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evilsonic

Member Since 01 Feb 2005
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#1440969 Joe Biden Is Your New President.

Posted by evilsonic on Yesterday, 10:56 AM

I saw this somewhere a few weeks ago, but I can’t wait to not know who the Postmaster General is.
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#1440806 The Coffee Thread

Posted by evilsonic on 18 January 2021 - 10:26 AM

I’ve been getting two 12-ounce bags from my old cafe (Pavement in Boston) that’s supposed to come every other week. With the delays, I’ve been erring on the side of caution with supply and probably have about 3 pounds of coffee right now.
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#1440721 11:60

Posted by evilsonic on 17 January 2021 - 01:52 PM

Bedroom Associate


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#1440642 Proper Toilet Paper Installation

Posted by evilsonic on 16 January 2021 - 07:18 PM

If the bathroom door is closed, I assume someone is in trouble and I kick it down.
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#1440566 11:60

Posted by evilsonic on 15 January 2021 - 05:41 PM

I didn’t realize Aerosmith was Bloody Mary
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#1440521 Donald Trump is your EX-President

Posted by evilsonic on 15 January 2021 - 10:08 AM

Liberals show up with weak fighters and conservatives show up with assault weapons.

Like... Joe Biden is a level 90 Kakuna and the Republicans are this weird gang that goes around trying to steal Pokémon and assault children.
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#1440510 What are you watching on netflix?

Posted by evilsonic on 15 January 2021 - 02:49 AM

First episodes of WandaVision are up. Just a few minutes in and it’s pretty spot on.
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#1440446 11:60

Posted by evilsonic on 14 January 2021 - 02:41 PM

That means that Aerosmith is, and always has been, Bart.


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#1440406 Donald Trump is your EX-President

Posted by evilsonic on 14 January 2021 - 09:39 AM

I consistently get those details about House and Senate control wrong, so I should probably just bookmark the Wikipedia pages on the 111th through 117th Congress.

 

I definitely agree that Nixon benefitted from resigning, because the alternative would be certain impeachment in the House and an uphill battle in the Senate (Democrats had 56 seats, but I don't know enough about the post-LBJ senate to speculate if it would be a party-line vote). I also don't want to put too much importance on the Frost interviews, it was more of acknowledging that Nixon simply resigning wasn't the same thing as owning up to what he did. I know those interviews were popular, but I also doubt that they were a bombshell cathartic moment for a nation in the early days of the Carter administration.

 

I have a lot more thoughts about this, but it is after 11:30 and I have barely gotten any work done today... this is the risk of working from home.

 

Edit: because I seem pathologically incapable of being productive today, here's a NYT op-ed piece on why Trump can and should be convicted even after leaving office. https://www.nytimes....pgtype=Homepage


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#1440402 Donald Trump is your EX-President

Posted by evilsonic on 14 January 2021 - 08:21 AM

I don't want to come across as too much of a Nixon fan, and granted, being born 12 years after he resigned, I have a removed perspective. The disillusionment at that time is something that we're still grappling with, but we'll never know exactly what the alternative will look like - he wasn't tried after resigning, so we don't know if that trial would have healed or hurt, we can only speculate.

 

Nixon hadn't been impeached, the Judiciary Committee drafted articles of impeachment, but they hadn't been voted on by the full House (it is likely he would have been impeached).

 

Obama also didn't have full Democratic control of the government in his second term - Republicans took the House in the 2010 midterms (which they maintained until 2018), so he only had half of his first term with a Democratic House and Senate. He spent a lot of political capital dealing with the recession and getting the Affordable Care Act passed, which only got through after concessions were made. Democrats had the Senate until 2014, so from that point on, he couldn't really get much of anything accomplished in Congress.

 

I would say that the climate in Congress has changed significantly over the past 10 years. Before the Tea Party entered the scene and Ted Cruz shut down the government, Republicans weren't automatically primaried out of office for reaching across the aisle. Now I think there's an inflection point where the Republican party is going to split between Trumpers and those who are finally shocked enough that they see this asshole for what the rest of us have known he's always been. I don't think it's a slam dunk, but if Mitch McConnell gives the signal that he supports impeachment (which he is reportedly doing privately), this thing could actually happen.

 

The House and Senate were in session when this riot happened, and these spineless assholes had to get evacuated from their hallowed chamber. On a personal, individual level, they had to confront the reality of what siding with this fucker ultimately means and enough of them may have reached their breaking point. Yes, it feels satisfying to point out that so many of their policies and positions mean a lot of people have to live in fear like that everyday (including AOC, who pointed out that she and others routinely receive death threats), but that just makes it easier for them to take party lines.


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#1440398 COVID-19

Posted by evilsonic on 14 January 2021 - 07:31 AM

Glad to hear that Sindra

 

My mom (social worker) is getting her vaccine today, and I guess in NJ my brother (food service) and my dad (over 65) will be eligible sooner than originally expected. 

 

Here in MA, Jackie and I are still waiting for general public, but very excited than all three of them may be getting this sooner than later.


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#1440385 11:60

Posted by evilsonic on 14 January 2021 - 05:23 AM

Posted this in the DoD thread, but figured there may be some Shizzies who don’t follow that as closely as this - I’m putting together an alternate entry collaboration for Brevity month that requires minimal effort and the more people who join in, the better. PM me for details.
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#1440384 Donald Trump is your EX-President

Posted by evilsonic on 14 January 2021 - 05:02 AM

I’ve been thinking about something lately about the historical precedent set and the importance of symbolic actions, even if they have minimal impact aside from that. After Nixon resigned, Ford pardoned him to avoid the possibility of a lengthy trial that would divide the nation and the image of a former US president serving a jail sentence.

Even though this was years before I was born and I think Nixon definitely got off too easy, it may have ultimately been the right decision because of Nixon’s resignation and self-imposed exile. It may have been a few years before he actually said the words in the David Frost interview, but stepping down was an admission of culpability and allowed the nation to move on. There ended up being no vote of impeachment in the House, so that precluded any chance of going to the Democratic Senate.

We will never get that sort of gesture with this asshole. He will never admit any responsibility or awareness of how his actions and words have impacted this country and the world, and that cannot be left to stand. Even if an impeachment conviction comes too late to remove him from office before the end of his term, the precedent should be set... resign like Nixon and slink off to let the nation move on, or face the consequences of inciting insurrection. Be disqualified from holding office, and lose the retirement benefits funded by taxpayers.
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#1440302 Donald Trump is your EX-President

Posted by evilsonic on 13 January 2021 - 04:12 PM

And preferable. Last thing we need is a martyr
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#1440298 Donald Trump is your EX-President

Posted by evilsonic on 13 January 2021 - 03:56 PM

I’m less concerned about him running again, but him losing the pension, travel budget, and secret service detail would be pretty nice.
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