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1  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: Today at 12:55:47 PM

that lady who wants to make the blimp go limp,
got her panties in a crimp.

I enjoy it when Dr. Seuss gets political.

Coats isn't going to resign.  He's going to be fired.  "That's going to be special" is the sort of mockery that makes steam come out of Trump's ears.  And make him do stuff like, say, run for President so he can destroy a previous President's legacy of progress.

2  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: Today at 11:29:05 AM
Evvie, when I've jokingly called you "Josh," I hope you know that's a compliment.  You always fight the good fight here, usually with well-researched evidence.  Which means that, like Josh, Kid and his ilk are going to ignore most of what you post and distract you with Dutch yodeling videos or Hillary-shaped pinatas.  Their real pinata is the planet Earth which they hope to whack hard enough to make all the oil and coal spill out and use for a bonfire.

In today's news, I see that trust in the administration has now eroded to the point where congress wants to subpoena Trump's interpreter at the summit.  The mouth of an interpreter is an oval orifice that has previously been held to be off-limits. 

Here's a Dutch yodeling video for Kid, if he's peeking in the Iggy box:
3  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: July 19, 2018, 07:37:26 PM
Red, missing the last several days, wants to remind us that he's very proud of the Republican Party.  

And very willing not to mention Helsinki.   And who would?   Hmm,  or did I mean "wouldn't"? 
4  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: July 19, 2018, 09:11:08 AM
  In 2013, Butina and Torshin invited Keene and other American gun enthusiasts to Moscow to attend the annual meeting of her organization.

There, Butina met Paul Erickson, a South Dakota-based Republican operative who was well known to Republican insiders, going back to the work he did as national political director for Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign in 1992. She told the Senate Intelligence Committee in April that she began a romantic relationship with the American operative, people familiar with her testimony said. 

"South Dakotan sleeps with hot Russian spy" is a news story that usually breaks only in my head. 
5  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: July 18, 2018, 05:49:55 PM
Unlike Biff in BttF,  Kid can't get anyone to do his homework for him by means of noogies.

6  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: July 18, 2018, 11:31:24 AM
If you're poking around the Washington Post and you want to get your blood to boil (I don't know, some folks do) read any of the columns by one-time small town newspaper editor, Gary Abernathy.  He brings the game of "what about" to new levels and is the worst type of apologist you'll ever read.  Have fun!!!!

I've seen worse.  But, for sure, he seems to define "civility" as "Trump won. And he's authentic.  Don't question his policies or choice of words or factoids."  And the "Left" is defined as "anyone who thinks the Right has regressive policies and is just engaging in partisan spin."

Though I like civility, I've noticed that it can be used as a weapon to stifle any kind of strong criticism.  "Trump is an asshole" is uncivil.  However "Trump has made poor choices in cabinet appointments, and here is why...." is not uncivil.  Deflecting that conversation to focus entirely on rude restaurant managers or soapboxing college professors is fiddling while Rome burns.

Thanks for an amusing reading suggestion. 

7  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: July 18, 2018, 09:38:58 AM
Please don't quit the Senate,  Ben Sasse.  Please.   Anyone with WaPo access should read the piece on him today.   "You are our last hope Obiwan. "  The GOP is going to need guys like him if there's any hope of shooting down the Trump Death Star.   
8  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: July 17, 2018, 04:12:05 PM
Thanks,  Banks.   Natasha's coming over for drinks later.   I'll pass the regards along.

Rocky can watch.   
9  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: July 17, 2018, 04:09:28 PM
Wow, Ev.

You'd think Vlad would know where his worst nightmare lives and has citizenship.  Or if he does,  then it's odd that he thinks Donald can pull any strings with Theresa.  His UK visit was such a disaster he might as well have humped the Queen's Corgis.   Or her leg.   
10  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: July 17, 2018, 01:00:33 PM
Regarding your earlier reference to "time stamp" coincidence, I want to lay all that out here, with a certain date bold-faced:

This quote is from the new indictment of the GRU-some 12:

22. The Conspirators spearfished individuals affiliated with the Clinton Campaign throughout the summer of 2016. For example, on or about July 27, 2016, the Conspirators attempted after hours to spearfish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton's personal office. At or around the same time, they also targeted seventy-six email addresses at the domain for the Clinton Campaign.

OK, and now, let's look at what Trump said at a news conference in Florida, on July 27, 2016:

    I will tell you this -- Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let's see if that happens. That'll be next.

That's a remarkable coincidence. 

11  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: July 17, 2018, 12:28:08 PM
Quote from:  NYT
While the president was threatening to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement, the European Union was putting the final touches on a free-trade pact with Canada. It took effect late last year.

