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Trump Announces Breakthrough In Khashoggi Investigation

The White House has hired OJ Simpson to look for the real killer!

This purported leaked copy of Flynn memo being circulated is UNVERIFIED as of yet

Caveat Emptor....

"When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside"

I just noticed that the Constitution says "when" and not "if".

21st RD passes 2014 turnout by 2 PM

The Ramone - Barry 21 RD matchup is the interesting contest on that card, and it seems to have pulled out a lot of folks early in the day.

Looking forward to seeing the backs of Simpler and Lavelle....

**** The "Yer Outta Here" Thread - Did That Asshole Lose? *******

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Bye Felicia.

Don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.

Post the names here as they call 'em, since some of us just want to know "Did that asshole in wherever lose?"

Everything at every level.

If your local dogcatcher is an asshole, and doesn't win re-election, post it here. You don't even have to say why they were an asshole if you don't want to. I'll take your word for it.


Once Again, France Wins Host Country Bid For Tour De France

This is the 106th time in a row that France has been selected as the host country for the Tour de France.

They HAVE to be cheating.

Jack Burkman has really bad timing (re: paid-for Mueller accusation)


Some sad news. On Thursday, November 1, at the Rosslyn
Holiday Inn at noon, we will reveal the first of Special Counsel Robert
Mueller's sex assault victims. I applaud the courage and dignity and
grace and strength of my client.


I have a feeling this is not going to go well for Mr. Burkman.


I'll just put this in one place here for reference. It has puzzled me that people think it matters one way or the other if the guy made a "real bomb" or a "fake bomb" or "a bomb intended to detonate".

I am a little less puzzled now, since having taken a look at the eejits at Freeperville, many of them seem to think there is an important distinction there.

There is not.

The MAGABOMBER is charged with these offenses:

Violations of 18 U.S.C.
1716, 879, 844(d), (e),
875, 111, and 2

The one relevant to "mailing a bomb" is this one: 18 USC 844


(d) Whoever transports or receives, or attempts to transport or receive, in interstate or foreign commerce any explosive with the knowledge or intent that it will be used to kill, injure, or intimidate any individual or unlawfully to damage or destroy any building, vehicle, or other real or personal property, shall be imprisoned for not more than ten years, or fined under this title, or both; and if personal injury results to any person, including any public safety officer performing duties as a direct or proximate result of conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be imprisoned for not more than twenty years or fined under this title, or both; and if death results to any person, including any public safety officer performing duties as a direct or proximate result of conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be subject to imprisonment for any term of years, or to the death penalty or to life imprisonment.

The device had pyrotechnic material of some kind, and was sent with the intent to intimidate. Thirteen of them.

Notice that the statute does not care if the intent is:

"kill, injure, or intimidate"

The statute does not care if you made a fake bomb or a real bomb. It does not matter if your intent was to kill, or merely to intimidate. It is the same freaking statute.

A number of people have suggested this would be relevant to an "attempted murder" charge. Murder is a state crime, not a federal crime. The feds would not be charging him with murder or attempted murder anyway.

To recap - The US law that is relevant to "sending a mail bomb" doesn't care if it is intended to explode or not. Anyone that thinks this is an important distinction one way or the other is either reading the wrong sorts of things in the first place, or simply misinformed.

Note to Bomber: You don't need a $6.00 Wal-Mart clock on a mail bomb

So, this is purported to be one of the devices in question:

Among the many "What's Wrong With This Picture?" things that is obvious to anyone with a nodding acquaintance with how almost anything works, is the clock.

A "mail bomb" is a bomb you send through the mail, in the hope that you will blow someone up when it is opened at its destination. It is, of course, utterly pointless to send mail bombs to persons who do not open their own packages in the first place - i.e. to a corporate mail room or to a figure with Secret Service protection. Because they are never going to open their own packages, and the only thing you are going to do is to create alarm.

In other words, sending a mail bomb to the Clintons, CNN, the Obamas or George Soros is a pointless idea in the first place, since none of them open their own mail. Heck, I run a fairly insignificant small business and *I* don't even open my own mail. So, even if your package was delivered and went off as hoped, you wouldn't have any realistic chance of actually harming the person in question.

Now, the other thing about a "mail bomb" is that you want the device to be triggered by the package being opened and/or the object being removed. There are a lot of ways to do that - mechanical, optical, and so on. The basic idea is that you want to close an electrical contact when the device is about to be discovered.

One thing you certainly DO NOT WANT TO USE to trigger your device, is a TIMER.

Time bombs are great for bombs that you want to go off at a particular time, and you can use all kinds of timers for time bombs. Cheap electric alarm clocks are nice, since you don't have to rig up a lot of special circuitry, but you can just use the wires to the alarm speaker to close a relay or other switch to a larger battery to fire your igniter or cap.

However, that's kind of pointless for a mail bomb. Because, again, if you are interested in taking out the recipient of the package at the time they receive it and open it, then you HAVE NO IDEA WHEN THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. So, using a timer of any kind is beside the point.

I gather the idea here was to send someone a package and to helpfully let them know what time it is when they open it?


That cheap clock, which is the one used as you can tell from the shape and location of the buttons and the bezel, doesn't even HAVE an alarm function.

This device was built for show.

Wherein Mike Ramone Appears To Have Engaged In Insider Trading...


According to our information, Mr. Ramone invested a significant amount of money in the DBOT in the first part of 2017. At that point, the DBOT was basically a company on paper and in name only. The DBOT was pitched as a stock exchange for Wilmington for a number of years prior but, as of early 2017, had not found a physical location and only employed about a dozen workers, rather than the hundreds as originally promised. And it had not conducted a single trade.
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