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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/09/politics/russia-paul-whelan-vadim-krasikov-germany/index.html

    CNN reporting that Russia demanded that if Whelan was to be released along with Griner, a second...
  2. Thread: Bloody Sinema

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    I'm glad Benen agrees with me. ;) And, it seems, with Chait.
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    Re: Mind boggling violin

    You'd think chocolate would damp the sound too much for a good instrument ...
  4. Thread: Herschel

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    Re: Herschel

    Dunno. I think if Sinema decides to run as an Independent in 24, she'll lose. And it's not an insignificant risk that her candidacy would put a Rep in office.

    I still think Biden's best option...
  5. Thread: Herschel

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    I'd predict that if she runs in 24 as an independent, she places a distant third while ensuring that a Republican wins. Chait wrote about this today - says that she's playing a game of "chicken"...
  6. Thread: Bloody Sinema

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    Re: Bloody Sinema

    Sure. But what will she derail in the meantime?
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    Re: Herschel

    She's claiming that she wants to keep her committee assignments as per the Democratic majority. Which means, I think, that she is signaling that she's not intending to be "as Independent as all...
  8. Thread: Bloody Sinema

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    Re: Bloody Sinema

    If (when) Sinema screws the pooch as Ambassador, she can be removed at the pleasure of the POTUS.
  9. Thread: Bloody Sinema

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    Re: Bloody Sinema

    Katie Hobbs will soon be sworn in as Governor of Arizona.

    I'd advise Biden to appoint Sinema as Ambassador to some geopolitically and economically insignificant place he wants to piss off. Maybe...
  10. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Seems to me that this is a great bit of "predication" for further searches.
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    Re: Ted Cruz's daughter

    Huh. Maybe the 2 sides aren't the same after all.

    So much for the uniparty.
  12. Thread: Bloody Sinema

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    Re: Bloody Sinema

    "She intends to keep her committee assignments through the Democratic majority."
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    Re: Bloody Sinema

    I'm firmly against "2nd Amendment remedies", but a bit of Deus ex Machina might not go amiss.

    It's above my pay grade (my minister father used to observe that "he was in sales, not management"),...
  14. Thread: Bloody Sinema

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    Yeah. See, the difference is that I respect both Sanders and King.
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    Bloody Sinema

    Coyly announces that she's now registered Independent, and has left the Democratic party. Says that she's "not caucusing with the Republicans", but isn't saying expressly that she's caucusing with...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

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  17. Thread: Germany arrests

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    Re: Germany arrests

    We like to forget how much support the Axis powers had just before WW2 within the countries who ended up fighting against them. Choosing to forget or downplay that history is part of what enables it...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    I understand that, Ted. As you may appreciate, geopolitics considers additional factors.

    Consider for instance, that in the 90s it seems Bout included the CIA among his portfolio of occasional...
  19. Thread: Germany arrests

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    Re: Germany arrests

    The thing about claims of being stabbed in the back somehow, is that they're fairly resistant to facts.

    The little I've been able to find about the Reichsburger movement is that it's a coalition...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    Vladimir Putin. And he was right.
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    Re: Ted Cruz's daughter

    There's a limited number of things a parent can do to help make this better, and a much larger range of things to make it worse. I hope Ted and his wife find the ability to do the former.
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    I'm not convinced that Bout is going to be back in the business he left in 2008. Nature, vacuums, etc. Which is not at all to say that I think he shouldn't still be in jail . He wasn't ransomed for...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    Putin is in charge of who Putin chooses to release. He'll do what he perceives to advance his objectives.

    Should Biden refuse to trade to get one American released because Putin will not offer...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    Alan, I'm not talking about teams. I probably agree with you about teams, fwiw, as they'd average out the variation in individual capacity.

