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9/16/2022

Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:13 am



[guest post by Dana]

Let’s go!

First news item

Judge denies DOJ request for partial stay:

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon on Thursday denied the Department of Justice’s request for a partial stay of her ruling that limited the government’s investigation of how Donald Trump handled sensitive material at his Mar-a-Lago estate, pending a third-party review of what agents found at Trump’s home.

Cannon, in issuing her order, said that she was not willing to accept the government’s assertions that roughly 100 documents taken from Mar-a-Lago were classified — even though they were labeled as such, with some bearing “SECRET” and “TOP SECRET/SCI” markings.

Our host responds:

This garbage order does nothing to explain how Donald Trump could have a property interest in documents marked as classified. Notable that Trump’s lawyers thought they could dance around whether Trump declassified anything … and they were right!

Also:

Her order does not seriously grapple with the issues raised by DOJ, particularly the way in which her order injures national security.

Serious eye roll:

But the judge did suggest that alleged “leaks to the media” posed a genuine threat, despite offering no examples of any such leaks.

“There has been no actual suggestion by the Government of any identifiable emergency or imminent disclosure of classified information arising from Plaintiff’s allegedly unlawful retention of the seized property,” Cannon wrote. “Instead, and unfortunately, the unwarranted disclosures that float in the background have been leaks to the media after the underlying seizure.”

Who is it that has *not* been able to keep his mouth shut about this whole debacle since Day 1??

Second news item

By any definition, this *is* a humanitarian crisis:

A recent increase of immigrants from Venezuela has “changed the game” in El Paso and put a strain on the area’s shelter system, according to County Judge Ricardo Samaniego.

Border Patrol agents apprehended hundreds of migrants at the southern border in Socorro on Tuesday morning. A majority of them are from Venezuela. Border Patrol says agents are encountering 1,300 people a day since Sept. 1.

A majority of Venezuelans are first-generation immigrants and arrive in the United States without a sponsor or enough money to buy a bus or plane ticket to their final destination. Shelters have either run out of space or do not have enough volunteers to take in more migrants. Immigration officials have dropped off dozens of migrants on El Paso streets. Those migrants have created makeshift camps across the street from the Greyhound bus station in downtown.

Third news item

Horror in Ukraine:

Ukrainian authorities say they discovered a mass grave filled with the bodies of 440 people in the northeastern town of Izium days after the area was liberated from occupying Russian forces. “Some died because of artillery fire,” Serhiy Bolvinov, chief police investigator for the Kharkiv region, told Sky News of the people in the grave. “Some died because of airstrikes.” After visiting Izium on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky likened the discovery to alleged war crimes orchestrated by Russian troops against civilians in Bucha, near Kyiv, earlier in the year. “Russia is leaving death behind it everywhere and must be held responsible,” Zelensky said…

Fourth news item

Her book was more important to her:

New York Times political reporter and CNN analyst Maggie Haberman faced backlash…after it was reported that her upcoming book reveals that twice-impeached former President Donald Trump was planning to outright refuse to leave the White House after losing the 2020 election.

“I’m just not going to leave,” Trump told one aide, per a CNN exclusive excerpt from Haberman’s upcoming book, “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.” Another aide claimed that Trump told a separate staffer after the 2020 election was called in President Joe Biden’s favor that “we’re never leaving. How can you leave when you won an election?”

Following the release of the excerpt, Haberman faced intense criticism online, with people voicing their outrage that this information was known prior to Jan. 6 and held until now.

Fifth news item

Ah:

The White House has recently hosted a series of high-level meetings on immigration, where DHS officials have presented options, including flying migrants to the country’s northern border with Canada to alleviate overcrowding on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the discussions.

Some DHS officials have openly expressed frustration at those meetings with the White House’s reluctance to take a page from the book of Republican governors and begin transporting migrants to cities within the U.S., according to internal communications obtained by NBC News.

Sixth news item

Continues campaigning for next presidential election:

The Democratic governor, who is increasingly positioning himself as a progressive firebrand, used his reelection fund to rent billboard space in a handful of Republican-led states on Thursday to promote California as an abortion sanctuary amid increasing restrictions on the procedure in the wake of the Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Seventh news item

Becoming beholden to the MAGA movement’s political whims:

In the battle for the soul of GOP foreign policy between establishment Republicans and Trump-style national conservatives, the former still hold the levers of official power but the latter are gaining ground. The Heritage Foundation’s turn toward the “new right” is the clearest symbol yet that the MAGA movement’s foreign policy is becoming institutionalized but moving further away from the Republican leadership.

The Heritage Foundation has been an influential brain trust for GOP administrations since the Reagan years — and still claims to stand for Ronald Reagan’s doctrine of “peace through strength.” But beginning in the Trump era, and even more so now under its new president, Kevin Roberts, Heritage is moving away from that tradition, according to several foreign policy staffers who recently left the foundation.

Half a dozen foreign policy analysts have left the foundation this year, while several other former employees are publicly accusing Roberts and Heritage of abandoning the national security principles and policies that it (and the Republican Party) once stood for.

Eighth news item

Should she stay or should she go:

Other Democrats say it’s time for new leadership no matter what happens in November.

“It’s time for generational diversity of our leadership ranks – regardless of the outcome of the election,” said Rep. Dean Phillips, a Minnesota Democrat who voted for Pelosi for speaker, calling her “one of the most extraordinary speakers in history.”

“That doesn’t change my perspective that it’s time for a new generation,” Phillips said, noting that is a widespread view within the caucus.

Privately, the assessment tends to be blunter.

“She has to go,” one senior Democrat said. “No way she can stay,” added another long-time House Democrat. “She doesn’t have the votes,” another veteran Democrat said, pointing to some vulnerable frontline Democrats who have vowed not to vote for her.

Indeed, all this is running up against deep tensions among House Democrats, and in their party overall, that they’re overdue for major changes in their leadership. Yet Pelosi’s two deputies, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, who, like the speaker, are north of 80, have surprised colleagues by privately signaling they might be interested in succeeding her if and when she leaves.

Ninth news item

Another one bites the dust:

Another top ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin has died this week, this time of an alleged “stroke” while on a business trip in the village of Roshchino in Russia’s far east region.

Vladimir Nikolayevich Sungorkin, 68, was editor-in-chief of the Russian state newspaper, Komsomolskaya Pravda. According to the newspaper, Sungorkin died “suddenly” after showing signs of “suffocation” during the trip on Wednesday.

“It happened absolutely suddenly, nothing foreshadowed…

According to Zakharov, Sungorkin fell unconscious minutes after suggesting their group “find a beautiful place somewhere… for lunch.”

“Three minutes later, Vladimir began to suffocate. We took him out for fresh air, he was already unconscious… Nothing helped…

MISCELLANEOUS

Her little hands…

Have a great weekend!

–Dana

244 Responses to “Weekend Open Thread”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (1225fc)

  2. RIP jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis (87) and Greek actress Irene Papas (96).

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  3. Smart guy:

    New Trump Attorney Negotiated $3 Million Advance Payment for Work
    ………
    The deal reached by Chris Kise, who had been a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, reflects the high-profile, unprecedented nature of the investigation and Mr. Trump’s reputation for not paying some legal bills.

    The money is being paid out of the Save America political-action committee, Mr. Trump’s primary fundraising vehicle, according to people knowledgeable of the terms. A representative of the PAC declined to comment.
    ………
    He has framed the clash between the government and Mr. Trump over the handling of classified records as “document storage issues,” effectively arguing that Mr. Trump has access to the presidential documents wherever they reside. The National Archives and Records Administration and the Justice Department have said the records belong to the government.
    ##########

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  4. Some Ramsey Louis:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vu2tyk8cvc

    Absolutely stellar. If you don’t like this, you’re as brain dead and Squinty.

    DCSCA (214a88)

  5. ^and=as

    DCSCA (214a88)

  6. Putin did not have a good trip to Uzbekistan.
    First, he publicly acknowledged that Chairman Xi had “questions and concerns” about Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine.
    To make it worse, Putin had to do a similar song-and-dance with India PM Modi, saying out loud that the subcontinent had “concerns” about his dirty little war.
    What does this mean for Putin? From the perspective of my couch, neither China nor India will do much at all to help Putin militarily or aidwise, and Putin’s quagmire in Ukraine gives them more leverage to negotiate lower prices for his oil and gas, which is good news for us and of course Ukraine.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  7. Trump warns of ‘big problems’ if indicted, says he’d still run for office

    Former president Donald Trump warned that if he were indicted on a charge of mishandling classified documents after leaving the White House, there would be “problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen before.”

    Trump, speaking Thursday to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, added, “I don’t think the people of the United States would stand for it.”

    Hewitt, who is also a contributing columnist for The Washington Post, then noted that critics would describe the comment as inciting violence, and he asked Trump to respond to the claim. “That’s not inciting — I’m just saying what my opinion is. I don’t think the people of this country would stand for it,” Trump said.

    When pressed by Hewitt, Trump said he thought there would be “big problems, big problems.”
    ………
    In the interview with Hewitt, Trump also said he “would have no prohibition against running” for office if he were indicted. “It would not take you out of the arena,” Hewitt said, trying to clarify the former president’s position. Trump replied, “It would not.”
    ……..


    With a wink and a nod…..

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  8. Then: “Where’s my Roy Cohn?”
    Now: “Where are my riots?”

    nk (13ec9b)

  9. Putin did not have a good trip to Uzbekistan.

    It’s a cinch he had a better day than Queen Elizabeth II; though not by much– and certainly not as regal a journey for the reigning royal pain in the planet’s ass.

    DCSCA (214a88)

  10. Cannon, in issuing her order, said that she was not willing to accept the government’s assertions that roughly 100 documents taken from Mar-a-Lago were classified —

    They may ot be (still) lassified, but they were surely government records, DoJ argued, and they could be caarved away.

    DoJ did not explain why the people reviewing it on grounds that information may have been compromised were mixed up in this.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  11. Her order does not seriously grapple with the issues raised by DOJ, particularly the way in which her order injures national security.

    I think it’s pssible that national security could be compromised if they were immediately turned over because good sources would be thrown away.

    Trump is unlikely to have let a foreign spy look at and have a foreign intelligence agency closely study any particular document. If he is to be suspected of being a mole, so can the people examining the documents, and if Trump were a mole he would have had plenty of opportunity to give away or sell secrets while he was resident.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  12. I know folks may be getting tired of hearing about the Royal Family, but this message by King Charles III is worth paying attention to.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  13. Yesterday, I received a 2022 penny (for the first time this year) in change Actually two of them. And also a 2022 quarter. Also two of them The fruit store evidently had gotten alot of new change from the bank. In

    When I first saw the 2022 quarter I initially thought it could be a foreign coin that had been mixed in with U.S. coins. It had wording in Spanish. But it was a U.S, coin — it said United States of America and all the other things that appear on each coin.

    George Washington was facing right, not left, and he looked al little like an Indian (I thought his ponytail or queue was large – it was present before but it looked alittle bigger. I think that queue is supposed to be a wig, and may be taken from some portrait.

    The Spanish wording had something in it about voting. It is in a unusual or varying fonts. The line with the words words PARA LA gets squeezed.

    It reads (I think) VOTO PARA LA MUJER.

    Then below: NINA OTERAO-WARREN:

    Google translate says that VOTO PARA LA MUJER. means VOTE FOR WOMEN. (does it mean women should be able to vote, or can it be interpreted as vote for a woman?)

    It’s apparently a (famous?) quote said by a woman (pictured) named Nina Otero-Warren

    Wikipedia says; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelina_Otero-Warren

    María Adelina Isabel Emilia “Nina” Otero-Warren (October 23, 1881 – January 3, 1965) was a woman’s suffragist, educator, and politician in the United States. Otero-Warren created a legacy of civil service through her work in education, politics, and public health. She became one of New Mexico’s first female government officials when she served as Santa Fe Superintendent of Instruction from 1917 to 1929. Otero-Warren was the first Latina to run for Congress. In 1922, she ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as the Republican candidate for New Mexico.

    Was “vote for the woman” a campain slogan she used in 1922?

    It also says:

    In 2021, the United States Mint announced that Otero-Warren would be among the first women depicted on the reverse of the quarter as a part of the American Women quarters series.[8] She will be the first Hispanic American to appear on US currency.[9]

    In the first run of the 2022 musical Suffs Otero-Warren was played by Susan Oliveras.

    The Wikipedia article implies that after her divorce (or perhaps it was a a cause of it) she became a lesbian.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  14. How royalist of them:
    ……..
    People have been picked up by police as they shouted against the crown, heckled royals marching by and carried anti-monarchists signs — and in one case, a blank sheet of paper. The police crackdown on such protests has raised questions about freedom of speech during this fraught period for the United Kingdom.

    On Twitter, the hashtag “NotMyKing” — after the slogan featured on the sign of a protester who was led away by police in London in a video Monday — was trending early Tuesday. Lawmakers have called on authorities to respect the rights of those who believe the queen’s death should herald the end of the monarchy.
    ……..
    Reports of arrests first emerged Sunday, when a document formally proclaiming Charles as king was read aloud in locations across the United Kingdom. In Oxford, Symon Hill, 45, was arrested after he shouted, “Who elected him?” as the proclamation was read. In a blog post describing the incident, Hill claimed police handcuffed him and did not tell him what he was being arrested for.

    The Thames Valley police confirmed to British media outlets that a “45-year-old man was arrested in connection with a disturbance that was caused during the county proclamation ceremony of King Charles III in Oxford.” It said a man was later “de-arrested” and was cooperating with police as they “investigate a public order offence” — though Hill wrote on Twitter that he hadn’t engaged with the police since his initial arrest.
    …….
    Incidents like these highlight the gaps in protesters’ legal rights in the United Kingdom, Clive Stafford Smith, a civil rights attorney and dual British American national, told The Washington Post.

    “For all the complacent publicity that this country is a country of free speech, the British really don’t get free speech in the way that Americans do,” he said.
    ……..
    Activist and lawyer Paul Powlesland said Monday that he was in Parliament Square in London and “held up a blank piece of paper” when a police officer asked him for his information. The officer apparently said “that if I wrote “Not My King” on it, he would arrest me under the Public Order Act because someone might be offended,” Powlesland wrote in a tweet.

    A short clip of their interaction went viral on social media…….
    ……..
    “Detaining people for shouting republican slogans, even if they do so in a deliberately coarse and provocative way, is utterly un-British,” said Daniel Hannan, a member of the House of Lords. “I worry that our police are becoming more authoritarian and — worse — that a section of the public is cheering them on.”

    “The right to dissent is never more important than at times of patriotic fervour,” George Monbiot, a British writer and activist, wrote Tuesday on Twitter.
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    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  15. AOC needs to take pelosi’s place as leader of house democrats now!

    asset (58f160)

  16. @14 biden administration is trying to appeal to latinx vote to keep it away from AOC in 2024.

    asset (58f160)

  17. Insufferable:

    More than two centuries after the United States declared its independence from the British crown, the country was once again consumed with fascination by the royal family after the queen’s death on Thursday.

    Nonstop news coverage of the funeral procession and the ascension of King Charles III drew countless Americans into the latest chapter in a centuries-old family drama that has been likened to the longest-running reality show or soap opera on earth.

    “I’m already beginning to feel a bit of fatigue myself,” said Arianne Chernock, a professor of history at Boston University and scholar of modern Britain. “But the broader American interest in Queen Elizabeth, and the monarchy generally, is not at all surprising to me.”
    ……….
    ……….[W]hen Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in 1952, many American women watched with pride, seeing the young monarch as a “deliciously disruptive” figure who was breaking gender norms.

