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    My LTE in the local paper (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by Repack Rider on Wed May 26, 2021 at 12:26:21 PM EST
    Here is the link. I didn't write the offensive headline.

    A Republican-led Congress spent five years conducting nine investigations into the 2012 events at Benghazi in Libya. The accusation was that the U.S. secretary of state failed to deliver troops to a remote consulate in time to prevent its invasion. Each investigation resulted in an acquittal and the call for another "investigation."

    On Jan. 6, the American commander in chief failed to deliver troops in time to protect the seat of government, even though thousands of troops were stationed within 10 miles. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who retreated to a secure space because he did not dare expose himself to the rioters who built makeshift gallows with a noose, says he does not believe this warrants an investigation.

    1 in 5 (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 27, 2021 at 09:40:29 AM EST
    A new PRRI-IFYC study finds that 15% of Americans agree with the QAnon statement that the U.S. government, media and financial worlds "are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who run a global child sex trafficking operation."

    And 20% agree with this statement: "There is a storm coming soon that will sweep away the elites in power and restore the rightful leaders."

    First Read: "It's hard to call something fringe when approximately one-in-five Americans believe these statements, especially one that true patriots `may have to resort to violence' to save the country."

    FTR only a tiny fraction of that actually believe any of it IMO.  For the rest it's a game for political advantage.

    True. Story (5.00 / 6) (#13)
    by KeysDan on Fri May 28, 2021 at 03:03:19 PM EST
    Trying to change a flight.   Thank you for flying Delta, your call is important to us.  All agents are busy serving customers.. your waiting time is 7 and 1/2 hours.

    Wow. (none / 0) (#14)
    by oculus on Fri May 28, 2021 at 08:53:25 PM EST
    A friend attempting business travel (none / 0) (#18)
    by Militarytracy on Sat May 29, 2021 at 10:19:07 PM EST
    Out of DC had to drive out of the DC area to get a flight out. Nothing available out of Dulles, Reagan, or BWI.

    Bee team work (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 29, 2021 at 05:44:10 PM EST
    Life Before Movies (5.00 / 3) (#26)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 30, 2021 at 06:24:52 PM EST

    What I did in the 80s

    My commercial/industrial animation reel from 1992

    Nice (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by jmacWA on Mon May 31, 2021 at 04:18:35 AM EST
    Things were so different then

    Sorry about (none / 0) (#30)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 31, 2021 at 07:24:58 AM EST
    The crappy quality and moire.  I recorded it with the iPad off the screen from and old dusty VHS.

    Good for you, for (none / 0) (#34)
    by Peter G on Mon May 31, 2021 at 10:52:51 AM EST
    preserving it.

    54 in favor, 35 opposed. (5.00 / 1) (#67)
    by KeysDan on Wed Jun 02, 2021 at 09:23:22 AM EST
    The opposed have it.  So goes voting in the US Senate.  The Fascist Party was apparently betwixt and between---for a New York minute.

    Allow the l/6 Investigation and keep their insurrection in the limelight, even though the Commission structure permitted them to sabotage the investigation. Or kill it off now, and hope it lands  down the memory hole. Easy call. What insurrection?

    But, following the Former Guy's directive may, as is so often the case, turn out badly for them. The structure of the 1/6 Commission did not hold out much hope for the kind of investigation needed. They, in their miscalculation, did not pick that low hanging fruit.

    Now, a House Select Committee, with subpoena power, will keep that dreaded limelight aglow, and may find something out not to their liking. Such as sedition all around--sort of a Murder on the Orient Express. Sure, the Fascist Party will attack the Commission's findings, but they would do that to any Commission's outcome with which they did not agree 100 percent. Only if the Commission determined Hillary did it, would they support any conclusions.

