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March 24, 2016

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narciso

he's still in the senate, isn't he, these hacks stay bought or blackmailed or whatever, there's always an excuse why raese was too hot or too cold,

NK

can I vote for Don Mann for POTUS?

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--asking ideological conservatives to vote for McCain and Mitts is no analog to voting for Trump. He's not a conservative, he's not a Repub.... and he is a pig, so...--

Of course it is. Asking conservatives to vote for squishes was to prevent a Marxist in the White House.
Even on the pig scale, the corrupt, dishonest, bimbo-smashing, Marxist Hillary outshines Trump and Obama.

What has the porcine to do with anything anyway? LBJ transformed America on the Dems behalf and was a veritable Hogzilla.
You could have eaten breakfast off the bottom of Herbert Hoover's shoes and he handed the country to the Dems for fifty years.

narciso

wonderful sandy, in other news, our church is sponsoring a screening of 'god is dead 2' with ray wise, as a slimy superintendent who fullfills the prog agenda to a tee,

NK

The God's Not Dead 2 movie looks promising. Never saw the first... good?

NK

while it is hard to imagine anything worse than Hilligula, there is no way to 'know' Trump wouldn't be worse, or at least not be materially better.

narciso

in new york, you had your choice of lizard, for 25 years, they got a good one, then they turned him out,

narciso

is it just accident or enemy action,


https://twitter.com/afneil/status/713340026898219008

Sue

If you are on Twitter then you know Trump's spokesperson calls the tabloid rumors trash and Condemns those spreading it and believing it.

Sue

Tabloid rumors about Cruz's extramarital affairs, specifically National Enquirer and Gawker.

NK

Belgian failure to arrest? I guess the guy was never in his apartment except for 900pm - 500am, and there was no fire, so Belgian rules prohibited arrest.

NK

Gawker: nice $140M judgement they got dinged with.

boris

"there is no way to 'know' Trump wouldn't be worse"

One tends to question the credibility of statements like that.

Even if they were equally awful human beings ...
everybody knows Trump would not be enabled to do 1% as much damage to the country because white male republican

narciso

quelle surprise,

https://twitter.com/green_lemonnn/status/713291724383199232

narciso

the gopher in question, effendi quaduli was one released in 2012, then joined the jayvees,

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--while it is hard to imagine anything worse than Hilligula, there is no way to 'know' Trump wouldn't be worse, or at least not be materially better.--

I'm standing on a train track. The tunnel divides in front of me. The tunnel on the left features a light I know to be a train that will most certainly kill me.
The tunnel on the right features a light that may or may not be a train. Retreating back down the tracks is not an option as the train will catch me in the small of the back before I exit.
Which tunnel do I choose?

Cecil Turner

Well if they are all USMC, that number sound like a couple of deployed MEUs, but we really have no info at all.

My understanding is that it's mostly special ops types (which I presume are mostly Army: Green Berets for training, and Delta Force for operations with probably a few SEALs thrown in). There've been some recent stories (like this one last month), and yesterday:

The White House has capped the number of U.S. forces in Iraq at about 3,870, but that total doesn't include as many as 1,000 troops who are there but exempt because of the military's personnel accounting system. For example, troops sent to Iraq for temporary, short-term assignments are exempt.

The Marines at Fire Base Bell are part of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which has been based on the USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship that has been deployed in the region.

In there somewhere they argue that it's not really a "combat outpost" by some ridiculous rationale, and hence not "ground combat." Which is about par for the Administration's course (i.e., an unserious approach to war).

clarice

The National enquirer story is thin--though this is often how their scandal coverage begins--Here's a refresher:http://www.conservativeoutfitters.com/blogs/news/94574273-8-things-you-need-to-know-about-ted-cruzs-sex-scandal

One of the alleged gal pals is Trump's spokeswoman .

NK

The 11:50 hypothetical is meant to make feel better?

boris

More of a logic scenario ...

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

The usual Sundance caveat but he does have a good rundown of the facts and assertions re Ted Cruz's alleged mistresses.

I still agree with Cruz philosophically but guys who take up the mantle of the ordained Chosen One better be squeaky clean.
Unfortunately the Enquirer has a not unimpressive record of finding the dust on the mantle.

