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Old May 16th, 2018, 04:49 PM   #35361
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Old May 16th, 2018, 04:51 PM   #35362
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Jeff, I do hate the term Social Justice because it is a synonym for income redistribution. "Social Justice" is just a content-free but oh so virtue-signaling pair of words. I've never met anyone who is against social justice. But, the Jonah Goldberg definition of the term still is the best I've seen.



Humans are not equally talented, equally ambitious, or equally healthy. Because of this, there will naturally be inequality of outcomes.
Every socialist state in the history of the world has failed because income equality presumes that all persons are equally talented, and that is factually not so. To steal from A to give to B using the power of government (the guns) is about the furthest thing I can think of from "justice".

Jeff, you are always using the Marxist paradigm of a pyramid-shaped income distribution. Historically, that has not been so in the US. We have had a diamond-shaped income distribution, with a vast middle class. Over decades, the prog control of education has convinced more and more youngsters that they are victims, in the article that the 10% (or fill-in-the-blank) is taking advantage of them. This whole victimology culture devastates individual initiative, but it surely puts power in the hands of persons like Hillary or Obama.

I happen to believe that life is unfair. Some are born on 3rd base. But economic mobility is still greater in the US than in any other country except possibly Estonia. I believe it would be better to teach students to aspire to become part of the 10% that takes care of the 90%.

And, Jeff, even in your perfect socialist state, there will still be a 1% or a 10% at the top. That never changes. All that changes is who is at the top, a merit-based group of people, or a power-based group.

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Old May 16th, 2018, 06:32 PM   #35363
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Qatari financier goes on the record to acknowledge that Michael Cohen demanded $1M from him in exchange for favors and influence. The meeting took place during the Transition, in Trump Tower. The Daily Mail reported this last night but the guy first goes on the record here I think.

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/16/...llars-from-me/
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Old May 16th, 2018, 07:12 PM   #35364
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Ronan Farrow's been killing it in investigative reporting this year. This is a good story.

Whoever leaked the suspicious activity report for Michael Cohen spoke to Farrow. He's an unnamed law-enforcement official. Quite possibly Avenatti's source as well. He says there are at least two more SARs for Cohen out there, involving more money than the one we know about, that appear to have been "pulled" or given highly restricted access in the Treasury Dept's system.

The fact that the other two SARs had been restricted or hidden by someone motivated the leaker to release the one he had access to.

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The payments to Cohen that have emerged in the past week come primarily from a single document, a “suspicious-activity report” filed by First Republic Bank, where Cohen’s shell company, Essential Consultants, L.L.C., maintained an account. The document detailed sums in the hundreds of thousands of dollars paid to Cohen by the pharmaceutical company Novartis, the telecommunications giant A.T. & T., and an investment firm with ties to the Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.

The report also refers to two previous suspicious-activity reports, or SARs, that the bank had filed, which documented even larger flows of questionable money into Cohen’s account. Those two reports detail more than three million dollars in additional transactions—triple the amount in the report released last week. Which individuals or corporations were involved remains a mystery. But, according to the official who leaked the report, these SARs were absent from the database maintained by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN. The official, who has spent a career in law enforcement, told me, “I have never seen something pulled off the system. . . . That system is a safeguard for the bank. It’s a stockpile of information. When something’s not there that should be, I immediately became concerned.” The official added, “That’s why I came forward.”


https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-...ancial-records

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Cohen appears to have misled First Republic repeatedly regarding the purpose of the Essential Consultants account. In paperwork filed with the bank, he said that the company would be devoted to using “his experience in real estate to consult on commercial and residential” deals. Cohen told the bank that his transactions would be modest, and based within the United States. In fact, the compliance officers wrote, “a significant portion of the target account deposits continue to originate from entities that have no apparent connection to real estate or apparent need to engage Cohen as a real estate consultant.” Likewise, “a significant portion of the deposits continues to be derived from foreign entities.” David Murray, a former Treasury official focussed on illicit finance, told me, “There are a ton of red flags here. The pattern of activity has indicators that are inherently suspicious, and the volume and source of funds do not match the account profile that was built when the account was opened.”
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Old May 16th, 2018, 08:37 PM   #35365
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Old May 16th, 2018, 08:38 PM   #35366
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Old May 16th, 2018, 09:24 PM   #35367
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Mueller will not seek to indict President Donald J Trump
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Old May 17th, 2018, 03:55 AM   #35368
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A responsibility of every American citizen to each other is to preserve and protect our freedom by recognizing what truth is and is not, what a fact is and is not and begin by holding ourselves accountable to truthfulness and demand our pursuit of America's future be fact-based -- not based on wishful thinking, not hoped-for outcomes made in shallow promises, but with a clear-eyed view of the facts as they are, and guided by the truth that will set us free to seek solutions to our most daunting challenges.

If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom.


- Rex Tillerson, speaking at VMI.

