Nine Was on the Money

Trump’s team is floating the idea of pardons, including self-pardons. Seeing what level of outrage it inspires. Starting the process of getting people used to it, in hopes that when he does it, at least his base will feel like it was a.) inevitable and b.) normal.

This along with his comments to the Times fawners about Sessions: Mueller must now be digging where Trump knows it hurts.


and yet another one…

Christ, it turns  out that Uday’s meeting that originally never happened was attended by yet another character from central casting, one Rinat Akhmetshin, a former Soviet military officer and nowadays a “Russian American lobbyist” whatever the hell that is.

Anyway, the latest defense narrative from Uday’s camp is that the meeting didn’t actually involve discussions about the promised dirt on HRC, and was such a “nothingburger” that Uday had ‘forgotten about almost before it was over”, which

from the department of good ideas

explains the previous assertions of  never having met any Russians at all, apparently.

But Brother Rinat says that narrative may also be, and I know this is hard to believe, somewhat economical with the truth ;

In his first public interview about the meeting, Akhmetshin said he accompanied Veselnitskaya to Trump Tower where they met an interpreter. He said he had learned about the meeting only that day when Veselnitskaya asked him to attend. He said he showed up in jeans and a T-shirt.

Veselnitskaya brought with her a plastic folder with printed-out documents that detailed what she believed was the flow of illicit funds to the Democrats, Akhmetshin said. Veselnitskaya presented the contents of the documents to the Trump associates and suggested that making the information public could help the campaign, he said.

“This could be a good issue to expose how the DNC is accepting bad money,” Akhmetshin recalled her saying.

Trump Jr. asked the attorney if she had sufficient evidence to back up her claims, including whether she could demonstrate the flow of the money. But Veselnitskaya said the Trump campaign would need to research it more. After that, Trump Jr. lost interest, according to Akhmetshin.

“They couldn’t wait for the meeting to end,” he said.

Uday is what my mother, who had a keen eye for snakes, would have called “a greasy wide-boy”.

By the time we get to the bottom of this I’d not be surprised to find the Rockettes were there too, as the opening act for Ted Nugent.


I mentioned the BBC Radio 3 ‘FLAC’ lossless compression stream a little while back, but it was turned off  almost at the same time. However, it’s back for the Proms Season, and broadcasting R3 live from this afternoon until (at least) the Last Night September 9th.

Click on the link above and you should get to the  ‘Radio 3 Concert Sound’ page; click on ‘Try it’ and you should see the player above. Though the pretty picture will probably change from time to time.

As before, you’ll need Firefox v.54 (for a Mac, anyway, or whatever a recent—post April 2017—Windows version is) since it’s still the only browser that includes the decoder. (I can’t test it yet, but I’m doubtful whether Firefox on an iPad will work. Didn’t earlier this year.) Believe me, it’s pretty good sound: a lot better than the iPlayer, better than DAB but not as good as my FM tuner . . .But then, my tuner’s the same as the one the Beeb used to use for off-air monitoring.

If you can cable up your computer to any good hi-fi* it’ll sound even better . . .

*Ideally from a co-ax or optical digital output on your computer to a digital-analogue converter for conversion to analogue sound to your hi-fi. Or just take the stereo analogue sound output from the computer. (I know nothing about Windows sound cards, but I do know Macs’ D-A converters are very good.) Or, listen on a pair of good headphones.

At some time, we are all going to have to register with the BBC to get at the iPlayer (I suspect this is leading to some kind of ‘Pay per View’ for people outside the UK) but as far as I can see, there’s no restriction on the FLAC stream.

Can’t resist: the first encore of this Proms season was Liszt’s piano transcription of the’Ode to Joy’ . . .received with (first laughter as 6,000 people realised what it was) and great applause . . .

An Illinois Trump?

United States Court of Appeals,Seventh Circuit.

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff–Appellee, v. Rita A. CRUNDWELL, Defendant–Appellant.

No. 13–1407.

    Decided: November 15, 2013

Before EASTERBROOK, KANNE, and TINDER, Circuit Judges.Joseph C. Pedersen, Attorney, Office of the United States Attorney, Rockford, IL, for Plaintiff–Appellee. Carol A. Brook, Attorney, Paul E. Gaziano, Attorney, Office of the Federal Defender Program, Chicago, IL, for Defendant–Appellant.

In 2011 a Commissioner of Dixon, Illinois, the childhood home of President Reagan, lauded Rita Crundwell, the City’s Comptroller since 1983, because “she looks after every tax dollar as if it were her own.” How right he was. The next year Crundwell pleaded guilty to embezzling approximately $53 million from the City between 1990 and 2012. She used the money to support more than 400 quarter horses and a lavish lifestyle, which she explained to co-workers as the fruit of the horses’ success. During the final six years of her scheme, the embezzlement averaged 28% of the City’s budget. In exchange for her guilty plea, the prosecutor limited the charge to a single count of wire fraud. See 18 U.S.C. § 1343.

happy 4th y’all

Man, this whole valley already smells like BBQ and it’s not even 9am, and tonight there will be fireworks let loose by various neighbors, a couple of whom, judging by the displays they put on, spend a fair bit of cash on the project.

There will also be celebratory gunfire wherein we all hope the shooter is sufficiently sober to be aiming the firearm in a safe direction.

Meanwhile, here’s a video by comedian Mark Humphries which assembles a “response from CNN” to the recent Trump re-tweet that has “liberals” clutching their pearls.

Now if the moribund Democrats would fire all the DNC then hire people with this kind of media-savvy to guide their PR strategy, we might be in with a chance.

