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U.S. Politics: The Biggest Trade in WNBA History

Geez, Putin's top generals are dropping like flies.
 

Divine Retribution

No war but class war

Captain Jigglypuff

Leader of Jigglypuff Army
Big old citation needed on this one, chief, because last as I've heard North Korea is basically blaming the U.S. 100% for the invasion, same as China.
Here you go. There are plenty of other links saying the same thing if you do a Google search and set the time frame to be within the past two weeks.

 

Sham

Shall, I show you a true Champion time?
After what came out about Ukraine and that horrible video, I have very few feelings on this. Listen that’s sad what’s going on over there but I’m not placing that much emotional feelings in this situation. That being said what Russia is doing is disgusting and it’s sad that Russians have to constantly announce they don’t agree with Putin. I had a girl at my job (had to check her passport) literally apologize for what’s going and explain over and over how nobody there agrees with Putin. That being said it’s very sad what’s going on over there but those videos and testimonies living there certainly raised an eyebrow.

That being said, America’s biggest issue with China joining forces with Russia is what does this mean for our supply? As everybody knows most of the crap from here is from China including some aspect of war like… weapons. We even get a decent proportion of firearms from China.

To make matter worse America reacted in a petty way of removing stuff like McDonald’s and other cooperations from Russia hastily (which sucks because actual people were working there and are now without a job) so this wouldn’t surprise me if this effects our day to day lives in terms of resources heavily. China has mostly stayed stagnant so far and haven’t openly shared that much support for Russia.

Thankfully Jinping has mostly kept his mouth shut about all of this and was at least willing to have a conversation with Joe. The concerning part is “China will make its own decisions” after a talk where Joe discussed the “consequences” of helping Russia.
 
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Captain Jigglypuff

Leader of Jigglypuff Army
Putin really screwed up big time. You really can’t blame the Russian army for the invasion as the soldiers were deceived into invading the Ukraine being told they were just doing a drill, the citizens aren’t interested in taking back the Ukraine, and the soldiers seem to only be following the minimal amount of obeying orders where they can’t be charged with disobedience yet also not attacking aggressively. Hearing that Kim Jong-un thinks Putin is “too insane” and refuses to help him is probably the best thing about the entire thing. I mean how hilarious and ironic that a guy who made owning a microwave illegal think that someone else is “insane?”
 

SoHowAreYou

Well-Known Member
To make matter worse America reacted in a petty way of removing stuff like McDonald’s and other cooperations from Russia hastily (which sucks because actual people were working there and are now without a job) so this wouldn’t surprise me if this effects our day to day lives in terms of resources heavily. China has mostly stayed stagnant so far and haven’t openly shared that much support for Russia.

Most companies chose to leave of their own initiative due to the sanctions, which were imposed for non petty reasons in my opinion. Russian actions after they left, ie seizing assets assures that very few will come back even if sanctions are lifted. I genuinely believe China doesn't really care about the outcome. They will use the opportunity to snipe at the US and west, as well as increase Russian dependence on China, but they don't care if Russia succeeds. Russia has made themselves into pariah, at least in the west. It's pretty clear that the plan was to invade and take over before people could respond. I doubt that the response would be this strong if on day 3 Russia was installing their puppet. Now Russia gets to deal with the consequences and drag everybody else along for the ride.
 

Trainer Yusuf

VolcaniNO
Current minor update on Ukraine war:
*Ukraine has shifted to counteroffense, and have gradually started to take back some places near Kiev. This likely to break the siege on Mariupol.

*Belarusian railway workers seem to have disabled Belarusian railway systems, which gives Ukraine more time. Belarus has not intervened yet in the war, but is expected to very soon.

* Looks like Russian diplomats are leaving Poland. For what, we don't know yet. Poland wants a peacekeeping operation in Western Ukraine (https://euromaidanpress.com/2022/03...peacekeepers-to-ukraine-is-brewing-in-poland/), but US is unwilling to do it. Such a peacekeeping operation would require the fabled limited no-fly zone.

For why Russia is burning documents, it is apparently to do with the recent FSB leaks, which suggest preemptive invasion of Poland:

(I don't really believe this, since NATO has huge defenses in Poland, but who knows.)
 

RileyXY1

Young Battle Trainer
I unfortunately believe that Ketanji Brown Jackson will not make it to the Supreme Court, as every Republican plus Kyrsten Sinema will vote against her. The final vote will be 51 no, 49 yes.
 

