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-Land of the Free
Facebook has Special Privileges for Special People
[Business Insider] H/T to MeWe.
Facebook has a secret internal system that exempts 5.8 million users from having to follow the rules on its platform, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The paper on Monday published an investigation detailing how high-profile users on its services who are "newsworthy," "influential or popular, or "PR risky" don't see the same enforcement action as do ordinary users, citing company documents it had viewed.

Figures like former President Donald Trump,
before he was banned
soccer star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and even Doug the Pug are covered by the system, nicknamed "XCheck" or "cross check." The system was created in response to the shortcomings of Facebook's dual human and AI moderation processes.

Less than 10% of the content that XCheck flagged to the company as needing attention was reviewed, per a document reported by the paper. Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone told the Journal that the number grew in 2020 but did not provide evidence to support that assertion.

Most Facebook employees have the power to add users to the XCheck system for whitelisting status, a term used to describe high-profile accounts that don't have to follow the rules. But the Journal viewed a 2019 audit that found Facebook doesn't always keep a record of who it whitelists and why, which poses "numerous legal, compliance, and legitimacy risks for the company and harm to our community."
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#1  Yeah, this is described in another posting and also linked. I'm still glad it came from MeWe.
Posted by: Bobby || 09/15/2021 18:33 Comments || Top||

Round-up: fighting Covid vaccine mandates
Meanwhile, plenty of Americans on the left, right, and center have decided that getting themselves vaccinated is the right call, without waiting for government mandates.
Federal judge blocks New York State Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers

Arizona becomes first state to sue Biden administration over vaccine mandate: State AG says it is unfair because illegal immigrants aren't required to get shots

Republican states prepare for legal showdown over Biden vaccine mandate

Ron DeSantis: Local Governments Mandating Vaccine for Employees Face $5,000 Fine per Infraction

Three members of the first CIA teams to enter Afghanistan after 9/11 say they have been warned of disciplinary proceedings for their refusal to get COVID-19 vaccinations

New York teachers protest vaccine mandates, march across Brooklyn Bridge: 'I call the shots'

Nearly 100 Washington State Employees Sue Governor Jay Inslee over Vaccine Mandate

LAPD Officers File Lawsuit Against City over Vaccine Mandate

Detroit: Spectrum Health workers can use natural immunity as vaccine mandate exemption

Posted by: Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under:

#2  Local hospital so far has not required vaccine as it would result in too great a loss of healthcare workers.

Factories requiring vaccine will loose employee's for certain. American Wood-mart, FedEXP as examples. Truck drivers for Sunbelt(little Debbie) have presented corporate an ultimatum that a strike will occur in two weeks if work situation does not improve. Hire drivers a must.
Posted by: Dale || 09/15/2021 13:12 Comments || Top||

#3  I should add Hospital will pay nurses $140 dollars per hour should they get vaccine jab.
Posted by: Dale || 09/15/2021 13:14 Comments || Top||

Top Democrat on Senate committee slams Biden admin, US withdrawal from Afghanistan
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday blasted the Biden administration (aka the Wilmington comorra)
...the pack of self-imagined masterminds of strategy and intrigue at the service of the Biden Crime Family and a grateful nation...
over its handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal and threatened to subpoena the US defense secretary to testify.

During the second day of a committee hearing on Afghanistan to question Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Senator Bob Menendez revealed that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin refused to testify. But Menendez said he might subpoena Austin "in the near future" if he does not step forward to testify.

"I expect that the [Defense] Secretary will avail himself to the committee in the near future. If he does not, I may consider the use of the committee’s subpoena power to compel him and others over the course of these last 20 years to testify," Menendez said.

"A full accounting of the US response to this crisis is not complete without the Pentagon, especially when it comes to understanding the complete collapse of the US-trained and funded Afghan military," he added.

While Menendez said the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan was the right move, he said the manner in which it was carried out was wrong.

The US withdrawal was "clearly and fatally flawed."

The Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
took over within days despite US intelligence reports suggesting that the Afghan government and army would be able to fend for themselves for at least two months.

And since then, the US has refused to recognize the Taliban-run government despite ongoing communication between the murderous Moslems and US officials.

Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under: Taliban/IEA

#1  The Pentagon and State Department obviously disagreed with this move. So they did it as poorly as they were able: abandoning Americans is something of a specialty of State. They did the same thing in Wuhan.
Posted by: Blinky Pholuling8616 || 09/15/2021 0:43 Comments || Top||

#2  /\ Yes, there definitely appears to be a rift between Foggy Bottom, DoD, the Klingon's and the White House. The closing of the Agency's Eagle Base well prior to final events was a shocker. My guess is Biden's White House handlers, disgusted with Foggy Bottom and the Agency, went the ill-fated 9/11 celebration charade by themselves. Blinken's body language is one of fearful and embarrassed conspirator. Biden's body language presents blissful ignorance and acute Sun Downers serenade.

