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Name: Danny
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I'm an owner/operator long haul truck driver out of Arizona. My truck is a 2018 Peterbilt 389 long nose with the full size sleeper that's loaded with the latest technology. It has the Detroit engine coupled to an Eaton Fuller RTLO 18918B 18 speed transmission. I love the nomadic lifestyle and to top it off, I get paid to see the beauty of this country! Keep on truckin. I am also a U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. (Ret.) MOS 1345, with 35 years of service to our country. Once a Marine, always a Marine. Semper Fidelis.

Journal Archives

Putin's on the brink

In Vietnam, Afghanistan and many other conflicts, the stronger power lost because it could not win, and the weaker power triumphed simply because it did not lose. So shall it be in Ukraine, where the same process is playing out rapidly.

In less than six months, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war of choice has had catastrophic consequences — for Russia itself. It has resulted in at least 60,000 Russian casualties, more than the total number of fatalities suffered during the 10-year Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. It has led to a long-term Russian loss of political influence and energy leverage in the West. It has helped resuscitate the NATO alliance, which just a few years ago seemed to be on its last legs. And it has inflicted severe, long-term damage on the Russian economy, effectively erasing all of the gains made since the Soviet Union’s collapse.

And what has Russia gotten for this? Only a few more slivers of land in Ukraine — land that the Kremlin may not be able to hold for very long.

Russia’s elites already know this. As the body bags, wounded and discharged soldiers return to Russia, the Russian people are beginning to comprehend it as well. All of which increases Putin’s domestic political vulnerability — and puts him under growing pressure to find some way to declare victory.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/putin-s-on-the-brink/ar-AA10NQJd?cvid=63dc5d7ff9894994a89fe722ea41f74d

Talk about a blunder for the ages, Putin's illegal war of aggression in Ukraine is even worse than Bush's illegal war of aggression in Iraq.

I've got a feeling that Putin's days on planet earth are coming to a close soon if he doesn't figure a way out of the debacle he's put himself and his country in.
Posted by MarineCombatEngineer | Thu Aug 18, 2022, 11:11 AM (58 replies)

Whomever gifted me with a star membership,

thank you from the bottom of my heart, DU members are the greatest and most generous people in the world.

Bless you all and it's been my honor to be a member of this great community.
Posted by MarineCombatEngineer | Tue Aug 16, 2022, 06:47 PM (1 replies)

Putin allies threaten to attack Tower Bridge with Kalibr cruise missile

Vladimir Putin’s propagandists have once again threatened to attack Britain, this time warning of missile attacks on Tower Bridge and the use of nuclear weapons against British troops assisting Nato in Estonia.

The threats are the latest outpouring of ant-Western bile broadcast from state TV in Moscow as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to falter.

Senior MP Oleg Morozov claimed that Boris Johnson was plotting with Kyiv to explode Putin’s vanity project bridge which links the annexed Crimea to the Russian mainland.

Last week Ukrainian special forces destroyed an airbase in Crimea which sent shockwaves rippling through Putin’s top brass as many of them began to fear more retaliatory strikes from their neighbours.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/putin-allies-threaten-to-attack-tower-bridge-with-kalibr-cruise-missile/ar-AA10JeSJ?cvid=ee1f54c47c2047b783a75a37389a934c

That would trigger Article 5 of the NATO charter, not something Putin wants, but hey, good luck with that.

Posted by MarineCombatEngineer | Tue Aug 16, 2022, 03:11 PM (20 replies)

Police: Officers in Texas fatally shoot man with rifle

RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (AP) — Police in suburban Fort Worth fatally shot a man who pointed a rifle at them, authorities said.

The shooting Friday in Richland Hills happened as two officers were investigating reports of gunshots along a city street. They found a man carrying a rifle about two blocks away, according to Richland Hills Officer Sheena McEachran.

“The suspect raised and pointed what has been identified as a semi-automatic rifle at the officers,” McEachran said. “Officers fired at the suspect,” who was pronounced dead at the scene.

