Donald Trump is up in the middle of the night – again. His latest lash-out – a Twitter blitzkrieg early on Saturday, in which he accuses Barack Obama of a "Nixon/Watergate" plot to tap the phones at the Trump Tower headquarters in New York in the run-up to last year's election – featured a succession of five similarly-worded tweets, belted out between 3.32am and 4.02am....Can the US presidency be left in the hands of a man who:1. thinks it's appropriate to use Twitter to level such charges against Obama - without a shred of evidence. 2. and then, seemingly bored, or perhaps believing the issues are of equal gravity, he was tweeting again:Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017...The President's claims are seemingly based on two uncertain points:1. Trump or someone else in his administration reportedly had ordered White House chief counsel Donald McGahn to launch a search within the bureaucracy for what he believes is an order from the highly-secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorising surveillance of Trump and or his associates – but nothing has been found to date.2. An unsubstantiated Breitbart News report, apparently being circulated in the White House, which alleges a series of "known steps taken by President Barack Obama's administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump's presidential campaign and, later, his new administration".Not Working
."He feels if he can't rely on his team, if he were negotiating with North Korea on something sensitive and death by a thousand leaks continued, he views that as really being disruptive to the security of America."Perhaps, I am being too cynical but I kinda doubt that is the first thing that comes to Trump's mind when he hears the word 'leaks'..
Way too cynical
Methinks he Depends too much.
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.Come on boys, you know that Trump is simply Tony Saprano with a twitter account and a blue suit with red tie.Woke up this morning.Woke Up This MorningWoke Up This Morning
That's nothing but Ye Olde Mafia Barber Shoppe stuff, and beneath you, Sir.You should perhaps spend less time there.It appears to be warping your perception of things.Wake up, wake up.
Has anyone major gotten bumped off in the last few days?And, any new disposal methods in use ?Still recommending you recommend to the boys the use of Yellowstone National Park's bubbling acidic hot springs.
Tell the boys to use Uber for site transportation needs.
.Using that sink hole I mentioned awhile back..
Always good to have multiple methods at hand.
I must put this exchange up to jog Smirk's memory -AshSun Feb 26, 10:51:00 PM ESTHow can Americans be guilty of law-of-war violations if Congress 't yet declared war?Idaho BobSun Feb 26, 11:00:00 PM ESTThat's what I love about you, Ash.You are truly dumber than a stump.DeleteIdaho BobSun Feb 26, 11:04:00 PM ESTDeuce, please, I beg you, put that oaf in The Dunce Box again.Two weeks !!*How can Americans(aka USA) be guilty of law-of-war violations(aka War Crimes) if Congress has't yet declared war?Smirk, your memory is shot plumb to hell.You don't make no sense, young feller.You should REQUEST some time in the Dunce Box.It might settle your nerves, you might regain energy, even some lucidity....Think NOT of it as a punishment, Young Sir, but rather think of it as a richly deserved time out.
Smirk accused me of making up his quote.My integrity and honor was besmirked...besmirkEnglishEtymologyVariant of besmirch, as if be- + smirk.Verbbesmirk (third-person singular simple present besmirks, present participle besmirking, simple past and past participle besmirked)(transitive) To besmirch; sully; befoul. [quotations ▼]I was then compelled to set things right.
BobSun Mar 05, 09:07:00 PM ESTAsh, the cat's pajamas of Dunces, once wondered, for instance, how the USA could be accused of war crimes if Congress had not declared war.I rest my case.DeleteAshSun Mar 05, 09:42:00 PM ESTThere you go making shit up again Bob.My honor now restored, I rest.
Bob, Put what you wrote you thought I said beside what I actually wrote and the difference should be apparent to most. I doubt you have the subtlety of thought or the intelligence to note the difference though. It's either that or, as I said, you are just making shit up again and now you are just glossing over the difference.
Quirk,I can tell you a bit about snap chat as my daughter was/is a user. Gotta run for now.
There is no difference, moron.Anybody can see that.You got shut down.Now all you have to do is shut up, fool.
Someone should be calling for both Crooked Hillary and O'bozo to walk the plank.If they refuse to do so, after a proper judicial hearing of course of course, push them over the side of the USS Constitution. USS ConstitutionFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaUSS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy, named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America. She is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat.[Note 1] Constitution was launched in 1797, one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and the third constructed. Joshua Humphreys designed the frigates to be the young Navy's capital ships, and so Constitution and her sisters were larger and more heavily armed and built than standard frigates of the period. Constitution was built in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts at Edmund Hartt's shipyard. Her first duties with the newly formed U.S. Navy were to provide protection for American merchant shipping during the Quasi-War with France and to defeat the Barbary pirates in the First Barbary War.Constitution is most noted for her actions during the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships: HMS Guerriere, Java, Pictou, Cyane, and Levant. The battle with Guerriere earned her the nickname of "Old Ironsides" and public adoration that has repeatedly saved her from scrapping. She continued to serve as flagship in the Mediterranean and African squadrons, and circled the world in the 1840s. During the American Civil War, she served as a training ship for the United States Naval Academy. She carried American artwork and industrial displays to the Paris Exposition of 1878....https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_ConstitutionNice pics of USS Constitution included....
Her first duties with the newly formed U.S. Navy were to provide protection for American merchant shipping during the Quasi-War with France and to defeat the Barbary pirates in the First Barbary War.
A fine or 20 years in the slammer is way too easy for what they've been up to....
I have my doots that anyone in the Obama administration will face criminal charges, and am extremely dootful that either Obama or Hillary will ever do so, living in a fallen world, as some old theology had it, as we often seem to do.
