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4/21/2023

Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:08 am



[guest post by Dana]

Let’s go!

First news item

Big government guy on the loose:

Mandatory stop-and-frisk. Deploying the military to fight street crime, break up gangs and deport immigrants. Purging the federal workforce and charging leakers. Former president Donald Trump has steadily begun outlining his vision for a second-term agenda, focusing on unfinished business from his time in the White House and an expansive vision for how he would wield federal power. In online videos and stump speeches, Trump is pledging to pick up where his first term left off and push even further.

Where he earlier changed border policies to reduce refugees and people seeking asylum, he’s now promising to conduct an unprecedented deportation operation. Where he previously moved to make it easier to fire federal workers, he’s now proposing a new civil service exam. After urging state and local officials to take harsher measures on crime and homelessness, Trump says he is now determined to take more direct federal action.

“In 2016, I declared I am your voice,” Trump said in a speech last month at the Conservative Political Action Conference and repeated at his first 2024 campaign rally in Waco a few weeks later. “Today, I add: I am your warrior. I am your justice. And for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution.”

Trump’s emerging platform marks a sharp departure from traditional conservative orthodoxy emphasizing small government, which was famously summed up in Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address: “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Trump, by contrast, is proposing to apply government power, centralized under his authority, toward a vast range of issues that have long remained outside the scope of federal control.

Trump team’s bottom line:

“There’s a glove of power needed to beat back the administrative state or deep state,” [former Trump budget director Russ Vought] said, “and if you’re not willing to put your hand in that glove you will fail, regardless of how much credibility you have with the base.”

Trump wants to build “Freedom Cities” from scratch:

The new cities proposal consists of a national contest to charter up to 10 D.C.-sized metropolises on undeveloped federal land. Administration officials discussed the concept toward the end of Trump’s term, but he did not campaign on it in 2020…Trump has discussed the new “Freedom Cities” in utopian terms, with flying cars, manufacturing hubs and opportunities for homeownership, promising a “quantum leap in the American standard of living.” The campaign has provided few details on how the plan would work in practice.

Second news item

**Great news:

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced Friday that the U.S. will begin training Ukrainian forces on American-made Abrams tanks in the coming weeks…Thirty-one Abrams M1A1s will arrive at a training area in Grafenwoehr, Germany, in mid to late April, with up to 250 Ukrainian troops beginning a 10-week course there soon after, according to U.S. officials. Follow-on maneuver training might also be done on a different base in Germany…In March, after consultation with Kyiv, Pentagon officials announced a plan to dramatically speed delivery of the 31 tanks the U.S. had committed to Ukraine by refurbishing older models instead of building new ones from scratch, which was the original plan. Building new M1A2 Abrams could have taken years, according to defense officials. Milley clarified that the 31 tanks heading to Germany are training models not suitable for combat. The training will be conducted as the U.S. refurbishes another set of 31 Abrams M1A1 tanks to send to the battlefield, which are expected to arrive on the battlefield this fall.

**“Great news” in that this is finally happening. As I’ve long maintained, the administration needed to move with urgency and provide Ukraine with what *they* they determined they would need to defeat Russia. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Worries about Putin and nuclear threats, thus fears of ratcheting up the tension has slowed down the decision-making. But this is great news if it helps boost morale for Ukrainian troops, knowing that the tanks will be coming soon…but admittedly, perhaps not soon enough.

By providing aid sufficient to produce a stalemate, but not enough to roll back Russian territorial gains, the Biden administration may be unintentionally seizing defeat from the jaws of victory. Out of an over-abundance of caution about provoking Russian escalation (conventional as well as nuclear), we are in effect ceding the initiative to Russian President Vladimir Putin and reducing the pressure on Moscow to halt its aggression and get serious about negotiations.

Third news item

Yikes:

Public schools in Texas would have to prominently display the Ten Commandments in every classroom starting next school year under a bill the Texas Senate approved Thursday.

Senate Bill 1515 by Sen. Phil King, R-Weatherford, now heads to the House for consideration.

This is the latest attempt from Texas Republicans to inject religion into public schools. In 2021, state Sen. Bryan Hughes, a Mineola Republican, authored a bill that became law requiring schools to display donated “In God We Trust” signs.

King believes the bill is necessary because he believes that the Ten Commandments are part of American heritage and thus should be visible in school classrooms.

In an interesting twist and making sense:

In opposition to the bill, John Litzler, general counsel and director of public policy at the Texas Baptists Christian Life Commission, said at the committee hearing that the organization has concerns about taxpayer money being used to buy religious texts and that parents, not schools, should be having conversations about religion with their children. “I should have the right to introduce my daughter to the concepts of adultery and coveting one’s spouse,” Litzler said. “It shouldn’t be one of the first things she learns to read in her kindergarten classroom.”

(The same parents that agree with Litzler regarding the religious teaching of their children would likely include issues relating to sex as well.)

Fourth news item

From the usual suspects, of course:

A coalition of GOP lawmakers has urged the Biden administration to stop sending “unrestrained” aid and weapons to Ukraine amid its ongoing war with neighboring Russia… The lawmakers noted in their letter the risks associated with supplying Ukraine with necessary aid and weapons, saying how the country’s continued contribution could escalate the conflict between the two countries and create a proxy war with Russia… The lawmakers also said that Biden should prioritize more diplomatic efforts to advocate for a peace agreement between the two countries…

“There are appropriate ways in which the U.S. can support the Ukrainian people, but unlimited arms supplies in support of an endless war is not one of them. Our national interests, and those of the Ukrainian people, are best served by incentivizing the negotiations that are urgently needed to bring this conflict to a resolution,” the letter concludes. “We strongly urge you to advocate for a negotiated peace between the two sides, bringing this awful conflict to a close.”

For the thousandth time: How does one negotiate with a morally bankrupt terrorist state that has unlawfully invaded a sovereign nation, annexed territories, targeted civilians (death, torture, rape, imprisonment), and committed war crimes by abducting thousands of children and sending them to Russia for re-education, and disposed of civilians in mass graves, etc.? Not until Russia pulls out of Ukraine and the annexed territories (including Crimea), then and only then, should negotiations be considered. Why do these far-right Republicans constantly put the burden on Ukraine to end this unjust war? Why don’t they put the responsibility for the war and its end on Russia? These Republicans are the gift that just keeps on giving…to Russian propagandists:

A few excerpts from the letter:

Over the past year, the U.S. has been the principal financier of the Ukrainian defense effort. As the war enters its second year, there is no end in sight and no clear strategy to bring this war to a close. A proxy war with Russia in Ukraine is not in the strategic interest of the United States and risks an escalation that could spiral out of control. The recently announced shipments of M1 Abrams tanks will require months of training and transport. Ground Launched Small Diameter Bombs will similarly take months to arrive.2 These announcements signal that your administration is settling in for a long-term conflict. The current strategy of sanctions and drawn-out aid will only prolong the conflict, leading to escalation and more violence.

Our national and economic security demand an alternative. Unrestrained U.S. aid for Ukraine must come to an end, and we will adamantly oppose all future aid packages unless they are linked to a clear diplomatic strategy designed to bring this war to a rapid conclusion.

Our military assistance goes beyond tangible assets to include military training6 and intelligence support. The extent of our aid makes it increasingly difficult to deny Russian accusations of U.S. complicity in a proxy war. Vladimir Putin’s advisors are already framing the conflict as “a military confrontation between Russia and NATO, and above all the United States and Britain.” Russian tolerance for fighting a proxy war with NATO could run out at any point. The decision to invade Ukraine should be evidence enough of Putin’s willingness to use military force and should give us pause in continuing to push the limits at the risk of catastrophe.

Fifth news item

NYC Mayor Adams unloads:

Mayor Adams charged Friday that New York City is getting “destroyed” by the federal government’s failure to contain the nation’s migrant crisis — a thinly-veiled broadside against President Biden delivered just hours before Hizzoner was set to meet with White House officials about the matter.

Adams, who claimed earlier this week that Biden has “failed” the city by not providing more migrant-related financial assistance, leveled the latest jab against the president in remarks at the African American Mayors Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Sixth news item

His age is the problem, according to those polled:

President Joe Biden intends to announce his 2024 reelection campaign as soon as Tuesday, multiple outlets report, though a new Associated Press/NORC poll suggests that most Americans, even Democrats, would prefer he didn’t run—even as Democrats are still prepared to vote for him in a general election.

The poll, conducted April 13-17 among 1,230 U.S. adults, found only 26% of respondents would like to see Biden run again in 2024, versus 73% who said he shouldn’t.

That includes 47% of Democrats, while 52% of Democrats do not want him to run.

The vast majority of Democrats—81%—say they’re likely to support Biden in a general election if he does run, however, with 41% saying they would “definitely” vote for him and 40% saying they “probably” would.

Seventh news item

Ditto:

Count me out of any overt or covert enthusiasm for [Robert F.] Kennedy’s bid…

Last year, Kennedy said during a speech, “Even in Hitler’s Germany, you could cross the Alps to Switzerland. You could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did… the mechanisms are being put in place that will make it so none of us can run and none of us can hide.” Kennedy later apologized.

Anyone who is going around arguing that today’s Americans have it rougher than Anne Frank needs his head examined.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, and American politics has way more than enough crazy people, statements, and behavior as is. This country’s paranoid schizophrenics are in bad enough shape; they don’t need another presidential candidate running around the country telling them that Cigarette-Smoking Man, the Illuminati and Bigfoot are all teaming up to work against them. Do you want more unhinged paranoid political enthusiasts sending pipe bombs in the mail?

Is it conceivable that some aspect of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s presidential campaign redounds to the benefit of Republicans? Sure. But for that to happen, Kennedy’s bid has to matter, and for Kennedy’s bid to matter, more Americans have to buy into his nonsense conspiracy theories. That leaves the country as a whole in worse shape, no matter who benefits politically in the short-term.

Eighth news item

Unsurprising:

Aid workers at non-profit organizations in Afghanistan that receive financial support from the U.S. government say they’re being forced to pay fees and provide services to the Taliban. They spoke to CBS News days after the head of a U.S. government oversight office tasked with monitoring how U.S. tax dollars are spent in Afghanistan told lawmakers that his staff “simply do not know” the extent to which the American people may unknowingly be funding the terrorist group.

“Since the Taliban takeover, the U.S. government has sought to continue supporting the Afghan people without providing benefits for the Taliban regime,” Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John F. Sopko said Wednesday in testimony to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Accountability. “However, it is clear from our work that the Taliban is using various methods to divert U.S. aid dollars.”

Ninth news item

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising anniversary:

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the first German president to speak at the commemorations, joined Polish and Israeli heads of state to mark 80 years since a doomed uprising by Jewish insurgents against Nazi German occupiers.

“I stand before you today and ask for your forgiveness for the crimes committed by Germans here,” said Steinmeier, speaking at the annual ceremony held in Warsaw’s former Jewish district.

During his speech, the German president also blasted his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for waging war against Ukraine.

“This war brings immeasurable suffering, violence, destruction and death to the people of Ukraine,” he added.

Ultimately, the Nazis shut down the uprising by setting fire to it. Estimates are that 7,000 Jews died in the battles and another 6,000 in the fires. And yet, incredibly and heroically, the Jews remained determined while knowing the odds were strongly against them:

“The revolt was suicide. We couldn’t win, but we had to do them harm,” ghetto survivor Halina Birenbaum, 93, told AFP ahead of the anniversary.

Tenth news item

Another Russian dissident condemned for telling the truth about Vladimir Putin:

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., along with more than 70 other members of Congress, sent a letter to the U.S. State Department urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to designate U.S. Legal Permanent Resident and Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza as “unlawfully and wrongfully detained” under the Levinson Act (22 U.S.C. 1741 et seq.). The legislators also called upon the U.S. government to use its resources to free Kara-Murza, who was arrested by Russian police in April 2022 and was recently sentenced to 25 years in prison. Kara-Murza is reportedly in poor health after suffering complications from two previous Kremlin-directed poisonings.

“Since his arrest in April 2022, Mr. Kara-Murza has suffered from unjust treatment. His health has declined, and he has lost 40 pounds. As a result of two poisonings President Putin inflicted on him during trips to Russia in 2015 and 2017, he had already been diagnosed with polyneuropathy. He has now lost feeling in both feet and one arm… It is very likely he will die soon unless he is released,” the legislators wrote.

The legislators cite Kara-Murza’s strong support of human rights and his anti-war speech in their call for his release.

“His only crime is using his voice to oppose Putin’s evil. It is in the U.S. national interest to save his life and liberate him from Russian captivity,” the legislators wrote.

To rid the world of Putin, freedom fighters like Vladimir Kara-Murza, who has been the target of two assassination attempts by the Kremlin, must be supported:

On Monday, a judge in Moscow handed down the harshest penalty ever imposed on a member of the Russian pro-democracy opposition. For the crime of publicly stating his political views, Vladimir Kara-Murza was sentenced to 25 years of hard labour in a decrepit Russian gulag prison camp.

Mr. Kara-Murza was detained in April, 2022, as he told the court last week, “for speaking out against the war in Ukraine. For many years of struggle against Vladimir Putin’s dictatorship. For facilitating the adoption of personal international sanctions under the Magnitsky Act against human rights violators.” He is among more than 20,000 Russians who have been detained for speaking out against the regime over the past year.

Mr. Kara-Murza’s vision for a free and democratic Russia – one that respects the rule of law, human rights and the sovereignty of its neighbours – made him a victim of Mr. Putin’s domestic war on democracy and the truth, but it is a vision that the democratic world should support…

Russian opposition leader and chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, says Mr. Kara-Murza’s fate depends on the fate of the Putin regime. “The path to his freedom is readily available: give Ukraine the weapons it needs to win this war and accelerate the downfall of Putin and the liberation of all Russian political prisoners.”

Ultimately:

It’s unlikely the democratic world will be able to bear another 25 years of Vladimir Putin. This is why we must do all we can today, to take the battle to Russia’s crypto-Stalinist kleptocrats by enabling and empowering the movement for freedom and democracy in Russia and supporting brave heroes like Vladimir Kara-Murza.

Have a good weekend.

–Dana

282 Responses to “Weekend Open Thread”

  1. Hello.

    Russia acknowledged dropping a bomb on one of its cities leaving a 60′ crater in the ground.

    Dana (560c99)

  2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced Friday that the U.S. will begin training Ukrainian forces on American-made Abrams tanks in the coming weeks. . .

    It’s just so frustrating. The Biden Administration continues to do the right thing, only they do it somewhere between 12-24 weeks later than they should have. I’ve been trying to be gracious, see it from the Administration’s perspective, and give them the benefit of the doubt, but they continue to act as if this war just needs to be managed instead of won. And the leaks that came out recently which suggest that the Administration is lying about Ukraine’s successes should be an eye-opener to all of us. I said this earlier and I will reiterate it now: at this point the West needs to announce that henceforth Ukraine will be armed with the weapons it has requested, so long as Russian boots are on Ukrainian soil. If they can’t or won’t do that, and if we aren’t willing to escalate this war with NATO troops (which is probably a nonstarter) then we need to work with China and a whole lot of miscreant countries to negotiate a cease-fire and agreement, which will no doubt lead to Ukraine giving up some territory.

    JVW (c9d271)

  3. Yes, the Russian economy is taking a hit. More weapons for Ukraine, more sanctions against the Putin regime.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  4. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. . .

    I actually listened to a few moments of his speech. What is wrong with this voice? It is just awful, especially since his dad and his Uncle Jack (if not exactly Uncle Ted) had very memorable speaking voices, their thick Bhawston accents notwithstanding. But RFK Jr. has this high-pitched reedy voice which rises with weird inflections and weird points and to me was just heavily distracting. It sounded like he was having an emotional breakdown, or was reverting to a 13-year-old with his voice cracking. There is no way the American people will react favorably to his oratory coming from that weak of an instrument.

    And yeah, he’s a nutjob.

    JVW (c9d271)

  5. RFK Jr. has the same ailment that ails Susan Collins and ailed Katherine Hepburn. Some kind of blueblood nervous disorder, but I’m sure he was always a nutjob.
    Back in 2005, after Lancet retracted their bogus report on the link between MMR vaccines and autism, RFK Jr. rejected the retraction and doubled down.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  6. @4. What is wrong with this voice?

    ‘In 2008, it was reported that Kennedy has spasmodic dysphonia, which causes his voice to quaver and makes speech difficult. It is a form of an involuntary movement disorder called dystonia that affects only the larynx.’ – wikibio

    Better to ask, what is wrong with THIS voice:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfoWQRnALiQ&t=8s

    DCSCA (f256de)

  7. https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2023/04/21/revealed-biden-campaign-and-tony-blinken-orchestrated-letter-from-intel-officials-disputing-hunter-biden-laptop-n1689030

    How many millions of dollars was this campaign collusion worth? Lying to the public and banning the truth. Very stalinist.

    NJRob (9ff225)

  8. https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/catherinesalgado/2023/04/20/judicial-watch-obtains-docs-showing-u-s-funded-wuhan-lab-research-from-2013-2020-n1688994

    And more lies from our government. Judicial Watch doing the job our media won’t do. Reporting on our government funding illegal research overseas.

    At least conservatives are reporting on this. No one else will.

