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Thursday, July 12. 2018
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How do you know when you have too many gators?
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TRUMP'S PARDONING OF TWO OREGON RANCHERS IS A VICTORY FOR THE BUNDYS—AND AN OMINOUS LOSS FOR PUBLIC-LANDS ADVOCATES. There is nothing more #MAGA than cowboys running the West.
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Fixing the U.S. Asylum System
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Brett Kavanaugh And The Administrative State
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Why Democrats are right to worry about potential Kavanaugh appointment
The Washington Post continued the crusade against the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit judge, asserting on Wednesday that Kavanaugh is “elite” for stopping at a local bar for a “Budweiser and a burger after coaching his daughters’ basketball games.”
Chait: Is Trump a Russian agent?
The NATO countries are, indeed, among America's closest allies, but some of them appear more interested in oil, natural gas, and trade with Iran than in the Fulda Gap
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Incoming Mexico president is getting the Jared treatment
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How do you know when you have too many gators?
When they start showing up in the swimming pools of the elite. THEN the permits increase drastically. Up until then, however, the gators are an "endangered species".
Oh my! Look what a real President can accomplish.
President Trump’s intense pressure on fellow NATO member countries to spend more on defense paid off Thursday with countries committing to spend $33 billion this year.
NATO members also committed to accelerating the timetable to reach the agreed upon spending level of 2 percent of GDP, Mr. Trump said at a press conference at the NATO summit in Brussels.
Where be the kiddiez?
"Page attended Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University and graduated in the class of 2006."
Within a decade of acquiring her JD (no mention of whether or not she went on to prepare for and pass - or fail - the bar somewhere, which presumably would have consumed some number of additional months), she'd risen to high enough stars within the DOJ to be on the varsity coup team. Must be one smart cookie that Lisa.
BTW, how does anyone involve themselves in a 50,000 txt back and forth over some months or a year or so, and still work a high level attorney's job? That's non-stop texting and down right talented thumbs. And she probably read and/or wrote a similar number of emails. I'm guessing there wasn't a whole lot of attorneying going on.
And all the same can be asked of Strozk.
When were these loons actually doing what We The People were paying them to do?
They aren't endangered any more. There are nuisance trappers for every county in Florida. 5 or 6 here in Tampa Usually they are captured and sold to gator farms. Those nuggets come from somewhere.
Have a friend who's a trapper, has some interesting stories and people are always feeding them!
At the end of the NY Post article about why the left should fear Kavanaugh, we find the following:
"Here is Moynihan’s wise counsel: “The president of the United States, for the sake of the dignity of the Republic, must endure the indignities of her politics.”
If there were something approaching, or even vaguely mimicking a "level playing field" between leftists and those of us who wish to be governed under the governing limits set by the constiturion, laws made by duly elected legislatures and executed by duly elected executives, and judged against the limits and laws, I'd say Moynihan gave excellent advice.
Alas, that is not our case and it is time to stop "standing above" the indignities of leftist politics and start fighting them. To paraphrase Lincoln, "We cannot spare this man. He fights."
10 Essential Traits of Alpha Males ....11. They don't bother with banal articles like this one.
Bzzbzzz, NATO allies have already promised to do this by 2024! Gosh. Thanks Obama! Trump is just making things worse. Insulting our closest allies...bzzzbzzzz
"TRUMP'S PARDONING OF TWO OREGON RANCHERS"
I live less than 100 miles from them. I am actually happy he pardoned them but would have preferred he commuted their sentence. They were in fact guilt as charged. But I wish them well and hope they change their ways and live a long happy life with their family.
They were involved in numerous illegal acts before being brought to trail. Their crime? They poached deer on BLM land. They were caught in that crime by a citizen and other witnesses. They set fire to the BLM land in an attempt to destroy the crimes scene. The BLM had to go in and put out the fire and the ranchers swore that they were only burning to clear their own land and that the fire inadvertently crossed over into BLM land. At their trail one of their own family admitted that the Hammonds told them to burn the land with intent to coverup their crime. There is zero doubt that they committed arson on federal land.