Posted by: Besoeker || 09/15/2021 1:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Kabuki theater or some in the Party smelling blood in the water?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/15/2021 6:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Yes
Posted by: Elmomogum Lover of the Danes4553 || 09/15/2021 7:17 Comments || Top||

#5  There are reportedly an unknown number referred to as "some" high rankers in the Pentagon who recognized what General Milley's instructions amounted to and are willing to testify against him.

The totalitarian model would see these people suddenly disappear while a new calamitous crisis emerges to muster the media toward a new propaganda objective.

Posted by: Besoeker || 09/15/2021 7:23 Comments || Top||

#6  while a new calamitous crisis emerges to muster the media toward a new propaganda objective

Look! Over there! A white supremacist from Compton!

And new COVID variants. (Did I say 'delta'? I meant gamma. Er, chi. I mean, sigma.)
Posted by: Bubba Grundy5101 || 09/15/2021 7:32 Comments || Top||

#7  Did Menendez preface his remarks with "as a fellow pederast, I usually agree with President Biden... "
Posted by: Jean DuSable || 09/15/2021 16:02 Comments || Top||

#8  Is President Milley going to be asked to testify?
Posted by: Airandee || 09/15/2021 19:19 Comments || Top||

Government Corruption
Top general was so fearful Trump might spark war that he made secret calls to his Chinese counterpart, new Bob Woodward book says
This appears to be a developing story.
[WaPo] WaPo normalizes treason.
’Peril,’ by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, reveals that Gen. Mark A. Milley called his Chinese counterpart before the election and after Jan. 6 in a bid to avert armed conflict.

Twice in the final months of the Trump administration, the country’s top military officer was so fearful that the president’s actions might spark a war with China that he moved urgently to avert armed conflict.

In a pair of secret phone calls, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assured his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, that the United States would not strike, according to a new book by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa.

One call took place on Oct. 30, 2020, four days before the election that unseated President Trump, and the other on Jan. 8, 2021, two days after the Capitol siege carried out by his supporters in a quest to cancel the vote.

The first call was prompted by Milley’s review of intelligence suggesting the Chinese believed the United States was preparing to attack. That belief, the authors write, was based on tensions over military exercises in the South China Sea, and deepened by Trump’s belligerent rhetoric toward China.

"General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay," Milley told him. "We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you."

In the book’s account, Milley went so far as to pledge he would alert his counterpart in the event of a U.S. attack, stressing the rapport they’d established through a backchannel. "General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise."

Li took the chairman at his word, the authors write in the book, "Peril," which is set to be released next week.

In the second call, placed to address Chinese fears about the events of Jan. 6, Li wasn’t as easily assuaged, even after Milley promised him, "We are 100 percent steady. Everything’s fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes."

Li remained rattled, and Milley, who did not relay the conversation to Trump, according to the book, understood why. The chairman, 62 at the time and chosen by Trump in 2018, believed the president had suffered a mental decline after the election, the authors write, a view he communicated to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a phone call on Jan. 8. He agreed with her evaluation that Trump was unstable, according to a call transcript obtained by the authors.

Believing that China could lash out if it felt at risk from an unpredictable and vengeful American president, Milley took action. The same day, he called the admiral overseeing the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the military unit responsible for Asia and the Pacific region, and recommended postponing the military exercises, according to the book. The admiral complied.

Milley also summoned senior officers to review the procedures for launching nuclear weapons, saying the president alone could give the order — but, crucially, that he, Milley, also had to be involved. Looking each in the eye, Milley asked the officers to affirm that they had understood, the authors write, in what he considered an "oath."

The chairman knew that he was "pulling a Schlesinger," the authors write, resorting to measures resembling the ones taken in August 1974 by James R. Schlesinger, the secretary of defense at the time. Schlesinger told military officials to check with him and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs before carrying out orders from President Richard M. Nixon, who was facing impeachment at the time.

Though Milley went furthest in seeking to stave off a national security crisis, his alarm was shared throughout the highest ranks of the administration, the authors reveal. CIA Director Gina Haspel, for instance, reportedly told Milley, "We are on the way to a right-wing coup."

Everyone is jumping on this story. Courtesy of Anomalous Sources:
Hilarious: Mark Milley Has Even Lost Alexander Vindman Now
[RedState] Well, when even Alexander ("The Battle of Krispy Kreme" casualty) Vindman , the guy who thought he had a right to dictate policy rather than Trump, thinks this is a problem, then you know how bad it really is.