NK

I prefer to avoid the warped and tragic logic all together and nominate a rational candidate.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--The 11:50 hypothetical is meant to make feel better?--

It is meant to help you keep a cowcatcher out of your, and my, sacroiliac.

Sue

Trump's spokesperson should stop condemning y'all. How rude!

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--I prefer to avoid the warped and tragic logic all together and nominate a rational candidate.--

If wishes were horses you wouldn't be riding one in a tunnel with a train bearing down on you.

boris

"nominate a rational candidate"

Not from this planet then I take it ...

NK

the only relevant point to me in Treehouse is the hush money innuendo. Is Cruz running as the ordained Chosen One?

NK

@12:04, OK that was funny Ig.

Sue

Trump has a problem with women voters so what does he do? Attacks Heidi Cruz on her looks. Instead of saying yeah I've got a hot wife. So?

narciso

Yes but when they misfire their powder burns end up in the victim.

henry

NK, the Focus on the Family telephone town hall for Cruz last night gave that impression. (at least the 30 seconds I put up with it).

Sue

It's not like those pictures of Melenia weren't already out there. A story from August 2015 used 13 of them.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

The unhinged Glenn Beck seems intent on ordaining him as something or other and Cruz keeps showing up for the dispensations.

boris

Well the difference between Trump and Cruz is kinda like the difference between Pluto and Goofy. They're both dogs but one walks on 4 legs the other on 2, one talks and the other barks.

Like quantum physics which one is Trump and which one is Cruz depends on the POV of the observer

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Trump has a problem with women voters so what does he do? Attacks Heidi Cruz on her looks. Instead of saying yeah I've got a hot wife. So? --

Exactly, Sue. That would have been the smart way to punch back.
It would satisfy those who want a puncher without alienating those looking for someone who punches the right people not a guy who windmills everyone within reach.

boris

"It's not like those pictures of Melenia weren't already out there"

It's not like "spill the beans" required extra secret service protection.

henry

Meanwhile, Brussells turned into a shootem up video game. (That is a metaphor, the shootem up was real).

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

boris has just distilled the Republican primary so perfectly there's not much point in talking about it anymore.

Sue

Ig,

My husband showed me those pictures of Trump's wife last year and said meet your new First Lady. I laughed then. Not so much now.

NK

fortunately I've never watched Glenn Beck.
Running overtly as the Christian candidate in common sense places like Wisconsin is leading with the chin and is a mistake

clarice

Beck says no true Christian can vote for Trump--Lucky fellow God was able to speak directly to him thru all that tinfoil.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

We're voting for Schrodinger's dog.
It's quantum Pelosi;
We'll have to vote for the box to see what, if anything, is in it.

boris

Schrodinger's dog ... lol

henry

NK, we have huge mega churches here (right in Brookfield as it turns out) with franchises in places like Dallas (son of the local pastor) that just expanded into Milwaukee. Not as stupid as you may believe.

Stephanie

I dove headlong into the new consultant gig and I'm sure the IT people here will love this. I spent the better part of last week trying to decipher a 30 table data base cause the Ukrainian devlopers created 90% of the dbase with terms like "id" "id1" for every linking field and "value" "description" and "info" "info1" for all the other fields. YIKES!!!

I've now written a detailed data mapping diagram and sent explicit instructions to have the developers rename every [redacted] field and table. The client is a non profit trade assn and have NO one on staff that had any idea. They were sending the developer instructions on what they wanted and didn't have a clue what they were getting.. but the web interface (which was 30% reporting bad info that no one could figure out why) sure was pretty!


Stephanie, wow! I haven't seen file naming like that since I was a CASE tool product manager in the 80s. (The tool had an option to put sensible names instead of A00001.A1, but the users never found that setting).

Posted by: henry | March 25, 2016 at 05:37

Tis why I have been missing lately. I hate 12 hour workdays. All fixed now and documentation is being finalized. I suspect "best practices" is not a term frequently heard in overseas coding shops. The language issues have been fun, too. Loved the state fields with one's and twos and no heads or tails as to what the meant.

Sue

I'm pretty sure I'll do what I've done since 2002. Mark the straight republican ticket and leave the voting booth. What I'm also pretty sure I'll do is never, ever defend Donald Trump if he manages to win. And defending the republican president by his base is a must. Because no one else will.

