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3/17/2023

Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:09 am



[guest post by Dana]

Let’s go!

First news item

Pope Francis weighs in on gender ideology:

Pope Francis has said that gender ideology is “one of the most dangerous ideological colonizations” today…“Gender ideology, today, is one of the most dangerous ideological colonizations,” Francis said in the interview published on the evening of March 10. “Why is it dangerous? Because it blurs differences and the value of men and women,” he added. All humanity is the tension of differences. It is to grow through the tension of differences. The question of gender is diluting the differences and making the world the same, all dull, all alike, and that is contrary to the human vocation…

While he is not writing something on gender ideology, the pope said that he talks about the subject “because some people are a bit naive and believe that it is the way to progress.”

He said that they “do not distinguish what is respect for sexual diversity or diverse sexual preferences from what is already an anthropology of gender, which is extremely dangerous because it eliminates differences, and that erases humanity, the richness of humanity, both personal, cultural, and social, the diversities and the tensions between differences.”

Second news item

Poland takes the lead:

Poland on Thursday pledged it would send four MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, the first NATO member to do so, in a significant move in Kyiv’s battle to resist Russia’s onslaught.

President Andrzej Duda said the planes – from about a dozen that it had inherited from the former German Democratic Republic – would be handed over in the coming days after being serviced.

“When it comes to the MiG-29 aircraft, which are still operating in the defense of Polish airspace, a decision has been taken at the highest levels, we can say confidently that we are sending MiGs to Ukraine,” Duda said.

Addtionally:

Duda said Poland’s air force would replace the planes it gives to Ukraine with South Korea-made FA-50 fighters and American-made F-35s.

Also, more good news as Slovakia is stepping up too:

Slovakia will donate 13 MiG-29 warplanes to Ukraine, its prime minister has said, making it the second Nato member to announce such a shipment in 24 hours, after a similar move by Poland.

Meanwhile, Switzerland shames itself:

How far will Switzerland’s obstinacy in not helping Kyiv “militarily” – even indirectly – go? Since the beginning of the war, Switzerland has irritated its European partners by forbidding them to give Ukrainian forces the munitions it sold to them…

[The Swiss Army] will soon get rid of 60 Rapier ground-to-air defense systems, an anti-aircraft missile system developed by the British Aircraft Corporation in the 1960s for the British Army and the Royal Air Force. The Rapier entered service in 1971 and first saw action on the front lines during the Falklands War. Bern acquired 60 of them in 1980 (worth 1.7 billion Swiss francs at the time), which were modernized several times until recently, before being decommissioned and declared unfit for service at the end of last year.”

However, the report notes that while old, the missiles are not obsolete, and “could still be used “against low-flying targets…”

Several Swiss MPs are unhappy with the decision.

Third news item

In big news, Turkey’s President says he will support Finland’s admission to NATO:

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that Turkey would move forward with ratifying Finland’s NATO application, paving the way for the country to join the military bloc ahead of Sweden…“When it comes to fulfilling its pledges in the trilateral memorandum of understanding, we have seen that Finland has taken authentic and concrete steps,” Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara following his meeting with Niinisto.

Meanwhile, Turkey is still a “no” on Sweden’s efforts to become NATO member as believes Swedens is being too soft on groups that it deems to be terror organizations, including Kurdish groups.

Fourth news item

Bank saved by $30 billion investment by 11 banks:

As San Francisco’s First Republic bank has seen its share price fall and credit downgraded, some of the nation’s largest banks deposited $30 billion into the bank amid concerns depositors would continue withdrawing money from the banks en masse.

In a statement, 11 banks said they would make uninsured deposits worth $30 billion into First Republic Bank to shore it up. The deposits came from Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BNY Mellon, PNC Bank, State Street, Truist and U.S. Bank.

Reportedly, some of the institutions that were part of the $30 billion deposit are interested in purchasing First Republic.

Fifth news item

Bipartisan Senate vote to scrap 1991 and 2002 Iraq War AUMFs.:

With the 20th anniversary of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq looming, the US Senate has begun the process of revoking the laws that allowed the United States to wage war against the Middle Eastern state in both the 1990s and 2000s.

On Thursday, the Senate voted to begin debate on a bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Republican Sen. Todd Young of Indiana that would repeal both the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force (AUMF) against Iraq.

The measure passed overwhelmingly, with 19 Republicans — ranging from self-styled nationalists like Sens. Josh Hawley and JD Vance to moderates such as Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski — joining all Democrats in support of the bill.

Related:

Immigrant veterans who fought for the United States are still struggling to secure US citizenship 20 years since the war began…His case echoes those of hundreds of veterans, according to advocates, who fought for the U.S. in Iraq and elsewhere on the understanding their service would help them gain citizenship but instead found themselves being deported to their birth countries.

Advocates say many fell into crime due to PTSD and other issues linked to their time in the military, and struggled to readapt to civilian life with insufficient support from government agencies.

Some veterans have since been granted citizenship, while others have given up trying to come back…Segovia Benitez is among dozens who are back in the country – some temporarily – after the Biden administration launched a program in 2021 to benefit deportees…But despite such initiatives and noted progress on the issue, advocates and former military personnel told Context the U.S. government continues to fail many foreign-born post-9/11 veterans 20 years since the start of the Iraq War.

Lawful permanent residents in the United States must generally live in the country for five years before applying to become a citizen, but the process is much quicker for foreign-born military personnel. They can apply for naturalization in as little as a year – and potentially less if they were on active duty during the “war on terror” declared by former President George W. Bush following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Bush issued an executive order in July 2002 intended to streamline the naturalization process for non-citizens who serve during a designated “period of hostility”, such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But advocates say the order was not properly enforced – leading many veterans of both conflicts to be deported on a variety of grounds – even for minor infractions in some cases.

Sixth news item

Excellent: Arrest warrant issued for President Vladimir Putin:

The International Criminal Court said Friday it has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Putin for war crimes because of his alleged involvement in the abductions of children from Ukraine.

The court said in a statement that Putin “is allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of the population (children) and that of unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”

It also issued a warrant Friday for the arrest of Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, the Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the President of the Russian Federation, on similar allegations.

Children as young as four months old were abducted…

Russia is a wee bit upset that the warrant has been issued:

The Kremlin said on Friday that an arrest warrant for war crimes issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against Russian President Vladimir Putin was outrageous, but meaningless with respect to Russia.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia found the very questions raised by the ICC “outrageous and unacceptable”, but noted that Russia, like many other countries, did not recognise the jurisdiction of the ICC.

This, this, this:

Meanwhile, Trump and DeSantis are the gift that just keeps on giving:

I knew this would happen. Useful idiots.

P.S.

Seventh news item

Fear rules the day:

The survey sponsored by FIRE…asked almost 1,500 university faculty members about their views on campus civil liberties. The data show that faculty members today are more fearful than during the Second Red Scare, with 72% of conservative faculty, 56% of moderate faculty, and even 40% of liberal faculty afraid of losing their jobs or reputations due to their speech. Untenured faculty are more afraid than tenured faculty, with 42% of untenured faculty censoring themselves, versus 31% of tenured faculty.

“We’re finally seeing the extent to which faculty have lost their peace of mind,” said FIRE Research Fellow Nathan Honeycutt. “When professors across the political spectrum become terrified of losing their jobs for exercising their rights, true academic inquiry and diversity of thought become nearly impossible.”

Even more concerning are findings that suggest that faculty are not just afraid of overzealous administrators, but also of students and each other.

Sadly, this will no doubt resonate with commenter Simon Jester.

Eighth news item

JVW on the ongoing decline of Los Angeles:

Drug use is rampant in the Metro system. Since January, 22 people have died on Metro buses and trains, mostly from suspected overdoses — more people than all of 2022. Serious crimes — such as robbery, rape and aggravated assault — soared 24% last year compared with the previous…“Horror.” That’s how one train operator recently described the scenes he sees daily. He declined to use his name because he was not authorized to talk to the media. Earlier that day, as he drove the Red Line subway, he saw a man masturbating in his seat and several people whom he refers to as “sleepers,” people who get high and nod off on the train. “We don’t even see any businesspeople anymore. We don’t see anybody going to Universal. It’s just people who have no other choice [than] to ride the system, homeless people and drug users.”

More:

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported that between November and January there were 26 medical emergencies at the station, the majority of them suspected drug overdoses. Last year, there were six deaths and one shooting, nearly all related to suspected drug activity. Earlier this year, a 28-year-old man was fatally stabbed in a breezeway of the station.

Maintenance crews are often called out for repairs at the station, and when they return to their vehicle they often find it has been burglarized. Gangs control the area and police say many of the informal vendors on the sidewalks are part of the larger drug economy, wittingly or not. Some are forced to pay the gang taxes, others sell stolen property.

Cue the clueless social justice advocates who think it would be positively beastly to crack down on the miscreants:

Some board members and social justice advocates have argued for less policing on the system, saying that racial profiling targets many passengers.

“What will harassment and jailing people who use drugs do to address drug use rates?” said Alison Vu, a spokesperson for the Alliance for Community Transit-LA, a social justice advocacy coalition that wants the agency to eliminate contracts with law enforcement. “We’ve poured so much money into policing, without any measurable impact on care or safety for transit riders.”

Ninth news item

On defining “woke”:

As I was preparing to go onstage for an event recently, the moderator warned my co-panelist and me that the very first prompt would be “Please define the word woke for the audience.” We all sighed and laughed. It’s a fraught task, requiring qualification and nuance, because woke has acquired what the French philosopher Raymond Aron termed “subtle,” or “esoteric,” and “literal,” or “vulgar,” interpretations. Put simply, social-justice-movement insiders have different associations and uses for the word than do those outside these progressive circles. Before you can attempt to define what “wokeness” is, you should acknowledge this basic fact. Going further, you should acknowledge that as with cancel culture, critical race theory, and even structural racism, the contested nature of the term imposes a preemptive barrier to productive disagreement.

Chatterton Williams concludes (and I wholeheartedly agree):

But perhaps we can all agree, at bare minimum, to set ourselves the task of limiting our reliance on in-group shorthand, and embracing clear, honest, precise, and original thought and communication. If we want to persuade anyone not already convinced of what we believe, we are going to have to figure out how to say what we really mean.

This takes work as it rejects the laziness of catch-all-insider-phrases employed by both sides of the aisle. I want to do better. Put 10 people in a room, and ask them to define “woke,” and you’ll get at least 10 different definitions. And maybe even 15!

Tenth news item

While not conclusive, new study released on Covid origins:

A new analysis of genetic information conducted by an international group of researchers has found evidence to suggest that COVID-19 originated from infected animals sold at a market in Wuhan, China.

As first reported by The Atlantic, French evolutionary biologist Florence Débarre recently uncovered genetic data from the global virology database GISAID. The data had been submitted by Chinese researchers who collected the genetic sequences from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which has been scrutinized as being the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the name, thousands mammals were found to have been sold at the market, where they were kept in cramped and unhygienic spaces.

The genetic data suggested that raccoon dogs being sold at the market could have been carrying and shedding the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the time.

Have a great weekend!

–Dana

373 Responses to “Weekend Open Thread”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (1225fc)

  2. President Zelensky on the warrant and Putin’s shrinking world: “World leaders will think twice before shaking Putin’s hand or sitting down at the negotiating table.”

    Dana (1225fc)

  3. Peace will come to Ukraine only when one side concedes or is exhausted, and it appears that the Ukrainian people haven’t reached that point.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  4. Woke means alert to racial prejudice and discrimination.
    Woke means overly focused on racial prejudice, often past the point of common sense.

    Both meanings are valid and it’s necessary to understand the speakers meaning from context. Lots of words in the English language are like this.

    In the case of woke there’s a rhetorical two step going on where ppl want to fix the definition of the word as only the 2nd meaning. Presumably as a tool to make valid concerns about racial prejudice and discrimination seem less pressing / valid.

    Time123 (6bca34)

  5. Eighth news item

    JVW on the ongoing decline of Los Angeles:

    Seriously folks, read the entire piece if you want to be both heartbroken and infuriated at what has become of most of urban America (in this case Los Angeles), the lunatic ideologues who supported the decline, and the craven politicians who probably knew better but were too cowardly to intercede. And then read Joel Kotkin’s excellent piece “The Ghost of Ancient Rome Haunts America” in UnHerd. It posits that urban living, which had made a remarkable comback in the 90s, 00s, and early 10s, is now in a death-spiral which could take us back to the 60s and 70s. Very troubling.

    JVW (25cf30)

  6. Second news item (from another thread):

    Slovakia to Send 13 MiG Jet Fighters to Ukraine Ahead of Counteroffensive

    Slovakia said it would send 13 MiG-29 jet fighters to Ukraine after Poland pledged to supply four, marking a significant boost in support for Kyiv as it builds up for a counteroffensive against Russia’s invading forces.
    ……..
    “Promises must be kept and when [Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky] asked for more weapons including fighter jets, I said we’ll do our best,” Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger said on Twitter, announcing the decision. “Military aid is key to ensure Ukraine can defend itself and [the whole of] Europe against Russia.”
    …….

    MiGs are aircraft that Ukrainian pilots are already familiar with using, unlike American F-16s. Training Ukrainian pilots for the F-16 will take anywhere from 6-12 months, time that Ukraine does not have.

    “For a pilot with around 500 hours experience in a Western fighter, but that has never previously flown the F-16 — someone transitioning from the Hornet for example — without any breaks, working weekends, etc, they need 69 days to learn everything to safely employ the Viper in air-to-air and air-to-ground roles,” commented an experienced F-16 instructor.

    “That’s assuming they speak good English because that’s the language we teach in. Those 69 days include six flights learning to fly the jet and land it. About 15 flights of air-to-air, but if they’ve done a lot of this before you might get that down to 10. The between six and nine air-to-surface missions, which would include a basic ability to employ laser-guided bombs [LGBs] and GPS-guided Joint Direct Attack Munitions [JDAMs]. That would give them a basic, wingman-level understanding, and that’s assuming they are already familiar with the complex weapons such as the AIM-120 AMRAAM [Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile].”

    “They would also need to take in 210 hours of academics and 10-20 simulator events. You can’t do that fast — even doing two sims a day means 10 days straight. You can’t do that kind of thing fast. So, those 69 days would mean the pilot could potentially employ the jet safely in a tactical training environment. Flying in combat is a whole different story.”

    “Going into combat against a Su-35, even a Su-27 in contested airspace — now you’re talking about years of experience. You can’t do that with a brand-new guy who has seen everything once! You can have all the capabilities of the jet, but if the pilot doesn’t know how to use it correctly, then that’s useless. So for a pilot coming from a MiG-29, having to learn a brand-new PVI [pilot-vehicle interface] where everything looks different, use weapons that they’ve only ever read about, to give them three-months training then toss them into combat — that’s a tall order!”

    “The MiG-29 to a Block 50 or Mid-Life Upgrade Viper isn’t a big step in performance, but it’s a huge leap in technology — the weapons and avionics. Even after 69 days of intense training, that’s only a wingman qual [qualification], so who is going to lead the mission? ……

    “The answer initially would have to be based on building a new syllabus based on Ukraine’s specific needs and the threat scenario, and to then take that into combat would need anywhere between six and 12 months of training. …..”

    Source

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  7. I’m loathe to use personal definitions for words when there are good dictionary definitions available, but “woke” is so fuzzy that I’m going to give it a shot: “The attempt by progressive activists to inject left-wing doctrine into society.”
    In the past, it was “Social Justice” and “CRT” and, once “woke” gets sufficiently stigmatized, the Left will figure out another term to push their agenda.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  8. Woke means alert to racial prejudice and discrimination.
    Woke means overly focused on racial prejudice, often past the point of common sense.

    Both meanings are valid and it’s necessary to understand the speakers meaning from context. Lots of words in the English language are like this.

    Time123 (6bca34) — 3/17/2023 @ 10:25 am

    USA Today/Ipsos Poll:

    ……….
    Americans are divided on whether “woke” is an insult or a compliment. This division is largely fueled by differences in party affiliation and age.

    Two in five (40%) say they consider “woke” to be an insult, but about a third (32%) consider it a compliment.

    While a majority of Republicans (60%) and a plurality of independents (42%) consider “woke” to be an insult, nearly half of Democrats (46%) say they take it as a compliment.

    Similarly, Americans ages 18-34 (43%) are more likely than those ages 50-64 (23%) or 65+ (19%) to view “woke” as a compliment. Compared to those ages 18-34 (21%), though, Americans ages 65+ (38%) are significantly more likely to say they do not know what “woke” means.

    Americans are less divided over the definition of “wokeness,” as over half say “wokeness” means being informed about social injustices. Differences by party and age, however, remain present.

    Fifty-six percent of Americans say “wokeness” encompasses being informed, educated on, and aware of social injustices. In contrast, two in five (39%) say “wokeness” involves being overly politically correct and policing others’ words.

    A vast majority (78%) of Democrats say being “woke” means being informed, while nearly three-fifths (56%) of Republicans say it means being overly politically correct. Compared to Democrats and Republicans, however, independents are more divided on the definition of “wokeness,” as 51% say it involves being informed and 45% say it means being overly politically correct.

    Americans ages 50-64 (48%) are more likely than those ages 18-34 (33%) or 35-49 (37%) to view “wokeness” as being overly politically correct.
    …….

    Top lines and methodology. I’m sure all of those who will leap in and declare this is a push poll will have done a thorough analysis.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  9. Here’s a PSA from Lady MAGA, to paraphrase: He/she/it will no longer identify as a “drag queen”. From now on, it’s “costume artist” to you, bub.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  10. This is a more persuasive (and paywall free) take on the definition of woke. It’s from an old school lefty.

    https://freddiedeboer.substack.com/p/of-course-you-know-what-woke-means

    MAGA stupid and woke stupid should find their own planet and do their mud wrestling away from the rest of us. Unfortunately, barring unforeseen technological breakthroughs in interstellar travel, that’s unlikely.

    Appalled (e90758)

  11. @5. It’s a sewer with zip codes.

    DCSCA (5a394d)

  12. It’s the Branda Straka-Peter Thiel-Richard Grennell-Charlie Kirk and the various ______s for Trump groups that going to be his primary contests margin against DeSantis. Freaks tolerated but only to the destination.

    urbanleftbehind (a790f6)

  13. Two earlier similar uses of awake: In 1860, some supporters of Lincoln called themselves Wide Awakes.

    And in the 1930s, Hitler used the slogan “Deutschland Erwache”. (Germany, awake!)

    Given such different historical meanings, I avoid awake metaphors in whatever form, when possible.

    (And remind all of you that sometimes it is best to: “Let sleeping dogs lie.”)

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  14. NBC News:

    ……..
    Law enforcement agencies are conducting preliminary security assessments, the officials said, and are discussing potential security plans in and around the Manhattan Criminal Court, at 100 Centre Street, in case Trump is charged in connection with an alleged hush money payment to Stormy Daniels and travels to New York to face any charges.
    …….
    The agencies involved include the NYPD, New York State Court Officers, the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the officials said.
    ……..

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  15. To give the flavor of my link in #10:

    “Woke” or “wokeness” refers to a school of social and cultural liberalism that has become the dominant discourse in left-of-center spaces in American intellectual life. It reflects trends and fashions that emerged over time from left activist and academic spaces and became mainstream, indeed hegemonic, among American progressives in the 2010s. “Wokeness” centers “the personal is political” at the heart of all politics and treats political action as inherently a matter of personal moral hygiene – woke isn’t something you do, it’s something you are. Correspondingly all of politics can be decomposed down to the right thoughts and right utterances of enlightened people. Persuasion and compromise are contrary to this vision of moral hygiene and thus are deprecated. Correct thoughts are enforced through a system of mutual surveillance, one which takes advantage of the affordances of internet technology to surveil and then punish. Since politics is not a matter of arriving at the least-bad alternative through an adversarial process but rather a matter of understanding and inhabiting an elevated moral station, there are no crises of conscience or necessary evils.

    And, just to alert you this is no MAGA diagnosis:

    I’d rather woke politics win than conservatism. But I’d rather have a friendly forgiving plainspoken big tent civil libertarian socialist mass movement, personally. Trouble is, there is only woke and anti-woke. There is no escape.

    Appalled (03f53c)

  16. RIP actor Lance Reddick (60), best known as Baltimore police lieutenant Cedric Daniels on “The Wire.”

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  17. By the way, I believe the MAGA culture warriors are very close to a form of wokeness as described in #15, particularly this:

    [A]ll of politics can be decomposed down to the right thoughts and right utterances of enlightened people. Persuasion and compromise are contrary to this vision of moral hygiene and thus are deprecated. Correct thoughts are enforced through a system of mutual surveillance, one which takes advantage of the affordances of internet technology to surveil and then punish. Since politics is not a matter of arriving at the least-bad alternative through an adversarial process but rather a matter of understanding and inhabiting an elevated moral station, there are no crises of conscience or necessary evils.

    Hence, we have the endless purge of “RINOs” from the GOP. The idea that this approach is attractive on both sides of the spectrum suggests to me it’s derived from where our culture is today, which makes it hard to change, however much many of us detest it.

    Appalled (03f53c)

  18. Meanwhile, Switzerland shames itself

    I would have been surprised by anything else. These are the same people who were so neutral during WWII they kept banking with nazis during and after the war.

    Turkey is still a “no” on Sweden’s efforts to become NATO member

    Turkey should never have been allowed into NATO

    Going further, you should acknowledge that as with cancel culture, critical race theory, and even structural racism, the contested nature of the term imposes a preemptive barrier to productive disagreement.

    That’s just scratching the surface. The conflicting concepts inherent in those ideologies a barrier to productive agreement.

    we are going to have to figure out how to say what we really mean.

    That would unwind and undermine the entire grift.

    The data had been submitted by Chinese researchers who collected the genetic sequences from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market

    Ok, so that’s just too easy. Show of hands, who believes “Chinese researchers” “collected” data that shows it really didn’t have anything to do with “Chinese researchers” in a bio-research facility doing research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus? Everyone with their hands up, I’d like to talk to you about an interesting business opportunity.

    frosty (dcc7cd)

  19. Appalled, I think you can distill deBoer even further when he said “I much, much prefer the term ‘social justice politics’ to refer to the school of politics that is typically referred to as woke”.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  20. The much nicer Dana wrote:

    Meanwhile, Switzerland shames itself:

    Switzerland has a long history of remaining neutral, in World War I and World War II. The country is not a member of either NATO or the European Union, and maintains its own currency, the Swiss franc, though the euro is accepted almost everywhere. Basically, the Swiss are following the same policies they have for more than a century.

    The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (53cee2)

  21. It also issued a warrant Friday for the arrest of Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, the Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the President of the Russian Federation, on similar allegations.

    This is the least serious thing Russia has done. They are not even (maybe because of the possibility of encountering legal problems) for the most part not cutting off most children from their families- except that family members provided they travel to Russia to retrieve them. (which Ukrainians can, through third countries)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znEYZZdPWFc1

    The reason this hit the top of the list is because Russia has been pretty open about what they doing.

    The much worse attacks on civilian infrastructure has not ledto a warrant for anyone because it’s hard to assign responsibility or even intention without specific knowledge.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  22. Despite the name, thousands mammals were found to have been sold at the market, where they were kept in cramped and unhygienic spaces.

    I have a big question if it was thousands.

    Sometime I think in 2021, China published a study which had pictures from 2017 that had not been published at the time.

    https://www.idsociety.org/science-speaks-blog/2021/clues-to-covid-origins-via-wuhan-wet-market-study-2017-2019-of-severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome/#/+/0/publishedDate_na_dt/desc/

    ….published not until June 7, 2021.

    Photos from the Wuhan Huanan seafood market include racoon dogs, hedgehogs, bamboo rats, and badgers with the description of “Poor welfare of animals on sale in Huanan seafood market.”

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  23. Time123 (6bca34) — 3/17/2023 @ 10:25 am

    I think the problems with woke are more than simply disagreements over relative distinctions like “overly”.

    The normal woke conversation these days seems to be more like:

    wokester: Pardon me dear sir/madam/unknown can I ask you a question?
    frosty: Out of respect for Fernande Wojokowski I prefer to not state my pronouns.
    wokester: totally understand and agree. That was tragic. How do you feel about racism?
    frosty: I’m against all forms of bigotry including racial, gender, etc.
    wokester: totally agree. So what are we going to do about white people?
    frosty: we? do?
    wokester: maybe something easier. So what are we going to do about white men?

    Filtering out the sarcasm how am I wrong?

    frosty (dcc7cd)

  24. Turkey should never have been allowed into NATO

    When Turkey joined NATO the world was a different place (1952). Its location made it bulwark against the USSR, and front line state (remember the Jupiter missiles during the Cuban Missile Crisis)? It controls the Bosporus Strait, which is the only way for numerous countries, including Ukraine, to access the Mediterranean. Under the Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits, it has prevented both Russian and NATO ships from accessing the Black Sea.

