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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 05:52 PM
    I dare you to come up with a single quote from this thread that could make that charge stick, that could breathe life into that strawman. There is a process, and it's necessary. You and certain others want everyone to believe Trump can change engine oil without taking out the drain plug, can make an omelet without bothering to break an egg. Why? What kept him? I still say the gaping hole in this theory is, there's no possible reason why not one single page came out, not one hint was given that they might come out, except that the person holding all this lovely stuff was, like a blackmailer, still taking bids for his silence.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 05:41 PM
    It is the one seemingly unshakable rule of American politics that the party that flushes the economy down the toilet pays for it in the next election. Of course, that was back when they were so sure neither party would nominate an honest candidate that they felt no need to blatantly monkey with the vote. Now they're playing such psyops that the swinging of the two party pendulum is part of the manipulation.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 05:29 PM
    That would certainly play well in Peoria. One wonders why Chessmaster Trump didn't come right out and say it, if it were true. One would also wonder why we haven't seen one page of it in nineteen months. If you're going to do something like that, procrastination just gives your enemies time to do what was allegedly done--devise a strategy to stop you, and carry it out. I can't imagine a reason to delay, unless one were less interested in turning up the heat and boiling off the swamp, and more interested in convincing someone to pay you not to do it.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 05:24 PM
    Not sure who he based that character on in 1935. He might have been envisioning a young Coolidge. But in our time, that sounds awfully familiar--at least to someone who survived 2008 and 2012.
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  • PAF's Avatar
    Today, 05:16 PM
    Divorce rates are high in this country too :mouthopen:
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  • PAF's Avatar
    Today, 05:03 PM
    When I wanted a Camaro to run quarter mile drag, I did not settle for a little Chevette or a re-labeled Pinto.
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  • dannno's Avatar
    Today, 04:46 PM
    Check the classification. Then if you are still unsure, ask the President. No, I'm using it as an example of why the President has complete discretion over classification, period, according to the Constitution, and there is no other entity that has more power in this particular arena. My point is I'm arguing against people who seem believe that the government and classified documents are some sacred institution. I'm just letting you know I don't feel that way, but I'm still right about the law, and you aren't.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 04:34 PM
    Has anyone read this Sinclair Lewis classic? I highly recommend it. Everyone talks about how 1984 is the instruction manual. But politically, this book is all that and more. Look at the part I bolded. How to destroy a republic? Give publicity to the communists all out of proportion to their numbers, then sell fascism as the only thing ruthless enough to stop it. You have to give up your freedom to save it. It's the stupidest sentence ever formulated in the English language. And here we all are, watching the idiots all swallowing it hook, line and sinker.
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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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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    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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  • TheTexan's Avatar
    Today, 03:11 PM
    That's pretty cool if it works as advertised. I remain skeptical.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 03:10 PM
    Yeah, good luck. Ever see Inherit the Wind?
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  • TheTexan's Avatar
    Today, 03:09 PM
    To be fair, that model of transportation makes much more sense than everyone having a car that sits unused taking up space 95% of the time. For urban users anyway. Exercising your "privilege" of travel already carries this risk, with license plate scanners and what-not.
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    Today, 02:46 PM
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  • TheTexan's Avatar
    Today, 02:39 PM
    Power outages and gas shortages are conspiracy theories :up:
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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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  • TheTexan's Avatar
    Today, 01:41 PM
    I've always greatly enjoyed Comedy News Network
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  • Ender's Avatar
    Today, 01:13 PM
    Yep- just more Kabuki Theatre to keep your eye off what's really going on.
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  • TheTexan's Avatar
    Today, 01:12 PM
    Has anyone's home ever been raided over possession of classified material? President or otherwise.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    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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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Today, 01:02 PM
    I love steam trains. Although perhaps not for utility *(I do not use any trains really, or public transport for that matter). So maybe the Charger should remain a fuel vehicle, as that is what it is...
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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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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    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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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    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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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    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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  • dannno's Avatar
    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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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    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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