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Not a good day for the Broncos, to say the least.
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Pre-game - SUPER BOWL XLVIIi SPECIALS - Who will Barack Obama pick to win the game? Denver
On the national anthem: SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - How long will it take Renee Fleming to sing the official US National Anthem? Over 2 minutes 25 seconds +150
SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will Knowshon Moreno cry during the singing of the National Anthem? No -140
On the coin toss - SUPER BOWL XLVIII - Coin Toss Tails -105
SUPER BOWL XLVIII - Will the team that wins the coin toss win the game? Yes
On the game result: Denver Broncos -2 1/2, Under 48
More on the flip.
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Best news yesterday: Obama is searching for inmates who could use a sentence commutation. Deputy AG James Cole said during a speech:
It is the department's goal to find additional candidates, who are similarly situated to the eight granted clemency last year, and recommend them to the president for clemency consideration,"
Candidates for clemency would include inmates who have had clean records in prison, do not present a threat to public safety and are facing excessive sentences, according to the speech.
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R.I.P. Pete Seeger, who has died at age 94.
Yesterday's Supreme Court unanimous decision in Burrage is here. The Court ruled that the enhanced penalty for someone who provided drugs to a person who later died after ingesting multiple drugs only applies if the Government proves that but for the particular drug the charged person provided, the person would not have died. In other words, a "but for" test, not a contributing factor test. While this case is about a drug dealer, I think it could also affect some pain doctor cases. [More...]
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I was on with David Waldman for most of the 2 hours today of Daily Kos Radio. We talked about Christie, Richard Sherman, and other matters.
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In case you are wondering, I like the Pats (+5 1/2) (and on the moneyline (+200)) and the Niners (+3) (+110) today.
In soccer, Chelsea, Athletico Madrid and Barcelona are my choices.
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Hello all. While I haven't written a post in a year, I did rant about Benghazi and Bridgeghazi this morning on Daily Kos Radio. You can listen at this link. I start around the 41-42 minute mark. I rant for about 45 minutes.
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I'm working on a long post about the DEA and Sinaloa cartel, which I reported on at length in 2011 in a post called "The DEA and Mexican Drug Cartels: The "Snitch and Carry On" Tactic."
I'm not sure there's anything really new in the El Universal report, but I managed to write a 4,000 word draft about it anyway. I'm definitely going to edit it down before posting.
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The Golden Globes: Breaking Bad wins Best TV Drama, Bryan Cranston wins Best Actor. In a surprise win, Robin Wright wins Best Actress for House of Cards over Julianna Margolies for Good Wife. Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor in a movie (Dallas Buyers' Club) and Jon Voight won best supporting for TV (Ray Donovan.)
[Added:] Diane Keaton was absolutely stunning. She just lit up the screen as she gave a tribute to Woody Allen, who received the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award.
A new season of Shameless begins tonight on Showtime. Also on : Downton Abbey and the Good Wife.
More news: AMC announced Better Call Saul will start in November.
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It sure is cold outside, but the view from my living room was very pretty today.
I've been mostly reading news from Mexico today. The papers there have been filled the past few days with revelations that the DEA made deals with top Sinaloa cartel members to provide information about rival cartels in exchange for immunity and the freedom to continue their illegal activities. This is about the case of Jesus Vincent Zambada-Niebla, awaiting trial in Chicago. I'm not sure why the Mexican papers are just picking it up now -- it was news in the U.S. in 2011. Here's a long post I wrote about the case and the DEA's "snitch and carry on" policy. It's an interesting question whether Humberto Loya-Castro, the Sinaloa lawyer who became a DEA informant and provided information about rival cartels for years to the DEA, and who set up a meeting in Mexico City between the DEA and Zambada-Niebla, at which Zambada-Niebla claimed the DEA offered him the same deal as Loya (become a snitch against rivals and continue on without fear of busts) was not so much an informant as an agent of the Cartel.
Snitch and receive a get out of jail free card pales in comparison to snitch, stay in business and be free from arrest. The DEA used the same strategy in Colombia when targeting Pablo Escobar. It's called "Divide and Conquer."[More...]
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[Bump and Update from Friday. Thanks to those of you who donated over the weekend, I'll be sending thank you e-mails later this week.]
New Years is always the time I re-assess blogging. Should I continue? Have I been doing this too long? (TalkLeft has been publishing daily for 11 1/2 years.) Should I keep paying hundreds of dollars a month for a dedicated server? Should I pay thousands on a professionally done site overhaul to get it off Scoop and onto Wordpress or another blogging platform? Should I go back to taking ads or start charging for full, premium access? Should I keep the site as is but invest in making a mobile version of the site, compatible with mobile devices?
I've finally made a few tentative decisions. I want to keep blogging. I don't want to charge people for reading the site or clutter the site with ads. I want to be done with Scoop and move to Wordpress. I want to be able to write using easy to read Google-type fonts. I want to stop having to check for spammer registrations every few days. I don't want to keep paying hundreds of dollars a month to keep the site going.
So changes are coming, here's what's in store: [More....]
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