    “They loved the fact that Prince Philip, her husband, had to take orders from the queen,” Professor Chernock said. “This was very different from their own households.”
    ………
    When Charles gave his first speech as king on Friday, the three big American broadcast networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — covered it live, as did news organizations like The New York Times. CBS reported that it had 2.5 million viewers on Thursday and 2.8 million on Friday. The broadcast networks had declined to televise a speech by President Biden a week earlier.
    ……..

    Americans appear more interested in who the royals are now dating or how much they are worth rather than anything else-their own lives, politics, the economy, the future, etc. so I know this isn’t a surprise given the celebrity worship here. It’s still nauseating. Based on her children turned out, especially her two eldest sons, her entitled position certainly did not help them.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  18. “They loved the fact that Prince Philip, her husband, had to take orders from the queen,” Professor Chernock said. “This was very different from their own households.”

    Okay, this guy is a ass. A fool. Moreover, he is a bachelor. (With all due credit to Charles Dicken.)

    nk (13ec9b)

  19. we should’ve known that Maggie Habermann was a Democrat/Clinton partisan hack before DNC emails published by The Intercept made it obvious

    but, yeah, she deserves backlash only now

    JF (a53486)

  20. Chomsky, Greenwald, and left apologists for Russia look very foolish now
    …….
    Putin has also, unfortunately, had apologists on the left. Generally, these voices have been more circumspect than those on the right. But they’ve still engaged in a lot of moral equivocation and encouraged surrender.

    Longtime progressive hero Noam Chomsky, for example, acknowledged that Putin’s invasion was wrong. But he’s also insisted that Putin was provoked by NATO expansion, as if invading a neighbor is in any way a reasonable response when they threaten to sign a treaty you don’t like. Chomsky also quickly called for a move “towards a negotiated settlement,” even though it was clear immediately that Putin, sans resistance, would not settle for anything but conquering the country.

    The Democratic Socialists of America similarly condemned the Russian invasion. But their statement did not mention Putin by name, made no statement of solidarity with Ukrainian resistance, uttered both-sidesy noises about a diplomatic solution, and condemned the US for “imperialist expansion,” even though it was Putin who literally invaded his neighbor.

    Glenn Greenwald, an erstwhile progressive who now mostly launders far right talking points, has been even less circumspect. He’s spread outright propaganda about (nonexistent) Ukrainian biolabs and cheered on Russian gains during the earlier part of the war. (His twitter feed has been silent on Russia’s recent reverses.)
    ……..
    Progressives opposed to US aid to Ukraine, and to Ukrainian resistance, have largely argued that only a quick peace could, in Chomsky’s words, “save Ukraine from a grim fate.” But as liberated Ukrainians celebrate in the street, it’s hard not to notice that they were saved from the grim fate of occupation by a military victory, not by surrender to Putin’s terms.
    ……..
    One problem is that the left’s inability to decrease militarism and imperialism at the national level for decades has led some to reach out to the right in hopes of building an anti-establishment isolationist coalition. …….
    ………
    Chomsky is pretty clearly well-intentioned; he wants what’s best for Ukraine. But he gets so tangled in his own talking points about NATO expansionism and his own obsession with US hegemony that he misses the main point. Russia invaded; Ukrainians resisted. When colonized people resist, you should support them. Insisting you know better than those directly affected is presumptuous. It’s also imperialist. The left should avoid it.
    ############

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  21. “They loved the fact that Prince Philip, her husband, had to take orders from the queen,” Professor Chernock said. “This was very different from their own households.”

    Okay, this guy is a ass. A fool. Moreover, he is a bachelor. (With all due credit to Charles Dicken.)

    nk (13ec9b) — 9/16/2022 @ 1:31 pm

    Prof. Arianne Chernock identifies a woman, and looks like one.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  22. I know folks may be getting tired of hearing about the Royal Family…

    Maybe not:

    Line to see Queen Elizabeth’s coffin stretches 5 miles; William, Harry to stand vigil Saturday

    ‘Thousands of mourners have been lining up to pay their final respects to the nation’s longest-reigning monarch. On Friday, the British government was forced to temporarily stop people from joining the five-mile-long line.

    “The queue is currently at capacity and entry is currently paused,” a government notice read. “Please do not attempt to join until it resumes.”’ – dailynews.com – https://news.yahoo.com/line-see-queen-elizabeth-coffin-183900974.html

    DCSCA (214a88)

  23. @15. And what language are the b!tchers using to bark at the civilized world?

    Why… the Queen;s/the King’s ENGLISH, of course.

    =mike-drop=

    DCSCA (214a88)

  24. @13. Fake News; seems you’re a Trumpster after all, Paulie. 😉

    DCSCA (214a88)

  25. Prof. Arianne Chernock identifies a woman, and looks like one.

    Heh! Okay, then.

    nk (13ec9b)

  26. I’m shocked, I tell ya!

    Russia accuses Ukraine of targeting pro-Moscow officials
    ……..
    At least five Himars missiles crashed into the central administration building in Kherson, which Russian troops have occupied since March after arriving from Crimea. Video from the scene showed smoke pouring out of the complex and debris.

    On the other side of the country, in the eastern city of Luhansk, a pro-Russia prosecutor and his deputy died when their office was blown up. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.

    The Kremlin news agency Itar-Tass said Sergey Gorenko, the prosecutor general for the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic, a puppet regime established by Russia in 2014, died at the scene.
    ………
    “Elimination of so-called ‘LNR prosecutor general’ and his deputy should be considered as showdowns of local organised criminal groups that could not share looted property before a large-scale escape,” (Zelenskiy senior adviser Mykhailo Podolyak) posted on Twitter. He added: “Or as Russian Federation’s purge of witnesses to war crimes. Investigation will show …”
    ………
    There were also unconfirmed reports from the port city of Berdiansk that Oleg Boyko, deputy head of the administration of the port town of Berdiansk, and his wife, Lyudmilla, who headed a commission preparing a referendum on the Zaporizhzhia province joining Russia, were killed in their garage overnight on Friday.

    These seemingly coordinated attacks are likely to unnerve local collaborators across Ukraine. ……
    ………
    The Kherson missile strike happened as the pro-Russia heads of occupation administrations in the Kherson region met inside the city’s main government building and court. Attenders included Kremlin-approved military-civilian representatives of villages and towns.
    ……….
    The Ukrainian head of the Kherson regional administration, Volodymyr Saldo, was poisoned last month. It was unclear who was responsible. ……..

    (Saldo’s deputy, Kirill Stremousov), a former journalist known for his extreme rightwing views, may have been the target of Friday’s Himars strike. He recently claimed the situation in Kherson was under control, in a video geo-located to a hotel in Russia………
    ………..

    Related details.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  27. “I’m already beginning to feel a bit of fatigue myself,” said Arianne Chernock, a professor of history at Boston University and scholar of modern Britain. “But the broader American interest in Queen Elizabeth, and the monarchy generally, is not at all surprising to me.”

    Arianne Jessica Chernock (born 1975) is an American historian specialized in modern Britain and the history of Europe. She has written two books on women’s rights and the history of women in the United Kingdom. Chernock is a professor at Boston University.- source, wikifeministbroadinapantssuitwithchalkon it.org

    ‘I’m already beginning to feel a bit of fatigue myself…’ and I feel the same way about basketball.

    Weep for the ignorance that passes for being learned. Respecting the pageantry and traditions with a thousand year legacy [‘1066 And All That’] and the ceremonies of another nation does not translate to an embrace of monarchy. And if you can’t respect the time-honored traditions of another people- especially one which is the source for the very language you write, speak and teach with- don’t expect other nations to respect yours or your POV.

    DCSCA (214a88)

  28. (Russian) Government launches budget sequestration after worst revenue collapse in 11 years
    ………
    The sequestration of the budget, which was hit by sanctions, a recession in the economy and the strengthening of the ruble, is not a surprise, says Natalya Orlova, chief economist at Alfa-Bank.

    Since the beginning of the summer, the government has been unable to balance revenues with expenditures, and the accumulated total for June-August received a deficit of 1.452 trillion rubles. As a result, almost all the “surplus” of money that had been accumulated in six months was spent by autumn: out of 1.589 trillion rubles at the beginning of June, only 131 billion rubles remained by the end of August.

    The budget is rapidly losing revenue under the pressure of sanctions and their consequences, Raiffeisenbank analysts write. Difficulties with the sale of oil to Asia and the shutdown of gas to European countries led to the fact that in July, oil and gas tax revenues collapsed by 29% yoy – a record for 11 years of available statistics. In August, they sank another 13%, to a minimum for 14 months (671.9 billion rubles).
    ……….
    As the recession in the economy gains momentum, the treasury receives less and less VAT, customs duties and income tax. As a result, the government needs more and more expensive oil to make ends meet. The 2022 budget would be balanced if a barrel cost $105, Orlova estimates. In fact, oil companies receive almost 30% less – $74.4 per barrel of Urals in August.
    ……….

    Related:

    ………
    The “cash cushion” that the Ministry of Finance keeps in credit institutions on deposits and under repurchase agreements has been rapidly declining since the beginning of summer and has “blown away” by half over the past four months, follows from the data of the Federal Treasury.
    ………
    The cumulative total for the three summer months “hole” in the federal treasury has reached 1.482 trillion rubles. As a result, almost the entire surplus accumulated in the first half of the year melted away: out of 1.589 trillion rubles, by the beginning of September, 131 billion rubles remained.

    I guess the sanctions are working.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  29. Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 9/16/2022 @ 12:51 pm

    Off with their heads!

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  30. Trump-appointed judge convicts three Jan. 6 defendants but acquits two of them on obstruction charge
    ……….
    Each defendant faced a number of criminal charges, including felony counts of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers and aiding and abetting; obstruction of an official proceeding; and civil disorder.

    (Patrick) McCaughey was convicted on every count he faced, although the judge did not find that he had used a police shield as a deadly or dangerous weapon during one of the assaults he was convicted of. Federal prosecutors requested that McCaughey be taken into custody after his conviction, and he was led away in handcuffs.

    (David) Mehaffie was convicted of several counts, including felony counts of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers and civil disorder. The judge found him not guilty of a felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding, which would have exposed Mehaffie to significant prison time.

    (Tristan) Stevens was also acquitted of the obstruction charge, but he was convicted on a number of other charges, including three felony counts of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers and a count of civil disorder.
    ……..
    The case centers on the location of some of the most brutal violence on Jan. 6, 2021, at the top of the platform that had been set up for President Joe Biden’s inauguration. The “tunnel” at the top of the temporary scaffolding……was the scene of the most violent clashes between rioters and police, as hundreds of Trump supporters tried to force their way inside the Capitol. …….
    ……..
    ……..(V)ideo shows Mehaffie serving as a kind of crossing guard for rioters, standing above and watching the battle while directing other rioters in and out of the tunnel. He is also seen grabbing a stick as officers try to force him off the ledge…… (Video also showed) Mehaffie encouraging members of the mob to climb over a retaining wall on the restricted grounds of the U.S. Capitol before he reaches the tunnel where some of the worst violence of Jan. 6 took place.

    “If we can’t fight over this wall, we can’t win this battle! Come on!” Mehaffie yells as he encourages others over the retaining wall.
    ……….
    Mehaffie conceded, under cross-examination by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Paschall, that the mob “knew” that police “wanted us to leave.” ……
    ………
    MPD Officer Daniel Hodges, who was crushed in a door during the Jan. 6 attack, testified for the prosecution about how he was pinned by a police shield being held by defendant McCaughey.
    ………
    Video also shows Stevens asking officers if they knew “what happens to” traitors, as WUSA9 reported.

    “They get tied to a post and shot,” a person identified in court filings as Stevens said, WUSA9 reported. “Are you ready for that?”
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  31. Jan. 6 rioter in ‘Camp Auschwitz’ hoodie sentenced to 75 days in prison
    ………
    Robert Keith Packer was arrested the week after the attack on the U.S. Capitol in 2021 and pleaded guilty a year later, in January, to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful picketing and parading. The government wanted him to serve 75 days of incarceration, as well as three years of probation. Packer’s sister had asked for leniency, and she urged the court in a written plea not to “judge a book by it’s cover.” But a federal prosecutor told the judge that the “words on his clothing showed you his intent” on Jan. 6.

    “Mr. Packer showed the world who he was on Jan. 6 by both his deeds and his actions,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst told the court Thursday. “He posted his belief on his clothing that day.”
    ………
    Packer admitted that he traveled from Newport News, Virginia, to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, “to attend the rally” held by former President Donald Trump and that he then “entered the building despite seeing broken windows and tear gas deployed by police.” He also admitted he was “in a crowd of people in the hallway when rioters took down and broke apart” a sign bearing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s name outside her office.
    ……..
    Furst said Packer “has not expressed any remorse” for his actions on Jan. 6 or expressed concern for the officers who were assaulted that day. Instead, she said, Packer has focused only on the impact on his life.

    “It’s all about what happened to him,” Furst said.
    ………
    The “Camp Auschwitz” shirt wasn’t the only piece of pro-Nazi paraphernalia that Packer sported on Jan. 6. Video provided to NBC News this week shows that earlier in the day he was wearing a “Schutzstaffel” shirt, referring to Adolf Hitler’s paramilitary unit headed by Heinrich Himmler, which is more commonly referred to as the SS. The government presented an image from the video in court Thursday.
    ………

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  32. Another top ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin has died this week, this time of an alleged “stroke” while on a business trip in the village of Roshchino in Russia’s far east region.

    This is beginning to resemble all the crooks who showed up dead one at a time after the Lufthansa heist.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  33. Joe Biden to ‘take over’ Queen’s funeral with huge security detail including 400 secret service agents and helicopter convoy

    ‘U.S. President Joe Biden is set to ‘take over’ the Queen’s funeral as he will reportedly bring 400 secret service officers to the service next week. On Monday (September 19) more than 500 heads of state and foreign dignitaries will be in the capital for Her Majesty’s funeral.

    Foreign leaders were asked to get to the UK by commercial flights and were told they would be taken to the funeral by escorted shuttle buses due to the tight security and road restrictions, Politico reported. However, government source have said he will not be subjected to the bus and will be allowed to take his car to the funeral for security reasons. He is expected to take his 6,800kg bulletproof limousine, nicknamed The Beast, to and from Westminster Abbey where the funeral will take place. The 80-year-old is also expected to be one of the only guests to be allowed to fly over London in his Marine One helicopter, the Telegraph reports. Two million people could descend on Westminster on Monday to bid farewell. The new Met Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley described the “massive ­challenge” during his first day in the job but insisted: “We will have a safe event…” -https://www.mylondon.news/

    “We are not amused.” – Queen Victoria

    DCSCA (c870e6)

  34. “The Biden administration is reportedly pushing federal law enforcement to exaggerate the threat from domestic terrorism and white supremacy as the White House uses such threats as political talking points.”

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/report-fbi-agents-pushed-to-find-a-crime-that-supports-bidens-claims-about-gop-extremism

    There are conservatives who voted for this.

    Obudman (a1c23a)

  35. At some point, the discussion must turn to asking what is the strategy Democrats have for our country, rather than constant harping about Trump. The issue isn’t whether Trump should or should not be president. What should be more important to discuss, at this point, are the foreign policy, energy policy, economic policy, and immigration policy of the USA.

    The Democrats are so out of touch they celebrate Biden doing “something” about inflation (great job he’s increased it to over 8 percent). They bring policies that severely increase inflation, cause power outages, supply chain issues, increased crime and mayhem in the streets and so much more.

    I can understand why Biden voters/supporters would rather talk about Trump than Biden’s handmade disasters, but question why any rational people would.

    Colonel Haiku (cb07e9)

  36. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/09/bi

    Obudman,

    You’d think that story would be front page news and surely worthy of discussion on how how the government is trying to harm her citizens, but it’s not even a blip on the radar. I wonder why…

    NJRob (ba8f28)

  37. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/09/biden-demands-white-supremacy.php

    Fixed link to reiterate how the Biden regime is using the government’s police power to attack her citizens.

