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1  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: March 16, 2018, 07:47:54 PM
As did Fedora Dostoevsky.

Nice summation of what we should be paying attention to.   Instead of Stormy Daniels or the latest round of Potemkin sanctions.

2  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: March 14, 2018, 12:02:54 PM
Professor Hawking died on both Einstein's birthday and International Pi Day.  RIP.  Played poker with Worf and Jordie on ST:NG.  Won.

A physicist friend tells me that Hawking did get a bit more halo, due to the wheelchair.  Kip Thorne, Steven Weinberg, a half dozen other guys were every bit as good as physicists who broke new ground.  Their obits will be shorter, and they didn't get on Star Trek or the Simpsons or make a video floating midair on the Vomit Comet. 
3  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: March 14, 2018, 11:56:37 AM
Funny stuff.  Lamb has a lead of 627 votes, but they are still waiting for military and overseas ballots which must be received by 3/20.  Since Libertarians tend to vote more GOP when they vote for a major party, their 1379 votes for Not Saccone probably handed the victory to Lamb.  Even if Saccone had narrowly won, it would still be a bombolating skull-shattering bellwether for the rest of 2018.  Yes, Robert-It's-You, it IS a good day to eat pie.  Humble pie for both parties, lest they get complacent and stay home from the polls in November. 

4  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: March 06, 2018, 01:28:18 PM
Wasn't it Robert Gates who liked to say (re NK and disarming), "I'm tired of buying the same horse twice." 

The main thing is to keep Trump out of the process as much as possible.  And keep smuggling those bootleg dvd copies of Mad Men across the northern border. 
5  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: March 04, 2018, 11:17:46 AM
I am not sure you understand what cherry pick means, Carter.  It means selecting only data that fits your conclusion.  But this isn't a data point we're discussing here, it's a statement of opinion from the president.  And the fact is, no matter how you spin it, the POTUS just made a joke out of threatening the Constitution.   And it was a POTUS who has made serious threats to the Constitution on a weekly basis, not funny. 

In 1933, some people thought Hitler was funny. 
6  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: March 04, 2018, 09:22:49 AM
What awful puns you've chosen, people.

He should have been more circumcised when speaking with Mueller, instead of trying to cover up his tip.

This punning Israeli not my fault. 

Miz:  the Hamilton thing refers to an old forum feud.  Bankshot's foe bears the first name Hamilton.  The fact that he assumed you would get that is possibly a signal that he questions your newbie-ness.  I, however, have accepted that your staunch rejection of upper case is a point in favor of your being Not Josh. 

Looking over the less active threads this a.m. I am consumed with a desire to buy a fake passport. 
7  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: February 19, 2018, 03:01:31 PM
There may be deeply rooted social forces at work that don't necessarily correlate with how "liberal" Bostonians are.  Why would anyone believe liberals can't be racist??  Racism is a set of biases about people that crosses all ideological lines of demarcation.  Being liberal or "progressive" could actually hinder a person's self awareness, because it makes it easier to assume you're virtuous while you are just sitting on your hands doing nothing.  No one is immune to bias.  No one.
8  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: February 18, 2018, 12:21:17 PM

Wow, talk about milking tragedy for political purposes.  Shame on you, Mr potus.

9  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: February 15, 2018, 12:46:19 PM
   President Donald Trump addressed the nation but did not mention guns, instead saying that the “scene of terrible violence, hatred and evil” should be cause to “tackle the difficult question of mental health”.

Earlier on Thursday, he appeared to tweet blame on the community for not flagging the suspect to enough authorities: “Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”

Just shut up, you stupid fat ignorant sack of shit.

10  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: February 14, 2018, 11:30:56 AM
You can fantasize whatever you want. There is no evidentiary or fact based claim Daniels rendered any services for Cohen. You could question with as much legitimacy if he had paid her for vacuuming the moon.
  -W. Priest

I have never heard it called "vacuuming the moon" before.  You're so naughty.  
11  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: February 14, 2018, 11:28:15 AM
The last thing you want to do is discuss the goals of the democrats because the party has none other than to bash Trump.

Removal of Trump would be a worthy goal for anyone who cares about this country, even if it was the only one they held.  

And of course it isn't.  As you yourself admitted in your previous post.

You know how this works - in about a  year and a half the fun starts, wherby you begin to collect possible candidates to take down the reigning party.

