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Old 15th February 2017, 03:17 PM   #1081
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I don't know what the reality of it is, but my first thought is that Putin had no idea it would actually work. I think he told his guys to cause havoc and "help that buffoon throw the electorate into a tizzy," and when Trump actually won, Putin probably had a moment of shock. "Holy ****** We own a stupid POTUS! Now what do we do?"
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Old 15th February 2017, 04:04 PM   #1082
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I think the events of the past few days have made any attempt to lift the sanctions or do anything to look like you are friendly to Putin politically toxic. And even before the Flynn story broke, both houses of Congress were sending shots across Trump's bow when it came to making pals with Putin, "Don't Go There". Now that just been multiplied X10.
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Old 15th February 2017, 04:05 PM   #1083
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Originally Posted by Newtons Bit View Post
I'm at a loss here. Do you think I'm saying that Clinton should have a lower bar in criminal courts than "reasonable doubt", or do you think I'm talking about calls that we as individuals can make about someones behavior?
I'm saying that as members of a forum dedicated to critical thinking we should indeed apply a court-level benefit of the doubt. This isn't a holiday dinner with your in-laws.

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Are you comfortable voting for someone who has had serious criminal investigations into their conduct as a government official
Of course. The reverse would mean that anyone ever accused of anything bad should never be trusted again, and that'd just encourage people to make false accusations.

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Yes, it absolutely does. Lying to the FBI is a crime.
I stand corrected. Then she would be guilty of perjury.
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Old 15th February 2017, 04:06 PM   #1084
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Originally Posted by quadraginta View Post
He probably didn't have the capacity to grasp just how mind-bendingly stupid Trump and his sycophants actually are.

The idea that someone could be that much of an idiot and still manage to get where Trump has gotten is a bit tough to swallow.
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"I wanted a stupid puppet as POTUS,but not one THAT stupid!"
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Old 15th February 2017, 04:45 PM   #1085
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Originally Posted by dudalb View Post
I think the events of the past few days have made any attempt to lift the sanctions or do anything to look like you are friendly to Putin politically toxic. And even before the Flynn story broke, both houses of Congress were sending shots across Trump's bow when it came to making pals with Putin, "Don't Go There". Now that just been multiplied X10.
The official account on Flynn's sins is incredibly self-serving. If this is what he is willing to admit, how much worse can the reality be? I can't rule out that any intelligence briefing is immediately shared with some functionary in Russia. Who would immediately share it with whoever might covet that information - for example, Syria or Iran.

Whoever plays Putin on SNL is doing a great job and I hope the show continues to depict their budding relationship. I was going to say romance or bromance but that would probably require mutual respect and I doubt that Putin respects Trump in any way, shape or form. Trump is seriously outmatched and does not comprehend that.
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Old 15th February 2017, 04:47 PM   #1086
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Someone in my office just remarked that Stephan Miller bears a certain resembelance to Vlad the Impaler Putin.
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Old 15th February 2017, 05:01 PM   #1087
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Originally Posted by trustbutverify View Post
Doesn't he have a first-class research department? Trump's mind bending stupidity has been evidenced over the years, and lots of other folk had put it together.
IMO, Trump's problem isn't stupidity, it's ignorance. Putin I think has been able to exploit this to his advantage.
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Old 15th February 2017, 05:17 PM   #1088
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Nothing about the spy ship or the treaty-busting missile, but damn that Obama for being soft on Russia.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/...46101179314177
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Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?
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Old 15th February 2017, 05:19 PM   #1089
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Originally Posted by Minoosh View Post
IMO, Trump's problem isn't stupidity, it's ignorance. Putin I think has been able to exploit this to his advantage.
Stupidity takes many forms. Expertise (of one degree or another) in a narrow field(s) doesn't exclude a general inability to recognize patterns and discern subtle meanings. I think Dump is, in many ways, quite stupid. Putin has also been able to exploit that, although it may turn out to be a double edged sword.
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Old 15th February 2017, 07:00 PM   #1090
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Originally Posted by Argumemnon View Post
I'm saying that as members of a forum dedicated to critical thinking we should indeed apply a court-level benefit of the doubt. This isn't a holiday dinner with your in-laws.
Courts vary from preponderance of evidence (<50%) to clear and convincing (<75%) to beyond a reasonable doubt (<90%). Criminal courts will use reasonable doubt, civil courts will usually use clear and convincing, but step down to preponderance in some cases (typically in things like 'which person owns this object'). We don't have to apply the same level as criminal courts to make simple discernments, particularly when that discernment is whether or not someone is getting away with breaking the law. Requiring a level of evidence sufficient to prove someone actually committed a crime in a court room to justify a statement like "she's getting away with a crime" is an impossible bar.

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I stand corrected. Then she would be guilty of perjury.
Technically it would be something like obstruction of justice or making false statements...
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Old 15th February 2017, 07:11 PM   #1091
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Originally Posted by Newtons Bit View Post
Comey said no reasonable prosecutor would take the case, not that there hadn't been a crime committed. There's a difference.....
Only to right wingers and others with CDS.
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Old 15th February 2017, 07:19 PM   #1092
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Originally Posted by Newtons Bit View Post
The discussion has been over crimes she got away with. ....
What in your mind would cause any reasonable prosecutor to forego a prosecution?

