Stormcrow writes: Some useful context to keep in mind as the results roll in is what a fuckhead Alabama SOS John Merrill is: "The Republican Overseeing the Alabama Election Doesn't Think Voting Should Be Easy". "As long as I'm secretary of state of Alabama, you're going to have to show some initiative to become a registered voter."
For those deep in the weeds on this stuff, here's a link to a spreadsheet by Dave Wasserman of his estimates of the "break even" results for each county. May be useful as result come in.
Also we can talk about other related and topical father-raping stuff in our Group W political world.
Heebie's take: I stocked up on anger and disappointment already, so I'm ready to watch the results come in!
For those of you with kids:
1. how many extra-curricular activities did your kids do, at different ages? I'm interested also in distinguishing the activities with negligible parental load - like after-school clubs - versus those with substantial parental load.
2. what kind of technology access did your kids have, at different ages?
I feel like we're on some sort of escalating treadmill of work, and I want to make informed decisions instead of being on autopilot.
Mossy Character writes: Anarchy:
The United States lacks the wherewithal to pursue strategic primacy, and would at any rate generate balancing coalitions if it tried. Virtually everyone but China and Henry Kissinger rejects a G-2 order. And Asia's institutions lack the character, cohesion, and enforcement capacity to sustain a rules-based liberal order.
Heebie's take: It's not a long read!
The short story Cat Person is going viral, and leading to really good conversations on my FB feed, and I think we should have really good conversations here, as well. I also very much liked the offshoot post Bad Sex.
I personally found the short story intensely realistic, and I think the main character will be very much relieved to mature a little bit and learn to harden herself against taking care excessively of other people's feelings, and how to be willing to judge someone to be an asshole and not have that spark your curiosity about them, and have a better read and handle on new stage relationship drama.
I don't think it does. At least, any precedent there is will be weaponized by Republicans and will work in their favor, but that's because they're shameless liars with the media on their side -- it doesn't matter what the specific precedent is.
Break down the Franken situation a little: there are two questions -- is what he's accused of bad enough to resign over, and did he actually do it? On the first question, I'm comfortable saying that yes it is. It's not murder, it's in the range where I'd be cynical about supporting his staying on if we were going to lose a Senate seat, but he was repeatedly sexually abusing people. I don't want to be a member of a party where it's an accepted fact that the price I and other women have to pay for having a 'good' Senator is to be an available body to be mauled if that's what he wants.
On the second issue: the 'believe women' shibboleth obviously makes things tricky. Ratfucking and dirty tricks are possible, and I'm sure they're going to happen sometimes. But Franken wasn't denying what he did in any way that could be taken seriously -- the strongest statement he made was from his resignation speech:
I also think it gave some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that in fact I haven't done. Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember very differently.
Someone who's getting ratfucked has a responsibility to say "This specific thing did not happen. I do not grope women at photo ops. If there are eight women who say I did, someone, please, investigate and they will find evidence that it is a coordinated conspiracy like what James O'Keefe did to ACORN." There's going to be a moment, I'm sure, when a response like that is necessary, and at that point we need to accept the necessity of investigation and weigh the credibility of the stories, because politically motivated lying is possible. Franken, though, was clearly not willing to put himself in that category -- the only way I can read 'I remember very differently' is 'Come on, is a little ass-grabbing really that bad? Sure, now they say they mind it, but they were fine with it at the time.'
Roy Moore is going all out with the claim that he's being ratfucked and none of the stories about him are true. At which point he gets an investigative process which will reveal that he's a filthy liar. But Franken hasn't been deprived of anything.
An interesting thing that I bet we have never discussed here before!
I didn't realize quite how many resources the House was sinking into investigating the Uranium One deal.
At this point ...
- The House Judiciary Committee is investigating the Uranium One deal.
- The House Oversight Committee is investigating the Uranium One deal.
- The House Intelligence Committee is investigating the Uranium One deal.
- The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has called for an investigation of the Uranium One deal.
- Republicans in both houses have called on the Department of Justice to appoint a new special counsel to investigate the Uranium One deal.
while simultaneously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯-ing it up to Trump Jrs absurd invocation of attorney-client privilege.
In my head, I thought that the establishment Republicans were not quite on the same team as Trump. Both grotesquely evil, and often with significant overlap, but with personal animosity. It brought me up short to realize quite how heavily they're trying to discredit Mueller, but also it's impossible to be surprised by their complete shithead ways.
I would have been incensed, but snow! SNOW!! Two inches worth! omg.
PS: This could also be a Franken thread, now that I see the comments in the old thread. My opinion - he is correct to resign and I'm sad that he's the kind of person who does this shit. Aside from the moral rightness of resigning, he needs to do it to leave Democrats in a stronger position to lambast the Republicans for Moore and Trump and probably every last one of them, except maybe Pence. Originally I thought it was an ACORN-sting, but I've come around to the idea that he is legitimately gross.