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  1. I posted a link to the damned transcript. If you find any lines in there showing Trump blackmailed anyone at all, cut-and-paste the damned lines so the rest of us can see it. Here's the federal law which defines blackmail: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/873 18 U.S. Code § 873. Blackmail Whoever, under a threat of informing, or as a consideration for not informing, against any violation of any law of the United States, demands or receives any money or other valuable thing, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both. (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 740; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(I), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)
  2. What's relevant is the date of the article, not the slant of the news coverage of that particular site. Since the date of the article exists, any competent defense team is going to be able to find other sources which say much the same thing, somewhere around the same date. Even the transcript of the Trump-Ukrainian leader phone conversation shows the Ukrainian leader saying he's already personally aware of the Biden investigation situation and is doing something about it. How difficult would it be for a Trump defense team to find an official Ukrainian source which says that the investigation had already been restarted somewhere toward the beginning of the year, nowhere near the time of the phone conversation?
  3. There's more than social consequences. I had a family member share in confidence to a co-worker that he'd rather not be team leader due to the additional stress and having had to seek treatment for stress-related problems a few years before. That co-worker went straight to the site boss and blabbed everything. My family member was suspended for four months (with pay) because they didn't want someone who suffered from stress at the job site (despite the fact that the whole field is considered to be employment in a high stress job). The union couldn't do anything because of the "with pay" part. When he was allowed back to work, he was transferred to a much lesser desirable place to work and was given what amounted to a gag order not to mention that he'd ever been treated for anything or he'd be subject to further disciplinary action. Then either the employer or the people at his former place of employment went out of their way to contact the site boss (and perhaps several other people) at the new place of employment and told them all the details which they knew about his attempts to seek mental health over stress. So in a few days, everyone at the new place knew a "crazy" person had come to work with them and made his life hell. After a few weeks, that site boss decided that my family member was more trouble than he was worth and transferred him out to another job site. Each transfer was a huge burden to us as the employer provided no assistance in moving the large volume of office material from one job site to the next. But at least this second transfer didn't come after the employer giving the employees 4 months to steal hundreds of dollars of personal items from the "crazy" person. (Note that the family member had been denied access to go back on to the job site to retrieve those personal items.) So at the third job site, he was finally able to settle in and go back to work. Note that this was a unionized government job, where you would expect a higher standard of professionalism than some random private sector job.
  4. Would you please confine your spurious claims of someone being a nazi to the political thread where they belong.
  5. That hack's story from Feb 2019 points out that Ukraine at that time had already restarted the investigation. If you don't like the hack's story, here's one from May 2019 stating that the investigation had already been restarted at that point in time. https://112.international/article/biden-brought-his-people-in-ukraines-prosecutor-generals-office-to-cover-his-sons-business-shokin-39549.html Either of those news stories is long before Trump sent Guiliani to make first contact with Ukraine over the matter, much less before the Trump phone call. I'm saying, impeach Trump over enriching himself at the taxpayer's expense while in office. You can point to multiple incidents of Trump directing business to his companies while in office. That's illegal. In contrast, this Ukrainian phone call thing while useful for grabbing headlines and getting some Democrat officeholders off of the fence is going to get ripped apart like tissue paper if anyone cares to give a substantive defense. The investigation already being in progress for months before the threat of withholding money mitigates the claim that Trump was somehow forcing Ukraine to do something that it didn't want to do. Threatening to withhold money unless a foreign leader does what you want, even if you think you can find that in the transcript...that happens in Washington all the time. I just posted a video of Biden bragging that he'd threatened this same Ukrainian leader that he'd withhold money unless that Ukrainian leader fired a particular prosecutor (who just happened to be in charge of the investigation into a company where Hunter Biden sat on the board). Threatening to withhold money from a foreign country unless it does what we want has been the main way the US has motivated foreign cooperation since WWII. For the threat to be relevant in any manner in an accusation against Trump, you'd have to prove some underlying crime. Because threatening to withhold money unless a foreign country does what we want isn't itself a crime.
