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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Do I think I know better than Republican insiders what is likely to happen? No. But do I think these political tealeaves actually represent what any of them, including Flake, really would do in the cold light of day? Like...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    1467: Heck, even McConnell is smart enough to have told the retirees as well as remaining moderate Republicans who could actually get away in their districts with voting to impeach that is OK with him. Why not? Getting to 2/3rds...
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    1390: Well, that would be even worse for the Republicans. Any Senator who did not scream at the top of his lungs at the dark secret conspiracy of a secret ballot would be assumed by Republican primary voters to be...
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    1375: Forget the "rules" and "precedents," all of which could be fiddled with somehow if Senators really wanted to do a secret ballot. The idea was an idle fantasy of distraught Pence-loving Republican senators on deep background, and just as...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    1233: Pence could be impeached, technically the House could impeach anyone they want to for anything according to the constitution. Is Trump's hair coloring a high crime against fashion? As for misdemeanors, has Trump ever run a red light? But...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    1050: Look, sleepingroutine, I've been sympathetic to a lot of your posts about contemporary stuff because I don't think Putin is any worse than various "western" leaders of capitalist countries, and as far as I'm concerned, if Russian ethnic folk...
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    1043: Sure, fine, I can't disagree with that. I certainly don't care for sleepingroutine's attempts to justify the unjustifiable. Especially since giving Stalin credit for defeating Hitler is just plain wrong, that credit belongs to the Soviet people instead. The...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'm going to step back from the arguments over right now, as I am in fact a historian by trade, and what's more have the unusual "honor" of having as a relative an American Jewish communist who became an industrial...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    937: Charlie a bit of confusion here. Judaism is not at all the same thing as the Jewish people. My mother was a very secular Jew, we were raised as Unitarians, who are only just barely Christians. Like the old...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    926: What Stalin did was bad enough without calling it genocide. Or even ethnic cleansing, since they weren't killed. Genocide is what Hitler did to the Jews, or Turks to the Armenians, or Californians to the Indians after the Gold...
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    927: C'mon, since you lived in the south you know better, that's nonsense and you know it. Yes, the Anglo-Saxon Americans in the South didn't like Irish immigrants, but neither did the ones in the North, in fact they were...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    923: OK, fair enough. I am old fashioned, the classic Marxist definitions are good enough for me. State? Well, the classic definition is, armed body of men created to defend the ruling class against the underclasses and other states. However,...
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    883: Very narrow minded. It's the global South which is grossly overpopulated, not the USA with all those wide open spaces. Build plenty of megalopoli, the USA could easily fit another hundred million or so, and not as braceros doing...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    900: That was too wordy a response on my part. The difference is actually very simple. When the South seceded, did Southerners say "I don't want to be part of the USA because the USA is the country of the...
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    900: If you don't understand that nations and states are two totally different things, you understand nothing about nations and nationalism. Obviously the Confederacy was a state, and a "country" I suppose, thought country music hadn't been invented yet. What...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    912: As for Crimea, Crimean autonomy is not particularly viable, and the majority Russian population of Crimea wants to be part of Russia. Crimean Tatars these days are only some 14% of the population, and Ukrainians even less. What the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    861: That's hardly a surprising reaction, as, whether now or for that matter in the past, the first reaction when hearing about stuff like that from the average American is, "oh, so he's dirty?" Hearing that Biden's son is an...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    There's economics and economics. The question is not individual worth, it's whether a separate nation, complete with borders and whatnot, is economically viable, which requires certain things. Which is why, BTW, you had that whole "back to the land" program...
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    846: didn't think you were, was just analyzing the hypothetical. The Confederacy was a state, it wasn't a nation. Southerners, before and after secession, definitely considered themselves as Americans, part of the American nation. The secession was about slavery, not...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    813, replying to self. Maybe everything in that Frisco link I posted was familiar to everyone here, but I learned something I didn't know. So BoJo's Brexit deal includes incredibly expensive "divorce payments" to the EU? Forget Trump's ineffective meddling....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    839: True enough about Crimea and the Donbass (currently referred to ahistorically as "eastern Ukraine"), and even about the *original* meaning of "liquidation." But under Stalin, yes the original meaning turned into something very different. And hey, if you really...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    792: It is true that McConnell plans to allow an impeachment vote, and allow the microscopic remaining band of moderate Republicans with liberal constituencies to vote for impeachment, if they think it would help them get re-elected. Secure in the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Well, since at this point the majority of Texans are nonwhite, actual Texas independence is not what the Texas independistas are for. Given the sad shape of Mexico, for Texas to go back to Mexico is a nonstarter, even the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    816: Actually no, because states are not nations. Greenland is a nation, the Kurds are a nation. Language, culture, history and, of course as always, economic relations, are the determinants of what is a nation, not lines drawn on a...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    815: Not out of date at all, the Republican exemption is traditional. Nixon and Ho vs. Hubert, Reagan's "October Surprise" collaboration with Khomeini vs. Carter. As for the Democrats, what everyone forgets is that Jefferson and Madison's "Democratic-Republican societies," the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Obvious point but somebody should say it. If BoJo wins the election, then there can be no more talk of Brexit referendums, because as far as the British people are concerned, that was the Brexit referendum and thank goodness we...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    790: Well, however the votes went at the conference, you do know that a whole lot of the more blue collar sections of the Labour base supports Brexit, and much of them for Corbyn's old reasons not due to racism...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    766: Don't know about English law, but in America the law (whether this is written down on paper or not is irrelevant) is that the USA can and will interfere in everyone else's elections, but nobody else can even express...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    762: I hope everyone knows that I and you (jhomes) are two different people. I am not clear as to what your grievance against Greg Tingey is about, and, all things considered, I prefer it that way....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    755: It's true that in his heart of hearts, he would prefer Brexit, after all the Labour Party was against the EU in the first place, and he is very Old Left Labour, a worshipper at the altar of Tony...
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