Kate Steinle’s Accused Murderer Found Not Guilty – OPEN THREAD

From FoxNews:

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was found not guilty Thursday of murdering Kate Steinle on Pier 14 in San Francisco in July 2015 in a case that sparked a heated national debate over illegal immigration and so-called sanctuary cities, and U.S. immigration officials said he will be deported.

Zarate was acquitted of first and second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. He also was found not guilty of assault with a semi-automatic weapon. He was found guilty of possessing a firearm by a felon. The jury had deliberated for six days.

Steinle was walking with her father and a family friend in July 2015 when she was shot, collapsing into her father’s arms. Zarate had been released from a San Francisco jail about three months before the shooting, despite a request by federal immigration authorities to detain him for deportation.

San Francisco is a sanctuary city, with local law enforcement officials barred from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. President Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding to cities with similar immigration policies, but a federal judge in California permanently blocked his executive order last week.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced late Thursday: “Following the conclusion of this case, ICE will work to take custody of Mr. Garcia Zarate and ultimately remove him from the country.”

ICE Deputy Director Tom Homan added, “San Francisco’s policy of refusing to honor ICE detainers is a blatant threat to public safety and undermines the rule of law. This tragedy could have been prevented if San Francisco had turned the alien over to ICE, as we requested, instead of releasing him back onto the streets.”

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  • Scalia

    Dow soars past 24,000 for first time:

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed the 24,000-point waterline on Thursday, soaring to a new record high as the GOP tax bill continued to march forward.

    The Dow surged 331 points to 24,272. The S&P 500 rose 21 points to 2,647. The Nasdaq Composite gained 49 points to 6,873.

    The rally gained steam amid investor optimism that tax reform will soon be enacted. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday said the Senate tax bill will pass “late tonight or tomorrow,” with the endorsement of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) marking a crucial hurdle. McCain was instrumental in defeating Republicans’ attempt to overturn ObamaCare.

    The S&P 500 and the Russell 2000 also hit record highs on Thursday. Many believe that tax reform will add further upside to the U.S. economy. In mid-November, UBS analyst Keith Parker told FOX Business’s Stuart Varney that tax cuts are not yet baked into the market.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      NYTs’ Paul Krugman hardest hit.

      • Scalia

        This links to an article by Daniel Williams about Trump and the culture wars.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          Thanks. Fixed now – I hope.

          • Scalia

            Yes, that works.

  • Scalia

    Sources: NFL agrees to commit $89M over seven years to social justice causes:

    The NFL and a group of players reached an agreement in principle late Wednesday night to partner on a plan to address social justice issues considered important to African-American communities, sources told ESPN.

    The unprecedented agreement calls for the league to contribute $89 million over seven years to projects dealing with criminal justice reform, law enforcement/community relations and education.

    During a conference call Wednesday night, Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin, who lead roughly 40 players who have negotiated with the league office about demonstrations during the national anthem, guided the group through the highlights of the package, which represents the NFL’s largest contribution to a social issue, surpassing that of Salute to Service or Breast Cancer Awareness/Crucial Catch.

    The partnership came a day after some players broke away from the Players Coalition because of their dissatisfaction with how Jenkins and Boldin have handled negotiations. Commissioner Roger Goodell, believing that an agreement was at hand, was furious when ESPN reported that players were breaking off, according to one source. But during an afternoon call, Jenkins asked that the commissioner and the owners continue to stand with the players and allow them to do important work in the community.

    • Wild_Willie

      The usual minority shake down. Follow the money.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        The reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson taught them well.

    • Hank_M

      ….and the death spiral continues.

      How about they skip the SJW causes and invest in fewer commercials, fewer penalties and decide once and for all what a friggin catch is.

  • Scalia

    NBC: Matt Lauer’s sexual harassment accusers could number ‘as many as 8’ women:

    As the number of women claiming Matt Lauer was sexually inappropriate has grown to “as many as eight,” NBC is denying that its execs know about his alleged indiscretions until a meeting earlier this week.

