Thursday, March 30, 2017

pink on porch

Environmentally sensitive Trump plans to put in doggy doors on wall so wildlife migration won't be negatively impacted.

New low. Trump put a "for sale" ad today on Craig's list. For anything, if the price is right for him.

I rarely fly these days and would like to purchase a phone that doesn't have an "airplane mode" option.  Should be a little cheaper.  I never fully understood the necessity for this option as most flights HAVE wi-fi these days.



Thinking of getting a new dog


U.S. War Footprint Grows in Middle East, With No Endgame in Sight


Two months after President Trump took office, indications are mounting that the military is deepening its involvement in complex wars that lack clear outcomes.


Iranian Sharia Court Sentences Man To Death For Critical Comments About the Quran On Social Media

by jonathanturley
Iran is again showing the world the true meaning of Sharia law as a medieval system enforcing religious doctrine and orthodoxy.  Sina Dehghan, 21, has been sentenced to death for criticism of Islam on social media.  He was charged under article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code for ‘insulting the prophet’ of Islam.


The President of the United States must deal with incredible amounts of stress. For example, presidents often age significantly during their tenure. President Lincoln, possibly the most extreme case, aged dramatically during his time in office. More recently, look at how grey President Obama has become in 4 years. What support systems help them cope?
(Feb 27, 1860 photo by Matthew Brady, Smithsonian)
(April 10, 1865 photo by Alexander Gardner, Library of Congress)
(Photos taken from Page on!

Eisenhower: Golf
Kennedy: Reading, Marilyn Monroe, cribbage, touch football, painkillers
Johnson: Poker, but other than that... no idea!
Nixon: Camp David, bowling, drinking,
Ford: Golf, swimming, snowmobiling
Carter: Fishing, the rose garden,
Reagan: Camp David, horseback riding, working on the ranch
Bush Sr.: Speed golf, fishing
Clinton: Camp David, jogging, reading, playing cards, and I understand he liked a good cigar
Bush Jr.: Working on the ranch, running, mountain biking, fishing
Obama: Reading, basketball, golf, movie night, smoking (prior to 2012)
Edited to add a few suggestions from comments.



Five-Year-Old In North Carolina Suspended for Playing With Stick Like a Gun During Recess

by jonathanturley
The teachers and administrators at McLauchlin Elementary School in North Carolina have prevented a major security breach with the apprehension of the notorious Caitlin Miller, 5.  Miller shocked her teachers by using a piece of wood like a gun in a fantasy game with her friends.  A teacher whisked her off to the principal for summary suspension. It is another towering victory for the moronic use of "zero tolerance" policies.

Let's just implement zero tolerance for "zero tolerance".


California Politician Seeks To Radically Curtail Free Speech To Combat “Fake News”

by jonathanturley
Chau_headshotCalifornia Assemblyman Ed Chau (Democrat, Monterey Park) appears to be finally running into opposition over one of the most chilling, anti-speech pieces of recent years.  Chau is trying to criminalize "fake news" and in the process would curtail free speech for everyone from parodies to comedies to opinion writers.  He is the latest example of how the greatest threats to free speech around the Western world today appears to be coming from the left of the political spectrum from speech restrictions on campuses to new criminal laws on inciteful or intimidating speech.

Yesterday, on MSNBC, some of the most famous journalists in America were using the words “Trump” and “impeachment” in the same sentence (the context was discussing Trump’s collusion with the Russians during the elections and GoldenshowerGate.)

Dan Munro
Possibly — but impeachment isn’t the only process that could terminate his presidency early. He may simply resign — and this was also referenced earlier today as a very real possibility by Dianne Feinstein.
Another appealing option is a Quo Warranto action — which could be filed through the Attorney General of any state in which the Trump organization does business (relative to the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution). As it turns out — New York is a potentially good candidate for just such an action.
Another scenario is that he remains in office (while all the legal proceedings evolve through discovery and litigation) but he’s totally incapacitated and powerless to accomplish anything (outside of desperately tweeting from some golf course).
As it is, I think we all need to reflect on this tweet from earlier today:
And then this quote today from Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley:
Brinkley, who has published biographies of such presidents as Gerald Ford, Franklin Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt, said of Trump’s start, “This is the most failed first 100 days of any president.” [1]
… and only 60 days into it!




Mike Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity

Former national security adviser tells FBI, the House and Senate intelligence committees he’s willing to be interviewed in exchange for deal, officials say 


WASHINGTON—Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has told the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional officials investigating the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution, according to officials with knowledge of the 



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