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9/26/2020

Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:46 am



[guest post by Dana]

Here are a few news items to chew over. Feel free to add anything that you think readers might be interested in. Please make sure to include links.

First news item

Money, it’s a gas, grab that cash with both hands and make a stash:

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that many Americans enrolled in Medicare would receive a $200 card in the mail in several weeks to better afford prescription drugs — a brazenly political effort to gain stronger support among older Americans before Election Day.

“Nobody’s seen this before. These cards are incredible,” Trump said at an event in North Carolina touting the administration’s health record. “The cards will be mailed out in coming weeks. I will always take care of our wonderful senior citizens.”

Oops, he did it again:

A day after President Donald Trump promised that Medicare beneficiaries would get a $200 prescription discount card within weeks, administration officials said all the cards wouldn’t be going out before the Nov. 3 election.

Second news item

Power couple pitfalls:

Him:

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, University of California Regent Richard Blum, was named Thursday by the state auditor’s office as one of the regents involved in admissions scandal where UC wrongly admitted dozens of wealthy, mostly white students as favors to well-connected people.

Her:

Democrats are fiercely trying to prevent President Trump and Senate Republicans from confirming a new Supreme Court justice before November’s election, but a number of them are worried their leader on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is not up to the task.

Feinstein, 87, is currently the oldest member of the Senate, and stands to play a key role as the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, which will vote on Trump’s pick to determine if they ultimately go before the full body for a confirmation hearing.

“She’s not sure what she’s doing,” one Democratic senator told Politico, expressing concern that Feinstein could make costly errors that impact not only the Supreme Court but the party’s Senate future.

Oh, karma, you pesky bitch:

A third senator told the outlet that the party was “in an impossible position” because they could not remove a woman from power as Trump is expected to nominate a woman to the Supreme Court.

Third news item

Now trending:

Ka Mauri Harrison is a nine-year-old boy in Harvey, Louisiana. Earlier this month, he was taking a social studies test—during a virtual classroom session—when one of his younger siblings entered the room and knocked over an unloaded toy BB gun. Harrison picked up the fake weapon, which made it briefly visible on screen… The district, Jefferson Pariah Schools, threatened Harrison with expulsion for having a lookalike weapon in class—as if his home is now an extension of the school. The Washington Post reports that the expulsion was later reduced to a six-day suspension .

Fourth news item

Pelosi to Biden: You’re breaking my heart, you’re shaking my confidence daily :

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doubled down during an appearance on “Morning on CBS” on comments she made last month that the former vice president should skip the debates so they don’t become “an exercise in skullduggery.”

When asked if she still believed Biden should sit out the three presidential debates on September 29, October 15, and October 22, she said “Oh, I do.”

Fifth news item

David French explains the awful realities:

Yesterday a grand jury in Kentucky refused to charge the officers who killed Breonna Taylor. This result was both lawful and deeply unjust.

Sixth news item

A how-to for Presiden Trump…just in case:

Seventh news item

Ay caramba!

President Donald Trump said at a campaign rally Friday that Abraham Lincoln “wasn’t big on the Hispanic movement” in an apparent attempt to praise himself. Repeating his claim that he’s done more for minority communities than any other American leader, Trump tooted the results of his campaign events in Florida with leaders of the Hispanic community. He said, “We call them the ‘Latinos for Trump,’ where we are polling at numbers that I guess no Republican has ever polled at before, perhaps, Abraham Lincoln. But in those days, he wasn’t big into the Hispanic movement, I think. He had other things to think about.”

Eighth news item

Gov. DeSantis warns Covid-19: Don’t come around here no more:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he is lifting all restrictions on businesses statewide that were imposed to control the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Most significantly, that means restaurants and bars in the state can now operate at full capacity.

Up to now, restaurants and bars in Florida could serve customers indoors at 50% of legal occupancy. DeSantis said his new executive order lifts that restriction statewide, though local governments can keep additional limits in place if they’re justified for health or economic reasons.

“Every business has the right to operate,” DeSantis said. “Some of the locals can do reasonable regulations. But you can’t just say no.”

DeSantis also said his order would stop cities and counties from fining people for not wearing mandated face coverings. He said fines and other penalties imposed so far would be suspended.

Ninth news item

Have a great weekend.

–Dana

236 Responses to “Weekend Open Thread”

  1. Good morning.

    Dana (292df6)

  2. George Bush drew 40% of the Latino vote in 2004, while President Trump won 28% of the Latino vote in 2016.

    Dana (292df6)

  3. The only thing French left out of his opinion (unless I missed it in one reading, but also which I mostly agree with) was the little inconvenient fact that systemic racism had nothing to do with Taylor’s death.

    You know, that little thing people are using as an excuse for the rioting, looting, setting fires and shooting of cops.
    _

    harkin (9dc26b)

  4. President Donald Trump will sign a series of executive orders aimed at protecting people with preexisting conditions and look for a way to prevent surprise medical bills, senior administration officials said Thursday.

    Trump discussed the executive orders, which are part of his “America First” health-care plan, during his visit to Charlotte, North Carolina later in the day.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters on a conference call that one of the orders would declare it the policy of the United States to “provide protections to ensure that Americans with preexisting conditions are protected regardless of whether the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and its protections for preexisting conditions invalidated.”

    “The president is also taking action to protect surprise billing, a source of financial insecurity for all Americans who do have insurance that has gone unaddressed for two years now,” he said.

    Isn’t this basically Obamacare?

    Dana (292df6)

  5. DeSantis led the nation yesterday, with 172 dead Floridians, and his Liberate Florida scheme will likely backfire on him.

    Paul Montagu (39c87e)

  6. 5 – re that site:

    Considering the amount of elderly in FL, it’s a good thing DeSantis didn’t use the Cuomo method regarding nursing homes.

    And CA’s deaths/new cases sure looks out of whack compared to other states.

    harkin (9dc26b)

  7. french thinks critical race theory, has some use,

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  8. george conway is back to his old tricks, does he practice law anymore,

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  9. I loved the Trump comment re Lincoln. BTW, Lincoln’s opposition to the Mexican war was pretty well known at the time.

    Fred (e4db21)

  10. And CA’s deaths/new cases sure looks out of whack compared to other states.

    On a per capita basis, CA is middle of the pack on total cases and deaths. By comparison, FL is 15th in deaths per million and 50th in cases per million, which tells you that FL is dramatically under-testing. The case data for CA is probably more accurate than FL as CA is 13th in tests per million and FL is 37th. Because DeSantis is faltering on testing, then it’s important to know the test positivity rates, which is an unacceptably high 11%, especially if he’s reopening. CA is at 3%, which is a better case for loosening restrictions.

    Paul Montagu (39c87e)

  11. can someone tell Moscow Donnie that the Lincoln Project is not actually run by President Lincoln? Attacking Abraham Lincoln in an election against Joe Biden is a fascinating choice though.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  12. What is Pelosi thinking? Biden has to debate. Come what may. He can put this thing to bed if he does well, or put it to bed if he ****s it up colossally. As a Biden supporter I am nervous, but I like to think he has enough fuel in the tank to get it done. Trump is terrific when he is speaking alone before an adoring crowd, not so terrific in a debate with moderators and a socially distanced audience of mixed allegiance.

    JRH (52aed3)

  13. Ideologues in retreat are looking forward [well, backward, actually] to French’s essay on irrelevancy and how to cope with it for the next 35 years. 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  14. ‘you had to vote for it, to find out what’s in it’ doesn’t that ring a bell,

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  15. No mention of Biden calling our troops “dumb bastards”? I guess debunked stories based on anonymous sources are worth mentioning, but not actual video of a candidate disparaging the troops.

    Edoc118 (2faa81)

  16. Maybe because any one not being disingenuous knows Biden’s comment was not actually disparaging the troops.

    “I’ve been in and out of the Balkans 25 times; in and out of Iraq 26 times; in and out of Afghanistan about 10 or 12 times. And I have one regret every time I’m with you all—and I mean this sincerely—is the folks back home can’t see you; can’t see you in place. Don’t get to fly on the mission with you. Don’t understand—they appreciate, but they don’t fully understand the incredible sacrifices you make for our country,” according to the official transcript, which was archived in the White House’s Office of the Vice President.

    And I want you to know notwithstanding what you may hear about me, I have incredibly good judgment. One, I married Jill. And two, I appointed Johnson to the academy. I just want you to know that. Clap for that, you stupid bastards. (Applause.) Come on, man. Man, you are a dull bunch. Must be slow here, man. I don’t know.”

    JRH (52aed3)

  17. @16. But this rings true: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” – DJT, 1/23/16

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  18. @18. “I’ve been in and out of the Balkans 25 times…”

    Was that with Mandela or Corn Pop?

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  19. we know nothing of the kind, but it’s funny how an actual statement from this decrepit old man, whereas some apocryphal statement, based on just rumors took up two threads here

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  20. Trump is terrific when he is speaking alone before an adoring crowd, not so terrific in a debate with moderators and a socially distanced audience of mixed allegiance.

    Trump’s performance at the Philly town hall was pretty terrible.

