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8/26/2022

Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 12:14 pm



[guest post by Dana]

Let’s go!

First news item

About that search warrant issued for Mar-a-Lago:

Federal investigators obtained a search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month by pointing to a raft of highly classified material they’d already obtained from there, according to a legal affidavit unsealed Friday.

Records the FBI obtained from Trump’s Florida home in advance of the Aug. 8 search bore indications they contained human source intelligence, intercepts under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and signals intelligence, as well as other tags indicating high sensitivity. Several of those tightly-controlled documents contained Trump’s “handwritten notes,” the partially-redacted affidavit detailing the Justice Department investigation says.

In those boxes, agents found 184 unique documents, 25 of which were marked “top secret,” 92 of which were marked “secret,” and 67 of which were marked “confidential”–the lowest level of national security classification.

Prosecutors also added in another court filing unsealed Friday that the ongoing criminal probe into government records stashed at Trump’s Florida home has involved “a significant number of civilian witnesses” whose safety could be jeopardized if their identities were revealed.

From the affidavit:

47. From May 16-18, 2022, FBI agents conducted a prelimina1y review of the FIFTEEN BOXES provided to NARA and identified documents with classification markings in fourteen of the FIFTEEN BOXES. A prelin1ina1y triage of the documents with classification markings revealed the following approximate numbers: 184 unique documents bearing classification markings, including 67 documents marked as CONFIDENTIAL, 92 documents marked as SECRET, and 25 documents marked as TOP SECRET. Further, the FBI agents observed markings reflecting the following compartments/dissemination controls: HCS, FISA, ORCON, NOFORN, and SI. Based on my training and experience, I know that documents
classified at these levels typically contain NDI. Several of the documents also contained what
appears to be FPOTUS ‘s handwritten notes.

Thoughts on what the affidavit means with regard to charges:

Trump responded to the release of the redacted affidavit:

Second news item

More concerns about the lack of security at Mar-a-Lago where classified documents were stored: Woman who passed herself off as an heiress and ingratiated herself with Trump and Republican lawmakers at Mar-a-Lago is now the subject of FBI investigation:

But the 33-year-old woman was not a member of the famous banking family, and is now a subject of a widening FBI investigation that has delved into her past financial activities and the events that led her to the former president’s home.

In addition to the FBI, law enforcement agents in Canada have confirmed that she has been the subject of a major crimes unit investigation in Quebec since February.

A year before the FBI’s spectacular raid of the former president’s seaside home, the woman whose real name is Inna Yashchyshyn, a Russian-speaking immigrant from Ukraine, made several trips into the estate posing as a member of the famous family while making inroads with some of the former president’s key supporters.

The ability of Ms. Yashchyshyn — the daughter of an Illinois truck driver — to bypass the security at Mr. Trump’s club demonstrates the ease with which someone with a fake identity and shadowy background can get into a facility that’s one of America’s power centers and the epicenter of Republican Party politics.

[…]

Her entry — multiple trips in and out of the club grounds — lays bare the vulnerabilities of a facility that serves as both the former president’s residence and a private club, and highlights the gaps in security that can take place.

Third news item

On top of everything else, the timing is off and could hurt Democrats:

When President Joe Biden announced student loan debt relief this week, his allies celebrated.

But a string of Democrats in tight races across the country want little to do with it.

That’s because the president may have just handed Republicans a new line of attack at a moment when Democrats were strengthening their positions in swing states and signs were emerging that the party could stave off what was to have been a GOP sweep in the midterm elections, campaign officials, party members, pollsters and national strategists in both parties say.

[…]

Mike Noble, who has conducted extensive independent polling in Nevada and Arizona, among other states, said the timing of Biden’s announcement was a “head-scratcher,” given that Democrats were just hitting their stride: Gas prices are coming down, the Republican Party is increasingly divided, Donald Trump is dominating headlines again, and abortion rights are fueling fundraising and party enthusiasm.

“It doesn’t make strategic sense. They were in a good position. All the momentum was going in their favor,” Noble said of Democrats…

“Why forgive debt on a group that never turns out to vote in the first place? The people who vote are the ones who paid their loans back or never had loans to begin with.”

Fourth news item

Two and a half years into the pandemic, Washington D.C. Mayor Bowser is mandating Covid vaccine for all student 12 and older will adversely impact the Black community in a big – and likely irreversible – way:

School starts on Monday for District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), which is requiring—per D.C. Council vote—that all students ages 12 and up be vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition to teens providing proof of vaccination, students of all ages must provide proof of a negative COVID test prior to the first day of school.

We’re not offering remote learning for children, and families will need to comply with what is necessary to come to school,” said Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser in a press briefing.

…Though 87 percent of D.C.’s white teens, between the ages of 12 and 15, are vaccinated, only 53 percent of D.C.’s black teens are. For the next age group up—comprised of 16- and 17-year-olds—89 percent of white teens are fully vaccinated, whereas only 58 percent of black teens are.

Note: There is a 20-day grace period for students to get vaccinated. If, after the 20 day grace period, the student is still not compliant, the school must remove the student from school until the immunization certification is secured by the school. Given that any number of students will no longer be attending school in person, why on earth not keep distance learning intact for those who would avail themselves of it?

Fifth news item

President Zelensky says catastrophe avoided at nuclear power plant:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the world narrowly sidestepped a radiation disaster on Thursday when Europe’s largest nuclear power plant was disconnected from the country’s power grid.

Zelenskyy warned that it was only due to backup electricity kicking in that the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia power plant was able to operate safely.

“Every minute the Russian troops stay at the nuclear power plant is a risk of a global radiation disaster,” Zelenskyy said. He called on the international community to help force Russian forces to immediately withdraw from the territory of the power plant.

Meanwhile:

Russia is burning off vast amounts of natural gas which experts believe would once have been destined for Germany, as Europe struggles with rocketing energy costs exacerbated by Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

This as Putin seeks to increase decreasing troop numbers:

President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree to increase the size of the Russian armed forces by 137,000, assigning whatever budget is necessary to continue funding his war machine.

The decree will go into effect on January 1, 2023. It increases the total personnel of the Russian armed forces, including non-combatants, to 2.03 million people. The Ministry of Defense will have to enlist more than 130,000 new combatants. This will bring the number of military personnel to 1,150,628 soldiers, a 13% increase on the current limit (1,013,628).

Sixth news item

California’s Governor Newsom continues to lay the groundwork for a 2024 bid:

Seventh news item

Paging the disappearing Mark Meadows:

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis would like to hear from former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and attorney Sidney Powell about communications they had with former President Donald Trump in November 2020. Willis is looking into potential election interference in Georgia and filed a brief Thursday to “compel” the two to testify. In the brief, Willis writes she wants testimony from Meadows, Powell, and “other known and unknown individuals involved in the multi-state, coordinated efforts to influence the results of the November 2020 elections in Georgia and elsewhere.” The prosecutor added, “Finally, the witness’s anticipated testimony is essential in that it is likely to reveal additional sources of information regarding the subject of this investigation.”

Eighth news item

Swatting is always horrible and wrong:

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said on Thursday that she was the subject of a “swatting” at her home in Rome, Georgia, for the second time in two days…In a statement shared on Twitter by Fox 5 Atlanta reporter Claire Simms, the Rome Police Department said that officers responded to a call at Greene’s home shortly before 3am on Thursday, saying that the call was “received on what appeared to be a suicide crisis line.”

“This is an active investigation and no further information can be released at this time,” read the release…

On Wednesday, Greene was the victim of the first apparent “swatting” — a form of harassment in which someone calls law enforcement to report a false threat in order to summon armed police to their home. The tactic is highly dangerous, as police may respond with aggressive force and have little way of telling whether or not it’s a hoax.

According to the Rome Police Department, officers responded to a call shortly after 1am on Wednesday morning claiming that someone had been “shot multiple times” at Greene’s home. Police also said that in a second call, the suspect used a computer-generated voice to say that they were “upset about Mrs. Greene’s political view on transgender youth rights.”

Ninth news item

Wow, being this afraid of one person doesn’t seem healthy. In fact, it’s ridiculous. Stop embarrasing yourselves:

The world’s largest podcast conference holding an event in Dallas apologized Thursday for the presence of a conservative podcaster who showed up at his company’s booth.

The Podcast Movement conference brings together some of the top and most popular podcast companies and voices every year. In 2022, the conference is being held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in downtown Dallas.

The Daily Wire, which is a conservative news website and media company, did have a booth near the PM22 expo area, according to Podcast Movement. It’s most known for its podcast, “The Ben Shapiro Show.”

MISCELLANEOUS

The “why” is still unknown, but a puzzling discovery made when restoring Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” painting:

…AkzoNobel research and development manager Gerard van Ewijk has found some interesting details about Rembrandt’s impasto technique, in which the artist’s brushstrokes are clearly visible on the canvas, The Guardian wrote this week.

Rijksmuseum head of science Katrien Keune told the newspaper that researchers had detected egg yolk in one “tiny square of paint, smaller than a crumble.” At first, they figured the artist mixed it with boiled linseed oil and lead oxide to create a thicker paint.

Upon examining the material though, Van Ewijk realized Rembrandt didn’t really need yolk to achieve this texture. “A 30:70 ratio of raw linseed oil and lead white creates the perfect impasto paint, raising a perfectly plausible alternative recipe to that previously assumed to have been used,” the publication wrote.

Petria Noble, head of paintings conservation at the Rijksmuseum, told the Guardian that AkzoNobel’s exploration disproved previous theories that wax or paint scrapings had been used by Rembrandt to create the artist’s signature impasto touches.

“It is still a bit of a mystery why it is there,” Van Ewijk said of the egg.

Have a great weekend!

–Dana

348 Responses to “Weekend Open Thread”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (1225fc)

  2. Also in DC:

    Mayor Bowser’s vaccine mandate unlawful, DC Superior Court judge rules

    Judge Maurice Ross has issued an order ruling that Muriel Bowser’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which applies to all D.C. employees, is illegal.

    https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/health/vaccine-mandate-unlawful-dc-superior-court-judge-rules-mayor-muriel-bowser/65-8e14bc1d-4c93-465b-a3a8-dfad988f2a1b

    As far as I understand all Mayor Bowser has been trying to do is protect safe drivers from drunk drivers.

    BuDuh (210775)

  3. Rembrandt in 1640: “Hey, I’m going to mix a little bit of egg yolk into my oil and paint, just because four centuries from now everyone will wonder what the hell I was up to. It will be ‘lit,’ as they will be saying in the distant future.”

    JVW (15c733)

  4. JVW

    I like how your mind works.

    EPWJ (650a62)

  5. @3. Check his diary.

    ‘Working over Night Watch canvas all morning. Egg sandwich for lunch.’

    DCSCA (66917f)

  6. It was one year ago today that while in the midst of trying to execute the Biden Administration’s bungled plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, a suicide bomber managed to kill thirteen U.S. service members. I wonder if anyone is going to ask Team Brandon about our remaining Afghani allies — some of whom hold dual U.S. citizenship — who are still awaiting the opportunity to escape the Taliban.

    JVW (15c733)

  7. Gas prices up 50 cents/gallon this week.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  8. [U.S. District Judge Robert] Jonker repeatedly scolded Gibbons and Blanchard for what he viewed as wasting the jury’s time on “crap” lines of questioning. Before the testimony of government witnesses last Wednesday, Jonker took the unprecedented step of limiting the amount of time for cross examination. Blanchard accused Jonker of openly favoring prosecutors while frequently interjecting and interrupting defense counsel. “Limiting us is unfair and it’s unconstitutional, and it doesn’t aid the jury in the search for the truth,” Blanchard told Jonker on August 17 after the jury had been dismissed for the day. “It’s creating a perception of how this case ends.”

    The Justice Department also sought a narrower definition of entrapment, essentially asking Jonker to make it harder for the jury to conclude the defendants were set up by the FBI.

    Joshua Blanchard, Croft’s public defender, noted the government collected 1,000 hours of recorded conversations between FBI assets and defendants but played less than two hours of clips for the jury; one clip was only four seconds long. “The FBI doesn’t exist, it should not exist, to make people look like terrorists when they aren’t,” Blanchard said during his closing. “This whole thing has been a big FBI charade. This isn’t Russia, this isn’t how our country works.”

    The agents and informers they’d assigned to entrap Croft and Fox had failed, so they brought in “Big Dan” Chappel to create a fake militia and then a fake fednapping plot.

    And then arrest people for the feds’ own scheme.

    The agents and informers they’d assigned to entrap Croft and Fox had failed, so they brought in “Big Dan” Chappel to create a fake militia and then a fake fednapping plot.

    And then arrest people for the feds’ own scheme.

    The agents and informers they’d assigned to entrap Croft and Fox had failed, so they brought in “Big Dan” Chappel to create a fake militia and then a fake fednapping plot.

    And then arrest people for the feds’ own scheme.

    https://amgreatness.com/2022/08/23/two-men-convicted-in-second-whitmer-fednapping-trial/

    Colonel Haiku (bec014)

  9. @5. Joe killed them.

    Check your watch lately, Squinty?? A year closer to lunch with Beau.

    DCSCA (66917f)

  10. ^6.

    DCSCA (66917f)

  11. Most everyone knows ya gotta break a few eggs to make a Rembrandt.

    Colonel Haiku (bec014)

  12. Russia is burning off vast amounts of natural gas which experts believe would once have been destined for Germany, as Europe struggles with rocketing energy costs exacerbated by Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

    Environmentalists are upset. But it could be worse. They could be releasing the methane unburned.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  13. 7… so buy an electric car, Kevin. Didn’t you get the memo?

    Colonel Haiku (bec014)

  14. The “inclusivity” folks, who are anything BUT inclusive are one of the more galling woke movements. They claim they are only excluding those that aren’t inclusive, yet that argument cannot hold itself, let alone convince others.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  15. Meanwhile, federal judge rules that 2nd Amendment applies to all adults, blocks TX ban on under-21 carry.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  16. Gasoline prices continued to decline, nationally:

    The decline in gas prices has now reached the tenth straight week with the national average falling 5.1 cents from a week ago to $3.86 per gallon today, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million individual price reports covering over 150,000 stations nationwide. The national average is down 51.3 cents from a month ago but 72.2 cents higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has fallen 6.3 cents in the last week and stands at $4.97 per gallon.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if that weekly streak were broken soon, even though we are coming to the end of the summer driving season.

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  17. Meanwhile, federal judge rules that 2nd Amendment applies to all adults, blocks TX ban on under-21 carry.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 8/26/2022 @ 1:01 pm

    Excellent. Constitutional rights shouldn’t be dependent on whether you are 21 or 18.

    Rip Murdock (ee7171)

  18. Then why is 18 magical….why can’t a 16yr old carry?

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74)

  19. @19: Why can 18yo vote?

    Why can 18yo sign contracts?

    Why can they die for our country at 18yo?

    whembly (b770f8)

  20. Talk show host on his talk show said nazis had some good ideas! (DU)

    asset (fcbf6a)

  21. Dennis preager was the talk show host sorry.

    asset (fcbf6a)

  22. Florida Pair Pleads Guilty in Theft of Biden’s Daughter’s Diary
    ……….
    In their pleas, Ms. Harris, 40, and Mr. Kurlander, 58, admitted they took part in a conspiracy to transport stolen materials from Florida, where Ms. Biden had been living, to New York, where Project Veritas has its headquarters.

    “Harris and Kurlander stole personal property from an immediate family member of a candidate for national political office,” Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement.
    ………
    No charges have been filed against Project Veritas or any of its operatives, and the group never published the diary. ……
    ………

    “I know what I did was wrong and awful, and I apologize,” Mr. Kurlander said in court.

    “I sincerely apologize for any actions and know what I did was illegal,” Ms. Harris said.
    ………
    Ultimately, Project Veritas paid them $40,000.
    ………

    The criminal information.

    Rip Murdock (ee7171)

  23. Then why is 18 magical….why can’t a 16yr old carry?

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74) — 8/26/2022 @ 1:33 pm

    When the 26th Amendment was enacted giving 18-year-olds the right to vote, it pretty much defined that as the beginning of adulthood. The only exceptions are possession of alcohol and certain types of firearms. In California if you are 18 you can buy a rifle, but you must be 21 to purchase a handgun, though this difference is under challenge.

    Rip Murdock (ee7171)

  24. CH, thank you for sharing the good news that the kidnappers were convicted.

    Time123 (af2b49)

  25. On top of everything else, the timing is off and could hurt Democrats:

    The reason for the timing is that the last extension of the student loan payment deferral expired on August 31. Biden didn’t want people to have to resume payment on student loans before Election Day.

    Payments had been made voluntary in March,2020. Some people perhaps bet wrong in paying it all off since it wasn’t accumulating interest.

    He wanted to extend it. But the question was, when does it end?

    So he did a last extension to well past the election (to December 31) and paired it with loan forgiveness.

    Some of his advisers had argued that the combination of re-starting loan payments and forgiving some loans would pretty much balance out and so it couldn’t be argued that he was increasing consumer spending power (which supposedly could increase inflation).

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  26. The Fulton County, Georgia grand jury hearing from witnesses is actually only an investigative grand jury. It cannot issue indictments, but only a report.

    A second grand jury would be needed to indict.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  27. Re the first and second news items:

    Do they sell miniature cameras at the Mar-a-Lago gift shop? Room microphones? Rappelling ropes and climbing spikes?

    nk (bfe0a8)

  28. Prepare for more profit-making infomercials on your local NBC network affilate in prime time:

    NBC Plans to Stop Programming Shows In the 10PM Slot

    As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the broadcaster is currently having discussions to stop programming for the 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST slot and would subsequently give that hour over to local TV stations. The discussions are preliminary and no official decisions have been made. According to one source, it is entirely possible that NBC will continue its programming for 10 p.m. and the matter has not been officially discussed with its affiliate board, ie. the group that represents NBC’s station partners… Foregoing the 10 p.m. slot would be a cost-cutting move for NBC since broadcast ratings have continued to decline as other companies, NBC Universal and parent company Comcast among them, continue to broaden their streaming horizons. This would save nearly seven hours per week for NBC, effectively saving the network tens of millions of dollars. However, since the 2022-2023 schedule is currently set, the earliest this shift could happen would be fall 2023.

    at the moment, NBC airs most of its scripted dramas during the 10 p.m. hour, including This potential shift would mean could instead be filled by local news or syndicated programming, and would mean earlier airtimes for late-night shows like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers, and even Saturday Night Live, which typically air around 11:30 p.m. EST.’ -source, WSJ.com

    DCSCA (ad566c)

  29. Speaking of Russian spies, Dana, bellingcat has the goods on another one, a gal who inserted herself into Italian high society.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  30. I wouldn’t be surprised if that weekly streak were broken soon, even though we are coming to the end of the summer driving season.

    Gasoline here went from $3.20 to $3.70 literally yesterday. Gasbuddy prices are bimodal.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  31. Dow down 1000 points after Fed chair suggests higher interest rates could persist for some time.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  32. Dow down 1000 points after Fed chair suggests higher interest rates could persist for some time.

    .. and at the same time, on his way to another Delaware beach weekend:

    Biden says U.S. economy is looking good but still a long way to go

    ‘WASHINGTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – The economy was looking good but has a ways to go, U.S. President Joe Biden said as he touted the economic benefits of his recently announced student debt relief plan. “The economy is looking good, so far we’re hanging in. I feel good about it, but we’ve got a long way to go,” he told reporters before departing the White House.’

    Remember last time this imbecile was right? ‘Twas in the 20th century when the idiot withdrew from the 1988 presidential race copping to plagiarism and lying Aabout his credentials.

    DCSCA (ad566c)

  33. Dow down 1000 points after Fed chair suggests higher interest rates could persist for some time.

    Meanwhile, on the same day:

    Biden says U.S. economy is looking good but still a long way to go

    WASHINGTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – The economy was looking good but has a ways to go, U.S. President Joe Biden said as he touted the economic benefits of his recently announced student debt relief plan. “The economy is looking good, so far we’re hanging in. I feel good about it, but we’ve got a long way to go,” he told reporters before departing the White House.’ – yahoonews.com

    Remember the last time this guy was right on anything?

    A way back in the 20th century, in 1988, when he withdrew from the presidential race for getting caught for plagiarism and lying about his credentials.

    DCSCA (ad566c)

  34. Oops. Web hiccup: double post. Sorry.

    DCSCA (ad566c)

  35. Thanks, Paul, for the link. What an incredible piece of work. I was already impressed by Bellingcat/Eliot Higgins game-changing work re Navalny, and the group continues to impress.

