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9/22/2023

Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:53 am



[guest post by Dana]

Let’s go!

First news item

Assigning Anne Frank graphic novel to 8th graders lands teacher out of a job:

A Texas teacher has been fired after a middle school class was assigned to read a graphic novel adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank” that officials say had not been approved by the school district.

The Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District announced that a teacher had assigned an eighth-grade class to read a passage from “Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation,” which includes passages Frank wrote about female and male genitalia, and a possible attraction to women. The unabridged version of Frank’s diary has been removed from schools in Texas and Florida this year after complaints from parents over the book’s sexual content…

An investigation is trying to determine whether the adaptation of Anne Frank’s diary had been approved. District officials maintain that the graphic adaptation was never approved, but the book was on a reading list sent to parents at the beginning of the school year, according to KFDM, a CBS and Fox affiliate in Beaumont that was the first to report the story.

Anne Frank was 13 years old when she received her diary and began writing in it. Kids in the eighth grade are usually 13 years old. While I’m pretty sure today’s kids can handle something Frank wrote at the same age, I can also see where students might be embarrassed hearing the graphic text read aloud in a classroom of boys and girls. But rather than it having to do with something like girls being ashamed of their bodies, an embarrassed reaction could easily be a kid’s natural modesty in action. And that’s not a bad thing. Especially in this day and age. But it seems silly, and perhaps unlawful(?) to fire a teacher over this, given the confusion over the reading list.

Second news item

A devastating snippet from Jeffrey Goldberg’s new profile of Mark Milley in The Atlantic:

Milley had chosen a severely wounded Army captain, Luis Avila, to sing “God Bless America.” Avila, who had completed five combat tours, had lost a leg in an IED attack in Afghanistan, and had suffered two heart attacks, two strokes, and brain damage as a result of his injuries. To Milley, and to four-star generals across the Army, Avila and his wife, Claudia, represented the heroism, sacrifice, and dignity of wounded soldiers.

It had rained that day, and the ground was soft; at one point Avila’s wheelchair threatened to topple over. Milley’s wife, Holly­anne, ran to help Avila, as did Vice President Mike Pence. After Avila’s performance, Trump walked over to congratulate him, but then said to Milley, within earshot of several witnesses, “Why do you bring people like that here? No one wants to see that, the wounded.” Never let Avila appear in public again, Trump told Milley. (Recently, Milley invited Avila to sing at his retirement ceremony.)

Unsurprising.

Third news item

Democratic senator nailed:

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez was charged on Friday with corruption-related offenses for the second time in 10 years.

Menendez and his wife, Nadine Arslanian Menendez, are accused of accepting “hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes” in exchange for the senator’s influence, according to the newly unsealed federal indictment.

Prosecutors allege the bribes included gold, cash, home mortgage payments, compensation for a “low-or-no-show job” and a luxury vehicle.

This is the second set of corruption charges levied against Menendez by the Justice Department in a decade. He previously fought off conspiracy, bribery and honest services fraud related to alleged personal favors.

Menendez is up for reelection next year…

Details:

In June 2022, FBI agents executed search warrants on Menendez’s home and found more than $480,000 in cash, “much of it stuffed into envelopes and hidden in clothing, closets, and a safe.”

Agents found envelopes of cash inside jackets bearing Menendez’s name. Their search found home furnishings, a luxury vehicle and gold bars all provided by the businessmen.

No word if they found anything in his bathroom…

Menendez railed against the charges, sounding alot like that Witch Hunt guy:

For years, forces behind the scenes have repeatedly attempted to silence my voice and dig my political grave. Since this investigation was leaked nearly a year ago, there has been an active smear campaign of anonymous sources and innuendos to create an air of impropriety where none exists,” he said.

You can read the indictment here.

Fourth news item

Two years ago, Kevin McCarthy welcomed President Zelensky with open arms, not so much this year. Good to see a media outlet that I wouldn’t expect to take issue with McCarthy’s behavior, take issue with McCarthy’s behavior:

Speaker Kevin McCarthy dissed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday, not only refusing to OK a joint address to Congress, but even forcing the visitor to meet with House Republicans off the chamber’s floor.

Bush league, Kevin.

…we get that many of his members have turned all-out against US aid to Ukraine; keeping Zelensky at arm’s length spares him considerable flak.

(In reality, a huge chunk of “Ukraine aid” gets spent at home, on modernizing US ordnance as we send older equipment over there — and that modernization is vital to beefing up our neglected defenses.)

More important: Russia’s imperialist war of aggression needs defeating.

If the Kremlin wins, it’ll move on to bullying other neighbors in Central Europe, threatening NATO members and risking a conflict that would draw in US troops.

And would-be conquerors will imitate Vladimir Putin, as the entire world order decays.

America and the West will pay a far higher price than we are paying now.

Fifth news item

A no-brainer “yes” at the one year mark of Mahsa Amini’s death:

One of the bills approved on Tuesday, the Mahsa Amini Human Rights and Security Accountability Act (MAHSA Act), would apply sanctions to Iran’s supreme leader and president. The legislation is named for the 22-year-old Kurdish woman whose death and alleged abuse while in the custody of Iran’s morality police almost a year ago for improperly wearing her hijab, or head covering, sparked historic anti-government protests across Iran.

The National Union for Democracy in Iran (NUFDI), an Iranian-American group opposed to the regime and a supporter of the bill, said in a statement that the MAHSA Act would help reveal the true nature of the Islamic Republic.

“[The Islamic Republic of Iran] is not a partner worthy of engagement, but a brutal dictatorship whose opponents — the freedom-loving people of Iran — deserve America’s solidarity,” NUFDI said. “Holding the regime’s supreme leader and president accountable for their crimes against humanity with the human rights sanctions in the MAHSA Act has been met with overwhelming support from the Iranian-American community and is a needed first step in offering maximum support to the people of Iran in their quest to establish a secular democracy that will secure their fundamental rights and ensure American security.”

Guess which women voted against this? Reps. Cori Bush (D-MO) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

A rebuke Freedom fighter Masih Alinejad:

We the women of Iran will never forget that an American congresswoman who enjoys freedom of choice, voted against women of Iran who are getting killed for demanding freedom of choice.

@Ilhan! You sided with our killers by voting against #MahsaAct

The US House passed a bill, tightening sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader and President. Votes against were cast by Ilhan Omar. As we approach the anniversary of Mahsa Jina Amini’s death at the hands of the morality police, this timely bill aims to hold the Islamic Republic accountable for its crimes. The broad support for this bill moves us towards a freer Iran. Regrettably, the Biden administration released $6 billion to Iran, establishing a questionable form of diplomacy. I hope the Senate will pass this bill, reflecting our commitment to freedom and human rights.

It’s disheartening to see an American woman who enjoys freedom of choice, who should be advocating for women of Iran who face, prison, lashes, rape, chemical attack and get killed for demanding the same freedom to choose their own dress code, voting against a bill designed to support Iranian women. Yet, this doesn’t surprise me. When I was the target of transnational repression, she campaigned against me for the crime working freelancers for Voice of America media broadcasting. We, Iranian women, will never forget. Mahsa isn’t just a daughter of Iran; she’s a beacon for women globally who stand against dictators. It’s astonishing that while the world stands with Mahsa and Iranian women, you side with the oppressors. The bill was meant to sanction those responsible for atrocities under the Islamic Republic.

We will continue our fight against the gender apartheid regime of Iran, but the history will judge those of you who could help us but decided to side with the religious dictatorship.

I call on all women across the globe to join us to end the gender apartheid regime in Iran. We deserve to have a secular democracy no, not an Islamic terrorist regime.

Sixth news item

Turmoil in Kevin McCarthy’s conference:

Speaker Kevin McCarthy sent his House members home for the week without a clear plan to avoid a looming government shutdown after hardliners in the Republican conference once again scuttled his spending plans, delivering an embarrassing floor defeat for GOP leadership for the second time this week.

The Republican leader slammed his far-right flank for wanting to “burn the place down,” after conservatives dramatically bucked McCarthy and GOP leadership on a procedural vote over a Pentagon funding bill, throwing the House into total paralysis. And now, members are not set to return to session until Tuesday as the possibility of a shutdown at the end of next week appears ever more likely.

“It’s frustrating in the sense that I don’t understand why anybody votes against bringing the idea and having the debate,” McCarthy told reporters.

McCarthy sold his soul. The bill always comes due.

Seventh news item

After months of asking:

President Joe Biden has told his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, that the United States will provide a small number of long-range missiles (ATACMS) to aid the war with Russia, three U.S. officials and a congressional official familiar with the discussions told NBC News on Friday.

The officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly, did not say when the missiles would be delivered or when a public announcement would be made…

The congressional official said there was still a debate about the type of missile that would be sent and how many would be delivered to Ukraine.

The long-range missiles will give Kyiv the ability to strike targets from as far away as about 180 miles, hitting supply lines, railways, and command and control locations behind the Russian front lines.

Good.

Eighth news item

Huh:

Joe Biden’s re-election campaign is deploying California Gov. Gavin Newsom to the second Republican presidential debate next week in Simi Valley, Calif., Biden campaign advisers tell Axios…Donald Trump isn’t likely to attend the GOP debate Wednesday, but Biden’s team also is deploying top officials — including campaign manager Julie Chávez Rodríguez — to contrast the president’s agenda with what they call “MAGA Republicans’ extreme and out of touch views.”

Chávez Rodríguez and DNC chair Jaime Harrison will host Latino organizing events including one focused on Latino men, Biden campaign advisers told Axios.

The DNC also is hiring a plane to fly over Southern California reading “2024 GOP: A Race for the Extreme MAGA Base,” according to a Biden adviser.
Biden re-elect spokesperson Kevin Munoz told Axios: “The campaign response builds off the strong and effective plan from the first debate with a clear north star: Push back on Republicans’ lies and highlight their extremism at every turn.”

MISCELLANEOUS

I could watch this all day long:

Have a great weekend!

–Dana

171 Responses to “Weekend Open Thread”

  1. Happy Friday!

    Dana (932d71)

  2. Regarding Milley in The Atlantic, physical appearances are important to Trump, like how Xi looked the part of a Chinese premier, or that Milley had a “tanklike build and four-star eyebrows”, or that McMaster looked like a “beer salesman” and not some national security guy.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  3. Sixth news item:

    Between Tommy Tuberville’s gumming up the military nomination process and McCarthy’s failure to control his conference to do something as basic as passing a rule to even consider a bill, Congressional Republicans are showing they are unable to govern.

    Especially in case of House. McCarthy’s inability to implement the debt ceiling agreement he negotiated (which included budget caps) with the White House shows he has lost control of his conference. His only hope is to convince Democrats to provide some votes (and they have no reason to so), which could lead to his ouster as Speaker (unless, of course, he is again saved by the Democrats.) But being “saved” by the opposition will come at a very high price.

    All it takes is one House member (paging Matt Gaetz!) to submit a motion to vacate. If Gaetz doesn’t, all his bluster is just theater.

    Rip Murdock (1b9322)

  4. First News Item:

    The Holocaust is not part of in state’s Grade 8 guidelines. World History isn’t taught until high school.

    Rip Murdock (1b9322)

  5. 480K in cash? I’d be worried about having more than 1K in cash in my home.

    From the description, it sounds as if the cash consisted of the usual “small, unmarked bills”, too. And some of it was stored where, for example, a cleaning woman might run across it.

    Jim Miller (afc9a4)

  6. The Holocaust is not part of in state’s Grade 8 guidelines. World History isn’t taught until high school.

    That’s interesting. And I find it very curious that the Washington Post article which Dana links to doesn’t tell us what class this was in. Was it history class, was it English class, what it something else?

