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Transition In America

by Oui Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 09:36:59 AM EST

Cultural exchange inside America 🇺🇸 ... let youth from Blue states and Red states meet!  

Healing a dysfunctional society and political system ... where to start when conversation has been replaced by guns, more guns and violence.

THANKSGIVING USA 2020

Serving 50 million Americans today 😢

More to come ... use this as an open thread analyzing Trumpís four years legacy and damage done to a flawed World Leadership.


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Trump's legacy and role Conservative women in power.

by Oui on Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 09:52:26 AM EST
Great way to increase Polarisation In America: Avoid meeting up with your religious friends for fear of becoming caught up in super-spreader events...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 11:17:17 AM EST
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Down the rabbit hole - like it or not! Thanks Evangelicals, we should have realized you were always a death cult in disguise.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Nov 29th, 2020 at 04:03:41 PM EST
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I must admit I have a weak spot for the plight of former DNI chief Gen. Michael Flynn ... got caught up in American politics and anti-Russia hysteria of HRC and Democrats.

by Oui on Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 10:21:18 AM EST
Why does this excuse him lying to the FBI?

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 11:18:31 AM EST
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Not to defend professional death squad leaders, but should the FBI run around creating crimes where there were none before?
by generic on Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 12:05:32 PM EST
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Originally the interviewing FBI agents testified Flynn did not lie, the FBI director said Flynn did not lie and the FBI deputy director said Flynn did not lie.  FBI did not even bother to report the interview.

Then Mueller's team came up with the "Flynn lied" by interviewing the agents who interviewed Flynn, and coming to conclusion that they had enough on Flynn to put pressure on him to get to Trump's dirty laundry.

That is how Mueller has done investigations trough his career -- he doen't go for the big fish directly, but forces the little fish to cooperate. That way he often got the guy he was after, not for the things accused of but for lying to the investigators (because his team always knew more). So, he's your go-to man when there's no actual evidence.

by pelgus on Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 12:13:11 PM EST
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Also as DIA Director Michael Flynn ruffled some feathers ... the intelligence community was looking for payback time.

Trump's Generals, Part 3: Mike Flynn vs. Al-Qaeda

At  the DIA, Flynn's perception of the growing threat posed by Islamist extremists put him at odds with the triumphalist narrative coming out of the White House. With the death of Osama bin Laden and many of his top lieutenants in 2011, the Obama administration argued that Al Qaeda "core" was "decimated," and the threat from terrorism rapidly diminishing. In 2012, the National Intelligence Council had even crafted a draft National Intelligence Estimate -- a document supposed to represent the consensus view of the US intelligence community -- which reportedly concluded that Al Qaeda was no longer a threat to the United States.

Defense Intelligence Agency warned Obama about ISIS in 2012

by Oui on Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 01:49:35 PM EST
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Turkey's failed coup attempt: All you need to know

Dahlan drops libel case against MEE over article on Turkey coup

The case was for an article written by Hearst following the July 2016 attempted coup in Turkey, in which he reported claims by a high-level Turkish security source that the United Arab Emirates had collaborated with the coup plotters, and that Dahlan was "used as a go-between," MEE said.

by Oui on Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 10:22:47 PM EST
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The Obama admin, a UN resolution, Flynn and Kushner

November 10, 2016

Axios; President Obama meets with President-elect Trump. Obama reportedly warns Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor. Jared Kushner had a tête-à-tête with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

..."There was the resolution people know about and a second one, which was the parameters for a peace agreement." Netanyahu enlisted then-president-elect Donald Trump and his staff to try to block Resolution 2334.

by Oui on Sat Nov 28th, 2020 at 04:56:57 PM EST
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HE'S BACK and CAME BACK AGAIN

the return of the zombie president ...

They're baaack: Trump and allies still refuse election loss | ABC News |

by Oui on Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 03:30:41 PM EST
Reading the Signs: Trump Has Lost the Will to Be Blond - nymag

After four long years, a new reality seems to be rearing its head -- less garish. ... the 45th president appeared at a press conference ... with an entirely silver mane -- not an orange streak in sight.

... Of course, Trump is relinquishing his hair color far faster than he is the presidency, still pursuing his many frivolous lawsuits,

... As so often with this administration, the apparently trivial, the superficial, the thing you'd never imagine worthy of attention -- in this case, the coiffures of men in their mid-70s -- has become a blinking neon sign of truth.



Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 10:33:55 PM EST
The Zombie President with highest rate of next byline:

⭕️ !! This claim about election fraud is disputed

by Oui on Fri Nov 27th, 2020 at 05:50:10 PM EST
This tweet will be a good case study for middle school social studies classes around the country
by asdf on Fri Nov 27th, 2020 at 11:46:37 PM EST
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AFAICT from my K12 teachers' feeds, US con law (electoral controversy) is going to be very, very low on the democracy pole for some years to come.

2020 is the "season" to pivot US social studies to "racial justice" folklore and "false narratives" embedded in curricular materials. A lot of supplementary texts are priming the pipeline of formal and informal "anti-racist" pedagogy--ironically liberated by remote, decentralized ahh teachers' tools and thinly-veiled resentment of obligatory, unpaid "professional development". To be "fair," in a racist state such as US, every race will have its day or month to "be seen" in the light of unappreciated ahh contributions to "white supremacy" a/k/a capitalist enterprise.

Let's recall the excitement worldwide provoked by BLM marches, toppling of heroic slave-traders (particularly Cristoforo Colombo), and Trump's reactionary EO defending federalists' Americana, followed by conspicuous, mostly municipal enactments of "Indigenous Day". Ancient puritan ablutions, dressed as a Thanksgiving Day legacy, is currently taking an annual but more vigorous beating even by trusted tabloid press' standards. Youth leadership in Climate Action, not so much.

< checks watch >

MLK (18 Jan) and Geo. Washington's and Abe Lincoln's birthdays d/b/a President's Day (15 Feb)--squeezing the inauguration of Our Bumper Sticker-- are the next opportunities when children likely will be called upon to study "systemic racism" inherent in commemoration of truth and justice. Over all and under more prosaic circumstances, I've no reason to expect US educators to abandon basic literacy instruction to supervise sullen discourse of partisan events among tweens, embargoed by SARS-CoV-2, little-no telecommunication service, class and "food insecurity".

by Cat on Sat Nov 28th, 2020 at 04:00:18 PM EST
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The situation here is still pretty psychotic.
by Cat on Sun Nov 29th, 2020 at 05:02:14 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 29th, 2020 at 05:56:24 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Nov 27th, 2020 at 10:17:16 PM EST
by Oui on Sat Nov 28th, 2020 at 08:08:28 AM EST
by Oui on Sat Nov 28th, 2020 at 08:09:35 AM EST
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Permanent Representative of Iran in the UN Majid Takht-Ravanchi filed an address to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council over the assassination of Mohsen Fahrizade, an Iranian nuclear physicist, who led a research center under the Iranian Ministry of Defense.