    F. Lee Bailey... crosses the bar. (5.00 / 1) (#79)
    by desertswine on Thu Jun 03, 2021 at 04:16:10 PM EST
    F. Lee Bailey, the theatrical criminal lawyer who invited juries into the twilight zone of reasonable doubt in defense of Patricia Hearst, O.J. Simpson, the Boston Strangler, the army commander at the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam and other notorious cases, died on Thursday in Atlanta. He was 87.

    He did not always win, however. He failed to keep Patty Hearst, the kidnapped publishing heiress, out of prison for her role in a bank robbery. He lost his insanity defense of the confessed Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo, and could not save himself from contempt of court citations, humiliating handcuffs and disbarment in 2001 for misappropriating millions.

    Mr. Bailey gained national attention in 1966, when he succeeded in reversing the murder conviction of Dr. Sam Sheppard, the Ohio osteopath whose case inspired the television series and movie "The Fugitive." Dr. Sheppard had been convicted in 1954 of bludgeoning his wife but steadfastly claimed that he had been knocked out in a struggle with the killer after he returned home to discover the body.

    In 1995, Mr. Bailey was part of the "dream team" of lawyers -- Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., Alan M. Dershowitz, Barry Scheck and Robert L. Shapiro -- who defended the former football star O.J. Simpson against charges that he killed his former wife, Nicole, and her friend Ronald L. Goldman in a ferocious knife attack. The prosecution case seemed overwhelming, but Mr. Bailey's cross-examination of Detective Mark Fuhrman was widely considered a key to acquittal.

    And much more...


    Did I ever know Shepherd was a D.O.? (none / 0) (#81)
    by oculus on Thu Jun 03, 2021 at 07:21:28 PM EST
    A slap in the face (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 26, 2021 at 03:19:17 PM EST
    "The mother of fallen U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick is asking to meet with GOP senators Thursday, ahead of an expected vote on the January 6 commission that so far is short of the 10 Republican votes needed to pass," CNN reports.

    Said Gladys Sicknick: "Not having a January 6 Commission to look into exactly what occurred is a slap in the faces of all the officers who did their jobs that day."

    I'd like to know (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by jondee on Wed May 26, 2021 at 08:28:17 PM EST
    who made the call to rush to judgement and officially declare 42-year-old Sicknick died of "natural causes" the day after the capital riot.

    Bad form (none / 0) (#24)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Sun May 30, 2021 at 02:51:17 PM EST

    It's bad form to contradict the baseless lie that he died from having his head bashed in with a fire extinguisher.

    Too many were desperate to believe the lie.


    Speaking of being desperate (5.00 / 3) (#25)
    by jondee on Sun May 30, 2021 at 05:28:07 PM EST
    to believe lies, do you agree that Biden won the election?

    Or are you still in extinguisher-throwing mode?


    Who's "baseless lie" is that? (5.00 / 3) (#28)
    by Yman on Sun May 30, 2021 at 09:16:14 PM EST
    Funny to watch Trump supporters pretend they don't like "baseless lies" after 4 years of pushing them ... including the Big Lie that lead to the Jan. 6th insurrection.  Their utter lack of self-awareness is stunning.

    All of this (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by KeysDan on Mon May 31, 2021 at 10:49:00 AM EST
    is readily apparent when the Republican Party is recognized and labeled a fascist party.

    The first rule of politics is... (5.00 / 1) (#35)
    by Repack Rider on Mon May 31, 2021 at 11:00:55 AM EST
    Republicans are lying.

    It's (5.00 / 1) (#37)
    by FlJoe on Mon May 31, 2021 at 02:44:45 PM EST
    not so much the lying, thats a given, it's the wild abandonment in which they engage in it.

    There is some truth in the old adage that all politicians lie but that was tempered by their fear of getting caught at least in the short to mid time range.

    Republicans have lost all fear of getting caught, they are shameless, it's their superpower IMO.


    I thought we just had to survive (none / 0) (#3)
    by Militarytracy on Wed May 26, 2021 at 07:56:18 PM EST
    The cicada hatch, some noise, dodge a couple flying directly at your head, but nope. Now they are going to pee on our heads and we'll probably think it's raining.

