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  • DOR
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    I call him DJ, because he's occasionally entertaining but never quiet.

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  • JRT
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    Originally posted by DOR View Post
    The new conspiracy theory making the rounds is that The Donald was a far left plant ... you can't make this stuff up.
    He changed from New Yorker to a red-hatted Florida-man redneck, from Donald John Trump to Donnie Jack Trumpkin.

    Now it needs to be leftist. Do they grow pumpkins in Cuba?
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  • Red Team
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    Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post

    He's searching for his Sancho Panza
    Lol the whole GOP could use a Sancho after 4 years of Don.

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  • Albany Rifles
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    Originally posted by Red Team View Post

    Political views/idiocy aside, good for him to get out and make his voice heard even with no one else there. Protesting at its core does not and should not require a minimum requirement of voices.
    He's searching for his Sancho Panza

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  • DOR
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    The new conspiracy theory making the rounds is that The Donald was a far left plant ... you can't make this stuff up.

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  • Red Team
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    Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    Political views/idiocy aside, good for him to get out and make his voice heard even with no one else there. Protesting at its core does not and should not require a minimum requirement of voices.

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  • Albany Rifles
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    Meanwhile in Albany....

    https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/ce...aceful-protest

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  • JRT
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    Fiesty sendoff

    Originally posted by Bloomberg_Quicktake

    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Tells Trump 'Cheerio' and 'Don't Haste Ye Back'
    Published on 20 January 2021



    (Edinburgh) Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said “cheerio” and “don’t haste ye back” to Donald Trump as she congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their historic inauguration as president and vice president of the United States.

    She made the remarks while attending First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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  • TopHatter
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    Originally posted by DOR View Post
    but the former President didn't get to use the nuclear football.
    That's the last thing I was worried about with Trump. The man is a moral and physical coward. He would almost certainly have never attempted such a monstrous act.

    And furthermore, his trying to initiate an unprovoked and/or unproportional nuclear strike would have constituted an illegal order and not been followed.

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  • DOR
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    I'd like to point out that not only did the National Guard protect the presidential transition, but the former President didn't get to use the nuclear football.

    All in all, a good day.

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  • TopHatter
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    Biden team fears rocky transition may have revealed only ‘tip of the iceberg’
    His staff are worried they don't know the full scope of the executive branch's problems — and that situation is far worse than they had thought.

    Joe Biden’s transition team had no illusions about the chaos they were inheriting from President Donald Trump. They expected a disorganized government and mismanaged agencies, many of them hollowed out and ignored over the past four years.

    Hours before they assume office, however, there is a fear among Biden’s team that the roadblocks they encountered during the chaotic transition shielded them from understanding the full scope of the problems at various agencies, and that the state of the executive branch is far worse than they understood — “the tip of the iceberg” as one senior transition aide put it.

    At the National Security Council, Trump officials were reluctant to share information about who was even on the staff, and at the Department of Defense, requests for information were either ignored or only partially answered. At the Office of Management and Budget, the practice of making career officials available for the incoming administration to craft their budget was disregarded, leaving Biden officials frustrated that their budget will likely be delayed. And at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the lack of interest in assisting the Biden transition was stated plainly.
    “Transition is not a priority for USTR,” Robert Lighthizer’s chief of staff told a Biden official, according to a person briefed on the conversation.

    A spokesperson for USTR did not respond to a request for comment. Officials at the Defense Department and OMB, meanwhile, have vocally defended their transition cooperation. “Our DOD political and career officials have been working with the utmost professionalism to support transition activities in a compressed time schedule,” Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said in a Dec. 28. statement.

    Complicating matters even more was the massive SolarWinds hack discovered late last year, which left open the possibility that suspected Russian operatives are still lurking inside federal computers, impacting virtually everything that Biden's team tries to do.

    The obstacles to the Biden transition’s work spanned across the government and ranged in severity. Some Trump staffers tried to be helpful, Biden officials said, but President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede to Biden stymied the handoff from the top. The feeling on Biden’s team, as they turn to governing after the exhilaration of victory and the frenzy of transition planning, is something akin to peering into a dark abyss: They don’t yet know what lurks out of view.

    Andas Biden and his staff move into the White House and agencies on Wednesday, administration officials recognize that some of their prioritieswill inevitably be sidelined by the need to fix messes from the outgoing administration that they aren’t even aware of yet.

    Biden’s team has already prepared a flurry of executive action that will kick off immediately after he is sworn in, much of it aimed at undoing Trump’s signature policies on climate change, immigration and the coronavirus response. But without full visibility into the processes and procedures of the Trump administration, one senior transition official warned about delays and hiccups.

    The overall lack of cooperation from a significant number of Trump administration officials was “laughable,” the senior aide said, adding that some officials tried to slow down information sharing while others were completely unresponsive.

    One person close to Biden's transition told POLITICO that even in the transition’s final days, Trump administration political appointees were limiting the landing teams’ access to data and sitting in on all of their meetings with career staff.

    “Even as late as now, they’re not conveying information,” the person said. “Data about where vaccines are, their distributional analyses, data they haven’t released publicly about Covid cases. It’s shocking. I don’t remember this happening from Clinton to Bush, from Bush to Obama, or from Obama to Trump.”

    Biden’s team was completelyblindsided, for instance, by the Trump administration’s acknowledgment last week that, despite announcing that they planned to release all reserve doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, those reserves were already empty.