"While warning the US and Israel against any opportunistic actions against my country, especially within the remaining term of the current US administration, the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves the right to take all necessary measures in order to protect its people and its interests."

by Oui on Sat Nov 28th, 2020 at 09:40:15 AM EST
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Qatar, Syria abd Turkey call it an act of terrorism ... Europe calls for restraint 😣

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassination: How the world reacted

World Newspapers: Top Iranian nuclear scientist killed in ambush

UK FM Dominic Raab stays numb on Israel's assassination of Iran's nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

by Oui on Sat Nov 28th, 2020 at 06:22:22 PM EST
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Fakhrizadeh killing: Iran's security apparatus under scrutiny - DW
The outrage on Iranian social media after the death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh  has been palpable. Countless tweets and comments posted by Iranians have disparaged the country's intelligence services and security apparatus for repressing students, women's rights activists, journalists and dissidents, but failing to "prevent the assassination of the country's top nuclear scientist."

Fakhrizadeh was killed on Friday in the outskirts of Tehran as attackers shot at his car, before detonating an explosive-laden pickup truck just meters away. The incident marks the third massive failure by the Islamic Republic's security apparatus -- which regularly boasts of having everything in the country under control -- in less than a year.

Up until Friday, it was nearly impossible to even find a picture of Fakhrizadeh online. Widely thought to have been the father of Iran's military nuclear program, he was one of the most well-protected people in the country.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 29th, 2020 at 02:03:35 PM EST
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Murderer's Row

by Oui on Sun Nov 29th, 2020 at 07:10:57 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Dec 2nd, 2020 at 07:59:03 AM EST
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Iran says it has 'a lead' on nuclear mastermind's killers | Ynet News |

The investigation concluded that a remotely controlled machine gun was installed in the Nissan vehicle, and that Fakhrizadeh was hit by three bullets, one hitting him in the spine.

Several seconds after the hit, the firing vehicle exploded to not leave any evidence behind, according to the report. The whole operation took three minutes and did not involve any assassins, Fars reported.

The investigators further found that the owner of the Nissan vehicle left Iran on October 29.

by Oui on Sun Nov 29th, 2020 at 09:51:27 PM EST
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Israel refused to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and does not allow any international inspection of its nuclear weapons program.

Iranian parliament to restrict unannounced IAEA inspection at possible nuclear research sites.

by Oui on Tue Dec 1st, 2020 at 07:34:20 AM EST
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Next presidential election in June 2021 will see a hardliner voted into office ...

Iran newspaper urges strike on Haifa if Israel killed scientist

... or was that January 2020?

Western media in attempt to embarras the security of Iran ...

Iranian nuclear chief's body prepared for burial as anger focused on Israel and US

by Oui on Sun Nov 29th, 2020 at 04:09:36 PM EST
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Condoleezza Rice has heralded the war as the "birth pangs of a new Middle East" i

Condoleezza Rice has heralded the war as the "birth pangs of a new Middle East" | TIME |

Operation Cast Lead in Lebanon

Israel's savagery in 2008 ahead of the Obama Inauguration

Israel has never behaved otherwise. Right from the beginning, and even before Israel was founded, Zionist gangs led by future prime ministers were the first to introduce terrorism to the Middle East. Israel and its founders were the first to carry out political assassinations of United Nations officials and Palestinian leaders, as well as other truly terrorist attacks against hotels, railway stations and civilian Palestine government departments.

Israel brought nuclear weapons to the region and its chief innovations have been how to occupy, build settlements, usurp lands and rights by every means, commit massacres against civilians with advanced weapons, and invent new justifications for each crime. These have been its chief contributions to the region for 60 years.

by Oui on Sat Nov 28th, 2020 at 08:29:28 AM EST
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Spilled blood made a bond of "brothers"

A DAY OF TERROR, THE ISRAELIS; Spilled Blood Is Seen As Bond That Draws 2 Nations Closer | NY Times - Sept. 12, 2001 |
by James Bennet

Fear Inc. - Introduction of Islamophobia

Center for American Progress: Fear Inc.

Signs of Fascism in a Post-Democratic State

Socialism to Zionism

From left to right -- Israel's repositioning in the world

The Crisis of the Zionist Left

My diary from 2014 ...

Sweeping 'Patriot' Laws Passed As Jordan Fears Uprising and ISIS

Rabbi: Exterminate All Muslims | Progress Pond - Oct. 2014 | by Steve D

With our eyes wide open, a stealth revolution remaking society for the 21st century - rightwing populism and propaganda are here to stay.

by Oui on Sat Nov 28th, 2020 at 01:37:01 PM EST
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Holocaust, Militarism and Machiavelli's Advice: How Fear Took Over Israel | Haaretz - Jan. 1, 2021 |

Israel may be the best-defended state in the world, but its people's existence is based on an ethos of constant fear.

In his famous handbook for rulers, dedicated to Lorenzo di Medici, Niccolò Machiavelli advised his eponymous prince to learn how to elicit both love and fear in his subjects. Being loved and feared at the same time was the best way to exercise power, but if you have to choose between them, Macchiaveli admonished, better to be feared, for fear of the prince will protect him and maintain social order (on condition that the prince is not cruel). Fear (instilled in others) is undoubtedly the emotion most relished by tyrants, with most, if not all, using it to build up their regimes.

Gun violence and the state of fear in the United States of America ... a perpetual movement of a Conservative society ... should not be the ideals of democracy.

by Oui on Fri Jan 1st, 2021 at 10:28:39 AM EST
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by Bernard on Sat Nov 28th, 2020 at 09:02:39 AM EST
Quid pro quo ... burning campaign money 🔥🔥🤣🤣
by Oui on Sat Nov 28th, 2020 at 09:38:53 AM EST
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by Oui on Sat Nov 28th, 2020 at 04:20:55 PM EST
by Oui on Sun Nov 29th, 2020 at 05:45:34 AM EST
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Pennsylvania legislature last ditch attempt to cancel the election result ...

Trump's best friend

by Oui on Sat Nov 28th, 2020 at 08:48:10 PM EST
The only voter scam in Tx ...

Statement True The Vote

True the Vote Founder and President Catherine Engelbrecht issued the following statement regarding the "Validate the Vote" initiative, dismissal of lawsuits, and ongoing fight for election integrity:

"Yesterday, we made the difficult decision to dismiss our current lawsuits in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. While we stand by the voters' testimony that was brought forth, barriers to advancing our arguments, coupled with constraints on time, made it necessary for us to pursue a different path. But our fight for election integrity continues. The litigation component of our work is only a fraction of what we are doing ..."

Please keep the donations rolling ...

