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    Thoughts on a US civil war.

    [quote=heron; ETA: happily, I still have spring bulbs that need planting. Reason seems to be failing us ... maybe magic will work! As a self-comforting behavior, it sure beats Ativan! :geek: Thank you for bringing it back down to the real. Life goes on. There is always hope
  2. She was a true "iron lady" who led one of the most honorable of American institutions, the FBI. She was smart and tough and she did a good job. Waco was a tragedy because it was handled badly, but it wasn't directly her fault. It was the fault of the field officers calling the shots--they made a series of bad choices and lots of people needlessly lost their lives. A shame that Reno's name will always be associated with the horror of Waco rather than her accomplishments.
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    Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

    I don't know about the Nobel Prize, but it is hard to imagine anyone calling Dylan the worst poet ever. Hyperbole, anyone? Maybe a smidge of jealousy? Anyway, I never cared much for his voice, but, still, no one sings a song quite like the person who wrote it. He may not be the world's best poet, but the man can turn a phrase. One of the best songwriters ever, for sure, IMHO.
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    Thoughts on a US civil war.

    As to whether Trump or Obama can calm things down: I think Trump will make a token effort to stem the tide of rage and vitriol, but peace-making isn't his forte. He's good at stoking fires, not putting them out. As for Obama, the people who most need to hear his words never listened to him to begin with; they aren't going to start now. What a mess.
  5. [quote I am not sure why you dislike your fellow Americans. I am your fellow American now. I went through a test and everything. It's not like I came shooting out of a random American womb happenstance. Oh my God, so sorry I can only hit "like" once. That was beautiful. :roflmao:
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    Is Donald Trump an ethical man?

    And now grade-schoolers chanting "Build the wall, build the wall!" I really liked the Clinton ad showing children watching some of Trump's uglier moments: "Our children are watching." What are they learning? And do we really want to teach children these things? I realize Trump was often just throwing red meat to the base. The thing that bothers me is how base some of that base is. I'm sorry, but we didn't hear that stuff from Hillary. I just hope Trump realizes that he's going to have to behave like a grown-up now, because our children apparently are​ watching.
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    Thoughts on a US civil war.

    Another civil war probably isn't likely, but he's right that most of the ingredients are there. The one that worries me the most (other than the incredible glut of firearms in this country) is the growing distrust in media. Especially when political leaders and contenders for office reinforce this distrust with every other sentence. Once upon a time, journalism was an honorable profession, and it was seen as such. What if no one had paid attention to Woodward and Bernstein? Would Watergate have been brushed under the rug as a "liberal media lie?" What if the muckrakers had been derided as mere sensationalists and their exposes of business and political corruption, to say nothing of "The Jungle," (which still grosses me out) went unread? When you feel you can't trust anyone, the only people you can trust are the ones telling you exactly what you want to hear, what you already believe. When all the people have their own version of truth, truth ceases to exist--no one knows how or where to look for it. The end result will be a population in which most people stop caring. You can hear it already when people talk about politicians--"They're all the same, crooks and liars." Apathy is the enemy of democracy, because the only people who care enough to vote are extremists who support equally extremist candidates. And when all the politicians stand at opposite ends of each issue and refuse to take a single step toward the middle, nothing gets done. Well, nothing good, anyway. This is how civil wars start--neither side giving an inch, with fanatics on both sides screaming that something must be done. And we're a lot closer to that place than I'm personally comfortable with. I still don't expect war, but something wicked this way comes if all this rage and hatred doesn't simmer down--soon.
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    Lost another good one ...

    Amazing and gifted songwriter who really felt the songs he sang. Yet another musical genius lost. :cry:
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    FBI reopens its investigation into Hillary

    I agree his career SHOULD be over, but he has tenure--firing him won't be easy, even for Trump. To answer your question: Yes, I absolutely believe the man intended to keep the "scandal" alive as close to the election as possible. He opened the investigation on the grounds that her aide's husband MIGHT have classified material on HIS computer. Where was his probable cause? What led him to believe that Weiner would have classified materiel on it? It was clearly a fishing expedition. You only need to nose around Weiner's laptop if you're looking for d%&k pics.
  10. Of course we can. So can everybody else. That's what keeps both sides of the left-right divide in business. Personally I don't think the left is worse than the right when it comes to vitriol. I watch both MSNBC and FoxNews; they both traffic in sensationalized, alarmist rhetoric. The only difference I see is that MSNBC has a much better record of actually fact-checking their stories before airing them. Finally, what do you all think about yet another election won by virtue of the unbalanced electoral college system? Where are the usual states' rights people protesting the system of one state's voters being more important than others'? Just curious. P.S.: Congrats to the Trump crowd. I didn't believe he could do it. Can't wait to see what Bill Maher has to say! :cheeky:
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    It's been a weird year. Cubs win the Series?!? Trump wins the general election??? Nooooo...............
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    I'm switching political parties

    Yeah, very low-protein diets are popular in the developing world, although not by choice. It's always struck me as a pathetic irony that the sacred cows of India could nourish so many starving children. Don't get me wrong, I love cows--they really are very sweet, very gentle. But I have to put my own kind first. Still, I think leaders who really respected life--ALL life--would be more responsible and careful in their decision-making. I wish all of the parties could be more humane, but right now we're barely human; the mud-slinging has devolved into feces-flinging of the lowest order, mostly of the male bovine variety. The Humane Party's platform takes me back to my college days, when I was able to believe in such things. I've lost a lot of that adolescent idealism--reality slapped me upside the head pretty darn hard. I still dream about those happy things, but always in a land and a time far, far from here. Sigh. It's a lovely platform. It'll never work. But we've got to keep trying--one day, I really do believe, we will get there.
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    Violent Attacks by Trump Supporters

    I don't know for sure, but the alternate-right camp seems to be adrift in a sea of wild conspiracy theories, nebulous scandals that never turn out to be quite what they were supposed to be, Islamic terrorists everywhere, and men selling gold. As for labels, when people are anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-"Black Lives Matter" (aka: black), and accept the vulgar, abusive language ("...grab 'em by the p*$$y") of a Presidential candidate as perfectly normal "locker-room talk," I'm afraid the xenophobic, sexist, racist, Islamophobic shoe does kind of fit.
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    The failure of Obamacare

    :roflmao: Oh my god, you called him Shrub! I thought I was the only one who did that!
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    FBI reopens its investigation into Hillary

    Actually, I think he is desperate to serve up something dirty on Clinton. To my eyes, he is clearly biased against her. He was on the Sunday morning talk circuit after closing the investigation with the decision NOT to indict, saying that he felt she had been careless and irresponsible. As the head of the country's highest law enforcement body, giving loud and public voice to his personal feelings about an investigation, especially one that didn't even produce an indictment, was highly unprofessional.