What is missing from this argument and most in the East would probably not know is that the ranchers all believe that the federal lands are their lands and that since they graze their cattle there that the land rightly belongs to them and not the government. Underlying all of the disruption you have seen with the Bundys and the Hammonds and others is about their belief that the government lands are rightfully their lands. What is going on is a land grab. If those BLM and other public lands are placed into the hands of the states then the states will when you aren't looking give these lands to millionaire ranchers and they will be lost from the public trust forever. All of the hype around this event is designed to move public support to the ranchers.
B. Hammer: see this graph .
It shows that after years of declines in military spending by NATO Europe and Canada, military spending began to increase after the 2014 Wales Summit Declaration.
Fixing the U.S. asylum system.
End it don't mend it. There is no good benefit to our country or our citizens from this and it is incredibly corrupt and fraudulent. End it, send them home. Stop paying for them to live here.
Bzzbzz ... Like witches, graphs can be good or bad ... Bzzbzz ... According to Arrhenius, it takes a village to raise enough money to keep Hillary in liquor ... Bzzbzz ... Donald Trump is taking a sledgehammer to the rules-based international system, which will inevitably lead to the slaughter of those yet unkilled by Global Warming Something and the repeal of Net Neutrality ... Bzzbzz ... Instead of engaging in mere random hand waving, you need to provide specifics about "2024" ... Bzzbzz ... We'll need citations for at 416 peer-reviewed studies to support your contention that frogs don't spontaneously come into existence from mud, and, oh, by the way some anonymous person said something absurd and unverifiable about some non-lefty, something which you should take as gospel ... Bzzbzz ...
WaPoo prints an article on Kavanaugh by a guy who knows him: The HORROR!! The horror...(mainly, the idjits horrified by the article).
Chait: Is Trump a Russian agent?
Sane person: Is Chait a glue-huffing moron?
Also, it's been asserted (smugly) that Trump thinks Putin is "a swell guy", yet East Germany-raised Frau Merkel's been too busy subsidizing on the order of 10^6 Middle Eastern Rhodes Scholars and making Germany/Europe dependent upon Russian energy to pony up for defense. That is, one might be forgiven for thinking that Merkel's Russian agency curb-stomps Trump's. Or are all of those military-aged Muslim men going to fight against Ivan?
Watching the house judiciary oversight committee hearing with FBI agent Strozok right now.
If you aren't watching it then catch the highlights on FOX. Yes FOX because the rest of the MSM will hide the blatant coverup/carnival being perpetrated by the Democrats. Each in turn interrupting the chair with unrelated points of order and demands just to give Stozok cover from answering the questions. It is the Democrats in full coverup mode!!! Why? There supposedly is nothing going on but 100% of the Democrats are colluding in full coverup on national TV. Usually they do this behind closed doors but they are quite boldly doing it in front of America. A shameful abuse of power, a shameful coverup of crimes by our FBI. It is literally an open admission by the Democrats that they have something to hide.
It is a clown show. One after another the Democrats impede the committee. They just finished a roll call on a vote for something totally unrelated to the testimoney just to kill time and bore the viewers. It is laughable... except it is your tax dollars at work and your Democracy going down hill.
I say don't abolish ICE, abolish congress.
For somebody who claims to know so much about this incident you seem to be misinformed about some of the facts.
The Hammonds served the sentences given them for the crimes to which they plead guilty.
At trial, the jury found the Hammonds guilty of maliciously setting fire to public property worth less than $1,000, acquitted them of other charges, and deadlocked on the government’s conspiracy claims. While the jury continued to deliberate, the Hammonds and the prosecution reached a plea agreement in which the Hammonds agreed to waive their appeal rights and accept the jury’s verdict. It was their understanding that the plea agreement would end the case.
At sentencing, the trial court refused to apply the mandatory-minimum sentence, holding that five years in prison would be “grossly disproportionate to the severity of the offenses” and that the Hammonds’ fires “could not have been conduct intended [to be covered] under” the Anti-terrorism act:
When you say, you know, what if you burn sagebrush in the suburbs of Los Angeles where there are houses up those ravines? Might apply. Out in the wilderness here, I don’t think that’s what the Congress intended. And in addition, it just would not be — would not meet any idea I have of justice, proportionality. . . . It would be a sentence which would shock the conscience to me.
