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Bernardo de La Paz

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Member since: Fri Jul 16, 2004, 11:36 PM
Number of posts: 37,258

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Canadian who lived for many years in Northern California and left a bit of my heart there.

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The point about courage is muddied by the people insisting on balls or ovaries

Yes, we can't read thoughts. So use language carefully, as if people only have the language they hear or read and as if they can't read thoughts. Believe it.

Supporting LGBTQ+ means really thinking things through and dropping sexist language.

It is sexist to use sexual metaphors in non-sexual situations. It has no place.

Casual language has consequences! Apply progressive thinking to everything. Make it a habit. Purge sexist language from one's own thoughts.

Be the change you want to have happen. In things big and small.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Wed Mar 10, 2021, 07:49 AM (0 replies)

They are defending an erroneous set of factoids, not the Constitution

If you truly thought that tRump or Biden had stolen the election, you better base that on verifiable true facts that can pass detailed scrutiny, not some convoluted chain of conspiracies. Not some shaky video of people moving boxes with a voice-over interpreting it as evil.

Not a set of factoids so bogus they don't dare present them in court because the few times they tried they got laughed out and shut down.

And yes, the educational system has not equipped many people with the skills to detect and deflect propaganda; the skills of critical reasoning; the skill of avoiding confirmation bias and seeking counter-facts to test the strength of the hypothesis.

It has not equipped many people to recognize or even to avoid anti-democratic authoritarianism.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Feb 11, 2021, 03:36 PM (1 replies)

Greed Over People party is now the Greedy Qooky Party. GQP. . . . nt

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Feb 4, 2021, 08:12 AM (0 replies)

Bipartisanship starts with "Biden is President. He won an accurate count. The Steal was a lie."

Let them say that if they are serious about working with Democrats.

And they also have to start respecting Democrats by calling the party it's proper name, the Democratic Party.

This is really basic stuff.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Tue Feb 2, 2021, 06:47 AM (1 replies)

Your acronym inspired me to create another one

GQP = Grand Qook Party

Greedy Qooky People

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Mon Feb 1, 2021, 12:30 PM (4 replies)

Absolutely thinkable. But all in good time. Let FBI work up the chain. Might find very overt actions

Let the Senate trial proceed. There is now a significant chance he might get convicted there. mcCONnell would like to see him dry up and disappear, or at least purged from the party. Even if not convicted, tRump is likely to get more than a couple of Republicons vote against him.

That's what we call "a good start".

We know the rioters had inside help and outside help. Handle it like an organized crime investigation. Work your way up. It is a deep conspiracy and the upper layers have tried to handle it all by a wink and a nod, but fundamentally the tRump Gang are amateurs so there will be evidence.

Blocking the National Guards was enabled by installation of civilian minions at Defense Department, which was enabled by firing Esper Nov 9, who had stood up to tRump in June.

We know that Caldwell coordinated with someone inside the Capitol with knowledge of movements. He texted "Inside" and then got a message telling him lawmakers were in the tunnels and gave him explicit directions.

Work it.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sun Jan 24, 2021, 08:46 AM (1 replies)

Yes, funny thing about pardons, you can still be charged with a crime & be formally forced to admit

... in court.

According to the 1915 Supreme Court decision, you can be forced to use your pardon in court. And using the pardon is to admit guilt.

The pardon does not actually apply until the defendant proffers it in court in answer to a charge. Nobody can proffer it for them. If the defendant does not proffer the pardon, then they can be convicted.


1) Prosecutors should formally ask every pardoned person if they admit guilt.

2) If they do not, they should be charged.

3) Then they would be forced to admit their guilt, formally, in a court of law, where it will be recorded.

The Supreme Court ruled in Burdick that a pardon carries "an imputation of guilt, acceptance a confession of it".[2]

Burdick v. United States, 236 U.S. 79 (1915), was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that:

* A pardoned person must introduce the pardon into court proceedings, otherwise the pardon must be disregarded by the court.

* To do that, the pardoned person must accept the pardon. If a pardon is rejected, it cannot be forced upon its subject.

A pardon is an act of grace, proceeding from the power entrusted with the execution of the laws, which exempts the individual on whom it is bestowed from the punishment the law inflicts for a crime he has committed. It is the private though official act of the executive magistrate, delivered to the individual for whose benefit it is intended.... A private deed, not communicated to him, whatever may be its character, whether a pardon or release, is totally unknown and cannot be acted on.[1]

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Mon Jan 18, 2021, 09:40 AM (0 replies)

Coup Plan F? Plan Q?

Plan A: steal election by voter suppression, mail-in ballot suppression, etc.

Plan B: "win" election by court cases

Plan C: steal election by suborning states' Secretaries of State via pressurizing phone calls

Plan D: gin up a rally to attract a big "antifa/blm" response and get a race riot going which expands to a smash DC riot and then invoke the Insurrection Act

Plan E: when "antifa/blm" wouldn't show up, hatch "walk with me" to get Pence to "do the right thing" and then depending how things go, segue to the Insurrection Act as in D

Plan F: MyPillow Coup?

Note: they make up plans as they go. Plan A and B were long term plans because they are standard operating procedure for Republicons. Plans C and D began planning Nov 9 as Plan B looked like it wouldn't get off the ground. Variant plan E was branched off of D when it became clear that "antifa/blm" wouldn't show up.

If Plan F fails, what's next? Plan Q which would be arrest of Clintons, Obamas, Bidens, etc.?

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Jan 16, 2021, 12:41 PM (0 replies)

The Trump Whine Insurrection, I would call it. Inspired by the appellation you chose :) . . nt

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Jan 16, 2021, 10:54 AM (0 replies)

I predict a Republican split into 3 parties

I think there will develop three parties out of the ruins of the RepubliCon party:

1) Rational Conservatives, like the Lincoln Project, who are willing to work with Democrats.

2) Rotting Elephant Carcass Party: clever but corrupt RWs like McConnell, Pence, and Collins clinging to the remnants of the Greed Over People party.

3) MAGA Q God Emperor of the US party with Gym "Medal of Freedom" Jordan and Graham and a horde of similar miscreants.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Fri Jan 15, 2021, 02:26 PM (2 replies)
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