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General Comments / Paul Pelosi got hammered ... again.
« on: October 31, 2022, 03:03:56 PM »
Fresh off his guilty plea to the DUI, Paul has another "incident" where he got hammered. We are still early in the fog of media - too early to derive conclusions about what really happened here.

What we do know:
  • A little after 2 AM, someone requested a welfare check at the Pelosi home.
  • 911 operators had Paul on the phone - during the attack, he asked to go to the bathroom and that's where he keeps the charger for his phone (as I assume every single one of us does). It was during that conversation that Pelosi informed the operator, His name is David. He is a friend.
  • Police arrive and an unknown person opens the front door.
  • At that point, police observe Pelosi (having inexplicably left the safety of the bathroom) and David DePape, both clad only in their underwear (I would add that the level of dress is conflicting now), seemingly fighting over a hammer.
  • Upon seeing police, DePape then assaulted Pelosi.
  • Police broke it up and sent both to the hospital for treatment for their injuries.

OK, so that's what I know now about this incident. It may all change at any moment. What do we currently know about DePape?
  • DuPape is pretty much considered a loon, deep into drug-induced mental illness according to people that knew him. His girlfriend is quoted as saying DePape thought he was actually Jesus for about a year.
  • He lived in what is commonly referred to as a hippie commune that sported BLM signs, Pride flags, and marijuana signs.
  • He is a nudist activist.
  • He is known to abuse illegal drugs.

I'm certain more details will emerge. Right? SFPD has, I am led to believe, 30 days in which to release body cam footage. We should see that within a few weeks. Also, the Pelosi's are massively wealthy, they certainly have security footage that they can release at any time to help corroborate the story. With that footage, we should be able to answer a lot of the questions but I have a few others:
  • What time did Paul get home that evening?
  • Who requested the welfare check? Or is that just getting confused with Paul's call to 911?
  • Where did Paul spend the evening if not at home?
  • How did DePape get to the Pelosi residence? Walk? Uber? What?
  • How did DePape enter the grounds and force entry into the home? The early images coming from the Pelosi home show the glass blowing about 5 feet out and away from the home. I'd like to see how that spray occurred and we should on security cam footage.
  • Who's hammer were they fighting over?
  • Who opened the door for police and what was their role in all this?
  • Were either DePape or Pelosi under the influence of anything?

If I had to put money on it, this story will get breathless coverage for a few more days, perhaps until the election next week if the media thinks they can get away with portraying DePape as a conservative. After that, it will be memory-holed. This story will disappear as quickly as a Las Vegas shooter or a Nashville bomber.

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General Comments / The Biden Economy
« on: July 13, 2022, 05:33:29 PM »
Well, let's start at the beginning:
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On Wednesday, Mr. Trump said in a speech from the White House streamed online by economic clubs around the country that the economy was the strongest on record before the coronavirus pandemic, again promising vigorous economic growth if he is given another four years in office. He also sought to stir up fear about what a victory by Joe Biden and other Democrats would mean for the U.S.

"The policies of the left would unleash an economic disaster of epic proportions," Mr. Trump said, claiming that a Democratic win would lead to sharply higher taxes and "destroy our country."

An economic disaster of epic proportions. OK.

Inflation is officially at an ear-popping 9.1% according to the current methodology. They say it's the highest in 41 years but it's a little misleading if you're trying to do historical comparisons. There was one method for reporting this pre-1980 and another methodology created in 1990. So by 1980 standards, we are at about 17%. By pre-1990 standards, we're about 14%.

This is at least as bad as 1981 and, in fact, a lot worse. Newsweek previews the impact:
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With inflation soaring in the U.S., people are increasingly turning to buy now pay later (BNPL) installment plans to pay for necessities like groceries, sparking concern among financial experts that such plans could saddle Americans with spiraling debt.
The Biden economy has seriously eroded purchasing power so people are furiously using revolving credit to make ends meet. Financially crazy but they gotta eat so they have little choice since:
Meats, poultry, fish and eggs: 14.2% increase.
Fruits and vegetables: 11.8% increase.
Electricity: 12% increase.
Utility (piped) gas service: 30.2% increase.
Household cleaning products: 9.9% increase.
Rent of primary residences: 5.2% increase.

Not to mention fuel prices driving up literally every single item on store shelves. Hopefully, Biden can successfully beg the Saudis to bail him out but he was pretty negative during the campaign about Saudi so I suspect he's gonna have to really kiss some ass, perhaps even literally (I'm sure they'll drop a 12-year-old for him on that one though so maybe a win-win for Joe).

Unemployment, how are we doing there? They're reporting it at 3.6%. I've been in an economy with 3-ish percent unemployment. Does this economy feel like that? No. Not even a little. If you want to compare historical data, the pre-1994 methodology (where long-term discouraged workers were defined out of existence) actually puts us at just under 25%. Given we're still about a million or so people less in the labor force than in 2020, seems like those long-term discouraged people may be what we're seeing. You know what this economy feels like? It feels like double-digit unemployment does.

Think not? Well, 77% of Americans say the US is heading in the wrong direction. 77%. I don't have the history on that but I don't recall any time that more than three-quarters of Americans felt that way! Jesus. This is, well, this is an economic disaster of epic proportions - Trump totally called it.

We've just had 2 quarters of economic contraction so we're officially in a recession. The only reason you're not hearing about it on CNN is the hope that they can use unemployment data to claim it's not a recession recession. But you can see, that is pretty damn weak for the million plus out of work and it will get worse as employment begins to erode in the wake of the recession.

No wonder Biden's approval rating is 33% (according to NYT so you know it's worse as they try to prop him up). Can you believe that? 33%. Biden has the entire MSM and entertainment industries doing everything possible to put lipstick on this pig and it's still at 33%. JFC.

It only took Biden about 18 months to get us to this point. What do you think the next 18 months are gonna be like? I can tell you, it's gonna be an economic disaster of epic proportions. We're pretty fvcked.

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General Comments / SOP
« on: June 08, 2022, 04:27:00 PM »
Remember this gem:
“I want to tell you Gorsuch, I want to tell you Kavanaugh: You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won't know what hit you." - Democrat leader Chuck Schumer

And this one:
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Leftist activists are directing protestors to confront conservative Supreme Court Justices at their homes in Maryland and Virginia.

Justices John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Amy Coney Barrett, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch are all targets by an organization called, “Ruth Sent Us.” The organization has published the justices’ supposed home addresses online for the radical protestors to locate.

Well, message received:

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A man carrying a gun, a knife and zip ties was arrested Wednesday near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's home in Montgomery County, Maryland, after threatening to kill the justice, authorities say.

Nicholas John Roske, of Simi Valley, California, was identified in a criminal complaint charging him with the attempted murder of a Supreme Court justice. He was dressed in black when he arrived by taxi just after 1 a.m. outside Kavanaugh's home in Chevy Chase.

Roske had a Glock 17 pistol, ammunition, a knife, zip ties, pepper spray, duct tape and other items that he told police he would use to break into Kavanaugh's house and kill him, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in federal court in Maryland.

So we got Schumer promoting violence against justices and leftist activists group supplying the directions. I suppose we’re gonna talk about this insurrection?

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General Comments / Recession, inflation, disruption
« on: April 30, 2022, 09:34:23 AM »
Here’s the truth:

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“The policies of the left would unleash an economic disaster of epic proportions," Mr. Trump said, claiming that a Democratic win would lead to sharply higher taxes and "destroy our country.”

Once again, Trump has proven to be correct.

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The nation's economy experienced its worst quarter since the early stages in the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a U.S. Commerce Department report this week.

The gross domestic product, or GDP, fell at an annual rate of 1.4% in the first quarter of 2022.

This was predicted to occur in Q2 but Biden has really accelerated it so now we get to be officially in recession this summer.

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The annual inflation rate for the United States is 8.5% for the 12 months ended March 2022 — the highest since December 1981 and after rising 7.9% previously, according to U.S. Labor Department data published April 12

That’s great, just great. The economy is running into the ditch.

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Moody’s Analytics has warned that problems "will likely get worse before they get better."

"As the global economic recovery continues to gather steam, what is increasingly apparent is how it will be stymied by supply-chain disruptions that are now showing up at every corner," Moody's wrote in a report.

Yeah, the Biden economy is going great! The red wave this sets up may be historical



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General Comments / The Ministry of Truth Created
« on: April 29, 2022, 10:29:27 AM »
For those that don't know:
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A new board at the Department of Homeland Security will focus on countering misinformation and disinformation, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told lawmakers today, with Wilson Center fellow Nina Jankowicz separately confirming that she would be executive director of the board.

Nina Jankowicz, if you watch her TikTok videos, is a bit of a loon that was an early proponent of the Trump / Russia collusion hoax and also insisted that the Hunter Biden laptop was disinformation.

