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2021-01-24 4:49:54 AM  
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2021-01-24 6:26:36 AM  
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2021-01-24 9:48:38 AM  
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....damn, George - you're gonna kill 'em with that!
 
2021-01-24 9:52:17 AM  

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2021-01-24 9:54:54 AM  

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....damn, George - you're gonna kill 'em with that!


Not the best analogy given George's cultural backround
 
2021-01-24 9:58:28 AM  
The GOP has refused to cooperate on anything since the 1980's, so why end the filibuster now, when they're certainlydue?  When a coin lands on tails 20 trillion times, you should confidently call heads.
 
2021-01-24 9:58:41 AM  
Pack the Congress, and the SCOTUS....  they wanted to fark around, they should find out.
 
2021-01-24 9:59:19 AM  

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2021-01-24 10:01:36 AM  

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Real smart. See those named dots on there? That's where all the people are. You create two autonomous subregions within your new country dominated by two of the largest metro areas in the country they're gonna secede almost immediately and rejoin the union. Only reason dallas and Houston have to give a f*ck about the rest of the state is because it's so damn big.
 
2021-01-24 10:02:35 AM  
Lessee, the candidates are Puerto Rico, DC, North California, Cascade Wyoming, Civilized Texas, New Idaho, Eastern Kentucky, Suriname, Newfoundland, Aruba, Lesser Michigan, Belgium, and Harry Belafonte.
 
2021-01-24 10:02:58 AM  

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Like Texans would ever voluntarily give up bragging about how big their state is.
 
2021-01-24 10:06:49 AM  

Summoner101: Snarfangel: [Fark user image image 850x715]

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Is that Taylor Swift? It kinda looks like her and it kinda doesn't.
 
2021-01-24 10:07:53 AM  

Penguin_named_Nori: Summoner101: Snarfangel: [Fark user image image 850x715]

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Is that Taylor Swift? It kinda looks like her and it kinda doesn't.


no its becky
 
2021-01-24 10:08:43 AM  

endmile: Penguin_named_Nori: Summoner101: Snarfangel: [Fark user image image 850x715]

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Is that Taylor Swift? It kinda looks like her and it kinda doesn't.

no its becky


Becky Swift?
 
2021-01-24 10:10:06 AM  
"Take it up with the stacked Supreme Court."

BOOM, B*TCHES!!!
 
2021-01-24 10:11:44 AM  

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Texas will never break up. That would mean part of it would have to stop being Texas, and no Texan would ever agree to that
 
2021-01-24 10:15:25 AM  

HypnozombieX: Snarfangel: [Fark user image 850x715]

Like Texans would ever voluntarily give up bragging about how big their state is.


Alaska is always threatening to split in half just so Texas drops to third.
 
2021-01-24 10:18:20 AM  

DrD'isInfotainment: RasIanI: [Fark user image 420x250] [View Full Size image _x_]

....damn, George - you're gonna kill 'em with that!

Not the best analogy given George's cultural backround


He's an American. He was born in California. Him and his family got put in an American concentration camp. Had he been old enough to be in the military at the time he might have advocated the bombs.  It like saying Americans know and celebrate Russia's February 2nd holiday.
Backhand slap
 
2021-01-24 10:25:24 AM  

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Why would "Jefferson" ever vote for that?
 
2021-01-24 10:27:14 AM  

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Snarfangel: [Fark user image image 850x715]

Real smart. See those named dots on there? That's where all the people are. You create two autonomous subregions within your new country dominated by two of the largest metro areas in the country they're gonna secede almost immediately and rejoin the union. Only reason dallas and Houston have to give a f*ck about the rest of the state is because it's so damn big.


I wouldn't put San Antonio in the same state with Houston either. Not because I hate SA (it's a fun weekend road trip), but rather it should be the population anchor of a different state so that the Senators would be more likely D than R.
 
