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  • Joe DiG: Senate CAN'T issue subpoenas !

    11/13/2019 9:53:14 AM PST · 60 of 61
    monkeyshine to Political Junkie Too; LS

    Fair point.

    The Senate should do the investigation anyway. Some rumblings that they may begin hearings but that’s all it is. I can only surmise their safer play is to wait for the pending reports. Which are also just rumblings. Nothing real yet.

    There may be a problem of blowback on the Senate. Who knows who is complicit in what.

  • Joe DiG: Senate CAN'T issue subpoenas !

    11/12/2019 11:51:24 PM PST · 4 of 61
    monkeyshine to Dana1960

    As Mark Levin points out (on a different topic but the logic should apply all the same) the objection would be made, but then the Senate can vote using only a 50% majority to over-rule the decision.

    Whether they go such a route, we shall see.

    I put the odds of impeachment at 80% or so, because the House would look absolutely ridiculous to go through all this only to fail to file articles.

    But once it gets to the Senate, they can call whatever witnesses they want. Personally, at this moment in time, I think they should dismiss the charges immediately. But there is something to the logic of using the impeachment for political advantage. The Dems sure are using it for politics. The Senate can turn the trial into a spotlight on Democrat political corruption. Trump’s call asks for 2 favors: Investigate crowdstrike, and find out about this Hunter/Biden bribery of Ukraine. Why did Trump link the two? The House wants to focus on one thing, but the record begs the question why did Trump in his mind link the two issues. If there is a legitimate law enforcement question or corruption issue they should get to the bottom of it.

  • Four California Cops Arrest Man for Eating a Sandwich on a Train Platform

    11/12/2019 5:52:05 PM PST · 75 of 122
    monkeyshine to HotHunt

    I’ve never understood how you can be arrested for resisting arrest.

  • Four California Cops Arrest Man for Eating a Sandwich on a Train Platform

    11/12/2019 5:48:57 PM PST · 74 of 122
    monkeyshine to lodi90

    I think it’s funny at the 11 minute mark they take him downstairs and sit him on the bench right in front of the food vendors.

  • Four California Cops Arrest Man for Eating a Sandwich on a Train Platform

    11/12/2019 5:45:25 PM PST · 72 of 122
    monkeyshine to southern rock

    Unreal. This is the problem with all these laws. They give the cops a pretext to harass whomever they want. I can actually see a safety issue - lots of sandwich drippings might make a slippery platform which might cause a dangerous situation. But it seems like selective prosecution. Littering, yes. Loitering, yes. But is it legal to eat on the train? Is it legal to eat in the station where they sell food? But not on the platform itself. A little bit weird. I’ve taken the pacific surfliner a few times recently and they actually still sell and serve food on that particular train. So it seems a bit confusing.

    All that said, the guy just needed to be a little less combative. “I’m sorry officer, I had no idea it was illegal to eat here. I didn’t see the sign. They sold me this food in the terminal. I will gladly move inside the terminal to finish my meal” probably would have avoided a lot of this nonsense.

  • Warren’s ‘2 Cents’ Come at Your Expense: Her levy on wealth would sink stocks

    11/12/2019 10:11:30 AM PST · 25 of 27
    monkeyshine to Captain Peter Blood

    I couldn’t believe that is how it will work. The government cannot tell you what the value of some piece of art is. The market determines it. The market price for all high priced assets will plummet immediately as everyone will be liquidating to pay the taxes flooding the market with supply, and nobody will want to own them except for their aesthetic value - certainly not because they think they will appreciate in value nobody will want them to appreciate!

    If you did own for example a collection of art or other property and had to fork over say $60 million to pay the tax but instead you gave the government a painting which they then sold for $20 million, you would argue the opposite - that the government over-valued your collection and that you should get a refund.

    Not to mention the many other schemes. There are plenty of loopholes. Send the art overseas where it is not taxed. Place them into bonded warehouses or escrow accounts indefinitely, where the ownership can be disputed. Bury them, and replace the ones on display with known forgeries. Divide your assets up among different entities or among your family. You and the spouse are worth $2 billion? Give $1 million to charity and get a divorce, now you are each only worth $999.5 million and just saved almost $100 million in taxes in the first year alone. Her proposal is one of the most economically ignorant and destructive ideas imaginable.

