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4/19/2024

Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:37 am



[guest post by Dana]

Let’s go!

First news item

Israel responds:

Two U.S. officials confirm to CBS News that an Israeli missile has hit Iran. The strike follows last weekend’s retaliatory drone and missile attack against Israel, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had vowed to respond to.

Additionally:

Israel told the US that it is not targeting Iranian nuclear facilities, CNN reports, citing a senior US official.

There are several sites affiliated with Iran’s nuclear program in and around Isfahan.

CNN also quotes a US official saying the explosions in Iran are Israel’s response to Iranian attacks over the weekend. The official adds that the Israeli strikes are meant to be “limited” and would target Iranian military sites, while avoiding civilian and nuclear targets.

Earlier today, Iran’s Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian warned that if Israel were to take any sort of military action against Iran, their response would be “immediate and at a maximum level.”

Moreover, the U.S. was notified of Israel’s planned response but did not endorse it.

Second news item

Speaker Mike Johnson makes a decision; better late than never:

The U.S. House of Representatives will have its long-awaited vote on aid for Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific as soon as Saturday, Republican Speaker Mike Johnson said on Wednesday, paving the way for its possible passage despite fierce objections from the right wing of his conference.

The House Appropriations Committee unveiled legislation providing more than $95 billion in security assistance, including $60.84 billion to address the conflict in Ukraine, of which $23.2 billion would be used to replenish U.S. weapons, stocks and facilities.

. . . Johnson said he would give House members 72 hours — until midday Saturday — to review the bill and offer amendments before a vote on final passage.

He also said he would release a separate border security bill, meeting a demand from conservatives.

Meanwhile, Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed frustration with Speaker Johnson’s decision to bring the aid package to a vote. Speaking to Steve Bannon on his War Room podcast, she said:

“We want an America-first economy and, from now on, Steve, we’re going to demand it from our Republican leaders”…

“I don’t care if the speaker’s office becomes a revolving door,” added Greene, who has filed a motion to ax Johnson from leadership just months after he was chosen by Republicans. “If that’s exactly what needs to happen, then let it be. But the days are over of the old Republican Party that wants to fund foreign wars and murder people in foreign lands, while they stab the American people in their face and refuse to protect Americans.”

Even if it means saving his job, Johnson said he would not move to change the current motion to vacate standard that the House had previously adopted. Shame on the Republicans for the lengthy delay on such a critical issue.

Update::

The House voted Friday in a bipartisan manner to advance a key foreign aid package, a significant step in sending aid to Ukraine and Israel and setting up a final vote as soon as Saturday.

In an extraordinary move, more Democrats (165) supported the measure than Republicans (151). The Democratic votes were necessary to overcome opposition from Speaker Mike Johnson’s right flank, who will likely only increase their calls to oust him.

Thank you, Democrats!

Reminder: Too many Republicans (and by that I mean any at all!) are parroting Russian propaganda, vilifying Ukraine, and failing to see the dire consequences for the West if Ukraine were to fall to Russia.

As it stands, three three Republicans are supporting a push to oust Johnson: Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar and Thomas Massie.

And here is Marge being schooled by Timothy Snyder:

Third news item

USC Provost Andrew Guzman rescinded valedictorian Asna Tabassum’s invitation to speak at the university, citing safety concerns:

He said in an announcement Monday that “over the past several days, discussion relating to the selection of our valedictorian has taken on an alarming tenor.”

“The intensity of feelings, fueled by both social media and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, has grown to include many voices outside of USC and has escalated to the point of creating substantial risks relating to security and disruption at commencement,” the announcement read in part.

Jewish students explained their concerns about Tabassum’s selection:

After Tabassum was selected as valedictorian, at least two pro-Israel and Jewish groups complained to USC about the choice. They pointed to her social media activity, including her Instagram account, which links to a slideshow encouraging people to “learn about what’s happening in palestine, and how to help.”

It calls for “one palestinian state,” which it says “would mean palestinian liberation, and the complete abolishment of the state of israel.”

Brandon Tavakoli, president of Trojans for Israel, called Tabassum’s post “antisemitic.”

“The university has to make the decision about whether this valedictorian and her propagation of antisemitic vitriol online is worthy of being the representative of the class of 2024,” he told NBC News. “Commencement is supposed to be an inclusive and welcoming space for all students, including Jewish graduates and their families.”

Trojans for Israel said in a statement on Instagram that university officials failed to vet Tabassum’s social media posts and condemn what it described as antisemitic content.

Tabassum responded to the decision by USC:

“Although this should have been a time of celebration for my family, friends, professors, and classmates, anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian voices have subjected me to a campaign of racist hatred because of my uncompromising belief in human rights for all,”

From the university provost:

There is no free-speech entitlement to speak at a commencement. The issue here is how best to maintain campus security and safety, period.

Given how many top universities across the country have been mysteriously unable to protect Jewish students during this tumultuous season of protest and violence, I guess it stands to reason that USC would also be unable to protect its Muslim students as well, no???

Fourth news item

How it’s going during voir dire on Day 4 of Trump’s hush money trial:

One of the jurors being questioned, who earlier said her father is friends with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, broke down crying, saying, “I have to be honest, I feel so nervous and anxious right now. I’m sorry.”

She added, “I thought I could do this … I don’t want you to feel like I’ve wasted anyone’s time.”

Merchan called her over to the judge’s bench to speak before excusing her.

Yet another potential juror has been excused from the trial after saying that she is feeling “anxiety” and self-doubt. The potential juror’s voice cracked while answering questions.

The juror is now the third to be excused Friday, underscoring the difficulty the court faces for picking Trump’s jury.

One juror, when questioned about how he views Trump said, when he thinks of the former president, he thinks “usually awesome.”

“I don’t know him personally. He’s a family man. He’s a businessman,” the juror also said about Trump.

Fifth news item

Irony overload: An infamous former president who attempted to overturn legitimate election results plans to safeguard the integrity of the 2024 election in battleground states:

Former President Donald Trump’s political operation said Thursday that it plans to deploy more than 100,000 attorneys and volunteers across battleground states to monitor — and potentially challenge — vote counting in November.

The initiative — which the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee described as “the most extensive and monumental election integrity program in the nation’s history” — will include training poll watchers and workers as well as lawyers…

Trump has warned supporters, without evidence, that Democrats could try to rig the 2024 election.

Sixth news order

Foiled by Polish authorities:

A Polish man has been arrested and charged with planning to co-operate with Russian intelligence services to aid a possible assassination of Volodymyr Zelensky, authorities said.

Polish prosecutors said the man, named as Pawel K, was allegedly tasked with collecting information about an airport in Poland used by Ukraine’s president.

The arrest was made on the basis of Ukrainian intelligence, they added.

Authorities did not specify whether the man actually passed any information on.

Seventh news item

Taking action:

More than 100 pro-Palestinian protesters at Columbia University were arrested Thursday afternoon and an on-campus tent encampment was removed after the school’s president gave the New York Police Department the green light to clear the protesters, officials said.

The demonstrators had occupied Columbia’s south lawn for over 30 hours “in violation of the university’s rules” and did not leave despite “numerous warnings,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams said.

Columbia President Nemat “Minouche” Shafik announced in a letter to the Columbia community Thursday that she has authorized the New York Police Department to clear demonstrators from campus, writing, “This morning, I had to make a decision that I hoped would never be necessary.”

“I regret that all of these attempts to resolve the situation were rejected by the students involved. As a result, NYPD officers are now on campus and the process of clearing the encampment is underway,” Shafik said.

This:

Have a great weekend.

–Dana

409 Responses to “Weekend Open Thread”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (8e902f)

  2. (Copied from wrong thread)

    Say what you want about Speaker Johnson, but incompetence is not one of his faults. Getting the aid package through a Rules Committee stacked with HFC goons took some duck-up-lining to get the Rule to the floor. And now the Rule has passed by more than 3-1.

    Now, the bills happen separately, and those that want to act out can, no problemo.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  3. While 55 Republicans voted against the Rules package, so did 39 Democrats. Try not to make the insanity partisan — there are wingnuts on both sides.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  4. As per item #2, here is my favorite response on the MTG X-thread:

    What percentage do fascists receive in Russian elections like the one just carried out?

    He never mentioned that.

    Also, if Putin got 87%, it sure doesn’t leave a lot of room for a fascist party.

    It leaves, let me check, 87% for a Russian fascist party.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  5. I’m going out on a limb here, but I doubt anyone here would easily qualify as a Trump juror even if they lived in NYC. Maybe Nate.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  6. It is now being reported that a man has set himself on fire outside of the Manhattan courthouse where the hush money trial is taking place. Warning of you click the link.

    Horrible.

    Dana (8e902f)

  7. Try not to make the insanity partisan

    Let’s let the numbers and Republicans who have been vocal about no aide to Russoa speak for themselves.

    Dana (8e902f)

  8. There are also Democrats who support terrorists. Is that less of a problem?

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  9. Here is the jury questionnaire for the Trump trial (PDF)

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  10. Since this is an open thread…I have been thinking about our divided society and how angry everyone is at one another.

    But fundamentally….

    I’m tired of people I know and care about dying. I understand that entropy will always, always have its way with all things..but..I’m tired of seeing the world I know become less vibrant with every loss. So: cherish those for whom you care. Tell them they matter to you. Now.

    All the nastiness around us does not matter.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  11. I only would have a problem with 8B if it was discussed in open court, ignoring the not-in-NY issue. As much as I rail about this case, I have no net bias here and recognize that at least half of what I’ve been told about it is likely wrong.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  12. Simon,

    I reconnected with a once-close friend of mine 30 years after a terrible falling out, as I had some time to spend in the city he had moved to. I’m glad I did as he has a terminal illness and may enter hospice shortly. I’ve now traveled back twice to spend a few days.

    I could have missed that.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  13. The WSJ has an op-ed by Lance Morrow, entitled “Richard Nixon’s True Religion” (free link).

    Spoiler: it was “America”, warts and all.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  14. https://hotair.com/karen-townsend/2024/04/19/look-out-joe-rfk-jr-is-on-the-michigan-ballot-n3786814

    Good news. RFK Jr is on the ballot in Michigan. Time to watch how Biden responds.

    NJRob (8981ae)

  15. It’s funny, Kevin, how all the anger and fury really don’t matter.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  16. Say what you want about Speaker Johnson, but incompetence is not one of his faults. Getting the aid package through a Rules Committee stacked with HFC goons took some duck-up-lining to get the Rule to the floor. And now the Rule has passed by more than 3-1.

    It’s very unusual for the minority party to vote for a majority party’s rule. It just goes to show who runs the House, and it ain’t Republicans.

    From the previous open thread:

    …………
    The (bill funding the government through September 30, 2024) passed under a maneuver called suspension of the rules, which Johnson and ousted predecessor Kevin McCarthy turned to as a way to get around internal GOP objections. The tactic requires a two-thirds supermajority, which in turn has empowered House Democrats to flex their muscles in negotiations. ………

    The state of play has broad implications for Congress, both in limiting what kinds of legislation can be passed and putting Republicans’ agenda at the mercy of their political opponents. ………

    …………(A)n analysis by The Wall Street Journal of six major government-funding bills signed into law during this Congress reveals the key components of this de facto coalition—based on ideology, relative electoral dominance in their districts and other factors. The group has remained largely stable over the half-dozen votes, including the one Friday, needed to keep the government open.

    The bipartisan coalition’s largest voting bloc by far is made up of House Democrats.

    There are 168 Democrats and 72 Republicans who have voted yes on all of the bills. There are 55 Republicans who voted against all six measures. ……….
    …………..
    On average, the six bills passed 322-102, with Democrats accounting for 204 of the yes votes, or nearly two-thirds.

    Republicans provided 37% of the yes votes on average for the six bills………

    “On the big issues of the day where it counts the most, Democrats are in control,” said Sarah Binder, a professor of political science at George Washington University.
    ………….
    Aside from spending bills, Democrats on average supplied about half of the yes votes for a major tax measure; legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration; the annual defense-policy bill; and a proposal that would ban TikTok from operating in the U.S. or force a sale. ………..
    …………….
    House Republican leadership has had to suspend the rules to pass every single spending bill that has become law so far in this Congress. Democrats have provided the majority of the votes, delivering more than 200 on all but the most recent occasion. Republicans provided no more than 132 in any single vote. The data also show the bills typically passed with 98% of Democrats voting in favor but just 55% of Republicans.
    ……………
    As an appropriations subcommittee chairman, Rep. Mike Simpson (R., Idaho) typically would wield leverage over Democrats when the parties negotiated spending levels at the Interior Department, which are set by the panel he leads. But in recent talks, Simpson found himself beholden to Democrats, who repeatedly reminded him that they would be providing more votes than Republicans when the bill came to the House floor.
    ……………..

    This will cost Johnson his job. He doesn’t run the House, Jeffries does.

    Rip Murdock (84f29f)

  17. Far side cartoon that could just as well have been about Ukraine

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  18. USC probably saved Asna Tabassum’s life. She would have been an easy target standing at the podium.

    Rip Murdock (84f29f)

  19. This will cost Johnson his job. He doesn’t run the House, Jeffries does.

    And the HFC is an opposition party, not Republicans. This is what is called “realignment”

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  20. First news item:

    Israel pulled its punches. Tehran still stands.

    Rip Murdock (84f29f)

  21. USC probably saved Asna Tabassum’s life. She would have been an easy target standing at the podium.

    Really? That’s a pretty awful thing to say about Jews.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  22. And the HFC is an opposition party, not Republicans. This is what is called “realignment”

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/19/2024 @ 12:11 pm

    I guess some are ok with Jeffries as puppet master.

    Rip Murdock (84f29f)

  23. USC probably saved Asna Tabassum’s life. She would have been an easy target standing at the podium.

    Really? That’s a pretty awful thing to say about Jews.

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/19/2024 @ 12:13 pm

    I never said anything about Jews. There are plenty of groups that don’t like Palestinians.

    Rip Murdock (84f29f)

  24. The person who set himself on fire across the street from the courthouse survived. It appears that he is your garden variety conspiracy nut.

    Rip Murdock (84f29f)

  25. USC probably saved Asna Tabassum’s life. She would have been an easy target standing at the podium.

    An easy target for whom?

    Dana (8e902f)

  26. USC probably saved Asna Tabassum’s life. She would have been an easy target standing at the podium.

    An easy target for whom?

    Dana (8e902f) — 4/19/2024 @ 12:34 pm

    Anyone who had a visceral dislike of her views about Israel. Remember it was a right wing Israeli who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin.

    Rip Murdock (84f29f)

  27. Whatever remnants of the JDL might also be interested, as well as white supremacists.

    Rip Murdock (84f29f)

  28. So impressed how much more stable and secure the world and our country is since Biden took office.

    Meanwhile

    “The [House of Representatives] said that you lied when you said to the House in a hearing that the border was secure,” Romney said. “Why did you say the border was secure? Was it a lie?”

    “Senator Romey, allow me to assure you that I have honored the oath of office that I have taken more than five times in my 22-plus years of federal service,” Mayorkas responded.

    “Let me go back to the question, that’s as accurate as it is irrelevant, which is my question you said the border was secure,” Romney asked. “What did you mean when you said the border was secure? Is that not a lie?”

    “You’ve asked me now if that is a lie and I have assured you that I have honored the oath of office,” Mayorkas responded.

    “In what way was it not a lie, then?” Romney asked.

    “With the resources and authorities that we have, it is as secure as it can be,” Mayorkas said.

    Liar.

    lloyd (8cc832)

  29. https://hotair.com/david-strom/2024/04/19/theyre-baaaack-n3786847

    Mao’s Red Guard storming campuses across the nation. Ignore this poisonous ideology at your own peril.

    NJRob (a10443)

  30. @27 Republicans playing softball are in greater danger than any anti-Semite on campus. But keep keeping it real, Rip.

    lloyd (8cc832)

  31. While 55 Republicans voted against the Rules package, so did 39 Democrats. Try not to make the insanity partisan — there are wingnuts on both sides.
    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/19/2024 @ 10:44 am

    That’s why we love ya Kevin! 🙂
    You musta stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

    qdpsteve again (576e86)

  32. I’ve been wondering for a while on what the right adjective should be for those demonstrators blocking traffic around the US

    In this area, the most common one is “pro-Palestinian”.

    Here are some others that have occured to me:

    pro-terrorist
    pro-Hamas
    pro-Gazans
    pro-Nazi
    anti-Israelis
    anti-Jew

    If I were an editor at a serious news organizations, I think I’d settle for the second, but I wouldn’t necessarily reject the first. (If I recall correctly, there were celebrations in Gaza after the 9/11 attack.)

    And other suggestions

    Jim Miller (f9384b)

  33. Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/19/2024 @ 12:13 pm

    Dana (8e902f) — 4/19/2024 @ 12:34 pm

    Since the pro-Hamas demonstrations started after Oct. 7, I’ve been struck by the passivity of Jewish college students. There has been little direct action against the college pro-Hamas demonstrations; the most that Jewish students have done is sue their university administrations for failing to uphold campus policies. They haven’t taken a more active stance against those who oppose their own existence. Lawsuits won’t stop the protests.

    Rip Murdock (84f29f)

  34. Via AG on X: Cori Bush’s and Rashida Tlaib’s amendment to the Israel supplemental supplemental:

    At the end of titles I and III, insert the following:
    SEC. ___. PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUNDS.

    None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this title, including for the Department of Defense and excluding International Disaster Assistance and Migration and Refugee Assistance, may be obligated or expended so long as there is no lasting ceasefire in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, hostages taken on October 7th and arbitrarily detained Palestinians have not been freed, and there is no credible diplomatic process aimed at securing equal rights and self-determination for Palestinians and Israelis alike.

    Dana (8e902f)

  35. “Let me go back to the question, that’s as accurate as it is irrelevant, which is my question you said the border was secure,” Romney asked. “What did you mean when you said the border was secure? Is that not a lie?”

    “You’ve asked me now if that is a lie and I have assured you that I have honored the oath of office,” Mayorkas responded.

    “In what way was it not a lie, then?” Romney asked.

    “With the resources and authorities that we have, it is as secure as it can be,” Mayorkas said.

    Liar.

    lloyd (8cc832) — 4/19/2024 @ 12:51 pm

    Romney is correct.

    norcal (10409b)

  36. Lighting oneself on fire over Trump?

    Cult.

    norcal (10409b)

  37. Israel told the US that it is not targeting Iranian nuclear facilities, CNN reports, citing a senior US official.

    Israel probably took things from a target list and the tit for at is mostly in their on mind and is set wrong.

    Where’s the retaliation for planning October 7??

    Isfahan also contains a drone factory and an air base and a nuclear weapons research facility.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  38. The question Mayorkas was asked is a matter of opinion, (whatever it should be it is not 100%) and apparently DHS now uses a definition that says the border is “secure.”

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  39. 34. Although not appearing to take a vehemently anti-Israel position what this does is cut off aid to Israel even if Israel agrees to Hamas ‘ terms for a ceasefire so long as there is still one Israeli mot released..

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  40. Lighting oneself on fire over Trump?

    Cult.

    norcal (10409b) — 4/19/2024 @ 2:34 pm

    What facts are you citing?

    NJRob (a10443)

  41. I learned today that it wasn’t only James Garner who played Maverick, but they had an assortment of Maverick brothers (no more than two an episode) and James Garner quit the series during or after the third season. That’s why the character looked different.

    The plots actually don’t make too much sense but it was also supposed to be a comedy (in those days the networks made everything westerns because they thought that westerns were popular rather than the writers good0) and sometimes a parody of other shows.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  42. What facts are you citing?

    NJRob (a10443) — 4/19/2024 @ 2:52 pm

    None. Just a guess. He could be merely a psychotic person.

    norcal (10409b)

  43. April 19th is the birthday of Iran’s supreme leader (he’s 84 years old today according to the Gregorian calendar.)

    April 19 was also the date of the Waco fire, the Oklahoma bombing and the Columbine massacre.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  44. Correction: Columbine was on April 20, I thought I heard today – also vaguely thought that maybe was wrong,

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  45. He was agaibst both political parties, called it fascist,

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  46. Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e) — 4/19/2024 @ 3:26 pm

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e) — 4/19/2024 @ 3:46 pm

    April 20th is also Adolf Hitler’s birthday-what’s your point?

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  47. Good for Google

    Google has fired more than two dozen employees for protesting its $1.2 billion contract to provide the Israeli government and military with cloud and artificial intelligence services.

    Twenty-eight people were fired after nine employees were arrested Tuesday night following a sit-in at the company’s offices in Seattle, New York and Sunnyvale, California — including one at Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian’s office, according to the group that organized the demonstration, No Tech for Apartheid.
    …………..
    “A small number of employee protesters entered and disrupted a few of our locations. Physically impeding other employees’ work and preventing them from accessing our facilities is a clear violation of our policies, and completely unacceptable behavior. After refusing multiple requests to leave the premises, law enforcement was engaged to remove them to ensure office safety,” (a Google spokesperson said in a statement.)
    ……………
    The protests were led by No Tech for Apartheid, a group of tech workers who have been demanding Amazon and Google drop their Project Nimbus, which is a joint $1.2 billion contract providing the Israeli government and military with cloud infrastructure, artificial intelligence services and data centers.
    …………
    Google issued a stern warning to its employees, with the company’s vice president of global security, Chris Rackow, saying, “If you’re one of the few who are tempted to think we’re going to overlook conduct that violates our policies, think again,” according to an internal memo obtained by CNBC.
    ………….
    (Project Nimbus) has become a “major health & safety workplace conditions issue,” with many employees quitting after having cited “mental health consequences of working at a company that is using their labor to enable a genocide,” the group said in a statement posted Wednesday on Medium.
    ……………

    Cry me a river. If the protesters objected to so much to Google’s contracting with governments, they should have just resigned (or not even considered working there.) Now they’re out of a job, and good luck trying to find another with a major tech company.

