Washington Post: FBI Search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Related to Nuclear Weapons Documents

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It’s been a crazy news day, but I was not expecting this one to drop, and it gave me chills: FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago related to nuclear documents, sources say. (Gift link; no paywall.)

Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought in a search of former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence on Monday, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Experts in classified information said the unusual search underscores deep concern among government officials about the types of information they thought could be located at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club and potentially in danger of falling into to the wrong hands.

The people who described some of the material that agents were seeking spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. They did not offer additional details about what type of information the agents were seeking, including whether it involved weapons belonging to the United States or some other nation. Nor did they say if such documents were recovered as part of the search. A Trump spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Justice Department and FBI declined to comment.

Weren’t the Rosenbergs executed for similar crimes?

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Unabogie  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:22:22pm

Holy hell. He really was selling it, wasn’t he?

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Charles Johnson  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:22:35pm

This is real bombshell news. MSNBC still hasn’t reacted to it.

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PhillyPretzel  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:22:40pm

No pun intended. That news was explosive.

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EPR-radar  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:23:24pm

re: #1 Unabogie

Holy hell. He really was selling it, wasn’t he?

One has to think the urgency of the raid was motivated by evidence of impending (or ongoing) sale of classified material.

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EPR-radar  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:24:06pm

re: #3 PhillyPretzel

No pun intended. That news was explosive.

An earth-shattering kaboom in Trumpland, finally, perhaps.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:25:06pm

re: #2 Charles Johnson

This is real bombshell news. MSNBC still hasn’t reacted to it.

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Charles Johnson  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:26:19pm
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EPR-radar  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:27:45pm

Number of classified nuclear documents at the Obama Presidential Library: still 0.

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Unabogie  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:28:31pm

So this explains why they said evidence was planted. This is a nuclear-level crime. Pun intended.

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PhillyPretzel  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:28:38pm

re: #7 Charles Johnson

DT will claim that those documents were personal mementos.

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Dangerman  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:28:39pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:29:31pm
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Charles Johnson  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:30:49pm

No wonder they acted with such uncharacteristic speed. This just turned into possible high treason and espionage.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:30:53pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:31:30pm
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EPR-radar  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:32:33pm

re: #13 Charles Johnson

No wonder they acted with such uncharacteristic speed. This just turned into possible high treason and espionage.

And we don’t even need treason with its impossible legal requirements — espionage alone can be a capital offense under applicable Federal law.

Seeing Trump on trial for his life would glue me to a TV set for the first time in my life.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:33:09pm
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William Lewis  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:33:17pm

re: #13 Charles Johnson

No wonder they acted with such uncharacteristic speed. This just turned into possible high treason and espionage.

This is what the Rosenbergs were convicted of.

Give Trump the same penalty.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:33:49pm

CLed:
>re: #143 Charles Johnson

Nuclear espionage would seem to point to Prince Bonesaw or a close associate. The Russians or Chinese might want nuclear security information, with a view to sabotaging our command and control but they don’t need anything technical, not enough to pay Donnie’s likely asking price at any rate. Bonesaw, otoh, would pay billions for data that could make the Saudis long-sought nuclear capability a reality.

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William Lewis  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:35:27pm

re: #19 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

CLed:
>re: #143 Charles Johnson

Nuclear espionage would seem to point to Prince Bonesaw or a close associate. The Russians or Chinese might want nuclear security information, with a view to sabotaging our command and control but they don’t need anything technical, not enough to pay Donnie’s likely asking price at any rate. Bonesaw, otoh, would pay billions for data that could make the Saudis long-sought nuclear capability a reality.

IOW the 2 billion to Jared was a down payment.

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gocart mozart  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:36:18pm
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Crush White Nationalism  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:36:30pm
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steve_davis  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:36:43pm

And before we chide ourselves for jumping to crazy conclusions, what other possible reason would there be for Trump to have documents related to nuclear weapons in the Mar a Lago stuff? One could argue that stuff that he thought was embarrassing to his presidency, or that might well get him indicted, would be stuff he’d hold on to with the grip of death, but why would he have nuclear documents, other than to sell them? I doubt they have any sense a sale went through, because if they did, they wouldn’t be pussy-footing around for months and months. Completely off topic, but listening to Emotional Rescue (the album) for the first time tonight. This is actually a pretty solid album. Not a great album, but solid. Even the title song isn’t horrible when it’s encountered as part of the album, rather than the overplayed single.

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PhillyPretzel  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:37:13pm

re: #21 gocart mozart

I would make them read it and them test them on every letter of it.

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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:38:07pm

re: #21 gocart mozart

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I think nuclear documents is going to qualify.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:38:25pm

As with anything so important, I’ll believe it when more time goes by.

These kinds of things are what news outlets desire, and I am not sure if the WaPo vetted their sources as well as they think.

Presidents have access to nuclear information, but that is the command side of the national military structure. Things like launch codes, and the disposition of nuclear forces, etc. All those things can be changed, so I doubt that the security of the US was endangered.

The only real damage can be to Trump and his clique.

re: #23 steve_davis

Yes, embarrassing things, like having to change launch codes because Trump mentioned something to Putin in their meeting.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:38:39pm

took me a couple of seconds…

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Charles Johnson  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:39:53pm
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PhillyPretzel  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:40:03pm

re: #27 Backwoods_Sleuth

He did want to bomb a hurricane.

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Unabogie  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:40:29pm

re: #26 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

But this wouldn’t make sense since the FBI would not raid his home for a bunch of expired passcodes or plans. This had to be something majorly important. This had to outweigh the shitstorm falling on the DOJ this week. They would not have done this for something that is harmless.

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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:40:44pm

re: #26 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

As with anything so important, I’ll believe it when more time goes by.

These kinds of things are what news outlets desire, and I am not sure if the WaPo vetted their sources as well as they think.

Presidents have access to nuclear information, but that is the command side of the national military structure. Things like launch codes, and the disposition of nuclear forces, etc. All those things can be changed, so I doubt that the security of the US was endangered.

The only real damage can be to Trump and his clique.

Yes, embarrassing things, like having to change launch codes because Trump mentioned something to Putin in their meeting.

While I agree that we need to wait, a particular news outlet did find information about a particular break-in in 72 to be particularly sensational as well.

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sagehen  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:41:29pm

re: #30 Unabogie

But this wouldn’t make sense since the FBI would not raid his home for a bunch of expired passcodes or plans. This had to be something majorly important. This had to outweigh the shitstorm falling on the DOJ this week. They would not have done this for something that is harmless.

so you’re thinking technical specs?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:42:28pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:43:57pm
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PhillyPretzel  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:44:15pm

re: #33 Backwoods_Sleuth

This is what DT is really about The Deal.

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gocart mozart  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:44:54pm
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No Malarkey!  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:44:57pm

This is insane, even for Trump. How desperate for money would he have to be to think he could get away with selling nuclear secrets? I recall hearing that he had yuuge debt payments coming due.

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darthstar  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:46:23pm
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Charles Johnson  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:47:35pm

re: #30 Unabogie

But this wouldn’t make sense since the FBI would not raid his home for a bunch of expired passcodes or plans. This had to be something majorly important. This had to outweigh the shitstorm falling on the DOJ this week. They would not have done this for something that is harmless.

I think you’re right. This was a YUGE step to take, searching the residence of a former president. If it was just for nuclear codes that are changed regularly anyway, that would be bad, but I can’t see it triggering an operation like this.

Who knows. We have very limited info right now, and the FBI has been known to fuck up.

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Unabogie  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:47:54pm

re: #32 sagehen

I honestly don’t know except that it just would not make sense to do this over things that pose no risk. If someone stole an old password I no longer use, I’m not going to call the cops over it.

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EPR-radar  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:48:01pm

re: #39 The Pie Overlord!

Every accusation turns out to be a confession.

Trump: “If I did what Hillary Clinton and the radical Left Democrats did to me, I would get the Electric Chair!!”

May Trump prove to be a prophet in this case. I oppose capital punishment, but will happily make an exception for Trump.

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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:48:33pm

re: #36 gocart mozart

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Trump’s views stem from his belief that he is the only one allowed to win.

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darthstar  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:48:49pm

re: #33 Backwoods_Sleuth

BTW, Not just Trump, but anyone who handled top secret classified documents in his possession (i.e. Jared, Flynn, Jr, etc.) would also be eligible for prosecution under the new felony Trump signed into law.

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PhillyPretzel  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:49:32pm

re: #39 The Pie Overlord!

re: #42 EPR-radar

Pardon me for being medieval: Open up the White Tower and hang draw and quarter him on the green.

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The Pie Overlord!  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:49:39pm

re: #42 EPR-radar

May Trump prove to be a prophet in this case. I oppose capital punishment, but will happily make an exception for Trump.

I would be happy if his orange ass disappeared into ADX Florence forever.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:49:50pm

re: #42 EPR-radar

May Trump prove to be a prophet in this case. I oppose capital punishment, but will happily make an exception for Trump.

Spending the last few years of his life in 23 hour lockdown at a Supermax wouldn’t be too bad either.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:49:56pm
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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:50:11pm

re: #12 Backwoods_Sleuth

I’m thinking samples of small but highly specialized items needed for fabrication of nuclear weapons. This could be things like micro-switches, specialized fittings for machine tools, even cutting and polishing agents like super-special sandpaper and grinding/polishing grit.

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sizzzzlerz  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:50:30pm

re: #26 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

As with anything so important, I’ll believe it when more time goes by.

These kinds of things are what news outlets desire, and I am not sure if the WaPo vetted their sources as well as they think.

Presidents have access to nuclear information, but that is the command side of the national military structure. Things like launch codes, and the disposition of nuclear forces, etc. All those things can be changed, so I doubt that the security of the US was endangered.

The only real damage can be to Trump and his clique.

Yes, embarrassing things, like having to change launch codes because Trump mentioned something to Putin in their meeting.

I disagree. Having worked with classified material my entire career, single pieces of material may not, in themselves, reveal much. However, a bunch of material, when analyzed as a whole can reveal much, much more beyond what’s in individual docs. They can also reveals sources and methods. In short, the material is classified at such a high level because dissemination can result in extremely severe harm to the US.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:50:35pm

re: #46 The Pie Overlord!

I would be happy if his orange ass disappeared into ADX Florence forever.

Beat me by 11 seconds!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:50:40pm

THIS

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EPR-radar  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:51:05pm

re: #47 No Malarkey!

Spending the last few years of his life in 23 hour lockdown at a Supermax wouldn’t be too bad either.

After being fully and completely impoverished, of course.

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Charles Johnson  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:52:00pm
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Unabogie  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:53:44pm

re: #54 Charles Johnson

Jenna Ellis is already saying it’s no big deal that Trump stole nuclear secrets.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:53:51pm

re: #53 EPR-radar

After being fully and completely impoverished, of course.

Barron’s only hope of not becoming his brothers is if he inherits nothing and has to work for a living.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:54:08pm

re: #16 EPR-radar

And we don’t even need treason with its impossible legal requirements — espionage alone can be a capital offense under applicable Federal law.

Seeing Trump on trial for his life would glue me to a TV set for the first time in my life.

Bigger than OJ which had millions glued to court proceedings daily.

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garzooma  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:55:25pm

re: #37 No Malarkey!

This is insane, even for Trump. How desperate for money would he have to be to think he could get away with selling nuclear secrets? I recall hearing that he had yuuge debt payments coming due.

His own AG said Trump showed “detachment from reality”. I don’t know that people have fully grasped what that implies.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:55:34pm

re: #57 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Bigger than OJ which had millions glued to court proceedings daily.

Trump will get the best ratings, better than the Super Bowl!

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EPR-radar  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:55:42pm

re: #54 Charles Johnson

If there are any smart Republicans left, they will see this is the perfect chance to flush Trump down the toilet while having a chance of retaining the inbred morons of the GOP base. Just have Fox News start running stories like “Trump (D) has always been a spy.”

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:55:51pm

re: #34 Backwoods_Sleuth

Notice that they didn’t deny it.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:57:42pm

re: #60 EPR-radar

If there are any smart Republicans left, they will see this is the perfect chance to flush Trump down the toilet while having a chance of retaining the inbred morons of the GOP base. Just have Fox News start running stories like “Trump (D) has always been a spy.”

They are going to run with “planted evidence.” Guarantee it.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:58:40pm

re: #54 Charles Johnson

“Certainly he can present us a bill for such services. After all, we are not communists.” -Don Barzini

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EPR-radar  Aug 11, 2022 • 5:59:31pm

re: #62 No Malarkey!

They are going to run with “planted evidence.” Guarantee it.

If so, then we’ll see just how far the both-siderism of the mainstream media goes. My hope is that something like this would be enough to end the both-sides curse.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:00:19pm

re: #58 garzooma

His own AG said Trump showed “detachment from reality”. I don’t know that people have fully grasped what that implies.

he’s achieved Norma Desmond level of reality.

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Charles Johnson  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:00:40pm
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Ace Rothstein  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:00:41pm

In a sane world, this would be the end of…never fucking mind.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:01:11pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:01:15pm

re: #50 sizzzzlerz

Understand.

But the prima facie security problem for the kind of information a President normally sees is that it reveals command information, not technical information. And that is what I am implying.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:01:40pm
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Dangerman  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:02:13pm

W/r/t releasing the search warrant

Trump is zugzwanged.

That is all

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darthstar  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:04:09pm

Sorry, but I think ‘corn hole’ sounds like a masturbation contest.

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darthstar  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:05:42pm

re: #66 Charles Johnson

Anyone connected to Trump and the nuclear docs already has a FISA warrant on them they’re not aware of.

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darthstar  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:07:12pm
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Charles Johnson  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:07:19pm
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Ace Rothstein  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:07:27pm

Mar a Lago looks like a gaudy shithole.

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Dangerman  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:07:32pm
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A Cranky One  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:07:48pm

re: #69 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Understand.

But the prima facie security problem for the kind of information a President normally sees is that it reveals command information, not technical information. And that is what I am implying.

One possibility could be detailed analysis of other countries’ nuclear status. Russia, China, etc might pay dearly to discover what we know (and don’t) about their weapons.

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Crush White Nationalism  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:07:59pm

re: #70 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:08:19pm
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Ace Rothstein  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:09:13pm

re: #80 Backwoods_Sleuth

Ricky will not be missed.

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:09:31pm

re: #50 sizzzzlerz

I disagree. Having worked with classified material my entire career, single pieces of material may not, in themselves, reveal much. However, a bunch of material, when analyzed as a whole can reveal much, much more beyond what’s in individual docs. They can also reveals sources and methods. In short, the material is classified at such a high level because dissemination can result in extremely severe harm to the US.

And it doesn’t even have to be classified. When I was in the Navy (Submarines), we had port of calls, that weren’t classified (per se) information, but not public info either, canceled because someones wives were overheard talking about when we would arrive there, how long we would be there and when we were leaving in public.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:10:00pm

lol

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Dangerman  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:10:58pm

re: #83 Backwoods_Sleuth

lol

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So you’re ok with releasing the warrant, right?

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darthstar  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:11:25pm

Smart kid…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:11:53pm

niterz, lizardz!

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Crush White Nationalism  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:11:58pm

re: #81 Ace Rothstein

Ricky will not be missed.

I wouldn’t be surprised if someone is wailing about how the government murdered their Ricky right now on one of those streaming wingnut “news” shows.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:12:10pm

re: #83 Backwoods_Sleuth

lol

I thought that guy was dead.

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Crush White Nationalism  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:12:14pm

re: #86 Backwoods_Sleuth

niterz, lizardz!

Nice exit.

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darthstar  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:12:28pm

re: #76 Ace Rothstein

Mar a Lago looks like a gaudy shithole.

I’ve been in gaudy shitholes. Mar a Lago doesn’t hold a candle to gaudy shitholes.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:12:41pm

re: #87 Crush White Nationalism

I wouldn’t be surprised if someone is wailing about how the government murdered their Ricky right now on one of those streaming wingnut “news” shows.

He’ll be martyred just like that Ashley whatshername.

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Dangerman  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:12:48pm
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darthstar  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:14:11pm

Oh, wait…nuclear secrets aren’t just on the coffee table in the Oval Office? You have to go through a process to retrieve them? If that’s true, more than Trump is going to prison.

