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    Quote Originally Posted by Dualkit View Post
    I figured now that Democrats control the presidency, senate and house the dozen or so liberals here full of hate for those that don't think like them would tone it down, boy was I wrong.
    Shouldn't you be busy worshiping the golden trump right now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottl View Post
    LMAO over that one!

    Hate is what keeps them going and their entire political movement is based on emotion rather than logic, which is why they can't allow real debate. In any open debate logic and reason would quickly demolish their arguments.

    Originally the internet did exactly that but then the tech oligarchs decided to control what is said and heard by using filters that hide or downplay what they don't want to be seen or heard. This has led to an increase in partisanship and a hardening of positions.

    If the filters were voluntary and under the control of users it could shield vulnerable persons from being "triggered" by thoughts they object to while allowing others full latitude in choosing what they view. Unfortunately, many of the filters are "on" all the time and invisible to users so many think the skewed results they see reflect actual public opinion.
    I could swear that I recall you going on and on and on about Obama increasing the national debt 8 trillion in 8 years. Now trump has increased it 8 trillion in 4 years and you are silent. I guess you are afraid the other cult members will come after you if you say anything. Either that or you were just faking outrage because a black president did it. That's more likely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmanuelGoldstein View Post
    The Caro biography is super, and LBJ is an enigma, but I think you are mistaken about how government works now.

    During Johnson's years, Congress at least pretended to govern. Now it's all just sniping at each other and us-vs-them. Legislators figured out they don't have to produce anything, as long as they can keep their own fans rabidly happy. The electorate is dumber than a box of rocks, so all they have to do now is "make the other side cry" and they will be re-elected no problem. Performance has nothing to do with it.
    Manny....actually your post is pretty accurate. Lots of the electorate being "dumber than a box of racks" has to do, in my opinion, in big part the the "news" or media that skews facts to support and drive one agenda after another.

    I think most votes, at least in the last election, are votes "against" rather than "for" whoever is running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottl View Post
    I think the establishment Democrats AND Republicans like McConnell are scared to death of BOTH sides, which is why they have decided to fence themselves in to a "green zone". It wasn't just the Capitol invasion (which only involved a tiny percent) but the sheer volume of Trump supporters who showed up in Washington that shook them to their core along with threats against leaders like Pelosi and Schumer by the violent leftists street mobs. Did you see the banner which said "We don't want Biden, we want revenge!"?
    Hopefully we have enough room in prisons to hold them all. The FBI is going after the seditionists and rounding them up. If you suddenly stop posting we will know why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilho View Post
    So Glen,

    How long did your rolling blackouts go on?

    Everybody else here have their power on again?
    Biden won't let Texas turn the power back on yet because they didn't vote for him. Oh wait, that was the last president who used vengefullness against his oponnents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by standardparts View Post
    News reports your guy Joe says $15 min wage won't happen. Biden/Harris can go around Congress and order an air strike on Syria but refuse to tell Nancy and Chuck to honor a campaign promise.
    Democrats aren't cultists like the republicans and Biden can't just order his senators to vote the way he wants them to. All Democrat senators need to vote in favor if the bill and that isn't happening form the looks of it. Not with the minimum wage thing. It's a shame too. I'd really like to see all of the senators who vote against the minimum wage hike to have to live on $7.25/hour for a few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by standardparts View Post
    "I have recommended this before, but I know most of you guys dont read-" Yeah ok-- go fuck yourself.

    But anyway....LBJ is gone. Trump is no longer in the White House. Joe Biden is obviously not capable of unwilling to even attempt to bring Dems and Republicans together.

    Why not stick to regaling us with all the great things Democrat Joe Biden is accomplishing. For some reason I'm not seeing that happening.
    There is no man as blind as the one who refuses to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big B View Post
    I could swear that I recall you going on and on and on about Obama increasing the national debt 8 trillion in 8 years. Now trump has increased it 8 trillion in 4 years and you are silent. I guess you are afraid the other cult members will come after you if you say anything. Either that or you were just faking outrage because a black president did it. That's more likely.
    If you posted a link to a page on a specific thread where I said that maybe your remarks would have traction. Otherwise it could be that you've confused me with another member.

