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  1. badlatitude

    tRumps boy goes bananas with gun.

    It turns out that Brad Parscale is 6’8” I guess some cops figured it was easier taking him down that way then having him turn violent and clean house on some of them. Still, respect for citizens should be their 1st order, acting like GRU does them no favors.
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    tRumps boy goes bananas with gun.

    Fear gets cops every time.
  3. Someone with a good mind thought of a different approach to Amy Comorbidity Barrett. And to the Facebook Group "Progressive Veterans and Military Families".... A few thoughts on Amy Coney Barrett, our new Supreme Court justice. - As noted above, she's a done deal. So Democrats should not waste time trying to besmirch her character, focusing on her religion, trying to box her into a corner on how she will vote on hypothetical cases. The People of Praise is not a cult. I've had half a dozen of their kids in my classes, including some men who heard about me from their female friends. Almost without fail, these have been among the best students I've ever had. Extremely bright. Careful critical thinkers. Wonderful writers. I loved having them in class. So don't go after the People of Praise. By all accounts Barrett walks on water. I've had that in a roundabout way from people I know at Notre Dame, including from folks as liberal as me, who actually look forward to seeing her on the court. I have no first hand knowledge of her, but take the above for what you will. So Democrats should not take a typical approach with her. - Stay focused on the election. If the election were tomorrow, Biden wins comfortably, and the Democrats likely take the Senate as well. The latest polls were taken after RBG's death. No gain for Trump. In fact the majority of Americans think the Supreme Court seat should not be filled until after the election. Watching Republicans ram Barrett through helps Democrats. So don't mess with her. Let Republicans do what they're going to do. As a great man once said, It is what it is. If the Democrats take the presidency and the Senate, none of this matters much. A Democratic administration will not let a conservative court mess with Democratic priorities. Lots of avenues, including adding justices, passing a law that no act of Congress can be overturned by the Court except by a seven vote majority, etc. So keep the focus where it matters. On November 3. So how should Democrats approach these hearings? I've seen one good suggestion today. Turn all their time over to Kamala Harris. I like that one. Here's a few more suggestions. - Don't show up for the hearings. There is no reason to dignify this raw exercise in political hypocrisy. Don't legitimize the theft of a Supreme Court seat with your presence. This also shows Barrett that the nation knows she is letting herself become a pawn in Trump's game. That in itself says something about character. - Schedule high interest alternate programming directly opposite the hearings. Bring together all 26 of the women who have accused Trump of sexual assault. Let them tell their stories on air. Or interview liberal justices that Biden will add to the court next year. Hearings with only Republicans extolling Barrett's virtues will get low ratings. It shouldn't be hard to come up with something people would rather watch. Hell, replay the Kavanaugh hearings! Bring in Matt Damon to reprise his role on SNL! I'd watch that! How about a show "Beers with Squee"?! - If Democrats do attend the hearings, they should not focus on Barrett's views on any future cases. She'll just dodge those questions anyway. They're hypothetical. She should dodge them. Don't even mention her religion. Instead Democrats should focus on the past four years of the Trump administration. This has been the most corrupt administration in American history. No need for hypotheticals. The questions are all right there. Judge Barrett, would you please explain the emoluments clause in the Constitution. [She does.] Judge Barrett, if a president were to refuse to divest himself of his properties and, in fact, continue to steer millions of dollars of tax payer money to his properties, would this violate the emoluments clause? Then simply go down the list of specific cases in which Trump and his family of grifters have used the presidency to enrich themselves. Ask her repeatedly if this violates the emoluments clause. Include of course using the American ambassador to Britain to try to get the British Open golf tournament at a Trump property. Judge Barrett, does this violate the emoluments clause? Then turn to the Hatch Act. Judge Barrett, would you please explain the Hatch Act to the American people. [She does.] Judge Barrett, did Kellyanne Conway violate the Hatch Act on these 60 occasions? When Kellyanne Conway, one of the president's top advisors openly mocked the Hatch Act after violating it over 60 times, should she have been removed from office? Then turn to all the other violations of the Hatch Act during the Republican Convention. Get Barrett's opinion on those. Then turn to Congressional Oversight. Judge Barrett, would you please explain to the American people the duties of Congress, according to the Constitution, to oversee the executive branch. [She does so.] Judge Barrett, when the Trump administration refuses time and again to respond to a subpoena from Congress, is this an obstruction of the constitutional duty of Congress for oversight? Is this an obstruction of justice? Then turn to Trump's impeachment. Read the transcript of Trump's phone call. Judge Barrett, would you describe this as a "perfect phone call"? Is there anything about this call that troubles you, as a judge, or as an American? Judge Barrett, would you please define for the American people the technical definition of collusion. [She does.] Then go through all of the contacts between the Trump administration and Russians during the election and get her opinion on whether these amount to collusion. Doesn't matter how she answers. It gets Trump's perfidy back in front of Americans right before the election. Such questions could go on for days. Get her opinion on the evidence for election fraud. Go through all the Trump "laws" that have been thrown out by the courts. Ask her about the separation of children from their parents at the border. And on and on and on through the worst and most corrupt administration in our history. Don't forget to ask her opinion on the evidence presented by the 26 Trump accusers. Judge Barrett, do you think this is enough evidence of sexual assault to bring the perpetrator before a court of law? Do you think a sitting president should be able to postpone such cases until after his term? Judge Barrett, let's listen again, shall we, to Trump's "Access Hollywood" tape. I don't have a question. I just want to hear it again. Or maybe, as a woman, how do you feel listening to this recording? Let's listen to it again, shall we. Take your time. Taking this approach does a number of things. 1. Even if Barrett bobs and weaves and dodges all of this, it reminds Americans right before the election of just how awful this administration has been. 2. None of these questions are hypothetical. They are all real documented incidents. The vast majority are pretty obvious examples of breaking one law or the other. If Barrett refuses to answer honestly, she demonstrates that she is willing to simply be another Trump toady. Any claims to high moral Christian character are shown to be as empty as the claims made by the 80% of white evangelicals who continue to support Trump. 3. If she answers honestly, as I rather suspect she would, then Americans get to watch Trump and his lawless administration convicted by Trump's own chosen justice. Any of these outcomes would go much further toward delegitimizing the entire Republican project than if Democrats go down the typical road of asking hypothetical questions or trying to undermine her character. Use her supposed good character and keen legal mind against the administration that has nominated her. Let her either convict Trump or embarrass herself by trying to weasel out of convicting Trump. Either way, it'll be great television ...
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    2020 Census to End Oct 5 Despite Court Order

