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  1. I think you’re missing a long timeline of escalation to get to this point. Starting in 2010 while I was working in the state capital, we had leftists bussed in from all over the country every week to fight against the (then) new Republican majority. Cars were vandalized, staff members were harassed, and on more than one occasion they broke in and made the legislature stop their business. The media coverage of it all? They loved it. They would find a teacher or an old civil rights activist and just say that they were “showing their discontent.” I tried like hell to get a media outlet to a
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  2. I’ve removed so many people from my social media it’s not even funny. Both sides, actually. People who were posting “riots are the voice of the unheard” and all kinds of nonsense after George Floyd... but now act like this is just an unbelievable act? Gone. You think this is a false flag operation with Antifa to empower the lizard people and pedofiles? Also gone.
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  3. I think you’re right about some of why Trump got elected, but a key piece is that he let the media have it. Republicans sat by in 2012 and watched as the media railroaded Mitt Romney, a man that by any account is one of the nicest, most moral human beings to run for office. Just think of the lies like “Binders full of women” and all those little stories that filled the NYT, WPost, CNN and MSNBC. Hell, Harry Reid claimed Romney didn’t pay his taxes, and the media ran with that. It didn’t matter that Reid later said he didn’t have info, just responding after the election with, “Well he didn’t wi
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  4. Just a comment: The Main Stream Media trope that implies left-wing bias has been obsolete for several years. Fox has the leading news commentary shows in the country along with huge general viewership. Talk radio, which by any measure leans strongly right, has millions upon millions of listeners. OAN, Blaze, Newsmax, etc etc are growing. Even the Epoch Times is establishing a position. My point being that "Main Stream Media" is not a left-wing cabal. The right loves to play the victim here. There is fairly balanced representation on the whole. Thus, advocacy of Trump's policies, a
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  5. Just like anyone who thinks America is a racist country where innocent black people are being massacred by the cops is being gaslighted. That's the whole point, and the real tragedy. The Republicans now have their own false reality (election fraud) to live in. So both sides no longer know what's real. Great.
    2 points
  6. As easy as it to blame the media, I'm not sure they should take the full brunt of the hate. (News) Media in the US is largely made up of businesses; we don't have a massive, state run media machine, though you can argue public affairs offices in various government agencies publishing things online or social media is a media outlet. But I'd argue the latter doesn't generally spread information to the general public directly, but it's usually picked up by another news outlet and repeated on that platform. So since the news companies aren't fully supported by public funds, they need to make
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  7. Media absolutely holds blame in this, 100% agreed. I did not catch that that was the intent of your post at all, my bad. I might disagree on the reasons though. They gave him way too much airtime because they only care about ratings and he brings in the watchers. Many other reasons, but yes media holds blame. For Wednesday, nowhere near as much as Trump and his team of enablers. They caused Wednesday. People spouting the lies non-stop about the election being stolen. I think he got elected because people are sick of politicians. That's a good reason for him to have made the debate st
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  8. With the Dems in charge, the repercussions of this idiotic event will be the thing to watch. I think this author (Glenn Greenwald) summed it up perfectly. "But as was true of the Cold War and the War on Terror and so many other crisis-spurred reactions, the other side of the ledger — the draconian state powers clearly being planned and urged and prepared in the name of stopping them — carries its own extremely formidable dangers. Refusing to consider those dangers for fear of standing accused of downplaying the threat is the most common tactic authoritarian advocates of state power
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  10. Yep. There are dems licking their chops over this because it's a perfect excuse to govern from an extreme position (never let a crisis go to waste). Look for a themes of "we have to repair the damage done," "we have to help those who were destroyed by Trump," and "the republican party is a danger to democracy" to be in play over the next two years (minimum). I don't admire Biden's position. I think he is (by far) inheriting the most difficult set of circumstances of any president since Vietnam. He's got a chance, though, because I do think he is an inherently good person.
    2 points
  11. I came here to write that Rep Adam Kinzinger is the first GOP House Member to call for invoking the 25th to remove Trump from office. https://thehill.com/homenews/house/533112-first-gop-lawmaker-calls-for-invoking-25th-amendment-to-remove-trump If you don’t remember that name, you should. I think he has an account here or you might know him as Lt Col Adam Kinzinger, KC-135 pilot. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  12. Except for the volumes of fact based data and evidence proving that there are significant problems with the way policing is handled for one color vs another. Latest example is the largely white people mob that violently stormed the Capitol (one cop even died from the blue lives matter crowd) and then were allowed to leave vs the way many of the protests from this summer were handled. But I guess that's also just the media spinning it. Where were the volumes of facts and data evidencing the election fraud? So cool, keep believing that... People in the know aren't saying America i
    1 point
  13. 'A free press is an essential ingredient in a democracy and provides a vital role in informing citizens about public affairs and monitoring the actions of government at all levels.' (that's a combined plagiarism of the Brookings Institution and Koch institute - how's that for balance?) I agree with the comments by several here that the press is a profit-driven enterprise. However, that's the only way to be free of government interference and avoid devolving to propaganda. So its a conundrum. Hopefully there's enough integrity so that at least some news outlets try not to let their pa
    1 point
  14. No gotcha attempt here. But there is such a massive presence of conservative media outlets that you can’t just lump everything together to be “the media.” It’s a lazy, tired take. Not saying you’re doing this. Just thinking out loud.