  • Warren’s ‘2 Cents’ Come at Your Expense: Her levy on wealth would sink stocks

    11/12/2019 10:01:16 AM PST · 24 of 27
    monkeyshine to karpov

    It is preposterous. The market for property from antiques to art to land and luxury homes will plummet as people are forced to liquidate these assets to pay the taxes. But who will buy them? Nobody will buy them thinking they will appreciate in value because they will depreciate by 2% per year from the tax alone. The value of something is determined by the market price but the markets for these items will collapse. Now imagine the ways to evade the tax, for example 2 people each with a Van Gogh painting worth $100 million. They each sell their painting to the other for $1 million. Now they are worth 1/100th of the “value”.

    What about the great art collections? Are Museums and Universities subject to the tax? Who gets an exemption? How about you simply divide the collection into different entities?

    As for the stock transaction tax - this will lead to volatile pricing and less liquidity. But worse, it strips the value of everybody’s retirement and savings. Every time you pay the transaction tax that is money taken right off the top of your retirement savings that will never compound over time. The benefit of saving over decades is that the gains compound over time. Calculate how much loss average people will bear over their working careers just from the loss of compounded interest. Will she exempt retirement accounts? Public retirement funds? What’s left to tax if she hands out exemptions? Those holding assets over $1 Billion will divide it up into different entities or leave the country to avoid the 6% tax. Assets over $50 million will do the same, or find a way to reassess.

    And of course, taxing billions 6% a year will ultimately result in nobody having any billions - they will be stripped down over time and unlikely to achieve outsized gains to earn more than the tax. $1 billion this year becomes $940 million next year - no longer subject to the 6% tax and leaving a massive hole in her budget. Eventually all billion dollar assets will fall below the threshold forcing her to deficit spend or raise the tax on smaller amounts.

    Every way you look at it her proposal is preposterous. And all this nonsense to solve a “problem” that effects something like 8% of the citizenry. Why take the healthcare people like away from 92% of the people to solve the problem of the 8%? As for being ‘busted’ by health care costs, this can be addressed by simpler means such as a law that prevents healthcare creditors from breaking people and perhaps creating a fund similar to FDIC that would help reimburse providers who are hit with a large number of defaulted payments.

  • Material Witnesses Must be Heard – or House Impeachment is a Fraud

    11/12/2019 9:42:17 AM PST · 12 of 19
    monkeyshine to gattaca
    probable cause to believe Hunter Biden committed a crime under US law, for example selling influence of his Vice President father or perceived influence, or that his father knew this was happening and it would benefit his son, then under the US-Ukrainian anti-public corruption treaty of 2000, seeking relevant information would be legal.

    I am not sure probable cause is the standard here. It should be, but the FBI made the argument that investigating Trump could be done as a counter-intelligence matter on 'reasonable suspicion'. Second, the appearance of corruption does exist - Hunter was being paid by Burisma, Burisma was investigated by Ukrainian prosecutor, Burisma lobbied the US Government to intervene and mentions Hunter and his business partner are on their board, Biden then flies to Ukraine and blackmails Ukraine into firing the prosecutor investigating his son's benefactor. It is a 'quid pro quo' using US foreign aid that directly benefits his family. That may be probable cause or at least reasonable suspicion. And the clincher is that the POTUS did not ask for information personally he asked that Ukraine cooperate with the Department of Justice which is the proper place for such investigations of corruption to occur.

  • Biden Calls For Ban On Magazines That Hold '100 Clips'

    11/11/2019 7:20:39 PM PST · 29 of 53
    monkeyshine to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    This will destroy the hair products supply publishing industry.

  • Will GOP Hopefuls Enforce Border?

    11/11/2019 11:43:08 AM PST · 8 of 9
    monkeyshine to DIRTYSECRET

    It would be kind of silly to hold a special election with less than 12 months before the next term election.

