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  • You’ll never believe what made Bill Maher’s audience clap

    02/28/2021 10:36:57 AM PST · 16 of 41
    SeeSharp to CheshireTheCat
    Over the years, Maher’s audiences have always been trained seals...

    There is a sign over the stage telling the audience when to applaud. All live shows have them.

  • Dinesh D'Souza floats a proposal to humble the Ivy League: Proposes a novel and seemingly workable solution to the problem of leftist bias in our nation's colleges and universities

    02/28/2021 10:20:23 AM PST · 14 of 45
    SeeSharp to SeekAndFind

    Abolish tenure. Abolish financial aid. Let competition drive down the cost. Let the school’s customers (the parents) decide what they are willing to pay for.

  • NATO Announces That the Troop Levels in Iraq Will Be Increasing Eight-Fold in Upcoming Years

    02/23/2021 10:58:35 AM PST · 7 of 29
    SeeSharp to Pining_4_TX

    And will these NATO troops be subject to the local Iraqi courts? That was the issue that Hillary failed to resolve.

  • The Attempted Deplatforming You Probably Never Heard Of – Baen Books Forum

    02/21/2021 3:13:11 PM PST · 19 of 25
    SeeSharp to tbw2

    Baen is THE name in science fiction. Has been for decades.

  • 'Spy pixels in emails have become endemic'

    02/17/2021 9:17:35 AM PST · 6 of 41
    SeeSharp to poinq
    Don’t allow any reply on your email. people should not be able to see when you open emails. If they do its because you allowed it.

    That won't protect you from this tracking technique (search for "web bug"). Refusing to allow your email client to download any images will prevent it, but will also make a lot of your email unreadable.

  • Attorney: Ghislaine Maxwell 'withering to a shell of her former self' in jail

    02/17/2021 9:10:01 AM PST · 39 of 50
    SeeSharp to Leaning Right
    I still don’t understand what Maxwell was doing in the U.S. She probably has the means to live anywhere in the world.

    It's getting from one place to a other that's the tricky part. And I'm pretty sure she would have been immediately extradited by most other countries. Who would want to piss of the US over her? This is not the 1970's and I think even France would send her back.

    Anyway, if I were advising her, I’d tell her to sing - make a deal before she accidentally falls down a flight of prison steps while at the same time stabbing herself in the back.

    I'd be willing to bet that's exactly what she's hoping for. Trouble is though, the game is stacked in favor of the prosecutor. She's probably thinking if she talks she can go free. The prosecutor is probably only offering a slightly nicer cell in exchange for publicly admitting everything and exposing everyone she know in open court. Now they are having a contest of wills to see who's going to get what they want. Meanwhile she is in effect already serving a sentence.

  • Microsoft Buying 90 acres of Land around Bellwood Quarry to build New Campus, Data Centers

    02/11/2021 7:19:09 PM PST · 19 of 25
    SeeSharp to Cecily

    LOL. That part of the Atlanta loop has absolutely hellish traffic. Those Redmond weenies aren’t going to like it much.

  • Nielson delays releasing Super Bowl TV viewer numbers. Number totals should be released on Tuesday AM. Of course, if any American believes the doctored numbers, good or bad,...please have them contact me, Bridge is available for sale.

    02/09/2021 4:04:37 AM PST · 15 of 42
    SeeSharp to foundedonpurpose
    I wonder why the typical major add spenders folded and didn’t run any, what did they know?

    Because their ad agencies were telling them not to worry and to spend like nothing has changed. Ad agencies usually get fifty percent of the cost of an ad as their commission (you read that right). There is no way Madison Avenue is going to back off from their biggest money maker of the year. The Super Bowl is their Christmas and they will tell any lies they have to to place an ad during the game.

  • The Battle of Midway 1942: Told from the Japanese Perspective (1/3)

    02/09/2021 3:56:54 AM PST · 8 of 13
    SeeSharp to GreenLanternCorps
    No matter what happened in 1942, the USN was going to hit the Japanese Empire with overwhelming force in 1943 - 1944.

