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7/23/2019

Breaking News & Off Topic Links (7/23/2019)

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 6:12 am



[From DRJ]

I was impressed with the links and comments left in the first BN&OTL post. Let’s do it again:

This post is for everyone who wants to share a link to a breaking news story or to an interesting news story/blog post that is not related to a current post. Put your link in the comments and, if you want, a brief discussion of why it is important or interesting. Discussion about any links is welcome here, too.

Please use this post for breaking news and off topic links so they will be easier to find, instead of leaving them in the comments of other posts.

— DRJ

111 Responses to “Breaking News & Off Topic Links (7/23/2019)”

  1. Good news.

    Red faces in Moscow this weekend, with the news that hackers have successfully targeted FSB—Russia’s Federal Security Service. The hackers managed to steal 7.5 terabytes of data from a major contractor, exposing secret FSB projects to de-anonymize Tor browsing, scrape social media, and help the state split its internet off from the rest of the world. The data was passed to mainstream media outlets for publishing.

    I only wish it was our own IC that pulled it off, and I won’t be happy until we hack the goddam Chinese at least as much they the hacked the OPM and stole millions of our personnel records.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  2. When were CBP and ICE allowed to suspend the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments? The story of Francisco Erwin Galicia, a natural-born citizen who was detained for weeks by CBP/ICE, is a gross injustice.
    It’s not too different from story of Austin-born Seth Harp, who was detained without due process and had his privacy ransacked. This isn’t how federal authorities should treat US citizens. It’s un-American.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  3. This isn’t how federal authorities should treat US citizens. It’s un-American.

    If they disagreed with or criticized President Trump, they brought it on themselves.

    Dave (9d0521)

  4. Bogus info: The Washington Post has additional details that shed light on CBP’s suspicions. When Galicia was a boy, his mother, who isn’t a US citizen, got a travel visa for him that fraudulently stated he was born in Mexico. She says she did so because at the time she thought it was the only way he could travel to Mexico to visit family. His mother also put a different name for herself on his birth certificate.

    https://www.newser.com/story/278187/2/new-immigration-flashpoint-a-detained-american-teen.html

    nk (dbc370)

  5. Earlier today, Cadet Bonespurs boasted that he could wipe Afghanistan “off the face of the Earth.”

    Dave (9d0521)

  6. A sign of the times: The infamous Crystal Cathedral is now a Catholic parish.

    For years, Christians, Southern Californians and design devotees alike have anticipated the resurrection of the Crystal Cathedral, the Orange County church designed by modernist architect Philip Johnson. It was the home of televangelist Robert Schuller and his “Hour of Power” TV program, watched in its heyday by tens of millions, in 156 countries.
    Touted as the largest glass building in the world when it opened in 1980, the megachurch was purchased by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in 2012, thanks to a messy bankruptcy. The diocese renamed it Christ Cathedral and, in fact, acquired the whole architecturally significant campus, including buildings by Richard Neutra and Richard Meier.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  7. What are the odds something happens in Iran during the Mueller appearance? Just a random thought…

    Kathianne (089ec2)

  8. To paraphrase the sentencing memo from Mr. Sayoc’s lawyers: Because of his “cognitive deficiencies” and such, Sayoc was brainwashed into domestic terrorism by FoxNews–especially Hannity and Fox & Friends–and Trump’s Twitter feed.
    The legal strategy is unclear to me, maybe they’re just trying to get him into a treatment program and away from the general prison population?

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  9. https://twitter.com/mattzap/status/1153678983969398784

    [FBI Director] Wray says that in first three quarters of this fiscal year, FBI has made about 100 domestic terrorism arrests. That, he says, is more than last year. Majority of the suspects are motivated by some version of white supremacy, he says.

    Davethulhu (fab944)

  10. https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/07/22/chris-kraft-legendary-flight-director-dies-at-95/

    Dr. Christopher C. Kraft, Jr., literally invented “Mission Control” and the position of Flight Director- who was literally ‘God on Earth’ during America’s manned space missions– Flight’s decisions could not be overruled, even by the President.