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  48. USC has canceled all of its outside commencement speakers and honorary degree ceremonies.

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  49. When Biden and Mayorkas say they need more money to secure the border, remember what they spend it on.

    Nonprofit Misused Taxpayer Dollars To Fly Migrants Around US, Dem Rep Alleges

    Catholic Charities of San Antonio is purchasing airline tickets for asylum-seekers in their care with federal grant money, Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar alleged. The allegation emerges as millions of federal taxpayer dollars continue to be doled out to nonprofit groups that are helping manage the border crisis under President Joe Biden.

    The migrants are flocking to Cuellar’s district in search of free airline tickets to their U.S. destination of choice, the lawmaker told Border Report.

    “We talked to Holding Institute and they said that when they talk to migrants they want to go to San Antonio and part of the reason is because they pay for transportation,” he said in an interview with Border Report. Cuellar noted that these migrants are specifically asking about the street name where the Catholic Charities facility is located: “And they call it the milk and honey place.”

    lloyd (8cc832)

  50. Item 7 Ilhan Omar’s daughter is on her way with a good career move like Bernie Sanders arrest in civil rights protest in 1963. Get the name get ready to run for office as America’s young future!

    asset (8b684e)

  51. None. Just a guess. He could be merely a psychotic person.

    norcal (10409b) — 4/19/2024 @ 3:22 pm

    So why say such hateful remarks? Just to insult Trump supporters some more?

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  52. Item 7 Ilhan Omar’s daughter is on her way with a good career move like Bernie Sanders arrest in civil rights protest in 1963. Get the name get ready to run for office as America’s young future!

    asset (8b684e) — 4/19/2024 @ 5:36 pm

    Why do you push people who express hatred of America?

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  53. News out side the bubble. Wisconsin dunning-kruger effect candidate for senate named hovde says people in nursing homes shouldn’t vote! Now back tracks as gop party tells him most of them vote republican! In more bad news for biden and the dnc RFK.jr makes ballot in michigan despite desperate attempts by democrat party to keep him off ballot. Michigan muslims will demand their pound of flesh from biden. RFK.jr drops $2 million into the campaign. I have a dilemma should I vote for RFK.jr instead of jill stein my chosen candidate?

    asset (8b684e)

  54. @52 Better then the ones you support.

    asset (8b684e)

  55. Better then the ones you support.

    asset (8b684e) — 4/19/2024 @ 5:49 pm

    How? What is it about Islam or death to America that you find attractive?

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  56. 249 years ago today, “the shot heard ’round the world.”

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  57. Not sure what Max Azzarello’s status is, and also not sure keeping him alive would be doing him any favors.

    steveg (28ac5d)

  58. Far side cartoon that could just as well have been about Ukraine

    Without US aid to Ukraine, very possibly. With the aid, Putin will lose ground and standing.

    Paul Montagu (7b8696)

  59. Rip Murdock (84f29f) — 4/19/2024 @ 12:06 pm

    Hakeem Johnson.

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  60. I can’t confirm it, but I suspect that Trump flip-flopped on Ukraine, just like he flip-flopped on abortion, and not out of principle but political expediency. There are more Americans who don’t want to see Putin conquer his neighbor than do, and it’s an overt split from the Putin Wing of the party. Trump made a political calculation and left the likes of Marge and JD hanging.

    With Trump’s blessing, Speaker Johnson could accurately invoke Reagan in support of aid to Ukraine against a Russian gangster and hegemon. I’m not convinced that the Speaker came to this switch on his own, without Trump’s green light.

    I believe this also means a deal was cut with Jeffries, that this time around, the Dems will actually sit out the vote on vacating the Speaker, thus leaving Marge and her Putin-friendly friends in the House on the losing side, if a vote is actually held. Marge & Co. would be smart to not make that challenge.

    The irony is that, for all the complaining about Johnson working with Democrats, McCarthy couldn’t have been removed by Gaetz and 7 Republicans without the help of Democrats.

    Paul Montagu (7b8696)

  61. I’ve been wondering for a while on what the right adjective should be for those demonstrators blocking traffic around the US

    Adjective? Roadkill-ish.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  62. Romney is correct.

    When Mitt Romney — not a cultist — is pointing out that you cannot say “I didn’t lie” you should really resign.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  63. I learned today that it wasn’t only James Garner who played Maverick, but they had an assortment of Maverick brothers (no more than two an episode) and James Garner quit the series during or after the third season. That’s why the character looked different.

    Jack Kelly played Bart Maverick from day one. James Garner played Brett. They alternative weeks to keep the workload down. Each brother had a different style.

    When Garner quit they had Roger Moore take over as Beau Maverick for 15 episodes of Season 4, alternating still with Jack Kelly. The series ended in 1961 after the 4th season.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  64. USC has canceled all of its outside commencement speakers and honorary degree ceremonies.

    “They said we were being stupid. Hold my beer, I’ll show them stupid!”

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  65. Item 7 Ilhan Omar’s daughter is on her way with a good career move like Bernie Sanders arrest in civil rights protest in 1963. Get the name get ready to run for office as America’s young future!

    asset has been predicting the Revolution for 60 years now.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  66. I have a dilemma should I vote for RFK.jr instead of jill stein my chosen candidate?

    Which is stupider?

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  67. I believe this also means a deal was cut with Jeffries, that this time around, the Dems will actually sit out the vote on vacating the Speaker, thus leaving Marge and her Putin-friendly friends in the House on the losing side, if a vote is actually held. Marge & Co. would be smart to not make that challenge.

    A better deal would be them standing aside as Johnson applies a bit of stick about.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  68. @56 Ilhan Omar and her daughter would make far better representatives then trump and his fascist running dogs.

    asset (8b684e)

  69. @65 Only way in the future as demographics slowly changed. After 2016 with the defeat of corporate establishment stooge clinton and 2018 election of AOC outspent 18-1 and still beat crowley. When the left says jump biden says how high! The counter revolution doesn’t seem to be doing to well. If trump beats biden in 2024 what will be left of the democrat corporate establishment. Todays young leftists are even more radical then me. Even I have a problem with shouting death to america. Or even defund the police. Who will arrest trump and his republican base?

    asset (8b684e)

  70. My thoughts about Caitlin Clark.
    To me, she’s the Larry Bird of women’s basketball. Like when Larry lost to Magic in the NCAA championship, Caitlin lost to a deeper, more talented South Carolina team, but Clark elevated her team to the finals by scoring and passing, getting Iowa to that point.

    Not only did she surpass Pete Maravich as all-time leading NCAA scorer, she was “just the sixth player in NCAA women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 assists” (link). This parallels Larry Bird at Indiana State, and Larry easily took his game to the next level in the NBA, just like Caitlin will, IMO. She’ll make an immediate and beneficial impact.

    Finally, for those liberals and feminists grousing about her small WNBA contract, that is the real world of economics and professional sports. There’s a reason for it. Ms. Clark’s Indiana Fever team averaged a little over 4,000 in attendance per game, but the real money is in TV revenues, and the league just doesn’t have it. I think Clark and other players can help on the TV revenue side, which is where she’ll also have a real impact, but it’s not there at this time. But she’ll make good endorsement money, so don’t cry for Caitlin, she’ll do fine.

    As a long-suffering Mariners fan who rooted for the team in the 1990s, the team didn’t have a decent payroll and had to lose Hall of Famers like Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez and Randy Johnson because our TV contracts paled in comparison to most other teams, and it was TV revenues in big markets that paid the big salaries, and the MLB didn’t have revenue sharing, and still don’t. Thank goodness Nintendo came into the picture. It kept our team in Seattle. That, and our cool ballpark.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  71. Y’all see the official GOP account on Twitter shared a Trump statement (assumedly from Truth Social) stating absentee and early voting are just fine and dandy now?

    SamG (4e6c22)

  72. @56 Ilhan Omar and her daughter would make far better representatives then trump and his fascist running dogs.
    asset (8b684e) — 4/19/2024 @ 10:02 pm

    Oink, oink, oink, says the Stalinist pig.

    qdpsteve again (576e86)

  73. @72 somebodies feelings got hurt. Trump is closer to stalin then me. The same with his trumpster running dog who are trying to find out the names of the jurors. Aipac’s money is still looking for a running dog to run against Ilhan Omar.

    asset (8b684e)

  74. But she’ll make good endorsement money, so don’t cry for Caitlin, she’ll do fine.

    LOL! Clark’s never been hurting for money. She reportedly received over $3M in NIL money before she left Iowa; and news reports state she’s in line for a eight figure deal with Nike alone. Her basketball salary is a sideline.

    Clark is an anomaly in the WNBA, and it has nothing to do with her talent.

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  75. One of the hush money trial jurors gets their news from Truth Social and Twitter.

    Anyone know of a betting site where I can put a few bucks on hung jury?

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  76. Clark is an anomaly in the WNBA, and it has nothing to do with her talent.

    Rip Murdock (bec137) — 4/20/2024 @ 3:34 am

    I think it has something to do with her talent.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  77. The rules for alternate jurors have evolved. In some places, if only one juror is being obstreperous, he will be dismissed and replaced with an alternate, and that’s constitutional. I don’t know if New York is already one of those places, but like the case itself there’s a first time for everything.

    nk (ab86f6)

  78. Hey Biden voters…

    The dept of education just released an updated Title IX changes:
    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/biden-expands-title-ix-protections-pregnancy-trans-people/story?id=109422988

    It guts any protection from women-only sports & spaces…

    It also destroys any sense of due process of the accused, codifies kangaroo courts in universities.

    You voted for this.

    This is what Democrats does to our culture.

    whembly (a43e5a)

  79. I have the impression that Judge Merchan already did Trump a YUGE favor by barring evidence of his lifelong habit of bragging about his sexual escapades. (Trump’s sexual escapades, not Merchan’s.)

    Such as the Access Hollywood tape.

    It makes it TREMENDOUSLY easier for a juror looking for reasonable doubt to “find” that it was normal human sense of embarrassment that caused Trump to want to hush up the Stormy scandal and not the election.

    nk (ab86f6)

  80. If Trump had paid hush money in the past, when he wasn’t running for office, I think that would actually help him here.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  81. One of the hush money trial jurors gets their news from Truth Social and Twitter.

    I like the one who says he gets his news from Fox and MSNBC. His brain must hurt.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  82. This one?“Jane Doe” aka “Katie Johnson” – 1994.

    Lawsuit filed June 2016, refiled October 2016 as reported by Buzzfeed and others, then dropped in November 2016.
    Jane Doe is an unnamed plaintiff, who has also gone by “Katie Johnson” in legal papers. She claims she was repeatedly raped by Trump and Jeffery Epstein at Epstein’s New York City apartment in 1994, when she was 13 years old. A witness, also given a pseudonym — “Tiffany Doe” — said she recruited “Jane Doe” and others. Doe, using the name “Johnson,” gave an interview to the Daily Mail in which she said she did not know who Trump was at the time of the alleged attack but identified him later when she saw him on television. It is not known why she withdrew the lawsuit. She has not spoken publicly or withdrawn her rape allegation since then.

    Or this one?

    A Florida businesswoman who partnered with Trump and later dated him. Harth alleged that he groped her under the table at dinner with her boyfriend then repeatedly got her alone, and it would turn into a “wrestling match.” She sued Trump for breach of contract, sexual harassment and at one point attempted rape. She settled and then in 1998 dated Trump.

    Or the fourteen other women who have accused him? No, that’s not a door that the judge closed, it’s a floodgate, and Trump should have a little Dutch boy standing by just in case instead of cracking it open even the littlest little bit.

    nk (6f7bf2)

  83. @75 I’m inclined to take that bet. Note the acknowledgment that it’s about the jury.

    lloyd (56d5b5)

  84. Title IX absurdity vs coup plotter and institution destabilizer. I sadly know where whembly comes down.

    AJ_Liberty (23a983)

  85. @79 Any juror not already aware of that just woke from a ten year coma. Let’s pretend the judge did him a huge favor.

    lloyd (56d5b5)

  86. @84

    Title IX absurdity vs coup plotter and institution destabilizer. I sadly know where whembly comes down.

    AJ_Liberty (23a983) — 4/20/2024 @ 8:03 am

    “coup plotter” is an insane overreaction that places you in the extremist category in political discourse. You’re embracing the “fiery, but peaceful protest” mindset.

    The Title IX absurdity is more than that. The new regulation equates “gender identy” with “sex” in Title IX. So, from K to college, Transwomen are treated exactly as women. If you misgender someone, you could be sued for discrimination. Every women-only space is now open for Transwomen for any institution that takes federal dollars (which is almost all of them).

    Men are absolutely f’ed on universities if they’re accused, as there’s no presumption of due process what so ever.

    You want to talk about “institution destabilizer”… look no further than this insane Title IX update. It effectively destroys any advancements women has fought for since it’s inception in ’72.

    whembly (a43e5a)

  87. @86 Folks like AJ will always play the Trump card, literally, no matter the issue. If it were coup plotter versus World War III, we sadly know where AJ comes down.

    lloyd (56d5b5)

  88. I have the impression that Judge Merchan already did Trump a YUGE favor by barring evidence of his lifelong habit of bragging about his sexual escapades. (Trump’s sexual escapades, not Merchan’s.)

    Such as the Access Hollywood tape.
    ………..
    nk (ab86f6) — 4/20/2024 @ 6:04 am

    Merchan barred the prosecution from playing the actual tape, but they can elicit testimony about what was said. He also ruled that he change his mind if the defense opens the door.

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  89. Whembly,

    thank you for bring a dose of reality and sharing what’s happening in the real world.

    We are going to hell in a handbasket, but some are so broken they ignore all the horrors because they must get Trump.

    It’s another example of tearing down every law to get one man. Title IX is just the most recent casualty.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  90. The new regulation equates “gender identity” with “sex” in Title IX.

    The Supreme Court (Gorsuch writng for the majority) already did that in Bostock v. Clayton County, 590 U.S. 644 (2020), in regard to Title 7.

    nk (6f7bf2)

  91. Here’s a story about George Washington that I never before heard. He founded the town of Centralia here in WA State, which is better known for the outlet mall and being near Great Wolf Lodge. He took the Oregon Trail to get there but turned north out of Oregon because it was too racist.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  92. Trump Criminal Trial Watch, NY Edition:

    On Friday, after a full jury was seated in Donald Trump‘s criminal hush-money and election interference trial in New York, a hearing was held to air out the former president’s bad acts, giving him an idea of the sort of questioning he could face should he opt to testify.
    ……………
    Prosecutors have indicated that they are going to ask Trump questions about a limited number of Trump’s more recent legal defeats………..
    ………….
    ……………Trump attorney Emil Bove wanted to keep discussion of the civil fraud trial out because if it should come up when the former president is on the stand, discussion of it may confuse jurors. He also argued procedural issues somewhat unpersuasively, contending that because an appellate court had stayed relief in part, Bragg should be precluded from crossing him on any findings in that case.

    But prosecutor Matthew Colangelo was insistent: Trump lied on the stand in the civil fraud case and that fact should be one of the facts the jury in the hush-money and criminal election interference case should consider, too.

    Additionally, evidence from the Carroll defamation trial was “too attenuated,” according to Bove, and too long ago to use to against Trump now.
    …………….
    As to the Trump v. Clinton evidence, Trump’s defense team told Merchan that the ruling in that case was “disputed,” drawing the judge to question exactly what Bove meant multiple times. The attorney clarified that it was under appeal. Appearing inclined to side with the prosecution, Merchan cited a line from the Trump v. Clinton ruling back to the former president’s defense team:

    “‘Here we are confronted with a lawsuit that should never been filed,’” Merchan said, continuing citations from ruling which called it “frivolous” and “in bad faith.”

    “If that’s not Sandoval I don’t know what is,” the judge said.

    In another case prosecutors seek to draw from, People v. Trump Corporation, Bove argued to the judge that the government itself had clarified that the charges were not about Trump the man but Trump companies.

    For that very reason, Colangelo retorted, the evidence should be admitted. Corporate criminal convictions where the very defendant in question at one time had control over those properties is relevant.…………

    A decision on the evidence will be made by Monday, per the judge.
    ……………

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  93. Something I read which may possibly be true. When Gamal Abdel Nasser was President of Egypt, he made cabaret belly dancers wear body stockings.

    nk (6f7bf2)

  94. https://www.cnbc.com/2024/04/19/something-strange-has-been-happening-with-jobless-claims-numbers-lately.html

    Calling the state of the U.S. jobs market these days stable seems like an understatement considering the latest data coming out of the Labor Department.

    That’s because most of the past several weeks have shown that first-time claims for unemployment benefits haven’t fluctuated at all — as in zero.

    For five of the past six weeks, the level of initial jobless filings totaled exactly 212,000. Given a labor force that is 168 million strong, achieving such stasis seems at least unusual if not uncanny, yet that is what the figures released each Thursday morning since mid-March have shown.

    The consistency has raised a few eyebrows on Wall Street. The only week that varied was March 30, with 222,000.

    “How is this statistically possible? Five of the last six weeks, the exact same number,” market veteran Jim Bianco, head of Bianco Research, posted Thursday on X.

    They weren’t even smart enough to fluctuate the numbers.

    GIGO.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  95. She settled and then in 1998 dated Trump.

    What a great witness! I just don’t know for whom.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  96. We are going to hell in a handbasket

    Well this election seems to only be about which handbasket.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  97. On Thursday, April 25th, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on Trump’s claims of presidential immunity. Here is a link to all the briefs and orders in the case.

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  98. @92, that’s a busy weekend!

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  99. #91 He was a good man. We could use many more like him.

    Jim Miller (7855ae)

  100. Whembly et al, (I know I’m in the minority here, possibly because I know more transgender people and have talked to them more), I actually am pretty in favor of the Biden title IX changes. I know a lot of folks here aren’t and I respect that, but I’d be happy to talk to people about why I’m ok with them.

    Nate (cfb326)

  101. Houses passes all four foreign policy bills:
    – Forcing a sale or banning TikTok, seizing of Russian funds and sending them to Ukraine, and more sanctions on Russia/Iran/China
    – Indo-Pacific (Taiwan) aid
    – Ukraine aid
    – Israel aid

    Expected to to passed in the Senate as a single vehicle

    SamG (4e6c22)

  102. Alex, I’ll take smarter people for $800

    https://www.cato.org/commentary/yes-it-was-attempted-coup

    https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/01/11/capitol-riot-self-coup-trump-fiona-hill-457549

    My view is that setting the parameters of Title IX is a Congressional task and we shouldn’t be seeing this ping-ponging back and forth based on who we put into the White House. Obama took us too far one way and Trump over-corrected. Biden now throws out the baby with the bath water. Congress should vote and then be held accountable. But Congress can’t vote because people like MTG and Gaetz holds the institution hostage.

    Yes, the election is about these policies…as well as immigration…drug interdiction….monetary policy…and international strategy with regards to Ukraine, Taiwan, Israel, Iran, and N. Korea. It will also be an election with regards to the future direction of the Court on abortion, affirmative action, and regulatory authority vis a vis Chevron.

    It remains about Trump, despite Lloyd’s consternation, because Trump v. Biden isn’t just about policy preferences…but about stress-testing our very system. Lloyd’s preferred nominee will be tried over the next 6-8 weeks in the first of four legal quandaries that he’s put himself into because of bad choices and low character.

    But this is where Lloyd’s, Rob’s, and whembly’s GOP is at. You don’t get just to choose conservative policy on immigration and culture…you also have to accept populist Trump and the great uncertainty that he brings to everything. A true leader would have resigned after J6, rather than face impeachment. He would have certainly spoke to the country from the Oval Office about what went on and accepted responsibility appropriately. A good man would have stopped the violence on J6 with a single tweet. Character is destiny. Character is the reason we have opening statements on Monday. You have an individual who brushes up against the law continuously and makes himself vulnerable, partly because he wants to see exactly how far he can go and partly to see how far his supporters will carry him. I have little empathy and want the justice system to play out, whatever the ultimate verdict. Trump’s made his bed.

    Fox News is a lampoon on journalism….and OANN is worse. Both make people dumber and less able to self govern….in order to leverage them for profit. We saw it in the Dominion case, but Lloyd, Rob, and whembly see no evil. Together with BuhDuh, they continue to look for the Biden equivalency like following OJ looking for the real killer. The spell won’t break until the GOP loses enough…or Trump breaks something. Plan your finances well….

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  103. We now know the number of GOP House members in the Putin Wing, and it’s disturbingly high: 112.

    Incredible and historic video! The House voted in support of new aid to Ukraine was 312 vs 112. This vote is almost exactly what it was last September. This means that support for Ukraine did not fade in the House, but remains strong! Slava Ukraini!