    He seems to do OK when he’s just continually lying without anyone busting up the flow.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0)

  21. the town hall with all the obama volunteers in the audience, I think he did pretty good,

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  22. Great note from GHWB to Clinton, much better than removing letters from keyboards.
    _

    harkin (783620)

  23. Michael Beschloss is a loon.

    https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/for-historical-parallels-to-trump-look-to-mussolini-historian-92513349738

    You want to go into history to look for something like this? Go to Italian history and Mussolini. This is the way dictators come to power. He’s telling you what he intends to do…. Franklin Roosevelt said in 1940, in the time of Adolph Hitler, “Never before, since Jamestown and Plymouth Rock, has American civilization been in this kind of danger.” We’re approaching that point tonight.

    beer ‘n pretzels (00d404)

  24. A how-to for Presiden Trump…just in case:

    Bush lost 370 electoral votes to 168, with 37% of the vote, with virtually all of the voting in person at a polling place.

    Clinton didn’t need votes from dead people to put him over the top.

    beer ‘n pretzels (00d404)

  25. George Bush drew 40% of the Latino vote in 2004, while President Trump won 28% of the Latino vote in 2016.

    The Dow was 7900 when Bush left office, and the Dems had a super majority and the Oval Office.

    beer ‘n pretzels (00d404)

  26. no new taxes

    mg (8cbc69)

  27. The “how-to” for Biden is Al Franken 2008, or Ted Stevens 2008.

    beer ‘n pretzels (00d404)

  28. he Dow was 7900 when Bush left office, and the Dems had a super majority and the Oval Office.

    beer ‘n pretzels (00d404) — 9/26/2020 @ 1:14 pm

    Trump has spend 500 gajbazillion dollars on free Golden Corral gift cards for medicare recipients. That means inflation. That means 7900 of old is probably a lot more than 7900 today.

    All I know is that Bush 41 set Gingrich and Clinton up for success economically, in a way Trump has failed and failed and failed.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  29. Pelosi would like to pretend that Trump was in effect removed when the House impeached him and that nothing the Republicans do have any legitimacy thereafter. That’s an ok-ish rhetorical stance but a disaster in practice.

    Problem with her strategy on the debates is it suggests Biden has something to fear and lose when he goes into the debate. Biden is in Reagan’s spot in 1980. He does not have to do much, but he needs to show up and show mental acuity. (I’d like to see him fact check Trump on the fly, and start calling out those lies in his responses.)

    Appalled (1a17de)

  30. (I’d like to see him fact check Trump on the fly, and start calling out those lies in his responses.)

    LOL, Biden can rely on a Candy Crowley act from the moderators.

    The “real conservatives” who were livid at Crowley in 2012 will love that routine now.

    beer ‘n pretzels (f21ed2)

  31. B & P

    No, it’s up to the candidate. If one of the moderators start doing that, the Biden is senile riff will keep repeating.

    Appalled (1a17de)

  32. If one of the moderators start doing that, the Biden is senile riff will keep repeating.

    Appalled (1a17de) — 9/26/2020 @ 1:53 pm

    If by some miracle, Biden sounds like an energetic and brilliant, witty leader at the debate, the Biden is Senile Riff will not abate even a teensy bit. It’s like how they pretend the collusion didn’t happen.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  33. The Indian reservation voter fraud tribe won it for Stuart Smalley.

    mg (8cbc69)

  34. All those kids, she’s the poster girl for contraception.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  35. #34

    Biden’s limited traveling schedule has made him seem like the Invisible Man. Since no candidate has run a campaign like this since McKinley, it’s easy to make up crud about him and get people to believe it.

    Some will continue believing whatever trash their favorite cable tv host dishes out. But there are still persuadable adults out there.

    Appalled (1a17de)

  36. UPDATE – I fixed the two links in the first news item.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  37. Prepared text, Amy???

    Not. Very. Original. 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  38. Justice Barrett was low key but not in the basement. And the new garden design looks magnificent.

    mg (8cbc69)

  39. @25. Well, the Vatican was pretty chummy w/t Nazis; and back in the day, crusading popes slaughtered for power and profit under the guise of spreading God’s word. The Black Plague was wrath in return from the Lord. Though distant Trump relatives blamed China. 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  40. So, some Leftists are attacking ACB for adopting two children from Haiti after their Handmaid’s Tale thing didn’t work.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  41. @40.Low cut, too. But white shoes too JCPenney-catalog-midwestern for Washington.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  42. @42. Well, she is a cultist: she’s catholic. 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  43. DeSantis led the nation yesterday, with 172 dead Floridians, and his Liberate Florida scheme will likely backfire on him.

    As far as Covid-19 deaths, we should be more like China which has had fewer than 4800 deaths total!

    All jokes aside, Florida has and 14,000 deaths so far, New York over 33,000. More people in Florida, too. California has had 15,500 deaths, with twice the population of NY (and about twice of FL).

    Florida is doing twice as well as NY, and half as well as CA. Not great, but I can’t see that NY should be pointing any fingers.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  44. Trump’s daydream believers and homecoming queens neither believe nor care whether Biden is senile. They just don’t want their Darling Clementine to have to find a new place to dwell.

    I believe that Biden’s voters feel the same way. They are hanging on in quiet desperation, comfortably numb to the prospect that excising the orange cancer is going to cause a new set up of problems and there ain’t no easy way out.

    nk (1d9030)

  45. the town hall with all the obama volunteers in the audience,

    Please, find support for that, show your work. Also wouldn’t they be Biden people? Also also, is it because some of them were less than perfectly caucasian?

    I think he did pretty good,

    Find the error in this sentence.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0)

  46. Clinton didn’t need votes from dead people to put him over the top.

    No, he needed 19% to vote for some other guy. He only beat Bush by 6% or so. Assuming the deficit hawks (it seems so quaint now) hadn’t voted for Perot, Bush likely would have won. They sure did show up at the next midterm.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  47. 43-A dressed down “Avon Lady” look.

    mg (8cbc69)

  48. If by some miracle, Biden sounds like an energetic and brilliant, witty leader at the debate…

    … Trump will want the same drugs for the next debate.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  49. I think he did pretty good,

    It should be “damn good”? Or do you think it should be “well”?

    https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/197465/why-is-you-did-well-even-grammatically-correct-american-english

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  50. I’ve updated the post with a video of President Trump announcing nominee Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

    Dana (292df6)

  51. Biden says Trump is kinda like Goebbels.

    The propaganda ministry was organised into seven departments: administration and legal; mass rallies, public health, youth, and race; radio; national and foreign press; films and film censorship; art, music, and theatre; and protection against counter-propaganda, both foreign and domestic. Goebbels’s style of leadership was tempestuous and unpredictable. He would suddenly change direction and shift his support between senior associates; he was a difficult boss and liked to berate his staff in public

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0)

  52. Biden would be an expert at bunker thinking.

    mg (8cbc69)

  53. Well, Mr. President Donald Trump, whom Kim Jong Un’s love letters lift higher than the sweet song of a choir and fill his morning sky with burning love, cannot really be said to do pretty good. He actually does it very badly I think with that orange skintone, racoon eyes, and three-strand combover, despite the bodyshaper and elevator shoes.

    Now, Mrs. First Lady Melania Trump, living proof that there are jobs that Americans will not do, she knows how to do pretty good.

    nk (1d9030)

  54. Please, find support for that, show your work. Also wouldn’t they be Biden people?

    You mean other than Anderson Cooper and George Stephanopoulos?

    “Eight questions were fired at Trump from the left; only one had a right-wing tinge. By contrast, 13 of Biden’s 16 questioners were Democrats and more questions had a left-wing than right-wing basis.”

    https://nypost.com/2020/09/18/cnn-town-hall-shows-how-media-edits-things-in-favor-of-biden/

    Also also, is it because some of them were less than perfectly caucasian?

    When all you have is a hammer….

    beer ‘n pretzels (861db5)

  55. So, some Leftists are attacking ACB for adopting two children from Haiti

    What’s their problem? The sick “white people should not raise black children”, or a Catholic should not raise a voodoo chile?

    nk (1d9030)

  56. Town halls work like DC juries.

    A new report suggests that some of the so-called “uncommitted” voters who participated in last week’s ABC News town hall with President Trump have engaged in liberal political activism or criticized the president on social media.

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/abc-town-hall-anti-trump-uncommitted-voters

    beer ‘n pretzels (861db5)

  57. some wag put it,

    “Amy Coney Barrett’s family has more diversity than the Huffington Post editorial board”

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  58. Like I said yesterday, it’s a shame that Judge Barrett should be the one to suffer the attacks, but if it helps to get the anti-baboon vote out ….

    nk (1d9030)

  59. You outta update the post w/that video of Biden calling troops ‘stupid bastards.’ Pretty appalling given his ‘decades’ in gov’t; but not surprising given his five Vietnam deferments.

    Those who don’t ‘work the system’ or volunteer must be ‘stupid bastards’– just like Beau, eh Joe?! 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  60. @54. ROFLMAO

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  61. Hilarious Weissman…
    Blame Mueller.
    Lawyers make me laugh.

    mg (8cbc69)

  62. “You outta update the post w/that video of Biden calling troops ‘stupid bastards.’ Pretty appalling given his ‘decades’ in gov’t; but not surprising given his five Vietnam deferments.”
    __ _

    This is one spot I give the dottering old idiot a possible pass. Many times speeches to troops get pretty salty.

    IMO disrespect for troops from a politician was Sen. Boxer dressing down an officer for calling her ‘ma’am’ and demanding he call her ‘Senator’, being ignorant of the fact that the book on US military protocol says senators should be addressed as ‘Senator, Sir, or ‘Ma’am’.