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Dangerman  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:16:44pm
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Dopamine Fish  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:17:53pm

Jesus H. Fucking Christ. I raised in the previous thread that I’d heard from a Twitter rando that nuclear secrets were involved, and whaddya know… They were RIGHT. First of all, what the actual fuck. Second of all, I guess this means I should unquestioningly trust every random Twitter person I see, henceforth and forevermore.

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Crush White Nationalism  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:18:02pm

re: #83 Backwoods_Sleuth

lol

Car thief doesn’t care about right or wrong.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:18:21pm

re: #53 EPR-radar

After being fully and completely impoverished, of course.

This. Absolutely this.

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Crush White Nationalism  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:18:53pm

re: #95 Dopamine Fish

Jesus H. Fucking Christ. I raised in the previous thread that I’d heard from a Twitter rando that nuclear secrets were involved, and whaddya know… They were RIGHT. First of all, what the actual fuck. Second of all, I guess this means I should unquestioningly trust every random Twitter person I see, henceforth and forevermore.

You’ll develop a lot of exciting and conflicting beliefs. It’ll be fun. Do it!

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Dangerman  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:19:36pm
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Dopamine Fish  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:19:59pm

re: #98 Crush White Nationalism

You’ll develop a lot of exciting and conflicting beliefs. It’ll be fun. Do it!

To use a phrase I co-opted from a cheesy cartoon show, “What could POSSIBLY go wrong?!”

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ckkatz  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:22:25pm

From last thread:

re: #90 Belafon

Jeez, I had to watch the video three times before I could believe it. But the rockets from the right hand launcher are going pretty much straight up!

The Russian Grad rocket launcher system was developed in the early 1960s to replace the World War 2 Katyusha rocket system. Up to, at least the early 1990’s, the rockets were unguided. And not very accurate either. They are fired in huge numbers under the maxim “Quantity has a quality of its own.”

I assume that the rocket launcher is shooting that way because they were told to shoot and there is a building or other obstacle in the way. (Ie they are hiding behind something because they think it will reduce return fire.) And if they shot low angle instead of high angle, the debris and shrapnel from the obstacle just in front of them would shower back on them.

What does this mean?

Basically those rockets are going to go up until they run out of steam and then fall back down. Add to that any winds in the thousands of feet upward and downward that they travel. (And a rocket has a larger surface area to catch winds than a cannon shell has.) All of those rockets are not likely to travel far horizontally. Excepting whatever randomness the wind adds.

If those rockets are unguided, the ones going straight up are going to travel the least from the launcher. The other ones are probably going to land not very far away. You know, where one’s own troops are most likely to be. In which case, their neighbors will not be pleased. Friendly fire isn’t.

“Once the rocket goes up, I don’t care where it comes down. That’s not my department says Werner Von Braun.”
- Tom Lehrer

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Captain Ron  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:23:18pm

I have one burning question tonight, “Where do I get Mad Honey?”

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Dangerman  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:23:22pm

re: #99 Dangerman

Just yesterday Lara Trump was reassuring everyone that her father-in-law just took things like photos and news clippings because he is so sentimental about such things and just wanted a few personal mementos.

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Dopamine Fish  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:23:34pm
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(((Archangel1)))  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:31:23pm

Historically, those who illegally steal classified US nuclear secrets get executed.
Who else hopes there’s video recording of when they break this fact to the Tangerine Traitor?

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A Three Hour Tour  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:34:15pm

For six years, I’ve been referring to the “Trump Crime Syndicate and Espionage Ring.” I was a teen in Tidewater when the Walker Family spy ring was busted in the eighties. I hope we’ve got the goods on Trump and his entourage.

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Dopamine Fish  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:34:53pm

re: #105 (((Archangel1)))

Historically, those who illegally steal classified US nuclear secrets get executed.
Who else hopes there’s video recording of when they break this fact to the Tangerine Traitor?

“To Mr. Trump: We commend to your attention the case file of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (1951). Be advised that all options are on the table, and govern yourself accordingly. Yours, Merrick Garland, Attorney General of the United States.”

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(((Archangel1)))  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:36:21pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:39:56pm

re: #108 (((Archangel1)))

Think of the soundtracks the Internet could put on that one.

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Dopamine Fish  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:40:54pm

Oh, Lordy, there may be tapes:

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(((Archangel1)))  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:44:41pm
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Charles Johnson  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:49:31pm

re: #95 Dopamine Fish

I guess this means I should unquestioningly trust every random Twitter person I see, henceforth and forevermore.

Let’s not go overboard.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:51:52pm

For the record, if a Democrat ex-president was in the situation Trump is in, I would be just as terrified for the security of the country. Correction: more terrified because I expect better out of Democrats.

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sagehen  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:51:54pm

re: #111 (((Archangel1)))

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Hecuba's daughter  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:52:01pm

re: #30 Unabogie

But this wouldn’t make sense since the FBI would not raid his home for a bunch of expired passcodes or plans. This had to be something majorly important. This had to outweigh the shitstorm falling on the DOJ this week. They would not have done this for something that is harmless.

Or perhaps the source made claims about the documents that cannot be verified until officials actually examine them in detail. It is certainly possible that this will turn out to be a false alarm based on a report from someone who was either mistaken or who is a Trump asset trying to deflect from normal bad news, such as Trump’s 440 5th amendment assertions. We will have to wait to see the truth on this.

My braindead Trumpster FB friend had a long post today that ended with a troubling warning — a warning that reflects the dangers we are now facing because of this cult — a danger vividly demonstrated today by the Trump fanatic attacking the FBI:

A thought comes to mind that bears consideration.
If a dog gets kicked over and over and over, at some point the dog will bite the abuser. The dog is not to blame. The abuser is.
It’s something to be looked at in our
insane reality video which can be called ” Democrats Gone Wild!”

We may be facing an army of Timothy McVeighs, raised by this evil conman.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:53:21pm

re: #115 Hecuba’s daughter

Had a McVeigh shot and killed by the FBI just today.

Edit: I posted this before I saw that you pretty much said the same thing. My apologies.

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Hecuba's daughter  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:56:52pm

re: #36 gocart mozart

[Embedded content]

How embarrassing! I thought Chotiner was serious until reading more about his background. I am not always good at telling when someone is joking..

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 11, 2022 • 6:56:57pm

I just want everyone to have guaranteed health insurance so they won’t go bankrupt. For that, I’m a communist paid by George Soros.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:01:29pm

re: #116 Ace Rothstein

Had a McVeigh shot and killed by the FBI just today.

We’re going to see a lot more of them. They are classic Dunning-Krueger cases: They over-estimate themselves and their methods, and they are incapable of learning from the experience of others, since they believe that all negative news is fabricated by the opposition.

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PhillyPretzel  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:02:11pm

re: #36 gocart mozart

re: #117 Hecuba’s daughter

Being a Philadelphian I read that last name as Clothier as in Strawbridge and Clothier a nice department store that no longer exists.
en.wikipedia.org

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ckkatz  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:02:19pm

re: #117 Hecuba’s daughter
Yes, that was snark. tfg is a notably unread and ignorant man.

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sizzzzlerz  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:03:42pm

re: #82 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

And it doesn’t even have to be classified. When I was in the Navy (Submarines), we had port of calls, that weren’t classified (per se) information, but not public info either, canceled because someones wives were overheard talking about when we would arrive there, how long we would be there and when we were leaving in public.

So very true. Back when I was just a wee engineer, I was working on a highly classified job building some equipment for the government. As a test of security, an uncleared person who worked in supply chain, was asked to looked at some unclassified documents for the project, purchase orders, specs, and other mundane data. After reviewing it, this person was asked what he knew about the project from his review. To the utter shock of the people running this test, he was able to correctly state much of what this system could do and speculate on its purpose. Changes were immediately made to the entire process. The guy who was asked to do this experiment, was briefed on the program and then immediately debriefed. Why? Because now he was subject to the rules, restrictions, and penalties relating to having access to classified material which is a lifetime commitment.

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(((Archangel1)))  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:05:45pm

I. LOATHE. CRUZ.

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ckkatz  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:06:37pm

re: #119 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

We’re going to see a lot more of them. They are classic Dunning-Krueger cases: They over-estimate themselves and their methods, and they are incapable of learning from the experience of others, since they believe that all negative news is fabricated by the opposition.

Yes, that is very true.

What stuns me is that the right wing talking heads and leaders appear completely fine with this. They full well know that what they are doing is going to get people killed. And they seem absolutely fine with that as long as they get more money and power.

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Romantic Heretic  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:06:50pm

re: #96 Crush White Nationalism

Car thief Republican doesn’t care about right or wrong.

FTFY.

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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:07:31pm

re: #115 Hecuba’s daughter

A thought comes to mind that bears consideration.
If a dog gets kicked over and over and over, at some point the dog will bite the abuser. The dog is not to blame. The abuser is.
It’s something to be looked at in our
insane reality video which can be called ” Democrats Gone Wild!”

In that video, Democrats were kicked over and over. When they attempted to protest their treatment, they were shot at and killed, gassed, and arrested and taken away secretly.

Who’s the abuser?

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DodgerFan1988  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:11:35pm
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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:16:11pm

A thread replying to Mike Lee:

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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:18:11pm
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Hecuba's daughter  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:18:54pm

re: #126 Belafon

In that video, Democrats were kicked over and over. When they attempted to protest their treatment, they were shot at and killed, gassed, and arrested and taken away secretly.
Who’s the abuser?

That’s not the way they see it. They see Trump as the martyr and hero who was harassed since his 2016 election and who was never given a chance by the dreaded “fake news” MSM or evil Democrats. The 2020 election was stolen from him — Biden got only 71 million votes, not 81 million. Trump won in a landslide and the peaceful protestors who were at the Capitol on January 6 have been jailed for nothing except exercising their first amendment rights.

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gocart mozart  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:21:48pm
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Charles Johnson  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:24:58pm
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No Malarkey!  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:29:17pm

The possible sentence of the last person convicted of selling nuclear secrets this year.

Toebbe pleaded guilty to count one of the indictment charging him with conspiracy to communicate Restricted Data which carries a maximum statutory penalty of up to life in prison, a fine up to $100,000, and term of supervised release not more than five years. Pursuant to his plea agreement, Toebbe will serve a minimum of 151 months, or 12 and a half years, in federal prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:31:06pm

re: #129 Belafon

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:33:49pm

re: #134 Belafon

ROGER STONE COMING UP!

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No Malarkey!  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:35:39pm
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No Malarkey!  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:39:20pm
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jaunte  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:42:06pm
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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:42:12pm
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jaunte  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:44:40pm
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(((Archangel1)))  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:48:45pm
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No Malarkey!  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:51:34pm
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jaunte  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:52:41pm

re: #142 No Malarkey!

Fits with the Doctrine of Sincere Belief as Evidence:

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jaunte  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:53:34pm
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gocart mozart  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:54:54pm
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Hecuba's daughter  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:56:26pm

Hopefully the allegation that Trump possessed highly classified nuclear documents that he refused to return will turn out to be true. If Trump actually tried selling or giving the material to other nations, that would be so much better and would likely succeed in bringing him down. If this turns out to be a nothing burger Trump will become immeasurably stronger and will likely succeed in his efforts to destroy our nation.

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jaunte  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:57:52pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 11, 2022 • 7:58:12pm

re: #82 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

And it doesn’t even have to be classified. When I was in the Navy (Submarines), we had port of calls, that weren’t classified (per se) information, but not public info either, canceled because someones wives were overheard talking about when we would arrive there, how long we would be there and when we were leaving in public.

When I was in the Navy (aviation intermediate maintenance for electronic countermeasures equipment), we had a test bench publication of several hundred unclassified pages, with a single introductory paragraph marked (s) Secret, rendering the entire publication Secret.

I submitted a suggestion up the chain-of-command to remove the first page in a document update to remove the secret paragraph, since it really added nothing to understanding the introduction.

My request was rejected by Naval Air Systems Command. The explanation of the rejection was that even though the information about the test bench was unclassified, it could be used to reverse-engineer the equipment tested on it, which was also secret (and even the external boxes themselves were classified confidential).

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Dangerman  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:00:14pm

re: #140 jaunte

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The moment Trump declined to divest his conflicting financial interests ** he set America on the path to a level of corruption that included the extortion of Ukraine, the insurrection and stolen nuclear secrets. That was the turning point for America, though many refused to see it.

**And “america”let him do it

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:02:23pm

re: #53 EPR-radar

After being fully and completely impoverished, of course.

New York AG Letita James is working on that.

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darthstar  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:03:21pm

I’m already worrying that the ‘nuclear documents’ thing might be bullshit planted by the Trump team to tamper down the impact of what actual classified information he was caught with.

God I hate thinking like they think sometimes.

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jaunte  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:03:31pm
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Dangerman  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:05:46pm

re: #142 No Malarkey!

[Embedded content]

May I have your attention please?
Attention please
I can deal with a trouble friends with a wave of my hand, this very hand
Please observe me if you will
I’m professor Harold Hill…

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jaunte  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:08:46pm
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jaunte  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:13:19pm
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Dangerman  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:14:57pm

No

If this story is true, every R over the last several days that spoke out in support will look like the absolute schmuck that they are.

The smart move would be to absolutely bury TFG. Go all in. Pile on about how fucking terrible he is.

And no, they won’t.

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Crush White Nationalism  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:16:44pm
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Dangerman  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:17:53pm
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jaunte  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:20:01pm
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Dangerman  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:20:15pm
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Dangerman  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:23:32pm

Anything short of finding the nuclear codes at Mar-a-Lago is going to hugely backfire on the Biden administration.”

— GOP operative Alice Stewart, on CNN just two days ago

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jaunte  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:25:24pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:28:17pm

re: #162 jaunte

JFC.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:29:56pm

re: #162 jaunte

Jesus. Fucking. Christ.

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A Cranky One  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:30:20pm

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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:30:50pm

re: #162 jaunte

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If it is real, what he’s doing is giving his rubes a way to laugh off his destruction of our security.

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jaunte  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:32:17pm

re: #166 Belafon

I’m not on his email list, so I can’t say for sure. I wouldn’t put it past him, or his team.

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A Cranky One  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:32:35pm

Testing. Deleted

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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:33:11pm
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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:34:41pm

Watch the video to see the badly photoshopped image:

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The Pie Overlord!  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:36:28pm

GOP botswarm is trying to whatabout their way out of this. It’s not working you dumb shits.

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Crush White Nationalism  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:40:31pm

re: #171 The Pie Overlord!

GOP botswarm is trying to whatabout their way out of this. It’s not working you dumb shits.

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Crush White Nationalism  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:42:28pm
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DodgerFan1988  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:44:22pm

re: #159 jaunte

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jaunte  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:48:05pm
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GlutenFreeJesus  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:57:35pm

re: #81 Ace Rothstein

Ricky will not be missed.

The FBI sure didn’t miss.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:58:46pm

re: #175 jaunte

This guarantees that he will not release the documents.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Aug 11, 2022 • 8:59:22pm

re: #175 jaunte

*cough tax returns cough*

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jaunte  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:00:18pm

re: #177 Ace Rothstein

He might claim his lawyers won’t let him.

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TedStriker  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:00:18pm

re: #162 jaunte

What. The. Actual. Fuck?!?

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aatharuv  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:01:11pm

re: #156 Dangerman

No

If this story is true, every R over the last several days that spoke out in support will look like the absolute schmuck that they are.

The smart move would be to absolutely bury TFG. Go all in. Pile on about how fucking terrible he is.

And no, they won’t.

Okay, my cynical theory. Liz Cheney got tiny bits of hints of this a long time back through her dad’s middle eastern contacts, which is why she became so vehemently anti-Trump.

Unrelated.

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jaunte  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:02:38pm
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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:05:57pm

Edit: adding the image so.you can see what was circled:

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sagehen  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:13:25pm

re: #183 Belafon

[Embedded content]

so… men have to be good companions for anybody to want to companion with them? Treat people decently? And they have to dress reasonably, get a haircut, maybe exercise now and then?

Oppression, I tell you. They’re losing the rights their fathers and grandfathers enjoyed.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:16:21pm

re: #183 Belafon

Is Psychology Today trying to carry water for incels?

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Hecuba's daughter  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:17:19pm

re: #151 darthstar

I’m already worrying that the ‘nuclear documents’ thing might be bullshit planted by the Trump team to tamper down the impact of what actual classified information he was caught with.

