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[OC] What if every world cup team had the same population? - Group G

2020.05.05 17:57 Mel0n_Collie [OC] What if every world cup team had the same population? - Group G

Afternoon all, welcome back to the series that Gary Neville described as ‘How did you get this number, no I don’t know what you’re on about, piss off’. So far I’ve brought to life the teams of 24 hypothetical regions, that’s an entire Euro 2020’s worth! hmm that gives me an idea...
Before I begin separating the counties of Estonia, let’s stay focused and remind ourselves of how we got this far.
Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F,
Today’s post details the squads of the tournament’s penultimate group. Whilst this pool of players isn’t the greatest, they will be playing in front of the most participant sets of fans. Mexican waves meet Vuvuzelas in the battle for top spot while the other two’s wavin flags will look like this.
Southern Africa
South Africa, Lesotho, Eswantini, Mauritius, Reuinion, Comoros, Seychelles, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Tanzania
Population (millions): 255.34
The part of the world that brought us the only African world cup to date (and some other less wholesome moments in history), this southern hemispheric subcontinent has underachieved in modern memory.
The region is a mix of engrossed and apathetic when it comes to footballing subscription in the public consciousness, with four of the top seven African GDP’s per capita, their resources should theoretically be better than anyones. Just four World Cup qualifications (one of those by default) makes this the second least punctual region of the continent.
Lusophone’s Angola are the exception to an otherwise South African sweep of appearances. The ‘Giant sable antelopes’ (I’m sure it sounds better in portuguese) shocked the CAF by toppling Nigeria by the narrowest of margins to reach the 2006 finals; the nation’s top scorer and Barbie Girl singing eurodance group Akwá was the protagonist in a 1-0 win against the Super Eagles, this retrospectively acted as a tie-breaker when David & Goliath finished with the same points in their qualifying group. Their time in Germany was short yet respectable, conceding just two goals in three games and almost holding their colonisers Portugal to a bore draw, revenge is sweet.
A rugby nation by trade, South Africa were crowned World Cup champions just last year, unfortunately for soccer fans they have flattered to deceive in the world’s most beloved game. A ‘golden generation’ in 2002 featured the coloured careers of Steven Pienaar, Benni McCarthy, Lucas Radebe and Quinton Fortune; failing to escape an easy group, a huge opportunity missed. 18 years on Bafana Bafana’s only big names are of a literal sense.
Contrary to what I would have guessed, South Africa is not the regions most populous nation; Tanzania’s 56 million inhabitants puts them level with England, and the nation seem to identify as footyholics as much as their historic oppressors, unfortunately they haven’t got their money's worth for their sporting subscription.
The tiny island of reunion has produced the likes of Dimitri Payet and Laurent Robert, but since still being a French territory, anyone worth their salt gets a plane to Paris.
Botswana fail to feature in the squad, but with top clubs called ‘Meat Commision’ and ‘Miscellaneous’, it might be safe to say the nation isn’t taking the game as seriously as others.
Goalkeepers Birthplace FM20 Value Age
Itumeleng Khune RSA Kaiser Chiefs GK Ventersdorp 67 €0.47 32
Darren Keet RSA OH Leuven GK Cape Town 58 €0.80 30
Defenders
Bastos ANG Lazio CB Luanda 70 €12.70 28
Mexer MOZ Bordeaux CB Maputo 65 €4.50 32
Clinton Mata ANG Club Brugge CB Verviers 63 €7.70 28
Jeremy Morel MAD Rennais CB Lorient, France 63 €0.30 35
Bruno Gaspar ANG Olympiakos RB Evora, Portugal 60 €1.70 26
Romain Metanire MAD Minnesota RB Metz, France 60 €3.30 30
Reinildo MOZ Lille LB Beira 54 €0.75 26
Nurio ANG Charleroi LB Luanda 60 €3.60 25
Midfielders
Wilson Eduardo ANG Braga RW Pedras Rubras 66 €5.90 30
Percy Tau RSA Club Brugge RW Witbank 65 €17.60 25
Marvelous Nakamba ZIM Aston Villa CDM Hwange 64 €14.00 26
Khama Billiat ZIM Kaiser Chiefs RW Harare 66 €0.50 30
Thulani Serero RSA Al Jazira CDM Soweto 61 €4.90 30
Keagan Dolly RSA Montpellier CAM Johannesburg 62 €3.70 27
Bongani Zungu RSA Amiens CM Duduza 64 €4.80 27
Djalma ANG Alanyaspor LM Luanda 60 €1.10 32
Forwards
Mbwana Ally Samatta TAN Aston Villa ST Dar Es Salaam 66 €19.90 27
Patson Daka ZAM RB Salzburg ST Chingola 64 €2.60 21
Lebo Mothiba RSA Strasbourg ST Johannesburg 62 €3.70 24
Tinotenda Kadewere ZIM Lyon ST Harare 62 €3.70 24
Averages/Totals 63 €118.22 28
On paper the team shouldn’t need to rely on talismanic powers as the middling quality runs true throughout this team. Aston Villa surely have a scout in this part of the world as they are blessed with the services of key players Marvellous Nakamba and Mbwana Samatta.
Samatta became the Premier League’s first Tanzanian in January and will hopefully have a chance to add to his three appearances sooner rather than later. The imposing frontman scored 23 goals in the Belgian league in 2018-19 which makes him almost over qualified to lead the line in this XI.
Patson Daka was 13 and playing for locals Nchanga Rangers when Zambia sensationally shocked the world to lift the 2012 AFCON; the goldenboy of a generation determined to sequel the Copper Bullets’ success. The speedy Salzburg striker already has 24 caps for his country, time will tell if he is to follow Haaland and Minamino out of Austria to a European giant.
Mononymous Angolan Bastos will command the defence as best he can. Although recently struggling to make the squad, Bastos has served Lazio well with his protective prowess.
A plethora of pacey playmakers completes the assembly that will most likely finish runners up in this group. An exit in the round of 16 is on the cards as by process of elimination lots of you have already worked out Group H’s heavyweights are North & Central Europe.
West India
3 Indian States (Maharashtra, Gujurat, Madhya Pradesh)
Population (millions)
All the way back to the simpler time of Group A I hastily declared Uttar Pradesh as the worst region in the world, I’d like to publicly apologize for that remark as it’s become clear to me that West India is the bottom of a very deep barrell.
The region that provides the setting for Slumdog Millionaire has plenty to answer for as finding 22 players in this part of the world was harder than a where's wally of Manish market.
Goalkeepers Birthplace FM20 Value Age
Kunal Sawant IND Mumbai City GK Maharashtra 16 €0.01 28
Sukhdev Patil IND Churchill Brothers GK Maharashtra 14 €0.00 21
Defenders
Rahul Bheke IND Bengaluru RB Maharashtra 33 €0.03 29
Ashutosh Mehta IND Mohun Bagan RB Gujurat 22 €0.02 28
Raju Galkwad IND Kerala Blasters CB Maharashtra 21 €0.01 29
Jayesh Rane IND ATK RB Maharashtra 21 €0.01 27
Abhishek Ambekar IND East Bengal LB Maharashtra 20 €0.01 28
Rohan Adnaik IND DSK Shivajians CB Maharashtra 13 €0.00 28
Karan Amin IND Jamshedpur LB Maharashtra 13 €0.01 30
Pratik Chaudhuri IND Mumbai City CB Maharashtra 18 €0.01 30
Midfielders
Raynier Fernandes IND Mumbai City CDM Maharashtra 26 €0.02 24
Farukh Choudhary IND Jamshedpur CAM Maharashtra 25 €0.02 23
Kean Lewis IND Bengaluru LM Maharashtra 21 €0.01 27
Alwyn George IND Minerva Punjab CM Maharashtra 20 €0.01 28
Shilton D'Silva IND Mohun Bagun CM Maharashtra 19 €0.01 27
Aditya Ashok Jha IND ARA fc LW Gujarat 11 €0.01 20
Nikhil Kadam IND Northeast United RW Maharashtra 17 €0.01 25
Darren Caldeira IND Kerala Blasters CM Maharashtra 17 €0.01 32
Forwards
Aniket Jadhav IND Jamshedpur CF Maharashtra 16 €0.01 19
Arif Shaikh IND Gokulam ST Maharashtra 13 €0.01 26
Bipin Singh IND Mumbai ST Maharashtra 17 €0.01 25
Girik Khosla IND Minerva Punjab ST Maharashtra 17 €0.01 25
Averages/Totals 19 0.25
With 8 caps for the national team, Rahul Bheke is made to look like prime Cafu alongside his defensive compatriots. The Bengaluru full back plays a leading role in a one-star Bollywood show.
Aniket Jadnav is maybe the one to keep an eye on, the wide forward failed trials at Blackburn late last year, but the fact that they even asked him makes this teenage talent the side’s crappy Mbappe.
A Bombay mix of unknowns will be thankful they haven’t drawn against the real heavyweights of the competition, or they could be on the end of a cricket score.
Mexico & Central US
Mexico, 16 US States (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois)
Population (millions): 244.75
The big wall will have to wait as this side leaves rednecks turning in their trailers. The region has fathered two point three tournaments with one on the way, but the main feature of this team always seems to leave the party early when it’s not at their house.
Mexico have been excruciatingly expelled in the second round an eye-watering SEVEN times running, the sombrero wearing soccer obsessed Senior’s are so frequently the bridesmaid it’s no exaggeration to call them football’s spinsters.
The US’s largest state, Texas, is the birthplace of one of America’s greatest players and worst rappers, Clint Dempsey. His impressive club career was an MLS sandwich with a London filling, the posterboy of a Fulham team that miraculously reached the Europa league final. Romantically tied with fellow yank legend Landon Donovan, Dempsey retired joint top scorer for USMNT, including four goals in three seperate world cups.
Mexican legends of the game include Hugo Sanchez, who scored over 200 goals for Real Madrid, and Barcelona treble winner Rafael Marquez who incredibly played 19 games across five World Cups, considering they never manage more than four, that’s almost as good as it gets.
Today El Tri are seemingly at the beginning of a promising Mexican generation that coincides with some notable late bloomers.
Goalkeepers Birthplace FM20 Value Age
Guillermo Ochoa MEX America GK Guadalajara 71 €4.20 34
Jonathan Orozco MEX Santos Laguna GK Monterry 68 €2.90 33
Defenders
Jesus Corona MEX Porto RB Sonora 72 €23.00 26
John Brooks USA Wolfsburg CB Berlin 67 €7.10 26
Hector Moreno MEX Al Gharafa CB Sinaloa 68 €6.10 31
Carlos Salcedo MEX Tigres CB Guadalajara 68 €5.70 25
Nestor Aruajo MEX Celta Vigo CB Guadalajara 70 €15.80 26
Hugo Ayala MEX Tigres CB Michoacan 68 €2.70 32
Miguel Layun MEX Monterrey RB Veracruz 66 €3.80 31
Jorge Sanchez MEX America LB Coahuila 63 €2.30 21
Midfielders
Isaac Brizuela MEX Chivas RM California 64 €4.40 29
Hector Herrera MEX Atleti CM Tijuana 75 €33.40 29
Hirving Lozano MEX Napoli RW Mexico City 75 €27.70 24
Victor Guzman MEX Pachua CM Guadalajara 66 €4.20 24
Andres Guardado MEX Real Betis CM Guadalajara 71 €9.20 32
Jonathan Dos Santos MEX LA Galaxy CM Monterry 70 €5.60 29
Rodolfo Pizarro MEX Miami FC CAM Tamulipas 72 €4.40 25
Edson Alvarez MEX Ajax CDM State of Mexico 70 €8.10 21
Forwards
Raul Jimenez MEX Wolves ST Hidalgo 74 €39.00 28
Javier Hernandez MEX LA Galaxy ST Guadalajara 66 €4.10 31
Gio Dos Santos MEX America CF Monterry 64 €2.20 30
Carlos Vela MEX LAFC LF Quintana Roo 75 €6.30 30
Averages/Totals 69 €222.20 28.04545455
One of the more mundane concoctions, it’s plain to see that Johnathan Brooks is the only ‘American’ to dare cross the border. The centre back scored a winner against Ghana in 2014 avenging the defeat of 2010.
After struggling badly at Atleti and then Benfica, it’s an unlikely story that aged 27 Raul signed for Wolves and has since become one of the Premier Leagues most feared strikers. The nation is hoping to harness whatever time he’ll be able to stay at this level, having scored five goals in a winning Gold Cup campaign.
Eredivisie fans will be familiar with Guardado and Alvarez, the bookends of a variety of age groups in the middle of the park.
‘Chucky’ Lozano is the posterboy, the Napoli winger scored the only goal in an historic victory over 2014 champions Germany. At just 24, it shouldn’t be of too much concern that he is competing to become a regular amongst fierce Neopolitan competition.
As usual, perhaps North-America’s best bet for success. They should win this group, but with the second round curse yet to be broken, maybe another John Brooks goal is needed to make the quarters.
Greater Beijing
7 Chinese provinces (Beijing, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Jilin, Liaoning, Tianjin)
Population (millions): 246.63
The capital with plenty of capital, Beijing is the focal point of a Chinese region that stands the best chance of all it’s countryfolk. The region boasts half of the national team’s top ten appearance makers.
Liaoning is the most vibrant reserve of Chinese talent, defender Sun Jihai is often revered as the country's greatest player with 127 premier league appearances for Man City, after years of battling relegation his departure came just one month before the Abu Dhabi group took over, a cautious tale of what happens when you let cookies decide your fortune.
Domestic football is rife in the region with six of 16 CSL teams, including Beijing Guoan, who pay for the services of Cedric Bakambu and Renato Augusto.
Goalkeepers Birthplace FM20 Value Age
Liu Dianzuo CHN Guangzhou E GK Liaoning 47 €1.90 29
Wang Dalei CHN Shandong Luneng GK Liaoning 53 €3.70 31
Defenders
Nico Yennaris CHN Beijing Guoan RB London 59 €10.40 26
Li Xuepeng CHN Guangzhou E LB Liaoning 51 €3.40 32
Wang Tong CHN Shandong Luneng RB Liaoning 50 €3.20 27
Liu Yiming CHN Guangzhou E CB Liaoning 49 €3.40 25
Dai Lin CHN Shandong Luneng CB Liaoning 49 €2.00 32
Feng Xiaoting CHN Guangzhou E CB Liaoning 48 €1.10 35
Gao Zhunyi CHN Guangzhou E CB Jilin 48 €3.50 25
Ren Hang CHN Hebei C Fortune CB Liaoning 48 €2.40 31
Midfielders
Wu Xi CHN Jiangsu Suning CDM Hebei 53 €4.40 31
Yu Hanchao CHN Free Agent RM Liaoning 53 €2.50 33
Chi Zhongguo CHN Beijing Guoan CDM Jilin 52 €4.60 30
Zheng Zhi CHN Guangzhou E CM Liaoning 52 €0.48 40
Zhang Chengdong CHN Hebei C Fortune RM Hebei 50 €3.20 31
Jin Jingdao CHN Shandong Luneng CM Jilin 47 €2.60 28
Piao Cheng CHN Beijing Guoan CM Jilin 47 €3.20 31
Yin Hongbo CHN Hebei C Fortune CAM Jilin 47 €2.70 30
Forwards
Dong Xuesheng CHN Hebei C Fortune ST Liaoning 49 €3.50 31
Yang Xu CHN Tianjin ST Liaoning 47 €3.00 32
Tan Long CHN Changchun Yatai ST Liaoning 47 €3.00 32
Wu Xinghan CHN Shandong Luneng ST Liaoning 46 €2.40 32
Average/Totals 50 €70.58 30.81818182
Ex-Celtic and Charlton midfielder Zheng Zhi has 108 national caps and counting, still wearing the arm-band at 39 years old. An industrious and efficient playstyle combined with terrific passing range lends itself to still being able to compete at such a late age, although he will require the leg work of fellow 30-somethings Wu Xi and Chi Zhonguo if moves can be made.
Born in London, Nico Yennaris or ‘Li Ke’ was the first ever naturalised Chinese player, the former Arsenal youth and Brentford stalwart is hoping to become a trailblazer to the development of Asian football.
It isn’t an absolute certainty that this team will come third, but beating Southern Africa will be key, in a group of subjectively low quality, China’s best team is maybe their only hope.
Emotional times as tomorrow brings the final group, by this point it should be obvious who’s left.
See you all in the comments to discover what I’ve got wrong today (I will comb through the whole thing with your suggestions once this is done).
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2019.11.25 10:40 NSIMods November 25th, 2019: DarthVarda Interview

Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in Colorado, am an aspiring polyglot, and split my time between Denver, D.C., Seattle, and Tokyo.
When did you first become interested in horror?
My mom is Japanese. She has some crazy ghost stories about growing up in Matsudo-shi. Some of the best I’ve ever heard. So, I guess you could say it just runs in my blood?
Can we hear one of those ghost stories now?
Sure, why not. When she was a little girl, my mom would go to and from school alone. To get there she’d have to ride the train a decent amount of time. One day, she noticed a woman following her from the train station back to her house. The woman looked…wrong. Long, unkempt hair, sallow skin, sad eyes. The woman always mysteriously disappeared when my mom turned the corner to get into her house. Finally, after a couple days of this happening, my mom went crying to her haha (mom), my obaachan (grandma), and told her everything. Well, my obaachan gets this look on her face and is like, “No, no, no. Don’t look at her, don’t speak with her, not ever.” Finally, it just stopped, and my mom never saw the woman again. Later on, when my mom was older, she asked my obaachan about it and, apparently, a couple years before my mom and her family moved to Matsudo, a woman drowned herself in the well just outside their house. Her body was fished out, given a sōshiki, and cremated, and the well was filled in, but I guess that woman never really left. Spooky shit, man.
Holy cow, that is scary! No wonder you became a horror author. Was there a specific moment you knew you wanted to write in that genre?
My mom let me watch The Exorcist when I was, like, six. Pretty sure that did some damage. Horror is so universal. It’s such a visceral emotion—fear.
Where do you find inspiration? Have real life experiences ever made their way into your work?
Folklore, mainly. And, yeah, definitely. Especially unresolved mysteries. I guess you could say the work the FBI does is, uh, very close to my heart.
Mhmm, we see. jots down "Is possibly a secret agent" on our detective notepad So, uh, what unresolved mystery do you find most fascinating?
Well, technically, I am a public/civil servant who does work for the government, but, unfortunately, I’m neither a secret nor special agent. At least, not yet. Perhaps one day. Maybe.
There’s a fair few unresolved mysteries I find quite fascinating (albeit horribly tragic), particularly cold cases of missing persons. But I won’t get into those on here as I wouldn’t be able to do them justice or maintain the level of respect I think they deserve. So, I’ll stick to this one: Captain Kutchie’s Key Lime Pies. There’s an extremely well written deep dive on this you can find here. It’s just…bizarre.
How did you discover NoSleep? What prompted you to begin writing for it?
Can't remember, actually. The fact that there were no prompts. For me, freedom begets creativity.
Speaking of which, you used to post frequently on /WritingPrompts. Was there anything about that structure you found preferable to NoSleep?
Gotta be honest here, very little about WritingPrompts appeals to me anymore. Back then it was just a way for me to get some words out.
Did you know you would be sharing Cooper's story with us on Nosleep from the beginning? How far in advance did you have his world planned out?
I did. I had it planned out pretty far in advanced. I also knew I wanted to have interconnected stories because I really love world building. Between us, I did have an entirely different trajectory planned out for the plot; basically, I was slowly going to explain what exactly the “black goo” named “Legion” really is, but I nixed it in favor of bringing in The Overseer. My original plan could (and probably will) come back later on. Possibly in a longer format, say a book?
What NoSleep stories and/or authors have had the strongest impact on you?
The Strangest Security Tape I’ve Ever Seen by [deleted] (I know who it’s by, but they did delete their account so I’d like to be respectful of that fact). It’s, in two words, fucking genius.
What's the most terrifying thing you've personally experienced?
Almost dying.
What are some of your biggest influences from media?
Everything from video games to comics to books to movies to TV shows. If I had to choose a single creator from each category though, they'd be, respectively: Miyamoto Shigeru; Jonathan Hickman; Terry Pratchett; Joel OR Ethan Coen; Vince Gilligan.
Other than writing, what are some of your hobbies? What other creative mediums do you enjoy?
Playing video games, reading, stargazing, watching shit, cooking, ranting about conspiracies, and investigative research. Uh, I like to paint.
You've shared some of that love of cooking with readers on your subreddit by posting recipes. Do you have any good recipes for the impending holidays?
Oh, yeah, got just the thing. This’ll be sure to spice up any dreaded familial interactions or help you sink smoothly into those soul crushing moments of existential crises you’ll probably definitely have during this holiday season. All you’ll need is some ice, a glass, some Coke, some Jack Daniels, and your fingers for measuring how strong you want it.
Do you ever explore writing other genres besides horror? If so, what other styles of writing? Which do you prefer?
Yeah, so, I actually don’t consider myself a horror writer. At least, not really, and definitely not in the traditional sense. Most of my non-Reddit stories are science fiction and fantasy, and they're pretty hard and high at that. Which, honestly, is kinda strange since my mentor (as in the guy who taught me the craft for years) is Stephen Graham Jones and one of his good friends is Joe R. Lansdale. Got to shoot the shit with Joe a couple times in workshop. It was wonderful. What do I prefer? Huh, that’s a tough one, but I’d say speculative fiction (a cop out, I know).
Do you find sci-fi and fantasy to be something you consciously include in your Cooper series? Is it ever difficult to maintain a balance between horror and other genres?
I’ve found that, for me, fantasy is a tad harder to blend into horror. Horror and sci fi, though, go really well together. Especially if you can manage that “technothriller” format (which, personally, is what I’d classify most of the Cooperverse as). And not particularly. But I am certain that if I ever posted one of my hard science fiction or high fantasy stories that don’t have that splash of horror mixed in, people would be like, “What the fuck?” They’re shockingly different than my Cooptales.
How much time do you spend writing in an average day or week? Do you have any rituals that help you focus?
Eh, it fluctuates depending on my work schedule. Anywhere from nine hours to none. Rituals? Nah.
Have any of your stories ever involved research? If so, what was involved?
Yep. I always start with research. Anything from a quick scroll through Wikipedia to deep dives down internet rabbit holes to actually traveling out and visiting a place.
How do you keep your universe organized? Do you have it mapped out conspiracy wall style like we do?
Man, I’ve talked about making one of these for years, but I move/travel a lot, so I don’t think it’d be feasible. Instead, I have a slew of horrifyingly poorly written notes spanning across several graph books, scraps of paper I’ve scrounged up or found randomly or stolen, notes on my phone when I can’t find paper or a pen, and even, sometimes, my hand or arm until I can find something better to scribble it onto. Mostly, though, it’s all in my head. Probably not the best place for it to be as I tend to lose my mind a lot (forgive me for that terrible joke).
Your story settings span all over the country; is there a location that particularly interests you?
Louisiana.
Many of your stories feature different cryptids or government conspiracies. Are there any that you'd like to cover and haven't yet?
Yes, several.
Are there any topics you feel are too controversial for you to address or that you prefer not to explore in your writing?
On Reddit? Definitely. Outside of Reddit? Nope.
What are your feelings toward NoSleep's immersion/believability rule? What impact, if any, do you think the suspension of disbelief format may have when transitioning your work toward a mass audience unfamiliar with NoSleep?
Oh, uh, well, at the risk of sounding like a total asshole, I think it’s cute. Do I think the suspension of disbelief format will have an impact if I ever transition my work towards a mass audience? Honestly, no clue. Not nearly even close to touching a mass audience yet. But, I mean, I don't think so. I think consuming something fictional—be it through text or through a screen—will always have that suspension of disbelief factor surrounding it, you know?
Do you have any favorite reader reactions to your writing?
Yeah, the lady who thought I was Cooper in real life and DM’d me asking me to impregnate her. Gotta good chuckle outta that one. That said, people really seem to want to ride Coop's, uh, Ducati. It's absolutely hilarious to me.
Readers have truly embraced Cooper and his cohorts, and are extremely active in your sub dedicated to him, /SuperCooperCanon. What is it about the character that you think resonated so strongly with the community?
Honestly, no idea. I mean, I know I wrote the guy to be “objectively hot”, but attractive people aren’t always that interesting or likable. So, maybe it’s his devil may care attitude and sense of humor that people connect with? He’s also pretty self-reliant and confident and not afraid to show that, yes, a “tough guy” can (and does) cry/show emotions/empathize.
Occasionally, you've referenced users' comments on one story in the next, or included hints and codes that tie certain stories together. Are there any major Easter eggs you wish your readers would crack?
Yeah, probably. I mean, I recently went back and reread all the stories (including all the supplementals) in the ‘verse in one sitting (took me a short six hours, there’s around 300,000 words) and even I was like, “Well, shit, totally forgot I was supposed to be doing something with that…my bad.” So, I can’t really hold anything against anyone for not catching everything.
What story or project are you most proud of?
You mean besides all the shit involving Spooky McSpooks? Because it’s that. I mean, the asshole has the name of a goddamn dog yet somehow still manages to be the smoothest guy in the room? C’mon.
You recently revealed the relationship between Cooper and Elle. Considering his last romantic interest is out of the running, will Cooper ever find love? waggles eyebrows
Oh…uh…shit…I plead the fifth. I will say this, though, someone I know in real life has been all but begging me to write a “Cooprotica” for ages now. Will I do it? I don’t know. If I did, I’d cringe so hard I’d turn into a black hole and consume the entire galaxy.
There have been Cooper sightings since the 1980s, leading fans to speculate that either these were of his father or that Cooper is somehow ageless. Can you shed any light on which theory is correct?
Sure. It’s his “dad”.
In The Mojave Phone Booth, '80s Cooper has The Overseer's outfit in his car. Does this mean what we think it does...?
Probably.
There's an isolated cabin with a locked door that Elle doesn't particularly want to talk about. Do we catch a glimpse of what happened there in My first job was at a video rental store?
Sure did.
Cooper had a falling out with a squadmate that went by Shepherd. Was this at all related to the two agents that have been out to get him?
Kinda? I think he was more disappointed in Coop than anything else. There are things they’ve said to each other that I haven’t shown yet. Shep is an interesting guy. His story arc isn’t over.
Which installment in the series was your favorite to write so far? What set that one apart?
Oh, shit. This is a tough one. I’ve got a lot of favorites, mainly because the first person I write them for is myself, and I’m an idiot who giggles at my own dumb jokes I intersperse throughout them, like, a lot. But, if I absolutely had to chose one, I’d say…shit. This is hard. Huh. Uhhh. I don’t know? Maybe my most recent one? Just because that fucker was long. So long I ran outta character space and had to put part of it over on my subreddit as a “supplemental” even though it was part of the same story. I’m also pretty fond of my DIA story and the Bridgewater Triangle one. Also, the ones from Mrs. Popov’s perspective. And all the stories surrounding “The Hollow” (Inbred Family, Shit for Brains, Chekhov’s Bazooka, Unexpected Forces).
You've mentioned working on adapting the Cooperverse into novel form. Have you experienced any unexpected challenges or advantages during that process? How has writing with the intent of being published differed from posting to Reddit?
Man, I’m like the boy who cried wolf with those novel promises, huh? But, yes, the short, simple answer is yes. The long answer is, well, long. And I feel like I have to be extremely careful here since people can get, uh, very touchy about publishing, especially when it comes to being traditionally published versus independently published versus self-published. Truth be told, I don’t know how comfortable I am with answering these questions. So, I guess, that’s one of the biggest challenges: Trying to speak about the ins and outs of getting published in a way that won’t offend or piss off anyone else?
Man, honestly, this is something I have a lot to say about but have never felt comfortable doing so.
Sorry.
How much do we have to bribe you to publish a book of the series as it's laid out now, an anthology of everyone's encounters with Cooper?
Unfortunately, money (and most material possessions) ain’t a thang to me, so I can’t be bought. In all seriousness, though, it just doesn’t feel right charging money for things people can consume for free, you know? And even if I did put anything out there that was purchasable, I’m a perfectionist, so it’d have to be spiffed up, like, a lot. That’d take some time.
What's the most valuable lesson you've learned since you began posting to NoSleep?
"It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness; that is life."
As a successful author on NoSleep, do you have any advice for new contributors?
Be careful. Attention and ephemeral internet points can be (and often are) highly addictive. And addiction is bad, mmkay?
What are your short-term and long-term writing goals?
Short term: Write.
Long term: Keep writing.
Community Questions:
From MagpieRhymes: Where did you inspiration for Cooper et al come from? Did he arrive in your mind, fully-formed, or did it take time to develop his story?
He’s an amalgamation of a lot of things. Both folks I know in real life and characters like (in no particular order) Leon Scott Kennedy, Hermione Granger, Samus, Geralt of Rivia, Master Chief, Fox Mulder, Aloysius XL Pendergast, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, StrideAragorn II, Ellen Ripley, Jim Hopper, Lyra Belacqua, Sam Vimes, Link, Dale Cooper, and so on and so forth. I always knew that Coop was, first and foremost, going to be a smartass, but it did take a little bit of time to develop him into who he is now. His “personality” is subject to change, though, since I’m trying to make him as round of a character as I possibly can.
Submitted anonymously: Your Cooperverse stories are amazing. They're like a Lovecraftian Twilight Zone X-Files mashup, but better. How do you keep your plotlines from getting away from you? And what is your inspiration for the Overseer? Thank you so much for sticking with the stories for so long. Sincerely, a longtime fan
Whoa, damn, slow down there, buddy. Uh, first of all, fucking thank you. That’s high praise. Those are definitely three of my favorite things. Better, though? I dunno about that. And, hey, thanks for sticking with me so long, fucking flattered, man. Second, I honestly don’t know how I maintain all the plotlines. I guess I just have a knack for it? And some pretty badly written notes. Third, huh, what an interesting question. He’s kinda like The Smoking Man mixed with Vader mixed with a maniacal comic-book villain.
Submitted anonymously: Do you ever get tired of writing Cooper, or feel limited to only posting in that realm? Have you ever posted from an alt account?
Never posted from an alt account, scout’s honor; only have one reddit account because that’s all I can handle (I’m a bit of a technophobe). To answer your second question, well
So, Coop is really fun to write and I’m a huge dork for conspiracies, but do I feel limited? A little. I mean, people pretty much only know me as that one asshole who only writes about that one asshole who always “saves” the day. And, despite trying to break from that trend, I can’t really blame ‘em. It’s entirely my fault; I’ve shoehorned myself into that position. This has limited me in two ways: people who, uh, aren’t particularly fond of me don’t actually believe I can write anything else, but then when I’ve tried to (and try I have), people who do like me quite a bit are upset that it’s not a Coop story. Fucked if I do, fucked if I don’t, you know?
Submitted anonymously: I love your work so much! Thank you for writing such great characters. Do you have a mental dream cast of who you'd like to see play any of them?
Hey, thanks, I’m truly honored. And thank you for your readership! That said, yeah, I do for some of my characters, but not all of the people I could see “as them” are professional actors or public figures I could freely name. If the Cooperverse ever went somewhere, you know, “big”, whoever plays Coop would probably have to be a complete unknown since there’s really no one currently working I could see playing him. Or, I’d have to do what Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child did with Pendergast in the movie adaptation of their book Relic and take him out completely. That’s no fun.
From EbilCrayons: When you first started writing for nosleep did you have ambitions of becoming populasuccessful or did it take you by complete surprise?
I mean, I’d take “populasuccessful” with a grain of goddamn salt, it’s not like I’m raking in the updoots over here. But, I will say, I do have a very dedicated fan base—(shit, I feel like a giant asshole with a giant head tootin’ my goddamn horn and it makes me uncomfortable as hell)—to whom I owe a lot to and am very fond of; seriously, they’re all fucking amazing. So, yeah, that kinda took me by surprise.
Submitted anonymously: Do you see any similarities between yourself and Cooper or any of your other characters?
I’ve always said that I’m nothing like Coop, but my good friends (who know me pretty well) all insist that I am. So, I guess I do? Not to (once again) toot my own horn or anything, but I’ve been told by a decent number of people that I’m fairly attractive and witty. Waitresses, people on the street, my coworkers, even teachers have all (at one time or another) called me cute and funny and shit, and it’s embarrassing as fuck. Also, I’m willing to bet that both people in real life who don’t like me and who do would absolutely all agree on one thing: that I’m a huge smartass. Always gotta be quippin’ about something or at someone with this dumb shit eating grin on my face. But, personally, I’d say I’m most like Coop’s Ducati or Scrambles. His Ducati because my words are essentially the “vehicle” he rides from plot point to plot point. Scrambles because—as cringe as this sounds—Coop kinda saved me too.
Submitted anonymously: If you were able to spend the day with any figure in the horror community (author, director, actor, etc.), who would you choose and why?
John Carpenter. Because he’s a fucking geniusman, that’s why.
Submitted anonymously: Your house is on fire, and your family is safe outside. What book do you grab before joining them?
Fuck. Shit. Uh…fuck. Shit. I’ll come back to this one. Shit came back to it and still don’t know. Fuck. Hold on. Okay, went and looked through all my books (and comics), and, I mean, I could say something cool like, “Oh, my first edition copy of Insert Discworld Novel Here,” or something smartassy like, “Oh, the Bible haha j/k 69 420,” or something clever like, “Embracing Defeat because it’s such an important deep dive into pre and post war Japan,” but, honestly, I’m gonna have to go with Still Life with Crows. Sure, it’s not the greatest book in the world and certainly not the most well-known, but goddamn I fucking love that fucking book.
Submitted anonymously: Would you/have you ever collaborate(d) with anyone else on nosleep? Is there anyone you'd like to work with?
I haven’t. I’m quite shy. Also, very busy. I wouldn’t want to let anyone (or, worse, multiple people) down by agreeing to do something I wouldn’t be able to follow through on. Of course I do, but, again, I’m shy and I fear mentioning anyone by name would put me in a precarious position of either them being like, “Let’s do it,” and then me just not being able to or (more likely), them recoiling in disgust and saying, “No. Absolutely not. And never, ever utter my username ever again.”
From Knoxx899: I feel like the Super Cooper series would make an awesome graphic novel, wouldn't you agree?
I would absolutely agree.
Submitted anonymously: Favorite guilty pleasure?
Haha, oh man oh man.
So, a year or so ago I had this awesome coworker who was, oddly enough, really into reading romance novels. And, I mean, not gonna shit on them (too much) for that, people can read whatever the fuck they want (so long as it’s not really hurting anyone else, of course). Well, one day, because I’m a smartass with a shit eating grin who won’t shut the fuck up at work, they dared me to read one.
They were all like, “Hey, DV, bet you can’t finish one of these, you fucking goddamn asshole of a person.” They knew I’m a voracious reader who will read just about anything, especially if someone does that whole reverse psychology shit on me. So, I was all like, “Oh, you’re on,” and I did.
It was titled, shit you not, Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas. And it was about, again shit you fucking not, an unbelievably sexy writer who, as a child, was bitten by a wolf shifter. Yep, you read that correctly. So, because of this, she has to isolate herself and is all sad and lonely and like, “Oh, woe is me, my fertility clock is ticking,” because, you know, every so often she turns into a goddamn wolf and also, as I’m sure everyone is well aware, all women care/think about is having babies.
Well, enter hot as motherfucking hell private investigator, Owen, who—fucking surprise—is also a wolf shifter. If I remember correctly, he can smell when she’s “in heat” or something ridiculous. Anyway, so begins his attempts to woo her to join his pack and have his, uh, pups. It was godawful, but it was also, at the same time, absolutely fucking hilarious. Unintentionally of course.
I went on to read another book by this same author called SEAL Wolf in Too Deep. As you might’ve guessed, it’s about an ex-Navy SEAL who’s a wolf shifter (you can’t see it but I’m fucking cracking up as I’m writing this). He’s all hot as hell and broken and sad and shit and his (unbelievably attractive and I think much younger) police partner is like, “Oh, b-but senpai…I-I can heal your broken heart.”
Godawful, just the worst, funniest fucking shit I’ve ever read.
This lady, Terry Spear, apparently has a couple different series going on; some have Navy SEALs who shift into wolves, some are just billionaires who shift into wolves, some are bad boys who shift into—get this—cougars, some are just those terribly exotic Highlanders who are hot and rugged and ripped and (only sometimes) shift into wolves.
Next on my list is Between a Wolf and a Hard Place. Because, I mean, with a title like that how could I not read it? C’mon.
And now you know all my secrets.
Submitted anonymously: Favorite song lyric?
This is always subject to change, so don’t judge me too harshly.
“I was runnin’ down the road, tryin’ to loosen my load, got seven women on my mind, four that wanna own me, two that wanna stone me, one said she’s a friend of mine.”
Fun fact: I’ve actually stood on that corner in Winslow, Arizona. Yep. I seriously made the drive out there specifically because of that song. Literally all I did was drive all the way out there, stand on the corner as mysteriously as I could manage before hopping back into my car and taking off. Aren’t I quirky as shit?
Submitted anonymously: Which actor who's played James Bond do you think would be the best job at portraying Cooper?
Okay, so, here’s the thing, I see people saying this a lot, that Coop is like James Bond, and I kinda just laugh because who am I to shit on anyone’s opinions? Well, I’m doing it now. I’m sorry, but I just have to nip this in the bud before it keeps on growin’. Cooper is not at all like James Bond. Sure, there’s maybe like a single thing that is similar between them (being good with weapons), but I hand to heart believe there are many, many more things that set them apart. For one, Coop is decidedly not a womanizer and would always ask for consent. I’d even go as far as to say he’s extremely discerning when it comes to sleeping with people. Him, uh, “wooing” someone would be a pretty rare occurrence. Secondly, Coop doesn’t often kill with extreme prejudice. In fact, he’s more likely to do the opposite and let people go. Third, I specifically made him a beer man to show just how down to earth and unpretentious he really is. Fourth, James Bond is a goddamn psychopath. Yeah, I said it. And I’ve tried to go out of my way to show just how empathetic and caring and concerned Coop really is. (I’m not mad!! You’re mad!) But, if I was forced to choose one, I’d reluctantly say Daniel Craig.
From ByfelsDisciple: What do you think is your most underrated story? Your most overrated?
All of them are both underrated and overrated at the same time because I tend to fluctuate between extreme self-loathing and sickening cockiness.
From Poppy_moonray: Several of your stories take place in the southwest US. As someone who lives there, I can confirm shit gets real weird. Do you have any personal favorite urban legends/mythos from the region?
Shit gets real, real weird out there, don’t it? Well, there’s, of course, all the American Indian lore surrounding the place, but, out of respect for them, I won’t get into that. Rather, I’m gonna say government conspiracies. Shocker, I know. Particularly D.U.M.B.’s. Which are: Deep Underground Military Bases. I may or may not have written about one or two of those...
If you had to live in one of Joe R. Lansdale's literary worlds (a Joe R. Landscape, if you will), which would you choose and why? Would you be an existing character, yourself, or adopt a new identity?
Man, I honestly wouldn’t wanna live in any of that guy’s universes. They’re all so gruesome and unflinching and fucked. But, if I had to choose, probably Batman: The Animated Series. I’d be myself, meaning, I’d probably never even see Batman and my life would essentially be the same ole shit as it is now.
What fruit do you empathize with most strongly? What fruit fills you with an unbridled fury?
This is, uh, an odd question. Huh. This’ll really make or break me as a cool person, won’t it? Well, let me start with the unbridled fury one first. Coconuts. Fucking bastards. They technically can be classified as a fruit, a nut, and/or a seed. What the fuck are you, coconuts? Also, have you ever tried opening one of those fuckers? Emergency room visit waiting to happen. What fruit do I empathize with? Bananas. They look like dicks.
Were they any worthy new additions to your regular spooky October viewing list this year?
Yeah, I didn’t post the list this year because I was busy as hell. Apologies. Candyman was great. So was Halloween II, the part where he walks into the glass and it just fuckin’ shatters had me cracking up. C.H.U.D. was right up my alley as was The Gate. The Invitation was weird and really captured that feeling of social anxiety well. Rosemary’s Baby was real good, possibly the scariest movie I’ve seen in a while (and not just because it was directed by Polanski, that absolute disgusting piece of actual shit). But, I have to say, by far the best movie I’ve watched this year (and during my Halloween viewing) was Troll 2. Holy shit, I cannot describe in words how amazing that movie is. Oh my god, I love it with all my heart. Eddie (Gus’s boy) did a pretty great overview of it, but, honestly, please, please watch it if you ever get a chance.
When stalking you diligently researching for your interview, I came upon this comment you made for /WritingPrompts about a melancholy sentient potato. I have since spent nearly all my waking moments consumed with thoughts about what this potato has been up to. Can we please get a brief follow-up? <3
Hahaha, oh shit. That has to be my crown jewel of my Reddit writing “career”. I love that story. I’d say that the potato went down a dark, spiraling journey of self-discovery and came out the other side covered in weeds and baked as fuuuuuck.
From OnyxOctopus: How do you take your tea? What kind would you like? One lump or two? How many snickerdoodles can I get you? Are you warm enough? If not, I can get you a hand-crocheted afghan! Would you like one?
Cold, unsweetened, mugicha. Though, I’m a big fan of (hot) Earl Grey, matcha, and sencha. Uh, are you offering me cookies? As many I can fit into my face. How soon can you get them to me? Oh, shit. I’d love one, but, please, don’t feel obligated to make one, those look like they take quite a bit of time and I wouldn’t want to inconvenience you at all (it’s beautiful by the way).
Submitted anonymously: What were your influences for writing the Super Cooper series? Obviously the parallels to Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks are very obvious (I mean even the name is the same LOL!) But what influenced you to write such a long series in this sort of world with this much scope? I could see the series going on forever and would love if it did so!
You know that quote, and I’m paraphrasing here, be the person you needed when you were younger? Well, I felt like I couldn’t be that person, so, I wrote him. I’ve had my fair share of hardships and I’ve also seen some fucked up shit. The world can be a bad, bad, disgusting, unfair, evil place. So, just knowing that someone was out there doing whatever he could to make the world a teeny tiny bit better—even if he wasn’t actually real—cheered me right the fuck up. And I think others have picked up on that; I’ve gotten quite a few DM’s telling me how much Coop and his escapades have cheered them up as well. So, I guess that influenced me?
Hey, forever’s a long time now. Hopefully, I’ll be able to manage that.
Submitted anonymously: I mostly just wanted to say that Cooper's stories have really distracted me from studying for my finals but I still wouldn't change a thing, thank you!! What's the most fun thing you've gotten to do lately?
You’re very welcome, but, shit, go study for your finals! My stories will be waiting for you in the meantime. So, my friends got me a bunch of video games recently for a thing, been playing those during any downtime I have. They’re all quite fun. (Disco Elysium, Untitled Goose Game, Pony Island, The Hex, Night in the Woods, Overcooked, and Wargroove.)
From HateyMcHateFace: When is the super cooper book coming out and please make it so I can get it in Brazil? Also, how are you? Hope you’re doing great. Cheers.
When it comes out, I’ll personally ship you one, how’s that? I’m just short of perfect, man, hope you’re doing great as well.
Submitted anonymously: Have you thought about releasing book collections of the Canon? I'd love to have Coop in my library, and it would be easier to make my friends read it if I could buy them a physical copy.
Haha, for fuck’s sake, people, I get it! You want a book. I’m flattered as hell and also deeply sorry it’s taken me so long to get it out there, but, I have to say, please don’t force anyone to read anything, not even the Cooperverse. That said, of course I’ve thought about releasing a book collecting all of the canon. Will I do it? Eh. I’m not really keen on charging anything for words I’ve plastered online for free. But, I am working on something else that just might be worth a few dollars and some change. Promise it’ll be worth the wait.
Submitted anonymously: Which of your stories has been the most difficult to write, and why?
I think the most recent ones (the ones I’ve been writing after my long, uh, “hiatus”). Coop’s really been experiencing “the dark night of the soul.” He’s gone from, “Hey, I can do this,” to “Hey, this is all sorts of fucked up and maybe, just maybe, I can’t do anything at all.” Real wake up call for him. Hope he comes out the other side okay.
From _Pebcak_: Who shot first—Han or Greedo?
Oh ho ho. So, in the original version of Star Wars IV: A New Hope, Han Solo is forced over to a table at blasterpoint in the local cantina by Greedo--one of Jabba the Hut's minions. Greedo is there to bring Han to Jabba (or extort him) and, during their enitre conversation, has his blaster pointed at Han. Well, they have their little chat and then, suddenly, Han quick-draws his own blaster and shoots Greedo point blank in the chest, killing him.
Now, in the 20th anniversary rerelease, Lucas did was Lucas does best and fucked this all up, uh, I mean, "remastered" this. The above scene is edited (badly) to show Greedo firing first, and missing at point blank range. Not only does this make him look incredibly incompetent, it ruins the tension because Greedo can't hit shit with a blaster. I mean, he's like two feet away! Han was never in any real danger if Greedo misses from two feet away! But, more than that, it fucking obliterates Han's entire character development. Han is a rogue, he's no hero. By having him shoot first we learn this real fast; Han doesn't give a shit about fighting fair or for honor. He plays by his own rules, you know, as rogues do. His main motivator is looking out for a single thing: Himself. By changing the scene, Lucas effectively neuters this fact and turns Han into just another cliched hero archetype.
That's not Han.
Han shot first.
Han always shot first.
The "remastered" version can suck it.
Submitted anonymously: What question did you want to be asked that didn’t get asked?
I’m honestly surprised no one has asked if I’m a chick or a dude. My response to that would, of course, be: Does it matter?
Is it easy writing two stories every time you post? Why have you done this to yourself? Response: It is, in fact, not easy. And because I’m an absolute idiot, that’s why.
If your mom is from Japan, where’s your dad from? Response: North Carolina. Which is probably why most of my stories have that particular “twanged up” style people have come to recognize (well, that and because Stephen and Joe are both from East Texas…it rubbed off on me).
And finally: Why the hell is Coop always at libraries? Response: because he doesn’t have an office and is a huge unapologetic goddamn nerd.
Diggin’ divin’ into Darth's diegesis?
Check out all of Cooper's capers over at /SuperCooperCanon!
NoSleepInterviews would like to say a secret underground complex filled with mystery, intrigue, and creatures untold worth of thank yous to the eternally lovely and exquisitely talented darthvarda for indulging our Cooper obsession and granting us this marvelous interview! Your wonderful words were just the droids we were looking for, and we know the force will be with you and Spooky on all your future journeys! <3
We'll see you back here next month when our sugar daddy gets weird and asks us to deck the halls with the extraordinary EaPAtbp! We'll be hanging her interview on the NSI chimney with care on Monday, December 23rd, and taking all your holly jolly questions for her in /NoSleepOOC on Monday, December 16th!
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2019.02.21 23:17 peterboykin Why civics education matters

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On the roster: Why civics education matters – House readies resolution to end national emergency – Harris calls for new election in NC House race – Biden considers his family ahead of 2020 decision – Girl scout of the year
WHY CIVICS EDUCATION MATTERS
You no doubt heard the news. Americans don’t know bupkis about our history and system of government.
The survey from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation found appallingly low percentages of Americans were conversant even in the basic facts of our system and past.
In order to pass a U.S. citizenship test, an applicant must get at least 60 percent of the questions on a civics and history test correct. You can take a sample test here but knowing you, dear readers, 60 percent will seem like a rock-bottom grade.
If you have been reading us for any length of time you will also know that civics and history education is something of a hobbyhorse for us, so we were certainly happy to see attention brought to the subject. What concerns us, however, is that very few people seem to be discussing _why_this is a problem.
Knowing civics and history isn’t something that is an abstract good like knowing how to play the clarinet, hit a one-handed backhand or tell the difference between Monet and Manet. It is a practical, vital knowledge the lack of which is creating a crisis for our country.
Civics education, where it still exists, is treated often as something obligatory. You make your bed, you shine your shoes for church, you say “please” and you know how many justices are on the Supreme Court.
If we expect students to care and schools to emphasize the subject, we had better make sure that everyone understands what’s at stake. Without a working knowledge of what this country is and how our system works, each generation becomes less able to operate this miracle that has proven to be a light into the world.
The most significant problems facing our government today aren’t really ideological, they’re systemic.
For example, there are good debates to be had about how the federal government should allocate the nearly $3.5 trillion in tax revue it collects each year. Where should it be spent and in what increments? How much more money should the government borrow?
But politicians have essentially destroyed the system that allowed those questions to be addressed for the previous two centuries. Most of the money that’s being spent is doled out on schedules and rates set decades ago.
Less than a third of federal spending is actually appropriated by the current Congress. The other 70 percent goes to entitlement programs, pensions, pre-programed welfare systems and interest on the $22 trillion national debt. It’s that way because previous generations of lawmakers determined they and their successors were too irresponsible to allocate money anymore.
While most federal outlays cruise on like a deep space probe zooming out past Pluto, what obviously will happen to the discussion over the ever-shrinking slice that Congress really does control? When there was plenty of money, the appropriations system allowed for an orderly, if greasy, means for allocating the money. Now, every time the bills come due at the end of the federal fiscal year, we start jumping off of fiscal cliffs.
We recently endured what was called the “Seinfeld shutdown,” the shutdown about nothing. Lawmakers and the president were at odds over a little flyspeck of spending – four hundredths of a percent of the deficit alone – and closed a substantial part of the government for more than a month only to come to what was an obvious compromise from the start.
However you feel about border barriers and “delayed action for childhood arrivals” and anything else about immigration, that’s not a sensible way to have discussions about spending priorities. That’s not liberal or conservative, Republican or Democratic but rather systemic. The way the U.S. government handles its money is a rotten, chaotic mess.
But there’s little political advantage to be had in addressing that. In fact, there’s substantial political disadvantage.
Listen to the president and his potential general election opponents as they talk about money. They sound like 1970s pornographic actress and disco star Andrea True. “How do you like it? More, more, more.” More tax cuts, more infrastructure spending, more entitlements, more welfare programs. More, more, more.
Spending is just one example. We could say the same of our legal, educational, medical and national security apparatuses. Deep problems continue to churn, but politicians across the spectrum tend to offer painless pabulum.