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    We can probably expect a lull in posts here for a while as the former president will be speaking at the conference of liars and fools. His golden self will be there for all the fake Christians to worship. LOL

    They are such a joke. Unfortunately not the funny kind of joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big B View Post
    Democrats aren't cultists like the republicans and Biden can't just order his senators to vote the way he wants them to. All Democrat senators need to vote in favor if the bill and that isn't happening form the looks of it. Not with the minimum wage thing. It's a shame too. I'd really like to see all of the senators who vote against the minimum wage hike to have to live on $7.25/hour for a few years.
    OK....So the Dems won the election and now could care less about what they promised to get elected.

    Biden/Harris are miserable failures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big B View Post
    We can probably expect a lull in posts here for a while as the former president will be speaking at the conference of liars and fools. His golden self will be there for all the fake Christians to worship. LOL

    They are such a joke. Unfortunately not the funny kind of joke.
    Big B.....If you missed Joe and Jill's stammerfest in Texas 'ya really missed an epic big joke watching Biden speak. His brain is toast. LMAO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big B View Post
    There is no man as blind as the one who refuses to see.
    Only thing to see is senile old Joe. C'mon man.....Joe Biden is the best the Democrats have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big B View Post
    Democrats aren't cultists like the republicans and Biden can't just order his senators to vote the way he wants them to. All Democrat senators need to vote in favor if the bill and that isn't happening form the looks of it. Not with the minimum wage thing. It's a shame too. I'd really like to see all of the senators who vote against the minimum wage hike to have to live on $7.25/hour for a few years.
    Minimum wage is nothing but a vote buying scam. Very few people actually work for minimum wage to begin with, and what happens in a free market when you artificially raise the bottom of the pay scale is it triggers inflation which in about a year re-balances the economy so that those at the bottom are back to exactly the same purchasing power to hours worked ration they were at previously. The numbers on the pay check are larger, but so are the prices at the grocery store as well, and since raising the minimum wage doesn't force across the board wage increases what happens is those in the middle are squeezed seeing either no wage increase or one that does not match the inflationary increase. The end result is votes bought from the ignorant and a further reduction in the middle class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big B View Post
    We can probably expect a lull in posts here for a while as the former president will be speaking at the conference of liars and fools. His golden self will be there for all the fake Christians to worship. LOL

    They are such a joke. Unfortunately not the funny kind of joke.
    I think the better joke would be that a real estate mogul who is now a private citizen lives entirely rent-free inside your head.

    Why spend your time looking backwards? Why not extoll the virtues of the new Potato-in-Chief and his Ho sidekick? They are fomenting war where we don't belong, destroying women's sports, and killing the economy. All within the first month of their administration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by standardparts View Post
    OK....So the Dems won the election and now could care less about what they promised to get elected.

    Biden/Harris are miserable failures.
    It's pretty shocking that some 2 dozen Democrats are asking Biden to turn over the nuclear codes to them. AFAIK this is unprecedented since the arrival of nuclear power.

    25th Amendment time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wp6529 View Post
    .... Very few people actually work for minimum wage to begin with,.....
    The facts are weird. For sure very few people work for base min wage.
    Next question how many work for less than $15?...... 1/2 the workforce?
    Very different answers to the same question.
    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredC View Post
    A couple of black out notes:
    1 The gas shortage caused black outs in Mexico as they get a lot of their natural gas from the US. The extreme cold weather went some distance into Mexico even though we did not hear much about it.

    2 Griddy did not mark up their electric rates. They charged a monthly $9.95 subscription fee. Not sure if they paid any rent or lease on the grid that delivered the electricity. Looks like you could have been a power company if you had a couple of computers and a spare bedroom. I have my doubts that the customer savings over the years made up for the price spike of the 3 or so days of the rolling black outs. I heard something in the last day or two that Griddy will be shut down.

    3 News paper notes said that power companies have been so regulated on price that they did not have the funds available to harden the plants against extreme cold. Our rates are fairly low so there maybe some thing to it. Gas prices are so low that that gas only wells are not really pursued and oil wells that also produce gas routinely flare the gas instead of connecting to nearby collection lines.
    I did not know it extended down to Mexico. It makes sense. They like you Texans had greater electricity demands and there was not enough working capacity that could come online to make up for shortfalls and higher use demand. Not much warning in advance of the storm to keep non essential electricity usage to a minimum easing the strain on the availability of electricity.


