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Old 20th January 2021, 03:13 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by DevilsAdvocate View Post
I'd have to see the bill, but I get the impression it might not pass. I wish Democrats would play things a bit smarter. Put in the reforms that almost everybody can agree on.


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A bill now, likely without a thorough review of all the issues and no real plan to get something that Republicans will pass seems more like a symbolic gesture than any sort of real attempt at reform.
Going from the past 12 years - why do you think the Republicans would vote for anything?
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Old 20th January 2021, 03:45 AM   #42
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Inauguration day or Wednesday as it's called here.
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Old 20th January 2021, 03:55 AM   #43
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Going from the past 12 years - why do you think the Republicans would vote for anything?
Because Republicans no longer have any power. They lost the Presidency, the House and the Senate. That's why they are going into the messaging of "unity" and "compromise". They have no power.

The only power Republicans have is the filibuster in the Senate. Democrats can, if they want to, eliminate that. Of course, that would probably permanently eliminate it where it could then be used by a Republican Senate.

If Republicans go full in on batnuts crazy and refuse even a comprise bill, Democrats will do that. If Democrats do that, it is over for the Republican party. They will grant amnesty for illegal immigrants with a path to citizenship, grant statehood to DC and Puerto Rico, pass strict election laws, etc. Republicans will never gain power in the Federal government again.

They would also probably restructure the Supreme Court to basically pack the court. Maybe pass universal health care.

Republicans are in a position that if they don't accept reasonable bills, Democrats can and will just roll over them. It would be the end of the Republican party as we know it.
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Old 20th January 2021, 04:32 AM   #45
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Originally Posted by DevilsAdvocate View Post
Because Republicans no longer have any power. They lost the Presidency, the House and the Senate. That's why they are going into the messaging of "unity" and "compromise". They have no power.

The only power Republicans have is the filibuster in the Senate. Democrats can, if they want to, eliminate that. Of course, that would probably permanently eliminate it where it could then be used by a Republican Senate.

If Republicans go full in on batnuts crazy and refuse even a comprise bill, Democrats will do that. If Democrats do that, it is over for the Republican party. They will grant amnesty for illegal immigrants with a path to citizenship, grant statehood to DC and Puerto Rico, pass strict election laws, etc. Republicans will never gain power in the Federal government again.

They would also probably restructure the Supreme Court to basically pack the court. Maybe pass universal health care.

Republicans are in a position that if they don't accept reasonable bills, Democrats can and will just roll over them. It would be the end of the Republican party as we know it.
That seems contradictory to your previous post, if the Democrats can pass what they want and not a watered down version why wouldn’t they want to pass what they want? What benefit is there to the country?
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Old 20th January 2021, 06:18 AM   #46
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Seen on twitter:

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Well, the BBC are covering it, from 90 minutes before (15:30 BST) and for several hours. Which will probably be fairly anodyne.

However, RT (Russia Today) are also covering it. Could be interesting...
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Old 20th January 2021, 06:38 AM   #48
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Originally Posted by SteveAitch View Post
Well, the BBC are covering it, from 90 minutes before (15:30 BST) and for several hours. Which will probably be fairly anodyne.

However, RT (Russia Today) are also covering it. Could be interesting...
Hopefully they will liven up the commentary with some questions about whether or not the Moon landings really happened, and whether Bill Gates has put chips in the vaccines.
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Originally Posted by DevilsAdvocate View Post
Because Republicans no longer have any power. They lost the Presidency, the House and the Senate. That's why they are going into the messaging of "unity" and "compromise". They have no power.



The only power Republicans have is the filibuster in the Senate. Democrats can, if they want to, eliminate that. Of course, that would probably permanently eliminate it where it could then be used by a Republican Senate.



If Republicans go full in on batnuts crazy and refuse even a comprise bill, Democrats will do that.
There are 2 problems with that tactic...

- ending the fillibuster would require all democrats to vote in favor of the rule change, and there may be one or 2 (such as Manchin) who will oppose it

- I think senate procedural rule changes have to be made at the start of the session (rather than on the fly). Thus they wouldn't be able to wait to see how obstructionist the republicans are before ending the fillibuster


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Old 20th January 2021, 06:56 AM   #50
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Originally Posted by SteveAitch View Post
Well, the BBC are covering it, from 90 minutes before (15:30 BST) and for several hours. Which will probably be fairly anodyne.

