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Yeah, "just following orders" didn't fly at Nuremberg last time either.

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Score hidden · 3 hours ago

Well, Nuremberg trial only happened because the government issuing the orders they were following was toppled and the rest of the collective world agreed those guys were universally evil.

We've had a lot of opportunities since then to learn how to rationalize sick behavior, use fear to manipulate public perceptions, and weaponize rhetoric in a way that make the folks on trial at Nuremberg look like amateurs.

The folks running the detention centers on the border will never face any kind of reckoning for this, ever.

20 points · 4 hours ago

This part of the article pretty much says it all:

"By contrast, Crowley’s first remarks were those of a professional who felt confident enough to not prepare — and who realized too late that he should have. His opening pitch was also direct. This race, to him, isn’t just about local politics: He is running against Donald Trump. But according to Ocasio-Cortez, “It’s not enough to fight Trump. We have to fight the issues that made his rise in the first place.”

The Dem Establishment really needs to get its head out of its own ass and realize that liberals are really tired of the lazy, Clinton-style bullshit and we're looking for real change.

5.6k points · 18 hours ago

I have taken a lot of cabs and lately a lot of Ubers and taxi cabs can fuck off. Uber is a superior service in every way.

An Uber driver has never thrown a giant ass fit and acted like a dick because I wanted to go a short distance from LAX.

An Uber driver has never had a car that reeked of cigarettes.

An Uber has never been almost an hour late and almost made me miss my flight.

An Uber has never refused to go to a certain neighborhood.

Fuck taxis.

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I work for a tech company and I travel a fair bit. We do a lot of business with Uber and take Uber's and Lyft a lot.

I have taken a lot of cabs and lately a lot of Ubers...

Cool. Me too!

...and taxi cabs can fuck off. Uber is a superior service in every way.

OK...I kind of agree with that...

An Uber driver has never thrown a giant ass fit and acted like a dick because I wanted to go a short distance from LAX.

Generally agreed. On the converse, Surge Pricing has produced some insane bills leading to some intense sticker shock.

An Uber driver has never had a car that reeked of cigarettes.

This is accurate to my experience. However, I've taken several Ubers that reeked of that vaguely sickeningly-sweet air freshener. But I've also taken plenty of cabs that smelled that way, too.

An Uber has never been almost an hour late and almost made me miss my flight.

I've never had an Uber be late. However, I had an Uber pool accept my ride to Logan Airport in Boston and then pitch a fit when he wanted to take the other passenger to Cambridge, first. I'm like, "Dude, I'm going to the airport which means I'm time-sensitive. You don't accept a trip to the airport when you're committed to make an almost hour detour on the way."

An Uber has never refused to go to a certain neighborhood.

Never had this happen either.

However, I've had Ubers accept then then inexplicably cancel. I've had numerous Uber drivers who simply cannot speak any meaningful English. I've had Uber drivers that I'm not convinced actually passed a driving test. I had one Uber driver who was super obsessed with not going above the speed limit. Felt like forever.

Fuck taxis.

Yeah, fuck taxis.

39 points · 1 day ago

Which is so fucked up and shameful. Being called a racist should make a person feel shocked. It's among the worst adjectives one can be called.

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3 points · 19 hours ago · edited 17 hours ago

Well, while I'm pretty liberal, we liberals have run the accusation of "racist" into the ground with overuse.

Seriously...we call people "racist" at the drop of a hat. As a result, it's lost its effect. Conservatives don't care about being called "racist" anymore because we've made a habit of calling literally EVERYTHING racist.

EDIT: I'm simply saying it's no longer very effective and it's becoming less so. A liberal says, 'racist" and conservatives roll their eyes and says, "What the fuck did I say wrong, now?".

109 points · 1 day ago

What’s particularly frightening about him is the way he is so vicious in debates. It’s like he completely ignores the rules of what is acceptable discourse and finds ghastly and horrific way s to embarrass whoever he’s talking to.

His disdain for reporters and socialists really rubs me the wrong way.

We need to call this guy a racist as much as we can, but sadly it doesn’t feel like it’s working.

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We need to call this guy a racist as much as we can...

I despise Miller as much as anyone. But calling someone 'racist' just gets eye rolls anymore because it's become nothing more than a cheap easy insult that's literally made ALL THE TIME about EVERY MEMBER OF THE GOP.

54 points · 3 days ago

Looks like a space that would get a lot more use than the current Landing

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5 points · 2 days ago

It's the same cheap, visionless, "at least we won't have to spend any tax money" solution I've come to expect from the leadership of Jacksonville since i moved here in the mid '80s.

Just down the road, Shad Kahn is able to get tens of millions to build things people will actually pay money to go to.

