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Monitoring Biden and other Contemporary Events

 
 
glitterbag
 
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Reply Wed 17 Aug, 2022 10:04 pm
@Frank Apisa,
Frank Apisa wrote:

revelette1 wrote:

I agree with you on this one. He must be biased against either the democrats or Biden. I don't really know too many journalist names or who they are or anything. This is a good discussion, Blatham comes to mind on this line of thinking.


Blatham has taken up thinking?



Big shames on you Frank.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 02:36 am
@glitterbag,
glitterbag wrote:

Frank Apisa wrote:

revelette1 wrote:

I agree with you on this one. He must be biased against either the democrats or Biden. I don't really know too many journalist names or who they are or anything. This is a good discussion, Blatham comes to mind on this line of thinking.


Blatham has taken up thinking?



Big shames on you Frank.



Bernie and I have been friends for decades. He expected something like that from me. Hell, he once bragged about beating me bloody on a New York City street. (He only got one good shot in, the sidewalk did most of the beating.)
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 02:48 am
@Frank Apisa,
I remember another incident in New York when you were beaten by the sidewalk Wink
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 03:59 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter Hinteler wrote:

I remember another incident in New York when you were beaten by the sidewalk Wink



Goddam sidewalks of New York are tough customers, Walter. Ya gotta try punching one of them. No glass jaws there.

I do remember a meeting with you and (I think it was) Jespah, Region and a couple others in Bryant Park. My memory does not work so well these days, but as I remember it, I had done a pretty powerful joint before meeting up with you guys...and probably was out-to-lunch. (I've got a picture of that meet. I'll see if I can dig it up.)

Anyway, I don't do that crap any more. It was beating the hell out of me. Not sure how I made it to 86, but miracles do happen.
snood
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 05:32 am
@Frank Apisa,
I can’t do cannabis anymore either. Not for decades now. And nowadays the **** is just too strong for my decrepit ass.

I do indulge myself with a hemp smoke occasionally. They have like 0.003% cannabis and just leave me with sort of a clear-headed calm.

 https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/i/Cutachogie/8D1C3974-E8A6-461A-AA61-10C706F699C1.jpeg

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blatham
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 06:09 am
@Frank Apisa,
Quote:
Bernie and I have been friends for decades.

One might think my standards higher but, yes, this is true.
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 06:50 am
@Frank Apisa,
You ought to tell Walter about the "sidewalk" book published every year, that the trial attorneys put together to put NYC on notice of dangerous spots in NYC.

There was a great podcast about this on This American Life.
revelette1
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 08:49 am
@Frank Apisa,
Sometimes I am amazed at little tidbits which are revealed. You're 86? I am surprised for some reason.

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revelette1
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 09:07 am
Fact check got an article on Trump's claim of declassification. It should surprise no one, it is as dubious as the rest of his justifications.

Quote:
After the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago home and retrieved boxes of documents — some of them labeled “top secret” — former President Donald Trump released a statement claiming that as president, he had a “standing order … that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken to the residence were deemed to be declassified the moment he removed them.”

Numerous experts on national security and the law surrounding classified documents say that isn’t plausible. And in any case, whether some of the documents are classified — as many of them were marked — may be irrelevant to the criminal investigation, since none of the three criminal laws cited as the predicate for the search warrant require documents to be classified for a violation to occur.

Nonetheless, the fact that Trump may have been holding classified documents has raised the stakes of the investigation. And it has also raised questions about the scope of Trump’s declassification powers.

“I have been engaged in declassification issues since the 1970s, and I can attest that there is no precedent for such a standing order,” Richard Immerman, an assistant deputy director of national intelligence in the George W. Bush administration, told us via email. “Further, had he issued a standing order, it surely would have been ‘leaked’ by someone and then challenged.”

“The procedure is far more formal,” said Immerman, who is now a historian at Temple University. “Documents must be declassified page by page; in fact, if TS/SCI [Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information] line by line. The document then is marked declassified (often sanitized) by the authorizing agent along with the date. Consequently, former President Trump’s claim is to me implausible.”

