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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellion View Post
    How many people did Trump kill via drone strike? I know he took out that Iranian general. Genuinely curious, because I remember a lot of news stories about drone strikes/assassinations during the Obama years. I don't recall seeing many stories like that during the last four years (granted, the last four years of news has been a colossal shitshow).
    For all the crying that certain leftists did over the Democrats and drones, they 'curiously' remained very silent about this:

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/05/22...illings-count/

    On March 10, a U.S. drone fired a missile, turning a passenger vehicle outside Janaale, Somalia, into a heap of burnt and broken metal with fresh corpses inside. Whether the people killed that day were “terrorists” or ordinary Somalis is actively disputed. It is also a reminder that the United States’ targeted killing program persists to this day, another legacy of the forever war that has now lasted for three presidential administrations and shows no signs of stopping in the next one. Under U.S. President Donald Trump, however, an already opaque and murderous set of rules has become even more widely applied, and ever less accountable.
    The answer is 'a lot' and 'we don't actually know' the full extent.

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    https://twitter.com/imillhiser/statu...79785462972421

    In a new opinion striking down the federal eviction moratorium, a Trump judge argues -- I shit you not -- that RENTING A HOME IS NOT AN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY!
    https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/25/polit...nal/index.html

    This is what we can expect from Trump era judges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    For all the crying that certain leftists did over the Democrats and drones, they 'curiously' remained very silent about this:

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/05/22...illings-count/

    On March 10, a U.S. drone fired a missile, turning a passenger vehicle outside Janaale, Somalia, into a heap of burnt and broken metal with fresh corpses inside. Whether the people killed that day were “terrorists” or ordinary Somalis is actively disputed. It is also a reminder that the United States’ targeted killing program persists to this day, another legacy of the forever war that has now lasted for three presidential administrations and shows no signs of stopping in the next one. Under U.S. President Donald Trump, however, an already opaque and murderous set of rules has become even more widely applied, and ever less accountable.


    The answer is 'a lot' and 'we don't actually know' the full extent.
    Put pretty simply...

    The person who folks voted for based on that he had taught Constitutional law didn't really do a whole lot to see to it that those "Already Opaque And Murderous..." rules changed much while he was in a position to try to do just that.

    If that's what I get from a vote that I hoped would potentially pull the limits of that Executive Branch power back in some?

    There's not much of a point in getting particularly angry when Republicans take advantage of that reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mets View Post
    There is a statute of limitations of ten years for mortgage fraud (up from five years as the result of a 2009 law) so it would need to be something he did recently to be prosecuted.
    IIRC he recently put up some of his properties as collateral for a loan from Deutsche Bank. That would be fraud if he gave them an inflated value of their worth. In any case, the properties are not in good shape. Once Trump got elected the revenue from some of his hotels dropped. The one Chicago is in trouble, which is part hotel and part condos.

    The truth is, a lot of people booking rooms in Chicago don’t like Trump anymore. In 2015, his Windy City hotel generated $16.6 million of net operating income, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. But in 2016, the year Trump won the presidency, that figure declined to $9 million. By 2018, it had fallen all the way to $1.8 million. And that was pre-pandemic. At a meeting earlier this year, the hotel’s managing director sounded the alarm: “It’s going to be very, very tough to keep the boat afloat,” he said, according to the Post.

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    On that...

    Never seen numbers to prove anything like this is actually the case, but always kinda wondered if it could be.

    Illinois ain't a state that is in the greatest of fiscal shape. Plenty of folks leave the state each year based on property taxes alone.

    You add that to the fact that there is a Republican leaning against staying in such a state?

    Can't help but wonder just how much that has hobbled something that would already be a hard sell in Illinois.

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    ..oh WBE-eee....

    https://twitter.com/thedailybeast/st...58449592627202

    A pickup truck parked at the United States Capitol and bearing a Three Percenter militia sticker on the day of the Jan. 6 riot belongs to the husband of freshman U.S. Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois, who approvingly quoted Adolf Hitler a day earlier.

    Researchers on Twitter first noticed the Ford pickup truck with the far-right militia’s decal parked on the Capitol grounds in footage posted to social media and taken by CBS News.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    But how accurate is that "4 percent"?