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  104. Nate @ 100 ,

    I’m interested in hearing why you’re for the changes.

    Dana (8e902f)

  105. @90

    The new regulation equates “gender identity” with “sex” in Title IX.

    The Supreme Court (Gorsuch writng for the majority) already did that in Bostock v. Clayton County, 590 U.S. 644 (2020), in regard to Title 7.

    nk (6f7bf2) — 4/20/2024 @ 8:27 am

    There’s a distinction though…

    I think… I need to read up on it some more, but I think this is right…

    Under Bostock (title 7), you cannot discriminate on basis of gender identity for employment.

    Title IX was explicitedly designed to carve out spaces for women (ie, biological women), to afford them the same opportunities as men in education (ie, sports, scholarships, etc..). There’s a bunch of more regulations, but the raison d’être of title IX was literally to give women their own spaces and opportunities.

    whembly (a43e5a)

  106. @100

    Whembly et al, (I know I’m in the minority here, possibly because I know more transgender people and have talked to them more), I actually am pretty in favor of the Biden title IX changes. I know a lot of folks here aren’t and I respect that, but I’d be happy to talk to people about why I’m ok with them.

    Nate (cfb326) — 4/20/2024 @ 10:55 am

    I have empathy for those who puts in the work to live a life as a woman, dealing with whole sorts of issues, namely gender disphora and other mental illness.

    But, I have zero empathy to those who either wants to invade traditional women spaces to conventialize autogynephilia. Or, those transwomen whom are competing against women in sports, whereby their own natural male genes gives them superior advantages against bio-woman.

    You cannot simply ignore biological realities.

    whembly (a43e5a)

  107. Fox News is a lampoon on journalism….and OANN is worse. Both make people dumber and less able to self govern….in order to leverage them for profit. We saw it in the Dominion case, but Lloyd, Rob, and whembly see no evil. Together with BuhDuh, they continue to look for the Biden equivalency like following OJ looking for the real killer. The spell won’t break until the GOP loses enough…or Trump breaks something. Plan your finances well….

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3) — 4/20/2024 @ 11:30 am

    You sound just like those people on DU. Keep up the good work.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  108. Whembly et al, (I know I’m in the minority here, possibly because I know more transgender people and have talked to them more), I actually am pretty in favor of the Biden title IX changes. I know a lot of folks here aren’t and I respect that, but I’d be happy to talk to people about why I’m ok with them.

    Nate (cfb326) — 4/20/2024 @ 10:55 am

    Should the government encourage anorexia, bulimia, Body integrity dysphoria, etc., just because someone isn’t happy with who they are and don’t like what they see in the mirror? Or should they get treatment to acknowledge that they are what their genetics are?

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  109. A Busy Monday for Donald Trump:

    …………
    The former president has until Monday to show the financial bona fides of the $175 million bond he obtained to cover the ($454 million civil fraud) judgment while he appeals. The New York attorney general’s office, which won the judgment after suing him for a yearslong scheme to inflate his wealth for financial gain, called the bond into question earlier this month.

    Knight Specialty Insurance, the little-known insurer that issued Trump the bond, isn’t on a list of federally approved sureties. The attorney general’s office has demanded Trump’s lawyers or Knight prove the suretor’s qualifications, including detailing how it is financially solvent and specifying what Trump assets are backing the bond.

    New York Justice Arthur Engoron, who handed down the judgment earlier this year, has scheduled an April 22 hearing on the matter. Some lawyers who handle similar cases said Engoron could find that the bond by Knight, which isn’t licensed in New York, doesn’t comply with the law.

    “The idea that Trump’s engaging in financial chicanery after being found liable for financial chicanery is something Justice Engoron will have little patience for,” said lawyer Adam Pollock, who previously worked at the attorney general’s office.

    In New York Attorney General Letitia James’s filing, her lawyers noted that Knight, which isn’t registered to issue appeal bonds in New York, hadn’t obtained a certificate of qualification from the state’s Department of Financial Services. This document would indicate that the company was financially solvent and is qualified to issue the bond.
    …………..
    Lawyers uninvolved in the case pointed to other red flags with the bond. There is an established process through which a litigant can ask the court for an exception to use an unlicensed company, but there is no indication Trump did so, said Neil Pedersen, who runs a surety bond agency. “You show what the collateral is and how it’s held, then provide quarterly updates on the collateral account,” said Pedersen. “The court has to choose to accept it or not.”

    Under New York law, a company can’t make a bond to a single borrower that is more than 10% of its surplus. Knight has $138 million in surplus, far less than legally required and less than the total Trump bond, according to a financial statement it provided to the court. In an earlier filing, Knight included financial information for its parent company, Knight Insurance, which has roughly a billion in surplus. The Trump bond is still above the 10% threshold.
    …………..

    More:

    New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday asked a judge to reject the $175 million bond posted by former President Donald Trump intended to secure an appeal of his massive civil fraud judgment.
    …………..
    In the filing, James asks Engoron to deny a recent defense motion justifying the surety, declare the bond to be “without effect,” and issue an order “that any replacement bond be posted” within seven days.
    ……………
    The defendant and his underwriters say that a “rare” exception “should be set aside” because there is “overwhelming” evidence the “$175 million bond is fully collateralized by $175 million in cash” in a brokerage account, which KSIC “has the right to exercise control over.”

    James, in her 26-page reply, says this misstates the facts.

    “KSIC does not now have an exclusive right to control the account and will not obtain such control unless and until it exercises a right to do so on two days’ notice,” the government’s filing reads. “If the value of the funds held in the account dips below $175 million, the Trust promises to ‘true up’ the balance by depositing additional funds in multiple permitted forms, including stocks — a promise that is hollow if the Trust does not have the funds to do so and concedes the value of the collateral will fluctuate based on market conditions.”
    …………..
    ………….. “KSIC sends 100% of its retained insurance risk to affiliates in the Cayman Islands, where lax regulations allow KSIC to use this risk transfer to reduce the liabilities it carries on its books in a way that artificially bolsters its surplus — a practice New York regulators have dubbed ‘shadow insurance’ and about which they have sounded the alarm.”

    ………….
    Finally, James points to some past conduct that allegedly does not bode well for the company and/or the parties in the case.
    …………..

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  110. Here’s an excellent idea:

    Daniel Rosen is a 1996 graduate of Harvard.

    Harvard University remains in an almighty mess after months of turmoil over hate speech. There is a way to fix this: appoint former Massachusetts governor and retiring U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) university president

    (Link omitted)
    Rosen continues by saying he did not vote for Romney, and has no personal connection with him.

    Romney has impressive academic accomplishments:

    Romney wanted to pursue a business career, but his father advised him that a law degree would be valuable to his career even if he never practiced law.[60][61] As a result, he enrolled in the recently created four-year joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration program coordinated between Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.[62] He readily adapted to the business school’s pragmatic, data-driven case study method of teaching.[61] Living in a Belmont, Massachusetts, house with Ann and their two children, his social experience differed from that of most of his classmates.[51][61] He was nonideological and did not involve himself in the political issues of the day.[51][61] Romney graduated from Harvard in 1975. He was named a Baker Scholar for graduating in the top 5% of his business school class and received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude for ranking in the top third of his law school class.

    Jim Miller (0cc49d)

  111. I admit that I’ve never been quite on board with some employment discrimination laws, particularly when an employer is hiring to maintain a bona fide “atmosphere.” This is particularly true with restaurants with ethnic themes, but I imagine that it might include other service-type venues where the staff’s appearance is inherent to the business model.

    So, I have no problem with Hooter’s only hiring women with hooters, a sushi bar preferring Asian waitstaff, and a gay bar only hiring gay men.

    Obviously that bona fide thing is important, and it should be looked on with skepticism by any court. But I fear activists more.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  112. The disease that anti-discrimination laws were created to attack — widespread and endemic discrimination by the majority against people who did not look like the majority — should not be transformed into a demand for a totally homogeneous society. Diversity does not mean conformity.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  113. That being said, there is a much better case for Hooters not hiring transwomen than there is for Starbuck’s, and there may be businesses with a preference for transwomen.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  114. Keeping it classy:

    ………….
    Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Rob Schneider delivered a comedy set so off-color and off-putting to a group of prominent Republicans late last year that the host cut the performance short and later apologized to attendees, Daniel Lippman reports.

    Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) walked out during Schneider’s performance, which occurred at the holiday gala hosted at the Waldorf Astoria by the Senate Working Group, a networking group for senior GOP Hill staffers, downtown alumni and other corporate and individual members.
    ………….
    The show was supposed to last at least a half-hour, but SWG executive director James Kimmey stopped it within 10 minutes after the comedian made “raunchy” and inappropriate jokes, people present for or familiar with the performance said………..

    Schneider’s set was “gross and vulgar,” Hyde-Smith’s spokesperson said. “She didn’t have to listen to it and so she got up and left.”

    The approximately 150 attendees, which included more than 40 Senate chiefs of staff, received an apology email the next day……….

    SWG said in a statement that Schneider disregarded a verbal agreement he’d made with Kimmey to keep his set relatively clean………..
    …………….

    LOL! As pioneering American film producer Samuel Goldwyn is quoted as saying, “ A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.”

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  115. @104 If Nate has daughters, I’ll certainly respect his opinion. If he doesn’t, that might explain the opinion he has.

    lloyd (9acf30)

  116. We now know the number of GOP House members in the Putin Wing, and it’s disturbingly high: 112.

    But, despite many comments some have made, it does NOT include Speaker Johnson.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  117. I am perhaps more upset that the Democrat support of open borders is 199 members (and some who do, ducked the vote). Why? Because for all the GOP opposition to critical Ukraine aid, it passed. But the border security measure failed.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  118. @116

    Putin’s best American ally…
    On one of the mainstream Russian morning shows I monitor, one of the commentators just said “we have no greater western ally than Mike Johnson. What he has done for us will be in our school textbooks.”.
    Paul Montagu (d52d7d) — 4/6/2024 @ 7:43 am

    lloyd (9acf30)

  119. Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/20/2024 @ 3:11 pm

    While the border security bill would have failed by one vote under regular order, its passage today would have required 2/3 under suspension of the rules, an unlikely outcome.

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  120. But, despite many comments some have made, it does NOT include Speaker Johnson.

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/20/2024 @ 2:48 pm

    His final achievement as Speaker.

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  121. @119 A border security bill (HR2) was already passed almost one year ago. It was DOA in the Senate, which I guess means Schumer and the Democrats are the drug cartels’ and human traffickers’ best ally.

    lloyd (9acf30)

  122. RIP former Arkansas Governor and Senator David Pryor (89).

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  123. RIP legendary NC State and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Roman Gabriel (83).

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  124. The billions will be burned and Russia probably will still be more or less in the same physical position it is in now within Ukraine. The deal Russia would accept today is the same one that could be offered billions of dollars from now because the stalemate will likely continue. Ukraine does not have the ability to generate the momentum needed dislodge Russia. When Ukraine did have momentum, funding, Biden’s handlers didn’t provide the means to exploit. 0 F-16’s. 31 Abrams. 186 Bradley’s. No long range ATACM’s until the momentum was already lost in mid October 2023. Ukraine is not likely to regain its lost territory without foreign troops on the ground, which won’t happen. My guess is NATO tells Ukraine to accept the new borders in return for NATO membership which will protect them from further losses of territories and lives, or lose everything due to lack of funds- the same deal that they could have engineered billion dollars (and euros) ago. The people who voted against the bill because it is a waste of money at this point are probably not wrong.
    There is also an outside chance the Russians break the Ukrainian lines and improve their bargaining position, this won’t be on the people who voted against funding, but will be on what was not delivered during the various fundings. The Ukrainians were intentionally never given the quantities of weapons and munitions of the technological quality to dislodge the Russians and they never will be given those in the quantities needed. Back in 2023 when the Ukraine was finally given those long range ATACM’s, they were given 20. If the US military was trying to mount a counter offensive when it did not have air superiority it would use 20 or more within the first couple minutes

    steveg (0339ee)

  125. @81 I also watch cnn, fox and msDNC. Its called the dialectic: thesis, antithesis, synthesis, to get at the truth.(Hegal) Only dunning-kruger effect types don’t look at both sides. As the romulan commander in star trek said that is what I would do. Hang back look for weakness. Hailie Deegan almost won the nascar race today by hanging back while others crashed.

    asset (e7f92f)

  126. His final achievement as Speaker.

    I’m told that Johnson is a Young Earth Creationist. Which means he knows that he can get a better deal for his soul.

    If it comes to that. The scum has been floating on top but the waters are roiling.

    nk (ae91b8)

  127. I realize American interests come first, but it seems cruel to have slow walked this thing for so long. Sure we rushed in Javelin’s early on, got them some M777’s and 155mm but after that we settled back and watched Ukrainians die killing Russians and destroying their equipment at just the right pace that sustains the target attrition ratio. Its a fight that has been run carefully by military mathematicians and their Lanchester models. Too many high tech missile salvos would unbalance the equations.

    steveg (0339ee)

  128. While we are hip deep in praise for Speaker Mike Johnson’s “leadership” (actually Hakeem Jeffries) for passing the Taiwan, Ukraine, and Israel military aid bills, we shouldn’t forget that Johnson also engineered the passage of a two-year extension of the Section 702 surveillance program (again with a majority of a Democrat votes) without a warrant requirement to protect Americans.

    Of the 273 votes in favor, 147 were provided by Democrats. The amendment to prohibit warrantless searches of U.S. person communications in the FISA 702 database failed on a 212-212 vote, with Johnson voting against the amendment.

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  129. Roll call vote on the FISA Section 702 warrantless search amendment.

    Rip Murdock (07b569)

  130. Putin’s best American ally…

    Johnson was until he wasn’t, lloyd, and I’m glad for it. Something caused him to change and stop the stonewalling.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  131. While the border security bill would have failed by one vote under regular order, its passage today would have required 2/3 under suspension of the rules, an unlikely outcome.

    So, what does that have to do with 199+ Democrat being against border security?

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  132. Johnson was until he wasn’t, lloyd, and I’m glad for it. Something caused him to change and stop the stonewalling.

    You project something on him, and when it proves untrue (and had not seemed true all along), you assert he changed rather than admit you were wrong.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  133. David Frum

    The anti-Trump, pro-Ukraine rebellion started in the Senate. Twenty-two Republicans joined Democrats to approve aid to Ukraine in February. Dissident House Republicans then threatened to force a vote if the Republican speaker would not schedule one. Speaker Mike Johnson declared himself in favor of Ukraine aid. This weekend, House Republicans split between pro-Ukraine and anti-Ukraine factions. On Friday, the House voted 316–94 in favor of the rule on the aid vote. On Saturday, the aid to Ukraine measure passed the House by 311–112. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate will adopt the House-approved aid measures unamended and speed them to President Biden for signature.

    As defeat loomed for his anti-Ukraine allies, Trump shifted his message a little. On April 18, he posted on Truth Social claiming that he, too, favored helping Ukraine. “As everyone agrees, Ukrainian Survival and Strength should be much more important to Europe than to us, but it is also important to us!” But that was after-the-fact face-saving, jumping to the winning side after his side was about to lose.

    Trump is still cruising to renomination, collecting endorsements even from Republican elected officials who strongly dislike him. But the cracks in unity are visible.

    Some are symbolic. Even after Haley withdrew from the Republican presidential contest on March 6, some 13 to 19 percent of Republicans still showed up to cast protest votes for her in contests in Georgia and Washington State on March 12; Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio on March 19; and in New York and Connecticut on April 2.

    Other cracks are more substantial—and ominous for Trump. Trump’s fundraising has badly lagged President Biden’s, perhaps in part because of Trump’s habit of diverting donations to his own legal defense and other personal uses. In March, Biden had more than twice as much cash on hand as Trump did. Republican Senate candidates in the most competitive races and House candidates also lag behind their Democratic counterparts. CNBC reports that the Republican National Committee is facing “small-dollar donor fatigue” and “major donor hesitation.”

    How much of this is traceable to Trump personally? The Ukraine vote gives the most significant clue. Here is the issue on which traditional Republican belief in U.S. global leadership clashes most directly with Trump’s peculiar and sinister enthusiasm for Vladimir Putin’s Russia. And on this issue, the traditional Republicans have now won and Trump’s peculiar enthusiasm got beat.

    This comes on the heels of Trump’s abortion waffling after the AZ Supreme Court decision.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  134. a two-year extension of the Section 702 surveillance program (again with a majority of a Democrat votes) without a warrant requirement to protect Americans.

    AIUI, the power is to monitor communications between US persons and foreign persons, not conversations among US persons. There has long been an exception to 4th amendment rights when it comes to the border. Don’t believe me? Tell the customs guy to keep his hands off your luggage.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  135. You project something on him, and when it proves untrue (and had not seemed true all along), you assert he changed rather than admit you were wrong.
    Bullsh-t. The fact is that he stonewalled aid from Day One as Speaker, and then he flipped. Like I said, I’m glad he did.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  136. Remember when he said just a week or ago that he wouldn’t send aid to Ukraine to a vote until there was a border deal? I do, and now he’s trying to talk like Reagan Reincarnated. But good for him, and good for Ukraine, and good for America.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  137. Bullsh-t. The fact is that he stonewalled aid from Day One as Speaker, and then he flipped.

    He did not. His Conference did and he finally moved the motion without their agreement. Point me to something that says he was against it back when. Your hatred for Trump’s GOP seems to affect your perception.

    See, for example this from 6 months ago:

    Speaker Johnson tells Senate GOP he backs Ukraine aid, funding path through Jan. 15

    “He indicated he’s supportive, but the way it’s put together in a supplemental needs a lot of work,” said Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) of Ukraine aid.

    Speaker Mike Johnson told Senate Republicans on Wednesday that he supports aiding Ukraine — though he drew a hard line against combining it with money for Israel.

    Johnson’s stance presents a challenge to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who want to stitch together funding for Israel, Ukraine, Taiwan and U.S.-Mexico border security. But the newly elected speaker did give senators something to work with by making clear that he supports new money for Ukraine’s defense against Russia, even if it’s not comparable in size or scope to what President Joe Biden wants.

    Johnson also told senators that beefed-up border security and Ukraine funding are “inextricably intertwined,” according to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). Effectively, the Louisiana Republican signaled that he views Israel funding as one debate, and a border-Ukraine negotiation as entirely separate.

    That he wanted to use it to get a border-security bill does not mean that he opposed the aid. Just that, unlike you and 199+ House Democrats, he felt that stopping unrestricted immigration was important.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  138. Remember when he said just a week or ago that he wouldn’t send aid to Ukraine to a vote until there was a border deal? I do

    Please link to something that unequivocally states that. And not just “I want a vote on both” which is a reasonable legislative demand.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  139. I will agree that the House GOP has its head up its ass, or 112 of them do. But my point is that almost all of the Democrats ignore a pressing national security threat right here on our borders.

    Why do you support unrestricted immigration, Paul?

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  140. He did not. His Conference did and he finally moved the motion without their agreement. Point me to something that says he was against it back when. Your hatred for Trump’s GOP seems to affect your perception.

    Again, bullsh-t, Kevin. He’s the Speaker. He could’ve done this six months ago, but instead he attached conditions.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  141. The Wall Street Journal, a Trump-friendly Murdoch-owned outfit.

    WASHINGTON—House Speaker Mike Johnson (R., La.) finally made his big decision.

    For months, he had resisted putting a fresh round of funds for Ukraine on the House floor, saying that money for Kyiv depended on focusing on lethal aid and enacting policies to secure America’s border. But this week, he announced plans to put about $60 billion for the war-ravaged country up for a vote despite fierce pushback from some Republicans, and on Wednesday decided to stick with it.

    Emphasis mine. Also, before he was Speaker, he voted on the side of the Russian Thug-in-Chief.

    The decision completed an evolution for Johnson, who before he became speaker had never voted for money for Ukraine, not after Russia invaded the country in 2022, not months later when Kyiv surprised the world with the continuing strength of its resistance, not in December 2022 when more funds were packed into a giant spending bill. Once Johnson took the gavel, he said he was open to providing new funds to Ukraine, but also steadfastly insisted on tying strict new border policies to any new money.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  142. Paul was wrong and is loathe to admit it. So what’s new?

    lloyd (1167b0)

  143. Think Cohen is credible? OK, let’s hear from another credible source.

    Disgraced Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti has been in contact with former President Trump’s legal defense team and is ready and willing to testify against his former client, he told The Post in an interview from jail.

    “The defense has contacted me,” Avenatti told The Post in a phone call from Terminal Island, a minimum-security federal prison in Los Angeles where he is currently serving a 19-year sentence for extortion, tax evasion, fraud, embezzlement and other federal crimes.

    “I’d be more than happy to testify, I don’t know that I will be called to testify, but I have been in touch with Trump’s defense for the better part of year,” Avenatti said.

    lloyd (5852e0)

  144. Paul,

    Your myopia is that you would have the House ignore what they think is important because YOU think YOUR stuff is more important. One could just as easily castigate the Democrats for stonewalling border security at the expense of Ukraine aid. And in the end, The Republicans chose the more important thing and the Democrats continued to stonewall.

    But you’d have to put aside your rancor to see the actual truth.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  145. Paul was wrong and is loathe to admit it. So what’s new?