    NBC’s Stephanie Gosk revealed to Megyn Kelly during the 9 a.m. hour of “Today” that there could be up to eight accusers, as details surfaced about the star’s alleged lewd behavior and old video clips back in circulation raised eyebrows.

    “We have reached out to New York City police; we have reached out to police departments in Long Island. We know of no open criminal investigation against Matt Lauer,” Gosk said.

    Gosk noted that some of the women being interviewed by news outlets could overlap, since they have declined to share their names.

    “Because they are anonymous, we don’t know if any of the people who spoke to Variety also spoke to The New York Times. … We don’t know if any of them are the same women.”

    The most horrifying episode allegedly involving Lauer, which was recapped by Gosk and former Fox News anchor Kelly, involves a woman who told The Times that Lauer had intercourse with her in his office at NBC’s headquarters until she passed out and had to be seen by a nurse. She described the circumstances to The Times as an assault.

    • Hank_M

      As much as I’m enjoying the ever growing list of democrats going down in hypocritical flames, Lauer tops the charts so far.

  • Scalia

    Pelosi Calls on Conyers to Resign:

    Updated 1:33 p.m. | House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Speaker Paul D. Ryan in separate remarks Thursday called for Michigan Democrat John Conyers Jr., the longest-serving member, to resign amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

    “I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family and wish them well,” Pelosi said. “However, Congressman Conyers should resign.”

    Asked if she’s relayed that message to Conyers, Pelosi said, “I’m saying it to you right now.”

    Pelosi called the allegations that have been raised against Conyers “serious, disappointing and very credible.”

    “It’s very sad,” the California Democrat said. “The brave woman who came forward are owed justice.”

    Pelosi, who appeared to be reading from a prepared statement in response to a reporter’s question about Conyers, struck a balance between being respectful of his 52 years serving in Congress and the serious nature of allegations.

    The minority leader has been criticized by members of her own party for her remarks Sunday on Meet the Press calling Conyers, 88, an “an icon in our country” who “has done a great deal to protect women.” She also called for “due process” and said Conyers would “do the right thing” as he reviews his case.

    And when will she call for Franken’s resignation?

    • pennywit

      And when will she call for Franken’s resignation?

      I’d look to Schumer, not Pelosi, for that. Franken is in his wheelhouse.

      I think this really will turn into a “both parties did it” situation wants the dam bursts and more women come forward.

      • Retired military

        But Pelosi called on Moore to get out and Moore is running for the Senate so your logic doesn’t hold up.

        As far as calling for Conyers and Franken to resign the question is
        #Where’s.David?

        Also I think that Conyers will say that he is retiring and then change his mind once the furor dies down. Right now he is in the hospital for “Stress related issues” AKA he is giving a reason for the press to not cover it due to his “health reasons”.

        • Hank_M

          In the hospital? I imagine the nurses are on high-alert.

  • Scalia

    No Temperature Change Rate Since Early ’90s:

    Abstract: We identify and remove the main natural perturbations (e.g. volcanic activity, ENSOs) from the global mean lower tropospheric temperatures (TLT) over January 1979 – June 2017 to estimate the underlying, potentially human-forced trend. The unaltered value is +0.155 K dec−1 while the adjusted trend is +0.096 K dec−1, related primarily to the removal of volcanic cooling in the early part of the record. This is essentially the same value we determined in 1994 (+0.09 K dec−1, Christy and McNider, 1994) using only 15 years of data. If the warming rate of +0.096 K dec−1 represents the net TLT response to increasing greenhouse radiative forcings, this implies that the TLT tropospheric transient climate response (ΔTLT at the time CO2 doubles) is +1.10 ± 0.26 K which is about half of the average of the IPCC AR5 climate models of 2.31 ± 0.20 K. Assuming that the net remaining unknown internal and external natural forcing over this period is near zero, the mismatch since 1979 between observations and CMIP-5 model values suggests that excessive sensitivity to enhanced radiative forcing in the models can be appreciable. The tropical region is mainly responsible for this discrepancy suggesting processes that are the likely sources of the extra sensitivity are (a) the parameterized hydrology of the deep atmosphere, (b) the parameterized heat-partitioning at the oceanatmosphere interface and/or (c) unknown natural variations

  • Scalia

    Jim Nabors, TV’s lovably naive Gomer Pyle, dies at 87

    im Nabors, the singer and actor who became a TV icon in the 1960s playing the lovably naïve Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” and the spinoff series “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” has died. He was 87.

    Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant after contracting hepatitis B in 1994, died Thursday at his home in Hawaii, his website announced.

    • pennywit

      The man was a fine comedic actor.

      • Hank_M

        Agreed. He really shined in his early role on the Andy Griffith Show.
        And I have to admit, when I first heard him sing, I was blown away.

        • Scalia

          I, too, was blown away, but not because I was impressed. I was so accustomed to hearing his Gomer Pyle voice, it stunned me to find out what he really sounded like.

  • Scalia

    NFL Viewership Down 20 Percent, Could Cost League $920 Million In Telecast Profits:

    Colin Kaepernick’s anti-anthem antics have hurt the NFL big-time—the league lost roughly a million regular-season viewers last year, compared to the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In total, this was about a 6 percent drop in viewership.

    But that’s nothing compared to this year’s carnage.

    In the wake of the latest round of player protests (and President Trump’s twitter assault), viewership is in free-fall.

    Forbes reports that this season’s television viewership is down by 3 million relative to the 2013 and 2014 seasons. And when accounting for the telecast’s average reach, and live ticket sales, the NFL’s viewership is down by over 4 million—a staggering 20 percent.

    Some have tried to argue that the NFL’s decline is part of a broader trend: millennials and generation Z aren’t as interested in sports as are their parents and grandparents etc. This is true, but losing 20 percent viewership in the space of two years has nothing to do with broad trends—specifics matter. In this case, the anthem protests are squarely to blame.

    It doesn’t take a genius to figure this out: the people have spoken. A recent poll done by Rasmussen Reports found that one-third of American adults said they’re “less likely to watch NFL game telecasts because of the Kaepernick-led player protests.” Conversely, only 13 percent of respondents said they were “more likely” to watch because of the protests.

    Likewise, we can’t chock the decline up to a general malaise surrounding sporting, since MLB viewership is way up. In fact, this year’s MLB postseason has been the most-watched since 2011, averaging 4,763,000 per game.

    • jim_m

      SI just gave Kaepernick an award. This shows how much the media and the NFL are out of touch with the fan base.

  • Scalia

    House lawyer urged contempt citations against DOJ, FBI over dossier ‘stonewalling’

    In an internal House memo obtained by Fox News, a senior counsel for the House Intelligence Committee urged Republican Chairman Devin Nunes three weeks ago to pursue contempt of Congress citations against the Justice Department and FBI.

    Congressional investigators accuse those agencies of withholding key documents and an FBI witness that could shed light on whether U.S. officials under then-President Barack Obama relied on the infamous anti-Trump “dossier” to justify surveillance against associates of then-candidate Donald Trump.

    “We’re trying to work with DOJ and the FBI. We hope that they will comply, but if they don’t they leave us very little option, very few options,” Nunes, R-Calif., told Fox News.

    He said they sent subpoenas out in June, July and August “that still haven’t been complied with.”

    Nunes added, “So I think stonewalling would be putting it lightly.”

    The dossier is the compendium of salacious and mostly unverified allegations about Trump and others on his campaign that was compiled last year by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS and based in part on Russian sourcing.

    Bank records obtained by the Nunes panel revealed that the dossier was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

  • Wild_Willie

    Terrible injustice. However, this could not have happened at a worst time for democrats. I have no doubt the wall is going up, stricter immigration is coming and chain migration is going. There is no way to defend illegal immigration now.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Apparently, the Steinle jury disagrees.
      BTW, whatever happened to Cali’s secession movement?

      • jim_m

        Screw secession. We should kik them out. They claim to be the 6th largest economy in the world, but when you correct them for standard of living and for population they have the 37th largest per capita GDP of any US state.

