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Monitoring Biden and other Contemporary Events

 
 
snood
 
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Reply Sun 2 Oct, 2022 07:29 pm
Ahhh…

So bracing for the mind, and nourishing to the spirit, to luxuriate in the high-level exchange of thoughts and views that’s happening on this thread now.

Your guy’s gaffes are gaffier than my guy’s gaffes. It’s like music.🙄
Builder
 
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Reply Mon 3 Oct, 2022 03:37 am
@snood,
If someone was actually monitoring Biden, he'd be in an infirmary by now.
hightor
 
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Reply Mon 3 Oct, 2022 03:41 am
"On the right, right now, it is really in vogue to pass around clips of Joe Biden looking like he's confused or sort of out of it, whatever," he elaborated. "You tell me that [Trump's post] doesn't sound like deranged, unhinged, confused, whatever -- it's the same. If you want to say these things about Joe Biden, look at Donald Trump's words right now and tell me this guy sounds like he's got his stuff together."

And it might also be pointed out that Biden presides over an orderly administration which is performing the functions of the executive branch without drama, threats, firings, grifting, or late night tweet storms.
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hightor
 
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Reply Mon 3 Oct, 2022 04:44 am
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There’s a moment in Representative Adam Schiff’s 2021 book Midnight in Washington that jumps out. The book centers around the first impeachment of former president Trump for withholding congressionally approved funds for Ukraine to fight off Russian incursions. In managing the impeachment trial before the Senate, Schiff (D-CA) and his team had prepared thoroughly and carefully to demonstrate that Trump had, in fact, withheld the money in order to force Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to help Trump rig the 2020 election.

Trump’s team wanted Zelensky to announce that he was launching an investigation into Hunter Biden, whose father, Joe Biden, was the opponent Trump most feared for the 2020 presidential election. The media would jump at such an announcement and chew it over until by the time the election came around, voters would associate Biden with criminality, just as they had condemned Trump’s 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, over her use of a private email server.

As Schiff prepared to summarize the powerful testimony that supported the case for impeachment, a member of his staff stopped him. Schiff recalled the staffer telling him: “They think we’ve proven him guilty. They need to know why he should be removed.”

Schiff interpreted that question to mean that senators wanted to know why they should remove him. After all, he was giving them the judges they wanted and permitting them to run the country as they wished.

Schiff’s masterful summary of the case both at the trial and in his book answered that question, explaining that senators should have taken on themselves the responsibility for removing Trump from office because he threatened the country’s national security and, if not checked, would continue to abuse his power.

In the end, only Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) voted to convict Trump of abuse of power (but not obstruction of Congress), but that one vote from “one brave man,” Schiff recalled, “had validated my belief and that of the Founders, that the people possessed sufficient virtue to be self-governing.”

But there is another interpretation of the reason senators wanted to know why Trump should be removed even though they admitted he was guilty of trying to rig an election with machinations that hurt the country’s national security: The leaders of the Republican Party had abandoned the rule of law.

After World War II, political philosopher Hannah Arendt explained that lies are central to the rise of authoritarianism. In place of reality, authoritarians lie to create a “fictitious world through consistent lying.” Ordinary people embraced such lies because they believed everyone lied anyhow, and if caught trusting a lie, they would “take refuge in cynicism,” saying they had known all along they were being lied to and admiring their leaders “for their superior tactical cleverness.” But leaders embraced the lies because they reinforced those leaders’ superiority, and gave them power, over those who did believe them.

That pattern, in which lies undermine the rule of law, seems to be going around these days. It is in the news internationally as Russian president Vladimir Putin is directly challenging international law both by taking Ukrainian territory by force and by committing war crimes. He justifies that destruction of the rule of law by claiming that sham referenda in four regions of Ukraine have made those regions Russian, and that any attempt of Ukrainians to reclaim their territory will be an attack on Russia that may require a nuclear response.

The rejection of the rule of law is also in the news at home, as Republican leaders appear to be following Trump’s lead. Tonight, New York Times reporters Edgar Sandoval, Miriam Jordan, Patricia Mazzei, and J. David Goodman explained the lies behind Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s dumping of migrants at Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts last month.