The subject of conversation will change tomorrow - The Donald is great at changing subjects -President Trump Plans Monday Morning Blitz with New Immigration Executive Orderby MATTHEW BOYLE5 Mar 2017 Washington, D.C. 1296President Donald Trump will release a new executive order on immigration Monday morning, sources with knowledge of these matters tell Breitbart News.The new order comes after the first one—temporarily suspending the refugee program and barring travel into the United States from seven terror-prone countries—was met with backlash in the court system, with a district court and the ninth circuit court of appeals shutting it down.This new order is slightly different from the first one, sources say, and moves Iraq—one of the seven countries from the first order—to a different category. It’s not entirely clear what the new category is or how Iraq will be handled in this new order at this time. It’s also unclear what other changes may be made from the first order, including in particular how the new one will handle the refugee program....http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/05/president-trump-plans-monday-morning-blitz-with-new-immigration-executive-order/
Maybe The Donald will fire Comey as well.
How to fix health care ?Remove the anti-trust protections from which health care providers benefit so much.Laura Ingraham
Compost Powered IncubatorThis cross-section of a megapode mound shows a layer of sand (up to 1 m thick) used for insulation, an egg chamber, and a layer of rotting compost. The egg chamber is kept at a constant 33°C by opening and closing air vents in the insulation layer, while heat comes from the compost below.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megapode#Behaviour_and_ecology
Komodo Dragons reuse them as nests.https://www.google.com/search?q=komodo+national+park&rlz=1CAACAO_enUS720US720&espv=2&biw=1200&bih=537&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjK6eizs8HSAhUKz2MKHUHaBBMQ_AUIBygC#tbm=isch&q=komodo+dragon+eating+a+human&*
Damn Cannibals:Mating begins between May and August, and the eggs are laid in September. About 20 eggs are deposited in abandoned megapode nests or in a self-dug nesting hole. The eggs are incubated for seven to eight months, hatching in April, when insects are most plentiful. Young Komodo dragons are vulnerable and therefore dwell in trees, safe from predators and cannibalistic adults.
YuckI read though that Kimodo Dragons may have medical uses we are just beginning to understand.Something along the anti-bacterial or anti-viral lines....
The 03/06/2017 Jihad Watch Daily Digest:Dubai: Man on trial for insulting Islam on FacebookBy Robert Spencer on Mar 05, 2017 11:26 pmDubai: Man on trial for insulting Islam on FacebookDubai has a reputation of being modern and moderate, but it still enforces Sharia when it comes to matters such as women being raped (per Sharia, it’s their fault) and insulting Islam on Facebook. What is odd is that people were able to see this man’s Facebook posts at all, given the fact that Facebook […]Read in browser » ****Toronto anti-Islamophobia rally opposes war against the Islamic StateBy Robert Spencer on Mar 05, 2017 11:08 pmToronto anti-Islamophobia rally opposes war against the Islamic State“No to war in Syria and Iraq” means no war to dislodge the Islamic State. It means allowing the Islamic State to continue to brutalize and oppress women, non-Muslims, and gays, and to incite jihad massacres in Europe and North America. Now we see that opposing even the bloodlust and aggression of the Islamic State […]Read in browser » Oklahoma lawmaker gives questionnaire to Muslims, Hamas-linked CAIR enragedBy Robert Spencer on Mar 05, 2017 02:13 pmOklahoma lawmaker gives questionnaire to Muslims, Hamas-linked CAIR enragedHamas-linked CAIR’s Adam Soltani asks: “The question that comes to mind is, does he do this to others? Does he ask question to his Christian constituents? His Jewish constituents? If the answer is no, that’s discrimination. There’s no other way to call it.” All right. However, there have been 30,000 murderous jihad attacks worldwide since […]Read in browser » ****US-based Muslims divorce their wives in India using WhatsAppBy Robert Spencer on Mar 05, 2017 01:54 pmUS-based Muslims divorce their wives in India using WhatsAppBoth women were divorced unilaterally. “Hussaini, who lives in the US sent three words over WhatsApp – Talaq, Talaq, Talaq – and completed the process of divorce.” That was all that Islamic law required. If, however, Heena Fatima had sought a divorce, she would have had to go before a Sharia court and convince it […]Read in browser » ****“The leader of the SPLC is aware the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a Hamas organization”By Robert Spencer on Mar 05, 2017 01:38 pm“The leader of the SPLC is aware the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a Hamas organization”This news story is something so rare that I can’t think of even a single other example of it: mainstream media space given to a figure vilified by the Leftist establishment, to rebut that establishment’s charges. Usually the media presents the defamation of the hard-Left Southern Poverty Law Center and the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic […]Read in browser »****Sweden’s Integration Minister admits lying when she claimed rape rate was “going down”By Robert Spencer on Mar 05, 2017 09:51 amSweden’s Integration Minister admits lying when she claimed rape rate was “going down”The European political and media elites are doing everything they can to conceal the devastating effects of their suicidal immigration policies. But the truth can’t be covered up forever. “FAKE NEWS: Sweden’s Integration Minister Admits Lying to BBC About Rape Stats,” by Liam Deacon, Breitbart, March 4, 2017: Sweden’s ruling liberal party Integration Minister has […]Read in browser » UK supermarket clerk converts to Islam, gets bomb-making instructions, tries to join jihadis, blames BrexitBy Robert Spencer on Mar 05, 2017 09:25 amUK supermarket clerk converts to Islam, gets bomb-making instructions, tries to join jihadis, blames BrexitHis lawyer said that “he wanted to leave the UK to live a humble, simple life, in a Muslim community. He discussed going to Somalia. He considered going to Bosnia, and he considered the Philippines. He wanted to live in a community under Sharia law with what he saw as an idyllic way of life.” […]Read in browser »http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=12857896c3097382b25b80a09&id=b860847380&e=ed5f5d431b
