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lawhawk  Sep 19, 2019 • 11:43:25am

Issa’s nomination as a trade official was put on indefinite hold because it appears he failed FBI background checks.

In going forward with the hearing, Risch broke with decades of bipartisan tradition in the committee, which normally would not schedule confirmation hearings without the agreement of the ranking member of the opposing party. Menendez had opposed the scheduling of the hearing.

Ultimately, Risch agreed to indefinitely delay the confirmation hearing on Issa’s nomination to lead the U.S. Trade and Development Agency after an unprecedented public back-and-forth with Menendez over allegedly problematic and potentially disqualifying classified information in Issa’s FBI background investigation. The White House has thus far declined to provide the information to the rest of the committee members.

That sounds entirely like how Trumpworld operates.

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jaunte  Sep 19, 2019 • 11:46:49am
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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 19, 2019 • 11:47:58am

Please tell me those fucking returns are going to get released someday.

PLEASE.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Sep 19, 2019 • 11:48:13am

re: #2 jaunte

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I’m shocked that no one has leaked his tax returns. He’s pissed off so many and they are so stupid at keeping track of things….They must have a lot to hid.

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lawhawk  Sep 19, 2019 • 11:49:30am

Meanwhile….. (cue Colbert voice):

Trumpworld is fighting to squelch all discussion of the whistleblower action that would reveal that Trump actively undermined national security in conversations with foreign leaders.

We’ve seen Trump lie and make boastful statements to Russia, giving them details that undermine our intel sources and those of our allies (Israel). That he’d be doing this regularly shows that he is unfit for office.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 19, 2019 • 11:49:59am

re: #3 Eclectic Cyborg

Please tell me those fucking returns are going to get released someday.

PLEASE.

if nothing else, they will be leaked

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 19, 2019 • 11:51:33am

re: #6 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

if nothing else, they will be leaked

I sure as hell hope so.

I want to see what it’s in there, but I really want to see Trumps epic meltdown when the truth is revealed.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 19, 2019 • 11:52:27am

re: #7 Eclectic Cyborg

I sure as hell hope so.

I want to see what it’s in there, but I really want to see Trumps epic meltdown when the truth is revealed.

and all the spin going down to rationalize it and whatabout it

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danarchy  Sep 19, 2019 • 11:59:09am

re: #7 Eclectic Cyborg

I sure as hell hope so.

I want to see what it’s in there, but I really want to see Trumps epic meltdown when the truth is revealed.

I’m not all together convinced we’d get anything that would be a game changer. We already know he had that billion dollar loss that he is probably still using to pay 0 federal income tax. If there was anything blatantly illegal even the IRS would have found it, so at best we end up with the Times and Post doing deep dives and coming up with stuff that is suggestive of money laundering or something but anytime you need to get down in the weeds like that the public is pretty much going to tune it out.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:01:36pm
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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:01:56pm

Havana syndrome: Exposure to neurotoxin may have been cause, study suggests | CBC News

This makes so much more sense than the sonic-weapon claims.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:02:02pm

re: #6 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

if nothing else, they will be leaked

And the press will suppress any damaging info.

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CleverToad  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:05:17pm

Drive-by OT, t&p for VB and hope things are going ok for the rest of y’all; will try to make it back on when real life simmers down a bit.

But my kid came out with this observation yesterday:
“It’s interesting — it used to be that most people rode horses and the rich drove cars. Now most people drive cars and the rich ride horses…
…The stables have turned.”

(yes, i smacked him)

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jaunte  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:05:24pm

re: #10 Backwoods_Sleuth

It’s time to start fining and jailing people for noncompliance, or the subpoena process will become worthless.

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A Mom Anon  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:08:43pm

re: #14 jaunte

This is what I don’t get. If you or I ignored an order from the court or Congress we’d be in deep shit. These mofos are daring someone to stop them and nothing is happening.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:11:54pm

oh

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Hecuba's daughter  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:13:33pm

re: #9 danarchy

I’m not all together convinced we’d get anything that would be a game changer. We already know he had that billion dollar loss that he is probably still using to pay 0 federal income tax. If there was anything blatantly illegal even the IRS would have found it, so at best we end up with the Times and Post doing deep dives and coming up with stuff that is suggestive of mconey laundering or something but anytime you need to get down in the weeds like that the public is pretty much going to tune it out.