Trump supporter who gave $2.5m to fight election fraud wants money back

Founding Tea Party GOP Harris County Tx

by Oui on Sun Nov 29th, 2020 at 07:54:58 AM EST

Mysterious donor in Florida Senate races dumped $550,000 in ads for spoiler candidates

by Oui on Sun Nov 29th, 2020 at 09:08:42 AM EST
Ex-Trump campaign aide sues over Russia probe surveillance | ABC News |

The suit from Carter Page alleges a series of omissions and errors made by FBI and Justice Department officials in applications they submitted in 2016 and 2017 to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to eavesdrop on Page on suspicion that he was an agent of Russia.

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In the complaint, Page accuses the FBI of relying excessively for information on Christopher Steele [Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd with Sir Andrew Wood], a former British spy whose research during the 2016 campaign into Donald Trump's ties to Russia was funded by Democrats. It says the FBI failed to tell the surveillance court that Steele's primary source had contradicted information that Steele had attributed to him, or that Page had denied to an informant for the FBI having "any involvement with Russia on behalf of the Trump campaign."

The complaint also accuses the FBI of having misled the surveillance court about his relationship with the CIA, for whom Page had been an operational contact between 2008 and 2013. A former FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, pleaded guilty in August to altering an email to say that Page had not been a source for the CIA.

Steele Dossier: FBI Biased and Lack of Honor - Shocking

by Oui on Sun Nov 29th, 2020 at 05:46:54 PM EST
by Cat on Sun Nov 29th, 2020 at 09:20:00 PM EST
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U.S. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez raises $200K after battling Jagmeet Singh in hit video game Among Us | CBC News |

by Oui on Sun Nov 29th, 2020 at 06:39:20 PM EST
Ministers reject call for public inquiry into Pat Finucane murder | The Guardian |

Loyalist gunmen forced their way into Finucane's home on 12 February 1989 and shot the lawyer 14 times in front of his wife and three children. The 39-year-old had become prominent for defending IRA paramilitaries, often successfully.

It emerged that Brian Nelson, the Ulster Defence Association member who directed the organisation's attacks, was an agent controlled by the British army's force research unit.

The government promised a public inquiry in 2001, only to backtrack. The original investigation into the murder was ineffective and failed to meet the standards required under human Yrights law, the supreme court ruled last year.

Northern Ireland: 'Shameful' refusal to agree public inquiry in Finucane murder will undermine confidence in rule of law | Amnesty UK |

Former RUC officers to sue PSNI chief over Pat Finucane murder | Irish News - July 4, 2016 |

US politicians urge Boris Johnson to set up public inquiry into murder of human rights lawyer ... Brexit is British Gov best friend in cover-up and future white-wash.

by Oui on Mon Nov 30th, 2020 at 07:30:38 PM EST
It's been obvious from day 1 that his murder was an uncover British army directed job. Why would the UK government want to investigate that?

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 30th, 2020 at 07:46:59 PM EST
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Pat Finucane: A murder with 'collusion at its heart' | BBC News |

In 2019, the UK Supreme Court found there had never been an adequate investigation, but stopped short of ordering a public inquiry, ruling it was for the state "to decide what form of investigation is required."

ECJ status post-Brexit

UK businesses and nationals will lose their EU law rights in all 28 member states; non-UK EU businesses and nationals will lose their EU law rights in the UK; and the UK will cease to have rights or obligations arising out of the EU.

by Oui on Mon Nov 30th, 2020 at 08:24:13 PM EST
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... and which Ad popped up reading these two article:

The 40 most utterly unhinged lines from Donald Trump's first post-election interview

Trump sulks after his election defeat and leaves US in limbo

"Immigration to Canada" 🇨🇦

by Oui on Mon Nov 30th, 2020 at 09:33:30 PM EST

Twitter removes false coronavirus tweet by Trump's favourite health adviser

by Oui on Tue Dec 1st, 2020 at 07:07:25 AM EST
Claims of business fraud are a business opportunity... worth reading in full...

Trump `raises $170m' for `election defence fund' and looks for more

US president Donald Trump has raised about $170 million (€142 million) since election day as his campaign operation has continued to aggressively solicit donations with hyped-up appeals that have funded his fruitless attempts to overturn the election and that have seeded his post-presidential political ambitions, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The money, much of which was raised in the first week after the election, according to the person, has arrived as Mr Trump has made false claims about fraud and sought to undermine public confidence in the legitimacy of president-elect Joe Biden's victory.

Instead of slowing down after the election, Mr Trump's campaign has ratcheted up its volume of email solicitations for cash, telling supporters that money was needed for an "election defence fund".

In reality, the fine print shows that the first 75 per cent of every contribution currently goes to a new political action committee that Mr Trump set up in mid-November, Save America, which can be used to fund his political activities going forward, including staff and travel. The other 25 per cent of each donation is directed to the Republican National Committee.

A donor has to give $5,000 to Mr Trump's new PAC before any funds go to his recount account. Still, the Trump campaign continues to urgently ask for cash



Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Dec 1st, 2020 at 12:40:54 PM EST
On the same subject, this TPM article I quoted three weeks ago.

Choice quotes:

Trump Is Fundraising For Legal Help Fighting A `Stolen' Election. Nearly All The Money Is Actually Going Elsewhere.

"This is a way that he can fleece his supporters to support his own lifestyle for the next few years regardless of whether he even runs in 2024," Ryan said.
"Oh yeah, the RNC is on the gravy train," Ryan added.
by Bernard on Tue Dec 1st, 2020 at 07:01:14 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Dec 1st, 2020 at 01:03:03 PM EST
Biden's outspoken nominee to run budget office deletes 1,000 tweets

Tanden named those "enablers" as Cory Gardner, Susan Collins, Joni Ernst, John Cornyn, David Perdue, Thom Tillis "and many more".

A tweet calling McConnell "#MoscowMitch" a common nickname for the majority leader among liberals during the investigation of Donald Trump's links to Russia, was also among those deleted.

by Oui on Tue Dec 1st, 2020 at 07:11:19 PM EST
Fox also said CAP "pretends to be aligned with progressive values, but Neera Tanden seems so cynical that she attacks progressive policies like a ban on fracking, the Green New Deal and Medicare for All".
That's all? While the MSM talks about trivia, such as what she thinks about Republican senators, Jacobin reminds us that
A  longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, Tanden touted her think tank's 2010 proposal to reduce Social Security benefits in 2012, as Biden was pushing for such cuts in the Obama administration.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Dec 1st, 2020 at 07:30:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Dec 2nd, 2020 at 09:25:30 PM EST
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Forgotten about Trump already, have we?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Dec 2nd, 2020 at 10:20:04 PM EST
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Military orphans of Trump's Lost Election ...

by Oui on Wed Dec 2nd, 2020 at 07:07:29 AM EST
Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine wins licence for use in the UK | The Guardian |

BioNTech's Chinese Partnership

As part of the development program, BioNTech announced a strategic alliance with China's Fosun Pharma to jointly develop its vaccine in China.

by Oui on Wed Dec 2nd, 2020 at 07:30:47 AM EST
by Oui on Wed Dec 2nd, 2020 at 07:31:33 AM EST
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by Oui on Wed Dec 2nd, 2020 at 07:36:36 AM EST
Republican election officials in Georgia are getting death threats.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Dec 2nd, 2020 at 03:49:19 PM EST
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A child's tantrum ...
or the baseless claim of a maniacal, dangerous person occupying the White House!

by Oui on Thu Dec 3rd, 2020 at 10:09:19 AM EST
Nah - its just a game, to stiff the rubes for another $170 million in donations towards the next step in his political/business career.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Dec 3rd, 2020 at 11:34:55 AM EST
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You might want to read this 11th cir appellate opinion
Wilding v DNC Services Corp. and D. Schultz (Oct 2019) before drifting off into cheeto-dictator's campaign "crimes" against donors.