Auraninja

Eh, ragazzo!
Concerning Ketanji Jackson nomination:

Politico has named 9 potential swing votes in the confirmation process. Why they listed Lindsey Graham is anyone's guess. Like yeah, he got her confirmed in the DC circuit court, but he hasn't been showing any willingness to confirm her.

Politico article
 

masdog

What is the airspeed of an unladen Swellow?
It will be close, but I think she will be confirmed. Manchin and Sinema have both backed Biden's previous judicial picks, including Jackson's appointment to the DC circuit. If all Democrats are present and vote yea, then Harris' tie-breaker will ensure her confirmation.

I think there may be 1-2 Republicans that cross lines to vote for her too. Blocking her nomination doesn't do the Republicans any favors in an election year where they are playing defense. The issue ads would basically write themselves and help increase Democratic turnout in an off-cycle election.
 

Sham

Shall, I show you a true Champion time?
A federal judge in Texas on Thursday ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make public the data it relied on to license Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, imposing a dramatically accelerated schedule that should result in the release of all information within about a few months

That’s roughly 75 years and four months faster than the FDA said it could take to complete a Freedom of Information Act request by a group of doctors and scientists seeking an estimated 450,000 pages of material about the vaccine


The court “concludes that this FOIA request is of paramount public importance,” wrote U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman in Fort Worth, who was appointed to the bench by former President Donald Trump in 2019.

The FDA didn’t dispute it had an obligation to make the information public but argued that its short-staffed FOIA office only had the bandwidth to review and release 500 pages a month.

While Pittman recognized “the ‘unduly burdensome’ challenges that this FOIA request may present to the FDA,” in his four-page order, he resoundingly rejected the agency’s suggested schedule.


Apparently people are gonna get a full breakdown on the clinicial trials

Won’t comment on the whole Ketanji p*do sentencing thing and obviously not defending it because any type of porn exploiting minors needs the hammer thrown on them. It’s pretty interesting that Republicans are so interested in her giving “leaner” sentences towards people convicted of sexual misconduct involving children like Rebulicans weren’t defending Brett Kavanaugh not long ago who had multiple accusations of being a rapist.


That being said, perhaps it’s not best predicting if she will or not get confirmed. It does look alright in her favor besides this bad press that’s going around this week. Hopefully people take the time of actually researching each case and instead of word of mouth though. Erm, this is very uncomfortable but again gonna do some research.

If you’re concerned about her being nominated GENUINELY then that’s fine but most of the bad media about all of this is simply because of.. well obvious reasons.
 
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bobjr

You ask too many questions
Staff member
Moderator
If KJB started crying about how much she loved beer it would have tanked her nomination and basically ruined her career.

But I think her being a former public defender is the best thing about her, and she was the best out of the 3 likely choices. Either way she's going to be put in a bad 6-3 situation though, especially when we're getting things like the SCOTUS invalidating Wisconsin districting maps via shadow docket with bullshit that has never been a requirement before, after staying a Gerrymandered Alabama map a few months ago because "it's too close to an election"

 

PoDiRancher

Well-Known Member
I think it's funny that far-left leaning people pretended to be surprised when Biden recently said there will be food shortages. "#BareShelvesBiden" was trending long ago and everyone aside from the far-left have been setting aside emergency stashes, along with "#Bidenflation" trending. If already bare shelves and historic inflation don't get you to think ahead, then I doubt saying a further food shortage is coming will either. Then again, with threats of WWIII looming maybe that will do the trick.

What's not funny are the gas prices. Despite steadily increasing well before Russia's actions, and people anticipating rises ever since the Keystone cancellation, nobody ever expected them to get this high. It's not something the average person can store easily so predicting it wouldn't help much.

I'm sure glad I didn't vote for Biden. Aside from all of that stuff above, aside from the Afghanistan debacle, and aside from "the laptop from Hell" being confirmed (we already knew it was real), and aside from the border crisis, lying about student debt relief, etc... I mean, most of that failure was honestly expected, but he's really going to push a digital currency at this time? That's a matter of "highest urgency"?

I'd be frankly embarrassed. A new U.S digital dollar would not only harm our freedoms and restrict our rights, it is just awful timing. Like damn, don't we have enough on our plates? This kind of behavior with such an abysmal record in such a short time, with midterms approaching, just screams "we can't lose". Hm, I wonder why they'd think that...?