It wasn’t yet known whether the man shot at the officers or how many times he was shot, McEachran said Saturday, saying that is part of the ongoing investigation.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/police-officers-in-texas-fatally-shoot-man-with-rifle/ar-AA10D8R1?cvid=1de8eaf499c041d2a428506ffaee684c

Another failed MAGAt attack or just another loon with a rifle that decided to go out with a bang?

We'll know soon enough.
Posted by MarineCombatEngineer | Sun Aug 14, 2022, 11:42 AM (11 replies)

China criticizes US chip law as threat to trade

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday criticized a U.S. law to encourage processor chip production in the United States and reduce reliance on Asian suppliers as a threat to trade and an attack on Chinese business.

The law signed this week by President Joe Biden promises $52 billion in grants and other aid to investors in U.S. chip factories. It responds in part to warnings that supplies might be disrupted if China attacks Taiwan, which produces up to 90% of high-end chips. China's ruling Communist Party claims the self-ruled island as part of its territory.

The measure will “disrupt international trade and distort global semiconductor supply chains,” said a Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin. “China firmly opposes that.”

Parts of the law “restrict companies’ normal investment and economic and trade activities in China,” Wang said, without giving details.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-criticizes-us-chip-law-as-threat-to-trade/ar-AA10vWKx?li=BBnbfcL

Oh boo fucking hoo China, you're aggression against Taiwan created this "problem" for you, nobody else, so suck on it.

Thought I'd post this before I hit the road.
Posted by MarineCombatEngineer | Wed Aug 10, 2022, 10:12 AM (2 replies)

Chicago would-be robber dies after woman stands her ground and shoots him

A Chicago teenager died days after he and a group attempted to rob an armed 32-year-old woman on the city's South Side.

The incident occurred July 29 in the Woodlawn area around 8:00 p.m., according to a report.

At least four males attempted to break into the woman's parked car when she confronted the would-be robbers

One of the males whipped out a weapon and pointed it at the woman, the report noted.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/chicago-would-be-robber-dies-after-woman-stands-her-ground-and-shoots-him/ar-AA10iQsh?cvid=7c606f98c31e4448b095335f06dd6657

For me, this isn't about a good citizen with a gun story, my question is:

What the fuck is a 13 year old kid doing running around committing armed robbery?
This is a perfect example of the easy availability of firearms.
Posted by MarineCombatEngineer | Thu Aug 4, 2022, 01:23 PM (95 replies)

Indicted MAGA Clerk Pours Quarter Million Dollars Into Recount Gambit

Tina Peters, Colorado’s indicted Mesa County clerk and Big Lie acolyte, has had to dig deep into her pockets to drag out the GOP primary for Colorado secretary of state where she got eaten alive last month.

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s (D) office announced on Thursday that it had received the required payments from Peters and Lynda Zamora Wilson, a Republican candidate in a state Senate race, to hold discretionary statewide recounts in their respective primaries.

“The recounts will be conducted in accordance with the law, and will be finished by Aug. 4,” Griswold said.

Peters forked over a hefty sum of $255,912.33, the secretary of state’s office confirmed in an email to TPM.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/indicted-maga-clerk-pours-quarter-million-dollars-into-recount-gambit/ar-AA106BGo?cvid=101a76b3bcae4cc4bc2d9ce5696aeae1

She just wasted a 1/4 of a million dollars for a useless recount, she was beaten so bad that there is zero chance of a recount going her way, but, WTH, if she wants to waste her money, if it is her money, more power to her, it's 1/4 of a million dollars that won't be spent backing some loony tune MAGAT.
Posted by MarineCombatEngineer | Fri Jul 29, 2022, 06:39 PM (0 replies)

'A gift to prosecutors': New emails show how Trump aides coordinated 'desperate' fake electors schem

Newly released emails are shedding light on the frantic effort by aides to then-President Donald Trump trying to reverse the results of the 2020 election in the weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The emails show people connected to Trump working to assemble lists of people who could falsely claim to be Electoral College electors on his behalf in battleground states that he lost.