So go to DC and play with your Twitter, because presidents playing with Tango dancers wasn't bad enough.

Ugh.

clarice

I hate when you talk baby talk, Stephanie.

Truthbetold

Donald Trump’s Alliance With the National Enquirer

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/10/trumps-alliance-with-the-national-enquirer.html#

NK

Ig-- you are not making me feel better.

henry's link: so there is no war with Jihad's? This phony war is like the 1984 Ministry of Truth or the Harry Potter Ministry of Magic denial of Voldemort. This is madness.

NK

henry-- thanks for the Wisc electorate update.

maryd

God Bless You, Stephanie! I can't remember when I've laughed so hard! I sure hope you negotiated a good rate.

NK

Sue-- not helping.

derwill

I have a horrible, sinking feeling about this. The NE went way out on a limb with this story, and it all has the feel of another shoe about to drop. All we need now to make this election cycle a complete and thorough indictment of our times is Weiner like twitter pics.

JM Hanes

Ditto what Sue said.

daddy

Half baked thoughts from a drunken bum:

In the country I am currently in, many women walk by totally shrouded in black Bhurkas, head to toe, with only eye slits showing, even tho' the local temp is close to 100 Degrees F and has been for a week.

All that said, since the official word from DC is that Islam has nothing to do with the recent Belgium Terror Attacks, it makes sense to me to show our solidarity with the Religion O' Peace by encouraging all our women to wear full body Black Bhurkas as an example of our officially expressed unity and solidarity with Islam, and most especially, with the women of Islam. If our Solons can wear pink crap for "Breast Cancer Month," and black armbands for "Black History Month", surely they can wear full bodied Black Bhurka's to show solidarity with Islam's love and respect for women.

But lets not stop there.

Since Bruce (aka Caitlan) Jenner is now the "Woman Of The Year", and therefore gender differences are totally irrelevant in our Brave New World, I propose that all men, and especially our Congressional Rep's, consider showing their commitment to unity with this new support of non-gendered Islam, by also appearing for a 24 hour period in head to toe Black Bhurkas.

Since this is obviously a pressing public issue, I recommend we do this on a date not far off in the future. My personal recommendation would that be on 1 April, 2016, every member of Congress should wear a full body Black Bhurka, eye slits only, for an uninterrupted period of 24 hours, in order to show their solidarity with the Religion of Peace, and also to show our societies total commitment to the foundational notion that women in this modern world should be treated no differently whatever than men, as is obviously evident in Islam.
Kumbaya!

In solidarity, I also recommend that every MSM reporter and talking head in the country also self-Bhurka themselves for 24 hours starting 1 April 2016, to honestly show their solidarity instead of simply issuing potentially insincere personal statements of support.

I know that as an Airline Pilot, I think it a marvelous idea to have my entire crew, and especially all pilots around the world, to be wearing non-gendered/full bodied black Bhurka's during our flights, to sincerely signal our unequivocal support on 1 April, 2016, of Islam, and the women of Islam.

Please join me in this proud movement, but only after the Heels whip the IU Hoosiers on Friday, peace be upon those losers.

Stephanie

Sorry Clarice. Thought the IT types would get a kick out of it.

I posted something on FB last night where one of trumps people called GQ and got confirmation that Joe something or other who is on Cruz staff placed the ad buy for the latest hit on trump by a "non Cruz" affiliated PAC. Can't get to my FB on the kindle, but if an industrious person wants to find and post it, I believe it puts the lie to the claim Cruz people "had no knowledge."

clarice

I'll check it out. Aren't dirty elections fun?

henry

Joe something or other who is on Cruz staff placed the ad buy for the latest hit on trump by a "non Cruz" affiliated PAC

that is a crime under election law. The non-coordination thing where PACs must be independent of campaigns because of contribution limits. No police report, it didn't happen.

JM Hanes

"one of trumps people called GQ and got confirmation that Joe something or other who is on Cruz staff placed the ad buy"

This is what passes for definitive proof? Sheesh.

JM Hanes

The primaries have become a fucking farce.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

If you want to forget politics consider what S.M. Lockridge has to say today;
It's Friday, but Sunday's comin'.