God I hate thinking like they think sometimes.

That is certainly my concern. He has a special magic that allows him to escape consequence of any behavior that would have brought down another politician. But cult leaders have a special hold over their acolytes. Many of those who worked for him were devoted to his vision of a white supremacist autocratic America — and enamored of Putin.

ETA: His willingness to release the search warrant and other information makes me especially concerned that the actual charges are far less inflammatory than the speculation of the past couple days.

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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:17:53pm

re: #185 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Is Psychology Today trying to carry water for incels?

The last bullet does seem to imply that it’s time for these men to grow up.

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jaunte  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:18:15pm

re: #185 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Fast-growing market!

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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:21:36pm

re: #151 darthstar

re: #186 Hecuba’s daughter

He doesn’t need to plant anything. He doesn’t have to be that smart. All that has to happen is that enough Republicans fall in line behind “You can’t punish him because it will be a witch hunt” for whatever reason they use to justify it.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:23:01pm

re: #186 Hecuba’s daughter

That is certainly my concern. He has a special magic that allows him to escape consequence of any behavior that would have brought down another politician. But cult leaders have a special hold over their acolytes. Many of those who worked for him were devoted to his vision of a white supremacist autocratic America — and enamored of Putin.

ETA: His willingness to release the search warrant and other information makes me especially concerned that the actual charges are far less inflammatory than the speculation of the past couple days.

Or …

Trump’s lying and has no intent to let this be released without a fight. He could release it himself right now.

The DOJ is constrained by not releasing classified information (something which might be in those two attachments), or by releasing how they got the information needed for the search warrant.

Trump is under no such compunction and could release the information this second. Yet he’s not.

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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:25:39pm

Watch the video:

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ckkatz  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:44:12pm

en.wikipedia.org

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:44:31pm

re: #181 aatharuv

This has been my working theory for quite a while. The Cheneys were not acting out of integrity or moral principle when they turned so publicly on Trump: They have no such principles. Instead they were running for cover after Darth’s contacts had alerted them to some looming catastrophe that was
about to overtake Trumpism. When the nuclear story broke, I thought, yeah, this might be it.

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Targetpractice  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:52:36pm

re: #184 sagehen

so… men have to be good companions for anybody to want to companion with them? Treat people decently? And they have to dress reasonably, get a haircut, maybe exercise now and then?

Oppression, I tell you. They’re losing the rights their fathers and grandfathers enjoyed.

Huh, is that why I’m single? I thought it was because I’m a damned vampire whose life/work balance is so lopsided that Sisyphus took one look at it and noped out of there.

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ckkatz  Aug 11, 2022 • 9:53:02pm

Apropos of nothing in particular…

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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:08:08pm
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retired cynic  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:11:17pm

re: #196 Belafon

IMO, Veronica is correct.

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ckkatz  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:12:11pm

re: #196 Belafon

Interesting questions and discussion. I hadn’t even thought about who was helping, advising, and conspiring with him in the “stolen documents caper”.

Thanks for posting!

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Captain Ron  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:12:27pm

I went riding today and they were trimming trees on the steep downhill section. The trail was blocked by a bucket truck and shredder truck. I was forced to ride through a field and as soon as I got in it I saw it was 50% covered with goathead weeds. when I got back on the trail and on the flat section I had to pull out 2 dozen goatheads and about 60 broken off thorns. After an hour of picking thorns out of my tread with about a dozen leaks I was done. The tire sealant worked well, plugging the leak in minutes. I AM IMPRESSED!

It really works.

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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:12:46pm

From before Thursday’s revelations:

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Targetpractice  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:14:37pm

re: #175 jaunte

[Embedded content]

I can only assume that Donny and/or his inner circle think that they can spin this as a total fabrication, that whatever the DOJ releases publicly are “fake” and that he has the “real” documents but can’t release them for “legal reasons.”

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ckkatz  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:16:34pm

The ongoing Mainland Chinese (PRC) military exercises around Taiwan have spawned a series of US think-tank wargames regarding a PRC attempt to invade Taiwan. There have been write ups in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and WaPo, among others.

Here is a twitter thread by one participant:

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Belafon  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:17:55pm

Last one before I go to bed. It’s been:

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ckkatz  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:25:38pm

For the airplane thread:

Saxon - 747(Strangers in the Night)

Youtube Video

en.wikipedia.org

“Lyrically, the song tells a story about a 1965 power cut that forced aircraft in New York City to remain airborne, with the power outage forcing a Scandinavian flight to detour to Kennedy airport in the dark.

The flight mentioned, “Scandinavian 101”, was actually Scandinavian Airlines flight 911 and was likely flown on a Douglas DC-8, as the 747 was still under development at the time and only entered commercial airline service in 1969, four years after the outage. The incident caused a major overhaul in safety and prompted the usage of reserve fuel tanks, as Scandinavian 911 almost used up all its fuel.”

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:29:46pm

re: #202 ckkatz

UC put up a video today of former Aussie PM Rudd presenting his take on the current leadership of PRC and what it means.

His belief is that the current leader of China is going to increase his activism in making China a global leader and compete with the US in that regard.

Implied is that unlike his predecessor, Xi Jinping is not going to wait until the sweet-bye-and-bye future century for Taiwan to fall under PRC control.

It’s all a formula for disaster. I don’t think the US or China can win in this confrontation. Both will try to puppet-regime any conflict instead of going head on. Japan should be worried. Korea and Vietnam too.

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Hecuba's daughter  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:30:34pm

re: #193 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

This has been my working theory for quite a while. The Cheneys were not acting out of integrity or moral principle when they turned so publicly on Trump: They have no such principles. Instead they were running for cover after Darth’s contacts had alerted them to some looming catastrophe that was
about to overtake Trumpism. When the nuclear story broke, I thought, yeah, this might be it.

Liz Cheney was fully onboard with Trump’s policies until he lost the election. Even knowing how his FP views were antithetical to everything her family supported, she saw that her personal political survival required this concession. No profile in courage there. But once he lost, she felt free to abandon this support because she believed that he could not recover. She did see how her party remained in thrall to him — but maybe her father’s connections revealed how dangerous Trump was to our survival as a major world power.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:33:08pm

re: #202 ckkatz

Did the war-gamers include a Trump re-election and Trump selling China sensitive American nuclear information?

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wrenchwench  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:37:25pm

I gotta post the Wordle of the day that’s almost over almost everywhere, before it disappears so I can do ‘today’s’.

Wordle 418 3/6

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ckkatz  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:39:43pm

Yes, I agree that the PRC assertiveness is a formula for disaster. I understand that Japan, Korea and Australia are all very concerned.

As I understand it, there are a couple of wild cards. The first is if the GQP, in particular tfg wins in 2024. The second is whether tfg compromised US and allied security in the Pacific.

Remembering that his family, Ivanka in particular, got some sweetheart licensing agreements. I wonder what else we do not know.

I have no doubt that US Intelligence has been doing damage assessments on tfg’s activities for at least 2 years now. And probably been trying to fix things as well.

I have no insider information, but I do wonder if Putin chose when to invade Ukraine because he expected some of the intelligence information he got from tfg to become obsolete.

re: #205 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

UC put up a video today of former Aussie PM Rudd presenting his take on the current leadership of PRC and what it means.

His belief is that the current leader of China is going to increase his activism in making China a global leader and compete with the US in that regard.

Implied is that unlike his predecessor, Xi Jinping is not going to wait until the sweet-bye-and-bye future century for Taiwan to fall under PRC control.

It’s all a formula for disaster. I don’t think the US or China can win in this confrontation. Both will try to puppet-regime any conflict instead of going head on. Japan should be worried. Korea and Vietnam too.

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ckkatz  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:41:24pm

re: #207 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Did the war-gamers include a Trump re-election and Trump selling China sensitive American nuclear information?

gmta!

I was writing about the same issue in my response that when you posted.

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ckkatz  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:46:08pm

And another, from way back in 1966, for the airplane thread:

The Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron

Youtube Video

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:46:24pm

re: #209 ckkatz

Personally I don’t like the mindset of the US war-gamers.

Generals and Admirals always fight their war, the war based on their beliefs.

And also I think it is absurd to think China and US have to go to war.

While I am no fan of the isolationist glibertarians, we still need to consider a basic premise of these war games: that the US has to go to war over Taiwan.

Afghanistan should have taught us that trying to shape Asia into our own image usually won’t work, perhaps will never work.

It’s rather imperialistic of the US to think we have to be in control of the world.

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ckkatz  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:55:18pm

Finally, I realized that I had completely forgotten this Bollywood song during the train thread.

“In 2002, the BBC World Service conducted an international poll to choose the ten most popular songs of all time: “Chaiyya Chaiyya” finished ninth.”

Chaiya Chaiya

Youtube Video

More about the song
en.wikipedia.org

Lyrics and English translation
bollynook.com

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Targetpractice  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:57:21pm

re: #21 gocart mozart

[Embedded content]

Yep, pretty much every “legal expert” in the GQP ranks is now demanding to see the affidavit and declaring that its exclusion means that the DOJ is hiding something. Personally, the sudden interest in the affidavit seems like a desperate search for a scapegoat, trying to narrow down the list of possible moles so they have somebody to blame for this “hoax.”

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mmmirele  Aug 11, 2022 • 10:58:56pm

One of my coworkers told me that her mother in law has to be tested for monkeypox.

Why? Because her MIL’s physical therapist HAS monkeypox. Apparently some high muckety-muck at the org that employs the PT called her Wednesday all apologetic and said the MIL needs testing.

And if MIL tests positive, then coworker has to be tested, because the MIL lives with her and she’s MIL’s chaperone, etc.

But I was thinking tonight that MIL is probably—hopefully—my age or older and probably was vaccinated for smallpox. At least I can hope.

I will be *quite* honest, I didn’t expect monkeypox to hit so close so quickly.

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ckkatz  Aug 11, 2022 • 11:01:09pm

re: #212 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

You reminded me of this ‘gem’ from the shrub administration. Which I believe to be a formula for disaster.

In a 2004 article appearing in the New York Times Magazine, Suskind wrote:

“The [Bush Administration] aide said that guys like me were ‘in what we call the reality-based community,’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’ […] ‘That’s not the way the world really works anymore,’ he continued. ‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do’.”

en.wikipedia.org

eta - url for quote.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Aug 11, 2022 • 11:04:29pm

re: #216 ckkatz

You reminded me of this ‘gem’ from the shrub administration. Which I believe to be a formula for disaster.

In a 2004 article appearing in the New York Times Magazine, Suskind wrote:

“The [Bush Administration] aide said that guys like me were ‘in what we call the reality-based community,’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’ […] ‘That’s not the way the world really works anymore,’ he continued. ‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do’.”

The Bush quote is almost too perfect, too on the nose, to be 100% accurate.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Aug 11, 2022 • 11:09:21pm

re: #206 Hecuba’s daughter

Liz Cheney was fully onboard with Trump’s policies until he lost the election. Even knowing how his FP views were antithetical to everything her family supported, she saw that her personal political survival required this concession. No profile in courage there. But once he lost, she felt free to abandon this support because she believed that he could not recover. She did see how her party remained in thrall to him — but maybe her father’s connections revealed how dangerous Trump was to our survival as a major world power.

Me, 15 months ago:

This was about 7 months after TFG lost the election so it fits well with HD’s timeline of Cheney’s turn against Trump.

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ckkatz  Aug 11, 2022 • 11:19:37pm

re: #217 I Would Prefer Not To

The Bush quote is almost too perfect, too on the nose, to be 100% accurate.

To me, it meant that they thought that nobody outside the US mattered at all. Which, I’m sure impressed a lot of our allies. And led directly to tfg.

My assumption has been that the invasion of Iraq was militarily unnecessary and done for personal (threatened shrub’s daddy) and domestic (re-election and corruption) reasons.

A big military problem in fighting the PRC is that they have a large and capable military (near peer) and we would be fighting within sight of their homeland. (Ie force projection.)

We have the best military force projection capability in the world. But it may not be enough. And even if it proves to be, the cost is likely to be terrible. Which is what the wargames seem to indicate.

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ckkatz  Aug 11, 2022 • 11:25:20pm

Well, time for me to head to bed.

Which reminds me of the guy who fell into a well.
Because he did not see that well.

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 11, 2022 • 11:52:43pm

So. wake up here in Europe and what’s practically the first thing I see when perusing the intertubes?

Yeah - seems like Trump may well have purloined highly classified (indeed, compartmentalized) documents. And $10 says he was trying to, or may already have, sold them (looking at you, Jared, you and your two billion from the Saudis).

JFC. This is - potentially - the biggest scandal in American history if it turns out to be true.

What was that saying that the Qcumbers are so fond of? “The storm is coming”, IIRC?

Yeah. Looks like it is. But certainly not the way those deluded fools could’ve ever possibly imagined it.

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Targetpractice  Aug 12, 2022 • 12:18:26am

re: #221 Dr Lizardo

So. wake up here in Europe and what’s practically the first thing I see when perusing the intertubes?

Yeah - seems like Trump may well have purloined highly classified (indeed, compartmentalized) documents. And $10 says he was trying to, or may already have, sold them (looking at you, Jared, you and your two billion from the Saudis).

JFC. This is - potentially - the biggest scandal in American history if it turns out to be true.

What was that saying that the Qcumbers are so fond of? “The storm is coming”, IIRC?

Yeah. Looks like it is. But certainly not the way those deluded fools could’ve ever possibly imagined it.

Yeah, just like everything else she has been accused of, Trump has proven to be the exact sort of traitorous asshole Hillary Clinton was accused of being. Not only were classified documents knowingly removed from the White House, but they were kept secret from the Feds until somebody dropped a dime to the press, after which only some of the documents were returned while others were retained with the only concession an additional lock on the room where they were being kept. Reports are that some or even many of those documents were classified at the highest levels that require a paper trail just to view. So even if it turns out none of them contain nuclear secrets, the fact that he stole them and kept them in his private residence would warrant multiple felony charges.

There’s no real “good” spin on all this, the man is a hazard to national security and should face prison time for his actions. The fact that there are tens of millions of our fellow Americans who are not only defending him, but actually think that he is the greatest president ever who deserves a second term, makes me very uncomfortable imagining the future of this nation.

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 12:27:03am

re: #222 Targetpractice

The fact that there are tens of millions of our fellow Americans who are not only defending him, but actually think that he is the greatest president ever who deserves a second term, makes me very uncomfortable imagining the future of this nation.

The real shitstorm would start raging if (and who knows, maybe it’s now just a matter of when) an arrest warrant is issued for Donald Trump.

Hoo, boy. Something like that would have to be kept on the Q-T, very hush-hush (to borrow a phrase from one my favorite neo-noir films), because if the MAGAts got wind of it before it happened, there would likely be terrorist incidents by Trump’s cultists from sea to shining sea. And there almost certainly will be in the aftermath of such an arrest, but at least the Feds can buy a little time to prepare for such an eventuality by playing their cards close to their chest.

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 12:36:53am

Completely OT, but it looks like Anne Heche isn’t gonna make it:

Anne Heche’s family and friends had been hoping for a miracle following the Emmy-winning actor’s horrific car crash last Friday. It didn’t come, and her closest ones are making the difficult decision to take her off life support after she was pronounced brain dead. She is being kept on a ventilator until it’s determined whether any organs not damaged in the crash and subsequent fire can be donated.

“We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.

“Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive,” a rep for Heche’s family and friends told Deadline.

deadline.com

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 12, 2022 • 12:38:54am

re: #224 Dr Lizardo

Yup, saw that.

Brain injuries like that are pretty difficult to come back from.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 12, 2022 • 12:53:05am

Amazon released several still shots from RoP in high res.

One of them is of a Numenorean dock with ships and workers. Here’s a reduced size:

But look at the full size image and you can see so much detail:

Image: Ro-P-Numenor-dock.jpg

Regardless of anything else, for sure this TV show will be a feast for the eyes.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:01:15am

Barack Obama broke their racist brains.

In the category of “There’s no hate like &c &c”:

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:04:52am

re: #212 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Personally I don’t like the mindset of the US war-gamers.

Generals and Admirals always fight their war, the war based on their beliefs.

And also I think it is absurd to think China and US have to go to war.

While I am no fan of the isolationist glibertarians, we still need to consider a basic premise of these war games: that the US has to go to war over Taiwan.

