Never pass up a chance to sit down or relieve yourself. -old Apache saying

Sunday, December 16, 2018

closing the blog

The time has come to close this blog. Over the last year, I have been unable (or unwilling) to keep it up to date. I keep falling behind by a week, two weeks, and then throw together a bunch of posts to keep it up to one post per day, which is a little silly.

I would have thought that once I retired I would have more time to devote to the blog, but it hasn't turned out that way. Indeed, I fall further and further behind and it becomes a bit of a chore.

Considering that this blog never reached much in views or circulation, this is no big loss. Maybe I will change my mind and resurrect it later, or start another one, but for now, it's hasta luego.

Good luck America. With Trump at the helm, we're going to need every break we can get.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

Frank Zappa

In honor of Frank Zappa's birthday month, a rather obscure "tune" from Frank: "It Can't Happen Here". Can it?

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Lucinda

Our island neighbor, Lucinda Wierenga, recently traveled to Huntington Beach, California, and built some amazing sandcastles inside the Hyatt hotel there. See the video below. We took a recent sandcastle class from Lucinda here on the island and got a good up-close look at how hard this really is!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

17 Investigations!

It sure feels like Trump is going down. If there is any justice in the world, he is going to go down hard, and he will take his kids with him. Talk about a CRIME FAMILY!! If Trump was a nice guy, he MIGHT engender some sympathy, but this guy is just the worst of the worst.

from Wired magazine

A COMPLETE GUIDE TO ALL 17 (KNOWN) TRUMP AND RUSSIA INVESTIGATIONS

WHILE POPULAR MEMORY today remembers Watergate as five DNC burglars leading inexorably to Richard Nixon’s resignation two years later, history recalls that the case and special prosecutor’s investigation at the time were much broader; ultimately 69 people were charged as part of the investigation, 48 of whom pleaded guilty or were found guilty at trial.
After three weeks of back-to-back-to-back-to-back bombshells by federal prosecutors and special counsel Robert Mueller, it’s increasingly clear that, as 2018 winds down, Donald Trump faces a legal assault unlike anything previously seen by any president—at least 17 distinct court cases stemming from at least seven different sets of prosecutors and investigators. (That total does not count any congressional inquiries, nor does it include any other inquiries into other administration officials unrelated to Russia.)
While the media has long short-handed Mueller’s probe as the “Russia investigation,” a comprehensive review of the cases unfolding around the president and the question of Russian influence in the 2016 campaign harkens back to another lesson of Watergate: Deep Throat’s dictum, “Follow the money.”
More than two years in, the constellation of current investigations involves questions about foreign money and influence targeting the Trump campaign, transition, and White House from not just Russia but as many as a half-dozen countries. Prosecutors are studying nearly every aspect of how money flowed both in and out of Trump’s interconnected enterprises, from his hotels to his company to his campaign to his inauguration. While President Trump once said that he’d see investigations into his business dealings as crossing a “red line,” it appears that Trump himself obliterated that line, intermingling his business and campaign until it was impossible for prosecutors to untangle one without forensically examining the other.
Obviously, some of these investigations below may—or will—eventually overlap. Many of the players, particularly those like Michael Cohen, may end up central to multiple cases. And the existence of an investigation does not necessarily mean convictions will follow.
There’s also plenty we don’t know about who else Mueller and other investigators might have in their sights, or who might be cooperating. There’s even a special mystery witness Mueller was fighting in court last week. Notably, most of the open investigations involve known cooperators, not to mention likely millions of documents, telephone calls, recordings, emails, communications, and tax returns assembled by the special counsel and other prosecutors.
Here’s a complete rundown of the various known investigations targeting Trump’s world from local, state, and federal prosecutors:
You will have to click the "Original" link below to see the detail on each item.
Investigations by the Special Counsel
1. The Russian Government’s Election Attack
2. WikiLeaks
3. Middle Eastern Influence
4. Paul Manafort’s Activity
5. The Trump Tower Moscow Project
6. Other Campaign and Transition Contacts With Russia
7. Obstruction of Justice
Investigations by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York
8. Campaign Conspiracy and the Trump Organization’s Finances
9. Inauguration Funding
10. Trump SuperPAC Funding
11. Foreign Lobbying
Investigations by the US Attorney for the District of Columbia
12. Maria Butina and the NRA
Investigations by the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
13. Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova
14. Turkish Influence
Investigations by New York City, New York State, & Other State Attorneys General
15. Tax Case
16. The Trump Foundation
17. Emoluments Lawsuit
Mystery Investigation Underway by Unknown Office
Redacted Case #2: A second redacted Flynn investigation could be one of the other investigations mentioned here, could represent another as-yet-unknown unfolding criminal case, or could be a counterintelligence investigation that will never become public.
Status: Unknown.
Unrelated Criminality Pursued by Other Offices
Identity Theft Cases: The special counsel charged Californian Richard Pinedo with identity theft stemming from the efforts of the Internet Research Agency to create online fake identities. According to prosecutors, Mueller also uncovered through Pinedo other criminal activity, unrelated to Russia, which has been referred to other offices for ongoing investigation. This approach is consistent with Mueller’s conservative interpretation of his own mandate, only holding on to cases that directly inform the core questions of his case.
Status: Investigation ongoing.