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Trumpocalypse Now
I don't know why these hoity-toity, bougie creeps don't all live on their superyachts by now.

Fewer panhandlers at sea.
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speaking of narcissistic selfish assholes....

I know this was already posted here sometime in the past (2014) but it's worth a chuckle.

Quote:Atlas Mugged: How a Libertarian Paradise in Chile Fell Apart
Two years after Galt's Gulch Chile was founded, the utopian project is mired in personal and legal conflicts and investors now claim that the guy in charge is a sociopath and a con man.

Then there's this asshole who was a part of the above 'asshole-ville' - John Corbin
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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My favorite libertarian utopia is Grafton Gulch, in which a bunch of libertarians moved to a small town in NH, took over the local government, and immediately began slashing budgets and de-regulating everything. Predictably, the private sector failed to emerge to adequately replace the public services they were eliminating, so roads deteriorated, utilities failed, and eventually the town was overrun by bears that were becoming unusually aggressive because of the lack of zoning and the town's refusal to mandate bear-proof garbage bins.

https://newrepublic.com/article/159662/l...wn-project
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Oh I'm definitely going to go through a rabbit-hole reading about these. If you want to giggle a bit more: Check out this site's called Conservapedia's "totally factual and not biased" description of capitalism.

https://www.conservapedia.com/Capitalism...ng_Poverty

My favorite:
Quote:Thanks to Capitalism, billions of people have been able to pull themselves out of poverty. Capitalism has lead to the greatest reduction in human misery. [9] As capitalism provides more opportunities to people, as research has shown that when people earn their way out of poverty it is much more empowering and enduring than being supported by the government.

seems legit.
"God moves in mysterious ways," they said. Maybe he is on your side, the way it all worked out. Remembering other Christmases, wishing for something, something important, something special. And this is it, baby boy Frankie Bono. You're alone now. All alone. The scream is dead. There's no pain. You're home again, back in the cold, black silence
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(05-09-2021, 02:25 PM)fuzzy dunlop Wrote: My favorite libertarian utopia is Grafton Gulch, in which a bunch of libertarians moved to a small town in NH, took over the local government, and immediately began slashing budgets and de-regulating everything.  Predictably, the private sector failed to emerge to adequately replace the public services they were eliminating, so roads deteriorated, utilities failed, and eventually the town was overrun by bears that were becoming unusually aggressive because of the lack of zoning and the town's refusal to mandate bear-proof garbage bins.

https://newrepublic.com/article/159662/l...wn-project

Obligatory "Let the bears pay the bear tax" reference
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"Capitalism has lead to the greatest reduction in human misery."

Really, then why are rich folks so miserable?
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No economic ideology can be a one-size fits all for one reason and one reason only: Human beings will always shit the bed because we're human. We're inherently greedy and self-serving; all it takes is for one person to go, "but yeah, I think I deserve more" and we're back in the same place.

That's why any Libertarian paradise is doomed to be a shitshow; its why a white ethnostate will burn up in flames. Because there will be immediate infighting by those who want to attain and preserve power. Capitalism cannot work how they claim it is when people on top do not want to cede control to the people at bottom. And communism leads to genocide when dictators decide that they and they alone can rule.

It's why these things need constant tinkering and need to reflect the realities of the world,not some fantasy some hack author decided to dream up. It's why we need restraint and accountability to keep us in line.
"God moves in mysterious ways," they said. Maybe he is on your side, the way it all worked out. Remembering other Christmases, wishing for something, something important, something special. And this is it, baby boy Frankie Bono. You're alone now. All alone. The scream is dead. There's no pain. You're home again, back in the cold, black silence
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Is that why Jefferson reckoned the constitution should be scrapped and redone every 19 years?
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I don't think 95% of these yahoos have the foggiest idea what's really up with capitalism and socialism. Socialism is some evil repugnant shit. Until it gives THEM some help. But they won't accept that that was a form of socialism. Education is just fucking out the window. No one wants to make the effort to learn a damn thing. Trump has turned ignorance into a quality..

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I’m fairly happy not linking to Trump statements anymore, but this one was too funny not to share:

https://mobile.twitter.com/atrupar/statu...2611095556

   
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Sniffles has a problem with junkies huh. Ok..

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Clearly, the border crisis and all those illegals crossing the border is causing our fine American horses to be juiced up !!
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Can you imagine having to be around this whiny puke? He probably works fake election into every conversation he ever has, multiple times. Ugh..

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Once again we're remined that he never brought anything substantive to a conversation, just contempt, misdirected anger, white grievance, poor spelling, inappropriate title casing, histrionics, shame and self-absorption.
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(05-08-2021, 09:52 PM)Chaz Rock City Wrote: It's been my experience that libertarians say the don't like either party, but always vote straight Republican. My guess is that they know the GOP's policies don't work, but they hate Democrats too much to care. Either that or they prefer conspiracy theories to facts.

I am always pushing back on my "BOTH SIDES" people, because they'll talk shit about both sides and then vote Republican. STFU and sit it out, then, ass hole.

A Hawaiian shirt is like a cash gift - always appropriate
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Libertarians should present... A Third Side!!

