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    11-21-2022, 10:56 AM
    Large rail union SMART-TD votes to reject labor deal as national strike moves closer
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    11-20-2022, 08:12 AM
    ... and Producers on movie sets
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    11-19-2022, 07:58 AM
    Yeah, in the run through it was: ... and no one took any offense at all
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    11-18-2022, 12:22 PM
    Yes, but in the case of those programs that have been funded years in advance, and for which the money has not yet been spent, can the House unilaterally defund the program without concurrence from the Senate and President? Maybe what you're saying is that the House would have to threaten to cut off all new spending until the Senate and President agreed to the spending cuts that the House was demanding to existing programs? ... or refusing to extend the debt limit. I can't recall either of those approaches having worked in the past - it's only ended up closing the National Parks and giving federal workers a paid vacation.
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    11-18-2022, 12:06 PM
    This is what the Congressional Record says regarding "tax exempt status": SEC. 7. STATUTORY PROHIBITION. (a) No Impact on Status and Benefits Not Arising From a Marriage.--Nothing in this Act, or any amendment made by this Act, shall be construed to deny or alter any benefit, status, or right of an otherwise eligible entity or person which does not arise from a marriage, including tax-exempt status, tax treatment, educational funding, or a grant, contract, agreement, guarantee, loan, scholarship, license, certification, accreditation, claim, or defense. They're considering it to codify "gay marriage" and "interracial marriage" into law, so in case the current Supreme Court removes those types of marriage as a right (by reviewing and rejecting a previous Supreme Court decision that read such a right into the Constitution) ... as Justice Thomas has stated could happen. Lindsey Graham tried taking the same approach with abortion. I'd prefer that the government (at all levels) were out of the marriage business altogether. But I recall from my days in Fathers' Rights, that there are over 1,400 federal laws that treat people differently based upon marital status (marital law - which might be close enough to "martial" to get Anti Federalist's eye twitching) : everything from tax brackets to social security to default inheritance provisions. Maybe the people that vehemently oppose gay marriage will come together to get rid of all those marital laws - but I don't think that's what they're looking for. They're happy to have those marriage provisions for heterosexuals, they just want them denied to homosexuals. Imagine the outpouring of anger if you were to remove the privilege of a non-working wife to receive Social Security or Medicare payments following divorce from or the death of her husband. Pragmatically, those marital laws won't be going away.
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    11-17-2022, 07:02 PM
    I can see where the House could stand in the way of any additional funding of legislation, but how do they go about stopping already funded legislation without concurrence from the Senate and over-riding a veto from the President? I'd like to see them stop the Student Loan Forgiveness, but don't think they can do it without new legislation - which would have to pass the Senate and have both Chambers of Congress over-ride the President's veto.
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    11-16-2022, 05:21 PM
    Senate advances Respect for Marriage Act in bipartisan 62-37 vote
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    11-16-2022, 07:02 AM
    You obviously weren't paying attention: MAGAGA
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    11-15-2022, 02:03 PM
    'We Have The Votes': The Senate Will Act This Week To Codify Same-Sex Marriage Color me skeptical, but maybe they want to keep the Supreme Court out of the news.
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    11-15-2022, 10:15 AM
    A goodly percentage of the voters were against the lockdowns and forced vaccinations. Nonetheless, almost 80% of the country was vaccinated (most were happy to have the Pfizer and Moderna options) - so if there were any anti-vax MAGAts, they came off looking like crackpots to most voters. Besides, didn't the MAGAt in Chief brag about his "warp speed" development and deployment of the vaccine?
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    11-15-2022, 09:46 AM
    Honest question: were any of the MAGAt candidates running against extravagant and wasteful DOD spending? Lockheed Martin is the nation's largest military contractor - did Hershel Walker criticize them as he came through Marietta? Because I don't recall it, and if I didn't hear it, then most of the voting public didn't hear it either. If they did mention it, it was drowned out by the "stolen election" rhetoric. But even if they did, it's a bit like Hillary going into coal country and telling them that she's out to eliminate coal jobs. Cutting back on extravagant DOD spending is principled, but probably not a winning campaign issue - a more winning proposition is to campaign on eliminating waste and promoting efficiencies.
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    11-15-2022, 08:39 AM
    Not religion, but rather when modern sanitation, medicine and nutrition came along and reduced infant mortality to the point where emotional investment was worthwhile. Prior to that, children were often not even named until they had been alive for several months (by which I mean "out of the womb" for several months). Parents didn't "dip their kids in the polaroid lacquer" (or Christen them) until they were sure they were "going to take".
