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  1. A more loathsome pair I cannot imagine
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  2. This is where I'm at as well. Biden appears to have a competent cabinet, and despite the media tearing Harris a new one just months into inheriting that shitshow, she'd likely be fine running the show. Things are a lot more stable under this administration, which is needed right now, given what a hot mess everything else seems to be. I don't think they have all that much control over the economy and inflation as we'd like to think, and we're still feeling the fallout from COVID and the Trump Administration there.
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  3. I still fucking just love girl power scenes. Even when they're on the nose or in your face. I guess it means that I'm old enough to remember a childhood where females were still just sexy lamps in movies and TV. Even minor representation gets me. I cried at the inclusion of female background characters in TFA (I was also very, very pregnant but still).
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  4. I don't mind a 2nd Biden term because I don't believe that he's actually doing much behind the scenes. I'm mostly ok with his cabinet and the people he's surrounded himself with, and I believe that if Biden were to like fall into a coma or something, they would carry on without him and things would continue on their current course. Now granted, I also believe our current course could be a hell of a lot better, but given how we've seen how it can also be a hell of a lot worse, I'm sticking with another 4 years of this bullshit than that bullshit.
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  5. I really hope the moderate right jumps on the Haley train. I mean, they won't, because nobody thinks she's electable, but it would go a long way in restoring some semblance of sanity on that side of the aisle. Republicans as a whole need to get their shit in order and stop kowtowing to their fringe.
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  6. Nah, I don’t think he has a chance at that. I think Trump is determined to pick a woman this time
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  7. Wow. I was not expecting DeSantis to drop out this early. That said, either he or Haley had to drop out, and personally I'm glad it's DeSantis. Do you think DeSantis is gunning for VP?
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  8. I think reaching out to the SpEd teacher to see if there is any conflict is a good idea. But I suspect your hunch is right that the kid is socially delayed and doesn't know how to engage or take hints, and may come off as a little overbearing.
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  9. Sounds like a classic case of not wanting to take responsibility. We had Luke's ARD meeting last week. They're changing his one-on-one supports. He's now doing well enough in reading/LA to no longer require an aide to be with him every day during that time. Instead, they're going to reallocate that time to having an aide with him while they're doing individual work during stations (where they rotate through several stations and one-on-one time with the teacher). He apparently cannot stay on track by himself. He's easily distracted. Shocking, I know. So yay and *sigh*. Also, Luke received an Evite for another kid's birthday party, so I told him that he got an invite to this kid's birthday and his response was "ugh, no. We're not friends. I don't want to go." Not what I was expecting but ok. But then when I went to decline the invite I noticed that only like 12 invites went out and several look like they're to family members. They didn't invite a lot of people to this party, and somehow Luke was chosen. I also didn't recognize any of the other people who were invited, so I sent a quick screenshot to a friend of mine who regularly volunteers at the school and knows everyone I swear. She didn't recognize anyone either, but she told me that this kid is also in the special education program. So I questioned Luke a bit more (always a fun exercise with a child with an expressive speech impairment). By this point it had been a couple of hours, so I started the conversation over. (Mind you, we do this with Luke all the time. If we get an unexpected response, it likely has more to do with his circumstances in that exact moment than anything lasting. Example, if we ask him if he's hungry when he's actively doing something, anything really, he will say "no". But if we wait until he pauses for a second or force him to break his attention and then ask again, he'll change his answer to "oh yeah!") So this 2nd convo went a bit like this: Me: Luke, you got invited to Max's birthday party! Is Max your friend in Ms. E's class? Luke: This answer is still no. We're not friends. Me: Oh. Why aren't you friends? Luke: Because we're not friends. (Answering "why" questions is one of his impairments) Me: Is it because Max is mean to you? Luke: No. Me: Is Max a good student? Does he get 3s and 4s or 1s and 2s? (Me trying to determine if there's a general behavior issue that's turning Luke off) Luke: He gets 4s like me. Me: Why aren't you friends with Max? Luke: Because...we're not friends. Because...he follows me and I told him "don't follow me!" Me: Does he follow you because he wants to be friends? Luke: He follows me. I don't like it. We're not friends. And then he ran off. That's about the maximum amount of conversation we typically get out of Luke. So I'm thinking given that Max is also in the special education program, he likely could also be on the spectrum and have difficulty interacting and making friends. If that's the case, I absolutely want to ensure that Luke goes to his party. I typically wouldn't force my kids to be around someone they don't like, but I also hate it when special needs kids try to throw parties and everyone ditches them. It's happened to a few of my friends' kids before and it's absolutely heartbreaking. I'm really torn on this one. I'm heavily leaning toward taking Luke to the party anyway. It's not until the middle of next month, so we have time to prime him or things might change naturally. I'm also tempted to email their gen ed and special ed teachers to see if they have any insight into Luke and Max's relationship. I'd hate to force Luke to go if there's always conflict between them. But if they get along decently well at school, then it's likely that Luke is just being a grumpy-ass this weekend, which has already been a thing this weekend actually. So maybe I'm making too much of all of this.
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  10. That's funny. My wife likes to watch Lifetime movies. It's always the same 4 tropes: Psycho girlfriend/boyfriend, kidnapped person, serial killers and jealous ex-lover.
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  11. My wife loves watching Scandinavian murder mystery thriller dramas. They all seem to have the same tropes which tickles me and she laughs about: A divorced, hard drinking, living in semi-squalor, senior detective who's addicted to the job but also absolutely brilliant, solving a series of grisly murders of beautiful women in a remote frontier town in rural Scandinavia with huge forests, mountains, snow, and sleek modern Volvo's. A ridiculously good looking female boss with high cheekbones, an amazing house with a bangin' kitchen island. (It will be used for banging on at least once in the show). Every interior has impeccable modern interior design. There is always an affair or illicit sexual relationship. The murderer is almost never the creepy weird guy with the psychological issues in the town the show tries to set up as the red herring. The show is always shot low saturation with a blue/grey/green colour grade to emphasize COLD and alpine. Sometimes she watches french versions of these shows. In this case switch out modern interior design with cozy homes with lots of bottles of wine, food and eclectic tastes in furniture. The protagonist smokes. There are more cobbled side roads and old 1970s and 80s Renault cars and Citroen painter vans parked on the set. Slightly less alpine and mountainous but there's way more sex. Otherwise it's the same show.
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  12. High-falootin elves and grumpy dwarves, muscular boneheads wielding gigantic swords
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