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Tom Bowler
Nashua, New Hampshire
As a pragmatic libertarian, I believe that government's most important duty is to protect the constitutional rights of the individual.
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From Melinda's 9:22 link: That should be the lesson from the recent revelations related to Flynn—that the special counsel team never had access to the intelligence needed to properly investigate Rafiekian and Alptekin. In turn, this suggests the intelligence community withheld other evidence for Mueller’s team, such as intelligence showing Russia used Steele to interfere in the election. Why couldn't withholding this information from Mueller until the last possible moment be considered obstruction of justice?
Toggle Commented yesterday on Could This Be Peak Bernie? at JustOneMinute
Some hard money purists might disagree, but in our view the advent of digital currency platforms is one of the likeliest ways for gold and silver to attain more widespread circulation as free-market money. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Libertarian Leanings
Right, Gentlejim. The GOPe is as close as we'll get to what we once thought of as "moderate Democrats."
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Bracing For 2020 at JustOneMinute
Just an observation: There are no moderate Democrats in Washington. There are extreme far left Democrats in Washington, and there are other extreme far left Democrats, who pretend they are not extreme far left Democrats, in Washington. The moderate Democrat has been hunted to extinction in Washington -- if there ever were any to begin with.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Bracing For 2020 at JustOneMinute
Kevin Drum wonders if the Democrats are now the party of open borders and makes a courageous admission: I have previously criticized Republicans who accused liberals of wanting “open borders.” President Trump tweets about this endlessly. But I have to admit that it’s hard to see much daylight between Warren’s plan and de facto open borders. Drum has come to a which realization? a.) Democrats really are the party of open borders. b.) This BS about Democrats not being the party of open borders ain't gonna play in Peoria. I go with answer b.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Saturday Morning at JustOneMinute
JohnH, I missread jim nj's 6:19 post as well. Thanks for pointing that out. On rereading it I see my 7:31 was off the mark. To jim nj, my apologies.
Kind of an odd response, jim nj. For those who insist on sparring with him, most of us don't see his original posts and don't know what you are responding to. We don't know if you are being clever, or cogent, in responding to Tom R. Really, you're just wasting our time and clogging up the thread. Please stop. If you don't read the posts and don't know the context, why weigh in at all? I agree with anonamom, but I'm not willing to lay all the blame on one person. The bickering over 4D chess, the insistence that somebody admit they've been wrong, the insults that go back and forth over it are all very tiresome.
Congratulations Matt.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2019 on Jeffrey Epstein Busted at JustOneMinute
When I first looked at the collection of losers lining up this year for the Democratic presidential nomination, I was thinking along the same lines as Michelle Obama. When they tossed their hats into the ring these jokers had to be thinking, "Hell, if Trump can win the White House, why can't I?" They do give me confidence that Trump will win big. They can only look good as candidates right now, when they have only each other for comparison.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2019 on Jeffrey Epstein Busted at JustOneMinute
"Voters are not expected to concern themselves with issues." Not exactly...If the talking points change, they pivot right along, because they didn't arrive at any of the prior conclusions themselves, and finding excuses for getting it wrong is as easy as blaming some conservative perfidy. Posted by: JM Hanes | July 07, 2019 at 02:25 PM Agreed. I could have worded things better, but we're definitely on the same page.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2019 on Meanwhile, Back At The Mall... at JustOneMinute
...the bulk of Roberts' opinions, he seems to be at his most incoherent legally and logically when he rules against the right. How is it possible to be coherent when ruling against the right?? A logical impossibility!! Hi JMH.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2019 on Meanwhile, Back At The Mall... at JustOneMinute
Nice to see you too, Jane. Regarding the breathtaking corruption on the left, it's the nature of the left, so naturally lefty voters are in line with it. Those on the left believe in themselves above all. Issues are selected and positions are taken for only one thing and that is to achieve power. If they have to favor one thing today and the opposite tomorrow, so be it. The position is not important. They on the left are important. Voters are not expected to concern themselves with issues. They are supposed to recognize the moral and intellectual superiority of AOC, Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Joe Biden -- anybody on the left -- and based on that superiority, voters are supposed to trust. Trust that leftist leaders have the superior judgement needed for our ever changing world, because, after all, what was true yesterday is heresy today. We need leaders that can guide us through it, since in their view we haven't the capacity to see things for ourselves. Thus they make their case for government by leftist whim.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2019 on Meanwhile, Back At The Mall... at JustOneMinute
Prosecutor in 2019 Epstein Case Is Maurene Comey, Daughter of Fired FBI Director James Comey — Who Participated in 2017 Pussy Hat March So Jane, it looks like Epstein is getting set up for another hand slap. Hard to imagine anyone related to James Comey is going to press very hard against any Friend of Bill.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2019 on Meanwhile, Back At The Mall... at JustOneMinute
Great Pieces, Clarice. However, the link to the "Alternative Secret History of the World" doesn't work. This one should: And you're right. It is hilarious.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2019 on Meanwhile, Back At The Mall... at JustOneMinute
You leave the title box empty when you post on Typepad, JiB.
