Monday Madness and Open Thread

Sorry for the lack of blogging the last several days, but every time I read the news, there is so much more Trump madness I get too disgusted to write about it.

This weekend I watched Kate del Castillo's "The Day I Met El Chapo" a three part documentary on Netflix. Sean Penn wanted to block it saying it would endanger him. Then he said she was a fame seeker and her version was a lie. He told his version, why can't she tell hers? Anyway, it's very good -- I ended up watching the whole thing twice. To me, her version makes more sense.

Two weeks (or so) until the TL kids have their baby -- it's just flown by. I've cooked about 15 meals for them in my Instant Pot to freeze and eat after the baby arrives. It's been more far rewarding than blogging about Trump.

This is the last week (for real) of Senor de Los Cielos 5. (warning: auto-play video.) I really don't want Monica Robles to be killed. They should kill the monster Tony Pastrana instead.

Here's a new open thread, all topics welcome.

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    I'm with you (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Oct 23, 2017 at 02:36:32 PM EST
    on the disgusting part. I'm sick and tired of the chaos.

    Jeralyn, just out of curiosity, (none / 0) (#2)
    by NYShooter on Mon Oct 23, 2017 at 02:44:40 PM EST
    of all the drug Kingpins in Mexico & South America, what is it about Joaquin Guzman that has peeked your interest so much? Don't get me wrong, I love it. The exhaustive research and detail you've exhibited in your writings here, I've read every word....fascinating!

    Oh, and, your writing about what's happening in the Middle East......same thing. I know it's really, really complicated, and, it doesn't get many comments, but, I just want you to know I read it all. It's too complicated for me also (all those names of Syrian towns, cities, and, regions, Wow! Who can keep' em straight? Anyway, it's really, extremely important, what with so many entities involved: Syria, (the gov't, and rebels, both, pro & con Assad,) U.S.A., Russia, Iran, Turkey, Kurds, Iraq, Israel? Saudi Arabia? Now that the end is getting close (Mosul in Iraq, now Raqqa in Syria, liberated) and ISIS, seemingly, on the run.......dangerous times ahead. Everyone wants a "piece" of Syria's riches (mainly oil,) can't see how it ends peacefully.

    Sorry for the brown nosing, but, I don't care. I may only understand 1% but, I read 100%.

    Please,keep it up.

    thank you so much (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Oct 23, 2017 at 07:17:01 PM EST
    for your comment. I know those posts don't generate many comments here but it is gratifying to know someone reads them -- they take so many hours to research and write. Sometimes they are so complicated (factually) I end up not publishing them because I run out of time to proofread them and just save them on my computer.

    I've always been interested in the cartel dynamics because so much of my practice for so many years has been defending large drug trafficking cases. It's not just El Chapo but the entire Sinalaoa cartel and its spinoffs and wars I'm interested in -- and the deals given to cooperating traffickers.

    Sometimes, as with ISIS and some other cases I write about over and over, it's just the "sleuther" in me, and my personal need to fact-check the Govt. version and point out mainstream media sloppiness when they get it wrong.


    Jeralyn, thanks a bunch, (none / 0) (#9)
    by NYShooter on Mon Oct 23, 2017 at 10:50:44 PM EST
    I've been reading Colonel Pat Lang's Blog: Sic Semper Tyrannis........ LINK

    He sounds like he really know this stuff, and, the commenters all seem to be very knowledgeable.

    I try to keep up, maybe they'll come out with "Syria & The M.E. For Dummies."


    Kathy Griffin vs. Lisa Bloom (none / 0) (#3)
    by McBain on Mon Oct 23, 2017 at 04:19:46 PM EST
    This article suggests attorney Lisa Bloom might have broken attorney-client privilege in her feud with Kathy Griffin.
    Bloom's potentially unethical comments are as follows, "Her entire team (entertainment lawyer, criminal lawyer, and several others) approved in advance the statements she and I were going to make. Yet Kathy then during the press conference spontaneously chose to put aside the notes we had worked so hard on together. She said on camera `my notes are by the wayside and it's all off the cuff' and then ad libbed. I was sorry she made that choice..."


    Not so sure (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Oct 23, 2017 at 07:47:25 PM EST
    Kathie may have impliedly waived the duty of confidentiality and/or attorney client privilege by attacking Lisa's advice.

