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  1. Then, I ask you ... why was this specific criminal violation not included in an article of impeachment. Why soft pedal it with the "abuse of power" -- which pretty much all presidents have done, or "obstruction of justice" which would have gutted Executive Privilege?
  2. And the crime here is? Specifically? Unpresidential behavior? Yes. Unfair play? Yes. But a criminal act? I defer to you.
  3. Not a Trump supporter. But I am more disgusted at the people who blindly attack the character of people who are Trump supporters, as if the only reason you could vote for him is that you are a Racist, Sexist, Homophobe who wants to be a Nazi. And I am more disgusted by the Fourth Estate that has cast aside any sort of impartiality to rassle in the mud with the Cheeto-in-Chief. And I am most disgusted and disappointed by all these professional career politicians who, with all their experience and skill, are getting shucked and jived by this New York City embodiment of Flem Snopes because they can't get past the fact that he won. I mean, Kim Kardashian has done a better job of manipulating the President to get something done than the entire Democratic party has. (What could have been a Second Era of Good Feeling was ruined by the vanity of the collective Beltway, who after three years hadn't figured out that all they had to do was make Trump think it was his idea, and they could have him eating out of the palm of their hands.
  4. Then that should be the criticism. He sounds like a fascist. Not some lack of applauding that shouldn't have occurred. I am equally weary of both Trump and his base and the people who throw every nonsensical bit of feces to the wall in the hope that something sticks. There's so much **** all over the place, who even cares if some stayed on the wall at this point. Worst case scenario, Trump is gone on 1/20/25. But rage-induced ****-flinging as a political tool is just gettin' warmed up. Even worse, impeachment as a means to an end -- deciding a president needs to be impeached and then subsequently focusing on the finding of a high crime or misdemeanor that will let you to do it -- is a greater threat to our country than that Game Show Host could ever be. And I know y'all have a list of all the horrible things Trump has done that makes him impeachment-worthy. But you need to ask yourselves why none of those reasons can be found in those weak-*** impeachment articles.
  5. OK. But I'm nowhere near as interesting as I used to be.
  6. Is it normal for Top Commanders to applaud their Commander in Chief? Is applause standard military protocol?
  7. C'mon. Bobby Cannavale deserves better than "Gyp Rosetti from Boardwalk Empire."
  8. I just watched The Irishman. I thought it was great, but it could have been a lot tighter. Everything after Hoffa died and the wedding seemed extraneous and anti-climactic. A major studio would have made Scorsese lose at least an hour on that 3:28 runtime. I think he could have brought it in at 3:00 and improved it.
  9. That's why you keep your spokescharacter on a permanent retainer. It appears Dos Equis did not learn Verizon's lesson. And the Dude mispronouncing Artois made me laugh out loud.
  10. Public or leakable? Anything you put to paper is leakable. Anything you speak may be leakable, what with smartphones that record. What we're really dealing with is the end of privacy. And we gave it away.
  11. It's my understanding that these statements were not public, but rather in leaked emails. I have not been following closely though. However, Engler had to go sometime. If the board wanted him out earlier, they could have quickened the pace of their search for a full-time president. I do hope the new interim president has a thick enough skin to handle the criticism that will inevitably come his way. Nonetheless, John Walsh appeared on The Simpsons, and has done endorsements, as well as made a good living hosting America's Most Wanted. So the notion that people enjoy the spotlight that comes following a personal tragedy is not entirely depraved.
  12. It's easy to come down hard on Engler, because he is just so damn unlikeable. But somebody had to come in and not give the university away. I think Engler was going to take this bullet for his alma mater all along. The university needed someone in charge to negotiate a settlement that wouldn't bankrupt the university and play the role of bad guy at the same time. Engler was the interim president. He wasn't staying forever. Him being there one day after the settlement was announced was due to the lethargy of the Trustees who needed to do a proper search for a replacement for Lou Ann Simon. His departure will be the bellwether between the old MSU and the new. And Mosallam's hyperbolic comment about Engler's reign of terror is an insult to anyone who actually lived under a reign of terror. I for one cannot wait for Mosallam's reign of incompetence to come to an end.