    Kraft lived to see the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a goal he was instrumental in achieving. He was truly a national treasure; a stellar engineer, a brilliant manager, a demanding taskmaster and a very, very good man.

    A man who helped put Americans on the moon.

    I’m quite sad today.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  11. Very cool, Dave…

    So who becomes the first Asian/PI Vice Presidential candidate?

    urbanleftbehind (157c17)

  12. …Yang, although a Wang/Weiner ticket would have to be considered.

    urbanleftbehind (157c17)

  13. ‘you might comment, but I couldn’t possibly,

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/07/eric-felten-muellers-footnotes.php

    narciso (d1f714)

  14. Yes, it would.

    As would Omar/Weiner

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  15. Or Weiner/Tester…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  16. Think Trump will bankroll Weiner again, next time he runs for office?

    Dave (d524ac)

  17. Robert Mueller’s testimony will be televised tomorrow starting at 8:15 am on CBS and maybe otehr outlets. He will have an aide accompaying him, whom he wanted to sworn in as a witness but he can only advise him.

    Mueller asked to be told by DOJ not to say things

    Maybe a succcesssful line of questioning could be along the lines of: Do you know….

    This is not exactly what is in the report but it would be hard for him to refuse. He could be asked about publicly known things.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  18. Four New York Times articles on Jeffrey Epstein’s background, with a focus on his background:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/business/jeffrey-epstein-net-worth.html

    Mr. Epstein’s big break came when he was teaching math at the Dalton School, a prestigious Manhattan private school, in the mid-1970s. He had tutored the son of Alan Greenberg, the chairman of the mighty investment bank Bear Stearns, and ended up joining the firm.

    He left after a few years. Mr. Epstein told Securities and Exchange Commission lawyers in an insider-trading investigation that there were three reasons, according to a 2003 Vanity Fair article. He had been disciplined over lending money to a friend to buy stock, and there were irregularities with his expense account and rumors he was having an affair with a secretary. (Mr. Epstein testified that he had known nothing about any insider trading, and neither he nor anyone else at the firm was charged.)

    In 1981, he struck out on his own. He founded his own advisory firm, Intercontinental Assets Group, which he ran out of his apartment on East 66th Street. In 1987, he met Mr. Hoffenberg, then the chief executive of Towers Financial Corporation.

    Mr. Hoffenberg said in an interview that he had met Mr. Epstein in New York at the height of the 1980s takeover boom, when Ivan Boesky’s “Merger Mania” was a national best seller. Towers Financial was buying unpaid debt from hospitals, nursing homes and phone companies and trying to collect it — a distinctly unglamorous niche. Mr. Hoffenberg hired Mr. Epstein as a consultant for $25,000 a month, and the two men refashioned themselves as corporate raiders.

    Two takeover efforts were spectacular failures. They made a run at Pan Am, and a news release issued by Towers in November 1987 listed their advisers as John Lehman, a former secretary of the Navy; John N. Mitchell, the attorney general during the Nixon administration; and Edward Nixon, former President Richard M. Nixon’s brother. But the bid collapsed after a jetliner exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, which sent Pan Am into bankruptcy.

    Mr. Epstein and Mr. Hoffenberg also made a run at Emery Air Freight — an “epic failure,” according to an affidavit filed by Mr. Hoffenberg in a 2018 lawsuit against Mr. Epstein, which was brought by investors defrauded in Mr. Hoffenberg’s Ponzi scheme. The suit was dismissed.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/nyregion/jeffrey-epstein-dalton-teacher.html

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/13/nyregion/jeffrey-epstein-new-york-elite.html

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/business/jeffrey-epstein-business-wall-street.html

    Ellen Davis, a spokeswoman for Mr. Dubin and his wife, said that the “Dubins are horrified by the new allegations” against Mr. Epstein. The statement added, “Mr. Dubin’s business relationship with Mr. Epstein, which ended more than a decade ago, was extremely limited. The Dubins were loyal friends and mistakenly believed Mr. Epstein, a person they had known for decades, had rehabilitated himself after his 2008 plea and deserved a second chance.”

    Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin, when she was a model and a former Miss Sweden, before she became a doctor, was apparently a girlfriend (not underage) of Jeffrey Epstein.

