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  1. 7 hours ago, The Joker said:

    Typical fake news.  Republicans made no such request and were not part of the lawsuit ruled on.   It was Democrats Suing to extend the deadline past that mandated by state law.   SCOTUS upheld the lower court ruling BACKING  STATE LAW 

    A little research shows your claim of “fake news” to be wishful thinking. Republicans were, indeed, requesting that ballots received after Election Day be thrown out. And Heather Cox Richardson’s argument specifically quotes Kavanaugh as stating that he was deferring to state legislatures to set local electoral law, so I’m not sure why you had to bold this in your strenuous “retort.”

    You are, of course, free to ignore inconvenient facts, but HCR was correct in her assessment of Republican appointed SCOTUS judges agreeing with Republican-based requests. She did not say Republicans were party to the suit, that was an objection you made without any apparent reason. 

    Here is a local paper covering Republican requests, in case you are capable of reading such diabolical reporting. Try harder to understand & do a little research before you make baseless accusations, @The Joker, it seems you have a pattern of going off half-cocked & ill informed.


    MADISON - A divided federal appeals court Thursday reinstated a Wisconsin law that allows absentee ballots to be counted only if they are returned by Election Day.

    Democrats, their allies and nonpartisan groups had sought the changes to make it easier to vote when many people are trying to limit contact during the pandemic and mail has slowed down. Republicans fought the September ruling and a panel of judges from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with them Thursday. 

    Last week, the same appeals judges determined Republican lawmakers didn't have the authority to pursue their appeal. But they changed their minds about that after the state Supreme Court issued a ruling this week that said they did. 

    The majority in Thursday's decision contended the Nov. 3 presidential election is too near to change the rules now. It noted federal courts are only willing to change rules close to an election in very limited circumstances. 

    "A last-minute event may require a last-minute reaction. But it is not possible to describe COVID-19 as a last-minute event," Judges Frank Easterbrook and Amy St. Eve wrote, noting the public has been dealing with the pandemic since spring. 

    In dissent, Judge Ilana Rovner wrote that extending deadlines was a reasonable way to help voters in the face of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

  2. Credit to Heather Cox Richardson for this bit of reporting:  “

    Today a factual error in a Supreme Court opinion upholding the Republican effort embarrassed one of Trump’s Supreme Court justices, Brett Kavanaugh.

    On Monday, five Supreme Court justices—all appointed by Republicans—backed a request from Wisconsin Republicans to throw out ballots postmarked by November 3but received up to six days later. In his explanation of why he was siding with the Republicans, Kavanaugh said that state legislatures should be the ones to decide on voting rules. He specifically noted Vermont as a state that has “decided not to make changes to their ordinary election rules, including to the election-day deadline for receipt of absentee ballots.” In fact, Vermont did change its rules, making two major changes, and today Vermont’s Secretary of State Jim Condos formally requested that Kavanaugh’s opinion be corrected.”

    Its always refreshing when a freshman SCOTUS jurist can’t get his facts straight. This bodes well for Kavanaugh’s stature and importance of his tenure.

  3. With credit to Heather Cox Richardson: “Critics said this negligence showed how little Trump values his supporters but, rather than contradict that impression, the campaign’s national press secretary Hogan Gidley made it worse. This morning, CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked him about the vice president’s campaign events during the pandemic. She asked, “[A]re you at all concerned given that there has been an outbreak in the vice president’s orbit of people around him and that there is currently an outbreak -- I mean, hospitals in Wisconsin are near capacity…. [D]oes that give you any pause or the vice president any pause about going there and holding a big rally?” Gidley responded “No, it doesn't. The vice president has the best doctors in the world around him, they've obviously contact-traced and have come to the conclusion it’s fine for him to be out on the campaign trail.”

    Good to know that encouraging the spread of Coronovirus at campaign events directly to the elderly poses little risk to our exalted leaders. 

  4. With thanks to Heather Cox Richardson:

    ”Critics said this negligence showed how little Trump values his supporters but, rather than contradict that impression, the campaign’s national press secretary Hogan Gidley made it worse. This morning, CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked him about the vice president’s campaign events during the pandemic. She asked, “[A]re you at all concerned given that there has been an outbreak in the vice president’s orbit of people around him and that there is currently an outbreak -- I mean, hospitals in Wisconsin are near capacity…. [D]oes that give you any pause or the vice president any pause about going there and holding a big rally?” Gidley responded “No, it doesn't. The vice president has the best doctors in the world around him, they've obviously contact-traced and have come to the conclusion it’s fine for him to be out on the campaign trail.”

    I’m sure @warbird, and @Dog are reassured to hear that holding superspreading events across the nation pose little risk to our commander in chief and his group of entitled white men.

  5. 6 minutes ago, warbird said:

    No, In January late or February early Trump was closing borders and  libral fucks were calling for partying in China Town. Fuck off with your false narrative. And then  fuck off again for being willfully ignorANT.