Stephanie

MaryD,

The rate is lowish, but my brother is a past president and still current board member and the board was ready to pull the plug on a much needed service, and I offered to help. The project was supposed to roll out Dec 2015, and it now is rolling out in phases (at my insistence) starting Monday to the Board and then April 15th the first phase to the members. Likely roll outs quarterly through the next year.

In addition, I roped the daughter in to do the grunt work of fixing what the parser doesn't in the edit items table editor (the database is built on imported PDFs parsed) and she now has a job as well.

This is the first IT contract I've had since the surgery in 2011 and the side foray into the insurance gig in 2012/13 until the current climate made visits to the worse parts of town unrealistic. No more run ins with BLM types for me. The new gig is 95% from home with remote access sessions and skype as needed. Love the new skype and remoteviewer toys!

Miss Marple 2

henry,

You are, of course, right. However, that PAC is run by Liz Mair who has a history of skirting the edge of things.

I have no idea. I hesitated to weigh in on any of this because I am unsure of all the facts. I still would like an explanation for the $500,000 donated to the Fiorina PAC by the Cruz PAC.

I am sure this will get sorted out eventually.

Meanwhile, it's time for me to start cleaning carpets!

DebinNC

Stephanie, your joy is so apparent and catching. I'm so happy you're so happy.

Captain Hate

Renaming fields in SQLServer is pretty easy, no? Even indexes.

daddy

This is what passes for definitive proof?

No, but sounds like what passes for "Lets look further into it, to find out who, if any one, is lying."

Haven't even started catchup so I may be way off base, but that's my initial knee jerk.

andycanuck

Sorry to go On-Topic but as I recall from past reports from years ago about the Vancouver, B.C. "safe" injection site, the rosy stats are all from people connected with the clinic and not from outside sources.

NK

Congrats Steph! you sound very happy.

JM Hanes

NK:

"To Narc's point, is there any Congressional authority for the adventure in Mosul? Is there authority to wage war against ISIS?"

Actually, I think Bush's AUMF is still in force. Obama/Rice tried unsuccessfully to have it retired -- considering the timing of that request, I have always believed they originally wanted to be able to say that they lacked the authority to go after ISIS at all.

Stephanie

Clarice, I suspect that this is how the sausage has always been made, but with the advent of pony express to train to radio to tv to digital and instant news reporting via SOCIAL media (and the media no longer holding the keys to the door on "news"), it is now in full view for all to see.

Voters might should realize that the ugliness was always there, but the newish social media and people's ability to transmit facts and fallacies and their ability to research and refute politicians and candidates whilst snug in their PJs is exposing what has always been lurking in the shadows and back rooms of DC halls of power and candidates field offices and the alphabet streets J,K etc.

maryd

Good for you, Stephanie! Sounds like you are making lemonade out of what could have been a real lemon.
My only concern now is the possible negative impact on your gambling career. :-)

NK

Anglo-Saxons here may find this of interest from Insty: "NEWS YOU CAN USE: When is St George’s Day? Everything you need to know about England (and Ethiopia’s) dragon-slaying saint. “St George is not even exclusively England’s patron saint. His iconography and coat of arms can be found on flags in countries and cities across the world. Places including Portugal, Lithuania, Romania, Germany, Greece, Istanbul and Ethiopia also celebrate him.” Well, there used to be something called Christendom, where that sort of thing made sense."

Stephanie

Liz Mair was also fired from Walkers campaign and has worked with Joe what's his name before. Interesting dots, no?

NK

JMH- I actually updated my question. There is NO ISIS war resolution. Obummer sent one to Congress in 2015, no resolution has passed. McConnell in January claimed he would pass one.

Tom Bowler

CH, The renaming in SQL is not too bad as I recall. Even if it means reloading a new table, it's pretty easily done with scripts. But column names (fields) that are referenced in programs mean program changes and retesting. I think there are ways around it with logical views into tables but I'm guessing Stephanie's client is not at that level of SQL expertise.

sbw

I suspect "best practices" is not a term frequently heard in overseas coding shops.

Normalization: finding the least common denominator to flatten tables.

Turns out that in coding, the least common denominator is the programmers.