    NJRob (ba8f28)

  38. Straw man:

    Biden warns Putin not to use nuclear weapons: “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t.”

    The Biden administration has announced another $600 million in military aid to help the Ukrainian army maintain momentum against Russia. In an interview for this Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” Scott Pelley spoke with President Biden about Ukraine’s recent battlefield success — and the dangers that could bring. Pelley said to President Biden. “And I wonder, Mr. President, what you would say to him if he is considering using chemical or tactical nuclear weapons.” “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. You will change the face of war unlike anything since World War II…”… mumbled the brain-damaged doofus of a nation that used two nuclear weapons on Japan in 1945.

    But what’s the “worry,” Joey, “don’t, don’t, don’t” you remember your declaration in 2019??? “Putin knows, if I am president of the United States, his days of tyranny and trying to intimidate the United States and those in Eastern Europe are over.”

    IDIOT.

    … and Putin smiled.

    DCSCA (e7fe0d)

  39. “Fixed link to reiterate how the Biden regime is using the government’s police power to attack her citizens.”

    Trump regime as well:

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/04/politics/fbi-director-wray-white-supremacy

    Those poor white supremacists, unfairly maligned by the FBI.

    Davethulhu (aec6bf)

  40. The DOJ has submitted their appeal to the 11th Circuit, and their case is compelling, IMO. Cannon’s ruling is a travesty, and it needn’t have gone to an appeals court.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  41. Also, a couple of other things:

    1. The article you lined from powerline is them repeating an article from PJ Media: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2022/09/15/fbi-agents-accuse-biden-of-pressuring-fbi-to-fabricate-extremist-and-white-supremacist-cases-n1629886
    But they’re repeating an article from The Washington Times: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/sep/15/biden-accused-pressuring-fbi-fabricate-extremist-a/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS
    WT should really be the one receiving credit for the article

    2. Remember this the next time your decry “anonymous sources.”

    Davethulhu (aec6bf)

  42. just another day in Portlandistan

    NE Portland woman finds stranger sleeping on son’s bed

    “I was glad she was caught,” said Smith. “I saw she obviously needed help, so I asked what would happen if they took her to a hospital. They told me she would be out within two hours. So I said ok, I want to press charges. This is not ok. Then I found out they released her the next day. That’s really disheartening considering we went through and looked at our Next Door app and there was another person who had posted a picture of her breaking into their house. I’ve had multiple people send me her arrest reports which is a very long list of trespassing, harassment, assault and burglary. I actually just spoke with my mail carrier today who told me she’s started to carry mace because the woman was harassing her, that she couldn’t walk down the street without the woman screaming at her, swearing at her, following her around. She told me she doesn’t feel safe around that woman.”

    She reached out to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office regarding pressing charges, but was shocked at what she was told.

    “They said the charges have been dropped and that I can leave a message for the DA and he can call you back,” said Smith. “I haven’t heard anything and that was two days ago. I have to assume someone heard that message and nobody has gotten back to me. I don’t understand why she is not in jail. She’s not harmless. She proved that. She’s proved that from the stories that I’ve heard from other people.”

    FOX 12 reached out to the Multnomah County DA’s Office but has not heard back at this time.

    “I feel like the city is declining rapidly and there is a need for more mental health services, more training for the police, probably more police, more community outreach, but I don’t know,” said Smith. “I’m not a city official. I don’t know what the answers are, but I do know that what they are doing right now is not working.”

    JF (3f1f5f)

  43. Paul, i agreebut the Supreme Court will almost certainly find for Trump, IMO

    EPWJ (c4529a)

  44. Did Kevin M and asset have impromptu fisticuffs?

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/tomi-lahren-speech-new-mexico-b2169143.html

    urbanleftbehind (82e182)

  45. I don’t like to make predictions, EP, but I’ll just say that I’d be surprised if the 11th sides with Cannon, and I’d be surprised if the USSC decides to hear the case.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  46. They’re not even hiding the war crimes, kidnapping children from Ukraine and sending to Russia.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  47. It was never more than a Tatar raid. Loot, pillage, burn, rape, and kill.

    That’s why so many of the dregs of the Russian military were sent there. Those are the ones more likely to commit atrocities, gladly and gleefully, than disciplined, professional soldiers.

    nk (623459)

  48. One of the DOJ objections in their appeal was that the…

    “district court here ordered disclosure of highly sensitive material to a special master and to Plaintiff’s counsel—potentially including witnesses to relevant events—in the midst of an investigation, where no charges have been brought.”

    Trump’s new lawyer, Kise, the guy who took a $3 million retainer from Trump’s PAC, is (or at least was) a registered foreign agent with the Maduro regime.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  49. Judge releases less redacted Mar-a-Lago search affidavit
    ……….
    The newly unredacted portions of the affidavit reveal Trump’s counsel did not inform the DOJ that the former president declassified the documents.

    “When producing the documents, neither [Trump] COUNSEL 1 nor INDIVIDUAL 2 asserted that [Trump] had declassified the documents. The documents being in a Redweld envelope wrapped in tape appears to be consistent with an effort to handle the documents as if they were still classified,” a new portion of the affidavit explained.

    “Individual 2” refers to Trump lawyer Christina Bobb, who signed a document back in June attesting that all classified material was turned over to the government, the new affidavit said. Evan Corcoran, another Trump lawyer, is referred to as “counsel” in the affidavit.

    “In addition to [Trump] COUNSEL 1, another individual, hereinafter ‘INDIVIDUAL 2,’ was also present as the custodian of records for FPOTUS’s post-presidential office,” the affidavit said. “INDIVIDUAL 2 provided a Certification Letter, signed by INDIVIDUAL 2, which stated the following…Any and all responsive documents accompany this certification; and d. No copy, written notation, or reproduction of any kind was retained as to any responsive document.”

    The newly unredacted portions of the affidavit also revealed that the DOJ subpoena for surveillance camera footage from the Trump Organization demanded footage that dated back to Jan. 10, about a week before National Archives and Records Administration officials seized 15 boxes from Mar-a-Lago in January.

    The DOJ had sought the footage to gauge who may have had access to the documents stashed at Mar-a-Lago. Representatives from the Trump Organization turned over a hard drive with the footage to FBI agents, the newly unredacted portions added.
    ………..

    Rip Murdock (7fa704)

  50. Words come to mind, like ossified, sclerotic, decrepit, etc.
    The My Generation set needs to make room for the next.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  51. There have been a lot of terrible federal judges. Stephen Reinhart, Thelton Henderson, Manuel Real, etc.

    Trump has one he likes. There had to be one.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  52. There were two cartoons in Politico’s weekly collection that I especially liked, Wuerker on over reaching, and Molina on Putin’s remaining assets.

    (Yes, the second is unfair, but it made me laugh out loud.)

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  53. AOC needs to take pelosi’s place as leader of house democrats now!

    Please! Please! Make the election about it!

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  54. Monmouth-Sharp Contrast in Voter Opinion of (PA) Governor Candidates
    ……..
    More than half of potential voters say they will either definitely (33%) or probably (21%) vote for Shapiro in November. Just over one-third currently feel they will definitely (21%) or probably (15%) vote for Mastriano. Significantly more Pennsylvania voters say they definitely will not vote for Mastriano (45%) than the number who completely rule out Shapiro (28%). Among voters who identify as Democrats, 66% say they are definitely prepared to support Shapiro now and just 2% have definitely ruled him out. Among Republicans, 47% say they are definitely prepared to support Mastriano now while 13% have definitely ruled him out.
    ………
    Mastriano does best in the central part of Pennsylvania – 49% of voters there are inclined to vote for him – but not nearly as strong as Shapiro is in the eastern (61%) and western (58%) parts of the commonwealth. Among white voters who do not hold a four-year college degree – a key component of the Republican bloc in recent election cycles – 47% say they will definitely or probably vote for Mastriano, but a similar 43% say they are inclined to back Shapiro.

    Shapiro has a decidedly positive personal rating of 55% favorable to 33% unfavorable, while Mastriano holds a net negative rating of 36% favorable to 48% unfavorable. ……

    …….The legislature is poised to put an amendment on the ballot next year declaring that Pennsylvania’s constitution does not grant a right to abortion access. Currently, just 15% of Pennsylvania voters say that the commonwealth’s current abortion laws are not strict enough. Half (51%) say they are about right and 19% actually say they are too strict. Another 15% have no opinion.
    …….
    ……. 41% of voters feel Pennsylvania’s current gun ownership laws are not strict enough. Another 44% say they are about right and just 10% say they are too strict. Only 5% have no opinion on Pennsylvania’s current gun laws. …….
    ………

    Details at link.

    Rip Murdock (7fa704)

  55. Did Kevin M and asset have impromptu fisticuffs?

    Not a fan of Ms Lahren. Still, the students should be disciplined if not expelled. Violence is not an acceptable form of speech.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  56. I like judges who are not the second prosecutor in the courtroom, and even more those who do not disturb the status quo unless the law compels them to.

    That would make this judge the diametrically opposite of Stephen Reinhardt who was a whimsical, essentially lawless, activist.

    If the government comes into a person’s home with some blue-backed* piece of paper and takes things away, I want the government to work real hard to keep it.

    *That’s just an obsolete expression these days.

    nk (623459)

  57. Monmouth-(PA) Democratic U.S. Senate candidate stronger than his party’s fundamentals


    ……..
    (Democratic Senate candidate John) Fetterman has a positive personal rating of 47% favorable to 42% unfavorable. Just under half of the electorate will either definitely (32%) or probably (17%) vote for him in November. Oz has a net negative personal rating of 36% favorable to 52% unfavorable. About 4 in 10 will either definitely (23%) or probably (16%) vote for him. Slightly more Pennsylvania voters say they definitely will not vote for Oz (45%) than completely rule out Fetterman (38%).
    ……..
    …….. Top issues facing the country according to the commonwealth’s electorate are the economy (30%) and inflation (31%) along with gas prices specifically (7%). Other issues include illegal immigration (14%), abortion (13%), democracy, voting and elections (11%), and crime (9%). When asked directly which set of issues are a bigger factor in their U.S. Senate vote, 52% point to concerns about the economy and cost of living while 38% are more focused on concerns about fundamental rights and the democratic process. Republicans prioritize the economy (72%) and Democrats prioritize rights (59%).
    ……..
    Comparing favorability ratings for the two political parties finds them running about even – 45% favorable for the Democratic Party and 43% favorable for the Republican Party. The same is true at the presidential level – 43% have a favorable view of Joe Biden and 43% have a favorable view of Donald Trump. …….

    …….(V)arious voter history metrics suggest Fetterman is in better position than Oz heading into November. Among those who voted in the 2020 presidential election, just under half definitely (32%) or probably (16%) support the Democrat and 4 in 10 definitely (25%) or probably (16%) support Oz. ……..
    ………

    Details at link.

    Rip Murdock (7fa704)

  58. Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial nominee was registered to vote in N.J. until 2021
    ……..
    Gubernatorial candidate Douglas Mastriano was a registered voter in New Jersey for 28 years until July 2021 when election officials changed his status to inactive.
    ……..
    Mastriano voted in successive Republican primaries in New Jersey from 1982 through 1985 and never voted again in a GOP primary, although he tried in 2010 and his ballot was rejected.

    He voted in general elections in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2010. He also voted in school board elections in 2001 and 2002.

    During much of that time – from 1986 until his retirement in 2017, Mastriano served in the U.S. Army, including a deployment during Operation Desert Storm. Many of his votes were through absentee ballot.
    …….
    It appears that Mastriano never notified Mercer County that he had left the state permanently and the U.S. Postal Service continued to deliver sample ballots to his family home in Hightstown.
    ……..

    Rip Murdock (7fa704)

  59. Haiku: “At some point, the discussion must turn to asking what is the strategy Democrats have for our country, rather than constant harping about Trump. The issue isn’t whether Trump should or should not be president.”

    Exactly backwards. We pretty much know what the Democrats want to do and understand if they get a big enough majority in Congress, they will do it good and hard. The GOP just needs to bring back smart and normal, but that appears to be too much of an ask.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  60. rather than constant harping about Trump.

    Well, Trump had the GOP in both houses of congress and thought it would be cute to not solve immigration, fund his wall, get it finished, so he could keep that issue alive, and here we are, being told we are not supposed to criticize Trump or the GOP because that means he lives rent-free or something.

    The dems don’t have a plan to solve law and order problems, and if anything they actually don’t mind those problems. The GOP generally is just corrupt.

    I’m supposed to care about one of these parties, and partisan shills are so mentally damaged at this point that if you don’t love one party, that automatically means you must love the other party. They just don’t understand the idea of being an independent human being who doesn’t rely on politicians.

    Trump wasn’t the reason our society is in decline, and neither is Biden, but they are both just plain useless. So is defending them. If the folks saying ‘leave Trump alone!’ would just stop worrying so much about politicians they would have time to go outside and enjoy their golden years a little.

    Dustin (a87c64)

  61. NYT/Siena College Poll:

    ………
    Overall, 46 percent of registered voters say they back the Democratic candidate for Congress in their district, compared with 44 percent for Republicans — a difference well within the survey’s margin of error. ……
    ……..
    For now, the fury over abortion and the renewed spotlight on Mr. Trump have helped mask deep Democratic vulnerabilities that might ultimately make Republicans favored to retake Congress — if Republicans could refocus the electorate on the economy and inflation. Republicans would lead by six percentage points in the race for Congress, if they could merely win over voters who say they agree with the G.O.P. most on the economy.
    ……..
    The survey underscored how Republicans have been weakened by Mr. Trump’s decision to play a vocal role in his party’s primaries. Voters said that the word “extreme” described the Republicans better than the Democrats by a six-point margin, 43 to 37 percent. …….
    ……..
    …….(V)oters trust the Republicans more on the economy by a 14-point margin, 52 to 38 percent. And they say that economic issues will matter more to their vote than do societal issues by an 18-point margin.
    ……..
    The poll’s findings also suggest that Mr. Biden’s legislative successes have done relatively little to boost his or his party’s credibility on economic issues.
    ……..
    Democrats held an overwhelming 73-to-18-percent lead among voters who said that “societal issues” like abortion or threats to democracy would be most important in their vote this November, rather than economic issues like jobs and the cost of living.
    …….
    ……..Democrats (are) leading among white college graduates, young voters and nonwhite voters; Republicans hold a commanding lead among white voters without a college degree. …….
    ……..
    Democrats and Republicans were nearly equally likely to say they intended to turn out this November, with 52 percent of Republicans and 51 percent of Democrats saying they were “almost certain” to vote.

    Voters continue to believe that abortion should be mostly or always legal by around a two-to-one margin. However, the supporters of legal abortion rights enjoy an even larger enthusiasm edge: 52 percent of voters said they strongly opposed the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade; just 19 percent said they strongly supported it.
    ……..

    Cross tabs.

    Right track/Wrong track 27/60

    Biden personal approval: 47/51

    Trump personal approval: 43/53

    Abortion legal/illegal 62/31

    Trump’s actions after the 2020 election?
    Exercising his right to contest the election 38
    Threatened American democracy 54

    Trump has committed serious federal crimes 51

    Trump has not committed serious federal crimes 38

    Rip Murdock (7fa704)

  62. It appears that Mastriano never notified Mercer County that he had left the state permanently and the U.S. Postal Service continued to deliver sample ballots to his family home in Hightstown.