    Dana (1225fc)

  36. @24 I think you missed Aj’s point. If you’re mature enough at 18 to carry a firearm, then you’re mature enough to purchase alcohol. In most states as far as I know 16 years is mature enough to drive a car. What is the magic that makes one mature enough to drive a car at 16 but not carry a firearm and purchase alcohol. The point is, like the age of consent it’s arbitrary. Also, do constitutional rights depend on whether I’m riding in a car or on a domestic airliner?

    Purplehaze (848fb6)

  37. Driving a car or purchasing alcohol are privileges, which can be withheld for cause, or even for the convenience of the community. I went to college in a town that banned liquor stores. There are places where driving a car is severely resricted. Avalon on Santa Catalina Island, for example. But if self-defense via firearms is a constitutional right, the reason for withholding it needs to be more than “arbitrary.”

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  38. 25… you’re welcome… glad you made it okay, Phil McCracken.

    Colonel Haiku (8b99b0)

  39. Also, do constitutional rights depend on whether I’m riding in a car or on a domestic airliner?

    They do if a firearm is unlikely to be of any use in an aircraft, and highly dangerous if used. It is far more likely to cause a catastrophe than provide defense. Matter of fact, I would ban police officers and such from carrying on board, as their doing so makes the case against private carry much weaker.

    It might matter if you were riding in MY car.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  40. @24 I think you missed Aj’s point. If you’re mature enough at 18 to carry a firearm, then you’re mature enough to purchase alcohol.…….

    What Kevin M said at 41. Drinking and driving (hopefully not at same time😉) are not constitutional rights.

    Rip Murdock (ee7171)

  41. DCSCA, Outside of JPL, NASA hasn’t run up a string of successes of late.

    But for what it’s worth, I hope Artemis has a great success. Godspeed.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  42. Joshua Blanchard, Croft’s public defender, noted the government collected 1,000 hours of recorded conversations between FBI assets and defendants. . .

    Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. One thousand hours of conversations with FBI assets? Was someone paid to transcribe them, and if so, were they available somewhere for the defense? When you hear that the equivalent of one-half of a working year (by hours, anyway) was spent on these jamokes then it really has to make you wonder about entrapment. Either that, or else the FBI just drags out these investigations to give their agents something to do when they aren’t investigating ropes tied into nooses at NASCAR garages. I mean it’s not as if there is any organized vandalism and arson at pro-life pregnancy centers to look into (as far as I can determine, there have still been exactly zero arrests).

    JVW (15c733)

  43. Some of you will be shocked by this story:

    Former President Donald Trump’s social media outfit, Truth Social, is locked in a bitter battle with one of its vendors claiming that the platform is stiffing the company out of more than $1 million in contractually obligated payments, FOX Business has learned.

    If the allegations are true, they would suggest that Truth Social’s finances are in significant disarray, people with direct knowledge of the matter say. Internet infrastructure company RightForge is said to be among Truth Social’s largest vendors and creditors, these people say.

    (Links omitted.)

    Shocked, that is, if you hadn’t noticed that Trump is not that great about paying his bills.

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  44. Driving a car or purchasing alcohol are privileges, which can be withheld for cause, or even for the convenience of the community.

    The 21st Amendment made America dry by default.

    Section 2.
    The transportation or importation into any state, territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

    So that’s an easy one.

    I’m surprised that the legal fiction that driving is a privilege has lasted for so long in the land of the automobile. Possibly because the governments themselves have treated it as a fiction except in “implied consent” cases, where you have to take an alcohol test or take a six-month drivers license suspension for refusing? And public drunkenness has always been a crime even if you’re walking, anyway?

    nk (bfe0a8)

  45. “I got yer redactions right here! https://twitter.com/MrsFixedIt/status/1563232389433675779?s=20&t=vuNacrNQh0FFtg0Y2DsFDA

    It’s good, but this classic is still the champion:

    https://i.imgur.com/5QybM0J.jpg

    Davethulhu (aac330)

  46. @41 and @44. You guys are completely missing the point. Maturity has nothing to do with whether or not it’s a privilege or a constitutional right.

    Purplehaze (848fb6)

  47. “30 agents for 9 hours. Not as exciting as faking an assassination attempt on a Governor, but hey, F-L-A baby.”

    Colonel Haiku (96e722)

  48. @43

    Also, do constitutional rights depend on whether I’m riding in a car or on a domestic airliner?

    They do if a firearm is unlikely to be of any use in an aircraft, and highly dangerous if used. It is far more likely to cause a catastrophe than provide defense. Matter of fact, I would ban police officers and such from carrying on board, as their doing so makes the case against private carry much weaker.

    Some good guys with guns onboard airplanes could have saved a lot of lives on September 11, 2001. How does allowing police officers to carry onboard weaken the case for private carry?

    Purplehaze (848fb6)

  49. Trump will get an unredacted affidavit when he’s arraigned.

    And the judge will read the indictment to him if he asks, since he doesn’t like to read.

    Has he even read “his” books, you think?

    nk (de77e3)

  50. Powell’s 8-Minute Speech Erases $78 Billion From Richest Americans

    (Bloomberg) 8/26/22 — In the span of just eight minutes, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell sparked a market rout that slashed the fortunes of America’s richest people by $78 billion.

    Same day:

    “The economy is looking good, so far we’re hanging in. I feel good about it, but we’ve got a long way to go.” -Squinty McStumblebum, 8/26/22

    IDIOT.

    DCSCA (a6b450)

  51. Maturity has nothing to do with whether or not it’s a privilege or a constitutional right.

    Since when? And where?

    nk (de77e3)

  52. nk asked: “Has he even read “his” books, you think?”

    I’ve wondered about that, for years. The loser reminds me of an athlete (Philadelphia?) who, when asked about an incident in a book he had “written” (with a little help), confessed that he hadn’t read that part of the book yet.

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  53. Anyway, if the Fifth Circuit upholds the District Judge, there will be a split with at least the Seventh*, and it might get to Five Of Nine in a couple or three years. We’ll see.

    *It upheld Illinois’s FOID law which requires the signature of a parent or guardian for anyone under age 21, for the purchase or possession of any type of gun or ammunition.

    nk (de77e3)

  54. NASA hasn’t run up a string of successes of late.

    Hmmm. NASA’s success is all around you in your daily life. It remains the among the best ROI for the United States. The ISS has been continuously occupied for nearly successful 22 years, Kev. That few bother to look up and watch $100 billion passing over head says more about the downcast mindset of the weenies below. And it’s easy to find and follow:

    https://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ESRS/HDEV/

    But yes, the Artemis1/SLS launch should be as risky- and momentous- as the Apollo/Saturn all up test was in November, 1967 if successful; certainly much longer in duration – w/a flight plan of 26-42 days and as complex in navigation as Apollo 8. Should be a good show; Aretmis is festooned w/cameras for some stellar imagery to look forward to.

    DCSCA (a6b450)

  55. I’m surprised that the legal fiction that driving is a privilege has lasted for so long in the land of the automobile.

    Because they can and do revoke it for misuse. Not just drunk driving. What is a fiction is that 99% of functioning adults are capable of operating heavy machinery that can travel at speeds sufficient to demolish houses. If one out of 10 drivers had their licenses suspended (currently it’s about 2%), the world would be a better place.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  56. The ISS has been continuously occupied for nearly successful 22 years, Kev

    Without the Russians, it would have been different. Funny claim to be making.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  57. It’s interesting that the FBI never interviewed Tony Bobulinski, per Mr. Bobulinski.

    Other priorities – e.g., cases involving hateful misuse of pronouns – I suppose…

    Colonel Haiku (2ed865)

  58. BTW, I’m not a fan of “constitutional carry” as I do not believe that basic common sense (i.e. “idiocy”) is a good guide to using a weapon in public. We don’t believe that about cars, which are not quite so immediately dangerous.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  59. Here is Footnote 2 on page 22 of the warrant affidavit:

    18 USC 793(e) does not use the term “classified information”, but rather criminalizes the unlawful retention of “information relating to the national defense.” The statute does not define “information relating to the national defense,” but the courts have construed it broadly. See Gorm v. United States, 312 U.S. 19, 28 (1941) (holding that the phrase “information relating to the national defense” as used in the Espionage Act is a “generic concept of broad connotations, referring to the military and naval establishments and the related activities of national preparedness”). In addition, the information must be “closely held” by the U.S. government. See United States v. Squillacote, 221 F.3d 542, 579 (4th Cir. 2000) (“[I]nformation made public by the government as well as information never protected by the government is not national defense information.”); United States v. Morrison, 844 F.2d 1057, 1071-72 (4th Cir. 1988). Certain courts have also held that the disclosure of the documents must be potentially damaging to the United States.

    Leaving aside the matter that the boxes aren’t Trump’s personal property but instead belong to The People, classification or declassification of documents is irrelevant when they are “relating to the national defense”. Not irrelevant is Mr. French.

    What to make of all this? Here’s what the evidence indicates so far: Trump possessed top-secret documents; the Justice Department believed that he possessed them improperly and stored them improperly; Trump did not turn over all the classified material when asked; DOJ believes that evidence of obstruction exists; and DOJ knew about and disregarded (along with the magistrate) Trump’s declassification defense.

    Yes, Hillary also possessed classified information on her home-brewed server, which may help Trump skate in that regard. But she didn’t obstruct justice, and looks like Trump could be on the hook for that, out of his own sheer cussedness.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  60. One similarity between the Hillary and Trump situations: In both cases, responsible people tried to keep them acting legally. As I recall, some people working for her offered to set up parallel email systems, one personal in her office, and one for government business.

    Trump, of course, was warned by many people not to do what he did with the classified documents.

    (And there is an older similarity. When Obama came into office, he wanted to keep using his Blackberry. The intelligence people weren’t happy with that, but tried to make it secure. With Trump, they kind of gave up, anad assumed that our enemies (and probably some of our friends) were listening to his cellphone calls.)

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  61. Yes, Hillary also possessed classified information on her home-brewed server, which may help Trump skate in that regard. ……

    The only reason Hillary “skated” is that President Trump declined to pursue a prosecution.

    Rip Murdock (ee7171)

  62. But she didn’t obstruct justice

    Assumes facts not in evidence. Hillary’s entire life has been about obstructing investigations.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  63. TRUMP HAD HUMAN, SIGNALS, AND FISA INTELLIGENCE IN AN INSECURE ROOM AT MAR-A-LAGO FOR A YEAR
    ………
    ………(T)here is a series of paragraphs (in the affidavit) that lay out the statutory authorities implicated. This tells us how sensitive the documents in question are.

    It does not list the Atomic Energy Act.

    It does have paragraphs defining:

    18 USC 793(e), the Espionage Act

    EO 13526, the Executive Order governing classified information
    Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret classifications

    Secure Compartmented Information

    Special Intelligence, which is SIGINT

    HCS, which refers to clandestine human spying

    FISA (Surveillance of foreign targets)

    NOFORN, material not permissible to share with foreign governments

    Originator Controlled, meaning whoever created controls it
    Need to know

    32 CFR Parts 2001 and 2003 which describes the Storage requirements for classified information

    18 USC 1519, obstruction

    18 USC 2071, willfully removing information

    44 USC 2201, the Presidential Records Act

    44 USC 3301(a), the Federal Records Act
    ……..

    Here is a section by section analysis of the affidavit.

    Rip Murdock (ee7171)

  64. The only reason Hillary “skated” is that President Trump declined to pursue a prosecution.
    Rip Murdock (ee7171) — 8/26/2022 @ 6:19 pm

    yeah Rip, just like demented joe pushed for the MAL raid and has stonewalled hunter’s prosecution

    JF (aebedd)

  65. The only reason Hillary “skated” is that President Trump declined to pursue a prosecution.

    Since he wanted his term to be about HIM, not Hillary. Something that Biden may have wished for, too, not that ignoring Trump was ever a possibility.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  66. yeah Rip, just like demented joe pushed for the MAL raid and has stonewalled hunter’s prosecution

    JF (aebedd) — 8/26/2022 @ 6:32 pm

    I assume you didn’t go to the provided link when he made that statement.

    Rip Murdock (ee7171)

  67. Rip Murdock (ee7171) — 8/26/2022 @ 6:31 pm

    And human intelligence (and to a different degree, signals intelligence) is the type of thing that you want locked up. The identity of human assets in hostile places is so secret that the President does not have the need to know. Technical means of eavesdropping are so ephemeral in effectiveness that they, too, are very closely held.

    If any of that was kept in boxes in a closet or basement where there weren’t Marine guards or other security efforts …. one has to assume that they were accessed. Especially with Natasha running around.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  68. Border Patrol rescues baby, toddler left in Arizona desert

    The Border Patrol says one of its agents rescued an infant and a toddler who were left alone by migrant smugglers in western Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

    A migrant in a group of border crossers arrested Thursday west of the Lukeville, Arizona, port of entry alerted an agent to the children’s location.

    An 18-month-old was subsequently found crying and a 4-month-old was discovered face down and unresponsive. Both have received medical attention at a hospital and were released back into Border Patrol custody.

    “Yesterday smugglers left two young children — an infant and a toddler — in the Sonoran Desert to die,” Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief John Modlin said in a statement. “This is not just another example of smugglers exploiting migrants for money. This is cruelty.”

    no doubt destined for a heartwarming reunion with their cruel and abusive parents at taxpayer expense

    JF (aebedd)

  69. Since he wanted his term to be about HIM, not Hillary. Something that Biden may have wished for, too, not that ignoring Trump was ever a possibility.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 8/26/2022 @ 6:33 pm

    I’m surprised he declined the opportunity to fulfill a campaign promise.

    Rip Murdock (ee7171)

  70. In any event, I’ve been studying the evidence and typical DoJ schedules and I see that the indictments against Trump will be issued in ….. late October.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  71. In any event, I’ve been studying the evidence and typical DoJ schedules and I see that the indictments against Trump will be issued in ….. late October.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 8/26/2022 @ 6:45 pm

    2023

    Rip Murdock (ee7171)

  72. Rip Murdock (ee7171) — 8/26/2022 @ 6:41 pm

    Rip, best stick to your usual cut and paste wire service posts

    you’re good at that

    JF (aebedd)

  73. I’ve wondered about that, for years. The loser reminds me of an athlete (Philadelphia?) who, when asked about an incident in a book he had “written” (with a little help), confessed that he hadn’t read that part of the book yet.

    Are you thinking of Charles Barkley’s famous claim that he was misquoted in his autobiography? That one is a classic.

    JVW (15c733)

  74. Without the Russians, it would have been different.

    Not really that much. Just designed differently- [recall Reagan’s Space Station Freedom concepts sans Russia] — and a little more pricey. Skylab was an experience base for NASA as was the 14-day shuttle ops but Russia had tallied up station experience w/Salyut and then Mir. And at the time, the political rationale from the West was to keep ex-Soviet engineers working on space projects as the USSR collapsed rather than selling their engineering skills to bomb-building terrorists. They eat every day, too. So once the Shuttle/Mir test flights were put into motion in the 90’s the die was cast for planning/design on orbit w/Russia as part of the ISS ops; they lofted the first component. So the politics- and economics- overrode the engineering decisions. But the design could have pressed on w/o them.

    DCSCA (a6b450)

  75. Rip, best stick to your usual cut and paste wire service posts

    you’re good at that

    JF (aebedd) — 8/26/2022 @ 6:48 pm

    Okay, here’s one just for you:

    Donald Trump Drops Threat of New Hillary Clinton Investigation
    ……..
    (President-elect Donald J. Trump)who branded his rival “Crooked Hillary” and said she would go to jail if he were president, said in an interview with reporters and editors at The New York Times that he was no longer interested in pursuing Mrs. Clinton, in part because he wanted to heal the wounds of a divisive campaign.

    “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t,” Mr. Trump said during the interview. “She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways, and I am not looking to hurt them at all. The campaign was vicious.”
    ………
    The decision angered some of his most fervent supporters, who immediately criticized his seeming change of heart.

    “Broken Promise,” blared the headline on Breitbart News, a conservative news site that has strongly backed Mr. Trump.
    ………
    Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a conservative advocacy group that has been a relentless critic of Mrs. Clinton, said on Tuesday that it would be a mistake for Mr. Trump to drop the threat of appointing a special counsel to look into her email use.
    ……..

    Comedy gold!

    Rip Murdock (ee7171)

  76. @80. Rip, best stick to your usual cut and paste wire service posts

    LOLOLOOLOLOLOL

    The wire services credo: ‘rip and read.’

    😉

    DCSCA (a6b450)

  77. And now he’s suing her in private RICO, one of the hardest cases to bring. Past the statute of limitations. All show, no substance, that’s our Donald as they call him in Russia.

    nk (de77e3)

  78. But you still like him, right?

    nk (de77e3)

  79. Republicans who were staunch right to lifers with no exceptions in the primary. Like pa. gov candidate mastriano and az senate candidate masters say they are now right to choose after looking at their poll numbers!

    asset (01fb05)

  80. A guy with Mastriano’s small-p prejudices isn’t going to give up the 2nd most /3rd most effective “crime-fighting” tool in the ol Craftsman box. Darren Bailey of Illinois even backed down, only because the guy 4 farms down the road said that one of those places this county could get all the business from south of the Nason-Dixon line and east of the Rockies

    urbanleftbehind (dbc81b)

  81. Several days late, but somebody reverted to being surnamed Sphincter or Schiester.

    urbanleftbehind (dbc81b)

  82. “Right to choose.” Too little, too late. Telling the world, for nearly fifty years, that abortion was the “pros’ choice” …. They should have known that it just didn’t sound right.

    nk (de77e3)

  83. And, yeah, it amazes me, too, that Mastriano and Masters are not campaigning the way the media and the Democrats want them to. It’s like those guys want to win or something.

    nk (de77e3)

  84. Russian Media Watch:

    Russia’s Trump Raid Tantrum Is a Spectacle You Don’t Want to Miss
    ………
    News of the raid landed in Moscow with a thud, as angry propagandists embellished the search with made-up details, claiming that “one hundred FBI agents” and hordes of police dogs rummaged through Mar-a-Lago. ……..(Russian military expert Igor) Korotchenko angrily condemned the raid: “There is a straight-up witch hunt happening in America. Trump, as the most popular politician in the United States—who has every chance of prevailing in the upcoming presidential election—was chosen as such a witch,” he raged. “They won’t just be vilifying him, they will be strangling him. These raids, involving dozens of FBI officers and police dogs—this is worse than McCarthyism, my friends! This is a symbol of inordinate despotism.”
    …….
    Without a hint of irony, the state TV host (Evgeny Popov, who is also a deputy of Russia’s State Duma) described the search of the former president’s home as a symptom of political persecution of dissidents in the United States. “Dozens of agents ransacked every office, went through every box, and took every document that was of interest to them. It is thought that the FBI was interested in the Top Secret documents supposedly taken by the ex-president from the White House… Biden, with his dictatorial tendencies, repressions, and persecution of dissidents, is turning America into Ukraine. He already did that, since the opposition is being persecuted by authorities,” Popov said. ……
    …….
    (On Vladimir Solovyov’s radio program Full Contact With Vladimir Solovyov he) asked: “Could this be the beginning of a civil war?” He ominously opined: “This is totally unprecedented, I don’t remember anything like this in American history. If Trump calls on his supporters to come out—and half the states are led by Trump’s allies—there’ll be hell to pay.”

    (State TV correspondent Valentin Bogdanov, reporting from New York City) replied: “The civil war is already underway in the United States. For now, this is a cold civil war, but it keeps heating up.”
    ########

    Rip Murdock (3ed059)

  85. Blake Masters given his pivot to reasonable abortion limits and roots in Right Tech might be the political vanguard of post-Christian or hedonistic Conservatism:

    https://aaronrenn.substack.com/p/staring-into-the-abyss-with-andrew

    urbanleftbehind (0900f9)

  86. Follow the money:

    Are big donors siding with DeSantis over Trump?

    Granted the 2024 presidential election is still a long time away but a pair of SFGATE reporters are trying to read the tea leaves in terms of what the big money donors are thinking. And they’ve come up with some evidence that maybe there has been a shift toward DeSantis:

    San Francisco Giants principal owner Charles B. Johnson — a Republican mega-donor who has been criticized for some of his recent contributions — may be primed to back Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over former President Donald Trump in a 2024 GOP presidential primary.

    Johnson has donated nearly $500,000 to Friends of Ron DeSantis since January 2021, Florida state election records reviewed by SFGATE show…

    Johnson is one of a handful of wealthy conservative donors to have possibly jumped ship. Billionaire Walter Buckley gave more than $1.5 million to Trump Victory prior to the 2020 election; since Nov. 2021, he’s given $1.25 million to DeSantis. Billionaire businessman John W. Childs dispersed six-figure checks to both Trump and DeSantis prior to the 2020 election, but has only recently given another big donation to DeSantis ($200,000 in March 2022). And Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who held a controversial Trump fundraiser in 2019, gave $100,000 to DeSantis in April 2022. None have donated to Trump since 2021.

