29 am

Wake Up, Liberals: There Will be No 2018 ‘Blue Wave,’ No Democratic Majority and No Impeachment

My position is that Donald Trump is a symptom of the fundamental brokenness of American politics, not the cause. Electing a Democratic House majority (which is 95 percent unlikely to happen) and impeaching Trump (which is 100 percent not going to happen) might feel good in the moment, but wouldn’t actually fix what is broken. Considered as a whole, the “blue wave” fantasy of November 2018 is a more elaborate and somewhat more realistic version of the “Hamilton elector” fantasy of December 2016: Something will happen soon to make this all go away.

It’s worth making two salient structural points that I think are beyond dispute, and then a larger, more contentious one. As my former boss David Daley has documented extensively, both on Salon and in his book “Rat****ed,” the extreme and ingenious gerrymandering of congressional districts locked in by Republican state legislators after the 2010 census virtually guarantees a GOP House majority until the next census and at least the 2022 midterms. Yes, the widely-hated health care law might put a few Republican seats in play that weren’t before. But the number of genuine “swing” districts is vanishingly small, and it would require a Democratic wave of truly historic dimensions to overcome the baked-in GOP advantage.

As for the Senate — well, Democratic campaign strategists will mumble and look away if you bring that up, because the Senate majority is completely out of reach. Of the 33 Senate seats up for election next year, 25 are currently held by Democrats — and 10 of those are in states carried by Donald Trump last year. It’s far more likely that Republicans will gain seats in the Senate, perhaps by knocking off Joe Manchin in West Virginia or Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, than lose any at all.

Those disadvantages could be overcome if we were looking at a major electoral shift, on the order of FDR in 1932 or the post-Watergate midterms of 1974, when Democrats won 49 seats in the House and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. I can only suppose that’s the sort of thing the blue-wave fantasists imagine. That brings us to the final and largest point: Exactly who is kidding themselves that the Democratic Party, in its 2017 state of disarray and dysfunction, is remotely capable of pulling off a history-shaping victory on that scale?

However, those on our side, the side of decent and civilized people, still need to keep in mind franksolich's First Rule of Everything: anything can happen, and usually does.  As long as, unlike the primitives, we don't take anything for granted, we're good.
The big guy's vest buttons- in particular that third button down- is showing heroic restraint. 

I think the big guy's practicing wife abuse, and needs to be called out on it.

Marta, although no spring chicken, isn't a hopeless case; as a widow she'd probably be a reasonably good catch for some guy with modest expectations.

But she's not getting any younger; with each passing day her chances of nabbing a second husband diminish a little bit.

The big guy promised us a very long time that he's terminal, bound to die soon.

Every day he puts off dying, he denies poor dear Marta a chance to get someone better.

Talk about being selfish.  And in theory, she's his beloved.
The DUmpster / Re: the sparkling old dude academically discusses
« Last post by 67 Rover on Today at 08:34:38 AM »
monmouth4 (3,882 posts)      Sat May 27, 2017, 05:10 PM

2. I would like/love, though only temporarily, President Obama to sign a contract with Congress
and jump in for at least six months, perhaps more if necessary, to straighten out as much as could be possible. Then this present administration and its election would be considered null and void. President Obama would stay the six months or at least until a new Democrat elected administration is in place. We have never been here before, an untried solution but a possibly workable one.

FIFY  :whatever:
I loved Airplane.  Especially the parts where the guy says:  "I picked a bad week to quit...".  Especially when it was sniffing glue. :rotf:

Now as for the Big Guy, who is dying if anyone did not happen to know... and that would be understandable if one just went off the pic of himself he posted... is looking quite healthy and well fed.  Very well fed. Extremely well fed.  I guess his pension pays a high sum for his years of service.

Now myself... I would think that if one was dying, and had been dying for like the last 3 or 4 years, one would look a little less healthy than the Dying Big Guy. 

I declare that it has been so long since the Dying Big Guy announced his imminent demise I have forgotten how long it has been!!! I cannot even recall the name of the terminal disease either.  Did I miss some break through cure, Big Guy?  Are you going to live well into your 80's?

Oh well. I'm betting obesity caused diabetes will get him long before his terminal disease does.  Hell at the rate he is going he might outlive Tobin the Tubby Truck Driver.

Why do I suspect we have another one of these deals going on with the big guy.

Hi,I'm obviously alive but thanks
How do I explain this?
Other than saying I'm insane it's hard to explain what I have done.

Obviously I'm alive.I am a word..****ed up."