    It means 4 percent of those polled admitted to that, but how big was the sample? How encompassing was it?

    Remember, political polls were practically useless back in 2016 in terms of gauging how likely a Trump victory was.
    The Republican on this forum is trying to assure us all the GOP still doesn't have a Qanon problem.

    This is currently the Texas GOP's branding:



    They're rallying behind Marjorie Taylor Green as a face of the party worth defending and giving a standing ovation to.

    Suffice to say, I think the phrase is, "they doth protest too much".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    Already in the queue.
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    I think that the University Of Alabama might have a lawsuit there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by numberthirty View Post
    I think that the University Of Alabama might have a lawsuit there...
    You think? It's only a matter of time before they go to court. No way in hell Alabama (the college football team and the university, in that order) will allow themselves to be tied to the madmen and insurrectionists in the GQP. Bad for the brand.

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    It’s a stunning turnaround from his angry comments this month that Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the deadly storming of the Capitol. I don't get this, not at all. Could someone explain this to me please?

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    This is a devastating blow to the campaign to raise the minimum wage. Qpublicans (and a few Democrats, namely Joe Manchin) want to keep the poors poor.

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    Costco is upping its minimum pay to $16 an hour because “paying employees good wages makes sense,” W. Craig Jelinek told the Senate Budget Committee. Because Qpublicans (and a few Democrats, namely Joe Manchin) want to keep the poors poor.

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    Capitol Police Chief: Extremists Plotting State Of The Union Violence

    Militias tied to the Jan. 6 insurrection have stated their desire to “blow up the Capitol,” said acting Chief Yogananda Pittman. And yet, Qpublicans support these lunatics because they support Trump.

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    The former Trump adviser’s “zero tolerance” policy led to the separation of more than 5,400 children from their parents at the southern border. Pot, meet kettle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    But how accurate is that "4 percent"?

    It means 4 percent of those polled admitted to that, but how big was the sample? How encompassing was it?

    Remember, political polls were practically useless back in 2016 in terms of gauging how likely a Trump victory was.
    That's not entirely true. Nate Silver thought Trump had a shot in 2016 based on the polls.

    https://www.vox.com/2016/11/3/131476...trump-forecast

    These are also really different types of polls, in that one is a measure of a subset of voters (Trump supporters) to determine that a small position holds a particular position, whereas the 2016 polls were about all voters on a binary choice where it mattered how voters in particular states went.

    Another factor is that a lot of ordinary people haven't followed the news enough to know anything about QAnon. According to polls, the majority of Americans can't name a single Supreme Court justice. If this is the case, how many should be familiar with a particular absurd conspiracy theory?

    https://thehill.com/regulation/court...-supreme-court
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    You think? It's only a matter of time before they go to court. No way in hell Alabama (the college football team and the university, in that order) will allow themselves to be tied to the madmen and insurrectionists in the GQP. Bad for the brand.
    Having lived there, WPP, I got to say you're making a bad bet here. Too many of the public donors, and the under the table athletic donors, would be mightily annoyed if bama took to the courts over this. So the school will ignore its existence as much as possible.

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    The golden calf of the GOP.

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    The GOP has gone full out worshiping false idols. Just waiting for a bolt of lightning to strike them down, or for them all to turn into pillars of salt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    The GOP has gone full out worshiping false idols. Just waiting for a bolt of lightning to strike them down, or for them all to turn into pillars of salt.
    One can hope!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrNewGod View Post
    Having lived there, WPP, I got to say you're making a bad bet here. Too many of the public donors, and the under the table athletic donors, would be mightily annoyed if bama took to the courts over this. So the school will ignore its existence as much as possible.
    Really? Well now, I find that mildly surprising.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    The golden calf of the GOP.

    Screenshot_2021-02-26 Bill Kristol on Twitter Golden Calf.jpg

    The GOP has gone full out worshiping false idols. Just waiting for a bolt of lightning to strike them down, or for them all to turn into pillars of salt.
    Good Lord! And Biden wants to unify with a party that has loopjobs like them for followers?
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