Open Thread – Weekend 13 Aug 2022


Afternoon Sun, the Inner Harbor, Dieppe, Camille Pissarro, 1902

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JC
JC
August 14, 2022 5:56 pm

That is not how any of this works, you colossal idiots.

Then explain how it works, you obese nincompoop. If the president can declassify any doc anytime he wants, while in office, how does it work otherwise?

custard
custard
August 14, 2022 5:57 pm

Montifa wrongology on display. Lol.

Rabz
August 14, 2022 5:58 pm

That is not how any of this works

Just like 18 month old top sekret nookular documents hidden in a former supermodel’s undies drawer in Mary Largo.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 14, 2022 5:59 pm

JJJ was at it’s best from about 1980 to 1985. Lots of seriously awesome Ozzie stuff as well.

I liked the world music stuff too from that Caribbean lass, whose name I can’t recall.

Rage was another one, taped of course. It’s nice that many Rage clips have found their way onto YouTube.

cohenite
August 14, 2022 5:59 pm

That is not how any of this works, you colossal idiots.

Yes it does dickless.

JC
JC
August 14, 2022 6:02 pm

Get back underground, you fat idiot. You’re not allowed above ground after dusk by order of the state health department.

Rabz
August 14, 2022 6:02 pm

Rowan Dean attacks, in a seemly way, li’l johnnie’s new book, a sense of balance

Loved his fisking of the Sheridan, even if it was a repeat of my observation earlier in the week – that is:

“Fatty Trump is a dethpicable personage, dethpicable, I tells ya!”

As for the Wollstonecraft Womble, the less said, the better.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 14, 2022 6:04 pm

Give Monty a break, he’s only just learning that the political side he’s supported his whole life have turned into classical fascists right before his eyes. He’s in the anger stage. He’ll be in the bargaining stage soon.

miltonf
miltonf
August 14, 2022 6:07 pm

In the modern era you get a choice between a left-of-center party and an ever so slightly, barely discernible, right-of-left-of center party. So you guys, you losers, you didn’t play by those rules, you supported Trump and you let him hijack the ineffectual, ever so slightly right-of-left-of-center party that had basically outstayed its welcome for whatever it is, two generations now. And that’s not gonna happen again… You stay within the house-trained choices because the Trump moment is never gonna happen again. Mark Steyn. Sounds familiar eh.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 14, 2022 6:08 pm

JCsays:

August 14, 2022 at 5:56 pm

That is not how any of this works, you colossal idiots.

Then explain how it works, you obese nincompoop.

Please, chaps.
Lets have a little more bonhomie and good humour.

Roger
Roger
August 14, 2022 6:08 pm

Nothing our Governments and Leaders are doing is tackling the problems our society faces, and everything they are doing is making them worse.

Two things…

To paraphrase the great Thomas Sowell, politicians are chiefly interested in two things: getting elected and then getting re-elected; whatever comes third in their priorities is a long way down the list.

And… politics is one of those professions where no tests for competence are applied, unlike, say, a surgeon or a train driver.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 14, 2022 6:09 pm

That is not how any of this works, you colossal idiots.

Ah. I see the bakery’s closed.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 6:09 pm

Then explain how it works, you obese nincompoop. If the president can declassify any doc anytime he wants, while in office, how does it work otherwise?

a) you have to tell the bureaucrats that the document is declassified, there is a process, you can’t just zap the bits of paper with your mind powers (you morons);

b) the bits of paper themselves have to be amended so that they are not marked as classified or top secret any more, so that people know what the status of the documents is.

This divine right argument is the peak of stupidity. Luckily something even more terrible about the whole shebang will probably come out next week and render all of this moot, like Trump actually giving the NOC list to the Saudis or something.

sfw
sfw
August 14, 2022 6:10 pm

Re vicpol, having a chat with a good bloke there, he stated that their in trouble numbers wise. I’m sure all Vics will remember the last few years of recruiting ads, focused on the diversity crowd. seems that the resignation rate of the last few years recruits is waaay above the normal. Prior to the recent ruch to recruit they took the top 10% of applicants, in the rush to recruit and enhance diversity they took the top 80%. They now have heaps of young constables unable to do the work and many are leaving.. The attrition rate at the moment well exceeds the recruitment rate.

He said “We just can’t seem to attract decent people”, I asked if he thought the last few years of corruption, politicisation and beating up old ladies and ruthless acts towards decent people protesting would have anything to do with it, he said “Yes, probably”. The fact is vicpol is really tarnished, it will take a complete cleanout of almost all ranks above Inspector to achieve it. Can’t see it happening, so things will get worse, way worse.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 14, 2022 6:10 pm

Interesting that Howard appears to be following the same arc as W, Cheney, and Malcolm Fraser before them. Wetness is a slippery slope.

The problem is they have “tacking towards the centre” ingrained into their political souls, only these days there’s no sensible centre. There’s realist right and nutty left and nothing in between.

Rabz
August 14, 2022 6:11 pm

the ALPBC report of the regrettable firearms incident at Canberra airport this afternoon

Albanzleazey, the Bum Bandit and Goose Morristeen attempting to re-enact High Noon?

Otherwise, I’m not interested.

Cassie of Sydney
August 14, 2022 6:11 pm

“cohenitesays:
August 14, 2022 at 5:52 pm”

Yep.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
August 14, 2022 6:11 pm

Monty’s back at work.
A spanner in the cognoscenti.

Roger
Roger
August 14, 2022 6:14 pm

Give Monty a break, he’s only just learning that the political side he’s supported his whole life have turned into classical fascists right before his eyes. He’s in the anger stage. He’ll be in the bargaining stage soon.

mOnty, I note Elbow’s government is looking to fire up the immigration ponzi scheme again with union approval, contradicting his campaign promise to keep immigration low and upskill Australians into better paying jobs.

Your thoughts on this betrayal of the workers?

Winston Smith
August 14, 2022 6:14 pm

Custard:
I’ve gone through that article about the NY voter rolls, but don’t have the expertise to decipher it.
Does anyone else want to have a look and possibly explain it?
This is the print version of the page.

Roger
Roger
August 14, 2022 6:14 pm

I’ll check back tomorrow for your response, squire.

Dot
Dot
August 14, 2022 6:18 pm

This divine right argument is the peak of stupidity. Luckily something even more terrible about the whole shebang will probably come out next week and render all of this moot, like Trump actually giving the NOC list to the Saudis or something.

monty

Every time you argue against the reality of a strong executive under US administrative law, you are throwing Hillary under the bus.

If this wasn’t bullshit the affidavit used to support the application for the warrant would be released.

cohenite
August 14, 2022 6:18 pm

The fact is the Trump warrant was an abuse of process and void for its lack of specificity: in Attachment B (c) it claimed any government or presidential document between January 20 2017 and January 20 2021, the full term of Trump’s presidency. The manner of its service was also illegal in that the grunts ordered Trump’s lawyers out and did not seek guidance to where the documents they sought were. Warrants cannot be open ended because that means there is no specific crime. If there is no specific crime there cannot be any probable cause.

But then we are not living in the rule of law. This is the point: Trump is a billionaire and ex-president and this is happening to him. Imagine what the bastards can do to joe average.

custard
custard
August 14, 2022 6:19 pm

Winston,

I don’t pretend to know exactly what everything in that NY voter roles story talks about either, other than it’s definitely around different algorithms that can be used by the Matrix administration (cheaters) to manipulate the outcomes.

The electoral fraud in the USA is quite something to get your head around.

miltonf
miltonf
August 14, 2022 6:20 pm

Howard really doesn’t have anything worthwhile to say it seems and when he did he obviously didn’t mean it. He really needs to fuck off.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 6:22 pm

mOnty, I note Elbow’s government is looking to fire up the immigration ponzi scheme again with union approval, contradicting his campaign promise to keep immigration low and upskill Australians into better paying jobs.

Your thoughts on this betrayal of the workers?

One of the major problems in our economy at the moment is the extremely tight labour market, especially in low-paid jobs. This has coincided with low immigration during the COVID years, and I reckon you can draw a pretty straight line between those two events.

We need a sudden influx of immigrants to pick our fruit, pack our boxes, fill our tins, wipe our grandmas’ bums and stack our shelves, in short. That will help with the current wages explosion, and get us back to some sort of normality.

Now, whether or not you like “normality” is an argument for a different juncture. Now is not the time to be fiddling about, getting the economy on an even keel is the PM’s job.

Rabz
August 14, 2022 6:25 pm

We need a sudden influx of immigrants to pick our fruit, pack our boxes, fill our tins, wipe our grandmas’ bums and stack our shelves, in short. That will help with the current wages explosion, and get us back to some sort of normality.

Fatty Vidkun expounding.

Dot
Dot
August 14, 2022 6:25 pm

Warrants cannot be open ended because that means there is no specific crime. If there is no specific crime there cannot be any probable cause.

I have tried explaining that to monty as well.

He should acquaint himself with this concept which we (rather unfortunately) do not take seriously in Australia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit_of_the_poisonous_tree

No good faith exception – the affidavit not being released suggests this is a pure hit job.

Dot
Dot
August 14, 2022 6:26 pm

One of the major problems in our economy at the moment is the extremely tight labour market, especially in low-paid jobs.

This from an ALP shill.

Fuck me.

custard
custard
August 14, 2022 6:26 pm

We need a sudden influx of immigrants to pick our fruit, pack our boxes, fill our tins, wipe our grandmas’ bums and stack our shelves, in short. That will help with the current wages explosion, and get us back to some sort of normality.

We need nothing like that.

cohenite
August 14, 2022 6:28 pm

a) you have to tell the bureaucrats that the document is declassified, there is a process, you can’t just zap the bits of paper with your mind powers (you morons);

The bureaucrats do not have to be involved dickless. It is sufficient that an immediate advisor be instructed. Kash Patel and John Radcliffe have already said this was the case

b) the bits of paper themselves have to be amended so that they are not marked as classified or top secret any more, so that people know what the status of the documents is.

They don’t have to be amended dickless. Typically they are stamped but this is not part of the declassification.

This is bullshit but as I said there are no rules.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 6:29 pm

You can’t whinge about inflation at the moment and then also say you want to keep immigration low, unless you have a different solution for the inflation that the tight labour market is helping to cause.

