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In the face of the recent outbreak of measles, Trump is joining Harris on the backpedaling train.  He's now stressing the importance of vaccinations, which stands in contrast to his previous statements that have supported the myth that vaccinations cause autism.

 

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1 hour ago, Lyle Lanley II said:

He's now stressing the importance of vaccinations

I'll at least support him on that position. In Oregon, you can watch a video online and then print a certificate to opt out of the vaccination for your child. This is how 95% (30,000) of parents do it. The state legislature is trying to toughen the rules since the outbreak has become so severe.

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/measles-outbreak/how-easy-are-vaccine-exemptions-take-look-oregon-model-n990916

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1 hour ago, PurpleDawg said:

 

I'll at least support him on that position.

 

Yes, broken clocks are right twice a day!

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Imagine apologizing for running an anti-Semitic cartoon on the same day as a synagogue shooting...

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23 hours ago, Lyle Lanley II said:

 

Well, being a blowhard New Yorker with terrible ideas about abusing government powers to control the free market ought to endear him to Republicans.

 

Yeah those democrats/socialists running for president are all about free market capitalism...

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35 minutes ago, SuperToad said:

 

Yeah those democrats/socialists running for president are all about free market capitalism...

 

I didn't say that was the case.  

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The NY Times cartoon wasn't anti-Semitic, it was anti-Passover worshipers.

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HEY IDIOTS! If women can't compete with men at sports, then how do you explain all of Caitlyn Jenner's Olympic gold medals?

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11 hours ago, Rothbardian said:

The NY Times cartoon wasn't anti-Semitic, it was anti-Passover worshipers.

 

Yeesh. But not surprising from a newspaper that defends open anti-semites.

 

 

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FiveThirtyEight has a pretty intriguing series in which readers submit their most polarizing political opinions and then get interviewed about it. 

 

If you're the type of person who only wants to hear from people with your same world view, you'll hate it.  Not that often do these interviews change my opinion on a topic, but they do shed light on different perspectives and motivations - which I find interesting.

 

Anyway, today's was (I felt) a pretty good example of the type of lunacy the political left is dealing with* these days:

 

FiveThirtyEight Political Confessional: I think private schools should be banned

 

 

* - or perhaps not properly dealing with, as both sides appear to be steering into the skid of their own lunacy 

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50 minutes ago, Lyle Lanley II said:

FiveThirtyEight has a pretty intriguing series in which readers submit their most polarizing political opinions and then get interviewed about it. 

 

If you're the type of person who only wants to hear from people with your same world view, you'll hate it.  Not that often do these interviews change my opinion on a topic, but they do shed light on different perspectives and motivations - which I find interesting.

 

Anyway, today's was (I felt) a pretty good example of the type of lunacy the political left is dealing with* these days:

 

FiveThirtyEight Political Confessional: I think private schools should be banned

 

 

* - or perhaps not properly dealing with, as both sides appear to be steering into the skid of their own lunacy 

 

Thanks for pointing this out.  I'm a little sheepish that I frequent 538 a lot and wasn't aware of this series.

 

I've struggled with this particular one myself as a suburban, private-school parent who does feel a little hypocritical being a suburban, private-school parent sometimes. 

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6 hours ago, Duquesne Frog said:

 

Thanks for pointing this out.  I'm a little sheepish that I frequent 538 a lot and wasn't aware of this series.

 

I've struggled with this particular one myself as a suburban, private-school parent who does feel a little hypocritical being a suburban, private-school parent sometimes. 

 

I'm sure the urban landscape is dramatically different for private versus public decisions versus suburban differences.

 

I wonder sometimes with my BIL who lives in urban Chicago and has to jump through hoops to avoid the public school system, whether a move to the burbs would be better.

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32 minutes ago, Lyle Lanley II said:
Skeptical as I was at the time of Trump's campaign promise to eliminate the national debt, I am surprised to see how casually his administration is brushing that off in pursuit of an Obama-esque escalation in debt.
 

Washington Examiner: Kudlow admits Trump won't pay down any of the debt

 

Drain the Swamp, huh?

 

"Skeptical"??? How about you knew it a was complete lie just like so many other lies like Mexico paying for a wall?

 

Interestingly--and concerning another promise--renewables (hydro/geo/solar/wind/biomass) just this month overtook coal for power generation nationally. Part of it is seasonal as coal plants require significant downtime (deniers often "accidentally" neglect to mention this) which is often taken in the spring when there is an excess of hydropower in particular which covers the plant downtime.  But more importantly the trend line for renewables is positive while the trend line for coal is negative.

 

I think I read somewhere that in Texas renewables are already generating more power than coal.

 

EIA_coal_solar_wind.png

 

 

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34 minutes ago, NewfoundlandFreeFrog said:

"Skeptical"??? How about you knew it a was complete lie just like so many other lies like Mexico paying for a wall?

 

While, yeah, I figured it was the type of hollow claim that's very on-brand for him - I also didn't think that he'd have the same lust for debt as the predecessor he and his lemmings so love to hate.

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45 minutes ago, Lyle Lanley II said:

 

While, yeah, I figured it was the type of hollow claim that's very on-brand for him - I also didn't think that he'd have the same lust for debt as the predecessor he and his lemmings so love to hate.

 

Lust-for-debt totals...

 

total debt under rep presidents 1982-2021: 14.04 trillion

total debt under dem presidents same time period: 9.99 trillion

 

The above figures do not control for the fact that the first year of a presidency can hardly be blamed on the new pres which tilts things even further towards reps ringing up even higher debts--especially Obama's.

 

Speaking of debt lust who was it who said that Reagan proved that deficits don't matter?

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35 minutes ago, NewfoundlandFreeFrog said:

 

Lust-for-debt totals...

 

total debt under rep presidents 1982-2021: 14.04 trillion

total debt under dem presidents same time period: 9.99 trillion

 

So about an average of a little over $600 billion a year for both parties over that span of time, and about $1 trillion a year under each of our two most recent presidents - each of whom ran on a platform of changing the status quo in Washington.  Which is kind of my point.

 

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10 hours ago, Rothbardian said:

They.Are.All.Statists

 

Agreed, which is why it's so weird for "conservatives" to have fallen in love with the centralization of power and big government tactics of the current administration.  

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