• acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 04:34 PM
    Has anyone read this Sinclair Lewis classic? I highly recommend it. Wait till Buzz takes charge of us. A real Fascist dictatorship!" "Nonsense! Nonsense!" snorted Tasbrough. "That couldn't happen here in America, not possibly! We're a country of freemen." "The answer to that," suggested Doremus Jessup, "if Mr. Falck will forgive me, is 'the hell it can't!' Why, there's no country in the world that can get more hysterical--yes, or more obsequious!--than America. Look how Huey Long became absolute monarch over Louisiana, and how the Right Honorable Mr. Senator Berzelius Windrip owns his State. Listen to Bishop Prang and Father Coughlin on the radio--divine oracles, to millions. Remember how casually most Americans have accepted Tammany grafting and Chicago gangs and the crookedness of so many of President Harding's appointees? Could Hitler's bunch, or Windrip's, be worse? Remember the Kuklux Klan? Remember our war hysteria, when we called sauerkraut 'Liberty cabbage' and somebody actually proposed calling German measles 'Liberty measles'? And wartime censorship of honest papers? Bad as Russia! Remember our kissing the--well, the feet of Billy Sunday, the million-dollar evangelist, and of Aimée McPherson, who swam from the Pacific Ocean clear into the Arizona desert and got away with it? Remember Voliva and Mother Eddy? . . . Remember our Red scares and our Catholic scares, when all well-informed people knew that the O.G.P.U. were hiding out in Oskaloosa, and the Republicans campaigning against Al Smith told the Carolina mountaineers that if Al won the Pope would Illegitimatize their children? Remember Tom Heflin and Tom Dixon? Remember when the hick legislators in certain states, in obedience to William Jennings Bryan, who learned his biology from his pious old grandma, set up shop as scientific experts and made the whole world laugh itself sick by forbidding the teaching of evolution? . . . Remember the Kentucky night-riders? Remember how trainloads of people have gone to enjoy lynchings? Not happen here? Prohibition--shooting down people just because they might be transporting liquor--no, that couldn't happen In America! Why, where in all history has there ever been a people so ripe for a dictatorship as ours! We're ready to start on a Children's Crusade--only of adults--right now, and the Right Reverend Abbots Windrip and Prang are all ready to lead it!"
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  • dannno's Avatar
    Today, 03:51 PM
    Kash Patel said the same thing I said - what I like to call the Michael Scott "I DECLARE BANKRUPTCY!!" theory on the President declassifying documents. He can literally just stand over a bunch of documents and declassify them, without doing anything else. He doesn't have to tell anybody, he doesn't have to re-label anything. These people attacking Trump are trying to promote the idea that un-elected bureaucrats have more power over classification than the duly elected President.
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  • dannno's Avatar
    Today, 03:25 PM
    He declassified them while he was President. The President doesn't have to tell anybody. For example, if they are negotiating with a foreign leader, they may have to discuss classified information. For that purpose, the information is temporarily declassified so that he can discuss it with the foreign leader. Then it is reclassified for all intents and purposes. That all happens in the President's noggin, and nobody else needs to know. That is in the Constitution. I'm not really sure I've heard a strong argument for having information in the government classified in the first place. I could be persuaded otherwise, but I also like the idea that the government be fully transparent. So you may be arguing with the wrong person.
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    Today, 03:17 PM
    I'm sure it works a damned sight better than any new four-wheeler electric sold in the U.S. because legally, it's a motorcycle. Therefore, no air bags, no monster bumpers that absorb jogging-speed impacts, no side door guard beams, no... Well, the list is very long. But those three items have already saved somewhere between 500 and 1000 pounds.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 03:10 PM
    Yeah, good luck. Ever see Inherit the Wind?
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    Today, 02:46 PM
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    Today, 02:44 PM
    Most transmissions use Gears.. and though they have not released any Specs,, some can be deduced.. It is ALL Wheel Drive. Shift points are Artificially Software generated,, to the 4 independent motors. Likely Hub Motors. (could use 2 motors and a drive axle, but I think 4 with Performance in mind) Just as the sound is artificially generated.
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  • dannno's Avatar
    Today, 02:09 PM
    Trump didn't do that, but yes, he could. He said anything he took to his house was de-facto declassified. So he told people. But he didn't even have to do that. He went above an beyond what was required. In other words, if anybody has any question as to whether something was declassified or not, one simply only needs to ask Trump himself.
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    Today, 01:11 PM
    They aren't so great at hauling freight. But I think they should be brought back for passenger service, for the same reason passenger trains were streamlined. No, not because steamers cut through the air better. As an employee of either the Union Pacific or the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy said to someone who was asking about the finer points of slicing through the air in 1934, streamlining wasn't about wind resistance. It was about reducing customer resistance. You aren't the only person who doesn't much ride trains, but just might if there was a steam-hauled sample handy. What this has to do with Dodges I'm sure I don't know. But I like to share that theory.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 01:02 PM
    These apologists don't seem to care about Congress. They don't even adhere to Nixon's, "If the president does it, then it's not illegal.". They figure that does apply, but only to Republican presidents.