What is your plan to fix supply chain issues caused by lack of workers, if you don’t want to increase immigration? I’m all ears.

Rabz
August 14, 2022 6:31 pm

You can’t whinge about inflation …

When you don’t even know what it is, you monumental moron.

Frank
Frank
August 14, 2022 6:33 pm

Shooter at Canberra Airport.

Footage of a shooter at Dallas Airport that also manages to make a hash of it. She receives a bullet for her troubles in what cricket commentators euphemistically refer to as the lower abdomen.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 6:33 pm

The bureaucrats do not have to be involved dickless. It is sufficient that an immediate advisor be instructed. Kash Patel and John Radcliffe have already said this was the case

Kash Patel and John Ratcliffe are partisan shills with no credibility. Their arguments would not stand up in court (unless it’s the current SCOTUS who make laws up with no logic).

If you’re relying on their word, you’ve got nothing.

Roger
Roger
August 14, 2022 6:35 pm

So you’re totally on board with Elbow breaking his promise to Australian workers to help them upskill into bette rpaying jobs, instead importing foreigners to take those places.

Got it.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
August 14, 2022 6:36 pm

Give Monty a break, he’s only just learning that the political side he’s supported his whole life have turned into classical fascists right before his eyes. He’s in the anger stage. He’ll be in the bargaining stage soon.

BoN, I think you greatly overestimate m0nty’s vulnerability to facts. He’s little concerned with reality, the fantasy he lives in is far more congenial.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
August 14, 2022 6:36 pm

What is your plan to fix supply chain issues caused by lack of workers, if you don’t want to increase immigration? I’m all ears.

Considering the supply chain problem is caused by supply issues overseas and the sea freight needed to get it here, I’m a bit hard of hearing as to how a big lot of unskilled workers will solve the problem.

Dot
Dot
August 14, 2022 6:37 pm

What have we learnt today:

1. Literalist interpretation and having deference to a democratically elected legislature is “making up the law”.

2. Housing demand doesn’t impact the general level of purchasing power.

3. The doctrine of the fruit of the poisoned tree doesn’t apply to Donald Drumpf.

Good chat.

cohenite
August 14, 2022 6:38 pm

No doubt Mar-a-Lago is about preventing Trump from running again but it also involves this:

a presidential memo from the Trump White House issued on January 19, 2021, where he declassified all documents related to the FBI spy operation against his 2016 campaign; dubbed ‘Crossfire Hurricane.’

The documents had the goods on obuma and the creep.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 6:39 pm

Oh boy.

Just ahead of Mr Garland’s statement, an individual in the former president’s inner circle contacted a DOJ official to send a message from Mr Trump to Mr Garland, The New York Times reported.

“The country is on fire,” Mr Trump is quoted as saying, according to the individual with knowledge of the message, according to The Times. “What can I do to reduce the heat?”

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 14, 2022 6:39 pm

We need a sudden influx of immigrants to pick our fruit, pack our boxes, fill our tins, wipe our grandmas’ bums and stack our shelves, in short.

… because of the over-supply of lazy fat fucks like you sitting on their arses.

cohenite
August 14, 2022 6:39 pm

If you’re relying on their word, you’ve got nothing.

Says the fuckwit with no dick.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 14, 2022 6:40 pm

She receives a bullet for her troubles

The box shot. The Holy Grail of shots.

Free beer for life for that man.

Rabz
August 14, 2022 6:41 pm

Apologies Cats, for getting all Pavlovian (again). 😕

Roger
Roger
August 14, 2022 6:42 pm

Elbow was engaged in a massive bait and switch operation on Australian voters.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 6:42 pm

So you’re totally on board with Elbow breaking his promise to Australian workers to help them upskill into bette rpaying jobs, instead importing foreigners to take those places.

He can’t rebuild overnight the TAFE system that the Libs destroyed over nine years. We need an influx of new workers now, the upskilling of existing workers can happen later.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 14, 2022 6:45 pm

… because of the over-supply of lazy fat fucks like you sitting on their arses.

…the oversupply of those who think work is a mugs game…

Roger
Roger
August 14, 2022 6:45 pm

Elbow was engaged in a massive bait and switch operation on Australian voters.

And monty approves.

Roger
Roger
August 14, 2022 6:47 pm

He can’t rebuild overnight the TAFE system that the Libs destroyed over nine years.

So you admit he lied.

MatrixTransform
MatrixTransform
August 14, 2022 6:49 pm

getting the economy on an even keel is the PM’s job

What fucking retard

Winston Smith
August 14, 2022 6:50 pm

Zipster:

The phenomenon of flaunting wealth in China is contagious. This was demonstrated multiple times last month. What is likely to be the golden line of the year in 2022 is this sentence: “My Dad’s Revenue from Corruption in a Day Is More Than What All Of You Earn In A Year.”

It reminds me of a Cold War joke about Brezhnev and his mum, but it’s too long for here.
The punchline line is “but what are you going to do if the Communists come back?”

MatrixTransform
MatrixTransform
August 14, 2022 6:52 pm

supply chain issues caused by lack of workers

Er…supply chain issues caused by an excess of retards.

It’s like COVID never existed right?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 14, 2022 6:53 pm

Elbow was engaged in a massive bait and switch operation on Australian voters.

I still can’t grasp in my mind that his Energy Minister doesn’t know lithium isn’t used for Gaia’s holy solar panels. Which he wants to manufacture here. It’s been troubling me all day. Shouldn’t. But to have that level of sheer ineptness and cluelessness rubbed into my face like that is hard to cope with.

2dogs
2dogs
August 14, 2022 6:53 pm

I think Neil Oliver has cracked the code.
Nothing our Governments and Leaders are doing is tackling the problems our society faces, and everything they are doing is making them worse.

He’s kind of right.

If one makes one’s living by decrying the existence of some terrible problem, the last thing one wants is for another to come along and fix it; for that will surely destroy your livelihood.

There are heavily vested interests against important political problems being fixed, and those vested interests will stop at nothing to ensure that never happens.

Carpe Jugulum
Carpe Jugulum
August 14, 2022 6:54 pm

getting the economy on an even keel is the PM’s job

He’ll get right onto it on his next visit to Australia

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 6:54 pm

So you admit he lied.

No. He can do both at once.

Roger
Roger
August 14, 2022 6:55 pm

You’re a willing apologist for someone who’s lied to Australian workers, monty.

Might want to give that position some consideration “going forward”.

Dot
Dot
August 14, 2022 6:55 pm

He can’t rebuild overnight the TAFE system that the Libs destroyed over nine years.

An electrical apprenticeship is shorter than it used to be. That’s a good thing and it increases labour supply.

Maybe being a TAFE teacher was bit of a bludge?

Roger
Roger
August 14, 2022 6:56 pm

No. He can do both at once.

That wasn’t the promise.

Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
August 14, 2022 6:58 pm

the TAFE system that the Libs destroyed over nine years

With just a little help from State Governments.
You know, the governments who are responsible for TAFE.

Roger
Roger
August 14, 2022 6:59 pm

You’re turning your self inside out to defend the indefensible because he’ a Labor PM.

For shame.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 7:01 pm

Roger, if you’re going to try to gaslight me that’s not going to work. Stop lying.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Border Closure

We need an influx of new workers now, the upskilling of existing workers can happen later.

Bullshit!
We need these new workers badly, yet the program of arrivals is on hold until the bureaucracy is able to find a way to give all these “temporary fix” arrivals a pathway to citizenship.
Whatever it is about, it is not about getting Australia moving again.

We need a sudden influx of immigrants to pick our fruit, pack our boxes, fill our tins, wipe our grandmas’ bums and stack our shelves, in short. That will help with the current wages explosion, and get us back to some sort of normality.

Yet this is held up until a bureaucratic solution is found to ensure all of these desperately needed sudden influx immigrants are forced into a trade union.
Whatever it is about, it is not about getting Australia moving again.

What is your plan to fix supply chain issues caused by lack of workers, if you don’t want to increase immigration? I’m all ears.

Release (i.e. sack) people from bullshit jobs.
Indisputably 30% of the public service – both states & commonwealth – could be sacked in the morning & be available to pick fruit, pack boxes, fill tins, wipe arses & stack shelves.
Whatever it is about, it is not about getting Australia moving again.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 14, 2022 7:05 pm

Good and bad news here. The good (the Hun):

A man found guilty of sexual assault for kissing a woman goodbye on the cheek has had his case thrown out after a four-year battle in Victoria’s courts.

The man, known as AB, was fined $10,000 after he was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault by cheek-kiss and for touching a woman’s waist. A County Court judge found the man, in his 20s, had “misread the signals” after meeting the woman, 19, on a tram home.

Misreading signals. I, like most blokes, have historical priors for this as well. Unlike most blokes, I haven’t been taken to court for it.

The bad:

The courts heard that the pair, sitting next to each other on the No 6 from Swanston and Bourke streets, engaged in “friendly conversation” for 30 minutes before he asked her on a date and she said no, in June 2018.

She got off at her Armadale stop and the man with a “very strong (foreign) accent” followed, asking for her number.

She took his number instead, then put out her hand to shake goodbye. But he pulled her in for a kiss on the cheek before they went their separate ways. The woman later told police she felt “shocked, violated, just uncomfortable, not safe”, while the man said he did it “as a gesture … of a good way, not like it’s a man and a woman”.

Since June 2018, this has been going on. FOUR YEARS, regardless of ‘accent’. What did VicJack Inc charge him with?

Found guilty in the Magistrates’ Court in 2019 of two counts of sexual assault and one count of stalking

Suffering Christ. Interestingly, the presiding judge’s name was missing from the findings.
Thankfully, the bloke in question – this horrible monster – appealed it:

But in a Judicial Review at the Supreme Court last month, Justice Michael Croucher found there was “nothing sexual” about it and the judge had failed to recognise a “cheek-kiss is a common farewell gesture”.

In a 94-page judgment, Justice Croucher said “the non-sexual cheek-kiss has been around for a good while”.

And:

Prosecutors will now have to decide whether to re-admit a single count of stalking against AB to the County Court for trial.

That’s never getting up.

Victoria Police and the Office of Public Prosecutions would not comment.

