Author Topic: Paul Ryan retiring  (Read 930 times)

Offline trdsf

Paul Ryan retiring
« on: April 11, 2018, 10:46:35 AM »
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login.  No idea what the House GOP are going to do; we all remember the clusterfuck when Boehner retired.  Kevin McCarthy was next in line, but he dropped out of the Speaker's race due to multiple issues last time, not least of which was that the teabaggers didn't want him, but also for You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login.

Ryan's going to stick around until the end of his term rather than bail out right now.

Gonna have to make more popcorn...
« Last Edit: April 11, 2018, 10:50:42 AM by trdsf »
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Offline Hydra009

Re: Paul Ryan retiring
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2018, 11:23:55 AM »
Sad to see him go.  I'm going to miss his...

...well, I'm sure he did something good.

Offline Baruch

Re: Paul Ryan retiring
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2018, 01:28:09 PM »
Probably all this "investigation" turned up good blackmail material (thanks Awan brothers).  And the blackmailer wants Ryan to quit, rather than stay in office doing what the blackmailer wants.  Usually the blackmail is used to keep the politicians on narrative, and the bribe money keeps them getting re-elected.  Not the only big name politician to recently not seek re-election.
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Offline Hydra009

Re: Paul Ryan retiring
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2018, 07:53:21 PM »
Oh wait, You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login.

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Though in fairness, he might not be insinuating that cold weather contradicts the scientific consensus on global warming, he might be calling his constituents morons who can't tell the difference between weather and climate.  Either way, what a charmer.
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Offline Baruch

Re: Paul Ryan retiring
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2018, 10:28:26 PM »
If you want to make the biggest hit on carbon use ... shut down China.  Of course the US, Japan and Europe contribute too.
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Offline Hydra009

Re: Paul Ryan retiring
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2018, 10:37:33 PM »
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If you want to make the biggest hit on carbon use ... shut down China.  Of course the US, Japan and Europe contribute too.
Very binary thinking, as usual.  One extreme or the next.  Have you ever stopped to think (I could end the question right here) that there are more options between doing nothing and halting all production?

Re: Paul Ryan retiring
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2018, 10:41:08 PM »
Huffington Post got it right--termed his leadership (??) as 'Feckless'.  They were being too kind, I think.
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Offline Baruch

Re: Paul Ryan retiring
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2018, 01:24:18 AM »
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Very binary thinking, as usual.  One extreme or the next.  Have you ever stopped to think (I could end the question right here) that there are more options between doing nothing and halting all production?

We could limit automobile use to #/per million people.  That way the Chinese get 4x as many cars as the Americans.
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Offline Baruch

Re: Paul Ryan retiring
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2018, 01:25:45 AM »
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Huffington Post got it right--termed his leadership (??) as 'Feckless'.  They were being too kind, I think.

I was very unimpressed ... but he wasn't in my district.
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Offline Cavebear

Re: Paul Ryan retiring
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2018, 11:02:20 PM »
Another Republic-lamb seeing the oncoming tsunami against Trumpf leaving the political scene to protect his career for future possibilities.  But I don't think it will help him.  He is too connected to Trumpf.
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Offline trdsf

Re: Paul Ryan retiring
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2018, 11:40:52 PM »
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Huffington Post got it right--termed his leadership (??) as 'Feckless'.  They were being too kind, I think.
I question their choice of vowel in 'feck'.
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Offline Cavebear

Re: Paul Ryan retiring
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2018, 12:21:39 AM »
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I question their choice of vowel in 'feck'.

Actually "feck" seems to mean a "majority, part, or value".  Apparently, the original word seems to have faded away while the expanded meaning of "without feck" has survived.  Not off the top of my head, I had to look it up.

But it still is interesting.  "Feckless" (without feck) does indeed mean "without value".  So, I consider you to be feck.  Maybe we can get an old word active again, LOL! 

Hey world, "feck" is a good term to describe others you admire.  I self-declare myself to be "feck"!  Pass it on...
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Offline trdsf

Re: Paul Ryan retiring
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2018, 07:19:03 AM »
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Actually "feck" seems to mean a "majority, part, or value".  Apparently, the original word seems to have faded away while the expanded meaning of "without feck" has survived.  Not off the top of my head, I had to look it up.

But it still is interesting.  "Feckless" (without feck) does indeed mean "without value".  So, I consider you to be feck.  Maybe we can get an old word active again, LOL! 

Hey world, "feck" is a good term to describe others you admire.  I self-declare myself to be "feck"!  Pass it on...
Wouldn't the opposite of 'feckless' be 'feckful'?  :)
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Offline Cavebear

Re: Paul Ryan retiring
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2018, 08:04:01 AM »
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Wouldn't the opposite of 'feckless' be 'feckful'?  :)

That is interesting, because I have always had a tendency to use non-standard word-forms.  Insuccessful, unoppertunististic, anything logical word construction permits.  Funny story, My senior high school english teacher challenged us to understand 'Jabberwocky' as a study assignment and I stood up and diagrammed it on the board in terms on nouns, verbs, etc  on the spot.

He was actually kind of pissed, but the pleasing result was that he told me to just read serious books during class and I was happy to oblige.  There were no AP classes then.

Oh, and he had THE WORLD'S GREATEST NAME EVER "Aubrey Wafford Thomas".  Pity I never had a child...  I would have named a son after him. 
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Offline trdsf

Re: Paul Ryan retiring
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2018, 10:18:07 AM »
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That is interesting, because I have always had a tendency to use non-standard word-forms.  Insuccessful, unoppertunististic, anything logical word construction permits.  Funny story, My senior high school english teacher challenged us to understand 'Jabberwocky' as a study assignment and I stood up and diagrammed it on the board in terms on nouns, verbs, etc  on the spot.

He was actually kind of pissed, but the pleasing result was that he told me to just read serious books during class and I was happy to oblige.  There were no AP classes then.

Oh, and he had THE WORLD'S GREATEST NAME EVER "Aubrey Wafford Thomas".  Pity I never had a child...  I would have named a son after him.
I love words where the opposite seems perfectly reasonable, but has disappeared anyway.  It seems to me that if you're satisfied with a situation, you're gruntled.  If you're not puzzled by a situation, you should be plussed.

I also love sensible additions to the language—I have been known to use 'zarking' and 'belgium!' from Hitchhiker's Guide in place of stronger invective, and my favorite addition is 'cromulent' from The Simpsons because it was so perfectly clear from context exactly what it meant.  The great thing about that word is that it fits all the 'rules' about what a word should be like.  It naturally lends itself to the extensions we put English words through: you can sensibly speak of something having cromulence, or being presented cromulently.

I puzzled over the antonym for cromulent for a while, because 'uncromulent', 'non-cromulent', 'incromulent' and 'acromulent' are all awkward.  The best to me seems to be 'anticromulent'.
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