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The Senate just approved the first Muslim Federal Judge in US history:

 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/10/politics/zahid-quraishi-confirmation-vote/index.html

 

 

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The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Zahid Quraishi to be a US District Judge for the District of New Jersey, making him the first Muslim American federal judge in US history.

"Mr. Quraishi will be the first American Muslim in United States history to serve as an Article III federal judge. The third largest religion in the United States, and he will become the first to ever serve as an Article III judge," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday in floor remarks ahead of the vote.
"We must expand not only demographic diversity, but professional diversity, and I know that President Biden agrees with me on this, and this will be something that I will set out to do," Schumer said, noting how Quraishi is a "powerful" example of this.
Prior to his confirmation, Quraishi has been serving as a United States magistrate judge in New Jersey. According to his biography, he is of Pakistani ancestry and has the distinction of being the first Asian-American to serve on the federal bench in New Jersey.
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said in floor remarks on Thursday that Quraishi has "had an amazing public service career," and noted that he is "the son of Pakistani immigrants."
In March, when Biden announced his intention to nominate Quraishi, the White House said he "served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey from 2008 to 2013. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's office, Judge Quraishi served as an assistant chief counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also served as a military prosecutor and achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, deploying to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and 2006."

 

Right now, Tuicker Carlson is losing his sh.....
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12 minutes ago, NewbieCanuckFan said:

They've got Depends on sale at Superstore this week.  Maybe I should send him an email?

 

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Depends and bow-ties are a serious fashion clash.  

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More on the bipartisan US senators infrastructure package - circa $1.2tln over 8 years

Thu 10 Jun 2021 21:32:03 GMT

 

Earlier post here: A bipartisan group of US senators say they have reached an agreement on infrastructure

  • cost US$1.2tln
  • over 8 years
Good to get a figure on the $ cost. I'm awaiting some sort of info on how its be paid for ... whether there are tax hikes hidden in there somewhere and what have you. 
 
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  • US$579bn spending in new funding
  • focus is on physical infrastructure
  • no new tax hikes
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21 minutes ago, nuckin_futz said:

More on the bipartisan US senators infrastructure package - circa $1.2tln over 8 years

Thu 10 Jun 2021 21:32:03 GMT

 

Earlier post here: A bipartisan group of US senators say they have reached an agreement on infrastructure

  • cost US$1.2tln
  • over 8 years
Good to get a figure on the $ cost. I'm awaiting some sort of info on how its be paid for ... whether there are tax hikes hidden in there somewhere and what have you. 
 
More:
  • US$579bn spending in new funding
  • focus is on physical infrastructure
  • no new tax hikes

I wonder how it's being paid for without any new taxes? (I assume that means no Corporate tax hike)

 

I hope they plan to steal it from the Military, like Bone Spurs did....B)

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9 minutes ago, RUPERTKBD said:

I wonder how it's being paid for without any new taxes? (I assume that means no Corporate tax hike)

 

I hope they plan to steal it from the Military, like Bone Spurs did....B)

 Instead of new taxes (or, perhaps, in addition to new taxes)  maybe what they need to do is close the tax loopholes on existing taxes.

 

"$70-$100 billion is the estimated tax revenue lost each year due to loopholes. "

 

https://www.topaccountingdegrees.org/taxes/

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7 minutes ago, UnkNuk said:

 Instead of new taxes (or, perhaps, in addition to new taxes)  maybe what they need to do is close the tax loopholes on existing taxes.

 

"$70-$100 billion is the estimated tax revenue lost each year due to loopholes. "

 

https://www.topaccountingdegrees.org/taxes/

That's probably it...

 

...still....it's more fun to think about them appropriating funds from the military budget and watching the "patriots" lose their minds....Tucker would be must see TV, even for Libs....