Please — the “wealthy” own a host of shady accountants who make it very difficult to uncover their actual criminality. It’s expensive investigating their taxes — much easier to pursue those who cannot afford serious legal advice.

I still recall, (and I mentioned this before) in the wake of Enron and the destruction of Arthur Anderson, a radio report about another major accounting firm that marketed a tax evasion scheme that they asserted would escape prosecution because it was so complicated that government investigators could not penetrate their deception. Someone did get hold of their internal documents to publicize this information but I don’t know if anyone was tried or fined for these actions.

Remember, Helmsley’s “only little people pay taxes” remark. Yes, she was imprisoned but there are many more who escaped. Several years ago, a colleague of mine had a brother who traded on the CBOE. Apparently, he and most of his colleagues never filed returns and so never paid taxes. Our tax system is a disgrace.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:13:34pm

he is nutz

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jaunte  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:13:37pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:19:16pm
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danarchy  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:20:15pm

re: #17 Hecuba’s daughter

Please — the “wealthy” own a host of shady accountants who make it very difficult to uncover their actual criminality. It’s expensive investigating their taxes — much easier to pursue those who cannot afford serious legal advice.

That’s why I said blatantly. If it is well hidden in shell corps, tax shelters, accounting gimmicks good luck getting the public to pay much attention.

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Hecuba's daughter  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:20:29pm

re: #16 Backwoods_Sleuth

oh

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So that’s the top secret conversation that the whistleblower reported? Terrible — but not a Putin submission but rather a typical mob boss strong-arming.

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gocart mozart  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:20:30pm
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DangerMan  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:20:49pm

re: #9 danarchy

I’m not all together convinced we’d get anything that would be a game changer. We already know he had that billion dollar loss that he is probably still using to pay 0 federal income tax. If there was anything blatantly illegal even the IRS would have found it, so at best we end up with the Times and Post doing deep dives and coming up with stuff that is suggestive of money laundering or something but anytime you need to get down in the weeds like that the public is pretty much going to tune it out.

blatantly yes - which usually involves under or unreported income (that the irs can find) or overstated expenses.

however an awful lot of illegality or impropriety can be hiding in plain sight right in front of the irs’s nose and unless they were looking for something specific they might not see it

then there’s corroboration:
- did his lenders get the same tax returns that were actually filed. normally they get them from the irs directly to verify. with this bunch who knows.
- did he use different sets of numbers in his proceedings to undervalue his assets and save real estate taxes? the irs wouldnt know that either

just 2 examples

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The Pie Overlord!  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:21:07pm

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DangerMan  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:22:11pm

re: #10 Backwoods_Sleuth

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interesting that this was filed as ‘the president’ and not as a private New york state resident/citizen

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DangerMan  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:23:28pm

re: #13 CleverToad

Drive-by OT, t&p for VB and hope things are going ok for the rest of y’all; will try to make it back on when real life simmers down a bit.

But my kid came out with this observation yesterday:
“It’s interesting — it used to be that most people rode horses and the rich drove cars. Now most people drive cars and the rich ride horses…
…The stables have turned.”

(yes, i smacked him)

he’s gonna be a dad one day…

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DangerMan  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:24:16pm

re: #14 jaunte

It’s time to start fining and jailing people for noncompliance, or the subpoena process will become worthless.

until the dems are back on top, then it’ll instantly regain it’s importance

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DangerMan  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:25:04pm

re: #15 A Mom Anon

This is what I don’t get. If you or I ignored an order from the court or Congress we’d be in deep shit. These mofos are daring someone to stop them and nothing is happening.

rich man’s privilege
white man’s privilege
powerful man’s privilege

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DangerMan  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:27:42pm

re: #18 Backwoods_Sleuth

I love his habit of using “what’s called” like he’s describing a complex concept that he’s just discovered.

to him it is (complex)
and he did just…

it’s all a tell - he’s a master bullshitter
otherwise it would be obvious how far over his head everything is

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lawhawk  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:27:58pm

re: #9 danarchy

I’m not all together convinced we’d get anything that would be a game changer. We already know he had that billion dollar loss that he is probably still using to pay 0 federal income tax. If there was anything blatantly illegal even the IRS would have found it, so at best we end up with the Times and Post doing deep dives and coming up with stuff that is suggestive of money laundering or something but anytime you need to get down in the weeds like that the public is pretty much going to tune it out.

