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Debate / Re: Will Ted Cruz lose to Beto O'Rourke?
« on: September 20, 2018, 03:26:34 PM »
Texas will get enough voter suppression done to drag Cruz across the finish line. Hope I am wrong though.

Hunter was a better talent all-around. Highlighted by a significant edge on the mic. So Roman's push is less meritorious.

Hunter's might actually end up more damaging though. The talent adversely affected in one manner or another included Jericho, RVD, Booker, Kane, Orton, and Goldberg. Reigns has Strowman, Ambrose, Rollins, and Miz.



Michigan's OK of minimum wage hike, paid sick leave has a big catch

LANSING — At first glance, low wage workers might have started celebrating Wednesday after the Michigan Legislature approved hiking the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022. That would be an enormous boost from the state’s $9.25 per hour minimum wage and well above the federal level of $7.25 per hour.

But any popping of champagne corks should be put on hold because the new wage, along with another law that would require employers to provide paid sick time to employees, will not go into effect until March 2019 and the laws are not expected to stand as passed by the Legislature.

That’s because the effort to pass the two  measures was more about keeping the issues off the Nov. 6 ballot and giving the Legislature the power to amend the two laws with a simple majority. If the proposals had gone to the ballot and were passed by voters, it would take a three-quarters majority to amend the laws.

Republicans in both the state Senate and House of Representatives were the driving force behind passing the two proposals that they didn’t like, but wanted to more easily change after the Nov. 6 election.
Many Democrats found themselves voting against proposals that they fundamentally supported, but disagreed with the prospect of changes that will inevitably come after the elections.

There is little that Democrats can do to stop amendments that will likely come to the two laws in the lame duck session that is scheduled for four weeks in November and December. That's because Republicans hold a 27-10 majority in the Senate and a 63-46 advantage in the House of Representatives.

So how might the Legislature change the measures?

Remove tipped employees from the minimum wage increase, which under the ballot proposal would be phased in through 2024. Tipped employees, like wait staff and bartenders, are paid $3.52 per hour and if their tips don’t get them at or beyond the current minimum wage of $9.25, the employers are supposed to make up the difference. Some restaurant workers urged the Legislature to pass the proposal so they could be removed from the increase in order to preserve their tips, which often put them above $12 per hour.

Change the minimum wage increase to somewhere above $9.25, but below $12 per hour.

Lengthen the phase-in time for the wage hikes. As proposed, the minimum wage would go from $9.25 to $10 on Jan. 1, 2019, $10.65 on Jan. 1, 2020, $11.35 on Jan. 1, 2021 and $12 on Jan. 1, 2022.

The paid sick time proposal requires employers to provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours an employee works. But that provision could be modified or eliminated altogether.

Republican lawmakers weren’t willing to get into specifics on how they might change the proposal after approving the measures on Wednesday. But it was clear they intend to amend the laws.

Debate / Trump's EPA proposes weaker methane rules for oil and gas wells
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:40:43 AM »
Increasing Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is not enough. They have to take spite and destruction several levels higher.

(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed weakening requirements for testing and repairing methane leaks in drilling operations, among other measures, in a step toward rolling back an Obama-era policy to combat climate change.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the changes will save the industry $75 million a year in regulatory costs between 2019 and 2025, while increasing methane emissions.

Methane, the primary component of natural gas, leaks from oil and gas wells during drilling. It accounts for 10 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and has more than 80 times the heat-trapping potential of carbon dioxide in the first 20 years after it escapes into the atmosphere.

Under the new proposal methane gas emissions will increase by a total 380,000 short tons between 2019 and 2025 compared with the EPA’s 2018 baseline estimate. Obama’s updates to the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards envisioned preventing emissions of 300,000 short tons of methane in 2020, rising to preventing 510,000 short tons of methane emissions in 2025.

Showcase of the Immortals / Re: SotI BotW Nominations
« on: September 15, 2018, 10:54:04 PM »
Two sadly too soon departed greats

Mr.Perfect vs Eddie Guerrero

Showcase of the Immortals / Re: IRR Rd. 5....one coin toss
« on: September 15, 2018, 10:49:40 PM »
Would be a great match. Almost everyone acknowledges HBK is fantastic, and while Edge gets credit here he tends to be underrated in some other places. Edge comes out victorious in the end.

