Gret Stet Senator John Neely Kennedy continues his tiresome fake idiot/cheapskate routine: I'm pleased to see that @POTUS is canceling an across-the-board pay raise for civilian federal govt workers. Earlier this summer, I tried to accomplish this in Congress by submitting an amendment in the Approps Cmte. However, my amendment was rejected 2-29 https://t.co/EQrds2jwtp — John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) August 30, 2018 This is, of course, genuine political imbecility. This could cost the Republicans several GOP-held House seats in Virginia and Maryland. The RNC is already considering cutting Virginia’s Barbara Comstock, who objects to this move, loose. Thanks, Donald. I wonder … Continue reading Everybody Plays The Fool: My Senator Tweets
Paul Drake is the king of eye crud. We clean the corners of his eyes at least thrice daily. That’s why we call him an Eye Rock Star: The picture was taken by Dr. A and she suggested the title … Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Eye Rock Star
I have a dream that some day soon we will have a normal news cycle. Every time I step away from the computer and/or iPhone to focus on personal and/or local news, all hell breaks loose. (It also makes me … Continue reading First Draft Potpourri: Of Violence, Wise Guys & Peckerwoods
…but, the midterms are pretty much about him. This guy. CPOTUS. Couch Potato in Chief (via) Cable television news hosts and commentators are among the first voices that Trump hears in the morning and the last he listens to at night. Now he is increasingly relying on those voices in making decisions — often running afoul of his actual advisers in the process. … Stuart P. Stevens, a Republican political consultant and writer who was Mitt Romney’s senior strategist in the 2012 presidential election campaign, decried Trump’s reliance on the “insane feedback loop of Fox.” “Here’s a guy who has … Continue reading Not That Anyone Needs Reminding…
Edgar Wallace was a prolific English writer who is best known as one of the screenwriters of the original King Kong, He could also be dubbed one of the founders of pulp fiction. Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Edgar Wallace
Reflections on the 13th Katrinaversary. Continue reading The Spirit Of ’05
There is no court of public opinion, rude things being said to you is not persecution, being demoted or reassigned for screwing something up at your job is not being victimized, take several seats lady: The Washington Post reports that Betty Jo Shelby, a police officer who in 2016 shot and killed an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is now teaching a course on how to deal with what she describes as “when a police officer is victimized by anti-police groups and tried in the court of public opinion.” Nothing happened to you. And they weren’t “anti-police” groups, they were anti-you groups … Continue reading ‘Anti-police groups’
What a load of horseshit: “It’s the year 2018, and with the way people review and expect to review information and news, we think we’re doing the right thing,” said Keith Wilkowski, vice president of legal and government affairs for Block Communications Inc., the company based in Toledo, Ohio, that owns the Post-Gazette, on June 27. “We will be publishing a (digital) newspaper seven days a week,” Wilkowski added. “And, frankly, we reach more people via online than through the print publication.” It’s the year 2018, and we’ve spent three decades devaluing the print product to make a short-term profit. We reach more people ‘via … Continue reading The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Will Reinvent for the Digital Unknown Future Market Conditions Via Online!
I don’t know about you but I expect the Insult Comedian to spew bile about the passing of John McCain any time now. You know he wants to. Thus far, he’s been quietly vindictive but given his lack of impulse … Continue reading Waiting For Mount Trumpberius To Erupt
Neil Simon, 1927-2018. Continue reading Neil Simon, R.I.P.
I’ll bet you’ve been waiting for days to see the Freeperati melt down over The Darnold’s Very Bad Day?
Wait no longer.
Manafort jury has reached a verdict on 8 of 18 counts
MSN News ^ | August 21, 2018 | MATTHEW BARAKAT, CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER
Posted on 8/21/2018, 3:37:40 PM by detective
Jury in Paul Manafort financial fraud trial says it’s reached a verdict on 8 counts, but remains undecided on 10 others.
The jury in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort suggested to the judge Tuesday that it was stuck on at least one count in the case.
Jurors asked U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III on their fourth day of deliberations how they should fill out the verdict form if they were unable to reach consensus on a single count, though they did not suggest what charge was at issue. The jury of six men and six women also said it would need a new verdict form.
To: Repeal 16-17
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Obama and Hillary sell uranium to our enemies and nothin is done.
Manafort is lazy in doing his tax returns and they send him to the slammer.
Please pardon this great patriot Mr President ! This is a politically(sic) witch hunt and we all know it
All this does is point out the obvious double standard that exists in our “justice” system.
… and OUR side is in charge!
I’d like to know why:
Trump isn’t firing Sessions.
And Sessions isn’t firing Rosenweasel
And Rosenweasel isn’t firing the seditious bastards in the FBI
and NONE of them are shutting down Mueller’s years-long witch hunt in an investigation WITHOUT A CRIME.