The IRS audit division has seen its ranks thinned due to the GOP gutting enforcement and oversight - reducing the percentage of people receiving audits. It means there are fewer experienced audit investigators who can do the kind of specialized work needed to untangle Trump’s small business companies and all the cross-deals between them to find wrongdoing.

If you run a sophisticated enough scam and do enough self dealing for long enough, it can be hard to spot, even with trained investigators. I know that sounds weird, but if a business always does things a certain way, the bad act doesn’t stand out the way that a sudden change in financial accounting might. People, and computer systems that do audit checks, look for discrepancies and changes in patterns.

That makes spotting wrongdoing that goes on for years even harder to spot than the run of the mill tax evasion (like say purposefully mischaracterizing income or taking deductions that you were not entitled to, etc., all to reduce tax liability illegally).

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:28:36pm

Trump really loves to say “Tremendous”, doesn’t he?

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The Pie Overlord!  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:29:16pm

re: #30 DangerMan

to him it is (complex)
and he did just…

it’s all a tell - he’s a master bullshitter
otherwise it would be obvious how far over his head everything is

“Tremendous!”
“Incredible!”
Those are his adjectives for everything.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:30:43pm

re: #26 DangerMan

interesting that this was filed as ‘the president’ and not as a private New york state resident/citizen

I’m surprised that Trump hasn’t claimed he changed his residency to Florida so those subpoenas wouldn’t affect him.

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lawhawk  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:31:01pm
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DangerMan  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:32:41pm

re: #33 The Pie Overlord!

“Tremendous!”
“Incredible!”
Those are his adjectives for everything.

once he read 2 pages out of “Six Weeks to Words of Power”, and here we are

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:32:48pm

re: #35 lawhawk

We’ve been hoping for some act that would finally tip the scales and show everyone just how thoroughly corrupt and compromised Trumpworld is. Will this be that tipping point? I’m still not sure. Nothing else seems to do it (and would have toppled every other WH since US founding)

We said that with pussygate, we said that with him mocking the handicapped, we said that with him mocking McCain’s record…

only thing that will get him out is a massive, indisputable defeat at the polls in 2020

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:40:49pm

re: #16 Backwoods_Sleuth

oh

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:45:06pm

re: #37 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

We said that with pussygate, we said that with him mocking the handicapped, we said that with him mocking McCain’s record…

only thing that will get him out is a massive, indisputable defeat at the polls in 2020

And even then Trump will claim “massive voter fraud” and fight to stay in office.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:47:51pm

re: #39 NO SMOCKING GUN!

And even then Trump will claim “massive voter fraud” and fight to stay in office.

I hope he does fight. It will demonstrate that he really doesn’t understand or believe in democracy. He’s going to go out the same way he got in as a big crying man baby.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:50:19pm

re: #40 I Would Prefer Not To

I hope he does fight. It will demonstrate that he really doesn’t understand or believe in democracy. He’s going to go out the same way he got in as a big crying man baby.

Whether he does or not, it will make him more popular when he goes on the circuit to give speeches and post-campaign rallies and reiterates is unfounded claims that he was robbed of his rightful office

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I Would Prefer Not To  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:51:40pm

I think the Elizabeth’s selfie thing is a good gimmick, especially if she does it in the states that she really needs to win (WI, MI, PA). It shows that she was tons of energy. Trump can’t compete, he’s exhausted after a rally.

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DangerMan  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:52:02pm

re: #38 NO SMOCKING GUN!

George Conway
@gtconway3d
* 1h
If this actually happened, @realDonaldTrump should be impeached and removed from office without delay

hey george:

talk to your republican buds.
and your wife.

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DangerMan  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:55:18pm

re: #41 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Whether he does or not, it will make him more popular when he goes on the circuit to give speeches and post-campaign rallies and reiterates is unfounded claims that he was robbed of his rightful office

losing may be a “strong” position for him
he can start campaigning for president again and fund raising right away
more power to him
if he wants to fleece the rubes, and they want to pay, im staying out of the way
its money that wont go to other candidates

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Patricia Kayden  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:56:33pm

re: #3 Eclectic Cyborg

Please tell me those fucking returns are going to get released someday.

PLEASE.

Before November 2020. Please.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:57:10pm
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DangerMan  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:59:16pm

re: #42 I Would Prefer Not To

I think the Elizabeth’s selfie thing is a good gimmick, especially if she does it in the states that she really needs to win (WI, MI, PA). It shows that she was tons of energy. Trump can’t compete, he’s exhausted after a rally.