    A friend (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu May 27, 2021 at 05:32:00 AM EST
    of mine lives in N. VA and she videoed the cicadas and put it on Facebook. They are driving her nuts. Her husband has a sound meter and said they measured 7 decibels.

    Either we are too far south or they haven't made it here yet because so far we haven't had any.


    We used to have a cat, (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by desertswine on Fri May 28, 2021 at 01:18:00 PM EST
    some years ago, who would sit under a tree in the backyard, and when the cicadas would emerge from the ground, would jump on them, and eat them.

    We have them, (none / 0) (#6)
    by Zorba on Thu May 27, 2021 at 08:34:42 AM EST
    And can hear them but their noise is not bad, at least so far.
    The neighbor's roosters (that start crowing at 4:30 AM) are a lot louder.  So are their goats.  
    But it's farm country, so chickens clucking, roosters crowing, ducks quacking, cows mooing, goats bleating, etc, are to be expected.

    The sound isn't really bothersome here either (none / 0) (#19)
    by Militarytracy on Sat May 29, 2021 at 10:27:23 PM EST
    But we have two very very mature trees around the two koi ponds and OMG. All sorts of husks and bodies. And if they fall into the pond before they shed, their bodies bloat with water and split open and they do look like shrimp. I don't know exactly what magic occurs after they shed, but they are very different floaters. I have skimmed net fulls out of the ponds. My husband says it smells like death and ammonia outside right now.

    Aliens (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Steve13209 on Fri May 28, 2021 at 12:37:28 PM EST
    I visited my daughter in Maryland last week and it was pretty bad. It was like I was in a SciFi movie with that constant eerie sound and the giant yellow-legged things with red eyes everywhere. Then there are the empty shells on virtually every vertical surface. Pretty disgusting...and I left before the egg-laying, larva dropping stage.

    We have coqui frogs. (none / 0) (#20)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun May 30, 2021 at 03:42:59 AM EST
    And they're year-round, not just once every two decades. We're used to them. Our visitors aren't.

    We (none / 0) (#21)
    by FlJoe on Sun May 30, 2021 at 11:37:07 AM EST
    have tree frogs that come out in the summer after rainstorms.

    Tiny things but they come out in the hundreds if not thousands and sing in unison all night long.


    Here too (none / 0) (#22)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 30, 2021 at 12:00:42 PM EST
    and it rains almost every afternoon here in spring and summer

    The coqui is kind of the national mascot animal (none / 0) (#23)
    by Peter G on Sun May 30, 2021 at 01:38:57 PM EST
    of Puerto Rico. I like the sound of their singing.

    Confirms something I have always said (5.00 / 1) (#72)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 03, 2021 at 08:28:46 AM EST
    about shrimp and lobster.  And crab and all those big bug looking things.

    "We have to say it," the FDA said in a tweet Wednesday. "Don't eat #cicadas if you're allergic to seafood as these insects share a family relation to shrimp and lobsters."

    One of my (none / 0) (#8)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu May 27, 2021 at 02:40:42 PM EST
    "Plandemic" neighbors here actually had COVID so bad she had to be put in the hospital. She's also an anti-vaxxer. I wonder if this will make her change her ways? I doubt it.

    This is CNN (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 28, 2021 at 07:56:32 AM EST
    17 years ago, as I recall, and probably (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Peter G on Fri May 28, 2021 at 09:24:24 AM EST
    34 years ago also, but I'm not as clear about that in my own mind, the cicadas were deafening and relentless. This year, we have yet to hear them. (Should I say, "So far, crickets"? Or would that be confusing?)

    No death sentence for Scott Peterson (none / 0) (#15)
    by McBain on Sat May 29, 2021 at 09:14:28 AM EST
    For now...
    A California district attorney said in a court filing Friday that she won't seek a new death sentence against Scott Peterson, convicted in 2005 of murdering his pregnant wife.

