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    Build the Wall!

    I read The Economist when I want to know if tariffs helped Americans overall. (Hint: They didn't.) I read posts like this to understand American political thought. In particular, I wonder what "Nancy" has to do with these steelworkers' bonuses? Is it only Democrats like Nancy for whom $16k...
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    Build the Wall!

    Starting from ZiprHead's link I clicked around a bit, out of curiosity. Like so many government sites navigation wasn't easy, but I found my way and so would any investigative journalist. Looking mainly at 2020 and 2019 I found that Pelosi made big bullish moves in Amazon, Apple, Disney and...
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    Historical Jesus

    Do those who think Jesus of Nazareth didn't exist think that John the Baptist existed? AFAIK, the earliest sources are the same for the two men: Josephus' Antiquities and the Gospels. (John may have been more "famous", in part because his death was more interesting!) Let's not succumb to...
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    Historical Jesus

    Let me settle some of these controversies! :dancing: There was no "global flood" but if there had been: How would anyone know? There were no telegraphs or satellite imagery when the great flood myths evolved. There may have been a stupendous inundation of the Black Sea basin but that might...
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    Now the Coup Starts

    Incompetent? His fortes have always been grift, fraud, and a speaking "charisma" that entices dolts. He continues to shine at his strengths. For the J6 coup to succeed was always an extremely unlikely long-shot; the insurrection was just for show. The actual J6 fighting was all done by...
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    Now the Coup Starts

    But what is very sad is that the Biden Adminstration almost passed legislation that would have done more to redress inequalities since programs in the 1930's (and perhaps 1960's). These programs would have been signed into law by Joe Biden already if the traitorous Senators Manchin and Sinema...
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    Build the Wall!

    Let's not forget that Nancy has been married for almost sixty years to Paul Pelosi, who was a successful venture capitalist before Nancy was ever elected to office. He continues that career. They file joint tax returns, etc. But to listen to some right-wing prattle, anyone who doesn't vote...
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    Looks like Aafia Siddiqui's brother is holding a Texas synagogue hostage

    Isn't he qute? He gets his news from Sean Hannity or WutDeFuq, but pretends that "liberals" think CNN is America's newspaper of record.
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    Kyrsten Sinema - a DINO?

    Lawrence O'Donnell does not appear to be a fan of Ms. Sinema: If the vote is tied 50-50 on a motion to change the rules, Kamala Harris can break the tie and establish the new rule. What if the vote is, say 46-46? (Do you see where I'm going with this? Our democracy will not be saved by...
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    Build the Wall!

    Forget it, Jake. It's Whingetown. (Cite.) Just two days ago or so, right here at this message-board, one of this ilk was complaining about how rich Biden was, or corrupt, or some such WTF. I linked to a page showing Senators' assets, and showing Biden as ranking #100 out of 100 Senators in...
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    Build the Wall!

    I see this in Thailand. Now we have a military dictator, but until eight years ago (and ignoring the tradition of vote buying), Thailand had more-or-less free elections. But the top leaders were often corrupt criminals, even murderers! At first I thought people just weren't reading the same...
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    Build the Wall!

    You write as though you believe Trumpist ascendancy would be good for labor. Interested in buying a bridge?
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    The Satisfaction of Critical Thinking: Questions for Religious Advocates

    Isn't it a bit like discussing Santa Claus with children? An adult is free to profess belief in Santa with children not his own — at worst the children will find the adult a bit stupid. But telling children whom you do not know that Santa Claus is a fiction is, rightfully, forbidden. ("A bit...
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    Oath Keepers Arrested for Seditious Conspiracy

    If Nikki gets the nomination I think she'll be a big favorite to win in November. (An all-female final is likely; can Harris beat Haley?) Nikki Haley may be a good-spirited pro-human person — though she is a strong proponent of suppressing black votes — but I'm afraid any instincts for good...
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    The trials of the Capitol assaulters

    After the judge rejected the undeveloped-brain defense, why didn't they trot out Alex Jones' defense? Ridge was a comedian, play-acting as part of his audition for a FoxNews gig.
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