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General discussion / Re: Voice calls
« on: Today at 06:41:41 PM »
There is something wierd about not being able to face using a phone.
Do you prefer to receive texts from someone you cannot see and have never met?

Yes, I prefer texts. You can ignore them, reply to them immediately, or reply to them later when you're ready. You're in complete control with texts. With a voice call you're put on the spot and expected to speak now. When ringing someone else I have to psych myself up, prepare what I'm going to say, and take a breath beforehand because I'm afraid I'm going to be out of breath. And when it goes to voicemail, which is almost always does nowadays because nobody wants to answer anymore, I breathe a big sigh of relief and usually hang up and send a text.

I suppose I'm just out of practice. Sometimes when I've been in roles that involved a lot of voice calling I got used to it for a while, but now that I'm back out of it I just cannot stand voice calling.

General discussion / Voice calls
« on: Today at 05:33:21 PM »
Who here still makes voice calls on the phone? I've always hated it, and I'm delighted to see it disappearing. If I need to ring someone I've been known to put it off for days. There's just something weird and unnatural about taking to someone you can't see, it never sat right with me.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: Today at 05:25:37 PM »
Looks like Trump's dwindling band of supporters can't even outnumber the media outside the scene of the crime!

Online supporters of Trump grow louder, but the scene outside Mar-a-Lago is a different story

The Trump supporters were outnumbered by media outlets outside the Florida property after the FBI's search.

By Rob Wile
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The online response to the FBI's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago property has been swift and ominous, with predictions of a resurgence of extremism and even fears of a civil war.

But for the last 24 hours outside the 17-acre Palm Beach estate Tuesday, a convoy of local and national media have far outnumbered Trump supporters.

A couple of dozen Trump boosters converged on the site late Monday as news of the FBI's action broke, but by morning, even those meager ranks had begun to dwindle, and they had not picked up by 5 p.m.

"This is a great national story, a huge national story, and should be," said Eric Johnson, a South Florida-based Democratic political consultant. "But local people, voters, are going about their business. I don’t think it matters one iota in local elections. They're still talking about inflation or whether beaches have too much erosion."

A source familiar with the matter has said Monday's search was tied to classified information Trump is alleged to have taken with him from the White House in January 2021.

Full story

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: Today at 03:35:59 AM »
Trump set the bar so low it’s subterranean.

Chippy in North Armagh

Armagh / Re: Club Hurling in Armagh
« on: August 09, 2022, 11:13:32 PM »

Just looking at the Armagh GAA website to catch up on the club championship. I see at U15 there's a "North Armagh Hurling Club" that played against Keady in the U15 hurling league. Is this an amalgamated Lurgan/Portadown team for U15? Are they really that short of numbers at that age? I've seen Sean Treacy's stuff on FB recently and they seem to be in good shape at underage.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: August 09, 2022, 11:00:16 PM »
Seems like it was 15 boxes of presidential materials stolen by Trump from the White House, including classified documents that could put national security at risk. The National Archives have been requesting the missing docs for months.  This makes Watergate look like nothing.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: August 09, 2022, 08:56:47 PM »
Looks like the charges could be for mishandling documents. He took classified docs out of the White House and stashed them at Mar a Lago. They reckon he tore documents up regularly that should have been kept.  If he's found guilty it could be enough to stop him from running for office again. I see Pence is getting with the "leave poor Donald alone" and "I'm going to investigate the DoJ" bandwagon. Hedging his bets for a 2024 presidential run?

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: August 09, 2022, 08:51:59 PM »
But wait! There's more!

Judge rules Giuliani must testify Aug. 17 in Georgia probe

A Georgia judge ruled Tuesday that Rudy Giuliani must testify in person on Aug. 17 to the Atlanta special grand jury investigating potential interference in the 2020 election by Donald Trump and his allies.

Fulton Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said the date “gives (Giuliani) a week and a day to sort out whether he would travel by private coach or bus or whatever it would be.”

The decision comes after Giuliani’s lawyers filed an emergency motion delaying his testimony for health concerns, saying that he is unable to travel to Atlanta. The lawyers argued, as they had in court filings, that Giuliani cannot travel by plane because of a recent heart operation, instead contending that he should delay testimony or appear virtually.

McBurney said that he “doesn’t want to jeopardize (Giuliani’s) recovery” but noted that ground travel, such as by bus or train, did not appear to contradict the former Trump lawyer’s health needs as outlined by doctors advising the court.

Lawyers for the Fulton County district attorney’s office argued that Giuliani, 78, had traveled to New Hampshire after his heart procedure without issue and also said they had obtained evidence that Giuliani had purchased plane tickets in cash to Switzerland and Italy, claims Giuliani’s team disputed on Tuesday.

“It’s like driving to New Hampshire three times, so just do it in three legs,” McBurney said of driving from New York to Atlanta. “I’m confident we could figure out a way for the breakdown that will get him to Atlanta that’s not an airplane.”

