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Thread It's Trans Awareness Week! (Nov 13th -19th)
It wasn't necessary. I want it to be clear that I always had permission to say whatever I want. From the very top. But I asked to speak anyway, out of respect for the mod team, and the desire to not make the situation worse. I'm sorry that wasn't clearer.
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Thread It's Trans Awareness Week! (Nov 13th -19th)
Yes. When you get involved in advocacy for minority groups, one of the first things you realize is that it is a continual work. Striving to be an ally (not to be called one, because you can't give yourself that label; but to work to one), never finishes. There's no finish line. It is a constant work to check yourself, to reflect on your biases and see them for what they are, and to strive to be better. I was advocating for Black queer people in that thread. I was triggered by the idea that our experiences were being compared and devalued. In doing that, I devalued ace people. I don't offer that as an excuse.
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Thread It's Trans Awareness Week! (Nov 13th -19th)
I haven’t said anything publicly yet. I’ve been given permission to speak openly and honestly now, and respond to people. But first, an apology. To the Resetera community at large; I am sorry. To the Resetera Mod team who are now being held responsible for my words; I am sorry. To the NB/Asexual/Trans community that has been made to feel devalued and erased by my words; I am sorry. To the Black and Queer communities who looked to me to advocate for them; I am sorry. I will be stepping down. If there is anything else that people want me to respond to? I am currently able.
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Thread It's Trans Awareness Week! (Nov 13th -19th)
I also want to add to the staff message, from the perspective of a mod who's been here a while, and is somewhat detached from this issue while being part of the Discord channel in question. As one of the mods who was a part of the initial mod team, I have seen mods come and go, often due to the pressure of doing this job. I have seen my fellow mods be doxxed. I have been privy to the stories of mods receiving threatening tweets on their private accounts, and even threatening phone calls at their jobs. And I want to stress that I'm not expecting sympathy here. We understood this was a risk when we signed up, and I also know that a lot of you understand all too well what it's like to be targeted in this way online. I'm only mentioning this to make the point that, when it comes to the privacy of our designated safe spaces, we value it as much as anybody else. Most of you are members of community Discords that have private channels that function in a similar way. And while I don't expect this to take away the anger and frustration of Ketkat being banned, I sincerely hope that it will allow some of you to consider how important this is to a lot of us. The mod chat that was violated is not a harbor of the nefarious. It isn't a place where we retreat to say all the evil stuff that would be ban-worthy if any of you said it, or unveil our "true selves." This channel is where we go to share mundane aspects of our lives. Where we gripe about our jobs, share our frustrations about our partners (or...lack of partners), post pictures of our pets, and ask the dumbest fucking questions. It's a place where we go to question ourselves, or uplift each other - about any number of things. It is where go to share things that, while mundane, are personal, and private, and shared under a blanket of trust. We don't stop being Black, or Queer, or Trans, or Women, or NB when we become mods. And again, many of you are members of community Discords that have private channels for similar purposes. The idea that somebody would violate that and dissect our lives is unforgivable to me. We are not the law. We are not elected officials. We are not paid with tax payer dollars. We are not paid at all. Our status as Resetera Mods does not extend to our real lives when we log off. We leave our computers, and our phones, and our tablets, to live the same lives that you do. We do not owe you our lives in order for you to trust us. We are not undeserving of privacy in order for you to trust us. If that's what it takes for you to trust us, then you weren't ever going to trust us at all. I didn't really have a relationship with Ketkat, but I respected her. But when she crossed that line, she crossed the line. Banning Ket was not easy and it was not secretive. It was discussed, and in all of my time here, among a team more diverse than any group of people I've worked with in real life, I have never seen a decision with broader support. We hope you continue to hold us accountable as mods. We hope more threads on trans issues will be created in the future, and we hope to continue to absorb your feedback to be better in addressing and handling trans issues. But Ketkat, unrelated to any of the above, is banned. And that is final.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg rising to the top in Iowa polls
--Never really responding or taking ownership for the poor leadership he has shown for the black people in his own damn city for starters. But that goes back further than a month. --His campaign leaning in on the dogwhistle that homophobia in the black community is the reason why he's not doing well with them is probably the clearest dog whistle I've heard on the left since the last time Bernie Sanders complained about "identity politics." --
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Thread Pete Buttigieg rising to the top in Iowa polls
Here's the thing, and I say this full-throated as a black gay man. I don't care. Buttigieg hasn't displayed, at any point in his career as a politician or gay person, a particular care about Black people, Black gay people (because we exist, and we don't like him either), or homophobia in the Black community. He has not been a part of that effort or work. He has not ever used his position to shine a respectful light on that issue or on black queer people in general. So no, you don't get to use "Black people don't like me because I'm gay!!!!" as a crutch now because you're polling badly with us. You ain't do any kind of work to get our respect, bruh.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg rising to the top in Iowa polls
I mean... I to be disgusted, that Buttigieg is surging after spending the last month throwing Black voters under the bus is borderline despicable to me. But then, I get it. This is Iowa we're talking about. One of the whitest states in the country gets to set the tone for the primaries of the party of diversity, and this is the role black people traditionally play. Ignored until you need us.
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Thread Another day, another fight at Popeyes (video)
I really feel for these Popeyes employees. I've been to three different Popeyes in Philadelphia since the whole chicken sandwich craze, and despite being in different parts of the city all three had several things in common: They were all packed, they were all disorganized, customers were RUDE AF (seriously, something about a product going viral just brings out the absolute worst in some people). Also, and this is important, all three of them were . Just, boiling. I couldn't imagine being in one for an hour. Much less 8...on my feet...dealing with these rude ass people trying to create a viral moment. This isn't the employees. As someone who's worked in food service, I'm wondering what kind of training the managers have gotten to handle this sudden influx of demand. And, I mean, Popeyes are already poppin BEFORE this sandwich. This has nothing to do with Chick Fil A. Chick has had its business model for decades. Their hiring, , and managerial practices have been fine-tuned to handle their demand. The "what is it about Popeyes...?" questions are starting to make my dog perk up. Keep it cute.
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Thread Warren details timelines to achieve Medicare For All
I'm getting concerned. Because it seems like Warren's camp is spending more time tailoring her M4A plan to respond to telegraphed attacks from her primary opponents, and not so much on a drafting a plan and strategy that actually makes sense to the average person. Screw what Bernie and Biden are going to say. This healthcare debate is important, but it's becoming more convoluted as time goes on, not less so. I had initial problems with Elizabeth Warren's healthcare proposal because it requires several big things (immigration reform, redistributing military spending, gutting our entire private insurance apparatus) to even begin to make her numbers work. Are these all things that need to be done? Yes. Are these all fights I expect even the most charismatic and driven President to accomplish in their first term, much less their first year? Yeah...that's a from me. I would also be remiss if I didn't point out that this timeline, fundamentally, is a sloppier version of the Medicare plan Kamala Harris released months ago. Somehow, I don't think Warren is going to get dogpilled the same way Harris was.
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Thread PopERA |ERA1| R9 to Drop in December. "All I Want for Christmas is You" Is Shaking
Lord, just watched the Fenty show. That girl Victoria AND the VMAs are canceled.
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Thread PopERA |ERA1| R9 to Drop in December. "All I Want for Christmas is You" Is Shaking
Who is Kim Petras? Like, no, seriously, HEW? Nothing I've heard sounds good. Like, nothing. So, she has to be somebody, right? Like a Paris Hilton "I'm talentless but rich as fuck and can make an album just cuz" right?
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Thread Trying to understand people who sincerely don't like children...
I used to think I disliked kids. Then I realized...no, actually, kids are fine. I dislike parents.
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Thread Watchmen |OT| HBO Lost Moore's Leftovers
This has been my favorite thing Lindolof's done up to this episode. Lindelof tends to annoy me as a writer because, to me, his penchant for mystery-box plots tends to hide overambitious (and sometime just plain lazy) storytelling. It often doesn't seem like he has an end goal in mind, so he gives you a little bit of everything, and whatever the endgame consensus is that's most flattering to his story... But I've said to friends I watch this show with, Watchmen is the first thing I've watched by Lindelof that actually felt like it was . There's a ton of mystery, but the narrative tight, like this is all going to matter in the end. Until this episode. I like that they didn't waste time with Lady Trieu's character and establishing where she fits in with the other characters. But the mystery is starting to feel overly obfuscated just to keep the audience in the dark (which, to me, is Lindelof at his worst), which made the conversation between Trieu and Will pretty hilarious and meta. And I'm already tired of Veidt. So he's in a prison. That much is obvious. Why the hell should we care? We were introduced to a new character this episode and already have a better grasp of her purpose for the story than Veidt, who's just been doing a different version of the same thing for 3 episodes now. Get on with it.
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Thread ‘No discipline. No plan. No strategy.’: Kamala Harris campaign in meltdown
So, here’s what I know: —Kamala’s record. —Her record compared to her predecessor’s record. —How other progressive prosecutors view her. None of that is speculation. It’s legal record. I was The mod on this board who wore a Kamala Harris T-shirt in my avatar before she even formally announced her run. I weep over the incompetence of her campaign. The Harris 2020 campaign was a mess. But I won’t let a Black Woman whom transformed the criminal justice system in my home state be lied on in regards to her record and what she accomplished. Bring receipts.
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Thread ‘No discipline. No plan. No strategy.’: Kamala Harris campaign in meltdown
Even the “progressive” older candidates who not only signed the crime bill, but ran on it in re-elections in their totally white home states? The very crime bill she fought against?
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Thread ‘No discipline. No plan. No strategy.’: Kamala Harris campaign in meltdown
Harris is to the far left of Krasner. Krasner, only just this year, instituted a city-wide public DoJ criminal database. So you can now see crime rates and arrest rates for the city of Philadelphia and hold law enforcement accountable. Over 5 years ago, Kamala did this....for the entire state of California. Her program was the model that Krasner used. See what I mean about receipts and not resting in ignorance? I’ll be waiting for them there receipts.
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
You’re putting the cart before the horse here. Let’s be clear, Mo’Nique being “difficult” behind the scenes on Precious was only industry chatter. The public didn’t give a shit. Black folks celebrated her Oscar win knowing nothing about the okie doke happening behind the scenes. They celebrated it because....black folk LOVE Mo’Nique. Always have. So the idea that Mo has always been this unlikable person doesn’t really pan out. Not with her audience. Her reputation of being bitter and “unlikable” is really stemming from THIS situation where she’s demanding what she thinks she’s worth. And yeah, here’s where I absolutely agree that her husbandger is doing her NO favors.
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
It should also be pointed out that Mo’Nique is a modern meme queen and a lot of people don’t even know it. I see so many people (even white people) using “The ___________ jumped out,” and “See, when you do clownery...sometimes, the clown comes back to bite” and not even know that was Mo. And those are just the two that immediately spring to mind
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
I didn’t know who Deray Davis was, so before opening my mouth only to sound foolish I went and looked him up. Via Google. Paid no fees, info poured forth freely. Technology, sure is wonderful. And yeah, I’ve seen this guy in stuff. But that he got 5 mil? Really? That CANT be right
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
Here’s where I stand with Mo. She’s a Black comedy icon. Point blank, full stop. If you don’t know this, you’re only telling on yourself. Go do some homework. Don’t disrespect the greats. That said...Mo is a She makes comedy for Black American audiences, and unapologetically so. THAT means that, when the time came, she DIDN’T do what Steve Harvey did, or what Wanda Sykes did, or what Dave Chappell did: she didn’t cross over to white audiences. And no disrespect to those Black comedians who chose to do that, but people who made that choice shouldn’t be shitting on Mo because she made the Choice not to. That’s why I’m of two sides in this. I don’t fault Mo for asking for more, she SHOULD have. She’s a name regardless of what she’s done recently, and I know for damn sure that a comeback special would have had every kid who grew up on The Parker’s (and are now in their 30s), and all the aunties who know her standup tuning the fuck in. And I don’t know how many times black audiences have to show up with our money before our-of-touch execs learn that if you give us content, we’ll consume it. But Dave Chappelle money? Eh....I dunno about THAT, sis. But definitely more than 500k.
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
Netflix does plenty of niche content that they’re willing to shell out money for. I’m willing to bet that Mo’Nique’s comedy special would have brought in more that that odd Marvel niche binge they were on for a while. To say that Mo’Nique isn’t worth 500k is...a stretch. She gets paid more than that to do movies. Also, Mo’Nique’s beef with Oprah has nothing to do with this. Oprah brought Mo’Nique’s estranged mother onto her show to dish on Mo’s upbringing after Mo specifically asked her not to behind the scenes. That was messed up.
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Thread We need to talk about responding to Trans related issues
Alright now that this thread has become about people's personal relationships it's time to close this down. We do appreciate the OP making the thread and regret the way it's ending. For the record: This was never about what anyone saw when they were looking where they shouldn't. Personally, the idea that someone who was not supposed to have access to our private conversations had access makes me uncomfortable, and that has nothing to do with fear of being "outed" as a secret bigot. It's an invasion of a privacy we're entitled to, its us in our private moments, and us being mods does not give you the right to violate that. To think otherwise is, frankly, not something that sits right with me or anyone else on the staff. I guarantee you'd feel the same in our shoes. We put in work every day to make this community welcoming to LGBTQ+ members and although recent events may have overshadowed that, we will continue to put in that work because we care. We wouldn't be here otherwise.
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
It’s strange to me the particular types of threads that inspire people to enter them and boldly proclaim their ignorance of the subject. Bing is a click away, y’all.
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
My GOD yes.
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
That Hwyte money will do it.
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
If you grew up with any knowledge of the 80s/90s/early 2000s black comedy scene, you know who Mo’Nique is. Mo was quite simply a titan in her prime. I don’t know where I personally stand in her beef with Netflix, because I can see both sides of this particular fight, but let’s not play silly. Also, if you don’t know “who” she is...Google is my good homegirl, and she can be yours too.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
Because there can only be one Black Woman candidate? Look, I know I'm the "Kamala Harris" guy in this thread. But...you're trying too hard.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
I'm not comfortable with the framing that certain candidates (, the PoC candidates) are "attacking." That just rings...kind of gross to me. Castro isn't attacking anyone. He's speaking truth to power. Black women are the backbone of this party. They aren't represented at all in the first two pivotal contests.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
Yeah, Castro has no chance. Still, it’s so refreshing to see a charming candidate go into the devil’s den and say this out loud:
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Thread It’s been 245 days since the last White House press briefing
Frankly, can't say I miss them. They stopped being a tool to hold the administration accountable long ago: by the end they were mere punditry "can you believe that happened!? can you believe she said that!?" fodder that didn't really matter, and that nobody cared about until something outrageous enough happened to be made fun of on SNL. The only unfortunate thing is that press briefings ended because the administration shut them down, and not because the media in our country joined together and collectively refused to be used as propaganda tools which is what should have happened.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
Black people in his own damn town were going, “...now wait a fuckin minute.” Should have listened. DAMN I’m still pissed about that $20 I donated to Buttigieg. That could have been my WoW subscription. That’s a month of Netflix AND Hulu. That’s a drink and cover at the gay club on Friday night!
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
Maybe. But then I remember a certain politician bursting onto the scene, going viral, and outperforming Democrats for generations in his home state of Texas...because he was asked a tough question in a hostile environment and answered it, with grace and honesty. Everything about Warren's response to this question, from the answer itself to the tone, was dismissive and, worse, didn't seem to respect the validity of the question at all (when, as someone else said, primary order is not a new topic). There was no honesty in Warren here, and there damn sure wasn't any grace. And it's not lost on me, and my black ass, that Warren's otherwise campaign seems to always have its missteps when it comes to race.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
Democrats need to stop downplaying the importance of political theater. Political theater is exactly how Republicans have maintained power despite their atrocious political aims. Politics IS theater, and GOD I wish more Democrats knew that. Besides, the thing that's so crazy about Warren in this moment is how otherwise she and her campaign have been with the "bullshit" political theater! I know that's what got my attention.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
Besides, the only person who framed it as attacking Iowa and NH...was Warren herself. Although, to be fair to her, her tone to me sounded like she might have initially meant that as a joke, then got somewhat defensive when the joke didn't really land and Goodman continued to press her question.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
Just frame the question as it was presented. She was asked about state primary order and how it reflects the diversity of the Democratic primary. That's not an attack on Iowa and NH. That's just facts. To me, this question only reads as an attack if you view primary order as some sort of declaration of the value of a state and its voters.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
LOL I get the politics behind Warren's answer, but this is like the third time now she's used that "I'm just a player in the game" duck and that's just hilarious to me because it goes against her branding as the fighter candidate. So, hypothetically, we're to believe that Warren's going to bravely take on Republicans, the health insurance industry, the military industrial complex, and big banks...but she cowers before an honest question about Iowa and NH (that anybody aware of the diversity of the US understands: it's complete bullshit that the presidential race is defined by two of the whitest states in the country)? That she took it as a call for her to attack those two states, instead of an opportunity to display her wonkish chops and discuss a complex problem with nuance is...a shocking lack of creativity on her part.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
For what it’s worth, Harris’s first proposed legislation as an official candidate was for expanding teacher pay. The very first one.Albatross has made it pretty clear that they’re not defending Harris. Whether or not we try to see the sense in a candidate’s proposed legislation should have nothing to do with whether or not we already like that candidate.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
This is possible in a lot of places in the US. However, I'm from Los Angeles, one of the largest cities in the US. It's not uncommon for kids in a city that big to go to a school a significant distance from home. Especially if you went to a magnet school outside your district or, horror, had a parent who borrowed a relatives address who lived in a better neighborhood so you could go to a better school (which is also common). Also, there's a component of this that doesn't have much to do with transportion. One benefit of after school programs is providing kids with a safe and space after school. Not , but studying, doing homework, recreational activites, bla bla bla. Because if not for these programs you kids are out on the streets after school. And if they're out on the street after school...they might join The Gangs.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
The bill doesn't claim to be a fix-all solution. I think the part that you're missing is that this plan isn't requiring kids to stay at school until 6PM. IF schools want the grant money, it requires them to be until at least 6PM. There will still be plenty of busses dropping kids off in broad daylight.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
No, because this is not “schooling” nor is it mandatory. Nor does it increase the workload of teachers. It’s all in the bill. This is a plan to incentivize schools through federal grant money to employ additional staff through community programs for the purpose of keeping schools open until 6PM, so that working parents who don’t have the ability to pick their kids up right after school have more time to do so without their kids sitting in the curb waiting for them. In basic terms, it is extending after school programs. But people see “school day” and stop reading.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
School buses? The whole point of this plan is to address poorer communities and families who don’t have means to pick up their kids after school. This isn’t a plan for you if your kids are in a community where they’re getting bussed home from school. Respectfully, you’re far removed from who this plan is designed to address if you’re thinking in terms of school buses.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
You should read the plan, which doesn’t propose any of what you’re suggesting.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
This is a valid critique. But honestly, I don’t know what happens here. You’re right, the kid waiting on the curb needs help now regardless. But if you’re the President, not a state legislature, what do you do besides federal grant money and incentivizing?