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad Curry is taking on Sleiman and getting his slum-lord ass out of there.

But this is all he can come up with?

Sheesh. What a fucking loser of a mayor.

14.7k points · 5 days ago

1.) Falling because you kept the lights off at night to use the restroom

2.) Taking your partners medications instead of your own by mistake

3.) Medical noncompliance

4.) Not following cleaning instructions and giving yourself chemical burns

5.) Being already injured/sick/weak and refusing to ask for assistance because you 'dont want to be a bother'

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9 points · 4 days ago

My mother, 74, had back surgery a couple years ago.

Every single conversation leading up to the surgery contained a 5-10 minute declaration about how she wouldn't take opiates and how if she did she would get off them as fast as she could and...well...blah, blah, blah...

Finally, about 4 days before the surgery as she was launching into her self-affirmation, I stopped her and said...

"Mom...no one is worried about you getting addicted to opiates. What we're worried about is that you won't follow your doctor's instructions and you'll get up and start doing things you've been specifically told not to do to prevent further injury or delay your recovery."

How is she doing now?

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5 points · 4 days ago

Great actually. Thanks for asking.

32 points · 5 days ago · edited 5 days ago

Well, so far, every Republican that's done so has been promptly voted out of office, so...that would be a "no".

Here's how it pretty much stacks up:

  1. If they support Trump, they might be re-elected in the reddest areas with no - or obviously weak - Democratic challengers.

  2. If they don't support Trump, they'll get clobbered in the primary, recall or special elections, or their voters will turn against them in the mid-term general elections in November

Republicans might be sniveling, cruel, short-sighted cowards...but as dumb as they are, they want to get re-elected and opposing Trump is pretty much asking out be out of a job.

EDIT: I'm not suggesting that Republican politicians are blameless in all this. This is the outcome of an approach they have orchestrated and are complicit in over the last 20 to 30 years. Trump and the Kochs are in control now Fox News can spin faster than they can individually. It's worth pointing out that almost every 'principled' conservative out there currently opposing Trump was previously a gay-hating, immigrant-bashing, religious hypocrite of the first order.

Are republican voters sniveling, cruel, short sided cowards or just the representatives?

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Although I failed to make the distinction, in my post, I was referring to the politicians.

However, I was also making the point that the politicians are an extension of the folks who vote for them, so....make of that what you will.

I considered making an edit to clarify. Then I decided my comment is fine the way it is

19 points · 5 days ago

I got the pleasure of flying out of Reagan National in DC a couple years back. I guess it's the rough equivalent to LGA in the sense that they are both smaller airports closest to business districts catering to domestic business flyers.

The grounds were immaculately landscaped, security was expedient, the terminal was spacious, and there's direct metro access. Makes you realize how much potential there is for an airport like LGA to thrive even after 9/11; huge shame it went the way it did and turned into the overcrowded and delapidated mess it is today. Hopefully the new terminal project(s) start to make amends and bump up the quality.

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26 points · 5 days ago

I usually prefer LaGuardia as it seems faster to get in and out of to me than Kennedy.

That, and it has all the ambiance of a '70s cop show.

I too enjoy the fluorescent lights, scuffed walls, and neon sky blue color palette. Idk, LaGuardia is usually emptier than JFK at nightttime.

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2 points · 5 days ago

I know, right? I go to Kennedy and I'm pretty much guaranteed a 1-hour or more TSA line.

LaGuardia is 20 minutes, tops.

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132 points · 5 days ago

Brooks does that too much. He's part of the "we need to look like we are balanced so conservatives won't get mad at us" crowd while failing to acknowledge they will never stop being mad at you.

It is because folks like Brooks dont really interact with poorer conservatives that regular folks regularly interact with. Brooks idea of a conservative is either in the abstract or the guy who was a William F Buckley fan who reads “The National Review” currently or in grad school who he interacts with regularly

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If my "fellow conservative pundits" were Bill Kristol and Jonah Goldberg, I might think the Republican party was just going through a phase and Trump was just a massive aberration, too.

However, I invite him to talk to my mother, my middle brother and my inlaws to find out just how crackers the GOP currently is.

3 points · 6 days ago

I had a supervisor who could've been the Dunning–Kruger poster child. He knew, and did, nothing, and couldn't even explain the details of his job when pressed, yet believed he was perfectly competent.

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3 points · 5 days ago

"I'm a supervisor. My job is to supervise. And I'm very good at it. What don't you understand about that?"

Then you're doing it wrong. My life hasn't change under Bush/Obama/Trump. I liked some of them more than others, but zero effect on my personal life.

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Give it time.

On the way are lower air and water quality, fewer employee protections, worse internet options, higher unemployment, more unstable banking practices, fewer consumer protections and - even MORE political polarization.

