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I'm sure the author (Melvyn Bragg) has some English cultural bias in there but I sure find it fascinating. Posted by: daddy | April 19, 2018 at 10:39 PM So do I. From an American perspective, the flexibility of the language fits with the much greater flexibility we have (socially and governmentally) when compared with the British. As an adult, for instance, I've been intrigued by our very visible British cultural and legal overlay but our very hidden (but probably just as important) German overlay: we drive on "their" side of the road, our higher education system follows their lead, we call our very early education kindergarten, English is a Germanic language, the Queen of England is German, etc., etc. But the flexibility, man, the flexibility of the language is an underappreciated gift and may have been the key for the success of the American experiment. Thats the beauty of it. That was the sweet revenge which English took on French; it not only anglicized it, it used the invasion to increase it's own strength; it looted the looters, plundered those who had plundered, out of weakness it brought forth strength... The same thing, of course, happened with the German. Now apply that to Africans in the Americas; my very biased theory is this (YMMV, of course): the flexibility of the English language has mixed with the creative spontaneity of the African mindset to provide, much like the hidden German overlay, an important component piece in defining what makes us Americans. Further, this helps explain why we generally *don't* love soccer like the Europeans do, why we *do* have a greater impatience as compared to Europeans, and why American Exceptionalism still governs our mindset. The flexibility and creativity of the language fits the flexibility and creativity of our government which fits the flexibility and creativity of our Out of Many, One blended culture. A culture which was (and is) constrained by the visible British overlay *and* the hidden German overlay.
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Damn, narciso, I haven't watched the shiznit yet! But that won't ruin it for me; I've been curious how she was gonna close this thing out.
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Check back when there's an indictment. Posted by: Another Bob | April 19, 2018 at 08:27 PM * * * "Every agent supervising the investigation of @GenFlynn has now been referred to #DOJ for criminal charges by either Congress or the OIG." ...from which not a single indictment has been forthcoming. Posted by: Old Lurker | April 20, 2018 at 10:01 AM * * * Ha !!! The evolution of forced disbelief has been (and continues to be) interesting to observe; still fearful of getting burned by normal expectations leading to normal disappointments. Hard as it is to believe, this is why I'm fairly certain Trump is going to go down as a greater President than Reagan. You can see the trajectory now. It's just so hard, though, for many to believe it. His use of the OODA Loop mentality has completely confused the political world (and The Ledge).
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Let me go on on the record as wholeheartedly approving RG's optimism while unreservedly deploring RG's pollyannia. Posted by: JimNorCal | April 19, 2018 at 10:02 AM Jim -- how? How did the denizens of The Crevice (thank you, KK) get to you? This ain't over, OL. Not even close, henry. Nor to all y'all other Borg-loving folk. Resistance is *not* futile, my peeps. More later after I obsess over my Jaguars State of the Franchise address today. Lots of interesting comments over the last day or so. And -peter, I gots my eye on you bwah.