    "A client has a privilege to keep his conversations with his attorney confidential, but that privilege is waived when a client attacks his attorney's competence in giving legal advice, puts in issue that advice and ascribes a course of action to his attorney that raises the specter of ineffectiveness or incompetence."

    The Supreme Court has recognized this rule for well over a century.   See Hunt v. Blackburn, 128 U.S. 464, 470-71, 9 S.Ct. 125, 32 L.Ed. 488 (1888) ("When Mrs. Blackburn entered upon a line of defense which involved what transpired between herself and [her lawyer,] she waived her right to object to his giving his own account of the matter.").  


    The buzz in Hawaii all weekend ... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Oct 23, 2017 at 05:20:03 PM EST
    ... and continuing into today has centered around the long-simmering and now-burgeoning public corruption scandal which has quickly enveloped the upper echelons of the Honolulu Police Dept. and the City Prosecutor's office.

    A 30-month-plus federal investigation culminated last Friday morning in the arrest of former Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife Katherine, who's the Deputy City Prosecutor, by FBI agents at their Kahala home. This followed their indictment on 20 felony counts by a federal grand jury the previous afternoon.

    I've written about this story several times here over the last 20 months or so, because as a longtime veteran of public service myself, the issue of public corruption is a real sore point and very big deal with me. The question now looming over the City and County of Honolulu is how far the federal probe will go.

    Acting U.S. Attorney Alana Robinson of San Diego, who's overseeing the investigation, said bluntly at Friday's press conference, "We're not done here." And Paul Delacort, FBI Special Agent-in-Charge in Honolulu, intimated the same:

    "'This is far more than a case about a stolen mailbox,' [Delacourt] said. 'This is an ongoing investigation that began following the mistrial of Gerard Puana and subsequent allegations that Honolulu police officers falsified evidence and testimony in that investigation. The investigation thereafter uncovered much more.'"

    Local criminal defense attorney Victor Bakke speculated that federal investigators are now seriously scrutinizing City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro, who went so far out of his way to cover for his No. 2, Katherine Kealoha, that even those of us not hard-wired to the day-to-day machinations of local law enforcement couldn't help but take notice.

    "'The mailbox was just the fuse that lit this,' Bakke said. 'I think Kaneshiro created his own little mess by standing up for Kathy. That turned the spotlight onto him.'"

    Kaneshiro's purported influence over local federal law enforcement officials in this case was apparently such that jurisdiction over the investigation was subsequently transferred from the U.S. Attorney's office in Honolulu to its counterpart in San Diego.

    From my own personal standpoint, I have to say that last week's events couldn't happen to more deserving people than the Kealohas and Prosecutor Kaneshiro. This was a long time coming, and it's about f---ing time it happened.

    It's my considered opinion that the internal issues at HPD are so messed up, entirely new leadership from outside the Hawaiian Islands is likely necessary to clean up the department's rancid old-boy network, and nobody should be promoted to the post of chief who's presently from within HPD itself. That's how bad the present situation is.

    Further, given the events of the last four days, if members of the Honolulu Police Commission have any proper sense of administrative decorum, they'd scrap their now-thoroughly tainted current search for a new police chief altogether and restart the process again from scratch. And HPC Chair Max Sword, who's long been one of the people retarding the scene here, should step down altogether and enjoy his just-announced retirement from Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Inc.


    Max Sword (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Oct 23, 2017 at 05:45:19 PM EST
    sounds like an Avenger

    Trump "but" in. (none / 0) (#6)
    by KeysDan on Mon Oct 23, 2017 at 06:16:30 PM EST
    The sentencing hearing of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was postponed today until Wednesday.  In the past Trump has described Bergdahl as a "dirty rotten traitor. and called for him to executed by firing squad or thrown from a plane minus a parachute."

    In the Rose Garden, on Oct 16, Trump said he "could not talk about the case, BUT, he added, I think people have heard my comments in the past."  

    Prosecutors claimed Trump was distancing himself in the Rose Garden and that the "but" did not undermine that attempt.  The military judge remarked that there is a vital interest in maintaining confidence in the military justice system.

     Those past comments of the but part, were made while Trump was a candidate, but by alluding to them recently, as president, may have reactivated his position. Bergdahl pleaded guilty last week to misbehavior before the enemy and desertion. He spent five years in Taliban jail, in a cage and as tortured.