    The variable rates offered are a method used to make a good living or fair living selling part of the generation of power. It is a fact for them that peak demand times bring higher demand and some scarcity on availability. In the mix they operate within the on the fly market for energy.

    During a time when weather effects the cost these fellows will charge more to produce electricity yet these spikes usually do not vary so much that the demand on fuels and extra generation do not rise 10,000 percent like they did during the freeze. When a emergency happens the State should step in and adjust things much more fairly as the intent of the electricity generation being based on supply and demand in reality is much too expensive. It is interesting the more I learn and understand.

    Variable rates in Cali encourage users to conserve on their electric usage lessening the strain on the grid during peak use times. Too persons with battery storage will often get breaks on electricity say on a weekend during low consumption. That is the time to charge any backup power from off the grid at lower cost. There is a method to the variable billing madness. Many pay a fair bit less during non emergency times yet lookout when a emergency hits.

    A emergency does not have to be weather related it can be a Nuclear plant having to shut down or if a part of the grid fails.

    Demands on power generation and transmission must be respected and expansion and appropriate maintainence and well thought out planning should take place.

    Otherwise good luck dealing with extensive additions in electricity generation and transmission demand for EV vehicles.

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    I'll add it again "china lied, people died". Either it's an issue or not. My very good friend who owns a bar can't open til April, at the earliest, in independent gun toting Switzerland. I know Rush is gone but do a little independent thinking guys.

    The whole world didn't band together to oust a pres who rubbed a lot the wrong way, and it's not a NWO. I know it's comfy but pull your head out of there. Hannity can't keep the syncopation Rush did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarbideBob View Post
    The facts are weird. For sure very few people work for base min wage.
    Next question how many work for less than $15?...... 1/2 the workforce?
    Very different answers to the same question.
    Bob
    Weird for sure, but again, pushing up the bottom effectively does nothing to help them in a free market since it triggers an inflationary re-balance. All the minimum wage does is buy the votes of the ignorant and further decimate the middle class. I'm quite sure if they push through $15 minimum my pay rate will not double like the minimum, nor will it even increase by $7.50/hr.

    Ultimately though we are heading towards a big shake up, and that shake up is going to have to include some "socialist" type elements. The current job based society only works when there are sufficient jobs for the bulk of the society, and from automation and AI the available jobs are shrinking rapidly and far more rapidly than the industrial revolution and they are not being replaced with new jobs either. Once we reach a critical threshold things will have to change fast and I don't see much progress being made towards figuring out how the new society will operate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by standardparts View Post
    Manny....actually your post is pretty accurate. Lots of the electorate being "dumber than a box of racks" has to do, in my opinion, in big part the the "news" or media that skews facts to support and drive one agenda after another.

    I think most votes, at least in the last election, are votes "against" rather than "for" whoever is running.
    Accurate because you are blooming into a nit wit like him. Johnson and government pretended to function give me a break. It functioned as good as it could. The thing about Republicans now is frightening to you because of the policies which were widespread winners with conservatives. The party did not acknowledge the reality of the base in no significant measure. Trump hit on it and your man won by a hair.

    Don’t worry too much as the repubs still kept so many regressive things which to be fair was pretty elitist really. Enter Democrats and part of what they may bring. Though the margin of dominance is thin-hair thin. Hope there is a wake up in both parties. The Repubs have some very regressive problems which cost the election. They still will not get it yet Trump picked up on a lot of it.

    Dems are sort of all over the place. No clear unity nor direction. CPAC is hype talk mostly. They do not serve their base properly and if they had it would have drawn millions in votes to Trump. Personality issues aside he would have easily won. Still conservatives believe in his policies. Each time Biden reverses them he is examined and your support declines.

    The honeymoon will be over before long I think very most likely. It is clear that the midterms will se many more democrats are voted out.

    New or additional split off parties are necessary on the Democratic and the Republican side both and if you do not see it it is no surprise to me.


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