    The Japanese did have a strategy to deal with that. Basically, as long as they had more carriers than the Americans could produce in a year they could periodically swamp them, defeat them, and keep their numbers inferior. Dan Carlin referred to this strategy as "mowing the lawn". It's not a great strategy. It meant that they could not afford to lose a single big battle, and unfortunately for them that happened at Midway.

  • (vanity) Someone please explain the Gamestop / silver market / Redditors thing to me like I'm 5 years old

    02/01/2021 4:53:11 AM PST · 19 of 94
    SeeSharp to NewJerseyJoe

    It’s like this. One group of predators thought they had spotted some easy prey. So at the right moment they stood up and shouted “YOU’RE DEAD!”. But another group of predators that the first group didn’t know about stood up and shouted “NO! YOU’RE DEAD!”, and then proceeded to beat the living snot out of the first group. Now the first group is running around wailing “No fair! It’s supposed to be out free market.” Meanwhile, the prey got away.

  • Resolution of Censure Against Senator Ben Sasse

    01/28/2021 5:36:50 AM PST · 38 of 105
    SeeSharp to JME_FAN
    Ask Liz Cheney what the point is. Her State Central Committee censured her, and now Cheney’s political career is swiftly swirling down the crapper.

    Cheney was a newcomer who only got on the ballot in the first place because of her daddy's name. It's not as if Wyoming gets a lot of bacon off the federal hog to begin with, and there isn't much of a Democratic party in Wyoming, so there's not much risk in switching candidates in the next election.

    Sasse has a power base in Nebraska. Those supporters who have benefited from his tenure or expect to do so in the future will support him no matter what he has done. John McCain got censured by the Arizona Republican party and it never made any difference to his election prospects. Nebraska also has a viable Democratic party so a bad primary fight might put the seat at risk.

  • Trump officially opens ‘Office of the Former President’

    01/25/2021 9:22:19 PM PST · 18 of 100
    SeeSharp to NautiNurse

    He should have called it the Office of the President Elected.

  • The U.N. Says America Is Already Cutting So Much Carbon It Doesn’t Need The Paris Climate Accord

    01/24/2021 10:43:11 AM PST · 9 of 45
    SeeSharp to Republican Wildcat

    The pretender in chief will try to make us join anyway. It isn’t about reducing carbon emissions. It’s about redistributing wealth.

  • Incoming Transportation Secretary wants to implement a mileage tax

    01/23/2021 3:50:58 PM PST · 74 of 123
    SeeSharp to TigerLikesRoosterNew

    Oregon has already done this and they were kind of stupid about it. IFTA, the tax method used by every other state, charges a per gallon tax based on the miles driven in each state and the fuel economy of the truck. They add up all the fuel you bought during the quarter and all the non-toll miles you drove during the quarter to get your average mileage. Then multiply it by the miles you drove in each state to get the gallons used in each state. This system makes sure the correct tax is remitted to each state regardless of where the truck is fueled. You can’t avoid the tax by buying fuel in a low tax state.

    Note that the IFTA tax method penalizes trucks that get poor fuel economy. But Trucks have been getting more fuel efficient over the years and Oregon noticed their revenue going down. So they opted out of the IFTA program and went to a straight mileage tax. Unlike IFTA, this new mileage tax has no fuel economy incentive. This in a state brimming over with communists and tree hugging hippies. Looks like the ANTIFA loonies are right about one thing. Their government really doesn’t represent them.

  • Is Secession Legal?

    01/21/2021 8:50:57 AM PST · 272 of 311
    SeeSharp to BroJoeK
    Go ahead and cry out loud then. Lincoln started the war by invading the South. He could have ended it at any time by simply bringing his army home. The South didn't want war. The Lincoln administration did. So yes, Lincoln killed all those people. His was a war of conquest, unpopular at home. Davis's war was a war of survival, intensely popular at home.

