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3/22/2024

Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:07 am



[guest post by Dana]

Let’s go!

First news item

Top priority of *Republicans Trump is to pay his legal bills:

AP) — Donald Trump’s new joint fundraising agreement with the Republican National Committee directs donations to his campaign and a political action committee that pays the former president’s legal bills before the RNC gets a cut, according to a fundraising invitation obtained by The Associated Press.

The unorthodox diversion of funds to the Save America PAC makes it more likely that Republican donors could see their money go to Trump’s lawyers, who have received at least $76 million over the last two years to defend him against four felony indictments and multiple civil cases. Some Republicans are already troubled that Trump’s takeover of the RNC could shortchange the cash-strapped party.

Next month will see the big league donors at Mar a Lago:

Trump has invited high-dollar donors to Palm Beach, Florida, for an April 6 fundraiser that comes as his fundraising is well behind President Joe Biden and national Democrats. The invitation’s fine print says donations to the Trump 47 Committee will first be used to give the maximum amount allowed under federal law to Trump’s campaign. Anything left over from the donation next goes toward a maximum contribution to Save America, and then anything left from there goes to the RNC and then to state political parties.

*time will tell if paying Trump’s legal bills is a priority for donors.

President Biden took a jab at the cash strapped former president:

Speaking at a campaign fundraiser in Dallas, Texas, Biden joked that a man had come up to him to discuss his heavy debts.

He said: “Just the other day this defeated looking man came up to me and said: ‘Mr. President I need your help. I’m in crushing debt. I’m completely wiped out.'”

Biden said he then responded: “Donald, I’m sorry. I can’t help you.”

Heh.

Second news item

The kids are not alright:

A shocking number of American kids are sad, suicidal and stuck on small screens sucking away their zest for life…

The pandemic is often cited as a driver of the teen mental health crisis, but it was brewing long before then. A growing body of research links the acceleration of the crisis to one of this century’s biggest events: the arrival of the smartphone.

“Smartphones and social media fundamentally changed the way teens spend their time outside of school,” says Jean Twenge, a psychologist and author of the book “Generations.”

“You take a generation of young people, they’re spending a lot more times in their rooms, alone, not sleeping, not hanging out with their friends in person. That’s a pretty bad formula for mental health.”

Related: What we gained (and lost) when our daughter unplugged for a school year.

Third news item

Secty of State Antony Blinken on Israel:

“Our position, which is very clear, is that a major military operation in Rafah would be a mistake, something we don’t support,” Blinken reiterated at a press conference Thursday. “There is no place for the many civilians who are massed … in Rafah … to go to get out of harm’s way. And for those that would inevitably remain, it would be a humanitarian disaster.”

All of these diplomatic efforts are set against the backdrop of a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where “100% of the population … is experiencing severe levels of acute food insecurity,” Blinken said.

The top US diplomat is again expected to press Israel on the urgent need for more humanitarian assistance to reach people in the war-torn strip.

“Israel needs to do more,” he said Thursday.

“We’ve seen some improvement over the last couple of weeks in getting humanitarian assistance to Palestinians, but it’s not enough,” Blinken noted.

In an interview Wednesday, Blinken called on Israel “to open up more access points to Gaza” as administration officials and international aid workers repeatedly stress the need for a “flood” of aid.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responds after meeting with Blinken:

“I told him that I greatly appreciate the fact that for more than five months we have been standing together in the war against Hamas.

I also told him that we recognize the need to evacuate the civilian population from the combat zones and – of course – also see to the humanitarian needs, and we are working to this end.

I also said that we have no way to defeat Hamas without entering Rafah and eliminating the remnant of the battalions there.

I told him that I hope we would do this with US support but if necessary – we will do it alone.”

Fourth news item

Because he “surrendered in negotiations” to Chuck Schumer:

Marjorie Taylor Greene has officially filed a motion to vacate House Speaker Mike Johnson over her concerns about an omnibus spending bill that is expected to fund the federal government for the remainder of the year. Greene’s decision to file the motion will now force the full House of Representatives to vote whether to remove Mike Johnson from the Speakership within two business days.

Fifth news item

Added to list of terrorists:

Russia has added what it calls the “LGBT movement” to a list of extremist and terrorist organizations, state media said on Friday.

The move was in line with a ruling by Russia’s Supreme Court last November that LGBTQ activists should be designated as extremists, a move that representatives of gay and transgender people said they feared would lead to arrests and prosecutions. . .

The list is maintained by an agency called Rosfinmonitoring that has powers to freeze the bank accounts of the more than 14,000 people and entities designated as extremists and terrorists. They range from Al Qaeda to U.S. tech giant Meta and associates of late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Sixth news item

Merger benefits?:

Former President Donald Trump could soon receive a windfall valued as much as $3.5 billion, with shareholders of a publicly traded funding partner on Friday approving a merger with his Trump Media & Technology Group.

The approval occurred Friday morning, according to a livestream of the shareholder vote. Shares of Digital World Acquisition Corp., a so-called “blank check” company that will now merge with Trump’s media group, jumped 5.5% in morning trading.

Have a great weekend.

—Dana

547 Responses to “Weekend Open Thread”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (d65f9f)

  2. You forgot to quote the punchline of Biden’s joke in item 1, Dana.

    BuDuh (4214e4)

  3. https://www.foxnews.com/us/squatters-booted-immediately-bill-lawmakers-state-unanimously-passed

    The Florida Legislature unanimously passed a bill that would allow police to immediately remove squatters — a departure from the lengthy court cases required in most states.

    “It gives me a real feeling of positive hope that we still have the ability to discuss challenges in our society and work with our legislatures in a bipartisan way,” Patti Peeples, a Sunshine State property owner who was barred from her own home after squatters refused to leave, told News4Jax.

    The legislation, which passed both chambers earlier this month, would allow police to remove squatters without a lease authorized by the property owner and adds criminal penalties.

    Leadership

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  4. https://nypost.com/2024/03/21/us-news/migrants-break-barriers-and-rush-border-guards-in-el-paso/

    A group of over 100 migrants attempted to enter the US illegally by rushing a border wall Thursday, breaking through razor wire and knocking over guards in the process.

    The Post had earlier witnessed around 600 migrants massed at the international border, as part of a “spring surge” of migrants hoping to gain access to the US.

    The Texas National Guard was attempting to organize them into smaller groups, but the situation grew tense after some women and children were separated from adult males by the guardsmen.

    Video taken by The Post showed one set of migrants, mostly single men, then rushing the Texas troops.

    A group of men with hoodies, gloves and winter jackets could be seen pulling fencing away and dashing through the concertina wire, as a group of five guards stood in a defensive formation to fill the gap.

    The most important issue facing America, period.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  5. The problem with the “Truth Social” windfall:

    Let’s say there’s a stock with 100 million shares. One person owns 60%, other insiders own 39%, and the public owns 1% (or 1 million shares).

    The public bids up that 1% to $60/share. That makes the market cap $6 billion. B6t for the insides who own 99 million shares to realize their $5.94 billion, they have to find an AWFUL lot of people to pay them $60/share. They might not.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  6. * But for the insiders…

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  7. “Just the other day this defeated looking man came up to me and said: ‘Mr. President I need your help. I’m in crushing debt. I’m completely wiped out.’”

    Creepy that Biden can joke about his own son.

    lloyd (2d4d2c)

  8. Touche, lloyd

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  9. Thx, BuDuh, fixed.

    Dana (98f435)

  10. Today is Ken Buck’s (R-Col) last day in the House.

    And today, Mike Gallagher (R-Wis) announced he is also leaving early (no date given). That’ll leave the house at 217-213.

    Sam G (74da99)

  11. They might not.
    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/22/2024 @ 10:19 am

    Now I’m not saying that Truth social resembles, in any way, Gamestop (GME) -but shortsellers were the ones who paid the the high price after the street pushed it to through the roof. Didn’t someone make a movie about it?

    felipe (5e2a04)

  12. Fourth News Item:

    Apparently MTG’s motion to vacate was not filed as a privileged motion, so it can be referred to a committee and die.

    But she has a point. The $1.2T funding bill passed with a minority of Republican votes-101 to 112, a clear violation (like most legislation passing the House these days) of the Hastert Rule.

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  13. Rip Murdock (b7c7da) — 3/22/2024 @ 11:58 am

    It shouldn’t have been a surprise.

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  14. More from the Queen of the House:

    ………….
    While Greene insisted to reporters Friday that she will trigger a vote to oust Johnson, she declined multiple times to say when that will happen. She added that she didn’t want to throw the House into “chaos” and hoped to provide enough time for conversations about who could succeed Johnson.

    “I’m not saying that it won’t happen in two weeks, or it won’t happen in a month, or who knows when,” she said. She added that she believes GOP voters do not “want to see a Republican speaker that’s held in place by Democrats.”

    If Greene had formally gone to the House floor on Friday and called up her resolution to try to oust Johnson, the Louisiana Republican would have had to call a vote within 48 hours. But Greene did not trigger her resolution — until she does, Johnson can sit on it. The House is poised to leave D.C. for a two-week break on Friday.
    ………….

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  15. Rip Murdock (b7c7da) — 3/22/2024 @ 11:58 am

    Also the vote was held less than 36 hours after the funding bill was introduced, another Hastert Rule violation.

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  16. Sixth news item:

    ………..
    Trump’s stake will be tied up for much of the year under a so-called lock-up agreement, a normal arrangement for such deals to ensure that insiders don’t bail as soon as a company goes public and push down the stock price.
    Trump could try to obtain a waiver from that rule, but even then he wouldn’t be able to sell more than a small fraction of his stake at any given time — up to 1 percent of the outstanding shares every quarter. And if he eventually does unload a large quantity of stock, the ramifications could be significant, according to investors and others watching the deal. That’s because Trump himself is the heart of the venture, they say, and any sign that his interest is waning could chill investors.

    “It’s simply trading on Trump’s name,” said Kristi Marvin, founder of SPACInsider, a research firm. “People aren’t buying this because they like the fundamentals — they’re buying this because they like Trump.”
    …………..
    Trump Media & Technology Group’s “success depends in part on the popularity of its brand and the reputation and popularity of its Chairman, President Donald J. Trump,” Digital World said in a February filing, though the firm noted he could divest his interest given that he is a candidate for president.
    …………….
    But Trump won’t be able to cash out anytime soon after the merger. Instead, he’ll likely need to sit on the stock for six months. And his shares, in the meantime, will ride on the whims of “MAGA meme stock investors,” small investors who are currently holding many of the shares, said Brian Quinn, a law professor at Boston College.
    ……………
    (Truth Social) has failed to attract the same user base as X. Trump’s own follower count on X is still 13 times larger than on Truth Social, despite the fact he exclusively posts on Truth. Trump Media, meanwhile, is bleeding money. The company generated a more than $26 million loss in the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2023.
    …………….

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  17. I wonder if Marge timed her motion to vacate with Ken Buck’s departure.

    While it was dumb and counterproductive for the Dems to vote to remove McCarthy, it may work to the Dems’ advantage to vote against MAGA Mike, but only if they can persuade four or five pissed off Republicans to vote for Jeffries.

    Paul Montagu (d4d407)

  18. Yass gets Trump’s protection regarding TikTok, and Trump gets a financial windfall from Yass. Classic transactional Trump.

    And as always, for Trump, it’s him above country, even when it comes to preserving a CCP-controlled company that has the personal data of tens of millions of Americans.

    Paul Montagu (d4d407)

  19. @12:

    The Hastert rule is an informal rule and the speaker is not bound by it.

    Sam G (74da99)

  20. @17 I think Dems are offering to trade supporting Johnson if he brings bipartisan aid bills to the floor. If he doesn’t want to play ball, then so be it – time for more GOP clown show to be broadcast to the public.

    Sam G (74da99)

  21. The Biden joke is a Colbert-type “joke” designed to make reason backward from the joke to the factoids behind it that would make it into a joke. (Trump is supposedly so cash strapped, that he…)

    He’s not so cash strapped. And he never intended to ay his legal bills himself.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  22. The Hastert rule is an informal rule and the speaker is not bound by it.

    Sam G (74da99) — 3/22/2024 @ 12:53 pm

    We’ll see if the Republican conference enforces it.

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  23. At least 40 dead, dozens injured after attackers open fire inside busy Moscow-area concert venue, Russian state media reports


    …………
    Video footage from the site of the attack, the Crocus City Hall concert venue, shows the vast complex, which is home to both the music hall and a shopping center, on fire with smoke billowing into the air. RIA Novosti reported the armed individuals “opened fire with automatic weapons” and “threw a grenade or an incendiary bomb, which started a fire.”

    State media Russia 24 reported the roof on the venue has partially collapsed.

    The attack unfolded before the music group Picnic was set to preform (sic), according to Russia 24. The band’s manager told state media that the performers were unharmed.
    …………
    Video footage showed panic as the attack unfolded, with crowds of people huddling together, screaming and ducking behind cushioned seats as gunshots started echoing in the vast hall.

    Footage geolocated by CNN shows an armed individual starting at least one fire inside the venue. The individual is seen carrying something in their hand and, as they walk off-screen, a bright flash of light from a large flame is seen in the video.
    …………..

    Ukraine blamed in 3, 2, 1……

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  24. Looks like Mike Gallagher timed his leaving Congress to inflict maximum pain on MAGA/GOP. He will leave on April 19: this means that rather than hold a special election they will instead have to wait for the partisan primaries and general election in November. The seat will remain vacant until then.

    Sam G (74da99)

  25. Post 23 should have been block quoted except for italicized comment.

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  26. 4 NJRob: The border, deficits, crime, and a declining military can wait. Issues like that might provoke thoughts about who will deal with them, and do you support that person, etc. Instead, relish the slapping of a national Mean Tweet candidate being litigated into the ground by 4 different DA/prosecutors, with a half-billion dollar verdict for repaying a loan on time. That’ll help. And no heavy worries about it setting a precedent either. And debate fine points of the “Hastert rules.” See? Its like being in the chess club during WWII. Now be content.

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd (0c349e)

  27. Ken Buck’s parting shot:

    Rep. Ken Buck (Colo.) became the first GOP member to sign the House Democrats’ discharge position for foreign aid Thursday, just one day before he is set to retire from Congress.

    The discharge petition, formally launched earlier this month by House Democrats, is an attempt to force consideration of a Senate-passed $95 million foreign aid package, which includes $60 billion in aid for Ukraine.
    ………….
    Though Buck is retiring Friday, his name will remain on the petition until a successor is elected. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) said last week a special election to fill his seat will likely be aligned with the state’s primary election June 25. If his successor also signs on to the petition, Buck’s name will be removed.
    ………….
    Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), who is running for Buck’s seat in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District, lambasted Buck’s discharge signature.

    “I’m one of his last acts as a Congressman, Ken Buck signed on to the Democrat discharge petition to give Ukraine even more of your money!” Boebert wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “Odd, because I’ve been traveling all around the Fourth District and haven’t yet seen the part that borders on Kyiv. Makes sense thats he’s also trying to help the Ukraine First candidate in my election.”
    …………

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  28. ……Senate-passed $95 million foreign aid package, which includes $60 billion in aid for Ukraine.

    Where are the copy editors?

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  29. The way I iece things together for now:

    [Netanyahu:]I also said that we have no way to defeat Hamas without entering Rafah and eliminating the remnant of the battalions there.

    The United States government has an alternative plan.

    It probably involves targeted assassination of Hamas top leaders in Gaza, until somebody in charge there is willing to surrender power. The United States is actually helping with intelligence with this because both the United States and Israel agree that is a good step..

    Biden is trying to force Israel to abandon its plan with a United Nations Security Council resolution – but it’s not like anyone can expect Hamas to agree now to what the resolution says: Return of all the hostages without the cover of a prisoner exchange, pairing that with a ceasefire.

    [Note: The United Nations Security Council did not pass the draft US resolution on Gaza ceasefire today. Russia and China vetoed it, and Algeria voted against, and Guyana abstained.]

    Biden does not want or expect Hamas to surrender power to Israel (which doesn’t want more than an overall supervisory role and wants to deradicalize Gaza and) but for Hamas in Gaza to be replaced (for now — they eventually want elections or something which responds to the people in Gaza) by an Arab government jointly run by a number of Arab states.

    Biden agrees that the Palestinian Authority is not suitable for this now (although it is the closest thing that Gaza has to a legitimate government) but thinks it can be quickly reformed.

    Except there is a problem with this idea (beyond Israel maybe not trusting the new regime unless it can veto things and take independent Kinetic action – which it would hope not to do much in that vein)

    The problem is that the candidate Arab governments say they won’t participate unless Israel indicates that is open to creating a Palestinian state. And the Biden people blame Netanyahu for not doing that. Ergo Schumer’s speech. Netanyahu says such a state must not be forced on Israel but could only happen as the result of a negotiation (but he’s not totally against it.)

    Motivating Biden, in part, is fear of Egypt abrogating the Egyptian Israeli peace treaty if Israel goes into Rafah. Israel’s plan for an attack in Rafah will not be ready anyway for several weeks at least. Biden thinks it never should be done. That is: It never can be satisfactory.

    Netanyahu sent people to the United States to discuss this war plan out of respect for the USA he says, but he is mainly only interested in advice as to how to avoid more civilian casualties.

    There are other differences between The United States and Israel. For instance, the United States thinks thhe PA police – many of whom in Gaza were cllecting money from the PA although I think – need to check – they weren’t allowed to do anything by Hamas – is suitable but Israel thinks that as long as the PA pays for slay and teaches fighting against Israel and hatred of Israel in its schools and wants a coalition with Hamas, it is not suitable, and merely appointing a cabinet of experts” (technocrats) is not enough, while the Biden Administration thinks the main problem with the Palestinian Authority is corruption. (diversion of money into private pockets)

    Netanyahu is willing to agree to a temporary ceasefire and even release some prisoners not arrested since the war, but not anybody important that Hamas is likely to be too interested in. Biden in some ways is more militant against Hamas than Netanyahu. He wants (as part of an agreement!) that Hamas turn over for punishment all those who plotted the October 7 attack. (Obviously this is based on new leadership)

    Netanyahu does not expect that. He just wants to kill all those people. After they leave Gaza, too.

    One effect of the push for a UN resolution and no attack on Rafah is it could tell Hamas it cannot lose all – maybe. They’re not noticing the targeted assassinations.

    Hamas will not agree to anything except when they are about to be completely wiped out but this gives them a reason to fight on since they always quit later. Although that’s not really true, since the top commanders are dead men walking that way.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  30. 23. The question needs to be asked: Did Putin plan this, but schedule it for after the election, so that it would not diminish voter turnout?

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  31. RIP Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (Ret.) Richard C. Higgins, USN (102); one of last surviving veterans of the attack on Pearl Harbor:

    ………..
    In the Instagram post from May 11, 2020, Higgins talks about how explosions of the bombs going off “all around” woke him up the day of the attack and how the first bomb hit the parking area and then a hangar.

    “I got on some shoes and pants and headed down for the hangar,” Higgins recalled when he first woke up.

    U.S. Marines held Higgins back during the first wave of the attack, the veteran said. Once the Marines let Higgins go, he then pushed planes away from each other as bombs dropped around him and gasoline hovered over his head during the second wave of the attack.

    “I was moving planes away from ones that were on fire, because when the tanks exploded, they threw burning gas on the others,” he said.

    Higgins “tried to get things squared away in the hangar area” for the remainder of the day, the veteran said in the social media post.
    …………
    While stationed at Pearl Habor, Higgins went out on a patrol mission in mid-October 1941, but when he returned to base, the Japanese had attacked, he said in the oral history interview (with the National Museum of the Pacific War). On the morning of the airstrike, Higgins said the seaplane he returned to the base in was gone and replaced by a crater 7 feet deep and 20 feet across.
    ………….

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  32. There isa problem om Israel’s northern border with Lebanon. For now there is a buffer zone, but it is in Israel and “At least 60,000 northern Israeli civilians have been evacuated from their homes for five months.”

    It is not like it was before. Iron Dome and Patriot missiles cannot stop the attacks and Israel is not willing to escalate now)

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-view-from-israels-other-front-evacuated-north-attack-hezbollah-lebanon-196d1006

    The southwest of the kibbutz is closed off. “The moment Hezbollah sees movement inside a building there, they fire,” Ms. Shamia says. “Turn on a light or adjust a blind—they fire.” Unlike the rockets, which can be intercepted and are typically inaccurate, the antitank guided missiles hit their targets in seconds.

    The body count favors Israel About 300 Hezbollah operatives have been and 21 Israelis, (few civilians in Lebanon because Hezbollah is not (yet) interested in increasing the number of deaths of its own civilians – and it has avoided firing anything from in or near Beirut.

    Israel thinks Hezbollah is reserving its massive inventory of very dangerous missiles for retaliation in case Israel attacks Iran. That’s the concept now.

    The Wall Street Journal op ed says that the status quo is not acceptable to Israel:

    If Hezbollah had been ready on Oct. 7 and invaded, the fighting could have reached Tel Aviv, several Israeli officials say. The terrorist group likely considered invading in the following days, but it was discouraged by the surge of Israeli troops and U.S. warships to the area.

    U.S. strategy hasn’t adjusted since those early days. A senior Israeli security official says the Biden administration fails to appreciate that “the goal in the north isn’t to prevent a war, it’s to get Israelis home.” He asks why the administration sends no envoy more senior than Amos Hochstein to negotiate, and why President Biden rarely talks about the north. “Do they understand how many lives are riding on this?” War in the north could dwarf the Gaza fight and change Lebanon and Israel forever.

    It looks like maybe Iran cannot order Hezbollah to commit suicide and they have now turned to the Houthis attacking shipping in the Red Sea.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  33. “Smartphones and social media fundamentally changed the way teens spend their time outside of school,” says Jean Twenge, a psychologist and author of the book “Generations.”

    All teens or just some teens? And is it causing a problem for all teens or just a minority and causing the same problem in all, or a variety of different problems for different people?

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  34. Hmmm.

    I doubt Ukrainians were behind this terrorist attack. With a few notable exceptions, e.g., Dugin, Ukrainian partisans hit military targets, and Ukraine denies doing it.

    I’m more inclined to believe it was a Russian false flag operation, because Putin has done this before, and could be his excuse for a wider mobilization.

    I doubt the Islamic State did it, though not outside the realm of possibility, as militant Islamists have also done this before.

    Paul Montagu (d4d407)

  35. Greene’s decision to file the motion will now force the full House of Representatives to vote whether to remove Mike Johnson from the Speakership within two business days.

    House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries already agreed some time ago to bail Speaker Mike Johnson out (and vote no on the resolution, unlike the way they did thins with Speaker Kevin McCarthy) so long as the Democratic caucus gets some input into what goes on the floor.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  36. Paul Montagu (d4d407) — 3/22/2024 @ 12:45 pm

    Yass gets Trump’s protection regarding TikTok, and Trump gets a financial windfall from Yass. Classic transactional Trump.

    As someone points out in a letter to the New York Times today, Trump’s original reason for being against Tik Tok almost four years ago, was not (really) principled but reflected a use of the app against him.

    Users on Tik Tok who were fans of K-pop on the app, had gotten people to reserve seats at a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma and not show up. (That was because Trump’s rally sort of conflicted with the commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa race riot.)

    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/21/opinion/tiktok-china.html

    …almost every commentator on the subject fail to mention the reason for Mr. Trump’s original opposition to the app. It was only after a group of K-pop fans on the app embarrassed him by reserving thousands of seats for no-shows at a Tulsa rally nearly four years ago that he suggested banning the app….

    Online this links to:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/21/style/tiktok-trump-rally-tulsa.html

    President Trump’s campaign promised huge crowds at his rally in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, but it failed to deliver. Hundreds of teenage TikTok users and K-pop fans say they’re at least partially responsible.

    Brad Parscale, the chairman of Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign, posted on Twitter on Monday that the campaign had fielded more than a million ticket requests, but reporters at the event noted the attendance was lower than expected. The campaign also canceled planned events outside the rally for an anticipated overflow crowd that did not materialize….

    TikTok users and fans of Korean pop music groups claimed to have registered potentially hundreds of thousands of tickets for Mr. Trump’s campaign rally as a prank. After the Trump campaign’s official account @TeamTrump posted a tweet asking supporters to register for free tickets using their phones on June 11, K-pop fan accounts began sharing the information with followers, encouraging them to register for the rally — and then not show.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/20/magazine/tiktok-us-china-diplomacy.html

    The previous month, TikTok users pranked Trump’s re-election campaign by organizing people around the world to register for a rally in Tulsa with no intention of showing. Brad Parscale, the chairman of Trump’s re-election campaign, tweeted that they had received more than one million ticket requests; about 6,200 people ultimately showed up. The botched rally seemed to have put TikTok on the president’s radar. “That was a pretty major factor in the executive order,” said a former Trump administration official who requested anonymity to speak candidly about the White House’s decision-making. Trump signed an executive order preventing further downloads and updates of TikTok in the United States if the company was not sold to an American buyer within 45 days. Eight days later, CFIUS concluded its investigation, recommending that the president order a divestment.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  37. 34: We’ll probably get some evidence (or problems with official Russian government evidence) soon enough.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  38. a clear violation … of the Hastert Rule.

    Which is what? “Stay away from little boys”?

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  39. While it was dumb and counterproductive for the Dems to vote to remove McCarthy, it may work to the Dems’ advantage to vote against MAGA Mike, but only if they can persuade four or five pissed off Republicans to vote for Jeffries.

    If they do, they should start a new party first, and join with the Democrats in coalition.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  40. Ukraine blamed in 3, 2, 1……

    Perhaps, but the United States warned Russia of just such an attack 2 weeks ago, saying it was from “extremists” and not from Ukraine (which they would really have made an issue of with Ukraine if so).

    Now, sure, Putin may tell his people it was Ukrainians and use it to dragoon more troops, or worse, but that will just piss the West off.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  41. I thought Trump was the Putin stooge
    Must be that Biden is the elite stooge, the right stooge for our democracy by virtue of being the number one of the elite dream team of Democratic leadership

    From Financial Times

    “The US has urged Ukraine to halt attacks on Russia’s energy infrastructure, warning senior SBU and GUR officials that drone strikes risk driving up global oil prices and provoking retaliation.”

    Here is a target that is currently out of reach for Ukrainian built launched weapons and drones. On the map below, look to the north up by the Kara Sea where all the redlines that indicate pipelines converge. Notice where they all cross each other. In real life, that cross is in an area about the size of a football stadium (you can see it easily on google earth up by Yamburg) That cross carries 90% of Putin’s natural gas and the gas that flows through those lines finances Putin, generates electricity. But US is said to have put it off limits by any means, even sabotage.
    https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200708/ldselect/ldeucom/98/192gaseuras.pdf

    On a slightly different tangent, it is inexplicable that Ukrainian drones have been hitting smaller easily and cheaply replaced electrical transformers rather than much larger transformers, inexplicable unless the Biden administration has put them off limits for western weapons systems.
    “Of the 2,653 billion tonne kilometres (tk) of freight carried by Russian Railways, 87 per cent is hauled by electric traction” via http://www.railengineer.co.uk

    steveg (21c272)

  42. Good news for AOC’s presidency NYC and D.C. latest to support non-citizen voting as we had in the early days of this country.

    asset (f3b302)

  43. I doubt the Islamic State did it, though not outside the realm of possibility, as militant Islamists have also done this before.

    The US warning would suggest that.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  44. Good news for AOC’s presidency NYC and D.C. latest to support non-citizen voting as we had in the early days of this country

    DC will get slapped down. NY can do what it wants for state offices, but voting for federal office is according to federal law.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  45. Its 2024, can we still use the word “shanghaiing”? I’d personally use dragoon west of the urals and shanghiing for the east it could be the reverse. Now that I think about it, the Russians have been Shanghaiing people around the western urban centers and dragooning prisoners, petty miscreants and factory workers

    steveg (21c272)

  46. How about “impress” as with “press gangs”

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  47. @44 federal laws can be changed. I am pointing out the start of the journey.

    asset (f3b302)

  48. The border, deficits, crime, and a declining military can wait. Issues like that might provoke thoughts about who will deal with them, and do you support that person, etc. Instead, relish the slapping of a national Mean Tweet candidate being litigated into the ground by 4 different DA/prosecutors, with a half-billion dollar verdict for repaying a loan on time. That’ll help. And no heavy worries about it setting a precedent either. And debate fine points of the “Hastert rules.” See? Its like being in the chess club during WWII. Now be content.

