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29 Sep 2018 15:35

So for the American memory banks...we Americans kidnapped children from their parents..and as in most things Trump everything was done on some impulsive no thought out action..now there are children that can't be returned to their families because Trump's team simply didn't keep track of the parties involved..basic stuff like names,addresses and phone numbers..
And but yet again Trump promised not to separate minor children at the border...and again the promise was broken...many of the kids are American citizens.
And now for another deep dig..one branch of government in place to balance Trump's power...went on a Donald style diatribe..about the Democrats..the Clintons..and most dangerous and disruptive...a possible supreme court member went crazy about the majority of citizens that didn't vote for Trump trying to get revenge through the hearing process..
This clown is going to give even handed rulings on law for all Americans? NFW..
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29 Sep 2018 16:33

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well, i seem to have gained some understanding as to WHY trump ordered the probe. according to a france24 commentary, trump had little choice given that 2 repubs signaled they may jump the divider if an fbi probe wasn't launched before the floor vote. even if severely limited in scope and time, it was the right initiative.


Yeah, Flake is the hero here. He told his R colleagues he would vote no on the full Senate confirmation if there wasn’t an FBI investigation. So his colleagues communicated this to Trump. Love the way Trump changes the narrative from day to day, without any reference to the previous one. A couple of days ago he said Ford’s testimony was false, then he flips completely on that. She’s a wonderful woman who deserves to be heard.

More and more former Yale students are coming forward to say Kavanaugh lied about his student days, that he was a very heavy drinker, that he definitely could have forgotten things he did while under the influence. I think the FBI investigation at a minimum will show that. The question is, if after a week they don’t have a smoking gun, but have evidence that leads them to believe that there is more investigating that they need to do, will they be allowed to?

jmdirt wrote: Ford could be 100% sure that it was BK, and maybe one or two other details, but not 100% sure about other things. Maybe BK being in the national spotlight was a trigger for Dr. Ford.


The most critical memory might be whether she drove to the party. She originally said the date was in the mid 80s. She changed that to 1982, because she said she remembered not being able to drive home from the party, ergo, she was only 15. But suppose the assault happened, her memory is clear on that, but that memory is mixed up with another memory of being at a party and not being able to drive home? This could be critical, because I’m not sure the FBI will investigate other years. If they were to find strong evidence that no such event occurred in 1982, that could clear Kavanaugh, even if an assault actually took place a year or two later. We just don’t know what the FBI will and won’t look into.

Just one more point on memory. Ford, apparently wanting to show off her knowledge, brought in this bit about neurotransmitters and the hippocampus. The scientific view, which she obviously adheres to, is that neurotransmitters at specific places in specific concentrations, are critical to memory formation, consolidation and recall. So when she says she is 100% certain, she is saying that the neural events that signal that a certain event happened are occurring normally. But she has no way of knowing that. If neurotransmitters are critical to memory, any imbalance in them can result in a false memory. And we have no way of knowing whether there is an imbalance—other than through independent verification—because our “knowing” itself is the result of neurotransmitter action. Any philosopher of science could pick apart her claim with ease. When Feinstein asked her how she could be certain, she said she was certain in the same way that she was certain she was talking to Feinstein at that moment. That is manifestly not the case. Again, any scientist should be able to understand that.

It’s true that traumatic events tend to form especially strong memories. Assuming Ford is telling the truth—and she would seem to have no motive at all not to—it’s extremely likely she did have a traumatic event much as what she described. But there are many ways that traumatic memories can be processed subsequently. Indeed, the fact that she says this had a major impact on the rest of her life virtually begs one to assume that it was processed extensively.
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29 Sep 2018 21:17

There are no heroes and truth is not truth..Dr.Ford's story couldn't and should not have been expected to be proven in real time. Asking that the police..at whatever level try and gather facts about an incident..possibly..very remotely..criminal. To ask that facts be obtained before making a lifetime government appointment doesn't make you a hero..no just a logical human being.
The republicans and democrats are spending very little..too little time on the people making claims against Cavanaugh..all of them had almost nothing to say until a journalist came calling..Asking that a rumoured story be verified...the press tossed it out and people responded..lots of current criminal conduct at our highest levels is being managed..reported..revealed by the press..we have a FEMA refund of $@150,000 dollars not because government accountability..we have Ben Carson buying a quarter million in furniture..nobody giving or spending the money said anything..no a reporter was an important part of governing the country..private plames,por n payoffs to avoid campaign problems..deep state of corruption...not discovered through government oversight...no just a journalist...
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29 Sep 2018 21:25

Sexual assault is a criminal offense, however it is almost never reported for the same reason very few rapes are ever reported.

We do know that Kavanaugh was lying about the drinking age in Maryland at the time. If he is going to lie about something so easily verified what else is he lying about?
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29 Sep 2018 21:51

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/28/trump-emoluments-lawsuit-ruling-853272
A federal district judge in Washington says a group of nearly 200 Democratic senators and representatives has legal standing to sue President Donald Trump to prove he violated the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments provision banning the acceptance of gifts from foreign interests.

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan found that lawmakers have adequately shown that they’ve suffered harm from the president’s alleged violation of the emoluments clause, which bans benefits from foreign governments unless a majority of both houses of Congress consent.