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Now, before I kick back to see who attacks Horowitz in Congress today, I want to slightly modify a comment I made back in October and post it again because it is a perfect example of what Trump and Sessions are facing. In June 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Brian Benczkowski to become Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division. Sometimes you have to pay attention to what the Democrats are squawking about to get a hint of what might be going on, what they really and truly fear. This article, for instance: https://newrepublic.com/article/145323/donald-trump-installing-mole-mueller-probe On September 28, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved on a party line vote the nomination of Brian Benczkowski to be the head of the Justice Department’s criminal division. The vote put President Donald Trump one step closer to installing a potential mole at the department, with the ability to inform him of any wiretaps or significant developments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury investigation into the possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. During the committee hearing, Democrats cited a number of reasons to oppose Benczkowski, who was a top aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions when the former senator ran the Judiciary Committee. So . . . in June the President makes it clear he needs this man. JUNE! They can't vote him out of committee until damn near October! And the Senate hasn't consented to him yet !!! Elmer Fudd, castigated on this board for not doing enough, and not doing it fast enough, has spooked the Democrats with the placement of his right hand man as the next head of the DOJ criminal division. In that earlier comment I also made note of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page; their removal from Mueller's team was reported in August and I tied it into the fear the Democrats had of a mole. We know now, of course, what the deal is with those two but the discussion of a "mole" still rings in my head. It's upside down. There is a Republican administration; any mole would be a Democrat operative. Benczkowski was on the administration's transition DOJ Landing Team, however, and I'm sure is having an effect even now but not quite like he could be having once confirmed by the Senate. Their level of fear of this man is off-the-charts, so I've been just watching and waiting to see if there was any action on his nomination: Could this Trump nominee interfere with Mueller? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/could-this-trump-nominee-interfere-with-mueller/2018/03/22/33f346a8-2e13-11e8-8688-e053ba58f1e4_story.html?utm_term=.cab246904014 If Trump Fires Rosenstein, This Man Could End Up With Power Over the Russia Investigation https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/04/if-trump-fires-rosenstein-this-man-could-end-up-with-power-over-the-russia-investigation/ History is being made, and the ATTEMPTED obstruction of Donald Trump in his first two years is going to be a huge part of that history.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on No Justice No Peace at JustOneMinute
Henry, get back with me in two years and lets see about that, okay? James D., no. We want to do it the right way and we want the compare / contrast to be stark -- for future generations to see. And we should highlight it, for their forever shame today and as a caution to our progeny.
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RG, no need to get personal. I simply see nothing happening as evidence of nothing happening. You see it as evidence of great things going on behind the scenes. Dis Wisconsin all you want. We've waited 6 years so far for any justice vs Chisolm et al. same deal, AG / Justice Dept does an investigation. Reports of crimes. No one charged. Rinse repeat. 6-9 month cycle. At this point it is not rational to expect a different result. DC looks cookie cutter to me. My cynicism is well earned. You can assess how you like. I hope you don't end up disappointed. I too would like to see Sessions deliver justice here. Posted by: henry | April 18, 2018 at 06:02 AM Henry, I don't think I'm getting personal. You've just written a comment that proves *my* point, or so it seems to me. Earlier, you conveniently provided an example of a Democrat doing a partisan prosecution quickly. Not surprising for the Party of Big Government. Now, you cite with great frustration to a state version of what the Trump Administration is facing in DC. Don't you get that? But the good news is this: Scott Walker, God love him, is not Donald Trump. And whoever your lead prosecutor and lead law enforcement agency official is, they probably don't match up to the guy who bravely dealt with the remnanats of the KKK in Bama. The mere fact that none of us has been told in detail of the coming indictments and prosecutions or -- my goodness, guilty pleas! -- is not evidence of nothing happening. To the contrary, it's evidence of learned professionals doing their job. And doing it properly, not politically.
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RG, complex cases against govt employees in less than 2 years? I give you DA Chisolm and his scalps from John Doe #1. My recollection is first indictments within 6 months. Is Sessions less skilled? Or less interested in those scalps (compared to immigrants and leakers)? Posted by: henry | April 17, 2018 at 08:58 PM That's frankly an unserious assertion, henry, and it says you aren't clear about the challenge facing President Trump, Jeff Sessions or this Administration. I think I've said before, those partisan Wisconsin activities are base level legal actions. Nothing complicated about them in the slightest, evil though they be. I'd give you more dap if the actions in Wisconsin were brought by a Republican prosecutor against a bureaucracy filled with wrongdoing Democrats but, of course, that's not the case, is it? No, you have hyenas at the county level bringing charges they could have easily pulled out of their behinds and presenting them before friendly judges in friendly jurisdictions. And this is your comparison for what is happening in D.C. ??? Why continue to beat this drum?
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The lack of results there is troubling. Posted by: henry | April 17, 2018 at 07:32 PM Come on, henry, show me one instance anywhere in America of a complex criminal case involving public servants that is anything remotely close to fast (that means less than two years) and I will show you a serious exception to the rule.
