Tuesday Open Thread

Our last open thread is full, time for a new one.

The trial of police officer Derek Chauvin is winding down. Judging from the reporting, it seems like the defense is going to have a hard time selling that George Floyd died of drugs and heart problems given the multiple experts called by the prosecution. The Judge expects the jury to get the case Monday, and they will be sequestered.

Nelson is presenting two key arguments. He says that whatever actions Chauvin took were reasonable and followed his training as a police officer, and that in any case those actions are not what killed Floyd.

“You will learn that Derek Chauvin did exactly what he had been trained to do over the course of his 19-year career. The use of force is not attractive, but it is a necessary component of policing,” he told the jury.


Donald Trump (anyone remember him?) is changing the name of his brand . His assets will now be named "45" and Trump's name will be removed.

His PAC can be accessed at SaveAmerica45.com. His White House's old tweets can be found at @WhiteHouse45. ...Trump's new website, 45Office.com, was created Jan. 12, less than a week after Trump supporters rioted at the Capitol to try to stop the counting of electoral votes in President Joe Biden's victory, according to internet records.

Trump has no intention of running for President again. He's trying to set himself up as the godfather of some new kind of party that will jump to get his children elected to public office. He's always been intent on starting a new TV network and the number 45 would be a good fit in for a brand name. I'd bet Jared had a hand in this. I hope everyone starts buying domains with "45" in them so Trump doesn't get them all. I did my part and bought "45VoteLeft", "45TalkLeft", and 45 TurnLeft". (I don't put it past him to lure in viewers and radio listeners with a false name and then proselytize to them). I also bought "45Crimes.com" and "45Crime.co" in case we need to remind people in 2 years of all the awful things he did to America and its standing in the world, while his children applauded him, and they all plotted to become a Dynasty. They're nothing. Now that I think of it, I should have also bought "45andCloudySkies" with the tagline "Today and Every Day".

In other news, I'm sorry to see Ecuador just elected a right wing ex banker as President, rejecting the leftist 36 year old candidate. Ecuador has suffered economically a lot since COVID and is in huge debt to the Chinese. I think I'm going to remove it from my list of countries to possibly move to. Medellin, Panama, Costa Rica and several places in Mexico seem like better fits.

Why move? I don't think the U.S. will recover from COVID as fast as other countries because on the one hand, we have too many idiots who won't take the vaccine and won't wear masks and don't give a hoot about anyone but themselves and on the other, are our politicians who are recklessly opening up too soon again. I believe we're going to be yoyo-ing back and forth from high to tolerable levels but not reach "herd immunity " until mid 2022 to 2023 and by then, who knows what other super-spreader virus will land among us?

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Biden says we are leaving Afghanistan (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 13, 2021 at 07:51:41 PM EST
    by 20th anniversary of 9/11

    This is good.  And a little surprising.

    Biden to announce withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by September 11

    Chris Murphy just said it's happening,  100%.

    At least 18 years (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by Peter G on Tue Apr 13, 2021 at 09:07:07 PM EST

    Sure (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 08:02:38 AM EST
    But there is a lot of squawking

    Even from some democrats.

    Good for Biden.


    There is some $hit talking right now (none / 0) (#26)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 04:37:59 PM EST
    I just read a politico piece and I will not link to it. Piece indicates that Lloyd Austin is not running the Pentagon. Says two of Biden's staffers are. Austin is there to prevent the Joint Chiefs from going rogue....  someone is deliberately trying to start weird rumor internal fights.  The American Enterprise Institute is cite in the Politico story. And someone said that Lloyd Austin is still too much of an outsider and Biden's staffers weren't.  OMFG! Trump gutted the Pentagon. There is no way Lloyd Austin an outsider walking around that skeleton.

    Oops!!! Mark Milley's name (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 04:47:14 PM EST
    Spoken on CNN about having concerns. On the record. Does Mark Milley have a hubris problem AGAIN?

    Fire him now Biden. You must. Our forces are internally struggling. Fire Milley now!


    Lots of unhappiness (none / 0) (#28)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 05:01:04 PM EST
    in the military industrial complex about this.

    I do think we should be glad the republicans primary voice is Mitch.  What a dour old cadaver he is.  He's a walking caricature.


    Areas (5.00 / 2) (#29)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 05:27:47 PM EST
    At the Pentagon are beginning to melt down. And rightfully so. The absolute most disgusting (someone once called them deplorables) are in highest GS slots. Sexual harassment and assault has been rampant, at the Pentagon, during Trump. And those who lead and participated are terrified they are going to be exposed. And they are.

    I can't believe what some folks thought they would get away with, and I can't believe the initial CG response when he was told that subordinates were going to expose this stuff. He warned these subordinates they would create a lot of chaos.


    On a different subject (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 06:17:53 PM EST
    Have you seen The Nevers?

    "The Nevers," Joss Whedon's steampunk brainchild and HBO's latest original series, drew over 1.4 million viewers across linear telecasts and digital during its premiere on Sunday night. The show scored the best debut for a new original series on HBO Max and surpassed viewership for other popular shows on the streamer, including Misha Green's horror drama "Lovecraft Country" and David E. Kelley's psychological thriller "The Undoing." This preliminary number will likely increase significantly as viewing across HBO's platforms and additional telecasts are factored in.

    Per the logline, the fantastical, sci-fi period drama set in Victorian London takes place after the supernatural events of August 1896, in which certain people -- mostly women -- are granted extraordinarily abnormal abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing. But, no matter their particular "turns" (aka powers), all who belong to this new underclass of "The Touched" are in grave danger. It all falls to mysterious, quick-fisted widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter these gifted "orphans." To do so, they will have to face the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind and protect those who are like them

    Have The Nevers recorded (none / 0) (#31)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 07:25:02 PM EST
    Going to watch it now.

    My husband loved Lovecraft Country

    We both liked The Undoing


    It's good (none / 0) (#32)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 07:28:47 AM EST
    Back to the other thing

    "As Biden weighed a full exit from the country this spring, top military leaders advocated for keeping a small U.S. presence on the ground made up primarily of special operations forces and paramilitary advisers, arguing that a force of a few thousand troops was needed to keep the Taliban in check and prevent Afghanistan from once again becoming a haven for terrorists, according to nine former and current U.S. officials familiar with the discussions."

    "But in the end, Biden and his top national security deputies did what no previous president has done successfully -- they overrode the brass. ... [It] is Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan who are truly `running the Pentagon,' according to two former officials familiar with the discussions."



    Yes, (5.00 / 1) (#34)
    by KeysDan on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 11:49:24 AM EST
    it appears that the generals got their input but not their way.  It is not as if the generals were given a  short shrift.  For 20 years we have bobbed from objective to objective, each to be successful only with a few thousand more troops.  

    The Secretary of State and National Security Advisor are not unaware of the military's concerns but seem to have balanced risks in their arguments for ending the military presence as it stands. President Biden used an inclusive and studied decision-making process that yielded the most viable pathway forward.  Now, it will be necessary to admit many Afghans to the US---those, and their families, who worked with the US as critical support, such as intelligence sources and interpreters.


    I have asked myself why Milley (none / 0) (#35)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 11:52:19 AM EST
    Has come out on the record questioning Biden about this decision. There is a subtle questioning of Biden's authority that seems designed to draw a response from POTUS. I think Milley is looking for a way out now. Because all of the sexual harassment and assault going on inside the very Pentagon these past four years is going to slam into him.

    And they held up Mrs. General Richardsons promotion announcement because they feared Trump would deny it to her. There are two General Richardsons. And they are married to each other. So some women in the military got protected from Trump's misogyny and some didn't. If you were a General you were protected.

    This is going to go down like bloody hell when it starts.


    I think Milley would like to retire (none / 0) (#36)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 11:57:15 AM EST
    Because he disagreed with Joe Biden about taking a calculated military risk and terrorists (scary music). And he would like that retirement to happen soon.

    It is (none / 0) (#37)
    by KeysDan on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 12:02:08 PM EST
    time for Milley to enjoy the next chapter of his life ---retirement in a nice golfing community somewhere in North Carolina.  And, keep him away from Lafayette Square.