    NJRob (9ff225)

  9. According to the letter, Morell testified there were “two intents” with the letter. “One intent was to share our concern with the American people that the Russians were playing on this issue; and, two, it was to help Vice President Biden.”

    Rob, according to the link you provided the people who said “this has all the earmarks or a Russian operation” sincerely believed that was the case and were trying to inform the Public of that fact. I also note that unsurprisingly Jim Jordan misrepresented the testimony.

    You should really read the links you provide.

    Time123 (f43840)

  10. DCSCA, dogs will be yelping in distress come October 2024 if it becomes RFK Jr vs DeSantis.

    urbanleftbehind (56e746)

  11. Time,

    Biden told him what to do. He said he wouldn’t have otherwise. He’s repeating the same propaganda you are.

    NJRob (9ff225)

  12. Morell admitted that he organized the letter and its signatories with the intention of helping then-Vice President Biden because “he wanted to win the election.” He used his influence to convince his colleagues to sign the letter with the false claims to help the Biden campaign win.

    “Morell further explained that one of his two goals in releasing the statement was to help then-Vice President Biden in the debate and to assist him in winning the election,” Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mike Turner (R-Ohio) wrote in their letter to Blinken.

    According to the letter, Morell testified there were “two intents” with the letter. “One intent was to share our concern with the American people that the Russians were playing on this issue; and, two, it was to help Vice President Biden.”

    When asked why he wanted to help Biden, Morell testified, “Because I wanted him to win the election.”

    According to Morell, he only decided to take action and organize the letter, as well as exonerate Biden from allegations related to his son’s laptop, after Blinken contacted him. He said that his conversation with Blinken “triggered… that intent.”

    Notice what you left out.

    NJRob (9ff225)

  13. I left it out because it doesn’t change the fact that he testified he believed what he was saying and wanted to share that. I’m not denying that he was also motivated to help the Biden campaign. I’m saying his testimony doesn’t show that he lied. Which is what you claimed.

    Time123 (0a11f0)

  14. Mandatory stop-and-frisk. Deploying the military to fight street crime, break up gangs and deport immigrants.

    None of this is very surprising, as the whole “Commander-in-Chief” thing allows a president direct control. Up to the point where Congress and/or the courts intervene.

    I would imagine that Trump would declare sanctuary cities and states to be in rebellion to justify use of troops, and if he had control of either house of Congress he might get away with it. Probably also suspend habeas corpus.

    Would he obey a district court order (one can always be arranged)? Probably not. Would states or cities resist? Trump would (possibly correctly) call that treason. And even the Supreme Court might hesitate or go along: their track record of opposing presidential uses of the military isn’t all that good. Both Jackson and (less directly) Lincoln told them to get stuffed.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  15. BTW, if you think that Trump wielding military power in the no-so-United States is frightening, consider that many voters see it as “about time.”

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  16. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced Friday that the U.S. will begin training Ukrainian forces on American-made Abrams tanks in the coming weeks…Thirty-one Abrams M1A1s will arrive at a training area in Grafenwoehr, Germany, in mid to late April

    There were no tanks already in Germany? Or are these special tanks with all the secret bits removed? I don’t see this as great news, so much as too little, too late.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  17. Public schools in Texas would have to prominently display the Ten Commandments in every classroom starting next school year under a bill the Texas Senate approved Thursday.

    This is an outright challenge to the Established Religion called “Secular Humanism.” This heresy must be stamped out.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  18. I think, although possibly too little, too late, something is better than nothing. If knowing that the tanks are coming in the near future can boost troop morale and give them hope to hold on for a while longer, then that’s good. But I have always maintained that we need to give them everything *they* need ASAP.

    Dana (560c99)

  19. the risks associated with supplying Ukraine with necessary aid and weapons, saying how the country’s continued contribution could escalate the conflict between the two countries and create a proxy war with Russia

    I could argue that we are already in a proxy war — with China.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  20. Adams, who claimed earlier this week that Biden has “failed” the city by not providing more migrant-related financial assistance, leveled the latest jab against the president in remarks at the African American Mayors Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

    Former California Governor Wilson said the same things to President Clinton in the 1990’s, only to be ignored. New York saw no reason to help California then. This is, I guess, the meaning of “being eaten last.”

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  21. I’ve added a clarification to item #2 and the “Great news”.

    Dana (560c99)

  22. This should be much bigger news:
    https://twitter.com/JudiciaryGOP/status/1649202188684611584

    Please tell me why it isn’t.

    Secretary Blinken and the Biden Campaign Were Behind the Infamous Public Statement from Former Intel Officials on the Hunter Biden Laptop.

    By any definition, is this election-rigging?

    whembly (d116f3)

  23. @9

    Rob, according to the link you provided the people who said “this has all the earmarks or a Russian operation” sincerely believed that was the case and were trying to inform the Public of that fact. I also note that unsurprisingly Jim Jordan misrepresented the testimony.

    You should really read the links you provide.

    Time123 (f43840) — 4/21/2023 @ 12:26 pm

    The problem here Time, is that the FBI knew it wasn’t a Russian plant at the time.

    It doesn’t take long at all to make that determination, and in the run up of the election, it’s obvious that the Biden-allies, social media and established media were more interested in given Biden cover than to do any sort of good-faith accounting.

    whembly (d116f3)

  24. Hi Dana

    Not saying Trump’s version of help is the answer, but you need a government of some magnitude to disassemble a government of magnitude. The disassembly positions should be temporary. It might be hard to get good people to fill temporary positions so you’d have to pay well, treat people well, protect them from the inevitable character smears engineered by the opposition. Trump Administration positions 2024 would be poisonous to careers. Yet another reason for me to ask the GOP to choose a viable candidate who won’t have to hire the dregs of the party for important positions. Trumps calls to ask if you’d be interested in being his AG? Ha ha ha ha ha. Click. White House Solicitor. Sorry my great, great grandfather died and we’ve begun a 4 year mourning period.

    Can you imagine the “brain trust” Trump would be able to assemble? All the smart people will say no

    steveg (263377)

  25. @14

    Mandatory stop-and-frisk. Deploying the military to fight street crime, break up gangs and deport immigrants.

    None of this is very surprising, as the whole “Commander-in-Chief” thing allows a president direct control. Up to the point where Congress and/or the courts intervene.

    I would imagine that Trump would declare sanctuary cities and states to be in rebellion to justify use of troops, and if he had control of either house of Congress he might get away with it. Probably also suspend habeas corpus.

    Would he obey a district court order (one can always be arranged)? Probably not. Would states or cities resist? Trump would (possibly correctly) call that treason. And even the Supreme Court might hesitate or go along: their track record of opposing presidential uses of the military isn’t all that good. Both Jackson and (less directly) Lincoln told them to get stuffed.

    Kevin M (f94f4f) — 4/21/2023 @ 12:58 pm

    I can emphasize with Trump on this, as he lived in NY when Guilliani instituted this. A brute tactic that did work for the time being, but unambiguously caused higher racial tensions.

    The problem is, it’s DOA coming from Trump as he’s so polarizing, people will believe he’s only doing this out of racial hostility.

    whembly (d116f3)

  26. I don’t particularly blame the Loser much for this mistake, since so many get it wrong, but a “quantum leap” is not large, but incredibly tiny.

    The Loser knows so many things that aren’t so.

    Jim Miller (0e46f9)

  27. The problem is, it’s DOA coming from Trump as he’s so polarizing, people will believe he’s only doing this out of racial hostility.

    But, he fights!

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  28. @2

    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced Friday that the U.S. will begin training Ukrainian forces on American-made Abrams tanks in the coming weeks. . .

    It’s just so frustrating. The Biden Administration continues to do the right thing, only they do it somewhere between 12-24 weeks later than they should have. I’ve been trying to be gracious, see it from the Administration’s perspective, and give them the benefit of the doubt, but they continue to act as if this war just needs to be managed instead of won. And the leaks that came out recently which suggest that the Administration is lying about Ukraine’s successes should be an eye-opener to all of us. I said this earlier and I will reiterate it now: at this point the West needs to announce that henceforth Ukraine will be armed with the weapons it has requested, so long as Russian boots are on Ukrainian soil. If they can’t or won’t do that, and if we aren’t willing to escalate this war with NATO troops (which is probably a nonstarter) then we need to work with China and a whole lot of miscreant countries to negotiate a cease-fire and agreement, which will no doubt lead to Ukraine giving up some territory.

    JVW (c9d271) — 4/21/2023 @ 11:17 am

    I have a sneaking suspicion that there are a lot more equipment/training being done in various places that the public doesn’t know.

    I suspect it’s because no one wants it blasted out in the media for Russia to turn it around for their own public needs.

    Besides, heavy tanks from what I understand are limited around Ukraine till almost summer time due to poor road/ground condition. So, they’re probably purposely earmarking the big push for these tanks when the next freeze occurs in the fall. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other non-tanks equipment (and training) being sent to Ukraine.

    But, I do concede your larger point: In that there’s no denying that the US (and the West) is helping Russia. If we want this war to end, we should send exactly whatever Ukraine needs to stop Russia.

    whembly (d116f3)

  29. I don’t particularly blame the Loser much for this mistake, since so many get it wrong, but a “quantum leap” is not large, but incredibly tiny.

    It’s a discontinuous change in position. Almost always very very tiny, but not (strictly speaking) always. In the popular use, it’s the discontinuity part that’s referenced.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  30. I’ve added a clarification to item #2 and the “Great news”.

    Biden seems to have adopted the “incrementalism” that was characteristic of US military postures in the Vietnam era. He’s clearly rejected General Powell’s “overwhelming force” doctrine and returned to the 1970s. Unfortunately, this leads to the “boiling frog” scenarios, where both sides get in way too deep because the pain at any moment of the process is tolerable.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  31. Whembly, that may be true. (Honestly don’t know) but if it is it has zero bearing on Rob’s claim that they lied. Especially since his proof is testimony where they say part of their motivation was that they believed this was a Russian operation.

    Time123 (f43840)

  32. @24

    Hi Dana

    Not saying Trump’s version of help is the answer, but you need a government of some magnitude to disassemble a government of magnitude. The disassembly positions should be temporary. It might be hard to get good people to fill temporary positions so you’d have to pay well, treat people well, protect them from the inevitable character smears engineered by the opposition. Trump Administration positions 2024 would be poisonous to careers. Yet another reason for me to ask the GOP to choose a viable candidate who won’t have to hire the dregs of the party for important positions. Trumps calls to ask if you’d be interested in being his AG? Ha ha ha ha ha. Click. White House Solicitor. Sorry my great, great grandfather died and we’ve begun a 4 year mourning period.

    Can you imagine the “brain trust” Trump would be able to assemble? All the smart people will say no

    steveg (263377) — 4/21/2023 @ 1:26 pm

    I would argue that the next GOP president (Trump/DeSantis/Haley/etc…) should go ham against the administrative state and civil service.

    There are scenario that these folks cannot be outright fired, but they can be order to “go do something else”.

    Hence why I like DeSantis’ Florida governance, in that he installs personnel that are purposeful to get “points on the board”.

    whembly (d116f3)

  33. @31

    Whembly, that may be true. (Honestly don’t know) but if it is it has zero bearing on Rob’s claim that they lied. Especially since his proof is testimony where they say part of their motivation was that they believed this was a Russian operation.

    Time123 (f43840) — 4/21/2023 @ 1:42 pm

    No, I do think they’re lying. Lying by omission and a legalese statement designed to give Biden allies the pretext to shut down the line of questionings.

    They *know* what it would take to ascertain whether or not such laptops is real or Russian disinformation.

    Gutter politics that turned out great for the Biden campaign.

    whembly (d116f3)

  34. But it didn’t shut things down. It slowed things down about a few days and might have given them some talking points. But the slow down came at the expense of a lot of stories about what Twitter did.

    Time123 (f43840)

  35. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced Friday that the U.S. will begin training Ukrainian forces on American-made Abrams tanks in the coming weeks

    A complete waste of U.S. taxpayer resources. An incompetent bureaucrat who deserved to be fired after the Afghanistan debacle.

    Been there, done that: ‘The United States supplied a dizzying amount of firepower and equipment to ARVN forces, providing everything from tanks, APCs, and helicopters to bullets, small arms, and rations. American training further enhanced the ARVN troops. Despite this support, ARVN troops were often poorly led and suffered from internal strife amongst the South Vietnamese high command.’

    A complete waste of U.S. taxpayer resources. An incompetent bureaucratic parasite nested w/t MIC who deserved to be fired after the Afghanistan debacle.

    https://www.pritzkermilitary.org/explore/vietnam-war/armed-forces

    …and the MIC smiled.

    ‘This Letter’s postmarked Vietnam’… SSgt. Barry Sadler, 1966

    DCSCA (998c85)

  36. Too good to be true? Probably.

    Vladimir Putin is reportedly wearing diapers and suffering from “nervous breakdowns” while receiving treatment for an alleged cancer diagnosis, RadarOnline.com has learned.

    In a surprising development to come after months of rumors and reports that the 70-year-old Russian leader is slowly dying, Kremlin sources claimed Putin suffered a breakdown this week after switching to a “stronger cancer medicine.”

    (Links omitted. They all point back to the site where I found this, anyway.)

    But it is still a fun thought, and will remind those who know a little history of the death of Stalin. And the way Hitler was cracking up at the end.

    Jim Miller (0e46f9)

  37. Copied from the previous weekend open thread:

    Two notable quotes I read:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/17/opinion/leaked-documents-desantis-biden-budget.html

    Bret Stephens: Bob Kerrey, the former Nebraska governor and senator, emailed me a letter he was considering putting in the mail. He gave me permission to share it with our readers, so here you have it:

    Dear Federal Government,

    When a 21-year-old National Guardsman gets access to top secret briefings, my first conclusion is: You guys left the keys in the car and that’s why it was “stolen.” And when journalists find out who committed the crime before you do, my conclusion is that you folks are overpaid.

    Bob …..

    https://www.wsj.com/video/series/wonder-land-henninger/wsj-opinion-jack-teixeira-and-the-gamification-of-accountability/F3191764-F680-442C-97CA-98760AE832FB

    : “What intrigues me about this story—because I think it has implications beyond the intelligence breach itself—is how Jack Teixeira and his gamer pals seem to have made no distinction between their fantasy world of war and a real war in which Ukrainians are dying each day.”

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  38. How does one negotiate with a morally bankrupt terrorist state that has unlawfully invaded a sovereign nation, annexed territories, targeted civilians (death, torture, rape, imprisonment), and committed war crimes by abducting thousands of children and sending them to Russia for re-education, and disposed of civilians in mass graves, etc.?

    Even more true of Russian and Iranian ally orclient state Syria.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  39. The Wagner Group is offering to side with one of the generals in Sudan:

    https://www.cnn.com/2023/04/20/africa/wagner-sudan-russia-libya-intl/index.html

    That general is wary of being perceived to be as siding with Russia (in other words, Russia appears to be losing – at least losing in places not close to Russia)

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  40. Mandatory stop-and-frisk.

    Frisk for what? What happened to constitutional carry?

    nk (0e94ce)

  41. You can organize whatever you want, and spend as much as you want, to help your candidate win. Citizens United and progeny. Also the First Amendment.

    It’s not an illegal campaign contribution if you do not coordinate your efforts with the candidate.

    nk (0e94ce)

  42. Emerging Biden scandals:

    https://nypost.com/2023/04/20/merrick-garland-at-center-of-hunter-biden-whistleblower-claim (Delaware Prosecutor is not completely independent)

    https://www.cnn.com/2023/04/21/politics/hunter-biden-laptop-story-antony-blinken/index.html (not clear, but Biden campaign may have engineered the letter signed by 51 former intelligence officials

    https://nypost.com/2023/04/17/six-more-bidens-may-have-gained-from-family-business-schemes-comer )Nine Biden family members may have gotten or been given some money from the influence peddling schemes.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  43. Joe Biden probably to announce for president next Tuesday in low key video.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  44. By any definition, is this election-rigging?

    whembly (d116f3) — 4/21/2023 @ 1:22 pm

    No.

    The first and most straightforward way to “rig” an election is to arrange to steal votes. ……… The list of other ways you can commit electoral fraud is lengthy. Voter intimidation, vote buying, disinformation, confusing or misleading ballots, ballot stuffing, mis-recording of votes, destruction of ballots, tampering with voting machines, and voter impersonation are just a few. …….

    At best the letter was an attempt to discourage attention to a story whose outlines were unclear at the time. I doubt massive numbers of votes were based on the letter.

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  45. How does one negotiate with a morally bankrupt terrorist state that has unlawfully invaded a sovereign nation, annexed territories, targeted civilians (death, torture, rape, imprisonment), and committed war crimes by abducting thousands of children and sending them to Russia for re-education, and disposed of civilians in mass graves, etc.?

    The average PhD at Ferris State, CSUDH would intuit from your intro phrasing that you are talking about the USA and starting gibbering on about Bush, Cheney, Trump; never getting to the point of understanding that the subject is Russia, not the USA

    steveg (263377)

  46. RIP Richard Riordan (92. The most recent (and probably last) Republican mayor of Los Angeles (1993-2001).

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  47. First item when reagan and his administration wasn’t committing treason with iran and selling crack to black school children to finance the contras along with ollie north/eden pastore he was enlarging government and the deficit.

    asset (319cdc)

  48. On the subject of immigration, Eric Adams is going to get a lot of Federal money if he shuts up and toes the party line. I don’t think much of Eric Adams because he got a couple busloads into NYC from Texas and pitched a fit, while at the same time the Border Patrol was releasing border crossers into fellow Democrat run El Paso at rates up to 350 per day.
    NYC arguably has more local resources per million residents than El Paso does.

    steveg (263377)

  49. But it didn’t shut things down. It slowed things down about a few days and might have given them some talking points.