Since Biden took office, Republicans have tried to make unauthorized immigration a key election issue. In June 2021, Texas governor Greg Abbott and Arizona governor Doug Ducey invoked the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, an agreement that lets states send aid to each other after a governor has declared a disaster or an emergency. Abbott has declared a disaster and Ducey an emergency over the influx of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that the Biden administration is “unwilling or unable” to secure the border. They called for governors of other states to send “additional law enforcement personnel and equipment” to “arrest migrants who illegally cross the border into our territory.”

Iowa governor Kim Reynolds, Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts, and Florida governor Ron DeSantis all pledged to send law enforcement to Texas and Arizona; South Dakota governor Kristi Noem one-upped them by announcing that she would send 50 South Dakota National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and that billionaires Willis and Reba Johnson from Franklin, Tennessee, would pay for the troops.

Florida’s budget this year—signed in June—continued this trend with a $12 million fund “to facilitate the transport of unauthorized aliens out of Florida.” According to Douglas Soule of the Tallahassee Democrat, that money came from interest on the $8.8 billion Florida got from the American Rescue Plan to address the coronavirus pandemic. Because it was interest, rather than principal, it was not covered by the federal requirement to address Covid-19, as the federal money itself was.

The idea was to highlight federal transportation of “unauthorized” migrants into Florida, but by August the money was untouched because there actually weren’t large groups of migrants coming to the state. So DeSantis focused instead on Texas, where a woman the New York Times reporters identified as Perla Huerta, a U.S. Army veteran who was a combat medic and a counterintelligence agent for two decades before being discharged last month, recruited destitute migrants to go north with the promise of work. Vertol Systems, which charters airplanes and is well connected with Florida Republican politicians, was paid more than $1.5 million, but how they were hired and by whom is not clear.

The people the operation targeted were legal asylum seekers, who were provided with fake maps and misled about where they were going.

Putin has to reckon with reality, in the form of Russian men fleeing the country, protests in Dagestan and elsewhere, the international community standing firm on the law, and Ukrainian forces continuing to gain ground. Less than a day after Putin announced he had taken the Ukrainian regions, Russian troops fled from the key transport city of Lyman.

Whether DeSantis and the Republican Party will have to reckon with reality in 2022 remains unclear. But it seems unlikely that any reality check will come from Republican leaders. Just this weekend, they have refused to comment on Trump’s inflammatory statement about Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), which seemed to encourage violence against him and included a racist smear against McConnell’s wife, Trump transportation secretary Elaine Chao.

In the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty concluded that while Trump was outrageous, “there is plenty of fault to go around. The Republican Party’s refusal to denounce him makes them complicit.”

hcr
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hightor
 
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Reply Mon 3 Oct, 2022 04:46 am
@Builder,
Quote:
...he'd be in an infirmary by now.


And you should be in bed. Good night, Builder.
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snood
 
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Reply Mon 3 Oct, 2022 04:59 am
@Builder,
Builder wrote:

If someone was actually monitoring Biden, he'd be in an infirmary by now.


Yeah, this kind of **** really IS all you guys have got, isn’t it?
hightor
 
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Reply Mon 3 Oct, 2022 05:26 am
@snood,
Yeah, right? The list of Trump's transgressions, lies, and potential crimes is practically endless. Legal actions are being taken against him on multiple fronts. So how does the opposition counter this? "Joe Biden is old. Joe Biden is senile. Joe Biden stumbled climbing some stairs and fell off his bicycle. Joe Biden has a son who used drugs." What does any of this have to do with the way he's doing his job?
snood
 
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Reply Mon 3 Oct, 2022 06:32 am
@hightor,
The truth is that regarding the actual job of being chief executive of the United States and all that entails, Joe so far outshines the former orange pustule that they have nothing to talk about besides Joe’s old, Joe’s confused, Joe’s son does drugs, blah blah.

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McGentrix
 
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Reply Mon 3 Oct, 2022 07:30 am
there's none so blind as those who will not see
snood
 
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Reply Mon 3 Oct, 2022 07:47 am
@McGentrix,
That’s very profound. And it describes so well the refusal to see the immoral criminal fraud huckster Trump has always been.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Mon 3 Oct, 2022 08:10 am
@snood,
snood wrote:

That’s very profound. And it describes so well the refusal to see the immoral criminal fraud huckster Trump has always been.