    The Stanislaus County district attorney's office said it would drop efforts to restore the penalty thrown out last year by the state Supreme Court. The DA said the decision was made in consultation with Laci Peterson's family.

    It's not clear if prosecutors could again seek the death penalty if there is a new trial and he was again convicted, said defense attorney Pat Harris, who is handling the death sentence portion of the case.

    I'd like to see a new trial. There was too much  media coverage and the jury wasn't sequestered for the first one.

    Breaking (none / 0) (#17)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 29, 2021 at 07:11:13 PM EST
    Lauren 'Calamity Jane' Boebert (none / 0) (#27)
    by jondee on Sun May 30, 2021 at 06:49:25 PM EST
    just spouted out with supreme confidence on some outlet that "zero people have died" in Texas from Covid since Abbot lifted the mask mandate. Meanwhile, back on planet earth, 3000+ people have died from Covid in Texas from since March 2nd.

    Good thing? Bad thing? (none / 0) (#31)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 31, 2021 at 08:11:58 AM EST
    "The longest-serving prime minister in Israeli history, Benjamin Netanyahu, faced the most potent threat yet to his grip on power Sunday after an ultranationalist power-broker, Naftali Bennett, said his party would work with opposition leaders to build an alternative government to force Mr. Netanyahu from office," the New York Times reports.

    "If the maneuvering leads to a formal coalition agreement, it would be an uneasy alliance between eight relatively small parties with a diffuse range of ideologies. The prime minister's post would rotate between two unlikely partners: Mr. Bennett, a former settler leader who rejects the concept of a sovereign Palestinian state and champions the religious right -- and Yair Lapid, a former television host who is considered a voice of secular centrists."

    The Washington Post reports Netanyahu called the plan "the fraud of the century."

    A one person grand jury (none / 0) (#32)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 31, 2021 at 09:53:45 AM EST
    "The ongoing Flint water case against former Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is relying on an investigative tactic so rarely used that some legal experts aren't familiar with it," the Detroit Free Press reports.

    "Known as a one-person grand jury, the process is cloaked in secrecy."

    "It involves the appointment of a single judge to review evidence out of public view and decide whether charges should be brought. In contrast to the way most criminal charges are brought, using a one-person grand jury alters how evidence is turned over to defense attorneys and delays their ability to cross-examine witnesses."

    Sidney Powell At it Again (none / 0) (#36)
    by RickyJim on Mon May 31, 2021 at 01:56:59 PM EST
    "He can simply be reinstated," Powell said of Trump during the conference. The crowd cheered loudly in response to her groundless claims.

    "And Biden is told to move out of the White House," the lawyer continued with a smirk on her face. "And President Trump should be moved back in. I'm sure there's not going to be credit for time lost, unfortunately. Because the Constitution itself sets the date for inauguration. But he should definitely get the remainder of his term and make the best of it. That's for sure," Powell insisted.

    Powell is facing a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems over her false claims about the company's alleged involvement in a plot to rig the election for Biden. In response to the lawsuit, Powell's attorneys said in a March court filing related to the defamation lawsuit "that reasonable people would not accept" Powell's statements about the 2020 election "as fact."

    Powell is cleverly reinforcing her legal defense (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by Peter G on Mon May 31, 2021 at 03:17:10 PM EST
    to the defamation suits, by making abundantly clear that nothing she says should be -- or could even be fairly understood as intended to be -- taken seriously as factual.

    Has That Strategy Ever Worked? (none / 0) (#40)
    by RickyJim on Mon May 31, 2021 at 04:40:18 PM EST
    It (none / 0) (#41)
    by FlJoe on Mon May 31, 2021 at 04:47:38 PM EST
    sure did for Tucker Carlson & Fox News
    Now comes the claim that you can't expect to literally believe the words that come out of Carlson's mouth. And that assertion is not coming from Carlson's critics. It's being made by a federal judge in the Southern District of New York and by Fox News's own lawyers in defending Carlson against accusations of slander. It worked, by the way.