FMD. FOUR YEARS that took, and it still might not be over. This is exactly what happens when investigators – alleged detectives – throw away a couple of hundred years’ worth of proven methodology designed to go where the evidence takes you and nowhere else, and relies instead on ‘We see you. We hear you. We believe you’.

NB: Dependent on the line, trams on Thursday to Sunday evenings can be decent hunting grounds. Or used to be.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 14, 2022 7:06 pm

You’re turning your self inside out to defend the indefensible because he’ a Labor PM.

As I said: bargaining. It’s hard to cope with the idea that those who say they’re for the poor and hurting are actually the predators feasting on them.

2dogs
2dogs
August 14, 2022 7:06 pm

b) the bits of paper themselves have to be amended so that they are not marked as classified or top secret any more, so that people know what the status of the documents is.

Not true. Note that their may be multiple copies of a classified document. Declassification could happen on any copy.

Monty is imagining what happens, having never had a security clearance working with classified documents. His imaginings are far from reality.

Megan
Megan
August 14, 2022 7:12 pm

Many years ago I would spend my Sunday mornings training our dog in obedience and agility.

Our first class at Intermediate level comprised 2 Dobermanns and 4 Red Setters. The instructor rolled his eyes and remarked to the owners that the Setters were going to be a challenge as they could be stubborn and unfocused. Some, he continued, would improve, and some would fail to learn much at all despite the best efforts of the owner and experienced trainers.

Whilst reading the hilariously ignorant contributions of MontyPox this afternoon a very clear memory popped into my mind. Rusty, the class red setter dunce, refusing to cooperate and lying casually in the sun licking his balls while the rest of the class moved on to bigger and better things.

A moment of insight.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 14, 2022 7:12 pm

Unlike most blokes, I haven’t been taken to court for it.

I will confess to getting my face slapped…

Rabz
August 14, 2022 7:16 pm

Classic Sunday Night Song.

Nothing quite like wearing a Soviet Grey Levi’s Jacket while wielding an immaculate Burgundy Gibbo …

The full version.

JC
JC
August 14, 2022 7:17 pm

Our first class at Intermediate level comprised 2 Dobermanns and 4 Red Setters. The instructor rolled his eyes and remarked to the owners that the Setters were going to be a challenge as they could be stubborn and unfocused. Some, he continued, would improve, and some would fail to learn much at all despite the best efforts of the owner and experienced trainers.

We had a beagle and wifey couldn’t make it to puppy school one time so she begged me to go. I was sitting down watching this idiot ignoring every instruction (beagles are basically unteachable). Without any warning beagle quickly grabbed another dog in its mouth and began shaking his head trying to murder it. I quickly grabbed the little bastard by the nape and just squeezed as hard as I could. He let the rat thing go. The two owners looked shocked.

miltonf
miltonf
August 14, 2022 7:19 pm

You’re a willing apologist for someone who’s lied to Australian workers, monty.

Might want to give that position some consideration “going forward”.

The fat creep doesn’t know what work is. The left’s concern for workers was probably real decades ago but not in the case of the modern left or maybe we should call it the the post modern left. If fact as long ago the 90s I remember reading in that vile Grauniad rag disparaging comments about ‘what to do with white working class males’. OK I was a grauniad reader once.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 7:19 pm

Not true. Note that their may be multiple copies of a classified document. Declassification could happen on any copy.

Here’s a legal argument.

Okay, so Trump declassified documents with his mind powers and never told anyone or wrote it down anywhere. Fine.

But once he left office, President Dark Brandon REclassified all those document with his mind powers, checkmate MAGAts, muhahahahahaha!

Do you see how dumb your argument is?

Crossie
Crossie
August 14, 2022 7:20 pm

Sky News have made a whole list of programming mistakes this year. Piers Morgan was the most spectacular blunder but giving Erin Molan her own show came close to that. If the management had done any customer research before hand they would have known that Erin wasn’t that popular as a commentator so why did they think she would fare better with her own show?

And tonight there is Ray Martin on Sky telling us I don’t know what because I refuse to watch a luvvie.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
August 14, 2022 7:21 pm

Monty is imagining what happens, having never had a security clearance working with classified documents. His imaginings are far from reality.

Reality is an alien world to m0nty. He doesn’t like to hear about it.

MatrixTransform
MatrixTransform
August 14, 2022 7:23 pm

Tonight is our last night at the Hotel Odessa. We can move back home albiet with no kitchen. It’ll be like a version of glamping…be fun

I won’t have to look at the Soviet inspired carpet as I tramp to my cell every night.

No more cut-down micro-chux and random toilet paper deliveries

No need for post-modern ciggies on the balcony…you know, smoke on the balcony but hide the evidence and never mention it so that the management won’t have to explain again that it’s council rules to both mandate an ash-tray AND that there be NO smoking anywhere on the premises.

I kid you not.

… I’ll miss the inclusion

Rabz
August 14, 2022 7:26 pm

Okay, so Fatty Trump declassified documents with his mind powers and never told anyone or wrote it down anywhere. Fine.

And eighteen months later a bunch of cross dressing government thugs turn up at his estate and rifle through his woife’s undies drawer.

Makes perfect sense.

miltonf
miltonf
August 14, 2022 7:26 pm

Ray Fartin? You’re joking. How old’s he 120?

Rabz
August 14, 2022 7:27 pm

If you’re a lard laden marxist imbecile.

cohenite
August 14, 2022 7:27 pm

Okay, so Trump declassified documents with his mind powers and never told anyone or wrote it down anywhere. Fine.

Even if you had a dick it would be tiny.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 7:28 pm

Bruce of N

The shock for m0nty-fa is realising that when he cheered for “Punch a Nazi”, he was asking to be bashed. Eventually, someone will grant his wish.

Winston Smith
August 14, 2022 7:28 pm

OCO:

There is plenty of recent case law that establishes the constitutionality of members of the public filming police when they’re going about their duties. It’s a 1A issue. I don’t see how these cases can be distinguished from the Mar-a-Lago raid being filmed by a CCTV network installed and operated the owner of the property. I can’t see how the Feds can get around this. I mean, they’ll try and there will be delays as a consequence.

The delay is the brass ring in this case. They must continue delaying Trump from nominating for the Presidency, and they are using everything they have – no matter the cost -to run out the clock.

Old bloke
Old bloke
August 14, 2022 7:29 pm

China’s ENTIRE Economy Will Collapse In 34 Days

So says the title of that video. It was released on the 8th August so, if their prognostications prove to be correct, they have 28 days left. India will buy all of our coal, but who will take our iron ore?

That fraudster who was running the Henan Bank scam reportedly fled China to the USA and took $6 Billion with him. He’d need a large suitcase.

MatrixTransform
MatrixTransform
August 14, 2022 7:31 pm

Here’s a legal argument.

You failed everything except J’ismism …no you mong, it is not a legal argument.

More like a fat fucking toss-pot talking shit again.

Give yrself an uptick

Frank
Frank
August 14, 2022 7:31 pm

Maybe being a TAFE teacher was bit of a bludge?

Not all TAFE is crap but for the most part it exists to massage the unemployment figures.

2dogs
2dogs
August 14, 2022 7:34 pm

But once he left office, President Dark Brandon REclassified all those document with his mind powers, checkmate MAGAts, muhahahahahaha!

Such a reclassification would not only apply to privately held copies.

Reclassification also requires the relevant security officers to manage any “spill” that might have occurred. Admittedly, the guy who asked for the lock to to be put on at Mar-a-lago sounds like the sort of thing done in managing spills, but to apply such a low-level of security (a simple lock) which suggest a low level classification equivalent to Australian OFFICIAL, which I think has an US equivalent of FOUO.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 14, 2022 7:35 pm

KD at 7:05.
Why am I getting an image of four years of weekly hand-patting abd eye-dabbing meetings between a crusader in the sexual crimes squad and the “victim”.
OK, the bloke might have been “a bit forward” but the appeals judge got it right.

2dogs
2dogs
August 14, 2022 7:35 pm

* not apply to private held copies.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 7:37 pm

m0nty-,fa at 1822

Short answer: The working class can kiss my arse, we’re back on the ministerial benches at last. Fvck off, Skippies Thanks for the 33% of the votes.

Rabz
August 14, 2022 7:38 pm

Sky News have made a whole list of programming mistakes this year. Piers Morgan was the most spectacular blunder but giving Erin Molan her own show came close to that

Brings to mind H B Bear’s legendary observation about commercial television executives. Being quite possibly the stupidest personages to have existed in human history, they possess unique insights into their (ever dwindling) audiences.

Except when they don’t. Why anyone would willingly watch that fat, stupid pommy dullard morgan is beyond me. But I’m not paid an exorbitant salary to try and pry into the minds of television audiences, thank goodness. My televisual feasts would be even more lead balloon worthy than the likes of the View and Kristina Keneally Tonight*

*Yes, those idiots at Sky actually gave her a show – which lasted all of about a month.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 7:39 pm

Such a reclassification would not apply to privately held copies.

What a brainless argument you are presenting here 2dogs. The credulity you are showing for stupid lines pushed by incompetent Trump cultists is embarrassing for you.

No, Trump can’t just declassify US nuclear secrets by divine fiat with a wave of his magic wand. He is not a god.

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
August 14, 2022 7:40 pm

m0ntysays:
August 14, 2022 at 6:09 pm
Then explain how it works, you obese nincompoop. If the president can declassify any doc anytime he wants, while in office, how does it work otherwise?

a) you have to tell the bureaucrats that the document is declassified, there is a process, you can’t just zap the bits of paper with your mind powers (you morons);

b) the bits of paper themselves have to be amended so that they are not marked as classified or top secret any more, so that people know what the status of the documents is.

Anyone who has ever had any involvement with confidential government material would be highly sceptical of this.
Show us the relevant statute or regulation under which the copy document, or the copy email in the “send” folder, remains classified after the primary communication has been declassified – and that declassification isn’t lawfully effective till “the bureaucrats” (and, by the way, which “bureaucrats”?) have been notified.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 7:43 pm

I remain highly skeptical that any of you have any direct domain experience with US government classification regulations. Don’t try the argument from authoritaaah defence on this one.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 7:44 pm

LOL, an idiot who failed Economics 21 lectures us on inflation. Fat fascist fool.

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
August 14, 2022 7:44 pm


Okay, so Trump declassified documents with his mind powers and never told anyone or wrote it down anywhere. Fine.