    It gave social media like Twitter a basis for censoring “disinformation.” It should be obvious my now that governments and politicians use the disinformation label too freely for any responsible 3rd party to rely upon it.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  50. RIP Richard Riordan

    Now that he’s safely dead:

    Opinion: The mayor who ‘could see around corners’ made L.A. a better city

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  51. Frisk for what? What happened to constitutional carry?

    A really bad idea. Terrible, in fact. The only difference between licensed carry and constitutional carry is that for one you have to demonstrate proficiency and legal ability to have a gun, and the other playing a few rounds of Grand Theft Auto is enough.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  52. A New Forever War:

    …………
    ………….Reps. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) introduced a bill seeking authorization for the use of military force to “put us at war with the cartels.” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said he is open to sending U.S. troops into Mexico to target drug lords even without that nation’s permission. And lawmakers in both chambers have filed legislation to label some cartels as foreign terrorist organizations, a move supported by GOP presidential aspirants.
    …………..
    …………..(T)he eagerness of some Republicans to openly legislate or embrace the use of the military in Mexico suggests that the idea is taking firmer root inside the party. And it illustrates the ways in which frustration with immigration, drug overdose deaths and antipathy towards China are defining the GOP’s larger foreign policy.
    ………..
    ………..Trump is reviving his hawkish instincts toward the drug lords. He has already vowed to deploy U.S. special forces to take on drug cartels, “just as we took down ISIS and the ISIS caliphate.”

    In one policy video released by his campaign, Trump said that if reelected, he would “order the Department of Defense to make appropriate use of special forces, cyber warfare, and other overt and covert actions to inflict maximum damage on cartel leadership, infrastructure and operations.”

    Other 2024 candidates side with Trump. Using military force on cartels without Mexico’s permission “would not be the preferred option, but we would absolutely be willing to do it,” entrepreneur and conservative activist Vivek Ramaswamy said in an interview. What the cartels are doing “is a form of attack” on the United States, he added.
    …………
    ………..(C) current and former U.S. foreign policy and military officials, including Republicans, say there are glaring problems with the military proposals. “If you thought Iraq was a bad situation, wait until you invade a country on our border,” a House Republican congressional aide said. “Our grandchildren will be dealing with this.”
    …………

    Related:

    Trump Endorses Using Military to Crush Cartels: ‘I Would Do That’

    Apparently those in favor using military forces against the cartels have watched Clear and Present Danger too many times; and they forgot the last time we invaded Mexico-the Pancho Villa Expedition (1916-17), which resulted in failure to capture Villa but united Mexican citizens against the US.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  53. It’s not an illegal campaign contribution if you do not coordinate your efforts with the candidate.

    At least here. In Canada, people who expose criminality that “both sides” want to keep quiet have been jailed for illegal campaigning.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  54. Apparently those in favor using military forces against the cartels have watched Clear and Present Danger too many times

    Whoever wrote that has not watched it even once.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  55. At best the letter was an attempt to discourage attention to a story whose outlines were unclear at the time

    Unclear to whom? Not to Joe Biden or his posse.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  56. The Russians bombed Belgorod. One of the explanations was that it was a glide bomb that didn’t glide. My question there would be why are those being released over a city? The Russians crashed one of their planes into an apartment building in Yeysk which is in Russia across the Azov from Mariupol, Ukraine. Their aviation maintenance problems history maybe should have their pilots routed around population centers?
    Gallows humor wagers are being taken on the following: In the event of nuclear war with the West, how many Russian atomic weapons will actually detonate in Russia? and how many of USA atomic weapons will actually detonate in the USA? I am guessing that the USA has one. Russia 3-5 all in the hinterlands plus 1 in Kaliningrad which they’ll call a win if some of the fallout drifts into Poland

    steveg (263377)

  57. The truth was very clear to Joe Biden and the top Biden campaign: the files the New York Post had from the lsptop were genuine and not hacked.

    Although maybe not clear to Blinken, who was used as an intermediary

    And the Politico headline went further than the letter itself in ascribing the info to Russia.

    Sammy Finkelman (83ca36)

  58. To the best of my knowledge, this Wikipedia article is a reasonable summary of “stop and frisk” in New York.

    It even quotes Michael Bloomberg’s politically incorrect, but factually correct, claim:

    In response to allegations that the program unfairly targets African-American and Hispanic-American individuals, then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated that it is because African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans represent 90% of both perpetrators and victims of violent crime in the city.

    (One consequence of the program was that some small time crooks, rather than carrying guns regularly, hid them in public places, retrieving them only when they were about to commit a crime.)

    Jim Miller (0e46f9)

  59. First item when reagan and his administration wasn’t committing treason with iran and selling crack to black school children to finance the contras along with ollie north/eden pastore he was enlarging government and the deficit.

    So many things wrong or just whackjob conspiracy theory.

    [The reporter who “broke” the CIA/crack story] later agreed in an interview that there is no hard evidence that the CIA as an institution or any of its agent-employees carried out or profited from drug trafficking.

    https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/drugs/special/cia.html

    We’ve been over the Reagan/Iran “treason” lie before. I guess you prefer lies.

    As for enlarging government, that was Tip O’Neil’s price for allowing the final Cold War buildup that broke the USSR’s economy. It’s hard to keep up with the Joneses when they are using credit and you are using hard cash.

    The government’s share of the GDP was 20% when Reagan left office, and was also 20% midway through Trump’s term. It peaked at 31% in 2020. It’s about 25% NOW. The record was 40% in 1943-45.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  60. So the “experts” honestly believed the Russian Trump pee tape was real, but the Hunter Biden laptop “had all the earmarks of a Russian disinformation campaign”. Right. Because the Russians really believed that the USA with a heavily medicated dementia patient at President was going to be more dangerous to them than an erratic Trump, so they launched their invasion under with Biden at the helm. That is the only thing we know as an absolute action packed fact on Russian preference of American Presidents and their war timing.
    Julia Davis over at the very entertaining, Twitter page at Russian Media Monitor that I highly recommend, is swift on exposing Russian disinformation, but also thinks when their propagandists say favorable thing about Trump, that is NOT disinformation, it is gospel truth and adds to all the evidence that Trump is their toady. Me? I think its best to treat everything a propagandist says as not truthful, filled with ulterior motive and manipulation, USA propagandists of all stripes included

    steveg (263377)

  61. BREAKING: Supreme Court stays order banning mifepristone. This means mifepristone remains 100% legal and accessible in states where it is legal.

    Thomas and Alito dissent.

    https://twitter.com/mjs_DC/status/1649544640310198282

    Documents in the link.

    Davethulhu (fe2f72)

  62. Here’s a Wikipedia chart showing government spending as a percent of GDP through 2018. It includes state and local spending, as one should when talking about government spending.

    You’ll probably want to look at one of the larger versions; I certainly did, with my old eyes.

    Jim Miller (0e46f9)

  63. https://nypost.com/2023/04/17/senate-gop-report-raises-possibility-of-two-covid-lab-leaks/

    As I said, although I think they have the second lab leak too early.

    There were two leaks because there were two strains circy=ulaing.

    I now think the second lab leak must have been massive – a leak of many different varieties of virus, most of which could not spread to humans.

    The leak happened when the Wuhan Center for Disease Control moved near the seafood market on December 2, 2019. The first leak must have happened before September 12, 2019 when the bat virus database of the Wuhan Center for Virology was taken offline

    They know that the virus or a version of the virus had leaked by November because there was a Chinese patent application for a vaccine in Feb. 2020 and that application revealed that work must have started no later than November, The scientist applying for the patent had a connection to thee Chinese military – as did the WIV.

    Also, in November there was suddenly a lot of interest in the WIV and higher up in bio-containment at the WIV. (also som clues a few people there got sick)

    https://nypost.com/2023/04/18/ex-dni-john-ratcliffe-calls-covid-lab-leak-only-explanation/

    Sammy Finkelman (83ca36)

  64. It’s not an illegal campaign contribution if you do not coordinate your efforts with the candidate.

    Not true. If someone arranges to have donations made in other persons’ names (straw donors), and reimburses the straw donors, the arranger is guilty of exceeding the donation limits. whether or not there is coordination with the candidate.

    What is the source for your proposition that there must be coordination?

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  65. Blinken forwarded a news article to Mike Morrell.

    Mike Morell refused to comment to CBS News about whether th=the characterization of his testimony was accurate, although he used to work for CBS News (after his leaving the government)

    Sammy Finkelman (83ca36)

  66. Time,

    They lied. I said they lied which is the government, Biden, his team, and the media.

    Keep trying to obscure the truth.

    NJRob (9ff225)

  67. There are two things: donations to the campaign and spending money outside of a campaign.

    Sammy Finkelman (83ca36)

  68. A lot of people believed what they were signing – but it all probably can be traced to being misled by the Biden campaign. The Republicans don’t have that nailed yet maybe.

    Sammy Finkelman (83ca36)

  69. Apparently those in favor using military forces against the cartels have watched Clear and Present Danger too many times

    Whoever wrote that has not watched it even once.

    Kevin M (f94f4f) — 4/21/2023 @ 3:21 pm

    Actually I have watched it several times-it’s one of my favorite films. And one of its themes is that using CIA/special forces capabilities should be used against the cartels (except, of course, things go haywire).

    Rather than focusing on the movie reference, do you think it would be a good use of the military to directly attack the cartels (like many Republicans seem willing to do)? What do you think the consequences will be?

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  70. Sammy Finkelman (83ca36) — 4/21/2023 @ 4:06 pm

    Campaign contributions under either scenario can be illegal without coordinating with a candidate. Do you have any citation that backs up your assertion?

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  71. @34

    But it didn’t shut things down. It slowed things down about a few days and might have given them some talking points. But the slow down came at the expense of a lot of stories about what Twitter did.

    Time123 (f43840) — 4/21/2023 @ 2:00 pm

    Look, Time, buddy… lemme try to break it down why this is a bigger deal.

    Major news organization claimed it was Russian disinfo.

    Social Media literally censured post (and twitter locked out The NY POST for this!).

    So, yes, discussions of this was effectively shut down.

    TO recap: Former intel officials, led by Morrell, used their intel titles to give themselves credibility and to suggest they had nonpublic information that validated their claims. Then, Morrell engineered this letter WITH the Biden campaign (Blinken), strongly claiming something they knew to be false, then planted it via compliant journalists in order for Biden to reference it in a debate, knowing it was a lie on his behalf.

    Funny how its Blinken got that Sec of State position, eh? Not a small thing.

    Do you not see how pervasively corrupt this is and how toxic this will be going forward?

    In the future, the next “former CIA/FBI/pick your government agency” says this “looks” like something that shields or indicts a political figure will NOT be met with the same sort of respect that these titles once conferred.

    whembly (d116f3)

  72. @44

    By any definition, is this election-rigging?

    whembly (d116f3) — 4/21/2023 @ 1:22 pm

    No.

    Rip. Fair enough.

    Gutter politics at its worst.

    whembly (d116f3)

  73. @52

    Trump Endorses Using Military to Crush Cartels: ‘I Would Do That’

    Apparently those in favor using military forces against the cartels have watched Clear and Present Danger too many times; and they forgot the last time we invaded Mexico-the Pancho Villa Expedition (1916-17), which resulted in failure to capture Villa but united Mexican citizens against the US.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Rip Murdock (036a13) — 4/21/2023 @ 3:19 pm

    One of the most insipid talking points from those on the right in a long time.

    It’s absolutely lunacy to engage the cartels with the military, because at the end of the day, we do NOT want to destroy our neighboring country.

    We should, however, ramp of intelligence and encourage Mexican government cooperation to tamp to cartel’s influence.

    whembly (d116f3)

  74. Blinken is not having stellar time over at State. Afghanistan, diplomacy failure in Ukraine, Saudis Iranians Chinese Russia form an alliance to undermine the dollar as global currency standard, Mexico has reverted to claiming all of the blame on Fentanyl falls on the USA societal ills that cause everyone to self medicate, Taiwan is going to go hot, we just don’t know when, Egypt tried to re-enter the Russian goodwill umbrella by selling them munitions to be used against Ukraine, Israel has refused to share any cross licensed US/Israel weapons to Ukraine, NATO and USA have cost thousands of Ukrainian lives with their foot dragging on second or third tier weapons, and we still have 1.66 years to go.
    I take it back. Blinken has been very impressive, a real standout. He carried Hunters stash box for Joe and got a nice bump up.

    steveg (263377)

  75. whembly (d116f3) — 4/21/2023 @ 4:19 pm

    You can bet it will loom big on Republican campaign trail.

    Of course, no one will talk about the potential consequences-how the cartels fight back. I foresee political assassinations (mostly mayors) and bombings/mass shootings at restaurants, shopping malls and concerts.

    In short, everything that’s happening in Mexico today.

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  76. Stop-and-frisk = gun-grabber.

    nk (730a58)

  77. And Then There Were Five:

    Conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder announced Thursday that he is jumping into the 2024 Republican presidential primary race, joining a growing field of candidates vying for the party’s nomination.
    ………….
    “I feel I have a moral, a religious and a patriotic duty to give back to a country that’s been so good to my family and to me — and that is why I’m doing it,” he said.

    The 70-year-old political commentator told Carlson that his campaign will focus on issues related to border security, crime and the “maligning of the police.”
    ………..
    “America is in decline, but this decline is not inevitable. We can enter a new American Golden Age, but we must choose a leader who can bring us there. That’s why I’m running for President,” Elder wrote in a statement posted on Twitter after his announcement.

    His campaign slogan appears to be “We have a country to save!”
    …………..

    So far the Republican presidential primary field is far more “diverse and inclusive” than the Democratic field.

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  78. Ex-acting CIA director reveals he had 50 spies sign a letter saying Hunter Biden laptop scandal was Russian disinformation to HELP Joe ‘win the presidential election

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11997959/Ex-CIA-chief-spills-got-spies-write-false-Hunter-Biden-laptop-letter-help-Biden.html

    DCSCA (d366b2)

  79. I’m doubling down on It Was Breyer On His Way Out, DC and Kev:

    https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/justice-thomas-is-man-of-integrity-says-ex-colleague-breyer

    urbanleftbehind (152d21)

  80. @80. Leaker Alito. And Breyer’s venting gas out the aft end of his service module. SCOTUS has no ethics, wrecked its integrity, can’t keep track of a file full of papers and hasn’t found the culprit in a year. Funny how the press was able to nail the classified doc leaker for the brass hats in days… and even the Pentagon can keep track of a spy balloon for a week– just lacks the common sense to shoot it down.

    DCSCA (d366b2)

  81. do you think it would be a good use of the military to directly attack the cartels (like many Republicans seem willing to do)? What do you think the consequences will be?

    In the movie, it was covert, and when that failed the politicians all ran for cover.

    Would it be legal to use the military overtly? That depends on what you are trying to fight. If the cartels are seen as a non-governmental invasion, I think that the Constitution would allow the President to take immediate action. Same if it is seen as Mexican policy to allow it. See Pancho Villa and Blackjack Pershing last time this was done.

    Would it be a good idea to use the military overtly? That’s a pretty broad question. Are we talking about airstrikes on cartel strongholds? Are talking more of the Israeli method — invading and denying territory to the gangs. Or do we go further and decide that the Mexican government is complicit and declare war?

    The consequences could be huge, up to and including annexing Mexico and its 128 million citizens. But even something less would open all kinds of old wounds and make everything we say about Ukraine suspect.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  82. Larry Elder has a high opinion of Larry Elder.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  83. Thomas and Alito dissent.

    Now this is disappointing as the Texas ruling is terrible. It only aspires to be hogwash. There is not one iota of reason involved.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  84. But it didn’t shut things down. It slowed things down about a few days and might have given them some talking points. But the slow down came at the expense of a lot of stories about what Twitter did.
    Time123 (f43840) — 4/21/2023 @ 2:00 pm

    the story was banned on Twitter starting Oct 14 2020 and the ban wasn’t lifted until April 17 2021

    “about a few days” LMFAO

    JF (47e9f4)

  85. Do you not see how pervasively corrupt this is and how toxic this will be going forward?

    no, whembly, they won’t

    this is the same crowd who screamed “Russia collusion”, when the only collusion in 2016 was the steele dossier which they embraced

    2020 did have misinformation, and it was their own, with a conspiracy (yes, that’s exactly the right word) of corrupt intelligence officials putting their name behind it to turn an election

    it’s just yet another “crazy right wing conspiracy” that ended up being true, and lefties are always the last to know

    their only response is to minimize it or pretend it never happened, so to hear about it you have to read the Daily Mail, which is driven by clicks not partisanship, and you won’t see it on this blog either except in the comments

    it just never happened

    JF (47e9f4)

  86. Thomas and Alito dissent.

    Now this is disappointing as the Texas ruling is terrible.

