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5 months ago
Randy
Funny....I get the smell of garbage.
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7 months ago
Randy
Finished and filed our Federal taxes yesterday. Had to pay a whole $25 more this year. Comparing last year with this year we actually did quite good. Our income went up a bit with pay raises and bonuses and withholding went down so we had a few thousand more dollars in our pocket than the previous year. Bottom line was higher income but lower total taxes than last year. That said our best
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1 year ago
Randy
I don’t and didn’t vote straight party. No one party represents me well. Some candidates in both major parties were better than the other. The parties locally had a mixed bag of good incumbents and bad challengers and vice versa. I believe Texas has passed a law that will do away with being able to do the “one button” straight party vote that goes into effect for the next major election. An
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1 year ago
Randy
Not only her history but also her age and health. She would be 73 just before Election Day which is maybe minor but I wonder if she would be healthy enough to survive what most probably will be brutal primaries to even get the Democratic nomination. Despite the obvious visceral opposition to Trump the Democrats still don’t have a clear philosophical leader. I would expect we’ll see some stro
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1 year ago
Randy
I project if Beto loses the ongoing Senate race to Cruz he will fade away. He is behind by up to 8 to 10 points in a number of polls but as we know from 2016 polls sometimes have little to do with the outcome. We have early voting here in Texas and so far this has been one of the heavier turnouts. The majority of that turnout locally has been in the more conservative areas but hard to draw an
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1 year ago
Randy
Party politics for either party have often not made sense to me but this one is a real headsctracher. They endorse a now non-candidate who lost the Democratic primary to Feinstein by a significant margin? Maybe they figure there’s no risk as they most probably correctly doubt any Republican, Green, or whatever party can beat her. At the same time, and I’m not at all familiar with California Ho
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1 year ago
Randy
So the progressive left is exercising its new found strength within the Democratic Party. Obviously Sen Feinstein, a left of center Democrat, has been popular with the general Democratic Party faithful voters for years so this may have no impact. Could be a “warning shot across the bow” that the new Party leadership wants Feinstein to move further left.
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1 year ago
Randy
Yeah....it was kind of a menu of poop sandwiches, any bite was going to be nasty. We survived but wife and I are bureaucrats and have learned like most bureacrats that administrations come and go but we’re pretty much always here. Both of us work or worked for DoD so we’ve gone through “feast or famine” before and survived. Sometimes you dance and feast, sometimes you just sit quietly and wait
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1 year ago
Randy
Very true. I’ll demure on whether or not the foreknowledge that people voted for Trump back in 2016 because of potential Supreme Court appointments. Some maybe but not sure I can say a lot were motivated by that. Right now I have no particular opinion about Kavanaugh. I find the immediate knee jerk negative reaction by Democrats a bit too much but kind of expected that. I really don’t expec
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1 year ago
Randy
Mixed. I think all Presidents find out very quickly, especially in the last three or so administrations, that the “ bully pulpit” is more about compromise and trade offs than directing and demanding. I would like to see Trump finally settle on his staff and cabinet members. Some choices maybe weren’t the best and probably deserved to be cut lose and some were probably pretty good but somehow g
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1 year ago
Randy
For me is was more like “you got to be xxxxxxx kidding me” and “what the xxxx happened” surprise than disappointment. I really didn’t want either of them to be President but knew one would and didn’t see how Trump could win. We went to bed really expecting it would be President Elect Clinton when we got up and even that would have elicited some unprintable comment. This was the worst choice
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1 year ago
Randy
My favorite has always been the Young Turks webcast, it’s almost as funny as a Saturday Night Live skit. Caution! They get pretty excited as Election Night progresses and use some non-PC language. Mind you I don’t particularly blame them. Funny thing was that my wife and I had voted earlier in the week with neither of us voting a President choice. Election Night we didn’t even have live TV
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1 year ago
Randy
Given the at least transitory popularity of the progressive left/Democratic Socialist movement in the Democratic Party I wonder if they fail if that faction will leave the party and align with or start another party? Generally speaking a party will only stick with a platform or person that delivers elections and particularly the Presidency. Really has become a “what have you done for me recent
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1 year ago
Randy
Sanders success at the state convention and primary level should have been a huge red flag for the Clintons. It should have warned them that their support within the party was not as deep or as broad as they thought. Having had family and friends who worked in or around the Clintons while they were in the White House I know or certainly got the impression they have huge egos that might have got
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1 year ago
