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Leon Troutsky

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  1. What about those of us who have white collar jobs but still act like (non-racist) rednecks?
  2. No, it’s not. Those media outlets might be slower to get the news out, but they’re FAR more reliable than anecdotes.
  3. Thanks! Sounds like they are mixing up people’s results, mistaking people who were put in the system but didn’t get the test with people who were in the system and did get the test, which is a HUGE problem. I’m afraid these types of instances are going to fuel all kinds of conspiracy theories when the reality seems to be bad enough.
  4. Yeesh! Worth reading the entire article. This is the same guy who, at Trump’s command, tried to pressure the UK government to push for the British Open to be held at Trump’s golf resort in Scotland. https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/22/politics/woody-johnson-oig-report/index.html Diplomats told investigators that Johnson made remarks -- often casually bandied about -- that they found deeply offensive and demoralizing, sources said. In 2018, ahead of an event for Black History Month -- commonly marked at US embassies around the world -- Johnson appeared agitated and asked if the audience would be "a whole bunch of Black people," according to one source. Three sources said Johnson questioned why the Black community would want a separate month to celebrate Black history and argued that Black fathers didn't remain with their families and that was the "real challenge." One source said an official who heard the remarks was "stunned" and that the incident was documented and made known to both the OIG inspectors and a supervisor. There were other instances when Johnson's conduct triggered more direct pushback from embassy officials. Four sources familiar with Johnson's meetings told CNN the ambassador hosted official gatherings at a posh men's-only club in London, the centuries-old, exclusive White's. Eventually Johnson was told by another diplomat at the embassy in late 2018 that he had to stop holding those meetings, three of the sources said. None of the embassy's female diplomats would have been able to attend. Three sources said Johnson has described women in offensive and diminishing ways. According to one source, at certain public events, Johnson would start his remarks by quipping about how many pretty women were present -- reducing them to decorative objects in a way a source described as "just sort of cringeworthy." Two sources said the ambassador indicated he preferred working with women, but he suggested that was because women were cheaper and worked harder than men. He would also comment on the way that the women in the embassy were dressed, two sources told CNN. Those sources said that it was a struggle to get Johnson on board with an event for International Women's Day, which is also widely commemorated at embassies worldwide. One source said he asked why he had to do "a feminist event." However, that event did end up taking place. A team at the embassy tried to get Johnson to do an event around gender-based violence in November 2017, this source said, to which the ambassador replied that he was not interested because he's "not a woman." Speaking at a reception a few days after an event on breast cancer research the embassy held in collaboration with Estee Lauder in October 2017, Johnson opened his remarks by saying, "There was a prettier crowd here a few days ago with the ladies in pink and the breast cancer people," according to that source.
  5. Are the protesters throwing glass bottles at them?
  6. 👏 Twitter. 👏 is. 👏 not. 👏 the. 👏 real. 👏 world.
  7. I want confirmation from a reputable news source.
  8. I can’t find a picture of the Portland “super soldier” who stood there like a champ while getting whacked with batons and pepper sprayed, but he’s on CNN now and holy **** he looks like he’s in his 60s! That’s a tough old fart!
  9. So you want a candidate that supports government provided healthcare but since you have a candidate that would provide a public option, you’re going to vote for the other candidate who wants to eliminate preexisting conditions and government subsidies for health care premiums. k.
  10. So they are bringing back the 5PM White House covid briefings starting tomorrow. Open question whether Trump is going to lead them or show up to them.
  11. I’m extremely concerned about it BUT I want some more info. We know the agents are there to protect the federal courthouse and other federal buildings. That justifies them lining up around those buildings and most of the videos I’ve seen are in that general area. Them not wearing identifying information is a huge problem, of course. But the point is that I see a legitimate federal justification for them being there, even if I disagree that they ought to be there. So the big question that I’m trying to figure out is how widespread are these arrests outside of the federal courthouse area? If we’re talking about roving bands of secret federal agents snatching people who aren’t even in the vicinity of federal buildings being protected then that’s outright fascism. If it’s a couple of agents going rogue and trying to track down people they think were vandalizing federal buildings, then that’s still a huge problem but much less concerning in terms of the big picture. I guess that I’m just not ready, based on the info I’ve seen, to latch onto the “roving bands of secret federal agents kidnapping people in unmarked cars throughout Portland” narrative yet.