——
electoral-vote.com

It is an unusual tactic, but perhaps a smart one. Many people who don’t normally go to political rallies might now go to hers because they know they can get a selfie with a potential future president. This, in turn, increases the size of her crowds. Furthermore, many people post the selfies to social media, which increases her reach. Suppose a dozen people see a posted selfie. That means 700,000 people now have a direct connection to Warren and can ask their friend or relative about her. That is worth many minutes of paid ads on television and costs her nothing except her time. By appearing directly with so many voters, it also makes Warren look like someone close to the people, something important for a former Harvard professor and a U.S. senator. It’s a clever strategy and one the other candidates would be wise to emulate…

…money is pouring in, so maybe she can afford the time. Also, people who have a selfie with her are more likely to donate. (V)

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Skip Intro  Sep 19, 2019 • 12:59:57pm

The fear mongers at CNBC are all over Elizebeth Warren today.

cnbc.com

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Patricia Kayden  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:00:33pm
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DodgerFan1988  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:01:29pm

Alt-Right and Conservative Snowflakes triggered.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:02:36pm
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:02:56pm

re: #50 DodgerFan1988

NEW: Colt suspends production of AR-15 rifles for civilian sales, saying there’s already an “adequate supply” in the market.

Because the market was over-saturated under Obama with Wayne LePierre warning that Obama was going to ban all gun and ammo sales, there is now a significantly diminished demand.

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DangerMan  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:04:08pm

re: #49 Patricia Kayden

i know it’s OT, but if only we were as concerned for rape victims and protected them the same way as ‘workplace whistleblowers’

you know:
- system protects identities
- so that more come forward
- with credible information

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DangerMan  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:06:24pm

re: #51 NO SMOCKING GUN!

We’re maybe hours from learning the promise Trump made and to which leader, less than 24 from him calling it fake news, two days away from Republicans being “troubled,” three away from the WH admitting the story is true but Trump was “joking,” four from the GOP falling into line.

…and five days from the next outrageous revelation that will reset the clock

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Hecuba's daughter  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:07:50pm

re: #48 Skip Intro

The fear mongers at CNBC are all over Elizebeth Warren today.

cnbc.com

As Upton Sinclair said in 1935: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”

The money manager of my IRA is an anti-Trumper who is resolutely opposed to Warren (and Sanders). They really fear any limitation on how they manage funds.

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jaunte  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:08:19pm
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gocart mozart  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:08:46pm

This is a good article about the the history of the AR-15

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:09:53pm

re: #55 Hecuba’s daughter

As Upton Sinclair said in 1935: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”
.

Or like K said in Men In Black: “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it.”

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jaunte  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:09:57pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:10:32pm

re: #56 jaunte

Definitely sounds like it’s Putin.

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Hecuba's daughter  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:11:04pm

re: #56 jaunte

katherine
@katherineOma
Just out NYT is reporting that IG MICHAEL Atkinson said the Whistleblower complaint involves multiple communications with a foreign leader, and the commitment that he made to that leader. This was NOT a one off but unfolded over time

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2:56 PM - Sep 19, 2019

Certainly doesn’t sound like the Ukraine issue. But Putin or MBS or possibly Netanyahu would make sense.

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jaunte  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:12:32pm

“Whatever you need, Vlad. If I forget, just whisper ‘Helsinki’.”

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gocart mozart  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:13:09pm

re: #50 DodgerFan1988

Interesting that the AR-15 is manufactured about 40 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary.
en.wikipedia.org

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uncah91  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:16:39pm

re: #51 NO SMOCKING GUN!

It’s been … one week since you looked at me
Cut your eyes to the side and said “It’s fake news!”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:17:06pm
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Barefoot Grin  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:17:23pm

Sorry to the Texans in the storm’s way, but the mention of Beaumont always elicits immediately in my mind this wonderful Lucinda song:

The Night’s Too Long

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TedStriker  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:21:11pm

re: #55 Hecuba’s daughter

As Upton Sinclair said in 1935: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”

The money manager of my IRA is an anti-Trumper who is resolutely opposed to Warren (and Sanders). They really fear any limitation on how they manage funds.

They know they’d be among the first with their backs against the wall if it ever came down to it.

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sagehen  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:23:27pm

re: #33 The Pie Overlord!

“Tremendous!”
“Incredible!”
Those are his adjectives for everything.

