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Svenn

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  1. Bernie was undermined by African American voters in the South, not by the DNC or "the establishment."
  2. Just saw it and really enjoyed it! Chewie finally got his medal!!
  3. Things said by members of congress during the Clinton impeachment cut both ways. Bringing those soundbites up is wonderful for pointing fingers and for each side to claim they are more consistent than the other, but it has absolutely zero to do with whether President Trump did what he's accused of, and whether he should be removed from office as a result.
  4. LOL. You're all so jaded. Anyway. It's pretty clear to me that Trump withheld security aid, counter to our national security interests, for the purpose of pressuring Ukraine for political dirt. You might not think that's enough to build the political will for impeachment and removal from office, but I would argue that it should be.
  5. I enjoyed Solo a lot once I got around to watching it. I felt a lot of Star Wars fatigue after TLJ.... that was TLJ's fault, not Solo's. So, I hope Solo's underperformance doesn't kill too many things I would have otherwise enjoyed, but I was totally neutral on this GOT-guys trilogy, and the Kenobi thing does seem better off as a series.
  6. I hear ya, bro. But I stand by my point. Especially with slavery, which was specifically protected by our constitution at its signing - its hard(er) to pin that evil of our nations history on a single president or group of presidents. Youre talking about people presiding over a system designed with institutionalized standards of oppression. Meanwhile, Trump is accused of taking a system with institutionalized standards for fairness and steering the power of the government towards his *personal* benefit, in violation of those standards. Again, its way too early to say with any fairness whethe
  7. Recency bias is always a problem - who knows at this point? But I'm not sure there's a more shallow defense than the "at least he doesn't promote slavery" defense. Our founding fathers created the impeachment power because they were concerned that somebody vested with the executive power might use that power for their personal benefit, in violation of the public trust. If the allegations against Trump are true, then I can absolutely see how history would hold him out as an example of what the impeachment power was created to protect against. That in and of itself would place him among t
  8. If you don't start an impeachment inquiry for what was alleged in this instance, then when would you EVER begin an impeachment inquiry? Especially when the administration's own appointees have deemed the allegations credible? I mean, come on. If the House didn't start an inquiry into this, it would be like the House neutering itself. Chalking it up to mere politics is easy, especially in our hyper-partisan era, but if the House was going to impeach for shallow political reasons then they wouldn't have waited this long.
  9. I'm resurrecting this thread from its long slumber because after the Terminator: Dark Fate trailer dropped, I looked and saw that Josh Friedman (the TSCC showrunner) helped with the story for Dark Fate. That totally surprised me. Further googling then lead me to this interview from last year, which is a great read for any lingering TSCC fans: https://paleymatters.org/listen-and-understand-interview-with-josh-friedman-d6c400e23a71
  10. Just came to say I had never watched any of the Marvel movies before this weekend, but watched both Infinity War and Endgame and thoroughly enjoyed both.
  11. If its actually canon now that Palpy is responsible for Anakins birth then maybe it will turn out that he somehow manipulated the force from beyond the grave to create Rey too, and hes intending to play on her insecurities for his own purposes.
  12. The question is which Skywalker is the title in reference to? There's a lot of candidates in the context of "nobody is ever really gone," especially when you throw in a still-uncertain Rey lineage. It seems like Ben or Rey are the most likely though.
  13. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN
  14. I just came here to say that I finally watched this movie and I really enjoyed it. Looking back, I would have gone in person if it hadn't come out what felt like right on the heels of The Last Jedi.
  15. The proposals Ive seen would have made a difference in 2016 and thats all anybody who is taking about it cares about right now.
  16. I've seen arguments recently that the number of representatives in the House of Representatives should be increased to make the chamber more, uhh... representative. It's been capped at 435 since 1911, but our population has grown a good bit since then. The bonus effect (on top of better representation) would be that the Electoral College would much more likely track the popular vote.
  17. Whatever Warren did or didn't claim in the past, she apparently recognized this issue as enough of a liability to warrant taking the gambit to try to nip it in the bud before the 2020 race starts (which, btw, basically starts next month as soon as the midterms are over). She has to have known it could backfire, but she must have decided that it was better for it to be aired now before the race got underway. It seems like an unforced error in a lot of ways at the moment, but it will be interesting to see its continued effect, if any, once we move into the 2020 cycle.
  18. The Kennedy conspiracy theories are a little too much. I really don't find it unusual at all that Kennedy's son's business life may have intersected with Trump's - whether you agree that it's a good thing or not, it's really just not uncommon at all for the political/financially elite to have interacted with each other.
  19. It was a response to you saying the policy likely stemmed from the idea that asylum claims should be heard at the border. My response was that there is no basis in the law for that - from a practical standpoint I'm sure that it's more convenient for the Administration, but if somebody has a valid asylum claim (yes, I understand that such a claim has to be adjudicated) then they also have a valid defense to a claim that they illegally crossed the border (which, by the way, also has to be adjudicated before it can be penalized). It was also a riff on the fact that the Administration, whether
  20. Um, okay. Here's John Kelly (from March 2017 when he was HHS Secretary) saying he was considering adopting a policy of family separation as a deterrent: Explicit. Maybe that is a "breathtakingly rational idea." But what does the U.S. Code say about that? Let's see: Huh, that's weird. The Trump Administration says that immigrants should only make asylum claims at a port of arrival, when the U.S. Code clearly says anybody physically present in the United States may apply for asylum, whether or not they arrived at a designated port of arrival. Weird that the Administr
  21. For real, Poe? I understand what you're saying, but saying it has "nothing to do with the administration" ignores the fact that the administration specifically ended the catch-and-release policy for the explicit purpose of separating families as a deterrent to further illegal immigration and, probably, to put more pressure on an immigration compromise A "snag" is defined as an unexpected or hidden obstacle or drawback. The administration specifically expected family separation to result from the policy change, and that seems to have made the policy change more appealing to the administrati
  22. We really need a movie with a Greedo backstory where we see him kill bounties repeatedly, but only after sitting them down for a few minutes to talk to them first about why there is a bounty on their head, and about how lucky he is to have found them first.
  23. He WAS an odd pick. But like Poe alluded to, his firing really wasn't unexpected. But the timing and management of the message around the firing were, true to form, totally f-ed up.
  24. Steven Spielberg? I thought he was a myth.
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