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    VA budget is $270 billion last year and they added $31 billion to this year. Oh btw this dumb shit is on the Veteran's Committee.

    This guy is so dumb. I get if he is trying to do the we spend X amount funding a military and don't spend domestically, but he can't even do that. I shouldn't give him this much credit.

    Oh and this...

    A couple of weeks ago you voted against a bill expanding health care for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins.. Plus 12 other Veteran's Bill's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paranoid Android View Post
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FSfFk2GXoAE517U?format=jpg&name=medium

    VA budget is $270 billion last year and they added $31 billion to this year. Oh btw this dumb shit is on the Veteran's Committee.

    This guy is so dumb. I get if he is trying to do the we spend X amount funding a military and don't spend domestically, but he can't even do that. I shouldn't give him this much credit.

    Oh and this...

    A couple of weeks ago you voted against a bill expanding health care for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins.. Plus 12 other Veteran's Bill's.
    Republicans love using the military to appeal to the emotions of their voters. Their voter base is so blindly patriotic that they eat this shit up and put no thought into what’s being said. Doesn’t matter how he votes… they don’t watch that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter Blossom View Post
    Republicans love using the military to appeal to the emotions of their voters. Their voter base is so blindly patriotic that they eat this shit up and put no thought into what’s being said. Doesn’t matter how he votes… they don’t watch that.
    Well that and Madison Cawthorn is just a dumb fucking human being.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paranoid Android View Post
    I'll go ahead and say the quiet part out loud, here, too:

    By spending this money on aid for Ukraine fighting Russia, the idea is that we decrease the amount of a threat that Russia poses to the world in the immediate future, and therefore to the US military should Russia decide to bring about WW3 at some point.

    In a sense, this is going indirectly towards making US soldiers safer.

    The only thing better (at least for future US veterans) than developing superior weaponry for your soldiers to use while fighting a war is to be able to give the same weaponry to the other people fighting your somewhat likely inevitable foe. This might sound more callous if the US had pushed Ukraine to fight Russia, but as it was Russia that chose to invade Ukraine, and since Ukraine was going to fight back regardless...


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    Quote Originally Posted by PhaelixWW View Post
    The only thing better (at least for future US veterans) than developing superior weaponry for your soldiers to use while fighting a war is to be able to give the same weaponry to the other people fighting your somewhat likely inevitable foe. This might sound more callous if the US had pushed Ukraine to fight Russia, but as it was Russia that chose to invade Ukraine, and since Ukraine was going to fight back regardless...
    Russia fucked around and is finding out.

    Callous, but still correct (even if not "right" in every sense).

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    The Waldorf Astoria is already scraping Trump's name off their new DC hotel.

    As a reminder, Trump lost $70 million on the hotel. In 2019 he tried to sell for $500 million and had to accept $375 million.

  8. #83008
    https://www.pennlive.com/news/2022/0...und-in-pa.html

    PHILADELPHIA — The fallout from the discovery of a potential GOP “ballot harvesting” operation in South Philadelphia continued Tuesday, as two state party staffers lost their jobs, the matter became fodder for attacks in the Republican primary for governor, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle jockeyed to define just what the situation said — or didn’t — about the security of voting by mail.

    Republican Party officials fired Shamus O’Donnell, 27, and C.J. Parker, 24, both of whom had been affiliated with the Republican Registration Coalition, the political action committee behind the South Philadelphia mail ballot operation, according to four party sources familiar with the matter.

    Prior to his termination, O’Donnell, the PAC’s former treasurer and a Republican ward leader in Northeast Philadelphia, had worked as a field organizer for the state party, most recently on the campaign of state Senate candidate Sam Oropeza. Parker, also a GOP ward leader in the Northeast, had worked as a personal aide to state party Chair Lawrence Tabas.

    O’Donnell and Parker declined to comment Tuesday, and party officials, including Tabas, did not respond to requests for comment.

    But the sources who described the terminations — and spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter — said the party’s decision to cut ties with the two men stemmed from an Inquirer story last week that raised questions about the PAC’s work registering people in South Philadelphia to vote by mail.

    The news organization found that dozens of Republican mail ballots for the May 17 primary were being diverted to a P.O. Box registered to the Republican Registration Coalition. The committee’s chairman — Billy Lanzilotti, a onetime Republican ward leader in Philadelphia and former campaign staffer for U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R., Bucks — said he’d helped the voters fill out their ballot applications, inserting his P.O. box on the form where voters would typically write their home addresses.

