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  1. Mitch McConnell himself admitted recently that getting more Republican judges in the Circuit Courts had been his priority for the past two years and will be for the next two.

    I really don’t understand how the US political and judicial system could have been made so corrupted over the centuries under the excuse of democracy and Constitution and it’s only now that Democrats are acting to restore some equality and objectivity, like their recent proposal to get rid of the Electoral College and gerrymandering.

    Among the only 3 good news in this week’s political post, physical exercise might even be better than weed against Alzheimer:
    https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/01/exercise-induced-hormone-may-provide-some-protection-against-alzheimers/
    And there’s no telling what both could do combined… ;)

    1. Regarding the Electoral College – the USA was intended to be a representative republic, not ever a democracy. There is a difference. As originally designed, the House of Representatives was intended to represent the people, and so it is directly elected. The Senate was supposed to represent the interests and rights of the separate, sovereign states, not the people, and so Senators were appointed by state legislatures and governors. Each state gets two Senators, regardless of size or population. The President was to consider the interests of the nation, the states and the people, which may differ, and so he is elected by the Electoral College, whose electors combine the total number of elected Representatives and appointed Senators. All three legitimate constituencies – the people, the states, and the nation as a whole, are represented in kind. The system is pure genius, literally political Scripture. May it last forever.

      (Sadly, the 17th Amendment provided for the direct election of Senators, emasculating the States, exposing the Senate to the same mob rule as the House. Future historians will consider the 17th Amendment as the beginning of the end.)

      1. The system is pure evil, if politically biased gerrymandering allows a President to be elected with 3 million popular votes less than the other candidate.

        The USA is not a direct democracy, true, but it is an indirect one and it integrates many elements of democracy, chief among those, the ability of the people to elect its President, which is just not working currently. It’s something your country will have to resolve going forward, I am out of this discussion.

        1. Gerrymandering has nothing to do with Presidential elections. It only affects Congressional elections, and only to a small degree. To whit: The GOP controlled most state legislatures in 2018, and they gerrymandered the districts the best they could, and yet the Democrats won control of the House. The Dems controlled the majority of state legislatures in 1994, and they gerrymandered the districts the best they could, and yet the GOP won control of the House.

          “Democracy is the pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” H. L. Mencken

          1. You SERIOUSLY NEED to go back to a sensible American Civics class. You have no fucking idea of what you’re trying to talk about.

            You can start with this LIE: Gerrymandering has nothing to do with Presidential elections.

  2. ANTI-LYNCHING BILL > I have a problem with “hate crime” legislation to begin with. “Crime” legislation already covers every offense, and every crime involving a victim from misdemeanors to mass murder is a hate crime by default. Murder is already against the law, it is already a capital offense, exposing one convicted of it to the death penalty or life in prison without possibility of parole. What else can you do to somebody? Lynching is also already against the law, as is any form of vigilantism. For the law to attempt to divine a person’s thoughts, and punish him for them, is medieval.

    TRANS TEENS NAME CALLING > If it saves lives until the shrinks and the docs can find a working treatment for this schizophrenic dysphoria, I’m fine with it. Just so long as it it’s entirely voluntary and under no compulsion.

    AMERICA’S JUDICIARY > Any judge whose rulings wander from the Constitution’s written words and their original intent, needs to be impeached, removed and disbarred. Making laws is the job of the Legislative and Executive branches, never the Judiciary. “Interpreting” the Constitution instead of simply applying it as its written and intended is how we end up with infringements and abridgements of our liberties. The Bill of Rights includes wonderful near-absolutes like ‘pass no law’ or ‘free exercise’ or ‘shall not be infringed’ and I like that. Does that mean I would allow human sacrifice, inciting to riot, or the private ownership of ABC weaponry? No, of course not. But I do want the government to be forced to walk on eggs, and tread very, very lightly when it contemplates any legislation that limits any citizen’s choices or opportunities.

    AUSTRALIA > Give that immigration inquisitor a medal. Those ‘refugees’ were from Bangladesh, meaning they were Muslims, and he was just doing his best to protect his country by appearing unwelcoming to them. This story is 5 years old; I’m sure things have changed in Australia, I bet you can find Muslims everywhere by now. If you see something, say something….

    OVERWATCH > It’s just a cartoon. Move on.