    Yes, but don’t think you’ll escape the same criticism.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  146. He could’ve done this six months ago, but instead he attached conditions

    My GOD a legislative leader wanting to carry his whole party forward instead of just surrendering half of their goals on the your chosen altar. Damn them!

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  147. AIUI, the power is to monitor communications between US persons and foreign persons, not conversations among US persons. There has long been an exception to 4th amendment rights when it comes to the border. Don’t believe me? Tell the customs guy to keep his hands off your luggage.

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/20/2024 @ 8:17 pm

    Searching the Section 702 surveillance database for conversations involving Americans has nothing to do with searches at border crossings. These searches are electronic and the persons whose phone records are being searched have no idea the FBI are investigating them. It’s been a chronic problem for the last several years.

    The (Section 702) intelligence database stores digital and other information on individuals. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act allows the FBI to search without a warrant communications of foreigners abroad including their conversations with Americans.

    The (FISA) court ruling found the FBI violated rules around the use of the database, created under Section 702 of the FISA Act with its searches.

    Specifically, the court found that searches as part of probes into crimes between 2016 and 2020 violated the rules because there was “no reasonable basis to expect they would return foreign intelligence or evidence of crime”, although the FBI believed this was “reasonably likely,” the decision said.

    Apples and oranges.

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  148. More:

    In the first opinion, the FISA Court held that the FBI’s procedures for accessing Americans’ communications that are “incidentally” collected under Section 702 of FISA violated both the statute and the Fourth Amendment. The government appealed, and in the second opinion, the FISA Court of Review upheld the FISA Court’s decision.

    The FISA Court noted in its opinion that the FBI improperly accessed nearly 300,000 records involving Americans.

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  149. The (Section 702) intelligence database stores digital and other information on individuals. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act allows the FBI to search without a warrant communications of foreigners abroad including their conversations with Americans.

    Those conversations cross borders. Same rule.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  150. The FISA Court noted in its opinion that the FBI improperly accessed nearly 300,000 records involving Americans.

    That is against the law as written. If they are going to break the law, what does it matter if you alter the law? Instead, the FISA Court, if it really cared, would issue 300,000 contempt citations.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  151. “Yes, but don’t think you’ll escape the same criticism.”

    Don’t fall off your pedestal.

    lloyd (5852e0)

  152. If I do, I have lots of room on either side.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  153. The (Section 702) intelligence database stores digital and other information on individuals. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act allows the FBI to search without a warrant communications of foreigners abroad including their conversations with Americans.

    Those conversations cross borders. Same rule.

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/20/2024 @ 10:40 pm

    You’re missing the point. The database contains phone records of conversations between US citizens and foreign nationals, but the FBI has been searching names of persons suspected of domestic crimes (or no crimes at all), without any evidence they are related to foreign intelligence gathering or a crime. This standard is far less than that for a search warrant.

    For example, the FBI has conducted unauthorized searches of campaign contributors, crime victims, a Congressman, police officers, FBI contractors, current and former US government officials, journalists, etc. none of which were related to foreign intelligence.

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  154. The Democrats are passing their agenda and the Republicans are holding on to their districts. Isn’t that enough?

    Man! You people want EVERYTHING!

    nk (ae91b8)

  155. Sorry for the slow reply. My daughter’s 5th birthday party was yesterday and consumed the day.

    @104 Dana, I think right now transgender people face a lot of discrimination, in the way that homosexual people before them faced, and women before them faced.

    None of the Title IX changes feel onerous or harmful. They stayed away from the 3rd rail issue of whether transgendered athletes can compete. Largely, the changes the Biden admin made are in keeping with 50 years of policy. I think the issue of whether the federal government should get involved in addressing such discrimination is an interesting one, and if someone objected to Title IX’s existence or use in the past, I would not be surprised that you’d object to it’s use here. But it doesn’t feel like a shift, but rather an updating to the current landscape.

    @106 Whembly, if you have empathy for transgendered people’s struggles, I would think you would be in support of the changes. I don’t think the changes do anything to “invade women’s spaces” nor does literally anyone want to promote autogynephila (like, I don’t even know where you get that idea; it feels like a bizarro-world treatment of real issues), and the Biden admin steared clear of your concerns on sports.

    @108 Rob, no the government should not encourage anorexia or other body dismorphia. Nor do they. But people suffering from those conditions are people and our fellow humans, and in general the government has supported researchers’ best practices for how to deal with such issues, as they are doing in regards to transgender health.

    @115 lloyd, I have 4 daughters, two of whom are in college and largely share my views on transgender issues (one is substantially further left-leaning) and two of whom are years away from discussing such issues.

    Nate (cfb326)

  156. @106

    Whembly, if you have empathy for transgendered people’s struggles, I would think you would be in support of the changes.

    No. I emphatically do not support the changes.

    I don’t think the changes do anything to “invade women’s spaces”

    Then you haven’t really read the changes. Or, sorely misunderstanding implications… or, simply don’t care.

    The changes effectively mandates that transwomen are women, so are afforded all the protections of biological women.

    That about what that means.

    That means, any institution that accepts federal dollars must treat transwomen, for all intent and purposes as if they are biologically womean.

    That’s insane.

    nor does literally anyone want to promote autogynephila (like, I don’t even know where you get that idea; it feels like a bizarro-world treatment of real issues),

    There must be distinctions made between those truly suffering from gender disphoria and those who perpetuate autogynephila, yes.

    Yet, you cannot isolate and defend against autogynephilics under Title IX. It’s a real concern that’s not all that uncommon.

    Your girls could be exposed to a male penis in their locker rooms… could have transwomen competing in their sports…and has zero rights under the new interpretation of Title IX.

    and the Biden admin steared clear of your concerns on sports.
    Nate (cfb326) — 4/21/2024 @ 7:08 am

    Incorrect.

    The latest Title IX reinterpretation effectively mandates, legally, that Transwomen = women under the provisions of Title IX.

    whembly (a43e5a)

  157. Your myopia is that you would have the House ignore what they think is important because YOU think YOUR stuff is more important.

    As they say, Kevin, mindreading is an intellectually lazy and dishonest practice, so you’re still full of sh-t. No one died and appointed you Arbiter of the Truth here.

    Military aid to Ukraine is an American national interest as it keeps Putin bogged down in Ukraine and drains his resources. This isn’t about me. And it’s an easy, morally right call. What better way to decimate the military of a hostile foreign power with a mere 5% of our budget with no loss in American lives.

    There was a border deal on the table, after months of negotiations, and Trump killed it because he has too many cowardly Senators in his fold. It was in the realm of the possible as it was bipartisan.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  158. For any who disputes my interpretation of the latest Title IX changes effectively mandates that Transwomen = women, just read the final rule factsheet:
    https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/t9-final-rule-factsheet.pdf

    Or, better yet, here’s the salient point:

    Protect people from harm when they are separated or treated differently based on sex in
    school.

    The final regulations clarify that a school must not separate or treat people differently based on sex in a manner that subjects them to more than de minimis harm, except in limited circumstances permitted by Title IX. The final regulations further recognize that preventing someone from participating in school (including in sex-separate activities) consistent with their gender identity causes that person more than de minimis harm. This general nondiscrimination principle applies except in the limited circumstances specified by statute, such as in the context of sex-separate living facilities and sex-separate athletic teams.

    And the fact sheet in the very next sentence weaseling states:

    The final regulations do not include new rules governing eligibility criteria for athletic teams

    You cannot square the latter with the former sentence. It opens a barn door reality that forces compliance to any institutions accepting federal education fundings.

    whembly (a43e5a)

  159. In short, by advancing the concept of de minimis harms, which empowers Title IX authority to determine whether or not a harm (ie, bio-female challenging transwomen in their sex exclusive spaces)is “lacking or significance or importance” to disregard.

    whembly (a43e5a)

  160. The database contains phone records of conversations between US citizens and foreign nationals, but the FBI has been searching names of persons suspected of domestic crimes (or no crimes at all), without any evidence they are related to foreign intelligence gathering or a crime. This standard is far less than that for a search warrant.

    And the law permits this? Or are they doing this illegally? You never quite seem to say.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  161. The Democrats are passing their agenda and the Republicans are holding on to their districts. Isn’t that enough?

    To be fair, there could have been a border security bill, but it was half a loaf and Trump the GOP decided to go hungry.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  162. As they say, Kevin, mindreading is an intellectually lazy and dishonest practice, so you’re still full of sh-t.

    What a load of crap. I simply use your words, and how you disparage ANY need other than “WE MUST HELP UKRAINE.” You’re like the kid in the candy aisle complaining that mom is over buying vegetables.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  163. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/t9-final-rule-summary.pdf

    Scope of sex
    discrimination
    (§§ 106.2,106.10)
    Clarifies that sex discrimination includes discrimination based on sex stereotypes, sex characteristics, pregnancy or related conditions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. (§ 106.10). Also clarifies that sex-based harassment includes harassment on these bases and further clarifies when sex-based harassment creates a hostile environment. (§ 106.2).

    Sex separation
    and different treatment
    (§ 106.31(a)(2))
    Clarifies that a recipient must not separate or treat any person differently based on sex in a manner that subjects them to more than de minimis harm, except in the limited specified circumstances permitted by Title IX. Recognizes that preventing a person from participating in a recipient’s education program or activity consistent with their gender identity subjects that person to more than de minimis harm

    And here’s the coup de grâce:

    General Prohibition on
    More than De Minimis
    Harm; Application to
    Policies and Practices that
    Prevent Participation
    Consistent with Gender
    Identity (§ 106.31(a)(2))
    The final regulations prohibit a recipient from separating or treating any person differently based on sex in a manner that subjects that person to more than de minimis harm, except in the limited circumstances where the statute allows otherwise, such as in the context of sex-separate living facilities and sex-separate athletic teams.

    The final regulations clarify that policies and practices that prevent a student from participating in a recipient’s education program or activity <em>consistent with their gender identity impose more than de minimis harm on that student on the basis of sex, and therefore generally violate Title IX’s nondiscrimination mandate.

    The Department intends to issue a separate final rule to address Title IX’s application to sex-separate athletic

    In sure, Title IX mandates that transwomen are women for the purposes of this regulation.

    whembly (a43e5a)

  164. I’m curious what harm whembly would be comfortable coming to trans women that this policy change prevents? I’m getting lost in the abstractions.

    I’m also curious about Rip’s thoughts on Democrats now being willing to protect a Republican’s speakership….because there does appear to be a change in philosophy moving from McCarthy to Johnson

    AJ_Liberty (c27345)

  165. There is no harm. “Transwomen” are men. Stop pretending otherwise. You are breaking society with your Newspeak.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  166. @165 AJ_Liberty (c27345) — 4/21/2024 @ 8:56 am
    Do you support the power of government, under Title IX, to punish anyone in academic if they refused to use the desired pronouns.

    Yes, such a person is a dillweed (wanted to use stronger perjorative, but didn’t want to get hit with the filters)… but set that aside for a moment.

    If an individual refuses to use another person’s preferred pronoun, do you think that person should civilly be sued?

    whembly (a43e5a)

  167. Persecution of Christians in Russian-occupied Ukraine.

    Moscow’s invasion and devastation of Ukraine have contributed to the assessment, by the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), that Russia ranks among the world’s religious persecutors of greatest concern. Russia, they find, “egregiously” and “systematically” persecutes a wide array of Christian churches, except the Ukrainian Orthodox Church–Moscow Patriarchate, which Putin co-opts. A Ukrainian delegation of diverse religious leaders told a Hudson Institute gathering last year that they fear that a victorious Russia would crush their religious institutions. Credible reports on Russia-occupied Ukraine validate this.

    Last December, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church posted on its site that in 2022 the Russian authorities in occupied Zaporizhzhia banned all Greek Catholic churches there as well as Caritas and the Knights of Columbus, Catholic aid organizations. According to the post, the bans were based on “groundless” accusations that church buildings were storing explosives and firearms, that its members were participating in anti-Russian protests, and that the charities were spying for the Vatican and Washington. All real property of the Greek Catholic Church in Zaporizhzhia was transferred to the Russian administrative authorities, church leases were terminated, and its leaders were barred from registering to legally carry out their ministries. The office of Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia confirmed for me that the post represents the official position of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

    The persecution of Russian Baptists has a long history in Russia. It occurred under the Czars, Stalin, and now again under Putin.

    (There are some Russian Baptist churches in the greater Seattle area. I have long wished that some enterprising journalist would question some of the older members about that evil history.)

    Jim Miller (2e7084)

  168. No, I believe pronoun nonsense is a violation of the 1A….and no case has ruled otherwise that I’m aware of. If schools choose to push an agenda, then they will run up against the first amendment. Title IX does not trump the 1A.

    AJ_Liberty (c27345)

  169. Russia invaded Ukraine with almost 1,000,000 troops spilling over the border of Ukraine.

    Our southern border has seen over 8,000,000 invade in the last 3 years.

    Mike Jonson thinks the first is the more important and get second isn’t even an issue.

    SaveFarris (99a679)

  170. While the border security bill would have failed by one vote under regular order, its passage today would have required 2/3 under suspension of the rules, an unlikely outcome.

    So, what does that have to do with 199+ Democrat being against border security?

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/20/2024 @ 8:13 pm

    I don’t care that 199 Democrats voted against the bill. Johnson should have known that the bill had no Democratic support, yet he brought the bill to the floor under suspension of the rules, which required a 2/3 majority. That proves one of two things: either Johnson can’t count; or he didn’t care if it passed or not.

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  171. Nex Benedict. Remember her name!

    All she wanted was to be allowed to exist.

    nk (ae91b8)

  172. https://twitter.com/jpodhoretz/status/1782080143269278034?

    The type of hatred the left is pushing on our campuses.

    Why aren’t any of you speaking out against this? Where is the concern for our nation?

    NJRob (ccaa95)

  173. https://twitter.com/Bubblebathgirl/status/1781894802507813124?

    The poison spreading on our campuses from the left.

    NJRob (ccaa95)

  174. What a load of crap. I simply use your words, and how you disparage ANY need other than “WE MUST HELP UKRAINE.”

    Now you’re just flat-out lying, Kevin. Shame on you.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  175. 124. steveg (0339ee) — 4/20/2024 @ 5:30 pm

    My guess is NATO tells Ukraine to accept the new borders in return for NATO membership which will protect them from further losses of territories and lives,

    My understanding is that the NATO doesn’t want to accept any members without settled boundaries. Since Russia does not want Ukraine in NATO, if peace means Ukraine joins NATO, Russia will not want to agree to a peace or even a ceasefire, and indeed there was no ceasefire since 2014 and that could be the reason why Russia never let the war stop after 2014 even though it seemed to be going nowhere.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  176. The suitably named Pecker is likely the prosecution’s first witness tomorrow. Maybe Hope Hicks after that.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  177. In Poland before 1939, the college anti-semites, I read, used to shout at Jews that they should go to Palestine.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  178. NATO member Turkey throws it’s weight in support of the terrorist group Hamas.

    NJRob (ccaa95)

  179. There’s nothing that Pecker has to say that Trump has any reason to dispute.’

    This is not a RICO prosecution for covering up stories, although Bragg seems to be pretending it is.

    It might be in Trump’s interest to bring up or emphasize salient points like how Michael Cohen tried to get the National Enquirer to pay for Stormy Daniels too, or how the National Enquirer also bought up a patently false story about Trump and the fact that Trump’s interest in hiding things extended past the election. And maybe his lawyer(s) can establish if Michael Cohen lied to him about Donald Trump’s knowledge of their conversations, for use later in the trial.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  180. NJRob (eb56c3) — 4/21/2024 @ 8:58 am

    “Transwomen” are men. Stop pretending otherwise.

    Even if they are not men in the ordinary sense of the word, they are not women in the ordinary sense of the word. Many of them are mutilated men. Is an eunuch a women?

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  181. That proves one of two things: either Johnson can’t count; or he didn’t care if it passed or not.

    Or he knew that the Democrats would have to go on record. I note that the Democrat running for AZ Senator didn’t vote on it (but nobody is mystified by his position).

    His Conference demanded that the vote happen as it is a big issue to them. So two reasons, both of which you ignore: keeping his conference less irate, and putting the Democrats on the spot.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  182. Now you’re just flat-out lying, Kevin. Shame on you.

    Golly, let’s vote: Does Paul seem willing to consider tying any issue to Ukraine aid? Please find me the post.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  183. My guess is NATO tells Ukraine to accept the new borders in return for NATO membership which will protect them from further losses of territories and lives,

    My guess is that Putin will accept less. He absolutely needs Ukraine to officially cede Crimea (something the Russians have fought over for a long time). I think NATO membership is inevitable, as nothing less will secure what remains of Ukraine. Those rump states in the east will be negotiated.

    Then the NATO border will get armed to the teeth by the EU, which finally sees their peril.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  184. And someone will have to go and tell Turkey they have to choose sides.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  185. This trial should be televised. NYC could use the advertising revenue to fund those homeless immigrants. It’s for the children.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  186. Golly, let’s vote: Does Paul seem willing to consider tying any issue to Ukraine aid? Please find me the post.

    Non-sequitur. One, a border deal was made and was tied to Ukrainian aid, and Trump killed it. Two, using a fake linkage to stonewall aid was just what happened.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  187. (Johnson’s) Conference demanded that the vote happen as it is a big issue to them. So two reasons, both of which you ignore: keeping his conference less irate, and putting the Democrats on the spot.

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/21/2024 @ 10:42 am

    I didn’t ignore those reasons, they’re included in my second point: Johnson didn’t care if the border security bill passed or not, it was merely performance art.

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  188. Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/21/2024 @ 10:42 am

    Your speculation doesn’t explain why Johnson decided to try to pass the border security bill under the suspension of the rules rather than regular order.

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  189. Could Trump have ended the January 6th insurrection earlier?:

    ………..
    Michael Brooks, the senior enlisted leader of the D.C. guard at the time of the riot, and Brigadier Gen. Aaron Dean, the adjutant general of the D.C. guard at the time, told House Administration Committee staffers that if Trump had reached out that day — which, by all accounts, he did not — he might have helped cut through the chaos amid a tangle of conflicting advice and miscommunication.

    “Could the president have picked up the phone, called the secretary of defense, and said, you know, ‘What’s going on here?’ Our law enforcement is getting overrun, make this happen!’” a committee staffer asked Brooks, according to the transcript of a previously unreported March 14 interview reviewed by POLITICO.

    “I assume he could expedite an approval through the Secretary of Defense, through the Secretary of the Army,” Brooks replied.
    ………….
    ………..”And to your knowledge, did that happen on January 6th?” the staffer continued.

    “No,” Brooks said.
    …………
    “I think if the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of Defense, or the president had said ‘Go,’ … or a combination thereof had said ‘Go,’ then we would’ve gone and we would’ve been there much faster,” Dean told congressional investigators on March 26.
    …………..
    ………….. Other witnesses include Timothy Nick, who was the aide-de-camp to Walker, and Earl Matthews, a top lawyer for the National Guard at the time. POLITICO reviewed transcripts of closed-door interviews that all four men gave to the Administration Committee over the past five weeks.

    The witnesses told the Administration Committee that military leaders seemed reluctant to send guard troops to the Capitol until hours after violence had broken out.

    Further, they described mixed messages on phone calls with the Pentagon that left them in a holding pattern, lacking clarity about whether they had permission to deploy. …………

    And they said they had virtually no contact from Ryan McCarthy, the then-Army secretary, even though he was a key player who was in frequent contact with the D.C. guard in the run-up to Jan. 6.
    ……………
    The men, whom the panel described as “whistleblowers,” sharply dispute claims by former Pentagon leaders — from McCarthy to then-Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller to former Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley — that the National Guard was deployed to the Capitol as quickly as possible on Jan. 6.

    …………(T)hey sharply dispute claims that McCarthy authorized the guard’s deployment to the Capitol by 3:04 p.m. on Jan. 6.

    That’s the context in which Brooks and Dean suggested that perhaps a phone call from Trump — as conditions at the Capitol were clearly deteriorating — could have cut through the clutter and resulted in a quicker deployment.
    …………..
    Matthews differed from Brooks and Dean on the question of whether Trump’s involvement could have made a difference. ………..

    Rip Murdock (e0c338)

  190. https://twitter.com/guypbenson/status/1781869826069119132?

    Yale University chanting for the Palestinians and death to America.

    But keep ignoring it at our peril.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  191. A rabbi employed at Columbia University is telling Jewish students to leave campus until after the pro-Hamas and pro-Palestinian protesters are done with their protesting. That doesn’t sound peaceful protests to me.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  192. AG

    Here are some more videos from Columbia last night to make the point. One of them chanting “Zionists” aren’t welcome on campus. Another where the mob cornered some Jewish students trying to leave and started throwing stuff at them and yelling at them.

    Again, there is a nightly Charlottesville-style rally and you have members of the media and some politicians cheering it on.

    And here I was thinking that the president of the university cleared ’em out.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  193. Paul Montagu (d52d7d) — 4/21/2024 @ 1:19 pm

    And here I was thinking that the president of the university cleared ’em out.

    She did, but they came back the next day. Meanwhile some faculty and others are saying she did wrong, and only because of Congressional pressure, and they have a right to protest.

