Sunday, February 26, 2017

Saddleback Saloon

I figured Trump meant war... but I thought it would be with a country rather than with information.

Never in the history of our country have we had so many similarities with North Korea.

I went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans once when I was 18.  Good timing.

Lawyers.  Who need's em? Call me.

America MUST be a great country already.  Nowhere else in the world would poor people willingly elect a leader whose goal was to help billionaires live a better life.




Too bad Donald is not going this year. He could have shown us, finally, his sense of humor.

President Obama Roasts Donald Trump At White House Correspondents' Dinner!


The Intimate Lens of Ed van der Elsken


Two European museums are presenting a major retrospective of this Dutch photographer, considered one of the best street photographers of the 20th century.




The Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia on Friday. The terminal where Kim Jong-nam was assassinated with VX nerve agent on Feb. 13 will be decontaminated despite the passage of time, the police said.
In Kim Jong-nam's Death, North Korea Lets Loose a Weapon of Mass Destruction


The assassination by VX nerve agent is a stark reminder that in addition to nuclear arms, Pyongyang has an arsenal of chemical and biological weapons.


The Port of Charleston in South Carolina last year. Proposed tax changes are pitting retail and energy giants - which rely heavily on imports - against America's biggest manufacturers, which hope the changes will make their exports cheaper.
Did Someone Say 'Tax Code Rewrite'? Lobbyists Scramble


The Washington "swamp" President Trump likes to denounce is still teeming with life - and it is converging on lawmakers drafting tax legislation.




Trump and The Courts: Presidential Attacks On The Courts Have A Long History

by jonathanturley
donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedSupreme CourtBelow is my column in USA Today on the continuing controversy over President Trump's attack on judges who have ruled against his executive orders.  I have been critical of Trump's attacks on the media and the courts, which undermine not just those critical institutions but the White House itself.  As discussed below, presidents have learned that attacking the courts tend to diminish their own credibility over time.  Having said that, Trump is not as much as a departure from other presidents as some have made out.  Indeed, public discord between the executive and judicial branches has a long history in our country.  Of course that is no license to continue a bad practice and most modern presidents have avoided direct personal attacks on judges and justices.  Most importantly, the criticism of the judges in the Ninth Circuit in my view are unwarranted and unhelpful.  The executive order on immigration was, as I have previously stated, poorly drafted, poorly executed and poorly defended.  The law favored the President and still does.  Yet, through remarkably causal drafting, the Administration gave judges a target rich environment in the first executive order. While I disagree with fundamental parts of these opinions, the result had more to do with the sloppy drafting of the order than any bias of the judges.
Here is the column.



Muhammad Ali Jr. Detained at Airport, Asked About Being Muslim: Lawyer






I.C.E. has more than 20,000 employees, spread across 400 offices in the United States and 46 countries, and the Trump administration has called for the hiring of 10,000 more.
Immigration Agents Discover New Freedom to Deport Under Trump


The president's plan to arrest and deport vast numbers of undocumented immigrants will be carried out by agents who say they feel unshackled.


The United States established Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
U.S. Wary of Its New Neighbor in Djibouti: A Chinese Naval Base


With tensions between the rivals increasing, American strategists worry that operations at the Pentagon's Camp Lemonnier will be observed once China completes its military port.


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[Live_Oak_Camera_Club] March meeting, Thursday 3/2, Night photography

A reminder for our March meeting this Thursday 3/2, Texas Independence Day, and Sam Houston’s birthday.  Please send your Night Photography images to or place them in the LOCC Monthly Meeting folder of your Drop Box.  See you there.

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