Here’s the problem: the townships and precincts listed in paragraphs 11 and 17 of the affidavit are not in Michigan. They are in Minnesota. Monticello, Albertville, Lake Lillian, Houston, Brownsville, Runeberg, Wolf Lake, Height of Land, Detroit Lakes, Frazee, Kandiyohi–these are all towns in Minnesota. I haven’t checked them all, but I checked a lot of them, and all locations listed in paragraphs 11 and 17 that I looked up are in Minnesota, with no corresponding township in Michigan. This would have been obvious to someone from this state, but Mr. Ramsland is a Texan and the lawyers are probably not natives of either Minnesota or Michigan.
Evidently a researcher, either Mr. Ramsland or someone working for him, was working with a database and confused “MI” for Minnesota with “MI” for Michigan. (The postal code for Minnesota is MN, while Michigan is MI, so one can see how this might happen.) So the affidavit, which addresses “anomalies and red flags” in Michigan, is based largely, and mistakenly, on data from Minnesota.
This is a catastrophic error, the kind of thing that causes a legal position to crash and burn. Trump’s lawyers are fighting an uphill battle, to put it mildly, and confusing Michigan with Minnesota will at best make the hill steeper. Credibility once lost is hard to regain.
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While I get your point, I feel like our standing with other world leaders (Russia, North Korea aside) has been knocked down many notches, and major federal agency human capital has been devastated. Essentially we need to regain some of this capital, and unfortunately, the folks like Kerry can re-establish this capital. I truly feel the Biden administration will be a repair and bridge administration, with Biden only serving 1 term.I was hoping Biden would appoint younger folks, Generation X at least, to some positions but John Kerry as climate guru isn't making me feel like that's going to happen
While I get your point, I feel like our standing with other world leaders (Russia, North Korea aside) has been knocked down many notches, and major federal agency human capital has been devastated. Essentially we need to regain some of this capital, and unfortunately, the folks like Kerry can re-establish this capital. I truly feel the Biden administration will be a repair and bridge administration, with Biden only serving 1 term.
What he's doing is choosing establishment people that have been approved by the senate for other posts. He wants a team working ASAP and so he's not going to go for glitzier selections. Here's an article that talks about his strategy.I was hoping Biden would appoint younger folks, Generation X at least, to some positions but John Kerry as climate guru isn't making me feel like that's going to happen
This is not a moment for on-the-job training or the hope that an unorthodox selection would grow in office. A pandemic, a stalled economy, and a scorched-earth defeated president have left Biden with no room for maneuver or error.
Biden was not the candidate I was most excited about, but I'm starting to come around that he may be exactly the right person for the position at this time.
It does look like he is taking extra effort to increase the diversity as far as appointments of well-qualified women and minorities in cabinet and other high-ranking positions. I'm cautiously optimistic.
I agree. I think the Republicans have a huge question ahead, as to who they want to be, especially with Trump saying he wants to run in 2024... but the Democrats are going to have more pressure because they hold the White House.It might not be just the GOP stonewalling a Biden administration. AOC and her crew are threatening to make a big stink over some potential appointments. The Democratic Party is at a real crossroads. There's a reason the "Blue Wave" didn't happen. The sooner the party comes to grips with why that didn't occur they can then decide what they want to be. I see a big schism coming.
I already miss the days where we find out who is in a position that could affect our country and world by Tweet. Or who is fired by tweet.I like his non-controversial, pragmatic approach.
It will be up to an independent DOJ (remember when we actually had those?) and not the President whether or not federal charges are pursued. As to the reasons whether state and/or federal charges should be filed, it's important to demonstrate to the public that Presidents are not above the rule of law. Without rule of law, we cease to be a democracy. If you or I committed half of the crimes that 'unindicted co-conspirator 1' has allegedly committed, we'd be wearing orange jumpsuits and applying to the parole board.
