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  • Jan 14, 2021 08:19 PM
    Last: 2d

    Some of the my favorite Super Bowl Ads are the ones that remind me that, as an American, I'm part of a wonderful (though certainly not always perfect) experiment of self governance. They typically aren't the ones everyone is talking about the day after the big game, but patriotic Super Bowl ads are the ones that tend to tug at my heartstrings the most.

    One of my favorite ads was Jeep's 2016 "Portraits" ad that showed images of important Americans throughout our history in rapid succession.

    My favorite light hearted one was when Bud Light tapped Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer to run for office as members of the "Bud Light Party," which simply wanted to unify America. It was pretty funny, but I also think they were subtly trying to remind us that "we're all in this together."

    I'm interested to see what other peoples favorite patriotic themed Super Bowl ads are. They can be serious, silly, somber, or heartwarming. That's what makes them great.

  • Jan 12, 2021 09:14 PM
    Last: 3d

    I regret to admit I was mistaken and should clear things up.

    A supermajority is not required to prevent Trump from ever holding office again. A trial still must be held and two-thirds of Senators must vote to convict him. However, the Senate can hold a second vote after that and with a simple majority can vote to prevent Trump from ever holding office again.

    So here's an interesting scenario to think about: The Senate holds it's trial against Trump. Five to ten Republican Senators vote to convict Trump in his trial, but it doesn't reach the necessary two-thirds (67) votes to convict him. Then the Senate holds a second vote to permanently bar Trump from ever seeking office again and none of the Republicans join, which would put it in the Democrats court. Republicans could wipe their hands clean of Trump while being able to blame Democrats for "overreach" (or insert whatever else you want to here) at the same time.

    Sure, this is a pretty pessimistic view of what in theory is supposed to be the greatest deliberative body in the world, but I wouldn't be surprised in the least if something like this happened.

  • Jan 12, 2021 09:14 PM
    Last: 3d

    It's official. Donald Trump is now the first President in our nations history to be impeached twice. Ten Republicans joined a united Democratic Party in the vote.

    I honestly think there's a very real possibility the Senate will vote to convict Trump, even if they don't take up the trial until after he's out of office. As I said earlier, a conviction in the Senate will bar Trump from ever holding office again. So on the surface it might seem odd to impeach Trump with mere days left in his tenure, but it makes perfect sense to those people who want to make sure he can never be President or hold any other Federal office again.

  • Jan 12, 2021 09:14 PM
    Last: 3d

    The House of Representatives are voting on an unprecedented second impeachment of President Donald Trump, days after he incited a deadly riot that culminated in his protesters storming the United States Capitol in an unprecedent act of insurrection and sedition against the United States government.

    The deadly attack left five people dead, including a Capitol Hill police officer.

    No President in our nations history has ever been impeached twice, making Donald Trump the first (and hopefully only) President to be saddled with that asterisk.

    While it may strike some as odd that Congress moving to impeach Donald Trump with so letter time left in his term, it does in fact make perfect sense because a conviction in the United States Senate could bar him from seeking office ever again if the Senate also votes to do so.

    Multiple House, and perhaps more importantly, Senate Republicans have come out in favor of Trump's impeachment or pleaded on him to resign.

    I'm certainly not a betting man, but I have to admit I think there's a very real shot enough Senate Republicans will jump on board to convict Trump. None other than Republican Leader Mitch McConnell privately told his Republican colleagues that he was "pleased" the House is moving to impeach Trump because it will make it easy for Republicans to "purge" him from the party. If Trump has lost McConnell then anything can happen in the Senate trial.

    What do you think? Is the House smart to move ahead with impeachment days before Trump is set to leave office or was what he incited on 1/6/2021 so terrible that it requires his immediate removal no matter how many days he has left in office?

  • Jan 11, 2021 09:13 PM
    Last: 5d

    It's a great idea, especially in sparsely populated areas, but we also need to think on a more grand scale. Any college town with a football stadium should set up shop on the field. Any professional football field and arena should set up shop. State fair grounds in all 50 states should set up shop.

    In my opinion, drive-thru vaccination sites should really only be used in areas that don't have the infrastructure to give mass vaccinations.

  • Jan 11, 2021 03:05 PM
    Last: 5d

    Primary care physicians will also be able to give the vaccine when it becomes more readily available.

    I also read that many states are allowing dentists to give the vaccine to their patients, as well.

  • Jan 05, 2021 07:53 AM
    Last: 11d

    Democrats swept both races, giving the Democratic Party an effective majority in the Senate with Vice-President elect Harris being able to cast any tie-breaking vote in the next Congress.

    This will have huge implications on the ability of President-elect Biden to pass his legislative priorities because now Senator Mitch McConnell won't be able to block any proposed legislation from reaching the floor. Not just that, but now Democrats will be in charge of every Congressional committee, which is where all major pieces of legislation are debated and written.

    Perhaps most importantly, Democrats will now be able to fill any judicial vacancy that comes up during Joe Biden's first two years as President. That alone is something that will have ramifications long past the President-elects tenure.

  • Jan 06, 2021 04:19 PM
    Last: 10d

    An unruly and armed mob stormed the Capital building in Washington, D.C. while members of the House and Senate were meeting to certify the results of the Electoral College in the 2020 Presidential Election. At least one person was shot.

    The anarchists stormed the Capital by the hundreds, sending both chambers into lockdown before being evacuated to undisclosed locations by Capital police.

    This needs to be called what it is - an illegitimate coup attempt by anarchists intent on overturning a free and fair election that they handily lost. Period. End of sentence.

    What a sad, sad day for our country.

  • Dec 28, 2020 08:06 PM
    Last: 19d

    Leader McConnell will only allow this to move forward if 12 (or more) Republican Senators publicly or privately come forward to say they are on board with the additional money. I'm not saying it's not going to happen, but I will be surprised if it does.

    If they do somehow come to an agreement then the next question is how quickly they do. If they make an agreement to drastically raise the amount of the 2nd stimulus check in the next day or two then the government enact the changes before checks start to get sent out. However, if they don't then what is likely to happen is people will have to wait to get the additional money until they file their 2020 Federal income taxes.

    Again, I'm not holding my breath that 12 Republican Senators are going to get behind this legislation. I think it's highly unlikely, but then again my predictions have been proven incorrect a number of times these past four years.

  • Dec 20, 2020 06:49 PM
    Last: 18d

    We finally know how the checks will be calculated.

    The checks will be $600 for more Americans, with an additional $600 per eligible dependent. Individual filers making up to $75,000 would be eligible for the entire $600, but that number decreases the more money you make, phasing out entirely at $99,001. The numbers are doubled for couples filing jointly. Heads of household who make up to $112,500 will get the full amount, which is phased out at $136,501.

    Basically everything is the same as the first stimulus check, but it's just cut in half. The only difference is qualifying dependent children will get $600 instead of $500 each. However, a qualified dependent must be under 17, which is the same as the first round of stimulus checks.