    I think I’ve gotten on this high horse elsewhere in this blog over the years, but I’m really not a fan of assigning graphic novels to teenagers. By that age they really ought to be reading grown-up books with print and absolutely minimal illustrations, and the goal should be to try and train them to keep their easily-distracted minds engaged. But here’s how the experts cited by the WaPo disagree with me:

    The 2018 graphic novel, adapted by Ari Folman from the unabridged version of Frank’s diary and illustrated by David Polonsky, was hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “so engaging and effective that it’s easy to imagine it replacing the Diary in classrooms and among younger readers.” The version by Folman, whose parents survived the Holocaust, illustrates the hope and despair that Frank felt during her time hiding from the Nazis inside a tiny annex. The graphic adaptation is fully authorized by the Anne Frank Fonds, the Switzerland-based foundation that oversees the copyright to Frank’s diary.

    Apologies to the New York Times Book Review reviewer, but I’m not as sanguine about dumbing down our educational standards just because we’re raising a generation that is psychologically addicted to constantly seeing colorful content on their ubiquitous mobile devices. What if it turns out that this is the reason the teacher is being let go? Would it surprise any of us that given we’re talking about Texas, the WaPo would be purposefully evasive about the reasons that the teacher was let go and would make an attempt to frame this in the “dumb red state hicks hate Jews and thus want to keep their racist white children from learning about how evil the Nazis truly were”?

    JVW (1ad43e)

  7. From the Still No Republican Standouts To Overtake You-Know-Who Thread:

    Trump would never trust Haley with the VP position.

    He wouldn’t trust anyone with an independent base (or opinions). ……….

    Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/22/2023 @ 9:49 am

    And what (and how large) is Haley’s “independent base” that would frighten off Trump in selecting her VP? Five percent of Republican voters?

    As I’ve said before, Haley, like Pence, can put her opinions in the vault for four years in order to be first in line to succeed Trump. A small price to pay, and with the added benefit of being the automatic front runner in 2028.

    LOL!

    Rip Murdock (1b9322)

  8. . But it seems silly, and perhaps unlawful(?) to fire a teacher over this, given the confusion over the reading list.

    That’sthe problem.

    There is no censorship.

    Everything is either permitted, or else grounds for cancellation.

    People are supposed to realize on their own what should be censored.

    versions was published in 1986.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  9. Incidentally, the famous short diary is actually an amalgam of parts of two surviving manuscripts neither of which survived in full.

    . The first is the genuine contemporary diary – the other is her novelization, written in 1944. Otto Frank thought she only changed the names. That novelization has Hello Kitty (not in the original diary) and her hearing about gas chambers(or the equivalent) from the BBC in October 1942She knew about that in 1944And there was only one real dream. It’s under two different dates in the short diary because Otto Frank didn’t understand what he had,

    The full text of all versions was published in 1986.

    https://www.amazon.com/Diary-Anne-Frank-Critical/dp/0385240236

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  10. It is unusual for a Speaker of the House to lose a vote on a rule.

    Since 1995, the House has failed to pass a rule eight times, all during Republican-led House chambers – until this year.

    Newt Gingrich had six rule votes fail during his four-year tenure as speaker (1995-1999), and Dennis Hastert suffered two rule defeats in his eight years as speaker. (1999-2007)

    So far, in his eight months as speaker, Kevin McCarthy has lost three rule votes, bringing the total up to 11 since 1995.

    To state the obvious: Unusual because, if the whip organization is any good, they would know they were going to lose, and so wouldn’t stage a vote.

    Assuming, that is, the leaders can count, and few, if any, of the followers are lying to the whips.

    Jim Miller (afc9a4)

  11. The 2018 graphic novel,

    That means it is not by Anne Frank, not in 1942-4, and not what she was preparing for publication in 1944.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  12. Maybe Kevin McCarthy has a good whip count but is gambling he can change votes.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  13. Between Tommy Tuberville’s gumming up the military nomination process and McCarthy’s failure to control his conference to do something as basic as passing a rule to even consider a bill, Congressional Republicans are showing they are unable to govern.

    I don’t think these two are equivalent. Sen. Tuberville is of course a member of the minority party in the Senate. He put a hold on the military nominees because he objected to the Democrat majority’s attempts to ram them all through in cluster votes. Call it petty, call it vindictive, whatever, but this isn’t anything that Democrats haven’t already done when they were the minority party. So I disagree with your assessment that Sen. Tuberville’s power move shows that Republicans can’t govern. It just shows that Republicans know how to force the majority party to capitulate when they try to use their slender majority to run roughshod.

    JVW (1ad43e)

  14. That means it is not by Anne Frank, not in 1942-4, and not what she was preparing for publication in 1944.

    Salient point, Sammy. Though since it has the blessing of the Anne Frank estate I would hazard a guess that they borrow heavily from the verbiage in her own writings.

    JVW (1ad43e)

  15. (Tuberville) put a hold on the military nominees because he objected to the Democrat majority’s attempts to ram them all through in cluster votes.

    No, he has placed the holds due to his objection to DoD’s abortion travel policy.

    The process of mass confirmations of non-controversial military nominees has been the procedure of both parties.

    Rip Murdock (1b9322)

  16. Another democrat corporate stooge (hopefully) bites the dust. Another AOC acolyte should be appointed.

    asset (25ea2e)

  17. No, he has placed the holds due to his objection to DoD’s abortion travel policy.

    The Democrats could easily have done six months ago what they are doing today: they could have voted on the nominees one by one. But of course that would leave them less time for fundraising dinners and appearances on various talk shows, so they tried to do the bulk voting. Alternatively, they could have dropped their silly abortion travel policy which was a ridiculous pander to left-wing activists. As I see it, Tommy Tuberville won this argument the moment Chuck Schumer called for cloture votes on each individual nominee.

    JVW (1ad43e)

  18. JVW (1ad43e) — 9/22/2023 @ 2:45 pm

    I do agree TT is petty and vindictive, especially for a Senator who doesn’t live in the state he represents.

    Rip Murdock (1b9322)

  19. Train Keeps A-Rollin’

    Massachusetts Republicans just handed Donald Trump another win in his quest to tilt state delegate-selection rules in his favor.

    Republican state committee members in this Super Tuesday state voted unanimously on Thursday night to pass a primary delegate plan that keeps a winner-take-all threshold likely to benefit Trump.
    ………….
    The vote on the delegate plan comes as Trump’s campaign has aggressively worked to overhaul state party rules to benefit the former president’s bid for the White House. Their behind-the-scenes work so far has paid off, with states across the country revising state delegate selection rules. ………
    …………
    In an effort by the cash-strapped state party to entice well-funded candidates to campaign in the state, if no candidate clears 50 percent, the party will proportionally award delegates to anyone who wins more than 10 percent of the primary vote.
    …………
    Trump will still have an advantage, if he continues to poll as high as he is now and the two lawsuits attempting to bar him from the ballot in Massachusetts fail. A Trump campaign adviser told POLITICO the former president’s team is “thrilled” with the delegate plan.
    …………
    Amy Carnevale, the state GOP chair, is also considering charging candidates up to $20,000 to put their names on the primary ballot. That fee would drop to $10,000 if candidates hold an event with the state party.

    Other states and state parties bill for presidential primary ballot access. The filing fee in New Hampshire is $1,000. South Carolina Republicans are charging candidates $50,000.
    …………..

    The Massachusetts Republican primary will be held on Super Tuesday. Current polling is very thin, the most recent being March-April timeframe, showing Trump at 59% and +41 over DeSantis.

    Rip Murdock (0dfcb6)

  20. @Rip@4 Anne Frank is generally part of the 8th grade English curriculum.

    There are no high quality full time teachers available at this time of year. Everyone is on a 10 month contract and you generally can’t break it without risking your certification. They might be able pick up a new graduate at the semester, but I wouldn’t choose to work for that district if I were a new teacher. The new teachers have plenty of choices because there’s a HUGE teacher shortage. They also may end up paying out the fired teacher’s contract through the end of the year, since the book was on the reading list.

    Nic (896fdf)

  21. @Rip@4 Anne Frank is generally part of the 8th grade English curriculum.

    Considering that Anne Frank wrote her diary in Dutch, making 8th graders read it, no matter the quality of the translation, is not only sadism, it is pointless.

    How do they pick the crap they assign to kids to read? There has to be a lot of payola from the publishing houses. There just has to be.

    nk (751136)

  22. I read essays by Henry David Thoreau on John Brown in school.

    asset (25ea2e)

  23. @nk@21. It’s been part of the 8th grade English curriculum for at least 40 years. And I read Les Miserable in my 10th grade English class. English (language arts) curriculums tend to include a fair amount of world literature.

    @asset@22 I read Thoreau (though not re John Brown) in 11th grade American lit class.

    Nic (896fdf)

  24. Literature. For forty years.

    You put your thumb on the gist of my peeve.

    When will they put How To Avoid, the 1965 classic by Norman F. Dacey, on the reading list?

    nk (751136)

  25. Yikes! How To Avoid Probate. I thought that clause looked kind of short.

    nk (751136)

  26. But rather than it having to do with something like girls being ashamed of their bodies, an embarrassed reaction could easily be a kid’s natural modesty in action

    There is also the possibility that some of these 13yos are immature.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  27. I expect CNN will have Newsom host their replay of GOP Debate moments.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  28. Down goes desatan! Ron now polling 5th in republican primary in new hampshire as voters get to know this thug.

    asset (25ea2e)

  29. Newsom vetoes bill that would require parents to affirm child’s gender identity in custody battles

    As I predicted. It’s utter poison outside of CA and he has ambitions.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  30. Tim Scott slams Trump, other GOP presidential candidates for being ‘wrong’ on abortion
    …………
    “I think the former president is wrong on the issue,” Scott said when asked about Trump’s comments. “He was a pro-life president. We need a pro-life president in the future.”

    Scott, who was interviewed after headlining the New Hampshire Institute of Politics “Politics and Eggs” speaking series, charged that “President Trump and Governor Haley, Governor DeSantis, have all run away from protecting life.”
    ………….
    Scott, along with former Vice President Mike Pence and a couple of other Republican presidential candidates, supports a proposed 15-week federal abortion ban.

    The senator’s criticisms of Trump, DeSantis, and Haley in his Fox News interview appear to be the latest indicator that he is sharpening his contrasts with his rivals for Republican presidential nomination.
    ………….
    Scott’s campaign says the candidate will draw contrasts and distinctions with the rest of the field at next week’s second debate, a Fox Business hosted showdown at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California.

    “Having an opportunity to talk about where we’re different. I think it’s important for the audience, frankly, at home to understand that there are real differences between the candidates on the stage, and we should have an opportunity to discuss those differences,” Scott emphasized on Wednesday.
    ………..

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  31. Trump steamrolls anti-abortion groups

    In just the last week, Donald Trump called Florida’s six-week abortion ban “terrible,” refused to endorse national restrictions, blamed abortion opponents for Republicans’ 2022 election disappointments and pledged to compromise with Democrats on the issue if elected.

    Anti-abortion groups can’t agree on what to do about it.
    ………….
    Trump’s attempt to have it both ways on the fraught issue ………. has exposed those groups’ struggle for relevance in a lopsided primary and highlighted ongoing divisions inside the movement.
    ………..
    “Looking at a general, he’s going to need all Republicans to come home if he’s going to beat Joe Biden,” Billy Valentine, (Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America’s) vice president of political affairs, said. “He’s going to need the base in order to win ultimately, and he’s going to need a clear position. In the absence of a clear position, the Democrats are going to define him.”

