Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



The Stable Genius on Hurricane Florence:

“One of the wettest we’ve ever seen, from the standpoint of water.”

Friday, September 21, 2018

I cant' stop laughing!

Internal GOP Poll: 

Pelosi Beats Trump in a Head-to-Head Matchup 

 The Democratic leader is a frequent Republican target, but an RNC poll shows she’s more popular than the president.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

When White People Loot.

When BLACK people do it, it's "looting."
When WHITE people do it, it's salvage.
We learned that in NOLA in '05.

North Carolina
White Americans entering closed retail establishments in order to take whatever they want.
When Black or Spanish Americans do the same thing, it’s on every news channel and they are called looters rioting.  This is called White Privilege.

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Tom Clay, Jr.:

 "Maryland has no statute of limitations on sexual assault but that is not the end game Dr. Ford is after. She wants an FBI investigation because that would put Kavanaugh in the position of talking to the FBI about it. If he lies to the FBI, that puts him in legal jeopardy. He has retained a very powerful defense attorney as of last night. 

 Now he can say he wasn't there publicly or that this is a fantasy of her's but he can't say that to an FBI agent. He can say he was drunk and doesn't remember anything but that is not going to change the fact that she told her therapist 5 years ago about this incident and how it traumatized her. Republicans are now between a rock and a hard place because Kavanaugh can't talk to the FBI and if he does not talk to them or if the White House does not order the FBI to look into this, he looks more guilty. 

Dr. Ford is more than willing to tell the FBI everything, under oath. That lends a lot of credibility if she is willing to go under oath while insisting on an FBI investigation. Those notes to her therapist are devastating to be sure. Republicans thought they'd just haul her up to congress and Anita-Hill her but oh no old men, she's not playing that. You get the FBI to investigate this or you get nothing. 

Kavanaugh didn't hire the best lawyer he could for no reason. There's entirely too much secrecy behind this rapey prick. There is no way the White House is going to tell the FBI to do an investigation if they know Kavanaugh is going to take the 5th. He is going to withdraw or Trump has to throw him under the bus. He may very well lose his job on the court of appeals. If they don't cut him loose, there will be a tsunami on November 6th."

Monday, September 17, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh accused of sexual assault.

In 1987, Ronald Reagan placed Douglas S. Ginsburg's name in nomination to replace Lewis F Powell, Jr., on the SCOTUS. During confirmation hearings, Judge Ginsburg admitted to having smoked marijuana while in college. That resulted in Ginsburg voluntarily withdrawing his name. When Ginsburg was in college, it was illegal to smoke marijuana.

Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of attempted sexual assault when he was a high school student by a woman whose story will probably be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

It should not matter that this happened while Kavanaugh was in high school. Attempted rape is a crime and there should be no statute of limitation on it. If smoking weed was enough to have Judge Ginsburg withdraw his name from consideration for the SCOTUS, Kavanaugh's worse alleged crime should disqualify him. 

At the very least this will send a message to all young men and those Americans who think "boys will be boys," and that it's okay to try to rape a young woman when intoxicated. It isn't. Kavanaugh should take responsibility  for what he did. He got away with a crime in high school, but now he should pay the price, just like Judge Ginsburg did. 

Kavanaugh should withdraw.

Woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault speaks out in account published by Washington Post

California professor, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about her allegation of sexual assault 

 Earlier this summer, Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic lawmaker alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago, when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. Since Wednesday, she has watched as that bare-bones version of her story became public without her name or her consent, drawing a blanket denial from Kavanaugh and roiling a nomination that just days ago seemed all but certain to succeed. 

 Now, Ford has decided that if her story is going to be told, she wants to be the one to tell it. Speaking publicly for the first time, Ford said that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend — both “stumbling drunk,” Ford alleges — corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Manafort: "Hey Trump! How do you like me now?"

A few weeks ago, Trump called Manafort a "brave man" because he didn't cooperate with federal investigators, but today Manafort flipped.

Does President Unindicted Co-conspirator still think he's brave?

This is a big deal!

WASHINGTON ― Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty on Friday to two charges involving a wide range of criminal conduct as part of a plea deal and has agreed to cooperate with the special counsel probe being led by Robert Mueller. President Donald Trump has previously discussed pardoning Manafort with his attorneys, but an agreement to cooperate with Mueller’s team could put a potential pardon in jeopardy. 

Trump had previously stated his distaste for “flipping” and said it “almost ought to be” illegal. Manafort, 69, appeared Friday in federal court in Washington, where he pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice. The first charge covers a lot of criminal activity, including money laundering, tax fraud, failing to file reports about his foreign bank accounts, failing to register as a foreign agent and lying to the government. 

 Manafort was found guilty on eight counts last month following a separate federal trial in Northern Virginia and still faced 10 additional counts there in addition to the charges he faced in Washington. The 10 counts in Virginia will be dropped as part of Manafort’s plea deal. 

 The plea deal states that Manafort “shall cooperate fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly with the Government and other law enforcement authorities identified by the Government in any and all matters as to which the Government deems the cooperation relevant.”

Gas explosions in three Massachusetts towns

The devastating Hurricane Florence has dominated the news, so you may have missed this horrendous story:

Series Of Gas Explosions Destroy Dozens Of Homes In Massachusetts

At least one teenager died and another 10 people were injured in the incident.

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A series of gas explosions an official described as “Armageddon” killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston on Thursday, forcing entire neighborhoods to evacuate as crews scrambled to fight the flames and shut off the gas. 

 Authorities said Leonel Rondon, 18, of Lawrence, died after a chimney toppled by an exploding house crashed into his car. He was rushed to a Boston hospital but pronounced dead there in the evening.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hurricane Florence

I'm sorry for the folks in North Carolina who have troglodytes representing them in their state. They should have taken to heart what astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson said:

"The great thing about science is that it is real, whether you believe it or not."

Now the folks who have idiots in their state legislature will suffer the consequences of ignoring what is real.

From The Guardian: 

 In 2012, the state now in the path of Hurricane Florence reacted to a prediction by its Coastal Resources Commission that sea levels could rise by 39 inches over the next century by passing a law that banned policies based on such forecasts. 

 The legislation drew ridicule, including a mocking segment by comedian Stephen Colbert, who said: “If your science gives you a result you don’t like, pass a law saying the result is illegal. Problem solved.”

Now that the North Carolina faces Hurricane Florence, it is important to remember that the state banned the use of climate science in determining public policy. This has widespread implications for infrastructure, construction, recovery, etc.