    Between Milley (none / 0) (#38)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 12:15:33 PM EST
    And Mattis and Kelly and everyone else in the Trump Generals Band, a theme I could detect did surface. There was an idea or maybe a guiding principle that those who could magically serve a loser like Trump and support each other in doing so seemed to coalesce around, and that was that Obama people were making the military soft. They were taking the military out of the military. They believed the military was suffering from it also.

    Of course Mrs. Richardson got a different sort of rough and tumble military Trump experience from the other girls.


    I have always (none / 0) (#40)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 03:31:30 PM EST
    wondered if we would have a day like the Soviet Union did when it was the end and they found out all kinds of horrible things that were done by the Kremlin. It would seem that day is now here for America. Decades of delayed reckoning on a lot of things seems to be happening. Just today the intelligence services stated Manafort gave information to Russian intelligence. We all pretty much knew that but here it is.

    It is nice to finally have it (none / 0) (#49)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 08:09:33 PM EST
    In hand, bold face

    WAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 12:02:45 PM EST
    Trump will never brand anything better than that...ever :)

    Biden always hated that war. Sided with Richard Holbrooke. Holbrooke's dying wish will occur September 11, 2021.


    How long have we been hearing this Captain? (none / 0) (#10)
    by fishcamp on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 08:21:12 AM EST
    First you say you do                                                                                       And then you don't                                                                                         And then you say you will                                                                              And then you won't                                                                                        You're undecided now                                                                                   So what are you gonna do?                                                                                                                                                        

    True (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 10:10:03 AM EST
    They are very aware of this.  He has been pretty clear.

    If he does not it will be disastrous for his presidency.  I think.


    Testifying Thursday (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 13, 2021 at 08:06:42 PM EST
    A new report by the Capitol Police's internal watchdog found that department leaders overlooked key intelligence in the run-up to the riot on Jan. 6, including a warning that "Congress itself is the target," and barred the force's riot response unit from using its most powerful crowd-control measures.

    The 104-page document, entitled "Review of the Events Surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, Takeover of the U.S. Capitol," is the most searing portrait yet of the lapses and miscalculations around the most violent attack on the Capitol in two centuries. It adds significant new detail not unearthed in congressional hearings and is likely to inform a coming overhaul of the agency promised by lawmakers.

    Michael A. Bolton, the Capitol Police's inspector general, classified the report as "law enforcement sensitive" and has not released it to the public. But The New York Times reviewed a copy before his testimony to the House Administration Committee, scheduled for Thursday.

    Here are the highlights.


    I want to thank you all for (5.00 / 9) (#11)
    by Chuck0 on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 09:53:23 AM EST
    your very kind words and thoughts. I never quite expected the outpouring of support that was shown me here at TalkLeft. You are all the kind, compassionate people that does make America great.

    I am happy to report that I am classified "Covid recovered". No longer contagious. I  am over the first hump and improving. I am down to 4 litres of oxygen. From 13.

    I have been moved to a specialty hospital for respiratory rehab. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

    It seems rage is a powerful motivator for healing. Embracing my anger has kept me alive.

    Again, thank you all very much. Kudos to Jeralyn for going the extra mile to track me down. You all have my never ending respect.

    So glad (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 02:18:44 PM EST
    you are on the mend!

    Great news (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by MO Blue on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 03:37:25 PM EST
    Glad you are on the mend.

    So happy (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by Zorba on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 03:48:42 PM EST
    for you!

    Well done, Chuck! (5.00 / 2) (#39)
    by jondee on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 12:26:21 PM EST
    Rage is just the life force that got up on the wrong side of the bed.

    Keep the fire burning.


    I have found rage (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 10:11:08 AM EST
    to be very useful and sustaining.  Great news.

    I am so glad (none / 0) (#14)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 10:24:51 AM EST
    You are doing better

    Happy to hear that you're getting better. (none / 0) (#16)
    by desertswine on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 11:09:54 AM EST
    Keep it up.

    What wonderful news! (none / 0) (#17)
    by leap on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 11:43:03 AM EST
    "COVID-recovered," indeed. Soon you'll be home and choosing your rages. Rage not only sometimes keeps me up at night, it also motivates the activities of my days. So, yeah. Keep raging, and stay upright. So cool to hear this.

    Excellent update. Thank you. (none / 0) (#23)
    by oculus on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 03:44:15 PM EST
    Very happy to hear this (none / 0) (#25)
    by jmacWA on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 03:52:57 PM EST
    I'm so glad you're feeling better. (none / 0) (#44)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 06:42:57 PM EST
    This pandemic has affected so many people in various ways, even if only to test an individual's level of patience. The body has extraordinary capacity for recovery and regeneration. I'll keep thinking good thoughts for that day when you're back home. Won't be long now, hopefully.

    My LTE published today (5.00 / 3) (#15)
    by Repack Rider on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 11:04:12 AM EST
    In the local rag.

    Some of those storming Capitol swore allegiance

    The military and the police are the people we pay to protect our freedom. My first act on entering the Army was to swear allegiance to the Constitution.

    For this reason it is disturbing to see that military veterans and law enforcement groups were so well represented among the criminals who stormed the Capitol. Police officers' unions should provide explanations as to why this was the case.

    Chauvin (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 09:15:03 AM EST
    wisely IMO, says he will not testify.  Wisely for him.

    I am not impressed with the carbon monoxide (5.00 / 3) (#41)
    by Peter G on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 04:34:07 PM EST
    theory. I don't see how it helps the defense case.  After all, who is it that put Floyd on the ground with his head near the exhaust pipe of a vehicle that had its engine running? And who left that vehicle with its engine running?

    The best part (none / 0) (#42)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 04:55:28 PM EST
    the could not say for sure if the car was even running.

    I'm generally not impressed with the defense.  They say they are going for the one juror who will hang the jury.  I hope the new post truth world doesn't mean all you really need is some BS "thing" to repeat when you are asked.

    I really hope that.


    Truth be told, that is exactly (5.00 / 1) (#45)
    by Peter G on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 06:45:16 PM EST
    what leads to hung juries, and sometimes to acquittals. Just something for the juror(s) who do(es)n't want to convict to hang their hat(s) on. It doesn't have to be logical or persuasive.

    They're literally (none / 0) (#60)
    by smott on Fri Apr 16, 2021 at 12:52:06 PM EST
    Throwing spaghetti against the wall , in hopes there will be one juror racist enough to pretend there's reasonable doubt.
    And my money is on the racist. I'll be stunned if Chauvin is convicted of murder or man slaughter.

    The defense is always, (none / 0) (#61)
    by MO Blue on Fri Apr 16, 2021 at 12:58:31 PM EST
    whether implicitly implied, the scary black man with super demonic  strength that white people need to be protected against at all costs.

    I think that what J and I have been (none / 0) (#52)
    by Peter G on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 09:37:00 PM EST
    getting at, is that the defense put on a very good case from a technical point of view, probably better than the prosecutors' case, because it was more concise and incisive. Do the job, then stop. But the substance of the defense case, the content and persuasive quality, was lacking. So if the case is decided on the evidence (which cannot be assumed), it looks like the State should get their conviction. If there are a couple of jurors with doubts, or who are just flat out unwilling to call a cop a murderer, that might lead to a "compromise" conviction on less than the most serious charge, rather than a hung jury or acquittal.

    As a civilian bystander (none / 0) (#56)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 16, 2021 at 09:44:48 AM EST
    it seemed to me what the prosecution was trying to do, maybe what they saw as the most important thing to do, was humanize Mr Floyd.   All the emotional testimony that it started with.  And then to try to destroy every excuse they would make with gobs of expert testimony.  I think in some past trials of cops the humanity of the victim is kind of overlooked.  

    I think it's interesting the defense went to this carbon monoxide thing because it's apparently the one thing that might never have occurred to the prosecution, they thought it was to nutty for them to even try.   They tried to introduce testimony to refute it but the judge would not allow it saying any reference to it could mean a mistrial.

    Like I said I have not been following this closely but that was my interpretation of what I've seen.

    The defense was pretty clever, if I have all that right, to zero in on carbon monoxide.  As you say, it doesn't have to make sense.  And it one thing they never explained away.

    All that said my feeling is it won't work and that Derek is going to lose.

    Maybe it's a hope.