-1 points · 6 days ago · edited 6 days ago

the new bill doesn't eliminate tipping. you should still tip.

edit: y'all asking why you should still tip need to actually read what initiative 77 says. Initiative 77 would gradually ratchet up the minimum wage employers have to pay tipped workers, raising it by $1.50 each year until it reaches $15 in 2025. At that point, the two-tiered wage system would be phased out completely, so D.C. would be on par with the country’s eight single-wage states. So if you stop tipping now, you're fucking them over because they're gonna be getting $4.63/hour.

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0 points · 6 days ago

This is running commensurate with a growing irritation over the "tipping economy".

Sorry not sorry :(( I'd rather live in a country where people of all backgrounds can come together and work on making america great again instead of a country where everyone is either a victim or monster for being a certain gender/race or having a certain belief or mindset.

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5 points · 6 days ago

instead of a country where everyone is either a victim or monster for being a certain gender/race or having a certain belief or mindset.

You've OBVIOUSLY never been to a Trump rally. I have. It's a stadium filled with victims all claiming those who don't think like them are monsters.

I highly doubt that you've been to a Trump rally.

And I highly doubt that you were surrounded by people who called you a monster for not thinking like them...

That mob mentality definitely exists in the right but it's more common in the left.

Look at college campuses for an example of that type of mob mentality. Anyone who denies the existence of white privilege or systematic oppression is instantly berated by a mob of liberal cry babies.

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6 points · 6 days ago

I highly doubt that you've been to a Trump rally.

Sorry to disappoint you.

And I highly doubt that you were surrounded by people who called you a monster for not thinking like them...

I wasn't exactly advertising my liberal/moderate/non-Trump-fan status.

That mob mentality definitely exists in the right but it's more common in the left.

That's a load of the very self-affirming garbage that prevents civil conversation

Look at college campuses for an example of that type of mob mentality. Anyone who denies the existence of white privilege or systematic oppression is instantly berated by a mob of liberal cry babies.

And here we are. You're nothing more than an insult factory incapable of reasonably or rationally seeing the situation from any point of view but your own.

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280 points · 7 days ago

I think they would be a lot more welcoming if they didn’t see their lives crumbling without understanding exactly how and why.

Fortunately there is always a con man ready to tell them who they should be angry about.

They don't want to hear the actual situation from people who understand the situation, they want single enemies that are easily identifiable.

Trump was just the con man that was willing to go the farthest with it. Whereas the Republicans of always courted that mentality and teased it, when it went too far people like McCain would always take a step back when people would flat-out call Obama a Muslim in public.

Trump ran with it.

Meanwhile people who actually want to solve these problems and modernize their situation are easily demonized. Remember when Hillary suggested programs to help coal workers find new work and it was corrupted into Hillary trying to destroy coal workers?

The left has tried to help these people. They don't want help, they want to be angry. And there's no reasoning with that.

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7 points · 7 days ago

The left has tried to help these people. They don't want help, they want to be angry. And there's no reasoning with that.

Even when there were coal jobs, there was still a lot of poverty, unemployment and virtually no education in those mountains.

Hard to fix generational problems like that

97 points · 7 days ago

I’m surprised the corporations in this country still support the GOP

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Not for long.

1.1k points · 8 days ago

The motorcycle guy did it to himself. Your intrusive thought (we all have them)had nothing to do with it. Your posting this shows you’re not happy about it. Hopefully the rest of them learn a lesson from it. Try not to feel guilty.

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42 points · 8 days ago

Hopefully the rest of them learn a lesson from it. Try not to feel guilty.

They won't.

Their selfishness and inconsiderate behavior is disconnected from their risk/reward of racing down the small street.

If anything, they'll likely continue doing at to celebrate their now-dead friend.

People like this have lousy decision making skills in the first place.

3 points · 9 days ago

It always reminded me of Springfield from The Simpsons.

1.2k points · 9 days ago

Underestimated = lied

They used alternative math to justify alternative facts, to support a budget that anyone with half a brain knew was horribly imbalanced.

Lying isn't strong enough. Trump and the gop have been defrauding America at every opportunity. His campaign manager has been hit with a set of charges that will define him as a modern day Benedict Arnold. The right is dying a slow death and they're taking the rest of the country down with them.

Trump was either fully aware of manaforts actions or he's the dumbest Manchurian candidate imaginable.

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Trump was either fully aware of manaforts actions or he's the dumbest Manchurian candidate imaginable.

I'm going with both, actually.

But really, the problem isn't him. It's the morons who still trust him and believe him.

Yeah! I hadn’t ever heard it myself, kinda came up with it on my own as it was all unfolding after the primaries. I’m sure at least a few tens of thousands of other people thought the same thing, just never hit the mainstream.