    Just read U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil's opinion, leaning heavily on the arguments of Fox's lawyers: The "'general tenor' of the show should then inform a viewer that [Carlson] is not 'stating actual facts' about the topics he discusses and is instead engaging in 'exaggeration' and 'non-literal commentary.' "

    Not so sure that Judge Vyskocil's opinion (none / 0) (#42)
    by Peter G on Mon May 31, 2021 at 06:23:08 PM EST
    (she's a Tr*mp appointee and former Federalist Society member, btw) will hold up on appeal to the Second Circuit.

    The poetic license defense.. (none / 0) (#44)
    by jondee on Mon May 31, 2021 at 06:41:30 PM EST
    All Sydney wants is to return to her retired haunt where there's sermons in stones, books in running brooks and good in everything

    Flynn (none / 0) (#39)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 31, 2021 at 04:07:06 PM EST
    Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who served briefly as former President Trump's national security adviser, called for a Myanmar-like military coup in America at a QAnon conference in Dallas.

    The HuffPost notes Flynn also insisted that he's "not a conspiracy theorist," but then declared: "Trump won! He won! He won the popular vote, and he won the Electoral College vote."



    We should all pause (5.00 / 1) (#45)
    by jondee on Mon May 31, 2021 at 07:22:00 PM EST
    and take a moment to forget Gen Michael Flynn on this Memorial Day.

    Memorial Day trivia (none / 0) (#46)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 31, 2021 at 08:23:18 PM EST
    A new Economist/YouGov poll finds that 32% of Americans believe it to be a mistake or are unsure if it was the right decision to send troops to fight in World War II.



    How many of those Americans polled (5.00 / 2) (#47)
    by Peter G on Mon May 31, 2021 at 09:13:16 PM EST
    are sure they actually know what World War II was?

    I've never been polled (none / 0) (#48)
    by jondee on Mon May 31, 2021 at 09:46:14 PM EST
    but I've heard it can hurt.

    Seriously though, for all we know, Franklin Roosevelt maneuvering us into the war as part some globalist, liberal-progressive plot might be a new talk radio meme..

    I think Candace Owens said something like that apart from whole rounding-up-the-undesirables thing that Hitler was on the right track.


    Yes (5.00 / 1) (#50)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 07:12:01 AM EST
    I think it's part of the mainstreaming of fascism

    No coincidence (none / 0) (#51)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 07:45:55 AM EST
    32% is roughly the cult number.

    I checked again (none / 0) (#56)
    by jondee on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 06:29:16 PM EST
    turns out Candace never even mentioned the Nazi persecutions in her remarks -- apparently Hitler's only mistake was in being a "globalist." Globalism being a Bannon-speak concept the hard-right started parroting in 2016 without understanding what it meant, aside from the U.S being too welcoming to brown people.

    The chicken coup (none / 0) (#49)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 07:10:42 AM EST
    Michael Flynn is trying to take back his apparent endorsement of a violent military coup in the United States--despite his comments being caught on video.

    Benjamin Salomon (none / 0) (#43)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Mon May 31, 2021 at 06:36:49 PM EST
    It's Election Day... (none / 0) (#52)
    by desertswine on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 12:33:21 PM EST
    in NM for the replacement for the vacated seat of Deb Haaland who is now Sec. of Interior.  Turnout seems light.  We already voted last week for Democrat Melanie Stansbury.  She should win.

    Mélanie wins (5.00 / 1) (#62)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 09:48:46 PM EST
    woo hoo

    Looks like a blowout for Stansbury... (5.00 / 1) (#63)
    by desertswine on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 09:53:45 PM EST

    U.S. House - District 1
    Candidate                 Votes     Percent
    MELANIE STANSBURY Democrat   63,218    62.4%
    MARK MOORES Republican       34,107    33.7%

    73% reporting


    PWire (5.00 / 1) (#83)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jun 04, 2021 at 10:10:37 AM EST
    New Mexico GOP Blames Low Turnout for Election Loss

    June 4, 2021 at 10:05 am EDT By Taegan Goddard 142 Comments

    The New Mexico Republican Party explained their defeat in this week's special election: "Low voter turnout was a big factor. Republicans were angry from 2020 -- many questioned election integrity -- and stayed home."