    I have never, in my life, notified my old country that I had registered to vote elsewhere. HOWEVER, the registration forms generally asked where I had been previously registered. If the old county is not notified, it is not my fault.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  63. Exactly backwards. We pretty much know what the Democrats want to do and understand if they get a big enough majority in Congress, they will do it good and hard. The GOP just needs to bring back smart and normal, but that appears to be too much of an ask.

    And unless they do a number of erstwhile conservatives are going to get behind the Democrats and push.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  64. Overall, 46 percent of registered voters say they back the Democratic candidate for Congress in their district, compared with 44 percent for Republicans — a difference well within the survey’s margin of error. ……

    In 1998, the GOP was anticipating a red wave, following the impeachment inquiry into Bill Clinton and the whole Lewinsky scandal. However, the Democrats gained 5 seats, prompting the resignation of Newt Gingrich as Speaker (and from Congress). It turned out that voters thought that lying [under oath] about sex was OK.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  65. I note that the proposed national abortion law is widely described as an “abortion ban.” Unless the GOP can fix that description, and make it clear that it is simply the First World norm, they will lose this election, too.

    Hard to see how they will do that as they seem consumed with 1) passing actual abortion bans, and 2) Donald Trump.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  66. Amen, Dustin.
    Best thing I ever did was become an independent for a spell. Looking at both parties from a more disinterested perspective was helpful.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  67. The GOP just needs to bring back smart and normal…

    Pfft. American populism has ‘trumped’ being neoconned any longer; modern ideological conservatism has been successfully contained to irrelevancy– and Eisenhower is dead, “Pilgrim.”

    “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” – Max Scott [Carlton Young] ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ 1962

    DCSCA (bd1de3)

  68. If the folks saying ‘leave Trump alone!’ would just stop worrying so much about politicians they would have time to go outside and enjoy their golden years a little.

    … and Putin smiled as Xi grinned with glee.

    DCSCA (bd1de3)

  69. PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
    ……..
    Key Findings:
    …….
    Californians name the economy and inflation as the top issue facing the state.
    ……..
    Among California likely voters, 58 percent would vote for Gavin Newsom and 31 percent would vote for Brian Dahle if the election were held today.
    ……..
    When likely voters are read the ballot title and labels, 69 percent would vote yes on Proposition 1 (constitutional abortion rights), 55 percent would vote yes on Proposition 30 (reducing greenhouse gases), and 34 percent would vote yes on Proposition 27 (online sports gambling).
    …….
    At the local level, 68 percent of Californians say that homelessness is a big problem in their part of the state while 61 percent say the presence of the homeless has increased in their local community in the past year.
    ……..
    Majorities of California adults and likely voters approve of Governor Gavin Newsom, President Joe Biden, and their US House representative.
    …….
    Democrat Gavin Newsom leads Republican Brian Dahle by a 27-point margin (58% to 31%) among likely voters, with about one in ten unsure of how they would vote (7%) or saying they would not vote in the race (5%) if the gubernatorial election were held today. Newsom enjoys the support of most Democrats (90%), while most Republicans (81%) support Dahle; independents favor Newsom (55% Newsom, 35% Dahle). Newsom receives majority support in the San Francisco Bay Area (72% Newsom, 20% Dahle) and Los Angeles (65% Newsom, 23% Dahle); likely voters in the Central Valley (50% Newsom, 42% Dahle), Orange/San Diego (46% Newsom, 40% Dahle), and the Inland Empire (41% Newsom, 38% Dahle) are divided. Newsom is favored across all age, gender, homeownership, income, and racial/ethnic groups; the share supporting Newsom increases as educational attainment rises (46% high school only; 56% some college; 66% college graduate).

    A slim majority of likely voters (53%) are satisfied with their choices of candidates in the election for governor, while nearly four in ten are not satisfied (38%). ……(S)atisfaction is far higher among Democrats than among Republicans or independents.
    ……..
    A majority of adults (52%) and likely voters (55%) approve of the way Governor Newsom is handling his job, while 35 percent of adults and 42 percent of likely voters disapprove. …….
    …….
    Majorities of adults and likely voters (53% each) approve of the way President Biden is handling his job; 42 percent of adults and 46 percent likely voters disapprove. ……
    ……..blockquote>

    Likely voter cross tabs.

    Interestingly, Newsom is running commercials against Prop 30, which imposes higher taxes on incomes above $2M to provide subsidies to ride share companies to fund the required conversion to electric vehicles, rather than pay for it out of corporate earnings.

    Rip Murdock (7fa704)

  70. I miss post previews.

    Rip Murdock (7fa704)

  71. @62, Dustin nails it…again

    @69, “Pfft. American populism has ‘trumped’ being neoconned any longer”

    DCCCP doesn’t nail it….again

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  72. @73. Agarn, Agarn, Agarn…

    “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” – Max Scott [Carlton Young] ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ 1962

    DCSCA (bd1de3)

  73. @52. And who runs and funds them-there-old-crusts-of-stale-bread-candidates over and over?

    The “words come to mind, like ossified, sclerotic, decrepit, etc.,” major political parties, that’s who. And who votes for them over and over– or chooses not to vote at all?

    “You.”

    Hence populism roots deeper and deeper. And castles get stormed.

    DCSCA (bd1de3)

  74. NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist National Poll:

    ……..
    President Biden is also seeing a marginal increase in his approval rating, going from 36% in July to 41% now, largely because of a 10-point jump with independents.

    Democrats also have a marginal advantage when people were asked who they would vote for if the elections were held today – 48% said a Democrat, 44% said a Republican. …….
    …….
    Overall, 30% identified inflation as their top issue, but that’s down 7 points from the last time the question was asked in July. That was followed by abortion at 22%, up 4 points since July.
    …….
    Abortion continues to be a key motivator for Democrats, as three-quarters (77%) said the Supreme Court’s decision makes them more likely to vote, about the same as it was in the immediate aftermath of the June Dobbs ruling.

    Republicans, meanwhile, continue to focus on inflation and the economy.

    And with good reason:
    ……..

    Poll details.

    Rip Murdock (7fa704)

  75. Best thing I ever did was become an independent for a spell. Looking at both parties from a more disinterested perspective was helpful.

    When I decided that I didn’t always need to defend R’s over D’s in any dispute, it was liberating and clarifying.

    The GOP has been disgraceful in circling the wagons around Trump even after he committed two of the worst misdeeds of any U.S. president in history:
    1) Attempting to stay in power unlawfully after losing an election.
    2) Purloining government documents including highly sensitive classified information, storing it carelessly, lying about what he had in his possession, and now spewing forth a multitude of falsehoods — some transparently preposterous, some contradictory — about what he did.

    I find it shocking and disgusting that so many “conservatives” insist that Trump is the innocent victim of a nefarious plot by the “deep state.” If Obama had done the same things, they would want him burned at the stake.

    Trump and his cult — the dominant strain in today’s GOP — fomented deep distrust in our institutions, even when those institutions are standing for the rule of law and maintaining guardrails against unfettered personal rule by a pathological narcissist who aspires to be like the dictators he openly admires. The example of Trump has encouraged cynicism and nihilism in the “conservative” part of the political spectrum — a belief that any ethical principles can (and must) be set aside for the sake of gaining one’s objectives.

    As long as the GOP retains the stench of Trump, I will be an independent.

    Radegunda (c99721)

  76. Fox News Poll:
    ……..
    The latest Fox News national survey shows these are the four top issues that registered voters are “extremely” concerned about right now: inflation (59% extremely concerned), future of American democracy (50%), abortion (45%), and crime (43%).

    And voters who are extremely concerned about inflation (R +12) and crime (R +17) prefer the Republican candidate in their House district, while those who feel the same about abortion (D +29) and the future of democracy (D +7) back the Democratic candidate.

    Overall, if the Congressional election were today, 44% would back the Democratic candidate and 41% the Republican. The Democrats’ 3-point edge is within the survey’s margin of sampling error – and Fox News modeling suggests it translates into a GOP gain of about one House seat.
    ……..
    Men, non-college Whites, and rural voters are some of the strongest backers of the GOP candidate. Women, voters under age 35, and nonwhite voters give Democrats their edge.

    Party loyalty is slightly in the Democrats’ favor, as more Democrats (93%) than Republicans (90%) support their party’s candidate. Republicans who say they are principally supporters of former President Donald Trump (95%) are more likely to back the Republican candidate than those who say they primarily support the GOP (87%).

    “ Many races could come down to which candidate non-MAGA Republicans decide to hold their nose and support,” says (Democratic co-pollster Chris) Anderson. “History suggests most will end up voting for Republican candidates, but a lot of unprecedented things have happened recently, so maybe this year will be different.”
    ……..
    When voters are asked what issue will motivate them to get out and vote, about one-third mention an economic issue (19% inflation/cost of living or 15% jobs/the economy) and 16% say abortion. No other issues garner double digits.

    Majorities of those motivated by both inflation (58%) and the economy (54%) prefer the Republican candidate, while a majority of those motivated by abortion back the Democrat (75%).
    ……..
    Support for legal abortion is at its highest level in surveys going back three years. The new poll finds 57% think abortion should be legal all (33%) or most of the time (24%), while 42% say illegal all the time (6%) or except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the mother (36%). In July, it was 52-46% and in May 44-54%.

    By 54-43%, voters approve of canceling up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt. …….
    When asked about the role of government generally, 38% think it is doing too much ……..while a majority of 55% says the government should be doing more to solve the country’s problems. That “do more” number is up from 49% in 2021 and 44% in 2016.

    …….. 51% are extremely or very confident (votes were cast legitimately and counted accurately) while 47% are only somewhat or not at all confident. Nearly half of Republicans, 48%, are not at all confident compared to 6% of Democrats.
    ………

    Top lines and cross tabs.

    Rip Murdock (079da7)

  77. Still missing previews.

    Rip Murdock (079da7)

  78. To the worst sins on the Trump list, I must add:
    3) Threatening mob violence if he is held accountable under the law — when he knows that there’s a mob out there ready and willing to do violence in his name.

    If any former Dem president and possible future candidate did the same thing, all of MAGA-world would be apoplectic with rage. If any other Republican did the same, there would probably be a lot more embarrassment about it in the GOP.

    What the heck is so special about Donald Trump that he gets his very own rules — or no rules at all? What is so special about Donald Trump that a federal judge issues a ruling that basically says He’s different, so I’ll give him extra indulgence ?

    The real Trump Derangement Syndrome is the frame of mind in which Trump is regarded as so awesome that nothing he does can ever really be wrong, even when the wrongness of what he does is blindingly obvious.

    Radegunda (c99721)

  79. “Maybe there isn’t a radical left putsch against the Constitution and morality. I don’t know. I don’t listen at keyholes, so I’ve never heard a radical leftist plotting a putsch. So it might be more than a gross exaggeration. Maybe it’s just a falsehood.

    Maybe the radical left is just grossly incompetent and downright stupid. I mean flea-picking simian stupid and savage, like a temple m0nkey that likes to steal cameras — something it can never understand or operate but lusts for anyway so it can smash it against a tree, the way Joe Biden lusts for power that he has no talent for using to anyone’s benefit, only to befoul, corrupt, and destroy anything fine and good.

    A glance at the menu of one’s favorite eatery where one has dined at least weekly since time immemorial ought to convince a reasonable person that Democrats should never be allowed anywhere near the levers of power. The price of veal marsala in the third quarter of 2022 is all the wake-up call a voter needs to choose Trump, Trumpism, and Trump-endorsed candidates over any Democrat or socialist on the political horizon.

    Maybe Trump streams bullsh*t every time he holds one of his rallies. Who the f*ck in his right mind cares what Trump thinks, says, or believes. He knows how to foster prosperity, how to avoid absurdly costly wars without victories, and how to charm nutcases like Kim Jung Un without gifting him with planeloads of Jacksons and Franklins à la the Obama Doctrine (i.e. Bribe your enemy with untraceable cash without any expectation of a concomitant and favorable change in his policies or behaviors.) And he sagely warned those simian-stupid Euro-trash socialists about reliance on Russia for energy. Yeah, and they laughed at him, so knowing and superior. Now they face freezing to death in Germany for the first time since the Berlin Airlift. Serves ’em right, the cocksure morons.”

    —- Quaestor

    Colonel Haiku (3c93fc)

  80. @78. Quinnipiac: Only 5 Percent of Americans Say Abortion Is Country’s ‘Most Urgent’ Issue

    https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/quinnipiac-only-5-percent-of-americans-say-abortion-is-countrys-most-urgent-issue/

    Take a poll: liars lie to polls -and to themselves.

    DCSCA (33effe)

  81. Well, Trump had the GOP in both houses of congress and thought it would be cute to not solve immigration, fund his wall, get it finished, so he could keep that issue alive, and here we are, being told we are not supposed to criticize Trump or the GOP because that means he lives rent-free or something.

    The filibuster stopped almost everything. The tax cuts went through under Reconciliation. IF McConnell had gutted the filibuster like Trump wanted, they could have done more stuff. But he wisely did not.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  82. When likely voters are read the ballot title and labels

    Sure helps to be the party writing those.

    Californians name the economy and inflation as the top issue facing the state.

    They aren’t. The top 6 issues are water, energy, water, traffic, water and the high cost of housing.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  83. @82 I consider the posters here very smart yet I have to keep explaining abortion polling. First for over 50 years polls showed opposing gun control was way down in polling priority yet that didn’t stop gun nuts from defeating democrats who supported gun control to the point that many democrats don’t want to deal with the issue. Second many democrats who were luke warm about biden and wither they would bother to vote this will make them take the time to vote where otherwise they wouldn’t bother. See kansas abortion vote and polling. Also ny-19 and alaska congressional vote where democrat won. Third new women registering to vote as was seen in kansas vote. Pollsters will tell you they don’t show up well in polling. Biden adm. warning post office about people sending things to florida in retaliation to sending them immigrants.

    asset (a5b52f)

  84. “Maybe the radical left is just grossly incompetent and downright stupid. I mean flea-picking simian stupid and savage, like a temple m0nkey that likes to steal cameras — something it can never understand or operate but lusts for anyway so it can smash it against a tree, the way Joe Biden lusts for power that he has no talent for using to anyone’s benefit, only to befoul, corrupt, and destroy anything fine and good.”

    This same person probably had a pearl clutching meltdown about Biden’s speech.

    Davethulhu (aec6bf)

  85. Radegunda (c99721) — 9/17/2022 @ 12:58 pm

    It’s always a treat to read your comments, Radegunda.

    When I decided that I didn’t always need to defend R’s over D’s in any dispute, it was liberating and clarifying.

    That perfectly describes my experience as well. Just call balls and strikes. You’ll have a lot more self-respect (and probably happiness, too) that way.

    norcal (da5491)

  86. Before sitting down next to Farty McPantspooper at Her Majesty’s funeral, a cautionary reminder from the people of the United Kingdom will be taped to Dr. Jill’s seat:

    “PLEASE DO NOT PERMIT YOUR DOG TO FOUL THE FOOTPATH.” Especially as ‘walkies’ are so difficult for him as it is. [The maximum penalty at present is £1000.]

    DCSCA (ceeda5)

  87. only to befoul, corrupt, and destroy anything fine and good

    … whereas Donald J. Trump is a valiant crusader against corruption, a pillar of righteousness, an upstanding guardian of all that is fine and good — someone who would never steer public funds to his own properties, or direct DoJ to investigate his political opponents and protect his allies, or tell DoJ “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me,” or rile up a mob in murderous rage against his VP for not conspiring to keep him in power unlawfully, or steal sensitive government documents and repeatedly lie about it, or threaten to spark riots if he’s held accountable for his crimes, etc.

    No, he’s “as innocent as a person can be.” He says so himself, and every True Patriot knows that Donald Trump never lies about anything.

    Radegunda (c99721)

  88. Thanks, norcal.
    Lately I’ve been doing some drive-by posting: just pop in, vent, and then go off and work on what I should be doing.

