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General politics thread (was: General U.S. politics thread)
WEABOO TEXAS LAND
1. The announcement was responded to by basically everyone going "WTF", including basically everyone in the military.
2. The cost -- financial (in healthcare) and combat readiness -- are minimal, but they merely serve as convenient excuses for religious nutcase conservatives.
3. Let's not forget that the Pentagon panicked for 9 minutes yesterday morning because Trump's first tweet (out of nowhere) basically said that a military decision was coming but didn't say what it was for 9 minutes: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-transgender-pentagon-fear-north-korea-declare-war-a7862091.html
4. So much for Trump being LGBTQ-friendly. Of course, given that he's a political novice, it seems to make complete sense that he'd be easily to influence...and conservative religious groups figured this out.
Something I've always noticed is that in politics quantities don't matter for PR, the amount could be $80 million or $80 billion but what most people will get from it is that it's greater than zero and is therefore a waste, well-invested-in or whatever the point being made is.
I thought this was nice:
Fear not! The Broward County Republican Party just discovered that they'd elected an attempted murderer as their secretary, and now they have trouble getting him out.
*exits stage left to go to bathroom and cringe strongly in private*
At the time, I thought it meant to highlight how the George W. Bush administration went into Iraq on false pretenses of WMD and simply wanted Iraq's oil. Nowadays though, I'm now aware of the brand of crazy of so-called "9-11 truthers" who basically claim that the terrorist attack itself may have been orchestrated intentionally by government for nefarious purposes. I also now recognize one of those domain names, specifically Infowars, which and whose founder have in recent years become infamous for being, among other things, a leading voice among said crazy conspiracy theorist types, claiming that a wide variety of actual events were fake, from the relatively recent Sandy Hook school shooting all the way back to the moon landings, and fueling the recent rise of...well, as a general term, I guess I can call it "nihilistic" political sentiment, i.e. a hardcore anti-establishment sentiment that's so hardcore it outright suspects pretty much everything of being in league to screw it over.
It's still pretty clever design, I have to say, regardless of my opinion of its political positions.
What is happening.
Well, according to Trump's terms, he's denying Congressional Republicans a win, so it counts as a lose for them.
Not to mention, frankly, the way Republicans work these days is basically promising intentions and not really paying attention to results because the results they want are broadly impractical and not agreeable to a large number of people. They've been able to get away with this for so long by being out of power, but now that they're in power, all those intentions that their base wanted -- basically just to force a culture war against the modern world in general (referred to with a variety of terms including "multiculturalism", "globalism", "secularism", "liberalism", "feminism", "political correctness", etc. etc. etc.) for the sake of pride -- are running up against a harsh reality.
I guess the right wing will be associated with like, hardcore stuff, whilst ebul gubmint people will be more free love hippy type deals (so like, there's clearly mind-control in GMOs or something).
There's a semi-common criticism of the George W. Bush administration of at least thinking about the oil profits in choosing to invade Iraq, but that's a far cry from the far more extreme position of positing that they actually orchestrated 9/11 in order to get oil profits. (More reasonable might be conjecturing that they were negligent in dealing with intel that could have prevented 9/11.)
How do you call Boise, Idaho instead of Dearborn, Michigan by accident?
Even the area codes are very different (208 vs. 313)!
the second one is in Idaho
"The corrupt media does not talk about the crimes committed by Killary Rotten Clinton, neither does it talk mention the leaked emails" you don't put "neither" there you idiot, you put "nor"
"IN LOVE WITH TEXAS SHAPE" lol
someone had to be drunk on nativism to not notice that, ESPECIALLY when they're nuts about dirty foreigners who speak English bad
Potentially winnable districts in the Florida State Senate.
Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) lies to both comedian Jimmy Kimmel and NPR about the healthcare coverage quality provisions of the bill with his name on it. (Hint: there are no such provisions, aside from telling the states to take care of adequacy and affordability.)
the state of fundraising in Virginia's 103 state races this November 2017: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/9/21/1700073/-Cash-Rules-Everything-Around-Me-Virginia-House-end-of-summer-edition
As you may know, Virginia votes for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general the odd year after every presidential year. Also all 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates, every odd year. So that's 103 in total this year.
Quick primer on how fundraising reports are analyzed: fundraising gets reported over some period of time, depending i think on state or federal rules depending on the election. so each candidate has a total 'cash on hand' (how much they have in their campaign account) and also how much they raised in the most recent reporting period (for these races it's july 1 to august 31).
TL;DR Dems are doing relatively well in fundraising in Virginia gubernatorial and House of Delegates races. Click the link to find lists of Dems who outraised and/or held more CoH than their Republican opponents.
background info: the VA HoD (100 single-member districts) currently has 66 Republicans and 34 Democrats. Clinton actually won 51 of the districts. Democrats are challenging 54 of 66 R-held districts; Republicans are challenging 6 of 33 D-held districts.
FL-SD40 — Central/eastern Miami-Dade County: Miami (various parts), Fontainebleau, Westchester, Sunset, Kendall, South Miami, Coral Terrace, West Miami, Coral Gables (part), Little Havana, Coral Way. Clinton 58% Trump 40%, incumbent resigned due to scandal. Annette Taddeo (D) vs. Jose Felix Diaz (R) vs. Christian “He-Man” Schlaerth (i).
FL Senate current stats: D 15, R 24, vacant 1.
FL-HD116 — Western/central Miami-Dade County: Doral, Fontainebleau, Westchester, University Park, Olympia Heights, Westwood Lakes, part of Kendall. Clinton 51% Trump 46%, incumbent running for FL-SD40. Gabriela Mayaudon (D) vs. Daniel Anthony Perez (R)
FL House current stats: D 41, R 76, vacant 3.
NH-HD Rockingham 4 — Auburn, Chester, other areas east of Manchester. Clinton 36% Trump 59%, incumbent passed away due to cancer. 5 seat district (all four others R). Kari Lerner (D) vs. James Headd (R) vs. James Jarvis (L)
NH House of Representatives current stats: D 171, R 220, L 3, vacant 6.
SC-HD31 — Spartanburg. Clinton 72% Trump 24%, incumbent resigned due to health issues. Rosalyn Henderson Myers (D) vs. Michael Fowler (R)
SC House of Representatives current stats: D 42, R 78, vacant 4.
the Broward County Republican Party is...sort of a mess at the moment, with a civil war rocking the leadership, and on top of that they discover that the party secretary was once known under a different name and beat a girl a claw-hammer in California.
No, the real reason is that he hates even numbers.