    Meanwhile they have no tolerance for opposing views, or nobody’s counting on it. And such people can attack presumed opponents

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  194. May I remind everyone of Hanlon’s Razor:

    Hanlon’s razor is an adage or rule of thumb that states:[1]

    Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
    It is a philosophical razor that suggests a way of eliminating unlikely explanations for human behavior. It is probably named after Robert J. Hanlon, who submitted the statement to Murphy’s Law Book Two (1980).[1] Similar statements have been recorded since at least the 18th century.

    (Links omitted.)

    Of course it isn’t always right — but it is right often enough so that I usually start with it, when something goes wrong in the US.

    Jim Miller (3efe7d)

  195. Johnson didn’t care if the border security bill passed or not, it was merely performance art.

    Doubling down on wrong.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  196. Your speculation doesn’t explain why Johnson decided to try to pass the border security bill under the suspension of the rules rather than regular order.

    Because it wasn’t in order under the rules. That’s why you DO the suspension thing. If you don’t NEED to suspend the rules, you don’t suspend them.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  197. RIP AP journalist and hostage to Islamic terrorists in Lebanon Terry Anderson (76):

    …………
    Mr. Anderson, the Beirut bureau chief for The Associated Press, had just dropped his tennis partner, an A.P. photographer, at his home after an early morning tennis match on March 16, 1985, when men armed with pistols yanked open his car door and shoved him into a Mercedes-Benz. The same car had tried to cut him off the day before as he returned to work from lunch at his seaside apartment.

    The kidnappers, identified as Shia Hezbollah militants of the Islamic Jihad Organization in Lebanon, beat him, blindfolded him and kept him chained in some 20 hideaways for 2,454 days in Beirut, South Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley.

    The militants had hoped to pressure the Reagan administration to secretly facilitate the illegal sales of weapons to Iran — an embarrassing scheme that became known as the Iran-Contra Affair because the administration had planned to use proceeds from the arms sales to secretly subsidize the right-wing Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

    Mr. Anderson was the last of 18 Western hostages released by the kidnappers. ………..
    ………….

    Rip Murdock (8accf8)

  198. A rabbi employed at Columbia University is telling Jewish students to leave campus until after the pro-Hamas and pro-Palestinian protesters are done with their protesting. That doesn’t sound peaceful protests to me.

    Yeah, I have to agree with that. Someone ought to go all Mayor Daley on those turds.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  199. Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/21/2024 @ 3:37 pm

    As you said here, the vote was to embarrass Democrats and as a sop to Johnson’s right wing, the very definition of performance art.

    What did the vote accomplish? Do you really think the Democrats will rue the day they voted against the bill?

    🤣🤣😂😂

    Rip Murdock (8accf8)

  200. Hanlon’s razor is an adage or rule of thumb that states:[1]

    Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

    Like Malcolm X told RFK as they lit up a couple of Kents outside the Kroger’s in Dunning Square, too many people in jobs they lack the competency for.

    nk (ae91b8)

  201. The WSJ on The Isolationist Caucus

    The U.S.—and the Republican Party—dodged a geopolitical disaster on Saturday with the House passage of military aid to allies in Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific. But the moment shouldn’t pass without noting the Members who voted against U.S. help for any allies, anywhere, and against replenishing American weapons stocks.

    Fourteen Republicans voted against all four bills on the House floor, including the one that would force a sale of TikTok from Chinese ownership. Here’s the dishonor roll in alphabetical order: Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Lauren Boebert (Colo.), Andrew Clyde (Ga.), Elijah Crane (Ariz.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Bob Good (Va.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Andy Harris (Md.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Troy Nehls (Texas), Ralph Norman (S.C.), Matt Rosendale (Mont.), Chip Roy (Texas).

    These Members are in heavily Republican districts, so they would be difficult for Democrats to defeat. But Ms. Boebert and Mr. Good face competitive primaries that could end their destructive Congressional careers.

    In a primary challenge, run someone saner. If you can’t, find someone crazier.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  202. the very definition of performance art.

    You misspelled “practical politics”

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  203. I wonder what the reaction would if it were the Palestinian flag being burned while the American flag was being waved (link).

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  204. The students would be expelled for threatening a marginalized group.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  205. As for Ukraine, once the bill is signed, Biden ought to declare a no-fly zone over all of Ukraine, and enforce it. You see, I agree with Paul that Ukraine is terribly important. Maybe it’s time to move beyond half-measures.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  206. I don’t support Biden committing an American act of war against Russia, Kevin, such as enforcing a no-fly zone and putting the lives of American pilots at risk.
    If there’s a half-measure Biden should dispense with, it’s his slow-walking arms to the Ukrainians.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  207. the very definition of performance art.

    You misspelled “practical politics”

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/21/2024 @ 4:12 pm

    The fact the border security vote was set up for failure by the (soon to be vacated) by House Speaker shows what a political tyro Johnson is. It didn’t endear the MAGA right, and if it was an attempt to embarrass Democrats it will backfire. They have no reason now to save him from his “vacation.”

    Rip Murdock (8accf8)

  208. As for Ukraine, once the bill is signed, Biden ought to declare a no-fly zone over all of Ukraine, and enforce it. You see, I agree with Paul that Ukraine is terribly important. Maybe it’s time to move beyond half-measures.

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/21/2024 @ 4:17 pm

    A no-fly zone is still a half measure-just send in ground troops and get over with.

    Rip Murdock (8accf8)

  209. Statement from President Joe Biden on Passover
    …………..
    As Jews mark Passover with storytelling, songs, and rituals, they will also read from the Haggadah how, in every generation, they have been targeted by those who would seek to destroy them. This year, those words carry deeper resonance and pain in the wake of Hamas’ unspeakable evil on October 7th – the deadliest day for the Jewish people since the Holocaust. More than 1,200 people were brutally massacred. Women and girls were subjected to appalling sexual violence. More than 250 innocents were taken hostage, including Americans. We can never forget the horror of Hamas’ despicable atrocities.

    Jews around the world are still coping with the trauma of that day and its aftermath. This Passover falls particularly hard on hostage families trying to honor the spirit of the holiday – a story centered on freedom – while their loved ones remain in captivity. Our hearts are with all the victims, survivors, families, and friends whose loved ones have been killed, taken hostage, wounded, displaced, or are in harm’s way.

    My commitment to the safety of the Jewish people, the security of Israel, and its right to exist as an independent Jewish state is ironclad. My Administration is working around the clock to free the hostages, and we will not rest until we bring them home. We are also working to establish an immediate and prolonged ceasefire in Gaza as a part of a deal that releases the hostages and delivers desperately needed humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians. We will continue to work toward a two-state solution that provides equal security, prosperity, and enduring peace for Israelis and Palestinians. And we are leading international efforts to ensure Israel can defend itself against Iran and its proxies, including by directing the U.S. military to help defend Israel against Iran’s unprecedented attacks last weekend.

    The ancient story of persecution against Jews in the Haggadah also reminds us that we must speak out against the alarming surge of Antisemitism – in our schools, communities, and online. Silence is complicity. Even in recent days, we’ve seen harassment and calls for violence against Jews. This blatant Antisemitism is reprehensible and dangerous – and it has absolutely no place on college campuses, or anywhere in our country. My Administration will continue to speak out and aggressively implement the first-ever National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, putting the full force of the federal government behind protecting the Jewish community.
    …………..

    Rip Murdock (f38a6c)

  210. ‘Antisemitic, unconscionable, and dangerous’: White House responds to chaos at Columbia
    …………
    ………… “While every American has the right to peaceful protest, calls for violence and physical intimidation targeting Jewish students and the Jewish community are blatantly Antisemitic, unconscionable, and dangerous — they have absolutely no place on any college campus, or anywhere in the United States of America,” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement, after video emerged on social media over the weekend that appeared to show pro-Palestinian activists telling Jewish students, “The 7th of October is going to be every day for you,” in reference to the deadly Hamas-led attack on Israel last fall.

    “Echoing the rhetoric of terrorist organizations, especially in the wake of the worst massacre committed against the Jewish people since the Holocaust, is despicable. We condemn these statements in the strongest terms,” Bates added.
    ………….

    Rip Murdock (8accf8)

  211. @209

    1. Biden didn’t write it
    2. Biden doesn’t believe it
    3. Biden doesn’t remember any of it

    “I told him, Bibi, and don’t repeat this, but you and I are going to have a ‘come to Jesus’ meeting. I’m on a hot mic here. Good. That’s good.”

    lloyd (3e46d4)

  212. @210 Has anyone checked how many in Biden’s State Department were among the anti-Semite protesters at Columbia?

    lloyd (3e46d4)

  213. If someone at Columbia gave a pro al Qaeda speech seven months after 9/11, the backlash would’ve been tremendous, but a pro-Hamas speech seven months after Israel’s 9/11 is apparently just another Saturday night on the quad.

    BREAKING: This is a late night speech from Tai at Columbia’s Gaza Solidarity Encampment.

    “Let it be known that it was the Al-Aqsa Flood that put the Global Intifada back on the table again. And it is the sacrificial spirit of the Palestinian Freedom Fighters that will guide every struggle on every corner of the earth to victory.”

    “Remember that Militancy breeds Resistance. Thousands upon thousands of students around the world have been moved to rebel because of your militancy.”

    The easy solution is to arrest and expel the squatters and intimidators, if the university has the stones to do it.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  214. I don’t support Biden committing an American act of war against Russia, Kevin, such as enforcing a no-fly zone and putting the lives of American pilots at risk.

    How is defending Ukraine against Russian incursions an act of war?

    Matter of fact, how is supplying Ukraine with air-defense missiles different than having our people on the ground operating them?

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  215. The easy solution is to arrest and expel the squatters and intimidators, if the university has the stones to do it.

    Back in the day, the Teamsters would take care of it.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  216. Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/21/2024 @ 7:12 pm

    Maybe the National Guard should be sent in and go full Kent State in them?

    Rip Murdock (8accf8)

  217. The easy solution is to arrest and expel the squatters and intimidators, if the university has the stones to do it.

    Universities don’t have the stones, nor does the Biden administration. Flashback:

    White House REJECTS calls to revoke student visas of pro-Palestinian protesters because it would be a ‘violation of free speech’ – and insists the U.N. can be trusted to make sure U.S. aid doesn’t reach terrorists

    lloyd (5852e0)

  218. How is defending Ukraine against Russian incursions an act of war?

    Matter of fact, how is supplying Ukraine with air-defense missiles different than having our people on the ground operating them?

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/21/2024 @ 7:09 pm

    If the US is engaged in direct combat with and killing Russians, the Russians would legitimately be free to attack the bases or ships where the aircraft are based, even if they are on US territory. It’s a fine line between supplying weapons to Ukraine and letting Ukraine do the fighting and intervening directly into the war with US troops.

    For one thing Congress would need to declare war on Russia, a highly unlikely and potentially unpopular policy.

    Rip Murdock (8accf8)

  219. No-fly zones are an act of war, but supplying military aid is not, under international law, so we’re rightfully staying on the right side of the line of not going to war with the Russian state.

    Our not having boots on the ground operating air defense missiles also sets a clear line, that we don’t have combat boots on the ground that are literally at war against the Russian invaders. In both cases, we’re denying Putin any reason or excuse to broaden his war.
    For all the concerns about escalating this conflict, a no-fly zone could very well be such an escalation.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  220. If the US is engaged in direct combat with and killing Russians, the Russians would legitimately be free to attack the bases or ships where the aircraft are based, even if they are on US territory.

    But we won’t let Ukraine do that to Russians. Vietnam deja vu.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  221. For one thing Congress would need to declare war on Russia, a highly unlikely and potentially unpopular policy.

    How long did we fight in Serbia, doing exactly this? Not only did Congress not pass a Declaration of war, they voted down an AUMF.

    Presidents can do a lot when they want.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  222. Why then, Paul, do we make sure that arms we provide cannot be used inside Russia against those bases that are murdering Ukrainians by the thousands with missiles and drones?

    It seems we are so concerned about what Putin might do that we don’t do the exact thing in response that we project onto him.

    This is called “walking on eggshells” and it’s not a good thing.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  223. “Now, when Daddy comes home, we have to be very quiet. You know he has a stressful job, and you don’t want him to get mad again, do you?”

    I hope that when the NATO vs Russia war starts, we don’t still play this game.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  224. Why then, Paul, do we make sure that arms we provide cannot be used inside Russia against those bases that are murdering Ukrainians by the thousands with missiles and drones?

    For the same clear-line reasons, although I don’t agree with Biden on this, because I don’t see the difference between our missiles hitting Russian military targets in Ukraine and hitting Russian military targets in Russia. He’s erring on the side of cowardice, IMO. As long they’re legitimate military targets and fired by Ukrainians, they’re fair game, whether in Russia or Ukraine. This is war, after all, and it’s an existential fight for Ukraine.

    As for “walking on eggshells”, that has been Biden with his slow-walking aid and not providing the F-16s and Abrams and HIMARs and ATACMs and such as requested.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  225. Paul, I wasn’t suggesting that you were the one walking on eggshells, unless you have far more power than I think you do.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  226. I didn’t take it that way, Kevin.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  227. I find it amazing that when a Ukrainian rocket or drone hits a civilian building the Russian media treats it like terrorism, when that is what Russia is doing daily and on purpose.

    I wonder what would happen if Ukraine had 50 missiles capable of hitting Red Square. They’d probably use nukes; Putin is that crazy.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  228. It goes to show how effective Putin’s propaganda operation really is, and it is incessant and pervasive and audacious in spreading lies.
    Also, bullies somehow have a talent for screeching successfully that they’re victims.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  229. How long did we fight in Serbia, doing exactly this? Not only did Congress not pass a Declaration of war, they voted down an AUMF.

    Presidents can do a lot when they want.

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/21/2024 @ 7:39 pm

    .

    Two and a half months, and it was a joint operation with NATO. The only vote I could find related to the bombing campaign was a non-binding resolution that was approved 219-191 for 4,000 man peacekeeping force.

    The power of Presidents to commit troops into combat without Congressional approval should be curtailed, not expanded.

    Rip Murdock (8accf8)

  230. If, despite all the ordnance we are providing, Ukraine is about to collapse, should NATO intervene? Or do we just pull back, arm NATO to the teeth and blame Trump?

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  231. @229:

    See here

    In a symbolic but stinging rebuke of President Clinton’s military policies in Kosovo, the House Wednesday night voted to withhold support of NATO’s air campaign, a move that stunned the White House and complicated the politics of war for allied leaders.

    Despite the support of Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois, the House defeated on a 213-213 tie vote a Senate-passed resolution endorsing the NATO airstrikes in Yugoslavia. The vote was not binding but was politically significant.

    The unexpected rejection of the resolution showed deep division within Congress over the air campaign and Clinton’s conduct of the war. The vote came after the House’s chief vote-counter, Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas), warned his GOP colleagues against taking “ownership” of the war.

    Before refusing to go along with the air war, the House also voted to block deploying ground forces in Kosovo without congressional approval, but that vote was expected and not opposed by the Clinton White House.

    A separate measure to double the $6 billion Clinton requested for the military operations in the Kosovo conflict was pending.

    The lack of political support for NATO’s air war does not require Clinton to withdraw U.S. forces from the conflict or halt American participation in allied airstrikes but reflects concerns in Congress over the president’s handling of the military confrontation with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

    I misremembered this as an AUMF failure, but then Clinton was saying he didn’t need one.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  232. If the US is engaged in direct combat with and killing Russians, the Russians would legitimately be free to attack the bases or ships where the aircraft are based, even if they are on US territory.

    But we won’t let Ukraine do that to Russians. Vietnam deja vu.

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/21/2024 @ 7:37 pm

    Hardly a week goes by without reports that Ukraine has struck Russian airfields. They’ve been doing it since the beginning of the war. In fact, Ukraine has been using ATACMS to attack Russian airfields since at least October 2023, if not earlier.

    Rip Murdock (f38a6c)

  233. Overnight, the word “Ukraine” has vanished from the NYT webpage.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  234. If Ukraine is about to collapse, should NATO intervene?-No, there isn’t the political support among Americans to do so. NATO should only intervene if a member nation is attacked. Other European nations might. France has been talking really big about intervening.

    Or do we just pull back, arm NATO to the teeth and blame Trump?-I don’t know about “blaming” Trump (opposing intervention is a legitimate political position), but arming NATO (specifically the US) to the teeth would be the natural reaction. Ukraine would be just another nation sold down the river by more powerful nations.

    Rip Murdock (8accf8)

  235. Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/21/2024 @ 8:28 pm

    Meh. There are bigger news stories for tomorrow. It will show up again when the Senate passes the funding bill.

    Rip Murdock (8accf8)

  236. I don’t know about “blaming” Trump

    Oh, the “Who Lost Ukraine” argument is just beginning.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  237. but arming NATO (specifically the US) to the teeth would be the natural reaction. Ukraine would be just another nation sold down the river by more powerful nations.

    The US is not a reliable defender of late. I would expect Poland to triple their military budget.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  238. If, despite all the ordnance we are providing, Ukraine is about to collapse, should NATO intervene? Or do we just pull back, arm NATO to the teeth and blame Trump?

    Should NATO intervene if Ukraine collapses? No, they’re not a NATO member, and membership has to mean something. It would be a major travesty if it happened, but I don’t share your pessimism that it’ll happen. I’m closer to Rep. McCormick on the subject.

    Two, there is no “pull back” because NATO isn’t in Ukraine, but it would be good reason to fortify Poland and the Baltic states, which are already spending above 2% of their GDP on defense (and so is Finland) because they know exactly who Putin is.

    Three, blame Trump? For his role in stymying military aid? Yes. For not condemning Putin for anything? Yes. For not calling for Putin to stop his current war? Yes. For praising Putin for his “genius” and “savvy” for the manner of his invasion? Yes. For not lifting a finger to stop Putin’s war in Donbas while he was president? Yes. For trying to blame Ukraine for 2016 election interference? Yes. For prostrating to Putin at Helsinki? Yes. For undermining NATO? Yes. I could go on.
    However, Trump didn’t botch a withdrawal from Afghanistan so badly that Putin saw an invasion opportunity and took it. Trump didn’t say dumb things like “minor incursion”. Trump didn’t blanch at Putin’s nuclear sabre-rattling, far as I can tell. Etc.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  239. McCormick is correct about the economic power of the West, but Ukraine only has so many soldiers; Putin has many more and is willing to kill them all trying. “Quantity has a quality all its own.”

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  240. Who lost ukraine? Last time I looked ukraine was still fighting. Biden is an old man who doesn’t want to risk world war 111. We can argue what will happen if we do more. I have said this before many time to those who don’t seem to understand. If ukraine doesn’t lose it wins and if putin doesn’t win he loses. Military russia has been ruined and is a hollowed out shell. The boss sings a song about america never lost a battle in vietnam, Iraq or afganistan he sings he’s all gone their still there! What are russian soldiers, draftees fighting for. “sound off I don’t know what I believe I’ll be home by christmas eve. I am an anti-militarist (not pacifist) who studies the military most of my life. One day I asked why are we fighting in vietnam?

    asset (25e3fb)

  241. As Jews mark Passover with storytelling, songs, and rituals, they will also read from the Haggadah how, in every generation, they have been targeted by those who would seek to destroy them. This year, those words carry deeper resonance and pain in the wake of Hamas’ unspeakable evil on October 7th – the deadliest day for the Jewish people since the Holocaust. More than 1,200 people were brutally massacred. Women and girls were subjected to appalling sexual violence. More than 250 innocents were taken hostage, including Americans. We can never forget the horror of Hamas’ despicable atrocities.

    I think he thinks (or the people who prepared that think) that these words will be read only by Jews or people friendly toward Jews,

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  242. https://nypost.com/2024/04/21/us-news/bill-barr-backs-trump-2024-warns-far-left-more-of-a-threat/

    Former Attorney General Bill Barr is backing his old boss in the November election despite their very public fallout — because he believes the “far left” is an even greater threat to the US.

    Barr, 73, disputed the notion that former President Donald Trump will be worse for democracy than President Biden, and warned about the rise of the “far left.”

    “The Biden administration is in fact the greater threat to democracy,” Barr told Fox News’ “Cavuto Live” on Saturday.

    Bill Barr
    4
    The former attorney general clashed with Donald Trump over the 2020 election.

    “I think that they have a totalitarian temper. They have bought into the progressive movement. And they’re trying to squelch opposition and freedom of speech.”

    “It’s a heavy-handed bunch of thugs in my opinion, and that’s where the threat is,” Barr said at another point about the far-left.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  243. It’s a cold and lonely ocean for rats who jumped off a sinking ship.

    Barr is not helping Trump at this point. He is more disliked than Trump is.

    “It’s a heavy-handed bunch of thugs in my opinion, and that’s where the threat is,” Barr said at another point about the far-left.

    That has to have resulted in more than one spit-take/milk snorted out of the nose.

    nk (fe555b)

  244. Overnight, the word “Ukraine” has vanished from the NYT webpage.

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/21/2024 @ 8:28 pm

    Ukraine is back on NYT webpage.

    Rip Murdock (8accf8)

  245. The US is not a reliable defender of late.

    Pretty much since Vietnam.

