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Posts by Aetius

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  • Dems may be ready to deal on Gorsuch

    03/23/2017 10:57:29 AM PDT · 57 of 91
    Aetius to SeekAndFind

    If the GOP goes along with this, if McConnell cannot reign in and prevent the usual suspects from preemptively surrendering when they hold the high ground, then he is worthless and the party truly is the Stupid Party.

    Schumer would not hesitate to nuke the filibuster on SCOTUS nominees if the roles were reversed. If Graham, McCain, Collins, Murkowski, et al can’t see this, then they are willful idiots.

    This is really simple for the GOP Senators; if the Democrats filibuster Gorsuch, go nuclear and confirm him with 51+ votes. If they hold off, and we are lucky enough to have Kenney and/or Ginsburg retire (not a chance on the latter I know), and then the Democrats filibuster, then go nuclear then.

  • Dems may be ready to deal on Gorsuch

    03/23/2017 10:57:19 AM PDT · 56 of 91
    Aetius to SeekAndFind

    If the GOP goes along with this, if McConnell cannot reign in and prevent the usual suspects from preemptively surrendering when they hold the high ground, then he is worthless and the party truly is the Stupid Party.

    Schumer would not hesitate to nuke the filibuster on SCOTUS nominees if the roles were reversed. If Graham, McCain, Collins, Murkowski, et al can’t see this, then they are willful idiots.

    This is really simple for the GOP Senators; if the Democrats filibuster Gorsuch, go nuclear and confirm him with 51+ votes. If they hold off, and we are lucky enough to have Kenney and/or Ginsburg retire (not a chance on the latter I know), and then the Democrats filibuster, then go nuclear then.

  • Trump Says He’s Open To Legal Pathway For Undocumented Immigrants

    02/28/2017 8:13:52 PM PST · 101 of 113
    Aetius to zeestephen

    If the legalization didn’t include any path to citizenship, and if it excluded a much wider array of criminal illegal aliens than democrats want, and if it excluded recent arrivals (defined by years, not weeks or months), and if it came with serious and vigorous enforcement against future illegal immigration, and most importantly, if it were paired with a permanent and large reduction in legal immigration, then it might be worth pursuing. The legal immigration reform should be along the lines of the RAISE Act introduced by Senators Cotton and Perdue recently.

    Such an approach might get a few Democrat votes, and might get some of the GOP immigration liberals on board.

  • Today's High School Students Are Most Conservative In 70 Years

    02/15/2017 5:31:17 PM PST · 24 of 47
    Aetius to ResistanceMedia

    Hmm...I’d like to believe this but I’m skeptical. This generation of high schoolers is the least white one we’ve had (until the next one), and that makes it the least naturally conservative/Relublican one we’ve had. It would be surprising indeed if this cohort is really conservative.

  • Democrats are becoming the party of secession

    02/05/2017 12:20:03 PM PST · 35 of 35
    Aetius to central_va

    No, if the state votes to secede then nothing happens, at least not based on that vote alone. The rest of the nation would have to agree to let Calif go. And in this scenario, who is to say that the President and Congress wouldn’t negotiate the possible freedom of the red areas of Calif from the rule of LA and SF? Maybe negotiate another ballot initiative for Calif, that allows the individual counties to decide for themselves, allowing the ‘Balkanization’ to happen as a condition of independence?

    Anyway, this is all speculation based on something that’s not going to happen. Californian elites are upset now in the wake of Trump becoming President, but the last decade has shown multiple wild swings in power, so the Democrats will likely and unfortunately be back in charge before too long. And there is no way the LA-SF-Silicon Valley elites will pass up the chance to once again impose their will on the red states.

  • Democrats are becoming the party of secession

    02/01/2017 11:39:15 AM PST · 31 of 35
    Aetius to ChicagoConservative27

    Let them go...minus the red areas of the state, and any federal land (like military bases and national parks) in the blue areas.

  • Democrats are becoming the party of secession

    02/01/2017 11:37:26 AM PST · 30 of 35
    Aetius to central_va

    If this far-fetched idea ever came to be, who is to say the rest of the nation would let the entire state go? Sure, economic hubs like LA, SF, and Silicon Valley would go as they are the most left wing areas of the state. And that would provide the breakaway state a strong base for its economy.

    But much or most of inland California is red. Why, in this highly unlikely scenario of secession actually happening, would the rest of the union allow the coastal secessionists to have the whole state? If it’s about divergent values, then those red counties (with significant agricultural and mineral wealth) may wish to remain in the union, and the union might insist that they be allowed to do so.

  • Why California’s Silly Secession Scheme Can’t Succeed

    01/12/2017 11:28:08 AM PST · 55 of 64
    Aetius to Ozark Tom; bert

    Sounds good to me.