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd (0c349e) — 3/22/2024 @ 1:40 pm

    There is the reason that leftists and NeverTrump avoid discussing these issues that actually matter to the majority of Americans.

    NJRob (f885b1)

  49. Off topic: The resignations in the House of Representatives remind me of the 1930 election, and the aftermath:

    While the Democrats gained 52 seats in the 1930 midterm elections, Republicans retained a narrow one-seat majority of 218 seats after the polls closed versus the Democrats’ 216 seats; however, during the 13 months between these elections and the start of the 72nd Congress,[4] 14 members-elect died (including incumbent Speaker Nicholas Longworth), and the Democrats gained an additional three seats in the special elections called to fill these vacancies, thus gaining control of the House (they held a 219–212 advantage over the Republicans when the new Congress convened).[4][5]

    (Links omitted.)
    Source

    Could the Republicans lose control of the House now before the November election? It is possible, though for the moment I would say the odds are at least 10-1 against that happening. At least.

    But the possibility of further resignations gives the rational Republican congressmen — and there are more than you might think — signifcant power.

    (Note that the popular vote swing in the 1930 election was not very large, and that, because so much of the Democratic Party was then in the South, the Republicans actually won a solid majority of the popular vote (53.04%-44.50%).)

    Cross posted at Political Betting.

    Jim Miller (c86b9f)

  50. Instead, relish the slapping of a national Mean Tweet candidate being litigated into the ground by 4 different DA/prosecutors, with a half-billion dollar verdict for repaying a loan on time.

    And 16 million Trump supporters might want to believe that. The other 140 million or so who voted in the last election might not relish having their leg pissed on and being told it’s raining.

    Donnie is a cheater. Donnie is a liar. Thankfully, it will not be as contagious as he would like.

    nk (c16377)

  51. I doubt the Islamic State did it, though not outside the realm of possibility, as militant Islamists have also done this before.

    Paul Montagu (d4d407) — 3/22/2024 @ 2:20 pm

    They are claiming credit, however.

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  52. Sam G (74da99) — 3/22/2024 @ 12:53 pm

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a) — 3/22/2024 @ 2:21 pm

    I guess some prefer Democrats dictating what can pass a Republican House. Sad.

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  53. I guess some prefer Democrats dictating what can pass a Republican House. Sad.

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da) — 3/22/2024 @ 3:54 pm

    Demands by Democrats will go beyond just “input into what goes on the floor.” They will demand an end to any investigations of Biden Administration, especially the impeachment proceedings.

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  54. Although “claiming credit” is the usual phrase, I have long thought it should be replaced by “admitted”, or something similar.

    Jim Miller (c86b9f)

  55. I love when certain supporters of the party that has received a majority of the national popular vote exactly one time since 1988 (and zero times since 2004) just take for granted that they represent the “majority” of Americans.

    And it’s even better knowing they also support all kinds of proposals that are intended to keep voter turnout down because they have zero confidence that more people voting would actually be good for the Republican Party, that supposed popular force that the majority just loves.

    “We speak for the majority! Also, you can only vote in person on Election Day in polling places we approve, we should raise the voting age, state legislatures should appoint Senators, the Electoral College should never be changed to a straight national popular vote, and look, full disclosure, we are going to go ahead and say ahead of time that we will probably lose the election on paper … but you need to believe it was rigged against us! And finally, if pit guy actually does get elected, maybe we should let him be dictator after that? Just for a day. But don’t interpret any of this to mean we are not actually very confident we represent the majority of Americans!”

    Turd Ferguson (f08472)

  56. Here’s what American voters say their top priorities are:

    No single issue stands out after the economy. Nearly three-quarters of Americans (73%) rate strengthening the economy as a top priority. That is considerably larger than the shares citing any other policy goal.

    (My top foreign policy priority is increasing aid to Ukraine; my top domestic priority is decreasing the death toll from fentanyl.)

    Jim Miller (c86b9f)

  57. Although “claiming credit” is the usual phrase, I have long thought it should be replaced by “admitted”, or something similar.

    Jim Miller (c86b9f) — 3/22/2024 @ 4:00 pm

    I would agree, but unlike the Hamas attack on Israel, ISIS claimed they attacked the Russian concert without any proof. They may have jumped to claim credit in place of some other group.

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  58. Jim,

    if only Turd could read your link he’d see what the majority of Americans are concerned about.

    I’ll help him.

    – Strengthening economy – 73%
    – Defending against terrorism – 63%
    – Reducing influence of money in politics- 62%
    – Reducing health care costs – 60%
    – Improving education – 60%
    – Making Social Security financially sound – 60%
    – Reducing crime – 58%
    – Dealing with immigration – 57%
    – Reducing availability of illegal drugs – 55%
    – Reducing budget deficit – 54%
    – Improving the way the political system works – 52%

    Which of these are consistently discussed here. I am curious which of these actually matter to those who harp on supporting Biden in November?

    Here are the big motivators and the spin involved:

    Over the course of Biden’s presidency, the share of Americans citing immigration as a top priority has increased 18 percentage points – from 39% to 57% – with the change coming almost entirely among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

    Independents are concerned about the invasion.

    Nearly seven-in-ten Republicans and Republican leaners (68%) and 47% of Democrats and Democratic leaners say reducing crime should be a top policy priority.

    So 2/3 of Republicans and almost half of Democrats admit that crime is a problem. Where do you think this comes from?

    And on and on…

    NJRob (f885b1)

  59. @55 The party representing the majority isn’t always easy to spot, Turd, but here’s a clue: If you’re the party so afraid of voters that you’re trying to remove the other candidate from the ballot or put him in jail, it’s not really a good sign.

    But, we’re just applying the law, right Turd? But if we apply the law to voting requirements, that’s vote suppression. Have I got that right, or have I skipped too far ahead?

    lloyd (2d4d2c)

  60. Obviously, you’re correct that things like “strengthening the economy”, “defending against terrorism”, “reducing the influence of money in politics”, “reducing healthcare costs”, or “improving education”, etc., simply don’t matter for anyone who doesn’t vote for Trump. It could not possibly be that those voters think voting for someone else would better accomplish those goals.

    Should we add “breathing oxygen” and “eating food” to list of items that apparently only GOP voters are advocating for in your mind?

    Finally, the idea that MAGA is seriously discussing any of these issues more than any other group is just too absurd to pass up. Here’s one of Dear Leaders latest, very substantive, very serious press releases from today talking about the issues that matter most to Americans:

    “Arthur Engoron is a Rogue Judge who was intimidated by the big, nasty, and ugly mouth of Leticia James, considered by many to be the WORST Attorney General in the U.S. She is a Low IQ individual who campaigned for Governor, using my name, and got TROUNCED. She and her PUPPET Engoron, who valued Mar-a-Lago at $18,000,000 when it is worth 50 to 100 times that amount, have destroyed all business prospects for New York State, that is already dying, or dead. But have no fear —When I become the 47th President, we will MAKE NEW YORK GREAT AGAIN!”

    Turd Ferguson (56ed40)

  61. @44 federal laws can be changed. I am pointing out the start of the journey.

    Sure. They could kick out all the immigrants, too. Won’t happen of course, and neither will your fantasy.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  62. The party representing the majority isn’t always easy to spot, Turd, but here’s a clue: If you’re the party so afraid of voters that you’re trying to remove the other candidate from the ballot or put him in jail, it’s not really a good sign.

    But, we’re just applying the law, right Turd? But if we apply the law to voting requirements, that’s vote suppression. Have I got that right, or have I skipped too far ahead?

    The law allows for absentee voting. That is applying the law. MAGA doesn’t want to apply that law. MAGA wants that law changed to say only voting in person on Election Day counts, simply because they think MAGA will benefit. Likewise with voting ages, direct election of Senators, etc. Those are all laws MAGA barks about changing because they don’t like the results.

    Trump getting prosecuted in indictments that are supported by evidence, instead of being given a get out of jail free card because he’s a very special little boy and you like his politics, is also applying the law.

    Turd Ferguson (56ed40)

  63. But the possibility of further resignations

    It’s quite possible that Kay Granger, who has just stepped down as chair of the Appropriations Committee, for health reasons, may resign soon. She is not running for re-election.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  64. Imagine having a few drinks in a SF bar waking up with a blinding headache aboard a ship headed for China completely unskilled and unfamiliar with any sort of seafaring task, seasick the first week and then imagine getting dragooned off the street in Vorkuta and 10 days later storming a Ukrainian trench line and wishing you could go back to the simpler days of blinding headaches and vomiting

    steveg (21c272)

  65. Also, the party representing the majority can indeed be pretty easily spotted sometimes. Particularly in elections where we count who has the majority of support. I’d humbly suggest that’s a better measure than most.

    Turd Ferguson (56ed40)

  66. I am curious which of these actually matter to those who harp on supporting Biden in November?

    I am curious as to which actually matter to Donald Trump? Lessee…

    – Strengthening economy – if it happens, he’ll take credit
    – Defending against terrorism – as long as Putin gets Ukraine
    – Reducing influence of money in politics- HAH!
    – Reducing health care costs – no evidence so far
    – Improving education – how could he tell?
    – Making Social Security financially sound – he’s actively against this
    – Reducing crime – I shudder to think how
    – Dealing with immigration – I know how and I shudder to think it
    – Reducing availability of illegal drugs – the next president who does this will be the first
    – Reducing budget deficit – no evidence so far
    – Improving the way the political system works – Jesus wept

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  67. Reducing availability of illegal drugs

    Make them all legal! Problem solved!

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  68. If you’re the party so afraid of voters that you’re trying to remove the other candidate from the ballot or put him in jail, it’s not really a good sign.

    If your candidate is fighting to stay on the ballot and out of jail, as the result of his many criminal actions, it’s not really a good sign.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  69. Clearly, OJ Simpson was only prosecuted because the Clintons were deathly afraid he’d run against Bill in 96.

    Turd Ferguson (953907)

  70. @62 “The law allows for absentee voting. That is applying the law. MAGA doesn’t want to apply that law. MAGA wants that law changed to say only voting in person on Election Day counts, simply because they think MAGA will benefit.”

    Absentee voting has been around a very long time. MAGA is fine with it. What you’re referring to is mailing it in mail in voting which has been around in most jurisdictions only since the last election, when NeverMAGA changed the law because NeverMAGA would benefit of covid.

    And, however anyone votes, there are requirements to be met which are the law. Age, citizenship, residency, identity, etc. This is the law even for those mailing it in, regardless of whether you don’t want it enforced, as evidenced by you calling it vote suppression.

    lloyd (2d4d2c)

  71. @69 And Navalny was only prosecuted because he really was guilty of embezzlement.

    lloyd (2d4d2c)

  72. If Trump had embraced mail-in voting, it would have given him the votes he needed. GOTV is the whole game, and he tossed away 30 days of getting the vote out. Yes, the Democrats embraced it because they thought it would help them, and it did, but it helped them a lot more than it should have because Trump didn’t take advantage.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  73. And Navalny was only prosecuted because he really was guilty of embezzlement.

    And Joan of Arc was only burned at the stake because she was a girl.

    My non sequitur is better.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  74. BTW, does ANYONE believe that the British royal family is being truthful about Kate’s health issues?

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  75. I was replying in kind to Turd’s non sequitur @68, not your non sequitur @69. Thought that was clear.

    lloyd (2d4d2c)

  76. Rumor at X/Twitter that several European countries have officially put boots on the ground in Kiev.

    qdpsteve again (1137ed)

  77. (I posted this yesterday in the ‘whiny thread’ comment section, but got no response, so I’m reposting here where it seems more appropriate.)

    Does anyone here know anything about something called “Project 2025”?
    Some big fans of the BOAR are promoting it at X/Twitter. It would supposedly…

    – Ban all abortion (including pills)
    – Deport every illegal
    – Rescind all LGBT rights, including marriage
    – Give the executive UNCHECKED power, including the right for him/her to create their own Politburo/Deep State.

    Sounds like the Trumpies’ ultimate crackpot wet dream.

    qdpsteve again (1137ed)

  78. First I’ve heard of it, but here’s the Wikipedia entry on it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_2025

    nk (342f5a)

  79. qdpsteve again (1137ed) — 3/22/2024 @ 6:19 pm

    Now there’s a reliable news site, where people post using pseudonyms and run by a trafficker in rumors and outright falsehoods.

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  80. qdpsteve again (1137ed) — 3/22/2024 @ 6:23 pm

    I think you got the collective response the first time. 😉

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  81. There are a number of ways to measure relative party strength, among them party ID, presidential elections, and the popular vote for the House of Representatives. None of these is perfect, but I think the first and the third are a bit better than the second.

    I did a very quick tally, so you may want to check, but it looks to me as if each party has won the popular vote in 9 of the last 18 elections.

    2022 – R
    2020 – D
    2018 – D
    2016 – R
    2014 – R
    2012 – D
    2010 – R
    2008 – D
    2006 – D
    2004 – R
    2002 – R
    2000 – R
    1998 – R
    1996 – D
    1994 – R
    1992 – D
    1990 – D
    1988 – D

    (You can start here if you want to check my quick tally.)

    In the 2016 election, the Republican House candidates received a majority, as you can see in the table — and more popular votes than the Loser did. This is quite unusual, because in most elections the total vote drops off as you go down the ballot.

    In my opinion, the Loser benefited from “reverse” coat tails; he was pulled over the line in key states by more popular Republicans below him on the ballots.

    Jim Miller (354efc)

  82. Rip, if Elon Musk is pissing you off, then he must be doing something right.

    qdpsteve again (1137ed)

  83. Actually, it sounds like the Nazi Party taking over the German Civil Service in 1934, with the SS in charge of the police, and one orange baboon über alles.

    nk (342f5a)

  84. nk, I was arguing that with a Trumpie at X/Twitter yesterday.

    I don’t care who the executive with unchecked power might be. Trump, DeSantis, Biden, Musk, whoever. It’s a horrible idea.

    All that would happen is that we’d get one big giant Deep State Apparatus replaced with a whole new one.

    qdpsteve again (1137ed)

  85. Forgot to say to nk, thanks for the link.

    qdpsteve again (1137ed)

  86. Rip, if Elon Musk is pissing you off, then he must be doing something right.

    qdpsteve again (1137ed) — 3/22/2024 @ 6:35 pm

    What pisses me off are people who take him seriously about things outside his expertise in technology and engineering development. His anti semitism and conspiracy theories I can do without.

    Rip Murdock (b7c7da)

  87. The Cult of Musk is just as bad as The Cult of Trump.

    Rip Murdock (a0d2e4)

  88. Must be that Biden is the elite stooge, the right stooge for our democracy by virtue of being the number one of the elite dream team of Democratic leadership

    Biden has been a coward wrt Putin practically since the Russian Thug-in-Chief first invaded over two years ago, and Biden’s dithering about Russian oil refineries all part of the same thing.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  89. There is the reason that leftists and NeverTrump avoid discussing these issues that actually matter to the majority of Americans.

    As a NeverTrumper, bullsh-t.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  90. Rip, LMAO at your rank hypocrisy.

    If you hate anti-semitism so much, where is your rage at the Squad and the Democratic Party’s wholesale support of all the open Jew haters in their party?

    Oh that’s right, you don’t GAF because “not Trump!” You are the last person in the universe I would take seriously about anything.

    Also, please continue to be royally pissed off that I admire the most decidedly NOT anti-semitic Musk and his efforts to promote free speech. You need to be reminded as often as possible, NO ONE NEEDS YOUR APPROVAL TO BELIEVE AND FOLLOW WHOMEVER AND WHATEVER THEY WANT NO MATTER HOW STUPIDLY HIGH AN OPINION YOU HAVE OF YOURSELF.

    Not a surprise that you support the anti-constitutional Stalinists on the left.

    qdpsteve again (1137ed)

  91. Rip, LMAO at your rank hypocrisy.

    If you hate anti-semitism so much, where is your rage at the Squad and the Democratic Party’s wholesale support of all the open Jew haters in their party?

    I don’t care about what Democrats say or do. That’s their problem, not mine. I don’t have the time or energy to be outraged about everything.

    As to rest: Whatever.

    Rip Murdock (a0d2e4)

  92. ICYMI: Elon Musk and antisemitic conspiracy theories.

    Rip Murdock (a0d2e4)

  93. discussing these issues that actually matter to the majority of Americans.

    As I’ve often said, it’s about Trump, not about policy. You’d probably agree with that, for the wrong reason.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  94. I have never said that anyone needs my approval as to what they say or believe, but like everyone else here, I reserve the right to express my opinion of what they say (without personal attacks).

    Rip Murdock (a0d2e4)

  95. Also, please continue to be royally pissed off that I admire the most decidedly NOT anti-semitic Musk and his efforts to promote free speech.

    Actually, I don’t GAF about who you admire, because I don’t GAF about you.

    Rip Murdock (a0d2e4)

  96. They are claiming credit, however.

    An Islamic State attack is probably the best of the three scenarios I put forth, as it relates to Putin’s War Against Ukraine, especially because we gave Putin fair warning.

    If the Ukrainians did it, it gives Putin an excuse to escalate his brutality.
    If it was false flag, Putin had that same excuse.
    Instead, it was a militant Islamist terrorist attack and Putin dropped the ball after we gave him the intel. As Filipowski noted

    With ISIS apparently claiming responsibility for the terrorist attack in Moscow, two things:

    1. Since we warned about an ISIS attack in Moscow 2 weeks ago, which Putin dismissed, our Intel knows more about what’s going on in Russia than theirs.

    2. Trump says he destroyed ISIS.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  97. Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/22/2024 @ 7:16 pm

    Has there ever been a presidential campaign in the last 30 years that discussed the issues that actually matter to the majority of Americans and didn’t devolve into tit for tat attack ads?

    Rip Murdock (a0d2e4)

  98. @69 And Navalny was only prosecuted because he really was guilty of embezzlement.

    It seems like you can’t have a conversation with Trumpist right-wingers without their resorting to bogus equivalencies between the US and Russian justice systems.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  99. Since we warned about an ISIS attack in Moscow 2 weeks ago, which Putin dismissed, our Intel knows more about what’s going on in Russia than theirs.

    My theory is that Putin’s lackeys dismissed the warnings and told Putin that America was trying to scare Russia (I really doubt that the Putin was contacted directly). Putin believed them, and now there’s gonna be hell to pay.

    Rip Murdock (a0d2e4)

  100. Oh that’s right, you don’t GAF because “not Trump!” You are the last person in the universe I would take seriously about anything.

    Also, please continue to be royally pissed off that I admire the most decidedly NOT anti-semitic Musk and his efforts to promote free speech.

    Making my point about cults.

    Rip Murdock (a0d2e4)

  101. Red state legislatures under pressure from fundos are beginning the process to repeal no fault divorce laws. (DU)

    asset (4b3e97)

  102. If the Ukrainians did it, it gives Putin an excuse to escalate his brutality.

    If the Ukrainians did it, they might get nothing more from the United States. This is Hamas-level stupidity. Since the US had advance warning, you can bet doughnuts against houses it wasn’t Ukraine.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  103. didn’t devolve into tit for tat attack ads?

    I don’t recall that in the Obama-McCain contest. Then again, I was in California so there weren’t many ads.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  104. (DU)

    One step above Gateway Pundit for quality of information.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  105. As I may have said, every once in a while there’s a gem in the sewer of Disqus comment threads…

    $464 million is pocket change for Taylor Swift.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  106. I wonder if Russia will insist the terror attack was Ukrainians. Russia often likes to repeat their narrative over and over and over until everyone gives up correcting it

    steveg (21c272)

  107. I wonder if Russia will insist the terror attack was Ukrainians. Russia often likes to repeat their narrative over and over and over until everyone gives up correcting it.

    That’s the consensus in Russian media:

    ‘I Have No Doubt Moscow Terror Act Was Provoked by Ukraine’: Elite Russian Counter-Terrorism Veteran

    US and UK Intel Knew of Heightened Terror Threat Ahead of Crocus Attack: Ret. FSB Officer

    Rip Murdock (a0d2e4)

  108. More:

    ……….
    Some senior Russian officials, including former president Dmitry Medvedev, blamed the attack on Kyiv and threatened harsh retaliation. Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofyev called for a nuclear strike.

    “Let’s give the civilian population of Ukraine 48 hours to leave the cities and finally end this war with the victorious defeat of the enemy. Using all forces and means,” Malofyev wrote on Telegram.
    ………

    Rip Murdock (19ebb8)

  109. @109 and biden and trump say what? Trump: putin is alright by me. Biden Chinese donors haven’t told me what to say.

    asset (4b3e97)

  110. Migrants storm border. Texas is blamed.

    “What does President Biden think should happen to adult men who are assaulting and overpowering U.S. National Guardsmen?” Doocy asked.

    “Well let me just first say we are grateful, and I said this moments ago, to Border Patrol agents to quickly work and get this situation under control and apprehend the migrants. So I want to be really clear that everyone who was apprehended was apprehended by Border Patrol. They were able to do their job even though [the] Republican governor, in particular Governor [Greg] Abbott, has made it difficult for them. We need more resources, we need more personnel. I mean, we have to have the backs of our law enforcement on the ground who are dealing with this everyday. But Republican are getting in the way, Republicans in Congress do not want to help and you have a governor, Governor Abbott, who is politicizing it. That is what’s happening.”

    Storm the Capitol — get arrested. Storm the border — get asylum.

    lloyd (9e5ee6)

  111. A reminder of how this administration “has the backs” of the border patrol.

    lloyd (9e5ee6)

  112. And a reminder of how this administration has smeared the Texas National Guard before.

    lloyd (9e5ee6)

  113. Thank you for the pertinent reminders lloyd.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  114. US and UK Intel Knew of Heightened Terror Threat Ahead of Crocus Attack: Ret. FSB Officer

    And told the Russians. They also publicly advised Americans. Does the FSB know about websites?

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  115. Use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine would likely lead to war between NATO and Russia.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  116. Russia has claimed to have arrested the usual suspects in the Moscow concert attack.

    Rip Murdock (19ebb8)

  117. The death toll has reached 133.

    Rip Murdock (19ebb8)

  118. Pretty sure that the ISIS shooters the Russians have in custody will say whatever the FSB wants them to say. Even if they aren’t the shooters.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  119. US and UK Intel Knew of Heightened Terror Threat Ahead of Crocus Attack: Ret. FSB Officer

    And told the Russians. They also publicly advised Americans. Does the FSB know about websites?

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/23/2024 @ 7:57 am

    If you read the linked article you would have found out that the former FSB officer found it “curious” that US and UK intelligence agencies knew about the attack in advance and warned their citizens to stay away. He takes this to mean that they were part of the Ukrainian operation to attack the concert venue.

    The retired FSB officer, a veteran of Chechnya and a special anti-terrorist operation to free hostages in Budennovsk, Stavropol Krai in 1995, said he found it curious that the US and British embassies, at the behest of their respective security services, had asked their citizens living in or visiting Russia not to take part in any mass public events on March 8 – several weeks before Friday’s attacks. “They knew about some terrorist incident that was being planned,” Filatov believes.

    Rip Murdock (19ebb8)

  120. More:

    Retired FSB Lieutenant Colonel Alexei Filatov has told Sputnik he is certain of who is behind the attack on Crocus City Hall, and commented on the responsible course Western countries could now take to deescalate the situation.
    “This was clearly an act of terrorism, a prepared terrorist act. The Ukrainian Security Service is behind it. I am 100 percent certain,” Filatov said, commenting on the incident.

    Rip Murdock (19ebb8)

  121. “Use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine would likely lead to war between NATO and Russia.”

    I would imagine that is what is being communicated. If Kiev is hit, then Moscow will get hit….if not with nukes, with overwhelming conventional force. Moscow will be destroyed and Putin will lose the people…a coup will follow.

    I’m sure radicals are pushing for a Russian nuclear response but as radicals do, they just don;t look far enough into the future. I genuinely believe that Putin loves Russia….not always the people enough….but he loves the idea of Russia and its place in the world. Putin’s in a tough spot, but I don’t see him desperate enough to lead to all out war that he has no chance of winning….

    AJ_Liberty (6e966a)

  122. Putin wants to blame Ukraine, but the Islamic State claimed responsibility, one of the terrorists caught is from Tajikistan (escaping in the dirction of Belarus, not Urkaine), and we gave Putin fair warning. Thread here.

    Putin might not have a choice but to blame Ukraine for the terrorist attack in Moscow. He might not be successful, though, because the facts point to Islamic radicals.
    This is why:
    1. The Russian law enforcement’ve shown suspects 1/

    2. They claim one of them is from Tajikistan. None of them are Ukrainians or have lived in Ukraine
    Ukraine has explicitly denied involvement in the attack and ISIS has claimed responsibility. 2/

    3. US officials have told media that the claim of responsibility by the Islamic State appears to be credible.
    Three days before the attack the U.S. warned Russia about a possibility. Putin dismissed the warning as “blackmail” 3/

    4. If it is true that ISIS is behind the attack, Putin must respond in force. Otherwise he looks weak. But he despot [sic, doesn’t] have the capability to execute any meaningful action against ISIS. In part because he is stuck in Ukraine. 4/

    5. So, there are two options for him
    1. Pull out of Ukraine and focus on ISIS.
    2. Ignore ISIS and continue to focus on Ukraine
    Either one is bad, but he seems to start building a context to blame Ukraine 5/

    6. Exhibit 1. Russia state media TASS states: The “Crocus City Hall” terrorist tried to escape in the direction of the Russian-Ukrainian border. reports the Central Office of the FSB. They were planning to cross the border and had contacts on the Ukrainian side 6/

    7. Exhibit 2. Head of Russia’s Defense Committee:
    “Ukraine and its patrons are the main stakeholders in the terrorist attack on Moscow’s concert hall. If the information about Ukraine’s involvement in the terrorist attack is confirmed, there should be … .”
    Source: Sputnik 7/

    8. But regardless of what Putin decides and who he blames the ISIS problem in Russia won’t go away. And Putin is unable to deal with it. 8/

    9. His security apparatus is trained to prevent and suppress democratic protests by civilians, not terrorist attacks. FSB and Rosgvardiya clearly failed to respond to the attack properly. 9/

    10. It might be the beginning of the end for Putin. Once people and his thugs understand that he is weak, he will lose power. Because his power is based on strength and his ability to deliver security to Russian people. It is a trade of secondary and human rights for security 10/

    11. Once Putin can’t deliver on security, the social contract is broken. Russia is brutal and power changes hands, just not in a democratic way.
    Putin’s has made a horrible strategic mistake by invading Ukraine. And now he is committed to doubling down no matter what 11/

    12. Sure enough, a couple of hours after I wrote this post, top Russian propagandist switch to blaming Ukraine instead of ISIS / [also a worthwhile thread]

    Russia blames Ukraine for the attack in Moscow.
    Margarita Simonyan: “it is no ISIS, they are all Ukrainians”.
    What doesn’t it mean for Russia, Ukraine and the region? 1/

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  123. Rookie:

    California Republican Senate candidate Steve Garvey owes state and federal taxes incurred 13 years ago totaling at least $350,000 and as much as $750,000, according to his February financial disclosure statement.
    ………….
    The statement, filed with the Senate Office of Public Records in February, shows Garvey incurred between $250,001 and $500,000 in federal tax liability in 2011.

    It also said that he owes $100,001 to $250,000 to the California state government, also for taxes incurred in 2011.

    The statement says he owes 8% interest on the balance due.

    The disclosure statement rules require that the candidate “report the highest amount owed during the preceding calendar year and current calendar year through the date of filing.”

    The statement does not specify the source of the taxes or whether the taxes are personal or business liabilities.
    ………….
    Garvey lists income from his current assets as between $65,533 and $135,530, most of it from the Major League Baseball Players Pension Plan. It lists the overall value as “unascertainable.”
    …………

    Rip Murdock (19ebb8)

  124. More on Trump Media:

    ………….
    The shell company Digital World Acquisition Corp.
    saw its share price plunge nearly 14% in the hours following shareholder approval Friday morning of a merger with the former president’s social media company to take it public.
    …………
    DWAC’s stock, which hit a 52-week-high of $58.72 per share on Jan. 23 as the long-stalled merger appeared more likely to happen, had fallen to $44.20 per share as trading opened Friday morning just ahead of the shareholder vote.