March 6, 2017The Battle of Britain Saved Western DemocracyBy Steve FeinsteinIt’s been said that winning entities -- whether sports teams, warring countries or business rivals -- share one overriding characteristic: they minimize their serious errors. An occasional misstep along the way perhaps, but they rarely beat themselves with a critical unforced error.Certainly, Boston’s two highest-profile sports teams have displayed opposite sides of that trait: for decades the hapless Red Sox would find a way to snatch defeat from the virtually-certain jaws of victory, from Johnny Pesky inexplicably holding the ball allowing the Cards to win the World Series in 1946, to no defensive replacement for Bill Buckner against the Mets in 1986, to leaving Pedro in against the Yankees too long in 2003 when it was obvious to everyone that he was out of gas. The Patriots, on the other hand, always seem to find a way to win, defying the odds time after time and making all the clutch plays. They hardly ever commit grievous mistakes that doom their effort. Talk to the great golfers and they’ll tell you the same thing: It’s not scoring eagles and holes-in-one that count, it’s the avoidance of the disastrous double and triple bogeys that makes for a winning round. Not so much getting the “2” on a Par 4 as it is avoiding the “7.” In boxing, they say, “Don’t fight the other guy’s fight. Don’t hook with a hooker.”Minimize the errors. Avoid the mistakes. Play or fight smart. War is no different -- the winning side is usually the one that commits fewer major blunders.This is instructive as we look at Germany and Britain in the early stages of World War II. War in Europe erupted on September 1, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. Poland fell within weeks and after a quiet winter period known as the “Phony War,” Germany resumed large-scale hostilities in the spring of 1940. German forces smashed through the “Low Countries” of Holland and Belgium and swung around to invade France from a point behind its main defensive eastern border with Germany.With German forces slicing through the French countryside, France found itself in grave danger of quick defeat. The British sent military aid to France (The British Expeditionary Force or BEF), but it was a lost cause. The French -- despite their world-leading military efforts against Germany in World War 1 (1914-1918) -- showed no real interest in fighting for their homeland’s survival this time, and French resistance quickly collapsed. By the end of May 1940, the Germans had pushed French, British, and other Allied forces to the French coastal town of Dunkirk. There, virtually the entirety of the European Allied armed forces were cornered and defenseless, awaiting destruction at the hands of German Panzer divisions.However, using sports analogies again, Germany 3-putted. They dropped the game-ending pop-up. They missed the “gimmie” 20-yard winning field goal. They let the Allied armies escape largely intact, as Britain organized an unlikely, heroic boatlift and carried nearly 400,000 soldiers off the beaches and safely back to England. Confusion and political infighting on the Germans’ side over what forces to use and how best to attack led to one of history’s greatest military “unforced errors.” With a decisive victory easily within their grasp, the Germans let it get away. And almost a half-million Allied soldiers lived to fight another day.Still, the big-picture war situation for Britain was dire. They stood alone against Germany and a very substantial portion of their equipment had been abandoned on the beaches of Dunkirk. A final, conquering German invasion of England was sure to come, probably by fall 1940.But before a sea-launched invasion could take place, Germany would need to establish air superiority over southern England, destroy their major logistical and defensive targets and reduce the effective fighting strength of the Royal Air Force (RAF) to the point where it didn’t pose a major threat to German invasion forces.
The German air offensive against Britain that began in the summer of 1940 is known as The Battle of Britain. All of Western society and culture as we have come to know it depended on the outcome of this battle. Had Britain lost, the world would be in a completely different condition today. Very, very few large-scale armed events from the last 50-75 years -- not Stalingrad in 1943, Korea 1950-53, Vietnam 1964-75 or Iraq in 1991 -- carried anywhere near the same “everything in Western culture will change instantly” potential as did a British loss to the Germans in 1940.Unlike the Pacific, where it could be convincingly argued that America’s inherent structural advantages over Japan in raw materials, industrial capability, and matériel would eventually prevail, no such absolute guarantee could be made for the West vs. Germany, especially absent the logistical staging/launching point that the actual physical island of England represented. Germany had immense industrial capability, very advanced technology and unfettered access to crude oil reserves, crucial to sustaining long-term military operations.Therefore, without Britain, a continued European war against Germany might have proven impossible -- hence the significance of the immediacy of Britain’s survival.Germany began its air operations in July 1940. Even though its Heinkel 111, Dornier 17, and Junkers 88 bomber aircraft were better-suited for tactical close-support missions than the longer-range strategic responsibilities they were being tasked with here, the Germans could have accomplished the goals set before them had they followed a sound strategy.Broadly stated, those responsibilities were:Destroy the ability of British early-warning radar stations to detect incoming German flights. Radar was in its infancy in 1940, and Britain was an early-adopter of the nascent technology. The Germans failed to recognize its strategic significance and thus let both the radar installations and their very vulnerable above-ground operations centers get away essentially unscathed.Degrade the RAF’s southern airfields and reduce the fighting strength of British Fighter Command. Britain’s survival essentially came down to the ability of their fighter planes to mount effective defensive measures against incoming German bombers. If the Germans pressed home repeated, relentless attacks directly against British airfields, then the Brits would be drawn into an aerial war of attrition that would soon cripple their ability to implement an effective defense of the country. German and British fighter planes and pilot quality of the time were roughly equal; an extended air-to-air fighter plane conflict favored the Germans because of their greater numbers and less threatened resupply resources. They needed to keep the pressure on the British fighter assets: engage its fighters in deadly combat, damage and degrade their airbase facilities and damage the logistical support system that supplied those bases.This was all well within Germany’s equipment and technical capabilities at the time. Initially, they followed the “anti-fighter base” strategy and it was effective. British commanders privately worried amongst themselves that Fighter Command would not remain an effective fighting force much past late summer of 1940 if German attacks continued apace. But the Law of Unforced Military Errors intervened and Britain’s fighter force -- the West’s lifeline -- was spared virtually certain destruction.
