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Looks like Trumpanista candidate JR Majewski is in a bit of a pickle over “stolen valor” accusations.  He claims he served in combat in Afghanistan but none of his DoD records reflect a deployment to Afghanistan (he did load and unload plains while in the US Air Force in Qatar) he now claims there is no record of his time in Afghanistan because his service there was “classified”… and he’s talking about it publicly:

 

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1 hour ago, A Horse Named Stranger said:

I am taking way too much pleasure out of 45's legal troubles. He won't end up in jail, but it's fun while it lasts.

You are not taking enough. Capitol offenses demand capital punishments! 

Chop him up!

Chop him up!

 

ETA: I swear I wrote "Capitol offenses demand capital punishments!" Because, like, that's the whole joke. But it came out "Capital offenses demand capital punishments!" Which is, like, duh. 

Sorry, so edited for grammar I guess. I'm gonna use my Blame-the-Phone credit on this one. 

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13 minutes ago, Firebrand Jace said:

You are not taking enough. Capitol offenses demand capital punishments! 

Chop him up!

Chop him up!

 

ETA: I swear I wrote "Capitol offenses demand capital punishments!" Because, like, that's the whole joke. But it came out "Capital offenses demand capital punishments!" Which is, like, duh. 

Sorry, so edited for grammar I guess. I'm gonna use my Blame-the-Phone credit on this one. 

"What we share with the Board while making an uncool typo is the only true currency in this world "

-Lester Bangs, Almost Famous

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If editing is un-cool, I am blazing hot. Hell, I’ll edit hours later sometimes, maybe even the next day.
 

I could blame it on a lot of things…raised by academics, weird combination of laziness and pedantry, tending to hand in first drafts, etc. but probably mostly down to my morally ambiguous but often profitable years as that shadowy guy on the fringes of the academic world who writes essays/theses for others. 

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Exclusive: Trump's secret court fight to stop grand jury from getting information from his inner circle

Former President Donald Trump's attorneys are fighting a secret court battle to block a federal grand jury from gathering information from an expanding circle of close Trump aides about his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, people briefed on the matter told CNN. ...

How the fight is resolved could determine whether prosecutors can tear down the firewall Trump has tried to keep around his conversations in the West Wing and with attorneys he spoke to as he sought to overturn the 2020 election and they worked to help him hold onto the presidency.

This dispute came to light as former Trump White House adviser and lawyer Eric Herschmann received a grand jury subpoena seeking testimony, the people briefed said. ...

Trump's lawyers are asking a judge to recognize the former President's privilege claims and the right to confidentiality around his dealings. Herschmann's grand jury testimony has been postponed.
It's still unknown if prosecutors want to use the information for possible cases against Trump or others....
Herschmann received a grand jury subpoena for testimony and documents related to January 6 weeks ago. But he was irked before his court date by what he saw as vague guidance from Trump lawyers not to share information, people briefed on the matter say.
Herschmann pushed Trump lawyers to provide him with more detailed instructions for which topics to assert privilege over, according to emails reviewed by CNN and first reported by The New York Times.
"A letter directive from President Trump without a court order would not be sufficient. I don't understand your statement that the chief judge will decide the issue," Herschmann wrote....
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2 hours ago, James Arryn said:

editing is un-cool

That explains everything then about moi.

I spend most of most days re-drafting, editing, re-writing, redrafting, editing, re-writing, and fact checking.

I just edited this.  :leaving:

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4 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

This isn't troubling at all...:

"Government speech" is just about as Orwellian as you can get without being literally Orwellian.  I'm most amused by the irony - they're ostensibly protecting us from indoctrination by implementing "government speech?"

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28 minutes ago, DMC said:

"Government speech" is just about as Orwellian as you can get without being literally Orwellian.  I'm most amused by the irony - they're ostensibly protecting us from indoctrination by implementing "government speech?"

Welcome home, Florida Man.

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Just now, Tywin et al. said:

Welcome home, Florida Man.

Well, I'm not personally worried about it.  Yet.  It IS very dangerous, tbc, but if they wanna fire me over this shit they can go right ahead.  It's not actually like that though - again not yet at least.  It's virtue signaling for the snowflakes.

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31 minutes ago, DMC said:

Well, I'm not personally worried about it.  Yet.  It IS very dangerous, tbc, but if they wanna fire me over this shit they can go right ahead.  It's not actually like that though - again not yet at least.  It's virtue signaling for the snowflakes.

The snowflakes on the right cause rapid avalanches. 

In all seriousness though, good luck. 

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23 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

The snowflakes on the right cause rapid avalanches. 

I know you were just riffing off my own joke here, not trying to be argumentative, but meh, they usually fail.  It's the McConnell Republican I really fear, not the MAGAs.  Which is why it's kinda ironic and counterintuitive on who's enabling whom.

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1 hour ago, DMC said:

"Government speech" is just about as Orwellian as you can get without being literally Orwellian.  I'm most amused by the irony - they're ostensibly protecting us from indoctrination by implementing "government speech?"

Yeah, in all my years of Federal  service, including running a communications branch, I've never heard the term "Government Speech." 

On a side note, if I can ask DMC or others, what is it about Florida that makes these kind of overtures into an electoral majority?  I remember an AAR from 538 that in the 2016 election, while the lost Midwestern states were basically a botched opportunity for the Democrats, Florida was drinking the Koolaid by the pitcher.  The state has large city centers and is ethnically diverse, things that typically lead to a more liberal outlook, yet here we are.  I wouldn't think that the panhandle and other rural districts are rapidly gaining population, and I was under the impression that the more staunch Bay of Pig era Cuban population was being overcome by the more liberal second and third generations. Is it a consequence of the retirement community continuing to grow? I understand how most States in the US are voting the way they are, but Florida I just dont comprehend how we went from a few hundred votes difference in 2000 to where we are now.

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5 minutes ago, horangi said:

The state has large city centers and is ethnically diverse, things that typically lead to a more liberal outlook, yet here we are.  I wouldn't think that the panhandle and other rural districts are rapidly gaining population, and I was under the impression that the more staunch Bay of Pig era Cuban population was being overcome by the more liberal second and third generations. Is it a consequence of the retirement community continuing to grow? I understand how most States in the US are voting the way they are, but Florida I just dont comprehend how we went from a few hundred votes difference in 2000 to where we are now.

Well, part of it is definitely the GOP's success in employing propaganda about "socialism" to incoming hispanics.  That's measurably worked very well for them in the southern regions of Florida and Texas.  But that sounds horribly paternalistic, at least from a white man, and it's not the primary issue.  It's...maybe that retirement community aging and consequently going hard right? 

Because you're right, I don't get it otherwise.  I've never been a fan of "demographics as destiny," but when it comes to Florida it empirically is..off.  Which is, well, at this point I've simply written it off.

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11 hours ago, Firebrand Jace said:

You are not taking enough. Capitol offenses demand capital punishments! 

Chop him up!

Chop him up!

 

ETA: I swear I wrote "Capitol offenses demand capital punishments!" Because, like, that's the whole joke. But it came out "Capital offenses demand capital punishments!" Which is, like, duh. 

Sorry, so edited for grammar I guess. I'm gonna use my Blame-the-Phone credit on this one. 

On behalf of the equine community, I object to the chopping up part. Quartering is the way to go. I think your equine faced cousins from that Island west to Europe used that as punishment for treason in more civilized times. You can easily find four capable and willing horses to aid you in the procedure.

But as you should've realized by now, there's no justice to be head, thus he will face no criminal consequences. The best you can hope for are the civil cases. Shout out to AG James in New York, who is displaying an almost horse like impeccable sense of justice.

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