Quote from cfusionpm »And if that's truly the case, then Twin NEEDS to come off
Quote from Gentleman Johnny »The Supreme Court has been a partisan legislative body since at least the Dred Scott decision (and perhaps even earlier). Do you think it's a coincidence that left leaning justices happened to be appointed by democratic presidents and vice-versa? When Earl Warren was nominated, Eisenhower was hoping for a more conservative judge (which was ironic considering he was a judge in California). The only difference nowadays is that the justices are making the Court more visible, and that was arguably still the fault of the GOP than RBG (If you want to blame anyone for making the SC appear as a partisan legislative body, blame McConnell.
I agree that the SC should not be home to partisan poltics. It's one and ONLY job is to make sure the Constitution is being followed correctly, and police the President/Congress when they step out of line.
Quote from Kahedron »Who is RBG, and what have they said against Trump?
As for staying out of politics is that a blanket ban or a much confused request/requirement that they stay clear of Party Political matters?
Cause if it is the latter some criticism of Trump being unprepared and spending to much time away from Washington is valid regardless of who it is coming fro,.
Quote from Xeruh »I don't really agree with what you're saying on RBG
Quote from Mockingbird »To the best of my knowledge, the minimal outcome Democrat in office seek is to not get primaried out of office in 2018. The Democrats were waffling on whether or not to fight the nomination up until Chuck Schumer essentially had a hammer drop on him by left-leaning and Democratic activists. The message I have heard from peering into Democrat affairs regarding the Supreme Court essentially boils down to "Stop this and take a stand, or we will find someone who will stop whatever happens next and take a stand next time."
Quote from jeffbcrandall »That's something that has been bothering me for a while with a lot of elections, not all, but quite a lot of them. It really shouldn't come down to the lesser of two evils as it were when it comes to political voting. As you said though, the current system doesn't really hold the major parties feet to the fire as it were enough to get them to put out better candidates. I wish it did, and I wish I could see elections on a more regular basis that were more about the best of the best, rather than the less worse of the worst. I hope this last election will get both major parties to realize something needs to change, and I hope that the third party candidates can step it up given what happened and start giving the major parties even more reason to do better if they want to be able to win in the end (with the current system we have anyway). And who knows perhaps this last election could be the beginning of a push that will start getting those third party candidates some more coverage and attention and we might actually see some Perot-like numbers again for a third party candidate to really get things going.
I do think it would be interesting to find out how people would have voted if they voted only based on ideology and who they honestly felt the best candidate would be for the political position being voted on, I agree with the OP and others in that area that inevitably with that in mind I think you would certainly see the numbers for the third party candidates rise as a result of that, but how much it actually would rise is the question, and I'm just not sure we've seen the right person come along for that in the third party ranks to be able to give the other two parties a run for their money even in such a situation.
Quote from Meridian36 »Well, if they do that, then standard is finished. If you ban those five cards, you nuke the three best decks in the format, and drop the prices of 3 mythic rares. People will straight up quit the format and probably wont come back with amonkhet.
They should make no changes at all, and look to print some useful answers in amonkhet. Pithing Needle is a much needed card right now.
Quote from FoodChainGoblins »They shouldn't feel the same. BGx has been good the whole time in Modern, outside of during Eldrazi. Despite what players will tell you, it was pretty damn good still even during the Birthing Pod era. Sure, that matchup was somewhat tough, but it had game vs. everything else and did better vs. Twin and Affinity than Pod did. Not to mention, BGx was stupid during the BGx Deathrite Shaman/Tectonic Edge and Ajundi days.
Twin players never had this. Twin was never as dominant as BGx if you go through the meta since the beginning. Twin is not even true Control, so Control players still never had a deck even close to the level that BGx has.
Quote from ktkenshinx »
It had control elements, as well as combo and tempo elements. Whatever you want to call it, that kind of deck is not good in Modern today and has been bad since August 2016. If BGx were performing this badly, I guarantee a different group of players would be rioting. It just happens to be the blue players. As for me, I just go where the numbers point, and right now they point to a major blue decline that almost certainly was unintended by Wizards.