Tucker Carlson courtesy of Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589:

Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 gives us Ace’s response:
Coup: Milley Secretly Took Control of the Military, Despite Not Being Elected to Any Office; Totalitarian Press Cheers

Finally, badanov points out that the author Mr. Woodward has a longstanding problem with the factuality of his “facts”, which may mean this is all a tempest in a teapot, in which case I have to wonder what the good general did to merit being thrown to the wolves by his own side:
Richard Grenell Calls Report About Milley Helping the Chinese ‘Gossip and Innuendo:’

On the third hand:

Posted by: Greager Angeash7687 || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [542 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#2  "General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise."

Why isn't this person facing charges of Treason?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/14/2021 15:51 Comments || Top||

#3  "Perhaps you'd prefer to avoid the red tape":

Posted by: badanov || 09/15/2021 0:04 Comments || Top||

#4  It sounds like Milley & Pelosi (& others) were in agreement that Trump was not mentally competent to exercise the responsibilities of the office so instead of following the Constitutionally provided path to address it they did so unilaterally. (I guess since Biden was already mentally incompetent when elected there is no concern that his abilities have declined?)
Posted by: Glenmore || 09/15/2021 1:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Appears the so-called January 6th insurrection came a bit sooner than January 6th. So does Milley have the 'Football' now, or did he hand it off to a senile old pedophile ?

More coming on this one I am sure.

Posted by: Besoeker || 09/15/2021 1:26 Comments || Top||

#6  It doesn't matter, nothing will be done about this and the left will get away with actual treason. If this POS had any honor, he'd decorate the ceiling. Since he doesn't, nothing will happen and it will just accelerate the rot in the military.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 09/15/2021 1:52 Comments || Top||

#7  In Feb of this year the Dems "asked" Biden to give up sole authority to launch nukes. That would make 2 consecutive admins where POTUS has been removed from chain of command. So, who has the football?
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 09/15/2021 2:20 Comments || Top||

#8  That it was done, doesn't surprise me - probably not the first time too. That it was made public, does.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/15/2021 2:38 Comments || Top||

#9  I suggest he wouldnt fall on his sword so he's being pushed on it.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 09/15/2021 3:23 Comments || Top||

#10  Woodward?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/15/2021 6:27 Comments || Top||

#11  So Milley knows Trump for 4 years and knows Trump is first President in 40 years to not started a war but some how is so concerned he called China…. Milley spends 20 years at war with Taliban but has no clue what will happen if he bugs out of Afghanistan and walks away from Bagram Air base.
Posted by: Airandee || 09/15/2021 6:45 Comments || Top||

#12  I suspect the Brits made the WTF call. They monitor the Chinese quite aggressively and have no use for either Biden or the Chinese. My concern at the moment is what calamitous event or crisis will be used to usher the Milley affair into the memory hole.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/15/2021 7:07 Comments || Top||

#13  Serious question: Who TF is running our government now?
Posted by: Gerthudion Henbane1740 || 09/15/2021 7:09 Comments || Top||

#14  The 'who is running the gov't ques?' Perhaps this 1981 incident could provide a historical clue:

Al Haig and the Reagan Assassination Attempt — “I’m in control here”

When President Ronald Reagan was shot on March 30, 1981, chaos ensued behind the scenes at the White House. With no real protocol in place for such a situation, everyone involved had to improvise and hope that everything would turn out right. In an attempt to keep everyone calm, Al Haig, Reagan’s Secretary of State, committed a PR faux pas — and showed a glaring lapse in basic knowledge of the Constitution — by telling the press that he was in control while the President was in surgery. Unaware of just how serious the President’s condition really was, key officials began to do their best damage control and keep not only the reporters calm but the country and the world at large.

Posted by: Besoeker || 09/15/2021 7:17 Comments || Top||

#15  Blinken makes a poor Haig. Not him.
Kackle-a Harris is a flake and a foolish skank - not her.

Biden's NSC staff are inept. Maybe there's a gray cardinal among his aides but they're just hacks and Biden family hangers-on from way back.

That leaves the Democratic Party machers.

Occam's razor points to the Kalorama Compound
Posted by: Enver Juck9259 || 09/15/2021 7:23 Comments || Top||

#16  When the military began lying re troop deployments in Syria, they effectively deposed Trump as CIC.

The coup started years before the election.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 09/15/2021 7:27 Comments || Top||

#17  My point at 14 (which I failed to articulate) was the obvious deviation from the established constitutional process.

Yes, until something more plausible surfaces, Milley in league with the Dems appears to be the default.

Excellent point at #16.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/15/2021 7:31 Comments || Top||

#18  Asfor the WH's and their associates' motivation revealing this:

Are they planning to turn Milley into a Lin Biao figure, ultimately to take the complete blame for the AFG fiasco?

Or are they just forced to admit what can't be denied because they anticipate the Brits leaking this to the public?
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 09/15/2021 7:56 Comments || Top||

#19  Thinking a bit out of the box here.