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    11-15-2022, 08:24 AM
    Another part of the "Ultra MAGAt" Plan was to elect MAGAt Governors and Secretaries of State who would overturn "the will of the people" in the upcoming 2024 election. If there was anything that could be considered a bulwark of the MAGAt Platform, that was it. And the constant harangue of "stolen elections" from the MAGAt candidates made it clear that was just what they intended to do. There are things, like that, which work to get candidates nominated during primary season (when the "less intense" <i.e.: normal> members of the GOP faithful don't bother to turn out), but which work against those candidates in the general election. The "stolen election" BS lost you not only independents, but a portion of the GOP faithful as well. Running on a platform of "the elections are rigged" was a bridge too far for even a lot of Republicans and instead of pinching their noses to vote for a MAGAt candidate, they pinched their noses and voted for candidates who at least supported the validity of the voting system. Edited to add: I'm one of those anti-voting anarchists, and even I could see this. I find it unfathomable that people versed in voting don't see it.
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    11-13-2022, 08:53 AM
    Don't dismiss the impact of Michigan's change in the way it conducts redistricting. Prior to 2020, redistricting had been in the hands of the legislature (the self-fulfilling prophesy is that it gave the GOP an advantage). But in 2018, Michigan Proposal 2 passed by a large margin (61% to 39%) - turning redistricting over to an independent commission. Expect this to happen in more and more states - redistricting will be out of GOP hands.
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    11-12-2022, 10:29 PM
    I found it, Article II So there's no unconstitutionality about both President and Vice President being from the same state, it's just that no Florida Elector can cast their votes for two candidates, both of whom are from Florida. It's a pragmatic political consideration - in a close race you could end up with President and Vice President being from different parties. But do you really think that Trump is going to change his residency back to high-tax New York from no-tax Florida ... looking weak in the process as though it was something he had to do to get the needed Ron DeSanctimonious on his ticket?
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    11-12-2022, 09:53 PM
    Don't the President and Vice President have to be from different states?
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    11-12-2022, 09:46 PM
    The question now is whether or not GOP voters will turn out for Walker in Georgia without control of the Senate being on the line. It was being reported that the GOP was looking to snub Trump for DeSantis in Herschel Walker runoff ... but that Trump might just show up uninvited. I expect that neither Trump nor DeSantis wants to hook themselves up to the Walker campaign at this point.
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    11-12-2022, 02:21 PM
    The Republican Party should be forced to carry Trump to term, even if it endangers the life of the Party.
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    11-12-2022, 01:53 PM
    Am I reading this correctly, he's an "anchor baby RPFer" (seems like an oxymoron):
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    11-10-2022, 11:38 AM
    With SUFF being an obsolete term for "the shoreward surge of the sea" ... I suppose one's suff-rage could be interpreted as one's rage against the sea's unrelenting attack upon the shores one stands upon.
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    11-10-2022, 10:50 AM
    SUFFERage? Are you talking about something like ending their periods, or doing away with menopause symptoms, or maybe something simple like spring-loading toilet seats so they default to the down position? Anti Federalist has his pet peeve about "Marshall Law" (Martial Law). I have one about SUFFERage rather than SUFFrage ... though honestly, SUFFERage is probably a more suitable spelling; cuz I seem to suffer more and more with each vote that the electorate conducts.
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    11-09-2022, 11:44 AM
    Abortion was on the ballot in five states last night, and voters supported abortion rights in all five states that had those ballot measures. It's rather difficult for Republicans to distance themselves from the losing abortion position they've been supporting since the 1970's, and are still running on.
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    11-09-2022, 11:32 AM
    Like I posted in another thread 1590089985704837124
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    11-08-2022, 11:24 AM
    I've been watching this theme of "The Voting system has been corrupted by the other party" for some time now. The Democrats have their take on it - evidently believing that there are external players (the Russians, social media, etc.) that are using Jedi mind tricks to sway the judgment of weak-minded voters. And the Republicans are convinced that the Democrats are just pumping tens if not hundreds of thousands of fake votes into the system. And I keep wondering why these people, if they are truly convinced of these things, still bother to vote. Beyond that, though, I’m thinking that there are probably some common stages that most people go through with respect to voting (akin to the Kübler-Ross model of grief) – and that individuals have to recognize them before they can address the underlying personal problem of why they put any credence in the voting process. You believe in the story you’ve been fed about the system; you enthusiastically research the candidates’ positions; you discuss and debate those positions with friends and relatives; then you vote for whom you decide is the best candidate to fill the position. You see that government is “not working” and blame the people currently holding positions in it. You look over the electoral options available and vote for the non-incumbents you determine are best suited to fill the position. A follow-on iteration to this is that you search for the non-incumbent candidates who have never held office. You say to yourself, “if only a wise and benevolent individual of high moral fiber and character could be convinced to run for office”; and you eventually recognize “the one we’ve all been waiting for”; and you contribute to, and campaign for this individual as though he or she were the physical manifestation of all that could be considered “the way”. You come to the conclusion that the two party system is only half as bad as a one party system like communism – and you strike a blow for liberty by casting a ballot for a third party. You return to the two party fold – realizing that the only way change can be invoked will be by working within that existing system. In this stage you’ve actually convinced yourself that there is only one party that stands a chance of being converted to good.
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