Friday Night Open Thread

As expected following the media's publication of multiple unnamed law enforcement leaks concerning Stephen Silva, (background here) Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers have renewed their motion to determine the source of law enforcement leaks. I'm glad to see they complained about the leak I thought was the most egregious -- you can read the leak here. As I wrote:

....leaks by law enforcement that this is bad for Jahar because it shows he was more than an errand boy are just speculation. And incredibly out of line for law enforcement, who have no business opining to the media on the specifics and strength of any defendant's defense.

The defense wants to know what steps the Government took after the June hearing at which the judge expressed his concern about leaks to avoid future ones.

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12 hour cease-fire tomorrow.

I wonder what ISIS has been up to the past 2 days. I'll write about it later if there's anything new.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Video of a haboob.... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by desertswine on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:14:32 PM EST
    There's no mention of ... (none / 0) (#5)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:51:52 PM EST
    ... the ongoing haboob that's engulfed Arizona's state capitol for the better part of the past six years.

    More on (none / 0) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:42:31 PM EST
    the doomsday preppers. First of all one of them thinks that Obama shut down some kind of lead factory in Mo. I googled that one and apparently that was from George W Bush's EPA not Obama.

    Truthfully talk radio etc. has these people so worked up and hyped up on conspiracy theories that it's really scary.

    Ben Carson is going around saying that if another "progressive" gets nominated that it's going to be the end of America because they will get to appoint three more judges to the supreme court. What exactly these judges are going to do is beyond me. And how can anybody be more disastrous than the Roberts Court has been would be my question.

    How could it be more disastrous? (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:48:51 PM EST
    By replacing Kennedy with someone who votes with the other four ALL the time.  That's how.

    I have been wondering if this is really possible -

    WASHINGTON -- A top aide to President Obama said it's possible that Obama could be impeached by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

    I just saw a poll that said almost 60% of republicans want it.   Could they really be that insane?  It seems I am seeing many things as more possible that I once did.


    CNN/ORC poll (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:52:44 PM EST
    There's an obvious partisan divide, with 57% of Republicans but only 35% of independents and 13% of Democrats backing a move to impeach Obama.

    I think they should go for it. (none / 0) (#7)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:53:47 PM EST
    And then afterward, I'll make the popcorn and margaritas as we watch what happens to them at the ballot box.

    No (none / 0) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:57:48 PM EST
    I completely agree.  If it happens they say it's more likely after the election.  And much more likely if the republicans take control of the senate ( they won't ) but I have also read that lots in the house want to do it even if there is no chance of removal in the senate just to put an asterisk next to his name.

    If they do that the dems will take filibuster proof control of government in 2016.


    From our "So Stupid It Hurts!" file: (none / 0) (#3)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:45:29 PM EST
    Stephen A. Smith, ESPN analyst extraordinaire, tried to mansplain the issue of domestic violence for his audience this morning on that sports network's "First Take."

    Quite understandably, fellow ESPN analyst Michelle Beadle was not at all amused by her colleague's backhanded suggestion that female victims of domestic violence are somehow responsible for having provoked their men into committing battery.

    Lest you think that this was a rare instance when Smith inserted his foot into his own mouth and proceeded to swallow, please rest assured that today wasn't this clown's first encounter with Da Stoopid. Just three days ago, he took to the airwaves to defend former Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy, who has a well-documented history of homophobic remarks.

    Refusing to see as controversial Dungy's latest suggestion that he wouldn't have drafted openly gay football player Michael Sam because the former Missouri defensive back courts controversy, Smith instead bluntly told Dungy's critics, "Get over it!"

    Smith's ignorant statements took aback "First Take" co-host Skip Bayless, who immediately responded, "I'm shocked that you don't see the problem here. I'm truly, utterly shocked."

    Suffice to say that if there were awards handed out for vapid self-righteousness in journalism, Stephen A. Smith would definitely give the folks at Fox News a very serious run for their money.