The special grand jury investigation has met pushback from former president Donald Trump’s inner circle as prosecutors have worked to obtain testimony from those most directly connected with the former president’s efforts to undermine Georgia’s elections, underscoring the extent to which the criminal probe has expanded over the summer.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: August 09, 2022, 08:49:33 PM »
So much winning.

Quoth the WaPo:

House can view Trump’s tax records, appeals court rules

A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that House Democrats are entitled to review Donald Trump’s tax returns for 2015 to 2020, rejecting several legal arguments by the former president, who has sought for years to keep his financial records private.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was a victory for the House Ways and Means Committee, whose chairman, Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), first requested in 2019 that the Internal Revenue Service turn over copies of Trump’s tax returns to the committee. The Treasury Department initially declined, and the issue has been tied up in litigation ever since.

Trump has a week to appeal the panel’s ruling, including asking the full appellate court to hear the case, before the judgment takes effect. Trump’s attorney Cameron T. Norris, who is handling the appeal, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) applauded the decision, calling it “an important victory for the rule of law.”

“Access to the former president’s tax returns is crucial to upholding the public interest, our national security and our Democracy,” Pelosi said in a statement. “We look forward to the IRS complying with this ruling and delivering the requested documents so that Ways and Means can begin its oversight responsibilities of the mandatory presidential audit program.”

General discussion / Re: You know what really grinds my gears?
« on: August 09, 2022, 08:40:01 PM »

No, not the nightclub variety - it's a name I give to people that make posts on social media, message boards or forums like this that either only contain a hyperlink to another website, or post the link with added text that gives no context whatsoever as to what the link is about.

Most SM & modern forums will automatically parse links from the likes of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc. so that the relevant post or video will appear within the post, but on forums like this that don't do it, then why should I click on the link in question without telling me what it is about, or leads to?

In a few cases, I'm fairly sure some cocktease links are being posted as part of an agenda to to try and entice visitors to visit a website in question and get them to view various pages/articles for the purpose of pursuing political agendas and/or adding website hits for PR purposes.

It's simple. If you're posting on a website like this one that doesn't parse links to show external posts/tweets/videos etc. then for linking to an article on a news website it's not exactly difficult to at least copy & paste the headline along with the link, would be even better to also add the first couple or so paragraphs as well (not the whole article - copyright and all that). YouTube video? Facebook post? Tweet? Give us an indication as to what it's about. Because if you can't be arsed doing any of that, then not only are you a cocktease, you're a lazy one as well.

Don't be a f**king cocktease.  8)

I'm with you there. Although a lot of news websites these days put a bit of info into the URL for Search Engine Optimization purposes. Youtube links do no such thing though, I wish people would tell me what's behind the link before making me watch a video.

General discussion / Re: You know what really grinds my gears?
« on: August 09, 2022, 08:37:58 PM »
It's the burger meat. Heard it once at the start of the summer, then again this morning. Yanks call it that. Maybe it'll pass.

But I also shudder when I hear:

roasties (It's roasted potatoes)
toasties (It's toasted sandwiches)
chippy/chipper (It's a chip shop)
peno. (It's a penalty ffs)

So it's probably me who has the problem.

That's what they call them in Scotland. I don't mind hearing that at all, Scottish sayings have far more business creeping in to Irish speech than Americanisms.

And we always said chippy. I've never lived anywhere where people say chipper.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: August 09, 2022, 08:34:09 PM »
I can't wait to see what they've got on him. It'll be like how they got Al Capone for tax evasion. Any charge will do if you can make it stick.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: August 09, 2022, 07:41:00 PM »
Fascinating read, it's a long one - be warned.

That was never clearer than when Trump told his new chief of staff, John Kelly—like Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general—about his vision for Independence Day. “Look, I don’t want any wounded guys in the parade,” Trump said. “This doesn’t look good for me.” He explained with distaste that at the Bastille Day parade there had been several formations of injured veterans, including wheelchair-bound soldiers who had lost limbs in battle.

Kelly could not believe what he was hearing. “Those are the heroes,” he told Trump. “In our society, there’s only one group of people who are more heroic than they are—and they are buried over in Arlington.” Kelly did not mention that his own son Robert, a lieutenant killed in action in Afghanistan, was among the dead interred there.

“I don’t want them,” Trump repeated. “It doesn’t look good for me.”

It turned out that the generals had rules, standards, and expertise, not blind loyalty. The President’s loud complaint to John Kelly one day was typical: “You f**king generals, why can’t you be like the German generals?”

“Which generals?” Kelly asked.

“The German generals in World War II,” Trump responded.

“You do know that they tried to kill Hitler three times and almost pulled it off?” Kelly said.

But, of course, Trump did not know that. “No, no, no, they were totally loyal to him,” the President replied. In his version of history, the generals of the Third Reich had been completely subservient to Hitler; this was the model he wanted for his military. Kelly told Trump that there were no such American generals, but the President was determined to test the proposition.

Jesus H Christ. The guy couldn't run a candy store and there he was in charge of the country.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: August 09, 2022, 04:24:32 PM »
Jan 6 was a security failure. The cops and national guard will be better prepared if the conservatives try that crap again. I’d love to see them try.

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