We’re IN CHARGE and the system is STILL allowed to carry on with all of its business-as-usual corruption! That’s what gets under my skin. I keep waiting for SOMEONE or SOMETHING to clean it out and it just doesn’t seem to happen. It’s always “oh, well… wait for THIS report” or “THAT report” or “Wait until after the election!” -— then it will be “Wait until after the Holidays!” then it will be “Wait until the new Congress is seated!” then a thousand other things – with “WAIT” being the key word in each one.
Come on, President Trump – DO SOMETHING.
To: detectiveNone of these charges have anything to do with Trump.
Well then, he has nothing to worry about, does he?
Yet by rooting for Manafort to be judged not guilty, folks here are basically making it about Trump. They are playing right into the hands of the Trump haters.
To: CJ Wolf
Yep, didn’t help my confidence in his innocence when he went that route.
While it does bother me that Clinton and company haven’t been taken to task, I’m not convinced Manafort wasn’t guilty here.
If he evaded taxes and got caught, Trump shouldn’t pardon him.
These two psychotic dingos are my favorites. Seriously, at least ten times a day I pick up Slade all WHO’S THE BEST BABY KITTY BABY?!!!! like a lunatic and rub my face in his fur while he purrs like he swallowed a motorcycle. Ada likes to sleep on my feet when I’m working from home and she’ll come up and take my phone out of my hands, as in pull on it with her kitten teeth until I put it down and pet her. We left them overnight recently (horror) and these were the faces we were greeted with when … Continue reading Sunday Catblogging
My grandma was healthy as a horse until age 86. Never had a cold. Never had the flu (never got a flu shot either). Used to make fun of us when we had headaches. She had three kids and did laundry by hand and was absolutely indestructible, health-wise. Until she wasn’t. I think the first thing was the compression fractures in her back. It might have been the appendicitis. There was a tumor biopsy in there somewhere, too. By the time the dementia kicked in, with its attendant falls and forgettings, she’d been in and out of hospitals more in … Continue reading A Full-Time Job
I went back to this story about the normalizing of relations between the U.S. and Vietnam last night hearing about McCain’s death, thinking that though we’re now pretending the Vietnam War never happened, it might be his (and Kerry’s) most significant accomplishment as lawmakers: In January, 1994, a Kerry-McCain-sponsored Senate resolution urged the President to lift the embargo. A few veterans mobilized in opposition, drawing the support of the American Legion and the Republican leadership. McCain’s sponsorship persuaded twenty Republicans to vote for the measure, which passed by a vote of sixty-two to thirty-eight. McCain said, “The vote will give the … Continue reading McCain & Vietnam
John McCain, 1936-2018. Continue reading John McCain, R.I.P.
It’s hot as hell in New Orleans. Anyone surprised? I’m certainly not.
The big local story remains the mess at the Sewerage & Water Board. The temporary head of the agency tried to give two employees raises but they were all forced out instead. Score one for Mayor Cantrell. She finally put some points on the board amidst an early rebellion by the City Council.
The SWB billing melodrama continues. One of the people caught up in that clusterfuck is my old friend Karen Gadbois who wrote about it in the online publication she co-founded, The Lens. Check it out. You may need to check your blood pressure after reading it.
The SWB saga poses the eternal question: where have you gone Ed Norton?
That concludes this impromptu edition of Album Cover Art Saturday. Time to go down the sewer with Norton:
This week’s theme song was written by John Hiatt for his classic 1988 album Slow Turning. Icy Blue Heart is one of the best “tears in your beer” weepers of all-time. We have John’s original followed by a cover by the sublime Emmylou Harris with Bonnie Raitt on backing vocals. The Bonster is pretty awesome too.
The opening lines of that song get me every time:
She came on to him like a slow moving cold front.
His beer was warmer than the look in her eyes.
Now that we’ve wept bitter tears, it’s time to dry off and jump to the break.
