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  2. And I hope that Hilary has a cerebral haemorrhage. And for Dimwits - No that doesn't mean Trump is any good.
  3. Using my inestimable hacking skills - ___ Alan Dershowitz Says Martha’s Vineyard Is ‘Shunning’ Him Over Trump Dershowitz’s Defense of Trump Is Costing Him Friends Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, has frequented conservative cable news networks to defend President Trump. He says friends on Martha’s Vineyard are “shunning” him for it. “So what evidence you see of collusion? Do you see anything?” “Well, first of all, I don’t see any evidence of collusion. But second, even if there was major collusion, that’s not a crime.” “I think the president is doing something very strategic, by the way. I think he has good cop, bad cop. He has the good cops, who are trying to make a deal with the special counsel to limit his exposure — to limit the kinds of questions. But then he’s also preparing bad cops. Joe diGenova, who can get on television, who can go to court, who can help litigate. I don’t think that’s such a bad strategy.” “I think Trump is being misunderstood when he talked about the one-state solution. He’s sending a message to the Palestinians: ‘You have to earn statehood. We’re not going to give it to you on a silver platter. You have to come and negotiate.’” “How dare liberals, people on the left, try to undo democracy by accusing a president of being mentally ill without any basis.” “The American public wants the truth. They’re sick and tired of a Republican truth, Democrat truth. We want the truth, and we’re not getting it today from the hyperpartisan investigators.” It was not the sort of complaint likely to draw public sympathy, and it did not. Alan Dershowitz, the lawyer and professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, argued in an op-ed last week for The Hill that Americans have grown increasingly intolerant of opposing political views, focusing on a call by Representative Maxine Waters to harass Trump administration officials wherever they go. But it was a personal note in the column that soon grabbed attention. “I never thought I would see McCarthyism come to Martha’s Vineyard, but I have,” he wrote, of the elite island enclave off Cape Cod where he is a fixture. Mr. Dershowitz, a self-professed “liberal Democrat,” said that friends on the Vineyard had snubbed him for publicly arguing against impeaching President Trump on television talk shows and in a forthcoming book. “For them, it is enough that what I have said about the Constitution might help Trump,” said the lawyer, known for his fierce advocacy for civil liberties and his defense of famous clients like O.J. Simpson and Claus von Bulow. “So they are shunning me and trying to ban me from their social life on Martha’s Vineyard.” Sign Up for the Morning Briefing This claim only seemed to draw a wave of mockery online that crested just as many of the nation’s media and political elites headed to the Cape for the Fourth of July. “It is outrageous that people are now shunning Alan Dershowitz in their social lives,” one Twitter user wrote. “Really, what the heck took so long?” Many rejected the comparison to McCarthyism, with its blacklists and smears that ruined careers. Countless people offered Mr. Dershowitz their thoughts and prayers. One enterprising troll even set up a crowdfunding campaign with a $5 million goal to “buy Alan some new friends.” But friends and acquaintances on the Vineyard confirmed that his outspoken defenses of President Trump had not been well received. His name and the name of the resort were both trending on social media. There were jokes about fine “Vineyard whine.” What kind of world do we live in when Alan Dershowitz gets side eyes at Martha's Vineyard and Sarah Sanders is politely asked to leave a Red Hen restaurant? The end of civility. The end of decency. The end of righteous outrage. Oh, look another baby ripped from his parents... Socrates was forced to eat hemlock. Ovid, Dante, & Emma Goldman were sent into exile. Margaret Sanger was jailed. Rosa Luxemburg, Gandhi and Martin Luther King were killed. Spinoza was excommunicated. Alan Dershowitz can't find anyone to dine with at Martha's Vineyard. In an attempt to clarify matters, Mr. Dershowitz gave an interview to The Martha’s Vineyard Times, published Tuesday, in which he said that his column had been misunderstood. “If we’re