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    • #397076
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      I heard (unverified) that Virginia Lamp Thomas (wife of Clarence Thomas) funded 70 busses to bring the “protesters” to DC.

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      That saves a day!

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      Tonight, Pelosi introduced “legislation” (just a resolution really) calling on Mike Pence to take care of the problem. He won’t, but since some GOP objected to unanimous consent, they are going to spend tomorrow (Tuesday) debating this meaningless, non-binding resolution.

      Tuesday night, they will probably pass the resolution, which says they will wait 24 hours for Pence to respond. That brings us to Wednesday night, when they have no word from Pence, when they will attempt unanimous consent on the article of impeachment. Again, some Repugs will object, so debate some more on Thursday.

      Thursday night, if all goes well, they will impeach and send the letter to the Senate.

      Friday morning, Mitch McConnell will get right on it. Or not. They probably do have 60 votes for cloture, but I don’t see it happening until at least Monday, which is 2 days before Trump leaves office anyway.

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      The rationale for denying extradition was that Assange might kill himself if he is extradited and tried. This is a less helpful outcome than I was hoping for. It’s sort of like “compassionate release” except it leaves everything incomplete.

      I think he should not be extradited to the US because he was neither a citizen of nor present in the US when the alleged crimes occurred. In other words, he was outside the jurisdiction. I don’t want one country to have worldwide jurisdiction.

      Telling somebody how to secretly export information is not a crime. According to the US, it became a crime because Assange knew who the victim was (US gov) and was therefore part of an espionage conspiracy. I just don’t buy it.

      The other conspirator already received clemency. Will Assange get a pardon? Probably not from Trump. And Biden? Assange really embarrassed the Dem establishment with those Podesta e-mails. Never mind that the only reason they were embarrassing was they exposed the corrupt inner workings of the party. Is Biden his own man now, or does he still owe the Clinton/Podesta crowd? We will see, but I’m not holding out much hope.

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      @djean111 Obama’s nonviolent clemency effort may have been incomplete, but it was not bullshit.  He commuted hundreds of bad sentences.

      I do agree that Clinton perfected the art of pardoning rich folks for money.

      And I’d also like to point out that so far, Trump has not been implicated in this.  What has come out is that there was a scheme of some kind.  We don’t know who was pushing for the deal(s), and it’s quite possible the Trump administration initiated the investigations.

      Trump’s pardons of those who lied to protect him is shameful but not illegal.  I think that should be reined in.  The Repugs will go along with limiting executive power if the current executive is Biden.  Something like “The President does not have the power to pardon himself, and pardons of his associates are only valid after full disclosure of the circumstances.”

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      People saw hypocrisy in the RCC long before abortion became an issue, I think.  They adjusted, while keeping their Christian identity, by forming other sects.

      Embracing atheism in a theist society is more than rejecting one organization or even all organized religion.  It’s about having the courage to reject their God, the threat of Hell, and the bullying of the majority.

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      Anybody who is certain this is an actual Democratic scandal has obviously drunk the Ghouliani kool-aid.  This stinks of Putin, who is a very creative and resourceful spy.  Or it could have been a domestic GOP spy.  Whichever, this is what I imagine his orders were:

      • Steal Hunter Biden’s laptop
      • Add some scandal to the e-mails contained on it
      • But don’t touch any of the ones which can be authenticated
      • Splash water on it until there is a problem with the keyboard or trackpad
      • Try not to harm the hard drive (maybe remove it for the water operation)
      • Have an agent who looks vaguely like Hunter give it to a semi-blind repairman
      • who happens to be a vehement Trump supporter.

      Possible followup:  Stay in touch with the repairman, online, and encourage him to “do the right thing”.

      Unless Barr stops the investigation, the FBI will look for evidence of hard-drive tampering.  There are methods by which they can see tampering, but there are also methods to cover it up, so it’s very hard to conclude it absolutely wasn’t tampered with except for certain authenticated e-mails.  And it will take time, obviously the results won’t be ready by election day.

      Should the media immerse the public in the story before then?  Hell no.

      The single authenticated e-mail contains a thank-you for an introduction.  I take that to mean Joe probably shook the hand of a Ukrainian Oligarch in a social context.

      B. F. D.

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      “Pepper spray” sounds so much more organic and natural than “tear gas”.

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      A couple things I “trust” Biden would do better than Trump:

      1. Protect a woman’s right to choose.
      2. Save Social Security.

      SS was the biggest Democratic Party success of the 20th century, and Biden is not about to abandon it.  But it needs additional funding — Medicare Part D in particular.  Trump would be happy to have a permanent unfunded “payroll tax holiday” which would bankrupt the trust fund in short order.

      Beyond that, there is the personal issue.  Trump openly cheats at everything, from his own taxes to using all branches of government as part of his political machine.  If he gets a second term, it’s the final nail in the coffin for ethical standards.  We the people will have demonstrated we just don’t care.