    They did not dissent on the merits. It was some kind of inside baseball on the stay. Whether it was necessary for the Supreme Court to issue its own stay (irreparable harm Alito did not see) when the Fifth Circuit was getting the case back for the merits and the Supreme Court would not consider certiorari on the merits until the Fifth Circuit had issued its decision.

    nk (082dd5)

  87. This Judge Kacsmaryk person is no stranger to the Supreme Court from what I looked up. He’s the go-to judge for Ken Paxton and other assorted wingnuttery and they have had to rap his knuckles several times already.

    nk (082dd5)

  88. Larry Elder has a high opinion of Larry Elder.

    Kevin M (f94f4f) — 4/21/2023 @ 6:47 pm

    Name a politician that doesn’t have a high opinion of themselves.

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  89. See Pancho Villa and Blackjack Pershing last time this was done.

    Pershing failed to capture Villa.

    I’m sure operations would be both covert and overt. Since Republicans have introduced an Authorization to Use Military Force I guess they believe the President doesn’t have inherent authority to attack Mexican territory.

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  90. Trump Civil Litigation Watch:

    ……….
    ……….(Trump’s attorney in E. Jean Carroll’s rape case) Joseph Tacopina asked the judge to tell jurors that his client may not attend because doing so would have been a logistical burden on the city.

    “While no litigant is required to appear at a civil trial, the absence of the defendant in this matter, by design, avoids the logistical burdens that his presence, as the former president, would cause the courthouse and New York City,” the proposed instruction read. “Accordingly, his presence is excused unless and until he is called by either party to testify.”
    ……………
    “……….(T)here shall be no reference by counsel for Mr. Trump in the presence of the jury panel or the trial jury to Mr. Trump’s alleged desire to testify or to the burdens that any absence on his part allegedly might spare, or might have spared, the Court or the City of New York,” Kaplan wrote.
    ……………
    Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan, who shares a surname with the judge but isn’t related to him, scoffed at Trump’s excuse for potentially skipping the trial.

    “Over the past few weeks, Mr. Trump attended the Ultimate Fighting Championship event, spoke at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting, and appeared for a deposition in the New York Attorney General’s civil case against Mr. Trump, his adult children, and the Trump Organization,” Ms. Kaplan wrote in a recent filing.

    In the middle of the first week of the trial, Trump is scheduled to appear at a campaign rally in New Hampshire next Thursday.
    …………
    Judge Kaplan made note of Trump’s mid-trial rally in his ruling as well.

    “If the Secret Service can protect him at that event, certainly the Secret Service, the Marshals Service, and the City of New York can see to his security in this very secure federal courthouse,” the judge wrote.
    ………..

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  91. I am going to put this here instead of the gun violence page. I am convinced that in the media saturated world of today, we are not prepared for what every thousand newly adult Americans bring to the table. If the statistics are correct, 11,000 people a day in the USA become adults and 110 of them (majority are male) are going to be somewhat crazy. Biker gangs and their 1 percenter patches are onto something and we should acknowledge that

    steveg (9f5d27)

  92. Hi Rip at #89 High opinion and adjusted for earned credits

    I’m going with Gavin Newsom as standard bearer on the left and Tim Scott on the right

    When it comes to thought leaders and influencers I will go with humble Pete Strzok on the left and Dan Crenshaw on the right

    steveg (9f5d27)

  93. Dear Judge Kaplan: Certainly is a big word.

    steveg (9f5d27)

  94. @59 here we go again. “No hard evidence” that the CIA “as an institution” or any of “its agent employees (what was eden pastore?) carried out or profited from drug trafficing. (they were funding the contras after congress cut off the money. Casey’s secret source!) Notice they didn’t say enabled. Wonder what pbs thinks was only soft evidence like the 50 intelligent officials who said hunters lap top was russian disinformation and cia now admits they lied to help biden win. PBS takes money from government that it needs to keep in good graces of. I watched a larry king show where a cia official hitched a ride on a CIA plane that was full of cocaine. He told king he complained to veep bush because his daughter was addicted. CIA planes flew into mina arkansas filled with cocaine when clinton was gov. We don’t know how much bubba was paid off. we have been over reagan treason before. The congressional investigation didn’t know about connallys trip to tell Iran to keep the hostage until after 1980. And evidence from the us embassy about casey’s trip to madrid was with held from them. Bani sader and yasser arafat testimony was ignored. You make excuses but admit about the deficit and government spending.

    asset (681413)

  95. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2023/04/too-hot-for-facebook.php

    Powerline banned by facebook for reporting on the Biden laptop lies. The leftist media still going to bat for their narrative against the truth.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  96. More good news from Finland.
    The Olkiluto nuclear power plant is finally fully operational:

    The Olkiluoto plant consists of two boiling water reactors (BWRs), each with a capacity of 890 MW, and one EPR type reactor (unit 3) with a capacity of 1,600 MW.[1] This makes unit 3 currently the most powerful nuclear power plant unit in Europe and the third most powerful globally.[2][3] Construction of unit 3 began in 2005. Commercial operation began on 16 April 2023,[4] after being originally scheduled for May 2009.

    Many years ago, I had a chance to talk to a lawyer who worked for a New Hampshire utility that was building a nuclear power plant. Demonstrations against the plant had attracted much TV coverage — but had little effect on the utility. However, the lawyer told me that a six month delay imposed by a judge had almost bankrupted the utility.

    There are parallels in that Wikipedia account. But, in the end, the Finns did the right thing.

    Jim Miller (0e46f9)

  97. I’m going with Gavin Newsom as standard bearer on the left and Tim Scott on the right

    LOL!

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  98. RIP Barry Humphries (aka Dame Edna):

    >………. Barry Humphries, the Australian-born actor and comic who for almost seven decades brought that divine doyenne of divadom, Dame Edna Everage, to delirious, dotty, disdainful Dadaist life, died on Saturday in Sydney. He was 89.
    ………….
    For generations after the day she first sprang to life on the Melbourne stage, Dame Edna reigned, bewigged, bejeweled and bejowled, one of the longest-lived characters to be channeled by a single performer. She toured worldwide in a series of solo stage shows and was ubiquitous on television in the United States, Britain, Australia and elsewhere.
    …………..

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  99. Dame Edna’s performances would have been banned in several states.

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  100. It was certainly banned by my stomach. I watched a few minutes when somebody linked it here a while back. It had no redeeming social value but it did not have any appeal to prurient interest either.

    nk (e2a448)

  101. Zelensky says he ‘raised the issue of F-16’ fighters in call with McCarthy
    ………..
    In an address to his people, Zelensky said he briefed the U.S. lawmaker on “what is happening now at the front, on our defense needs and capabilities” in Ukraine, which he said includes both F-16s and long-range artillery.
    ………….
    Zelensky also extended an invitation to McCarthy during an interview with CNN last month, which he declined. McCarthy’s first trip abroad as the leader of the House will be to Israel.
    ………….
    Zelensky last month said he put forward his request for F-16s with President Biden but was told he doesn’t need them. He pushed back against that narrative, saying Ukraine needs those jets to defend the skies from repeated Russian missile strikes.
    ………….

    No mention of A-10s……..

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  102. WSJ Poll 4/21/23:

    Donald Trump has gained command of the GOP presidential-nomination race over Ron DeSantis, a new Wall Street Journal poll finds, with the former president building support across most parts of the primary electorate as the Florida governor has struggled on the national stage.

    Mr. DeSantis’s 14-point advantage in December has fallen to a 13-point deficit, and he now trails Mr. Trump 51% to 38% among likely Republican primary voters in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup.

    ………… as of now, Mr. Trump also trounces all competitors in a test of a fuller, potential field of 12 Republican contenders, winning 48% support to 24% for Mr. DeSantis.

    Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor, draws 5% support, and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott draws 3% in the survey, which included 600 likely GOP primary voters. All other candidates had 2% support or less.
    ………..
    The new Journal poll finds Mr. DeSantis losing ground to Mr. Trump among voters who call themselves “very conservative”—a group that makes up about half of the GOP primary electorate. Mr. DeSantis has also ceded substantial support to the former president among women and voters with four-year college degrees.
    ………….
    ………….(Mr. DeSantis) carries a more positive image than Mr. Trump, with 84% viewing him favorably, compared with 78% who say so of Mr. Trump. Some 41% of GOP primary voters say Mr. DeSantis would have the better chance of beating Mr. Biden, while 31% say Mr. Trump would be the stronger candidate.

    Among the 1,500 registered voters in the survey, Mr. DeSantis leads Mr. Biden 48% to 45% in a hypothetical contest, while Mr. Trump lags behind the Democratic president by 3 points. Both leads are within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points……….
    ………….
    A six-week abortion ban, which (Mr. DeSantis) signed into law last week, is overwhelmingly popular with Republicans but opposed by 53% of voters overall, including 64% of white suburban women, a coveted swing group. By a two-to-one margin, voters oppose allowing people to carry a concealed handgun without a permit, another measure Mr. DeSantis signed into law.
    ………….
    President Biden draws more support than his 42% job approval rating in test matches against both Messrs. Trump and DeSantis. One reason is that voters who only “somewhat disapprove” of Mr. Biden’s job performance, rather than strongly disapprove, say they would pick him over both potential GOP nominees in the 2024 election.
    ………….

    Free link.

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  103. Rip Murdock (036a13) — 4/22/2023 @ 11:17 am

    More from the WSJ Poll:

    Top Issues Affecting Vote:

    Economy 23%
    Abortion 11%
    Immigration 6%
    Cost of Living 6%
    Education 3%
    Government spending 2%
    Jobs 1%
    ………..

    Would Consider or Not Consider:

    Donald Trump 82/17
    Ron DeSantis 82/12
    Mike Pence 40/53
    Nikki Haley 52/36

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  104. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced Friday that the U.S. will begin training Ukrainian forces on American-made Abrams tanks in the coming weeks…

    Aside from failing to shoot down a Chinese spy balloon, lest we forget WHY this incompetent bureaucratic bastard should have been fired a year ago:

    https://www.cruz.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Letters/20210819_MilitaryEquipmentDODLetter.pdf

    DCSCA (be5969)

  105. nk- on stop and frisk. that’s not a gun, I adore a snappy uniform

    steveg (9f5d27)

  106. Reassuring

    “In Belgorod, Russia, residents of 17 high-rise buildings were evacuated due to another bomb. It was found at the site where an explosion occurred on April 20 due to the Su-34 ammunition.
    For two days, the Russians did not notice that the Su-34 had lost two bombs, not one.”

    steveg (9f5d27)

  107. U.S. military will not be aiding Americans stuck in deteriorating Sudan crisis

    Americans in Sudan should not anticipate the United States military coming to their aid as fighting between the army and a powerful paramilitary force remains ongoing.https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/

    So ‘here’s the deal’ -FU fellow citizens, non-citizens, non-taxpaying, Ukrainians come first, eh Joey. No. Really. He’s not joking!

    Storm the castle.

    DCSCA (be5969)

  108. Note debris pops up as bomb hits at start of video. 18 seconds later boom. I don’t see the second bomb, so it probably fell a distance away

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1649333567770468354

    steveg (9f5d27)

  109. To rid the world of Putin, freedom fighters like Vladimir Kara-Murza, who has been the target of two assassination attempts by the Kremlin, must be supported…

    Twenty Years of Putin Playing the West in 3 Minutes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCCTf17ZiIs&t=4s

    … and Putin smiled.

    DCSCA (be5969)

  110. Not Too Sharp:

    ……….
    On Tuesday, April 11, (Nathan Donald Pelham, 40, of Greenville, Texas )was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia with four misdemeanor counts stemming from his alleged participation in the January 6th breach of the U.S. Capitol building.

    On Wednesday, April 12, 2023, an FBI agent informed Mr. Pelham he had been charged by federal prosecutors in DC and instructed him to self-surrender the following Monday, April 17. He agreed to do so.

    That evening, the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office initiated a welfare check at Mr. Pelham’s residence in response to a call from a relative, who advised deputies that Mr. Pelham had a gun. When they arrived, the house was dark. Deputies activated their emergency lights, and Mr. Pelham’s minor daughter exited the home. For her safety, she was placed into a HCSO patrol car. Shortly thereafter, deputies they heard gunshots emanating from the residence and took cover.

    About an hour later, at approximately 9:38 p.m., Mr. Pelham – a previously convicted felon – walked onto the porch and allegedly fired towards several deputies, who could be heard on body-worn camera video noting bullets “whiz” by them. A deputy instructed Mr. Pelham to put his gun down, but he continued to wave it until re-entering his home. At 10:46 p.m., Mr. Pelham again exited the residence and fired multiple rounds.
    ………..
    A subsequent search of Mr. Pelham’s home revealed a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol and four boxes of ammunition, as well as several 9mm sized holes in the walls.

    ………… If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in federal prison (for being a felon in possession of a firearm) and three years on the misdemeanor charges. He has been ordered detained pending trial in both cases.
    …………

    Misdemeanor Statement of Facts. If convicted of the January 6th misdemeanors, it is likely he would have faced only probation.

    Rip Murdock (036a13)

  111. ‘Extensive petroleum exploration first began in Sudan in the mid-1970s. Significant finds were made in the Upper Nile region and commercial quantities of oil began to be exported in October 2000, reducing Sudan’s outflow of foreign exchange for imported petroleum products. Today, oil is an important export industry in Sudan. Estimates suggest that oil accounts for between 70% and 90% of Sudan’s total exports. The primary importers of Sudanese oil are Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, and India.

    The mining industry contributed little to GDP until the discovery of commercially exploitable quantities of petroleum in the late 1970s offered hope that the sector would play an increased role in the economy in the future. Nonhydrocarbon minerals of actual or potential commercial value include gold, chrome, copper, iron ore, manganese, asbestos, gypsum, mica, limestone, marble, uranium, silver, lead, talc, tungsten, zinc, and diamonds.’

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Sudan#History

    DCSCA (be5969)

  112. On Earth Day, I think it appropriate to honor an environmental hero, George H. W. Bush:
    “These things happened under Bush: The 1990 Clean Air Act, the strongest air pollution legislation in the world; international agreements to abolish CFCs; the end of ocean disposal of sludge; the Exxon Valdez cleanup, which was flawed but did work; bans on driftnet fishing and importation of fish caught in driftnets; acceleration of Superfund cleanups; a moratorium on most offshore oil exploration; new drinking water standards; the Rio global warming treaty; the Basel conventions, which in most cases bars the First World from exporting hazrdous wastes to the Third (negotiated by Bush, ratified under Clinton); . . . .”
    From Greg Easterbrook’s “A Moment on Earth”, p. 456.

    That’s just the first half of the paragraph listing Bush’s achievements. There are many more. (Easterbrook says that he did not vote for Bush.)

    The 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act have saved, certainly, tens of thousands of lives in the United States. And the introduction of cap-and-trade made the improvements come faster, and at a lower cost, than originally estimated.

    (Cross posted at PoliticalBetting.)

    Jim Miller (0e46f9)

  113. Two corrections: “hazardous” and “Gregg”.

    Jim Miller (0e46f9)

  114. A word about Mike Morell, and I’m not surprised that he was behind the letter involving 51 former members of the intel community, because the guy is a left-wing hyperpartisan Democrat political animal.

    Back when Susan Rice was misleading America after the Benghazi terrorist attack, it was Morell who was involved in editing her talking points, erasing the fact that it was a terrorist attack by al Qaeda elements and that it wasn’t a “spontaneous” strike in response to an anti-Islam video but planned by those elements. He retired as Deputy CIA Director not long after and then went on to work with Hillary.

    Like with Susan Rice, Morrell has shown himself to be too partisan to be trusted.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  115. Name a politician that doesn’t have a high opinion of themselves.

    But few are less justified than Elder. He’s a Stassen.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  116. Since Republicans have introduced an Authorization to Use Military Force I guess they believe the President doesn’t have inherent authority to attack Mexican territory.

    In the case of invasion or other threat to national security, he does. Congress has its own opinions, but Panama, Grenada, Kosovo and several Libyan operations had no AUMF.

    See the DoJ position

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  117. I find it hard to believe that all of Biden’s calls to and from Foreign leaders have always been perfect. Do Eric Ciaramella’s fellow travelers now think the US Presidency should be protected at all costs now that there is a member of their tribe in the seat?

    steveg (9f5d27)

  118. Will Biden announce his candidacy on Tuesday? Or will he decline to run? His party wants him to bow out. If he does, Wednesday will be interesting.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  119. I’m going with Gavin Newsom as standard bearer on the left and Tim Scott on the right

    I would not be surprised by this at all, as long as Biden quits the race. Biden stepping down would hurt Trump most of all, as it changes the dynamics and Trump is going on inertia.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  120. It had no redeeming social value but it did not have any appeal to prurient interest either.

    Kind of like an evening of modern dance.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  121. Would Consider or Not Consider:

    Donald Trump 82/17
    Ron DeSantis 82/12
    Mike Pence 40/53
    Nikki Haley 52/36

    Haley: Is it just Trump cultists avenging heresy, or is there some misogyny & racism thrown in? I’ve going to embrace the power of AND.

    Pence: It’s ironic that self-described Christians would opt for Trump over Pence.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  122. So ‘here’s the deal’

    Closer to: You go swimming where it says “Danger: Alligators and Piranha” and don’t expect lifeguards.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  123. If convicted of the January 6th misdemeanors, it is likely he would have faced only probation.