The legal authority for classifying national security information rests in the president’s power afforded as commander-in-chief and is guided by a series of presidential executive orders, beginning with one issued by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1940. The latest of such orders, Executive Order 13526, issued in late 2009 by then-President Barack Obama, lays out in detail the procedures to declassify information, and the various officials who are to be included in such decisions. Still, the president retains the ultimate authority to declassify a document.

In an appearance on Fox News on Aug. 12, conservative writer John Solomon, who is one of Trump’s representatives for interacting with the National Archives and Records Administration, read a statement from Trump’s office in which the former president argued that he had a “standing order” to declassify all documents taken to Mar-a-Lago, and that he didn’t need anyone or anything else to do that.

“As we can all relate to, everyone ends up having to bring home their work from time to time,” Solomon read. “American presidents are no different. President Trump, in order to prepare the work for the next day, often took documents, including classified documents, to the residence. He had a standing order … that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken to the residence were deemed to be declassified the moment he removed them.”

“The power to classify and declassify documents rests solely with the president of the United States,” the statement continued. “The idea that some paper-pushing bureaucrat with classification authority delegated by the president, needs to approve the declassification is absurd.”

Trump, who has referred to the search as a “break-in” and a “witch hunt,” defended himself on his social media platform, Truth Social. He said the documents were “all declassified” and held in “secured storage” at Mar-a-Lago.

Bolton: ‘Almost Certainly a Lie’
Trump’s former national security adviser, John R. Bolton, told the New York Times he never heard of Trump’s alleged standing order and that it is “almost certainly a lie.”

“I was never briefed on any such order, procedure, policy when I came in,” Bolton told the Times, nor was he aware of such a policy when he worked at the White House or after.

“If he [Trump] were to say something like that, you would have to memorialize that, so that people would know it existed,” Bolton said.

Glenn Gerstell, former general counsel for the National Security Agency from 2015 to 2020 — straddling the Obama and Trump administrations — told us in a phone interview that if there was a standing order, he, too, “was not aware of that.”

“If there was a standing order it doesn’t appear to have been memorialized,” Gerstell said.

The normal procedure to declassify information is “quite detailed,” Gerstell said. First, a determination has to be made that the information is something that is significant and in the public interest, and second, that it meets the threshold for declassification because it does not pose a security threat if revealed. The agency that initiated the classification would be notified and can weigh in on whether it thinks the information should remain classified. The president can override the agency’s recommendation, but it would be taken into consideration.

Whether Trump had the authority to have a standing order to declassify documents taken to Mar-a-Lago — overriding the executive orders of past presidents — is an unknown legal question, Gerstell said. But even if you take the position that he didn’t need to formally record anything, he said, then there is the problem of “What does it mean?”

No one knows what exactly Trump was taking with him every day, Gerstell said. Nor did they know after the fact. And so no one, other than Trump, would know what was declassified. If there was a request under the Freedom of Information Act for documents that Trump now claims he declassified, government officials would have no way of knowing whether it had been declassified. Without having the declassification recorded or put in writing, documents would continue to be treated as classified.

And if nothing was recorded or written down to explain what has been declassified, Gerstell said, “How would you know it’s true?”

Kash Patel, chief of staff to the acting defense secretary during the Trump administration, acknowledged in a May interview in Breitbart that documents already recovered by the National Archives from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in January had been declassified even though their markings had not changed.

“The White House counsel failed to generate the paperwork to change the classification markings, but that doesn’t mean the information wasn’t declassified,” Patel said. “I was there with President Trump when he said, ‘We are declassifying this information.’”

In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” on Aug. 14, Patel said Trump has the power to declassify documents simply by saying so.

“And this is a key fact that most Americans are missing. President Trump, as the sitting president, is the unilateral authority for declassification,” Patel said. “He can literally stand over a set of documents and say, ‘these are now declassified,’ and that is done with definitive action immediately.”