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Welcome to the life of a lot of inner city kids already. Except it isn't indoors with funded activities; it's waiting around outside the closed school for your parents to come pick you up.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
I simply don't follow that throughline. 'Not enough funding so...Corruption!' doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me of a plan that has accountability measures embedded within it. You might think 3 years congressional oversight is too long, but yearly reporting still makes grift a whole lot harder. Besides, I'm not denying the right of anyone to have concerns. This isn't a perfect bill (no candidate has yet released a perfect bill). My entire point in addressing you at the start was simple: address the bill on its merits. You claimed the language of this bill required teachers to work longer hours. It simply does not. Period.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Don't do that. I didn't say I don't understand what you're saying. I said I don't follow it. Which means I don't reach the same conclusion you do. Where I think you're making a leap is the idea that school districts would have to search for, hire, and train a brand new staff to provide extended after school care; and that if they can't do this their only option (if they want the grant money) is to pressure their teachers to work more hours. This ignores a few things: 1) That this plan itself incentives schools working with established community organizations to provide staffing (which has already been addressed). 2) That schools relying on extending teacher hours to cover staffing will be reflected in yearly reporting as required by the plan. Again, you can disagree with the effectiveness of that, but you're taking that disagreement to write a complete fanfiction of what you're "sure" is going to happen. That's where I disagree with you. There a plenty of school programs that go underfunded (oftentimes severely so) while still providing lifechanging programs to students and their families. I benefited from some of them. Besides, if you're so concerned about what this will do to teachers, why aren't you acknowledging that Kamala's plan was endorsed by AFT? One of the largest teacher unions in the country?
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Ummm, did you read the last 10 pages? Quite a few people are saying that.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
LOL -- you got to admit that you're moving the goal posts here. Your original posts in this thread were along the lines of this proposal not just being "inadequate" but actively harmful to its stated goal. You even went as far as insinuating that plan said things it clearly didn't. If your point this entire time was that the proposal didn't "adequately address the problem" then...there might be an actual avenue by which I could agree with you!
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Just going to drop this here because, you know, who could possibly like this idea...
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
This is addressed in the very part of the bill that I already quoted. I'll bold the relevant parts:1) This bill prioritizes working with community organizations (and if you don't believe that many already exist who would love a bill like this, I don't know what to say). 2) This bill already provides a means of oversight on the progress of the schools using this funds. That includes . You can doubt that things will work as proposed in this bill. But you can't claim that those concerns aren't addressed by the bill.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
While I low key agree, there is a reason for this: This bill, as stated in its enactment clause, is meant to amend which is where the "school day" terminology is derived from. That alone conflicts with your idea that this bill is "poorly written."
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
I'm not saying you're wrong here, because 5 million seems like not-a-lot to me on instinct as well. But as someone willing to give this plan a charitable read (because no recent candidate I can think of has talked about something like this), my follow-up is basically...compared to what? We don't really have a whole lot of national programs of this type to compare here.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Again, this is false. This is not what the bill says or "encourages." This is your slant on the bill. To take the bill at "face value" means to take it on what it says. Anything else is your slant on it. That is taking the bill at face value. That is value judgment, which is meaningless here. We could apply this exercise to literally any bill proposed by any candidate.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
So, as was pointed out by the guy on the internet to defend Kamala's dumb last ditch effort, how do you rectify your claims of what the bill "encourages" with the fact that, stated in that same bill, a requirement to even receive the grant money is that teachers and staff are not given more hours? If your answer to this is some form of, "Well, institutions are corrupt, they'll find a way." Well then, sorry to tell you, but no candidate has figured out a solution to that one as it pertains to the various legislation they plan to introduce. Guess they should all go home!
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Two things: 1) I'm not really concerned about how this bill could be "twisted," because you could aim that concern at any bill proposed by any candidate. I'm addressing this bill on its merits. You described it falsely in multiple ways across several pages. I was merely highlighting that you were incorrect. 2) ...so now your problem with the bill is that it doesn't extend after school programs ? Are there schools with programs that go into the late evening, yes. But that is far from the norm. I was raised in good ol' "Progressive" California, and most of the schools in my district were lucky to provide an hour of after school care.This isn't "overtime labor" it's "volunteer labor." As in no teacher will be required to do it. Why are you repeating talking points that have been proven false?
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Matching the federal money is a failsafe in the event the grant money runs out if the program isn't extended. The goal is to ultimately be a self-sustainable program. Many federal programs, including the ACA, run this way.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
To be fair, the headlines on this bill are fucked, and her campaign should have better anticipated that. Which is a shame, because this bill really is a very good thing for working parents who want a guaranteed safe place for their kids after school. The lengths that people are going to mischaracterize the intent of this bill when the language of it is plain as day (while at the same time claiming they read the thing) is just...sad to me. Should the working day be shorter? Absolutely. This bill doesn't dispute that. But this bill, to me, rings as the work of a candidate who looked at the problems we're facing with the intent of coming up with immediate solutions. It's going to take a lot of time and persuasive efforts to shorten the national work day. In the meantime, provide more funding for after school programs.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Plenty. But here's the other thing: It's not just about traditional 9-5 jobs. The struggle to find (and keep) work and the gig economy can keep even parents above the poverty line from being available to pick their kids up after school or arrange for childcare. My mother was a stylist when I was a kid. That came with an insane schedule. Having school programs available until 6 would have made it not just easier for her to pick me up, but to arrange for someone else to pick me up in the event that she couldn't without me spending hours sitting on the curb with my gameboy.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
I don't see what's wrong with this bill. It isn't advocating for a longer "school day." It's not proposing more work for teachers. It's a proposal to advocate funding for more public after school programs because, guess what, a lot of (poorer) schools don't have that and, guess another thing, not all parents are able to take off work to pick their kids up after school. It's all right there in the bill. I grew up in Los Angeles. My elementary school was about a 30 minute drive from home, and an even longer walk. From what I remember, there was only an extra hour of after school activities/care, after which, I had two options: sit outside the school for hours until my single mother was able to take off work and come pick me up. Or, when I got a little older, find a way home myself. When you are a kid growing up in the inner city, neither of these options are what most parents to be faced with. But it IS the reality for entirely too many kids. Since when did we, as the left, get to the point where we're shitting on a candidate for...*checks notes*...making after school care more accessible for parents?
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Again, not true. It's not "calling on" teachers to work additional hours. Teachers will have the option to volunteer their time to this program, and they're compensated for the additional work. It's literally right there in the bit of the Mother Jones article I quoted, in the language of the bill itself. Here's that:Like, it is really incredibly difficult to misinterpret this. The goal of this legislation as, again stated in the bill, is to incentive schools to create Extending the time of existing teachers and staff will literally not be possible through this legislation.
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Thread T.I. Reveals He Goes To The Gynecologist Every Year With Daughter To Ensure Her Hymen Is Still Intact
This isn’t overprotectiveness because, theoretically, he’ll already be “too late” by this method. This is fear-mongering and, more importantly, this is for him. This is for his own bruised, fragile, irrational, and just plain pathetic male ego. This is a need to control the women in his space. This is toxic masculinity. See Also; T.I. getting into a very embarrassing “feud” with Floyd Mayweather a few years back because he DANCED with his wife Tiny at a party, and this just weeks after the internet caught him cheating on that same wife for the 500th time.
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Thread T.I. Reveals He Goes To The Gynecologist Every Year With Daughter To Ensure Her Hymen Is Still Intact
Ho-Tep Mo-Tep Holiday-INNNNNN
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Meanwhile, nobody's talking about Steyer stealing Kamala's campaign data. I shouldn't be the only person getting deja vu. Just because she's not going to be the nominee doesn't mean this shouldn't be fucking alarming.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
I think anybody on Kamala's campaign or caring about a fair Democratic process would have a lot to say. I imagine Team Bernie will be silent.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
I respect that, even if I disagree. I loathe Biden. But I've remained clear-eyed enough on what the Republican party has become to know that, insinuating that Biden is in "the wrong party" is incredibly fucking bonkers. These people are defending children in cages.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Oh, he don't represent me either. A LOT OF Democrats don't represent me. Being a member of a political party sometimes means that, surprise shock horror, IT AIN'T ALWAYS ABOUT ME. Biden, for all his flaws, is a Democrat. Warren can piss off insinuating he's not. There's a real elitism showing itself with Warren as she gets comfortable, and I'm not liking it. At all.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
If we want people who change their minds, we should also want people who represent the broad range of the Democratic Party, from the far left to the center left: basically, Biden. I say that to say this: Warren's point was gross. Biden had every right to come for her throat. We will not redefine this part as only representing the far left. Fuck that.
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Thread Fantastic Beasts 3 to be set in Brazil, will film Spring 2020
I don’t care about setting, frankly. What Fantastic Beasts needs is a writing partner for Rowling who’s not afraid to constrain her. The biggest problem with these movies is that all narrative control has been given to someone used to spreading their plot across 600+ pages.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
None of this means a single shit until it comes from the candidate’s mouth. Until then, put knows the forces he’s flirting with. FAKE EDIT: My phone interpreted “Buttigieg” as “put”. And I’m leaving it.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
She may not have much of a chance, but she will Always be my candidate. Such a wonderful response. And of COURSE it’s the Black Woman taking on Buttigieg’s nonsense.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
I’m going to say something about Warren’s messaging that I’ve said in the past about her in regards to black voters, but now I’m wondering, looking at these numbers, if it might be worth widening the tent on my opinion Her “You don’t get what you don’t fight for” style of messaging is inherently elitist. It’s almost disrespectful in tone to the people out there who view just getting by day-to-day as a “fight.” if I were a person of color in her camp with sway, I’d be shouting that right about now.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
It’s not just stupidity it’s stupidity + racism. Unless White Americans have a monopoly on all of the country’s abundant supply of stupidity.
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Thread Stephen Miller, advisor to Trump, engaged to Katie Waldman, communication director for Pence
You know... Sometimes... Two people can both be terrible and find each other. I wish them both hell.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Speaking of Pete Buttigieg... Boy George can politely get on a Tardis back to the 80s. Certain white gays are really showing their asses over this man.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth |OT2| Bless Your Heart
To me, it just comes off as the writing team trying to have their cake and eat it too. There's a way that Sylvanas' behavior makes sense and that the revelation that she's been soulbound (I'm assuming that's what this is) to The Jailer makes sense...if you make it recent history. There was a notable shift in Sylvanas' perceived motivations all the way back in Legion, and yeah the idea was that this had a lot to do with her deal with Helya, but there's room to make it deeper than that. Sylvanas binding herself to the Jailer back in Edge of Night? That...just doesn't track. Sure, it makes sense in that the place Sylvanas went to when she died was likely the Maw. But Sylvanas had so much character growth between that moment and Legion that...it doesn't really work that all this time she had all these behind-the-scenes machinations going on.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth |OT2| Bless Your Heart
One thing I'm confused by... Are the new death knights created before Sylvanas destroys the helm? Or does Bolvar somehow maintain that power even after the helm is destroyed?
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
"No one's plan is paid for" is a really reductive way to look at this. I mean, yes I know this (we all know this), but clearly it's not that simple or she would have put out a plan months ago. Some candidates have put more effort into making feasible plans than others. I get the politics of Warren's strategy here. But, not gonna lie, I was expecting her plan to be a little more approachable than this.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
That's not what I said at all. Passing immigration reform should be its own fight. It should be the thing we do of whether or not it's going to make your medicare 4 all numbers work. I don't care if immigration reform adds to medicare costs: .
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
I don't think Warren's plan is very feasible for a whole host of reasons. This continued harping on what I must think about immigration reform is...weird. I'm not giving Warren a cookie here. Immigration reform is a part of her overall message because it had better fucking be.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
I don't really care much about Warren having a debate soundbite. It's true that she needed a better answer to the taxes question...but I'm not sure this is that? "Will your plan raise taxes?" --> "Not one penny" --> "How?" and where does she go from there? This plan is weedsy, even for her. But that's neither here nor there. (Lord help me, I'm reading policy papers on my day off) The Immigration Reform bit makes sense as you put, and you're right: not the part to get tripped up over. Although, where are you getting 20.5 trillion from? Warren seems to be saying that her plan is going to cost around the 52 trillion we're currently spending? And reading her plan, I'm still seeing a lot of fantasy on where she's going to nickel and dime to bring down spending, I'm not seeing much addressing people/businesses who actually like their private insurance, and I'm not seeing much addressing how she proposes people transition to her version of medicare for all. She's proposing passing immigration reform, reforming military spending, closing significant tax loopholes AND taking on private insurance all at once to make this plan happen. Don't get me wrong, that's all great shit that needs to happen anyway, but you have to start , and you have to WIN all these fights (simultaneously) for your plan to work. This is actually the thing I respected the most about Kamala's plan, even if the 10 year timeline opened her up to a lot of heat. Kamala's plan (and Biden's) seem to do the most work in laying out how they propose to get from A to B in a way that makes sense. So far, Warren's plan is coming across as sensible, while still basically requiring the stars to align in much the same way Sanders' plan does. Not to mention, if this is how she's working the math to get Medicare 4 All to work...where is she getting the money for everything else she's planning to do?Why do you keep conflating these two things? Being skeptical of Warren's medicare for all plan says nothing about my opinion on passing immigration reform (which I'm for, but I shouldn't need to say that because that's not what I'm talking about). Because yeah, our government is keeping kids in cages, some of us haven't forgotten that.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Did she tho? Because what I read doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Correct me if I'm wrong, because I've been really busy this week and haven't had time to read her plan in full myself...but doesn't a large part of paying for the plan involve passing immigration reform and getting an increased tax revenue bump from the population influx? Because if that's the plan...it's a dumb plan.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
You're not talking to a centrist. I think it's really important to be able to have these conversations without erecting strawmen to respond to. I'm not advocating "centrist" politics by expecting my politicians to be accountable for their ideas.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
My point is...even within the realm of "thinking big" this plan is still dumb. And...we're talking about people's health care. This is the one place where candidates should be putting out ambitious but ideas. Not fan fiction. You're not running for president of Tumblr. Warren's plan from what I've seen is DoA, and that's disappointing coming from her.
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Thread "Lock Him Up" Chant Breaks Out at the World Series (Trump shown on big screen)
Whew! The ratio on that Morning Joe tweet. Does a soul good. Done coddling fascists.
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Thread Watchmen |OT| HBO Lost Moore's Leftovers
Boring? By my view, "leftist" vs "alt-right" bullshit is one of the defining social issues of our time. And I don't know about you but I don't see a whole lot of current media telling that story and reflecting that reality. So far, television has displayed an annoying fear of telling those stories (ESPECIALLY in a way that frames white supremacists as the terrorists they actually are). Also, you can't really divorce your "defense" of Watchmen while ignoring that a huge theme of the original comic...was social anxieties in a post-WW world and anti-Reaganism. It wasn't a superhero deconstruction taking place in a vacuum. The politics of the moment were literally the setting of the original comic, and it was in how the heroes navigated that world that we got the character studies and deconstructed the idea of the "superhero." In the HBO show we literally have the US' police force to conduct normal, everyday police work in a world swallowed up by white supremacist terrorism. If you don't think there's room for a deconstruction of the idea of the superhero in that..well, I don't know what to tell you.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
I was out at a gay bar with my best friend the night Obama announced bin Laden's death. I'm telling you, drunk gays do patriotism the best.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Ugh...we're going to get more Nobel chanting, are we?
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Thread World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth |OT2| Bless Your Heart
Waitaminute... WAIT A MINUTE THE SHIRTS ARE ONLY 30 DOLLARS!?!!? Where's my pocketbook!?
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Thread US carriers kill Google's RCS messaging initiative
Exactly. Facebook Messenger is proof that Google's deficiencies have less to do with "We can't piss off the carriers!" and more to do with "We don't want to rock the boat with carriers." Facebook Messenger works EXACTLY like iMessage does, falling back to SMS within the app. This is the main reason Facebook Messenger has been more successful than ANY Google text venture. It took a system most people in the US already had and integrated rich texting features on top of it. It's just so frustrating. Google had the app in place with Allo. Allo was a great messaging app. But Google refusing to integrate Allo with SMS doomed it right out the gate.Exactly.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Here's where I'll acknowledge my own potential bias: I'll accept that interpretation as implicit if it's coming from another black person. If you're an old white man? No. You need to spell out to me in plain language that you get it. Because, frankly, old white men have not earned the benefit of the doubt here. Hillary knew this. God, her campaign was like fucking manna from heaven compared to the jokes this year.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Bernie's answer didn't sit right with me. Yes, the instruction black people get as kids is to be very compliant and meek with police, because police are looking for any reason to do harm to you. That is very real. But Bernie's answer seemed to be couched in respectability. The idea that we should be polite and respectful because that's what the police deserve, and that black people are brutalized by police because we give them those things. There was too much emphasis on how black people "should behave" and no real acknowledgment that black people who do behave "properly" are still brutalized and killed by cops.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
And shame on Corey Booker for using his presence to legitimize this. I'd say shame on Sanders...but I don't expect better from him.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
PI saw this yesterday. First Step Act or not, Donald Trump has enabled and generational damage to Black folks. Giving him any sort of award for "criminal justice" is a slap in the face. Especially considering that this same group awarded Kamala in 2016
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Thread US carriers kill Google's RCS messaging initiative
The line that I put in bold is the problem with your position here. You're expecting a "sea change" movement in a hyper diverse country of over 300 million, while completely underestimating what it would take to actually make that happen. Again, if the solution to the US' texting clusterfuck was as simple as "well, why don't we all just move to this [predetermined app]?" then it wouldn't be a problem because we'd all have already done it. Nobody is sticking with SMS/MMS because it's better or even preferred. You have to examine the forces that are keeping people exactly where they are. Google was on the right track when they tried to incentivize carriers into implementing RCS on their networks last year. Where they, once again, fucked up is in thinking that carriers would just go along with this without needing to be strong-armed. Carriers are stupid, and when they're not being stupid they're incredibly profit based. Google is simply not going to be able to make a unified RCS platform happen on its OS without throwing it's weight around. "We're Google. Android is our platform. We're doing this. We don't care what you think. Tough shit. Where are you going to go? Windows Phone? LOL"
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Thread US carriers kill Google's RCS messaging initiative
These conversations are frustrating. If you don't live in the US, and don't seem to be willing to understand that Unlimited SMS/MMS evolved differently here and drastically changed how people in the US adopted apps like WhatsApp, then what are you really getting out of this conversation? I'm just seeing people going to great lengths to explain this difference, while continuing to be ignored by people who would be quite upset if that same ignorance were shown in reverse.
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Thread US carriers kill Google's RCS messaging initiative
The United States is a country of over 300 million people. The vast majority of those people are not international travelers. Born and raised in Los Angeles here. Currently live on the East Coast (Philly). Again, a grand total of two people I know use WhatsApp.
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Thread US carriers kill Google's RCS messaging initiative
This is incredibly reductive. The US is not Europe, and vise versa. It's strange that, in almost any other subject, people seem to be more willing to understand this. I have hundreds of contacts in my phone. Of those contacts I've collected over the years, a grand total of use WhatsApp. So what should I do to change that situation? Other than waste my precious time becoming essentially a brand ambassador for an App for free? If your grand solution to the issue of messaging in the US is just "well, why don't you all just start using [insert app here]?" Maybe posit that you don't have much to contribute to this conversation.
