What about a thread for good news?

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Thad » Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:51 pm

Brentai wrote:A politician who tells you what you want to hear as if it were like it is.


Yes, that's a perfect summary.

Bill was the master of that. Hillary was not.

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Thad » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:05 pm

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Ooh, that felt good. Let's do it again.

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Ooh.

Maricopa County's former sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

Our old sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

We used to have this sheriff, guy named Arpaio...

This feels great. You guys try.

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby François » Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:34 pm

Joe Arpaio, ex-shérif du Comté de Maricopa.

Yup, this also works.

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby sei » Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:24 am

Thad wrote:Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Ooh, that felt good. Let's do it again.

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Ooh.

Maricopa County's former sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

Our old sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

We used to have this sheriff, guy named Arpaio...

This feels great. You guys try.


"Newly appointed Secretary of Immigration, Joe Arpaio?"
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Thad » Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:39 am

SHUT UP THAT'S NOT EVEN A THING

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby sei » Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:41 am

YET
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Thad » Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:15 pm

Well, I mean, the thought's crossed my mind. But nobody actually seems to be talking about it seriously. Given Trump's stated feelings about losers, I don't think he wants to appoint anybody who just lost a race by double digits. (Unless they lost it to him, in the primary.)

Plus Arpaio's wife is purportedly in pretty poor health these days. The guy's a monster but even monsters usually care about their families; I don't know that he'd move out-of-state if the offer came.

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Mongrel » Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:49 pm



We're going to see Big Changes in Africa in our lifetimes.
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Thad » Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:39 pm

Obama is commuting Chelsea Manning's sentence.

On phone so linking is a pain, but it's being widely reported; it should be easy to find a source.

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Joxam » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:16 pm

I got you, fam.

Also while we're at it. Oscar Lopez Rivera also.
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Mongrel » Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:17 pm

No Snowden of course, but I can at least understand the argument for distinguishing between the two even if I don't agree with it.
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby TA » Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:19 pm

Can't think of a good answer to why there's still 121 days left in the sentence, though.
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Büge » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:33 pm

There's probably a statute of limitations.

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby pacobird » Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:49 pm

Wow, people are super mad about this. It's, like, a totally normal (even pedestrian) use of the pardon power.

I think I'd probably disagree with a lot of you on Manning's conviction generally; I think she's a legit hero and I wish I had half her guts but I also accept that as far as things that will get you thrown in military prison if you are enlisted go her conviction (though not her post-conviction treatment, ofc) is kind of a no-brainer. But this was completely the right decision and I'm saddened by the people contorting themselves to level a criticism of it that reads as reasonable.
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby TA » Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:17 am

のほも is such a good word?? the concept is kind of hard to fully get across in translation, but basically it means a feeling of pure, deep, platonic affection, and i think thats beautiful

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby sei » Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:18 am

pacobird wrote:Wow, people are super mad about this. It's, like, a totally normal (even pedestrian) use of the pardon power.

I think I'd probably disagree with a lot of you on Manning's conviction generally; I think she's a legit hero and I wish I had half her guts but I also accept that as far as things that will get you thrown in military prison if you are enlisted go her conviction (though not her post-conviction treatment, ofc) is kind of a no-brainer. But this was completely the right decision and I'm saddened by the people contorting themselves to level a criticism of it that reads as reasonable.


Heard from a relative about how "Obama hates America." Asked what they were talking about, and they proceeded to use the pardon of Manning as their support.

Thanks, Fox.
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Thad » Mon May 22, 2017 6:11 pm

A couple of good unanimous rulings out of the SCOTUS today, against racist gerrymandering and venue shopping by patent trolls.

ETA: Correction: the patent troll ruling was unanimous, and so was the ruling on one of the NC districts, but the other district was 5-3 (with Thomas, surprisingly, acting as swing justice).

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Caithness » Tue May 23, 2017 11:30 am

5-3? Is Gorsuch not voting yet?

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby pacobird » Tue May 23, 2017 2:36 pm

Gorsuch specifically took no part (it's in the text) though yeah I think he just wasn't confirmed in time.

Anyway, it could mean a variety of things, ranging from good to extremely good. On the merely "good" end, it's just affirming the lower court, saying that race cannot be a primary factor in redistricting without triggering strict scrutiny. The "extremely good" (or at least really disrupting) take is the interpretation that redistricting based on party politics cannot use race as a factor at all without triggering strict scrutiny. Given than African Americans are a 90/10 split in favor of Democrats, no party-based redistricting is going to happen in any state African American people live in any significant number without considering race, meaning this decision effectively kills gerrymandering.

but the other district was 5-3 (with Thomas, surprisingly, acting as swing justice).


It's not really that surprising at all. Thomas favors government colorblindness, but for substantially different reasons than the white conservatives: he (correctly) sees racism as still present and ingrained in all levels in American society, and so any top-down attempts to "help" are probably only going to make shit worse. I really encourage everybody to read his dissent in Grutter v. Bollinger. This opinion's consistent with that.

Feel like I've banged this drum before but Thomas is twice the jurist most of the other conservatives have been. That he's taken a backseat to Scalia in the popular consciousness is equal parts susceptibility to hucksters and out-and-out racism.
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby pacobird » Tue May 23, 2017 5:11 pm

(It's also possible he knew a 4-4 split would have had the same result, so he concurred in order to record his view that the VRA doesn't apply to redistricting at all)
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