What makes you think he didn’t?
I thought it had been said that he did make a general order declassifying the material he was given by the “bureaucrats” who packed it for him.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 7:45 pm

Economics 1. Stupid phone keyboard.

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
August 14, 2022 7:45 pm

m0ntysays:
August 14, 2022 at 7:43 pm
I remain highly skeptical that any of you have any direct domain experience with US government classification regulations.

Feel free to post the references to the regs you’re relying on for your assertions.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 7:45 pm

What makes you think he didn’t?

What makes you think he did?

Remember: Trump lies all the time, about everything.

miltonf
miltonf
August 14, 2022 7:47 pm

Why anyone would willingly watch that fat, stupid pommy dullard morgan is beyond me

Same here- a loud mouth fuckwit and archetypal meja parasite.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Border Closure

Trump can’t just declassify US nuclear secrets by divine fiat with a wave of his magic wand.

Why not?

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
August 14, 2022 7:47 pm

Trump has nuclear secretes in boxes in his basement?
The same boxes that they have already looked through before while Trump was there?
Nuclear codes are constantly changed btw.
Clowning without comedy.

Frank
Frank
August 14, 2022 7:48 pm

Being quite possibly the stupidest personages to have existed in human history, they possess unique insights into their (ever dwindling) audiences.

The sort of people that see Todd Sampson giving a pitch and think “I like the cut of this man’s jib, Science!”

The sort of science based on asking a bunch of people to rate how they feel about something on a scale of one to ten. It keeps him in wigs.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 7:50 pm

m0nty-fa

“the upskilling of existing workers can happen later.”

Suuure, idiot. Much, much, later. As promise for the next election?

2dogs
2dogs
August 14, 2022 7:51 pm

No, Trump can’t just declassify US nuclear secrets by divine fiat with a wave of his magic wand. He is not a god.

The presidential power to declassify is not justiciable or subject to any other approval or review.

He has stated he did this and if so it was effective.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
August 14, 2022 7:55 pm

Remember: Trump lies all the time, about everything.

Bit like you then, m0nty, but not so stupidly.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 14, 2022 7:55 pm

Trump has nuclear secretes in boxes in his basement?

No. They were in Melania’s sock draw.

MatrixTransform
MatrixTransform
August 14, 2022 8:01 pm

I remain highly skeptical that any of you have any direct domain experience with US government classification regulations.

Ok … is it ‘foist’ or ‘hoist’ ?

2dogs
2dogs
August 14, 2022 8:07 pm

Here’s a legal argument.

If you want to check the case law on this, I suggest looking at Department of Navy vs. Egan.

Per the majority ruling:

His authority to classify and control access to information bearing on national security and to determine whether an individual is sufficiently trustworthy to occupy a position in the Executive Branch that will give that person access to such information flows primarily from this constitutional investment of power in the President and exists quite apart from any explicit congressional grant.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 8:07 pm

Bruce of N at 1906

You are far too kind to the fat fascist fool. He is fully on board with the transition to fascism, as his comments here tonight demonstrate.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 14, 2022 8:08 pm

My evening reading thus far is a fine maritime story of derring do, which Gill included in toto in the official RAN WW2 history.

The Mission of Krait

Click on the link at the bottom for the PDF. It’s 13 pages and very worthwhile. TE will have read it I’m totally sure, but thanks to the Australian War Memorial that they’ve put the whole history on line.

Frank
Frank
August 14, 2022 8:11 pm

the fat fascist fool

What do you want to be when you grow up son?

Father I cannot lie, I wish to inveigle my way into groupings of random strangers and take on the psychological role of a latrine.

Good lad.

Eyrie
Eyrie
August 14, 2022 8:15 pm

I remain highly skeptical that any of you have any direct domain experience with US government classification regulations. Don’t try the argument from authoritaaah defence on this one.

Somehow I think you are wrong, right Zatara?

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 8:16 pm

m0nty-fa

“I remain highly skeptical that any of you have any direct domain experience with US government classification regulations. Don’t try the argument from authoritaaah defence on this one.”

Zatara definitely has had such experience. From my own experience, what he has said is accurate.

Give up on your “argument from non authoritaah.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 8:16 pm

The presidential power to declassify is not justiciable or subject to any other approval or review.

He has stated he did this and if so it was effective.

Uh… no. Donald Trump is not a king.

This is a stupendously dumb argument you are making, and will be overtaken by events, thankfully. Soon we shall learn through the subpoenaed CCTV footage that MBS’s goons (or similar) trooped into the “secret” room to pore over American nuclear secrets, and you will have to fall back from this flimsy redoubt to a more defensible position, like “well actually the Saudis are fine people”.

cohenite
August 14, 2022 8:17 pm

The thing about dickless is, like all lefties, when scratched, he is serious. Everything he says about Trump is serious. This eunuch really believes this. The key is do your research and analysis to show he is full of shit and then insult him.

MatrixTransform
MatrixTransform
August 14, 2022 8:17 pm

Vic Gov will give you $250 simply comparing energy plans.

That’s like a half doz of Paringa Estate Pinot.

Vote 1 Dan.

cohenite
August 14, 2022 8:25 pm

Uh… no. Donald Trump is not a king.

But he is. And according to Stormy he has a huge dick. That’s why you hate him, isn’t it, dickless.

2dogs
2dogs
August 14, 2022 8:26 pm

Uh… no. Donald Trump is not a king.

It is sufficient merely that he is commander-in-chief, noting Department of Navy vs. Egan. If a process exists for declassification, it would be because the C-in-C ordered it. Per that case, it couldn’t have come from Congress, because that would violate separation of powers.

This is a stupendously dumb argument you are making

The dumbest thing about this argument is that we are having it again. We had this the first time around in 2017 while Trump was still in office. As a reminder, here is what Politifact, whom you have previously held in some good regard, said about it at the time.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 8:26 pm

Apart from everything else, the fact that it took a raid of Mar-A-Lago for Trump to come up with the lie of “actually I declassified all this stuff years ago”… many, many months into a protracted process with the National Archives, DOJ and FBI… tells you that he is full of shit.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 8:28 pm

“Soon we shall learn through the subpoenaed CCTV footage that MBS’s goons (or similar) trooped into the “secret” room to pore over American nuclear secrets”

The wrongologist has spoken, the end is nigh.

BTW, didn’t the Klinton administration approve the export to China of missile re-entry vehicle technology?

MatrixTransform
MatrixTransform
August 14, 2022 8:31 pm

I get what yr doing mUnty.

But you prolly don’t have enough words or original ideas to pull it off.

But being a ranga, have you considered a career as a walk-in in tv advertising?

H B Bear
H B Bear
August 14, 2022 8:32 pm

Why anyone would willingly watch that fat, stupid pommy dullard morgan is beyond me

UK TV is even worse than here. Never underestimate the Poms.

JC
JC
August 14, 2022 8:32 pm

m0nty says:
August 14, 2022 at 8:26 pm

Apart from everything else, the fact that it took a raid of Mar-A-Lago for Trump to come up with the lie of “actually I declassified all this stuff years ago”… many, many months into a protracted process with the National Archives, DOJ and FBI… tells you that he is full of shit.

It’s in the president’s purview to be able to declassify anything he wants at any time. He doesn’t have to sign off. WTF are you talking about, you enormous slob?

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 8:34 pm

The dumbest thing about this argument is that we are having it again. We had this the first time around in 2017 while Trump was still in office. As a reminder, here is what Politifact, whom you have previously held in some good regard, said about it at the time.

Yeah, you were full of it back then and full of it now. This is a post facto justification in complete bad faith. You have to actually declassify something by writing it down and disseminating it. You can’t just say there was a verbal standing order – that is not a thing. Just because a Republican Senator says it doesn’t make it law, either.

Funny how the context in 2017 was about Trump giving up secrets to hostile foreign powers. Is that going to happen again?

Crossie
Crossie
August 14, 2022 8:37 pm

Rabz says:
August 14, 2022 at 5:21 pm
Outsiders continues to plunder concepts raised on this blogue earlier in the week.

I rather like that this blog is considered that influential.

JC
JC
August 14, 2022 8:38 pm

Yeah, you were full of it back then and full of it now. This is a post facto justification in complete bad faith. You have to actually declassify something by writing it down and disseminating it. You can’t just say there was a verbal standing order – that is not a thing. Just because a Republican Senator says it doesn’t make it law, either.

Listen up, you donut eating idiot, there’s no formality that a president has to go through in order to declassify anything. He can do so anytime as it’s an automatic authority. Stop pissing people off you huge lardball. Enuff!

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 8:41 pm

“Funny how the context in 2017 was about Trump giving up secrets to hostile foreign powers. Is that going to happen again?”

But enough about Shrillary’s insecure home server, which was used to transmit and receive classified information, so making it readily available to intercept by hostile foreign powers.

The fat fascist fool knows fvck all about security procedures, and cared not when DemonRat administration’s ignored them.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 8:41 pm

It may be true – albeit not fully tested in case law – that the President has the power to declassify any document. Sure.

Here’s the rub though: both in 2017 and at Mar-A-Lago, he didn’t declassify anything. He just blurted it out to the Russians in 2017, and he kept still-classified documents lying around in lightly secured premises at his hotel until the FBI raid. When he says that he declassified them previously… he is lying. It is entirely obvious that he is lying, because if he wasn’t then he wouldn’t have got 18 months into this mess with NA, the DOJ and the FBI… he would have made this argument months ago and that would have been the end of it.

You lot (yes, Roger) believe in his lies because you also believe his other lies. You are pot committed now, long since all in with your chip stack, and he is humiliating you like he humiliates all of his lackeys and toadies sooner or later by making you defend this completely obvious lie.

It’s not as if you have much of a reputation to defend, because you tend to believe any old lie that fits your strong priors. This one is particularly stupid, nevertheless.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 8:42 pm

Oops, grocer’s apostrophe.

MatrixTransform
MatrixTransform
August 14, 2022 8:43 pm

mUnty, you truly are a retard

2dogs
2dogs
August 14, 2022 8:44 pm

Yeah, you were full of it back then and full of it now.

Huh? I don’t think I personally said anything on that issue at the time. When I said “we are having it again” I was merely referring to the public debate at the time.