    So it must be tolerated.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  25. China keeps outbreaks of disease secret, if possible

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/14/world/asia/jiang-yanyong-dead.html

    Jiang Yanyong, Who Helped Expose China’s SARS Crisis, Dies at 91

    A retired military surgeon, he blew the whistle in 2003 on Beijing’s cover-up of the epidemic. He was later punished for denouncing the Tiananmen Square crackdown.
    ——————————

    Dr. Jiang Yanyong, a prominent military surgeon who became a national hero for exposing the Chinese government’s cover-up of the SARS epidemic in 2003 but was later punished for denouncing the Tiananmen Square crackdown, died on Saturday. He was 91.

    His death was widely reported by Chinese-language media in Hong Kong and abroad, as well as by friends in China, who shared a notice on social media saying he had succumbed to pneumonia and other illnesses. Two friends of his family told The New York Times that they had confirmed his death with relatives, but both asked not to be identified, fearing recriminations.

    Chinese state media have not confirmed the news of Dr. Jiang’s death, which is not uncommon for a politically sensitive figure.

    In the spring of 2003, alarmed to hear health officials playing down the threat of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, Dr. Jiang sent a letter to several news organizations refuting the official story. His revelations prompted China’s top leaders to acknowledge that they had provided false information about the epidemic and to begin a nationwide effort to battle it, saving countless lives.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  26. With SARS 2 I think they tried to keep it contained, and secret after the first lab leak, probably from the Wuhan Insstitute of Virology, in late August or early September 2019 before Sept 12, 2019 when the WUV database of bat viruses was taken offline.

    They succeeded in doing this, although we now know that some people working there were sick in November, 2019.

    But then there was second lab leak, of a more virulent strain, (which Chinese authorities have tried to make it out to be the first once, but the fact it spread further doesn’t jibe with that) probably coinciding with the move of the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention to anew location about 300 yards away from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market on December 2, 2019. (the WIV is around 8 miles away)

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  27. Here’s one reason why Trump feels that Russia not a threat: They’re financiers of his social media operation. Conversely, those unnamed Deep State America-haters who could be investigating his sketchy finances are the real threat. Well, to him personally they’re a real threat.

    Top executives at Donald Trump’s social media company started to become concerned last spring about $8m that they had accepted from opaque entities in two emergency loans when its auditors sought further details about the payments, according to documents, emails and sources familiar with the matter.

    The payments had come at a critical time for Trump Media – which runs the Truth Social platform – because it was running out of cash after its planned merger with a blank check company known as DWAC that would have unlocked $1.3bn in capital stalled pending an SEC investigation.

    But the financing, which came in the form of a $2m loan from an entity called Paxum Bank registered in Dominica in December 2021 and a $6m loan from an entity called ES Family Trust in February 2022, had been arranged in a hurry and Trump Media knew next to nothing about the emergency lenders.

    The executives had good reason to be concerned: a subsequent examination revealed that the trustee of ES Family Trust was simultaneously a director of Paxum Bank, and one of the part-owners of the bank would turn out to be the relation of an ally of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

    In the other news, the weak-named Special Counsel got the go-ahead to put Trump attorney Evan Corcoran under oath before a grand jury, presumably relating to the governmental records he stole from the White House.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  28. https://www.science.org/content/article/wuhan-seafood-market-may-not-be-source-novel-virus-spreading-globally

    Description of earliest cases suggests outbreak began elsewhere

    …The paper, written by a large group of Chinese researchers from several institutions, offers details about the first 41 hospitalized patients who had confirmed infections with what has been dubbed 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). In the earliest case, the patient became ill on 1 December 2019 and had no reported link to the seafood market, the authors report. “No epidemiological link was found between the first patient and later cases,” they state. Their data also show that, in total, 13 of the 41 cases had no link to the marketplace. “That’s a big number, 13, with no link,” says Daniel Lucey, an infectious disease specialist at Georgetown University.

    Earlier reports from Chinese health authorities and the World Health Organization had said the first patient had onset of symptoms on 8 December 2019—and those reports simply said “most” cases had links to the seafood market, which was closed on 1 January….

    The Lancet paper’s data also raise questions about the accuracy of the initial information China provided, Lucey says. At the beginning of the outbreak, the main official source of public information were notices from the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission. Its notices on 11 January started to refer to the 41 patients as the only confirmed cases and the count remained the same until 18 January. The notices did not state that the seafood market was the source, but they repeatedly noted that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission and that most cases linked to the market. Because the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission noted that diagnostic tests had confirmed these 41 cases by 10 January and officials presumably knew the case histories of each patient, “China must have realized the epidemic did not originate in that Wuhan Huanan seafood market,” Lucey tells ScienceInsider. (Lucey also spoke about his concerns in an interview published online yesterday by Science Speaks, a project of the Infectious Disease Society of America.)

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  29. Maybe this is a reason why my brain “broke” when Trump got nominated. That, and my party chose a planetary-scale louche.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  30. Switzerland has a long history of remaining neutral

    But is one really “neutral” if they are in essence, helping one side by their actions/inactions?

    Dana (1225fc)

  31. Still Blocked:

    ………
    A three-judge panel upheld an injunction against the so-called “Stop W.O.K.E. Act,” which DeSantis has said provides teachers with “tools to stand up against discrimination and woke indoctrination.” The legislation — HB 7, formally called the “Stop Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees Act” — is aimed at blocking teachers from offering their opinions on what DeSantis described as “pernicious ideologies” that could potentially make students, because of their race, feel personally responsible for past racism, sexism, or other discrimination in the U.S.
    ………
    A federal district judge issued an injunction blocking enforcement of the law in November. On Thursday, three judges on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling.

    “Appellants’ motions to stay injunction pending appeal are DENIED,” the ruling said (emphasis in original).

    The tersely worded order came with additional instructions, should the defendants decide to challenge the ruling.

    “The Clerk is DIRECTED to treat any motion for reconsideration of this order as a non-emergency matter,” the order said.

    The order was signed by U.S. Circuit Judges Charles Wilson, a Bill Clinton appointee, and Britt Grant and Barbara Lagoa, both Donald Trump appointees.
    ……..
    “Professors must be able to discuss subjects like race and gender without hesitation or fear of state reprisal,” a spokesperson for FIRE told Law & Crime in an email. “Any law that limits the free exchange of ideas in university classrooms should lose in both the court of law and the court of public opinion.”
    ……..

    More from FIRE:

    Adam Steinbaugh, an attorney for FIRE, a group that participated in a separate lawsuit against the legislation, said, “In the college classroom, you’re supposed to learn from an exchange of ideas, which means that it’s not one viewpoint that’s being inculcated to students.”

    “You don’t get to replace one orthodoxy with another, and you’re not going to get to freedom of speech through censorship,” Steinbaugh told NBC News, adding that legislation pushed by DeSantis has a “chilling effect” because professors fear harsh repercussions for their teachings.

    Related from Tallahassee:

    ………
    HB 999 would require faculty to censor their discussion and materials in general education courses, to the detriment of both faculty and their students. The measure would prohibit faculty teaching these courses from including material that “teaches identity politics,” which the bill defines as “Critical Race Theory” — something the bill does not define. Faculty teaching courses on history, philosophy, humanities, literature, sociology, or art would be required to guess what material administrators, political appointees, or lawmakers might label “identity politics” — no matter how pedagogically relevant the material is to the course.

    HB 999 would also require that general education courses rewrite “American history,” prohibiting teaching that would suggest that America was anything other than “a new nation based on universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence.” And faculty would be required to guess what it means — again, in the eyes of administrators and political appointees — to “suppress or distort significant historical events.”

    But perhaps the most vague restriction in HB 999 is its prohibition on the inclusion of “unproven, theoretical, or exploratory content” in general education courses. A broad range of academic content — including quite literally all scientific theories — is contested and theoretical. State officials would have unfettered discretion to determine which views are “theoretical” and banned from general education courses. A bill so vague that it allows officials the discretion to declare that professors cannot discuss new theories and ideas in a particular public university class should be rejected, flat out.

    These censorial filters are unconstitutional. …….
    ………

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  32. There have been accusations that the United States government paid for some research at the WIV. To speak of the U.S> government paying for anything is actually nonsense.

    The United States government or grantees were billed for some things but what they were billed for probably had minimal relationship to what happened at the WIV.

    First of all, everything was paid for in Chinese currency.

    Secondly, it has come out that there was double billing for the same things.

    Obviously, the WIV knew how much money was available, and assigned expenses to get money, but sometimes used the same expense over again.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-government-agencies-may-have-been-double-billed-projects-wuhan-china-records-indicate-probe

    The U.S. government may have made duplicate payments for projects at labs in Wuhan, China, through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), according to records reviewed by CBS News.

    “What I’ve found so far is evidence that points to double billing, potential theft of government funds. It is concerning, especially since it involves dangerous pathogens and risky research,” said Diane Cutler, a former federal investigator with over two decades of experience combating white-collar crime and healthcare fraud…

    Cutler said she has viewed over 50,000 documents, and that the U.S. government may have made duplicate payments for possible medical supplies, equipment, travel and salaries.

    Sources told CBS News that tens of millions of dollars could be involved.

    Sources familiar with the grant records did not dispute CBS News’ reporting.

    You have to understand what this means. The (NIH) and USAID didn’t pay for anything! Semi-random expenses were assigned to them. It’s like you “paying” for green energy in your electric bill..

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  33. Er, this.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  34. Much as I dislike Erdogan and his increasingly dictatorial ways, Turkey is too geostrategically important to not be in NATO, IMO. The important thing is that Norway is getting in and Sweden will, at the appropriate time.

    Speaking of Europe, the OSCE guy in charge of their anti money laundering program attended Moscow State University and is the son of a Russian general in Putin’s Foreign Intelligence Service, the same arm of the Kremlin that poisoned Skripal and his daughter with a nerve agent. What the…

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  35. Bipartisan Senate vote to scrap 1991 and 2002 Iraq War AUMFs.:

    Meanwhile, some Republicans want to pass one with regard to Mexico.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/bomb-mexico-to-what-end-amlo-narcotics-trafficking-fentanyl-southern-border-matamoros-military-tamaulipas-state-guard-2c8deb9c

    Letter in response:

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/mexico-drug-cartels-us-military-force-dan-crenshaw-32cf4fd2

    Regarding Mary O’Grady’s column “Bomb Mexico to What End?” (The Americas, March 13): As the sensationalized headline suggests, Ms. O’Grady makes brazen assumptions and straw-man arguments about the position of politicians like me. Instead of addressing the core argument for an authorization of military force (AUMF) against Mexican drug cartels, she sidesteps the issue and counters an argument that no one is actually making: “Bomb Mexico.”

    First off, an AUMF doesn’t mean a unilateral airstrike in Mexico tomorrow. An AUMF is the bare minimum legal authority for our president to act with the force of the military. That action can take many forms, including intelligence collection. It’s also the minimum authority needed to operate with the Mexican military, as we’ve done with other allies battling internal insurgencies.

    No one is talking about an invasion or a war with Mexico. We are focused squarely on the cartels and would expect our president to use the AUMF to work alongside Mexico’s military.

    Desperate to distract from the supply-side problem, Ms. O’Grady ends up victim-blaming those poisoned by fentanyl, suggesting that the only solution lies in demand reduction. This isn’t a traditional addiction problem—fentanyl is being laced into common street drugs, unbeknown to the user. Further, attempting to solve the natural human desire for “highs” is nothing short of a herculean endeavor that would take generations. The supply-side problem can be tackled now. And yes, supply does create demand.

    The bottom line is that narcoterrorists are killing tens of thousands of Americans. U.S. military capabilities must be brought to bear to stop this threat.

    Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R., Texas)

    One thing I say is they will get them to bomb the wrong places. This happened with terrorist targeting both in Afghanistan and Yemen.

    They’ll supply false or incomplete information and U.S. intelligence agencies aren’t good at evaluating human intelligence nor is everyone incorruptible.

    The United States might bomb a Mexican police station, even one that is not corrupt (on the premise of key figures being there) or maybe even a church.

    In Afghanistan and Yemen it was weddings. This would be a set-up designed to get the U.S. to back down.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  36. Nobody’s Business:

    ……..
    During a Florida House Education Quality Subcommittee hearing Wednesday, state Rep. Ashley Gantt (D) questioned her Republican colleague, state Rep. Stan McClain, on his proposed legislation that would restrict certain educational materials used in state schools, which Democrats and critics have likened to banning books. House Bill 1069 would also require that instruction on sexual health, such as health education, sexually transmitted diseases and human sexuality, “only occur in grades 6 through 12,” which prompted Gantt to ask whether the proposed legislation would prohibit young girls from talking about their periods in school when they first start having them.

    “So if little girls experience their menstrual cycle in fifth grade or fourth grade, will that prohibit conversations from them since they are in the grade lower than sixth grade?” Gantt asked.

    McClain responded, “It would.”
    ………

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  37. 4th item bank bail out. During the depression the bank of the united states (private bank) asked for help from other banks. Because it was jewish owned it got no help. When it collapsed it triggered a bank run on non jewish owned banks. Similar to lehman bros. in 2008. Uncle milty’s economic libertarian conservatism wont strike again this time. So far. In 2018 trump and republicans and some democrats like sinema voted to gut dobbs frank for banks this is the results like bubba and congress did to glass-steagle in the 1990s If AOC or bernie were president the crooks in congress who voted for this would have been arrested by now. AOC 2024 the peoples choice.

    asset (4827e4)

  38. Paul Montagu @33.

    Donald Trump always wanted to be famous enough to be remembered long after his death. He’s mentioned in very many books printed between 2005 and 2009.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  39. Paging JVW:

    The Santa Monica Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID), in conjunction with the Special Operations Division, has identified and arrested a suspect involved in a felony assault that occurred yesterday morning.

    On March 15, 2023, at approximately 8:15 AM, patrol officers responded to a 911 call from a Downtown Ambassador who reported a subject down in Palisades Park near the Camera Obscura. Arriving officers located a City of Santa Monica employee who had been stabbed in the upper torso when he attempted to rouse an individual sleeping in the area. The suspect fled the area prior to officers’ arrival. The victim was transported by the Santa Monica Fire Department to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury.

    About Downtown Ambassadors:

    Downtown Santa Monica, a nonprofit organization that works in tandem with the city of Santa Monica, oversees the Downtown Ambassador program.

    There are three types of ambassadors: Quality of life ambassadors, hospitality ambassadors and safety ambassadors. Quality of life ambassadors, like Askew, interface with the street population in the downtown area.

    Quality of life ambassadors, like Askew, may remind agitated street residents to mind their manners or to keep the area clean, before police have to intervene.

    Safety ambassadors patrol the downtown area on bikes, and are in constant contact with a dispatch center. Rawson says the specially trained employees are staving off the “smash-and-grab” robberies that have plagued other parts of the LA area.

    Dana (1225fc)

  40. RIP: Lance Reddick, actor, 60. “Natural causes” suddenly, at home.

    Starring or recurring roles in The Wire, Fringe, Bosch and the John Wick movies.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  41. “Rip” beat me to it. Figures.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  42. @36 so how is banning teaching about Rosa Parks in floriduh text books solve that?

    asset (4827e4)

  43. Dear Putin: Perhaps you’d like Switzerland.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  44. How to lie with statistics about the consequences of bail reform

    https://nypost.com/2023/03/16/bail-reform-increased-crime-and-misleading-studies-dont-prove-otherwise

    The first problem is that the other factors didn’t stay the same.

    There wasn’t the same re-arrest rate per crime; some rearrests were not counted because now some people got desk appearance tickets and were never arraigned- and if they didn’t show up in court that was not counted as a re-arrest

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  45. The much, much nicer Dana wrote:

    Switzerland has a long history of remaining neutral

    But is one really “neutral” if they are in essence, helping one side by their actions/inactions?

    Is that not the “if you’re not on our side, you’re helping our enemies” argument?

    The Swiss are on their own side. In World War II, this actually provided a valuable service, since there were contacts between Germany and the allies through the Swiss. Russia is in far less of a position to harm Switzerland than Germany was, but the Swiss have has a policy which has served them well for a very long time.

    Sweden remained neutral during World War II, sold iron ore to Germany, as they were doing before the Nazis came to power, and suffered 100 military casualties. You can say, well, they must have been on the side of the Nazis, but wasn’t Sweden’s government doing what was best for Sweden?

    The countries on every ‘side’ will claim that the neutral ones are, in effect, helping the other side. That’s the thing about neutrality: it requires neutral nations to hold their tongues when other countries do appalling things, and they know that, but for the few truly neutral nations, it has worked out for them.

    The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (53cee2)

  46. 33. Megan Mullally (the woman in that song competition from the Emmys in 2005) on the Colbert show in late 2016.

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

    Trump wanted to win that competition.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  47. No one is talking about an invasion or a war with Mexico.

    Apparently Dan Crenshaw hasn’t spoken to Vivek Ramaswamy, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, or Marjorie Taylor Greene recently. They have watched Clear and Present Danger too many times.

    Does anyone think that the US wouldn’t face resistance from ordinary Mexicans (and the Mexican military) if they became involved in the drug war inside Mexico? It would be the Battle of Mogadishu all over again. Pure political posturing.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  48. Bad bank regulation may have caused the failures but nt anything that changed in 2018.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-svb-profited-from-interest-rate-risk-accounting-rules-deposit-fdic-federal-reserve-coupon-held-to-maturity-ec43418a

    SVB held tens of billions of dollars in long-term government bonds. On its face, this may seem like a prudent investment for a bank, but Treasury securities are riskless only when held to maturity. If you have to sell before then, you can easily lose money if market rates have risen since you first purchased the bond. For example, buying a 10-year U.S. Treasury bond with a 2% coupon at par and holding it for 10 years earns you 2% per annum. But if you sell early and rates have jumped—say, 4% since you bought the bond—then the price will have declined to about $838 per $1,000 face value, meaning you incur a loss of $162 per $1,000 bond.

    Though that risk is implicit in every bond purchase, accounting and regulatory frameworks can obscure it in a way that results in big bonuses for bank officers. When a bank like SVB buys a Treasury bond, it can declare its intention to hold it to maturity. The bond then goes into a “held to maturity” investment account where capital gains and losses are ignored because the bond pays par at maturity. The income from the bond, however, goes into the bank’s income statement, adding to the institution’s apparent profitability. In the short run, this lets bank officers collect hefty checks, but if rates are rising in the background, a mounting risk is going unaccounted.

    That’s more or less what happened to SVB, which held about $90 billion of its $120 billion bond portfolio in its held-to-maturity investment account. As interest rates rose over the past few years, SVB did little to hedge against its exposure to rate hikes. So when depositors came demanding cash, the bank had far less than its books showed.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  49. Before I left LA in 2018, I would take the light rail when I had to go downtown, as a car downtown is an albatross. Not a problem really. I mentioned this to someone recently, and got an OMG ARE YOU CRAZY?!?! reaction.

    This is not the Metro’s problem, this is the city government’s problem. It is going to take horrific measures for public services to come back from this, and I doubt they will be happening with the new leftwing mayor.

    Solution: end all services aimed at the homeless, close down encampments, roust people crashing in public transport or on sidewalks. Do what Santa Monica eventually did in the 80s.

    No mas. Or no city.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  50. Mr Murdock wrote:

    When Turkey joined NATO the world was a different place (1952). Its location made it bulwark against the USSR, and front line state (remember the Jupiter missiles during the Cuban Missile Crisis)? It controls the Bosporus Strait, which is the only way for numerous countries, including Ukraine, to access the Mediterranean. Under the Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits, it has prevented both Russian and NATO ships from accessing the Black Sea.

    So it must be tolerated.

    The US had 39 obsolescent Jupiter IRBMs station in Turkey during the Cuban Missile Crisis, which Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev demanded to be removed if he was going to pull his installations out of Cuba. President Kennedy said no, officially, but there was a wink and a nod that yeah, they were obsolete and would be removed.

    The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (53cee2)

  51. @44 other factors didn’t stay the same. Correct. Demographics changed and corporate establishment democrats who run states with bail reform have to make reforms to stay in power as latter day squad members are ready to take them out if they don’t behave.

    asset (4827e4)

  52. After getting help from Germany and Italy during the Spanish Civil War, Francisco Franco decided to keep Spain officially neutral during World War II. Spain remaining neutral helped keep the strait of Gibraltar open to British shipping. The one fascist stiffed the other two fascists.

    Portugal remained neutral during World War II, and Lisbon remained one of the few debarkation places for civilians trying to escape Europe.

    The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (53cee2)

  53. The US had 39 obsolescent Jupiter IRBMs station in Turkey during the Cuban Missile Crisis, which Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev demanded to be removed if he was going to pull his installations out of Cuba. President Kennedy said no, officially, but there was a wink and a nod that yeah, they were obsolete and would be removed.

    The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (53cee2) — 3/17/2023 @ 2:49 pm

    A nice historical tidbit, but the missiles were placed there to threaten the USSR. The fact that they were removed doesn’t change the strategic importance of Turkey overall. Turkey is among several countries were the US stores its remaining B61-3 and -4 nuclear gravity bombs. Fortunately the triggers are kept in the US.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  54. as latter day squad members are ready to take them out if they don’t behave.

    Me, I’d just “take out” the squad assh0les.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  55. Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/17/2023 @ 2:42 pm

    Because intervening in third world crapholes has worked out really well for the US in the past.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  56. On defining “woke”

    I’ll go with Potter Stewart: “I know it when I see it.”

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  57. When the environment is more like a protest at Evergreen State College, there’s some seriously wrong sh-t going on at Stanford Law.
    I saw this tweet a few days ago and, yes, Circuit Court Judge Duncan wasn’t very professional, but it was stripped of context because he had been heckled and heckled beforehand until an associate dean came in to both restore order and lecture Mr. Duncan on his anti-woke ways. Here’s Duncan describing the situation in the WSJ, and it was appalling the way he was treated.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  58. Switzerland has a long history of remaining neutral

    Perhaps. It will probably remain their tradition long after other country’s interest in buying their arms ceases.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  59. Turkish bazaar. Turkey sees the opportunity to get itself a little baksheesh from us. They put up the same obstructionism in the 2001 Afghanistan invasion forcing us to turn to Pakistan much to the delight of the Taliban. It’s how Turks are.

    nk (8668c4)

  60. Fourth news item-It Didn’t Work:

    First Republic Bank FRC shares fell more than 30% Friday after a multibillion-dollar rescue deal orchestrated by the biggest U.S. banks failed to convince investors that the troubled lender is on solid footing.

    The move erased the gains that came Thursday, when a group of banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. deposited $30 billion in First Republic in an effort to restore confidence in a banking system badly battered by a pair of bank failures.

    Friday’s plunge reflects concerns that the big-bank rescue deal didn’t fully address problems at First Republic, which also suspended its dividend Thursday. The tumult has analysts asking if the company could be pressured to find a buyer.

    “It’s not clear whether it’s viable as a stand-alone entity,” said Julian Wellesley, global banks analyst at Boston-based Loomis Sayles & Co. “So it’s likely, in my view, to be taken over.”
    ……….
    ……….The KBW Nasdaq index of commercial banks and the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF each fell more than 5%, closing at their lowest levels since 2020.

    First Republic’s stock has lost nearly 70% of its value over the past week.
    ……..
    Analysts at Jefferies estimated that as much as $89 billion in deposits have left the bank over the past week. The bank has borrowed tens of billions of dollars from the Federal Reserve and Federal Home Loan Bank to plug the hole.
    ……….

    “Analysts at Jefferies estimated that as much as $89 billion in deposits have left the bank over the past week…..”

    This is what’s called a bank run.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  61. @58. Switzerland has a long history of remaining neutral

    Neutral?

    13 facts about the Swiss guards you probably didn’t know

    https://www.newlyswissed.com/facts-about-the-swiss-guards/

    Hit it, Orson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cydkTy6GmFA&t=9s

    DCSCA (11e9ce)

  62. SVB parent files for bankruptcy; Credit Suisse shares slide again amid banking crisis – as it happened

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2023/mar/17/markets-us-banks-first-republic-rescue-business-live

    DCSCA (11e9ce)

  63. They put up the same obstructionism in the 2001 Afghanistan invasion forcing us to turn to Pakistan much to the delight of the Taliban. It’s how Turks are.

    There’s also the bit about how the 4th Infantry Division, along with 80 ships carrying their equipment, were refused entry into Turkey at the last moment before the Iraq war began. The lack of a northern anvil to the southern hammer allowed Iraqi deadenders to regroup.

    They still have not be adequately thanked for that.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  64. This is what’s called a bank run.

    But I have been reliably told that the bank run is not the problem.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  65. No RIP for Jim Gordon (77). Gordon was a famed session drummer with The Wrecking Crew, played with Derek and the Dominos on Layla (including the ending piano coda, stealing it from then girlfriend Rita Coolidge) The Beach Boys, and was part of Joe Cocker’s famed “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” tour. He died Monday after spending the past 40 years in prison for murdering his mother in 1983 while suffering from schizophrenia.

    Mr. Gordon’s collaborations included tracks on George Harrison’s first post-Beatles album, “All Things Must Pass” (1970); the Beach Boys’ epochal “Pet Sounds” album (1966) and Steely Dan’s 1974 song “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.”