However, RT (Russia Today) are also covering it. Could be interesting...
Yay, YLE, the Finnish version of BBC is showing it live from 18:30 onwards. I haven't watched television since Tuntematon sotilas on Boxing Day.

(We are seven hours ahead of New York/East Coast time.)
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It looks like you can see the whole thing on C-Span's You Tube channel:

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C-Span seem to get a lot of calls from nutters every time I listen to it.

One woman just phoned in to say, "You can shove your unity down the toilet...The election was stolen..." etc...
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It looks like you can see the whole thing on C-Span's You Tube channel:

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The problem I have with the US outlets is the frenetic non-stop chatter as if there can be no gaps for silence. SKY Live is similar. Most of the yapping is pure filler; empty rhetoric.
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The problem I have with the US outlets is the frenetic non-stop chatter as if there can be no gaps for silence. SKY Live is similar. Most of the yapping is pure filler; empty rhetoric.
Bit like the Beeb and royal occasions - all those 'Royal Correspondents' with nothing to say. At great length.
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Bit like the Beeb and royal occasions - all those 'Royal Correspondents' with nothing to say. At great length.
"There's the queen, she's the main one" is my favorite such remark.
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The problem I have with the US outlets is the frenetic non-stop chatter as if there can be no gaps for silence. SKY Live is similar. Most of the yapping is pure filler; empty rhetoric.
It doesn't seem to have any commentary at all.
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
"There's the queen, she's the main one" is my favorite such remark.
I had to look that up. All I could find was this Twitter thread in which someone said it came from Little Britain:

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I had to look that up. All I could find was this Twitter thread in which someone said it came from Little Britain
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Dan Quayle...
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Watching the departure this morning, and now seeing the gathering, I'm feeling a great sense of relief.
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Something I saw on the internet the other day had me laughing my arse off:

President Joe ByeDon

Fricken. Priceless.
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Trump has made good on a promise for the first time in his life.
Today he made America great again.
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I notice that Newsmax is covering the inauguration but not OAN. They're just spewing the usual lies and garbage.
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I'm so glad to see Lady Gaga dressing conservatively for a change. I didn't think she'd make it down the stairs in that skirt.
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Whew. We made it.
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Hmmm, sworn in 11 minutes early.

The CT mob are just bound to make something of that.
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Today is a great day for the World.
Decent people everywhere have spent the last few years in outrage at what that vile, sad excuse for a human being has done to a great country, and feel now (somewhat) relieved and hopeful.
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Well, it's done. I look forward to being comfortably bored for a while.
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I didn't know they would also sing "This Land is Your Land".

That caused dust to get lodged in my eyes.


Not that it matters, the military will arrest Biden at any moment and return Donald T to the White House.

It was all over social media, so it must be true.

Any moment now....
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I actually had to wipe away a couple of tears. I guess these past 4 years have been more of a drain on my soul than I'm willing to admit....

Three cheers for normalcy!

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Both BBC and ITV are showing it live here. The onion-cutting ninjas seem to have visited my house once again, darn them.
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Jennifer Lopez singing was great, but combining “This land is your land” and “God bless America” is an odd duck given that the former was a protest song of the latter.
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Both BBC and ITV are showing it live here. The onion-cutting ninjas seem to have visited my house once again, darn them.
The building work in ours seems to have generated a lot of dust, some of which seems to have ended up in my eye.
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So refreshing to see a Presidential speech.
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Watching the departure this morning, and now seeing the gathering, I'm feeling a great sense of relief.
And Trump departs to the song YMCA.

Is he off to have fun with the boys?

Who on Earth selects this music?

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Wow, Amanda Gorman's poem... bloody brilliant!
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Finally, the end of an error! A 4 year error!
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Wow, Amanda Gorman's poem... bloody brilliant!
That certainly was.

Does anyone think it looks like Bill Barr wiping down the podium?
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