    She became the wife Glenn Dubin, a founder of Highbridge Capital Management who is No. 1168 on the Forbes billionaires list but they remained close after she married in 1994.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  19. I haven’t updated heres on Puerto Rico.

    On Sunday the Governor coild not be located.

    On Sunday evening the Governor made a speech on facebnook Live in which he said he was resigning as head of his arty and would not run for re-election

    This only energized the opposition.

    One big complaint is the number of death certificates not issues yet or soemthing like that.

    The Governor has shaved off his beard.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  20. ot, Daniel silva’s new work, the new girl, does revisit the khashoggi matter, on some of the ‘wilderness of mirrors’ angles we considered before,

    narciso (d1f714)

  21. In other news, Chief Moron, Donald J. Trump, claims he has an “article 2″ that allows him to do anything he wants as president.

    If you’d like to watch the whole thing, with all 66 lies in 83 minutes.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (6e7a1c)

  22. Re: 27

    Bloomberg Law
    @BLaw
    BREAKING: Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign has been hit with an unfair labor practice complaint alleging illegal employee interrogation and retaliation against staffers.
    __ _

    Stephen Miller
    @redsteeze
    I for one am shocked a communist has his own personal campaign stasi.

    _

    harkin (58d012)

  23. The self-moronization of NeverTrump and their mutual manipulation with the Democrat media operatives. Film, at 11…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  24. Well Obama accomplish a heck of a lot, with a ‘pen and a phone’ so you tell me.

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  25. IMO, Mueller’s testimony tomorrow could go one of two ways. The first way is similar to how he conveyed himself in his public statement, when he said that the report speaks for itself, which means he’ll divulge little new information, to the frustration of Democrats and to the delight of Republicans.
    What is the other way? Given that Mueller was irritated enough to write his March 27th letter and make his May 29th statement, and given that AG Barr misrepresented Mueller’s findings multiple times, and given that Trump has lied about the report constantly, and given that he agreed to testify without being subpoenaed, he may decide to be Loquacious Bob. Why? Because he twice tried to set the story of his report straight and little came of it. Tomorrow is his final chance to reset and reframe his work (as Ms. Sullivan notes) and, to me, he has a strong sense of justice and could very well loosen his tight lips. At least, that’s my hope.
    In this scenario, he probably won’t say much about obstruction beyond what is in the report, and he probably won’t engage in hypotheticals, but he could leave Barr out to dry for all his dishonesty and distortions. He could dispute Barr’s account of his face-to-face meeting with Mueller. He could say that Trump has continually lied about “no collusion, no obstruction, total exoneration”. He could express in a new and creative way that Trump is not not guilty of obstruction of justice and abuse of power, a way that would better resonate.
    I would expect one of the smarter Democrats to lay out the three questions below (as suggested by Mr. Katyal), and it would be nice if Mr. Mueller is expansive in this response, Chatty Bob as it were.

    Mr. Mueller, the president said your report found, in his words, “no collusion, no obstruction, complete and total exoneration.”
    First, did your report find there was no collusion?
    Second, did your report find there was no obstruction?
    Third, did your report give the president complete and total exoneration?
    That’s it. That’s the ballgame. It makes no difference if there are 20 questioners or two when Mr. Mueller appears before two House committees on Wednesday. All of this speculation about whether Mr. Mueller will go beyond the four corners of his report is largely a waste of time, with one asterisk. The report itself is deeply damning to Mr. Trump, elevating him to the rare president who has been credibly documented as committing federal crimes while sitting in office.

    I know that the White House has warned that Mueller not go outside the reportorial box that the Special Counsel built, citing executive privilege, but Mueller resigned from the job of Special Counsel. He reports to no one. Katyal has some other good questions.

    The attorney general has recently said, referring to Mr. Mueller, “I personally felt he could’ve reached a decision” about obstruction, and further said that “the opinion says you cannot indict a president while he is in office, but he could’ve reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity.”
    That compels Congress to ask Mr. Mueller two final questions: “First, when you were serving as special counsel, did Mr. Barr ever tell you that you could reach a decision about Mr. Trump’s criminality? Second, since Mr. Barr has now said that department policy allows you to reach a decision as to whether it was criminal activity, please do so. No one knows the facts better than you. We need you to.”