Now, we should rightly blame the politicians who pander and deceive. But as the scorpion told the frog, we know it is their nature. As comedian Chris Rock once joked about sexual fidelity, “Men are only as faithful as their options.” A dim, if not entirely undeserved view. For politicians, the maxim would hold that they are only about as honest as they have to be.
And voters are letting them get away with murder.
We will not reinvent human nature in such a way that a new generation of selfless politicians rises up to save us from ourselves. But that is what Americans look for each successive election. What do we want each cycle? Change. And each cycle they deliver the kind of surficial change that temporarily gratifies the bloody-minded partisanship of one side but leaves most people with a deeper-still feeling of unease. Something is wrong, but we just can’t say what.
So what will we choose next time? Why change, of course.
The purpose of an educated electorate – the crucial aim of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and others – was as the ultimate guarantor of good government. If the people do not know what they have, they won’t know how to use it. They won’t know which demands are sensible to make. They will become easy prey for demagogues.
Welp.
The urgent work of educating the next generation in American history and civics isn’t just something that would be nice or to avoid national embarrassment. It is actually about rebuilding a bulwark against tyranny. As our government slips deeper and deeper into dysfunction and people come to have less and less faith in the American system, we become sitting ducks for the kind of authoritarianism that has ruled most of our species for most of our history.
Civic classes are about nothing less than guaranteeing “the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
THE RULEBOOK: HOLD YOUR GROUND
“Whatever efficacy the union may have had in ordinary cases, it appears that the moment a cause of difference sprang up, capable of trying its strength, it failed.” – Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, Federalist No. 19TIME OUT: THE PRICE OF COLLEGE SPORTS
Sports Illustrated: “UNC-Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium is typically a showcase for everything that’s great about sports… But the story was [Zion Williamson’s injury]. He’s the presumptive No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, and one of the biggest names in sports at the moment. … What happens when the biggest game in America becomes dominated by the player who left after 30 seconds? For one, after 48 hours of news stories about Duke-UNC ticket prices, there were natural conclusions drawn about the injustice of Zion performing as an unpaid amateur and suffering an injury while almost everyone else in the college sports ecosystem was able to get rich off the game. That argument makes some sense. … And why does Zion Williamson have to be in college at all? … If players are talented enough to be drafted into the NBA after high school, many around the sport think they should be able to make that transition as soon as they graduate.”
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**SCOREBOARD
Trump job performance
Average approval:** 41.8 percent
Average disapproval: 54.4 percent
Net Score: -12.6 points
Change from one week ago: no change
[Average includes: Fox News: 46% approve – 52% disapprove; Gallup: 44% approve – 52% unapproved; CNN: 42% approve – 54% disapproval; IBD: 39% approve – 57% disapprove; Quinnipiac University: 38% approve – 57% disapprove.]
HOUSE READIES RESOLUTION TO END NATIONAL EMERGENCY
WaPo: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday night that the House will vote in the coming days on a resolution rejecting President Trump’s national emergency declaration, encouraging fellow Democrats to support the effort as they try to stop Trump’s push to expand efforts to build a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter, the California Democrat said Trump’s declaration ‘undermines the separation of powers and Congress’s power of the purse, a power exclusively reserved by the text of the Constitution to the first branch of government, the Legislative branch, a branch co-equal to the Executive.’ By invoking a national emergency, Trump is claiming authority to shift federal funds appropriated by Congress for other purposes to be spent instead on his border wall. Pelosi announced that the House would move ‘swiftly’ to pass a disapproval resolution authored by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.), although she did not specify an exact date and indicated it would move through a House committee before coming to the floor.”
Sen. Collins backs lawsuit against national emergency –Portland Press Herald: “Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday that she supports the lawsuit filed by 16 states – including Maine – challenging President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a southern border wall. But Collins also signaled support for a straightforward congressional disapproval of an emergency declaration that she views as having ‘dubious constitutionality’ and setting a dangerous precedent. ‘It may be that the courts will stop what I believe to be a very unwise action, or it may come about through Congress,’ Collins said Wednesday. ‘If the House passes a resolution of disapproval and it is a clean resolution, I will support that.’ … The three other members of Maine’s congressional delegation – independent Sen. Angus King and Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden – also have strongly criticized the president’s emergency declaration.”
The Judge’s Ruling: Trump’s brazen overreach – This week Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano explains how the president’s national emergency is unconstitutional: “When the president acts pursuant to authority granted to him by the Congress in an area of government delegated to him by the Constitution, his authority is at its peak, and he is free to exercise it as he sees fit. When he acts in an area as to which the Congress has been silent, he acts in a twilight zone and can succeed only if the area of his behavior is delegated to him under the Constitution and if he enjoys broad public support. But when the president acts in an area that the Constitution gives exclusively to Congress — such as spending money — and when he acts in defiance of Congress, his acts are unconstitutional and are to be enjoined.” More here.
HARRIS CALLS FOR NEW ELECTION IN NC HOUSE RACE
Raleigh News & Observer: “In a startling statement, Republican candidate Mark Harris Thursday called for a new election in the 9th Congressional District ‘to restore the confidence of voters.’ Harris’ statement came after a break in a hearing after he had testified about his dealings with Bladen County operative McCrae Dowless. On the stand, Harris said he suffered two strokes in January while hospitalized for a severe infection and was ‘struggling’ to get through the hearing. After hearing the evidence of absentee ballot fraud, Harris said, ‘I believe a new election should be called.’ A member of North Carolina’s State Board of Elections had pressed Harris on why he didn’t heed warnings from his son about hiring Dowless to run an absentee ballot operation in his 2018 campaign for Congress. … ‘He raised concerns (about Dowless). I did not consider John’s (emails) to be a warning. I thought he was overreacting,’ [Harris said].”
BIDEN CONSIDERS HIS FAMILY AHEAD OF 2020 DECISION
NBC News:Joe Biden wants to be president. And each day, he’s closer to being ready to run for the office. But even as he weighs a campaign to unseat President Donald Trump, Biden is carefully considering a key question — what happens when the president or his top allies try to make his family an issue? Conversations with aides to the former vice president and others who’ve spoken with him in recent weeks present the idea of a Biden candidacy as not if but when. … But Biden knows and expects the president to fight as hard to stay in the White House as he did to win it in the first place — and he’s already shown nothing is off limits. … No line of attack would be more reprehensible to the former vice president than one directed at his family, and he and his team have been forced to consider that even as they also weigh the political dynamics.”
Harris swipes at far-left Dems over open borders –Fox News: “Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said ‘We can’t have open borders’ as she continues to disassociate from her party’s calls for unrestricted immigration and tearing down existing barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. senator from California, a leading 2020 hopeful for the White House on the Democratic side, has recently been overshadowed by the entry of Senate colleague Bernie Sanders — the progressives’ likely first choice — into the race, and the potential candidacy of Beto O’Rourke the former congressman from Texas who’s been making inroads and positioning himself as the anti-Trump candidate. This prompted Harris to come out against O’Rourke’s call to tear down the existing 700 miles of fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border during a Wednesday night appearance on Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show.’”
Family matters: Kamala’s dad isn’t happy over her comments on weed –Fox News: “The father of Sen. Kamala Harris is trying to distance himself from the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful after she said her pot smoking in college stemmed from her Jamaican heritage. … Harris’ father, Donald, disapproved of the comments, which he told the Jamaica Global Online constituted ‘identity politics.’ ‘My dear departed grandmothers … as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics,’ he said. Donald Harris continued: ‘Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.’”
Williamson: ‘One last grift for Bernie Sanders’ – National Review: “Right-wing populists and left-wing populists may disagree about such world-changing issues as whether the phrase ‘a man with ovaries’ actually means anything, but on the fundamental policy questions they come down strikingly close to one another. That is because the enemy of populism isn’t the right wing or the left wing — the enemy of populism is liberalism, understood here not in the demented sense we use it in U.S. politics (where liberals_ are the people opposed to_ liberalism) but in its proper sense, meaning the classical-liberal regime of property rights, free enterprise, free trade, individual rights, and a worldview based on well-ordered liberty emphasizing cooperation within and between nations.”
Disinformation cyber campaign begins against Dems –Politico: “A wide-ranging disinformation campaign aimed at Democratic 2020 candidates is already underway on social media, with signs that foreign state actors are driving at least some of the activity. The main targets appear to be Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), four of the most prominent announced or prospective candidates for president. A POLITICO review of recent data extracted from Twitter and from other platforms … suggests that the goal of the coordinated barrage appears to be undermining the nascent candidacies through the dissemination of memes, hashtags, misinformation and distortions of their positions. But the divisive nature of many of the posts also hints at a broader effort to sow discord and chaos within the Democratic presidential primary. The cyber propaganda … is being pushed across a variety of platforms…”
POMPEO RULES OUT ON KANSAS SENATE RUN
Politico: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he has ruled out running for a soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat in his home state of Kansas next year in favor of remaining the nation’s top diplomat. The former Kansas congressman and CIA director had dodged questions about whether he planned on running in 2020 to claim the seat held by retiring GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, fueling speculation that he might by attending certain events and meeting with GOP operatives in the state. But on NBC’s ‘Today’ show on Thursday, the secretary of state threw cold water on the prospect, telling anchor Craig Melvin ‘it’s ruled out.’ ‘I love Kansas. I’m going to be the secretary of State as long as President Trump gives me the opportunity to serve as America’s senior diplomat,” Pompeo said. ‘I love doing what I’m doing and I have 75,000 great warriors out and around the world trying to deliver for the American people.’”
Poll: Joni Ernst’s approval rating soars ahead of 2020 re-election –Des Moines Register: “U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s approval rating has hit its highest point ever as she prepares for a 2020 re-election campaign, a new Des Moines RegisteMediacom Iowa Poll shows. Fifty-seven percent of Iowans say they approve of the job she’s doing — a 10 percentage-point increase since September. She earns approval from a majority of Iowans in each of the state’s four congressional districts. That includes a high of 65 percent in the Republican-heavy 4th District, in northwest and north central Iowa, and a low of 51 percent in the Democratic-leaning 2nd District, in southeast Iowa. … Ernst, a military veteran from Red Oak, became the first woman in Iowa elected to either chamber of Congress in 2014. … She announced in December that she intends to seek re-election.”
Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne announces 2020 Senate run –AL.com: “U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne became the first official Republican entrant into the 2020 U.S. Senate race announcing his intention to run in a race that could become one of the most expensive political contests in Alabama history. … Democratic U.S. Senator Doug Jones, who narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore in that election, raised more than $24 million. … Byrne said he anticipates, similar to the 2017 special election, national attention paid to the Alabama Senate contest next year. The race is considered one of the few 2020 Senate contests in which a Democratic officeholder is seeking re-election against a Republican inside a state that has long been dominated by GOP leadership.”
PLAY-BY-PLAY
Neal Kaytal: What to expect from the Mueller report- NYT
_Poll shows Virginians aren’t demanding Ralph Northam’s resignation_– Sabato’s Crystal Ball
AUDIBLE: NO ONE KNOWS
“I have read it and I have reread it and I asked Ed Markey… what in the heck is this?” – Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., discussing his struggle to understand the Green New Deal on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.FROM THE BLEACHERS
“It’s midnight. And I’m listening to ITYW podcast and you mentioned a Pawpaw. I hope this finds you because 50 years ago in the movie Jungle Book a Pawpaw is mentioned in the lyrics of Bare Necessities. I sang it all the time and never knew what I was singing about. Now I do. And I love ice cream. So I’ll have to [check] that out. Please share my note with Dana.” – Brian Keill, Pearl River, N.Y.[Ed. note: The 1967 animated version was one of my favorites as a little boy. It’s scary enough to give you some bad dreams — that snake! — but funny enough and tender enough to make it beloved. But I hadn’t remembered that paw paws made an appearance. Makes it even ahem sweeter.]
“Yet another polling question, although I understand the ones you use and the methodologies behind them. What does confuse me is that some days you have a certain set of polls, other days you have a different set of polls. The average can go up or down significantly based solely on one poll being included and another one being removed. Any chance you could enlighten us on that piece?” – Mike Schlender, Minneapolis[Ed. note: As they would say in the business world, Mr. Schlemder, “FIFO” or first in, first out. We cycle out the oldest polls when new one comes in.]
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GIRL SCOUT OF THE YEAR
WISN:) “As if any of us needed any more of an incentive to buy even more boxes of Girl Scout cookies, a fifth-grade marketing genius just reinvented her Samoas packaging in the best way possible. The Colorado-based ‘Cookie CEO’ Charlotte Holmberg — who earned the title after selling more than 2,000 boxes in 2018 — is upping her game in a major way in the new year. Turning her Samoas into Momoas, the elementary schooler redesigned her packaging to include a shirtless Jason Momoa, and unsurprisingly, they’re flying off the figurative shelves. Holmberg happened to have a marketing professional already on her sales team — her mom — and after spotting a few Momoa Samoa memes, she thought up the rebranding. The pair printed a shot of the ‘Aquaman’ star on the classic purple packaging, and suddenly, everyone was eager for a box.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“Say it and sign it. To get, you have to give. That’s the art of the deal, is it not?” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in the Washington Post on Sept. 1, 2016. Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.
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2019.02.21 23:16 peterboykin Why civics education matters

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On the roster: Why civics education matters – House readies resolution to end national emergency – Harris calls for new election in NC House race – Biden considers his family ahead of 2020 decision – Girl scout of the year
WHY CIVICS EDUCATION MATTERS
You no doubt heard the news. Americans don’t know bupkis about our history and system of government.
The survey from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation found appallingly low percentages of Americans were conversant even in the basic facts of our system and past.
In order to pass a U.S. citizenship test, an applicant must get at least 60 percent of the questions on a civics and history test correct. You can take a sample test here but knowing you, dear readers, 60 percent will seem like a rock-bottom grade.
If you have been reading us for any length of time you will also know that civics and history education is something of a hobbyhorse for us, so we were certainly happy to see attention brought to the subject. What concerns us, however, is that very few people seem to be discussing _why_this is a problem.
Knowing civics and history isn’t something that is an abstract good like knowing how to play the clarinet, hit a one-handed backhand or tell the difference between Monet and Manet. It is a practical, vital knowledge the lack of which is creating a crisis for our country.
Civics education, where it still exists, is treated often as something obligatory. You make your bed, you shine your shoes for church, you say “please” and you know how many justices are on the Supreme Court.
If we expect students to care and schools to emphasize the subject, we had better make sure that everyone understands what’s at stake. Without a working knowledge of what this country is and how our system works, each generation becomes less able to operate this miracle that has proven to be a light into the world.
The most significant problems facing our government today aren’t really ideological, they’re systemic.
For example, there are good debates to be had about how the federal government should allocate the nearly $3.5 trillion in tax revue it collects each year. Where should it be spent and in what increments? How much more money should the government borrow?
But politicians have essentially destroyed the system that allowed those questions to be addressed for the previous two centuries. Most of the money that’s being spent is doled out on schedules and rates set decades ago.
Less than a third of federal spending is actually appropriated by the current Congress. The other 70 percent goes to entitlement programs, pensions, pre-programed welfare systems and interest on the $22 trillion national debt. It’s that way because previous generations of lawmakers determined they and their successors were too irresponsible to allocate money anymore.
While most federal outlays cruise on like a deep space probe zooming out past Pluto, what obviously will happen to the discussion over the ever-shrinking slice that Congress really does control? When there was plenty of money, the appropriations system allowed for an orderly, if greasy, means for allocating the money. Now, every time the bills come due at the end of the federal fiscal year, we start jumping off of fiscal cliffs.
We recently endured what was called the “Seinfeld shutdown,” the shutdown about nothing. Lawmakers and the president were at odds over a little flyspeck of spending – four hundredths of a percent of the deficit alone – and closed a substantial part of the government for more than a month only to come to what was an obvious compromise from the start.
However you feel about border barriers and “delayed action for childhood arrivals” and anything else about immigration, that’s not a sensible way to have discussions about spending priorities. That’s not liberal or conservative, Republican or Democratic but rather systemic. The way the U.S. government handles its money is a rotten, chaotic mess.
But there’s little political advantage to be had in addressing that. In fact, there’s substantial political disadvantage.
Listen to the president and his potential general election opponents as they talk about money. They sound like 1970s pornographic actress and disco star Andrea True. “How do you like it? More, more, more.” More tax cuts, more infrastructure spending, more entitlements, more welfare programs. More, more, more.
Spending is just one example. We could say the same of our legal, educational, medical and national security apparatuses. Deep problems continue to churn, but politicians across the spectrum tend to offer painless pabulum.