    Between January 2021 and August 5, 2022 DeSantis has raised $142 million, much of it from large dollar donors.
    ………..
    Bloomberg has a piece up today that offers a convincing explanation. In order to be a credible candidate for 2024, DeSantis needs to do more than just win this year. Ideally, he needs to put in a dominating performance to launch a 2024 campaign:
    ………..
    ………..(W)hat we’re seeing is early investment in DeSantis designed to set him up for future fundraising as a 2024 candidate.
    ………..
    I also think there’s still a chance, maybe only a small one but a chance nevertheless, that Trump will decide not to run. …….

    ………(I)t’s probably a long shot but I don’t think it’s impossible that Trump could settle for playing kingmaker and endorsing DeSantis and even campaigning for him. ………

    Rip Murdock (3ed059)

  87. 62: Bobulinski said he was interviewed by the FBI.

    DRJ (14d1a3)

  88. This is why I don’t read here much.

    DRJ (14d1a3)

  89. Sad but true, DRJ.

    Always nice to see any comments you make. I look for them.

    Simon Jester (4dfd56)

  90. Follow the Money 2:

    Blake Masters hung out to dry in thee desert?

    ………
    ……… He spent the primary endearing himself to populists by ripping on Mitch McConnell (“You know what he’s not good at? Legislating.”) ……..(H)e’s suddenly open to working with Mitch McConnell, the one man left in the party with the wherewithal to make a major difference in spending in Masters’s race. The NRSC can’t do it because they’re facing a cash crunch; Peter Thiel seemingly won’t do it because he’s tapped out; Trump won’t do it via his own PAC because he’s greedy and stingy.

    Masters duly kissed the ring a few days ago, insisting that he believes McConnell will be reelected as caucus leader next year and adding that he hopes Mitch’s Senate Leadership Fund will swoop into Arizona and drop the same moneybomb on him that they recently dropped on J.D. Vance in Ohio.

    Nope. ……
    ………
    So (the Senate Leadership Fund) is not giving up on Masters entirely, or so they say. They’re just … reserving judgment as to whether he’ll truly be viable this fall. Except that, by doing so and depriving him of the ad money he needs to compete right now, they’re boosting the odds that he won’t be competitive. Hmmmm.

    I’m trying to decide here whether I think McConnell is capable of bearing a grudge so intense that he’d be willing to sacrifice a Senate seat over it. …….
    ……..
    ……..(I)t’s hard to explain the SLF’s decisions as a purely rational matter. They just plowed *$28 million* into Ohio to help J.D. Vance in a state Trump won by eight points two years ago. …….. Vance is still a three-to-one favorite to win. ……. Masters is the one running in a 50/50 state, not Vance!
    ……..
    Reeeeally hard to see the logic in giving up on Masters instead of Oz, at least in the near-term. Especially since he’s well-positioned as a populist to flog Kelly and Joe Biden for Democrats’ massive debt-forgiveness giveaway to the educated class.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (3ed059)

  91. A day or so ago, BuDuh requested more COVID information. And he was right to do so. As in any war, it is rational to try to learn, in real time, how heavy the losses are. It is distressing to see how many Americans try to avoid tha knowledge.

    So, here’s the Johns Hopkins site.

    And here’s the free COVID section of the Washington Post. There’s some advice there that may be useful to you, personally.

    Reminder: Most experts believe that the offical counts of deaths from COVID are underestimates.

    Judging by previous experience, COVID is likely to get worse in much of the nation as the weather gets colder, and people spend more time indoors.

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  92. File China’s historic heat wave under What Goes Around Comes Around. Lament for the ordinary folks who are suffering, and condemnation for the Xi regime for their massive pollution and direct contribution to climate change.
    America, divest from these corrupt ChiComs.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  93. There is another way in which the COVID war is like most other wars. It is costly, not just in lives, but in all the things that we have given up to fight it. As a nation we are poorer than we would be otherwise because of COVID, and there is no way to go back in time and prevent our losses. We can only try to minimize future losses.

    We are now arguing, though it is seldom discussed this way, which of us will pay, how much, for the costs we have already incurred, and the costs we will incur in future. We have chosen, collectively, to pay some of the costs through inflation. (During total wars, governments often try to avoid inflation by price controls and rationing. If any significant elected official has called for that approach, I’ve missed it.)

    And we are passing on much of the costs to our children and grandchildren, in many ways. That’s usual in large wars, like this one, but it is nothing to be proud of.

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  94. What is it with the French and their public mimicking of sheep.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  95. Maybe nk can speak more to the culture that is Illinois, but I think this is pretty cool.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  96. Retrofire:

    In the midst of the Arab oil embargo of 1973, Biden was one of only five U.S. senators to vote against the first Alaskan pipeline bill. That pipeline has since yielded many billions of barrels of oil for the United States.

    https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/organizations/bidens-senate-voting-record-policy-positions

    He’s a bum.

    DCSCA (d7fbc3)

  97. Kathleen Parker told me some things about Senator Tim Scott that I didn’t know:

    The flaw that hampered Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) may surprise you. Until he was an adult, Scott had buck teeth so severe that his high school nickname was “Teet,” and his embarrassment a constant shadow.

    Another thing you may not know: He was a superstar running back in high school and was bound to play college ball when a car accident ended that dream.

    But he overcame both the teeth and the loss of that dream, and achieved success, first in business, and then in politics.

    Here’s Scott’s latest book, which Parker found inspiring.

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  98. Retrofire:

    In 2007 Biden voted against a bill permitting the Director of National Intelligence and the Attorney General “to authorize foreign intelligence acquisition concerning those reasonably believed to be outside of the U.S., provided that written certification is presented that the procedure does not constitute electronic surveillance under existing law, the surveillance is made with the assistance of a communications provider, and the significant purpose of the acquisition is to obtain foreign intelligence information.”

    … and Hunter smiled.

    DCSCA (d7fbc3)

  99. Retrofire:

    In 1979 Senator Biden shared President Jimmy Carter‘s belief that the fall of the Shah in Iran and the advent of Ayatollah Khomeini’s rule represented progress for human rights in that country. Throughout the ensuing 444-day hostage crisis, during which Khomeini’s extremist acolytes routinely paraded the blindfolded American captives in front of television cameras and threatened them with execution, Biden opposed strong action against the mullahs and called for dialogue.

    https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/organizations/bidens-senate-voting-record-policy-positions

    DCSCA (d7fbc3)

  100. 92… I misunderstood a timeframe as context for that. The FBI did interview Bobulinski after much pressure. My mistake.

    Zuckerberg confirmed that the FBI didn’t put any of these warnings about Russian disinformation propaganda in writing. Of course, they didn’t. Nothing in writing and that makes sense. If you’re the FBI, you wouldn’t want to put that in writing because you were, of course, lying. At the moment, the FBI was warning Facebook about a propaganda dump that obviously would include Hunter Biden’s laptop, they had Hunter Biden’s laptop in their possession. So, they knew perfectly well it was authentic because anyone who looks at it does. We have looked at it and it’s instantly obvious this is real and of course, we now know conclusively it is real.

    So, that laptop was not censored because it was propaganda, whatever that means. By the way, the FBI should never be in the information control business anyway. It was censored because it might hurt Joe Biden and the FBI is the government agency that pushed for it to be censored. Has that ever happened in the United States, ever? That is the definition of police state behavior: a government agency independently decides it’s going to determine the outcome of a supposedly democratic election. 
    So, why is it nearly two years until we learn this? Well, it turns out Facebook is a very political place. The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, paid hundreds of millions of dollars to affect the outcome of the election. Famously, we’ve reported on that and then, of course, there were Democratic Party operatives working within Facebook. So, on October 14, the Facebook communications official and former Democratic Party operative called Andy Stone claimed that Facebook was censoring this story because of Facebook’s “standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation” whatever that means, but that was their initial explanation.  

    It wasn’t until late October that Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of the company, publicly mentioned the FBI’s involvement for the first time and here’s what he said, “We relied heavily on the FBI’s intelligence and alerts, both through their public testimony and private briefings that they gave us.” He testified to that, but at the time, Mark Zuckerberg didn’t mention anything but the FBI warning Facebook about, “Russian propaganda specifically.” 

    Why didn’t he say anything? That’s odd because in October 2020, right before the election, weeks before a presidential election, every media outlet in the country and then candidate Joe Biden himself were using the very same line, “It’s Russian misinformation, it’s propaganda” and not surprisingly or coincidentally, dozens of former intelligence officials were saying the same thing. We can’t play this enough. Here it is.  

    PETER STRZOK, 2020: When you look at this computer store owner in Delaware who allegedly received Hunter Biden’s laptop, that is more in line with that when you think about somebody who’s a useful idiot, that’s kind of the entry point that is kind of, again, a classic indicator of the potential presence of disinformation.  
    KASIE HUNT, 2020:  Right-wing media has been focused on Hunter Biden, this laptop that intelligence officials have warned is likely Russian disinformation .  
    NICOLLE WALLACE, 2020: Law enforcement is actively investigating whether the alleged Hunter Biden emails are linked to any foreign intel ops.  

    JASON JOHNSON, 2020: The story is preposterous. So, we’re supposed to believe that Hunter Biden, in a drunken stupor, dropped off his laptop in apparently a QAnon repair office.  
    So, those are the shills who will say whatever they’re told to say. Of course, no sober person would take them seriously and we missed the bigger story, too. We will admit that. At the time we imagined that this lie, that the laptop was Russian misinformation, was being pushed almost exclusively by Democratic partisans, but that’s not true. It was much worse and much more threatening to our democracy, in fact, utterly corrosive of our democracy than that. 

    Again, our media attributed these claims to former Intel officials who wrote a letter about Russian disinformation, but no, it wasn’t just former Intel officials spreading that lie. It was members of the U.S. government, federal bureaucrats, people who work for federal agencies, senior FBI leaders who are still at the FBI. They lied and they knew they were lying and they never took steps to validate this claim that it was Russian propaganda or Russian disinformation. On this show in October of 2020, we interviewed one of Hunter Biden’s business partners, a man called Tony Bobulinski, and he verified the authenticity of that laptop.

    He had firsthand information. He had texts and emails that were on his phone and also on the laptop. So, we reached out to Tony Bobulinski last night and we asked him a very simple question. Did anyone from the FBI ever call you or your lawyer to find out since your name was all over the laptop, if those texts and emails were real? If they wanted to know if this was Russian disinformation, they would, of course, call you, but not one of them ever did. They knew it wasn’t Russian disinformation. They knew it wasn’t propaganda, and they knew it was completely real and they lied about it. Here’s what Bobulinski told us in October of 2020. 

    TONY BOBULINSKI: On May 13, that email was sent from James Gilliar to me. I didn’t generate that email. James Gilliar generated that email and in that email, James Gilliar goes through intimate detail of what each individual’s requests were from a compensation perspective and how the equity in the enterprise would be divvied up. Very important. May 13. That email was generated by somebody else to me. In that email there’s a statement where they go through the equity. Jim Biden has referenced, as you know, 10%. Doesn’t say Biden. It says Jim and then it has 10% for the big guy held by H. I 1,000% sit here and know that the big guy is referencing Joe Biden. That’s crystal clear to me because I lived it. I met with the former vice president in person multiple times and I had been meeting and talking with Hunter Biden and Jim Biden and Rob Walker and James Gilliar. 

    So, to note the obvious, that’s not some cable news mouth breather who’s giving you his stupid partisan opinion about Hunter Biden’s laptop. That’s Hunter Biden’s former business partner, who can prove he was Hunter Biden’s former business partner. No one disputes he was Hunter Biden’s former business partner. His name, his emails or texts are all over the laptop and yet somehow the FBI, the agency that sent a dozen agents to investigate a rope in a NASCAR garage, the agency that used hundreds of agents to hunt down grandmothers from the election justice protest on January 6, that same agency couldn’t spare a single agent to make a telephone call to Tony Bobulinski to ask questions about the laptop. You claim it’s propaganda, it’s misinformation. Why don’t you call the guy who’s on it and ask him? They didn’t bother. This is what the FBI has become: an agency that seeks to exert control over the information that you read in the media. What is this? Well, it’s terrifying and again, this isn’t speculation.

    We just had it confirmed in public yesterday. These are people whose main goal is to ensure that they never lose power in Washington, interfering with our elections and not simply by hiding information, resorting to force because they know they can get away with it. Joe Biden’s chief political opponent, right now—Biden says he’s going to run again. Trump has indicated he’s running—will be Donald Trump and so they’re targeting them. Is anyone noticing this? John Paul Mac Isaac, the computer repair shop owner who first obtained the laptop, says an FBI agent threatened him so he wouldn’t go public with the laptop. In case you’ve forgotten, watch:

    JOHN PAUL MAC ISAAC: The FBI met with me at my home and asked me about my concerns. I voiced my concerns and they I then shifted and said, “Hey, can I just want this out of my shop. At this point, just get it out of my shop and give me a phone number I can call should somebody come looking for it or wants to harass me about it” and they’re like, “Yeah, we can’t do that.” When they showed up, instead of bringing in a tech guy with them, they brought a subpoena and they’re like, “Yeah, we’re just going to take everything.” I was a bit uncomfortable, a little nervous, but then excited at the same time, so I kind of cracked a joke. I said, “Don’t worry lads. When I write the book, I’ll leave your names out of this” and that’s when Agent Mike turned around and said, “Oh, it’s in our experience that nothing ever happens to people that talk about these things.” 

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-fbi-working-behalf-democratic-party.amp

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  101. Paul Montague @ 100

    The fact that it’s suburban Peoria says it better than I could.

    nk (567303)

  102. Open houses in Washington IL that town might be a bit more snug after this:

    https://twitter.com/Jkom91/status/1563367937888894976

    urbanleftbehind (3e376d)

  103. @99, I think both sides will think the sheep drama is a perfect illustration of their opposition, Hilarious! I guess only the French!

    @100, even better….I think these moms needed an outlet…loved the last one bouncing off her huge son

    @92, it sure would be nice to have more wheat and less chaff

    Interesting to see how Putin’s media is spinning document-gate…and how they are monitoring for civil war. Could Putin have picked anyone better to tear at the seams of our system? Seven years in and still not enough awareness of why having Trump serve as their collective middle finger is a problem.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  104. Republicans who were staunch right to lifers with no exceptions in the primary. Like pa. gov candidate mastriano and az senate candidate masters say they are now right to choose after looking at their poll numbers!

    I told you so. I’ve been saying for years that there is a compromise position on abortion, and now I expect to see one emerge. Both the no-abortion-ever and the all-abortions-legal-and-free camps are out of touch with the vast (70%) middle which doesn’t much care for abortions after the first trimester, but doesn’t want them banned before that.

    A fair press would be asking Democrats if they thought that elective 2nd and 3rd trimester abortions should be legal, along with asking Republicans about abortion bans. But they won’t, because our national press is an arm of the Democrat Party.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  105. Retrofire:

    From Jan 1973 to Jan 2009, Biden missed 1,781 of 14,556 roll call votes, which is 12.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2009.

    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/joseph_biden/300008

    DCSCA (d7fbc3)

  106. Retrofire:

    Biden’s populist, blue-collar image is likewise difficult to reconcile with his long-standing proximity to corporate and financial interests and propensity to defend the ultra-rich. In 1979, after receiving donations from Coca-Cola, for example, Biden co-sponsored legislation that helped the soft-drink industry skirt antitrust laws. In the 1990s he voted against several measures aimed at the regulation of credit card companies, one of which (MBNA) just happened to be his largest single donor throughout the decade. Even as issues like corporate power and economic inequality have increasingly entered the mainstream for Democrats, Biden has insisted: “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason we’re in trouble. The folks at the top aren’t bad guys.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/joe-biden-memes-voting-record-policies-background-2020-election-a8830706.html

    DCSCA (d7fbc3)

  107. @109, it’s just evidence that parties are being pulled by their extremes right now. Polarization does this and distorts our politics. News media are producing what the people want. Is FNC any more balanced and fair than CNN or MSNBC? Is the Washington Times any less ideological than WaPo? Our society has changed how we critically evaluate information…the majority don’t want balance and careful objectivity…they want to hear what they already know. It’s unclear how we get better….

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  108. Retrofire:

    ‘Biden first ran for U.S. President in 1987. He was considered a strong contender for the Democratic Party’s nomination, but in April of that year controversy descended on Biden’s campaign when he told several lies about his academic record in law school. In an April 3, 1987 appearance on C-SPAN, a questioner asked Biden about his law school grades. In response, an angry Biden looked at his questioner and said:

    “I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect. I went to law school on a full academic scholarship, the only one in my — in my class to have a full academic scholarship. In the first year in law school I decided didn’t want to be in law school and ended up in the bottom two-thirds of my class, and then decided I wanted to stay, went back to law school, and in fact ended up in the top half of my class. I won the international moot-court competition. I was the outstanding student in the political science department at the end of my year. I graduated with three degrees from undergraduate school and 165 credits — I only needed 123 credits. And I’d be delighted to sit down and compare my IQ to yours if you’d like Frank.”

    But each of those claims proved to be untrue. In reality, Biden had: (a) earned only two college degrees — in history and political science — at the University of Delaware in Newark, where he graduated only 506th in a class of 688; (b) attended law school on a half scholarship that was based on financial need; and (c) eventually graduated 76th in a law-school class of 85. “I exaggerate when I’m angry,” Biden would later concede, “but I’ve never gone around telling people things that aren’t true about me.” [ROFLMAOPIP. Liar.]

    Then, in August 1987 Biden plagiarized significant portions of a speech made by British politician Neil Kinnock. Before long, revelations surfaced that Biden also had plagiarized extensive portions of an article in law school and consequently had received a grade of “F” for the course. (He eventually was permitted to retake the course, and the failure was removed from his transcript.)

    As a result of these embarrassing examples of dishonesty, Biden withdrew from the presidential campaign on September 23, 1987 and resumed his duties as a U.S. Senator.’

    https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individuals/joe-biden

    … and Never Trumpers smiled.

    DCSCA (d7fbc3)

  109. Dershowitz: There’s enough evidence in the Mar-a-Lago case to indict Trump
    ………
    ……….Of course there’s probable cause for an indictment. Trump knew he had sensitive government material in his possession; the feds asked him repeatedly to return it; and, as the FBI discovered once they showed up at Mar-a-Lago, he hadn’t. Seems like a cut-and-dried violation of 18 U.S.C. 2071, at a minimum. ……..There’s no doubt the DOJ could bring charges here.

    But Dershowitz believes they won’t. I suspect that’s also correct.
    ……….
    The “Nixon standard” he describes is a stupid anachronism in the context of febrile modern American partisanship. ……..The “Clinton standard” is more trenchant, however. Certainly, Trump should be held to the same standard that Hillary Clinton was when the feds declined to prosecute her in 2016.

    Which, I suspect, is the reasoning Merrick Garland will use when he ultimately decides not to bring charges here.

    ……… The reason he won’t be prosecuted is because some of his most fanatic supporters would take to jihad as a result, with Trump egging them on in barely veiled terms on social media. People who were willing to hang Mike Pence to try to keep Trump in power won’t need much convincing to kill FBI agents to try to keep him out of prison. And they’re not shy about admitting it.
    ………..

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  110. Is FNC any more balanced and fair than CNN or MSNBC? Is the Washington Times any less ideological than WaPo?

    No. The least biased news programs I’ve seen are on CNBC. Shepard Smith’s new home.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  111. It’s unclear how we get better….

    Honest and disruptive leadership? Trump was disruptive. Romney was honest. Some assembly required.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  112. Follow the Money 3:

    Voters dissatisfied about direction of California but still back Newsom, poll shows

    ……… (Gov. Gavin) Newsom has the backing of 52% of registered voters, compared with 25% who favor Republican state Sen. Brian Dahle, a Northern California conservative who remains a political obscurity among most of the electorate, according to the latest UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times.

    Only 19% of voters said they were undecided, making it unlikely that the Republican will have room to close the gap before the November election.

    More than half of California voters — 53% — approve of Newsom’s job as governor, the poll found. ……..
    ………
    ……… Newsom’s approval numbers are impressive given that the survey showed that 52% of registered voters said California is headed in the wrong direction, versus 40% who said the opposite.