    As predicted, you are trotting out dumb-ass arguments about headline grabbing political bullshit rather than consider how epidemiology, sociology, economics & medicine should have directed our efforts.

    Please continue proving me right. But take a shower! You stink.

  6. 30 minutes ago, warbird said:

    Your lefty fucking congress critters were ignoring scientists.  Get a back bone and own up to the Dems failure here.

    Like I said, you have no interest in an actual discussion of how Democrats would have led a fight against this pandemic.

    Ya couldn’t understand it, since you’d be too busy trying to figure out the political benefit of trying a variety of frivolous arguments. 

    Your partisan passions prevent persuasive policy palaver.

    Whoops! I just p’d all over you. Sorry you got all messy, bitch boi. But I’m not the first to do that to you, of course.

    Why don’t you come back when you can handle a conversation? This administration has been one long example of the same arrogant bullshit masquerading as leadership you are displaying. It’s led us far deeper into debt, 2or 3 hundred thousand dead, and a fractured country. It’s deadly incompetence.

    Time for you to shed your idiot worship and get serious. Trump is a menace, and the best candidate is a Democrat. Those are just facts, if you even care about those anymore. 

    But please, continue telling us how Democrats made this pandemic worse so you can feel better about yourself. Just don’t forget to wipe off the piss Trump Inc is spraying on you. 

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  7. 31 minutes ago, warbird said:

    Explain how the liberal fucktards (" don't close the borders", 'come party in china town", visit your favorite restaraunts") would do better.  

    I was going to suggest listening to scientists, respected economists, mayors and business leaders who have successfully led battles against this disease, but Trump wouldn’t be the center of that stage, so “Republicans” will reject it immediately. 

    Plus, it doesn’t own the libs, so why would you have the slightest interest?

    Youre not able to understand expert recommendations, and have no intention of following that sort of advice.

    So, what’s the point? You’re a self-appointed deplorable, and are proud of your willful ignorance. Have fun with that.

  8. 1 hour ago, BravoBravo said:

    You do understand??? 
    Trump does not represent the Republican Party... right ??

    He is running on their ticket as a matter of convenience.

    Trump represents the millions of people behind those seen at his rallies 

    The GOP platform this year was, literally, President Trump Good, Obama bad. So I guess _you_ just don't understand. Your so-called GOP is brain dead. 


    WHEREAS, The RNC enthusiastically supports President Trump and continues to reject the policy positions of the Obama-Biden Administration, as well as those espoused by the Democratic National Committee today; therefore, be it

    RESOLVED, That the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda;

    RESOLVED, That the 2020 Republican National Convention will adjourn without adopting a new platform until the 2024 Republican National Convention;

    RESOLVED, That the 2020 Republican National Convention calls on the media to engage in accurate and unbiased reporting, especially as it relates to the strong support of the RNC for President Trump and his Administration; and

    RESOLVED, That any motion to amend the 2016 Platform or to adopt a new platform, including any motion to suspend the procedures that will allow doing so, will be ruled out of order.

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  9. I'm glad the scene with Rudy was left ambiguous. It's just too awful otherwise. I thought the editing was suggestive of inappropriate action, and that's all Borat needed to accomplish. Made a mockery of the man, and then runs away in a ridiculous costume. 

    The dance scene at the Cotillion Ball was horrifying. Oh my. And the Women's Republican get together was just great. I enjoyed the pandemic hideaway... those were some pretty nonchalant guys.

    The scene where he sings the song at the Trump/no mask festival was one I'd read about. The organizers were pretty happy there was a big funder who just wanted to put on a single act, and mildly surprised they'd arranged for PR and selected a site. Turns out Borat's team prepped 80% just so they could film the song. As he was singing, many folks started to leave or reacted negatively to the offensive words, but Borat was able to get exactly what he needed. 

    I somehow found the dingy office and old-school style of the Kazach ruler to be the funniest/most poignant part of the whole thing. That and the ridiculous titles.

  10. 22 minutes ago, justsomeguy! said:

    Hmm, missed that.

    Trump said that only 1% of asylum seekers returned for adjudication under the “catch and release” program, and that they were mostly low-IQ.

    He got all the statistics wrong, on purpose. It’s called “lying.” His disdain for rule followers is clear, since he surrounds himself with criminals: Manafort, Michael Cohen... even Melania cheated and was paid for modeling in the nude while in America on a B1/B2 Visa. 

    He trades in lies, he cheats his contractors and investors, and never pays off his debts. US taxpayers are going to be left holding his. Forget him paying taxes, we are going to have to give this billionaire a bailout just to go away.

  11. Trump spewed his usual word salad seasoned with baseless attacks on Biden and his family. He dabbled in debunked conspiracy theories and displayed little grasp of policy. He ignored the question regarding why black families have to have “the talk with their kids, and he lied. He spoke significantly longer than Biden and told us all he is the outsider and a victim. And he called rule-following asylum seekers dumbasses. 