    Also (none / 0) (#57)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 16, 2021 at 10:25:08 AM EST
    Unlike Tamir Rice or Adam Toledo or many others George Floyd unfortunately was easier to caricature as a big threatening out of control addict.  Who just passed a counterfeit 20.

    I understand why they did the emotional and family testimony even if it ran on.  I mean, if I was a juror it would matter.


    of a coed at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo. I might even have first heard about it here on TL, when such things were more of the focus of the site. I remember doing lots of googling about the details of the case.

    Anyway, over the past couple years a local SLO guy got obsessed with the case and did a podcast with interviews of anyone he could find who was connected to the girl or the case.

    He then published the podcast, "Your Own Backyard," and a couple days ago the SLO County sheriffs arrested a guy for the murder and his dad as accessory, and

    credited [the pocaster, Chris] Lambert with helping draw worldwide attention to the case and bringing forward several key witnesses.

    I remember (none / 0) (#63)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 16, 2021 at 05:33:02 PM EST
    seeing that case profiled on Investigation Discovery. I also remember that it seemed like the guy that has been arrested had a flimsy alibi. I wonder why the sheriff's office never arrested the suspect? Was it sudden pressure because surely there was no new information unless there was a confession.

    If you read the coverage, you will see (5.00 / 1) (#64)
    by Peter G on Fri Apr 16, 2021 at 06:35:12 PM EST
    that the podcaster did come up with significant new evidence (details, but significant nonetheless) through his persistent, detailed interviews of everyone and anyone with knowledge of the case who would speak with him.

    This. (none / 0) (#66)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Apr 16, 2021 at 09:46:14 PM EST
    Now that I have (none / 0) (#69)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Apr 17, 2021 at 06:47:16 AM EST
    read it I see. I do wonder if people were afraid to talk to the police before or the police just more or less fell down investigating this case.

    Do the attorneys ask during jury (none / 0) (#70)
    by oculus on Sun Apr 18, 2021 at 07:45:57 AM EST
    selection if the potential jurors in criminal cases have listened to podcasts re criminal cases?

    The billboard was the catalyst. (none / 0) (#71)
    by oculus on Sun Apr 18, 2021 at 07:47:05 AM EST
    I reestablished (5.00 / 1) (#72)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 18, 2021 at 08:51:58 AM EST
    my face book connection.

    I checked around to take the temp.  I found an interesting thing.  I lost my connection right after the election and the mood has taken a very different turn since then.  There are certainly still nuts being censored by FB.  lots.  But most is more carefully worded to avoid the dreaded grey mask.  Which means they are really reduced to whining.

    I found many versions of meme like (meaning they were probably started by Russian intelligence) posts that say the say thing that goes something like this


    The wording varies but that is the gist.  I saw dozens of these.

    A couple of things I would have pointed out if I posted on FB:

    If he is  being "crucified" (he is) you are losing

    If Biden is being "glorified" (he is) you are also losing.

    And lastly, thank you for acknowledging Biden IS the president even if you would rather he is not.

    This is a very different, defensive, desperate tone than a couple of months ago.

    Good for FB as far as it goes.

    I have (none / 0) (#73)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Apr 18, 2021 at 09:19:05 AM EST
    noticed that most have moved on from thinking Trump was going to magically reclaim the throne to focusing on Hunter Biden (again Russian propaganda)and repeatedly calling Biden senile. Ironically the Biden is "mentally incapacitated" was started during the primary by Bernie's campaign. They also really are whining about the Keystone Pipeline.

    Still no (5.00 / 4) (#76)
    by KeysDan on Sun Apr 18, 2021 at 01:01:23 PM EST
    Commission established, in a 9/11 style, to study and report on  the January 6 insurrection by Trump,supporters.  The DOJ indictment-by-indictment is telling a story and with some beginning to sing like a bird more will be learned.

    However, Speaker Pelosi is apparently running into a brick wall trying to get cooperation from Republicans for a bipartisan effort, which is unsurprising because Republicans.  It will.be necessary, it seems clear, that Democrats move ahead on their own and impanel a blue ribbon commission of security, intelligence,  and other appropriate experts.  A special counsel would be another approach.

    In any event, a study of the insurrection is essential.  It is unnerving that Eric's dad and other seditionists have not yet been held accountable, and even more unsettling that a comprehensive investigation into, and public reporting of, the attempted overturning of the presidential election and subversion of our democracy has not yet begun.

    Not about the "well regulated militias" (5.00 / 1) (#86)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 19, 2021 at 02:09:52 PM EST
    Francis Wilkinson: "In a small, carpeted classroom in Delta, British Columbia, a dozen of us filed in for the first of two days of classes -- 15 hours in all -- required to obtain a firearm license. Canadian law recognizes three basic types of guns: non-restricted, restricted and prohibited. Firearms become more difficult to possess as the government's assessment of their danger increases. Handguns, for example, are restricted. Despite their designations, even restricted and prohibited firearms can be legally possessed and acquired."

    "Licensing is extensive and mandatory. Without a license issued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, you can't legally possess or purchase a firearm in Canada. And without completing an authorized training course in firearm safety like this one, and then waiting a minimum of 28 business days for your application to be processed, you won't get a license."


    Mars helicopter (5.00 / 1) (#87)
    by desertswine on Mon Apr 19, 2021 at 03:32:01 PM EST
    Amy Coney Barrett, (5.00 / 1) (#90)
    by KeysDan on Mon Apr 19, 2021 at 03:58:02 PM EST
    Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, has sold a book garnering an eye-popping $2,000,000 advance--- a tome about how judges are not supposed to bring their personal feelings into how they rule.

    My wonderment, which awaits the book's arrival, is how she discerns between personal feelings and marching orders from God.

    RIP (5.00 / 2) (#92)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 19, 2021 at 08:16:19 PM EST
    Yikes (5.00 / 1) (#97)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 20, 2021 at 06:05:17 PM EST
    Happy (5.00 / 1) (#116)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 22, 2021 at 04:04:37 PM EST
    Tracy? (5.00 / 1) (#125)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 23, 2021 at 04:44:47 PM EST

    "A Pentagon panel is recommending that decisions to prosecute service members for sexual assault be made by independent authorities, not commanders, in what would be a major reversal of military practice and a change long sought by Congress members," the Associated Press reports.


    Yup!!! (none / 0) (#126)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Apr 24, 2021 at 07:36:38 AM EST
    We think that it will be done this time. And why now? Because when we all hear the things that the military chain of command covered up during Trump we are going to.... I don't know. None of really trusted the military with this stuff before Trump, but my understanding is it was a horrific 4 yrs for victims in the military. A rape that Delta forces was able to cover up seems to be the initial driver.

    I think the Pentagon is waiting for all hell to break loose as victims realize now maybe they can talk and be safe, and obtain some relief and compassion and healing.

    I think Congress is going to have this solution waiting in the wings, all buttoned up, when the tsunami hits.


    When the Commander in Chief is himself (5.00 / 2) (#133)
    by Peter G on Sat Apr 24, 2021 at 04:00:23 PM EST
    an accused rapist who benefits mightily from an institutionalized absence of accountability, what would you expect?

    At further expense, more suffering (5.00 / 1) (#134)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Apr 25, 2021 at 08:05:50 AM EST
    And trauma, we have arrived at this moment. The moment when something can and will be done to end the enabling of sexual predators within the military.

    Gillibrand has top Generals on record that they would be accountable. At the first opportunity to not be accountable though when these horrible crimes occur, they just about instantly weren't. We didn't even get to see an erosion of the standard. Right out of the gate Mark Milley chose his second, and it was a man who had been accused of sexual harrassment and assault and then wasn't properly investigated, John E. Hyten.


    I have to carefully read about it (none / 0) (#127)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Apr 24, 2021 at 07:39:02 AM EST
    Because I get so angry at times reading about what happened to the SHARP program. It became a joke.

    Pink super moon (5.00 / 1) (#136)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 25, 2021 at 08:08:50 PM EST
    The moon looked terrific last night (5.00 / 2) (#139)
    by Peter G on Mon Apr 26, 2021 at 09:33:49 AM EST
    when we went out to walk the dog. Looking forward to tonight's.