    The demand was once so high for Mr. Gordon’s versatility — from bluesy backbeats to whipcrack licks — that he commanded three times the studio rate for drummers. He spanned genres as different as Glen Campbell’s country-influenced odes (“Wichita Lineman,” 1968), Gordon Lightfoot’s folksy ballads (“Sundown,” 1974) and Frank Zappa’s rock-jazz fusion. Zappa gave Mr. Gordon the nickname “Skippy” as a playful jab at his sunny suburban upbringing in California.
    ………
    He worked with Carly Simon on “You’re So Vain” (1972) and John Lennon on the 1971 “Power to the People” single. The list kept growing: Harry Nilsson, Nancy Sinatra, the Byrds.

    Two excellent music documentaries are The Wrecking Crew (2015) and Learning to Live Together: The Return of Mad Dogs & Englishmen (2021).

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  66. Seattle is having drug problems on its buses.

    SEATTLE (KOMO) — Bus drivers asked the King County Board of Health to withdraw statements on the health department’s website that claim fentanyl smoke poses “no real risk.”

    Transit workers from Sound Transit and King County Metro have told KOMO News they have suffered acute and chronic health issues from being exposed to fentanyl smoke while on the job.

    The Daily Mail suggests health officials aren’t helping.

    (For the record: I often ride buses in three Eastside Seattle suburbs, Kirkland, Redmond, and Bellevue. So far, I haven’t seen any drug use, but I often see people on the buses who appear to be homeless.)

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  67. Paul Montagu @ 57,

    I have questions:

    1) Is there some reason that Judge Duncan shouldn’t have expected the commotion, given what we’ve seen when “objectionable” campus speakers attempt to speak? In this case, he was a guest of the Federalist Society, so automatically he’s not going to be received well.

    2) Did the kids do anything that violated school standards/regs?

    3) Were they well within their First Amendment rights?

    I also read Ken White’s response, and it was pretty hostile.

    My immediate reaction was one where I felt like the adults involved in these things need to wise up, and the kids involved need to grow up.

    Dana (1225fc)

  68. Switzerland counts on herd immunity for it’s safety.

    Nic (896fdf)

  69. Jim Miller,

    I guess the transportation lines provide warmth, a measure of reprieve from being on the streets, and a fairly “safe” place to do their drugs. However, the risk posed to transit workers is just ridiculous. Prioritizing addicts and homeless over hard-working transit personnel is a sure way to lead to a strike or mass walking off the job. At the least, their safety should be prioritized.

    Dana (1225fc)

  70. #69 Dana – And not helping the transit workers must be making it harder to recruit — and they are so short of workers they routinely advertise on their buses. And I have seen TV ads for bus drivers in the county north of here (Snohomish) offering free training, and sign-up bonuses of thousands of dollars.

    It’s my impression that the drug problems are not quite as severe there, but I can’t recall having seen any recent numbers.

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  71. Too bad. It would make great television.

    Former President Donald Trump will not refuse to surrender if the Manhattan district attorney criminally indicts him, his lawyer told the Daily News Friday.

    “There won’t be a standoff at Mar-a-Lago with Secret Service and the Manhattan DA’s office,” Joe Tacopina said.
    ……..

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  72. Heh! This is the form of a federal arrest warrant:

    To: Any authorized law enforcement officer
    YOU ARE COMMANDED to arrest and bring before a United States magistrate judge without unnecessary delay (name of person to be arrested) , who is accused of an offense or violation based on the following document filed with the court:

    The Secret Service would arrest him. But what is more likely, his lawyers will get a call from the Manhattans U.S. Marshall asking them to bring Trump to court.

    nk (8668c4)

  73. @67. Dana, for those interested in Ken White’s take, here’s the link. And for a more comprehensive summary of events and reactions, see David Lat.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  74. Jim Gordon was one helluva drummer and had such a sad story. Undiagnosed schizophrenia, which led to his horrible actions.

    The guy was so talented, to hear the professionals tell it and, as mentioned, his presence on so many recordings of the best of American music is a testament.

    But he was totally off his cracker and the drugs he was taking were adding fuel to the fire.

    Years later, the drummer wound up killing his mother. Only afterwards was he diagnosed with acute schizophrenia. “When he was arrested, he said that he had also planned to kill his ex-wife but he was too tired from killing his mother,” [Rita] Coolidge recalls with a dark laugh. “He wouldn’t have been done killing. I think if he were out now, he still wouldn’t be done.”

    Coolidge knew first hand how off he was, after he beat the Hell out of her.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  75. The Secret Service would arrest him. But what is more likely, his lawyers will get a call from the Manhattans U.S. Marshall asking them to bring Trump to court.

    nk (8668c4) — 3/17/2023 @ 4:35 pm

    Since the indictment is by the Manhattan DA, not the DOJ, it is more likely that Trump would surrender to NYPD detectives or go directly to 100 Centre Street.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  76. Dana (1225fc) — 3/17/2023 @ 3:58 pm

    I won’t answer point-by-point or linearly, Dana, but this was a Federalist Society event and the hecklers chose to be there. The FS has the right to assemble peaceably, and the hecklers disrupted that right, so that’s where the First Amendment violation comes in, IMO.
    Also, Stanford Law disrespected this on-campus organization by allowing this chaos to happen, so they were complicit in shutting down a legit organization. It shouldn’t matter what their motivations are.
    If the protesters wanted to raise a ruckus, they could’ve done it outside the room where they could express themselves freely.

    As for Judge Duncan, he didn’t comport himself well, at all. In fact, to me he came across as a d!ck, but he should expect to not be shouted down while in that room, on a campus that purports to honor free expression of all kinds. It brings back memories of Jeanne Kirkpatrick in the 1980s, getting shouted down by left-wing agitators. The tactic sucked back then, and it hasn’t aged any better. Also, the associate dean couldn’t have been more patronizing.

    I’m not going to speak to school regs because I don’t know them, just to what I saw. Lastly, I did find Ken White’s comments and I didn’t find anything disagreeable. I think he’s right that no one in that scrum came out looking good or better, and that all parties should grow up.

    The irony is that Ms. Steinbach kept asking if the juice was worth the squeeze, and I’d say for Judge Duncan, the answer was “yes”, for getting a plum spot in the WSJ and I’m sure there are some FoxNews hosts who are beating down the doors to book him. I feel like taking a shower.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  77. Oh, it’s a state case. Thanks! That could make an even funnier scenario. DeSantis would be the one to sign the extradition order. Would he?

    nk (8668c4)

  78. Julia Davis…

    Predictably, head of RT Margarita Simonyan is implying that any country that might try to arrest Putin would be nuked. Yawn. But really, that’s all they have left. Desperation and threats.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  79. They’re Around Here Somewhere……

    Federal officials cannot find two gifts received by President Donald Trump and his family from foreign nations, including a life-size painting of Trump from the president of El Salvador and golf clubs from the Japanese prime minister, according to a new report from House Democrats.

    The gifts are among more than 100 foreign gifts — with a total value of nearly $300,000 — that Trump and his family failed to report to the State Department in violation of federal law, according to the report, which cites government records and emails.
    ……..
    The 15-page report, a result of a year-long investigation by the House Oversight Committee into Trump’s failure to disclose gifts from foreign government officials while in office, revealed that the Trump family did not disclose dozens of gifts from countries that are not U.S. allies or have a complicated relationship with Washington. That includes 16 gifts from Saudi Arabia worth more than $48,000, 17 gifts from India worth more than $17,000, and at least five gifts from China. Trump reported zero gifts entirely the final year of his presidency, according to the report, while he reported some of the gifts received in previous years.
    ……..
    Investigators are continuing to search for the large portrait of Trump given to him ahead of the 2020 election by Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele and the golf clubs worth more than $7,000 that Trump received from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during visits to the Trump International Golf Club and Kasumigaseki Country Club in 2017 and 2018, the report says.
    ……..
    Typically, the White House Gifts Unit records all domestic and foreign gifts and their valuation that are received by the president and first family. If an official wishes to retain a gift, they have the option of paying full value, as outlined under the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act. The 1966 law prohibits officials from personally keeping gifts from foreign entities worth more than $415.

    Otherwise, the gift is transferred to the Archives, where it is stored for use in presidential libraries. Gifts meant for the White House residence are referred to the Department of the Interior’s park service, and gifts that are not sent to the Archives, or not personally retained by the president or his family, are sent to the General Services Administration. Luke Niederhelman served as the director of the White House gift office under Trump and did not immediately respond to request for comment.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  80. Don’t we have the The Hague Invasion Act? It authorizes the use of military force to free any U.S. citizen held for trial by the IOC?

    nk (8668c4)

  81. It’s unfortunate that, as appears likely, the first criminal charges brought against Trump will be for the Stormy Daniels payment and associated campaign violations. Not that he doesn’t deserve to be prosecuted. He’s guilty as he11, and lest there be any doubt that what he did is a real crime, his accomplice served prison time. But of the four crimes for which he’s under investigation, this one is the most ticky-tack. If you could pick one to be the first criminal charges brought against an ex-President, this one would be fourth out of the four. Public opinion-wise, I fear it will help him more than it hurts him.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  82. ICC

    nk (8668c4)

  83. As I continue working my way through the Sandburg biography of Lincoln, I am enjoying it so much — and often learning from it — that I am taking it just a chapter a day, and sometimes skipping a day or two. Yesterday, I read chapter 17 and was amazed again by Sandburg’s one sentence on America as Lincoln traveled to his inauguration, and as war came nearer and nearer. That one sentence takes up a page and a half. (I would like to quote the whole thing, but think that might violate the copyright.)

    As he traveled on his special train, Congress formally made him president:

    Tellers read the certificates state by state. John C Breckinridge, the Vice-President, whose heart lay deep with the secession cause, pronounced:

    Abraham Lincoln, of Illinois, having received a majority of the whole number of electoral votes, is elected President of the United States for four years, commencing the 4th of March, 1861 . . .

    That ceremony went off better than the last one we had.

    (Breckinridge)

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  84. @54 You will be out voted. Do you still live in the people’s democratic republic of california? over 100,000 minority kids turn 18 every month( with most hating conservatives) so your voters are falling down every month. For the racists these are american citizens not illegal alien kids and the teachers union and democrat party are spending zuckerberg’s& bezo’s money to get them registered.

    asset (4c8e28)

  85. @83, Lincoln! That’s 183 years ago. Times have moved on. What 40 year old still remembers Lincoln?! The North lost a lot of soldiers under Lincoln…and his big goofy hat. /sarc

    AJ_Liberty (fa996d)

  86. @85. Preserving the union was a nice idea, but was it vital?

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  87. More from Julia Davis on our Blame America First GOP frontrunner, whose Blame America First message Russia Today gleefully picked up…

    Trump’s message resonated with his target audience. Notice how he never blames Putin for his genocidal invasion, only the United States for helping Ukraine defend itself.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  88. I’m just not sure Lincoln tried hard enough to find a different path. Was it really worth it?

    AJ_Liberty (fa996d)

  89. If there was a peace dividend, I haven’t seen it. Lincoln didn’t even bother to serve out his second term.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  90. But I have been reliably told that the bank run is not the problem.

    Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/17/2023 @ 3:35 pm

    You may have misunderstood what you were told. You may also have not read the article again. When did you stop reading this one? Did you make it to “shares fell”?

    Did you have any financial stake in SVB?

    frosty (b0a241)

  91. But is one really “neutral” if they are in essence, helping one side by their actions/inactions?

    Dana (1225fc) — 3/17/2023 @ 2:07 pm

    Is one really not benefiting from slave labor when they’re using the products of slave labor for their benefit?

    frosty (b0a241)

  92. Dana (1225fc) — 3/17/2023 @ 3:58 pm

    That’s a very good argument for the hecklers veto.

    Were they well within their First Amendment rights?

    Well within? I’d say not “well within” but the better question is was the school and that’s a clearer no. The school administration didn’t act consistent with the first amendment.

    frosty (b0a241)

  93. Tenth news item
    While not conclusive, new study released on Covid origins:

    wow, that’s big news

    unlike the opposite conclusion reached by the FBI, which was ignored

    “The analysis, which is not conclusive, is being led by researchers Kristian Andersen, Edward Holmes and Michael Worobey.”

    Ah, ok. Not noted in the article is that Andersen and Worobey wrote the letter that dismissed the lab leak theory back in 2020, the same letter that Fauci commissioned and then lied about having no connection to. The same letter that was used to silence discussion about the lab leak theory, and the same letter that spawned numerous fact checks branding it a “conspiracy theory that was already debunked” (h/t Glenn Kessler).

    The two wrote three years ago, “Our analyses clearly show that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus.”

    I’m guessing they’re just as confident now as they were then, which is all the anti-Trumper zealots need in order to silence discussion again and declare victory.

    JF (e68188)

  94. I’m just not sure Lincoln tried hard enough to find a different path. Was it really worth it?

    AJ_Liberty (fa996d) — 3/17/2023 @ 7:58 pm

    What until he gets to the part about what Lincoln wanted to do with the former slaves after the war. Be careful though and don’t spoil the plot twist.

    frosty (b0a241)

  95. (For the record: I often ride buses in three Eastside Seattle suburbs, Kirkland, Redmond, and Bellevue. So far, I haven’t seen any drug use, but I often see people on the buses who appear to be homeless.)

    You would think this would be cause for a strike. Perhaps nationwide: no train or bus moves until this sh1t is dealt with.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  96. JF (e68188) — 3/17/2023 @ 8:41 pm

    From what I’ve read they went to the market to collect samples after covid was a pandemic. The samples have all sorts of DNA including human.

    But there’s absolutely no chance the wet market could have been contaminated by sick humans going to the market. Zero chance. Nada. Zilch.

    frosty (b0a241)

  97. I guess the transportation lines provide warmth, a measure of reprieve from being on the streets, and a fairly “safe” place to do their drugs. However, the risk posed to transit workers is just ridiculous. Prioritizing addicts and homeless over hard-working transit personnel is a sure way to lead to a strike or mass walking off the job. At the least, their safety should be prioritized.

    It also prioritizes them over bus and train riders, who after all are the declared mission of these systems. The trains and buses are not running so that addicts have a warm place to nod out. If the people stop riding, it’s a transportation disaster of epic proportions.

    Right now it’s L.A. and Seattle. Suppose it was New York City.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  98. You may have misunderstood what you were told. You may also have not read the article again. When did you stop reading this one? Did you make it to “shares fell”?

    I would have no problem finding aseveral; posts of yours screaming that it was not the run on the bank that cause SBB to fail.

    Did you have any financial stake in SVB?

    No, to reply civilly.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  99. Frosty, the really funny thing is that people are now accusing China of HIDING it came from the wet market.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  100. Do you still live in the people’s democratic republic of california? over 100,000 minority kids turn 18 every month( with most hating conservatives) so your voters are falling down every month. For the racists these are american citizens not illegal alien kids and the teachers union and democrat party are spending zuckerberg’s& bezo’s money to get them registered.

    It’s OK. When they drive out everyone who knows how to do things, they’ll all starve.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  101. They’re separated by a lake, but Seattle and the Eastside are different worlds. The way Bellevue Police handled the homeless was drive them to Seattle.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  102. I would have no problem finding aseveral; posts of yours screaming that it was not the run on the bank that cause SBB to fail.

    Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/17/2023 @ 8:53 pm

    Screaming? That seems like an impressive feat given the medium. And I really don’t understand why this is so complicated for you. Have you ever seen a run on a perfectly healthy bank? You seem to be suggesting that once a bank is unhealthy and unable to continue operating people should leave their money in them in the hope that they will somehow become solvent. Or maybe as an exercise to see how that works out? A valuable learning experience?

    If you read that article you’ll see

    failed to convince investors that the troubled lender is on solid footing

    and

    It’s not clear whether it’s viable as a stand-alone entity

    and

    reflects concerns that the big-bank rescue deal didn’t fully address problems at First Republic

    and if you look at the entire timeline it should be clear that deposits started leaving the bank after it was in financial trouble, ie the run was caused by the financial problems not the other way around. They weren’t perfectly healthy one day, deposits started leaving for no reason, and then they got in trouble.

    I think your word choice is pointing to the misunderstanding;

    the bank run is not the problem

    “The” bank run isn’t “the” problem. It’s “a” problem for sure. “The” problem usually comes back to poor financial or risk management and those cause the bank run.

    frosty (b0a241)

  103. Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/17/2023 @ 8:55 pm

    There are always people somewhere saying something about something else. Would you believe there are people who think Texas and UKR are equivalent?

    frosty (b0a241)

  104. https://www.wsj.com/articles/struggle-session-at-stanford-law-school-federalist-society-kyle-duncan-circuit-court-judge-steinbach-4f8da19e

    When I arrived, the walls were festooned with posters denouncing me for crimes against women, gays, blacks and “trans people.” Plastered everywhere were photos of the students who had invited me and fliers declaring “You should be ASHAMED,” with the last word in large red capital letters and a horror-movie font. This didn’t seem “collegial.” Walking to the building where I would deliver my talk, I could hear loud chanting a good 50 yards away, reminiscent of a tent revival in its intensity. Some 100 students were massed outside the classroom as I entered, faces painted every color of the rainbow, waving signs and banners, jeering and stamping and howling. As I entered the classroom, one protester screamed: “We hope your daughters get raped!”…

    The protesters weren’t upset by the subject of my talk—a rather dry discourse on how circuit courts interact with the Supreme Court in times of doctrinal flux. Rather, I was their target. While in practice, I represented clients and advanced arguments the protesters hate—for instance, I defended Louisiana’s traditional marriage laws. As for my judicial decisions, among the several hundred I’ve written, the protesters were especially vexed by U.S. v. Varner. A federal prisoner serving a term for attempted receipt of child pornography (and with a previous state conviction for possession of child porn) petitioned our court to order that he be called by feminine pronouns. As my opinion explained, federal courts can’t control what pronouns people use. The Stanford protesters saw it differently: My opinion had “denied a transwoman’s existence.”

    Judge Duncan suffered a Maoist struggle session. These students and their dean broke Stanford’s policies on protesting to disrupt a speaker and should be expelled/fired.

    Have a nice day.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  105. So the Chicoms moved on from pangolins, eh? To raccoon dogs?

    Wet markets do not exclude labs. On the contrary, they necessarily involve labs. How does your doctor check you for strep throat? He takes a swab and sends it to a lab, and the lab puts it in agar-agar and sees what grows.

    Frosty, the really funny thing is that people are now accusing China of HIDING it came from the wet market.

    People who vote for Trump are the lowest-hanging of low-hanging fruit for Chinese smoke and mirrors.

    We’ll never hear the truth from the Chinese. Not ever-ever. They’re like Trump that way.

    nk (8668c4)

  106. The Federalist Society should have rented a hall. To hear Duncan, I mean.

    From a church, like AA. They would not have gotten hecklers. They would have gotten church ladies with home-baked pastries.

    nk (8668c4)

  107. Any interest in the Biden’s getting millions through a Chinese cutout?

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  108. Is $1.3 million from 2015 through 2017 still less than one two-thousandth of the billions the Trump family is getting from the Saudis right now?

    nk (8668c4)

  109. Probably an easier question: Is there any pocket the corrupt criminal crypto-Commie traitor Trump is not in?

    nk (8668c4)

  110. Standoff? Rather it be more like the last 15 minutes of Scarface. Just make sure RDS is busy at a bill signing. And Stanford Federalists would have go all the way out to Gilroy to find a non-rainbow flagged church.

    urbanleftbehind (46a0a4)

  111. nk (8668c4) — 3/18/2023 @ 7:03 am

    — begin prophecy–

    A prison sentence just might be the ticket to stoke Trump’s street-cred into incandescence in the minds of his supporters in this country; its brightness attracting even the indifferent who look for a source of light in the gloom like so many moths until the spectacle overcomes the inertia of slothful citizens who will sign any petition if it will only send away that pesky petitioner.

    Do you want Trump’s image on Mount Rushmore, because that’s how you get Trump’s image on Mount Rushmore.

    felipe (77b190)

  112. nk (8668c4) — 3/18/2023 @ 7:03 am

    famously soft-on-crime Alvin Bragg would be a fitting NeverTrump hero from central casting

    prosecution driven by tribal affiliation, cuz principles first

    JF (9a6ee8)

  113. This week’s Poltico collection of cartoons included three I especially liked, Ramirez’s bank hold-up, Bramhall’s indictment Bingo, and Ramirez’s how cultures go extinct.

    (For the record: I sometimes like cartoons I don’t entirely agree with.)

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  114. Any interest in the Biden’s getting millions through a Chinese cutout?

    Not until there’s more confirmation, more details.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  115. I didn’t see any Trumpist interest when China issued 41 trademarks of untold value to Ivanka. One standard.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  116. @105
    @108
    @109
    @116

    the WhaddaboutTrump count stands at four so far, but the day is young

    JF (9a6ee8)

  117. felipe (77b190) — 3/18/2023 @ 7:33 am

    I only foresee an uptick in online searches for Stormy Daniels videos. A smaller than average uptick.

    nk (85c77f)

  118. “And in the meantime, the Bidens continue to get interest on their millions collected from multiple foreign nationals including from the CCP and no one in the legacy or mainstream media will even whisper it. (aside from maybe Tucker).

    This is the biggest story of our lifetime and affects the last election, the covid shutdown, the vaxes, the war in the Ukraine and possibly WWIII, the economy, energy policies worldwide, and the loss of the US dollar as the world standard.

    But Trump.”

    Colonel Haiku (b69399)

  119. ”Remember Vaughn Meader’s “First Family” album? What a hoot if only he’d had the Bidens to analyze. F*cking the babysitter, f*cking the sister in law, showering w/daddy, all of ’em on drugs.”

    Colonel Haiku (b69399)

  120. Catturd ™
    @catturd2
    The FBI, FEDs, and Antifa to dress up like Trump supporters and try to incite riots in … 4 … 3 … 2 ….

    Don’t fall for another Ray Epps situation.

    It’s a trap.

    Stay peaceful.
    9:30 AM · Mar 18, 2023

    Colonel Haiku (b69399)

  121. Sixth news item

    Excellent: Arrest warrant issued for President Vladimir Putin:

    The International Criminal Court said Friday it has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Putin for war crimes because of his alleged involvement in the abductions of children from Ukraine.

    A reminder:

    Russia’s federal government is operating a large scale, systematic network of camps and other facilities that has held at least 6,000 children from Ukraine within Russia-occupied Crimea and mainland Russia during the past year. The roles played by forty-three (43) facilities have been identified and their locations have been subsequently verified at the time of this report. These findings are based on a conservative reading of data confirmed to date and released due to the concerning nature of the trends identified. Additional data analyzed by Yale HRL suggests that the total numbers of facilities and children being held are likely significantly higher than can be reported at this time. Further investigation is ongoing.

    These facilities appear to serve a range of purposes, including what Yale HRL terms ‘re-education,’ an effort to ostensibly make children more pro-Russia in their personal and political views. Some installations are in Siberia and along Russia’s far eastern Pacific coast.
    ………..

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  122. We can all agree that Hunter Biden is a little sleazy and has capitalized on his name and relationship to his father. It appears that he has made investments around the world, including in China. Some of those investments have appeared to pay off. Now the investigatory challenge is to distinguish legal transactions from illegal payoffs or influence peddling. And to show, with regards to Joe Biden, that payoffs directly led to changes in policy or lobbying efforts. That Joe Biden was surreptitiously or openly helping Chinese firms or indirectly supporting CCP efforts.

    It could be true but right now that proof is lacking. The goal may not be to prove it but to leave it out there for people to draw their own conclusions. This appears to have been the previous administration’s goal of pressuring Zelensky to announce an investigation of Biden in Ukraine. Create a cloud of doubt.

    There is nothing new about alleging corruption or personal enrichment based on position. This is a standard tactic and Biden is vulnerable….as are others. But accusations of corruption and conspiracy are a dime a dozen. Personally, this doesn’t influence my Presidential vote, as Biden loses mine for a myriad of policy positions.

    JF will claim that we tediously onanate over Trump’s dealings and accusations of corruption, so why isn’t there equal time? Well, it’s because most of us our Republicans (or exiled conservatives) who want a better option than Biden v Trump, and believe Trump lacks the character and competence to be POTUS. Democrats should clean their own house and offer a better candidate too. There are glorious sites like RedState where the comments will take Biden accusations and gloriously climax in derision. Not saying to go there…just saying if that’s your thing….

    AJ_Liberty (fa996d)

  123. Trump’s upcoming arrest (according to him) won’t hurt him politically, IMO, nor will a conviction in this case as it’s a misdemeanor, but obstruction and violation of the Espionage Act is a different matter. To a bit lesser of a degree, so is suborning electoral fraud.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  124. The way Bellevue Police handled the homeless was drive them to Seattle.

    But the people in Bellevue all vote for the same policies that created “Seattle.”

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  125. @124, Just more street cred with the posse. It’s something that 40% of the GOP apparently believe character does not matter. Essentially, all politicians are bad. Talk about schism.

    AJ_Liberty (fa996d)

  126. DeSantis, on Defense, Shows Signs of Slipping in Polls
    ……………
    In surveys taken since the Trump offensive began two months ago, Mr. DeSantis, the Florida governor, has steadily lost ground against Mr. Trump, whose own numbers have increased.