/bad code joke

GUS

Why would an ISIS war resolution be necessary?
Doesn't Obama still have EXECUTIVE authority, doesn't he still have a PHONE and a PEN.

Buckeye

daddy

I am completely out to lunch on the Religion O' Peace movement and I just have to root for them Hoosiers since it is about all we got left.

Please don't "unfriend" me, but if you just have to keep your Bhurka clean, I will understand.

Stephanie

Lol Mary's. Have laptop, will travel. Besides, I usually spend the day at the casino in my room and only gamble during the tournament hours at night. :)

CH, yes but I've requested and gotten read only access in case the Ukranians accidentally blow something up. Total documentation of all requests for changes and implementation thereof.

It really is good to get working again instead of retirement and I still have time to renovate and now have $$ to do it.

Plus, no more worries about bail as the hubs incessant puttering is no longer driving towards the gun safe. ;)

Stephanie

Driving ME towards.

clarice

Stephanie at 1:07--Correct. I remember when my husband was doing things on Scoop Jackson's campaign we learned he had just escaped death when the pilot ascertained that someone had poured sand into the fuel on the private plane the candidate was about to fly on. Never was reported to my knowledge.

And it certainly was a lot easier to smear the opposition and engage in other dirty tricks and get away with it.

clarice

Liz Mair's reputation precedes her--just read yesterday that she'd been on the Azerbaijan payroll for $15k per month .. A gun for hire.

clarice

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-21/whose-bright-idea-was-it-show-naked-melania-trump-attack-ad

Robin, lurking and listening

Andycanuck,
I live in Ithaca and this on site injection center is a hot topic. It's almost impossible to find good information about the neighborhoods in Vancouver where the sites are located and how they've been affected. The problem is that the safe injection sites don't provide the drugs, so the dealers will be setting up shop in the area to sell to users. It's a NIMBY nightmare.

There is also a concern about the only center like this in the US being located in a small city of 30K, drawing addicts from elsewhere. Apparently, Vancouver officials have assured Ithaca officials that the centers serve only people living nearby, though they can't sa if those folks lived in the neighborhood prior to the center's opening. Uh huh.

DebinNC

Cruz seems to be going with "Maybe if we ignore it, it'll go away". He's in WI speaking at a factory that makes those red plastic cones police put out to help drivers navigate around a wreck. Not sure that's a useful visual for him today.

DebinNC

Cruz Facebook... "I want to be crystal clear: these attacks are garbage"

Is "are garbage" better than "are completely false" or even better "completely and provably false"? I don't think so.

RIF

The complete "Cruz Facebook". Not very helpful for the narrative you were creating.

"I want to be crystal clear: these attacks are garbage. For Donald J. Trump to enlist his friends at the National Enquirer and his political henchmen to do his bidding shows you that there is no low Donald won’t go.

"These smears are completely false, they’re offensive to Heidi and me, they’re offensive to our daughters, and they’re offensive to everyone Donald continues to personally attack.

"Donald Trump’s consistently disgraceful behavior is beneath the office we are seeking and we are not going to follow."

JM Hanes

I can hear it now. When Trump loses to Hillary, his supporters will blame the GOPe.

Miss Marple 2

Got the family room and hallway carpets cleaned! (This has to be done more often since Jack, the Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix and the Terror of Johnson County came to live with us.)

A very lovable and cute dog, but dumb as a box of rocks. He has no housebreaking skills. Any time he pees outside, it's just because he accidentally has to go while he's there. Otherwise, you have to watch him like a hawk indoors, and he is very sneaky.

Miss Marple 2

If Trump is responsible for the National Enquirer stuff, then Cruz is responsible for the Melania photo.

Cecil Turner

If Trump is responsible for the National Enquirer stuff, then Cruz is responsible for the Melania photo.

Huh?

Miss Marple 2

Cecil,

I have been told over and over that Liz Mair's PAC acted independently.

OK.

Then tell me why a national paper would print something false at the behest of Donald Trump, when Gawker just was dinged for that huge settlement.

Makes no sense. Blaming Trump for this is ridiculous.

Miss Marple 2

That's all I have to say. I am going back to carpet cleaning.

Cecil Turner

Either of your two assertions might be correct. Linking them is illogical.