The district court's order of dismissal is affirmed, but the case is remanded so that the district court can amend its order consistent with our opinion. The order should dismiss the fraud, negligent  misrepresentation, CPPA, and unjust enrichment claims--which fail on the merits--with prejudice, and  dismiss the negligence and fiduciary duty claim--which fail for lack of standing--without prejudice.
by Cat on Thu Dec 3rd, 2020 at 03:30:59 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Dec 3rd, 2020 at 12:40:43 PM EST
Let's do it over! 😁

As a remedy, the Trump team suggestie the state "order a new Presidential Election to occur at the earliest opportune time."

Trump mounts another legal challenge to election, asking Georgia for a do-over

Trump: "Next time let me count the votes ... do have some spare time between golf breaks."

Calls for martial law and US military oversight of new presidential election draws criticism | Military Times |

Perhaps Donald can set a lunch date with dictator in waiting Juan Guaidó ...

by Oui on Sat Dec 5th, 2020 at 07:42:05 PM EST
More news from fantasy battlefield Germany:

This retired three-star falsely claims US soldiers died attacking a CIA facility in Germany tied to election fraud - Military Times

It is a scenario that makes the antics of animated spy Archer seem plausible by comparison, spun by the former assistant vice chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force.

In his unfounded version of events, U.S. special operations forces died in an attack on a CIA computer facility in Germany that was hiding information about a massive, covert effort to flip votes from President Donald Trump to his opponent, Joe Biden.

But even though big Army and U.S. Army Special Operations Command have told Military Times that there was no such attack, or loss of life, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney is sticking by his claims. They became so widely distributed on social media that numerous accounts on Twitter falsely claimed that five soldiers killed in a Sinai helicopter crash were really killed in the firefight with the CIA.

by Bernard on Sat Dec 5th, 2020 at 09:38:04 PM EST
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There's a fight brewing over whether companies are responsible when workers get coronavirus | CNBC |

Tucked into the Covid-19 stimulus package? Protection for corporations

by Oui on Sun Dec 6th, 2020 at 02:07:17 PM EST

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D., has defended the pace of the review of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on the grounds that a thorough assessment is needed to reassure a skeptical public.

by Oui on Sun Dec 6th, 2020 at 02:20:12 PM EST
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Land of the Free ...

⭕️ this comment is disputed 😉

Greatest Democracy on this Planet ...

History of tabulation, count and recount ... Chicago 1960 - Mayor Daley and the mob ... Bush brothers, Florida and SCOTUS.

Personally I like this one ...

by Oui on Sun Dec 6th, 2020 at 07:52:19 PM EST
Giuliani's Immunity Fails ...

The President is on his own ...

by Oui on Sun Dec 6th, 2020 at 08:36:32 PM EST
Why is the claim of election fraud disputed, but the claim that Giuliani was the greatest mayor of NYC is not?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Dec 6th, 2020 at 08:54:54 PM EST
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Unbalanced ... true! 🤣🤣
by Oui on Sun Dec 6th, 2020 at 09:02:27 PM EST
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tsk
by Cat on Tue Dec 8th, 2020 at 02:12:17 PM EST
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For the same reason the ballots are only fraudulent on the presidential race and not on any of the lower races: Doesn't fit RethugliKKKon Reality.
by rifek on Thu Dec 17th, 2020 at 02:32:32 PM EST
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Perhaps it's an ethical God rooting for "We The People".  🤣

by Oui on Mon Dec 7th, 2020 at 11:31:04 AM EST
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by Oui on Sun Dec 6th, 2020 at 10:39:04 PM EST
by Oui on Mon Dec 7th, 2020 at 12:14:02 PM EST

Jocelyn Benson: 'Armed protesters' target Michigan official's home | BBC News |

In a statement, Michigan's Attorney General Dana Nessel and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy described the incident as "disturbing behaviour masquerading as protest".

"Anyone can air legitimate grievances to Secretary Benson's office through civil and democratic means, but terrorising children and families at their own homes is not activism," they said.

by Oui on Mon Dec 7th, 2020 at 08:13:31 PM EST
Tuesday is Safe Harbor day. Changing electoral votes after that is much more difficult.
by asdf on Mon Dec 7th, 2020 at 08:38:33 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Dec 8th, 2020 at 06:06:45 PM EST
SCOTUS delivers fatal blow to Trump's 2nd term 🙃🤐

by Oui on Tue Dec 8th, 2020 at 11:05:13 PM EST
Seems like the one remaining realistic chance is objections in congress during the counting of the electoral college votes.
by asdf on Wed Dec 9th, 2020 at 04:24:51 AM EST
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Joe Biden to name Katherine Tai for top trade job

  • She will be responsible for repairing economic ties damaged by Trump's trade wars while fulfilling Biden's pledge to stay tough on China

  • Tai, who is fluent in Mandarin, is a former China enforcement head at the Office of the United States Trade Representative 
  • by Oui on Thu Dec 10th, 2020 at 06:50:52 AM EST
    Trump admitting defeat? Spoke of the "Biden administration" 🤐

    by Oui on Fri Dec 11th, 2020 at 11:06:38 PM EST
    by Oui on Fri Dec 11th, 2020 at 11:47:16 PM EST
    by Oui on Sat Dec 12th, 2020 at 08:20:29 AM EST
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    SSSSSCOOOOOOoooooooooooore: 7-2
    The Anti-RBG dodges another bullet.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sat Dec 12th, 2020 at 11:13:25 AM EST
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    Not YOU, but the people got screwed for four years by a shrewd businessman competing with former Italian PM Berlusconi for the predicate the "clown" president. 🤡 🤡

    by Oui on Sat Dec 12th, 2020 at 08:25:56 AM EST
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    by Oui on Sat Dec 12th, 2020 at 03:31:11 PM EST
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    I added my comment:

    Great article and analysis Richard. The ethical and moral viewpoints are undisputed. US Congress, politics and Western foreign policy is all about might, wealth and spread of capitalism around the globe as if it was a renewed exploitation of a New World with the sword of christians as cover. See the daily Bible briefings by Rumsfeld and Cheney for president Bush and the seat of religious zealots Trump was hoisted in by extreme evangelicals. The separation of state and religion has been a farce for decades now. See also Poland and extreme right, morals and Catholic hierarchy. Mankind should be deeply ashamed of the suffering by the masses in Third World nations and the inequality here at home. To be social is inherent in Jewish faith and teachings of Jesus. The voices of moderation aren't heard in a new generation of tech giants, AI and robotical warfare destroying lives. Many nations like the Philippines, US, UK, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iran are based on a culture of death. Same can be said of China and Russia. The federal executions expedited in a lame-duck presidency of Donald Trump reminds me of a Texas Governor and State AG Alberto Gonzales. A culture of gun violence leads to fear, stress and a population easily manipulated by enemies of the state.

