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Politics & Religion / Dershowitz
« Last post by ccp on April 20, 2021, 03:38:15 PM »
https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/dershowitz-maxine-waters-tactics-similar-to-those-used-by-ku-klux-klan_3783973.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email2&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-04-20-2&mktids=42eae8a9bef817222e957a990cb80b1c&est=XJjfqkxKEX0VvaQ8fzwPcgF0xrQW%2F5A77xKjjgX6qJ87jIWJIfdynQSttfo%3D


“I think there will be a conviction, at least on the manslaughter charge. The issue will go to the Court of Appeals,” he said on Newsmax. “And will the Court of Appeals have the courage to reverse this conviction on the ground … that the jury was subjected to intimidation tactics, not only by Waters but by others as well who threatened violence in the event of an acquittal or a lesser charge than murder?


ME:
No, no court will have he courage.   
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Politics & Religion / Russian Plane Violates Colombian Airspace
« Last post by Crafty_Dog on April 20, 2021, 01:21:00 PM »
April 20, 2021
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Brief: Russian Plane Violates Colombian Airspace
It may have been a surveillance mission or a warning.
By: Geopolitical Futures
Background: Russia has long been eager to expand its influence in Latin America, but the region’s distance from Moscow and proximity to the United States mean it has historically been under American influence, with few opportunities for Russia to break through. Nonetheless, the Kremlin’s activities in the region can still cause alarm in Washington and among U.S. allies, a fact Moscow is keen to exploit, especially at a time when the situation on Russia’s own borders is tense and Western pressure on the country is high.

What Happened: Colombia’s Defense Ministry said it scrambled fighter jets to intercept a Russian Il-96 that had flown from Moscow with no specific destination. The plane’s tail number is assigned to Russia’s Federal Security Service, and according to some sources it had permission to fly over Colombian waters, but it veered off course and into Colombian airspace. The plane promptly responded to Colombian calls to leave its airspace. After the incident, the Colombian Foreign Ministry delivered a note of protest to Russia’s ambassador. The foreign minister said Bogota wanted guarantees from Moscow that it would not repeat these “serious and systematic violations of Colombia’s airspace.”

Bottom Line: Similar violations of Colombian airspace by Russian aircraft occurred in 2013, 2019 and 2020, but relations between Russia and the West are particularly bad right now. The Kremlin may have been trying with this incident to remind the U.S. of its presence in Latin America. This may also have been a reconnaissance flight for the benefit of the Venezuelan government, a Kremlin ally with a fraught border situation with Colombia. Neither scenario would please Washington.
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Politics & Religion / Re: You are targeted
« Last post by G M on April 20, 2021, 12:52:24 PM »
https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/stacey-lennox/2021/04/19/minneapolis-city-council-seeks-to-ensure-the-city-will-burn-by-signaling-they-wish-to-cripple-police-response-n1440964

Plan accordingly.


quote author=G M
"This will continue until looters/rioters start paying a price."
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Famous people caught reading the forum.  G M called for thugs paying a price and suddenly the Governor is calling National Guard from other states, and Minneapolis Police are making arrests of people who shoot at our troops in military vehicles positioned in the neighborhood:    [WHERE WAS THIS LAST YEAR?]

https://www.justice.gov/usao-mn/pr/minneapolis-felon-charged-illegal-possession-firearm
According to the allegations in the criminal complaint, during the early morning hours of April 18, 2021, a team of Minnesota National Guard soldiers, along with an officer of the Minneapolis Police Department, was stationed at the corner of Penn Avenue North and West Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis. At approximately 4:20 a.m., a light-colored SUV driving on West Broadway Avenue fired multiple shots at the team. One bullet went through the windshield of the team’s military vehicle, which held four soldiers. Two soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard sustained minor injuries: one was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries from shattered glass; the other was treated at the scene for superficial wounds.

[I own a city block a rifle shot away from that incident.]