    I'm a longtime karate guy - my 2 sons and I are all...
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    Re: Ted Cruz's daughter

    My heart goes out to her. Mental health issues like that are a lot more commonplace than most people understand, irrespective of people's political badges. Damned tough to be family to a person...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    See my post #53. Yeah, I figure Griner could probably play NBA ball, but not in the role she plays in the WNBA. She likely wouldn't be an overwhelming star, but she'd be paid a lot better. If...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    I know why the WNBA pays players less. And no, I don't think it's merely sexism - it's also that fans pay to see the most drama. Heavyweight fighters get more attention than stunning small...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    Cripes.

    It isn't up to Biden, or frankly any American POTUS or diplomat or etc. who Putin may or may not deign to release from a Russian jail. Diplomacy can try to bring influence, open up...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    The swap is lopsided, no doubt.

    Thing is, Putin is unconstrained by ethics. It's only about leverage. I mean, why was Griner's trial and sentence as it was in the first place? It's never not...
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  31. Re: Biden administration negotiates Britney Griner's release

    Opened this thread in second place.
  32. Biden administration negotiates Britney Griner's release

    Britney Griner's on a plane home. While Biden had sought to get Paul Whelan's release in the same deal, Russia apparently wasn't interested in discussing any terms for releasing Whelan.

    Biden...
  33. Thread: Herschel

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    Found the quote!
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  34. Thread: what about naps

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    Re: what about naps

    Naps are the bomb.
  35. Thread: Iran crisis

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  36. Thread: A French Village

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    Re: A French Village

    Herself and I have just finished the 4-part series on Netflix "Inside Man." Wonderful performances by Stanley Tucci and David Tennant. Some great writing too.

    Tucci's character is a murderer on...
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    https://www.isdglobal.org/explainers/the-reichsburger-movement-explainer/

    The Institute for Strategic Dialogue has written a brief introduction to the "Reichsburger movement," prompted exactly by...
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    Re: Germany arrests

    Sure. The "weak" monarchical powers of the Westminster Parliamentary version of Constitutional Monarchy date to 1689. Which essentially confirmed that Parliament is supreme, and within it, the...
  39. Thread: Paul Top This

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    IMO that's fair, Joe.

    If he's driving, his rules apply. He can bring whatever "tools" he wants in his own vehicle, but if he wants to drive you somewhere, he needs to answer honestly when you...
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    Re: Germany arrests

    Martin's got a few memorable lines in that one - his magnificent order of a latte ... his question to a lover while in bed why her breasts felt so weird ("That's because they're real.")
  41. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Re: Trump is Toast

    In more unsurprising news, there have been more searches looking for documents which NARA believes Trump still possesses. Some have been found, with classified markings, in a storage unit in Florida...
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    Re: Germany arrests

    I think it was Steve Martin's character in "L.A. Story."
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    Re: Germany arrests

    They might argue it successfully, but it would be a bit of an indictment of the people having either side of that argument.

    Do we really need to hash out again how Constitutional Monarchies like...
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    Re: Germany arrests

    If the drop was a bit bigger, you could have lived in (Grand Falls) New Brunswick.
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    Re: Germany arrests

    Steve Martin was wrong. It's not like they have a different word for everything. (although oddly, they do ;))
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    Re: Verily, the word of the Lord (v.2.0)

    I read somewhere the other day that "chat" is a bit of slang that emerged in WW1. It's a corruption of a word (IIRC) that the troops from India used to describe lice. Of which there were zillions...
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    Re: Georgia vote. Something I just realized.

    Neither. They'll be acting in what they discern to be their own interest, or that of their funders. Which for the time being may be Trump, but in the longer term will be merely Trumpist.
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    This time, won't be like a bat out of ...
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    Re: Germany arrests

    That is indeed the eternal question about Democracy.

    It's not unlike the eternal question about Free Markets - should one have complete unregulated "Laissez-Faire," with all of the...
  50. Re: Chris Schwarz' new project - substack "American Peasant."

    There's a thought. Room for some judicious bloodletting too. :D
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