    Other GOP presidential candidates have aligned themselves with SBA’s call for a federal ban, but the organization is boxed in by Trump’s dominant lead and is unlikely to endorse………
    ………….
    …………. Trump handily won the Family Research Council’s straw poll on Saturday even after he painted the issue as an electoral loser and rejected the group’s call for federal abortion limits during a Friday speech to the group’s annual conference in Washington D.C.
    …………
    “I don’t know how you can even make the claim that you’re somehow pro-life if you’re criticizing states for enacting pro-life protections for babies that have heartbeats,” Trump campaign rival Ron DeSantis told a radio host in the early voting state of Iowa on Monday. ……….. “I think all pro-lifers should know that he’s preparing to sell you out,” DeSantis, the governor of Florida, added.
    …………
    “Trump’s base is pretty solid, but this is one thing that can really shake his base — unless it’s a pure cult of personality and not one of principle,” said John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council………
    …………
    Many conservatives also took issue with Trump’s insistence in a Sunday interview on Meet the Press that he would be able to negotiate a “deal” on abortion with Democrats and settle the issue once and for all.

    One anti-abortion group, the Human Coalition Action, blasted him for seeking “compromises on the amount of mass death we find legally acceptable” ………..

    “Democrats are never going to let voters forget that he overturned Roe,” (said Terry Schilling, the president of the American Principles Project). “He can’t pretend he’s going to come out with a plan they’re going to like. They don’t like him and never will.”
    ……………

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  32. “Trump’s base is pretty solid, but this is one thing that can really shake his base — unless it’s a pure cult of personality and not one of principle,” said John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council………

    Rip Murdock (509171) — 9/23/2023 @ 11:38 am

    Stenberger lurched uncontrollably into the truth.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  33. Trump Civil Litigation Watch

    Now that a New York appellate court has temporarily paused former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial that was set to begin early next month, the attorney general’s office told the judges that failing to reverse course could come with serious consequences.

    “Even a brief stay of the October 2 trial date would likely wreak havoc on the trial schedule not only in this proceeding but also in scheduled trials in other courts that involve petitioner Donald J. Trump,” Judith Vale, the deputy solicitor general for New York Attorney General Letitia James, wrote in a 32-page filing on Wednesday. “The Court should not countenance such delays, particularly when there is no irreparable harm to petitioners from simply doing work to prepare for and start a trial that has been scheduled for many months.”
    ………….
    On Sept. 14, a judge from the New York Appellate Division, First Department put Trump’s long-scheduled civil trial on hold until a panel decides whether to intervene in the case. The current trial schedule may still happen if the appellate judges decide to uphold the rulings of Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron.
    …………
    ………..The AG argues that Trump has “no likelihood” of winning his appeal in the light of the bar for obtaining “extraordinary” relief.
    …………

    Justice Arthur Engoron has previously estimated that if the civil fraud trial starts on Oct. 2, 2023 it could last until just before Christmas.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  34. I’ve updated the Menendez post with a link to the indictment.

    Dana (932d71)

  35. McCarthy Folds (Again) on Ukraine

    Speaker Kevin McCarthy is backtracking on his plan to remove Ukraine aid from a massive military spending bill as Republicans scramble to find a way forward on funding the government.

    The California Republican’s U-turn comes a day after he told reporters he would remove the roughly $300 million from the Pentagon bill and give it a separate vote as he faced GOP pushback on its inclusion.

    But in the Capitol on Saturday, McCarthy said the bill will move forward with the Ukraine aid included, arguing it would be too complicated to remove because of the Republicans’ funding strategy of bringing the Defense bill to the floor with other measures. The decision injects fresh doubt into whether the Pentagon spending bill will come up for debate at all after failing twice in recent weeks.
    …………
    But it is far from clear, despite the latest maneuvering on Ukraine aid, whether they have the votes. …………
    ………..
    Case in point: Republicans had hoped that stripping out the Ukraine aid would flip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who voted against starting debate on the Defense bill earlier this week.
    …………
    Instead of stripping the Ukraine aid out of the Defense bill and giving it a separate vote, Republicans will now allow a vote on the floor to remove the Ukraine-related funds from both the Defense and State bills — all but guaranteeing the funding will stay in with help from Democrats.
    ………..

    More evidence of a Republican Party that can’t govern on its own, even when it has a majority. This will really set off MAGA voters and increase calls for a motion to vacate against McCarthy. It only takes one-paging Rep. Gaetz!

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  36. Biden Administration is slow walking the weapons needed to expel Russia from Ukraine

    steveg (fbbdb3)

  37. Biden is afraid of starting world war III if putin gets desperate. As I have said before if putin doesn’t win he loses and if ukraine doesn’t lose it wins. The weaker armed forces won in cuba, vietnam, and afganistan (twice) Russian soldiers are fighting for what? So they don’t get shot their own side? We had the same problem with arvin, Iraq and afganistan. In our revolution the hessians had to be guarded so they didn’t desert. The taliban in afganistan andal quida in Iraq/syria did quite well against america’s hessians. Military history is my side.

    asset (c359ed)

  38. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2023/09/biden-poll-disaster.php

    President Joe Biden’s job approval rating is 19 points underwater, his ratings for handling the economy and immigration are at career lows. A record number of Americans say they’ve become worse off under his presidency, three-quarters say he’s too old for another term and Donald Trump is looking better in retrospect — all severe challenges for Biden in his reelection campaign ahead.

    Forty-four percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll say they’ve gotten worse off financially under Biden’s presidency, the most for any president in ABC/Post polls since 1986. Just 37% approve of his job performance, while 56% disapprove. Still fewer approve of Biden’s performance on the economy, 30%.

    On handling immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, Biden’s rating is even lower, with 23% approval. In terms of intensity of sentiment, 20% strongly approve of his work overall, while 45% strongly disapprove. And the 74% who say he’s too old for a second term is up 6 percentage points since May. Views that Trump is too old also are up, but to 50% in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates.

    Rip of the “forever poll posting to demoralize Republican voters” somehow forgot this humdinger of a poll.

    NJRob (e3b98d)

  39. Rip of the “forever poll posting to demoralize Republican voters” somehow forgot this humdinger of a poll.

    NJRob (e3b98d) — 9/24/2023 @ 5:38 am

    Why are the polls that I post “demoralizing”?

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  40. Tim Scott slams Trump, other GOP presidential candidates for being ‘wrong’ on abortion

    Except for abortion, Scott has no positions. “It’s a great country with boundless opportunity” is not a position, it’s cheerleading. He’s kinda dim, too.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  41. In just the last week, Donald Trump called Florida’s six-week abortion ban “terrible,” refused to endorse national restrictions, blamed abortion opponents for Republicans’ 2022 election disappointments and pledged to compromise with Democrats on the issue if elected.

    On this, he’s right. As are Haley and Christie. Pence and Scott seem to have problems getting past their Bible, and that may work in some places but it’s no better than the leftist dogma.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  42. Shock poll:

    The Post-ABC poll shows Biden trailing Trump by 10 percentage points at this early stage in the election cycle

    https://wapo.st/48rBCP5

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  43. Note how the WaPo spins this terrible no good awful news as an “early stage” poll. I don’t remember that kind of qualification in earlier polls more friendly to their candidate.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  44. Success!

    A capsule containing precious samples from an asteroid landed safely on Earth on Sunday, the culmination of a roughly 4-billion-mile journey over the past seven years.

    The asteroid samples were collected by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) spacecraft, which flew by Earth early Sunday morning and jettisoned the capsule over a designated landing zone in the Utah desert.

    The dramatic event marked a major milestone for the United States: The collected rocks and soil were NASA’s first samples brought back to Earth from an asteroid. Experts have said the bounty could help scientists unlock secrets about the solar system and how it came to be, including how life emerged on this planet.
    ……………
    The samples were gathered from the surface of a near-Earth asteroid known as Bennu. The space rock, which is roughly as tall as the Empire State Building, is located more than 200 million miles away from Earth but orbits in such a way that it occasionally swings within 4.6 million miles of the planet.

    Bennu’s main draw owes to its age. The asteroid is estimated to have formed in the first 10 million years of the solar system’s existence, making it a pristine remnant from a chaotic time more than 4.5 billion years ago. As such, studying an asteroid’s chemical and physical properties is thought to be one of the best ways to understand the earliest days of the solar system.
    ……………
    Researchers are keen to understand what role — if any — asteroids played in the emergence of life on Earth. There are theories, for instance, that asteroids and comets may have delivered water and other building blocks of life to the planet.
    ………………
    It’s estimated that the sample return capsule contains around 8.8 ounces of rocky material from Bennu. After it is recovered, the capsule will be transported to a temporary clean room on the military range before being flown to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
    ……………..
    Early Sunday, the spacecraft jettisoned the samples as it skirted 63,000 miles above Earth’s surface, sending the capsule screaming through the atmosphere at around 27,650 mph. A series of parachutes helped slow the capsule before it touched down in Utah’s western desert.
    …………….

    While this is a great achievement by NASA, did anyone call the Wildfire team?

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  45. NJRob (e3b98d) — 9/24/2023 @ 5:38 am

    Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/24/2023 @ 8:31 am

    Why I don’t expect Biden to be the nominee.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  46. On handling immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, Biden’s rating is even lower, with 23% approval.

    Why I don’t expect Biden to be the nominee.

    Hmmm. Which Democrat candidate offers a better border policy? Newsom? If anything, he’s more spineless there than Biden.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  47. Rip of the “forever poll posting to demoralize Republican voters” somehow forgot this humdinger of a poll.

    NJRob (e3b98d) — 9/24/2023 @ 5:38 am

    Why are the polls that I post “demoralizing”?

    Rip Murdock (509171) — 9/24/2023 @ 8:12 am

    The polls I highlight are of interest to those that intend to vote in the Republican primaries. I could care less about how a Democratic president is perceived. You, on the other hand, seem fascinated about it.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  48. Why I don’t expect Biden to be the nominee.

    Hmmm. Which Democrat candidate offers a better border policy? Newsom? If anything, he’s more spineless there than Biden.

    Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/24/2023 @ 8:43 am

    I don’t really care who the Democrats nominate. It’s their problem.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  49. Meanwhile, the ProPublica arm of the DNC accuses Justice Thomas of attending events hosted by people who dislike Donald Trump. Of course, that’s not how they frame it.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/propublica-buries-its-clarence-thomas-news-media-bias-political-ethics-de06903d

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  50. The polls I highlight are of interest to those that intend to vote in the Republican primaries.

    You seem more interested in highlighting the futility of opposing Donald Trump.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  51. “On this, he’s right. As are Haley and Christie. Pence and Scott seem to have problems getting past their Bible, and that may work in some places but it’s no better than the leftist dogma.”

    You have to change hearts and minds….and that requires a lot of virtue and hard work. It’s easier to just take rigid positions that tend to ignore polling, the 10th amendment, and the principle of federalism that the Right has advocated for the past 40 years. Being aggressive on abortion in the face of votes and in the face of polling in swing states….is NOT in the words of Pence…leadership….it’s hubris. Let this legal issue coalesce and settle, while persuading people through compassion and works. Otherwise it’s just laziness sold as virtue.

    AJ_Liberty (52a7c9)

  52. Mike Martin has a useful Ukraine update. They’re making steady progress.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  53. “The Post-ABC poll shows Biden trailing Trump by 10 percentage points”

    Hopefully it’s the pressure needed for a shakeup on the Democrat side. People still vote their pocketbook and Democrats are wish casting that high gas and food prices aren’t an issue. Add in that Biden looks old and declining, and Harris looks no more Presidential. They’re in a tough spot and either Biden or Harris will have to rise up and choose the country over their ambition. I’m not optimistic. But when you lose Davis Ignatius, that’s telling.

    Now I don’t put a lot of faith in this poll because Trump’s support will erode as the GOP field consolidates and his date with justice approaches. He’s deluded and there is almost too much material out there to craft ads and make a case (ie, we’ve not yet seen any sort of concerted effort to define him). I’ve disagreed with Andrew McCarthy often on his legal spin but his assessment that Trump can’t win is spot on. When the BS is put aside, Trump’s instability is a national security risk that is unjustified. We’ll get there.

    AJ_Liberty (52a7c9)

  54. Now I don’t put a lot of faith in this poll because Trump’s support will erode as the GOP field consolidates and his date with justice approaches.

