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  1. 13 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:

    Good Lord...and to think, there are other children and families enduring something similar, albeit older children...like toddlers.  Just inexcusable for any society that prides itself on respecting civil rights and civil liberties.


    It's horrific.  I can't even imagine the trauma  these children are suffering. Every time someone says they won't even remember it I want to throw a developmental psychology book at them.  It doesn't matter if they remember it, they will still be vulnerable to any number of attachment disorders.  Seems like common sense, but most of these people just don't care.

  2. 7 hours ago, Khan said:

    Once again, WOC seem to be the only ones "getting it."  You don't HAVE to like the person you're voting for.  You just have to believe they could do a better job than the one who's doing it now.

    What a low standard,  but yes, I would vote for any Democrat.

    8 hours ago, DRW50 said:


    They just don't care. War makes them feel like big men (or big women, in a few cases). They can sigh, take off their glasses dramatically, and editorialize about The Horror Of War, while actually treating the whole thing as a fun game they will pay no price for. 



    We'll be lucky if these fools don't bankrupt the country with perpetual war.

  3. 1 hour ago, Vee said:

    Pauley Perrette is insane tbh. She has a bizarre background with stuff like this.

    Well, ok. I tried not to say it because women are so often accused instability when they confront powerful predators, but I admit I think something is off with her. Her social media posts on the topic are erratic.  At the same time I won't be surprised if something did happen at some point in her life, but I don't believe Mark Harmon hurt her.



  4. ^ I've seen the first few seasons. I used to stream it when I was sick or depressed. I found the repetition this type of show offers comforting. All I can say is her story seems to have changed a lot of the last couple of years.  She has also accused more than one homeless person of assaulting her.

    1 minute ago, Khan said:

    CBS continues to prove just how anti-women they truly are.

    They are, but in this case she has never really said what Mark Harmon did to her.  She's made some vague contradictory claims on twitter. Now she says he assaulted her, but what does she mean by that?  I almost always believe the woman and I DGAF about MH, but don't know what to believe here. What she's saying doesn't quit add up and if you are gong to mess with someone's reputation then come out and state what happened.

  5. 6 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:



    ^ Ugh.  No thanks. Obviously I will vote for him against Trump, but not in the primary.  I wonder if we will ever get a rational abortion policy? It just seems so obvious to me that you have to have generous welfare benefits if you want to reduce abortion among the poor, instead of forcing people deeper into poverty.

  6. 18 minutes ago, DramatistDreamer said:

    From what I've read, most people under 30 who live in China, don't know what happened in Tiananmen Square, it's basically been scrubbed from Chinese history.


    This sounds promising until you read the rest.  There truly needs to be a Democratic majority in the Senate.


    Yes. Until that happens we have so many problems that won't be solved in any way that is good for the poor or middle class. I dread seeing what happens to the safety net for the elderly if we don't have more democrats in power soon.

  7. 8 hours ago, Khan said:

    Do y'all honestly think they gaf about the black woman's safety?

     I would sure hope that her own security team does. One problem is that candidates need to be accessible up to a point and press that flesh.  How you balance that with security in 2019 sounds like the kind of job I'm happy not to have.  The fact that this guy got on the stage is worrying, but at the same time she didn't seem afraid.  She was smart (imo) and let him have the mic and moved away.

  8. 32 minutes ago, DRW50 said:

    There's no excuse for that. And I worry that her team isn't keeping her safe enough.

    ^ That was my first thought too.  It seems like her people surrounded the guy relatively quickly, but they got caught asleep at the switch for sure.

  9. 6 minutes ago, Khan said:


    No offense, @JaneAusten, but I don't trust white women to vote for their own interests anymore.  They can post all the "Handmaid's Tale" gifs and memes all they want.  I know better.


    The white women who voted for Trump are getting exactly what they wanted. It's not like the 53%  who voted for him didn't know that he was going to nominate and appoint pro-life judges.  We may not like it, but there are clearly plenty of white women (although not only white women of course) who are a part of the evangelical movement and don't agree with abortion.


