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General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: October 12, 2020, 05:55:35 PM »
You know, back when the United States was looking at in excess of 2 million people dead from Covid19.

You mean like when Trump stated in late February: "And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done,"

214K deaths later......

General Comments / Re: October Surprise
« on: October 10, 2020, 11:18:31 AM »
Madison WI - The City of Madison hosted an event called Democracy in the park where poll workers would collect absentee ballots at the city parks and act as witnesses when needed.  After more than 10000 ballots were collected the state GOP said that they might sue to block the validity of the votes and that they should be counted separately.  During the 2016 election Trump won by about 23000 votes.  Madison voters are overwhelmingly democrat or left leaning independents.  My guess is that these votes will be contested if the race is close.  My wife and I were going to drop ours off but after hearing this changed our minds.  Voter suppression at it's finest.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: October 03, 2020, 07:21:07 PM »
Eh. No one else is going to say it but I will. I hope he dies.

I can't stand Trump but I don't want him to die.  I would rather have him lose the election and have to face the fraud and tax evasion charges waiting for him after he leaves office.  Spending the next few years in prison (he can share a cell with Eric, Junior, and Jared) would be much better than a death by Covid which not even Trump deserves..  It will be interesting to see how this will impact the elections.  If he gets really sick I can see his base loosing heart.  Pense does not have the same appeal.

General Comments / Trump's Taxes
« on: September 30, 2020, 02:20:00 PM »
I don't find anything especially surprising in the amount of personal income taxes Trump paid but I am interested in the 28 Million he paid in consulting fees.  It appears that 700K plus was paid to Ivanka while she was working for and getting paid by the Trump Organization.  I have to wonder who got the rest of the 28 million and were they also family members or other employees?  It sounds to me like money laundering but I'm no expert.

General Comments / Re: Town halls and debates 2020
« on: September 30, 2020, 02:13:28 PM »
I was a little surprised Biden didn't jump on Trump when he stated that the vaccine would be delivered quickly to all Americans and that the military could vaccinate 200K a day.  Let's do the math.  Assuming that 40% of Americans choose to get vaccinated it would take just under 2 years for the military to vaccinate that 40% (roughly 131.2 Million).  Of course we all know the military won't be vaccinating the majority of Americans but even so spouting out that every one will be vaccinated in a month or two is total BS.  Again that's what happens when you fail to listen to your medical advisors.

General Comments / Re: Ruth Bader Ginsberg
« on: September 21, 2020, 06:56:29 PM »
It is definitely changing the conversation but Mitch better make darn sure he has the votes before he pushes forward.  He's lost two so two more is all that's needed.  A confirmation lose before the election would not be good for bringing out GOP voters.

General Comments / Re: Ruth Bader Ginsberg
« on: September 21, 2020, 02:11:07 PM »
Will Mitch schedule the vote before or after the election?  With several Senate seats up for grabs I can see a benefit in delay.  If Collins and ILK win they can claim support for the vote.  If they lose it will be six years before they can run again so why not vote to confirm.  Trump only needs to nominate to gain support so there is no benefit to him.  Thoughts?

The question raised is can those sources provide the quantities needed to provide adequate supplies to hospital staff.  my guess is no.  There is also the question about whether the supplies on google actually meet the standards required to qualify as N95s.  There have been a number of individuals and suppliers caught over selling their product.

General Comments / Re: Ruth Bader Ginsberg
« on: September 20, 2020, 08:27:19 AM »
Funny how you try and turn around the hypocrisy on the Democrats.  I believe you are correct about the Democrats position.  That isn't the issue they have with the situation.  The hypocrisy is that Mitch and a number of other GOP Senators stated a specific position 4 years ago (some much less than that and refused to give Garland a hearing.  Now they are changing their stated position when it benefits them.  This is hypocrisy and has nothing to do with the Democrats.

General Comments / Re: Ruth Bader Ginsberg
« on: September 19, 2020, 07:47:31 PM »
I am neither outraged or surprised.  I was outraged when the Senate failed to give Garland a hearing.  Obama was attacked for lying about keeping your doctor.  Trump lies daily and the same ones who were upset at Obama don't even blink.  Games are played on both sides but at one time I actually believed that the GOP tried to keep their promises and lived up to the values they promoted.  I gave up on that during the Second Golf war when anyone who even questioned it were demonized.  Of course now in hindsight......   

I have always valued a balanced SC because it acted as a buffer that restrained both sides.  What I now see is a scary imbalance that will have a negative impact on our rights for generations.  More rulings like Citizens United and rules that reduce the rights of the individual and increase the power of corporations are what we have to look forward to.