    As things stand now, any consolidation will be around Trump. His supporters will be immune to any negative ads by the Lilliputians, as Trump voters aren’t Haley, DeSantis, Ramaswamy, etc. voters.

    And as Trump seeks to delay his trials, it will be more and more likely that Trump will win the nomination before any convictions.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  55. ………. the 10th amendment, and the principle of federalism that the Right has advocated for the past 40 years……..

    One could argue that when it comes to human life, these things shouldn’t constrain the government from protecting it from conception.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  56. This is the situation:

    1. The virtually required position for Democratic politicians is far too permissive on abortion: no limits on abortion and a persistent argument by groups that it is impossible to draft a law that does not stop what you don’t want to stop. Democrats are somewhat divided on whether abortions should be facilitated by government.

    2. The standard Republican position is too restrictive for most people, but nit as out of line with public opinion as the Democratic position,

    3. People prefer a law that is too liberal than one which is too restrictive, even if it would only affect rare cases.

    Sammy Finkelman (d64529)

  57. Menendez was being bribed by the Egyptian government, not by businessmen! The businessmen were a method. And the initial bribe he got was a woman who became his wife. She may have lied to him

    And the FBI took its time.

    Sammy Finkelman (d64529)

  58. JVW (1ad43e) — 9/22/2023 @ 2:48 pm

    Though since it has the blessing of the Anne Frank estate I would hazard a guess that they borrow heavily from the verbiage in her own writings.

    It;s a graphic novel – a kind of comic strip. It is supposed to relate the events mentioned in the diary, plus maybe have some thought bubbles, with much stuff invented.

    It is now almost three generations – make it two. The people who authorized it never knew Anne Frank, or her father or friends, and, at best were mostly interested in that she should be portrayed favorably – in the author;s lights, It sounds like a travesty.

    Sammy Finkelman (d64529)

  59. ………. the 10th amendment, and the principle of federalism that the Right has advocated for the past 40 years……..

    Flashback December 2021-Allahpundit on Dobbs:

    …………..
    ………….. So long as Democrats control the White House and/or either chamber of Congress, the states will have free rein on setting their own abortion policies. But what happens when Democrats don’t?

    It’s plausible that Republicans will enjoy total control of government as soon as 2025. And when they do, pro-lifers will pose a question to them: Why don’t you use the power of the federal government to impose restrictions on abortion on blue states?

    After all, a party that claims to believe abortion is grievous shouldn’t be comfortable watching California and New York and Illinois continue to allow tens of thousands of terminations each year. ……….
    ………….
    “Federalism”? Please. If the Trump years stand for anything, it’s the idea that conservative civic values should bend as necessary in the pursuit of power. Besides, it’s child’s play to argue that federalism, while important, should yield in the name of pursuing certain higher values and that preventing the killing of defenseless children in the womb is one.
    …………
    …………If Republicans control Congress and the White House, they’ll have no choice but to try to ban abortion in blue states. The political culture of the Trump-era GOP coalition won’t allow them to do otherwise. For committed pro-lifers, it’ll be intolerable for the federal government not to do everything possible to prevent the killing of infants in utero in blue states.

    For populists, it’ll be intolerable for the federal government not to do everything possible to own the libs, and nothing would own them quite like telling them that they can’t perform abortions even on their home turf. It would be unthinkable for a party dominated by Trump not to use every lever of power available to pursue victory in the ultimate culture war battle.

    Especially if abortions start ramping up in blue states after Dobbs. …………

    All of this will antagonize pro-lifers. What good was overturning Roe if abortions became even *more* freely available in America’s major population centers than they are now?

    Two things will happen then. First, short-term, pro-lifers will begin pressuring Republicans in Congress to do something about it. And Republicans won’t be free to say no, even on the principled ground of federalism. Populists seeking to signal their ideological purity by taking the maximalist conservative position on every issue will attack the federalists for being weak-willed RINOs……….
    …………

    Paragraph breaks added.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  60. Rip Murdock (509171) — 9/24/2023 @ 11:03 am

    More:

    ………..
    Current Supreme Court precedent leaves considerable potential scope for (federal regulation of abortion).……….
    …………
    Under cases such as Gonzales v. Raich (2005), the Supreme Court has held that Congress’ power to regulate interstate commerce includes the authority to restrict almost any “economic activity,” so long as it has a “substantial effect” on interstate trade. And “economic activity” is defined very broadly to include anything that involves the “production, distribution, and consumption of commodities.” ……….. Nearly all abortions involve the “consumption” and “distribution” of commodities, such as medical supplies. In addition, most abortions qualify as “economic” transactions because doctors, nurses, and others are paid to perform them.
    …………..
    …………..Congress could claim that suppression of intrastate abortions is necessary in order to enforce restrictions on those that involve crossing state lines. If abortion is banned in State A, but legal in neighboring State B, that creates an incentive for residents of A to cross into B in order to get abortions—even if the feds enact a ban on such crossing. That ban might be more effectively enforced if abortion were illegal in B as well as A. Thus, the argument would go, Congress has the power to restrict abortion within a state, because doing so can help suppress the interstate market in abortion.
    ……………
    In addition to trying to directly regulate abortion by using its Commerce Clause powers, Congress could also try to do so indirectly by using its Spending Clause power to condition grants to state governments. For example, it could enact legislation restricting various types of health care grants to state governments unless the latter ban or severely restrict abortion.…….
    …………

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  61. Facing Reality:

    …………..
    “I just don’t see a path for anybody that’s not Donald Trump right now,” (said Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, who is backing his home-state governor Doug Burgum……)

    With less than four months until the first Republican nominating contest in Iowa, many elected Republicans such as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), state and local GOP officials and party operatives are saying more directly that they expect Trump will lead the Republican ticket next year. Even among those who oppose him, some say they are moving toward that conclusion.
    …………..
    “I’m still holding out hope that my fellow Republicans want to throw their support behind someone who has personal integrity, respects the rule of law, aims to unite rather than divide people and actually knows how to do the job well,” said Sen. Todd C. Young (R-Ind.). “Donald J. Trump’s signature professional achievement is as a reality television star and he’s lacking in every personal quality that I, and I think every other Republican, should want in a presidential nominee. Moreover he is the least likely to win a general election.”
    …………
    Bullishness on Trump’s prospects extends to the highest levels of GOP leadership on Capitol Hill. McCarthy said in a Fox News interview that aired last weekend, “I think he will be the nominee.” In late June, McCarthy told CNBC that he didn’t know if Trump would be the strongest nominee. Trump was angered by the remark and McCarthy backtracked. Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.), a close McCarthy ally, said the “Speaker has a very strong understanding of what the Republican electorate wants and it’s clear in public opinion surveys that Trump is the person to beat.”
    ………….
    …………. Jason Roe, a GOP strategist in Michigan, said he’s been “pretty underwhelmed” by the rest of the primary field, and while he thinks there’s still a chance for someone else to break out, acknowledged that the “conventional wisdom” among Republicans is that Trump is likely to win.

    Trump’s opponents have attacked him on a range of fronts, with no one message appearing to break through sharply with Republican voters. ……….

    Outside groups and donors that are seeking to stop Trump from clinching the nomination have yet to coalesce around a single alternative candidate. ………

    Kevin Madden, a GOP strategist who worked on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, said none of the other candidates in the race have shown they have a strategy for beating Trump. “He’s a technical incumbent. The big missing ingredient is a broad sustained campaign to show why he was a bad choice,” Madden said.
    ……………

    My emphasis.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  62. Shock poll:

    The Post-ABC poll shows Biden trailing Trump by 10 percentage points at this early stage in the election cycle
    …………
    Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/24/2023 @ 8:31 am

    It’s only a shock because it’s such an outlier in the RCP average. Polls conducted within the same timeframe show Trump and Biden between 0-4 points of each other. And even with this poll included in the average, Trump’s lead is still just 1.2 points over Biden.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  63. Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/24/2023 @ 8:31 am

    We’ll see if the numbers are repeatable in future polls. If not, it’s junk.

    Rip Murdock (e23e29)

  64. If Republicans control Congress and the White House, they’ll have no choice but to try to ban abortion in blue states.

    Rip, you argue for federal bans (or exceedingly short and heavily-qualified limits that amount to bans), not because the voters generally want them, but because the Republicans might momentarily have the power to enact them. This is called “hubris.” If the voters find their legislature passing laws they don’t like, they will attempt to change that legislature. Of course, since you like gerrymanders, maybe they can’t. But don’t pretend this is democratic action. It’s merely a regime.

    You also leave out other factors: The desire for abortion enablers like PP to offer “abortion services” in red states. As more and more red states impose strict limits or bans, they will add pressure to elect more moderate people to the legislatures to at least extend limits to something they can work with.

    There will also be movement on the Left in Congress to find a national consensus, as was done in Europe in the last 50 years (while we were just sniping at each other). You say that Congress will be subjected to pressure, which is true, but it will come from both sides.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  65. Every time I go to the grocery store I see prices of non-seasonal staple goods (e.g. a can of chili) are up 40-50% from a year ago. But the government keeps telling me I’m mistaken. That does not improve my opinion of what they tell me.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  66. Rip, you argue for federal bans (or exceedingly short and heavily-qualified limits that amount to bans), not because the voters generally want them, but because the Republicans might momentarily have the power to enact them.

    No, I argue for national restrictions because it’s the right and moral thing to do. From Allahpundit’s post:

    After all, a party that claims to believe abortion is grievous shouldn’t be comfortable watching California and New York and Illinois continue to allow tens of thousands of terminations each year. ……….

    Notice how the author calls abortions “terminations” and not “killings.”

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  67. As more and more red states impose strict limits or bans, they will add pressure to elect more moderate people to the legislatures to at least extend limits to something they can work with.

    Which is why national legislation is needed. Congress members are less susceptible to such pressures since they are only one of 535.

    Rip Murdock (e23e29)

  68. The GOP will not get 60 Senate votes…probably not in my lifetime. And given that Republicans in the northeast are notoriously moderate, especially on social questions, there might not even be a majority willing to vote for uniform abortion bans. It’s not a question of leadership as Mike Pence suggests, but where the electorate is at. It’s not always useful for a President to lock into a specific ban if you view the President as the individual who might help broker compromise between factions. It’s my passe view that the President should represent all of the people and not just the interests of his/her base. Setting unrealistic legislative expectations is part of how we arrived at an angry base that is willing to choose “leaders” who will lie and cheat. I see no point in exacerbating the situation.

    Again, pro-lifers should be thinking consolidation. If they lose enough national elections, they will lose Dobbs. Proposing harsh bans within states and murmuring about national bans will do little to win national elections. There might even be a poll or two that speak to this that we haven’t seen consulted.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  69. The GOP will not get 60 Senate votes…probably not in my lifetime.

    As we’ve seen with judicial nominations (and the filibuster itself) rules can be changed or abandoned.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  70. As we’ve seen with judicial nominations (and the filibuster itself) rules can be changed or abandoned.

    Rip Murdock (509171) — 9/24/2023 @ 12:55 pm

    And that takes only a majority.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  71. The GOP will not get 60 Senate votes…probably not in my lifetime.

    Democrats are defending 23 of the 33 seats that are up in 2024. If the Republicans can win 11 in what should be a banner election for them, it’s possible.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  72. @61, Unquestionably, current commerce clause doctrine is broad, but it does not give Congress a blank check. Raich included a comprehensive regulatory scheme and the argument that home-use marijuana was indistinguishable from marijuana illegal moved interstate. It’s reasonable to expect this fungibility distinction differentiates Raich from banning an abortion procedure where there is no enforcement dilemma (and no comprehensive scheme). Congress can also ban certain economic transactions if there are jurisdictional elements that require an interstate component or a substantial effect. The partial-birth ban employs this. Still, the federal government is limited to enumerated powers. All others, including a general police power, is left to the states. Few argue that the federal government could enact a general law against murder. If obtaining an abortion procedure is viewed as economic activity that affects interstate commerce, then that supports an awful broad view of federal power and a rather limited view of the tenth amendment. Conservative Republicans used to be against this. No more?