    I’m really astonished at what Republicans have been willing to excuse if Trump does it — and the intellectual & moral contortions made by people I once respected as they keep insisting that Trump is in the right while those who criticize him are on the side of evil.

    One theme I’ve seen in MAGA-land is that Trump “exposed” people for who they really are. What Trumpites mean, of course, is that everyone who fails to defend Trump at every turn is thereby “exposed” as a corrupt Deep State hack, or a closet leftist, or whatever. I hope that some of those MAAGA people eventually realize what they exposed about themselves by always looking for a way to rationalize whatever Trump does.

    Radegunda (c99721)

  89. Send more to MA:

    With a murder rate of 130 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, Caracas is generally considered the most dangerous city in Latin America, if not the world.

    With a crime rate of 40 per one thousand residents, Chicago has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 25.

    The rate of crime in Vineyard Haven [Martha’s Vineyard] is 28.56 per 1,000 residents during a standard year. People who live in Vineyard Haven generally consider the northeast part of the city to be the safest.

    The rate of crime in Florida is 39.08 per 1,000 residents during a standard year. People who live in Florida generally consider the northeast part of the state to be the safest. Your chance of being a victim of crime in Florida may be as high as 1 in 17 in the northwest neighborhoods, or as low as 1 in 45 in the northeast part of the state.

    DCSCA (ceeda5)

  90. “The top 6 issues are water, energy, water, traffic, water and the high cost of housing.”

    Yeah but don’t forget about water….and controlled burns

    AJ_Liberty (242c56)

  91. Controlled burns are a special New Mexico feature.

    In the past, summer has marked the beginning of wildfire season…..

    One of those wildfires, the largest in New Mexico’s history, took shape on April 22. Or, to be more accurate, that was the day two existing fires — the Hermits Peak Fire and the Calf Canyon Fire — merged, growing into a conflagration that, as of June 14, had blazed through more than 325,000 acres and destroyed at least 366 homes and buildings. That’s startling enough, but in May the US Forest Service made an attention-grabbing announcement: The agency had intentionally started both fires in an attempt to prevent future wildfires.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  92. You’d think Europe banning the COVID shot to children and certain nations telling people under 50 they cannot get the shot would be news worthy, but I guess not.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  93. Swedes vote for change and a stop to the rampant invasion of their nation. Open borders rapists hardest hit.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  94. And yet, NJRob, you didn’t bring the issue up until the 96th comment.

    Dana (1225fc)

  95. “Open borders rapists hardest hit.”

    Oh, that reminds me:

    Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) told a former White House aide that he was seeking a preemptive pardon from President Donald Trump regarding an investigation in which he is a target, according to testimony given to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

    Johnny McEntee, according to people familiar with his testimony, told investigators that Gaetz told him during a brief meeting “that they are launching an investigation into him or that there’s an investigation into him,” without specifying who was investigating Gaetz.

    McEntee added that Gaetz told him “he did not do anything wrong but they are trying to make his life hell, and you know, if the president could give him a pardon, that would be great.” Gaetz told McEntee that he had asked White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for a pardon.

    Asked by investigators if Gaetz’s request for a pardon was in the context of the Justice Department investigation into whether Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws, McEntee replied, “I think that was the context, yes,” according to people familiar with the testimony who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/09/17/matt-gaetz-pardon-sex-trafficking-probe/

    Davethulhu (aec6bf)

  96. Dana,

    I know. I waited to see if anyone would mention it. Figured our resident virus reporter would bring it up. I was wrong.

    NJRob (1df999)

  97. @96: It’s not newsworthy, unless you want to argue that Europe’s bureaucratic State did it for the children.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  98. If it happened in Bucha, the atrocities occurred in other Russian-occupied territory.

    A body unearthed in the recently liberated 🇺🇦Izym. The man’s hands were tied at the time of his death. His scrotum had been cut off.

    And this.

    Russia’s horrors revealed in liberated #Izyum aren’t new. The fingers on these hands look like they have red nail varnish on. But sadistic Russian soldiers had torn the nails off these civilians, then bound their hands & shot them.

    And this.

    While many of the victims were killed by shelling and airstrikes, some were reportedly found with their necks and hands tied, suggesting the execution of prisoners.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  99. So, I’m reading about how the MSM thinks the Supreme Court is illegitimate, even though it is the result of a deliberate democratic process. Apparently, the GOP cheated and the votes shouldn’t count. They want a do-over, or to change the rules so that they win. Completely forgotten is the 7-2 margin they held in the 60s and 70s.

    How is this different than Trump trying to game the electoral college?

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  100. Ordinary Russians getting a taste of their government’s medicine:

    ………
    On Friday, Ukraine reportedly struck the base of the Russian 3rd Motorized Rifle Division near Valuyki, just nine miles north of the Russia—Ukraine border. Russian officials did not acknowledge that a military target was hit but said one civilian died, and the local electrical grid experienced a temporary disruption.
    ………
    Kyiv has assured U.S. officials that donated weapons would not be used to strike targets inside Russia proper. But Ukrainian forces are now so close to the border that they can hit targets using their own less-advanced weaponry.
    ……..
    Valuyki and Krasny Khutor are among dozens of small settlements in Russia that the Russian military uses as a staging ground, putting them in the middle of Moscow’s faltering invasion and Kyiv’s mounting counteroffensive.
    ………
    The local governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, has ordered the evacuation of hundreds of people and shut down schools in border towns over the past months. But now the authorities in Belgorod are under increasing pressure from unnerved residents who are experiencing what many Ukrainians have lived with for months: nighttime explosions, destroyed homes and sometimes casualties.

    “I’m asking once again, where is our army, the one that must be protecting us?” Belgorod resident Tatyana Bogacheva wrote on Gladkov’s VKontakte social media page. “We are on the border; they are shooting at us, so we need an army and protection. Who will wake up the President?”
    ………
    Russia’s problems along the border are drawing criticism from staunch pro-Kremlin quarters inside Ukraine as well. “I am curious whether the Russian leadership is going to somehow react to the constant shelling of Russian territory?” Igor Girkin, a hard-line former commander of separatists in Ukraine, lamented in his Telegram blog. “Or do I understand correctly that the Kremlin no longer considers the Belgorod region to be the territory of Russia?”
    ……..

    Sad!

    Rip Murdock (079da7)

  101. When likely voters are read the ballot title and labels

    Sure helps to be the party writing those.
    …….
    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 9/17/2022 @ 2:17 pm

    Here are the propositions for the November California general election. Let me know which ones have a misleading title/summary. Thanks!

    Rip Murdock (079da7)

  102. @85. Abortion is the crabgrass in the back yard of a house on fire.

    DCSCA (1f2a57)

  103. Responding to #104

    The Ukrainian government did promise Russia that the Ukraine would be sure to return all of the recently captured munitions back to Russia “down to the last shell”

    steveg (4a08df)

  104. A few people on twitter are wondering aloud if the war in Ukraine is more the the War of Jenkins’ ear which went from Colombia, Caribbean, to Georgia and then ended up getting wrapped into the War of Austrian Succession.

    Not sure I understand the comparison much if at all, but I took it as an interesting way of illustrating the conflict could still go wider if Putin is midget-tossed off the 10th floor, or gets some bad vodka, or has a stroke when suffocating

    steveg (4a08df)

  105. @85. Abortion is the crabgrass in the back yard of a house on fire.
    DCSCA (1f2a57) — 9/18/2022 @ 11:15 am

    No, it is the mass grave in the back yard of a house on fire – with crabgrass growing over it.

    felipe (484255)

  106. @109. Except it’s not: fuss over a light bulb– you crash and burn:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Air_Lines_Flight_401

    DCSCA (56fe12)

  107. Memo from Joe:

    Fiona slams Puerto Rico- an unincorporated territory of the United States; all power out on island. Help is on the way, citizens— to Ukraine!

    DCSCA (56fe12)

  108. Well, Sleepy Joe can kiss that bloc good bye if he shows up with anything less than Bounty or Charmin. DeSantis could strike blows against both geezers if he sends the same planes he used for Border Airlines for supply runs.

    urbanleftbehind (82e182)

  109. DCSCA (56fe12) — 9/18/2022 @ 2:12 pm

    Except it is – infinity + infinity! You lose.

    felipe (484255)

  110. When will people learn – cash upfront like that other guy.

    felipe (484255)

  111. Here are the propositions for the November California general election. Let me know which ones have a misleading title/summary. Thanks!

    Prop 1 does not state what limits, if any, are in place on abortions. If, for example, they had said “allows on-demand abortions throughout pregnancy, up to and including the day of delivery” it would be less likely to pass, judging by all polls regarding late abortions.

    Since this is the amendment I was referring to, I don’t see your argument here.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  112. “So, I’m reading about how the MSM thinks the Supreme Court is illegitimate, even though it is the result of a deliberate democratic process. Apparently, the GOP cheated and the votes shouldn’t count.”

    When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that Bremerton assistant football coach Joseph Kennedy had the right to pray on the field, it wasn’t widely understood then that the court had also ordered the school district to give him his job back.

    The day of the ruling, Fox News host Sean Hannity expressed doubts the district would follow through. But one of Kennedy’s lawyers clarified that they had no choice: “We’re ready to have that fight. If they want to defy the Supreme Court, I think they’re gonna realize they made a serious mistake.”

    Kennedy was sunnier about it all.

    “As soon as the school district says ‘Hey, come back,’ I am there, first flight,” he said.

    So the school district has been flummoxed about what’s happened since. They complied by offering to reinstate him, they say, and now the football season is in full swing. But Kennedy is nowhere near the sidelines.

    “He’s had the paperwork for his reinstatement since August 8th, and we haven’t gotten so much as a phone call,” says Karen Bevers, spokesperson for Bremerton schools.

    Instead, as the Bremerton Knights were prepping for the season in August, Kennedy was up in Alaska, meeting with former Vice President Mike Pence and evangelist Franklin Graham. On the eve of the first game, which the Knights won, Kennedy was in Milwaukee being presented with an engraved .22-caliber rifle at an American Legion convention.

    The weekend of the second game, which the Knights also won, Kennedy appeared with former President Donald Trump at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey. He saw Trump get a religious award from a group called the American Cornerstone Institute.

    Coming up this month, Kennedy’s scheduled to give a talk as part of a lectureship series at a Christian university in Arkansas.

    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/the-story-of-the-praying-bremerton-coach-keeps-getting-more-surreal/

    Kennedy lied about the nature of the nature of his offense (he wasn’t silent or solitary, and he wasn’t fired), but the conservative Justices led by Alito had a narrative they wanted to push. So you end up with a school district ordered to rehire someone who has no interest in the job. And another grifter is born.

    Davethulhu (aff5e6)

  113. Well, Sleepy Joe can kiss that bloc good bye if he shows up with anything less than Bounty or Charmin. DeSantis could strike blows against both geezers if he sends the same planes he used for Border Airlines for supply runs.

    urbanleftbehind (82e182) — 9/18/2022 @ 3:17 pm

    Considering Governor Dippity-Do Head is blatantly shoving himself in on President Pudding Brain’s executive space now, you’d think he’d have already called Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, and Tim Cook to get a depot relief operation going.

    Factory Working Orphan (bce27d)

  114. Kennedy lied about the nature of the nature of his offense

    That’s between him, his lawyer and the Supreme Court Bar. What does that have to do with wanting a do-over on judicial nominations?

    If it’s about lying being the justification, no recent president would remain in office.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  115. Considering Governor Dippity-Do Head is blatantly shoving himself in on President Pudding Brain’s executive

    You have now entered Happyfeet territory of incomprehensibility.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  116. “That’s between him, his lawyer and the Supreme Court Bar. What does that have to do with wanting a do-over on judicial nominations?”

    More an observation on people’s perception of the court’s “legitimacy”.

    Davethulhu (aff5e6)

  117. More an observation on people’s perception of the court’s “legitimacy”.

    If Alito was taking kickbacks, it would have to do with HIS legitimacy, not the Court’s.

    Abe Fortas was taking bribes while nominated for Chief Justice, and not one word was said about the very liberal court lacking “legitimacy.” That a mob has formed does not mean that the mob is right. See Jan 6th.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  118. BTW, Occam’s Razor says that the Seattle Times is smoking crack. I mean, “Seattle.”

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  119. You have now entered Happyfeet territory of incomprehensibility.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 9/18/2022 @ 4:35 pm

    I figured the listing of Caliturd CEOs was pretty obvious.

    Factory Working Orphan (bce27d)

  120. “If Alito was taking kickbacks, it would have to do with HIS legitimacy, not the Court’s.”

    I didn’t say he was.

    “Abe Fortas was taking bribes while nominated for Chief Justice, and not one word was said about the very liberal court lacking “legitimacy.””

    Abe Fortas resigned.

    “TW, Occam’s Razor says that the Seattle Times is smoking crack. I mean, “Seattle.””

    Is the school district lying about the facts of situation? Is the Seattle Times? What is your specific objection?

    Here’s the local paper confirming that he hasn’t been rehired and isn’t communicating with the school: https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2022/09/09/bremerton-high-school-football-coach-joe-kennedy-us-supreme-court/8023199001/

    “We are ready to do what the court has directed and hire him as an assistant football coach,” Bevers said. “However, we haven’t heard from him. We don’t even know if he’s in Washington and do not know what his plans are.”

    Davethulhu (aff5e6)

  121. Dana et. al.-

    Please release my post at 5:04. Not sure why it was blocked. Thanks.

    Rip Murdock (079da7)

  122. Kevin M-

    Prop 1 in California merely codifies the right to abortion in the California Constitution. The current limits remain.

    Rip Murdock (079da7)

  123. @113. Only to the myopic. Keep tinkering w/that light bulb– the Everglades await!

    DCSCA (f2e9fa)

  124. The Ukrainian government did promise Russia that the Ukraine would be sure to return all of the recently captured munitions back to Russia “down to the last shell”

    steveg (4a08df) — 9/18/2022 @ 12:42 pm

    I hope the Ukrainians give it to them good and hard.

    Rip Murdock (079da7)

  125. Poor ol’ Puerto Rico. If only the DoD had the imagination and resourcefulness to have kept those two aircraft carriers they literally sold for a penny a piece to scrap- the USS Kitty Hawk and the USS John F. Kennedy- and invested in them to refurbish as hurricane/disaster relief ships to help the citizens of that devastated island rather than waste billions and billions on the corrupt bums in Ukraine. But then, why help the citizens of an unincorporated territory of the United States, eh Joey?

    DCSCA (f2e9fa)

  126. Abortion ruling has put these 5 California House races in play
    …….
    Republican candidates in areas with significant numbers of college-educated voters will be in the most trouble unless they can change the subject to something else, perhaps immigration, says GOP strategist Mike Madrid. “There’s no good answer to abortion,” he said. “On the face of it, when Republicans are talking about the issue, they’re losing.”

    Here’s a look at five races to watch:

    CA-27 (Garcia vs. Smith): This may be the California district where the fall of Roe could play the greatest role. GOP Rep. Mike Garcia barely held onto the exurban district on the north edges of Los Angeles in 2020, prevailing by a mere 333 votes. Redistricting has painted it bluer. Republican candidates cumulatively finished less than a percentage point ahead of former Assemblymember Christy Smith and other Democrats in the primary. ……..

