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Noway2016
Noway2016

Better late than never. Trump just loosening up his “pardoning” hand!
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-trump-poised-pardon-scooter-libby-dick-cheneys/story?id=54433032

Benevolus
Benevolus

Prince? Is there a Raspberry Beret scandal I haven’t heard about?

Benevolus
Benevolus

He’s the kind of guy that would have a Red Corvette.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I’d also guess that the pardon power is retrospective only, and couldn’t exonerate future crimes. So I wonder if prosecutors- hearing the possibility of pardons- might hold back on some charges, and wait and see how things go. It’s possible that the President gets fired before all charges play out, so it’s like a game of timed chess. I think Mueller is sitting on so much now, with new indictments ready to be filed. But can you even pardon allegations? Could be a while before any convictions.

Will Durant
Will Durant

So you condone this President pardoning a guy who leaked an active CIA agents ID to the press, lied about it to the FBI, and was convicted by a jury for obstruction of justice, etc.

In light of your recent comments on McCabe I have to paraphrase Val Kilmer’s Doc Holiday; it appears your hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Yep. He didn’t leak sh-t. Deputy Secstate Richard Armitage did. Convicted of process crime. Big whoop!

Noway2016
Noway2016

Anddddddd…it’s official. Truly MAGA!

Ellynn
Ellynn

When Mr. Libby’s lawyers are also the same husband and wife lawyers who almost became Trump’s lawyers, things happen. It does hurt that one of those lawyers trashes Rosenstein on Fox News almost daily either.

Will Durant
Will Durant

There is no winning “strategy” to be had in Syria. But one certainty is that shooting another $100 million dollar load of cruise missiles that don’t even disable an airstrip for a full day is even worse strategy than previous administrations’ “no strategy at all”.

xdog
xdog

But blowing holes in runways is good enough for some people and a lot easier than having a coherent policy, not that the administration gives a rat about any policy. At any rate the main US fleet just sailed from Norfolk Wednesday so UK and France might get licks in first.

Here’s a look at sea forces in the area and Syrian/Russian bases.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/12/trump-bellicose-tweets-run-far-ahead-us-military-readiness-hit-syria

Will Durant
Will Durant

Speak loudly and imply you have a big stick?

bethebalance
bethebalance

I think the U.S. could be very well-served with an established physical presence in Syria, even if territory is formally occupied- because there is so much potential good it could do there- keep a close check on the Syrian regime, keep ISIS and others from building power, protect some Kurds, be able to interrupt links between Iran and Hezbollah, etc. I think all this outweighs costs and risks because of the great potential to – if nothing else- gain a new level of protection against terrorism. We got our toes in the water, but have an opportunity to step up… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Occupation by its nature doesn’t require consent. There’s just a void that is going to get filled one way or the other, so why not take charge, take space, and manage? It’s admittedly optimistic, but I think occupation can be done in a way that leads by its example, and while nation-building is costly, there could be collaborative support from other nations to help institute democratic self-determination within the territory.

Will Durant
Will Durant

NYT book review on Comey’s A HIGHER LOYALTY, Truth, Lies, and Leadership:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/books/review/james-comey-a-higher-loyalty.html

In his absorbing new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey calls the Trump presidency a “forest fire” that is doing serious damage to the country’s norms and traditions.

“This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values,” Comey writes. “His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty.”

chamblee54
chamblee54

Last night, I received a *survey* on the phone from “victory processing”. They asked me who I was likely to vote for in the Republican primary. Then the robovoice read a biographic sketch of Clay Tippins, one of candidates. I had never heard of Mr. Tippins before this robocall. The robovoice then asked me if the Tippins talk was persuasive, and asked, one more time, who I was likely to vote for in the Republican primary. This is probably the worst robocall ever.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The City of Atlanta paid a particular law firm $89,000 for Open Records legal advice in 2017. The GBI is investigating the City with respect to an ORR in 2017. The city has engaged the same law firm for assistance with respect to the GBI investigation, including $855 and $920 an hour attorneys. The good news is the firm is providing the city a 10% discount, so the city will only pay $770 and $828 an hour. The engagement of the law firm was negotiated by a city employee that may be a target of the GBI investigation. It’s co-incidental… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The comment wasn’t intended to disparage Mr. Highsmith. It’s my opinion that ” her own woman” Mayor Bottoms’ administration out of the gate followed one mistake with another in selecting Holland & Knight to represent the city in the GBI investigation. I’m not at all saying that selecting Holland & Knight doesn’t pass the smell test, but appearances matter. The Bottoms administration took two months (when it likely would only take only two hours) to provide former Mayor Reed’s city credit card statements to the AJC (co-incidentally just after Reed had reimbursed the city for some expenses). Then it engaged… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Taking a pot shot or two at kids hasn’t seemed to have hurt Tex McIver.

