phillysailor

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  1. More than electing any single politician, this is a far/reaching effort to change society, I guess so that the powerless and the hope-to-stay-comfortable have little say in how much the rich take and few avenues of meaningful protest or rebuttal. The goal seems to be wealthy, powerful white men exerting dominion over the rest of us rubes. Chilling the freedoms of the press by using the “Espionage Act” (Obama taught ‘em how, ironically), use gerrymandering to gain control of the legislature, FOX News misinformation campaign dovetailing with increasingly negative campaigns and investigations of political rivals. Dismantle the unions, pit us against each other and stoke fears of immigrants & brown people. Never mind the deaths wrought by skyrocketing healthcare costs, financial crimes levied against the poor despite the major $ crimes committed by the elite. Gunz, abortion & religion have their roles to play, of course. A war must be fought regularly to keep the masses patriotic and angry at folks inside & outside the country. Also, it keeps the war machine topped off with funds. Keep the subsidies flowing to the fossil fuel industry. Never mind that this is a larger expense than our defense budget, $649 billion to $599 billion, that’s the whole reason for the entire shenanigans. The point is to keep the winners we have now.
  2. "Weaponizing the FBI" is improper. I think the CIA is, to some degree, a clandestine force which could be called a weapon... but only to be used against foreign governments. Illegal FISA warrants... gosh, that sounds illegal (and therefore wrong), but there should be an ample paper trail to follow. Spreading untrue and malicious lies is "wrong", and Trump's team is doing that far too often for the good of our country. For instance, spreading untrue and malicious lies about our governmental institutions like the FBI was "spying" on candidates, when in fact they were conducting a duly authorized and, as we have seen, important investigation of rampant illegal activity that permeated this administration. Please check the vast number of indictments, plea agreements and successful convictions stemming from their investigation. For the president to weaponize the DOJ by installing a partisan flunkey as the AG? That's wrong, too. But that's what's happened.
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    A GOP Congressman Finally Reads The Report

    Yeah, women who dare to exercise their right to make choices. Rally the troops against those domestic enemies.
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    A GOP Congressman Finally Reads The Report

    Actually, most of us told you your “collusion fiction” was poor bait. It didn’t catch many fish. And fortunately, Republicans saw fit to investigate Russian efforts to alter our elections, and they found numerous instances of Americans working with them for other motives. They also found many other crimes and documented many efforts to obstruct the investigation. Unfortunately, Republicans are now pretending to be blind to evidence of obstruction and are also obstructing any efforts to protect our elections for next time. Pretty much because it angers Herr Drumpf. Its too bad the GOP doesn’t care to protect America from enemies both foreign & domestic. (With occasional exceptions, but they are quickly shut down & pushed out.)
  5. Fixed them by putting them in the right order
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    Drip Drip Drip

    Yeah, apparently Barr needed just a few hours to decide that he didn’t even need to ask Trump any questions before “clearing” him, despite ample evidence of obstruction. Given that hundreds of prosecutors would have charged the president if he hadn’t been in that office at the time, there is a huge question of “why not?” left lingering. On this circumstance, Congress needs unfettered access given that Mueller cites “many difficult legal” issues and also states “much” of the obstruction has been already reported. Well, what are the issues and what hasn’t been reported? Somebody with an adversarial viewpoint needs to vet that information to be sure our country’s legal traditions are continued in this hour of need. If charges are to be brought, Barr is obviously not the man to do it. Hence, he needs to hand the report over, without restrictions, to a competent authority.
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    Drip Drip Drip

    Mueller’s decision was, as he wrote, based on a 2000 WH counsel memo. The executive overseas the DOJ, So this explains why he “wimped out.” He was following directions that authorize a special counsel to investigate, and then present the relevant info to the AG. The info, if it implicated the president in high crimes & misdemeanors, or if the AG is unable to adequately deal with the issues involved, necessarily is released to Congress so charges can be filed and the president & the country afforded a speedy trial. check out Neal Kumar Katyal’s writings: he helped draft the SC regulations
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    Meanwhile, in the Republic of Gilead

    No one has “successfully” performed what you say could be done, except in mice (& Perhaps other small animals, I’m not sure). The legal barriers to doing such with humans are there for a reason, as we would be conducting experiments on subjects without consent. As for your desire for some hard-edged, unambiguous definition of viability, go piss up a rope. I’m not so much interested in “when babies are viable” as I am in maximizing the health and success of each baby, and how our social policy reflects our values. You won’t ever get a solid answer to your “question”, because you will encounter a slippery slope of complications as the baby is born farther from full term: the answer requires understanding the rates and severity of these problems and how they can interact. Why are you so interested in removing women from the creation of human life?
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    Meanwhile, in the Republic of Gilead