    There is only hope for US politics when honest people like Bernie Sanders and progressive voices are heard. Your article would do well as a platform for such a democratic movement. Chapeau.

    by Oui on Sun Dec 13th, 2020 at 12:15:24 PM EST
    Who was stupid enough to place any faith or trust in Biden?  The former Senator from MasterCharge is a dyed in the wool DLC'er.

    She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
    by ATinNM on Mon Dec 14th, 2020 at 07:13:01 AM EST
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    No trust in Biden, his network of advisers nor his (lack of) vision on foreign policy in Middle East of in "confrontation" of world powers.

    During the Obama presidency, it was Biden to lead on foreign policy issues!

    Joe Lieberman had Obama's ear on the Middle East and the Democrats were led into destructive regime changes in Libya, Syria and the Ukraine.

    Russia got booted out of NATO as silent partner due to the failed Rose Revolution in Georgia under leadership of Mikheil Saakashvili.

    HRC never accepted her loss in November 2016 and the Democrats in Congress and on "progressive" blogs were tearful and undermined American "democracy" for the next four years. Republicans serving Democrats some of their cake today.

    Unfortunately, Joe Biden was the only bet to get rid of Trump ... HE LOST!

    by Oui on Mon Dec 14th, 2020 at 10:26:56 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Rubbing Out Each and Every Trace of the Trumps ... Disinfecting his Legacy too?

    Biden orders 'exorcism' of Trump from White House

    President-elect Biden is set to move into the 55,000sq ft mansion after his January 21 inauguration but is insisting that the 132-room property be thoroughly disinfected beforehand.

    White House historian Aaron Shikler's portrait of JFK deep in thought is the most patriotic ornament on our tree. Thank you ⁦Kate Andersen Brower said: `There is a five-hour window between presidents. That's when 95 staff will have to pack up all the Trump possessions and move the Bidens in. They will clean or replace everything.'

    A team in hazmat suits will spray the entire residence with disinfectant after Trump leaves and remove carpets, curtains and furniture.

    by Oui on Mon Dec 14th, 2020 at 11:01:17 AM EST
    Isn't the White House cleaned on a regular basis?
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Dec 14th, 2020 at 12:07:18 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    If We the People are lucky, every four years ... now waiting for US Congress and elderly senators glued to their seats. How many generations of talented young persons will never get a change to take a seat in the swamp?

    Trump was clearly a mismatch ... but nearly 75 million thought he was the best that ever happened to America ... rightwing revolt.

    by Oui on Mon Dec 14th, 2020 at 12:30:04 PM EST
    [ Parent ]

    Did Barr write this "resignation" letter?  🙃
    Or was it Trump's speechwriter.  Released minutes after the Electoral College declared Joe Biden the next President ...
    A TRUMP GOOD-BYE

    by Oui on Mon Dec 14th, 2020 at 10:52:59 PM EST
    BTW Russian president pre-empts many US Congress Republicans including Mitch McConnell to concede Trump's defeat.

    "We Russians make ourselves feel at home in your exceptional nation ... a shining light of democracy ... 🤣 🔥"

    Suspected Russian-backed hackers breached U.S. Treasury computers

    by Oui on Tue Dec 15th, 2020 at 01:24:33 PM EST
    by Oui on Wed Dec 16th, 2020 at 10:47:32 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui on Wed Dec 16th, 2020 at 10:51:16 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    EC Biden 306, Trump 232

    81,268,867 Americans voted Trump OUT! Leave the keys on the desk in the Oval Office ...

    Yes, you get a last ride on de heli for lift-off ...

    No, you don't get a last ride on Air Force One 🙃 🎭

    Your legacy will be four years of division ... you will not be remembered ... where is the wall paid for by Mexico.

    Fencing around the White House to keep protestors out, becomes a momorial of BLM

    by Oui on Wed Dec 16th, 2020 at 11:09:46 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Sure hopes he isn't in a leadership role ... what a nitwit. 😅

    by Oui on Wed Dec 16th, 2020 at 03:33:06 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui on Wed Dec 16th, 2020 at 03:35:27 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Apply the Brecht solution:

    The government needs to dissolve the people and elect another.

    She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

    by ATinNM on Thu Dec 17th, 2020 at 06:37:22 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Isn't that what gerrymandering is all about?
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Dec 17th, 2020 at 07:13:52 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Hey, Vlad the Impaler had just congratulated Biden, Turtle Man must have felt obligated.
    by rifek on Thu Dec 17th, 2020 at 02:39:41 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui on Wed Dec 16th, 2020 at 05:54:45 PM EST
    More or less 😉

    by Oui on Wed Dec 16th, 2020 at 10:18:32 PM EST
    by Oui on Wed Dec 16th, 2020 at 10:23:41 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui on Wed Dec 16th, 2020 at 10:24:26 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Can't really blame them.
    by rifek on Thu Dec 17th, 2020 at 02:42:24 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    This is one instance where I hope Biden reverts to Obama's Foreign Policy.

    Ditto Cuba.


    She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

    by ATinNM on Thu Dec 17th, 2020 at 06:39:15 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    He piled sanctions on sanctions his predecessors left behind.
    by Cat on Sat Dec 19th, 2020 at 07:12:14 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Obama signs executive order revoking Iran nuclear sanctions

    Easing the embargo


    She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

    by ATinNM on Sun Dec 20th, 2020 at 12:22:47 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui on Thu Dec 17th, 2020 at 10:07:12 PM EST
    U.S. cybersecurity agency warns of "grave" threat from massive hack | CBS News |

    "This threat actor has demonstrated sophistication and complex tradecraft in these intrusions," the agency said in an unusual alert. "CISA expects that removing the threat actor from compromised environments will be highly complex and challenging."

    The agency previously said that the perpetrators had used network management software from Texas-based SolarWinds to infiltrate computer networks. Its new alert said the attackers may have used other methods as well.

    The U.S. has not publicly blamed Russia for the intrusions. SolarWinds said it had been advised that the perpetrator is believed to be an "outside nation state," but has not independently identified those responsible. Current and former U.S. officials have said early evidence points to the Kremlin.

    Is Putin Really Considering a Military Alliance With China? | Moscow Times |

    by Oui on Thu Dec 17th, 2020 at 11:15:06 PM EST
    As was predicted.

