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53. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 14, 2016, 19:11 Mr. Tact
 
AAS, no bachelor's.  
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 14, 2016, 11:11 Mr. Tact
 
Totally disagree. I love science fiction, have read hundreds of science fiction novels -- and I thought it was great. Now, that said -- I'm sure some sci-fi fans won't like it. *shrug* To each, his own.  
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 13, 2016, 22:09 Mr. Tact
 
There is a possible spoiler factor with the film, nin. So, avoid information about it as best you can.  
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 13, 2016, 21:11 Mr. Tact
 
Saw "Arrival" yesterday -- I thought it was excellent. YMMV.  
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34. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 13, 2016, 21:08 Mr. Tact
 
Bats, I don't know if that was directed at me or not -- but whether it was or wasn't I believe it would be asking a lot of anyone supportive of the Obama administration to not closely watch a GOP administration's performance in these areas. The GOP has been relentless in pummeling the Obama administration about the growing national debt.

Which I think is totally inappropriate anyway.. The economy was a wagon on fire going down a steep hill when Obama was sworn in. But whatever, it is what it is. And given their constant complaints for the last eight years, it is reasonable for the Ds to be watching this closely to see how well the GOP can perform in this area.
 
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32. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 13, 2016, 20:21 Mr. Tact
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Nov 13, 2016, 10:17:
Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 13, 2016, 09:05:
I'm guessing a Trump administration will at best, have a minor decrease (say less than 15%) in deficit spending and debt will almost undoubtedly continue to rise.

His tax plan is conservatively projected to grow the debt by 4-6 trillion over ten years, with less conservative estimates suggesting more on the order of 10 trillion. Toss in the promised infrastructure and defense spending increases, and it's clear that this will be a government that does not care about deficit spending or debts. Which honestly I'm somewhat okay with, at least with regard to, for example, borrowing to spend on infrastructure, but the hypocrisy of a GOP that goes along with it will truly be something to see.

I did say, "at best".

I wouldn't dare to actually predict what might happen given the way Trump has ping ponged around the issues. But barring a sudden and nearly unprecedented period of growth -- it seems reasonable to assume the debt will go up no matter what he does.
 
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 13, 2016, 09:05 Mr. Tact
 
Retired wrote on Nov 13, 2016, 07:50:
I am utterly confused as to those that are wearing the safety pins and worried about their future. The President doesn't have as much power as you think he does.....
Tell that to the GOP who has accused Obama of acting like a dictator.

As far as the possible damage Trump (or anyone else) could cause as President... Yes, there are certainly limitations. Trump won't bring down our democracy as much as the protesters yell or think it. But he can and probably will appoint at least two SCOTUS positions, possibly more. Two would make the court a 6-3 majority for the conservatives. Which will impact at least an entire generation's worth of court decisions.

There are some silly or stupid government regulations that need to go. The problem is Trump (and the GOP in general) will remove all kinds of regulations which do make sense in the same process.

I'll be interested in watching the national debt and budget deficit numbers. The GOP have pounded the Obama administration endlessly on that. Despite the fact when past GOP administrations held both houses and the presidency the debt went up. I'm guessing a Trump administration will at best, have a minor decrease (say less than 15%) in deficit spending and debt will almost undoubtedly continue to rise.
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 12, 2016, 22:06 Mr. Tact
 
Retired wrote on Nov 12, 2016, 20:37:
I read an interesting article today that said the MLB is taking the World Series from Chicago and giving it to Cleveland because Indians fans are protesting.

/snowflake logic
LOL. I dislike Trump, but what's done is done. He is the president-elect. To all those protesters I would quote Don Henley, "Get over it."
 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 12, 2016, 11:27 Mr. Tact
 
Solid decision, I suspect you'll be happy for many years to come. Also, happy wife, happy life.

This comment was edited on Nov 12, 2016, 12:32.
 
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196. Re: I watched more DOOM videos (not all of them [TL;DW]), with a guy's commentaries, from YouTube... Nov 12, 2016, 10:47 Mr. Tact
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Nov 11, 2016, 23:29:
Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 11, 2016, 23:00:
Maybe so, jd -- but a win is a win. And the price of losing will be paid for decades to come.

That is true. I think we're going to find out that Trumpism is an illusion. Trump doesn't have any strongly held ideology. During the campaign, he was doing what he does in business. Bluster and bullshit, reading the room, and readjusting his bluster and bullshit for maximum effect.

Trump doesn't know enough about any given issue to have a strong opinion on it. He's extremely easily influenced by those that have access to him. What will happen is that the people that are closest to him will control who gets access to him, and thereby get their own plans put into motion.