    One thing I DON’T give him a pass on is being senile and wanting to be chief executive.

    TV News HQ
    @TVNewsHQ

    Awkward. MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle just had to help Joe Biden remember what he’s talking about after he loses his train of thought

    https://twitter.com/TVNewsHQ/status/1309908236598996994?s=20
    _

    harkin (0ce2f8)

  63. I’m not a huge fan of the Charismatic Catholic movement, but, sigh, whatever. At least Trump didn’t nominate a member of his family or someone he owes money to or wants money from.

    Nic (896fdf)

  64. You outta update the post w/that video of Biden calling troops ‘stupid bastards.’ Pretty appalling given his ‘decades’ in gov’t; but not surprising given his five Vietnam deferments.

    Those who don’t ‘work the system’ or volunteer must be ‘stupid bastards’– just like Beau, eh Joe?! 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0) — 9/26/2020 @ 3:48 pm

    Anyone claiming that was disparaging of the troops is being dishonest, and this is one of those facebook Russian memes. I don’t like Biden, but he was praising the troops, and he’s at least had his kid in the military. Trump’s the exact opposite.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  65. One thing I DON’T give him a pass on is being senile and wanting to be chief executive.

    But will you give a pass to the sociopath who is also losing mental capacity and has been pronounced a moron and deeply unfit by an unprecedented number of people who have worked closely with him and seen how he makes decisions? i.e. with no interest in facts that don’t match his preconceptions; with a blithe confidence that his instincts are superior to anyone else’s knowledge; and with no guiding principle beyond what’s good for himself.

    Radegunda (e1ea47)

  66. if loving mr rocketman is wrong president donald doesnt want to be right mr nk

    Dave (1bb933)

  67. Why are you jealous of happyfeet,Dave?
    Or are you making fun of someone that can’t defend himself?

    mg (8cbc69)

  68. 67,

    You said what I was going to say but decided not to waste the energy doing so because you know, Orange Man Bad stuff…

    Dana (292df6)

  69. i realize when your heart’s on fire smoke gets in your eyes, mr. Dave

    here is the mr. Vic Damone version

    nk (1d9030)

  70. LOL, Biden can rely on a Candy Crowley act from the moderators.

    The “real conservatives” who were livid at Crowley in 2012 will love that routine now.

    beer ‘n pretzels (f21ed2) — 9/26/2020 @ 1:44 pm

    I find it amusing that many Trump fans seem unable to comprehend that a lot of conservatives and/or people with a functioning moral compass, work hard to make sure that the scales upon which we weigh and measure the quality of an individual remain fairly consistent, no matter who that individual is, but especially when we are considering the President of the United States.

    What Crowley did was wrong, and it didn’t matter whether it was a Democrat or Republican nominee that she was attempting bail out. Wrong is wrong is wrong. Consistency isn’t a hard concept.

    Dana (292df6)

  71. @66. So you’re condemning Fox News now as ‘Faux News?!’ Speaks volumes for their reporters and golden boy, soon-to-be-moderator-Chris Wallace. That one of Biden’s kids “volunteered” speaks volumes about his “stupidity– or political motives- too, just as JoeyBee’s five deferments is an encyclopedia of how to ‘work the system’ — like Trump did.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  72. Biden says Trump is kinda like Goebbels.

    Biden LOSES!

    –Godwin

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  73. CNN Town Hall:

    VP Biden: What would you do about climate change? What is President Trump doing wrong?

    President Trump: Why are you doing everything wrong about climate change?

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  74. Dave keeps splitting atoms with his mind

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  75. “But will you give a pass to the sociopath who is also losing mental capacity and has been pronounced a moron and deeply unfit by an unprecedented number of people who have worked closely with him and seen how he makes decisions?”
    __ _

    Says who?

    Didn’t vote for him last time, won’t vote for him this time.

    But I know a lot of people who WILL be first time Trump voters in Nov.

    All the Dems had to do was show they were more sane than Trump and they’ve failed utterly.
    _

    harkin (0ce2f8)

  76. Biden is going to campaign with Jane Fonda which will bring up all that military stuff. But to be fair to Jane, at lest she did go to Vietnam.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  77. “But will you give a pass to the sociopath who is also losing mental capacity and has been pronounced a moron and deeply unfit by an unprecedented number of people who have worked closely with him and seen how he makes decisions?”

    Trump is unfit to govern. I agree.

    But the entire Democrat Party is unfit to govern, so it’s not that easy.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  78. @75. The kids who’ve never heard of the Holocaust [referenced in a post by Dana some days ago] and millions voters under 45 say, ‘who the hell is Goebbels?’ Along with, ‘what’s a record player?’… and ‘what’s with the 1956 tri-tipped hankie in your breast pocket look, gramps?’

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  79. CA, you’ve now postponed your fossil fuel power plant shutdown schedule because current production can not keep up with demand.

    Will you also continue to shut down nuclear power plants or will you work to ensure consistent power reliability in the state?
    _

    Vice President Biden, you talk about the need to cut down on energy use, yet you take private jets to campaign stops where you drastically limit local citizen and media participation. How is this not hypocritical as well as wasteful?
    _

    harkin (0ce2f8)

  80. @79. ROFLMOPIP Barbarella is literally five years older [82] than JoeyBee [77] and she looks/acts 25 years younger.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  81. You all do understand that when the election gets to the Supreme Court, the new Catholic majority will not only declare Trump the winner, but also Pope of America and order that everybody tithe one-eighth of their wealth to him, right?

    nk (1d9030)

  82. Following up on his drug-discount card, Trump is going to send every taxpayer $100,000! All you have to do is provide your banking information in reply to an email he’s going to send you from Donuldtrump@president.ng

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  83. nk (1d9030) — 9/26/2020 @ 5:25 pm

    I understand that Trump will make indulgences great again, too!

    felipe (023cc9)

  84. Kevin M (ab1c11) — 9/26/2020 @ 5:32 pm

    My concern is whether my local drug-dealer will accept that card, or not.

    felipe (023cc9)

  85. Sorry, but the Democrats are the ones selling indulgences, particularly for private jets. Then again, they’re the ones who think it’s a sin.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  86. ‘what’s with the 1956 tri-tipped hankie in your breast pocket look, gramps?’

    That’s no hankie, it’s a pocket protector.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  87. Kevin M (ab1c11) — 9/26/2020 @ 5:38 pm

    True Kevin, but their indulgences aren’t great – how many people have jets? Trump will have the best indulgences. Indulgences for everyone! “I’ve got an indulgence for that!”

    felipe (023cc9)

  88. Re 85, wasnt Tiffany T. seeing a Theresa Heinz Kerry kind of Nigerian?

    urbanleftbehind (ec2a94)

  89. “All people, of course– well, we hope, most people– have deeply held moral convictions, whether or not they come from faith. People who have no faith, people who are not religious, have deeply held moral convictions.

    And it’s just as important for those people to be sure– I just spent time talking about the job of a judge being to set aside moral convictions, personal moral convictions, and personal preferences, and follow the law. That’s a challenge for those of faith and for those who have no faith.”

    “So I think the public should be absolutely concerned about whether a nominee for judicial office will be willing and able to set aside personal preferences, be they moral, be they political, whatever convictions they are. The public should be concerned about whether a nominee can set those aside in favor of following the law.”

    “But that’s not a challenge just for religious people. I mean, that’s a challenge for everyone. And so I think it’s a dangerous road to go down to say that only religious people would not be able to separate out moral convictions from their duty,”
    – Amy Coney Barrett
    __

    The alternative view:

    https://twitter.com/MaybeAmes/status/1307181505572212736?s=20
    _

    harkin (0ce2f8)

  90. the new Catholic majority will not only declare Trump the winner, but also Pope of America and order that everybody tithe one-eighth of their wealth to him, right?“

    Does this happen before or after the Handmaids camps and the rounding up of homosexuals?
    _

    harkin (0ce2f8)

  91. Barrett is a Hail Mary pass the Democrats might only want to pretend to intercept. They violated the first rule of American politics, “Don’t scare white people!”, with Harris as VP, and a 6-3 Republican Courty McCourtface might be the rope potential Biden voters cling to as they gaze into the abyss.

    nk (1d9030)

  92. Does this happen before or after the Handmaids camps and the rounding up of homosexuals?

    Your guess is as good as mine, Mr. harkin.

    nk (1d9030)

  93. Thats a decent daily kos you got going

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/403020/#disqus_thread

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  94. @92

    She makes interesting points, but not sure I can completely agree with her conclusion.

    Take the following example. In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which made the federal government and its officers responsible for apprehending escaped slaves and returning them to their masters. This was in response to Northern state efforts to give refuge to escaped slaves. Although the Northern states still resisted, the use of federal officials made it easier for them to be recaptured and returned.

    Now suppose you were a federal Magistrate in, say, New York or Chicago, at the time. You are called on to oversee the return of an escaped slave. You believe that slavery is a moral abomination.

    Should you set aside your moral convictions (whether based on religion or not)? Or should you answer to a higher law?

    Bored Lawyer (7b72ec)

  95. You should have stayed out of the law business in the first place. Joined the Quakers or something.

    And as last Sunday’s Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard tells us, it’s never too late. You can do it now.