        They are a drag on our nation and need to be expelled.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          I feel bad for small businesses/farms in the depressed areas. The urban elites care more about illegal aliens than they do about ordinary, hard-working citizens.

          • jim_m

            With several million illegals voting in California you can see why that is.

    • Brian Brandt

      I wrote the following post for another conservative site – Victory Girls. The discussion of the Sig is probably not news to most readers of Wizbang.

      It is not clear to me from the various news stories I’ve read about
      this case if Garcia Zarate was ‘twirling [his body] around on a chair’
      or if he was twirling the gun around, cowboy style. In the first case,
      well, why would anybody do that for the reported twenty minutes? In the
      second case, I can’t imagine that no one reported a man playing with a
      gun on a public pier for that amount of time.

      In any event, it is very difficult to make a SIG Sauer P239 discharge
      accidentally. It has what’s called a double action/single action
      trigger. This means that to fire the first shot the trigger has to be
      pulled hard – about six pounds of pressure. Subsequent shots have a
      much lighter trigger pull. The purpose of this is to prevent accidental
      discharges. Given its very long double action trigger pull it is
      highly unlikely that Zarate managed to shoot this gun by accident.

      The fact that the bullet ricocheted on the pier’s concrete walkway
      before it struck Steinle probably makes a good case that he did not
      target her directly. Nevertheless, firing a gun in a public place
      certainly makes a case for manslaughter/negligent homicide at the least.

      http://victorygirlsblog.com/katesteinle-garcia-zarata-found-not-guilty-shameful-political-grandstanding-ensues-video/

    • Jwb10001

      Can we at least deport this guy, for the 6th time?

      • Scalia

        After he serves his weapons term.

  • Walter_Cronanty
  • Walter_Cronanty

    Elite and sustainable planning at its best:

    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/c217fdc4f8ce3df1ae171ccfcda6e0e8007676dc/64_0_2666_1600/master/2666.jpg?w=860&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=ab37dd3b67378e4e1422ddbf02d34c15

    At first glance the photos vaguely resemble a painting. On closer inspection it might be a giant sculpture or some other art project. But in reality it is a mangled pile of bicycles covering an area roughly the size of a football pitch, and so high that cranes are needed to reach the top; cast-offs from the boom and bust of China’s bike sharing industry.

    • jim_m

      Coming to a homeless tent city in San Francisco sometime soon.

  • pennywit

    Where’s my Jerry Jones effigy?

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Goodell burned it.

      • pennywit

        Well I need a new one. Or maybe I need a Dan Snyder effigy.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          I’ll let you use my Colin Kaepernick effigy for a reasonable price.

          • pennywit

            No good.

    • Scalia

      Given the Cowboys’ recent tailspin, the Redskins may have been overconfident. I was surprised.

      • pennywit

        I’m not surprised. The Giants game (despite the Skins’ victory) was an unadulterated mess.

  • Retired military

    With LA the illegal alien situation outweighed the gun violence situation. If it had been a white guy that had killed her they would have gave him at least 10 years on the gun charge alone.

  • Retired military

    But but the guy used a gun with a magazine that held more than 10 rounds.
    #Where’s.David?

  • Olsoljer

    A couple of years ago, on this blog, I made a statement to the effect the republican party was going to fall, that the new party should be called the Patriot Party or the Conservative Party. In light of Trump’s election to POTUS and resulting the upheaval of politics, I am curious if anyone out there has an educated prediction of what will transpire in the political arena? Flynn has pled guilty on charges of lying to the FBI, yet the entire previous administration including the FBI, DOJ, CIA, NSA, IRS, have consistently have lied, stonewalled, obfuscated, pled the 5th and other wise eluded legal responsibility for their actions. Now elected officials resultant of their PERSONAL illegal actions are being outed revealing the misuse and abuse of American tax dollars to elude what should be public knowledge of their crimes as well as the denial of justice to victims. Despite the LSM being complicit in the cover ups, them selves lying, ignoring, denying, or promoting false narratives, the American public is now aware of these violations of law, Oath of Office, misuse of public office, treason, and sedition. Since this divisiveness continues to widen, investigations being conducted are patently politically motivated, the rotten, corruption of the political establishment is quickly coming into the light, not just within our nation, but internationally.
    So, what happens now? Interim martial law, armed revolution, massive arrests, indictments, revolution at the ballot box? What? The majority of the American voters will not continue to countenance a dual system of justice, a justice system that itself is divided by those who support constitutional law and those who legislate from the bench. How can a Federal District Court over ride a decision legally issued by the POTUS, or ignore Federal law, when doing so is a VIOLATION of Federal law, and affects not only their district but the ENTIRE United States placing all individuals lives at risk. I see a massive implosion of the current political establishment as it stands. Any thoughts?