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      @electrolyteorchestra   Can you say more about this 10% to (I assume) Joe?  I would consider it bombshell news if JB benefited from Hunter’s deals.

      In my mind, Hunter is like Billy Carter, who was hired by Libya to lobby his brother the President.  Basically a hearty helping of family embarrassment and not at all worth holding up foreign aid over.

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      Sorry I don’t have 30 minutes to watch this guy.  I listened to an interview of AOC while I was driving, must have been NPR or C-SPAN radio.  They asked her how can she support Biden when he is so far from the original Green New Deal, and her answer was 2-pronged:

      1.  Biden listens to science.
      2.  She plans to “lobby” him when he’s president to support pieces of GND and expects him to at least consider what she has to say.

      Trump would do neither.

      Even though Biden has promised not to ban fracking, he can still cut subsidies.  So yes I am with AOC on this “selling out”.

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      @electrolyteorchestra I will dispute pretty much all of that.

      “Joe set up his kid”

      No, Joe didn’t do it.  The kid went out on his own, like Billy Carter.

      “to do investment”

      No, Hunter’s was supposed to advise them on corporate governance, not investment.

      “the most corrupt company”

      What metric is this based on, I wonder.

      “in a nation he just toppled.”

      As if the revolution was all Joe.  There were people protesting in Kyiv.  Give them credit, please.

      “Joe then got rid of the investigator of the corrupt company.”

      Joe was faithfully implementing Obama’s policy.  Shokin lost some key evidence in a government-shooting-of-demonstrators case, and with that, the trust of the people.  Telling him to go was a no-brainer at that point.


      @wood

      “you would think Mueller would have found some crimes by Trump”

      Mueller did find crimes, including 10 episodes of obstruction of justice.  What he did not do is recommend indictment of a sitting president, which would have been contrary to DOJ policy.

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      Corporations don’t want race riots any more than progressives do.

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      Back in 2004, I really wanted Bush out of office.  And I thought John Kerry might need money to pay for a recount, if the issue came up.  So right before the election I donated 50 bucks.

      Ohio (I think) was within the recount-worthy margin.  But Kerry didn’t pay for it.  Ralph Nader did.  I felt so stupid.

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      I received my replacement ballot last week, filled it out, and took it to the county government drop box (no mail).  It was marked received on the tracking site the same day.

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      @ohiobarbarian No I would not expect any of this to change voters’ minds.  At this point, it’s about turnout.  If the GOP can get more of their voters enraged, with an emotional peak 2 weeks from Tuesday, it stands a chance of edging out the expected “Sleepy Joe” voters, who have been rightfully enraged for the past 4 years.


      @lownslow
      I have no doubt GWB was a mediocre Air National Guard officer at best, but the evidence was created using MS-word, which did not exist back then.

      It’s also clear that Hunter got the job because the oligarchs (we need to use that word to refer to some Americans too) thought it would give them influence with Joe.  Is there evidence it worked?  Not really.  I’m calling bullshit on the laptop.

      (edit:  I had the initials wrong.  I mean Bush 43.)

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      My status on the mailing tracking website has changed to “Your ballot is being prepared for mailing”, so it appears my phone call did have an effect.


      @fasttense
      @ohiobarbarian Lesson learned.  Now I’m avoiding the mail to the extent I can.

      My wife filled out her ballot today, and I took it to an early voting location, where they had a special non-USPS red mailbox which said “Absentee ballots only”.  The early voting was outdoors, imagine!

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      It sounds like they think the McCloskeys modified the gun to be inoperable, and to prove how easy that was, the crime lab modified it back.  I’m sure it will be detailed in the trial.

      But I think it would be very hard to prove that they modified it after the incident.  If they did it before the incident, it wasn’t evidence and therefore not tampering.

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      Update:  After 45 minutes on hold, I reached a board of elections employee who agreed to send me a second absentee ballot. She was unable to address my concern about somebody else using the first ballot.

      In the meantime, I found a place on the county government website that tracks when my vote is received.  It has a list of elections I have voted in (but not my selections).  I’m going to encourage my wife to send her vote in today, and re-check to see if it changes when the vote is received and if mine changes before I send mine, I know there’s fraud.


      @salemcourt
      Such as this story?  https://www.azmirror.com/2020/10/06/voter-fraud-myth-persists-despite-constant-failure-to-prove-claims/

      I hope you’re not talking about the Project Veritas smear.  Even Fox News admits it’s bull:  https://www.fox9.com/news/subject-of-project-veritas-voter-fraud-story-says-he-was-offered-bribe

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      How do you say “I told you so” in Republican?

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      But did they drop a bomb?  Here’s the part of the WSWS article which is unsupported:

      The Pentagon’s Central Command reported an airstrike against a supposed hideout of remnants of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) in the area of Kirkuk

      Did CENTCOM post a press release and then yank it?

      If somebody dropped a bomb near Kirkuk, wouldn’t it make Google News, regardless of who dropped it?