    Though Lanzilotti maintained he was doing this as a “service to the voters” and intended to hand deliver the ballots once they arrived, many of the affected voters said they did not remember applying to vote by mail and had no idea why their ballots were going to Lanzilotti instead of directly to them. One said Lanzilotti had delivered his ballot back to the city once it had been filled out — which would violate state law.

    Of the top 10 mailing addresses for Philadelphia ballots, Lanzilotti’s P.O. box was the only one that was not an elections office or a nursing home.

    Philadelphia’s fellow GOP ward leaders voted Saturday to oust Lanzilotti from his position as the leader of South Philadelphia’s 39th Ward, calling the situation troubling at a time when Republican lawmakers and candidates have attacked mail voting and falsely characterized it as rife with abuse by their Democrat rivals.

    In an interview Tuesday, Matt Wolfe, an attorney for O’Donnell, said his client had no involvement in Lanzilotti’s ballot operation and had merely agreed to sign on as treasurer for his PAC.

    “Shamus had no knowledge of the mail ballot applications and what Billy Lanzilotti was doing,” said Wolfe, who also serves as a Republican ward leader in West Philadelphia.

    He declined to say whether O’Donnell had lost his job with the state party but said the Republican City Committee had not considered voting to remove O’Donnell and Parker as ward leaders when they ousted Lanzilotti last week.

    None of the affected voters interviewed by The Inquirer said Lanzilotti had attempted to influence or alter their votes.

    State law forbids third-party ballot delivery — what Republicans call “ballot harvesting” — except when disabled voters specifically authorize someone else to turn in their ballot for them. But the Lanzilotti ballots, even if delivered in a way forbidden by state law, have not been found to be fraudulent.

    Voter fraud — especially the kinds of complex, shadowy operations at the center of many baseless conspiracy theories — is rare.

    But that didn’t stop Republicans from seeking to weaponize the situation Tuesday in their ongoing efforts to cast doubt on the security of voting by mail.

    In the governor’s race, candidate Bill McSwain attempted to connect Lanzilotti’s operation to one primary opponent, former Delaware County Councilmember Dave White.

    Lanzilotti’s Republican Registration Coalition PAC was formed earlier this year with $6,500 in donations from a fund controlled by GOP fund-raiser and former Republican National Committee member Bob Asher, who is supporting White in the primary. Lanzilotti had gathered signatures for White’s nominating petitions in Southeast Philadelphia.

    “There is a clear connection between Dave White’s closest advisers and a scheme to manipulate … voters perpetrated by Dave White operative Billy Lanzilotti and the Republican Registration Coalition,” McSwain’s campaign manager, James Fitzpatrick, said in a statement Tuesday. “Any connection between a gubernatorial candidate and potential election misconduct is unacceptable.”

    Bob Salera, campaign manager for White, shot back, denying any connection to Lanzilotti.

    “These baseless allegations are what the last desperate gasps of Bill McSwain’s dying campaign look like,” he said. “It’s just sad.”

    In Harrisburg, State Rep. Seth Grove, R., York, the House GOP’s elections point person and chair of the House Government Committee, cited the situation as he renewed his call for changes to how counties process and approve mail ballot applications — a measure that was part of a much larger bill vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf last year.

    “This is nothing more than ballot harvesting,” Grove said in a statement Tuesday.

    It’s not clear the specific policies advocated by Grove would have prevented the South Philly ballots from going out.
    Republican staffers fired after being found to run a possible "ballot harvesting" scheme in PA.

    Continues to be weird that the Republican party keeps doing all the things they accuse Democrats of.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/12/polit...ago/index.html

    Investigators issued a subpoena to the National Archives and Records Administration for access to classified documents that were taken to former President Donald Trump's home in Florida, according to two people familiar with the matter.

    The move is the first overt indication of an ongoing investigation into the handling of classified White House documents that were taken to the former President's Mar-a-Lago residence after he left office.

    The subpoena is part of the formal process that FBI investigators and Justice Department prosecutors use to take possession of the boxes of documents from the Archives, which retrieved the boxes from the Florida resort.

    The New York Times, which first reported on the subpoena, also said that interviews have been requested with people who worked in the White House at the end of the Trump presidency.

    The White House declined to comment.
    Well, I guess this is finally moving ahead at a snails pace. Better than nothing.

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    We've known that Texas is suing Twitter for some time. There's been a development.

    So Texas is trying to force Twitter to keep posts up that violate their terms of service, because it's mostly Trump supporters post death threats, hate speech and racism. Texas is calling Twitter a "common carrier" and therefore they can't discriminate against people who make death threats, hate speech or racist statements, unless they also kick off people of the opposing viewpoint, because Twitter shouldn't be allowed to discriminate.