    Obviously, he should have bee Red Flagged!

    /sarc

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  124. More of the “I’m okay, you’re so-so” genre, please.

    Colonel Haiku (cbda2a)

  125. #115 Two remarks about Susan Rice: When she served under Clinton, she said in a private government meeting that they should avoid calling the Rwandan genocide, a genocide — in order to protect Clinton’s political viability. Barack Obama did not see that as disqualifying her as a top official in his administration. But he did make one of Rice’s principal critics, Samantha Power, UN ambassador.

    Which may have stopped Power from criticizing Obama, during the Yazidi and Christian gencides in the Middle East.

    Jim Miller (0e46f9)

  126. Inside the tent, peeing out.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  127. Sarah huckaboo sanders wants to end segregation laws in arkie so white kids can use vouchers to get away from black kids in schools. (DU)

    asset (20fe3b)

  128. Zip-Tie Guy (And Mom) Zipped:

    ……….
    Eric Gavelek Munchel, 32, of Nashville, Tennessee, and Lisa Marie Eisenhart, 59, of Woodstock, Georgia, were found guilty Tuesday in a stipulated trial before Senior U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth. In a stipulated trial, the defendant and prosecutors agree to a set of facts that form the basis of the judge’s ultimate decision; in this case, Lamberth found that the facts supported convictions for both mother and son of conspiracy to commit obstruction and obstruction of an official proceeding, both felonies that carry a maximum 20 years behind bars. They were also convicted of trespassing and disorderly conduct misdemeanors.

    Munchel was additionally convicted of disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, a felony with a potential 10-year prison sentence, and unauthorized possession of a deadly or dangerous weapon on Capitol grounds, a five-year felony.
    ………..
    According to the agreed-upon set of facts, both Eisenhart and Munchel were wearing tactical vests. Munchel was additionally equipped with a Taser holstered at his side and “his cell phone mounted on his chest, with the camera facing outwards.” That camera recorded some 50 minutes of the pair’s approach and entry into the Capitol. During this time, Munchel and Eisenhart encouraged their fellow rioters to overwhelm police and “pushed their way systematically through the crowd surrounding the Capitol.”
    …………
    Mother and son were also heard on the recording exchanging their observations of what was going on around them.

    ………..
    “Oh yeah … they are going to use this against us as hard as they can,” Munchel replied.

    “I don’t care,” a defiant Eisenhart said. “That’s fine. They can.”

    “We ain’t playing f—— nice no g—— more,” said an equally defiant Munchel.

    “That’s right,” Eisenhart agreed.

    “We’re f—— ready to f— s— up,” Munchel is also heard saying in response to an unidentified man who told the pair that they look like they are “ready to go.”

    …………
    Upon seeing the zip ties, Munchel shouted ‘zip ties! I need to get me some of them motherf—–,’” the stipulated statement of facts says. “Munchel took several zip ties and Eisenhart took one. Multiple other individuals took zip ties.”
    ……………
    After leaving the Capitol, the pair weren’t shy about sharing their thoughts on what they apparently felt was a victory.

    Later, both Munchel and Eisenhart “gave statements to a reporter in which they acknowledged that their actions were intended to intimidate Congress,” the filing says.
    ……………

    A mother-son bonding moment.

    Joint stipulated statement by facts.

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  129. Haley: Is it just Trump cultists avenging heresy, or is there some misogyny & racism thrown in? I’ve going to embrace the power of AND.

    If you think racism has something to do with the opposition to Darling Nikki, why do you think it would be any different with opposition to Tim Scott?

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  130. Sarah huckaboo sanders wants to end segregation laws in arkie so white kids can use vouchers to get away from black kids in schools.

    So, what, you’re going to stand in the schoolhouse door chanting “Segregation Forever!”?

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  131. If you think racism has something to do with the opposition to Darling Nikki, why do you think it would be any different with opposition to Tim Scott?

    I don’t, but he hasn’t gone out of his way to offend the Trumpies (although Trump could invent something), and he’s not a woman or of suspect religion, so that isn’t in play.

    And, frankly, if he’s the nominee all those who have been going on about binary choices and Socialism! can hold their nose and vote.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  132. Abortion divides 2024 candidates and confounds many within the GOP

    When Republican donors arrived at the Four Seasons in Nashville last weekend, they were handed a polling memo written by former Trump aide Kellyanne Conway with a startling statistic: Eighty percent of voters disagreed with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson last year overturning Roe v. Wade.
    ………….
    Former president Donald Trump has barely spoken about the issue, telling advisers that he believes it is a difficult one for Republicans and not something he should focus his time on. His campaign did not directly answer whether Trump agreed with the six-week ban in Florida or what policies he would support nationally but instead said Trump believes the issue should be left up to individual states. “States’ rights,” Trump has said privately when advisers have floated the issue, adding his assessment that they should not talk about it.
    ………….
    Among Republican voters, though, abortion remains a dominant issue in primary elections, when failing to oppose the practice strongly enough may harm a candidate’s chances.
    ………….
    The Washington Post contacted the campaigns of eight Republican candidates who are either running or have indicated an interest in running for president, asking whether they support a national ban at various gestational ages — 20 weeks, 15 weeks or six weeks — and whether they support exceptions in cases of rape, incest or a threat to the mother’s life. The Post also asked whether they supported a Texas judge’s ruling this month to invalidate the federal government’s approval of a drug used in more than 50 percent of abortions.

    Some of the campaigns did not respond to requests for comment about their positions on the issue. A spokeswoman for the RNC declined to comment.

    A spokesman for Mike Pence, Devin O’Malley, pointed to numerous on-the-record statements Pence has made about abortion, including that he wants to see it outlawed in every state, which effectively amounts to a national ban. Pence, who is a fervent opponent of abortion, also praised the Texas judge’s decision on the abortion pill, saying, “Life won again today.”
    ………..
    Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a onetime adviser to Trump who has become a vocal critic of the former president and has talked about launching a 2024 campaign, said he opposes a national abortion ban.
    …………
    (RNC Chairwoman Ronna) McDaniel has privately told others that candidates have to address abortion, or it will damage their political fortunes, and she is expected to urge candidates to address abortion during a speech at the Reagan Library in California (last) Thursday night.
    …………
    “You have to address it, not avoid it,” McDaniel has told candidates. “And then you can talk about other things.” A person close to her said she has not taken a formal position on the issue.
    ………….
    “There is a lot of excitement around Governor DeSantis,” said (Kristan) Hawkins, the Students for Life president. By signing the six-week ban, she added, he proved he has the “chops to back up his claims that he is pro-life.” Facing a presidential primary where hard-line activists and voters wield significant influence, Hawkins said, Republican candidates need to back some kind of national ban to be successful.

    A “states’ rights” argument, she added, “is almost a guarantee that they’re not going to advance out of the primary.”
    ………….

    Free link

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  133. On Earth Day, I think it appropriate for Americans to honor… Earth:

    https://history.nasa.gov/alsj/a17/AS17-134-20466HR.jpg

    DCSCA (03055c)

  134. Rip Murdock (bec137) — 4/22/2023 @ 3:44 pm

    Blowback:

    SBA Pro-Life America issued a response to a statement made today by the Trump campaign in The Washington Post in which the campaign said: “President Donald J. Trump believes that the Supreme Court, led by the three justices which he supported, got it right when they ruled this is an issue that should be decided at the state level.”

    SBA Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser responded:

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    ”President Trump’s assertion that the Supreme Court returned the issue of abortion solely to the states is a completely inaccurate reading of the Dobbs decision and is a morally indefensible position for a self-proclaimed pro-life presidential candidate to hold. Life is a matter of human rights, not states’ rights. Saying that the issue should only be decided at the states is an endorsement of abortion up until the moment of birth, even brutal late-term abortions in states like California, Illinois, New York and New Jersey. The only way to save these children is through federal protections, such as a 15-week federal minimum standard when the unborn child can feel excruciating pain.

    “We will oppose any presidential candidate who refuses to embrace at a minimum a 15-week national standard to stop painful late-term abortions while allowing states to enact further protections.

    ………… Holding to the position that it is exclusively up to the states is an abdication of responsibility by anyone elected to federal office. This holds especially true for the president, more than any other federal official, because he or she has a responsibility to forge national consensus and progress on the most egregious human rights violation of our time.”

    Rip Murdock (ebd7d2)

  135. April 22nd is also the birthday of Lenin, Vladimir Nabokov, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Jack Nicholson, Glen Campbell, and Jack Nitzsche.

    Rip Murdock (ebd7d2)

  136. I don’t, but (Scott) hasn’t gone out of his way to offend the Trumpies ………

    1. He announced his exploratory committee only 10 days ago, give him time.

    2. He will need to if wants to win a primary.

    3. He won’t win a primary.

    Rip Murdock (ebd7d2)

  137. If you think getting SWATted is bad, then 33 times (thus his elderly parents were SWATted) must be hell on earth. The SWATters need to be in jail, for a long time.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  138. I can’t pinpoint exactly why, but I love this photograph.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  139. You go swimming where it says “Danger: Alligators and Piranha” and don’t expect lifeguards.

    Posted at every frontier in Ukraine, of course… with a smiley face then the nation’s slogan, ‘Have A Nice Day.’

    DCSCA (03055c)

  140. The next time Trump tries to hit DeSantis on Covid, the FL guvnor can use this Trump ad against the ex-president.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  141. Ron DeSantis Stays Quiet on Abortion (The Dispatch)

    The Florida governor has been mum on the issue since signing a six-week ban.

    Dozens of pro-life advocates surrounded Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at a Spanish-language church outside Orlando last year as he signed a law banning abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy. News cameras captured the scene—complete with a “Protect Life” banner in the background—ensuring the governor received prominent coverage of his event for the evening broadcasts….

    But 12 months later, the signing ceremony for Florida’s new, more restrictive six-week abortion ban last week was shorter and quieter. DeSantis signed the bill on April 13 in his Tallahassee office. He was flanked by many of the same pro-life activists from a year earlier, but no TV cameras captured the moment and his office waited hours to announce the signing—at 11 p.m.

    The contrast illustrates how even on the eve of launching his presidential campaign, DeSantis seems unsure how to navigate the national debate on abortion and whether he would push for a federal abortion policy in the White House. Pro-life activists are also unclear about where DeSantis would fall on the question of the federal government’s role in setting national abortion policy. Those who spoke to The Dispatch remain optimistic, but caution that DeSantis is still not a presidential candidate and are reserving judgment until he begins the campaign.

    Since his late-night statement, DeSantis has been all but silent about Florida’s new law. During a speech the following day at the evangelical Liberty University, the governor only said his administration has “promoted a culture of life.” His public remarks have focused more on his ongoing dispute with the Walt Disney Company and the promotion of his new book, The Courage to Be Free. A spokesman for DeSantis’ political operation did not respond to questions from The Dispatch.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  142. “We will oppose any presidential candidate who refuses to embrace at a minimum a 15-week national standard to stop painful late-term abortions while allowing states to enact further protections.

    That’s two things and the first is probably doable. The second is a poison pill.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  143. 3. He won’t win a primary.

    Trump will not be a candidate in any primary.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  144. If you think getting SWATted is bad, then 33 times (thus his elderly parents were SWATted)

    The Florida sheriff vs. the neo-Nazi ‘scumbags’ (free link)

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Did Sheriff Michael J. Chitwood know how easy it was to make a laser weapon? Did he know that a laser weapon could be remote-controlled, shoot invisible beams and blind him in 1/15th of a second?

    “Do you have any idea how cheap it is to build a laser weapon that can start fires, blind for life and even cause dark colored skin to outright explode?” read the email pinging his iPhone, subject line: You are an enemy of the American people.

    “Seems likely,” Chitwood muttered, forwarding the message to the deputy now charged with investigating messages he deemed threatening. “Scumbags.”

    The “scumbags” had emailed him dozens of times over the past month. He suspected that they’d reported a phony murder-suicide at his parents’ address, sending a SWAT team to their door, long guns out, at 1:15 a.m. He suspected that they were the ones who’d posted his cellphone number on 4chan, encouraging others to join a campaign of calls and texts that so clogged his screen, he’d just placed an order for a burner phone.

    It gets worse. For the life of me, I cannot understand why some masked men haven’t beat the crap out of these fools.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  145. Trump will not be a candidate in any primary.

    Kevin M (f94f4f) — 4/22/2023 @ 5:33 pm

    Since they will start in about eight months, I doubt anything will happen to prevent him from being on the ballot before then.

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  146. The Florida governor has been mum on the issue since signing a six-week ban.

    He’s already made his point.

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  147. The Florida governor has been mum on the issue since signing a six-week ban.

    He’s already made his point.

    Rip Murdock (bec137) — 4/22/2023 @ 5:49 pm

    He’s already made his point to his target audiences-pro-life and evangelical Republican voters.

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  148. Since they will start in about eight months, I doubt anything will happen to prevent him from being on the ballot before then.

    They seem to be building one hell of a case in DC. A plea bargain could take him out of the race quickly.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  149. I found that at Darth Putin twitter

    steveg (9f5d27)

  150. They seem to be building one hell of a case in DC. A plea bargain could take him out of the race quickly.

    Kevin M (f94f4f) — 4/22/2023 @ 6:43 pm

    At the rate things are going, an indictment won’t occur until the second half of 2023, with any trial occurring during the presidential campaign in 2024. And if the reaction to the NY indictment is any indication, a DC indictment will gift Trump the nomination. Since any prosecution requires the AG’s approval, it will inherently be seen as political.

    I doubt Trump would take a plea. To do that would cause a complete mental breakdown.

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  151. He’s already made his point to his target audiences-pro-life and evangelical Republican voters.

    Rip Murdock (bec137) — 4/22/2023 @ 5:59 pm

    GOP 2024 Hopefuls Scott, DeSantis, Pence Aim to Gain on Donald Trump by Wooing Evangelicals
    …………
    Moving amid tables of GOP activists assembled in a country club ballroom (in Cedar Rapids, Iowa), like a minister who had stepped down from the pulpit, the South Carolina senator thanked “God almighty,” talked of “false prophets,” spoke of “redemption” and “blessings” and thanked “God almighty” again.
    …………
    It was all part of an effort to court evangelical Christians, one of the most influential groups in Iowa’s caucuses and South Carolina’s primary, the first and third contests in the GOP nomination process. In 2016, the last time a competitive caucus was held on the GOP side, almost two-thirds of participants said in entrance polls that they considered themselves evangelical Christians.
    ……………
    Nationally, white evangelical Christians have declined as a share of all Americans but accounted for more than 20% of voters in the 2020 elections. They supplied 37% of Mr. Trump’s total votes, compared with 8% of President Biden’s total, according to AP VoteCast, a large survey of the electorate that year.
    ………….
    This weekend’s event, sponsored by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, is expected to draw more than 1,000 social conservatives as well as Mr. Scott, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other current and potential 2024 candidates. Mr. Trump is expected to address the group by video.

    The Iowa gathering comes as the issue of abortion remains dominant in the nation’s political conversation. Opposing abortion is “a waterline measurement. If a candidate does not understand that protection of life is essential, then we cannot support them,” said Penny Nance, the chief executive of Concerned Women for America, an evangelical Christian organization.
    ………..
    Support for greater restrictions on abortion is high among social conservatives but could prove damaging in a general election. ………..
    ………..

    Free link

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  152. @131 kevin I walked in with forrest gump.

    asset (cc31f4)

  153. @133 Thats how democrats have been hounded by the gun control issue for over 50 years! Have fun! Republicans ban all abortions or we will primary you! Say the fundos. All democrats want to talk about is abortion and the media too! You cant win a primary if you don’t want to ban abortion and will find it difficult to win the general election in most states if you do. Even mississippi doesn’t dare put it up for a vote of the people!

    asset (cc31f4)

  154. I doubt Trump would take a plea. To do that would cause a complete mental breakdown.

    If losing would be 20 years, he would.

    The charges of seditious conspiracy, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, and tampering with documents or proceedings each carry a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in prison

    Or maybe this:

    18 USC 2383: Rebellion or insurrection

    Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  155. I wonder if there are things in Trump’s past thhat would cause his followers problems. Did he maybe participate in some hedge fund that closed US companies and sold their assets to China? Or maybe Jared did.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  156. Bad news for Biden:

    Afghanistan has become a terrorism staging ground again, leak reveals [free link]

    Less than two years after President Biden withdrew U.S. personnel from Afghanistan, the country has become a significant coordination site for the Islamic State as the terrorist group plans attacks across Europe and Asia, and conducts “aspirational plotting” against the United States, according to a classified Pentagon assessment that portrays the threat as a growing security concern.

    The attack planning, detailed in U.S. intelligence findings leaked on the Discord messaging platform and obtained by The Washington Post, reveal specific efforts to target embassies, churches, business centers and the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, which drew more than 2 million spectators last summer in Qatar. Pentagon officials were aware in December of nine such plots coordinated by ISIS leaders in Afghanistan, and the number rose to 15 by February, says the assessment, which has not been disclosed previously.

    “ISIS has been developing a cost-effective model for external operations that relies on resources from outside Afghanistan, operatives in target countries, and extensive facilitation networks,” says the assessment, which is labeled top-secret and bears the logos of several Defense Department organizations. “The model will likely enable ISIS to overcome obstacles — such as competent security services — and reduce some plot timelines, minimizing disruption opportunities.”