Europe also reached a deal in principle with Mexico to update an existing free-trade agreement, one that should be finalized by the end of the year. Accords with Vietnam and Singapore are going through the final stages of approval

Gee I wonder if anyone here said that if we don't create our own PAU (Pan American Union) then the Chinese, or the Europeans or the Russians will create a Free Trade area with Central America.

I wonder … Hmmm...

Could there be a worse time to be isolationist?

It's breathtakingly stupid, given that the world has so globalized its economy in the past century.  Global economics changed the loss/gain equation of war to the degree that some economists predict that there will be no more wars on the scale on the world wars because they are all murder/suicide scenarios for any nation that tries it.  And the same could be said for trade wars on a large scale:  murder/suicide.  Actually, with trade wars, as we are seeing, it's more like just suicide for the nation that instigates.  Thousands of jobs have already offshored from here, thanks to Trump's imbecile trade strategy.  I know it's not cool to say this on a message board, and maybe it will trigger some word-proximity indicator at some govt. agency, but where have all the really good assassins gone?  I mean, FFS, if our nation can snuff out minor irritants like McKinley and Garfield, you would think some demented loner would have no trouble connecting the paranoid dots and identify a target monster.  I worry that we, as a nation, are producing a lower grade of demented loner.  I mean, country music fans in Vegas?  When there's TRUMP?  

See, I'm really trying to EARN my Iggy Box position!

PS - Dear Government Agency Surveillance Wonk,

 a small disclaimer:  the above is strictly intended as black humor.  Or humour, if you're MI6.  
12  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: July 17, 2018, 09:29:45 AM
When invited by Jonathan Lemire of AP news at Helsinki to condemn Russia’s attack on the 2016 US presidential election, Trump made this hyper-partisan response:

“You have groups that are wondering why the FBI never took the server. Why didn’t they take the server? Where is the server, I want to know, and what is the server saying?”

The Daily Beast explains:
The “server” Trump is obsessed with is actually 140 servers, most of them cloud-based, which the DNC was forced to decommission in June of 2016 while trying to rid its network of the Russian GRU officers working to help Trump win the election, according to the figures in the DNC’s civil lawsuit against Russia and the Trump campaign. Another 180 desktop and laptop computers were also swapped out as the DNC raced to get the organization back on its feet and free of Putin’s surveillance.

But despite Trump’s repeated feverish claims to the contrary, no machines are actually missing.

Trump and his allies are capitalizing on a basic misapprehension of how computer intrusion investigations work. Investigating a virtual crime isn’t a like investigating a murder. The Russians didn’t leave DNA evidence on the server racks and fingerprints on the keyboards. All the evidence of their comings and goings was on the computer hard drives, and in memory, and in the ephemeral network transmissions to and from the GRU’s command-and-control servers.

When cyber investigators respond to an incident, they capture that evidence in a process called “imaging.” They make an exact byte-for-byte copy of the hard drives. They do the same for the machine’s memory, capturing evidence that would otherwise be lost at the next reboot, and they monitor and store the traffic passing through the victim’s network. This has been standard procedure in computer  intrusion investigations for decades. The images, not the computer’s hardware, provide the evidence.

Both the DNC and the security firm Crowdstrike, hired to respond to the breach, have said repeatedly over the years that they gave the FBI a copy of all the DNC images back in 2016. The DNC reiterated that Monday in a statement to the Daily Beast.

“The FBI was given images of servers, forensic copies, as well as a host of other forensic information we collected from our systems,” said Adrienne Watson, the DNC’s deputy communications director. “We were in close contact and worked cooperatively with the FBI and were always responsive to their requests. Any suggestion that they were denied access to what they wanted for their investigation is completely incorrect.”

13  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: July 16, 2018, 06:42:50 PM
I don't think it's the pee tape.   A couple years of DT has taught me that he cannot feel shame.   You couldn't blackmail him with a video of him jerking off on the Lincoln Memorial statue.  "Lincoln?   Big fan.  Huge fan.   When you're rich you can make these gestures.  I admire that guy what can I say? "   

They've got something bigger on him.   Mob debts,  snuff tapes,  necrophilia, pedophilia,  maybe some sort of trendy cannibalism?   

As you can see,  I am now actively working to stay Iggy'd by KC.
14  National / Religion and Politics / Re: Religion and Politics on: July 16, 2018, 02:31:50 PM

15  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: July 16, 2018, 12:03:09 PM
Ornstein has been warning about minority rule for a while now.  What's scary is that the particular minority is the one that is easily manipulated by oligarchs.

Meanwhile, this snippet made me happy:

“They realized that a family of woodchucks lived in the underbody of my Suburban and they ate all the wiring out of it,” he said. “And so my car was eaten by animals, and it’s just dead. I had to call the insurance company. So I don’t have a car.”
- Paul Ryan

I know.  Too many jokes.

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