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Soooo.....the Trump DOJ under Bill Barr seized data on members of the House Intelligence Committee, including Chairman Adam Schiff:

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/newspolitics/trump-doj-seized-data-from-house-democrats-in-leaks-probe/ar-AAKVlDZ?li=AAggNb9
 

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The Justice Department under former President Donald Trump seized data from the accounts of at least two members of the House Intelligence Committee in 2018 as part of an aggressive crackdown on leaks related to the Russia investigation and other national security matters, according to a committee official and two people familiar with the investigation.

Prosecutors from Trump’s Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for the data, according to the people, who were granted anonymity to discuss the secret seizures. The revelations were first reported by The New York Times.

The records of at least twelve people connected to the intelligence panel were eventually seized, including Chairman Adam Schiff, who was then the top Democrat on the committee. California Rep. Eric Swalwell was the second member, according to spokeswoman Natalie Edelstein.

The records of aides and family members were also shared, including one who was a minor, according to the committee official. Apple informed the committee last month that their records had been shared, but did not give extensive detail. The committee is aware, though, that metadata from the accounts was turned over, the official said.

While the Justice Department routinely conducts investigation into leaks, including of classified information, opening such an investigation into members of Congress is extraordinarily rare. The Trump administration's attempt to secretly gain access to data of individual members of Congress and others related to the panel came as the president was fuming over investigations — in Congress and by then-special counsel Robert Mueller — into his campaign's ties to Russia. Trump called the probes a “witch hunt” and regularly criticized Schiff and other Democrats on Twitter.

“The news about the politicization of the Trump Administration Justice Department is harrowing,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in a statement. “These actions appear to be yet another egregious assault on our democracy waged by the former president.”

Schiff, now the panel’s chair, confirmed in a statement Thursday evening that the Justice Department had informed the committee in May that the investigation was closed. Still, he said, "I believe more answers are needed, which is why I believe the Inspector General should investigate this and other cases that suggest the weaponization of law enforcement by a corrupt president.”

The Justice Department informed the intelligence panel in May that the matter had not transferred to any other entity or investigative body, the committee official said, and the department confirmed that again today.

The committee has continued to seek additional information, but the Justice Department has not been forthcoming in a timely manner, including on questions such as whether the investigation was properly predicated and whether it only targeted Democrats.

The news follows revelations that the Justice Department had secretly seized phone records belonging to reporters at The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN as part of criminal leak investigations. Following an outcry from press freedom organizations, the Justice Department announced last week that it would cease the practice of going after journalists’ sourcing information.

 

Considering how Trump, his cronies and pretty much all of Conservative media have been going on about "Illegal FISA requests" concerning Carter Page, this story points out their absolute hypocrisy....

 

But hey, "Hunter's laptop!", amirite?

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On 6/5/2021 at 3:37 PM, nuckin_futz said:

"I answer only to God"

 

"Liberalism is a disease"

 

When Jesus, if in fact he ever existed was the biggest Liberal to ever walk planet Earth. :lol:

 

 

 

Call me when this thread has has it's bowels evacuated.

 

 

Jebus was also Jewish.  That fact seems oblivious to the Dotard target audience.

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BLM protests have been mostly non-violent contrary to how they have been portrayed.

 

The Black Lives Matter uprisings were remarkably nonviolent. When there was violence, very often police or counterprotesters were reportedly directing it at the protesters.

AUTHORBy Erica Chenoweth and Jeremy Pressman, Special to the Washington PostPUBLISHED10.20.2020SHAREShare this page on FacebookShare this page on TwitterShare this page on LinkedInCopy Link

When the Department of Homeland Security released its Homeland Threat Assessment earlier this month, it emphasized that self-proclaimed white supremacist groups are the most dangerous threat to U.S. security. But the report misleadingly added that there had been “over 100 days of violence and destruction in our cities,” referring to the anti-racism uprisings of this past summer.

In fact, the Black Lives Matter uprisings were remarkably nonviolent. When there was violence, very often police or counterprotesters were reportedly directing it at the protesters.