General Comments / Re: Ruth Bader Ginsberg
« on: September 19, 2020, 06:07:20 PM »
Ignoring for a minute the moral/ethical aspects of filling RBG's seat prior to the next administration taking over I am interested in whether the GOP Senate will be able to grab a majority before the election.  With several GOP Senate seats in close races I can see vulnerable candidates such as Collins choosing not to vote for the replacement.  It would not be surprise to see Mitch having to wait until after the election for a vote.  I am sure that the moment he has a nomination he will be polling the troops.

Information is still vague on the first shooting however I was disgusted by the account on Fox that failed to mention the first shooting and only mentioned that he was being chased.  They didn't out and out say it was self-defense but leaving out the fact that he was being chased after he had shot someone makes it sound that way.  If the first attack hadn't occurred an argument of fear for his life might be made.  Hopefully Fox will do a better job moving forward.

The individual was a 17 year old white male who appears to have been part of a group from outside Kenosha that came to town to protect it.  There are sources stating he was a wannabe police officer but that may just be hearsay.  He was certainly not associated with Antifa.

General Comments / Re: Jacob Blake
« on: August 25, 2020, 04:24:05 PM »
Based on the information I have read the domestic issue was between two women.  Sounds like Blake was guilty of trying to break up a fight rather than instigating one.

General Comments / Re: Soliciting positions on impeachment testimony
« on: December 25, 2019, 11:47:19 AM »
There are three seperate and distinct co-equal branches of Government in the United States. When one branch finds itself in conflict with another branch, the third branch is the one that breaks the stalemate when relevant. In the case of a legal dispute between the Congressional Branch and the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch is very relevant when it comes to resolving legal disputes, given that's the entire point of the Judicial Branch--resolve legal disputes.

But I guess the Constitution isn't worth the paper it's written on these days, right? Who needs three separate, distinct, and co-equal branches of Government when we have Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House?

She doesn't need the Judicial Branch, they're simply irrelevant. And PotUS answers to her.

It seems like unless the WSJ got it's facts wrong Executive Privilege was not meant to apply to impeachment.  At least it does not seem like the Founding Fathers thought it should.

General Comments / Re: Ukraine
« on: November 07, 2019, 09:23:46 PM »
I'm sure that there are no other Americans that could be guilty of corrupt action in the Ukraine.  Seems to me that if Trump was interested in Ukrainian corruption Giuliani is an equally valid target to investigate.

General Comments / Re: The Race is On
« on: October 30, 2019, 08:49:43 AM »
We have the call transcript. What witnesses to the call do you need?

Based on yesterdays hearings there may be some question about the completeness of the transcript.

Does anyone know if there is an actual recording of the call?

Beyond the call the actions of Trump and company dealing with the Ukraine and the funding are also relevant in evaluating wrong doing.

General Comments / Re: Ukraine
« on: October 23, 2019, 07:36:56 AM »
The whole talk about "two channels" seems purpose written to give the dems what they want to hear.  Is there any basis to believe it - he doesn't even claim that he knows it exists - it's all an inference to explain what he sees and doesn't like.

I thought this had already been confirmed by Trump.  It seemed strange that Trump would involve his personal lawyer in Ukraine especially when it appears Giuliani may have his own corruption problems there.

General Comments / Re: G7 2020
« on: October 18, 2019, 01:16:52 PM »
@Crunch  You are correct.  I am strictly stating this as an opinion.  I also see it as ethically problematic.

Again though lets say it costs the US tax payer a couple of million less.  Does the "At cost" cover everyone else attending?  What numbers are we looking at?  Those that he shares with his investors or those he reports to the IRS.  There seems to be some historic question about different numbers.

General Comments / Re: G7 2020
« on: October 18, 2019, 11:21:04 AM »
Do we know what is included in the "AT COST?"  Does that mean no cost for Trump and the SS?  From the security details for all participants?  From other ancillary services and guests?  What does "AT COST" actually mean?

Even if Trump gains nothing beyond free publicity from holding the G7 at his property the choice is in poor taste and raises a number of questions.

As far as Biden goes it seems that if Trump was interested in corruption he would have asked for an investigation in to Rudy while he was at it.

General Comments / Re: ICE Raids
« on: August 12, 2019, 07:42:43 PM »
I stated that Trump could have pushed for hiring illegal immigrants.  I doubt however that there is any proof.