"Previously undisclosed emails provide an inside look at the increasingly desperate and often slapdash efforts by advisers to President Donald J. Trump to reverse his election defeat in the weeks before the Jan. 6 attack, including acknowledgments that a key element of their plan was of dubious legality and lived up to its billing as 'fake," the newspaper reported.

"In emails reviewed by The New York Times and authenticated by people who had worked with the Trump campaign at the time, one lawyer involved in the detailed discussions repeatedly used the word 'fake' to refer to the so-called electors, who were intended to provide Vice President Mike Pence and Mr. Trump’s allies in Congress a rationale for derailing the congressional process of certifying the outcome," The Times reported. "And lawyers working on the proposal made clear they knew that the pro-Trump electors they were putting forward might not hold up to legal scrutiny."


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/a-gift-to-prosecutors-new-emails-show-how-trump-aides-coordinated-desperate-fake-electors-scheme/ar-AA1005rm?cvid=a692cf93941d40d09b61d2744e59a6ea

This is getting better and better.
Posted by MarineCombatEngineer | Tue Jul 26, 2022, 04:28 PM (11 replies)

Two GOP primary losers in Colorado fail to pay for recounts

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's secretary of state's office on Wednesday said it has told two candidates who lost their Republican primary races last month that it will not conduct a recount of those races because they failed to pay the required amount by the deadline.

The office informed Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, who lost her race for the GOP nomination for secretary of state, and state Rep. Ron Hanks, who fell short in his bid for the party's U.S. Senate nomination, that it was moving forward finalizing the results of the primary. Neither candidate paid the $236,000 that was due by July 15 for the recount.

Both Peters and Hanks have promoted the false claim that President Joe Biden did not actually win his election against former President Donald Trump in 2020, and they also claimed widespread fraud led to their losses in the GOP primary. They are part of a growing number of deniers of the outcome of the 2020 election also questioning their own primary losses.

In letters sent Tuesday to the secretary of state, the two candidates said they would not pay for the recount because it would not be done by hand.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/two-gop-primary-losers-in-colorado-fail-to-pay-for-recounts/ar-AAZNqhI?li=BBnb7Kz

Two repuke MAGAt's who didn't want to pay for their requested recount?

I'm shocked I tell ya, just shocked.
Posted by MarineCombatEngineer | Wed Jul 20, 2022, 06:50 PM (22 replies)

AG Garland reiterates 'no person' -- not even Trump -- is above the law over Jan. 6

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday reiterated that "no person," not even a former president, was above the law amid calls from some congressional Democrats to charge Donald Trump after last year's Capitol riot.

During a press conference, a visibly animated Garland twice said that "no person" was above the law when pressed specifically about Trump, whom Democrats say incited the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection over his unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud in 2020. Democrats also cite Trump's larger, months-long campaign to try and reverse his election loss. (Trump insists he did nothing wrong.)

The Department of Justice has been prosecuting various cases related to the rioting last January.

"There is a lot of speculation about what the Justice Department is doing, what's it not doing, what our theories are and what our theories aren't, and there will continue to be that speculation," the attorney general said Wednesday. "That's because a central tenant of the way in which the Justice Department investigates and a central tenant of the rule of law is that we do not do our investigations in the public."


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ag-garland-reiterates-no-person-not-even-trump-is-above-the-law-over-jan-6/ar-AAZNg69?li=BBnb7Kz

Can we now put to rest the false info posted here on DU on several threads about the memo, and, while we're at it, how about stopping the numerous bash AG Garland and the DoJ posts and threads?

Seems to me that AG Garland pretty much debunked all that today.
Posted by MarineCombatEngineer | Wed Jul 20, 2022, 06:36 PM (88 replies)
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