    DWAC shares closed trading Friday afternoon at $36.94 per share.
    ………….
    The decline could reflect concerns about whether Trump Media & Technology Group, which is being merged with DWAC, can ultimately deliver significant revenue — and whether Trump will try to cash in on his share early because of his many legal problems.

    TMTG, which owns the Trump Social platform that Trump used Saturday to proclaim his love for the app, reported losses of nearly $50 million over the first three financial quarters of 2023. It booked less than $3.5 million in revenue during that time.
    ………….
    ………….(T)he new board of directors, which is set to include his son, Donald Trump Jr., and other close allies, could vote to lift (the merger agreement provision blocking Trump from selling shares in the company for six months), allowing him to sell off shares to cover his legal costs much sooner.

    That, in turn, might lead to Trump Media’s share price to drop and could lead to other shareholders to sell stock, further depressing share prices.
    ………….

    Rip Murdock (19ebb8)

  125. If you read the linked article you would have found out that the former FSB officer found it “curious” that US and UK intelligence agencies knew about the attack in advance and warned their citizens to stay away.

    You would think that the FSB wouldn’t be demonstrating their incompetence so vividly. Did the US send these warnings to its citizens using sekrit one-time pads or something?

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  126. California Republican Senate candidate Steve Garvey owes state and federal taxes incurred 13 years ago totaling at least $350,000 and as much as $750,000, according to his February financial disclosure statement.

    That seems about average from a Congressman and far less than President’s son. Maybe some current player will pay it for him out of his petty cash.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  127. Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/23/2024 @ 1:09 pm

    Probably through US embassy. The Russians discounted any warnings from the US government as propaganda. I’m not sure why we even bothered.

    Rip Murdock (19ebb8)

  128. Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/23/2024 @ 1:12 pm

    The campaign commercials write themselves. The question is why Garvey has let these debts linger for so long. The CA Republican Party needs to do better due diligence.

    Rip Murdock (19ebb8)

  129. Maybe some current player will pay it for him out of his petty cash.

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/23/2024 @ 1:12 pm

    Shohei Ohtani Is enough trouble.

    Rip Murdock (19ebb8)

  130. Correction to post 130:

    Shohei Ohtani is in enough trouble.

    Rip Murdock (19ebb8)

  131. I willfully, obstinately, and with my hands over my ears and chanting la-la-la refuse to believe anything said by or about Republicans. I am not entirely ready to dismiss their actual existence as Democrat dezinformatsiya, but I’m getting close.

    nk (9beebf)

  132. The Russians discounted any warnings from the US government as propaganda.

    Not our problem.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  133. Shohei Ohtani Is enough trouble.

    His interpreter could pay it.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  134. I am not entirely ready to dismiss their actual existence as Democrat dezinformatsiya, but I’m getting close.

    When you have fully eliminated Goldsteinism from your thoughts, you will finally be ready to love Big Brother and become sane.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  135. His interpreter could pay it.

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/23/2024 @ 2:25 pm

    Not anymore.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  136. Not anymore.

    More 2 come.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  137. But DAMN do the Dodgers have a curse on pitchers. Bauer, Urias and now Ohtani. If they don’t suspended, they get injured.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  138. February 2024 campaign finance reports:

    ………..
    Federal Election Commission reports filed on Wednesday did not offer a full picture of the comparative strength of the two campaigns, because several of the groups raising money for each presumptive nominee will not disclose their latest totals with the FEC until April.

    But the Biden campaign demonstrated a clear fundraising advantage over Trump in filings Wednesday night, reporting $71 million in cash on hand to Trump’s $33.5 million — more than double his rival’s reserves. Biden’s campaign widened the gap from the end of January, when it led Trump’s campaign $56 million to $30.5 million.
    ………….
    (Trump’s) Save America PAC reported about $4 million in cash on hand at the end of February. It spent about $7 million over the same period, including $5.6 million paid to lawyers. Since the start of this year, Save America has spent $8.5 million on legal bills, and the Trump campaign has spent $1.8 million on such costs.

    Trump’s campaign brought in nearly $11 million in February and had $33.5 million in cash on hand at the end of the month. Almost all of the money that Trump’s campaign brought in during February came in the form of a transfer from a joint fundraising committee, campaign finance records show. Both Biden and Trump rely on a constellation of committees that together can raise and spend money on behalf of their candidacies.

    ………… The disparity is fueled in part by the fact that Biden did not face a contested primary and has been able to raise money in conjunction with the Democratic National Committee, as well as state parties.

    The Biden campaign said that it ended February with $155 million in the bank and that it raised money from nearly half a million donors. The team also said it raised $53 million in February across all of the five entities that are fundraising for the president’s effort, including the DNC.……….
    ………….
    On Wednesday, the RNC reported that it had raised $10.7 million in February and ended the month with $11.3 million in cash on hand. The DNC raised $16.6 million and reported more than double the cash on hand with $26.6 million in the bank at the end of the month.
    ………….

    The Trump campaign has negotiated a joint fundraising committee (the Trump 47 Committee) with the RNC, whereby individual donors can contribute up to $814,600, which is then distributed to various campaign committees.

    During presidential election years, candidates who anticipate that they will raise or spend more than $100,000 must file monthly reports.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  139. Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/23/2024 @ 2:37 pm

    Since Ohtani is the biggest player to hit the MLB in decades, the worst that will happen is fine or a very brief suspension.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  140. Trent Telenko makes a good case that Ukraine hitting Russian refineries is more about denting the production of explosives than fuel

    https://twitter.com/TrentTelenko/status/1771643483847062000

    steveg (bb9b26)

  141. Another gem from the Disqus cesspool…

    “Biggest theater explosion since Lauren Boebert +1 at Beetlejuice”

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  142. RIP character actor M. Emmett Walsh (88):

    Following his onscreen debut in the 1969 film “Alice’s Restaurant,” Walsh moved across the country to Los Angeles in 1970 to pursue film and TV.

    As his career took off in the ’70s, Walsh starred alongside Hollywood’s best-known actors including Ryan O’Neal and Barbra Streisand (1972’s “What’s Up, Doc?”), Paul Newman (1977’s “Slap Shot”), Dustin Hoffman (1970’s “Little Big Man” and 1978’s “Straight Time”), Steve Martin (1979’s “The Jerk”), Harrison Ford (“Blade Runner”) and Frances McDormand (“Blood Simple”).

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  143. Paul Montagu (d52d7d) — 3/23/2024 @ 5:57 pm

    Hahahaha! Hohohoho!!!!

    Leave it to Paul to search out the funniest mockery of a savage massacre of many many innocent lives!!

    😂🤣😂🤣🤣

    Good job Paul!!!!

    BuDuh (4214e4)

  144. In recent weeks, the Russian authorities had been warned about the possibility of a terrorist attack at a concert in Moscow.

    On March 7, the American Embassy in Moscow issued a rare, specific public warning calling on people to avoid large gatherings, including concerts, owing to information that extremists had imminent plans to target such events in the Russian capital.

    The public warning came after the United States collected intelligence suggesting that ISIS-K was planning an attack in Moscow, U.S. officials told The New York Times. Beyond the Embassy’s public warning, U.S. officials also privately told Russian officials about intelligence suggesting an impending attack, the officials said.

    During a March 19 speech to the Federal Security Service, Mr. Putin dismissed the Western warnings as “outright blackmail” and attempts “to intimidate and destabilize our society.”

    After Friday’s attack, Russian state propagandists tried to suggest that the advance warning provided by the United States meant that Washington had a hand in the attack. But Mr. Putin, beyond blaming unspecified individuals on the Ukrainian side for preparing a border crossing, stopped short of making any such accusations.
    ………….
    The guests on a political talk show on Russia’s flagship Channel One rushed to find ways to blame Ukraine on Saturday evening, suggesting without evidence that Kyiv had to be behind the attack, despite Islamic State’s claims of responsibility.

    Leonid Reshetnikov, a former top Russian intelligence officer, accused Ukraine of turning to terrorism because its forces couldn’t win on the battlefield.

    “So long as this kind of government, this kind of regime exists, this terror will continue,” Mr. Reshetnikov said on the show, noting that Moscow needed to “end” Ukraine as a government established on Russian land.
    ………………

    Source

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  145. Leave it to Paul to search out the funniest mockery…

    Noted, your lying about this “search out” business. Why are you lying, BuDuh?

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  146. Revolt at NBC News:

    MSNBC has no plans to have former Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on the cable network, its president told employees following the news of her hiring at NBC News.

    Rashida Jones, the cable network’s president, has been seeking to address internal backlash in the wake of an internal Friday announcement by NBC News regarding McDaniel’s hiring as an on-air contributor. In that internal memo, the political chief, Carrie Budoff Brown, said McDaniel would contribute “across all NBC News platforms,” causing turmoil among several of the network’s on-air hosts and staffers, people familiar with the matter said. MSNBC is part of the NBC News division.
    …………….
    For MSNBC, besides the risk of upsetting talent, there is also concern that having McDaniel on could alienate its liberal audience. MSNBC is currently the No. 2 cable news network, trailing Fox News but ahead of CNN.
    …………..

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  147. @147 Upsetting talent. What talent? Every day SSDD Biden is great Trump is evil.

    asset (657348)

  148. I don’t think I’ve ever posted a link to the weekend open thread, but I’m really enjoying this interview with Charlie Sykes and I think a lot of others here might also.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO0DVT409cI

    Nate (cfb326)

  149. Putin’s defenders such as Tucker and Mearsheimer and Greenwald, etc. don’t look at it from Szeligowski’s perspective, but perhaps they all should…

    🧵 Over the past three decades, the transatlantic community has paid much more attention to Russia than to anyone else. Far too much. The world does not revolve around Russia, and we should finally stop acting as if Russia was the centre of the universe.

    Let’s start with basic rhetoric. Why is it always NATO that barks at the Russian door, but never Russia barking at the NATO door? Why is it us who failed to build a common European house with Russia, but not Russia who failed to build a common house with us?

    Why is it always the West that should reset its relations with Russia, but never Russia that should reset its relations with the West? Why is it always the West that must be realistic with Russia, but Russia does not have to be realistic with the West?

    Finally, why these are always Ukrainian attacks on Russia that “provoke retaliation”, but the Russian attacks on Ukraine somehow shall never entail any retaliation from the Ukrainian side? Even such trivial vocabulary betrays our thinking of Russia as something superior.

    Let’s move further. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the transatlantic community has repeatedly attempted to engage Russia.

    NATO invited Russia to its Partnership for Peace programme – Russia was, in fact, the first post-Soviet country to join the club, even before Ukraine did the same.

    The EU went along the same lines. The first ever adopted EU common strategy was the strategy towards Russia. The EU agreed to create Four Common Spaces with Russia, as Russia refused to cooperate with the EU within the EU’s Neighbourhood Policy, considering itself “more equal”.

    The West has never shied away from cooperation with Russia. But Russia has always believed that it somehow deserves a special treatment. And finally, over all these years, we have implicitly agreed that Russia indeed deserves such a special treatment.

    Universities have had Russian and post-Soviet departments, research institutes – Russian and Eurasian programmes. Russia has always been the centre of our attention, and the rest of the region has barely been a periphery.

    The successive NATO Secretary Generals were always checked against their stance on Russia, in order not to upset the Russian leadership. But why haven’t we demanded from Russia that the people expressing anti-NATO views do not hold governmental positions?

    There has been constant talk of the need to understand the Russians, but rarely of the need to understand the other countries in the region. That’s why the Western decision-makers and their advisors have always been surprised – in 2004, 2014, and finally in 2022.

    And despite this perennial need to understand Russia and the Russians, the Western analysts and scholars have always struggled with it. Many of them have eventually lost any remnants of objectivity.

    It is high time we stop treating Russia as the centre of the universe. Russia has written itself out of the civilised world and has placed itself on the margins. We do not need to drag it back against its will.

    There is no need to always come up with the eternal question of what the Russians would do about sth. If we cannot build a peaceful Europe with Russia, let us build it without Russia, and keep it at bay. No, it is not anti-Russian. Russia is not an obligatory point of reference.

    Russia has little to offer today. It has become a destructive power, an irritating one, with a lot of potential to do harm. But it is now incapable of building constructively, working in a cooperative environment and following a win-win approach in its relations with the West.

    Russia has claimed special status for decades, and we let them enjoy it despite not deserving it. And this is what ultimately led Russia down the path of war. Time to draw conclusions [END]

    Amen. In short, Russia is a sheethole country and should be treated as such, not placed on some diplomatic pedestal, just because they have an arsenal of atomic bombs and were once a communist superpower.

    Related, why does an asshole like Lavrov get to behave like a flaming asshole while other diplomats must behave so diplomatically toward him? Also related, it’s interesting how there’s so much study on Russia history but so little on the countries in the Russian orbit. For example, Dr. Timothy Snyder has a class at Yale on Ukrainian history, yet there are no other American universities that specifically cover this subject.
    https://twitter.com/dszeligowski/status/1771188561653457278
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJczLlwp-d8&list=PLh9mgdi4rNewfxO7LhBoz_1Mx1MaO6sw_&index=1

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  150. Nate (cfb326) — 3/23/2024 @ 9:07 pm

    I was catching Sykes’ daily Bulwark podcasts in his final weeks, and they’re all good, so I’m glad he’s continuing on YouTube.

    I should mention that I listened to a podcast of Jonah Goldberg and historian and Abraham Lincoln expert Allen Guelzo, and it was one of the best I’ve ever heard. Really informative. I hope Guelzo comes back for more segments. He’s that good.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  151. Paul,

    It was always such, even when it was the USSR. The Democrat Party of the 70s and 80s was pretty much their mouthpiece, too. Bernie is still sad the USSR fell.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  152. Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/23/2024 @ 10:08 pm

    I can’t argue, Kevin.
    It’s lamentable that Republican–read, Trump–attitudes toward the Russian thugocracy have become so twisted that they look like the Democrat attitudes of the 1980s toward Russia.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  153. It’s lamentable that Republican–read, Trump–attitudes toward the Russian thugocracy have become so twisted

    That’s because Trump has built up his own thugocracy, whom he is all too willing to sic on people who cross him. All it takes is a few tweets, and you get things like January 6th.

    Mitt Romney isn’t paying $5000 per day for private security for his family because Trump is benign.

    Just watch. El Caudillo del Mar a Lago will again hint and tease civil war, especially if it looks like he’ll lose a court case or the election.

    norcal (617045)

  154. I was threatened by the January 6 committee into staying silent

    Donald Trump’s former acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller claims the January 6 committee threatened to ‘make his life hell’ if he kept claiming his former boss authorized National Guard deployment during the Capitol riot.

    Miller’s bombshell claims follow a report by Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk that reveals the committee withheld a transcript from an interview with a top White House official where he told Vice Chair Liz Cheney and other staffers that Trump did want to deploy troops.

    Cheney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether she or any other members of the Select Committee corresponded with witnesses in a way that could be interpreted as threatening.

    Miller claims the members intimidated him, and warned they would repeatedly bring him in for ‘hours’ of additional testimony if he kept going on TV and defending the former president’s actions.

    Miller said it was clear to him that former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) was the one running the show with the January 6 investigation. He claims the committee’s vice chair was specifically upset that the ‘optics’ of his public appearances would go against the narrative that Trump was complicit in insurgency.

    ‘That piece Kash and I did, it hit a nerve,’ Miller told DailyMail.com in an interview. ‘It was like, d***, that sure got some attention.’

    ‘I’m sure that Cheney was looking at the optics and was like these people are a serious threat to my narrative that she tried to establish,’ the former Acting Secretary of Defense speculated.

    Both Kash and Miller were present at an Oval Office meeting where then-President Trump verbally authorized the Pentagon chief to mobilize the National Guard for deployment to Washington, D.C. amid threats of violence and protests of the 2020 presidential election results.

    The former Trump officials’ testimonies to the January 6 panel included recalling this meeting on January 3, 2021.

    Kash and Miller’s sworn testimonies were buried or discredited by the Select Committee as they claimed the two men were politically aligned with the former president.

    Miller said he ‘definitely interpreted’ the panel would ‘make my life hell’ if he kept going on TV.

    ‘Now, you know, they’ll say, ‘No, that wasn’t it at all. We just wanted to make sure that we understood all the nuance and complexity.’ But I definitely interpreted it as… don’t fight city hall type thing,’ he explained.

    lloyd (9f4bdb)

  155. Miller said he ‘definitely interpreted’ the panel would ‘make my life hell’ if he kept going on TV.

    Pitch? Brimstone? Pitchforks? Where do they keep them? In the Rayburn Building?

    If it comes from Trump (and this Chris Miller gerbil is nothing more than a hangnail on Trump’s pinky), it’s a lie.

    nk (bf6b47)

  156. lloyd, I could be wrong, but it seems that that link is using some really weaselly use of quotation marks. Upon first reading it looks like he’s claiming they said they would “make his life a living hell”. But it seems like its just them quoting him saying his opinion was he thought they would “make his life a living hell.”

    One is newsworthy, the other is just speculative. A Trump ally is guessing that Trump’s enemies are bad? Color me shocked.

    Nate (cfb326)

  157. CIA blocked feds from interviewing Hunter Biden’s ‘sugar brother’ Kevin Morris during five-year tax probe

    The CIA blocked federal investigators from interviewing Hunter Biden’s “sugar brother” Kevin Morris during a five-year probe into the first son’s alleged tax crimes, a whistleblower has told House impeachment leaders.

    House Oversight and Judiciary Committee chairmen say the whistleblower informed them the intelligence agency stopped IRS and Justice Department investigators from interviewing Morris in August 2021, a Hollywood lawyer and patron of the first son, according to a Thursday letter addressed to CIA Director William Burns.

    The whistleblower informed Oversight chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) and Judiciary chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) that two DOJ officials were summoned to CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. — and told Morris “could not be a witness” for their investigation into Hunter Biden.

    Which just follows the usual pattern. Reminder:

    Federal prosecutor who allegedly interfered in Hunter Biden probe leaves Justice Department

    Investigators learned in December 2020 that Wolf “reached out to Hunter Biden’s defense counsel and told them” about investigators’ plans to search a northern Virginia storage unit that contained business records, Ziegler said in prior congressional testimony — “once again circumventing our chance to get to evidence from potentially being destroyed, manipulated or concealed.”

    Shapley, who supervised the Hunter Biden criminal investigation for three years, testified investigators also were barred from searching a guest house at Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Del., home where Hunter often stayed to find supporting evidence.

    Shapley said that on Sept. 3, 2020, “Wolf told us there was more than enough probable cause for the physical search warrant there, but the question was whether the juice was worth the squeeze.”

    Wolf also allegedly objected during a meeting on Dec. 3, 2020, to questioning a key Biden family associate, Rob Walker, about the president.

    “Wolf interjected and said she did not want to ask about the big guy and stated she did not want to ask questions about ‘dad’” he said.

    “When multiple people in the room spoke up and objected that we had to ask, she responded, there’s no specific criminality to that line of questioning. This upset the FBI too,” Shapley testified.

    lloyd (9f4bdb)

  158. https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/26/politics/chris-miller-house-select-committee/index.html

    Former acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller told the House select committee investigating the Capitol Hill insurrection that former President Donald Trump never gave him a formal order to have 10,000 troops ready to be deployed to the Capitol on January 6, 2021, according to new video of Miller’s deposition released by the committee.

    “I was never given any direction or order or knew of any plans of that nature,” Miller said in the video.

    Miller later said in the video definitively, “There was no direct, there was no order from the President.”

    “We obviously had plans for activating more folks, but that was not anything more than contingency planning,”

    AJ_Liberty (4abdeb)

  159. What a tangled web we weave once we practice to deceive.

    There are two kinds of criminal perjury:
    1. An objectively provably false statement knowingly made under oath.
    2. Two contradictory statements made under oath in the same or separate proceedings.

    In the second instance, neither the indictment nor the evidence at trial need to specify which statement was false. As long as they cannot both possibly be true.

    So if this guy came back and testified under oath to things he was sayin in public contradictory to what he testified in the committee hearing in the first place, then, yes, his ass was grass.

    Liz did not “threaten” him. She told him what his lawyers (Trump-provided?) should have told him.

    nk (bf6b47)

  160. @160 It’s great that Cheney and Bernie Thompson were actually doing Chris Miller a huge favor by withholding his full testimony from the public. And this courtesy was extended to others as well. How nice!

    lloyd (9f4bdb)

  161. Paul Montagu (d52d7d) — 3/23/2024 @ 10:38 pm

    Reagan must be spinning in his grave that his successor is undoing his life’s work like this.

    The closest example I can see is how Lincoln would have viewed his party’s nominees on the Supreme Court when they voted for Cruikshank and the rest of the Jim Crow decisions.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  162. Leave it to a UK tabloid to let this wrong paragraph pass unchallenged.

    Both Kash and Miller were present at an Oval Office meeting where then-President Trump verbally authorized the Pentagon chief to mobilize the National Guard for deployment to Washington, D.C. amid threats of violence and protests of the 2020 presidential election results.

    Because Miller testified under oath that Trump gave no such authorization.

    I can understand the J6 Committee’s concern, because Miller said one thing under oath, and said something else on Hannity, making him the liar.

    “Mr Trump unequivocally authorised up to 20,000 National Guardsmen and -women for us to utilise should the second part of the law—the requests—come in. But those requests never did, as you highlighted,” said Mr Patel.

    The Fox News host then went one step further for clarification and asked the two men if they had made these statements regarding Trump’s purported authorisation for the National Guard “under oath”.

    “Let me be very clear. Both of you said this under oath, under the threat of—the penalty of perjury to the committee?” he asked.

    “Absolutely, Sean,” responded Mr Miller, before stating that Trump was “doing exactly what I expect the commander-in-chief to do.”

    Mr Miller’s earlier statements regarding the National Guard being authorised by the former president clash with his formal testimony but align with the Trump-loyalist narrative that the then-president’s supposed efforts to protect the Capitol were thwarted by Democratic lawmakers.

    Regarding Patel, he testified as a defense witness in the CO Supreme Court and they found his testimony “not credible”.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  163. He wasn’t under oath on Hannity.

    DRJ (9fbd45)

  164. He didn’t have to tell the truth on Hannity.

    DRJ (9fbd45)

  165. Exactly, DRJ. Remember Lewandowski and his “I have no obligation to tell the truth to the media”?

    nk (bf6b47)

  166. Either it’s true, or it’s not. Some want to know. Some don’t. Withholding transcripts is not a path to the truth, and some seem okay with it.

    lloyd (9f4bdb)

  167. And maybe I’m doing his (Trump-provided?) lawyers an injustice. Maybe it was his lawyers who informed the liar of the legal consequences.

    And why should we believe any part of it, to begin with? Zu Trumpen ist zu lügen. To “Trump” is to lie.

    nk (bf6b47)

  168. As a lawyer friend used to say, the law isn’t about truth, it’s about evidence.

    lloyd (9f4bdb)

  169. Miller tailored his response to Hannity’s audience, who were presumably unaware of Miller’s contradictory testimony made under oath (which presumably was the truth).

    In addition, couldn’t Trump federalize and deploy the National Guard under his own authority as commander in chief, without a request from the DC government or the Congressional leadership?

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  170. In addition, couldn’t Trump federalize and deploy the National Guard under his own authority as commander in chief, without a request from the DC government or the Congressional leadership?

    Rip Murdock (2e3548) — 3/24/2024 @ 10:53 am

    But chose not to do so?

    The only way to get to the truth of the matter is to have all the participants in the White House meeting (including Trump) submit sworn affidavits as to what was said and decided in the meeting.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  171. Biden continues to get away with blaming withholding of funding to Ukraine entirely upon the GOP when he is sitting on $3.9 Billion in Presidential drawdown authority funds.

    steveg (78793d)

  172. Trump wanted the National Guard at the Capitol J6 until he learned they wouldn’t be there to help hang Mike Pence

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  173. AJ_Liberty (5f05c3) — 3/24/2024 @ 11:31 am

    Touché!

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  174. The incredible shrinking Biden impeachment investigation:
    ………….
    “Yeah, that’s not gonna happen, but I wish we would vote on it regardless,” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn., a member of the House Oversight Committee) said in an interview Friday with CNN when asked where the committee’s investigation, launched last year, now stands.
    ………….
    Burchett said his fellow Republicans have told constituents at home that they will pursue an impeachment, but behind closed doors in Washington, they say they won’t vote in support.

    “The reality is, they don’t have the guts to do it,” he told CNN’s Jim Acosta of his colleagues. Burchett made similar comments in separate interviews this week.

    “We’re not gonna have the votes. That’s clearly the case,” he told NewsNation following Wednesday’s impeachment inquiry. “And I don’t think we ever did.”
    ……………

    LOL!:

    ………… “In the coming days, I will invite President Biden to the Oversight Committee to provide his testimony and explain why his family received tens of millions of dollars from foreign companies with his assistance,” Comer said in a closing statement. “We need to hear from the president himself.”
    …………

    Flailing:

    …………
    “I’m curious to know what you say to those that push and say, ‘There’s no appetite in the House, and definitely not the Senate, for an impeachment.’ Perhaps there would be criminal referrals moving forward. You’d be met with another barrier, if you will, of a statute of limitations. Meaning, where are you attempting to go at this point, Congressman?” (Newsmax anchor Shaun Kraisman asked Rep. James Comer).

    Comer answered, “Well, I want to hold accountability. That’s what we’ve said all along. We said when we launched this investigation, we want to provide the truth to the American people, and then provide real accountability.”

    Comer continued:

    So, what does real accountability look like? Does it look like impeaching Joe Biden in the House, and in the Senate tabling it, like they’re going to do with the Merrick Garland (sic) impeachment? Or does it mean providing real criminal referrals to the Department of Justice? I think the latter. I would vote to impeach Joe Biden right now. ……….

    I don’t believe that Merrick Garland has been impeached.

    Rip Murdock (8bf821)

  175. Missed the block quotes for the Burchett statements. Sorry.

    Rip Murdock (8bf821)

  176. Russia on Sunday observed a national day of mourning in the aftermath of an attack at a suburban Moscow concert hall left more than 130 people dead.

    Family and friends of those missing were still waiting for news of their loved ones two days after the massacre, which also left some 150 people injured. The death toll, initially placed at around 40, had risen to 137 as of Sunday, intelligence officials said.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-concert-hall-attack-national-day-of-mourning-death-toll-rises/

    Maybe Paul’s haunts can some up some SNL type satire/parody to satiate the giggler crowd and their starved funny-bones.

    BuDuh (ee9735)

  177. …can come up with some SNL…

    BuDuh (ee9735)

  178. Maybe Paul’s haunts can some up some SNL type satire/parody to satiate the giggler crowd and their starved funny-bones.

    Why would my “haunts” do that, BuDuh?

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  179. Glenn Greenwald
    @ggreenwald

    NBC negotiated a contract with Jen Psaki while she was White House Press Secretary.

    ABC hired George Stephanopoulos — directly from the Clinton WH, with no journalism experience.

    All these networks hire operatives from the US Security State.

    It never prompts this melodrama

    lloyd (5852e0)

  180. Contradictory messaging:

    After making years of unfounded claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, Donald Trump is dialing up warnings that there could be an even bigger theft this time around, a tactic that threatens to complicate Republican turnout efforts.
    …………..
    “We want a landslide,” Trump said at the (Greensboro, N.C.) rally. “We have to win so that it’s too big to rig.”

    …………. Even as the former president says the voting process could be rigged, he is urging GOP supporters to participate in it anyway. Trump also needs to woo moderate and swing voters, yet they could be turned off by his drumbeat of election-fraud claims.
    …………..
    Trump has paired his recent remarks with arguments that Republican-controlled states could better secure their elections right away by insisting on single-day, in-person voting, with identification checks. That position is at odds with intensive GOP efforts to encourage supporters to make use of early voting and mail-in ballots, methods that appeal to a growing portion of the electorate.
    ……………
    “If you have mail-in voting, you automatically have fraud,” Trump said last month in a town hall hosted by Fox News.
    ……………
    The Republican National Committee is in the middle of a multiyear push aimed at maximizing voting before Election Day by encouraging GOP supporters to make use of any voting opportunity they like. The initiative includes the use of get-out-the-vote operatives to collect batches of voters’ ballots to deliver them to the polls—which Republicans previously derided as “ballot harvesting” when practiced by Democrats. Among those endorsing third-party ballot collection is Lara Trump, the former president’s daughter-in-law and new co-chair of the RNC.
    …………..