So, it's an Orwellian dystopia made real, an actual Ministry of Truth that will target anyone saying anything that contradicts the diktats of the regime or says anything that embarrasses them. I mean, if we've learned anything over the last couple of year, the left is extremely happy censoring anything that they oppose so this should be a happy event for them. Here's the deal - we'll use it against you when Trump or DeSantis take the Whitehouse. If you think it won't happen, recall the nuclear option.

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General Comments / CNN+
« on: April 23, 2022, 10:37:47 AM »
Estimated $300 million total investment. Lasted 3 weeks.  :o

I’ve been laughing so much about this. There are literally reruns of Golden Girls at 7 AM on nickelodeon that get more viewers.

Hilarious.

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

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General Comments / The Real Disinformation - spying on the president
« on: February 14, 2022, 02:32:06 PM »
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Late Friday, there was a bombshell filing from special counsel John Durham. Remember him? The filing reveals that "lawyers for the Clinton campaign paid a technology company to 'infiltrate' servers belonging to Trump Tower, and later the White House, in order to establish an 'inference' and 'narrative' to bring to government agencies linking Donald Trump to Russia, a filing from Special Counsel John Durham says.

Specifically:
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...the government will establish that among the Internet data Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited was domain name system (DNS) internet traffic pertaining to "(i) a particular healthcare provider, (ii) Trump Tower, (iii) Donald Trump's Central Park West apartment building, and (iv) the Executive Office of the President of the United States (EOP)."

This was an attempt to frame Trump with "Russian collusion" during the election and then continued well after Trump was in the White House:

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Yet, one of the most shocking parts of the filing was the fact that the spying continued after Trump was inaugurated — which begs the question of why? At that point, what would be the purpose? I think I have a pretty good idea, and to be honest, it doesn’t take a genius to figure it out.

She was trying to overturn the election.

Ask yourself why she’d even bother to keep looking into Trump if the goal wasn’t to prove he was an illegitimate president? And if that happened in say, February of 2017, she had every reason to believe the country would be plunged into a constitutional crisis that would favor her.

Alright, so Hillary and her minions literally spied on a president of the United States, up to and including the oval office. Let me guess, you guys are OK with this. amirite?

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General Comments / Vaccine Passports
« on: August 06, 2021, 09:55:55 AM »
Who's down for that? Maybe it was discussed on the coronavirus thread but that's lost in the noise there.

Are we cool with a 2 tiered society based on who submits to government-mandated experimental medical treatments?

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General Comments / Andrew Cuomo went full Clinton
« on: August 04, 2021, 04:16:36 PM »
No surprise to see that this topic is ignored here.

So yeah, Andrew Cuomo. Turns out, he's exactly what I thought he was. The AG has verified that Cuomo was groping and otherwise sexually harassing anything with a skirt that he could get his hands on. He went full Clinton, the only thing missing is a cigar.

Of course, many on the left are "distancing themselves" and condemning this but you all know what's going on. If Cuomo hangs on, applying the lesson of Northam, in another month this will be like it never happened. Everyone will just sit around and exclaim, "we don't like it but what can we do?"

Then, there's CNN. Through Cuomo's brother, CNN actively participated in the cover-up. If you ever thought CNN was a real news organization, this should be the final nail in the coffin.

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General Comments / The FBI plot to kidnap Gov Whitmer
« on: July 26, 2021, 09:53:24 AM »
For those not aware, the FBI arrested 14 people last year in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. It was kind of a big deal then, suddenly, it wasn't. Now we're seeing why.

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There were at least 12 FBI informants involved in the investigation to thwart the alleged scheme by a militia group known as the “Wolverine Watchmen” — but the agents actually took an active part in it right from its inception, according to court filings, evidence and dozens of interviews ...

14 guys were arrested but there were 12+ guys the FBI was running to make this plot happen. That means at least 50% of the group plotting this actually worked for the FBI.

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One informant from Wisconsin allegedly helped organize meetings where the first inklings of the plot surfaced, even paying for hotel rooms and food to entice people to attend ...
So the FBI threw a party for some militant randos, enticed them to come on over. At that point, the 12+ FBI agents in place began plotting the kidnapping. I've no doubt the militant randos nodded along but, come on, you guys know what that meeting was like. All the FBI guys pushing and firing it up, making it seem reasonable, working on the doubters. Yeah, we know.

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Another undercover agent allegedly advised the group on how to blow up a bridge to aid their getaway — and promised to supply them with explosives.
Yep, exactly like that.

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... lawyers for the men allege that the informants and the undercover agents gained the confidence of the defendants, stirred their anger at Whitmer and encouraged them to conspire in the plot, even going as far as steering the conversation away from other subjects to how to carry out the kidnapping.
See how it worked? Just have the more than 50% of FBI agents in place plot the crime then arrest everyone in earshot.

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An FBI informant, who is an Iraq War veteran, eventually rose to become second in command of the group, the report said.

See? The number 2 man in the group, in a rather unique position to push these guys and the FBI plans, along with his 12 cohorts, make it seem like the plot was real. I strongly suspect the only guys truly into the plan were actually the FBI guys. Sure, there might be one or two of these randos that really got into the idea and wanted to do it - "more than 400,000 text messages, hundreds of hours of audio and visual recordings" were collected as they worked to get the non-FBI minority of the group to parrot the talking points.  I've no doubt the FBI played every card to get them to go along with the plot and make it seem like everyone was on it. Some people will succumb to that kind of manipulation.

In the end, the FBI inserted the plotters into the group then created a narrative to make it appear there was actually a crime about to be committed.

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General Comments / The CHAZ
« on: June 10, 2020, 11:29:33 AM »
The CHAZ, or Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone is a reality:
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The precinct building is now boarded up. The barricaded zone has been declared the "Free Capitol Hill Zone" or "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" according to area activists.

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While city authorities may expect protesters to disperse eventually, however, many have taken to social media to express their intentions to keep the "Autonomous Zone" going. One user tweeted, "The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. Folks in Seattle have secured six blocks of city atm, barricaded it, and gotten local businesses and residents to agree to, well, disaffiliate from Seattle basically. It's a flux state in the making," while another wrote, "Here’s what the CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone) looks like. Hot dog stands have been set up inside as have tents. A speaker is addressing a crowd of a couple of hundred protesters. #seattleprotest."

The police are out. The government is out. It's basically a nation within a state albeit a nascent one. Could it spread? I'm sure Minneapolis is open to it. Probably New York. And just about anywhere in California. At what point do these things become an insurrection? Have we already passed that?

What's the most likely thing to derail it? Wokeness.

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However, many are reminding that Seattle is part of the Duwamish aboriginal territory. One user tweeted, "As people are using this opportunity to promote themselves and co-opt the movement of the people we’ve heard talk on the streets of ceding the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone back to the Duwamish Tribe."

Another wrote, "It’s a victory for #seattleprotests to take the precinct, please also acknowledge that the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone is still occupying stolen Duwamish land. Please also don’t forget why we are there in the first place, for the #BlackLivesMatter movement."

A user tweeted, "If the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone ends up being a commune for white folks instead of a space for the BIPOC community, then you’re still a bunch of colonizing performative allies #seattleprotests."

LMAO. It'll be interesting to watch the woke navigate the minefield of their ideology.

They're obviously not planning on stopping:

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Hundreds of protesters swarmed city hall in Seattle Tuesday night to demand Mayor Jenny Durkan’s resignation.

And why should they stop? They have "official" support:
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The crowd chanted “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Jenny Durkan’s got to go!” during the roughly hour-long takeover, led by Councilwoman Kshama Sawant.

But, Sawant has a solution at least:
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“When you talk about black rights, you can’t leave out the horrific gentrification in Seattle,” Sawant told the newspaper.

She placed the blame on Amazon, which is headquartered in Seattle.

“Taxing Amazon is absolutely a part of black rights … It’s about actually putting dollars on the table to address inequities affecting the black community,” Sawant said.

It always seems to come back to taxes.

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General Comments / Defund the police
« on: June 08, 2020, 10:06:16 AM »
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Days after Floyd, who is black, died after a white officer knelt on his neck, Black Lives Matter announced a “call for a national defunding of police,” and notable Democratic voices as well as celebrities have echoed the sentiment.

Since then:

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Minneapolis’ left-leaning City Council members on Sunday announced a veto-proof push to disband the Minneapolis police department, ramping up a major conflict inside the city following the death of George Floyd while in police custody.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Sunday pledged to cut funding for the New York Police Department and reallocate it to youth and social services as calls for reforming law enforcement agencies grow in response to the death of George Floyd.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has angered an L.A. police union representing nearly 10,000 people after Garcetti referred to police officers as "killers" while pledging to remove $150 million from the city police's budget in the coming year

Who's on board with this? I mean, seriously, what could possibly go wrong? I fully support the cities and/or states above in their efforts. We'll see what their justice system looks like.