2021-01-24 10:33:21 AM  
Schumer should eliminate the filibuster for any bill that admits a state into the union. Democracy and representation should be fast tracked. Will it wind up stacking the Senate in favor of Democrats? Maybe. Take it up with the stacked Supreme Court.

/FTFH
 
2021-01-24 10:37:47 AM  
The first five words were sufficient.

It is absolutely ridiculous that a legislative session of the United States Senate can be stalled because a Senator wants to read Green Eggs & Ham to the chamber.

I realize what the intention of the filibuster were - to ensure everyone had their concerns acknowledged - but it is insane owing to men who don't behave as gentlemen. The US plainly has too much reliance on gentleman's agreements.
 
2021-01-24 10:39:46 AM  

rjakobi: Lessee, the candidates are Puerto Rico, DC, North California, Cascade Wyoming, Civilized Texas, New Idaho, Eastern Kentucky, Suriname, Newfoundland, Aruba, Lesser Michigan, Belgium, and Harry Belafonte.


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2021-01-24 10:41:51 AM  

starsrift: It is absolutely ridiculous that a legislative session of the United States Senate can be stalled because a Senator wants to read Green Eggs & Ham to the chamber.


Good for YouTube tho.
 
2021-01-24 10:47:57 AM  

DrD'isInfotainment: RasIanI: [Fark user image 420x250] [View Full Size image _x_]

....damn, George - you're gonna kill 'em with that!

Not the best analogy given George's cultural backround


Thank goodness it's used in a metaphorical context, and as compliment to his wit.
 
2021-01-24 10:54:04 AM  
There are two potential states on the docket this year.

First is Puerto Rico, which finally had a decent turnout for the referendum this year and affirmed its desire to become a state. That petition is longstanding.

The other is Washington DC, which has been shown to badly need the ability to self-govern after the events of the past few weeks (plus constantly getting dumped on by Congress for decades).

The former will be initially very Blue, probably going into Swing territory after a decade or so. The latter, though? The DC Metro Area will send reps so blue they'll make Sanders look like Cruz.
 
2021-01-24 10:59:59 AM  

starsrift: The first five words were sufficient.

It is absolutely ridiculous that a legislative session of the United States Senate can be stalled because a Senator wants to read Green Eggs & Ham to the chamber.

I realize what the intention of the filibuster were - to ensure everyone had their concerns acknowledged - but it is insane owing to men who don't behave as gentlemen. The US plainly has too much reliance on gentleman's agreements.


In a word? Racism. Surprise, surprise.

It was pushed by John C. Calhoun in order to give the minority (i.e., pro-slavery white conservatives) more power in government, and it was used heavily in the Civil Rights Era to block and delay equality legislation.
 
2021-01-24 11:04:40 AM  
What stops any majority leader from eliminating the filibuster after their party comes to power, and then reinstating it when it looks like they will be losing seats after the election?  Sure, the next majority leader could do the same, but....
 
2021-01-24 11:15:14 AM  

rjakobi: Lessee, the candidates are Puerto Rico, DC, North California, Cascade Wyoming, Civilized Texas, New Idaho, Eastern Kentucky, Suriname, Newfoundland, Aruba, Lesser Michigan, Belgium, and Harry Belafonte.


USVI. They also deserve a seat at the table. Not like Belafonte will be a big earner!
 
2021-01-24 11:17:44 AM  

starsrift: The first five words were sufficient.

It is absolutely ridiculous that a legislative session of the United States Senate can be stalled because a Senator wants to read Green Eggs & Ham to the chamber.

I realize what the intention of the filibuster were - to ensure everyone had their concerns acknowledged - but it is insane owing to men who don't behave as gentlemen. The US plainly has too much reliance on gentleman's agreements.


I am FINE with them reading a book. I am not fine with "I am going to filibuster" meaning something is stalled without 2/3 majority. You want to filibuster? Fine. But your ass will be talking the whole time.
 
