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  1. Republicans keep reminding everyone that all Obama gave to Ukraine was blankets, Trump gave them javelin anti-tank missiles. It wasn't until May of 2019 that the issue of Ukraine corruption had been satisfied, and should not stand in the way of the anti-tank missiles delivery. During Obama's administration there were still open questions of Ukrainian corruption.
  2. The word bribery is very important because it appears Trump bribed Ukraine, and bribery is one of the specific crimes listed in the constitution as impeachable, the other being treason. Yet Democrats never mentioned "bribery" until recently. It was just "quid-pro-quo." Yet Republicans keep saying what Trump did was not impeachable. Can any Republicans out there please explain HOW what Trump did was NOT bribery? But not only bribery but also extortion. Trump said (in effect) "nice country you have here...it would be a shame if it was overrun by Russian tanks."
  3. Did Trump bribe or extort Ukraine? Here are a few definitions I could find in some dictionaries. It looks like extortion is a special kind of bribery, to extort is a bribe that includes a threat, such as threatening Ukraine to cope without military aid, in a hot war in the east. Trump committed bribery, but a bribery that was also extortion. bribe - bribery "dishonestly pay someone to act in one’s favor -- pay with javelins for personal political favor the giving or offering of a bribe -- Trump offered Ukraine a bribe persuade someone to act in one's favor, typically illegally or dishonestly, by a gift of money or other inducement money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust something that serves to induce or influence to influence the judgment or conduct of someone with or as if with offers of money or favor to induce or influence extort - extortion to obtain from a person by force, intimidation, or undue or illegal power to gain especially by ingenuity or compelling argument To extort is literally to wrench something out of someone. Extortion is a mainstay of organized crime. Just as the school bully extorts lunch money from the smaller kids in exchange for not beating them up, thugs extort "protection" money from business owners with threats of violence. But that's only one kind of extortion; a mobster might extort favors from a politician with threats of revealing some dark secret, just as you might extort a favor from a brother or sister by promising not to tell on them."
  4. This title is in quotation marks because I don't agree with it. I am only acknowledging the new motto of the GOP/Trump party. Trump's "ends" is stated as "Make America Great Again." That sounds good, but his real ends is constant attention he is getting for outrageous behavior. He loves the power and attention more than life itself. I learned about Trump in 2006 when he engaged in a twitter war with Rosie O'Donnell. She criticized his treatment of beauty pageant contestants, and he got down and dirty criticizing her as a loser, stupid, ugly, fat, etc. He sounded like a spoiled 8-year-old. How could such a person become a billionaire? I later found out his wealth was GIVEN to him by his Dad, the real clever businessman. Even a spoiled 8-year-old, who is a clever con, can become president? Because "Trump's Ends Justify Trump's Means." He set an example for how a president can become a dictator. Trump is just not clever enough to get away with it. But in the future there may be another president, GOP or Dem, who is as devious and insidious as Trump, but also clever enough to get away with what Trump cannot get away with. I read somewhere that the scientist's ethic is "The Ends and the Means are Equal." Trump's followers, however, prefer the Trump ethic. One third of Americans like the way he acts. They think he is cute, funny, tough, and fighting against the "deep state" for them. The evidence for his popularity among his base is the fact that he has done far worse than Bill Clinton to get impeached, Clinton for merely lying about sex, Trump for what looks like bribery, extortion, obstructing congress, etc, etc. Ken Star began investigating Bill Clinton's "Whitewater" but found NOTHING. However, he found Monica Lewinski, and that alone was enough to begin impeachment of Bill Clinton. Trump has the advantage of being a "star" host on a 14-year reality show "The Apprentice." Like he said, "when you are a star, they let you do anything, grab them by the #####" or "shoot somebody on 5th Avenue and not lose any votes." He is still trying to do ANYTHING for his own pleasure because he survived the Mueller investigation. He will cut corners and break laws and norms, just to STAY in power, so he can't be indicted for his crimes. My impression is "make America great again" in Trump's mind, is really "make America 1960s again." This is because, IMHO, the most memorable period in most people's life is their time in high school, and maybe also college if they go on to college. For me high school was most memorable because I got to know other students over a sustained period of time. But after that college was a blur, and my work career in accounting and bookkeeping was also a blur. Trump fondly remembers the 1960s because that is when he was having a great time in his military academy high school, and later business college, all of which was during the great 1960s.
  5. If "aliens" have the ability to travel such great distances, don't you think they can mask their "byproduct emissions?" They should have better stealth than we do.
  6. Has anyone wondered why most UFO sightings are objects with lights on them? It seems like the aliens want to be seen. If they were capable of traveling the distance to reach us, and they obviously haven't announce themselves, they why would they have lights, even blinking, colored lights, on their spacecraft? Could that be a diversion to allow a more stealthy spacecraft to fly in or out of their Earth bases? Is it possible that if aliens have been hiding here for a long time, they may have learned enough about us, maybe more than we know about ourselves. They could stay one step beyond our ability to detect them. As camera technology improves and becomes more common, aliens would be aware of that, and maybe the aliens have simply become more careful. So only blurred photos are ever taken of them? Also maybe they are very careful to pick up after themselves, so no undeniable evidence is left behind.
  7. Airbrush