    At the Office of Management and Budget, which will drive his fiscal and regulatory agenda for the next four years, Biden is set to inherit an agency that former officials say has reached its lowest point in terms of morale.

    The Trump administration has moved to strip OMB’s career civil servants of some of their decision-making authority and worker protections, making them more easily fireable.

    Amid the chaos, career staffers have fled the agency. Rebuilding the staff, expertise and trust will be key to moving forward, said Shaun Donovan, who served as OMB director under President Barack Obama and is now running for New York City mayor.

    “The number of really remarkable public servants who’ve left the government means that even before we can solve the worst budget deficit in our lifetimes, even before we can solve the worst pandemic of our lifetimes, even before we can undo the deep damage to our climate, to our schools, to our economy ... the Biden administration will have to rebuild OMB to get the talent and trust that’s needed to move the country forward,” Donovan said.

    “I’ve never seen a more toxic atmosphere in my lifetime within the federal government more broadly and within OMB,” he added.

    OMB Director Russell Vought has disputed the Biden administration and Democrats’ criticism. In a Dec. 30 letter to Biden’s transition team, Vought wrote that, “As the record shows, OMB has fully participated in appropriate transition efforts. What we have not done and will not do is use current OMB staff to write the (Biden Transition Team's) legislative policy proposals to dismantle this Administration's work. OMB staff are working on this Administration's policies and will do so until this Administration's final day in office.”

    Biden’s team will also have to grapple with a flood of “midnight” regulations Trump agency heads are pushing through in their final days in power. Among them, new guidance from the Labor Department released the day before the inauguration telling owners of local news outlets that their reporters are not subject to federal minimum wage and overtime laws because their work is primarily “creative” in nature.

    Other agencies have been pumping out last-minute rules, as well. The Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday moved to strip the FDA’s oversight of genetically-modified animals, prompting outgoing FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn to publicly denounce the policy change on Twitter as a threat to the agency’s goal of “protecting public health based on good science.”

    This follows a blitz of other rules by the department seeking to ban researchers from using fetal tissue from abortions to develop new drugs and treatments, as well as rules to make it harder for Biden to reverse conservative changes to the Medicaid program, and exempt religious groups from bans on discrimination against LGBT people.

    The Biden administration will also have to track down the Trump administration political appointees who have burrowed into career federal positions across the government, many of whom have partisan and advocacy backgrounds that have lawmakers and watchdog groups worried they will attempt to thwart Biden’s policy agenda from the inside.

    Weak disclosure laws have made it so that Biden will be taking office without knowing exactly how many of these “conversions” have happened in the final months of the Trump administration or where in the bureaucracy the burrowed workers are. Biden's team is worried they’ll have to spend scarce time and resources finding and then reassigning the individuals so they don’t have access to sensitive information.

    Jason Briefel, the director of policy and outreach at the Senior Executives Association, which represents thousands of career employees, said he’s concerned there’s been far more “installations of loyalists with dubious qualifications” than during past transitions.

    The administration’s day-to-day operations will also be complicated by the security issues created by the SolarWinds breach, which intelligence agencies have attributed to Russia.

    It is unclear how much agencies know about what the hackers targeted and what they were able to access. While there is no evidence that the breach compromised classified information, some agencies may decide to abandon ongoing plans that were discussed on unclassified systems. Ongoing digital decontamination efforts could also slow down Biden's agenda, as political appointees and career staffers wait for their agencies' networks to be scrubbed clean.

    At agencies that still have not ruled out ongoing compromises stemming from the initial breaches, it is difficult to imagine how staffers could be conducting any sensitive work.

    The FBI is investigating the SolarWinds breaches, turning any affected networks into digital crime scenes. Just as police investigators must dust furniture for fingerprints and haul it away to be stored in evidence lockers, the need to preserve evidence of the SolarWinds intruders' activities may force agencies to replace hundreds of computers and other networking equipment.

    That, in turn, would require time and planning that federal officials could otherwise dedicate to implementing Biden's sweeping policy agenda.
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  • JRT
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    Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    And we have a new President & Vice President
    ...and they are not Trump and Pence.

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  • Albany Rifles
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    And we have a new President & Vice President

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  • Officer of Engineers
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    Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
    Doesn't look like QAnon has to bother with disguising themselves. The Trumpist filth is already inside the Guard.
    75 million people voted for Trump. There's bound to be right wing supporters inside the military. The sad point, however, that without 6 January, these people would not even be on the radar. And consider to be nothing more than a group bitching shit around a fire getting drunk.

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  • TopHatter
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    Two National Guard Members Removed From Inauguration Security Team

    Two U.S. Army National Guard members are being removed from the security mission to secure Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. A U.S. Army official and a senior U.S. intelligence official say the two National Guard members have been found to have ties to fringe right group militias.

    No plot against Biden was found.

    The Army official and the intelligence official spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity due to Defense Department media regulations. They did not say what fringe group the Guard members belonged to or what unit they served in.

    Contacted by the AP on Tuesday, the National Guard Bureau referred questions to the U.S. Secret Service and said, “Due to operational security, we do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration.”

    The Secret Service told the AP on Monday it would not comment on if any National Guard members had been pulled from securing the inauguration for operational security reasons.
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    Doesn't look like QAnon has to bother with disguising themselves. The Trumpist filth is already inside the Guard.

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