    I dunno, I mean, it was a nice big (none / 0) (#142)
    by Peter G on Mon Apr 26, 2021 at 10:52:19 PM EST
    full moon. But not spectacular.

    It was very bright (none / 0) (#143)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 07:58:43 AM EST
    I turned off the outside lights last night.  It was bright.  Like a "day for night" movie shot.

    Also (none / 0) (#144)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 08:13:47 AM EST
    It seems like it's usually cloudy here when we have these full moons.  Last night was clear and cloudless.

    Yes, that's true. It seemed much brighter (none / 0) (#145)
    by Peter G on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 09:50:39 AM EST
    than the usual full moon. And indeed, it was a clear sky, so that enhanced it.

    White coats move the needle (5.00 / 1) (#146)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 03:24:18 PM EST
    Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS), who is a physician, told the HuffPost that he wore a white lab coat in a public service announcement urging people to get vaccinated after being advised by GOP pollster Frank Luntz.

    Said Marshall: "What we've found is if we put on our white coat, it literally moves the needle."

    We were just talking about moving (5.00 / 1) (#164)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 09:13:52 AM EST
    The needle.

    I have never seriously considered using that Tru Earth paper-looking laundry detergent. I worry about stupid stuff and my laundry, like is the funk really out? Saw Will Ferrell's Tru Earth commercial yesterday and suddenly considering maybe I'm a laundry snob. Is my self esteem really so poor that my laundry must spotless?

    I am serious though, this is a profound shift for me. My husband rewarded me by ordering me some Tru Earth.  


    We have been trying out those laundry strips (5.00 / 2) (#166)
    by Peter G on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 10:03:10 AM EST
    for the last couple of weeks. To my surprise, we are quite satisfied with them.

    It took a (5.00 / 1) (#177)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 06:19:43 PM EST
    lot for me to start moving towards more natural cleaning products mostly  because I remember the ones from the 70s that did not work.

    Imagine (none / 0) (#147)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 03:25:44 PM EST
    what a stethoscope casually around the neck could do.

    AZ recount could be stopped today (5.00 / 1) (#162)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 09:03:02 AM EST
    That judge has since recused himself from the case and Martin did not rule on the argument Tuesday. He set another hearing for Wednesday to hear more on the issue.

    "The Arizona Senate has the constitutional authority to conduct the audit as part of its legislative function. However, the manner in which that audit is conducted must be balanced against the constitutional rights of the voters in Maricopa County, including the rights to secrecy and confidentiality of information," he said.

    Before the hearing ended, Martin added: "I am not yet persuaded that there has been a showing that the rights of the voters in Maricopa County are being protected."


    Or not (none / 0) (#178)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 06:26:57 PM EST
    I see where the Bidens... (5.00 / 1) (#200)
    by desertswine on Tue May 04, 2021 at 09:49:04 AM EST
    traveled to Hobbiton to pay a visit to the Carters.

    Facemasks during address (2.00 / 1) (#187)
    by coast on Thu Apr 29, 2021 at 09:27:45 AM EST
    How was Biden able to give the speech without wearing a facemask?  Doesn't that run afoul of his own executive order and CDC guidelines?

    MyPillows new "free speech" platform (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 13, 2021 at 12:39:44 PM EST
    because he got kicked off all the others

    Said Lindell: "You're not going to be able to swear. There will be four words for sure you can't say: You can't say the C-word, the N-word, the F-word, and you can't use God's name in vain."

    On (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by FlJoe on Tue Apr 13, 2021 at 01:27:07 PM EST
    the other hand, you can bear all the false witnessing you sinful heart desires.

    The C word LOLOLOLOL (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 11:52:06 AM EST
    The "C word"? (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by Peter G on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at 12:35:47 PM EST
    "c*cks*cker"? "chickensh*t"? "Cauc*sian"? "collab*rator"? "Constit*tion"?

    Gee, (none / 0) (#3)
    by Zorba on Tue Apr 13, 2021 at 02:50:04 PM EST
    Sure sounds like "free speech" to me.  Not.

    Without using (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 13, 2021 at 03:46:07 PM EST
    the C-word or the F-word I don't know what I would have to say to the godamn moron.

    Remember (none / 0) (#58)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 16, 2021 at 11:49:51 AM EST
    "Expect more of this"?

    More -

    Oath Keepers Founder Will Plead Guilty

    April 16, 2021 at 12:55 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard Leave a Comment

    "A founding member of the Oath Keepers arrested in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate against others in the case -- the first defendant to potentially flip in the sprawling domestic terrorism investigation that has led to charges against more than 400 people," the Washington Post reports.

    Good. (none / 0) (#5)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Apr 13, 2021 at 06:05:01 PM EST
    Maybe policing all those words on his social media platform will keep him busy so he won't bother with more conspiracy theory filled "documentaries"

    Them (none / 0) (#43)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 04:58:32 PM EST
    I just started this on Prime

    it is genuinely squirm in your seat creepy

    Boy (none / 0) (#65)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 16, 2021 at 07:09:42 PM EST
    Watching this is exhausting.  It's really something.  If you want to know google the reviews.  They run the gamut from brilliant and ground breaking to disgraceful degradation porn that should "be removed from streaming services IMMEDIATELY"

    Seriously anything that can do that is worth noticing.  It is hard to watch.  And I can watch pretty much anything.   I would guess for people of color it might be even harder.

    But I am firmly on the brilliant side of this.   It is history and historic.  IMO.  And I love there is already another season.


    I'm down to the finale (none / 0) (#67)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 16, 2021 at 10:13:37 PM EST
    This (none / 0) (#68)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 16, 2021 at 10:15:45 PM EST
    "I sat down to write [Them] three or four years back, and it was relevant then"Little Marvin told ESSENCE. "It's a very sobering and humbling thing to realize that four years later, it's more valid because of the time we've all lived through over the past year.If anything, it just validates the original impulse for exploring these things. Frankly, I don't think we can explore this enough."

    Black residents comprise 32.4% ... (none / 0) (#46)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 06:46:25 PM EST
    ... of Chicago's population. How, then, do they account for over 75% of all arrests in the city for marijuana possession? They're surely not smoking 75% of the weed consumed in Chicago. Rather, it's yet more evidence that Black people are being deliberately targeted by police.

    One of the most powerful arguments (none / 0) (#47)
    by Peter G on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 07:12:25 PM EST
    for marijuana legalization is exactly this, which is true in cities all over the country (not just Chicago), not even the bogus CS scheduling and lack of public health justification.

    "The arrests don't represent people smoking pot on the sidewalk or inside their homes. Most arrests involve possessing or attempting to sell amounts over the legal limit of 30 grams."

    Do Black people make up 75% of the Chicago population who are in possession of illegal amounts of weed or who are selling it illegally?


    Neither. (none / 0) (#77)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Apr 18, 2021 at 03:34:57 PM EST
    "Do Black people make up 75% of the Chicago population who are in possession of illegal amounts of weed or who are selling it illegally?"

    The percentage of Black people who illegally possess, sell or consume pot is most certainly not greater than that of any other racial demographic in this country.

    The legal cannabis market in the United States generated about $13.6 billion in sales in 2019 and yet, it presently accounts for only 30% of our country's total cannabis market at most. It's been further estimated that the underground cannabis industry presently generates revenues somewhere in the realm of $35 billion annually.

    This stubborn notion that the black-market cannabis trade is somehow anchored or centered in our nation's economically challenged minority populations is logically (and logistically) preposterous. Follow the money. It will more than likely lead you to far more affluent communities, whose mostly white residents both have a lot more discretionary income, and tend to not be a significant focus of attention for law enforcement agencies.



    I appreciate that you now recognize that (none / 0) (#81)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Sun Apr 18, 2021 at 07:03:08 PM EST
    you really missed the ball on this one, but let's not move the goalposts, shall we?

    Among a number of other ways that you are changing your tune, you and the article were specifically talking about Chicago.

    The article literally says that the wealthier/whiter areas of Chicago are served by legal pot shops, and many of the poorer/blacker Southside areas are not.

    So how are the poorer/blacker areas getting their weed?

    The article literally says that even in the poorer/blacker neighborhoods that have legal pot shops, many residents there still buy and sell pot illegally in order to evade taxes.

