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    Today, 01:13 AM
    I just researched this case and found The Washington Examiner got the story wrong! These girls will be involuntarily committed up to the age of 21. This who thread is based on bad reporting. Here are the actual facts of the deal. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9437615/Two-teenage-girls-accused-car-jacking-killing-Uber-Eats-driver-reach-plea-deal.html Two teen girls accused of car-jacking and killing Uber Eats driver in D.C. 'reach plea deal ensuring they'll not be held past age of 21 or go to prison' Two girls, ages 13 and 15, who were charged with the murder and carjacking of a Mohammad Anwar, 66, in DC , have reportedly reached a plea deal On Monday, the teens are said to have reached the deal with prosecutors that would ensure they won't be held past age of 21 nor be placed in a prison facility Anwar died when police said the girls, armed with a taser, sped off in his car as he clung to the driver's side with the door open and crashed seconds later
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  • jmdrake's Avatar
    Today, 12:41 AM
    Edit: This whole thread is based on a false narrative. The OP article got the plea deal wrong. The girls, since they are charged as juveniles, face involuntary commitment at a juvenile facility up to the age of 21.
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  • jmdrake's Avatar
    Today, 12:16 AM
    I was pointing out that 18 is the magic number. The white street racer who got hard time at 18 is in the same category as the black woman street racer who is facing hard time as both are over 18. If Matt Gaetz did get with a 17 year old he as under the magic number. That said, apparently his buddy, that took $900 from Matt and distributed to 3 different women under dubious circumstances, has pleaded to trafficking of a woman under 18. Same woman? Seems quite possible at this point.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    Island volcano erupts: "Cruise ships are evacuating people from the island, but only those vaccinated against COVID." https://twitter.com/LPMisesCaucus/status/1380964878572224513 1380964878572224513
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    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
    https://twitter.com/LeonydusJohnson/status/1380975716511137800 1380975716511137800
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:57 PM
    "... perpetuate problematic stereotypes" ... https://twitter.com/Not_the_Bee/status/1380972311222878213 1380972311222878213
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    https://twitter.com/CHSommers/status/1381003322702897153 1381003322702897153 Here a few more tidbits from the article referenced in the tweet (the author is, of course, a "crtical race studies professor"): nti-Asian racism has the same source as anti-Black racism: white supremacy. So when a Black person attacks an Asian person, the encounter is fueled perhaps by racism, but very specifically by white supremacy. White supremacy does not require a white person to perpetuate it. White supremacy is an ideology, a pattern of values and beliefs that are ingrained in nearly every system and institution in the U.S. It is a belief that to be white is to be human and invested with inalienable universal rights and that to be not-white means you are less than human a disposable object for others to abuse and misuse. The dehumanization of Asian people by U.S. society is driven by white supremacy and not by any Black person who may or may not hate Asians. White supremacy as the root of racism can be seen in the Latino man in Texas stabbing a Burmese family in March 2020, claiming he did so because they were Chinese and bringing the coronavirus into the U.S.
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  • jmdrake's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:23 PM
    LOL. I will say this and leave it. I typically see food trucks parked outside the "no campaign materials past this point" limit at voting time and they give away free fish plates and BBQ. I've picked up a plate from time to time. It had no effect on my vote. I'm sorry, but I just don't see the case that somehow my vote could be swayed it I got a bottle of water closer to the voting booth. As long as nobody is in the booth with me they don't know what my vote is. But maybe I'm just special.
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  • Anti Federalist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:47 PM
    You know what John...in retrospect, I see how silly that statement is, and realize you're right. We're far enough down the road to turd world shithole-ism that it really doesn't matter, trying to infuse integrity into a mortally wounded institution is fool's triage. Fuck it, line up the semis, pass out Nikes and cigarettes and booze and god knows what else to sway the vote on way or the other. It's a metric fuck ton cheaper, in blood and treasure, than buying off Boobus with warfare and welfare.
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  • donnay's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:47 PM
    One of my favorite lines in Demolition Man:
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  • Anti Federalist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:38 PM
    This Code section shall not be construed to prohibit...making available self-service water from an unattended receptacle to an elector waiting in line to vote. I explained the reason: bribes and goodies and handouts to get people into voting booths to vote for "X" is a corrupting practice that should be prohibited. As I have quoted the law numerous times that states there is no prohibition to water being made available to people waiting to vote, and furthermore, absolutely no prohibition against bringing along your own food and drink, I still fail to see "racism".
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:02 PM
    Whatever difference there may be, it is certainly not so huge that an 18-year-old can reasonably be expected to understand that street racing is dangerous and stupid, that carjacking is dangerous and morally wrong, and that if one does either of those things one can and should be held to account for the consequences, but 13- or 14-year-olds cannot. I neither said nor implied any such thing. By the same logic, I could say, "So ... let me see if I understand. You think there is some equivalence between a carjacking that results in the death of an innocent person and someone hitting and killing a pedestrian because that person had a heart attack while driving?" But I won't say it, because you haven't given me any reason to think such a silly thing about you - just as I haven't given you any reason to think that I regard premeditated murder and "a carjacking gone bad" as somehow equivalent. And if I wanted to be as snarky and accusatory as you are for some reason being towards me, I could also point out that the notion of a "carjacking gone bad" is a rather bizarre way of putting things (carjackings don't "go bad," they already are bad, and can only get worse, which is what this one did) and could be interpreted as an attempt by you to downplay the gravity of what happened. But I won't do that either, because I don't actually think that of you and I'm not trying to be snarky or accusatory.