    The constitution says absolutely nothing about secession, either with or without consent. And inanimate object do not "contemplate". Perhaps you can show us where the framers intended the union to be a one-way trap. Perhaps you can show us where any of them argued that no state can ever leave the union. This notion that all the states have to agree when a state secedes is just a made up rationalization for a past crime. Several states explicitly stated that they reserved the right to secede when they joined. Every new state, even those admitted after the first thirteen, did so with the consent of their population. The seceding states did so with the consent of their populations. They actually held elections to special conventions to decide the issue. You can't claim to believe in self government and government by popular consent on the one hand and oppose secession on the other.

    As for North Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, and New Hampshire agreeing to the loss of their territory, they were each faced with a fait accompli and couldn't do anything about it. How Lincolnesque of you to call that consent.

  • Kwame Kilpatrick’s sentence commuted; Trump-appointed prosecutor calls him ‘unrepentant criminal’ who only served quarter of sentence

    01/20/2021 7:22:34 PM PST · 10 of 39
    SeeSharp to nickcarraway

    He’s pardoning people who he thinks can help him with the black vote next time. He’s already pardoned several rappers.

  • Is Secession Legal?

    01/20/2021 3:22:51 PM PST · 266 of 311
    SeeSharp to x
    Wirtz was tried by a military commission or tribunal. Davis's trial would probably had to have been by a civil court.

    Wirtz was not in the union military. They invented a rationalization for doing what they wanted to do whether it was really constitutional or not. Imagine that.

    Richmond was teeming with federal troops in 1868. They could certainly have tried Davis in Richmond if they had wanted to. The notion that they didn't try Davis because they were scared of confederates is just laughable.

    They could have packed a jury any way they wanted. Reconstruction began in 1867 and disenfranchised most of the white population so they weren't going to be eligible to serve on a jury anyway. So much for that excuse.

  • Is Secession Legal?

    01/20/2021 7:25:37 AM PST · 250 of 311
    SeeSharp to DoodleDawg
     Supreme Court Chief Justice Salmon Chase.
    
    The Chief Justice Chase who ruled the southern secession unconstitutional in the Texas v. White decision?
    
    Attorney General William Evarts
    
    AG Evarts was part of the team prosecuting Davis.
    
    Richard Henry Dana.
    
    Dana's concerns with the Davis trial, of which he was also a member of the prosecution, had nothing to do with the legality of secession. 
    

    Evarts requested a written legal opinion from Dana, who wrote a letter recommending against prosecution. Evarts had only been considering prosecution in the first place because Johnson had made it a campaign issue and was insisting on it. Meanwhile Chase was doing everything he could to slow the process down. In the end, the prosecution fizzled because Johnson got impeached and so had other things to worry about. Johnson had been the only real driving force behind the prosecution because Davis had treated him like the moron he was when the two of them had served together in the Senate.

    At the time all of this was going on Davis was out on bail and was actually touring Europe. His bail had been paid by a group of mainly northerners. One of whom had been one of John Brown's financial backers.

  • Is Secession Legal?

    01/20/2021 6:42:34 AM PST · 242 of 311
    SeeSharp to DoodleDawg
    How about naming a few of them?

    Supreme Court Chief Justice Salmon Chase.
    Attorney General William Evarts.
    Abolitionist attorney Richard Henry Dana.
    Etc.

  • Is Secession Legal?

    01/19/2021 9:02:05 PM PST · 174 of 311
    SeeSharp to x
    Davis would have had to have been tried in the South. In Richmond (or maybe Montgomery). It could have been hard to find a fair jury or guarantee the trial court’s safety, so the government decided not to bother.

    Seriously? With the Grand Army of the Republicans occupying the entire South they were afraid they couldn't protect a court?

    So... according to you Davis committed Treason, launched a devastating war, was responsible for the death of the better part of a million people; but they didn't put him on trial for logistical reasons?

    And what makes you so sure they would they have tried Davis in the South anyway? They tried Henry Wirz in Washington. They didn't let the Constitution stand in the way of that.

    Legal scholars at the time successfully argued that the government might lose on the merits. Most people understood secession to be legal before the war.