Let us suppose that the Chinese goal of a Trump defeat was successful. The Chinese then move on to goal number two, the outing (betrayal) of a known US collaborator (Milley) and the division or destruction of the US military leadership ?

Burning or disposing of old sources for political gain, not exactly a new concept. Perhaps the latest Milley communique with the Chinese, was not his first.

Posted by: Besoeker || 09/15/2021 7:57 Comments || Top||

#21  At the point where you have Vindman mouthing the right's talking points, you have a sorta schizophrenic deep state...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 8:18 Comments || Top||

#22  My concern at the moment is what calamitous event or crisis will be used to usher the Milley affair into the memory hole.

Something Important Happening at 5:00 PM Today: Report
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/15/2021 8:48 Comments || Top||


Does any one really expect to see him drawn and quartered?

Posted by: NN2N1 || 09/15/2021 9:28 Comments || Top||

#24  Milley resignation to avoid Congressional testimony ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/15/2021 9:45 Comments || Top||

#25  He's an easy man to dislike insofar as what is publicly known of him. But I am skeptical, there are an awful lot of 'in the room quotes' and very specific as well. Personal experience leaves no doubt that sewer of a town is infested with faithless backstabbers and equally thoroughly modern Milly isn't to be respected, but there sure is a lot of precise dialogue.
Posted by: Cesare || 09/15/2021 10:23 Comments || Top||

#26  #12. This gives a slight peek into the separate worlds involved in the present defense vs. Intel community struggle. The Afghanistan debacle is going to require scapegoats and the CIA (through its toady Woodward) have made its move. We shall see if the Pentagon suffers this stab in the back without a response. Tangentially, there must be a great deal of truth in the Woodward report or if Milley had been innocent of charges he would have been in front of a Pentagon before the day ended.
Posted by: Bertie Crains2651 || 09/15/2021 10:34 Comments || Top||

#27  /\ Excellent assessment. Yes, historical rivals. I predict the Klingons will likely prevail.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/15/2021 10:41 Comments || Top||

#28  Yes. While the Wokegon is playing with itself, Langley is several steps ahead. Milley must be wondering how much stupid stuff he said into a phone is being primed for distribution far and wide.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 10:45 Comments || Top||

#29  But let's not fall into the trap the lefties have landed in, rooting for what they used to despise.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 10:46 Comments || Top||

#30  how much stupid stuff he said into a phone is being primed for distribution far and wide.

Milley knowingly told the Chicoms this 'stupid stuff,' provided the reports are true.

Even if he had reason to assume there was no one listening in he knowingly(!) gave kompromat on himself to the CCP.

Why would any remotely rational actor do such a thing?
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 09/15/2021 11:10 Comments || Top||

#31  ^ He figured there will never be another president that's not dem or GOPe?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 11:15 Comments || Top||

#32  Even if he had reason to assume there was no one listening in

Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 11:16 Comments || Top||

#33  ^ This is why all the real moves are being made by people who are off the radar, never make phone calls, etc.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 11:18 Comments || Top||

#34  Pardon us, World. We are experiencing a bit of difficulty.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/15/2021 11:26 Comments || Top||

#35  "General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise."

Why would he even say such a thing unless serious people really were or are considering an attack? And, as far as I'm concerned, China attacked us with Covid-19. But then, treasonous Fauci was in on it and we must wonder who else was in on it. And then we have Skidmark's link at #22 which is concerning. I'm afraid I never did build that fallout shelter.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/15/2021 12:18 Comments || Top||

#36  Helluva thing to start a shooting war with China just to divert attention from the collusion with China to swing the 2020 election.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/15/2021 12:21 Comments || Top||

#37  #33. Correctamundo. Recall that following Rogers crucial visit with Trump the NSA worked to ensure that such a move could not occur again. The NSA has burrowed deeper into the Deep State and is working practically without any supervision. (E.g. NSA operation in Utah.) It supports the Intel cabal because the NSA knows that if there is a budget reduction it is bound to suffer most. It will continue to provide Milley telephone calls as long as they are useful.
Posted by: Bertie Crains2651 || 09/15/2021 12:43 Comments || Top||

#38  OSINT reporting that the 5pm event is some sort of USA/Aussie/UK and somebody else:

Posted by: NoMoreBS || 09/15/2021 13:16 Comments || Top||

#39  Sure looks like a totally wrong call on my part since it would appear the general has responded without a hint of denial, or as they say in the old country, a defacto admission. I just have so little faith in Woodward I don't think he could uphold the broken clock standard.
Posted by: Cesare || 09/15/2021 13:22 Comments || Top||

#40  Perhaps the rumors, er reports, of the FVEY intercepted calls are meant to flush out the Pentagon GO's that overheard or participated in Milley's conspiracy.

