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Monitoring Biden and other Contemporary Events

 
 
glitterbag
 
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Reply Mon 23 Jan, 2023 11:23 pm
@Lash,
I never understand anything she sprays.
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Mon 23 Jan, 2023 11:48 pm
@snood,
no,,none of them are indulging in legitimate investigation.......I would refuse to be questioned by ANY of those snow balls who refused to be questioned before.
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Mon 23 Jan, 2023 11:54 pm
@snood,
snood wrote:

So you’re saying they should willingly jump through all the hoops the republicans are going to be throwing up? (no, not unless they testified during full conferense)

Do you actually believe asswipes like Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Trailer Park Greene are going to be doing legitimate investigations? My answer will always be "HAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA OHSNORT HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA)

C’mon, man.
glitterbag
 
  1  
Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2023 01:32 am
@glitterbag,
No none of them can be trusted, I would refuse to appear in front of any of those naked knob heads.
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snood
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2023 07:03 am
I think every lawmaker who opposes stricter gun regulations should have to sign a statement saying “It is more important that we can own military style semiautomatic rifles with unlimited capacity magazines than the people who are killed with them.”
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blatham
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2023 07:40 am
On-going criminal trial brings up this part of the Proud Boys initiation manual. Honest to betsy.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FnL_e_DWYAEnJNX?format=jpg&name=900x900
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blatham
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2023 08:02 am
Just 23 days into the year and there have already been 39 mass shootings and 1,214 gun deaths in the US.

thack45
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2023 09:36 am
@blatham,
I'll just slightly edit and repost my earlier thoughts on this subject here

thack45 wrote:

Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them ...



These 1214 people are American Heros who bravely gave their very lives, that we might remain free. You don't need to be adorned in earth tones and shipped to another country to be a true Patriot, and pay the ultimate sacrifice, for our liberties anymore. God Bless America








Never forget
https://e3.365dm.com/22/05/150x150/skynews-mark-stone-ted-cruz_5784370.jpg
"Why is it that people come from all over the world to America? Because it’s the freest, most prosperous, safest country on earth!"
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revelette1
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2023 10:52 am
@Lash,
Quote:
The most horrific thing happening in American politics is how Democrats hide from truth. You’re destroying this country. Hold your politicians to higher standards rather than aid and abet their crimes.


If this is honestly what you feel is the most horrific thing happening in American politics, I feel sorry for you.

Safety from gun violence, lack thereof as a crucial example.

At least 7 people are killed in a mass shooting in Half Moon Bay, California
hightor
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2023 01:53 pm
Quote:
Kaivan Shroff
@KaivanShroff
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23h
Just to be clear, when the New York Times reported that the FBI saw “no link between Trump and Russia” — a week before the 2016 election — the FBI agent who was just arrested over ties to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska was heading up the investigation.

Just an absolute scandal.


https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FnLrPq5XEBIxIMR?format=jpg&name=small
blatham
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2023 02:02 pm
@hightor,
Jesus. I did not know that.
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2023 02:12 pm
@hightor,
hightor wrote:

Quote:
Kaivan Shroff
@KaivanShroff
·
23h
Just to be clear, when the New York Times reported that the FBI saw “no link between Trump and Russia” — a week before the 2016 election — the FBI agent who was just arrested over ties to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska was heading up the investigation.

Just an absolute scandal.


https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FnLrPq5XEBIxIMR?format=jpg&name=small


That is a bitch, isn't it!

I saw Frank Figliuzzi, a regular on Nichole Wallace on MSNBC last night. He's a former FBI assistant director for Intelligence. He was visibly shaken...and even said he had considered cancelling his appearance last night. I think Charlie McGonagal had worked for him at one time; and they certainly had crossed paths often. You could see that this scandal was ripping his heart out.
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thack45
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2023 03:06 pm
@hightor,
Is "heading up" the Trump/Russia investigation accurate though? From nyt

Quote:
Mr. McGonigal served in the F.B.I. for more than two decades, working in Russian counterintelligence, organized crime and counterespionage, according to the Southern District indictment. He had a role in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election led by Robert Mueller III, asking judges to renew wiretaps on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser. The agency later conceded the surveillance was not legally justified.
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Lash
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2023 07:21 pm
@revelette1,
When you lose all confidence in all of your country’s institutions, the pretense of democracy is lost.

That’s the worst.
revelette1
 
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Reply Wed 25 Jan, 2023 08:55 am
@Lash,
I'd take your disillusionment with our country's institutions a little easier if it was more balanced. As it is, I see it no different from any of us who are partisan in politics. After so long, I don't think it is some sort of strategy on your part. Just something unexplainable.

Maybe you're looking for perfection in our elected officials before you can get behind your change of political beliefs you had experienced from when you were still a Bush supporter. Kind of a person looking for flaws will find it. Or the way Jesus is recorded in the Bible as saying, "What did you come to the mountain to see?"

I guess I was always way more cynical and accepting than that.
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revelette1
 
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Reply Wed 25 Jan, 2023 08:59 am
Ted Cruz Defends Mike Pence on Classified Docs Moments After Trashing Biden

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Cruz was then asked about the Pence find. The senator protested that it was too "early" to pass similar judgement on the former vice president. He said that Pence was a "good friend" and insisted that his situation was "very different" from Biden's, despite both men apparently keeping classified documents after serving as vice president.

