1. #72181
    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021...ing-over-money

    Oh joy, and now Republicans are worried that Trump may be cutting into the GOP's fundraising efforts. Man it'd be sad if the GOP found themselves looking for money because Trump grifted it all away from their base on shitty doormats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    Republicans are worried that Trump may be cutting into the GOP's fundraising efforts.
    Too little, too late. The time to be worried about the damage a non-Republican would do to their party by insisting on loyalists over competence, was in 2016. They had 14 months of warnings and continued to back him at every single option.

    Yes, Trump is going to "Fund raise" and yes, he is going to keep the money.

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    NY AG starts seizing documents in the ongoing effort to make Trump suffer consequences for all that stuff he did.

    The current target is the Weisselberg family, which we already suspected of course. Specificaly, Allen Weisselberg has a son Barry, who until 2018 was married to Jennifer. The divorce was not especially friendly, and last month we knew she not only got Trump Org documents in the divorce, but was also cooperating with NYState. Even if she had no such documents, she is fully aware of what her former father-in-law would have received as under-the-table bribes that somehow didn't get reported on tax filings.

    Speaking of which, some of those documents she claims to have, are Trump Org tax returns. Guess we won't need SCOTUS for those, considering she's the lawful owner and is handing them over willingly. It should be noted that not only is Allen Weisselberg accused by Cohen of being involved with the Stormy Daniels illegal payout (both because she took money to have sex with Trump, but took even more money not to tell anyone about it -- something Graham's wife is doing for free) but he's also 73. He's staring down the double-barrel of even a short prison term being a life sentence, and also having all his money taken for all those laws he broke.

    This is a tough call.

    Weisselberg has been a friend of the Trump family for decades.

    But he also knows what loyalty to Trump is worth.

    This one's a coin flip. Place your bets.

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    Related: the Trump Org is now hiring criminal defense lawyers.

    Yep.

    Alan Futerfas, an attorney for the company, confirmed in--
    "Whoa whoa whoa! Hiring a defense attorney is not proof or even evidence of guilt. Everyone is entitled to a defense."

    That's true. And one would assume Trump and his businesses have dozens of lawyers. But, um, two things.

    1) This probe has been going since 2018, when Cohen started publicly cooperating eagerly. "No really, it's my pleasure," Cohen's not quoted as saying but I'm paraphrasing, "please don't take all my illegal money." No criminal lawyer, or at least none worth making the news, was hired. Nor were Giuliani, the Kraken, or other familiar names moved.

    2) As I just posted, the Weisselbergs made the news a few days ago and just today we have confirmation of Trump Org documents being handed over. That same day, BOOM, hired a criminal lawyer.

    I am not buying that Trump is hiring a criminal lawyer now because everyone should have one. I'm buying that he's hiring one, because he knows without it he's fucked.

    Futerfas (the guy) is no noob. I expect him to take payment in advance.

  3. #72183
    Quote Originally Posted by Felya View Post
    This HS athlete, needs to be a new Blue Lives Mater slogan... it is right out of married with children... did he score 4 touchdowns in one game, so the cop has no shot?
    That is what I was thinking, how pathetic can you be when Al Bundy is your role model.

  4. #72184
    https://www.al.com/news/2021/04/alab...no-excuse.html

    Yo, this shit is off the chain.

    Alabama SOS is accused of extramarrital affair, amongst other accusations. Denies it vigorously, accuses his accuser of "stalking" and "harassing" him.

    McPherson provided Al.com with a recording of an October 2020 conversation between her and Merrill, who is a Republican. In the 17-minute recording, Merrill and McPherson discuss various sexual acts they performed during dozens of romantic encounters that McPherson says took place between November 2017 and November 2020. During the conversation, Merrill seems to try to end his relationship with McPherson, who was reluctant to break off the affair. He told her they had met for the last time and that he was seeking help from the Lord to stay away from her.

    After being played a portion of the recording Wednesday, Merrill, who is married with two children, told AL.com “there’s no excuse” for his extramarital relationship.
    Man, imagine hearing your dirty talk with your mistress from a reporter calling you out on your bullshit.