Trump will end up presiding over an extremely conservative, establishment GOP administration. He will be a rubber stamp for the Republican Congress, and all those ideas he talked about during the campaign will be quietly discarded or re-molded into some GOP-approvable form. It's already starting, and we're only a few days in.

Well said. Whether "Trumpism" is an illusion or not is in part based on what you think that is. If you think it means a movement centered around DJT, then you are right -- that is an illusion. However, it is clear there is a large, deeply dissatisfied group of people out there. However, it seems unlikely to me DJT will actually do anything to soothe their dissatisfaction. Hence that pool of voters will continue to exist and could again rise to cause ripples in the system. That is not an illusion.

On the other hand, as I indicated earlier, the most telling thing in the election was the vote totals. Both candidates got fewer votes than the loser of the 2012 elections without a third party candidate getting vote totals of consequence ie.. this wasn't a situation like 1992 where Perot got 18% of the vote. This pretty much tells me the Ds lost this election because those people who don't always vote but were excited by Obama didn't vote this time. And that is a major problem for the Ds.
 
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191. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 11, 2016, 23:00 Mr. Tact
 
Maybe so, jd -- but a win is a win. And the price of losing will be paid for decades to come.  
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187. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 11, 2016, 16:44 Mr. Tact
 
I wish I was going to be alive 100 years from now. I'd love to know how the history of early 21st century politics in the US will be viewed/evaluated then...  
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 11, 2016, 16:28 Mr. Tact
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Nov 11, 2016, 15:00:
Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 11, 2016, 11:26:
Paranoid Jack wrote on Nov 11, 2016, 11:17:
A huge heartfelt thank you to all those that have served. Thank you all.
Ditto.

Although it technically includes me since I served 7 years, 3 months and 10 days in the USAF -- I never really think of myself as a "veteran" since I was never in a war zone. It was really more like just another job I have on my resume...

Thank you, Mr. Tact. I too served for nine years but have never felt comfortable referring to myself as a veteran even though I did serve in a combat zone. I was also USAF and although it was dangerous for different reasons I never put myself on the frontlines as a combatant like so many others have. Those people are the true veterans to me.

Chairborne Rangers!
 
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185. Re: Trump staff Nov 11, 2016, 16:27 Mr. Tact
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Nov 11, 2016, 14:31:
Now, Donald Trump is offering the job of Treasury Secretary to Jamie Dimon, the man he called "the worst banker in the United States" just a couple years ago.
Ha! If true that is freaking "priceless". I mean it sounds like a punchline from a late night comedian...
 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 11, 2016, 11:26 Mr. Tact
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Nov 11, 2016, 11:17:
A huge heartfelt thank you to all those that have served. Thank you all.
Ditto.

Although it technically includes me since I served 7 years, 3 months and 10 days in the USAF -- I never really think of myself as a "veteran" since I was never in a war zone. It was really more like just another job I have on my resume...
 
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182. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 11, 2016, 10:35 Mr. Tact
 
I think George Will said it best, in referring to a Trump tweet:

"He has an advantage on me, because he can say everything he knows about any subject in 140 characters and I canít."
 
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174. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 11, 2016, 08:57 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 14:01:
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 12:22:
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Congress refusal to approve the SCOTUS nomination was a national disgrace.

Yeah, it sets an awful precedent.

It will be interesting to see if the Rs change the Senate rules to prevent filibustering of SCOTUS nominations. If they don't it would put the Ds in an awful position. They can either play the same game and filibuster SCOTUS nominations until they get a reasonable one (or for 2 years when the mid-terms happen, which ever comes first). Or they can surrender and allow the court to get pushed even further to the right for the next 30 years. It would be a no win situation.
 
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172. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 11, 2016, 08:41 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 14:03:
Trump isn't really a Republican. He is certainly not a movement conservative. It will be interesting to see how he plays with congress. Some of the things he's proposing like term limits and lobbying bans are things they oppose.
It will be pretty simple... the GOP establishment will pass what they want to pass, Trump will sign it. They won't even vote on things like term limits. And there's nothing Trump can do about it. It is a total win for the GOP establishment.
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2016, 11:37 Mr. Tact
 
The Half Elf wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 11:33:
Still waiting for a way to contribute to site via Paypal or something, or SOME WAY TO GET A GOD DAMN BLUES NEWS T-SHIRT!

*sniffles* The world is going to end Jan 20th 2017, like to have a shirt by then....

*guilt sniffle again for effect*

+1 -- I actually had two Blues News T-shirts, but they wore out and were thrown out long ago...

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6. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2016, 10:59 Mr. Tact
 
Ah, right -- hidden text. I knew that at some point but had forgotten. Thanks, nin.

And here's to another billion hits! Not sure I'll make it that long, but I hope the site does.
 
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