Tuesday Open Thread

“Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves.”

–Robert F. Kennedy

47 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Voyageur says:

    Trumpstink stole what wasn't hisn.

    Now Trumpstink will stink up prison.

    Burma Shave.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      The eight stages of Trump’s guilt:
      1. “I didn’t do it”
      2. “I didn’t do anything wrong”
      3. “I didn’t do anything illegal”
      4.  “The people accusing me are guilty”
      5. “The law is illegal”
      6. “Prove it!”
      7. “What happened didn’t happen”
      8. “It’s fine, I did it and I’ll do it again…”

  2. Duke Cox says:

    Looks like "the ship has hit the sand"..

    (Bonus points if you already know the reference 😁

  3. coloradosane says:

    "FLUSH BABY FLUSH" 

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Trickle down and their (non -existent) free market theories aside, the once serious conservative movement in America – a generally coherent theory of government you could embrace or reject -has been reduced to throwing ketchup against the wall and seeing what sticks. It’s become self-serving gibberish attempting to justify any means to gain and retain power. 
       

      It’s sad, really. I grew up in a household and family that were legitimate, thoughtful conservatives and today I’m watching most of them swirl in the NewsMax toilet. 

      If you present a detailed affidavit to a fed judge, obtain a warrant from that judge, and retrieve docs under that warrant, the Republican party today calls it tyranny. Someone gets pregnant, tho, even involuntarily and it’s everybody’s biz.

      Literally.

      Texas will try to get you $10,000

      • MichaelBowman says:

        Threatening the US AG while demanding the preservation of *his* documents.  Will MyKevin survive his own re-election in his newly-drawn district? You have to admit his self-ascribed “Leader” as a Twitter handle is pure comedy. 
         

      • JohnInDenver says:

        needless to say, before presenting material to a judge, there had to be a serious belief that a crime has been committed AND that evidence of that crime is available.  And there would have been testing of just HOW serious that belief was up the FBI chain of authority and confirmed by Department of Justice Criminal Division, certainly up to Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco,  perhaps even up to AG Merrick Garland.

        Reacting without knowing ANYTHING about that process and alleging it could ONLY be pressure from the White House — well, let's just say I don't expect those tweets will age well.

         

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    The president went to Kentucky yesterday to visit the flood-ravaged communities in the eastern part of the state. McConnell and Paul have yet to show their faces. You gotta hand it to them on some level. Voting against an insulin cap of $35 AND not visiting families in in Eastern Ky is super ballsy.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Maybe it is just hard to travel when you are shitting bricks.

      • 2Jung2Die says:

        If that's not a line from a country song, it needs to be!

        • MichaelBowman says:

          Speaking of shitting bricks, I’m guessing after that laughable “strong man” tweet from MyKevin last night there is damning evidence on him in Fat Donnie from Queen’s Mara-Lago safe. 

          • Duke Cox says:

            Good point.

            The jolly part of this is that none of those fuckers know what the FBI found….

            Bwaahahahahaha!!!

            • MichaelBowman says:

              The mental gymnastics it takes to argue that confidential information shouldn’t be kept on a private server but that it’s OK to store it in your private residence after leaving office is a sight to behold. 

              • Negev says:

                Equally intellectually acrobatic would be assuming the penalty would be different. 

                • harrydoby says:

                  Of the “classified” documents on Hillary’s server almost all were unclassified at the time.  Only later were 2,000 “up classified” to Confidential.

                  Trump disclosed  Top Secret, compartmentalized information to the Russians because he likes to boost his own ego.

                  See the difference?

                  • Negev says:

                    Trump disclosed  Top Secret, compartmentalized information to the Russians

                    I did not see a link to that source…

                    • Voyageur says:

                      We could give you a link, but then Trump would have to kill you.

                    • kwtree says:

                      Washington Post:

                      “This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”

                      and Reuters

                      One of the officials said the intelligence discussed by Trump in his meeting with Lavrov was classified “Top Secret” and held in a secure “compartment” to which only a handful of intelligence officials have access.

                    • Negev says:

                      Those links are from 2017, you could have had impeachment #3…

                      Once again:

                      Emails from Hillary Clinton’s home server contained information classified at levels higher than previously known, including a level meant to protect some of the most sensitive U.S. intelligence, according to a document obtained by NBC News.

                      Clinton’s emails contained information classified Top Secret/Special Access Program, a secrecy designation that includes some of the most closely held U.S. intelligence matters.

                      it’s become clear that classified information bled into the emails, which were sent over unencrypted channels open to interception by foreign intelligence agencies.