      That’s what has me doubting the alternative media in this case.  Or more to the point, wondering why they think somebody dropped a bomb.

      edit:  Found it! “Stars and Stripes”, controlled by the Pentagon.

      https://www.stripes.com/news/carrier-launched-airstrikes-hit-isis-targets-in-iraq-as-uss-nimitz-patrols-persian-gulf-1.646691

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      • Not on Google News
      • Not even on RT
      • Checking the primary sources cited by WSWS (Pentagon CENTCOM and US Navy), I found vague puff about “supporting operation inherent resolve”, no mention of any actual strikes

      https://www.centcom.mil/MEDIA/PRESS-RELEASES/

      https://www.navy.mil/Press-Office/Press-Releases/display-pressreleases/Article/2356246/nimitz-carrier-strike-group-supports-operation-inherent-resolve/

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      If Bernie didn’t work with various species of asshole to accomplish whatever goals he could find in common with them, he wouldn’t be Bernie.

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      “The most common form of suicide in the area is, tragically, to drink pesticide.”

      Monsanto owns that too, fuck!

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      If somebody splices in mouse DNA to make a better corn crop, and they do the right food/environment safety checks and label it honestly, I’m fine with it.

      My problem with Monsanto is they must own everything.  Farmers can’t just buy their first seeds and then grow their own for free thereafter.  The company owns the patent/copyright on the seed, so all farmers must pay every year.  Even if you’ve never done business with Monsanto, and some Monsanto pollen from your neighbor gets on your crop, they now own your seeds.  (Not sure about US law, but this shit is part of the US-imposed Constitution of Iraq, for example.)

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      Bernie is following Trump’s manipulation of his supporters and is rightly worried that a coup is in the works if Biden wins.

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      And it really is just a tidbit, considering Clinton signed the funding bill which had the problematic rider in the first place.

      Don’t ask, don’t tell.

      That policy allowed gays into the military as long as they didn’t speak out about it.  It prohibited the military from trying to find out if its members were gay (by asking).  Many later came to resent the policy, but it was a step forward from the previous one.

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      So many people here don’t seem to mind if professional Russian trolls are manipulating the masses.  I think it sucks.  It sucked when Clinton did it too, but at least Correct The Record employed American trolls (which is what made it business as usual rather than “foreign interference”).

      p.s.  Russia also murders people they don’t like.  They are not your friend.

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      The national emergency only has to last 5-6 weeks until the EC vote.  Without the EC, the national emergency would have to last 2.5 months.

      Founding Fathers created the EC because it was impractical at the time to negotiate a compromise over long distances.  Yes, there were elitists among them that thought the common man wasn’t intelligent enough to vote.  But they had to solve the distance problem anyway.

      And the election of a birther in 2016 is proof that the elitists were wrong.  The EC failed to protect us from absolute stupidity on the part of the common man.

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      (That was a rhetorical question I’m about to answer)  This is why:

      https://www.newsweek.com/total-f-russian-mercenaries-syria-lament-us-strike-killed-dozens-818073

      The incident in question occurred on the night of February 7 and early morning of February 8, when Syrian government forces—backed by Russian mercenaries employed by CHVK Wagner—attempted to capture an oil refinery near the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor. After Russian personnel came into contact with American troops stationed there, the U.S. forces responded with artillery and airstrikes.

      And it might not be the Russian government itself.  It could be the mercenary company, CHVK Wagner, taking revenge.

      Personally, I don’t have an opinion on whether our carnival barker in chief knew before the press did.  And I don’t think it matters.

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      I think it’s a question worth examining. If it turns out to be real (as in, money managers are subconsciously letting high profile tragedy influence their buying and selling), the first ones to correct it will get a leg up on the competition.

      To add another anecdote to the list, the S&P 500 went down the week after OJ was acquitted. In the middle of an upward trend.

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      I think the Benghazi lies would probably come up during “vetting”. Not that I fault the State Department for lying immediately after the attack, when maybe there was still a chance to catch the perps; but they should have admitted later that it was a lie.

      Libya and Syria are still fighting their respective civil wars. The one thing she did right (IMHO) was the Iran nuclear agreement, but Obama failed to get the Repugs on board, so that’s down the shitter now.

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      The headline demeans the word whistleblower. Tripp was a backstabber, a partisan operative who took advantage of a young woman’s trust.

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      I think it would be great if there were some distance between US and Saudi forces, but I don’t see it happening as a result of this.

      Saudi oil is the cheapest oil in the world to extract.  It makes economic and environmental sense for the world to use it first.  When it’s gone, we can go back to fracking if we still don’t have our renewables in order.

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      There are 3 things going on right now in the toilet paper business.

      1. People increasing their personal supply (hoarding) due to panic.
      2. People using more at home because they aren’t going out.
      3. People using less at businesses because they aren’t going out.

      This was a load of commercial-sized rolls which they’re probably having a lot of trouble selling at the moment. Well-insured, I bet.

