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Seth wrote:

One of the things I find most frustrating about liberal ideology is that it tends to view tools in a vacuum with little or no focus on how those tools are used. Censorship - contrary to the bloviated ramblings of a certain cis South African transphobe - is not inherently bad.

Exactly. The First Amendment shouldn't be a suicide pact. We already have some censorship for good. Although I fear that the Democrat's recalcitrance to expand the censorship that we already have to help stop the rise of fascism will be a major factor in the US's downfall.

ruhk wrote:

Mark Bankston (from the Alex Jones trial and the Elon Musk deposition) just announced that they are filing suit against Fox, Newsmax, Univision, Timcast (Tim Pool), Steven Crowder, Owen Shroyer (from Infowars), Simon Ateba, and Hollywood Unlocked on behalf of Mauricio Garcia for repeatedly accusing his client of perpetrating a mass shooting carried out by a rightwing extremist even after the actual shooters’ identity was publicly available.

I just listened to Bankston on the Majority Report today talking about this case and he said that they’ve already formally spoken with all the defendants and all of them had their own lawyers present except Tim Pool, who showed up on his own thinking he’d be okay.
lol, Hopefully he loses his beanie over this.

Uncle Thomas misses oral arguments without explanation.

Is it too much to wish for a stroke?

Maybe he decided to belatedly take up John Oliver on his offer
edit: non-paywalled link

I honestly think there'd be no shame in him taking that offer.
And it would be the best thing for the country.

If he is incapacitated my money is on they Weekend at Bernies him until they get monsters back in control of everything.

Attending Trump's trial, perhaps?

Chairman_Mao wrote:

Attending Trump's trial, perhaps?

The one Trump is sleeping through?

Former President Donald J. Trump seemed alternately irritated and exhausted Monday morning, as his lawyers and prosecutors hashed out pretrial motions before jury selection in his criminal case.

Even as a judge was hearing arguments on last-minute issues in a criminal case that centers on salacious allegations and threatens to upend his bid for the presidency, Mr. Trump appeared to nod off a few times, his mouth going slack and his head drooping onto his chest.

The former president’s lead lawyer, Todd Blanche, passed him notes for several minutes before Mr. Trump appeared to jolt awake and notice them.

He needed someone to cuddle with.

No McDonald’s or Fox News in the courtroom to keep him awake.

Sleepy Trump image would not be a bad thing to get out of these trials, if we cant get a guilty verdict.

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JC wrote:
Chairman_Mao wrote:

Attending Trump's trial, perhaps?

The one Trump is sleeping through?

Former President Donald J. Trump seemed alternately irritated and exhausted Monday morning, as his lawyers and prosecutors hashed out pretrial motions before jury selection in his criminal case.

Even as a judge was hearing arguments on last-minute issues in a criminal case that centers on salacious allegations and threatens to upend his bid for the presidency, Mr. Trump appeared to nod off a few times, his mouth going slack and his head drooping onto his chest.

The former president’s lead lawyer, Todd Blanche, passed him notes for several minutes before Mr. Trump appeared to jolt awake and notice them.

Don Snoreleone

Toilet truthing until 3am will put a damper on your demeanor.

Rando on Xitter said their theory is his legal team sedated him.

I know if I was responsible for that clown's conduct I would seriously consider it.

That would make this legal team the smartest one he ever had.

Based on my dad's experience with being oversedated for a dental procedure a few weeks ago, Trump would have been out for the entire trial today and would have needed people bigger than him to move him from point A to point B.

I may have been the only person in the family big enough to move my dad around on that day.

Trump Social stock continues to crater, so he issues "warrants" to dilute existing shares with awards to himself at $11.50 each effectively shorting his investors.

Basically, if the stock manages to stay above $12 until he is legally allowed to sell, he stands to earn..... some.... money.

The shorts have got to be making scads on this crap.

If Clarence isn't there today for this one, something is definitely up. NY Times Gift Article

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday in a case that could eliminate some of the federal charges against former President Donald J. Trump in the case accusing him of plotting to subvert the 2020 election and could disrupt the prosecutions of hundreds of rioters involved in the Capitol attack.

The question the justices will consider is whether a provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, enacted in the wake of the collapse of the energy giant Enron, covers the conduct of a former police officer, Joseph W. Fischer, who participated in the Capitol assault, on Jan. 6, 2021.

The law figures in two of the federal charges against Mr. Trump in his election subversion case, and more than 350 people who stormed the Capitol have been prosecuted under it. If the Supreme Court sides with Mr. Fischer and says the statute does not cover what he is accused of having done, Mr. Trump is almost certain to contend that it does not apply to his conduct, either.