    In 2015, Merrill was involved a separate scandal after a woman alleged that she performed oral sex on him in 2010. He denied the encounter went that far, but admitted in an interview with AL.com that he and the woman kissed and that she unbuttoned his shirt, took off his belt and fondled him.
    Sounds like a repeat problem with this fuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    https://www.kansascity.com/news/poli...250524564.html

    Ya'll remember that the Senate Majority leader in Kansas got picked up for DUI? And Republicans kinda stood by and didn't condemn him for allegedly driving the wrong way, speeding, and being drunk? Yeah...



    Man, threatening a cop, refusing to listen to commands, and they didn't even shoot him! He must have done something white.
    That really is qwhite something I have to say.
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    Quit using other posters as levels of crazy. That is not ok

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    Hey remember when Trump said more people would die due to lockdowns than COVID itself?

    WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!
    -- March 2020 (heh, 15 days)

    "Okay, but what does that say about--"

    Fact checking Trump's claim about suicides if the economic shutdown continues
    -- also March 2020

    "Oh. Of course."

    As some in President Donald Trump's inner circle push for loosening social distancing guidelines amid economic fallout from the novel coronavirus outbreak, he has predicted "tremendous death" and "suicide by the thousands" if the country isn't "opened for business" in a matter of weeks.

    "You're going to lose more people by putting a country into a massive recession or depression." Trump said Tuesday in a Fox News town hall. "You're going to lose people. You're going to have suicides by the thousands."

    One night before, at a coronavirus task force briefing, the president said, "I'm talking about where people suffer massive depression, where people commit suicide, where tremendous death happens… I mean, definitely would be in far greater numbers than the numbers that we're talking about with regard to the virus."
    Ah good times...good times...the US suicide rate dropped in 2020.

    Specifically, the number of suicides last year was 45,000 and as @Benggaul will surely tell us, the number of COVID deaths in 2020 was, um, just a liiiiiiiiiiiiiiittle bit higher than that. He might use terms like "not even close" or "order of magnitude" or "Breccia for fuck's sake, Trump being that wrong is hardly news anymore"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benggaul View Post
    There's a good chance this will be the first week since the beginning of October where we don't break 1k deaths in a day.
    Totally jinxed it.


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    Our investigation has shown that Trump Administration officials engaged in a persistent pattern of political interference in the nation’s public health response to the coronavirus pandemic, overruling and bullying scientists and making harmful decisions that allowed the virus to spread more rapidly
    -- House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis

    This committee is now asking for documents for these changes. Considering Team Trump was using personal email addresses for this -- yeyp, that's that hypocrisy again -- trying to alter or block MMWR numbers that made Trump look bad, and to present evidence that opening businesses was actually a good move, such documents exist. I don't know which specific laws you break, when you alter government reports in a way specifically designed to get people killed, but the House committee will, and they have every reason to apply them.

  9. #72189
    https://twitter.com/NikkiMcR/status/1380309798957285376

    And Tucker Carlson goes all in on the "great replacement theory".

    Fuck this white supremacist piece of shit, cable companies need to start dropping Fox from their packages, because that's where most of Fox's money comes from. Force them to actually rely on advertisers and worry about advertiser boycotts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    https://twitter.com/NikkiMcR/status/1380309798957285376

    And Tucker Carlson goes all in on the "great replacement theory".

    Fuck this white supremacist piece of shit, cable companies need to start dropping Fox from their packages, because that's where most of Fox's money comes from. Force them to actually rely on advertisers and worry about advertiser boycotts.
    I like how everyone is going crazy if you mention his replacement theory is crazy... It’s bugs bunny logic... can’t call me crazy if I call you crazy first!!! Wahaha!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    https://twitter.com/NikkiMcR/status/1380309798957285376

    And Tucker Carlson goes all in on the "great replacement theory".

    Fuck this white supremacist piece of shit, cable companies need to start dropping Fox from their packages, because that's where most of Fox's money comes from. Force them to actually rely on advertisers and worry about advertiser boycotts.
    He really is on a mission to soft legitimizing every single racist dog whistle and conspiracy it seems.
    Formerly Howeller, lost my account.