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  181. Greenwald has a little history here at Patterico’s Pontifications, and his sock-puppeting shows him to be the lying hack that he was and continues to be.

    More on Greenwald here, where he’s graduated to becoming one of Putin’s top propagandists.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  182. Contradictory messaging II:

    Donald Trump on Friday claimed to have nearly half a billion dollars in cash — after his lawyers said he doesn’t have enough money to post a bond for his $464 million civil fraud appeal.
    ………….
    He also claimed the judge who delivered the fraud verdict was preventing him from spending his money on his presidential campaign.

    This marked the first time Trump has said he would spend his own money to fund his presidential campaign. So far, Trump has not contributed any money to his current White House bid. He did not contribute any of his own money to his 2020 campaign, according to NBC News.

    Either way, Trump’s claim in Friday’s posts — that he does have the cash to pay the bond, but he is saving it to bankroll his campaign for president — is not one that his lawyers have made to the appeals court judges who are considering his request to pause the fraud judgment.

    His lawyers claimed Monday that it was “impossible” for him to get a bond, because he does not have the cash to secure one and because no potential insurers will accept Trump’s real estate instead.
    ………….

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  183. I don’t believe that Merrick Garland has been impeached.

    It was a double-secret impeachment.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  184. It never prompts this melodrama

    When the LA Times was bankrupt and looking for a billionaire buyer, the newsroom rebelled at the proposal from the Koch brothers, saying that they would attempt to impose political control over the newspaper. Instead, the went with Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, whose farther-left-than-Bernie daughter is imposing woke extremism on the paper.

    But that’s OK.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  185. The revolving door between media and administration is a longstanding bipartisan thing. Just ask Tony Snow (er, you can’t ask him), Dana Perino, Larry Kudlow and Kayleigh McEnany.

    The one difference with Ms. McDaniel is that she was complicit with Trump in strong-arming Michigan officials to not certify the vote, based on nothing more than bupkes and lies for evidence, and she was still election-denying as of last summer on Chris Wallace.
    Personally, I’d rather she stay on at NBC, but it doesn’t mean her colleagues should be exempt from challenging her decisions to go along with Trump’s Big Lie, and for being his compliant dogsbody.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  186. Robert Silverberg defined melodrama as right versus wrong. Ronna McDaniel anywhere is parody. Maybe she can team up with Kevin McCarthy, and they can call themselves The Two Stooges.

    nk (bf6b47)

  187. That may be so, nk, but MSNBC personnel are hardly the ones to judge.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  188. To paraphrase Silverberg though, the Golden Age of TV Talkshows is 6.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  189. My haunts have had fun with the spin coming from Moscow propagandists not because they are ghouls, but because of the ridiculousness of the spin.

    As someone I can’t remember said: Propaganda isn’t about making you believe something, propaganda about making you believe nothing

    Photos were posted of a white van with “Ukrainian license plates” that was purported to be the van driven by the shooters – the plates were from Belarus
    Putin said the shooters were fleeing towards Ukraine, which was sort of true because Belarus is towards Ukraine from Moscow

    “Since Friday, we’ve been in active contact via intelligence channels. The head of the State Security Committee is in direct contact with his counterpart. Also, in fact, the main task last night was to prevent terrorists from crossing our common border. This task has been accomplished,” the Ambassador of Belarus to Russia Dmytro Krutoy said

    The Russians said they had ID’d the shooters were from Tajikistan
    The Tajik Ministry of Internal Affairs said the information was spread in Russian media that the department of internal affairs in Bryansk region put two citizens of Tajikistan on wanted list on suspicion of involvement into the terrorist attack in Moscow region:

    1. Rivojiddin Islomov, born on Septemebr 25, 1972

    2. Mahmadrasul Nasriddinov, bron on November 20, 1986.

    Both are residents of J Balkhi District of Khatlon Region of Tajikistan.

    The information is ungrounded, the Tajik Ministry of Internal Affairs said.

    The above citizens returned from Russia to Tajikistan on November 26, 2023 and remain at the place of their residence in Tajikistan since that time.

    The third citizen of Tajikistan, Rustam Nazarov, native of Bokhtar town, Khatlon region, works as a taxi driver in Samara. During the terrorist attack he was in Samara and is not involved into the attack, the Tajik Interior Ministry said.

    Its a little bit funny because a branch of ISIS is claiming they did it, but Russia is spinning CIA, Ukraine, NATO, Tajikistan -looking everywhere but at the guys who raised their hands and said “we did it”
    This serves to prove somewhat the statement above where constant propaganda causes you to believe nothing. The other thing I find amusing is that Russia never admits to anything, so they cannot believe it when someone does.

    Maybe another somewhat funny thing is Russia dragged a terror suspect into his hearing with a plastic bag around his neck – leading some to speculate the Russians had been suffocating him to get information and who but the Russians would leave the bag around his neck,
    Russians not being too big on plausible deniabilty- why bother? Just deny it in the face of all evidence

    steveg (78793d)

  190. I’ll just say that before the bodies even made it to room temperature, Putin was trying to cast blame on Ukraine, politicizing their deaths to advance his warmongering agenda.
    A militant Islamist attack would reflect more poorly on Putin’s leadership, so it had to be Ukraine that was behind it. It’s a revolting blend of cynical and evil to go that route, but Putin’s a revolting kind of a thug.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  191. Kasparov draws an even darker and more sinister picture…

    Friday’s terrorist attack at the Crocus City Hall concert venue near Moscow killed more than 100 people in a brutal crime against humanity. Many key facts are still unclear, and rest assured they will become only less clear as the Kremlin works to exploit the crisis domestically and abroad.

    Coming shortly after his latest sham election, the attack gave dictator Vladimir Putin a rallying cry one day after the Kremlin declared for the first time that Russia is in a “state of war” in Ukraine.

    Paranoia is my birthright, as it is for anyone born in the Soviet Union. But the official Kremlin story line is already a shambles. In one of the most surveilled cities on earth, where you can be arrested in 30 seconds for whispering “no war,” the terrorists continued their attack for more than an hour and then simply drove away.

    The FSB, Russia’s state security service, claims to have arrested four suspects near Ukraine, at one of the most fortified borders in the world. Or did the suspects actually drive to Russian ally Belarus, as that nation’s ambassador to Russia said? Considering the amount of materiel and preparation required to do so much damage to a venue the size of a small village, it’s odd that the terrorists would suddenly turn into bungling amateurs by carrying their Tajik passports and heading to a militarized border.

    Every official statement from the Kremlin and its propagandists will be a lie, with a few half-truths tossed in. It’s a control reflex of the security state of which Mr. Putin is a product. As I often say, I believe in coincidences, but I also believe in the KGB.

    Mr. Putin angrily dismissed warnings from the U.S. Embassy on March 7 and March 18 about a potential terror attack at a concert venue in Moscow. (How did the U.S. know? Was it sources in ISIS-K or, as I suspect, moles in the FSB?) Then, on March 22, Mr. Putin issued orders to conscript hundreds of thousands more Russians for his war of conquest against Ukraine.

    Twenty-five years ago, when then-Prime Minister Putin needed a platform for his presidential campaign, a series of terrorist apartment bombings in Russia launched the Second Chechen War. I laid out the copious evidence that these were false-flag attacks, staged by the FSB, in my 2015 book, “Winter Is Coming.” It’s a deed so shocking that it is difficult to believe—until you realize what sort of man Mr. Putin is. He has no allergy to blood, Russian or any other kind, if spilling it furthers his goals.

    Twenty-five years ago, Mr. Putin grabbed power by committing mass murder in Chechnya. Today, in hope of staying in power, Mr. Putin is committing mass murder in Ukraine.

    The West’s weakness encourages Russian escalation. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan was just in Kyiv, but instead of helping Ukraine fight off the daily Russian attacks on its energy infrastructure by delivering weapons, he was apparently there to discourage Ukraine from doing the same to Russia. On Friday the Financial Times reported that the U.S. has pressured Ukraine not to attack Russian oil infrastructure for fear of raising global gas prices—which might harm President Biden’s re-election chances. Russian air power devastates Ukraine because America promised Ukraine F-16s but says it takes too long to train the pilots. Last week Mr. Biden’s administration even vetoed a Group of Seven statement condemning Russia’s fake elections.

    All this suggests Mr. Biden fears Russian defeat more than Russian victory. As I documented in August, this is the continuation of a betrayal of a democratic ally and of American security interests.

    It’s a cowardly new world order. The White House is busy telling Ukraine where it can’t shoot and telling Israel where it can’t hunt terrorists. Instead of providing leadership to unite democratic allies against dictators, Mr. Biden’s administration puts limits on America’s allies to protect America’s enemies. You don’t have to wonder what Taiwan and China make of America’s descent into passivity.

    It’s a terrible choice, actually. On the GOP side, the nominee prostrates to Putin and will acquiesce to his aggression. On the Dem side, the nominee has cowered before Putin’s threats and has been half-assed about delivering aid.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  192. Louisiana primary both biden and trump still lose 8% of vote to other candidates. (DU) Except they didn’t report biden number that I had to look up.

    asset (25dc42)

  193. @180 they weren’t the enemy.

    asset (25dc42)

  194. Paul Montagu (d52d7d) — 3/24/2024 @ 7:31 pm

    BTW, has anyone seen a statement from the Trump campaign (or the RFKJr. campaign for that matter) regarding the terrorist attack in Moscow-asking for a friend.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  195. After looking at RFK Jr.’s YouTube that slobbered all over Putin (courtesy of Jake), I can guess his reaction to the terrorist attack.

    If I were to guess about Trump, it would be that the terrorist attack wouldn’t have happened if he were president, just like Putin wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine if he were president, as if Trump is somehow able to slide into an alternate universe and tell us these historical events on Earth 2.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  196. @196 Putin might of hesitated simply because trump is a sociopath and might think in his own best interest to strike back. Being crazy has its advantages. Putin knows biden would hesitate to act. Even trump wouldn’t know what he would do!

    asset (25dc42)

  197. H/T: David Bernstein for this bullseye quote from Sam Harris on Twitter.

    After dealing with moral imbeciles on X this weekend who support Hamas, time to post this Sam Harris comment: “Of course, the boundary between Anti-Semitism and generic moral stupidity is a little hard to discern—and I’m not sure that it is always important to find it. I’m not sure it matters why a person can’t distinguish between collateral damage in a necessary war and conscious acts of genocidal sadism that are celebrated as a religious sacrament by a death cult. Our streets have been filled with people, literally tripping over themselves in their eagerness to demonstrate that they cannot distinguish between those who intentionally kill babies, and those who inadvertently kill them, having taken great pains to avoid killing them, while defending themselves against the very people who have just intentionally tortured and killed innocent men, women, and yes… babies. And who are committed to doing this again at any opportunity, and who are using their own innocent noncombatants as human shields. If you’re both sides-ing this situation—or worse, if you are supporting the wrong side: if you are waving the flag of people who murder noncombatants intentionally, killing parents in front of their children and children in front of their parents, burning people alive at a music festival devoted to “peace”, and decapitating others, and dragging their dismembered bodies through the streets, all to shouts of “God is Great.” If you are recognizing the humanity of actual barbarians, while demonizing the people who actually worry about war crimes and who drop leaflets and call cell phones for days, in an effort to get noncombatants to leave specific buildings before they are bombed, because those buildings sit on top of tunnels filled with genocidal lunatics—who again, have just sedulously tortured and murdered families as though it were a religious sacrament, because for them it is a religious sacrament. If you have landed, proudly and sanctimoniously, on the wrong side of this asymmetry—this vast gulf between savagery and civilization—while marching through the quad of an Ivy League institution wearing yoga pants, I’m not sure it matters that your moral confusion is due to the fact that you just happen to hate Jews. Whether you’re an anti-Semite or just an apologist for atrocity is probably immaterial. The crucial point is that you are dangerously confused about the moral norms and political sympathies that make life in this world worth living.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  198. And yes, you’re right if you’re thinking, “it’s not ‘Twitter,’ you idiot, it’s ‘X’.” So can we just take a moment to reflect on what a reckless fool Musk was to put a match to billions of dollars in brand value to indulge his fetish for a letter of the alphabet? Almost a year later and most people are still referring to some variation of “X formerly known as Twitter.” Because, by itself, “X” is a confusing and otherwise terrible name for a non-pornographic social media site.

    (Also, there’s no close quote at the end of Harris’ comment, but that’s on Bernstein. I suppose I should have added an “sic.”)

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  199. @198 Instead of name calling (which is counter productive) a better service is to classify those who actually support hamas or make excuses for them. 1st Islam is not a mostly peaceful religion except where it is forced to be. 2nd a few leftists for radical chic who try to influence the those who want a cease fire to stop the killing of women and children despite the evil of hamas. 3rd Internet trolls. 4th young progressives who don’t like netanyahu/likud party and what they are doing on the west bank and gaza. Their may be a few others you could kindly list. The vietnam war generation has not forgotten the names we were called and our retribution for it. Generation Z is the future and Israel will not benefit with the name calling for cheap political gain. Education with out political name calling is better for Israel’s future.

    asset (25dc42)

  200. So can we just take a moment to reflect on what a reckless fool Musk was to put a match to billions of dollars in brand value to indulge his fetish for a letter of the alphabet?

    What an incredible thing to lose sleep over.

    BuDuh (4214e4)

  201. https://freebeacon.com/latest-news/cnn-poll-shows-trump-with-8-point-lead-over-biden-in-michigan/

    Former president Donald Trump leads President Joe Biden by 8 points in Michigan, according to a CNN poll released Friday.

    The poll shows 50 percent of likely Michigan voters supporting Trump, with only 42 percent supporting Biden. Biden only holds a 35 percent approval rating in the state, while 40 percent of voters view Trump favorably.

    Trump’s voters are also far more enthusiastic about his candidacy, with 62 percent of likely Trump voters saying it is more of a vote “for Trump” than “against Biden.” For Biden, however, these numbers are almost exactly reversed, with only 37 percent describing their vote as being “for Biden” and 63 percent describing it as being “against Trump.”

    Ho hum. Nothing to see here.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  202. So can we just take a moment to reflect on what a reckless fool Musk was to put a match to billions of dollars in brand value to indulge his fetish for a letter of the alphabet? Almost a year later and most people are still referring to some variation of “X formerly known as Twitter.” Because, by itself, “X” is a confusing and otherwise terrible name for a non-pornographic social media site.

    X was Elon Musk’s original name for what became PayPal. There was a merger. For a long, long, time, pressing X+Ctrl-Enter got you Paypal.

    Musk could have used “X” for the corporation, which he wants to do other things, anyway, but kept Twitter as the name of the platform, as Google did with Alphabet.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  203. For Biden, however, these numbers are almost exactly reversed, with only 37 percent describing their vote as being “for Biden” and 63 percent describing it as being “against Trump.

    I feel their pain. Of all of Trump’s crimes against humanity, getting Biden reelected is the worst. Putting Kamala Harris in-line for the Presidency makes it exceptionally brutal and heinous.

    nk (bb1548)

  204. Breaking:

    A New York appeals court has given Donald Trump 10 more days to post his bond to satisfy the civil fraud judgement and cut the amount necessary to $175 million.

    Don Poorleone

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  205. The NY Appeals court temporarily puts the brakes on part of the efforts of the Leticia James Committee to Re-Elect Trump. I think the judges may have been interested in fairness, or in making the bond reachable, but they also may have looked at the polls and realized Trump was projected to gain up to 5 points if James started seizing assets and peacocking around about it.
    James needs to put on her serious and even keeled face on (if she has one).
    Her actions are not going to lose Trump any independent voters but it plays really well with the people who glue themselves to the Rachel Maddow Show every night. The independent voters that trickle in towards Trump because of her gloating add up and give Trump a cushion for his inevitable 2024 version of the “grab them by the p” moment

    steveg (56b52c)

  206. Don Poorleone

    Pornoleon Bonerpart

    nk (bb1548)

  207. Correction:

    For a long, long, time, pressing X+Ctrl-Enter got you Paypal.

    Actually, “X” then space or nothing, then Ctrl-Enter

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  208. The order:

    It is ordered that the motion is granted to the extent of staying enforcement of
    those portions of the Judgment (1) ordering disgorgement to the Attorney General of
    $464,576,230.62, conditioned on defendants-appellants posting, within ten (10) days of
    the date of this order, an undertaking in the amount of $175 million dollars; (2)
    permanently barring defendants Weisselberg and McConney from serving in the
    financial control function of any New York corporation or similar business entity; (3)
    barring defendants Donald J. Trump, Weisselberg and McConney from serving as an
    officer or director of any New York corporation for three years; (4) barring defendant
    Donald J. Trump and the corporate defendants from applying for loans from New York
    financial institutions for three years; and (5) barring defendants Donald Trump, Jr. and
    Eric Trump from serving as an officer or director of any New York corporation in New
    York for two years. The aforesaid stay is conditioned on defendants-appellants
    perfecting the appeals for the September 2024 Term of this Court. The motion is
    otherwise denied, including to the extent it seeks a stay of enforcement of portions of the
    judgment (1) extending and enhancing the role of the Monitor and (2) directing the
    installation of an Independent Director of Compliance.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  209. And I was reliably told that the NY courts would never ever ¡never! do this.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  210. Note that the judgement’s provisions barring Trump et al from conducting business in NY State are stayed pending the outcome of the appeal (or failure to file one), whether or not he posts a bond in the next 10 days. IF he does not, it seems likely that the properties will be liened.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  211. Trump’s April 15th hush-money trial will go on as scheduled.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  212. I feel their pain. Of all of Trump’s crimes against humanity, getting Biden reelected is the worst. Putting Kamala Harris in-line for the Presidency makes it exceptionally brutal and heinous.

    I view these crimes as having 10 million unindicted co-conspirators, namely Republican primary voters.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  213. TO all who say “Joe Biden is a criminal communist traitor and it is imperative that he be removed from office”, I respond: “It’s too bad you nominated someone worse.”

    Haley, DeSantis, or even Chris Christie would have cleaned Biden’s clock. When Trump loses don’t you dare blame #NeverTrump — you knew their attitude going in.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  214. And I was reliably told that the NY courts would never ever ¡never! do this.

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/25/2024 @ 9:43 am

    Two track justice system.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  215. One Trump campaign promise I can get behind (if he follows through).

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  216. If Jimmy Carter hadn’t stopped the Mariel boatlift, the Castro regime would have been gone 44 years ago just like the East German government could not survive the toppling of the Berlin Wall, with everyone free to leave.

    I read a column that said that Raul Castro, age 92, is still in charge.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  217. Breaking: US abstains (and lets pass) a UN Security Council resolution that calls for a ceasefire to last through the rest of Ramadan (and maybe pulls some of Hamas’s chips out of the fire.) It also calls for the release of the Israeli hostages, but one is not conditional upon the other.

    In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancels his trip to Washington to hear American advice on war strategy.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  218. Two track justice system.

    Trump is not a normal defendant. The fact he is a political candidate helps him and hurts him. If someone had paid the fine for him (like someone did for Biden’s son) it would be viewed by some (read: Letitia James) as an illegal campaign contribution.

    But perhaps the NY appeals court was only looking at the record and the prospects for appeal, which some argue are pretty good, unlike his hopeless defamation case.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  219. US abstains (and lets pass) a UN Security Council resolution

    It’s just talk-talk. It’s not an order.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  220. UN resolutions aren’t worth the paper they are printed on.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  221. This seems equitable and may be more in line with what I expect upon appeal.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  222. Re: Paul Montagu @192. on 03/24/2024 @ 7:31 pm where he links to a Gary Kasparov Op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal:

    Mark Toth and retired Col. Jonathan Sweet have asimilar idea in today’s New York Post:

    https://nypost.com/2024/03/24/opinion/why-the-moscow-terror-attack-could-be-a-putin-false-flag-operation

    Both deal differently with the question of how the United States seemingly had advance knowledge of that ISIS was to blame if the ISIS sponsorship wasn’t real.

    (What I would say first is that this reminds me of the Helsinki warning that preceded the downing of Pan AM Flight 103 at the end of 1988. As aresult of that, by the way, it became the policy of the State Department that whenever they issued a warning to its own employees that it also alerted the general public. Now what I think about the Helsinki warning is that 1) the intelligence probably came from the people responsible for the terrorist act 2) it gave the wrong date, and method 3) it was done so as to make believable a claim that would be made after the attack and 4) to be believable it has to come before the attack but 5) the information was not such that it could lead to the prevention of the attack.)

    The first US warning, on March 7, involved an attack on a Jewish synagogue, but the alert was more general, speaking of “extremists [who] have imminent plans to target large gatherings in Moscow, to include concerts, and U.S. citizens should be advised to avoid large gatherings over the next 48 hours.”.

    Now Gary Kasparov suspects the information (which, in order to be accurate had to come from the planners of the attack) came from “moles in the FSB.” But that would mean the sources were Russian, and the US would act differently if it was merely repeating back to Russia what it had heard from inside the FSB. Kasparov also concedes it could be sources in ISIS-K.

    Mark Toth and Jonathan Sweet suspect the U.S. information came from “a disinformation technique known as imitative communications deception (ICD)?”

    https://www.asalives.org/ASAONLINE/cll64.htm

    (document from 1967) a. Imitative Communications Deception (ICD) is the deliberate intrusion on an enemy’s communications channels for the purpose of introducing information, in a manner imitating his own communications, in order to deceive or to confuse him. Analysis of captured documents, interrogation reports and the increasing number of reported ICD attempts indicate that the VC/NVA are becoming more adept at exploiting allied communications. One of the consequences of this increased proficiency in Signal Intelligence has been the deliberate intrusion into friendly force’s communications to introduce or to gain information intended to produce situations of tactical advantage to the VC/NVA.

    They probably both have it wrong. I would think a possibility is that Moslems have been recruited by Russian intelligence under the guise of being recruited by ISIS, and, as for the Telegram channel, that may be entirely a Russian operation.

    Now, to be credible to the USA as not coming from him, Putin had to make it ISIS, but in Russia he is hinting at blaming Ukraine and never mentioned ISIS himself.

    Overall, suspicion arises both because of Putins history (and I can name other attacks he may have been responsible for, like the joint operation between “AL Qaeda in Yemen” (wrong name) and “ISIS” in Paris France in the Charlie Hebdo and kosher grocery store shootings in 2015 – at that time Putin was pushing the need for an alliance against ISIS)

    And because this attack in Moscow was just too easy.

    We should not out aside that this may have been both tacticallly excellent and strategically a complete failure (in terms of helping Russian foreign policy)

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  223. 220. Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/25/2024 @ 10:42 am

    It’s just talk-talk. It’s not an order.

    It is technically an order, and unlike the one Russia and China vetoed on Friday, the part about the ceasefire might not be null and void without Hamas agreeing to something (beyond a ceasefire) but Israel has ignored other UN Security Council resolutions before.

    But it doesn’t want to.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  224. We should not PUT aside the idea…(that this may be both a tactical success and strategically useless)

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  225. What an incredible thing to lose sleep over.

    BuDuh (4214e4) — 3/25/2024 @ 7:22 am

    Who do you imagine lost sleep over it? I slept like a baby.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  226. https://www.newser.com/article/b7985fede65e5477aba2c8d2e62a6632/un-demand-for-gaza-cease-fire-provokes-strongest-clash-between-us-and-israel-since-war-began.html

    …The resolution was approved 14-0 by the 15-member council after the U.S. decided not to use its veto power on the measure, which also demanded the release of all hostages taken captive during Hamas’ Oct. 7 surprise attack in southern Israel. The chamber broke into loud applause after the vote.

    The U.S. vetoed past Security Council cease-fire resolutions in large part because of the failure to tie them directly to the release of hostages, the failure to condemn Hamas’ attacks and the delicacy of ongoing negotiations. American officials have argued that the cease-fire and hostage releases are linked, while Russia, China and many other council members favored unconditional calls for cease-fires.

    The resolution approved Monday demands the release of hostages but does not make it a condition for the cease-fire for the month of Ramadan, which ends in April.

    Hamas said it welcomed the U.N.’s move but said the cease-fire needs to be permanent

    So it’s a dead letter?

    …During its U.S. visit, the Israeli delegation was to present White House officials with its plans for a possible ground invasion of Rafah, a city on the Egyptian border in southern Gaza where over 1 million Palestinian civilians have sought shelter from the war.

    White House national security spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. had been “consistent” in its support for a cease-fire as part of a hostage deal. “The reason we abstained is because this resolution text did not condemn Hamas,” Kirby said.

    He said the administration was “very disappointed” at the cancellation of talks on “viable alternatives” to a ground invasion of Rafah.

    The vote came after Russia and China vetoed a U.S.-sponsored resolution Friday that would have supported “an immediate and sustained cease-fire” in the Israeli-Hamas conflict. That resolution featured a weakened link between a cease-fire and the release of hostage, leaving it open to interpretation, and no time limit.

    The United States warned that the resolution approved Monday could hurt negotiations to halt the hostilities, raising the possibility of another veto, this time by the Americans. The talks involve the U.S., Egypt and Qatar.

    So it could hurt negotiations, but it was OK (since it was only for to weeks??) except that it did not condemn Hamas.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  227. @221

    UN resolutions aren’t worth the paper they are printed on.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548) — 3/25/2024 @ 10:49 am

    You ain‘t kidding.

    The UN just vindicated terrorism, human-shield strategies, and hostaging for ransom tactics.

    Just shut it down.

    US should leave the UN.

    Great job Biden voters… great job.

    whembly (86df54)

  228. UN resolutions aren’t worth the paper they are printed on.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548) — 3/25/2024 @ 10:49 am

    Except when they serve the interests of US foreign policy (for example, the Korean War, the Cuban missile crisis, repelling Iraq’s aggression against Kuwait, etc.)

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  229. What resolution did they issue in the Cuban missile crisis?

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  230. Was Russia sick that day?

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  231. Who could have seen this coming?

    California Restaurants Cut Jobs as Fast-Food Wages Set to Rise

    A California state law is set to raise fast-food workers’ wages in April to $20 an hour. Some restaurants there are already laying off staff and reducing hours for workers as they try to cut costs.

    California restaurants, particularly pizza joints, have outlined plans to cut hundreds of jobs in the months leading up to the April 1 wage mandate, according to state records. Other operators said they have halted hiring or are scaling back workers’ hours.

    Particularly badly hit are pizza delivery drivers, as their jobs are being outsourced to gig workers.

    Franchisees for Pizza Hut and Round Table Pizza, a chain of around 400 units founded in Menlo Park, Calif., have said they plan to lay off around 1,280 delivery drivers this year, according to records that major employers must submit to the state before large layoffs. …

    Many California restaurant operators are looking for other ways to cover the cost, like reducing hours, closing during slower parts of the day or serving menu items that take less time to make.

    “I can’t charge $20 for Happy Meals. I’m leaving no stones unturned,” said Scott Rodrick, owner of 18 McDonald’s restaurants in Northern California.

    Other restaurateurs, including Hom of Vitality Bowls, said they are turning down opportunities to open new locations in California and looking at expanding in other states instead.

    And of course, a mediocre employee who might be worth $10/hour but not $20/hour is going to get the axe even if there are no general layoffs.

    And the automated kiosks all smile.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  232. The United Nations takes credit now:

    https://www.un.org/en/chronicle/article/preventive-diplomacy-united-nations

    …Secretary-General U Thant moved Hammarskjöld’s vision forward. His role in preventing a nuclear confrontation over the Cuban Missile Crisis must rank as the most spectacular example of preventive diplomacy in the annals of the United Nations. The UN archives contain dramatic materials on his efforts. I will revert to this later….

    ….Historians acknowledge that the Cuban Missile Crisis was the most dangerous period in human history, when the world came closest to blowing itself up during thirteen days, from 16 to 28 October 1962. On 22 October, President John F. Kennedy announced that he had ordered a naval quarantine around Cuba to come into force on 24 October. American and Soviet naval vessels came into close proximity with a USSR submarine captain authorized, as is now known, to use nuclear weapons in defence of Soviet ships or in self-defence. The efforts of UN Secretary-General U Thant contributed greatly to defusing the crisis.