    CA-41 (Calvert vs. Rollins): This desert district has long eluded Democrats, but redistricting has made it more competitive — registration is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats — while pulling in more voters who tilt left on social issues. It now encompasses the LGBTQ outpost of Palm Springs. Democrats see their best chance in a generation to unseat long-serving Rep. Ken Calvert.
    ………
    CA-13 (Gray vs. Duarte): This open seat in California’s agriculture-dominated Central Valley could be one of the state’s most competitive as Democratic Assemblymember Adam Gray vies with farmer John Duarte, whom House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy backed before the primary. Republicans collectively finished a few points ahead in the primary.
    ……..
    CA-22 (Valadao vs. Salas): Rep. David Valadao has defied double-digit Democratic registration advantages to win a series of reelection campaigns, surrendering his seat in 2018 before reclaiming it in 2020. But Democrats are bullish on Democratic Assemblymember Rudy Salas’ prospects and hope a post-Dobbs backlash can help him unseat Valadao.
    ……..
    CA-45 (Steel vs. Chen): Democrats are hoping to regain lost ground in purple Orange County by emphasizing where Republican incumbents stand on abortion. That could create vulnerability for Rep. Michelle Steel as she seeks to defend a seat that is majority-Democratic after redistricting.

    …… Chen has since highlighted Steel’s co-authoring of a Republican bill granting protections from the moment of fertilization and co-signing the brief supporting the overturning of Roe. ……
    ………

    Rip Murdock (079da7)

  127. “The pandemic is over.”– Farty McPantspooper

    Golly, isn’t Jill the “doctor” in the family??

    Remember, Squinty, you’re in Britain, now:

    “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” – Henry II, 1170

    DCSCA (f2e9fa)

  128. @130. Leave it to the RNC to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory: “Attention! Attention! Now pitching for the DNC Jackasses, Double-zero, Lindsey Graham.” But now both teams know the position he plays.

    “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

    https://nosweatshakespeare.com/quotes/famous/hell-hath-no-fury-like-a-woman-scorned/

    DCSCA (f2e9fa)

  129. RIP veteran character actor Henry Silva (95). Last surviving cast member of Ocean’s Eleven (1960) and the Korean “man servant”/Red Chinese agent in The Manchurian Candidate (1962).

    Rip Murdock (079da7)

  130. Joe Biden Drools over Gas-Powered Corvette During Detroit Trip to Showcase Electric Cars

    President Joe Biden visited the Detroit Auto Show on Wednesday to promote electric vehicles, but he was heavily distracted from his mission by a gas-powered Corvette.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/09/14/joe-biden-drools-over-gas-powered-corvette-during-detroit-trip-to-showcase-electric-cars/

    Anything beats trying to walk, eh, Squinty.

    DCSCA (f2e9fa)

  131. How the St. Javelin meme raised a million dollars for Ukraine

    Saint Javelin doesn’t grace the stained-glass windows of any church. Her halo is a shade of yellow closer to that of sunflowers and wheat than the golden orb on a traditionally canonized saint. Instead of an infant, she tenderly cradles a Javelin — an American-made, handheld antitank missile.

    The Mary knockoff might not be a church-sanctioned saint, but in just a few months, she’s developed a following with devotion that rivals that of any high-holiday worshiper. More impressively, she’s raised over 1 million dollars for the Ukrainian resistance against the Russian invasion.
    ……..
    …….. The campaign has been so effective it earned Borys a spot on Russia’s official blacklist.
    ……..
    Still ticking upward, the funds raised by the Saint Javelin campaign have gone toward everything from mental health charities to armor purchases for Ukrainian forces to the country’s drone program through United24, an initiative headed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
    ………

    MAGAWorld not amused.

    Rip Murdock (079da7)

  132. MAGAWorld not amused.

    It’s funny to see MAGA world complaining that Saint Javelin is “blasphemous” and claiming to be offended by the combination of religious imagery with a weapon of war, considering how MAGA wraps Trump in messianic garb and speaks of guns as part of a quasi-religious credo — e.g. “God, Guns, & Babies.”

    Radegunda (7f779d)

  133. “Mr. President, gasoline is down 26% from the $5 high.” -Scott Pelley

    Gasoline is still $6/gallon; diesel remains high, too, here around SD, dummies.

    DCSCA (a44b68)

  134. I think the cheerleaders at Gavin’s High School actually had a cheer that went “Dippity do dippty do Gavin Gavin we love you” There is a talk radio personality in LA that was a cheerleader at a rival school who is no fan of Gavin’s and I think it was her doing to call him Governor Dippity do. She is also no fan of one of the local DA’s and on those two at least, her judgement seems very sound

    steveg (10c17f)

  135. DCSCA, do you remember this?

    What a long time ago!

    felipe (484255)

  136. The United Kingdom has committed a total of £3.8 billion ($4.6 billion) in humanitarian aid and grants for Ukraine, according to a government website. This includes military aid.

    And how do you repay the UK, Zelinsky??? Bugs ‘Z’ Moran, will not be attending Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral; he sent the wife instead. And to think this bum was once wrongly compared to Churchill, who DID attend the state funeral of Elizabeth’s father, George VI, in 1952; ‘Churchill laid [a wreath] on behalf of the British government, on the card of which he wrote “for valour”, the phrase engraved on the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military award for gallantry.’ – source,

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

    “If you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter.” – Principal McGee [Eve Arden] ‘Grease’ 1978

    DCSCA (5392ba)

  137. @141 The people of the ukraine are fighting for their country. In 1941 the people of the soviet union were fighting for russia not stalin. Zelensky As louie said in casablanca “I am only a minor corrupt official.” Too many attack Zelensky because they don’t dare attack the people defending their homes. Any poster here have the guts to say why they hope ukraine loses?

    asset (b04564)

  138. On their way from conservative influencer to conservative powerhouse: Kevin Williamson leaves NR and joins The Dispatch, the Normal Wing of the GOP.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  139. Please play “Not In My House” by Martha Vineyard and the Blue Nimby’s

    Colonel Haiku (f3961c)

  140. @142. Minor? Only Russia itself is more corrupt.

    DCSCA (c5b1e4)

  141. @143. ROFLMAO! Paying for opinions is hardly the hallmark of a powerhouse; merely dues to enter the safety of an echo chamber.

    “Never give a sucker an even break or smarten up a chump.” – Larson E. Whipsnade [W.C. Fields] ‘You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man’ 1939

    DCSCA (c5b1e4)

  142. @142. Minor? Only Russia itself is more corrupt.

    So you’re saying you hope Ukraine loses because they’re corrupt, too?

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  143. @147. You don’t read very well, do you.

    DCSCA (c5b1e4)

  144. asset asked a question, I’m asking for clarification.
    I’ll ask directly: Why do you hope Ukraine loses?

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  145. @147. Pfft. Ask a Pirate fan if they care who wins when the Bengals play the Patriots– better still, pay for the opinion. 😉

    DCSCA (c5b1e4)

  146. @149. Ask me if I care.

    DCSCA (c5b1e4)

  147. I’m not asking if you care, I’m asking why you hope Ukraine loses. Stop avoiding, out with it.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  148. @152. You should- because you’ll find the answer. You really don’t read very well. Pay for that echo chamber, fella.

    DCSCA (c5b1e4)

  149. Evasion noted. Coward.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  150. DCSCA believes passionately that he does not care who wins and he believes even more passionately it’s none of our business.

    It’s really one of his less ambiguous positions. Wrongheaded. But not DSCCP, either.

    Appalled (32c318)

  151. Westminster Abbey
    teh Tower of Big Ben
    teh rosy red cheeks
    of ms. markle’s rear end

    Colonel Haiku (f3961c)

  152. h/t roger miller

    Colonel Haiku (f3961c)

  153. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8xwqi_9GDs

    Glorious.

    ____

    U.S. President Joe Biden has left London following the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

    Her Majesty is literally still on the move to Windsor- yet to be interred, and Farty McPantspooper has left the UK. The Prime Minister’s meeting with US president Joe Biden on Sunday was cancelled.

    Gone with the Breaking Wind, eh, Joey?

    DCSCA (c5b1e4)

  154. “Our” in my #155 means the USA.

    Appalled (32c318)

  155. @154. Pfft. Nice try. But then, takes one to know one, eh? You must be a Phillies fan. 😉

    “Ooooo. That one hurt.” – Ernie Capadino [Jon Lovitz] ‘A League Of Their Own’ 1992

    DCSCA (c5b1e4)

  156. DCSCA believes passionately that he does not care who wins and he believes even more passionately it’s none of our business.

    He cares enough to praise Putin and impugn Ukraine.
    It’s okay, I knew he wasn’t going to answer a direct question directly. His body of work speaks for itself.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  157. @159. It’s not: Bugs Moran vs. Al Capone. Bet if you choose– but leave your fingers off the scale.

    DCSCA (c5b1e4)

  158. @161. ROFLMAOPIP ‘it’s okay’– “We” know you willing to pay for the opinions of others.

    DCSCA (c5b1e4)

  159. Ben Shapiro said something interesting – he said a relative of his stated: “Republicans don’t have solutions for all of your problems yet, but the Democrats ARE the cause of all your problems”

    Look, I hate Trump, I hate Desantis, I loath beyond words democrats, but there are no unicorns in binary elections.

    You all are going to have to vote for Trump

    Okay – I’ll stand still for the rotten veggie throw

    EPWJ (f0408e)

  160. #160 What’s worse, Phillies fan, Mets fan, or Nats fan? (Or, horrors, Padres fan)

    Appalled (32c318)

  161. 164. With Trump Republicans abandoned adherence to the peaceful transfer of power. That’s a big problem; Shapiro is wrong.

    JRH (7a54a2)

  162. @165. Are you kidding? BoSoxers. 😉

    DCSCA (c5b1e4)

  163. JRH, enjoy your losing your right to vote, your 2nd amendment right, eh throw in the 1st and 4th… sure keep that manufactured outrage oversized in your head.

    EPWJ (f0408e)

  164. Here we go again.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  165. More bad news for “Czar” Putin:

    Ukrainian forces said they now control the eastern bank of the Oskil River in the Kharkiv region, while Moscow continues to launch attacks against civilian infrastructure in Ukraine following its military setbacks in the country’s east.
    . . .
    The claim suggests Ukraine’s push east is continuing after its forces seized about 3,500 square miles of territory in the northeastern Kharkiv region in a lightning offensive earlier this month that put Moscow on the back foot.

    (Oskil River)

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  166. Prop 1 in California merely codifies the right to abortion in the California Constitution. The current limits remain.

    Is that how you read it? It’s so vague that a judge could decide it means literally anything. The opposition argument is of my opinion.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  167. Republicans in key battleground races refuse to say they will accept results
    ………
    In a survey by The Washington Post of 19 of the most closely watched statewide races in the country, the contrast between Republican and Democratic candidates was stark. While seven GOP nominees committed to accepting the outcomes in their contests, 12 either refused to commit or declined to respond. On the Democratic side, all 19 nominees contacted by The Post said they would accept the outcome.
    ……..
    Trump, who continues to claim without evidence that his loss to Joe Biden in 2020 was rigged, has attacked fellow Republicans who do not agree — making election denialism the price of admission in many GOP primaries. More than half of all Republican nominees for federal and statewide office with powers over election administration have embraced unproven claims that fraud tainted Biden’s win, according to a Washington Post tally.
    …….
    In competitive races for governor or Senate in Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas, GOP candidates declined to say that they would accept this year’s result. All but two — incumbent senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Marco Rubio of Florida — have publicly embraced Trump’s false claims about 2020, according to a Post analysis.
    ………
    (Tudor Dixon, Republican gubernatorial candidate in Michigan) was the only candidate who responded to the survey with an explanation of why she would not necessarily commit to accepting the result. The campaign of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) responded that he would have nothing to say. Ten other Republicans did not respond to the survey despite repeated inquiries. And seven pledged to accept the results, including Colorado Senate contender Joe O’Dea.
    ………
    “There’s no polite way to put it. We have become a nation of poor sports and cry babies,” said O’Dea. “We’ll keep a close eye on things, but after the process is done and the votes are counted, I’ll absolutely accept the outcome. If the Senator is up for it, we can certify it over a beer. It’s time for America’s leaders to start acting like adults again. Loser buys.”
    ……..
    Others who have questioned the 2020 result told The Post that they would nonetheless accept the result in their own races this year.
    ……..
    A spokeswoman for (Stacey) Abrams, who is challenging Kemp again this year, said she “will acknowledge the victor of the 2022 election” and noted that she “has never failed to do that” — a reference to Abrams’s refusal to concede when Kemp defeated her in 2018. Republicans have accused Abrams of being an election denier much like Trump and his supporters, but the candidate has rejected that comparison, given Trump’s fantastical claims of fraud and the violence that ensued.
    ……..
    When Abrams ended her campaign in 2018, she acknowledged that Kemp had secured enough votes to claim victory, but she never conceded and she maintained that voter suppression had played a role in denying her victory. ……
    …….
    In many of the battleground states, election officials who have not embraced Trump’s false claims about widespread election fraud continue to have the power to certify election results — or the power to ask a judge to order a state or local election board to do so.
    …….
    Don Bolduc, who won the Republican Senate primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday, ran as a far-right Trump allegiant who embraced the former president’s unfounded claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
    …….
    Bolduc’s campaign is among those that did not respond when asked whether he would accept the results of his own election. …….
    ………

    Related

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  168. as she seeks to defend a seat that is majority-Democratic after redistricting.

    The gerrymander by the Democrat-dominated “Independent Commission” was particularly shameless.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  169. #160 What’s worse, Phillies fan, Mets fan, or Nats fan? (Or, horrors, Padres fan)

    Couldn’t say. I’m a Dodger fan and I’m feeling pretty good about now.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  170. Prop 1 in California merely codifies the right to abortion in the California Constitution. The current limits remain.

    Is that how you read it? It’s so vague that a judge could decide it means literally anything. The opposition argument is of my opinion.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 9/19/2022 @ 9:33 am

    Since the actual text doesn’t repeal any existing statutes, it codifies an existing statutory right:

    SEC. 1.1. The state shall not deny or interfere with an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives. This section is intended to further the constitutional right to privacy guaranteed by Section 1, and the constitutional right to not be denied equal protection guaranteed by Section 7. Nothing herein narrows or limits the right to privacy or equal protection.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  171. Link to amendment language.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  172. CA Prop 1, in its entirety:

    That Section 1.1 is added to Article I thereof [of the state Constitution], to read:
    SEC. 1.1. The state shall not deny or interfere with an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives. This section is intended to further the constitutional right to privacy guaranteed by Section 1, and the constitutional right to not be denied equal protection guaranteed by Section 7. Nothing herein narrows or limits the right to privacy or equal protection.

    This says that the state may not interfere with abortions. Period. Tell me how the state can prevent a third-trimester abortion with this language in the state constitution.

    It is so broad that it may allow cloning, infanticide, fetal organ harvesting and other “intimate reproductive decisions.”

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  173. Nothing herein narrows or limits the right to privacy or equal protection.

    This does not mean that nothing herein expands or removes limits on ….

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  174. This section is intended to further the constitutional right

    How does this not mean “expand”?

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  175. This section is intended to further the constitutional right

    How does this not mean “expand”?

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 9/19/2022 @ 9:55 am

    It means that, after Dobbs, there is no federal constitutional right to an abortion, but the state will make it a constitutional right in the California.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  176. 60 Percent Of Americans Will Have An Election Denier On The Ballot This Fall
    ……..
    ……..Out of 552 total Republican nominees running for office, we found 201 who FULLY DENIED the legitimacy of the 2020 election. These candidates either clearly stated that the election was stolen from Trump or took legal action to overturn the results, such as voting not to certify election results or joining lawsuits that sought to overturn the election.

    ……..[A]n additional 61 candidates RAISED QUESTIONS around the results of the 2020 election. These candidates haven’t gone so far as to say explicitly that the election was stolen or take legal action to overturn it. However, they haven’t said the election was legitimate either. In fact, they have raised doubts about potential fraud.