Afghanistan should have taught us that trying to shape Asia into our own image usually won’t work, perhaps will never work.

It’s rather imperialistic of the US to think we have to be in control of the world.

Huge difference from Afghanistan is that Taiwan is a democracy we would be defending from an outside aggressor. In this scenario, China is the aggressor seeking to shape Taiwan into its image; we don’t have to shape Taiwan.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:07:20am
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:07:44am

Shane Vaughn isn’t content to be the shitty Christians who leave fake $20 bills for tips to waitstaff. He went all in on shitty.

Preacher/insurance agent faces fraud charges (WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge, February 3, 2010)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A south Louisiana preacher was slapped with $100,000 in fines on top of a slew of criminal charges. John Vaughn, who also acted as an insurance agent, recently had his license yanked after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars.

Police describe Vaughn as a chameleon, changing his look and name repeatedly. The 37-year-old is accused of stealing a 2-year-old’s identity to defraud a life insurance company. He is accused of swiping $20,000 from an annuity he sold to a person that didn’t even exist.

It took months for Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon’s office to pin Vaughn down and issue him cease and desist orders. Donelon said Vaughn has two licenses under separate aliases.

“We have shut down his operation,” Donelon said. “It does anger you when folks take advantage of a profession and the trust that comes with it.”

He stated there are 100,000 insurance license holders in the state of Louisiana and about once a week, someone gets theirs revoked. Donelon explained the victims are often unsuspecting customers who find themselves uninsured in a time of great need.

Vaughn is also charged with bank fraud, issuing worthless checks and felony theft. Currently, he is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $25,000 bond. He was booked on similar charges in other parts of the state, including Livingston and Jefferson parishes.

The article has several photographs of him trying to mix up his look. Currently he runs under the name “Shane.” I’m sure he’s forgiven though.

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Captain Ron  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:08:15am

I learned doves are pigeons while watching Amazon’s ‘A League of Their Own’.

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Captain Ron  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:14:58am

Just don’t get really sick. It’s easy.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:25:39am
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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:29:09am

re: #232 Captain Ron

Just don’t get really sick. It’s easy.

If you are immune deficient or elderly, well, it just sucks to be you. If you aren’t vaxxed and boosted, you’ve made your own bed.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:32:30am
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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:44:01am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:46:20am

re: #9 Unabogie

So this explains why they said evidence was planted. This is a nuclear-level crime. Pun intended.

No, no no: the raid was a distraction: the FBI went in there to destroy evidence that Trump and his Patriot Squad had compiled that would blow the lid off of the Soros/Clinon/Gates/Deep-State/Pedophile/Pizzagate/Great-Reset conspiracy!!!

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:49:01am

re: #235 No Malarkey!

“I never thought President Trump would eat MY baby!” sobs woman who voted for the eating live babies on national television party.

And then she’d turn right around and say, “BUT I’M GLAD PRESIDENT TRUMP ATE MY BABY BECAUSE MY BABY COULD’VE GROWN TO BE A LIB OR SOMETHING!! MAGA!!! I LOVE YOU, PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!”

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:51:25am

re: #237 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

No, no no: the raid was a distraction: the FBI went in there to destroy evidence that Trump and his Patriot Squad had compiled that would blow the lid off of the Soros/Clinon/Gates/Deep-State/Pedophile/Pizzagate/Great-Reset conspiracy!!!

This is actually not far from what the freepers have been posting since the Washington Post story broke.

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John Hughes  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:53:30am

re: #228 No Malarkey!

Huge difference from Afghanistan is that Taiwan is a democracy we would be defending from an outside aggressor. In this scenario, China is the aggressor seeking to shape Taiwan into its image; we don’t have to shape Taiwan.

With the added problem that Taiwan is 20-50% of the world semiconductor industry (depending on how you measure it).

If TSMC was destroyed by a China/Taiwan war it would have more effect on the world economy than the Russians blowing up Zaporizhzhia.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:54:58am

re: #240 John Hughes

With the added problem that Taiwan is 20-50% of the world semiconductor industry (depending on how you measure it).

If TSMC was destroyed by a China/Taiwan war it would have more effect on the world economy than the Russians blowing up Zaporizhzhia.

Makes that Chip bill Congress just passed clearly justified on national security grounds.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 1:56:37am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:00:14am

re: #143 jaunte

Fits with the Doctrine of Sincere Belief as Evidence:

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In as nation where Sincerely Held Beliefs enjoy Constitutional protection…

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:00:45am

re: #242 No Malarkey!

Sounds like a whole lotta people could be in some very big trouble.

Like I said, this could well be the biggest political scandal in American history. It really would make Watergate look like nothing more than “…a third-rate burglary attempt”.

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John Hughes  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:01:54am

re: #240 John Hughes

And, of course, things could get worse — 60% of all the buttons and 80% of all the zippers in the world are made in 1 town in China.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:06:54am
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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:11:29am

No, the President can’t declassify Top Secret documents merely by having magic thoughts.

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:17:50am

re: #247 No Malarkey!

Yeah, it doesn’t work by having Trump just yell, “I declare bankruptcy declassification!”

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:25:18am

re: #228 No Malarkey!

Huge difference from Afghanistan is that Taiwan is a democracy we would be defending from an outside aggressor. In this scenario, China is the aggressor seeking to shape Taiwan into its image; we don’t have to shape Taiwan.

While the war-gamers left off the table any nuclear/strategic options, included inthe scenarios was US attacks on the PRC.

That is what I was thinking about wrt “Asia”.

There is no hope for any US action in mainland China that is intended to be anything other than bombing raids. (Leaving out the covert actions of sabotage - not sure if the gamers allowed that.)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:26:42am

re: #151 darthstar

I’m already worrying that the ‘nuclear documents’ thing might be bullshit planted by the Trump team to tamper down the impact of what actual classified information he was caught with.

God I hate thinking like they think sometimes.

I am also wondering that, it would be an awesome ploy.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:35:01am

re: #183 Belafon

“healthy relationship standards”

Expecting courtesy, deference and basic humanity is an unfair burden on these poor, isolated incels…

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:35:21am

re: #250 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I am also wondering that, it would be an awesome ploy.

Which is why earlier I mentioned that I’ll a bit hesitant to believe the WaPo story. It is not clear to me that WaPo vetted well their source.

For now, I’m sticking with my conjecture that most of the documents taken by Trump relate to dirt on the people/companies with whom his inner circle interact.

As a matter of regular business, the FBI and the CIA will have done extensive research into any associates of Jared/Ivanka/Jr/the-dumber-one/Melania.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:36:20am

re: #247 No Malarkey!

No, the President can’t declassify Top Secret documents merely by having magic thoughts.

Mr. Hertling’s thread also doesn’t address the Department of Energy’s classification system (Restricted Data/Formerly Restricted Data).

The President cannot declassify RD/FRD information. RD/FRD is used in combination with Confidential/Secret/Top Secret, and specifically applies to atomic weapon programme data. Making information Formerly Restricted Data only means it now can be shared with other parts of the government in accordance with the law surrounding classified information.

The Atomic Energy Act of 1946 creates the category of Restricted Data:

Anyone who communicates, transmits, or discloses… any document, writing, sketch, photograph, plan, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information involving or incorporating restricted data… to any individual or person, or attempts or conspires to any of the foregoing, with intent to injure the United States or with intent to secure an advantage to any foreign nation, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by death or imprisonment for life… or, by a fine of not more than $20,000 or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both.

As such, since the act includes “all data,” it creates a system of information which is “born secret,” even if it wasn’t created by the US Government. As such, it is a form of prior restraint, which is unconstitutional. However, that has only been tested one time, in the case United States v The Progressive (1979). In that case, the Department of Energy exercised the doctrine of “born secret” to assert The Progressive magazine, about to reveal the existence of the hydrogen bomb obtained from publicly available sources. DOE asserted the article if published would violate the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (an update to the 1946 act creating the Formerly Restricted Data classification).

The case initially imposed an injunction against publication. The writers and publishers refused to accept a security clearance from the government, which would put a restraint on their speech. Their lawyers did receive security clearances to represent them in court, but were not allowed to talk to their clients about the case.

The government dropped the case against The Progressive when the information was published elsewhere. In the Wikipedia article above, how that information was published elsewhere turned out to be a strange turn of events, involving Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sen. John McCain, and even a college contest to try to design a hydrogen bomb (the winner being the first contestant to have DOE classify their design).

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:38:28am

re: #211 ckkatz

And another, from way back in 1966, for the airplane thread:

The Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron

I had that album as a kid and played it until the grooves wore out

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:40:15am

re: #183 Belafon

Bearing in mind here Psychology Today is not a peer-reviewed journal. It is a magazine to present psychology and social science subjects to the general public.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:40:44am

I remain doubtful, too, about this whole China-wargame thing.

It does not seem feasible to me to have any conflict between the US and China that does not involve global disaster, strategic disaster, and nukes.

Look at how the Korean non-war lingered on because the PRC just did some support for tiny little North Korea.

Within minutes of any US-China conflict Southern Command will close the Panama Canal (regardless of what the Panamanians think.)

We’ll pressure Egypt to close the Suez Canal.

All shipping worldwide will be subject to warfare side-effects.

Most of the shipping in the world involves imports or exports to either the US or China (or both.)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:42:13am

re: #247 No Malarkey!

No, the President can’t declassify Top Secret documents merely by having magic thoughts.

I filled out this lottery ticket in my mind before the drawing, I am only just writing in the winning numbers now…

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:42:13am

Indeed, I’m now thinking this whole war-game venture is a public signal to Xi and his underlings. Namely, that the US can plan for war against the PRC and will prepare to execute it.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:43:57am

re: #253 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Hence the DOE’s “Q Clearance”.

Any of us with plain old TS or even SCI clearance can’t just get access to restricted data.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:46:45am

re: #258 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Indeed, I’m now thinking this whole war-game venture is a public signal to Xi and his underlings. Namely, that the US can plan for war against the PRC and will prepare to execute it.

China has a surplus of some 17 million males in its population. Even assuming not all of them are military age, they could still easily lose 6 or 7 million soldiers in a war and even if they only make limited territorial or strategic gains, it would ease their demographics…

Their chief concern would be whether the economic and political fallout would be more detrimental to the West than to themselves.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 12, 2022 • 2:57:41am

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Youtube Video


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While I like the singing (always appreciate properly trained singers), the opening shot on the flower arrangement I find oddly disturbing. Maybe it’s the overwhelming dominance of the blue color in the environs. Regardless of the reason, it bothers me.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:02:48am

re: #256 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Folks are speculating that if Donald Trump actually had atomic weapon information, he might have made it available to Saudi Arabia (Jared Kushner’s $2 billion being the payment) or perhaps the Russian Federation (considering his seeming collaboration on other things with Vladimir Putin).

How about North Korea? Trump had the “love letter” from Kim Jong Un. I wonder how much North Korea would cough up for US atomic weapon technical specifications, particularly since they have scientists who can make sense of it. Plus, North Korea’s nuke problem has been making it small enough to fit on something smaller than a freighter.

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Dopamine Fish  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:04:01am

I was not on my game this morning. Holy cats.

Wordle 419 6/6

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:05:34am

re: #262 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

It would be irresponsible not to speculate but I will wait until we see the official docs and confirmation.

This could still turn out to be a red herring on the part of Orange Julius Rosenberg to relativize the seriousness of what the Feds actually do uncover.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:07:17am

re: #259 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Hence the DOE’s “Q Clearance”.

Any of us with plain old TS or even SCI clearance can’t just get access to restricted data.

My middlin’ ol’ Secret clearance would get me laughed out of the room (then arrested).

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Dopamine Fish  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:13:47am

RE: The former guy planting the “nuclear secrets” rumor as a tactic to mitigate whatever it was he was actually caught with: It is a slimy thing that America’s most popular crime family would try to do. It is bolstered by the fact that the government can’t very well come out and say, “Well, akshually.” However, I will still refer back to the fact that this search warrant was signed and approved at the highest levels of the DOJ. People calling this “unprecedented” aren’t wrong, but that would require something truly unprecedented to warrant such an action, and let’s face it: If they had evidence that he was selling American nuclear secrets (even if it was just “operational data” around our nuclear handling procedures), that would absolutely be grounds for an oh-shit, get-those-back-now search warrant. We’ll have to see what happens when the indictments come down; because you can’t tell me that there won’t be indictments after the execution of a freaking search warrant.

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:15:45am

re: #264 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

It would be irresponsible not to speculate but I will wait until we see the official docs and confirmation.

This could still turn out to be a red herring on the part of Orange Julius Rosenberg to relativize the seriousness of what the actually do uncover.

Quite right. Let’s see what cards the DoJ has to play.

If, however, this does in fact out to be true, well….I’ve got my popcorn ready.

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Dopamine Fish  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:19:37am

re: #267 Dr Lizardo

Quite right. Let’s see what cards the DoJ has to play.

If, however, this does in fact out to be true, well….I’ve got my popcorn ready.

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I’m struggling to comprehend the enormousness of the implications here, in the historical sense. Like, you can read about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in some American history textbooks, notably those from the Cold War and immediate post-Cold War era, like I grew up with; can you imagine the narrative that will be painted around Trump, his presidency, and this whole kerfuffle? Forget Benedict Arnold, here we have a FORMER FUCKING PRESIDENT willing to sell our most sensitive secrets for nothing more than petty cash so he can afford to get sued for being a criminal. And the worst part is that an entire fucking political party is STILL swimming toward that sinking ship, and people will STILL vote for them.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:21:40am

Speaking of China, in watching the World War Two channel special on the Trident conference:

Youtube Video

..


… I can’t help but think that derogating the war in China is in the causal chain to why we have the issue today of the PRC threatening Taiwan.

While I don’t blame the UK for wanting to focus on total defeat of Germany, especially as not long after that conference Germany will be raining down rockets onto England, in hindsight I think it is clear that there really was no risk of Stalin trying to sign a peace deal with Hitler to get the USSR out of the war.

Churchill worried about that and I guess it was not unreasonable for him to have that worry, but I think now 80 years later we know that Nazi Germany was never going to win the war after Hitler decided to kill millions and millions of people living in the USSR.

But what did happen was that Mao took over China.

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Barefoot Grin  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:21:47am
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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:22:41am

re: #268 Dopamine Fish

The enormity of the allegations, if true, are indeed almost beyond comprehension.

It would make Benedict Arnold look like a saint, FFS. And his cult of personality is so strong (and of all fucking people, this asshat has a cult of personality, LOL) that his deranged cultists will defend him, even to the point of committing acts of terrorism.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:23:45am

re: #252 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Which is why earlier I mentioned that I’ll a bit hesitant to believe the WaPo story. It is not clear to me that WaPo vetted well their source.

For now, I’m sticking with my conjecture that most of the documents taken by Trump relate to dirt on the people/companies with whom his inner circle interact.

As a matter of regular business, the FBI and the CIA will have done extensive research into any associates of Jared/Ivanka/Jr/the-dumber-one/Melania.

Let’s remember we’re dealing with DJT, a man who’d burn it all down because we, as a nation and of an entire electorate, weren’t sufficiently grateful for His Excellence and therefore undeserving of a civilized country and society because we didn’t reelect him.

Trump would 100% sell anything to get back at US and in this case, the money would be a bonus. His fragile wounded pride takes precedence over everything including money.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:24:51am

re: #271 Dr Lizardo

re: #268 Dopamine Fish

It will trend on Twitter for a day or so then Americans will go back to worrying about the next football game and who’s who on 90 Day Fiance.

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Dopamine Fish  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:26:42am

re: #271 Dr Lizardo

The enormity of the allegations, if true, are indeed almost beyond comprehension.

It would make Benedict Arnold look like a saint, FFS. And his cult of personality is so strong (and of all fucking people, this asshat has a cult of personality, LOL) that his deranged cultists will defend him, even to the point of committing acts of terrorism.

A cult of personality comprised of people who really, really want to feel validated about being an asshole. A collection of the country’s worst dregs.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:26:44am

re: #263 Dopamine Fish

I was not on my game this morning. Holy cats.

Just for that, you forced me to play, dammit. It’s your fault.

Miserable vocabulary porn failure. Letter placement matters in the initial guesses.

Wordle 419 X/6

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More alleged music I don’t recognise.

#Heardle #169
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I am embarrassed by geography porn.
#Worldle #203 X/6 (96%)
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And porn porn was a miserable fail too.