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      People staying away from hospitals because they don’t know whether they’re covered or not.  In this case the person actually went, got turned away, and died.  And we still don’t know whether it was Covid-19 or not.

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      I’ve been hearing:

      1. Trump refused test kits from WHO.
      2. Jared Kushner’s brother owns an “online health insurance” company that has a covid-19 test locating service.

      I currently have flu-like symptoms, but the rules in my state wouldn’t even let me get close to a Covid-19 test. I did get a flu test at the ER (regular doc wouldn’t see me), and it came back positive FOR influenza-A, so hopefully I don’t have both…

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      After her “present” vote on the articles of impeachment, it seemed like she might.

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      Low oil prices normally help every sector of the economy except energy.  It costs less to run the factories, ship things, etc.

      But before you get too happy, think about the shale industry.  Oh those poor frackers!  How will they feed all those hungry hedge-fund managers who depend on them?

      It makes me even happier.

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      As long as the money isn’t being stolen from the Social Security Trust Fund, I’m OK with it.

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      Let’s spend a trillion dollars to make sure everybody is the same.

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      We also have a COVID-12 pandemic brewing.  That will probably cause a large spike in the health care business in general, and the insurers set their take as a percentage of the total.

      But yeah, the corporate-candidate comeback isn’t hurting their stock prices.

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      Warren has seriously toned down her attacks on Bernie and is instead going for Bloomberg’s throat. This is good.

      The way to play the situation correctly is to have Warren carry the feminist support and throw her delegates to Bernie at convention time, in return for the VP slot. Those people who voted for Hillary mostly because she’s a woman will carry over to the Sanders/Warren ticket. Her general style complements Bernie’s, and she will eat Pence for lunch in a debate.

      Bernie needs a female VP to counteract the “Bernie Bro” perception. Warren is by far the most qualified female progressive-leaning person.

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      Oh, I think they know exactly what they’re doing! This is willful avoidance of justice.

      It’s as if we have Ferdinand Marcos as president now.

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      I didn’t like the missed handshake.

      I didn’t like it when she arbitrarily put an arbitrary 30 year limit on victories over Repugs, and when Bernie pointed out his was less than 30 years ago (29 years 2 months) she dismissed it.  As some people on Twitter pointed out, 30 years ago she was a Repug herself.

      I didn’t like it when she said the women on stage had never lost, implying the men were losers.  What did Bernie lose?  The 2016  presidential primary, I guess.  I think his campaigns have been great for America.

      And do I even need to say?  Her accusation that Bernie told her a woman can’t win, 2 years after Hillary won the popular vote, is ludicrous.

      Some time ago I was hoping she’d end up as Bernie’s running mate.  No more.

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      At this point, I’m not sure Biden is even serious.  He already said he would only serve for a single term if elected, and yesterday he said he would consider a Repug running mate.

      As if he’s playing a role, carrying the torch for the mainstreamers until he is overtaken by a true progressive, at which point he will retire happy.

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      The response is pretty impressive.  Boom, boom, boom.  The third boom is “security” taking out the shooter.

      This particular incident supports the “good guy with a gun” argument.  The murderer would probably have had more success using a car to run people over.

      https://mobile.twitter.com/GrantB911/status/1211384089019858946

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      Of all the people to let me down!  Her reasoning makes no sense.  She effectively abstained from the vote to try to prove she’s not partisan.  But voting to impeach because of real wrongdoing is not partisan, even if you’re agreeing with some partisans by doing so!

      The effect of this vote and the attitude she is trying to promote is to support the concept of a president who can get away with anything.

      I’ll actually feel better about this if we find out it’s part of another dirty Trump deal; for example, a “present” vote in exchange for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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      Awww.  We don’t need to sully Manafort’s good (COUGH!) name with this tenuous guilt by association.  I applaud his daughter Jessica for kicking that guy to the curb.

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      Welcome to the Peacekeepers Mercenary Service, a division of the US military, soon to be outsourced to Trump, inc.

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      Meh.  Beating on Joe isn’t going to accomplish much of anything.  The impeachment inquiry is going to keep his son’s life of privilege in the public eye (not that Hunter did anything wrong, but your son isn’t eligible for that kind of job, is he?).  So he probably can’t win the primary, and if he does it will be a repeat of 2016, with the progressive and anti-corruption voters staying home or voting Green.

      A better point of focus would be impeaching Clarence Thomas.  Aside from lying in the confirmation hearings, he has made impeachable misjudgements as a SCOTUS judge (for example, failing to recuse himself when his wife worked for an involved entity).

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      Fuck.  I wish she would stay.  She doesn’t have a real chance of winning the primary, or as a third-party candidate.  It’s going to be Sanders or Warren vs. Trump.  Gabbard would make a good VP for either of those, but…

      • What if the winner doesn’t pick her?
      • What if Trump wins the general?

      If she stays in the running for Congress, the worst thing that would happen is she has 2 jobs and has to resign Congress after being elected, and Hawaii picks a new rep (does the governor do that?).