    On 24 October 1962, in his address to the Security Council, U Thant stressed that what was at stake was the very fate of mankind. He called for urgent negotiations between the parties directly involved and informed the Council that he had sent urgent appeals to President Kennedy and Premier Nikita Khruschev for a moratorium of two to three weeks. On the part of the USSR, it would entail the voluntary suspension of all arms shipments to Cuba. On the part of the United States, it would entail the voluntary suspension of the quarantine, especially the searching of ships bound for Cuba. He also appealed to the U.S. President and the Prime Minister of Cuba to suspend the construction and development of major military facilities and installations in Cuba during the period of negotiation. He offered to make himself available to all parties concerned for whatever services he might be able to perform.

    On 25 October 1962, Premier Khruschev wrote to U Thant accepting his proposal. President Kennedy also wrote that day that, while he appreciated the spirit that had prompted U Thant’s message, the key to the solution of the crisis lay in the removal of the weapons from Cuba. Soviet vessels continued on their way to the quarantined waters. That very day, U Thant followed up with an urgent appeal to the two leaders. He was concerned that Soviet ships already on their way to Cuba might challenge the quarantine and produce a confrontation between Soviet and United States vessels, thereby destroying the possibility of negotiations. He therefore requested Premier Khruschev to instruct any Soviet ships already sailing toward Cuba to stay away from the interception area for a limited time. He also asked President Kennedy to instruct United States vessels in the Caribbean to do everything possible to avoid direct confrontation with Soviet ships. To each, he stated that if he received the assurance sought, he would inform the other side of it.

    President Kennedy immediately accepted his proposal, contingent upon acceptance by the Soviet Government. Premier Khruschev also accepted the moratorium. He informed U Thant that he had ordered Soviet vessels bound for Cuba to stay out of the interception area temporarily. The next day, on 26 October, U Thant sent a message to Prime Minister Fidel Castro of Cuba informing him of the encouraging responses he had received to his appeals and asking that construction of major military installations in Cuba, and especially those designed to launch medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, be suspended during the period of negotiations.

    After the American and Soviet acceptances of U Thant’s appeal, and during the crucial time he had obtained for them, President Kennedy and Premier Khruschev had their own exchange, through letters and messengers, and managed to reach an agreement on the formula that eventually ended the missile crisis. U Thant traveled to Cuba from 30 to 31 October 1962 for meetings with Cuban leaders. His visit was of importance inasmuch as it gave the Cuban leaders an opportunity to let off steam….

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  233. 230. Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/25/2024 @ 12:20 pm

    What resolution did they issue in the Cuban missile crisis?

    This is famous:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K7tT4IYLr4

    The Kennedy Administration was quite concerned about what to do in the United Nations:

    https://microsites.jfklibrary.org/cmc/oct21/doc1.html

    …Secretary Rusk commented that our objective was to “put out the fire” in Cuba and get United Nations teams to inspect all missile activity in Cuba. The President felt that a better tactic was for us initially to frighten the United Nations representatives with the prospect of all kinds of actions and then, when a resolution calling for the withdrawal of missiles from Cuba, Turkey and Italy was proposed, we could consider supporting such a resolution.

    Ambassador Stevenson said we should take the initiative by calling a U.N. Security Council meeting to demand an immediate missile standstill in Cuba. Secretary Rusk pointed out that following the President’s speech we would either be in the posture of a complainant or of a defendant.

    Mr. Sorensen said our posture should be to accuse the Soviets of being the aggressors and seek to persuade others to agree with us. He foresaw that some nations in the United Nations would immediately try to label us as the aggressors because of the actions which we had taken.

    Secretary Rusk raised the question of whether we should move first in the United Nations or first in the OAS. He said our United Nations action should be aimed at removing the missile threat while our objective on the OAS would be to persuade other Latin American countries to act with us under the Rio Treaty….

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  234. Genetically engineered pig kidney transplanted

    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/21/health/pig-kidney-organ-transplant.html

    …The kidney came from a pig engineered by the biotech company eGenesis, which removed three genes involved in potential rejection of the organ. In addition, seven human genes were inserted to enhance human compatibility. Pigs carry retroviruses that may infect humans, and the company also inactivated the pathogens…

    ….The transplant patient in Boston, Richard “Rick” Slayman, a state transportation department supervisor, had suffered from diabetes and hypertension for many years, and had been under treatment at Mass General for over a decade.

    After his kidneys failed, Mr. Slayman was on dialysis for seven years, eventually receiving a human kidney in 2018. But the donated organ failed within five years, and he developed other complications, including congestive heart failure, Dr. Williams said.

    When Mr. Slayman resumed dialysis in 2023, he experienced severe vascular complications — his blood vessels were clotting and failing — and he needed recurrent hospitalization, Dr. Williams said.

    Mr. Slayman, who kept working despite his health problems, faced a long wait for another human kidney, and “he was growing despondent,” Dr. Williams said. “He said, ‘I just can’t go on like this. I can’t keep doing this.’ I started to think about extraordinary measures we could take.”

    “He would have had to wait five to six years for a human kidney. He would not have been able to survive it,” Dr. Williams added.

    When Dr. Williams asked Mr. Slayman about receiving a pig’s kidney, Mr. Slayman had many questions but eventually decided to proceed….

    …The procedure was performed under a Food and Drug Administration protocol known as a compassionate use provision, which is granted to patients with life-threatening illness who might benefit from an unapproved treatment. New drugs to suppress the immune system and prevent rejection of the organ were also used under the protocol.

    OETA is against this: it’s “greater exploitation of animals and may introduce new pathogens into human populations”

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  235. Kevin M, yup yup yup re 232. Sacramento seems to simply want to end employment for anyone without a 4-year (or higher) college degree, period.

    I pretty much have to stay in Southern California due to (aging) family, but every day, Nevada looks better and better to me, even with the failing casino industry.

    qdpsteve again (00aa92)

  236. https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/20/science/columbia-cancer-research-retractions.html

    A scientific sleuth in Britain last year uncovered discrepancies in data published by the Columbia lab, including the reuse of photos and other images across different papers. The New York Times reported last month that a medical journal in 2022 had quietly taken down a stomach cancer study by the researchers after an internal inquiry by the journal found ethics violations.

    Despite that study’s removal, the researchers — Dr. Sam Yoon, chief of a cancer surgery division at Columbia University’s medical center, and Changhwan Yoon, a more junior biologist there — continued publishing studies with suspicious data….

    I have a question about these retractions:

    Is the problem only with the pictures, or is it simply that plagiarized pictures are the easiest form of fraud to detect?

    And if it is only the pictures, of what use are the pictures except to make things difficult for truly ground-breaking researchers?

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  237. Maybe it wasn’t exactly a false flag, but there’s a solid argument that Putin let the terrorist attack happen to scapegoat Ukraine. There’s something uniquely evil and sinister about that, allowing scores of his fellow countrymen to get murdered so that he can continue to monger for more war.

    Paul Montagu (d4d407)

  238. I’ve been seeing news articles about foreign and domestic investors in NYC real estate looking for reassurances that this Leticia James type of litigation is not going to be a thing going forward. Probably because they have all produced their own very optimistic valuations to present to lenders, the lenders in turn produce their own much less than optimistic numbers and then they get together and work out the amount, terms, of the loan. Like they always do. Investors need to know where they stand now, because they’ve all produced their own valuations in the past that by todays enforcement standards would be ruinous and many investors also need to finalize loans that have been in the hopper now that were done with optimistic valuations. James has to be hoping this all stays calm before the election so after the election she can come out and imply it was a one off, back to business as usual. She’s in a difficult place. One way it looks like selective prosecution and the other damages NYC tax base. Somebody need to buy her a balancing pole to go with her tight rope

    steveg (56b52c)

  239. Maybe the reason Hamas wants and Israel objects to a ceasefire right now:

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2024/03/return-to-shifa-contd.php

    Yesterday Hagari provided a three-minute update on the operation (video below). This is what he said:

    Today is day 6 of the IDF’s operation against Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Shifa Hospital. 170 terrorists were neutralized in or around the Shifa Hospital compound while firing at our forces.

    The IDF apprehended hundreds of terror suspects with confirmed ties to Hamas or Islamic Jihad, making this one of the most successful operations since the start of the war. A large number of these terrorists were involved in planning and executing the brutal massacre of October 7.

    This operation is not over. Right now, Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists are barricading themselves inside Shifa hospital wards.

    Hamas is destroying Shifa hospital.

    Hamas is firing from inside the Shifa Emergency Room and Maternity Ward and throwing explosive devices from the Shifa Burn Ward.

    Terrorists hiding around the hospital fired mortars at our forces, causing extensive damage to the hospital buildings.

    I repeat: Hamas is firing mortars at [meaning from here] the Shifa hospital.

    Hamas is destroying the Shifa hospital.

    Hamas hijacked the Shifa Hospital and hides behind the sick and injured, waging war from inside Shifa Hospital.

    The IDF operates with precision and acts with care towards the patients and medical staff inside the hospital. [there still are some?]

    We do this because we distinguish between Hamas terrorists and the civilians they are hiding behind.

    We do this because our war is against Hamas, not against the people of Gaza. And our actions prove this.

    Since the beginning of this operation against Hamas at Shifa Hospital, the IDF has assisted the sick and wounded and helped move many of them out of harm’s way.

    We brought dozens of medical devices; over 10 thousand units of medications; hundreds of medical supplies; as well as food, water, and other equipment into Shifa Hospital.

    When Hamas’s attacks resulted in the failure of the hospital generator, our troops helped restore electricity to the hospital.

    Our operation at Shifa Hospital proves once again: Hamas systematically uses hospitals to wage war and consistently uses the people of Gaza as human shields.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  240. What resolution did they issue in the Cuban missile crisis?

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/25/2024 @ 12:20 pm

    I was referring to the October 25, 1962 UN Security Council meeting where the US confronted the USSR (and the world) with direct evidence of Soviet missiles in Cuba. Probably the most important and effective meeting of the Security Council.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  241. 238. Paul Montagu (d4d407) — 3/25/2024 @ 1:32 pm

    Maybe it wasn’t exactly a false flag, but there’s a solid argument that Putin let the terrorist attack happen to scapegoat Ukraine.

    Maybe it could be limited to that, (The FBI nearly did it with the sting operation that involved the World Trade Center bombers in 1993 until finally somebody caused their arrest) but I don’t think that Russia isn’t capable of pulling off a plot that didn’t originate with any outsiders

    We’ll see how the stories of the perpetrators holds up – were they recruited one by one, late in the planning, or was this a long-planned operation?

    For Putin to tolerate this, he terrorist group must have been at least penetrated – otherwise he could not know where they would attack and this would be something he would need to know.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  242. Probably the most important and effective meeting of the Security Council.

    But no Resolution. Ironically, there WAS one regarding Korea because the Russians were boycotting the UN at the time.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  243. @234: There was no “Resolution” as the Soviets would have had to agree.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  244. The FBI never called the second plot a sting operation but New York City FBI head James Kallstrom for years treated it as if it was a real plot that the FBI discovered and stopped, and not one suggested by the FBI, and talked and talked about it like it was a great FBI success..It was a sting operation against the original World Trade Center bombers!

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  245. Casinos are the lifeblood of Las Vegas, but nobody better be caught crimping a card.

    New York is the financial capital of the world. Tish did not pass the law under which she sued Trump. The bankers did. They want jumped-up bellboys to think twice before lying to lenders. Tish will be just fine with the legitimate business world, I think.

    nk (f45d6e)

  246. The efforts of UN Secretary-General U Thant contributed greatly to defusing the crisis.

    The UN its the normal thing is offering to broker a deal in the interest of the aggressor. The issue was not that the Cubans would stop constructing, or the the Soviets would stop delivering, additional missiles, but that ALL missiles would be removed and all facilities destroyed.

    It was John Scali, an ABC reporter (and later Ford’s UN Ambassador) who brokered the deal.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  247. Was Russia sick that day?

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/25/2024 @ 12:21 pm

    No, the Russian ambassador was at the UN Security Council meeting when the US presented evidence of Soviet missiles in Cuba.

    However, the USSR was boycotting the Security Council in 1950 when they approved Resolution 84 in 1950, which which authorized the formation of the United Nations Command to provide military support for South Korea, following the invasion by North Korea.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  248. When the Soviets did come to an agreement with the United States, they never formalized it with a United Nations Security Council resolution.

    Part of the reason is that Kennedy had a slightly different opinion than Soviet Union as to what the agreement actually was. JFK didn’t want withdrawing missiles from Turkey to be considered part of the agreement but agreed to let the Soviet Union consider that to be part of it.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  249. Somebody need to buy her a balancing pole to go with her tight rope

    A seppuku blade would be my gift.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  250. The Korean War is probably the only time the UN authorized a war, but sometimes war is the answer.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  251. @248: see 243.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  252. Sammy, the reason that they used Scali was to make the deal unofficial.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  253. @248: see 243.

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/25/2024 @ 2:18 pm

    Overlap. They are only 8 minutes apart.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  254. Scali was a traitor to his profession. He should have reported what he knew, and not become part of the story.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  255. Re; Science fiction. Science fiction was once categorized in something I read as a story where the setting in (important or a character)

    It has “laws of nature” even if these laws of nature are wrong or impossible.

    How would an ordinary story set in current times look if it was written as science fiction?

    Inventions would be described. Like if there’s a cellphone used in the story, a few words are addd to explain what it was.

    And a cellphone, if someone talks about it, might be confused by a character with a payphone (sell-phone)

    That would work maybe for a story set in 2008. Nowadays the word “cellphone isn’t used very much any more.

    It’s a “mobile phone” or a “mobile device” or just a “phone or they can be divided into being either a “smart phone” or a “flip phone.”

    No more “cellphones”

    Except when talking about polling.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  256. Re: Scali: There an be cases of exigency.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  257. 253. Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/25/2024 @ 2:19 pm

    Sammy, the reason that they used Scali was to make the deal unofficial.

    That sounds right.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  258. Israel has said more or less that they are not the bottleneck in sending aid into Gaza.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  259. Tomorrow in the Supreme Court:

    ……….. On Tuesday, the justices will hear arguments in a case seeking to roll back access to mifepristone, the drug used in medication abortions, which account for more than half of all abortions in the United States. The court’s ruling could affect the availability of the drug nationwide, including in the states where abortion remains legal.
    …………..
    In 2022, several individual doctors and four groups of doctors who oppose abortion on religious and moral grounds went to federal court to challenge both the initial approval of mifepristone and the 2016 and 2021 changes that expanded access to the drug. They alleged that the drug regimen was “unsafe.”
    …………..
    ………….. The 5th Circuit concluded that it was too late for the doctors and medical groups to challenge the initial approval of mifepristone in 2000. But the court of appeals upheld the part of his ruling that rolled back the agency’s 2016 and 2021 actions increasing access to the drug.

    There are three separate questions before the justices on Tuesday. The first one is whether the challengers have a legal right to sue, known as standing, at all. The FDA maintains that they do not, because the individual doctors do not prescribe mifepristone and are not obligated to do anything as a result of the FDA’s decision to allow other doctors to prescribe the drug.
    …………….
    The second question before the justices goes to the heart of the case: Whether the 5th Circuit was correct when it rolled back the FDA’s 2016 and 2021 changes to the conditions of use for mifepristone. ……….
    …………..
    The third and final question before the justices goes to the relief that the 5th Circuit ordered – that is, its decision to roll back the changes based on its finding of flaws in the FDA’s decision-making. ………..
    ……………

    My prediction is that the Justices will focus on the standing question to avoid the questions on the merits.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  260. Scali was a traitor to his profession. He should have reported what he knew, and not become part of the story.

    It was a much better story later.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  261. My prediction is that the Justices will focus on the standing question to avoid the questions on the merits.

    We’ll know if there are a lot of questions like “How were your clients harmed?”

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  262. Scali was a traitor to his profession.

    Does avoiding nuclear war not count in your estimates? By this standard, the NY Times should have published that the invasion of Europe would be in early June at Normandy, with diagrams of the landing areas and forces committed.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  263. Does avoiding nuclear war not count in your estimates? By this standard, the NY Times should have published that the invasion of Europe would be in early June at Normandy, with diagrams of the landing areas and forces committed.

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/25/2024 @ 3:09 pm

    That assumes the secrets were available to the newspapers. Again, Scali should have just declined involvement. I’m sure he wasn’t the only backdoor channel available.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  264. Drugs like mifepristone make a mockery of abortion limits.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548)

  265. Anti-abortion zealots hate drugs like mifepristone, because these drugs weaken their arguments, particularly the one about life beginning at conception.

    Most people aren’t going to buy the logical conclusion–that preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall is murder.

    norcal (f00712)

  266. As I have said before, the attention we, as a nation, are giving to the psychiatric and legal problems of the Loser distracts us from giving the attention that we should to other more serious problems, even urgent ones.

    I’ve said that — in my opinion — our most urgent domestic problem is the deaths from fentanyl, and our most urgent foreign problem is Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

    So, what do each of you think are our most urgent problems, foreign and domestic?

    Note, please, I said “urgent”, not “important”. What shoudl we be discussing, right now?

    Jim Miller (808bdf)

  267. Jim, I agree that Ukraine is our most important foreign problem.

    I think the national debt is our most important domestic problem.

    norcal (f00712)

  268. Why Biden abstained on gaza vote. Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

    asset (59b32e)

  269. @232 except their is a fast food worker shortage. Less in cal. because they pay more. In the south minimum wage is fed. $ 7.65.

    asset (59b32e)

  270. @268 I have heard whining about national debt for 50 years fortunetly I wont be around to hear it for the next 50 years.

    asset (59b32e)

  271. @260 democrats win 2024 election if court conservatives rule against drug giving AOC and the squad even more power in the democrat party discrediting biden/dnc wing even more.

    asset (59b32e)

  272. Jim, after reading Nick Catoggio’s just-released article, I have changed my mind about the biggest domestic problem. Here’s Nick:

    First-order concerns have to do with how our system of government is organized—democracy or autocracy, rules or “retribution,” the constitutional order or “knowing what time it is.” Second-order concerns have to do with traditional policy disputes—tax rates, pro-life or pro-choice, interventionism or isolationism. Our elections have traditionally focused on second-order concerns because both sides have agreed broadly on the first-order ones. Not anymore.

    I support Biden in this election because he’s correct on the first-order questions and Trump isn’t, and that’s the end of the matter for me. Sedition is disqualifying. Those guilty of trying to overturn the constitutional order in 2020 deserve to sit in the ashes and know that they’ll never again be tolerated in polite society, let alone be permitted to wield public power.

    https://thedispatch.com/newsletter/boilingfrogs/the-pro-coup-perspective/#comments

    Drugs and spending are second-order concerns.

    Ensuring respect for election results is a first-order concern. Trump and his election-result-denying followers must be defeated.

    norcal (f00712)

  273. Most people aren’t going to buy the logical conclusion–that preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall is murder.

    There are those who see a condom as murder.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  274. Why Biden abstained on gaza vote. Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

    Sad but true.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  275. except their is a fast food worker shortage.

    They will solve it with self-serve kiosks and automation. Faster in California.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  276. Question for folks who detest Trump:

    If Trump had not done any election denying, if J6 had never happened, would you still be favoring Joe Biden? If so, make that case. Because for me Trump’s unsuitability did not change on Jan 6th.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  277. If Trump had not done any election denying, if J6 had never happened, would you still be favoring Joe Biden?

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/25/2024 @ 4:29 pm

    Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play? 😛

    norcal (f00712)

  278. There are those who see a condom as murder.

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/25/2024 @ 4:25 pm

    Yikes.

    norcal (f00712)

  279. If Trump had not done any election denying, if J6 had never happened, would you still be favoring Joe Biden?

    Yes. Trump is “never-never-not-ever”, Biden is “is-that-the-best-we-can-get?” The difference between a cobra with leprosy and an old pair of shoes with holes in them.

    nk (1ed0b9)

  280. nk (1ed0b9) — 3/25/2024 @ 4:46 pm

    So well said. You have a way with words, nk, and you always bring the funny.

    norcal (f00712)

  281. Wisconsin? Not much leakage across the St. Croix River into Hudson_Eau Claire-LaCrosse, but maybe Madison is just that wacko. Maine would be more problematic depending in which CD Lewiston lies.

    urbanleftbehind (99fa90)

  282. The Trump drama plays on:

    If things go against Trump, it helps him, because they are attempting to prevent his message from resonating with the People.

    If things go in his favor, it helps Trump, because their dastardly attempts are failing before his awesomeness.

    ——-

    Pretty much how it went for Koresh, too.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  283. Pretty much how it went for Koresh, too.

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/25/2024 @ 5:15 pm

    Koresh had multiple wives too, only it was concurrent instead of consecutive.

    norcal (f00712)

  284. The real problem is that the NY cases, maybe all of them, make Trump’s case far better than the federal cases. I’d say GA, too, but apparently Trump has gotten the Atlanta DA to throw the contest.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  285. When Trump beats the hush-money case, none of the others will matter to the election; the damage will be done.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  286. Trump has an interesting effect on people like Fani Willis. She could have had a nice run, going from DA to? But Trump shows up in her purview and she starts farting out the odor of mendacity on the national stage, runs off to church and says its all about the racism

    steveg (56b52c)

  287. @273 “Ensuring respect for election results is a first-order concern. Trump and his election-result-denying followers must be defeated.”

    Moby Nick and most other Nevertrumpers were against Trump before any purported election-result-denying and first-order concerns, and in fact were against Trump when he was the target of election-result-denying and first-order concerns. None of this dramatic hand wringing is to be taken seriously.

    lloyd (4b28fa)

  288. lloyd (4b28fa) — 3/25/2024 @ 6:12 pm

    I voted for Trump in 2016. Fool me once…

    norcal (f00712)

  289. I notice Rolling Stone is already claiming Trump is trying to steal the 2024 election. Laying the groundwork for the narrative if Trump wins a close election it will have been an illegitimate victory due to thievery. We’ve come so far, evolved so much as a nation that both parties are now able to deny election results before the election is held

    steveg (56b52c)

  290. I notice Rolling Stone is already claiming Trump is trying to steal the 2024 election.

    steveg (56b52c) — 3/25/2024 @ 6:23 pm

    Is that so far-fetched, considering that Trump already tried to steal an election?

    AFAIK, Biden hasn’t tried to steal an election, so it’s seems a little unfair to equate both parties on this issue.

    norcal (f00712)

  291. Fortunately in the courtroom it’s not about how we feelz about the case, but what exactly the evidence shows….and the strength of testimony beyond Michael Cohen.

    Is it the case for why Trump shouldn’t be President? No, but it’s criminal behavior and he should be held to account. Did Trump falsify business records to hide affairs that would have hurt him in a general election?

    In a perfect world we would be talking about J6 conspiracies and strange classified documents hording. Nothing is perfect here. Maybe Trump will label them perfect affairs, like his perfect phone calls and perfect incitement.

    AJ_Liberty (ed602d)

  292. @292 In the courtroom, what matters is the jury. And if you don’t believe that, explain why there are highly compensated lawyers whose sole job is to secure the right one. And if you have a prosecutor who won’t prosecute, because the defendant is a Democrat too old and can’t think straight, or you’re in the right venue, you don’t even need one of those lawyers.

    lloyd (4b28fa)

  293. “What shoudl we be discussing, right now?”

    Ukraine, debt, immigration, and civility.

    Ukraine influences Chinese policy and the stability of Europe. History watches.

    Our biggest threat remains runaway debt. We need to create a political environment where we can meaningfully address it before we hit a tipping point.

    The border needs order.

    Nothing happens on those last two until we love our country more than we hate our political enemies. The GOP needs a big tent…but it needs to diminish its circus performers. It’s probably the most important revision but it will require the heaviest lifting. People are stuck being a-holes. Our system is predicated on compromise. We are destroying it from within by thinking differently.

    AJ_Liberty (ed602d)

  294. steveg (56b52c) — 3/25/2024 @ 6:23 pm

    Trump is laying the groundwork to claim the election was stolen from him.

    Rip Murdock (31999a)

  295. We’ve come so far, evolved so much as a nation that both parties are now able to deny election results before the election is held

    steveg (56b52c)

  296. AFAIK, Biden hasn’t tried to steal an election

    Define “steal.” If you mean “miscounting the votes” then yes, you are right. If you mean “tried to rig the electoral college” then you are right again.

    But the Democrats made many changes in the rules in 2020 and they all favored getting out “their” vote.

    Vote totals:

    2020: 158 million
    2016: 137 million
    2012: 129 million
    2008: 131 million

    The election of 2020 was different.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  297. Trump is laying the groundwork to claim the election was stolen from him.

    Indeed, and it won’t matter how much he loses by. If he loses by a lot, it will just be huge proof it was stolen. I suspect that, if he wins, he will still claim he should have won by more.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  298. Did Trump falsify business records to hide affairs that would have hurt him in a general election?

    I have this picture of Letitia James, sitting there in her office, minding her own business, when one of her aides comes in and says that — despite her orders to the contrary, they’ve run across evidence that Donald Trump fudged some loan applications and she spends several weeks debating whether to call him on it. But eventually she says “No one is above the Law!” and lets the charges be filed.

    I also have this bridge in Manhattan…

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  299. @282 wouldn’t take much. Trump won Wisconsin by 22,000 votes with jill stein getting 38,000 votes. Biden wins Wisconsin by 20,000 votes in 2020 with green party kicked off ballot by democrat operatives.

    asset (11f109)

  300. Kevin M meet Kevin D
    https://thedispatch.com/article/stop-calling-trumps-new-york-caper-a-no-harm-crime/

    “It isn’t even particularly difficult to understand—no finance gobbledygook required: By misrepresenting his creditworthiness, Donald Trump cheated the shareholders of the banks that lent him money out of millions of dollars in interest payments and fees. Yes, Trump paid back his fraudulently negotiated loans—but that is irrelevant to the question at hand, which is that the loans themselves were based on bunkum, fraudulently put forward by Trump.

    The next line of defense goes: “Well, sure, Trump lied about the value of his assets, but the bankers didn’t just take his word for it.” True, and—so what? That Trump might have carried out his fraud with the knowledge and winking cooperation of bankers who willfully turned a blind eye to his financial misrepresentations ought to surprise exactly nobody. It is as if nobody remembers the events leading up to the financial crisis of 2008-2009, when bankers offered their winking cooperation in all sorts of mortgage fraud by willfully turning a blind eye to the financial misrepresentations of a million deadbeat borrowers not named Donald Trump.”

    Kevin D goes on to describe how bankers chose to take commissions on closing the deal while shorting their shareholders of millions in interest profits. Once revealed, Deutsche Bank exited the relationship….which speaks volumes more than their claims of internal due diligence. The bank stinks. Their client stinks. We can quibble on one or two valuations, but the totality? It was fraud. Let’s not normalize it….

    AJ_Liberty (ed602d)

  301. Poor, poor trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent Donnie, falling into the snares of a scheming, calculating, conniving, cunning, deceitful, designing, duplicitous, Machiavellian, sly, tricky, underhanded, and wily Big City woman.

    nk (daa047)

  302. Drugs and spending are second-order concerns.

    Ensuring respect for election results is a first-order concern. Trump and his election-result-denying followers must be defeated.

    norcal (f00712) — 3/25/2024 @ 4:24 pm

    The socialist left destroying our nation appreciates your support.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  303. AJ_Liberty (ed602d) — 3/26/2024 @ 4:06 am

    Kevin D goes on to describe how bankers chose to take commissions on closing the deal while shorting their shareholders of millions in interest profits.

    The principal vs agent problem. But the bank was not shorted much interest. If the true estimated value had been used, the loan would not have been made at all! As you said, the bank later terminated the relationship.

    And if the loans would have been made, the bankers would still have collected their commission – maybe more.

    There was a problem in that the bank was using a faulty metric of creditworthiness – which depended on cash flow and profits, not the value of the collateral – and the people who authorized the loan knew it.