Now, we should rightly blame the politicians who pander and deceive. But as the scorpion told the frog, we know it is their nature. As comedian Chris Rock once joked about sexual fidelity, “Men are only as faithful as their options.” A dim, if not entirely undeserved view. For politicians, the maxim would hold that they are only about as honest as they have to be.
And voters are letting them get away with murder.
We will not reinvent human nature in such a way that a new generation of selfless politicians rises up to save us from ourselves. But that is what Americans look for each successive election. What do we want each cycle? Change. And each cycle they deliver the kind of surficial change that temporarily gratifies the bloody-minded partisanship of one side but leaves most people with a deeper-still feeling of unease. Something is wrong, but we just can’t say what.
So what will we choose next time? Why change, of course.
The purpose of an educated electorate – the crucial aim of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and others – was as the ultimate guarantor of good government. If the people do not know what they have, they won’t know how to use it. They won’t know which demands are sensible to make. They will become easy prey for demagogues.
Welp.
The urgent work of educating the next generation in American history and civics isn’t just something that would be nice or to avoid national embarrassment. It is actually about rebuilding a bulwark against tyranny. As our government slips deeper and deeper into dysfunction and people come to have less and less faith in the American system, we become sitting ducks for the kind of authoritarianism that has ruled most of our species for most of our history.
Civic classes are about nothing less than guaranteeing “the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
THE RULEBOOK: HOLD YOUR GROUND
“Whatever efficacy the union may have had in ordinary cases, it appears that the moment a cause of difference sprang up, capable of trying its strength, it failed.” – Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, Federalist No. 19TIME OUT: THE PRICE OF COLLEGE SPORTS
Sports Illustrated: “UNC-Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium is typically a showcase for everything that’s great about sports… But the story was [Zion Williamson’s injury]. He’s the presumptive No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, and one of the biggest names in sports at the moment. … What happens when the biggest game in America becomes dominated by the player who left after 30 seconds? For one, after 48 hours of news stories about Duke-UNC ticket prices, there were natural conclusions drawn about the injustice of Zion performing as an unpaid amateur and suffering an injury while almost everyone else in the college sports ecosystem was able to get rich off the game. That argument makes some sense. … And why does Zion Williamson have to be in college at all? … If players are talented enough to be drafted into the NBA after high school, many around the sport think they should be able to make that transition as soon as they graduate.”
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**SCOREBOARD
Trump job performance
Average approval:** 41.8 percent
Average disapproval: 54.4 percent
Net Score: -12.6 points
Change from one week ago: no change
[Average includes: Fox News: 46% approve – 52% disapprove; Gallup: 44% approve – 52% unapproved; CNN: 42% approve – 54% disapproval; IBD: 39% approve – 57% disapprove; Quinnipiac University: 38% approve – 57% disapprove.]
HOUSE READIES RESOLUTION TO END NATIONAL EMERGENCY
WaPo: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday night that the House will vote in the coming days on a resolution rejecting President Trump’s national emergency declaration, encouraging fellow Democrats to support the effort as they try to stop Trump’s push to expand efforts to build a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter, the California Democrat said Trump’s declaration ‘undermines the separation of powers and Congress’s power of the purse, a power exclusively reserved by the text of the Constitution to the first branch of government, the Legislative branch, a branch co-equal to the Executive.’ By invoking a national emergency, Trump is claiming authority to shift federal funds appropriated by Congress for other purposes to be spent instead on his border wall. Pelosi announced that the House would move ‘swiftly’ to pass a disapproval resolution authored by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.), although she did not specify an exact date and indicated it would move through a House committee before coming to the floor.”
Sen. Collins backs lawsuit against national emergency –Portland Press Herald: “Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday that she supports the lawsuit filed by 16 states – including Maine – challenging President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a southern border wall. But Collins also signaled support for a straightforward congressional disapproval of an emergency declaration that she views as having ‘dubious constitutionality’ and setting a dangerous precedent. ‘It may be that the courts will stop what I believe to be a very unwise action, or it may come about through Congress,’ Collins said Wednesday. ‘If the House passes a resolution of disapproval and it is a clean resolution, I will support that.’ … The three other members of Maine’s congressional delegation – independent Sen. Angus King and Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden – also have strongly criticized the president’s emergency declaration.”
The Judge’s Ruling: Trump’s brazen overreach – This week Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano explains how the president’s national emergency is unconstitutional: “When the president acts pursuant to authority granted to him by the Congress in an area of government delegated to him by the Constitution, his authority is at its peak, and he is free to exercise it as he sees fit. When he acts in an area as to which the Congress has been silent, he acts in a twilight zone and can succeed only if the area of his behavior is delegated to him under the Constitution and if he enjoys broad public support. But when the president acts in an area that the Constitution gives exclusively to Congress — such as spending money — and when he acts in defiance of Congress, his acts are unconstitutional and are to be enjoined.” More here.
HARRIS CALLS FOR NEW ELECTION IN NC HOUSE RACE
Raleigh News & Observer: “In a startling statement, Republican candidate Mark Harris Thursday called for a new election in the 9th Congressional District ‘to restore the confidence of voters.’ Harris’ statement came after a break in a hearing after he had testified about his dealings with Bladen County operative McCrae Dowless. On the stand, Harris said he suffered two strokes in January while hospitalized for a severe infection and was ‘struggling’ to get through the hearing. After hearing the evidence of absentee ballot fraud, Harris said, ‘I believe a new election should be called.’ A member of North Carolina’s State Board of Elections had pressed Harris on why he didn’t heed warnings from his son about hiring Dowless to run an absentee ballot operation in his 2018 campaign for Congress. … ‘He raised concerns (about Dowless). I did not consider John’s (emails) to be a warning. I thought he was overreacting,’ [Harris said].”
BIDEN CONSIDERS HIS FAMILY AHEAD OF 2020 DECISION
NBC News:Joe Biden wants to be president. And each day, he’s closer to being ready to run for the office. But even as he weighs a campaign to unseat President Donald Trump, Biden is carefully considering a key question — what happens when the president or his top allies try to make his family an issue? Conversations with aides to the former vice president and others who’ve spoken with him in recent weeks present the idea of a Biden candidacy as not if but when. … But Biden knows and expects the president to fight as hard to stay in the White House as he did to win it in the first place — and he’s already shown nothing is off limits. … No line of attack would be more reprehensible to the former vice president than one directed at his family, and he and his team have been forced to consider that even as they also weigh the political dynamics.”
Harris swipes at far-left Dems over open borders –Fox News: “Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said ‘We can’t have open borders’ as she continues to disassociate from her party’s calls for unrestricted immigration and tearing down existing barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. senator from California, a leading 2020 hopeful for the White House on the Democratic side, has recently been overshadowed by the entry of Senate colleague Bernie Sanders — the progressives’ likely first choice — into the race, and the potential candidacy of Beto O’Rourke the former congressman from Texas who’s been making inroads and positioning himself as the anti-Trump candidate. This prompted Harris to come out against O’Rourke’s call to tear down the existing 700 miles of fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border during a Wednesday night appearance on Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show.’”
Family matters: Kamala’s dad isn’t happy over her comments on weed –Fox News: “The father of Sen. Kamala Harris is trying to distance himself from the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful after she said her pot smoking in college stemmed from her Jamaican heritage. … Harris’ father, Donald, disapproved of the comments, which he told the Jamaica Global Online constituted ‘identity politics.’ ‘My dear departed grandmothers … as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics,’ he said. Donald Harris continued: ‘Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.’”
Williamson: ‘One last grift for Bernie Sanders’ – National Review: “Right-wing populists and left-wing populists may disagree about such world-changing issues as whether the phrase ‘a man with ovaries’ actually means anything, but on the fundamental policy questions they come down strikingly close to one another. That is because the enemy of populism isn’t the right wing or the left wing — the enemy of populism is liberalism, understood here not in the demented sense we use it in U.S. politics (where liberals_ are the people opposed to_ liberalism) but in its proper sense, meaning the classical-liberal regime of property rights, free enterprise, free trade, individual rights, and a worldview based on well-ordered liberty emphasizing cooperation within and between nations.”
Disinformation cyber campaign begins against Dems –Politico: “A wide-ranging disinformation campaign aimed at Democratic 2020 candidates is already underway on social media, with signs that foreign state actors are driving at least some of the activity. The main targets appear to be Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), four of the most prominent announced or prospective candidates for president. A POLITICO review of recent data extracted from Twitter and from other platforms … suggests that the goal of the coordinated barrage appears to be undermining the nascent candidacies through the dissemination of memes, hashtags, misinformation and distortions of their positions. But the divisive nature of many of the posts also hints at a broader effort to sow discord and chaos within the Democratic presidential primary. The cyber propaganda … is being pushed across a variety of platforms…”
POMPEO RULES OUT ON KANSAS SENATE RUN
Politico: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he has ruled out running for a soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat in his home state of Kansas next year in favor of remaining the nation’s top diplomat. The former Kansas congressman and CIA director had dodged questions about whether he planned on running in 2020 to claim the seat held by retiring GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, fueling speculation that he might by attending certain events and meeting with GOP operatives in the state. But on NBC’s ‘Today’ show on Thursday, the secretary of state threw cold water on the prospect, telling anchor Craig Melvin ‘it’s ruled out.’ ‘I love Kansas. I’m going to be the secretary of State as long as President Trump gives me the opportunity to serve as America’s senior diplomat,” Pompeo said. ‘I love doing what I’m doing and I have 75,000 great warriors out and around the world trying to deliver for the American people.’”
Poll: Joni Ernst’s approval rating soars ahead of 2020 re-election –Des Moines Register: “U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s approval rating has hit its highest point ever as she prepares for a 2020 re-election campaign, a new Des Moines RegisteMediacom Iowa Poll shows. Fifty-seven percent of Iowans say they approve of the job she’s doing — a 10 percentage-point increase since September. She earns approval from a majority of Iowans in each of the state’s four congressional districts. That includes a high of 65 percent in the Republican-heavy 4th District, in northwest and north central Iowa, and a low of 51 percent in the Democratic-leaning 2nd District, in southeast Iowa. … Ernst, a military veteran from Red Oak, became the first woman in Iowa elected to either chamber of Congress in 2014. … She announced in December that she intends to seek re-election.”
Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne announces 2020 Senate run –AL.com: “U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne became the first official Republican entrant into the 2020 U.S. Senate race announcing his intention to run in a race that could become one of the most expensive political contests in Alabama history. … Democratic U.S. Senator Doug Jones, who narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore in that election, raised more than $24 million. … Byrne said he anticipates, similar to the 2017 special election, national attention paid to the Alabama Senate contest next year. The race is considered one of the few 2020 Senate contests in which a Democratic officeholder is seeking re-election against a Republican inside a state that has long been dominated by GOP leadership.”
PLAY-BY-PLAY
Neal Kaytal: What to expect from the Mueller report- NYT
_Poll shows Virginians aren’t demanding Ralph Northam’s resignation_– Sabato’s Crystal Ball
AUDIBLE: NO ONE KNOWS
“I have read it and I have reread it and I asked Ed Markey… what in the heck is this?” – Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., discussing his struggle to understand the Green New Deal on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.FROM THE BLEACHERS
“It’s midnight. And I’m listening to ITYW podcast and you mentioned a Pawpaw. I hope this finds you because 50 years ago in the movie Jungle Book a Pawpaw is mentioned in the lyrics of Bare Necessities. I sang it all the time and never knew what I was singing about. Now I do. And I love ice cream. So I’ll have to [check] that out. Please share my note with Dana.” – Brian Keill, Pearl River, N.Y.[Ed. note: The 1967 animated version was one of my favorites as a little boy. It’s scary enough to give you some bad dreams — that snake! — but funny enough and tender enough to make it beloved. But I hadn’t remembered that paw paws made an appearance. Makes it even ahem sweeter.]
“Yet another polling question, although I understand the ones you use and the methodologies behind them. What does confuse me is that some days you have a certain set of polls, other days you have a different set of polls. The average can go up or down significantly based solely on one poll being included and another one being removed. Any chance you could enlighten us on that piece?” – Mike Schlender, Minneapolis[Ed. note: As they would say in the business world, Mr. Schlemder, “FIFO” or first in, first out. We cycle out the oldest polls when new one comes in.]
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GIRL SCOUT OF THE YEAR
WISN:) “As if any of us needed any more of an incentive to buy even more boxes of Girl Scout cookies, a fifth-grade marketing genius just reinvented her Samoas packaging in the best way possible. The Colorado-based ‘Cookie CEO’ Charlotte Holmberg — who earned the title after selling more than 2,000 boxes in 2018 — is upping her game in a major way in the new year. Turning her Samoas into Momoas, the elementary schooler redesigned her packaging to include a shirtless Jason Momoa, and unsurprisingly, they’re flying off the figurative shelves. Holmberg happened to have a marketing professional already on her sales team — her mom — and after spotting a few Momoa Samoa memes, she thought up the rebranding. The pair printed a shot of the ‘Aquaman’ star on the classic purple packaging, and suddenly, everyone was eager for a box.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“Say it and sign it. To get, you have to give. That’s the art of the deal, is it not?” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in the Washington Post on Sept. 1, 2016. Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.
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On the roster: Why civics education matters – House readies resolution to end national emergency – Harris calls for new election in NC House race – Biden considers his family ahead of 2020 decision – Girl scout of the year
WHY CIVICS EDUCATION MATTERS
You no doubt heard the news. Americans don’t know bupkis about our history and system of government.
The survey from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation found appallingly low percentages of Americans were conversant even in the basic facts of our system and past.
In order to pass a U.S. citizenship test, an applicant must get at least 60 percent of the questions on a civics and history test correct. You can take a sample test here but knowing you, dear readers, 60 percent will seem like a rock-bottom grade.
If you have been reading us for any length of time you will also know that civics and history education is something of a hobbyhorse for us, so we were certainly happy to see attention brought to the subject. What concerns us, however, is that very few people seem to be discussing _why_this is a problem.
Knowing civics and history isn’t something that is an abstract good like knowing how to play the clarinet, hit a one-handed backhand or tell the difference between Monet and Manet. It is a practical, vital knowledge the lack of which is creating a crisis for our country.
Civics education, where it still exists, is treated often as something obligatory. You make your bed, you shine your shoes for church, you say “please” and you know how many justices are on the Supreme Court.
If we expect students to care and schools to emphasize the subject, we had better make sure that everyone understands what’s at stake. Without a working knowledge of what this country is and how our system works, each generation becomes less able to operate this miracle that has proven to be a light into the world.
The most significant problems facing our government today aren’t really ideological, they’re systemic.
For example, there are good debates to be had about how the federal government should allocate the nearly $3.5 trillion in tax revue it collects each year. Where should it be spent and in what increments? How much more money should the government borrow?
But politicians have essentially destroyed the system that allowed those questions to be addressed for the previous two centuries. Most of the money that’s being spent is doled out on schedules and rates set decades ago.
Less than a third of federal spending is actually appropriated by the current Congress. The other 70 percent goes to entitlement programs, pensions, pre-programed welfare systems and interest on the $22 trillion national debt. It’s that way because previous generations of lawmakers determined they and their successors were too irresponsible to allocate money anymore.
While most federal outlays cruise on like a deep space probe zooming out past Pluto, what obviously will happen to the discussion over the ever-shrinking slice that Congress really does control? When there was plenty of money, the appropriations system allowed for an orderly, if greasy, means for allocating the money. Now, every time the bills come due at the end of the federal fiscal year, we start jumping off of fiscal cliffs.
We recently endured what was called the “Seinfeld shutdown,” the shutdown about nothing. Lawmakers and the president were at odds over a little flyspeck of spending – four hundredths of a percent of the deficit alone – and closed a substantial part of the government for more than a month only to come to what was an obvious compromise from the start.
However you feel about border barriers and “delayed action for childhood arrivals” and anything else about immigration, that’s not a sensible way to have discussions about spending priorities. That’s not liberal or conservative, Republican or Democratic but rather systemic. The way the U.S. government handles its money is a rotten, chaotic mess.
But there’s little political advantage to be had in addressing that. In fact, there’s substantial political disadvantage.
Listen to the president and his potential general election opponents as they talk about money. They sound like 1970s pornographic actress and disco star Andrea True. “How do you like it? More, more, more.” More tax cuts, more infrastructure spending, more entitlements, more welfare programs. More, more, more.
Spending is just one example. We could say the same of our legal, educational, medical and national security apparatuses. Deep problems continue to churn, but politicians across the spectrum tend to offer painless pabulum.

Now, we should rightly blame the politicians who pander and deceive. But as the scorpion told the frog, we know it is their nature. As comedian Chris Rock once joked about sexual fidelity, “Men are only as faithful as their options.” A dim, if not entirely undeserved view. For politicians, the maxim would hold that they are only about as honest as they have to be.
And voters are letting them get away with murder.
We will not reinvent human nature in such a way that a new generation of selfless politicians rises up to save us from ourselves. But that is what Americans look for each successive election. What do we want each cycle? Change. And each cycle they deliver the kind of surficial change that temporarily gratifies the bloody-minded partisanship of one side but leaves most people with a deeper-still feeling of unease. Something is wrong, but we just can’t say what.
So what will we choose next time? Why change, of course.
The purpose of an educated electorate – the crucial aim of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and others – was as the ultimate guarantor of good government. If the people do not know what they have, they won’t know how to use it. They won’t know which demands are sensible to make. They will become easy prey for demagogues.
Welp.
The urgent work of educating the next generation in American history and civics isn’t just something that would be nice or to avoid national embarrassment. It is actually about rebuilding a bulwark against tyranny. As our government slips deeper and deeper into dysfunction and people come to have less and less faith in the American system, we become sitting ducks for the kind of authoritarianism that has ruled most of our species for most of our history.
Civic classes are about nothing less than guaranteeing “the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
THE RULEBOOK: HOLD YOUR GROUND
“Whatever efficacy the union may have had in ordinary cases, it appears that the moment a cause of difference sprang up, capable of trying its strength, it failed.” – Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, Federalist No. 19TIME OUT: THE PRICE OF COLLEGE SPORTS
Sports Illustrated: “UNC-Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium is typically a showcase for everything that’s great about sports… But the story was [Zion Williamson’s injury]. He’s the presumptive No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, and one of the biggest names in sports at the moment. … What happens when the biggest game in America becomes dominated by the player who left after 30 seconds? For one, after 48 hours of news stories about Duke-UNC ticket prices, there were natural conclusions drawn about the injustice of Zion performing as an unpaid amateur and suffering an injury while almost everyone else in the college sports ecosystem was able to get rich off the game. That argument makes some sense. … And why does Zion Williamson have to be in college at all? … If players are talented enough to be drafted into the NBA after high school, many around the sport think they should be able to make that transition as soon as they graduate.”
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**SCOREBOARD
Trump job performance
Average approval:** 41.8 percent
Average disapproval: 54.4 percent
Net Score: -12.6 points
Change from one week ago: no change
[Average includes: Fox News: 46% approve – 52% disapprove; Gallup: 44% approve – 52% unapproved; CNN: 42% approve – 54% disapproval; IBD: 39% approve – 57% disapprove; Quinnipiac University: 38% approve – 57% disapprove.]
HOUSE READIES RESOLUTION TO END NATIONAL EMERGENCY
WaPo: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday night that the House will vote in the coming days on a resolution rejecting President Trump’s national emergency declaration, encouraging fellow Democrats to support the effort as they try to stop Trump’s push to expand efforts to build a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter, the California Democrat said Trump’s declaration ‘undermines the separation of powers and Congress’s power of the purse, a power exclusively reserved by the text of the Constitution to the first branch of government, the Legislative branch, a branch co-equal to the Executive.’ By invoking a national emergency, Trump is claiming authority to shift federal funds appropriated by Congress for other purposes to be spent instead on his border wall. Pelosi announced that the House would move ‘swiftly’ to pass a disapproval resolution authored by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.), although she did not specify an exact date and indicated it would move through a House committee before coming to the floor.”
Sen. Collins backs lawsuit against national emergency –Portland Press Herald: “Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday that she supports the lawsuit filed by 16 states – including Maine – challenging President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a southern border wall. But Collins also signaled support for a straightforward congressional disapproval of an emergency declaration that she views as having ‘dubious constitutionality’ and setting a dangerous precedent. ‘It may be that the courts will stop what I believe to be a very unwise action, or it may come about through Congress,’ Collins said Wednesday. ‘If the House passes a resolution of disapproval and it is a clean resolution, I will support that.’ … The three other members of Maine’s congressional delegation – independent Sen. Angus King and Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden – also have strongly criticized the president’s emergency declaration.”
The Judge’s Ruling: Trump’s brazen overreach – This week Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano explains how the president’s national emergency is unconstitutional: “When the president acts pursuant to authority granted to him by the Congress in an area of government delegated to him by the Constitution, his authority is at its peak, and he is free to exercise it as he sees fit. When he acts in an area as to which the Congress has been silent, he acts in a twilight zone and can succeed only if the area of his behavior is delegated to him under the Constitution and if he enjoys broad public support. But when the president acts in an area that the Constitution gives exclusively to Congress — such as spending money — and when he acts in defiance of Congress, his acts are unconstitutional and are to be enjoined.” More here.
HARRIS CALLS FOR NEW ELECTION IN NC HOUSE RACE
Raleigh News & Observer: “In a startling statement, Republican candidate Mark Harris Thursday called for a new election in the 9th Congressional District ‘to restore the confidence of voters.’ Harris’ statement came after a break in a hearing after he had testified about his dealings with Bladen County operative McCrae Dowless. On the stand, Harris said he suffered two strokes in January while hospitalized for a severe infection and was ‘struggling’ to get through the hearing. After hearing the evidence of absentee ballot fraud, Harris said, ‘I believe a new election should be called.’ A member of North Carolina’s State Board of Elections had pressed Harris on why he didn’t heed warnings from his son about hiring Dowless to run an absentee ballot operation in his 2018 campaign for Congress. … ‘He raised concerns (about Dowless). I did not consider John’s (emails) to be a warning. I thought he was overreacting,’ [Harris said].”
BIDEN CONSIDERS HIS FAMILY AHEAD OF 2020 DECISION
NBC News:Joe Biden wants to be president. And each day, he’s closer to being ready to run for the office. But even as he weighs a campaign to unseat President Donald Trump, Biden is carefully considering a key question — what happens when the president or his top allies try to make his family an issue? Conversations with aides to the former vice president and others who’ve spoken with him in recent weeks present the idea of a Biden candidacy as not if but when. … But Biden knows and expects the president to fight as hard to stay in the White House as he did to win it in the first place — and he’s already shown nothing is off limits. … No line of attack would be more reprehensible to the former vice president than one directed at his family, and he and his team have been forced to consider that even as they also weigh the political dynamics.”
Harris swipes at far-left Dems over open borders –Fox News: “Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said ‘We can’t have open borders’ as she continues to disassociate from her party’s calls for unrestricted immigration and tearing down existing barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. senator from California, a leading 2020 hopeful for the White House on the Democratic side, has recently been overshadowed by the entry of Senate colleague Bernie Sanders — the progressives’ likely first choice — into the race, and the potential candidacy of Beto O’Rourke the former congressman from Texas who’s been making inroads and positioning himself as the anti-Trump candidate. This prompted Harris to come out against O’Rourke’s call to tear down the existing 700 miles of fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border during a Wednesday night appearance on Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show.’”
Family matters: Kamala’s dad isn’t happy over her comments on weed –Fox News: “The father of Sen. Kamala Harris is trying to distance himself from the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful after she said her pot smoking in college stemmed from her Jamaican heritage. … Harris’ father, Donald, disapproved of the comments, which he told the Jamaica Global Online constituted ‘identity politics.’ ‘My dear departed grandmothers … as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics,’ he said. Donald Harris continued: ‘Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.’”
Williamson: ‘One last grift for Bernie Sanders’ – National Review: “Right-wing populists and left-wing populists may disagree about such world-changing issues as whether the phrase ‘a man with ovaries’ actually means anything, but on the fundamental policy questions they come down strikingly close to one another. That is because the enemy of populism isn’t the right wing or the left wing — the enemy of populism is liberalism, understood here not in the demented sense we use it in U.S. politics (where liberals_ are the people opposed to_ liberalism) but in its proper sense, meaning the classical-liberal regime of property rights, free enterprise, free trade, individual rights, and a worldview based on well-ordered liberty emphasizing cooperation within and between nations.”
Disinformation cyber campaign begins against Dems –Politico: “A wide-ranging disinformation campaign aimed at Democratic 2020 candidates is already underway on social media, with signs that foreign state actors are driving at least some of the activity. The main targets appear to be Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), four of the most prominent announced or prospective candidates for president. A POLITICO review of recent data extracted from Twitter and from other platforms … suggests that the goal of the coordinated barrage appears to be undermining the nascent candidacies through the dissemination of memes, hashtags, misinformation and distortions of their positions. But the divisive nature of many of the posts also hints at a broader effort to sow discord and chaos within the Democratic presidential primary. The cyber propaganda … is being pushed across a variety of platforms…”
POMPEO RULES OUT ON KANSAS SENATE RUN
Politico: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he has ruled out running for a soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat in his home state of Kansas next year in favor of remaining the nation’s top diplomat. The former Kansas congressman and CIA director had dodged questions about whether he planned on running in 2020 to claim the seat held by retiring GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, fueling speculation that he might by attending certain events and meeting with GOP operatives in the state. But on NBC’s ‘Today’ show on Thursday, the secretary of state threw cold water on the prospect, telling anchor Craig Melvin ‘it’s ruled out.’ ‘I love Kansas. I’m going to be the secretary of State as long as President Trump gives me the opportunity to serve as America’s senior diplomat,” Pompeo said. ‘I love doing what I’m doing and I have 75,000 great warriors out and around the world trying to deliver for the American people.’”
Poll: Joni Ernst’s approval rating soars ahead of 2020 re-election –Des Moines Register: “U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s approval rating has hit its highest point ever as she prepares for a 2020 re-election campaign, a new Des Moines RegisteMediacom Iowa Poll shows. Fifty-seven percent of Iowans say they approve of the job she’s doing — a 10 percentage-point increase since September. She earns approval from a majority of Iowans in each of the state’s four congressional districts. That includes a high of 65 percent in the Republican-heavy 4th District, in northwest and north central Iowa, and a low of 51 percent in the Democratic-leaning 2nd District, in southeast Iowa. … Ernst, a military veteran from Red Oak, became the first woman in Iowa elected to either chamber of Congress in 2014. … She announced in December that she intends to seek re-election.”
Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne announces 2020 Senate run –AL.com: “U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne became the first official Republican entrant into the 2020 U.S. Senate race announcing his intention to run in a race that could become one of the most expensive political contests in Alabama history. … Democratic U.S. Senator Doug Jones, who narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore in that election, raised more than $24 million. … Byrne said he anticipates, similar to the 2017 special election, national attention paid to the Alabama Senate contest next year. The race is considered one of the few 2020 Senate contests in which a Democratic officeholder is seeking re-election against a Republican inside a state that has long been dominated by GOP leadership.”
PLAY-BY-PLAY
Neal Kaytal: What to expect from the Mueller report- NYT
_Poll shows Virginians aren’t demanding Ralph Northam’s resignation_– Sabato’s Crystal Ball
AUDIBLE: NO ONE KNOWS
“I have read it and I have reread it and I asked Ed Markey… what in the heck is this?” – Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., discussing his struggle to understand the Green New Deal on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.FROM THE BLEACHERS
“It’s midnight. And I’m listening to ITYW podcast and you mentioned a Pawpaw. I hope this finds you because 50 years ago in the movie Jungle Book a Pawpaw is mentioned in the lyrics of Bare Necessities. I sang it all the time and never knew what I was singing about. Now I do. And I love ice cream. So I’ll have to [check] that out. Please share my note with Dana.” – Brian Keill, Pearl River, N.Y.[Ed. note: The 1967 animated version was one of my favorites as a little boy. It’s scary enough to give you some bad dreams — that snake! — but funny enough and tender enough to make it beloved. But I hadn’t remembered that paw paws made an appearance. Makes it even ahem sweeter.]
“Yet another polling question, although I understand the ones you use and the methodologies behind them. What does confuse me is that some days you have a certain set of polls, other days you have a different set of polls. The average can go up or down significantly based solely on one poll being included and another one being removed. Any chance you could enlighten us on that piece?” – Mike Schlender, Minneapolis[Ed. note: As they would say in the business world, Mr. Schlemder, “FIFO” or first in, first out. We cycle out the oldest polls when new one comes in.]
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GIRL SCOUT OF THE YEAR
WISN:) “As if any of us needed any more of an incentive to buy even more boxes of Girl Scout cookies, a fifth-grade marketing genius just reinvented her Samoas packaging in the best way possible. The Colorado-based ‘Cookie CEO’ Charlotte Holmberg — who earned the title after selling more than 2,000 boxes in 2018 — is upping her game in a major way in the new year. Turning her Samoas into Momoas, the elementary schooler redesigned her packaging to include a shirtless Jason Momoa, and unsurprisingly, they’re flying off the figurative shelves. Holmberg happened to have a marketing professional already on her sales team — her mom — and after spotting a few Momoa Samoa memes, she thought up the rebranding. The pair printed a shot of the ‘Aquaman’ star on the classic purple packaging, and suddenly, everyone was eager for a box.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“Say it and sign it. To get, you have to give. That’s the art of the deal, is it not?” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in the Washington Post on Sept. 1, 2016. Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.
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WHY CIVICS EDUCATION MATTERS
You no doubt heard the news. Americans don’t know bupkis about our history and system of government.
The survey from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation found appallingly low percentages of Americans were conversant even in the basic facts of our system and past.
In order to pass a U.S. citizenship test, an applicant must get at least 60 percent of the questions on a civics and history test correct. You can take a sample test here but knowing you, dear readers, 60 percent will seem like a rock-bottom grade.
If you have been reading us for any length of time you will also know that civics and history education is something of a hobbyhorse for us, so we were certainly happy to see attention brought to the subject. What concerns us, however, is that very few people seem to be discussing _why_this is a problem.
Knowing civics and history isn’t something that is an abstract good like knowing how to play the clarinet, hit a one-handed backhand or tell the difference between Monet and Manet. It is a practical, vital knowledge the lack of which is creating a crisis for our country.
Civics education, where it still exists, is treated often as something obligatory. You make your bed, you shine your shoes for church, you say “please” and you know how many justices are on the Supreme Court.
If we expect students to care and schools to emphasize the subject, we had better make sure that everyone understands what’s at stake. Without a working knowledge of what this country is and how our system works, each generation becomes less able to operate this miracle that has proven to be a light into the world.
The most significant problems facing our government today aren’t really ideological, they’re systemic.
For example, there are good debates to be had about how the federal government should allocate the nearly $3.5 trillion in tax revue it collects each year. Where should it be spent and in what increments? How much more money should the government borrow?
But politicians have essentially destroyed the system that allowed those questions to be addressed for the previous two centuries. Most of the money that’s being spent is doled out on schedules and rates set decades ago.
Less than a third of federal spending is actually appropriated by the current Congress. The other 70 percent goes to entitlement programs, pensions, pre-programed welfare systems and interest on the $22 trillion national debt. It’s that way because previous generations of lawmakers determined they and their successors were too irresponsible to allocate money anymore.
While most federal outlays cruise on like a deep space probe zooming out past Pluto, what obviously will happen to the discussion over the ever-shrinking slice that Congress really does control? When there was plenty of money, the appropriations system allowed for an orderly, if greasy, means for allocating the money. Now, every time the bills come due at the end of the federal fiscal year, we start jumping off of fiscal cliffs.
We recently endured what was called the “Seinfeld shutdown,” the shutdown about nothing. Lawmakers and the president were at odds over a little flyspeck of spending – four hundredths of a percent of the deficit alone – and closed a substantial part of the government for more than a month only to come to what was an obvious compromise from the start.
However you feel about border barriers and “delayed action for childhood arrivals” and anything else about immigration, that’s not a sensible way to have discussions about spending priorities. That’s not liberal or conservative, Republican or Democratic but rather systemic. The way the U.S. government handles its money is a rotten, chaotic mess.
But there’s little political advantage to be had in addressing that. In fact, there’s substantial political disadvantage.
Listen to the president and his potential general election opponents as they talk about money. They sound like 1970s pornographic actress and disco star Andrea True. “How do you like it? More, more, more.” More tax cuts, more infrastructure spending, more entitlements, more welfare programs. More, more, more.
Spending is just one example. We could say the same of our legal, educational, medical and national security apparatuses. Deep problems continue to churn, but politicians across the spectrum tend to offer painless pabulum.