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/andrew-thomas-faces-federal-charge-after-allegedly-shooting-at-minnesota-national-guard-members/ar-BB1fPGoY
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They could have elected law and order candidates and saved us the drama and carnage of the past year.
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Politics & Religion / Re: Government programs - Infrastructure??
« Last post by DougMacG on April 20, 2021, 10:24:58 AM »
There is more money in the bill for electric cars than there is for highways.   US Senator Marsha Blackburn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCiWxEM83s4

[Video is mostly about the Georgia vote integrity law.]
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Politics & Religion / Re: George Friedman: Remembering Al Qaeda
« Last post by DougMacG on April 20, 2021, 09:15:27 AM »
Friedman's take makes sense to me.
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The bin Laden family was quite prominent in Saudi.  I didn't know they were of Yemen origin.
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Politics & Religion / Re: Grannis on the Stunning Divergence
« Last post by DougMacG on April 20, 2021, 09:06:13 AM »
Thanks for posting this.  It's not surprising to see strange occurrences in the economy and the monetary system in the year of covid and the reaction and over-reaction to it.  We spend n extra $6 trillion (?) not covered in taxes or borrowings, close and shrink the private sector, and put out all kinds of disincentives to do anything.

Quoting Scott G: "In effect, the banks loaned money to the Fed, instead of the usual way (loaning to individuals). In exchange, the banks received bank reserves from the Fed, which are functionally equivalent to T-bills.  This will become problematic if and when those holding all the new deposits (the public in general) decide that they don’t want to hold all that money in an account paying virtually zero interest. Attempts to make net withdrawals, if not matched by Fed actions to reverse its QE, will result in a rise in the general price level (ie inflation)."

   - And we call this good governance?  Besides screwing everything else up, this is inflation by design, by choice.  They call it modern monetary theory; It's more like treason.
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Politics & Religion / Re: You are targeted
« Last post by DougMacG on April 20, 2021, 08:23:15 AM »
quote author=G M
"This will continue until looters/rioters start paying a price."
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Famous people caught reading the forum.  G M called for thugs paying a price and suddenly the Governor is calling National Guard from other states, and Minneapolis Police are making arrests of people who shoot at our troops in military vehicles positioned in the neighborhood:    [WHERE WAS THIS LAST YEAR?]

https://www.justice.gov/usao-mn/pr/minneapolis-felon-charged-illegal-possession-firearm
According to the allegations in the criminal complaint, during the early morning hours of April 18, 2021, a team of Minnesota National Guard soldiers, along with an officer of the Minneapolis Police Department, was stationed at the corner of Penn Avenue North and West Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis. At approximately 4:20 a.m., a light-colored SUV driving on West Broadway Avenue fired multiple shots at the team. One bullet went through the windshield of the team’s military vehicle, which held four soldiers. Two soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard sustained minor injuries: one was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries from shattered glass; the other was treated at the scene for superficial wounds.

[I own a city block a rifle shot away from that incident.]

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/andrew-thomas-faces-federal-charge-after-allegedly-shooting-at-minnesota-national-guard-members/ar-BB1fPGoY
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They could have elected law and order candidates and saved us the drama and carnage of the past year.
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Politics & Religion / George Friedman: Remembering Al Qaeda
« Last post by Crafty_Dog on April 20, 2021, 08:13:04 AM »

April 20, 2021
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Remembering al-Qaida
By: George Friedman

The United States invaded Afghanistan 20 years ago, soon after the attack on Sept. 11, 2001. By 2008, then-President Barack Obama made it a point to disengage from what has become known as the Forever Wars. He failed. His successor, President Donald Trump, pledged likewise but failed all the same. President Joe Biden, too, has said the U.S. would withdraw, this time by the anniversary of the 9/11 attack.

The war in Afghanistan can’t be discussed without discussing al-Qaida, the Islamist group led by Osama bin Laden, the son of an extremely wealthy Yemeni who had moved his family to Saudi Arabia. His goal was to recreate an Islamic caliphate. As I wrote in “America’s Secret War,” his strategy was to unite the Islamic world against its common enemy, the United States. To that end, he would conduct an attack against the United States that generated massive causalities and electrified the world. If the U.S. could be attacked, it would prove the U.S. to be vulnerable. If the United States declined to respond, it would prove Washington to be weak or cowardly, or so the thinking went. Both cases would, bin Laden thought, achieve the same end: Islamic unity.

The attack against the United States was both simple and brilliant. Hijacked aircraft would strike American icons – the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Congress (the latter of which failed). The Islamic world would know these buildings well and would see al-Qaida’s power. What was remarkable was the detailed planning, the deployment of operatives and the movement of money, none of which was fully detected by U.S. intelligence. (There are always those who claim that they predicted such events. I have no idea what they said to whom before the attack, only what they claimed to have said after.) The fear that struck the United States was palpable.