Lewdle 🍆💦 206 x/6
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Dopamine Fish  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:27:43am

re: #275 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Just for that, you forced me to play, dammit. It’s your fault.

Mrs. Fish, is that you?///

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:28:34am

re: #273 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

It will trend on Twitter for a day or so then Americans will go back to worrying about the next football game and who’s who on 90 Day Fiance.

I think that if, let’s say, Trump were actually arrested and put on trial for violating the Espionage Act (along with any co-conspirators), it would be the media sensation of the century. Absolute ratings gold (well, except maybe for FNC, who would simply replace all their programming with nonstop LOLCats YouTube videos or something) and I can only imagine network execs right now having to wipe the drool from their chins at the mere prospect of it.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:31:14am

3/6. Not bad.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:35:13am

re: #267 Dr Lizardo

Quite right. Let’s see what cards the DoJ has to play.

If, however, this does in fact out to be true, well….I’ve got my popcorn ready.

This could be a boon to the Nebraska economy, since we grow 80% of the world’s popcorn.

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Dopamine Fish  Aug 12, 2022 • 3:48:00am

Regarding Presidential declassification: Apparently someone tried to challenge the Trump Administration on “declassifying by ‘I declare declassification’” once before - and lost:

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Barefoot Grin  Aug 12, 2022 • 4:03:25am

Just saw an anti-Merrick Garland ad while watching Morning Joe. Jesus. They were just talking about irresponsible rhetoric over the FBI and DoJ. (Ad by Judicial Crisis Network, which is a dark money org pushing anti-voting laws and nominations of Kavanaugh and Gorsuch.)

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Shropshire Slasher  Aug 12, 2022 • 4:09:33am
Anne Heche has been officially declared brain dead and will be taken off life support after suffering a brain injury in a fiery LA car crash last week, her friends and family have said.

The actress, 53, who is in a coma and in critical condition, will stay on a ventilator to determine whether any of her remaining organs are viable to be donated, per Heche’s wishes.

Heche, who’s been hospitalized at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital north of Los Angeles, suffered a ‘severe anoxic brain injury’ in the August 5 crash, according to a statement released Thursday night on behalf of her family and friends. Such an injury is caused by a sustained lack of oxygen to the brain.

dailymail.co.uk

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TarHellion  Aug 12, 2022 • 4:11:22am

Wordle 419 4/6

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Another solid par to wrap up the work week. Physical therapy is going well and hope to be able to play real golf again - let alone other activities soon. Gonna have lows in the upper 50s tonight and low humidity. A great Friday and a wonderful weekend to all the folks here!

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Barefoot Grin  Aug 12, 2022 • 4:28:48am

re: #281 Barefoot Grin

Just saw an anti-Merrick Garland ad while watching Morning Joe. Jesus. They were just talking about irresponsible rhetoric over the FBI and DoJ. (Ad by Judicial Crisis Network, which is a dark money org pushing anti-voting laws and nominations of Kavanaugh and Gorsuch.)

Looks like JCN has a hand-in-glove relationship with Leo and Federalist Society.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Aug 12, 2022 • 4:30:30am

So, the spousal-unit, youngest boy-child, girl-child and her fiancé, the mother of the girl-child and her sister and husband, and a few other people — total 11 — are jetting of to Guyana tomorrow. Equatorial land of mostly rainforest, malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, and rabid dogs. Though I expect and hope not to be in contact with the rabid dogs.

We are taking two trips into the rainforest to go howler monkey viewing along with various waterfalls. I am not actually sure which trip is what because I am not in charge — thank Chthulu. Two of our party are Guyanese ex-pats and we are working with a cousin who still lives there, do hopefully we will leave with our identify intact.

Snark aside, I am very excited about this trip. It will be my first to an equatorial country. Unfortunately, we failed on getting a reservation at a restaurant in Georgetown that we wanted to feast at.

State dept. says travel warning to Guyana is ‘don’t go’ but we’re relatively unconcerned. Monkey pox in Guyana seems to be pretty low, but don’t eat bush meat this trip, which is causing son many sads. He wants to always sample the local and/or different foods.

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Eventual Carrion  Aug 12, 2022 • 4:30:40am

re: #206 Hecuba’s daughter

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Words — a near disastrous 6…

I pushed a 5/6. Was getting worried.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 12, 2022 • 4:38:46am

re: #280 Dopamine Fish

Regarding Presidential declassification: Apparently someone tried to challenge the Trump Administration on “declassifying by ‘I declare declassification’” once before - and lost:

LOL

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 12, 2022 • 4:47:10am
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 12, 2022 • 4:50:10am

Regarding Liz Cheney’s primary challenger:

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 4:56:13am

Trump’s history with nuclear weapons is a long and fucked up one.

He thought you could nuke hurricanes.
He coddled Jong Un and gave North Korea time to develop its nukes.
He abrogated the Iran JCPOA, giving Iran the pretext to restart its nuclear program.

Why would Trump need classified nuclear secrets unless he was intent on using them to profit personally and directly, and all those around him who knew he had those documents or would profit from them are likewise conspiring to violate national security.

Who’d be a likely beneficiary of receiving copies of those documents?

It’s a long list, but Saudi Arabia is chief among them - as an offset to Iran’s nuclear program. They may have the money to make it happen, but not the technical means. It’s been understood that Saudis would likely get their nukes via Pakistan should Iran achieve nuclear weapon functionality. Getting nuclear tech means from the US would leapfrog the Pakistanis since we’ve got far more advanced designs.

Any of our rivals or enemies would pay for the nuclear technology we have. They’d be able to leapfrog their own technology limitations. We know how this works from earlier classified leaks. Take the Toshiba Kongsberg scandal, where the Soviets were looking to improve their subs. They got access to our technologies on propeller design and milling, and were able to advance their design significantly, making their subs far quieter in the process.

Trump engaging in espionage is just the latest set of crimes, and the GOP will predictably cover for Trump, because they are compromised and complicit in still other crimes. They are inextricably tied because of their combined complicity and criminal conduct.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 12, 2022 • 4:59:21am

Wyoming Ninth District Judge Melissa Owens imposed an injunction against Wyoming’s abortion ban trigger law a few minutes before it was to go in effect.

The injunction will remain in effect as the case winds its way through the Wyoming court system, until it reaches the state Supreme Court.

As for now, abortion remains legal in Wyoming.

In her order, Owens wrote that plaintiffs met their burden in establishing irreparable harm if the abortion ban were to go into effect. Plaintiffs Dr. Giovannina Anthony and Dr. Rene Hinkle, both OB-GYNs, could be subject to “felony prosecution, loss of professional licensure, and up to fourteen years of imprisonment for providing evidence-based health care to her patients in need of abortion services,” the judge wrote.

Owens also addressed the potential merits of the case, writing “the Court could find that the Wyoming Constitution affords all Wyoming citizens with a fundamental right to make their own health care decisions and that includes a Wyoming woman’s right to make her own decision regarding abortion.”

Plaintiffs in the case include a pregnant woman, a woman of child-bearing age, the two OB-GYNs and two nonprofits that aim to help women access abortions.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Owens expressed particular concern over the abortion ban’s exemptions. It remains unclear how an individual might obtain an abortion under the rape and incest exemptions without running afoul of a prosecutor, she said.

(more at the link)

wyofile.com

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:03:58am

re: #274 Dopamine Fish

A cult of personality comprised of people who really, really want to feel validated about being an asshole. A collection of the country’s worst dregs.

and will be totally fine with TFG, in essence, selling out the country they are so rabidly all about ‘protecting’

if he did this, they will never see that he screwed them.
politically and national security-wise

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Belafon  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:05:41am

re: #212 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Personally I don’t like the mindset of the US war-gamers.

Generals and Admirals always fight their war, the war based on their beliefs.

And also I think it is absurd to think China and US have to go to war.

While I am no fan of the isolationist glibertarians, we still need to consider a basic premise of these war games: that the US has to go to war over Taiwan.

Afghanistan should have taught us that trying to shape Asia into our own image usually won’t work, perhaps will never work.

It’s rather imperialistic of the US to think we have to be in control of the world.

Japan, South Korea, Taiwan?

And while I consider Afghanistan to be a country that doesn’t want anyone in charge, there are places that would rather be under western influence than China.

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mmmirele  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:05:51am

There is something *invigorating* about being awakened at 0400 by a jangling phone. Whatever happened has apparently stopped.

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:07:25am

re: #288 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:10:22am

my question is after the june subpoena and return of the 15 boxes, why didnt he hide the rest of this stuff better?

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:11:14am

wapo

“Republicans around Trump initially thought the raid could help him politically, but they are now bracing for revelations that could be damaging.”

they couldnt wait
just shut up for one whole day

there’s gonna be a lot of whiplash cases

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Dopamine Fish  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:11:14am

re: #296 Dangerman

my question is after the june subpoena and return of the 15 boxes, why didnt he hide the rest of this stuff better?

Ah! I have the answer to that:

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A Mom Anon  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:11:49am

I could use some practical advice. We’re a diverse lot with knowledge to share so….

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:12:48am

davied brooks: ass

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Rightwingconspirator  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:19:58am
The 9 Dumbest Defenses for Trump Keeping Nuclear Secrets at Mar-a-Lago
What if he just wanted some souvenirs?

LOL

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Jay C  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:21:22am

re: #299 A Mom Anon

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:22:36am
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Ace Rothstein  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:26:23am

re: #296 Dangerman

my question is after the june subpoena and return of the 15 boxes, why didnt he hide the rest of this stuff better?

Because he’s a dolt.

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John Hughes  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:26:31am

re: #256 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Better hope the US has a large strategic button and zipper reserve then.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:28:59am

If there ever was a time for the GOP to finally flush this orange turd down the toilet, today would be the day.

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:30:24am

re: #296 Dangerman

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my question is after the june subpoena and return of the 15 boxes, why didnt he hide the rest of this stuff better?

Because he’s not a very good criminal. He thought he could bluster and bulkshit his way around this like he does all his other business dealings.

The core problem is that Trump was always a security risk. Always.

Had he been anyone else seeking a job requiring clearances, he would have been rejected out of hand. Jared and Ivanka were rejected for their clearances but Trump overrode the rejection.

Jared lied on his clearances, which is still a federal felony. It’s as if that was all memory holed too. He’s still a security risk. Ivanka too.

The whole family is a crime syndicate, and that the GOP tied itself to Trump and kept on defending Trump even after the warrant was executed is going to be a whole lot of schadenfreude, but I’d rather see indictments and prosecutions of same.

Oh, and the do something crowd has to find something else to do something about, because Garland did something… and did something in a big way. The case he’s making against Trump should result in indictments soon enough… (if Garland does something. /)

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:35:25am

re: #307 lawhawk

If Garland really does indict Trump (and presumably, co-conspirators), the mental gymnastics some elements of the GOP are going to try to pull off will be worth a perfect 10. A truly Olympics-worthy performance.

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A Mom Anon  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:35:42am

re: #302 Jay C

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HRH Stanley Sea  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:36:37am

re: #299 A Mom Anon

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John Hughes  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:36:38am

re: #262 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

If Saudi Arabia wants the bomb why would they bother trying to get the plans from the US? M ugh easier to ask Pakistan, surely.

Russia might be interested in knowing what the US knows about Russian systems, but doesn’t really have much to learn about making bombs from the US.

Nuclear weapons are 1940s / 1950s technology. The obsession with secrecy is much more about letting the info get to non-state actors. Any country more developed/richer than Pakistan can get the bomb if it wants.

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jeffreyw  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:38:25am

Say hello to my little friend.

Good morning!

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William Lewis  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:39:30am

re: #311 John Hughes

If Saudi Arabia wants the bomb why would they bother trying to get the plans from the US? M ugh easier to ask Pakistan, surely.

Russia might be interested in knowing what the US knows about Russian systems, but doesn’t really have much to learn about making bombs from the US.

Nuclear weapons are 1940s / 1950s technology. The obsession with secrecy is much more about letting the info get to non-state actors. Any country more developed/richer than Pakistan can get the bomb if it wants.

Yes and no.

Tactically useful sized weapons are still far more difficult to build than a device that goes boom.

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:39:34am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:42:05am

re: #297 Dangerman

wapo

they couldnt wait
just shut up for one whole day

there’s gonna be a lot of whiplash cases

It is okay: they take after their fearless leader: say whatever they think people need to hear at the moment and do not fear being held accountable for it alter.

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John Hughes  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:46:04am

re: #275 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

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Should have got it in two, I keep forgetting that the distance is the distance between the centers of the countries, do I didn’t see that the 1st and the 3rd share a border.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:48:31am

re: #302 Jay C

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:51:20am

re: #313 William Lewis

Yes and no.

Tactically useful sized weapons are still far more difficult to build than a device that goes boom.

There’s also information about what the DOE knows about other nation’s nuclear programmes. It would be very valuable to any state with atomic weapons to get the information we know about them.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:52:00am

re: #309 A Mom Anon

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Hecuba's daughter  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:53:28am

re: #246 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

But didn’t Trump wave his magic wand and grant Ivanka and Jared top secret security clearance?

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John Hughes  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:57:27am

re: #285 Colère Tueur de Lapin

So, the spousal-unit, youngest boy-child, girl-child and her fiancé, the mother of the girl-child and her sister and husband, and a few other people — total 11 — are jetting of to Guyana tomorrow. Equatorial land of mostly rainforest, malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, and rabid dogs. Though I expect and hope not to be in contact with the rabid dogs.

You forgot Dengue. Everyone forgets Dengue.

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:57:31am

re: #306 Ace Rothstein

If there ever was a time for the GOP to finally flush this orange turd down the toilet, today would be the day.

see re: #156 Dangerman

they won’t

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:59:36am

re: #307 lawhawk

Because he’s not a very good criminal. He thought he could bluster and bulkshit his way around this like he does all his other business dealings.

yup.

“The truth is, these are not very bright guys.”

- Hal Holbrook / Deep Throat

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:59:39am

re: #322 Dangerman

see

they won’t

The GOP will only move away from Trump if he becomes so utterly toxic to their electoral chances, that there’s simply no choice but to put some daylight between him and themselves.

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:01:21am

re: #320 Hecuba’s daughter

But didn’t Trump wave his magic wand and grant Ivanka and Jared top secret security clearance?

Correctamundo.

Both had initial applications for clearances rejected. Trump overrode the rejection.

Jared lied on his clearances multiple times (falsifying or concealing material facts on SF-86 are federal felonies subject to up to 5 years in prison).

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:01:53am

re: #311 John Hughes

If Saudi Arabia wants the bomb why would they bother trying to get the plans from the US? M ugh easier to ask Pakistan, surely.

Russia might be interested in knowing what the US knows about Russian systems, but doesn’t really have much to learn about making bombs from the US.

Nuclear weapons are 1940s / 1950s technology. The obsession with secrecy is much more about letting the info get to non-state actors. Any country more developed/richer than Pakistan can get the bomb if it wants.

imo - ‘how to build a bomb’ would not be the kind of info he’d have

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Hecuba's daughter  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:03:02am

re: #266 Dopamine Fish

RE: The former guy planting the “nuclear secrets” rumor as a tactic to mitigate whatever it was he was actually caught with: It is a slimy thing that America’s most popular crime family would try to do. It is bolstered by the fact that the government can’t very well come out and say, “Well, akshually.” ……

What about a list of human assets in other nations or equipment for spying? Something would imperil our ability to glean information about our adversaries.

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Barefoot Grin  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:03:06am

re: #321 John Hughes

You forgot Dengue. Everyone forgets Dengue.

It was on the tip of my tongue.

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:05:39am

re: #326 Dangerman

imo - ‘how to build a bomb’ would not be the kind of info he’d have

How to build a bomb could be among them but not likely. Much more likely is assessments of nuclear postures of countries in the region - detailed analysis of Israeli and Iranian programs, or the Syrian program, or Egypt’s nuclear program and whether those could be weaponized. It may also include analysis of other countries around the world and their nuclear status and locations, materials, key personnel, and other information critical to weapons development and improvement.

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:05:51am

So, basically, here’s Trump admitting that the FBI was, in fact, searching for classified documents related to nuclear weapons.

Former President Donald Trump on Friday denied a report from The Washington Post that said FBI agents were looking for classified documents related to nuclear weapons, among other items, when they searched his Mar-a-Lago home earlier this week.