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    Today, 12:31 PM
    No, dannno, I'm not. It's a ridiculous straw man. I'm not questioning whether the president can declassify material, nor whether he (or she) should be able to. I'm merely asking a tree-falls-in-the-woods question. If he declassifies something and doesn't tell anyone, is it declassified? Do you believe in the rule of law or don't you? I hope you don't go around self-identifying as a libertarian, because you love power much too much. Either everyone in government goes on treating it as secret, which is yet another terrible waste of taxpayer money, or they try to guess what he declassified and let him choose who gets prosecuted or not. Why? Because he's the only person in the world who knows what is, and what is not. And what about historic research? Yes, you may research this history, and keep the citizenry informed. Only you can't, because no one knows that, and won't let you see it. There is no other point I can see to secretly making something not secret but to selectively entrap people. None. So, why are you fervently defending Trump's right to engage in entrapment?
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    Today, 12:16 PM
    Not exactly modest of me to post this...
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  • dannno's Avatar
    Today, 12:15 PM
    No, I'm following the Constitution and allowing the duly elected representative of the people to decide. You are trying to insinuate that un-elected bureaucrats should have more power than an elected official, which is a deep state, leftist talking point.
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    Today, 12:12 PM
    Of course, some of us rather like coal-powered vehicles. It's a funny thing that those who despise coal-powered vehicles the most have the least clue if they're riding in one or not.
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    Today, 12:11 PM
    The Constitution gives supreme power to the President since the President is the commander in chief of the military. Classification of documents is related to national security, which is a function of the military. https://sgp.fas.org/crs/secrecy/RS21900.pdf
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    Today, 12:03 PM
    Oh? So every department with classified materials sent someone to help him pack? They knew what was carted out was declassified, but they knew not what was carried out. Therefore, they didn't know any of the things I suggested they just might need to know. Einstein. You're not even trying to think this through. You're just grasping at excuses for your golden calf.
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    Today, 11:59 AM
    That depends on your point of view. Is a generator with its shaft connected to the flywheel a real transmission? Most gearheads say no, no. But any real railroader says yes, yes.
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    Today, 11:47 AM
    Is that in the Constitution somewhere?
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    Today, 11:46 AM
    If you read the article, Trump basically said anything he took to his house was de-facto declassified. So they knew.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Today, 11:41 AM
    More so than the Mach-E that is not a Mustang.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Today, 11:37 AM
    A lot,,and full redesign. You would need a Real Transmission and Drive Train.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 11:33 AM
    LOL Not the same "it". Yes, I see the similarity. But there's a difference between wearing a shower curtain and an oversized adult diaper.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 11:30 AM
    That's what you get for promising to drain the swamp, and then going all swampy. He could have released stuff like that. He promised to release stuff like that. Instead, what? He wanted to set up his own blackmail network? He had his chance to cut the puppet strings and put the marionettes in jail, but instead he tried to grab the strings so they'd dance to his tune? The untouchable Alpha Very Stable Genius overreached, and failed. Not a selling point. Someone who couldn't foresee this move isn't even a competent checkers player.
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    Today, 11:18 AM
    acptulsa replied to a thread Crenshaw 2024? in Liberty Campaigns
    So, we're supposed to believe this guy when he says he represents the right? He can't even see the right.
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    Today, 11:13 AM
    The thing we don't want to be the case any more is the rather obvious fact that even when they lose, they win. I'll let you in on a little secret: I vote a lot. I vote in every Republican primary. And after I've tried and failed to help Republicans put a conservative on the general election ballot, well? At that point, what's the point?
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    Today, 11:06 AM
    So, let's declassify something and not tell anyone. Let's keep the fact that it's no longer secret a secret. I can't tell you if it's classified or not because whether it's classified is more classified than it is. What possible purpose could that serve but entrapment? That, or getting Chinese spies off the hook. Oh, I like this spy for China, so I'll say that hasn't been secret since I was president. But that one never gave me a bribe Christmas present so the fact that the secrets they gave to China aren't secret will remain my little secret. After all, nothing says Fiscal Responsibility like having thousands of federal employees guarding something they might as well email to Alex Jones. It's asinine.
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    Today, 10:56 AM
    Note the pronouns is "they", not "he". As in, yes, Biden is doing it, but he didn't start it.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 10:53 AM
    Well, you definitely don't want to talk about it then. Certainly not around here where we can and will shovel a ton of evidence under your nose. So where do you get off lecturing us about "throwing votes away"?
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    Today, 10:31 AM
    This sounds like one of those stories where the content 'pretty much' doesn't match the headline. https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-raid-claim-instantly-declassify-documents-is-bs-leon-panetta-2022-8 "They have something to say" "There is a process"
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