Charles Stimson, a senior fellow with the conservative Heritage Foundation and a former federal prosecutor, told NBC News that when Trump was president, he had “the ultimate declassification authority.”

“If any president decides to declassify a document and doesn’t tell anybody — but he has made the decision to declassify something — then the document is declassified,” Stimson said.

Ric Grenell, who was Trump’s acting director of national intelligence, echoed that opinion.

“There is no approval process for the president of the United States to declassify intelligence,” Grenell told NBC News. “There is this phony idea that he must provide notification for declassification but that’s just silly. Who is he supposed to notify? I think it’s the height of swampism to think the president should seek bureaucrats’ approval.”

Leon Panetta — who was a chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and served as a CIA director and defense secretary during the Obama administration — called that “nonsense.”

“The reality is, that there is a process for declassifying information,” Panetta said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Aug. 16. “If presidents want to declassify, they have to follow that process which basically requires that it be referred to the agencies that are responsible for classifying that material. They have something to say as to whether or not that material should be declassified. So there is nothing that I’m aware of that indicates that a formal step was taken by this president to in fact declassify anything. Right now, this is pretty much BS.”

The Supreme Court has not weighed in on whether Trump could unilaterally ignore past executive orders on declassification procedures. According to a Congressional Research Service report in 2017 on the legal framework for protection of classified information, the Supreme Court has found that the president’s “authority to classify and control access to information bearing on national security … flows primarily from this Constitutional investment of power in the President and exists quite apart from any explicit congressional grant.”

“This language,” the CRS report states, “has been interpreted by some to indicate that the President has virtually plenary authority to control classified information.”

But a standing order, as described by Trump, would not work in a practical sense, some experts said.

The purpose of classifying information is to keep secret information that would damage national security. In order to view classified documents, people must have a need to know the information, they are subjected to background checks and sign nondisclosure agreements.

Following the procedures outlined in previous executive orders provides accountability, allows for an opportunity for relevant agencies to raise important objections, and provides some time for government officials to “prepare for blowback” from allies and adversaries alike, Asha Rangappa, a legal and national security analyst wrote in a Twitter thread on the issue.

“I mean, apart from being dangerous and bad for nat sec [national security], it is chaos inducing, result in confusion and inefficiency and distortions in our intelligence collection, foreign policy, and defense efforts,” Rangappa, a former FBI special agent wrote. “It makes us WEAKER and less able to know what our secrets really are. It’s also dumb. OK, so Trump telepathically declassifies hundreds of docs on his way out. Then guess what? Biden can telepathically reclassify them immediately, too. See how stupid this gets? Markings would mean nothing. No one would know how to store things. It’s idiotic.”


https://www.factcheck.org/2022/08/trumps-dubious-standing-order-to-declassify-documents/

So from what I understand, Trump did have the authority to override any objections, but there would have to be something written on each page attesting to that declassification by the then President. There wasn't anything written about any standing order to declassify any documents Trump or whoever took to his private residence.
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 09:09 am
@blatham,
blatham wrote:

Quote:
Bernie and I have been friends for decades.

One might think my standards higher but, yes, this is true.


Bon Repartee' , mon ami.

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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 09:12 am
@bulmabriefs144,
bulmabriefs144 wrote:

Doesn't sound like a good friend if he knocked you into the sidewalk,but maybe that's just me.


He didn't knock me to the sidewalk. He saw me unconscious on the sidewalk after a night of boozing and pretended to be trying to help me recover. But he was using his fist...rather than gently slapping me.

I hope that helps make it sound as though he is a good friend.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 09:14 am
@bobsal u1553115,
bobsal u1553115 wrote:

You ought to tell Walter about the "sidewalk" book published every year, that the trial attorneys put together to put NYC on notice of dangerous spots in NYC.

There was a great podcast about this on This American Life.