The ruling was the second time a federal court judge has decided to advance such unprecedented constitutional lawsuits against the president. A federal judge in Maryland ruled in July that a similar lawsuit against Trump filed by the attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia could proceed, but only as pertained to earnings from Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel.


Trump's love of money can cause him real probelms.
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29 Sep 2018 22:29

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29 Sep 2018 23:37

aphronesis wrote:https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/09/28/roaming-charges-theres-a-tear-in-my-beer/

If this article was written a couple levels deeper. We could discuss what the nation was thinking before and after women won the right to vote..and we could discuss the before and after a woman would receive equal pay for equal work...or when a woman can freely choose when and what type of health w she wants and needs...and an important world wide issue..a woman should be able to choose when to have a baby...and w whom..we like the third world can't make up our minds..if a woman is raped should she have to have an unwanted child due to political climate..
One thing I took away from this article is..the new American way...dismiss one branch of government....right now we don't have any full functional branch of government..Trump has somehow got all branches following him..and him alone...against the will of the people...puzzling..?why would the Congress and courts all act as the President asks?
It's clear that the behavior of jurists is important..it is not something to disregard
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30 Sep 2018 00:20

Women don’t receive equal pay.

As to the rest: we’ve discussed here that Congress and major politicians are fenerally in the pocket of some or other major interests. They no longer (if it was ever the case) that they serve the people. The lattter is a necessary evil, a population to be contained, placated and not scandalized come election time. As long as Trump doesn’t upset these workings, govt. will generally tolerate and go along with him.
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30 Sep 2018 01:33

Yes woman don't get equal pay..as pointed out in an above post they often don't report crime..sexual and others..they are also being restricted and intimidated on health care issues..including work p place provided insurance...were a male boss or company owner can decide what health care a woman will receive based on his preferences...that's going on today...say what you want about Obama in every arena...he is,was and will be a better father than Trump could imagine...
While campaigning Trump was asked what his daughter should do if confronted with workplace harassment....find another job was part of his answer...to call him a pig is an insult to pigs...he is supposed to be leading the country...long view...the guy's mind is smaller than his hands or junk..I hope Barron asks one day why his dad made porn payments...why his dad did those things w women while he was home nursing
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30 Sep 2018 01:49

Obama at least tried. What we have now is a group in power who are insistent on stripping women of rights. IMO he is a monster, although I'm not sure if that is an insult to monsters or not. Trump also said that women should be jailed for having abortions, and that would also jail women for having miscarriages. There are sitting Senators who want all forms of birth control banned. They want to return women to being nothing more than property of men.
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30 Sep 2018 01:54

I’m sorry. Obama did not try. He made a few concessions and advanced his own career. Little more.
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30 Sep 2018 01:56

aphronesis wrote:I’m sorry. Obama did not try. He made a few concessions and advanced his own career. Little more.


Most of his presidency he had a Republican controlled Congress.
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30 Sep 2018 02:33

Obama said his daughters and wife should put up with sexual harassment?..during whatever controlled Congress ,supreme court. waving public poll numbers..? I think not..
when the pee tape surfaces it will mean little..as stories of hookers, porn stars..Playboy bunnies..even with lies and complicated,criminal payouts...none of it matters...it's watching people defend those specific Trump actions as OK,or the cost of doing business is were the disgust starts..were it ends nobody knows..
People visiting..lets say the UN ..they laughed because we are the joke
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30 Sep 2018 04:56

I am wondering why BK's honesty is not a bigger issue...when he tells his truth about the Clintons and "The Democrats" ...or when he makes contemptuous statements about the American people...being so preloaded is a problem..
and an issue of judgement..by a judge..going on Fox news during the hearing..questioning a committee member(s) w a level of sarcasm and disrespectful language and tone...?
Really?
Roll the dice on this guy for life?
Don't think so
Why would his pal write a book about drunks and now try and edit BK's character out on the revision?
Too many questions to hurry anything
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30 Sep 2018 11:14

Koronin wrote:
aphronesis wrote:I’m sorry. Obama did not try. He made a few concessions and advanced his own career. Little more.


Most of his presidency he had a Republican controlled Congress.


Crucial word there being “most”. Not much happened when he didn’t.
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30 Sep 2018 12:28



He 'should' be disqualified as being bias, emotional...let alone being a liar..a true trumpista..hopefully the GOP read about this in November...
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30 Sep 2018 12:29

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30 Sep 2018 12:30

Trump says this -- earnestly! -- about Kim Jong Un: "We went back and forth, then we fell in love. He wrote me beautiful letters. And they are great letters. We fell in love."


Really? He's 'in love' with a guy who killed his own uncle and half brother..who is responsible for thousands(millions) in NK gulags..trumpstas must be very proud. disgusting..
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30 Sep 2018 12:32

aphronesis wrote:https://jacobinmag.com/2018/09/brett-kavanaugh-banality-elites-meritocracy


Another great article..but ya gotta pull quotes outta these for those who don't want to read it..
What struck me most about yesterday’s hearing, cutting through Kavanaugh’s tone-deaf retorts and indignant whinging and his frequent professions of love for beer, is how utterly ordinary he is. This guy is juvenile, arrogant, sexist — and very familiar. It pointed to a larger truth: the people running the show are callous and dangerous, but they’re also astonishingly average. They have no irreplaceable qualities or insights that would oblige us to put up with their bullshit. They would hate for us to realize this.
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