Now, we should rightly blame the politicians who pander and deceive. But as the scorpion told the frog, we know it is their nature. As comedian Chris Rock once joked about sexual fidelity, “Men are only as faithful as their options.” A dim, if not entirely undeserved view. For politicians, the maxim would hold that they are only about as honest as they have to be.
And voters are letting them get away with murder.
We will not reinvent human nature in such a way that a new generation of selfless politicians rises up to save us from ourselves. But that is what Americans look for each successive election. What do we want each cycle? Change. And each cycle they deliver the kind of surficial change that temporarily gratifies the bloody-minded partisanship of one side but leaves most people with a deeper-still feeling of unease. Something is wrong, but we just can’t say what.
So what will we choose next time? Why change, of course.
The purpose of an educated electorate – the crucial aim of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and others – was as the ultimate guarantor of good government. If the people do not know what they have, they won’t know how to use it. They won’t know which demands are sensible to make. They will become easy prey for demagogues.
Welp.
The urgent work of educating the next generation in American history and civics isn’t just something that would be nice or to avoid national embarrassment. It is actually about rebuilding a bulwark against tyranny. As our government slips deeper and deeper into dysfunction and people come to have less and less faith in the American system, we become sitting ducks for the kind of authoritarianism that has ruled most of our species for most of our history.
Civic classes are about nothing less than guaranteeing “the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
THE RULEBOOK: HOLD YOUR GROUND
“Whatever efficacy the union may have had in ordinary cases, it appears that the moment a cause of difference sprang up, capable of trying its strength, it failed.” – Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, Federalist No. 19TIME OUT: THE PRICE OF COLLEGE SPORTS
Sports Illustrated: “UNC-Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium is typically a showcase for everything that’s great about sports… But the story was [Zion Williamson’s injury]. He’s the presumptive No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, and one of the biggest names in sports at the moment. … What happens when the biggest game in America becomes dominated by the player who left after 30 seconds? For one, after 48 hours of news stories about Duke-UNC ticket prices, there were natural conclusions drawn about the injustice of Zion performing as an unpaid amateur and suffering an injury while almost everyone else in the college sports ecosystem was able to get rich off the game. That argument makes some sense. … And why does Zion Williamson have to be in college at all? … If players are talented enough to be drafted into the NBA after high school, many around the sport think they should be able to make that transition as soon as they graduate.”
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**SCOREBOARD
Trump job performance
Average approval:** 41.8 percent
Average disapproval: 54.4 percent
Net Score: -12.6 points
Change from one week ago: no change
[Average includes: Fox News: 46% approve – 52% disapprove; Gallup: 44% approve – 52% unapproved; CNN: 42% approve – 54% disapproval; IBD: 39% approve – 57% disapprove; Quinnipiac University: 38% approve – 57% disapprove.]
HOUSE READIES RESOLUTION TO END NATIONAL EMERGENCY
WaPo: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday night that the House will vote in the coming days on a resolution rejecting President Trump’s national emergency declaration, encouraging fellow Democrats to support the effort as they try to stop Trump’s push to expand efforts to build a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter, the California Democrat said Trump’s declaration ‘undermines the separation of powers and Congress’s power of the purse, a power exclusively reserved by the text of the Constitution to the first branch of government, the Legislative branch, a branch co-equal to the Executive.’ By invoking a national emergency, Trump is claiming authority to shift federal funds appropriated by Congress for other purposes to be spent instead on his border wall. Pelosi announced that the House would move ‘swiftly’ to pass a disapproval resolution authored by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.), although she did not specify an exact date and indicated it would move through a House committee before coming to the floor.”
Sen. Collins backs lawsuit against national emergency –Portland Press Herald: “Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday that she supports the lawsuit filed by 16 states – including Maine – challenging President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a southern border wall. But Collins also signaled support for a straightforward congressional disapproval of an emergency declaration that she views as having ‘dubious constitutionality’ and setting a dangerous precedent. ‘It may be that the courts will stop what I believe to be a very unwise action, or it may come about through Congress,’ Collins said Wednesday. ‘If the House passes a resolution of disapproval and it is a clean resolution, I will support that.’ … The three other members of Maine’s congressional delegation – independent Sen. Angus King and Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden – also have strongly criticized the president’s emergency declaration.”
The Judge’s Ruling: Trump’s brazen overreach – This week Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano explains how the president’s national emergency is unconstitutional: “When the president acts pursuant to authority granted to him by the Congress in an area of government delegated to him by the Constitution, his authority is at its peak, and he is free to exercise it as he sees fit. When he acts in an area as to which the Congress has been silent, he acts in a twilight zone and can succeed only if the area of his behavior is delegated to him under the Constitution and if he enjoys broad public support. But when the president acts in an area that the Constitution gives exclusively to Congress — such as spending money — and when he acts in defiance of Congress, his acts are unconstitutional and are to be enjoined.” More here.
HARRIS CALLS FOR NEW ELECTION IN NC HOUSE RACE
Raleigh News & Observer: “In a startling statement, Republican candidate Mark Harris Thursday called for a new election in the 9th Congressional District ‘to restore the confidence of voters.’ Harris’ statement came after a break in a hearing after he had testified about his dealings with Bladen County operative McCrae Dowless. On the stand, Harris said he suffered two strokes in January while hospitalized for a severe infection and was ‘struggling’ to get through the hearing. After hearing the evidence of absentee ballot fraud, Harris said, ‘I believe a new election should be called.’ A member of North Carolina’s State Board of Elections had pressed Harris on why he didn’t heed warnings from his son about hiring Dowless to run an absentee ballot operation in his 2018 campaign for Congress. … ‘He raised concerns (about Dowless). I did not consider John’s (emails) to be a warning. I thought he was overreacting,’ [Harris said].”
BIDEN CONSIDERS HIS FAMILY AHEAD OF 2020 DECISION
NBC News:Joe Biden wants to be president. And each day, he’s closer to being ready to run for the office. But even as he weighs a campaign to unseat President Donald Trump, Biden is carefully considering a key question — what happens when the president or his top allies try to make his family an issue? Conversations with aides to the former vice president and others who’ve spoken with him in recent weeks present the idea of a Biden candidacy as not if but when. … But Biden knows and expects the president to fight as hard to stay in the White House as he did to win it in the first place — and he’s already shown nothing is off limits. … No line of attack would be more reprehensible to the former vice president than one directed at his family, and he and his team have been forced to consider that even as they also weigh the political dynamics.”
Harris swipes at far-left Dems over open borders –Fox News: “Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said ‘We can’t have open borders’ as she continues to disassociate from her party’s calls for unrestricted immigration and tearing down existing barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. senator from California, a leading 2020 hopeful for the White House on the Democratic side, has recently been overshadowed by the entry of Senate colleague Bernie Sanders — the progressives’ likely first choice — into the race, and the potential candidacy of Beto O’Rourke the former congressman from Texas who’s been making inroads and positioning himself as the anti-Trump candidate. This prompted Harris to come out against O’Rourke’s call to tear down the existing 700 miles of fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border during a Wednesday night appearance on Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show.’”
Family matters: Kamala’s dad isn’t happy over her comments on weed –Fox News: “The father of Sen. Kamala Harris is trying to distance himself from the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful after she said her pot smoking in college stemmed from her Jamaican heritage. … Harris’ father, Donald, disapproved of the comments, which he told the Jamaica Global Online constituted ‘identity politics.’ ‘My dear departed grandmothers … as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics,’ he said. Donald Harris continued: ‘Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.’”
Williamson: ‘One last grift for Bernie Sanders’ – National Review: “Right-wing populists and left-wing populists may disagree about such world-changing issues as whether the phrase ‘a man with ovaries’ actually means anything, but on the fundamental policy questions they come down strikingly close to one another. That is because the enemy of populism isn’t the right wing or the left wing — the enemy of populism is liberalism, understood here not in the demented sense we use it in U.S. politics (where liberals_ are the people opposed to_ liberalism) but in its proper sense, meaning the classical-liberal regime of property rights, free enterprise, free trade, individual rights, and a worldview based on well-ordered liberty emphasizing cooperation within and between nations.”
Disinformation cyber campaign begins against Dems –Politico: “A wide-ranging disinformation campaign aimed at Democratic 2020 candidates is already underway on social media, with signs that foreign state actors are driving at least some of the activity. The main targets appear to be Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), four of the most prominent announced or prospective candidates for president. A POLITICO review of recent data extracted from Twitter and from other platforms … suggests that the goal of the coordinated barrage appears to be undermining the nascent candidacies through the dissemination of memes, hashtags, misinformation and distortions of their positions. But the divisive nature of many of the posts also hints at a broader effort to sow discord and chaos within the Democratic presidential primary. The cyber propaganda … is being pushed across a variety of platforms…”
POMPEO RULES OUT ON KANSAS SENATE RUN
Politico: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he has ruled out running for a soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat in his home state of Kansas next year in favor of remaining the nation’s top diplomat. The former Kansas congressman and CIA director had dodged questions about whether he planned on running in 2020 to claim the seat held by retiring GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, fueling speculation that he might by attending certain events and meeting with GOP operatives in the state. But on NBC’s ‘Today’ show on Thursday, the secretary of state threw cold water on the prospect, telling anchor Craig Melvin ‘it’s ruled out.’ ‘I love Kansas. I’m going to be the secretary of State as long as President Trump gives me the opportunity to serve as America’s senior diplomat,” Pompeo said. ‘I love doing what I’m doing and I have 75,000 great warriors out and around the world trying to deliver for the American people.’”
Poll: Joni Ernst’s approval rating soars ahead of 2020 re-election –Des Moines Register: “U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s approval rating has hit its highest point ever as she prepares for a 2020 re-election campaign, a new Des Moines RegisteMediacom Iowa Poll shows. Fifty-seven percent of Iowans say they approve of the job she’s doing — a 10 percentage-point increase since September. She earns approval from a majority of Iowans in each of the state’s four congressional districts. That includes a high of 65 percent in the Republican-heavy 4th District, in northwest and north central Iowa, and a low of 51 percent in the Democratic-leaning 2nd District, in southeast Iowa. … Ernst, a military veteran from Red Oak, became the first woman in Iowa elected to either chamber of Congress in 2014. … She announced in December that she intends to seek re-election.”
Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne announces 2020 Senate run –AL.com: “U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne became the first official Republican entrant into the 2020 U.S. Senate race announcing his intention to run in a race that could become one of the most expensive political contests in Alabama history. … Democratic U.S. Senator Doug Jones, who narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore in that election, raised more than $24 million. … Byrne said he anticipates, similar to the 2017 special election, national attention paid to the Alabama Senate contest next year. The race is considered one of the few 2020 Senate contests in which a Democratic officeholder is seeking re-election against a Republican inside a state that has long been dominated by GOP leadership.”
PLAY-BY-PLAY
Neal Kaytal: What to expect from the Mueller report- NYT
_Poll shows Virginians aren’t demanding Ralph Northam’s resignation_– Sabato’s Crystal Ball
AUDIBLE: NO ONE KNOWS
“I have read it and I have reread it and I asked Ed Markey… what in the heck is this?” – Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., discussing his struggle to understand the Green New Deal on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.FROM THE BLEACHERS
“It’s midnight. And I’m listening to ITYW podcast and you mentioned a Pawpaw. I hope this finds you because 50 years ago in the movie Jungle Book a Pawpaw is mentioned in the lyrics of Bare Necessities. I sang it all the time and never knew what I was singing about. Now I do. And I love ice cream. So I’ll have to [check] that out. Please share my note with Dana.” – Brian Keill, Pearl River, N.Y.[Ed. note: The 1967 animated version was one of my favorites as a little boy. It’s scary enough to give you some bad dreams — that snake! — but funny enough and tender enough to make it beloved. But I hadn’t remembered that paw paws made an appearance. Makes it even ahem sweeter.]
“Yet another polling question, although I understand the ones you use and the methodologies behind them. What does confuse me is that some days you have a certain set of polls, other days you have a different set of polls. The average can go up or down significantly based solely on one poll being included and another one being removed. Any chance you could enlighten us on that piece?” – Mike Schlender, Minneapolis[Ed. note: As they would say in the business world, Mr. Schlemder, “FIFO” or first in, first out. We cycle out the oldest polls when new one comes in.]
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GIRL SCOUT OF THE YEAR
WISN:) “As if any of us needed any more of an incentive to buy even more boxes of Girl Scout cookies, a fifth-grade marketing genius just reinvented her Samoas packaging in the best way possible. The Colorado-based ‘Cookie CEO’ Charlotte Holmberg — who earned the title after selling more than 2,000 boxes in 2018 — is upping her game in a major way in the new year. Turning her Samoas into Momoas, the elementary schooler redesigned her packaging to include a shirtless Jason Momoa, and unsurprisingly, they’re flying off the figurative shelves. Holmberg happened to have a marketing professional already on her sales team — her mom — and after spotting a few Momoa Samoa memes, she thought up the rebranding. The pair printed a shot of the ‘Aquaman’ star on the classic purple packaging, and suddenly, everyone was eager for a box.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“Say it and sign it. To get, you have to give. That’s the art of the deal, is it not?” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in the Washington Post on Sept. 1, 2016. Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.
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On the roster: Why civics education matters – House readies resolution to end national emergency – Harris calls for new election in NC House race – Biden considers his family ahead of 2020 decision – Girl scout of the year
WHY CIVICS EDUCATION MATTERS
You no doubt heard the news. Americans don’t know bupkis about our history and system of government.
The survey from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation found appallingly low percentages of Americans were conversant even in the basic facts of our system and past.
In order to pass a U.S. citizenship test, an applicant must get at least 60 percent of the questions on a civics and history test correct. You can take a sample test here but knowing you, dear readers, 60 percent will seem like a rock-bottom grade.
If you have been reading us for any length of time you will also know that civics and history education is something of a hobbyhorse for us, so we were certainly happy to see attention brought to the subject. What concerns us, however, is that very few people seem to be discussing _why_this is a problem.
Knowing civics and history isn’t something that is an abstract good like knowing how to play the clarinet, hit a one-handed backhand or tell the difference between Monet and Manet. It is a practical, vital knowledge the lack of which is creating a crisis for our country.
Civics education, where it still exists, is treated often as something obligatory. You make your bed, you shine your shoes for church, you say “please” and you know how many justices are on the Supreme Court.
If we expect students to care and schools to emphasize the subject, we had better make sure that everyone understands what’s at stake. Without a working knowledge of what this country is and how our system works, each generation becomes less able to operate this miracle that has proven to be a light into the world.
The most significant problems facing our government today aren’t really ideological, they’re systemic.
For example, there are good debates to be had about how the federal government should allocate the nearly $3.5 trillion in tax revue it collects each year. Where should it be spent and in what increments? How much more money should the government borrow?
But politicians have essentially destroyed the system that allowed those questions to be addressed for the previous two centuries. Most of the money that’s being spent is doled out on schedules and rates set decades ago.
Less than a third of federal spending is actually appropriated by the current Congress. The other 70 percent goes to entitlement programs, pensions, pre-programed welfare systems and interest on the $22 trillion national debt. It’s that way because previous generations of lawmakers determined they and their successors were too irresponsible to allocate money anymore.
While most federal outlays cruise on like a deep space probe zooming out past Pluto, what obviously will happen to the discussion over the ever-shrinking slice that Congress really does control? When there was plenty of money, the appropriations system allowed for an orderly, if greasy, means for allocating the money. Now, every time the bills come due at the end of the federal fiscal year, we start jumping off of fiscal cliffs.
We recently endured what was called the “Seinfeld shutdown,” the shutdown about nothing. Lawmakers and the president were at odds over a little flyspeck of spending – four hundredths of a percent of the deficit alone – and closed a substantial part of the government for more than a month only to come to what was an obvious compromise from the start.
However you feel about border barriers and “delayed action for childhood arrivals” and anything else about immigration, that’s not a sensible way to have discussions about spending priorities. That’s not liberal or conservative, Republican or Democratic but rather systemic. The way the U.S. government handles its money is a rotten, chaotic mess.
But there’s little political advantage to be had in addressing that. In fact, there’s substantial political disadvantage.
Listen to the president and his potential general election opponents as they talk about money. They sound like 1970s pornographic actress and disco star Andrea True. “How do you like it? More, more, more.” More tax cuts, more infrastructure spending, more entitlements, more welfare programs. More, more, more.
Spending is just one example. We could say the same of our legal, educational, medical and national security apparatuses. Deep problems continue to churn, but politicians across the spectrum tend to offer painless pabulum.