Not enough evidence? That's called not guilty.
Clinton controls all the reasonable prosecutors? CT forum that way ->

Do you know how absurd it is to interpret "no reasonable prosecutor would take the case" to mean 'the person got away with it'?

Jeebus, talk about an alt-reality, you are living it (apparently).
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Old 15th February 2017, 07:39 PM   #1093
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Originally Posted by Newtons Bit View Post
Courts vary from preponderance of evidence (<50%) to clear and convincing (<75%) to beyond a reasonable doubt (<90%).
Surely, a 90.1% chance of guilt is not beyond a reasonable doubt! Where do you get those percentages?
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Old 15th February 2017, 07:46 PM   #1094
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Originally Posted by phiwum View Post
Surely, a 90.1% chance of guilt is not beyond a reasonable doubt! Where do you get those percentages?
Blackstone's formulation:

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So, technically, it should be at least 90.91%
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Old 15th February 2017, 07:52 PM   #1095
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Originally Posted by Newtons Bit View Post
Courts vary from preponderance of evidence (<50%) to clear and convincing (<75%) to beyond a reasonable doubt (<90%).
What's with the percentages? It's about how certain you feel about the evidence, not how you calculate them.

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No it's not. It means you hold yourself to a higher standard than your crazy uncle.
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Old 15th February 2017, 09:34 PM   #1096
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Originally Posted by Newtons Bit View Post
Once again, Comey stated that a reasonable prosecutor wouldn't bring the case, not that there wasn't evidence that the crime took place. His bar is "beyond reasonable doubt" combined with a jury pool that is overwhelmingly pro-Clinton. That's a hard case to prove in a court.

But I'm not in a court. I don't have to use the beyond a reasonable doubt standard. I can make a call based on a 50%> likelihood, the same standard that the Dept of Ed wants universities to use against students accused of rape (along with a host of due process violations).

Perhaps you need to be reminded of the evidence. The FBI reports states that Clinton claims concussion related amnesia explains why she can't remember what the parenthetical markings (c), (s), (ts) etc, mean. A Clinton campaign aide later said she never told the FBI that.

Who is lying?
The FBI? Clinton to the FBI? Her aide?
You are the one lying, you are lying to yourself.

Not everything one does wrong amounts to criminal behavior. This is where you are having trouble grasping the situation.
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Old 15th February 2017, 11:41 PM   #1097
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That depends on whether Putin's goal was getting a puppet in the White House or just to destabilize the American political scene. If his goal was the latter, he's already won.
This would be my guess. Destabilising governments is a popular hobby of several states.
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Originally Posted by Cleon View Post
That depends on whether Putin's goal was getting a puppet in the White House or just to destabilize the American political scene. If his goal was the latter, he's already won.
And he has seen the USA's change of policy regarding NATO. Which may not seem a major thing in the USA but considering some of Putin's apparent goals is a huge change. I doubt Putin was that concerned about how his goals are achieved as long as they are.
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Old 15th February 2017, 11:57 PM   #1099
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Trump winning was gravy. His goal was to make western style democracy look ridiculous. Candidate Trump being seen as a credible candidate did that with aplomb. Trump winning proves that it can result in poor outcomes because enough people can make poor decisions in unison.
I'd say his goal was to neuter the USA in regards to its "policeman of the world" role and he's done that. Anything else is just gravy.
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Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger View Post
What in your mind would cause any reasonable prosecutor to forego a prosecution?

Not enough evidence? That's called not guilty.
Clinton controls all the reasonable prosecutors? CT forum that way ->

Do you know how absurd it is to interpret "no reasonable prosecutor would take the case" to mean 'the person got away with it'?

Jeebus, talk about an alt-reality, you are living it (apparently).
Let's also remember that we now know that must have been the worse possible wording he could have used about Hillary's "crimes" , and if he could have used anything more politically damaging he would have done. Another way of putting the same thing would have been "there was no case to answer"
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Let's also remember that we now know that must have been the worse possible wording he could have used about Hillary's "crimes" , and if he could have used anything more politically damaging he would have done. Another way of putting the same thing would have been "there was no case to answer"
Given that Comey would have also been investigating or at least known about the Russian Trump connection, I have no respect for the man at all. Though I have to think it was ignorance and bad decision making rather than outright corruption.
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Old 16th February 2017, 08:17 AM   #1102
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Originally Posted by Argumemnon View Post
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Of course. The reverse would mean that anyone ever accused of investigated for anything bad should never be trusted again, and that'd just encourage people to make false accusations.

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FTFY. At least, that seems to be the standard when anyone who isn't a Republican is concerned.
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IMO, Trump's problem isn't stupidity, it's ignorance. Putin I think has been able to exploit this to his advantage.

Trump's problem is stupidity compounded by ignorance.

And to make matters worse, the ignorance is willful. Anything which casts doubt on something he believes to be true isn't considered an opportunity to learn, it is seen as a personal assault on his success and integrity that must be suppressed with extreme prejudice.

I don't see this changing anytime soon.
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Originally Posted by Delphic Oracle View Post
Nothing about the spy ship or the treaty-busting missile, but damn that Obama for being soft on Russia.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/...46101179314177

At least he has finally realized that Crimea was taken by the Russians.

It took him a while (years?) to catch up with that news.
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Originally Posted by a_unique_person View Post
This would be my guess. Destabilising governments is a popular hobby of several states.
And Republicans love to destabilize our own governments.
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