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General Comments / You have no right
« on: May 21, 2020, 08:37:10 AM »
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Prominent liberal attorney and former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said this weekend that Americans have “no right” to refuse to wear a mask or open their businesses against executive lockdown orders. Additionally, argued Dershowitz, the state has every right to “plunge a needle into your arm” and forcibly vaccinate you when contagious diseases are at issue.

“Let me put it very clearly,” the lawyer said, speaking to podcast host Jason Goodman. “You have no constitutional right to endanger the public and spread the disease, even if you disagree. You have no right not to be vaccinated, you have no right not to wear a mask, you have no right to open up your business.”


“[But] If you refuse to be vaccinated [for a contagious disease], the state has the power to literally take you to a doctor’s office and plunge a needle into your arm,” Dershowitz continued.

“You have no right to refuse to be vaccinated against a contagious disease,” he said. “Public health, the police power of the Constitution, gives the state the power to compel that. And there are cases in the United States Supreme Court.”

“That’s what a democracy is about,” Dershowitz argued. “If the majority of the people agree and support that, for public health measures, you have to be vaccinated, you have to be vaccinated.”

We believe this? Is democracy about forced medical treatment?

What else can governments do in the name of “public health”?

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General Comments / The Great Unmasking
« on: May 14, 2020, 08:48:45 AM »
It’s turning out to be the biggest case of corruption in America’s history so maybe it should have its own thread.

For those that don’t know, the collection of intelligence on US persons while in the US is against the law without a specific warrant from a FISA court. “Material on US persons that is collected inadvertently through legitimate counterintelligence operations is masked unless there is a pressing threat that requires an extremely limited exposure of their identities. When people are unmasked, their identities are supposed to be kept within a limited distribution - it’s a criminal act to leak their identity to anyone not directly involved in the counterintelligence effort. “

It’s important to note that “presidential transition teams have legitimate reasons for contacting foreign diplomats. The whole purpose of presidential transition teams is to prepare well enough to perform on Day One of a new administration. The fact that Flynn was in contact with Kislyak was not unusual nor actionable. For that matter, neither was his discussion about sanctions, which after all relate to national policy and for which the incoming Trump administration would soon be responsible.“

Now we have the declassified document that Catherine Herridge published on CBS News. It lists the “unmasking requests made between November 8, 2016 — Election Day, for those who don’t recall — and the end of January 2017, when Trump took office. No fewer than sixteen officials requested the unmasking on the Kislyak conversation, with requests beginning on November 30 and continuing to January 11.” The requesters:

Samantha Power: seven requests
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: three requests
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew: two requests
CIA Director John Brennan: two requests
Vice President Joe Biden: one request
FBI Director James Comey: one request
Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough: one request

There are also a handful of requests from Treasury officials.

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Flynn’s identity, if it needed to be exposed at all, should have only been given to an extremely narrow set of individuals, maybe just three with specific counter-intel authority — Clapper, Brennan, and Comey.

It wasn’t though. Samantha Power denies ever making these requests. Clapper says,  “I don’t recall what prompted a request that was made on my behalf for unmasking” Flynn. That’s some good lawyer speak, he’s distancing himself.

Somebody also leaked to the media. We should find out who.


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General Comments / End of the Federal Resrve?
« on: March 28, 2020, 07:56:50 AM »
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CPFF (Commercial Paper Funding Facility) – buying commercial paper from the issuer. PMCCF (Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility) – buying corporate bonds from the issuer. TALF (Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility) – funding backstop for asset-backed securities. SMCCF (Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility) – buying corporate bonds and bond ETFs in the secondary market. MSBLP (Main Street Business Lending Program) – Details are to come, but it will lend to eligible small and medium-size businesses, complementing efforts by the Small Business Association.

To put it bluntly, the Fed isn’t allowed to do any of this. The central bank is only allowed to purchase or lend against securities that have government guarantee. This includes Treasury securities, agency mortgage-backed securities and the debt issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. An argument can be made that can also include municipal securities, but nothing in the laundry list above.

So how can they do this? The Fed will finance a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for each acronym to conduct these operations. The Treasury, using the Exchange Stabilization Fund, will make an equity investment in each SPV and be in a “first loss” position. What does this mean? In essence, the Treasury, not the Fed, is buying all these securities and backstopping of loans; the Fed is acting as banker and providing financing. The Fed hired BlackRock Inc. to purchase these securities and handle the administration of the SPVs on behalf of the owner, the Treasury.

In other words, the federal government is nationalizing large swaths of the financial markets. The Fed is providing the money to do it. BlackRock will be doing the trades.

This scheme essentially merges the Fed and Treasury into one organization. So, meet your new Fed chairman, Donald J. Trump.

Sounds like the fine print may have been overlooked. Of course, there’s real fear that the bad orange man will abuse this:

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In effect, the Fed is giving the Treasury access to its printing press. This means that, in the extreme, the administration would be free to use its control, not the Fed’s control, of these SPVs to instruct the Fed to print more money so it could buy securities and hand out loans in an effort to ramp financial markets higher going into the election. Why stop there? Should Trump win re-election, he could try to use these SPVs to get those 10,000 Dow Jones points he feels the Fed has denied everyone.

Imagine that, Trump with total control of the financial markets and nothing to slow him down much less stop him. What could possibly go wrong?

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General Comments / What do we do about China?
« on: March 18, 2020, 05:55:09 PM »
So this thing was moving through Wuhan and spreading and as late as mid-January, this was the official position:
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Chinese authorities say the virus does not transmit easily between people.

But they knew the truth:

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Chinese scientists knew about the coronavirus and its deadly effects as early as December — but were ordered by government officials to suppress the evidence, according to a report.

In late December, several genomics companies tested samples from sick patients in Wuhan — the center of the coronavirus outbreak — and noticed alarming similarities between their illnesses and the 2002 SARS virus, the Sunday Times of London reported, citing Chinese business news site Caixin Global.

The researchers alerted Beijing of their findings — and on Jan. 3, received a gag order from China’s National Health Commission, with instructions to destroy the samples.


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The alleged cover-up continued when representatives from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. 8 visited Wuhan, where officials intentionally withheld information that hospital workers had been infected by patients — a telltale sign of contagion.


Anyone not going along with this was arrested and/or disappeared.

It wasn't until Jan 20th that China finally admitted how contagious it was. It was too late, Wuhan officials had already gone ahead with their annual potluck dinner for 40,000 families and didn't lock down Wuhan until Jan 23rd.  Approximately 5 million people left the city without being screened. Over the next 6 days, China celebrated the Lunar New Year holiday with hundreds of millions of people moving around the country as they visit relatives.

It's only after this that China began to take drastic measures. Of course, it was far too late.

This started in China, was covered up by China, and now it's loose around the globe because of China.

Of course, they don't want anyone to know that:

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China dropped a bombshell on the Western press yesterday as it announced the effective expulsion of all U.S. staff of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. It also demanded that both Time and the Voice of America, along with those three organizations, register all their employees in China as foreign agents. Thirteen journalists have been expelled as a result; more are likely to follow as China squeezes the bureaus, quite likely including non-Americans.

And they continue to lie:
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Chinese ambassadors, meanwhile, continue to spread the lie that the virus didn’t originate in China, while state-linked media doubles down on conspiracy theories promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about an imaginary U.S. military role.

So what is the response here? Anything? Nothing?

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General Comments / Who’s got it?
« on: March 14, 2020, 08:51:03 AM »
Who’s gotten Wuhan Virus? If none of us yet, someone will soon. Any guesses on first?

It would be interesting to hear a first hand account and also if you need some help. Can’t do much for you west Coast guys but maybe if you’re near me I could at least deliver some chicken soup.  8)


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General Comments / Twitter
« on: March 01, 2020, 01:08:54 PM »
Based on this, it’s seems a few of you (maybe most) are really unaware of social media:
As for social media - yes, we understand that your social media echo chamber is likely where you get most of your 'info'

So, Twitter:
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But the people who build Twitter are biased, Dorsey admitted in an interview last month, saying out loud what everyone already knew: Twitter, like most tech companies in Silicon Valley, has a lot more left-leaning employees than right-leaners.

Twitter is so liberal, in fact, that conservative employees “don’t feel safe to express their opinions” within the company, Dorsey told NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen in a new interview published today on Recode Media.

Yeah, it’s a real conservative echo chamber, ain’t it? There are studies done showing conservatives on Twitter are 4 times more likely to be suspended than liberals, often for vague reasons or reasons completely irrelevant to the flagged post or sometimes even for no reason at all.

Quite the echo chamber for conservative thought, ain’t it?  Deplatforming is not unusual for conservatives in all of social media.