Very special
A disaster

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Belafon  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:24:08pm

re: #35 lawhawk

I posted the tweets about the “Do Something” people in the last thread. We all would have liked something to remove him so we could all go back to our normal lives, but we really only deserve to get back to “normal” if we work hard.

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b.d.  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:27:26pm

re: #56 jaunte

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So now all of those good republicans that Biden is always talking about will be running to his side on this…..right?

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TedStriker  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:28:00pm

re: #69 Belafon

I posted the tweets about the “Do Something” people in the last thread. We all would have liked something to remove him so we could all go back to our normal lives, but we really only deserve to get back to “normal” if we work hard.

Even if Trump keeled over or was impeached out of office tomorrow, there is no going back to the way things were before he became POTUS, at least not completely.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:30:10pm

You know if Warren is the Dem nominee people at Trump rallies are going to start dressing up as Indians right?

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Skip Intro  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:30:33pm

re: #71 TedStriker

Nope. Even over 70 years after the Nazis were crushed there are still Nazis.

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DodgerFan1988  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:32:10pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:32:13pm

re: #73 Skip Intro

Nope. Even over 70 years after the Nazis were crushed there are still Nazis.

Yep. Some even hold high positions in the U.S. Government

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The Pie Overlord!  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:33:00pm

re: #70 b.d.

So now all of those good republicans that Biden is always talking about will be running to his side on this…..right?

If “Good Republicans” actually existed they would have never allowed Trump to be on the ballot without showing his tax returns.

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DangerMan  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:34:24pm

re: #69 Belafon

I posted the tweets about the “Do Something” people in the last thread. We all would have liked something to remove him so we could all go back to our normal lives, but we really only deserve to get back to “normal” if we work hard.

sometimes a dangerman needs to toot his own horn.
so from the archives:

What Is “Normal” and Why “Get Back to It” 170922

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b.d.  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:34:45pm

re: #74 DodgerFan1988

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Breaking News: There are 2.9 billion fewer birds in the U.S. and Canada now than 50 years ago, a new study found, a steep decline that stunned the researchers

SEE WHAT I TOLD YOU ABOUT WINDMILLS!!!!!

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DangerMan  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:35:48pm

re: #76 The Pie Overlord!

If “Good Republicans” actually existed they would have never allowed Trump to be on the ballot without showing his tax returns.

let alone pu$$ygate

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:37:34pm
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KGxvi  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:37:35pm

Reading up on this whistleblower case on Trump’s promise, I’m beginning to think we need to codify the outer reaches of executive privilege. I doubt any president of either party would willingly sign a bill doing so, thus it’s going to require veto-proof majorities.

In explaining their position, ODNI has suggested there is a question of privilege. The agency wrote in a letter to lawmakers on September 13 the complaint “involves confidential and potentially privileged communications by persons outside the Intelligence Community.” The letter ends by noting the agency would work toward “protecting Executive Branch confidentiality interests.”

Because that sort of bullshit is incredibly dangerous.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:38:16pm

For anyone curious, the Times article about birds points to two major causes of the decline: Urban sprawl and increased used of pesticides.

The bird populations the have declined the least just so happen to be the ones we’ve been active about conserving. Funny, that.

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lawhawk  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:38:54pm

re: #74 DodgerFan1988

Trump will blame wind turbines.

He will ignore that bird strikes against buildings and structures (including glass clad skyscrapers) is the biggest source of bird mortality. Even the USFWS indicates that anywhere from 365 million to 988 million birds are killed due to building collisions annually.

It looks like the upper margin appears to be involved here.

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Hecuba's daughter  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:41:54pm

re: #71 TedStriker

Even if Trump keeled over or was impeached out of office tomorrow, there is no going back to the way things were before he became POTUS, at least not completely.

Except for routine violation of the emoluments clause and a worship of Putin, what is it that Trump has done that is out of character for the GOP?

A compromised SC? — what about the 2000 court that stole the election?

Lying to foment war? Bush 43 did that.

Destroying the environment? Every modern member of the GOP.

Attacking health care? Preceded Trump.

Homophobia? Attacking women’s right to choose? Allowing corporations free rein? Destroying unions?

Purge Trump and the Republicans are back where they were before Trump: a malevolent organization out to harm anyone who isn’t rich or a religious fanatic.