  • pennywit

    This is pretty huge news.

    • Scalia

      In all honesty, I totally forgot to post that one. Yes, quite huge.

      • pennywit

        We all knew that Flynn was going to sing. I figured he might implicate somebody higher up in the food chain, maybe Donald Trump Jr. or Jared Kushner. I did not expect to read that Flynn was going to implicate Trump.

        The president has some choices to make in the next few days I really, really hope he doesn’t go for a Saturday Night Massacre.

        • Scalia

          I did not expect to read that Flynn was going to implicate Trump.

          Where did you read that? I didn’t see that in you link.

          • pennywit

            It’s in the lede here:

            Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn has promised “full cooperation” in the special counsel’s Russia investigation and, according to a confidant, is prepared to testify that Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians, initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria.

            That final clause (“initially … “) is new since the last time I checked in on the story, though.

          • Scalia

            Rather ambiguous for me to put much stock in at this point. The press has mangled all kinds of facts when reporting about Trump (much of it deliberately so). We’ll just have to wait and see.

          • pennywit

            So far, other outlets haven’t (to my knowledge) reported that Flynn will testify against Trump himself. Probably means they’re still trying to verify it.

            My gut feeling is that Mueller’s getting closer to Trump’s inner circle. Unless there are facts that can implicate Trump himself, I think the president’s smartest course is to let the investigation play out and not try to protect his inner circle.

          • Scalia

            Given the MSM’s penchant for getting the cart before the horse, if there were any hint that Flynn would directly implicate Trump, they would have run with it. All an agenda-driven reporter needs to do is write, “Unnamed sources imply that the president may have directed Flynn to influence the election by…” That way, they can hide behind the standard, “We never said that Trump did any of those things. We merely reported on an implication of what may have occurred.”

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Ah, not to be too obtuse, but what’s wrong with making contact with the Russkies to fight ISIS in Syria? He would be negligent if he didn’t do that.

      • pennywit

        Brian Ross done screwed up.

        • Scalia

          Yeah, big time.

    • jim_m

      Not really. The ABC news claim that Flynn was implicating the President in collusion was an out and out lie and not supported(by some accounts contradicted) by the actual plea deal.

      So it’s a big deal to mindless Trump haters and lefties who don’t need fact but just feels in order to put a man in prison. The same people who want to impeach Trump over this BS are the ones who let off Kate Steinle’s killer.

  • Retired military

    This is beyond parody

    http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=372769

    Newsweek accuses Melania of plaguerizing herself.

    • Scalia

      I had seen that. The Newsweek article changed the headline to:

      IVANKA TRUMP RECYCLES ONE OF HER OWN SPEECHES IN INDIA

      At the bottom of the piece, they wrote:

      Correction: The headline of this story was changed to reflect that Trump reused portions of an earlier speech rather than “plagiarized” it.

      This indicates either gross incompetence on the part of Newsweek (they don’t even know what plagiarism is) or they’re clearly of a mindset to manipulate anything and everything related to Trump and his family in a negative way. They’re sick.

      • jim_m

        Embrace the healing power of the word “and”. They are both incompetent AND corrupt.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Is the Mueller investigation the new normal in presidential politics? If so, our democratic republic is headed for some very troubled times.