I follow about 300ish accounts on Twitter with some churn always going on. Many media outlets at all levels, many politicians at all levels, and pundits as well as thought leaders. It’s probably about a 80/20 mix on political leanings but thanks to quote tweets and sub tweets I see a lot further than just my selected accounts. Given the overwhelming liberal bias of the site, it’s nearly impossible to create the echo chamber some of you imagine.

However, Twitter may be changing.

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A major Republican donor has purchased a stake in Twitter and is reportedly seeking to oust its chief executive, Jack Dorsey.

Bloomberg News first reported that Elliott Management has taken a “sizable stake” and “and plans to push for changes at the social media company, including replacing Dorsey”.

Paul Singer, the billionaire founder of Elliott Management, is a Republican mega-donor who opposed Donald Trump during the real-estate magnate’s run for the presidential nomination but has since come onside.

It might actually become a company where people feel safe to express their opinions and the real echo chamber of liberalism is promoted to a fair, open, conversation.

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General Comments / Peace deal with Taliban
« on: February 29, 2020, 07:48:26 AM »
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KABUL — The United States is set to sign a peace deal Saturday with the Taliban, its adversary in Afghanistan's 18-year war. The deal marks a major turning point in a conflict marred by years of both military and diplomatic stalemate.

This deal includes a significant draw down of US troops in the region and “the Taliban will pledge to enter into talks with the Afghan government and not to harbor terrorist groups intent on attacking the West.”

Looks like we have a really good shot at actually ending this thing. Pretty incredible


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General Comments / We gotta talk about Uncle Joe
« on: February 26, 2020, 08:00:11 AM »
Just the last couple of days, Joe’s talked about how he’s running for the senate, his efforts with China’s leader that had been dead for well over a decade, the 150 million Americans killed by assault weapons since 2007, that time he was arrested in South Africa while trying to visit Nelson Mandela, it just goes on and on.

There’s been a couple of times where there’s clearly some confusion on his expression.  He’s always been prone to gaffes but, if you see when he talks about these things, it’s pretty clear there’s some ...let’s say, detachment, from reality. 77 years old, it’s not unusual to be missing a step, getting easily confused.

He’s losing the primary, but could win the nomination. Might be time to shuffle him off.

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General Comments / Russia Russia Russia!
« on: February 22, 2020, 08:12:19 AM »
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U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter.

So now we know, Sanders is a Russian agent and should be immediately disqualified from the nomination process. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a lifelong avowed communist is a Putin stooge.

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General Comments / Joe Biden losing it
« on: February 09, 2020, 07:49:54 PM »
Not sure this fits any existing thread so here it is:

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Perhaps the pressure is getting to him.

On Sunday, Joe Biden snapped at a voter in New Hampshire, calling her a “lying, dog-faced pony soldier.”

The dust-up came after the voter asked Biden, “How do you explain the performance in Iowa and why should the voters believe that you can win a national election?"

"You ever been to a caucus?" Biden replied.

After the voter said she indeed had attended a caucus, Biden shot back: "No you haven’t. You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier."

What the hell? Has Biden officially lost his *censored* and this election?

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General Comments / DNC Rule Changes
« on: February 01, 2020, 08:37:39 AM »
It’s pretty incredible, changing it all up right in the middle of the game. First up, let’s get the field of candidates “right”
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Now that the DNC's donor threshold for participating in debates has driven out the Candidates of Color (TM) from the race -- such as Cory Booker, Juliannnn Castro, and, uh, "Beto" O'Rourke -- the DNC is now rescinding any need for a certain amount of money raised from donors, permitting Michael Bloomberg into the next debates.

LOL. The DNC says only old white men and they mean it. I mean, only old, rich, white men. The older and richer the better apparently if the current field is any indication.

But, that’s really not so important because a deal was made in 2016. Biden intends to hold the DNC to it and the DNC appears to do be ready to do whatever it takes to honor the deal:

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A small group of Democratic National Committee members has privately begun gauging support for a plan to potentially weaken Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign and head off a brokered convention.
In conversations on the sidelines of a DNC executive committee meeting and in telephone calls and texts in recent days, about a half-dozen members have discussed the possibility of a policy reversal to ensure that so-called superdelegates can vote on the first ballot at the party's national convention. Such a move would increase the influence of DNC members, members of Congress and other top party officials, who now must wait until the second ballot to have their say if the convention is contested.

"I do believe we should re-open the rules. I hear it from others as well," one DNC member said in a text message last week to William Owen, a DNC member from Tennessee who does not support re-opening the rules.

What we’re seeing here is the rigging of an election. They’re doing everything they can to keep out anyone that could be a threat to Biden. When Warren got some traction, she got beat up in the media until she dropped out of contention. Anyone of color has been systematically handicapped and eliminated. Now, Sanders. Perhaps bloomberg is being positioned as a potential alternate or is just there to pump money into anti Trump commercials at candidate rates, providing cover for Biden.

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General Comments / Paul Krugman and his computer
« on: January 08, 2020, 04:35:24 PM »
Just a couple of hours ago, Krugman tweeted:

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Well, I’m on the phone with my computer security service, and as I understand it someone compromised my IP address and is using it to download child pornography. I might just be a random target. But this could be an attempt to Qanon me.

About 90 minutes later:
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The Times is now on the case.

Ooookaaay. Right. I’d think you would notify the FBI or some other law enforcement agency, that’s what normal people do.  You know what the #1 excuse is for having child porn on a personal computer? “Someone hacked me”.

Perhaps he was hacked, got his IP stolen and his RAM splined and fully reticulated, could happen. I don’t think that tweet was effective as he’d hoped.  I’m sure the NYT will fully investigate. Fully.

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General Comments / Betting as prediction
« on: December 19, 2019, 02:11:28 PM »
You guys may find this interesting. I really liked InTrade but it got regulated out of existence. This one fills the gap: electionbettingodds.com.

There’s lots of reasons to expect predictive betting like this to be more accurate than polling (reasons given at site) and I found InTrade to be much better than just polling or a mix of betting and polling. I think especially now this may be more accurate.

Interestingly, Trump has broken above 50% for the first time today. It fluctuates as bets are made so it could move a bit but he’s clearly trended up in the betting.

Biden remains the front runner for the Democratic nomination by quite a margin and he’s also trending up.

Anyway, have fun with it.


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General Comments / Ilhan Omar - foreign agent
« on: November 26, 2019, 08:01:02 AM »
Ilhan Omar is being found out.

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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota-5th) was recruited by a foreign government, received funding from a foreign government, and passed sensitive information through intermediaries to Iran, a Florida court has been told.

The claims came during testimony by Kuwati-born Canadian businessman Alan Bender, who was giving evidence in the trial of Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad al-Thani. The Qatari emir's brother stands accused of ordering his American bodyguard to murder two people, and of holding an American citizen hostage. His deposition, obtained by Al Arabiya English, was authenticated by the attorney for the plaintiffs, according to the publication.

Legal testimony, under oath, in a court of law, from a whistleblower.

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Speaking from Toronto by video link, Bender told the Florida District Court that he met with Qatar’s Secretary to the Emir for Security Affairs Mohammad bin Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Masnad and two other senior Qatari officials.

According to his sworn deposition, the three officials told him: “If it wasn't for our cash, Ilhan Omar would be just another black Somali refugee in America collecting welfare and serving tables on weekends."

Bender testified that the officials asked him to recruit American politicians and journalists as Qatari assets, and that when he objected, was told that several prominent figures were already on the payroll. Omar was described as the "jewel in the crown," he said.

Direct, first hanf knowledge with named sources.

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The deposition shows he further told the court that, during a 2017 meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Omar swore allegiance to him. At the time she was a junior state representative in Minnesota.

Omar was said to also have passed information to Qatar which was subsequently handed along to Iran, and was actively involved in recruiting other American politicians to likewise work for the west Asian Islamic country, Bender testified.

By any definition, treason.

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General Comments / The Shampeachement Follies
« on: November 25, 2019, 02:26:29 PM »
Alright, longish post but relevant. Adam Schiff told CNN’s State of the Union he saw no reason to call in more witnesses to publicly testify before the House Intelligence Committee. So we're at the end of the hearings ... at least the public ones. He could change his mind but for now, he's done. Even Chuck Todd knows there's a problem:
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CHUCK TODD:

I want to put — I mean, you have all these open leads. It just seems odd that you’re stopping.

REP. ADAM SCHIFF:

Well, we’re not —

CHUCK TODD:

I mean, look at all these open leads.

REP. ADAM SCHIFF:

Yes, Chuck, it’s —

CHUCK TODD:

You have Bolton, you have the energy deal, the —

REP. ADAM SCHIFF:

It’s important to know we’re not stopping, but it’s also important to know this, Chuck, and you’ve acknowledged this, and I find this remarkable, the evidence is already overwhelming, right? The evidence is already overwhelming. The questions is not —

CHUCK TODD:

But you’re not in a courtroom. You know that.