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  15. It's called critical thinking. It needs to be taught by parents and teachers. We need to realize it's impossible to mask our biases, but do our best to try. Even when I agree with a point my 18 year old is making I try to get him to examine it from all sides. Try to understand what makes the other side tick, why they think the way they do, and encourage him not to shut out the people he disagrees with when they can't find common ground. Teachers need to do a better job of this starting in high school and solidify those principles in college. It should be part of any good teacher certifica
    1 point
  16. Bump! Anybody get out of AD, go into the reserves part time with a Traditional TSP? Looking at options to move it to a Roth IRA (or something roth) now, rather than later. 37 years old....recommendations on past experience with anybody? Seems a direct rollover to an account is possible, just wondering what people have done on here, aside from just reading articles on the truthful interwebs. I know it's talked about a bit a couple pages back, just wondering about experience in the last 5 years I guess.
    1 point
  17. Internet is certainly no saving grace. Quite the opposite. People growing up with an innate ability to sniff out the bullshit is what we need.
    1 point
  18. This is a fair point. I think it’s a huge problem that most media outlets these days feel they must represent one side or the other. To Homestar’s point, the fact that Fox and conservative talk radio have stepped in to fill the perceived void of conservative editorial voices has only made things worse. Of course, we get the media we deserve and who can blame Time Warner or Rupert Murdock when ratings ($$$) are so good? On a more optimistic note, it seems like the 50 plus crowd, who were conditioned to trust news anchors, seem to be the most susceptible to wholly swallowing (sts) overtly biased
    1 point
  19. I can’t tell if you’re trying to provoke an answer or if this is a “Gotcha” attempt. Regardless, I’ll bite. The print/video media has a liberal bent. I feel like that’s obvious. To @Swamp Yankee’s point, yes Fox has a big viewer base. But they’re small fish in terms of sheer numbers. If you add up all of the major print and video media publications and then add together the WSJ and Fox, it’s not even a contest.
    1 point
  20. "The media." What is "the media"? Whenever anyone resorts to blaming "the media" I have to just kind of tune out to whatever else they are saying because that's like blaming "white people" for slavery. "The media" means nothing. You have a problem with the editorial content of CNN, MSNBC, the NYT, or whatever that's fine. But you're going to have to be more specific than "the media" because OANN and Fox News are part of "the media" too. Slow burn over a decade, then a gallon of gas and a match over the past two months. You tell me what caused the house to burn down.
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  21. Your memory is so biased and one sided it’s kind of hilarious. But, as has been said on here time and again, that’s politics. The fact that you (royal You, not individual you) are already done with your “disgust” from Wednesday’s events and have so readily moved on to comparisons about what happened this summer is predictable, and it’s already happening everywhere on the right. Everything that happened this summer was due to decades of unfair treatment, but so many on the right (often because life is pretty dang comfortable for them) never believed that POC weren’t being offered the sam
    1 point
  22. I generally agree with the above. The 5 points above would equally apply to Trump at the start of his term. In 2016, Trump won by the same electoral margin as Biden (and lost the popular vote, although officially that's not applicable) Thus, Trump should have followed the same principles. He didn't. Far from it.
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  23. Yesterday's events were clearly the fault/responsibility of the right-wing faction that strongly supports Trump. Not the democrats in this specific situation. Using the "unrelenting mission to get X out of office" as a justification is usually applied in a biased manner. By that logic, you should have no quarrel with the formation of BLM in 2013 as a reaction to the 'unrelenting mission to get Obama out of office'. After all, Mitch McConnell and fellow republicans clearly indicated their objective was to make Obama fail. I don't think it's a stretch to say that the right-wing mainstream
    1 point
  24. I like that one. I couldn't resist adding another.
    1 point
  25. Never get advice from people who aren’t in the U-2 program about the U-2 program. Just call up and talk to the recruiting shop.
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  26. Ive seen all of this garbage as well. The sad thing is, a lot of the people I’m seeing this crap from are generally people that at face value I would not consider to be extremists or non-rational individuals. Many of them I was good friends or co-workers with back in the day. It’s becoming very clear that the crazy is leaking down into much more normal levels of society these days, on both sides.
    1 point
  27. Looks like the far left propagandists of the media WANT this to be their Reichstag moment. They’re just as dangerous as the rioters from both fringes of the political spectrum who protest through violence. I sincerely hope there are enough moderates left, who don’t buy into the identity politics lie, to save us from continuing down the script of history. We are on a dark path. Edit to add: the propaganda I’m seeing out of the ‘conservative’ media is also idiotic and is furthering the identity politic divide.