    There were 123 candidates whose position on the 2020 election we could not determine. They either had NO COMMENT on the 2020 election or AVOIDED ANSWERING when asked directly.
    ……..
    ……..Using the latest data from FiveThirtyEight’s 2022 midterm election forecast, we can see that 118 election deniers and eight election doubters have at least a 95 percent chance of winning. Several additional candidates who have denied the election are in competitive races.
    ……..
    ……..At least two election deniers and three election doubters are poised to be inaugurated as governors next year. And we can’t rule out election deniers being elected governor of swing states like Arizona and Pennsylvania.

    ……..An election-denying secretary of state could refuse to certify an election that he or she believes was rigged. An election-denying governor could attempt to submit electoral votes that defy the will of the people. And election-denying senators and representatives could vote to count those electoral votes. The 2022 election will determine how many of these candidates get that chance.

    See whether the Republicans running in your state have denied or accepted the legitimacy of the 2020 election.
    ……..

    Capitalization in original.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  177. It means that, after Dobbs, there is no federal constitutional right to an abortion, but the state will make it a constitutional right in the California.

    It will mean nothing of the kind to a woke CA judge. The language is open-ended as to what is protected. Again, tell me how you would argue that a third-trimester elective abortion is not protected by this language. It establishes a floor to a set of rights, but no ceiling whatsoever.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  178. They could have written an amendment that limited the rights to the CA status quo. They didn’t. Do you think that was an oversight?

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  179. 60 Percent Of Americans Will Have An Election Denier On The Ballot This Fall

    This article is a pile of sh1t. Conflating those who declined to answer a wedge question with those who happily swilled the KoolAid is intellectually dishonest.

    IN my state, the list s candidates, but only 2 of them are actual deniers. The other ones declined to answer the Concern Moby reporter.

    Oddly, the only one who will likely win is one of the deniers, since that position is popular in her district. It’s almost as though she’s decided to represent them.

    Four Pinocchios.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  180. *In my state, they list 6 candidates….

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  181. If a Fox reporter asked Democrat candidates whether they supported “on-demand” abortions in the third trimester, you’d get a lot of equivocal comments. If you conflated those with the few that would happily agree, you could probably show that the majority of Democrat candidates refused to say “No.”

    That does not mean that they agreed with it, or even that they were not repelled by it. It would mean they saw no benefit to answering such a wedge question.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  182. ……..Again, tell me how you would argue that a third-trimester elective abortion is not protected by this language. It establishes a floor to a set of rights, but no ceiling whatsoever.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 9/19/2022 @ 10:58 am

    They could have written an amendment that limited the rights to the CA status quo. They didn’t. Do you think that was an oversight?

    Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 9/19/2022 @ 11:00 am

    If the legislature (or the voters) legalize third trimester abortions, nothing in the amendment would stop them. But then again, that is not the point of the amendment, which is to codify a general right to abortion in the state constitution. The legislature or voters are still allowed to lower, or raise, abortion limits.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  183. @164

    Ben Shapiro said something interesting – he said a relative of his stated: “Republicans don’t have solutions for all of your problems yet, but the Democrats ARE the cause of all your problems”

    Look, I hate Trump, I hate Desantis, I loath beyond words democrats, but there are no unicorns in binary elections.

    You all are going to have to vote for Trump

    Okay – I’ll stand still for the rotten veggie throw

    EPWJ (f0408e) — 9/19/2022 @ 7:43 am

    Indeed.

    That’s why I’ve articulated these points numerous times:
    1) Be actively engaged, ESPECIALLY during the primaries. Do *something*. Be it campaign contributions, burning the phones of the elective office, volunteering or simply be up to date on the political news.

    2) Try to convince your primary peers to coalesce behind one strong/likely candidate.

    3) At GE, vote GOP down ticket, especially national tickets. Whatever faults you lay on the GOP party, it’s STILL much better than any Democratic candidates. These last 2 years unambiguously demonstrates that. In other words, don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

    4) After the GE, keep the fires burning by working the grassroot levels to ensure stronger primary candidates are available. This is how you hold recalcitrant politicians in your own party accountable. You don’t vote Democrats just to “push” your party. You do that during the primaries.

    All of this is hard work, time consuming and can be expensive. But as a nominal GOP voters who’s willing to “throw away” their vote in protest (or not voting)… is tantamount to taking your ball and going home mid-game.

    whembly (b770f8)

  184. RIP Maximilian Lerner (98).

    Mr. Lerner was one of the last 30 or 40 of the so-called Ritchie Boys, a group named for the secret Army camp in Maryland that served as an intelligence training center during the war. An estimated 11,000 soldiers — 2,000 to 3,000 of them European Jews, mostly from Germany — graduated the full course from Camp Ritchie, where they learned to interrogate prisoners of war and civilians, interpret and translate for foreign officials, and read codes and ciphers.
    ……..
    Dressed as a German officer, he crossed the Rhine in a rowboat at night with three military policemen to destroy the oxygen tanks that German frogmen were planning to use to demolish a pontoon bridge critical to the Army in Oppenheim, Germany — a plan he learned about from interrogating two captured frogmen. With rifle fire and grenades, his raid succeeded; he then watched from his hiding spot, a barn loft, as troops crossed the bridge.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  185. If the legislature (or the voters) legalize third trimester abortions, nothing in the amendment would stop them.

    Yes, because in the history of abortion rights, it’s always legislatures that expand them.

    /sarc

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  186. Proposed change to the Electoral Count Act. I see possible problems with this bill

    First, we must reaffirm what the Constitution and existing law already make plain: The vice president (who acts as presiding officer for a joint session of Congress in a presidential election) has no authority or discretion to reject official state electoral slates, to delay the count in any material way, or to issue procedural rulings that have such an effect. The 12th Amendment is straightforward; it simply requires counting: “The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted; the person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed.”

    Good enough. The vice president (or president pro tem of the Senate) is not the best person to blow the whistle.

    Second, if members of Congress have any right to object to electoral slates, the grounds for such objections should be narrow. Congress doesn’t sit as a court of last resort, capable of overruling state and federal judges to alter the electoral outcome. If any objections are allowed during the joint session, grounds should be limited to the explicit constitutional requirements for candidate and elector eligibility and the 12th Amendment’s explicit requirements for elector balloting. Objections would require one-third of each chamber to be entertained and majority votes to be sustained.

    An eligibility qestion is separate from avote counting question and can be raised after the counting is complete. For one third of the chamber objecting you’d have to know in advance what the Vice president is going to say and what balllots he is going to open. Leave it at one, or you can require an immediate second or allow objections t be raised later.

    Third, governors must transmit lawful election results to Congress; if they fail to fulfill that duty, or another official prevents the lawful results from being transmitted, candidates for the presidency should be able to sue in federal court to ensure that Congress receives the state’s lawful certificate. These suits would occur before Congress counts electoral votes, and should ensure, in all cases where one candidate has the majority of electoral votes, that Congress’s proceeding on Jan. 6 is purely ministerial.

    What is the governor acts in secret??

    Finally, federal law must make clear that the rules governing an election can’t change after the election has occurred. The Constitution assigns an important duty to state legislatures, to determine the manner in which the states appoint their electors. But this shouldn’t be misread to allow state legislators to change the election rules retroactively to alter the outcome.:

    That’s the law now but you can make it more explicit. That would bea grounds for objecting to the count.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/we-have-a-bill-to-prevent-another-jan-6-attack-cheney-committee-electoral-count-president-11663535092

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  187. If the legislature (or the voters) legalize third trimester abortions, nothing in the amendment would stop them.

    Yes, because in the history of abortion rights, it’s always legislatures that expand them.

    /sarc

    Given the fact that there is a pro-abortion consensus in California within the legislature and among voters, the courts are rarely involved.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  188. 140. My mother was used to 12 pennies equaling the next coin (because she has lived in England from late 1939 through 1947) and when she went to work as a register maybe in the 1960s – I don’t know when this was but it was in my father’s store she at first kept on making change like 12 pennies equaled a dime. (kept making the same mistake)

    I thought the decimilzation was in 1966, not 1971.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  189. The January 6 committee will resume hearings on September 28. I think they are moving into covering what happened after January 6 or 7. (the efforts to get Mike Pence and others to use the 25th amendment to get Trump out of office, and some high level resignations.)

    Maybe now that it got into the news they’ll get into the removal of documents from the White House, except for the fact that they might consider that interfering with an investigation and defer to DoJ and the FBI. But that would be interesting.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  190. GPS may know what streets are 1-way but,…

    1. It knows nothing of red lights.

    2. It doesn’t care on what side of the street is your destination.

    I don’t think it knows about traffic, either.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  191. @193. They began circulating the some of ‘new pence’ coinage in late 1970 to generate familiarity- for instance, the 50NP piece was worth a ten shilling note and was quite modern in design and the 5 NP and 10 NP coins were the same size as a one and two shilling coin, repsectively, but the big day for daily commerce was in ’71– and the real issue wasn’t only in making change for pensioners comfortable w/t age old system but the plethora of vending machines– and phone booths- all over the country.

    For us, as Americans, decimalization was pretty easy to assimilate to as our system back in the states was ‘base ten’ and not ‘base twelve’ but the older Brits and all the store pricing signage, coins, stamps, banks and registers and so forth were thrown a loop for quite a while. The old sixpence- about the size of a dime- was missed as was the half-crown– and the cool thing was we were still finding old silver sixpence, shillings and half crowns in circulation as late as 1970– we’d cull them out and toss them in a bowl; same w/some worn coppers still bearing the likeless of Victoria. And the three pence coin, which was a beautiful multi-sided brass coin- was pulled along w/t halfpenny. Rarely ever got a Churchill crown in change- they were large, heavy and most folks just kept then if they got one. The ten shilling note was like a dollar bill at the time in daily transaction [worth $1.20 at the time] and when that was pulled it was missed- especially by cabbies for tipping. Mostly it was price signage, stamps and the lower valued coins in daily transactions which brought on confusion for a time.

    DCSCA (d52635)

  192. “I walked into our living room from my office and my wife was watching it. I don’t know if it was a delayed view or live. I think she was watching BBC America. But I started watching and couldn’t- or didn’t want to- walk away. I thought it was beautiful. The pomp, the tradition, the uniforms, the procession, the people lining the streets, the architecture, the cathedral acoustics, the service, the ceremony all honored her and honored British history and tradition.

    My thought as her casket, er…coffin was lowered into the ground, while the lone bagpiper was playing his lament, was that this is a proper goodbye to history. Our history. Our time. A bit of an overreaction, I admit. But that’s what crossed my mind. Today we argue about what is a woman, how many pronouns are necessary for any one person, why those people are fascist Nazis and we’re not, and the benefits of unimpeded immigration until they are showing up at your door. In Queen Elizabeth’s time- our time- we knew where all of these things- and more- belonged and what they all meant. We had more clarity, even if the world was more brutal. And maybe because the world was more brutal just a few years back, it gave them all some clarity.“

    —- Temujin

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  193. Someone after DCSCA’s heart:
    ……….
    “For the first time in my life I am beginning to wonder if America’s best days are behind us,” (Former Wisconsin state Supreme Court Justice Michael) Gableman said Sept. 9 at a dinner hosted by the Republican Party of Outagamie County, according to audio released by liberal activist Lauren Windsor.

    Gableman, who was hired to probe the 2020 election by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos in 2021, was fired earlier this summer after producing no evidence that called the result into question.

    “Our comfort is holding us back from taking the action that is necessary,” he said at the dinner. “The greatest challenge of our poor in this country is not lack of food, it’s obesity. It’s a beautiful world. But it’s that very comfort that is keeping us from what our founders knew to be the only way to keep an honest government, which is revolution.

    “Thomas Jefferson said that the tree of liberty must be watered by the blood of revolution in every generation. I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

    ……..He was paid more than $100,000 and spent more than $1 million of taxpayer money during his election review.

    Gableman and (Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim) Michels are backed by former President Donald Trump and have promoted Trump’s false claims about widespread voter fraud and irregularities manipulating the outcome of the 2020 election. Both have said they are open to the idea of decertifying the election outcome. (Republican AG candidate Eric) Toney has agreed with constitutional experts that decertification is impossible and illegal.
    ……..
    The assignment catapulted Gableman to a national profile among election deniers and conspiracy theorists. Gableman also was asked to perform the invocation at a rally held by Trump in Waukesha in August…..
    …….

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  194. >NBC News Poll:

    …….
    …….[W]hat maybe stands out the most from the survey are the two starkly different issue campaigns the parties are running, with the Republican Party holding all-time high advantages on the economy, crime and border security, versus Democrats’ all-time high on abortion and a double-digit edge on health care.

    “We often think about wave elections,” said Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies.

    “But this year, we may think instead about a ‘waves’ election where unprecedentedly strong crosscurrents push voters in different directions, with an end result that may not be what we expected.”

    McInturff, the GOP pollster, agrees.

    “There is a campaign about the economy, cost of living, crime, and border security, and Republicans are winning this campaign,” he said.

    “But there is a second campaign on abortion, democracy and climate change, and Democrats are winning that campaign.”
    ……..
    In this new poll, Democrats enjoy advantages among Black voters (77%-8%), those in the age group 18-34 (57%-33%), whites with college degrees (58%-38%), women (53%-40%) and Latinos (46%-42%).

    Republicans, meanwhile, have the edge among men (53%-39%), whites (54%-41%), independents (43%-37%) and whites without college degrees (64%-31%).

    When it comes to enthusiasm about the upcoming midterms, 69% of Republican voters express a high level of interest in the election — registering either a 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale — versus 66% of Democrats who do so.
    ……..
    The NBC News poll also finds 45% of registered voters approving of President Biden’s overall job (up 3 points from last month), versus 52% who disapprove (down 3 points).

    It’s Biden’s highest approval rating in the poll since last October.
    …….
    According to the poll, 34% have a positive view of (former President Trump), versus 54% who have a negative view (-20).

    Trump’s net score is down slightly from August (when it was 36% positive, 54% negative) and May (36% positive, 51% negative), and and is at its lowest since April 2021 (32% positive, 55% negative).

    By comparison, Biden’s favorability score in the new NBC News poll is 42% positive, 47% (-5).

    And asked whether the different investigations into alleged wrongdoing by Trump should continue or stop, 56% of all voters say they should continue — including 92% of Democrats, 56% of independents, but just 19% of Republicans who believe that.

    By contrast, 41% say the investigations should stop.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  195. @197. PBS carried the BBC feed live. She planned it; the details are subtle and impressive nods to verious facets of duty by a life well led; they know how to do this– right down to the Corgis– and do it right. T’was a thousand years of layered tradition upon tradition with Victorian flourish for garnish. Theirs are honors and traditions of well-earned respect– something brash Americans often learn the hard way. When they were on their way out to Windsor and passed through Knightsbridge at the Hyde Park horse barracks, the procession went right in front of our old flat. In all the years we lived there, Wellington Arch sat stoic– little ever happened by it other than traffic rolling around it; today made up for it. It was a magnificent celebration of both pageantry and unity for the people of Great Britain. Charles will do fine.

    DCSCA (d52635)

  196. Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 9/19/2022 @ 1:42 pm

    …….[W]hat maybe stands out the most from the survey are the two starkly different issue campaigns the parties are running, with the Republican Party holding all-time high advantages on the economy, crime and border security, versus Democrats’ all-time high on abortion and a double-digit edge on health care.

    The Republican Party is criticizing without saying what they would do and why it would work – the one they may not need to say much about is crime, but the Dems wrecked that and it is not easy to repair, and will cost money and electing a governor or a district attorney is not enough to reverse it – they need to repeal laws: Lower the age, reverse lawsuit settlements, and imprison more people. Not just hire more police. The Dems are lying about abortion, and eevn suggesting contraception might be madeillegal. If any form of contraception might be made illegal, it’ll be by Democrats (safety regulations)

    Anyway, the Republican plan now in the works is to shut own the government over immigration law.