REP. ADAM SCHIFF:

Well —

CHUCK TODD:

You have a political bar you have to meet.

Of course, everyone knows there's a problem.  WaPo reporter Rachel Bade has the inside info on how some Democrats getting are “cold feet” as worries grow about public opposition to impeachment. You gotta understand, after 2 weeks of public hearings, support for impeachment has declined signficantly:
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According to the FiveThirtyEight average of national polls, support for impeachment has shrunk from 50.3 percent in mid-October to 46.3 percent presently, while opposition has risen from 43.8 percent to 45.6 percent.


Among independents in the FiveThirtyEight average, support for impeachment topped out at 47.7 percent in late October but has sunk to 41 percent over the past three weeks.
Almost 7% drop from the 538 guys. That means out in the real world it's probably quite a bit more than what they report. You can start to see the reality sinking in:
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n Emerson University survey found an even more extreme flip among independents.

In October, independents supported impeachment 48 percent to 35 percent in Emerson’s polling. In the new poll released this week, independents opposed it by a 49 percent to 34 percent margin. In that time, overall support for impeaching Trump swung from 48 percent in favor and 44 percent against to 45 percent in opposition to impeachment and 43 percent in favor.

The latest Morning Consult survey was the third poll released this week to register a flip among independents. That survey also registered a new low among all voters in favor of impeachment at 48 percent.

But perhaps most alarming for Democrats is a new survey of Wisconsin from Marquette University. In Wisconsin, a key swing state in next year’s election, Marquette found that 40 percent supported impeaching Trump and removing him from office, while 53 percent opposed it. In October, before the hearings began, support was at 44 percent and opposition was at 51 percent.

Put 2 and 2 together and it's clear why Schiff is halting the public hearings. The Democrats are essentially seeing support for the shampeachment go into freefall and need to stop the hemorrhaging. Why, you may ask? Because it's hurting them, badly:
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Vulnerable Democrats are watching in horror as GOP impeachment attacks deluge their districts back home. And they want a much stronger counteroffensive from their own party and its allies…

GOP-aligned outside groups have spent roughly $8 million on TV spots this cycle in battleground districts, such as Rep. Anthony Brindisi’s central New York seat. The vast majority of those ads specifically hammer Democrats over impeachment.

Meanwhile, swing-district Democrats are receiving little reinforcement from their own party or even other liberal coalitions. Democratic and pro-impeachment groups have spent about $2.7 million in TV ads, according to an analysis of spending by the ad tracking firm Advertising Analytics. And more than $600,000 of that total went to ads targeting Republican incumbents, not helping vulnerable Democratic members.

How do the vulnerable democrats phrase it? Well, like this:
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“It’s like someone taped our arms to our side and punched us in the face,” groused one Democrat to Politico ...

Even Vanity Fair is starting to freak out.

So, it's bad. Real bad. It's blowing up just as everyone expected it to. What's the next step? Plans for impeachment were announced, literally, 19 minutes after Trump won. Russian collusion was a epic bust and the only thing that's an even bigger bust is the Ukraine one.  Unfortunately, the left ignored Pelosi's attempt to retain some semblance of sanity and steamrolled her into letting the kangaroo court of Schiff and Friends to go forward.

There was bipartisan support against the hearings with 2 Democrats joining the Republicans - that should have been the flashing warning sign. Now, they're in quite the pickle. There are 233 Democrats in the House right now. 231 voted for the hearing and if less than 231 vote to move this forward (i.e. the bipartisan opposition actually grew), it hands Trump a bit of a victory and you know, you just know, how he'll tweet that and how he'll crow about the loss of support after the hearing shows it's nothing more than a hyperpartisan witch hunt. And God forbid she doesn't have the 218 votes to close the deal. The fallout of that would be an epic failure. Pelosi has to get not the 218 but at least the same 231 or Trump gets a win.

But, then we go to the Senate. And you all know what's gonna happen there. The handpicked, coached, "witnesses" will be without Schiff protecting them. Schiff himself will be called to testify as will others on his staff. Joe and Hunter Biden will take the stand. The debacle of the house hearings, as demonstrated above, will pale in comparison to what happens to the Democrats once it moves out of their control and into the senate. Trump has reportedly asked for the impeachment to go forward just so he can fully engage in the fight. Trump and the Republicans will wreck what's left of the Democrats here. I know it, you know it, Pelosi knows it.

So what does she do? Not having the vote or losing the vote is a massive failure. Having the vote and winning it is an even bigger failure. Democrats are in a lose-lose. Pelosi is pretty smart, she's been around the block so what's her way out?

She goes to the DNC media outlets and talks about how they got him, super proof, undeniable. By perfect witnesses. It's all obvious and real. The DNC media will eat this up and put it on full blast. Then she says, we can't go forward though. Those evil, corrupt, baby-eating, Republicans will simply not convict. And, through her perfect patriotism and that of Democrats, she holds the vote and goes for censure or something. All to save the country the embarrassment of acquiting Trump. I'm not saying she does this, just that it's a way out of the situation they've gotten themselves into with the least amount of damage.

Should be entertaining either way.

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General Comments / DWTS as proxy
« on: November 05, 2019, 07:36:45 AM »
Dancing with the Stars, DWTS, brought on Sean Spicer to dance. Just announcing he was joining the cast caused outrage on the left (TDS affects every facet of their lives). Spicer was clearly cast to be the season’s sacrifice, thrown out early so the “real” competition has time to develop since Spicer is a cringey, laughably, bad dancer. It’s part of the DWTS formula.

But, something is happening. Spicer gets the low scores from judges that should see him out of the competition. Yet a massive wave of popular vote is overriding it and keeping Spicer in the competition.

It’s really pissing off the rest of the cast.

It’s interesting because this can be seen as a proxy for the 2020 election. The Trump base is who’s voting Spicer and keeping him going. The level of engagement and excitement to support Spicer is a proxy for the engagement and excitement to support Trump. This show is better than any DNC media outlet poll in demonstrating where the country is at this moment in time.

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General Comments / Innocent Hillary
« on: October 19, 2019, 12:34:28 PM »
I found this comment interesting:

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Some still here would still insist that Clinton should be in jail despite her never having been found guilty or liable for any criminal actions, but have no concern that Trump is still running loose causing havoc across the entire globe despite his dismal record and sociopathic personality.

The reason it’s interesting:

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State Department investigators probing Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state discovered nearly 600 security incidents that violated agency policy, according to a report the Daily Caller News Foundation obtained.

The investigation, conducted by the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, found 38 individuals were culpable for 91 security violations. Another 497 violations were found, but no individuals were found culpable in those incidents.

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Investigators determined personal email use to conduct official State Department business "represented an increased risk of unauthorized disclosure." Clinton's use of the private server "added an increased degree of risk of compromise as a private system lacks the network monitoring and intrusion detection capabilities of State Department networks," the report stated.

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One reason that investigators were unable to assign culpability in the 497 incidents was because of the duration of the investigation. Many of the subjects of the probe, including Clinton and her circle of aides, has left the State Department by the time the investigation began.

And, given Hillary’s declaration that essentially everyone is a Russian agent, along with her litany of failures as SecState, it really highlights the disconnect the left has when it comes to Trump. Hillary is literally everything they accuse Trump of yet she’s pure as the driven snow.

Uh-mazing.

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General Comments / They’re all Russian agents
« on: October 19, 2019, 12:11:14 PM »
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“I'm not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said of Russia’s involvement in the next presidential election on former Obama White House advisor David Plouffe's podcast. "She's the favorite of the Russians."

During the interview, Clinton also branded former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein as a Russian asset.

"That's assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which, she might not 'cause she's also a Russian asset." Clinton added. "She's a Russian asset, totally. They know they can’t win without a third-party candidate. So I don’t know who it’s going to be, but I will guarantee you they will have a vigorous third-party challenge in the key states that they most needed."

That’s Hillary, laying out the new talking points that Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein are, like Donald Trump, Russian assets. The blue check marks on social media are joining the chorus.

We are reaching the point that anyone not 100% supporting the Democrat party, or in any way threatening its hegemony, are Russian agents. You’re either a Democrat or a Russian. You decide to break from the party, you must have been compromised by the Russians.

This is literally a form of insanity. So many on the left are losing their grasp on reality.


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General Comments / The insanity of the left
« on: October 12, 2019, 04:30:55 PM »
Here we have the perfect example of just how nutty they’ve gotten.

Environmentalists pressured the state government to halt a gas pipeline expansion from New Jersey into New York.

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Long Islanders were recently hit with bad news. National Grid, which provides natural gas for nearly 600,000 Long Island residents, announced it won’t be able to provide fuel for new customers if the proposed Williams Co. Transco pipeline expansion isn’t approved by May 15.