You can’t just say there was a verbal standing order

Where did this notion that the standing order was “verbal” come into it? Certainly Trump did not say it was verbal.

doesn’t make it law, either

No “law” – being an Act enacted by Congress – would be relevant here. Separation of powers. Any process that exists for this would exist by order of the president alone. Go read Department of Navy vs. Egan.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 8:45 pm

“It may be true – albeit not fully tested in case law – that the President has the power to declassify any document.”

The fat fascist fool again demonstrates his gross ignorance.

Here’s a hint idiot, stop relying on biased DemonRat talking points. I would suggest doing some research, but that is quite clearly beyond your capabilities.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 14, 2022 8:45 pm

four years of weekly hand-patting abd eye-dabbing meetings between a crusader in the sexual crimes squad and the “victim”

Excellent and very well-informed crime journalist Andrew Rule ran a piece a couple of months ago in the Hun. A tradie from Averageville was at a pub on a Friday night and attracted the eye of a tidy upmarket girly, who was with a pack of other uptight texta-eyebrowed moles.

The upmarket piece went straight for the tradie, and they enjoyed each other’s company later in one of their places. The chick’s coven, horrified that one of their own would sleep with a downmarket bloke of this type convinced her, and then convinced the cops he spiked her drink and waaaaaaped her.

Years, it took to clear this bloke’s name. Charged, court appearances, the lot – and $200K he’ll never get back. The job was never going to get up, ever, but it was exactly as described above. Constant hand-patting and advocacy posing as police work.

The bloke says he doesn’t blame the sheila, but the jacks and the OPP who put it up and continued to do so. As far as I’m aware, nobody’s been held accountable for the complete destruction of this bloke’s name.

Rule’s done a cracker of job dissecting it and handing large amounts of arse-kickery to both of the above. The bloke’s name was Phoenix.

custard
custard
August 14, 2022 8:46 pm

Remember: Trump lies all the time, about everything.

No Montifa that’s your side projecting.

Trump was right about everything. He caught them all!

cohenite
August 14, 2022 8:46 pm

This is a post facto justification in complete bad faith. You have to actually declassify something by writing it down and disseminating it.

You’re such a liar; it’s understandable compensation. There is no formal protocol outside of notifying Melania and Tucker; and that was done. The mail is Trump kept copies of all the info about the acts against him all of which were illegal.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 8:48 pm

Before m0nty-fa has too many orgasms about Mar a Lago, he might research the Pentagon Papers. The incident was before Watergate, so he might not be familiar with it.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 8:50 pm

Where did this notion that the standing order was “verbal” come into it? Certainly Trump did not say it was verbal.

The whole idea of a standing order to declassify everything that he only remembered to mention 18 months after taking boxes of classified documents from the White House, many months into a very public spat which involved subpoenas, is obvious bullshit. This is a braindead argument you and he are making. It is not going to fly.

cohenite
August 14, 2022 8:50 pm

FMD dickless still believes in the Wussia dossier and the pissing hookers.

JC
JC
August 14, 2022 8:51 pm

You lot (yes, Roger) believe in his lies because you also believe his other lie

What lies with respect to the raid you fat idiot?

JC
JC
August 14, 2022 8:53 pm

The whole idea of a standing order to declassify everything that he only remembered to mention 18 months after taking boxes of classified documents from the White House, many months into a very public spat which involved subpoenas, is obvious bullshit. This is a braindead argument you and he are making. It is not going to fly.

What he took was automatically declassified because he took it while he was president, you obese lardball.

calli
calli
August 14, 2022 8:54 pm

Chuckle. Dog Training.

We took our two Westies to “Puppy School” their first winter. Annangrove, north west Sydney. Perishing cold.

All the owners stood in a circle with their hounds. So far, so good. Various exercises were attempted, with a treat reward for obedience. Stay. Sit. Come. Roll over. Great, it worked. Too well.

By the middle of the session our two pooches were so full of liver treats they couldn’t be bothered doing anything more apart from sitting immobile, their swollen bellies on the frozen ground while our teeth chattered. All the other, much larger dogs were knitting and purling and reciting Shakespeare.

After two sessions we gave up.

Puppy School Failures. The shame of it.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 8:55 pm

m0nty-fa the IT j’ismist can’t even find the Crossfire Hurricane declassification memo, which is available on the web. Which memo, unsurprisingly, the bureaucracy ignored.

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
August 14, 2022 8:57 pm

m0ntysays:
August 14, 2022 at 8:50 pm

Hi m0nty.
You seem not to have got round to identifying the regulations you were basing your 6.09pm comments on.
I’m sure you’d never spout off a whole lot of dogmatic assertions without having good grounds for them, so please tell us where we can check those regulations and confirm that you weren’t making up a whole lot of shit.

2dogs
2dogs
August 14, 2022 8:58 pm

he only remembered to mention 18 months after taking boxes of classified documents from the White House

In what context would you expect that he might have mentioned it earlier? And to whom?

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 9:01 pm

In what context would you expect that he might have mentioned it earlier? And to whom?

The National Archives, DOJ and FBI were up his ort about those documents for many months before the raid, including a subpoena. Why didn’t he mention that he had declassified them all?

He is lying.

2dogs
2dogs
August 14, 2022 9:05 pm

Why didn’t he mention that he had declassified them all?

What leads you to believe he didn’t?

Certainly the lacklustre earlier response of “just put a lock on it” would seem suggest the earlier review took the view the documents were unclassified.

m0nty
m0nty
August 14, 2022 9:07 pm

What leads you to believe he didn’t?

Listen to yourself 2dogs, this is pathetic. Think about what you are saying. It makes no sense.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 9:08 pm

cohenitesays:
August 14, 2022 at 6:18 pm

But then we are not living in the rule of law. This is the point: Trump is a billionaire and ex-president and this is happening to him. Imagine what the bastards can do to joe average.

Wait…That’s How Long a Jan. 6 Defendant Has Been Detained With No Indictment

We discussed this on the Triggered Podcast this week, but this can’t be legal. This sounds like something out of North Korea, Hussein’s Iraq, or Castro’s Cuba. We have a person detained for nearly 90 days without an indictment. Why? Well, this person was around the Capitol Building during the January 6 riot. Leslie McAdoo Gordon of Redstate, who served as a special agent for the Department of Defense Investigative Service and is now an attorney, detailed this sordid tale of prosecutorial misconduct.

You don’t see this very often in federal court, but one of the January 6 (J6) Defendants, Lucas Denney, is being held illegally. He was arrested in Texas on December 13, 2021, and brought before a federal magistrate, who ordered him detained without bond on a criminal Complaint. It then took six weeks to transfer him to DC, where he is currently being held. He has not appeared before a federal judge in DC since his arrival, although that will change Monday afternoon as a result of his lawyer seeking his release.

Denney’s case involves two distinct, major screwups. The first is that he was not afforded a Preliminary Hearing, to which he is entitled under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Constitution. The second is that he has not been indicted by a grand jury within 30 days of his arrest, as required by the federal Speedy Trial Act. Consequently, Denney’s detention has been unlawful since at least late January 2022.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) alleges that Denney participated in the riot on January 6, 2021, in Washington D.C. at the United States Capitol. It charged Denney with five felonies: assaults, civil disorder, and obstructions of an official proceeding, and with seven trespassing misdemeanors. An arrest warrant was issued for him in December 2021 based on a criminal Complaint sworn out by a law enforcement officer, not on an indictment returned by a grand jury.

January 6 has become the Left’s new raison d’etre post-Trump-Russia collusion. I’d rather have the latter. This little riot has been so overblown and stretched beyond its reasonable limit that we’re venturing into comedy. Liberal America thinks that day was worse than 9/11. It was like Pearl Harbor. It was as traumatizing as the American Civil War. It’s not shocking these were the takes as liberals are historically illiterate. This was hoping to be their grand 2022 midterm strategy, which was to talk about something that 95 percent of the country simply couldn’t care less about. We’ve all moved on because we’re normal. On the Hill, Democrats literally have nothing to run on this cycle. The Ukraine war has totally nuked their entire playbook. Inflation is out of control. We still have a supply chain crisis. The border is a mess. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are tripping all over each other with this Ukraine War. There’s crisis after crisis and Joe Biden can’t do the job.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 9:14 pm

“Listen to yourself 2dogs, this is pathetic”

Pot calls a stainless steel kettle black.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 14, 2022 9:14 pm

My evening reading thus far is a fine maritime story of derring do, which Gill included in toto in the official RAN WW2 history.

My evening reading is Rob Mundle’s biography of Captain William Bligh, of “Mutiny on the Bounty fame? Infame?”

Bligh was a thorough going professional, with a short fuse, easily lit, and a complete inability to suffer fools..

“Sliante!”

mem
mem
August 14, 2022 9:16 pm

Bruce of Newcastle

I still can’t grasp in my mind that his Energy Minister doesn’t know lithium isn’t used for Gaia’s holy solar panels. Which he wants to manufacture here. It’s been troubling me all day. Shouldn’t. But to have that level of sheer ineptness and cluelessness rubbed into my face like that is hard to cope with.

Not only does Bowen not know that Lithium isn’t used in the construction of solar panels the dipswitch doesn’t grasp that manufacturing costs of panels in Australia will be virtually treble those in China due to the cost of energy and labor in Australia. And he is supposedly the Minister for Energy. My guess is he still hasn’t twigged that solar panels are useless when the sun goes down. I share your frustration.

2dogs
2dogs
August 14, 2022 9:16 pm

Think about what you are saying.

To clarify, “just put a lock on it” is good enough for Zone 2. You can store OFFICIAL/FOUO in Zone 2. If the documents were TOP SECRET, you would need Zone 5.

JC
JC
August 14, 2022 9:17 pm

Fatboy, look!

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This is not a typical weight-loss story.

After all of the diet, supplement, and workout fads we’ve endured, we’re about to have drugs that are safe and effective. They’re our best hope yet for stemming the obesity epidemic that threatens the lives of 100 million Americans and half a billion people worldwide.

No one has ever seen the kind of weight loss achieved by these new drugs, known as incretins. In scientific studies, they have let people safely shed more than 20% of their weight. Incretins could become the best-selling drugs in pharmaceutical history for their competing developers, Novo Nordisk NVO –0.65% (ticker: NVO) and Eli Lilly LLY +2.63% (LLY). The companies’ stock market valuations reflect high hopes. But those hopes are merited.