Maxine Waters ‏Verified account @RepMaxineWaters Trump, you get no credit for so-called stopping the strike against Iran. Why was the unmanned drone in Iran's airspace? Why the surveillance? Don't provoke and then pretend innocence. Posted by: MissMarple2 | June 24, 2019 at 07:31 AM Why, Miss Maxine! Are you questioning the credibility of our intelligence agencies?!?
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2019 on Weekend Open Thread at JustOneMinute
Bruins are on soon.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2019 on When Is A Flip-Flop Not A Flip-Flop at JustOneMinute
So I wonder if Mueller's press conference today was a CYA thing. He was the savior brought in to deliver Trump's head on a platter. In hindsight it's clear the Mueller investigation was intended to get Trump on obstruction. Mueller knew from the beginning that there was "no big there there." But Mueller failed to deliver. It was supposed to be a fucking chip shot for Christ's sake, but he couldn't get it done. Trump who can't control his impulses, can't pay attention, flies into a rage at the drop of a hat -- how hard could it be to trip him up? Ah, ya gotta love it. So Mueller calls the last Hail Mary press conference to gin up the case for impeachment and swing the nation against Trump. He did hid best. Nobody can fault him for lack of trying. Fact is Mueller was outplayed. Trump and his team recognized a variation of the Scooter Libby play, and they knew how to defend against it. They played outstanding defense, and now they move on to the next round. In this next round we'll see how the offense fares, as it will be all about the indictments. As an aside, I wish the media pick up on the fact that Russian interference in the 2016 election is unproven. They act like the Mueller report established it, but it didn't. Since the targets were Russian nationals Mueller thought he could charge them with anything and never have to prove it in court. I think he's right. He never will.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2019 on When Is A Flip-Flop Not A Flip-Flop at JustOneMinute
Thanks, Jane. I suppose, "It depends." is as good an answer as we can get. AB, if Barr withholds declassified information under those circumstances, we might expect to learn about it during any trials that come up. Yes?
Toggle Commented May 24, 2019 on May Over In June at JustOneMinute
Indictments based on information released, I should add.
Toggle Commented May 24, 2019 on May Over In June at JustOneMinute
A question for the JOM attorneys: Is Barr likely to withhold declassified information from the public if he plans use it in a criminal proceeding against someone? On the flipside of that question, if Barr releases declassified information to the public, does that mean we should not expect indictments?
Toggle Commented May 24, 2019 on May Over In June at JustOneMinute
It was, Jane! :)
Toggle Commented May 13, 2019 on Happy Mother's Day at JustOneMinute
First, I'd like to thank everybody who offered travel advice a couple of weeks ago for the drive from Key West to Mesa, AZ by my son and me. Also, thanks Jane for your offer of hospitality which we were unfortunately unable to take you up on. It was all very helpful, particularly JiB suggesting a SunPass for the Florida Turnpike. You can buy a transponder in a Publix supermarket, and then go online to activate it with a credit card. The thing has a couple of suction cups on it so you can stick it on the windshield below the mirror and you're good to go. Breezed through all the tolls. It was two weeks ago Sunday I got on a plane to Key West. Picked up the truck Monday morning and packed it up. Set out on Tuesday at about 9:30 after morning traffic died down. It was kind of a leisurely drive, 7 to 8 hours each day. We made Ocala on the first day. From there our overnight stops were Baton Rouge, San Antonio, El Paso, and then Mesa. It was pretty much I-10 all the way until we got to Lordsburg, NM where we picked up US 70 which became US 60 just outside of Mesa. It was a much easier drive than we expected and quite scenic. Very unlike New England, which is not to say New England isn't scenic. But this was different, like we were driving through a western movie in places. I discovered the senior discount at Red Roof Inn. You can get a room for $50-$55 a night with a refrigerator and microwave. And cable -- we kept up with the Bruins playoff series against the Blue Jackets. I had a 6-pack of Corona that I bought in Key West which I would put into the freezer each night after it warmed in the truck all day. But when we got back to the room after dinner (and all the beer that went with it) we'd be too tired to drink it. Took it out in the morning and put it into the next refrigerator at night -- repeat four times. Finally in Mesa we polished it off. San Antonio was a bit of surprise. I only got the see the inside of Lackland AFB my only other time there, but I remembered it being very flat. When we drove out the next morning I was routed through a region of ranches and a lot of hilly green pastures. Springtime. Maybe they turn brown in summer. I did not stay to help with the unpacking. My son got help from his mother and sister for that, and I took a red-eye from Phoenix back to Manchester. It was quite a trip. Escape from Key West! Thanks again!
Toggle Commented May 13, 2019 on Happy Mother's Day at JustOneMinute
Excellent Pieces, Clarice! Timely!
Toggle Commented May 12, 2019 on No Durant, No Problem at JustOneMinute
One can only speculate what Nixon and Kissinger might have accomplished, and what might not have come undone, had President Nixon paid more serious attention to a third rate burglary at the Watergate Hotel. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at Libertarian Leanings