DebinNC

The complete "Cruz Facebook". Not very helpful for the narrative you were creating.

I wasn't creating a narrative. I posted a complete Cruz tweet. The "are completely false" comment may have been much farther down the tweeter stream, separate from the "are garbage" one near the top at the time I looked or perhaps added later.

RIF

"Then tell me why a national paper would print something false at the behest of Donald Trump"

Why, indeed.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/10/trumps-alliance-with-the-national-enquirer.html

>>>>>>

Now, as Carson overtakes Trump as the GOP front-runner, it appears Trump is getting help from a media outlet known for ending presidential candidacies: the National Enquirer. Earlier this month, the Enquirer published a cover story on Carson headlined “Bungling Surgeon Ben Carson Left Sponge in Patient’s Brain!” The article called Carson a “White House wannabe” and claimed he “brandished a scalpel like a meat cleaver!” It went on to quote angry former patients saying he botched surgeries that left them disfigured and in pain; one patient who sued Carson said he forgot to remove a surgical sponge from her brain after a procedure. “His presidential campaign should be dead on arrival!” Enquirer reporter Sharon Churcher wrote.

Trump and Enquirer CEO David Pecker have been friends for years. “They’re very close,” said a source close to the Enquirer. In July 2013, Trump even tweeted that Pecker should become CEO of Time magazine, which at the time was being spun off from its corporate parent, Time Warner. “He’d make it exciting and win awards!”

This person also said that Trump’s campaign was a source for the article: “His campaign provided information that was used,” he explained. A Trump friend said that in the days leading up to the article’s publication Trump was telling people that Carson “had a lot of medical malpractice suits” and “almost killed a guy.”
...
At key moments during the GOP primary the Enquirer has helped boost Trump’s campaign by attacking his rivals and fawning over him. Two weeks after Trump launched his campaign in mid-June, the Enquirer reported that Jeb Bush was “involved in the drug trade in Florida” in the '80s and that, as governor, he was plagued by “sleazy cheating scandals … [with a] Playboy Bunny turned lawyer.” In September, the Enquirer published an unflattering photograph of Bush’s adult daughter apparently taking cigarette breaks at her office. The article hit just days after Jeb told Americans they needed to work longer hours.

Carly Fiorina has also been slimed. After the former Hewlett-Packard CEO bested Trump at the second GOP debate last month, the Enquirer ran an article headlined “Homewrecker Carly Fiorina Lied About Druggie Daughter.” The article attacked one of Fiorina’s best moments at the debate: her emotional account of her daughter’s struggle with drug addiction. “The National Enquirer has exclusively learned that Lori Ann Fiorina, who died in October 2009, was in fact Carly’s stepdaughter,” the tabloid reported. “She was brought up not by Carly but by her biological mom, Patricia Fiorina, whose marriage allegedly was wrecked by the 61-year-old White House hopeful who is determined to knock Donald Trump from his superior front-runner status!”
...
Meanwhile, Trump has been exclusively celebrated in the Enquirer’s pages. As talk of a Trump candidacy heated up last winter, the tabloid published an article headlined “Trump’s the One!” that reported him leading in the polls. In September, the Enquirer published a three-part series by Trump himself under the headline “The Man Behind the Legend!”

Trump’s scandal-filled personal life would be yuge! for the supermarket tabloid, but to the Enquirer, it seems, friendship is forever.

narciso

yes, and the newyork magazine has printed lies by rosencrantz and guildenstern, issued apologias for the ground zero mosque, etc etc,

DebinNC

I just hope Cruz fesses up before the WI primary if the allegations are true. If untrue, I'd expect him to be currently directing dire threats at the NE non-stop. Have I missed that?

DebinNC

From BC's Greatest Hits: "These allegations are false, and I need to go back to work for the American people." So far I sense the same "I can weather this storm" vibe from Cruz, instead of that of an innocent man wronged and bent on proving it.

Cecil Turner

I'm not going to delve into this stuff too deeply, but . . . In the first place, the burden of proof belongs to those making the claim.

Secondly, apparently three of the "mistresses" are identified from their photos and are public figures (Katrina Pierson, Sarah Isgur Flores, and Amanda Carpenter). I find this dubious, and darned convenient for a tabloid trying to avoid a libel suit.

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