Co-conspirators that don't make a deal will get the same treatment as the originator of the treason. All the co-conspirators have to do is look out their e-corridor office window toward the old gallows site at Fort McNair across the river to remind themselves of such.
Posted by: Tennessee || 09/15/2021 13:24 Comments || Top||

#41  Milley says he did do this but he assured us that there is nothing to see here as its common practice for top generals to talk with their counterparts in other countries.

Gen. MacArthur was fired by POTUS Truman for this kind backdoor dealing: From wiki:

In March 1951 secret United States intercepts of diplomatic dispatches disclosed clandestine conversations in which General MacArthur expressed confidence to the Tokyo embassies of Spain and Portugal that he would succeed in expanding the Korean War into a full-scale conflict with the Chinese Communists. When the intercepts came to the attention of President Truman, he was enraged to learn that MacArthur was not only trying to increase public support for his position on conducting the war, but had secretly informed foreign governments that he planned to initiate actions that were counter to United States policy. The President was unable to act immediately since he could not afford to reveal the existence of the intercepts and because of MacArthur's popularity with the public and political support in Congress. However, following the release on 5 April by Representative Martin of MacArthur's letter, Truman concluded he could relieve MacArthur of his commands without incurring unacceptable political damage.

Ridgway took over the duties of conducting the Korean War, often referred to as the "Forgotten War."

I doubt that Milley will be fired over this and other screw ups but he should. Things seem to be in a free-fall in D.C. with the remnants of the Obama administration still influencing things.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/15/2021 14:40 Comments || Top||

#42  Until China's General Milley is removed Taiwan needs to be on red alert. Under their mole Milley the Chinese know US will do nothing counter effectively to an invasion of Taiwan.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 09/15/2021 14:55 Comments || Top||

#43  Burning or disposing of old sources for political gain, not exactly a new concept. Perhaps the latest Milley communique with the Chinese, was not his first.

Yup. It's not the phone call in particular that bugs me, it's the last twenty months of stony silence...
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 09/15/2021 14:57 Comments || Top||

#44  Speaker Pelosi is up to her eyeballs in the Milley phone call conspiracy
Posted by: badanov || 09/15/2021 16:25 Comments || Top||

#45  Hmmm if I were the Chinese general in charge and the highest US general called me and said that his President is kinda unstable but the military would make sure the President won't be able to attack...


But then again, I bet Woodward inflated the whole story in order to make it match his own ego.
Posted by: European Conservative || 09/15/2021 17:25 Comments || Top||


Kommies are in a constant state of alarm.
Posted by: badanov || 09/15/2021 17:34 Comments || Top||

#47  I guess with Biden they won't have to.
Posted by: European Conservative || 09/15/2021 17:37 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Biden told Joe Manchin 'you're really f***ing me' in last-ditch phone call to get senator to back his $1.9T stimulus deal
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/15/2021 06:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Again, the Founders got it mostly right. the Senate acts as the brakes of the Republic. Manchin may well still be a senator after Bidet is retired. He has to think that way.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 8:25 Comments || Top||

#2  President Biden allegedly called Senator Joe Manchin back in March 2020 and said that if he didn't back his $1.9T stimulus package, 'you're really f***ing me'
According to a book by Washington Post journalists, the phone call took place on March 5 - one day before Senate voted on Biden's 'American Rescue Plan'
Manchin ended up voting with majority of the democratic lawmakers and the relief package was passed in a 50-49 vote
Posted by: Frank G || 09/15/2021 9:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, Biden is f***ing with most of America. Seems fair.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/15/2021 9:01 Comments || Top||

#4  F*ckers get f*cked. It's a great basic law of the Universe.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 10:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Manchin is the most devious and cowardly member of the Senate. From now on a fence sitter with no conviction should be called "a Manchin."
Posted by: Bertie Crains2651 || 09/15/2021 10:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Actually, Ben "Nighthorse" Campbell was the prototype.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 10:31 Comments || Top||

#7  Kind of interesting that we're getting more & more leaked Biden phone calls, isn't it?
Posted by: Raj || 09/15/2021 11:07 Comments || Top||

#8  Kind of feels like a tempo.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/15/2021 14:02 Comments || Top||

#9  According to the article, this is also from the same Bob Woodward book that revealed General Milley’s phone call to his Chinese counterpart.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2021 19:52 Comments || Top||

California Governor Newsom defeats recall effort in landslide
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/15/2021 03:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The fix was in. There was never any doubt of the outcome.
Posted by: Blinky Pholuling8616 || 09/15/2021 6:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Institutionalized white male privilege triumphs over blacks. Alinsky them.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/15/2021 6:23 Comments || Top||

#3  surprise, surprise

absentee balloting works as designed.
outcomes manufactured to order
Posted by: Glinerong Phinesing7896 || 09/15/2021 6:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Elder was only a compelling candidate to the sorts of people who never saw the flaws in Allen West, Kim Klacik or other such "somewhat charismatic but otherwise politically lightweight" GOP toss-offs.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 8:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Just surprised they didn't announce the results before the election - after all that is when they counted the votes.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/15/2021 8:34 Comments || Top||