  • LIVE: Confirmation Hearing of James "Mad Dog" Mattis, Trump's Pick for Secretary of Defense

    01/12/2017 11:21:11 AM PST · 23 of 26
    Aetius to NKP_Vet

    I hope you’re right. Trump and Mattis should jettison as much of the Obama social engineering as they can, and abolishing the allowance of women in ground combat should be step one. I know some say it should be allowed so long as standards aren’t lowered, but how likely is that? Maybe in this administration with excellent people like Mattis running things then perhaps standards would be maintained. But in a future democrat or liberal Republican administration would that hold true? It seems inevitable that the standards will be lowered (either officially or unofficially) because the number of women who can meet the same standards as men will always be small and much lower than can be tolerated by the left wing extremists pushing this bad idea-turned policy.

    The problem though with reversing this bad idea is that unfortunately Anthony Kennedy will probably end up deciding the matter. The left (ACLU I think) already had a lawsuit in the pipeline seeking to have the courts order the military to open all positions to women. I think they withdrew the suit once Obama did what it sought to have imposed by judicial usurpation and decree. So if they policy is reversed, the lawsuit will resume.

    Even if Trump replaces Scalia with a suitably good conservative, that likely means a 4-4 split with Kennedy breaking the tie. At this point there is no reason at all to be confident Kennedy will get it right.

    Trump and the GOP congress could try making the old policy law and stripping the courts of jurisdiction on the matter, but that will never happen.

  • Why California’s Silly Secession Scheme Can’t Succeed

    01/12/2017 5:31:04 AM PST · 26 of 64
    Aetius to Pollster1

    Yes, but not the whole state. Only the blue areas of California should be allowed to go, minus any federal land (like national parks) within those areas.

  • 'Cheap Shot': Al Roker Slams Media For Suggesting Jenna Bush Is Racist After Golden Globes Mistake

    01/10/2017 9:27:32 AM PST · 8 of 41
    Aetius to Mr. K

    Exactly. The worst thing about this is that apologized, or ever felt that an apology was necessary. Then to almost cry over it? WTF?

    It should be a lesson for this liberal Bush that even with the advocacy for gay marriage and obvious contempt for people who actually voted for her father and grandfather, it gains her nothing with her preferred fellow leftists.

  • In push for statehood, Puerto Rico announces vote to choose 2 senators and 5 representatives

    01/05/2017 9:55:01 AM PST · 71 of 88
    Aetius to glorgau

    PR should not be permitted statehood because it would be an automatic addition of two more far-left Democrat senators, plus five more far-left Democrats in the House, and seven more guaranteed electoral votes for the democrats.

  • ‘Rogue One’ soars to second-best December debut with $155M

    12/19/2016 10:45:15 AM PST · 66 of 81
    Aetius to Flying Circus

    The prequels are indeed terrible (well, the third was almost decent, maybe) but I wouldn’t blame Hayden Christensen. Is there an actor alive who could have done good work with the horrible script and direction that Lucas gave him (and Portman)?

  • Hollywood Ponders America's Hatred of Muslims

    12/09/2016 1:37:43 PM PST · 36 of 49
    Aetius to grobdriver

    Isn’t Bozell’s title sarcastic?

  • Hollywood Ponders America's Hatred of Muslims

    12/09/2016 1:37:04 PM PST · 35 of 49
    Aetius to eyeamok

    Somalis too

  • Democrats search for answers to stem a spreading Republican tide

    11/22/2016 7:06:12 AM PST · 40 of 65
    Aetius to VeniVidiVici

    Yes there is a connection; some illegal aliens vote and almost all who do no doubt vote democrat.

    But the population of democrat-voting legal immigrants (and their first generation children) is much larger. Unending mass legal immigration is the much bigger demographic threat to conservatism. Drastically reducing legal immigration and ending this era of mass immigration is just as important to achieve as are the actions against illegal immigration like border security, deportations, and cracking down on sanctuary cities, maybe more so.

    Of course the two are very much connected thanks in large part to the disaster of birthright citizenship and anchor babies. That needs to be abolished too.

  • Former Obama Spokesman Threatens Trump Over Media Access… Posted

    11/16/2016 7:27:41 AM PST · 59 of 66
    Aetius to wbarmy

    You’re right. And if it must go on, I do hope Trump rips the media really good that night.

  • Former Obama Spokesman Threatens Trump Over Media Access… Posted

    11/16/2016 7:25:34 AM PST · 58 of 66
    Aetius to xzins

    Ideally we’d return to the President delivering a simple written message to Congress to fulfill the requirement that he provide a report on the state of union from time to time.

    But I know that’s not going to happen. A free, hour-long pep rally is too much for a modern politician to decline.

  • Former Obama Spokesman Threatens Trump Over Media Access… Posted

    11/16/2016 5:47:35 AM PST · 3 of 66
    Aetius to detective

    Trump should also decline to attend the annual White House Correspondents Dinner. It’s a ridiculous spectacle, almost as bad a President’s appearing on late night talk shows.

  • Swedish Government to establish gender equality agency

    11/16/2016 5:29:34 AM PST · 14 of 16
    Aetius to aquila48

    If the want to combat violence against women then they should halt the importation of Muslim men, and deport as many as possible that they’ve already let in.