Kurt Angle is the most cerebral person of the trio. I think the three way works in his favor, with Book taking the pin. ( Skeletor's description of the match sounds on point to me. )

Debate / Re: Is this country better of united or divided?
« on: September 12, 2018, 05:43:19 AM »
From a base biological point Americans, and humans in general, are more successful and productive when they work together. Societies that think of all of their members are ones that are successful in the long run. Unfortunately America has become increasingly influenced by power players who practice divide and conqueror.

The 9/11 aftermath reaction did not really unite the nation. It was mostly fluff political marketing that further opened the door for repressive policies and destructive wars.

General Chat / Re: The Infinite Thread of Evil Police
« on: September 09, 2018, 03:58:45 AM »
They still have not charged that woman officer. Her story sounds like crap regardless.

Police in America are out of control. It's at the point where shoot first and ask questions later is standard procedure. They know they won't usually face serious ramifications.

Showcase of the Immortals / Re: IRR Rd. 4
« on: September 08, 2018, 06:58:57 AM »

This all looks good to me too.

General Chat / Woman visiting Nevada dies in jail
« on: September 07, 2018, 04:28:54 AM »
With a hospital across the street. But she was refused care..............  The county DA is protecting their own, too.


The family of a 27-year-old Nevada woman who died in police custody last year has sued the county sheriff’s office, accusing deputies of failing to provide her with necessary medical attention when she asked for it, thus contributing to her death. According to the suit, deputies also failed to notice that she had been dead in her cell for six hours before they bothered to check on her.

According to USA Today, in July 2017, Kelly Coltrain was locked up in a cell at the Mineral County jail for failing to pay parking tickets. Coltrain had reportedly told police she had a drug dependency with withdrawal symptoms that included seizures; though the officer in charge, Sergeant Jim Holland, was supposed to have a doctor clear Coltrain once he learned she had seizures, he did not, according to court documents.

Four hours into Coltrain’s lockup, she informed the deputy in charge, Ray Gulcynski, that she needed to go to a hospital to get her medication. He told her no.

Quote from: Shit Policeman #1
“Unfortunately, since you’re DT’ing (referring to the detoxification process), I’m not going to take you over to the hospital right now just to get your fix,” Deputy Ray Gulcynski told Coltrain, according to the investigation report. “That’s not the way detention works, unortunately. You are incarcerated with us, so … you don’t get to go to the hospital when you want. When we feel that your life is at risk… then you will go.”

On her third day in the cell, according to the report, Coltrain started vomiting and “making short, convulsive type movements.” Holland told her to mop up her vomit, which she attempted to do from her bed:

Quote from: Shit Policeman #2
“Sgt. Holland advised he thought Coltrain was just ‘lazy’ and that she just didn’t want to stand up to clean the floor,” the report said. “Sgt. Holland advised he just wanted the floor to be cleaned and he didn’t care how it got done, just that it got cleaned up.”

Shortly after, surveillance video from the cell shows Coltrain suffering repeated convulsions. At 6:26 p.m., she stopped moving. No deputy entered her cell until 12:30 a.m., whereupon Gulcynski found her unresponsive and eventually declared dead.

State investigators found that the sheriff’s office failed to adhere to certain department policies that might have saved Coltrain’s life, and that the deputies could have walked Coltrain to an area hospital in a little over two minutes. Holland took a buy-out with the department, and Gulcynski was reportedly disciplined.

A county district attorney who investigated the case neglected to press charges, arguing that they did not exhibit any “cruel, oppressive or malicious treatment” toward Coltrain. Coltrain’s family is suing the county both to compensate damages as well as to press for better jail conditions.


Debate / Re: Will Trump go down as the worst president ever?
« on: September 07, 2018, 01:13:03 AM »
Brett Kavanaugh referred to birth control as an abortion inducing drug during his confirmation hearing.

If the Senators from Maine and Alaska are true to the spirit of their words, that should be it for him.