    Another judge just blocked that blocking, allowing Texas to continue enforcing that law, while the lawsuit continues.

    That second Texas judge did not rule on the law itself, which only makes sense because quite frankly he can't. This is a blatant First Amendment issue. The government can't force Twitter to keep speech on its platform it doesn't want. The judge just is allowing Texas to enforce it anyhow.

    This means, for the time being, Twitter has a few options.

    1) Cut off Texas. Which is what I would do, but Twitter probably wants the money.
    2) Create one host for everyone who isn't Texas, and one for Texas, and only ban people on the first.
    3) Enforce the law equally in all states, and therefore, stop banning people for their opinions which happen to be against the terms of service.

    Let's do this hypothetically. Hypothetically, mods, hypothetically.

    Let's say, for example, I hypothetically said:

    Quote Originally Posted by Hypothetical
    I think Trump supporters should be put to death
    MMO-C could not ban me for that. Or, at least for now, I could launch a lawsuit from the state of Texas, under Texas law, and win. Forcing MMO-C to host my statement, even though it quite clearly breaks the terms of service.

    Or!

    They would also have to ban the likely dozens of people responding with "What? What? No, what the fuck is wrong with you?" Because they would be espousing an alternate viewpoint.

    So it's both or neither.

    Now I'm going to ask @Rozz @Flarelaine and what the hell @Radux how they feel about this, because they are mods and I think their input is worth it, and they have all commented in these forus.

    And before anyone brings it up, the fact that Twitter isn't based in Texas doesn't seem to be an issue, so where MMO-C is based isn't either.

    Now once again, the lawsuit is ongoing and I really hope Texas loses. The "common carrier" rule should not apply to Twitter, because being on Twitter isn't really mandatory for...anything, except being employed by Twitter. There's also Section 230 which is still the law, and yes the First Amendment. We'll find out eventually. But again, for now, Texas is allowed to enforce a law that says social media companies cannot ban people for posting things that violate the terms of service, if those things can be defended as opinions -- without banning people who take the other side, even if the other side does not violate the terms of service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    We've known that Texas is suing Twitter for some time. There's been a development.

    So Texas is trying to force Twitter to keep posts up that violate their terms of service, because it's mostly Trump supporters post death threats, hate speech and racism. Texas is calling Twitter a "common carrier" and therefore they can't discriminate against people who make death threats, hate speech or racist statements, unless they also kick off people of the opposing viewpoint, because Twitter shouldn't be allowed to discriminate.

    Another judge just blocked that blocking, allowing Texas to continue enforcing that law, while the lawsuit continues.

    That second Texas judge did not rule on the law itself, which only makes sense because quite frankly he can't. This is a blatant First Amendment issue. The government can't force Twitter to keep speech on its platform it doesn't want. The judge just is allowing Texas to enforce it anyhow.

    This means, for the time being, Twitter has a few options.

    1) Cut off Texas. Which is what I would do, but Twitter probably wants the money.
    2) Create one host for everyone who isn't Texas, and one for Texas, and only ban people on the first.
    3) Enforce the law equally in all states, and therefore, stop banning people for their opinions which happen to be against the terms of service.

    Let's do this hypothetically. Hypothetically, mods, hypothetically.

    Let's say, for example, I hypothetically said:



    MMO-C could not ban me for that. Or, at least for now, I could launch a lawsuit from the state of Texas, under Texas law, and win. Forcing MMO-C to host my statement, even though it quite clearly breaks the terms of service.

    Or!

    They would also have to ban the likely dozens of people responding with "What? What? No, what the fuck is wrong with you?" Because they would be espousing an alternate viewpoint.

    So it's both or neither.

    Now I'm going to ask @Rozz @Flarelaine and what the hell @Radux how they feel about this, because they are mods and I think their input is worth it, and they have all commented in these forus.

    And before anyone brings it up, the fact that Twitter isn't based in Texas doesn't seem to be an issue, so where MMO-C is based isn't either.

    Now once again, the lawsuit is ongoing and I really hope Texas loses. The "common carrier" rule should not apply to Twitter, because being on Twitter isn't really mandatory for...anything, except being employed by Twitter. There's also Section 230 which is still the law, and yes the First Amendment. We'll find out eventually. But again, for now, Texas is allowed to enforce a law that says social media companies cannot ban people for posting things that violate the terms of service, if those things can be defended as opinions -- without banning people who take the other side, even if the other side does not violate the terms of service.
    You’re so wrong. Even if you work for twitter it’s not a necessity to be on twitter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    Well, I guess this is finally moving ahead at a snails pace.
    Speaking of: House subpoena's five GOP lawmakers, most likely those with now proven communication with Team Trump during the murderous insurrection they helped cause.

