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Posted in: Do you think the state of emergency will be effective in lowering the number of coronavirus cases in Tokyo and its three neighboring prefectures? See in context

No, since nothing much will change after the declaration. Vinke's post said it best.

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Posted in: Who are your favorite fictional detectives of literature, film or TV? See in context

Overall Best (Literature, movies, and TV): Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett was the best TV Holmes).

TV: Joe Mannix, Mulder and Scully, Mike Hammer, Joe Friday, Steve McGarrett, Jim Rockford, Perry Mason, Andy Sipowicz, and the Scooby Doo Gang

Movies: Sam Spade, Inspector "Dirty Harry" Callahan, Philip Marlowe, Ellery Queen, and Inspector Clouseau

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Posted in: What next for Trump? Golf, Twitter and maybe another run? See in context

Exactly, they can, but they’ve been after Trump a long time, since I can remember, if they had more than enough to stage Trump it would have already happened, if they can’t get him on phony impeachment or a fake Russia hope, the guy will never see the inside of a prison presence, he’s a clean as this entire election process.

Got news for you, this election was a referendum by the American people on impeachment and the not fake Russia investigation. The Senate and Trump's Republican enablers in the House might have looked away and gave him a pass on these crimes, but the American people did not. Same thing is going to happen after Trump faces justice for his crimes in New York.

Yeah, but thank God he has some of the best defense lawyers so he’s not big thing.

I'm not quite sure what that sentence means, but his defense lawyers will not be able to keep him out of jail--even on appeal. That's New York State law.

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Posted in: What next for Trump? Golf, Twitter and maybe another run? See in context

That’s not going to happen, unless the Dems want to try and do what they do best, hijack the system, then it would be possible.

Oh, it's quite possible as well as probable--and "the Dems" won't have anything to do with it. It's a matter of New York State law. Right now, Cyrus Vance Jr, the District Attorney of New York County (which consists mostly of Manhattan and Marble Hill) already has several cases he will most likely pursue against him, and Vance could indict him as early as the first quarter of 2021. Oh, and pardons don't work for state law convictions, so don't even think about trying to pull that out of the magic get out of jail hat.

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Posted in: What next for Trump? Golf, Twitter and maybe another run? See in context

Next stop for Trump after January 20 will be a trip to New York Criminal Court located at 100 Centre Street in New York. After that, he'll get to spend some quality time at Riker's Island.

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Posted in: With an eye on impeachment, judges weigh House-Trump disputes See in context

Har! Dream on, baby!

Is it possible to actually discuss what the article is about, or is that asking too much?

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Posted in: Soleimani strike will be felt well beyond Middle East See in context

It is an odd argument that the Left is making in which they have concluded that the Iranian regime will retaliate for Suleimams death by attacking and killing more more Americans.

This is not a "Left/Right" argument. Non-partisans and adults should be able to discuss this without the labels.

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Posted in: Iran vows harsh response to U.S. killing of top general See in context

Just out of curiosity, what was the head of Iran's elite Quds Force doing in Iraq? I doubt he was on vacation.

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Posted in: Impeachment forever changes Trump's legacy See in context

What specific law did he break?

2 specifically: Apportionment Authority and the Impoundment Control Act (ICA). Both laws are intended to restrict the executive branch from undermining Congress’s “power of the purse” under the Constitution. Feel free to read more about it here:

https://www.justsecurity.org/67489/trumps-hold-on-ukrainian-military-aid-was-illegal/

Asking a foreign leader to investigate corruption that happened to involve Quid Pro Joe Biden is not an abuse of power, it's doing his damn job.

Nonsense on so many levels.

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers head home amid impasse over Trump impeachment trial See in context

OK Bass, since you enjoyed that last one from Colbert, here is another!

"It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

With Republicans screaming and Democrats dreaming

Impeachment is near!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s the im-peachiest season of all

Getting dirt from the Ukraine

to help your next campaign will be your downfall

It’s the i-peachiest season of all

There’ll be transcripts for reading

The president’s tweeting that this whole thing is a hoax

There’ll be Nunes and Jordan

Ignoring extortion

Executive privilege invoked

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Yes the most wonderful time

Oh the most obvious crime

You’ll ever hear!"

(Watch it here)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCH0kw4HdNE

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers head home amid impasse over Trump impeachment trial See in context

Many thanks to Stephen Colbert for this one!

Merry Christmas Trumpers!