  12. #72192
    Thursday's report:

    80,161 new cases, about 3k more than last Thursday.

    Top 5:

    New York: 8,823 new cases; 57 deaths
    Michigan: 8,539 new cases; 77 deaths
    Fuck Florida.
    Pennsylvania: 4,466 new cases; 38 deaths
    Texas: 4,437 new cases; 98 deaths

    New York is back on top of the list with a total that's lower than their previous Thursday, but Michigan isn't far behind with a total about 1.5k higher than last week. Michigan's positive test rate is about 16%, so expect things to stay pretty bad there for a while. Meanwhile California has a positive test rate of 1.7% which is the lowest in the nation currently. Texas and New York are both just north of 5%...if you can believe Texas.

    1,009 deaths is slightly higher than last Thursday and--

    Quote Originally Posted by PhaelixWW View Post
    Totally jinxed it.
    I said there was a good chance, I didn't say it was a sure thing. Anyway, the total is now 573,856. As more than a third of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, deaths should continue to decline overall. Today's number might be a bit of a correction seeing as:

    Declines in U.S. cases and deaths that appear in the Coronavirus Resource Center’s data on Mondays are the result of several states not reporting the information over the weekend. Those states are: Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming. (source)
    Related news:

    Fauci says new Covid-19 cases are at a disturbing level as the US is primed for a surge--I said back at the start of the decline in cases that I was worried about plateauing at a high level--and I guess in this case I'm backed up by an expert as he's basically saying the same thing now. The average new case totals now are about the highs from the Summer wave last year. It used to be bad that we were hitting 40k cases a day. We're around double that now and not decreasing much further.

    Stay safe, folks.

  13. #72193
    Former speaker John Boehner: A Republican colleague assaulted me and threatened my life by holding a 10-inch knife to my throat outside the House floor and I didn't snitch on him!

    https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/...k-in-politics/

    Does he seriously think his "redemption tour" is like, gonna change minds? He was a weak, flaccid, feckless, loser of a Speaker who lost total control of his caucus and spent his days being walked. I genuinely don't think he realizes just how terrible of a person and politician these reveals make him look like.

    Edit: Worth noting that former Rep. Don Young admitted that Boehner's account is mostly true.

    Anyone know the statue of limitations on assault with a deadly weapon?
    Last edited by Edge-; 2021-04-09 at 10:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    A Republican colleague assaulted me and threatened my life by holding a 10-inch knife to my throat outside the House floor and I didn't snitch on him!
    What a cowardly bitch. Also, threaening a legislator with the intent to change policy? That's literal terrorism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    What a cowardly bitch. Also, threaening a legislator with the intent to change policy? That's literal terrorism.
    Seriously, I never figured Boehner and Republicans for being on the, "Snitches get stiches." train.

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    https://www.tennessean.com/story/new...ns/7122424002/

    Tennessee House Republicans want to slash the length of time a person can collect unemployment checks by as much as half, a measure they argue would save tens of millions of dollars in a state that already has one of the lowest jobless benefit rates in the nation.

    The idea, championed by House Speaker Cameron Sexton and other members of the chamber's GOP leadership, is to reduce the maximum number of weeks a Tennessean can collect the benefit — which could drop to 12 weeks from the current 26, depending on the state's unemployment rate.

    It has stalled in the Senate, however, where the current bill sponsor said he has no intention to move the bill forward, while Lt. Gov. Randy McNally said more work needs to be done on the legislation.

    ...

    As of February, Tennesseans who claim unemployment benefits received an average weekly benefit of $217, federal data shows. They are eligible for up to 26 weeks of regular benefits.

    The proposed House amendment would increase the weekly payments by $5 for all qualifying applicants. But under the formula floated by Vaughan and Sexton, benefits could max out at 12 weeks beginning in July 2023 — the lowest length of time in the nation.
    The Republican war on poverty continues. But their "mission accomplished" seems less to be about lifting people out of poverty and more about killing poor people.