Part of the fear was that Washington did not know what al-Qaida was planning next and what resources it had. The idea that 9/11 was the sum total of its capability was plausible, but there was no evidence for it, and the American public was thinking of all the worst-case scenarios. There was intelligence, necessarily uncertain in nature, that al-Qaida had acquired a single small nuclear device. All reasonable people scoff at such thoughts now, but in the days after the attack, nothing was being dismissed. Lenin said that the purpose of terror is to terrify. The country was terrified, because none of us knew what was next.

U.S. intelligence began connecting dots and acquiring intelligence from allies, and determined that al-Qaida was responsible for the attack. They also determined that bin Laden and his command cell were located in Afghanistan under the protection of its leader, Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar. The desire to lash out at everything was overpowering, but President George W. Bush elected instead to focus on the country that had given al-Qaida sanctuary. This was the beating heart of the movement, and it had to be destroyed or dispersed to prevent, to the extent possible, a follow-on attack on the U.S.

The ultimate objective of the invasion was to destroy al-Qaida’s command. “Invasion” might not even be the right word; there was no invasion planned because one could not possibly be mounted in 30 days. The primary operation was carried out by CIA operatives with contacts in Afghanistan, along with special operations teams, who would carry out any attack mounted on al-Qaida. Occupation and regime change were incidental.

Most of the combat was meant to be carried out by U.S. allies such as the Northern Alliance, which had only recently discovered they were U.S. allies when the CIA delivered them a ton of cash. Among this group there were those who knew where bin Laden was and who claimed to be prepared to find him and turn him over to the Americans. Bin Laden was located in a complex of caves called Tora Bora near the Pakistani border. The allies located him but just missed capturing him (no surprise there). U.S. Special Operations Command moved toward a blocking position between Tora Bora and Pakistan, but the al-Qaida command cell and their families slipped across the border into Pakistan, where they seemed to be welcomed.

The initial operation was impressive for what it was. Though it did not succeed in capturing the enemy, it did disorganize the enemy enough to buy time for U.S. intelligence to gain some clarity, allowing continual harassment of the group and no further attacks on the U.S. Then came the original sin of U.S. military operations: mission creep. Until al-Qaida showed up in Afghanistan, the U.S. could tolerate Mullah Omar and had little interest in his country. The U.S. thought it would withdraw, then hunt down escaped al-Qaida operatives wherever else they went in the world. It was not to be. The idea that, of all the countries al-Qaida might be in, Afghanistan was uniquely important, requiring a multidivisional force to pacify, was unsound. The American force was never large enough or suitable to occupy Afghanistan, which had already broken the Soviets and the British. The Taliban declined to engage in combat head-on, retreated, dispersed and regrouped. They fought the U.S. to a standstill. If the U.S. withdraws, it leaves Afghanistan to the Taliban, the same situation that would have been the case in December 2001.

The argument against withdrawal is that Afghanistan could be used as a base for mounting terrorist attacks. That is true, but recall that 9/11 was mounted mostly inside the U.S. Transnational terrorism is just that – transnational – and even if Afghanistan were its hub, the U.S. simply cannot hold it.

Obama, Trump and Biden all reached a similar conclusion. Their critics on the matter confuse the desirable and the possible. They often argue that Afghanistan poses a unique danger. It doesn’t. Even so, nothing is over so long as something is possible. And since few things are impossible, the people who want to stay tend to win. But it is important to remember what happened to understand the logic that led to a war that wanted to do what no one, not even Alexander the Great at the height of his power, could. You can isolate Afghanistan, but you cannot impose your will on it.
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Politics & Religion / Maxine Waters Asked For Police Escort
« Last post by DougMacG on April 20, 2021, 08:12:20 AM »
Defund them, they're racist, take away their guns, oh by the way I will need an armed police escort to protect me during my visit aimed at ramping up the violence in your northern confederate city.

https://dailycaller.com/2021/04/19/rep-maxine-waters-police-escort-rioters/
Rep. Maxine Waters Asked For Police Escort As She Encouraged Protestors To ‘To Get More Confrontational’

Waters flew into Minnesota-St. Paul International Airport on April 17, just days ahead of a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. The congresswoman requested a police escort that night when she called for people to stay out on the streets if Chauvin is not found guilty and they don’t get “justice,” according to Townhall.

Waters said she also felt the need to attend the protests to show the family of Daunte Wright, who was shot by police during a traffic stop on April 11, that someone was listening to them. (RELATED: Two National Guard Members Injured During Drive-By Shooting In Minneapolis)

“We’ve got to stay on the street, and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” Waters said, “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
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Where is my police escort?  Who says her work is more important?
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