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Citizen K  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:43:37pm
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:44:12pm

re: #74 DodgerFan1988

Breaking News: There are 2.9 billion fewer birds in the U.S. and Canada now than 50 years ago, a new study found, a steep decline that stunned the researchers

How the heck are we supposed to teach our kids about the birds and bees?

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Skip Intro  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:47:12pm

re: #85 Citizen K

Why do people still do this?

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KGxvi  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:47:35pm

re: #86 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

How the heck are we supposed to teach our kids about the birds and bees?

turn off parental controls and have them google “how are babies made”?

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Mike Lamb  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:51:30pm

re: #81 KGxvi

Reading up on this whistleblower case on Trump’s promise, I’m beginning to think we need to codify the outer reaches of executive privilege. I doubt any president of either party would willingly sign a bill doing so, thus it’s going to require veto-proof majorities.

Because that sort of bullshit is incredibly dangerous.

Pretty much every privilege in the world has an exception for illicit activity.

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Belafon  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:51:42pm

re: #87 Skip Intro

Why do people still do this?

It was a while ago.

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lawhawk  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:52:17pm

re: #89 Mike Lamb

And the IOKIYAR exception.

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Belafon  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:52:47pm

re: #81 KGxvi

Reading up on this whistleblower case on Trump’s promise, I’m beginning to think we need to codify the outer reaches of executive privilege. I doubt any president of either party would willingly sign a bill doing so, thus it’s going to require veto-proof majorities.

Because that sort of bullshit is incredibly dangerous.

Warren has already promised to sign bills related to corruption and executive privilege.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:52:49pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:53:43pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:56:00pm

re: #87 Skip Intro

Why do people still do this?

This one is tough. I mean, I get that it was an Arabian themed costume. In the photo, it looks like he might be portraying a genie, but I don’t see why he couldn’t have pulled that off without the dark makeup. At the same time, this wasn’t a swipe at black people or some kind of minstrel show.

Also this did happen way back in 2001. I did some stupid shit in my 20s for sure. Not blackface or anything, but still.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:56:39pm

re: #81 KGxvi

Problem is that intelligence whistle-blowers wind up getting targeted by the Feds on trumped-up espionage charges - Obama turned that into an art form.

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The Pie Overlord!  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:57:52pm

re: #95 Eclectic Cyborg

This one is tough. I mean, I get that it was an Arabian themed costume. In the photo, it looks like he might be portraying a genie, but I don’t see why he couldn’t have pulled that off without the dark makeup. At the same time, this was a swipe at black people or some kind of minstrel show.

Also this did happen way back in 2001. I did some stupid shit in my 20s for sure. Not blackface for anything, but still.

I did whiteface in high school. I played a mime. That’s real bad, isn’t it?

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 19, 2019 • 1:58:48pm

In other news, Congress passed a short term funding bill today so the next possible Trump shutdown will be in November.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:00:12pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:13:36pm

re: #99 NO SMOCKING GUN!

And it’s not just Trumps credibility, it’s the credibility of the United States of America. I fear the next President will have to undertake a literal apology tour to start putting this mess back together.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:23:51pm
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jaunte  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:24:01pm
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Jay C  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:25:35pm

re: #100 Eclectic Cyborg

And it’s not just Trumps credibility, it’s the credibility of the United States of America. I fear the next President will have to undertake a literal apology tour to start putting this mess back together.

To a what will no doubt be an outpouring of hyperventilating outrage from the usual RW sources which will make the term “hysterical” seem like low-key understatement….

As will be the case, I have a distinct feeling, with virtually every “correction” to the Trump Era…

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I Would Prefer Not To  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:36:34pm

re: #96 Eric The Fruit Bat

Problem is that intelligence whistle-blowers wind up getting targeted by the Feds on trumped-up espionage charges - Obama turned that into an art form.

What are you talking about?

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Ace Rothstein  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:37:08pm

re: #94 Backwoods_Sleuth

That’s 20 miles from my house.

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Ace Rothstein  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:38:03pm

re: #100 Eclectic Cyborg

Obama did that, remember?
//

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:38:56pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:38:58pm

re: #50 DodgerFan1988

@NBCNews

NEW: Colt suspends production of AR-15 rifles for civilian sales, saying there’s already an “adequate supply” in the market.

Alt-Right and Conservative Snowflakes triggered.

re: #52 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Because the market was over-saturated under Obama with Wayne LePierre warning that Obama was going to ban all gun and ammo sales, there is now a significantly diminished demand.