It wasn’t approved so National Grid put a moratorium on new customers. The fuel supply is simply not there, can’t do it. No pipeline, no gas supply. Simple.

Now, Gov Cuomo, who helped kill the pipeline, is using an obscure state law regulating utility companies through the power of the Public Service Commission, accusing National Grid of acting in bad faith and ordering they hook up new customers (about 1,100 of them).

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The Cuomo administration is ordering National Grid to provide natural gas hookups to over 1,100 previously denied Brooklyn-based customers.

The Public Service Commission, the state body that licenses and oversees public utility companies, announced Friday that National Grid must provide service to customers or else face “millions of dollars in penalties.”

Cuomo is ordering National Grid to provide gas he and environmentalists made sure they don’t actually have or face millions in fines. What could they do? Millions in fines or hookup new customers. They hooked them up. By the way, Cuomo has been reiterating his opposition to the Williams Pipeline.

 Of course, there’s consequences for this stupidity:

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But there isn’t enough natural gas in the existing pipeline to keep adding more service points. If they continue to hook up new customers, you’re going to see the backpressure in the lines start dropping during peak demand hours. If you look at the configuration of a typical gas furnace installation you’ll note that if the incoming gas pressure drops too low, the furnace will simply shut down for safety reasons until the pressure is restored. The same is true for many other appliances that use natural gas or propane.

So by doing this, Cuomo and the environmentalists are assuring a disaster as they head into winter. It would be laughable but we’re looking at the very real possibility people will freeze if we get some sever cold weather.

I’m sure it’ll be Trump’s fault.

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General Comments / The impossible economy
« on: October 07, 2019, 07:05:22 PM »
First, a few stats
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After months of unemployment holding at 3.7%, the rate dropped to 3.5% in September -- its lowest since 1969. And that was far from the only great news in Friday's jobs report.

Consider the Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers for minorities: Hispanic unemployment dropped to 3.9%, setting a new record, while African American joblessness remained at a record low 5.5%.

And the rate for adults without a high-school diploma dipped to 4.8% -- the first time it’s gone below 5% since BLS started collecting the data in 1992.

Plus: "Wages are up by almost 3%" for the year, noted President Trump...

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The economy created 136,000 jobs in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics survey of businesses. The separate household survey, which is used to track unemployment, showed that the number of unemployed dropped by 275,000.

Not only did the job market pull 275,000 off the unemployment line last month, it pulled more than 100,000 who had dropped out of the labor force back into the job market.

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GDP growth has exceeded the CBO’s forecast in every quarter starting with Q2 2017. That includes the second quarter of this year, which saw 2% growth where the CBO had projected 1.5%.

As a result, the economy is now $590 billion bigger than it was supposed to be.

The CBO projected that unemployment would never get below 4.4%, and would start rising again this year. Instead, the unemployment rate fell from 4% at the start of the year to 3.5%. The current unemployment rate is now a full percentage point below the CBO’s forecast. That translates into 1.6 million more people employed than the CBO expected.

And, where the CBO had forecast a steady decline in the labor force participation rate – which measures what percentage of the working-age population is either employed or looking for a job – it has been climbing. The CBO projected it would go from 62.9% at the end of 2016 to 62.7% in the last quarter.

The actual figure for September was 63.1%.

Inflation has been running slightly lower than expected – which wasn’t supposed to happen either. This os all Trump:
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So what changed after the CBO issued its forecast? Trump reversed as many Obama-era policies as he could, as fast as he could. He halted pending regulations, rolled back more than $30 billion of existing rules, brought corporate tax rates in line with our competitors, fixed the worst elements of Dodd-Frank.

We were supposed to continue with the malaise of the Obama years or watch the economy bun to the ground. Instead, we have the best economy ever recorded. It’s really incredible. Economists are having to go back and rework the theories that said an economy like this was impossible.

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General Comments / Ukraine
« on: September 23, 2019, 06:40:28 PM »
Ukraine, it’s the new hoax.

A leaker says Trump asked Ukraine to investigate Biden’s reported and self admitted threat to withhold foreign aid unless a prosecutor investigating a company his son Hunter was involved with  was fired. FYI, the prosecutor was fired, Hunter skated, the money flowed.

One problem is the leaker “didn't have direct knowledge of the communications, an official briefed on the matter told CNN.” Right. So it’s something off the rumor mill and, as Peter Suderman says, “So, a thing happened, and Trump was involved, and apparently so was a foreign leader, and someone in the natsec field became upset. But it's not clear what happened, or who the foreign leader was, or who is upset, or why?”

It’s second or third hand rumor. That’s it. It’s some anonymous leftwing, deep state apparatchik that’s throwing out wild rumor which the media reports as fact and democrats insist is impeachable. No need to look at the facts. Just like the Russian collusion hoax. Anonymous sources, rumor, innuendo. Nothing more so far.

The Democrats want the call transcript. The idea that Trump would talk to foreign leaders is apparently enough to warrant impeachment. But:

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Article II of the Constitution gives the president sweeping power to conduct foreign affairs, negotiate with leaders of other nations, make demands or offer promises.  The Constitution does not grant the power of review, approval or disapproval to spies or other unelected officials in the executive branch.

So congress has no grounds to demand *censored*. The president really does have authority to talk to foreign leaders. He can talk to them about anything he wants.

If we investigate further, it’s JoeBiden that gets burned- of course, the media will do its best to cover up Biden ‘s crimes.

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General Comments / Impeaching Kavanaugh
« on: September 17, 2019, 07:41:29 AM »
Well, there are “new” allegations in the New York Time of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh. These “new” allegations are supposed to be sufficient to impeach him.

I say “new” in quotes because, if I follow this new slander correctly, they’re not new. They were apparently investigated during the confirmation hearings and those named in the story essentially refused to get involved.

Also, the “victim” says she doesn’t know anything about it. That was left out of the article. The entire story is second and third hand.  The NYT does not think that detail is relevant for some reason.

Imagine accusing someone of bank robbery and nobody inside the bank recalls the robber or that there was even a robbery at all. No witnesses. Just someone making the accusation. That’s basically what we have here.

Related: Christine Ford’s close high school friend (who Ford says was at the party when Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her) said Ford’s story is not believable and told the FBI Ford’s allies pressured her, threatened her with a smear campaign to say otherwise.

So what should we make of accusations where nobody recalls specifically where or even when something happened, no direct witnesses, even the supposed victim has no idea what they’re talking about, and the accusers very credibly threaten people to force them into corroborating the accusations?

The first thing we should conclude is that the NYT is no longer a reliable or even relevant news source. It is completely devoid of any credibility. Reporters and editors there are willfully and intentionally suppressing details that don’t fit preferred narratives (reporters blame the editors, editors blame the reporters). Essentially, it’s now a propaganda rag. The evidence of this is overwhelming. I’d say we could conclude they’re merely incompetent now but since the errors cut only one way 100% of the time it’s obvious they’re schilling for political gain.

The second thing any reasonable person should conclude is that the accusations have no factual basis. 40 year old stories where even the accusers can’t recall dates or place and their “victim” doesn’t recall any incident remotely like accusers describe is not a credible accusation. Threatening people to coerce them into repeating the story completely decimates this very flimsy accusation.

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General Comments / NRA as domestic terrorists
« on: September 09, 2019, 06:43:13 PM »
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The city of San Francisco has formally adopted a resolution calling the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization.

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday took the step of officially declaring the nation's premier gun-ownership advocates a terrorist organization.

It’s important to note that there is not a domestic terrorism law and no government agency designates domestic groups as being terrorist organizations. Also, no member of the NRA has been involved in any terrorist acts or mass shootings in the US or otherwise. But, it’s California, let’s not get hung up on facts when we have emotional needs.

So, if it’s ok to punch a Nazi*, what can be done to terrorists? In the last month or so, 4 ICE facilities have been attacked and that’s acceptable in modern liberal circles (it’s unlikely you guys saw these attacks on the “news”).

When confronting terrorists, what’s the limit? How far can you go? Incendiary devices? Shoot up their office? Dox members and publish their home addresses and employers? 



*defined as anyone that disagrees with the left’s socialist agenda

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General Comments / Nice business you have there
« on: September 04, 2019, 06:50:32 PM »
Be a shame is something happened to it, right?

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Local social media is abuzz over efforts in Pittsburgh to identify and boycott businesses owned by supporters of President Donald Trump.

“I think it’s important because people have a right to know where their money is going,” Pittsburgh blogger Brian Broome told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Tuesday. …

“If there is a specific ideology that you don’t support, you are well within your rights not to hand that money to someone who supports that ideology,” says Broome. “Trump supporters have boycotted everything from Keurig to Nike, so I don’t know why, quote-unquote, the other side can’t decide not to give their money to businesses as well.”