The law, signed in 2002, was prompted by accounting fraud and the destruction of documents, but the provision is written in broad terms. Still, in an earlier case involving a different provision of the law, the Supreme Court said it should be tethered to its original purpose.

At least part of what the law meant to accomplish was to address a gap in the federal criminal code: It was a crime to persuade others to destroy records relevant to an investigation or official proceeding but not to do so oneself. The law sought to close that gap.

It did that in a two-part provision. The first part makes it a crime to corruptly alter, destroy or conceal evidence to frustrate official proceedings. The second part, at issue in Mr. Fischer’s case, makes it a crime “otherwise” to corruptly obstruct, influence or impede any official proceeding.

The heart of the case is at the pivot from the first part to the second. The ordinary meaning of “otherwise,” prosecutors say, is “in a different manner.” That means, they say, that the obstruction of official proceedings need not involve the destruction of evidence. The second part, they say, is broad catchall applying to all sorts of conduct.

Paleocon wrote:

Trump Social stock continues to crater, so he issues "warrants" to dilute existing shares with awards to himself at $11.50 each effectively shorting his investors.

Basically, if the stock manages to stay above $12 until he is legally allowed to sell, he stands to earn..... some.... money.

The shorts have got to be making scads on this crap.

I've never shorted anything before so when I heard about DJT I wanted to short the sh*t out of it. Never been so confident in a financial move. Unfortunately it requires some account setup on Fidelity and it doesnt let you do that on the weekend, so I missed out.

Rats, he came back.

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas returned to the bench on Tuesday, a day after he missed arguments in two cases with no explanation offered by the court.

Circus is coming back to town. Technically it never left, but you know what I mean

Massie told Republican colleagues behind closed doors Tuesday morning that he will cosponsor the motion to vacate Johnson from his position.

Massie was booed by his Republican colleagues after he made this announcement, according to one of the sources, and then GOP Rep. Trent Kelly of Mississippi stood up and criticized Massie, saying it’s “wrong” to not back the speaker.

“I asked him to resign,” Massie told CNN after the meeting. “He said he would not. And then I said, ‘Well, you’re the one who’s going to put us into this,’ because the motion is going to get called up. OK. Does anybody doubt that? The motion will get called up, and then he’s going to lose more votes than (former House Speaker) Kevin McCarthy, and I have told him this in private, like, weeks ago.”

polypusher wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

Trump Social stock continues to crater, so he issues "warrants" to dilute existing shares with awards to himself at $11.50 each effectively shorting his investors.

Basically, if the stock manages to stay above $12 until he is legally allowed to sell, he stands to earn..... some.... money.

The shorts have got to be making scads on this crap.

I've never shorted anything before so when I heard about DJT I wanted to short the sh*t out of it. Never been so confident in a financial move. Unfortunately it requires some account setup on Fidelity and it doesnt let you do that on the weekend, so I missed out.

From what I read it was actually very hard to short because you need someone else to hold the bag. As the number of people betting it'll go long is pretty damn small.

JC wrote:

Rats, he came back.

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas returned to the bench on Tuesday, a day after he missed arguments in two cases with no explanation offered by the court.

He came back to declare that J6 was just a protest.

Rat Boy wrote:
JC wrote:

Rats, he came back.

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas returned to the bench on Tuesday, a day after he missed arguments in two cases with no explanation offered by the court.

He came back to declare that J6 was just a protest.

yup.

Justice Clarence Thomas, who returned to the bench after an unexplained absence on Monday, asked whether the government was engaging in a kind of selective prosecution. “There have been many violent protests that have interfered with proceedings,” he said. “Has the government applied this provision to other protests?”

WTF? How is this f*cker on the bench?

"There have been many speeders on this road"
"has the governments ticketed all of them?

so therefore my speeding ticket is invalid.

Merchan is a third of the way there. 6 of 18 jurors have been seated. Might actually be able to begin the trial next week.

I've said it before and I have no doubt I'll need to say it again: because "the economy" is an abstraction that is only tangentially related to reality as experienced by the majority of Americans. You want to talk about vibes? The term "the economy" as used in major news media is defined as "what kinda vibes are the wealthy feeling right about now?"

Decades-long trends like productivity vs. wages, CEO's pay vs average workers', rising costs of housing and education, and poor upward mobility are starting to be felt by a critical mass of people. Biden's economy is doing well when you look at the time scale of a Presidential term, but that may not matter if the societal costs of the last century of economic policy are about to come due.