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  73. So no limits on the commerce clause…AND no filibuster limiting the passions of the majority. Some conservative.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  74. “If the Republicans can win 11 in what should be a banner election for them, it’s possible.”

    That’s funny. I’ll take that bet. I see polls and evidence aren’t constraining you from saying crazy stuff after all.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  75. List of Russian threats to use nuclear weapons

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/F6xsA0fW0AA5dQ7?format=jpg&name=120×120

    steveg (faa4c9)

  76. That’s funny. I’ll take that bet. I see polls and evidence aren’t constraining you from saying crazy stuff after all.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3) — 9/24/2023 @ 2:10 pm

    I haven’t seen any Senate polls, so I have idea what the state of race is the 23 states Democrats are defending.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  77. If obtaining an abortion procedure is viewed as economic activity that affects interstate commerce, then that supports an awful broad view of federal power and a rather limited view of the tenth amendment. Conservative Republicans used to be against this. No more?

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3) — 9/24/2023 @ 1:28 pm

    Not in the cause of defending life.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  78. So no limits on the commerce clause…AND no filibuster limiting the passions of the majority. Some conservative.

    He’d tear down all the laws to get at the Devil.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  79. If abortion is such a moral evil, why not employ all the necessary means to end it?

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  80. However, I do agree that it won’t happen in our lifetime. Trump’s idea of a “grand compromise” or Haley’s search for a “national consensus” will be equally futile.

    Rip Murdock (509171)

  81. Trump’s idea of a “grand compromise” or Haley’s search for a “national consensus” will be equally futile.

    Because it only happened that way in every other first world country, so it’s clearly unpossible.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  82. “If abortion is such a moral evil, why not employ all the necessary means to end it?”

    You could make the same argument for supporting Trump over Biden. The ends…ending Roe…justifies the means. What’s the difference?

    AJ_Liberty (72b526)

  83. @42 “their bible? The bible is quite clear a fetus is not a baby. Exodus chapter 21.

    asset (43d58e)

  84. @80 By any means necassary (malcolm X) has consequences as he found out. Its easy to deal with squishes on abortion. Not so easy to deal democrats ready to give you a post natal abortion political or otherwise. The gun issue is the same. Not everyone is ready to just whine about guns killing children. Conservative protection by the corporate establishment democrat party (clinton/biden/pelosi wing of the party) is crumbling before your eyes. The democrats will soon elect leftys who will make AOC look like a moderate.

    asset (43d58e)

  85. @42 “their bible? The bible is quite clear a fetus is not a baby. Exodus chapter 21.

    Someone told you this?

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  86. As far as a fetus is concerned, when it can easily survive outside the womb (30+ weeks minimum), the mother may have a right to have it removed, but she does NOT have a right to choose killing it as her method.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  87. @86/87 No I read it in the king james version. There are no rights only privileges that have to be defended or taken away.

    asset (43d58e)

  88. “The bible is quite clear a fetus is not a baby. Exodus chapter 21.”

    Though divinely inspired, we are talking about classical antiquity and an ignorant understanding of fetal development at best. The typical health treatments involved incantations, magic herbs, amulets, and charms. This wasn’t exactly a scientifically enlightened period of time, with no offense to the Greek philosophers. However, in addition to not talking about abortion, Jesus did not give any big reveals regarding science generally and would have abided the superstitions of his time. Given that Jesus himself was an unplanned pregnancy, I would bet that he would have a strong sympathy for the mystery and promise of life. And given the low life expectancy of the era and the pragmatic urgency to build one’s tribe to fight off enemies, I would suspect that Jesus would not be pro-elective abortion.

    The argument is better posed as with what we know in our time, is abortion prior to viability moral? Then, if it’s immoral, should it be illegal? Biblical pronouncements are informative but must be weighed against the biases, prejudices, and ignorance of the first and second centuries.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  89. Ancient Chinese proverb say: “Duck quacking in pond make more sense than troll driveling on internet.”

    The “Exodus” asset is throwing up is the passage about what happens when two guys mix it up, and in the course of their affray they accidentally cause a pregnant woman to have a miscarriage.

    I guess when it’s illegal to burn crosses on people’s lawns, the next best thing is to pervert Scripture. The left has no more compunction about doing that, in order to promote their agenda, than their counterparts on the right.

    nk (cdecec)

  90. @89: And what do we do about witches? Clearly THEY have no rights.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  91. Clearly we have to see if they float. Monty Python has taught me that much.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  92. Average monthly border crossings pre-Biden: 38,000.

    Average monthly border crossings during Biden: 191,000.

    He’s enabling and aiding an invasion. And people support this.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/ed-assets/2023/09/Border-crossings.png

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  93. You could make the same argument for supporting Trump over Biden. The ends…ending Roe…justifies the means. What’s the difference?

    AJ_Liberty (72b526) — 9/24/2023 @ 5:50 pm

    Human life isn’t at stake.

    Rip Murdock (5ac5ae)

  94. Trump’s idea of a “grand compromise” or Haley’s search for a “national consensus” will be equally futile.

    Because it only happened that way in every other first world country, so it’s clearly unpossible.

    Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/24/2023 @ 3:36 pm

    Given the fact that the two sides to the abortion debate are unwilling to compromise (one side wants unlimited abortion rights while the other is opposed to any abortions), I find it hard to believe that there is any middle ground for such a “grand bargain.” I don’t know of any pro-life organizations that would agree to accept a reduction in abortion versus a complete ban, or any pro-abortion organization that would accept restrictions beyond 15 weeks. It’s a fool’s errand to think that they would agree.

    Other societies make their own choices; but the US cuts its own course. For example, all EU countries forbid the death penalty, yet it is allowed here.

    Rip Murdock (b2fc3a)

  95. yet it is allowed here.

    Not in my state, nor (effectively) in yours.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  96. Question: Should McCarthy resign and let Gaetz have it, demanding that GOP primary voters choose MAGA or sanity?

    Answer: The shutdown is going to happen, and rather than taking the blame themselves, they should let MAGA take the “credit” cleanly. It’s about time for the GOP to split and we find out whether it is the MAGA Party or something we can vote for.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  97. Not in my state, nor (effectively) in yours.

    Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/25/2023 @ 11:14 am

    Which, of course, is unrelated to your point. Your position is that the US should adopt the European position on abortion, but I am sure you would not agree to the US adopting their position on the death penalty or gun control.

    Rip Murdock (b2fc3a)

  98. The shutdown is going to happen, and rather than taking the blame themselves, they should let MAGA take the “credit” cleanly. It’s about time for the GOP to split and we find out whether it is the MAGA Party or something we can vote for.

    Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/25/2023 @ 11:18 am

    Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/25/2023 @ 11:18 am

    I agree, but most voters won’t see the difference between MAGA and other Republicans.

    Rip Murdock (b2fc3a)

  99. Comedy Gold!

    John Fetterman, the first senator to call on Bob Menendez to resign, plans to give back the $5,000 that the embattled New Jersey Democratic senator gave the Pennsylvania Democrat’s Senate campaign in 2022.
    ………….
    “We are in process of returning the money,” said Joe Calvello, a Fetterman spokesman, “in envelopes stuffed with $100 bills.”
    ………..
    ………..(T)he allegations were enough for Fetterman to break with the rest of Senate Democrats to become the first – and so far only – Democratic member of the legislative body to call on the New Jersey senator to step down.
    …………..

    Rip Murdock (b2fc3a)

  100. You’ve got to wonder why Ron DeSantis will debateGavin Newsom while his campaign is in free fall for the Republican presidential nomination.

    Rip Murdock (b2fc3a)

  101. This is how you do insurrection

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/F64bzMxW8AECcfU?format=jpg&name=360×360.

    And hide it in a monastery

    steveg (7e7b76)

  102. @89/90 Take it up with the bible. Calling names doesn’t address your problem with the bible.

    asset (764731)

  103. I am sure you would not agree to the US adopting their position on the death penalty or gun control.

    The history of the US on both topics is markedly different.

    There has never been widespread gun ownership in Europe. Even in its heyday, guns were tightly controlled in Europe, and the lower classes were always shut out. In the US there are more guns than people.

    The death penalty in aristocratic Europe was harshly applied and a tool for maintaining class supremacy. Public hangings were common and the penalty for many crimes. In the US the death penalty was curtailed much earlier as there was no aristocracy that feared for its status. We don’t have the legacy of Tyburn or the guillotine.

    The only real difference, however, regarding abortion is that our discussion was frozen for 50 years and 30% of the population divided into armed camps. The other 70% mostly don’t fall into the all-or-nothing groups and support early-term elective abortions but not late term ones. Which is where Europe settled, too.

    So, your analogies are to different circumstances while the matter at hand is quite similar.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  104. Rip_
    Maybe because it is billed as a red state vs. blue state event? Governor of red state vs. Governor of blue state, two very similar states in terms size of economy, size of population, diversity of population. The other Red State governor in the primary race is Burgum of North Dakota a state with ONE House District. ND has almost 800,000 people, but they are 21,000,000 less than FLA.

    It would be like asking Patrick (our host) to come on from LA County and debate the DDA from Alpine County about homicide clearance rates

    steveg (7e7b76)

  105. Rip Murdock (b2fc3a) — 9/25/2023 @ 12:35 pm

    Sherrod Brown has said that Menendez should resign.

    Rip Murdock (ad52c3)

  106. They only want him to resign so that someone else can be appointed. If the governor was Republican, Biden’s DoJ would never have filed.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  107. Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/25/2023 @ 2:26 pm

    As I said, America cuts its own course through history and does not need to emulate anyone.

    Rip Murdock (ad52c3)

  108. They only want him to resign so that someone else can be appointed. If the governor was Republican, Biden’s DoJ would never have filed.

    Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/25/2023 @ 3:07 pm

    Which doesn’t explain why Brown and Fetterman are the only two Democrats (and as far as I can tell, no Republicans) called for his resignation. As to the other senators, it’s a case of ‘there but for the grace of G0d go I’ and/or professional courtesy.

    Rip Murdock (ad52c3)

  109. As I said, America cuts its own course through history and does not need to emulate anyone.

    And, as I said, on abortion the situation is similar, on the two other issues you distracted with, the situations are much different.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  110. Which doesn’t explain why Brown and Fetterman are the only two Democrats

    Who told Fetterman to do it. and why didn’t they tell Feinstein?

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  111. Fugitive witnesses on hunter biden gal luft and patrick ho tipped of by F.B.I. and allowed to flee the country so they couldn’t testify against hunter biden. This is like when reagan hid key witness (FBI agent) against william renhquest out in the pacific ocean so he couldn’t testify that renhquest lied to congress.

    asset (764731)

  112. RIP David McCallum, “ Illya Kuryakin” of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (90).

    Rip Murdock (b2fc3a)

  113. @95 we had a grand compromise on slavery where negotiations started at cemetery ridge july 3 1963 and finished at appomattox. 80% oppose ban on abortion. Right to lifers are lucky that no democrat is running on post natal abortions.

    asset (764731)

  114. @113 daily death count for us boomers.

    asset (764731)

  115. And, as I said, on abortion the situation is similar, on the two other issues you distracted with, the situations are much different.

    Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/25/2023 @ 3:31 pm

    Whether the abortion situations are similar makes no difference, as again, America makes its own decisions and sets its own course.

    Rip Murdock (5ac5ae)

  116. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2023/09/22/businesses-ask-biden-for-help-dei-attacks/70922291007/

    “In the face of a political attack on diversity efforts in the private sector, we urge the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice to issue guidance to the private sector expressly affirming that corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion policies in hiring remain protected,” the Chamber of Progress wrote in a letter to the Justice Department shared exclusively with USA TODAY.