As far as the CEOs in these cases.  It is one thing to believe they were not involved when it is a small percentage of workers and another to believe they had no knowledge when it is 100s.  At the very least HR would know and should be held accountable.  I bet as soon as you start talking about jail time for them you'll start to see those above implicated.

General Comments / Re: ICE Raids
« on: August 12, 2019, 04:42:59 PM »
I have to agree.  While it is possible that Trump was aware or at least encouraged an atmosphere that led to hiring illegal immigrants it seems unlikely that he would normally be involved in the hiring of that level of employee.

I personally would love a scifi/fantasy novel that worked with Dark matter and energy to explain magic and possibly magical creatures.  The ability to "see" and "manipulate" it would allow one to determine the associated rules (physics) and perform Magic.

WOW- I wish I had the discipline to write but alas..I must rely on others.  As stated above it is really difficult to know how to respond.  My Biblical studies are from a Christian rather than a Jewish perspective and I have never felt comfortable with an omnipotent God that creates something he knows he will have to destroy.  I'm sure if Mr. Ricky Berman still frequented this forum he would have a lot to say.  Some of it might actually be helpful.  If you are interested I do have contact information for him.

General Comments / Re: ICE Raids
« on: August 12, 2019, 02:30:06 PM »
I have a hard time believing that companies that end up raided and have hundreds of undocumented workers are not aware of the fact.  I believe the system is specifically designed to exploit and provide plausible deniability for the companies.  Of course these workers are great.  They have a strong incentive not to complain about working conditions, low or stolen wages.

General Comments / ICE Raids
« on: August 12, 2019, 11:58:35 AM »
I am wondering what everyone's view is on the recent ICE raids in Mississippi.  It appears obvious that the processing plants could not be unaware that nearly 700 of their workers were in the country without documentation.

We can discuss the problem of individuals working in this country illegally but I think that has been covered in detail.  What I am interested in knowing is why no one is being held responsible for hiring them to begin with?  Even on the rare occasions where a company is fined the amount comes no where near matching the gains the company makes.

This pattern seems to be true in nearly all industries.

Personally if we are going to call illegal immigrants criminals than the same should apply to those who hire them rather than condone the behavior by turning a blind eye to it.


General Comments / Re: Jeffrey Epstein arrest
« on: August 12, 2019, 11:47:43 AM »
The billion dollar question will end up being what happens to the investigation?  Does it end?  There seem to be lots of powerful people on both sides of the political spectrum that might benefit from Epstein's investigation vanishing.  Think of all the money wasted in investigating someone who can't be held accountable?

Based on personality and comments I would not be surprised if information existed indicating criminal behavior on both Bill and Donald.  It does seem to me that those currently in power have more to lose if damning information is found.

General Comments / Re: Pittsburgh Shooter
« on: November 01, 2018, 03:38:03 PM »
To be fair Pete very few news sources on either side report on anything outside of the US, Europe, and the Middle East.  You may get some African news on BBC but unless it is a very slow news week or it is an epic level disaster it won't be covered.  Unfortunately the only times our bad behavior gets reported is if it can be used for political gain.  Unless you have direct connections most individuals are not going to search for that level of regional news.

Based on our history of manipulation, human rights abuses, and every other bit of nastiness promoted directly and indirectly against the governments and people of Central America  allowing them to request asylum seems like the least we should be doing.

General Comments / Re: Corey Booker and Kavanaugh Hearing
« on: September 29, 2018, 09:30:52 AM »
Why not just wait until after the election to let the "People" decide  ;)

I have been extremely frustrated by the whole event.  This has very little to do with finding out about the truth and everything to do with politics.  I didn't watch more than several minutes of the questioning but I was not impressed with the rudeness Kavanaugh demonstrated to those questioning him.  I recognize that he has a grievance if innocent but I guess I believe that those questioning him deserve a degree of respect.  But maybe this is now deemed appropriate behavior.

The delays in reporting the alleged assault whether it was for the legitimate reason of protecting Ford or not is also problematic however once reported it should be fully investigated.  These types of behaviors are rarely isolated to a single event so if it is real it should not be that difficult to find a pattern.

I find it sad that we keep coming back to political agenda over right and wrong.  I have to wonder what message are we sending our children.

General Comments / Re: Elon Musk's Problems
« on: September 29, 2018, 09:17:15 AM »
Musk is stating he had a verbal agreement with a Saudi group.  My guess is that unless the SEC can show otherwise there isn't much of a case.  I have to wonder if the very Tweet he sent may have helped kill the deal assuming that it existed.