    While a clear sign of discontent, the number saying the state is headed in the wrong direction is far less than it was in 2010, the height of the Great Recession, when 80% of voters felt that way.
    ……….
    A majority of California voters whose primary concerns are crime, taxes, government regulation and immigration gave Newsom negative marks.
    ……….
    Newsom also enjoys a massive edge in campaign fundraising, with $24 million cash on hand, compared with Dahle’s $300,000, according to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the state.
    ………..

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  113. @114: If all Trump did was keep something that was government property, it’s not really criminal in people’s eyes and will be viewed through the “I like/hate Trump” filter. Prosecuting an ex-President requires significant, provable criminality or it will lead to civil unrest.

    Ask yourself: would we be prosecuting Obama or W for this? If not, then we won’t do that here, either.

    OTOH, if there is significant criminality, especially the sort that has harmed national security, Trump will be in the docket just like anyone else.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  114. Forgot the blockquotes. Sorry.

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  115. (Gov. Gavin) Newsom has the backing of 52% of registered voters, compared with 25% who favor Republican state Sen. Brian Dahle, a Northern California conservative who remains a political obscurity among most of the electorate, according to the latest UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times.

    Much like Putin’s foes remain in political obscurity. The media pumps up Democrats, and ignores GOP challengers, at least until they say somethings stupid. The last fairly reported gubernatorial campaign in CA was Brown-Whitman in 2010. Since then it’s all about the coming coronation.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  116. In new poll, Karen Bass jumps out to big lead over Rick Caruso in race for L.A. mayor
    ……….
    Since beating Caruso in the June primary by 7 points, Bass has widened her advantage over the businessman to 43%-31%, with 24% undecided, according to a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental studies poll, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times.

    Bass has consolidated support among liberal and Democratic voters, picking up the lion’s share of those who went for other candidates in the primary. …….
    ………
    ……..The (San Fernando) Valley accounted for 38% of ballots cast in the primary, and he won there by 7.5 percentage points. Now he’s up by just 2 points, according to the poll.
    ………
    ……… Although determining who is a likely voter is difficult this far in advance of the election, among voters whose responses to the poll indicate that they are most likely to cast ballots, Bass’ lead grows to 21 points — 53%-32%, with 14% undecided.
    ……….
    About half of registered voters surveyed, 49%, said they had a favorable opinion of Bass, while 22% said they had an unfavorable view, and 29% gave no opinion.

    Caruso’s numbers are starkly worse. Thirty-five percent of respondents had a favorable impression of him, while 40% said they had an unfavorable view and 24% had no opinion.
    ……….
    The poll found that 71% of voters said it was important to have someone who is progressive, 75% want a mayor with previous experience in elected office, and 72% want someone who has a history of defending abortion rights.

    The one attribute that might favor Caruso is that 77% want a candidate who is tough on crime.
    ……….
    Bass may also benefit from the recent failure on the part of opponents of Dist. Atty. George Gascón to get a recall on the ballot.
    ……….

    Related:

    New poll shows Gascon recall could have succeeded if it had made it on the ballot

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  117. The last fairly reported gubernatorial campaign in CA was Brown-Whitman in 2010. Since then it’s all about the coming coronation.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 8/27/2022 @ 12:17 pm

    Given the Republican minority registration in California (23.9%, nearly the same as no party preference at 22.7%) , and the tendency of Republicans to put forward unknown candidates, it’s not a surprise they get little coverage. Where are the Republican mega donors who can fund a competitive campaign?

    Meg Whitman, who would never make it in today’s Republican Party, had the personal wealth to fund a campaign. Recent Republican candidates don’t and don’t attract wealthy California Republicans (see post 91 for examples of some who are more interested in national politics than California).

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  118. If you ask the press and the Democrats (birm) what LA’s problems are, they’ll say homelessness, high housing costs, abortion rights and the need for police reform. If you ask working men and women, they’ll say traffic, high housing costs, homeless encampments, crime and no prosecution of criminals.

    In that poll (121) they asked some strange questions. Such as “When considering whom to vote for … is it important that a candidate has progressive politics?” I would answer this “yes, it is very important” but not in the sense that I would be more inclined to vote for them, which is how the question should be asked by a competent and/or honest pollster.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  119. Given the Republican minority registration in California (23.9%, nearly the same as no party preference at 22.7%) , and the tendency of Republicans to put forward unknown candidates, it’s not a surprise they get little coverage. Where are the Republican mega donors who can fund a competitive campaign?

    Chicken vs egg.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  120. Chicken vs egg.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 8/27/2022 @ 12:57 pm

    That has been and will continue to be the California Republican Party’s problem for the foreseeable future (being Trumpy doesn’t help).

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  121. Meg Whitman lost because she supported abortion rights, plus a late smear. The mg’s of the world sat on their hands. Since then, the state GOP has been more interested in posturing and party-insider perks. Still, the press’s tendency towards hagiography is bothersome.

    It will take a force of nature, with a willingness to talk solutions to the state’s problems (e.g. water, transportation, housing) to oppose this. Caruso, it turns out, isn’t that person. For a non-Democrat to win in CA, they have to be able to change the rules of the campaign not just talk louder about the same losing platform.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  122. As for running unknowns … that happens a lot. Who was Pete Buttigieg before 2020? It takes a press willing to cover candidates for them to become known. Pete didn’t get much money up front.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  123. I had this dream last night — no kidding — that the news was showing Mar-a-Lago burning down and the last anyone knew, Trump was inside.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  124. Romney was honest.

    Pfft. So “honest” – he hid under the nom de plume PIERRE DELECTO.

    DCSCA (de5a0a)

  125. I had this dream last night — no kidding — that the news was showing Mar-a-Lago burning down and the last anyone knew, Trump was inside.

    I have this dream daily — no kidding — that the news was showing a bulletin from Brandon Falls, Delaware that a still unidentified bicyclist with an ice cream cone in hand lost control of his Schwinn and rolled off a cliff into the sea… and the last word pedestrians heard was the cry, ‘Hey Jack, I dropped my chocolate chip! No joke! I’m not kiddinggggggg =splash=!’ 😉

    DCSCA (de5a0a)

  126. Who was Pete Buttigieg before 2020?

    We know the team; just not the position played: pitcher or catcher?

    DCSCA (de5a0a)

  127. @118, Kevin: “if there is significant criminality, especially the sort that has harmed national security, Trump will be in the docket just like anyone else”

    I tend to agree. If there is any evidence that Trump monetized national security intelligence or had the potential to monetize the information or blackmail someone, then the calculus changes. Much of this is just bizarro world. I can understand Trump holding onto the Kim love letters out of sentimentality….but why was he holding onto the other items and so clearly evading the requests from the archives? Is it more manufactured drama to create the current flurry of news? Is it just incompetence mixed in with a healthy dose of careless disregard for the classification process? Was there more going on and he thought he could cover it up by taking boxes and boxes of stuff? However, what is the sanction for clear violations of federal law? Normally, the perp would be politically radioactive and be sent off in disgrace to write his memoirs. Here? He’s leading the Republican field and the craziest of the Republicans want to kill FBI agents. You almost HAVE TO charge him and work out any leniency on the back end….as exasperating and destructive to comity as that will be….

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  128. @114. Pfft.

    Then do it.

    Better people than government dweebs have tried for 40 years:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJYgNqOFBLk

    DCSCA (de5a0a)

  129. …….,.,,
    Shocked, that is, if you hadn’t noticed that Trump is not that great about paying his bills.

    Jim Miller (85fd03) — 8/26/2022 @ 4:01 pm

    Truth Social can’t catch a break:
    ………

    In a filing from August 2, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said Truth Social’s name is too similar to other businesses, which could cause consumers to be “confused, mistaken or deceived as to the commercial source of the goods and/or services of the parties.”
    ………
    “Regardless of how big your company is or how famous your backers are, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will review each application on its own, and you can still run into problems if it’s not unique enough,” (trademark attorney Josh Gerben) told CBS MoneyWatch………
    ……….
    The trademark office pointed out that Truth Social’s name is similar to two other businesses: Vero — True Social, a social media app, and the Truth Network, a Christian radio service. Truth Social’s name is confusingly “similar to the registered marks” of Vero—True Social and the Truth Network, the agency said.
    ………

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  130. what is the sanction for clear violations of federal law?

    Prison.

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  131. Timothy L. O’Brien speculates on Trump’s motives for keeping all that classified material:

    “I think, in terms of his own motivation, I think of it in three baskets, ” he continued. “One that is explainable is that Trump is a 7-year-old grown old and he wanted to keep things like schematics for Air Force One and things like that that I don’t think are a threat to national security but they were classified and he wanted them for himself.”

    “I think the more important motivations are greed and reputational,” he added. “That he’d think he could sell some of these things on the open market. We need to find out also if the documents contain things that would damage his reputation that he wanted to keep out of the public purview.”

    Having written a biography of the loser, O’Brien knows more about the Donald than most of us do.

    And I can’t say I have seen any better guesses for the loser’s motivations for keeping all that clasified material.

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  132. #121 – A Bass versus a Caruso (Enrico was, of course, a tenor). Will they make beautiful music together? Probably not.

    (Yes, I know Conresswoman Karen Bass is almost certainly an alto or a soprano — but I still get a kick out of the two names.)

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  133. Prosecutors Ask for 17-Year Jail Sentence for Vet Who Assaulted a Cop with Marine Corps Flag on Jan. 6
    ……..
    Thomas Webster, 56, was one of the first people to be charged for his role in the violence the day Congress was set to certify the results of the presidential election. He was arrested on six charges on Feb. 21, 2021. He was found guilty on all counts — all but one were felonies — on May 2, 2022.
    ……..
    Body camera footage shows Webster approaching the barricade set up by officers and pointing to Rathbun, calling him a “f—ing piece of s—” and a “commie.”

    Webster then swung the metal flagpole he was carrying, complete with a red flag with the Marine Corps’ eagle, globe and anchor emblem, at Rathbun “with enough force to break the metal pole in half.”

    “As Officer Rathbun retreated backward toward the inauguration stage, Webster crouched down, charged directly at [him], and tackled him to the ground,” the sentencing memo reads.

    The former Marine and cop then dragged Rathbun “by his helmet, pinned him to the ground, and tried to rip off his gas mask,” choking him. Images included in the court documents show Webster standing over the officer while he sits on the Capitol grounds, with both of his hands tightly over Rathbun’s gas mask.
    ……….

    Rathburn was convicted of

    ……… assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers with a dangerous weapon; obstructing officers during a civil disorder; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, while carrying a dangerous weapon; engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, while carrying a dangerous weapon, and engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, while carrying a dangerous weapon. He also was found guilty of one misdemeanor, engaging in an act of physical violence in the Capitol building or grounds.

    The charge of assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers with a dangerous weapon carries a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison. ……..
    ………

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  134. Source for Rathburn’s convictions.

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  135. @88 blake masters trys to wipe out is anti-abortion social media pages after people are passing out coat hangers at his poorly attended campaign events.

    asset (3d7117)

  136. “Our government is completely and thoroughly corrupt, as is our media. This is not new. What is new is how open, brazen, and in your face they are with it. They might as well just go up to a podium and just raise their middle finger to us all. They are acting as if they see themselves as a untouchable. And in fact, they may be. May.

    They ‘came out’ during the Obama administration and continue to work against the citizens of this country uninhibited. This will go on for exactly as long as the citizens allow it, and not a day longer.”

    —- Temujin

    Colonel Haiku (49ba6b)

  137. An interesting take…

    “Most everyone by now assumes that the “classified” documents are those showing the malfeasance and perfidy of the FBI and DOJ in the Crossfire Hurricane RussiaGate investigation – that turned out to have been originated, pushed, and funded by Crooked Hillary, her campaign, and the DNC. Trump repeatedly tried to get the incriminating documents declassified throughout 2020, and formally ordered them declassified his last full day in office. Amazingly, despite a formal signed Presidential order, they still aren’t declassified (according to FOIA requests). This means that either the FBI Counterintelligence Division (CD) and DOJ National Security Division (NSD), the two organizations that would had to do the declassification work, ignored a Presidential order, implementing his plenary declassification authority, the FJB Administration reclassified them, or they have been declassified. Note that the search warrant ordered seizure of documents marked classified, and not actually classified documents. This may be a critical admission there. In any case, the claim that Trump illegally removed and stored classified documents verges on frivolous. Moreover, by its very terms, the Espionage Act does not apply to Trump. He was never an officer or employee of the federal government. (Plenty of Supreme Court precedent that the President is not covered by statutes covering officers and employees of the govt – but Crooked Hillary, as Secretary of State obviously was covered). Let me add that the surfacing of Andrew Weissman and Peter Strzok, rearing their slimy heads, as talking heads, is additional indicia that the supposed classified documents involve their RussiaGate perfidy and malfeasance.

    This means that indicting Trump under the Espionage Act would be legally frivolous. And note that the magistrate who granted the search warrant could not try the case – since he is not an Article III judge (arguably he didn’t have the authority to issue the search warrant for the same reason).

    In any case, this leave the supposed violation of the Presidential Records Act – which is a civil, not a criminal violation.”

    —- Bruce Hayden

    Colonel Haiku (49ba6b)

  138. Good news: Artemis I is scheduled to lift off Monday morning

    Bad news: Launch time is 0530 PDT. Obviously not run past public relations. Those engineers think they run everything!

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  139. Truth Social’s name is confusingly “similar to the registered marks” of Vero—True Social and the Truth Network, the agency said./em>

    What matters is if there is some confusion in the marketplace. I think the most likely confusion would be people thinking that Truth Network was a Trump front. Vero-True Social is no more of a problem than Pepsi-Cola was to Coke.

    I’ve always wondered though why the many lawyers of The Federalist Society didn’t come unglued about The Federalist online Trump front.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  140. with proper tagging

    Truth Social’s name is confusingly “similar to the registered marks” of Vero—True Social and the Truth Network, the agency said.

    What matters is if there is some confusion in the marketplace. I think the most likely confusion would be people thinking that Truth Network was a Trump front. Vero-True Social is no more of a problem than Pepsi-Cola was to Coke.

    I’ve always wondered though why the many lawyers of The Federalist Society didn’t come unglued about The Federalist online Trump front.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  141. Source for Rathburn’s convictions.


    Source
    for Rathburn’s actions.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  142. (Yes, I know Conresswoman Karen Bass is almost certainly an alto or a soprano — but I still get a kick out of the two names.)

    At least she’s not up against someone named Sturgeon. Or O’Matic.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  143. That “Temujin” is a long-lived fellow, but perhaps not the nicest guy in the world.

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  144. 149… Yes, you’ve mentioned that before, thx.

    Colonel Haiku (49ba6b)

  145. Is the border crisis an ‘invasion’?

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott claims that President Biden’s failure to faithfully execute the immigration laws enacted by Congress has violated Article IV, § 4 of the U.S. Constitution, which provides that “[t]he United States . . . shall protect each [State in this Union] against Invasion.”

    The border crisis hit a new record in May 2022, which saw the largest number of illegal border crossers along our southern border since CBP began keeping track in 2000, and these unprecedented numbers are overwhelming local communities across Texas.

    Abbott has decided to attempt to exercise his state’s authority under Article I, § 10 of the U.S. Constitution to protect itself against an “invasion” of undocumented migrants at the Southwest border.

    The border patrol has encountered more than 1.8 million illegal crossers at land borders in fiscal 2022, and there are still two months left to go in the fiscal year. That number is higher than the entirety of illegal crossers in fiscal 2021, when the border patrol encountered nearly 1.7 million illegal crossers. The highest number of encounters in the four previous fiscal years was 859,501 in 2019.

    In May, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) released 95,318 migrants into the United States that it had encountered at the Southwest border, bringing the total of illegal migrant releases under the Biden administration to 1,049,532 — which is a population larger than the number of residents in the president’s home state of Delaware.

    Andrew R. Arthur has observed that, “There were 496 days between Jan. 21, 2021 (the day after the inauguration) and May 31, 2022… DHS released — on average — 2,115 illegal migrants per day throughout that period.”

    If you don’t want to call this an invasion, what would you call it?

    More to the point: If it’s not an “invasion” under current interpretation of the law, what recourse should states have to limit the flood of undocumented migrants being released into their territories?

    biden supporters would call it a voter registration drive

    JF (3afaa3)

  146. The Biden junta has approximately 200 staffers who are eligible for the tuition bailout.

    Colonel Haiku (49ba6b)

  147. The presidency has gone from this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1wXEEQBHeQ

    To this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pct1uEhAqBQ

    Step right up and get your tickets! On with the show!

    Colonel Haiku (49ba6b)

  148. We’ll need at least 377 Texas border cops, state and federal, for each illegal alien. 376 are not enough.

    Yeah, that was pointless snark.

    What is not pointless snark is that, dating back to Eisenhower’s “Operation Wetback”, the biggest opposition, overt and covert, to a secure border has come from Texas employers. It’s just that now they’re getting more than they can enslave need at subsistence wages.

    nk (e87c81)

  149. It will take a force of nature, with a willingness to talk solutions to the state’s problems (e.g. water, transportation, housing) to oppose this. Caruso, it turns out, isn’t that person. For a non-Democrat to win in CA, they have to be able to change the rules of the campaign not just talk louder about the same losing platform.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 8/27/2022 @ 1:04 pm

    Maybe, but as far as California is concerned, I doubt it. They are a political monoculture now, dominated by the coastal neoliberals and neomarxists who are basically arguing over to what lengths they should imitate Mao’s China. The same situation is taking place in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, New York, and Illinois.

    California’s voters are really only concerned with chasing whatever hedonistic fashion they can use as a form of self-medication to distract themselves from the functional rot they enabled. If things are bad there, it’s because the voters want it to be. It’s why their rhetoric about threats to “our democracy” ring so hollow–when they say that, they don’t mean Our Democracy, they mean Their Democracy. And if Their Democracy results in that kind of dysfunction, why should anyone who desires a high-trust society want to be a part of that?

    Factory Working Orphan (2775f0)

  150. Team Assessing Lightning Strikes to Towers at Launch Pad

    ‘As the Artemis I countdown progresses, rain and thunderstorms have continued throughout the afternoon at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Earlier this afternoon, there were three lightning strikes to the lightning protection system towers at Launch Pad 39B – a strike to Tower 1, and two strikes to Tower 2. Initial indications are that the strikes were of low magnitude. A weather team has begun an assessment that includes collecting voltage and current data, as well as imagery. The data will be shared with a team of experts on electromagnetic environment efforts who will determine if any constraints on vehicle or ground systems were violated. Engineers will conduct a walkdown at the pad tonight, and if needed, conduct additional assessments with subsystems experts.

    Overnight, engineers also will conduct preparations on the umbilicals, power up the core stage, and begin charging the Orion and Space Launch System core stage batteries. The lightning protection system at the launch pad includes three 600-foot-tall towers and catenary wires positioned to protect the rocket, spacecraft, and mobile launcher. The wires run to the ground almost diagonally, steering the lightning current away from the rocket.’

    https://blogs.nasa.gov/artemis/

    “SCE to AUX.” – Paging Walt Kapryan, Gerry Griffin, John Aaron, Pete Conrad, Al Bean and Dick Gordon.

    DCSCA (702ad1)

  151. Source for Rathburn’s actions.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 8/27/2022 @ 3:26 pm

    Touché!

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  152. U.S. Pledges Another $3 Billion for Ukraine Defense, the War’s Largest Aid Package
    ……..
    The package includes advanced surface-to-air defense systems, up to 24 counter-artillery radar systems, nearly 250,000 rounds of artillery munitions, drones and spare parts, the Pentagon said. It also includes funding to train Ukrainian forces on how to use Western-provided weapons, defense officials said.

    In addition, in the coming weeks the Biden administration plans to name its military mission supporting Ukraine and appoint a general to lead the training and assistance effort, U.S. officials said.

    ……… The naming of the training and assistance is significant bureaucratically, as it typically entails long-term, dedicated funding and the possibility of special pay, ribbons and awards for service members participating in the effort. The selection of a general, expected to be a two- or three-star, reflects the creation of a command responsible to coordinate the effort, a shift from the largely ad hoc effort to provide training and assistance to the Ukrainians for years.

    The $2.98 billion commitment announced Wednesday will fund the purchase of the weapons and munitions from defense contractors. …….(T)he Biden administration said getting the weapons promised Ukraine on Wednesday would be a “multi-year investment.” Some weapons could take as long as three years to arrive, defense officials said.
    ………

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  153. Lest you forget, the Biden/Harris administration had nothing to do with this space project:

    Vice President Kamala Harris to attend Artemis moon launch

    Vice President Kamala Harris plans to attend the launch of the Artemis I moon rocket from Kennedy Space Center on Monday, according to a release from the White House.