    The Justice and Education departments produced a memo in August detailing the lawful ways colleges and universities could recruit, admit and enroll students after the high court decision in June to crack down on race-conscious admissions policies.

    “Now, as Republican attorneys general take their legal fight against diversity and inclusion to the private sector, American companies face a similar need for affirmation of their legal right to build an inclusive and diverse workforce,” the Chamber of Progress wrote to the DOJ.

    President Joe Biden speaks about the Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on June 29. Biden said he “strongly” disagreed with the Supreme Court’s ruling banning the use of race and ethnicity in university admission decisions. The ruling “walked away from decades of precedent,” he added.
    Corporate diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives – DEI for short – were already under fire from GOP leaders like Florida Gov. and presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis. Republican criticism only intensified in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action.

    The ruling has prompted some companies to retreat from public targets for racial diversity in their executive ranks and from leadership training programs geared toward underrepresented groups. Others are removing “diversity” from job titles.

    That’s by design, according to Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia House minority leader and Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

    “Lawsuits are designed not for victory, but for a chilling effect,” Abrams told Fortune CEO Alan Murray at the Fortune Impact Initiative conference in Atlanta.

    The scary part, she said, “it’s working.”

    Former Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
    Adam Kovacevich, CEO of the Chamber of Progress, says, while most major companies have not changed course, the ruling has been unsettling.

    “I think that companies remain as committed as they’ve ever been to having diverse workforces, and particularly to ensuring diverse candidate pools. But the reality is that the Supreme Court case has thrown a lot of companies into uncertainty about what’s allowed and what’s not allowed,” Kovacevich told USA TODAY. “Republican state attorneys general are cynically using this moment to really push companies not to embrace diversity and to put pressure on companies to walk away from their diversity goals. So I think it’s a moment where it would be valuable to have some fresh clarity from the administration.”

    USA TODAY research shows that the top ranks of America’s largest corporations are still predominantly white and male, while women and people of color are concentrated at the lowest levels with less pay, fewer perks and rare opportunities for advancement. Despite pledges to improve racial equity following George Floyd’s murder in 2020, little progress has been made.

    White men today are more likely than their grandfathers to be managers even as the workforce diversifies and research studies show that diverse companies outperform peers.

    The type of twisted, racist propaganda being pushed by tue left and printed as gospel by the media while people enjoy the circular firing squad.

    NJRob (acf065)

  117. Comedy Gold!

    A spokesman for former President Donald J. Trump posted a video on Monday showing him at a gun shop in South Carolina, declaring that he had just bought a Glock pistol.

    The post on X, formerly known as Twitter, included video of Mr. Trump, the front-runner for the Republican Party’s nomination for president who is facing four criminal indictments. He looked over the dullish gold firearm, a special Trump edition Glock that depicts his likeness and says “Trump 45th,” as he visited the Palmetto State Armory outlet in Summerville, S.C. “I want to buy one,” he said twice in the video.

    “President Trump buys a @GLOCKInc in South Carolina!” his spokesman, Steven Cheung, wrote in his post. The video showed Mr. Trump among a small crowd of people and posing with a man holding the gun. A voice can be heard saying, “That’s a big seller.”
    ………..
    But within two hours of the initial post on social media, Mr. Cheung deleted his post, and issued a statement saying, “President Trump did not purchase or take possession of the firearm. He simply indicated that he wanted one.”

    A man who answered a phone registered to the shop’s owner hung up when a reporter called. A salesperson at the Summerville location, who declined to give her name or answer additional questions, said Mr. Trump had not bought a gun.
    ……….
    Under the main federal gun law, 18 U.S.C. 922, it is illegal for merchants to sell firearms to people who are under indictment for crimes carrying sentences of more than a year. Indicted defendants are also barred from shipping or receiving any weapons that have crossed state lines.
    ………

    Rip Murdock (ad52c3)

  118. Why the tea party was taken over by populist trumpsters. In 2009 the republican party was discredited by bush and neo-con artists. The surviving economic libertarian free traders led by a cnbc host activated upset goppers over Obama policy. At the start the movement was led by the koch brothers and donor class who funded the leaders. The movement slowly morphed from economic issues like deficit spending and foreign policy into social issues that had brought the ignorant southern white trash democrats into the republican party. By 2012 the tea party was floundering with the nomination of mitt romney a traditional economic libertarian free trade conservative giving phony lip service to social issues. Then trump stands up to the donor class money trying to buy the 2016 GOP nomination for the free traders. As AOC said they got the money ;but we (TRUMP) have the people. Populist republican majority smash the 16 dwarfs and anoint Trump to lead a populist base party saying the dwarfs want to cut soc. security and medicare I will protect it and replace Obama care with something better not do nothing. Economically conservatives and populists are completely different and only non economic libertarian free trade conservatives support social issues and most just do it to get populist votes. If you understand this you will see never trumpers are beating a dead horse!

    asset (764731)

  119. @118 if you want real comedy gold try sen. melendez explanation why he had a million dollers in cash and gold hidden in house! (NBC NEWS)

    asset (764731)

  120. asset (764731) — 9/25/2023 @ 5:41 pm

    I did hear it. Hilarious!

    Rip Murdock (b2fc3a)

  121. Trafalgar Group National Poll September 2023

    Donald Trump 56.1%

    Ron DeSantis 14.3%

    Vivek Ramaswamy 5.9%

    Nikki Haley 4.2%

    Mike Pence 3.8%

    Doug Burgum 3.2%

    Chris Christie 3.2%

    Tim Scott 3.0%

    Larry Elder 1.3%

    Perry Johnson 1.1%

    Asa Hutchinson 0.4%

    Ryan Binkley 0.2%

    Will Hurd 0.1%

    Undecided 3.1%

    Rip Murdock (b2fc3a)

  122. New Hampshire Poll (PDF):

    Trump 45
    Haley 15
    DeSantis 11
    Christie 10
    Ramaswamy 6
    Scott 3
    Burgum 1

    NH GOP Primary Likely Voters (MoE 3.2% (but that is not simply additive))

    From the cross-tabs it’s unclear which is the bigger cult: the hard-core Trumpies or the Never-Trump-and-your-little-dog-too bunch.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  123. Under the main federal gun law, 18 U.S.C. 922, it is illegal for merchants to sell firearms to people who are under indictment for crimes carrying sentences of more than a year. Indicted defendants are also barred from shipping or receiving any weapons that have crossed state lines.

    Whether this will stand up after Bruen is not obvious.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  124. Whether the abortion situations are similar makes no difference, as again, America makes its own decisions and sets its own course.

    Sure, and the course will be exactly the same as every other first world country because the situations are identical, if delayed. Rip NOBODY agrees with your little rump caucus on this one.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  125. This Dispatch piece from AllahNick is a must read. The paywall is down, or at least it was when I read it. (If someone already linked it and I didn’t notice, apologies for the duplication.)

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  126. @126 fairey dust again! Trump supporters don’t like him and democrats support Democrats. Minority voters are increasing in ga.

    asset (aaecab)

  127. @126, Allahnick’s post cuts to the chase. Trump’s unhinged social media posts should be featured in the upcoming GOP debate. They won’t. Candidates and moderators will say “we have to move beyond this and talk about the issues…and our 9-point plans to save the universe”. Except, none of it matters if the party nominates a deluded candidate. None of it. Trump IS the issue as long as he is 40 points ahead and spouts the insane stuff that he continues to spout.

    Like felipe here, too many people believe that Trump will be checked or that everything he says is just theater. We hear, he doesn’t REALLY mean that, he’s just trolling to get a response. And if he does mean it, he wouldn’t last a second because he would get impeached and removed. Pfffft. You mean like after his inspired riot at the Capitol to disrupt the electoral vote count…so he could substitute his votes? Some accountability! Liz Cheney understands accountability.

    Again, my biggest Trump concern is national security and includes the abandonment of Ukraine and the corresponding emboldenment of China, the practical abandonment of NATO, the abandonment of South Korea, and his weird fetishness with using nuclear weapons. Again…HE’S DELUDED…and he’s egged on by 50% of the GOP who somehow finds that fact funny or weirdly a feature, not a bug.

    The problem is that his social media posts are not that much different than Trump’s most strident defenders on Talk Radio and on blogs. This exaggerated bravado is unfortunately the norm there. This is why so many like Trump, he talks like them. There is no commitment to the truth and honesty. It’s a soap opera and fake wrestling match wrapped up in one. Unless people sober up and take his rants seriously, we might test what happens to our system when a deluded maniac is put in charge. I suspect we won’t be laughing for long.

    AJ_Liberty (51886b)

  128. Thank you for the link to Nick Catoggio’s article, lurker.

    As John Brown wrote on the flyleaf of his Beecher’s bible, I wonder who composes these rants for Trump. He always had good ghost writers.

    On his own, his speed is only up to “fat pig”, “little rocket man”, and “you’re the puppet”. “Retribution” is two syllables more than his atherosclerotic brain can hold.

    nk (68cbc2)

  129. Under the main federal gun law, 18 U.S.C. 922, it is illegal for merchants to sell firearms to people who are under indictment for crimes carrying sentences of more than a year. Indicted defendants are also barred from shipping or receiving any weapons that have crossed state lines.

    Whether this will stand up after Bruen is not obvious.

    Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/25/2023 @ 10:20 pm

    Trump should have bought the gun and made himself a test case. Also, it would have been illegal for Trump to buy the gun since he is not a South Carolina resident. The gun would need to be transferred to a Florida FFL holder before Trump took possession.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  130. Rip NOBODY agrees with your little rump caucus on this one.

    Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/25/2023 @ 10:22 pm

    I don’t care whether anyone agrees with my position, but I can think of some here who might.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  131. Abandon Ship! Abandon Ship!

    ………
    ……… In rapid succession Tuesday morning before the chamber gaveled in, (Senator Cory) Booker and more than a dozen others issued statements calling on Menendez to step aside.
    ………
    Several House Democrats, including most in New Jersey’s delegation, and a bevy of elected officials up and down the ranks in New Jersey are calling for Menendez’s resignation.
    ………
    Along with Booker, Democratic senators calling for Menendez to resign included: Robert P. Casey Jr. (Pa.), Peter Welch (Vt.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), Jon Tester (Mont.), Jacky Rosen (Nev.), Mark Kelly (Ariz.), Michael F. Bennet (Colo.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Edward J. Markey (Mass.), Maggie Hassan (N.H.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) and Raphael G. Warnock (Ga.).
    ………
    Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) issued a statement Saturday commending the senator’s record, but he also said that the allegations would affect his ability to represent New Jersey in the Senate successfully.

    New Jersey Democratic Reps. Donald W. Norcross, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Frank Pallone Jr. and Bill Pascrell Jr. have also called for Menendez’s resignation.
    ………..

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  132. The thing to note about AllahPundit is that he hid behind that childish moniker for years. But, like him, I also worry about a second Trump presidency. Federal power might very well be abused to target his opponents. Stories unflattering to him might get suppressed. Science might get tossed out the window to prop up a politically convenient theory about a pandemic which killed millions. Inflation might run rampant. Interest rates might rise to harmful levels. The Dow might crash into a bear market. We might get drawn into a military quagmire costing us hundreds of billions. Border security might descend into chaos. I really hope we can stop Trump, so we can avoid all that.

    lloyd (c90050)

  133. We might get drawn into a military quagmire costing us hundreds of billions.

    Not under Trump-I’m sure Ukraine funding and support will disappear on “day one.”