    Until then, render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.

    nk (1d9030)

  96. Leave it to the satanists like in that pebble (i mean) column

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  97. @99

    Come on. The law business has many things that have nothing to do with moral convictions. I doubt many lawyers and magistrates in 1850 expected to have to deal with fugivite slaves when they entered the profession.

    And other businesses and professions have moral dilemmas too. At the extreme, you are saying if you have any moral convictions at all, the only job you can do is to be a subsistence farmer, like the Amish.

    But I am curious if others share your view.

    Bored Lawyer (7b72ec)

  98. And BTW, the scenario I posit is something that should be asked about anyone who is going to oppose this nomination based on the nominee’s Catholic religion.

    Would you have disqualified an abolitionist, or a Quaker, from a federal bench nomination in 1850?

    Bored Lawyer (7b72ec)

  99. Ah its the argument clinic never mimd.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  100. I doubt many lawyers and magistrates in 1850 expected to have to deal with fugivite slaves when they entered the profession.

    It’s in the Constitution of 1789, Article IV, Section 2, Clause 3. I know very little about the history of the Act, but I suspect it was meant for the territories. State courts could enforce the Constitutional Clause in the several states.

    But I don’t want to distract from your main point. I purposely mentioned the Quakers. They chose a way of life that would not put them in this quandary. But anybody can do it. Nobody needs to become a lawyer or a judge. Or remain one.

    nk (1d9030)

  101. Ibram X. Kendi
    @DrIbram

    Some White colonizers “adopted” Black children. They “civilized” these “savage” children in the “superior” ways of White people, while using them as props in their lifelong pictures of denial, while cutting the biological parents of these children out of the picture of humanity.
    __ _

    Ibram X. Kendi
    @DrIbram
    ·
    And whether this is Barrett or not is not the point. It is a belief too many White people have: if they have or adopt a child of color, then they can’t be racist.
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    Boomieleaks
    @Boomieleaks
    ·
    “I wish those black kids had stayed in their Haitian orphanage instead of coming to America,” said the anti-racist.
    __ _

    TurtleLife Seeking Truth
    @tstlwt
    ·
    THANK YOU for making my exact point- The savior complex of adoption.

    If you’re adopting a kid to “save” them, for the love of god, don’t. You’re perpetuating a system in which a child is expected to be grateful. It’s harmful and gross.
    __ _

    Perry Okeefe
    @okeefe_perry
    ·
    Yeah I was going to feed some starving kids but then I realized I was just doing it to make myself feel better so I let then die. Anti racist work is hard sometimes but it’s for the best!
    __ _

    Modermaiden
    @curiouscontempo
    ·
    I actually wish the racists adopting black kids could just give them money instead of adopting them and scarring them for life by teaching them white supremacy

    __ _

    Anti-racism theory is seriously distorted thinking.
    _

    harkin (0ce2f8)

  102. And I’ll fire a second round. No judge should want to return a person to slavery, or send them to prison, or to the gallows. They should do it only because the law obligates them to do it.

    nk (1d9030)

  103. Your guess is as good as mine”
    _

    My guess was superior (correct vs incorrect) to all those who made those predictions for Trump’s first term.

    This who ignore history, and all that.
    _

    harkin (0ce2f8)

  104. Henry rodgers is really acting street, isnt he what is that asanti or songhai.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  105. They should’ve corrected that slavery problem.

    Coulda even started a war over it.

    Oh yeah, that’s right, Republicans took care of it.
    _

    harkin (0ce2f8)

  106. Lanny davis was threatening secession, i think this was where the last movie began.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  107. Would you have disqualified an abolitionist, or a Quaker, from a federal bench nomination in 1850?

    Merrick Garland, ostensible reason that he was not as pro-Second Amendment as Scalia? (Real reason, more likely, that he would have favored the Democrat mega-donor over the Republican mega-donor in the next multi-billion dollar lawsuit involving corporate giants.)

    nk (1d9030)

  108. Interesting theres a biopic about john brown with ethan hawke.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  109. On the history of the Fugitive Slave Act, read here:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugitive_Slave_Act_of_1850

    It did not have to do with the territories. The original Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 depended on state authorities cooperating, and by the 1840s, there was increasing resistance, legal and otherwise, to cooperating. So the FSA of 1850 was meant to get the federal government into the act.

    And BTW, for those who claim America was always systemtically racists, read the article.

    Reverend Luther Lee, pastor of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Syracuse, New York, wrote in 1855:

    I never would obey it. I had assisted thirty slaves to escape to Canada during the last month. If the authorities wanted anything of me, my residence was at 39 Onondaga Street. I would admit that and they could take me and lock me up in the Penitentiary on the hill; but if they did such a foolish thing as that I had friends enough on Onondaga County to level it to the ground before the next morning.

    Bored Lawyer (7b72ec)

  110. I’ve been to a historical house in Illinois, not far from Chicago, that had an Underground Railroad concealed room in the cellar, with the trapdoor under the stove.

    nk (1d9030)

  111. Sarah Jones
    @onesarahjones

    anyway for all the talk about how experienced/accomplished Amy Coney Barrett is, let us remember she has a grand total of three years’ experience on the bench
    __ _

    Daniel Adamscheck
    @adamscheck

    Elena Kagan had zero years on the bench before being nominated and confirmed to the Supreme Court.
    __ _

    Anil Adyanthaya
    @AnilAdyanthaya
    ·
    You can add in Chief Justice Earl Warren as well!
    __ _

    It’s a COVID Free Knight
    @fdknight
    ·
    And Earl Warren. And Abe Fortas.
    __ _

    Edward Ahlsen-GIrard
    @efagirard
    ·
    And William O. Douglas.

    _

    harkin (0ce2f8)

  112. @89. Just because Joey likes to ride the Amtrak, it doesn’t make him an “engineer.” 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  113. Amy Coney Barrett was only 11 months old when 31 year old Joe Biden was sworn into the United States Senate- 2 years before the Sony Betamax, now a collectable antique and museum piece, was introduced into the U.S.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  114. New Body-Cam Footage Raises Questions About Breonna Taylor Death Investigation

    Hours of body camera footage from Louisville Metro Police Department officers and SWAT team members paint a telling picture of the immediate aftermath of the police raid in which Breonna Taylor was killed.

    The footage, which was obtained by VICE News and documents what was seen by officers who responded to the scene after the shooting, has not previously been made public. It shows officers appearing to break multiple department policies and corroborates parts of Taylor’s boyfriend’s testimony. It also raises questions about the integrity not only of the crime scene but of the ensuing investigation into what happened that night.

    The footage was captured by 45 different body cameras and included as part of the investigative file compiled by the LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit and shared with the Kentucky attorney general’s office (No footage from the raid itself has been released, and for months, LMPD has insisted that none exists, saying that officers in this unit often operate in plainclothes and were not required to wear body cameras. VICE News has previously reported that crime scene photos contradict initial statements by the LMPD claiming that the officers involved, who work narcotics, do not wear body cameras. Photographs of officers taken from that night clearly show Tony James, one of the at least seven officers present for the raid, wearing a body camera over his right shoulder.)

    Davethulhu (7f094c)

  115. The REAL conservatives are the ones like beer and preztels who want Trump to be able to lie and get away with it. That is true conservatism.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  116. So its ok to shoot cops squid, and they cant fire back, its ok to burn cities down.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  117. “So its ok to shoot cops squid”

    Stop calling me squid.

    Beyond that, I can’t make any sense out of your post.

    Davethulhu (7f094c)

  118. You are the tentacled old one, maybe you hang out with kurt eichenwald?

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  119. The REAL conservatives are the ones like beer and preztels who want Trump to be able to lie and get away with it. That is true conservatism.

    No, actually. Here, I’ll let this guy explain it:
    “But for conservatives, the lesson of this debate was tat the American people got to see the blatant bias of a moderator stepping in to side with a candidate — even as she stepped all over herself trying to articulate her point.”

    http://patterico.com/2012/10/16/if-youre-going-to-fact-check-in-the-middle-of-a-debate-big-media-you-damn-well-better-get-it-right/

    beer ‘n pretzels (b04cfa)

  120. 1) Romney was, in fact, in error in what he said.

    2) Crowley noted – in the very next sentence- that Obama’s account wasn’t completely accurate either.

    CROWLEY: He — he did call it an act of terror. It did as well take — it did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You [Romney] are correct about that.

    You can read the whole transcript of the extended exchange here. It does not support the partisan narrative of bias.

    And the transcript of the Rose Garden statement, the day after, where Obama referred to the Benghazi attack as an act of terror is here.

    Dave (1bb933)

  121. Joe biden says he attended delaware state university along with his black friends. University say he was never a student ;but did give a speech their as senator.

    asset (509312)

  122. Dave, that may or may not be true (I think the latter), but anyway it misses the point. Here, let’s let this guy explain it:

    “I was prescient in my open thread post — the one about how the candidates have to be the fact checkers because Big Media will screw up the job.”

    beer ‘n pretzels (b04cfa)

  123. @92. “All people, of course, –well, we hope most people- have deeply held moral convictions, whether or not they come from faith. People who have no faith, people who are not religious, have deeply held moral convictions… And so I think it’s a dangerous road to go down to say that only religious people would not be able to separate out their moral convictions from their duty…” – ACB

    Hmmm.

    Morality is, of course, a transient– not necessarily ‘deeply held’ at all; unless she deeply believes we should still hang horse thieves in 2020.

