It’s going to be a shorter than usual open post this week.  I’m taking the day off to spend some well-deserved and pleasant time with friends and family.

There’s plenty out there to discuss.  I’m looking forward to getting a post up this week about Butina the NRA Russian spy, the revelation that Nunes and Gowdy were right about FISA abuse, and some other topics and I will in due time.

The only story I want to mention is the horrible Ride the Ducks accident in Branson, MO from a few days ago.  The impact of the sinking is almost too gut-wrenching to mention.  A baby was lost and almost an entire family was wiped out in seconds, among the casualties.

I have visited Branson several times and taken that same ride across that same lake, though in fair weather.  In fact, I’ve also enjoyed an evening on the Branson Belle, which provided critical assistance in rescuing the survivors of the recent incident.  It hits me hard because I know that my family easily could have been there.

It has become a cliche, often met with snarky remarks from callous replies from mentally and morally stunted subhumans on social media, to ask that thoughts and prayers be offered to the victims whenever something bad happens.  I won’t ask for them.  That’s up to you.  You have your own ways of dealing with sorrow, depending on its proximity to you, and I respect that.

Instead, I’ll recommend that you take a moment today and recognize what’s good in your life, appreciate those you love, and treasure it all because one day it will all be gone and it can happen in a blink.  Don’t be fearful about it.  Be joyous for the gift of life and make the most of it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go do that for a while.  Later on, I will treasure the moments we here at RVS spend bitching at each other.

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When I first heard about the boat tragedy I immediately thought of you, just awful. I’ve never been to Branson; for that matter I’ve never been to Missouri. A few years back my best friend committed suicide. He worked in the same office I did, same job. We played tennis together for about 19 years. I noticed about the last 6 months that he was playing less and less, always had some minor excuse like a nagging back or muscle injury. Out of the blue I heard that he shot himself. Apparently he had terminal cancer, either stomach or prostate,… Read more »

I been to Branson a few times, and i have been to that lake, and even seen those amphibs…. there was no way in hell id rid in one of those.. of course i m paranoid of deep water .

As for the ruski redhead,. It seems that she meet with Obama Admin officials too….

SDCC/
Shazam, looks liek it might be fun to watch….

but i got my rocks off on seeing the new Godzilla trailer…

Discovery,,,hmm ill give it another shot.. im really gonna miss Lorca…

More Clone Wars? Kool., im game

CMNZ

Wold be good to read response to this multi-tweet assessment of what Nunes claimed.
https://twitter.com/charlie_savage/status/1021011633559298048?s=19

Also (edit: any idea why any image I attach gets seriously cropped?):

Zurvan

Your article must be mistaken, Santino. We’ve been assured that mass shootings only happen in the US.

Santino

Is it terror-related?

I’d say by definition, yes. Some man walking down the street shooting at random people in the street and stores/restaurants. To me that is a terrorist. Don’t care if he was yelling “Allahu Akbar” or “I can’t get laid”, he’s a terrorist in my eyes.

It certainly does hits home, a 10 year old girl was killed. Probably eating dinner with her family. Fuckity fuck fuck fuck!!!!!!

CMNZ

Sorry Santino, that is complete shit.

CMNZ

Byron York did the intensive read of it and compared what he found to what was in the Nunes memo. He says the Nunes Memo has proven to be “overwhelmingly accurate”. There do certainly seem to be some quite different takes on what this means for the Nunes memo. This one, from someone with some seemingly good credentials, suggests some of the central claims of the memo have now been shown to be lies…. https://www.lawfareblog.com/what-make-carter-page-fisa-applications The footnote thing is particularly weird – it was over a page long? Why did Nunes fail to disclose that? Just calling something a footnote… Read more »

CMNZ

Something clearly broke down in Page’s case. Did it though? Based on what exactly? Kris wrote back in March that the FBI’s disclosures on Steele “amply satisfie[d] the requirements” for FISA applications, and that the central irony of the Nunes memo was that it “tried to deceive the American people in precisely the same way that it falsely accused the FBI of deceiving the FISA Court.” Now he believes the Nunes memo looks even worse. And in a wider sense would we be anywhere different anyway? David French: …we don’t yet know the full scope of the FBI’s actions between… Read more »