    They also knew how to avoid a default, unlike with the adjustable rate mortgages and the need for constantly rising housing prices before the year 2007 (when they thought they had it figured out:nobodu would ever sella house at a loss)

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  304. AFAIK, Biden hasn’t tried to steal an election, so it’s seems a little unfair to equate both parties on this issue.

    norcal (f00712) — 3/25/2024 @ 6:46 pm

    Illegally changing election laws, working with partisan groups to selectively get voters in contradiction of the law, using the CIA to lie about his son that changed voters decisions, trying to imprison your political opponent.

    You are deliberately deceiving yourself. Well done.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  305. Did Trump falsify business records to hide affairs that would have hurt him in a general election?

    Bo, because all the falsification took place after the 2016 election, and the payments themselves if made through the campaign, which there is a good argument should not be made through the campaign, would only have been reported after the election, It was Michael Cohen who wanted it all kept secret,

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  306. It’s amazing how quickly so many of you have thrown our ally Israel under the bus. All but ignored because Biden has given the marching orders that Muslim votes are more important than Israeli lives.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  307. Throwing allies under the bus is something no Trump supporter should have the effrontery to say. And I don’t mean only NATO.

    nk (5db2e8)

  308. https://nypost.com/2024/03/23/us-news/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-accuses-israel-of-genocide-against-palestinians/

    Supporting Biden grants these antisemities more power and influence. Enjoy what thou has wrought. Own it.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  309. @265

    Drugs like mifepristone make a mockery of abortion limits.

    Rip Murdock (2e3548) — 3/25/2024 @ 3:17 pm

    @266

    Anti-abortion zealots hate drugs like mifepristone, because these drugs weaken their arguments, particularly the one about life beginning at conception.

    Most people aren’t going to buy the logical conclusion–that preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall is murder.

    norcal (f00712) — 3/25/2024 @ 3:39 pm

    This is one of those situations that we all need to be super careful about what the narratives says about this drug.

    Reminder, I’ve worked in the pharmaceutical world for over 20 years.

    Here’s what happened:
    A bunch of doctors has sued the FDA for not complying with their own FDA regulations.

    These doctors are convinced that this drug has much more severe and life-changing complications (sometimes fatal) than what is publicly stated.

    The regulations call for providers to document all complications, since this drug is not an approved used for unwanted pregnancy. The regulations calls for mandatory documentations for off-label use. (not just because it’s off-label, there are other reasons)

    Statistics in the community does show increases of emergency room visits due to complications of this therapy. A lot, can go wrong using this therapy if done outside of a provider/hospital supervision.

    I don’t think standing is going to be an issue, as there are actual ‘persons harmed’ by this therapy in this case. (more than just the doctors).

    However, I don’t think SCOTUS could ban this medication to be used off-label, even if they wanted to. What I think they’ll do, is allow states to block this medication to be mailed into their state, a mirror result that of Dobbs if you will. Allow states to make that determination.

    whembly (86df54)

  310. @273

    Jim, after reading Nick Catoggio’s just-released article, I have changed my mind about the biggest domestic problem. Here’s Nick:

    First-order concerns have to do with how our system of government is organized—democracy or autocracy, rules or “retribution,” the constitutional order or “knowing what time it is.” Second-order concerns have to do with traditional policy disputes—tax rates, pro-life or pro-choice, interventionism or isolationism. Our elections have traditionally focused on second-order concerns because both sides have agreed broadly on the first-order ones. Not anymore.

    I support Biden in this election because he’s correct on the first-order questions and Trump isn’t, and that’s the end of the matter for me. Sedition is disqualifying. Those guilty of trying to overturn the constitutional order in 2020 deserve to sit in the ashes and know that they’ll never again be tolerated in polite society, let alone be permitted to wield public power.

    https://thedispatch.com/newsletter/boilingfrogs/the-pro-coup-perspective/#comments

    Drugs and spending are second-order concerns.

    Ensuring respect for election results is a first-order concern. Trump and his election-result-denying followers must be defeated.

    norcal (f00712) — 3/25/2024 @ 4:24 pm

    Allahpundit, and those who agrees with him, is wrong, naive and historically shallow.

    It’s ALWAYS been about the first order.

    Always.

    What are elections? Fundamentally?

    You might answers that it’s a system by which the voters selects their leaders to run their government.

    You might have other pithy responses along that same vein.

    But, when we’re talking about human nature… it’s really WAR by proxy.

    Human history is undated with the victors of bloody wars dictating how a group of humans should live together.

    Modern governance, for all it’s flavor, is simply a proxy for bloody wars.

    When a real WAR breaks out, ie Ukraine-Russia or African Civil Wars or US Civil War… it’s because the civic order broke and was unable to handle governing a group of humans at the time in a non-violent way.

    All of this by Allahpundit, is simply a means to rationalize his vote for Biden due to personal animus of all-things-Trump, all the while acquiescing to the Democrat’s leftist policies that would take years, if not generations to unwind.

    It’s the coward’s way out.

    Just save us all the trouble, and simply state that you hate Trump and be done with it.

    whembly (86df54)

  311. but the totality? It was fraud. Let’s not normalize it…

    But is it not normal already? The argument is not that it goes on, nor that the system is corrupt. It’s not even that it is tolerated when it should not be.

    It’s that Donald Trump was prosecuted for this because it was a handy way of “getting” him by officials who opposed him politically and vowed to “get” him. Why wasn’t Deutsche Bank served up the same way? God knows they have deeper pockets and a longer history of evil dealing? The answer is easy: they were not Donald Trump.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  312. Throwing allies under the bus is something no Trump supporter should have the effrontery to say.

    Indeed. IF Donald Trump were a normal candidate, without his many personal faults, I would still have trouble voting for him given his terrible, no good, Quisling attitude towards foreign policy.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  313. I don’t think standing is going to be an issue, as there are actual ‘persons harmed’ by this therapy in this case. (more than just the doctors).

    How were the doctors harmed AT ALL? Why didn’t someone sue representing the women harmed, such as by complication of miscarriage? THEY would have standing; why are they not in court?

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  314. As far as Trump vs Biden is concerned, while I understand why some will vote for one or the other because of the general directions they represent, I will not.

    To me, voting for either of them is acquiescing to the anti-democratic regime of two political parties that control our elections while ignoring the majority of citizens. It is the duopoly that is the danger to America and democracy, not some screaming asshat in a hairpiece and not a senile old coot kicking the can down the road Key Bridge.

    The election has already been stolen. We just don’t know which thief will end up with the loot.

    This is a system that has lost the plot almost entirely, and needs to be voted against. My only decision in Novemeber will be whether to vote LP, No Labels, or leave the line blank. Then I will work hard in 2025 to start a centrist party for real.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  315. DJT up 40% this morning. This is the “pump” phase. I wonder if there are PUT options.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  316. “It’s that Donald Trump was prosecuted for this because it was a handy way of “getting” him by officials who opposed him politically and vowed to “get” him. Why wasn’t Deutsche Bank served up the same way? God knows they have deeper pockets and a longer history of evil dealing?”

    I get that that is the appearance. It doesn’t help with Leticia James gloating in press conferences that professionally ought not happen.

    I also acknowledge that where were these business practice complaints 10 or 15 years ago. If the practice was wrong, why wasn’t it wrong then when the punishment could have been measured to the initial offenses

    I also acknowledge that this can’t be the first NYC developer to over-value assets. That too makes this look selective. Is the conduct especially egregious?

    As to Deutsche Bank, I think their shareholders ought to have a problem with their practices. I also am not aware that those shareholders will be made whole by Trump’s punishment. Like the housing bubble and collapse, the bankers gladly took commissions on Trump’s business even though they probably could have made their shareholders more money. Is that criminal? Not according to how many bankers actually went to prison because of mortgage fraud. Fines? Yes. Sanctions? Yes. The analogy suffers from the same bug.

    We all know already that Trump is a fraudster. Trump University showed us this. Six bankruptcies confirm it. His shoddy practices with contractors and frivolous lawsuits pounds it home. An outrageous judgment doesn’t change what people ought to already know. The problem is that we’re p*ssed off because we aren’t getting the meat: J6 conspiracy, classified document obstruction, and Georgia interference. These are what an informed electorate need to hear about — not whether Trump absurdly can’t measure his penthouse square footage.

    But the GOP base just doesn’t care. We have a political ecosystem build around fluffing this guy up. Any sane observer would conclude that an alternative wins in a landslide. Yet here we are….

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  317. But the GOP base just doesn’t care. We have a political ecosystem build around fluffing this guy up. Any sane observer would conclude that an alternative wins in a landslide. Yet here we are….

    And the Democrat alternative is also not responsive. We have a country well down an unsustainable path, and their guy — no doubt dreaming of his 70s heyday — seems hellbent on exacerbating the problems. Adding debt to debt; allowing unfettered entry of refugees who will increase the burdens on overstrained systems; wanting to add programs to Medicare at a time when even those on Medicare know it cannot go on as it is; advocating for steep national tax increases in a global economy, driving capital elsewhere; and driving an energy transformation top-down when the solutions are always bottom-up.

    SEVENTY percent of the voting public wants different nominees, but the two parties have a lock on the process while being controlled by rump factions.

    The system has failed on both sides and the center cannot hold.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  318. DJT up 46% now.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  319. I also am not aware that those shareholders will be made whole by Trump’s punishment.

    What were the shareholders losses during the time period of Trump’s loans and what was directly attributable to Trump’s loans?

    Or is the notion that Trump is to make the shareholders whole for loses attributed to the system in its entirety?

    BuDuh (e0664c)

  320. @319

    DJT up 46% now.

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/26/2024 @ 10:00 am

    The what now?

    whembly (86df54)

  321. DJT is the symbol for Truth Social on the NASDAQ

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  322. I also am not aware that those shareholders will be made whole by Trump’s punishment.

    There is a lot of this going around, with governments suing on behalf of consumers and pocketing the judgements. I guess the theory is that they use the money to help everyone, but mostly it’s to help themselves.

    It would be more honest to put the money into public pension systems. Not much more, but some.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  323. @323, except that creates a perverse incentive to mismanage the pension system while hoping to get bailed out…but at least it would operate to fix a problem instead of opening a spending spigot somewhere else

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  324. BuDuh (e0664c) — 3/26/2024 @ 10:01 am <blockquote What were the shareholders losses during the time period of Trump’s loans and what was directly attributable to Trump’s loans? Nothing. The money would go to New York State.

    The amount of the judgement was based on a calculation of how much money Trump made as a result of getting those loans, plus interest going back a few years. It is based on the principle of “disgorgement.” Since there is no entity that suffered a loss, the money goes to the government of New York State,

    Or is the notion that Trump is to make the shareholders whole for loses attributed to the system in its entirety?

    Not at all.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  325. I don’t think that Trump even gets credit for the taxes (if any) paid on these fraudulently obtained profits.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  326. Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e) — 3/26/2024 @ 10:53 am

    It’s government mandated theft. No different than Civil Forfeiture.

    NJRob (9d24f4)

  327. @322

    DJT is the symbol for Truth Social on the NASDAQ

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/26/2024 @ 10:32 am

    Heh…

    Snarky bloke, eh?

    whembly (86df54)

  328. Whembly

    In this case, it’s an accurate description of what people think they are buying. Problem is there is no way this stock goes anywhere but down.

    Appalled (b29ba4)

  329. @329

    Whembly

    In this case, it’s an accurate description of what people think they are buying. Problem is there is no way this stock goes anywhere but down.

    Appalled (b29ba4) — 3/26/2024 @ 11:21 am

    It’s absolutely waaaay overvalued.

    When it’s all said and done, it’ll probably settle between $30 – $50 per share.

    whembly (86df54)

  330. Snarky bloke, eh?

    Just in case you missed who the source of “TRUTH” was.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  331. When it’s all said and done, it’ll probably settle between $30 – $50 per share.

    No, it will settle to near zero. But it will climb for a little while still, working on the “greater fool” theory. I could make an argument that it will hold it’s value for the next 6 months, but then Trump sells. The “dump” part of “pump & dump.”

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  332. Diving deeper into DJT:

    There are 37 million shares on the NASDAQ. Donald Trump holds 79 million shares and the balance of the 130 million shares are owned by other insiders. Market rules prevent Trump or the other insiders from selling their shares until the stock has been public of 6 months.

    So, 28% of the stock is being bid up on the market and some day 72% of the stock is going to be dumped. It’s won’t be a good day for anyone holding the stock.

    That doesn’t mean that it won’t go up for a bit. The pre-merger shell company stock was heavily shorted and what we are seeing now is a short-covering rally PLUS Trump partisans putting their money where their mouth is.

    PT Barnum could explain this better.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  333. The six-month lockdown will end in September. Will the chiseler provide his own October surprise to his most devoted, or constrain his greed and let the other major shareholders be the first to dump and bring down his shares? What a cruel world this is that makes people confront such dilemmas!

    nk (5db2e8)

  334. I’m still waiting for PUT options.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  335. Schwab sent a notice this morning saying they’d only let you invest in equity in DJT today, but you couldn’t use their platform for options trading. This is GameStop all over again. The short term problem for Trump is that his meme investor supporters won’t keep this up for 6 months until he can finally sell. However, there are plenty of ways he can benefit from this. It’s a pretty easy stock to manipulate due to how much of the shares are tied up, so it could get pumped again to “support” the valuation when he can sell if some billionaire or foreign investor wants to pay him off then by buying his stock at the supposed fair market value. He could probably also use the stock valuation as a way to get credit based on billions of dollars worth (in theory) collateral from the stock. Basically, if he can’t cash in on a greater fool, he will be able to get effectively take a bribe from people who know the stock price is ridiculous but can use it to justify the transaction as being fair market terms.

    Turd Ferguson (5ed204)

  336. Deutsche Bank has been the subject of numerous criminal and civil sanctions over the years, including $775M in fines for manipulating the LIBOR interest rate.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  337. RFK Jr announces his VP choice of Sergei Brin’s ex-wife and bank account. There are no limits on what a candidate can spend on their own campaign and this may have contributed to his choice.

    Just when you thought the Trump-Biden race could not be more disheartening, we add a new direction of crazy. It may be that the anti-vaxx pro-Putin idiot gets significant support.

    Where did we go wrong?

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  338. Excellent news (though Perry Bacon doesn’t think so):

    Some of the best members of Congress could be ousted this year. They are facing huge spending campaigns against them, as punishment for taking positions not shared by the wealthy and powerful, most notably their strong opposition to Israel’s military actions in Gaza.

    I hope these members survive. They are the kind of politicians America really needs.

    Eighteen members of the House, all Democrats, started calling for a cease-fire months ago, as it became clear Israel’s response to the attacks by Hamas on Oct. 7 would be full-scale destruction of Gaza. This bloc included Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and the three other original members of the so-called Squad, who were first elected in 2018, as well as several progressives elected in the past two election cycles, such as Missouri’s Cori Bush and Pennsylvania’s Summer Lee.

    Bacon and I disagree, of course. I think that, if these soft-on-terrorism Congressmen and women can be expelled by Democratic voters, it would be good for the Democrats, good for the nation, and good for the world.

    Bacon blames President Biden and establishment Democrats for the primary challenges that may face these “progressives”. I would give Biden and company at least a little credit, if what Bacon says is true.

    (It is weird just how often “progressive” is used to describe reactionary, or even tribal, policies.)

    Jim Miller (86614c)

  339. We’ll see what DJT looks like after the Board of Directors rescinds the requirement that Trump hold his shares for 6 six months. It will be all downhill once he starts selling to pay his legal bills and campaign.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  340. It is weird just how often “progressive” is used to describe reactionary, or even tribal, policies.

    Or autocratic wannabe dictators like AOC. When your idea of governing is to “force everyone to do ________” (for the best of reasons, of course) then you’re an autocrat statist assh0le, just like Trump.

    Does anyone believe that, once in power, the Squad types would peacefully transfer of power while the Earth still needed saving?

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  341. the Board of Directors rescinds the requirement that Trump hold his shares for 6 six months.

    Can they do that? Aren’t there any Exchange, state or federal rules?

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  342. the Board of Directors rescinds the requirement that Trump hold his shares for 6 six months.

    If they can, it will just move up the “dump” portion of the operation and the fools and their money will just be parted sooner.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  343. I love this line in the Nicole Shanahan Wikipedia bio: “In 2022, Shanahan gave $70 million to Blue Meridian Partners, which makes grants to nonprofits to help poverty.”

    Unexpected honesty!

    (Cross posted from Political Betting.)

    Jim Miller (86614c)

  344. RFK Jr announces his VP choice of Sergei Brin’s ex-wife and bank account.

    LOL! If RFKJr wanted to create some pizzazz he should have nominated Aaron Rodgers; otherwise it’s who?.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  345. At close, DJT 57.99 (+18%), well off the interday high of 79.38 (+61%).

    Pretty good for a stock with little actual value.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  346. LOL! If RFKJr wanted to create some pizzazz he should have nominated Aaron Rodgers; otherwise it’s who?.

    $300 million in ads buys a lot of pizzazz. Besides, this is the gal who got between (not literally) Sergei Brin and Elon Musk. Just think of the NY Post headlines available.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  347. the Board of Directors rescinds the requirement that Trump hold his shares for 6 six months.

    Can they do that? Aren’t there any Exchange, state or federal rules?

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/26/2024 @ 1:56 pm

    See here

    Under the terms of the merger, Trump, who will have at least a 58% stake in Trump Media, will be blocked from selling shares in the company for six months.

    However, the new board of directors, which is set to include his son, Donald Trump Jr., and other close allies, could vote to lift that restriction, allowing him to sell off shares to cover his legal costs much sooner.

    That, in turn, might lead to Trump Media’s share price to drop and could lead to other shareholders to sell stock, further depressing share prices.

    And here

    But Trump’s stake will be tied up for much of the year under a so-called lock-up agreement, a normal arrangement for such deals to ensure that insiders don’t bail as soon as a company goes public and push down the stock price.

    Trump could try to obtain a waiver from that rule, but even then he wouldn’t be able to sell more than a small fraction of his stake at any given time — up to 1 percent of the outstanding shares every quarter. And if he eventually does unload a large quantity of stock, the ramifications could be significant, according to investors and others watching the deal. That’s because Trump himself is the heart of the venture, they say, and any sign that his interest is waning could chill investors.

    “It’s simply trading on Trump’s name,” said Kristi Marvin, founder of SPACInsider, a research firm. “People aren’t buying this because they like the fundamentals — they’re buying this because they like Trump.”

    To give you the relative value Trump Media versus other social media companies, here are the market valuations as of today’s closing prices:

    Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp owner Meta Platforms: $1.26 trillion

    Pinterest: $24.1 billion

    Snap: $18.7 billion

    Reddit: $10.4 billion

    Truth Social: $7.9 billion

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  348. Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/26/2024 @ 1:56 pm

    I have no doubt that the Trump-friendly board, led by his son, will do whatever the senior Trump wants.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  349. @339 Every election AOC has run millions of dollars our spent against her. She always gets 70%+ votes. Except summer lee others in heavily democrat districts who love them. aipac has floated millions to get a quisling to run in primary against Tliab.

    asset (44cb09)

  350. I have no doubt that the Trump-friendly board, led by his son, will do whatever the senior Trump wants.

    I guess “fiduciary” and “Trump” never belong together.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  351. aipac has floated millions to get a quisling to run in primary against Tliab.

    Tliab IS a Quisling. Quite literally.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  352. Congrats to Ronna McDaniel for not learning anything while pretending to be on the right
    The scorpion will always sting you. It’s her nature.

    NJRob (9d24f4)

  353. The collapse of the bridge in Baltimore is especially frightening. But I expect more of the same under the leftist anti-civilization rules.

    NJRob (9d24f4)

  354. How is the left responsible for a bridge collapse?

    norcal (c0bc6c)

  355. The party in power is responsible for everything. We’ve all seen the party in power ridiculously claim responsibility for good things that they had nothing to do with. Watch. Someone of the left will try to pin this on Trump or evn back to Bush for scaling back some peripheral regulation

    steveg (81f3c2)

  356. Supreme Court Appears Unlikely to Upend Abortion-Pill Access
    ………..
    Several justices, including some who voted to overrule Roe v. Wade two years ago, focused their questioning on whether the doctors and medical associations that brought the case in fact have the right to sue. Those doctors and groups don’t prescribe mifepristone, don’t perform abortions and have no legal obligation to help women end unwanted pregnancies.

    “Just to confirm,” said Justice Brett Kavanaugh, “under federal law, no doctors can be forced against their consciences to perform or assist in an abortion, correct?”

    “Yes,” answered U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar, who argued on behalf of the Biden administration. “We think that federal conscience protections provide broad coverage here.”
    ……….
    The case was brought by Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian conservative group that helped overturn Roe, on behalf of doctors and medical associations that oppose abortion and long have fought to reduce the availability of mifepristone. Because pills can be sent through the mail and self-administered, antiabortion groups fear mifepristone can help women flout abortion bans in states that have outlawed the procedure.
    ……….
    Even if the court found the doctors had legal standing to sue, Prelogar said, there was no basis to second guess the FDA’s scientific judgment that mifepristone could safely be dispensed the same way other prescription drugs are: By remote doctor’s appointment with delivery from a mail-order pharmacy or pickup at a drugstore such as CVS or Walgreens.
    …………
    (Erin Hawley, a lawyer for the Alliance Defending Freedom and wife of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO)) has also argued that allowing mifepristone delivery by mail violates the Comstock Act, a 19th-century federal law that outlawed mailing contraceptives, abortion implements and other materials then considered immoral. Although the statute’s current iteration no longer restricts contraceptives, the language against mailing abortion implements remains on the books.
    ………..
    Prelogar said it wasn’t the FDA’s job to enforce that statute. Under federal law, she said, “it’s very clear that the only thing FDA can take into account for restrictions are safety and efficacy concerns,” she said.

    Moreover, she said, the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which advises executive branch agencies, concluded that the Comstock Act prohibits mailing only of unlawful abortion implements, not an approved medication such as mifepristone.

    ……….Next month, the justices will consider whether emergency-room doctors at hospitals receiving Medicare funding are permitted to perform abortions to stabilize critical patients—even if state law bans the procedure.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  357. Trump fanatics will keep Gamestopping, robinhooding DJT for a while but except for that, DJT as close as it comes to a sure bet of a short sale. I don’t the stock price will go to zero any time soon, but single digits after the election would not shock me.

    nevertrumpers should be chomping at the bit, putting money on it. Its a stacked decked in their favor too. The valuation cannot hold, Trump will have pre-registered with the SEC to sell some shares at some future point, which always triggers a pull back, $3.3 million in revenue for the first nine months of 2023, according to a regulatory filing.
    to $49 million of losses over past 9 months (roughly $400K a month in revenue vs. $5.5M in losses).

    I’m not going to short it because I’d rather not be glued to a trading screen all day, but if I had Mark Cuban money and wanted to needle Trump and brag about how much I made off of the Trumpster fire, I’d short it and pay someone else to watch it for me

    steveg (81f3c2)

  358. Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/26/2024 @ 3:19 pm

    More on standing:

    ………..
    Merits aside, the threshold question for the Court is whether the doctors have legal standing to sue, which requires a concrete injury that is traceable to a defendant’s actions and that can be redressed by courts. The plaintiffs don’t appear to satisfy these requirements.

    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that doctors had standing because they might be forced to treat women experiencing complications in the emergency room, which would violate their conscience. The court also held that they might have to divert time and resources from regular patients and face greater liability and higher insurance costs.

    But the plaintiffs can’t show how the FDA’s changes to its dispensing rules would lead to these supposed harms. How does letting a nurse practitioner rather than a doctor dispense the pill increase the likelihood that a woman will need emergency care? The risks of injury that plaintiffs claim they would suffer are speculative.

    As for conscience violations, the doctors can’t show they would be forced to complete abortions. Nor how treating women with cramping would offend their conscience. If the FDA rule changes were enjoined, doctors would still see women experiencing side effects from the pill, so it’s also not clear how courts could redress their alleged injuries.
    ………..
    But the pro-life doctors’ arguments for standing would eviscerate any limiting principle. Doctors could bring lawsuits challenging FDA approval of any drug that causes side effects that might result in ER visits. They could claim conscience protections to sue to overturn FDA approvals of drugs developed with stem-cell research.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  359. What’s unreal about the The collapse of the bridge in Baltimore is that, hours and hours later, they are looking for survivors who are under water. (they could have escaped maybe)

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  360. 338. Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/26/2024 @ 1:41 pm

    Where did we go wrong?

    Campaign finance “reform” starting in 1972.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  361. The collapse of the bridge in Baltimore is that, hours and hours later, they are looking for survivors who are under water.

    Ted Kennedy was unavailable for comment.

    norcal (c0bc6c)

  362. if Trump loses the General election the SEC will have to halt trading the day of the announcement of results. They may halt it around the election anyway. Forget rigging the election how about getting in on insider early info on election results

    steveg (81f3c2)

  363. There there actually was a bubble Mary Jo Kopechne might have survived for some time.

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

    Farrar testified that Kopechne’s body was pressed up in the car in the spot where an air bubble would have formed. He interpreted that to mean that she had survived in the air bubble after the car submerged, and he concluded that:

    Had I received a call within five to ten minutes of the accident occurring, and was able, as I was the following morning, to be at the victim’s side within twenty-five minutes of receiving the call, in such event there is a strong possibility that she would have been alive on removal from the submerged car.[30]

    Farrar believed that Kopechne “lived for at least two hours down there.”[91]

    But that’s two hours, not ten or more.

    Also if chilled to the right temperature and revived carefully a person can survive without breathing

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  364. The pro-crime legislation was done at the state level, mostly after 2015, and we also have “progressive” capture of non-governmental organizations – very hard to undo if they are given some power by law, like in professional organizations or accreditation.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  365. Ronna McDaniel is out.

    At 10 days, Anthony Scaramucci lasted longer.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  366. More:

    It looked as if she were holding herself up to get a last breath of air. It was a consciously assumed position…. She didn’t drown. She died of suffocation in her own air void. It took her at least three or four hours to die. I could have had her out of that car twenty-five minutes after I got the call. But he didn’t call.

    — diver John Farrar, Inquest into the Death of Mary Jo Kopechne, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Edgartown District Court. New York: EVR Productions, 197

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  367. This establishes NBC News as taking a position on the 2024 presidential election. They may think it is justified, but it is taking a position.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  368. In the abortion pill case they seem to be arguing that common use of this pill could cause women more frequently to mistake an ectopic pregnancy for a miscarriage.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  369. Ronna McDaniel is out.

    At 10 days, Anthony Scaramucci lasted longer.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/26/2024 @ 3:39 pm

    You gotta love this line in the article:

    One of them [NBC News executives] said NBC was appealing to McDaniel as a destination because she has family members who watch the network.

    Ahaha!

    And I have family members who go to McDonald’s.

    norcal (c0bc6c)

  370. You just knew it……

    Social media accounts were serving up conspiracy theories within hours of a container ship knocking down the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on Tuesday.
    ……….
    Some accounts suggested that Israel directed the freighter to strike the bridge as retaliation for the U.S. allowing the United Nations to adopt a resolution calling for a cease-fire in Gaza.
    ……….
    Other accounts mused that the shipping company must have adopted “diversity, equity and inclusion” policies that lowered hiring standards and resulted in less-qualified staff piloting the ship.
    ………
    “A cyber-attack is probable,” Alex Jones proclaimed on X, the platform where Musk restored his account in December after Jones had been banned for almost five years. “WW3 has already started.”
    ………
    Conservative talking heads were quick to hop on the bandwagon, working to connect the incident to everything from clean energy investments and President Joe Biden’s border policies to the lingering impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns.

    ……….Matt Schlapp, the head of the Conservative Political Action Committee, said on the right-wing Newsmax: “I’m no expert on what’s going on on the seas, but all I would say is that if you talk to employers in America, they’ll tell you that filling slots with employees who aren’t drug-addled is a very huge problem.”
    ……….