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  134. Benson’s Law

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benford%27s_law

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  135. The vaunted peer review does not check for fraud, although it could be done without contacting the would-be authors – it only looks for something like “worthiness”

    Here is a link to a front page Wall Street Journal article about some people who find fraud in papers: (This appeared in the September 25, 2023, print edition as ‘Debunkers Bust Bad Scientists’.)

    https://www.wsj.com/science/data-colada-debunk-stanford-president-research-14664f3

    Simonsohn got a tip in 2021 about the data used in papers published by Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino. Her well-regarded studies explored moral questions: Why do some people lie? What reward drives others to cheat? What factors influence moral behavior?

    …In June this year, the trio posted their conclusions about Gino’s studies on Data Colada. Data in four papers, they said, had been falsified. When they restored what they hypothesized was correct information in one of the four studies, the results didn’t support the study’s findings. The posts sent the social sciences community into an uproar….

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  136. Robert menendez on why I hid gold because I come from cuba even though I was born in New York and have never lived in cuba. I am still working on how I got the mercedes benz. I support Israel so anyone who asks me to resign is anti-semetic! If your jewish and ask me to resign your anti-hispanic like AOC!

    asset (d84249)

  137. In 2023 alone, Trump has been judged in a court of law to be a liar, a sexual abuser and, today, a fraudster.
    Will his being an adjudicated fraudster today do anything to block his path to the 2024 GOP nomination? No, because my political party is a cult.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  138. The gold is better explained than the currency.

    There are people who keep currency at home in case of emergency (power lines go down, ATMS and credit card transactions don’t work) but that would be about $3,0000 or $4,000, maybe $20,000. This argument was crafted by his lawyer, His family left Cuba in 1953 and probably did not personally experience confiscation.

    Menendez knows the difference between the United States and Cuba. He could say he is worried about banks closing but there is deposit insurance, and money can be divided among banks.

    He *could* more plausibly say he wanted to hide money in the event of a divorce, which would at least not be criminal. He got divorced from his first wife in 2005. He is claiming he was hiding money back then. It’s probably too late to re-open any proceedings.

    Besides it probably doesn’t check out. If he’s been saving this money for years (and not such a good idea even with low inflation for most of the past 30 years, although admittedly, federally insured bank deposits didn’t pay any interest of worth either) they’d be old bills. Possibly you might have the idea they could be a collectible. But they were probably all new bills. He won’t be raising this defense in court. It’s just for the curt of public opinion. And DNA from one of other indicted people was on some of the bills or envelopes. And other money was sewn into his clothing – which is going pretty far. Like he intended to cross a U.S. border with more than $10,000 in currency.

    I know he was indicted for also being bribed by the Egyptian government but I think all the money came from the Egyptian government, at least indirectly.

    There was this man who got an exclusive contract to import halal certified meat (exclusive from anywhere in the world!) into Egypt. Previously four U.S. companies had been involved. They lost that business just like that. To a new company. This was a method to funnel money to him. The only U.S. role maybe was the Department of Agriculture not lodging a protest.

    Menendez also wrote a letter for the Egyptian government to send to fellow Senators. Possibly not a violation of FARA since lobbying maybe doesn’t apply to Senators and he was in the background.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  139. Paul Montagu (d52d7d) — 9/26/2023 @ 2:23 pm

    In 2023 alone, Trump has been judged in a court of law to be a liar, a sexual abuser and, today, a fraudster.

    And in 2021, on his way out of office, Trump pardoned Dr. Salomon Melgen, the eye doctor/Medicare billing fraudster who gave gifts to Menendez.

    https://apnews.com/general-news-f3b2469f62be5e0dc6b132ae06731ef0

    Florida eye doctor gets clemency from Trump in health fraud

    BY CURT ANDERSON

    Published 10:45 AM EDT, January 21, 2021

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Dr. Salomon Melgen once held political fundraisers at his palatial Florida home, hung out with prominent Democrats including New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and made millions of dollars through his eye care practice.

    The problem, according to federal prosecutors, was that Melgen was also bilking Medicare out of at least $73 million by persuading numerous elderly patients to undergo tests and get treatment for diseases they did not actually have.

    Eventually, he was put on trial in West Palm Beach federal court. He was convicted in April 2017 on 67 counts, including health care fraud, submitting false claims and falsifying patient records. A judge put Melgen, now 66, in prison for 17 years.

    But on Wednesday, Melgen was released after he was included on a list of more than 140 people who were either pardoned or had their sentences commuted by President Donald Trump during his last hours in the White House.

    A White House statement credited Menendez with supporting clemency for Melgen, who was a donor to Democratic politicians and a longtime friend of the Cuban-American New Jersey senator. The statement said clemency for Melgen also was supported by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, and members of Brigade 2506, the Cuban exile group involved in the CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.

    “Numerous patients and friends testify to his generosity in treating all patients, especially those unable to pay or unable to afford healthcare insurance,” the White House statement said.

    In a statement of his own, Menendez said he did very little on Melgen’s behalf and did not expect the clemency decision from Trump. There’s also scant evidence of any relationship between Trump and Melgen.

    “I don’t pretend to know what motivates President Trump to act, but I am pretty sure it’s not me,” Menendez said. “Months ago, I was asked if I could offer insight about an old friend, and I did, along with what I understand were more than 100 individuals and organizations, including his former patients and local Hispanic groups familiar with Sal’s leadership and philanthropy in the South Florida community.”

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  140. From the Wall Street Journal article I cited @130:

    The trio became friends and, in 2011, published their first joint paper, “False-Positive Psychology.” It included a satirical experiment that used accepted research methods to demonstrate that people who listened to the Beatles song “When I’m Sixty-Four” grew younger. They wanted to show how research standards could accommodate absurd findings. “They’re kind of legendary for that,” said Yoel Inbar, a psychologist at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The study became the most cited paper in the journal Psychological Science.

    This is a paywalled, but readable, link:

    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0956797611417632

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  141. Also from there:

    When the trio launched Data Colada in 2013, it became a site to air ideas about the benefits and pitfalls of statistical tools and data analyses. “The whole goal was to get a few readers and to not embarrass ourselves,” Simmons said. Over time, he said, “We have accidentally trained ourselves to see fraud.”

    They co-wrote an article published in 2014 that coined the now-common academic term “p-hacking,” which describes cherry-picking data or analyses to make insignificant results look statistically credible. Their early work contributed to a shift in research methods, including the practice of sharing data so other scientists can try to replicate published work.

    Note: What Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who testified against Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 described as her specialty amounts to virtually the very definition of p-hacking, but nobody picked up on it.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  142. it is illegal for merchants to sell firearms to people who are under indictment for crimes carrying sentences of more than a year.

    But not for such a person to buy one.

    In any case, in all probability, Trump was only pretending to buy a gun.

    What would he need to buy a gun in South Carolina for? And he fakes a lot of things. At least attitudes.

    And it would be illegal for him to take it across a state line.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  143. Trump’s unhinged social media posts should be featured in the upcoming GOP debate. They won’t. Candidates and moderators will say “we have to move beyond this and talk about the issues…and our 9-point plans to save the universe”. Except, none of it matters if the party nominates a deluded candidate. None of it. Trump IS the issue as long as he is 40 points ahead and spouts the insane stuff that he continues to spout.

    I disagree. This is red meat for debate moderators and several on the stage will be anxious to dig in. Christie, obviously. Pence, to further separate himself from Trump. Maybe even Haley, if she feels it will reflect well on her presidentialness.

    Trump’s statements about Milley, his threats to pull the broadcast licenses from NBC and to investigate MSNBC for “treason” need to be seen for what they are: unhinged rantings of a madman.

    I think that’s relevant to the debate. “How many would support an unhinged madman for the presidency if he gets the nomination?”

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  144. more than a dozen others issued statements calling on Menendez to step aside.

    “Senators, raise your hands if you would support Senator Menendez for re-election if he wins the NJ Democrat nomination”

    All hands go up.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  145. Not under Trump-I’m sure Ukraine funding and support will disappear on “day one.”

    That’s how the real quagmire starts.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  146. Trump Civil Litigation Watch:

    ………
    In his 35-page ruling, Judge Arthur Engoron said Trump continually lied on his financial statements and was able to get favorable loan terms and lower insurance premiums as a result. Trump’s legal arguments defending the statements are based in “a fantasy world, not the real world,” Engoron wrote.

    The judge went on to say that the case was essentially a “documents case,” and “the documents here clearly contain fraudulent valuations that defendants used in business, satisfying [the attorney general’s] burden to establish liability as a matter of law against defendants. Defendants’ respond that: the documents do not say what they say; that there is no such thing as ‘objective; value; and that, essentially, the Court should not believe its own eyes.”
    ………..
    At one point the judge pointed to Trump having exaggerated the size of his New York apartment to pump up its value, repeatedly claiming it was over 30,000 feet when it was a third of that size.

    “A discrepancy of this order of magnitude, by a real estate developer sizing up his own living space of decades, can only be considered fraud,” Engoron wrote.
    ……….
    The judge further ordered that the outstanding issues in the case will get resolved at trial.
    ……….

    Ouch!

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  147. I think that’s relevant to the debate. “How many would support an unhinged madman for the presidency if he gets the nomination?”

    Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/26/2023 @ 4:46 pm

    The Lilliputians have already conceded that point when they signed the pledge to support the Republican Party nominee. Trump’s new statements are no different that previous threats.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  148. Here’s an interesting bit from Trump’s NY state fraud case:

    “In defendants’ world,” he wrote, “rent-regulated apartments are worth the same as unregulated apartments; restricted land is worth the same as unrestricted land; restrictions can evaporate into thin air.”

    Oddly, in cases involving rent control and “Takings”, these statements are also true.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  149. It remains to be seen if Engoron’s judgement passes appellate review. It is not inconceivable that the judge, like the AG, has serious political entanglements. I’m not very fond of a state system that ignores the 7th Amendment.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  150. CBS News Poll 9/26/23

    The conventional wisdom is that retail politics — the door-knocking, hand-shaking grassroots campaigning for months before the primaries — make Iowa and New Hampshire different from what we see nationally. And like a lot of conventional wisdom these days, that’s looking outdated.

    Today, national frontrunner and former President Donald Trump also leads the Republican primary field comfortably in both Iowa and New Hampshire. And most of his supporters are backing him enthusiastically. His current margins would translate to him getting half of Iowa’s delegates and the lion’s share in New Hampshire.
    ……….
    Iowa Caucus

    Trump 51%
    DeSantis 21
    Haley 8
    Pence 6
    Scott 6
    Ramaswamy 5
    Hutchinson 1
    Christie 1

    New Hampshire Primary

    Trump 50%
    DeSantis 13
    Haley 11
    Christie 8
    Ramaswamy 8
    Scott 5
    Pence 2
    Burgum 2
    Hutchinson 1

    ……….
    Trump’s big lead comes because, of the qualities tested, he does very well on being seen as prepared and as a strong leader. Few describe Trump as likable. While fewer than half say he understands people like them or describe him as a “true conservative,” he nonetheless has a dominant lead among self-described conservative voters.

    Perceived electability is also very important, and Trump is the only candidate whom a majority of Republican primary voters think would definitely beat President Biden.
    ……….
    In Iowa, a slight majority of Republican primary voters say it’s more important to motivate the base than appeal to moderates and independents. In New Hampshire, appealing to moderates and independents is more prevalent — probably because there simply are more independents involved there.

    Trump leads overwhelmingly among those who think the nominee should appeal to the base. But among those who prefer a nominee with wider appeal, Trump drops below majority support — even if those voters haven’t coalesced on an alternative.
    ………..
    ………..Even though (independent voters in New Hampshire) are less supportive of Trump, he’s still winning them easily, due in part to Haley, Christie and DeSantis splitting the bulk of the non-Trump voters among themselves. ……..
    ……….
    Trump leads no matter how (Iowa) voters feel about abortion.