    1 point
  28. I know it's a bit early, and hopefully most of this will be forgotten by October; but if anyone is looking for a Halloween costume...
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  29. Here's my process (based on a movie theater style popper that can cook 1/2 cup of kernels per batch): - Heat about 3 tbsp oil for one minute in the popper. If you're eyeballing it, err on the side of slightly too much - Dry 6-9 sliced, pickled jalapenos on a paper towel, then add to the popper (reduces oil splatter, gets them crisper, and makes the popcorn less soggy) - Cook the jalapenos for about 1 minute in the oil. This helps ensure the jalapenos are crisp, and let's the oil temperature come back up before you add the corn so it isn't soggy at the end. It also removes the weak and unwo
    1 point
  30. Yes, that's my typical oil I use. https://www.orville.com/kernel-popcorn-and-oil/popping-topping-oil It's butter flavored, not too expensive (for home use, or if you're squadron only makes corn occasionally), and easily found at the commissary or grocery store. But if you've got peanut oil or another high smoke point oil, it'll work similarly enough. Just gotta melt butter and add it afterwards. Vegetable/canola oil kinda works, but leaves a lot of gunk behind that's hard to clean and can smoke up pretty quick if you're frying up thicker jalapeno slices. On a different note, if you don't w
    1 point
  31. The real reason behind storming the Capital...
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  32. Gents, are you still hiring? U-2's been at the top of my aviation pipe dream list since way before I joined the AF, and I think I'm finally at a point in my career that I should give it a shot (C-130J IP, 1.5 years into my second assignment). I've talked to my Sq/CC about it and he told me that he'd support me applying but the last he heard there was some kind of long backup so my timing is not good... I'm deployed right now but if there's any chance then I'd like to go for it when I get back this summer!
    1 point
  33. I wasn't a fan of peanut oil, though it works well enough that I'd use it if I ran out of my usual popping oil (especially over canola oil). I suppose avocado oil would work based on smoke point, but not sure how it'd affect the flavor, and is more expensive anyways. But you are 100% correct on the seasonings (Lawry's seasoning salt is my go-to seasoning, but I also have Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning available with my popcorn supplies for when I'm in the mood for something different) I guess I'll fly my nerd flag: did a project during an experimental design class to determine the "best"
    1 point
  34. Ehh. All this discussion of a coup attempt is gross overreaction, fear mongering, and ultimately, politicking. And yes, I do mean gross. Are people on this board seriously concerned that that small bunch represented an actual threat to the rule of this country? If so, how close did they come? If so, how close did you come to falling into lock step with your new rulers wearing MAGA hats and overalls? What New Yorker was going to wake up to the Times and just go "hmm, ok, well I guess this is what we got." Any real coup has an authentic chance of co-opting large swaths of a previous governm
    1 point
  35. Oh, they don't fit your definition of conservative, so you don't own them. Some. Of those people were radicals, and a lot of them were normal conservatives whipped up they their commander, a man they saw as their ruler, not President. A man who's been lying to them since before the election, setting the scene for what happened today! Pathetic! People on here are rightly calling it. Furious at protests/riots this summer, but begrudgingly admitting that what happened today is bad. This is deeply disappointing. Also, not just a small group in DC. State capitol buildings experi
    1 point
  36. I think things haven't been good in a country for a while, but it's all just been simmering on the back burner until recently, and now it's all boiling over. There seems to be underlying problems in our society that we have not been addressing (or willing to acknowledge), and we as a society/country are starting to pay that price and see these issues boil over into dramatic events. We've had a significant recession, fairly stagnate wages despite increased productivity, race tensions, and increasing (personal) debts and costs to name a few. I'm not looking to point fingers, but we as a count
    1 point
  37. You mean the Trumper’s here who were irate over sport players kneeling for the national anthem, but are now downplaying storming the U.S. Capitol, that costed a USAF veteran her life? Or currently trying to play the whataboutism game? Cult.
    1 point
  38. I always come to view this thread when political stuff happens to see what the other side thinks for entertainment. I mean, one would think that a group of armed protestors storming the Capital of the United States while it was literally in session to declare a winner of an election and complete a peaceful transfer of power, literally THE most defining characteristic of a functioning democratic republic, would have people around here a little more outraged. But honestly it's like this grudging feeble admittance that it's a bad thing and a bunch of "ok yeah fine but hey what about that tim
    1 point
  39. R’s should’ve taken the opportunity to impeach Trump and take their party back when they had the chance. Fuck anyone who continued to go along with his seditious post-election charade. Not saying the Dems are without their own problems, but the R’s will be paying for this little four year tryst for a long time. I rarely make predictions but here’s one: Lindsay Graham lasts one more term before inevitable demographic changes in his state take him out of the senate. Had he had the balls to stand by his 2016 pre-election assessment of Trump he might have a chance. But he chose to fall in lockstep
    1 point
  40. I’ll tell you what, I feel like we are really at a good spot to start to worry about this. I mean, there is really nothing else going on right now, we should drop everything and really dig into this one.
    1 point


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