    It can be hard to track who’s up and who’s down in the Republican race, since different pollsters have had such wildly divergent takes on Mr. Trump’s strength. In just the last few days, a CNN/SSRS poll showed a tight race, with Mr. DeSantis at 39 percent and Mr. Trump at 37 percent among registered voters, while a Morning Consult poll found Mr. Trump with nearly a two-to-one lead, 52 percent to 28 percent.
    …………..
    ………… It’s the trend that’s important, and the trend is unequivocal: Every single one of these polls has shown Mr. DeSantis faring worse than before, and Mr. Trump faring better.
    ………….
    ………..It’s easy to tell a tidy story about why Mr. DeSantis has slipped.

    •The DeSantis election bump is over. ……….

    • Trump went on offense. ………

    • DeSantis is on the sideline. ………
    …………
    ……….. A Monmouth University poll from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2 showed a significant deterioration in Mr. DeSantis’s support compared with a poll from early December. At this early point, the shift in the Monmouth poll and other surveys looks more like a fading post-midterm bounce than the effect of Mr. Trump’s attacks.

    But Mr. DeSantis has kept losing ground in more recent polls, long after his midterm bump should have dissipated. This week, a Quinnipiac survey showed Mr. Trump making big gains over just the last month, with his lead growing by 12 points.

    On average, Mr. DeSantis has lost four points in polls taken over the last month compared with polls by the same pollster between Jan. 15 and Feb. 15.
    …………
    ………… He and his team have failed to respond to the attacks or shift the conversation, and it’s possible that’s because he and his allies don’t think they can safely engage the former president. It would help explain why Mr. Trump’s attacks have largely gone uncontested. ………
    …………..
    But if attacking Mr. Trump carries risks, so does allowing him to punch without a vigorous defense or a counterpunch. If you need proof, you can just look at Mr. DeSantis’s slipping poll numbers.
    ###########

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  127. You seem to be suggesting that once a bank is unhealthy and unable to continue operating people should leave their money in them in the hope that they will somehow become solvent

    There is a difference between “unhealthy” and “unable to continue operating.” A difference that a panic run dissolves. A run is a stampede, with lots of people getting trampled. It is not something that belongs in a modern economy. It’s like all the men getting into the lifeboats because they are stronger than the women and children.

    In short, it’s a plan for the assh0les to win.

    The FDIC’s idea was to stop future runs by guaranteeing all assets. Perhaps a better way is to claw back all the money people took out over the $250K once the run started. That, too, would slow down future runs.

    But a run is not something that happens after the bank has failed, it is the proximate cause of the failure. Grandma may be ailing, but that doesn’t mean that putting a pillow over her face isn’t murder.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  128. Dumb idea by Biden. Assuming they’re properly vetted, i.e., not spies, these disgruntled, disillusioned Russians would make stellar immigrants for the US.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  129. There are always people somewhere saying something about something else. Would you believe there are people who think Texas and UKR are equivalent?

    You came up with a really dumb argument and I called you on it, as did others. Leave it be.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  130. All that Trump was ever going to get, in rubes and in bribes, he’s already got. The sediment has petrified. It can erode, but it will not grow.

    Will he live on in Netflix specials? My Friend Trump? Donnie and Clyde? There might be a big enough audience for that.

    nk (e94c67)

  131. Plastered everywhere were photos of the students who had invited me and fliers declaring “You should be ASHAMED,”

    Considering that this had the ironic participation of the DEI dean, those students have cause to sue the school, just based on the school’s guidelines. Pretty sure that photo doxxing of people based on their beliefs is contrary to policy.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  132. The Federalist Society should have rented a hall. To hear Duncan, I mean.

    A free speech zone?

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  133. Trump says he expects to be arrested Tuesday as New York law enforcement prepares for possible indictment

    Words I want to hear: “Come in here and get me you lousy pigs!”

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  134. A prison sentence just might be the ticket to stoke Trump’s street-cred

    A prison sentence for trying to hide a blackmail payment might garner him some support. After all, one pays blackmail to hide things. Stormy should have been charged with extortion.

    Of course, Trump also tried to write it off on his taxes, so there’s that.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  135. Remember Vaughn Meader’s “First Family” album?

    It’s not like Meader told the truth about JFK.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  136. AJ,

    It’s sufficient to show that Joe Biden was using HIS influence to protect his son’s illegal activities.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  137. The Federalist Society should have rented a hall. To hear Duncan, I mean.

    A free speech zone?

    Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/18/2023 @ 10:30 am

    It’s not as flippant as I made it sound. The Federalist Society did not show enough solicitude for their guest. Or didn’t they foresee that they might as well have invited him to speak at the monkey house at the zoo? And that the zookeepers would blame him for exciting the monkeys?

    nk (e94c67)

  138. We can all agree that Hunter Biden is a little sleazy and has capitalized on his name and relationship to his father.

    “A little”???????

    ROFLMAOPIP.

    DCSCA (043091)

  139. Here’s what bothers me about Trump vs DeSantis: both men are riding on resentment and dysfunction. Neither is talking about the road forward, they are talking about who they don’t like and behavior they hate. The entire culture war (both sides) is metastatic dysfunction, like a family that cannot sit to dinner together without screaming at each other.

    Now, I don’t much care for the road forward that the Democrats suggest, with high taxes, overbearing government “help” and a reliance on central planning. But they are at least stating a plan.

    What does the right have? One guy who says “I am your vengeance!” while fighting indictments from about 7 directions, and another guy whose desire to fight the culture war is his entire platform.

    I hope that those two beat each other silly, and some voices (e.g. Kemp, Nikki, Youngkin) who offer an actual plan for governing can get some traction. Because if only one side has a plan, the bulk of the voters, who tune out the screamers, will only hear that side.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  140. You would think this would be cause for a strike. Perhaps nationwide: no train or bus moves until this sh1t is dealt with.
    Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/17/2023 @ 8:48 pm

    i mean, isn’t the obvious solution to enforce fares

    in Portlandistan, homeless encampments sprouted up in the suburbs since the transients, seeking to avoid fighting over space in the urban centers, could simply hop on the MAX and take it to the end of the line cuz fares haven’t been enforced for years

    I used to ride the MAX with my kids, but that became very sketchy many many years ago

    it’s not just Walmart and Nike that voted with their feet

    JF (997ffe)

  141. “The First Family” came out in late 1962, poking gentle fun at Kennedy’s wealth, large family, and “vigah”. It became the fastest-selling record of its time, racking up 7.5 million copies
    and winning the Grammy for album of the year.

    JFK LIKED HIS IMPERSONATOR. Even the president was said to be amused, picking up 100 copies of the album to give as Christmas gifts. At his press conference on December 12, 1962, Kennedy publicly underscored his commitment to good humor. The questioner noted the ‘heavy barrage of teasing and fun-poking and satire’ being directed at the White House both in book form and the ‘smash hit record’ and asked:

    Reporter: “Can you tell us whether you read and listen to any of these things, and whether they produce annoyment or enjoyment”.

    JFK: “Annoyment? No. Yes, I have read them and listened to them and I actually listened to Mr Meader’s record but I thought it sounded more like Teddy than it did, me–[laughter]–so he’s annoyed.” – President John F. Kennedy, Press conference, December 12, 1962

    https://www.orwelltoday.com/jfkmeaderfirstfamily.shtml

    DCSCA (043091)

  142. Elon Musk says Trump will win ‘landslide victory’ if indicted

    Former President Trump will ultimately end up back in the White House if he is indicted by Manhattan prosecutors, Elon Musk predicted.

    “If this happens, Trump will be re-elected in a landslide victory,” Musk said in a tweet.

    Musk’s tweet came as Trump declared on his own Truth Social platform that “ILLEGAL LEAKS” from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office indicate he “WOULD BE ARRESTED TUESDAY.” Since taking over Twitter Elon Musk has restored hundreds of previously banned accounts, including Trump’s. The former president was also recently allowed to YouTube after a two year suspension.

    https://nypost.com/2023/03/18/elon-musk-trump-will-win-landslide-victory-if-indicted/

    DCSCA (043091)


  143. “Let me get this out of the way upfront: I’m no fan of The Bulwark or any of its writers. I find them to be lazy, opportunistic, profiteering Never Trumpers who have strayed so far from conservatism that they now profess to save it by actively supporting progressive Democrats. They are the print equivalent of Adam Kinzinger: their takes are contrived, and the tears they pretend to shed for the country are as fake as Joe Biden’s teeth.

    So. Now that you know my biases, allow me to justify them. In today’s “Morning Shots,” Charlie Sykes, a one-time conservative radio host and now editor-in-chief of The Bulwark, dropped a piece entitled “Trump Picks an Enemy: Us.” In it, he claims Trump “sides with Russia” — which in Bulwark-speak means he doesn’t believe in a hot war with a nuclear power, nor does he believe Russia is our country’s greatest threat — arguing that the former President’s real enemy is the American people. To promote this idea, Sykes cites a Tweet from Ron Filipowski, another former Republican broken by Trump, that seeks to turn Trump’s critique of a massive, politicized, un-elected administrative state and a military-industrial complex overtaken by leftist ideologues, into an attack on Americans themselves — as if the average American citizen owes fidelity and allegiance to bureaucrats and the Defense Department, to General Milley or Ukrainian pensioners.”

    —- Jeff Goldstein

    Colonel Haiku (2d25ac)

  144. After some consideration, props go to the late, unlamented Sen. Ted Kennedy.

    The clown left a woman to die and then ran for president.

    Colonel Haiku (2d25ac)

  145. Sad!
    ……….
    Vitali GossJankowski, 34, a former student at Washington D.C.’s Gallaudet University was found guilty today of multiple felonies for his role in disrupting a joint session of the United States Congress in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes following the 2020 Presidential election.

    GossJankowski was convicted by a jury of obstructing, impeding, or interfering with law enforcement during a civil disorder; corruptly obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding before Congress; and forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, or interfering with a law enforcement officer on account of his official duties. GossJankowski was also convicted of misdemeanor offenses related to knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, knowingly disrupting the orderly conduct of Government business in a restricted building or grounds, and knowingly engaging in disruptive or disorder conduct inside a Capitol Building or on Capitol Grounds.

    ………… GossJankowski was captured on surveillance cameras, officer body-worn cameras, and other rioter’s cell phone videos interfering with officers by pushing them, spitting at them, and pulling at their protective shields. GossJankowski also joining other rioters by passing the officer’s protective shields away from the officers, joining a concerted effort to push against the officers’ line, and beckoning for more rioters to enter into the tunnel against the officers.

    Later, when two law enforcement officers were pulled into the crowd, GossJankowski pushed his way through the crowd just outside the tunnel and grabbed an officer with the United States Capitol Police by his helmet. GossJankowski pulled the officer close and reached toward the officer with an unrecovered device GossJankowski would later call a taser. ………….
    In the 26 months since January 6, 2021, more than 999 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states, and the District of Columbia, for crimes related to the breach of the United State Capitol, including more than 320 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains open.
    …………….

    GossJankowski faces 33 years in prison, but given the lenient sentences most defendants have received, he probably won’t receive more than five years.

    Statement of Facts.

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  146. “a military-industrial complex overtaken by leftist ideologues” Tell me the opinion piece is nonsense without telling me the opinion piece is nonsense.

    Nic (896fdf)

  147. Trump Picks an Enemy: Us
    ……………..
    Here is Donald Trump channeling Kremlin propaganda, siding with Russia, even as he declares that our real enemy is . . . other Americans.

    ………(T)his man is the presumptive nominee of the Republican party, and therefore possibly the next president of the United States. …….
    …………

    TRUMP: The State Department, the defense bureaucracy, the intelligence services, and all of the rest need to be completely overhauled and reconstituted to fire the Deep Staters and put America first.

    We have to put America first.

    ………..
    Mass firings, the loss of centuries of experience. A purge of independent, adult voices, and anyone else who might tell the new president “no.”

    More important though, after the purge of the “Deep Staters,” he would “reconstitute” the country’s destroyed defenses, presumably by stacking the agencies with his own loyalists.
    …………….

    TRUMP: Finally, we have to finish the process we began under my administration of fundamentally reevaluating NATO’s purpose and NATO’s mission.

    Don’t assume he’s bluffing.

    His former national security director, John Bolton, has said that Trump would have pulled the United States out of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization if he been re-elected in 2020.
    …………….
    For Putin, this would be a gift beyond the dreams of even his avarice. In other words: Make Russia Great Again.

    TRUMP: Our foreign policy establishment keeps trying to pull the world into conflict with a nuclear armed Russia, based on the lie that Russia represents our greatest threat.

    Once again, he blames America, not Russia.
    …………
    It is we who are the warmongers, trying to foment WWIII. It is the United States — not Putin — who is risking nuclear war.
    …………

    TRUMP: But the greatest threat to Western civilization today is not Russia… it is probably, more than anything else, ourselves and some of the horrible, USA-hating people that represent us.

    Here we get the nub of Trump’s message. We should not fear Putin or Russia… but, rather, ourselves. Or, rather, we should fear other Americans.

    Our real enemy is one another.

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is the essence of Trumpism. The Divider in Chief.
    ………….

    Trump video at link.

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  148. “The Democrats’ obsession with getting Moby Trump is instead going to end up turning him into the Nelson Mandela for normal Americans who love this country and its constitution. I’ve been ready to vote for DeSantis, but if they persist in trying to humiliate Trump with a cuffed perp walk and especially an incarceration, I for one am going to feel it’s my sacred duty as a still free American citizen to vote for this guy. There is no doubt in my mind that he could run this country better from federal prison than Joe can from the basement of his Rehoboth Beach home.”

    Colonel Haiku (a147e8)

  149. “The fact is, Trump is absolutely correct about the enemy being within. And it is much bigger than the permanent political class, military adventurism, and an increasingly overreaching bureaucratic state. The great irony here is that, while Sykes and the Never Trump brigade try to tether Trump to Russia, it is the very Cultural Marxism the Soviet Union exported that is responsible for the internal problems we face in the US and much of the contemporary west, and to which pundits like Sykes surrender when they aren’t embracing it like it’s a John McCain blowup doll with tassels on its t*ts.

    The US is suffering from the mainstreaming of Cultural Marxism, which has made the long march through our institutions and is now policed by a progressive power structure living happily alongside the desires of the Uniparty. Such a political ideology is a form of authoritarian collectivism brought about by a carefully manufactured — then viciously enforced — “cultural revolution.” As Mao did in China, our domestic left ideologues and the elite globalists of the Uniparty hope to do something similar here, though largely without the epaulets and outward violence. This is, after all, the west, and western sensibilities must be taken into account as part of any plan to re-make American society. Still, from our media to our woke corporations to our schools and academies, Cultural Marxism has taken root in those places where a particular narrative can be set, reinforced, taught, and defended. Once the ideology is in place, the specifics of the narrative can then be crafted. Tweaked for an American audience, the left’s narrative in the west is a combination of the beatification of “tolerance” and an iteration of removing the Four Olds, the latter of which is how Mao crafted his revolution. Individual liberty; a strong nuclear family; a propositional, color blind citizenry; and science as ordinarily understood, are all under attack from the Cultural Marxists, who seek to redefine reality to fit the parameters of their ideological push to remake Man. Gender is fluid, a mere construct; race is dispositive of victimhood and oppression, an essential trait from which the content of your character cannot escape.”

    Colonel Haiku (a147e8)

  150. Who Else Would Trump and DeSantis Abandon?
    …………
    Their reticence to commit arms to stop an invasion on NATO’s borders invites even more unsettling questions. What about Australia? How about Japan? How about NATO’s eastern countries? Would they be willing to sign the orders for American soldiers to deploy and defend any U.S. allies?

    They are fair questions. What Trump and DeSantis preach lately is not America First. It is America Only. ………..Would they simply tear apart the nation’s sacred oaths to fight for its treaty allies and support its security partners? …………
    …………..
    ………….(T)he relentlessness of America’s authoritarian-cheering right-wing media, the apparent hedging by centrist Republicans, and the sheer tenacity of Trump and the extremist candidates competing to out-Trump him—like DeSantis—have proven their moment is here to stay.
    ……………
    Even if you live in a country that is a treaty ally of the United States, get worried. It’s not unreasonable to believe that nobody is coming to help you either, if Trump and DeSantis voters get their way.
    ……………
    One still has hopes for Canada, France, Germany, and the UK. DeSantis and Trump might still be moved to defend those much larger countries that are more loved economically, culturally, and, let’s face it, ethnically and racially by the Anglo-favoring Christian right. But realistically, I don’t believe even London is safe with these two. Taiwanese should start packing.
    ……………

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  151. I for one am going to feel it’s my sacred duty as a still free American citizen to vote for this guy.

    Feel free to do so under any circumstances. It’s your decision.

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  152. corruptly obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding before Congress

    I get the rest of it, but what was “corrupt” here? Did he take money from Trump?

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  153. “Corruptly” means acting with improper purpose.

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  154. Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/18/2023 @ 12:21 pm

    From the FindLaw Legal Dictionary:

    Corrupt: having an unlawful or evil motive
    ;esp
    : characterized by improper and usually unlawful conduct intended to secure a benefit for oneself or another

    The benefit presumably in this case would be preventing the Electoral College vote count and overturning of the election results.

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  155. “The US is suffering from the mainstreaming of Cultural Marxism, which has made the long march through our institutions and is now policed by a progressive power structure living happily alongside the desires of the Uniparty.”

    Well, we know where FWO landed.

    Jeff Goldstein: “I find them [Bulwark writers] to be lazy, opportunistic, profiteering Never Trumpers who have strayed so far from conservatism that they now profess to save it by actively supporting progressive Democrats”

    This is rich. Profiteering!? Seriously? Does he really believe there’s more profit in criticizing Trump than there is in criticizing Liz Cheney et al? Opportunistic sounds more like all of excuses and rationalization for the new GOP and, as Kevin points out vividly above, it’s complete lack of coherent, positive, agenda. 40% of the GOP is content with “retribution”, serial election denialism, abandonment of NATO, and trying to stack the government with loyalists. And 30% just want an authoritarian with less baggage. Again the acid test is, can you win a general election with this? I’m skeptical and, as they say, losing is the best antidote for curing dysfunction.

    More Goldstein: “…a military-industrial complex overtaken by leftist ideologues”

    Like Belushi in Animal House, he’s rolling.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  156. The benefit presumably in this case would be preventing the Electoral College vote count and overturning of the election results.

    Considering that NOT getting that is inadequate harm for “standing”, calling it a corrupt benefit is rather a stretch.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  157. This is rich. Profiteering!? Seriously? Does he really believe there’s more profit in criticizing Trump than there is in criticizing Liz Cheney et al?

    “Rich,” indeed. Seriously:

    For Five Years, Trump Outrage Has Fueled Media Profits. So Now What?

    https://www.wgbh.org/news/commentary/2021/01/27/for-five-years-trump-outrage-has-fueled-media-profits-so-now-what

    Cable news profits from its obsession with Trump.

    https://www.cjr.org/politics/cable-news-trump-obsession.php

    Donald Trump Is Helping the Very Media Organizations He Despises

    ‘Pay TV is in structural decline, as younger viewers cut the cord or never subscribe in the first place. But the three major cable-news networks have each set viewership records in the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. Fox News had the best quarter in cable news history. MSNBC grew more than 50 percent in both daytime and primetime. CNN also saw double-digit growth over its sensational 2016 ratings. Feeding off the fumes of Trump’s whirling-dervish presidency, the networks seem to be growing at the expense of practically everything else on television.’

    https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/05/donald-trump-media-enemies/525381/

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

    DCSCA (043091)

  158. If it means “committing a crime while having unlawful purpose” it’s rather redundant.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  159. “I find them [Bulwark writers] to be lazy, opportunistic, profiteering Never Trumpers who have strayed so far from conservatism that they now profess to save it by actively supporting progressive Democrats”

    Or whoever else will give them money to talk.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  160. That was quite an arrest:

    Guo Wengui, a Chinese businessman with ties to former Trump White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon, was arrested Wednesday as federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment alleging that he defrauded his online followers out of more than $1 billion.

    Prosecutors allege that Guo — formally charged as Ho Wan Kwok and known as “Miles Guo” — spent some of the money on a lavish lifestyle that included a mansion, sports cars and a luxury yacht.

    As I understand it, the feds were able to seize many of his assets, so it is possible that his victims may recover some of their losses.

    Just to make the story even more interesting, the New York Post is passing on speculation about a little fire in his Manhattan apartment.

    Authorities are investigating whether a mysterious blaze inside the palatial Manhattan apartment of Chinese billionaire and accused fraudster Guo Wengui was sparked remotely, sources told The Post Thursday.

    Guo, a controversial figure whose real name is Ho Wan Kwok, also had the 18th-floor luxury apartment overlooking Central Park wired for sound to record his visitors, the sources said.

    (I imagine the CIA has had some interesting conversations with him since he fled China — to escape prosecution for corruption.)

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  161. Kevin: “It’s sufficient to show that Joe Biden was using HIS influence to protect his son’s illegal activities.”

    Still, doesn’t it seem step #1 ought to be actually proving illegal activities by Hunter. Just alleging that someone should not be paid a substantial salary, does not make for a criminal offense. The gun charge is probably the one that has the most promise, though I doubt there is any connection back to Joe. I have relatives that I chat with on the phone. They watch a lot of FNC and keep wondering why Hunter isn’t arrested and why the dirt on the “Big Guy” isn’t coming out. Indeed. Everyone cannot be on the take and being muscled by Joe Biden. If all of this is a slam dunk, why are only ideologically motivated pundits convinced? Where is the grand jury indictment? Where’s the beef?

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  162. Yahoo news: Desatan dropping in polls! Trump’s attack on empty suit pander politician is having an effect. Populist republicans like soc. security and medicare. Most americans take the side of ukraine not putin. As Lincolln said you can only fool some of the people all of the time! Trying to be trump with out the charm doesn’t seem to work for the bully.

    asset (4154c4)

  163. “For Five Years, Trump Outrage Has Fueled Media Profits. So Now What?”

    Of course the discussion was with regards to the Bulwark and was it more popular on the Right to be pro-Trump or anti-Trump media.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  164. Ah, yes, the logorrheic Mr. Goldstein, who searched for a heuristic and found a hubristic. I’ve had my differences with him but these days I cannot be bothered.

    nk (c0cb29)

  165. Last week, the Washington Post suprised me, pleasantly, with this editorial;

    The so-called reading wars have been raging for decades now, sometimes pitting teachers against publishers or publishers against academicians — and also sometimes, as too many things do these days, pitting progressives against conservatives or Democrats against Republicans. That’s unfortunate, because — as perhaps too few things do these days — the debate over how best to teach children to read lends itself to a conclusive answer. That’s phonics.

    (And they cite comprehensive studies in support of that firm conclusion.)

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  166. R.I.P., Hugh Harris, 90

    ‘His communications from Shuttle Launch Control for the first 25 shuttle flights led to his being dubbed “The Voice of NASA.” Harris, however, pushed back against this designation and assembled a small team which rotated launch assignments. Nonetheless, Harris provided commentary for 90 shuttle launches and played a critical role during the Challenger accident. Harris retired in 1998 but remained active over the years as a public speaker and NASA volunteer. Harris passed away in February 2023 at age 90.’ – NASA.gov

    The footprints from Gemini/Apollo era Jack King’s shoes were big to fill. But Harris managed it just fine. Well done, Hugh; your words will echo into the centuries ahead… over and out.

    Ad Astra.

    DCSCA (df12b3)

  167. Russia Signals It Will Take More Ukrainian Children, a Crime in Progress
    ………….
    …………. Russian authorities, far from disguising the deportations, have put the children on display in Red Square photo-ops and at lavish concerts celebrating the war. They have also signaled that more deportations are on the way.

    Across southern Ukraine, local Russian proxy leaders are issuing new “evacuation orders” before an expected Ukrainian military offensive this spring. Such orders have often been a prelude to stepped-up deportations. And about a month ago, Russian forces closed all roads leading from occupied areas into the rest of Ukraine, making it much harder for people to escape. Now, the only open roads head deeper into occupied territory or into Russia.
    ………….
    ………… Its leaders have made clear that they intend to continue deporting children to Russia in what they have billed as an act of humanitarian compassion.

    Mr. Putin, in a televised meeting with Ms. Lvova-Belova last month, noted the work approvingly. “The number of applications from our citizens regarding the adoption of children from the Donetsk and Luhansk republics, from the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions is also growing,” he said.
    …………
    The United Nations estimates that 2.9 million Ukrainians have moved to Russia since Moscow launched its full-scale invasion, but it is impossible to quantify how many might have gone willingly and how many were forced. That number includes about 700,000 children, according to both Russians and Ukrainians, and most are believed to be with their families.

    The exact number of children separated from their parents or orphaned is not known. Russia has acknowledged transferring 2,000 children without guardians; Ukrainian officials say they have confirmed 16,000 cases, although some of them might be with a relative.
    …………….
    Forcibly transferring children from one national group to another with the intention to destroy the group can also amount to genocide………
    …………
    The Kremlin has repeatedly used Ukrainian children as part of its campaign to bolster support for the war. When children from a group home fled the Russian bombing of Mariupol early in the war, for example, they were stopped at a Russian checkpoint. Pro-Russian news media crews rushed to the scene, witnesses said, and cameras followed the children as they were whisked deeper into Russia-held territory.