General Comments / Re: Check your voter registration
« on: September 21, 2018, 10:57:14 AM »
Mine must be correct since I got my WI absentee ballot in the mail yesterday although I may still be registered in PA.  Not sure how to find out.

General Comments / Re: Corey Booker and Kavanaugh Hearing
« on: September 06, 2018, 12:37:46 PM »
Considering an email released by an anonymous source where Kavanaugh claimed Roe V Wade was not settled law calls into question what has been deemed as classified.

General Comments / Re: Woodward book
« on: September 06, 2018, 08:43:28 AM »
Does it bother anyone else that aides and others would remove letters and or memos to "prevent the president from harming America?"  I am appalled by the trump presidency but the idea that a group inside the White House is purposely acting to prevent presidential actions is scary.  Maybe I am incorrect but I see this as dangerous ground.  For better or worse Trump is the elected president and the idea that some of his staff feel they have a right to bypass him smells wrong to me.  I would not accept that behavior towards a president I supported and do not feel it is right for one I oppose.

Note- I am not talking about his staff trying to openly convince him to have a little control.

Anyone remember the huge uproar when Obama "Lied" about keeping your doctor with the ACA?  One lie and those on the right felt he should be held accountable.  Funny how the regard for the truth seems to have vanished under Trump.

General Comments / Re: Tariffs are a problem?
« on: July 30, 2018, 01:42:13 PM »
My nephew is a computer engineer currently working on autonomous trucks.  Fueling can be done autonomously also.  There is a massive amount of interest in this especially for long haul since an autonomous truck can run 24/7 and will eventually be safer than human drivers.  I believe the initial model might use a convoy style with a single driver controlling a small fleet but I could be remembering wrong.

General Comments / Re: NFL fines for disrespect
« on: May 27, 2018, 07:29:38 AM »
I find it a little humerus that individuals who make a habit of calling "Liberals" Snowflakes because they find the disrespect of others offensive are set on being offended by a player kneeling.  Who is actually being disrespected here?  The military?  There are certainly those who were upset but there were many including my father (WW2 and Korea) who completely supported the players.  The flag?  The National Anthem?  Maybe those who feel that an African American should know his place and keep their mouth shut?  It certainly not the Constitution or the principles this nation was built on.
Of course the NFL is interested in the financials.  People are fond of saying respect has to be earned.  The real question I see is what needs to change for those kneeling players to feel they can stand?  As long as their message is ignored things are unlikely to change.

General Comments / Re: Possibility of peace with NK
« on: April 28, 2018, 07:55:35 AM »
Hopeful but not convinced this is more than delay tactics.  Especially when you read reports that Kim's nuclear testing location collapsed.  We'll see what happens.

General Comments / Re: OSC is on Quora
« on: April 22, 2018, 05:58:02 PM »
Yep mostly advice on writing.

General Comments / Re: House Closes Investigation
« on: April 10, 2018, 04:03:11 PM »
Knowing the mass amount of political scrutiny that this search warrant has and will generate I am guessing there must have been pretty significant evidence presented to obtain it. 

Any bets on bombings occurring in Syria to divert attention from this?

In addition to the comments above I believe any item that is not deemed to be legal advice does not fall under Lawyer Client Privilege.

General Comments / Re: Stormy Daniels and the Surreal Reality
« on: April 06, 2018, 01:56:03 PM »
The whole thing is odd.  What possible impact would a story coming out about an alleged affair years before have on the election when we are talking about Trump's history?  He has admitted to affairs and cheating on his wives.  His "prolife" stance had already won over the majority of Evangelical voters and they are the only group that might have cared. 

Why would his lawyer fork out 130K of hush money if that was all there was?  That is what stinks to me.  I'll let the lawyers and partisans fight about the legality of the money.  I am more interested in the why.

General Comments / Re: Stormy Daniels and the Surreal Reality
« on: April 02, 2018, 10:56:58 AM »
The only thing I find strange about this is the NDA.  Only the most anti-Trumpers care about an affair years ago.  With his history it would be surprising if there had not been affairs.  Why the pay-off?  His base was not going to vote for Hillary no matter how despicable Trumps behavior.

On a side note:  Liberals do care about individuals who cheat on their wives (at least under certain circumstances).  When was the last time you heard anything about John Edwards?