California Republican Duncan Hunter was the second Congresscritter to endorse the Insult Comedian. As if to confirm he’s one of Trump’s “best people,” he was indicted on the heels of corruption charges against the first Congresscritter to endorse Trump, Chris … Continue reading Malaka Of The Week: Duncan Hunter
We had a brief health scare with eleven year old Della Street. She was eating but had lost a fair amount of weight so she was a Bony Maronie cat. It turned out to be a thyroid problem. We pill Della … Continue reading Friday Catblogging: The Boxer
The first Manafort juror has spoken. It’s a Trump supporter who nonetheless voted guilty on all 18 counts despite loathing star witness Rick Gates. She revealed that there was one hold-out on the 10 counts on which a mistrial was … Continue reading The Legal Docket: Of Henry Fonda Wannabes & Flippers
The dread Sarah Huckabee Sanders trotted out some of her snappiest patter at Wednesday’s White House briefing. Yes, I’m being sarcastic although she does have a Bob Newhart-style deadpan delivery. Maybe she should try wearing a cardigan like Bob did as Dick the innkeeper in Newhart. It couldn’t hurt. Larry, Darryl, and his other brother Darryl already work in the West Wing alongside a wide variety of Dicks, after all. “Impeachment is the only message Democrats have going into the midterms. I think that the biggest contrast you could possibly make is the message of the Democrats, which is nothing … Continue reading The I-Word: Don’t Take The Bait
Source for this post’s title Whether recent events contribute directly to the end of Amateur Hour/The Apprentice POTUS Edition, they do keep it on the defensive…I think that’s a good thing (or is a wounded Trump a dangerous Trump? And, … Continue reading MAGA: My Attorney Got Arrested
All the talk about the Manafort jury got me thinking of this Mike Hammer tome. It was one of Mickey’s most popular books. If it had flopped, he would have had some Spillane-ing to do… Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: I, The Jury
I’m a political scandal junkie but I’ve never seen anything like the events of yesterday afternoon. The manic intensity of it conjured up images of magic 8-balls and the kids’ card game Crazy Eights, hence the featured image. It was … Continue reading The Fog Of Scandal: 8 Is The Magic Number
The Velvet Underground & Nico was born in controversy. There have been lawsuits up the wazoo over the years as well as Andy Warhol’s laughable claim to have produced the record. He knew nothing about the recording process so the … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: The Velvet Underground & Nico
Trump will be nearing the end of his 6th term, Weekend-at-Bernie’s style, as he gibbers and drools, and Official Washington will still be predicting that any moment Republicans will rise up and evict him from the Citadel: An inexorable decline is underway. Trump is learning about — and railing against — the limitations of his power. (He even had to cancel his proposed military parade.) But he cannot control himself. His demeaning tweets, his rampant lying, his compulsive attacks on the news media and his breathtakingly bratty behavior might thrill his base, but the rest of Washington is growing sick … Continue reading Here Comes the Turn, Any Minute Now
People have a phenomenal capacity: The welcoming committee is trying to ensure that families make their initial check-in dates, something they feel the government should be helping with but isn’t. But they’re also trying to show another face of America to the victims of the family separation policy. “The American public is going to step in where the government has failed,” said Alida Garcia, the coalitions and policy director for FWD.us, on a press call Tuesday. “It’s going to provide comfort and love and care to these families.” Sometimes comfort looks like an airplane ticket. Sometimes it’s an impromptu “Happy … Continue reading Not Everything Sucks
I haven’t done a potpourri post for quite some time. The events of last weekend were stinky enough to revive this malodorous blogging tradition. The only kind of potpourri I like is the Jeopardy category, which is odorless since William … Continue reading First Draft Potpourri: Of Quislings & McCarthyites
Morning, everybody! I have no idea how this edict slipped under my radar, but it doesn’t matter much, since the edict has been lifted!
ALEX JONES’ WRITTEN STATEMENT ON INTERNET CENSORSHIP
infowars.com ^ | August 8, 2018 | Alex Jones
Posted on 8/9/2018, 12:14:52 PM by Jim Robinson
This is a dangerous precedent that can be used against any ideology, left or right
Across the board in what appears to be a highly-coordinated effort to silence the message behind Infowars and Alex Jones, most major social media, backbone utilities associated with our web site and video platforms have launched unprecedented account bans and suspensions on virtually all of our channels.
Regardless of what you think of me, and what you have heard indirectly through third-party sources, you are clearly witnessing a 21st century purge of an ideology.
(500 words of “Blah blah blah poor pitiful me” bullshit snipped)
**************************IMHO: This is downright criminal what the left is doing to Alex Jones. I am therefore lifting the general restrictions we have on posting from infowars.com with the exception that we still do not want 9/11 type conspiracy nonsense posted to FR.
So – as long as the posters refrain from posting Alex Jones’ conspiracy theories, the ban on his bullshit is lifted?
This should be a very short thread.
Our long-standing general policy about no profanity, no personal attacks, no violence, no racism, etc, still stands. Alex Jones/infowars restrictions were in place on FR due to his 9/11 type conspiracy theories which we still do not want on FR.
To: Jim Robinson
To: WashingtonFire“They will come for all trump supporters next.”
You are absolutely correct! They are call us mentally ill.
To: Jim Robinsonrestrictions were in place on FR due to his 9/11 type conspiracy theories which we still do not want on FR.
He has other, more rational topics?
So much bullshit comes out of the Insult Comedian’s stupid bazoo that sometimes I tune him out. It’s one way to stay sane as the world goes mad. I missed the importance of something he said on Friday until the Guardian pointed out what should have been obvious: “I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad,” Trump said. “I think it’s a very sad day for our country. He happens to be a very good person, and I think it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.” On Saturday, with the jury recessed for the weekend before an expected … Continue reading Deep Jury Tampering Thought