Thursday Open Thread

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

–Benjamin Franklin

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  1. ParkHill says:

    WOTD from The Atlantic: "15 Criminal-Law Questions Surrounding the President".

    I’ve compiled a short—and by no means exhaustive—list of the open questions about matters potentially involving criminal law swirling around the president, his campaign, his company, and his family.

    1. Trump campaign aides and associates met with Russian agents in advance of the Russian hacks and releases of Democratic internal communications. Did these meetings lead to any form of coordination between the Trump campaign, the Trump family, or Trump supporters on the one hand and Russian intelligence and its proxy, WikiLeaks, on the other?
    2. Russia engaged in large-scale and illegal expenditures on social media to help elect Trump. Did the Trump campaign, the Trump family, or Trump supporters coordinate or assist in any way with these violations of U.S. law?
    3. Trump campaign aides reportedly met with representatives of Persian Gulf governments who offered to violate U.S. law to help elect Trump. What came of those meetings?
    4. How much Russian money has flowed into the Trump family and the Trump Organization since Trump suddenly and mysteriously became cash-rich in 2006?
    5. Did all the foreign funds flowing into the Trump family and Trump Organization comply with applicable U.S. laws on taxation and money laundering?
    6. Did the Trump family and Trump Organization themselves comply with all U.S. laws on taxation and money laundering?


  2. Pseudonymous says:

    Massive tax cuts working as intended.

    Harley Davidson undertakes massive $700 million stock buyback (10% of its market cap).  Check.

    Harley Davidson lays off 800 workers in plant closing in Missouri.  Check.

  3. Voyageur says:

    The National Football League will fine teams who allow players to kneel during the national anthem.  But in 1943, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled students could not be required to salute the flag.

    Roger Goodell, in his frenzy to kiss Donald Trumps butt and keep his billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies flowing, is spitting on the Constitution.

    Sue Goodell's fascist ass.

    Trump stinks.

    Goodell stinks.

    • JohnInDenver says:


      You know the First Amendment doesn't apply to "private" employers or groups of employers like the NFL. School kids have [some] rights — but employees, not so much.

      So Goodell isn't spitting on the Constitution — he's depositing it elsewhere, as you properly note, as he shows devotion to the current *resident. I'll believe the owners are sincere as soon as they require ALL their employees — including those at concession stands and stores — to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner.

      This work rule was also implemented without consulting with the Players Association. Should be interesting to see what this means:  the NFLPA “will challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement."

      • Voyageur says:

        The NFL is not a private employer, John.  It receives billions in taxpayer dollars to pay for its stadiums.  That means it must obey the law.

        It also enjoys an exemption from anti-trust law that, among other things, allows it to blacklist players like Colin Kapernick and operate the draft.

        Hale the fascist bastards into court.  And boycott nfl advertisers and merchandise.

    • unnamed says:

      Rape, murder, domestic violence will be tolerated.  Kneeling for the anthem, not so much. 

  4. itlduso says:

    I feel like we are living within a giant game of Jenga with the country's future at stake.  Every day, attacks on the foundation of our democracy are removed block by block.  Attacks on the rule of law, the media, civil liberties, elections, etc., etc.

    And, we all know how Jenga games end.

  5. Moderatus says:

    Never far from your minds!

  6. Diogenesdemar says:

    Would you . . . 

    . . . buy a timeshare negotiate a nuclear disarmament agreement with this man???

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