If they can't, well, guess what: you're not a political ideology.
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(05-09-2021, 01:57 PM)bradito Wrote: I don't know why these hoity-toity, bougie creeps don't all live on their superyachts by now.

Fewer panhandlers at sea.

The problem is you need to interact with the hoi polloi on some level in order to flaunt your wealth.

A Hawaiian shirt is like a cash gift - always appropriate
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Says a lot that they can't just be content to BE wealthy.

I wanna punch those people who say money can't buy happiness. Poverty can't buy shit motherfucker!

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(05-09-2021, 07:11 PM)chavez Wrote:
(05-09-2021, 01:57 PM)bradito Wrote: I don't know why these hoity-toity, bougie creeps don't all live on their superyachts by now.

Fewer panhandlers at sea.

The problem is you need to interact with the hoi polloi on some level in order to flaunt your wealth.

You know who loves to hear about yacht wealth?

...pirates.
Think of them as well armed ocean going panhandlers.
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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The problem with a lot of rich people is that they have to advertise how rich they are and buy shit that they don't need. All that shit costs a lot of money and requires mortgages, lease payments, insurance, repairs, routine maintenance, taxes, staff overhead or other recurring expenses that demand rich people continue making money and more of it in order to maintain this extravagant lifestyle. Whatever made them rich might also not always be on solid footing. Their businesses or investments might struggle or completely fail due to poor decision making, political controversy, or just an incredibly competitive marketplace.

Rich people aren't innovators. They steal from innovators or buy up innovators, but they can't provide the leadership necessary to innovate solutions for an ever-changing marketplace. They really just want more money and now because they have status to maintain. So they don't make better products to increase their cash flow. Instead, they lobby the government to cut taxes for them; ease regulations so they can operate under less expensive safety guidelines that put their employees at greater risk; and refuse to budge on minimum wage, paid family leave, or affordable health insurance, creating nearly inescapable poverty for millions.

But no, we shouldn't raise taxes on these rat bastards because they're the "job creators."

@_@
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You guys were looking dumb way before the audit:

https://mobile.twitter.com/nickmartin/st...6325528576

   
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Hey, you guys have always looked like idiots. Did you see the 45th president by chance?
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Liz Cheney's going to be voted out of her House leadership position on Wednesday:

https://twitter.com/JakeSherman/status/1...9096116226

One of the many ironies here is that Stefanik - who is about to replace her - actually voted with Trump much less frequently than Cheney did. But because Stefanik enthusiastically backed Trump's bawling that he couldn't possibly have lost and Cheney didn't, Cheney's about to be steamrollered.
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Yeah, cancel that person for her controversial beliefs, you anti-cancel culture Supreme Cancellers!
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(05-10-2021, 03:42 PM)Iron Maiden Wrote: You guys were looking dumb way before the audit:

https://mobile.twitter.com/nickmartin/st...6325528576

The second post is a doozy.  Pretty much confirms that Republicans are taking the most cynical route to “governing”
"God moves in mysterious ways," they said. Maybe he is on your side, the way it all worked out. Remembering other Christmases, wishing for something, something important, something special. And this is it, baby boy Frankie Bono. You're alone now. All alone. The scream is dead. There's no pain. You're home again, back in the cold, black silence
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We already know the answer:

https://twitter.com/MacFarlaneNews/statu...3793599488

Quote:Wednesday's US House Oversight Committee hearing into Jan 6 Insurrection will review whether US Justice Dept had blind eye toward right-wing extremism under Pres. Trump, per US House aides
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Blind eye? Was really more of a wink type situation.
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Hey, they're finally looking into this. I'll be damned. It only five months!
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Woops:

https://twitter.com/ryanjreilly/status/1...6849965059

Quote:NEW: The FBI arrested 25-year-old Anton Lunyk in Brooklyn this morning. The bureau received a tip about him after he appeared in the background of a screenshot of Baked Alaska’s livestream.

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Secret Service intrigue:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021...et-service

Quote:Two Trump family members got “inappropriately – and perhaps dangerously – close” to agents protecting them while Donald Trump was president, according to a new book on the US Secret Service.

Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service, by the Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig, is published next week. The Guardian obtained a copy.

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In her new book, she writes that Secret Service agents reported that Vanessa Trump, the wife of the president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr, “started dating one of the agents who had been assigned to her family”.

Vanessa Trump filed for an uncontested divorce in March 2018. Leonnig reports that the agent concerned did not face disciplinary action as neither he nor the agency were official guardians of Vanessa Trump at that point.

Leonnig also writes that Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter with his second wife, Marla Maples, broke up with a boyfriend and “began spending an unusual amount of time alone with a Secret Service agent on her detail”.

Secret Service leaders, the book says, “became concerned at how close Tiffany appeared to be getting to the tall, dark and handsome agent”.

Agents are prohibited from forming personal relationships with those they protect, out of concern that such feelings could cloud their judgment.

Both Tiffany Trump and the agent said nothing untoward was happening, Leonnig writes, and pointed out the nature of the agent’s job meant spending time alone with his charge. The agent was subsequently reassigned.