    I have to wonder, why bother with appointing anyone to the courts, if what they say doesn't matter?
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    2020 Census to End Oct 5 Despite Court Order

    It takes some big cajones to defy the order of a Federal Judge. I would have a very good laugh if they put Wilbur Ross in jail for contempt.
  6. Puzzling Source: Houston Chronicle U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross says the 2020 census will end Oct. 5, despite a federal judge's ruling last week that the head count of every U.S. resident should continue through the end of October, according to a tweet posted on the Census Bureau's website Monday. The tweet said the ability for people to self-respond to the census questionnaire and the door-knocking phase when census takers go to homes that haven't yet responded is ending Oct. 5. The announcement came as a virtual hearing was being held in San Jose, California, as a follow-up to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh's preliminary injunction. Koh asked federal government attorneys during Monday's hearing to provide documents on how the new decision to end the head count on Oct. 5 was made. The judge asked, “A one sentence tweet? Are you saying that is enough reason to establish decision-making? A one sentence tweet?" Koh said in her ruling last Thursday that the shortened schedule ordered by President Donald Trump’s administration likely would produce inaccurate results that would last a decade. She sided with civil rights groups and local governments that had sued the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Commerce, which oversees the statistical agency, arguing that minorities and others in hard-to-count communities would be missed if the counting ends this month. During hearings, federal government attorneys argued that the head count needed to end Sept. 30 in order to meet a Dec. 31 deadline for handing in figures used for deciding how many congressional seats each state gets in a process known as apportionment. Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/article/US-official-2020-census-to-end-Oct-5-despite-15604143.php
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    Trump’s Taxes