      She got rattled by Hillary, I think.

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      I saw Bernie on Colbert last week (possible rerun?).  So at least one network is not ignoring him.

      He had some harsh words for Trump, harsher than usually come out of Bernie’s mouth (and I’ve been listening to him talk about Wall Street for many years now).

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      Wow.  UAE media are really backing the John Bolton world view.

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      Looks like we have a new swing vote. 

      I think it’s strange that state-level hunting laws even apply to national forests.

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      Another woman who was there said McLeod’s wife came running up to her room, her face bloodied. The woman shut the door and locked it with McLeod’s wife inside.

      The other woman said McLeod started banging on the door and telling the women to open it. He told the other woman if she didn’t open the door, he’d “kill her (expletive) dog.”

      https://www.sunherald.com/news/local/crime/article230607604.html

      Sounds like a real winner.

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      That’s a good thing to call for, but I wonder how she’s going to get 51 votes in the Senate when the GOP will eject any of their 53 members who vote pro-choice.

      I read a troubling e-mail on the more general subject of abortion law earlier today.  The theory is that the Alabama law is a setup for a SCOTUS ruling which would ban abortion nationwide.  The new law asserts that a fetus is a person.  If that assertion is upheld, it is grounds for murder laws nationwide (all states have them) to apply to abortion.

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      Several years back, one of the cartels was busted with some surprisingly sophisticated wiretapping equipment, including an AS/400 server.  But in this case it’s probably the far-right administration (theirs, not ours).

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      Federal court.  If the judge rules for Trump, I bet he gets a promotion out of it.

      If he rules against, he’ll be in the same job as long as Trump stays in office.

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      There seems to be a concerted effort by the media to not call it a “coup”.

      Bloomberg:  There Is No Coup in Venezuela

      CNN:  Coup Uprising in Venezuela

      Fox:  Venezuela uprising turns violent after military armored vehicle plows into crowd of opposition supporters

      Reuters:  Blackwater founder’s latest sales pitch: mercenaries for Venezuela

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      Oh the drama!

      They can’t just subpoena it; they have to pre-announce the vote, and there will be a big debate, yadda yadda.  Of course the Dems will win, but will Barr comply?  Will they subpoena Mueller personally if Barr fails to deliver?  There’s enough procedural material there for a couple of weeks worth of headlines.

      But the bottom line is that even after they get it, we still won’t see it.  The Dems who do see it will tell us Trump is an immoral jackass, which we already know, and that there’s nothing prosecutable and they won’t bother with impeachment unless we vote them in a Senate majority next November.

      Hey, how about we elect Bernie instead?

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      Of course Repugs have to combat voter attrition with jerrymandering.  The alternative would be to change their platform to attract new voters into the party with progressive policies, and they can’t have that.

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      The new homeowner was harassed by low-level cops.  Probably because neighbors saw someone they didn’t know entering the unoccupied house.  Maybe that’s excusable as long as nobody got hurt.  Perhaps some racial sensitivity training sessions are in order.  “Gunpoint” seems excessive.

      But at the next level up, the sheriff quashed the investigation.  That is not excusable.  And if the town government won’t act, it’s the governor’s job to call for his resignation. The ACLU has now brought it to that level.  They’re doing it right.

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      Because Warren invented breaking up monopolies!  Kidding, but she is standing up for it now.

      Google has sucked us in, and I’m starting to feel the net tighten.  You know how easy it is to save images to your hard drive using Firefox?  Not so easy any more with Chrome.

      And searching — I abandoned Yahoo 15 years ago due to paid links (literally no useful pages in the top 10 when I sought info about fixing  a washer; all 10 wanted to do the job for me), but now Google’s AI decides what to show and what to hide.  Things that should be out there, because someone must have blogged about it, just aren’t, according to the big G search results.

      Don’t even get me started on Facebook.  They blocked Warren’s paid ad on this issue!

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      “High 1:00 PM”, what a stupid idea.  Why not make standard time permanent instead and adjust business/school hours to that?

      The whole concept of switching is great for temperate latitudes.  Try to offset the sunrise changes by adjusting everybody’s schedule.  Here it’s only the middle school students who have to wait for the morning school bus in the dark, and only in the middle of winter.

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      I think they actually are on the same page.  They all agree more evidence is needed before starting the impeachment process.  Let the House committees do their job.  Don’t announce the impeachment before announcing the evidence, or it feeds into Trump’s “witch hunt” narrative.

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      Even though it’s called a “resolution”, the President is allowed to veto.  To override the veto, more than just a few Repugs would have to join.

      Especially in the House, where they’re all up for reelection in 2020, the override is not going to happen.  The only way it would stick is if Trump is actually shamed into going along with it.  (Did I just use “Trump” and “shame” in the same sentence?  I doubt he feels that emotion, ever.)