    Rip Murdock (8accf8)

  246. https://reason.com/volokh/2024/04/21/special-counsel-jack-smith-lacks-standing-to-defend-the-d-c-circuits-ruling-on-presidential-immunity-in-the-supreme-court/
    Does this have legs?

    tl;dr:

    Special Counsel Jack Smith Lacks Standing to Defend the D.C. Circuit’s ruling on Presidential Immunity in the Supreme Court

    Defendant standing must exist at all stages of any litigation and must be raised by the justices of the Supreme Court even if the litigants themselves fail to raise it.

    Jack Smith is in the eyes of the law a private citizen, and all the acts he has taken since his appointment on November 18, 2022 are null and void. This is as true of the acts Smith has taken in the Florida classified documents case, against Donald Trump, under the eye of the 11th Circuit, as it is of the actions Smith has taken in the D.C. District Court case, against Trump involving the events of January 6, 2021. All those he has imprisoned or entered into plea bargains with are free. Indeed, Jack Smith can be sued in torts for unconstitutionally depriving people of liberty and property.

    We argue that under the Constitution only Congress can create the Office of Special Counsel to which Jack Smith was appointed. The power to create federal offices is an exclusively congressional power and may not be usurped by the executive branch.

    It is critically important to American liberty that we read the organic statutes setting up the Justice Department as only authorizing the appointing of presidentially nominated and Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorneys to be Special Counsels.

    This section allows the Attorney General to appoint a Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorney to have nationwide jurisdiction to prosecute high level wrongdoing, as the Attorney General properly did when he appointed U.S. Attorney David Weiss of Delaware to be Special Counsel for the prosecution of Hunter Biden, allowing Weiss to file charges anywhere in the U.S. and not only in Delaware. This section does NOT authorize the appointing of private citizen Jack Smith to be an inferior officer Special Counsel. Instead, it concerns the powers of people who have been properly appointed to Justice Department offices “under law” pursuant to other statutory provisions.

    This would be an epic selfown by Garland if courts entertain this…

    whembly (86df54)

  247. @246, as a legal layman, I’m not sure I buy the writer’s position.

    Smith is still being overseen by AG Garland, who can fire him for any reason or no reason at all.

    Hell, Biden can fire Smith for any reason or no reason at all..

    I think the writers, and many commentariats are conflating the old independent counsel regulations with the DOJ’s Special Counsel regulation. In that, the expectation is that the current Special Counsel are supposed to be more independent.

    There’s no claims of independence from a Special Counsel position, if you can be fired for any or no reason.

    However, to play Devil’s Advocate… I can sorta see why Jack Smith’s elevation to Special Counsel may be constitutionally flawed.

    A Special Counsel’s office has all the power of a POTUS nominated & Senate confirmed-prosecutor, with even more power as they have near unlimited budget and can prosecute nationwide.

    So, I can see why the arguments can be made that to elevate someone to Special Counsel, it must be someone who was POTUS nominated & Senate confirmed-prosecutor… which Jack Smith as not.

    I can kinda see the concerns if Jack Smith’s elevation is allowed to stand… in that any future AG could nominate any outsider, who could be corrupt or partisan-to-the-hilt who never faced the vetting process that is a POTUS nominated & Senate confirmed appointment. That would be like, allowing a future GOP administration whereby the GOP AG would elevate Mike Davis or Sidney Powell to Special Counsel office.

    But the remedy to resolve this isn’t to throw out all of Jack Smith’s case… it’s simply to DQ him from the prosecution team, and for AG Garland to elevate a different POTUS nominated & Senate confirmed-prosecutor.

    whembly (86df54)

  248. It’s a cold and lonely ocean for rats who jumped off a sinking ship.

    “It is all right to rat, but you can’t re-rat.”

    — Winston Churchill

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  249. I think that Passover will have special meaning this year at Columbia.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  250. I don’t buy Calabresi’s argument. Smith was appointed by the AG. It’s a DOJ operation.

    Paul Montagu (895dc0)

  251. The nightmare of solar power:

    Rooftop solar panels are flooding California’s grid. That’s a problem.

    In sunny California, solar panels are everywhere. They sit in dry, desert landscapes in the Central Valley and are scattered over rooftops in Los Angeles’s urban center. By last count, the state had nearly 47 gigawatts of solar power installed — enough to power 13.9 million homes and provide over a quarter of the Golden State’s electricity.

    But now, the state and its grid operator are grappling with a strange reality: There is so much solar on the grid that, on sunny spring days when there’s not as much demand, electricity prices go negative. Gigawatts of solar are “curtailed” — essentially, thrown away.

    In response, California has cut back incentives for rooftop solar and slowed the pace of installing panels. But the diminishing economic returns may slow the development of solar in a state that has tried to move to renewable energy. And as other states build more and more solar plants of their own, they may soon face the same problems.

    The solution is, of course, to think outside the box. Not that government will, and utilities will only look for ways to make money off the problem (e.g. battery storage). What they need to do is find a use for all that excess daytime electricity. Free/cheap electric car chargers at work, for example. Or maybe desalinization plants. But I expect ham-handed bureaucracy can even make solar power expensive.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  252. New York Times magazine article written by someone who worked for a time at the National Enquirer and leaked the hush money payments. Tells what he knows. Stories were often written to justify headlines. (he has an aside about the OJ case which long preceded his tenure – that the National Enquirer discovered – he thinks – some evidence linking OJ to the murders after the acquittal)

    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/14/podcasts/the-daily/national-enquirer-donald-trump.html (I think this has audio of the article)

    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/03/magazine/national-enquirer-trump-lachlan-cartwright.html

    It had a different headline in the print edition: National Enquirer..tells all (semi-satirical headline)

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  253. 246/ Well, technically. Jack Smith does not indict. It’s the grand jury, if any. So that stands.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  254. I see that the prosecution at the NY trial is calling Trump’s “collusion” with the National Enquirer “election fraud.” My irony meter is banging the stops.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  255. It is also interesting that all of the indicted activity took place after the election had been won, making the “campaign finance” allegations a tad weaker. But IANAL, so I have trouble straining at gnats.

    This still seems like a weak case to me, and if Trump wins it, he wins the election.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  256. The New York Times had a front page story Sunday about China cheating with doping and being allowed to and it being kept secret. It was treated better than Russia.

    There are, of course, no independent organizations in China. China reported back that the athletes had ingested banned substances accidently and the Olympic people said they had nothing to argue with that and agreed that the allegation should be kept confidential.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/20/world/asia/chinese-swimmers-doping-olympics.html

    Twenty-three top Chinese swimmers tested positive for the same powerful banned substance seven months before the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021 but were allowed to escape public scrutiny and continue to compete after top Chinese officials secretly cleared them of doping and the global authority charged with policing drugs in sports chose not to intervene.

    Several of the athletes who tested positive — including nearly half of the swimming team that China sent to the Tokyo Games — went on to win medals, including three golds,,,American officials and other experts said the swimmers should have been suspended or publicly identified pending further investigation, and they suggested that the failure to do so rested with Chinese sports officials; swimming’s international governing body, World Aquatics; and the World Anti-Doping Agency, the global authority that oversees national drug-testing programs.

    The story does not even allude to the lab leak theory of the origin of Covid, and a possible coverup there too, but the possible similarity is obvious.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  257. https://www.newser.com/story/349354/columbias-classes-go-remote-we-need-a-reset.html

    Chabad reaction: On Sunday, the university’s Chabad issued a statement noting that “over the last few days, things have taken a turn for the worse” on and off campus. The group said Jewish students at the school had fielded barbs from protesters like “stop killing children” and “all you do is colonize.”

    Warnings: Rabbi Elie Buechler of the school’s Orthodox Union Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus told CNN he sent a message to hundreds of Jewish students suggesting they “return home as soon as possible and remain home until the reality in and around campus has dramatically improved.” The campus Hillel doesn’t recommend that, but it did note on X that “the University and the City need to do more to ensure the safety of our students.”

    President’s reaction: In a statement, Shafik said she was “deeply saddened” by the turmoil and noted that “these tensions have been exploited and amplified by individuals who are not affiliated with Columbia who have come to campus to pursue their own agendas.” She added: “We need a reset.”

    Protesters’ reaction: Columbia’s Students for Justice in Palestine agrees that “inflammatory individuals who do not represent us” have infiltrated the protests, and says “we firmly reject any form of hate or bigotry and stand against nonstudents attempting to disrupt our solidarity.”

    Sounds like an argument for FISA Section 702.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  258. @255

    This still seems like a weak case to me, and if Trump wins it, he wins the election.

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/22/2024 @ 9:43 am

    I dunno if I’d take that bet… but, its going to be annoying af though.

    whembly (86df54)

  259. #246 —

    whembly — this amicus brief has bounced from court to court and been ignored by all of them. The posting simply argues the Supremes can’t ignore their filing, even if all the lower courts did.

    Everyone keeps looking for a silver bullet that either ends a prosecution or puts Trump behind bars a lot sooner than the legal process appears to accommodate. Not happening.

    Appalled (88a1a3)

  260. Sounds like an argument for FISA Section 702.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a) — 4/22/2024 @ 9:52 am

    That’s bizarre.

    Rip Murdock (8accf8)

  261. Remember back five or six springs ago when the fun thing to do was to scour the Facebook and Twitter accounts of incoming freshmen at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and all the other “elite” schools in search of racially-insensitive material and try to get their admission offers revoked? Kyle Kashuv was ensnared by that little trick.

    Wouldn’t it be interesting — and frankly probably preemptively necessary — to do the same thing to this year’s admits, yet focus on anti-semitism and gross hatred of Israel? It’s clear we would be doing these schools a great service in preventing them from having to arrest and expel them a couple of years later.

    JVW (b02843)

  262. Sounds like an argument for FISA Section 702.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a) — 4/22/2024 @ 9:52 am

    Rip Murdock (8accf8) — 4/22/2024 @ 10:34 am

    That’s bizarre.

    Columbia’s Students for Justice in Palestine claims that they are not doing the worst of it. These protests are likely wanted by some foreign power. They would be in contact with U.S. based persons.

    Maybe it’s China. You hear next to nothing about who these people actually are.

    https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/china-calls-war-in-gaza-a-disgrace-to-civilisation/article67924989.ece

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  263. Local note:

    Two candidates are bashing each other for the nomination to be my state senator. Neither of them mentions Trump although each tries to tie the other one to Governor Lujan Grisham.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  264. All politics are local.

    Rip Murdock (8accf8)

  265. I’m guessing the Iranians, Russians and Chinese all have US “dissent” funding operations. They might even consolidate an operation or two. It is a Presidential election year, so Antifa should hit the again streets over the summer. It will be interesting to see what issues they glom onto and if any of those have the legs the George Floyd movement generated. I don’t know if a sequel plays well but they’ll at least give it a try by July 4th. I don’t think they can whip the Palestinian issue into major street actions, so we will see

    steveg (b7f410)

  266. @241 Fair enough ;but Israel has killed 15,000+ innocent children in gaza which you forgot to add.

    asset (f5f947)

  267. killed 15,000+ innocent children in gaza

    Give or take 15,000

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  268. @261 @JVW

    Remember back five or six springs ago when the fun thing to do was to scour the Facebook and Twitter accounts of incoming freshmen at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and all the other “elite” schools in search of racially-insensitive material and try to get their admission offers revoked? Kyle Kashuv was ensnared by that little trick.

    Wouldn’t it be interesting — and frankly probably preemptively necessary — to do the same thing to this year’s admits, yet focus on anti-semitism and gross hatred of Israel? It’s clear we would be doing these schools a great service in preventing them from having to arrest and expel them a couple of years later.

    JVW (b02843) — 4/22/2024 @ 10:41 am

    Are you… advocating that we do some “cancel culture” stuff here?

    Isn’t that a bit weee extreme?

    Maybe these universities ought to telegraph that as an academic institution, they’re “Switzerland”, or “neutral grounds”.

    The institution should not ‘pick sides’.

    I seem to recall that UNC implementing “Institutional Neutrality”:
    https://inside.charlotte.edu/news-features/2023-10-13/understanding-institutional-neutrality

    whembly (f4b196)

  269. steveg (b7f410) — 4/22/2024 @ 12:39 pm

    ng the Iranians, Russians and Chinese all have US “dissent” funding operations. They might even consolidate an operation or two.

    It sarted blaming Israel within a day or two ofOct 7 before Israel had achance to do anthing exceptfight them off

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  270. Rip Murdock (e0c338) — 4/20/2024 @ 8:54 am

    Trump Criminal Trial Watch, Sandoval Hearing Edition:

    The judge in Donald J. Trump’s criminal trial ruled on Monday morning that prosecutors could ask the former president about a range of previous cases that he has lost, as well as past violations of gag orders, in the event that he decides to testify in his defense.

    Among other cases, the ruling by the judge, Juan M. Merchan, would allow prosecutors to question Mr. Trump about the civil fraud case brought by the New York attorney general, Letitia James, in which the former president was found to have inflated his net worth to obtain favorable loans. ……….

    Justice Merchan will also allow the Manhattan district attorney’s office — which brought the case against Mr. Trump — to question him about (the defamation) civil cases brought by the writer E. Jean Carroll. ……….

    Justice Merchan will also let prosecutors ask about Mr. Trump’s attack on a law clerk in a civil fraud case, in violation of a gag order, as well as a 2018 decision that led to the dissolution of the Donald J. Trump Foundation………
    …………
    ………… Justice Merchan warned Mr. Trump that his ruling was “a shield and not a sword” and that the former president’s testimony could open “the door to questioning that has otherwise been excluded.”
    ………….

    Rip Murdock (af68bc)

  271. Sammy Finkelman (1d215a) — 4/22/2024 @ 10:48 am

    You could say the same thing about the Unite the Right rallies or the MAGA movement.

    Rip Murdock (af68bc)

  272. Earth Day, and no doubt news organizations all over the US are giving extensive coverage to George H. W. Bush’s remarkable environmental achievements. And they were remarkable.

    Jim Miller (5e452f)

  273. Earth Day was first proposed by Trotskyites to make the 100th birthday of Lenin, the Russian dictator, but it quickly got taken away from them.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  274. @267 so how many innocent children do you think Israel has killed? Thats like saying 6 million jews were killed by nazi’s give or take 6 million.

    asset (469dad)

  275. Trump Was Warned to Return Records to Archives, Unsealed Documents Say

    In late November 2021, as officials at the National Archives were trying to persuade former President Donald J. Trump to return a trove of records he had taken from the White House when he left office, one of Mr. Trump’s associates advised him in the sharpest terms possible to give the materials back, newly unsealed documents show.

    “Whatever you have, give everything back — let them come here and get everything,” the unnamed associate told Mr. Trump, according to an interview the person gave the F.B.I. “Don’t give them a noble reason to indict you, because they will.”

    Less than two years later, that admonition proved prescient.………..

    A summary of the associate’s interview with federal agents was among nearly 400 pages of investigative records that were unsealed on Monday by the judge overseeing Mr. Trump’s classified documents case. The associate’s identity was redacted from the summary.
    …………….
    The unnamed associate who warned Mr. Trump about the threat of an indictment — identified in the unsealed records as Person 16 — described approaching the former president in a card room or library at Mar-a-Lago, his private club and residence in Florida, as Mr. Trump was dressed in golf attire.

    Person 16 told the F.B.I. that Mr. Trump reacted to his warning with a “weird ‘you’re the man’ type of response” and left the impression that he would in fact return the materials to the archives. Their conversation was interrupted when a Mar-a-Lago club member and a “much younger woman” walked up, Person 16 recalled, and asked to have a photo taken with Mr. Trump.

    Person 16 also suggested that some of Mr. Trump’s children had been enlisted in the task of persuading him to return the presidential records to the archives. The person recounted to the F.B.I. that one of the children was told: “There are issues with the boxes. They belong to the government. Talk to your dad about giving them back. It’s not worth the aggravation.”

    While the unsealed exhibits did not greatly alter the basic story of the classified documents case, they did provide a few new details.
    …………..
    …………. The person asked the agents not to record their conversation, concerned that any recording would be a “risk for him in the Trump world.”

    Still, Person 16 was exceptionally candid with the F.B.I., giving his interviewers gossipy details about members of Mr. Trump’s legal team.
    …………..
    Person 16 also suggested to the F.B.I. that Mr. Trump may have told his personal aide, Walt Nauta, who was ultimately charged as a co-defendant in the case, that he would receive a pardon if Mr. Trump was elected again.
    …………..

    Rip Murdock (af68bc)

  276. I see that the prosecution at the NY trial is calling Trump’s “collusion” with the National Enquirer “election fraud.” My irony meter is banging the stops.

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/22/2024 @ 9:37 am

    We still never got that article or pictures from the LA Times of Obama meeting with those Iranians, did we?

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  277. https://twitter.com/Bassam_Khawaja/status/1782471549007606164

    The Communist, anti-American faculty walked out in solidarity of the anti-American, anti-Israeli leftists.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  278. American ingenuity at its best:

    ………..
    Voyager 1 stopped sending readable science and engineering data back to Earth on Nov. 14, 2023, even though mission controllers could tell the spacecraft was still receiving their commands and otherwise operating normally. In March, the Voyager engineering team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California confirmed that the issue was tied to one of the spacecraft’s three onboard computers, called the flight data subsystem (FDS). The FDS is responsible for packaging the science and engineering data before it’s sent to Earth.

    The team discovered that a single chip responsible for storing a portion of the FDS memory — including some of the FDS computer’s software code — isn’t working. The loss of that code rendered the science and engineering data unusable. Unable to repair the chip, the team decided to place the affected code elsewhere in the FDS memory. But no single location is large enough to hold the section of code in its entirety.

    So they devised a plan to divide the affected code into sections and store those sections in different places in the FDS. ……….

    The team started by singling out the code responsible for packaging the spacecraft’s engineering data. They sent it to its new location in the FDS memory on April 18. A radio signal takes about 22 ½ hours to reach Voyager 1, which is over 15 billion miles (24 billion kilometers) from Earth, and another 22 ½ hours for a signal to come back to Earth. When the mission flight team heard back from the spacecraft on April 20, they saw that the modification worked: For the first time in five months, they have been able to check the health and status of the spacecraft.

    During the coming weeks, the team will relocate and adjust the other affected portions of the FDS software. These include the portions that will start returning science data.
    ………….

    Rip Murdock (af68bc)

  279. 100% supported by the DNC even if they won’t admit it.

    https://x.com/CitizenFreePres/status/1782603779851849911

    qdpsteve again (711764)

  280. All politics are local.

    Indeed, but I haven’t seen a Trump-flag truck in quite some time. And there are a lot of trucks here.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  281. The Communist, anti-American faculty walked out in solidarity of the anti-American, anti-Israeli leftists.

    NSF Grant awards might be a little bare over at Columbia.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  282. @280 I see them every day usually more then one.

    asset (1118e3)

  283. @279 wrong again! The d.n.c fears the left because they are corporate establishment stooges of the wealthy donor class. They know when the left gets through with the right they will becoming after third way corporate establishment democrats like them. This ain’t 1970 if another kent state happens it will be the shooters who will be in trouble and the establishment knows it. By the way kent state was a victory for the left not the right even though the right thought so at the time. The US never lost a battle in vietnam war ;but for some reason saigon is now called Ho Chi Min City! Soon kabul will be mullah omar city. As the child sings in Cabaret: “The future belongs to me!” I am not a jew hater or anti-Israel so I worry that the anti-Israel demonstrations are gaining more steam every day. Things are moving faster for the left then I believed would happen. If Biden doesn’t win, by by democrat establishment and gavin newsom won’t save them.

    asset (1118e3)

  284. I’m shocked!

    David Pecker, the former publisher of the National Enquirer, testified at Donald Trump’s trial Tuesday that the tabloid completely manufactured a negative story in 2016 about the father of Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, who was then Trump’s rival for the GOP presidential nomination.

    The paper had published a photo allegedly showing Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, with Lee Harvey Oswald handing out pro-Fidel Castro pamphlets in New Orleans in 1963, not long before Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

    Trump repeatedly referred to the story on the campaign trail and in interviews.
    ………….
    Manhattan prosecutor Joshua Steinglass asked Pecker about the story’s origins during the trial Tuesday in Manhattan. Pecker said that then-National Enquirer editor-in-chief Dylan Howard and the tabloid’s research department got involved, and Pecker indicated that they faked the photo that was the foundation for the story.
    ……….
    ………. Pecker explained that it was Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer, who would orchestrate the planting of these stories.

    Pecker said Cohen would call and say they’d like his publication to run an article on a certain candidate, adding that Cohen would then send him a piece about Cruz, for example, and the National Enquirer “would embellish it from there.”

    Pecker suggested that Trump was directly involved in the process, too. He said that the negative stories about Trump’s opponents were published as part of an arrangement that was struck in 2015 at a Trump Tower meeting that also included a directive to write positive stories about the real estate mogul.
    ………….
    ………… Pecker said, “After the Republican debates, and based on the success that some of the other candidates had, I would receive a call from Michael Cohen, and he would direct me and direct Dylan Howard which candidate and which direction we should go.”
    …………….