Now, we should rightly blame the politicians who pander and deceive. But as the scorpion told the frog, we know it is their nature. As comedian Chris Rock once joked about sexual fidelity, “Men are only as faithful as their options.” A dim, if not entirely undeserved view. For politicians, the maxim would hold that they are only about as honest as they have to be.
And voters are letting them get away with murder.
We will not reinvent human nature in such a way that a new generation of selfless politicians rises up to save us from ourselves. But that is what Americans look for each successive election. What do we want each cycle? Change. And each cycle they deliver the kind of surficial change that temporarily gratifies the bloody-minded partisanship of one side but leaves most people with a deeper-still feeling of unease. Something is wrong, but we just can’t say what.
So what will we choose next time? Why change, of course.
The purpose of an educated electorate – the crucial aim of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and others – was as the ultimate guarantor of good government. If the people do not know what they have, they won’t know how to use it. They won’t know which demands are sensible to make. They will become easy prey for demagogues.
Welp.
The urgent work of educating the next generation in American history and civics isn’t just something that would be nice or to avoid national embarrassment. It is actually about rebuilding a bulwark against tyranny. As our government slips deeper and deeper into dysfunction and people come to have less and less faith in the American system, we become sitting ducks for the kind of authoritarianism that has ruled most of our species for most of our history.
Civic classes are about nothing less than guaranteeing “the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
THE RULEBOOK: HOLD YOUR GROUND
“Whatever efficacy the union may have had in ordinary cases, it appears that the moment a cause of difference sprang up, capable of trying its strength, it failed.” – Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, Federalist No. 19TIME OUT: THE PRICE OF COLLEGE SPORTS
Sports Illustrated: “UNC-Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium is typically a showcase for everything that’s great about sports… But the story was [Zion Williamson’s injury]. He’s the presumptive No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, and one of the biggest names in sports at the moment. … What happens when the biggest game in America becomes dominated by the player who left after 30 seconds? For one, after 48 hours of news stories about Duke-UNC ticket prices, there were natural conclusions drawn about the injustice of Zion performing as an unpaid amateur and suffering an injury while almost everyone else in the college sports ecosystem was able to get rich off the game. That argument makes some sense. … And why does Zion Williamson have to be in college at all? … If players are talented enough to be drafted into the NBA after high school, many around the sport think they should be able to make that transition as soon as they graduate.”
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**SCOREBOARD
Trump job performance
Average approval:** 41.8 percent
Average disapproval: 54.4 percent
Net Score: -12.6 points
Change from one week ago: no change
[Average includes: Fox News: 46% approve – 52% disapprove; Gallup: 44% approve – 52% unapproved; CNN: 42% approve – 54% disapproval; IBD: 39% approve – 57% disapprove; Quinnipiac University: 38% approve – 57% disapprove.]
HOUSE READIES RESOLUTION TO END NATIONAL EMERGENCY
WaPo: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday night that the House will vote in the coming days on a resolution rejecting President Trump’s national emergency declaration, encouraging fellow Democrats to support the effort as they try to stop Trump’s push to expand efforts to build a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter, the California Democrat said Trump’s declaration ‘undermines the separation of powers and Congress’s power of the purse, a power exclusively reserved by the text of the Constitution to the first branch of government, the Legislative branch, a branch co-equal to the Executive.’ By invoking a national emergency, Trump is claiming authority to shift federal funds appropriated by Congress for other purposes to be spent instead on his border wall. Pelosi announced that the House would move ‘swiftly’ to pass a disapproval resolution authored by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.), although she did not specify an exact date and indicated it would move through a House committee before coming to the floor.”
Sen. Collins backs lawsuit against national emergency –Portland Press Herald: “Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday that she supports the lawsuit filed by 16 states – including Maine – challenging President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a southern border wall. But Collins also signaled support for a straightforward congressional disapproval of an emergency declaration that she views as having ‘dubious constitutionality’ and setting a dangerous precedent. ‘It may be that the courts will stop what I believe to be a very unwise action, or it may come about through Congress,’ Collins said Wednesday. ‘If the House passes a resolution of disapproval and it is a clean resolution, I will support that.’ … The three other members of Maine’s congressional delegation – independent Sen. Angus King and Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden – also have strongly criticized the president’s emergency declaration.”
The Judge’s Ruling: Trump’s brazen overreach – This week Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano explains how the president’s national emergency is unconstitutional: “When the president acts pursuant to authority granted to him by the Congress in an area of government delegated to him by the Constitution, his authority is at its peak, and he is free to exercise it as he sees fit. When he acts in an area as to which the Congress has been silent, he acts in a twilight zone and can succeed only if the area of his behavior is delegated to him under the Constitution and if he enjoys broad public support. But when the president acts in an area that the Constitution gives exclusively to Congress — such as spending money — and when he acts in defiance of Congress, his acts are unconstitutional and are to be enjoined.” More here.
HARRIS CALLS FOR NEW ELECTION IN NC HOUSE RACE
Raleigh News & Observer: “In a startling statement, Republican candidate Mark Harris Thursday called for a new election in the 9th Congressional District ‘to restore the confidence of voters.’ Harris’ statement came after a break in a hearing after he had testified about his dealings with Bladen County operative McCrae Dowless. On the stand, Harris said he suffered two strokes in January while hospitalized for a severe infection and was ‘struggling’ to get through the hearing. After hearing the evidence of absentee ballot fraud, Harris said, ‘I believe a new election should be called.’ A member of North Carolina’s State Board of Elections had pressed Harris on why he didn’t heed warnings from his son about hiring Dowless to run an absentee ballot operation in his 2018 campaign for Congress. … ‘He raised concerns (about Dowless). I did not consider John’s (emails) to be a warning. I thought he was overreacting,’ [Harris said].”
BIDEN CONSIDERS HIS FAMILY AHEAD OF 2020 DECISION
NBC News:Joe Biden wants to be president. And each day, he’s closer to being ready to run for the office. But even as he weighs a campaign to unseat President Donald Trump, Biden is carefully considering a key question — what happens when the president or his top allies try to make his family an issue? Conversations with aides to the former vice president and others who’ve spoken with him in recent weeks present the idea of a Biden candidacy as not if but when. … But Biden knows and expects the president to fight as hard to stay in the White House as he did to win it in the first place — and he’s already shown nothing is off limits. … No line of attack would be more reprehensible to the former vice president than one directed at his family, and he and his team have been forced to consider that even as they also weigh the political dynamics.”
Harris swipes at far-left Dems over open borders –Fox News: “Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said ‘We can’t have open borders’ as she continues to disassociate from her party’s calls for unrestricted immigration and tearing down existing barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. senator from California, a leading 2020 hopeful for the White House on the Democratic side, has recently been overshadowed by the entry of Senate colleague Bernie Sanders — the progressives’ likely first choice — into the race, and the potential candidacy of Beto O’Rourke the former congressman from Texas who’s been making inroads and positioning himself as the anti-Trump candidate. This prompted Harris to come out against O’Rourke’s call to tear down the existing 700 miles of fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border during a Wednesday night appearance on Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show.’”
Family matters: Kamala’s dad isn’t happy over her comments on weed –Fox News: “The father of Sen. Kamala Harris is trying to distance himself from the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful after she said her pot smoking in college stemmed from her Jamaican heritage. … Harris’ father, Donald, disapproved of the comments, which he told the Jamaica Global Online constituted ‘identity politics.’ ‘My dear departed grandmothers … as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics,’ he said. Donald Harris continued: ‘Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.’”
Williamson: ‘One last grift for Bernie Sanders’ – National Review: “Right-wing populists and left-wing populists may disagree about such world-changing issues as whether the phrase ‘a man with ovaries’ actually means anything, but on the fundamental policy questions they come down strikingly close to one another. That is because the enemy of populism isn’t the right wing or the left wing — the enemy of populism is liberalism, understood here not in the demented sense we use it in U.S. politics (where liberals_ are the people opposed to_ liberalism) but in its proper sense, meaning the classical-liberal regime of property rights, free enterprise, free trade, individual rights, and a worldview based on well-ordered liberty emphasizing cooperation within and between nations.”
Disinformation cyber campaign begins against Dems –Politico: “A wide-ranging disinformation campaign aimed at Democratic 2020 candidates is already underway on social media, with signs that foreign state actors are driving at least some of the activity. The main targets appear to be Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), four of the most prominent announced or prospective candidates for president. A POLITICO review of recent data extracted from Twitter and from other platforms … suggests that the goal of the coordinated barrage appears to be undermining the nascent candidacies through the dissemination of memes, hashtags, misinformation and distortions of their positions. But the divisive nature of many of the posts also hints at a broader effort to sow discord and chaos within the Democratic presidential primary. The cyber propaganda … is being pushed across a variety of platforms…”
POMPEO RULES OUT ON KANSAS SENATE RUN
Politico: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he has ruled out running for a soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat in his home state of Kansas next year in favor of remaining the nation’s top diplomat. The former Kansas congressman and CIA director had dodged questions about whether he planned on running in 2020 to claim the seat held by retiring GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, fueling speculation that he might by attending certain events and meeting with GOP operatives in the state. But on NBC’s ‘Today’ show on Thursday, the secretary of state threw cold water on the prospect, telling anchor Craig Melvin ‘it’s ruled out.’ ‘I love Kansas. I’m going to be the secretary of State as long as President Trump gives me the opportunity to serve as America’s senior diplomat,” Pompeo said. ‘I love doing what I’m doing and I have 75,000 great warriors out and around the world trying to deliver for the American people.’”
Poll: Joni Ernst’s approval rating soars ahead of 2020 re-election –Des Moines Register: “U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s approval rating has hit its highest point ever as she prepares for a 2020 re-election campaign, a new Des Moines RegisteMediacom Iowa Poll shows. Fifty-seven percent of Iowans say they approve of the job she’s doing — a 10 percentage-point increase since September. She earns approval from a majority of Iowans in each of the state’s four congressional districts. That includes a high of 65 percent in the Republican-heavy 4th District, in northwest and north central Iowa, and a low of 51 percent in the Democratic-leaning 2nd District, in southeast Iowa. … Ernst, a military veteran from Red Oak, became the first woman in Iowa elected to either chamber of Congress in 2014. … She announced in December that she intends to seek re-election.”
Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne announces 2020 Senate run –AL.com: “U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne became the first official Republican entrant into the 2020 U.S. Senate race announcing his intention to run in a race that could become one of the most expensive political contests in Alabama history. … Democratic U.S. Senator Doug Jones, who narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore in that election, raised more than $24 million. … Byrne said he anticipates, similar to the 2017 special election, national attention paid to the Alabama Senate contest next year. The race is considered one of the few 2020 Senate contests in which a Democratic officeholder is seeking re-election against a Republican inside a state that has long been dominated by GOP leadership.”
PLAY-BY-PLAY
Neal Kaytal: What to expect from the Mueller report- NYT
_Poll shows Virginians aren’t demanding Ralph Northam’s resignation_– Sabato’s Crystal Ball
AUDIBLE: NO ONE KNOWS
“I have read it and I have reread it and I asked Ed Markey… what in the heck is this?” – Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., discussing his struggle to understand the Green New Deal on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.FROM THE BLEACHERS
“It’s midnight. And I’m listening to ITYW podcast and you mentioned a Pawpaw. I hope this finds you because 50 years ago in the movie Jungle Book a Pawpaw is mentioned in the lyrics of Bare Necessities. I sang it all the time and never knew what I was singing about. Now I do. And I love ice cream. So I’ll have to [check] that out. Please share my note with Dana.” – Brian Keill, Pearl River, N.Y.[Ed. note: The 1967 animated version was one of my favorites as a little boy. It’s scary enough to give you some bad dreams — that snake! — but funny enough and tender enough to make it beloved. But I hadn’t remembered that paw paws made an appearance. Makes it even ahem sweeter.]
“Yet another polling question, although I understand the ones you use and the methodologies behind them. What does confuse me is that some days you have a certain set of polls, other days you have a different set of polls. The average can go up or down significantly based solely on one poll being included and another one being removed. Any chance you could enlighten us on that piece?” – Mike Schlender, Minneapolis[Ed. note: As they would say in the business world, Mr. Schlemder, “FIFO” or first in, first out. We cycle out the oldest polls when new one comes in.]
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GIRL SCOUT OF THE YEAR
WISN:) “As if any of us needed any more of an incentive to buy even more boxes of Girl Scout cookies, a fifth-grade marketing genius just reinvented her Samoas packaging in the best way possible. The Colorado-based ‘Cookie CEO’ Charlotte Holmberg — who earned the title after selling more than 2,000 boxes in 2018 — is upping her game in a major way in the new year. Turning her Samoas into Momoas, the elementary schooler redesigned her packaging to include a shirtless Jason Momoa, and unsurprisingly, they’re flying off the figurative shelves. Holmberg happened to have a marketing professional already on her sales team — her mom — and after spotting a few Momoa Samoa memes, she thought up the rebranding. The pair printed a shot of the ‘Aquaman’ star on the classic purple packaging, and suddenly, everyone was eager for a box.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“Say it and sign it. To get, you have to give. That’s the art of the deal, is it not?” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in the Washington Post on Sept. 1, 2016. Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.
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2019.02.16 06:47 countygeneral Nightly News with Lester Holt (February 15, 2019)

Chaos in Aurora, Illinois after gunman opens fire in workplace shooting Officials say at least five people are dead and several are injured, including at least six police officers, after a gunman opened fire inside the Henry Pratt Company.
Trump declares national emergency to secure border wall funding President Trump noted in his remarks that the move would likely spark legal challenges, with Democrats immediately criticizing him for violating “Congress’s exclusive power of the purse.”
Legal battles loom after Trump declares national emergency for border wall funding In the past four decades, presidents have declared national emergencies nearly 60 times. The ACLU has pledged to challenge to President Trump’s announcement as the legal battles are expected to wind up before the Supreme Court.
Trump says Obama told him he was ‘close to starting a big war’ with North Korea Top advisers to former President Obama have spoken out to refute President Trump’s statement about his predecessor
Police arrest two suspects in connection with alleged Jussie Smollett attack Chicago police said two suspects have been arrested in connection with the alleged attack on “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, though neither has been charged at this hour. The two men are brothers who are said to be affiliated with “Empire.”
Houston police investigating one of their own after raid that left two dead After an apparent drug raid that left two suspects dead and five officers injured, a new police affidavit reveals investigators haven’t been able to find the confidential informants whose tips supposedly led to the raid. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says an undercover officer appears to have lied and could face charges.
Starting war with Iran would be ‘suicidal,’ Iran’s foreign minister says “Why should we trust President Trump that he abide by his own signature,” Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told NBC’s Richard Engel of the president’s offer to potentially renegotiate the nuclear deal.
Green Beret charged with murder speaks out In an interview with Maj. Matt Golsteyn, the Green Beret tells Lester Holt his version of what happened, and why he believes that he had the authority to set up the ambush that killed a suspected Taliban bomb maker in Afghanistan nearly a decade ago -- even if he didn’t receive a direct order to do so.
Colin Kaepernick agrees to settle collusion case against the NFL After three years of public outcry over a polarizing silent protest, Colin Kaepernick’s lawyer revealed that a settlement has been reached, but said that it’s “subject to a confidentiality agreement, so there will be no further comment by any party.”
Oscars reverses decision and will now air all categories A decision to give out a number of Oscars — including for best cinematography and makeup and hairstyling — during commercial breaks was met with backlash from Hollywood stars.
First and only scuba Girl Scout troop sells cookies underwater This is the second year that Troop 40348 has taken Girl Scout cookies to new depths with their underwater cookie booth at Dive World Austin in Texas.
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2019.01.28 00:45 drkachie Things To Do- Week of 01/28

Between the start of Black History Month, to Chinese New Year and the Super Bowl, you won't be bored this week, I promise. Also almost every bar you can think of has a Super Bowl watching party going on, thus why I didn't list them all.

Top picks from do 214
Editor's Pick from Guide Live
D Magazine Critics Pick
DallasEvents
Concerts happening in Dallas

ONGOING EVENTS
Penguin Days until Jan 31 at Dallas Zoo
$5 Admission until Jan 31 at Dallas Arboretum
Building Toys and Toy Buildings: Architecture Through a Child's Eyes until Jan 31 at AD EX
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo until Feb 6 at Will Rogers Memorial Center
Sweat until Feb 10 at Kalita Humphreys Theater
Rainbow Vomit until Feb 17 at Rainbow Vomit
Dinosaurs Live until Feb 17 at Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary
Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil until Feb 17 at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie
Obama-ology until Feb 24 at Jubilee Theatre
Incognito until Feb 23 at Bryant Hall
Ella Enchanted: The Musical until Feb 24 at Dallas Children's Theater / Rosewood Center for Family Arts
Our Town until March 9 at Circle Theatre

THIS WEEK
The Book of Mormon from Tuesday Jan 29 to Sunday Feb 3 at Music Hall at Fair Park
Texas Coin Show from Friday Feb 1 to Sunday Feb 3 at Grapevine Convention Center
Lunar New Year Festival from Friday Feb 1 to Sunday Feb 3 at Asia Times Square
John Adams conducts Adams, Debussy and Respighi from Thursday Jan 31 to Saturday Feb 2 at Meyerson Symphony Center
Uptown Players: Spring Awakening from Thursday Jan 31 to Sunday Feb 3 at Moody Performance Hall
Denton Comedy Festival Presents Hula HaHa from Friday Feb 1 to Saturday Feb 2 at Hula Hut
Brahms and Bruch from Friday Feb 1 to Sunday Feb 3 at Bass Performance Hall
North Texas Comic Book Show from Saturday Feb 2 to Sunday Feb 3 at Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas

MONDAY JANUARY 28 (High 59 Low 29, Partly Cloudy/Wind)
Uncommon Ramen with Tyson Cole at Uchiba
Bachelor Nation Watching Party at Steam Theory Brewing Company
Schumann and Escher Quartets at Caruth Auditorium
Free Historic Walking Tour (Afternoon) at McKinney Visitors Center

TUESDAY JANUARY 29 (High 49 Low 35, Mostly Sunny)
Lockhart Smokehouse Smoke Camp at Texas Live
RKCB / Shoffy at Deep Ellum Art Co.
Maker's Mark Pairing Dinner at Whiskey Cake Plano
Trap & Tacos at The Green Elephant
Lunar New Year Celebration at UTD Dallas Admission & Visitor Center
Late Night Tuesdays at The Samurai Collection

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 30 (High 54 Low 35, AM Clouds/PM Sun)
Peter Murphy at Granada Theater
Meadowlark Wine Dinner at Abacus
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at Bass Performance Hall
Reel Big Fish at House of Blues
Disney's DCappella at Theatre at Grand Prairie
Dallas Stars vs. Buffalo Sabres at American Airlines Center

THURSDAY JANUARY 31 (High 55 Low 48, Mostly Cloudy )
Big Burlesque and Drag Showcase at Nines
Restless Heart at Arlington Music Hall
Back In Black - Tribute To AC/DC at House of Blues
Bottle Rockets / Ryan Culwell at Magnolia Motor Lounge
Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour at Texas Theatre
Re-New Year's Eve Sip & Savor at Shops of Legacy
Karts & Cars Meet at K1 Speed

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1 (High 61 Low 52, AM Showers)
First Fridays at the Farm at Nash Farm
Disco Kids at It'll Do Dallas
So I Married An Axe Murderer at Texas Theatre
Like A Storm at House of Blues
Rob Baird at Fort Worth Live
Bumper Jacksons at at Eisemann Center
Alex Cameron / Roy Molloy at Club Dada
DeVotchKa at Trees
Dorrance Dance at Winspear Opera House
Jesse Cook at Majestic Theatre
Pretty Things Peepshow at The Kessler
Walker Hayes at House of Blues
Rebelution at South Side Ballroom
'90s Throwback Party at Rustic
Josh Ward at Billy Bob's
Tameca Jones at Sundown at Granada
Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2 (High 65 Low 55, Showers)
Groundhog's Day Celebration at Dallas Arboretum
Making Valentine Cards for the Homeless Kids at Collin County Association of Realtors
Black Filmmaker Series (House Party) at Texas Theatre
Black History Month at Bob Jones Nature Center
Frederick Douglass Speaks at Pan-African Connection
The Soul of Dallas: Food & Black History Bus Tour at African American Museum of Dallas
Gettin' It Presents: Black HAIRstory at Dallas Comedy House
Hidden History DFW: African American Tour at J.B. Jackson Jr. Transit Station
Architectural Walking Tour: Dallas Arts District at Dallas Museum of Art
Architectural Walking Tour: West End District at West End
Chinese New Year Celebration at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Rising Phoenix Lion Dance at Jeng Chi
Chinese New Year Celebration at Cozby Public Library
Technology and Innovation Day at Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Jurassic Parts at Bass Performance Hall
23rd annual North Texas Children's Choir Festival Concert at Meyerson Symphony Center
ArtROCKS! Featuring Ai Weiwei at NorthPark Center
Fairytale Ball Sweetheart Dance at Patty Granville Arts Center
23rd Annual Daddy Daughter Dance at Frisco Conference Center
Pirates on the Prairie VIII at Uptown Theater
Pegasus Peepshow at House of Blues
Eric Johnson Electric Band at House of Blues
Def Leggend at The Reservoir Frisco
Joan Osborne: Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan at Kessler Theater
Marty Friedman at Trees
Deryl Dodd at Love and War in Texas (Plano)
Easton Corbin at Billy Bob's
Truth in Comedy at Full City Rooster
wifisfuneral / Robb Bank$ at Gas Monkey Live
Glamour & Galentines at Dallas PinUp
North Dallas Toy Show at Dallas Events Center
Yoga at the Brewery at Oak Cliff Brewing Co
Emo Nite at 2513 Deep Ellum
The Office Bar Crawl at The Yard (Fort Worth)
Viva Dallas Burlesque Presents DC vs. Marvel at Viva's Lounge
Allen Americans vs. Idaho Steelheads at Allen Event Center
Cars and Comets at Einstein Bros Bagels (Richardson)

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3 (High 67 Low 50, Partly Cloudy )
Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing Flight at LUCK
Super Sunday at Lakewood Brewing Co.
Puppy Bowl Watch Party at Mutts Canine Cantina (Dallas)
Hank von Hell at Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
Jiu Long Lion Dance at Jeng Chi
“Hearts & Henna” Cookie Decorating Pop-up at Tupps Brewery

I do realize that I sometimes use Facebook event links and some Redditors do not use Facebook. If there's any events you'd like more details on that's a Facebook link I'll be happy to help out. I try and avoid using Facebook links and go straight to the source but some venues strictly use Facebook for their events.
If I missed anything or would like to showcase an event, feel free to comment below.
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2017.07.09 03:47 slimybitchgoblin Grabbed a quarter of some Girl Scout Cookies tonight. $100 in North Texas.

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worldnews Rex Tillerson: Secretary of State used fake name ‘Wayne Tracker’ to discuss climate change while Exxon Mobil CEO: Court filing comes in legal dispute in which Exxon seeks to derail probes into whether the company misled investors for years about the possible impact of global warming on its business Mobil
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AskReddit What is the worst Subway sandwich possible, using actual ingredients from Subway? Subway
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movies Does Google display hidden scores from Rotten Tomatoes? Google
worldnews UK nearing 'defining' Brexit moment - PM - BBC News BBC
photoshopbattles PsBattle: This Apple Carving Apple
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funny Husband: I want a BMW Wife: But we can only afford a Honda! Husband: I have an idea!!! BMW
funny This UPS on Walmart.com has 330 Watts and is signed by Wayne Gretzky... UPS
AskReddit SeriousWhat's with the perception that a guy friend requesting a girl on Facebook is some kind of prelude to courtship? Can't it JUST be a friend request? Facebook
worldnews Germany to force Facebook, Twitter to delete hate speech Twitter
worldnews Turkey slams EU officials in row over Netherlands campaigning - BBC News BBC
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gaming Sony plans to let PC owners play PS4 games - BBC News BBC
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todayilearned TIL That Estée Lauder Companies owns over a dozen brands including Urban Decay, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Aveda, Too Faced and Smashbox Estée Lauder
Music Kottonmouth Kings - Tangerine Sky Psychedelic Hip Hop Sky
personalfinance So my Morgan Stanley agent is cashing me out. Not sure what to make of it and don't want to screw up concerning taxes. Morgan Stanley
pics APOD: 2017 March 14 - A Dark Winter Sky over Monfragüe National Park in Spain Sky
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worldnews Francois Fillon placed under formal investigation - BBC News BBC
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pics New York City Subway car retired to the ocean floor to become part of an artificial coral reef Subway
worldnews Snowstorm strikes north-eastern United States United
Documentaries A Call from Joybubbles 2017 "The story of phone phreaking: the teenagers who hacked the US phone system in the 60s. It attracted people who would later help create the PC - such as Apple founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs." Apple
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AskReddit What person alive/dead/fictional would you want to go into a Twitter war with? Twitter
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worldnews Turkey-Netherlands row: Erdogan slams Dutch over Srebrenica - BBC News BBC
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2017.02.02 04:53 DFW_Explorer Things To Do! 02/02/2017 - 02/09/2017