I have no idea who that is

The “Let it Go” chick:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHue-HaXXzg

Santino

The known wolf:

Screw that worthless piece of a human being. This is the hell he wrought.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/07/24/police-identify-julianna-kozis-10-as-the-child-killed-in-the-danforth-sho

Everything WG just said.
But Trump is such a despicable pig, hes mean, rude, crude, he lies, hes not in the IN crowd, hes not one of us! the typical leftie and never Trump response..

another example of the death of comedy. http://victorygirlsblog.com/liberals-clutch-pearls-over-satirical-interview-of-dem-darling-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-video/
apparently it only ok to do this to conservatives or some shit..

oh and that US _EU trade war? look like it ahs been called off, for now.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/25/us-stock-index-futures-bumper-earnings-in-focus.html

CMNZ

Lol.

If Obama was president and a tape existed of him telling lawyer to pay off his mistress in cash the GOP would have repealed the Emancipation Proclamation by now

https://twitter.com/MattOswaltVA/status/1021954529493803011?s=19

Banana republic shit:

Things that happened this week:
-Trump says what we’re seeing & hearing isn’t really what’s happening
-WH edits transcript of Trump-Putin presser before release
-WH says no more readouts of Trump’s calls with world leaders
-WH bans reporter from open press event

…it’s Wednesday.

Even Fox News is upset about the reporter being banned.

Well, the left wanted an impeachment:
http://dailycaller.com/2018/07/25/lawmakers-resolution-impeach-rosenstein/

She’s on a mission from God, or something:
http://www.theamericanmirror.com/maxine-waters-preaches-on-mission-against-trump-god-sends-you-to-do-something-you-just-do-it/

Lurking

If Obama was president and a tape existed of him telling lawyer to pay off his mistress in cash the GOP would have repealed the Emancipation Proclamation by now What, exactly, is with you left-wingers and your endless stream of slavery/KKK/Hitler/Nazi references? Do you really expect to be taken seriously? And weren’t you complaining about “whataboutism” in a different thread? Since we’re playing the whataboutism game, there is a world of difference between paying off a mistress to remain silent (what Trump allegedly did) and encouraging a mistress to lie under oath after lying under oath yourself (what Bill Clinton… Read more »

CMNZ

First, let’s revisit the past. What matters is what the revealed information shows. a presidential campaign to work with a foreign spy The Clinton campaign didn’t work with Steele. They took over an existing contract with Fusion GPS (three former Wall Street Journal journalists ), who had already hired Steele when they were initially contracted by the Free Beacon to provide research on multiple candidates in the Republican presidential primary. Then the a Democratic campaign lawyer retained Fusion GPS through his firm on behalf of both Clinton’s presidential campaign and the DNC. Clinton and the DNC continued to fund Fusion’s… Read more »

Page had left the Trump campaign by the time the FISA warrant was obtained. Also, the Trump campaign were under investigation way before the Page FISA application. So you’re saying that the FBI should tip off the subject of an investigation about said investigation to warn them about one of their leads? Why didn’t they alert the campaign instead of obtaining a FISA warrant based entirely on information they couldn’t confirm? It’s called probable cause, not definite cause. If it was confirmed, then you probably wouldn’t need the warrant, would you? It’s about Trump and how much they hate Trump.… Read more »

CMNZ

What, exactly, is with you left-wingers and your endless stream of slavery/KKK/Hitler/Nazi references? Do you really expect to be taken seriously?

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/hyperbole

CMNZ

You are engaging in the same circular reasoning the FBI did when they started using news reports about their own investigation to corroborate their own investigation. Another issue in dispute was Republicans’ suggestion that a September 2016 Yahoo News article about Mr. Page’s ties to Russia was cited in the application as corroboration for Mr. Steele’s information even though it later emerged that he had been a source for that article. Democrats at the time said that was misleading because the purpose of including the article was instead to tell the court that Mr. Page had denied the allegations about… Read more »

Yes, it is. See the Strzok texts. The guy was the lead investigator on the case until Mueller found out how horribly biased he was.