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  157. James Ellroy on cancel culture:

    When an audience member asked Ellroy what he thought of cancel culture, the “Black Dahlia” author quipped, “I think it’s a bunch of [crap]. I think you can’t let fear run your life. I think censorship is permeating, soul destroying and polluting our country.”

    https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2023-04-22/james-ellroy-michael-connelly-festival-of-books-lapd

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  158. Somebody is either very clever or the hired hands got the location confused:

    https://abc7chicago.com/disneyland-tom-sawyer-island/13172788/

    urbanleftbehind (ccd1ac)

  159. https://bearingarms.com/camedwards/2023/04/21/pennsylvania-armed-citizen-shoots-wounds-two-home-invaders-n69735

    4 invaders. Thankfully the owner of the house had a gun to protect himself and his family.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  160. #157

    Nothing causes Trump’s followers problems. They don’t care who he is. They just want him to be their retribution.

    Fortunately, there probably aren’t enough of them.

    Appalled (0a0460)

  161. If they were Ricans, would they merely be armed burglars? Could also be thug on thug.

    urbanleftbehind (ccd1ac)

  162. Appalled, I think he’s pretty close to officially disowning Ivanka, so anything Jared did was clearly not his idea.

    urbanleftbehind (ccd1ac)

  163. Kevin M (f94f4f) — 4/22/2023 @ 10:49 pm

    I don’t think Trump will be charged with insurrection, incitement, or seditious conspiracy, or serious felony. To do so would give Trump’s die-hard supporters a cause to turn to violence.

    As I said before, a DC indictment will be seen as being politically motivated by his supporters inside and outside Capitol Hill. Trump would ride an indictment into the nomination, if not the White House.

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  164. Trump team prepares to fight efforts to block him from ballots over Jan. 6
    …………..
    Two nonprofit groups who do not disclose all their donors, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Free Speech for People, have prepared multipronged legal strategies to challenge Trump across the country under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. They have written letters to state election officials calling on them to block Trump from the ballot, while separately preparing voter lawsuits and state election board complaints.

    ………….. Attorneys at both groups argue that Trump’s role before and during the Jan. 6 riot is evidence he “engaged in insurrection,” a claim that was specifically endorsed by the House select committee that investigated the attack.
    ……………
    But there is little recent legal precedent to guide courts on how to apply Section 3. …….. (Opponents will) probably also argue that Trump did not engage in an “insurrection,” that Section 3 should not apply to a candidate before an election and that there needs to be an act of Congress to enforce Section 3……….
    …………….
    Opponents also warn of the damage judges or election officials would do to the electoral process if they intervene to deny Republican voters the option of choosing Trump after much of the campaign season has passed. The Section 3 challenges cannot be filed until Trump applies for or is granted ballot access late this year, attorneys say, …………..

    The political implications of the coming fight, meanwhile, are difficult to predict. Several of Trump’s Republican rivals have signaled that they will make Trump’s electability in a general election an issue, an argument that could be aided by courtroom drama about his role in Jan. 6. Lawyers on both sides of the issue say if a judge ruled that Section 3 applies in any state, the case probably would be immediately appealed to federal court and potentially fast-tracked to the Supreme Court for review.

    Efforts to boot Trump from the ballot could also further solidify Republican support behind the former president, ……….. Republican rivals would also be pressured to file amicus briefs supporting Trump in the legal fight, Trump advisers argue.
    ………..
    ………..(T)he Trump team expects legal challenges in blue states such as California, New York, Connecticut, Oregon, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington and Michigan. But the groups have not ruled out a far broader strategy, and some attorneys studying the issue have pointed to North Carolina and Georgia as ripe targets for a Section 3 challenge.
    …………….

    Free link.

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  165. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2023/04/news-blackout-in-effect.php

    Have you heard that the Biden campaign orchestrated the lying letter of the Deep State 51 that then-candidate Biden found so useful in the 2020 presidential campaign? I called it The dirtiest trick.” It seems to be something of a secret. Matt Taibbi observes: “An all-time media blackout is in effect. We’re experiencing real-time Sovietization.”

    Accurate.

    NJRob (adf028)

  166. Funny, Rob. Deluded sh*tbirds wrestling with their fantasies of the attempts of the previous president to destroy democracy, while the country is being taken down real-time.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  167. 4 invaders. Thankfully the owner of the house had a gun to protect himself and his family.

    If he’d shot all four, it might have been reported by the MSM. As a mass shooting.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  168. I don’t think Trump will be charged with insurrection, incitement, or seditious conspiracy, or serious felony. To do so would give Trump’s die-hard supporters a cause to turn to violence.

    Why do you think this bothers them?

    As I said before, a DC indictment will be seen as being politically motivated by his supporters inside and outside Capitol Hill. Trump would ride an indictment into the nomination, if not the White House.

    Considering that conviction on any count would bar him from the WH and likely mean that any electoral votes he got in those states that allowed him on the ballot would not be counted. By law. Also, nominating him anyway would be the end of the Republican Party, mid-convention.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  169. Attorneys at both groups argue that Trump’s role before and during the Jan. 6 riot is evidence he “engaged in insurrection,” a claim that was specifically endorsed by the House select committee that investigated the attack.

    It has to be the result of a conviction of a disqualifying crime.

    Opponents also warn of the damage judges or election officials would do to the electoral process…

    Indeed. See See More’s reply to Roper.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  170. It might not, Rip, so long as the other party was the willing to throw Bragg and his folly under bus a few days before hand.

    urbanleftbehind (48a865)

  171. Considering that conviction on any count would bar him from the WH……

    That only applies to a conviction for “engag(ing) in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof” and not any other crime.

    Rip Murdock (66c03d)

  172. Actually, it would apply to seditious conspiracy as well.

    18 U.S. Code § 2384

    If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  173. There is also a question as to whether a President is “an officer of the United States” as it applies to Section 3.

    Rip Murdock (66c03d)

  174. I really don’t care how pissed off the Trumpies are. All the Replacement candidate would have to say is that s/he was willing to consider a pardon to get them to the polls. Then commute to time served, with conditions.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  175. There is also a question as to whether a President is “an officer of the United States” as it applies to Section 3.

    Roadkill.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  176. Kevin M (f94f4f) — 4/23/2023 @ 9:55 am

    In any event, an indictment on either charge (let alone a conviction) is highly speculative.

    Rip Murdock (66c03d)

  177. I really don’t care how pissed off the Trumpies are.

    Unless they start shooting.

    Rip Murdock (00a1f6)

  178. Roadkill

    It may be roadkill to you but the Supreme Court (filled with conservative Trump appointees) it would be an argument to hang their hat on to allow Trump to become president despite a conviction.

    Rip Murdock (66c03d)

  179. it would be an argument to hang their hat on to allow Trump to become president despite a conviction.

    At immense cost. Besides, he wouldn’t be on enough state ballots to gain 270 EVs. It would be suicidal for the Republicans to nominate him and if they did anyway, the successor party would disavow.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  180. Unless they start shooting.

    Putting them down would be cheaper than camps to the Left.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  181. For all his faults, Biden is not James Buchanan, to let a rebellion fester and grow. And it would be a perfect opportunity to round up all the guns.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  182. NBC News poll: Nearly 70% of GOP voters stand behind Trump amid indictment, investigations

    A whopping two-thirds of Republican primary voters say they stand behind former President Donald Trump and dismiss concerns about his electability, despite his recent criminal arrest and the other legal investigations into his past conduct, a new national NBC News poll finds.
    ………….
    Forty-six percent of Republican primary voters pick Trump as their first choice, while 31% select DeSantis as the 2024 candidate they favor.

    They’re followed by former Vice President Mike Pence at 6%, and by former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. (who’s exploring a 2024 bid), and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson all tied at 3%. Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy has 2%.
    ………..
    Sixty-eight percent of GOP primary voters agree with the statement that the investigations into Trump are politically motivated and are designed to stop him from being president again, and that they must support him now to stop his opponents from winning.

    That’s compared with 26% who agree with the opposite statement — that it’s important to nominate a different candidate who won’t be distracted and who can focus only on beating Biden in the general election.
    ………..
    According to the survey, 70% of all Americans — including 51% of Democrats — believe (President Biden) should not run for a second term.

    Half of those who say Biden shouldn’t run cite his age as a “major” reason why.
    …………
    As for Trump, 60% of Americans — including a third of Republicans — think the former president shouldn’t run in 2024.
    ………..
    ……….. Biden remains more popular than Trump: 38% of adults have a positive view of the current president, versus 48% with a negative view (-10).

    That’s compared with Trump’s 34% positive, 53% negative rating (-19).
    …………

    Rip Murdock (66c03d)

  183. Sad!

    ………….
    While the race for the White House remains in an early stage and presidential campaigns can shift quickly, the start of the 2024 cycle shows that a rematch between Messrs. Biden and Trump is a distinct possibility………
    …………
    A 2024 campaign would likely be different from the first encounter, when Mr. Biden limited his in-person campaign events and rallies because of the Covid-19 pandemic and Mr. Trump used the trappings of the White House in his campaign, often featuring Air Force One in the backdrop of airport rallies.
    …………
    “Our politics have only gotten more divided since Election Day 2020, as we saw most graphically on Jan. 6,” said Doug Heye, a Republican strategist. “Add to that we’ve never had an indicted nominee, nor potentially, a son of the incumbent president indicted, and thoughts of a high-road election on issues are foolish to the extreme.”
    …………
    While Mr. Biden faces minor opposition in the Democratic primaries, polls show that the public holds deep reservations about his presidency. In the six Wall Street Journal surveys dating to late 2021, an average of 43% of voters have said they approve of Mr. Biden’s job performance, while an average of 48% said they approved of how Mr. Trump handled the job when he was president.
    …………
    Presidential rematches involving the two major parties are rare in the U.S. The last one came in the 1950s, when Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican, defeated Adlai Stevenson, a Democrat, in 1952 and 1956.

    While Mr. Eisenhower won both elections by wide margins, a repeat of the 2020 campaign is expected to be fiercely contested, with a heavy focus on battleground states that decided the last election, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona and Georgia, all of which Mr. Biden carried.
    …………
    Mr. Biden, at age 80, is the nation’s oldest president but is only about 3½ years older than Mr. Trump, meaning voters would choose between two of the oldest presidential candidates to ever seek office. ………
    ………….
    The latest Journal survey, conducted April 11-17, offers caution signs for Messrs. Biden and Trump. Mr. Biden, for example, trailed Mr. Trump by 5 points among Latino voters, 41% to 46%. Mr. Biden carried that group by nearly 30 points in 2020, polling that year found. Mr. Trump is trailing Mr. Biden by 13 points among white suburban women.

    Mr. Biden leads by a wider margin among what the Journal’s pollsters—Democrat John Anzalone and Republican Tony Fabrizio—identified as another important swing group: voters who only “somewhat” approve or disapprove of either of the two candidates’ work in the White House.
    #########

    Rip Murdock (66c03d)

  184. A whopping two-thirds of Republican primary voters say they stand behind former President Donald Trump and dismiss concerns about his electability, despite his recent criminal arrest and the other legal investigations into his past conduct, a new national NBC News poll finds.

    I said that the NY charges would be seen as political bullsh1t and would debase the other, more serious ones. I hate being right.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  185. After seven years, we need polls to tell us what Trump supporters say?

    nk (aaa265)

  186. — Trumpygram for Mr. Mongo! Trumpygram for Mr. Mongo!
    — Mongo love Trumpy!

    nk (824a3d)

  187. R.I.P. Bed Bath & Beyond

    Years and years of incredible mismanagement. A few years back, in an attempt to compete with the Internet, they got rid of all their quality goods and sold cheap-ass crap instead. Exactly wrong and it killed them.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  188. BTW, if I might suggest a new avenue for investigation: Insider trading in the Trump WH. Sure, the administration was chaotic, but that’s not so bad as chaos churns the stock market. And if you know the day before, well, call it opportunity. I’m sure that Jared understood this.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  189. Upon further review, it seems that BB&B was doing fine until investors wanting a quicker return ejected the two founders from the board and hired a new CEO to shake up the company. Between that and Covid, they never saw a profit again.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  190. 51 years ago today— when America was truly great…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZi295LcBRQ

    “What a ride! What a ride!” – Charlie Duke, LMP, Apollo 16

    DCSCA (fc41cc)

  191. Biden’s “MARA democrats” strike again!

    Biden says US embassy evacuation in Sudan has been completed

    ‘American forces carried out a precarious evacuation of US embassy personnel in Sudan, President Joe Biden said late Saturday, calling for the end to “unconscionable” violence there as two rival leaders battled for power in the African country. Biden thanked the US troops who carried out the mission to extract American staffers in Sudan. With the last American embassy worker out, Washington shuttered the US mission in Khartoum indefinitely.

    The U.S. said it had no current plans for a government-coordinated evacuation of an estimated 16,000 other Americans remaining in Sudan, calling the situation too dangerous.https://nypost.com/2023/04/23/us-embassy-staff-evacuated-from-war-torn-sudan/

    To dangerous???????????? Take note Taiwan.

    …and Putin smiled, while Xi grinned with delight.

    Save the government bureaucrats, abandon American private citizens to the wolves… Attaboy, MARAJoey: ‘Make America Retreat Again!”

    “If my life has a single point, it’s this: I’ve learned to be unafraid of death but never to be unafraid of failure.” – General Charles ‘Chinese’ Gordon [Charlton Heston] ‘Khartoum’ 1966

    DCSCA (fc41cc)

  192. There’s a market in rural America for tiny Japanese pick-ups.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  193. “I said that the NY charges would be seen as political bullsh1t and would debase the other, more serious ones. I hate being right.”

    People need to be smarter. The wrong, let alone the appearance of wrong, associated with January 6th, Georgia, and the classified documents is not difficult to tease out. And there is nothing morally correct about paying off porn stars and playboy models to keep quiet about extramarital affairs. If a voter uses New York felony charges to overlook the other politically relevant charges, then that voter is a moron or intentionally obtuse. We have a personality that is at best criminally sloppy with his affairs and at worst a Machiavellian sociopath (working with other Machiavellian sociopaths like Bannon). GOP leadership, right-wing opinionators, evangelical leaders should all be asking for Republicans to move on and choose a candidate with less baggage and more broad appeal. There are pockets of resistance that quickly get labeled as NeverTrump…as if that somehow neutralizes the arguments against Trump…but the bulk of opinion is positive for Trump, believing, in one of the great jiu-jitsu moves of all time, that really it’s Biden that is manifestly corrupt and the corrupt deep state is just trying to get Trump. It’s just dumb and we’re heading for yet another rude awakening in 2024. People will not vote for someone who could not recognize that he was morally, if not legally, obligated to help stop the January 6th riot.

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74)

  194. Belgium destroys 2,350 cans of American beer after French outrage over ‘Champagne’ slogan

    ‘The guardians of Champagne will let no one take the name of the bubbly beverage in vain, not even a U.S. beer behemoth. For years, Miller High Life used the “Champagne of beers” slogan. This week, that appropriation became impossible to swallow. At the request of the trade body defending the interests of houses and growers of the northeastern French sparkling wine, Belgian customs crushed more than 2,000 cans of Miller High Life advertised as such.

    The Comité Champagne asked for the destruction of a shipment of 2,352 cans on the grounds that the century-old motto used by the American brewery infringes the protected designation of origin “Champagne.” – source, https://www.yahoo.com/news/belgium-destroys-2-350-cans-172100793.html

    Meanwhile:

    Belgium’s trade in Russian diamonds continues despite moral pressure

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/20/belgium-trade-russian-diamonds-despite-moral-pressure

    Lest you forget, NATO HQ is in… Brussels, Belgium.

    DCSCA (108465)

  195. People need to be smarter…

    An elitist lament, dissing the electorate; echoed behind the paywall curtain in stovepipe of the Alamo.

    DCSCA (108465)

  196. 58. Jim Miller (0e46f9) — 4/21/2023 @ 3:38 pm

    some small time crooks, rather than carrying guns regularly, hid them in public places, retrieving them only when they were about to commit a crime.

    Or at home or in somebody’s home.

    That was true ever since the Supreme Court made an exception to the requirement for a search warrant to search — it was not necessary when there was a suspicion ofa gun.

    That was true in 1982 in one incident I know. They went to get a gun.

    Also in the Sean Bell incident in 2006.

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

    The New York Post reported that Joseph Guzman had an argument with a man outside the bar, and threatened to get a gun. One of Bell’s friends reportedly said, “Yo, get my gun,” as they left the club.[10]

    The policemen there were dumb. They thought the gun was in the car. That would have been the case if a policeman was carrying a gun and went into a place he couldn’t take it. But they would have kept it at home.

    In those days, until recently, in New York City if caught with an illegal gun you went directly to jail. Usually for one year.

    That was not the case in Chicago so anti-gun laws there didn’t work to curb crime or prevent the carrying of guns.

    Sammy Finkelman (9a4e31)

  197. Mr. Teixeira’s crimes were earlier and more extensive and widespread than previously reported. He needs to be in jail for a lot longer than Winner or Manning.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  198. If a voter uses New York felony charges to overlook the other politically relevant charges, then that voter is a moron or intentionally obtuse.