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Thread US carriers kill Google's RCS messaging initiative
This made sense once upon a time. But Android is a juggernaut now. Google could absolutely throw their weight around if they want to. It's just depressing. I vastly prefer Android, but for the first time since I left iPhone with the 5s, I'm feeling the pressure to return...almost solely because of iMessage.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Putting on my tin hat for a second...One thing I've been on the record saying in this thread is that I don't think Donald Trump is afraid of Biden at all. I've long suspected that Biden is the candidate Trump WANTS to run against. The ingredients are all there: He's the establishment candidate (so he'll immediately suck up critical support), but he lacks enthusiasm with key groups of the Democratic base. Over time, Biden has actually become to key points of the base. Joe has always been the candidate Trump would most be able to "dirty" in the way he did Hillary. And over the last month, we've seen why they wanted Biden. We've now learned that this entire time, they were conspiring to pressure Ukraine to not only investigate Biden, but to do so . We've learned that the plan was to drag Biden through his son's work in Ukraine, and we've also learned that Putin's hands are all over this through that stupid Cloudstrike bullshit. We've also learned that this trap sprang early. They wanted this bomb to go off closer to the election. Going back to the first debate, it was ALWAYS weird to me (and not just because I'm #KHive), that Tulsi became almost on Kamala after the debate. Tulsi had never talked about her before, never really seemed to have any opinion of her or any of the candidates, but suddenly she was attacking her in every interview she did in the lead up to the second debate. Then we get to the second debate, and she hits her with talking points. At the time, people thought I was just a butthurt fan, but no...it was weird. Weirder still that after that, she promptly forgot Harris. Even when Harris was wounded but still very much top-tier, nothing. And then Warren surges, becomes a threat to Biden in much the same way Kamala had been at one point, and it's like suddenly someone flipped Tulsi's switch again. And is she doing this out of some sort of affinity for Biden? There was early speculation that she might be vying for a VP slot, but I don't buy that either! Because she doesn't display any sort of actual affinity for him. She just goes after whoever threatens his status as a frontrunner. I know this kind of sounds crazy, but...put a pin in it.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Honestly, there's an important lesson here, that we've seen play out over and over again... The inclination to appear is causing a worrisome number of people who really should know better to overlook blatantly obvious things because Republicans and bad actors in general have learned that if you pull your grift right out in the open, the "smart people" will actually bend over backwards to come up with your alibi for you. Every move that Tulsi is making has been obvious. So, so obvious.
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Neither did Kamala
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Thread Tulsi Gabbard Meets With Wall Street Fat Cats, Said To Be Eyeing Third Party Run
Here's the rub: She has ALWAYS been this. But she throws bombs at the DNC (which is so hot and "in" right now) and kissed Bernie's ring, which was apparently all it took for a bunch of "progressives" to forget that she was a conservative, warmongering, dictator loving homophobe and trip over themselves to support her. In short: no. I have absolutely zero faith in the same far left folk who adored her in 2015/16 to not be swayed by her potential third party run. if Bernie doesn't get the nomination and she runs on a "Bernie was robbed!" platform.
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Thread Tulsi Gabbard Meets With Wall Street Fat Cats, Said To Be Eyeing Third Party Run
And every Democrat who spoke up in defense of Tulsi looks like a damn moron. I swear, people are eventually going to get tired of Hillary Clinton being correct.
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Thread Tulsi Gabbard Meets With Wall Street Fat Cats, Said To Be Eyeing Third Party Run
I want to think that Tulsi going third party won't have an effect. But I also refuse to pretend like 2016 didn't happen. Jill Stein had an effect. We can't forget that. And so far Tulsi is being taken a whole lot more seriously by the media than Stein ever was. It's best to treat Tulsi like the trash she is, while not losing sight of the fact that, in a close election, she could do damage. So...vote, kids.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Because, you know, when black people raise their voices in concern, it's because we're being irrational and complaining about not getting enough special treatment and free stuff.
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Kamala is also a good one. I'd actually say that, policy-wise, her's has probably been the most consistent and bullshit-less. She puts out detailed plans, and takes the heat while formerly progressive champions slowly absorb them months later. Throw Castro in there too.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
...but doesn't Pete's heel turn sort of prove all the bitch eating crackers people right? I mean, I KNOW I saw his ass for what he was and openly said so months ago. Once again for the people in the back: black people are this country's canary in the coal mine. Shit stopped smelling right with Pete the second the black folk in his own damn city started reading his ass for filth.
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Thread TikTok's New Local Moderation Bans LGBT Content
Somewhat an aside, but the rise of TikTok in the US itself was always...strange to me. Granted, I'm definitely aged out of the core demographic. But as someone who frequently uses social media and with two younger sisters who are part of the core demo, I hadn't heard of TikTok until about 3 years ago when it was suddenly everywhere. There seemed to be a year long period when I couldn't get away from its ads. Then I downloaded it in its early stages and...I really couldn't figure out who it was for. It seemed like a clumsier, more complicated Vine.
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Thread Trump calls the impeachment inquiry a "lynching"
'Racist president says racist thing,' is more correct. Let's not excuse the blatant hate and racial ignorance he exhibits daily as mere idiocy. The man is vile and irredeemable, the latest stain on our country's wretched tabard and we should all look forward to the day when people who once proudly supported him are relegated to meeting in dark alleys behind dumpsters. That's more than just being a dumb man. Donald Trump is evil. Though I agree, that shouldn't be a headline.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
This wasn't her plan...unless she's psychic and knew something as blatant and specific as Ukraine-gate was coming. Multiple forces came together to move her hand.
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Thread tulsi gabbard responds to hillary clinton (NYT corrects reporting, Clinton said Republicans and not Russians are grooming her for a 3rd party run)
With each video she puts out, it gets more difficult to argue that Tulsi's just being a "useful idiot" here. This shit is getting blatant. I'm not linking to the shit, but I half expected her to start chanting "Lock her up."
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Thread Trump calls the impeachment inquiry a "lynching"
Ahhh... So today is going to be yet another day where we learn how many media sources need more black people in their newsrooms. I'm not surprised Trump would say something like this. He's irredeemable, racist scum; of course he would. But everyone else...?
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Thread tulsi gabbard responds to hillary clinton
Continuing with the red scare nonsense is weird enough when there are things out the open indicating Russian interest in Gabbard (and that he continuing to dodge on this isn't doing her any favors), but...People have literally called Trump both of these things in the last month alone.
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Thread tulsi gabbard responds to hillary clinton
Yep. To inject another perspective, this is how this whole "scandal" is playing out on my black ass twitter timeline:
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Thread Contrapoints - Opulence
I mean, do we? I think people really need to take pause here. In no way does Lindsey defend Natalie's choices. She even offers her own perspective and says she wishes Natalie hadn't worked with Buck Angel. But the extent to which people are asking her to apologize for a video that (people are forgetting) she wasn't involved with, or to renounce her private friendship with Natalie (that none of us know anything about, really) is unreasonable. And she's within her right to speak on that, because that does involve her. It's one thing to criticize Natalie. She deserves it and, other than that, I won't speak on it. But there is an effort to isolate Natalie from anyone who has associated her. And that's... problematic in itself.
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Thread tulsi gabbard responds to hillary clinton
I think it had the desired effect. Maybe it's just my timeline, but people have been dunking on Tulsi for the past day. Yeah, she has some defenders, but those same people have defending her. But the facts are there. We've known for the past year that Tulsi's campaign is the favorite of Russian bots online. We know she's the favored candidate of RT. We know she had some shady early fundraising. We know she buys ads on sites like Breitbart. And we know she uses Breitbart talking points to attack her opponents. She positions herself as "anti-war" but all of her stances so far are aligned with Putin's interests. If she's not an outright plant, she's playing the role of useful idiot at minimum. And the facts are there. Frankly, I'm tired of people pussyfooting with the obvious. This is our Democracy we're talking about. Hillary said something because, honestly, somebody should have already called her out.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
I don't know if I want to call Tulsi a useful idiot. A useful idiot to me is someone like Kanye West. Yeah, his anti-black/pro-Trump stuff is what makes the news because of the times we're in. But pay attention to Kanye and you realize he's saying random dumb shit. I don't think she's got a secret line to the Kremlin in her hat closet or anything, but Tulsi's "dumb shit" is fitting an increasingly clearer pattern.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
I don't know what's more desperate at this point. Tulsi. Just everything about her. OR, the people whose hate for Hillary has gotten so freaking irrational that all it takes is a comment on a podcast about something to send otherwise "thoughtful" people into a mouth-foaming rage about how Hillary is going to going to "ruin everything," and should "go away already"...which apparently at this means just stop breathing.
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There is only one Nina and one Turner I recognize.
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Thread is rap dead?
Hip Hop has been mainstream for decades. The problem Hip Hop faces is the same problem facing most popular genres in the new reality of streaming. Everything has been hit with The Algorithm, digestible data is more available then ever before, so artists, producers and (more importantly) executives know exactly what the masses like and why they like it. The execs are also risk-adverse, and only want to toss money to what is safe. The result of all this is, while trends have always permeated popular music, these days when a trend is identified, they become all-encompasing. I avoid this problem by avoiding the Top 40.
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Thread tulsi gabbard responds to hillary clinton
Exactly. It's not just on Tulsi's opponents to not be divisive. If she were a serious person, she'd bear some of that responsibility too by not constantly parroting Breitbart/RT talking points against her opponents, or attacking her opponents and the DNC at large on Tucker Carlson of all places. But Tulsi's not a serious person.
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Thread tulsi gabbard responds to hillary clinton
Hillary is smart enough to know the power of her words as a high profile public figure. She's talked about this before. This idea that basic ideas and concepts need to be explained to a woman as decorated as is strange to me. So "why doesn't she know this?" isn't the correct question. The correct question is, "why doesn't she care?" And why should she care? Tulsi Gabbard is not her responsibility. She didn't put her there, and she had nothing to do with Tulsi raising enough money to get back into the debates after not qualifying for the last one. The People did that.
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Thread tulsi gabbard responds to hillary clinton
Messenger? It wasn't like this was a campaign stop. Hillary isn't on the stump. This whole controversy started because Hillary said something non-controversial (because Tulsi being a stooge for Putin has been obvious and talked about all year) on a podcast. A podcast. It's only blowing up because Tulsi is being the hit dog who hollered, and too many people, too many people, are stuck in this idea that Hillary Clinton should no longer be allowed to have opinions.
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Van Jones sure likes being strong and wrong.
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Thread US Representative Elijah Cummings Dead at 68
Elijah Cummings was more than just a great civil servant and profile in courage. He was one of the last high profile connections we had to one of the most significant civil rights efforts our country has ever seen. We lost more than a man today; we lost a bit of history.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
At this point, I actually do agree that playing...ummn, we'll call it "loose with the details" on the answer here would go over a lot better for Warren than being so obviously evasive like she was last night. Because that was ultimately her problem in that segment: optics. We all know WHY Warren does not want to get pinned down on that talking point, but we all expected her to dance around it better. If you're layperson who doesn't know the finer details of the healthcare debate (and I wouldn't blame you, those segments in these debates are trash), you didn't need to know a single detail to perceive that Warren was being knocked off balance.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
Exactly. Any other day we're bemoaning Trump's ability to air hate, lies and threats on Twitter unchecked. We've had actual murderers cite Trump's tweets as inspiration. Keep that same energy when Kamala calls it out.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
Hmmm, maybe. I still see him being too far behind the pack to make that much of a dent, though. Nate's argument only makes sense to me if Buttigieg suddenly surges.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
I don't understand the idea that Warren has anything to worry about from Buttigieg. To me, that's yet another "PoC voters. They exist???" take. For all the shit I give Warren and her strategy to win Black voters, she has an infintely better chance than Buttigieg does. For all of Buttigieg's meager gains, he's still dead man walking to black voters. Until that changes, Warren is not threatened by him. At all. This is offensive at this point.
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For those watching MSNBC. Kamala is standing by her Twitter position, and DAMN she's spitting fire.
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I don't understand the calculus behind the squad endorsing Bernie so early. Even if they're fans of his, they know they're big names in the party. And big names don't endorse this early...much less endorse the candidate that just had a heart attack and, for good reason, is sinking in the polls.
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Thread The Black Culture Community [OT 4] - Melanin and Estrogen - The new Kryptonite
I get it. I do. And I don't mean to speak for Slay, and the other black mods, but none of us want black members to feel like they can't post here.
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Thread The Black Culture Community [OT 4] - Melanin and Estrogen - The new Kryptonite
Ok. Which one of y'all gave Gina permission to say nigga? Looking at you,
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
He didn't take credit for it. He just pointed out that he went out to lobby votes for the CPB...which he did.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
Y'all have y'all points. As someone who's done with Trump's tweets and sees the harm they do, I agree with Kamala. This isn't a game.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
But is Kamala wrong? You can't say you want to hold tech accountable...but give Twitter a pass. We've literally had people in this country commit mass shootings based on the words Trump...tweeted. If you're a politico treating this like a game, of course you don't want Trump to give up Twitter. But he's actively using their platform to do harm.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
i mean, it was his best debate in that...he was really of no consequence? His campaign is on the down wind. He's needs to seize frontrunner status again. Not sticking his foot in his mouth won't do that.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
Honestly...the only loser tonight is Biden. I completely forgot he was here in the second half. Oh, i forgot Warren was here too. But I don't think this one debate will kill her. But yeah, not a good reaponse to the first time she was really attacked.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
Pete is proving me correct right now when I said him being a fellow gay gave me no comfort.
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Ummm...are we getting a criminal justice segment this debate? Seeing as a 28 year old black woman was murdered in her home playing video games with her 8 year old nephew? How about an equal rights segment? Seeing as 17+ black trans women have been murdered so far this year?
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
I get the wisdom here, but this is the basic strategy that cost BIden his lead. Warren needs a smarter way to do this.
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On no planet does Klo gain on Warren because of this debate. But damnit, I'll give her credit tonight for exposing Warren's weaknesses. Hopefully Warren's campaign is taking note.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
...I don't know who on Beto's camp told him that not having teeth in his answer made calves cramp. But he needs to fire that person.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
Biden AND HArris gotten worked on Debate 2. I have no sympathy. I'm a fan of Warren, but she NEEDS to be tested.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
I'm honestly not being shady here...every time Bernie speaks i hold my breath. One of my favorite uncles had a heart attack when I was a kid. He survived, but care was extensive. It took months for him to be able to talk or be active without getting winded. I don't know why Bernie doesn't drop out.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
I told y'all. I told y'all weeks ago. Warren's playing a dangerous game being the "I have a plan for that" candidate. The dangerous game being, churning out plans like a McDonald's means.....that a lot of those plans are fucking bad. If a candidate has the guts to call her out on that, she's toast on a response.
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It's not Republican talking points though. I can't stand Bernie, but even he has a clearer answer here. This is something Warren should have been taken to task for a long time ago. Her answers of M4A have been bad since debate 1.
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Warren, stop volunteering to speak if you're just going to say the same thing. She's getting spanked here.
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When it's a video showing Donald Trump killing popular media figures and promoting his "Fake News! Enemy of the people!" bullshit. I really couldn't care less that the guy knows his way around Premier Pro. Like, priorities.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
I know the turd is gone now, but this is just vile. Not much coming out of the campaigns so far has made me so plainly disgusted. He needed to be gone. Whoever hired him needs to be gone. Bernie proving, yet again, a complete lack of discernment...needs to be gone.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
I think Beto has somewhat lost the plot on the difference between being bold and leading with conviction, and being the political equivalent of a shock jock. Just say something crazy big and loud. Only Yang is better at that, partly because he's totally aware of what he's doing.
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Two things: 1) Too long. Terms like "wokeness" and "white guilt" take root in the first place to take complex social phenomena and condense them into terms that could be fit into conversation and were honest. 2) This is similar to the "why call it white privilege? That just makes white people angry," argument, in that ultimately, it has never really mattered what we call these things, when we're describing actual compulsions. "Woke" white people aren't going around doing over-the-top performative acts of contrition and self-flagellation we called it "white guilt." The term was born to describe this behavior that already existed.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
Bingo. Honestly, that Kamala came up here as a source of blame at all is...
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I JUST had this conversation! 'I feel like just 4 years ago "woke" was in reference to the brothas in suits selling bean pies on Sunday. Or the guy who had no less than 5 incense burning in his crib at one time, but you put up with it anyway because you heard from your friend that the brotha was good at...certain things. I don't know when it became what it means today.
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"White guilt" is waiting until I get in the lyft to change to the Hip Hop station. You knew from my profile pic I was black, but you wanted me to see you do it. And I just sit there smugly.
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Thread Texas (Fort Worth) police officer shoots woman to death inside her home.
Posting this, because I think it's important for people unfamiliar with black neighborhoods to grasp the normalcy that is constantly being invaded and violated by people who are supposed to protect us: When police enter our neighborhoods, their training AND their racism train them to see superhuman "thugs" with guns and fangs or some shit lurking around every corner. And normal, every day, tax paying Americans pay the price.
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Thread Texas (Fort Worth) police officer shoots woman to death inside her home.
This is true. Still, I feel bad for the neighbor. He truly seemed to believe he was doing the right thing and looking out for his neighbor. It just speaks to the dual reality black people have to live with. We KNOW not to trust police while being constantly told that we should.
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Thread Buying a camera is a daunting task..please help
Oh! We should also point out that post-processing has also gotten a easier in recent years. Of course, there are free programs that get better and better every year. But if you have the 10 bucks enough to splurge on Adobe's Photoshop/Lightroom Classic package, it comes bundled with modern Lightroom...which is basically VSCO on steroids.
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Thread Contrapoints - Opulence
So, still only halfway through, but I had to pause the video at the moment where Natalie jokingly (I think?) refers to Anita Sarkisian as "the most notorious art critic of the 21st century." And it's like...waitaminute. If you still consider games to be this thing "for kids" with no significant cultural impact, you might not get it. But if you view "Games" as this multibillion industry that both employs and entertains countless numbers of people, with untold societal impact, the bedrock from which movements (bad and good...mostly bad) have formed and by how culture has been significantly shaped...and the way Anita Sarkisian basically functioned as a bomb going off in the middle of all of that... ...holy shit, she might just be right. Trippy to think about.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
I don't see what's wrong with Bernie saying this...in a way. It's fundamentally a true statement, I guess. Warren has described herself as a capitalist. Bernie has not. That is a difference...on paper. Really cheap paper. I think it just comes off as petty because these two different labels don't really seem to be describing two different candidates in terms of the problems they see facing the country or how they'd solve them. Warren is kicking Bernie's ass because she's a better and more charismatic politician (...and she didn't just have a heart attack, no tea no shade). But she's not really anything different than Bernie is. So why do the different labels matter?
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I mean, the joke didn't really bother me. If it did, I'd have brought up that night. It didn't take me days to come to this conclusion. I was more responding to that Nate tweet.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
You said, "it's not even close." It traditionally has been. What's "visible" depends on where you're looking. If you're a member of twitter/youtube culture, I can see that stereotypical "figure" looking a particular way. For me? Growing up in the black church in LA, I can't say that some of the most homophobic and threatening language I heard growing up didn't come from the women I was raised around. So I honestly didn't even need to be varified by polling data to go, "....ehhhh..." at that particular bit of Warren's joke.
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Women have been more enlightened on the issue. But there isn't a "chasm" separating men and women here by any means.
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Funny enough, the only real problem I had with Warren's joke is, somewhat ironically, addressed in the top response to that tweet: And it reminds me of this picture: And the problem is this: the continued insulation of women (particularly white women) from the perpetuation of bigoted ideas that harm at-risk minority communities. The crux of Warren's joke is the assumption that the person insisting marriage is (and must be) between one man and one woman a socially maladjusted incel figure. But history and polling...shows that's not true at all. The men who believe this tend to be socially adjusted men, who have no problem getting female partners...who think just like them.