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As usual, Justice Thomas makes a damn good point in his dissent: While THE CHIEF JUSTICE persuasively explains why respondent cannot prevail under our precedents, I write separately to make two additional points. First, I continue to doubt that our practice of striking down statutes as unconstitutionally vague is consistent with the original meaning of the Due Process Clause. See id., at ___–___ (opinion of THOMAS, J.) (slip op., at 7–18). Second, if the Court thinks that §16(b) is unconstitutionally vague because of the “categorical approach,” see ante, at 6–11, then the Court should abandon that approach—not insist on reading it into statutes and then strike them down. Accordingly, I respectfully dissent. Hmmmmmmmm . . . there's something TK-ish about that position, isn't there?
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Agree with Gorsuch, I think, but I'm very curious to see what Justice Thomas had to say in his dissent. * * * fwiw ... and to bring it back to Black Panther for a bit and the South Korean scene ... did RG notice the roof Koreans? Posted by: rich | April 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM Rich . . . roof Koreans? Hey, man, I've had some birthdays. Memory ain't what it used to be. Remind me of the scene, please, but the answer is no I did not. Or at least I can't recall it right now. You know that will only give me more compare / contrast grist to attack the film from my love-hate position. * * * fdcol63, very good. Someone here mentioned its connection to the OODA Loop and I've been looking into that. IMHO it helps to explain why you should be more open to the 4D claims; I'm sure I'll convince you of this later . . . /not
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Tom R., we have (at times) an exasperated crowd here and the glass is always half empty for some of them. the lack of an accompanying indictment was a contrary indicator. Posted by: henry | April 17, 2018 at 03:25 PM See what I mean? That said, down the road Elmer Fudd is gonna spank some serious azz on this here board. * * * Gus, you really go in for the kill may man! POOOOOODLE STOGANOFF? Ha !!! * * * JiB, hopefully you *do* know the pleasure of a hot, fresh and sweet watermelon straight out of the midday patch. Mmmmmmmm. * * * Kudos to you, Appalled, for your 3:25 response.
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Porchlight for the win!
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Diss 'sho be some good ole, lemonade, OL !!! And James D., you know I share your exasperation. I fear my response if justice is not had here. Justice delayed? I can deal with that.
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It was the attitude of Trump's detractors that solidified my initially reluctant support once he became our party's nominee. If his followers leap to his defense too quickly for you, it is perhaps because they have been under constant attack from all sides from the start. Posted by: JM Hanes | April 17, 2018 at 11:07 AM Thank you, for this. It summarizes quite well the reason for my 100% supportive approach to the President and all of the 4D chess, etc., claims. For me, it has been more than a decade now existing in a very curious world filled with casual, demeaning presumptions of me . . . held by my friends! Sometimes you just have to laugh, and continue to march.
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(James D., strawman or not, you know I come in peace -- right? Right !?!) Not asking for much, James D. Posted by: Ralph L | April 17, 2018 at 10:23 AM Nope, not much at all. Reminds me of some of my adrenaline freak friends I had in the Army. Luckily, our friend OL has thrown up something of the white flag, resigned himself to the facts that circumstances are what they are, and properly stocked up on some popcorn. I take that as his version of faith and patience. My job here may be complete! * * * Dersh obviously understands 4d chess as little as I do. Posted by: Captain Hate | April 17, 2018 at 08:45 AM Or, CH, he understands it quite well and -- as a firm Democrat and longtime member of the ruling establishment -- very much wants the administration to take a premature step. Or . . . he's being genuine. I definitely know that's possible. But I'm very suspicious of him. When (and if) this administration finally does take that de-recuse / un-recuse step I can just hear the claims of WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG !?! echoing all over this board. Maybe they have a plan, gang. Maybe, just maybe. And some smarts.
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(I've not reviewed comments from earlier Saturday morning on the prior thread but came across this and wanted to post before I forgot about it) * * * I've often speculated how Agile might be applied in areas other than software development. Not all projects lend themselves to it. Hard to estimate how long it takes to catch fish. But I can certainly imagine Trump being resourceful enough to apply some of its principles to the "projects" he has going. The rate that he has been able to get things accomplished suggests that he's done exactly that, but some of the things he's up against are like catching the fish. Posted by: Tom Bowler | April 14, 2018 at 02:34 PM Tom, your full comment at 2:34 is one of the primary reasons I treasure this board. Many thanks for a *very* illuminating contribution.