Rivals: British Supermarine Spitfire I and German Messerschmitt BF109 E-4For reasons still not entirely clear to historians, Germany abruptly switched its tactics from attacking British fighter airfields and instead began bombing British cities. Some people have put forth the theory that the Germans mistakenly bombed London in late August, causing the British to retaliate by bombing Berlin on August 25th. The Germans, not realizing their navigational error that led to them bombing London, thought that Britain was initiating a war on their cities, so they responded in kind.Others posit that Hitler, accustomed to very fast victories early in the war and growing increasingly impatient with the slow progress of the air campaign that was dragging on for months, wanted to switch tactics. They say he felt that bombing British cities would break the will and spirit of the British public and cause them to pressure their government into surrender in order to stop the destruction and civilian casualties.Regardless of the actual reason, the Germans did change their tactics from a game-winning strategy to a game-losing one. With the pressure off their airfields, British fighter strength recovered. Technical and performance shortcomings of German bombers (such as short range/limited time-over-target and inadequate, small bomb loads) were exacerbated, since the large cities were farther away (forcing the Germans to trade bombs for added fuel) and the small bomb loads limited the amount of truly serious damage that could be inflicted.British fighter strength increased. German losses mounted. The amount of strategic damage inflicted by the Germans that curtailed the Brtis’ ability to actually wage an effective defensive war was markedly reduced. Although tragic, the air attacks on London increased the British public’s resolve to keep fighting.By the late fall of 1940, far from having established air superiority in preparation for an invasion of Britain, the Germans had been fought into a bloody stalemate. Numerical fighter losses on each side were roughly equal. German tactics and bomber aircraft had been exposed as woefully inadequate for the task. A likely winning starting strategy to the battle was switched for no militarily sound reason partway through the conflict, and Britain survived.And so too, arguably, did Western culture and democracy as we know it today.http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/03/the_battle_of_britain_saved_western_democracy.htmlGut NachtOops....Strike that -Good Night !
Good Morning !Oops...Ohh oooooWe don't need no stinkin' FISA warrant:Besides, Obama and his gang have generally been smart enough to hide their tracks when carrying out political dirty tricks. The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, FBI, CIA, and NSA, aren’t headquartered in the White House. Obama could wage war against Trump by creating multiple layers of plausible deniability. That’s what a community organizer from Chicago does.Predictably, former Obama speechwriter Rhodes went on Twitter to lie. Replying to a Trump tweet, the Iranian mullahs’ best friend wrote, cheekily, that, “No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you.”In fact, as Zero Hedge notes, Chapter 36 of Title 50 of the US Code, War and National Defense, Subchapter 1, Section 1802, states that under certain specific conditions:Notwithstanding any other law, the President, through the Attorney General, may authorize electronic surveillance without a court order under this subchapter to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods of up to one year …OBAMA’S WIRETAPS?Details of a Watergate-style conspiracy against Trump emerge.March 6, 2017 Matthew Vadumhttps://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/266016/obamas-wiretaps-matthew-vadum**********In heart breaking news, Barbara Streisand is blaming The Donald for her recent rapid weight gain, the dietary cause being taking up eating pancakes at all hours of the day, poor dear.Great performer though. Fantastic.She's one that promised to go to Canada if Trump were elected but hasn't made the trip yet.
ObamaGate/Ménage à MediciROGER L. SIMON#ObamaGate Is a Lot More than a Hashtag BY ROGER L SIMON MARCH 5, 2017 CHAT 496 COMMENTSIf I were a Democrat, I'd be afraid. I'd be very afraid.Forget the usual smokescreen of hyper-partisan blather from Chuck Schumer on "Meet the Press" or the myriad calls for Trump's head from the usual press suspects and consider the situation: Congressional committees, the FBI, not to mention numerous avid media organizations and who knows who else (NSA? CIA? ASPCA?) have been investigating putative Trump-Russia collusion for some time now and come up with... exactly nothing.Are they likely to come up with something of significance at this point? Almost certainly not.So now we have Trump's bold, brash, "unhinged" Twitter accusations that Obama wiretapped him. This came after Mark Levin, Breitbart, Andrew C. McCarthy, Louise Mensch and others I've forgotten about or am unaware of reported about two appeals to FISA courts (one denied last summer and one approved in October) for permission to tap phones in Trump Tower. Did they happen?It seems that tapping of some sort actually occurred because it was virtually acknowledged in tweets from Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, who sprang to action only hours after Trump tweeted, writing : "I'd be careful about reporting that Obama said there was no wiretapping. Statement just said that neither he nor the WH ordered it." Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for the former president, had almost simultaneously declared: "Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U. S. citizen." Ordered? That's what we used to call plausible deniability and now is known as a wiggle word.Barack Obama's Trump Tower Wiretap Denial Reeks of Orwellian DoublespeakTrump wants this possible surveillance to be investigated along with the rest of the supposed Russia mess -- the little that's left of it to be cleared up. Meanwhile, that Democratic Party house organ The New York Times is reporting that James Comey himself wants the Justice Department to issue a denial that such a wiretap ever existed -- or so the paper's ubiquitous "sources" say. Of course the Times itself saw it differently only a couple of months ago. Meanwhile, former DNI James Clapper -- who famously told all his fellow citizens a boldface lie about the NSA -- has assured the media regarding this particular tap, "I can deny it." (Yes, you can.)All this while Barack and Michelle Obama, rather than graciously depart the D. C. scene in the manner of previous presidents, recent ones anyway, have moved into a local estate with their constant companion Valerie Jarrett in some kind of Ménage à Medici as if Barack never had an intention to leave and expects to serve a third term.