    Or maybe one of the 80% who only lightly engage in political issues. Politicians can’t easily lie to you or me, but to the folks who don’t care until later in the cycle? There’s a reason that Obama’s lies regarding Benghazi worked so well.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  199. There were 2,352 cans of Miller high life in Belgium? Why?

    Nic (896fdf)

  200. Wishcasting/a>

    More than nine months before the Iowa caucuses, eight declared and potential presidential candidates came to a gathering of Christian conservatives on Saturday evening to test a question: Can flesh-and-blood politicians eyeing the highest office in the land be upstaged by a long-distance video?

    The answer was almost certainly yes.
    …………
    But the reception given to (Donald Trump’s video message but) who wasn’t there ……… was strikingly different from the applause given to those who were, and the candidates who bothered to make the trip barely bothered to try to knock the front-runner from his perch.

    Their strategy appeared straightforward: Avoid confrontation with the better-known, better-funded front-runners, hope Mr. Trump’s attacks take out — or at least take down — Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor who is second in most Republican polls, and hope outside forces, namely indictments, take out Mr. Trump.
    ………..
    “I think it’s going to come down to me and Donald Trump very soon in this race,” Vivek Ramaswamy, a multimillionaire entrepreneur and author, said in an interview before delivering an address in which the former president’s name was not uttered. ……..
    …………
    Former Vice President Mike Pence made an appearance and was greeted like a celebrity by potential voters, though his pitch for military aid to Ukraine garnered a tepid response. So was Senator Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina, Asa Hutchinson, the former governor of Arkansas, and some others who were far below the radar, like the radio personality Larry Elder, former Representative Will Hurd of Texas, Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic congresswoman-turned-conservative gadfly, and a businessman named Perry Johnson.
    ………..
    ………(T)he potential candidates know exactly what they are up against, but they just didn’t address it. Mr. Pence fretted over “radical gender ideology” and pupils penalized for improper pronouns. Mr. Scott, preaching his trademark optimism and unity, nonetheless warned that “the radical left, they are selling the drug of victimhood and the narcotic of despair.”

    Mr. Trump could give the audience what it was looking for, hailing the overturning of Roe v. Wade — “nobody thought it was going to happen” — and the most anti-abortion presidency ever, while promising to “obliterate the deep state,” hunt down “the radical zealots and Marxists who have infiltrated the federal Department of Education.” He concluded, “The left-wing gender lunacy being pushed on our children is an act of child abuse, and it will stop immediately.”

    It went over well. ………
    …………..

    Vivek Ramaswamy‘s comment shows he doesn’t lack confidence. LOL!

    Rip Murdock (e6a4f2)

  201. Sorry about the formatting.

    Rip Murdock (e6a4f2)

  202. “the radical left, they are selling the drug of victimhood and the narcotic of despair.”

    The Democrat Party bases their entire platform on that.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  203. There were 2,352 cans of Miller high life in Belgium? Why?

    Indeed. Belgium is not really a country anyway. France and Holland should split it down the middle.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  204. From an earlier thread:

    What’s good for Intel is good for America (there are no other fab operators of note in the US).

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which plans to invest $40 billion in two chip factories in Arizona, is concerned about rules that could require it to share profits from the factories and provide detailed information about operations, said people familiar with the situation.

    TSMC Chairman Mark Liu has said the U.S. terms could dissuade chip makers from working with Washington to build American chip-manufacturing capacity. South Korean chip makers have also raised objections.
    ………….
    The Biden administration says its rules are designed to protect American taxpayers and ensure companies spend money as they are supposed to. A Commerce Department official said the department would protect confidential business information and expect profit-sharing only if a recipient’s cash flow significantly exceeds projections.

    Chip makers and the Biden administration are in uncharted territory as the U.S. begins an experiment in industrial policy. Last year’s Chips Act provides some $53 billion in funding, most of it for building chip factories.

    TSMC expects to get tax credits of some $7 billion to $8 billion under provisions of the Chips Act, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. In addition, it is looking to receive grants, an area where the Commerce Department has wide discretion to judge who is deserving and under what terms.

    The people said TSMC was thinking of asking for some $6 billion to $7 billion in grants for the two Arizona plants, bringing total U.S. government support as high as $15 billion.
    …………

    TSMC is now the largest buyer of chip making equipment.

    They should also remember the Golden Rule: He who has the gold makes the rules..

    Rip Murdock (e6a4f2)

  205. Source for quote in post 206.

    Rip Murdock (e6a4f2)

  206. @205. Belgium is not really a country anyway. France and Holland should split it down the middle.

    Except it is:

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

    DCSCA (2c6a53)

  207. TSMC is trying to get a slice of money designed to go to rebuild American chipmaking, as a national security concern. The sharing of information is part of that rebuilding — cutthroat competition got us here, and it’s now a team effort. No reason that TSMC has to play, but they should expect prizes either.

    The real truth: Samsung and TSMC are party crashers from the wrong set.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  208. could someone please let 210 out of mederation

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  209. Shorter 210 (one less link)

    If a Wikipedia entry is all one needs to be a country:

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

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  210. Stupid nanny filter.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  211. @201. There were 2,352 cans of Miller high life in Belgium? Why?

    ‘The consignment was intercepted in the Belgian port of Antwerp in early February, a spokesperson at the Belgian Customs Administration said on Friday, and was destined for Germany. Molson Coors Beverage Co., which owns the Miller High Life brand, does not currently export it to the EU, and Belgian customs declined to say who had ordered the beers.

    The buyer in Germany “was informed and did not contest the decision,” the trade organization said in a statement.

    https://www.newsnationnow.com/world/miller-high-life-destroyed-europe-slogan/

    So who’d order the consignment? then let it go uncontested, get wasted and literally go down the drain??? Likely the roiutinely wasteful, impotent Pentagon bureaucrats in the U.S. military supplying brewskis for the bases in Germany– or for transit on into Ukraine.

    DCSCA (2c6a53)

  212. @210- Perhaps in the echo chamber behind the paywall of the Alamo, but in the real world:

    ‘Since the Middle Ages, Belgium’s central location near several major rivers has meant that the area has been relatively prosperous, connected commercially and politically to its bigger neighbors. The country as it exists today was established following the 1830 Belgian Revolution, when it seceded from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, which had incorporated the Southern Netherlands (which comprised most of modern-day Belgium) after the Congress of Vienna in 1815.’

    Next time, be a wiz… try Oz. 😉

    DCSCA (2c6a53)

  213. @DCSCA@14 US Military bases have their own grocery and retail systems, generals don’t have to make personal grocery orders from the states. DeCa has it’s own shipment system and there’s no way that Belgium seized a US Military Commissary shipment. Besides, 400 six-packs is not nearly enough to supply all the US Commissaries in Germany. (and if they were going to seize one, which they aren’t going to do, it would be more likely a shipment to a base in Belgium).

    Nic (896fdf)

  214. @161 How many innocent people were shot yesterday who weren’t home invaders ?

    asset (ebdec8)

  215. @204 I am the radical left not a corporate establishment democrat. Why do you think we keep trying to kick these corporate bums out of power in the democratic party. But! you wouldn’t like the radical left’s motto By any means necessary! Malcolm X. We are problem solvers ;but you wouldn’t like are solutions.

    asset (ebdec8)

  216. @216. They still need supplied so somebody ordered it. And Belgium authorities, for the Froggies, could easily seize stuff at random, just out of EU spite- which they’ve been known to do back in the day– the French did it w/baseball bats– they’s saw them in half to check for contents.

    DCSCA (47c85f)

  217. @DCSCA@219 Somebody ordered it, but almost certainly not any members of the military.

    Nic (896fdf)

  218. @220. State perhaps? It’s peculiar, if not conspicuous, how the ID of the ‘folks’ who ordered the consignment remain unnamed– and allowed the loss to go uncontested…. which stinks of the classic government waste mindset. Shipping canned domestic beer to Europe- where as a final destination or a way point… Belgium no less- famed for its local beers- seems quite odd, too.

    DCSCA (7e9947)

  219. @218. I am the radical left not a corporate establishment democrat. Why do you think we keep trying to kick these corporate bums out of power in the democratic party.

    Then RFK, Jr., is your guy for 2024.

    DCSCA (7e9947)

  220. @DCSCA@221 Civilian contractors maybe? Embassy staff has access to the military system.

    Nic (896fdf)

  221. @222 Anybody is better then biden. If biden wont debate have a card board cut out of him on stage holding a sign “AM I still alive?

    asset (ebdec8)

  222. That’s quite a dud of a Campaign Slogan: Your guy for 2024: RFK Jr

    Yea RFK Jr. Boo polio Vaccine has a much better DNC national convention ring to it.

    steveg (51fb37)

  223. @225 I would prefer AOC ;but she is not running for president. I voted green party in 2016 and 2020 I would like to vote for a democrat in 2024.

    asset (a487b8)

  224. But! you wouldn’t like the radical left’s motto By any means necessary!

    Well, suppose that a re-elected Trump used that as HIS motto? Be careful with your bravado as the fascists have all the guns.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  225. I would prefer AOC ;but she is not running for president.

    She’s been told not to, and is obeying her masters. Put not your faith in princesses.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  226. 227/228 Not all the guns and the black community is seeing gun control means controlling them as more and more members of the black community are realizing the real reason the establishment wants black men disarmed. Trump’s problems will be with establishment of both partys not the left. AOC knows (and doesn’t have to be told) that 2024 is too soon and must wait for generation Z only half of which have reached voting age. By 2028/2032 enough boomers will have died off to overwhelm her haters. If biden doesn’t run or falters democrats will pick her for veep not another timmy kaine clone for the latinx vote.

    asset (a487b8)

  227. @229, AOC is a socialist.

    She doesn’t really understand that “stuff”, like universal healthcare, generous paid leave and childcare, free tuition, maybe even a universal basic income, has to be paid for. She believes in magic money trees. If you want the “stuff” above, then you have to accept that EVERYONE will have to pay much more taxes. She can certainly lie and make incredible statements…and the media will likely cover for her a bit…but Americans understand the aphorism, too good to be true. Americans don’t want to throw out the baby with the bath water.

    People make fun of AOC as having bartending as her main experience in the private sector. But that experience ought to have taught her a thing or two about microeconomics, supply and demand, wages, consumer choice, and possibly even entrepreneurship. It should have taught her that government meddling does not build businesses and make them successful. The bar owner has no magic money tree to pay for her “stuff”.

    Even though the country has shown that it can fall for a grift and con artist…and they love a nice smile, they don’t want a bartender charting our economic future based on wishful thinking. Race and gender should not drive who we vote for….

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74)

  228. How many innocent people were shot yesterday who weren’t home invaders ?

    asset (ebdec8) — 4/23/2023 @ 7:16 pm

    Not all the guns and the black community is seeing gun control means controlling them as more and more members of the black community are realizing the real reason the establishment wants black men disarmed.
    asset (a487b8) — 4/24/2023 @ 12:48 am

    In your brain how do you reconcile these twonstatements since most gun violemce in America is done by gang bangers with illegal guns?

    NJRob (eacb83)

  229. Guess there were consequences to that Dominion settlement:

    https://www.axios.com/2023/04/24/tucker-carlson-fox-news-out

    Appalled (dab02b)

  230. According to Google splash page, I can restore coral reefs by simply listening. Seems optimistic

    steveg (d5f84e)

  231. Weapons Makers Can’t Hire Enough Workers as Ukraine War Drives Demand
    ……….
    Defense companies in the U.S. and Europe are working through record order books after Western governments increased spending in recent years amid rising geopolitical tensions. The war in Ukraine is now further fueling growth, partly as the U.S. and its allies begin to replace weapons they have sent to Kyiv.
    ……….
    U.S. defense companies have been wrestling with labor shortages since last year, when they accelerated efforts to replace workers who didn’t return from pandemic furloughs.
    ……….
    In the U.S., shipbuilding was one of the sectors hit hardest by pandemic retirements. General Dynamics Corp., a large U.S. Navy shipbuilder, hired 24,000 staff last year, yet attrition and retirements left its net head count up only 3,400 at 106,500.

    Chris Kastner, chief executive of Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., which also makes Navy ships and submarines, said the company is focusing on recruiting from apprentice schools and community colleges rather than advertising jobs more widely.

    “If people choose the career, they stay,” he said. “There’s the high chance of attrition now with walk-in individuals.”

    In munitions manufacturing, factories are often located in remote areas because of environmental and safety concerns, which can put off some potential applicants.

    “It’s a tough place sometimes to recruit people to,” Paula Hartley, vice president, enterprise performance at Lockheed Martin Corp., said of the company’s facility in Camden, Ark., around 100 miles from state capital, Little Rock, in the heart of the southeast U.S. forestry belt.

    Lockheed has around 1,000 staff at the plant and plans to hire another 200. It still has open postings from January for engineering positions, where it assembles Javelin missiles and Himars rocket launchers.
    ………

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  232. Tucker Carlson out at Fox News
    ………
    The announcement came one week after Fox News settled a monster defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5 million over the network’s dissemination of election lies.

    Fox News said that Carlson’s last show was Friday, April 21.
    ………

    This follows the departure of Dan Bongino from Fox, ostensibly due to “failed contract negotiations. “

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  233. The Bongino situation could be thorny for Fox as in he having undergone cancer treatments very recently.

    urbanleftbehind (78ca23)

  234. The Bongino situation could be thorny for Fox as in he having undergone cancer treatments very recently.

    urbanleftbehind (78ca23) — 4/24/2023 @ 9:29 am

    I don’t see why, he wasn’t fired, and Bongino views the parting as amicable.

    “I want you to know it’s not some big conspiracy,” the former New York City Police Department officer said on his podcast. “I promise you. There’s no acrimony. This wasn’t some WWE brawl that happened. We just couldn’t come to terms on an extension.”

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  235. @231 simple I support gun control that takes guns out of the hands of white racists so blacks don’t need guns to shoot back at racism. Until then arm the black community so they can shoot back! No contradiction at all.

    asset (2405ff)

  236. @230 Neither AOC or Bernie Sanders are real socialists they don’t advocate the government taking over the means of production. Real socialists the few that we have will tell you the difference between them and real socialists. Hey ;but most conservatives call biden and clinton card carrying members of the communist party. AOC believes in the social welfare state with capitalist regulation so they can;t continue to buy politicians and stop government regulation. Not everybody to the left of you is stalin or mao as most conservatives think.

    asset (2405ff)

  237. AJ_Liberty (ec7f74) — 4/24/2023 @ 6:02 am

    AOC is a socialist.

    She doesn’t really understand that “stuff”, like universal healthcare, generous paid leave and childcare, free tuition, maybe even a universal basic income, has to be paid for. She believes in magic money trees.

    It’s known as Modern Monetary Theory.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-ommt-modern-monetary-theory-how-pay-for-policies-2019-1

    Ocasio-Cortez also said that Modern Monetary Theory, which holds that the government doesn’t need to balance the budget and that budget surpluses actually hurt the economy, “absolutely” needed to be “a larger part of our conversation.”

    But she also offered as options cutting back on military spending and raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

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

    ….According to MMT, governments create new money by using fiscal policy and that the primary risk once the economy reaches full employment is inflation, which can be addressed by increasing taxes on everyone to reduce the spending capacity of the private sector.[4]

    MMT is controversial, and is actively debated with dialogues about its theoretical integrity,[5] the implications of the policy recommendations of its proponents, and the extent to which it is actually divergent from orthodox macroeconomics.[6] MMT is opposed to the mainstream understanding of macroeconomic theory and has been criticized heavily by many mainstream economists.[7][8][9][10]

    Principles
    MMT’s main tenets are that a government that issues its own fiat money:

    Can pay for goods, services, and financial assets without a need to first collect money in the form of taxes or debt issuance in advance of such purchases;

    Cannot be forced to default on debt denominated in its own currency;

    Is limited in its money creation and purchases only by inflation, which accelerates once the real resources (labour, capital and natural resources) of the economy are utilized at full employment;

    Recommends strengthening automatic stabilisers to control demand-pull inflation[11] rather than relying upon discretionary tax changes;
    Issues bonds as a monetary policy device, rather than as a funding device.

    The first four MMT tenets do not conflict with mainstream economics understanding of how money creation and inflation works. However, MMT economists disagree with mainstream economics about the fifth tenet, on the impact of government deficits on interest rates.[12][13][14][15] 6]

    The whole history of the United States since 1933 is that deficits do NOT cause arise in interest rates. It s the Federal Reserve Board that controls interest rates. That’s undeniable.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  238. People make fun of AOC as having bartending as her main experience in the private sector.

    She’s actually a failed politically connected entrepreneur.

    She tried to start a subsidized children’s book publishing business that would publish books that had minority characters — supposedly they would sell more.

    She never published a single book.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6791097/Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortezs-defunct-book-publishing-company-owes-1-870-taxes.html

    Brook Avenue Press, which has since been dissolved, reportedly owes $1,870.36 in corporate taxes to New York States
    Ocasio-Cortez was 22 years old when she started the company through a city-funded incubator in The Bronx

    The company was aimed at ‘helping develop and identify stories and literature in urban areas’ for children, but it doesn’t appear to have published a book

    By ARIEL ZILBER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

    https://thenationaldesk.com/news/americas-news-now/aoc-still-hasnt-paid-taxes-5-years-after-state-of-ny-issued-warrant-demanding-she-pay-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-brook-avenue-press

    She did succeed later in something: running for Congress.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  239. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/19/us/politics/gop-immigration-house.html

    At the center of the G.O.P.’s criticisms of Mr. Mayorkas is an assertion that he lied under oath when testifying to a congressional panel in 2022 that the border was secure.