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  26. Ask the widow of Bruce ivins about Mueller, the family of the two dead men in Boston, the defrauded depositors from bcci.

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  27. Well, (1) Ivins was a mental case who probably did it (the real injustice was their wrong focus on Hatfill), (2) the “two dead men in Boston” is an urban myth, Mueller had no role in protecting Bulger, and (3) you’re going to have to explain how Mueller, in his short time as Assistant AG, defrauded depositors in a corrupt international bank.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  28. 35.

    further said that “the opinion says you cannot indict a president while he is in office, but he could’ve reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity.”

    As a matter of fact, Leon Jaworski’s grand jury named Nixon an unindicted co-conspirator. Of course that was before this opinion that you couldn’t indict a sitting president was formalized. I don’t think there are any legal obstacles 0 are there any legal obstacles toward a state prosecution indicting a sitting Governor? But there are practical ones.

    Sammy Finkelman (4eebb9)

  29. Based on what sammeh, what investigation did he obstruct, you have to stop buying the narrative.

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  30. This is good news. The anti-Semites in the House lose badly.

    The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night to formally oppose the Palestinian-backed movement to boycott Israel, over the objections of Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
    The measure, H.Res.246 opposes “efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement [BDS] targeting Israel,” according to the bill’s text. BDS — a movement which began in 2005 — calls for groups to apply economic pressure to Israel to achieve Palestinian independence in the Middle East. The Senate passed a similar bill amid concerns that the legislation violates the First Amendment.
    The bill passed the House Tuesday 398–17 with five members voting “present” to abstain from the vote. Sixteen Democrats opposed the bill, including Omar and Tlaib. Just one Republican voted against the measure, Rep. Thomas Massie.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  31. https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/07/the_coconspirators_in_the_american_lefts_takeover_of_the_democratic_party.html
    So sad that retired republicans didn’t clean up their own mess. They left it up to the people to fight about what is right.
    Bring it on. I’ll side with craftsmen who make a honest living working with their hands and mind. No to the legal blowhards who think their schiff don’t stink.

    mg (8cbc69)

  32. https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=tornado+cape+cod&qpvt=tornado+cape+cod&form=IGRE&first=1&cw=1129&ch=611
    We lost power for 8 hours. No trees were lost or damage to buildings on the home front. Will be limping along helping friends clean up the next week.

    mg (8cbc69)

  33. Vinum et musica laetificant cor, mg.

    nk (dbc370)

  34. Paul:

    The reality of the hearing is that each member has very little time to get his questions in. And I think “loquacious Bob” will be speaking in paragraphs. So I would suggest a different order in your #35 —

    1. Did your report give the president complete and total exoneration?

    I think Mueller will say “no”, and not elaborate.

    2. Did your report find no collusion?

    This will get a bunch of paragraphs about there being no such thing as collusion, but we did find there was no evidence of conspiracy.

    3. Did your report find there was no obstruction by the President

    We did not exonerate the President of obstruction. Loquacious Mueller may offer more paragraphs, but you will not get out of him how he would have treated this if there were no memo saying the President can’t be indicted.

    Appalled (d07ae6)

  35. “Mueller will give no answer that does not boil down to ‘Read My Report!’.” — Beldar

    nk (dbc370)

  36. 46.

    “I realize, Madame Congresswoman, that you may not have had time to read my report. That is OK. I have a copy right here.”

    “I was hoping…”

    “That’s OK. You will find the answer to your question on page 406. Let me read it to you.”

    “Could you show some animation, we’re losing our audience!”

    “I find it more helpful to drone on.”

    Appalled (d07ae6)

  37. soda water for me, nk. Booze makes me crazy!

    mg (8cbc69)

  38. Mueller looks and sounds like he is on drugs.

    mg (8cbc69)

  39. Qui habet aures audiendi audiat.

    nk (dbc370)

  40. Has the Rossello video been seen yet? Hopefully it is not a Lin-Manuela Miranda reboot of the R. Budd Dwyer story, so the kiddies can watch.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  41. On second thought, leave that “a” in at the end.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  42. This is a laughable moment.

