Now on to Episode #354, designated for yesterday (10/19/16), and aired on Toonami on the night of 7/23/16: "I Swear To Go See Him!! Brook And The Cape of Promise!"
This episode is mostly a flashback to an earlier One Piece story arc involving when Luffy and his crew encountered Laboon like almost 300 episodes ago, as such, it used an unusual letterboxing method to showcase the SD portions and balance it with new HD animation!
I'm still not sure how in the hell they managed to get out of Laboon's mouth...
My father loved Thorazine when he was working in the ER. He said giving it IV was best, because it causes severe postural hypotension, so that if it didn't just knock them out, every time they sat up to take a swing at you, their blood pressure would drop and they'd faint. (Yes, another dinner table conversation from the mthor household. )
I guess that's a possibility too. She could have prepped a lot, but it seemed very natural, especially how she addressed Trump's interjections (which would be very tough to do if she spent a long time memorizing what she'd say).
So waking up today the media is out in force saying that Trump is a threat to the Republic and that his refusal to simply accept the results of the election on election night is some sort of historically unprecedented thing.
And all I can do is sit here and be all "Bitch please. Weve spent the last 16 years hearing Liberals bitch and moan that Al Gore won in 2000"
Not to mention he didnt exactly accept the results of the election either.
Uh... no. Gore's supporters didn't attempt to invalidate the election before it even happened. I tend to think that the discussion is way overwrought much like you do, but there are real concerns for Republicans in those statements - saying that does discourage Republicans from voting and it could cripple other GOP candidates in vulnerable elections.
The before the election talk is a bit worrying, but it also is expected and anticipated. There is widespread reporting of voter fraud happening across the country and that goes right to the heart of the problem. Its not enough to alter this election because Trump is just that bad, but what about smaller local races? 200 votes in a State House race is a lot of votes, potentially enough to flip a seat. Theres just a general unease with our process right now. It could be solved easily by Voter ID laws, but those are not going to happen for a whole bunch of reasons.
For teh GOP its a catch 22. You have some candidates who have openly embraced Trump, and others like Rubio who have basically told him to go to hell. So for those who embraced him they risk turning off more moderate voters while those who refuse to embrace him risk turning off the more rabid elements of the base that are supporting Trump.
It would be an extraordinarily small race for 200 votes to be deciding it, not an election to a congressional, assembly, or senatorial post. That being said, the unease about our process is driven by hysteria, not by a legitimate threat to the process. Voter ID laws would be great, as long as those IDs could be issued universally without a permanent address, and the inability to make that happen (because residency is basically determined by attributing someone to a fixed location) is the sole reason why they will never be allowed. The risk of fraud is balanced by the need to make voting accessible to all legal US residents.
In 2000 Bush won by 537 votes in Florida.
In 2004 Democrat Christine Gregoire defeated the GOP to win the Governorship by 137 votes. ~2.8 Million votes cast.
In 2006 Republican Todd Thomsen won by 2 votes in his US House race. There were ~10K votes cast in this race
Theres more to, these are just some of the recent ones that finished extremely close.
You cant say that 200 is a "small number" when 200 would make a huge difference in these cases where the lowest number of votes counted was around 10K. A 200 vote swing would have had the GOP win that race in 2004. 5 Illegal votes would have given Democrats that House seat.
Voter ID needs to happen to ensure that there is not voter fraud. Without confidence in the system the system will fail. All Trump is doing is taking the festering unease with our system and super-charging it. Voter Fraud has been a concern for a huge number of people for a very long time yet nothing was done to address it. When polled 80% of Americans want Voter ID laws to make sure that there is not voter fraud, and yet nothing happens.