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  • jmdrake's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:24 PM
    LOL. Did you get ripped off donating to Trump's post election fight too? Did you read the fine print first?
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  • jmdrake's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:06 PM
    So now they've gone from censoring former elected officials to censoring current elected officials.
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  • jmdrake's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:58 PM
    LOL. Trump ultimately acquiesced to his loss after bilking his gullible followers to donate when the fine print made it clear that only some of the funds would go to a post election fight.
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  • jmdrake's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:44 PM
    And both sides cater to corporate donors and defense contractors. And republicans cater to police unions. And the bribes go the other way through corporate and union donations and lobbyists.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:29 PM
    The Return Of Ben Burgis - Part Of The Problem #721 On this episode of Part OF The Problem Dave is joined by Author/Professor Ben Burgis! Dave and Ben Discuss Ben's new book Canceling Comedians While the World Burns: A Critique Of The Contemporary Left and the steps we need to take to combat bad ideas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbHrdfBNeqk
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:05 PM
    Geez, haven't we abused Iran enough? First the Shah, and now Hunter Biden ... (I mean, talk about adding insult to injury ...)
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    No, it's not bad. It's expected. Because that's what happens when you try to make sense out of the senseless.
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  • jmdrake's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:08 PM
    Actually, reading this again, what you described would be patently illegal! 1884 "(e) This Code section shall not be construed to prohibit a poll officer from distributing 1885 materials, as required by law, which are necessary for the purpose of instructing electors 1886 or from distributing materials prepared by the Secretary of State which are designed solely 1887 for the purpose of encouraging voter participation in the election being conducted or from 1888 making available self-service water from an unattended receptacle to an elector waiting in 1889 line to vote." Boy Scouts are not "poll workers." So, why should only "poll workers" be allowed to provide water within 149 feet of a poling place? Note that the way the law is written, even a poll worker can't hand a bottle of water to someone. He or she can hand you a pen or pencil or a ballot or an "I voted" sticker. But, for some yet to be explained reason, if someone hands you a bottle of water, rather than letting you pick it up yourself, that somehow places the validity of the election in jeopardy? Seriously? And if the poll workers at a particular location neglect to provide for the water needs of people who may be waiting in line for a couple of hours by putting water in an "unattended receptacle" and some well wisher decides to help solve the problem....well that's somehow an election violation? Somehow that's a "bribe?"
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    Yesterday, 02:22 PM
    When you said "ICE vehicles" I immediately thought "Immigration and Customs Enforcement" and was like "What does immigration have to do with this story?" Then I realized you ICE in this context is "internal combustion engine." And yeah....I see the connection...but only because in the video they are using a Tesla to drive in the tunnel. But, someone correct me if I'm wrong here, ICE vehicles would still be allowed in the tunnel right? But yeah...they are trying to sell this as environmentally friendly. I wonder what was the carbon footprint it took to put a Tesla Roadster into orbit?
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  • jmdrake's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:18 PM
    The definition of a bribe is something that you pay in exchange for something else. So please explain how handing someone a bottle of water 149 feet away from a polling place in any way constitutes a bribe. I already answered the "how can this be construed as racism" question. I'll happily answer it again, once you explain your "a bottle of water = a bribe even when nothing has been exchanged and the vote is still secret" rationale.
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  • jmdrake's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:16 PM
    At 5:15 MG: I can say that about two years ago you and I went to dinner about two years ago. Your wife was there. I brought a friend of mine, you will remember her. And she was actually threatened by the FBI. Told that if she wouldn't cop to the fact that somehow I was involved in some "pay for play" scheme that she could face trouble. And so I do believe there are people at the DOJ who are trying to smear me. Providing for flights and hotel rooms for people that you are dating that are of legal age is not a crime. TC: I don't know this woman of whom who speak. LOL
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  • Anti Federalist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:07 PM
    You're asking me to defend this law based on effectiveness. I'm openly in favor of "voter suppression". I don't believe that 1 in a 1000 people are qualified to be anywhere near a ballot box. But short of that, banning openly hectoring and bribing people at polling places seems like a "reasonable" idea, for a part of "our democracy" that is not a right. YMMV.
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    Yesterday, 02:03 PM
    Wow https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/florida-rep-matt-gaetz-reveals-he-lives-with-a-19-year-old-cuban-immigrant-whom-he-calls-his-son/ar-BB15GkOF
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  • Anti Federalist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:59 PM
    All of this propelled by the idea that "ICE vehicles are bad mmmm'kay". When in fact, in terms of engineering leaps forward, outside of aircraft, I can't think of a single technology that has been pushed to advances so quickly and so incredibly, than your modern car. In terms of comfort, performance, emissions, longevity...it's truly staggering what new cars can do. And this is from someone who has legit bitches about "computer cars".
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  • jmdrake's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:57 PM
    Okay. So your reasoning for why one of those Boy Scouts handing a bottle of water to someone 149 feet away from a poll being a problem is what exactly? I thought the "liberty" crowd was against laws that served no actual purpose.
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  • Anti Federalist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:08 PM
    My reading of the law would say that Boy Scouts setting up and refilling coolers of water for people waiting in line to help themselves from would be perfectly legal.
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