    Three yes or no questions should be the tell on Amy:

    1. Was the Catholic Church correct in 1633 to sentence Galileo to life imprisonment for “heresy” because he advocated the Copernican theory that the Earth revolves around the sun, which directly conflicted w/Catholic church rules and teachings that the Earth was the enter of everything?

    2. Do you believe the sun stood still in the sky, Jonah was swallowed by a whale and an ark was constructed to ride out a ‘Great Flood?’

    3. Do you have ‘a deeply held faith’ in Evolution- or Divine Creation?

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  124. You all do understand that when the election gets to the Supreme Court, the new Catholic majority will not only declare Trump the winner, but also Pope of America and order that everybody tithe one-eighth of their wealth to him, right?

    You can be the president.

    I’d rather be the pope.

    Dave (1bb933)

  125. on a rope

    mg (8cbc69)

  126. im not attacking mr feet so theres no need for him to defend himself mr mg

    he and i got along just fine back in the day although we disagreed now and then

    its more of an homage to his performance art in a spinal tap tribute band kind of way all up in it

    Dave (1bb933)

  127. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

    https://constitution.congress.gov/browse/article-6/clause-3/

    nk (1d9030)

  128. “ Beginning in March 2021, Berkeley, California, will become the first US city to ban the sale of unhealthy food from supermarket checkout areas.

    That Bay Area city council unanimously voted Tuesday night that, starting next year, grocery stores larger than 2,500 square feet will be required to sell not the typical selection of junk food but 25 square feet of healthy items within the three-foot radius of the register.”

    also

    “A deranged man attacked people with a knife, hatchet and blowtorch at a Berkeley, Calif., boba tea shop — igniting two customers hair before being subdued.

    Suspect Brandon Glone, 46, of Berkeley, allegedly began Monday night’s rampage outside a pizzaria, knocking the food off the table of two men and announcing he was going to light them on fire, police said in a statement.”
    _

    harkin (f084bc)

  129. Dana Milbank
    @Milbank

    America, this not a drill. The Reichstag is burning. Sunday column:
    __ _

    Dan McLaughlin
    @baseballcrank
    ·
    You wanna play this game? Hitler was the second-in-command in the German government in 1934. His side had the street mob. The German president was a feeble old man who signed whatever his younger, radical underlings put on his desk. That’s how the Republic died.

    harkin (f084bc)

  130. The Sotero mob is about to be Powelled.

    mg (8cbc69)

  131. and to think, milbank is a yale graduate, and supposedly skull and bones, mr. howell was more right than he knew, then again douthat is nearly useless, and he is harvard ’02, like louis winthorpe,

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  132. That Bay Area city council unanimously voted Tuesday night that, starting next year, grocery stores larger than 2,500 square feet will be required to sell not the typical selection of junk food but 25 square feet of healthy items within the three-foot radius of the register.”

    Heh! As the parent of a college freshman I can only wonder whether the Berkeley parents bribed the city council or threatened them.

    nk (1d9030)

  133. The 2020 Colin Powell Award goes to…

    urbanleftbehind (82c18a)

  134. well he doesn’t have a current film, he can agitate people with, the last time he did he scotched skyscraper opening weekend,

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  135. The LA County Sheriff’s Department still has failed to arrest the individual who shot and wounded two deputies earlier this month (he’s probably in Mexico by now). But the reporter they arrested won’t be prosecuted:

    Los Angeles D.A. will not prosecute KPCC reporter arrested for interfering with arrest of a protester

    Probably because the LASD’s description of the arrest ran counter to the video. I’m sure a lawsuit is pending.

    Rip Murdock (631d7a)

  136. Proud Boys rally in Portland draws only about 200 after city braced for thousands
    A rally by the far-right Proud Boys in Portland, Oregon, in support of President Donald Trump and police drew about 200 protesters Saturday afternoon, far fewer than the expected thousands that led the city to brace for potential violence.
    ……..
    The Multnomah County sheriff had said police were anticipating a crowd of 1,000 to 3,000 people at the demonstration, NBC affiliate KGW reported. Organizers of the rally had said they expected to draw 20,000 people.
    …….
    Weak!

    Rip Murdock (631d7a)

  137. You basing that on assailant’s diminutive stature, Rip? You best tell Insta world, they were convinced it was the handiwork of “old” Compton in BLM black on brown fever.

    But if what you say is true, that guy is just as likely to be ordered dead for making existing arrangements messy, and that of course calls into question whether the incident itself was some shady inside baseball.

    urbanleftbehind (82c18a)

  138. wheeler’s chip diller routine, is getting old, have they torched his new house yet,

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  139. Barb McQuade
    @BarbMcQuade

    If Barrett is confirmed, the Supreme Court will have 5 justices – a majority – nominated by presidents who did not win the popular vote. (Barrett, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch by Trump, Alito, Roberts by GW Bush).
    __ _

    Luke Bailey
    @LukeBaileyMC
    ·
    this is like getting mated in chess and arguing it doesn’t count because you still had more pieces on the board

    __ _

    harkin (f084bc)

  140. Your fellow conio takes pride in the Pepe-zation of a legacy fashion brand.

    urbanleftbehind (82c18a)

  141. it’s scary she was a prosecutor, isn’t it,

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  142. you could imagine ted wheeler as the mayor in forty days and nights, ignoring the vampire plague,

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  143. You basing that on assailant’s diminutive stature, Rip? You best tell Insta world, they were convinced it was the handiwork of “old” Compton in BLM black on brown fever.

    The shooter was later described as “ male Black, 28 to 30 years old,” so it may be old Compton, but his size was distorted because the image was taken from a camera with a fisheye lens. It probably was retribution for earlier LASD shootings of black men.

    Rip Murdock (631d7a)

  144. It probably was retribution for earlier LASD shootings of black men.
    Rip Murdock (631d7a) — 9/27/2020 @ 9:12 am

    Given that this occurred in Compton, it’s probably gang related, with no political implications.
    Rip Murdock (24965f) — 9/13/2020 @ 11:48 am

    What’s your next attempt at downplaying it, Rip?

    beer ‘n pretzels (1dc0a1)

  145. our own markos moulitsas (redact them) they are mercs, re the fallujah bridge hangings, that tweet earned him street cred with edwards, hillary and obama, the modern democratic party,

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  146. Florida is doing twice as well as NY, and half as well as CA.

    Not lately.
    NY contained the virus. New cases and deaths have flattened since June. For all the delays in mitigation and mistakes with nursing homes, they figured it out, followed the science, and flattened the curve. CA hasn’t done as well, and FL hasn’t contained it, not even close.
    DeSantis could have learned the lessons that Cuomo did through hard experience, but the FL governor learned nothing. DeSantis is gambling with Floridians’ lives to catalyze a stagnant economy to help Trump. It’s not only supremely cynical, it’s immoral.

    Paul Montagu (39c87e)

  147. What’s your next attempt at downplaying it, Rip?

    I don’t know if you live in LA, but those are likely explanations. There’s no evidence of a political motivation, and given the fact the shooter is described as black, and there have been a number of LASD shootings involving black men, it is likely that someone took it upon himself to exact revenge.

    Making these observations is hardly downplaying the tragedy. What is surprising is the lack of progress given the $100k reward.

    Rip Murdock (631d7a)

  148. Yesterday a grand jury in Kentucky refused to charge the officers who killed Breonna Taylor. This result was both lawful and deeply unjust.

    But the fault wasn’t with these policemen except maybe they could have been even more careful, but with the situation,

    The information they had was both out of date and false in part. And this was never the center of the drug gang.

    Sammy Finkelman (2cb3c3)

  149. 98. Bored Lawyer (7b72ec) — 9/26/2020 @ 6:44 pm

    Should you set aside your moral convictions (whether based on religion or not)? Or should you answer to a higher law?

    This is still a contemporary issue.

    See Elian Gonzalez or sanctuary cities.

    Sammy Finkelman (2cb3c3)

  150. Sanctuary cities are the absence of law, sammeh.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  151. 1) Romney was, in fact, in error in what he said.

    Romney wasn’t in error. Obama wasn’t talking specifically about Benghazi on 9/12. The reality is that Obama never personally acknowledged that Benghazi was a terrorist attack until he lied about it the following May. Crowley was wrong. She should never have inserted herself into it.

    Paul Montagu (39c87e)

  152. Biden says Trump is kinda like Goebbels.

    In the Goebbels diaries, Goebbels quotes Hitler as saying that he is a believer in pure science.

    Sammy Finkelman (2cb3c3)

  153. Leaders of the New York City Principals Union Unanimously Pass Vote of No Confidence in Mayor de Blasio

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/leaders-of-the-new-york-city-principals-union-unanimously-pass-vote-of-no-confidence-in-mayor-de-blasio-11601227318?redirect=amp#click=https://t.co/hUlbmf0C1t
    _

    The big cities are slowly learning that the Dems have no paths for success, only plans for a larger amount of misery for all to share.
    _

    harkin (ea7bff)

  154. Could get your precious iran deal, an extraordinary act of treason and corruption that the west enabled.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  155. The damage is done, bin laden is congratulating mayor bane from hell.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  156. Trump’s CV19 lies are getting worse, but he knows how to politick on the upcoming debates. If Biden doesn’t perform well, he’s Sleepy Joe. If he’s energetic and out-debates Trump, then it’s, “Biden was on Puppy Uppers!”