2021-01-24 11:17:59 AM  

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Snarfangel: [Fark user image image 850x715]

Real smart. See those named dots on there? That's where all the people are. You create two autonomous subregions within your new country dominated by two of the largest metro areas in the country they're gonna secede almost immediately and rejoin the union. Only reason dallas and Houston have to give a f*ck about the rest of the state is because it's so damn big.


I think the map is supposed to allude to the myth that Texas claims the right to break into 5 smaller states, not to the.Texas secessionist movement.
 
2021-01-24 11:18:53 AM  

Blahbbs: What stops any majority leader from eliminating the filibuster after their party comes to power, and then reinstating it when it looks like they will be losing seats after the election?  Sure, the next majority leader could do the same, but....


Rules are set at the start of the legislative session, I believe.
 
2021-01-24 11:21:47 AM  

Krieghund: Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Snarfangel: [Fark user image image 850x715]

Real smart. See those named dots on there? That's where all the people are. You create two autonomous subregions within your new country dominated by two of the largest metro areas in the country they're gonna secede almost immediately and rejoin the union. Only reason dallas and Houston have to give a f*ck about the rest of the state is because it's so damn big.

I think the map is supposed to allude to the myth that Texas claims the right to break into 5 smaller states, not to the.Texas secessionist movement.


I moving to the newly created brazzers state. That one might be fun.
 
2021-01-24 11:21:56 AM  

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Congrats, you've added 2 Republican seats, 2 Democratic seats and 4 swing seats in states that will typically lean Democratic to start and will migrate to solid D seats if population trends continue.

You'd also make a number of Texans happy that they could ditch their BS Republican legislature and governor and replace them with democratic equivalents.
 
2021-01-24 11:22:45 AM  

bobug: Blahbbs: What stops any majority leader from eliminating the filibuster after their party comes to power, and then reinstating it when it looks like they will be losing seats after the election?  Sure, the next majority leader could do the same, but....

Rules are set at the start of the legislative session, I believe.


Nope. It can be eliminated anytime.
 
2021-01-24 11:23:50 AM  

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Forgetting for the moment that Texas can't secede, that's a terrible way to divide the state. The three areas on the left will basically become a wasteland in a matter of 10 years or so, while the areas on the right (where 85% of the population currently lives) will wither and die without the flow of commerce from the US at large.

Texas leaving the US is like a stupider version of brexit
 
2021-01-24 11:24:17 AM  
flypusher713:
I wouldn't put San Antonio in the same state with Houston either. Not because I hate SA (it's a fun weekend road trip), but rather it should be the population anchor of a different state so that the Senators would be more likely D than R.

Agreed.

Central Texas needs to be it's own state, and everything from the Panhandle to the Trans Pecos region needs to be combined.  Althought the Panhadle folks really wouldn being in a state dominated by El Paso.
 
2021-01-24 11:24:46 AM  
Democrats used to have the good manners to bedizen their calls for court stacking with some bullshiat about how it's needed to address the increased workload of the court, blah blah blah. Now they've dropped all pretense and just acknowledge that it's about the accretion of raw power to ram through an agenda they couldn't otherwise get enacted. They always complained about Trump and his dictatorial ways, but this is the real banana republic stuff.
 
2021-01-24 11:27:12 AM  

jjorsett: Democrats used to have the good manners to bedizen their calls for court stacking with some bullshiat about how it's needed to address the increased workload of the court, blah blah blah. Now they've dropped all pretense and just acknowledge that it's about the accretion of raw power to ram through an agenda they couldn't otherwise get enacted. They always complained about Trump and his dictatorial ways, but this is the real banana republic stuff.


You sound tired. See if they still have your libby_no_more alt banned, I bet getting in those old digs will reinvigorate you.
 
2021-01-24 11:31:23 AM  

Natalie Portmanteau: Snarfangel: [Fark user image image 850x715]

Forgetting for the moment that Texas can't secede, that's a terrible way to divide the state. The three areas on the left will basically become a wasteland in a matter of 10 years or so, while the areas on the right (where 85% of the population currently lives) will wither and die without the flow of commerce from the US at large.