Randy
I’ve done some digging too. When the Clinton machine collapsed after Hillary’s loss there was this great sucking void in the DNC. Bernie Sanders and other like minded members stepped into that void and it eventually resulted in Perez becoming the DNC Chair. Lots of drama and some very ill feelings about how the progressive left had been treated. So now they’re in charge and thus the new dire
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1 year ago
Randy
I agree a very well done video and obviously it and her real time presence in her district carried the day. She did a good job of touching on several critical issues, some with local, some with intercity, and some with broader nationwide implications. She also did a great job of leveraging Crowley’s absentee representation. Crowley supposedly didn’t even show up for announced and scheduled de
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1 year ago
Randy
Fair enough. I approach this much like I approach a patient. To understand a patient’s present mental state or health it is important for me to gather some insight into how they got there. It becomes the basis for treatment and the way ahead. That said, and I think more in the vane you’re speaking of, I’d say that the Democratic Party’s present direction is definitely progressive left. As b
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1 year ago
Randy
I would imagine it depends on the union. My sensing is the blue collar industrial based union members are less likely to vote Democratic than years ago. My IAW union member neighbor has privately admitted to me that they can no longer deliver union member votes like they once could. Officially the union may, and usually do, endorse Democratic Party candidates but actually getting the members
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1 year ago
Randy
I’m not sure it was a person as much as it was and still is an amalgamation of special interest factions within the Democratic Party that has moved the party so far left. Strictly my view but to me the backbone of the Democratic Party was the blue collar union members and they were centralist. Union membership has been on the decline for decades both in terms of the percentage of the workforce
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1 year ago
Randy
Mr. Perez’s position or thoughts notwithstanding the Democratic Party, not unlike the Republican Party for that matter, has no direction. There is no single philosophical leader of the party. Jesse Jackson’s notion of the Rainbow Coalition came together for one “bright and shining” moment to twice elect Obama and then fell apart. Doesn’t help that Obama never had control of the Democratic Part
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2 years ago
Randy
This was a difficult and complicated election for my small family. My wife and I didn't vote for either Trump or Clinton, my son voted for Clinton but more as against Trump, my sister voted for Trump and was strongly against Clinton, and finally my sister in law who was a Sanders supporter voted for Clinton. Post-election everybody seems to still think they did the right thing. The stronges
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2 years ago
Randy
You honestly don't know how you're going to react until a true emergency arises. It certainly helped in the Pentagon that while we were only 500 feet from the impact there was no immediate danger. There was light and growing smoke in the hallway but no apparent fire. I have to give kudos to my staff and to the hundreds other in the area that there was no panic but a controlled sense of urgenc
Forum: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
2 years ago
Randy
What part did he or his team play?
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2 years ago
Randy
I think the footage was "real time", by that I mean taken at the time of the recent event, and not stock footage. It's impossible to have a detailed plan that covers every contingency and permutation of every scenario. I think they did what the moment called for in Fort Lauderdale. The unfortunate truth is between true terrorists and wackos in Paris, Istanbul, Orlando, et al people
Forum: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
2 years ago
Randy
Fort Lauderdale is a good sized airport and a major arrival/departure airport for the sizable cruise oriented Port Everglades port. This is peak season so lots and lots of coming and going. From the news reports they decided to evacuate the terminal of both incoming and departing passengers so many if no all of the possible exits were used and that meant some people onto the tarmac. As for pe
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2 years ago
Randy
If the jetways to the plane were open then it's easy to get to the tarmac. Athletic? Bet your sweet backside if you think somebody is shooting or could shoot at you. The passengers running all look relatively young and that part of Florida is popular with college students during school breaks.
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2 years ago
Randy
Guess you don't like Republicans and Paul Ryan. Interesting in that if you'd gotten your wish that somehow the Electoral College failed to vote in a President that it would have gone to the House to select a President. No way the Republican controlled House would have selected Clinton so they would have selected Trump. UPDATE NOTE: Bad weather here today so I actually read part of the U
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2 years ago
Randy
It's over. Approved, signed, and confirmed in a joint session of the Senate and House.
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2 years ago
Randy
So how would overturning the Electoral College vote result in a fair election?
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2 years ago
Randy
30. Do Over
The next "do over" is now slightly less than four years away in November 2020. There will be a "mini-do ever" in November 2018 when the whole House and about one third of the Senate stand for reelection.
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