    See, we’re not following the normal rules, in which a prosecutor is assigned only after evidence of an actual crime has emerged. We’re in the wooly realm of counterintelligence, where anything goes. And in the event our aggressive prosecutor can’t find any crimes — which would be no surprise, since the investigation was not triggered by a crime — no matter: The special counsel is encouraged to manufacture crimes through the investigative process. Misleading assertions by non-suspects made to investigators probing non-crimes can be charged as felony false statements.

    The end game of the investigation is the removal of Donald Trump from the presidency, either by impeachment (which does not require proof of a court-prosecutable crime) or by publicly discrediting Trump to such a degree that his reelection becomes politically impossible. The latter can be accomplished by projecting the appearance of a critical investigation (notwithstanding that there is no underlying crime), turning administration officials into suspects, and hopefully generating the false-statement prosecutions that help depict the administration as dishonest and icky.

    While all that plays out, though, behold the frightening thing Mueller’s investigation has become: a criminalization of politics. In the new order of things, policy differences are the grist for investigation and prosecution.

    There is no evidence that Flynn or any other Trump associate was involved in Russia’s election interference. Instead, after being elected on the promise of significant policy shifts from the Obama administration, President-elect Trump directed Flynn, his incoming national-security adviser, to make contact with foreign counterparts, including but not limited to officials from Russia. This is standard operating procedure when administrations change — that’s why they call it a transition.

  • Walter_Cronanty
  • Walter_Cronanty

    Let’s hear it for sanctuary states!

    Mexican man convicted of kidnapping and sexually abusing two Oregon women GRINS in court and tells their families he’ll ‘see you in Hell’ – as it emerges he’d already been deported TWENTY times before

    Martinez had been freed from jail in Portland a week before the attacks; he was in there for interfering with police and providing a false birth date.

    He was released despite a request from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office to hold him so the agency could take him into custody.

    Oregon became America’s first sanctuary state when it adopted a law in 1987 preventing law enforcement from detaining people who are in the United States illegally but have not broken other laws.

  • Retired military

    “Democrat Corrine Brown sentenced to 5 years in prison – blamed corruption charges on racism”
    And the question is
    #Where’s.David?

    • Scalia

      He’s too busy getting worked up over the non-existent theocracy that exists only in his fevered mind.

  • Retired military

    SF Gate reports:

    A Sacramento lobbyist broke her silence Monday, naming the lawmaker she said cornered her in a bathroom last year and masturbated in front of her.

    In a press conference with her lawyer in Sacramento, Pamela Lopez accused Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, D- Woodland Hills (Los Angeles County), of pushing his way into a bathroom with her last year and trying to get her to touch his exposed genitals.

    Lopez initially declined to name the lawmaker, but she said Monday that leaders in the Assembly have assured her and other victims that their allegations will be taken seriously.

    “There is strength in numbers and I want women to know that you can lawyer up and there are good people who will represent you and protect you,” Lopez said. “I’m putting this in the hands of the Legislature. Matt Dababneh has abused his power.”

    #Where’s.David?

  • Retired military

    http://gotnews.com/breaking-report-msnbc-will-sever-ties-sam-seder-polanski-child-rape-tweet/

    MSNBC contributer Sam Seder tweeted that he hoped if his daughter is raped it is by an older truly talented man with a great sense of mise en scene.

    The question is

    #Where’s.David?

    • Walter_Cronanty

      The outrageousness of that statement reminded me of this:

      A prominent Anglican minister on Thursday urged Christians to pray for Prince George—the four-year-old son of Prince William and his wife Catherine, and third in line to the British throne—to be gay to advance the cause of same-sex marriage.

      When people make such idiotic remarks, I simply don’t know what to say. They bring to mind the words of a country song: “God is great, beer is good, people are crazy.”

      https://youtu.be/PKpQRjj_WbU

      • Retired military

        I love that song.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          Me too.

  • Retired military

    Beware an ecomonic boom because it could be bad really bad. At least according to WAPO

    washingtonpost.com/opinions/beware-an-economic-boom-really/2017/12/03/3baddc2a-d6d7-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html

    This can only mean that this guy sees the tax cuts going through and wants to get ahead of the curve and proclaim that an economic boom is bad really bad for everyone.
    You cant make this stuff up. By his logic a recession would be a great thing. I guess after he kissed Obama’s ass for 8 years that is the way he thinks.