My guess is this will all come down to whether our former president knew about this wiretapping -- whoever authorized it and wherever it came from -- and, if so, when. And also how he reacted to it and what he did from there. It's all, in the grand Clintonian tradition, about what the definition of "ordered" is.Interviewed on "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Tom Cotton -- as close an approximation to "Mr. Smith" as we have in Congress -- was asked if the Senate Intelligence panel would address Trump's wiretapping claim and his answer was a Jimmy Stewart-like "sure."Now to why, if I were a Democrat, I'd be afraid. To explore that you don't need to be some super-experienced attorney like Andrew McCarthy, although that doesn't hurt. Rusty old Occam's Razor will do -- just change the blade and ask some obvious questions somehow overlooked by the MSM in this weekend's chat shows. These questions, needless to say, might best be asked under oath by a congressional committee. Later, they might even have to be dealt with in a court of law, as attorney Robert Barnes details well in this article.Would an attorney general (in this case Loretta Lynch) normally inform the White House of a decision to go to a FISA court for approval of the tapping of a political presidential opponent? Did Ms. Lynch so inform the White House? Was there any discussion of this decision between the WH and the DOJ? Why did the Justice Department decide to go back to the FISA court in October for a second try at approval? Whose idea was that? Did they did have additional information? What was that? Was Trump's name included in the brief the first time but omitted in the second? Why? If none of this happened, who made it up and why? That makes no sense, considering how easy it would be to disprove. Unless, of course, although it's not supposed to happen, the NSA just regularly taps everything and everybody, including presidential candidates, the president elect, and the president himself. But why then on Jan 12 of this year, again according to the New York Times, did the Obama administration suddenly broadly extend the powers of the NSA?I could go on, but you get the point. The possibilities here are endless. And WikiLeaks already revealed Obama's extensive use of wiretaps. It's a long list. Nothing particularly new here except this one, if it happened, was aimed at his most important adversary in our democratic republic, threatening the very underpinnings of our country and making Nixon seem like an amateur....https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2017/03/05/obamagate-is-a-lot-more-than-a-hashtag/hehhehhehheh
No doubt the Democrats will hide behind national security, but that can only go on for so long. People in leadership positions like Sen. Cotton are entitled to the facts -- and they will get them eventually, perhaps quickly since this is a Trump administration finally, even if so many appointments are being held up. Also -- and this is what the sleaze-artists like Schumer and my own Rep. Adam Schiff know well -- Trump has obviously been wiretapped up the you-know-what, probably from numerous sources. If not, where have all these leaks come from? Mars?
The Supreme Court on Monday sent a dispute over a Virginia transgender student's bathroom access back to a lower court, without reaching a decision. The court vacated the current dispute after the Trump administration withdrew support for an Obama administration order supporting transgender students. In returning the case, the justices opted not to decide whether a federal anti-discrimination law gives high school senior Gavin Grimm the right to use the boys' bathroom in his school.The case had been scheduled for argument in late March. Instead, the lower court in Virginia must now evaluate the federal law known as Title IX and the extent to which it applies to transgender students. The law bars sex discrimination in schools. The case came from a federal appeals court and was brought by Virginia’s Gloucester County school board, which wanted to prevent a Grimm from using the boys' bathrooms.The appeals court had ordered the school board to accommodate Grimm. But the justices in August put that order on hold while they considered whether to hear the appeal.Grimm, a 17-year-old high school senior, was born female but identifies as male."I never thought that my restroom use would ever turn into any kind of national debate," said Grimm, who had urged the courts not to take up his case.He was allowed to use the boys' restroom for several weeks in 2014. But after some parents complained, the school board adopted a policy requiring students to use either the restroom that corresponds with their biological gender or a private, single-stall restroom.The high court action follows the Trump administration's recent decision to withdraw a directive issued during Barack Obama's presidency that advised schools to allow students to use the bathroom of their chosen gender, not biological birth. Similar lawsuits have played out across the country. The Obama administration had sued North Carolina over a state law aimed at restricting transgender students to bathrooms that correspond to their biological genders.And a federal judge in Texas has sided with the state and 12 other states in issuing a nationwide hold on the administration's directive to public schools, issued in May. The directive told schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom and locker room consistent with their gender identity.Though Grimm had urged the court not to take up his case, the school board had asked the court to settle the matter now. It said that allowing Grimm to use the boy’s restroom raises privacy concerns and may cause some parents to pull their children out of school.The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond sided with Grimm in April, saying the federal judge who previously dismissed Grimm's Title IX discrimination claim ignored the Education Department's guidance on bathroom use.The appeals court reinstated Grimm's Title IX claim and sent it back to the district court for further consideration. The judge then issued the order in favor of Grimm. The Supreme Court justices did not comment on the case beyond their one-sentence order returning it to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
So, where, finally, is Grimm allowed to take a piss ?
.Up a rope?.
President Trump on Monday signed a revised executive order suspending the refugee program and entry to the U.S. for travelers from several mostly Muslim countries, curtailing what was a broadly worded directive in a bid to withstand court scrutiny. As before, the order will suspend refugee entries for 120 days. But it no longer will suspend Syrian refugee admissions indefinitely. The new order also will ban travelers from six countries who did not obtain a visa before Jan. 27 from entering the United States for 90 days. The directive no longer includes Iraq, as the original order did, but covers travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Iraq, a key U.S. ally in the fight against ISIS, was removed from the travel ban list after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he spoke with the Iraqi government about its vetting process and felt that the screening system was thorough enough to stand on its own.The order also makes clear that green card holders are not affected. “If you have travel documents, if you actually have a visa, if you are a legal permanent resident, you are not covered under this particular executive action,” White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News on Monday. “I think people will see six or seven major points about this executive order that do clarify who is covered.” The Trump administration also plans to cap the number of refugees it accepts to 50,000 a year – down sharply from the 110,000 accepted by the Obama administration.According to the new executive order, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will have 20 days to perform a “global, country-by-country review of the identity and security information that each country provides to the U.S. government to support U.S. visa and other immigration benefit determinations.”Countries will then have 50 days to comply with requests to update or improve the “quality” of the information they provide to U.S. officials.For countries that don’t comply, the State Department, DHS and intelligence agencies can make additional recommendations on what, if any, restrictions should be imposed.The new order also details categories of people eligible to enter the United States for business or medical travel purposes.Despite the changes, it’s unclear whether the new version can withstand judicial challenges.More than two dozen lawsuits were filed in response to the original travel ban. One suit filed in Washington state succeeded in having the order suspended by arguing that it violated constitutional protections against religious discrimination.Trump’s original order prohibited travelers from seven nations including Iraq from entering the U.S. for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days. Refugees from Syria were banned indefinitely, but under the new order they are not given separate treatment.The White House was criticized the first time around for its rocky rollout of the travel ban. Trump has expressed frustration both in person and on social media over the stalled ban, at times targeting the courts and federal judges who he claimed put the country at risk by holding up the order.Despite widespread belief the first order was done in haste, Trump and other White House officials have repeatedly called it a success.