#6  The printing presses have won again.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 09/15/2021 9:22 Comments || Top||

#7  Two to one. French Laundry booked months ago.
Posted by: KBK || 09/15/2021 9:37 Comments || Top||

#8  Climate change is supposedly a big deal
Kamala Harris took a 13 hour flight, flew 5,000 miles and generated 250 thousand pounds of carbon dioxide for a 12 minute campaign speech.
Posted by: Jan || 09/15/2021 9:38 Comments || Top||

#9  If Biden somehow got 81 million votes, this one was preordained as well.
Posted by: Raj || 09/15/2021 11:00 Comments || Top||

#10  Elder was only a compelling candidate to the sorts of people who never saw the flaws in Allen West, Kim Klacik or other such "somewhat charismatic but otherwise politically lightweight" GOP toss-offs.

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/15/2021 11:52 Comments || Top||

#11  I'm getting flamed hard for stating the obvious over at Disqus, which basically lays out the problem in stark terms.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 12:29 Comments || Top||

#12  © Dominion Systems
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 09/15/2021 14:33 Comments || Top||

#13  The Demoncrats really have this faux balloting down to an art.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 09/15/2021 19:32 Comments || Top||

#14  Certainly would interesting to get a statistician's take on the voting patterns.

However, as I understand, registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by 2:1 which is pretty much how the election broke.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/15/2021 19:49 Comments || Top||

Sen. Paul grills Antony Blinken over target of US drone strike
[NYPOST] Sen. Rand Paul grilled Secretary of State Antony Blinken over whether the US actually knows whether a dronezap in Afghanistan killed an ISIS-K terrorist or an aid worker — adding,"You’d think you’d kind of know before you off someone," after Blinken failed to provide a straight answer.

During a Senate Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Afghanistan on Tuesday, Paul (R-Ky.) pressed Blinken about last month’s drone attack in Kabul, which reportedly accidentally targeted an aid worker, not a terrorist.

The Republican senator questioned Blinken over the identity of the person the Biden administration, the same old faces in slightly different places, the same old ideas, the same old graft
...knaves, footpads, and adjusters employed by the Biden Crime Family. They leave a trail of havoc everywhere they turn their attention, be it the nation's borders, the Keystone XL Pipeline, or epidemics, sometimes on purpose, most times through sheer arrogant ineptitude. They learnt this stuff in college, you know...
"droned" after reports emerged that an innocent aid worker and his family were killed instead of the intended ISIS-K target.

The secretary of state told the hearing that the identity of the person was still being reviewed.

"So you don’t know or won’t tell us?" Paul pressed the nation’s top diplomat. "I don’t, I don’t know, because we’re reviewing it," Blinken responded.

Paul hit back: "You think you’d kind of know before you off somebody with a Predator drone whether he’s an aid worker or he’s ISIS-K."

The senator warned that the strike would result in "blowback" by inspiring hundreds to join terror groups over the killing of innocent people.

"And the thing is there is blowback to that. I mean I don’t know if it’s true, but I see these pictures of these beautiful children that were killed in the attack. If that’s true, and not propaganda, if that’s true, guess what: Maybe you’re created hundreds or thousands of new potential Death Eaters from bombing the wrong people," he said.

"So you got to know. You can’t have an investigation after we kill people, we have an investigation before we kill people."

Then, speaking about the millions of dollars of military equipment the US left behind at Bagram Air Base, including Black Hawk helicopters and armored vehicles seized by the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
, Paul suggested the administration should have bombed the base instead.

"I mean, even though you said you didn’t know any of this and was all surprised. Once they took all of our stuff, we should have said, ’You got 20 minutes to get out of it because we’re going to blow it all up,’" Paul said.

"Then you would have sent a message of strength. Instead we found somebody who we’re not sure whether it was an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative. See, that’s not, that’s not sending a signal of strength, and in the end there will be more blowback from it if you killed an aid worker on accident," he continued.

Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Rand Paul impresses me a lot more than his father ever did.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 8:44 Comments || Top||

#2  A minor embarrassment. It'll all be forgotten in a day or two.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/15/2021 12:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Audit the Fed! Buy gold. Heaven help us...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 12:31 Comments || Top||

Hawley threatens hold on State, Defense noms unless Blinken, Austin, Sullivan resign
[NYPOST] Sen. Josh Hawley is threatening to place a hold on all of President Joe Biden
...... 46th president of the U.S. We get to suffer the consequences. So does Afghanistan, aka Biden's Bungle......
’s civilian nominees for positions at the Department of Defense and the State Department at the secretary and deputy levels unless Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan resign over the administration’s chaotic troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Hawley argued that the Biden administration (aka the Wilmington comorra)
...the gang of subgeniuses trying to pass themselves off as the adults in charge of the series of calamities characteristic of the administration of a mentally challenged geriatric case...
has failed to take responsibility for the botched withdrawal that led to the deaths of 13 US servicemembers and at least 100 Americans left stranded, and that his move is necessary to hold those at the top accountable.