And if you fail, you get another shot beginning about 5 1/2 years from now

Til then, enjoy the country when you get a chance to actually breathe.

That's right, everyone who has any issue with the President and his administration is suffering from asphyxia!  I love the ad hominem that comes in the guise of well-wishing!

You dont think the lawyer could have been paying for services rendered (to him)?


I don't think the lawyer would go through the trouble of creating an LLC in Delaware to pay for services rendered to him by Stormy Daniels, nor that those services would credibly be worth $130,000, no.

However, if you were born yesterday, you might find it credible. 
12  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: February 12, 2018, 10:10:36 PM

Republicans have criticized Steele’s dossier because the DNC and Clinton campaign helped pay for it. But the document offers a compelling explanation for the president’s unusual behavior vis-à-vis Russia. First, there was Moscow’s alleged kompromat operation against Trump going back three decades. If the president had indulged in compromising behavior, whether sexual or otherwise, Putin likely knew of it. Second, there was the cash from Russian oligarchs that went into Trump’s real estate ventures—and the prospect of a lucrative deal to build a hotel and tower in Moscow, a project that was still being negotiated as Trump addressed adoring crowds on the campaign trial. Finally, there were the Deutsche Bank loans that rescued Trump after the crash. They had come from a bank that was simultaneously laundering billions of dollars of Russian money. (Though parts of Steele’s dossier remain unverified, some of his claims have been substantiated. The former spy told his friends he believes the document is about 70 to 90 percent accurate.)And then there are the people in the president’s inner circle. Wherever you look, there is a link to Russia. His pick for secretary of state? Rex Tillerson, a figure known and trusted in Moscow, and recipient of the country’s Order of Friendship. Former national security adviser? Flynn, a beneficiary of undeclared Russian money. Campaign manager? Manafort, longtime confidant to ex–Soviet oligarchs. Foreign policy adviser? Carter Page, whom Russia tried to recruit as a spy. Commerce secretary? Wilbur Ross, an entrepreneur with Russia-connected investments. Personal lawyer? Cohen, who sent emails to Putin’s press secretary. Business partner? Sater, who sent Flynn a plan to lift Russian sanctions. And so on.It was almost as if Putin had picked Trump’s Cabinet. The U.S. president, of course, did the choosing, but the pattern of all these individuals, and their alignment with Russian interests, forms a constellation. Call it Ursa Major. A big Russian bear Robert Mueller is now hunting—at Deutsche Bank and beyond.

Long article, but worth it, for connection of dots between 45, DBank, and the Kremlin. 
13  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: February 12, 2018, 10:06:18 AM
“On the contrary, the classroom is where the history, use and destructiveness of this language should be examined and discussed. It is there that the books’ complexities can be contextualised and their anti-racist message can be understood,” it said. “Rather than ignore difficult speech, educators should create spaces for open dialogue that teaches students to confront the vestiges of racism and the oppression of people of colour.”

Better get rid of Taming of the Shrew, too.  Terribly sexist!  And Merchant of Venice.  Anti-Semitic!  Really, let's just ban all literature written before 1990.
14  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: February 10, 2018, 10:20:15 AM

(From photos shared with The Intercept)

But Trump says Porter claims he is innocent and that he accepts that, just like he accepted Roy Moore's denials.  And, as with Moore, corroboration from multiple sources, police reports, TROs, etc. 
15  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: February 09, 2018, 11:04:20 AM
"The Budget Agreement today is so important for our great Military,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “It ends the dangerous sequester and gives Secretary Mattis what he needs to keep America Great. Republicans and Democrats must support our troops and support this Bill!”

The public sense that the defense department needs more money may have been damaged earlier this week, however, by the revelation that one of the Pentagon’s largest agencies had lost track of more than $800m in construction projects, according to an internal audit by the accounting giant Ernst & Young. Politico first obtained the report.

The prospect of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars going down a similar hole prompted grumbling among Democrats.

“The last thing we should be doing is approving another increase in defense spending without first determining how the Department of Defense is spending our tax dollars,” tweeted the congressman Ro Khanna of California.

Other elected officials warned that free military spending would contribute to an explosion in the national deficit, on top of trillions in projected shortfalls from Trump’s tax plan, disaster relief spending and, possibly, infrastructure spending.

What's good for Lockheed isn't necessarily good for the rest of us.
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