On his Truth Social platform, Trump said that “Nuclear weapons is a hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a hoax,” referring to then-special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Trump attacked the officials involved with the search of his home, calling them “sleazy.”

nbcnews.com

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Barefoot Grin  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:05:54am

I typed in “can missiles fired from Taiwan destroy the Three Gorges Dam” and the answer seems to be “probably not.” But coastal cities are vulnerable. It’s not all in the hands of mainlanders.

(In 1938 Chiang Kai Shek ordered a dike on the Yellow River opened causing the flooding of thousands of miles of farmland—ruining it—and causing perhaps half a million deaths. He did so to stop Japanese advances into central China. Ultimately, it became a major recruiting tool for the communists.)

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Eclectic Cyborg  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:09:14am

re: #299 A Mom Anon

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:09:33am

re: #321 John Hughes

You forgot Dengue. Everyone forgets Dengue.

and the yaws

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:09:46am

re: #324 Dr Lizardo

The GOP will only move away from Trump if he becomes so utterly toxic to their electoral chances, that there’s simply no choice but to put some daylight between him and themselves.

correct
that is their only lens

though i am counting on the run of the mill, conventional ‘law and order’ republicans to have had enough. that for somewhere between say 4-7% this is just the most disloyal, faithless thing. then his electoral chances go to zero.

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:10:34am
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Ace Rothstein  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:13:12am

re: #324 Dr Lizardo

The GOP will only move away from Trump if he becomes so utterly toxic to their electoral chances, that there’s simply no choice but to put some daylight between him and themselves.

And how many times have we all thought that and it never happened? As I type this they are already creating the spin.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:15:07am

Again, Trump should have been removed from office and/or indicted long ago over various clear and egregious conflicts of interest, obstruction of justice, violations of the Emoluments Act, the Hatch Act, The Espionage act, etc.

But the political will was lacking.

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:15:11am

re: #334 Dangerman

correct
that is their only lens

though i am counting on the run of the mill, conventional ‘law and order’ republicans to have had enough. that for somewhere between say 4-7% this is just the most disloyal, faithless thing. then his electoral chances go to zero.

Let’s say Trump were indicted next Friday. The GOP would see which way the wind is blowing with their voters, and proceed from there. If the base insists that it’s all just fake news and/or a Deep State hoax, then they’ll continue to defend Trump. If, however, the base says, “Holy shitballs, this asshole really is as big a POS as everyone else says!” then they’ll start vehemently denouncing Trump at every opportunity and under the bus he goes.

Maybe a tiny handful of Trump stalwarts like Greene, Boebert, Gaetz, etc., will still stand up for him.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:15:16am

A good friend of mine and her husband from NYC have decided to travel across the southern US by way of I-10 for their honeymoon, visiting various places along the way.

The couple in question are black. They’ve decided not to drive at night due to personal safety concerns (relating to asshole cops or others who might give them problems).

America, 2022. 🙄

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:18:08am

When they let him go, it will have nothing to do with “Law and Order”. That is for the poor and dark-skinned masses.

Instead, they will quietly smile at the thought of him being safely in prison as a felon and come out as the party that is fighting to “rehabilitate” him from the “political witch hunt” that put him away.

That will keep the radical base sweet.

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:18:10am

re: #339 Eclectic Cyborg

A good friend of mine and her husband from NYC have decided to travel across the southern US by way of I-10 for their honeymoon, visiting various places along the way.

The couple in question are black. They’ve decided not to drive at night due to personal safety concerns (relating to asshole cops or others who might give them problems).

America, 2022. 🙄

In 1995, an ex-girlfriend and I drove across the southern US from Oregon to Atlanta, GA. Now I’m a big ol’ white guy and she was a black gal.

Yeah, we definitely got some looks. Fortunately, I look like the type of fella who probably eats a bowl of kittens of breakfast, so no one said or tried anything.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:21:12am

re: #338 Dr Lizardo

To paraphrase a line from “All the President’s Men”: “Looks like Trump has the GOP’s tit caught in a big fat wringer.”

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:21:17am

re: #260 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

China has a surplus of some 17 million males in its population. Even assuming not all of them are military age, they could still easily lose 6 or 7 million soldiers in a war and even if they only make limited territorial or strategic gains, it would ease their demographics…

Their chief concern would be whether the economic and political fallout would be more detrimental to the West than to themselves.

China’s economy is based on exports, and they also depend on huge imports of energy resources through choke points such as the Strait of Malacca, and they are the most rapidly aging country in the world. In a few years they may be able to get their energy needs resolved by Russia, but they have to get the pipelines to transport it built first. IMHO, China has a much more fragile society than we do, even with MAGA.

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:23:06am

re: #337 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Again, Trump should have been removed from office and/or indicted long ago over various clear and egregious conflicts of interest, obstruction of justice, violations of the Emoluments Act, the Hatch Act, The Espionage act, etc.

But the political will was lacking.

Not merely the political will, but active obstruction and complicity by the GOP to protect Trump at all costs.

They knew Trump engaged in criminal conduct, and the GOP put party over nation. McConnell purposefully delayed the second impeachment to deny removal from office and tried sweeping it under the rug.

They knew he extorted Ukraine and violated multiple laws. They were fine with all of it.

Because the GOP hoped to gain control and advance their agenda with Trump. Sabotaging govt is one of those goals, and Trump was spectacularly good at sabotaging functioning govt. We saw it with his handling of covid, and we’re still dealing with repercussions of that.

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Egregious Philbin  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:23:39am

re: #337 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Egregious!

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Hecuba's daughter  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:23:43am

re: #275 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Looks like today’s wordle has several ways to trap you: I had problems finding positions 1 and 3; you were missing 3 and 5.

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:26:40am
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HRH Stanley Sea  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:29:24am

Phew

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Barefoot Grin  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:30:13am

re: #347 lawhawk

Wow, my wife was just talking about this last night. She had heard it was murder/suicide by the mother. This is horrible.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:31:31am

This is why all children should bring their own guns to school and learn gun safety in there.

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:32:53am

re: #347 lawhawk

I noticed the age and identity of the accused has been withheld, for obvious reasons. My immediate thought is that it’s an older child in the family.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:33:06am

re: #347 lawhawk

They are charging the child?

I guess it is too late but it seems that the parents played a role in this by leaving their guns accessible to children

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:37:18am

re: #324 Dr Lizardo

The GOP will only move away from Trump if he becomes so utterly toxic to their electoral chances, that there’s simply no choice but to put some daylight between him and themselves.

They are really squeezed, because Trump is as loved by their own voters as he is despised by the majority of voters.

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:37:27am

re: #352 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

They are charging the child?

I guess it is too late but it seems that the parents played a role in this by leaving their guns accessible to children

The identify of the child isn’t being made b/c they’re a minor. Some adult left the gun in the open. Not clear if it’s the parent or someone else. Whoever left the gun out should be prosecuted (though if it’s the mother, she was killed by same gun she owned).

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:37:29am

re: #352 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

They are charging the child?

I guess it is too late but it seems that the parents played a role in this by leaving their guns accessible to children

Apparently, word leaked out from the family in question:

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:40:05am

re: #338 Dr Lizardo

Let’s say Trump were indicted next Friday. The GOP would see which way the wind is blowing with their voters, and proceed from there. If the base insists that it’s all just fake news and/or a Deep State hoax, then they’ll continue to defend Trump. If, however, the base says, “Holy shitballs, this asshole really is as big a POS as everyone else says!” then they’ll start vehemently denouncing Trump at every opportunity and under the bus he goes.

Maybe a tiny handful of Trump stalwarts like Greene, Boebert, Gaetz, etc., will still stand up for him.

The Base is definitely going to say its a Deep State conspiracy against Dear Leader.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:40:35am

re: #355 Dr Lizardo

Apparently, word leaked out from the family in question:

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Eclectic Cyborg  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:41:06am

Just made it.

Wordle 419 6/6

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:42:54am

re: #356 No Malarkey!

The Base is definitely going to say its a Deep State conspiracy against Dear Leader.

The GOP leadership knows that it cannot begin to win without the stalwart support from its base. They have to find a way of threading the needle to still insist that Trump is a victim while distancing themselves from treason.

But you know that if the GOP wins a majority, Trump will be pardoned and rehabilitated.

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John Hughes  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:43:04am

re: #313 William Lewis

Yes and no.

Tactically useful sized weapons are still far more difficult to build than a device that goes boom.

There are only two countries in the world with enough nukes to fantasise about fighting a war with them. Everyone else has enough to deter what they think is a credible threat. For small countries just being able to threaten to get one bomb on target is enough.

The Russia, the US, France and the UK can think about the “sophistication” of their bombs, everyone else just thinks about getting something more powerful than the thin man more or less on target.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:44:19am

re: #360 John Hughes

The FBI just guaranteed Trump’s election to the same extent that they guaranteed Hillary’s election.

Serious Apples and Oranges there, so to speak, Democratic female vs GOP male for starters.

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:47:48am

re: #347 lawhawk

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Hang the gun owner

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:47:51am

re: #258 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Indeed, I’m now thinking this whole war-game venture is a public signal to Xi and his underlings. Namely, that the US can plan for war against the PRC and will prepare to execute it.

I would bet that the US Naval War College has been gaming confrontations with China in that region for a few decades at least. That, and something with the Russians in the Atlantic are the two obvious scenarios to play with.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:49:58am

If it’s true (a big big if) that lard ass wants the warrant revealed, I’m assuming his attorneys told him better to get it out now and throw as much shit against the wall than later.

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William Lewis  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:50:12am

re: #363 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

I would bet that the US Naval War College has been gaming confrontations with China in that region for a few decades at least. That, and something with the Russians in the Atlantic are the two obvious scenarios to play with.

Various people make a big deal out of the PRC aircraft carriers. I, OTOH, remember what a submarine commander once said about the Soviet Navy’s Kirov cruiser - “A Navy Cross waiting to happen”.

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Teukka  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:50:36am
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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:50:57am

Ranking GOP member of the House Intelligence Committee did hold a presser this morning.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:52:24am

Not to be morbid, but I am glad that my father is no longer with us. He was a spook at NSA (literally was there before it was NSA). I never knew anything of what he did at all.

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But his brain would be fucking esploding over the last six years of stupid that is going on.

ETA - that private stuff could out me possibly.

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:52:28am

re: #364 Ace Rothstein

If it’s true (a big big if) that lard ass wants the warrant revealed, I’m assuming his attorneys told him better to get it out now and throw as much shit against the wall than later.

No matter what the outcome he is screwed
Well and truly zugzwanged

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:54:19am

re: #266 Dopamine Fish

RE: The former guy planting the “nuclear secrets” rumor as a tactic to mitigate whatever it was he was actually caught with: It is a slimy thing that America’s most popular crime family would try to do. It is bolstered by the fact that the government can’t very well come out and say, “Well, akshually.” However, I will still refer back to the fact that this search warrant was signed and approved at the highest levels of the DOJ. People calling this “unprecedented” aren’t wrong, but that would require something truly unprecedented to warrant such an action, and let’s face it: If they had evidence that he was selling American nuclear secrets (even if it was just “operational data” around our nuclear handling procedures), that would absolutely be grounds for an oh-shit, get-those-back-now search warrant. We’ll have to see what happens when the indictments come down; because you can’t tell me that there won’t be indictments after the execution of a freaking search warrant.

Tying this to asking for video evidence of who visited and that the “mole” might be part of the Secret Service detail (who’d know exactly who visited Trump) would imply that someone the DOJ really really did not want to see them got access to those documents.

That the GQP is doubling down in defense of all this unfortunately is not surprising to me. They are fully a cult of corruption and practically none have stepped forward to decry this as the crime it is, a few (lookin’ at you Mitch!) are just remaining silent*, and the rest are hastily grasping at any excuse to blame it all on someone else, preferably connected to the Democrats.

* - Hoping to not get caught up in it, or I guess simply trying to sit on the fence about it. Pretty much people who already knew about the criming and decided that it was not politically to their advantage to do something about it.

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Belafon  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:55:10am

Long thread about how there is no building bridges with some people over Trump:

I meant to include the first tweet in the thread, but I am no longer near my phone.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:55:25am

re: #268 Dopamine Fish

I’m struggling to comprehend the enormousness of the implications here, in the historical sense. Like, you can read about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in some American history textbooks, notably those from the Cold War and immediate post-Cold War era, like I grew up with; can you imagine the narrative that will be painted around Trump, his presidency, and this whole kerfuffle? Forget Benedict Arnold, here we have a FORMER FUCKING PRESIDENT willing to sell our most sensitive secrets for nothing more than petty cash so he can afford to get sued for being a criminal. And the worst part is that an entire fucking political party is STILL swimming toward that sinking ship, and people will STILL vote for them.

And you have to figure that he was doing some of this *while* he was President. And his inner circle was fine with it.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:59:27am

re: #371 Belafon

Long thread about how there is no building bridges with some people over Trump:

I listened to Breitbart News for a moment on the way into work this morning, and they were making this exact claim.

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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:03:57am
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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:05:42am
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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:06:55am

re: #269 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Speaking of China, in watching the World War Two channel special on the Trident conference:

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… I can’t help but think that derogating the war in China is in the causal chain to why we have the issue today of the PRC threatening Taiwan.

While I don’t blame the UK for wanting to focus on total defeat of Germany, especially as not long after that conference Germany will be raining down rockets onto England, in hindsight I think it is clear that there really was no risk of Stalin trying to sign a peace deal with Hitler to get the USSR out of the war.

Churchill worried about that and I guess it was not unreasonable for him to have that worry, but I think now 80 years later we know that Nazi Germany was never going to win the war after Hitler decided to kill millions and millions of people living in the USSR.

But what did happen was that Mao took over China.

The China area in 1900-1950 is pretty complex. China has essentially always been at least a regional power and that period was pretty much their nadir. And they were going to come back from it in some form.

By the end of WW2 the KMT had to a degree put themselves in a position where they were not going to win. Rampant corruption had been obvious to the Allies during the war. Also, noticed that the KMT (and Communists) had by 1944 sort of started prioritizing preparations for restarting the civil war as compared to fighting the Japanese.

Beyond that the European powers (France, England, Netherlands) were practically bankrupt, interested in a doomed to failure attempt to restore their colonial holdings*, and the USA was going to cut back on their commitments in any case. And despite various conservative views I doubt any US President had the political capitol to turn around in 1946-7 and push a US military intervention into China - which would have been huge.

* - In the past few years I have been reading books on the region and period. A few I’d recommend:
Richard Frank: _Tower of Skulls_ (China-Japan War 1937-1941) [first of what I expect to be 2-3 books.]
Bayley and Harper: _Forgotten Armies_ and _Forgotten Wars_ (India, Burma, Malaya, etc. from 1940-1955 (roughly). Pays a lot of attention to the colonial empires being taken by the Japanese and how the native independence movements started up from this events went from there. Includes post-WW2 period.

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Dopamine Fish  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:07:03am

re: #375 Dangerman

Comrade Kevin’s premise is wrong anyway. Yes, you CAN tax and spend your way out of an inflation crisis, but more than that, THERE IS NO INFLATION CRISIS. Jesus H. Fucking Christ.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:07:55am

re: #369 Dangerman

No matter what the outcome he is screwed
Well and truly zugzwanged

This will turn more of the party against him (basically all but his rabid base) and - even more importantly - could even turn the Press (except Fox) against him should they decide that throwing Orange Julius Rosenberg in prison for treason is a juicier proposition than having him around as a candidate.

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:08:53am

“Planted evidence”

Think the FBI knows how to check for fingerprints on docs?

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rhuarc  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:10:36am

re: #371 Belafon

Long thread about how there is no building bridges with some people over Trump:

If there are no building bridges—and I agree there isn’t with a lot of them—then we need to stop playing nice. Call them motherfuckers (thanks Beto!). Ridicule them. Make them feel about the size of ant because of their ignorance and stupidity. Get in their face about it. Make THEM retreat. Gloves off with these people.

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Belafon  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:11:12am

re: #375 Dangerman

But, also, how do you know, Kevin?

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:11:34am

Irs:

Yellen yesterday

Specifically, I direct that any additional resources—including any new personnel or auditors that are hired—shall not be used to increase the share of small business or households below the $400,000 threshold that are audited relative to historical levels. This means that, contrary to the misinformation from opponents of this legislation, small business or households earning $400,000 per year or less will not see an increase in the chances that they are audited.