    As he said, Max Schlapp is no expert, but he is an idiot. The freighter is registered in Singapore, owned by a Singapore firm, and crewed entirely by Indians.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  371. Falling into water and being trapped in a vehicle is a strong fear that I’ve got. Driving on bridges or on roads elevated above shorelines, riverbanks etc. I always think about it enough to have to work through my plan to handle it in order to calm the fear even though I know the “plan” goes sideways upon impact and I may not get a say in how this is gonna go. I think my plan may work if I float down like a feather, truck upright, allowing for an easy unbuckle of the seat belt and step out like the passengers on US Airways Flight 1549 when they found themselves floating on the Hudson

    steveg (81f3c2)

  372. In the abortion pill case they seem to be arguing that common use of this pill could cause women more frequently to mistake an ectopic pregnancy for a miscarriage.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a) — 3/26/2024 @ 3:48 pm

    No they’re not. What in the argument draws that conclusion?

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  373. In the abortion pill case they seem to be arguing that common use of this pill could cause women more frequently to mistake an ectopic pregnancy for a miscarriage.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a) — 3/26/2024 @ 3:48 pm

    That was just a small portion of the discussion, and certainly the decision will not turn upon it. Beyond the standing questions, the plaintiffs want to overturn the judgement of the FDA, the result of which would allow anyone to object for any reason to a FDA approval for any drug.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  374. How is the left responsible for a bridge collapse?

    norcal (c0bc6c) — 3/26/2024 @ 2:53 pm

    Didn’t say that. You didn’t read what I said.

    I said future collapses will be due to them. And DEI is why. They don’t care about getting the best and brightest. Only those that spout the right propaganda.

    NJRob (308dcd)

  375. Dear Ronna McDaniel:

    Tolerance is only for things we like.

    –NBC

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  376. I said future collapses will be due to them. And DEI is why. They don’t care about getting the best and brightest.

    How would a roomful of Einsteins have prevented that bridge collapse?

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  377. if Trump loses the General election the SEC will have to halt trading the day of the announcement of results. They may halt it around the election anyway. Forget rigging the election how about getting in on insider early info on election results

    Why? I’m hoping to buy some stocks cheap after the Trumpies are done selling their stuff at a loss.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  378. Other accounts mused that the shipping company must have adopted “diversity, equity and inclusion” policies that lowered hiring standards and resulted in less-qualified staff piloting the ship.

    The ship was being piloted by two harbor pilots. The real question is why did it lose power and why they could not get power back.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  379. The problem I have with Ronna McDaniel’s firing is that it is one more instance of a political blacklist being imposed by the Left. For people who get all bent out of shape when one says “Stalin’s propagandists deserved their place on the old Hollywood Blacklist” to turn around and find something FAR less sinister (than working for world domination by a crazy murderous thug) is deserving of the same is risible.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  380. How would a roomful of Einsteins have prevented that bridge collapse?

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/26/2024 @ 4:49 pm

    Reading comprehension please.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  381. No, I get it. You think that our engineering problems are due to DEI. And I think our political problems are due to DJT. One of us is right.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  382. There is no bridge built that would withstand a direct hit by a million-ton ship on a span support. Some might be strong enough to sink the ship, too, but the bridge support is going down regardless.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  383. F=ma

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  384. “Falling into water and being trapped in a vehicle is a strong fear that I’ve got. Driving on bridges or on roads elevated above shorelines, riverbanks etc. I always think about it enough to have to work through my plan to handle it in order to calm the fear even though I know the “plan” goes sideways upon impact and I may not get a say in how this is gonna go. I think my plan may work if I float down like a feather, truck upright, allowing for an easy unbuckle of the seat belt and step out like the passengers on US Airways Flight 1549 when they found themselves floating on the Hudson”

    I have a similar fear, even though I rarely drive over bridges. I bought a glass breaker tool similar to this that I keep in the door next to me.

    Davethulhu (1a1e24)

  385. “I said future collapses will be due to them. And DEI is why. They don’t care about getting the best and brightest. Only those that spout the right propaganda.”

    You’re ridiculous.

    Davethulhu (1a1e24)

  386. What they are now saying is that some “fender” structure might have saved the support — this has worked in other places — but no such structure was in place. It would also have to be fairly robust to turn a ship of that size and mass. It’s not a trivial exercise.

    I expect there to be some refitting happening over the next decade, courtesy of a few of Uncle Sugar’s spare trillions.

    As for DEI, the engineers that designed that bridge in the 1960s and 70s were not DEI products. Not hardly.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  387. DEI had nothing to do with a foreign freighter that lost its steering and was crewed by Indians.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  388. @382

    No, I get it. You think that our engineering problems are due to DEI. And I think our political problems are due to DJT. One of us is right.

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/26/2024 @ 5:20 pm

    Embrace the healing power of ‘AND‘.

    Both can be true at the same time. 😉

    whembly (86df54)

  389. Of course, there are others that believe that DEI was involved:

    Phil Lyman, a Utah Republican lawmaker and candidate for governor, quickly used Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse to boost his gubernatorial campaign by blaming the accident on efforts to make workplaces more diverse.
    ………..
    Lyman was responding to a post from the Young Conservative Federation attacking Port of Baltimore Commissioner Karenthia Barber, a Black woman who, according to her professional biography, owns a consulting firm that includes “diversity, equity and inclusion audits and consulting.”

    “This is what happens when you have Governors who prioritize diversity over the wellbeing [sic] and security of citizens,” Lyman posted Tuesday morning.

    “It was not our best moment,” Lyman said. “The post was a knee-jerk reaction to some of the things others were putting out there.”

    Lyman struggled to explain why he believed that DEI played a hand in the tragedy before saying he did not author the posts. He said his social media team often posts without his approval, which is what happened Tuesday morning.
    ……….
    Lyman took full responsibility for the posts and did not feel he needed to apologize for politicizing the tragedy. He does not plan to remove them.
    ………

    Even if Port of Baltimore Commissioner Karenthia Barber provides DEI consulting services, it’s hard to see what that has to do with the collision.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  390. Correct me if I am wrong, but here is another news cycle and we haven’t heard anything from Donald Trump. He hasn’t blamed Biden either for the terrorist attack in Moscow (or sent his condolences to Putin), or the freighter hitting the bridge. He’s losing his step.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  391. Here is what Trump is doing. Ever the huckster.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  392. Since you asked:

    Judge overseeing NY hush money trial imposes gag order on Trump

    The New York judge overseeing former President Trump’s hush money trial imposed a gag order on Trump on Tuesday, preventing him from publicly attacking witnesses, jurors and others during what is slated to be the first-ever criminal trial of a former U.S. president.

    You can’t keep Whiny Donnie out of the news.

    nk (e79065)

  393. Hilarious that Bible’s website proclaims it to be “the ONLY Bible inspired by America’s most recognized patriotic anthem, God Bless The USA.””

    And here I thought scripture was supposed to be God-breathed.

    JRH (14e837)

  394. “It’s my favorite book. It’s a lot of people’s favorite book,” he added.

    Two out of Two Corinthians agree!

    Davethulhu (1a1e24)

  395. What Trump really needs to do is send a copy of Randall Monroe’s “Thing Explainer” to his followers. Example page

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  396. Three Body Problem…..pretty cool

    AJ_Liberty (547ea8)

  397. David Lat commented on the clerks working for Judge Cannon and quitting Judge Cannon. Lat noticed a major turning point in Cannon’s conduct, but I believe he missed the significance of it.

    Everything was going fine for Judge Cannon. And then, in August 2022, she was assigned Trump v. United States—the civil case that former president Donald Trump filed against the federal government, challenging the seizure of documents from his Mar-a-Lago estate and seeking the appointment of a special master to review them.

    It’s not out of the realm of possibility that, when the Trump case hit her docket (and hit it again), that she was either bought off by Trump (or a cut-out) or extorted or blackmailed by Trump (or a cut-out). Her behavior before and after she took the Trump cases raises that suspicion for me, especially because Trump is a bully and a gangster.

    Maybe she’s in over her head, as George Conway suggests, but it could be something worse, and more sinister. It at least merits consideration. Her first major mistake (her appointing a special master that was overturned per curiam by the 5th Circuit) could maybe be a one-off, but her ridiculous jury instructions is a second major ding in her performance as a judge.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  398. Only cultists need apply at Trump’s RNC.

    Those seeking employment at the Republican National Committee after a Trump-backed purge of the committee this month have been asked in job interviews if they believe the 2020 election was stolen, according to people familiar with the interviews, making the false claim a litmus test of sorts for hiring.

    In recent days, Trump advisers have quizzed multiple employees who had worked in key 2024 states about their views on the last presidential election, according to people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private interviews and discussions. The interviews have been conducted mostly virtually, as the prospective future employees are based in key swing states.

    “Was the 2020 election stolen?” one prospective employee recalled being asked in a room with two top Trump advisers.

    The question about the 2020 election has startled some of the potential employees, who viewed it as questioning their loyalty to Trump and as an unusual job interview question, according to the people familiar with the interviews. A group of senior Trump advisers have been in the RNC building in recent days conducting the interviews.

    It’s yet one more reason why Trump must lose. That, you can only be employed by Trump if you’re loyal enough to be complicit in his Big Lie.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  399. Not a good sign for future Trump administration appointees, and those supporters who believe his appointees will restrain Trump’s baser instincts.

    Rip Murdock (31999a)

  400. Rip Murdock (31999a) — 3/26/2024 @ 8:27 pm

    Exactly. I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump gave the same litmus test to prospective Supreme Court nominees.

    What’s that? You think the Senate Republicans would dare to oppose Trump and not vote to confirm? If so, you haven’t been paying attention.

    norcal (12f1cf)

  401. Here is what Trump is doing. Ever the huckster.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/26/2024 @ 5:57 pm

    The Bibles even come with a copy of the U.S. Constitution. You know, the one Trump wants to terminate.

    norcal (12f1cf)

  402. @401 Maybe you need to read Paul’s link:

    In September 2022, Judge Cannon largely ruled in Trump’s favor, ordering the appointment of a special master. Her ruling was widely criticized, and in December 2022, she was unceremoniously reversed by the Eleventh Circuit. The opinion was issued per curiam (“by the court” and therefore unsigned), but the panel consisted of Chief Judge William Pryor—a leading conservative jurist and Trump Supreme Court shortlister—and two Trump appointees, Judges Britt Grant and Andrew Brasher.

    Which Trump appointees are we supposed to fear?

    lloyd (a92e4e)

  403. @380 media cowardice. establishment is very vulnerable. I guess they didn’t learn from bud light. As a person opposed to censorship I am not in favor of her firing.

    asset (cbe411)

  404. Remind me. Did Trump appoint Robert Hur as special counsel, who shielded Biden from prosecution?

    lloyd (a92e4e)

  405. I thought reagan was the anti-christ ;but it looks like every time trump gets in trouble beelzebub comes to his rescue. I didn’t know trump had a soul to sell to the devil!

    asset (cbe411)

  406. Biden isn’t “shielded from prosecution.” No matter what Hur said in his report, two things true:

    1) As President, Biden is immune from indictment under longstanding DOJ policy; and

    2) The Hur report’s conclusions about President Biden are not binding on the next Trump Administration.

    Rip Murdock (31999a)

  407. I thought reagan was the anti-christ

    That was Stalin. Or didn’t you notice?

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  408. Trump just told everyone why NBC should’ve never hired the RNC lapdog that he fired…

    “If I knew Ronna was going to troubled MSNBC, I would have advised her to change her name back to Romney.”

    Trump didn’t “advise” Ronna to remove “Romney” from her name, he bullied her, and she’s the docile minion who let it happen. It’s why Ronna never should’ve been hired and why Trump should never again be elected. To anything.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  409. Garland, a Democrat appointee, appointed a Republican to investigate a Democrat, lloyd. There’s truly nothing that will satisfy The Cult.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  410. Which Trump appointees are we supposed to fear?

    lloyd (a92e4e) — 3/26/2024 @ 9:28 pm

    I meant prospective Court nominees if Trump were to win a second term. This time it’s going to be yes-men and yes-women all around him.

    norcal (12f1cf)

  411. Even more so than throwing allies under the bus, lowering of standards is something that no Trump supporter should have the effrontery to say.

    nk (e79065)

  412. As for Ronna McDaniel, women of negotiable affection are the only women who are Trump’s “type”.

    nk (e79065)

  413. You’re ridiculous.

    Davethulhu (1a1e24) — 3/26/2024 @ 5:26 pm

    You’re indoctrinated. I’m correct.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  414. Appeals Court Keeps Texas Immigration Law on Pause

    A new Texas law that gives the state power to arrest and deport migrants will remain on hold for now, a panel of appeals-court judges ruled late Tuesday, as challenges to the measure continue to be fought out in courtrooms.
    ……….
    The decision to continue to block enforcement of SB 4 comes after the appeals panel’s chief judge raised questions about the law in a hearing last week, noting that it appeared to conflict with the precedent set by the Supreme Court in (United States v. Arizona 567 U.S. 387 (2012)).
    ……..
    The Fifth Circuit has another hearing scheduled for next week to evaluate the merits of the Texas law. In her temporary ruling for the 2-1 panel majority, Richman said Texas is unlikely to succeed on the merits of the case. “For nearly 150 years, the Supreme Court has held that the power to control immigration—the entry, admission, and removal of noncitizens—is exclusively a federal power,” Richman wrote, saying that provisions of the Texas law “bestow powers upon itself that are likely reserved to the United States.”

    Judge Andrew S. Oldham, an appointee of Donald Trump and former counsel to Abbott, dissented, writing that it remains unknown how the law would be applied and that he doubts every aspect of it is unconstitutional.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  415. https://www.nationalreview.com/news/desantis-spikes-the-ball-as-disney-drops-suit-challenging-loss-of-special-district-status/


    In February 2023, DeSantis signed House Bill 9B, which established the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District to replace Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District. Reedy Creek was a 56-year-old special taxing district that allowed Disney control its own development, regulations, building codes, and other municipal services.

    Lawmakers voted to give the governor the power to appoint the district’s board members.

    However, before a DeSantis-appointed board took over last March, the Disney-controlled board handed control of the district’s development over to Disney.

    Media reported that DeSantis had been humiliated and “out-negotiated by Mickey Mouse.”

    DeSantis responded, calling the move illegal, and saying “that’s not going to fly” and that Disney is “going to live under the same laws as everybody else.” He also made a series of not-so-subtle threats about using the board he appointed to, among other things, raise Disney’s taxes and to approve of building a competing theme park or a new state prison in the district.

    The board then voted to void the Disney-controlled board’s agreements with the company.

    Disney sued, claiming that DeSantis, state officials, and the special-district board were engaged in a “targeted campaign of government retaliation — orchestrated at every step by Governor DeSantis as punishment for Disney’s protected speech.”

    In January, a federal judge ruled in the state’s favor, dismissing Disney’s lawsuit, saying that the company lacked standing to sue the government over constitutionally-enacted state laws. But Disney vowed to continue with its legal fight. “If left unchallenged, this would set a dangerous precedent and give license to states to weaponize their official powers to punish the expression of political viewpoints they disagree with,” a Disney spokesman told the New York Post.

    As part of the settlement, Disney acknowledges that the development agreement approved by the outgoing Reedy Creek board has “no legal effect or enforceability.”

    As for the media reports that DeSantis had been humiliated and out-maneuvered by Disney, Griffin said that “as usual, the media were wrong.”

    Republican primary voters done f’ed up.

    What we coulda had…

    whembly (86df54)

  416. Republican primary voters done f’ed up.

    What we coulda had…

    whembly (86df54) — 3/27/2024 @ 10:00 am

    Republican primary voters got what they wanted.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  417. https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2024/03/27/breaking-disney-surrenders-in-reedy-creek-war-n3785480

    Everyone who said DeSantis was wrong and Disney would win is eating crow right now.

    NJRob (f78e00)

  418. I said they were both wrong. DeSantis for his ham-fisted behavior, Disney for trying to rush the deal through at midnight.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  419. Believe it or not, a politician can act legally and still be an asshat for doing so. See Biden, Joe.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  420. https://www.newsnationnow.com/us-news/southeast/florida-remove-squatters-rights/

    –DeSantis signed legislation to increase penalties for squatting
    –The new Florida law would allow police to remove squatters immediately

    DeSantis may not get everything right…

    Some may warrant criticisms, even within his own party…

    But, this model of identifying a legitimate problem and immediately solving it should be imitated by all GOP politicians.

    No fanfare, bloviation or fundraising emails.

    Just… do it. –insert the Nike swish–

    whembly (86df54)

  421. I agree, whembly. If only Los Angeles decided not to be a squatter heaven.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  422. Can’t wait to hear how long it’ll take to for Biden to rebuild the bridge. He’s vowed to “move Heaven and Earth” to get it done, so wow.. First comes the Environmental Impact Study, then the lawsuits challenging it. Then the bids, first to the well connected and next to the DEI civil engineers. Then, an endangered horn crab or gullet will be discovered, more lawsuits. After that, round up all the solar powered construction equipment run by a certified trans diverse asylum seeking crew. Then lawsuits about the name because Francis Scott Key owned slaves. This should be a breeze. Let’s call it Operation Warped Sped.

    lloyd (e74fab)

  423. But, this model of identifying a legitimate problem and immediately solving it should be imitated by all GOP politicians.

    We’ll see how far passing a law toward “immediately solving” the problem.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  424. We’ll see how far passing a law (goes) toward “immediately solving” the problem.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/27/2024 @ 1:27 pm

    I won’t hold my breath.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  425. That didn’t take long:

    ……….
    Trump, in a Truth Social screed, slammed New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan as a “hater” and repeated his call for the judge to recuse himself from the case.

    Trump pointed to Merchan’s daughter’s work in progressive politics, and a social media account that he claims is hers, as evidence that it is “completely impossible” for him to get a “fair trial.”

    Merchan’s daughter “represents Crooked Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff, and other Radical Liberals, [and] has just posted a picture of me behind bars, her obvious goal,” Trump claimed.
    ………..
    “Maybe the Judge is such a hater because his daughter makes money by working to ‘Get Trump,’ and when he rules against me over and over again, he is making her company, and her, richer and richer,” Trump wrote. “How can this be allowed?”

    Trump attorney Todd Blanche declined to comment on Trump’s posts in light of the gag order, which restricts him from making certain statements about “family members of any counsel or staff member.”
    ……….
    Trump’s latest attacks on Merchan’s daughter went further than his past comments by claiming she “just posted” a picture of him behind bars.
    ……….
    It is unclear if the account handle currently belongs to Merchan’s daughter. X indicates that the account “joined in April 2023,” months after (Authentic Campaigns, a Democratic political consulting firm) most recently referenced it on social media.
    ………
    Trump nevertheless asserted Wednesday that the account is hers, while he railed against his newest gag order.
    ………
    The gag order imposed Tuesday does not completely limit Trump from talking about his critics. He can still criticize the prosecutor in his case, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, and he is not explicitly barred from speaking about Merchan himself.

    Trump is, however, barred from making public statements about likely witnesses and jurors in the case.

    And he cannot speak about lawyers in the case, court staff, employees in the D.A.’s office and their family members if those statements are made with the “intent to materially interfere” with the proceedings.
    ………….

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  426. Democrat marylin lands running on abortion flips alabama state house seat by 63% of vote. She ran ads about having an abortion herself. Abortion will still be issue in november.

    asset (2ed1a2)

  427. lloyd (e74fab) — 3/27/2024 @ 1:06 pm

    In this instance, I agree with you. I saw how long it took (about 20 years) to build a new section of the Bay Bridge after the 1989 earthquake.

    norcal (12f1cf)

  428. There were no cars on the bridge as I thought I heard. There were 8 construction workers filling potholes taking a break. Two lived.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  429. RIP former Sen. Joseph Lieberman (82).

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  430. norcal (12f1cf) — 3/27/2024 @ 2:33 pm

    11 years-2002-2013. Still long though.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  431. Only 3 years to build: 1933-36.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  432. I’m sure in exchange for their votes the House will waive many of the environmental requirements to rebuild the FSK bridge.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  433. 11 years-2002-2013. Still long though.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/27/2024 @ 3:04 pm

    If you measure when construction started. The earthquake was in 1989. Lloyd’s point about all the red tape beforehand is valid.

    norcal (12f1cf)

  434. RIP Joe Lieberman, a sane Democrat whom William F. Buckley helped elect over the odious Republican Lowell Weicker.

    norcal (12f1cf)

  435. @424

    There’s a special exception for things Democrat presidents running for re-election want.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  436. It will probably be done before the Moonbeam Express is running from LA to SF.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  437. RIP sculptor Richard Serra (85):

    ………
    Working primarily with steel — often twisted into evocative shapes and oxidized to achieve a distinctive deep orange palette — Serra was known for large-scale sculptures designed not only to be observed but to be explored, experienced and felt. His site-specific creations, whether carved into a grassy field or permanently installed in the Guggenheim Museum’s outpost in Bilbao, also invited viewers to engage with their surroundings in new ways.
    ……..

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  438. Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/27/2024 @ 9:32 am

    More on the Texas SB 4 litigation:

    ……….
    …….(O)ne of the factors courts assess in deciding whether a preliminary injunction is warranted is “likelihood of success on the merits.” And in analyzing that factor, the judges made it clear they think SB 4 is in fact illegal, and Texas deserves to lose.

    Most of Chief Judge Priscilla Richman’s majority opinion in the Fifth Circuit focuses on whether SB 4 is preempted by federal immigration law. For example, she concludes that the law’s provisions on detention and removal conflict with federal laws granting many undocumented migrants the right to remain in the United States while they apply for asylum.

    But the majority also rejected Texas’s argument that the state has the power to enact SB 4 because illegal migration and cross-border drug smuggling qualify as an “invasion:”

    Texas asserts that Article I, § 10 of the Constitution (the State War Clause aka the Invasion Clause) permits some applications of S. B. 4. The State War Clause provides:

    No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

    Specifically, Texas contends that, at a minimum, S. B. 4’s application to transnational cartel members is a constitutionally authorized response to an “invasion.”

    But Texas does not demonstrate why it would be entitled to vacatur (vacating) of the preliminary injunction. Constitutional text, structure, and history provide strong evidence that federal statutes addressing matters such as noncitizen entry and removal are still supreme even when the State War Clause has been triggered. Such statutes do not pertain to laying any duty of tonnage; keeping troops or ships of war in time of peace; or entering into any agreement or compact with another state or a foreign power….

    Texas has not identified any authority to support its proposition that the State War Clause allows it to enact and enforce state legislation regulating immigration otherwise preempted by federal law. One would expect a contemporary commentator to have noticed such a proposition. Instead, in The Federalist No. 44, James Madison glossed over the portion of the State War Clause at issue here by writing: “The remaining particulars of this clause fall within reasonings which are either so obvious, or have been so fully developed, that they may be passed over without remark…”

    Thus, we cannot say Texas has persuaded us that the State War Clause demonstrates it is likely to succeed on the merits.

    ……….

    The Supreme Court has interpreted this Clause to mean:

    The Supreme Court has stated that this provision contemplates the use of the state’s military power to put down an armed insurrection too strong to be controlled by civil authority, and held that the organization and maintenance of an active state militia is not a keeping of troops in time of peace within the prohibition of this clause. The Supreme Court has also held that the divestments of state power in this Clause, together with Congress’s express authority to build and maintain the Armed Forces under Article 1, Section 8, Clauses 12 and 13, reflect a complete delegation of authority to the Federal Government to provide for the common defense and show that the states renounced their right to interfere with national policy in this area in the plan of the Convention.

    See Luther v. Borden (1849); Presser v. Illinois (1886); and Torres v. Texas Department of Public Safety (2022).

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  439. No Labels, no candidate:

    Chris Christie has decided against running for president with No Labels, depriving the centrist group of yet another big-name candidate for its proposed third-party ticket.
    …………
    The rejections have been piling up for No Labels. Both Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) have ruled out mounting a third-party presidential bid, and former Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, another possible option, opted to run for Senate instead. Most recently, former Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan turned down the group. “For me, the math just got too difficult,” the Republican said.
    ………

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  440. The only way No Labels makes any sense is if they put forth a candidate that would be a certainty to take more votes from Trump than from Biden.

    DeSantis would be a good candidate for that, but he’s already pledged his support for Orange Julius.

    norcal (12f1cf)

  441. The only way No Labels makes any sense is if they put forth a candidate that would be a certainty to take more votes from Trump than from Biden.

    DeSantis would be a good candidate for that, but he’s already pledged his support for Orange Julius.

    norcal (12f1cf) — 3/27/2024 @ 5:17 pm

    Given that the aim of No Labels is to present a bipartisan unity ticket, DeSantis is certainly not the right candidate.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  442. Given that the aim of No Labels is to present a bipartisan unity ticket, DeSantis is certainly not the right candidate.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/27/2024 @ 5:30 pm

    I know. I’m just giving No Labels a more valuable goal. After Trump and MAGA are gone, No Labels can go back to being centrists, but right now centrism might pull more votes from Biden, and that won’t do when facing the coup-plotting degenerate that is Trump.

    norcal (12f1cf)

  443. I am beginning to think that a free press was a mistake.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  444. I am beginning to think that a free press was a mistake.

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/27/2024 @ 6:03 pm

    Whatever triggered that thought? You would prefer a government-controlled press?

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  445. No Labels was never serious about anything but fielding an anti-Trump spoiler. They’ve hedged and delayed at every point, and now I expect them to fold, or to find some inoffensive milquetoast “candidate” who will be outpolled by most third parties.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  446. Whatever triggered that thought? You would prefer a government-controlled press?

    That we live in a system where everyone is screaming at everyone else, egged on by the profit margins of the news media.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  447. Whatever triggered that thought? You would prefer a government-controlled press?

    I would prefer civil discourse.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  448. You can always read the Russian or Chinese press, where every newspaper has the same headlines and there is no disagreement.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  449. With a few exceptions, I think the discourse here is pretty civil. You can only control what you say and how you say it, but you can’t change society at large.

    Rip Murdock (31999a)

  450. I can’t help but notice that Lieberman and Biden are the same age.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  451. Biden is going to live into his 90’s. He won’t know much about whats going on, but he seems vigorous enough body wise.
    Lieberman and Biden were the same age, but Biden is pulling away down the stretch.

    steveg (d78cad)

  452. My relatives on both sides have lived well into 90’s with a few cracking 100 and one living until 108. My retirement plan is me working.
    I’ve gotten to see how those two gene pools handle age, and Biden reminds me of the ones on my moms side who lived long in healthy bodies, but by late 90’s weren’t all that aware mentally. The brain was very high powered at keeping the body running, not so much on the spinning of the hard drive

    steveg (d78cad)

  453. I can’t help but notice that Lieberman and Biden are the same age.

    This may change.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  454. Not until next year.

    Rip Murdock (31999a)

  455. After the election, but this year. Maybe.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  456. Speaking of grifters netanyahu finally realized welfare queens shouldn’t be bellicose. Biden explained to him he who pays the piper calls the tune! Stalling on finishing the war to keep election and then prosecution away. The jig is up. The bottle deposit crook will now send delegation to Washington after canceling it in a fit pique. I have posted many times Israel needs to destroy hamas quickly ;but netanyahu for personal reason wants the war to go on as long as possible.

    asset (f19012)

  457. No labels needs to run the rock and a woman. Kari lake?

    asset (f19012)

  458. No Labels should run Sam Bankman-Fried + O J Simpson. Why settle for a maybe felon when you can have actual felons?

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  459. How bad is the birth rate in Japan? This bad.

    With births at a record low for modern times in Japan, a diaper manufacturer will transition from producing diapers for little ones to those for adults. Call it a late response to the market: Japan’s elderly have used more diapers than the nation’s infants for more than a decade. In a statement, Oji Holdings said its subsidiary, Oji Nepia, hit peak production of 700 million infant diapers in 2001. It now produces far less—about 400 million annually—due to declining sales, the company said, per the BBC. The number of births in the country has fallen steadily, from nearly 1.17 million in 2001 to just 758,631 in 2023.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  460. Two more reminders: Following Trump is not likely to be good for you:
    Jeffrey Clark.

    Mike Lindell.

    I feel sorry for Lindell, who, until he began following Trump. was a business success, with a powerful personal story.

    (Following Trump might be good for you if you are also a con man.)

    Jim Miller (eb7371)

  461. Sam Bankman-Fried catches a break, sentenced to 25 years in prison (prosecutors requested 50). With good behavior he will be out in 20 there is no parole in the federal prison system) and 52 years old.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  462. Should “Cancel Culture” really be called “Blacklist Culture”?