    It was when Clyburn was laughing, which was back in January 2019. The numbers went way up after that.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  43. This will get a bunch of paragraphs about there being no such thing as collusion, but we did find there was no evidence of conspiracy.

    Mueller didn’t say “no evidence”. He said “insufficient evidence” or “did not establish”, that “the investigation did not establish particular facts does not mean there was no evidence of those facts”.
    So far, he’s being Refer To The Report Bob.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  44. This is sad…

    Q from Rep. Ratcliffe: Can you give me an example, other than Donald Trump, where the Justice Department determined that an investigated person was not exonerated because their innocence was not conclusively determined?

    Mueller cannot answer.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  45. I was asked to watch five minutes of it, so I did. Mueller was ok. Whichever dingleberry was questioning him, some Democrat with a Southron accent, set my teeth on edge.

    nk (dbc370)

  46. “There was a last minute surprise from Mueller, a request to have a wet nurse present and sitting next to him during the hearings. The wet nurse is one Aaron Zebley, who you might remember was the attorney for the Hillary Clinton IT guy who set up the illegal basement server and smashed up Hillary’s Blackberry phones. Why was this guy on Mueller’s team since it seems like he has some very real conflicts of interest? Nevermind.”

    —- Liz Shield

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  47. I posted on the Mueller hearing but this discussion is better so I am sending comments here.

    DRJ (15874d)

  48. May I use your comment and link, Paul 40?

    DRJ (15874d)

  49. Mueller says collusion and conspiracy weren’t synonymous and that his investigation didn’t look into collusion. Mueller’s own report literally says collusion and conspiracy are “synonymous.”

    Mueller seems confused.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  50. I’m not aware of Fusion GPS and Hillary’s lawyer ran the day-to-day investigation is an interesting approach to taking Trump down.

    btw DRJ – the Mueller hearing deserves its own thread, early comments be dam*ed.

    harkin (58d012)

  51. May I use your comment and link, Paul 40?

    Of course.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  52. Q from Rep. Chabot: “When you talk about the firm that produced the Steele [dossier], the name of the firm that produced that was Fusion GPS. Is that correct?”

    A from Mueller: “I’m not familiar … with that”

    Chabot: “It’s not a trick question. It was Fusion GPS.”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  53. DRJ, you can always use my comments.
    In Mueller’s testimony, he gave an answer I never heard before: “I take your question.” I’m going to use that.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  54. Mueller: “I don’t agree with your characterizations.”

    Rep. Jordan: “I’m reading from your report.”

    Very amusing…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  55. Mueller: “I don’t agree with your characterizations.”

    Jordan: “I’m reading from your report.”

    harkin (58d012)

  56. Looks as though Mueller could be an opioid participant.

    mg (8cbc69)

  57. Mifsud lied, was not charged and conveniently disappeared, Nader was used as a witness despite his criminal liability, zebley handled the day to day operation, why isnr he testifying

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  58. Weissman tried to make a corrupt deal with firtash, which scotched the extradition deal fron vienna

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  59. Do ya’ll want me to open comments on the other thread? I will open them so you can post either place.

    DRJ (15874d)

  60. Does your firm have a senior partner, nk would you allow him to be this uninformed?

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  61. Totally. The senior partners are the rainmakers — they are only informed about the billable hours charged to the clients they bring in. The lower ranks do the work.

    nk (dbc370)

  62. Wouldn’t be surprising if Mueller’s doddering, stuttering performance leads to a Democrat talking point that a new investigation may be needed.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  63. I handled a workmen’s comp appeal for a self-insured name-brand oil company (that Beldar was also involved with on one side or another I think). The senior partner whose client the company was did nothing all day except read the the newspaper. With his feet on his desk.

    nk (dbc370)

  64. Whitewashing the whitewash, Col.

    mg (8cbc69)

  65. Walnut or Mahogany desk, nk?

    mg (8cbc69)

  66. Have zebley testify, since he managed the operation day to day.

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  67. Heh! Maybe you should open comments on the new thread for people who only want to talk about the topic, DRJ.

    nk (dbc370)

  68. Correction to my comment at #35: Mueller was subpoenaed.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  69. I opened the comments on the main thread since Patterico posted his thoughts in an Update. The Mueller testimony just got a lot more interesting. It sounds like Mueller said he did not recommend charges because of the OLC Guidelines.