Enjoy this!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rh34PFX7oc

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Christmas-themed movies or TV shows? See in context

"Elf," "Polar Express," and "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

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Posted in: Some people prefer to say holiday tree instead of Christmas tree. What's your view on this? See in context

Neither. I say "Festivus for the rest of us."

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Posted in: Trump impeachment hearings focus on Ukraine pressure campaign See in context

It’s first hand for the people talking. Taylor said his aide told him he heard the person talking. so Taylor provided Third hand hearsay . . .

False. Ambassador Taylor's testimony is based on conversations which he had with Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who had direct knowledge of both the phone call and the meetings related to it afterwards. Because of Taylor's closed door testimony, Sondland all of the sudden had to "revise" his testimony that he (Sondland) didn't know anything about the call or meetings to avoid perjury charges since Taylor's testimony helped "refresh" his memory.

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Posted in: Facebook deleting name of potential whistleblower See in context

Yep and the whistleblower wasn’t on the call. 

Actually, yes, he was, but don't let actual facts get into the way of your alternative narrative.

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Posted in: Facebook deleting name of potential whistleblower See in context

Everyone in DC knows who the “whistleblower” is. Everyone on Twitter knows who he is. Everyone in every news room in America know who he is.

Then please, enlighten all of us with the name if you think that is somehow important or relevant.

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Posted in: Lawyer: Whistleblower willing to take written GOP questions See in context

You can’t show it’s untrue,

Uh, yes we can. It's called the absence of actual evidence. You tried to once again provide speculation as actual proof. However, the burden of proof is on you because you've made the accusation. In the U.S. legal system, a person is innocent of any accusation until proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

did you not see the threatening letter to the media from the whistleblower lawyers?

No, not in any credible media source.

fine subpoena Eric C and ask him under oath if he is or not. Man if people thought I was and I wasn’t- I would be begging to testify to clear myself.

No need to. Go back and look at what is in the Whistleblower Protection Act and then get back to me.

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Posted in: Lawyer: Whistleblower willing to take written GOP questions See in context

But “more” than likely we do.

"More than likely" is not the same as "We know . . ." now is it?

It was not “Debunked” that Eric C is the whistleblower. 

Yes, it was. But feel free to show actual, irrefutable evidence that he is. No speculation.

Just the liberal media is afraid to say it because his lawyers threatened them.

Fiction.

Yes, we know all that, but as I’ve said before, if the President is judged by flimsy evidence based on a political Obama holdover act who’s boss was that communist Brennan,

The only "flimsy" thing here is your lame character assasination attempt because you don't have any actual facts to support your assertions.

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Posted in: Lawyer: Whistleblower willing to take written GOP questions See in context

Most likely estimates is it’s Eric Ciaramella 

Ah, so by your own admission, we don't really know who the Whistleblower really is! In other words, this is just another one of your baseless accusations. Please, get back to us when the real Whistleblower is revealed.

And the President can do the same by not cooperating and what will the Dems do then?

The President doesn't have to cooperate during the investigation if he doesn't want to; however, he does have to follow the Constitution when it comes to not obstructing Congress' oversight and investigation role, or they can add "Obstruction of Congress" as yet another article of impeachment. Review what happened to Nixon if you have any doubts.

 Aren’t him?

Yep, he "aren't."

My wish is, he doesn’t give an inch until he gets to face his accuser ans knows his identity

Only in a court of law. Again, the Whistleblower is protected by the Whistleblower Act. Since you seem to have forgotten, the U.S. whistleblower laws exist to protect the identity and careers of people who bring forward accusations of wrongdoing by government officials. They are not required to testify in an open setting, but if you think so, then please show me where in the law it says this. Therefore, go review it first before coming back here and making demands that aren't part of the process.

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Posted in: Lawyer: Whistleblower willing to take written GOP questions See in context

The big difference is, now that we know who this person is and his history and what his true motivations are . . .

Really? Who is he? What is his name? What is his history? What are his true motivations and how do you know what they are? Where did you get your information, or is all of this conjecture on your part?

 it’s not the same at all since we now know it’s fully and completely politically driven. 

Only to Trump loyalists.

The fact is, the Whistleblower (whoever he or she is) does not have to appear at the hearings and is protected by the Whistleblower Act. That person can simply tell the Republicans to (and I am using your words from the past) "go pound sand."