  13. Can't really argue with any of that. But the difference between then and now was back then, the money was backed by something more than the full faith and credit of the United States. When the social upheaval stirs things up again, there is no gold to back all that worthless paper. Someone needs to get out front of this to save the middle class, and in my opinion, both parties have abandoned them, with the GOP focused on the cash, and the DNC focused on getting as many dependent voters to the polls, and frankly, they are both squeezing the middle from either end.
  14. My great-grandparents lost just about everything when Hitler invaded Poland, and all the money they had invested in Polish bearer bonds became worthless. This is something that the 1% should keep in mind. To continually squeeze the middle class into oblivion to make the rich richer is going to burst like a bubble sooner than later, and when most of one's wealth is determined by the arbitrary value ascribed to a piece of paper or the binary code used to stand in for a collection of said paper, the people who have the most, have the most to lose. Tax cuts and trickle down can work if the circumstances are right, and one has the political backbone to not spend more than we have. That's why it worked for Reagan. Bringing a 70-90% tax rate down to 28% moves money out of shelters, lowers interest rates, and causes that rising tide that raises all boats. But Arthur Laffer was a g****mned Nobel Prize winner. Who the **** do we have theorizing policy now? We're not moving 70 to 28 anymore, we're letting people loophole out of paying 35 on millions and millions of dollars. We need someone to step up and get the ultrarich to pay their fair share or even an unfair share, by convincing them it is their best interest to have a thriving middle class. Henry Ford had it right when he paid $5 a day on a 5 day work week. People need the money to buy the cars and the time to use the cars. Without a strong middle class, the bubble creating the super wealthy pops, and the whole system crumbles. It almost happened in 2008. How long will that band-aid hold? So, a mainstream third party should regard the ultrarich as such, and support a thriving middle class. It should also stay out of the business of micromananging from Washington -- we have 50 separate state governments, let them determine what is best for education and health care and whatnot within their borders -- because what is best for California may not be best for South Carolina, and what might be best for Maine, may not be best for Wyoming, etc. And if we have 50 separate laboratories trying to solve the same problem, we can figure out what works better and what makes things worse, and if Iowa does something that works so well, then maybe New Mexico tries it with significant success, and then maybe Tennessee tweaks it and makes it better, and when Idaho tries it and it doesn't work well for them, they do something else that works for them. It should also put an end to identity politics by encouraging a look-forward policy, to provide the equality of opportunity for all -- men, women, gay, straight, white, black, Asian, etc. Stop the pandering and bring the results. It should also fix immigration policy, by actually fixing what's broken, not playing the extremes between open borders and a border wall --- land of opportunity, melting pot, rugged individualism -- these are the things that made America great, and the things we need to embrace if we want to make America great again. Not ugly made-in-china hats. Wow, that's a lot, even for me. (Mic Drop).
  15. I was going to say this. It is an often overlooked detail. I remain a fan of the EC.
  16. Adam Sandler has a new standup special on Netflix. If you are old enough to remember Chris Farley and don't tear up during Sandler's tribute to him, you have no soul.
  17. Less. Did not make it to a Tigers game this year. Haven't been to LCA yet. Went to a Lions game last week. Enjoyed it considerably less than I thought I would. Seats were not comfortable, concessions are offensively expensive, people were always standing in front of me blocking my view, which really did not matter because more often than not, I was watching the game on the big screen and not on the field. My kids are teenagers now, and they have little desire to go to sporting events with their dad. Most of my friends are couples, and I'm not, so I feel like a third wheel if I tag along, and I would have zero interest in going alone. So, I don't go. I watch a lot less sports since I got rid of the cable. And I listen on the radio more. I'm less informed about sports than I was five years ago, and so I don't miss it all that much either. It sounds depressing when I say it, but it really isn't.
  18. Everybody does. But not going back into childhoods. Nobody wants that.
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