    DRJ (15874d)

  70. Paul, there is a lot going on today but I wrote the post with your comment and scheduled it for around Noon. Thanks so much.

    DRJ (15874d)

  71. The CBS Evening News reorted that North Korea launched two projectiles into the sea. No word on just what they were, but North Korea has said it was going to end its 20 month moratorium on (I think balllistic missile) tesst.

    Sammy Finkelman (27cd2c)

  72. Puerto Rico’s Governor is holed up in his exective mansion, with demonstrators some X number of feet away, and during the CBS Evening News his spokesman came out and said he is preparing to give aspeech tonight.

    It’s been rumored he resigned but he didn’t yet.

    Someone in the legisklature said that if he doesn’t resign tonight they will begin impeachment proceedings tomorrow, but if he does resign, they won’t.

    I guess the advantage to him would be he could stay in office a few more days. f he does he’ll probably try to push off the say he leaves, like Al Franken did.

    Sammy Finkelman (27cd2c)

  73. actually he corrected that, in testimony with ted lieu, who isn’t the smartest knife in the drawer,

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/07/24/the-mueller-testimony-was-a-disaster-for-democrats/#.XTihrVJsrzQ.twitter

    narciso (d1f714)

  74. they picked his replacement, but it’s still a game of telephone,

    narciso (d1f714)

  75. Who pixked is replacement, and how can they maneuver him into the job?

    I think maybe asking for a legal opinion on impeachment earkier was just astakling tactic. Like Gerald Ford said in 1979 about Justice william O Douglas, an impeachable offense is whatever they say it is.

    They want to impeach him for the Telegram messages.

    Nobody cares if they were hacked by Russiam Cuba, Iran or China or anybody.

    Sammy Finkelman (27cd2c)

  76. The Puerto Rican legislature

    Narciso (aa2efd)

  77. In this not-so-breaking news thread, the story of Francisco Erwin Galicia–the American citizen who was held by CBP/ICE for 26 days and was not released until after the media got wind–just gets worse. First, border chief Brian Hastings lied to Congress when he said that Galicia never claimed to be a US citizen. There is literally a DHS document where some minion wrote down that “you falsely represented yourself to be a citizen of the United States.”
    Second, I’m pretty sure that CBP/ICE violated the 8th Amendment (the one about “…nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted”) when, during his confinement without a shred of due process, Mr. Galicia lost 26 pounds, was denied a shower during his confinement, and “had to sleep under a foil blanket in a packed holding area.”
    Even if not a citizen, our federal government shall not inflict cruel and unusual punishment on human beings, but this is all the worse because he is a citizen and he literally had a wallet-sized birth certificate, Social Security card and Texas ID card on his person. US citizenship should be the gold standard, the golden ticket, meaning that citizenship should mean something. We are supposed to be treated humanely, it’s our birthright, no matter the alleged transgression, but not so this administration.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  78. I saw that. Hastings has now been moved to Detroit, Paul. Should we (as in, you and I) post on this?

    DRJ (15874d)

  79. The working Families Party (very liberal if thats the right word New York State party) wants to choose among candidates to endorse.

    They are:

    Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Julián Castro, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Bill de Blasio

    They are asking their mailing list to submit a question.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  80. DRJ, by all means, post away. You have my blessing.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  81. Oh, and coupla other things. It was Hull, not Hastings, who was reassigned. Two, there’s another story of a returning American citizen who was held for hours and coerced into giving up his journal and laptop password to CBP personnel. It’s not as bothersome as Galicia’s case, but still wrong for a citizen to be treated this way. American citizenship has to mean something, and American citizens should have the right to be treated professionally. It chaps my hide.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  82. I certainly sympathize with Galicia, but he was carrying fraudulent immigration/citizenship documents in addition to his genuine ones, so he bears some responsibility for the original confusion that led to his detention.

    The mistake should have been cleared up sooner.

