Join Jim and Greg as they react to former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis slamming President Trump’s use of the military in response to massive protests in recent days, with Jim contending Mattis shouldn’t be able to drop a rhetorical bomb like that and slip away without scrutiny. They also fire back to the fierce condemnation against the New York Times – including from Times staffers – because the editors ran an opinion piece from Sen. Tom Cotton that they don’t like. And they fume as so many athletes and others invoke cancel culture against New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees after Brees suggested that kneeling during the national anthem was disrespectful.

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  1. Joe D. Lincoln

    If the kneeling isn’t anti-American than what does it mean? If all it means is is a protest about racism, then what could be done about it? What do they want done, aside from incarcerating these specific bad cops (which I would support)?

    I see someone made some demands in the name of all the rioters that include statehood for D.C., and decriminalization of marijuana (it seems like we are practically there, and some marijuana dispensaries are even deemed ‘essential’).

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    • June 4, 2020, at 11:18 AM PDT
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  2. Arahant Member

    I wonder if Mattis has been contacted from people in the Democratic Party about throwing Joe to the side and replacing him with Mad Dog. That’s a wild idea, but with how weird this already is, who knows?

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    • June 4, 2020, at 11:42 AM PDT
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  3. Arahant Member

    Joe D. (View Comment):

    If the kneeling isn’t anti-American than what does it mean? If all it means is is a protest about racism, then what could be done about it? What do they want done, aside from incarcerating these specific bad cops (which I would support)?

    A thought I had was, how many bad cops are there? Seriously, what is the percentage? According to this: “In 2018, there were 686,665 full-time law enforcement officers employed in the United States.” What is the percentage of truly bad ones? How does that compare with the percentage of bad sports figures? How does that compare with the percentage of media figures who do not do their jobs or harass coworkers?

    Joe D. (View Comment):

    I see someone made some demands in the name of all the rioters that include statehood for D.C., and decriminalization of marijuana (it seems like we are practically there, and some marijuana dispensaries are even deemed ‘essential’).

    The purpose of DC was to have the capital of the country so it was not within a state. If DC becomes a state, do we move all the government employment to somewhere like Puerto Rico? Do we carve a capital territory out of some other states, maybe closer to the center of the country, such as at the junction of Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois? How do we rectify that?

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    • June 4, 2020, at 11:50 AM PDT
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  4. kedavis Member

    Even if Mattis were to run on the D side, it would still be a mistake to vote D.

    Sorry, @JuliaBlaschke, but that’s how things are.

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    • June 4, 2020, at 11:52 AM PDT
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  5. Architectus Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):
    The purpose of DC was to have the capital of the country so it was not within a state. If DC becomes a state, do we move all the government employment to somewhere like Puerto Rico? Do we carve a capital territory out of some other states, maybe closer to the center of the country, such as at the junction of Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois? How do we rectify that?

    There is a logical way to achieve “statehood” for the citizens of DC. Much like the western portion of the original District of Columbia was ceded back to Virginia, the balance of the eastern portion could go back to Maryland. All the federal buildings and central monumental core would be WDC federal land, much like every US Post Office or military installation is federal land across the nation. The Federal City would be surrounded by Maryland, but not in Maryland. The problem is, while the residents would now have a chance to vote for senators and representatives, that was never really what they wanted. They want their own 2 senators and maybe 1 or 2 representatives. Another problem: Baltimore and Annapolis don’t want it – it would diminish their relative strength in the state, and they can’t abide that. So here we are…

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    • June 4, 2020, at 7:23 PM PDT
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  6. Arahant Member

    Architectus (View Comment):
    The problem is, while the residents would now have a chance to vote for senators and representatives, that was never really what they wanted. They want their own 2 senators and maybe 1 or 2 representatives.

    Oh, perfectly understood. But I think moving the capital to the center of the country would be a good thing. We’ll be happy to revert Detroit to a territory and put it all there.

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    • June 4, 2020, at 11:42 PM PDT
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  7. Architectus Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Architectus (View Comment):
    The problem is, while the residents would now have a chance to vote for senators and representatives, that was never really what they wanted. They want their own 2 senators and maybe 1 or 2 representatives.

    Oh, perfectly understood. But I think moving the capital to the center of the country would be a good thing. We’ll be happy to revert Detroit to a territory and put it all there.

    I have long been an advocate for moving most federal agencies out of DC, far outside the beltway, across the country. The local bureaucrats just hate it, but that means it’s a great idea. 

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    • June 5, 2020, at 8:12 PM PDT
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  8. Taras Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    I wonder if Mattis has been contacted from people in the Democratic Party about throwing Joe to the side and replacing him with Mad Dog. That’s a wild idea, but with how weird this already is, who knows?

    Not the Presidency or Vice Presidency, but something in the cabinet. If, that is, he is naive enough to trust such a promise.

    Also, Biden may have appealed to his vanity. Trump is too busy to call up Mattis and chat with him, ask him for his advice. Sitting in his bunker, Biden had nothing better to do.

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    • June 6, 2020, at 7:53 AM PDT
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  9. Dr.Guido Member

    Let me perform a ‘Reverse Michelle O”—“For the first time in my life I’m thoroughly ashamed of Jim Mattis”. Poorly timed, ill informed cheap shots had not been his calling cards in the past.

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    • June 6, 2020, at 3:33 PM PDT
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