If every hefty American got treated at these drugs’ current prices, the annual market for incretins would be a trillion dollars. Insurers can’t afford that, of course, and access to the new drugs is highly restricted. But there’s plenty of room for prices to come down and still reward Novo and Lilly shareholders. The drugs will be widely used if studies can show they prevent diabetes, heart disease, and other costly ills.

Weekend Barron’s

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 9:23 pm

mem

“My guess is he still hasn’t twigged that solar panels are useless when the sun goes down”

Didn’t AnAl once suggest that EVs could be charged overnight, using solar panels? Absolute genius, no wonder that m0nty-fa is so impressed with his immigration policy. Another genius!

132andBush
132andBush
August 14, 2022 9:24 pm

What is your plan to fix supply chain issues caused by lack of workers, if you don’t want to increase immigration? I’m all ears.

Probably the stupidest comment today.

220+ orders for John Deere cotton pickers between NSW and QLD
Maybe half that number will be delivered for next season.

One of many examples of a FUBAR supply chain issue in agriculture.
So much so that some second hand equipment is appreciating faster than domestic housing.

Montys solution; more imported workers.
You know, pick the cotton like they used to in the good ol days.

Scared, weird people like monty have done this to the world.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 9:25 pm

JC

“by these new drugs, known as incretins.”

Wonderful, a weight loss drug named after the fat fool!

JC
JC
August 14, 2022 9:27 pm

Lol

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 14, 2022 9:28 pm

132andBush

“Montys solution; more imported workers.
You know, pick the cotton like they used to in the good ol days.”

Well he agrees that we should import low skilled workers to work at low wages, not quite slavery, but close.

Perth Trader
Perth Trader
August 14, 2022 9:38 pm
thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
August 14, 2022 9:39 pm

Notice Monty’s slither from “ it must be so” to even if it wasn’t….

Such a dishonest sophist.

rickw
rickw
August 14, 2022 9:42 pm

Did munty fall down the basement stairs and smash his head? He’s reached a new level of stupidity.

rickw
rickw
August 14, 2022 9:46 pm

Australian company collapses up 50% since April:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UC3KFntCv4

Dot
Dot
August 14, 2022 9:46 pm

WHO LEFT ALL OF THESE RAKES OUT?

Does this look like a Bunnings to you?!

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 9:47 pm

JCsays:
August 14, 2022 at 7:17 pm

We had a beagle and wifey couldn’t make it to puppy school one time so she begged me to go. I was sitting down watching this idiot ignoring every instruction (beagles are basically unteachable).

JC,

(beagles are basically unteachable). – Yep into our 3rd generation of Beagles – current 15 Month Old Neurotic Female Beagle, Human Dependent, eats anything – totally hopeless but lovable

First Male Beagle grew up with Female Great Dane next door same age – was funny to see beagle sitting between front paws of Great Dane with her head resting on his back

When we moved to Seaforth, wandered off frequently on his own and always came back, sometimes carrying dog food bowl in his mouth with food

Second lot twin brothers, dumb as they come, world’s greatest escape artists and diggers – had reinforcing mesh on ground at base of fences and they still got out, too dumb to make their way home, and we would get calls from Police/People to come and collect – best Narrabeen

Love them still

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
August 14, 2022 9:53 pm

Hey OldOzzie, Snoopy could fly an aeroplane.

Dot
Dot
August 14, 2022 9:53 pm

If the affidavit for the Mar a Lago warrant was falsely attested and “signed off” for by Garland, is he the directing mind of a joint criminal enterprise?

2dogs
2dogs
August 14, 2022 9:54 pm

WHO LEFT ALL OF THESE RAKES OUT?

Does this look like a Bunnings to you?!

Sorry, that was Roger and me. So much “gardening” to do.

132andBush
132andBush
August 14, 2022 9:54 pm

Off to bed shortly and I’m going to rest very easy in the knowledge Monty thinks this raid is an absolute slam dunk on Trump.

Indolent
Indolent
August 14, 2022 10:07 pm
Indolent
Indolent
August 14, 2022 10:09 pm
Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
August 14, 2022 10:11 pm

I’m going to rest very easy in the knowledge Monty thinks this raid is an absolute slam dunk on Trump.

The walls are closing in.

      The walls are closing in.

The walls are closing in. Again!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 14, 2022 10:32 pm

WHO LEFT ALL OF THESE RAKES OUT?

Monty and Numbers Bob – King of the rakes on the Cat….

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 10:48 pm

GreyRangasays:
August 14, 2022 at 9:53 pm
Hey OldOzzie, Snoopy could fly an aeroplane.

THE PEANUTS MOVIE Clip – “Curse you, Red Baron” (2015)

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 10:51 pm
Oh come on
Oh come on
August 14, 2022 10:59 pm

you have to tell the bureaucrats that the document is declassified, there is a process, you can’t just zap the bits of paper with your mind powers (you morons);

b) the bits of paper themselves have to be amended so that they are not marked as classified or top secret any more, so that people know what the status of the documents is.

Okay, let’s go through this nice and slowly for ya, m0nts. I think even you will be able to keep up. Now, how is this process you speak of established?

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
August 14, 2022 11:05 pm

Oh come onsays:
August 14, 2022 at 10:59 pm

m0nty was just about to give us the citations for the legislation or regulations when he was called away on some urgent matter.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 11:09 pm

AG Merrick Garland’s raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago is a farce of law

After orchestrating one of the biggest events in the history of the Department of Justice, Garland proved himself too small for the moment. Whether he volunteered or was pushed into authorizing the unprecedented FBI raid on the home of former President Donald Trump, he was woefully unprepared for the entirely predictable fallout.

It should not have been a surprise to him that about half the country believes the raid was motivated by politics. Or that Trump’s support, which had been slipping, instantly started rising among Republicans and some independents.

Even if Garland hadn’t considered politics, he might have thought of the declining credibility of his organization, especially after its shameful spying on Trump in the 2016 election.

Gallup has tracked Americans’ confidence in 14 institutions for decades, and the criminal-justice system ranks close to the bottom of the barrel.

It won the confidence of just 20% of respondents last year, beating out only big business, TV news and Congress, which registered a measly 12%. Small businesses topped the chart, enjoying the confidence of 70% of respondents, with the military second, at 69%.

Running a leaking ship

He insisted he could not, under law, give any information about the search, but said he would petition the judge to release the warrant and a list of what was taken. The search, he emphasized, was by-the-book and had absolutely no political dimension.

And then the leaks started. Within hours, and long before the warrant was made public, headlines from numerous outlets friendly to the administration began with words like “FBI seized” and “FBI recovered” before going on to describe how many boxes of documents agents took and what was in them.

The Washington Post was first to claim some documents were “relating to nuclear weapons” and said the search “underscores deep concern among government officials about the types of information they thought could be located at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club and potentially in danger of falling into the wrong hands.”

Shades of Russia, Russia, Russia right there. Subsequent headlines that Trump could face charges under the Espionage Act confirmed the government’s intent to again paint him as a traitor.

‘Anonymous’ dodge

As Yogi Berra said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

Indeed it is and, naturally, all the sources were anonymous, with The Washington Post saying they “spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.”

In plain English, the leakers were committing a crime by disclosing the info Garland said was confidential. But breathes there a fool who believes the AG is upset and plans to find and prosecute them?

Trump’s out of office, but that hasn’t dimmed the left’s desire to destroy him. Sadly, the cutthroat ranks now include the sitting attorney general.

Their excuse, er, reasoning is that Trump is a danger to democracy, even as they marshal an unprecedented use of federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies against him.

In truth, the real danger to democracy is the government itself when it abuses its power for partisan purposes.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 11:10 pm

Timothy Neilsonsays:
August 14, 2022 at 11:05 pm
Oh come onsays:
August 14, 2022 at 10:59 pm

m0nty was just about to give us the citations for the legislation or regulations when he was called away on some urgent matter.

A Long No 2 Dump?

Oh come on
Oh come on
August 14, 2022 11:11 pm

I’ll give m0nts a hint: forget legislation. Congress cannot bind the executive in matters regarding its internal functioning. That whole separation of powers thing. So, let’s focus on the processes and procedures, the amending of the bits of paper so the people know blah blah. Who establishes these processes and procedures?

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 11:14 pm

Lake Garda, Italy’s biggest lake, plunges to record-low water levels

Italy’s worst drought in decades has reduced its largest lake to near its lowest level ever recorded.

Tourists arriving at Lake Garda this weekend were greeted to swaths of previously underwater rocks extending far from the waterline.

“We came last year, we liked it, and we came back this year,” tourist Beatrice Masi said as she sat on the rocks. “We found the landscape had changed a lot. We were a bit shocked when we arrived, because we had our usual walk around, and the water wasn’t there.”

Northern Italy hasn’t seen significant rainfall for months, and snowfall this year was down 70%, drying up important waterways.

Many European countries — including Spain, Germany, Portugal, France and the Netherlands – are also enduring droughts this summer that have crippled their farming and shipping industries and promoted authorities to restrict water use. In France, the drought has forced the first halt to production of a famed cheese crafted for over 2,000 years.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 11:17 pm

Hunter Biden met with dad immediately after Romanian business meetings

Hunter Biden met with his father multiple times while working for a Romanian real estate tycoon accused of corruption — an effort that netted Joe Biden’s second son and associates “millions” of dollars, a source close to the arrangement told The Post.

The timing of the meetings between the then-vice president and his son have raised questions about the “full truth” of the involvement with Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings, critics said.

The calendared gabfests between father and son were found during a search of a laptop hard drive which Hunter Biden abandoned in a Delaware repair shop in April 2019, and fly in the face of past denials from President Biden that he had no part in his son’s overseas business dealings.

Hunter Biden began working for Gabriel Popoviciu in the spring of 2015, insiders say. The Romanian wanted Hunter Biden’s help fighting a conviction stemming from his purchase of a 550-acre parcel of government-owned land for a steep discount.

Emails on the abandoned laptop show Hunter handled the businessman via his law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

A person familiar with the arrangements told The Post the president’s son had a side pocket agreement directly with Popoviciu that raked in “millions” for himself and associates.