going to start having Republican parties and Democratic parties, that’s not what the Island has been about,” he told the paper. “It’s a tragedy that it’s come to the Island. This is supposed to be a place where you leave your politics at the door.” And he also responded to his critics on Twitter, saying he was “reveling, not whining” and “I’m proud of taking an unpopular, principled position that gets me shunned by partisan zealots. It’s not about me. I couldn’t care less about being shunned by such people.” And later, in a phone interview with The Times, Mr. Dershowitz said that he has not supported Mr. Trump’s political agenda, but has merely defended the president’s civil liberties, as he would for any person. “There’s a whole cabal of people who have decided that they will try to get people to stop interacting with me,” Mr. Dershowitz said. “The campaign has utterly failed.” Perhaps it is no coincidence that his book, “The Case Against Impeaching Trump,” will be released this month. He wrote in his op-ed that it “could just as easily have been the case against impeaching Hillary Clinton. Indeed, I wrote such a book about Bill Clinton.” He said he voted for Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Dershowitz is a longtime presence on the Vineyard, where he has been spotted in the past on Menemsha beach enjoying the sunset. The summer enclave, associated with the Kennedys and other famous Massachusetts families, has been for decades a favorite haunt of media executives, artists, writers, entertainers, politicians and Bostonians escaping the sweltering summer in their hometown. John Kerry and Valerie Jarrett spend weeks here during the summer. So has Barack Obama, who continued the presidential tradition of snarling traffic as people sought to catch a glimpse of him and his wife. Mr. Dershowitz owns a house in Chilmark, a town perhaps best known for Chilmark Chocolates, a candy shop where locals and visitors line up outside a swinging wood door to buy beetlebung bars, chocolate mixed with toffee and crushed almonds, a local favorite. Years ago, he gave New York magazine a glimpse into his life as a dinner party host on the Vineyard, with guests that included authors and other luminaries. “One time, we had Yo-Yo Ma and seated him next to this federal judge,” Mr. Dershowitz told the magazine. “Who would have thought it, but Yo-Yo and this judge have become really good friends.” He was forthright about who wouldn’t make the cut. “I rarely invite my academic colleagues,” Mr. Dershowitz said. “Most of them don’t make good dinner guests.” For at least one peer, the feeling is mutual. According to Mr. Dershowitz’s op-ed in The Hill, an unnamed “academic at a distinguished university” has refused to attend any dinner or party where he is present. That appears to be his main example of McCarthyism. Laura M. Holson contributed reporting from Martha’s Vineyard, and Julie Bosman from Chicago. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/03/us/alan-dershowitz-marthas-vineyard.html
  4. Crap, NY Times wants me to pay to read it. No way, since I'm just curious.
  5. Not is being gay no longer a stigma, it may even help you these days. Criticizing LBGTQ these days is a social 3rd rail.
  6. I don't know if one can call Dershowitz a 'liberal' any longer. He's spent months trying to get a job in the administration (my guess is to replace Rudy, which is a de facto WH job) by backing Trump on Fox News. He's been backing Trump for months now, not just on impeachment but other things such as the notable areas of the Mueller report. It's his right, but lets be honest about his probably intentions. Dershowitz has been ostracized by New York dinner party set in Martha's Vineyard as well as his fellow rich/famous metro NY Jews. The following article was over a year ago. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/03/us/alan-dershowitz-marthas-vineyard.html
  7. Up tomorrow them if are gay. Nothing there, move along. Rosario Dawson, Shaaaa wing!!!
  8. Coss

    Straya

    Dunno, who is he?
  9. Yesterday
  10. There are gay rumors whispered about Graham and Cory Booker. Both single senators, very unusual as Senators go. Politically, those with presidential aspirations or even lower and plan to spend a career as a politician get married fairly early. At least Booker has been linked to a woman (actress Rosario Dawson). I can't recall Graham being linked to any woman at all.