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Thread Texas (Fort Worth) police officer shoots woman to death inside her home.
The whole thing is heartbreaking. I've had this conversation before. Black people don't say "fuck the police!" because we're inherently anarchists or don't want police. We say "fuck the police!" because the protection and safety that the police are supposed to provide has not only been systemically denied us, but actively used against us. This man knew the danger of calling the police as a black person in a black neighborhood, but did it out of concern for his neighbor. I can't imagine how he must be feeling right now.
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Thread Mirror Edge felt repetitive because you could only run; there was room for much more
The parts the forced you to stop and engaged in combat were aggravating. But, not going to lie it felt pretty badass whenever I managed to knock someone out without breaking stride.
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Thread Mirror Edge felt repetitive because you could only run; there was room for much more
I thought the original Mirror's Edge was close to perfect as it was. The gameplay was deceptively simple. Sure, you could get through the early levels easy enough (emphasis on early levels, shit gets hard in the final act). But it was replaying the levels, learning the layout, and getting through the stages with real finesse that made the game fun to me. Also, not fair to compare to Ac Creed and the Batman games. Parkour was ME's main gameplay feature and it showed: the mechanics are on a completely different level in terms of seamlessness.
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Thread 6ix9ne aka the whistleblower, scores record deal
Yeah. A 10 million record deal in and of itself is nothing. It's not going to MAKE people like him, and labels have made bad bets before. I'll be interested in seeing what he does when gets out. Not buying his music by any means because he's hot trash. But he pissed off a lot of industry people and performers who SHOULD be his peers. Not to mention he's now a snitch. I can't imagine the field being the same for him, deal or not. I mean, what the hell does he rap about now? What his new brand angle going to be?
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Thread Kamala Harris just murdered Donald Trump Jr, metaphorically.
No, I'm not touching that other claim you made that is refuted in that one article I just linked you. Do your reading. Besides, I didn't say that Kamala was flawless. All I said to you, was "That's certainly a take." You're the one who copy/pasted a Breitbart smear in response.
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Thread Kamala Harris just murdered Donald Trump Jr, metaphorically.
Of course I did. You're the one who didn't. Also, I'm not "giving" you anything. All I ask is that you check your sources before making bombastic statements and then trying to back them up with even more bombastic lies. We have enough of that to deal with.I'm not understanding why this particular thing has to be a competition. Kamala ethered Don Jr. on twitter. Warren delivered a good joke (not an original joke) on a completely different subject in a town hall. One doesn't invalidate the other.
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Thread Kamala Harris just murdered Donald Trump Jr, metaphorically.
Your take is an absolute lie.And no, I'm not bothering with the rest. Reconsider your own sources when you lead with something this bad.
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Thread Buying a camera is a daunting task..please help
This is the answer. Sony's ASP-C sensor is pretty damn good and, more importantly, the a6000 is their beginner model that uses Sony's e-mount standard. So you can use the kit lens (which is great for a kit lens), but if you decide to spend more money on photography later on down the line, you can experiment with higher quality glass that will work just fine with a a6000 now AND a more sophisticated Sony camera should use decide to upgrade the body later. Fuck, not even the a6000, I shot with the for years (and just kept buying lenses) before I upgraded the actual camera body.
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Thread Elizabeth Warren trolls Facebook with 'false' Zuckerberg ad; Facebook doubles down on not caring about truth, just collecting ad $$$
The nag in me can't help but point out that this is a waste. Facebook allows misinformation on its platform in exchange for ad money, and so to point that out to an audience primarily made of people who are already quite aware of this, you give Facebook even more ad money. It's hard for me to see this as anything more than dunk tailor-made for Twitter blue checks. But hey, it is clever.
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Thread Clean ERA, Do You Use Body Wash or a Bar of Soap?
I mean, you would be "fine" in the sense that you would smell of the oils, sweat and odors natural for the human body to create. But...that's it.
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Thread Popeyes takes a swing at Chick-fil-A with new Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich
Hey! I rebuke this devaluation of "spicy mayo." A quality is a culinary art in itself. If the heat component ios flavorful and complimentary, why does it matter if it's coming from the breading or not?
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
The whole post is great, but this paragraph especially is why claims of Pelosi playing 3D chess and knowing that this is how things were always going to go down are particularly eye-rolling. At this point, the Ukraine scandal is, in my mind, the most blatant act of a God saying "HERE! HERE! For fuck's sake " that I have seen in my adult life.
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I wouldn't go that far. Mueller and his team worked for 2 years and gave us a report that absolutely would have began impeachment proceedings under a bolder Congress. It wasn't in his purview to craft the narrative and sell it to the public. It was his job to gather the facts within the scope he was given.
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Ukraine actually needs US aid, so they can't afford to piss off Trump too much. Oh, and corruption.
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Thread How important is logic, consistency, and lack of plot holes to you in media?
I wish there were an option between mildly and extremely. LOL. For the most part, I don't care if the story is good. There are certain story types of avoid almost entirely, though, because plot-holes and logic loops are almost unavoidable. Time travel, for example.
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Thread Bill Barr: Secularists marshaling unremitting assault on religion and traditional values
Sessions was just as bad, just with a particular focus on Black people.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
We're in a world where the current AG has his tongue permanently attached to the muddy heel of Trump's boot. The justice department will be used to dirty whoever the D candidate is. I don't think at all that an investigation would hamper Gillum if he were picked. I mean, you have a pretty squeaky clean figure in Warren. Her VP choice should absolutely be a charisma pick and an olive branch to minorities. Gillum's got both in spades.
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I see three names when I think of potential Warren VPs... Gillum Booker Beccera (This spot would have gone to either Castro or Beto...but both have made themselves kind of toxic in the recent months)
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Pete is pretty close to poison with the black vote at this point. And black queer people in particular? Whew child the South Bend!
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The media fascination with Shep Smith stepping down is so fascinating to me. It's almost like this news company didn't have a corporate-wide sexual harassment scandal stemming from the highest levels of its infrastructure and implicating dozens of people just three years ago.
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Thread Prettiest person of the 80s? Madonna or Prince
Despite the fact that I actually consider Prince to be a very pretty man, there's also a component of "you had to be there." Prince was undeniably one of the biggest music heartthrobs of his era. Shit, TO THIS DAY if that man comes up my mom and aunties will talk about the assless chaps.
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Agreed. Especially because in a reality where something like this happened, I would have to be completely naive to believe this country wouldn't apply tax exempt status with absolute bias. Expect to see any black church attended by a member of BLM to lose tax exemption overnight. Beto's call to ban semi-automatic weapons made sense. This...just doesn't.
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To be honest, I don't understand this. There are people who don't identify as trans who subscribe to and promote open pronoun identification. Cuomo's "joke" was crude and not at all funny. But I think it's a reach to claim Harris was weak to blatant transphobia because she didn't do...what exactly did people really want her to do in the .02 seconds in which this moment happened?
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I just...I think it's really odd that, when it comes to Kamala Harris, people are always expecting her to police other people's speech in the most succinct-yet-nuanced way , without any thought to the very real concern Kamala has to have as a black woman doing that.
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Of course, everyone is entitled to how they feel. But for me, it's going to take a lot (a LOT), to believe that the woman who was a part of the fight and multiple significant victories for LGBTQ+ people, who was ignoring federal law and marrying gay couples in 2008, who's AG campaign manager was campaign manager...it's going to take a lot for me to believe that person is "trying too hard." Because, to me, "trying too hard" is implying disingenuous intent.To me, the "....alright" was calling it out.
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[/QUOTE]Here's my thing. I'm not a gay who particularly cares about pronouns. In that sense, that moment from Harris wasn't for me. But there are a lot of queer people across the gender spectrum that do care. That not only care, but actually want a reality where open pronoun identification becomes normalized. We see those arguments play out all the time. I have problems with Cuomo's joke there, but giving Kamala shit for being one of only 3 candidates in this race to embrace pronoun identification is a bit bitcheatingcrackers.jpg to me.
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While Warren told a joke that's been told by drag queens at every gay bingo since 1997, Kamala actually got a substantive question from a black gay man in the audience, and gave a substantive answer on the importance of access to HIV treatment and how this effects gay communities of color:
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NOW can I insist that Tulsi is a plant without people thinking I'm a butthurt Kamala stan?
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Thread Prettiest person of the 80s? Madonna or Prince
One of the many things i admired about Prince was his aesthetic, and how consistent it was even as he evolved. He always found the masculine in the feminine. For me, it's always his video for When Doves Cry.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
"Kamala is a cop" is a smear and a clear distortion of her record. She talks about it in that very video.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
And, to be clear, as a fan of Warren, I don't doubt her ability to correct and speak to black people. People forget because she's surging, but early in her campaign when everyone thought her campaign was dead, she literally kept herself afloat by aggressively campaigning for black support. She was one of the first (and still, I think, only) candidates to address the disproportionately high maternal mortality rate among black women. As the son of a mother who almost died from complications after giving birth to my youngest sister (and racist doctors who thought my mother, literally screaming in pain for several days as gangrene developed in her ovaries, was just being dramatic) that spoke to me in a very real way. I think I posted about it here at the time. I suppose my frustration is that effort...really stopped when Warren got her feet back under her.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
You have to understand that, for a lot of Black folk of a certain age, every white person has the capacity for racism. There WAS a time in this country where "Ok, they're a racist, but not as racist as that dude over there" was literally the best black folks could expect to get. So when we're living in a time where white people across all age groups just elected the most blatantly racist (and blatantly stupid) man to the !? Y'all made that racist kumquat the ??? Black folk of a certain are not gonna give a shit that Biden says some thoughtless things and was friends with segregationists. He's a rich white man of privilege in his 70s. . But this is what y'all want. And at least this old white man's racism won't harm us as much at that guy's.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
This. She also needs to give black people a seat at the table. I know I keep harping on her Clinton College event, which was relatively minor. Still, it was quite telling to me about the makeup of her team in terms of who actually has power to shape her campaign strategy. Overall, her campaign has to fundamentally understand that when they are pitching to progressives, I said this about Bernie in 2016 in terms of his strategy: You need to understand that black people, by large, are inherently distrustful of "progressives," because progressives and progressive movements are historically not innocent of throwing black people under the bus this country. The progressive is the white person wearing ugly denim and hemp clothing, volunteering at shelters on Thanksgiving, but then going MAGA when someone tries to introduce low income zoning to their neighborhood. For all Biden's failings, he knows how to "talk" to black people, even if it's bullshit. Warren is still talking to the young(ish) white progressive.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
I'm not giving any candidate the benefit of thinking they'll just that vote.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
It's also desperation, a need to get some knock in on a candidate that's rapidly gaining in popularity. A lot of these same people calling Warren a liar will turn around and slam Biden for being old and having no stamina while backing a candidate who just had a heart attack.
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Thread ‘Be kind to everyone’: Ellen DeGeneres defends hanging out with George Bush
It's not jumping on someone to point out that, maybe, if you don't have proper cultural context, maybe sit this one out. By the time Chris made that statement on Twitter, the black outrage over the situation was unavoidable (ESPECIALLY on Twitter). Chris was definitely speaking from a place of unearned authority. And this goes back to the central problem of people, even allies, not giving black culture and black grievance the proper care and respect it deserves. We didn't need Chris Evans to say anything, and clearly, he wasn't equipped. Same goes for Ellen. This is the second time this year she's stepped on it by speaking on things she should have just stfu about. Be quiet and ignorant. Don't be loud and ignorant.
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Thread ‘Be kind to everyone’: Ellen DeGeneres defends hanging out with George Bush
This is great. He didn't need to go on a rant. By the time he tweeted that, every mention of this story was filled with black outrage. When you see that black people are having a contentious dialogue over this ruling and the forgiveness society always expects black people to have in spades for racist white women, nobody needs to know that you think this is one of the most beautiful things you ever saw. Like, Black people jumped on Chris Evans over that for a reason.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
Ellen's been trash. It's just that when she was caping for Kevin Hart joking about how he'd break a doll house over his son's head if he were gay, only Black queer folk cared.
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Thread Tyler Perry Studios opens, becoming the first fully black-owned studio lot
And do you know who the biggest audience for his films are? Black people. Not every non-black film is a culturally uplifting bit of cinematic excellence. For every Tyler Perry movie, there are 5 Adam Sandler-esque monstrosities. You don't have to like his stuff, but you can't ignore that a lot of black people do. Those same black people provided the dollars to open not just the first black owned studio complex, but one of the biggest in the country. We don't need respectability politics in black cinema. Black people are entitled to feel-good trash and Lifetime-tier movies they identify with just like anybody else.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
I don't disagree with this. I just don't see it as the crutch of her campaign..I mean, regarded the "retarded" issue, she didn't even say.those words herself. Society as a whole hasn't caught up. She's being hung for not disagreeing fast enough. My biggest issue with Kamala's campaign IS that it's too slow to course correct.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
Show me the top candidate who hasn't "flopped" on an issue. You don't demonstrate that in this post.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
The only part of this I disagree with of that Harris had been really good on the stump. It's why she's remained in the top 5 this entire primary, and why she had the largest Dem campaign event until Warren's NY Ralley. Her problem is not knowing how to build on momentum
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
He dropped 10 points after one debate. Kanala established the "he's not electable" debate.
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So, you're for a black woman running, just not this black woman? Gotcha.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
I mean, that goes without saying. Kamala Harris is brilliant. But she's running this race as a black woman. Positive and negative. That people are.comparing a woman as accomplished and distinguished as her (lawyer - DA - AG of a date of 40 million people) with fucking Andrew Yang, is embarrassing. The misogynoir jumped out. Need I remind everyone that Failed Mayor Pete Butt got months of positive press off the fact that..............his parents got him into a good school and.he had some decent accents
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
She polled below Yang in one poll. What y'all should be concerned about is the fact that she is the only candidate to actually critically wound Biden. Yang is a literal joke. I may also pull for Warren, but y'all are not gonna short change my girl.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
Everyone everywhere in the year 2019. Seriously, as a coder myself: learn how to code. *Crowd cheers* Kamala Harris: learn how to code. "Yikes"
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Thread World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth |OT2| Bless Your Heart
If Tyrande ends up a raid boss, I'll scream. I'll legitimately consider it the most tragic bit of storytelling in the entire game.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth |OT2| Bless Your Heart
We'll, I'm hyped. I love 8.2, and I ain't shamed about it. This looks to ramp up everything I liked about 8.2. Seeing that raid boss list...I have some speculations: Also, my old god theory:
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
So, Kamala Harris calls for impeaching Kavanaugh almost two weeks ago. Gets dogged for "distracting" from impeachment. Elizabeth calls for it today, while impeachment and now Turkey is in the news... Uh huh.
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Thread Biden on Twitter: "If there are any angels in heaven, they are all male and female nurses."
It's a really old fashioned thing to say. But, I mean, Biden's old.
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Thread Biden on Twitter: "If there are any angels in heaven, they are all male and female nurses."
This is true. But I think we can allow a little room for criticizing language while allowing a good faith reading of the intent of the speaker. I mean, this is an old fashioned manner of speaking and complimenting a profession. Yes, the language specifically is a bit exclusionary. I don't think there's anything wrong in pointing that out. But does anybody think a 76 year old man was thinking that hard about it?
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
Matt Yglesias tweeted something similar the other day (and I'm too lazy to find it). There's too few people in media and blue check twitter willing to explore the idea that a lot of Republicans on the hIll are with Trump because...they agree with what he's doing. There's this idea that all politicians start off neutral good, and are then swayed by the headwinds guiding their party. But, in secret, all these politicians are aligned and believe in The Good Thing. And...no. When someone shows you who they are, believe them. And a lot of these Republicans are just...terrible people who are riding with Trump because they agree with him.
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Thread Kanye West Reiterates That ‘Republican Party Freed the Slaves’ at Salt Lake City Sunday Service
I understand the spirit of this, but it technically isn't true. At one point in this country, it was legal to own black people as "slaves." We considered the legal property of slavers. We were bartered and sold, and in most slave states slaves actually had a regulated market value. The surnames of most black families can be traced back to the family names of the slavers who own us. When runaway slaves were recaptured, they were returned to their owners. That's not a hostage situation. I think it's important to keep this clear. Black people were slaves. This was a unique evil visited upon black people. Our autonomy and humanity WAS stripped from us. Calling it something else erases that, in my opinion. White people should never be allowed to forget that history for exactly what it was.
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Thread Kanye West Reiterates That ‘Republican Party Freed the Slaves’ at Salt Lake City Sunday Service
Going on 12.
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Thread Kanye West Reiterates That ‘Republican Party Freed the Slaves’ at Salt Lake City Sunday Service
Kanye West is an edgelord who doesn't read books. When you understand that about him everything he does makes sense. That quality occasionally makes him bombastically correct. But, most of the time, it makes him a dumbass.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
Biden is running a campaign that is based on the supposition that he's going to win, he's going to be the nominee, so lets keep our head down as much as possible to take as little damage as possible. But, as with Harris, this is a lesson that they should have learned from Hillary's campaign that employed this same strategy: keeping your head down, vanishing from the campaign, . AS the frontrunner, Biden is being relentlessly attacked whether his campaign is leading the news or not. Only now, he's hiding, he's not building any of the good will among voters/media necessary to counter the bad press. The body blows are coming, and they're sticking, because there's nothing else there.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
I can see all of this...BUT, I see the youth vote breaking more decisively for Hillary. I can't imagine Hillary taking as much shit for the crime bill while running against the man who authored it and still views it as a positive achievement. On paper, she's also the progressive in a race against Biden. My fanfiction also has Hillary absolutely butchering Biden on stage over Anita Hill. Like, "cut to commercial!' bad.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
I'm going to cut Biden some slack. Is ego involved? Definitely. Is there a bit of "I paid my dues, and it's my turn"? You betcha. But I also believe, truly believe, that Biden surveyed the field of candidates, surveyed the electorate as he believed it to be, and decided to run because he really did think he had the best chance of beating Trump. And I mean, can you blame him? EVERYBODY more or less thought this. Polling demonstrated this (still does). His early donor support demonstrated this. His dominance with the black vote demonstrated this. Hell, back when half you thought "Pocahontas" was DOA, most of you the idea of Biden getting in the race because you thought this!
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Thread The new Surface Earbuds are Microsoft’s first truly wireless earbuds
I...kinda like them? There's something really, strangely, afropunk about the design. Like, I want them in green. Or yellow.
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Thread Microsoft Surface Event - Recap & Roundup
This is me. About 90% of the communication I do through my phone is via texting/email/social. And headphone quality has gotten good enough that even when I do use my phone to talk it's almost never with the phone to my ear.
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Thread Microsoft Surface Event - Recap & Roundup
I really have to say...I thought the first Surface design was inoffensive but incredibly bland. But with every iteration, Microsoft really refines its aesthetic and now...this is a very gorgeous family of devices. Sleek, modern, if I'm spending that kind of money I want my shit to look expensive.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| IAMTHEHERO
Seeing clips on YouTube and getting my LIFE at Loud Ass Meghan McCain being quiet as a mouse when was at the table. Oh she knew better. She knew.
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Thread Amber Guyger found guilty of murder at trial in fatal shooting of neighbor Botham Jean [Sentence 10 years]
The SMELL would be different. That's what gets me. Human olfactory senses are strong enough that I could be blindfolded, one whiff and I would know I wasn't in my home.