    Paul Montagu (39c87e)

  157. 146. It’s scarier she wears a brown dress and white shoes to a formal ceremony w/t POTUS at the Executive Mansion in Washington.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  158. New Battleground State Polls

    From NBC News/Marist:
    MICHIGAN: Biden 52%, Trump 44%
    WISCONSIN: Biden 54%, Trump 44%

    From CBS News/YouGov:
    NORTH CAROLINA: Biden 48%, Trump 46%
    GEORGIA: Trump 47%, Biden 46%

    Rip Murdock (631d7a)

  159. Yesterday a grand jury in Kentucky refused to charge the officers who killed Breonna Taylor. This result was both lawful and deeply unjust.

    Maybe we’d have better results if liability for grossly wrong information extended to those who swore it in the application, or to the judge who signed the no-knock warrant. The officers are often the point of a speak that someone else threw.

    Had Breonna’s old boyfriend been there with his stash of dope, and been the one who shot at officers, he be looking at capital murder charges, and quite correctly so.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  160. Ballistics don’t support AG Cameron’s claim Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend shot officer
    …….
    (State Attorney General Daniel) Cameron told reporters Wednesday the investigation into Taylor’s March 13 death had ruled out “friendly fire” from ex-Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison as the source of the shot that went through LMPD Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly’s thigh, prompting him and officer Myles Cosgrove to return fire, killing Taylor.

    The KSP report says “due to limited markings of comparative value,” the 9-mm bullet that hit and exited Mattingly was neither “identified nor eliminated as having been fired” from Walker’s gun.

    Cameron said Hankison had been eliminated as the shooter because the three officers were all carrying .40 caliber handguns, while Walker had a 9 (mm).

    But appearing later that night on CNN, Steve Romines, one of Walker’s attorneys, said he had obtained a LMPD record showing Hankison had been issued a 9-mm weapon as well.
    ……..

    Cameron has declined to explain that discrepancy or respond to 13 other questions about the case submitted by The Courier Journal…….
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (631d7a)

  161. @162

    Call Dianne Feinstein. If the Handmaids-Tale attack does not work, they can try the unfashionable clothes attack. That ought to sway a few Senate votes.

    Sen Feinstein: Judge Barrett, did you know that Justice Ginsburg second-to-last dying wish is that she be replaced by someone having fashion sense? Aren’t you ashamed that we will be denying TWO of her dying wishes by confirming you?

    (Of course, some extreme right winger might point out that SCOTUS justices wear robes anyway, so who cares what they have on underneath? But that is a white supremacist appeal to logic, so we can just ignore that. Main thing is to fire up the base of dingbats.)

    Bored Lawyer (7b72ec)

  162. Romney wasn’t in error. Obama wasn’t talking specifically about Benghazi on 9/12.

    I don’t see how you can say that, Paul. The statement was released under the title “Remarks by the President on the Deaths of U.S. Embassy Staff in Libya”. He mentioned Benghazi in the second paragraph, and “those we lost” in the last paragraph, and referred to the specific events of the day before in 11 out of 13 paragraphs, including the sentence following the one calling it an act of terror.

    I thought Romney was right at the time too, because I didn’t bother to check the actual statement and the conservative ideological bubble said he was. But he wasn’t.

    Crowley was wrong. She should never have inserted herself into it.

    I think it’s appropriate for a moderator to refer to documented facts when following-up a question.

    If Trump is asked a question about the pandemic, and responds by claiming that not a single American has died from it, is the moderator not allowed to follow-up by pointing out that over 200,000 Americans have, in fact, died?

    Dave (1bb933)

  163. Plagiarist JoeyBee held a surprise presser this morning uig hi ‘I’m serious about this’ line [suggesting other things he has gaffed are not to be taken seriously] pleading w/his former Senate colleagues to ‘take the blinders off’ and not to push the SCOTUS not forward.

    Say it ain’t so, Joe?!

    Yeah. It is: begging. Excellent negotiating skills there, Joey.

    … and Putin smiled.

    __________

    Trump press conference – 5 PM EDT, Sunday.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  164. From ABC News/WaPo:

    Florida Biden 47% Trump 51%
    Arizona Biden 48% Trump 49% (also McSally trails by 1%)

    Poll says that most of the movement is due to Trump being more trustworthy (!) on the economy. Poll also says that Ginsberg’s death did not affect responses which spanned the period before and after.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  165. ^’uih hi’ = using his; ‘not’ = nom

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  166. dying wish is that she be replaced by someone having fashion sense?

    Or at least doiles.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  167. @171. Gee, doesn’t that come under the heading of ‘judgement’ [or ‘judgment’ if you prefer]?!? Something you’d expect a ‘judge’ to know about. 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  168. Dave, Obama’s staff brought up that speech, and the boilerplate about terrorism, in a conversation with Crowley a few days before the debate. It’s hard to see that as anything but a set-up. They knew the question was coming, they knew that Romney would have a strong attack and they wanted Crowley to be aware of Obama’s defense, so that when he brought it up and prompted her, she ciuld back him up.

    At that point two things went wrong:

    1) Crowley unthinkingly entered the debate and
    2) Romney, blindsided, failed to ask Crowley how she knew this information. Had she answered that truthfully (the president’s staff happened to mention it), Romney could have gone full Gingrich on her and accused Obama of rigging the debate.

    At that point, either Crowley is replaced or Romney walks off, but the public reaction against Obama and the debate staff would have been terrible.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  169. But appearing later that night on CNN, Steve Romines, one of Walker’s attorneys, said he had obtained a LMPD record showing Hankison had been issued a 9-mm weapon as well.
    ……..

    Cameron has declined to explain that discrepancy or respond to 13 other questions about the case submitted by The Courier Journal…….
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (631d7a) — 9/27/2020 @ 11:24 am

    I was assigned two 9mm pistols and one .40 cal pistol over the years. But I only carried one at a time. This discrepancy doesn’t sound like a real discrepancy, more like someone twisting a detail to mean something it doesn’t. Someone reading all my training records would see all the pistols and my semi annual qualifications. What matters is when.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  170. @172

    I have known judges who were horrible dressers, but great judges. One looked like he was wearing his grandfather’s clothes, but his decisions were spot-on.

    Bored Lawyer (7b72ec)

  171. If Trump is asked a question about the pandemic, and responds by claiming that not a single American has died from it, is the moderator not allowed to follow-up by pointing out that over 200,000 Americans have, in fact, died?

    If Biden is incapable of pointing that out, yeah I guess the moderator should bail him out.

    beer ‘n pretzels (d4ab55)

  172. @171

    “Or at least doiles.”

    O’Connor started it by wearing a lace hanky.

    Bored Lawyer (7b72ec)

  173. Obama’s staff brought up that speech, and the boilerplate about terrorism, in a conversation with Crowley a few days before the debate.

    Source?

    They knew the question was coming

    Given that the attack had just happened a little over a month before, and the previous debate had been restricted to domestic topics, it would have hardly required psychic powers or advanced warning to anticipate that it would come up.

    they knew that Romney would have a strong attack

    Source?

    In fact it was Crowley who brought up the subject, asking whether Obama accepted responsibility for the Benghazi deaths. Obama mentioned the statement in the Rose Garden in his initial answer, and then Romney stepped on his d*ck by making a false and easily disproven claim. It was a dumb mistake.

    I bow to nobody in my admiration and respect for Mittens. He may be the only currently serving national politician whose integrity is intact. But he’s not infallible, and that moment in the debate was an own-goal.

    Dave (1bb933)

  174. Source?

    Crowley’s own recollection in the days following the debate. Sorry you weren’t paying attention, but I’m not going to do your research for you.

    BUt let me ask you, do you really think that Crowley remembered this obscure part of an obscure speech herself herself, or that Obama — who pointedly asked her for her “fact-check” during the debate believed she would, without some grooming?

    ROMNEY: I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.

    OBAMA: Get the transcript.

    CROWLEY: It — it — it — he did in fact, sir. So let me — let me call it an act of terror…

    OBAMA: Can you say that a little louder, Candy?

    CROWLEY: He — he did call it an act of terror. It did as well take — it did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that.

    This didn’t just happen.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)


  175. Breaking911
    @Breaking911
    ·
    BIDEN: “Never before in our nation’s history has a Supreme Court justice been nominated and installed while a presidential election is already underway. It defies every precedent.”
    _ _

    Sunny McSunnyface
    @sunnyright
    ·
    Where‘s my CNN aggressive fact-checking boys?

    _

    harkin (ea7bff)

  176. Well ginsberg should have waited to give up the ghost.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  177. Where‘s my CNN aggressive fact-checking boys?

    And the counter-example is …?

    None of the four election-year confirmations in the 20th century was anywhere close to Election Day, and certainly not while the election was underway with votes already being cast.

    Dave (1bb933)

  178. Sorry, five, not four.

    Dave (1bb933)

  179. Thats not the way the story goes

    https://mobile.twitter.com/RichLowry/status/1309714832275447808

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  180. @180: That’s pretty much 5 Pinocchios, too

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  181. Thats not the way the story goes

    Actually it is, high powered and highly educated woman of faith in position of power stripped of all responsibilities and forced to be raped, repeatedly, because she was one of the few “fertile” breeders left.

    If you’re going to claim something, quick clue, reality exists, that should be your first source. But your source is always the lie that makes the “story” fit your wackadoo narrative.