  12. I’m sure that “Dads Against Brutality” will show up tomorrow and start doing a choreographed dab in unison.
  13. Unless something has changed, we do know where they’re being taken — to the federal courthouse that was turned into a detention center. And I am definitely terrified at what’s being reported, especially about the federal agents not identifying themselves or what agency they are with or why citizens are being detained. It all seems VERY illegal to me, also. All I’m saying is that we have to be especially careful calling for criminal prosecutions of political people. That can get very dark very quickly. There are some lawsuits starting to make their way through the courts now and I’m interested in where those head. I could also see a situation where this could be traced directly to Barr and others like Ken Cuccinelli. I’d just like to hear some legal experts outline what specific crimes that Barr and other administration officials would have committed in ordering or overseeing this situation before calling for their prosecution.
  14. The might qualify as one of the dumbest things ever said on these boards. And that’s already a very high bar.
  15. I definitely understand the sentiment, but we have to be careful that we aren’t calling for jailing people unless they broke the law and committed actual crimes. We can’t have this turn into the left version of “lock him up”. Barr might have committed crimes, but I’ve not seen a strong argument for what specific crimes he has committed so far. I’ve raised the possibility a few times about obstruction of justice for intervening in cases, but I’ve made clear that I have no idea if what he did actually is criminal or not. At the very least, there needs to be a comprehensive investigation into a LOT of these policies that informs the public about the facts of what happened.
  16. TRUMP: Yeah. I think what we'll do -- well, we have them under travel ban too, Chris. I closed them off. If you remember, I was the one that did the European Union very early. But when you talk about mortality rates, I think it's the opposite. I think we have one of the lowest mortality rates in the world. WALLACE: That’s not true, sir. We, we, we have a -- we had 900 deaths on a single day... TRUMP: We will take a look... WALLACE: ... just this week... TRUMP: Ready? WALLACE: You, you can check it out. TRUMP: Can you please get me the mortality rate? TRUMP: Kayleigh's right here. I heard we have one of the lowest, maybe the lowest mortality rate anywhere in the world. TRUMP: Do you have the numbers, please? Because I heard we had the best mortality rate. TRUMP: Number, number one low mortality rate. TRUMP: I hope you show the scenario because it shows what fake news is all about. Ok, go ahead. WALLACE: OK, OK. I don’t think I’m fake news but I will -- we’ll put -- TRUMP: Yeah, you will -- WALLACE: -- put our stats on -- TRUMP: You said we had the worst mortality rate in the world -- WALLACE: I said you had -- TRUMP: -- and we have the best. WALLACE VOICE OVER: All right. It’s a little complicated. But bear with us. We went with numbers from Johns Hopkins University which charted the mortality rate for 20 countries hit by the virus. The US ranked 7th better than the United Kingdom but worse than Brazil and Russia. WALLACE VOICE OVER: The White House went with this chart from the European CDC which shows Italy and Spain doing worse. But countries like Brazil and South Korea doing better. Other countries doing better like Russia aren’t included in the White House chart.
  17. Next up: Trump awards the Medal of Freedom to Roger Stone.
  18. Woman Urinates On Floor After Refusing To Leave Verizon Store For Not Wearing Mask https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2020/07/17/roseville-urination-verizon-arrest/
  19. It’s two specific posters and the thread looks a lot better when both of them are on ignore.
  20. Please change it to “Butt Name” instead. Thanks.
  21. Yeah, the falsehoods and conspiracy theories (Newsom did not travel to Montana, you’re right) are a huge problem, especially on social media. I tend to tell people who spout stuff like that something along the lines of, “there’s plenty of legitimate criticisms of Newsom already, you don’t have to make stuff up.”. Of course, too often those criticisms apply equally or more so to the GOP governors those people support. But baby steps and all...
  22. I can definitely sympathize with family getting wrapped up in rightwing talking points and conspiracy theories. But I do have to say, Gavin Newsom’s handling of this has been objectively awful. I would vote him out in a heartbeat and run his dumb *** out of California for how he’s handled the covid outbreak.
  23. I’d like to see them try to explain this to the public when they start trying to sell their legislation.
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