    It was portrayed as a rescue operation.
    …………….

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  168. Look around using a search engine and you can find interviews with transit drivers that have gotten high off of the drugs burning inside and had to take an emergency substitute and go home because they were operating while impaired. I can’t find it now, but there is video of people smoking meth in a bus behind the driver

    steveg (4019b8)

  169. Wisconsin man charged in Whitmer kidnap plot case changes plea to guilty
    …………..
    “I wish to plead guilty,” Brian Higgins, 54, told the judge, according to the Associated Press.

    His guilty plea puts pressure on the other defendants to seek deals ahead of their high-profile state terrorism trial scheduled for August that was part of a broader case, which had mixed results in federal court but was an unqualified victory for the prosecution in another state terrorism case in Jackson.
    …………
    (Higgins) said he attempted to provide material support for terrorism in the 2020 kidnap conspiracy.

    The crime is punishable by up to five years imprisonment.

    He said he drove past Whitmer’s property during a night ride that summer while others waited across a lake for his signal, the AP reported. He admitted he had a camera rigged to his pickup. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the target of the plot, was not at her northern Michigan home.
    …………
    Higgins’ plea is significant a turn of events. In 2020, he sought to challenge extradition to Michigan from Wisconsin, unsuccessfully arguing that it was improper because it was signed by Whitmer, the target of the alleged plot. By this reasoning, Higgin’s lawyer said, Whitmer had a conflict of interest.
    …………

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  170. An interesting question if Trump is indicted while at MAL. Does DeSantis sign off on his extradition to New York, or does he refuse to do so and give Trump sanctuary?

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  171. Plus I’ve never met a heavy meth user that didn’t have horrible bad breath. I wonder if the driver found relief in the smell of cooking meth vs the breath. I was eating outside once with two friends and a methed up panhandler with two teeth put his hand on a 7-8 year old girl sitting having lunch with her mom. My buddy stood up and told the guy not to bother kids please and the guy lost it. He started the meth argument with all the demons of the universe, raging around then he stuck his hand into his mouth and ran at me. I thought he was digging for a tooth to throw at me, but maybe he was trying to hold them in. I’ll never know because some sudden and different hallucination grabbed him and he took off to kick over the trash cans at the gas station.

    steveg (4019b8)

  172. 1. There is no sanctuary in the criminal extradition acts of any State. Arizona allowed one a long time ago in the circumstance described below but they have since repealed it.

    2. Unless Trump did not “flee from Justice” but instead was brought to Arizona by extradition from another State, sanctuary would be unconstitutional under Article IV, Section 2, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution. That was the loophole in the defunct Arizona law.

    nk (c0cb29)

  173. One Arizona too many and not enough Floridas in my previous comment.

    nk (c0cb29)

  174. Cringy:

    ………..
    Republican Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, who also serves as speaker of the state Senate, has left supportive — and arguably flirtatious — comments and emojis under risque social media photos posted by Franklin McClure, a 20-year-old performer from Knoxville, who goes by Franklyn Superstar on social media.
    …………..
    McNally posted more than 80 comments on McClure’s Instagram account that date back as early as June 2020 and as recently as Feb. 26, with his initial comments more like pep talks in response to McClure’s posts about his life and mental health.
    ………….
    Adam Kleinheider, McNally’s communications director, said “trying to imply something sinister or inappropriate about a great-grandfather’s use of social media says more about the mind of the left-wing operative making the implication than it does about Randy McNally.”
    ……………

    McNally’s posts are at the link.

    Related:

    Randy McNally to pause social media activity

    GOP lawmaker calls on McNally to resign, wants TBI to investigate possible sex crimes

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  175. @105
    @108
    @109
    @116

    the WhaddaboutTrump count stands at four so far, but the day is young

    JF (9a6ee8) — 3/18/2023 @ 7:57 am

    One could infer you think whaddabouting is bad. Is whaddabouting bad, JF?

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  176. If it means “committing a crime while having unlawful purpose” it’s rather redundant.

    Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/18/2023 @ 1:21 pm

    Not redundant. It’s question begging.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  177. Mr g wrote:

    Plus I’ve never met a heavy meth user that didn’t have horrible bad breath.

    Not getting close enough to meth heads to smell their breath is a good thing.

    The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (364b6e)

  178. Mann Act. You can take a woman or girl across state lines for a lawful purpose but not for an unlawful purpose. Matt Gaetz could explain it better.

    nk (c0cb29)

  179. “If all of this is a slam dunk, why are only ideologically motivated pundits convinced? Where is the grand jury indictment? Where’s the beef?”

    Just give it time, Clara. Those “walls closing in” takes time… 😊

    Colonel Haiku (0ddd28)

  180. Q: Mr. Gaetz, what can you tell us about the Mann Act?
    Gaetz: Whatever you do, don’t pay her!
    Q: You mean stiff her?
    Gaetz: You can stiff her. Just don’t pay her!

    nk (c0cb29)

  181. If you think your bank is unhealthy, move your money to SVB or to Signature. The $250K limit doesn’t apply there because lots of Biden donating Venture Capital firms have pushed their clients to deposit VC money there and then told Biden he needed to make sure they didn’t lose money so they could turn around and donate to Democrat PAC, and candidates in the all important 2024 cycle. But lets not be so gauche as to indulge in any sort of critique lest it be called whataboutismses (smeagol double plural for emphasis)

    steveg (e44a75)

  182. Homelessness Inc.

    Portland announced last week that Urban Alchemy, a California-based nonprofit, will manage the city’s first mass tent encampment, slated to open by the summer in the Central Eastside.

    But during a tense information session Friday afternoon, neighbors challenged officials from the city and nonprofit, questioning if Urban Alchemy was up to the task of running the site and raising concerns that the mass encampment wouldn’t truly address Portland’s homelessness crisis.

    The 100-tent site will be the first of what Wheeler eventually hopes will grow into six large encampments aimed at combating unsheltered homelessness. It will be located at 1490 SE Gideon Street, a location just north of Powell Boulevard and south of railroad tracks near Southeast 13th Place.

    Urban Alchemy has said it will cost $5.1 million annually to run the site, not including the price of construction, utilities or daily meals for clients. That is a monthly price tag of more than $4,000 per tent.

    Given the monthly cost of each tent, many forum participants also questioned why the city wouldn’t spend that money to place unsheltered individuals in apartments.

    “That’s more than I’ve paid for a one-bedroom apartment in Portland,” commented participant Maria Oto.

    JF (997ffe)

  183. Behind the scenes of Trump (Atlanta) grand jury; jurors hear 3rd leaked Trump call
    ………….
    In an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, five of the 23 special grand jurors recounted what it was like to be a pivotal — but anonymous — part of one of the most momentous criminal investigations in U.S. history; one which could lead to indictments of former President Donald Trump and his allies.
    ………..
    The jurors who spoke to the AJC declined to talk about portions of the document which remain under seal, including who they recommended Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis indict. They also remained mum on their internal deliberations. In a previous interview with the AJC, jury foreperson Emily Kohrs said “it’s not a short list” when asked how many people the special grand jury suggested be indicted. (Kohrs was not among the jurors the AJC interviewed for this article.)
    ………..
    They also divulged details from the investigation that had yet to become public.

    One was that they had heard a recording of a phone call Trump placed to late Georgia House Speaker David Ralston in which the president asked the fellow Republican to convene a special session of the Legislature to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow victory in Georgia.

    One juror said Ralston proved to be “an amazing politician.”

    The speaker “basically cut the president off. He said, ‘I will do everything in my power that I think is appropriate.’ … He just basically took the wind out of the sails,” the juror said. “‘Well, thank you,’ you know, is all the president could say.”

    Ralston, who died in November, and other legislative leaders did not call a special session. ………..
    ………..
    Ralston had previously told a North Georgia media outlet that he was contacted by Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in December 2020, but the existence of a tape had not been previously known.
    ………….
    Among the most compelling witnesses, various jurors said, were Fulton County poll workers Ruby Freeman and her daughter Shaye Moss, who had received death threats after being singled out by Trump and his then-attorney Giuliani. Another mentioned Eric Coomer, the onetime executive for Dominion Voting Systems, who left his job after being vilified. Also mentioned was Tricia Raffensperger, the wife of Georgia’s secretary of state, who broke down when describing the vitriol and threats leveled at her, one juror said.
    ……………
    On some occasions, when a witness invoked the Fifth, a prosecutor would play video of speeches, TV interviews or testimony the witness had given elsewhere.
    …………
    ………….(Fulton County Judge Robert) McBurney told them they were allowed to publicly discuss witnesses, what prosecutors said and what was in the final report but not the substance of their deliberations.
    …………..
    “A lot’s gonna come out sooner or later,” one of the jurors said. “And it’s gonna be massive. It’s gonna be massive.”
    ###########

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  184. Dana: Not certain why my post 187 is in moderation. Please release if possible.

    Thx.

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  185. RIP Bert I. Gordon (100), aka Mr. B. I. G.

    Bert I. Gordon, the professed king of the monster movies whose B pictures featured giant rats, giant spiders, giant grasshoppers, giant chickens, a colossal man and 30-foot teenagers laying waste to everything in sight, died on (March 8, 2023) in Los Angeles. He was 100.
    …………
    ……… Mr. Gordon produced, directed and often wrote about 25 films over six decades starting in 1955, most of them monster movies. Among his best known were “The Cyclops” (1957), [“The Amazing Colossal Man” (1957)], “Village of the Giants” (1965), “Necromancy” (1972), “The Food of the Gods” (1976) and “Empire of the Ants” (1977).
    ………….

    The cast of Village of the Giants included Tommy Kirk (starred in Old Yeller and other Disney films), Ronny Howard, and Beau Bridges.

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  186. 1. There is no sanctuary in the criminal extradition acts of any State. Arizona allowed one a long time ago in the circumstance described below but they have since repealed it.

    What about Dennis Banks, who received sanctuary in California for crimes in South Dakota?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Banks#Aquash_murder_and_trial

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  187. Mann Act. You can take a woman or girl across state lines for a lawful purpose but not for an unlawful purpose

    But if lawful, it’s not a crime..

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  188. Hey Rip,

    You forgot to name the juror. She was all over the media promoting her delusions and that she was a witch. Wonder how yoy and the site you cherry picked from missed that?

    You lovw recycling though.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  189. Hey NJ (#192)

    You forgot to notice that the arc article explicitly did not talk to the juror who was into witchcraft. Talk about cherry-picking.

    Appalled (12dadd)

  190. Hey Appalled,

    they directly quoted her. The quote’s been all over the news. It’s a fact.

    Thanks for running interference though. Have a nice day.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  191. wretchardthecat
    @wretchardthecat

    “The strategy of going back to the old days by destroying DJT is doomed to failure because **even if it succeeds** the factors which stoked the 2016 rebellion still obtain and even more so. Restoring the economy, cooling the ideology and limiting corruption are all that can work.”

    Colonel Haiku (0ddd28)

  192. What about Dennis Banks, who received sanctuary in California for crimes in South Dakota?

    I can’t explain it, Kevin. Honestly, I am shocked, shocked, that Jerry Brown thought he could get away with something like that in California in 1973.

    (Well, okay, not honestly.)

    nk (c0cb29)

  193. Anyway, the only one who is saying that Trump will be arrested on Tuesday is Trump and you know what that’s worth.

    nk (c0cb29)

  194. “A Trump indictment would be a handy distraction to divert attention from all the banks that are going to fail this week.

    Colonel Haiku (0ddd28)

  195. At some point – perhaps after we witness a sitting president imprison his political enemy – we’ll see Biden indicted for illegal influence peddling, international money laundering and tax fraud.

    Colonel Haiku (0ddd28)

  196. Well, gee whiz… the Pantsuited Pantload paid a fine and never got arrested? She must’ve had a top shelf scheister !

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee have agreed to pay $113,000 to settle a Federal Election Commission investigation into whether they violated campaign finance law by misreporting spending on research that eventually became the infamous Steele dossier.

    That’s according to documents sent Tuesday to the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, which had filed an administrative complaint in 2018 accusing the Democrats of misreporting payments made to a law firm during the 2016 campaign to obscure the spending.

    https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-2022-midterm-elections-business-elections-presidential-elections-5468774d18e8c46f81b55e9260b13e93

    Colonel Haiku (0ddd28)

  197. nk (c0cb29) — 3/19/2023 @ 6:44 am

    I know, right? I was thinking, “now you believe him?” Trump’s critics took the bait, hook, line, and sinker.

    I don’t know how it works. Maybe like this?

    1 Make provocative troll statement
    2 let critics react with glee on social media
    3 point to critics statements
    4 profit politically.

    Maybe there’s supposed to be underpants in there, somewhere. Like I stated previously, I do not profess knowledge in this area.

    felipe (77b190)

  198. Let me see if I got this straight.

    1. Government shuts down economy due to the “pandemic” bankrupting businesses and putting millions out of work.

    2. Government doles out trillions in funny money to mitigate the effects of item 1 above.

    3. Federal reserve in reaction to and in support of 1 and 2 above, reduces banks reserve requirement to historically low levels, even briefly into negative numbers (which I didn’t think was mathematically possible).

    4. Banks respond by making lots and lots of loans backed by almost no reserves. (I should note that banks run by actual bankers resisted this trend and kept their reserves at more prudent levels)

    5. Along came the entirely predictable inflation caused by items 1 and 2.

    6. Federal Reserve responds by increasing reserve requirements back to pre-pandemic levels and a little bit more.

    7. Banks that fell for item 3 by making lots and lots of loans suddenly find themselves catastrophically short of reserves and go bankrupt.

    8. Government predictably responds to item 7 by bailing them out with even more trillions in funny money, thus hamstringing the Feds ability to control inflation.

    9. Hilarity ensues.

    —- Jersey Fled“

    Colonel Haiku (0ddd28)

  199. One could infer you think whaddabouting is bad. Is whaddabouting bad, JF?

    JF may call it a “WhaddaboutTrump”. I call it a hypocrisy check.
    If it’s wrong that a private citizen related to a VP gets renumeration from a ChiCom concern after the VP is out of office (and is a private citizen), then it’s also wrong that the daughter of a Prez who was actively involved in his campaign and in the White House gets renumeration from a ChiCom concern while the Prez is in office.
    I don’t say “one standard” for the sake of sh-ts and giggles.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  200. Now, don’t laugh, but if the Fed cannot use monetary policy to stop inflation, that leaves fiscal policy. So, our economy will shortly rest on the ability and desire of Congress and the Executive to rein in spending.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  201. Regarding DA Bragg, if Sullum is right (and I think he is), the felony case against Trump is beyond shaky.

    Under New York’s law, falsification of business records becomes a Class E felony, punishable by up to four years in prison, when the defendant’s “intent to defraud includes an intent to commit another crime or to aid or conceal the commission thereof.” But what is the other crime?

    If the FEC believed they didn’t have a case that Trump committed a campaign finance crime, then Bragg is stuck with just a pedestrian misdemeanor for falsifying business records, and mostly likely no time behind bars for our ex-president always-louche.

    If Bragg decides not to indict, and he shouldn’t, Trump will certainly declare victory and proclaim he’s “exonerated!”. But the Trump taint of paying an adult-film actress hush money for an affair while married to his pregnant third wife will always be there and will always be sleazier than Bill Clinton, who conservatives used to rail for his sleazy immoral ways.

    Trumpist favorite David French also weighed in. You know that IANAL because I had never before heard of the Rule of Lenity, but fair point.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  202. JF may call it a “WhaddaboutTrump”. I call it a hypocrisy check.

    I also call it a hypocrisy check

    as in, accuse Trumpers of whaddabouts, then do it yourself when you feel like it

    but don’t worry Montagu, commenters like lurker will pretend to be too dumb to notice

    JF (66f947)

  203. I was watching the movie “Alexander” with Colin Farrell in the lead role a few days ago and remembered back when it was first released that all people seemed to be talking about was how he was a bisexual. How he liked men as well as women.

    And yet here was a man who could take a group of fresh-faced boys and whip them into an army, the greatest the world had ever known. And it was not easy getting these boys to follow him. As everyone knows it’s very hard to get Greek men to run off and leave their brother’s behind.

    Colonel Haiku (0ddd28)

  204. Mr g wrote:

    If you think your bank is unhealthy, move your money to SVB or to Signature. The $250K limit doesn’t apply there because lots of Biden donating Venture Capital firms have pushed their clients to deposit VC money there and then told Biden he needed to make sure they didn’t lose money so they could turn around and donate to Democrat PAC, and candidates in the all important 2024 cycle. But lets not be so gauche as to indulge in any sort of critique lest it be called whataboutismses (smeagol double plural for emphasis)

    First of all, as a frequent user of the plural eggses, which we produce ourselfs, I approve of the Smeagol double plural. As for worrying whether your bank is “unhealthy,” no one worried about SVB until it failed, and CNBC’s Jim Kramer even suggested investing in it just a couple of months ago. But to be safer, don’t keep more than $250,000 in any one federally insured account, regardless of how safe you believe your bank to be.

    The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (364b6e)

  205. as in, accuse Trumpers of whaddabouts, then do it yourself when you feel like it

    No one’s stopping you from your own hypocrisy checks, JF.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  206. The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (364b6e) — 3/19/2023 @ 9:27 am

    As for worrying whether your bank is “unhealthy,” no one worried about SVB until it failed,

    Or any bank.

    The Federal Reserve Board was so oblivious to the maturity risk caused by their raising of interest rates that Fed Chairman Jerome Powell testified to Congress on the Tuesday and the Wednesday before SVB failed without indicating any worries, and he had to cancel a trip to a banker’s meeting in Europe and another official cut short his vacation.

    Sammy Finkelman (d7aac6)

  207. Mr Montagu wrote:

    If Bragg decides not to indict, and he shouldn’t, Trump will certainly declare victory and proclaim he’s “exonerated!”. But the Trump taint of paying an adult-film actress hush money for an affair while married to his pregnant third wife will always be there and will always be sleazier than Bill Clinton, who conservatives used to rail for his sleazy immoral ways.

    I have never met Donald Trump, so his personality means nothing to me. I never met Joe Biden, either, even though he was “my” senator for the two years that I lived in Delaware. He could have been absolutely saintly, for all I know.

    But I have lived under each of them as President, and it’s the President’s policies, not his personality, which matter most. President Trump might have been the worst person in the world personally, but he significantly reduced illegal immigration with his policies. Perhaps President Biden is a saint-awaiting-beatification — no, not really, not with his support of an unlimited prenatal infanticide license — but his policies have reopened the floodgates to illegal immigration.

    So, on that issue, who was the better President?

    Under President Trump, inflation was under 2% per year, while under Mr Biden, the year-over-year inflation rate in February was 6.0%, and that’s on top of the February 2022 inflation rate of 7.9%. The compounded two-year inflation rate was 14.37%. Wage growth for February was 4.6%, so workers fell behind by 1.4% in February. Average wage gains for the two years, February 2021 – February 2023, were 10.07%. The average worker was 4.30% poorer, in real terms, in February, than he was two years ago.

    Average hourly earnings, over the two years February 2019 – 2021, were 6.06%, while the two-year February inflation rate was 4.04%; over the same two months under President Trump, the average worker was 2.02% wealthier in February of 2021.

    So, in terms of the results produced for the American people, who was the better President, the utter scumbag Donald Trump, or the oh-so-nice Mr Biden? Should the workers who were better off under President Trump really care that he was sleazier than Bill Clinton? Should we really care that Mr Biden is (supposedly) purer than the wind-driven snow, while Mr Trump looks like three-day-old road driven brown slush?

    The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (364b6e)

  208. The New York Times published as fact a story about someone (Ben Barnes) claiming the October Surprise story about Republicans in 1980 wanting to keep the hostages in Iran, this time making the chief protagonist John Connally, and this was also featured on Meet the Press.

    This is happening now because Jimmy Carter is on his deathbed, and he’s not there to stop them – not because he cares about the truth, but because of aa fear this could blown up in their faces,

    Iran released the hostages before Ronald Reagan became president because they thought he would be worse for them.

    Sammy Finkelman (d7aac6)

  209. There may be some contingency planning for the arrest of Donald Trump by the Manhattan DA with the earliest possible day being Tuesday, but there is probably no firm decision (but they would consult with the Secret Service)

    The ccharge being bruited about is fallacious. From Trump’s point i=of view that was not a proper campaign expense, and if he had treated it that way, he could have been indicted for that.

    Sammy Finkelman (d7aac6)

  210. I care that Trump is an utter scumbag who is far sleazier than Bill Clinton and looks like three-day-old road driven brown slush. It is a pity that you don’t care, adjective Dana.

    DRJ (b39202)

  211. Hey Rip,

    You forgot to name the juror. She was all over the media promoting her delusions and that she was a witch. Wonder how yoy and the site you cherry picked from missed that?

    You lovw recycling though.

    NJRob (eb56c3) — 3/19/2023 @ 4:03 am

    I didn’t forget anything. I excerpted new information from the AJC article, which interviewed a subset of the 23 jurors. As you said, Emily Kohrs’ quotes were all over the news, so there was no need to repeat (and the are not repeated in the article.) I assumed posters here knew about her statements. And she is named in my excerpt.

    Another NJRob fail.

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  212. By the way, Dana. Policies matter but Trump doesn’t care about policies, which is why he has never Hasan platform in any election. Trump and his underlings cared about policies and promises to get elected again. They won’t care about policies and promises if Trump is elected in 2024.

    DRJ (b39202)

  213. Trump did not have an affair with “Stormy Daniels” and his wife had already given birth. He had a one night stand arranged by some people for their own reasons, in which she approached him, but Stormy Daniels refused to do it again unless he made her a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice. He had an 10-month affair with the other woman, Karen McDougal, which lasted until Donald Trump wanted to introduce her to his wife, and she broke it off.

    The National Enquirer bought the rights to Karen McDougal’s story and killed it, but later was reimbursed by Michael Cohen because its lawyers worried that it could be considered an illegal corporate campaign contribution. Donald Trump
    agreed to reimburse the National Enquirer, not knowing that Michael Cohen already had (I may be mixing uppp which woman MC used his own money for) and wanted to write a check but MC said no and agreed to let Wesselberg handle it and MC was paid back by du=isguising the reimbursement as legal fees, which MC no doubt treated as expenses. There;s a possible side effect of treating this, for tax purposes, as abusiness expense.

    Sammy Finkelman (d7aac6)

  214. “We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember, my friend… future events such as these will affect you in the future.”

    —- Criswell

    Colonel Haiku (0ddd28)

  215. Trump, the first time he had intercourse with Karen McDougal, thought she was a prostitute (according to her) and I think this proves the liaisons were arranged by other people in the hopes of getting Trump close to them or something. Both incidents happened on the same trip to Lake Tahoe, Nevada, in 2006.

    Sammy Finkelman (d7aac6)

  216. DRJ wrote:

    By the way, Dana. Policies matter but Trump doesn’t care about policies, which is why he has never Hasan platform in any election. Trump and his underlings cared about policies and promises to get elected again. They won’t care about policies and promises if Trump is elected in 2024.

    Well whatever his platform was or was not, what he actually did in office — and certainly not all of it was perfect — was far better than what the dummkopf from Delaware has achieved.

    The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (364b6e)

  217. Trump Added 2+2=5:

    …………..
    Trump spokesman Steven Cheung said Saturday morning there had been no “notification” of an indictment. Instead, he said Trump’s supporters should attend a campaign rally he is holding next week in Texas.

    Susan Necheles, a lawyer for Trump, said his remark about the timing of his arrest was gleaned from media reports Friday about local and federal law enforcement officials expecting to convene early next week to discuss security and logistics related to Trump’s expected indictment.
    …………..
    Two people close to the former president who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations said they did not know exactly when or if he would be indicted. They said advisers and lawyers on his team had warned Trump in recent days that an indictment could come early next week, including the possibility of Tuesday, but did not know why he singled out that day in his post.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  218. Charlie Kirk
    @charliekirk11

    “If Alvin Bragg perp walks President Trump for a misdemeanor charge he needs a “novel” legal theory to elevate to a felony, then the House GOP should immediately file articles of impeachment against Joe Biden for his illegal business dealings with Hunter.

    Fight fire with fire.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “This is about principle, not a person. This is about our country, not one man. The silence from the rest of the GOP field is deafening.”

    —- Vivek Ramaswamy

    Colonel Haiku (0ddd28)

  219. Sammy Finkelman (d7aac6) — 3/19/2023 @ 10:29 am

    Pure speculation.

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  220. “It takes very little to govern good people. Very little. And bad people cant be governed at all. Or if they could I never heard of it.“

    I guess this helps explain why Democrats are so fond of promoting bad behaviors. Behaviors that send people down the path to destruction.

    Colonel Haiku (0ddd28)

  221. ABC’s Jon Karl Confronts Pence With Stunning Audio of Trump Defending ‘Hang Mike Pence!’ Chanters: He’s ‘Justifying’ People ‘Calling for You to Be Hanged!’
    ………..
    ………. Karl asked Pence about Trump attempting to blame him for the siege Trump’s supporters launched on the U.S. Capitol.
    ……….
    Karl followed up by rolling audio from an interview he conducted with Trump back in 2021 — during which Trump defended the Capitol rioters chanting “Hang Mike Pence” because the vice president refused Trump’s unconstitutional demand that he overturn his 2020 election defeat.