    Sports Talk

    You mean fish are not very intelligent. They don't scream in pain. I question your use of the word "sentient." You cannot say that fish are not sentient creatures. Here are a number of definitions of sentient I found in 3 different dictionaries: SENTIENT: 1 responsive to or conscious of sense impressions - fish do this 2 aware - fish are aware 3 finely sensitive in perception or feeling - we don't know how finely sensitive fish perceive, but they generally have good eyesight "...Most fish possess highly developed sense organs. Nearly all daylight fish have color vision that is at least as good as a human's (see vision in fishes). Many fish also have chemoreceptors that are responsible for extraordinary senses of taste and smell." https://www.bing.com/search?q=eye+sight+in+fish&form=EDNTHT&mkt=en-us&httpsmsn=1&msnews=1&rec_search=1&plvar=0&refig=ec317fccee804ea8acf42c064026a1dc&sp=-1&pq=eye+sight+in+fish&sc=1-17&qs=n&sk=&cvid=ec317fccee804ea8acf42c064026a1dc 4 able to perceive or feel things - fish do 5 having a faculty of sensation and perception - fish do 6 one who has the faculty of perception - fish do I was referring to Trump and many golfers, who drive golf carts. Not much exercise involved. Good for you that you walk! "...After college, after Trump mostly gave up his personal athletic interests, he came to view time spent playing sports as time wasted. Trump believed the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted. So he didn't work out." https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/15/politics/donald-trump-exercise/index.html
  8. Maybe you are correct. But it doesn't make much sense to explode stun grenades all around your squad, including next to your dog. It does not look like breaching charges, or exploding locked doors. Why would you set off half a dozen breaching charges all around your squad at once? They did ONE breach at a time, methodically, in the Bin Laden raid. The explosions show massive debris (shrapnel?) flying away from the center of each blast through great force, much greater than a stun grenade. The optical illusion is that the squad was destroyed by a cluster bomb. Just an illusion right? The video makes no sense to me at all.
  9. I posted the video above 4 days ago. It was shown on cable news many, many times. In the beginning of the video it shows what looks like soldiers with their dog. Then bombs explode all around them. The bombs explodes in such quick succession they could not have been IEDs or mortars, or RPGs. They could only be US munitions. It looks like an airstrike. The narrator mentions choppers at the moment of the explosions. Reports said only a few ISIS members were killed in the raid. This video shows either a dozen soldiers or ISIS fighters (with a dog?) getting blown up. Still nobody can answer my question.
  10. Airbrush

    Sports Talk

    LIKE: water skiing, snow skiing, snow boarding, kite boarding, canoeing, white-water rafting, big-wave surfing (these are all things I have never done, nor will I ever do, but they look cool!!) DISLIKE: horse racing, dog fighting, cock fighting DON'T CARE: mountain climbing (especially Everest!)
  11. At the start of this YouTube video of the Baghdadi raid it shows a dozen or more people with a dog and then a dozen bombs explode all around and among them. This video is never explained. That dog should be dead. What exactly happened? It looks to me like the US soldiers and their dog were hit by a dozen bombs within a few seconds. Friendly fire? They should be mostly dead or injured by shrapnel. Anyone know what happened here?
  12. What makes you think he was not constantly on the run, or carrying his gun everywhere, or wearing a suicide vest under his clothes? The last photo of him shows his AK leaning on the wall within reach. I heard in the news he wore his suicide vest constantly. What makes you think he was not a manipulative genius? How else do you get a bunch of rebels, murderous thugs, to dedicate themselves to you and die for you?
  13. Airbrush

    Sports Talk

    Recently Trump attended a Mixed Martial Arts fight. He got mostly cheers but a minority booed. "Flanked by key Republican lawmakers and his sons, Eric and Don Jr., Trump stood up and waved from his seat just feet from the octagon, drawing cheers from the 20,000-strong crowd." https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/03/trump-attends-mixed-martial-arts-fight-in-new-york.html This sport (like boxing or pro wrestling) is for people who love to see pain inflicted on someone. It doesn't matter who suffers, just so suffering happens for their pleasure. Trump is most happy when someone is being punished. And what is his sport of participation? GOLF, which is as much exercise as playing a video game, what a coward.
  14. Airbrush

    Sports Talk

    Below is from the first article I found when I googled "do fish feel pain?" "It is impossible to definitively know whether another creature’s subjective experience is like our own. But that is beside the point. We do not know whether cats, dogs, lab animals, chickens, and cattle feel pain the way we do, yet we still afford them increasingly humane treatment and legal protections because they have demonstrated an ability to suffer. In the past 15 years, Braithwaite and other fish biologists around the world have produced substantial evidence that, just like mammals and birds, fish also experience conscious pain. “More and more people are willing to accept the facts,” Braithwaite says. “Fish do feel pain. It’s likely different from what humans feel, but it is still a kind of pain.” Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fish-feel-pain-180967764/#BIJXE4pPVX5xXby7.99 Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! http://bit.ly/1cGUiGv Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter
  15. Airbrush

    Sports Talk

    I tried fishing only a few times as a kid. At age 10 we went grunion hunting at night. I caught 2 big grunion by hand, one in each hand, and they struggled so hard to escape that I felt bad, and I would never forget their strong will to live. I hated what I did. When my mom cooked the fish I caught, it didn't seem worth the effort. Fishing with a hook was difficult removing the hook from its' mouth. An older kid kept asking me to remove the hook from the mouth of the fish he caught, because it was unpleasant to him. It was unpleasant to me also, but I did it for him because he was 3 years older. I hated that, and now I dislike fishing. And yet fish is a staple in my diet. If society went to hell and my life depended on hunting and fishing to survive, maybe I would do it. But it is sooo much easier to just buy it in the market. How is our society changing? In the old days animal slaughter was an integral part of most everybody's life. Not so much now. You can live a long healthy life without ever hunting or fishing.
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