    Harris and Second Gentlemen Doug Emhoff will be on hand with Harris delivering remarks ahead of the planned liftoff during a two-hour window that opens at 8:33 a.m. Harris is the chair of the National Space Council that helps inform President Biden on space policy.

    She will also tour KSC to view some of the hardware on hand for the Artemis II and III missions that expect to return humans to orbit the moon in 2024 and return humans including the first woman in 2025 to the lunar surface for the first since the last Apollo landing nearly 50 years ago.

    Two of the Apollo program astronauts are also expected to be on site including one of the last men to walk on the moon, Harrison Schmitt, who flew on Apollo 17 and left the lunar surface on Dec. 14, 1972. [FYI, Schmitt has been a long time proponent for the SLS heavy launch vehicle.] Also on hand will be Apollo 10 astronaut Thomas Stafford.[FYI, Stafford rode his Saturn V to lunar orbit in May, 1969- over 53 years ago- w/Gene Cernan and John Young, both of whom have passed away– from old age.] Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham had planned to attend, but NASA officials said he can no longer make it.

    NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and other officials will be at KSC, but names of other celebrities who may actually attend the launch have not been released.

    A live broadcast of the launch will be aired on NASA’s social media channels and on NASA TV. It will include celebrity appearances by actors Jack Black, Chris Evans and Keke Palmer as well as performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Josh Grobin and Herbie Hancock and “America the Beautiful” by the Philadelphia Orchestra with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. – https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/os-bz-nasa-artemis-vice-president-kamala-harris-to-attend-launch-20220826-tyv2k4ztgbarhinekmjzotrupm-story.html

    How Spiro Agnew of her. Wear that brown pantsuit, dear– so the stains don’t show when the shock wave hits you. Howzabout visiting the Southern border, too, sweetie.

    “Awww, Jeez.” – Archie Bunker [Carroll O’Connor] ‘All In The Family’ CBS TV, 1971-79

    DCSCA (702ad1)

  154. @159. Some weapons could take as long as three years to arrive, defense officials said.

    ROFLMAOPIP

    … and Putin smiled.

    DCSCA (702ad1)

  155. ‘Gridlock’: Artemis launch spectators, five Port Canaveral cruise ships to snarl traffic Monday

    Take your typical Monday morning rush hour in north-central Brevard County, with school buses and workplace commuters backing up at busy intersections. Add roughly 40,000 people boarding and disembarking five large cruise ships that are scheduled to leave Port Canaveral on Monday.

    Then throw in a teeming throng of 100,000 to 500,000 spectators, most attempting to maneuver as close as possible to the beach and Indian River Lagoon to watch NASA’s Artemis I historic moon launch soar skyward. It’s the first planned uncrewed test flight in the Artemis program.

    “Think safety first. Watch out for pedestrians, because a lot of people will be crossing the roads on foot. And think delays,” Brevard County Communications Director Don Walker said. “If you’re going to be stuck in traffic for two or three hours, you’re going to want to have water. You’re going to want to have some food with you. So think about what you need to be prepared, in case you get stuck in a long line of traffic and you’re not moving,” Walker said. “And it’s August. It’s going to be hot,” he said.

    https://currently.att.yahoo.com/att/gridlock-artemis-launch-spectators-five-090009637.html

    Planning to attend, Ron– or are you having Tinker Bell arrested for indecent exposure?

    DCSCA (702ad1)

  156. Will nothing stop Hillary’s unquenchable thirst for blood?

    Davethulhu (aac330)

  157. “California’s voters blah blah blah.”

    More people voted for Trump in California than any other state.

    More people voted for Trump in California than the entire population of 30 different states.

    More people voted for Trump in California than the total population of the 6 lowest population states.

    Some fun facts for ya.

    Davethulhu (aac330)

  158. DeSantis removes elected education officials after Parkland safety report

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) suspended four elected school board members on Friday, after a grand jury found that they had acted with negligence and incompetence in implementing safety measures at schools in Broward County and recommended their removal.

    The grand jury investigation came after a 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people. In its report, released last week, the grand jury said that the Broward school board had mismanaged a program funded by an $800 million bond and failed to deliver on promised projects, including safety upgrades to its schools.

    “It is my duty to suspend people from office when there is clear evidence of incompetence, neglect of duty, misfeasance or malfeasance,” DeSantis said in a statement. “We are grateful to the members of the jury who have dedicated countless hours to this mission and we hope this suspension brings the Parkland community another step towards justice.”

    One section of Florida law gives the governor the power to “suspend from office any elected or appointed municipal official for malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty, habitual drunkenness, incompetence, or permanent inability to perform official duties.” The governor may also take action if an official is arrested or indicted on a misdemeanor or felony.

    Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, is the country’s sixth-largest school district and is responsible for about 260,000 students. The rare decision to forcibly remove elected officials from office was praised by the families of victims of school violence, but it also sparked accusations of political overreach.

    … mostly from those suspended. There is some indication that the bond money was spent on other things.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  159. More people voted for Trump in California than any other state.

    This is something that I tell all the California haters who think that anyone leaving the state is spreading communism. There are 40 million people in CA and a little over a third of them live in Trump-voting households. Most of the people leaving are the ones who are fed up.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  160. Will nothing stop Hillary’s unquenchable thirst for blood?

    It’s always suicide. They’ve learned that “cerebral hemorrhage” is too suspicious.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  161. Biden, Trump, Hillary, …. There’s an AIDS epidemic sweeping America, and it’s not HIV. It’s hearing aids.

    Here’s “My Generation” performed by the generation who first heard it.

    nk (214faa)

  162. Davethulhu (aac330) — 8/27/2022 @ 6:22 pm

    Just because California has the US’s largest population doesn’t mean it isn’t a political monoculture. And if California has a horrible homeless problem, crime problem, and drug addict problem, can’t build their railroad to nowhere, and set their own state on fire because PG&E and SCE can’t keep their power lines clear of vegetation, that’s a direct consequence of their voters.

    This is something that I tell all the California haters who think that anyone leaving the state is spreading communism. There are 40 million people in CA and a little over a third of them live in Trump-voting households. Most of the people leaving are the ones who are fed up.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 8/27/2022 @ 6:51 pm

    I’d say the evolution of Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Nevada is pretty elegant proof of what California’s migrants have done the last 40 years. Maybe in those early years, they were right-wingers (in Colorado, those first migrants were the Dobson and Douglas Bruce types), but that certainly hasn’t been the case in the last 20.

    Factory Working Orphan (2775f0)

  163. More people voted for Trump in California than the total population of the 6 lowest population states.
    Some fun facts for ya.
    Davethulhu (aac330) — 8/27/2022 @ 6:22 pm

    another fun fact:
    more people will enter the country illegally under demented joe than voted for Trump in California

    JF (aad76e)

  164. I’d say the evolution of Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Nevada is pretty elegant proof of what California’s migrants have done the last 40 years. Maybe in those early years, they were right-wingers (in Colorado, those first migrants were the Dobson and Douglas Bruce types), but that certainly hasn’t been the case in the last 20.

    Well, 40 years ago, California was electing Republicans and their former governor was President. The problem started when people starting moving in from the east coast and the pick-up line became “where are you from?”

    The people leaving now are the ones who cannot stomach what has happened. The ones who stay — at least on the coast — are happy with the situation, or have become convinced that coastal California is “normal” or have too many connections to break.

    I was at a convention in Texas and there were people from California who had NO IDEA that gas prices were not normally $6. I said “keep voting as you’re voting, keep getting what you’re getting.” Blank stares. It’s like the Democrats have brought them the weather.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  165. anyone want to take a stab at explaining how Grifter Jr. got so rich?

    Liz Cheney’s Net Worth Grew as Much as 600% During Her Time in Office

    Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) net worth ballooned from an estimated $7 million when she first took office in 2017 to possibly more than $44 million in 2020, according to analysis from the Center for Responsive Politics and her most recent financial disclosure forms.

    Depending on where she falls in the ranges in her latest financial disclosure forms, that could represent as much as a 600 percent increase in her net worth in just a few short years in Congress–a massive boom for an already-independently wealthy political scion of the powerful Cheney family which counts among its most powerful her father, former Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney.

    During Cheney’s first term in office, from 2017 to 2018, her net worth grew from the 71st ($7,036,013) to the 24th ($14,710,513) wealthiest member in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Center for Responsive Politics analysis shows.

    JF (0348bc)

  166. more people will enter the country illegally under demented joe than voted for Trump in California

    Not that many will stay; most get arrested. Trump got 6 million votes in California in 2020. Biden got 11 million. Before 6 million illegals stay in this 4 year term, Texas will have the national guard at the border.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  167. The problem started when people starting moving in from the east coast and the pick-up line became “where are you from?”

    this is a joke, right?

    JF (0348bc)

  168. Liz Cheney’s Net Worth Grew as Much as 600% During Her Time in Office

    First, 7 to 44 is slightly over 500% increase. But this has been a heady time in the markets.

    From 1/1/17 to now,

    AMZN went from 27 to 130 (250% gain)
    AAPL went from 29 to 170 (480%)
    AMD went from 11 to 97 (780%) and has been as high as 150 (1250%)

    You don;’t have to be a crook to make money in a bull market, and these are current prices not the peaks..

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  169. You don;’t have to be a crook to make money in a bull market, and these are current prices not the peaks..
    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 8/27/2022 @ 8:24 pm

    I’d bet it’s something more like cattle futures

    JF (0348bc)

  170. I was at a convention in Texas and there were people from California who had NO IDEA that gas prices were not normally $6. I said “keep voting as you’re voting, keep getting what you’re getting.” Blank stares. It’s like the Democrats have brought them the weather.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 8/27/2022 @ 8:14 pm

    For a demographic that likes to think of themselves as highly cultured and cosmopolitan, coastal Californians (and urban liberals in general) can be more provincial than the small-town residents to whom they enjoy looking down their nose.

    Factory Working Orphan (2775f0)

  171. “I was at a convention in Texas and there were people from California who had NO IDEA that gas prices were not normally $6. I said “keep voting as you’re voting, keep getting what you’re getting.” Blank stares. It’s like the Democrats have brought them the weather.”

    Here’s another demographic fun fact: If it were up to native Texans, Beto would have beaten Cruz. Cruz was carried over the finish line by immigrants (from other states). It’s a tribute to his void of personality.

    Davethulhu (aac330)

  172. The governor’s election wasn’t as close, but native Texans are noticeably more liberal than their transplanted neighbors.

    Davethulhu (aac330)

  173. The governor’s election wasn’t as close, but native Texans are noticeably more liberal than their transplanted neighbors.
    Davethulhu (aac330) — 8/27/2022 @ 9:14 pm

    many “native” Texans are second generation, making this a fun and ridiculous fact

    JF (0348bc)

  174. “many “native” Texans are second generation, making this a fun and ridiculous fact”

    Texas is more conservative now than it was 30 years ago, when it elected Democrat Ann Richards as governor.

    https://www.texastribune.org/2013/03/11/polling-center-californias-conservative-migration/

    Davethulhu (aac330)

  175. Davethulhu (aac330) — 8/27/2022 @ 10:15 pm

    all those Texans must’ve moved to California, turning it blue

    Texas isn’t more conservative than it was in Richards’ time

    it’s Democrats that changed

    JF (16a2d8)

  176. “Texas isn’t more conservative than it was in Richards’ time”

    lol

    “it’s Democrats that changed”

    lmao

    Davethulhu (aac330)

  177. sorry Davethulhu, but for most people an absence of Antifa nut jobs isn’t indicative of an ultra conservative tilt

    JF (16a2d8)

  178. Abbot is still under 50% in Texas polling, he is at 46%. When incumbent is under 50% Most of the undecided go for the challenger. Most new voters registering since may are pro choice women ready to vote out every anti-choice republican on the ballot. Same thing happened in Kansas and NY-19.

    asset (20d291)

  179. Greg Abbott could just be stale, like Scott Walker in 2018, and Mario Cuomo in 1994. A Beto bottled up by Dan Patrick, an R cabinet and TX Lege might not be horrible, though the other Dana from KY may vehemently disagree

    urbanleftbehind (0900f9)

  180. Colonel Haiku (49ba6b) — 8/27/2022 @ 4:27 pm

    What the Fucik?

    felipe (484255)

  181. ULB,

    Beto is a lazy socialist. Have you gone so far that that isn’t a big deal to you anymore?

    NJRob (6b535b)

  182. Your 187 played, slayed and filetted, felipe!

    Colonel Haiku (49ba6b)

  183. Wouldn’t a workaholic socialist be far worse?

    urbanleftbehind (0900f9)

  184. Au contraire, mon frere, it was your choice of music that “psf’d.” I can imagine a self-important, entitled group choosing this piece from its title, thinking “yeah, we’re gladiators – watch as we take over!” And then the music begins.

    I just pointed it out. Thank you for that.

    felipe (484255)

  185. Either damn way, imagine what reducing the minimum take for charges being dropped lower than 950.00 could do, Californians. This brave soul doesn’t give a fig about who’s gov:

    https://abc7chicago.com/caught-on-video-erotic-cabaret-boutique-viral-tiktok/12172381/

    urbanleftbehind (0900f9)

  186. #46 JVW asked: “Are you thinking of Charles Barkley’s famous claim that he was misquoted in his autobiography? That one is a classic.”

    That is a classic, but I don’t think it’s the one I was remembering. I recall fairly clearly that he said he hadn’t read the book, or part of it.

    (Another classic from Michael Hayden’s “Playing to the Edge”: Obama kept asking the intelligence folks for shorter briefs, inspiring one to finally complain that maybe they should provide him haikus.

    Like the loser, Obama is lazy. But their laziness may have spared us from even worse problems than what they caused, and, in the loser’s case, is causing.)

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  187. Barry says to b*tch
    “get yer biscuits in oven
    and yer buns in bed!”

    Colonel Haiku (49ba6b)

  188. gives new meaning to
    “mmm, mmm, mmm” 0bama chant
    this will dog teh Man

    Colonel Haiku (49ba6b)

  189. if ya don’t know how
    to do it he’ll show you how
    to wok any dog

    Colonel Haiku (49ba6b)

  190. at dinner table
    in faraway Jakarta
    hungry boy, tough Spot

    Colonel Haiku (49ba6b)

  191. Re; Trump’s reasons for keeping so much classified material.

    First, the classified material was only a small fraction of the items recovered in January (the way the affidavit focuses on that could be misleading if you don’t think) and was mixed up with all sorts of other material, including even newspaper clippings and magazine articles. It would have been all hastily packed in the last few days before January 20,, 2021 but probsbly wasn’t sorted out much before that. Some of the items had Trump’s handwriting on them.

    There were duplicates (the affidavit totals “unique” documents) and I would guess a substantial portion of the duplicates would be instructions and warnings about how not to use certain information so as not to give away the source – itself classified secret.

    Trump’s overriding reason for keeping the material would be for help in writing a memoir – which he would never get around to. It actually would be most useful for selecting a list of topics to write about.

    In the end, the biggest risk would be that Trump would grant access to an untrustworthy person. More likely, nobody could see it for decades.

    Trump also had a few mementos he might have liked to use – or display somewhere in the future – like the correspondence with the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un and the note left for him by departing President Obama – that one probably of much more of interest to the National Archives than to Donald Trump.

    Foreign countries did not know that there was this treasure trove of random and mostly irrelevant to them material and so wouldn’t send spies to look through it – and if there was something in particular they hoped to find, they would have no way of zeroing in on it. The material was nnot digitized, and could not be all stolen at once.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  192. Liz Cheney could have been the recipient of gifts from her parents, done to avoid estate taxes but I don”t know how much that would amount to. Or investments? Or something was included that wasn’t last time? Or a different division of marital assets?

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  193. *Cough*

    NJRob (eb56c3) — 8/27/2022 @ 5:45 pm

    You do realize that “story” is now history, not news, right? It happened 14 months ago.

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  194. JF @151, If this=is was an “invasion” they could shoot them.

    There are not enough migrants dying and being robbed for you? (Because Mexico possibly under U.S. pressure) started requiring visas for people from Venezuela to go to Mexico so now they cross the Darian gap (aided by social media but people from the cartels have joined these groups)

    The more enforcement you have the deadlier it gets.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  195. Bruce Hayden:

    “Most everyone by now assumes that the “classified” documents are those showing the malfeasance and perfidy of the FBI and DOJ in the Crossfire Hurricane RussiaGate investigation

    Maybe possibly some of those taken as a result of the search warrant, but that’s probably not most of them.

    \The affidavit notes that \National Defense information and classified matterial are not identical things.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  196. That music sounds familiar – something to do with a circus -but Wikipedia does not say ssnything about that here:

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

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  197. Liz Cheney is married to a high-priced lawyer. If their assets went up because of intelligent investing, I think we should applaud them.

    Just as we should applaud them for raising five children, none of whom have been in the news.

    (And Donald “six bankruptcies” Trump should beg them for investing advice. Especially since he may be heading for a seventh, with “Truth Social”. His children, with one possible exception, are going to need trust funds.)

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  198. Violent crime is spiking in Trump’s California. These counties blame everyone but themselves
    ……….
    Kern County leads the locales where your chance of being murdered is greatest — with a homicide rate of nearly 14 people per 100,000, compared with about 6 per 100,000 for the state as a whole and 8.5 per 100,000 in Los Angeles County. The number of people annually murdered (a legal term that implies conviction, but you get my point) in Kern has nearly doubled since 2015 to 124 lives last year.

    Former President Trump, who legitimately lost the 2020 election, won nearly 54% of the count in Kern. ……..House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also prevailed handily in Kern, raking in 64% of votes……….

    Merced County had the second-highest homicide rate at 9.5 per 100,000 residents. ………

    Third place goes to Tulare County, running from Delano in the south to a bit north of Visalia, where people were violently killed at a rate of 8.8 per 100,000. Trump took nearly 53% of the vote there in 2020, and McCarthy, who also represents part of the area, took nearly 59%. ………

    ………(N)ot only do these counties share the same problems of dark-blue Los Angeles and San Francisco — poverty, homelessness, drugs — they are doing worse on homicides. ……
    ……….
    There are two things we should talk about: guns and NIMBYism.
    ……….
    ………. The figures released this week are outdated, according to Mike Romano, director of the Three Strikes and Justice Advocacy Projects at Stanford Law School……….

    Fresno, he said, has seen a huge drop of 29% so far this year. Oakland is down 6%. Los Angeles and San Francisco have remained about even year-over-year. Long Beach and San Diego have ticked up. Other crimes, including robbery, burglary, shoplifting and arson, were all flat or down across the state in 2021, he said.

    Overall, violent crime in California is the lowest it’s been since the 1970s, and has been that way for at least 10 years. California has the second-lowest homicide rate of any of the 10 largest states after New York, less than half the rate of states including Illinois, Georgia and Ohio.

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  199. Article IV, Section 4:

    The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.

    In Luther v. Borden , the Supreme Court established the doctrine that questions arising under this section are political, not judicial, in character and that it rests with Congress to decide what government is the established one in a State . . . as well as its republican character. ………(T)he Court indicated that it rested with Congress to determine the means proper to fulfill the guarantee of protection to the states against domestic violence.
    ……….
    In recent years, the authority of the United States to use troops and other forces in the states has not generally been derived from this clause and it has been of little importance.

    Source, footnotes omitted. This section is really concerned with threats and challenges to the legitimacy of state governments. Luther v. Borden concerned what two rival state governments was the legal government in Rhode Island. The Supreme Court said it was not a problem for the courts to decide.

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  200. Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 8/27/2022 @ 1:08 pm

    Who was Pete Buttigieg before 2020? It takes a press willing to cover candidates for them to become known. Pete didn’t get much money up front.

    The press is heavily influenced by arguments that someone is going to be a serious contender, which can be false.

    The classic example is Jimmy Carter, who, in 1975, convinced the media that he was a serious candidate (falsely using false arguments and a misleading Iowa poll – Carter had campaigned in Iowa for a long time, to the point where he was better known there than Senator Henry M (Scoop) Jackson, who had a name recognition of only 10% there.

    None of the Democratic candidates for president in 1976 were well known, but the political reporters didn’t understand that. So they bought into Jimmy Carter”s lies about why people were supporting him.

    They were supporting him because they would have liked to have met a president.