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  285. Where is Bragg going with that stuff and why is Merchan letting him? Where is the crime?

    nk (eb3c55)

  286. Rip Murdock (fcfd18) — 4/23/2024 @ 6:05 pm

    Keep on carrying water for the Democrats, who want to destroy America! Your personal attacks on Trump are noted.

    norcal (49eb0d)

  287. nk (eb3c55) — 4/23/2024 @ 6:38 pm

    I’m sure we’ll find out after six more weeks of testimony.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  288. 286 was my lame attempt at sarcasm, Rip.

    norcal (49eb0d)

  289. Rip Murdock (fcfd18) — 4/23/2024 @ 6:05 pm

    Trump, the Mastermind.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  290. I’m sure we’ll find out after six more weeks of testimony.

    After a while, Trump’s claim that this is to stop him from campaigning will start to get traction.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  291. Prosecutors revealed more about their unusual strategy

    In the Trump case, prosecutors have often been vague about what, exactly, is the underlying crime that was allegedly being concealed or furthered in the hush money case. But on Tuesday, prosecutor Joshua Steinglass said the statute in question is New York State Election Law 17-152 — conspiracy to promote or prevent an election. That law makes it a misdemeanor when two or more people “conspire to promote or prevent the election of any person to a public office by unlawful means.”

    Steinglass said the entire prosecution theory “is predicated on the idea that there was a conspiracy to influence the election in 2016.”

    Apparently, attempting to influence an election is illegal in New York. I’m sure than any number of activist groups, think tanks, newspaper editorial boards and political pundits will all take note.

    Could a law be more vague?

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  292. conspire to promote or prevent the election of any person to a public office by unlawful means.”

    How do we know the “means” are unlawful? Is there, I dunno, a law that says so? Because pointing to this meta-law just doesn’t cut it.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  293. Congratulation netanhayu supporters you have managed to get 50% of 18 to 35 year old americans to support hamas and 25% who say Israel has no right to exist. (fox news) AOC and me now have the moderate position on Israel! As I type this mark levine is ranting and raving on the radio that those who support a ceasefire are paid agents of Iran and hamas as is the democrat party. These young protesters will be America’s future leaders as were there vietnam era parents. I have been predicting this would happen as the right prefers to “own” the left over protecting Israel’s future. This happened during the vietnam and Iraq/afganistan wars. Netanyahu supporters have sown the wind and now reap the whirlwind. All this BS about sampson option and tough guy netanyahu is drivel. The times they area changing. Bob Dillon) The police have to be careful as big city mayors and councils are progressives not bill daily. If you don’t care about Israel fine ;but if you do care don’t let netanyahu supporters turn Israel future bleak. It may be to late already ;but being an optimist I hope not.

    asset (635573)

  294. @292

    conspire to promote or prevent the election of any person to a public office by unlawful means.”

    How do we know the “means” are unlawful? Is there, I dunno, a law that says so? Because pointing to this meta-law just doesn’t cut it.

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/23/2024 @ 10:12 pm

    Andy McCarthy breaks is down today:
    https://www.nationalreview.com/2024/04/alvin-braggs-outrageous-conspiracy-theory/

    whembly (86df54)

  295. 286 was my lame attempt at sarcasm, Rip.

    norcal (49eb0d) — 4/23/2024 @ 6:59 pm

    I know, which is why I ignored it.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  296. Even from someone who’s not voting for Trump… the ‘persecution’ claims continues to have legs…
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/04/23/trump-trials-political-persecution-fault/

    whembly (86df54)

  297. How do we know the “means” are unlawful? Is there, I dunno, a law that says so? Because pointing to this meta-law just doesn’t cut it.

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/23/2024 @ 10:12 pm

    Under New York law, “unlawful means” appears to be construed broadly—and is not limited to crimes (which would therefore require yet another predicate crime). In a 100-year-old opinion (People v. Gitlow), the state appellate court with authority over Manhattan ruled that “unlawful means” as written in another statute does not necessitate “the commission of a crime.” Instead, the court held that “unlawful means” simply refers to conduct “unauthorized by law.”

    That case, although vintage, is consistent with what we would expect to find when construing the meaning of section 17-152. New York’s highest court has noted that when language in a statute is not defined, words are generally to be given their “usual and commonly understood meaning” and that dictionaries are “useful guideposts” in ascertaining that meaning. Merriam Webster defines “unlawful” as “not lawful : ILLEGAL.” “Illegal” is further defined as “not according to or authorized by law : UNLAWFUL, ILLICIT.”

    Unlike with the definitions of “a crime” in the books and records statute, there appears to be no issue about the definition precluding the application of federal law. Indeed, these definitions appear to include any conduct that is inconsistent with the law, rather than just criminal conduct. And we would expect a judge ruling on the meaning of the statute to find as much.

    Thus the potential “unlawful means” here are legion. ………
    …………>/blockquote>

    Source Paragraph breaks added.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  298. This is a pretty good synopsis of what Bragg would need to show and how Trump’s team might respond:

    https://www.justsecurity.org/85581/the-manhattan-das-charges-and-trumps-defenses-a-detailed-preview/

    I don’t think that this will come down to negative stories from the Enquirer. It’s a salacious element that people correctly speculated about but lying about a candidate or opponent is standard politics. Election corruption can bring in campaign finance violations, bank fraud, or tax fraud. I think we wait and see.

    AJ_Liberty (1295e6)

  299. AJ_Liberty (1295e6) — 4/24/2024 @ 9:23 am

    Great minds think alike; that’s where my quote is from. 😏

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  300. Instead, the court held that “unlawful means” simply refers to conduct “unauthorized by law.”

    Not much freedom or liberty under that rule. If it’s not authorized specifically, then it’s unlawful (and conspiring to do something not specifically authorized is CRIMINAL).

    WOW.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  301. Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/24/2024 @ 10:08 am

    Interesting legal factoid: People v. Gitlow became Gitlow v. New York on appeal to the Supreme Court, which resulted in the application of the First Amendment to the states.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  302. Gitlow still lost his appeal.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  303. Is a politician withholding information from the public unlawful?

    Is paying someone to withhold information from the public unlawful, if that person has no other duty to inform?

    Does there have to be a law saying that one CAN withhold information from the public for such to become lawful?

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  304. The first amendment contains the right to remain silent, as in some cases does the 5th. That should make remaining silent lawful. Paying someone to remain silent when they are not legally compelled to speak would seem to be within the law even under this Orwellian definition of “lawful”

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  305. Fundamentally…

    Why is it, that Alvin Bragg bring these charges based on the descriptor of “legal fees”.

    What was supposed to be entered in the books?

    I really haven’t seen anyone/articles positing what supposed to happen…

    Anyone has any idea?

    whembly (86df54)

  306. The silent part out loud.

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1783184198477508785

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  307. What was supposed to be entered in the books?

    “Fixer fees” ?

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  308. What was supposed to be entered in the books?

    Nothing.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  309. Paying someone to remain silent when they are not legally compelled to speak would seem to be within the law even under this Orwellian definition of “lawful”

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/24/2024 @ 11:27 am

    That is lawful, and Trump isn’t charged with that. He is charged with falsifying business records.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  310. @308

    What was supposed to be entered in the books?

    Nothing.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18) — 4/24/2024 @ 11:38 am

    That makes even less sense…

    whembly (86df54)

  311. What was supposed to be entered in the books?

    Nothing.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18) — 4/24/2024 @ 11:38 am

    That makes even less sense…

    whembly (86df54) — 4/24/2024 @ 11:40 am

    It makes perfect sense unless you consider paying hush money a business expense. Had Trump reimbursed Cohen from his personal funds (which he could easily afford) he wouldn’t be on trial today.

    He’s not charged with paying hush money to Cohen it Stormy Daniels, he’s accused of trying to disguise the payments as legal fees as part of a non-existent “retainer agreement” with Cohen.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  312. Cohen or Stormy Daniels……

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  313. Had Trump reimbursed Cohen from his personal funds (which he could easily afford) he wouldn’t be on trial today.

    He’d be on trial somewhere else.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  314. Trump wasn’t paying legal fees. He was reimbursing Cohen for money Cohen paid to Daniels on Trump’s behalf. Trump disguised it as legal fees because Cohen was his lawyer, but the services rendered were not legal services.

    DRJ (60477e)

  315. That is lawful, and Trump isn’t charged with that. He is charged with falsifying business records.

    No, he actually is not. He is charged with falsifying business records IN ORDER TO CONCEAL an “unlawful conspiracy” (which, from Packer’s testimony would be “to hide information from the voters”).

    He is not charged with “falsifying business records”, as that is only a misdemeanor by itself, and may also be beyond the statute of limitations for misdemeanors (even if tolled for the Presidency).

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  316. Trump wasn’t paying legal fees. He was reimbursing Cohen for money Cohen paid to Daniels on Trump’s behalf. Trump disguised it as legal fees because Cohen was his lawyer, but the services rendered were not legal services.

    A lawyer cannot make payments for his client? Even in order to disguise the identity of his client?

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  317. If a lawyer pays expenses for a client, such as for an investigator or a court reporter, then the bill would say that. Any payment would match up to the invoice and be itemized.

    One point of the business records law is to match up the records with legitimate invoices. Posting misleading or fraudulent invoices violates the statute.

    DRJ (60477e)

  318. If a business pays a fraudulent invoice, but doesn’t realize it is fraudulent, then that is not a violation. The entity that issued a fraudulent invoice is the violator. Here, I assume both parties knew the records were false but Trump could claim he didn’t know. That is why Pecker’s testimony is important.

    DRJ (60477e)

  319. A lawyer cannot make payments for his client? Even in order to disguise the identity of his client?

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/24/2024 @ 12:05 pm

    The Trump defense is the payments to Cohen pursuant to a retainer agreement which apparently doesn’t exist.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  320. Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/24/2024 @ 12:03 pm

    I was simplifying the charges to make the point that if Trump had paid Cohen out of his own pocket there wouldn’t have been any problem.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  321. But there still might have been a possible unreported campaign donation violation.

    DRJ (60477e)

  322. Would it have been legal if it said “fixer fees & expenses”?

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  323. possible unreported campaign donation violation

    Well, stretched far enough, a tip at a restaurant is a “possible” campaign violation.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  324. I think it would have been legal if reported as a campaign donation.

    DRJ (d24294)

  325. I don’t know why this irritates people so much. We have laws like this to promote transparency and compliance with federal and state laws (typically tax laws). Most of us never run into problems with these laws because we don’t lie or do things that make us want to lie.

    DRJ (d24294)

  326. I think it would have been legal if reported as a campaign donation.

    But it’s not a campaign donation. There’s the rub.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  327. @314

    Trump wasn’t paying legal fees. He was reimbursing Cohen for money Cohen paid to Daniels on Trump’s behalf. Trump disguised it as legal fees because Cohen was his lawyer, but the services rendered were not legal services.

    DRJ (60477e) — 4/24/2024 @ 12:00 pm

    Can you explain to me the difference more?

    Why couldn’t what Cohen did *was* considered legal services?

    Are their tax implications between legal services vs. “not” legal services?

    What should’ve Trump’s bean counter have written down in the ledger?

    whembly (86df54)

  328. I think it would have been legal if reported as a campaign donation.

    DRJ (d24294) — 4/24/2024 @ 1:59 pm

    Since the $130,000 payment to Cohen was a reimbursement and exceeded by far the contribution limits for a campaign donation ($2,600) it would have been an illegal contribution.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  329. @315

    That is lawful, and Trump isn’t charged with that. He is charged with falsifying business records.

    No, he actually is not. He is charged with falsifying business records IN ORDER TO CONCEAL an “unlawful conspiracy” (which, from Packer’s testimony would be “to hide information from the voters”).

    He is not charged with “falsifying business records”, as that is only a misdemeanor by itself, and may also be beyond the statute of limitations for misdemeanors (even if tolled for the Presidency).

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/24/2024 @ 12:03 pm

    Maybe I’m being pedantic here… but, the indictment only shows “falsifying business records”
    https://manhattanda.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Donald-J.-Trump-Indictment.pdf

    Did I miss an update indictment sheet?

    whembly (86df54)

  330. I don’t know why this irritates people so much. We have laws like this to promote transparency and compliance with federal and state laws (typically tax laws). Most of us never run into problems with these laws because we don’t lie or do things that make us want to lie.

    You need to get out more. Most of us treat government and government rules as something to avoid. We have campaign finance laws principally to protect incumbents with a barrier to entry and secondly to prevent the wealthy from advocating their interests.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  331. What should’ve Trump’s bean counter have written down in the ledger?

    whembly (86df54) — 4/24/2024 @ 2:09 pm

    Again, why should the payments be considered a business expense? Aside from having to explain the payments to Melania, if Trump had paid the $130k from his own pocket he wouldn’t (oversimplifying) be charged with false entries into the Trump Organization’s business records.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  332. Did I miss an update indictment sheet?

    whembly (86df54) — 4/24/2024 @ 2:12 pm

    Each count of the indictment says, in addition to “falsifying business records” that Trump did so “with intent to defraud and intent to commit another crime and aid and conceal the commission thereof, made and caused a false entry in the business records of an enterprise”.

    The “other crime” is a violation of New York election law.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  333. @331

    What should’ve Trump’s bean counter have written down in the ledger?

    whembly (86df54) — 4/24/2024 @ 2:09 pm

    Again, why should the payments be considered a business expense? Aside from having to explain the payments to Melania, if Trump had paid the $130k from his own pocket he wouldn’t (oversimplifying) be charged with false entries into the Trump Organization’s business records.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18) — 4/24/2024 @ 2:16 pm

    Because… he owns the trust where the money was disbursed from? As it came from “the Donald J. Trump
    Revocable Trust, and kept and maintained by the Trump Organization. ”

    Again, I’m trying to seek clarity here.

    Why is it bad for the Trump Organization to document the transactions as “legal services” (or was it “legal fees”??) for work done by Michael Cohen, his attorney at the time, who established an NDA with all the particulars to completing that NDA…as somehow not something a lawyer does?

    whembly (86df54)

  334. @332

    The “other crime” is a violation of New York election law.

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18) — 4/24/2024 @ 2:21 pm

    Shouldn’t that “other crime” statute be listed in the indictment page?

    whembly (86df54)

  335. I don’t think there are limits on what the candidate can contribute to his/her campaign, Rip. I am not an expert on campaign finance so I could be wrong but I think as long as Trump reports what he donates he can donate as much as he wants.

    DRJ (22b291)

  336. I think it is unethical for lawyers to provide financial assistance to their clients by paying personal or business debts. This prohibition is based on the rules of professional conduct which govern the legal profession. The rationale behind this rule is to avoid conflicts of interest, maintain the integrity of the attorney-client relationship, and ensure that legal judgments are not compromised by financial transactions.

    Lawyers can provide financial assistance in specific cases, such as arranging for litigation expenses, but if clients don’t pay as they go then often those are negotiated in advance and paid from any litigation settlement or judgment.

    DRJ (22b291)

  337. As I recall, there was a Special Master in Cohen’s case, to determine what part of his work was being a “fixer” and what part was actual lawyering. Turned out a bare fraction of his work for Trump involved actual legal services, like, less than 0.2% of his documents were protected by attorney-client privilege.

    Paul Montagu (d40e94)

  338. @336

    I think it is unethical for lawyers to provide financial assistance to their clients by paying personal or business debts. This prohibition is based on the rules of professional conduct which govern the legal profession. The rationale behind this rule is to avoid conflicts of interest, maintain the integrity of the attorney-client relationship, and ensure that legal judgments are not compromised by financial transactions.

    Lawyers can provide financial assistance in specific cases, such as arranging for litigation expenses, but if clients don’t pay as they go then often those are negotiated in advance and paid from any litigation settlement or judgment.

    DRJ (22b291) — 4/24/2024 @ 2:47 pm

    I do agree that there are ethical considerations for what Cohen did for Trump here…

    But, do you see where I’m coming from?
    – – What is “false” about documenting the ledger that Cohen’s NDA services was “legal services”? What exactly was it false?

    – – Furthermore, what SHOULD’VE Trump’s accountant have documented on the ledger if “legal services” was false?

    whembly (86df54)

  339. Trump didn’t have to commit the other crimes. He only has to know about them to cover them up. If so, then they would be part of the evidence but not separate charges in the indictment.

    DRJ (22b291)

  340. The indictment alleges that Trump paid Cohen pursuant to a retainer agreement for legal services and documented it in his business records as such. Assuming the State can prove what it has alleged, there was no retainer agreement and the business records were false.

    DRJ (22b291)

  341. @339

    Trump didn’t have to commit the other crimes. He only has to know about them to cover them up. If so, then they would be part of the evidence but not separate charges in the indictment.

    DRJ (22b291) — 4/24/2024 @ 3:00 pm

    Oh, I see… so Bragg only needs to list out PEN § 175.10, in the indictment…

    Then need to show in court, via evidence, that he intended to ” defraud includes an intent to commit another crime or to aid or conceal the commission thereof.”??

    That’s where Pat has surmised in his substack that another federal court recently ruled that the jury can convict if the jury concludes the defendant intended to commit or conceal another crime.

    Wouldn’t that be a tall order for the prosecution to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Trump knew that it was illegal?

    Obfuscating something like this, because it’s embarrassing, is easy to understand…

    But that doesn’t mean, automatically that Trump knew it was illegal… no matter how much the prosecution tries to frame this as a “scheme” or a “conspiracy”.

    whembly (86df54)

  342. @340

    The indictment alleges that Trump paid Cohen pursuant to a retainer agreement for legal services and documented it in his business records as such. Assuming the State can prove what it has alleged, there was no retainer agreement and the business records were false.

    DRJ (22b291) — 4/24/2024 @ 3:03 pm

    That may be argued in court… but not seeing any “retainer agreement” in the indictment:
    https://manhattanda.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Donald-J.-Trump-Indictment.pdf

    Might be a meaningless distinction though…

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    whembly (86df54)

  343. It is in the Statement of Facts filed with the indictment.

    DRJ (22b291)

  344. See here

    DRJ (22b291)

  345. My sentiments exactly:

    Heather B
    @BoulwareH2
    I do not want to hear one word from anyone on, or adjacent to, the left about the poor innocent peaceful protesters getting arrested, expelled, or suspended. Until you clean up the toxic waste dump of antisemitism you support and/or enable you can sit down, and shut up.

    https://x.com/BoulwareH2/status/1783258879633334512

    qdpsteve again (711764)

  346. From the press release (which is not evidence and must be proven):

    Each check was processed by the Trump Organization and illegally disguised as a payment for legal services rendered pursuant to a non-existent retainer agreement. In total, 34 false entries were made in New York business records to conceal the initial covert $130,000 payment. Further, participants in the scheme took steps that mischaracterized, for tax purposes, the true nature of the reimbursements.

    DRJ (22b291)

  347. Trump may certainly claim he knew nothing. We will see what the evidence shows.

    DRJ (22b291)

  348. Maybe it’s the weather or something I ate, but today I feel that Bragg would be doing more in the interests of justice and public safety if he were prosecuting one of his constituents for shoplifting a bottle of body wash from a Walgreens.

    Sure, Trump is an unsavory character, a sordid lowlife who should not be allowed to be seen out on a public street let alone get within a mile of the White House, but I already knew that.

    This case is not what the criminal justice system is for.

    nk (5d6ae8)

  349. Apparently Trump only repaid Cohen after he was elected. At that point, he did not have to mischaracterize it as legal fees but he did anyway. Trump could have repaid Cohen himself, as Rip said above.

    There may have been campaign finance disclosures or even fines but that seems like a minor inconvenience compared to this. Hindsight is 20-30 but Trump’s conduct seems more like someone who thinks he is untouchable. He probably felt that way after being elected President.

    DRJ (22b291)

  350. Of course it is, nk. No one should be above the law.

    DRJ (22b291)

  351. As I recall, there was a Special Master in Cohen’s case, to determine what part of his work was being a “fixer” and what part was actual lawyering. Turned out a bare fraction of his work for Trump involved actual legal services, like, less than 0.2% of his documents were protected by attorney-client privilege.

    There is no consigliere-Don privilege?

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  352. Sad!

    A state grand jury in Arizona on Wednesday indicted so-called “fake electors” who backed then-President Donald Trump in 2020, as well as key Trump aides, after a sprawling investigation into the alleged efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the presidential election in the state.

    One month after the 2020 election, 11 Trump supporters convened at the Arizona GOP’s headquarters in Phoenix to sign a certificate claiming to be Arizona’s 11 electors to the Electoral College, though Biden won the state by 10,457 votes and state officials certified his electors. The state Republican Party documented the signing of the certificate in a social media post and sent it to Congress and the National Archives.

    Among those charged is Kelli Ward, who served as chair of the Arizona GOP during the 2020 election and the immediate aftermath. She tweeted on Jan. 6, 2021, after the attack on the U.S. Capitol: “Congress is adjourned. Send the elector choice back to the legislatures.” Ward was a consistent propagator of false claims that Arizona’s election results were rigged.
    …………
    Based on descriptions in the indictment, Trump appears to be identified as “Unindicted Coconspirator 1.” The document includes redacted names of other people who have been charged in the case but have not yet been served. Two of them appear to be former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Trump campaign and White House official Mike Roman, per the descriptions in the indictment.

    Another passage appears to describe attorney Kenneth Chesebro, one of the planners of the alleged scheme, as an unindicted coconspirator. ………..
    …………..
    …………..As the Republican electors sent illegitimate certifications to Washington, Trump sought to put pressure on Maricopa County officials and other Arizona Republicans, including then-state House Speaker Rusty Bowers and then-Gov. Doug Ducey.