    The Select Committee has learned that several of our colleagues have information relevant to our investigation into the attack on January 6th and the events leading up to it. Before we hold our hearings next month, we wished to provide members the opportunity to discuss these matters with the committee voluntarily. Regrettably, the individuals receiving subpoenas today have refused and we’re forced to take this step to help ensure the committee uncovers facts concerning January 6th.

    We urge our colleagues to comply with the law, do their patriotic duty, and cooperate with our investigation as hundreds of other witnesses have done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    Speaking of: House subpoena's five GOP lawmakers, most likely those with now proven communication with Team Trump during the murderous insurrection they helped cause.
    I will guess what, at least, Jordan will do. "I do not recall." It will be the "I do not recall" gang. I'll bet anyone a jelly donut on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gondrin View Post
    I'll bet anyone a jelly donut on this.
    You know what, you're on. They have his texts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    You know what, you're on. They have his texts.
    You may win on a technicality as the subpoenas may never be enforced with the committee being dissolved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    I legitimately, honestly hope that dozens, hundreds, thousands of lawyers cite the Trump case as prescedent. For exactly that reason.

    Also, I'm hoping that NYState is working with another judge for a no-knock. Because if Team Trump isn't going to willingly comply and isn't going to unwillingly comply, it's time for those special document searchers @cubby has told us about to show up with 20 SWAT members. And the press.
    I really hope the NYAG has the guts and the protection to take that next step. Trump is ignoring court orders and subpoenas, to no one's surprise. But he can't get away with it. They absolutely need to go full tilt on him and his organization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    You know what, you're on. They have his texts.
    Much like MTG, it won't matter if they even have him on tape admitting to something. At least with Jordan, he has a history of conveniently "forgetting" stuff. Not sure about the rest of them though. That man will still say "I do not recall" until they show him point blank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gondrin View Post
    Much like MTG, it won't matter if they even have him on tape admitting to something. At least with Jordan, he has a history of conveniently "forgetting" stuff. Not sure about the rest of them though. That man will still say "I do not recall" until they show him point blank.
    I'm still going with him instead saying "yes I sent those, but you have to understand--" or "what I meant was". I'm not convinced Jordan is an actual target here, he has the opportunity to spin.

  18. #83018
    Trump media company hiring producers for ‘Maga version of Netflix’
    TMTG’s vision statement says the conglomerate is an answer to ‘liberal bias’

    Donald Trump’s media company is recruiting for its upcoming streaming service in hopes that it will become the right wing’s answer to existing streaming platforms like Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu.

    The Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) made the announcement in an ad posted on Wednesday that described the streaming service, named TMTG+, as “a ‘Big Tent’ platform offering broad-based entertainment rooted in free speech”.

    It stated that the company was looking to hire a content development manager to create programming for TMTG+.

    It added that “in addition to the Social Media platform Truth Social, our SVOD [Subscription Video on Demand] platform TMTG+ will be the home for a wide variety of non-scripted, scripted, and original content”.

    The ad described the role of the content development manager as someone who will “generate and develop internal concepts for original unscripted content, short form series episodes and specials”, remain “current on developing trends at networks” and “stay aware of emerging talent and upcoming non-scripted programming”.

    In another ad, the company posted a requirement for a content acquisitional professional “to oversee content licensing and acquisition”.

    “This is an exciting opportunity for someone to put their stamp on a new and exciting SVOD platform,” the ad said.

    The ideal candidate for the role will be required to “identify content for licensing, source ownership, and negotiate distribution rights for our SVOD platform”.

    Please, pleeeaaaaase do this. I want to see more Trump failures. The pic is the most interesting bit, for me, though. The fact they see themselves as competitors for any of the companies listed amazes me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnifiedDivide View Post
    Trump media company hiring producers for ‘Maga version of Netflix’

    Please, pleeeaaaaase do this. I want to see more Trump failures. The pic is the most interesting bit, for me, though. The fact they see themselves as competitors for any of the companies listed amazes me.
    Man, gotta wonder where they're getting all the money for this. Also, why do they always have to try to make poor copies of what other companies do better? Why can't they pioneer new industries and services? Bunch of uncreative, reactionary losers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    Man, gotta wonder where they're getting all the money for this. Also, why do they always have to try to make poor copies of what other companies do better? Why can't they pioneer new industries and services? Bunch of uncreative, reactionary losers.
    They don't actually have any ideas. They're not just morally bankrupt, they're creatively bankrupt, too.

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