    To buttress that point, Republicans have drawn on testimony from Chief Raul L. Ortiz of the Border Patrol, who told the homeland security panel last month that the government did not have operational control of the border, under a statutory standard of “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States.”

    Mr. Mayorkas has testified that neither he nor the Homeland Security Department use that definition, and that his and Mr. Ortiz’s statements were thus not in conflict. On Wednesday, he doubled down on his assessment, testifying that “the border is secure — and we are working day and night to make it more secure.”

    Democrats leaped on the testimony, chastising Republicans for trying to make an impeachment case out of a political disagreement.

    “There is absolutely nothing that I’ve seen here today that amounts to a false statement under oath,” said Representative Dan Goldman of New York, a former prosecutor who led the House Democrats’ first impeachment case against Donald Trump.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  240. Sammy Finkelman (1d215a) — 4/24/2023 @ 2:42 pm

    Impeachment talk is cheap. Just. Do. It.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  241. Reports are coming out that Ukraine has crossed the Dnipro River, near Kherson and may have reached Oleshky. If they can secure the beachhead, this gives them a land route to Crimea, and to roll up the Russians from the south.

    God willing.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  242. Someone who agrees with Kevin M.

    It’s not.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  243. Well, gee, if Robert Reich agrees with me, I must be wrong.

    This is a fallacy, of course, the inverted appeal to authority. There are plenty of others who agree, including Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney. Probably our host.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  244. AOC believes in the social welfare state with capitalist regulation

    AOC believes in government controlling the means of production without formal seizure. Just that they take orders from their masters in government.

    Her New Green Deal resolution demanded:

    The resolution in Congress from Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) calls for a “10-year national mobilization” that would include:

    * “Guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States.”

    * “Providing all people of the United States with — (i) high-quality health care; (ii) affordable, safe, and adequate housing; (iii) economic security; and (iv) access to clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, and nature.”

    * “Providing resources, training, and high-quality education, including higher education, to all people of the United States.”

    * “Meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.”

    * “Repairing and upgrading the infrastructure in the United States, including . . . by eliminating pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as technologically feasible.”

    * “Building or upgrading to energy-efficient, distributed, and ‘smart’ power grids, and working to ensure affordable access to electricity.”

    * “Upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to achieve maximal energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification.”

    * “Overhauling transportation systems in the United States to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible, including through investment in — (i) zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing; (ii) clean, affordable, and accessible public transportation; and (iii) high-speed rail.”

    * “Spurring massive growth in clean manufacturing in the United States and removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing and industry as much as is technologically feasible.”

    * “Working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers in the United States to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible.”

    These would require not only utter control of businesses, but a command economy and the regimentation of society not seen since, well, ever. It would make the WW2 efforts pale by comparison.

    But, no, it’s not seizing the means of production, it’s commanding that everything everywhere be demolished tand the country rebuilt to government specs. Stalin didn’t even try this — he limited himself to destroying Russian agriculture and killing all the landowners.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  245. Link for above list: https://wapo.st/3ArH3Os

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  246. @223. Could be… it’s just odd that the ‘folks’ who ordered the consignment aren’t contesting the loss and remain unnamed. Especially as it’s a customs issue.

    DCSCA (c35512)

  247. “the border is secure — and we are working day and night to make it more secure.

    Well, OK. The nation is also secure from mass shooters, and we are working day and night to make it more secure.

    I could have a lot of fun with this.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  248. Well, gee, if Robert Reich agrees with me, I must be wrong.

    This is a fallacy, of course, the inverted appeal to authority. There are plenty of others who agree, including Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney. Probably our host.

    Kevin M (f94f4f) — 4/24/2023 @ 5:01 pm

    Actually, it was just a joke. But I doubt any of those you listed, least of all our host, would agree that Trump has committed treason. Certainly beginning in the 20th century, no one has been charged with treason for purely domestic crimes.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  249. Kevin Williamson continues to dazzle with his writing:

    Dobbs was only the appropriate judicial undoing of Roe’s inappropriate judicial doing

    https://thedispatch.com/newsletter/wanderland/a-draconian-constitution/

    norcal (15fce4)

  250. Well, gee, if Robert Reich agrees with me, I must be wrong.
    …………

    Kevin M (f94f4f) — 4/24/2023 @ 5:01 pm

    Both Reich and yourself are engaging in political hyperbole, nothing more.

    Rip Murdock (43f210)

  251. OOPS! ‘Once the rocket is up who cares where it comes down,’ eh, Von Musk? 😉

    Starship Launch Absolutely Wrecked SpaceX’s Facilities, Photos Show

    As SpaceX’s Starship took to the skies last week during its inaugural launch, its Super Heavy booster inflicted untold damage to the launch pad below, blasting through layers of concrete and dredging up watery folds of the Earth.

    Photos of the aftermath stand as testament to the sheer forces generated by the most powerful rocket ever made — but they may also indicate that SpaceX and its CEO Elon Musk didn’t do their due diligence in preparing the launchpad.

    One viral image shows the concrete forming the topmost layer of the launchpad almost completely blown away, leaving behind only a skeleton of deformed rebar. Gaping beneath is a massive crater, where water can be seen flooding its moldering interior.

    [DC note- FWIW, when the Saturn Vs were launched they scoured about half-an-inch of concrete and asbestos-covered brick off the flame trenches at the launch pads at the Cape.]

    The saving grace is that despite the massive damage below, the launch tower remains mostly intact.Overall, it’s more damage than what SpaceX engineers — or at least their CEO — were anticipating.

    Leading up to the launch date, Musk shared the mission’s “low” bar for success: “Just don’t blow up the launchpad,” he said in a live Twitter Spaces session, as quoted by Insider. After Starship’s launch, when it became immediately clear that the launchpad was anything but intact, Musk soon gave his tentative analysis.

    “The engines when they throttled up may have shattered the concrete, rather than simply eroding it,” he said in a tweet on Friday. “We wrongly thought, based on static fire data, that [the concrete] would make it through one launch,” he added.

    Ambitiously, the CEO wagered that SpaceX could launch again in one to two months, but some experts have estimated that it will take at least several months or longer. Given the timelines involved, it could end up being a costly setback for SpaceX, as NASA is hoping to use the Starship launch system during its crewed Artemis 3 mission to the lunar surface as soon as 2025.

    It’s got to sting, then, that the massive damage may have been avoided had Musk decided to wait and implement a few precautions that are widely used in other big rocket launches, as some are arguing. One common solution, as experts have noted, would be a flame diverter or trench of some kind, that redirects the rocket exhaust and its massive acoustic energy away from damaging the vehicle and the launchpad. Ironically, in 2020, Musk tweeted that SpaceX was “aspiring to have no flame diverter,” adding that “this could turn out to be a mistake.”

    Another would be a water deluge system, which uses water to dampen heat and acoustic energy — something that SpaceX has been flirting with. According to Musk, SpaceX started building a “massive water-cooled, steel plate to go under the launch mount,” he said in a tweet, but that it “wasn’t ready in time.” Other heavy lift systems, like NASA’s powerful Space Launch System, and SpaceX’s very own Falcon 9 rocket, use either flame diverters or water deluge systems, according to SpaceFlight Now.

    To make matters worse, the blowback from the lack of dampening extended far beyond solely damaging the launchpad. Just ask the residents of a nearby city, who were engulfed by a billowing cloud of dust and grime kicked up by the launch, plus a shattered window for good measure.

    The inadequate launchpad could even be responsible for significant damage to Starship itself, as some have theorized, including popular YouTuber and rocket scientist Scott Manley in a recent video.

    The unconfirmed theory goes that the concrete and dirt blasted into the air by the powerful rocket may have struck and damaged some of Starship’s engines, which could explain why at least three appeared to have failed just seconds after liftoff, as seen in the live broadcast. This cascaded into what onlookers witnessed and what SpaceX has since confirmed: the expendable Super Heavy booster, short a few engines, failed to separate from the Starship spacecraft and began losing altitude. SpaceX, in turn, ordered the rocket’s self-destruction.

    The aerospace company, however, has yet to comment on whether concrete impacts were partially responsible for the engine failure. Still, despite Starship exploding, the launch has been mostly hailed by experts and fans as a success. Above all, it’s been framed as a necessary “learning experience,” in the words of former NASA official Daniel Dumbacher, speaking to The New York Times.

    But on the other hand, it’s fairly standard procedure to include some sort of flame diverter or water deluge system for large rocket launches, Eric Roesch, an environmental compliance and risk assessment expert, told the publication, which makes it all the more puzzling why SpaceX completely forewent including either solutions.

    All told, it’s a hard-learned lesson, but the data gathered from the inaugural flight, whether you view it as a success or failure, will undoubtedly prove invaluable for exciting launches in the hopefully near future. – https://futurism.com/

    VIDEO SHOWS FALLING STARSHIP DEBRIS SMASHING A MINIVAN

    https://futurism.com/the-byte/starship-debris-smashes-minivan

    DCSCA (0a218d)

  252. Meanwhile, Ispace of Japan has been unable to contact their Hakuto-R Mission 1 lander after the scheduled time of landing.

    https://www.nytimes.com/live/2023/04/25/science/ispace-moon-landing-japan

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  253. @255. Spaceflight is hard.

    DCSCA (56c896)

  254. So is the “ground” thing.

    And wow! Hey! What’s this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like … ow … ound … round … ground! That’s it! That’s a good name – ground!

    I wonder if it will be friends with me?

    –Douglas Adams, HHGTTG

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  255. True: DeSantis is laser focused on securing victory for Russia.

    DeSantis’ timing is really something, calling for a ceasefire after Russia’s offensive yielded paltry results and prior to Ukraine’s anticipated counteroffensive. Dumb, dumb move.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  256. Paul Montagu (8f0dc7) — 4/26/2023 @ 5:16 pm

    The media’s lies are piling up, Montagu

    Exact quote:
    “It’s in everybody’s interest to try to get to a place where we can have a cease-fire”

    headline from The Hill: “DeSantis urges ceasefire in Ukraine”

    Politico: “Ron DeCeasefire: US presidential hopeful DeSantis calls for truce in Ukraine”

    of course, you would swallow it whole

    JF (5b79e7)

  257. It’s a strategic decision for the Ukrainians to make.

    Let DeSantis beat Mickey Mouse first.

    nk (bb1548)

  258. Let DeSantis beat Mickey Mouse first.

    … and Disney smiled.

    “Do give my love to your president, will you? And Mrs. Coolidge too.” – Grand Duchess Gloriana [Peter Sellers] ‘The Mouse That Roared’ 1959

    DCSCA (253e5b)

  259. A-10 as a bomb truck

    “The A-10 Warthog will be able to employ 16 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs, each against a separate target, on a single sortie.” These are high precision, 250 lbs weapons with a 40 mile range. Lower range than HIMARS, but way faster into position and back to safety

    steveg (95b642)

  260. JF (5b79e7) — 4/26/2023 @ 6:34 pm

    That’s a distinction without a difference, JF. DeSantis needs to school himself on this “territorial dispute”.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  261. Interesting that the thrice-fired talk show host is trying to cast himself as The Repository of Truth.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  262. More important than a ceasefire is a negotiation and a negotiated settlement, which can happen without or with a ceasefire.
    But the real problem is that Putin is more interested in making demands than compromising toward a peaceful resolution. And it also doesn’t help that the belligerent doesn’t even recognize the existence of the entity he’s trying to conquer.
    The only thing a ceasefire would accomplish is give the invader the space to resupply, redeploy, retool and rearm.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  263. @Haiku@263 Any thoughts on how to stop the rich from controlling the country?

    Nic (896fdf)

  264. “thrice-fired talk show host is trying to cast himself as The Repository of Truth.”

    Yeah that short video is so self-serving. Tucker’s little expose on J6 was the truth or was it blatant propaganda, purposefully trying to mislead or confuse viewers into believing J6 was non-violent? The same with his spin on Putin’s “claim” on Ukraine or the U.S. pushing Russia to war. There’s a reason that Tucker’s monologues are featured on Russian TV and why the Russian minister quipped about Tucker now being available to join them. Tucker was not “debating” anything. He was pushing false narratives that were hurting the organization’s credibility while feeding a weirdly conspiracy-obsessed right-wing subculture. It’s clear with the Dominion settlement that the network has to be more careful and measured. It’s also clear that Tucker will try to stay relevant.

    AJ_Liberty (078cb4)

  265. Shake-up underway at Teixeira’s National Guard unit.

    The two commanders are suspended pending further investigation by the Air Force inspector general. As more information becomes available, more members of Teixeira’s unit could face suspension or removal.

    The Air Force reassigned the unit’s intelligence mission to other units earlier this month and ordered the inspector general to probe the unit’s policies and procedures related to the handling of national security information.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  266. A-10 as a bomb truck

    “The A-10 Warthog will be able to employ 16 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs, each against a separate target, on a single sortie.” These are high precision, 250 lbs weapons with a 40 mile range. Lower range than HIMARS, but way faster into position and back to safety

    steveg (95b642) — 4/26/2023 @ 7:46 pm

    And they still won’t be transferred to Ukraine.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  267. No RIP: Jerry Springer (79) has died. Popular culture is worse off because of him and his ilk.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  268. @271. He was a lawyer, too. 😉

    DCSCA (3f4c71)

  269. @265. He’s gone.

    Yet you still search out to ‘watch.’

    ‘Nuff said.

    DCSCA (3f4c71)

  270. 51 years ago today… when America was still truly great, could lead, and showed the world why with actions, not rhetoric:

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

    DCSCA (3f4c71)

  271. No RIP for Carolyn Bryant Donham (88):

    Carolyn Bryant Donham, who accused 14-year-old Emmett Till of whistling at her and making sexual advances, leading to Till’s kidnapping and lynching, has died, according to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office in Louisiana.
    ……..
    In 1955, the 21-year-old Bryant Donham accused Till, who was visiting from Chicago, of whistling at her after leaving a store in Mississippi. Till was later abducted from his great-uncle Moses Wright’s home by Bryant Donham’s husband Roy Bryant and his half brother J.W. Milam.

    Till’s brutalized remains were found days later in the Tallahatchie River. Mamie Till Mobley’s decision to have photos from her son’s open casket funeral published in Jet magazine helped catalyze the Civil Rights Movement.

    Roy Bryant and Milam were charged with Till’s murder. The two men were acquitted by an all-white jury and later confessed to the killing in a paid magazine interview.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  272. @265. He’s gone.
    Yet you still search out to ‘watch.’

    I didn’t “search” for his little video, DC, and you’re naive if you believe that Tucker is “gone”, not when a guy like Rogan can get a 9-figure Spotify deal.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  273. @276. Pfft. Dream on. Echoes of Glenn Beck… Bill O’Reilly, etc., etc., etc. Love it when the truly ‘naive’ try to tell me my business:

    “Suppose I tell you exactly what’s gonna happen to you. You’re gonna be back in television. Only it won’t be quite the same as it was before. There’ll be a reasonable cooling-off period and then somebody will say: “Why don’t we try him again in a inexpensive format. People’s memories aren’t too long.” And you know, in a way, he’ll be right. Some of the people will forget, and some of them won’t. Oh, you’ll have a show. Maybe not the best hour or, you know, top 10. Maybe not even in the top 35. But you’ll have a show. It just won’t be quite the same as it was before. Then a couple of new fellas will come along. And pretty soon, a lot of your fans will be flocking around them. And then one day, somebody’ll ask: “Whatever happened to, a, whatshisname? You know, the one who was so big. The number-one fella a couple of years ago. He was famous. How can we forget a name like that? Oh by the way, have you seen, a, Barry Mills? I think he’s the greatest thing since Will Rogers.” – Mel Miller [Walter Matthau] ‘A Face In The Crowd’ 1957

    DCSCA (6aa83c)

  274. Check the bench, Paul: “… “Now in for Tucka Carlson”… Bill O’Reilly protege: Jesse Watters.”

    Place your bets.

    DCSCA (6aa83c)

  275. @268. Echoes of Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck as they were weeded out, withered and died away.

    DCSCA (6aa83c)

  276. A Face in the Crowd is just a movie, DCSCA. A very good one (man, that Andy Griffith is good at playing a villain). But it hasn’t proved prescient on how these guys end up. (See Trump, Donald)

    Tucker may fade and that’s extremely fine with me. We’ll see. In the meantime, Fox will dish up another Tucker for that time slot.

    Appalled (d62bc5)

  277. Mistakenly posted about these things in the Biden thread

    1. Harry Belafonte has also died, yesterday morning, aged 96, of congestive heart failure in his Upper West Side Manhattan apartment.

    2. The New York Times ran an obituary of Alton Maddox, in which they said some negative things about Al Sharpton

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/25/nyregion/alton-maddox-dead.html

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  278. Other stories of note: China causing scientific journals and websites to self censor (NYT)

    Sudan abandonment.

    A NYT article about how the way they make peace is all wrong. (I think NYT)

    A ghost ship that crossed the Atlantic from Africa – all people aboard died.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)


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