Not holding my breath though.

Showcase of the Immortals / Re: IRR Tourney Rd. 3...OH GOOD! COIN TOSSES!
« on: September 06, 2018, 09:13:07 AM »
1: 'The Heart Break Kid" Shawn Michaels  ( Should be a GREAT match! )

2: The Big Show

3: Edge

4: Daniel Bryan

5: Kane ( I wish I could say otherwise, sadly. )

6: Steve Austin ( Toughest call of the round. Seems appropriate if it goes to a coin toss. )

7: The Ultimate Warrior

8: The Rock

9: Booker T  ( Both had forgettable reigns here though. )

10: Roman Reigns

MSNBC was actually just getting ready to talk about the specific progressive issues that Beto O'Rourke is running on vs Ted Cruz in Texas when they had to break away for another McCain tribute piece. If you know you are going to do that, can you not schedule Stormy Daniels segment number 468 for that slot instead?

We've seen this act before. Things like this are why more and more people are suspicious of the so-called "mainstream" media's motives.

Can we please get rid of Schumer now? He's even more inept than Pelosi. If it were the other way around, McConnell and the GOP would be plastered all over the news moaning about how unamerican and lib-rul every single Dem judge is.


Senate Democrats just gave a huge gift to President Donald Trump: They agreed to expedite votes on 15 of his nominees to lifetime federal court seats because they wanted to go home.

Why? So Democrats could get back to campaigning and focusing on winning re-election in November. The Senate is now out of session until next Tuesday.

It’s a major win for Trump and McConnell, whose No. 1 priority is filling up federal courts with conservative judges ― many of whom are incredibly anti-abortion, anti–LGBTQ rights and anti–voting rights. Trump has gotten 26 circuit court judges confirmed, more than any other president at this point in his term. Another way of putting it: 1 in 7 U.S. circuit court seats is now filled by a judge nominated by Trump.

An entire branch of government is being lost for generations, and Senate Democrats are willfully blind to it,” Fallon said. “In the coming months and years, these same Democrats will issue outraged statements about the rulings issued by the very judges that they could not be bothered to try to slow down. It is pathetic."

But delaying action on Trump’s judges is one of the few ways Democrats can do something to push back on his agenda. They could have caused more trouble for McConnell by requiring recorded votes, too, since it takes at least 51 votes to advance any judicial nominee. Given that the partisan breakdown in the Senate is 50-49 and that McConnell has had attendance issues with his members, it’s easy to see some of these judicial nominees not getting through or at least being beset by delays.

McConnell was a master of delaying action on judicial nominees under President Barack Obama. McConnell leaned on every procedural tool in the book to delay or deny votes to Obama’s court picks ― including, of course, denying a confirmation hearing for his Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. Progressive groups desperately want Democrats to play a similar game of hardball, but it hasn’t happened.

Adam Jentleson, a top aide to former Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who preceded Schumer as minority leader before retiring in 2017, said the problem “comes down to leadership.”

( article edited for space )

Debate / Don't "Monkey It Up" says Trumpanzee candidate in Florida
« on: August 29, 2018, 07:39:56 PM »
This is the same guy who had that creepy Trump follower commercial featuring his newborn.
It should, but won't, be a slam dunk for Gillum in a state that has been abused for eight years by Governor lizard-man Scott. And is suffering from mass pollution while Scott cut hundreds of millions in environmental care from the state budget over his tenure. But at least the state mandated "In God We Trust" be displayed at every public school.


GOP candidate for Fla. governor says voters will ‘monkey this up’ if they elect his black rival

WASHINGTON —Representative Ron DeSantis, the newly christened Republican gubernatorial candidate in Florida, said Wednesday that voters would ‘‘monkey this up’’ if they elect his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum, who would be the state’s first African-American governor.

During an interview on Fox News, DeSantis praised Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, as ‘‘an articulate spokesman’’ for those holding ‘‘far-left views,’’ but warned he would be damaging to the state.

‘‘The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state,’’ DeSantis said. ‘‘That is not going to work. That’s not going to be good for Florida.’’

A Fox News Channel host later said the network did not condone DeSantis’ language.

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