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Thread Amber Guyger found guilty of murder at trial in fatal shooting of neighbor Botham Jean [Sentence 10 years]
That hug... I don't ever want to be that forgiving.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| IAMTHEHERO
Sorry I'm late on this, but this thread is moving at light speed at this point. The problem isn't Warren herself, she's demonstrated a natural ability to speak to black people (somewhat, I still think she needs a POC to give her speeches a once over to address specific language). But when I see fuck ups like that Clinton College crowd, I see a neglectful campaign. A campaign that probably thought all they had to do was book the black space and reach out through regular DNC channels. Black college students...are college students. We like a good campaign event (especially by frontrunner) as much as anyone else. Seeing a crowd like that tells me Warren's campaign did nothing, nothing, to reach out to that campus or its area. And that's just...baffling for a machine that's been otherwise be flawless. Don't pick black folks to show your lazy.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| IAMTHEHERO
Yes. Because you know what's more embarrassing than that? Holding a campaign event at an HBCU that is 95% black but having your turnout look like 3 grains of black pepper in a sugar bowl.
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Thread Backstreet Boys Vs. NSYNC
I always thought N Sync had the better music overall. Timberlake was coming into his own as a Pop producer, AND they had that early Neptunes and Darkchild influence. N Sync got the jump on a lot of what Pop music would go on to sound like for that decade.
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Thread CNN & Corporate Dems Whitewashing Impeachment.
The Mueller Probe didn't begin until May 17, 2017. Donald Trump has been in violation of the emoluments clause since the day he took office. Donald Trump fired James Comey, and then admitted on national television that he fired Comey in an interview with Lester Holt on May 11, 2017. Donald Trump, weekly, behaves in a manner unfitting the Presidency (also a standard of impeachment), damn near weekly. The facts reject your assertion that Donald Trump was only a candidate for impeachment post the Mueller Report. We're talking about a president who was in clear violation of the law well before the existence of the special investigation you're hailing as the standard. I will also repeat that Maxine Waters has been the subject of constant harassment and death threats for, yes, her bravery and leadership.
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Thread CNN & Corporate Dems Whitewashing Impeachment.
Donald Trump has been in blatant violation of the emoluments clause and actively profiting from the presidency since the moment he was sworn in! People think the Mueller Report didn't pack a punch because it was "confusing." I've always been of the mind that it wasn't effective because it was late.
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Thread CNN & Corporate Dems Whitewashing Impeachment.
You don't know a thing about Maxine Waters, but you know the makeup of her district? You're trying to hard to sound impartial. Also, I have a major bone to pick with the idea that being from a blue district meant calling for impeachment was "comfortable" or easy. There were Democrats from equally blue districts criticizing Waters. She was attacked by the president regularly at his rallies and had to beef up her security because her office started regularly receiving death threats.
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Thread CNN & Corporate Dems Whitewashing Impeachment.
I'm waiting for the answer to my question. Is Maxine Waters a progressive firebrand? Because she was at the forefront of the forefront of calling for impeachment, and was the slings and arrows while "The Squad" was weighing whether or not they even wanted to run. It seems, to me, that the framing of this issue is poor in more ways than one.
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Thread CNN & Corporate Dems Whitewashing Impeachment.
My suggestion to you, before you take such a hardline position in this thread, is that you spend a few more seconds googling. Maxine Waters is a lifelong Democrat, but her politics are more closely aligned to the center left than they are to the far left. If you were aware of that, you would know why I brought her up. If you're certain that calls for impeachment before the Mueller Report were "premature," you would know the significance of me bringing up the first Democrat to openly call for Trump's impeachment. Maxine Waters is a moderate. Framing those who actually led on impeachment as "progressive firebrands" with no skin in the game is, frankly, bad framing.
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Thread CNN & Corporate Dems Whitewashing Impeachment.
It has nothing to do with being anti-white. If it were a white legislator who was bravely going out and saying "This President has zero credibility!" and calling for his impeachment when his slate of crimes rolled out. If it were a white legislator who was denigrated by this President as being "low IQ," and had everything from her district to her mocked by right ring media, but never wavered in her convictions. If it were a white legislator that was speaking truth to power while the rest of her party ran scared and ducked behind polls, all while . If it were a white legislator doing that, I'd gladly sing their praises. But it wasn't. It's wasn't AOC, either. It was Maxine Waters. Lifelong public servant, , and leader on the impeachment of Donald Trump.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| IAMTHEHERO
I mean they got here. It's whatevah. The food is cold, the good liquor is gone, and I wouldn't open that closet door if I were you. But the party's still goin, and they got here...I .
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| IAMTHEHERO
And unless Pelosi and this moderate "vanguard" are clairvoyant, there's no way they could have known Trump would have served them up an easy bake impeachment. There were people leading on this when it was hard. When it was risky. When the only compass provided was your conscience. I'm grateful that these women are finally here...finally.... But leaders they aren't.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| IAMTHEHERO
Maxine Waters and Al Green were often ridiculed by their own party for being the first to openly call for impeachment. Never wavered. Rashida Tlaib was threatened with censure. Never wavered. These women "pivoted" only when Donald Trump's crimes grew to such a level that being against impeachment as a Democrat fundamentally became ethically and morally indefensible. But sure...courage!
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| IAMTHEHERO
Maxine Waters has been attacked by Donald Trump (and her own party). She has been regularly used as fodder by the president. She's had death threats sent to her office. There was risk.
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Thread Kanye West announces he only makes Gospel music now
You can't help somebody who doesn't want to be helped. Reaching out to those in need is important. Being a voice of reason for those who need it is important. But, man...Kanye don't want it. And there's only so much you can do for a grown man who's got millions of dollars, a platform, and the ability to surround himself with sycophants who'll tell him his farts smell like Popeyes' crispy chicken sandwich. You want to help Kanye? Stop supporting him.
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Thread Kanye West announces he only makes Gospel music now
Because it's phony. Because Kanye West knows by now that, outside of his fanbase who'll defend him no matter what he does, he really fucked up with black people with all his Trump shit. He's using Gospel as his Get-Out-Of-Being-A-Dumbass Free Card. Because outside of a few religious references, nothing in Kanye's life or music signals to me a proclivity to make a sincere (much less good) Gospel album. But, to be fair, this ain't just Kanye. I got this same smoke for a good half of these "evangelists" using Christ for money and clout.
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Thread CNN & Corporate Dems Whitewashing Impeachment.
That's not even true. Maybe not red states, but reps from formerly red had started announcing support for impeachment well before this.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| IAMTHEHERO
I don't care who the candidate is, shit like this actually really fucking bothers me. Stop using black spaces for headlines. That crowd is way too fucking white to be at Clinton College. You're rolling in millions at this point, Warren. Have your campaign do some goddamn work to get black people to show up.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth |OT2| Bless Your Heart
I would be fine with this. It fits with the end of the War Campaign. I watched the ending cinematic and couldn't help but think, "...well, this is all cute, but why the fuck should Night Elves care about ANY of this?" The single biggest moment of destruction and loss of innocent life in the MMO (so not counting the SIlvermoon) was just committed against the Night Elves by the Horde. The whole Horde. Sylvanas flying off doesn't change that. Saurfang throwing himself on Sylvanas' blade doesn't change that, doesn't change that he lived his life only pretending to be honorable. If I'm Tyrande, I wouldn't be picking up my phone either. I'd think Anduin to be quite cowardly and not having the interests of the Night Elves in mind at this point. What The Alliance done for the NE since the start of this game? I'm exciting about what they do with that.
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Thread Kanye West has delayed Jesus is King (to no surprise) (Album drops Sunday according to Kim K)
Not to mention the lyrical regression. I expect more out of my Hip Hop vets. You married into a family that makes their money by sharing every aspect of their lives on TV. This lyric is high school composition book level.
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Thread Kanye West has delayed Jesus is King (to no surprise) (Album drops Sunday according to Kim K)
As someone who hasn't been into Kanye for a few albums.... *yawn* Music has just progressed so much. I'm not expecting "soulful" from a man who married himself into the Kardashians who now kisses Trump's ass, and tells rich French designers they can ape black culture because they know him. "Soul" requires a sustained connection to that culture. Kanye severed that connection years ago, and I don't hear it in any of his recent music. Then again, I'm going off of 4 wack-ass seconds.
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Thread The Black Culture Community [OT 4] - Melanin and Estrogen - The new Kryptonite
On today's episode of "Y'all Can Keep That Shit":
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Thread White Woman Begs for Forgiveness, Apologizes After Yelling Desire to ‘Kill N—ers’ While at a Los Angeles CVS: ‘I Have Lost My Job’
For the sake of minorities everywhere: Spend a little less time wondering "how someone could become like this? *tears*" and start the human work of caring more about the people who are victims of these fucks every day. I look at videos like this and I'm disgusted. I give no time to the excuses, and I shed no tear for the hateful. I'm fearful for the people who deal with this everyday. And I shed tears for my foremothers and forefathers, and how many of them went home at the end of the day, set the table for dinner, and experienced the loss of a family member not coming home because they had the misfortune to run into an utter shit like this, who didn't even have the pretense of the law to protect them.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| It's happening
I was but a child during the Clinton impeachment, so somebody correct me if I'm wrong. But even when impeachment articles are delivered to the floor there's still a period of debate, right? If so, Thanksgiving might be great timing.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| It's happening
This. Trump has done so much impeachable shit that trying to nail him on all of it would take way more time than we have, and present a muddled mess to the public. The Ukraine scandal situation is such a big deal, not just because of its own severity, but because it ties together so many other things he's done. It's the anchor from which you'll thread a narrative.
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Thread New York Times Publishes Trump Impeachment Story As Star Wars Title Scroll...
Twitter fame ain't for everyone. Y'all can't all be Wendys.
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Thread 6ix9ine Testifies: “I thought it was cool at the time”
And not just him...apparently there SEVERAL snitches in this mess. His driver. Somebody else in TreyWay with a name I'll never remember. old ass. LovelyTi has kept me in the know.
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Thread 6ix9ine Testifies: “I thought it was cool at the time”
50' called it out in an Instagram post he then deleted. It's messy, but one of the gossip bloggers I follow (spelled out the whole allegation):
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Thread 6ix9ine Testifies: “I thought it was cool at the time”
YEP. All these dudes are hot, and for different reasons. Everybody thought 50 Cent was being funny when he dropped his relationship with 69 a few months back and was like, "don't call my phone."
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Thread 6ix9ine Testifies: “I thought it was cool at the time”
He can't possibly be that stupid. The number of people he's snitched on in the last two weeks?
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Thread 6ix9ine Testifies: “I thought it was cool at the time”
You know what? Duh, my bad. He'll be on Instagram Live 24 hours after he's out. I Know one thing: I'm staying away from ANY club he or his crew is scheduled to appear at.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| It's happening
OMG I'm agreeing with McCaskill. Too much focus on process, on why he didn't go to Congress. When networks are covering this hearing live, the focus should have been on the allegations in the complaint.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| It's happening
Maguire really trying to get out of admitting he acted poorly. That the wistleblower complaint was respected, but that it wasn't handled properly He's giving a good Comey impression here. Schiff is doing a great job pinning him down.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| It's happening
This seems to be the constant through line in this Trump Saga. Our systems haven't failed us. The cowardice of the people tasked with upholding them failed us. Maguire, Comey, even Mueller to an extent.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| It's happening
This guy is pathetic. It's almost worse than a Lewandowski type. At least that sycophant knows what he is. Maguire, as Schiff just put it, left the whistleblower twisting in the wind for weeks. Maguire knew what he needed to do, and didn't do it, NOT because he wanted to carry water for the WH (fair), but because he just didn't want to be involved. He didn't want to be That Guy. Well fine, but spare us all the honorable talk.
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Thread Well known snitch 6ix9ine will reject witness protection
Yeah, can't be missed that 69...wasn't particularly good, or even mediocre. His "reputation" as one of the "biggest gangster in NY" was his whole selling point.
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Thread Well known snitch 6ix9ine will reject witness protection
That's something I feel really bad about. Dude honestly should have just did his time. His whole family is going to need to get out of NY If they're smart.
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Thread Well known snitch 6ix9ine will reject witness protection
Clubs get shot up all the time. Usually it's not even the club; it's the parking lot full of people who couldn't get inside the club.
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Thread Well known snitch 6ix9ine will reject witness protection
I think that the people making fun of it are making fun of it because we wouldn't be in 69's situation. 69 is a little boy who dived head first into full on Thug Life. Like, he's a whimp and a phony, but the real ass goons he surrounded himself with are not, nor is the actual trouble he got into. He didn't mind hitting people up and getting involved in gang shit when it was contributing to his clout. But now he's facing real ass consequences...oh, he ain't no thug now. He in his, "judge I have a family" shit now. Shit's funny. FUNNIER STILL are the old ass dudes, real gangsters who should know better getting swept up in this mess. Shotti all on TMZ. ALL These fools on Instagram and Snapchat. telling their business over the phone! So real thugs are laughing too. What happened to moving in silence? TreyWay might as well change their name to Playskool at this point.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| It's happening
Now it seems some Dems want to call Rudy in for a closed door session. ...which completely defeats the purpose of calling Rudy in. Rudy doesn't actually know any new info on his own. You put him in front of cameras to make an ass of himself and step all over WH talking points like he always does.
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Well sis, you and I know this, but as long as he keeps positioning himself as the continuation of Obama's lagacy and , that's the reception he's going to get. There WAS an attack aimed at him at the last Dem debate that I thought had a hint of effectiveness if an opponent were willing to go hard on him, and that was the idea that Biden is leaning so hard on Obama's accomplishments that it's starting to sound like taking credit for them.
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Yep. And right now Biden vs Warren is reminding me a lot of Hillary vs Bernie when it comes to the black vote. Warren is consolidating young white progressives. But if Biden keeps it close in that demo while maintaining his hold on black support, black voters will deliver him the nomination. And, what's worrying me, is I'm starting to sense that similar patronizing approach to winning black voters from the Warren camp. Certainly nothing as wreckless as Sanders and his "they just don't know that I marched with King yet," but I feel it. But yeah, she has time to correct that.
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Even though the Ukraine scandal is the spark here, you're already seeing on the news every impeachable thing Trump has done being reinvigorated under the word "Impeachment." The top Democrat calling this "Impeachment" has given all of it a focus. As I've been saying for months, that's the messaging power of actually using the "I" word.
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I'm looking at Nancy, and I don't think she looked nervous. I think she looked grave. Because this is a serious moment. I don't know what people expected. For her to announce impeachment followed by a performance by Meghan Trainor?
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-- Not dismissing your point, as you're right. Just pointing out that Republican misinformation works not by getting you to believe it, but getting you to entertain it.
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I want to take a moment to give acknowledgment and praise to a True American Hero. A bold, fearless woman whose anointed voice and moral clarity has led on this issue for years, and continues to distinguish her from her peers. This is for, Miss Maxine.
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Thread 6 year old black girl arrested for throwing a tantrum
Would you look at that, more black children being perceived as adults. The grossly telling thing is this officer apparently thinks he's somehow deserving of a cookie for baring the burden of sleep apnea without throwing a tantrum completely expected of a fitful toddler.
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Thread Hip-Hop ERA |OT2| I Put the Fish in My Glove and I Freaked It.
Hey y'all... Might be the wrong place to ask, but...is anybody following the Tekashi68 stuff? I thought there'd be a thread on it, because I'm confused as hell this shit is like an entire season of Power.
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Thread 6ix9ine Testifies: “I thought it was cool at the time”
I'm just catching up on all of this. Wow, this little boy is SINGING. One thing that seems to be bugging me here, and maybe it's been discussed...but where did this boy come from? I thought I was just getting old when I saw this little boy come out of nowhere and yet had real ass gangsters cosigning him.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
I'm wondering where constantly promoting boring leadership with poor communication skills, and treating voters of color as barely there until election years factors into this brilliant strategy. The above thinking is flawed because it assumes a reality where Democrats are already doing everything perfectly. I don't think they are (because they aren't). But, if you do think that way why would you want to change anything? Nancy's doing fine. Expecting a fascist to activate our base for us is fine. Ignoring the part of the constitution that requires us to have just a wee bit of nerve is fine. This is fine. This is all fine. Just got to wait for the old pendulum to swing.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
This is a rant for a different setting. Because I sure as hell voted AND volunteered that election. I have these conversations irl on the regular. And I think most people actively participating in this discussion can say some version of the same. And yet, I'm fully on Team NancyKickRocks.
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It also leaves Dem enthusiasm in the hands of Trump. Which, fine, he's not likely to stop being an explosive moron anytime soon. But, it's again Dems playing defense. It is, again, Dems expecting the wind to naturally blow their way. It is, again, an utter lack of leadership. Add it is, again, a ripe environment for Dems to be caught flat footed. You know, just like 2016. The last time Dems were projected via polling to win the Presidency.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
And yet, Republican voters, who are apparently morons who don't care about anything (as someone a few pages ago put it), can be made to care about SCOTUS, conservative judges, and the long game. Is it because they paid extra attention in Civics class? Or is it because their party, if they understand nothing else, understands clearly that if you want your voters to care about something, Let's call this feckless "waiting for the voters to care on their own before we make a move" strategy what it plainly is: a lack of leadership.And can we explore how bad she is at that, apparently? I mean, it's often forgotten, in all the talk of Pelosi's innate brilliance and superior strategical mind, that this IS the first time that Democrats have regained control of the House since 2010.
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This isn't lost on anyone. This is why some of us are losing faith in our leaders. Because you're right, in the hands of the Republican messaging machine, a Democratic President with even 1/5 these scandals would be completely manhandled. It wouldn't even be a contest. Even the most charismatic Democrat would be completely bodied. It's time to stop looking at that as some innate ability of Republicans and acknowledging it as a failure of the Democratic party for openly refusing to connect to and effectively communicate to their base. EDIT: Also, expecting Democrats to do their job as outlined by our Constitution is not "the manifestation impotent rage." My god. To believe that, to believe that seeking justice is that fruitless and Pelosi's hands are that tied is to believe that Pelosi is no less craven and ineffective than Paul Ryan.
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How is this a tangible argument considering the current behavior of the Democratic Party? The idea that gaining access to redacted Grand Jury material would somehow prompt bold action from Democratic Leadership ignores the fact that Donald Trump just likely asked another foreign power to investigate his political opponent, and Nancy still wouldn't budge on impeachment. I think, at this point, one of the most frustrating defenses of Democratic inaction is the idea that we just need this "one last thing" in order to move. And it's like...do you not see that mountain of known evidence right over there? We have everything and then some, and then some, and then some.
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Don't get me wrong, I agree with most of what you're saying. However, Pelosi needs to go. That's not impotent rage. That is my observation of a leader who instigated what almost became a party-wide Twitter beef because she couldn't help but blab about members of her own caucus to Maureen Dowd over tea and chocolates. She was directly responsible for one of the lowest moments for this party. Pelosi is a treasured California Dem. But she's been on my side-eye list since she had the nerve to come for Queen Maxine (who, damn, just looks more prophetic by the day). Her latest actions, culminated by this week, are the sign of a leader who is no longer effective. Again, win or lose in 2020, I would wholeheartedly support any effort to see her out. Which is sad for me, coming for a person who actually supported and argued for her return to the speakership.