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      I don’t want to see her crash and burn.  Even if Bernie defies the corporations and gets the nomination this time around, he will need a running mate like Warren who can explain clearly to the people what’s wrong with the GOP candidates.  Bernie is great at pointing out flaws in the system, but he seems to put himself above personal attacks.

      But this scandal… claiming questionable minority status on a bar application is a level worse than on an undergrad registration form.  And it seems like it was timed to come out after she finished apologizing for the college form, taking the DNA test to prove she wasn’t totally lying, then apologizing for taking the DNA test…

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      It seems to me that if the person wasn’t actually a minor, he wasn’t enticing a minor.  He merely thought he was.

      Still grounds for firing.

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      Even if it’s largely symbolic because it’s only federal prisoners, it’s still good leadership.  Private prisons are awful.

      And in the courts, the refusal to consider Merrick Garland (who was a compromise nom anyway) cannot go unanswered.  Pack them!

      Impeach Clarence Thomas!

      Make DC a state!

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      I know enough electronics to recognize that’s a mnemonic for the order of the colors, but it sounds awfully racist.

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      I’m definitely not giving to the PAC.  I think we can work with resisters on some of our goals but not others, once Biden takes office.

      Yes:  BLM, pro-choice

      No:  War, meaningful socialism

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      That gives me an idea for a sweater, to sell to all these people.  🙂

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      As if burning the documents would render them moot? Imagine if somebody burned the US Constitution and then claim the republic didn’t exist any more…

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      @djean111 Yes, from what the media is saying, there is no reason to think the newly discovered Covid strain which spreads faster is vaccine-resistant too.

      The flu vaccine hype, though — I’ve seen messaging saying it’s especially important to get the flu vaccine this year.  Why?  It seems like the Covid precautions we’re all taking should be somewhat effective against the flu as well.  We should have a really good year against the flu even if people don’t bother with the vaccine.

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      Submitting fraudulent electoral votes is potentially much higher impact than a fraudulent citizen’s vote.  It is important to demonstrate that fraud isn’t taken lightly, or we’ll slip into:

      • Losing side makes accusations of fraud
      • Winning side ignores them
      • Losers attempt to outdo the perceived fraud until they win.
      • Lather, rinse, and repeat.

      “You’ve got to nip it in the bud!”  — Barney Fife

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      Not in the legal sense, as in signing an order and sending it down the chain of command.

      Sensationalist headline.

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      Yes, the Fairness Doctrine was the old solution to “political bias”. If the FCC really wanted to end bias, they’d bring it back.

      But what Trump wants is the opposite. He wants the power to speak without being contradicted.

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      And if you don’t think a black man should be involved in the Audubon Society’s efforts to make bird habitats in NYC, and you’re going to argue vigilante use of dog-biscuits and a phone is morally equivalent to vigilante shooting, maybe you’re logged in to the wrong community?

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      A lot of people seem to think “pedophilia” means rape of a child. It doesn’t. It’s not a crime to be a pedophile. It simply means a person is sexually attracted to children. Pedophilia is considered a psychiatric disorder, and citizens who have it have a responsibility to resist their desires or check in to a child-free mental health facility if they don’t think they can.

      Did a 14 year old girl diagnose Biden with the disorder because he said “nice boobs” or something? That is a stretch.


      @captainarizona
      I don’t see a link to a news article. Who wrote the headline?

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      So the prisons are privately run until something unexpected happens.  Then the government has to deal with it.  Nice contract!

      Lemon socialism.

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      Most of these changes are simply rolling back what Ken Cuccinelli and crew did when they were in power.  Back in the 90s, there was a 1-handgun/month limit unless you had a concealed carry permit.  Maybe the new restriction applies to rifles and permit-holders too?  And those abortion restrictions were new, glad they’re gone.


      @ohiobarbarian
      I agree that these changes don’t deserve the “progressive” label, but it’s still good news.

      $15/hour will be a huge step up for a lot of workers, if the law survives the wait.

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      https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-small-financial-ties-hydroxychloroquine-coronavirus-drug-maker-2020-4

      Business Insider followed the paper trail and concluded that the holding has a maximum value of around $1,300, only slightly larger than similar holdings by Trump funds in Google parent Alphabet, FedEx, and the French bank BNP Paribas.

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      New medical facts come from rigorous scientific experiments and the papers written about the experiments.

      This poll is capitalist flim-flam (as if there were any other kind).

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      Embarkation was March 7. Wikipedia has some more info, including the governor of Florida saying they’ll “accept Floridians” from the ship (but not residents of other US states??).

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Zaandam

      https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/01/us/holland-america-zaandam-cruise-ship-florida/index.html

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      I’m sure the truck was insured too. But I don’t know the ratio of the value of a load of commercial TP to a truck, maybe my speculation is way off.

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      ?? I think if you are owed child support, you probably have at least one child, so 1200 + 500 * number_of_children as part of the stimulus.