That ought to bring all the Trumpanzee ass lickers out of the woodwork. A year ago Rex was the greatest businessman on the planet second only to Very Stable Genius. Today, how dare he tell the emperor that he has no clothes?
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Old May 17th, 2018, 06:29 AM   #35369
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He was talking about the cognitive dissonance that you have experienced since Nov 2016. The alternative reality you have been living in. Which is evident by the way you interpreted his speech lol
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Old May 17th, 2018, 07:26 AM   #35370
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A nice little entry on Palestine: https://www.nationalreview.com/corne...graphy-unrest/

The topic sentence is: "it is clear that the story is less about Jerusalem than about Gaza."
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No similar protests erupted in the West Bank, whose Palestinian population has a much more direct interest in Jerusalem. Partly that reflects the shifting plate tectonics of the region. The Fatah-run Government of Palestine, which runs the West Bank and nominally Gaza as well, is aligned with Saudi Arabia and other Sunni states, many of which have been pursuing a cautious détente with Israel, signalling both rhetorical and de facto willingness to accept the existence of Israel.
The above, of course, fits in with current regional power struggle (Fatah, e.g., is probably roughly as hard line as Hamas, but they're benefactors differ). As does this:

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Palestine’s leader, Mahmoud Abbas, remains a Holocaust denier and has withdrawn his envoy to the U.S. over the Jerusalem move, so it’s premature to pop the champagne corks, but the reaction on the West Bank has been comparatively restrained, and Abbas still claims to be moving towards “the two-state solution and an agreement that will bring about the establishment of a Palestinian state next to the State of Israel.​” There’s no sign that the embassy move will change the long-term dynamics; leaders like Abbas know how to score propaganda points, but also when to recognize a fait accompli. Gaza, governed by Hamas and aligned with Iran and Syria, is another story, and the calls for “days of rage” in protest were joined by the Iranian and Syrian leadership singing from the same hymnal. The reaction in Gaza should properly be seen partly as a result of Gaza’s own situation, and partly as an extension of the broader tensions between the U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf States (on the one hand) and Iran, Syria, and Russia (on the other), reflected in the termination of the Iran Deal and the simultaneous escalation of rocket war between Israel and Syria.
The rest of the entry talks about how difficult the Gaza situation is both for the folks living there and for the folks that want a viable solution -- hence, the "unfixable tragedy"
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Old May 17th, 2018, 08:12 AM   #35371
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Mueller will not seek to indict President Donald J Trump
1) It's been longstanding practice by ALL special counsels that a sitting President cannot be indicted.

2) This is coming only from the mouth of Giuliani who's proven to be, in Trump's own words, not up to speed on the facts.
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Old May 17th, 2018, 08:17 AM   #35372
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well since Strangelove hasn't posted it I guess I will

looks like horowicz's IG report is gonna be the THIS IS IT moment you all have been waiting for
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/u...stigation.html
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Old May 17th, 2018, 08:18 AM   #35373
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The mainstream media continues to find ways to lend credence to PDJT's caricatures as "fake news" -- https://www.nationalreview.com/corne...rom-the-press/

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Trump lashed out at undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting, calling those trying to breach the country’s borders “animals”
However, the comments were pretty clearly in the context of MS-13/criminals:


So, PDJT calls MS-13 folks animals.
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Old May 17th, 2018, 08:22 AM   #35374
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1) It's been longstanding practice by ALL special counsels that a sitting President cannot be indicted.

2) This is coming only from the mouth of Giuliani who's proven to be, in Trump's own words, not up to speed on the facts.
so you agree with Giuliani's assessment of the DOJ guidelines, yet then call into question his grasp of the facts?
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Old May 17th, 2018, 08:23 AM   #35375
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The mainstream media continues to find ways to lend credence to PDJT's caricatures as "fake news" -- https://www.nationalreview.com/corne...rom-the-press/



However, the comments were pretty clearly in the context of MS-13/criminals:

Trump calls some illegal immigrants "animals" in meeting with sheriffs - YouTube

So, PDJT calls MS-13 folks animals.
Democrats now support: Hamas, MS-13, North Korea and Iran all because of their hatred of Trump.
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Old May 17th, 2018, 08:27 AM   #35376
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that's NYT article is about as sugar coated bunch of BS somebody could come up with to try stem what horowicz's IG report is going to say
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well since Strangelove hasn't posted it I guess I will

looks like horowicz's IG report is gonna be the THIS IS IT moment you all have been waiting for
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/u...stigation.html
FBI agents are leaking ahead of the report to try and soften the blow. I cant wait to read the report. this entire Russia investigation has been nothing more than an attempt to remove or damage the President of the United States. folks involved need to be tossed in prison for treason.
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Old May 17th, 2018, 08:50 AM   #35378
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He was talking about the cognitive dissonance that you have experienced since Nov 2016. The alternative reality you have been living in. Which is evident by the way you interpreted his speech lol
That's a pretty feeble attempt at spin or just a demonstration of a severe lack of reading comprehension skills. Let's dumb it down so you can understand. Substitute "every American citizen to each other" with "Donald Trump". Reread and try again.
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A responsibility of every American citizen to each other is to preserve and protect our freedom by recognizing what truth is and is not, what a fact is and is not and begin by holding ourselves accountable to truthfulness and demand our pursuit of America's future be fact-based -- not based on wishful thinking, not hoped-for outcomes made in shallow promises, but with a clear-eyed view of the facts as they are, and guided by the truth that will set us free to seek solutions to our most daunting challenges.

If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom.


- Rex Tillerson, speaking at VMI.

That ought to bring all the Trumpanzee ass lickers out of the woodwork. A year ago Rex was the greatest businessman on the planet second only to Very Stable Genius. Today, how dare he tell the emperor that he has no clothes?
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He was talking about the cognitive dissonance that you have experienced since Nov 2016. The alternative reality you have been living in. Which is evident by the way you interpreted his speech lol
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