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  1. Brutus, what? Hearsay? It's been admitted multiple times by Trump himself. The transcript that was released showed it, and that wasn't even the full transcript. Multiple people have corroborated it. Mulvaney stood at the podium and told everyone ya it happened and to get over it. 2 of the guys that Giuliani was working with and who had met with Trump 10 times got arrested trying to leave the country. Pentagon couldn't give a reason for withholding the money. Nobody with a semblance of objectivity buys that Trump was after corruption in general by spearheading the charge against specifically his political opponent and nobody else. If this is blown over and nothing happens it's not because of hearsay and innuendo, it's because the Senate is too partisan to do their job appropriately (as evidenced today by voting in favor of a lifetime appointment to the appeals court of a man who's never argued a case). And the lack of outrage is maybe the most alarming thing. The damage being done to our interests and institutions seems like it's pretty significant, and this is only what we hear about, but half the country just sweeps it under the rug because of the litany of perceived awfulness if a democrat was elected. And sure, that's fine, but stop nominating the dumbest and least qualified people to be leader of the free world please. Ok not fair, but thinking back on the last 2 R presidents... sheesh.
  2. ck

    Torture & USA

    Wow, pop in another thread and see another great quote from Ram Just a reminder what we were doing with Cheney and Bush leading the charge: https://www.justsecurity.org/67258/go-see-the-report-then-lets-put-torture-to-bed-for-good/
  3. People may not laugh at that statement if you hadn't spent the last several years only being concerned when it was politically beneficial to your side. Yet here you are throwing the word "shame" around like it matters to you.
  4. Not trying to talk about Epstein, but why in the world are you linking to James O'Keefe for anything?! Please don't give him attention.
  5. Isn't the point that of course context matters and that thinking you understand the full context of someone's use of a common gesture by just seeing a *typically* out of context photo on the interwebs doesn't justify lobbing accusations of racism or whatnot? Yes, gestures could be used to indicate a thousands things, but they can also be used by people who don't intend any of it. The whole problem about responding to tweets, short articles, or other forms of instant news and forming strong opinions (then blasting them out to the world) that can ruin someone's life is about not having appropriate context or simply, as Obama put it, putting too much weight on an eff-up instead of understanding who the person really is. Anyway, I just hate that we think we know enough about various situations because we saw a tweet, a photo, or read a brief article about something, that we have no other connection to, that we then feel emboldened to advocate, often, for a severe punishment. It's arrogant and I would say often ignorant.
  6. John Solomon, the former Hill contributor who regularly wrote about conspiracy theories, has the same lawyers as the Ukrainian Oligarch Dmitry Firtash. The lawyers, Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, also have been working with Giuliani to manufacture dirt on the Bidens. Another of their clients, Lev Parnas who was arrested trying to leave the country and is charged with felonies related to campaign finance violations, also was closely linked to John Solomon. ProPublica reported Parnas helped Solomon with interviews and translations for the stories being published on The Hill. Joe diGenova also was briefly part of Trump's legal team during the special counsel era. Of course Solomon never reported Parnas' involvement or that he often quoted his lawyers without ever mentioning they were his lawyers. People listening to Trump and his echo chamber need to realize a lot of what's coming out is propaganda from people conspiring with people under indictment and/or investigation. *oh ya, and Victoria Toensing's son, Brady, got hired by the DOJ's Office of Legal Policy in June ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ https://www.thedailybeast.com/joe-digenova-and-victoria-toensing-worked-with-rudy-giuliani-to-dig-up-ukraine-dirt-on-joe-biden-report https://www.nationalmemo.com/working-with-giuliani-a-journalist-promoted-fake-charges-against-biden https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/24/ukraine-oligarch-lawyers-joe-digenova-victoria-toensing-056643
  7. Didn't someone say, as an excuse for why it's ok to vote for ignorant people, that the President doesn't really matter much and is more just a figurehead? That's kind of been debunked it seems.
  8. I understand the desire to have inspiring architecture, but I will say that some of the coolest places I've been in the world have large swaths of uniform architecture. Granted, the uniformity is only attractive if the base style is; but I do like the AD and wouldn't mind seeing it extend through that whole area.
  9. Name 1 person who is not a political opponent of Trump who he has advocated for an investigation to be started on. There are a dozen reasons why this is clearly inappropriate and likely illegal, but just for fun, I'd love to see if you can name another person.
  10. He had a job to do when he was in Columbus over the summer so he didn't get to go out much. He's also grown up in Seattle and it's a lot denser out here, so it's a bit shocking when you go to a flat suburban style part of the country. The cool thing is that when we were driving up high street he said this is like Capitol Hill but times 10! And if you don't know, Capitol Hill in Seattle is the hip area and is anchored by a street called Broadway (infamous for the references in songs from Sir Mix-a-lot and Macklemore). He was pretty floored by High street and how long of a stretch of night life it had. I've always thought High street was pretty rare, but it was cool to hear from someone who didn't know Columbus and wasn't as biased as I am.
  11. Was back in Columbus last week for a wedding. My 18 y/o little bro was there too and had been in town this summer but staying way out east. He said Columbus was a 'dinky' town and had a bunch of ugly strip malls. I couldn't disagree, based on suburbia. Then I drove him around Franklinton and the Short on Friday night and he was like, 'whoa, I never got to see this.'
  12. ck

    Racism

    Yep, although you prefaced it with 'seemingly,' it would help to cite contextually relevant statistics for that claim. I feel the same way for people saying things like the racist incidents are increasing, as well. That said, I thought this was fake when I read about it. There's a caricature of white men / kids that has made its way around the internet and apparently even young children are susceptible/witness to it, as her narrative was closely aligned. And I'll accept that I have no objective data on that, so am open to have it countered. I think we saw the same thing with black men / kids and how the caricature that was/is used for them - these are the types of things that show the damage it can do when we use prejudice and stereotypes so openly.
  13. Does the commission have guidelines or rules they follow to approve or reject proposals?
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