    Maybe there is some hope that we can get the women who didn't vote in 2016 to vote this time around.  That's a lot more likely than shifting the vote of conservative white women who were never on "our" side to start with.  Still, both non voters and the 53% knew what he was before these bills started passing, so I'm not sure why they would be energized this time around.


    As for the memes, well I have to assume that's coming from the 47% of white women who didn't vote for him and are pretty terrified about where things are heading. There are something like 60 million white white women in the country it's not like we are a monolith any more than most groups are. There are still a lot of women around who lived through those back alley days and don't want to see young women go through the same thing.

  10. On 5/22/2019 at 6:44 AM, DramatistDreamer said:

    Because I don't subscribe to Showtime, I've never seen The Chi.  Nor have I seen Straight Outta Compton.  What I'd like to know is, hadn't this guy ever heard of #TimesUp or #MeToo?  
    He must have some inflated sense of self if he thought he'd get away with continual harassment, especially in the wake of these two movements.

    It seems like for some of these guys it's a true compulsion and they can't stop no matter the consequences or how much they have to lose.  Some of these cases are pretty mind blowing, but at the same time some men are still getting away with it (Michael Weatherly), so that doesn't help. 

  11. 10 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:

    Hate to risk ruining what's left of everyone's holiday weekend but what I'm seeing is that Trump's lies don't take time off, even if we do.  I thought this piece was interesting, especially given that it's Memorial Day.







    That's for damn sure. Truly, I don't think I've ever known (or known of) a person who lies as much as he does.  My mind automatically discards everything he says now, I don't even consciously think about it.  I just see him talking and put his statements in the figurative trash basket.

  12. 33 minutes ago, Khan said:


    That, too, lol.  Before 2016, we thought it was INCONCEIVABLE for someone like Donald Trump -- a "reality" TV series "star," who had never run for political office before -- to attain the highest office in the land.  But, you know, part of the reason why I ultimately sat out the election, is because I called it waaaaaay before Super Tuesday.  When friends on FaceBook (and elsewhere) were EMPHATIC with me that Trump wouldn't make it to the primaries, I knew otherwise -- and that's because I could see where this country was heading post-Obama.

    Ugh. How sad. We've fallen so far.

  13. ^ I also think a lot of people just thought Hillary had it in the bag.  If elections are covered like horses races than the press covered 2016 like it was the '73 Belmont and Hillary was Secretariat.  Not even Trump's own team thought he was going to win, so I can see why some people stayed home or thought that they could afford to vote for JS because Hillary was sure to win in any case.

  14. 4 hours ago, marceline said:


    At least he admits his mistake.


    I voted for Nader. It took me years to be able to admit to myself what a mistake that was and years more before I could admit it out loud to other people. Khan has made that journey in a fraction of the time and has become one the most politically thoughtful people I know. If you want to go after somebody, go after the people still defending staying home or spite voting.

    I agree with you spite voting is particularly galling. I'll never understand it. 


    Beyond that all anyone can do now is move forward and vote in 2020.

  15. I'm just catching up on season two on Netflix. Season 3 is almost hear.  I love this show even though it's over the top sometimes. In fact that's part of the appeal for me.

  16. 9 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:

    This entire administration under Trump is simply awful.  Almost too awful to contemplate on a daily basis.


    It's just unreal.  We are truly living in a banana republic being led by complete incompetents. 

  17. 38 minutes ago, marceline said:


    I honestly don't think any of that is going to matter. Biden, for all of his flaws, represents stability and sanity after three years of chaos and criminality. This time six months ago I thought Biden was a non-starter too but the focus groups and polling changed my mind.


    And as much as some hate the idea of Warren or Harris as VP, the fact is that Biden is old enough where he could easily die in office or just choose to be a one-term president so his running mate will be vitally important. So instead of framing it as playing second fiddle I think of it as positioning for the future.

    Exactly! I had this same thought.  I wish Harris had just evaded the whole issue with a standard "I'm in the race to win not thinking about being VP" for the reasons you stated.  No need to make it more personal, when being VP gives you a chance to get name recognition and build up a donor base for the future.

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