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Steelydamned

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Steinhatchee, Fla.
Home country: USA
Current location: Houma, La.
Member since: Tue Jan 20, 2015, 01:28 PM
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Florida Crackers: The Cattlemen And Cowboys of Florida

I've got a couple of cousins in this little video. Half of my family were cattle people and cowboys, the other half chose a life on the oceans as commercial fishermen and stone crabbers.


Posted by Steelydamned | Mon Dec 9, 2019, 03:29 PM (4 replies)

Pensacola Saudi Shooter Filed a Complaint....

..against his instructor for giving him the nickname "Porn Stash."

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"The complaint, quoted in a communication circulated among people connected to the flight training, said that the instructor referred to Lieutenant Alshamrani as “Porn Stash” in front of about 10 other aviation students, embarrassing and angering him.

“I was infuriated as to why he would say that in front of the class,” the Saudi trainee wrote in his complaint, as quoted in the summary. The document was reviewed by The New York Times and authenticated by a person who spoke with Lieutenant Alshamrani shortly after the incident.

"The F.B.I. declined to comment on the April incident, and the special agent in charge of the agency’s Jacksonville office, Rachel Rojas, said on Sunday that investigators are still searching for a motive for the Friday morning attack. There has been nothing to suggest that the classroom incident had any connection to the shooting, which did not occur until more than seven months later."

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Lieutenant Alshamrani reported that the confrontation came at the end of a meteorology class, when the instructor, James Day, asked whether students had any questions before he dismissed them.

"The instructor then turned to Lieutenant Alshamrani and asked whether he had any questions, addressing him as “Porn Stash” — spelled that way in the complaint — in an apparent reference to the mustache of a porn actor."

“Laughing, he continued to ask, ‘What? Have you not seen a porn star before?’” the lieutenant wrote in his complaint, according to the summary. “After I did not respond, he just let go of the subject.”

Bom Chicka Wah Wah

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/08/us/pensacola-gunman.html

Nadler says the House Dems can read Trumps mind, then Impeach him?

WTF? Read the House Judiciary Committees just released report here:

https://judiciary.house.gov/sites/democrats.judiciary.house.gov/files/documents/HCM%20FINAL%20v.3.pdf

Go to page 6, paragraph beginning with Fourth: “The question is not whether the President’s conduct could have resulted from permissible motives. It is whether the President’s real reasons, the ones in his mind at the time, were legitimate. Where the House discovers persuasive evidence of corrupt wrongdoing, it is entitled to rely upon that evidence to impeach.”

Fuckin' seriously? Thought Crimes?

Any prosecuting attorney who claimed he had evidence to convict a defendant based on his mind-reading abilities would be quickly told by the presiding judge to get the hell out of his court room.

This whole thing is a fuckin' complete and total joke.

Andrew Yang just said what other Democrats dont want to say about impeachment

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"Yang, who polls in sixth place according to the RealClearPolitics polling average, solidified his “outsider” bona fides this week when he came right out and said impeachment is a “loser” issue for Democrats."

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"Yang continued, answering seriously, “Not a single Republican has given any indication that they’re in fact-finding mode. They’re all in defend-the-president mode. You need literally dozens of Republican senators to switch sides when the trial starts, which we’ve gotten zero indication is going to happen.”"

The more this drags on, the more danger there is of two things: Number one, Donald Trump comes out of this and is vindicated, totally exonerated. Number two, we are wasting precious time where we should be creating a positive vision that Americans are excited about solving the problems that got Donald Trump elected, and beat him in 2020,” he added.

He went on: “If all that happens is all of the Democrats are talking about impeachment that fails, then it seems like there is no vision. It seems like all we can do is throw ineffective rocks at Donald Trump, and then it ends up leading unfortunately toward his reelection.”

Halper added, “It’s like good PR for him.”

“He’s a creature that thrives on attention,” responded the 2020 Democratic candidate, “and so the more attention he gets, the better for him, the worst for Democrats.”

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"Taibbi said, “After 2016, the first thought I had was, ‘Well, this is going to inspire a rethink in the Democratic Party. They’re going to re-argue their case. They’re going to find a way to tell people how they’re going to fix the problems of ordinary people across America. ... Immediately they point to Russiagate, now impeachment. … They’re focusing on this thing that, to a lot of people, is an internecine phenomenon, a Washington drama."

“Unfortunately,” said Yang, “my team and I have been part of some of the planning sessions, and that’s not changing. Their take on it is, we argued against Trump wrong last time — this time we’re going to really stick it to him by talking about this. You’re like, ‘Oh, my gosh. We’ve learned nothing.’”


...nothing indeed.

Read the whole thing:https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/andrew-yang-just-said-what-other-democrats-dont-want-to-say-about-impeachment
Posted by Steelydamned | Fri Dec 6, 2019, 03:14 PM (3 replies)

You've never heard the Grinch like this

Posted by Steelydamned | Thu Dec 5, 2019, 04:03 PM (3 replies)

Asset Forfeiture and the Destruction of American Liberty

For centuries, it has been an established tenet of Western jurisprudence that a person cannot be punished for a crime unless the government first convicts him of the crime in a court of law. After the Constitution called the federal government into existence, our American ancestors demanded that this principle be enshrined in the Bill of Rights because they were convinced that federal officials would end up violating it.


The Fifth Amendment states in part: “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury…. nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

What is “due process of law”? It is a phrase whose origin stretches all the way to Magna Carta in the year 1215. It means “notice and hearing.” In a criminal case, that means the federal government is prohibited from depriving a person of life, liberty, and property without a formally issued grand-jury indictment and a formal trial, where the government must prove a person’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In a civil case, it means that the government must provide advance notice and a formal hearing or trial before it can deprive a person of his property.

