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60+, semi-retired, from a corner of a red state in the PNW

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On the one hand, we have a War Hero. On the other, there is a Whore Weirdo.

Rest in peace, Senator, with a fair breeze at your back.

The orange guy? May gale force, restless nights rack any conscience you may have.

I'm liking what I'm hearing here,

especially the recognition that the entire community are all stakeholders, including any specific shareholders. It's way past time that external costs are diligently examined and mitigated along with the usual corporate proclamations of community benefits "because jobs".

Whether or not this proposal gets anywhere is a different story. I think the shitty oligarchical foundations of our current corporate MO have been set, poured and backfilled too, with republican nonsense. Perhaps the typical business as usual structure can be redesigned and placed atop of?

Good luck Senator, this new ACA will likely send the redhats over the edge.

Interesting ideas on why the defense rested it's case in there.

Here's a comment from that which made me laugh. RE Manafort:

Dr. Random J. Gopher
‏ @Winkypopo
Replying to @Popehat

It also doesn't look great when your client rotates his eyes in two different directions to check for predators, then licks one to clean it.

9:51 AM - 14 Aug 2018

Sorry, I don't know how to do the twitter copy thing.

This is unfortunate but somehow comforting.

Because you've been there before and still have hope, you've engaged with a redhat working to find a common thread of humanity through facts or reasonable argument. Their eyes glaze over or they start to do the Gish on you. Voices might rise til once again, you realize it's pointless to go further.

Now, you can take that unfortunate comfort in knowing you are not likely to progress, so why try? It's your choice. Know when to stop. Save some time. You might better advance your argument and have more fun in talking to your dog.

The hope, though beaten down, remains. When to apply it on a facts bereft subject, is a clearer choice.

+1. Excellent post - especially your 2nd paragraph.

Keep the citizens in a state of constant assault by the next biggest sporting event, celebrity-studded gala or latest handheld flashy thing and you'll keep that citizen from thinking about the problems that DO exist and questioning how best to solve them.

We'll dance to most any tune our corporate pipers care to call and wearily march in lockstep to our dreary, unsatisfying jobs unaware that our pawnish path has already been determined by unknown plutocratic chess masters.

We've got to figure out a way to jam the game plan. We can start by GOTV this November.

"We inherited a situation where Russia was running all over the United States".

Um, okay...sure.

You also inherited a sound, strong Obama economy, which was soon claimed to be the result of tRump's leadership. But now that Russians are crawling all over your asses, it's someone else's fault?

That shit ain't gonna fly with most folks. Folks with a brain, anyway.

Meanwhile, next door in Idaho:

In 2016, the legislature passed a bill which was signed into law specifying that local governments, and local voters, can have no say over containers, including plastic water bottles and bags and restaurant carry-out containers – even though the state doesn’t regulate those.

Nothing like the "local control is best" or "invisible hand of the marketplace" gang ensuring that local control cannot happen. Apparently, this bill was written because a manufacturer of plastic stuff was getting worried after a few local communities started making noises about regulating plastic shit.

Big bidness, small bidness, it doesn't matter. If it makes money, our red-state GOP loves preventing regulation despite the negative effects on the public or environment.

"I doubt this asshole will face any doubt or torment in prison."

Maybe, maybe not. My understanding is that incarceration is especially tough on people with convictions against kids.

He absolutely should have been locked up by now. He has spent time in both Kentucky and federal prisons. Today's Idaho Statesman listed a mile long account of assault, sex, drug, parole violations and weapons charges over many years in California, Tennessee, Kentucky and Utah. How his 30 year old ass got to Idaho I don't know. Given his past, he simply should not have been out on the street.

Beside little Ruya, the other victims and their families, there is another person whose life will likely be forever changed. That is the woman who allowed this guy to stay at her apartment, in the same complex as the refugees, for a few days til she kicked him out for bad "behavior". That apparently set him off on his deadly rage. I cannot imagine the guilt she must be feeling right now.


Despite Idaho's redstate reputation, for many years Boise has been a haven for refugees fleeing awful conditions in other countries. This tragedy has brought that community closer together and our larger community closer around them.

Peace to little Ruya, her family, friends and everyone else affected by this senseless act.

yes, yes and YES.

Several years ago I was trying to explain that concept to a co-worker. He kept on insisting that it is the capital/investor class who decides to plop down a business, anywhere they wanted, and the market would magically appear. Demand was created by supply according to him. Snap your fingers and the demand would materialize.

A white winger, born, raised and lived most of his life in a small rural town, he talks as if he's cosmopolitan and wise to the heady ways of the world because of what he read somewhere or heard on the AM radio. Yes, pretty much the boorish, insufferable type.

We don't speak much anymore.

He's still an idiot.

Amnocrisy of convenience.

Where they conveniently forget to live by the same standards as they would have others live by.
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