"This was never necessary. It did not have to be this way and it shouldn’t have been. Joe The Big Guy Biden
...46th president of the U.S. I'm not working for you. Don't be such a horse's ass. Don't say he didn't warn us...
is responsible for today’s failure and now there must be accountability. Instead, the president’s team is even now coming to Capitol Hill and blaming others, shirking responsibility — that’s cowardly. And I, for one, am not willing to look the other way," he said on the Senate floor on Tuesday afternoon.

"So let me be clear, I will not consent to the nomination of any nominee for the Department of Defense or for the Department of State until Secretary Austin and Secretary Blinken and Jake Sullivan resign — leaders take responsibility for their failures and the failure of these individuals, the failure of this administration has cost Americans their lives and has left American civilians to the enemy. There must be accountability and there must be a new start."

In addition to calling for the administration officials’ resignations, Hawley went as far as calling for President Biden’s resignation over his "disgraceful" handling of the withdrawal, slamming his remarks calling the evacuation a "success."

"This president is a disgrace. His behavior is disgraceful. He has dishonored this country with his shameful leadership in this crisis and it is time for him to resign," he said.

"And if he had the responsibility of leadership, he would resign for the crisis that he has himself led this nation into and the responsibility he bears for the lives that have been lost and for the American citizens who are even now as I speak trapped in Afghanistan, left to the enemy because of his failures and his shameful, disgraceful leadership."

Hawley’s vow to blockade nominees could lead to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
...Senator-for-life from New York, renowned for his love of standing in front of cameras and microphones. Schumer has been a professional politician since 1975, when disco was in flower, which is 45.77634 years, or 320.43438 years in dog years. Senate minority leader as of 2017...
(D-N.Y.) to take procedural steps to confirm individuals who would likely easily pass by voice vote.

The move comes as Blinken faced heated criticism from members on both sides of the aisle during a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing, where politicians grilled the secretary on an array of missteps that critics argue alienated US allies, weakened the country’s ability to gather intel from adversaries in the region and potentially heighten the risk of an attack on the homeland.
Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Grandstanding for the cameras. He's obviously not serious.
Posted by: Blinky Pholuling8616 || 09/15/2021 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  No one will resign or be fired. The train is going too fast. Everyone will remain on board until reaching the station. The political (Executive and Legislative) structure of the Republic appears to be circling the drain.

A modern-day military coup d'état may be unfolding.

Posted by: Besoeker || 09/15/2021 1:47 Comments || Top||

#3  That these obviously incompetent, shameless diversity hacks have not resigned is itself evidence that a coup has begun.

Q. What civilized country would tolerate the spectacular display of criminal neglect, stupidity and lying that we have seen in Team Biden's handling of AFGH these last several months?

A. Only an authoritarian state would tolerate this. Our democracy is tottering.
Posted by: Large Greatch5863 || 09/15/2021 6:06 Comments || Top||

#4  ...its been an oligarchy for decades.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/15/2021 8:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Always remember, when you trade in a Jason Chaffetz type, you usually don't get to trade up...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 8:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Good film...

Posted by: Warthog || 09/15/2021 10:15 Comments || Top||

Amnesty Alert: Proposed Bill ‘Blows Away All Numerical Limits' on Employer-Based Green Cards ‐ for an Entire Decade
They do like their drama in the House, but most of those bills never make it out of committee, let alone get passed and sent up to the Senate. Still, it is revealing what the radical Democrats would like to do, if only they could persuade their centrists to go along with their stupid ideas.
[Breitbart] The Democrats’ proposed amnesty for migrants creates a hidden pipeline for U.S. employers to flood more cheap foreign graduates into millions of middle-class careers needed by American graduates.

’This is the American aristocratic class being rewarded for being in financial bed with the Democratic Party," said Robert Law, director of regulatory affairs and policy for the Center for Immigration Studies.

Democrat leaders "are blowing away all the numerical limits" on employers offering green cards to employees, said Rosemary Jenks, policy director for NumbersUSA. "There’s no limit anywhere."

The bill was revealed Friday, and on Monday, was quickly rushed through the House judiciary committee without C-SPAN coverage. Mark Zuckerberg’s astroturf empire is marketing it as a relief bill for deserving illegal migrants — but it boosts investors by dramatically expanding the flow of cheap workers, government-funded consumers, and room-sharing renters into the U.S. economy. Democrat leaders hope to squeeze the bill through the Senate via the 50-vote reconciliation process.