    If Donald Trump continues to question election integrity, it could spell total disaster for Republicans in the 2022 midterms.

    You (none / 0) (#84)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jun 04, 2021 at 12:02:44 PM EST
    can already see that happening GA with my Rep. getting threatened with people staying home due to his support of Brian Kemp. Unfortunately my rep has been reelected by around 20 points lately. So I don't have a whole lot of hope that he will get booted out of office.

    Maybe no presidential commission (none / 0) (#53)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 05:08:46 PM EST
    I've seen enough to accept she knows what she is doing.  But the presidential commission sounded good to me.  Although they would just trash anyone Biden chose to serve.

    Pelosi Rules Out Biden Creating January 6 Commission

    June 1, 2021 at 5:46 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard 23 Comments

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi "is ruling out a presidential commission to study the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, telling House Democrats on Tuesday that having President Joe Biden appoint a panel is unworkable even after the Senate blocked an independent probe last week," the Associated Press reports.

    "Pelosi laid out possible next steps after Friday's Senate vote... The first option is to give the Senate another chance to vote on the commission."

    "The other options involve the House investigating the attack, meaning the probes would be inherently partisan."

    At this point (none / 0) (#54)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 05:32:37 PM EST
    with all the GOP looking like they want more insurrection I would just appoint a special counsel to investigate members of congress and the senate. So it sounds like Pelosi is going to have a select committee. She should take subpoena power away from the GOP and cut their microphones when they start gas lighting.

    I think it's time (none / 0) (#57)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 06:30:00 PM EST
    to take the gloves off with gutless democrats like Manchin.  Explain clearly to them that they might not win with only democrat votes but they damn sure won't win without democrat votes and if they don't get with the f*cking program we will be fine with an actual Republican who admits it.

    He seems so (none / 0) (#58)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 06:31:28 PM EST
    appreciative of Republican thinking he should be fine with that.

    Good start (none / 0) (#59)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 07:12:12 PM EST
    "I hear all the folks on TV saying why doesn't Biden get this done? Well because Biden only has a majority of effectively four votes in the House and a tie in the Senate, with two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends."

    -- President Joe Biden, quoted by CBS News.

    BS (none / 0) (#61)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 09:37:40 PM EST
    Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) told the Arizona Republic that she missed a procedural vote on a bill to establish a commission to study the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection because she had a "family matter."

    She did not elaborate.

    Yeah, so did Patty Murray, (none / 0) (#64)
    by leap on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 10:40:19 PM EST
    Turn it up (none / 0) (#65)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 02, 2021 at 07:31:34 AM EST
    Pressure Grows on Joe Manchin

    June 2, 2021 at 8:30 am EDT By Taegan Goddard 16 Comments

    "Democratic leaders and activists are urgently stepping up pressure on Sen. Joe Manchin to support legislation to fight Republican-led voting restrictions across the country, with party officials increasingly concluding that the battle over voting rights could come down to what the centrist Democrat from West Virginia does," the Washington Post reports.

    Nope (none / 0) (#82)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 03, 2021 at 10:00:42 PM EST
    Reinstated by August (none / 0) (#55)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 06:24:22 PM EST
    This is ridiculous of course but I think the choice of August might be a clue to what he knows is coming.  I think he expects to be indicted by August if not before.  Now he can say he was indicted to stop his impending reinstatement.  

    Her comments do not come in a vacuum either. A number of Trump toadies have made similar comments before and during the QAnon conference that was held in Dallas, Texas over the weekend.

