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    it's been a while since I've seen our good...

    it's been a while since I've seen our good Colonel rip up a chew toy like this, please continue
  2. if i recall correctly, they did.

    if i recall correctly, they did.
  3. hell, the Japanese at Imphal couldn't even...

    hell, the Japanese at Imphal couldn't even -supply- themselves. they starved to death!
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    this is a good demonstration of how under Trump,...

    this is a good demonstration of how under Trump, language that was mostly used about/against illegal immigration is now being applied to legal immigration.
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    better be careful with what you're smokin', Uncle...

    better be careful with what you're smokin', Uncle Duterte might come get you.
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    Trump's trade platform of tariffs and...

    Trump's trade platform of tariffs and protectionism is anathema to (former) GOP mantra of free trade. although there is a subset of conservatives whom support protectionism as well.

    there is no...
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    DE, immigration, certainly-- the GOP is moving...

    DE,

    immigration, certainly-- the GOP is moving from "we are just against ILLEGAL immigration" to "we are against current levels of legal immigration". on the political calculation, not altogether...
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    DE, depends on what you mean by his "core...

    DE,



    depends on what you mean by his "core beliefs". his core belief is Trump. his secondary belief is Trump. everything else is tertiary.

    now if you're talking about Trump's consistent...
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    ironduke, this is probably better for the...

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    this is probably better for the "what if" thread but that wasn't the balance of power in the 1860s. the North was crucially reliant on the City of London's finances and UK trade; as...
  10. the truly impressive thing in my book is how the...

    the truly impressive thing in my book is how the Red Army managed to fix itself so relatively fast despite Stalin's hobby of shooting officers left and right.

    correct me if i'm wrong, but the...
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    never thought i'd see the day when someone calls...

    never thought i'd see the day when someone calls snapper a socialist, LOL.
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    from a US perspective, the Philippines makes for...

    from a US perspective, the Philippines makes for convenient basing in normal ops but not much more. the Philippines is not serious about their own defense, and what money they do throw towards...
  13. it's not that much of a concern to me as it was...

    it's not that much of a concern to me as it was back when I was a centrist, TBH. it's clear to me now that debt viability is intimately connected to the structure of the governmental system itself.
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    hey, i'd be all for Sherman tanks to be dragged...

    hey, i'd be all for Sherman tanks to be dragged out of some WWII museum, refurbished and put in a parade. it'd be even better if this could happen in certain areas of the South, too.
  15. snapper, conservatives like to attack...

    snapper,



    conservatives like to attack Obama's record on the deficit.

    however, most of the Obama-era deficit arose because of the Great Recession. tax receipts fell as unemployment went up,...
  16. the economic growth is the only thing keeping him...

    the economic growth is the only thing keeping him and the GOP alive...but 50-60% chance of a recession come 2020.

    the last bits of the old centrist in me still can't believe the deficits piece....
  17. nah, HRC's main weakness wasn't so much her...

    nah, HRC's main weakness wasn't so much her campaign, it was just herself as a person. she was an experienced politico-- something which she leaned hard into-- at a time when people in swing states...
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    this was already clear since 2004; nothing new....

    this was already clear since 2004; nothing new. legislative paralysis plays a role in this too-- disgust in the paralysis means a perpetual search for a new outsider who will "clean out Washington",...
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    i'm just curious where all the folks outraged by...

    i'm just curious where all the folks outraged by the Obama red-line stuff went.
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    a lot of this oh-so-sanguine Brexit talk is...

    a lot of this oh-so-sanguine Brexit talk is because the UK hasn't, well, Brexit'd.

    i actually have no problem with that clown BoJo taking the helm at this point in time, because then he will get...
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