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Politics / Susan Rice's last act of defiance under Obama Administration
« Last post by jonas_24112 on February 13, 2018, 09:34:22 AM »
Just minutes before Trump's inauguration speech and as a nearly last act as National Security Advisor to Obama, Susan Rice e-mailed herself a synopsis of a meeting held 2 weeks earlier with President Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, AG Sally Yates and FBI Director Jim Comey about Russian interference in the election.

There are so many questions to be gleaned from this e-mail, I don't know where to begin.  Grassley and Graham sure had a bunch.  It looks to me that Obama surely did meet with FBI Directors and his AG to discuss pending investigations, contrary to his previous statements.  And it looks to me like he surely did influence the investigation....however it's heartening to know he was telling Comey to do it by the book. 

But what gets me is that he asks to be let known if they should stop sharing information with the Trump team and Comey says nothing to the contrary.  To me, this means that no one in the room knew the Trump team was under investigation or the investigation had turned up nothing to say the Trump team had colluded with Russia.  (Just guessing as to the context.)

I guess the biggest question here is why did Rice even pen this e-mail 2 weeks after the meeting? 
Sports / Re: College Basketball 2017-2018
« Last post by Common Sense on February 13, 2018, 09:10:09 AM »
Buzz Williams' energy is infections among his players. We can in as the big time underdog and we played like it.

Feels feels good to beat the #1 team in the country, and in state, in their house!

I'm thinking coupled with the win over  UVa and UNC, as well as a few ACC road games should have us in the Tournament.

Politics / Re: The Governor and the Speaker continue to get it done
« Last post by Common Sense on February 13, 2018, 09:07:59 AM »
I don't know if he got jail time but its gone on as a felony and carried felonious fines and court fees.

I would think we can all agree that stealing an iPhone should't carry the same degree of punishment as stealing someone car!
Politics / Re: The Threat of Nuclear War Is Real
« Last post by Solon on February 13, 2018, 08:24:45 AM »
The "Bloody Nose" talk from the Trump administration continues to draw fire from experts across the board. This article from Brookings is the latest. Three former CIA experts on North Korea, who disagree on other issues, agree on this.

As former Central Intelligence Agency analysts, with combined 45 years of experience in studying the North Korean regime, we believe that any military strike against North Korea is likely to unleash a series of events that could lead to devastation and massive casualties as well as undermine Washington’s “maximum pressure and engagement” strategy. We work at three different think tanks and don’t see eye to eye on everything, but on this issue we are in total agreement.

A preventive U.S. attack—one that would be conducted without any indication of an imminent North Korean attack—would not eliminate North Korea’s nuclear threat to the American homeland nor guarantee regional stability and security. In fact, a strike would reinforce Pyongyang’s determination to hold onto its nuclear capability, further consolidate Kim’s rule and affirm the regime’s narrative about a “hostile” United States.

,,,The Congressional Research Service estimates there could be 30,000-300,000 dead in the first days of fighting. The casualty figures would be much higher if North Korea used its nuclear, biological and chemical weapons or if China chose to join the conflict. The Seoul metropolitan area‘s 25 million residents, including 200,000 U.S. citizens, are vulnerable to North Korean conventional attacks, given its location a mere 35 miles from the Demilitarized Zone (about the distance between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore or between New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut). Tokyo‘s metropolitan area, with its more than 36 million residents, is easily within North Korean missile range.

Beyond the immediate loss of human life and property, there are the long-term ripple effects.  A war in Northeast Asia would affect the world’s second, third and 12th largest economies—China, Japan, and South Korea—and throw the global economy into a tailspin. Moreover, a war that started because of U.S. action could lead to the collapse of the U.S.-South Korea alliance and the loss of U.S. standing and credibility in Northeast Asia. Washington would be seen as gambling with our allies’ security, particularly as the Trump administration has yet to articulate the military and political objectives, how a military strike would achieve them, the triggering events for an attack, the parameters of military action, and how to mitigate against a North Korean or Chinese military response.

If the U.S. attacked without notifying our allies or over their objections, it would play into Kim Jong-un’s goal of driving a wedge between the U.S., South Korea and Japan. An attack would also feed into Beijing and Moscow’s narrative that Washington, not Pyongyang, is the source of regional instability and tension, and make it more difficult for Washington to ensure future Chinese and Russian cooperation on pressuring North Korea.

Ex-CIA analysts explain why a bloody nose policy on North Korea would backfire
Politics / Cardinal Marx,Papal Adviser - Priest May Bless Homosexual Couples
« Last post by Steven on February 13, 2018, 07:55:48 AM »
This goes against Christian beliefs. If I were in a church that supported this - I would leave and find me a Bible based church.
Sports / Re: 2018 NASCAR
« Last post by LpMv2407 on February 12, 2018, 10:24:46 PM »
Sports Business Daily is speculating that Comcast may be interesting in purchasing NASCAR and track operators ISC(Martinsville) and SMI.
Sports / Re: 2018 NASCAR
« Last post by LpMv2407 on February 12, 2018, 10:10:34 PM »
Greensboro had the highest rated TV market for Daytona 500 qualifying.

TV Ratings for the NASCAR Clash following qualifying were up 29% over last year.
Classifieds / FOR SALE
« Last post by GRH on February 12, 2018, 08:10:46 PM »
Chamberlain Chain Drive 1/2 HP garage door opener.   " Does not have a remote."  $25.00.  Phone number-276-647-7123
Politics / Re: Let's solve the world's problems
« Last post by Steven on February 12, 2018, 02:12:51 PM »
I've got a better idea - why can't the US and Mexico join together as one country? No more illegals. No walls.
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