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Oh, I want it all, Boo-boo kitty. But, I'm also of the mindset that if we got the latter (a big and loud investigation), not even red state Dems would vote against the former.
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Before we start talking about what some of us "want," a quick reminder of what we all should expect from these adults who lead our party. A party leadership with the clarity, courage, and message discipline to communicate to its base whether or not we are even currently in an impeachment proceeding. Regardless of what side of the argument you sit on. And right now, because leadership has been so divided at best and at worst, we don't even have That is where we are right now. Our party is being led by a handful of people who couldn't even make a public show of being on the same page about whether or not actions they were already taking amounted to an impeachment proceeding. Do I want an impeachment vote? Yes. But before that? I want party leadership to get their collective heads out of their asses.
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Some AGs in some states were marrying gay couples prior to that decision in bold action that helped the issue reach the courts. Not naming any names, tho...I been knowin that. I'm a black gay male. But now we're just saying "fuck effort" about it.
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"Fuck effort." That's basically what this amounts to. But some of us actually believe in upholding this Democracy and its institutions. Some of us actually know that's it's much easier to mobilize a base when its leaders look to be fighting as hard as it expects the base to. Besides, it's also just paying attention and simple psychology. Trump is obsessive. He can't let a thing go. And he can't balance multiple things at once. A full-blown impeachment proceeding, backed by the power of the full D-House, would completely dominate his brainspace. Not to mention the fact that it is undeniable, , that part of Trump's emboldened recklessness is due in part to Pelosi's signaling that she has no intention of holding him accountable for anything.
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Because Democrats doing their jobs in congress shouldn't be determined by whether or not it's politically advantageous to do so. Because this is the mindset that guided too many people in power in the lead-up to the 2016 elections. Because nobody knows exactly what Trump and Republicans are going to do to fuck with 2020, so best to play offense instead of constantly playing defense.
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You don't need to tell me to be explicit, because I've been explicit. For what honestly has to be the 1,263,383,263rd time someone in this thread has had to point out that nobody is under any delusions about what the Senate would do, I'm not treading that ground again. We've been there. You know what people are arguing. This isn't about what the Senate would do. This is about what a Dem controlled House . Did they brave the storm and do what's right? Or did they cower, crunch numbers, and determine that upholding our Democracy wasn't polling well enough to be worth it? You demean it by calling it a "show vote." So tell me, what the hell are all those bills Nancy's passing to not even be brought up for a vote by Mitch and not make a single headline?
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The man who telegraphed his criminal behavior before he was even elected continuing that criminal behavior is not a scandal. It's only a scandal if you a) never believed him; b) never believed the people who were shouting from the mountain tops about him; c) believed the mythical power of "The Office" would change him; or d) think that every corrupt white man, despite how unrepentant they are, are deserving of the benefit of the doubt. I've been saying for months now that acting surprised at Trump's behavior is past the point of being cute. It's almost become a form of gaslighting. This man tells us who he is every day. He shows us there's no bottom every day. Start believing him. But never, in even my most cynical moods, did I imagine the following: a) Evidence of criminal behavior: no action from a Dem controlled House. b) Constant breaking of the emoluments clause: no action from a Dem controlled House. c) The long-awaited release of the Mueller Report detailing multiple instances of clear obstruction: no action from a Dem controlled House. d) Trump guiding his cabinet to seize land for his wall by any means necessary, and if they get in legal trouble he will pardon them. : no action from a Dem controlled House. e) Trump stooge Lewandowski clowning a Dem controlled committee at trial, a CLEAR instance of contempt, and then using that clear instance of contempt to : no action from a Dem controlled House. f) Potentially sending our troops to fight in a conflict over SA oil interests: no action from a Dem controlled House. g) Trump once again, blatantly, without remorse or fear of repercussion, no action from a Dem controlled House. And if it isn't clear, when I say "no action from a Dem controlled House" I am focusing solely on this: A House Majority Leader too chickenshit to do what her job calls her to do. THAT is surprising. THAT is a scandal. Nancy Pelosi, whether we win or lose in 2020, should be forced to step down from the speakership. There is no more defending her.
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I think they'd have more to worry about from Warren. Considering her record of actual progressive accomplishment. Warren forges alliances and learns what levers to pull to actually get things done. Bernie's entire governing strategy seems to be focused on...people rising up.
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In the past, "he'd do better in the general" was generally reserved for candidates who were running in the Dem Primary further to their left than they actually are, banking on their ability to effectively triangulate for the general once they secured the nomination. But, with Bernie (since he's a hardline progressive), "he'd do better in the general" has always been a dogwhistle for "he'd do better in an election where the black vote mattered less."
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Thread Bill Maher defends Kavanaugh: ‘What Were You Like at 17?!’
Maher's telling on himself. I mean, don't get me wrong...had the "phase" in college. Younger Roy LIVED. Can say with 100% certainty that all the sexual exploration I did at that age was consensual, and didn't involve me pushing an involuntary partner onto a bed at a party and trying to force their clothes off while my friend laughed behind me. Maher, you're telling on yourself.
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You don't need to attack Warren by bringing up some past misdeed. You isolate her trickery on the Healthcare question and call it out. Biden got the closest to doing this. And him hammering Warren on not admitting that her plan would raise taxes (coupled with her dodging the question) was one of the strongest moments he had in the last debate, and simultaneously one of her weakest. Become it's become painfully clear that she's dodging on this issue. It's not so much her savvy in dodging the question as it is nobody really wanting to take the hit and attack her on this. If I'm on a campaign, and I'm not concerned about taking a hit for attacking a favored candidate, I'd advise my candidate to call that out and go in for the kill. It might not work, but pointing out the ways in which your competitor is "playing politics" is traditionally a good way to pull a candidate out of the "darling" bubble so that you can actually engage them. But hey, now I AM writing fanfiction. I just really want to see her get roughed up one good time before the general to see how she adapts.
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I'm going to try to be as diplomatic as I can... ... So sorry someone put a gun to your head, made you attend , then assumed you'd want to work as a lawyer to pay back the loans you took out. Again, the worst people.
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So far, Warren's gotten away with not talking about it at all really. She speaks on M4A in aspirational terms on what it be. But she's yet to answer the tax question or put out a (real) plan of her own to be scrutinized. Now that Buttigieg has done so, she's officially the only top tier candidate who hasn't. Warren is still benefiting from being handled with kids gloves.
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I don't think it's that, because I don't think enough people are paying attention to the finer details of the healthcare debate at the moment to explain this. Look at Bernie's support with Clinton voters. I really think that's what is. Now, I and a few posters here have been on Team Bernie-Is-Trash from day 1. But that isn't the case for every Clinton supporter. There are some Clinton supporters who definitely soured on Bernie in 2016, did not like how he ran against Hillary, did not like the flippant accusations of corruption that he threw at her (and her supporters), did not like how he made no attempt to extend an olive branch in the years since (while we as a party bent over backwards to cater to his every whim)... were willing to give him a second look this time around and even support him if the road to him being the nominee were clear. This group of Clinton voter DOES exist. But, if you are one of those Clinton voters, and you see Bernie Sanders jump into the race running the he did in 2016. Turning on allies, frantically looking for scapegoats instead of reflecting on his own shortcomings, surrounding himself with the absolute people who do nothing but pick fights in his name. You see him doing all the same bullshit that turned you off to him in the first place, only now you have even more options than you did last time? Oh, fuck that guy. And I really don't know how Bernie gets out of this, because it's starting to shake out that, like 2016, all the qualities his hardcore supporters like about him are the same things that make him a no-no to everyone else. And when Bernie gets desperate, he plays even harder to that group.
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This defense of Pelosi is only more damning though. You're right, Democrats did not run specifically on impeachment. They did, however, run on holding Trump accountable. Outside of the kitchen table issues that polled well, the OTHER thing that polled well was voting in Democrats to serve as a check on the President. Impeachment is absolutely a part of that package. The only backhanded conceit I can offer Pelosi here is that maybe she didn't factor into her calculus that Trump would so brazenly escalate his lawless behavior; that exercising the fullest extent of Congressional power would serve to be the only way to hold him accountable. But even then it's like...homegirl, were you not paying attention to the last 3 years? If nothing else, Trump serves as blatant proof of the absurd lengths those in our system will go to I'm order to afford even the most corrupt white man the benefit of the doubt.
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Well, if that's the case, then Pelosi needs to do as my grandmother says and realize that there's power in "shutting the hell up." If you're not going to be a help, don't be a hindrance. Let those guided by their moral clarity and not their feckless cowardice lead. The ship has sailed with her.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
There would have still been a blue wave. There would have been a more prolonged fight for the Speakership, with many of the younger progressive wing being much more reluctant to get behind her, if it were suspected that Nancy would be this pathetic.
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Thread This durability test of the new Galaxy Fold is definitely something.
Oh wow, this looks to be a very informative and thorough durability review. I look forward to watching the entire vi-- OH MY GOD STOP RUNNING YOUR RAZOR ACROSS THE METAL WE GET IT WE GET IT WE GET IT!
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A lot of things about this story confuse me: Primary at the moment being, why the desperation to bring Ayanna into this? As far I know, she hasn't said shit. Also, she just ran the same kind of "time for fresh faces" campaign against Capuano that Kennedy is gearing to make against Markey. So why would she say anything? What's the case for Markey remaining in the Senate from the prospective of someone who doesn't particularly care he's the more progressive candidate?
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Thread Newly discovered video of Tulsi Gabbard "worshiping" Anti-LGBT religious leader unearthed
LOL Someone managed to "out-crazy" Marianne Williamson. I just broke into frantic laughter in real life when that thought hit me.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
I'm an odd one. My ranking: 1) Warren 2) Klo 3) Harris 4) Buttigieg 5) Booker Warren was amazing, really not much to say other than that. Just a solid performance. Klobuchar started out a dud. But I literally said to a friend I was watching with "Damn...Klobuchar is really good at the 'Baptist Buildup'" on her final answer. The way she brushed off the heckling, embraced and connected with audience member who submitted the question (then asked him to stay on stage, a smart way to check the hecklers). And then she showed real, resonance in her answer. She paused in all the right places, guided the audience along with her, built in intensity toward the end, and then left the audience fired up. It was a very "church" moment of the type Obama (and well, most black Baptist pastors) is really good at. In the game of politics, it was a masterful play. Go Klo. I ranked Harris slightly above Buttigieg because I stan her and hate him. Actually, the real answer is in lieu of actual policy talk, I was expecting Buttigieg to at least give us the emotionally resonant moment Klobuchar did. Instead, he sort of rambled his way through a lot of feel-good platitudes. So Harris beats him out just on her ability to point to her record of actual achievement for LGBTQ people. Even if she stammered a bit...a lot. Don't care enough about the rest to have thoughts. Booker could really sense the in the guy asking him questions and really leaned into it. That was hot.
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My God... If you wondered what happened to Mary Poppins after the movie...she moved to Michigan and ran for President in 2020. That was sublime. EDIT: Massachusetts even. Fuck it, I'm leaving it.
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This gay Californian thinks she is. Because she's touting her record...of actual change. Kamala's one of the few candidates on that stage who can point to concrete things she's actually done. Not "tried."
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Just tuned in to the LGBTQ Forum and, I hate to say it, I hope I don't sound ridiculous but...I don't know who this man is. I mean, he could be walking down the street I wouldn't...I wouldn't know a thing...
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It's not that she's not "making it happen." It's not that she's not even trying (though she's not). It's that she's actively whipping impeachment in almost every public statement she makes. If every time Trump does something clearly impeachable, you as the House Leader put out a statement that's tantamount to "This President is behaving badly. We will hold him accountable, nothing is off the table. But isn't enough" then congrats, you've just contributed to the normalization of every contemptible thing Trump has done up to this point. And to be clear, Trump is lapping the impeachment argument. The case has long been made. You can't be surprised that support for impeachment is dragging when that's the message from leadership.
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Why do you frame this so absurdly when you know nobody is saying that? Pelosi has a job to do. She's not doing it. At this point, that deserves a City Girls
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Yep. To be extra clear, there are bigger issues in American politics that I think deserves greater derision. But I can focus on that while paying mind to Trudeau's newfound shiftiness.
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I mean, you ain't wrong. But we're talking about younger people. Meet them where they are rather than wishing on the equivalent of golden lamp that they were different. That's...kinda politics.
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As someone who's actually worked with young people, coached them on the process, , saw the light switch turn on when you made them see how easy it was, and gone with them to cast their first vote... You know what? Nah. Y'all go ahead and continue whatever this last page was.
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Maybe because our public school systems are full of teachers who daily submit themselves to shitty conditions that suck on their passion like leeches, to the point that they forget how to instill in young people the idea that voting is not just a responsibility, but something that can make them feel good? Maybe because teenagers and early 20-somethings are still in a developmental stage in their lives where everything simultaneously feels like the most important thing in the world AND only worthwhile as a group activity? Maybe because a lot of these young people who don't vote come from families that either a) don't vote (and thus don't instill in them that sense of responsibility and expectation); b) treat voting like a private thing that they don't feel equipped to discuss with their kids and encourage in their adulthood; or c) some mix of A and B. Maybe because our Democratic leaders would rather attend Maureen Dowd parties and only open their mouths to squash aspirations of an ambitious tomorrow (But don't you realize? They CAN'T say anything too progressive. They can only progressives. Not their fault.) Maybe because our system is complete shit in appealing to young people in the first place? Seriously, take a look at our government from the perspective of a younger person who doesn't already have a lead into politics. WHAT PART OF IT LOOKS WELCOMING? There are a lot of reasons. And even in an ideal world where all these reasons were addressed, younger voters might still be the smallest group. But we're not in that ideal world.
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Tragic doesn't even begin. This man has been preying on gay black men for years. Men have been dropping dead in his house for years. But, a) he's rich b) he's white c) they're black d) they're gay e) they're poor
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Here's a great example. Last night, on Fallon, Kamala had hands down one of the most passionately evocative moments on guns short of Beto. As a fan, I would easily say that this is Kamala at her best: And on this moment there will be zero follow-through.
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I'm listening to Warren's interview on Maddow, and she's repeating something tonight that she said in her speech last night that I really didn't like. The only thing that I really didn't like. "We won't get anywhere by being afraid. Democrats win by fighting being bold bla bla bla..." Warren, do not condescend potential voters. This is the type of messaging that's aimed at voters for whom voting was always an allowance. This is a fight message for white people. You have to understand that for black people, particularly older black people, participating in the political process is an act of bravery. It wasn't too long ago, that white supremacists were posted outside of polling places of majority black districts with attack dogs. It wasn't too long ago that black folk were being beaten for daring to exercise their right to vote. For black people, voting AT ALL is brave. Believing in the process AT ALL is brave. Gathering, organizing, and going out to vote for the VP of the First Black President is not going to be seen as the weak, fearful, or even uninspired thing to do. It's really bad messaging if you're hoping to eventually peel black voters off of Biden. And, make no mistake, if Biden ultimately wins? It'll be because he held on to his black support.
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I think "kneecapping Kav" is the wrong way to put it. But, I DO think there's worth in softening the ground for the idea of packing the courts. And doing that might require going all-in on emphasizing how illegitimate Kav is. But, of course, that's going to have to wait until we have a D President with a spine. Because this Congress? Nope.
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I've seen Kamala in action. She is a great campaigner. And a wonderful and passionate speaker. I don't buy the argument that she's "bad at this" when she's managed to stay above, for so long, candidates who are allegedly better. But she is being failed by her campaign. Which is, ultimately, on her. To me, Kamala is running the splitting image of HIllary's 2016 campaign in terms of everything I thought that campaign did wrong. Basically, it's an old-school campaign of peaks and valleys. It's a campaign primed for "big moments" and...radio silence until the next big moment. When Kamala experienced that 10 point bump after the first debate, i knew it wasn't going to last. NOT because she attacked Biden (in my book, she's STILL the only candidate to effectively clean Biden's clock in a debate), but because her campaign was completely unprepared to capitalize on the moment. They sold some t-shirts, and then outside of a few small interviews went completely quiet. That just doesn't fly in the age of social media and 24 hour news where the President can change the topic with a tweet. When Warren was fading, she responded with relentless campaigning. Hell, when Buttigieg was fading, he responded with relentless campaigning. Kamala, on the other hand, seems to be constantly . And, that's the death knell.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Hillary vs Bernie vs Warren vs Biden Warren would have canceled Bernie out. And neither of them would have had a chance in hell with Black voters. The race would have ultimately been between Hillary and Biden, with Hillary narrowly edging out Diet Racist Biden with the black vote.
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I'm being serious, because Warren has always been my number two. If my number one ain't winning then my number two needs to plug this hole, and a whole lot sooner than 5 months from now. Winning Iowa will do a lot to shed black voters from Biden, but not if his campaign is going strong and Warren's campaign is as...light, as it is. She needs black surrogates.
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Then why do anything? Seriously. If the pushback everytime somebody has the audacity to expect Democrats to step up to bat (truly, expectations we have) is going to be, "You lot clearly don't understand how any of this works. The Democrats can't..." why do any of this? If the answer is to be excited for Democrats while they let a pissant like openly mock them to their faces...why do any of this? I use to think that there was value in the messaging aspect of it. Not after today. Today's display was especially shameful, and if they did manage to get some little nugget out of Lewandowski, who cares? Today demonstrated that they have little to no desire to do anything with what they've learned. They're collecting examples of impeachable offenses commited by this president in the same way a great-uncle collects stamps: he just wants to have them, but he doesn't plan to do anything with that shit. Lewandowski clowning them and then having the audacity launch a senate campaign bid off of this farce? And the Democrats can't even muster the gumption to launch right and deserved contempt charge. Beyond the pale. The party of learned helplessness indeed. Get behind your candidate. Pour everything you have into them. And then get behind the winner. But forget Congress. They are not of any help.
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Thread DeRay McKesson takes down Shaun King
Whew! I'm glad I'm not the only one on here who caught Shaun's wife taking over his Twitter account this weekend and posting that Tolkien sized novel. And then the Bernice King sub shot. When I tell you I HOLLERED at the screen
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Thread Racist comedian Shane Gillis will no longer be joining Saturday Night Live.
Marlan...??? I mean, the thing that I can't help but point out is that all the comedians who are whining and crying about PC culture are comedians who I haven't found funny in years...if I ever found them funny at all. And it's no wonder to me that this group of comedians are begging and pleading for a return to what was "funny" in yesteryear. Society evolved, and they refused to.Maybe he should, I dunno, show some contrition first. You can rant all you want. You're not entitled to my giving a shit.
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Thread Racist comedian Shane Gillis will no longer be joining Saturday Night Live.
Rob Schneider is a comedian? Not joking, that's news to me.
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Thread Racist comedian Shane Gillis will no longer be joining Saturday Night Live.
Apple needs to go ahead and release an iOS Press Release app.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
I also think he's jealous. Remember Trump TV? This is just me theorizing, but I think Trump's jealous because Trump TV was the thing he really wanted out of this. He didn't expect to win the Presidency. He expected to lose, and to then parlay his loss into a partnership with an existing Network to create a network of his own. I really think that was his dream. But then he won. And now he's the miserable President hated by everyone whose respect he craves...while Obama nets a lucrative Netflix deal. My soul LIVES
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
I think this time has one glaring blind spot: Minorities exist and have existed. If newsrooms, which have traditionally been overwhelmingly , are gravitating towards what appears "exotic" to them, why haven't they been rushing the hood spots to get minority takes on policies that also directly affect us? I think the more correct take is this: despite how diverse this country has always been, we've always depicted "Real America" as looking a specific way.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Although, I suppose i should point out here that I'm not wading into the "are 'black separatists' hate groups" debate. So maybe that's the wrong term to use here, because I wouldn't apply any of that to Killer Mike, despite how annoying I find him. He is just really, really, really pro-black-people-doing-their-own-thing.
