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  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Well, Iran, after three days of denialism, decided to do the wise thing and fess up. Much egg on their face, street demos against the regime. (And a bit of egg on mine, I should have stuck to my usual...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Charlie: My first thought was that this was just Boeing again, but this model ain't the bad one, I've heard it claimed it actually has a very good safety record. I was basing my looking towards conspiracies, something I don't...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Very well played by Iran I must say. Whether they were *trying* to do a missile strike close enough to US soldiers to put in a serious scare, but not kill anyone, or it was just a happy accident, it...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    BTW, one thing nobody gets is just how stupid this was in *Iranian* politics. He was the most popular politician in Iran, a war hero with an 83% poll approval rating with an image of being a man of the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    277: As for Harris, speaking as a Californian let me tell you that all the bad things so well and effectively said vs. Harris by the politically late and unlamented Tulsi were 100% accurate, which is why she was unable...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    267 She isn't unpopular, she is just less popular than Biden and Sanders, and more popular than Trump or Buttigieg. Her electoral difficulties are because she is perceived as the candidate of progressive suburbia, whereas Sanders and even Biden are...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    218: The whole Trump tax return thing is a scam, which the Democrats want to do to make Trump look bad. But I don't think they actually want them released, which would just make it a nine day wonder to...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    201: Scott, you don't understand McConnell's game at all, which is no secret, he's been quite public about it. McConnell unlike Trump is a smart politician. Not call witnesses? Of course he'll call witnesses. First witnesses to be called will...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    This truly was incredibly stupid even from Trump's own viewpoint. Presumably he did it to distract attention from the impeachment brou ha ha. Whatever for? The Demos have talked themselves into a corner. They are refusing to forward the impeachment...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    1261: Refuted my argument? Your "refutation" was so feeble that I did you the courtesy of thinking you didn't even believe it yourself. Apparently I was wrong. As for referenda being different than elections, of course. Deriving from that that...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    1264: The right wing Argentine junta wanting the Falkland islands, to which I suppose they had a decent claim to, was a "fascist attack on the British people"? Humorous. As for the Falklands, I believe in self-determination for the majority...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    1248: Your claim that the election results don't tell anyone anything about what the results of a referendum on Brexit would have been, in an election that was all about Brexit, is simply, crudely, and obviously false, and everybody knows...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    1234: Apples and oranges. As for seats in parliament, you may be right, you may be wrong, but that's irrelevant. The question is what the results tell you about what the results would have been if it had been *officially*...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    1191. A feeble argument. Concluding from analyzing the election results that a referendum on Bojo's Brexit scheme would have given it a solid yes is an elementary exercise in political science. I'm sure any trained political scientist would agree. Given...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    1182: Perhaps a good guess as to a hung parliament, that is if Corbyn coming out for Brexit wouldn't have won him the election in 2016, definitely possible. And back then, he was the big immigrant *advocate,* let in the...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    962: GT wrote that Corbyn lost by not campaigning on Brexit. This is true. If Corbyn had stuck to his lifelong position before becoming Labour Party leader of opposing the EU, he would probably be in 10 Downing Street now,...
  • 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...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    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...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    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...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    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...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    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,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    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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