Popoviciu also hired former FBI director Louis Freeh to help the embattled businessman avoid jail time. Freeh called Hunter Biden directly in July 2015, just two hours before Hunter was scheduled to meet with his dad at the Naval Observatory — the vice-president’s official residence — emails from the laptop show. It’s unclear what was discussed on the call.

“Does this still work for you,” Hunter Biden’s office manager Joan Peugh said in a July 29 email titled “12:00pm call with Louis Freeh.”

“I’m going to yoga at 5:15 if you are done with your dad in time,” she offered.

Biden family confidante Mark Gitenstein, a longtime donor to the president who worked on the Obama/Biden transition team in 2008 was also enlisted in the Popoviciu effort, a search of the laptop shows.

Gitenstein, who served as ambassador to the country from 2009 to 2012, and is now the US Ambassador to the European Union, credited his relationship with Joe Biden for the prestigious Romania posting, emails show.

He has donated more than $15,000 to Joe Biden’s various campaigns, stretching back to the mid 1990s. In the 1980s he worked as Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1981 to 1989 — a period when Joe Biden was the top Democratic member.

“I was so taken by the Biden ‘family’ I ended up working for them for 13 years. And in some respects I feel like I have never left,” he said in a June 2015 Facebook post, eulogizing Beau Biden, who had recently died of brain cancer.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 11:19 pm

Cleaning house at the FBI and Justice Department

The Mar-a-Lago raid has finished off public trust in federal law enforcement

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 11:21 pm

Political fallout mounts over FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

From the Comments

Meanwhile, Democrats decried the GOP’s anti-FBI rhetoric — which, they said, was putting agents in danger.”

What a big laugh from that statement. Look at the danger our Supreme Court Justices were put in because of their abortion ruling and how Merrick Garland could’ve cracked down by prosecuting the protestors on federal charges….but ignored it and we only got a tepid response from some Democrats. There was even one attempt on the life of a justice that was thwarted yet even after that, you had 27 Democrats vote against a bill for more protection for them.

– And the Justice Department removed all info about the judge who signed warrant but nothing was done to protect the Supreme Court Justices private info…

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 11:24 pm

Are Democrats in Trouble in the Suburbs?

A new poll released by a group promoting term limits shows both President Joe Biden and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Schaumburg) struggling in a suburban district drawn to elect a Democrat.

The new 8th District includes Rosemont, Schaumburg, Barrington, and Elgin. President Biden won the district by around 15 points in 2020 and Governor Pritzker won it by around 8 points in 2018.

The poll, conducted by RMG Research, showed President Biden’s approval rating 12 points underwater in what was expected to be a safe Democratic district. 43% of respondents approve of the job the President is doing while 55% oppose the job he’s doing. 2% were unsure.

In the race between Krishnamoorthi, an Indian-born Congressman elected in 2016, and Palatine Republican Chris Dargis, who was most recently Chief Marketing Officer for Chicago-based cars.com, was far closer than expected.

The survey showed Krishnamoorthi leading by just six points, 45%-39%, with 17% undecided or supporting someone else.

Dargis told The Illinoize Thursday they believe the race is within reach.

“This poll makes it clear what we’ve known for a long time: Joe Biden’s policies have made life harder for Illinois families, and when politicians like Raja Krishnamoorthi rubber stamp those policies it makes them vulnerable,” he said. “We need problem solvers in Washington working for the people, not politicians working for themselves.”

The Krishnamoorthi campaign did not immediately respond to The Illinoize.

Does the poll indicate a worse than expected environment for Democrats in November? It depends who you ask.

Oh come on
Oh come on
August 14, 2022 11:25 pm

I wouldn’t rule out a Dem. arranged hit on Trump any time from now on with some poor unknown being the fall guy. Nothing is beneath the Democrats.

I’d say it’s very much a possibility. It’s not as though the security/intelligence community is squeamish about such measures. They’ve done it before and more than once. Trump needs to have his own very trustworthy security accompanying his Secret Service detail. These people are clearly getting desperate, and desperate people are unpredictable.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 11:30 pm

The Biden Administration’s Grave Mar-a-Lago Mistake

Talleyrand once remarked of a particularly egregious act on the part of his oft-capricious master, Napoleon Bonaparte, that “it was worse than a crime. It was a mistake.” That famous quote, it seems, captures the situation Democrats now find themselves in following the raid on Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago.

Taking a step back from the justifiable outrage over the recent FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, and from concerns over the damage it inflicted on the reputation of law enforcement and fraying respect for partisan norms, a bigger mystery emerges. What, precisely did the Biden administration – and Attorney General Merrick Garland in particular – hope the raid would accomplish if they approved it? And what possible justification exists which would justify for Democrats throwing away the argument on which they have hung their opposition to Donald Trump, both in and out of office for the last seven years, about the importance of “norms” over the strict letter of what is legal?

The answers are not pretty. We now know Attorney General Merrick Garland authorized the raid personally, ostensibly over a dispute regarding classified material. We further know that the DOJ and FBI have been in talks with the former president’s team for months, and twice, upon request, documents have been transferred to DC.

Two conclusions emerge. First, that it was clearly possible to settle these disputes over the security of documents civilly and without a recourse to force.

Secondly, even if negotiations had broken down temporarily over particular documents, the urgency of any raid must be called into question. Whatever documents were at the center of the dispute, whether “nuclear” or related to French President Emmanuel Macron, they had been in Mar-a-Lago for over 18 months. The onus of the FBI and the Biden administration must be to prove why their presence in Florida did not pose a threat to national security justifying this sort of unprecedented raid for 18 months, but somehow did in month 19.

Let us first consider the most generous interpretation. That Garland, like Victor Hugo’s Inspector Javert from Les Misérables, believes that there is no potential crime too petty to justify treating it like a terrorist plot. Javert was an illustration of how blind principle could produce stupidity bordering on madness. In this case, if any such individuals believed that the presence of insecure classified records at Mar-a-Lago posed a national security threat, the nature of this raid ensures that the most critical national security concerns will be impossible to accomplish. Learning what records are missing and where they are is far more important to American national security than recovering a portion of them.

If the FBI knows what is missing, it can take steps to remedy any vulnerabilities. Yet by raiding the home of the former president, the FBI has ensured a lack of further cooperation both by Donald Trump, who even if he wished to cooperate will not be permitted to do so by his lawyers, and by local law enforcement. Even if FBI officials were entirely disinterested in the partisan dynamics of the issue, and merely concerned with the letter of the law and national security, they have left themselves and the country worse off.

If the FBI can get off with pigheadedness, even if malice seems plausible, the Biden administration cannot get off so easily. After all, they, along with congressional Democrats and the media, have spent years lecturing everyone about the vital importance of “norms.”

The premise of Democratic discourse about “norms” is that there are informal rules on which the American system is founded. They may not be strictly legal or constitutional, but they serve a strong regulatory function. While it has become clear that many of these norms have been distorted or hijacked through institutional capture to advance a “woke” or partisan agenda, there is truth that norms have played an important role in human society. The heart of any conception of norms is that there are things you could legally do, but you do not because the consequences of doing so would be undesirable.

The irony of the raid is that it is perhaps the best example of the clash between norms and laws. It might very well be the case that some classified documents were unaccounted for, that the FBI had reason to believe they might be at Mar-a-Lago, and that “technically” this was a justification for a search warrant. It was also the case that Donald Trump was a former president, Joe Biden was his opponent in a bitterly contested election, and there remains a strong prospect of a rematch. Such a raid would involve armed law enforcement ultimately answerable to Joe Biden being used to raid the home of his possible opponent in the next election. Even if the raid was legal, and the documents real, that would have to be weighed against the perception the action was partisan, the destruction of faith in the institution of the FBI, and the tradition of not persecuting political opponents within the American system.

It is stunning that this is the argument they have gone with.

In the realm of public opinion, the raid took place on an issue that even to partisans looks petty. Even for the MSNBC-watching wine moms of America, the purported audience of the January 6 hearings, misplacing classified material sounds like jay-walking when contrasted with charges of coups, foreign plots, and other intrigues. The justification for the raid is one that even those who would claim the former president attempted some sort of “coup” cannot pretend to believe is important.

The effect then is to destroy the relative importance of the reasons why Democratic partisans hate the former president. By suggesting that an unprecedented raid on a man who may well be a candidate for president again in 2024 is justified on whatever basis is available because “he is a threat to the Constitution” is to confirm all of the charges that they are out to get Donald Trump, specific reasons to be determined later.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 11:36 pm

Russia On The Ropes–Part 13; Really

Once again the NY Times is front and center with a new (and hilarious) spin on Ukraine’s inevitable march to victory.–With New Weaponry, Ukraine Is Subtly Shifting Its War Strategy:

What is worse than putting lipstick on a pig? Putting lipstick on a corpse. On the very day that the NY Times “reports” that Russia is struggling to advance, Russia took the town of Pesky, which sits at a key junction west of Donetsk. Having secured control of Pesky, the Russians are in a much stronger position to take all Ukrainian territory up to the Dnieper River.

The plight of the Ukrainian troops remains desperate notwithstanding HIMMARS activity. Here’s a recent post from Vladimir Rekhesha who was deployed to Pesky:

Looks like moral is still wavering and the frustration is growing:

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 11:38 pm

Russia On The Ropes–Part 13; Really

From the Comments

send the 80,000 new IRS agents to Ukraine to find all of our tax dollars sent over there.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 11:43 pm

Five Impeachable Offenses of Merrick Garland

Attorney General Merrick Garland is a threat to the rule of law. Under his leadership, the Department of Justice has been politicized and weaponized. Impeachment is unlikely while Democrats are in office. However, Republicans must make this a priority when they have the majority again.

Impeachment is not something that should be taken likely. Democrats wielded impeachment as a political cudgel when they vowed to impeach Trump the day after he was elected in 2016. But Merrick Garland has repeatedly proven that he’s a threat to our republic and a danger to its citizens. Below, I’ve listed his five main offenses.

1. The Mar-a-Lago raid

On Monday, the FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida, reportedly searching for classified documents. However, it has become apparent in the days since that this raid was entirely unnecessary and may have been a fishing operation designed to find unrelated “incriminating” evidence related to January 6 or something else. Moreover, not only did Garland admit to personally approving the decision to seek a warrant but it was subsequently approved by a known anti-Trump magistrate judge who previously recused himself from another case involving Trump and Hillary Clinton.