    KARL: I mean, he’s effectively justifying, or excusing, the actions of people who were calling for you to be hanged!

    PENCE: There is no excuse for the violence that took place at the Capitol on January 6th, and I’ll never diminish it as long as I live, but, look…The president’s wrong. He was wrong that day, and I actually hoped he would come around in time, ton. That he would see the cadre of legal advisers he had him with had led him astray, and he hasn’t done so. i think it’s one of the reasons why this country just wants a fresh start.

    KARL: Does justifying those murderous chants, does that effectively disqualify him from being commander-in-chief again?

    PENCE: I think that’s a judgment for the American people to make.

    KARL: What’s your judgment about it?

    PENCE: I’m confident they’ll make it. ………..
    ##########

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  222. DRJ, always glad to see your posts. Isn’t it sad that people are fixated on duking it out here, rather than honoring Patterico’s father’s memory?

    In my field, there is a concept: disruptive selection.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disruptive_selection#

    I think it is much more applicable to everyday life—and certainly partisan politics— these days than merely to academic ecology.

    It also makes me sad to reread Eric Hoffer’s “The True Believer.”

    We are in real trouble as a society.

    Simon Jester (ff9c91)

  223. I have never met Donald Trump, so his personality means nothing to me.

    It’s not about Trump’s “personality”, Dana From Somewhere, it’s about his character, same as it was for Clinton’s character that led to his impeachment, and this doesn’t mean one thing or the other about Biden.
    But if you want to know my opinion about Biden, except for doing a few favorable things wrt to Putin’s War Against Ukraine, his presidency has ranged from trainwreck to substandard, IMO.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  224. @229, all I can say about KyDana’s comment is that character doesn’t matter…until it does.

    Yes, I disagree with most Democrat/Biden priorities and policies…though I refuse to look simplistically at the economy…and look at the re-start of the economy after a massive pandemic shutdown….and foolishly conclude that all would have been better if only we had the magical Trump pulling the levers and twisting the knobs of fiscal policy. The President does not control the economy in that way. Yes, the $1.7T final Biden stimulus…on top of the previous Trump stimulus packages and broad tax cuts….was likely unwise and added to our inflation condition, but inflation was going to happen, just as it happened for every major economy in the world. Biden muffed preemptively addressing clogged supply chains, but the GOP wasn’t actively proposing anything either. The GOP was off wringing their hands over Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head, or fretting about the “jab”.

    Everything policy-wise could be accomplished by another GOP candidate who was competent. Everything…including conservative judges and smart regulations. And so much embarrassment and buffoonery could be avoided by moving on from Trump. His insistence to stick with a thoroughly discredited stolen election meme is an albatross for the GOP who should still be in charge of the Senate and confirming judges. Trump’s willingness to get others to commit election fraud…whether pressing Pence to act unconstitutionally…or suggesting officials in Georgia and Arizona “find” votes…and his willingness to rip apart NATO for whatever motivation….makes him a menace to our democratic system. Add in his irresponsible critiques of the FBI, our intelligence agencies, and the state department, and you have someone who is only able to rip apart things and someone not smart or creative enough to replace those institutions by anything better. The authoritarian Right taking trying to take over ain’t gonna sell.

    I really am starting to fear that the GOP will end up pushing plurality Trump through to the general. It’s as if they want more violence, chaos, and drama. America First indeed…

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  225. I have never met Donald Trump, so his personality means nothing to me.

    You say that because you’ve never met Trump his personality means nothing to you. But here’s the thing: character is part of one’s personality, and so we all know him. And we’ve seen his character/personality evidenced in a number of negative ways. You may not care that he is a sleazy con artist who will bilk anyone of anything if it benefits him, even to the point of breaking the law and beyond, but a number of us do. It sounds as if you’re fine with him because he gave you what you wanted. But that ignores the multitude of long-lasting impacts his personality and character have had on the nation, the Republican Party, and the rule of law. And because he doesn’t care about pesky things like policy, he was able to indulge his greed by doing whatever benefitted him most (whether financially, coalescing his base, or promoting himself) but not necessarily in the best interest of the American people, our nation, or our position in the world. Not necessarily in the short term, and certainly not in the longterm.

    Dana (1225fc)

  226. Dana, I believe that character matters, and always has. What disturbs me is how willing so many people are to believe or disbelieve it when it comes to a particular politician (or person) whom the like or dislike. There is no real center.

    It’s all cheerleading, by cheerleaders who really don’t care what their team does.

    Sorry for sounding like the curmudgeon I have become.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  227. The problem with Trump as president isn’t that he’s venial, we’ve had plenty of venial presidents before who were fine or even good. It isn’t that he’s bombastic, we’ve had a few of those who were ultimately OK or good too. The problem is that he’s motivated solely by self-interest and has no stopping point. Most people have some kind of idea of even vague guiding principles and a point beyond which they won’t go. Trump doesn’t have either with the biggest problem being no stopping point. Even if someone is only motivated by self interested, if they have a stopping point, things are only going to get so bad. Having no stopping point, however, is the most dangerous thing for someone in power, and it’s the thing we see that all of the worst and most dangerous people throughout history.

    Nic (896fdf)

  228. as in, accuse Trumpers of whaddabouts, then do it yourself when you feel like it

    but don’t worry Montagu, commenters like lurker will pretend to be too dumb to notice

    JF (66f947) — 3/19/2023 @ 9:16 am

    You still haven’t answered my question, JF: Is whaddabouting bad?

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  229. You still haven’t answered my question, JF: Is whaddabouting bad?
    lurker (cd7cd4) — 3/19/2023 @ 3:07 pm

    you already know the answer, but let’s play along

    whaddabouting is bad if a conservative does it, good when a lefty does it

    asked. answered.

    JF (cbd88a)

  230. If Trump is elected in 2024, any stated policies, however logical or well-constructed, will not matter. His term will be about retribution. Now, maybe this could be channeled into deconstructing the federal government, but I think it would be more chaotic than that. At the same time he’s breaking up the FBI, he’ll have martial law in Portland.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  231. No, JF. Not answered. Evaded. What you imagine some lefty believes doesn’t say what you believe. Do two wrongs make a right? Do your opponents’ flaws absolve you of agency for your own choices? Believe it or not, there’s this thing called a neutral principle. I’d say try it you’ll like it, but who are we kidding?

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  232. The retribution Trump will inflict will not be his. It will be Russia’s whose mole he is. To bring down America the way we brought down the Soviet Union. And his co-conspirators have already let the cat out of the bag with “national divorce”.

    nk (bb1548)

  233. I wouldn’t know if Oregoners (goners?) are there, yet. I doubt it hinges on any occupant of the WH.

    felipe (77b190)

  234. nk (bb1548) — 3/19/2023 @ 4:36 pm

    I like this word “retribution.”

    felipe (77b190)

  235. Motes and beams, comrades. Motes and beams. Why do you point to an apocryphal $1.3 million mote in the Biden family’s eye when you have a documented more than $2 billion (that’s a “b”) beam in the Trump family’s eye?

    “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” — Matthew 7:5

    nk (bb1548)

  236. Putin and Xi are alreadyt meeting tomorrow for their own Treaty of Tordesillas to divide up America.

    I wonder if they’ll warn us of “escalation” if Trump is not nominated and elected.

    nk (bb1548)

  237. Interesting idea, nk, about the treaty. I would think there will be another jealous girl-friend meme depicting Putin looking back at Pres Trump while a jealous Xi makes the angry face.

    felipe (77b190)

  238. Us Washingtonians call them Oregonians, felipe, for residents of the Schizophrenic State.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  239. nk, we still haven’t heard how much the Saudis have enriched Trump for his hosting two Wahabbi Tour events at his country clubs last year.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  240. Paul Montagu (8f0dc7) — 3/19/2023 @ 5:01 pm

    Thanks, Paul.

    felipe (77b190)

  241. Putin’s visit to Mariupol (assuming it wasn’t deep-faked or photo-shopped) was historic.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  242. Believe it or not, there’s this thing called a neutral principle. I’d say try it you’ll like it, but who are we kidding?
    lurker (cd7cd4) — 3/19/2023 @ 4:33 pm

    i don’t hold myself out as being neutral, lurker, just honest and straight up

    I’d say try it you’ll like it, but who are we kidding?

    JF (ba7930)

  243. Mr Montagu wrote:

    I have never met Donald Trump, so his personality means nothing to me.

    It’s not about Trump’s “personality”, Dana From Somewhere, it’s about his character, same as it was for Clinton’s character that led to his impeachment, and this doesn’t mean one thing or the other about Biden.

    But if you want to know my opinion about Biden, except for doing a few favorable things wrt to Putin’s War Against Ukraine, his presidency has ranged from trainwreck to substandard, IMO.

    LOL! I’d have to ask: what part of his presidency has risen to the level of just “substandard”? 🙂

    The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (364b6e)

  244. “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” — Matthew 7:5
    nk (bb1548) — 3/19/2023 @ 4:45 pm

    you clearly don’t understand the meaning

    else we’re talking about a crapload of beams cast out by the trump haters here over the years

    JF (e68188)

  245. nk @ 241,

    Right on.

    Dana (1225fc)

  246. Mr Liberty wrote:

    Everything policy-wise could be accomplished by another GOP candidate who was competent.

    In 2024, perhaps, but not in 2016; all of the rest, to one extent or another, including Ted Cruz, were still part of the Republican establishment, and would not have accomplished as much.

    In 2016, Mr Trump touched on something none of the other Republican candidates did, an appeal to what could sort of be considered populism, though perhaps not quite fitting the specific definition. Perhaps he didn’t really believe in it himself, and only saw an opportunity, but he pretty much governed the way he said he would. Of all of the Republican candidates who said that they would “do something” about illegal immigration, he was the only one who actually did something; neither President Reagan nor either President Bush did anything to try to stop it. Every Republican candidate has promised to do something to try to outlaw or restrict prenatal infanticide; President Trump, very ably assisted by Senator Mitch McConnell actually got that done, by getting three truly conservative Supreme Court Justices confirmed.

    Sure, he’s a narcissistic [insert slang term for the anus here], but he’s a narcissistic [insert slang term for the anus here] who got things done.

    The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (364b6e)

  247. Dana #251, with a hat tip to nk: it’s the kind of curse the Greek gods would deal a foolish mortal…to give them what they want, and watch while they turn themselves into something that they claim to despise.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  248. The much nicer Dana wrote:

    You say that because you’ve never met Trump his personality means nothing to you. But here’s the thing: character is part of one’s personality, and so we all know him. And we’ve seen his character/personality evidenced in a number of negative ways. You may not care that he is a sleazy con artist who will bilk anyone of anything if it benefits him, even to the point of breaking the law and beyond, but a number of us do. It sounds as if you’re fine with him because he gave you what you wanted. But that ignores the multitude of long-lasting impacts his personality and character have had on the nation, the Republican Party, and the rule of law. And because he doesn’t care about pesky things like policy, he was able to indulge his greed by doing whatever benefitted him most (whether financially, coalescing his base, or promoting himself) but not necessarily in the best interest of the American people, our nation, or our position in the world. Not necessarily in the short term, and certainly not in the longterm.

    So, when the oh-so-nice President Biden leaves office, with a flood of illegal immigrants in our country, with the utter abnormality of ‘transgenderism’ not only enshrined legally but in actual people in our armed services who can’t actually be deployed due to their medical conditions, with increased use of Affirmative Action and the racial classification of everything, with an economy in which working Americans are significantly poorer, in real terms, isn’t that going to leave the next Republican President with not just a far more difficult task to set things right, but an impossible one given the existence of the damage Mr Biden has wrought and will continue to wreak?

    Yes, Mr Biden seems to be a nice guy — sort of; his family’s treatment of Hunter Biden’s unwanted daughter is appalling — but he’s a nice guy causing real damage.

    Whether Mr Trump is re-elected in 2024 or not, whether he is convicted of a crime or not, eventually he’s going to be just as the rest of us will be, stone-cold graveyard dead. But the policies of every President, good or bad, linger throughout our legal system, our government, and our country, long after the individuals in office are gone.

    The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (364b6e)

  249. @254. It’s the Royalists vs., the Populists… this cauldron of discontent w/t establishment apparatchik entrenched in both major parties has been simmering to a boil for 45 years… If it wasn’t Trump it would be somebody else to carry the banner forward… and they’ve tasted victory. It keeps rooting deeper, growing– and is going to be with us for several cycles to come, too.

    ‘Critics said ‘he’ was unfit for office because he had limited governing experience… But supporters flipped the script, claiming that ‘his’ outsider status would provide exactly the housecleaning that the country needed.’

    Donald Trump? Nope. Andrew Jackson.

    https://www.history.com/news/andrew-jackson-populism

    DCSCA (678079)

  250. LOL! I’d have to ask: what part of his presidency has risen to the level of just “substandard”? 🙂

    Biden made the right decision to let Ukrainians have some of our surplus to shred Putin’s army.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  251. Fun fact: Oregonian is an example of a demonym:

    A demonym (/ˈdɛmənɪm/; from Ancient Greek δῆμος (dêmos) ‘people, tribe’, and ὄνυμα (ónuma) ‘name’) or gentilic (from Latin gentilis ‘of a clan, or gens’)[1] is a word that identifies a group of people (inhabitants, residents, natives) in relation to a particular place.[2] Demonyms are usually derived from the name of the place (hamlet, village, town, city, region, province, state, country, continent, planet, and beyond).[3] Demonyms are used to designate all people (the general population) of a particular place, regardless of ethnic, linguistic, religious or other cultural differences that may exist within the population of that place. Examples of demonyms include Cochabambino, for someone from the city of Cochabamba; French for a person from France; and Swahili, for a person of the Swahili coast.

    (Links omitted.)

    Wikipedia is pretty good at giving the demonyms for most of the larger places we talk about. (And, as far as I know, most smaller places don’t have them.)

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  252. What are the potential charges that Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg may indict Donald Trump?

    ……..
    Potential charge: Bookkeeping fraud

    The New York Times has reported that the case may include a potential charge of falsifying business records under Article 175 of the New York Penal Law. A conviction for a felony version of bookkeeping fraud carries a sentence of up to four years.

    To prove that Mr. Trump committed that offense, prosecutors would seemingly need evidence showing that he had knowingly caused subordinates to make a false entry in his company’s records “with intent to defraud.” For the action to be a felony rather than a misdemeanor, prosecutors would also need to show that Mr. Trump falsified the business records with the intention of committing, aiding or concealing a second crime.

    The public understanding of Mr. Bragg’s theory of the case remains murky and incomplete. The district attorney’s office has reportedly weighed invoking alleged campaign-finance violations as that intended second crime, which could raise complications. Among other things, presidential elections are governed by federal law, and it is not clear whether Mr. Bragg has found a theory by which a state campaign law covered Mr. Trump’s actions, or if a state prosecutor can cite a law over which he lacks jurisdiction. It remains possible that Mr. Bragg has obtained nonpublic evidence of some other intended offense, like if there was any initial intention to deduct the payments as a business expense on state tax returns.

    Bookkeeping fraud has a two-year statute of limitations as a misdemeanor and a five-year one as a felony, both of which would normally have expired for payments made to Mr. Cohen in 2017. But New York law extends those limits to cover periods when a defendant was continuously out of state, as when Mr. Trump was while living in the White House or at his home in Florida. In addition, during the pandemic, New York’s statute of limitations was extended by more than a year.
    ………..

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  253. But that ignores the multitude of long-lasting impacts his personality and character have had on the nation, the Republican Party, and the rule of law.

    what does it say about NeverTrump, that bringing the country to its collective knees financially, fiscally, militarily, culturally, criminally and its sovereign borders compromised is seen as an improvement over the prior administration?

    JF (e68188)

  254. The ChiComs are extending their surveillance even further, in Tibet.

    The Chinese government is so innovative in applying advanced technology for repression, sometimes it is hard to keep track. Beijing’s latest, horrible abuse of the Tibetan people is to forcibly collect their DNA, their last remaining vestige of privacy. What’s worse, U.S. companies are still working with the authorities perpetrating these atrocities. They should cut that out right now.

    There is overwhelming evidence that Chinese authorities are using mass forced DNA collection in many parts of China — but Tibet is an especially cruel case. Human rights groups report that police are taking blood samples from men, women and children , with no legitimate justification , in all seven prefectures in the Tibetan autonomous region, often showing up at kindergartens. There’s zero indication Tibetans can refuse.

    “Czar” Putin, will be jealous, when he hears about this.

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  255. Don’t think that I, for one, does not see what you did there, libertarian Dana: “Trump is good because Biden is bad.”

    I don’t buy it. Trump is not fit to be President of the United States. Period. Your dislike of the deck chair arrangement means nothing in the face of the orange iceberg at the prow.

    nk (bb1548)

  256. I look at it like this: Trump has 10 heads in his bowling bag, Biden only has two. In this arena, Biden is an underachiever

    steveg (afc6e6)

  257. jury selection should be interesting as mr, spock says. If trump or his supporters doesn’t like someone put on the jury. Again interesting. Proud boys were arrested in a tuneup for indictment day. On jan 6 they kept from using their guns or taking hostages. (nancy ran to fast) Should be interesting. Not being republican or corporate establishment democrat I don’t have a dog in this fight. Its like when hitler attacked stalin you don’t know who to boo for!

    asset (14c686)

  258. Believe it or not, there’s this thing called a neutral principle. I’d say try it you’ll like it, but who are we kidding?

    lurker (cd7cd4) — 3/19/2023 @ 4:33 pm

    i don’t hold myself out as being neutral, lurker, just honest and straight up

    I’d say try it you’ll like it, but who are we kidding?

    JF (ba7930) — 3/19/2023 @ 5:15 pm

    Way to miss the point (I won’t say intentionally, though I wonder). It’s the principle that’s neutral, not the person. And I never claimed to be neutral. I want nothing to do with either team, but I make no bones about which one (yours) I find more destructive and dangerous at the moment.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  259. Our Windy City barrister wrote:

    Don’t think that I, for one, does not see what you did there, libertarian Dana: “Trump is good because Biden is bad.”

    I don’t buy it. Trump is not fit to be President of the United States. Period. Your dislike of the deck chair arrangement means nothing in the face of the orange iceberg at the prow.

    Actually, I listed some — not all — of the things President Trump did that I believe were good, above. Most of the things President Trump did were things with which the majority of the commenters on this site would have approved, had they been done by anyone not named Donald Trump: reduced illegal immigration, kept inflation low, pushed against Affirmative Action, worked to reduce dependence on imports, cut taxes, started the process of getting us out of Afghanistan, and appointed conservative judges. On some things he failed, such as not being able to end Obysmalcare.

    Well, Joe Biden did win in 2020, and look what he has done, which is pretty much the opposite, and things with which most people commenting here would not be happy, but they were done by President Biden, so, apparently, that’s not all that bad.

    Really, the only major policy disagreement I have with most people here is on the ever-increasing aid to Ukraine, but I also care far more about policy than personality.

    The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (364b6e)

  260. The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (364b6e) — 3/19/2023 @ 7:34 pm

    I would add the restoration of religious freedoms, the reduction of so many regulations, the US officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a new US Embassy opened there, and especially, the Abraham Accords which should have won someone a Nobel Peace prize.

    felipe (77b190)

  261. 266 hitler made some nice autobahns. to drive people to belsen and dachau. However I am an observer to this fight.

    asset (14c686)

  262. nk: “The retribution Trump will inflict will not be his. It will be Russia’s whose mole he is. To bring down America the way we brought down the Soviet Union. And his co-conspirators have already let the cat out of the bag with “national divorce”.”

    A good number of MAGA radicals just want to break the country. They just want an authoritarian who will use the power of government to deliver retribution. KyDana pretty much says it. As long as he sees things he wants done getting done, will he strain to question if the rules are being followed or the actions are just? Might makes right. Indeed. As long as Trump gives him a nibble, who cares if he’s destroying institutions….who needs them, apparently? NATO? An anachronism. FBI? Needs people who understand perfect calls and why ex-Presidents just need to hold onto classified documents. Constitution? An impediment. An adversarial press? Trump wants us to rethink it, maybe chill it.

    Listen to the hyperbole from JF: “that bringing the country to its collective knees financially, fiscally, militarily, culturally, criminally and its sovereign borders compromised”. Wait, what? Does this sound like someone persuadable? How about rational? This is what the internet has become, let’s say outrageous things and see who bites. I’ve lost patience entertaining anonymous commenters who have sacrificed all objectivity and pray at the altar of hyper-partisan ideology. As if we need their constant correction…

    As long as the trains are running on time and the unborn babies are saved….the ends justifies the means. How can this moral philosophy go wrong?

    AJ_Liberty (f1ba3c)

  263. What about Dennis Banks, who received sanctuary in California for crimes in South Dakota?

    I can’t explain it, Kevin. Honestly, I am shocked, shocked, that Jerry Brown thought he could get away with something like that in California in 1973.

    (Well, okay, not honestly.)

    nk (c0cb29) — 3/19/2023 @ 6:41 am

    Brown barred Banks’s extradition in 1976; the Supreme Court didn’t make extradition mandatory until 1987 (Puerto Rico v. Branstad, 483 U.S. 219).

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  264. I want nothing to do with either team, but I make no bones about which one (yours) I find more destructive and dangerous at the moment.
    lurker (cd7cd4) — 3/19/2023 @ 7:29 pm

    “either team”, as if there’s just two

    the team that holds itself out as not being on a team and above it all isn’t the most destructive, but it is corrosive in its own way and an enabler of the most destructive elements

    and I do look forward to you practicing neutrality in principle, but when two commenters are whaddabouting and you jump in for some reason and hall monitor only one, sorry that ain’t it

    it would be great if you could acknowledge that, but I’ll keep breathing

    JF (e68188)

  265. That tweet noted is dumb. The war crime is not the territorial dispute, it is in the actions undertaken during the territorial dispute that are and were criminal.

    steveg (99c795)

  266. Obviously in this case a dispute is a verb: compete for; strive to win.
    “the two drivers crashed while disputing the lead”

    steveg (99c795)

  267. steveg (99c795) — 3/19/2023 @ 9:02 pm

    I’m sure the current war crime charges will only be the first. “Waging aggressive war” is a war crime, and one clearly committed by Russia and its leadership.

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  268. The Vietnam Special Military Operation was precipitated by the Gulf of Tonkin dispute(s). There were many war crimes during this territorial dispute.

    steveg (99c795)

  269. and I do look forward to you practicing neutrality in principle, but when two commenters are whaddabouting and you jump in for some reason and hall monitor only one, sorry that ain’t it

    Please show where I’ve done that. I probably do criticize your whaddabouting more than I criticize anyone else’s, but guess who whaddabouts here more than anyone else by a large margin. If you don’t understand why criticizing that kind of disproportional behavior disproportionately is consistent with neutral principles, I’m afraid you’re again unclear on the concept.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  270. In the spirit of beam and mote. Nothing personal

    steveg (99c795)

  271. Trumpworld Attacks DeSantis Over Not Condemning Looming Trump Indictment.
    ………..
    “Your silence on President Trump’s leaked indictment and his potential extradition and arrest by NY prosecutorial communist thugs is deafening,” pro-Trump radio host John Fredericks tweeted. “Trump is a resident of your state. You can no longer hide behind book tours & expensive DC consultants.”

    The right-wing radio host and Steve Bannon ally added: “You have to choose between your Wall Street gangster-bankster big donor hedge fund open border benefactors-or us. Who do you choose to stand with, Ron?”
    ………….
    “So is DeSantis going to say anything?” former Trump White House official Sebastian Gorka wrote on Truth Social. “Curious.” Similarly, Donald Trump Jr. wrote: “Pay attention to which Republicans spoke out against this corrupt BS immediately and who sat on their hands and waited to see which way the wind was blowing.”
    …………..
    “If Ron Desantis is the conservative hero he projects himself to be, he should REFUSE to honor the arrest warrant for President-in-exile Trump and send the Florida National Guard to Mar-a-Lago to ensure Trump’s protection,” (Stew Peters) tweeted. Peters further told The Daily Beast on Sunday: “DeSantis is silent on the news of this bogus indictment because he’s complicit in weaponizing the DOJ against J6ers, as well as against Trump.”
    ……………
    “Ron DeSantis clearly wants Trump’s voters. He is attempting a flip-flop on Ukraine to appeal to them. Well, guess, what? Those Trump voters are obsessed and enraged with the prospect of a Democratic District Attorney using his power to try to take out Trump,” a Republican operative familiar with Trump’s 2024 campaign strategy told The Daily Beast. “They are noticing Ron’s silence.”
    …………

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  272. And his co-conspirators have already let the cat out of the bag with “national divorce”.

