Don't blame me, I voted for the other guy. (Politics General)

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Finland is now offering to train Ukrainian soldiers in how to fight during the winter.
Russia (and by extension Ukraine) is infamous for winning wars in winter by running away. Finland is famous for winning wars in winter by fighting.
So yeah the next few months are going to be extra bad for Russia.
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A cop in Indiana opened fire on a car that he claimed “nearly hit him”. Prepare for a comedy of errors.
The car in question was being driven by an off-duty cop who was driving to his personal residence. The police officer who did the shooting was walking the opposite way to investigate an abandoned vehicle. The driver moved over into the opposite lane briefly to give room for a traffic stop that was going on at the time (it was 2:30AM and the roads were fairly empty).
So, a cop, shot at an off duty cop, who themselves were trying to ensure the safety of another cop by not driving too close to them.
And if your first response to that situation is to shoot the car, you’re a fucking lunatic with zero situational awareness.
Imagin if this situation had been a driver in medical distress, or just a distracted teen who drifted across the center line. This retard could have popped someone’s granny in the head because he was “scared”.
If you frighten easily, mayhap being a cop is not the best career move.
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“by running away” is bit of a offensive term; when your enemy walks into a pool of quicksand, the smart play is to just move back and see them chase you further in and fall in deeper.
I mean, props to the Finns regardless, it’s not like they had anywhere less freezing to fall back to back in the day.
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Eh, fair.
The protections are pretty weaksauce but still important. The Reps who are currently in support are:
Susan Collins of Maine
Rob Portman of Ohio
Thom Tillis of North Carolina
Mitt Romney of Utah
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Roy Blunt of Missouri
Richard Burr of North Carolina
Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia
Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming
Dan Sullivan of Alaska
Todd Young of Indiana
Joni Ernst of Iowa
Romney is kinda surprising. He’s probably the least crazy GOP senator, but he is a pretty big religious man. So hey, good on him.
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Comparisons to the PATCO strike (which marked the beginning of the long-term decline in union labor) are a bit incomplete, since the rail unions are not (to my knowledge) representing public sector employees. The railroads in question are all publicly traded corporations, not necessarily the federal government.
Unless I’m misunderstanding and the federal government does own shares in the rail carriers? Amtrak I could see, but what about BNSF?
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Stewart Rhodes, one of the leaders of the Oath Keepers, was just convicted for seditious conspiracy for his involvement with Jan 6.
Which is not only good in that a traitor is facing conviction, but also that we finally have a legal precedence recognizing that what happened on Jan 6 was indeed sedition.
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The situations are different. The Taft-Hartley Act, which let Reagan declare the strike a national emergency, applies to private sector unions as well, but it specifically exempts railways and airlines, which are governed by the Railway Labor Act.
That said, the most recent rail strike, in 1992, was ended by Congress making it illegal (Pub. Law 102-306). If Congress takes similar action this time and the unions don’t back down, things could get reeeally ugly.
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The Respect for Marriage act, the bill that offers weak yet important protections for gay or interracial marriages, has passed.
Only 13 Rep senators voted for it.
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So, how much tension has Trump pulled within the Right Wing as of now?
Like enough to where he could split off to his own party with enough loyalists?
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IIRC the police in Malaysia (where I live) were notorious for pulling people over to steal money from them.
Being from Malaysia, I was expecting that the conservative madmen in my country will start howling in rage. Clerics and other preachers over there kept blaming gays for disasters, like COVID, earthquakes, and floods, so I was waiting for them to show up in the news.
Unless they would risk going to jail and sparking a riot of devotees, I don’t think these “lebais” (a mocking name for “know it alls” or Muslim clerics who live as hypocrites) would call for attacks on Singapore over legalising gay romance.
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That is exactly what Malaysian gays were joking about! They would be happy to resolve some drought or weather disasters as superheroes.
You can ask Pang Khee Teik, one of those who made the joke. He’s also a notable Malaysian activist who is also gay.
I like to read his articles because they provide an interesting observation about what problems my country needs to overcome, and daily life as a gay man in Malaysia.
Typically, he might risk arrest for who he loves due to the conservative laws of the country, so that’s why he had to be online.
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Gay Sex was de facto decriminalized beforehand, this changes nothing as far as I’m concerned
Any practical progress for LGBT rights in the Lion City is still years, if not decades away from happening
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You talking about SG or Malaysia here? Would surprise me more if it was SG but still
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A Democrat CAN win in Texas. All they need to do is ignore the rural areas, which are never going to vote for them anyway, and focus on the cities, where people actually live.
If Democrats can get Harris County, Bexar County, and Dallas County to go 70%-30% Democrat, instead of 55%-45% for Harris County, and 60%-40% for Bexar County and Dallas County, they can win.
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