Prosecutors frequently run into situations where victims of spouse abuse escape the clutches of their abusers and later on want no part in testifying in court against their abuser. They'll frequently even ask prosecutors to drop charges against them. The decision to proceed, however, lies with the prosecutors, not the spouse, Prosecutors represent ALL the victims (ie. society) and you can see this reflected in the court pleadings e.g. The People of Virginia v Joe Schmuckatelli. Years later many of these victims of abuse come to realize that prosecuting the abuser was absolutely the right thing to do. The parallel here is if federal prosecutors decide to bring charges in The People of the United States v Donald Trump they will be representing ALL of the victims, which in the case of federal crimes is everyone. This includes republican victims as well as all other victims. Some republicans - like the battered spouses mentioned above - might not want charges filed against the perp but in the long run it's the right thing to do so long as it is initiated by an independent DoJ. If a federal prosecutor doesn't think they can prove any federal laws were broken, then they shouldn't bring charges, but if they have compelling evidence that federal crimes have been committed they absolutely should charge the individual responsible even if that person used to be the POTUS. I'm not a prosecutor but I've heard lots of attorneys roll their eyes and say a first year law student could easily prove/convince a jury that 'unindicted co-conspirator 1' broke several federal laws.My point is that even if it is pursued by a "completely independent" DOJ, the perception from much of his base is that it will still be politically motivated. I'm wondering what the implications of that might potentially be.
For the record, I do believe no one is above the law and that justice should be sought. I'm just wondering what the cost of "doing the right thing" in this scenario might be.
Although....when does libertarianism become anarchy?
Interesting piece on the future of what was once a clear branch of the Republicans. I also learned that third party candidate Jo Jorgensen was pronounced YO not Joe. Interesting.
Thank you for posting -There was some discussion on here about Parler recently with people wondering what it was all about. Here's a write-up from SFGate.com so you don't really have to dive in yourself: I tried Parler, the social media app where hate speech thrives
There was some discussion on here about Parler recently with people wondering what it was all about. Here's a write-up from SFGate.com so you don't really have to dive in yourself: I tried Parler, the social media app where hate speech thrives
He says from within a discussion forum website specifically designed for city planners.That seems like a terrible place, and makes me worry about the future of rational thought with such an echo chamber.
He says from within a discussion forum website specifically designed for city planners.
The twitter-type social media platforms that diverge into topic/philosophy specific orientation are not unlike our little community here which is a hold over from the Web 2.0 generation.
What? Wow... I mean now that Barr has said it, I will continue my quest to prove it, because obviously he is part of the lamestream medi..wait, he is the AG? Oh. Well, clearly he is a guy who is out to get Trum...what he has supported Trump's every move.. hmm. Well clearly...Barr says there is no evidence of widespread election fraud
William Barr: No evidence of widespread fraud in presidential election - CNNPolitics
Texas during the pandemic is proof that libertarianism, the idea that left to their own devices people will do the right thing, is invalid.It seems many libertarians typically lean right on enough specific issues that create erosion of votes from one party given our system of winner takes all.
Bwahahahahahahahaha. They gonna try to kidnap him, too?
Republican Ohio Gov. DeWine faces impeachment calls from GOP rebels over Covid restrictions
I am in a small subset since i am on the left coast, but no it is not. However, we do have a "recall" effort going on for the Governor.The BOS for the County I used to work for millions of years ago just passed a resolution to declare themselves a "First Amendment Sanctuary" in response to our governor's latest round of restrictions. Is this a nation-wide thing?
Yea they already tried this, but they lost. It is the far right representatives, not the majority. Most people realize that the governor isn't out to get them, even though they don't like his shut down orders.Bwahahahahahahahaha. They gonna try to kidnap him, too?
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn—controversially pardoned by President Donald Trump last week—on Tuesday retweeted a call for the White House to declare martial law and re-run last month's presidential election.
The appeal—made by the Ohio non-profit We The People Convention in a Washington Times advert Tuesday—urged the president to declare "limited martial law" in order to hold a new election.
They tried to kidnap him?Yea they already tried this, but they lost. It is the far right representatives, not the majority. Most people realize that the governor isn't out to get them, even though they don't like his shut down orders.
I personally think he has been reasonable. He hasn't closed everything, like many other states have. He hasn't gone as far as he reasonably could have. All he did was close stuff in the late hours, and ask everyone to wear a mask. Nothing crazy. Nothing special. Just reasonable requests...
No I meant they tried to have him impeached.They tried to kidnap him?
What was the plan? Civil war at the 'shoe? Drop him off on Put-In-Bay?
It's a symptom of how sick this country's political narrative has become. If you're anything like me, your first thought was "the attorney general is telling the truth? Wonder what his angle could be?...."No, Barr was not part of a secret plot against President Trump. - The New York Times