To be perfectly clear of the goal:

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The new website promises to include, “a database of Trump-supporter owned businesses in the Pittsburgh area, as well as tips for how to get those specific businesses closed down.”

What are they going to do once they’ve destroyed the Trump supporter’s livelihood? They’re still gonna vote. If/when this voter suppression effort doesn’t work, what’s next? Send in some black bloc antifa guys to get everyone thinking right?

And don’t try to call this a boycott, it ain’t. It’s a mobbed up street action against political opponents, no matter what the cost.

Debra Messing and her Hollywood buddies want a similar list to know if anyone in their industry is now or has ever been a Republican so they can avoid working with them. Nice.

Any of you guys joining the crowd and making lists of targets to take action against in 2020?

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General Comments / Hong Kong
« on: August 13, 2019, 04:36:22 PM »
Hey, that’s kind of getting out of hand.

Should we do something? If so, what?

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General Comments / The Hunt
« on: August 07, 2019, 06:05:39 PM »
I thought this was fake, seems it’s not (I’d like to find out it’s some elaborate hoax). It’s a movie about privileged vacationers hunting “deplorables” for sport:

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According to the Hollywood trade publication, characters in the film refer to the victims as “deplorables,” which is what Hillary Clinton famously dubbed Trump supporters during the 2016 election. The report noted that a character asks, "Did anyone see what our ratf--ker-in-chief just did?"

"At least The Hunt's coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables," a character responds, according to THR.

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“The violent, R-rated film from producer Jason Blum's Blumhouse follows a dozen MAGA types who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals,” THR’s Kim Masters wrote. “It features guns blazing along with other ultra-violent killings as the elites pick off their prey.”

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Set for release in September, “The Hunt” depicts a group of gun-toting strangers who find themselves part of a scheme in which “a bunch of elites kidnap normal folks like us and hunt us for sport,” as actor Ike Barinholtz says in the trailer.

Produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, which was also behind “Get Out” and “The Purge,” the movie stars Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts and Hilary Swank, among others.

I guess the only question left is if it will win a Golden Globe or even an Oscar. I suppose it depends on the body count it can inspire across the nation. What’s the over/under? 10? 20?

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General Comments / Consensus as science
« on: July 26, 2019, 06:05:23 PM »
I didn’t want to derail the other thread but wanted to address this:

Basically:
1. There's an overwhelming scientific consensus.

Everyone with even a most basic education should know that science is not about consensus. If it was, you’d still be arguing for the geocentric model of the universe.

Here’s some more science by consensus:

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... Jacobs compiled a sample of 5,502 biologists from 1,058 academic institutions (he reached out to 62,469 biologists and 7,383 participated in the survey, but only 5,502 answered the pertinent questions). The biologists predominantly identified as non-religious (63 percent), liberal (89 percent and 11 percent conservative), Democratic (92 percent), and pro-choice (85 percent, only 15 were pro-life). The sample included biologists who were born in 86 countries around the world.

The findings:
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Overall, 95 percent affirmed the view that human life begins at conception.

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... Jacobs presented the explicit statement, "In developmental biology, fertilization marks the beginning of a human's life since that process produces an organism with a human genome that has begun to develop in the first stage of the human life cycle." Three-quarters (75 percent) of biologists agreed with that statement.

The scientific consensus is that, at the very moment of conception, it’s a human being.  That’s one hell of a consensus, you could easily say it was “an overwhelming scientific consensus”.

I suspect most you “science as consensus” guys are going flip positions and demand a scientific consensus be ignored now.


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General Comments / Jeffrey Epstein arrest
« on: July 08, 2019, 07:47:59 AM »
Will this be something? Epstein is pretty connected, he was able to use those connections to minimize the consequences of his prior sexual trafficking and underage solicitation activities. Those connections may have exceeded their shelf life by now (e.g. Bill Clinton) so Epstein may actually name some names this time.

This could get pretty epic

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General Comments / Drag Kids
« on: June 10, 2019, 08:27:21 AM »
Anyone seen this?

There’s a lot developing around so called “drag kids” (Google will give you much more information). Essentially they dress up young boys in sexy outfits with makeup and the works, including one in a transparent dress, where they perform for adults. In another incident, the of drag kids, Desmond is Amazing, gets all sexed up and dances while grown men shower him with tips.

These kids are used as LGBTQ activists. You know, lots of 10 and 12 your olds are focused on that. Many of these kids start dressing in drag as early as 5 or 6, Desmond started at 2.

Look, this is child abuse. It’s sickening. CPS should be called in and these kids removed to a safe place.

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General Comments / Neo-segregation
« on: May 21, 2019, 06:58:03 PM »
A study by the National Association of Scholars - link to pdf.. Here’s  the new form of segregation, referred to as neo-segregation.

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What we found was that neo-segregation is widespread if not pervasive. About 46 percent (80 colleges out of 173 surveyed) segregate student orientation programs; 43 percent (75 colleges out of the total) offer segregated residential arrangements; and 72 percent (125 colleges out of the total) segregate graduation ceremonies. Though these arrangements are ostensibly voluntary, students can’t easily opt out. We tracked numerous indicators of neo-segregation, from “Diversity Fly-Ins,” (68 percent of the total) where colleges offer minority students an expense-paid segregated preview of the experience that awaits them should they enroll, to segregated alumni groups.

I looked but couldn’t find if neo-segregation extended to things like water fountains, bathrooms, and restaurants. Probably only a matter of time:

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Manifestations of this policy include racially separate  student orientations, racially-identified student centers, racially-identi- fied student counseling, racially-identified academic programs, racially sep- arate student activities, racially-specific political agendas, racially-exclusive graduation ceremonies, and racially-organized alumni groups. In some cases, colleges also encourage racially exclusive student housing.

In a country where people are routinely reported for  sleeping while black in a dorm room (so I’m told) is this a good idea?

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General Comments / China’s social credit system
« on: May 19, 2019, 09:07:55 AM »
This is pretty incredible, it enables “the world’s first high-tech digital dictatorship”.

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A low social credit score will exclude you from well-paid jobs, make it impossible for you to get a house or a car loan or even book a hotel room. The government will slow down your internet connection, ban your children from attending private schools and even post your profile on a public blacklist for all to see.

According to Australia’s ABC News, the government has produced a “Deadbeat Map” via an app on WeChat, which shows a radar-style graphic identifying every laolai in the vicinity of the user.

“Tapping on a person marked on the map reveals their personal information, including their full name, court-case number and the reason they have been labeled untrustworthy. Identity-card numbers and home addresses are also partially shown,” ABC reported.

There are reports that those whose social credit score falls too low are preemptively arrested and sent to re-education camps. Not because they have actually committed a crime, but because they are likely to.

A little pre-crome control. Very totalitarian.

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... one of the ways that people can improve their own social credit score is to report on the supposed misdeeds of others

That’s quite the incentive to turn the entire country into government informants. They finally got to 24x7x365 monitoring of every citizen.  Crimes that you can get points for exposing:
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...such as Christians who illegally meet to pray in private homes, or the Muslim Uyghurs and Kazakhs in China’s far west whom they spot praying in public, fasting during Ramadan or just growing a beard.

Full roll out across the country is set for next year.

I wonder when we’ll see an American version of this.

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General Comments / Idaho state regulations expire July 1
« on: May 12, 2019, 11:01:58 AM »
When I say Idaho state regulations expire July 1, you my think I’m talking about some specific ones. No, it’s all of them. Idaho has a sunset clause, all state regulations have to be renewed every year. This year, they didn’t get it done.

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Idaho’s governor now has sweeping authority to eliminate thousands of state-approved rules without public participation or lawmaker oversight.

That’s because the state Legislature, which is controlled by Gov. Brad Little’s fellow Republicans, failed to pass a bill approving 8,200 pages containing 736 chapters of rules and regulations that touch on just about every aspect of daily life in Idaho.

8200 pages, damn. But do not fear:

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All of those rules expire on July 1 — except the ones Little chooses to keep on a temporary basis until the Legislature can consider them early next year.

The governor now has the power, all by himself, to pick which regulations remain in force and which expire. Incredible.

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Little said residents can trust him to be fair.

“I’m not looking at this as an opportunity to do mischief,” Little said during a public appearance Tuesday. “I do not want to exacerbate this thing. This was not our deal. We did not do this.”

Little has made clear his desire to cut regulations in Idaho, issuing an executive order in January requiring state agencies cut two rules for every new one.

Alex Adams, administrator of the Idaho Division of Financial Management — or Little’s budget chief — has the job of going through the 8,200 pages.

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”We are working closely with the (state) agencies,” Adams said Wednesday. “We would not make any decision that is not supported by the agencies.”

In essence, the governor gets to rewrite the entire state regulatory code. All in one go, in any way he sees fit, by picking and choosing which ones to keep and letting the rest die.