Texas leaving the US is like a stupider version of brexit


The picture isn't about Texas seceding. The picture is in relation to a clause in the way Texas was admitted to the union with supposedly gives it the right to split into 5 states if Texas chooses without needing any further action from congress. It is technically legally questionable if that clause is still actionable and would probably be challenged in SCOTUS by someone if they did, but the reality is republicans like to threaten this action by nobody who has run the numbers would ever follow through. Even if they perfectly gerrymandered the state, they'd still risk loosing any realistic path to an electoral college victory and providing minimal chances of actually increasing their control in the senate, while at the same time giving democrats a solid chance as increasing their numbers in the senate and gaining access to electoral votes that ordinarily would be under complete lock down.

Mind you if Texas ever does flip, you'll see this idea come back up as a way to salvage the parts of the state they can instead of handing everything to democrats.
 
2021-01-24 11:32:52 AM  

jjorsett: Democrats used to have the good manners to bedizen their calls for court stacking with some bullshiat about how it's needed to address the increased workload of the court, blah blah blah. Now they've dropped all pretense and just acknowledge that it's about the accretion of raw power to ram through an agenda they couldn't otherwise get enacted. They always complained about Trump and his dictatorial ways, but this is the real banana republic stuff.


Call me when they actually form a spine and do what republicans have been doing for the past 3 decades and abusing power. Until then, STFU with your projections.
 
2021-01-24 11:43:16 AM  

Krieghund: Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Snarfangel: [Fark user image image 850x715]

Real smart. See those named dots on there? That's where all the people are. You create two autonomous subregions within your new country dominated by two of the largest metro areas in the country they're gonna secede almost immediately and rejoin the union. Only reason dallas and Houston have to give a f*ck about the rest of the state is because it's so damn big.

I think the map is supposed to allude to the myth that Texas claims the right to break into 5 smaller states, not to the.Texas secessionist movement.


Texas already did that at the beginning so they don't get to do it again.  Prior to becoming a state, Texas was much bigger and had to break off portions of it to be used to create other states.  About 4 or 5 other states use land that originally were part of Texas.
 
2021-01-24 11:45:06 AM  

Krieghund: flypusher713:
I wouldn't put San Antonio in the same state with Houston either. Not because I hate SA (it's a fun weekend road trip), but rather it should be the population anchor of a different state so that the Senators would be more likely D than R.

Agreed.

Central Texas needs to be it's own state, and everything from the Panhandle to the Trans Pecos region needs to be combined.  Althought the Panhadle folks really wouldn being in a state dominated by El Paso.


Let's just give the panhandle to Oklahoma and call it even.
 
2021-01-24 11:52:18 AM  
Combine most of the mid-north-western states into one stupid blob that will STILL have a lower population than New York, Michigan, Illinois, California, or Florida.

There's no reason for Wyoming to be its own state. It's a big bunch of nothing. Montana, too.

If we're stuck with two Senators per state, then let's set a rule that says states with a population under a certain amount must be joined with other nearby states until they reach the population threshold required to be considered a state.
 
2021-01-24 12:07:46 PM  

keldaria: Natalie Portmanteau: Snarfangel: [Fark user image image 850x715]

Forgetting for the moment that Texas can't secede, that's a terrible way to divide the state. The three areas on the left will basically become a wasteland in a matter of 10 years or so, while the areas on the right (where 85% of the population currently lives) will wither and die without the flow of commerce from the US at large.

Texas leaving the US is like a stupider version of brexit

The picture isn't about Texas seceding. The picture is in relation to a clause in the way Texas was admitted to the union with supposedly gives it the right to split into 5 states if Texas chooses without needing any further action from congress. It is technically legally questionable if that clause is still actionable and would probably be challenged in SCOTUS by someone if they did, but the reality is republicans like to threaten this action by nobody who has run the numbers would ever follow through. Even if they perfectly gerrymandered the state, they'd still risk loosing any realistic path to an electoral college victory and providing minimal chances of actually increasing their control in the senate, while at the same time giving democrats a solid chance as increasing their numbers in the senate and gaining access to electoral votes that ordinarily would be under complete lock down.

