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  1. Can someone just give me the 10,000 foot explanation of what Iran would stand to gain from this attack (assuming they were responsible)? I just can't understand the motivation. Could this be indicative of a disconnect between the political leaders and the military (revolutionary guard)?
  2. Felt in Euclid. Pretty strong rumble that made the old building I'm in make some very odd noises. My first thought was that the old AC unit on the roof was failing, but that didn't explain the rumble in my feet. Only lasted a few seconds though.
  3. I was just down in the Flats over the weekend and it just seems poorly connected at the moment. Every time I visit I just think if they'd only fill in that center parking lot with a properly scaled apartment building the area be massively improved. I'm also constantly frustrated by the ridiculous street parking bans on Friday and Saturday nights. That's one easy way to dissuade people from visiting the area.
  4. ^^The obsession continues.
  5. Or he wanted to have a three week window where his narrative was the only narrative in order to cement the conclusion that Trump was COMPLETELY EXONERATED in the minds of his base. Once that's done there's no amount of evidence that will convince this sizable minority of anything different and it insulates Republican Senators from feeling pressured to impeach either Trump or Barr. Barr knew that. Trump knew that. And they both knew exactly what they were doing.
  6. ^Couldn't agree more. You see this a lot in the Financial Independence / Retire Early community (FIRE on reddit) as well. Most of the stories of people becoming financially independent at a relatively young age (under 55) involve one of two things, 1) an inheritance, or 2) they worked at some tech startup that got bought out or blew up. There is an immense amount of luck involved for either of those things to happen. Hard work won't necessarily make you rich. Hard work will make you employable and can lead to stable employment through your working life which is a good thing and can give you a good middle class life, but it's not going to make you rich. In fact, it's often true that the hardest working people (who often perform the most critical work) in our country are some of the lowest paid. Garbage collectors are the classic example.
  7. You do realize that either outcome is a bad look for the US, right? We already know that we agreed to pay approximately $2M to cover the medical bills of Otto and we signed some kind of document to that effect. This is already not a great look, but based on what I've read this seems to be a pretty standard way that administrations get around paying "ransom" for the release of a prisoner so as not to break long standing US policy. Setting that all aside we're left with two options. We paid North Korea for the release of a prisoner that they likely tortured to death - bad for Trump domestically We broke the agreement made with the North Korean's for the release giving credence to the argument that US negotiators can't be trusted - bad for Trump internationally Do I care if we broke an agreement with North Korea? Absolutely not. In fact I hope they never see a dime. With that said, I'm not sure it will play like that internationally.
  8. Fox News posted an article about the Notre Dame fire that used the phrase. The amount of energy conservatives are spending on this boggles the mind. https://www.foxnews.com/world/tourists-easter-worshippers-lament-closure-of-notre-dame
  9. It's funny to me that you don't consider Islamic extremists "right wing". I know it's not common for us to use that language to describe Islamic extremists, but they absolutely do hold extremist right wing political ideologies. Just because they practice a different religion and/or live in a different country doesn't change that.
  10. But she wasn't trivializing 9/11. The context of her statement makes that clear. With that said I'm not going to get into a debate with you about whether trivializing 9/11 itself is inherently malicious, but I will say that when you think about it in terms of other tragedies I don't think the issue is so black and white. Think Hurricane Katrina, Pearl Harbor, Tsunami's, etc.
  11. Two quotes of interest for Rep. Omar. “Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen, and frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it,” “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” The "some people did something" part was lazy for sure, but there is absolutely no indication that it was malicious and the Republican reaction to it is absurd, but predictable. She needs to be more deliberate in her messaging, but we've entered a parallel universe when the president of the United States essentially calls her anti-American at best and a terrorist at worst. This will be Trump's legacy.
  12. Hootenany

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    I'm reading Alan Greenspan's book "Capitalism in America" and even he, a conservative hero economist, states in that book that it's delusional to believe that tax cuts will pay for themselves. He sources the root of this conservative wives tail in the Reagan administration when deficits ceased mattering and tax cuts became the cornerstone of Republican's economic agenda. They needed to pretend like they actually still cared about deficits so they just made this up and convinced supply side economists like Laffer to write about this "theory" to give it legitimacy. And this myth still hangs on today in spite of decades of evidence to the contrary. Great book by the way. Highly recommend it if you're into history, economics, and/or politics.
  13. Sure, I hear that, but I don't think we really understand how much the EC depresses votes in non-competitive states. Are Republicans not turning out in coastal states? Are Democrats staying home in the heartland? This is undoubtedly true for some number of voters so I'm not sure we really know how many new voters we would unleash if we went to a popular vote system. I don't think it's necessarily fair to say that Clinton or Gore would have won those races in a popular vote format. It seems likely, but the electoral dynamic changes significantly in my opinion when everyone's vote counts the same at the federal level.
  14. ^Please continue to focus all of your attention on the Clinton's while the Democratic A team preps for the 2020 election.
  15. Yeah, this doesn't make any sense to me. Great Lakes states rank 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 17, 20, and 22 in population. I don't think we'll be overlooked or ignored if the electoral college is eliminated. It's states in the bottom 1/2 or 1/3 of population that should be concerned. And neither side of this debate is "profoundly stupid". Let's be real. The electoral college system is unique in western democracies. Most other democratic countries elect their national leaders via national popular vote. It's not a radical idea and, honestly, the debate about EC vs. popular vote isn't worth the energy that we're putting into it. Either way the results will be largely the same.
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