    …….Trump still leads (among NH voters who want abortion legal), but by a significantly smaller margin, with Christie and Haley edging out DeSantis for second and third place.
    ……….
    Candidates’ current standing in our polling would translate to Trump picking up about half the delegates in Iowa and the majority of New Hampshire’s relatively small delegate haul. Specifically, he would bring in about 20 of Iowa’s 40 delegates and 17 of New Hampshire’s 22.
    ………

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  151. FCC to reimpose “net neutrality”

    Democratic FCC Commissioner Anna Gomez was sworn in Monday, and Chair Jessica Rosenworcel is off and running with a new 3-2 majority. On Tuesday she announced plans to reinstate the Obama regulatory regime that reclassified broadband providers as common carriers under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act.

    Net neutrality has long been a rallying cry on the left. Progressives claimed during the Obama years that broadband providers had to be regulated as utilities so they wouldn’t slow or block websites. Yet providers weren’t doing so then and haven’t since the Trump FCC scrapped the Title II regime in 2018

    But read the whole thing. Among other things, the “Major Questions Doctrine” seems to be more in favor now.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  152. It is not inconceivable that the judge, like the AG, has serious political entanglements.

    If you don’t know anyone in politics in New York, you have no friends. What are some of Judge Engoron’s “political entanglements” (outside of minor campaign contributions)?

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  153. Who knows, but just because Trump is paranoid doesn’t mean no one is out to get him. Letitia James campaigned on “getting Donald Trump.” This is why we have appeals courts. I’m really no fan of Trump, but refusing him due process and the Rule of Law would be hypocritical.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  154. RIP baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson (86).

    ……..
    Coming of age before the free agent era, Robinson spent his entire 23-year career with the Orioles. He almost single-handedly helped Baltimore defeat Cincinnati in the 1970 World Series and homered in Game 1 of the Orioles’ 1966 sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers for their first crown.

    Robinson participated in 18 All-Star Games and earned the 1964 AL Most Valuable Player award after batting .318 with 28 home runs and a league-leading 118 RBIs. He finished his career with 268 homers, 1,357 RBIs and a respectable .267 batting average in 2,896 career games.

    But he will be forever remembered for his work ethic and the skill he displayed at the hot corner, where he established himself as one of the finest fielding third baseman in baseball history, whether charging slow rollers or snaring liners down the third-base line.

    Known as the “Human Vacuum Cleaner,” Robinson won 16 consecutive Gold Gloves — second only to pitcher Greg Maddux’s (18) for most by a player at one position. Robinson also places third in career defensive WAR at 39.1 behind shortstops Ozzie Smith (44.2) and Mark Belanger (39.5), who was Robinson’s teammate for 13 years with the Orioles.
    …………
    Dubbed “Mr. Oriole,” he was a sports hero in Charm City, in the pantheon with former Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas and Orioles infielder Cal Ripken, who performed for a different generation.
    …………….
    Robinson’s most memorable performance came as MVP of the 1970 World Series, when the Orioles bounced back from their stunning defeat to the New York Mets the year before and Robinson redeemed himself after batting just 1 for 19 in that series. Because he was so sensational in the field during Baltimore’s five-game triumph over the Reds, few remember he hit .429 and homered twice and drove in six runs — or that he made an error on his first play in the field.
    ……………

    Rip Murdock (b2fc3a)

  155. I’m really no fan of Trump, but refusing him due process and the Rule of Law would be hypocritical.

    Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/26/2023 @ 6:21 pm

    He’s had plenty of both, and benefited from a two-tiered system of justice to boot. With his indictment record, he certainly would be in jail now if he were an ordinary citizen.

    Rip Murdock (b2fc3a)

  156. Sen. menendez still needs help on the mercedes benz gift. So far all he has is I was jogging and this mercedes benz had a sign on it saying take me I’m yours! Keys are in the ignition.

    asset (59fb9d)

  157. The New York judge’s ruling against Trump today was by summary judgment which means it will be reviewed de novo on appeal. The appeals court will look at all the things the trial judge looked at, as well as anything else that catches their eye on the record, and make their own, independent, decision. No deference.

    nk (2c953f)

  158. Remember, the judge didn’t find that Trump, his adult sons, and Allen Weisselberg committed fraud. He found that you committed fraud, and Trump, his adult sons, and Allen Weisselberg were just standing in the way.

    Orin Kerr

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  159. ……….. I’m not very fond of a state system that ignores the 7th Amendment.

    Kevin M (ed969f) — 9/26/2023 @ 5:31 pm

    States are not ignoring the Seventh Amendment, the Supreme Court has not incorporated it against the states, though states may have their own constitutional provisions regarding jury trials.

    The Amendment governs only courts that sit under the authority of the United States, including courts in the territories and the District of Columbia, and does not apply generally to state courts (see Minneapolis & St. Louis R.R. v. Bombolis, 241 U.S. 211 (1916)). But when a state court is enforcing a federally created right, of which the right to trial by jury is a substantial part, the state may not eliminate trial by jury as to one or more elements.
    …………..

    Source Footnotes omitted.

    Rip Murdock (b2fc3a)

  160. More than 300,000 immigrants attempted to enter the United States unlawfully or were paroled during August, surpassing all national records and spelling a catastrophe for the Biden administration that claimed its sweeping policy reforms were working.
    In August, 304,162 people were apprehended by Border Patrol while crossing the border illegally, were deemed inadmissible by customs officers at ports of entry, or used new Biden initiatives to bypass the border and fly under the umbrella of temporary parole, according to data published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Friday.

    The August number surpassed the record of 302,412 from December 2022.

    The 304,162 is between five and 10 times higher than the average monthly totals seen during the Obama and Trump administrations.

    At the southern border, 181,059 immigrants were arrested after walking around the ports of entry and crossing into the U.S. Approximately 74,000 of that number were single adults, 19,000 arrived with a family member, and 13,500 were unaccompanied children.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/immigration/biden-august-border-record-illegal-crossing-attempts

    Ramping up the destruction of our nation. Working as intended.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  161. @162, I hope they catch and prosecute everyone involved in that.

    Time123 (cd3a04)

  162. NJRob (eb56c3) — 9/27/2023 @ 3:17 a

    When you encourage criminal behavior, you get more of it.

    That should be:

    When you don.t discourage criminal behavior, you get more of it, all other things being equal.

    cc How many will be set free by leftist DA’s to terrorize again?

    It’s not just DA’s. They just raised the equilibrium level for crime,

    It is also state legislature, and judicial rulings. They don’t take action against people below the age of 18, and there’s a whole thing to lower the age of criminal responsibility.

    What actually encourages crime is the friends and acquaintances of the perpetrators.

    Sammy Finkelman (101a42)

  163. https://freebeacon.com/latest-news/just-6-percent-of-new-sp-jobs-went-to-white-applicants-in-the-wake-of-george-floyd-analysis-shows/

    Only 6 percent of new S&P 100 jobs went to white applicants in the year after George Floyd’s death, according to an analysis by Bloomberg News, a testament to the pervasiveness of legally tenuous diversity programs throughout corporate America.

    The analysis, based on data reported to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, shows that S&P 100 companies added 323,094 new jobs between 2020 and 2021. Of that total, 302,570 of them—94 percent of the total increase—went to “people of color,” defined as blacks, Asians, and Hispanics, the analysis found. Together, those groups make up just 40 percent of the U.S population.

    The disparities raise new questions about the role of race in corporate hiring, which is already under scrutiny following the Supreme Court’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions. With many companies and law firms now facing lawsuits over their diversity programs, the numbers suggest that race-conscious decision-making has gone beyond flashy fellowships or supplier diversity initiatives; in 2020, it appears to have permeated routine employment decisions.

    “These numbers are extraordinarily stark,” said Dan Morenoff, the executive director of the American Civil Rights Project, which litigates reverse discrimination cases. “It’s very hard to imagine this could be legally defensible.”

    Morenoff added that “disparate impact,” or disparities in outcomes, can be a basis for liability even without proof of intentional discrimination. The Justice Department used this theory last year when it sued Meta, Facebook’s parent company, on the grounds that the platform’s algorithms affect users differently based on their race.

    Prima facie evidence that DEI and other racist policies are nothing more than anti-white racism.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  164. Thomas Lincoln’s two marriages:

    His first, in 1806, to Nancy Hanks (who became Abraham Lincoln’s mother) was, for the time and place, lavish:

    The groom was wearing his fancy beaver hat, a new black suit, his new silk suspenders. The bride’s outfit had in it linen and silk, perhaps a dash somewhere of the “one-fourth yard of scarlet cloth” Tom had bought at Bleakley and Mongomery’s.

    The feast matched their fancy clothes. (On the way home, they bought some kitchen utensils, three skeins of silk for Nancy, and three pounds of tobacco for Tom.)

    His second was practical. About a year after Nancy died of milk sickness, at 34, Tom left his two surviving children:

    He headed for Elizabeth, Kentucky, through woods and across the Ohio River, to the house of the widow Sarah Bush Johnston. The said he argued straight-out: “I have no wife and you no husband. I came a-purpose to marry you. I knowed you from a gal and you knowed me from a boy. I’ve no time to lose, and if you’re willin’ let it be done straight off.” She answered, “I got a few little debts,” gave him a list, and he paid them, and they were married December 2, 1819.

    They headed back in his wagon, with her furniture and her three children. When they arived home, Tom told Abe: Here’s your new mammy.” And Abe and his stepmother got along wonderfully in the years that followed.

    (From Sandburg’s one-volume biography of Lincoln, published in1954.)

    Jim Miller (1d5886)

  165. Thomas Lincoln knew something that many moderns have forgotten (or never learned).

    Megan McArdle knows it, too:

    If we want to build a healthy society in which everyone has the best possible chance to flourish, we need to be able to say that bad things are bad.
    . . .
    But let’s talk about family structure. The evidence is overwhelming that the decline of marriage over the past few decades has been very bad for children and, by extension, society. For various reasons, however, this truth is too often left unsaid.

    In her new book, “The Two-Parent Privilege,” University of Maryland economist Melissa S. Kearney lays out all the dispiriting facts. My colleague Alyssa Rosenberg has done a wonderful deep dive into the data that Kearney marshals, and I won’t duplicate her efforts here, but to sum up: More than 1 in 5 American children now live with an unpartnered mother.

    In my estimate, this is the worst problem we have, domestically. And far too many of our leaders are unwilling to talk about it, directly.

    Jim Miller (a41107)

  166. Jim Miller (afc9a4) — 9/22/2023 @ 2:33 pm

    From the description

    Where is the description?

    , it sounds as if the cash consisted of the usual “small, unmarked bills”, too. And some of it was stored where, for example, a cleaning woman might run across it.

    A mixture of 20s, 10s and 5s?

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  167. Famous several hundred year old tree chopped down in England by a 16-year old with a chainsaw

    https://www.newser.com/story/340744/a-nation-grieves-over-felling-of-iconic-tree.html

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  168. Woman age 52 (born circa 1971) first mistakenly declared dead by Social Security in 2007 can’t get all reports of her death corrected despite fact that Social Security corrected it – or at least gave her a letter. She loses jobs etc

    https://www.newser.com/story/340702/for-over-16-years-woman-has-tried-to-prove-shes-still-alive.html

    … According to NBC affiliate KSDK in St. Louis, once a person is added to the master death list, groups like the IRS, Medicare, and banks are notified. This makes getting a new job turn into a game of whack-a-mole. “Sometimes I can get a job and then within so many months, there’s going to be a problem,” Carthen said. “So it’s like I can get it and then it’s yanked back from me. But I don’t know when it’s going to be yanked back.”

    Being declared dead has cost Carthen jobs after HR couldn’t add her to payroll, vehicles that were repossessed, and housing. She now lives with her sister. “It messed up my whole life,” Carthen said. “It’s impacted my life financially. If I wanted to buy a house, that won’t happen.” KSDK has covered her case over the years and is working with her to find a solution. According to the outlet, over 12,000 people are mistakenly declared dead every year, and obtaining one’s credit report is the first step to correcting it.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)


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