    Not surprising, if you post something, it’s a lie, always, without fail. Not an unintentional one, a highly intentional one. So you’re not a complete idiot that can’t know things, you know the truth and you respond with the opposite, universally, with malice of forethought.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0)

  182. @180: That’s pretty much 5 Pinocchios, too

    Do the number of Pinocchio’s in this scenario signify more truth full the more of them there are? out of 5, or the more Pinocchio’s the bigger the lie, out of 1,000 in this case?

    Because, as Dave showed, this claim is true, the opposite of false, so you much have changed the meaning of the Pinocchio rating systems scoring method.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0)

  183. Well ginsberg should have waited to give up the ghost.

    Seems like they could have hired Kate McKinnon or somebody to play her for a few months until Biden is sworn in.

    Dave (1bb933)

  184. And the counter-example is …?

    https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/supreme-court-why-no-justice-has-beenconfirmed-in-the-fall-of-a-presidential-election-year/

    I have previously written up the history (mainly here and here) of Supreme Court nominations in presidential election years, or in lame-duck sessions following a presidential election. To summarize: there have been 29 such vacancies, and presidents made nominations for all of them, in most cases promptly:

    In 19 cases, the president’s party held the Senate; 17 of the 19 vacancies were filled, the exceptions being the bipartisan filibuster against Lyndon Johnson’s nominees in 1968 and George Washington’s withdrawal and resubmission in the next Congress of a nominee who was ineligible to be confirmed (he’d voted to create the Court, and the Constitution made him wait until there was a new Congress seated). Nine of those 17 were confirmed before the election, and eight after. Three were confirmed in lame duck post-election sessions even though the president had just lost reelection.

    In ten cases, the party opposing the president held the Senate; only one of the ten got a nominee confirmed before the election, two were confirmed after the election when the president’s party won the election, and one (Dwight Eisenhower’s nomination of William Brennan) was a pre-election recess appointment that was confirmed by the new Senate in the new year after Eisenhower was reelected.

    [Dan McLaughlin]

    And there’s more, but go read it.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  185. Because, as Dave showed, this claim is true, the opposite of false, so you much have changed the meaning of the Pinocchio rating systems scoring method.

    The later — falser, as indicated in 189. But feel free to continue to tell it the way you want, like Trump does.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  186. The main reason that justices tend not to be confirmed historically in the fall of an election years, is that the tend not to be confirmed in ANY fall — up until air conditioning, Congress left town for the summer and fall.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  187. Except Biden didn’t say “in the fall of an election year.”

    Dave (1bb933)

  188. @172. Your opinion. That’s not exactly reassuring. And how many of them were SCOTUS nominees and showed up in a brown house dress and white pumps [we’ll leave Hoover out of this for now] for a formal ceremony at the Executive mansion to meet POTUS and be televised worldwide? On his next visit to the White House, we should look forward to the Pope sporting a NY Yankees cap– and Putin wearing a hockey mask… wielding a chain saw. ;-).

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  189. There are a few who were nominated and confirmed by lame-duck presidents/Senates in advance of a transfer of power. Starting with John Marshall.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  190. From the article you referred us to:

    It is, however, true that none of the nominees confirmed before the election passed the Senate later than mid-July.

    Would the distinguished gentleman from New Mexico like unanimous consent to revise and extend his remarks?

    Dave (1bb933)

  191. Except Biden didn’t say “in the fall of an election year.”

    If you actually read the information I provided, you’d see that’s a non-sequitur as it is immaterial to my point.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  192. It is, however, true that none of the nominees confirmed before the election passed the Senate later than mid-July.

    Sure, since you failed to finish the quotation for some reason, I’ll finish it for you:

    Why? Mostly because the Senate was out of session. It was once common for the Senate to be out of session for much of the summer and fall.

    But I wonder why I bother, Dave, as you are intent on distortions, feigned ignorance and a careful cherry-picking of single sentences in long arguments.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  193. @177. Rehnquist sported yellow stripe on his black robe.

    A tad Waspish.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  194. @193

    As I said, take it up with Senator Feinstein. That line of questioning will make this hearing even more absurd than the last one.

    Next allegation: we have a witness that knew Judge Barrett in high school, and distinctly remembers she tore the tag off her new mattress. Quelle Horreur

    Bored Lawyer (7b72ec)

  195. You asked for some evidence that something had EVER happened. I gave you almost 30 such, and you ignore that and play semantics games. Hardly what I’d expect from you. Maybe I should.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  196. @198

    That was gold. I think he saw it in a Gilbert and Sullivan production and was impressed so much, he made it the official Chief Justice get-up.

    Bored Lawyer (7b72ec)

  197. The struggle resulting from the struggle has become real:

    http://news.yahoo.com/three-florida-police-officers-fall-165431255.html

    urbanleftbehind (82c18a)

  198. @201: Nothing quite tops the Secret Service uniforms that Spiro Agnew devised.

    http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/nixon_palace_guard

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  199. Girl, that dress! Those shoes!

    nk (1d9030)

  200. What in the world are you going on about? The statement you claimed was false is:

    BIDEN: “Never before in our nation’s history has a Supreme Court justice been nominated and installed while a presidential election is already underway. It defies every precedent.”

    I asked for an example of a confirmation “while a presidential election is already underway,” and you pointed me to an article acknowledging that no such election-year confirmation has ever occurred later than July.

    And now you accuse me of dishonesty for pointing out that your article proved my point (and did so decisively), rather than yours.

    You asked for some evidence that something had EVER happened.

    And you cited an article that explicitly says that it never has.

    Dave (1bb933)

  201. @201. ‘Yellow gold.’

    And still Waspish.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  202. “I saw some scrumptious Dolce & Gabana light blue capris that are simply to die for. Just ever so simply!”

    nk (1d9030)

  203. @203. No, The Big Dick himself ordered them up. Spiro wasn’t allowed to play with crayons:

    UPI- ‘When then-President Nixon took a trip to Europe in the early 1970s he was so impressed with West German Police uniforms that he ordered similar uniforms for his own White House guards [Secret Service uniformed division.]’

    Fast forward to 1980-decades; the embarrassingly gaudy uniforms were not tossed but ended up being sold [a la Professor Harold Hill] to an Iowa HS marching band for $5-$10 each.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  204. Fast forward to 1980-decades; the embarrassingly gaudy uniforms were not tossed but ended up being sold [a la Professor Harold Hill] to an Iowa HS marching band for $5-$10 each.

    Reaganomics!

    Dave (1bb933)

  205. From David French:

    To be clear, castle doctrine statutes often explicitly state that individuals do not have the right to shoot police officers who attempt to enter a dwelling in the pursuit of their official duties, but there’s a caveat—the person prohibited from “using force” must know or “reasonably should have known” that the person entering was a cop.

    Do you see how these doctrines create virtually inevitable armed clashes? In the darkness and confusion of a violent entry, a homeowner may not know who is charging straight into his house. If he can’t reasonably and immediately (we’re talking about mere seconds at issue) know that he’s facing police officers executing a warrant, he has a right under the law to open fire.

    At the same time, when the police are performing their official duties—even if they’re at the wrong house or even if the warrant itself is unlawful—they also have the right to open fire if they reasonably perceive a mortal threat. Thus, a gun battle can commence with both parties acting completely lawfully.

    Is this what happened in Breonna Taylor’s case? It appears so.

    would only add, that even if the policemen identify themselves, the homeowner or tenant can’t be sure it’s really the police, especially if they know someone who might try a St. Valentine’s Day Massacre on them or there are criminals who impersonate police.

    Sammy Finkelman (2cb3c3)

  206. @204/@207: But the Devil wears Prada.

    “Everybody wants to be us.” – Miranda Priestly [Meryl Streep] ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ 2006

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  207. @209. A lo$$! Reaganomics indeed.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  208. 167. Romney’s mistake was in assuming, contrary to the facts, that once Obama had his facts right, they stayed right.

    But in truth all through the remainder of the week of September 11, 2012, the Administration “unlearned” things and what it said got worse and worse until Susan Rice went on the network intrview shows.

    and this was because of the CIA, which relied on intelligence agencies of some other countries, that would be Saudi Arabia and Qatar – and Prince Bander bin Sultan, then head of Saudi intelligence, had probably planned the whole thing.

    Ad Hillary Clinton couldn’t say a thing because it might come out in the wash that President Clinton had let him get away with the murder of Vincent Foster when he came to the White House and begged for absolution.

    See the start of a March 14, 1994 New Republic article by Fred Barnes entitled “Saudi Doody” that was published at the time of several Foster case leaks and is best seen as yet another one, this one explaining away a secret unscheduled meeting between Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan and President Clinton and Sandy Burglar (Berger) stated as having taken place “in July” meaning July 1993 and therefore possibly at the time Vincent Foster was missing.

    The Saudi Arabian Ambassador’s residence where he often met with Americans and had lots of locked briefcases – probably containing cash not secret records, was right across the street from Ft. Marcy Park. Foster’s body would not have to be moved far to give Clinton federal jurisdiction and the ability to cover it up/.

    Foster, I think. had attempted to blackmail the Saudi Ambassador to get money to pay for lawyers. But he did not take account of diplomatic immunity. (But Bandar still needed protection from his own government)

    Sammy Finkelman (2cb3c3)

  209. Vincent Foster was worried about what William Sessions, the fired FBI Director who had refused to leave voluntarily, would say. He might speak about how his water cannon plan was rejected in favor of tear gas and how he was kept from the scene at Waco.