    Jimmy Carter convinced the media that he was a serious candidate, and he did such a good job of it, that he was eventually elected president.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  201. It might be Liz Cheney\s husband got better paying clients.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  202. This would be almost as a good of a “get” as Liz Hurley being a Brexiteer, and even up things from losing Taylor Swift:

    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/sydney-sweeney-mom-birthday-party-blue-lives-matter-shirt-political-statement-152920076.html

    urbanleftbehind (6bca78)

  203. Trump’s overriding reason for keeping the material would be for help in writing a memoir – which he would never get around to. It actually would be most useful for selecting a list of topics to write about.

    It’s constantly entertaining how you keep trying to guess Trump’s motivations, Sammy, giving him the benefit of the doubt, in this instance his reasons for stealing documents. The actual protocol is this.

    WASHINGTON — For the three years that former President Barack Obama wrote his 768-page memoir after leaving the White House, the millions of pages of his official presidential records were locked away in warehouses in Washington and Chicago.

    Each time Mr. Obama wanted to review something, his aides submitted precise requests to the National Archives and Records Administration. Sometimes, documents would be encrypted and loaded onto a laptop that would be brought to Mr. Obama at his office in Washington. Other times, a paper document would be placed in a locked bag for his perusal, and later returned the same way.

    Watch what they do, not what they say.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  204. The more enforcement you have the deadlier it gets.
    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee) — 8/28/2022 @ 8:30 am

    Someone please repeat this to the IRS.

    felipe (484255)

  205. Although given the subject evasee of this particular exercise, couldn’t those guys get cross trained and snuck into ICE/CBP in January 2025?

    urbanleftbehind (6bca78)

  206. Obama was more organized, and to look at any document, he had to ask for it so specifically, like for the closed stacks of a library. Not that Trump considered precedent.

    So, he was just keeping them, unorganized. But they had been things that he’d been careful to save for himself during his tenure.

    I don’t think Trump intended to sell any of these documents.

    Sammy Finkelman (418659)

  207. Each time Mr. Obama wanted to review something, his aides submitted precise requests to the National Archives and Records Administration. Sometimes, documents would be encrypted and loaded onto a laptop that would be brought to Mr. Obama at his office in Washington. Other times, a paper document would be placed in a locked bag for his perusal, and later returned the same way.

    I was deep into right-wing media when Obama was elected, and I recall conservatives being very worried on the day he started getting classified briefings. “He could never have gotten a security clearance!” they fumed.

    It all seems extraordinarily ironic now.

    Trump, of course, could never have gotten a security clearance either, but conservatives decided that his being “the Duly Elected President” meant he could do whatever he wants with the most sensitive top-secret material, and no mere bureaucrat or any other ordinary mortal has any business telling him otherwise.

    Now the (utterly cynical) Trumpite fall-back is: “It’s only a dispute about DOCUMENTS! This is OUTRAGEOUS!”

    Radegunda (f698ef)

  208. So, he was just keeping them, unorganized. But they had been things that he’d been careful to save for himself during his tenure

    Sammy, Trump was obligated under the Presidential Records Act to separate his personal materials from government documents. That he made no such separation has to mean that he stole materials that belonged to the American people as they weren’t his personal property. I don’t see how ignorance or sloppiness is an excuse to break the law.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  209. I can see the reason for appointing a Special Master to determine, after the fact, what materials belong the National Archives and what are “of a purely private or nonpublic character”, but any confidential or classified records, by definition, cannot be in the latter category.
    Also, there’s no issue with executive privilege because that was already waived.
    This comes down to this basic choice: Do you go with the Constitution, due process and the rule of law, or do you take the side of the con man who consistently puts himself above country and who makes up his own rules. It is unsettling that so many so-called conservatives align with the latter.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  210. Sammy: “None of the Democratic candidates for president in 1976 were well known, but the political reporters didn’t understand that. So they bought into Jimmy Carter”s lies about why people were supporting him. They were supporting him because they would have liked to have met a president.”

    Yikes

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  211. “In addition, the FBI believed that the material contained what it calls “national defense information,” or some of the most guarded secrets. (The Washington Post has reported the government feared nuclear secrets were at Mar-a-Lago.)

    So all the Post‘s sources — who it nebulously described as “‘people familiar with the investigation” and “experts in classified information” and “former senior intelligence officials” and “a person familiar with the investigation” who said there were nuclear secrets at Mar-a-Lago — were “the FBI” and the “government.”

    Please laugh.

    Then vote.“

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/08/26/takeaways-redacted-affidavit-trump-search/

    Colonel Haiku (49ba6b)

  212. As noted above, 18 USC 793(e) doesn’t require possession of classified information, only “ the unlawful retention of “information relating to the national defense” that is “closely held” by the government. The documents retained by former President Trump appear to meet that standard.

    THE ELEMENTS OF THE OFFENSE FOR AN 18 USC 793E PROSECUTION
    ……….
    ………..Key to holding Donald J. Trump accountable for the theft of classified documents …….. would be to show that the Presidential Records Act required Trump to return every Presidential Record, classified or not, and that because he did not have clearance after he was no longer President nor (according to Joe Biden) a need to know, he could not retain any NDI. Given the atrocious conditions under which he kept this stuff at Mar-a-Lago and his refusal to fix that, the guidelines on retaining classified information (which are cited in the affidavit) would also be key.

    Here’s what jurors would be asked to decide:

    Did the defendant, without authorization, have possession of, access to, or control over a document that was National Defense Information?

    Yes. As of January 20, 2021, Donald Trump (FPOTUS) had an affirmative obligation to return all Presidential Records to the National Archives, whether or not those records had National Defense Information.
    ……..
    Did the document in question relate to the national defense?

    From January 20, 2021 until January 2022, FPOTUS retained the following documents containing NDI:
    ………

    Did the defendant have reason to believe the information could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation?
    …………
    On June 3, 2022, DOJ’s head of Counterintelligence traveled to Mar-a-Lago to discuss the unlawfully retained documents. FPOTUS acknowledged Mr. Bratt’s goal and acceded to the goal of securing the documents. After Mr. Bratt sent attorney for FPOTUS a communication on June 8, 2022, directing him to secure all NDI material according to the terms of CFR Parts 2001 and 2003. Attorney for FPOTUS acknowledged receipt and took action in response. However, on August 8, 2022, both the storage closet containing 10 boxes of documents including NDI information and one box, including TS/SCI documents, stored in a hotel safe, remained insecure.

    Did the defendant retain the above material and fail to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it?

    ……… On May 12, 2022, the FBI subpoenaed remaining classified information.

    Nevertheless, FPOTUS refused to comply, even with a lawful subpoena, and remained in possession of 11 boxes including NDI information on August 8, 2022.

    Did he keep this document willfully?

    In addition to refusing NARA’s legal requests to return the documents and a lawful subpoena, FPOTUS took efforts to conceal NDI information from his representatives to prevent them from returning documents. ………
    ………..

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  213. Five Florida Men Arrested on Charges for Actions During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach
    ……….
    Four of the defendants — Benjamin Cole, 38, of Leesburg, John Edward Crowley, 50, of Windermere, Brian Preller, 33, of Mount Dora, and Jonathan Rockholt, 38, of Palm Coast, Florida – are charged with the felony offense of interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder. Along with a fifth defendant — Tyler Bensch, 20, of Casselberry – they also are charged with the misdemeanor offenses of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds.
    ……….
    (According to the affidavit) Cole, Crowley, Preller and Rockholt were in a group that engaged in a confrontation with law enforcement officers in the tunnel area of the Capitol’s Lower West Terrace. Bensch remained just outside. While inside the tunnel, Cole, Preller, Crowley and Rockholt confronted and assisted the crowd in confronting the officers that were preventing the tunnel and Capitol from being breached. They added their force, momentum, bodies, and efforts to the other rioters in a “heave-ho” effort that put pressure on the police line. As a direct result of the actions of the rioters in the tunnel at that time, the mob penetrated deeper, pushing the police line back.

    Once officers finally were able to repel Cole, Preller, Crowley, Rockholt, and others from the tunnel, Rockholt picked up a clear riot shield with a Capitol Police seal before leaving the area. Bensch, meanwhile, used one of his chemical irritants to spray the face of an individual who was an unknown member of the crowd, even though that person posed no threat to him.
    ………
    In the 19 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 860 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 260 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  214. Possibility of Obstruction Looms Over Trump After Thwarted Efforts to Recover Documents.
    ………
    ………(T)he crime of obstruction is as, or even more, serious a threat to Trump or his close associates. The version investigators are using, known as Section 1519, is part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a broad set of reforms enacted in 2002 after financial scandals at companies like Enron, Arthur Andersen and WorldCom.
    ……….
    To convict someone of obstruction, prosecutors need to prove two things: that a defendant knowingly concealed or destroyed documents, and that he did so to impede the official work of any federal agency or department. Section 1519’s maximum penalty is 20 years in prison, which is twice as long as the penalty under the Espionage Act.

    Julie O’Sullivan, a Georgetown University law professor who specializes in white-collar crime, said the emerging timeline of the government’s repeatedly stymied attempts to retrieve all the documents, coupled with claims by Trump that he did nothing wrong because he had declassified all the documents in his possession, presented significant legal peril for him.
    ……….
    ……… (A)s a basis for the search warrant, they cited three criminal laws for which prosecutors do not need to prove that a mishandled document was classified. The harshest was the obstruction statute.
    ………
    If the Justice Department is considering charging Trump with obstruction, there is one missing piece of information in the public understanding of the events: whether there is proof that he personally knew the documents were at Mar-a-Lago and chose not to return them all, including after the subpoena.
    ……….
    Against that backdrop, O’Sullivan noted that most of the interactions between the government and Trump’s camp went through his lawyers. She said if Trump were charged with obstruction, his “only defense” would be to say he did not know what was still at Mar-a-Lago and that his lawyers and aides handling the matter of the documents had messed up or misled him.
    ……….

    Trump’s lawyers better get lawyers.

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  215. Liz Cheney [aka Daughter Darth, the Princess of Halliburton] is married to a high-priced lawyer. If their assets went up because of intelligent investing, I think we should applaud them.

    Reaganomics! Yes, the sweet stink of the 1980’s! Let’s all applaud ‘insider trading.’

    Storm the castle.

    DCSCA (38140d)

  216. At this point, the DOJ now has to go for broke- if only to try to save the midterms for Joey and bat down the fires of support reignited by the Mar-A-Lago Raid. Expect Trump will be indicted 5 or 6 weeks before the midterms. The irony is, his popularity was beginning to wane at the hand of his own mouth. Leave it to AG Barney Fife to stoke embers and relight the fires. But Americans have repeatedly elected liars and crooks– especially entertaining rascals. Remember, the ‘Sock-It-To-Me’ Big Dick was also a snappy piano player. 😉

    DCSCA (38140d)

  217. https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

    NASA Live

    (All times Eastern U.S. time, which equates to UTC-4.)

    Monday, August 29

    12 a.m. – Coverage begins for the fueling of the Space Launch System Moon rocket on the Artemis I mission
    6:30 a.m. – Artemis I launch coverage begins in English. Launch coverage will continue through translunar injection and spacecraft separation, setting Orion on its path to the Moon. (Two-hour launch window opens at 8:33 a.m. EDT)
    12 p.m. – Artemis I post-launch news conference (time subject to change)
    4 p.m. – Coverage of Orion’s first outbound trajectory correction burn
    5:30 p.m. – Coverage of Orion’s first imagery of the Earth following trans lunar injection

    DCSCA (38140d)

  218. If you want a better example of how mainstream media misleads by omission and laziness, the Hunter Biden laptop tale isn’t it because there was no way it was going to be kept down, not with a right-wing wurlitzer pulling out all the stops.

    No, the better example is the how our left-leaning media covered the UW study on the application of gender-affirming medical treatments (such as puberty blockers) on troubled gender-confused kids aged 13 to 20. I follow Jesse Singal on Twitter but his piece was tl;dr and the subject has little interest to me but, after reading this Jason Rantz piece (thanks to a heads up from French), this scandal deserves more coverage.

    Bottom line, UW researchers reported positive results to their study when there weren’t any measurable positive results, and there were major flaws, including a control group where 80% left the study (compared to only 17% in the study group). They also stopped cooperating with Singal, and they weren’t cooperating with others either because they were from right-leaning outlets.

    Instead of correcting their media messaging after being called on it, they quietly changed the website (which was still inaccurate) and stopped promoting the study, but didn’t proactively make a correction. Worse, they policitized the issue. Rantz:

    The original press release from UW Medicine was also overtly political. It pushed back against Republican-backed legislation concerning gender-affirming care, explicitly calling out Texas and Idaho.

    “This research comes as the nation’s largest pediatric hospital announced this month it has stopped gender-affirming therapies after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the state’s child welfare agency to investigate reports of gender-affirming care for children as abuse. This week, a bill passed the Idaho State House which would make providing gender-affirming care a felony,” the press release originally said.

    Similarly, an essay written by the study authors said their research could have an effect on “anti-transgender legislation.”

    Singal’s reporting is Pulitzer-worthy, IMO, especially for going against the grain of left-wing transgender issues.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  219. One of our Coast Guard cutters, on fisheries patrol, was recently denied a port visit to the Solomon Islands for refuel and resupply. Not a Navy warship, a cutter.

    It seems our international prestige is less than where it needs to be. The Solomons, population about 703,000, are in a strategic spot in the Pacific, and they’ve had to throw in with the ChiComs because the U.S. can no longer be trusted as an ally.

    Heckuva job, Biden Junta!

    Colonel Haiku (3678f5)

  220. Wurlitzer! The House Organ!

    Colonel Haiku (3678f5)

  221. CH, the Solomon situation has less to do with us (and Biden) and more to do with them rejecting Australia and aligning with the Xi regime.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  222. Puhleeeze.

    Pull the other one.

    Colonel Haiku (3678f5)

  223. Here’s another demographic fun fact: If it were up to native Texans, Beto would have beaten Cruz. Cruz was carried over the finish line by immigrants (from other states). It’s a tribute to his void of personality.

    and

    The governor’s election wasn’t as close, but native Texans are noticeably more liberal than their transplanted neighbors.

    It is unlikely that California progressives would choose to move to Texas, but fed-up inland folks might.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  224. Rip Murdock (52e262) — 8/28/2022 @ 11:19 am

    “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”

    –Yogi Berra

    Similarly, in theory all laws are applied as written. In practice, their application has other considerations. You might arrest someone for having unpaid parking tickets, but hauling an ex-President into court for that would not be worth the trouble it would cause. Similarly, you might garnish the salaries of half of Congress for back taxes, but they never do.

    Just quoting the law at us is unconvincing. Unless it’s a law that is always enforced to the letter, it won’t be enforced against Donald Trump. Why? Because the fallout is political, and if it is seen as harassment or political axe-grinding, the political result will be negative. And the people making the decisions care about that.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  225. @216… and the RINO blows his horn.

    DCSCA (373c6c)

  226. This thread provides good reason why Ukrainians view Putin’s war against them as an existential fight. One example:

    This is this week speech by a Russian film director (and an Oscar Prize winner) Nikita Mikhalkov who says, Ukrainian language must be exterminated in Ukraine /2

    Related, this guy has a fair definition of fascism…

    First, fascists draw their inspiration from an ethno-nationalist myth of some glorious past where their people were great in terms of culture, wealth, and military power. However, fascists see their people as being in decline because of the polluting influence of “outsiders,” either inside or outside their nation. There is nearly always a heavy racial component to this, along with with feeling that they are under siege. The prime fascist goals, then, are to reclaim this mythical past glory and to purify society of the cultural (and most often racial) pollution from outsiders. These two often go hand in hand.

    Second, fascists nearly always have a zero-sum worldview. This is an important point, because many people equate fascism with capitalism run wild, but the basis of capitalism is the idea that wealth is grown and not taken. For example, the whole basis of the Nazi economy was the idea of taking the wealth of others through conquest, confiscation of any items of possible worth (including hair and gold teeth), and slave labor. This is the ultimate outworking of a zero-sum worldview, but economic analyses of their policies show that if the Nazi goal was to profit from other countries and the Jews, they chose the most unprofitable ways to do so. Any true capitalist would have done better. To illustrate, the Japanese government used a zero-sum worldview to justify invading and occupying all of Asia during World War 2, but only succeeded in running Japan and every other country in Asia into the ground. Ironically, after the War, Japan achieved all of their pre-War economic aims through peaceful trade. It turns out that fascists make really terrible capitalists. To sum up, fascists think that they only way to succeed is to take from others, and that the success that anyone else may enjoy necessarily comes at their expense. This is the zero-sum worldview.

    Third, fascists are inherently elitists. They see the whole world in terms of a pecking order and want to be on top. In terms of polity, this means the idea that the elite have the right to rule, and democracy is a joke. And while the common people are heralded by the leadership, they are also held in complete contempt and constantly lied to. Marxism, with its ideology of egalitarianism and internationalist mindset is viewed as the biggest threat to society. Yet, “Marxism” is never defined. It becomes the big bugbear, the catchall term for anything the fascist leaders dislike. In Nazi Germany, and to a surprising extent among Japanese fascists, it also became code-word for “Jews.”

    Fourth, fascists are enamored with raw power for its own sake. Uniforms, military paraphernalia, increasingly more powerful weapons, cults of masculinity (often bordering on the homoerotic) are fairly common fascist motifs. While raw power is used by the fascists to achieve their goals, it is often untethered from any legitimate purpose. For example, do the police exist to bring law and order (if so, then why didn’t they arrest Hitler after the Night of Long Knives?), or to control? The ability to control others and make them do as you wish through threats and coercion is the most basic exercise of raw power there is. Yet, many societal and governmental goals can be achieved just as well if not better without any threat or coercion. However, fascists leaders want to control others more than anything else in the world, and often use “law and order” as their prime excuse. Finally, while in communists countries the state takes ownership of companies, in fascist countries the state allows and encourages private ownership, but finds ways to force companies to bend to its will and support its policies. It is worth recalling that totalitarianism was first defined by Mussolini: “Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.” So a fascist state allows private enterprise and even civil society, to an extent, but wants total control over it.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  227. @218. Has Nancy Pelosi been indicted yet for ripping up the SOTU speech on live television before the American people and a joint session of Congress?

    Asking for Attorney General Barney Fife and National Archivist Otis Campbell.

    DCSCA (373c6c)

  228. Is Newsom trying to shape the 2024 race as Bully DeSantis vs. Silver Spooned Dunce Newsom?
    Should be an amusing race, If. Anyone. Can. In the moment. Stomach. Newsom’s. Style. of Speaking. Full Stop.

    steveg (6f8930)

  229. Other crimes, including robbery, burglary, shoplifting and arson, were all flat or down across the state in 2021, he said.

    If you don’t charge people for these crimes, the stats will decline. It’s called “juking the stats.”

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  230. A thought experiment:

    Let’s say that the DoJ asserts that the FBI has solid evidence that Trump traded the identities of US agents in Russia to Putin, in exchange for favorable treatment of his businesses. They arrest Trump for espionage.

    How do the Trump supporters react?

    Since the FBI has been caught with its pants down several times regarding Trump, my guesses range from badly to very badly.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  231. A thought experiment:

    Let’s say that the DoJ asserts that the FBI has solid evidence that Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., traded the identities of US “assets” in China to Xi as well as anti-Russian “assets” while VPOTUS to the now known pro-Russian, traitorous bureaucrats in Bugs Moran’s Ukraine in exchange for favorable treatment of his son’s businesses– and laundered monies for kickbacks. They arrest Biden for espionage.

    How do the Biden supporters react?

    Since the FBI has been caught with its pants down several times regarding Biden, your guesses are as good as mine.

    … and Hillary Clinton smiled.

    DCSCA (373c6c)

  232. Dear Diary:

    Why did you shower with your daughter, Joe?

    DCSCA (373c6c)

  233. Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 8/28/2022 @ 2:10 pm

    I really don’t think Trump will be indicted, let alone convicted of anything. I believe the government will be happy having the documents out of MAL. HE faces a more realistic legal problem in Georgia.