Hell’s bells, if the fucking media would hire people with this kind of this media-savvy, that would be even better.

Be safe, and don’t eat too much.

and now … the “clenched fist of truth”

Firearms sales are down since now we don’t have a black guy in the White House coming for our guns, something like 17% I’ve read somewhere, and if you’re the NRA that’s completely unacceptable.

The solution? More fear, obviously.

Of whom?  Well, them, of course. Here’s the execrable Dana Loesch cramming just about every dog-whistle in the store into a single minute—Hollywood, the media, schools teaching bad things, and oh yeah, let’s not forget that black guy who we’ll just call “their ex-president”, OK?  No need to call anybody names at this point in time, ‘cos y’all know what I mean, and we’re beyond that now, right?;

“They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse the resistance.

“All to make them march, make them protest, make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia, to smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding — until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.

“And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth. I’m the National Rifle Association of America, and I’m freedom’s safest place.”



I’m not a lawyer, but I’ll suppose more than one functionary in the NRA’s legal department looked this over pretty closely to make sure it doesn’t quite meet the standard for criminal incitement to violence.

But it’s both incitement and preëmptive justification for violent police suppression.

A lovely twofer.

all remaining doubt is now removed…

…the President of the United States of America is mentally ill.

Some background for our international audience:  there’s a TV show called “Morning Joe” here in the US, hosted by an ex-GOP Congressman Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, daughter of  Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter’s NatSec advisor.

Recently, Brzezinski has been wondering, on the air, if Der Führer is crazy, which seems to have pushed Der Führer over the edge;

I suppose we should mention that the source of this astonishing petulance is officially “Commander-in-Chief” of the most powerful and potentially destructive military apparatus ever to have existed in human affairs.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of Mike but no relation to Bernie and now Trump’s new de facto spokesmuppet, says;

“This is a president who fights fire with fire and certainly will not be allowed to be bullied by the liberal media,”

The man is unstable and dangerous, and any politician who continues to support him is willfully compromising the future of humankind.

get ready… (updated)

…to marvel at the difference between the way the right wing will milk this morning’s shooting of GOP majority whip Steve Scalise for every scrap of hostility against “the left”, compared to their intense resistance to “politicizing” the Gabby Giffords shooting back in 2011 (and that’s just one example).

This story is actually developing faster than I can keep up, but Giffords, along with with 13 others (6 dead including one child) was shot by Jared Lee Loughner, a mentally ill young man whose inner demons, judging from his online utterances immediately prior to the attack, were  clearly activated by the  politically shrill  Tea Party rhetoric of the time.

It now seems that Scalise was shot (wounded in the hip apparently, there are no reports of fatalities as I write this, but there are other gunshot wounds) by one James T. Hodgkinson, a 66 year-old with a twitter profile suggesting he’s a Bernie Sanders’ fan with hostility toward Donald Trump.

There is at least one report already—from Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)— suggesting that today’s shooter asked if the people practicing on the baseball field “were Democrats or Republicans” prior to the shooting;

“There was a guy that walked up to us that was asking whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there,” DeSantis said. “It was just a little odd, and then he kind of walked toward the area where all this happened.”

The Florida Republican said the man was not carrying anything when he spoke to him, but DeSantis believes he fired the shots a short time later.

Ten will get you twenty that this is just the beginning, and that we’ll now see a full court press not only to utterly “politicize” this, but to turn it into as much of a Reichstag moment as possible.

It’s already starting, in fact, with reports popping up all over the place about Kellyanne Conway already pushing the DeSantis angle, and, just for good measure, there’s  Uday Trump, or maybe it’s Qusay, already blaming it on that Shakespeare in the Park thing.

This will suck all the air out of the Russian inquiry balloon for days at least, if not weeks.

And let’s get one more thing straight while we here, because I’ve actually lost count of how often we’ve seen it happen now.

If this situation was reversed, and some nutter shot up a bunch of Democrats, or even children in their damn classroom, the “false flag” narratives would already be so thick right in the air right now it would be hard to see daylight between them.

Shooting people is never good, but the fallout from this particular example is going to be especially not good.

Update #1

Like the title of the piece says, get ready….

Here’s a local example courtesy of Colorado Pols blog, by way of an email sent by the peaceful and thoughtful Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, who is absolutely not trying to get any mileage out of this;

Unruly protesters trashing Civic Center Park and clashing with cops in the streets.
Mock beheadings of President Trump by Kathy Griffin.
And now an ASSASSINATION attempt on Republican lawmakers!
The hate-inspired violent rhetoric against conservatives and Republicans was already at an all-time fever pitch before today, but now it just got very real.
The left is out of control. Their violent actions are un-American, and it needs to stop! … Frankly, I lay the blame squarely at the feet of “tolerance-preaching progressives” and their accomplices in the media who allowed violent rhetoric to get so out of control.

There’s plenty more, including the obligatory “socialist piece of trash”, but what’s to be done?
Glad you asked;

First, join me in praying for a speedy recovery for Congressman Scalise and the staff and law enforcement who were wounded in today’s attack.
Second, join me in calling on the media to denounce horrific attacks like this and to call for an end to the violent political rhetoric on the left that they’ve inspired.

Sounds good. That it?
Well no, not quite;

Finally, if you can, please show us that you’re not backing down by chipping-in $50 or $25 to Colorado Liberty PAC today so we can retake the State House in 2018. Your contribution today will help us advance our conservative values through passionate and peaceful civil discourse that makes our country great.