Hi everyone, Happy Groundhog's Day!
As always, if you have knowledge about an event I've missed, please feel free to share in the info in the comments below; and if you have info on an upcoming event further out than this week, go ahead and PM the info so I can add it to my upcoming data sheet. Everything here also gets posted at www.dfwexplorer.com as well!
OPENING THIS WEEK
The Vagina Monologues at Art Centre Theatre, February 3 - 11.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Winspear Opera House, February 7 - 12.
THIS WEEKEND
Help-Create! Hearts and Flowers at Vetro Art Glass in Historic Grapevine, February 3 - 4.
‘Trainspotting’ is the midnight movie at the Inwood Theater, February 3 - 4. This is a good chance to refresh yourself before the sequel is released in the US!
Brahms Symphony No. 1 at Bass Hall, February 3 - 5.
Always Potterheads Festival OKC at the Oklahoma City Farmers Market. Now, I know this is way outside the usual geographic sphere of this list, but I figured some people may be interested in something like this!
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2ND
LAST CHANCE Nicholas Party: Pathway exhibition at the DMA, August 19 - February 2.
A Conversation with Carey Young at the Dallas Museum of Art.
African Diaspora: New Dialogues - Nicole Dennis-Ben at the South Dallas Cultural Center.
Dallas Design District Happy Hour hosted by District Food & Wine.
National Theater Live: ‘Amadeus’ at the Angelika Film Center Dallas.
Gabriel Iglesias - FluffyMania World Tour at the Majestic Theatre.
Upstander Speaker Series Presents George Takei at McFarlin Memorial Auditorium.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3RD
LAST CHANCE 3rd Annual Girl Scout Cookie & Beer Pairing Flight at LUCK @ Trinity Groves, January 29 - February 3.
Talavera Forum with UNT at the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
First Friday Swing Dance at Southside Preservation Hall in Fort Worth.
First Friday at the Farm at the Nash Farm in Grapevine, celebrating President’s Day.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 4TH
LAST CHANCE Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is running through February 4.
Hot Chocolate 5K at Fair Park.
Brunch on Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Alamo Drafthouse Dallas.
Ladies Night at Valhalla Games and Comics in Plano.
Monster Jam at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Decks In The Park Pop-Up at The Foundation Room in Dallas.
Rahr & Sons Social Run: Mardi Gras at Rahr & Sons Brewing in Fort Worth.
For the Love of Kettle 2017 at Kettle Art Gallery.
Victorian Candy Workshop at the Nash Farm in Grapevine.
Composting Basics at North Haven Gardens in Dallas.
How To Transform You Life talk and meditation with American Buddhist monk Gen-la Kelsang Jampa, at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Marvelous Monarchs: Winter at Texas Discovery Gardens.
An Evening of Hitchcock and Spielberg at the Eisemann Center.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5TH
LAST CHANCE Sightings: Michael Dean at the Nasher Sculpture Center, October 22 - February 5.
LAST CHANCE Dreamgirls at Art Centre Theatre in Plano, through February 5.
Bridges Not Walls - Picnic For The People at the Trinity Continental Bridge.
Puppy Bowl Party! at Double Wide.
Billie Jo Retro Yardsale at Dallas Pinup.
2nd Annual Chili Bowl at Noble Rey Brewing.
Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 6TH
Keyboard Conversations at the Eisemann Center.
Texas Bound I: Fragments of Discovery at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Rock Trivia Night at The Crown and Harp in Dallas.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7TH
Dallas Stands with Standing Rock #3 peaceful protest at Energy Transfer Partners building in Dallas.
Pint Night for GROW North Texas at Craft and Growler.
RetroCinema: Batman at Movie Tavern.
The Ghost In The Shell at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. Note, this is the original anime film, not the remake with Scarlett Johanssen.
Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake at the Angelika Film Center.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8TH
National Theater Live: Amadeus at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.
RetroCinema: Batman at Movie Tavern.
The Ghost In The Shell at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. Note, this is the original anime film, not the remake with Scarlett Johanssen.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 9TH
‘Wayne’s World - 25th Anniversary’ at Texas Theater, February 9 - 11.
Off The Wall: Shot Through The Heart at the Dallas Museum of Art.
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Majestic Theater.
Harry Potter Costume Party at an as yet unnamed location in Dallas.
Nasher Now: Richard Serra at the Nasher Sculpture Center.
ONGOING EVENTS
Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary at the Irving Arts Center, through February 11.
‘An American In Paris’ at the Music Hall at Fair Park, January 31 - February 12.
‘Rogue One’ at the Omni IMAX theater at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, through February 12.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! at Theater Three, December 29 - February 12.
Pablo Picasso: Ceramics at the Arlington Museum of Art, through February 12.
Clay Between Two Seas: From the Abbasid Court to Puebla de Los Angeles exhibition at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Sept 17 - Feb 12.
‘Dinosaurs Alive!’ at the Omni IMAX at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, through February 16.
‘Mysteries of China’ at the Omni IMAX at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, through February 16.
‘Dolphins’ at the Omni IMAX at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, through February 16.
Tomorrow is Forever - The Spy Melodrama at Pocket Sandwich Theater, through February 18.
Our Town at The Core Theatre, January 27 - February 19.
‘The Christians’ at the Kalita Humphrey’s Theater, January 26 - February 19.
Distant Relatives, a Collaborative Exhibit on the African Diaspora at the South Dallas Cultural Center, January 20 - February 25.
‘Thurgood’ at Jubliee Theater, January 27 - February 26.
Penguin Days at the Dallas Zoo, December 1 - February 28.
Concentrations 60: Lucie Stahl at the Dallas Museum of Art, through March 12..
Art and Nature in the Middle Ages at the Dallas Museum of Art, December 4 - March 19.
Richard Serra: Prints at the Nasher Sculpture Center, January 28 - April 30.
Polly Smith: A Texas Journey at Fair Park with the Dallas Historical Society, February 1 - May 27.
Passages in Modern Art: 1946-1996 at the Dallas Museum of Art, through May 28.
the Wittgenstein Vitrine at the Dallas Museum of Art, through May 28.
Hidden Treasures: Celebrating 75 Years at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, through September 1.
Texas Under Six Flags exhibit at the Dallas Historical Society, through September 1.
Waxed: Batik from Java at the Dallas Museum of Art, through September 10.
RECURRING EVENTS/COOL THINGS AROUND TOWN
Ten Bells Tavern hosts pub quizzes every other Wednesday at their location in Oak Cliff/Bishop Arts.
Kwest, a city exploration app is available for Denton, Grapevine, Bishop Arts, Uptown, and the Zoo.
Dallas Games Marathon in Plano every Thursday
Feed The City, hosted by Volunteer North Dallas at Gordon Biersch in Plano, is a public effort to make sandwiches/meals for the homeless. Every first Saturday at 8.30am.
West 7th Farmers Market on Crockett Street in Fort Worth, every Thursday.
Classical Open Mic at Buzzbrews weekly.
The Dallas Swing Dance Society will host lessons and dances on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays of the month.
Geeks Who Drink host trivia at various places and locations throughout the Metroplex, including Alamo Drafthouse on Mondays, Cedar Springs Tap House Tuesday at 7, and Bryan Street Tavern Wednesday at 8.
Free Improv Jam Session and Open Mic Night every Tuesday at the Dallas Comedy House, among various other fun activities weekly.
Various shows at the Planetarium at UT Arlington.
Various classes are offered at the Dallas Arboretum weekly, everything from silk screening to gardening information to fused glass making.
Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show every weekend at the Stockyards.
Parkour In the Park has free classes every Saturday at the Water Gardens in Fort Worth, Reverchon Park in Dallas, or Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas.
Every Tuesday is Open Mic Night at the Free Man in Deep Ellum.
At Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson every Sunday is Board Game Night and Tuesdays are Tiki Bingo Night.
Stockyards Rodeo every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm in the Stockyards.
Every Saturday is the Coppell Farmers Market in Old Town Coppell.
Classical Open Mic at BuzzBrews in Dallas every Tuesday.
Tuesday Tease weekly at Sue Ellen’s Dallas.
Trinity Hall has lots of weekly things, like Pub Trivia on Sundays and Texas Hold ‘Em on Mondays.
Book a trapeze class at Skyline Trapeze in Dallas CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON.
Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventures let you tour Dallas while doing an Amazing Race style scavenger hunt on your smart phone.
There are also various painting places in the area, here’s a short list of some companies (thanks to Cheshix for this info!)
  • Art in the Vine
  • Ardor Studio
  • Carefree Colors
  • Paint Nite
  • Painting with a Twist
  • Painting with Influence
  • Paint Party Express
  • Pinot's Palette
  • Purple Glaze
  • Sip-N-Doodle
    Thanks everyone, and have a great week!
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2017.01.26 04:09 DFW_Explorer Things To Do! 01/26/2017 - 02/02/2017

Hello all! There's some fun stuff going on/opening this week, like Girl Scout Cookie beer flight pairings at LUCK, Jurassic Quest is back at Fair Park, and a Clueless quote along at Alamo Drafthouse! Plus some great stage shows are going on and wonderful art exhibits to visit.
As always, if you know about an event I've missed, please feel free to share the info in the comments below. If you have an upcoming event, PM me the details and I'll add it to my upcoming info sheet.
OPENING THIS WEEK
3rd Annual Girl Scout Cookie & Beer Pairing Flight at LUCK @ Trinity Groves, January 29 - February 3.
Our Town at The Core Theatre, January 27 - February 19.
‘Thurgood’ at Jubliee Theater, January 27 - February 26.
Richard Serra: Prints at the Nasher Sculpture Center, January 28 - April 30.
‘An American In Paris’ at the Music Hall at Fair Park, January 31 - February 12.
Polly Smith: A Texas Journey at Fair Park with the Dallas Historical Society, February 1 - May 27.
THIS WEEKEND
29th Annual International Conference & Festival of Blacks in Dance at the Majestic Theater, January 26 - 28.
Bridgeman/Packer Dance at Dallas City Performance Hall, January 27 - 28.
Denton Black Film Festival at Campus Theater in Denton, January 27 - 29.
Ray Charles, Motown, and Beyond! with the Fort Worth Symphony at Bass Hall, January 27 - 29.
Jurassic Quest at Fair Park, January 28 - 29.
Dallas Bridal Show at Dallas Market Hall, January 28 - 29.
North Texas Comic Book Show at Fair Park, January 28 - 29.
THURSDAY JANUARY 26TH
State of the Arts: New Dallas Arts District at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Roundtable Discussion: What Social Media Trends Will Dominate 2017? with Social Media Breakfast Dallas.
A Night At The Oscars at the Dallas Arboretum.
Winter Wonderdance with the Fort Worth Swing Dance Syndicate.
The Burger Belt Exhibition at A&M Commerce Gallery in Dallas.
Ladies Night at Free Play Richardson.
FRIDAY JANUARY 27TH
‘The Room’ at the Inwood Theatre.
Scotty McCreery at Billy Bob’s Texas.
Social Sciences: Creative at the Perot Museum.
Legislate This! A Planned Parenthood Fundraiser at Viva’s Lounge.
Bricks in the Wall - Sights and Sounds of Pink Floyd at House of Blues Dallas.
American Bandstand at the Eisemann Center.
SATURDAY JANUARY 28TH
Chinese New Year Celebration at the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ at the Inwood Theatre.
January Dance with the Dallas Swing Dance Society.
Naughty Magic Show at Viva’s Lounge.
Texas Owls and Raptors at North Havens Gardens.
Open House at Studio 22: A Ballroom & Social Dance Club.
Food Truck Derby at Hub Streat Plano.
‘Yu-Gi-Oh: The Dark Side of Dimensions’ at the Angelika Dallas.
Hibiscus Saison Launch at Martin House Brewing Company.
Frost Fest at Cimarron Park in Irving.
Beginner’s Calligraphy at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Selected Shorts: Shaken & Stirred at the Dallas Museum of Art.
‘Clueless’ Quote Along at the Alamo Drafthouse Dallas.
360 Speaker Series: Richard Shiff at the Nasher Sculpture Center.
2nd Annual Heroes for Hope Half Marathon at Trinity Park Pavilion.
Beekeeping For Beginners: Setting Up Your Apiary at Trinity Haymarket.
Dallas Cirque Theater Youth Troupe at Texas Discovery Gardens.
‘Xanadu’ at Alamo Drafthouse Richardson.
The Hypnotic Donut Dash at Fair Park.
Teacher Workshop at the Nasher Sculpture Center.
SUNDAY JANUARY 29TH
LAST CHANCE ‘Dekalog’ screening at the Nasher Sculpture Center, January 21 - 29.
LAST CHANCE Laugh at Theatre 3 in Dallas, through January 29.
Made In America with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra at the Eisemann Center.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Dallas Holocaust Museum.
‘Goodfellas’ at the Alamo Drafthouse Dallas.
Rick and Morty Season 1 at Braindead Brewing.
MONDAY JANUARY 30TH
‘Fight Club’ at Alamo Drafthouse Dallas.
Uncommon Ramen with Chef Tyson Cole at Top Knot.
TUESDAY JANUARY 31ST
DRUMLine Live at Bass Hall.
‘Reality Bites’ at Alamo Drafthouse Dallas.
La La Land Movie Night at Alamo Drafthouse Dallas.
Secret LvL: Art Show at North Oak Cliff Beer and Wine.
Paint By The Glass Party - Peacock at Times Ten Cellars in Fort Worth.
Odd Fellows Happy Hour at Three Links in Deep Ellum.
InstaMeet: Inspire Your Heart with Art at the Kimbell Art Museum.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1ST
Dave Evans at the Dallas Museum of Art.
On the Earth & In the Heart: Quest for the Holy Pilgrimage and Yoga at the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
Absalom, Absalom at The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.
‘Growing Up Smith’ film screening at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2ND
LAST CHANCE Nicholas Party: Pathway exhibition at the DMA, August 19 - February 2.
A Conversation with Carey Young at the Dallas Museum of Art.
African Diaspora: New Dialogues - Nicole Dennis-Ben at the South Dallas Cultural Center.
Dallas Design District Happy Hour hosted by District Food & Wine.
National Theater Live: ‘Amadeus’ at the Angelika Film Center Dallas.
Gabriel Iglesias - FluffyMania World Tour at the Majestic Theatre.
Upstander Speaker Series Presents George Takei at McFarlin Memorial Auditorium.
ONGOING EVENTS
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is running through February 4.
Sightings: Michael Dean at the Nasher Sculpture Center, October 22 - February 5.
Dreamgirls at Art Centre Theatre in Plano, through February 5.
Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary at the Irving Arts Center, through February 11.
‘Rogue One’ at the Omni IMAX theater at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, through February 12.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! at Theater Three, December 29 - February 12.
Pablo Picasso: Ceramics at the Arlington Museum of Art, through February 12.
Clay Between Two Seas: From the Abbasid Court to Puebla de Los Angeles exhibition at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Sept 17 - Feb 12.
‘Dinosaurs Alive!’ at the Omni IMAX at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, through February 16.
‘Mysteries of China’ at the Omni IMAX at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, through February 16.
‘Dolphins’ at the Omni IMAX at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, through February 16.
‘The Christians’ at the Kalita Humphrey’s Theater, January 26 - February 19.
Distant Relatives, a Collaborative Exhibit on the African Diaspora at the South Dallas Cultural Center, January 20 - February 25.
Penguin Days at the Dallas Zoo, December 1 - February 28.
Concentrations 60: Lucie Stahl at the Dallas Museum of Art, through March 12..
Art and Nature in the Middle Ages at the Dallas Museum of Art, December 4 - March 19.
Passages in Modern Art: 1946-1996 at the Dallas Museum of Art, through May 28.
the Wittgenstein Vitrine at the Dallas Museum of Art, through May 28.
Hidden Treasures: Celebrating 75 Years at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, through September 1.
Texas Under Six Flags exhibit at the Dallas Historical Society, through September 1.
Waxed: Batik from Java at the Dallas Museum of Art, through September 10.
RECURRING EVENTS/COOL THINGS AROUND TOWN
Ten Bells Tavern hosts pub quizzes every other Wednesday at their location in Oak Cliff/Bishop Arts.
Kwest, a city exploration app is available for Denton, Grapevine, Bishop Arts, Uptown, and the Zoo.
Dallas Games Marathon in Plano every Thursday
Feed The City, hosted by Volunteer North Dallas at Gordon Biersch in Plano, is a public effort to make sandwiches/meals for the homeless. Every first Saturday at 8.30am.
West 7th Farmers Market on Crockett Street in Fort Worth, every Thursday.
Classical Open Mic at Buzzbrews weekly.
The Dallas Swing Dance Society will host lessons and dances on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays of the month.
Geeks Who Drink host trivia at various places and locations throughout the Metroplex, including Alamo Drafthouse on Mondays, Cedar Springs Tap House Tuesday at 7, and Bryan Street Tavern Wednesday at 8.
Free Improv Jam Session and Open Mic Night every Tuesday at the Dallas Comedy House, among various other fun activities weekly.
Various shows at the Planetarium at UT Arlington.
Various classes are offered at the Dallas Arboretum weekly, everything from silk screening to gardening information to fused glass making.
Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show every weekend at the Stockyards.
Parkour In the Park has free classes every Saturday at the Water Gardens in Fort Worth, Reverchon Park in Dallas, or Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas.
Every Tuesday is Open Mic Night at the Free Man in Deep Ellum.
At Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson every Sunday is Board Game Night and Tuesdays are Tiki Bingo Night.
Stockyards Rodeo every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm in the Stockyards.
Every Saturday is the Coppell Farmers Market in Old Town Coppell.
Classical Open Mic at BuzzBrews in Dallas every Tuesday.
Tuesday Tease weekly at Sue Ellen’s Dallas.
Trinity Hall has lots of weekly things, like Pub Trivia on Sundays and Texas Hold ‘Em on Mondays.
Book a trapeze class at Skyline Trapeze in Dallas CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON.
Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventures let you tour Dallas while doing an Amazing Race style scavenger hunt on your smart phone.
Have a wonderful week, everyone!
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2016.10.23 17:07 emememaker73 The Week In Review: Suburban News of the Past Week (10/23/16)