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Original Poster1 point · 11 days ago

Well, I'm pretty liberal. And I don't fall into the "Both Parties Are The Same" mindset as they quite demonstrably are not.

However, as an organization and institution, the Democratic party is run by a glob of insulated incompetents. If there's one thing that distinguishes the party above all else, it's their complete inability to self-diagnose their own weaknesses.

The entire leadership of the party are old fart Baby Boomers who established themselves around the Clintons. In 1992, I didn't particularly mind them. However, as time went by, I came to realize just how corrosive their influence was. The timing was the worst part, too. Combine the Clinton's "3rd Way" move-the-party-to-the-center bullshit arose just before Fox News become a thing.

As a result, we were left with an entire generation of politicians completely ill-equipped to explain, justify, defend and even sell (yes, sell) liberal democratic values and policies.

I'm glad to see the new wave of liberal democrats emerging. I'm glad Hillary lost because she was a miserable candidate. If she had won, I believe it would have set the Democrats back decades. As it stands, her loss and Trump's win have energized liberals again and they're taking back the narrative.

I absolutely agree. In a lot of ways the country will be in a better position in the years following the Trump Admin, especially if we can get the younger democrat leadership to take over for those baby boomers -- people like Cory Booker.

This gives us a chance to patch all of the flaws we've discovered since 2016 and build a foundation that is much stronger to defend us against ourselves, really.

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Original Poster1 point · 10 days ago

I hope you're right. I like Corey Booker, but then he goes and does something completely stupid like votes with Republicans against the drug importing bill for the lamest of reasons.

I hope he learned from that one.

It reminds me of when Pelosi described the unique challenges of leading Democrats...

"When the Republican leadership tells its members, 'there is a blue cup on the table,' every Republican repeats, 'there is a blue cup on the table,'" she said. She sighed. "When I tell my fellow Democrats, 'there is a blue cup on the table,' one will say 'there is a blue cup on a round table.' Another will say, 'there is a blue cup next to Nancy Pelosi's cup.' Another: 'a blue cup on a brown table.'"

"And I say, 'why did you say that?'" she went on. "And the answer is: 'because it's true.'"

Democrats have some huge problems that the Republicans typically don't have. On the plus side, Republicans have some huge problems as well.

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My current co. Wants to promote me but wont do so unless im a yes man. Theyre okay with me doing what i do in my current role but i give a lot of pushback and if k ever wanna move up theyve made it very clear i have to be a yes man. Good on you mate.

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-6 points · 11 days ago

In other words, you're an argumentative pain in the ass, right?

Why did you delete the sub text?

It's really frustrating to read all these really strong replies to an original comment that's been deleted.

467 points · 13 days ago

I just don't get what the end game is for these types... I've read that James (slippin Jimmy) McGill Buchanan has had an outrageous impact on the philosophy of corporate powerhouses like the Kochs, but is it really a desire to enslave populations to further profit? To what end does Fox work? When you are already so rich, is it just the hedonistic treadmill?

I don't accept "evil" as an answer, there has to be some drive that compelled Murdock to aim for the goals he does. :/

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I don't accept "evil" as an answer...

“No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.” - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Thanks for this quote, I really like how concise it is! :D

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Indeed.

Oops.

She is an insurance salesperson. She makes money selling insurance.

You signed documents and gave her your bank info. You might have agreed to the charges, re-read the documents you signed. Check them to see what is their termination policy.

Call your bank and have them refuse any further transactions.

They make it confusing on purpose.

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Call the insurance commissioner in your state and lodge a complaint.

306 points · 17 days ago

I consider myself a moderate. Socially liberal and fiscally conservative. My thing is if it helps people, spend the money. Just don't throw cash at a situation and expect it to get better. Money has to be spent smart. And if your lowering taxes, you first lower spending. Trump has no intention of decreasing spending. Neither do any other republicans. I didn't think it was that bad until Ryan and McConnell decide to stand by Trump along some really absurd claims. At the very least, the silver lining is it's all in the open now. I assume the swing votes that went to Trump last election will not be there in the next one but I don't think that's good enough. He will always have the honor of saying he was the POTUS. I don't think this country can recover or even acknowledge what a disaster he is until he is impeached, convicted, and sent to prison. Not pardoned, not impeached and not convicted. I want him to be the first President to serve jail time for treason...so his name can be where it belongs, in the dirt.

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As much as I would like to see this, right now 42% of the country think Trump is just peachy awesome. That's after all we've seen so far.

Until that number is in the 10-15% range, trying to send Trump to jail or even impeaching him, would probably backfire and create a militant wave of racists, gun nuts and idiots protesting and doing crazy stuff.

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