      Enforcing child support is a bipartisan goal. Under a Dem administration, they might just give the deadbeat parent’s money directly to the other parent. But I suspect with a Republican, the Treasury holds the deadbeat’s stimulus money until the child support is paid. Hopefully that will result in payment in most cases. So this should be a double-win for parents who are owed.

      I was telling my daughter how deadbeat dads used to get out of child support as recently as the 1980s simply by moving out of state. Some things about America really have improved.

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      Fact check?  It took me a while to find anything on Wikipedia.

      • No mention of Interferon on the Meningitis page
      • No mention of Meningitis on the Interferon or Interferon Alfa-2b page
      • No mention of Campa on any of those pages
      • Finally I did a search for VA-MENGOC-BC and came up with this mention:

      A vaccine for serogroup B was developed in Cuba in response to a large outbreak of meningitis B during the 1980s. This vaccine was based on artificially produced outer membrane vesicles of the bacterium. The VA-MENGOC-BC vaccine proved safe and effective in randomized double-blind studies,<sup id=”cite_ref-29″ class=”reference”>[29]</sup><sup id=”cite_ref-30″ class=”reference”>[30]</sup><sup id=”cite_ref-31″ class=”reference”>[31]</sup> but it was granted a licence only for research purposes in the United States<sup id=”cite_ref-32″ class=”reference”>[32]</sup> as political differences limited cooperation between the two countries.<sup id=”cite_ref-33″ class=”reference”>[33]</sup>

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meningococcal_vaccine

      I still haven’t found any mention of UN Gold Medals, except for the diplomatic and military varieties.

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      Jesus performed that miracle using the power of Socialism.

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      But if you have enough money to pay a doctor to say you have bone spurs, or you’re in a promising career path in an expensive college, don’t worry about it, you’re exempt from slavery.

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      @ohiobarbarian

      There is a kernel of truth in what she says — Bernie’s reps were part of the rule-writing. Whether it’s literally true that one of them wrote the actual compromise language I don’t know and don’t really care. Yes it was a compromise. Her point was that he should stick to it. I’d rather get rid of superdelegates altogether, but this time through I think we have to accept them.

      The way I remember 2016, Hillary had a majority of regular delegates too, and if superdelegates from the states Bernie won had gone his way and those from states she won had gone her way, she still would have won the nomination. But he did not concede until after the actual vote, which was a tacit invitation to superdelegates from her states to cross over and vote for him, which was the opposite of what he wanted when he thought he might have a majority of pledged dlegates and lose on superdelegates alone. Listening to Warren, you might think it was an overt campaign rather than tacit. The way I see it, he was simply following the rules at the time to his own best advantage. But I do think there is room to talk about it.

      This kind of petty criticism instantly goes away if/when they join forces. I hope she stays in the race until at least the March 15 debate, because she is left of 2/3 of the other remaining candidates. Also more women will pay attention if they feel represented by her. To beat an incumbent R we need a broad coalition.

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      Yeah, I should probably have balanced my post by mentioning an incident which would absolutely not have been helped by good guys with guns — the Las Vegas hotel shooter.  Can you imagine if 10% of the concertgoers were carrying guns, and shots started coming from the hotel overlooking the concert?  Anybody who came to their hotel room window (because they heard “fireworks”) would become a target for the “good guys”.

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      The really good ones were all Eric Idle, I think.  “The Galaxy Song”, “The Penis Song”, “Every Sperm is Sacred”, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”.  Idle is still alive.

      Innes did some of the character songs including “Brave Sir Robin” and maybe that chant where the monks were hitting themselves.

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      It’s a done deal now.  She is home, and she’s not coming back.  US will not extradite a diplomat-wife for an accidental act, no matter how negligent.

      The present situation is punishment, in a backhanded way.  The husband is now ineligible for long-term posts in any country which has an extradition treaty with UK because her travel there would put the host country in the middle of this dispute.  His career isn’t necessarily over, but his prospects are far dimmer than than they were.

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      @mrmickeysmom I support everything she’s trying to do, I just don’t see why she needs to throw away her current seat in Congress.


      @ohiobarbarian
      A cabinet post would be good too.

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      Of course supporters are allowed to ask questions.  Even rich ones who have maxed their donations.  Expect softball questions.

      The issue with this case was that CNN, which had some role in the town hall (host?) and the selection of questions, failed to investigate or disclose the fact that the questioner was such a great donor.

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      I’m worried that this is the end of our wisest choice.

      Preparing myself to vote for someone who:

      • is not corrupt
      • doesn’t want to put me in jail for weed
      • won’t start needless wars

      I think Warren fits.  Will vote for Bernie in the primary unless he tells me not to (i.e. withdraws).

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      Bolton had opposed a State Department plan to sign an Afghan peace deal with the Taliban militia, believing the group’s leaders could not be trusted.

      And Bolton was proven correct by the attack on the day before the summit, which is why Trump cancelled it.  I bet Bolton did some “I told you so” gloating, then he was fired in petty retaliation.

