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What, exactly, is a $2000 check?
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Weekend Plans Post: Hey Rocky, Watch Me Pull A Rabbit Out Of My Hat
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It’s Not Just About A Speech: Impeachment and President Trump
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January 6th: A Layman’s Post About Group Behavior
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Not An Escalation of Trumpism, An Acceleration of Consequences
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Ordinary Times’ Andrew Donaldson on Consumer Choice Radio
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Clare Briggs
Thawing The Pump
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John McCumber
Drinking Cheap Vodka Will Kill You: A Twitter Parable
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The comments...

AvatarCJColucci

There is currently a debate on the twitters over the whole $2000 check thing.

Never a good start. Badly begun, poorly done.

+ So I am choosing to remain 51 for another year, or, hell, maybe start going backwards…. Inside every old person is a young person who looks [. . .]
+ "there’s no lack of clarity here" Au contraire, there certainly seems to be ambiguity. The official payment date, if Google is to be trusted, was Jan. [. . .]
AvatarPhilip H
+ First, you need to sort the particulars. There's a $300 weekly federally funded bump up in Unemployment Insurance, to be administered by the states. There's a $600 [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Oscar Gordon
+ Well, it isn't JUST race. Its also misogyny and Christian cultural hegemony. But race connects them all. Fred Clark at Slacktivist has done a good job at revealing [. . .]
+ I am, on the advice of my doctor, making An Excursion! this weekend. I am masking up (probably breaking out the KN95s I bought for [. . .]
AvatarDoctor Jay
+ I can see this be a misunderstanding, and yet, it was a completely predictable one. I think Biden and Dems should go for a full $2000. [. . .]
AvatarKazzy
+ I was surprised to see $1200 hit my account on January 1. I didn't think I met the criteria for a second check but [. . .]
AvatarOscar Gordon in reply to Dark Matter

Or, any problems that arise will be solved very quickly, and perhaps decisively.

AvatarDavidTC in reply to Stillwater
+ Exactly. If the Capitol insurrectionists did need there to be a lesson about a 'lack of response' before they would have done this(1), that they [. . .]
AvatarOscar Gordon in reply to North
+ The Capitol invaders were middle clase, middle aged prosperous white men. They’d have looked at the BLM looters and said “Those fishers got what’s [. . .]
AvatarDavidTC in reply to Stillwater
+ Exactly. If the Capitol insurrectionists did need to be a lesson about a 'lack of response' before they would have done this(1), that they needed [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter in reply to Oscar Gordon
+ RE: ...absent a very obvious display of force. I expect thousands of national guard soldiers at Biden's swearing in. I expect there won't be any [. . .]
AvatarOscar Gordon in reply to Stillwater
+ was that since the BLM rioters weren’t arrested and charged for the illegal violent acts As I mentioned to Philip upthread, I should not [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to Oscar Gordon
+ Well sure, but if LE was on the ball in Minneapolis instead of being all rage-aholic that anyone would dare not respect their authoritah then [. . .]
AvatarDavidTC
+ BTW, since we are going to get plenty of lies about this, I thought I'd preemptively reveal one that Rudy has already started: John Sullivan. [. . .]
AvatarStillwater in reply to Stillwater
+ Adding: seems to me the better counterfactual analysis to explain the insurrectionists behavior on Jan 6th would be the police response to two events conducted [. . .]
AvatarPD Shaw in reply to Marchmaine
+ The Constitution refers to conviction and judgment. I think Andrew Johnson and Belknap both had a two step process -- the Senate Rules [. . .]
AvatarStillwater in reply to Oscar Gordon
+ Perception is EVERYTHING here. The entirety of the argument rides on perception. Well, perception can't be "everything" otherwise the argument you made in the OP makes [. . .]
AvatarFish
+ I remember watching Rocky and Bullwinkle on the TV in my parent's bedroom, lying on their bed before having to rush off to catch the [. . .]
AvatarOscar Gordon in reply to North
+ Let's say LE was actually on the ball in Minneapolis, instead of being all rage-aholic that anyone would dare not respect their authoritah, and they [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to DensityDuck
+ How were they stoppable? I mean, I suppose if the mass demonstrations themselves hadn't happened then the opportunistic douchebags wouldn't have turned out to take [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to Kolohe
+ Where in Nova Scotia did your Grandmother's house lie? I'm a south shore raised fellow myself. Water pumps are yet another thing that people born [. . .]
AvatarOscar Gordon in reply to DensityDuck

"Cheap Vodka" is, after all, racist code for "Filthy Cossacks!"

AvatarOscar Gordon in reply to Kazzy
+ Would that encourage anyone to violently attack the Capitol? I dunno. It’d tell me that I might get my skull cracked by a baton, [. . .]
AvatarOscar Gordon in reply to Devin Carless
+ There is no connection with regard to the prosecutors. Local DAs and federal prosecutors have completely different concerns and motivations. Any rioter who [. . .]

Quickly followed by a shushing librarian.

The jokes are okay. Maybe a B+. The comedic timing is off the charts.

AvatarOscar Gordon in reply to veronica d
+ Prove that the maga chuds would have been perfect, peaceful little angels without the BLM protests. Sounds like being told to prove a negative, so... [. . .]
AvatarOscar Gordon in reply to Philip H
+ Ah, yes, that you for reminding me about all the white folks who protested and did not have the cops get all beaty on them. [. . .]
AvatarPinky in reply to Oscar Gordon
+ You have to play Six Degrees of Separation to make this past election about race, but people do that. "They say they care about [. . .]
+ That arc kicks off with one of the jokes that sailed over my head when I was a kid and, as an adult, strikes me [. . .]
AvatarMarchmaine
+ I remember *not* liking Rocky & Bullwinkle when it was 'age appropriate' and wondering whether the age at which it might be appropriate was wrong. For [. . .]
AvatarOscar Gordon

The wife and I have been working our way through the British Baking Show, now that it is on Netflix.

AvatarPinky
+ I remember seeing it for the first time as an adult, with Bullwinkle carrying around a little boat made of jewels, called the Ruby Yacht [. . .]
AvatarOscar Gordon in reply to Pinky
+ Chip thinks a lot about race, so he assumes everyone thinks a lot about race. And everybody is motivated by racial issues. And everything has racism at [. . .]
AvatarMarchmaine in reply to Kolohe
+ We're so modern we had a second, warm water well dug last year ;-) Our one major vulnerability on the homestead is water... if the power [. . .]
+ There was a throwaway joke where Bullwinkle was calling the government and complained about "adding new states all the time". "Wait, when did Alaska/Hawaii become states?", [. . .]
+ When I was young, I thought the Turing Test was about the sophistication of the machine. When I was older, I realized that the Turing Test [. . .]
+ I *LOVE* Rocky and Bullwinkle, and I agree with what you say here. I actually like the short things (Sherman and Peabody, Fractured Fairy Tales, [. . .]
AvatarKolohe in reply to Marchmaine
+ I’m just barely old enough to remember my grandmother’s Nova Scotia house having a hand pump in the kitchen pantry that she used before a [. . .]
AvatarBrandon Berg
+ I read about how Facebook has all my data and knows everything about me and use this information to keep me trapped in an ideological [. . .]
AvatarDensityDuck in reply to veronica d
+ "Prove that the maga chuds would have been perfect, peaceful little angels without the BLM protests." literally the whole idea of the BLM protests was that [. . .]
AvatarMarchmaine
+ The area I work in tech is adjacent to "sentiment analysis" ... I hear it's come a long way in the past decade, but from [. . .]