I'll have to look into that. Unlike Snood these days, we were doing killer **** that night. The sidewalk was perfectly flat...and I had a great view of it.
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 10:47 am
@bulmabriefs144,
bulmabriefs144 wrote:

Doesn't sound like a good friend if he knocked you into the sidewalk,but maybe that's just me.



That's so reliable from you, never get a joke ever, do ya??
izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 10:58 am
@glitterbag,
He's like one of those tacky amusepant park games where you drop a penny on moving shelves hoping to dislodge more pennies further down.

Instead of moving they just slide under each other.

Hundreds of pennies, not one of them dropped.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 11:01 am
@glitterbag,
He thought the lard advert from Viz was genuine.

How can anyone be that clueless?
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 12:31 pm
@bulmabriefs144,
bulmabriefs144 wrote:

Doesn't sound like a good friend if he knocked you into the sidewalk,but maybe that's just me.

Hey, that's what friends are for.
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 12:55 pm
Candidates Say No Thanks to Trump ‘Endorsements’ in N.Y. House Races

The former president issued mock endorsements to two of his fiercest critics. Carolyn Maloney and Dan Goldman were quick to reject them.

Former President Donald J. Trump made his mock endorsements on Truth Social, a little-used social media platform he founded.

Published Aug. 17, 2022Updated Aug. 18, 2022, 12:05 a.m. ET

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/17/nyregion/trump-endorsements-ny-races.html?action=click&algo=bandit-all-surfaces-time-cutoff-30_impression_cut_3_filter_new_arm_5_1&alpha=0.05&block=more_in_recirc&fellback=false&imp_id=828471637&impression_id=615aa4d1-1ef3-11ed-885a-ed986d11c612&index=1&pgtype=Article&pool=more_in_pools%2Fnewyork&region=footer&req_id=598218824&surface=eos-more-in&variant=0_bandit-all-surfaces-time-cutoff-30_impression_cut_3_filter_new_arm_5_1

Former President Donald J. Trump made unwelcome endorsements on Wednesday evening, sarcastically offering his support to candidates who once helped lead impeachment efforts against him.

Mr. Trump’s unexpected meddling in two New York City congressional primaries drew immediate denunciations from the candidates, Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Dan Goldman, a lawyer.

Writing on Truth Social, a little-used social media platform he founded in October 2021 after Twitter banned him, Mr. Trump lavished praise on Ms. Maloney and Mr. Goldman.

With Wednesday’s mock endorsements the former president again demonstrated his penchant for inserting himself into as many political debates as possible, even while being besieged on multiple fronts.

Each candidate played a role in the first of Mr. Trump’s two impeachments. Ms. Maloney served as acting chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, and Mr. Goldman was the inquiry’s chief investigator.

Both are now competing to represent newly drawn districts in the city, and neither wasted time in recoiling from the former president’s sarcastic expression of favor.

Mr. Trump described Ms. Maloney, who is running in the new 12th Congressional District in Manhattan, as “a kind and wonderful person who has always said terrific things about me and will support me no matter what I do.”

“Carolyn has my Complete and Total Endorsement,” he wrote. “She will never let our Conservative Movement down!”

Mr. Trump described Mr. Goldman, who is running in the new 10th Congressional District in Manhattan and Brooklyn, as “highly intelligent.” He also said the former impeachment investigator would assist congressional Republicans in their efforts to defeat “the Radical Left Democrats, who he knows are destroying the country.”

Mr. Goldman quickly dismissed the endorsement as an act of online trolling. He said the former president was “pretending to endorse” him.

“True to form, Trump is trying to meddle in an election,” Mr. Goldman wrote on Twitter. “This is a pathetic attempt at fooling Democrats who are far smarter than Trump is, and it’s clear that only one candidate in NY-10 is living rent-free in Trump’s head.”

Dan Goldman, a lawyer, participating in New York’s 10th Congressional District Democratic primary debate last week.

For her part, Ms. Maloney described the endorsement as “laughable.”