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  234. Bad vibes: Whitmer leads by double digits in Michigan as abortion battle flares

    It’s just one poll, and the last poll of the state before this one was more encouraging. Tony Fabrizio found Republican Tudor Dixon trailing Gretchen Whitmer by just five points, within striking distance.
    ………
    The Fabrizio survey was conducted two weeks ago. Today’s poll from EPIC/MRA is more recent and has Whitmer out to a big lead.……(and) it’s destined to send a chill down the spines of Republicans who were spooked by Democrat Pat Ryan’s surprise win in the NY-19 special election this week. Ryan ran hard on abortion and it paid off. Whitmer is also running hard on abortion…
    ………
    ………. …and it seems to be paying off:

    Josh Kraushaar
    @JoshKraushaar
    NEW EPIC/MRA poll of Michigan voters:

    Whitmer 50
    Dixon 39

    Whitmer approval:
    47 approve
    51 disapprove

    Biden approval
    30 approve
    69 disapprove

    Sec/State
    Benson (D) 44
    Karamo (R) 38

    AG
    Nessel (D) 43
    DePerno (R) 39

    ………..
    Michigan is on the front line of the abortion wars this year thanks to a 1931 law that banned the practice in the state. The status of that law post-Dobbs is now a hot legal dispute locally; less than a week ago, a Michigan judge issued a preliminary injunction barring it from taking effect. Having abortion front and center in voters’ minds is music to Whitmer’s ears, as Michiganders split 58/33 in the new EPIC poll when asked if they describe themselves as pro-choice or pro-life. “Pro-life” is described in the poll as opposing abortion in all cases except to save the life of the mother — i.e. no exceptions for rape or incest, which many pro-lifers *do* support.

    But as chance would have it, Tudor Dixon opposes exceptions for rape or incest. She’s a hardliner, which is a principled moral position but major baggage potentially in a 50/50 state where voters lopsidedly support legal abortion at some stage of pregnancy. More from EPIC:
    ……….
    Asked which issue they’re most concerned about, 19 percent of Michigan voters said abortion. No other issue finished higher than 15 percent. …….
    ……….
    ……….I’m wondering how many centrist Republicans are thinking of crossing over to vote for her this fall on abortion grounds who were otherwise prepared pre-Dobbs to vote Republican this fall.……….
    …………..

    It’s nice to see a candidate stick to her guns when things get hot, and not cut and run like Masters or Mastriano.

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  235. With those 2 why a mere election…take it to Comerica Park or the Big House after a torrential downpour!

    urbanleftbehind (0900f9)

  236. Like John Bolton, I think that Trump didn’t really have any clear idea of what he was going to do with these documents.

    Except that he wanted as much as possible in the Trump Library and Museum, and not in the National Archives. He wanted to get back what he had given in January – he bought the argument that they could store it better, but he wasn’t conceding that all of what he turned over (or any of it?) belonged there.

    Sammy Finkelman (418659)

  237. Republicans who were spooked by Democrat Pat Ryan’s surprise win in the NY-19 special election this week

    What surprise win? The district was previously held by a Democrat.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  238. Retrofire; back to the future:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVMS_5lerlo

    DCSCA (373c6c)

  239. What these abortion losses tell Republicans is that the never-ever policies they’re promoting are unpopular. You can run for office, or you can posture on an issue, but you cannot do both. If you advocate an issue that is not representative of your constituents, you won’t be representing them.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  240. Prediction: By 2024 there will be few, if any, never-ever abortion laws standing.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  241. Kevin might like this candidate.

    Goerge Will does:

    Inconveniently, O’Dea says he hopes Donald Trump does not run again. (“I don’t want to see him as president.”) He speaks reluctantly about social issues. Regarding abortion, he is about where a plurality of Americans seem to be: Allow the procedure early in pregnancy (92.7 percent now occur in the first 12 weeks), no elective late-term abortions, no public funding, require parental consent for minors’ abortions. And he says that if he had been a senator in 2010, he would have voted to confirm Elena Kagan, Obama’s last successful Supreme Court nominee. O’Dea was the only one of eight candidates in the Republican primary to clearly say Joe Biden won the 2020 election.

    (Link omitted.)

    (Oddity: I had trouble find his campaign site searching with Google, but Bing found it immediately.)

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  242. Paul – Thanks to the link to the Singal piece.

    On omissions: Here’s one that fascinates me: Today I was talking to a neighbor and mentioned PEPFAR, and the 20 million lives it has saved. He hadn’t heard of it, but was pleased to do so, and agreed with me that it is another reason to be proud of our country.

    (I haven’t talked about it often, perhaps to 10 or 20 people — and have yet to meet anyone who has heard of the program. We both know why: The wrong person, George W. Bush, started it, and it says something good about America. The last time I looked at the State department site, by the way, they left out Bush’s name completely, in their description of the program.)

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  243. Mitch Daniels is considering getting back into state politics as the current GOP governor is term limited. Kinda wish he had higher aspirations. Of course he’s not exactly the clown-car type….

    https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/17/mitch-daniels-weighs-return-to-politics-00040578

    AJ_Liberty (c916b7)

  244. Republicans who were spooked by Democrat Pat Ryan’s surprise win in the NY-19 special election this week

    What surprise win? The district was previously held by a Democrat.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 8/28/2022 @ 5:34 pm

    The district boundaries were substantially changed during reapportionment; here the 2020 and 2022 maps. The race was rated a toss-up by The Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and a poll four days before the election showed a statistical tie.

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  245. The day George Will beclowned himself and became irrelevant:

    Remember when George Will criticized President Obama in a column for images of him wearing blue jeans? You know, the same conservative dweeb who’d quill love letters and let his glasses steam up as images of a blue-jean wearing Ronald Reagan, who wore them all the time, gaced the pages of American media — and had to be told by his campaign staff not to wear his horseback riding britches in front of cameras?

    Yeah. Will’s irrelevant in 2022.

    DCSCA (373c6c)

  246. What’s super relevant in 2022 are F-Troop and Don Knots references.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  247. @253. Indeed: funny how the sights and sounds of classic fvck-ups have lasting impact:

    “The Taliban is not the south — the North Vietnamese army. They’re not — they’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of a embassy in the — of the United States from Afghanistan. It is not at all comparable.”- Mister Magoo, aka Squinty McStumblebum, 7/8/2021

    DCSCA (373c6c)

  248. It’s only been two months since the overruling of Roe v. Wade, comrades. Sure, it’s a lot longer than it usually is for, say, Thanksgiving leftovers, but there was a lot of meat on that turkey. They’ll keep serving it up till November. Both parties. With stuffing and gravy.

    nk (c10e6c)

  249. And I’ll cast the first stone. No, not at Mary Magdalene. At Jason’s dragon’s teeth spawn: With Roe v. Wade overturned, do we really need Republicans anymore?

    nk (c10e6c)

  250. And since politics is the art of persuasion, I’ll qualify that: In the shape they are now? Let’s send them home for a while to put their house in order.

    nk (c10e6c)

  251. Since Joe Biden claimed last year that Georgia passing a law that required a social security number to vote by mail was “Jim Crow on steroids,” I look forward to his thoughts on DC denying an education to almost half of the city’s black children for not having the covid vaccine.“

    https://twitter.com/greg_price11/status/1563259445756702720?s=21&t=VBtPZcbYZX3P4Zd_xgbHpA

    Obudman (929f6c)

  252. @259 I am old enough to remember the polio vaccines salk & sabin. What gives you the right to infect other people with covid? Ever here of typhoid mary? Your rights stop at my nose. This is why the police carry service revolvers to make people do something they don’t want to do.

    asset (4a9329)

  253. @258 Politics: Poly means many. Tick: blood sucking creature.

    asset (4a9329)

  254. This is why the police carry service revolvers to make people do something they don’t want to do.

    asset (4a9329) — 8/28/2022 @ 9:37 pm

    I believe you about your age, asset. Police stopped carrying revolvers about 30 years ago. 😁

    norcal (da5491)

  255. Those of you who insist on some kind of anti-Trump litmus test before you would vote for a Republican need to read this article by the excellent Charles Cooke:

    https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2022/09/12/a-long-goodbye-to-trump/

    Here are a couple of quotes:

    No, if Trump is to be toppled, it will be bit by bit, day by day, cut by cut, sigh by sigh. It will be achieved by a rich combination of criticism, indifference, self-interest, exhaustion, avoidable mistakes, and the ineluctable march of time. It will take the Liz Cheneys, who castigate him; it will take the Mitch McConnells, who discount him; it will take the Ron DeSantises, who play heir but not acolyte; and, as important yet, it will take the growing number of former fans who still love the man but are nevertheless interested in moving on. There will be no golden-hour ten-gun salute, no discrete passing of the baton. The process will be an evolution rather than a revolution; a battle of attrition, not a glorious charge; a question of erosion instead of jackhammers. It will, in short, be a grind, with the most important work of all being performed by those who fall short of explicit repudiation.

    [Emphasis mine]

    In some quarters of the American Right, I have observed a tendency toward what might best be described as “De-Ba’athification” — that is, toward the purist, almost epidemiological desire to reject any political candidate who can in any sense be contact-traced back to Donald Trump or to his presidency. As it was with Iraq, this approach is profoundly mistaken, for the most likely alternative to the Republicans who coexisted with Donald Trump is not some slate of immaculately conceived neophytes; it is more Donald Trump.

    In other words, don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Read the whole thing.

    norcal (da5491)

  256. That is a good essay, norcal. Thank you.

    Just as Biden is Biden’s worst enemy (and the smart move from the DNC is not letting him talk), I think that DJT is a mirror image. He does damage to himself daily, but without the cover JB gets from the press.

    Simon Jester (4dfd56)

  257. Here’s more about the Solomons, Haiku. The ChiComs bribed their parliament over to their side.
    But sure, blame Biden. It’s the hyperpartisan thing to do.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  258. I’m glad you liked it, Simon. I don’t give links to many articles, but occasionally I see one that really resonates.

    norcal (da5491)

  259. Kevin might like this candidate.

    He might. He might even send money. I’ll note that the right-to-life people quibble a bit, but recognize that O’Dea supports their gottahaves (and possibly that a total national ban is a fool’s errand).

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  260. https://www.nasa.gov/content/live-coverage-of-nasas-artemis-i-mission-to-the-moon

    For you night owls, the countdown clock is running and ground support is loading propellants into the Artemis/SLS launch vehicle. Echoes of the pre-launch hours of Saturn days. Great stuff- and a plethora of engineering cameras at work as well.

    MEMO to NASA PAO:

    You need another Jack King. Resonant nasal-toned voice of authority with a classic accent. Unfortunately, Derrol Nail ain’t no Jack King.

    DCSCA (373c6c)

  261. and a poll four days before the election showed a statistical tie.

    Still does not make it an upset or a surprise.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  262. Kevin, I liken the anti-abortion extremists to the car-chasing dog that finally caught the car.

    Ruh-roh.

    norcal (da5491)

  263. And since politics is the art of persuasion, I’ll qualify that: In the shape they are now? Let’s send them home for a while to put their house in order.

    Sure, because ROE was the only thing that mattered. Now that it’s gone, there is no possible mischief the Democrats can get up to. Just look at California for an example of what little they can do with a giant majority. We’re perfectly safe.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  264. Kevin, I liken the anti-abortion extremists to the car-chasing dog that finally caught the car.

    Something like that. They put all these bans and limits into effect as red-meat issues fto raise funds with. Nobody really expected them to take effect (except those lovely check-writers). Now, they have to walk the walk and it’s looking more and more like a plank.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  265. Here in NM, there’s a race for governor where the GOP challenger says “12-13 weeks should be the limit” and the governor is forced to defend elective 3rd trimester abortions, although she tries very hard not to actually say that.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  266. You need another Jack King. Resonant nasal-toned voice of authority with a classic accent. Unfortunately, Derrol Nail ain’t no Jack King.

    They are also missing Walter Cronkite & Jules Bergman. I wonder if even CNN will hold the cameras on the rocket if they go into a hold.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  267. Launch window opens 0830EDT, 0-dark-30 on the west coast.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  268. @255 One party is talking about roe. The democrats. They are passing out coat hangers at republican events. Tonight on faux news when nevada gop candidate for senator was asked about the effect of roe on voters he started talking about inflation and wouldn’t talk about the abortion issue. Since the kansas vote right wing radio wont talk about abortion either. 80% in latest polls support some form of choice up from 70% before supreme court decision. Republican candidates like blake masters have removed their abortion views from social media. For years democrats have lost elections and not just in swing districts over gun control to single issue voters Now pro-choice voters will do the same to republicans like just last tuesday in NY-19.

    asset (4a9329)

  269. Rocket safety tip:

    https://xkcd.com/2662/

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  270. 80% in latest polls support some form of choice up from 70% before supreme court decision

    Yes, but when you talk “elective 3rd trimester abortion” (legal in CA, NY, NM, OR, WA, MA, IL, etc) the number drops to 10%. So they don’t talk about it. Few Republicans have the balls to admit to their no-never-ever fringe that there will be a compromise.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  271. For the night owls; the countdown has some issues w/t cryo hydrogen mating interface between the ground support equipment and the SLS vehicle amidst propellant loading. Similar issues occurred w/t SLS in the spring. If memory serves, a ‘leaky valve’ on the pad w/hydrogen fill was an issue w/Saturn V’s upper S-2 & S-IVB stages for Apollo 10 and 11, too.

    Fuel leak interrupts launch countdown of NASA moon rocket

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A fuel leak interrupted NASA’s launch countdown for its new moon rocket early Monday, reappearing in the same place that saw seepage during a dress rehearsal back in the spring. Launch controllers halted the tanking operation, which already was running an hour late because of thunderstorms offshore. They slowly resumed the process to confirm that it was, indeed, a hydrogen fuel leak and not faulty sensors, but alarms forced another temporary pause as precious minutes in the countdown ticked away… The next launch attempt wouldn’t be until Friday at the earliest.

    Hydrogen fuel leaks marred NASA’s countdown test back in April, prompting a slew of repairs. The demo was repeated with more success in June, but that, too, experienced some leakage. Managers said they would not know for certain whether the fixes were good until attempting to load the rocket’s tanks with nearly 1 million gallons of super-cold fuel on Monday.’ – source, AP.com

    Tricky stuff that hydrogen- w/cold soaked equipment loading… they have a tolerance limit so if there’s a build up past a certain level- they slow fill– or hold—or scrub. Regardless, if it’s the same problem they had in the spring w/ground equipment- somebody’s ass needs kicked.

    “Why don’t you fix your little problems and light this candle.” – Alan B. Shepard, May 5, 1961

    DCSCA (373c6c)

  272. The unmanned launch of t 8: which will go beyond the moon and orbit it for some time and return will be broadcast live at 8:30 am EDT

    Sammy Finkelman (418659)

  273. The launch window closes in two hours and (I guess by now) 10 minutes or so – they are still holding out hope the storm passes. The next launch windows are on Friday and next Monday.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  274. xkcd approximations that won’t help anyone: (humorous)

    https://xkcd.com/1047

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  275. This is why the police carry service revolvers to make people do something they don’t want to do.

    asset (4a9329) — 8/28/2022 @ 9:37 pm

    I believe you about your age, asset. Police stopped carrying revolvers about 30 years ago. 😁

    norcal (da5491) — 8/28/2022 @ 9:44 pm

    Also the same point in history when the LAPD black tactical uniform style started replacing the powder blues, tans, khakis,and the white good humor man look of Cincinnati and Columbus OH.

    urbanleftbehind (0900f9)

  276. Just some facts, ma’am:

    Similar to previous years, in 2019, women in their twenties accounted for the majority of abortions (56.9%). The majority of abortions in 2019 took place early in gestation: 92.7% of abortions were performed at ≤13 weeks’ gestation; a smaller number of abortions (6.2%) were performed at 14–20 weeks’ gestation, and even fewer (<1.0%) were performed at ≥21 weeks’ gestation. Early medical abortion is defined as the administration of medications(s) to induce an abortion at ≤9 completed weeks’ gestation, consistent with the current Food and Drug Administration labeling for mifepristone (implemented in 2016). In 2019, 42.3% of all abortions were early medical abortions. Use of early medical abortion increased 10% from 2018 to 2019 and 123% from 2010 to 2019.
    https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/abortion.htm

    92.7% of abortions were performed at or under ≤13 weeks’ gestation.

    A “sensible compromise” will keep the abortion mills in business and in the money. Most of them are neither equipped nor particularly inclined, as it is, to electively perform the late term ones. The doctors and patients that would be most affected would be the emergencies.

    But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man that he didn’t already have. Clever, clever Oz.

    nk (7ad89a)

  277. 254 The Takiban was not the North Vietnamese army, but the Afghan government and its forces were like the South Vietnamese army . Or the French army in 1940 or the Chinese Nationalist army in 1948-9.

    And the Iraqi army in 2014, until Obama set back in U.S. troops.

    In Afghanistan Biden withdrew air support, and there was lack of confidence in the government, as there was in all the other cases. Afghanistan and I think the Chinese Nationalists featured surrenders – the oter cases just running away.

    Zelensky staying in Kyiv may have prevented that from happening in Ukraine.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  278. 251 Ballotpedia:

    Fourteen candidates ran to replace Nadler in the 10th district, the most candidates who ran for a seat this year. One of the candidates, former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), unofficially withdrew from the race, but his name appeared on the ballot.

    But only 6 were included ina debate and the results for only six were reported in the newspaper. It’s like this all the time.

    Some primaries were virtually uncontested in practical terms.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  279. One of the items removed by the FBI search in Mar-a-Lago was a newspaper page from 1989 from the New York Daily News that was a ad by Donald Trump about crime. (he placed a few of them, from time to time)

    Everything was all mixed up.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  280. Moon launch scrapped:

    https://www.newser.com/story/324774/fueling-glitch-threatens-long-awaited-moon-launch.html

    The fueling already was running nearly an hour late because of thunderstorms off Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. The leak of highly explosive hydrogen appeared in the same place that saw seepage during a dress rehearsal back in the spring. Then a second apparent hydrogen leak turned up in a valve that had caused trouble in June but that NASA thought it had fixed, officials said.

    Later in the morning, NASA officials spotted what they feared was a crack or some other defect on the core stage—the big orange fuel tank with four main engines on it—but they later said it appeared to be just a buildup of frost. The rocket was set to lift off on a mission to put a crew capsule into orbit around the moon….

    The report I heard earlier on the radio about 2 hours and 16 minutes remaining in the launch windowwas probably already out of date.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  281. The more enforcement you have the deadlier it gets.
    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee) — 8/28/2022 @ 8:30 am

    yeah, Sammy, this is great take

    if a trespasser gets injured scaling your fence do you feel guilty cuz you locked your gate?

    JF (4b7672)

  282. I’ve been hearing the term “NAFO” buzzing around the last week or two, especially from pro-Russian commenters at places like Instapundit when they get pissy with defenders of Ukrainian freedom fighters. The North Atlantic Fella Organization is a thing, and their reason for being is to counter the army of pro-Putin social media operatives. More here. And here. And here.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  283. Oh.
    https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1564258626683928578

    NEWS: DOJ says the filter team reviewing the records seized from Mar-a-Lago has completed its review and found a “limited set” of “potentially” attorney-client information.

    But, nothing to see here folks…

    whembly (b770f8)

  284. I don’t have a single favorite in last week’s cartoon collection at Politco, but there were four I liked, Ohman’s picture of Dee, Bagley’s Covid virus, Horsey’s circus performer, and Ramirez’s musing.

    I should add that I don’t agree with the Horsey cartoon, but it amused me anyway. And the man can draw.

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  285. “But, nothing to see here folks…”

    That’s literally the job of the filter team.

    Davethulhu (aac330)

  286. Trump filed his special master word salad motion two weeks too late. It should have been filled within a few days of the search.

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  287. Ohman’s picture of Dee,

    No winner cried “It’s not fair!” ever! — Unspiek, Baron Bodissey

    nk (7ad89a)

  288. Did anyone expect the DOJ to sit around for three weeks waiting for Trump’s motion and do nothing?

    Rip Murdock (52e262)

  289. Speaking of nothing to see here, this “tweet” from our sore loser ex-president is like driving by a 10-car pile-up. Unhinged.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  290. There appears to be a counteroffensive underway to retake Kherson. Godspeed.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  291. A “sensible compromise” will keep the abortion mills in business and in the money. Most of them are neither equipped nor particularly inclined, as it is, to electively perform the late term ones. The doctors and patients that would be most affected would be the emergencies.

    But, while quoting the 92% thing, the Left will not agree to any limits, reasonable or not. They oppose things like protecting the accidentally-born. They make the NRA look like compulsive compromisers.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  292. “The left tries to murder their political opponents.”

    Kiwifarms isn’t “the left”.

    Davethulhu (aac330)

  293. Speaking of nothing to see here, this “tweet” from our sore loser ex-president is like driving by a 10-car pile-up. Unhinged.

    Who does he suggest declares him the winner?

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  294. @302 That isn’t the issue my dude.

    The issue is that there’s no constitutional mechanism to “redo” a Presidential election. He’s being absolutely tone-deaf to the real issues of the day.

    whembly (b770f8)

  295. Who does he suggest declares him the winner?

    Lindell, of course.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  296. @303: There may be one, but the window ended on January 6th.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  297. And the re-do would be in the House.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  298. Kevin, true. The time to “do it” is in courts and ultimately January 6th. If none of that pans out (thankfully in this case), it’s over. Fin. donedo.