Sunday:
NORTHWEST:
· 1. Buffalo Grove to abate $650,000 in property taxes as village board prepares to raise property-tax levy by 2.64 percent (Daily Herald)
· 2. Wheeling Township referendum could eliminate road commission's position (Daily Herald)
· 3. Motorcyclist dies after wrong-way crash on Route 31 in Algonquin (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 4. Brookfield woman charged with felony DUI after picking up teen from Riverside school; driver had BAC of 0.262 (CBS 2)
SOUTHWEST:
· 5. Western Spring police evacuate Lyons Township High School's South Campus after report that man with a gun entered building (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 6. Residents, churches to gather Oct. 29 in Merrillville for prayer breakfast in honor of first responders (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 7. Dog-grooming business gets support for zoning exception to locate in Merrillville (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 8. Schererville Plan Commission gives thumbs-up to church, gas station along Austin Avenue (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 9. Cook County sheriff seeks legislation that will allow his office to seek lower bail for detainees with little access to money (CBS 2)
Monday:
NORTH:
· 10. Energy company donates aeroponic 'tower gardens' to Waukegan magnet school (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 11. Waukegan Walmart reportedly robbed at gunpoint (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 12. Family of suicide victim sues Mundelein High School District 120, claiming officials failed to use state-mandated suicide-prevention protocols that could have prevented her death (Daily Herald)
· 13. Highland Park's Musically Human Theatre pulls plug on Sondheim's 'Passion,' blaming construction delays; no refunds expected (Crain's Chicago Business)
NORTHWEST:
· 14. Spring Grove man killed in crash with semi on Route 14 near Woodstock (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 15. Child-sex offender arrested after giving guitar lessons to underage students in Woodstock (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 16. Mount Prospect Village Clerk Lisa Angell dies from pancreatic cancer (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 17. Wood Dale creator of Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce gives his time to help inner-city youth (Daily Herald)
· 18. Downers Grove mother joins fight to prevent unfiltered images, videos from crash scenes from appearing on social media (Chicago Tribune)
· 19. Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest rejects hostile takeover bid by First American Bank, claiming big institution's motive is payback for moving data-processing contract (Crain's Chicago Business)
SOUTHWEST:
· 20. Body discovered in reportedly abandoned SUV in Joliet Township (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 21. Dash-cam video shows high-speed chase that led to deadly, fiery crash stemming from Tinley Park bank robbery on July 1 (CBS 2)
SOUTH:
· 22. Lansing woman killed in accident (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 23. Alsip woman charged with hate crime after video of tirade at Chicago's Margarita Festival posted to YouTube went viral (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 24. Woman killed in car crash in Gary (CBS 2)
· 25. Man convicted of 1981 murder of Gary policeman scheduled to be freed in February (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 26. Hobart to expand analysis of stormwater master plan to include parts of city in Ross Township (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 27. Fire does substantial damage to Gary funeral home (Chicago Tribune/Post-Tribune)
· 28. State study: Indiana should appoint nine-member commission to redraw Congressional, legislative districts, not General Assembly (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 29. Lake County employee who claimed she was fired for political reasons rehired, given $30,000 cash settlement (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 30. Gary man wounded in shooting on Sunday in city's Glen Park neighborhood (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 31. Gary police investigate death of pedestrian hit by vehicle in Midtown (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 32. BGA: Cook County-based Metropolitan Water Reclamation District paying an average of $97,791 to its 1,861 employees (Daily Herald)
Tuesday:
NORTH:
· 33. Windsurfer rescued from 'very choppy' waters in Lake Michigan off Lee Street Beach in Evanston (Chicago Tribune)
· 34. Mundelein to finish removal of borer-infested ash trees in spring 2017 (Daily Herald)
· 35. Suspect in drug investigation arrested for unlawful use of weapon after Evanston police find loaded shotgun in his backpack (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 36. Village Carpet to close store in Winnetka after 52 years in business (Crain's Chicago Business)
NORTHWEST:
· 37. Elgin Area School District U-46 signs off on agreement giving Elgin Police access to video-surveillance system in its 53 schools (Daily Herald)
· 38. Des Plaines officials remain divided over possible pedestrian underpass underneath Northwest Highway's S-curve (Daily Herald)
· 39. Investors with plans for Turkish trade center eye former East Dundee Walmart site (Daily Herald)
· 40. Arlington Heights Village Board approves $15 million addition to Thomas Middle School (Daily Herald)
· 41. Arlington Heights police seek suspect, information about armed robbery of gas station on Arlington Heights Road (Daily Herald)
· 42. Sales of DVDs, posters from movies shot in Elgin to benefit South Elgin-based Anderson Animal Shelter (Daily Herald)
· 43. Olympic skating star Kristi Yamaguchi reads from her third book during visit to Hoffman Estate elementary school (Daily Herald)
· 44. Florida-based Paragon Theaters acquires Star Cinema Grill in Arlington Heights (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 45. New veterans memorial at Lisle Community Park to be unveiled during ceremony on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) (Daily Herald)
· 46. Batavia man sentenced to six years in prison for sexual assault of a child younger than 12 years of age (CBS 2)
· 47. Dolton man arrested in Hinsdale after luring boy; had made other attempts (ABC 7)
· 48. Hinsdale South High School student charged with disorderly conduct for making threats to shoot up the school (Chicago Tribune/The Doings)
· 49. Oswego man convicted of paying for sex with a child (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 50. Maryland-based investment company buys Woodridge's Seven Gates Ice Arena after previous owner defaulted on debt (Crain's Chicago Business)
SOUTHWEST:
· 51. Orland Park Village Board approves $150,000 salary for village president (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
· 52. Family of Harwood Heights man killed in Hickory Hills sues FedEx, driver after Oct. 5 crash in which a semi hit motorcycle (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 53. Worker injured when roof partially collapsed on him sues subcontractor, alleging that company created hole in gas line that lead to explosion in Romeoville (ABC 7)
· 54. Joliet man arrested on charge of killing long-time acquaintance in Homer Glen auto shop after he rejected other man's sexual advances (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 55. Man who turned himself in to Orland Park police on potential child-luring released without charges (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 56. Dead man found at Woodridge golf course on Saturday, Oct. 15 identified as Woodridge resident (Daily Herald)
SOUTH:
· 57. Dolton woman given life sentence for 2011 murder of pregnant Alsip teen (FOX 32)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 58. Hammond man files complaint after city police stop him from filming outside federal courthouse, question him (Chicago Tribune/Post-Tribune)
· 59. Gary man saves girlfriend from drowning after SUV rolls into Pine Lake in LaPorte (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 60. Indiana Department of Transportation presents plan to widen I-65 during hearing in Crown Point (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 61. Merrillville man arrested for felony theft after pushing man up against wall outside Hammond hotel, stealing his wallet (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 62. Portage man charged with sexually abusing girl at East Chicago's Block Junior High (Chicago Tribune/Post-Tribune)
· 63. Portage Township Parks Department seeks residents' input on five-year master plan (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 64. Cook County voters to get say on potential merging of County Clerk's Office, Recorder of Deeds Office on Nov. 8 ballot (Daily Herald)
Wednesday:
NORTH:
· 65. Haunted Volo: Tales of ghostly apparition at antique mall, farmhouse (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 66. Lake Forest man's drone business catches interest from real-estate agencies, builders (Chicago Tribune/Lake Forester)
· 67. Lake Forest-based Colbert Packaging moving 65 jobs to Kenosha, citing Wisconsin's 'favorable business climate' (Chicago Tribune)
· 68. Round Lake Park man arrested in Round Lake on charges of residential burglary (Daily Herald)
· 69. Lake County Board contracts Aurora engineering firm to begin process on realignment of Cedar Lake Road in downtown Round Lake (Daily Herald)
· 70. District 125 direct architects to design another addition to Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 71. Federal judge rejects petition for injunction against ban on transgender student using girls' locker room at Fremd High School in Palatine (CBS 2)
· 72. Mount Prospect's Central Continental Bakery seeing jump in demand for Cubs cookies (CBS 2)
· 73. Suburban technician rescues woman, baby from car overturned as result of Schaumburg crash (NBC 5)
· 74. Mount Prospect dissolves tax-increment finance district; sets Dec. 20 public hearing for new TIF district (Daily Herald)
· 75. Prospect Heights promotes deputy fire chief to lead department (Daily Herald)
· 76. Rolling Meadows City Council votes 4-3 to reject purchase of former Dominick's building (Daily Herald)
· 77. OSHA cites, fines Elgin-based Omega Demolition over accident that killed one worker, injured three others working on I-90 bridge in Des Plaines (Chicago Tribune)
· 78. Des Plaines: Buyout of seven flood-prone houses to proceed after delay caused by state budget impasse (Daily Herald)
· 79. Rutland-Dundee Fire Protection District forms citizens-advisory committee to assess feasibility of merger with West Dundee Fire Department (Daily Herald)
· 80. Village of Schaumburg plans to name plaza near Municipal Center after late first village attorney Jack Siegel (Daily Herald)
· 81. Rockford-based Rubloff Development facing loss of Woodscreek Commons in Algonquin after defaulting on $28.6 million mortgage (Crain's Chicago Business)
WEST:
· 82. Carol Stream Village Board supports larger, $19 million plan for expansion of current village hall, temporary relocation of village staff (Daily Herald)
· 83. Bank on Cermak Road in Berwyn robbed (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 84. Pioneer Child Care moving out of Lombard Elementary School District 44 building after 35 years of service (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 85. Pedestrian dies from injuries a week and a half after being struck by a vehicle in Burbank (Chicago Sun-Times)
SOUTH:
· 86. Harvey man charged with taking a minor across state borders for prostitution (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 87. Former attorney from Frankfort sentenced to 30 years in prison for soliciting fellow inmate to kill his ex-wife (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 88. Kouts town councillor who was forced to resign because of law barring town employees from holding elective positions is sole applicant for vacant 2nd District seat (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 89. Engineer presents proposal for Casey's General Store to Crown Point Plan Commission (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 90. Lansing man dies as result of car crash in Dyer (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 91. Merrillville teen struck by car while walking in Merrillville dies from his injuries (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 92. Discovery of animal bone suspends dredging operation in Indiana Harbor Ship Canal in East Chicago (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 93. Former Lake County Jail guard pleads guilty to taking $400 bribe to deliver cell phone to alleged gang member (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 94. Cook County commissioner raises concerns about how county is handling strays, saying some suburban shelters are killing people's pets (CBS 2)
· 95. Two Illinois Democratic political operatives lose jobs after video shows them explaining how they've disrupted Republican events, planned to cover up voter fraud (Chicago Tribune)
Thursday:
NORTH:
· 96. Vernon Hills gives informal go-ahead for plan to convert vacant CDW/Allstate Insurance office building into psychiatric hospital (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 97. Community Unit School District 300 expects to save on energy costs after installing solar panels at Jacobs High School in Algonquin (Daily Herald)
· 98. Truck crashes and overturns, spilling diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid on Route 31 in Carpentersville (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 99. Schaumburg Township Elementary School District 54 works toward sale of property next to Conant High School (Daily Herald)
· 100. Lake in the Hills establishes 5 percent amusement tax, which currently will only affect the cost of tickets at AMC 12 movie theater, starting Jan. 1, 2017 (Daily Herald)
· 101. Des Plaines Elementary School District 62 to dedicate new playground at South Elementary on Tuesday, Oct. 25 (Daily Herald)
· 102. Death of Barrington Hills man found in burning van in Chicago ruled homicide (CBS 2)
WEST:
· 103. Riverside police free deer whose antlers got stuck in hammock (FOX 32)
· 104. DuPage County Sheriff's Office releases images of what parents of dead baby dumped in unincorporated Wheaton may look like (Chicago Tribune)
· 105. Rush University Medical Center ambulance designed to scan, treat stroke victims more quickly to service 5-mile radius of Oak Park Hospital; Northwestern University unit to serve six western suburbs (Chicago Tribune)
· 106. Four Chicago men, one Downers Grove man arrested for disturbance, shooting near Westmont (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 107. Troubled Elgin-based Omega Demolition gave $80,000 to Rosemont mayor's election campaigns, got $212,725 demolition job in 2014 (Daily Herald)
· 108. Workers from Wheaton-based Wisdom Moving Company hide woman escaping gun-wielding ex-boyfriend, who commits suicide in Chicago's Loop (WGN TV)
SOUTHWEST:
· 109. Two Orland Park junior-high students sue Orland School District 135, claiming officials should have known about coach's sex-abuse arrest in Joliet (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 110. Actor Justin Hartley, an Orland Park native, appears on 'Ellen' (Chicago Tribune)
· 111. Suspect in gun theft from Plainfield house found dead in Chicago home (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 112. Intersection of Harlem Avenue, West 71st Street in Bridgeview closed after serious crash (ABC 7)
SOUTH:
· 113. Sunnybrook Elementary School District 171 board secretary resigns; superintendent to solicit residents to apply for vacancy (Northwest Indiana Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 114. Indiana Secretary of State: Thousands of altered voter registrations may just be voters trying to correct name, birth dates before election (Chicago Tribune/Post-Tribune)
· 115. Woman, man shot along Delaware Street in Gary (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 116. Lake County Board OK $300,000 toward left turn lane on 109th Street at U.S. 41, which sheriff calls 'very dangerous intersection' (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 117. Munster Town Council comes out against Trans-Pacific Partnership (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 118. LaPorte man who claimed to beat up scary clown charged with falsely reporting a crime (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 119. Fire does extensive damage to Portage apartment building (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 120. Insurance company reimburses LaPorte County for $152,000 embezzled by former deputy auditor with gambling addiction (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 121. Cook County grand jury indicts attorney who posed as judge at Markham courthouse on criminal charges, but what those are isn't disclosed (Chicago Tribune)
Friday:
NORTH:
· 122. Highland Park raises minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 beginning Jan. 1, 2017 (FOX 32)
· 123. Mundelein School Elementary School District 75 janitor sentenced to 18 years in jail for sexual assault of minor in 2007 (CBS 2)
· 124. Residents of senior-oriented subdivision petition Grayslake High School District 127, Grayslake Elementary School District 46 boards to keep property-tax levy increase to 0.3 percent at most (Daily Herald)
· 125. Waukegan woman pleads guilty to murder in 2014 death of daughter whom she punched in the stomach, perforating it and leading to fatal infection (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 126. Waukegan School District 60 pays out $200,000 for substitutes due to teacher absences during first five weeks of school this year (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 127. Vernon Hills man arrested after stealing items from unlocked cars, trying to break into Long Grove house; homeowner shot at him as he fled (Chicago Tribune/Vernon Hills Review)
· 128. Antioch sues to close church's resale shop, citing lack of bathrooms, strict zoning (Daily Herald)
· 129. Leaders of shuttered Kirk of the Lakes Presbyterian Church in Mundelein donate $700,000 to 34 charities, following sale of church property (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 130. 'Highly intoxicated' Des Plaines man attacks Arlington Heights police officers who find him sleeping on sidewalk (Daily Herald)
· 131. Mount Prospect reports sales-tax revenue exceeding property taxes for first time in village history (Daily Herald)
· 132. Chicago man who shot a gun inside a Megabus in Des Plaines pleads guilty, sentenced to 20 years in prison; another 7 years added for battery to peace officer (Daily Herald)
· 133. Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights seeks to expand space to serve larger groups, especially for weddings (Daily Herald)
· 134. Naperville firefighter arrested for possession of child pornography at his Elgin home (Chicago Tribune)
· 135. Des Plaines-based Gas Technology Institute receives $80 million in funds to design, build and operate clean-energy power plant in Texas (Daily Herald)
· 136. Sister of Nicole Brown Simpson appears at fundraiser for Palatine-based WINGS to speak about violence against women (CBS 2)
· 137. Kentucky man charged with sexual abuse of a minor in Palatine, Hoffman Estates, after sharing details, photos online with Washington, D.C. cop (FOX 32)
WEST:
· 138. Riverside police chief named chairman of Illinois Impaired Driving Task Force (FOX 32)
· 139. Lombard, St. Charles men arrested for armed robbery in Glendale Heights (Daily Herald)
· 140. Construction of LA Fitness along Wheaton's Roosevelt Road set to start, despite residents' objections (Daily Herald)
· 141. Geneva City Council to debate creation of stormwater utility to dedicate funds to stormwater system (Daily Herald)
SOUTH:
· 142. Monee mayor, also the village's liquor commissioner, accused of collusion in threatening to close down liquor store in building he owns (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
· 143. Family of two Joliet children who drowned in Kankakee River on Memorial Day sue City of Wilmington for $1 million (Chicago Tribune)
· 144. Suspect in bank robberies in Bridgeview, Midlothian and Oak Lawn sought for another heist in Midlothian (FOX 32)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 145. Union Township man seeks to overturn 60-year sentence for murdering ex-girlfriend (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 146. Valparaiso middle-schoolers spend day doing community service at local church (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 147. 19-year-old man with lengthy criminal record sentenced to 62 years in prison for shooting death of Portage man in front of his family (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 148. Munster Medical Research Foundation to propose building hospital on Broadway in Crown Point (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 149. Four Illinois residents charged with robbing Munster Target store on Sept. 19 (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 150. Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against City of Hammond, Hammond police officer over shooting death of their dog that was reported running loose after getting through invisible fence (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 151. Ground broken for Mascots Hall of Fame in Whiting (ABC 7)
Saturday:
NORTH:
· 152. Arlington Heights woman, Waukegan man charged with identity theft after burglarizing vehicles in Gurnee (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 153. Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle on Milwaukee Avenue in Glenview (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 154. Evanston police officer injured after being struck by dump truck (FOX 32)
NORTHWEST:
· 155. Chicago man dead after his car crashed into building in Des Plaines (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 156. Elgin man charged with sexually assaulting woman who accepted a ride from him and another man at a Hoffman Estate bar (CBS 2)
WEST:
· 157. Aurora man arrested for theft of puppy from Naperville pet store (Chicago Tribune/Naperville Sun)
· 158. Parents of middle-school students seek vote on St. Charles Community Unit School District 303's plan to close facility (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 159. Tire Rack Street Survival course at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet teaches teens how real-life skills in driving emergencies (WGN TV)
SOUTH:
· 160. Village of Lansing to replace 9,400 water meters to bring water system up to date and curb abuse (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 161. Boy Scout dead after being hit by vehicle outside Bremen High School in Midlothian, minutes after receiving service award (CBS 2)
· 162. New Lenox man charged with robbing Frankfort bank while his girlfriend, her child waited in the car (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 163. LaPorte man charged with felony operating while intoxicated after his moped is spotted veering into oncoming traffic following prior OWI conviction (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 164. Gary man, woman found shot to death in remote part of city (WGN TV)
· 165. Military technician from LaPorte invents device to more safely disassemble Howitzer gun; could save U.S. Army hundreds of thousands of dollars annually (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 166. CSX bridge over Samuelson Road in Portage likely to be replaced in 2017, providing a two-lane underpass (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 167. Merrillville liquor store destroyed in early-morning blaze (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 168. Traveling war memorial opens week-long display at Crown Point's First United Church (Northwest Indiana Times)
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2015.09.20 14:45 Mob_cleaner THE OFFICIAL RAP BATTLE ROYALE - Round 3

Hello, and welcome back to the Civ 5 Rap Battle Royale! After this there will be only 4 people left who will be in with a chance of winning this, and that means the final will be announced next week (or so)!
This has definitely been the best round so far, and I feel that everyone who made it this far (and even some of those who havn't) all deserve to win, and there definitely isn't one clear favourite as of yet, so it's could all come down to the final ryhme!
I will try to announce the semi-finalists tomorrow, around 3PM Brit time. On with the show!:
Chile (Atlas_Schmatlas) vs Texas (SabyZ)
England (admiral_ifan) vs Norway (Nestourai)
Ayyubids (Luigiatl) vs Yakutia (Funhau5)
China (Protroid) vs Burma (EmeraldRange)

JUDGES: Mob_cleaner , Night_Man_ , TPangolin , silence_in_samarkand , Kropenfuer

TEXAS VS CHILE

When this is all over they’ll say “boohoo Chill-ee”
cuz you don’t stand a chance against the buckaroo M-C!
You’re just a dictator overthrown by a coup
and it’s ways too easy to stomp all-over you!
There’s only room for one star in this show
and when it comes to screenshots your civ is a no-go!
It was all fine in part nine; y’all were given screen time-
Wait did y’all really? I’m having some doubt
– oh that’s right it was a Chilean scout!
I had to look you up so I could write this rhyme,
but even when Tpang turned back the time
to turn one-fifty, being Chilean still was a crime
while in Corpus Christi we drank cold beers with a lime!
So watch out, this verse is only the first
we’re a full a grown empire while yer still being nursed
But maybe we’ll take you as part of our colonies,
cuz when this is over you’ll be forced down on your knees!
Next opponent's this goof? Time to mess with Texas
Looks like Sam Hou doesn't know what safe sex is
His pop's through the roof but who knows where his tech is,
'Cause pretty soon, Chile's eatin' grits for breakfast
Things are bigger in Texas, including your ego,
Though your name comes from tejas, I ain't your amigo
There ain't anything original about you,
Stole Chile's flag and the accent that the South use
Only thing from there's some shitty drink called Dr. Pepper
Hack off your limbs fall apart like a leper
Like a star all alone, you'll just fizzle out and die
You wry guys, tryin' to turtle by and fly high
Got less smarts than a horse fly,
u/SabyZ raps worse than a mute guy
All that dick suckin got your mouth dry
This is the tale of the bumbling O’Higgins,
and how his “huge navy” got pushed back by the Incans.
He got way too greedy with his hunger for war
and failed to recreate the Chilean Back Door
Squad, y’all have no place abroad,
couldn’t break their mountain pass cuz your leader’s a fraud!
So run back to Santiago de Chilé,
Texas is here with bravado, no delay!
Your burns are bland and your couplets are cliché!
And in the end we’ll paint your cities Texan blue/grey!
But thank you u/Atlas_Schmatlas for all this rapping practice
it’ll be liked Christmas when you give me winner’s status
cuz your civ is backless,
and your leader’s sackless,
and your raps are tactless,
and the Texan army will kick yer asses!
"Chill-ee?" just like a Texan to mispronounce
"Chee-lay's" the name they'll say when the champion's announced
It's too late to be friends, 'cause you'll just be denounced
You've come to beat me? Watch you get completely trounced
MC, get an MD 'cause you ain't rappin' straight
You need someone who can give your tersest verses some weight
There's no one qualified to help you out at any rate,
Dr. Pepper's the only doctor ever from your state!
When we do come to battle, it won't be very nice
Troops'll fight us haphazard, like when Texans drive on ice
Fear's spreadin' like a virus cause your pop's uncontrolled
You swine'll get the flu, cause Chile's dishin' out the cold
You're so desperate for food, you snatch scraps like a seagull
Fool, take your cue from Argentina's loss at the Beagal
Call me a dictator 'cause my flows are so regal
Lookin' to immigrate, ain't talkin' 'bout legal

ENGLAND VS NORWAY

D’you notice that your “win” over Iceland wasn’t sweet
You see, they want revenge for their narrow defeat
So now it’s Norway’s turn — watch us turn up the heat;
And our brothers avenge; and you limeys defeat!
Your history is one of foreign conquest and fear
More tragedy at which you can shake than a spear
(Remember when you caved to the French that one year?)
You’re used to having all of your kings end like Lear
But what did you have, after the Roman collapse
They who brought society, you who took scraps
You sure didn’t thrive; the hist’ry books simply lapse
‘Till eight sixty-five, when we redrew the maps!
The Great Viking Army laid your country to burn
Our raiders didn’t discern, and crushed your kingdoms in turn
So don’t go all smarmy; it’s time for concern
For now just like then, with a win we’ll return!
More bloody Vikings? Alright then Norway,
You know the Swedes and Babs were just foreplay,
Betty's getting ready to spoil your day,
The Empire has coming to grab all the clay,
I'm fucking shit up with my massive population,
You're slumming it down in tundra ridden desolation,
You dream of Viking raids? I'm here to crush your scheme,
I'm a psychopathic Freddie Mercury, call me Killer Queen
You should give up before we take you by force,
Cos when we come it'll be a sad day to be Norse,
You're like someone from Frozen; Elsa, Anna, Olaf,
Do You Wanna Build An Army? Don't make me laugh,
You'll get battered in a war, cos Love ain't An Open Door,
I'm glorious, I'm furious, had a taste and I want more,
So don't try and win, seriously, just Let It Go,
And enjoy the brief time you've got left in Oslo
Face it, Liz, you’re just scared of the North
It’s no shock you can’t even hoof it to Forth!
You’re huddled in Mercia and glibly deny
The truth — remember that plank in your eye?
You’ve got no inertia; your army sits by,
All cowed by the Irish and waiting to die!
Seems Liz needs a tudor to train her for shows
The Battle Royale is no place for a doze
Your nobles are vying for change, but who knows:
Your empire’s dying; we’ll pluck out your rose
Your rhymes aren’t too bad, deserving response
They’re carefully chosen, but you get the bronze;
You’re stealing some other men’s lyrics like pawns —
If this battle’s Frozen, then that makes you Hans!
Sing Ruled Britannia; your land’s halfway there
The rest will be conquered or ash — this we swear!
Yo Scandi-bro, we know your flow's dope, but you know what? I ain't fussed,
Cos what I'll sing when I'm done rapping is 'Another One Bites The Dust'
Put you Under Pressure, put you on a stretcher, till you cave, till you kowtow,
Cos your loud mouth is trying to knock me out, but you Don't Stop Me Now,
I'm too fast, too Flash, you're too half assed, to win this Bicycle Race,
Cos We Will Rock You, block you, stop you, just to see the look on your face,
So many great brits, we got plenty pop hits, makes you go Radio Gaga,
We the ultra culture vultures try to touch us but your country only has A-ha,
Take On Me? Please, I could beat you with a sneeze, all you do is wheeze and snore,
You love peace, love to appease, but me? I love a Crazy Little Thing Called War,
It's a Kind of Magic that feeds me, you're so static, you'll get beat by the Swedes,
I get naughty in the north sea, that's why the freaky Fat Bottomed Girls love me,
It's my language we speak, not Latin or Greek, and Norwegian makes me yawn,
No Innuendo, you just gotta go, while my Show Must Go On
I won't clap you, I'll slap you, backstab you, you no rapper, you're a rapscallion,
Because Liz is pissed and won't stop this until We Are The Champions

YAKUTIA VS AYYUBIDS

I’ve already won against the Russians that conquered your tribe,
But I suppose you could still give me a bribe.
You were only included in this game to take up space,
And yet people can still somehow say your name with a straight face.
You claim you’re tough just for surviving the Russian winter,
But you’d probably break down if you even got a splinter.
You’ve had everything handed to you on multiple silver platters,
But now your hopes for first place are in shatters.
We’ve had to fight for everything we have now,
But just because nobody wants to be by you means you’re a “sacred cow.”
You’ve done nothing but sit there and become one with the turtle,
Refusing to accept that your land is useless and infertile.
You think you’re a “beast of the east”,
While your people can’t even afford to have even a tiny feast.
You just live off of reindeer meat,
So admit that you’ve been beat.
Wait, wait. Hold up. Is that LuigiATL?
From the home of the pimps, the playas, and the southernplayalistic hell?
Hey, man, what's happenin'? I heard you got some stories to tell,
About Leonidas picking flowers? Yeah, I heard that shit went well.
Well, guess what? That's over. And, us Yaks, we weren't impressed.
We would've been more entertained watching Eva get undressed.
You struggled to get those rhymes out, like you were blanking on a test,
And, unfortunately for you, dawg, now you're messing with the best.
Please, just do it, tell me about how we dropped to number three,
Anything else out of your mouth would be a surprise to me,
We have an army that stretches farther than your eyes can even see,
And, when it comes time to fight some wars, we'll be sacking civs for free.
AYYYY, it's almost sad that we spoke before this,
I'm gonna feel really bad when I leave you crippled, drenched in your piss.
I'll just say this now; you have one verse to work on your diss,
Because, by the time verse 2 is through, you'll be suffering from rigor mortis.
Wow, I’m surprised you even made it this far.
However, I guess it’s also a surprise you’re not being ruled by a tsar.
You talk big about this army of yours,
But you’re such a coward that you’ve declared no wars.
You’ve committed an assassination,
But only because your empire’s so boring my body’s lost all sensation.
Your verses are the same,
Because at this point it isn’t even a fair game.
You’ve simply lost this one,
And after you type your second verse your rapping days are done.
You never even managed to found a religion,
But- what’s this carrier pigeon?
Oh, it has a list of all the civilizations that have a chance of winning.
The fact that you’re not on it isn’t an error in the printing-
A civilization that does nothing is who you're rapping for.
All you've done is build two things- and nothing more.
What a bummer. Am I really gonna need to dumb this down a bit?
Some of you dissed my last rhyme, and I'd hate to see this go to shit.
I'm sorry if it's seeming like I'm being inconsiderate,
But my flow's so fucking dank, and I think all y'all need a hit of it.
You're damn right that we've become one with the turtle.
As a matter a fact, I'd like it if you'd call us "Yertle."
Do you think we really care that our lands are infertile?
We've already overcome that one, measly hurdle.
I have four words for you, fool: Goddess of the Hunt.
Did that slip your memory, or were you putting on a front?
Your mild tone seems like you're afraid to be blunt,
But that's exactly what I'd expect from an ignorant cunt.
You should really shut up and try to spread your religion.
It's covering less ground than a carrier pigeon,
And, while you're at it, go fine-tune your lyric provision,
Because you're turning my win into an easy decision.

CHINA VS BURMA

SINCE 1400 YEARS AGO
IVE BEEN ABLE TO MAINTAIN
FAT STACKS OF PAPER MONEY BITCH
NOW ITS TIME TO MAKE IT RAIN
LETS GET SERIOUS BURMA
I'LL MAKE US A POT OF TEA
HAND YOU A BURMESE WAY TO SOCIALISM
LOCK IT UP THROW AWAY THE KYI
LOOKIN OVER YOUR AFFAIRS
WHOLE PLACE IS LOOKING SHODDY
I SUGGEST SOME RENOVATION
FORE I MARCH BESIDE THE IRRAWADDY
ALRIGHT THEN BURMA, IMMA SHOOT STRAIGHT
THINK YOU CAN STEP TO THIS WARRING STATE?
Say ni hao to Chairman Mao
and that we're waiting for his kowtow
'Cuz we're led by a king; you're led by a chair
I'll sit on him and no one will care.
I have superior rhetoric tools. Think your SCREAMING MAKES YOU COOL?
Pressing one button to LOCK YOUR CAPS; that ain't any one of the rules.
I'm not sure if you can win this rap if your civ lost in the battle.
Frankly, I'm a little bit worried the PRC will lose its capital
You got conquered by a civ that you historically conquered 4 times
Once you're out we'll take Hanoi and your lands will simply be all mines!
Why d'cha have Special Economic Zones, aren't you communist?
Come adopt Burma's ideology, we're democratic slash socialist.
Sickening how you force children to be your little red guards.
China gambled and lost while Burma still holds its wild card.
You're being bombared from 3 sides. At least a turtle has a shell!
I mean, in both the rap and the BR, China isn't doing so well.
YOU CROSSED THE WRONG NATION
VERBAL CROSSBOW REPEATER
STRONGEST RHYMES IN ASIA
WHILE YOU FUCK UP YOUR METER
SURE I GO HARD, ALL CAPS
WHEN I STEP UP THE MIC
ITS CUZ I SPIT LIKE I FUCK
AND I CAN GO ALL NIGHT
HERE'S A FORTUNE COOKIE
TRY TO UNRAVEL THIS RIDDLE
WHY YOU'D WANNA START SHIT
WITH THE KINGDOM IN THE MIDDLE
WHEN YOU RHYME SO OFF BEAT
WITH WORD CHOICE SO BIZARRE
NOW I FINISH OFF MY RAP
HAVING ROCKED MYANMAR
Why don't you mention the BR some more?
China is losing; is that why you're sore?
You're a 5000 year-old grandpa, move out it's time for Burma to shine
With potential to kill Champa, then strike out at Viet from behind
My tea flows smoother, your tea's rough water
A book-burning tyrant is China's real father
Your verbal archer can't shoot straight past our three mountain ranges
You have to break a Great FireWall to read these reddit pages
Without our help in World War 2, you'd be in Imperial Japan's cages
Still sore about that invasion, your country still very racist
You have puny pointy sticks, that's what she said
No wonder China's stock is plummeting into the red
Red BANG! Red flag, Red guards: you sure have a Red Cult
You represent China: that's big enough of an insult
You're an underwhelming mod that screams "UNCOOL".
Take a photo of my rap and get Hong Kong to make yours for you
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