    As I understand it, lefties base their understanding of “when is the baby viable” on scientific evidence. Thats not all over the map, that’s recognizing the complexity of the question requires seeking out expert opinion, as opposed to listening to men wax philosophic after communing with an invisible man in the sky. Religious right opinion is ambiguous in terms of basis in fact or evidence. They turn a blind eye to obvious flaws in their argument, yet project those same flaws upon others. The spectrum does run from your “because I say so” to scientific knowledge and evidence. Saying so is appropriate; you getting pissed off by it is amusing but not important other than revealing your insecurities.
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    Is Faux News moving to the losing side?

    Who was it that started warehousing asylum kids? Wow, such misdirection! Try to stay on topic. Do you think they are summer camps, like the folks at FOX? And if a Democrat started it, does that make it ok for a Republican to wildly expand the practice?
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    Drip Drip Drip

    No it's not. From The Hill: The report states that, after Flynn withdrew from a joint defense agreement with Trump and began cooperating with the investigation, “the President's personal counsel left a message for Flynn's attorneys reminding them of the President's warm feelings towards Flynn, which he said ‘still remains,’ and asking for a ‘heads up’ if Flynn knew 'information that implicates the President.'" “When Flynn's counsel reiterated that Flynn could no longer share information pursuant to a joint defense agreement, the President's personal counsel said he would make sure that the President knew that Flynn's actions reflected ‘hostility’ towards the President,” the report states. So, Dog, you are saying that these communications are the gold standard to which future administrations should attain? Future presidents and their lawyers should reach out to influence witnesses and encourage revealing their testimony, and later send threatening types of messages after legal maneuvers separate defense claims. Good to know that such communications will be acceptable when performed by a Democratic President, or a Muslim Representative, or a mob boss. All deserve the same lax implementation of silly obstruction laws. In fact, we should authorize mayors and governors to fire anyone investigating them, and to appoint political hacks to review and announce the findings of any investigations. Why don’t we go full banana republic, and just pack the courts with judges who fail the ABA approval process for partisan gain, and make elections irrelevant through political chicanery like gerrymandering, illegal voting purges and by manipulating the census. MAGA, baby
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    Is Faux News moving to the losing side?

    Breitbart’s fairy tales are well known, but FOX itself has persons who regularly describe the asylum kids warehouses with cafes as “summer camps”, if you want more fairy tales for sale. I prefer the amply documented and reliable NYT, & apparently you do, too.
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    Drip Drip Drip

    Oh, so you did know the president committed obstruction? Because that is exactly what is detailed here. good to know
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    Here We Go..... Again. How Many Trillions This Time?

    Fuck you, Jeff and Bolton and every other armchair warrior angling for a confrontation. I just want to stay the fuck out. Right now America is twisting Iran in knots, choking them while insisting on good behavior. We are starting a war, and it won’t end well for any of us. Pearl Harbor and 9/11 do not give us the right to start killing people around the globe when we get annoyed at them. Our big armies/babies/rocket forces/energy companies are driving our choices, not a grand foreign policy or dreams of freedom. Right now, we are being assholes towards Venezuela & Iran (& other places, sure). Not without reason, but assholes nonetheless. A shining, drunk, going bankrupt beacon of assholery. Do I mention armed to the teeth? I’d hate having me for a neighbor.
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    The abortion Debate - Why is incest a special case?

    @Shootist Jeff wants us to define simple morality for him, as defined by “right to lifers.” Ok. Sex with family members is abhorred because not only do genetic flaws multiply and propagate, but the internal dynamics of families are amplified, distorted and ruined by such couplings. The power dynamics typical within such a family strip some sense of “consent” in ways hard to fathom. Essentially, it is always wrong in the eyes of society. Forcing a baby to come to term in such a situation creates a lasting reminder of that original sin. In this case, and in the case of rape, right to lifers acknowledge that the “damage” done to the woman by forcing this baby to be carried to term after she has understood the nature of her sin, is worse than an abortion, because the power dynamic is more starkly realized & the brutality of the “right to life” forcing a woman to carry an unwanted baby harder to justify. The fact that this all gets into pseudo-Christian psychobabble isn’t lost on you, I hope. It is much simpler to say it’s her body. Stay the fuck away unless invited in.
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    A GOP Congressman Finally Reads The Report

    The point is, many viewpoints make up America. Palestinians, gays, women, Muslims, whites, blacks, eskimos, astronauts, gravediggers. You seek to classify people and judge the validity of their opinions by their heritage, when their ethnicity shouldn't matter. Are the only true Republicans white men? If not, stop pointing out how minority viewpoints are related to the holders racial, ethnic or religious characteristics. If yes, the only viewpoints you will accept as "Republican" are those held by powerful white men, then you are, by definition, part of a white supremacist organization.
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    Expedition style motor yacht thread?