    Relitigating 2020 takes the oxygen out of the current issues of the day and gives the Biden administration cover.

    whembly (b770f8)

  299. He’s being absolutely tone-deaf to the real issues of the day.

    whembly (b770f8) — 8/29/2022 @ 9:55 am

    For Trump, he is the issue of the day, forever.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  300. Facing voter backlash, California Republicans recalibrate their antiabortion stance

    The Life at Conception Act is fewer than 300 words, but its language leaves little room for ambiguity on abortion….

    The legislation was co-sponsored by more than half of California’s Republican congressional delegation — including three representatives who face highly competitive races in the November midterm elections: Reps. Michelle Steel of Seal Beach, Mike Garcia of Santa Clarita and David Valadao of Hanford.

    But in the two months since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling overturned Roe vs. Wade, stripping away constitutional protections for abortion, the candidates have been noticeably quiet on the issue. Nationally, Republican candidates in tight races have appeared on the defensive, releasing ads downplaying their antiabortion stances. Instead of celebrating the monumental reversal of Roe vs. Wade, the GOP is trying to turn the focus elsewhere, even as Democrats aim to keep the spotlight fixed on it.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  301. The day that Dobbs was announced, I said that we would see lots of movement on the issue now that movement was possible.

    Unfortunately both parties are locked into their previous positions and it will take an election or three to beat them into reasonableness. It would be good to see an actual debate but the press seems intent on a leftward spin. The Times notes that large majorities favor abortion rights with restrictions, and rightly gives the GOP hell for their “no-none-never” stance. But they neglect to take the Democrats “no restrictions ever” position to task. This is all too common.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  302. Proud Boy sentenced to 4.5 years in prison in Jan. 6 case, still says election was stolen
    …….
    Joshua Pruitt, 40, pleaded guilty in June to obstruction of an official proceeding after he was caught on video joining a mob pursuing police officers and smashing a sign inside the U.S. Capitol. …….
    …….
    Pruitt said that he apologized for his actions and he was “not happy that Jan. 6 happened at all,” but said he still held onto his beliefs that Donald Trump actually won the election that he lost to President Joe Biden.“I did believe the election was stolen. I still do,” Pruitt said, speaking from a lectern further away from the judge, which was set up for defendants who are vaccinated for Covid.
    ……..
    Robert Lee Jenkins, Jr., a court-appointed attorney for Pruitt, said outside the courtroom that there was no convincing Pruitt otherwise.
    ………

    ………..
    Pruitt was charged with Civil Disorder; Obstruction of an Official Proceeding; Aiding and Abetting; Destruction of Government Property; Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds; Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds and the Capitol Building; and Acts of Physical Violence in the Capitol Building.

    Statement of Offense

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  303. For Trump, he is the issue of the day, forever.

    Well, I have a way to keep him there that has nothing to do with the election itself….

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  304. ……(I)n the two months since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling overturned Roe vs. Wade, stripping away constitutional protections for abortion, the candidates have been noticeably quiet on the issue.

    More from the article:

    Steel and Garcia were not made available for interviews but provided statements about the abortion debate. Both indicated they back exceptions to abortion bans in cases of rape, incest or threats to the mother’s health — a departure from the bill. The measure is dormant in the Democratic-led Congress, but that could change if Republicans take control of either chamber next year. (The bill was never brought to the floor, where amendments could be introduced.)

    The Valadao campaign did not respond to inquiries for this story.

    Cowards. The best defense is a good offense. Republicans need to explain why banning abortion is a good thing. For the most part they are running to the shadows.

    My emphasis.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  305. “I did believe the election was stolen. I still do”

    His perfect right. I still believe that the Dodgers won the 2017 World Series, but were cheated out of it.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  306. Cowards. The best defense is a good offense. Republicans need to explain why banning abortion is a good thing. For the most part they are running to the shadows.

    Or they should ruin to the most rational position for the GOP: short limits on elective abortions, which is what the public wants. But then they’d offend the anti-abortion fringe like Mr Murdock. “Cowards” is right.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  307. *run

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  308. Trump’s Legal Team Scrambles to Find an Argument
    ………
    …….The (Trump) lawyers have offered up a variety of arguments on his behalf that have yet to do much to fend off a Justice Department that has adopted a determined, focused and so far largely successful legal approach.
    …….
    Often tinged with Mr. Trump’s own bombast and sometimes conflating his powers as president with his role as a private citizen, the legal arguments put forth by his team sometimes strike lawyers not involved in the case as more about setting a political narrative than about dealing with the possibility of a federal prosecution.
    …….
    Some of the Trump lawyers’ efforts have also appeared ineffective or misdirected. Mr. Corcoran, in his May 25 letter, made much of Mr. Trump’s powers to declassify material as president, and cited a specific law on the handling of classified material that he said did not apply to a president. The search warrant, however, said federal agents would be seeking evidence of three potential crimes, none of which relied on the classification status of the documents found at Mar-a-Lago; the law on the handling of classified material cited by Mr. Corcoran in the letter was not among them.
    …….
    Two lawyers who are working with Mr. Trump on the documents case — Mr. Corcoran and Jim Trusty — have prosecutorial experience with the federal government. But the team was put together quickly.

    Mr. Trusty was hired after Mr. Trump saw him on television, people close to the former president have said. Mr. Corcoran came in during the spring, introduced by another Trump adviser during a conference call in which Mr. Corcoran made clear he was willing to take on a case that many of Mr. Trump’s other advisers were seeking to avoid, people briefed on the discussion said.
    ……….
    ……….The former president has a history of approaching legal proceedings as if they are political conflicts, in which his best defense is the 74 million people who voted for him in the 2020 election.
    ………
    Mr. Trump and a small circle within his group of current advisers maintain that he was entitled to keep documents he took from the White House, or that he had already declassified them, or that they were packed up and moved by the General Services Administration — an assertion flatly denied by that federal agency.
    ……….

    Related:

    ………
    Appearing on ABC’s This Week Sunday, Jonathan Karl reported that Trump’s inner circle is freaking out over the former president’s inability to retain adequate legal counsel.

    “Publicly, what they’re saying is this is rallying Republicans to Trump’s defense,” Karl said. “This makes it more likely that he will run for president, more likely that he will win the Republican nomination. Campaigning against this political action by the FBI and the DOJ.

    “Privately, they are really concerned. And one of the big concerns here is that Trump has nobody defending him. If you look at his legal team, it is comically inept and inexperienced. All of the big names who defended him through the first two impeachments, through the Mueller investigation, they are gone. There is real concern that he needs to bring in a heavy hitting criminal defense attorney.”
    ……..
    “The idea of Donald Trump running for president again and being the frontrunner for the Republican nomination — will Republicans be comfortable supporting a candidate who cannot even hire a criminal defense attorney?”
    ……..

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  309. *run

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 8/29/2022 @ 11:07 am

    “Ruin” was correct.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  310. Trump Encourages FBI Agents to Go ‘Nuts’ and Not ‘Take it Anymore’ Over Mar-a-Lago Raid

    Though he was careful not to use the word, former President Donald Trump appeared to call for the rank and file of the FBI to revolt against its leadership over the seizure of classified documents from his Mar-a-Lago home — and his possible criminal indictment.
    ……..
    “When are the great Agents, and others, in the FBI going to say ‘we aren’t going to take it anymore,” much as they did when James Comey read off a list of all of Crooked Hillary Clinton’s crimes, only to say that no reasonable prosecutor would prosecute.,” Trump said.

    “The wonderful people of the FBI went absolutely “nuts,” so Comey had to backtrack and do a FAKE INVESTIGATION in order to keep them at bay,” he continued. “The end result, we won in 2016 (and did MUCH better in 2020!). But now the ‘Left’ has lost their minds!!!”

    At roughly 2 a.m. Monday, he re-upped this message exhorting, “FBI, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
    ………

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  311. GOP Strategist Calls Out Lindsey Graham’s ‘Riots’ Prediction as ‘Horrible’ for Republicans

    Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) warning of riots if former President Donald Trump is arrested is only going to “help” Democrats in the upcoming midterms, Republican strategist Susan Del Percio declared.
    ………..
    “All I can think of is someone must have dropped Lindsey Graham on his head this weekend, because there is no way this is acceptable discussion for any U.S. senator,” Del Percio told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
    ………
    “Democrats only need to persuade 15-20 percent of Independents and Republicans to even gain seats in the senate, and this is only going to help them,” Del Percio said.

    On Sunday Night in America, Graham predicted “riots in the streets” if Trump is prosecuted for mishandling classified documents, following the FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago. ……
    ………

    Related:

    As the (Monday morning) interview wound down, (CNN’s Brianna Keilar) asked (Mary McCord, former Acting Assistant Attorney General and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security), “Senator Lindsey Graham said that there would be rioting. He’s raising the specter, that there could be violence if there are criminal charges against Trump. You know, he may be right, but I wonder what you think about him choosing to highlight that in a conservative media space.”

    “I think it is incredibly irresponsible for an elected official to basically make sort of veiled threats of violence just if law enforcement and the Department of Justice and a grand jury does their job,” answered McCord. Keilar and McCord were referring to Graham telling Fox News host Trey Gowdy on Sunday that “there will be riots in the street” if Trump is indicted.

    “And, you know, this is part of the same kind of game plan that Trump has had for years. The wink, wink, nod, nod. People are angry, they may be violent. And then what he knows and what Lindsey Graham also knows who is himself in the hot seat in the investigation of Georgia, is that people listen to that and people actually mobilize and do things,” she continued, adding:
    ………
    “You see that as a veiled threat is giving permission to people to perceive like that?” followed up Keilar.

    “I see it as essentially saying a threat to Justice [DOJ]. Justice, ‘if you do if you do seek an indictment and a grand jury returns an indictment, there’s going to be violence. So you know what you need to do to avoid that,’” McCord responded, arguing Graham’s remark was aimed at the Justice Department.
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    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  312. @288. Not surprised. Whenever they start having hydrogen issues piling up w/systems they usually scrub. But honestly, much of the launch vehicle hardware itself isn’t “new”- like the engines- only the configuration of the stack and the core tanks–and they’ve had similar hardware problems w/this before so it really should have been anticipated when they had the ‘wet’ rehearsals. There may be a management problem lurking there again.

    Lest the present day ‘managers’ forget, NASA rolled A/S 501 out and launched it on time w/no major problems – [while A/S 502 did have upper stage J-2 hydrogen-fueled engine problems]. Among the reasons Von Braun’s first stage, the Saturn S-IC, w/F-1 engines, was designed and powered by RP-1 & LOX rather than the then new hydrogen systems was the experience w/it and was considered more reliable propellant then and less problem plagued. The upper stages were powered by hydrogen-fueled J2 engines, then a new design- to save weight, and had several persistent problems – usually w/fuel lines, vibration matters and early shutdowns. Expect the hydrogen system issues may always be lurking w/t SLS system as currently designed, too.

    DCSCA (e3aba6)

  313. @321 percico is a never trumper.

    asset (e48b83)

  314. Raphael Lemkin, coined the word “genocide” and had been working on outlawing it since before 1933, on lawyers (basically in 1930’s Poland or Eastern Europe outisde the Soviet Union)

    One week latter, I boarded a train to Kaunas [the old capital of Lithuania, where the diplomats still were in the winter of 1939-40]

    I wanted to be closer to the Swedish consulate, as I expected a visa from Sweden. I stopped by the house of a lawyer to whom I had been directed by friends in Vilna.

    My host’s family was in Switzerland. He had free time and, like most lawyers, liked to talk in monologues. I experienced a reenactment of my life as a lawyer in Warsaw–a Kaunas edition. How many times had I heard stories — about court cases that always turned out to be of interest only to the lawyer telling the story: the difficult case, the big fee, the devastating impression on the judge, all due to an original insight in the law. . .

    The other lawyer appears to be listening, but in fact he is only preparing his own story about a more complicated case involving even more legal ingenuity and resulting in a bigger fee.

    This sounds somewhat like chess masters talking about games they played. Lawyers then and there must have been principally single practitioners. Now here’s his general philosophy about lawyers.

    When lawyers become rich or tired of collecting fees they go into politics.

    Sometimes they do both at once. Occasionally they embrace lost causes and deliver fiery speeches in court. On these occasions the whole profession takes credit for their idealism. My advice is not to quarrel with lawyers: they do not overlook details in a fight. One must take them rather as they are. Although they wield considerable influence on society, they lack on the whole a social conscience and passion and therefore unable to effect larger changes in history. Occasionally it is even possible to use lawyers for good causes if one is able to show them that they had the idea before anyone else, or that this cause will make them even more important than they were. I have had many difficulties with lawyers in my lifetime, and only the fact that I am a lawyer myself has permitted me to overcome the obstacles they put in my way.

    – Totally Unofficial: The Autobiography of Raphael Lemkin edited by Donna -Lee Frieze (Yale University Press 2013) page 66-67 (probably originally written 1957-1959)

    They focused on their brilliance or their importance because lawyers were prepared to argue any side of a case or controversy.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  315. NASA knew about the problems with Artemis months ago.

    And they knew it hadn’t been fixed.

    Yet they let the countdown proceed until almost the last minute.

    Maybe somebody should have allowed the disaster to occur (no people were on board)

    It would have saved money in the long run.

    Either by cancelling the whole project or by actually fixing the problem – which might mean a delay of a year or two.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  316. Artemis is said to be more than a repeat of Apollo (as if they could do that now) because:

    1. They have different people on it. There will be a woman and a person of color. Sort of like thee Mod Squad.

    2. They will land at a different place on the moon. The poles. Looking for water.

    3. They will stay there longer.

    It still won’t make it much easier to safely go to MArs.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  317. California again demonstrates what happens in a one-party state:

    California Fast Food Wages Would Be Set by Government Under Bill Passed by State Senate

    California’s Senate passed a bill Monday to create a government panel that would set wages for an estimated half-million fast food workers in the state, a first-in-the-U.S. approach to workplace regulation that labor union backers hope will spread nationally.

    The bill, known as the Fast Act, would establish a panel with members appointed by the governor and legislative leaders composed of workers, union representatives, employers and business advocates. They would set hourly wages of up to $22 for fast food workers starting next year and can increase them annually by the same rate as the consumer-price index, up to a maximum of 3.5%.

    And when people complain about the high price of a hamburger, they’ll start an investigation.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  318. Either by cancelling the whole project or by actually fixing the problem – which might mean a delay of a year or two.

    There’s a cynical streak in aerospace where all the money is spent but everyone knows the thing won’t work. Then it gets cancelled and everyone goes on to the next thing.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  319. “Ruin” was correct.

    Rip, does it not bother you that your position on this is hopeless? Do you not see why people don’t want to die on your hill?

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  320. Vlad Putin thanks Tucker for his latest offering, and I’m sure Tucker’s segment will play prominently across the Russian land.
    Putin isn’t winning, he lost months ago. The benefit he’ll get from his invasion will never exceed the cost, IMO.

    BTW, the Kherson counteroffensive is underway. With most of the bridges crossing the Dnipro out of operation, means 25k rashist military are stranded on the wrong side.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  321. @330 Tucker was against aiding Ukraine when Russia’s invasion was just beginning. It’s no surprise he claims Russia is winning.

    Unfortunately, one of my best friends is a Tucker acolyte. He watches his show religiously, and is in abject thrall as Tucker speaks. Up until recently, we would converse and he would regurgitate all of Tucker’s talking points. I finally had to tell this friend that I did not wish to discuss politics with him.

    (What I really wanted to tell him was that I can’t stand people who are spoon-fed their politics via ideological cable TV, that if I wanted to know what Tucker was spewing I would watch him, and that if he ever disagrees with Tucker about anything, I would be willing to talk about THAT.)

    norcal (da5491)

  322. It would have saved money in the long run. Either by cancelling the whole project or by actually fixing the problem – which might mean a delay of a year or two.

    The ‘disaster’ is the constant redesigns w/directives from Congress, as budget manipulations- cuts and so forth- force slow downs, redesigns and reward/penalties paid to contractors. They’ve had a heavy lift LV project in work for nearly 20 years. Constellation was cancelled; Orion reworked into ‘Orion lite’ and Congress directed NASA to recycle as many shuttle era components as possible in redesign for SLS. It’s less an engineering issue and more a management and budgetary problem. These are long term projects, not easily confined to annual budget changes. As NASA’s Tom Paine once said- and I’m paraphrasing, ‘the way to do it is to define the goal/objective and then find the budget for it and consistently fund it. Instead, we have a budget assigned and annually reviewed and are asked to make the long term engineering fit a budget that keeps changing.’ That Congressional mindset inherently spawns delays- especially w/R&D projects of scale.

    DCSCA (137fb9)

  323. Tucker Carlson biography follows the pattern of Cold War John le Carré moles. Or at least a pastiche of it.

    The product of a privileged genealogy, he attended boarding schools, one in Switzerland and one in Rhode Island, where the boys go through a certain “phase”. (With some, it’s not a phase.) He did not manage Trinity College at Oxford, but he did graduate from Trinity College in Hartford. He then tried to join the CIA but he was rejected. Hmm?

    Now, whether he went on the Russian payroll, or he self-appointed himself, as a spy, provocateur, and propagandist under journalistic cover, it’s anybody’s guess.

    nk (22f08e)

  324. That’s interesting about Tucker, nk.

    norcal (da5491)

  325. Well, now we know why gas prices jumped 50 cents a gallon last Thursday. A huge Midwest refinery had a fire and shut down.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasreimann/2022/08/27/energy-emergencies-declared-after-bp-refinery-fire-in-indiana/?sh=4d24df0d5bfa

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  326. They’re kid-gloving it price wise in far northern IL, southern WI… actually saw some sub 4.00 this weekend. That refinery is in the closest part of NWI to my personal homeland (got relatives in the Whiting Oilers HS district).

    urbanleftbehind (aa4a0e)

  327. There’s bad in everything. There’s lousy cops, lousy senators, lousy presidents.”– Squinty McStumblebum, 8/30/22

    You would know.

    IDIOT.

    DCSCA (9ef72d)

  328. Mister Magoo goes to Wilkes-Barre; says he supports funding the police- not defunding police; mentions Scranton & Beau.

    He has not lived in Scranton in 70 years. Beau Biden has been dead over 7 years.

    Funny, he supported defunding the police…

    https://amac.us/roll-the-tape-biden-supported-defunding-the-police/

    DCSCA (9ef72d)

  329. I keep getting spam, and have heard radio ads, about people who drank the water at Camp Lejeune before 1988. (and after 1953) is there a settlement that needs claimants?

    Are there some lawyers who need clients?

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  330. R.I.P. Mikhail Gorbachev

    ‘We will bury you.’ – Nikita Khrushchev

    DCSCA (7c89b3)

  331. There’s a dangerous proposed constitution to be voted on in Chile Sunday, September 4, but all signs are that it will be voted down

    It would ease the path to a dictatorship.

    They caved into a mob into creating this constitutional convention and some of the rules for selecting the members (it was easier to qualify as a “party” for purposes of proportional representation and a few members – representing indigenous people I think – were selected in a non-normal fashion)

    But the Socialists have come out against it and it looks like it will lose by 10 points.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  332. Gorbachev died!?

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  333. Kevin, check on tomatoes and tomato based products: https://www.autoblog.com/2022/08/30/tomato-truck-crash-highway-california/

    urbanleftbehind (ca3421)

  334. Someone should tell Djokovic the state of Texas is giving unvaccinated athletes free bus rides to New York, no?

    Colonel Haiku (030cb5)

  335. “Ruin” was correct.

    Rip, does it not bother you that your position on this is hopeless? Do you not see why people don’t want to die on your hill?

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 8/29/2022 @ 5:32 pm

    For me it’s a moral issue. Either killing unborn children is wrong or not. Apparently most people are fine with it. People thought overturning Roe was hopeless, and it turned out in the end they were wrong.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  336. Movie coming to streaming September 7(produced by Breitbart)

    https://mysonhunter.com/

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  337. The more enforcement you have the deadlier it gets.
    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee) — 8/28/2022 @ 8:30 am

    JF (4b7672) — 8/29/2022 @ 6:56 am yeah, Sammy, this is great take

    if a trespasser gets injured scaling your fence do you feel guilty cuz you locked your gate?

    You mean that sarcastically, but it is correct.

    If you set a booby trap for tesspassers, is that right? Not in most cases.\

    When you have very many people you otherwise consider decent violating a law, that should tell you something is wrong with the law.

    Or should Prohibition never have been repealed? Even if some people got poisonined by methanol?

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)


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