    Tyrone F. Muhammad, executive director of Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change, and one of the black leaders quoted in the article, literally says that "Weed has been for decades a hustle for Black communities."

    What does that mean to you?

    Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat and one of the main sponsors of the bill that legalized recreational marijuana says that it's important to reduce the illegal pot market because it has "street-level components that are driving violence"

    Chicago is one of the most violent cities in the country. The majority of the violence is in the poorer/blacker southside neighborhoods.

    The stubborn notion that it is wrong for the police to go to where the violence is, is preposterous.


    Per the ACLU, while Black Americans and White Americans use marijuana at similar rates, Black people are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for it. Further, such disparities continue to exist even in states where weed has been decriminalized. (In New York City, people of color accounted for 94% of all arrests for marijuana possession in 2020.) There are consequences to this racial disparity, because criminal convictions for drug possession then impact an individual's access to employment and housing.

    If you're defending the current system, then you're part of the problem.


    Nopes. (none / 0) (#119)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Apr 22, 2021 at 06:48:40 PM EST
    I'm saying that the areas of Chicago that have a lot of crime and violence and illegal street-level drug issues will attract a large police presence, and those police are who bust people for illegal drugs.

    NYC is the same, btw, since you brought up NYC arrests for possession.

    ftr, 408 of the 437 (total in 2020) NYC possession arrests were for criminal possession.

    Guess which NYC street gangs are highly involved in large (criminal) amounts of weed, illegal drugs, violence, property crimes, etc? Guess what the ethnic makeup of the Bloods, MS 13, and Latin Kings typically are? Guess why the cops keep a pretty close eye on them?

    Marijuana use is approximately double among men vs woman, but the 2020 NYC arrests were 96% male, 4% female.

    Is this evidence that males are being deliberately targeted by police?

    Thankfully the laws surrounding weed are rapidly changing across the country (look at NY State's sweeping legislation from just 3 weeks ago) however, like alcohol, there will always be laws governing it and some people will attempt to evade those laws.


    They were real (none / 0) (#48)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 08:01:10 PM EST
    "The Defense Department has confirmed that leaked photos and video of "unidentified aerial phenomena" taken in 2019 are indeed legitimate images of unexplained objects, CNN reports.

    Photos and videos of triangle-shaped objects blinking and moving through the clouds were taken by Navy personnel.


    I was unimpressed by the quality (none / 0) (#50)
    by desertswine on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 08:19:08 PM EST
    of the videos.  With all of the sightings that the military has, why don't they have better videos or even stills?  They may be here, but I still can't see them.

    I like to think (none / 0) (#51)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at 08:30:06 PM EST
    they are very good at avoiding just that.

    Perfect sci-fi movie (none / 0) (#53)
    by MO Blue on Fri Apr 16, 2021 at 08:03:49 AM EST
    Invaders from outer space infect the brains of Americans and turn them into Qanon believers. Surely people couldn't possibly believe that crap without demonic intervention from a subhuman species.

    Either that, or Jewish space lasers (5.00 / 1) (#54)
    by Peter G on Fri Apr 16, 2021 at 08:35:10 AM EST
    That could explain it also.

    If they have a sense of humor (none / 0) (#55)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 16, 2021 at 08:42:36 AM EST
    you know they are laughing their azzes off.

    I'm really ready for Boehner (none / 0) (#74)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 18, 2021 at 11:41:04 AM EST
    to STFU with his CYA BS.

    And also, what the hell is wrong with his face.  His color makes Trumps orange bronzer look totally natural.

    Others have (none / 0) (#75)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 18, 2021 at 11:44:31 AM EST
    noted this

    I especially like the Sherwin Williams comparisons.


    Orange is the new black (none / 0) (#78)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Apr 18, 2021 at 04:44:12 PM EST
    was the joke by Obama. Too bad he used that before Trump became the orange one.

    Seriously (none / 0) (#79)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 18, 2021 at 05:24:28 PM EST
    not orange

    Compared to the color he was this morning orange is cheerful


    Jesus is posting videos (none / 0) (#80)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 18, 2021 at 05:46:46 PM EST
    about democrats harvesting adrenochrome.

    No, really.

    `Passion of the Christ' Star Hawks Unhinged QAnon Adrenochrome Conspiracy Theory

    We live in interesting times.

    It's interesting that the only (none / 0) (#82)
    by jondee on Sun Apr 18, 2021 at 07:06:08 PM EST
    person I've heard of who's openly expressed an interest in harvesting the blood of the young for life-enhancement and life-extension purposes is right wing sugar daddy, Peter Thiel.

    Come to think of it, Jim Caviezel doesn't look like he's aged a day since The Thin Blue Line.


    You must have (none / 0) (#83)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 19, 2021 at 05:16:13 AM EST
    missed the story of the disgusting Peter Nygard.

    Do you have a link (none / 0) (#84)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 19, 2021 at 07:59:41 AM EST
    for blood drinking by Nygard?

    Didn't find one.  Didn't look that hard.


    No (none / 0) (#91)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 19, 2021 at 07:47:50 PM EST
    I googled and could only find a reference on reddit. I wish I could remember where I read it and it was a legit article where i read it.

    Who are these people (none / 0) (#93)
    by jondee on Mon Apr 19, 2021 at 09:15:49 PM EST
    and where did they come from?

    And who's footing the bill for a conference that's like a Burning Man of maga crackpots, at which Mike Lindell, Sidney Powell, and Lin Wood got standing ovations from a maskless crowd sitting elbow-to-elbow?

    I thought they had their Burning Man on January 6th, but apparently not.

    This country's in deep trouble.


    They are (none / 0) (#94)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 20, 2021 at 11:06:39 AM EST
    your neighbors.

    I think Liz Cheney (none / 0) (#85)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 19, 2021 at 08:03:54 AM EST
    will run for President in 24.  I think she could beat Trump in a primary and I think she has a better chance of winning the general than any other republican I can think of.  

    As horrible as that would be a Trump/Cheney primary battle would be something to see.

    Today (none / 0) (#149)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 03:45:16 PM EST
    "I think we have a huge number of interesting candidates, but I think that we're going to be in a good position to be able to take the White House. I do think that some of our candidates who led the charge, particularly the senators who led the unconstitutional charge, not to certify the election, you know, in my view, that's disqualifying."

    -- Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), in an interview with the New York Post.

    2 strokes (none / 0) (#88)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 19, 2021 at 03:42:34 PM EST
    Capitol Police Officer Died from Strokes

    April 19, 2021 at 4:22 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard 19 Comments

    "Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District's chief medical examiner has ruled," the Washington Post reports.

    "The ruling, released Monday, likely will make it difficult for prosecutors to pursue homicide charges in the officer's death."

    Now he's just trying to pi$$ them off (none / 0) (#89)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 19, 2021 at 03:58:01 PM EST
    "The Biden administration is considering requiring tobacco companies to reduce the nicotine levels in all cigarettes sold in the U.S. to levels at which they are no longer addictive," the Wall Street Journal reports.

    Tucker will not be happy.

    In other news (none / 0) (#95)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 20, 2021 at 04:40:54 PM EST
    It's 4/20!

    I've been celebrating all day.  They are having a big sale and out door party at our new dispensary.  The parking lot was full when I got there at 9:15 and I had to park on the side of the highway.  It's a BIG parking lot.

    Also I got to meet and chat for a bit with the owner.  The person almost singularly responsible for medical pot in this state.  She paid for the ballot initiative and many other things.  Now she is getting ever more rich.  

    She is Rene Clay-Circle.  Our local superhero.  She lives in a Wayne Manor like house on a cliff over Spring River.  You can find her on social media. She is a very colorful and interesting character.

    She has a very active twitter and Facebook presence.  I can't figure out much about her politics.  She is currently (also) the County Coroner.  And elected office. She ran as a Democrat but it's a more complicated story than that.  And a good one.

    I told her today she should run against Huckabee-Sanders.  She laughed but not in a that's ridiculous way.  She is probably the second richest family (Town and Country Supermarkets) in the state after the Waltons.


    Also (none / 0) (#96)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 20, 2021 at 04:55:02 PM EST
    If you are really interested, I just learned this, she has a role in the 2014 Discovery Channel series Clash of the Ozarks.  