General Comments / Re: Uber self-driving car hits and kills pedestrian
« on: March 22, 2018, 01:26:29 PM »
In the long run this ladies death may lead to additional detection technologies that may save multiple lives in the long run.  As it is I don't believe that anyone, even a professional driver at peak alertness could have avoided hitting her.  That being said what is our expectation moving forward?  Do we let the cars back on the road now or do we wait until they have added additional safety features?

General Comments / Re: Republican Tax Plan
« on: December 05, 2017, 02:46:40 PM »
Any thoughts on how the increase in the standard deduction will impact charitable giving?  I have been wondering what if any change in giving patterns will occur when much of the benefit of itemizing is removed.

General Comments / Re: Anti-boycott bill
« on: October 22, 2017, 06:29:52 AM »
Looks like Texas the only state passing this type of law.  It will be interesting how the courts rule on this one.

General Comments / Re: Charlottsville
« on: August 17, 2017, 02:02:21 PM »
I don't agree. The brawls are very much the issue. Obviously murder is worse than brawling but you have to look at the context. Thus far there is no evidence that this was a premedidated or planned attack. He hit people with his truck. Until further facts come out, it is logical to conclude that this truck attack was related to the other violence. In other words this wasn't some pre-medidated "attack" but a deadly escalation of violence that was already occurring. I blame antifa and hold them (at minimum) equally at fault as the nazis in respect of the underlying violence. This guy didn't just run a truck into some Sunday shoppers or machine gun a night club. It is disingenuous to look at the truck attack as some kind of isolated event. I don't even think it clearly qualifies as "terrorism" frankly.

First you obviously have not looked at the footage.  It was a charger not a truck.  It was purposely driven into a crowd of people. One was killed nineteen were injured.  Whether he came to the rally with the intention of carrying out the attack has nothing to do with it.  He saw a group of individuals and made the choice to plow into them.  Again I am not excusing those who were involved in earlier violence on either side.  I find both groups involved in the violence reprehensible.  My view is obviously not isolated since the vast majority of the GOP members of Congress also called it an act of domestic terrorism.

General Comments / Re: Charlottsville
« on: August 17, 2017, 10:10:41 AM »
The brawls are not the issue here.  The issue is the act of terrorism that occurred.  The additional fact that the side that terrorist belonged to also vocally supports Trump requires a strong condemnation.  I have an issue with any kind of violent protest.  If the act of terror had not occurred I would tend to agree with you.  Since it did all of the morale equivalency arguments are bunk.

General Comments / Re: Charlottsville
« on: August 17, 2017, 08:47:09 AM »
Trump was completely justified in condemning both sides.

The problem with this statement is that the general confrontations were not the primary story.  Trump had no problem calling out Islamic terrorists and attacking London's mayor in June when a truck plowed into pedestrians.  We wouldn't even be talking about C'Ville still if not for Heather's death and the other 19 injured by Fields.

No one is asking him to condone the violence between protesters but there is a significant difference between a few street brawls and the crimes committed by Fields.

General Comments / Re: Uber v Waymo
« on: August 16, 2017, 04:08:09 PM »
Here you go.

Key section from article.

Google charged that former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski abruptly left the company in early 2016 to found his own self-driving-trucking start-up, Otto. After only six months of operation, Otto was acquired by Uber in the summer of 2016 for over a half-billion dollars. The amount of money for, and quickness of, the acquisition raised Google’s suspicions, and it began an investigation into the time shortly before Levandowski left. Google claims it discovered that Levandowski accessed Waymo’s servers and snagged 9.7 GB of Waymo data before leaving to found Otto. Then, in December of 2016, a supply-chain manufacturer accidentally emailed a Waymo employee an attachment meant for Uber and Otto. That attachment, says Google, showed that Uber and Otto were copying a vital bit of tech for their self-driving cars. Google filed a lawsuit a few weeks later.

General Comments / Re: Destruction and theft of cultural heritage
« on: August 16, 2017, 12:36:19 PM »
In other associated news Baltimore quietly removed four statues last night.

General Comments / Re: Destruction and theft of cultural heritage
« on: August 16, 2017, 11:57:46 AM »
Generally I would agree with you but when I heard about the removal and possible destruction of some of the Confederate symbols the destruction of Palmyra came to mind. 

I did a little research on the Lee statue and it wasn't erected until 1924 right about the time the KKK was experiencing a resurgence and Jim Crow laws were taking off.  In this case the "cultural heritage" probably had more to do with making a racist statement than with actually honoring Lee who was opposed to Confederate war statues.

Many other statues fit the same bill.  Even so I oppose their destruction and believe they should be preserved as a reminder of an ulgy part of our history.

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