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Nov 3 2018
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Would you care to explain how Phil Plait calling Trump a white supremacist is somehow incompatible with my point that implying that 40% of Americans are “Nazis” for being fearful of Syrian refugees is not a good way to fight Islamophobia?

Nov 3 2018
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How many times have you been been persuaded to change your mind by an argument that started with, “you’re a Nazi”?

Nov 3 2018
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“Let’s be clear about what happened here — Donald Trump Jr misstated statistics so he could attack Angus King with a neo-Nazi dogwhistle,” ThinkProgress journalist Aaron Rupar tweeted. Read more

Nov 3 2018
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Violating Posse Comitatus has a maximum punishment of up to two years in prison. Absent an actual insurrection, natural disaster, or lawlessness that cannot be handled by the local authorities, I don’t think anyone at the Pentagon is going to risk their career or prison for obviously partisan reasons. Read more

Nov 3 2018
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It is not a crime necessarily, but it could be considered an act of war as it violates national sovereignty, so it would not happen.

Nov 3 2018
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My guess is that no one at the Pentagon is ready to be put on trial for violating a federal law that can land them in prison for up to two years, all for what most objective, intelligent people realize is mostly a political stunt. 

Nov 3 2018
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I do not believe that is a realistic assessment. There is a huge differences between triggering mentally-unstable right wingers to violence and people actually banding together to form an organized insurgency or large terrorist cells. Read more

Nov 2 2018
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Don’t get me wrong, I doubt it will be anything that the local police and the FBI cannot handle, there is no neo-Civil War on the horizon, but I do think that Trump has been agitating so many of his followers that we may see more of the type of political terrorism that we saw last week. Read more

Nov 1 2018
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I think you are conflating ethics with legality. One might make the argument that it is unethical to release an emulator like this, but it is almost certainly legal (at least in the US).

Nov 1 2018
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It is generally accepted both under the international laws that govern the use of warfare and under the common law of the United States that throwing rocks can be considered a legitimate reason to use firearms in legal self-defense. I’m sure some General probably briefed Trump on that. How he went from that to saying Read more

Nov 1 2018
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One of the weirdest things under Trump is the language equivocation. Fake news went from literal fake news to “news that is unflattering to me.” Read more

Oct 31 2018
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I doubt it. Despite the fear-mongering on the right about ANTIFA, leftist violence is at an all time low. Back in the sixties and seventies, it was the most common form of terrorism. Now, leftist terrorism is at most a few percent of the attacks or murders in this country. Right-wing terrorism constitutes more than Read more

Oct 31 2018
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Just as a sidenote, the clear and present danger standard of the Supreme Court which used shouting fire in a crowded theater as an example of nonprotected speech was overturned in the 1960s. Read more

Oct 31 2018
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You can add whatever you want. Impeachment is not a criminal proceeding where you need to prove a specific crime has been committed beyond all reasonable doubt. The definition of high crimes and misdemeanors and the standard for conviction of the impeachment charges are whatever each individual congressman says they Read more

Oct 30 2018
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“Just following orders” is not an excuse if the orders are illegal. It is perfectly viable if the orders are legal. That is why, for instance, international law guarantees soldiers legal immunity if they give or are given a lawful order to kill someone. Trump’s orders are perfectly legal. He is not violating US or Read more

Oct 30 2018
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“If Mattis does not believe the migrants are a threat that warrants tasking 5,000 active troops to the border, he should say so and resign.” Read more

Oct 30 2018
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New York Times columnists Paul Krugman is a Nobel Laureate and Tom Friedman is a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Oct 30 2018
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So to recap last week, a crazy Trump supporter was mailing bombs to people whom Trump labeled enemies of the people and criminals. Then some nut walked up to a black church, found it locked, and decided to shoot two random black people at some sort of retail establishment. And to end the week, a white supremacist shot Read more