    The treatment you describe, while obviously inappropriate for a citizen, does not appear to me “cruel and unusual punishment”. In fact, it was not punishment at all, just the best our overworked law enforcement system can do under difficult circumstances.

    Dave (1bb933)

  83. This ruling was expected. Mr. Sandmann will have to get his $750,000,000–what he asked in damages–by other means.
    Like with the judge who tossed out Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against the New York Times, the threshold to prove malice is pretty darn high. And it cuts both ways, which means that hacks like Hoft and entire staff at Breitbart can smear left-wingers all they like, all day long.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  84. Thank you, Paul. I know you said I don’t have to ask but I made a poor effort with your last tip, so I wanted to ask again.

    DRJ (15874d)

  85. “And it cuts both ways, which means that hacks like Hoft and entire staff at Breitbart can smear left-wingers all they like, all day long.”
    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc) — 7/26/2019 @ 2:32 pm

    So Paul, are they only “hacks” if left-wingers are smeared, or anyone? I’m just wondering if those here on this blog who smeared Sandmann as “racist” can be referred to as “hacks” on your recommendation.

    Munroe (0b2761)

  86. In fact, it was not punishment at all, just the best our overworked law enforcement system can do under difficult circumstances.

    I don’t accept that. For one, the lack of due process applies. Mr. Galicia had no opportunity to get legal representation. For another, substandard prison conditions apply.

    The cruel and unusual punishment clause also applies to conditions of incarceration. Prison officials may not deprive inmates of “the basic necessities of life, which include reasonably adequate food, clothing, shelter, sanitation, and necessary medical attention.” (Newman v. State of Alabama, 559 F.2d 283 (5th Cir. 1977).) Nor may they “maliciously and sadistically” use force to harm inmates. (Hudson v. McMillian, 503 U.S. 1 (1992).)

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  87. you applaud how the post is so cavalier with the lives and reputations, they had seven opportunities to correct the record, Dorsey was kind enough to deplatform the fellow who pointed out that Nathan phillips was a fraud, but just like you didn’t apologize over what regime apologists did to heshmat alavi, I don’t expect any sympathy,

    narciso (d1f714)

  88. If you’re going to be angry, narciso and Munroe, then be angry at the Sullivan case, not where it’s currently misplaced.

    Paul Montagu (e70a29)

  89. “If you’re going to be angry, narciso and Munroe, then be angry at the Sullivan case, not where it’s currently misplaced.”
    Paul Montagu (e70a29) — 7/26/2019 @ 3:34 pm

    Ah, so legal cover makes it all okay. Got it.

    Munroe (0b2761)

  90. apparently democracy does die in darkness at the post, as with accountability, because of the lies by paul Krugman, palin’s family was terrorized for years, by at least one psycho stalker, just like nick Kristof enabling Mueller’s witchhunt against Stephen hatfill and again leading to the suicide of bruce ivins, similarly with events in Sanford, the times proferred altered transcripts along with abc’s altered video, and NBC’s altered audio,

    narciso (d1f714)

  91. This.
    I’ve been saying it for awhile, but Patrick Buchanan has invaded Donald Trump’s body and is espousing the same views as Buchanan* ever since “Trump” went down the golden escalator.
    Why do I have “Trump” in scare quotes? Well, answer me this: Has anyone actually seen Buchanan and Trump in the same room since May 2015? Of course not! Body-snatched!
    In all seriousness, Buchanan had been marginalized for a long time, but he won, thanks to Trump’s successful carnival-barking. Sigh.
    * Except Trump has not taken on Buchanan’s rank anti-Semitism, to Trump’s credit.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  92. They do say a lot of the same things, but Buchanan was an ideologue with a warped, but formidable, understanding of history.

    Trump, as we know, just says what he thinks people want to hear.

    I despise Buchanan. But I would still prefer him to Trump.

    Dave (1bb933)

  93. I’m glad we’ll never have to choose between Buchanan and Trump, Dave. BTW, here’s another good piece on how Buchanan lost but his ideas won. Again, sigh.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  94. Thank you for pointing out my mistake, Paul 96. I am grateful to have your feedback.

    DRJ (15874d)


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