    Picture something like Kris Kristofferson’s “Amerika

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  273. The New York Times published as fact a story about someone (Ben Barnes) claiming the October Surprise story about Republicans in 1980

    The story is silly as it has people going around saying that “Reagan’s election is inevitable” when he was about 10 points down in the polls.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  274. If you don’t understand why criticizing that kind of disproportional behavior disproportionately is consistent with neutral principles, I’m afraid you’re again unclear on the concept.
    lurker (cd7cd4) — 3/19/2023 @ 9:23 pm

    yes, I knew I shouldn’t hold my breath

    disproportionate in this case involves an invalid ratio — you know, where you divide by zero

    and, I know you wrote the book on neutral principles, but I’ve heard we shouldn’t give Putin a break cuz he hasn’t conquered near the countries and murdered near the people as Hitler — so, no I don’t think you’re practicing neutral principles at all

    JF (ba7930)

  275. Speaking of holding one’s breath, when will you tell us if whaddabouting is bad, JF?

    I was going to rebut your other assertions and insinuations, but since you cast yourself as Hitler in your own analogy, I think I’ll sit down now and stop arguing.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  276. @279 yasser arafat and bani sader who were in on it confirmed it. Arafat told jimmy carter about bill casey and the start of Iran/contra. Carter being a wimp establishment liberal refused to talk about it as he thought it would destroy the republican party and the two party system. I know. This is what I have to deal with in the democrat party. At least now the democrats are going after trump.

    asset (14c686)

  277. AJ,

    You sound just like the typical leftist who minimizes the concerns of those who disagree with you while ignoring their successes. But you know that already.

    NJRob (eabb7b)

  278. “You sound just like the typical leftist”

    All you have is name calling. If you have an argument, make the argument. Unfortuately, it’s usually just some tribal gobblygook,

    AJ_Liberty (f1ba3c)

  279. Just for the record, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, the Supreme Court case which recognized both transgenderism and homosexuality as “sex” under the definition of Title VII, was written by Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s appointment to replace Scalia.

    Meantime, Russian was developing Mach 5 cruise missiles.

    Successes!

    nk (9ab84f)

  280. 278, more like an alt-Man in the High Castle with a Sick Man China-Loa out west and a Based Eastern European confederation in the east.

    urbanleftbehind (7f9fdd)

  281. A commenter who is an asset to this blog wrote:

    hitler made some nice autobahns. to drive people to belsen and dachau. However I am an observer to this fight.

    Volkswagen was begun by the Deutsche Arbeitsfront, under the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, so clearly anyone who owns or drives a Volkswagen is a Nazi supporter. The People’s Republic of China are Volkswagen’s largest importer, and China at least somewhat backs Russia against Ukraine, so there’s that as well.

    The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (364b6e)

  282. If the subject is crime in this open thread, it’s that the best college basketball team in WA State is Gonzaga, and not a football powerhouse like my alma mater, the UW, but I’m glad the Zags made it to the Sweet 16 (along with Princeton!?) despite an underwhelming 1st half against TCU.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  283. AJ,

    Pot=kettle. You insulted 2 people here, dismissed their remarks and acted holier than thou. Hypocrite.

    NJRob (3ecc0f)

  284. An ISW update

    This report discusses growing Russian concern about a prospective Ukrainian counteroffensive near Bakhmut or in southern Ukraine, and Russian efforts to prepare mitigations for these claimed efforts. The tempo of Russian offensive operations across the theater has slowed in recent weeks, suggesting that the Russian spring offensive in Donbas may be nearing culmination. Ukrainian officials have indicated that significant Russian losses near Vuhledar are severely inhibiting Russian forces’ capacity to conduct further offensive operations in Donetsk Oblast. Russian President Vladimir Putin used his first visit to recently-occupied Ukraine to portray himself as an involved wartime leader amid exaggerated responses in the Russian nationalist information space over fears of a possible future Ukrainian counteroffensive in southern Ukraine.

    “Culmination” is a bad word for Putin, which is another way to say “no progress” or “quagmire”.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  285. @140

    I hope that those two beat each other silly, and some voices (e.g. Kemp, Nikki, Youngkin) who offer an actual plan for governing can get some traction. Because if only one side has a plan, the bulk of the voters, who tune out the screamers, will only hear that side.

    Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/18/2023 @ 10:57 am

    All DeSantis needs to do, is to tout is Florida policies that he’s enacted. He did way more than just the “cultural wars” stuff.

    whembly (c88102)

  286. I figured out why Trump picked tomorrow to be “arrested”. It will be the nicest day in NYC so far this year — sunny, wind at 3-5 mph, and a high of 61F. Thank you, 10-day Weather Channel!

    nk (9ab84f)

  287. He went down to the sacred store,
    Where he’d seen the garments years before,
    But the man there said they still didn’t come in sheer.
    And lace teddies just wouldn’t cut it,
    His wives all said “Fuggedaboutit!”.
    (I guess it gets cold in Provo.)

    And they were singing
    “My, my, this young Brigham Young guy!
    Had his parents worried since he was a small fry!
    He left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye,
    Saying, ‘Soon I’ll wear a hula in Hawaii!
    Soon I’ll wear a hula in Hawaii!”

    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/brigham-young-son-drag-queen/

    nk (9ab84f)

  288. I’d mentioned watching the movie Alexander the other day and have a few additional thoughts. The famous general found many young Greek men who were anxious to leave home because they didn’t like the way they were being reared.

    During this time, the Greeks were constantly being attacked by the Persian army… the Persians were strong fighters. But Alexander managed to beat off the entire Persian army.

    Think about it. Alexander united all of Greece, and got them to fight together as a nation. And all some people who viewed this movie can talk about is Alexander might be gay.

    This man used Greece to beat off the men of the Persian army!

    Without his Greeks the job of beating off the entire Persian army would’ve been much harder. Using his army this way, Alexander finished them off quicker.

    Alexander’s preference was always to take the Persians from behind. He would use his troops to form a long phalanx, and then he would spread their flanks and ram the head of the phalanx into the Persian rear.

    And then the master stroke… unknown to the Persians, Alexander would hide an entire battalion of the Greek navy inside that phalanx. A big surprise… and after pounding away for hours and hours, a raging torrent of Greek seamen would erupt into the Persian rear.

    It was a good movie! One of Oliver Stone’s best.

    Colonel Haiku (dcb5d2)

  289. @294. The costs of the 2003–2010 Iraq War are often contested, as academics and critics have unearthed many hidden costs not represented in official estimates. The most recent major report on these costs come from Brown University in the form of the Costs of War, which totaled just over $1.1 trillion. The United States Department of Defense’s direct spending on Iraq totaled at least $757.8 billion, but also highlighting the complementary costs at home, such as interest paid on the funds borrowed to finance the wars.

    Those figures are dramatically higher than typical estimates published just prior to the start of the Iraq War, many of which were based on a shorter term of involvement. For example, in a March 16, 2003 Meet the Press interview of Vice President Dick Cheney, held less than a week before the Iraq War began, host Tim Russert reported that “every analysis said this war itself would cost about $80 billion, recovery of Baghdad, perhaps of Iraq, about $10 billion per year. We should expect as American citizens that this would cost at least $100 billion for a two-year involvement.” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_cost_of_the_Iraq_War

    DCSCA (bb0c76)

  290. U.S. Opposes Chinese Cease-Fire Proposal in Ukraine

    WASHINGTON — The White House is rejecting Beijing’s proposal for a truce in Ukraine, ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week and a subsequent phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

    https://www.voanews.com/a/us-opposes-chinese-cease-fire-proposal-in-ukraine/7010939.html

    DCSCA (bb0c76)

  291. All DeSantis needs to do, is to tout is Florida policies that he’s enacted. He did way more than just the “cultural wars” stuff.

    And really, this brings up the real problem with modern campaigns: We only hear what the MSM wants us to hear. A candidate may say 100 things; only one or two is reported, and that defines him.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  292. so clearly anyone who owns or drives a Volkswagen is a Nazi supporter.

    Just like all Ford owners are antisemitic.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  293. Here’s some good news:

    An American aid worker who was taken captive by militants in West Africa more than six years ago has been freed, his family and the Biden administration said Monday, but the details surrounding his release remain unclear.

    Jeffery Woodke, a Christian aid worker, was abducted in Niger in 2016 and believed to have been taken later to Mali. He is currently undergoing a medical evaluation in Niamey, the capital of Niger, said Bob Klamer, a spokesman for the Woodke family.

    A French journalist, Olivier Dubois, was released at the same time.

    (I have thought for some time that we should be routinely collecting hostages from all our enemies, in order to have some to trade, should we need to. As we do, from time to time.)

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  294. …..I have thought for some time that we should be routinely collecting hostages from all our enemies, in order to have some to trade…..

    How would that work with non-governmental terrorist organizations or drug cartels? They probably wouldn’t care about any hostages we had.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  295. “I have thought for some time that we should be routinely collecting hostages from all our enemies”

    What could go wrong?

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  296. Trump’s Weekend Meltdown:
    ……..
    Trump claimed on Saturday that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday following a years long probe led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg into the $130,000 payment to Daniels as the 2016 presidential campaign was winding down. Trump’s spokesperson, however, said he received no formal notice of indictment from Bragg.
    ……….

    “IT IS THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF MANHATTAN WHO IS BREAKING THE LAW BY USING THE FAKE AND FULLY DISCREDITED TESTIMONY (EVEN BY THE SDNY!) OF A CONVICTED LIAR, FELON AND JAILBIRD, MICHAEL COHEN, TO INCREDIBLY PERSECUTE, PROSECUTE, AND INDICT A FORMER PRESIDENT, AND NOW LEADING (BY FAR!) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, FOR A CRIME THAT DOESN’T EXIST,” Trump continued. ALVIN BRAGG SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE CRIME OF ‘INTERFERENCE IN A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.'”

    ………
    Trump at one point sought to appeal to officers on the New York Police Department, whose largest union endorsed his presidential bid.

    “CAN YOU IMAGINE THE GREAT NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, CORRECTLY REFERRED TO AS ‘NEW YORK CITY’S FINEST,’ WHO, FOR THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME IN HISTORY, ENDORSED A PRESIDENT, ME, & HONORED ME AS ‘MAN OF THE YEAR,’ HAVING TO DEFEND & PROTECT THE ‘DEFUNDERS’ & ‘COP HATERS’ OF THE RADICAL LEFT THAT WANT TO PUT THEIR GREATEST CHAMPION & FRIEND IN PRISON FOR A CRIME THAT DOESN’T EXIST…ALL THE WHILE THE SOROS BACKED D.A. ALLOWS MURDERERS & OTHER VIOLENT CRIMINALS TO FREELY ROAM THE SIDEWAKS OF N.Y.?” Trump wrote.

    Trump, who is under a Justice Department investigation for his role in inciting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, also called for his supporters to protest his expected arrest.
    ……….

    “NOW ILLEGAL LEAKS FROM A CORRUPT & HIGHLY POLITICAL MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE, WHICH HAS ALLOWED NEW RECORDS TO BE SET IN VIOLENT CRIME & WHOSE LEADER IS FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS, INDICATE THAT, WITH NO CRIME BEING ABLE TO BE PROVEN, & BASED ON AN OLD & FULLY DEBUNKED (BY NUMEROUS OTHER PROSECUTORS!) FAIRYTALE, THE FAR & AWAY LEADING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE & FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!” Trump wrote.

    ………

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  297. #301 Rip – The Israelis have done some of this hostage trading, in just those circumstances.

    #302 AJ – Many things can, and will, go wrong, but I think my suggestion is one of the “least bad” alternatives. If you have a less bad idea, please share it with us.

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  298. Well at minimum, if we believe in due process and fairness, we would need to find people who have violated the law. We just can’t collect innocent people or else we are no better than the Russians, North Koreans, or Iranians. As to Niger, the U.S. has several bases there and they are ostensibly cooperating with terrorist concerns. So in your example, I’m not sure who you grab. Once you start grabbing people that will put a target on Americans traveling abroad. Sure it happens anyways, but would we see more of it? Also, if we can find criminal people, then by definition we should be arresting/detaining them for trial anyways.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  299. #301 Rip – The Israelis have done some of this hostage trading, in just those circumstances.

    Israel has a defined enemy, adjacent to the country. Most of the American hostages have been taken by transnational terrorist organizations (such as the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, believed to be the kidnappers of Jeffery Woodke), operating in Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso. A French reporter was also released at the same time, reportedly held by an al-Qaeda-linked affiliate known as Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin.

    How would you identify who to take as a hostage, given the fact that many of these countries can’t prevent the terrorist organizations from occupying square miles of territory outside the major cities? In most cases no one knows who the hostage takers are until demands are received. Sometimes demands are never made.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  300. If you have a less bad idea, please share it with us.

    Cut off commercial and travel ties with the those countries who cannot defeat their insurgencies.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  301. 303. There is/was still one witness scheduled to appear before the grand jury today

    https://www.newser.com/story/332918/in-last-minute-move-trump-ally-testifying-before-nyc-grand-jury.html

    At 11th Hour, NYC Grand Jury to Hear From Trump Ally

    Robert Costello appearing Monday in ‘hush money’ case

    By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
    Posted Mar 20, 2023 1:08 AM CDT
    Updated Mar 20, 2023 6:26 AM CDT

    The New York grand jury that’s considering the “hush money” case involving former President Trump will hear from one of Trump’s allies Monday. Robert Costello, a formal legal adviser to longtime Trump Organization lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen who has also represented Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon, confirmed his appearance to NBC News. As the AP puts it, this gives Trump “an indirect opportunity to make a case that he shouldn’t face criminal charges over” the hush money Cohen paid to Stormy Daniels during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Trump’s lawyers asked the Manhattan district attorney to have Costello testify, a source says.

    Insider reports that a possible Trump indictment is on hold awaiting Costello’s testimony, and Cohen says he’s also made himself available Monday in case he’s called to rebut Costello. And sources tell CNN and Reuters that Costello, indeed, is expected to contradict testimony given by Cohen, a key witness for the prosecution. Cohen appeared before the grand jury two times last week; Trump declined an invitation to testify. Despite Trump saying last week that he expects to be arrested Tuesday, a Trump spokesperson says the former president has not been notified of an impending arrest. But New York police met Sunday to talk about security plans should an indictment be handed down, and two senior law enforcement sources say an interagency meeting on the matter is set for Monday.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  302. 307. Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/20/2023 @ 12:02 pm

    Cut off commercial and travel ties with the those countries who cannot defeat their insurgencies.

    Does this include Mexico, assuming that a drugcartel can morph into an insurgency?

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  303. 97. Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/17/2023 @ 8:52 pm

    Right now it’s L.A. and Seattle. Suppose it was New York City.

    New York Post front page for Sunday, March 19, 2023:

    https://nypost.com/cover/march-19-2023

    https://nypost.com/2023/03/18/new-nyc-subway-already-defiled-by-homeless-rowdy-riders

    ronically, the next-generation subway cars are attracting more vagrants, an MTA cleaner noted.

    “They’re drawn to it because it’s warmer” than the older cars, she said.

    The new train managed to go viral just three days in, when a gang of teens pummeled an autistic 15-year-old and dragged him off one of the subway cars.

    The favorite train of the homeless is sad to be the “E” train, because its route in entirely underground.

    The “A” train and the “E” train share apart of the same route from 50 St to lower Manhattan. The “E” train end at the World Trade Center stop.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  304. Does this include Mexico, assuming that a drugcartel can morph into an insurgency?

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a) — 3/20/2023 @ 12:44 pm

    Why not. It would certainly force the Mexican government to confront the cartels, and make it more difficult for the cartels to smuggle, both humans and drugs, into the US. And it is better than the military force strategy proposed by leading Republicans. The last time we tried that (the Pancho Villa Punitive Expedition in 1916-17) it failed. Villa escaped capture.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  305. nk (9ab84f) — 3/20/2023 @ 8:01 am

    tomorrow…will be the nicest day in NYC so far this year — sunny, wind at 3-5 mph, and a high of 61F. Thank you, 10-day Weather Channel!

    The nicest day in some time.

    We have recently been having the January weather we missed -although it still didn’t snow in a way that needed to shoveled.

    https://www.foxweather.com/weather-news/new-york-city-latest-first-snow-record-2023

    It took until February, but New York City finally saw its first measurable snow of the season early Wednesday morning, ending a 328-day snowless streak that dated back to March 2022.

    Until this winter, New Yorkers never had to wait this long to experience their first measurable snowfall of the season. The 50-year-old record for the latest first snow was initially broken Monday. In the winter of 1972-73, New York didn’t get any measurable snow until Jan. 29, when 1.8 inches finally coated the “city that never sleeps” with its first snow.

    The record books have now been rewritten, with Feb. 1, 2023, the new benchmark for New York City’s latest first snow. Weather observers at Central Park’s Belvedere Castle officially measured 0.4 inches of snowfall as of 6 a.m. EST Wednesday morning.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  306. 219. 212

    And 225:

    Rip Murdock (2ac749) — 3/19/2023 @ 10:47 am

    Pure speculation.

    I didn’t give my sources but about the relationships that’s what the women said. Donald Trump offered Karen McDougal money and she said that she was not that kind of girl. He assumed she was a prostitute (sent to him as a courtesy by someone else)

    She had an affair but “Stormy Daniels” did not, despite people repeatedly saying that. A one night stand, after which Trump pursued her, without result, because he would not promise her an appearance on his show – although initially he had brought it up by boasting of his ability to do so – is not an affair.

    There is speculation on my part, (that some people arranged for both trysts while he was in Lake Tahoe, Nevada) and some of it is wrong

    I got a bit mixed up and am still not straight on it. It seems like this: Stormy Daniels was going to go public first. She came to Trump’s attention in 2011. But Karen McDougal was a paid first.

    Michael Cohen wanted Trump to reimburse the National Enquirer -it’s on tape – Cohen used the argument that David Pecker might get hit by a truck and the National Enquirer could change its policy and print it. When? After the election of course. And MC (I think) wanted Trump to buy the rights to Karen McDougal’s story from the Enquirer – but I think this was never done.

    Michael Cohen himself paid off Stormy Daniels (probably without checking with Trump) right before the election. He initially claimed he was not reimbursed.

    But he was reimbursed by the Trump Organization paying him extra for legal fees. Trump agreed to make it up to him. It was probably Cohen who did not want a plain old check from Donald Trump. Cohen had tried to hide his connection by using a new company he set up in Delaware, called Essential Consultants L.L.C.so he was still trying to keep this off his records.

    It is legal for lawyers to put anything (even false) on bills, provided the client knows what’s going on, (or else it would be fraud) but here one kind of payment was a business expense for the Trump Organization and the other was not.

    The 2-year statute of limitations for misdemeanors has no doubt expired but the 5-year one was probably tolled first by the virus and second because Donald Trump has not lived in New York since at least when he registered to vote in Florida, except maybe for short trips.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  307. Some history:

    Trump first brought up “Celebrity Apprentice” but he only said she should be on the show:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/19/nyregion/trump-stormy-daniels-felony-charges.html

    …As they chatted that night in Mr. Trump’s penthouse at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe…he told her that she should be on “The Apprentice,” an NBC reality show. She doubted he could make it happen. He assured her he could, she said.

    Later she was to demand that for a repeat.

    In 2011,she tried to make some money off the story:

    …..Ms. Daniels, still bitter, began working with an agent to see if she could sell the story of their liaison.

    They negotiated a $15,000 deal with Life & Style, a celebrity magazine…When the magazine contacted the Trump Organization for comment, Michael Cohen returned the call…Mr. Cohen threatened to sue, the magazine killed the story, and Ms. Daniels did not get paid…

    …That October, Ms. Daniels’s story about Mr. Trump surfaced briefly after her agent leaked it to a gossip blog called “The Dirty,” trying to gin up interest from a paying publication. A couple of media outlets followed up, but none offered payment. Ms. Daniels denied the story, and her agent had a lawyer in Beverly Hills, Calif., Keith Davidson, get the post taken down.

    As Mr. Obama prepared to leave office in 2015, Mr. Trump decided to run for president once more. That August, he sat in his office at Trump Tower with Mr. Cohen and David Pecker, the publisher of American Media Inc. and its flagship tabloid, The National Enquirer.

    Mr. Pecker…promised to publish positive stories about Mr. Trump and negative ones about opponents, according to three people familiar with the meeting.

    We know he did that. There was the infamous case of trying to claim in May 2016, sing an unclear picture, that Ted Cruz’s father knew Oswald. I think Roger Stone took credit for that

    Mr. Pecker also agreed to work with Mr. Cohen to find and suppress stories that might damage Mr. Trump’s new efforts, a practice known as “catch and kill.”

    Nobody at that point was thinking this could be, if discovered, considered an illegal corporate campaign contribution

    In spring 2016, Ms. Daniels attempted through her agent to sell her story again — this time for more than $200,000. But the publications she approached all passed, including The Enquirer.

    Enter Karen McDougal:

    In late June, [2016] Mr. Trump personally appealed to Mr. Pecker for help in keeping Ms. McDougal quiet, according to an account Mr. Pecker gave federal prosecutors.

    But the tabloid did nothing until Ms. McDougal was about to give an interview to ABC News. In early August, American Media agreed to pay Ms. McDougal $150,000 for the exclusive rights to her story about Mr. Trump, camouflaging the real purpose of the deal by guaranteeing she would appear on two magazine covers, among other things, five people familiar with the events have said.

    Back to Stormy Daniels:

    Stormy Daniels, meanwhile, still had not found any takers for her story. Her luck changed in early October…. On Oct. 7, 2016, The Washington Post published what would become known as the “Access Hollywood” tape…The people surrounding Stormy Daniels immediately realized that Mr. Trump’s new vulnerability made her more of a threat — and thus gave her story value…

    …[T]he Enquirer’s editor, Mr. Howard…asked Ms. Daniels’s agent to send another pitch for his boss, Mr. Pecker.

    The Enquirer executives alerted Mr. Cohen; Mr. Cohen asked Mr. Pecker for help containing it.

    Mr. Howard haggled with Ms. Daniels’s agent, but when he presented Mr. Pecker with an offer to buy the story for $120,000, the publisher refused….

    …That night, Mr. Cohen spoke by phone to Mr. Trump, Mr. Pecker and Mr. Howard, according to records obtained by federal authorities. Mr. Howard connected him to the lawyer, Mr. Davidson, who would negotiate the deal for Ms. Daniels.

    Three days after the “Access Hollywood” tape’s release, Mr. Cohen agreed to pay $130,000 in a deal that threatened severe financial penalties for Ms. Daniels if she ever spoke about her affair with Mr. Trump. [it wasn’t an affair!]

    ….But Mr. Cohen delayed paying. He has said he was trying to figure out where to get the money while Mr. Trump campaigned. According to Mr. Cohen, Mr. Trump had approved the payment and delegated to him and the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer the task of arranging it. They considered options for funneling the money through the company, Mr. Cohen said, but did not settle on a solution.

    Ms. Daniels began to believe that Mr. Trump was trying to stall until after the Nov. 8 election; if he lost, her story would lose its value. In mid October, after Mr. Cohen had blown two deadlines, Ms. Daniels’s lawyer canceled the deal, and the porn actress again began shopping the story. The next week, Mr. Howard texted Mr. Cohen that if Ms. Daniels went public, their work to cover up the sexual encounter might also become known.

    “It could look awfully bad for everyone,” Mr. Howard wrote.

    Mr. Cohen agreed to make the payment himself. He spoke briefly by phone with Mr. Trump, twice.

    It sounds like the NYT is trying to hint that Trump knew about this but they are not sure what he knew]

    Then he transferred about $130,000 from his home equity line of credit into the account of a Delaware shell company and wired it to Ms. Daniels’s lawyer.

    Mr. Davidson circulated a new hush-money agreement. Ms. Daniels signed and notarized it at a UPS store near a Walmart Supercenter in Forney, Texas, near her home….

    Ms. Daniels remained silent. A week and a half later, Mr. Trump won the election.

    Once he was in the White House, Mr. Trump handled one more piece of business related to Stormy Daniels. He signed checks to reimburse Mr. Cohen for paying her off.

    If they were personal checks, I don’t see how it becomes falsifying business records. Something is left out here,

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  308. @299. “Have A Coke And a ‘Heil?'”?!?!

    Fanta, one of Coca-Cola’s most popular products, comes in over 70 flavors today and is sold in 188 countries. It was first concocted and manufactured in Nazi Germany during World War II.

    -Throughout most of the 20th century, Kodak was a corporate giant and the world’s leading photographic film company, before its failure to keep abreast of digital camera technology doomed it to relative oblivion. What few knew for decades after the end of World War II was that Kodak had collaborated with Nazi Germany, and traded with the Germans even after America had entered the war.

    -In 2001, a bombshell of a book by Edwin Black, IBM and the Holocaust, drew on over 20,000 documents unearthed from archives in numerous countries, to describe a twelve-year-old alliance between IBM and the Third Reich.

    – In Addition to its Founder Being a Notorious Anti-Semite, Ford Collaborated With the Third Reich

    https://historycollection.com/10-famous-companies-collaborated-nazi-germany/10/

    DCSCA (0e648b)

  309. @298 All desatan has to do is tout his evil doings. Republicans control the government in floriduh by not allowing felons who have committed their sentence to vote even though voters approved an initiative to stop jim crow laws to prevent blacks from voting along with other vote suppression tactics States outside the south will have a different view of desatan when he tries to campaign there.

    asset (5cb3ab)

  310. Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/19/2023 @ 9:53 pm

    The story is silly as it has people going around saying that “Reagan’s election is inevitable” when he was about 10 points down in the polls.

    he story makes no sense as it has Connally telling several Arab leaders, who were themselves not friendly to the new regime (including Anwar Sadat of Egypt) that Reagan would be more friendly toward Iran and that they should tell Iran not to release the hostages so that Jimmy Carter would not have a better chance of re-election. And then Iran believes it but they still release the hostages when Jimmy Carter is still president, making the deal with him (they got money) and not with Reagan.