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Black separatism isn't exactly the same thing as separatism. And Killer Mike going back years now has advocated black people build their own economic structures and return to forming Greenwood style black communities. This isn't a controvercial or even little known position about him. This is just the first time I've heard him wade into a political debate and say something like, "you're both just arguing over who has the better massa." Especially considering all the political stumping he did in 2016. And of course Candace doesn't agree with that. She doesn't have guiding principles to start with.
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Speaking of who's going to win...is Killer Mike still a Bernie surrogate? Because I"m catching up on clips of that Revolt conference...and Killer has gone full black separatist on that stage with Candace. I'm talking "black people should just stay home and not vote if we don't get exactly what we want." (Sorry, I'd link it, but it's one of those IG TV things...)
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Thread Joe Biden talks about Corn Pop
Wait, I'm honestly genuinely confused. Someone help me out. ' So when I first saw the video making the rounds on Twitter a few hours ago. I didn't think the story was fake, at all. I just thought it was Biden telling another boring, out-of-touch story using language that emphasized how old he is. I also laughed at how all the kids standing behind him looked completely uninterested. And I'm pretty sure the person I follow on Twitter who posted that video had a similar read. So where did it come from that people thought Biden was lying and that evidence of the existence of Corn Pop was some sort of damning receipt? Why does everything have to be so complicated? I just thought it was a ridiculous story. (My grandfather's nickname was "Hollywood" btw which...is really boring in comparison)
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
The entire problem is that the left isn't really doing this right now. We're stuck in "We're in an impeachment inquiry!" "No we aren't!" "Yes we are!" hell, which is frankly the worst of both worlds. We're in the midst of the dumbest iteration of "Dems in disarray!?" right now precisely because Democrats aren't treating this like Benghazi. It'd be one thing if Dems never actually wanted to get to an impeachment vote and just wanted the issue to make noise. But Dems can't even decide if this is something
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But that's the problem. We're already there. We've already been there. The case for impeaching Trump has been there for over a year. Let my Queen Miss Maxine tell it, and we should have been drafting the papers day 2 (and the gag is she's been right about that long). We're officially at the point where there's so much known evidence that even the writing behind Buffy (season 6) would be able to weave together a compelling narrative. We're there. So I'm really hoping this is coming down to strategic timing. Because Congress should already have the team in place to put these pieces together to form a picture nobody could deny.
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This is a false choice? I don't think bringing impeachment to the floor is going to cost the House even if it fails. At least, I don't think it's more likely than the risk we're currently taking -- the Democrats in Congress sitting on their hands, being perceived as doing nothing, bumbling their messaging left and right, while quite possibly nominating as our standard-bearer. But there's another point here, and someone mentioned this earlier: I'm young...ish. Definitely young enough that it's highly likely I will live long enough to suffer through another Republican administration. Republican administrations, going back further than I've been alive, have only gotten more visibly corrupt and flippant toward the role of government. Mostly because Democrats never make them pay for it. We always expert them to learn from it. And all Republicans ever learn is how to get better at it. If Democrats don't apply some sort of accountability here, then we just took part in writing the "For Idiots" guide on completely subverting American government.
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I mean, and this is no shade, this is true and I agree with it...only because I keep imagining what impeachment could do in the hands of effective messengers. And Dem leadership is anything but that right now, and they stifle the voices of the people in their caucus who are good at that. I just look at Republicans and see what they were able to accomplish with Benghazi. Fucking Benghazi. Democrats as they are now would absolutely bumble whatever messaging benefit they could get out of impeachment.
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I would be right on board with this whole post, but what we're seeing out of Democrats now highlights that Democrats have... Part of the reason a lot of people wanted to officially begin impeachment, outside of it being the right thing to do, was so that we could get out of that damn "will the Dems impeach???" media cycle that had the potential to never end. And now, I'm cynical. I'm cynical. And I have dragged Dem leadership before. But not even I was cynical enough to expect Democrats to get us out of that media narrative only to plunge us into a dumber one. You're right, it's all process. The gears are turning. But the lack of any sort of clarity or message discipline right now? "we're definitely impeaching"..."I don't think we're there yet"..."lol silly, we've been impeaching this whole time!"..."Impeachment would rip the country apart." I'm Latrice Royale right now:
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
I understand these precautions, but I don't view any of this as significantly risky. 1) Democrats are already being portrayed by Republicans and the mainstream media as "going after everyone in the administration" because...they are. And I think there's more to gain by being loud and clear-eyed about that. We're dealing with the most openly corrupt administration in American history. Seriously, we don't know what the extent is, the level of corruption that has taken place in the WH in the past behind the scenes. But on the basis of what we know is happening today? There has not been a more corrupt administration in the history of our country. No administration more deserving of extensive investigation and impeachment. I've been pretty hard on Congressional Democrats, but the one olive branch I toss them is acknowledging we are truly in uncharted waters. But, as far as "going after everybody," the circumstances dictate that they have to. They are morally and ethically charged with this responsibility. It will absolutely be a failure if they don't, regardless of the political calculus. But that almost doesn't matter because what the Democrats actually do will have no bearing on what everyone else will say they're doing. So own it. 2) Most people aren't under any pretense that Democrats can get "good policy stuff" done now. The general perception right now is that Congress isn't doing . Which, yeah, not true. But those messaging bills Democrats are focusing on aren't really getting a message through. Hence why Pelosi is walking around the Hill ready to pop off on journalists. 3)There are Democrats in conservative districts openly pushing for impeachment at this point. There comes a point where it starts to feel like we're just for covering for the political cowardice of the moderates, and not considering the potential cost of not holding the Trump Administration accountable. We've fallen into this pit again where we're counting on Trump to drive our base's enthusiasm. Mush-mouthed moderates are threatening to go against the party on this? Hold loud hearings. Put all the evidence out there. Hold a vote and then dare their asses to vote against impeachment.
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I'm not as on board with this as I once was because we can't look at these policies divorced from reality. And the reality is there is a rise in killings associated with a . And nobody's safe from this. This isn't about gun violence happening in the hood. This isn't even about American citizens being able to arm themselves. This is about the fact that everyone's kids, even lily white ones, are having to go to schools and do drills to better their chances of survival against a white supremacist wielding a specific type of gun. That when people going to public events and public spaces express fear of a mass violent act, it's with a . So while I understand not lending ourselves to Republican talking points, I do think we need to stop doing that to the point that we care more about not getting their voters than losing ours. Americans are afraid of the AR-15. Suburban white voters are afraid of the AR-15. Any voter who would think Democrats saying "We're going to ban those types of guns" means "We are going to take away all guns" especially out of the mouth of a Democrat from Texas was always going to fall the Republican talking point that Democrats are going to "take yer gunz." And they're just not worth it. They're not worth losing the energy of our base over. We've had an assault weapons ban before.
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Look, I'm not a fan of Beto's prospects. But it's hard to deny that his "Hell yeah we're taking your guns!" was the biggest moment of the night besides Castro going nuclear. That we're still talking about it is a sign that it resonated. It's his "Basket of Deplorables" moment: the people we shouldn't be two-shits concerned about are performing outrage, while the base we need to worry about keeping energized are going "FUCK YES!!!!" That's what makes Buttigieg such a freaking frog right now. Isn't he the one always saying that Republicans are going to ascribe a position to you regardless, so run on what you believe and be passionate about? But now we're supposed to be excited by McConnell "pretending" to care? Butt actually acknowledged that McConnell is only pretending!
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Democrats on the Sunday shows already setting up the post-Trump, "indicting a former president will only rip the country apart" rationale. Disgraceful.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Ok. My calves cramped. I'm liking this new Beto. Also looking like Castro ripping the band-aid off and just ripping into Biden has given the other candidates permission to start taking each other on more directly.
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Biden is giving a stirring speech on race right now, but all it's doing is highlight a central problem for him with me. It's easy for a Democrat to preach about the sins of the past. It's easy to get up in front of a black congregation on a Sunday and preach about slavery. Preach about Jim Crow and even talking about the harm of white supremacy. It's easy and it sounds good. But what's the plan going forward? What do you see for Black people in the ? What is the pathway to this better tomorrow our ancestors built, fought and suffered for? What are the issues, and the misconceptions, that are making things difficult for us today? And you don't have to talk in numbers and spreadsheets on that. That wouldn't be appropriate. But all this oratory power and certainty Biden is employing to remind us of where Black come from and how bad we had...apply some of that to what are future could look like with you? When Harris, Booker (and Warren to a lesser extent, but that she's included at all here is why she's easily my second choice) talk to Black people, the past is only a point of reference. The meat of their conversations with black people is ALWAYS in "this is what a better future looks like, and here are the plans I have to get there." Biden can only talk about the past. Heck, when he tries to talk about the future is usually when he fucks up.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
A random debate thought (well, not random since it's what all the podcasts I follow were talking about this week). I thought that the ABC debate was overall the more tightly ran of the three we've had so far...but my God all three debates have been carbon copies of each other in terms of what gets brought up. Thinking about everything that didn't get talked about was depressing. We didn't talk about women's rights being under attack, we didn't talk about voter suppression, we didn't talk about SCOTUS, we talked about trade but barely mentioned the looming recession. I mean, the list. If the October debate starts with a 45+ minute rambling, incoherent, and frankly unhelpful shouting match on incomplete healthcare plans, I'm probably going to change the channel.
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HA! Is anybody else cackling at the DISSERTATION Mrs. King put on her twitter. Yeah, this is clear. But I think the Dem debates, as a whole, will ultimately be a disservice to the business of informing the American public if they keep focusing on the same 2-3 top polling issues, and not talking about other issues that are pretty important even if they don't poll as high. I mean, a 4th debate circling the drain on meandering and vague healthcare talk...
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Thread Is it weird to get turned on by your own nudes?
Instagram is proof that lots of people openly admire good non-nude photos taken of themselves. So why would nudes be any different?
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I wouldn't be surprised if that was the point, at least subconsciously. Because it takes to be that damn dismissive of campus sexual assault, and in the age of #MeToo.
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Thread Brett Kavanaugh Fit In With the Privileged Kids. She Did Not.
The other guy credibly accused of sexual assault on the court ain't white. I'm not trying to #NotAllWhiteGuys this, but men getting away with sexual assault is pretty universal, and for the sake of black girls who often suffer in silence because their stories get ignored, I think it's important to keep that in mind. The Anita HIll story also highlights that ignoring women's stories is also, sadly, bipartisan. Thanks, Joe.
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Thread JJ Abrams reportedly turned down a $500 million exclusivity deal with Apple
I can't wait until The Great Streaming Wars are over.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
That Kennedy Boy for President is a non-starter outside of the Northeast. The most memorable thing about him outside of his last name is that he has oily-combination skin.
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Here's the thing, though...I don't think this is an instance of Biden "not knowing how to answer the question." I tend to not respond to the gaffes politicians make. Because public speaking is hard af. Like I said after the Kamala r-word incident, sometimes it's easy to have perfect hindsight and crucify a candidate for not having the perfect response in the moment. But when you're in those shoes, it's hard. Hell, half you people criticizing candidates for not having perfect responses 100% of the time can't even be bothered to take on your own family, in private, when they say something blatantly racist in front of you. You run here with your tears looking for pity-pats. When I do criticize a politician is when those "gaffes" coelesce to form a pattern indicating how you feel about a certain subject. The comparison to Bernie is spot-on. Bernie's "slipped" enough times mispeaking when it comes to "identity politics" for me to question whether or not he has legtimiate blind spots when it comes to race and intersectionality. Pelosi has "slipped" enough times at this point for me to suspect that she really does have more issues with the progressive wing of her caucus than she does with fucking Republicans. Biden has "slipped" enough times that it portrays a man who is only an "ally" in the sense that he isn't actively discriminating against us. Telegraphing that black people are in the situation we're in because we "just can't help ourselves" or we "don't know any better" is a classic dogwhistle, or emblematic of the type of "ally" who thinks that we're "good people" who just need to be "taught." Which, as i said earlier, is the exact type of white ally Black people had no choice but to make do with.
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Thread Dinosaur feathers, or, ResetEra and science denial
Am I the only one who finds the idea of gigantic dinosaurs covered in exotic plumage to be equal parts majestic and terrifying?
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
That Kamala got that question while Klobuchar (you know, the other prosecutor on stage) was given softballs is total bullshit. I said it in the Debate thread, at this point people are expecting Kamala to apologize for a system that guys like Biden and Bernie ushered in before she was ever a public servant. But hey, it is what it is. But Biden, my God. I put it this way: Biden is of a generation of politician where the best Black people could expect was that you not be actively racist.
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My take: Warren was disappointing. She is definitely benefiting from nobody going after her at this point. The fact that all of Biden's best moments were when he attacked her speaks to my fear of her not knowing what to do when she's the target. Harris had a good debate. It wasn't her first debate, but it ALSO wasn't her second. She did what she needed to do. But HOLY HELL none of this matters because Biden's answer to the slavery question is drowning everything out.
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Thread DeRay McKesson takes down Shaun King
I wouldn't equate this to criticisms of Shaun King at all. Deray's personal brand getting bigger as a result of his activist work isn't really problematic in itself and somewhat inevitable. That's nowhere near the ballpark of Shaun King's verifiable past as a grifter.
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Thread Popeyes takes a swing at Chick-fil-A with new Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich
Whew Chile the Ghetto! Popeyes gonna Popeyes
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
She's not going to drive anything at all. Nancy Pelosi is too busy having fits with the media for hounding her, while not realizing that her general reticence to do that and actually is is exactly why they hound her in the first place. For the first time in a while, I'm actually with the guys from Pod Save America. The way that Dems are handling impeachment is the worst of both worlds.
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Thread 2020 Presidential Democratic Primary Debate V |OT| All Coastal Elite Wrestling
Kamala: did well. landed some zingers. Executed well on not being far left. Bernie: didn't differentiate himself from Warren. Warren: didn't differentiate herself from Biden. Biden: did what he needed to do. I can't stand him, but I'm not blind. He did what he needed to do to hold on to his lead. Castro: He didn't destroy Biden. But he did enough to raise in the polls.
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First, let's be clear... Actually, nm
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Harris is my #1. But Warren has firmly been, since 2017, my #2. And I say that to say this: tonight was not her night. Specifically because her campaign did not prepare her for direct questions about her progressive proposals on M4A and social security.
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Protesting at events that are largely televised is...incredibly bad strategy? Nobody knows what they were yelling about.
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Yeah, that was a great answer.
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YESSS MY BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH YANG ASK HIM ABOUT FUCKING CHARTERS
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What does Warren have to do with this? I'm responding to a Bernie fan who called Hillary trash. Warren didn't run against and lose to "trash" in 2016. Bernie did.
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Isn't...isn't that more embarrassing for your guy? Hillary lost to Trump; but Bernie lost to Hillary? And now, he can't even post first against candidates who aren't dominating the primaries like Hillary did. Oh, sorry I forgot; everything was rigged.
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And yet she beat the guy who's currently posting third in most polls?
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What is Biden talking about now?
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Bring receipts. Because you have your work cut out for you.
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I...legit forgot that Booker was there.
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Then don't look at what they've said and how it was interpreted during campaigning. Look at their And Harris has done more than Bernie Sanders on reforming how this country looks on at Criminal Justice. And, really, it ain't even close.
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Bernie didn't campaign for it. He just gave it what it real needed: his vote. This excuse for Bernie was weak sauce in 2016. And it's weak sauce now.
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The ABC debate really is highlighting the bad points of MSNBC and CNN being so "24 hour news." This debate has been so much more substantive, and not chasing current headlines. CNN and MSNBC really should be embarrassed.
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That's because most of them aren't endorsing anybody. I know. I work for one of them.
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Castro has NOT taken his foot off Biden's neck all night. AND I LOVE IT
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Bernie, blatantly lying about his NRA rating. LOL
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Assuming that getting to the "top position" awards you a magic wand that allows you to "presto chango" is foolish. It's also the thinking that keeps leftists from going to the polls. It's not how this works. That's not how any of this works. Just admit it: you're ignoring all the good Harris did, why progressive prosecutors across the country respect her, because she didn't completely get rid of the bad-bad.
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Apologize for a system she didn't create? Apologize for not being able to completely change a system that was rooted into the bedrock while she was still a grad student? I'm sorry, but no. Hell no. Save that energy for the two men on this same stage who actually voted for the damn bill that caused all this mess.
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What exactly is, "the marijuana issue"? It's a false premise. Less people in the state of California went to jail for marijuana possession under Kamala than any DA before her since the enactment of the what is known as "The War on Drugs." And this is directly because of the direction she took. But yeah, some people still went to jail. What exactly do you want her to say?
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Zzzzzzzzzz.... We all know this. Put some more meat on the bones.
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Beto continues to have the problem in these debates where whenever he gives a genuinely good answer, he is immediately followed by someone who gives a better one. Because that was perfect from Castro.
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People are saying Castro's attack is ageist. It's not...not when Biden is making these "forgetful" gaffes all campaign. To the point that his team has eventually pivoted to "Oh that's Joe!" as a defense. He legitimately forgets shit all the time. It's fair game to point that out.
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"Are you forgetting already what you said 2 minutes ago?" OH MY FUCKING GOOOOOOOOD GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DO ITTTTTTTTTTTT GOT FOR THE THROOOOOAAAAATTTTTTTTTT!!!!!
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It's smart. Why engage in this food fight that NOBODY is currently winning? Bernie is hoarse. Warren met a guy. Klobuchar has a home for you. And Buttigieg is...wait, what did he say again? She had the standout moment of this exchange by NOT taking part in it.
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Oh, Harris came to play BALL tonight
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Bernie paying Buttigieg DUST I LIIIIIVEEEEE
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Warren is full of anecdotes. But people are asking her point blank questions, and she's not answering a single one.
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I said this after the last debate: Bernie and Elizabeth had great performances, but they never bluntly answer a fundamental question that polling shows even the left has: They need to be prepared to answer that, or else it's a huge weakness for them. And Biden tonight is exploiting that.
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Warren: "So, let's be clear..." *Proceeds to be anything but clear on answering the actual question.*
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Biden again with that "#1...#2...#3" crap
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Getting right to Biden vs. Warren/Bernie YAAAASSSSSS GLOVES OFF!!!!
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I hate *stare at camera, address Trump* exchanges. But the "You can now go back to watching Fox News" saved it.
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That was canned, even by Bernie's standard.
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You've got a home with me. You've got a hooooome with me.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
She really should. I finished reading her Criminal Justice (Public Safety, as she calls it) plan yesterday. And, without hyperbole, it is easily the most comprehensive plan on the subject that I've read from any candidate since I've followed politics. It's ambitious, even for someone with her background. And with tonight's debate taking place at an HBCU in Houston? She better go in. Because you're simply not really talking criminal justice reform if you're not talking about it like she is, and it may have been a mistake for her to downplay what is really her crown issue because of all the "Copmala" shit.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Everyone who came out the woodwork criticizing Harris' (good, if not "far enough") healthcare plan better keep that same energy for the half-baked russet potato Warren just dropped.