Any questions?
I mean unless you’re a Ted Cruz level liar

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:12:00am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:12:12am

re: #379 Dangerman

“Planted evidence”

Think the FBI knows how to check for fingerprints bamboo traces on docs?

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:13:43am
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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:14:14am

re: #378 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

This will turn more of the party against him (basically all but his rabid base) and - even more importantly - could even turn the Press (except Fox) against him should they decide that throwing Orange Julius Rosenberg in prison for treason is a juicier proposition than having him around as a candidate.

Looks like he either loses the suburbs or the rurals

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:16:26am
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Ace Rothstein  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:17:13am

re: #386 Dangerman

He will never, ever lose the rurals.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:17:33am

re: #356 No Malarkey!

The Base is definitely going to say its a Deep State conspiracy against Dear Leader.

FOX (Tucker at least) will be braying this as well.

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:17:37am

yesterday Trump - No nuclear documents - Fake News

today Trump - Nuclear documents were planted by FBI and Biden

tomorrow Trump - Yeah I sold nuclear documents to Saudi Arabia but that was perfectly legal as I was president

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:18:02am

re: #388 Ace Rothstein

He will never, ever lose the rurals.

Plenty of suburb and urban dwellers love him just as well, my own brother and sister-in-law in suburban Valparaiso, Indiana for example…

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Belafon  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:18:38am

re: #269 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Speaking of China, in watching the World War Two channel special on the Trident conference:

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… I can’t help but think that derogating the war in China is in the causal chain to why we have the issue today of the PRC threatening Taiwan.

While I don’t blame the UK for wanting to focus on total defeat of Germany, especially as not long after that conference Germany will be raining down rockets onto England, in hindsight I think it is clear that there really was no risk of Stalin trying to sign a peace deal with Hitler to get the USSR out of the war.

Churchill worried about that and I guess it was not unreasonable for him to have that worry, but I think now 80 years later we know that Nazi Germany was never going to win the war after Hitler decided to kill millions and millions of people living in the USSR.

But what did happen was that Mao took over China.

I think you’re collapsing two things in the world into their simplest terms, and you’ve made them too simple.

1. In hindsight, there’s no telling how much Stalin would have given up to stay in power. He killed millions of his own people, and that of countries like Ukraine.
2. China, prior to the Japanese occupation and WW2, was occupied by every western power except the US, and the government being propped up by the US was corrupt and weak. Mao would have happened had their not being a world war.

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:18:39am

re: #390 Dangerman

yesterday Trump - No nuclear documents - Fake News

today Trump - Nuclear documents were planted by FBI and Biden

tomorrow Trump - Yeah I sold nuclear documents to Saudi Arabia but that was perfectly legal as I was president

Yeah, we all know that’s exactly what’s coming.

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The Pie Overlord!  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:18:54am

Garbage Hobbit went to Israel and did a photo op with my son-in-law at his soup kitchen.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:19:28am

re: #365 William Lewis

Various people make a big deal out of the PRC aircraft carriers. I, OTOH, remember what a submarine commander once said about the Soviet Navy’s Kirov cruiser - “A Navy Cross waiting to happen”.

IIRC, bagging a carrier (even a small one) in WW2 pretty much guaranteed the commander of the submarine doing so a Navy Cross.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:19:29am
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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:22:10am

re: #390 Dangerman

yesterday Trump - No nuclear documents - Fake News

today Trump - Nuclear documents were planted by FBI and Biden

tomorrow Trump - Yeah I sold nuclear documents to Saudi Arabia but that was perfectly legal as I was president

Or

They didn’t find any nuclear documents
The nuclear documents they found were planted;
The nuclear documents I had there had been declassified.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:23:20am

The US is running into a serious army recruitment problem. Only a minority of kids even qualify for service, and few of them are interested, as their parents want them to go to college.

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:23:27am

re: #374 jaunte

Note too the preceding sentence - namely that Trump had the NYT in his back pocket.

He still does.

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:24:09am

re: #397 Dangerman

Or

They didn’t find any nuclear documents
The nuclear documents they found were planted;
The nuclear documents I had there had been declassified.

Followed by:

The nuclear documents couldn’t have been there because I handed them off to some guy named Mohammed about three weeks ago once his money hit my account!

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:24:22am

re: #388 Ace Rothstein

He will never, ever lose the rurals.

You’re right
I wrote it wrong. I meant from the party perspective not tfg’s

If the party abandons him, the party will lose the rurals
If they stand behind this level of odious malfeasance, good chance they lose the burbs

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:24:32am

re: #397 Dangerman

Or

They didn’t find any nuclear documents
The nuclear documents they found were planted;
The nuclear documents I had there had been declassified.

Or again, they found something else but then the talking point is “You see? They lied about finding nuclear documents lust like they lied about Russian collusion!” (even after several of his associates were convicted for crimes involving Russia)

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Belafon  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:25:21am
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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:25:30am

re: #397 Dangerman

Or

They didn’t find any nuclear documents
The nuclear documents they found were planted;
The nuclear documents I had there had been declassified.

For now Rand Paul and Trump are going with the “planted evidence” lie.

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The Pie Overlord!  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:26:30am

2/6!

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Dopamine Fish  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:26:32am

re: #404 No Malarkey!

For now Rand Paul and Trump are going with the “planted evidence” lie.

Planting bona fide nuclear secrets seems like it would, itself, be a violation of the Espionage Act, so this talking point seems pretty asinine on its face.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:26:48am

re: #398 No Malarkey!

The US is running into a serious army recruitment problem. Only a minority of kids even qualify for service, and few of them are interested, as their parents want them to go to college.

And female recruits/military spouses are concerned about finding themselves or their partners stationed at bases in states with abortion bans

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:27:00am

re: #404 No Malarkey!

LOL of course Luap Nard would say that.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:27:25am

re: #403 Belafon

The President’s polls numbers are improving.

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Belafon  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:27:45am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:27:50am

re: #401 Dangerman

You’re right
I wrote it wrong. I map went from the party perspective not tfg’s

If the party abandons him, the party will lose the rurals
If they stand behind this level of odious malfeasance, good chance they lose the burbs

I understood what you meant, but I hate to say that even in the ‘burbs, people are not going to have a problem with this. Nothing less than a felony conviction will be enough to get him out of politics

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:28:19am

re: #406 Dopamine Fish

Planting bona fide nuclear secrets seems like it would, itself, be a violation of the Espionage Act, so this talking point seems pretty asinine on its face.

MAGA will believe anything, no matter how asinine.

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Dopamine Fish  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:29:11am

re: #412 No Malarkey!

MAGA will believe anything, no matter how asinine.

As long as it confirms their preconceived view of the world, yes.

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Belafon  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:29:40am
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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:30:38am

re: #397 Dangerman

Or

They didn’t find any nuclear documents
The nuclear documents they found were planted;
The nuclear documents I had there had been declassified.

Or

I was protecting them from the deep state

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:30:46am

re: #411 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I understood what you meant, but I hate to say that even in the ‘burbs, people are not going to have a problem with this. Nothing less than a felony conviction will be enough to get him out of politics

And with that there would be a constant mantra in the base that Trump was convicted by a kangaroo court in order to prevent him from winning the presidency back in 2024 because the Democrats feared him so much.

(I *hate* setting my brain into the mode that models this sort of thinking. It simply makes me feel dirty since it’s hateful, illogical, and devoid of rational thought.)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:31:01am

re: #412 No Malarkey!

MAGA will believe anything, no matter how asinine.

They are already saying that the FBI were not just there to plant evidence, they were there to destroy the extensive body of evidence the Trump Organization had gathered on the Doros-Clinton-Obama-Gates Pedophile Pizzagate Conspiracy

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:32:25am

re: #416 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

And with that there would be a constant mantra in the base that Trump was convicted by a kangaroo court in order to prevent him from winning the presidency back in 2024 because the Democrats feared his so much.

(I *hate* setting my brain into the mode that models this sort of thinking. It simply makes me feel dirty since it’s hateful, illogical, and devoid of rational thought.)

This started as early as Inauguration Day in 2017 when they insisted that Trump’s crowd’s were bigger (and had better people, of course)

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:35:07am

re: #412 No Malarkey!

MAGA will believe anything, no matter how asinine.

the pizza place has a basement

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:36:15am

re: #414 Belafon

This is probably why the Dobbs decision was leaked. The Roberts’ strategy of boiling the frog slowly would’ve kept women voters asleep going into the midterms if he could’ve convinced Kavanaugh to affirm Mississippi’s 15 week ban while preserving Roe and Casey for the first 15 weeks. Then next term they could’ve whittled it down to six weeks, and after the 2024 election finished the right to abortion off entirely. But Thomas and Alito have been waiting for decades for this moment, so the leak likely came from one of their offices to freeze Kavanaugh’s vote into place and finally slay the Roe dragon they have hated for so long.

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dat_said  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:37:22am

This would send me into a rant - “so you’re a damned tax cheat, aren’t you?” would be the most polite thing I’d say.

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:40:22am

re: #421 dat_said

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This would send me into a rant - “so you’re a damned tax cheat, aren’t you?” would be the most polite thing I’d say.

fwiw irs agents tend to not be all that keen about knocking on doors with no warning.

Guess why.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:41:46am

re: #422 Dangerman

fwiw irs agents tend to not be all that keen about knocking on doors with no warning.

Guess why.

What possible reason could there be in a nation with 400 million privately owned guns?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:42:16am

Getting middle and working-class people to see the IRS as an enemy is just what the 1% wants. And most people dislike the IRS enough to believe any negative information they can float about it.

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Jay C  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:42:33am

re: #376 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

Let me add another book suggestion re the “Fall of China”:

Kevin Peraino: “A FORCE SO SWIFT Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949” (NY: Crown, 2017)

Good, concise analysis of how China “fell” to Mao and the CCP - lotta factors at play, but yes: a main one was that China was always considered a secondary theater by the Allies (US mainly) - the prevalent attitude being that China was big enough and resource-rich enough to be able to defend itself, and that Allied aid and efforts (US mainly) should be deployed on other fronts.
Wrong decisions (among many), but that’s History for you…..

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Teukka  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:44:54am

re: #371 Belafon

Long thread about how there is no building bridges with some people over Trump:

I meant to include the first tweet in the thread, but I am no longer near my phone.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:45:18am

re: #424 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Getting middle and working-class people to see the IRS as an enemy is just what the 1% wants. And most people dislike the IRS enough to believe any negative information they can float about it.

This is a major talking point on the Right now to stoke fear and hatred in the Base.

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SerialUpDinger  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:47:28am

Splendid Gilia

Some eye candy as we await the day’s news while at the same time dealing with our own lives….

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Dopamine Fish  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:47:33am

re: #427 No Malarkey!

This is a major talking point on the Right now to stoke fear and hatred in the Base.

“hunt down and kill middle class taxpayers that don’t pay enough”? What the ACTUAL BEJESUSING FUCK?!?!? Has the IRS EVER DONE THIS?!?!?

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:47:54am

re: #427 No Malarkey!

I’m these times, the graphic saying MORE AMMO is less than appropriate.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:48:08am

re: #429 Dopamine Fish

“hunt down and kill middle class taxpayers that don’t pay enough”? What the ACTUAL BEJESUSING FUCK?!?!? Has the IRS EVER DONE THIS?!?!?

No.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:52:17am

re: #431 Ace Rothstein

No.

But the radical marxist who hates America and wants to kill all MAGA, Joe Biden, has never been President before.//

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:53:38am

re: #427 No Malarkey!

This is a major talking point on the Right now to stoke fear and hatred in the Base.

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iirc, only the criminal division carries guns

run-of-the-mill cheating on your taxes is not criminal

so are you laundering money?
stealing identities?
financing terrorists?
then you might meet a gun totin’ irs agent

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:57:48am

re: #433 Dangerman

iirc, only the criminal division carries guns

run-of-the-mill cheating on your taxes is not criminal

so are you laundering money?
stealing identities?
financing terrorists?
then you might meet a gun totin’ irs agent

Right wing is all for jackbooted thugs running off peaceful protesters as in Lafayette Park, so Trump could have a presser and hold up a bible for a photo op.

Right wing is all for FBI and LEO cracking skulls of persons of color and anyone who isn’t a right winger.

Right wing is “back the blue” right up until the moment they seek to overthrow the government, assaulted law enforcement, and use “back the blue” as a proxy for white nationalist ambitions.

Right wing is a fascist white nationalist cult that politicized law enforcement to cover up their own crimes and to prosecute their political enemies, regardless of the facts and circumstances - the investigations and endless news cycles of launching an investigation were more than enough in prior years (see also Benghazi, Hillary’s emails, Hunter’s laptop, etc.)

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A hollow voice says: Abort SCOTUS  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:06:54am

re: #312 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Western good morning!

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:07:34am

re: #423 No Malarkey!

What possible reason could there be in a nation with 400 million privately owned guns?

Why would the IRS even have to come to your door?

They ask for things via registered mail. Perhaps a reminder about it via email. Then the letter asking you to come to their office with the appropriate documents.

Then they just freeze your bank accounts, credit cards, etc.

Now there are those that can soldier on without those things, but it’s a pretty big incentive to deal with them. And I bet there are a lot fewer hard cases that then can be dealt with in cooperation with the local law enforcement. (Or at that point bring in some federal-level help that has better specialist knowledge for dealing with potentially violent confrontations.)

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:13:00am

re: #425 Jay C

Let me add another book suggestion re the “Fall of China”:

Kevin Peraino: “A FORCE SO SWIFT Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949” (NY: Crown, 2017)

Good, concise analysis of how China “fell” to Mao and the CCP - lotta factors at play, but yes: a main one was that China was always considered a secondary theater by the Allies (US mainly) - the prevalent attitude being that China was big enough and resource-rich enough to be able to defend itself, and that Allied aid and efforts (US mainly) should be deployed on other fronts.
Wrong decisions (among many), but that’s History for you…..

What also needs to be considered is what the USA conservative interests were in China.

It surely wasn’t China for China’s sake.

My take on the priorities was:
1. Commercial trading interests in the coastal Chinese cities (large markets).
2. Christian missionaries having access to the cities and interior since there are those millions of potential converts.
3. Some view on wanting China as another anti-Soviet bulwark. (I think the focus here is still really Europe - and China is viewed as a flank that the Soviets have to keep in consideration.) The “Falling Dominos” thing I don’t think starts up until after Mao wins and the Korean War has occurred.

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Dizzy  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:13:27am
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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:14:02am
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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:14:16am

re: #429 Dopamine Fish

“hunt down and kill middle class taxpayers that don’t pay enough”? What the ACTUAL BEJESUSING FUCK?!?!? Has the IRS EVER DONE THIS?!?!?

Doesn’t matter.

FEAR. They only want to stoke hatred and fear since the GOP has nothing concrete to offer the average American in terms of policy that is actually to their advantage.

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Dizzy  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:17:01am

re: #439 No Malarkey!

Damn.

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:17:33am

re: #438 Dizzy

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:17:48am

re: #429 Dopamine Fish

“hunt down and kill middle class taxpayers that don’t pay enough”? What the ACTUAL BEJESUSING FUCK?!?!? Has the IRS EVER DONE THIS?!?!?

No, but these are Unprecedented Times, remember?

And what about those Death Panels?!?

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Teukka  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:19:33am

re: #439 No Malarkey!

FUCK.

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:20:46am

And so it begins. They don’t just want us back in the closet, they want us dead.

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Belafon  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:23:16am

re: #438 Dizzy

The only happenstance is if he actually didn’t have any classified documents.

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Teukka  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:23:39am

WTF is it with this timeline? I want off (not /S)!!! Veiled nuclear threats…

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Dizzy  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:25:37am

re: #446 Belafon

The only happenstance is if he actually didn’t have any classified documents.

The bar is being set at the nuclear level. Anything NOT nuclear, even if highly classified, could be seen as happenstance if there are no nuclear artifacts found.

Still serious, but spun by grifters it could muddy the waters.

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Belafon  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:27:13am

re: #448 Dizzy

The bar is being set at the nuclear level. Anything NOT nuclear, even if highly classified, could be seen as happenstance if there are no nuclear artifacts found.

Still serious, but spun by grifters it could muddy the waters.

It’ll be up to everyone to hold the line at classified. Nuclear only required stronger words than “why did he have them?”