    Best description that I have read about Trump. Rick Wilson @TheRickWilson · Sep 27 An actual billionaire in New York once told me “Trump isn’t rich. Trump isn’t a billionaire. He’s a clown living on credit.” #SeptemberSurprise 2.7K 29.5K 126.6K
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    Trump’s Taxes

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    Trump’s Taxes

    Kenny BooYah! @KwikWarren · 6h trump reportedly spends $70,000 a year on hairstyling and spends two hours a day getting “made up” every morning. These are the results...
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    Trump’s Taxes

    I bet she will look like shit when she gets out of jail. Chris Cillizza @CillizzaCNN · 1h So, this: In at least 2 deals Ivanka Trump appears to have double-dipped -- serving as both a project manager in her official capacity as a senior staffer for her father's company and as a "consultant" to those same projects. Analysis: Don't miss the Ivanka Trump bombshell buried in the Times tax story The big bombshell in The New York Times tax returns story is, obviously, the fact that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in each 2016 and 2017 -- and for 10 of the 15... cnn.com
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    Trump’s Taxes

    Do you have one for sale?
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    Trump’s Taxes

    Try arguing the points instead of attacking the messenger.
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    Trump’s Taxes

    Here are thirteen ways that Putin has received his payout: Putin’s Goal: Weaken and divide the transatlantic alliance. Putin’s Payout:Trump undermines US relationships with European allies and calls the US’s commitment to NATO into question. Putin’s Goal: Degrade the European Union and foster pro-Russian political movements. Putin’s Payout:Trump attacks the EU and actively supports anti-EU, Kremlin-backed parties. Putin’s Goal: Disrupt American leadership and dominance of the global economic order. Putin’s Payout: Trump is eagerly pushing for an all-out trade war with Europe Putin’s Goal: Build global resentment and distrust towards the US and stoke anti-American sentiment. Putin’s Payout: America’s closest allies are explicitly suspicious and distrusting of the US because of Trump’s rhetoric and actions. Putin’s Goal: Relieve economic and domestic political pressure from US sanctions on Russia. Putin’s Payout: Trump tries to roll back, impede, and blunt the impact of sanctions at every step. Putin’s Goal: Legitimize his regime in the eyes of the world. Putin’s Payout: Trump repeatedly praises and defends Putin, lending the credibility of the US presidency to Putin’s standing. Putin’s Goal: Revive Russia’s status as a great power and gain international recognition for its illegal seizure of Crimea. Putin’s Payout:Trump publicly says that Crimea is part of Russia and calls for Russia to be welcomed back into the international community with no concessions. Putin’s Goal: Continue to sow discord in Western democracies and avoid repercussions for interfering in American and European elections. Putin’s Payout: Trump dismisses Russian interference and has done nothing to prevent future interference, putting him at odds with his own intelligence community. Putin’s Goal: Soften America’s adversarial stance toward Russia. Putin’s Payout: Trump is shifting the Republican Party’s generations-long hawkish views on Russia. Putin’s Goal: Destabilize the US from within. Putin’s Payout: Trump attacks US institutions while driving divisive politics and eroding democratic norms. Putin’s goal: Advance the Kremlin’s narrative to shape global perceptions. Putin’s payout: Trump has repeatedly, and inexplicably, parroted Kremlin talking points across a range of global issues. Putin’s goal: Undermine international norms and democratic values abroad. Putin’s payout: Trump has repeatedly failed to respond to human rights violations or support democracy abroad, creating a more permissive environment for autocrats to crack down.
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    tRumps boy goes bananas with gun.

    What was the point in tackling him to the pavement? What happened to turn around please?