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Posted in: Lawyer: Whistleblower willing to take written GOP questions See in context

If written questions were acceptable for Trump's testimony during the Mueller Investigation, the same goes for the Whistleblower. Right, Republicans?

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Posted in: Schiff says impeachment transcripts could come next week See in context

Flynn is die to . . .

Correction: I meant "Flynn is due to . . ."

Sorry about that.

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Posted in: Schiff says impeachment transcripts could come next week See in context

Trump releases transcripts you whine that they aren’t the real transcripts! 

Because they aren't. Release the real call from the secret server where the actual call was hidden way in and then let's compare them and see which ones are "real" and which ones aren't. I'm sure you wouldn't have a problem with that.

Hero just like Mike Flynn

No, Flynn is no hero. He has admitted to commmitting criminal acts and has betrayed his country. Flynn is die to be sentenced soon. It's disgusting that you would even put the two men in the same category.

trump should have just made an “opening statement” saying his call was perfect.

He already did this. Unfortunately, there is no way to verify his usual hyperbole. Also, please define what a "perfect" call is.

Might want to check LT Col Jim Hickman. 

I have. All I can find on him comes from right-wing websites. However, since you think he has something important to say, why not recommend that he testify in front of Congress then?

Trying to destroy someone's character like Colonel Vindman instead of refuting what he stated with actual facts shows the true weakness of your position and does not contradict the facts which have been presented to the Congress so far.

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Posted in: Schiff says impeachment transcripts could come next week See in context

James Brennan lied to Congress . . .

Who is James Brennan?

i can’t understand why of all the available things, liberals picked this one phone call to die over.

The first four words of this statement pretty much sums up your entire argument. As far as "dying over a phone call" goes, this whole mess is much more than that.

Good luck and enjoy.

Oh, we will.

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Posted in: Schiff says impeachment transcripts could come next week See in context

We have the transcripts, This just gets funnier and nuttier by the minute. Lol

No, we don't have the transcripts. We have the White House's version of a summary of the content. It's kind of like William Barr's misleading and inaccurate version of the Mueller Report.

we don’t need a questionable uniformed officer to tell us what he heard when 12 people were on the phone including Pompeo.

That "questionable uniformed officer" is a Harvard-educated, decorated veteran who is the Director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council (NSC).  He also is fluent in Russian and Ukranian. I'll take his word over Pompeo's any day of the week.

As far as Pompeo goes, he is also part of this conspiracy and will be facing his own inquiries soon. He has no credibility in this whatsoever.

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Posted in: Schiff says impeachment transcripts could come next week See in context

Also how did the media get his supposedly “secret behind closed doors” opening statement? Liberals are very non curious when it suits you.

Because the committees decided to release his Opening Statement in response to all of the Republican crying about the secrecy of the closed door sessions. There is nothing "non curious" about this.

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Posted in: Schiff says impeachment transcripts could come next week See in context

. . . the opening statement identifies no crime that was committed. Did he indicate one during testimony?

This is from his Opening Statement:

"Amb. Sondland emphasized the importance that Ukraine deliver the investigations into the 2016 election, the Bidens, and Burisma. I stated to Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security, and that such investigations were not something the NSC was going to get involved in or push. Dr. Hill then entered the room and asserted to Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate.

Following the debriefing meeting, I reported my concerns to the NSC's lead counsel. Dr. Hill also reported the incident to the NSC's lead counsel."

This shows that Sondland lied (committed perjury) by denying that any of this ever took place. Lying to a congressional committee is a crime.

Pressuring a foreign government to interefere with a U.S. election is also a crime.

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Posted in: Schiff says impeachment transcripts could come next week See in context

That’s not testimony. And you know this.

Yes, it is. The Opening Statement was printed word for word by NPR in the link that I provided. Those are the words that he stated in his testimony in front of the committees.

"Opening Statement of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman

Before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform

October 29, 2019"

It's up to you to read the rest of his statement. I cannot cut and paste all of it here just for you.

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Posted in: Schiff says impeachment transcripts could come next week See in context

I don’t know what he stated (and neither do you)

Actually, yes I do. It's in his very long Opening Statement that I provided a link to. It's all there--word for word, so you can remain in the dark if you choose or you can take the time to read it and then react to its content.

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Posted in: Schiff says impeachment transcripts could come next week See in context

transcript would be quite helpful.

Since you didn't bother reading his Opening Statement, why should I think that you would even read the actual 10 hours of the transcript once the whole thing becomes available?

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