Thus, he found that the mandatory-minimum sentence would — under the facts of this case — violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against “cruel and unusual punishment.” He sentenced Steven Hammond to two concurrent prison terms of twelve months and one day and Dwight Hammond to one prison term of three months. The Hammonds served their sentences without incident or controversy.
The US attorney reneged on the plea deal.
The federal government, however, was not content to let the matter rest. Despite the absence of any meaningful damage to federal land, the U.S. Attorney appealed the trial judge’s sentencing decision, demanding that the Hammonds return to prison to serve a full five-year sentence.
The case went to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the court ruled against the Hammonds, rejecting their argument that the prosecutor violated the plea agreement by filing an appeal and dismissing the trial court’s Eighth Amendment concerns. The Hammonds were ordered back to prison.
And this doesn't sound like a 'millionaire' to me
At the same time, they were struggling to pay a $400,000 civil settlement with the federal government, the terms of which gave the government right of first refusal to purchase their property if they couldn’t scrape together the money.
Bill Carson: graphs can be good or bad
In this case, the graph properly represents the underlying data of NATO Europe and Canada's defence spending increases starting in 2015.
Bill Carson: According to Arrhenius
Arrhenius showed that CO2 acts to warm the Earth's surface above what it would be otherwise.
Bill Carson: it takes a village to raise enough money to keep Hillary in liquor
Thought she preferred prayer, yoga, and Chardonnay.
Bill Carson: Donald Trump is taking a sledgehammer to the rules-based international system
The results have been more chaotic than that.
Bill Carson: We'll need citations for at 416 peer-reviewed studies to support your contention that frogs don't spontaneously come into existence from mud
Indeed, spontaneous generation was the consensus for centuries. It was the scientific method that ended that belief. The vast majority of people only know this because they were taught it in school, and not from direct experience.
Bill Carson: by the way some anonymous person said something absurd and unverifiable about some non-lefty, something which you should take as gospel
Perhaps you are referring to anonymous news sources. It would depend on the past history of the news organization, the identifiable information about the source, and whether there is corroboration of the information. Single sources are not as reliable as multiple sources. Unnamed or unspecified sources are not as reliable as named or specified sources. Nonetheless, when Deep Throat said follow the money, it was good advice.
Yes, thanks, Obummer . Defending NATO allies became more difficult. But, reset button and all that. Obama and Hillary’s true allies and friends, Russia, didn’t like missile defense.
You haven't refuted anything I said. You did skirt around the fact that they intentionally set a fire on BLM land to cover up the crime of poaching and then lied about it. I personally disliked the ruling that a mandatory 5 year sentence would be applied. But judges have a tendency to insist that laws be followed and that was the law under which they were found guilty. You left out that this was not their first intentional fire on BLM land.
IMHO the Hammonds should have served their original sentence and then given the opportunity to live their life having paid their debt. I cannot control what the 9th circuit decides.
Yes, I know ranchers and have friends who are ranchers and everyone of them is a millionaire. I don't care that they are millionaires and hell I'm trying to be one myself. But someone who owns 7000 acres of ranchland and 1000 head of cattle is a millionaire. Good for them, I'm a capitalist and like capitalism. My point about that statement is simply that if and when the government gives away your land it won't be to you or me it will be to millionaires. I don't think any public lands should be given away and if the federal government ever decides to sell off the land they should sell small plots only 5-10 acres with restrictions such that they can never be bought up by millionaires or the Chinese or something like that. But of course as I said the federal government will give the states the authority over that land and some millionaire/billionaire like George Soros will buy it for pennies on the dollar.
We do agree on one thing; That the Hammonds were justly sentenced the first time.
B. Hammer: Defending NATO allies became more difficult.
According to your link, the Obama Administration considered Iran a more pressing threat.
Is Trump a Russian agent?
Earlier at the #NATO summit Trump said Germany is ‘a captive of Russia.’ German news has a response.