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A big unknown is what happens when the Legislature meets again in January. Usually, the first several weeks are used to approve new rules. Now, lawmakers might have to consider all 8,200 pages — or whatever is left when Adams finishes his work.

Pretty fascinating to see where this takes the state.

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General Comments / Fitness as a tool of oppression
« on: April 26, 2019, 12:51:21 PM »
OK, so this is where we blur the lines, it seems like a parody but it's not.

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Fatness is health, dieting is sexual assault, and fitness is a white supremacist Nazi science – so stated a self-described ‘Fat Sex Therapist” at a college talk. Commenters were shocked, but the anti-fitness backlash is growing.

Sonalee Rashatwar, the therapist in question, delivered her polemic in a two-hour lecture at St. Olaf College, Minnesota last week. Puzzlingly, the lecture was hosted by the university’s Wellness Center, in conjunction with the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.

“I truly believe that a child cannot consent to being on a diet the same way a child cannot consent to having sex,” she declared, adding: “I experience diet culture as a form of assault because it impacts the way that I experience my body.”

Diet and fitness, encouraging healthy behaviors, is assault. For reals.

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While the overwhelming medical consensus recognizes obesity as a cause of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, and premature death, Rashatwar joins a growing number of ‘fat acceptance’ and ‘health at every size’ activists who argue otherwise. Science, she told the crowd, is a white supremacist tool designed to oppress the obese.

“We should be critical of the use of science and the production of knowledge to continue promoting this idea that certain bodies are fit, able, and desirable… is it my fatness that causes my high blood pressure, or is it my experience of weight stigma?” Rashatwar, who uses the gender-neutral ‘they/them’ pronouns, asked.

“Fatphobic” science is “often actually eugenic science… eugenic science is Nazi science,” she continued.

Science is the tool of white supremacists. Right, OK. Does the phrase "white supremacist" even mean anything anymore?

High blood pressure is not caused by obesity but instead by the stigma of being fat. Seriously, you can't tell if it's a parody or not, can you? You can't point out being obese causes health problems. If you do, you're a Nazi and, hey, it's ok to direct violence at Nazi's!

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“I do not think it’s surprising that the man who shot up Christchurch, New Zealand was also a fitness instructor,” the self-described “Donut Queen” said. She argued that the shooting was “a clear communication that there’s still an idealized body. Nazis really love this idea of an idealized body, and so it makes a lot of sense to me that a fitness instructor… might also think about an idealized body in this thin white supremacist way.”

See, fitness-oriented people are dangerous, they kill innocent people. Being fit is being a Nazi, you are evil if you're thin!

Now, you're thinking it just a one-off screed by an angry, overweight person with low blood sugar jonesing for their next donut but it's not:

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Rashatwar’s intersectional rambling was not a once-off event at a stereotypically liberal university. Rather, it came as part of a 12-date nationwide speaking tour, during which she dissects issues like “How Fat Queers the Body,” and “Health is a Social Construct.” She is also a licensed therapist.

A 12 date, nationwide tour. WTF?  :o

I'm open to the idea this is fake news, I'd love it to be. I fear it's not. Who can tell?

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General Comments / What is Trump running on in 2020?
« on: March 26, 2019, 06:52:51 PM »
A little on the flip side, what’s Trump got he can work with?

First off, the economy.  Any reasonabley competent person can see the economy is beyond good, arguably the best in a generation. Real wages going up, lowest black and hispanic unemployment, record low unemployment in general, more women working than ever before, GDP is pretty solid despite the drag of rising interest rates and the rollback of quantitative easing sucking up capital. If it’s the economy, stupid, then this is a big stick to swing - assuming it lasts another 18 months.

Related, capitalism. Trump will run on this as hard as democrats run as the socialist party. It’s a winner for Trump.

Security. ISIS is gone, it’s official. He can make hay all day about border security and Democrats resisting it. North Korea ain’t exactly a success but there’s a real chance for progress that hasn’t been since the end of the war. Related, strengthing ties with Israel, peeling off the traditional jewish Democrat voters as the left enables anti-semitism.

Fake news. This is a hammer Democrats and the media gave him and have now turned into Mjolnir, the ultimate war hammer. Trump and his allies can now dismiss any negative story as fake news. I find it mind blowing the left has backed themselves into this corner. The Russian collusion hoax will be the gift that keeps giving.

Supreme Court nominations. I believe this was a significant factor last time and will be again but it can cut both ways. If Democrats are demoralized as they seem, this could put him in a good spot.

Not that he needs it but what else could put Trump back in the white House?



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General Comments / The Meuller Report
« on: March 22, 2019, 06:22:06 PM »
This it!  Oh my god, it’s happening!

The one thing we know for sure, no more indictments. Bottom line: not one single American was charged, indicted or convicted for conspiring with Russia to influence the 2016 election - not even a low-level volunteer. The number is zero. The whole point of the thing was to get Russian collusion established - don’t deny it, I know some of you will try. So that’s a bust, a major bust. Getting a few guys on tax dodging or lying to the FBI (only a crime if you’re a Republican) is nothing, Democrats  that routinely. Indicting a few Russians to add some window dressing to the whole thing is, again, nothing.

The timing is perhaps a little telling. After 5 pm on a Friday on what may arguably be the biggest sports weekend of the year.  It virtually guarantees a soft launch for the report. After all the leaks, I’m going to be surprised if there’s anything of value in there, it would have neen leaked. Prediction: the media and democrats will once again join forces to tell us ”It's What's Not In Mueller's Report That Is Important”.



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General Comments / Lowering the voting age
« on: March 14, 2019, 03:32:17 PM »
Stealing a little cross thread, I think it warrants its own topic:

Lowered voting age has been proposed where / by who?

It was proposed as an amendment to the "For the People Act" in the House last week.  124 Democrats and 1 Republican voted for it 

"including California Reps. Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, Maxine Waters and Ted Lieu, Hawaii Rep. and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar."

Today Nancy Pelosi said “I myself, personally, I’m not speaking for my caucus, I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16, I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school when they’re interested in all of this when they’re learning about government to be able to vote."

These are kids that couldn't get a driver's license less than 12 months ago and are closer to junior high that high school. I can't see something like this passing but damned if the left isn't pushing to get it. It makes me wonder just how bad the internal polling is right now.

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General Comments / Oh, Beto!
« on: March 14, 2019, 08:30:27 AM »
Beto is in and it’s a dream come true for the media. They haven’t loved a guy like this since Obama. Check out that vanity fair cover story if you want to see how this campaign is gonna go.

I dunno if America is ready for this guy. He was 26 when he went full DUI by wrecking his car a then trying to flee the scene. Good guy.  They’ll whitewash this. Watch him when he talks, it’s like watching a jittery 8 year old do the floss. It’s weird and off putting. He talks about how he was born to be president. He’s destiny....nothing too crazy about that.

I’m kind of looking forward to national campaign Beto, it’s gonna be entertaining.

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General Comments / What are Democrats running on in 2020?
« on: March 10, 2019, 09:42:32 AM »
The economy is at 3.8% unemployment, it’s the lowest black and hispanic unemployment in history and more women are working than ever before while real wages are climbing after 8 years of stagnation. So unless a few of you have dreams come true and the American economy crashes, Democrats can’t run on the economy.

Security? ISIS is essentially destroyed, who’s left? Democrats want open borders and the dissolution of ICE so we can get as many MS-13 gang members, human traffickers, and opiods into America as possible. That’s a losing platform unless you’re completely unhinged (and a surprising number of Democrats appear to be just that).

Socialism. Really gonna give that a shot as Venezuela descends into darkness (literally) and becomes a humanitarian catastrophe? AOC, the Breakfast Club Evita, says yes. Good luck with that.

In 2019, Democrats have staked themselves out as the party of antisemitism, infanticide, racists, rapists, and hoax hate crimes. I just don’t see those positions as being a winning strategy but with a dedicated propaganda machine in CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYT, and MSNBC, etc to cover it up and otherwise sanitize that hot mess I guess it’s possible all that gets memory holed ... or just blamed on the jews.

Russia. I think all the blanks in that gun have been shot. Unless Mueller pulls a cat out of his ass, that’ll be a dead issue by campaign time.

My guess is they run, hard, on Supreme Court nominations. Ginsburg is gonna be lucky to make it to 2020 and I doubt she’ll make it to 2024. Breyer seems to be healthy but at 80  he’s well past retirement age and very likely to retire before 2024. Thomas ain’t no spring chicken at 70 either. So we’re looking at 1, and potentially 3, new justices before 2024. That will galvanize even liberals that aren’t on board with a blacfaced, socialist dream and stacks of infants left on tables. Of course, that can also galvanize the right so it’s a bit of a wash as strategy goes.

What else can they run on?

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