"The Mike Pence story, it's still early," Cruz said. "You know, Mike Pence ... he is a good friend, he's a good man. He's explained where these came from ... That was a mistake, but there's no reason to think this was anything but inadvertent."


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hightor
 
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Reply Wed 25 Jan, 2023 02:17 pm
America Has a Debt Problem, and the Answer to It Starts With Form 1040

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Washington’s favorite show, “Debt Ceiling Chicken,” is playing again in the big white theater on Capitol Hill. And once again, it is diverting attention from the fact that the United States really does have a debt problem.

Republicans and Democrats in recent decades have hewed to a kind of grand bargain, raising spending and cutting taxes, and papering over the difference with a lot of borrowed money.

From 1972 to 2021, the government, on average, spent about 20.8 percent of gross domestic product while collecting about 17.3 percent of G.D.P. in revenue. It covered the gap with $31.4 trillion in I.O.U.s — the federal debt.

The government relies on this borrowed money to function, and for decades, it has defied a variety of dire predictions about the likely consequences. Notably, there’s no sign that Washington is exhausting Wall Street’s willingness to lend. In financial markets, U.S. Treasuries remain the ultimate comfort food. There’s also little evidence the government’s gargantuan appetite is making it harder for businesses or individuals to get loans, which could impede economic growth.

But the federal debt still carries a hefty price tag.

The most immediate problem with the government’s reliance on borrowed money is the regular opportunity it provides for Republicans to engage in blackmail. Congress imposes a statutory limit on federal borrowing, known as the debt ceiling. The government hit that limit this month, meaning the total amount of spending approved by Congress now requires borrowing in excess of that amount.

Raising the ceiling ought to be a formality, since it simply allows the government to meet the obligations Congress already has approved. But House Republicans say they won’t raise it without a deal to cut future spending.

The Biden administration is rightly insistent that it won’t pay Congress to do its job, as the Obama administration agreed to do in 2011.

After all, Americans don’t want large spending cuts. The vast majority of federal spending is supported by most Americans. About 63 cents of every federal dollar goes to mandatory programs, the largest of which, Social Security and Medicare, are wildly popular. Others, like Obamacare subsidies, are less popular, but there’s no need to speculate about what would happen if Republicans tried to cut the program. They’ve tried and failed repeatedly. An additional 15 cents goes to discretionary programs. The big-ticket items, like health care for veterans, highway construction and subsidies for law enforcement, are pretty popular, too. The rest is the defense budget and interest payments.

Indeed, Americans need more federal spending. The United States invests far less than other wealthy nations in providing its citizens with the basic resources necessary to lead productive lives. Millions of Americans live without health insurance. People need more help to care for their children and older family members. They need help to go to college and to retire. Measured as a share of G.D.P., public spending in the other Group of 7 nations is, on average, more than 50 percent higher than in the United States.

But Democrats ought to emphasize a distinction between resisting Republican demands and defending the government’s current borrowing habits. There is another, better way to fund public spending: collecting more money in taxes.

In recent decades, proponents of more spending have largely treated tax policy as a separate battle — one that they’ve been willing to lose.

They need to start fighting and winning both.

It costs money to borrow money. Interest payments require the government to raise more money to deliver the same goods and services. Using taxes to pay for public services means that the government can do more.

The United States paid $475 billion in interest on its debts last fiscal year, which ran through September. That was a record, and it will soon be broken. In the first quarter of this fiscal year, the government paid $210 billion.

The payments aren’t all that high by historical standards. Measured as a share of economic output, they remain well below the levels reached in the 1990s. Last year, federal interest outlays equaled 1.6 percent of G.D.P., compared with the high-water mark of 3.2 percent in 1991. But that mark, too, may soon be exceeded. The Congressional Budget Office projects that federal interest payments will reach 3.3 percent of G.D.P. by 2032, and it estimates interest payments might reach 7.2 percent of G.D.P. by 2052.

That’s a lot of money that could be put to better use.

Borrowing also exacerbates economic inequality. Instead of collecting higher taxes from the wealthy, the government is paying interest to them — some rich people are, after all, the ones investing in Treasuries.

If the debt ceiling serves any purpose, it is the occasional opportunity for Congress to step back and consider the sum of all its fiscal policies.

The nation is borrowing too much but not because it is spending too much.

The real crisis is the need to collect more money in taxes.

nyt
Builder
 
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Reply Wed 25 Jan, 2023 09:29 pm
@hightor,
Quote:
If the debt ceiling serves any purpose, it is the occasional opportunity for Congress to step back and consider the sum of all its fiscal policies.


Spending is essential, but only on essentials. Who is really setting this "debt ceiling"?

Quote:
The nation is borrowing too much but not because it is spending too much.


Borrowing? The federal reserve is in control of the situation, and they're neither federal govt, nor do they have a reserve of anything. They're printing money without anyone knowing how much they print, and they've been buying their own "bonds" since the GFC showed us all what a ponzi scheme it really is.

Quote:
The real crisis is the need to collect more money in taxes.


To what end, though? To further raise the "debt ceiling"? As George Carlin famously stated; "The game is rigged; the table is tilted; it's a big club, and we ain't in it....".
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Builder
 
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Reply Wed 25 Jan, 2023 09:55 pm
https://i.imgflip.com/4xq7um.jpg
Builder
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jan, 2023 01:09 am
@Builder,
So, it looks like when the Dems call for insurrection, it's fine and dandy, and somehow patriotic, right?
 

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