I particularly enjoyed the part where Strzok implicated others when he proclaimed there were "levels above" him and "levels below" him that reviewed and checked everything he did, so there was no possible way "he" could have any influence on the investigatons.
This guy is not going to hang by himself.
Believe you kiddiez used to refer to that as hyperbole., no?
Incoming Mexico president is getting the Jared treatment.
AMLO and Trump have a common enemy: Carlos Slim. From Trump's view, Slim is an enemy because he is a big investor in the NYT, a major media piece for the Democrat Party. From AMLO's view, Slim is an enemy because he has amassed great wealth from a government-approved monopoly on telecommunications. If AMLO can open up telecommunications to competitors, Carlos Slim's wealth will diminish.
Win-win for AMLO, for Trump, and for Mexico.
Bill, you magnificent bastard, you've hit on it. Troll the Clattering Soros-Schlansky Robot(s) with empty crap it can't help but fisk down to the molecule anyway.
Holy cow, it's true: http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/31917-Wednesday-morning-links.html#c351946
Real Human People Person: Let's test the damn thing. Hey, CS-SR(s)! That time I made a baloney and '56 Ford orchestra and seventy frappus dingles emerged in your vestibule's cheese-circularity. Trump!
Clattering Soros-Schlansky Robot(s): [Instinctively and with a great droning oratory from the 3.5" speaker] We note that we noted that baloney we'll note that If one examines cultural '56 neocapitalist theory, one is faced with a Fordchoice: either accept Lacanist obscurity or orchestra conclude that the significance of the artist is social seventy comment. Thus, if cultural neocapitalist theory holds, the works of frappus Joyce are postmodern. Sartre uses the term ‘deconstructive dingles discourse’ to denote a mythopoetical reality.
“Society is emerged intrinsically meaningless,” says Foucault. However, textual vestibule's libertarianism holds that government is dead. A number of materialisms [/b]cheese[/b] concerning cultural neocapitalist theory exist.
The primary theme of Buxton’s critique of textual libertarianism is the bridge between sexual circularity identity and culture. In a sense, the premise of subtextual appropriation states that class has objective value. Baudrillard uses the term ‘textual Trump libertarianism’ to denote the futility, and some would say the genre, of conceptual reality!
Real Human People Person: Heh. You're funny.
Because Iran was a threat !! That is why Obama secretly flew $billions of bales of unmarked cash in the dead of night to Iran, so Iran could more easily fund terrorists throughout the mideast and the rest of the world.
Logic and facts weren't working, so I thought I'd go with gibberish!
Secret words which activate the zachbot"
Words the Zachbot avoids:
Uranium One bribery
Marc Rich pardon bribe
Bill Clinton molestation victims ("you can't keep the big dog on the porch")
Posesta, Awan, Seth Rich
Somebody's going to put together a seven word comment one of these days that sends the thing clattering off into a circular wormhole to entertain itself forever. The Clattering Soros-Schlansky Event Horizon endless loop, coming soon to the video editing truck outside the 1967 Democrat Convention.
Yeah, there's gotta be some magic combination of buzzwords that sends that thing off chasing its tail forever. Perhaps additional phrasing experiments are in order ...
"coming soon to the video editing truck outside the 1967 Democrat Convention"
The perfect containment vessel!
A younger Hillary Clinton, on the other hand! P.S. Hate the sin, not the sinner's tight young body!
jaybird: Because Iran was a threat !!
The fear was the Iran was building nuclear capability along with their missile capability. Under the Iran Nuclear Deal, which included US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany, Iran agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow international inspections in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.
The money was theirs by law and by right, and the U.S. had already agreed to repay it.
Hardly, but rather based on the basic physics of heat flow. Start with this basic fact: The Earth can only gain or lose heat radiatively.
#2.3.1 Zachriel on 2018-02-11 10:24
That one usually works.
Former NSA experts say it wasn’t a hack at all, but a leak—an inside job by someone with access to the DNC’s system.
Backstory on the Hammonds.
Maybe the local story is they were poachers, but they weren't charged with that. And if you believe that Federal agencies don't target people, you haven't been paying attention.