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Headed out for some spring football in Gainesville today but had to add my two cents on this: * * * Our government must find ways to adapt to networked, complex systems or risk becoming irrelevant. The private sector is knocking down doors to become more Agile, yet the bureaucratic mind is fighting the 21st Century with all it has. Posted by: Kevlar Kid | April 14, 2018 at 02:33 AM That was a fantastic read, KK; thank you very much. It captured what I've suspected some among The Ledge have not been factoring in with the 4D stuff. Again, if it's bugging anyone here just imagine what it's doing to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton . . . and Maxine Waters, for goodness sakes. More importantly, it's exciting to think how this administration might effectively bring that mindset to our public sector overlords in the federal government. This has the potential to be a genuine gamechanger; re-thinking 21st century federal government priorities based on *OUR* needs, not that of the public servant.
And, fdcol63 -- very good comment from you. I look forward to our next celebratory meal!
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RG is usually more careful than that so I wonder if that was a window into what he really thinks people who disagree with him believe. Posted by: Old Lurker | April 13, 2018 at 03:37 PM No, just a bit of inquisitive probing. Remember, all of that happened prior to my return to lurking here and subsequently commenting. I was fairly certain the charge would be countered . . . although . . . well, it's too good of a day to root around in that long ago mud. But . . . this is some 4D stuff today, is it not? Everywhere they turn, they're staring at checkmate. Russia, Russia, Russia -- but he blew their mercenaries up and firmly established a new coalition between Israel, KSA and the Gulf Cooperation Council? Comey releases the book next week -- and . . . he then gets indicted? Loretta flailing while trying to get ahead of a differing narrative? Poor, poor McCabe gets battered first but -- Strzok and Page look awful, too? Revelation that a criminal investigation of the Clinton's was hidden *and* sabotaged ? The Speaker of the House is getting ever more wobbly? And much, much more! Come on, people, give the man his dap dammit. I've got to go do some quiet celebration, while giving thanks and praises for this providential turn.
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Tom R, my over-the-top wishful thinking centers on Carter Page as (first and foremost) a Defense Intelligence asset and only secondarily someone the FBI has made use of. But, yes, if this can loop back to the craziness of that whole Valerie Plame nonsense -- heavenly.
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Tom R, their damn near 20-year relationship with Sater is intriguing. But a November 3, 2015 eMail like that? After Trump announced in June 2015 his candidacy for President? Very suspicious. Especially given what we now know of the DOJ-NSD and the FBI-CID. For 20 years they have been using him for their purposes. Did they make use of Cohen in the same way?
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Thank you, MaryRose. It has been a quite interesting exchange. * * * RG 9:27, a long list of anomalies and a wink wink nudge nudge does not prove anything to me. Posted by: henry | April 13, 2018 at 09:55 AM Does the long, objective list from the campaign prove anything to you, henry? From the primary debates? From the convention? The election? The transition? I mean, at some point it becomes remarkable how hard some of you are working to respond as if this is a normal time with normal things occurring all controlled by the UniParty. More remarkable, though, is how much this 4D thing seems to bug some of you. Proof positive (to me, at least) of just how incredibly effective the claim -- as a persuasive tool -- is (and I definitely think his team is involved with the claim). Think about it; Trump has very skillfully robbed the mainstream media of their narrative dominance and done so in a way that likely has delivered irreparable damage to them. How in the hell is that not some 4D shiznit ???
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TK, I'm not disputing any claim you've made. That's not where I'm coming from. I'm not disputing any claim Tom R made. On these boards two people will often have slightly different takes on things, might talk past one another at times. No big deal. He asked a simple question. You steadfastly refuse to answer the question. That's curious as hell to me. It isn't like he helicoptered in and is slandering you.
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Take note, TK. Yes, Thomas Collins. More than likely well before that. See how easy that was? Why the fear, man? Answer the question, allow the comments to flow. You're acting as if you're going to be mortally wounded on a comment board.
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