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  1. I have no idea why nobody has tried but if anybody ever does, and is successful, we'd have violence in this country the likes of which we haven't seen since the Civil War.
  2. Here’s a useful tool for keeping track of the 22 current criminal and civil legal actions against the former president (actually, only 19 as 3 are closed) -- complete with brief summaries, complete summaries and frequent updates to the various legal actions. https://www.justsecurity.org/75032/litigation-tracker-pending-criminal-and-civil-cases-against-donald-trump/
  3. Great minds think alike. And so do ours. I have recently more-or-less taken up woodworking. I say more-or-less because I've bought all the tools but many of them are still in the box as my garage / shop is full of crap. My late mother-in-law was a hoarder and my wife's sisters had the good sense to either die or live in Europe so we now own the hoard. I would recommend Woodworking for Mere Mortals (Steve Ramsey) -- https://www.youtube.com/c/stevinmarin He's got lots of videos about making projects, about how to use tools, and in particular on what tools a non-professional should buy and not buy. "Learn how you can set up a woodworking shop for under $1000. Download my free guide at https://theweekendwoodworker.com/tww-tools/" Plans ==> https://woodworkingformeremortals.com/category/plans/page/2/ I even took his online course ==> https://theweekendwoodworker.com/signup/ Highly recommend... Good luck. And can I send you several hundred stuffed animals dating back to about 1920?
  4. If I were Elon Musk, I would buy the NCAA and improve it by emphasizing the financial security/prosperity of all -- rather than feeding the greed at the top. Maybe make 8 conferences, each with 10 schools, and institute a playoff system that included the conference champion of each conference -- and nobody else. No independents. No multi-team conferences in the playoffs. Just the 8 conference champions. Ideally, with a television conference that paid out the same amount to every school. I'm not sure that even Elon Musk has that much money, however.
  5. Ignoring the undefined term "massive" and the timeframe during which this "massive" number of excess deaths is supposed to have occurred, how about undiagnosed COVID? According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE), as of July 10th, there have been a total of 1,016,270 reported COVID deaths, and an estimated 1,292,866 total COVID deaths in the US during this pandemic. The difference between the two is their estimate of the number of excess deaths attributable to (mostly) undiagnosed / misdiagnosed COVID. WIth so little testing going on right now, people get sick, think it's the flu or something else non-urgent and die without ever being tested. Fortunately tho, it's mostly the unvaccinated who are suffering that fate -- meaning that you can drastically reduce your chances of suffering that fate by just getting and staying fully vaccinated. For clarity, that's not to say this fate serves those who die of COVID right, however. They are victims of disinformation and their own inability to think critically.
  6. I wonder if the thinking goes like this: Before yesterday, Trump's influence will decline but persist at a lower level. So the goal was to be there when his influenced declined without offending his base when it does. So don't testify against Trump and inherit the base... After yesterday, Trump's influence doesn't seem to be declining and taking him down, while risky, is the only way to put that base in play???
  7. Pence says he'd consider testifying before Jan. 6 committee if asked Appearing at a "Politics & Eggs" breakfast in Manchester, New Hampshire, where presidential hopefuls often speak since the state holds the nation's first primary, Pence was asked if he'd be "agreeable" if the committee were to call on him to testify. "If there was an invitation to participate, I would consider it," Pence responded. More ==> https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/pence-hed-testifying-jan-committee-asked/story?id=88491722
  8. If by "turncoat" you mean someone who puts the interests of the nation above the interests of the party elite, someone who honors the oath that she took to protect and defend the Constitution, someone who respects the rule of law and a patriotic, principled profile in courage who was willing to lose it all to do the right thing, then yeah. That bit*ch is a turncoat. If only we had more than 10 of them in Congress. --
  9. Either way, mission accomplished. He lost by 7 million votes in 2020. Whether the never-Trumper Republicans stay home or vote for an independent Cheney, he'll lose by more than 10 million votes in 2024.
  10. It's amazing to me the dexterity that those on the right show in redefining their terms to meet the moment. It's like a slight of hand; something worthy of the pigs in Animal Farm. It used to be that a RINO was what conservatives called any Republican who wasn't sufficiently conservative in their voting records. In other words, moderates. But now a RINO isn't about voting records at all. Cheney voted with Trump 93% of the time; she's no RINO -- at least by the old definition. By the new definition, she's the patron saint of RINOs. Because now, a RINO is any Republican who fails to genuflect towards Mar-a-Lago when praying to the little tin god who resides there. It's no longer about policy; now it's about fealty to the dear leader. Cults are like that.
  11. Trump may have won the battle, but Cheney will win the war. If Trump runs, I think Cheney will run as an independent as it would cause Trump to suffer a humiliating loss. He can't come close to winning, if the traditional conservatives and the RINOs that he condemns almost daily, have a (non-Democrat) conservative alternative that they can vote for in the general election. She'll take 20% of the Republican vote from our treasonous former president.
  12. I don't think that anybody in America could unite this country right now. Personally, I think that Liz Cheney is a true American hero -- a profile in courage. She makes me proud to be an American. But politically she is way too far right to unite the country. Put her moral compass in a moderate, and I'm all in and she'd some closer than anyone else to uniting the country. But she's not a moderate and, if she were, she would stand no chance of getting nominated. The Republicans are in no mood to tolerate, much less nominate, moderates. Sad times.
  13. Maybe, but allowing the authoritarians to call themselves "conservatives" helps them sell the lie that they are so. Gullible people who think of themselves as conservative generally are prone to embrace their extremism. They should be challenged every time you see the word. That they are not is one of the reasons that the left and the right are all living with entirely different understandings of what is fact.
  14. Aren't we all desert dwellers -- no matter where in the US we live? It sure seems like it. The last 22 years are the driest in 1200 years... The current megadrought in the western United States has broken previous records for the driest 22-year period in the region since the year 800 C.E., a new study published in Nature Climate Change shows. The drought has been exacerbated by human-caused climate change and is likely to continue for at least another year, the authors found. Link ==> https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-western-us-is-experiencing-the-worst-megadrought-in-more-than-1200-years-180979590/
  15. Stop calling them conservatives -- their beliefs are almost entirely the opposite of actual conservatives. They are social and/or religious authoritarians and nothing more. Well, one thing more -- they're a threat to our constitutional rights and sensibilities.
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