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Thread Am I a golddigger?
Hmmm, I originally read this as him being able to have this lifestyle because would be doing the work to pay for it. But, points were made... OP, you might be a little golddiggerish. I don't like that term because there's an implication of deception embedded within it, and nothing about the OP's situation leads me to believe this man isn't completely aware of what he's getting into. But, yeah, maybe...a little lite golddigger.
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Thread Am I a golddigger?
Not in this case because OP has those things. Y'all have been dinging OP for pages now because he's been pretty unembarrassed about being well off himself. Golddiggers tend to be looking for a come-up. But, on a related note, I don't really like the term "golddiger." I mean, do golddiggers exist as a thing (the predatory archetype)? Yeah. But oftentimes when "golddigger" is used it's done so as a way to give a pass to men (women too, but we're talking about men here) who both want to flaunt money and/or status as a means to get mates, but then want to be able to turn around and shame for that.
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Thread Am I a golddigger?
I mean, that is what tends to ... A good friend of mine had to stay on my couch for a while a few years back because a guy he'd been living with in a sugar daddy type situation got mad at him one day, over something dumb (I think he'd been over it for a minute), and just took it ALL back. My friend had nothing but his 9 to 5. Couldn't be me.
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Thread Am I a golddigger?
Alright! Just got home from work, and I have some thoughts: First thought: Some of y'all, I suppose in an attempt to sound progressive on the subject of dating, are lacking the self-awareness to see how regressive you actually sound? Some of these posts aimed at OP are not too far off from guys in bars who have bought me drinks without even introducing themselves to me, and then got mad when I didn't give them my number. Or the guy who took me out to dinner and then a concert, but then texted me "you're a fucking bitch" after dropping me off at the end of the night because I wouldn't give him road head. Let's make one thing absolutely clear: OP does not owe this man Money, or the acceptance of gifts, does not mean that the giver now owns you, or that the receiver has to reciprocate in ANY way. If this man, who OP has been very clear with in regards to his feelings, feels like he can win him by black card swipe, that's on him. Full stop. Next thought: OP, are you a Golddigger? . Here's why: Golddiggers . They look for, isolate, and deceive partners for the express purpose of being taken care of or having access to that person's money. OP isn't doing any of that. OP isn't pursuing this guy; this guy is pursuing him. It was THIS GUY who brought up the subject of his wealth and started raining down the gifts when he sensed that OP was losing interest. OP isn't lying to this guy; he mentioned on the first page that he's been upfront about his ambivalent feelings. Maybe I've missed the posts, but I'm not getting the picture of a being conned out of his cash and taken advantage of . I see a man who knows what he's doing. I see a man who knows he's wealthy, who knows the power wealth has as a lure, and is using that power to get what HE wants. I'm seeing a man who has heard the saying, "It ain't trickin if you got it." And hey, that's life! That is real freakin life. Some people date for love. Some people date for companionship. And some people date because they have the money to keep your ass around (and are Those people are called sugar daddies; and the people who accept the "love language" of a sugar daddy in the form of gifts and trips to Paris, those are called sugar babies. These terms aren't just lyrics in pop songs. They're descriptors of actual relationship dynamics that play out in real life. OP, I don't think you're doing anything wrong. Just continue to be honest with him AND yourself. And if he wants to keep spending his money knowing damn well how you feel? BUT, if you are going to live the City Boy life, a word of caution: make sure you keep YOUR BAG secured. Because sugar daddies do get bored...eventually.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
You almost...have to respect the dedication Republicans put into being "ain't shit." They are fully about the business of being the absolute worst.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
When an orange dipshit shows you who he is, believe him. This is like the 6th time Trump has "joked" about remaining in office permanently. The 2 or so months after Trump loses the election and before he officially relinquishes power remains the most terrifying period on the horizon...to me.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
But this lends itself to what is still surprisingly (to me) a revelation: Black people, by virtue of being a universally repressed minority (and thus, taboo), are taste makers. When it comes to the American cultural zeitgeist, we're makers. It's no surprise that so many white American comedians get into trouble for their persistent desire to immolate black people. It is no surprise that young American queer culture (think Drag Race and all that revolves around it), is making millions of dollars and becoming a dominant cultural force by talking exactly like my 60+ year old aunties talk. It's no surprise that hip-hop culture is the most bankable American cultural export at the moment. It's no surprise that things that become popular in the American GP was almost always popular among black people for years prior. For better and worse (and yes, there is a lot of worse) Black people have a dominant effect on culture. So what does that mean? It means that when Black juggernauts like T.I., Monica and Tyler Perry, Georgian juggernauts, go out and stump for you...you'd be a fool to think that the only people effected by this are black people. Georgia only needed to get blacker by a few degrees for Atlanta to become America's Black Mecca, and for cultural elements that appeal to black people to have a wider impact on the state as a whole. So a white man, like Ossoff, who hasn't demonstrated an ability to appeal to black people, in ? Yeah, I'm not holding my breath.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Here's my point on Abrams (and my issue with Ossoff). The extent to which Georgia is becoming an increasingly vivid shade of purple is almost directly correlated to how black it's gotten in the last decade. Any politician hoping to win statewide has to acknowledge that.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Also, the bitter Kamala Stan in me is compelled to point out that not only did Warren blatantly ripoff Harris' "100 Days" initiative, she is the ONLY leading candidate to not put out a healthcare proposal. The only one. And yet, she completely skates by.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Where I'm coming from is this: Until further notice, the ability for a Democrat to win a Georgia Senate seat is going be this: what is your capacity to run a statewide race similar to the race Abrams ran? Georgia hasn't seen a D Senator since 2005, and politics in that state have only gotten more polarized and difficult in that state since then. Abrams ran by being unapologetic, magnetic, and capable of running a campaign that appealed equally to white Georgians, black Georgians, and white/black unlikely voters. I just don't see, in how Ossoff presents himself, the ability to activate that Georgian coalition. I haven't seen that shift in him.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
If you wade into politics via news media/interviews/stumping/etc.... More to the point, if you use the platform earned by your spouse who is a politician to attack other candidates then, yes...Hell yes, you're open to attack/criticism.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Oh, I absolutely agree with this. But here's my problem: the extent to which I am associated with politics is in terms of language, presentation, and . Warren's "I have a plan for that" strategy is clearly a win for her. But that doesn't mean she doesn't need to be careful. Warren has introduced some great ideas into the discourse. I will forever stan her for being one of the first candidates to openly call for impeachment and taxing the rich. But some of these plans she churns out to stay Twitter-relevant are actually kind of sloppy and bad. And if she churns out a rushed plan that's bad enough, against a well functioning machine, she runs the risk of being by that bad plan. I really do think her campaign needs to think about that more than they currently are, which is why I'm really wanting a campaign to go for her throat to see how she responds.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Ugh. Jon Ossoff is a weak candidate and I really can't imagine him winning in Georgia. On a related note, I Googled Jon Ossoff to make sure I was spelling his name correctly and...man, the people who write/edit Wikipedia articles might be up there with 50+ year-old black women for most deceptively potent shade:
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Didn't we say that before about him? Didn't we say that about the man who, performatively, is the better version of him (Beto)? I mean, if he wins I'll be his #1 stan. But...I'm looking, and I'm not seeing an upgraded politician from when he ran for that House seat.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Honestly, if I were Gates I'd be a lot more pissed off than he is. Looking at Big Tech today it's a fucking joke that Microsoft was very nearly broken up over
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
This is only partially her team. I say this as a fan, but we're seeing Warren's weakness right now. She's the candidate of "plans"...she churns them out like McDonald's churns out chicken nuggets. And that's the thing...a lot of Warren's plans are...frankly, shit. I'm really needing someone to take her to task for that.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
I used to agree with this (and I still kind of do), but Trump is revealing the problem to be deeper. Because Trump's not just busting norms; he's openly breaking the law at this point. But it doesn't matter, because the DoJ won't hold him accountable, Republicans won't hold him accountable because they benefit, and Democrats won't hold him accountable because they're cowards. So while we do need to enshrine a lot of these norms into law, it's all for nothing if we don't address the incentives Congress has to NOT do its job.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth |OT2| Bless Your Heart
I'm loving BoA personally. They've brought new writers on and it shows. Narratively, they're in a position to really do a story as ambitious as what's proposed in the Shadowlands leak justice (and I'm speaking as someone who's loved the narrative of the games since Pandaria, but the story beats in BoA are just...*chef's kiss*). Gameplay wise, the levelimg experience has gotten tighter with each expansion since Warlords. One of the top raids of the entire game. Honestly, outside of some pretty fair gripes about the replayability of endgame content, I'd say the criticism of BoA as a whole is largely overblown. Still, in a general sense with fans, I do think BoA will be seen as one of the game's low points. Deserved or not.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth |OT2| Bless Your Heart
I really hope the leaks are true. Because more than a boring dud of a story, I love a high risk narrative, even if it falls flat on its face. "WoW: Shadowlands", if even half the leak content is true, would definitely make BoA the latest Warlords. The dull setup to a truly great follow-up.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
If this is Kamala's new angle, it's a good one. All the "Copmala" shit is a smear. Fact is, she has progressive record as a prosecutor and AG (minor missteps aside). She has actual things she's accomplished in CA, and it's the one thing that sets her apart from her field. She should run on that, not from it.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
I think back to something Cohen (I think?) said. When Trump tells these easily disproven lies, the point isn't that you believe him. The point is that you go along with his preferred reality. And when we're in a moment where Republicans either fall in line behind the lie or resign, Democrats tut-tut on Twitter, and the news media calls him out for one news cycle before it's on to the next thing, going along with Trump's preferred reality is almost what happens.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Not to take away from Bertrand's reporting; this would be a bombshell story under any other President. ...actually, . No other President would have had the audacity to crap all over the emoluments clause like Trump has been since the very moment he took office. But seeing as we're here, in a Trumpian world where nobody seems interested in doing their jobs and holding the Mad King accountable, what realistically will come of this?
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
I'm also impressed with how good Warren is at this. That said...I'm not ready to put her at a Hillary level yet because...she hasn't really been attacked yet? Trump is too busy drawing on weather maps to do anything more than throw out a "Pocahontas" tweet every now and then; and even when more moderate Dems go after her it's more her (and Bernie's) and general attacks of "Socialism" than her specifically. Like, I'm a Warren fan, but it's for that reason that I"m really waiting for someone to really go after her to test how battle ready she is in the event she wins. Contrast that with Hillary, whose strength really was in her resiliency through the torrent of bombs thrown at her. Some, sadly, from her own party.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
As someone who didn't cancel Warren after that (I've been saying since last year in here that she's the dark horse of this primary despite that flub), The total 180 been hilarious to watch.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
She heard it. She'd have saved herself a lot of grief with just the apology. This "always hedge your bets with an excuse" is the worst politicianism.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
The thing with her right now, in regards to this, everything she said about this incident has been fine, and what I'd like to see from more politicians when they misfire. She's been pretty full-throated in condemning the use of that word all day. Which is why I haven't had much of an opinion. It's super fucking disappointing that she didn't correct that guy in the moment. But it's also kind of...human? I know from having many contentious conversations in real life that l'esprit d'escalier is a very real thing. And nothing in her record or in any past interview she's given leads me to believe that she wouldn't understand how backwards and unhelpful that word is. I think she was hit with this moment, couldn't respond to and just kept going. So, like...just say that? I don't understand how her campaign hasn't realized that talking a thing has almost never worked for them.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
What I was just about to say. She's actually in a pretty enviable position. People are making the assumption that she's completely on board with Bernie's version of M4A, so why rock that boat and take heat before she has to.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
I think the crazy thing here is that, once again, the only reason we have any idea that this meeting was a thing is because Trump blurted out something super top secret for twitter clout. But, really, who knows what kind of shady meetings the President has taken in the past. This might be more normal than we think.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
I just don't like repetition. I have seen so many people give list after exhaustive list to you about the very real issues they have with Bernie Sanders - from the questionable positions he's held in the past, to the questionable things he says in the present, to the trash-tier people he surrounds himself with - only for you to slink off and come back a few days later playing brand spanking new. And I just ain't got the time. There are TOO many b-list actors and athletes posting their eggplants on Instagram for me to have time playing that game witchu, sis.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Warren shouldn't consult the biggest loser from 2016. She should instead team up with...the guy who lost to the biggest loser? This line of thinking never makes sense.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
(Not aimed at you in particular, but...) Ugh. Ugggghhhh. You mean this whole time I've been vehemently against Bernie Sanders because I haven't looked him up? You don't have to "coddle the rich" to have blinders to the Black. And unfortunately Bernie's gaffes seem to all fit this pattern.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Mariah is still in excellent voice when she chooses. That girls who can't hit two consecutive notes are getting high Pitchfork honors...the world would be so lucky.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
This is where I am. There's no way you're going to sell me that the guy who famously Marched With King (you knew that, right?) Was being anything here but an edgelord. The "brave" white leader who's going to say IT just to show you that He's. The. Truth. Spare me (Ughhhh and you just KNOW Hillary was sitting on this, mad as hell.)
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Wait, I'm not in a place where I can listen to the actual clip. Does Bernie actually say n****r? (Also, the fact that I am without earphones and literally cannot risk playing that clip should settle that dumb-as-folk debate raging on Twitter today.)
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Servers also aren't the ones who benefit most. Restaurant owners are. Support staff, too. I know in every restaurant I worked in Philly, servers were expected to tip out kitchen staff and the bussers who worked out section, and those guys got more hourly than we did.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT7| "May God Ruin Him"
Is this a conversation we're having with purpose? Or is this to excuse Bernie's latest gaffe? Because yeah, we're going to have to eventually talk about moving whole communities (often, poor communities) out of the path of natural and reoccurring natural disasters and weather phenomenon. But, like, it's hardly unlikely that any of that is going to happen at a large scale within the window of, say, the next administration. So I don't know how this excuses Bernie's gaffe as anything but that?
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The thing that I don't think you're factoring in is earnings . Can only speak for myself and people that I worked with, but nobody is going into a job to deal with shitty patrons, shitty bosses, often shitty conditions with wacky schedules and back-to-back clopens and no benefits for or anything close to it. Without tips, even above board establishments would have to pony up a lot more money to afford the quality staff they (good restaurants/bars) currently have.
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Thread Jay-Z, Rocnation, and NFL donate $200K to an All Lives Matter organization
I feel bad for these kids. I grew up in inner city LA in the 90s, so I've definitely seen what it's like when you don't have the luxury to look past a hand offering "help." Organizations like this thrive in inner cities, and in most cases they're nothing but glorified grifts ciphoning money from actual organizations that would be about the community AND the culture, all while infusing their brand of diet racism and assuaging white guilt. These organizations don't see black culture, value black culture, or respect black culture. They're view black people as, well, the white man's burden. Jay Z ain't no kind of shit for this.
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Thread Nicki Minaj retires from her music career to focus on family.
You know what? Nicki don't make it easy to stan for her, but I'mma give it to her and show some respect. Love or hate her music, there's no denying that she's a vet in this thing, and was making big moves during a period when it was literal on the female MC scene in the top 40. She's got a better pen than most of these dudes mumbling their way through a career (who get passes BECAUSE they're dudes), and all your faves have a least one track with her. Super Bass came on my spotify the other day, and I remembered how much I legit loved that song. So imagine my gag when I realized that song came out in . Take your break, Nicki. You earned it.
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Thread Nicki Minaj retires from her music career to focus on family.
Oh. I wasn't talking about her "prime" run. I'm talking about her run, period. And the phenomenon that a lot of females in Hip Hop get dogged by accusations of having ghost writers and being devalued for their skills in general, while clown ass dudes with half the talent skate by.
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Thread Jay-Z, Rocnation, and NFL donate $200K to an All Lives Matter organization
"Chess not checkers" tho... Y'all sure he ain't playing Uno? Like, ratchet uno where none of the rules make sense?
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Thread Kevin Hart can't understand why a young black man would be afraid to come out as gay
Thanks for the correction. I live in Philly and know of him through mutual friends who know her. That he committed suicide specifically because of the bullying is what got back to me. Still, if you saw those videos of specifically he was picked on, you know we are nowhere near this "young black generation that accepts lgbtq people" reality.
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Thread Kevin Hart can't understand why a young black man would be afraid to come out as gay
Kevin Hart made those jokes on Twitter back in 2010 - 2011. We're not talking the 90s. At that point Hart was well in his 30s and had been in over a dozen popular films. He was well on his way to being the biggest Black comedian if he wasn't already. This isn't ancient history. So yeah, he was super famous. He already had millions on millions. He was already the early version of the "Kevin Hart" we know today. He didn't "apologize" on Ellen, he gave us some BS "you all should know what's in my heart" copout (no, we don't. Kinda the point), and Ellen caped for him like the dummy she is. The whole thing blew up into a controvercy that ultimately cost him the Oscar's hosting gig because of apologizing, he went on a butthurt "the only people who care about this are haters!" crusade. I keep referencing "The Hood" because that is the context in which this discussion took place. Lil Nas X is being asked by a bunch of grown ass men who should know better why he came out the way he did, and he answers by referencing what it's like growing up a black boy in the hood (being raised to "hate this shit"). So when Kevin Hart opens his big mouth and interrupts with "He's gay, so what!?" and "Why? WHY???" you cannot seperate the fact that Hart is from The Hood like Lil Nas X is; that he had the same upbringing in the same type of environment that Lil Nax X did, and that before he was ever popular with white folk he made his money and in The Hood, and that he knows what Lil Nas X is talking about. That's why Lil Nas X's eye roll and "Come on, if you're really from the hood, you know" was such a slam dunk response. Because Kevin know. He just went through this. He JUST got dragged for unsuccessfully trying to play dumb (then obstinate) on this very subject. And trying to foster this narrative that it's possible that he didn't know, or is so far removed from this that he could have just "forgotten" is just feeding into the gaslighting.No. No. Nigel Shelby:A little black boy from Alabama who died by suicide earlier this year for being relentlessly picked on at school for being gay. Reese Willoughby:A young man who died from suicide a few weeks ago from bullying. Not for being gay, but for openly dating and loving a transwoman. You can find video online of men following him and taunting him relentlessly. I won't link it here. We live in a world that's only slightly more tolerant than when I was kid. But "entirely new, young, black(among other races) demographic that accepts lgbtq"? We are not there yet. Not even close.
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Thread Kevin Hart can't understand why a young black man would be afraid to come out as gay
I didn't say you have to have grown up in the hood to go on Barbership. But you hood culture if you go on that show. You know urban culture. When people "lose touch," with their previous lives before they joined the privileged ranks, I can see it meaning you lose a sense of the inconveniences and what it's like to . You don't forget the existence of an entire group of people and how those people are treated. You especially don't forget if your black comedy, aimed at black people, cavalierly talks about what you'd do to your black son if you caught him playing with dolls. Kevin Hart wasn't that long ago, and the Kevin Hart who refused to apologize for that is even more recent. Saying that these dudes have somehow blanked on vital experiences that have informed who they are as people (because Lord knows Kevin didn't think that bit up out of thin air) because they've found wealth and privilege is just a form of excusing them. Kevin knows what it's like for gays in the hood (if he did somehow forget he sure was reminded during that Oscars fiasco); he's playing dumb now because he's a part of a social sect where that shit ain't cute anymore. He's got Ellen's number in his contacts now.