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  463. Lawd…
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-attends-slain-nypd-officer-jonathan-dillers-wake

    Trump attended that slain officer’s wake.

    While at the same time President Biden is doing a campaign funding with Lizzo, Clinton and Obama.

    O.o

    whembly (86df54)

  464. “Sam Bankman-Fried catches a break, sentenced to 25 years in prison”

    There goes the Democrats’ sugar daddy, second only to Soros.

    Good luck finding a news report that even mentions his political donations, or if they do it’s “he gave to both parties”, implying it was done equally. It’s not even close.

    lloyd (f95641)

  465. Presenting our AI Csar:

    “If the Veterans Administration wants to use AI in VA hospitals to help doctors diagnose patients, they would first have to demonstrate that AI does not produce racially biased diagnoses.”

    Agencies that can’t apply the safeguards “must cease using the AI system, unless agency leadership justifies why doing so would increase risks to safety or rights overall or would create an unacceptable impediment to critical agency operations,” according to a White House announcement.

    lloyd (f95641)

  466. Good luck finding a news report that even mentions (SBF’s) political donations, or if they do it’s “he gave to both parties”, implying it was done equally. It’s not even close.

    lloyd (f95641) — 3/28/2024 @ 12:52 pm

    His campaign contributions, and their recipients, were reported extensively in 2022 and 2023 (for example, here and here), and are publicly available.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  467. Trump attended that slain officer’s wake.

    Given NYC politics and how the DA is more a defense attorney than a prosecutor, I can see that Trump would get a better reception than Biden would.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  468. His campaign contributions, and their recipients, were reported extensively in 2022 and 2023

    But somehow there wasn’t space enough in the sentencing stories to mention it.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  469. Correction:

    There were no cars on the bridge as I thought I heard. There were 8 construction workers filling potholes taking a break. Two lived.

    There were seven construction workers and one inspector. Two were in a pick-up truck. Their bodies were later recovered. There was reason to try to rescue people because they fell into the water. Two were rescued, one with a broken leg who was checked into and out of a hospital. That leaves four but they say five are missing. Or were there nine people on the bridge?

    Some containers were breached and possibly some toxic material leaked and in any case it’s murky with metal (?) etc. floating around. So they called off the rescue and recovery, also because the temperature of the water was too low for anyone to stay in it or floating on top of it for hours.

    They keep on reporting that police stopped cars from going on to the bridge, but there wasn’t time enough to do that and there is nothing that shows that even one car was prevented from going on to the bridge (except maybe after it collapsed)

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  470. No Labels should run Sam Bankman-Fried + O J Simpson.

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/28/2024 @ 8:54 am

    Not a bad idea. I’m confident O.J. could slash the budget.

    norcal (5b1dfa)

  471. The irony. A right-wing election denier who is serving as Vice Chair of the Georgia Republican Party is busted for casting illegal votes on nine occasions.

    Paul Montagu (d4d407)

  472. @468 Funny. If Bankman-Fried had given Trump $1, the headlines today would be “Trump donor sentenced to 25 years”

    lloyd (f95641)

  473. 473. I have never believed that Trump got eleven million more votes running against Biden than he got running against Hillary. It defies the laws of nature. There had to be rampant cheating like this gerbil’s. Just not enough.

    And it chimes with the Trumpies accusing others of what they themselves are guilty of.

    nk (b38a00)

  474. @465 Biden could easily ask his donors to chip in for the police officer’s family, but of course he won’t. Half his donors would be offended, and it’s a bad PR move for a Democrat. Fortunately, others are filling the void:

    Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy raised $1.5 million for the family of slain hero NYPD cop Jonathan Diller, with half the proceeds coming directly from Portnoy, he announced in a Thursday tweet.

    The Barstool founder announced the massive sum in his tweet, claiming the company’s supporters had raised $750k for Diller’s family by purchasing NYPD-themed apparel. Portnoy pledged to match that total, bumping the number up to $1.5 million.

    lloyd (f95641)

  475. Wall Street Journal Op-ed by Joe Lieberman a week ago (March 21)

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/schumer-crossed-a-red-line-over-israel-democrats-cater-to-those-against-jerusalem-a2ff3d37

    There was a letter responding to it (saying this was not something new for Schumer) printed in the Wall Street Journal today.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/chuck-schumer-israel-iran-senate-8550958a?mod=opinion_feat4_letterstoeditors_pos1

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  476. 475. nk (b38a00) — 3/28/2024 @ 2:28 pm

    I have never believed that Trump got eleven million more votes running against Biden than he got running against Hillary. It defies the laws of nature. There had to be rampant cheating like this gerbil’s. Just not enough.

    There was greater turnout – more votes were recorded on both tickets. This was probably because of greater interest. And there were changes in law made it easier to vote absentee, so more people voted in spite of the disease.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  477. Overnight radio show discussion of Joe Lieberman, mostly by ABC radio 770 am host Frank Moreno:

    https://wabcradio.com/episode/hour-2-no-labels-lives-on-03-28-24/#/

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  478. LOL!

    A Republican state legislator in Michigan railed against buses of “illegal invaders” landing at his local airport Wednesday, but he garnered criticism after it was discovered the buses carried a college basketball team.

    Rep. Matt Maddock (R) said the Gonzaga University basketball team, which was in Detroit for its March Madness Sweet 16 match-up on Friday, was a group of “illegal immigrants.”
    ………
    “Happening right now. Three busses just loaded up with illegal invaders at Detroit Metro. Anyone have any idea where they’re headed with their police escort?” Maddock wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

    Maddock included photos of an Allegiant Air plane and a fleet of team buses, which appeared identical to the aircraft and buses shown in Gonzaga Basketball posts about the team landing in Detroit at about the same time Maddock made his comments.
    ………
    Maddock again stood by his comments in a statement to The Hill.
    ………

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  479. Historian Paula Fredriksen tries to correct the record:

    To the east, the region of the biblical highlands was called Yehudah. The name predates Herodotus by centuries. By Jesus’ lifetime, the Romans labeled this whole area, coast and highlands together, as “Judaea,” a Latinization of “Yehudah.” The people living in Judaea were called “Iudaei”: “Judeans” or “Jews.” Their temple in Jerusalem, the focus of their ancestral worship since the first millennium B.C., was sacred to Jesus, which is why the gospels depict him as journeying there for pilgrimage holidays. An ethnic Judean, Jesus was, accordingly, a Jew.

    Where, then, did the name “Palestine” come from? From a foreign imperial colonizing power: Rome. Judeans revolted twice against the Romans. The first revolt, from A.D. 66 to 73, reached an awful climax with the destruction of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Still, Rome kept “Judaea” as the region’s designation. But in A.D. 132-135, the Jews again revolted. By that point, Rome had had enough. The empire changed the administrative name of the region to “Syria-Palestina” — a full century after Jesus’ death. It was a deliberate way to “de-Judaize” the territory by using the throwback term for the coastal Philistines.

    I wish her luck, but the kind of propaganda she refutes is so useful to some that it won’t die.

    (Her reminders that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have not exactly been friendly to Christians, either, won’t get much attention, for the same reason.)

    Jim Miller (d27b9c)

  480. The irony. A right-wing election denier who is serving as Vice Chair of the Georgia Republican Party is busted for casting illegal votes on nine occasions.

    “Needs context”

    The guy had been convicted of a felony in 1996 in PA. He received 3 years probation. In 1999 he moved to GA. Apparently the move caused his probation to be reset, although he claims not to have known. In PA, the end of probation allows one to vote.

    In 2008 he registered to vote in GA, and checked the box saying that he was not a felon serving a sentence. However, in fact he was, since PA had not cleared his probationary period (and still has not). Since 2008 he has voted in primaries and general election for a total of 8 times. He has not voted more than once in any election, as several articles implied (above the fold).

    So, “needs context”

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  481. There was greater turnout – more votes were recorded on both tickets. This was probably because of greater interest. And there were changes in law made it easier to vote absentee, so more people voted in spite of the disease.

    Captain Obvious buries the lead.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  482. @480

    Farce #1: Republican politician makes incorrect assumption.

    Farce #2: Hundreds of thousands of undisclosed direct flights containing undisclosed occupants from other countries, of unknown vetting, arriving in undisclosed locations without knowledge of local authorities, facilitated by our own government.

    Guess which farce Rip, Democrats and the media think is the bigger one.

    Democrats could end the confusion by terminating the program. Instead, all voted to continue the farce.

    lloyd (f95641)

  483. “Needs context”

    Here is some more context:

    Pritchard testified in February that he believed his felony sentence ended in 1999, but attorneys for the state showed evidence that his probation had been repeatedly revoked and extended until 2011. Georgia law prohibits felons from voting until they’ve completed their sentences.
    ………
    His probation initially lasted three years, but Pennsylvania judges repeatedly extended it until 2011 for allegedly failing to pay restitution, court records showed. Pritchard maintained that he didn’t owe money and he thought that case was resolved.

    Attorneys for the state said in court that Pritchard knew he was still serving his sentence because records show he appeared in Pennsylvania court for probation revocation hearings in 1999, 2002 and 2004. Pritchard denied that he was present in court in 2002 or 2004.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  484. *hundreds of thousands of migrants, not flights

    lloyd (f95641)

  485. Hundreds of thousands of undisclosed direct flights containing undisclosed occupants from other countries, of unknown vetting, arriving in undisclosed locations without knowledge of local authorities, facilitated by our own government.

    Hardly undisclosed-the program was the subject of litigation in Texas (which Texas lost on standing grounds).

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  486. Rip,

    The point is that the headline implies that he voted multiple times in the last election, and you have to drill down into the story to know that it’s a far more technical thing.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  487. It was such a heinous crime that he was fined $5000 and “reprimanded”

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  488. @487 As usual, you’re playing the same nonsensical semantics games as the media. The flights, their occupants, their vetting and their destinations are all undisclosed. Secret. The program itself is not undisclosed, nor did I say it was.

    lloyd (f95641)

  489. The point is that the headline implies that he voted multiple times in the last election, and you have to drill down into the story to know that it’s a far more technical thing.

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/28/2024 @ 5:59 pm

    The headline says no such thing. “GOP official who claimed 2020 election was stolen voted illegally 9 times, judge rules” is entirely true.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  490. “GOP official who claimed 2020 election was stolen voted illegally 9 times, judge rules” is entirely true.

    It is not until the 3rd or 4th paragraph that is is said that this was over more than one election. If your read the comments in places like the WaPo, it’s obvious that’s what was inferred.

    It’s even further that you find out that it had to do with “what constitutes the end of the prohibition period” in two separate states. Even if he was prohibited from voting in PA, that does not mean he was prohibited in GA.

    He was given a slap on the wrist because to the judge it was a petty matter.

    ————

    If I said that you had 8 or 9 drinks before driving last night, it would probably be “absolutely true.” Of course that might have been over some considerable time….

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  491. GOP official who claimed 2020 election was stolen

    And if you don’t think that most people read that as he voted multiple times in 2020, you confuse half-truths with truth. Typical.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  492. I guess you can read into the headline anything you want.

    Rip Murdock (31999a)

  493. I get outraged over illegal immigrants who get off planes and into buses with police escorts.

    Rip Murdock (31999a)

  494. The point is that the headline implies that he voted multiple times in the last election, and you have to drill down into the story to know that it’s a far more technical thing.

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/28/2024 @ 5:59 pm

    I guess that’s the problem in having a free press. There’s only so much information you can provide in a headline, which of course is why readers should click the link.

    Rip Murdock (31999a)

  495. Kevin calling out dishonest tactics. Sounds about right.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  496. And if you don’t think that most people read that as he voted multiple times in 2020, you confuse half-truths with truth. Typical.

    I put the link there for a reason, Kevin. No reason to have kittens about it. He’s been a sleazebag since he forged checks in the 1990s, and today he’s a state vice chair in my party.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  497. Anyways, the hypocrisy should be smacking anyone in the face with a 50-pound halibut.
    Election denier channeling Trump’s assertions of “massive fraud” and “vote rigging” turns out to be the guy who cast illegal votes.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  498. Kevin calling out dishonest tactics. Sounds about right.

    There’s apologists on both sides.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  499. He’s been a sleazebag since he forged checks in the 1990s, and today he’s a state vice chair in my party.

    Yeah and the president’s son makes him look like Mother Teresa. This is a snide little hit piece for political gain, to allow sophomores of all ages to think they have a point.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  500. the guy who cast illegal votes

    A vote that would be legal in California or New York.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  501. @502 speaking of illegal voting brian pritchard a republican party official from georgia and election denier who claims democrats cheat, caught illegally voting 9 times!(du) Also cancun ted cruz wants feds to pay for escorts when he travels in airports like coming back from cancun while texans were dying from freezing to death. (du)

    asset (9b1d54)

  502. This is a snide little hit piece for political gain, to allow sophomores of all ages to think they have a point.

    No, Kevin, it’s about hypocrisy. This isn’t hard. If you’re going to accuse the other side of cheating, at least don’t be a cheater.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  503. Pa. court says its now legal to not count legal votes from citizens if they forget to put date on outside of envelope. Pa. republican leg. put this new law in when republican think tanks told them they would disenfranchise more democrats then republicans especially in minority districts. In Az republican think tanks told rep. leg. many more democrats would not have readily available birth certificates especially on navajo indian reservation and forcing voters to show birth certificate would greately cut down on democrat vote.

    asset (9b1d54)

  504. the guy who cast illegal votes

    A vote that would be legal in California or New York.

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/28/2024 @ 9:44 pm

    Irrelevant. Different states have different laws. It’s called federalism.

    Rip Murdock (5d7b3b)

  505. No, Kevin, it’s about hypocrisy

    No, it’s just propaganda. To enjoy it you have to belong to the tribe.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  506. Meanwhile in Texas…..

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday overturned the illegal voting conviction of Crystal Mason, who was given a five-year prison sentence for casting a provisional ballot in the 2016 election while on supervised release for federal tax evasion.

    The decision by the Tarrant County-based Second Court of Appeals means she is formally acquitted of the felony voting charge. The court said in the decision that there was no evidence Mason knew she was ineligible to vote when she cast her ballot — which is a condition that must be met in order to convict her of illegal voting.
    ………
    The Second Court of Appeals initially upheld her conviction but two years ago was instructed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to “evaluate the sufficiency” of the evidence against Mason, saying that the lower court had “erred by failing to require proof that [Mason] had actual knowledge that it was a crime for her to vote while on supervised release.”
    ……….
    Mason’s prosecution hinged on an affidavit she signed before casting her provisional ballot that required individuals to swear that “if a felon, I have completed all my punishment including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation, or I have been pardoned.”
    ………
    In its 2022 ruling, the Court of Criminal Appeals held that Texas election law requires individuals to know they are ineligible to vote to be convicted of illegal voting. The law had been clarified by lawmakers in 2021 with additions to the election code stating Texans may not be convicted of voting illegally “solely upon the fact that the person signed a provisional ballot,” and instead required other evidence to corroborate they knowingly tried to cast an unlawful vote.

    The appeals court wrote in its 2022 decision that the new law showed that that lawmakers never intended to convict a voter with good intentions.
    …………
    Thursday’s decision by the Tarrant County court acknowledged that.

    “We conclude that the quantum of the evidence presented in this case is insufficient to support the conclusion that Mason actually realized that she voted knowing that she was ineligible to do so and, therefore, insufficient to support her conviction for illegal voting,” the decision reads.
    …………

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  507. Kevin M is right about the impression the story, as written, makes this sound like the guy was doing his illegal voting in 2020 (multiple times). He’s wrong that this is a nothing story. People in Florida are thrown in jail or fined heavily for similar conduct, and a woman in Texas was sentenced to five years in jail (now just overturned) for similar conduct.

    Appalled (374945)

  508. Irrelevant. Different states have different laws. It’s called federalism.

    And while one should know the law in all those states, some people do not. Even if he knew that his probation was never cleared, that does not mean he knew that GA law prevented him from voting. Ignorance of the law is a defense if “knowing” is part of the offense.

    In any event, the judge gave him a very light penalty and everyone moved on but the propagandists.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  509. He’s wrong that this is a nothing story. People in Florida are thrown in jail or fined heavily

    But not in this case here. Different state, different penalties. Different governors, too. Again, ask me why I am not a fan of Mr DeSantis or Abbot.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  510. And while one should know the law in all those states, some people do not. Even if he knew that his probation was never cleared, that does not mean he knew that GA law prevented him from voting. Ignorance of the law is a defense if “knowing” is part of the offense.

    That’s the defendant’s problem-rather than guess he should have consulted a lawyer.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  511. We should welcome the leftist media’s newfound concern about voting laws, and about felons voting. This of course will only last as long as whatever duration this latest example of vote suppression hypocrisy can remain in the news, and it’s only news because Pritchard is a Republican.

    As long as people are their own judge of eligibility, errors will happen, intentional or accidental. A solution is voter identification cross checked against an eligibility database which, unsurprisingly, the Left and Nevertrump are dead set against.

    lloyd (56c18d)

  512. The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) allows states to check their voter rolls against Social Security death records, USPS change of addresses, out of state voter registrations, and DMV records to detect possible cases of illegal voting. However, it is now less effective since Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Alabama, and Florida have withdrawn their participation.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  513. @514 All of which has nothing to do with Pritchard’s case, and is useless without voter identification.

    lloyd (56c18d)

  514. RIP Oscar- and Emmy-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. (87):

    ……….
    In an acting career that spanned six decades, Gossett appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, including the film adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961) and big-screen spectacles like “The Deep” (1977).

    He won an Emmy for playing the old slave Fiddler in the seminal ABC miniseries “Roots” (1977), acting in three of the program’s eight episodes. He delivered a memorable late-career turn in HBO’s “Watchmen” (2019), playing a former vigilante known as Hooded Justice.

    But his portrayal of the tough-as-nails Gunnery Sgt. Emil Foley in “An Officer and a Gentleman,” a romantic drama co-starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger, cemented him deepest in the public consciousness.
    ……….
    Gossett’s most notable stage credit was in the original cast of “A Raisin in the Sun,” a classic play about a Black family searching for a better life. Gossett portrayed the wealthy and pretentious George Murchison, a role he reprised in the 1961 movie version directed by Daniel Petrie.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  515. @514 All of which has nothing to do with Pritchard’s case, and is useless without voter identification.

    lloyd (56c18d) — 3/29/2024 @ 9:47 am

    That’s how Georgia determined his probation had been extended several times by Pennsylvania courts. Voter identification wouldn’t have caught that.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  516. Cynics can say what they want, or attach whatever motives they like, Trump took the time to do it:

    Blakeman described the intimate moments, stating that Trump addressed each family member individually and “offered his condolences.” Blakeman continued to note that as Trump was leaving the group of over 200 people gave “him a rousing ovation.”

    “Well, I have to tell you that President Trump was a source of comfort for the family. He spent over 10 minutes with Stephanie, the widow, in private. Then he went out into the main hall where the casket was laid and where police officer Dillon’s body was laid. He and Stephanie prayed together, they talked about what a great guy Jonathan was. Then President Trump went to each member of the family and offered his condolences. The family asked him to sign a mass card. He signed the mass card and then he got up. Then police officer Diller’s grandmother asked the president for a hug and he embraced her and held her very tightly,” Blakeman stated.

    “As he left that area with over 200 friends and family of police officer Diller – with their little boy Ryan, with police officer Diller’s mother Fran, with his brother and sister, and son-in-law – they did something I’ve never seen before, Jeanine, at a wake. They gave him a rousing ovation. They clapped their hands and showed their gratitude for President Trump’s kindness and for his compassion. It was a very, very beautiful and warm moment. It’s one that I will never forget and I think it was very comforting for the family.”

    This, while Biden attended a $500K per plate fundraiser where none of the donors offered crumbs to the slain officer’s family.

    lloyd (56c18d)

  517. @514 All of which has nothing to do with Pritchard’s case, and is useless without voter identification.

    lloyd (56c18d) — 3/29/2024 @ 9:47 am

    Georgia requires a photo ID to vote, which in this case didn’t matter.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  518. Georgia requires a photo ID to vote, which in this case didn’t matter.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/29/2024 @ 10:06 am

    For both in-person and absentee voting.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  519. @519 Why yes, Rip, Georgia has racist, suppressive. Jim Crow rules voter ID as a requirement. You, MLB and WaPo suddenly think that’s peachy.

    lloyd (56c18d)

  520. Let’s get real here. There’s no concern about vote integrity in hyping this story. This is just trolling for hypocrisy, which the Post reporter and those touting the story can find by just looking in the mirror.

    lloyd (56c18d)

  521. @519 Why yes, Rip, Georgia has racist, suppressive. Jim Crow rules voter ID as a requirement. You, MLB and WaPo suddenly think that’s peachy.

    lloyd (56c18d) — 3/29/2024 @ 10:15 am

    I have never argued against voter ID laws, but since you said the solution was voter ID, you are now being hoisted on your own petard when those laws failed to stop an ineligible voter from voting nine times.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  522. #518

    Usually, cynics just look at Trump’s conduct over the years regarding the fallen to guage his likely sincerity:

    https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN1NF0NU/

    Appalled (374945)

  523. @523 Of course, you remember that I said voter identification combined with an eligibility database. That the existing database is inadequate, and to your liking, is not my concern.

    lloyd (56c18d)

  524. @524 Thank you for highlighting yet another media headline that doesn’t match the details. Trump made that call regarding adequate helicopter ceiling, did he? I’ll bet he also made the call for Kobe.

    lloyd (56c18d)

  525. @523 “I have never argued against voter ID laws”

    You have never argued for voter ID laws, until this story.

    lloyd (56c18d)

  526. @523 Of course, you remember that I said voter identification combined with an eligibility database. That the existing database is inadequate, and to your liking, is not my concern.

    lloyd (56c18d) — 3/29/2024 @ 10:29 am

    ERIC may no longer be adequate due to the exodus of Republican states as noted above.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  527. @523 Of course, you remember that I said voter identification combined with an eligibility database. That the existing database is inadequate, and to your liking, is not my concern.

    lloyd (56c18d) — 3/29/2024 @ 10:29 am

    Apparently ERIC was useful enough to catch Pritchard’s court cases in Pennsylvania, which showed he was ineligible to vote under Georgia law.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  528. Blakeman described the intimate moments, stating that Trump addressed each family member individually and “offered his condolences.”

    Would he have paid any attention to this, if the timing of the crime hadn’t been exactly right? Trump shouldn’t get praised for this, and Biden shouldn’t be criticized – although Trump made his point of view clear: It is a very bad thing to shoot cops.

    How this came down was that the person with the gun (who had spent one year in jail before for illegally possessing a gun) was afraid of going to jail, but somehow he was not afraid of shooting and possibly killing a cop. Did he hope to escape? (the gun jammed and did not shoot the second cop – they always now never have one cop along stop a car.)

    Or was he afraid of what would happen to him in jail? But still..

    The perp must have panicked. Unless he knew where the bullet proof vest ended and aimed below it. This can’t have been good police work. They were parked in a bus stop and staying in the car and the cops probably suspected more. This was not played well. It caused the suspected criminal to shoot the cop.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  529. 484. lloyd (f95641) — 3/28/2024 @ 5:48 pm

    Farce #1: Republican politician makes incorrect assumption.

    It wasn’t a safe assumption.

    Farce #2: Hundreds of thousands of undisclosed direct flights containing undisclosed occupants from other countries, of unknown vetting, arriving in undisclosed locations without knowledge of local authorities, facilitated by our own government.

    What’s undisclosed about it? Do any other passenger flights into the United States get reported with passenger lists or details? Local authorities did not need to be notified because they all had destinations (sponsors)

    And what is this about “hundreds of thousands” of flights

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  530. I’m gonna assume Dana has the day off from presenting another Weekend Open Thread due to it being Good Friday.

    Hoping everyone has a joyful Easter weekend/holiday.

    qdpsteve again (3ccf23)

  531. No, it’s just propaganda. To enjoy it you have to belong to the tribe.

    You’re full of sh-t, because I’m as untribed as anyone.

    Paul Montagu (3f4f61)

  532. @512 Because republicans used voter ID laws to suppress legal citizen democrats from voting not illegal voting. In pa. if you don’t put date on out side of mail in ballot it is illegal vote by legal citizen. The number of people illegally voting is minuscule so much that it gets reported in the press and usually by republicans!

    asset (5d11cf)

  533. Being the adult in the room does not work with Donnie. You need other kids to give him a noogie, followed by a wedgie and a dunking in the toilet.

    nk (018793)

  534. You’re full of sh-t, because I’m as untribed as anyone.

    You belong to the “Trump and the Republicans are evil” tribe.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  535. So, what we have determined is that this national-headline case about someone voting “multiple times illegally” was in fact a ministerial examination of the voting laws of two states and what tights the status of a person in one state affected in another state.

    My complaint was

    1) This is gotcha propaganda, blowing something completely out of proportion by means of half-truths and misdirection.

    2) Anti-Trump pounced.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  536. I also resent being fooled by clickbait. But at least they got no click from me.

    nk (018793)

  537. You belong to the “Trump and the Republicans are evil” tribe.

    Kevin M (8676e4) — 3/29/2024 @ 3:59 pm

    So much for your bemoaning the lack of civility.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  538. So, what we have determined is that this national-headline case about someone voting “multiple times illegally” was in fact a ministerial examination of the voting laws of two states and what tights the status of a person in one state affected in another state.

    What do women’s undergarments have to do with anything, Kevin??? 😉
    Just joshin’ ya.

    qdpsteve again (e25173)

  539. “Trump attended that slain officer’s wake.

    While at the same time President Biden is doing a campaign funding with Lizzo, Clinton and Obama.”

    Did he sign a picture of the deceased again?

    Davethulhu (1a1e24)

  540. You belong to the “Trump and the Republicans are evil” tribe.

    Now you’re just lying, Kevin, making sh-t up. I do agree that Trump is evil. I don’t ascribe that to the entire GOP. The fact is that I am a Republican, and I do not consider myself “evil”. Pritchard’s is a case of obvious hypocrisy and “election integrity for thee but not for me”. Also, your “because I said so” argument is a complete non-starter for me. Try another tack.

    The court record clearly shows that Pritchard is a liar and a sleazebag, and his case has been known for awhile. It’s a problem when the judge concludes that “The court does not find the respondent’s explanations credible or convincing”. The guy was 32 when he was convicted of his felony.

    Pritchard is emblematic of the current State of MAGA, which is bereft of basic ethics in politics and turns a blind eye to its own corruption. Instead of remorse or acknowledgment of wrongdoing, there’s defiance and playing the victim card. Criminy, even Marge Taylor is saying this guy should resign his position from the GAGOP. Yet you’re defending the guy, Kevin, passing it off as no big deal.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  541. More irony, in Mr. Pritchard’s own words, making his case for a leadership position in the GAGOP…

    “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

    USA Today noted the following

    Pritchard was defiant about his voting record back in December 2022 when he qualified to run in a special election for the state House seat previously held by Speaker David Ralston, who had died the previous month.

    “I’ve not done anything wrong here,” Pritchard said at the time, asserting that his sentence had ended long ago and his rights had been restored, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. “I guess if you’re apprehending public enemy No. 1, here I am.”

    Pritchard has said on his show that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen,” the Atlanta newspaper wrote. It said he also had criticized Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Republican Attorney General Chris Carr for being “complicit” in Biden’s victory in Georgia.

    “I do not believe that 81 million people voted for this guy,” Pritchard said on his show.

    Jason Shepherd, a former vice chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, told USA TODAY that the judge’s decision is ironic given Pritchard’s constant claims of election fraud.

    Pritchard, he said, “has rapidly risen in the ranks of the Georgia Republican Party and has built a media empire of literally tens of dozens of followers by spouting conspiracy theories about stolen elections and rampant voter fraud from thousands of illegal voters, despite being investigated himself for illegally voting.”

    Police your own, GOP.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  542. When even Marge tells you to get lost, you’ve reached the bottom of the MAGA barrel.

    norcal (16bb88)

  543. Of course, Marge had to first vacate the bottom of the barrel to make room for you.

    norcal (16bb88)

  544. a media empire of literally tens of dozens of followers

    Heh!

    nk (018793)

  545. @541 “Did he sign a picture of the deceased again?”

    Let’s hope so. It’s the only reason you’d have an interest in the story.

    lloyd (da7934)

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