    • jim_m

      Nietzsche proposed that in life, you have a balance of risk v reward. When you risk high you get greater rewards, but by the same token you also risk greater loss. Reciprocally, if you risk little you will have few losses but also little reward.

      Samuelson proposes that we risk nothing. The typical left wing strategy, promising everyone total safety while predicting rewards that are out of scale with the risks taken. This is the socialist contract, which always fails and results in abject poverty for all, followed by lawlessness and chaos, ending in violence and death for many.

  • Walter_Cronanty
  • Retired military

    Al Franken expected to resign Thursday
    and the question of the day is
    #Where’s.David?

  • Retired military

    And Harold Ford former Dem congressman has been fired due to sexual harassment allegations.
    Where’s.David?

  • pennywit

    Somebody get me my Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen effigies.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      I’ll let you use my Sashi Brown effigy – no need for it now.

    • Scalia

      Well, we tried to give another one away, but Stafford & Prater came through in the clutch.

      • pennywit

        If this season were any more of a bust, Dolly Parton would show up at Fedex Field.

        • Scalia

          I guess they’ve folded the tents for this season. They don’t look like they have the heart that beat the Seahawks.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            I think those tents were Dolly’s bra.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    The Mueller investigation is looking more and more like a superficially genteel coup d’etat. Appears to be morphing into the equivalent of the Cheesehead Stasi investigation of Gov. Scott Walker.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    But….but….Trump is a raaacist!

    More black and Hispanic Americans are getting jobs on President Donald Trump’s watch, the latest employment numbers show, although critics accuse him of ignoring such minority populations….

    Unemployment among blacks declined from 8 percent one year ago to 7.3 percent in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Blacks’ labor force participation rate rose slightly over the past year, from 61.9 percent in November 2016 to 62.2 percent last month.

    Unemployment among Hispanics fell by a percentage point, from 5.7 percent to 4.7 percent, over the year. Hispanics’ labor force participation rate held steady, dipping from 65.7 percent to 65.6 percent.

  • Walter_Cronanty
  • pennywit

    Did you know that gun-control advocates also oppress female plants?

    They keep pushing for pistil control.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    What is/was Strzok’s “insurance policy”?
    [EDIT] I feel like Chico with all these conspiracy theories. Where is he when you need him?

    • I’d say the Russia Dosier.

    • From the context and what we have seen to date I’d say the Trump / Russia Dossier was the “Insurance.” See also the Deputy Attorney General overseeing the Mueller “Investigation” testifying that he believes he knows who funded the dossier but won’t say who that is.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        I think so, together with his paramour dressing the dossier up for a FISA warrant, and subsequent unmasking. As I said, I’m beginning to sound/feel like Chico – THE OLIGARCHY!

  • Chris

    This kind of things happen because the firearms politics in this country sucks. I mean, anybody can go to stores like http://www.hinterlandoutfitters.com/ or something, take their parents credit card, buy the gun, and the next day they are in another country killing people and being deported, WTF?

    • Scalia

      Online Purchasing Overview:

      Online gun sites are regulated by the Federal government through mandatory laws that require selling guns online to be administered legitimately.

      The most significant law regarding gun purchasing is administered by the federal government. US federal law requires that all guns purchased online must be shipped only to a holder of a Federal Firearms License.

      Guns bought online are never shipped to the consumers home, but instead, to a federally licensed gun shop. Selling guns online also requires a FFL-both parties must be licensed appropriately, in order for a transaction to occur. After purchase the online gun retailer will ship the firearm to the local gun dealer, where the consumer will pick it up in person.

      At the time of pickup, the gun retailer will treat the transaction like one made in a store. Background checks, additional fees, and waiting periods will be administered according to the state’s particular gun laws. There are no shortcuts when buying or selling guns online. All of the appropriate steps are followed in accordance to state laws for a transaction to occur.

    • Bullshit. The weapon was a duty weapon of a Federal LEO.