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:27:27am

Current mood, thanks to the deluge of derp and right wing misinformation lying about Trump and his felony conduct (again):

Youtube Video

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The Pie Overlord!  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:27:46am

The GOP Rage Machine this morning is all WADDABOUT WHADDABOUT WADDABOUT

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:28:25am

re: #448 Dizzy

The bar is being set at the nuclear level. Anything NOT nuclear, even if highly classified, could be seen as happenstance if there are no nuclear artifacts found.

Still serious, but spun by grifters it could muddy the waters.

This is entirely plausible: and they will phrase it as “They claimed they were looking for nuclear secrets and found none!!!” (even though that was not necessarily the case at all) and - by extension - apply that to anything and everything else that comes out.

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The Pie Overlord!  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:28:32am
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JC1  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:28:34am

re: #448 Dizzy

The bar is being set at the nuclear level. Anything NOT nuclear, even if highly classified, could be seen as happenstance if there are no nuclear artifacts found.

Still serious, but spun by grifters it could muddy the waters.

Where’s the nuclear info coming from? If unnamed sources then I think it’s a fair chance it’s coming from Trump’s inner circle. This way if there are no nuclear docs, he can say ‘What’s the big deal?’

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Dizzy  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:29:56am

re: #449 Belafon

It’ll be up to everyone to hold the line at classified. Nuclear only required stronger words than “why did he have them?”

That would require that the media not fail. If there were no nuclear documents, I believe the media would immediately pivot to “it’s not REALLY that bad, we were expecting NUCLEAR”

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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:33:00am

Whatabout!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:33:40am

I don’t see how Trump can be brought to justice without it provoking a good deal of violence all over America. Everyone from Fox on down is painting a picture of a tyrannical government that needs to be countered by Second Amendment Patriots.

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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:35:16am

You can tell he knows he’s in trouble if he feels the need to throw the Hussein in for extra spin.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:35:45am

I was worried it was only a matter of time before someone hurt or killed Rushdie.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:37:30am

re: #458 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I don’t see how Trump can be brought to justice without it provoking a good deal of violence all over America. Everyone from Fox on down is painting a picture of a tyrannical government that needs to be countered by Second Amendment Patriots.

Even if only a tiny fraction of the heavily armed MAGAs choose violence, that could be thousands of domestic terrorists.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:37:57am

This truly is a bizarre timeline.

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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:38:05am
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Ace Rothstein  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:38:05am

re: #457 jaunte

Whatabout!

Those 33 million documents were vetted and then given to Obama to be kept in his future presidential library.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:38:59am

re: #461 No Malarkey!

Even if only a tiny fraction of the heavily armed MAGAs choose violence, that could be thousands of domestic terrorists.

Liberals have guns too.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:39:34am

1968.

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Belafon  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:39:56am

re: #461 No Malarkey!

Even if only a tiny fraction of the heavily armed MAGAs choose violence, that could be thousands of domestic terrorists.

It’s not going to be that many that actually do it, and they will end up being the bad guys pretty quickly.

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Crush White Nationalism  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:40:44am

re: #465 Ace Rothstein

Liberals have guns too.

You don’t even need much to defend against fascists. Most of them are walking loot boxes waiting to be dropped.

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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:40:50am

re: #467 Belafon

They have at least two examples of how that will end for them.

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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:41:47am

re: #465 Ace Rothstein

Liberals have guns too.

Which doesn’t reduce the risk of an outbreak of domestic terrorism.

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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:42:11am

How about we indict every R voter for enabling a criminal.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:42:42am

re: #470 No Malarkey!

Which doesn’t reduce the risk of an outbreak of domestic terrorism.

and lots and lots of isolated loonies and small cells, enough to tie down a lot of law enforcement and counter-terrorism forces for a long time…

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A hollow voice says: Abort SCOTUS  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:44:39am

re: #429 Dopamine Fish

“hunt down and kill middle class taxpayers that don’t pay enough”? What the ACTUAL BEJESUSING FUCK?!?!? Has the IRS EVER DONE THIS?!?!?

Anyway, you don’t get milk by shooting the cow.

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:45:39am
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n 😷 Trips  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:46:52am
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No Malarkey!  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:48:22am

re: #473 A hollow voice says: Abort SCOTUS

Anyway, you don’t get milk by shooting the cow.

Sure, but what if the point of the 87,000 new IRS agents is to arrest or kill the Biden Regime’s domestic enemies; did you think of that?///

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Belafon  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:48:47am

re: #469 jaunte

They have at least two examples of how that will end for them.

Though I guess they will have learned that nail guns don’t work.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:50:58am

re: #474 lawhawk

The FBI sought to retrieve Top Secret docs dealing with “sources and methods”—information that Donald Trump does not have the authority to declassify.

Orange Julius Rosenberg seemed to come into office assuming and expecting he could fire and rehire anyone, get them to sign NDA’s pardon anyone (which he was pretty much right about) and de/classify any document he saw fit.

It was his frustrations with the (Constitutionally established) limits on his powers and authorities that led him to rail against the Deep State.

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:52:18am

re: #471 jaunte

So, the problem is not that Trump was found with classified documents, mishandled nuclear secrets, and the FBI executed a lawful search warrant, but that they took 18 months to do so?

That’s the position? That the FBI should have executed the warrant earlier?

Sure. Let’s go with that, because that would just accelerate the indictments that should be flowing from the evidence gathered - that Trump stole classified info and nuclear secrets, and the felony conduct is punishable by up to 5 years in prison per charge.

I’m okay with that analysis.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:52:57am

re: #475 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n 😷 Trips

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n 😷 Trips  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:00:49am
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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:00:58am
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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:01:43am

Gang members want the identity of your confidential informant.

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:03:19am
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Belafon  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:03:43am

re: #481 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n 😷 Trips

Like Cheney, I can dislike them on the whole and still think they did a good job at particular times.

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austin_blue  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:04:25am

The Lede on CNN right now:

Justice Department in a no-win situation over Trump search

So wrong, so stupid.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:04:45am

re: #482 jaunte

“we want to know about the person utilized as an informant….etc”

= stitches get snitches

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:05:42am

re: #485 Belafon

Like Cheney, I can dislike them on the whole and still think they did a good job at particular times.

Or like Joe Walsh, who has really come around to be a voice of reason (and become an endangered RINO)

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n 😷 Trips  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:10:36am
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nines09  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:10:44am

re: #299 A Mom Anon

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Belafon  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:11:17am

re: #488 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Or like Joe Walsh, who has really come around to be a voice of reason (and become an endangered RINO)

And I wouldn’t dislike them so much if they would finally realize that they’re party cannot be saved, and they need to start over.

Edit: Having said that, there are plenty of other things to hate Bolton for.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:14:54am

re: #491 Belafon

And I wouldn’t dislike them so much if they would finally realize that they’re party cannot be saved, and they need to start over.

What would become of The Base they cannot survive without? Leave it as a fringe party sort of like Germany’s AfD? The German Socialists also shed their left wing, which merged with the remains of the old East German Communist Party to form Die Linken.

This has led to Weimar-like conditions in several states where the centrist parties (Christian Democrats, Socialists and Liberal Democrats) cannot form a functional majority without taking one of the fringe parties on board.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:15:19am

re: #489 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n 😷 Trips

Doesn’t sound good. They finally caught up with him. 😒

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:15:29am

re: #442 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

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But it would be irresponsible not to…;-)

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Eventual Carrion  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:17:51am

re: #465 Ace Rothstein

Liberals have guns too.

And more. I have only 2 firearms, but I have multiple weapons. Majority of them very silent also.

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:18:39am

re: #454 JC1

Where’s the nuclear info coming from? If unnamed sources then I think it’s a fair chance it’s coming from Trump’s inner circle. This way if there are no nuclear docs, he can say ‘What’s the big deal?’

Today’s electoral-vote.com

That is unambiguous. And while we warn, once again, that the Post’s sources could be in error, we doubt it. Newsweek is kind of a hacky publication these days. The Post is not. And if the paper screwed this up, its reputation would be damaged beyond recognition. You can bet the Post had multiple sources for this reporting. Further, the fact that they are being coy about those sources’ identities (“people familiar with the investigation”) suggests that at least one of the people talking to the paper is very high up in the hierarchy, and absolutely must remain anonymous (so, no clues, even small ones, as to their rank).

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darthstar  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:21:53am
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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:22:15am

re: #479 lawhawk

So, the problem is not that Trump was found with classified documents, mishandled nuclear secrets, and the FBI executed a lawful search warrant, but that they took 18 months to do so?

That’s the position? That the FBI should have executed the warrant earlier?

Sure. Let’s go with that, because that would just accelerate the indictments that should be flowing from the evidence gathered - that Trump stole classified info and nuclear secrets, and the felony conduct is punishable by up to 5 years in prison per charge.

I’m okay with that analysis.

Still assumes they knew 18 months ago the nature of *all* the specific dox.

Maybe they only learned about the nuke info recently

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Barefoot Grin  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:27:35am

re: #458 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I don’t see how Trump can be brought to justice without it provoking a good deal of violence all over America. Everyone from Fox on down is painting a picture of a tyrannical government that needs to be countered by Second Amendment Patriots.

How could an impartial jury ever be convened?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:28:41am
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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:29:41am

Meanwhile

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:30:11am

re: #499 Barefoot Grin

How could an impartial jury ever be convened?

He’d have to be tried in front of a judge. Trump is so insanely polarizing, I think an impartial jury - not only of Americans, but quite possibly all of humanity itself - would be impossible.

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:30:38am

re: #499 Barefoot Grin

How could an impartial jury ever be convened?

You should not be surprised by how many people are not paying any attention.
At all.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:31:03am
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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:32:16am

re: #499 Barefoot Grin

How could an impartial jury ever be convened?

I still consider doing nothing even worse.

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Barefoot Grin  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:33:08am

re: #505 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

I still consider doing nothing even worse.

Me too. But we need to be prepared for the complexities this will raise.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:34:02am

re: #506 Barefoot Grin

Me too. But we need to be prepared for the complexities this will raise.

On such things the survival of nations and governmental forms hinge.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:35:07am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:36:29am
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Ace Rothstein  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:36:39am

Went to my dermatologist last Friday to get a skin bump on my back looked at. I kept my eye on it for a couple of months and then last week it started to look purple on the edges. Of course my anxiety goes to 12 and I’m thinking I’m going to die. Anyway, they look at it and said they were near certain it was a basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer and easily treatable with an outpatient procedure. That was a relief. Well, I just got a call that it’s benign. It’s (or was since they removed it) a seborrheic keratosis. It’s a lesion that is very common once you hit 50 and harmless. Today is a good day.

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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:37:20am
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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:39:04am

All of this:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:39:18am
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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:40:09am
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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:40:57am

re: #511 jaunte

So this Mike Turner’s argument is literally, “Trump may have committed some light treason”?

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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:42:09am

re: #515 Dr Lizardo

“Who among us doesn’t have classified nuclear and sigint info on our phones?”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:46:50am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:47:33am

still an embarrassment

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:49:21am

For you BAND-MAID fans out there, they dropped a new video - an anime video this time:

Youtube Video

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sagehen  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:49:31am

re: #398 No Malarkey!

The US is running into a serious army recruitment problem. Only a minority of kids even qualify for service, and few of them are interested, as their parents want them to go to college.

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Beau has some ideas about that

Youtube Video

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:49:57am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:53:33am

re: #501 Dangerman

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick declares that “we were a nation founded upon not the words of our founders, but the words of God because He wrote the Constitution.”

So God wrote that provision prohibiting an established church?

523
Dopamine Fish  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:54:44am

re: #522 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

So God wrote that provision prohibiting an established church?

With the understanding that it clearly implied Christianity was the official state religion, therefore the provision is meant to prevent any other religion from being established above Christianity, or preventing the free exercise thereof.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:56:53am

re: #523 Dopamine Fish

With the understanding that it clearly implied Christianity was the official state religion, therefore the provision is meant to prevent any other religion from being established above Christianity, or preventing the free exercise thereof.

Because there were only Christians in America at that time…

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lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:01:29am
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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:04:33am
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sagehen  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:06:08am

re: #473 A hollow voice says: Abort SCOTUS

Anyway, you don’t get milk by shooting the cow.

No, but you can get a lot of BBQ.

528
lawhawk  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:08:00am

Current mood…. for whom the bell tolls..

Youtube Video

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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:09:58am

The right wing has weaponized ignorance.

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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:11:00am
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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:11:36am

Accountants shot that terrorist dead.

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Dopamine Fish  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:12:11am

re: #531 jaunte

Accountants shot that terrorist dead.

Accountants also brought in Al Capone, so you know, they might be on to something here.

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:14:34am

re: #513 Backwoods_Sleuth

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There are a number of things that are classified that fall under the umbrella of nuclear weapons but that are not necessarily things that are truly classified. Many of them you can find on your own phone

Except there are zero of them

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DodgerFan1988  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:15:53am
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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:17:22am

re: #532 Dopamine Fish

Accountants also brought in Al Capone, so you know, they might be on to something here.

We work it out with a pencil

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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:17:26am
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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:20:22am
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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:21:13am

He’s quite…emotional

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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:21:54am
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BeenHereAwhile  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:22:05am

re: #530 jaunte

St. John Barned-Smith ⚔️@stjbs

After the attack on the FBI field office in Cincinnati, I asked one of my HPD sources about their take on their federal counterparts.
He called them “an embarrassment to real law enforcement… They prefer accountants”

Effing stupid LEO turf battles.

Yea - the HPD prefer accountants because accountants don’t have arrest authority and can’t infringe on their turf.

The reporter should go ask the Cincinnati FBI what they think of the HPD.

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ericblair  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:22:07am

re: #533 Dangerman

Except there are zero of them

“Classified things that aren’t really classified” would probably mean an emailed story from the NYT that had leaked classified information in it but had been seen by millions of people and was classified well after the fact. That didn’t seem to matter to these security experts in 2016.

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BeenHereAwhile  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:27:53am

re: #510 Ace Rothstein

Went to my dermatologist last Friday to get a skin bump on my back looked at. I kept my eye on it for a couple of months and then last week it started to look purple on the edges. Of course my anxiety goes to 12 and I’m thinking I’m going to die. Anyway, they look at it and said they were near certain it was a basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer and easily treatable with an outpatient procedure. That was a relief. Well, I just got a call that it’s benign. It’s (or was since they removed it) a seborrheic keratosis. It’s a lesion that is very common once you hit 50 and harmless. Today is a good day.

“I haven’t felt this good since I found out I didn’t have cancer”
Harry Crews

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Crush White Nationalism  Aug 12, 2022 • 10:47:22am

re: #538 Dangerman

He’s quite…emotional

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John Hughes  Aug 12, 2022 • 11:00:52am

re: #331 Barefoot Grin

I typed in “can missiles fired from Taiwan destroy the Three Gorges Dam” and the answer seems to be “probably not.”

That would, of course, be a war crime. (Luckily for Barnes Wallis an his pals this is only in the post 1945 Geneva conventions).

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John Hughes  Aug 12, 2022 • 11:09:51am

re: #333 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

and the yaws

Yeah, horrible looking. But just like the black death, penicillin stops it quick.

( I remember being shocked when my doctor told me that my daughter had scarlet fever. I was reading a lot of romance novels at the time and had internalised that scarlet fever meant DEATH. “No, no, don’t worry, quick course of antibiotics and it’s all over”. And it was.)

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John Hughes  Aug 12, 2022 • 11:33:43am

re: #339 Eclectic Cyborg

A good friend of mine and her husband from NYC have decided to travel across the southern US by way of I-10 for their honeymoon, visiting various places along the way.

The couple in question are black. They’ve decided not to drive at night due to personal safety concerns (relating to asshole cops or others who might give them problems).

America, 2022. 🙄

They need a copy of “Negro Motorist Green Book”.

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John Hughes  Aug 12, 2022 • 11:57:38am

re: #425 Jay C

Good, concise analysis of how China “fell” to Mao and the CCP - lotta factors at play, but yes: a main one was that China was always considered a secondary theater by the Allies (US mainly) - the prevalent attitude being that China was big enough and resource-rich enough to be able to defend itself, and that Allied aid and efforts (US mainly) should be deployed on other fronts.
Wrong decisions (among many), but that’s History for you…..


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