      Seriously, wanna leave Afghanistan?  Just leave.  The Taliban hates us and they always will.  Nothing good will come out of negotiations.

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      The way things are going, it doesn’t look like a regime-change-quagmire war is brewing, more like a naval war for complete domination of the Persian Gulf, and while we’re at it, the Arabian Sea.  Victory would mean continued economic starvation of Iran.

      Tactically, it would be a not-huge effort for the US to take over the islands where Iran has naval bases and to obliterate its coastal bases.  I think the Khordad-15 would make things dangerous for US aircraft flying overhead, but I don’t think it could protect against a large cruise missile assault.  The islands would become permanent US bases, “so that Iran can never threaten international shipping again”.

      My wife pointed out that economic starvation is what led to WW1.  Could this become WW3?  Only if a major power steps in to help Iran.

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      “Democratic Center Party” is the literal translation of their official name, but they are right-wing.

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      I guess the book would be Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

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      According to Iranian news media, everybody knows it was Yemen but they’re pretending they don’t.  It seems like they want it to be Iran.  Meanwhile, Khamenei is saying “No war with US”.

      Why would Yemen do such a thing?  Well, Saudi Arabia has been attacking them for several years now…

      https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/05/14/595921/Saudi-halts-pumping-on-major-oil-pipeline-after-Yemeni-drone-strike

      The Saudi energy minister says the kingdom has stopped pumping crude oil on a major pipeline across the country after retaliatory drone strikes carried out by Yemeni army forces and their allies.

      He described the attack “an act of terrorism,” asserting that Saudi oil output and exports for crude and refined products were continuing without disruption.

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      20 years ago I got some in a shop in Amsterdam.  Legally “for display only” I think.

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      “would have”?  It’s hardly hypothetical.  Biden was right there in the Senate and voted for PNAC’s primary objective — regime change in Iraq via military force.  He did fit in with the PNAC crowd.

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      I’m not surprised either.  This will save his hordes of temporarily embarrassed millionaires a penny or two on gas, and they’ll be happy.

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      Other than not making threats, the important distinction between you and the culprit is that you didn’t mix in racist language (at least that’s my guess based on your posts here).

      When somebody mixes bigoted rhetoric with threats of violence, it becomes a threat against an entire group, a very chilling one if it goes unpunished.  Minority children will think twice about becoming a leader if success makes them targets.

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      My best guess is that there were some historical artifacts in the way of paving the rainforest, so he exported them to Manhattan, and this was to be his thank-you party.

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      Deadman’s switches would run counter to his stated purpose — Journalism.  Assange and Wikileaks release information when they believe it will benefit society, not when they want to get back at somebody.  Whether Assange is rotting in a US jail or in an Internet-free embassy room, the Wikileaks organization will continue.

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      I said “maybe”.  I even put it in bold.  There are details we don’t know.  That’s why there must be an investigation. We have a national problem in this area, and there are a lot of cops who could genuinely benefit from training. The best time to catch racism in the force is after an incident like this, where a citizen was demonstrably wronged but not killed or injured.

      Some people would like to send these cops to prison.  Assuming they’re white, they would be recruited into the Aryan Brotherhood and continue to hate.

      Personally, I have been held at gunpoint by police the same number of times as I have purchased a home, one.  But it wasn’t the same day or jurisdiction.

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      “knocked offline” during the struggle with the boyfriend should be verifiable.  If the last video file in the device ends in the middle of a wrestling match, there you go.  Not that it means everything that happened afterwards was kosher.

      If it was VA state police, there would also be cruiser-cams which would record the gunshot happening when the police were chasing the boyfriend, but they were “Chesapeake” city or county police.

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      Y’know, during the recent shutdown I came to appreciate Pelosi.  Not for any hint of progressive ideology, but she’s good at dealing with the man-baby in a firm but mainstream kind of way.

      For the moment, I’m glad “Miss Nancy” is Speaker.

      (That’s a Romper Room reference in case anybody missed it.)

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      I don’t think this is “without concern” or “free market”.  US sells weapons to SA because they sell us oil.  It is in US interest for SA to be much better armed than the rebels in their country, to keep the oil flowing.  Even well-armed enough so that Israel would think twice about an attack.

      SA doesn’t need to sell weapons.  Oil is enough to keep them rich.  They give weapons to groups they support, many of whom aren’t so rich and will turn around and sell them, hence the weapons markets.

      And that’s the problem.  We’re in an oil-for-weapons relationship with a nation that has friends who despise people like us.

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      Trump has no stake in Hillary’s Syria war, but the Deep State does.  (Mattis is career military, needed a Congressional waiver to be SECDEF because his service ended too recently.)

      Let Assad “win” his civil war?  Damn right.  I don’t like Assad and Putin, but at least they won’t be decapitating random Americans.  Assad stopped fighting ISIS after US threatened action for “interfering with peaceful demonstrations”, if I remember correctly.

      Bush was smart enough to stay the hell out of Syria.  Too bad Obama wasn’t.

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