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

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GQP senator Roger Wickers says that Biden’s promise to nominate a black woman to the SCOTUS is an act of affirmative action.
Notably, he didn’t think it was affirmative action when he voted to put a beer chugging rapist on the SCOTUS for life. He didn’t think it was affirmative action when he voted to put a handmaiden who had never tried a case before in her life to the SCOTUS for life.
But he thinks it’s affirmative action when Biden hasn’t even named anyone yet. It’s affirmative action when the only things we know is that Biden might be putting a “black” and a “woman” up for nomination.
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But he thinks it’s affirmative action when Biden hasn’t even named anyone yet. It’s affirmative action when the only things we know is that Biden might be putting a “black” and a “woman” up for nomination.
Don’t forget that Biden also said, “The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience, and integrity.” As recent years have shown, Republicans as a whole are pretty much against picking anyone who meets those characteristics.
Still, at least we get some unintentional hilarity out of the deal. I mean, shortly after Breyer announced his retirement, the architect of America’s destruction himself, McConnell, made his way to the nearest podium to state that, “The American people deserve a nominee with demonstrated reverence for the written text of our laws and our Constitution,” which is pretty hysterical for coming from a party that is actively purging anyone who still behaves like that from their ranks.
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That’s not a coincidence or funny. It’s been the GQP and McTurtle’s MO for decades to pay lip service to decorum or Rule of Law so they can get media sound bites to distract from the fact they are actively undermining both.
Again, documents showed that the Trump administration was outright going to rely on the media acting as un-critical stenographers and disseminate the Big Lie.
Yeah, our media is such a predictable clown show that their incompetence at any except acting like parrots was a cornerstone part of a plan to coup the government.
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That’s not a coincidence or funny. It’s been the GQP and McTurtle’s MO for decades to pay lip service to decorum or Rule of Law so they can get media sound bites to distract from the fact they are actively undermining both.
Yes, I realize that. I should perhaps have specified the bitter sarcasm with which I wrote “hilarity”, since there is no actual amusement in any of this.
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it is often unclear whether the numbers cited reflect a single point in time — an especially good month where more F-35s are ready to fly, for example — or a sustained trend
It’s such a failure that it beat out every other fighter in Finland’s contest to select which fighter model to buy from
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Also those incidents have nothing to do with the F-35 itself but pilot error and other factors
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You overlooked that bit:
As for how much it’ll actually cost to build that 4.5th-generation fighter, all I’ll say is this: The F-35 was pitched to Congress and the world as a way of saving money. Today, the lifetime cost of the aircraft program, including R&D, is estimated to be over $1.5 trillion. The price of a supposedly cheaper 4.5-generation plane could easily match or exceed the F-35’s flyaway cost by the time all is said and done, though hopefully any future aircraft would still manage to offer a much lower cost per hour.
kleptomage’s argument was that the F-35, meant to be an economic replacement for previous fighter models, turned out to be a money sink, which it was (even operating it isn’t cheap: the cost of flying it has been evaluated at $30,000 per hour).
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That 1.5 trillion is to last till 2070, it’s not like development costs are going to last until 2070 itself
And it’s literally cheaper to buy than SAAB’s Gripen at this point, which was made to supply a cheap fighter jet for ex-Warsaw pact countries. And it’s only going to get cheaper as more gets produced
And even so, of course it’s going to be expensive, it’s the most advanced fifth generation fighter jet out there with unparalleled stealth features, advanced software and that’s just the features we know of. Fact is that if you’re looking for the most capable modern fighter jet, the F-35 is by far the winner
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And even so, of course it’s going to be expensive, it’s the most advanced fifth generation fighter jet out there with unparalleled stealth features, advanced software and that’s just the features we know of. Fact is that if you’re looking for the most capable modern fighter jet, the F-35 is by far the winner
Not surprising, given USAF chief of staff General Charles Q. Brown Jr.’s comparison to a Ferrari, except it wasn’t such a glowing endorsement:
“I want to moderate how much we’re using those aircraft,” the general said. “You don’t drive your Ferrari to work every day, you only drive it on Sundays. This is our high end, we want to make sure we don’t use it all for the low-end fight… We don’t want to burn up capability now and wish we had it later.”
What’s the point of an advanced, expensive jet fighter without adequate combat readiness?
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…well, if he did explicitly say he would be selecting the candidate from only a certain race-and-gender pool, I guess it kind of is? Not that I doubt she’ll be more qualified than recent picks.
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It’s not like they are stopping training with the aircraft altogether, to say there isn’t “adequate combat readiness” for the F-35 is dumb
And yeah there are probably flaws that lead to this decision but considering all the other advantages, how can you say the F-35 was a waste of money? The program ran way over its budget but ultimately it ended up with a damn good plane
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During his latest rally Trump continues to skirt campaign finance laws by not officially announcing a presidential run but really hinting at it. A stunt that exists in a legal loophole where he can take unlimited campaign donations from his idiot followers without reporting it to the government.
Trump fleecing the country’s “short bus” crowd MAGA’s own lawyers words, not mine is not new. What is new is Trump of course floating the idea of pardons for Y’all Qaeda for the Jan 6 Inbred Insurrection.
People have been saying it for a year now that if you don’t start locking the ringleaders up then Jan 6 would be treated as a training exercise - a dry run for the real deal. And that’s exactly how it’s being treated.
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The “law and order” GOP here in VA killed a bill that would have banned police from using forged and faked documents during interrogations.
The fascism is real, folks.
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It would be in theory if either there were some official quota to fill or if standards were lowered in order to fulfill that quota or such.
There isn’t any quota to fill for the SCOTUS, so there’s that. Considering he hasn’t put any names forward yet, we don’t know if he’s scraping the bottom of the barrel qualification-wise. And further considering how the last two appointments was a guy who spent the entirety of his time in college so blackout drunk he can’t remember how many women he raped and a zealot Karen who’s judicial record was thinner than Trump’s natural hair, we can rest assured that standards most certainly hasn’t been lowered in response for Biden’s pick.
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The Flu Trux Clan protest in Canada reached an even more pathetic low when these knuckle-dragging mouth breathers blocked ambulances zones, harassed hospital staff, and a bunch of them flooded into a soup kitchen and demanded free meals.
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