  • Will GOP Hopefuls Enforce Border?

    11/11/2019 11:40:23 AM PST · 7 of 9
    monkeyshine to AJFavish

    I heard George Papadopoulos might enter the race.

  • Bolivian Socialist President Evo Morales Resigns After Election Fraud Exposed

    11/11/2019 11:38:43 AM PST · 12 of 12
    monkeyshine to hanamizu; neverevergiveup

    The people killed and imprisoned by the Nazis were mostly based on racial and ethnic grounds. The people killed and imprisoned by the Communists were mostly based on political beliefs. Both sets of victims were innocent people, but you can see how somne on the left thinks by this. Death for identity is abhorrent, death for ideology is justified.

  • The Socialists vs. Billionaires Democrat Primary - Greenfield

    11/10/2019 1:18:47 PM PST · 17 of 17
    monkeyshine to Louis Foxwell

    Trump was Democrat billionaire who won the WH as a Republican. Now you have a Republican billionaire who wants to win the WH as a Democrat. You can’t make this stuff up.

  • 2ndDivisionVet has passed away

    11/10/2019 9:37:05 AM PST · 18 of 1,027
    monkeyshine to Vendome

    Tragic news. Prayers for 2ndDivisionVet and his wife, family, friends and loved ones.

  • Self-driving Uber car that hit and killed woman did not recognize that pedestrians jaywalk

    11/10/2019 9:23:24 AM PST · 4 of 92
    monkeyshine to yesthatjallen
  • Fiona Hill Details Relationship with Christopher Steele, Disparages Steele Dossier

    11/09/2019 6:51:28 PM PST · 9 of 9
    monkeyshine to Mariner

    he had contacted me because he wanted to see if I could give him a contact to some other individual, who actually I don’t even recall now...

    Yeah, I believe that.

  • Man arrested after 'Baby Trump' protest balloon stabbed, deflated at Alabama-LSU game

    11/09/2019 6:48:05 PM PST · 26 of 61
    monkeyshine to Cold War Veteran - Submarines

    felony first-degree criminal mischief

    Them’s fightin’ words! Felony mischief, OK. First-degree criminal mischief, OK. But felony first-degree criminal mischief? They’ve gone too far! Too many darn adjectives!

  • "Whistleblower" Lawyer Claims Coup Is Constitutional Right [semi-satire]

    11/09/2019 6:44:10 PM PST · 9 of 9
    monkeyshine to John Semmens

    During the Russian Revolution, did Bernie Sanders help to hide Anastasia’s body?

    When Jefferson unilaterally decided to make the Louisiana Purchase from the French, what advice did Joe Biden give him? Did he convince the French to take the money, was there any kickback to his family involved, or did he suggest that there was no way to stop Manifest Destiny and if the French didn’t sell they would lose in a war anyway? Was this an ‘irregular channel’ or did he suggest that Jefferson get approval from the State Department and Congress first?

    When Elizabeth Warren bought and sold homes, did she apply for special “anti-red line” funding on the basis of her Native American heritage? When she collected $400,000 to teach a class at university did she think this was a good deal for students that outweighed the cost of borrowing money to take the class?

    Sorry, my attempt at satire may not reach your level but at least I took a shot.

  • Sanders blasts Apple for $2.5B investment to fight housing crisis

    11/08/2019 9:42:36 PM PST · 40 of 40
    monkeyshine to Libloather

    $2.5 billion could probably cover the cost to build about 5000 housing units in high-rise structures. Rough math, based on news reports of recent high rise housing construction happening in California. Maybe more than 5000 units as land costs may be cheaper in the farmland outside of Cupertino.

  • Ilhan Omar rips McDonald's over ex-CEO Steve Easterbrook's severance package

    11/08/2019 5:30:19 PM PST · 48 of 96
    monkeyshine to Jamestown1630

    Well at least she pays her lovers handsomely. And using other people’s money, just like publicly traded companies do. So the only questions are 1) how much is the CEO’s lover getting and 2) do we call this a living wage or a loving wage?