    Now you, too, can disable Intel ME 'backdoor' thanks to the NSA

    Back in June 2016, hardware hacker Damien Zammit warned, "Recent Intel x86 processors implement a secret, powerful control mechanism that runs on a separate chip that no one is allowed to audit or examine. When these are eventually compromised, they'll expose all affected systems to nearly unkillable, undetectable rootkit attacks."

    [emphasis added]

    She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

    by ATinNM on Fri Dec 18th, 2020 at 03:34:06 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    With more information what I wrote above, while accurate, is not the immediate source of the breaches.

    Microsoft president calls SolarWinds hack an "act of recklessness"

    SolarWinds is the maker of a nearly ubiquitous network management tool called Orion. A surprisingly large percentage of the world's enterprise networks run it. Hackers backed by a nation state--two US senators who received private briefings say it was Russia--managed to take over SolarWinds' software build system and push a security update infused with a backdoor. SolarWinds said about 18,000 users downloaded the malicious update.

    A "build system" is the code and processes by which the code is turned into a functional program.  

    She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

    by ATinNM on Fri Dec 18th, 2020 at 04:28:46 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    ... virus pandemic, of course!

    America In Transition ... Joe Biden is coming. 🆘

    Fear fuels gun sales as Biden vows crackdown | ABC News |

    An estimated 21 million guns have been sold in 2020, up 73% from 2019

    by Oui on Sat Dec 19th, 2020 at 08:03:45 AM EST
    A nation with citizens living in fear, endemic racism, not an inspiration for democracy nor a leader of a free world.

    Chicago Area Faith Leaders Gather to Address Botched CPD Raid

    by Oui on Sat Dec 19th, 2020 at 08:30:19 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    In New Mexico, and some number of other states, police can rape detainees on their way to the police station without penalty.

    She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
    by ATinNM on Sat Dec 19th, 2020 at 04:49:20 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    "Just Been Fired" Trump last gasp before fading into a Black Hole of history ...

    White House meeting wasn't about the COVID-19 virus or vaccine, not about the "Russian" hack and cyber security ... it was about overturning the presidential election and staying in power!!

    Trump discussed naming Sidney Powell special counsel during White House meeting | NBC News |

    President Donald Trump held a meeting at the White House on Friday evening in which he discussed naming appellate lawyer Sidney Powell as a special counsel to investigate voter fraud in the election.

    Powell's conspiracy theories about the election got strong pushback from other aides in the meeting. The person familiar with the meeting said Meadows and Cipollone cut the meeting off because it was going in an alarming direction.

    ...
    Michael Flynn has been publicly pushing for Trump to declare martial law. He told the conservative outlet Newsmax on Thursday that Trump should order the military to immediately "seize" every voting machine and to "rerun" the election. Trump disputed that on Twitter, writing, "Martial law = Fake News. Just more knowingly bad reporting!"


    Vox News: Trump is reportedly considering making Sidney Powell a special counsel on election fraud
    by Oui on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 11:47:49 AM EST
    by Oui on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 05:56:37 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui on Mon Dec 21st, 2020 at 12:13:29 PM EST
    by Oui on Wed Dec 23rd, 2020 at 11:02:04 AM EST
    In theory this would open the door to use them as witnesses to pursue the people who ordered the killings.

    In practice: that isn't going to happen.


    She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

    by ATinNM on Wed Dec 23rd, 2020 at 11:23:02 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui on Wed Dec 23rd, 2020 at 05:07:10 PM EST
    by Oui on Wed Dec 23rd, 2020 at 05:07:50 PM EST

    Flynn infected by the Trump bacil ... I understand both a sworn to abide by the QAnon conspiracy ... this will be their legacy ... traitors to the US Constitution ... non-Patriots ... self interest.

    by Oui on Wed Dec 23rd, 2020 at 06:49:56 PM EST
    by Oui on Wed Dec 23rd, 2020 at 11:24:52 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Blackwater is run by a Trump member of the Dutch Reformed cabal from Michigan ... HQ now located in Abu Dhabi with regular name changes: XE Services and Academi.

    Betsy DeVos - Erik Prince - Pete Hoekstra

    Dutch Colonial Heritage Reaches Xenophobic Zenith

    Of course the Dutch Liberal Conservative Party (VVD) of Mark Rutte has no roots in the Dutch Golden Age of tremendous wealth gathered from overseas colonialism.

    ...
    Trump and his Republican friends.

    ○ The Return of Pete Hoekstra to Holland
    ○ Holland Heritage: Hoekstra - DeVos - Erik Prince
    ○ Prince's Trump Card: Business in the United Arab Emirates

    Of course the US mercenaries will be pardoned ... another day of infamy.

    UN criticises Trump's pardons for Blackwater guards jailed over Iraq killings | BBC News |

    by Oui on Wed Dec 23rd, 2020 at 08:29:20 PM EST
    OUTRAGE

    The utter disgust and stupidity of 2016 bounced back by Tea Party Republicans after Joe Biden win ...

    by Oui on Wed Dec 23rd, 2020 at 10:55:48 PM EST
    Will Iran Hand the Match to Trump for a Middle East Xmas Bombing Raid?

    Not the first time the $4bn heavily fortified US Embassy in Baghdad came under rocket attack ...

    Rocket attack on U.S. embassy in Baghdad 'unacceptable,' Iran says

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned Iraq's leaders that the U.S. plans to close its embassy in Baghdad unless the government stops Shiite militias from targeting diplomatic missions in Iraq, according to Iraqi and U.S. officials.

    Pompeo delivered the warning in recent phone calls to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and to Iraqi President Barham Salih.

    [Source: NBC News - Sept. 28, 2020]

    by Oui on Wed Dec 23rd, 2020 at 11:13:47 PM EST
    by Oui on Wed Dec 23rd, 2020 at 11:20:37 PM EST
    by Oui on Thu Dec 24th, 2020 at 07:31:56 PM EST
    "Fake News"
    Pompeo Slams Russia For Sowing 'Chaos' In The Mediterranean | RFERL |

    In a statement on December 15, Pompeo responded to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who he said has "accused the United States of playing political games" in the region.

    Lavrov "again gets the facts wrong and attempts to rewrite history," Pompeo said, denouncing Moscow's actions in Libya, Syria, and other Mediterranean countries.

    The Clinton - Rice - Power cabal wrecked Libya and Syria ... don't blame Russia for protecting their Mediterranean  interests.

    Libyan rebels receiving anti-tank weapons from Qatar | The Guardian - April 14, 2011 |

    by Oui on Thu Dec 24th, 2020 at 07:34:00 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    ... by end of March!

    The US President on Xmas Eve at Mar-a-Lago resort

    His Corona Czar and VP Pence

    US Congress left Washington DC empty handed ... We the People duped and in harms way ⁉️

    Happy holidays everyone ... as we relax, twitter works 😁

    by Oui on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 08:06:51 AM EST
    Has a collegial friendship eroded into a blogger animosity? Unbelievable ...this tarnishes Marcy Wheeler's own credibilty. I do respect her drive for minute details on issues, she too has been led astray and failed in the "Putin did it" conspiracy. No Mrs Wheeler, that's not why HRC failed in the DNC for presidency in 2016.