The centuries-old judicial principle of due process of law was destroyed when Congress enacted what are called asset-forfeiture laws, which are part of the decades-long federal effort to win the war on drugs, which is arguably the most failed, deadly, destructive, and racially bigoted government program in our nation’s history.

Realizing that all of their previous efforts to “win” the war on drugs had failed, the feds came up with what they considered was a brilliant idea, but one that actually has turned out to be one great big crooked and corrupt racket that forcibly takes money out of the pockets of law-abiding citizens and puts it in the coffers of state cops and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, in direct contravention of the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment.

Here is how the system works. The state police decide to stop a late-model car traveling down the highway that is being driven, say, by an African-American. The cop might come up with some excuse for the stop, such as a defective tail light. After asking for a driver’s license and car registration, the cop will ask the driver if it’s okay if he searches the vehicle. The driver, who has nothing to hide, says yes. The cop finds a case containing $10,000 in cash. The driver explains that he is on his way to buy a used car for his son.

What happens then? Under traditional rules of jurisprudence, nothing should happen except to let driver proceed on his way, with, at most, a citation for a defective tail light. The driver has not committed any other offenses. Under our system of justice, he should be free to be on his way.

But that’s not what happens under the asset-forfeiture law. The law permits the cops to assume that the cash must be “drug money.” Thus, the law now permits the cop to just take the driver’s money and transport it back to the police station, where the loot is divided up between the police department and the DEA.

Notice something important about this process: There are no criminal charges filed against the driver. There is no advance notice of the seizure. There is no hearing or trial before the seizure. People, especially poorer people, are having their money seized and taken from them by the cops in direct violation of the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment (as well as the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment).

.....Read the rest: https://www.fff.org/2019/12/02/asset-forfeiture-and-the-destruction-of-american-liberty/

And who was the architect of Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws?: None other than the current Dem Presidential Frontrunner, Senator Joe Biden.

https://fee.org/articles/how-a-young-joe-biden-became-the-architect-of-the-governments-asset-forfeiture-program/
Posted by Steelydamned | Tue Dec 3, 2019, 11:14 AM (3 replies)

Greedy, Selfish Trump.....

...donates 3rd-quarter salary to help fight opioid crisis.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is donating his third-quarter salary to help tackle the nation’s opioid epidemic.

A White House official says Trump has given the $100,000 he would be paid in the quarter to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, which oversees federal public health offices and programs, including the surgeon general’s office.

The White House says the funds are being earmarked “to continue the ongoing fight against the opioid crisis.”

Trump has made tackling the misuse of opioids an administration priority. More than 70,000 Americans died in 2017 from drug overdoses, the bulk of them involving opioids.

Trump is required to be paid, but he has pledged to donate his salary while in office to worthy causes. Trump donated his second-quarter salary to the surgeon general’s office.


IMO, rather than donating his salary, he should roll back whatever government regulations that were imposed to "fix" the crisis; which would probably help more. But, commendable nonetheless.




https://apnews.com/0ad1e8be56e040b4ab0e85c3d13c3358

So what's a weird Thanksgiving thing your family or state does?

I'm talking food, traditions or anything others might find strange. I long ago abandoned most of the traditional fare....

I'll be serving a huge Tomahawk Ribeye (I mean, this thing is massive); plus an injected Turkey Breast (this is really the shit and everyone loves it); Shrimp and Grits Dressing; Sweet Potatoes with marshmallows; fresh Cranberry sauce; some regular old stuffing as I have someone that is allergic to shrimp; Fresh baked french bread and pea salad. And some pumpkin pie, peach cobbler and banana pudding. Some friends will be coming and bringing some other dishes as well.

Now pea salad is a weird thing that comes from my step mothers family. Sounds gross but it's really good.

In the evening, I'll make a fire in the pit and we'll steam open some fresh oysters that you serve with either cocktail sauce, lemon and butter or my homemade hot sauce. This is a Florida thing where you put an old piece of tin over the fire and spread the oysters on top. Cover them with the croaker sack they came in and spray down with the hose. The water steams open the oysters and when they pop open, they're done. I always end up sitting there opening them for everyone else and I'm sure I'll have a bunch left over for oyster stew in a day or two.

Note: if you're going to someone else's house and they just ask you to bring cups and napkins...your cooking sucks and they know it

Meet Elizabeth Warrens Cousin.....



Now that's funny

Adam Schiff thought it was plausible Ukraine would offer dirt on President Trump to him.

Everyone forgot about this......

https://twitter.com/TrumpWarRoom/status/1197519654434037760


https://twitter.com/TrumpWarRoom/status/1197521315890114560


https://twitter.com/TrumpWarRoom/status/1197521316900941827


"The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee was the victim of a prank phone call by Russian comedians who offered to give him ‘compromising’ dirt on Donald Trump – including nude photos of the president and a Russian reality show star.

DailyMail.com can disclose that after the prank, his staff engaged in correspondence with what they thought was a Ukrainian politician to try to obtain the ‘classified’ material promised on the call.

On an audio recording of the prank call posted online, Adam Schiff can be heard discussing the committee’s Russia investigation and increasingly bizarre allegations about Trump with a man who claimed to be Andriy Parubiy, the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament.

The call, made a year ago, was actually from two Russian comedians nicknamed ‘Vovan’ and ‘Lexus’ who have become notorious for their phony calls to high-ranking American officials and celebrities, including UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Elton John."
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