Won’t comment on the whole Ketanji p*do sentencing thing and obviously not defending it because any type of porn exploiting minors needs the hammer thrown on them. It’s pretty interesting that Republicans are so interested in her giving “leaner” sentences towards people convicted of sexual misconduct involving children like Rebulicans weren’t defending Brett Kavanaugh not long ago who had multiple accusations of being a rapist.

I agree the light sentencing for illegal images is not good, but more disturbing were her sympathetic comments toward such offenders. Plus CRT doesn't belong in sentencing considerations, both of these issues paint her as biased.

However, even if she was a good pick it's wrong that Biden openly discriminated against every other race and men in his choosing.

Kavanaugh is a despicable RINO, but those allegations were very weak and did not hold up under scrutiny. They were weaker than the accusations against Biden, and nobody cares about that.

Republicans complaining about her refusal to define "woman" since she's "not a biologist" are a bit foolish though. She answered indirectly, she indicated that biology dictates what a woman is. She deserves some credit for citing a reason instead of just shutting down the question. Credit where credit is due, she seems honest enough, they really should have eased up on her after that. It's a sufficient enough reason, she didn't completely dodge the question like she's accused of.

Although, refusing to answer about when life begins is a bit ridiculous. Unlike with the now debated word woman, life can only logically begin at conception. The debate there regarding abortion isn't about when life begins, but when it should be protected.
 

Trainer Yusuf

VolcaniNO

Looks like Finland is actually considering joining NATO now. If this happens, Bosnian accession will be delayed indefinitely until Sweden also joins, which will only happen after Finland does.

There has been some bold claims about NATO accession from former NATO officials, like how Finland could join overnight, but legally speaking, it would take at least 2 years for 30 members to ratify accession, and integration into NATO system will also take about 2-3 years. So it would take about 5 years after invitation, which can only happen after a year of official application.

It will be interesting how NATO will try to speedrun this.
 

SoHowAreYou

Well-Known Member
While it would take years, Finland has already trained and worked alongside NATO for a while now, so I think the practical integration would be pretty quick.

Anyways it looks like that Russia has pulled out from around Kyiv, (and committed some atrocities while they were at it), so it seems extremely likely that Ukraine will be independent after the war at minimum.
 

RileyXY1

Young Battle Trainer
While it would take years, Finland has already trained and worked alongside NATO for a while now, so I think the practical integration would be pretty quick.

Anyways it looks like that Russia has pulled out from around Kyiv, (and committed some atrocities while they were at it), so it seems extremely likely that Ukraine will be independent after the war at minimum.
Yeah, and it's clear that other nations near Russia do not want to be invaded by them, which is why Sweden and Finland are both trying to join NATO.
 

Sham

Shall, I show you a true Champion time?


“Some corners of social media are in an uproar over the U.S. Peace Corps guidance on handling racism in Ukraine.”

Peace Corps positions in Ukraine are currently not open, but Black Peace Corps volunteers who applied were warned to be prepared to be called the N-word and face other racist behavior while in Ukraine, according guidance on the Peace Corps website that is currently being discussed on social media.”

Like I said earlier, I feel no ways what’s going on over there. Same as I would feel if this was Asian people.
 

Trainer Yusuf

VolcaniNO
US seems to have finally given up on its de-facto sanction of Ukraine, and is now willing to provide NATO-grade weaponry. This is likely because Kiev is no longer under Russian siege.

Further into the article there is this statement by UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, our favourite arch-nemesis:
“There was support for countries to supply new and heavier equipment to Ukraine, so that they can respond to these new threats from Russia,” she said. “And we agreed to help Ukrainian forces move from their Soviet-era equipment to Nato standard equipment, on a bilateral basis.”
This is a fancy way of saying UK wants to return to modernizing Ukrainian equipment as a pre-condition for NATO integration (ignoring the legal issues, since Ukraine's military is stuck with Russian made weaponry, it is physically incompatible with NATO as it is now), as it was the intention before Russian attack.

If this goes through, much like what happened during North Macedonia's accession to NATO, most of this Soviet-era equipment will go to the black market, mostly to Turkish-backed Islamist militias in Syria, Libya, and Iraq, and to lesser extent, to the state-backed organized crime folk in the Balkans.
 

RileyXY1

Young Battle Trainer
Biden's approval ratings are plummeting even more. I expect this decade to be one of the most Republican-dominated decades in history.
 
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