This abuse of power was so egregious that articles of impeachment have already been filed against Garland on this issue alone.

2. His failure to protect Supreme Court justices

Even before the Mar-a-Lago raid, Republicans were calling for Garland’s resignation or impeachment over his shameful lack of response to the assassination attempt on Justice Brett Kavanaugh by a radical left-wing abortion activist. Garland refused to prosecute the protestors before the assassination attempt, even though their actions are illegal under 18 U.S. Code § 1507. Even after the assassination attempt, Garland chose to do nothing to remove the protesters. In fact, the Department of Justice doubled down on letting the protestors assemble at the homes of Supreme Court justices.

3. Treating parents at school board meetings like terrorists

Last year, Garland authorized the FBI to investigate parents who protested school board meetings over transgender policies and the teaching of racist critical race theory. Garland alleged a “disturbing trend” of teachers being threatened or harassed — which turned out to be completely bogus.

Garland never rescinded the memo siccing the FBI on concerned parents. Later, a whistleblower revealed an internal email showing that Garland had lied to Congress when he claimed the FBI wasn’t using counterterrorism tools to monitor parents.

4. Raiding Project Veritas

Using raids against political opponents is a feature of the Biden/Garland Justice Department. For example, last year, the FBI conducted a pre-dawn raid of the home of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe over the alleged theft of Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley’s diary. Project Veritas never published the diary and had already turned it over to the police. According to O’Keefe’s lawyer, “The Department of Justice’s use of a search warrant to seize a reporter’s notes and work product violates decades of established Supreme Court precedent.”

5. Targeting red states and protecting blue states

When he spoke about the raid on Trump’s home, Garland said that “upholding the rule of law means applying the law evenly without fear or favor” and insisted that under his watch, “that is precisely what the Justice Department is doing.”

The evidence proves otherwise.

He declined to launch an investigation into COVID-19 nursing home deaths in New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, protecting the Democrat governors of those states. At the same time, the Garland-run Department of Justice has threatened states that pass voter integrity laws over bogus allegations of minority voter suppression and has been filing lawsuits against states that pass restrictions on abortion after the overturning of Roe v. Wade — despite their being legally entitled to do so. Garland protects Biden and his allies while targeting Democrats’ enemies whenever possible.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 11:46 pm

Jonathan Turley finds Biden DOJ effort to circumvent a Trump commutation ‘deeply concerning’

Miranda Devine
@mirandadevine
This has obvious ramifications after 2024

Jonathan Turley
@JonathanTurley
I was highly critical of some of the Trump pardons
(https://jonathanturley.org/2021/01/20/everybodys-mistakes-except-my-own-trump-final-pardon-list-offers-a-telling-reflection-on-his-legacy/) but this move by the Justice Department to circumvent a prior commutation is deeply concerning. https://cnbc.com/2022/08/12/doj-plans-to-retry-philip-esformes-despite-trump-commuting-sentence-.html This is a previously tried individual who received executive clemency…

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 11:50 pm

SPEAKING OF ETHICS

In his fatuous four-minute public statement on Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke up to defend the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago. The Department of Justice has posted the transcript of Garland’s remarks here.

At NRO, John Yoo and Robert Delahunty respond in the column “Why the Public Is Skeptical of Garland’s Mar-a-Lago Story.” They offer “four legitimate reasons Americans think something crassly political has just transpired.” They speak from experience and they know what they are talking about.

Yoo and Delahunty take up the sordid recent history of the FBI and the Department of Justice toward the end of their column. They do not directly address Garland’s condemnation of those who question the behavior of the FBI and the Department of Justice. Referring to “recent unfounded attacks on the professionalism of the FBI and Justice Department agents and prosecutors,” one might think he dozed off during the four years of the Trump administration.

Garland had hardly vacated the podium when leaks from the inside began to flow to administration-friendly media. These allowed the agencies to put their self-serving spin on the raid without having to take responsibility for, or permit questioning of, those claims. Garland knows how Washington, D.C., works. He apparently wants to have it both ways: a trickle of official information but a gusher of selective, off-the-record disclosure.

If so, Garland’s invocation of “ethical obligations” is not to be taken seriously.

If, on the other hand, Garland is to be taken seriously and “ethical obligations” truly prevented him from saying more, one might infer that the leakers among Garland’s ranks belie his defense of the Department of Justice. He must be surrounded by lawyers and agents for whom “ethical obligations” is a contradiction in terms.</em>

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 11:53 pm

FBI seizes privileged Trump records during raid; DOJ opposes request for independent review: sources

Some records seized at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home covered by attorney-client privilege, sources say

EXCLUSIVE: The FBI seized boxes containing records covered by attorney-client privilege and potentially executive privilege during its raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News, adding that the Justice Department opposed Trump lawyers’ request for the appointment of an independent, special master to review the records.

Sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News Saturday that the former president’s team was informed that boxes labeled A-14, A-26, A-43, A-13, A-33, and a set of documents—all seen on the final page of the FBI’s property receipt —contained information covered by attorney-client privilege.

The FBI seized classified records from Trump’s Palm Beach home during its unprecedented Monday morning raid, including some marked as top secret. But the former president is disputing the classification, saying the records have been declassified.

The warrant and property receipt from the FBI’s Monday search were formally unsealed Friday afternoon.

Attorney-client privilege refers to a legal privilege that keeps communications between an attorney and their client confidential.

Sources told Fox News that some records could be covered by executive privilege, which gives the president of the United States and other officials within the executive branch the authority to withhold certain sensitive forms of advice and consultation between the president and senior advisers.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 14, 2022 11:57 pm

The IRS sequel to Lois Lerner will be extra-ugly

In the most recent budget bill, the Democrats have added billions to fund 87,000 new IRS agents. There is a lot of speculation about why, and I will add mine. Conservatives have to figure this out now. If conservative leaders get caught unprepared again for the real agenda, everyday Americans will pay the price.

Let’s go back in our time machine to 2010 — yes, the Obama/Biden administration 1.0, and let’s remember someone called Lois Lerner. She weaponized the IRS against conservative groups that were opposing the president’s agenda. People and groups were delayed their tax filing status and information needed to properly register their organizations until after the 2012 election. In delaying the applications, the IRS agents asked for overly broad information and inappropriate information to slow down the process further. It worked. It slowed some of the opposition to President Obama’s 2012 re-election, and he won.

I see parallels now. The Obama/Biden Administration 2.0 seems to be gearing up for a similar but enhanced situation, only this time, instead of the Tea Party, I predict they intend to come after all opposition to the regime.

Who is the opposition?

. Americans opposed to the agenda.
. Parents opposed to CRT in schools.
. Parents opposed to the new gender identity curriculum.
. Parents opposed to mask mandates in the schools.
. Parents opposed to shot requirements for children.
. Americans opposed to destroying the economy.
. Americans opposed to the imposed regulations that are destroying our supply chain.
. Americans opposed to destroying the agricultural sector of our economy.
. Americans opposed to the imposition of DEI in the professional communities — for example, the legal, medical, and scientific communities.
. Americans who just oppose being lied to about just about everything.
. Americans who are being vilified for exercising the First Amendment right to speak out.
. Americans opposed to the use of Big Tech to silence opposition.

I could go on for pages.

Do you see the theme here? If there was just an attempt to repeat the Obama/Biden 1.0 tactics, the IRS would not need to expand just to slow down registrations of new entities. But they will need armed agents prepared to use deadly force to go after parents who are “fighting” for their parental rights, and the numbers of individuals to be targeted is much higher than it was in 2010. There are more citizen-activists fighting for basic parental rights and fundamental human rights than there were Tea Party activists in 2010.

The administration tried to weaponize the FBI against parents, and that did not play well even with the democratic base. My prediction, therefore, is that we see a return to enhanced Obama/Biden 1.0 tactics, and we see the IRS used to destroy and damage the political enemies of the agenda.

Without an actual crime, the IRS has more broad investigative power than the FBI. The IRS can investigate and keep people occupied locating documents, and explaining expenses, for weeks, months, years. And with the threat of an armed response from the IRS, Obama/Biden 2.0 can expect little opposition in preparation for 2024.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 15, 2022 12:00 am

How to break up the FBI

I suspect that August 8, 2022 will live in infamy. Historians may conclude that it is the day that the United States became a banana republic. It is the day that a politically weaponized FBI raided the Florida home of former president Donald Trump in an effort to knock him out of the 2024 presidential election. Prior to the raid, opinion polls rated him as the favored Republican candidate.

No other president in the history of the United States has had his residence served with a federal court search warrant after leaving office. News reports indicate that approximately 30 agents descended on Mar-a-Lago and that the raid lasted for nine hours.

I personally believe that President Trump has already been indicted by a corrupt D.C. grand jury and that the Democrats are planning a show trial against him in Washington, D.C. I also expect, regardless of the evidence, President Trump to be convicted if brought to trial. No prominent Republican can be acquitted of criminal charges in Washington, D.C. because of the anti-Republican bias of the trial court judiciary and the jury pool, where only 5% of the registered voters are Republicans. If you think Steve Bannon got a raw deal, wait until you see what happens to President Trump.

The FBI tormented President Trump during his presidency and has continued to do so after his leaving office. It has become a political weapon of the Democrat party and has forfeited its right to exist.

The FBI is beyond redemption. It needs to be dismembered and its remains scattered to the four winds. This article will offer suggestions of how to do so.

The FBI is our federal police force and is a huge organization. For fiscal year 2021, it had an enormous budget of just shy of 10.5 billion dollars. It has approximately 36,000 employees. Just for starters, inside the United States, it has 56 field offices and about 350 resident agencies. It also has a presence in 73 foreign countries. Here is its organizational chart.

The FBI has often been linked to illegal or questionable behavior. Scores of books and hundreds of articles have been written about FBI misfeasance and malfeasance. Here is just one list of infractions.

Congress has never demonstrated that it really has the stones to control the FBI. There is no reason to believe that this cowardice will change in the future. Congress does require periodic show appearances of FBI directors before congressional committees, where the congressmen say “tsk, tsk” but not much changes.

So how can we get rid of the FBI? Here are some suggestions.

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