    Trump placed a phone call directly to Ducey as the governor certified the state’s election results. Ducey muted the call.
    ………….

    Related

    Michigan prosecutors consider former President Donald Trump and some of his top aides co-conspirators in the plot to submit a certificate falsely claiming he won Michigan’s 2020 election, an investigator for Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office testified Wednesday in court.

    Howard Shock, a special agent for Nessel, said Trump; Mark Meadows, who was Trump’s chief of staff; and Rudy Giuliani, who was his personal lawyer, are “unindicted co-conspirators” in Michigan’s false elector case. In total, over the last two days, Shock has identified 11 conspirators who haven’t been charged with a crime. That means prosecutors believe they participated, to some extent, in an alleged scheme to commit forgery by creating a false document asserting Trump had won Michigan’s 16 electoral votes when Democrat Joe Biden had won them.
    …………
    In July, Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, charged the 16 Republican electors with eight felonies each, including conspiracy to commit forgery, which would carry a penalty of up to 14 years behind bars. But Nessel’s office has said its investigation is ongoing.
    …………
    Shock also said Wednesday that Jenna Ellis and Kenneth Chesebro, two lawyers who worked with the Trump campaign in the weeks after the Nov. 3, 2020, presidential election, are also unindicted co-conspirators, along with Chris Velasco, who worked for Trump’s campaign in Michigan.
    …………..
    During a hearing in February, Kahla Crino, an assistant attorney general, described the effort to submit false certificates claiming Trump won the 2020 presidential election as a “multi-state criminal conspiracy that was absolutely linked” to Trump’s campaign.
    …………

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  353. The indictment alleges that Trump paid Cohen pursuant to a retainer agreement for legal services and documented it in his business records as such. Assuming the State can prove what it has alleged, there was no retainer agreement and the business records were false.

    Which means nothing without an underlying crime to be concealed.

    Trump didn’t have to commit the other crimes. He only has to know about them to cover them up. If so, then they would be part of the evidence but not separate charges in the indictment.

    I need something a bit less vague than “conspiracy to do something unlawful” as the underlying crime.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  354. Finally:

    The Biden administration last month secretly shipped long-range missiles to Ukraine for the first time in the two-year war — and Kyiv has already used the weapon twice to strike deep behind Russian lines.

    In March, the U.S. quietly approved the transfer of a number of Army Tactical Missile Systems with a range of nearly 200 miles, said a senior Biden administration official and two U.S. officials…….

    The provision of the long-range version of the ATACMS ends a lengthy drama in which Ukraine clamored for years to receive the weapon, driving a wedge between Washington and Kyiv. The U.S. quietly sent the medium-range version of the missile in October, but Ukraine continued to press for a weapon that would allow it to strike farther behind Russia’s lines.

    Ukrainian forces have used the long-range missiles twice, first against a Russian military base in Crimea and more recently against Russian forces east of Berdyansk near the Sea of Azov, the senior administration official said.
    …………
    The U.S. was initially reluctant to send ATACMS — even under sustained domestic and international pressure — due to stockpile concerns and fear of escalating the war. But Russia’s increasingly brutal tactics and more American production of the long-range version convinced Biden to authorize the transfer.

    The Biden administration warned Russia that attacking Ukraine’s energy grid and using North Korean-provided missiles would lead the U.S. to reconsider sending ATACMS to Ukraine. Those strikes continued, leading top officials — national security adviser Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. C.Q. Brown — to unanimously recommend the weapons transfer.
    ………..
    The long-range strategic missiles will also allow Ukraine to hold key parts of Crimea at risk, the official said. That includes the Kerch Bridge connecting occupied Crimea to Russia, as well as ports and naval facilities in the peninsula from which Russia’s Black Sea Fleet operates.
    …………

    Rip Murdock (fcfd18)

  355. On April 19, 2024 the grand ayatollah was 85 years old, not 84, it seems.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  356. Once again, Biden delivers what he so long insisted was destabilizing. A day late and a dollar short.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  357. Israel lobby burns thru more millions to defeat Summer Lee (she won) Least offensive ;but most vulnerable member of squad. Ceasefire demonstrations breakout all over the country even U. of Texas austin. If some right winger pulls a kent state watch out this aint 1970!

    asset (b99db0)

  358. Az house anti-choice speaker kicks democrats off committees in anger of house passing repeal of 1864 abortion law. Democrat snowflakes angry and whine, should be planning revenge!

    asset (b99db0)

  359. asset, I finally got around reading your word salad response at 283.

    Yes, we all know that the left lusts for blood and can’t wait to put people against the wall, then blow their brains out. That’s the side you support.

    qdpsteve again (711764)

  360. @359 It wasn’t the left who open fired at kent state and jackson state or gunned down fred hampton and mark clark. Also talk show host alan berg. By the way I am not a pacifist and only anti the wrong wars and yes I get to decide which wars are wrong. I support Ukraine and the destruction of hamas as best result for palestinian people and oppose ceasefire even though the bottled deposit crook keeps delaying to stay in office and out of prison cell.

    asset (b99db0)

  361. Biden reads from a teleprompter at a rally:

    “…Four more years! Pause. Pause.”

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  362. Yes, we all know that the left lusts for blood and can’t wait to put people against the wall, then blow their brains out. That’s the side you support.

    Che Guevara has a window cut in his office wall at a Cuban prison so he could watch the executions.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  363. *had. He’s dead.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  364. Kevin, yup. Che FAFOed in Bolivia in 1967.

    qdpsteve again (711764)

  365. @360: 60 years is a long time to let resentments fester in your head. Get help.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  366. Kevin M, exactamundo.
    asset also apparently believes that Strom Thurmond is still an active, influential member of the GOP.

    qdpsteve again (711764)

  367. asset: you condemn Hamas and support Israel in Gaza– all while constantly condemning Netanyahu over and over and over again, *and* 100% swallowing/repeating here every single report from leftist media sources claiming Muslim kids are getting murdered for no reason whatsoever). Wunnerful.

    Meanwhile, you vote for people who refuse to condemn Hamas, refuse to condemn the terrorism that Jewish students are experiencing RIGHT NOW on university campuses nationwide, and never miss a chance to praise your hopeless crush object, AOC, who openly shed tears of anger when Congress voted the money for Israel to defend itself against Iran’s missiles.

    From my POV, your concern for Jews and Israel looks about a mile wide and micrometer deep. Same for your party.

    qdpsteve again (711764)

  368. It’s about time, but it’s odd that “Gotti’s” lieutenants and gofers are indicted but not the mob boss himself.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  369. @366 No he is dead ;but replaced by other racists. @367 Like over half of Israel I support Israel and loathe the bottle deposit crook. I have said the young left have passed me buy with defund the police and the threats to jewish students even if a few try to provoke reaction most don’t. AOC will be president thanks to demographics! Where I live democrats are good government liberal snowflakes. Today in az the republican speaker of the house kicked democrats off committees for help passing repeal of 1864 abortion ban. The democrats whine and ring their hands and cry shame. Thats what I get to vote for not people who refuse to condemn hamas. The democrat party and the left are a rainbow coalition with different interests ;but a common enemy. The analogy I use is during the french revolution The conservatives were defending the bastile the radicals were storming it and wimp liberals like biden/clintons were knocking on the door asking to be let in. My side: we need everyone on the battlefield we can get we will sort the rest out after we win. The reason castro and che were in charge was because batista eliminated the moderates leaving only the robespierres. Actually a committee for public safety could be of use for gov. hobbs right now.

    asset (b99db0)

  370. Who could’ve predicted this….

    Gazan terrorists fired mortar shells on Wednesday towards the construction work on the humanitarian pier being built off the coast of Gaza.

    i24NEWS has learned that several pieces of American engineering equipment were damaged in the attack. In addition, one person was slightly injured while running to a protected area.

    https://t.co/8maeivRScf

    Paul Montagu (c5b83a)

  371. DRJ (22b291) — 4/24/2024 @ 4:38 pm

    At that point,

    Or even when the payment was made – past the last filing date before the election. But it would probably be improper for Trump to use campaign funds for that purpose. Trump could have paid Stormy Daniels himself.

    The reason he didn’t do that is because he didn’t want to pay the money!

    Cohen kept putting off Stormy Daniels. He had told the NAtional Enquirer (which didn’t want to pay the money) that he would take care of it, Trump didn’t want to pay her off either (his general belief was that such stories come out anyway. He changed his mind about Karen McDougall because it was an affair that lasted 10 months Stormy was a one-night stand – and he was known to have been a philanderer in the past.

    Michael Cohen was trapped. His web of lies was about to be exposed – or perhaps he was involved in setting up the original incident in 2006

    He decided to pay off Stormy using his own money (!) and to try to get it back from Donald Trump later (there was, after all, the implicit threat that he could break the story himself if the alternative was bankruptcy. He hadn’t signed a nondisclosure agreement.

    he did not have to mischaracterize it as legal fees

    No, it was Michael Cohen who set it up as legal fees.

    Trump did what Michael Cohen, the lawyer, told him to do.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  372. Gazan terrorists fired mortar shells on Wednesday towards the construction work on the humanitarian pier being built off the coast of Gaza.

    They want the choice to be between starvation (or claims of starvation) and Israeli capitulation and withdrawal from Gaza.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  373. asset (b99db0) — 4/24/2024 @ 8:16 pm

    Israel lobby burns thru more millions to defeat Summer Lee (she won)

    No they didn’t, They gave up on that race.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  374. The DA charges a general agreement, dating back to July 2015, for the National Enquirer to capture and kill stories but Pecker’s testimony shows there was no such agreement in advance – but only for the National Enquirer to run favorable stories about Trump and unfavorable (as unfavorable as their libel lawyers would allow, which meant in many cases text that does not support the headline or where the headline seems too say something that it doesn’t say) about his opponents.

    Paying off sources to silence them was not on automatic pilot.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  375. Netanyahu said that what’s going on in U,S. universities is like what went on in German universities in the 1930s. This is not true. Jewish professors were fired, and Jewish students expelled,

    It’s like, or closer, to what went on in Polish universities in the 1930s

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  376. I was very interested in when the prosecution was going to answer whembly and kevin’s (fair) questions about what was illegal. It just became clear in the trial:

    Pecker violated FEC laws by not reporting his 150K catch & kill of Trump stories. Ok, so that’s on Pecker, not Trump; maybe Trump knew he did, maybe he didn’t but I’m pretty sure it didn’t matter, because then the case is: Trump made fraudulent business entries in furtherance of covering up the FEC election law violations, which is what elevates the bad accounting to felonies.

    Nate (f52876)

  377. I have not always been impressed by Trump’s lawyers lawyering, but Monday & Tuesday I had thought they were making some very compelling points: “The prosecution keeps talking about this election interference as if it were a crime. There’s nothing wrong with campaigning! Buying damaging stories is just good campaigning.”

    I was really wondering what on earth the prosecution was doing, and was starting to think this case might in fact be garbage. But now I see how they brought it back to the fraud. Yes, it may have been good campaigning, and that’s not illegal. The FEC statutes were violated, which is not a big deal; it happens every election, and the penalty is fines to the campaign.

    But where it looks like they get Trump is: Yes, the crime (FEC Violations) may have not been a big deal, but violating New York business fraud laws in furtherance of covering up a crime makes it a felony.

    Nate (f52876)

  378. Pecker violated FEC laws by not reporting his 150K catch & kill of Trump stories.

    How? Doing something to favor a campaign is not (yet) an election law violation in this country. You can, for example, buy an ad in the NYT saying “Vote for Biden” and not be subject to election donation limits UNLESS your activity is coordinated with a campaign. And this coordination thing is loosely enforced.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  379. It appears that the Supremes are accepting some version of Presidential immunity for crimes committed.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  380. Well, there goes the Republic, then. If there is no actual constraint on Presidential abuse of power, we *will* have a dictatorship from one side or the other within my lifetime.

    aphrael (1797ab)

  381. I repeat,

    the LA Times buried the story on Obama’s meeting with Iranians when he was running for President. Still haven’t gotten the truth to this day.

    NJRob (47aaf7)

  382. Well, there goes the Republic, then. If there is no actual constraint on Presidential abuse of power, we *will* have a dictatorship from one side or the other within my lifetime.

    Was Brian Terry’s death within your lifetime?

    BuDuh (e33781)

  383. If there is no actual constraint on Presidential abuse of power

    I don’t think they accepted Trump’s extreme claims about assassinating rivals, but things like “obstruction” may well be within the kinds of political behavior that must be allowed.

    I don’t want Biden prosecuted for his inaction (possibly unlawful) regarding immigration. I do want Trump prosecuted for attempting to foster false electoral votes or sending a mob to try to kill Congressmen.

    There is no clear line and there needs to be one.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  384. @376-377, I think I’m with you on both comments. The theory of the case is at least understandable now, though it will continue to get a lot of eyerolls from those skeptical that this is an even application of the law. No one questions the affairs. No one questions that there was a payoff to keep it from coming out right before the election. I think the evidence will show that business records were indeed falsified to prevent tracking the money. This confounding other tax and election reporting. Even though Trump will not serve time, it’s more than plausible that he faces a felony conviction.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  385. Things that the prosecution needs to PROVE, all beyond a reasonable doubt.

    1. That what Pecker did was a campaign expenditure.
    2. That it was coordinated with the campaign.
    3. That Trump knew about it and/or directed it.
    4. That Trump directed the falsification of the books to cover up this illegal contribution.

    I don’t know if his falsifying records having the EFFECT of covering up the illegal contribution is enough. The DA may have to show it was his motive in doing so, and Trump proffering other motives may get him off the hook.

    Again, reasonable doubt.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  386. A top deputy of LA County DA George Gascón has been charged by the state with illegally possessing and using confidential police offer records while employed by the DA.

    California’s attorney general filed criminal charges Wednesday against one of L.A. County Dist. Atty. George Gascón’s top advisors, who supervises high-profile and sensitive cases including police misconduct, fraud and public corruption.

    Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta announced the 11 felony counts against Assistant Dist. Atty. Diana Teran in a press statement. He accused her of improperly downloading confidential records of police officers in 2018 while she was working for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. Teran then “impermissibly used that data” after joining Gascón’s office three years later, Bonta said.

    The confidential records concern 11 sheriff’s deputies, according to a criminal complaint filed in L.A. Superior Court. The deputies’ names were not included in the court filing…..

    Teran, who has been a lawyer for more than 35 years, worked for years as a deputy district attorney in L.A. County before assuming posts involving law enforcement monitoring and oversight. In 2018, she served as a constitutional policing advisor to the Sheriff’s Department, then as a consultant to the Office of Inspector General, which provides oversight to the department. In 2019, she became a law enforcement accountability advisor with the L.A. County public defender’s office.

    After Gascón’s election victory, Teran joined his administration in early 2021 as a special advisor and later began running the Justice System Integrity Division, or JSID, which handles prosecutions of police and attorney misconduct. Her hiring was one of many criticized by longtime prosecutors frustrated by Gascón’s willingness to empower attorneys who had previously done defense work.

    Gascón recently promoted Teran to assistant district attorney, giving her supervisory authority over units that prosecute organized crime, white collar crime and corruption, as well as crimes by law enforcement and attorneys.

    Teran’s current employment status is unclear, and a spokesperson for Gascón’s office declined to specify whether she remains an assistant district attorney.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  387. Harvey Weinstein’s New York rape convictions overturned

    Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s 2020 rape conviction was overturned Thursday by the New York Court of Appeals, a shocking reversal of a landmark case that helped launch the #MeToo movement.

    The court ordered a retrial, ruling that the judge in Weinstein’s original trial improperly allowed testimony about allegations that weren’t part of the case.

    “We conclude that the trial court erroneously admitted testimony of uncharged, alleged prior sexual acts against persons other than the complainants of the underlying crimes,” the court wrote in its 4-3 decision.

    Weinstein will remain in prison regardless because he is serving a 16-year sentence on a separate case in California, where he was convicted in 2022 of rape, forced oral copulation and sexual misconduct.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  388. I wonder if this kind of judicial error in high-profile cases is typical in New York.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  389. The court said it was an error. But uncharged similar acts – to enhance the credibility of the charged ones – are allowed and they almost always occurred if the charges are true,

    What I don’t like about Trump’s underlying crime is that I think the jury doesn’t need to find separately that there was such a crime.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  390. The Republican National Committee (or someone who sounds like she has recorded words chosen by AI and claims to be calling on their behalf) is fundraising on the grounds or for the alleged purpose of preventing Democrats from stealing the election.

    Among the things they claimed they did in 2020 was having “non-citizens” vote.

    The star 69 number is 771-212-6098

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  391. The star 69 number is 771-212-6098

    Which means nothing but the number provided to the phone network by the calling subscriber, who may be spoofing.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  392. What I don’t like about Trump’s underlying crime is that I think the jury doesn’t need to find separately that there was such a crime.

    OK, I revise point 3 (@385)

    3. That Trump knew about it and/or directed it.

    3. That Trump knew about it and/or directed it, or at the very least believed 1 & 2 to be true.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  393. I repeat,

    the LA Times buried the story on Obama’s meeting with Iranians when he was running for President. Still haven’t gotten the truth to this day.

    NJRob (47aaf7) — 4/25/2024 @ 10:40 am

    I don’t recall hearing that particular story involving Iranians, if you have a link please post it. I do recall that the LA Times did write an extensive story in 2008 about a 2003 farewell party attended by then State Senator Obama for the newly appointed Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi. The video of the party has never been released.

    Rip Murdock (79ebbf)

  394. The bottle deposit crook yesterday says criticism of his actions leading the government is anti-semitism! Sen. Sanders answers back. (DU) This is why like most Israelis l loathe this evil crook who will do anything to stay in power and out of a prison cell.

    asset (d5e224)

  395. The National Enquirer refused to pay for Stormy Daniels.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  396. Rip playing dumb.

    NJRob (47aaf7) — 4/25/2024 @ 5:38 pm

    No, you repeated your claim that Obama met with “Iranians” which are not mentioned at all in his National Review link.

    Rather than playing “dumb”, I linked to the LA Times article published in 2008 about Obama and Rashid Khalidi, who is Palestinian, not Iranian (and still is a professor at Columbia). And Obama didn’t meet with Khalidi while he was running for President, they met in 2003, when Obama was Illinois state senator. The LA Times story wasn’t published until 2008, when he was running for President. The National Review story at his link is entirely based on the Times’ reporting.

    As usual, when NJRob is factually challenged, he can’t admit his mistake.

    Rip Murdock (79ebbf)

  397. The Times article was the cover up in question and they didn’t report on Obama any more than the alleged collusion in question in this case. Who funded the Palestinians Rip? Who still funds them?

    NJRob (47aaf7)

  398. Today’s take on the Trump Show: Whatever the legal ramifications of this hush money trial, all of Trump’s qualities and character are on display.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  399. And it’s a rather empty display.

    norcal (3d2fa0)

  400. asset: Strom Thurmond had long stopped being a racist by the time he died. In fact, he was never really a racist – he was a cynical politician, like many of his colleagues. Very few southern Senators of that time were genuine racists. But a few were.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  401. Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/25/2024 @ 10:32 pm

    Whatever the legal ramifications of this hush money trial, all of Trump’s qualities and character are on display.

    The court case obscures that. In other instances, we’d be outraged at what the National Enquirer did,

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  402. @402

    Kevin M (a9545f) — 4/25/2024 @ 10:32 pm

    Whatever the legal ramifications of this hush money trial, all of Trump’s qualities and character are on display.

    The court case obscures that. In other instances, we’d be outraged at what the National Enquirer did,

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e) — 4/26/2024 @ 4:31 am

    The thing that gets me…

    Is that people like Alvin Bragg believes that the National Enquirer, of all the bloody publications, is treated as of their stories are the same journalistic qualities of the mainstream media.

    The National Enquirer that I remember… was one that had salacious stories about how a neighbor believes his next door neighbor is an alien and likes to “prob” him at night.

    whembly (86df54)

  403. You may be conflating the Enquirer with the Weekly World News, which had Bill Clinton meeting space aliens, or banging 4 crack hos at a time.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  404. Very few southern Senators of that time were genuine racists. But a few were.

    A black co-worker of mine surprised me with praise for Alabama Governor George Wallace. He said, sure, Wallace supported segregation like the rest of them, but under Wallace there was always a job with the state for people of any color who needed one. That wasn’t always the case otherwise.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  405. Was he talking if the first George Wallace term (elected 1962) or the later ones (1970-78) or both? George Wallace ran as something of a liberal in 1958 and lost, when only whites could vote especially in the primary. He vowed never to let someone out-n* him again,

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  406. Happy Friday!

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  407. #401 —

    Strom Thurmond had long stopped being a racist by the time he died. In fact, he was never really a racist – he was a cynical politician, like many of his colleagues. Very few southern Senators of that time were genuine racists. But a few were.

    If you are willing to oppress a race for the benefit of receiving the vote of a racist, you are a racist. Strom certainly had no problem having sex with black women. Doesn’t make him colorblind when it comes to anything else.

    Appalled (3d7942)

  408. 390. 391/

    The area code 771 is skipped in my list of area codes and their locations (states mostly) that dates from 2017 that bwas in a telephone book.

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)


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