  6. https://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/top-stories/joe-bidens-2020-ukrainian-nightmare-a-closed-probe-is-revived/ar-BBVvvd8?li=BBKxJ6T 02/04/2019 excerpts
  7. If they do this for the Patriots, I'd vote for the 1982 Snowplow Game where at the end of the game on their home field, the Patriots' coach had a snowplow go out onto the field to clear out a spot so their kicker could easily do a field goal. Then they got away with it because at the time there wasn't a specific NFL rule in existence preventing a team from having a snowplow go out onto the field in the middle of the game to clear out a spot for the kicker.
  8. https://sports.theonion.com/nike-recalls-sweat-wicking-shirts-that-pulled-gallons-o-1838185582
  9. The big bruiser is The Skipper. He doesn't have a nautical theme but he has the annoying habit of calling people "lil buddy" so the Skipper tag just sort of stuck. He's a bit on the dim side mentally but his personality is bright, cheerful, and he's always ready for a fight. He's the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet, if you stay on his good side. Definitely a hero's hero. (The Skipper over the years has developed the secret desire to own a boat if he can find one which can bear his weight.) The purple guy is Freezo. His original freeze gauntlets used to have some feedback issues. A couple of times as a beginning hero when he was trying to introduce himself, he started off with a dramatic entrance and announcing, "I'm the Amazing Freez...ow!" as the gauntlet feedback nearly froze his own hands off. It was easier going with "Freezo" than trying to reintroduce himself to the public and, in comparison, at least "Freezo" is much better than "Freez-ow!" The lady is the Scarlet Ninja. Veronica is colorblind and a bit touchy so don't criticize her choice of costume. The codename of the short fellow in the front is Buzzcut. Spencer Graham is a former Marine and an ace tactician. He's the field leader of the group but he usually palms off the public relations aspects of the job onto one of the others. He's sort of like Captain America on steroids...lots and lots of steroids. Together, they are The Slammers!
  10. Here's as complete of an account of the Trump-Ukraine phone call as exists. Judge for yourself how much pressure was applied by Trump. https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Unclassified09.2019.pdf (A Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation.· (TELCON) is not a verbatim transcript of a discussion. The text in this document records the notes and recollections of Situation Room Duty "Officers and-NSC policy staff assigned to listen and memorialize the conversation in written form as the conversation takes place. A number of factors can affect 'the accuracy of the record, including poor telecommunications connections and variations in accent and/or interpretation.) In the transcript, Trump at one point mentions that VP Biden bragged about stopping the prosecution of Burisma. Here's the video of Biden at the a Council of Foreign Relations event where Biden did the bragging and a transcript of Biden's remarks. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/09/27/flashback_2018_joe_biden_brags_at_cfr_meeting_about_withholding_aid_to_ukraine_to_force_firing_of_prosecutor.html
  11. Politifact links to a Ukrainian news article dated March 6, 2019 where the fired prosecutor claims the investigation was still active when he was fired. They also link to a couple of articles which claim the investigation was not active. (Politifact is either leftist or centerist according to who you talk to.) https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/07/viral-image/fact-checking-joe-biden-hunter-biden-and-ukraine/ ==== That prosecutor supposedly gave interviews to the Washington Post then later to ABC news early this year where he claimed he was fired due to his investigation into Hunter Biden's company. But honestly, links to those stories have been buried under so much recent garbage that it's not worth a few dozen hours of my time to dig through and find them. I'm not going to go into hard core research mode for something which would have only the effect of protecting Trump. But if I happen to run across some source which links back to either of those articles, I'll post them later. ==== Here's a very lengthy article from July 8, 2019 which talks about Hunter Biden and looks at his involvement in the Ukraine. A good backgrounder on the Biden family in general and what happened with Hunter's involvement with the Burisma company in particular. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/07/08/will-hunter-biden-jeopardize-his-fathers-campaign excerpts
  12. It would have been interesting to see him parlay a cameo into a story arc on one of the WB shows. After Lex learns of the existence of the multiverse, he decides to get a fresh start in a world without a Superman. I could see Lex settling in the Flash universe or one of the universes they frequently visit and setting himself up as a power. The history and geologies of the Earths are probably very similar until the last couple of hundred years. Lex could bring with him a list of every significant mining and drilling site on his Earth plus a list of every lost treasure/city which had ever been discovered. On the new Earth, cross-reference the locations to see if the mine, oil, or treasure had been located there. If it hasn't, pick up the treasure or buy the land on the cheap before anyone else knows there's anything valuable there. He could legitimately become a billionaire in a fairly short amount of time even if he didn't being significant resources with him from his original reality (apart from schematics of all of his companies' inventions, of course).
