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About Me

A Reformed Republican who has seen evil and shook its hand. (Nixon) He now spends his time trying to change the world for the better.

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Junco nest on my front porch

They have been coming back every year since 2016.

How Presidents Talk About Deploying the Military in the United States

Lawfare Blog

It's a long and well researched opinion piece. I have copied in the conclusions, but the whole thing is worth the time to read. No paywall, either.

In the post-World War II era, a handful of presidents have sent troops to quell violence sparked by desegregation or systemic racism. But before Trump, presidents deployed federal troops only to enforce federal court orders or support local officials who requested it. Before Trump, in moments of violence and division, presidents called for unity and respect. And before Trump, presidents viewed the decision to send in federal troops not as an opportunity to display force, but as a solemn duty to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.

Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and George H.W. Bush seemed, for various reasons, keenly aware of the dangers of overplaying their hand. Eisenhower, after a distinguished military career, deplored the idea of sending a force trained for war to patrol a local school house. Kennedy wanted to secure a peaceful arrival to university for an American veteran, while negotiating with a governor who came from his own party. Johnson waited for Gov. Romney to use the right words, to make sure he did not overstep his constitutional authority. And Bush intervened only at the request of the governor of California and in the face of mounting evidence that law enforcement alternatives could not keep the people of Los Angeles safe.

Trump, by contrast, has adopted the language of battle. And he has not seemed at all concerned with fundamental constitutional notions of federalism and the rights reserved to states under the U.S. Constitution. Of course, Trump has not taken the final step of deploying the military to the states. But by deploying them cavalierly and in huge numbers in Washington, D.C.—without articulating what authorities he was using and over the objection of local officials—he showed that he is not particularly reticent about taking such a step. Trump’s approach, of course, is consistent with two central themes of his presidency. In moments of division, he peddles conspiracy theories and lashes out against his political opponents. And when it suits him, he pushes aggressively on the outer margins of his presidential authority with little regard for the precedent it sets.

Bruce Springsteen - 41 Shots

Protesters' breach of temporary fences near White House complex prompted Secret Service to move Trum

Source: Washington Post

President Trump was rushed to a secure bunker in the White House on Friday evening after a group of protesters hopped over temporary barricades set up near the Treasury Department grounds, according to arrest records and people familiar with the incident.

The security move came after multiple people crossed over fences that had been erected to create a larger barrier around the White House complex around 7 p.m.


The events contradict the president’s claim Wednesday that he went to the bunker simply to inspect the secure location.

Two of the people who were arrested said they were stunned by the idea that their actions prompted the abrupt relocation of the president.

“I didn’t even realize what I did was illegal,” said one of the protesters, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the pending charges. “I stepped over a barricade. I never got onto the Treasury grounds or White House grounds.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/secret-service-moved-trump-to-secure-bunker-friday-after-protesters-breached-temporary-fences-near-white-house-complex/2020/06/03/e4ae77c2-a5b9-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

#bunkerboy and the real reason he went into hiding

Riots happening right now in Seattle

Curfew now imposed as of 5:00pm
Im watching on King5, sorry no link.

SpaceX flight scratched!

links will be posted by others

The second wave is coming...

The first COVID-19 wave is still going on here in America, and soon we will have to prepare for the second wave. The first one, it can be said, was full of innocents. The second wave is full of dumbasses who wanted to protest with weapons/tactical gear about needing a haircut & manicure.

My daughter will be graduating as a medical assistant this summer, and she is not looking forward to dealing with the high level of stupidity she will be seeing in her clinic.

So how do we handle this second wave? You know, the one where the True Believers are sickened by a democratic hoax?

Hey- wasn't the original SomethingGate a GOP thing too?

Asking for a friend.

What are you reading now?

In my case, it's this:

A friend of my wife needed some computer help, and so I took care of her laptop for her. In return, she left me this to read.

The IRS put money into my account today, but it's not mine

OK- I'm expecting two different deposits from the US gov into my checking account:
1. $2,400 - My coronavirus "reward"
2. $10,400ish - my tax return for 2019

So I got a deposit for $1,300-ish in my account two days ago. It's nowhere close to either amount that I'm expecting. So I log into the IRS website, since it is the Oracle of All Governmental Knowledge right now. There, I discover that the IRS has no knowledge of this transfer. So I'm guessing that the IRS put somebody else's money into my account. That means that in the interest if fairness, some poor schmuck will be wondering "where's my money?" and thus, I must expect for those funds to exit my account at some point soon.

In the meantime, I'm waiting for not only my CV-19 reward, but my tax refund as well. Those funds would be very helpful right now. Oh yeah- my state is also considering renewing my unemployment since I've been enjoying the Trump Depression since April of 2019. We'll see how that goes. I have no hopes for that.
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