It’s mostly that there are just to many smaller manufacturers producing AR-15 clones for the market.
Since the patent expired on the AR-15 literally anyone can build them. Hell companies are getting rough receiver assemblies, barrels and other parts from the same suppliers Colt uses.

re: #63 gocart mozart

Interesting that the AR-15 is manufactured about 40 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary.
en.wikipedia.org

The weapon used in Sandy Hook was a clone manufactured by Bushmaster Firearms, in North Carolina

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Ace Rothstein  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:42:19pm

re: #107 Backwoods_Sleuth

These domestic terrorist acts are so common in America now, I had to google that one.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:44:01pm

re: #72 Eclectic Cyborg

You know if Warren is the Dem nominee people at Trump rallies are going to start dressing up as Indians right?

Let them make assholes of themselves!

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Ace Rothstein  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:46:39pm

re: #110 Joe Bacon 🌹

These are the assholes that waved flip-flops back and forth, making fun of John Kerry at the RNC in 2004. I’d add that Kerry actually served in Vietnam, while the current squatter in the Oval Office considered his sex life his own Vietnam.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:48:38pm
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Ace Rothstein  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:50:43pm

re: #112 Backwoods_Sleuth

The fact that this policy was even considered is a national disgrace.

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EPR-radar  Sep 19, 2019 • 2:56:42pm

re: #113 Ace Rothstein

The fact that this policy was even considered is a national disgrace.

40% of the US electorate is a national disgrace, and the system we have puts them in charge way too often.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 3:03:58pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 3:06:04pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 3:06:49pm

so full of shit…

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Ace Rothstein  Sep 19, 2019 • 3:07:44pm

re: #117 Backwoods_Sleuth

That’s not even close to resembling the truth.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 3:08:22pm
120
Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 3:10:03pm

wait for it…

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 19, 2019 • 3:18:33pm

re: #113 Ace Rothstein

The fact that this policy was even considered is a national disgrace.

Fucking THIS.

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Eventual Carrion  Sep 19, 2019 • 3:19:51pm

re: #97 The Pie Overlord!

I did whiteface in high school. I played a mime. That’s real bad, isn’t it?

So did Teddy Cruz

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TedStriker  Sep 19, 2019 • 3:24:47pm

.re: #122 Eventual Carrion

So did Teddy Cruz

Cruz is impersonating a human.

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carey94tt  Sep 19, 2019 • 3:28:19pm

re: #74 DodgerFan1988

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Seems like the Insect Apocalypse might have something to do with it. Less food.

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mmmirele  Sep 19, 2019 • 3:28:31pm

re: #120 Backwoods_Sleuth

wait for it…

[Embedded content]

That’s Maru! I’m surprised it took him so long to decde to sail over.

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sagehen  Sep 19, 2019 • 3:35:41pm

found on dkos…

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Cheechako  Sep 19, 2019 • 3:58:03pm

re: #72 Eclectic Cyborg

You know if Warren is the Dem nominee people at Trump rallies are going to start dressing up as Indians right?

128
Decatur Deb  Sep 19, 2019 • 3:58:08pm

Aaarrrrrgggghh. From Denver

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Targetpractice  Sep 19, 2019 • 4:00:30pm

re: #119 Backwoods_Sleuth

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She’s “independent” when she gets the go-ahead from Mitch to vote against the party line and “bipartisan” when the bulk of her party is already for the same bill. Anybody who buys into her “I’m really thinking of bucking the party line” act is delusional.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 19, 2019 • 4:00:41pm

re: #128 Decatur Deb

Aaarrrrrgggghh. From Denver

not all pirates require a parrot
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Eventual Carrion  Sep 19, 2019 • 4:00:52pm

re: #128 Decatur Deb

Aaarrrrrgggghh. From Denver

Say hi to my daughter if you see her

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Decatur Deb  Sep 19, 2019 • 4:02:28pm

re: #116 Backwoods_Sleuth

[Embedded content]

Good heads-up. Our route back is mostly I 10, though a few weeks away. Will have to check for flood damage.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Sep 19, 2019 • 4:02:52pm

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MsJ  Sep 19, 2019 • 4:08:41pm

re: #127 Cheechako

This is a most excellent point.

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plansbandc  Sep 19, 2019 • 4:22:48pm

re: #130 Backwoods_Sleuth

Wave hi to my mom!


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