    I like the galley up & helmstation with co-pilot seating and chart table. The simple one stateroom and one head with excellent shower layout with a couple of extra bunks. The engine room is tight, but that huge aft deck which can do safe dinghy storage... Two big engines means your “get home” runs you at good speed, and I suppose she dries out nicely on two keels. 4ft drafts really opens up options and can increase safety of anchoring or running shallow inlets to escape weather. edit: no two keels or skegs on the line drawing... looks like the props are unprotected. Have to revise my opinion substantially
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    Pardoning the best people.

    I think we could put together an all-pro team that would show up for the WH fast food buffet. A team of rapists, murderers, racists, war criminals, and some good people too, I’m sure.
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    Pardoning the best people.

    Trump likes war criminals. After all, they only killed brown people, and ya gotta break some eggs to MAGA.
  20. The longest serving Republican in Iowa just became a Democrat because, well, Trump.
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    Meanwhile, in the Republic of Gilead

    If the GOP was serious about not funding those institutions which support or offer abortion services, then we have to cut all support for Israel, where abortion is free & legal.
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    Meanwhile, in the Republic of Gilead

    TIM: Life begins at conception. Pregnancy is a gift from God, which is why I’m cosponsoring this anti-abortion legislation after asking my lover to have an abortion. I’m 65 and she’s 32, but you probably figured that out already. SCOTT: When you’re a pro-life, pro-family values Republican doctor running for Congress, you understand the value of human life. I had an affair with a patient and then pressured her to have an abortion. I also fired a gun outside my wife’s bedroom. Who better than me to forcibly take the choice away from American women? I had to send my girlfriend out of state to get her abortion. Liberals are hedonistic monsters and it just makes me so angry! ERIC: Being pro-life means that every human life is treasured. As a proud husband and father, I had an affair with my hairdresser, tied her up, took photographs of her while she was naked and then threatened to release the images if she didn’t keep silent about our affair. I also sexually assaulted her. Abortion is immoral, which is why I signed this legislation further restricting it in my already oppressive Family Values state. Women like the hairdresser I abused should not be trusted to make this decision. DENNIS: I have never paid for an abortion. My pro-life voting record speaks for itself. We want to live in a society where every child has a chance at life. I sexually abused teenagers while I was their coach and paid them $3.5 million to stay silent. Babies are precious! MARK: That totally reminds me of the time I texted sexual images to an underage page. There’s no way to get a teenage boy pregnant, so no hypocrisy on my anti-abortion stance. TED: The most effective way to reduce abortion rates is to increase access to birth control. That’s why me and my twelve male colleagues who love life so gosh darn much want to restrict access to birth control. Women should be allowed to perform in porn videos for our pleasure but they should not be trusted to make their own choices. STEVE: Being the finance chairman of the pro-life Republican Party has been the greatest honor of my life as I raped and sexually abused multiple women and threatened them with attack dogs. Women should not be trusted to make their own choices. ROY: 14-year-old girls are sexy and women should not be trusted to make their own choices. JIM: I was named Pro-Life Legislator of the Year and won the Defender of Life award. Everyone deserves an advocate. Except for teenage athletes sexually abused by their coach. ROB, COREY, STEVE, ANDREW: No one values women like this wife-beating administration. Women should not be trusted to make their own choices. ELLIOT: The reason I work for the Republican National Committee and raise money for the Republican Party is because the GOP is the pro-life party. What is more sacred than life? What is more urgent than paying my Playboy Playmate mistress $1.6 million in eight quarterly installments to buy her silence about our affair and her abortion? And why did Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen arrange the non-disclosure agreement for me? 1.6 million dollars says you’ll never find out. DONALD: Did I pay for multiple abortions? It’s such an interesting question. The important thing is that rich Republican men will always be able to abuse and assault women and also pay for their mistresses’ abortions, even as we take the decision away from women who shouldn’t be trusted to decide for themselves. Only then will America be great again, mostly for Republican men.
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    Meanwhile, in the Republic of Gilead

    From FOX: Arizona woman escapes 'sex dungeon,' forced to sleep in a cage, police say If she’s pregnant, Alabama would force her to her carry that baby to term. America: land of the free
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    Drip Drip Drip

    Who is the enemy? Or, who is the FBI’s competitor?