    Wheeler Takes Greenwald to the Cleaners

    A nasty article placing Glenn Greenwald in the same class as criminal Roger Stone.

    Like Glenn Greenwald, Roger Stone links a pardon for Edward Snowden to a corrupt pardon for Julian Assange

    Both Greenwald and Wheeler were part of the startup created by Pierre Omidyar ...

    My take on Omidyar's neocon policy of regime change abd revolts led by provocateurs.

    Embarrassment to GG, MW of The Intercept: Omidyar Co-funded Ukraine Revolt

    More about Emptywheel who blogged for Daily Kos and Booman Tribune ...

    A journalist's conscience leads her to reveal het source to the FBI. Here's why.

    United Nations on Journalism and Julian Assange ...

    UN independent expert asks outgoing US president: Pardon Wikileaks' Assange | Human Rights - Dec. 22, 2020 |

    by Oui on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 03:25:37 PM EST
    Re-reading Allen's and Parnes's "Shattered" about the fail train that was the 2016 HRC campaign.  I am inclined to hold to my initial assessment from a couple of years ago: They give her too much credit.  She was not a good but unelectable president; she would have been a bad president, due to character flaws that lie not in her stars but in herself, and due to the win-at-all-costs tactics of the DNC and the sycophantic Hilbots.  HRC's character has been on national display since the beginning of Bilious Bill's presidency when she was charged with leading the gay rights and health care reform campaigns.  She was told in no uncertain terms that there was only enough political capital for one, maybe, but she rejected that advice because she's the smartest person in the room, and if you ever doubt that, just ask her.  Both programs inevitably failed.  That she probably considered herself successful because their failure was probably the real goal of the Clintstone administration is beside the point.  Her methods of promoting and then tanking those programs turned off millions from across the political spectrum and set the stage for Newt Gangrene's Contract on America, where he made himself a political Montresor, putting the last brick in the wall sealing American Democracy in the dungeon (Any noises you have heard during the reigns of Chimpy, Obummer, and Drumpfenfuehrer have been only the screams of the doomed victim.).  She did not improve over the following two decades (There is a reason Barry beat her in 2008, and it ain't Russians.), and by 2016 there were millions of voters who could not take enough Dramamine to stomach her.  She is the sort of lawyer who should not be allowed in a courtroom; the jury will condemn her client simply because they can not condemn her.
    by rifek on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 05:10:40 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Has become a FBI investigation ...

    Recreational vehicle explodes in Nashville in apparent 'intentional act': Police | ABC News |

    Trump on the golf course ... Mission Accomplished ... onward to second term with Giuliani at his side.

    Proud Boys be ready ... never before have such a large number of Americans voted for a losing president ... never before voted 81,268,867 citizens an incumbent OUT ⁉️

    An intentional blast to cause fatal injuries to first responders exploding RV in front of AT&T building downtown Nashville on 2nd Ave and Commerce St.

    Protests, petitions renew call to remove, replace mid-state Confederate street names, statues | Nashville News - June 2020 |

    by Oui on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 06:24:12 PM EST
    Fitting first name Noelle as witness on Christmas Day ...

    Nashville explosion eyewitness describes being evacuated right before the blast

    Nashville resident Noelle Rasmussen describes how police knocked on her door and ordered her family to evacuate early Christmas morning. As they were driving away, she saw the explosion that tore through the neighborhood. "It looks like the whole front side of our building's been blown off," she said. Watch her full interview with CBSN here.

    by Oui on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 07:28:29 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 08:28:33 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    FBI takes lead on investigating Nashville explosion

    The FBI is taking the lead on investigating the Christmas morning explosion in downtown Nashville. CBSN's Tom Hanson spoke with CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge about why this is significant and what we know about the incident so far - VIDEO.

    Massive devastation caused by a large explosive device ... intentional, well planned and therefore an act of terror. Appears the Feds already have a lead and are using all assets to find the perpetrator, motive or group behind this event.

    by Oui on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 08:45:52 PM EST
    [ Parent ]

    5 reasons not to underestimate far-right extremists | The Conversation |

    There is another major category of far-right extremists who focus more on opposing the government than they do on racial differences. This so-called "patriot movement" includes tax protesters and militias, many heavily armed and a portion from military and law enforcement backgrounds. Some, like the Hawaiian-shirt-wearing Boogaloos, seek civil war to overthrow what they regard as a corrupt political order.

    Southern Poverty Law Center: These are 38 hate groups that operate in Tennessee

    by Oui on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 09:03:28 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 10:18:05 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    BREAKING NEWS:
    Human remains found in the vicinity of blast site.
    by Oui on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 10:21:23 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Countdown of 15 min. ... first responders managed to clear buildings of residents ... yet nothing happened ... first responders came back in awaiting bombing unit .. then suddenly the bomb exploded causing major damage, specifically the AT&T Exchange building.
    by Oui on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 11:13:19 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui on Sat Dec 26th, 2020 at 08:58:20 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    The blast emanated from a white RV. A Google Street View photo of the home linked to a person of interest - Anthony Quinn Warner - shows a similar looking vehicle parked outside his property prior to the blast.
    by Oui on Sat Dec 26th, 2020 at 09:06:30 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Anthony Quinn Warner Named as Nashville Bombing Person of Interest

    Further details ... sold his home a month ago ...

    by Oui on Sat Dec 26th, 2020 at 10:08:47 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui on Sat Dec 26th, 2020 at 10:36:43 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Suicide bombing suspected in Nashville explosion

    The camper van blast in Nashville on Christmas Day was probably a suicide bombing, law enforcement officials are quoted as saying by US media.

    Law enforcement officials looking for motive and what the likely target was.

    Camper as "suïcide vest" targeting AT&T telecom exchange for interrupting communications and for what purpose? An act of terror to write oneself in local history book? Did not intent mass casualties for residents, likely intended to cause injury and possible deaths to first responders.

    by Oui on Sun Dec 27th, 2020 at 07:22:41 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Communication black-outs across four states ...

    by Oui on Sun Dec 27th, 2020 at 06:39:08 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Mass shootings in Antioch, TN

    On September 24, 2017, during Sunday service, a mass shooting occurred at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. Six were injured and one died as a result of the shooting.

    On April 22, 2018, a man started shooting at the Waffle House restaurant on Murfreesboro Pike, killing four and wounding four others.

    [Source: Wikipedia]

    by Oui on Sun Dec 27th, 2020 at 09:19:33 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    'Downtown' by Petula Clark played from RV before Nashville bomb went off, officer says

    Amid the evacuation efforts, Luellen said he heard a song began to play from the RV and recalled some of the lyrics he heard.