The expanded foreign worker pipeline will remain open until at least September 2031, even though many millions of Americans will need jobs during the next ten years after they graduate with debts and degrees in health care, accounting, teaching, business, design, science, technology, or engineering. "If you’re in the pipeline by September 30, 2031, you’re in [the 2021 amnesty bill]," Jenks added.

The new pipeline is created in Section 60003 on page 12 of the draft bill, which says, "The secretary of State shall exempt an alien (and the spouse and children of each alien) from the numerical limitations described in sections 201, 202, and 203."

Section 201 sets annual limits of 226,000 green cards for "family-sponsored preference" and the "employer-based" green cards that companies can offer to cooperative foreign workers. Section 202 sets so-called country caps for Indian or Chinese workers who are trying to earn green cards via their employers.

The white-collar pipeline is hidden under obscure legal references, and it connects and widens existing pipelines that are unmentioned in the amnesty bill. The pipelines include the well-known H-1B program and the little-known but huge Optional Practical Training (OPT) program invented by deputies working for President George W. Bush. A similar pipeline expansion was included in the January immigration bill introduced by Biden’s deputies.

The imported visa workers are fed into an indentured workforce that now includes at least one million foreign graduates, including J-1 science workers, L-1 managers, and Curricular Practical Training students. The workforce also includes an uncertain number of illegal white-collar workers, including B-1/B-2 visitors.

These pipelines bring roughly 600,000 foreign graduates into the U.S. workforce each year — although about half leave after two to three years — even as about 800,000 Americans graduate from four-year c0lleges with technology-intensive degrees, such as engineering, health care, management, science, software, and architecture.

The draft bill also allows the roughly one million foreign students in the United States into the green card pipeline — along with all future foreign college graduates who get into the pipeline by late 2031.
Posted by: Greager Angeash7687 || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They really hate us, don't they?

We can no longer share the same country with these people. They aren't even coy about it: they really do want to destroy our country.

They call it "transformation" but the goal is clear: eliminate entirely our form of govt and our western heritage with their commitment to rule of law, limited government, equal opportunity not equal outcomes, judaeo-christian family and communal norms etc
Posted by: Tarzan Slomorong4559 || 09/15/2021 6:54 Comments || Top||

#2  I've been of the attitude of "Fuck you, it's war." for a while. Just waiting for everyone else to decide to go kinetic.
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/15/2021 15:01 Comments || Top||

Biden, 78, coughs and splutters his way through ENTIRE speech endorsing Gov. Newsom in recall election today as he brands GOP rival Larry Elder a 'Trump clone'
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But for all that, we will hear that Joe is a "masterful political persuader" from the lib media now.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 8:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Is Newsom democrat enough to be Biden's replacement?
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/15/2021 9:13 Comments || Top||

#3  He DID just survive an impeachment attempt.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/15/2021 10:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Harris/Newsom...now there's a ticket for you.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/15/2021 12:31 Comments || Top||

#5  There's a "hair theory of politics" and you'd be dumb to not at least understand it. We will also now get the "Comeback Kid" narrative that Billy Jeff worked so well.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 12:37 Comments || Top||

#6  Like impeachment, recall is a waste of time as all outside the election cycle moves tend to be. The real lesson here is what a horrendous loser Gray Davis was. An outlier. How many people who put time / effort / money into this recall are now disillusioned? A lot. And it distracts from the fact that the Cali GOPe is as bad as it gets.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 12:42 Comments || Top||

#7  The upside is, when someone starts mumbling Allen West this, Matt Gaetz that, I can turn back to my cocktail.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 12:46 Comments || Top||

#8  $80 Million from Dems/Tech/Unions had a lot to do with this loss
Posted by: Frank G || 09/15/2021 12:48 Comments || Top||

#9  Yep, Frank. When you aren't buttering anyone's bread, you are a lonely soul.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 12:53 Comments || Top||

#10  Re #4: Isn't there a law or a tradition the the President and Vice President can't come from the same state?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 09/15/2021 13:22 Comments || Top||

#11  If there's such a law, what does that matter these days? If it's a tradition, how quaint.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 13:31 Comments || Top||

#12  #8 $80 Million from Dems/Tech/Unions had a lot to do with this loss

In Michigan there is a loophole/feature in the campaign finance laws that if you are the incumbent targeted in a recall campaign, there are no limits on financing. This does not apply to the challengers who are limited by the usual rules. I believe California has a similar set of laws. Corrections welcome.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/15/2021 13:50 Comments || Top||

#13  ^ correct
Posted by: Frank G || 09/15/2021 16:15 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 09/15/2021 18:32 Comments || Top||

#15  He was successful.
Posted by: Glenmore || 09/15/2021 19:55 Comments || Top||

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