    In other words, he followed his plan and had a pretty good night.

    Biden did fine, but his hard edge (always blunted by a folksy style) was kinda dull and he may have oversold his antipathy for the big energy companies. Lot of jobs still tied to that monster, and they control a lot of TV stations and politicians. He’s gotta govern that segment of the economy after getting elected just as much as my pro-Trump billboard erecting neighbors. 

    The needle wasn’t moved significantly. But Reince Priebius got on CBS and promised the GOP would be in court arguing about postage stamps and signatures. Asshole.

  12. 33 minutes ago, kent_island_sailor said:

    I would be much much happier to have 4G work everywhere than 5G some places.

    Apparently the new iPhone’s 5G is a battery hog and cooks the phone. Only works next to a tower, but is ridiculously fast (faster than FiOS) when streaming. HBO seasons downloaded in 30seconds.

  13. Ok, I’ve a layman’s understanding of this stuff, but why is 5G so spotty and slow to catch on in the US?

    One big reason is that the military holds license to the mid-range radio band wavelengths that allow rapid data transfer but doesn’t require line-of-sight transmission of higher frequencies. Low frequency waves can spread everywhere, but can‘t support the data load.

    There are moves afoot to upend the way bands are assigned and regulated in America. Freqs have previously been sold at auction, but the DOD wants 5G capability, and possibly national intelligence services want the right to surveil civilian traffic, so there are moves to combine these wants with America’s 5G needs.

    In any event, there is an administration proposal to award leases on these extremely valuable frequencies via a no-bid contract to Rivada, a well connected group with financial arrangements with lobbyist Karl Rove and large investments by Trump megadonor Peter Thiel. Newt Gingrinch has said that he has been lobbying for the group “pro-bono.”

    Rivada was recently turned down to run a first responders network because it lacked sufficient capabilities, and Elena Kagan thought that banks listed as backing the deal would probably not provide funding to the underfunded company.

    Drain the swamp indeed. Folks at the FCC are saying the deal has poorly understood national security ramifications, and would permanently alter their ability to regulate these airwaves. 

    As noted by a senior Trump administration official (probably Larry Kudlow who has argued for the sales to occur strictly via free market) “something is really fishy about this.”

  14. I call bullshit. This is pandering to progressives which will cease being a priority once the election is sewed up.

    I ask the question: who is purchasing a Biden presidency? Cause it won’t be cheap.

    Biden’s $180 million advantage over Trump has come from $100,000-plus donors. They are from many of the richest people and private equity firms in the country. Biden has to disclose their names and the amounts.

    He has refused to name his bundlers (those who amass more than $25,000 from many small donations) since December, 2019. These contributions add up to $1.2 BILLION.

    In the absence of transparency we cannot assume benevolence. Biden should seek to avoid charges of influence peddling and elevate the state of American politics by adhering to Hillary’s standard of naming bundlers regularly.

  15. I enjoyed listening to the questioning by Senator Booker. He was well prepared and eloquent. He drew real answers from the nominee, who came across as careful and intelligent. I think he made an impression on her, speaking for the disenfranchised and voiceless... which is all the Democrats can hope to accomplish.

    He spoke for married couples whose surviving spouse cannot receive benefits because the law didn't allow them to get married until after 43 years of cohabitation. He spoke for African Americans called "N*****" by their supervisor, and he spoke for those threatened by the loss of the ACA.

    He did his job. Although many Republican leaders are also doing theirs, they seem much more willing to ignore or change the rules of the game to enable their wins, and then accuse the Democrats of what they themselves perpetrate. Democrats are getting sick of losing by these terms, and are going to play the same game.

    It's gonna get worse before it gets better.

  16. According to @Dog, these indictments should be ignored, because the plaintiffs are unavailable to be prosecuted:

    Konstantin Kilimnik is an alleged Russian spy who worked with Manafort and Gates in Kiev. He was indicted in June 2018 on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

    Twelve Russians were indicted in July 2018 on charges related to a conspiracy to hack Democratic computers with the goal of influencing the 2016 election. Charges included aggravated identity theft and money laundering.

    Thirteen Russian nationals and three entities, including the Internet Research Agency, were indicted in February 2018 with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. for interfering with the election. Three were charged with conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud. Five were charged with aggravated identity theft.


    To say Mueller didn’t establish a great deal of Russian meddling with our current administration’s road to electoral success is inaccurate.

    Mueller was unable to say that Trump did not collude with Russia. He documented a great many contacts and efforts to coordinate the two parties efforts, and convictions arose from covering up these communications.

    We would need a nonpartisan DOJ to suss out the truth. @Dog and Trump have no desire for such an institution to be assigned that task.

  17. We did a road trip up the Cali coast today... breakfast in Santa Barbara and dinner in Monterey. Thick smoke from the Dolan & Carmel fires made visibility 200 yards in places. 

    Nonetheless, was glad to show my son a couple hundred beautiful American miles today!