Since 2017, we have been collecting data on political crowds in the United States, including the protests that surged during the summer. We have almost finished collecting data from May to June, having already documented 7,305 events in thousands of towns and cities in all 50 states and D.C., involving millions of attendees.

Because most of the missing data are from small towns and cities, we do not expect the overall proportions to change significantly once we complete the data collection.

We make two assumptions. First, when politicians and officials categorize the protests as violent, they are usually envisioning property destruction or interpersonal violence in which they infer that BLM protesters are attacking police, bystanders and property.

Second, using several measures to evaluate protest behavior offers a better assessment than the blanket term “violence.” For example, we disaggregate property destruction from interpersonal violence. We analyze separately the number of injuries or deaths among protesters and police. And we are thinking about how gathering even finer-grained data in the future could help further assign precise responsibility for violent acts.

Here is what we have found based on the 7,305 events we’ve collected. The overall levels of violence and property destruction were low, and most of the violence that did take place was, in fact, directed against the BLM protesters.

First, police made arrests in 5% of the protest events, with over 8,500 reported arrests (or possibly more). Police used tear gas or related chemical substances in 2.5% of these events.

Protesters or bystanders were reported injured in 1.6 percent of the protests. In total, at least three Black Lives Matter protesters and one other person were killed while protesting in Omaha, Austin and Kenosha, Wis. One anti-fascist protester killed a far-right group member during a confrontation in Portland, Ore.; law enforcement killed the alleged assailant several days later.

Police were reported injured in 1% of the protests. A law enforcement officer killed in California was allegedly shot by supporters of the far-right “boogaloo” movement, not anti-racism protesters.

The killings in the line of duty of other law enforcement officers during this period were not related to the protests.

Only 3.7% of the protests involved property damage or vandalism. Some portion of these involved neither police nor protesters, but people engaging in vandalism or looting alongside the protests.

In short, our data suggest that 96.3% of events involved no property damage or police injuries, and in 97.7% of events, no injuries were reported among participants, bystanders or police.

These figures should correct the narrative that the protests were overtaken by rioting and vandalism or violence.

Such claims are false. Incidents in which there was protester violence or property destruction should be regarded as exceptional – and not representative of the uprising as a whole.

In many instances, police reportedly began or escalated the violence, but some observers nevertheless blame the protesters.

The claim that the protests are violent – even when the police started the violence – can help local, state and federal forces justify intentionally beating, gassing or kettling the people marching, or reinforces politicians’ calls for “law and order.”

Given that protesters were objecting to extrajudicial police killings of Black citizens, protesters displayed an extraordinary level of nonviolent discipline, particularly for a campaign involving hundreds of documented incidents of apparent police brutality.

The protests were extraordinarily nonviolent, and extraordinarily nondestructive, given the unprecedented size of the movement’s participation and geographic scope.

How the news media frame protests influences how the public perceives them. Ambiguous framings – such as those describing “clashes” between protesters and police – can convey false information about which side is violent. For instance, an extensive archive reveals that police themselves allegedly instigated a number of reported “clashes,” which also likely led to more arrests, participant injuries and possibly even property damage.

This is important because public perceptions of the legitimacy of protests vs. policing have had fairly immediate effects on election outcomes and public policy. Those perceptions affect public attitudes toward movements for years.

Further, authoritarian leaders almost always try to treat protesters as criminals and to delegitimize their claims by exaggerating any incidents of violence and property destruction. These narrative techniques shore up support for broad-based repression against these groups, at little political cost to the autocrat.
 

Erica Chenoweth is a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and Susan and Kenneth Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Jeremy Pressman is an associate professor of political science at the University of Connecticut.

 

 

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3 hours ago, NewbieCanuckFan said:

Jebus was also Jewish.  That fact seems oblivious to the Dotard target audience.

Brother you should have realised long before trump came along that we are not dealing with rational,logical sane people here.

I argue that most of our species is not rational or logical otherwise we would not be facing the current crises.

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