                       

                       

                    • kwtree says:

                      Hete’s a hat for you, Negev. It’ll save you so much time.When people are appalled at $Rump’s treachery and greed, you can just point to The Hat.

                    • Negev says:

                      Dammit Mamma I could have used that 4 posts ago…I am glad you see the similarities….

                    • harrydoby says:

                      Well, Duh, Negev.  Yes the links date to 2017 when the events occurred.  Do you think there is some statute of limitations on betraying our nation’s secrets for mere self-gratification?

                      I shouldn’t be surprised that you know nothing about and care less about that treasonous behavior by Trump.  Decades of promoting weapons of mass murder to anyone with the money to spend has inured you to the tragedy of the thousands of innocent lives lost in exchange.

                      I pity you who lives in a moral dead zone, unable to fathom the consequences of your actions and beliefs.

          • DawnPatrol says:

            As some Twittering wag posted yesterday:

            (Barron, without looking up from his Xbox)

            "Safe's in the back."

    • NOV GOP meltdown says:

      Biden was fantastic in Louisville and Superior after the fires. He listened, he sat down with families and heard what they had to say, he consoled them and reassured them that in the long run it was going to be OK.  He is indeed very, very good at this kind of stuff because he obviously cares, and I am sure it was the same in Kentucky. It's not an easy situation at all, but when it really matters, he shows up. Very presidential IMHO.

      McConnell and Paul are useless fucking cowards.  

      • notaskinnycook says:

        Why would they go? Those people are too busy cleaning up the mess and salvaging what they can to roll out a red carpet for those two self-important swells.

        Besides, they’re poor. whatever they get from insurance and FEMA will be better than what they had–The ghost of Barbara Bush

        • NOV GOP meltdown says:

          Maybe they would go because it's the right thing to do, but we are talking about Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, so…

          • Conserv. Head Banger says:

            Reminds me a bit of how the Texas senators handled the big freeze out early last year. John Cornyn was in-state working with his staff and trying to help people. Ted Cruz was vacationing in Cancun.

  5. BoulderPatentGuy says:

    The fact that there was probable cause that the FBI would find evidence of illegal activity at Mar-a-lago is bananas & is truthfully out-of-character for the true TeflonDon.  However, I'd say it's at best a 50/50 shot that they have something that can put Donny on trial, let alone in jail. 

    • kwtree says:

      Of course, there was probable cause. The FBI wouldn’tbe searching MAGAlago without it. Your sentence structure is mangled, though, so I’m not sure what you meant to say.
      Will  they find evidence of a crime?

      Trump is a stupid, arrogant ass, and not a reader. So he may have missed something in those 15 boxes that will nail His Teflon hide to the wall. 
      I give it 70/30 that the FBI found something indictable that DOJ can  go to trial with.

      • MichaelBowman says:

        Garland prosecuted the Oklahoma bombing case without a single leak. He’s a plodder. Meticulous. He isn’t going to risk this move without it being a near-certainty. I’ll put the odds at 90-10

        Before this is over the Republicans will be wishing Garland had been put on SCOTUS and not as AG.

    • Early Worm says:

      I believe there is a 100% chance that he broke the law. We already know that he took classified documents with him to Mar-a-Lago. Whether they are willing to indict and try him for that is a different question. With regard to yesterday's raid, I think we can reasonably assume Donnie had additional documents that he was refusing to voluntarily surrender and can assume that the FBI retrieved some or all of them. If they are personal notes, correspondence, and other minutiae which are legitimate official presidential records, but not classified, I think he gets away with a wrist slap/public dressing down. If they are incriminating or classified, he may be looking at a criminal prosecution. 

  6. DavidThi808 says:

    New post – Getting Inside the Republican's OODA loop.

    And at kw's request, comments now go live immediately.

    I'm going to become active at blogging again (I think).

  7. DawnPatrol says:

    Meanwhile, the judicial blows against the Evil Empire of Radically Extreme Rightists (EERER) just keep on comin’!

    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/appeals-court-house-ways-and-means-committee-trump-tax-returns

    • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

      Written by David Sentelle, no less. Does everyone remember who Judge Sentelle was? He was the guy who gave Ken Starr to Bill Clinton in place of Robert Fiske.

  8. Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:
  9. DawnPatrol says:

    “Anyone being investigated by the FBI is not qualified to be the President of the United States.” – Donald J Trump

    He said this on 3 August 2016.

    And again on 7 September 2016.

    And again on 15 October 2016.

    And again on 20 October 2016.

    And again on 21 October 2016.

    And again on 25 October 2016.

    And again on 30 October 2016.

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