Mind you if Texas ever does flip, you'll see this idea come back up as a way to salvage the parts of the state they can instead of handing everything to democrats.


Ah. Still a bad way to divide (if your goal is to increase republican states).

Liberals (and thus growth, jobs, and development) would congregate in the two on the right (mostly because it's where they already live), and the valley has been blue for like 10 years now, so the southern state is also "lost". All while people fled the western states for greener pastures.

They'd be better off trying to split up California. You'd be decreasing the power of the largest liberal state and provide a couple new backwards hellholes to compete with Mississippi. You could call them new freelandia and derpistan.
 
2021-01-24 12:13:18 PM  

twistedsteel5252: DrD'isInfotainment: RasIanI: [Fark user image 420x250] [View Full Size image _x_]

....damn, George - you're gonna kill 'em with that!

Not the best analogy given George's cultural backround

He's an American. He was born in California. Him and his family got put in an American concentration camp. Had he been old enough to be in the military at the time he might have advocated the bombs.  It like saying Americans know and celebrate Russia's February 2nd holiday.
Backhand slap


Japanese-Americans fought in Europe. Presumably while the families were interned.
 
2021-01-24 12:17:05 PM  

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Austin, Houston, and San Antonio in one state? That would be solid blue.

El Paso also might have enough population to overpower the redness of Midland-Odessa and make a second blue state, at least a swing state.

And we'd never have to hear about Texas anymore... the more I think about it, the more I support this plan.
 
2021-01-24 1:08:16 PM  

Natalie Portmanteau: keldaria: Natalie Portmanteau: Snarfangel: [Fark user image image 850x715]

Forgetting for the moment that Texas can't secede, that's a terrible way to divide the state. The three areas on the left will basically become a wasteland in a matter of 10 years or so, while the areas on the right (where 85% of the population currently lives) will wither and die without the flow of commerce from the US at large.

Texas leaving the US is like a stupider version of brexit

The picture isn't about Texas seceding. The picture is in relation to a clause in the way Texas was admitted to the union with supposedly gives it the right to split into 5 states if Texas chooses without needing any further action from congress. It is technically legally questionable if that clause is still actionable and would probably be challenged in SCOTUS by someone if they did, but the reality is republicans like to threaten this action by nobody who has run the numbers would ever follow through. Even if they perfectly gerrymandered the state, they'd still risk loosing any realistic path to an electoral college victory and providing minimal chances of actually increasing their control in the senate, while at the same time giving democrats a solid chance as increasing their numbers in the senate and gaining access to electoral votes that ordinarily would be under complete lock down.

Mind you if Texas ever does flip, you'll see this idea come back up as a way to salvage the parts of the state they can instead of handing everything to democrats.

Ah. Still a bad way to divide (if your goal is to increase republican states).

Liberals (and thus growth, jobs, and development) would congregate in the two on the right (mostly because it's where they already live), and the valley has been blue for like 10 years now, so the southern state is also "lost". All while people fled the western states for greener pastures.

They'd be better off trying to split up California. You'd be decreasing the power of the la ...


Last I checked East and North still have a looooooootta racists.

Enough?  Not sure.
 
2021-01-24 1:11:16 PM  

poorjon: Snarfangel: [Fark user image 850x715]

Texas will never break up. That would mean part of it would have to stop being Texas, and no Texan would ever agree to that


One of them would try to call itself Texas, then the rest of them would fight with it, then they'd have 4 more Alamos to remember.
 
2021-01-24 1:19:00 PM  

poorjon: Snarfangel: [Fark user image 850x715]

Texas will never break up. That would mean part of it would have to stop being Texas, and no Texan would ever agree to that


Hi, native Texan
I'd welcome it, a chance at better senate representation matters whereas the name of where I live doesn't.
 
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