  13. That's why you feed your dog radium.
  14. The thing that gets me about J.J. Abrams is that he explicitly will say in interviews that he doesn't honor the source material then goes on to make movies which crap all over the source material. I have no clue as to why Warner Brothers thinks J.J. Abrams will save DC by crapping all over DC's superheroes. The problem so far has been that their superhero films have been crapping all over their superheroes. So their solution to end that is bring in the "self-proclaimed king of crapping all over source material" so that their movies will stop crapping all over their source material? < boggles >
  15. The short answer is "no". A slightly longer answer is "hell, no". For a more complete answer... As people have pointed out in this thread, there are point-efficient ways of building a power without resorting to using naked advantage. My experience with naked advantage is players trying to go over active point campaign limits by burying naked advantages somewhere on a handwritten character sheet like among the skills "He's so skilled with his energy blast that its armor piercing when he wants it to be" or "his energy blast doesn't cost END when he doesn't want it to (like every time he's low on END)" then hoping I okay the character without noticing. So I strongly prefer everything about a power to be written together in one spot on a character sheet so I can understand at a glance exactly how a character is supposed to work.
  16. Yeah, it was definitely the dinosaurs. Searching is definitely some esoteric art rather than a science. I can look up bizarre information in a couple of seconds which came in really handy when I was reporting and writing news copy. "Doctor successful brain transplant" will find me all the information I need on that topic in the amount of time it takes to type it out. It drives my wife nuts how fast I can find stuff. And how I can tell which of the results on a search page will give exactly the right information without having to click through them all, even when the descriptions don't give a good clue. But images are apparently sorted completely differently than information. Every time I try to find superheroes, I end up finding furries or nude pictures. Anyway... Duke, you win this round. Very awesome story and a unique, compelling take on the character. The story leaves us wondering whether Trump is the intended consequence of time travel, the unintended consequence of time travel, or one of the things in history which went wrong and should be corrected...a perfect story hook. Winning gives you the right to post the next picture for us to consider. If you choose not to post a picture, just let us know. Scott jumped the gun and posted a picture so he can have your turn if you don't want it.
  17. Definitely not, if I were the GM. If he buys an advantage on an EB, that advantage exists all the time, even if that advantage is somewhat limited in some way. He has to pay END for that advantage because it exists all the time, he can't switch it on and off. If he wants two versions of an EB, he needs to pay for two versions of an EB.
  18. I thought Smallville's Green Arrow was the best depiction of that character which we've seen. I can understand Smallville's Lex not getting offered a lot of money: they jamming in everyone who's ever been on a DC television show, even Burt Ward, the Robin from the campy 1960's Batman show. There's only five one-hour episodes in which to tell the story and the writers are jamming in most anyone who has ever been anyone to be a guest star. None of the cameo people are going to get a large speaking part. They're going to come in, stand around for a conference group shot, pose for an action group shot, and wave at the camera. The most someone like Lex's actor could hope for is that doing the cameo would boost his career if his career had stalled (since they aren't going to revive Smallville with the original cast). But his career isn't stalled, the timing isn't convenient, the location isn't convenient, and he probably has hair now which he doesn't want to lose (j/k). I don't think the writers would intentionally stick him with crappy dialogue which would ruin people's memory of his Smallville character. But why should he inconvenience himself in order to take that chance?
  19. < Uncle Ben's voice > "Trust the Force, Peter." . . . Hey... Ben Kenobi...Uncle Ben...you know, we've never seen them in the same place at the same time. Could they be the same person?
  20. I think the conclusion is obvious: Spider-senses are an aspect of The Force. Spider-Man is going to be getting his own lightsaber!
  21. When I was growing up, we were so poor that our dog only had three legs. (True story)
  22. My home town was so small, we didn't have a street to cross.
  23. "Goes like a bunny" does not mean the same thing in the US, though it's easy enough to determine the UK meaning from the context. I laugh whenever an American TV show describes a girl as being full of spunk, if that's any help. Strangely enough, I never hear UK television shows making the same claim. Sometimes it's difficult to believe that several nations share a supposedly common language.
  24. Do you happen to know whether or not that's usually covered by a standard fishing license?
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