I suspect that you, Hightor, I and a host of others agree with McG that there are none so blind as those who will not see. But I also suspect we are coming from totally different perspectives from him on that profundity.

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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 3 Oct, 2022 08:07 pm
@McGentrix,
Twofer boarding an airliner:




Trump humping Putins leg


Trump acting like a twit in front of the world and on camera




At least Joe has the vestage of a speech impediment, what drugs is Trump snorting???









Seriously, your boy has serious problems. Serious problems.

If he gets sentenced for some crime (and he most certainly will), would you volunteer to serve his time?


bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 3 Oct, 2022 08:12 pm
@McGentrix,
Quote:
there's none so blind as those who will not see


That's why you're so wrong all the time. You understand the concept, but are unable to apply it.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2022 01:29 am
@bobsal u1553115,
Yeah but he still forcibly inserts his fingers in 14 year old girls' vaginas, and that's "real alpha male behaviour" in Mc Gentrix's book.

That's what he wants in a leader, someone who normalises child abuse.
Builder
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2022 01:35 am
@izzythepush,
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someone who normalises child abuse.


And you're still quoting the BBC, who made an idol of career paedophile and elder abuser, Jimmy Saville.

You're still slime for that.

And always will be.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2022 02:08 am
@Builder,
Oh look it's Putin's dunny.

Wipe your mouth.
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revelette1
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2022 08:07 am
Supremes gone wild: Thought the high court was bad already? Just you wait!

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For the past week, headline news has focused almost exclusively on the scenes of desperation and destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Ian. So most of us missed taking note of last Friday's investiture of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. She was sworn in last June so this was a formality, but it still carried the weight of history and the court was filled with political and judicial luminaries, including President Biden and Vice President Harris. It was by all accounts a moving ceremony. But considering all the turbulence on the Supreme Court right now, I have to wonder if Jackson might be having second thoughts.
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revelette1
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2022 03:43 pm
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WASHINGTON — As the Supreme Court on Tuesday weighed a conservative attempt to weaken the landmark Voting Rights Act, enacted in 1965 to protect minority voters, the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court delivered a history lesson on the divisive issue of race in the United States.

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, in just her second day on the bench, spoke about the enactment of the Constitution's 14th Amendment, stressing how its aim was to redress historic harms to Black people in the aftermath of the Civil War and the end of slavery. It was a symbolic moment in a courtroom in which only three Black justices have ever sat.

Exploring the history that lurks in the background of the dispute over Alabama's congressional districts map, Jackson said that "the entire point of the amendment was to secure rights of the freed former slaves." As a result, she wondered, how could the state be barred from considering race when deciding whether more majority Black districts should be drawn?


https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/justice-jackson-makes-waves-first-supreme-court-arguments-rcna50707
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Builder
 
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Reply Tue 4 Oct, 2022 07:06 pm

Bloomberg Hosts Scramble as Top UN Adviser Shreds Ukraine Narrative in Live Interview

Posted by John Titor | Oct 4, 2022 |

A Monday Bloomberg TV segment on the Ukraine war with an expert who has in the recent past advised three UN Secretaries-General didn’t go the way the Bloomberg hosts thought it would. Jeffrey Sachs, who is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, posited the United States was likely behind the sabotage attacks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines when asked about it.

The top UN adviser said during the live interview, “The main fact is that the European economy is getting hammered by this, by the sudden cut-off of energy. And now to make it definitive – the destruction of the Nord Stream pipeline, which I would bet was a US action, perhaps US and Poland.” Sachs added: “That is speculation” – before being cut-off mid sentence by show host Tom Keene, who looked a bit flabbergasted and frustrated over the perhaps unexpected turn in the interview…

source

Well, creepy Joe did say this was "his" plan......
hightor
 
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Reply Wed 5 Oct, 2022 04:04 am
@Builder,
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Well, creepy Joe did say this was "his" plan......

No, he didn't. Show me where he said the US would destroy the pipelines. And not that video where he says we would "end" the agreement – which Germany ended shortly after, last February. Sachs can say anything he wants but he hasn't provided any evidence and he admits his charge is merely "speculation".

Good night, Builder.
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