    Meanwhile the Wall Street Journal warns about what a DEm Congres could do (basically anything that passed the House in the current Congress plus an end to the filibuster, and DC as a state)

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  197. @168 Lose right to vote? nazi salute candidate republican mastriano says if elected he will cancel every voters registration in pennsylvania.

    asset (d217e7)

  198. Pbs is doing a series america and the holocaust. such as turning the s.s. st.louis away from our shores. DCSCA you should watch it.

    asset (d217e7)

  199. @203. Why don’t you watch it instead- and discover why Ken Burns has been dining out on the government financed, The Civil War series for 25 years.

    DCSCA (d52635)

  200. Aaron Judge has hit his 58th and 59th homers and is on track to hit, not 64, but 65, breaking the all time American League record and also the non-steriod general major league baseball record.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  201. It’s not news. And the State Dept did not issue visas within the law and cut off most from Continental Europe in 1940/.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  202. NASA’s InSight ‘Hears’ Its First Meteoroid Impacts on Mars

    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasa-s-insight-hears-its-first-meteoroid-impacts-on-mars

    DCSCA (d52635)

  203. Valery Polyakov, took longest single trip to space, dies

    MOSCOW (AP) — Valery Polyakov, the Soviet cosmonaut who set the record for the longest single stay in space, has died at age 80, Russia’s space agency announced Monday. Polyakov’s record of 437 days in space began Jan. 8, 1994, when he and two others blasted off on a two-day flight to the Soviet space station Mir. While aboard Mir, he orbited the Earth more than 7,000 times, before returning March 22, 1995.
    MOSCOW (AP) — Valery Polyakov, the Soviet cosmonaut who set the record for the longest single stay in space, has died at age 80, Russia’s space agency announced Monday.

    Polyakov’s record of 437 days in space began Jan. 8, 1994, when he and two others blasted off on a two-day flight to the Soviet space station Mir. While aboard Mir, he orbited the Earth more than 7,000 times, before returning March 22, 1995. Upon landing, Polyakov declined to be carried out of the Soyuz capsule, as is common practice to allow readjustment to the pull of gravity.

    He was helped to climb out himself and he walked to a nearby transport vehicle. Polyakov had trained as a physician and wanted to demonstrate that the human body could endure extended periods in space. Polyakov previously had spent 288 days in space on a mission in 1988-89. – AP.com

    Ad Astra.

    DCSCA (d52635)

  204. ^Lest

    DCSCA (d52635)

  205. @206 Sammy from your comment I can’t tell if you think thats good or bad?

    asset (d217e7)

  206. @204 I watched ken burns civil war and also fox’s civil war. Both informs you about my personal hero Capt. John Brown of Kansas. The second greatest american after George Washington who showed what one person can do when they really try despite the odds because without John Brown’s raid on harpers ferry stephen douglas not lincoln would have been elected president in 1860.

    asset (d217e7)

  207. Jill Biden criticized for wearing fascinator instead of hat to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral

    First Lady Jill Biden is stoking ire from some social media users after wearing a fascinator instead of a hat to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. Accompanying her husband President Joe Biden, the first lady, 71, arrived to Westminster Abbey in London Monday donning a black Schiaparelli bespoke suit and fascinator — a piece of headwear requiring a clip, comb or headband to stay in place. Fascinators are “often worn by women attending formal occasions such as weddings and events,” according to Fascinators Direct, an online collection of hats and fascinators. You often see fascinators at joyous events, such as weddings. While they can be worn to somber events like funerals, the more accepted etiquette would be to wear a hat as a sign of respect. USA TODAY has reached out to a representative for Biden for comment. – USAToday.com

    This is the same numbskull who stuck little valentine hearts in the WH lawn a while back, too. Did she fart before Camilla, as well? How hard is it for this pair of idiots to consult a protocol office. But then, expect idiocy from a family of idiots.

    DCSCA (93eab5)

  208. Texas sheriff will investigate Florida flying Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard
    ……..
    Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar announced at a news conference Monday that his office is investigating whether the migrants were the victims of a crime, saying they were “lured under false pretenses.” Many migrants said they agreed to fly from San Antonio to the Massachusetts island after being promised jobs. But there was no work waiting.
    ……..
    The migrants have legal status in the United States, having presented themselves to U.S. authorities after crossing the border in Texas and seeking asylum status.
    ……..
    Transporting migrants from Texas with Florida money appears to conflict with language included in the state budget that authorized the $12 million program. Passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and supported by most Democrats, the budget instructed the Florida Department of Transportation to spend the funds “to facilitate the transport of unauthorized aliens from this state.”

    DeSantis has also suggested the flights were a way to intercept migrants before they reached Florida. No migrants who crossed the border Sunday in Eagle Pass, Texas, told the Miami Herald they wanted to go to Florida. Instead, most hoped to travel to New York.
    ……..

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  209. No migrants who crossed the border Sunday in Eagle Pass, Texas, told the Miami Herald they wanted to go to Florida. Instead, most hoped to travel to New York.

    That Liza Minelli!

    nk (7cdfa9)

  210. It figures. DeSantis used a fake brochure to entice those Venezuelan migrants to travel to MA.
    In Republican circles, this kind of fraud and deception won’t hurt him politically.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  211. It should also be a federal investigation. Kidnapping by false pretenses across state lines.

    U.S. v. Willis This guy was about to be indicted for burglary in Virginia. He left a fake flyer at witness’s home advertising a job opportunity in DC. Phone calls followed. The witness drove to DC for the job interview. He was never seen again. Ron DeSantis Trafficante

    nk (7cdfa9)

  212. “You all are going to have to vote for Trump”

    I can’t vote for someone who wants to pull us out of NATO and pull us out of S. Korea. That’s a national security nightmare. Add in pulling us out of Africa, being overly fascinated with using nuclear weapons against Iran, and initially siding with Russia over Ukraine, Trump’s a mess. Then, figure in how he has treated thoughtful cabinet members and advisors, we’re talking about a second administration staffed by lackies and yes-men.

    And this doesn’t even include the real legal jeopardy that Trump is in for flouting the law. The fact that Trump did nothing for hours as the Capitol was assaulted is just fundamentally disqualifying for me. I will look third party or write-in rather than support someone who is either demented or has serious personality issues. It’s not like the GOP has no qualified alternatives. I will not have the binary argument cause me to drive off the cliff with you. It’s fine to be anti-Democrat…but you ultimately have to offer a suitable alternative. The GOP is not there yet.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  213. This explains why Putin is seeking annexations of four Ukrainian regions via sham referendums, but it won’t fly because the rest of the world can see right through Putin’s lies.
    BTW, the Ukrainian freedom fighters have either retaken or will soon retake Lyman.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  214. Hello walls, (hello) (hello)
    How’d things go for you today?
    Don’t you miss it
    Since it up and walked away?
    And I’ll bet you think you’re closing in
    Will be the end of Trump
    But it’ll leave you on a bus bench
    Just like that young man Gump

    h/t Willie Nelson

    Colonel Haiku (76a1de)

  215. Trump reduced to carping from the sidelines:

    …….
    Trump, in a series of posts on his Truth Social platform, mocked Biden for being seated in the 14th row of Westminster Abbey’s south transept, seven rows from the back.

    The position—behind world leaders including Canada’s Justin Trudeau, New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern, Australia’s Anthony Albanese, France’s Emmanuel Macron and the EU’s Ursula von der Leyen—shows how far the U.S. has fallen on the world stage since he left office, Trump claimed.

    The arrangement—dictated by strict royal protocol that ranks Commonwealth nations ahead of others attending—showed “no respect” to the U.S. but did offer Biden the chance to network with “leaders of certain third world countries,” Trump quipped.

    It is not clear what “third world” leaders Trump was referencing—the Bidens were seated next to the president of Switzerland, directly behind the president of Poland, in front of the Czech prime minister, across the aisle from the president of South Korea and in the same row as China’s representative, vice president Wang Qishan.
    ……..
    Trump, a reported fan of the late queen, has historically shown ignorance or a lack of respect towards royal protocol, which he broke repeatedly when visiting Britain. These comments, which ignore the strict way seating is arranged for those attending the funeral, particularly with regard to visiting royalty and dignitaries from Commonwealth nations or those where the queen was head of state, further illustrate a failure to understand the different rules at play when dealing with Britain’s royal family. ……
    ………

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  216. Some day Trump will be in the very first row.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  217. If Trump were still President, Queen Elizabeth would still be alive, just to so he couldn’t come to her funeral.

    Gahh! What kind of shameless garbage did we allow in the Oval Office? January 20, 2017. That was the time for rebellion and insurrection!

    nk (11045d)

  218. Dana,

    When you have a moment, my comment #224 is in comment purgatory. Funny, considering the source of my quote, but I suppose moderation filters have no sense of irony. Anyway, sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  219. 219. Paul Montagu (753b42) — 9/20/2022 @ 8:10 am

    This explains why Putin is seeking annexations of four Ukrainian regions via sham referendums, but it won’t fly because the rest of the world can see right through Putin’s lies.

    I think the reason for the quick referendums is that Putin is afraid that, if he delays, he might not be able to conduct these referendums because the territory might be retaken by Ukraine. Putin wants to put on a good show, but he might not get the chance.

    As for this:

    Today, with no warning, amendments to Russian law were introduced to the Duma & immediately passed in 3 readings. They bring Russia much closer to full mobilization & stipulate harsh penalties for failing to report for military duty, surrendering, or refusal to fight.

    I think that”smerely to prevent Russian troops surrendering (and expecting later to go home.)

    Putin may also be interested in closing the loophole by which Russian troops cannot be sent against their will outside of Russia. Some have sent letters to their commanders requesting to be sent back to Russia.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/16/opinion/ukraine-russia-counteroffensive.html

    In Izium, for example, a friend of mine who commands a division of paratroopers found 10 handwritten letters from Russian soldiers requesting “to resign from the Russian military forces on the Ukrainian territory due to the physical and moral exhaustion.”

    Link to Russian language tweet with pictures:

    https://twitter.com/nomoreanry/status/1569364346521657345

    These are all stopgap measures, and do not indicate a plan for a wider war.. Putin is winging it.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  220. 217. nk (7cdfa9) — 9/20/2022 @ 7:46 am

    U.S. v. Willis This guy was about to be indicted for burglary in Virginia. He left a fake flyer at witness’s home advertising a job opportunity in DC. Phone calls followed. The witness drove to DC for the job interview. He was never seen again.

    The issue there wasn’t whether that constituted kidnapping. Other cases mentioned in the decision pertain to that>

    https://www.casemine.com/judgement/us/5914ba02add7b0493478e68f Scroll down to where it mentions United States v Boone. nAd there’s McInnis.

    https://www.casemine.com/judgement/us/5914bf0badd7b049347abe27#p1555 To decoy someone into going somewhere can be considered kidnapping. But they must be willing to use physical or psychological force in the event the deception failed, and the exact limits may not have been considered by all courts so it is a little complicated.

    The question for DeSantis and company could be:

    Was it for purposes of ransom or reward? There’s only intangible political reward.

    On the other and the statute finds it necessary to carve out an exception for a parent taking a minor child,

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  221. 211. asset (d217e7) — 9/19/2022 @ 4:48 pm

    @206 Sammy from your comment I can’t tell if you think that’s good or bad?

    DCSCA’s cynical comment about Ken Burns making the documentary may be correct, but whether making it amounts to much depends on the quality of the documentary.

    It’s been very well known for over 50 years since the book While Six Million Died: A Chronicle of American Apathy While Six Million Died: A Chronicle of American Apathy by Arthur D. Morse was published in 1969.

    Noe Ken Burns did not pretend he was revealing much new information about the Civil War. Some reviews of this have implied he was revealing something new here.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  222. Some reviews of this have implied he was revealing something new here.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a) — 9/20/2022 @ 2:53 pm

    Yes, the information has been out there, but he’s revealing something that’s new to too many Americans, of which they’ve until now been blissfully ignorant.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  223. It might be new to some people, but it is well known to most educated American Jews and responsible for downgrading the reputation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.. Well, well known.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  224. Interesting developments in Iran, what with women burning their hijabs in protest of religious police goons murdering a 22-year old woman.
    You always hope that these protests will result in some kind of change, but the same Islamic hardliners have the same hammerlock on power.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  225. “That’s a national security nightmare:”

    80 year old Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.

    =mike-drop=

    “Which way do I go now?” – Squinty McStumblebum

    DCSCA (94a430)

  226. These protests in Iran are becoming a big deal, and right at a time when Khameini is close to death-bed status.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  227. @232 Theocracy is so ridiculous. What century is this, anyway?

    norcal (da5491)

  228. @232 Theocracy is so ridiculous. What century is this, anyway?

    They’ve got their beam, we’ve got our motes.

    Lauren Boebert is part of a dangerous religious movement that threatens democracy, experts say
    “It’s time for us to position ourselves and rise up and take our place in Christ and influence this nation as we were called to do,” Boebert told a Woodland Park crowd in September

    The Iranians have the saving grace that Shia is part of their national identity. What part of our national identity is jackleg revivalism?

    nk (bd6147)

  229. Thank God (pun intended) Boebert is a fringe candidate who hasn’t a prayer (again!) of seeing her agenda enacted.

    norcal (da5491)

  230. These severe dictatorships go after people who, as things stand, don’t stand a chance of doing anything about the regime A Saudi women (with about 2,600 followers) who retweeted tweets from political activists asking for political prisoners to be released was arrested when she travelled back to Saudi Arabia to see her husband and children (she had been studying to be a doctor in Leeds, England) and sentenced to 3 years in jail, and after she appealed, her sentence was increased to 34 years (this past August, I think)

    Sammy Finkelman (19edaf)

  231. Biden to address the United Nations General Assembly about now. Of interest, maybe: what he says about Russia and Ukraine.

    Sammy Finkelman (19edaf)

  232. https://pjmedia.com/columns/hans-a-von-spakovsky/2022/09/20/this-should-terrify-every-american-doj-harasses-citizens-for-exercising-their-first-amendment-rights-n1630918

    Tge totalitarian Biden regime is at it again; attacking citizens for exercising their 1st Amendment rights.

    NJRob (0541b5)

  233. Our Altered Statesman addresses the U.N.

    What could go wrong?

    Colonel Haiku (76a1de)

  234. While the NY AG made her case that Trump’s organization committed fraud, there’s another fraud that’s happening right now, named the Save America PAC.

    Paul Montagu (753b42)

  235. Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II draws only 11.4 million viewers in the U.S.

    https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2022-09-21/queen-elizabeths-funeral-draws-11-4-million-viewers-in-the-u-s

    Even Stephen should recognize why: for U.S. viewers, it was broadcast in the overnight hours-a Monday- a business day, while most Americans slept. And, of course, viewership online from 25 years ago cannot be measured today against Diana’s 1997 numbers in the days before high speed internet was routine stuff.

    DCSCA (9510c6)

  236. Tge totalitarian Biden regime is at it again; attacking citizens for exercising their 1st Amendment rights.

    NJRob (0541b5) — 9/21/2022 @ 7:52 am

    “Totalitarian” again. You can lead a horse to water…

    norcal (da5491)

  237. Tge totalitarian Biden regime is at it again; attacking citizens for exercising their 1st Amendment rights.

    NJRob (0541b5) — 9/21/2022 @ 7:52 am

    “Totalitarian” again. You can lead a horse to water…

    norcal (da5491) — 9/21/2022 @ 5:26 pm

    Either Rob doesn’t know that words have definitions or he doesn’t know that “totalitarian” is a word. I won’t speculate which.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  238. I know. He never seems to change his tack. Not one bit.

    norcal (da5491)

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