    I have not seen this but apparently she plays herself and she is called "The Baroness".  

    Like I said I only just learned she is in this and I will be watching it.

    she is in this trailer.  For a second you see her eyes in a rear view mirror


    I like her (none / 0) (#103)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 07:33:58 PM EST
    twitter feed.

    She sounds like the perfect person to make SHS explode.


    OSCAR Sunday (none / 0) (#98)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 20, 2021 at 06:44:24 PM EST
    Best Movie of the Year (none / 0) (#99)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 20, 2021 at 07:29:01 PM EST
    should go to Darnella Frazier

    I hope she gets a mention at least.


    I have not seen any of those movies... (none / 0) (#100)
    by desertswine on Tue Apr 20, 2021 at 08:11:31 PM EST
    except for one, the Chicago Seven movie, which was OK, but not great.  

    Only seen a couple (none / 0) (#101)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 05:08:40 PM EST
    Have not seen Nomadland.  

    My state (none / 0) (#102)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 05:10:38 PM EST
    definitely has it's pros and cons

    Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers named best midsize metro to move to after college

    The Best Places To Move After College

    The only one (none / 0) (#104)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 07:38:06 PM EST
    I would pick a bone with out of those 2 lists would be Spartanburg SC unless you are a fundamentalist evangelical. I lived in upstate SC for way too long and it ranks as about the worst place I have ever lived.

    How is your state for retirement? (none / 0) (#105)
    by Chuck0 on Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 08:18:31 PM EST
    I may be looking for a place to land. Single floor homes are hard to find on PA. I really like my house, built in 1905. Very reasonable mortgage payment. Even if I tried to rent it would cost me double.. I owned a mobile home for my step daughter for a little awhile. But really don't want to go MH living. Too many rules.

    I need to work a couple more years, but I can work from anywhere with reliable internet.

    PA has some advantages. Retirement income not taxed by state. No sales tax on clothing. Casinos. Low cost to register vehicles. And my auto insurance is ridiculous how much it dropped.

    I've ridden my motorcycle through a large part of AR. Had a sweetie around Sheridan that I rode up to see from Ft worth. Went a music festival in Helena.


    It's good if we are talking financial (none / 0) (#106)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 08:39:53 PM EST
    it's the reason I live here.  It's so cheap to live here.  I am able to live remarkably well on a limited income.  In my area particularly.  For example that top comment about the Fayetteville area.  A good friend recently moved from there because he could not afford it on retirement income and bought a house near me and never stops talking about how much cheaper it is.  Just from another part of AR,

    The reason it's great for retirement is there is nothing to do here work wise.  Walmart or some other retail.  That's really it.  People who live near me and work usually drive at least an hour in some direction.

    So it's cheap to live here and great if you do not need to work.

    My property tax, due on oct is 338.00. That's after something called "the homestead exemption".  Seriously.  And my little town has a special charge for services that make taxes here, in this little township, more expensive than the surrounding area.  Locally it's know for "high taxes".  I call it the whitectrash tax.  It keeps them out.

    I've mentioned before we here for what ever reason have very good broadband.  Certainly not true everywhere in the state.  You could buy a house, a good house, move in ready for 60,000.  My friend just did that less than a year ago.  If you are willing to do some work way less.

    But property here is going up. We have been hearing about it since the quarantine.  People from the surrounding urbanish  areas coming here because it's isolated and well served utility wise.  Many are working online.


    Hope this works (none / 0) (#107)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 08:48:09 PM EST
    Wow. (none / 0) (#108)
    by Chuck0 on Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 09:02:38 PM EST
    I could practically pay cash for something in the 60K range. I don't need to find work, my work will move with me from PA to wherever I land. And I make just over six figures, which I think ought to go far in AR. THANKS FOR THE LINK.

    Yeah (none / 0) (#109)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 09:09:53 PM EST
    I did,  so did my friend.  Pay cash.

    If you want to spend more just raise the max price.  There are some really great houses here.
    If you want to spend less and are handy (me) you will find some jaw dropping deals.  

    Also it's good you have the addresss.  Check them out on google earth.  This township is big but it's entirely residential.  Very strict zoning.  Many homes are like mine completely isolated  


    Love to see you (none / 0) (#111)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 09:30:36 PM EST
    If you actually start thinking about it and want to talk feel free to email me.  I think I still have a address listed here

    I will check


    I was close (none / 0) (#112)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 22, 2021 at 09:01:50 AM EST
    in case of suspected hyperbole

    This property is probably worth 60-70,000 now.


    Heck. (none / 0) (#113)
    by Chuck0 on Thu Apr 22, 2021 at 10:46:20 AM EST
    You are practically in Misery.

    Worth noting (none / 0) (#114)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 22, 2021 at 10:53:37 AM EST
    that shows if I did not live in this particular township with its fee I would pay no tax.

    I paid no property tax for 5 years in Mammoth Spring.

    For an average priced primary residence house over 65, no tax in AR.


    Sorry didn't means "in Arkansas" (none / 0) (#115)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 22, 2021 at 10:55:24 AM EST
    Taxes are local

    Crazy, not insane (none / 0) (#117)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 22, 2021 at 05:09:37 PM EST
    Shawcross lived a mile (5.00 / 2) (#118)
    by jondee on Thu Apr 22, 2021 at 06:25:27 PM EST
    from me and literally next-door to a friend of mine.

    One day, about a month before they arrested him, I uncharacteristically took a nap in the middle of the afternoon and had a very vivid, disturbing dream in which it was expressed that my friend had something to do with all the murders that had been happening. None of us knew or had even consciously seen Shawcross, he was the classic, inconspicuous, creature of the night.

    Make of all that what you will, but at the time it struck me as a hell of a striking coincidence when they arrested him a month after that dream.


    Too creepy (5.00 / 2) (#121)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Apr 22, 2021 at 08:27:56 PM EST
    What had your subconscious noticed?

    Yeah I know (5.00 / 1) (#122)
    by jondee on Thu Apr 22, 2021 at 08:45:52 PM EST
    I could do without that kind of thing, unless I 'm going to be provided with the winning lotto numbers. Conscious living is complicated enough.

    Speaking of connections (none / 0) (#120)
    by jondee on Thu Apr 22, 2021 at 08:10:59 PM EST
    to murderers, I give you Tucker "Dan White" Carlson.

    Exposing Tucker's 'youthful folly' is sauce for the gander, considering how much he's been known to look for dirt in other people's college yearbooks.


    Dan White (none / 0) (#123)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 23, 2021 at 04:37:02 AM EST
    and a fan of some other awful person whose name escapes me now.

    Jesse (none / 0) (#124)
    by KeysDan on Fri Apr 23, 2021 at 10:29:22 AM EST

    Pizzly Bears (none / 0) (#128)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 24, 2021 at 07:53:30 AM EST
    seriously, needs a better name for such a beautiful thing

    Endangered polar bears are breeding with grizzly bears, creating hybrid "pizzly" bears, and it's being driven by climate change, scientists say.

    A certain quote (5.00 / 1) (#130)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Apr 24, 2021 at 08:29:24 AM EST
    From Jurassic Park comes to mind.

    Every time (none / 0) (#129)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 24, 2021 at 08:12:07 AM EST
    this idiot opens his mouth another wave of joy that he is no longer in charge of anything but the "Republican Party" washes over me.

    Yesterday was the anniversary of the injecting bleach and "inserting" lights speech.

    Former President Donald Trump said that Twitter has become "very boring" since he was banned from the social media platform, Insider reports.

    Said Trump: "I'm really getting a big word out because we're doing releases. And every time I do a release it's all over the place. It's better than Twitter, much more elegant than Twitter. And Twitter now is very boring, a lot of people are leaving Twitter."

    Ironically (5.00 / 1) (#131)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Apr 24, 2021 at 09:15:47 AM EST
    it seems like most outlets aren't bothering to report his press releases. His press releases are just more rehashing of the same whine over and over anyway but I am sure right wing media hangs on every one of them. Since he only listens to right wing media he probably does think he gets more press.

    It will be interesting to see what happens with him being in NJ and leaving the protection of DeathSantis in FL.