    Republicans do not care about you as a worker, and do not care if you suffer when you are unemployed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    Republicans do not care about you as a worker, and do not care if you suffer when you are unemployed.
    Yeah, but it could save them millions. That's obviously more important than...I don't know...keeping people alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    Former speaker John Boehner: A Republican colleague assaulted me and threatened my life by holding a 10-inch knife to my throat outside the House floor and I didn't snitch on him!

    https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/...k-in-politics/

    Does he seriously think his "redemption tour" is like, gonna change minds? He was a weak, flaccid, feckless, loser of a Speaker who lost total control of his caucus and spent his days being walked. I genuinely don't think he realizes just how terrible of a person and politician these reveals make him look like.

    Edit: Worth noting that former Rep. Don Young admitted that Boehner's account is mostly true.

    Anyone know the statue of limitations on assault with a deadly weapon?
    I'm going to have to disagree here. It could be argued that he did his best to clamp down on republican craziness in very difficult times. Look at what has happened since he left.

    Let's bold the important sentence:

    A Republican colleague assaulted me and threatened my life by holding a 10-inch knife to my throat outside the House floor and I didn't snitch on him!


    Snitching would have one set of bad consequences, not snitching had a different set of bad consequences. The fact that he is talking now is nothing short of amazing as a HUGE majority of people in his situation would just keep their mouths shut.

    The republican party did not just get bat shit crazy when Trump was elected. They covered up an awful lot of crap. Boehner is starting to expose some of the crap that happened pre-Trump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega10 View Post
    I'm going to have to disagree here. It could be argued that he did his best to clamp down on republican craziness in very difficult times. Look at what has happened since he left.
    I'd argue what happened after he left was a direct result of his failure as a Speaker. He let the Freedumb Caucus and Tea Party walk all over him like Ben Shapiro wishes AOC would walk on him.

    Quote Originally Posted by Omega10 View Post
    Snitching would have one set of bad consequences, not snitching had a different set of bad consequences. The fact that he is talking now is nothing short of amazing as a HUGE majority of people in his situation would just keep their mouths shut.
    ...what bad consequences? Pointing out that a member of his own party threatened his life in the fucking Capitol building? I mean again, I'd argue this was a direct result of him losing total control of the Republican caucus and letting them functionally run wild and do whatever they want.

    Quote Originally Posted by Omega10 View Post
    Boehner is starting to expose some of the crap that happened pre-Trump.
    He could have exposed it during his Speakership. He could have exposed it after his Speakership and before Trump was elected. Instead he simped it up like the rest of the Republican cucks and did his best not to say anything mean about Dear Leader during the election "for the party".

    Now that I assume his weed bux have dried up he's looking for some kind of political redemption story, hungry for all those liberals that love to buy books from "reasonable/former conservatives" willing to dish out dirt on how terrible the Republican party is and how the writer just kinda was fine with all of it at the time.

    He deserves nothing but our disdain and mockery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    Snip

    At the very least, snitching at that time would cost him his Speakership, probably his seat, and he would have to live with death threats for the rest of his life. No doubt his family would also be in danger as well.

    He figures it's safe enough to speak out now.

    He let the Freedumb Caucus and Tea Party walk all over him
    No one else stood up to them either. The US is paying a HUGE price for this Overall they were treated as the good guys by the US media. It took Trump being elected to destroy their reputation as he exposed - championed? - the hateful disgusting horrible parts of who they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega10 View Post
    At the very least, snitching at that time would cost him his Speakership, probably his seat, and he would have to live with death threats for the rest of his life. No doubt his family would also be in danger as well.
    Which is all the reason more to call it out at the time and confront the extremism festering in his party head-on. Silence led to...well...Trumpism. If he was so concerned for the safety of himself and his family, I'm sure he could work with the FBI to ensure their protection from his potentially murderous colleagues and constituents.

    Quote Originally Posted by Omega10 View Post
    No one else stood up to them either.
    Because nobody in the Republican caucus has a spine, that's why. And it was on the Speaker to counter that in the House. Democrats can't counter as a minority party, and Republicans aren't gonna take action like that without the Speaker.

    Quote Originally Posted by Omega10 View Post
    Overall they were treated as the good guys by the US media.
    The Freedumb Caucus/Tea Party? I mean, by some conservative media maybe, but not US media writ large.

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