By that logic, I assume you were against Trey Gowdy investigating Benghazi then? Or anyone having any personal opinions being involved in any investigation.

Lurking

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/hyperbole

Thanks for not answering my question by deflecting to the obvious.

Zurvan

Thanks for not answering my question by deflecting to the obvious.

This is a better definition for every one of his responses…

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/disingenuous

CMNZ

Thanks for not answering my question by deflecting to the obvious. It was obvious from what you wrote that you didn’t realise it was exaggeration for the sake of humor. No, I don’t expect anyone to be taken seriously based simply on obvious hyperbole. But in terms of your game: (1) Sex between consenting adults is indeed none of our business. (2) It doesn’t mean we can’t joke about it and call out hypocrisy (particularly when the guardians of morality vote for and support Trump). (3) Everyone is guilty of levels of hypocrisy. (4) Trump is the current POTUS. (5)… Read more »

CMNZ

Good resource here on the Trump/Russia thing. A detailed, annotated set of links laying out the known facts:

https://www.lawfareblog.com/seven-theories-case-what-do-we-really-know-about-laffaire-russe-and-what-could-it-all-mean

Lurking

you didn’t realise

But that’s where you’re mistaken. I did realize that. The problem is that your attempt at humor insinuated that we are all racists who want to re-establish slavery. “Humor” or no, these kinds of accusations get f*cking tiresome.

And you still haven’t answered the question.

CMNZ

Which one?

Lurking

Which one?

The first one. You already said you don’t expect to be taken seriously. The last question was rhetorical. Context should have made that obvious. But then, who knows?

The actual issue with Trump is whether there was crime committed

Didn’t seem to be much of an issue with you guys in the Clintons’ cases. Quite the opposite.

CMNZ

You already said you don’t expect to be taken seriously. No, I said “No, I don’t expect anyone to be taken seriously based simply on obvious hyperbole.” ‘Context’. Should have been obvious etc etc. Didn’t seem to be much of an issue with you guys in the Clintons’ cases. Quite the opposite. Us guys? Is this where I start snowflaking about how you’ve “insinuated” that we’re all the same, and how it’s getting “f*cking tiresome. But yes, I sure there are people out there being hypocritical when you assess their position at that time, and compare it to their position… Read more »

CMNZ

What, exactly, is with you left-wingers and your endless stream of slavery/KKK/Hitler/Nazi references?

If the MAGA cap fits….

E.g.
https://www.vox.com/2018/7/9/17525860/nazis-russell-walker-arthur-jones-republicans-illinois-north-carolina-virginia

Lurking

No, I said “No, I don’t expect anyone to be taken seriously based simply on obvious hyperbole.”

I guess that’s two questions you didn’t really answer then.

Are you Iconoclast?

I don’t know. Who’s that?

If the MAGA cap fits….

I guess it’s okay to refer to you as Stalinists then. Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez are officially socialists, after all. If the cap fits.

Lurking

No, I said “No, I don’t expect anyone to be taken seriously based simply on obvious hyperbole.”

I guess that’s two questions you didn’t really answer then.

Are you Iconoclast?

I don’t know. Who’s that?

If the MAGA cap fits….

I guess it’s okay to refer to you as Stalinists then. Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez are officially socialists, after all. If the cap fits.

CMNZ

I guess it’s okay to refer to you as Stalinists then. Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez are officially socialists, after all. If the cap fits.

Refer to me personally? If you like, but it wouldn’t even remotely be true. As for Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, they are indeed socialists. If you believe ‘Stalinists’ equates to socialists, then knock yourself out.

I don’t know. Who’s that?

Someone who writes much like you.

Lurking

Refer to me personally? If you like, but it wouldn’t even remotely be true.

Exactly. It also isn’t remotely true that we are racist KKK members who pine for the days of slavery. In fact, those were both Democrat Party things. Even Hitler and Nazi references are more befitting to the Dems than Repubs.

Yet people on that side like to hurl those slanders at us for whatever reason.

Like I said, it does get tiresome.

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