    I love the silence (5.00 / 1) (#132)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Apr 24, 2021 at 09:23:23 AM EST
    Occassionally I run across coverage of one of his releases, but they barely see the light of day. I read the first one, just gibberish rhetoric. Blah blah blah from a powerless psychopath.

    Happy Sunday (none / 0) (#135)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 25, 2021 at 08:50:29 AM EST

    Associated Press: "For any new leader, a lingering pandemic that has killed more than a half-million citizens would be plenty for a first 100 days. But it has been far from the sole preoccupation for the now 78-year-old Biden."

    "The oldest person ever elected president is tugging the United States in many new directions at once, right down to its literal foundations -- the concrete of its neglected bridges -- as well as the racial inequities and partisan poisons tearing at the civil society. Add to that list: a call for dramatic action to combat climate change."

    "He's doing it without the abrasive noise of the last president or the charisma of the last two. Biden's spontaneity, once a hallmark and sometimes a headache, is rarely seen. Some say he is a leader for this time: more action, less talk and something for the history books."


    "The White House is preparing to unveil a roughly $1.8 trillion spending and tax plan this coming week that includes many of President Biden's campaign promises but also reflects the daunting challenges facing the administration as it tries to transform the U.S. economy," the Washington Post reports.

    "The American Families Plan, set to be released ahead of the president's joint address to Congress on Wednesday, calls for devoting hundreds of billions of dollars to national child care, prekindergarten, paid family leave and tuition-free community college, among other domestic priorities. It will be at least partially funded by about a half-dozen tax hikes on high-income Americans and investors, proposed changes that are already provoking fierce opposition in Congress and on Wall Street."


    GOP report card (none / 0) (#137)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 26, 2021 at 07:58:28 AM EST
    That's a lotta Fs (none / 0) (#138)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 26, 2021 at 08:10:35 AM EST
    They could use some grading on a curve

    "F" for (5.00 / 1) (#140)
    by KeysDan on Mon Apr 26, 2021 at 11:33:23 AM EST
    fascist.    The Republican Party is no longer a political party interested in democracy or governing.  The January 6 insurrection was just warm-up practice.  The Big Lie is alive and well according to the DOJ and several judges, Arizona Republicans are recounting general election ballots in Maricopa County in a manner that would make Mussolini blush, DeSantis has signed a new Florida law making, essentially, protests Republicans do not like unlawful and providing  a way to provide a legal safe haven for  murder of protestors -by-car-ramming.  And, of course, the voter suppression laws like Georgia's proliferating in Republican-controlled states.

    The Republican Party has no platform unless you consider hate, obstruction, dominionism, and authoritarianism.  It is not a valid negotiating partner in governance.  It needs to be recognized for what it is---a fascist ideology hell-bent on undermining  the liberal underpinnings of the US Constitution. And, they do not rule out violence to do so, as we know.


    Another reason (none / 0) (#141)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 26, 2021 at 06:42:07 PM EST

    "The presidency is the most powerful position in the country, but it could accidentally wind up with a new perk: the ability to cast electoral votes. That's because, as a result of a constitutional quirk, the current push for D.C. statehood would leave a remnant federal district in which the White House might be the only permanent residence. It's one of the more bizarre features of the long-running fight to grant congressional representation to the 700,000 taxpaying residents of the District of Columbia..."

    "There's no easy fix for such a scenario, because it would take a new constitutional amendment to undo the 23rd Amendment, which is far more difficult to pass than simple legislation."

    This is great (none / 0) (#148)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 03:41:42 PM EST
    Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) hid on a toilet with a sword during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in January, the New York Times reports.

    After being evacuated, Westerman and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy reportedly hid in McCarthy's office. But when rioters began breaking into the building, McCarthy's security detail had him leave Westerman behind.

    For protection, Westerman said he "commandeered a Civil War sword from an office display, barricaded himself in Mr. McCarthy's private bathroom and waited out the siege while crouched on the toilet."


    That experience (5.00 / 1) (#150)
    by KeysDan on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 04:20:28 PM EST
    must have scared the s--- out of him. Representative Westerman did not follow along with 147 of his House Republicans to overturn the presidential election in the certification vote afterward January 6-7.  

    Which is funnier (5.00 / 1) (#153)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 06:00:13 PM EST
    the image of him squatting with his feet on the toilet lid with a confederate sword (my favorite part) or that his leader left him there to do that.

    Where's the beef? (none / 0) (#151)
    by KeysDan on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 05:18:57 PM EST
    Larry Kudlow, Trump's chief economic adviser, does not like President Biden's climate plan. What will all this green stuff come to?  No meat, poultry, fish, seafood,eggs..he lied.

     Kudlow worries about celebrations, "throw back a plant-based beer with your grilled Brussels sprouts on July 4"

    Kudlow needs to consult with Justice Kavanaugh about  beer being made from meat. He is likely to tell him that malt grain beer is not so bad, after all. On St. Patrick's Day, it can be, literally, green.

    This hamburger thing (none / 0) (#152)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 05:56:54 PM EST
    is just hysterical.  This is how desperate they are to make something, anything stick to Biden.

    No one beyond the usual 25% are going to believe this.  


    and (none / 0) (#154)
    by FlJoe on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 06:23:09 PM EST
    Kamala's book and Tuckers Carlson's reverse nanny state comments... this folks is the state of the modern GOP. The inmates are truly running the asylum now.

    Dan White Carlson (none / 0) (#155)
    by jondee on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 06:51:08 PM EST
    is now telling his minions to confront mask-wearers - because everyone knows masks are all about "obedience" and the left's desire to control our lives.

    We are way past that (none / 0) (#156)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 07:05:36 PM EST
    What he said was it was child abuse and if you see a child in a mask you should call child protective services.  And keep calling until they show up.

    That's a remarkable thing to say.  Even for him.  It will lead to confrontation.  Involving children.  At the risk of giving him the attention he is begging for, it's unacceptable.  Something should be done.

    But back to the sub thread, I don't see how this helps the right back to power.  

    In his case it just seems like doing damage just because he can.   Very much like Orange Jezus


    It's not much different (none / 0) (#157)
    by jondee on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 07:24:30 PM EST
    than Trump. It's about stirring up the rageaholic, paranoid base and hoping they and enough mercenary deregulate-everything libertarian types show up at the polls to put Brand R over the top.

    He doesn't give a flying eff what anyone else thinks about what he says, that's obvious. And word is the Murdochs love his weasly, preppie a*s.


    I (none / 0) (#158)
    by FlJoe on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 08:09:10 PM EST
    would like to think that it does not help them, but on the flip side it doesn't really seem to hurt them either.

    Lies and rage are all they have, full stop, it worked for tRump once and there is no guarantee that it won't work again.


    No guarantee (none / 0) (#159)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 08:21:14 PM EST
    but I do not think it will.  Know who else doesn't think it will? (IMO).  Liz Cheney.  I left a couple of comments upthread.  It's clear who is driving the GOP train right now.  And into 2022.  It's not Liz.  They are clearly planning a redux of 2020.  

    I think there is going to be an epic GOP train wreck next time.  So does Liz.  The bigger the better for her.  She will appear to pick up the pieces and make the Republican Party grand again in 2024.

    IMO the big error is they are thinking they did ok last time.  With the crazy turned up to 11.  And they did.  IMO they did ok because of turnout for Trump.  Trump will not be on the ticket.



    Good luck picking up (none / 0) (#160)
    by jondee on Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 09:14:59 PM EST
    the pieces, Liz. Good luck with that.

    Good luck coming back from the mainstreaming of Trump-won-the-election, QAnon, and the yammering jackdaws of Fox - who are still yammering away.


    Totally (none / 0) (#161)
    by FlJoe on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 05:28:25 AM EST
    agree about Liz Cheney, there is a fearlessness in her anti-tRumpism that the others lack. Sasse and Romney always look like they are expecting to get struck by lightning when they furrow their brows.However there is a decent chance that Liz will lose a primary.

    IMO, the Republicans are slightly favored the take back the house in 22, I wouldn't call that a trainwreck. Like I said embracing the crazy does not seem to hurt them.


    They are slightly favored (none / 0) (#163)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 09:13:07 AM EST
    That hardly captures the utter certainty with which that outcome is predicted 100 times a day on cable news.