Four of top five fastest growing cities were in Texas

Ten of the 15 fastest-growing cities in the United States were located in the South in 2016, according to a release from the Census Bureau.

Using new population estimates, the census ranked all of the cities in the United States to see which ones grew the fastest, which cities had the largest numeric increase, and which ones were the most populated.

The 15 cities with the fastest-growing population, according to percentage, were Conroe, Frisco, McKinney (Texas), Greenville (S.C.), Georgetown (Texas), Bend (Ore.), Buckeye (Ariz.), Bonita Springs (Fla.), New Braunfels (Texas), Murfreesboro (Tenn.), Lehi (Utah), Cedar Park (Texas), Meridian (Idaho), Ankeny (Iowa), and Fort Myers (Fla.).

Ten of these cities are in the South, including six cities in Texas, two in Florida, one in Tennessee, and one in South Carolina. Texas continues to be home to many of the fastest growing cities, as the state had four cities in the top five that were the fastest-growing in the United States.

"Overall, cities in the South continue to grow at a faster rate than any other U.S. region," said Amel Toukabri, a demographer at the bureau. "Since the 2010 Census, the population in large southern cities grew by an average of 9.4 percent."

"In comparison, cities in the West grew 7.3 percent, while cities in the Northeast and Midwest had much lower growth rates at 1.8 percent and 3.0 percent respectively," Toukabri said.

While small towns in the South grew by 0.2 percent, small towns in the North and Midwest declined by 0.5 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. Small towns in the West grew the most at 0.8 percent.

When looking at the raw numeric increase instead of percentages, cities in the South still comprised most of the fastest-growing cities.

Out of 15 cities with the largest numeric increase in population, eight were located in the South. They include San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, Charlotte, Jacksonville, and Miami.

"The Census Bureau study underscores what we’ve known for years; Millennials, just like everyone else, flock to where the career opportunities are, and areas with vibrant and diverse free market economies are proven to have good wages and job opportunities," said David Barnes, director of policy engagement Generation Opportunity. "Because of that, they prefer areas with fewer government-created barriers to opportunity, such as high tax rates and costly regulations."

"Not surprisingly, a common thread among the states that are growing the quickest is that they’ve largely embraced pro-growth policies that enable new markets to develop, allowing young people to relocate," he said. "Policymakers in other states would be wise to follow the lead by enacting similar legislation."
The DUmpster / Re: Brown guy at a mall
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----- Chicongo----

Consider that stolen.
New Kushner-Russia Story Stokes Concern of West Wing Leakers

An energized Trump returns to a White House where top staff are looking over their shoulders

by Margaret Menge | Updated 28 May 2017 at 7:13 AM

“They are solely focused on themselves and planting false stories, to put targets on other people’s backs, to shift attention from their own records.”

The latest claim stems from a supposed meeting that President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn had on Dec. 1 or 2 with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. According to the Post, U.S. officials who reviewed intercepts between Kislyak and Moscow saw that Kushner requested “a secret [communications] channel with Moscow rather than relying on traditional government systems.”

Inside the West Wing, discovering and prosecuting those responsible for the constant drumbeat of leaks has become a top priority. While most of the focus has been on current U.S. intelligence personnel and former Obama administration officials, there is now increasing concern that some of the recent leaks involving Kushner could be coming directly from the West Wing.

A government source familiar with the Trump White House’s inner circle put it this way: “It is sad there are so many insecure people in the West Wing, who don’t care about serving their country or pushing the president’s agenda.” When pressed about the identity of this “insecure person,” the source demurred. “Instead, they are solely focused on themselves and planting false stories, to put targets on other people’s backs, to shift attention from their own records.”
Apparently, Steve thinks everyone is interested in what B-List celebrity he's made uncomfortable lately.  From the look on Robert Hays' face, I expect he was either horrified by the body odor or scared that Steve would try to slip him a little tongue action.

I'm not familiar with these sorts of events, and in fact was horrified a few years ago when I learned that autographs there aren't free; one has to pay for the John Hancock.

Even though one's already paid admission to see the celebrity in the first place.

Now I'm wondering something equally appalling.

Did the big guy have to pay the celebrity some money to get him to pose with him in a photograph?

If so, geezuz.   And people think oil companies and pharmaceutical firms are money-grubbers.
The DUmpster / Re: the sparkling old dude academically discusses
« Last post by Carl on Today at 05:45:24 AM »
These mutts have no clue that those who are sowing the seeds of this RUSSIANS!!!!! idiocy into their shit filled heads are simply those in the dumbocrat party that are desperate to cling to power.

They are a cult at this point,not a political philosophy
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