.Trump has expressed frustration both in person and on social media over the stalled ban, at times targeting the courts and federal judges who he claimed put the country at risk by holding up the order.:o)Put the country at risk for holding up the order?Laughable.If the danger was so imminent, why did Trump take six weeks to come up a new plan(?) after his old one was shot down?Is it a new plan?Well, it eliminated the main issue that was raised in the initial lawsuit by allowing those with already existing visas to come and go as before. It also cut Iraq out of the evil seven category (based on intense political from that country, our only real excuse for being in the ME, i.e. the pottery barn argument.)However, there were secondary issues in the judicial review that remain. The three issues talked about were...1. The visa ban for current holders of visas from the countries involved.2. First Amendment concerns, that is, the claim that Trump's order was a thinly disguised Muslim Ban.3. The need for some kind of justification for the ban.The first seems to have been addressed, the other two remain.Outcome: TBD.
. . .It never was a Muslim Ban.The Justification is obvious.. . .
.Don't be silly..
. . .OBVIOUS - easily perceived or understood; clear, self-evident, or apparent. . .
.SILLY - 2. absurd; ridiculous; irrational: a silly idea..
The Court decision is idiotic, unconstitutional, and goes against the direct legislation on the topic.Therefore it's hunkydory as far as Quirk and Ashole are concerned.
. . .Robert Osborne.....dead.. . .
Bob:I originally wrote:"AshSun Feb 26, 10:51:00 PM ESTHow can Americans be guilty of law-of-war violations if Congress hasn't yet declared war?"http://2164th.blogspot.ca/2017/02/why-pretend-trump-and-us-corporate.html#comment-formWhich you then interpreted as:B"obSun Mar 05, 09:07:00 PM ESTAsh, the cat's pajamas of Dunces, once wondered, for instance, how the USA could be accused of war crimes if Congress had not declared war.I rest my case."http://2164th.blogspot.ca/2017/03/barack-milhouse-obama-new-nixon.html#comment-formThis is one of the reasons why I don't read what you have to say Bob. In no way did I express the thought that I was perplexed (wondered was your term) how the USA could be accused of war crimes. That is simply shit you made up.I did say "How can Americans be guilty of law-of-war violations if Congress 't yet declared war?" If, someone like Quirk, queried me on that statement I would respond. I would reflect on how the US does not cede jurisdiction to foreign bodies. The US will not sign on to the ICC for example or The Law of the Sea treaty for that matter. The thought current extends, for Quirk for example, that the trade dispute mechanisms in NAFTA usurp US sovereignty. It is with those thoughts in mind that I posed the question that has your panties in a bunch. How does one prosecute the US for War Crimes in US courts if the US has determined that it isn't at war?Anyway, you and your pal Doug have great difficulty with reading comprehension and rational thought. I'll still read a little bit of Doug because he's brief but your stuff, nope.If Quirk were to say 2 + 2 = 4 Doug would come back with something like "Quirks thinks there are only 4 terrorist attacks because of his blind obedience to the lying MSM. You would respond with reams of b00bie shit cut and pasted from American Thinker, Hot Air, and Pam Gellar. Doug takes any statement and washes it through his black box of a brain and comes out with simple established (well, in his mind anyway) pronouncements. You, reams of shit.
.Whoa there, Ash.Aren't you being a little hard on the ex-Twins?I expect some harsh, vitriolic, sarcastic (too optimistic?), convoluted (in Bob's case), MSM blasting (in Doug's case), response that may possibly come tangentially close to answering to your specific charges.Get the popcorn..
law-of-war violations = war crimesYou are nothing but a maggot, Ashole.Anyone can see that.What are law of war violations except war crimes, Ashole ?You got caught saying something incredibly stupid and you think you can get out of it so easily ?BwabwabwabwabwabwahahahahahaEveryone knows now you are a moron and a dissembler.You deserve a good thrashing.
Why are you obsessing about law-of-war violations equalling war crimes? Whoever disputed that?
"How can Americans be guilty of war crimes if Congress hasn't yet declared war?"there, Bob, feel better. the above line does not mean what you wrote:"...how the USA could be accused of war crimes if Congress had not declared war."hint - "...how the USA could be accused..." is your addition to what I wrote. You made that shit up.
With respect to Snapchat my daughter uses it. Basically you snap a picture on your phone and it gets sent to the person you are 'chatting' with. The picture appears for something like 5 seconds and then disappears. They've maintained that there are no archives of stuff sent. I've tried to educate my daughter that any picture she sends can be saved (they could simply take a picture of the phone displaying your snap). I think at some point a few years ago Snapchat got hacked and there were archives of images sent. I digress though.It seems their IPO was very successful. I brought it up in a meeting today wondering how in the heck they hope to make enough money on advertising revenue from such a service. I was informed that they are planning to sell hardware as well - snapchat glasses or something.It is my opinion that the markets are experiencing a bit of a mania right now and I wouldn't touch an IPO with that kind of valuation in this market.I guess they've upped their game with digital stuff you can do to the pictures you send via chatting. Pretty cool I guess. I'm keen on technologies that do nifty things with images. Heck, I like those technologies so much, and they are so powerful, they've turned me into an actual walking and talking potato.