    US CELL CARRIERS > Privacy will be the big issue in some future election and it will rip the heart out of the Information Age. No company will be allowed to gather and sell any data unless the customer positively opts in, and that will kill targeted advertising, and it will mean the end of free stuff like Google and email accounts. Those providers will be forced to charge customers for their now free services. We’ll have our privacy again, but we’ll also get the bill for it.

    TURKEY > Muslims again. Who cares? I don’t.

    FINING POOR PEOPLE > Did you read the article? This Tillman babe has pumped out 3 illegitimate kids she doesn’t care for, she’s a druggie, and a vagrant. Lock her up! Funny how the story never reports on the costs in time and money these flakes inflict on their family and friends, or interviews any of the victims of the crimes these people are fined for committing. (That’s called ‘fake news.’) Hey, po’ folks, if you can’t pay the fine, don’t do the crime. However, I fully support the movement to eliminate or drastically reduce bail for the accused in most non-violent cases. The accused are just that – not convicted, and they shouldn’t be exploited…yet.

    FILM STUDIO > Social media again – don’t like it? Don’t go there. Start your own.

    OLD FOLKS BRAINS > if medicinal weed helps, let ’em have it. Most states already do.

    1. “Any judge whose rulings wander from the Constitution’s written words and their original intent, needs to be impeached, removed and disbarred.”

      Exactly this and I’m amazed this actually came from you. And that should be for every single idiot religious judge who wavers from the words of our Constitution and “decides” to interject “god/jesus christ” or any other religious context into laws of any type — local, State, or Federal.

      “god” is NOT IN OUR CONSTITUTION — so STOP ALL YOUR LIES and the BULLSHIT of saying “the U.S.A. was ‘founded’ on chrissssstian principles” — because IT WASN’T in any frame of mind.

  3. “”Evangelicals want gays excluded from US anti-lynching bill””

    But gaawwwwd llllovezzzz you. One day, at least I hope so, Evangelicals will be seen worse than nazis.

  4. @Horselips

    “”TRANS TEENS NAME CALLING > If it saves lives until the shrinks and the docs can find a working treatment for this schizophrenic dysphoria, I’m fine with it. Just so long as it it’s entirely voluntary and under no compulsion. “”

    Disgusting…

    1. You’re Canadian. You come from a European culture where government thinks nothing of imposing regulations on thought, speech and action, and that’s fine. I come from a culture where governmental interference with a citizen’s freedom of thought, speech, or association is anathema, and I’m fine with that.
      We’re still waiting for the science to settled, and until that happens with acceptable certainty, uninfluenced in any way, to any degree whatsoever by political correctness or pop culture, I don’t feel I should be compelled to use unusual forms of address – but I will anyway.

      1. “I come from a culture where governmental interference with a citizen’s freedom of thought, speech, or association is anathema, and I’m fine with that.”

        While you may have “come from” a culture that you described, you sure as hell embraced a ‘culture’ that imposes [and always did] ‘regulations’ on thought, speech and action. By embracing any flavor of “religion” you just prove yourself a hypocrite.

        “religions” are more accurately: Socio-Political Ideologies and actually have nothing whatsoever to do with any “dieties/gods” — they’re nothing more than legalized distractions.

        1. Religions are embraced voluntarily. They may be taken or left at discretion. Not every believer accepts every tenet of his faith – he may believe in Deity, but not so much in every aspect of his specific denomination. Within the world of Roman Catholicism I would be considered a “Cafeteria Catholic.” Does that make me a heretic to orthodoxy? Yes. Get over it.

          Government is different from religion – it is law, and the police power of the state to enforce it.

          America separates church and state. If it didn’t, atheists and heretics would be in prisons, headed for the gallows. Or the guillotine.

          1. “I would be considered a ‘Cafeteria Catholic.’ ”

            Mac & Cheese or just Goulash?

          2. My dearest, all loving, all forgiving Penboy, Mac & Cheese is an obvious, self-evident, undeniable, inarguable, metaphysical and existential proof of God.

  5. @Horselips

    “”Religions are embraced voluntarily. They may be taken or left at discretion.””

    Lie! Absolute lie. Absolute bullshit. From the day you are born you are on the long road to brainwashing. You will learn everything and anything about your parents’ religion. You will have no choice. If you are part of one of the insane religions you just might get put to death. In the more “lenient” religions you will be thrown out of not only your family but also from your social entourage. I could go on but that is a good start.

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