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Everything posted by Olsonist

  1. Things have gotten worse and it's natural to fuzz history over. I have to force myself to mentally reconstruct this stuff. Most importantly, this was all happening in a national post-9/11 frame of mind. First, W allowed 9/11. He discounted the warning signs just as he ignored Katrina. W had already screwed the pooch in Tora Bora in 2001. He was already diverting what little attention he had from OBL to Saddam in 2001. He fucked up the one thing we wanted as a nation, get OBL. I think he expanded the Afghanistan campaign from get OBL to nation building to paper over the failure at Tor
  2. He'll be getting hard time at a Federal Pound Me In The Ass Penitentiary. The tourist who walked in, looked around and walked out got 8 months. This fuckhead is getting a lot more. He's currently out on bail under house arrest. The judge seems to think he's a lesser if famous case. https://www.thegazette.com/crime-courts/judge-agrees-to-free-iowa-qanon-believer-douglas-jensen-charged-in-capitol-riot/
  3. There in NZ, your electrical power generation is mostly hydroelectric, 57% and geothermal+wind account for another 17%. So switching from gasoline cars which use 100% gasoline over to EVs which currently (get it, currently; honestly, I kill myself) uses 81% renewable electricity seems like a good thing. Do you need me to explain rugby rules as well? Sailing? Honestly, I'm here to help. Have you considering emigrating to Australia? From the looks of it, both countries would get smarter. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electricity_sector_in_New_Zealand#Generation
  4. They did arrest him. Why is he #1 on your list? https://apnews.com/article/capitol-siege-482d84c74263ba66a6a5c533011ebdde https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/defendants/jensen-douglas-austin
  5. I’ve never checked someone’s arrest record. (Maybe BigCorp farms that out, dunno) Why do you Republicans want the state to nanny for you? Can’t you figure out if someone is bad by, you know, talking to them and checking references?
  6. Sorry Sol, you're too slow. https://www.instagram.com/p/CRsKtxOgtcF/ #FreeBritney
  7. You can have two felonies expunged. This is state by state and your experience in NC will be different than ours in CA. You can also have no felonies expunged for things like murder, .... Also, expungement is not free. You need a lawyer and lawyers cost money plus filing fees.
  8. Two of my buddies from Cal, one literally did a home invasion robbery when he a drug dealer. The other, I don't know exactly what he did but he got his record expunged. He's a managing director of a hedge fund in NY with the requisite gorgeous wife and house in the Hamptons. But what I am I talking about? They were white.
  9. Point me at some reliable sites. List what he's doing wrong. Best I can tell, he campaigned on criminal justice reform and is doing what he campaigned on. Also, I got no problems with Soros or Bloomberg. I think the Newsom recall is stupid but that didn't keep 1.7M Fresnans from signing. I thought the Gray Davis recall was stupid. The energy crisis was caused by Pete Wilson's deregulation.
  10. I don't blame the Iraq War on Cheney either. I blame it on W. If Medea Benjamin of Code Pink was W's VP, he was still going to attack Iraq. It was a family thing after Saddam tried to have H assassinated when H visited Kuwait for his victory lap. W wasn't even that upset about 9/11 and saw it more as an opportunity. Fuck him. W didn't even appear with Obama after OBL got dead.
  11. The best I can figure out is that Gascón is anti-death penalty which is fine by me. Otherwise this is a bunch of red meat for Shitstain supporters. I see Steve Cooley is back in the game. He lost to Kamala Harris for AG. Also, it was the victim's mother; I got that wrong.
  12. Agreed. BTW, Congress grants that authority. What is frustrating about Republicans is that they never accept responsibility. Even when Reagan admitted he lied about Iran Contra A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true; but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not. he didn't simply take responsibility. Who you gonna believe? The facts or my amiable heart? Fuck him.
  13. Half? A tenth. That's what I hated about Gray Davis. He was in bed with the prison guard unions and never granted any commutations or pardons because mercy costs a prison guard job. Schwarzenegger, an imperfect unprepared man, took that duty seriously. Hat tip to Arnold. I did my due diligence on the Gascón recall. The front bitch wasn't even the victim's mother. She was his aunt but got to be on TV a lot. Fuck her. People get tired of paying a fuck ton to put lowlifes in prison forever. SF Police Officers Association is funding it? Fuck them too. Prisons don't reduce crime. Unless y
  14. I remember Pete Wilson explaining things when he was governor of CA. He said something along the lines of You want to put someone in prison? That's going to cost you 38 taxpayers. It costs $81,000 per inmate per year. The average state tax burden is $2137. That $81,000 doesn't go towards education or roads. It doesn't go towards state fire. It doesn't go towards natural resources or environmental protection. So you better be careful about not stuffing someone into a warehouse for years on end. We have Amazon for that.
  15. Ok, I take back the we can be friends thing. It was a worse mistake than Hillary's Iraq War vote.
  16. It's going to go bad. We're already saying that anybody in line for evacuation has to make it to Kabul. It's not much farther to Islamabad and that might be a safer trip. There are no products made by the Raytheon Corporation which will make life any better for anyone in Afghanistan. This needs to just end. However, as I recall you have worked embassy security. So this is my humble opinion. I think yours is going to be better informed.
  17. History gets no pass. You want perfection? You'll get Shitstain. But I get this a lot from Jeff. He was blaming Pelosi for not impeaching Shitstain, well until she impeached Shitstain and then he was blaming her for impeaching Shitstain for the wrong thing. He wasn't criticizing Shitstain; yeah, that sure didn't happen. You want to blame someone? Affirmatively blame the person responsible. You want to blame someone for the criminally stupid Iraq War? Blame W. After that, blame the American People for re-electing that piece of shit. Way, way, way down the list, blame Hillary. Definite
  18. I wasn’t until after the invasion. I was skeptical but looking for proof. The Iraq authorization vote was October 2002. I wasn’t at all convinced by Powell’s aluminum tube speech (Feb 2003) but I naively didn’t think Bush would lie. The invasion was March 20, 2003 and we didn’t find shit. That as I remember was when I gave up. What I didn’t find in Niger wasn’t until July 2003 and the Plame Affair was shortly after. After all this it was very clear that Bush had lied. Fuck him.
  19. We really shouldn't have an embassy there right now. Then we wouldn't have an embassy to defend during a civil war. We could have an interest section in Islamabad, 300 miles and one very porous border away. In 1975 at the end of the Vietnam War, we closed our embassy in Saigon and then didn't reopen one until 1995 but instead in Hanoi.
  20. Biden is no angel. He done the deed back in 2005. https://www.gq.com/story/joe-biden-bankruptcy-bill If you're looking for perfection, you won't find it in politics. I'm tired of hearing that Hillary voted for the Iraq War. Yeah, she did, under the false pretenses of Bush lying about WMDs, 9/11, .... Shitstain didn't under any pretenses even though he supported it.
  21. It's a good name but they're going to have to remake this movie. That's ok, Hollywood is good at that. I'm not a huge Charlie Sheen fan but he was a legit high school pitcher. His pitching is easier to watch than Tim Robbins in Bull Durham.
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