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I have been telling my boys, GusGus and Spikey, that they are looking delicious today, which causes them to rub against my legs, long tails wrapping around, and mewing in tiny squeeks.

That reminds me, I’d like to write a book...



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Perhaps a series of paperbacks in this genre.

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Tucker Carlson told his viewers they should call the police again and again to report child abuse if they see children outside playing while wearing masks. That just happens to be current CDC guidelines. I think Tucker might get in trouble for this when his viewers start getting arrested for abuse of emergency services.


We're flying electric helicopters on Mars yet you can't turn on your clothes dryer in Texas. That's because scientists are in charge of Mars, and Republicans are in charge of Texas.
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I see Josh Duggar has just been busted for receiving and possessing child pornography. We all knew he was headed down that path when he got in hot water for molesting his sisters when he was a teen. I think the patriarchal Evangelical environment supports this, or at least does little to discourage it.

Fundamentalist Baptists Worse Than Catholic Church

Worse than the Catholic Church because priests are supposed to be celibate. The whole system of these extreme fundamentalists enables this crap, from home schooling, "forgiveness" rather than reporting crimes, pervy pastors moving to other churches instead of going to prison, victims treated as "sinners", etc. Everything about it is sick.

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Looks like DC statehood is pretty easy. Manchin says we need a constitutional amendment to do it, but he's clearly wrong about that: No state has EVER been admitted by constitutional amendment. The process is included in the constitution already, and it does not mention an amendment requirement. It's mostly up to the people living in that territory. They can vote on a new state constitution by simple majority, and then a simple majority vote to admit in each house of congress is all it takes. It got a little trickier when new states were carved out of old states, but that's not the case for DC.

DC would have a larger population than Wyoming or Vermont, and I suspect a statehood vote would pass easily. The size of the federal district has already been adjusted once, when some land was returned to Virginia. So that has precedence.

Just as easy to admit Puerto Rico, if the boricuas could get their act together.


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I thought I just saw that Manchin was against it....we'll see I guess...I didn't look past the headline.


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He did, but he gave the excuse that it should be done by constitutional amendment. I think that shows he's quite ignorant on the subject, since it has never been done that way. If the people of DC voted for it, and adopted a proposed state constitution, I think it would be hard for him to say no. The only cases where some other people get to vote on a proposed statehood, has been where the new state is cut from a larger old state. In that case, the people of the whole old state have to approve it, before the division can take place.

People in other states have NEVER had a direct vote, and right in the constitution it says a simple majority. Not an elaborate constitutional amendment process.


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Is there anything in the charter that precludes DC from statehood? It's not exactly a territory, rather a district set aside which belongs to all the states.

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I've been nosing around a bit and Manchin's flimsy constitutional excuse won't necessarily stand in court, but it doesn't have to...

Statehood proponents have to change his mind and his vote because that's all that really counts. Not liable to happen and the statehood vote is doomed.

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His excuse is flimsy. That's why I think the people of DC voting for it overwhelmingly could change his mind. Puerto Rico would not have the "district" problem. It's just a plain old territory like most states were when they asked for admission. I wonder how the local sentiment is running. Becoming a state could have some huge advantages for the people of Puerto Rico.

If everybody who moved to the mainland moved back temporarily, I'm sure the statehood vote would pass. Most of the people who see an advantage of living in a state simply moved to the mainland.


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