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The predicted "arctic freeze" in Colorado has begun. It is really cold, and just started snowing. It's a perfect night to stay in and watch the premiere of El Chema on Telemundo. You can watch the first 20 minutes here.

The recount in Michigan is a mess. More here.

Two Colorado electors have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to be relieved of the obligation to vote for Hillary Clinton on Dec. 19. They are hoping to vote for someone else in an attempt to keep Donald Trump from being named President. The complaint is here.[More...]

Libyan militias cheered the clearing of ISIS from Sirte today. It's not the end of ISIS in Libya, but it's progress. From the AFP:

International Crisis Group analyst Claudia Gazzini said ­jihadists who escaped from Sirte had probably moved south to Sebha, closer to Libya’s borders with Algeria and Niger. Others from the group are believed to be operating in Benghazi and possibly in and around Tripoli. “Despite the demise of ISIS in Sirte we cannot rule out that they will continue to have cells in other parts of the country,” Dr Gazzini said.

President Obama gave a speech on counter-terrorism and GW University's Program on Extremism issued this new paper on the topic, reminding people ISIS is but one group, and there are plenty of other terrorist groups planning on attacks in the U.S. It crunches the numbers on those charged with terrorism in the U.S.

During the study’s sample period, from the beginning of the Syrian uprising in March 2011 to July 31, 2016, 178 people we charged in America with jihadist-inspired terrorist offenses. Of these cases, 79 were charged with offenses unrelated to IS.

...52 of the 79 individuals charged with non-IS-related jihadist terrorism offenses are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Four are refugees, two were in the country illegally when arrested, and one was in the U.S. on a student visa.

In Oakland, the "refrigerator theory" I reported yesterday is gaining traction as a potential cause of the tragic fire.

If you must have some Donald Trump news, he has fired Michael Flynn's son from the transition team for spreading fake news.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    So Flynn's son gets fired ... (none / 0) (#1)
    by Yman on Tue Dec 06, 2016 at 10:29:01 PM EST
    ... for doing the same thing (pushing false "news" stories on Twitter) that his father and the Donald do regularly?

    Heh.

    It has been posited that ... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Dec 07, 2016 at 01:31:05 AM EST
    ... Flynn, Jr. was actually in charge of Dad's Twitter account and has been doing the tweeting for him, which of course doesn't excuse the incoming National Security Advisor by any means since it's his name that's on the account and masthead, and not Junior's.

    That said, like father, like son.

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    The Justice Dept,'s anti-trust division ... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Dec 07, 2016 at 03:02:32 AM EST
    ... has formally approved Alaska Airlines' $2.6 billion acquisition of Virgin America, subject to federal court approval. That action clears the way for Alaska to become the nation's fifth largest air carrier after American, United, Delta and Southwest, with major hubs in Seattle (where the company's HQ is located), San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX), and secondary focus cities in Anchorage, Portland and San Diego.

    When I first moved to Seattle in the fall of 1979 for my freshman year at the University of Washington, Alaska Airlines was strictly a small regional carrier servicing ten Alaskan cities and towns out of Seattle.

    That year was also the first year of airline deregulation in the United States with the abolition of the Civil Aeronautics Board, and Alaska Airlines made its first efforts at expansion into the California market with service to San Francisco, Burbank and Ontario. Fast forward 37 years, and with its Virgin America purchase just about completed, this is what Alaska's route network now looks like. Its growth over the years has been steady, measured and impressive.

    It will also be interesting to see what Hawaiian Airlines has planned for its own expansion, once it takes delivery of its 18 new Airbus A-321 aircraft starting this coming January to complement its existing overseas fleet of 24 A-330 and 17 B-767 widebody aircraft, and its 20 B-717 aircraft which the airline uses exclusively on its interisland routes. Word has it that Hawaiian will aggressively expand service to Asia and the U.S. west coast as a means to appeal to business travelers in the growing Pacific Rim market.

    That said, the top four U.S. carriers still account for 80% of the domestic travel market. Despite Hawaiian's success in slicing off a significant portion of business on lucrative Hawaii-U.S. mainland-Asia routes, United Airlines remains our state's dominant carrier with a nearly 60% share, and it is the only airline providing nonstop service to the west coast from my hometown of Hilo.

    We seriously need more robust competition, not less, within the airline industry. While major U.S. cities do enjoy that competition which results in fairer pricing for local travelers, our country's smaller cities, towns and communities are often at the mercy of one carrier which has carved out and guarded its near-stranglehold on service, and it can charge whatever fares it wants.

    Aloha.