Leonnig also reports that it was not clear if Donald Trump knew what Secret Service personnel were saying about his daughter and daughter-in-law.

But she says the president did repeatedly seek to remove Secret Service staff he deemed to be overweight or too short for the job.

“I want these fat guys off my detail,” Trump is reported to have said, possibly confusing office-based personnel with active agents. “How are they going to protect me and my family if they can’t run down the street?”
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We got an update on that Students for Trump guy:

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-...story.html

Quote:He was a Student For Trump, but definitely not a lawyer.

A judge slammed the founder of Students for Trump as a “cold-blooded fraudster” before sentencing him to 13 months in prison for posing as a lawyer.

John Lambert, 25, pretended to be Eric Pope of the Manhattan-based firm Pope & Dunn. He falsely claimed to be a graduate of NYU Law School with a finance degree from the University of Pennsylvania and 15 years of experience in corporate and patent law.

The baby-faced scammer from Tennessee admitted to running the racket from 2016 to 2018, which targeted people who had little or no experience seeking legal advice. Victims sought Lambert’s help through the freelancing website Upwork. He earned at least $46,654 through the legal advice he was totally unqualified to give.

Judge Valerie Caproni called Lambert “a cold-blooded fraudster who cared not a whit about the victims of his fraud.”
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(05-11-2021, 07:36 PM)Iron Maiden Wrote: Secret Service intrigue:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021...et-service

Quote:Two Trump family members got “inappropriately – and perhaps dangerously – close” to agents protecting them while Donald Trump was president, according to a new book on the US Secret Service.

Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service, by the Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig, is published next week. The Guardian obtained a copy.

.....

In her new book, she writes that Secret Service agents reported that Vanessa Trump, the wife of the president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr, “started dating one of the agents who had been assigned to her family”.

Vanessa Trump filed for an uncontested divorce in March 2018. Leonnig reports that the agent concerned did not face disciplinary action as neither he nor the agency were official guardians of Vanessa Trump at that point.

Leonnig also writes that Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter with his second wife, Marla Maples, broke up with a boyfriend and “began spending an unusual amount of time alone with a Secret Service agent on her detail”.

Secret Service leaders, the book says, “became concerned at how close Tiffany appeared to be getting to the tall, dark and handsome agent”.

Agents are prohibited from forming personal relationships with those they protect, out of concern that such feelings could cloud their judgment.

Both Tiffany Trump and the agent said nothing untoward was happening, Leonnig writes, and pointed out the nature of the agent’s job meant spending time alone with his charge. The agent was subsequently reassigned.

Leonnig also reports that it was not clear if Donald Trump knew what Secret Service personnel were saying about his daughter and daughter-in-law.

But she says the president did repeatedly seek to remove Secret Service staff he deemed to be overweight or too short for the job.

“I want these fat guys off my detail,” Trump is reported to have said, possibly confusing office-based personnel with active agents. “How are they going to protect me and my family if they can’t run down the street?”
Hallmark HAS to make this into a movie!  Secret Service, Secret Love would be a good title.
I've got good news and I've got bad news. The bad news is I've lost my way. The good news is I'm way ahead of schedule!
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“I want these fat guys off my detail."

But they have better stopping power, sir. Reinforced, you might say.

And one's porking your daughter. No, the other one. Yes, you have two.
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Keep an eye on this:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/...d=msedgntp

Quote:The Biden Justice Department and lawyers for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have reached an agreement about how to handle a congressional subpoena for testimony from former Trump White House counsel Donald McGahn.

The House Judiciary Committee and the Biden administration announced the deal Tuesday in a filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The parties told the court they have “an agreement in principle on an accommodation.” Former president Donald Trump is “not a party to the agreement,” the filing states.

No additional details were provided about the negotiated settlement.

It was not known whether the agreement means McGahn will appear on Capitol Hill to answer lawmakers’ questions. McGahn’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The parties plan to formally ask the D.C. Circuit to remove from its calendar a hearing in the case set for next week.

The House Judiciary Committee first subpoenaed McGahn in 2019. Pelosi’s general counsel, Douglas Letter, told the court that McGahn’s testimony related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is still “essential” to lawmakers’ oversight responsibilities.
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Is it a surprise that Trump officials will try to defend the insurrection response by blaming the media?

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/11/995983576...mpaign=npr

Quote:Officials from the Trump administration will deliver testimony to Congress on Wednesday in defense of their handling of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection led by pro-Trump extremists, as lawmakers seek to pinpoint the administrative failures that led to the deadly riot.

Former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller and former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen will address the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to discuss what precautions the administration took in the weeks leading up to the rampage at the Capitol, as well as what steps were taken to quell the siege once it had begun.

"A principal concern for the Department of Defense was the apparent lack of coordination, synchronization, and information exchange with and between the numerous domestic law enforcement organizations having primary jurisdiction and responsibility over such matters in the District," Miller will tell lawmakers on the panel, according to prepared remarks obtained by NPR.

He is expected to also cite "commentary in the media about the possibility of a military coup or that advisors to the President were advocating the declaration of martial law" as a reason for seeking to limit the use of the military.
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