It is my opinion that the markets are experiencing a bit of a mania right now and I wouldn't touch an IPO with that kind of valuation in this market.Agreed!
.I wouldn't buy it at today's price but I see that the price has already dropped over the last couple days. I never buy a stock on the possibility a company will is a buy-out candidate. Any money I put in would be extra cash I can spare for a flyer. I see the trends I this stuff growing. As I mentioned, I don't know why but we've seen it before. Sometimes these stocks don't move on fundamentals, they move because of momentum and the younger generation like them. Also, the number of public stocks is small. If one big investor goes in and buys big. The stock can rise sharply. Of course, it can also go the other way.:o).
.I was aware of Snapchat. It was the other features CNBC was showing the other day that caught my attention..
Those would be what?It's a "virtually" ridiculous World we live in when Snapchat's valuation exceeds Marriott's.
.You've got to try and keep up, Doug.I pointed them out the other day..
Thanks a bunch.
Marriott's has a huge cost base. I wonder if Snapchat is a profitable as Marriott. I think a lot of this software stuff is based on dreams. Google, though, has some very interesting products...on a valuation basis I really don't know their p/e's and p/b's and such.
Price/Earnings 29.8 Industry average 34.5 S&P 21.1
Since Snapchat lost roughly $515 million in 2016 and has yet to turn a profit, the more conventional stock valuation metric, the price-to-earnings ratio, won't hold up. So we'll be measuring how much the companies thought investors would be willing to pay for each dollar of revenue, or the price-to-sales ratio.
With almost 158 million daily active users, Snapchat...Facebook only has 1.9 Billion.
Stocks suck over time.
You are better off putting your money in a bank and getting a little interest.The Wall Street Journal proved it with their two or three year darts throwing contest.The Wizards of Wall Street lost out to the blinded dart throwers.
A blinded dart thrower....great image of Quirk playing the stock market.I hope our babe in the woods stays with something he knows, like advertising.
But blinded Quirk would do better than the Wizards of Wall Street.And if the stocks go up you got to pay taxes, and broker fees coming and going too.You're better off buying a house and renting it out, or buying farm land and leasing it out, or keeping the money in the bank and getting a little, really little these days, interest from the money.Or staying in the advertising business, creating desire for shit people don't need at a ridiculous price.
The lions roar on the floor of the Bourse....begins the poem.Auden.
.Stocks suck over time.:o)You are better off putting your money in a bank and getting a little interest.:o):o)Come on, surely you have another one up your sleeve to complete the trifecta..
I do indeed.Buy wheat futures in December or January.9 out of 10 years you'll come out a little ahead.You stick with the advertising, Quirk.That's my best recommendation for you, and I ALWAYS try to look out for you.Sincerely, On Your Side
Correction....my wife was shouting at me about a phone call....confusion reigned....Buy at harvest sell in December or January or February.
Olive leaf lowers blood pressure.So does hibiscus tea.
.So does blood loss..
Not right at first, but soon, and eventually it can lower it to zero.
Komodo Dragons have glands that secrete anticoagulants.
Blowing olive leaves raises neighbor's blood pressure.
That's the advantage of Hisbiscus tea and Olive leaf, Quirk.It lowers your blood pressure, reducing you chance of stroking out, all while not killing you.I know you don't understand medical stuff, though.Just trust me.
In Quirk talk....you're chance
Drones raise the neighbor's blood pressure.There was a good women on Fox whose blood pressure was so raised by a drone hovering over her porch photographing her that she got the shotgun and tried to blow it out of the air.She missed, but the drone took off, so she won.
Do you think Quirk might possibly be helped by a Komodo Dragon blood transfusion, Doug ?His noggin often seems so coagulated.
A Laxative would do wonders.
Well, yes, hadn't thought of it, but he's certainly full of shit.
It all rose to the top, in his case.
The Physician is not limited to one prescription.Komodo Dragon blood transfusion, AND heavy doses of laxatives....
Guaranteed to perk old Quirk right up.
.Blowing olive leaves raises neighbor's blood pressure.So does blowing balloons..
Cancer stinks. Literally.Stewie, an Australian shepherd, can find it in less than six seconds, and that’s just on a training day.When she paws the spot of a malignant cancerous sample at the InSitu Foundation laboratory in north Chico, pets and plenty of treats come after — her reward for a life-saving job well-done.Stewie makes what’s akin to finding a teaspoon of sugar in the water of two Olympic-sized pools easy.When she paws the spot of a malignant cancerous sample at the InSitu Foundation laboratory in north Chico, pets and plenty of treats come after — her reward for a life-saving job well-done.Her owner, Dina Zaphiris, has trained more than 50 canines to detect cancer in a more-than-23-year career as a dog-trainer and medical researcher. The Chico native spent years training dogs for the stars, then training them in missing persons, bomb and narcotics detection before she became CEO of the nonprofit canine facility.http://www.chicoer.com/health/20170305/chico-canines-sniff-out-cancer
Dogs have 300 million scent receptors compared to the human’s measly 5 million. The part of the dog’s brain that analyzes scent is 40 times larger than a human’s.“The way you see the world, the dog smells the world,” Zaphiris said. “Cancer, a biological disease, is much stinkier than gunpowder and explosives.”
See there....I have been right all along.Perception is a category of understanding.A dog's world is not our world.And the world of a batIs even stranger than that
Windmills here are "killing more bats than expected" here.Haven't checked out how many, yet....then there're the birds.