    History shows that.....
    and there is redistricting......
    and blah blah blah...

    So, if they do not, that would be a train wreck.  They will not.
    And we will have the same person to thank for it as the two GA senate seats.

    "Far from a conventional post-White House retirement, Trump's first 100 days out of office illustrate a man who has preferred plotting the next chapter of his political career to planning his presidential library, recruiting MAGA-aligned Republican primary challengers to writing a post-presidential memoir. Whereas his predecessors disengaged from politics for months after leaving office, Trump has turned the same political warfare that defined his presidency into a full-time retirement hobby as he weighs a full return to the spotlight with a potential comeback presidential bid in 2024."

    "More than a dozen Trump aides, confidants and allies who spoke with CNN say the former President, who remains bitter about his defeat in the 2020 election, has nevertheless come to enjoy his status as a GOP kingmaker, relishing his ability to disrupt races or elevate pro-Trump figures against dissenters inside the party. Others noted that he is yearning to return to the White House and claimed that his efforts to build a post-presidential political machine are principally aimed at supporting that goal."

    Liz appears to me (none / 0) (#165)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 09:14:41 AM EST
    to be providing enough rope.

    I used to detest Liz Cheney. (none / 0) (#174)
    by Chuck0 on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 02:39:24 PM EST
    Who'd have thought she would turn out to be the safest one of the bunch.

    Between the Cheneys and the Trumps (none / 0) (#176)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 06:05:41 PM EST
    A political Scylla and Charybdis

    That was supposed to be (none / 0) (#180)
    by Chuck0 on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 07:54:27 PM EST
    Sanest, not safest. Damn autocorrect.

    My "brain" read it as (none / 0) (#189)
    by Peter G on Thu Apr 29, 2021 at 09:53:50 AM EST
    "sanest" anyway.  That's funny.

    The Feds (none / 0) (#167)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 11:28:34 AM EST
    are raiding Rudy's NY apartment.

    DBeast (none / 0) (#168)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 12:00:58 PM EST
    And office (none / 0) (#169)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 12:15:20 PM EST
    See new Tweets

    Maggie Haberman
    Both Giuliani apartment and office were searched

    Suddenly, I feel so much better. (5.00 / 1) (#170)
    by desertswine on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 12:59:14 PM EST
    A few minutes ago (none / 0) (#172)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 01:33:22 PM EST
    before this, I heard Trump had a couple of interviews scheduled today and tomorrow to "respond to Biden's speech"

    I wonder if he will rethink that.

    They just said Rudy speaks at 3:30.  Eastern I guess.


    heheh -- and Vicky's place, too (none / 0) (#173)
    by leap on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 02:09:54 PM EST

    ...F.B.I. agents on Wednesday morning also executed a search warrant at the Washington-area home of Victoria Toensing, a lawyer close to Mr. Giuliani who had dealings with several Ukrainians involved in seeking negative information on the Bidens, according to people with knowledge of that warrant, which sought her phone.

    Ms. Toensing, a former federal prosecutor and senior Justice Department official, has also represented Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch under indictment in the United States whose help Mr. Giuliani sought.

    It seems (none / 0) (#179)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 06:49:35 PM EST
    everything is finally catching up with these creeps

    It's almost as if (none / 0) (#183)
    by jondee on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 09:42:57 PM EST
    all these birds like Rudy, Victoria Toensing and Joey diGenova, Sidney Powell and Lin Wood made some sort of suicide pact to go down in flames at the end of their careers.

    Could there possibly be some biochemical or sunspot activity explanation for what's going on with these people?


    No, no, not sunspots (5.00 / 1) (#190)
    by Peter G on Thu Apr 29, 2021 at 09:55:56 AM EST
    It's that Jewish space laser.

    Rudy gets his own (none / 0) (#175)
    by jmacWA on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 03:11:03 PM EST
    Giuliani Time

    This runs thru my backyard went it rains (none / 0) (#171)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 01:28:30 PM EST
    Biden is giving a helluva speech (none / 0) (#181)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 09:01:40 PM EST
    I think he is  doing what he needs to do.

    Agreed. (5.00 / 1) (#182)
    by KeysDan on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 09:42:25 PM EST
    Softly spoken , taking advantage of the special
     environment to give an intimate "fireside" chat.   But, its soft presentation required hard listening to every word of ithe progressive-brimmed chat.

    Wasn't just us (5.00 / 1) (#184)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 29, 2021 at 07:05:18 AM EST

    85% approve of the speech
    15 disapprove

    78% were optimistic about America after hearing it


    71% said it made them feel optimistic

    73% said would move the country in the right direction

    In these tribal times that's pretty impressive

    Wasn't just the speech.  He was sharp and clear and concise.
    Not at all sleepy.


    Also (none / 0) (#185)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 29, 2021 at 07:20:50 AM EST
    raise your hand if you expected Biden to have proposed 6 trillion in social investment in the first 100 days.

    I would say (none / 0) (#188)
    by KeysDan on Thu Apr 29, 2021 at 09:34:20 AM EST
    it was Bernie without the "millionaires and billionaires" but he said that, too.  Or, Elizabeth Warren without "I have a plan for that", but he had a plan for that, too.

    And it was very effective (none / 0) (#186)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 29, 2021 at 07:43:34 AM EST
    for the republicans to trot out their one black guy to explain its Biden's policies that are tearing the country apart.



    At first (5.00 / 3) (#191)
    by KeysDan on Thu Apr 29, 2021 at 09:56:12 AM EST
    I felt sorry for Scott for being given the task of presenting that pathetic rebuttal geared to placate Eric's Dad, but I laid down for two seconds and it passed.

    You could feel the national groan (none / 0) (#193)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 29, 2021 at 05:08:19 PM EST
    when he defended the GA voting law and said democrats want to steal elections.

    IMO (none / 0) (#195)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Apr 29, 2021 at 06:27:43 PM EST
    it was bad enough to be career ending. Lucky for him he represents Sc. But he can join Lindsay as another laughing stock from the illustrious state of SC.

    He did not even respond to what Biden said. It was just one of those white grievance speeches given by a black guy


    Coming attractions (none / 0) (#192)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 29, 2021 at 05:05:40 PM EST
    Investigators Already Working with Giuliani's Associates

    April 29, 2021 at 5:57 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard 19 Comments

    "By the time federal investigators searched the Manhattan home of Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday, they had amassed a trove of evidence from his associates in Ukraine, focusing most intently on Giuliani's ties to Ukrainian oligarchs," Time reports.

    "The witnesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described lengthy interviews with investigators in Europe, Manhattan and Washington, starting in the fall of 2019 and continuing through February. The calls and meetings with investigators grew more frequent and `intense' after Joe Biden's victory in last fall's presidential election."

    "Two of the witnesses say they were working with Giuliani while cooperating with federal investigators."

    The raid felt good.  How good will the indictment feel?

    Rudys son is on CNN now (none / 0) (#194)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 29, 2021 at 06:10:28 PM EST
    "Donald understands that Rudy will provide whatever information he has to the SDNY because Rudy has no interest in spending the golden years of his life in prison"

    M. Cohen, the former lawyer, earlier.

    They played a FOX clip of Rudy saying if Trump ever threw him under the bus "he has insurance".

    I bet he probably does.


    Starting to be clear (none / 0) (#196)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 30, 2021 at 03:13:23 PM EST
    why Trumps first impeachment was worth doing even if we knew the republicans would never convict.

    A lot of that testimony is probably going to help nail Rudy.

    According to James Carville (none / 0) (#197)
    by RickyJim on Sun May 02, 2021 at 01:39:23 PM EST
    Just a guess, but simple arithmetic (none / 0) (#198)
    by Peter G on Sun May 02, 2021 at 02:32:31 PM EST
    would suggest he is saying that if you take the 26 senators (52% of 100) who hail from the least populous states, and attribute to each of them 50% of the population of the state they represent (since each state gets two senators, regardless of population), then the sum of those numbers would be equal to 18% of the whole U.S. population.

    Sorry, I meant the 52 senators (not 26) (none / 0) (#199)
    by Peter G on Sun May 02, 2021 at 07:14:47 PM EST
    who represent the 26 least populous states (from Louisiana to Wyoming) ....