    "What I remembered was 'Downtown where the lights shined bright,'" Luellen said during the press conference.

    Luellen said the ATF agent he spoke to pulled it up and identified it as 'Downtown' by Petula Clark.

    by Oui on Sun Dec 27th, 2020 at 07:35:00 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Eerie feeling officers would come under a secundary attack by snipers ...

    Wells said that once he heard the music coming from the RV, he feared officers were being set up for an ambush and began scanning the tops of buildings and parking garages looking for an active shooter.

    "At that moment it felt real and it felt like there was going to be some secondary activity. So every time we came out of a building we made sure that we were looking around and checking high areas, just making sure nobody was peeking around and looking at us," Wells said.

    He said that just prior to the blast, he was walking back towards the RV and "I literally hear God tell me to turn around and go check on Topping, who was by herself."

    "For me, it felt like I only took three steps and then the music stopped and as I'm walking back towards Topping now, I just see orange than then I hear a loud boom," Wells said.

    by Oui on Sun Dec 27th, 2020 at 09:10:22 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui on Sun Dec 27th, 2020 at 11:49:11 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Der Donald's Golf Buddy Lindsey

    by Oui on Sat Dec 26th, 2020 at 06:19:52 PM EST

    FAKE POLICY ⁉️

    Peace with Taliban ? Pull-out US Troops from Afghanistan ...

    Afghanistan: Blast kills 15 children in eastern province | BBC News |

    by Oui on Sat Dec 26th, 2020 at 06:42:07 PM EST
    China's "skilful" management of Covid-19 would boost its relative growth compared to the US and Europe in coming years.

    Meanwhile India is tipped to become the third largest economy by 2030.

    by Oui on Sat Dec 26th, 2020 at 09:16:20 PM EST
    5 women, girls found dead at Arkansas home in apparent homicide

    Pope County Sheriff Shane Jones press conference Saturday ...

    The victims, all believed to be related, included three children and two adults ranging in age from 8 to 50 years old.

    "It's rare anywhere," Jones said of the case. "We just need to pray for a family that's just been devastated."

    See my recent post ...

    Violence, making war, cult of death ... an uncivilized nation, return to the Wild West  ... a perfect match with exceptionalism of the United States of America ... reverting to an historical Old World mentality of inequality and a new Colonialism. So sad ... as the planet burns.

    by Oui on Sun Dec 27th, 2020 at 11:02:19 AM EST
    Trump the lame-duck president and his wrecking ball of vengeance ⁉️

    Trump's wrecking ball of a transition

    ... to shorten the window, especially after the infamous "Secession Winter" of 1860 left President-elect Abraham Lincoln powerless as several Southern states left the union to form the Confederacy.

    The 20th Amendment moved Inauguration Day to January 20 (and set the start date for a new Congress on January 3). If the nation needed one last reminder of why the shift was necessary, they got it after the 1932 election, when President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt was unable to launch the New Deal for months amidst the deteriorating economic crisis of the Great Depression.

    It turns out, however, that even two months is no guarantee of a smooth interregnum. President Donald Trump has managed to use his remaining time in office to act as a political wrecking ball while the country is still being ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    As an aside ...

    Fewer than four in 10 Americans voted for Abraham Lincoln in November 1860 -- he wasn't even on the ballot in nine Southern states -- but it was enough to win.  Lincoln carried eighteen of thirty-three states, sweeping Northern population centers, and won 180 of the 303 electoral votes.  His election outraged the South and triggered the Secession Winter.

    by Oui on Sun Dec 27th, 2020 at 11:18:32 AM EST
    Talking about 4 years of the Russian hoax ...

    The Republicans of today are free to make a similar stupid claim Biden is not really elected President ... hold on to your seats going beyond 5G now 🤣

    Missouri senator to contest Electoral College win for Biden

    by Oui on Wed Dec 30th, 2020 at 09:46:03 PM EST
    Reputation Update: Steele Dossier - Ex-spy Not Liable for BuzzFeed Piece On Russian Hacking

    As it happened, neither defendant had briefed the media on the contents of the memo concerned, which had been prepared by Christopher Steele, a former MI6 officer, which contained allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.  Nor had either defendant authorised anyone else to do so.  It only came into BuzzFeed's possession because of the "wrongful conduct" of the journalist, who secretly photographed it when meeting a third party who had been provided with a copy under obligations of confidence.

    ...
    Corporate claimants should therefore always keep in mind the question of serious financial loss, or the likelihood thereof, and provide appropriate evidence of the same wherever possible, should it not be self-evident...

    It was also noteworthy that it was common ground between the parties that BuzzFeed's publication of the memo was "one of the most irresponsible and reckless actions in the history of modern journalism, representing a profound departure from the most basic journalistic ethics and standards expected of a mainstream media organisation".

    My early diary after publication of Steele Dossier ..

    British Intelligence Delivers Another `Dodgy Dossier' - Jan. 12, 2017

    by Oui on Wed Dec 30th, 2020 at 09:48:03 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Boxer delays presidential vote count with protest / Senator, colleague object to Ohio tally -- Electoral College confirmation held up

    Boxer and fellow Democrat Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Cleveland, relying on widespread reports of voting problems on Nov. 2, stopped the count of Electoral College votes with a formal objection to the Ohio results. Their protest, which they said wasn't aimed at overturning Bush's victory over Democratic Sen. John Kerry, triggered a debate in the House and Senate on election reform.

    by Oui on Wed Dec 30th, 2020 at 10:13:36 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui on Thu Dec 31st, 2020 at 12:04:33 PM EST
    About 500 doses of vaccine discarded at Aurora clinic in Grafton due to 'human error'

    An internal investigation found the failure was an "unintended human error."

    "We are clearly disappointed and regret this happened," officials said in a statement.

    Updated:

    by Oui on Thu Dec 31st, 2020 at 08:37:29 PM EST
    Congress overrides Trump's veto for the first time on major military bill

    Trump loses again ... after Jan. 20, he will have ample time to read the Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution and the treachery of the Secession Winter leading to the Civil War and the assassination of Abe Lincoln 5 years later. The Confederacy lost and once again the revival of White Supremacy under Trump the BIG LOSER. THE END is near ... see ye in Mar-a-Lago. 😁

    by Oui on Sat Jan 2nd, 2021 at 08:28:21 AM EST
    by Oui on Sat Jan 2nd, 2021 at 03:35:17 PM EST

    Republicans means corrupt if need be ...

      "Pressuring an election official to "find" the votes so he can win is potentially criminal,

      And another flagrant abuse of power by a corrupt man who would be a despot, if we allowed him. We will not.

      [Source: Sen Adam Schiff]

    by Oui on Sun Jan 3rd, 2021 at 07:43:18 PM EST

    by Oui on Sun Jan 3rd, 2021 at 08:00:52 PM EST
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    Hebrew expression
    ימח שמו וזיכרונו!
    His name and memory will be erased!

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