Noway2016
Noway2016
Noway2016
Noway2016

No, only if the maggot has engaged in criminal-threatening behaviir and deserves to have been shot.

Noway2016
Noway2016

If the drug addled maggot is breaking in the home and uou have fear of your life or your family members, you aren’t gonna stop and give said maggot a drug test in the “heat of the noment” , as you whiningly utter. Your gonna shoot the piece of sh-t.

You know, you’re sounding surprisingly like Bernie Shaw who asked Dukakis if he wouldn’t shoot someone who was trying to rape Kitty.

Noway2016
Noway2016

You know, Drew, show your family members this very question. Tell your family you’d take no offensive action to protect them if someone was trying to break into y’alls house because you had no definitive knowledge of his “intent”. You are a blithering idiot.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Are you still talking about the school kid asking for directions. I am not. I’m talking about a person trying to break into your home. You have no knowledge of his state of mind. You just see his actions of forceably trying to enter your home. Your “viceral” reaction, hopefully, is to do everything in your power to protect your family. If part of that reaction is not, repeat not, to consider the use of deadly force to protect your family, please let your family know. Today. Now.

Noway2016
Noway2016

To make this easy on you. Pretend I’m Bernie and you’re Dukakis. Paraphrasing:
“Andrew, if a person broke into your home and was brutalizing and threatening to rape and kill Mrs. Pope, and you had access to your guns, would you use deadly force to stop him?”
Drew:________________________________________

Noway2016
Noway2016

Of course the guy wasn’t justified in shooting at the directions asking kid.

Noway2016
Noway2016

IG said McCabe lied 3 times under oath. Indictment follows forthwith. Lol!

Ellynn
Ellynn

To paraphrase a prior comment made this morning “Accused of process crime. Big whoop!” (MaCabe still has a in house appeal of the IG report I believe). Worse case he is convicted and the next Democratic president gives him a “scooter” pardon.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Regarding your Eric Prince comment, he was already living overseas to avoid another indictment of of some sorts.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Lets not forget rince had an affair and a child with his house keeper while his wife was in the house slowly dying of cancer.

bethebalance
bethebalance

So that’s why Scooter Libby was pardoned now? Joe diGenova made the request back when he was interviewing for counsel job? Because I was looking for the why now.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Well, Balance, they say Justice Delayed is Justice Denied. Time to fix that. The most pure of motives. MAGA!

bethebalance
bethebalance

Sometimes justice is a dish best served delayed.

Noway2016
Noway2016

The Great Man taking a stand against bad guys in Syria! But, according to Lurch, Russia had seized all those chemical weapons? I’m shocked at that misinformation!
Yall wanna see how the Ninnies would have handled this situation? Behold…
http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/01/16/awkward_john_kerry_brings_james_taylor_to_paris_sings_youve_got_a_friend/

Noway2016
Noway2016

Like Clinton’s “aspirin factory?”

Noway2016
Noway2016

Drew, please tell me you wore gloves and a mask!
http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/13/uva-thomas-jefferson-statue-vandalized/

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Remember when serial liar, and man of general low character and intelligence had tweeted these things in late August 2013 from the peanut gallery prior to the GOP fully embraced those traits:

“No, dopey, I would not go into Syria, but if I did it would be by surprise and not blurted all over the media like fools.”

“If Obama attacks Syria and innocent civilians are hurt and killed, he and the U.S. will look very bad!”

“What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.”

Noway2016
Noway2016
Noway2016
Noway2016

Lol! Predictable as a starving carp! Haters Gonna-Gotta Hate…So, Sniv, turned in your guns yet? You know, in support of Hogg.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Your personal contributions have already paid for over half of an abortion of a minority baby. You feeling good about yourself?