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Just dropping in from one of the parallel universes

And wow, you guys are messed up, but things are pretty weird in many the "Normal" ones.

By the way - out of a sampling of 15 quadrillion universes, there are only three where Donald Trump is President of the United States, and he was removed from office in the other two. So yeah - sucks to live here.

But back to the last universe we visited. They have a pandemic too and Hillary Clinton is the POTUS. The big issue there is the un-ending Republican demands for impeachment. In January and February of 2020, Clinton began taking measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States.

And man did the Republicans and right-wing media go nuts!: Testing, mass acquisition of PPE, military mobilization, field "Hospitals", helping China contain the "so-called" disease. "Jade Helm" on steroids! This "Pandemic Response Team" is just a code term for martial law!

But now its April and the tone has changed. Republicans are demanding Clinton be removed from office based on predictions that as many as 15,000 Americans may die from the epidemic she failed to stop.

Good to know that was not the worst possible reality. I'm going to go back to the one where Al Gore won in 2000. That's where we have transdimensional portals.

Posted by ThoughtCriminal | Thu Apr 2, 2020, 02:45 PM (40 replies)

Why don't we just see if we can out-bribe the Russians?

It works with incompetent CEOs (golden parachutes).
Here's my idea. We offer Trump $10 Billion to resign, leave the country forever and shut up. Pence gets $1 Billion, McConnell $500,000,000.

Trust me, it would be a bargain that would pay for itself the first week.
Posted by ThoughtCriminal | Thu Mar 12, 2020, 07:45 PM (4 replies)

Regulation is essential to the 2nd Amendment's purpose

Background checks, training, and permits all seem reasonable for a well regulated militia as opposed to any yahoo who wants a gun.

"Well Regulated" does not just mean well equipped. It also means well trained, well disciplined and with a lawful chain of command.

The government can and should regulate what type of weapons are permitted. That is reasonable.

The government can and should regulate who is legally prohibited and enact regulations that prevent them from obtaining firearms. That is reasonable.

If the "militia" is not well trained, it is nothing more than a danger to itself, our nation and its citizens. This should be blindingly obvious.

If there is not a lawful chain of command, the so-called militia is just an armed mob, a dangerous pack of vigilantes, or an angry nut with a grudge.
Posted by ThoughtCriminal | Sun Dec 6, 2015, 03:52 PM (2 replies)

Moore's Law for Politics - "Every two years the GOP becomes twice as insane"

"Moore’s Law is a computing term which originated around 1970; the simplified version of this law states that processor speeds, or overall processing power for computers will double every two years." - http://www.mooreslaw.org/

Over the past generation, we have witnessed a similar revolution in the Republican Party. Every two years, the GOP gets approximately twice as bat-shit crazy.

It is not perfectly linear - during primary season the rate increases as Republican politicians strive to prove they are farther to the right than any challengers. Unfortunately, this season has grown with every election to the point that it begins on the Wednesday after the first Monday of November of even numbered years. This constant "doubling down" raises the question of whether quantum physics places any limits on how far to right it is possible for a political party to go.

Posted by ThoughtCriminal | Sat Aug 15, 2015, 06:12 PM (6 replies)

A RW Fantasy End Game: "No size restrictions and screw the limit"



Here in Central Teapartistan, I'm hearing some pretty delusional talk from a particular sub-set of the GOP base.

They are hoping that the shut down will lead to a societal breakdown, followed by martial law, FEMA concentration camps, and civil war. Ending up with patriots "Taking our country back" just like those kids in "Red Dawn"!

What do these "Prepper Patriots" plan to do when SHTF? Why go into the mountains with their SUV, stockpiles of MREs and ammo and go hunting and fishing! I don't think it is a coincidence that mostly, this is what they love do anyway on days off. There is an unmistakable wish here to screw to mortgage, get away from the dead-end job and go on a permanent vacation while the deadbeat liberals starve in the cities.

The fantasy of living off the land with bushcraft skills learned on YouTube and practiced on weekends is not likely to play very well when dealing the reality of doing that in the wilderness for more than a few weeks. It is especially difficult along with a million other Elmer Fudds with the same dream. Game gets scarce, fuel, rations and ammo run low. Hard enough for the single survivalist, imagine trying to keep a family fed.
Posted by ThoughtCriminal | Sat Oct 5, 2013, 04:19 PM (2 replies)

If corporations are people, how do we determine their gender?

So we can prevent same-sex corporate mergers? Why isn't the GOP doing something about this?

Could we somehow use the name of corporation (John Deer is male, Amazon is female), or base it on their best selling products? But what if the parent company makes both locomotives and bras? We certainly couldn't use the French noun gender as a guide, because well... that would be "French".

Suggestions?
Posted by ThoughtCriminal | Mon May 21, 2012, 08:50 PM (10 replies)
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