A friend named Buzz and I used to fly fish for bats in the evenings....caught some too....but gave it up after Doctor Lauhrer told us to give it up and not risk a mean infection....
.The rural sophisticate at play..
Yup. We had fun.You need a thin line, and a small fly.Accuracy not so important....they'll swoop in when their radar locks on....
.'...thin line and small fly...'Describes you to a tee..
A bunch of self-centered farts taking instapics of themselves is of more value to humans than all the Marriots around the World.
I am proud to say I have not yet taken a selfie.
I bought my first digital camera in the nineties.Loved it, photoshop, and etc.Never took a selfie.Now with cellphone pics and videos everywhere, all the time, "photography" as practiced, disgusts me.All the phony crap apple now does to "enhance" the pics just makes it worse.Phoniness on top of phoniness, in the age of phones.
.From the Times of IsraelTrump calls Netanyahu to discuss Iranian ‘aggression’Talk between prime minister and US president comes after reported Iranian missile test over weekend; Netanyahu thanks Trump for stand on anti-Semitism=====================================================Netanyahu says 80% of terrorism Israel faces comes from the actions of Iran.The brouhaha over Trump's accusation that Obama wiretapped Trump Towers and the Trump campaign continues today.The White House says there will be no more comments on this subject until Congress completes its investigation of it.Kellyanne says you have to trust the president because 'he knows much more than any of us'.The Trump twitter keyboard has gone dark. This is ominous. Can we expect his next tweet to be something about Iran being behind 9/11 or that they invented ISIS?The world awaits.. ReplyDelete
A free one way ticket to Iran is hereby offered to Quirk.Enjoy your trip.It will be your last........unless Trump is so foolish as to pay the ransom the Iranians will be demanding for your aging hide.
.Bob, you are aware of how stupid you look when you put up this silly stuff aren't you?You continue this puerile stuff and you appear one of the many ass-clowns from Trump's clown car. .
This is puerile silly ass shit:Can we expect his next tweet to be something about Iran being behind 9/11 or that they invented ISIS?Get a Komodo Dragon transfusion and take mega doses of laxatives immediately.Then I will talk to you again.
Are you aware of how stupid ass you look when you ramble on with craparoo like that ?You are embarrassing yourself, and me too, as your sponsor and protector.Knock that shit off.
. . . Not what she said. More fake news.. . .
Quirk thrives on fake news.He was, after all, in the advertising business.
.:o) What did she say, Mome?I mean you had Bob convinced from the get go.Explain to us how what I put up isn't effectively what she said on the subject today..
Quirk posted: Kellyanne says you have to trust the president because 'he knows much more than any of us'.What she actually said was the President has info the rest of us don't have. See the difference, professor?
She was saying that he knows more than us on the wire tapping subject, as he is the President and has his sources, not, as you try to imply, that he is a God Almighty Know It All.When many here think of a God Almighty Know It All they think of you....:o)
I know, but it's ok. Don't worry about it.
.Quirk posted: Kellyanne says you have to trust the president because 'he knows much more than any of us'.What she actually said was the President has info the rest of us don't have. See the difference, professor?No.If I was quoting Kellyanne's actual words, I would have used quotations marks or put the comment in italics, instead, I was paraphrasing what she said.On Fox this morning, KC was asked what proof did Trump have regarding his tweets on the wire-tapping issue. She said, "Let me answer that globally", a sure sign you are not going to get the question you asked answered. Then..."He's the president of the United States," Conway said. "He has information and intelligence that the rest of us do not." To me that says we have to 'trust' Trump, he knows more than the rest of us.The context has to be taken into account, the thing we are actually talking about, the evidence Trump evidently has according to Kellyanne..
And that may be true: Conway doesn’t deserve sympathy or protection so much as a fair evaluation of how she does her job. For all of her demonstrated calculations she deserves to be considered, as Steve Bannon routinely is, an “evil genius.”...Conceding she might just be a little bit competent is not necessarily to praise Conway for what she does, but rather to identify her as a very real threat—to other women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, people with low incomes, single parents, and more—and not just a silly woman who behaves badly. Misogynistic attacks on her distract from the havoc she and the administration she represents have been able to wreak.That’s not only unfair to one woman who happens to have a great deal of power, but a disservice to the public. The people paying the price for underestimating Conway will be us.Kellyanne Conway
Sam reads Vogue!
Obama should be on the cover of Vogue:https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C6OwRshUYAArObs.jpg
.Watch it Sam, keep it up and you will be accused of even worse, reading the MSM..
Replacement for O'bozoCare is being rolled out....
.Time to start taking some profits in the market.I thought it would be a week or two before his promises started to hit up against reality..
:)No, I don't read Vogue. Just a hit on Google and I was kinda curious as to their take (although, not sure why).
.I'm sure Doug was kidding with you, Sam, but even so, the explanation you gave just now wouldn't normally appease him. Things are different in Doug-world.In Doug-world the Times of Israel is considered MSM.If you quote a story from the NYT or the WP you are already suspect. Quote two and you are an MSM apparatchik. [Ignore the fact that ol' Doug will quote from the same sources if it suits him.]Doug is evidently unaware of how search engines work. If you are looking for a story, even if its issued by news agencies such as AP or Reuters, the search engines will place links to the sites with the most hits first. That usually means the bigger papers like the NYT and WaPo.However, Doug has me so paranoid about the MSM, rather than going to the first links that pop on a search, I was going 2 or 3 pages deep into the links to try and find the same story from the Podunk Times, the Bumchuck News, or the Maui Munchkin just to disguise my MSM addition.Unfortunately, I find it's not the paper that makes the MSM in Doug-world but their take on the issues..
President Donald Trump says the US is with Japan "100 per cent" over North Korea's latest missile launches, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told reporters...."Such actions violate Security Council resolutions and seriously undermine regional peace and stability," a spokesman for UN chief Antonio Guterres said in a statement.