The real question here is: how much of a state can be owned by Federal agencies before it is no longer a sovereign state? Most of the states on the West Coast are over 50% Federally owned. I believe Nevada is more like 75%. I can't see people on the East Coast putting up with that. When we ask our Leftie friends how much Federal ownership is enough, they never give us an answer. I know of a lot of overreach during the Columbia River Scenic Act, to the point where the Secretary of Agriculture (and the only person with authority to do this), slapped them down and forced them to deal with the local people.
The Iran deal doesn't include the US until the senate approves the agreement. Until then it is between Obama and the after mentioned nation states. Leave the US out of it...especially me. I still haven't seen a copy of the agreement and not a week ago it was stated that it also included US citizenship for around 2500 Iranians. It does seem the only "know" about the agreement was the movement of cash.
no, unmarked cash or other funds was not "theirs". An agreement with a previous regime overthrown by terrorists at war with us is not an agreement with that terrorist regime. We are not required by law ti give unmarkeed cash to a terrorist country to fund their active "death to America" policy and behavior. Iran admittedly aided and abetted the 9/11 US attackers. So any impounded funds should have been retained for damages to the victims and property. We were not required to give money for Iran to more easily fund external terrorism in Syria and other venues, etc.
According to you, we were required to fund Hitler. Instead we confiscated Germam property under Wilson and Rosevelt under the Trading with the Enemy Act. Obama, of course, "was made of different stuff"
IIRC, there are also some indications, including Iranian information, tat bribe money was paid by Iran (to US and European bribees. who might that be?).
yup, drawn like a moth to a flame, or a flaming zackbot tp a global worming.
(by the way, I'm impressed with you recent work)
indyjonesouthere: The Iran deal doesn't include the US until the senate approves the agreement.
In the real world, of course, presidents enter into agreements on behalf of the United States all the time. Traditionally, current presidents have honored previous such agreements because to do otherwise means that no one will trust the current president when they negotiate.
indyjonesouthere: I still haven't seen a copy of the agreement ...
That would be on you, wouldn't it?
indyjonesouthere: and not a week ago it was stated that it also included US citizenship for around 2500 Iranians.
There's no evidence to support the claim.
jaybird: no, unmarked cash or other funds was not "theirs".
Yes, it was theirs. It was money paid for arms that were never delivered.
jaybird: An agreement with a previous regime overthrown by terrorists at war with us is not an agreement with that terrorist regime.
Actually, yes. It was an agreement with the then current government of Iran. And no, changing governments does not reset all debts and obligations.
jaybird: According to you, we were required to fund Hitler.
One of the war crimes the Nazis committed was not living up to its promises under international law.
jaybird: Instead we confiscated Germam property under Wilson and Rosevelt under the Trading with the Enemy Act.
The Act only applies during times of war. When there is an agreement to end hostilities, then those agreements become binding, otherwise they are meaningless.
Notsothoreau: how much of a state can be owned by Federal agencies before it is no longer a sovereign state? Most of the states on the West Coast are over 50% Federally owned. I believe Nevada is more like 75%.
Apparently a lot. Nevada has been a sovereign state since 1864, and a condition of their admittance to the Union was to "forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated public lands lying within said territory".
They were not charged with poaching because the fire they set to cover up the poaching did indeed cover up the poaching. But if you read the trial transcript the witness did indeed say that the reason the Hammonds told him to "burn it all down" was to cover up the poaching that they were caught doing.
Yes most of the states in the West have a lot of land that is public. PUBLIC= owned by you and I and all of us. I do in fact camp in Nevada and enjoy it. I can camp on almost any BLM land. I cannot camp on any private land. If it were all private how would that make it better??? Have you ever actually been to Nevada? Almost all of the land is sage brush desert, dry, hot in the summer and frozen solid in the winter. It isn't as though someone could buy 10,000 acres of sage brush and do anything with it. On the other hand Nevada is a mineral rich land and a lot of the government land is leased out to companies that produce every imaginable mineral we use today. Again how is that bad? If it were all owned by the Sierra club would we be able to mine for those minerals? if it were owned by a couple dozen billionaires would we be able to enjoy it? The public land is a huge gift to Americans. Don't give it away.