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#2 Re: Dust N' Bones & Cyborg Slunks » Buckethead 2017 tour » 6 days ago

Got tickets for Chicago. First time seeing him in a few years.

#3 Re: The Garden » US Politics Thread » 6 days ago

Did we miss that Eric Holder isn’t running. Flagg, I think he might have been your guy? Someone was talking about him.

#4 Re: The Sunset Strip » HBO's A Game of Thrones » 2 weeks ago

Oh don’t get me wrong. The first season seems to be incredibly faithful to what I’ve read of book 1 so far, but reading it is just a better experience. No matter how faithful on film, the details and insights you get in the book are just outstanding. It doesn’t hurt that Martin is a damn good writer. I love Tolkien, and this scratches that itch for me.

#5 Re: The Garden » US Politics Thread » 2 weeks ago

The trade deficit, Trump is going to have to own. But he won’t. He promised it would shrink under his leadership and deal-making. It has grown. I don’t know how you get around that he’s failed in this area.

#6 Re: The Sunset Strip » HBO's A Game of Thrones » 2 weeks ago

I’m just starting the books but have seen all the seasons so far. Book 1 is much better than Season 1. Randall, I know you’re pretty high on the books. I’m looking forward to getting through them. It’s both a blessing and a curse the damn things are so long!

#7 Re: The Garden » US Politics Thread » 3 weeks ago

Randall Flagg wrote:
bigbri wrote:

So, basically, we are at the same stalemate with North Korea that we always have been. Except now, we sit at the table and legitimize them. North Korea gets far more out of this than the U.S. And now, other countries will think they can pursue a nuclear program and we'll look the other way.

If that's what's really going on with this summit, then it's just another Trump photo op.

Seriously, what’s the alternative?  Military action?  You want to nuke NK?  Engage China?

Do you care that KJU is a horrible dictator?  If Kim quits launching missiles, and we have a plan to monitor the prohibition of nukes, isn’t that ideal?

If having a conversation ends the Korean War and opens up the door to NK opening up like China was in the 70s, why is this bad?

What’s the alternative. I’m asking?  Obama didn’t “legitimize” him and the end result was a nuclear NK with ICBMs. Great statesmanship.

I have no idea what will happen. I’m not praising Abe for nominating Trump for the Nobel. I’m just saying how is our current relationship with NK objectively better today than at anytime since 1950?

I'm not sure our relationship is objectively better. Should it be?

It sure looked like sanctions and isolation were working. North Korea was desperate. The country is starving. The missile launches were to get the world to stand up and take notice. Nobody did until Trump. I could be wrong and this will all work out in the end. But it seems Trump fell for it.

Basically, Trump scraps a nuclear deal with Iran that also appeared to be working. He sure looks like he's willing to make a worse deal with North Korea.

There is no plan to monitor their arsenal. They aren't going to allow that, it appears. Recent signs suggest they could be continuing the nuke program.

#8 Re: The Garden » US Politics Thread » 3 weeks ago

So, basically, we are at the same stalemate with North Korea that we always have been. Except now, we sit at the table and legitimize them. North Korea gets far more out of this than the U.S. And now, other countries will think they can pursue a nuclear program and we'll look the other way.

If that's what's really going on with this summit, then it's just another Trump photo op.

#9 Re: The Garden » US Politics Thread » 3 weeks ago

PaSnow wrote:

Whoa, hinted at Trump Jr knowingly setting up The Meeting!!

Yes but a weak claim. No evidence.

#10 Re: The Garden » US Politics Thread » 3 weeks ago

Well, Cohen is going to say Trump knew of the WikiLeaks plan to leak DNC email. What threshold does that cross for people here?

I think the evidence was all kind of pointing that way, but nothing concrete. We’ll have to see if Cohen has proof.

Is that collusion? Conspiracy? I’m not a legal expert, but he’s not going to be found guilty by a GOP Senate, so it doesn’t matter, does it? Impeaching him in the House would largely be symbolic.

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