    Sammy Finkelman (2cb3c3)

  210. . But in those days, he wasn’t big into the Hispanic movement, I think. He had other things to think about.”

    They mostly lived in territory controlled by the Confederacy, eitrer Texas or New Mexico/Arizona.

    Sammy Finkelman (2cb3c3)

  211. 194. John Marshall somehow served as both Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the United States at the same time. I didn’t know that was legal.

    Sammy Finkelman (2cb3c3)

  212. 155. Bolivar di griz (7404b5) — 9/27/2020 @ 10:38 am

    Sanctuary cities are the absence of law, sammeh.

    Well, when you get right down to it, the federal government is exceeding its authority.

    Where does it get the power to deport anyone a state wants to let stay?

    Go and look through the constitution: you won’t find it.

    The federal government has power over naturalization and foreign commerce and the border, but not immigration.

    Sammy Finkelman (2cb3c3)

  213. The Daily Wire
    @realDailyWire

    Democrats Considering ‘Boycott’ Of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, Refuse To Meet With Amy Coney Barrett http://dlvr.it/RhSWPT
    __ _

    K
    @bmsweeny

    The federal version of I’m taking my ball and going home because I don’t want to play by the rules that were established years ago. This after that team changed the rules to benefit them then wanna cry when is doesn’t. Perpetual children.
    __ _

    Slag
    @Slag67447620
    ·
    This is probably their best move.
    If they attended hearings, they would have to keep them honest and professional which would break from their norm.
    _ _

    BlondeAmericanChick ╰დ╮╭დ╯
    @PonyGirl_04
    ·
    Hard to imagine they won’t want to make bigger asses of themselves in front of the world. They so love cameras!
    __ _

    Gabriel Malor
    @gabrielmalor
    ·
    You know what they’ll call ACB if the Democrats boycott her confirmation hearings?

    “Associate Justice.”
    _

    harkin (f084bc)

  214. LONG-CONCEALED RECORDS SHOW TRUMP’S CHRONIC LOSSES AND YEARS OF TAX AVOIDANCE
    Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750.

    He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.

    The New York Times has obtained tax-return data extending over more than two decades for Mr. Trump and the hundreds of companies that make up his business organization, including detailed information from his first two years in office. It does not include his personal returns for 2018 or 2019. This article offers an overview of The Times’s findings; additional articles will be published in the coming weeks.
    ………
    The tax data examined by The Times provides a road map of revelations, from write-offs for the cost of a criminal defense lawyer and a mansion used as a family retreat to a full accounting of the millions of dollars the president received from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.
    ………
    Ultimately, Mr. Trump has been more successful playing a business mogul than being one in real life.
    ……..
    In 2018, for example, Mr. Trump announced in his (federal) disclosure that he had made at least $434.9 million. The tax records deliver a very different portrait of his bottom line: $47.4 million in losses.
    ……..
    The picture that perhaps emerges most starkly from the mountain of figures and tax schedules prepared by Mr. Trump’s accountants is of a businessman-president in a tightening financial vise.

    Most of Mr. Trump’s core enterprises — from his constellation of golf courses to his conservative-magnet hotel in Washington — report losing millions, if not tens of millions, of dollars year after year.

    His revenue from “The Apprentice” and from licensing deals is drying up, and several years ago he sold nearly all the stocks that now might have helped him plug holes in his struggling properties.
    ……….
    And within the next four years, more than $300 million in loans — obligations for which he is personally responsible — will come due.

    Against that backdrop, the records go much further toward revealing the actual and potential conflicts of interest created by Mr. Trump’s refusal to divest himself of his business interests while in the White House. His properties have become bazaars for collecting money directly from lobbyists, foreign officials and others seeking face time, access or favor; the records for the first time put precise dollar figures on those transactions.
    ………..

    Rip Murdock (631d7a)

  215. SF @317-
    See Chy Lung v. Freeman (1876)

    Rip Murdock (631d7a)

  216. “ “The Americans aren’t just angry. They’re really, really, really angry,” said one Iraqi official after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed the Iraqi government that the U.S. was planning a full withdrawal from the U.S. Embassy unless attacks on American personnel and the embassy by pro-Iranian militias ceased.”

    U.S. Plans ‘Full Withdrawal’ From Iraqi Embassy

    Apparently they’re not using the Obama method of pallets of cash for promises to lay off for a spell.
    _

    harkin (f084bc)

  217. That is a big story, Rip. It deserves a post of its own.

    And within the next four years, more than $300 million in loans — obligations for which he is personally responsible — will come due.

    That is why he has so desperately been trying to devalue the dollar since the first day he took office. So he can pay off his loans with Weimar money that is worth of fraction what it was when he took out the loans.

    nk (1d9030)

  218. Outside of providing cushy jobs for big donors, there’s really no reason to have oversea embassies, with telephones, fax machines, email, and video conferencing.

    Rip Murdock (631d7a)

  219. Trump gave, or is giving, a press conference, partially covered by Bloomberg radio.

    Sammy Finkelman (2cb3c3)

  220. That’s our Trump. When the going gets tough, tuck your tail between your legs and slink away. Can’t wait to see him do it for the last time on January 20, 2021.

    nk (1d9030)

  221. And you cited an article that explicitly says that it never has.

    The that the reason was not lack of trying, but lack of opportunity as the Senate traditionally left from July to December. Biden’s lie was in that omission, and in placing it in the context of “precedent” when there was never a decision, just an alignment of dates.

    Numerous nominations were made in t ime for the Senate to consider them before adjourning, and numerous nominations were name after they returned in December. Biden claims, falsely, that this was due to respect for the political process when it was just timing.

    Further, the number of nominations and confirmations by lame-duck parties shows just how little anyone cared about who won the election.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  222. The that the

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  223. Dave,

    You claim to be a conservaive, or at least a Republican, yet at every opportunity you are carrying water for the Democrats. I can understand despising Trump. I can understand wanting him to lose.

    But there is a difference between that and giving aid and comfort to the Democrats in general.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  224. How Trump’s base appeals have backfired
    A new Quinnipiac University national poll finds Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with a 52% to 42% lead over President Donald Trump among likely voters.

    That’s somewhat of a more optimistic result for Biden than the average of national polls, which has Biden’s margin closer to 7 points.
    ……..
    The problem for Trump is that in his efforts to appease the base, he has lost his ability to appeal to those outside of it. If Trump ends up losing, it’ll be because his gains with the Republican base have not been offset by his losses among other voters.
    ………
    You can see this well in Quinnipiac’s polling. Trump’s got an 84-point lead over Biden among Republicans right now. That’s larger than the 81-point advantage Trump had at this point in the 2016 cycle.

    What makes his gain with Republicans startling is that his overall standing is 9 points worse when comparing Quinnipiac’s poll in late September 2020 to late September 2016.
    ……..
    …….. Today, Trump’s down with independents by 8 points. Trump’s deficit among Democrats has ballooned from 84 points to 94 points in Quinnipiac’s polling.

    These are bad trades for Trump given there are more Democrats and independents than there are Republicans in the electorate.
    ………
    ……… Trump’s approval rating was not substantially different among people who identified as Republicans just after his election and those the following year.

    We can see this pretty clearly in the data by looking at ideology instead of partisanship. Trump is doing significantly better among conservatives than he was four years ago.

    Specifically, his edge with conservatives has climbed from 55 points in 2016 to 63 points in polls taken in April or later this year.

    Meanwhile, Trump’s position has declined among liberals and moderates. He’s down by 83 points with liberals now compared to 70 points with liberals in 2016. With moderates, Trump’s deficit has gone from a little over 20 points in 2016 to a little over 27 points now.

    While conservatives do make up a larger share of the electorate than liberals, liberals and moderates form a majority (60% to 65% of all voters).
    ………..

    Rip Murdock (631d7a)

  225. The that the reason was not lack of trying, but lack of opportunity as the Senate traditionally left from July to December. Biden’s lie was in that omission, and in placing it in the context of “precedent” when there was never a decision, just an alignment of dates.

    So if Biden says “X has never happened,” it’s a lie (even though it’s true) because there are reasons it never happened?

    You would be on solid ground (and I would agree) to argue that the precedent Biden cites is irrelevant. But calling it a five-pinnochio lie?

    C’mon man…

    Dave (1bb933)

  226. @219. ROFLMAOPIP.

    Shorter: Reaganomics.

    Donald Trump is the Reagan era’s ‘Picture of Dorian Gray.’

    He is you.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  227. I’ve got a standalone post on the Trump taxes, by the way.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  228. These 91 Companies Paid No Federal Taxes In 2018

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/16/these-91-fortune-500-companies-didnt-pay-federal-taxes-in-2018.html

    “Corporations are people, my friend.” – ex-Republican presidential candidate [now junior Utah U.S. senator] Mitt Romney 8/11/2011

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  229. That’s our Trump. When the going gets tough, tuck your tail between your legs and slink away. Can’t wait to see him do it for the last time on January 20, 2021.

    If you take a good look at his face, you’ll see his smile looks out of place. If you look closer it’s easy to trace the tracks of his tears.

    (The little channels running through the spray-on tan are a dead giveaway…)

    Dave (1bb933)

  230. Sounds pretty wise and thoughtful. Is it ok to submit some questions?

    news (8b1a28)


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