    The trip really did take place and Connally did indeed report to Reagan on that trip. (if not with Casey, as Ben Barnes claims. There’s no corroboration for that.)

    But the NYT reports: (in that same story)

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/18/us/politics/jimmy-carter-october-surprise-iran-hostages.html

    John B. Connally III, the former governor’s eldest son, said in an interview on Friday that he remembered his father taking the Middle East trip but never heard about any message to Iran. While he did not join the trip, the younger Mr. Connally said he accompanied his father to a meeting with Mr. Reagan to discuss it without Mr. Barnes and the conversation centered on the Arab-Israeli conflict and other issues the next president would confront.

    “No mention was made in any meeting I was in about any message being sent to the Iranians,” said Mr. Connally. “It doesn’t sound like my dad.” He added: “I can’t challenge Ben’s memory about it, but it’s not consistent with my memory of the trip.”

    Ben Barnes claims he told four people about this before. But this sounds like Christine Blasey Ford.

    The NYT claims something about it was published in a book in 2015 but does not decribe what exactly that book said.

    Mr. Barnes identified four living people he said he had confided in over the years: Mark K. Updegrove, president of the L.B.J. Foundation; Tom Johnson, a former aide to Lyndon Johnson (no relation) who later became publisher of the Los Angeles Times and president of CNN; Larry Temple, a former aide to Mr. Connally and Lyndon Johnson; and H.W. Brands, a University of Texas historian.

    All four of them confirmed in recent days that Mr. Barnes shared the story with them years ago. “As far as I know, Ben never has lied to me,” Tom Johnson said, a sentiment the others echoed. Mr. Brands included three paragraphs about Mr. Barnes’s recollections in a 2015 biography of Mr. Reagan, but the account generated little public notice at the time.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  311. The book is called Reagan: The Life by H. W. Brands

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  312. https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/185271

    HNN: How did you come to speak with Barnes about Governor Connally’s trip to the Middle East?

    While researching my book about Reagan, I asked Ben Barnes, whom I had known, if he had had any dealings with Reagan. In the conversation he mentioned his trip with John Connally to the Middle East in the summer of 1980. He told me that his trip with his old friend and mentor turned out to have a purpose beyond making Connally look like secretary of state material. Connally conveyed to governments and influential people in the Middle East that it would “not be helpful” – Barnes’s characterization – to the Reagan campaign if the hostages were released before the election. I asked Barnes if that message came to Connally from William Casey, Reagan’s campaign manager at that time; Barnes said he didn’t know and didn’t ask.

    I followed up in some Connally papers at the LBJ Library to corroborate the journey. It checked out. There I also discovered a memo of a phone call from Nancy Reagan at the Reagan ranch to Connally on the trip. So Reagan was aware of the trip.

    HNN: Did it make any waves when you wrote about Barnes’s account in your biography of Reagan?

    Very little. I was surprised.

    Of course Reagan knew of the trip. The question is what happened on the trip.

    NYT Sunday:

    Houston on July 18, 1980, for a trip that would take him to Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel before returning to Houston on Aug. 11. Mr. Barnes was listed as accompanying him.

    Almost four weeks.

    Connally might have been interested in exploring private business deals.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  313. Couldn’t Happen to a Better Set of Guys:

    Riding an oil-price boom last year, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directed government-backed Saudi National Bank to make a $1.5 billion investment in Credit Suisse Group AG that his financial advisers harbored doubts about, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Now, the Saudi investment is almost wiped out after Credit Suisse’s emergency merger with UBS Group AG. Credit Suisse’s meltdown also erased billions of dollars in investments made by Qatar’s sovereign fund and the Saudi-based Olayan family, making the Persian Gulf one of the biggest losers from a slide in financial stocks since the collapse of two U.S. banks last week.
    ………
    The investment made Saudi National Bank the biggest shareholder in Credit Suisse, with just less than 10% ownership. At the time in October, Saudi National Bank Chairman Ammar al-Khudairy told the Journal that, despite the bank’s scandals, hefty losses, executive turnover and waning market confidence, it still had value for Saudi Arabia. The kingdom was using the financial sector to drive an overhaul of its oil-dependent economy as the world transitions to renewables, he said.
    ………
    The Gulf region has deep ties to Credit Suisse. Tiny natural gas-rich Qatar began snapping up shares of Credit Suisse as markets wobbled in 2008, and led a group of private investors who pumped billions of dollars into the company in the weeks after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, ultimately building up a stake worth more than $3 billion.

    Qatar and the Olayan family together plowed another $6.2 billion into the company in 2011 through a special type of debt. In 2013, Qatar converted over $4.5 billion of that debt into bonds called Additional Tier 1 capital notes—which are poised to be wiped out as part of Credit Suisse’s deal with UBS. Unknown is whether Qatar still owned any of those bonds.
    ………
    Mr. Khudairy explained that SNB owned 9.9% of the bank and wasn’t interested in the regulatory requirements that would accompany going above 10%. The comments set off a panic with Credit Suisse shareholders that prompted the Swiss government to engineer a takeover by UBS.
    ………..

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  314. Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/20/2023 @ 3:42 pm

    Related:

    Credit Suisse said 16 billion Swiss francs ($17.24 billion) of its Additional Tier 1 debt will be written down to zero on the orders of the Swiss regulator as part of its rescue merger with UBS, angering bondholders on Sunday.

    FINMA, the Swiss regulator, said the decision would bolster the bank’s capital. The move reflects authorities’ desire to see private investors share the pain from Credit Suisse’s troubles.
    ………
    It means AT1 bondholders appear to be left with nothing while shareholders, who sit below bonds in the priority ladder for repayment in a bankruptcy process, will receive $3.23 billion under the UBS deal.

    Engineered in the wake of the global financial crisis, AT1 bonds are a form of junior debt that counts towards banks’ regulatory capital. They were designed as a way to transfer risks to investors and away from taxpayers if a bank gets into trouble.

    “It’s stunning and hard to understand how they can reverse the hierarchy between AT1 holders and shareholders,” said Jerome Legras, head of research at Axiom Alternative Investments, an investor in Credit Suisse’s AT1 debt.
    ………

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  315. Circling the Drain:

    ……….
    S&P cut First Republic’s credit rating three notches to “B-plus” from “BB-plus,” and warned that another downgrade is possible. Other ratings were also lowered.

    The agency said First Republic likely faced “high liquidity stress with substantial outflows” last week, reflecting its need for more deposits, increased borrowings from the Federal Reserve, and the suspension of its common stock dividend.
    ……….
    It said that while the deposit infusion should ease near-term liquidity pressures, it “may not solve the substantial business, liquidity, funding, and profitability challenges that we believe the bank is now likely facing.”

    Sunday’s downgrade by S&P was the second in four days for First Republic, which previously held an “A-minus” credit rating.
    ………
    Another rating agency, Moody’s Investors Service, downgraded First Republic to junk status on Friday.
    ………
    (first Republic) shares have fallen 80% since March 8…….

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  316. China Wins if Russia Conquers Ukraine
    ……….
    Beijing has set its sights on overtaking the U.S. militarily, economically and culturally. Mr. Xi is in Moscow because supporting Mr. Putin advances his dark vision. He wants Russia to conquer Ukraine so it’s easier for China to invade Taiwan. He wants Russia to threaten the rest of Europe because it draws America’s attention from Asia.

    Why are many American politicians blind to this? Why don’t they want Ukraine to beat China’s ally? Victory for Kyiv would make the U.S. safer without putting a single American soldier in harm’s way.
    ……….
    This has it backward. China loses if Ukraine wins. Nobody knows that better than Mr. Xi. He wants America to shift attention from Ukraine in the short run, because it would give Russia and China an edge in the long run—in Europe, Asia and world-wide. Yet the U.S. can stifle China’s ambitions now by helping Ukraine, and we can do it without sending a blank check or risking American troops.

    ………Beyond China, Iran and North Korea would see a Ukrainian loss as an invitation to evil. Israel, South Korea and Japan would be at much greater risk—and so would the American people. Our enemies threaten our friends because, ultimately, they want to defeat and destroy us.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  317. Hey! That’s Nikki, Rip.

    nk (9ab84f)

  318. Hey! That’s Nikki, Rip.

    nk (9ab84f) — 3/20/2023 @ 5:05 pm

    A broken clock is right twice a day.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  319. It took until February, but New York City finally saw its first measurable snow of the season early Wednesday morning, ending a 328-day snowless streak that dated back to March 2022.

    We had snow last weekend at my house in NM.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  320. The trip really did take place and Connally did indeed report to Reagan on that trip. (if not with Casey, as Ben Barnes claims. There’s no corroboration for that.)

    The message that WOULD have been in line with Reagan’s character would have been “God help you if those people are still captive when Reagan takes office!”

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  321. We can debate whether the administration’s actions regarding these banks is helpful, or fair, or likely to work. But what cannot be debated is that it is largely Biden’s fault.

    The problem is that the banks had been putting money into low-interest notes for the last decade, and when inflation took off and the Fed jacked up rates, they all got caught in a bind. Some more than others. ANd inflation took off because the Biden administration flooded the world with printing-press money.

    See Secretary Yellen and her promises of Feb 2021:

    Yellen said she’s not worried that all of the government spending could cause inflation down the road.

    “Inflation has been very low for over a decade, and you know it’s a risk, but it’s a risk that the Federal Reserve and others have tools to address,” she said. “The greater risk is of scarring the people, having this pandemic take a permanent lifelong toll on their lives and livelihoods.”

    Her comments come against the backdrop of a brightening economic picture in the U.S. as the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.

    Recent data has shown unusual strength in retail sales, albeit thanks to late-2020 stimulus checks from Congress, as well as continued gains in real estate and manufacturing. A tracker from the Atlanta Federal Reserve that gauges gross domestic product growth is indicating a gain of 9.5% in the first quarter.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  322. And, with all caution thrown to the wind, Biden signed a $1.9 trillion stimulus.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/11/biden-1point9-trillion-covid-relief-package-thursday-afternoon.html

    President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package Thursday afternoon as Washington moves to send fresh aid this month.

    With his signature, the president checks off his first priority in the White House. He also will give a prime-time address Thursday describing how the country will proceed in fighting the virus a year after the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic.

    The plan will send direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans. Direct deposits will start hitting Americans’ bank accounts as soon as this weekend, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday….

    Democrats passed the bill in Congress without a Republican vote through the budget reconciliation process. The House approved the measure Wednesday.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  323. When we discuss what the difference is between the two parties, and decry the influence that Trump still has over the GOP, we also need to remember that NOT ONE GOP legislator voted for this bill, and that all Democrats did.

    It is hard to say that there is no reason to vote Republican. They are hardly perfect, but fiscal insanity is not their problem.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  324. but fiscal insanity is not their problem.

    We’ll see if the House fails to pass a debt extension.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  325. RIP Dick Fosbury (76).

    Fosbury’s claim to fame was a signature jumping style: the “Fosbury Flop.” With a running start at a raised bar, he launched himself back first, seemed to hover for a moment parallel with the ground, and landed approximately on the back of his neck.

    The technique has been compared to a corpse being pushed out of a window. Like Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling, Fosbury’s flopping struck many onlookers as residing somewhere between a physical feat and a joke. At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, the crowd oohed, aahed and laughed watching Fosbury compete.

    But the last laugh was his:

    The high-jump bar kept being raised, and Fosbury kept clearing it. He finally executed a Fosbury Flop at 7 feet 4¼ inches — earning him not just the gold medal, but an Olympic record at the time.
    ………..
    Within a few years, the Fosbury Flop was the standard method of elite high jumping. (The current Olympic record is held by Charles Austin, who Fosbury Flopped 7 feet 10 inches at the 1996 games in Atlanta.)
    ………..

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  326. What? Doesn’t he want his TOTAL EXONERATION?

    Trump moves to quash report from Fulton County special grand jury

    nk (c0bb18)

  327. @324. A port in any storm; the subhead of the piece says it all; it’s merely a reactive slap at DeSantis as she struggles for recognition and numbers in the primary races. My Darlin’ Nikki is swimming against a strong current this cycle… and a VP spot may be the best she can hope for…

    55 Things You Need to Know About Nikki Haley

    https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2023/02/14/nikki-haley-2024-bio-what-you-need-to-know-00082742

    DCSCA (bba9fb)

  328. Nikki (and some other potential candidates) are not running against Trump and DeSantis. They’re in a different bracket and will face the winner of Trump v DeSantis in the finals.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  329. Mr Murdock quoted:

    Beijing has set its sights on overtaking the U.S. militarily, economically and culturally. Mr. Xi is in Moscow because supporting Mr. Putin advances his dark vision. He wants Russia to conquer Ukraine so it’s easier for China to invade Taiwan. He wants Russia to threaten the rest of Europe because it draws America’s attention from Asia.

    Using this logic, wouldn’t it be better for China the longer the war over Ukraine drags on, causing the US and NATO to keep spending money and sending military equipment to Ukraine, leaving less for the US to use to defend Taiwan?

    We’re already at a huge strategic disadvantage in defending Taiwan, because China is a hundred miles from Taiwan, while we’re — not counting Hawai’i — almost 7,000 miles from the island. If China launches an invasion with any surprise at all, they could control muck of the island before we could ever muster significant forces there.

    The libertarian, but not Libertarian, Dana (364b6e)

  330. We can have borscht for the soup and Peking Duck for the main course.

    nk (c0bb18)

  331. Nikki (and some other potential candidates) are not running against Trump and DeSantis. They’re in a different bracket and will face the winner of Trump v DeSantis in the finals.

    Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/20/2023 @ 6:28 pm

    Trump-DeSantis will be the finals. No one else will make it that far.

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  332. @337. Some ‘folks’ are just waking up to the bigger game that’s being played– and a strategy that has been methodically underway for years…

    “Oh, Jesus, Jennifer, what am I gonna do? They’re going to come get me. I’m really screwed! I am screwed!” – David Lightman [Matthew Broderick] ‘WarGames’ 1983

    DCSCA (dde0b2)

  333. Whatever happened to “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”? Is this America or Costa Rica?

    nk (c0bb18)

  334. Darling Nikki, Vivek Ramaswamy, and anyone else are on JV team.

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  335. The problem for the JVs is that the Republican primaries are winner take all, so if one the JVs comes in second to either Trump or DeSantis they still lose. Let me know when there is polling showing Nikki or Vivek leading in state.

    Rip Murdock (2ac749)

  336. the Republican primaries are winner take all

    What did I miss? https://www.270towin.com/content/republican-primary-and-caucus-delegate-allocation-methods

    Are you trying to depress me?

    nk (c0bb18)

  337. nk (c0bb18) — 3/20/2023 @ 7:50 pm

    Republican state committees have until Oct. 1, 2023 to submit delegate allocation plans, rules governing whether delegates should be bound on the first ballot, and instructions on the adoption of a party platform at the National Convention. The Trump campaign, which appears to be far more skilled at playing the inside game than its predecessors, is working hard, and apparently with considerable success, to stack state committees with MAGA zealots, and influence changes in delegate selection formulas.

    ………… If, say, a half dozen candidates enter the race and refuse to withdraw, despite disappointing results in more than 20 primaries in February and March, then Trump, with his rock solid MAGA base, could well use the various forms of winner-take-all to build a commanding lead with a plurality of votes. If, unlike Trump’s opponents in 2016, most of them don’t enter the race or drop out early on, leaving Trump and DeSantis as the only candidates, then all bets are off.

    Source

    The JVs have very little chance of getting the nomination.

    Rip Murdock (ac65cf)

  338. Polands ambassador to france says poland ay have to enter the war in ukraine.

    asset (ef5f77)

  339. @318/320 Thanks sammy I learn so much from you and the other posters..

    asset (ef5f77)

  340. Trump-DeSantis will be the finals. No one else will make it that far.

    Not a dime’s worth of difference.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  341. Trump-DeSantis will be the finals. No one else will make it that far.

    There can only be one Trump.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  342. Jimmy kimmel tonight shows the truth social picture of desatan having a drinking orgy with scantly clad underage teenage girls while he was their teacher. Matt gaetz is jealous. Trump will hang that picture around desatan’s neck. Interviews with the girls on what a pervert desatan is will be next to define him. trump plays hardball!

    asset (ef5f77)

  343. Trump-DeSantis will be the finals. No one else will make it that far.

    There can only be one Trump.

    Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/20/2023 @ 10:11 pm

    You previously stated that the non-Trump/DeSantis candidates are in a different bracket from Trump/DeSantis. They aren’t. All the candidates are in the same bracket, it’s just that Trump and DeSantis are the #1 and #2 seeds and the rest are seeded between #100 and #200.

    The top two seeds don’t care about the rest of the field because they are so far ahead in organization (for example) and financing the bottom seeds won’t be able to compete. I’ll bet after DeSantis enters the race and campaign finance reports are filed there will be a huge difference between what Trump/DeSantis have raised and everyone else.

    The primary campaign will be like Kansas and Kentucky playing a couple of high school JV teams in the final four.

    Rip Murdock (ac65cf)

  344. I remember when the binary choice was Jeb Bush or Scott Walker.

    nk (603c4e)

  345. @351, maybe. It all depends on DeSantis’ broader likability and how his stance on Ukraine evolves. “Territorial dispute” was not received well. The base may remain quasi-committed to Trump, but there’s also a lot of general desire to move on from the baggage and move on from election denialism. A healthy majority wants another option, even if it’s imperfect and polling low right now. DeSantis (aka Little D) may just end up being Trump-lite without the personality and surreal black comedy entertainment. Maybe that’s enough to hang tough. Scott Walker says hello.

    I still hold out hope that Trump fades with the impending Georgia indictment and the inevitable calls for revolution and retribution. Oath Keepers standing ready will remind people that the seeds of J6 continue to be incubated by Trump. I anticipate a void. Certainly the GOP has not yet self corrected and is still high on populism and giving the finger to the establishment, whoever that is today. Right now we are just seeing name recognition and there’s very little side-by-side comparisons.

    Can Trump win a general? Can DeSantis win a general? There’s a rush to crown someone. Except ask Purdue and Kansas, sometimes events overcome odds.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  346. The Trump miasma has so stenched the Republican Party, with the help of Rancid Ronna and Craven Kevin, that RINO has become almost a compliment. There are any number of decent Republicans with national hopes who will stay out of contention this season because they do not want to be mentioned in the same breath as Trump. And that’s why we have only the ones indelibly stained with Agent Orange so far.

    nk (603c4e)

  347. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/03/20/tulsi-gabbard-says-attacks-faith-god-drove-her-leave-democrats-many-think-they-are-god/

    Democrats’ attacks on people of faith as well as their erasing God “from just about every facet of our public lives,” is one of the main reasons former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she chose to leave the Democratic Party, asserting that many of their policymakers “think that they [themselves] are God” as they attempt to “control us in every possible way.”

    Obvious and true.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  348. asset tells us that a Polish ambassador says that Poland might have to enter the Russo-Ukranian War. (#346)

    Thank goodness, it’s more nuanced than that:

    https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/polish-ambassador-france-poland-forced-201021342.html

    Quote from Poland’s Embassy in France: “During a thirty-minute conversation with the editor, Ambassador Rościszewski argued for the need for allies to support Ukraine. He also spoke about the threat that Russia poses to Europe and European values […]

    A careful listening to the entire conversation makes it clear that there was no announcement of Poland’s direct involvement in the conflict, only a warning of the consequences that a Ukrainian defeat could have: the possibility of a Russian attack, or the involvement of more Central European countries – the Baltic States and Poland.”

    Appalled (f1bcf0)

  349. Russia;s next (actually current) target is Moldova (the part of Romania annexed by Stalin – there is also the unrecognized state of Transnistria between them) However Putin is using KGB-style tactics. Russia created an economic crisis in Moldova, and is now organizing anti-government demonstrations,

    Sammy Finkelman (274012)

  350. New York City police on alert – with plainclothes police told to come in with their uniforms – probably for nothing. This refklects an absence of information.

    Sammy Finkelman (274012)

  351. North Korea coming close to beating its swords into plowshares – but it’s for the purpose of continuing its nuclear bomb program without the country collapsing into famine:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/19/world/asia/north-korea-kim-jong-un-food.html

    Hundreds of thousands of North Korean troops are mobilizing to help plant and harvest crops. The country’s military is ​rejiggering some of its munitions factories to produce tractors and threshing machines, while also ​converting some airfields ​into greenhouses. Soldiers are reportedly being asked to extend their service by three years and spend them on farms.

    The directives have come straight from North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, who has called for his military to become “a driving force” in increasing food production.

    It is both an economic imperative and a geopolitical calculation for an isolated nation facing food shortages. Sanctions imposed since 2016 over the North’s nuclear program have devastated its exports and ability to earn hard currency. Then the pandemic and the resulting border closures squeezed what little trade remained with China….

    At least, for now, North Korea is not planning on a conventional war,

    Sammy Finkelman (274012)

  352. @356, when you can’t count on asset for accurate news relaying, who can you count on? Shocker!

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  353. Trump lied, cops got overtime.

    nk (603c4e)

  354. The least he could do for his adoring public is to pull an “AOC arrested at Supreme Court” and let himself be photographed walking out of Mar-a-Lago, surrounded by his Secret Service detail, with his hand behind his back as though he were cuffed.

    nk (603c4e)

  355. The problem becomes if Bragg overcharges and tries to elevate a misdemeanor to a felony. On the totem pole of offenses, this has to be lowest. Most people view it as old news and a venial sin in a sea of more provocative mortal sins. Should the point be made that powerful people should still be made to play by the rules? Yes, especially with Cohen facing similar charges. Ex-presidents just can’t be bothered with this minutia. He has bigger frauds to architect!

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  356. A Little Over the Top:

    ……….
    “Get the military, whatever few are left that are gonna side with the people. You military personnel and you people with guns and badges and law enforcement will succumb to the will of the people,” (far right broadcaster Pete) Santilli said in a clip flagged by Right Wing Watch.

    “And ultimately, we demand, we absolutely demand that the criminals, the criminals in this country, if you want them held accountable, the criminals are Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Susan Rice,” he continued. “This entire criminal cabal that came about as a result of the murder of John F. Kennedy, the people that perpetrated the murder of John F. Kennedy, rise up to that.”

    “Military, join us and put all of them up against a concrete wall…and do what we must do to save not just our country, the entire world,” he pleaded.
    ###########

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  357. I disagree, AJ_Liberty. There is no percentage in being moderate with Trump and his cult. They will only take advantage of you. We just saw what happened with the shaman and the Capitol video clip. If Felony Review thinks they can prove a felony beyond a reasonable doubt, they should prosecute the felony.

    nk (603c4e)

  358. Just for the record, I was not dragging on asset — except I would have liked a link. There was a story but it was walked back by the Poles.

    And let’s face it, AOC is nice to look at and plays the role of revolutionary well. I’d rather look at her than MAGA it girl MTG.

    Appalled (136349)

  359. @355ever here about torquemada and the spanish inquistion? The salem witch trials? Persecution of homosexuals like alan turing?

    asset (7a3b9c)

  360. A careful listening to the entire conversation makes it clear that there was no announcement of Poland’s direct involvement in the conflict, only a warning of the consequences that a Ukrainian defeat could have: the possibility of a Russian attack, or the involvement of more Central European countries – the Baltic States and Poland.

    If Ukraine is facing imminent defeat, Poland, Romania and the Baltics have some decisions to make.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  361. @369 don’t we all?

    asset (4255d8)

  362. Every teacher in California that abandoned their students needs to be fired, today. They already abdicated their teaching responsibilities for years using the virus as an excuse, but striking now just drills down on how educating the young in even the most basic of skills is too much effort for them.

    A pox on their houses.

    NJRob (c11b53)

  363. Meanwhile, back in Democrat-run Portlandistan

    Neighbors living at Southeast 111th say their lives have become a living nightmare and they feel like there’s nothing they can do to change that.

    Recently neighbors said they witnessed a man being attacked by a person on their street. This is something they say would have never happened a few years ago.

    Gwen Ingram, who lives near a homeless encampment, said she’d never before felt how she does now. She says she’s afraid to go outside in daylight.

    “When I first moved in,” she recalled, “it was like a ‘Leave it to Beaver’ neighborhood.”

    “We never had any issues until the tents started moving in,” Ingrams neighbor, Deena Closson, added.

    One by one, Closson remembered tents began showing up. She alleges the occupants began sleeping in their backyards, stealing things and even breaking in.

    “It’s terrifying,” Ingram said, “people scream at you, yell at you, and threaten you.”

    Ingram claims police haven’t been helpful.

    “We’d call and they’d ask, ‘do you want us to come?’ We’re like, ‘yes we want you come to come out!’ That’s a stupid question.”

    JF (79b5b0)


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