  11. Hillary Clinton 'under enormous pressure' to run in 2020 Hillary Clinton has said she is "under enormous pressure" to challenge US President Donald Trump in next year's White House election. The former Democratic presidential nominee refused to rule it out, telling the BBC: "Never say never." Mrs Clinton, 72, said she thinks "all the time" about what kind of president she would have been if she had beaten Mr Trump in 2016. Seventeen Democrats are already vying to lead the party in 2020. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett while in the UK on a book tour, Mrs Clinton was asked whether she would run again. The former secretary of state, New York senator and US first lady replied: "I think all the time about what kind of president I would have been and what I would have done differently and what I think it would have meant to our country and the world. "So of course I think about it, I think about it all the time. Being able to do that, and look, whoever wins next time is going to have a big task trying to fix everything that's been broken." Pressed on whether she would throw her hat into the ring at the last minute, Mrs Clinton said: "I, as I say, never, never, never say never. "I will certainly tell you, I'm under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it. 🤣 "But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not in my plans." Mrs Clinton did not elaborate on who was pressuring her to mount what would be her third White House campaign. The interview in London came as she promoted The Book of Nutsy Women, which she has co-written with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton. The Democratic race is still largely up in the air even as the first of the state-by-state votes that will decide which of the contenders challenges Mr Trump looms in Iowa in February. The perceived vulnerability of one front-runner, Joe Biden, has spurred former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to take steps to enter the fray. Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, a close ally of former President Barack Obama, is also reportedly considering jumping into the race. But the deadline has already passed to file on the Democratic primary ballot in several states, including New Hampshire, which also votes in February. The filing deadline for Alabama expired last week, and the deadline for Mrs Clinton's former political heartland of Arkansas was on Tuesday. Some of the 14 states that will vote on so-called Super Tuesday in March have filing deadlines next month. Political gossip about whether Mrs Clinton might jump into the White House race continues to set tongues wagging in Washington DC. Some of this speculation has been stoked by the Clintons themselves. Last month when Mr Trump goaded Mrs Clinton to enter the presidential race, she retorted in a tweet: "Don't tempt me. Do your job." At a Georgetown University event in Washington DC in October, former President Bill Clinton said of his wife, who was sitting beside him: "She may or may not ever run for anything." https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50399230?fbclid=IwAR1rEEzIitdTgVnsQeBIDgeLFOag6bB2pghgfg0w5RwkJU781e5VI1juc8Q
  12. bust

    Straya

    Why am I not surprised to see Steve Price aka (Angry Dwarf) on that Facebook page
  13. Hong Kong readies for more chaos as violence spreads citywide HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong prepared for more clashes on Wednesday as anti-government protesters paralyzed parts of the Asian financial hub for a third day, with some transport links, schools and many businesses closing after an escalation of violence... ooh er..... https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-protests/hong-kong-readies-for-more-chaos-as-violence-spreads-citywide-idUSKBN1XN04N?il=0
  14. Impeachment hearings start Wed 10 am ET USA I got popcorn in specially. interactive here https://graphics.reuters.com/USA-TRUMP-WHISTLEBLOWER/0100B2EZ1MK/index.html
  15. Chernobyl [2019 TV series] One of the best TV series out this year, dramatizes the 1986 power plant disaster in all its gory detail whilst fighting a soviet era of disinformation.