    So this is the (none / 0) (#68)
    by KeysDan on Wed Jun 02, 2021 at 02:31:28 PM EST
    reason Trump's blog was ended in just two Scaramucci's --- to allow His Orangeness. to gear up for the rigors of his next insurrection.  This refutes those who question his beautiful business prowess claiming his blog went the way of Trump steaks and Trump vodka.  He is still big, the blogs got smaller.



    It must say something (none / 0) (#69)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 02, 2021 at 02:47:52 PM EST
    about the malleability of the public mind that if they actually have to do something beyond skimming FB and tweeter, like read a blog, they can't be bothered to do it.

    Makes the responsibility of those companies even more urgent.  People are ignorant sheep.  Spoon feeding them hate all day every day is a bad idea.   Generally.


    Yes, reading (5.00 / 1) (#70)
    by KeysDan on Wed Jun 02, 2021 at 03:10:17 PM EST
    is hard.  Easier to understand and remember if a cryptic tweet or a FOX talking point.  And, too, the Orange blog did not entertain comments. A big part of the drill is to respond to the liberal comments, so as to own them.  Makes their day.

    Mare goes out with a bang (none / 0) (#60)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 01, 2021 at 07:20:54 PM EST
    It was good

    The final episode of Mare of Easttown limited series drew four million viewers over the holiday weekend across HBO and HBO Max, with nearly three million viewers Sunday night (all platforms), marking a series high for both linear and digital, according to HBO. The finale also set the record as the most watched episode of an Original Series on HBO Max during its first 24 hours of availability, besting the finales of recent hits The Undoing and The Flight Attendant over the same period of time.

    Mare of Easttown also joins The Undoing as the only series in HBO's history to see consecutive growth week-to-week. Viewership still is expected to grow further via additional telecasts and digital viewing.

    I watched the series (none / 0) (#77)
    by MO Blue on Thu Jun 03, 2021 at 01:39:10 PM EST
    I thought it was very good. Kate Winslet was excellent. Hearing her talk as Kate Winslet rather than Mare of Easttown was fascinating.

    It was a nice surprise (none / 0) (#85)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jun 04, 2021 at 12:33:29 PM EST
    I usually know about something before I watch.  And honestly it did not look or sound like something I would like.  but I did.
    EMMYs are coming I think.

    Now I'm watching a three part adaptation of Death and Nightingales on STARZ that's very good.  And I just finished a series on EPIX called Condor which is a sort of remake of the movie Three Days of the Condor.  Which is very good.


    This svcks (none / 0) (#66)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 02, 2021 at 07:37:53 AM EST
    City On A Hill (none / 0) (#71)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 02, 2021 at 04:24:05 PM EST
    In a way (none / 0) (#73)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 03, 2021 at 10:43:48 AM EST
    I feel like I have won against the church goers and tee totalers of my little town after years of combat.

    we got our first head shop.  Right on Main Street

    And it's pretty deluxe. It pains me a little that the whole operation has been such big money capitalist story from beginning to end and not much like the utopia I imagined wide spread pot usage to bring.

    In fact the same person owns the head shop who owns the dispensary.  Good vibes: Hardy mother and daughter operate marijuana shops

    Good vibes. Whatever.  I'll take it.

    Weed should have been legalized... (5.00 / 3) (#76)
    by desertswine on Thu Jun 03, 2021 at 12:57:00 PM EST
    50 years ago.

    Our new city Mayor previously (5.00 / 1) (#78)
    by MO Blue on Thu Jun 03, 2021 at 01:44:45 PM EST
    was the Chief of Police. At a recent citizens meeting he announced the location of the upcoming marijuana dispensary. He laughed and said it wasn't very long ago that he was arresting marijuana users and now he is working to get a dispensary in our city.

    Sorry (none / 0) (#74)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 03, 2021 at 10:45:37 AM EST
    Really have not been there today yet (none / 0) (#75)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 03, 2021 at 10:49:35 AM EST
    Happy (none / 0) (#80)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 03, 2021 at 06:06:35 PM EST