“Trump doesn’t respect women,” she wrote on Twitter. “He instigated the attacks on January 6th and claimed that the 2020 election was a big lie.”

“He should be more concerned about the investigation I’m leading as Chair of the Oversight Committee into the storage of his classified documents at Mar-a-Lago,” she added. “Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll pass.”

Mr. Trump has a long history of using social media to promote his political objectives, mock his adversaries, hock his products and seek attention from voters and the news media.

But his ability to do so has been severely constrained since January 2021, when he was removed from a broad range of social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The companies said they banned him for his posts about the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, during which five people were killed and hundreds more were injured, and for his false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.

The endorsements Mr. Trump made on Wednesday appeared on Truth Social, an app that has struggled to attract users. In April, MarketWatch reported that the site has roughly 513,000 daily users, making it a relative ghost town compared with the more than 200 million users who log onto Twitter each day.

Nonetheless, some Democrats seized on Mr. Trump’s “endorsements.”

In a statement on Wednesday, Suraj Patel, a lawyer who is running against Ms. Maloney and Representative Jerry Nadler in the 12th District, said Mr. Trump’s posts on Truth Social were proof that he preferred an older generation of Democratic leadership.

Mr. Patel is 38, and both of his opponents are in their 70s.

“Donald Trump is scared of a younger, more dynamic Democratic Party,” said Mr. Patel. “He knows how much more effective a new generation of diverse, energetic Democrats will be in stopping his movement.”

Representative Mondaire Jones, an incumbent who has struggled to gain traction in the 10th District since moving there from the suburban district he has represented since 2021, also embraced Mr. Trump’s sarcastic endorsements. He repeatedly cited the former president’s posts at a debate on Wednesday night.

“Mr. Goldman is fulfilling Donald Trump’s vision of him being a moderate person who is attempting to defeat progressives in this race,” said Mr. Jones. Later, he added that Mr. Goldman “was the first candidate on this stage to be endorsed by Donald J. Trump.”

Dana Rubinstein contributed reporting.
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revelette1
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 01:02 pm
Quote:
A federal magistrate Thursday set up the possible release of an edited version of a Justice Department affidavit authorizing the search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate, ordering government lawyers to provide a redacted copy of the document for his consideration by next week.

U.S. Magistrate Bruce Reinhart said he would decide on release after receiving the redacted copy of the detailed document that the government used as the basis for its unprecedented law enforcement action.

Justice has opposed the affidavit’s release, arguing that it would provide a “roadmap,” to the ongoing investigation, putting the inquiry and witnesses in possible jeopardy.

A consortium of media companies has urged U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart to release the affidavit for greater transparency about what led to the search of Mar-a-Lago. Trump and his allies have called the search political grandstanding.

Lawmakers have also sought more information about the search. Democrats leading two House committees have asked for a briefing about national security risks from the documents. And Republicans have questioned what justified searching a former president’s home.

Judge: Some portions of Mar-a-Lago search affidavit can be made public

A federal judge magistrate said Thursday he is not prepared to find that the affidavit into the search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home should be fully sealed.

There are portions of it that at least presumptively could be unsealed, U.S.

Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart said at a hearing in West Palm Beach. Whether those unsealed portions will be relevant to the media will be for someone else to decide, he said.

“I’m going to move forward in that way," Reinhart told attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice and various media agencies, including The Palm Beach Post.

At noon Aug. 25, the federal government will file proposed redactions to the warrant for the Aug. 8 search at Mar-a-Lago.

The judge said if he agrees the federal government has met its burden, he will issue an order "accordingly." If the judge finds the government has not met its burden, he and federal attorneys will discuss the issue.


https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/08/18/trump-fbi-search-affidavit-updates/10356182002/
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2022 01:09 pm
@revelette1,
He's screwed no matter what. What the hell - do like what Orange Shitgibbon did - have the AG write a "memorandum" about it, like AG Barr did.

It'd be great to see 45 spin himself into some sort of mental collapse. After incarceration, of course.
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