  16. Alan Dershowitz: Democrats Making Up Crimes Just Like KGB Did Liberal Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says that after the Democrats’ “collusion” accusation collapsed, they are still attempting to “create crimes out of nothing” in a way reminiscent of the old KGB in the Soviet Union. “They’re very scary. They’re very frightening to any civil libertarian,” Dershowitz said Sunday on John Catsimatidis’ “CATS Roundtable” radio show. “Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican; whether you come from New York or the middle of the country, you should be frightened by efforts to try to create crimes out of nothing.” Regarding Democrats’ impeachment investigation over the President’s alleged quid pro quo policy with Ukraine, Dershowitz said he has searched the law and transcript “from beginning to end — I couldn’t find the crime.” “It reminds me of Lavrentiy Beria, head of the KGB, said to Stalin,” Dershowitz said. “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.’ Which he really meant, I’ll make up the crime. Beria was the head of secret police organization NKVD, which was the predecessor to the KGB. “And so the Democrats are now making up crimes,” Dershowitz continued. “First they made up collusion. ‘Ahh! Collusion. It’s a crime!’ I searched the statute books. There’s no crime of collusion except when businessmen get together to collude against the anti-trust laws, but no crime of collusion with a foreign country.” Dershowitz added, “Then after that, they said ‘obstruction of Congress.’ No, no, no, no, no. Obstruction of justice is a crime; obstruction of Congress is part of our system of checks and balances.” The Harvard law professor also defended White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s refusal to testify. “If you get a subpoena from Congress, and you’re the president or in the executive department, and you think you have an executive privilege, you have an obligation not to respond,” he said. “That’s not ‘obstruction of Congress,’ that’s checks and balances under our Constitution.” Dershowitz said America is witnessing “a desperate effort to try to find crimes against President Trump: they’re just making it up.” “And that means we are all in danger,” he added. He’s not wrong. As Democrats continue to accuse Donald Trump of being in cahoots with Russia, it is actually their party who are behaving like the KGB. https://thepoliticalinsider.com/alan-dershowitz-democrats-making-up-crimes-just-like-kgb-did/?fbclid=IwAR0YdXIDkVU0M8qQeY5-R92U7TZJ6LUqf7CZrXfcQU8oNrGV52wZAVcKqzA
  17. OK all you suffering from TDS... Suck it up, snowflakes. ..
  18. Last week
  19. CHANTHABURI: A retired senior policeman due to hear judgement in a land dispute case shot dead the plaintiff and his lawyer before being fatally shot by an on-duty police officer in a Chanthaburi courtroom on Tuesday morning. He also wounded two other people who accompanied the slain plaintiff into the court. Pol Maj Gen Thanin Chantratip, 67, was a defendant in a 10-year-long civil lawsuit concerning blocks of land in Tha Mai district. He was in court waiting to hear a ruling in the case when plaintiff Bancha Porameekhanaporn arrived with his wife and two lawyers about 9.15am. Media reported that the two sides began arguing and Pol Maj Gen Thanin drew his pistol and opened fire at Bancha and other members of his party. Bancha and lawyer Wijai Sukharom died later at Prapokklao Hospital. Bancha was a lawyer for former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra during her rice-pledging scheme case. Bancha's wife Supaporn and another lawyer, Wichai Udomthanapat, were wounded. Thanin was in turn shot by an on-duty police officer and severely wounded. He later also succumbed to his wound. https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1792634/defendant-shoots-dead-plaintiff-lawyer-in-courtroom?fbclid=IwAR0ljfim2Upat04M55T6bu3_X-n3YRqTRryLWKo2QCBargKwB44etLR85kU
  20. I used to have a 50 baht medical card for Ramathibodi Hospital. You had to go there on week days before noon, but it was certainly a cheap way to seek treatment, if you didn't mind waiting a while to be seen.
  21. The latest information is that this won't affect those of us on retirement visas. It applies to a special O-A visa which is issued outside the country for folks wanting to come here. The alleged reason is that some folks have fled rather than pay their medical bills. Those already on a regular retirement visa have proven they have plenty of money in the bank or at least income high enough that they should be able pay their hospital bills. (Plus who is going to do a runner if they own a house or condo here?) Of course, this being Alice in Wonderland, expect different immigration offices to make their own interpretations. e.g. I was talking to a retired US military senior NCO yesterday who lives in Udorn. He told me that Udorn immigration is ignoring the "either or" part of the visa requirement and insisting that retired folks their have to have both ... the money in the bank AND the minimum monthly income. I'd heard stories about the Udorn immigration before, and it seems like it is not a place you'd want to retire in.
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