Monday, March 6, 2017

Saddleback Saloon




Future Tattler's to reveal private struggles .  (I'm kidding. I've never struggled).


America. I'm so old I remember a time when one could criticize a President without fear of retaliation.


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It's the failures in life that make you stronger.  Having had no failures, of course,  accounts for my inability to lift a slice of bread.

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Report: Comey Asks Justice Department To Deny Trump Allegations As Untrue

by jonathanturley
Jcomey-100donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedIn a virtually unprecedented move, FBI Director James Comey has reportedly asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before the election.  Since the FBI is part of the Executive Branch headed by Trump, it is a truly bizarre moment if true.  If this continues, the unitary executive will become the bicameral executive with the White House in uneasy relations with the rest of the executive branch.















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An image distributed by the North Korean government showing the country's leader, Kim Jong-un, visiting a missile test center in North Pyongan Province. Analysts say the pair of engines he is standing in front of could power an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Trump Inherits a Secret Cyberwar Against North Korean Missiles

By DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD

The United States has been trying to sabotage North Korea's missile program. President Trump must decide what to do next.
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New post on JONATHAN TURLEY

Hacking and the Politics of Moral Outrage

by jonathanturley
The_ScreamWith the chorus of calls for an "independent counsel" or "special prosecutor" to investigate the Russian hacking scandal, there has been one element that remains rather ambiguous: what is the specific crime to be investigated?  Clearly there is the hacking but that crime is well-known and was committed by Russians who are unlikely to be subject to any real investigation.  A special counsel, as opposed to a bipartisan commission, would require the articulation of a crime and the basis for the investigation.  I am all in favor of independent investigations of this and other issues. However, if we are going to move beyond a special commission to special counsel we need to have more evidence and a notion of what we are investigating. That may come but we are not there yet.  Below is my column in The Hill Newspaper on the subject -- and the moral outrage over hacking.

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Stolen from Dan Beto's blog The Beto Chronicle 




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Turkish President Denounces Germany Over Denying Free Speech

by jonathanturley
220px-Recep_Tayyip_ErdoganTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed again an utter lack of self-awareness or sham when he denounced the  German government for blocking rallies of Turkish nationals -- saying that the decision is "no different to those of the Nazi period.:  Erdogan has been widely denounced for his destruction of the secular traditions of Turkey and his attack on free speech and the free press.  Whatever objections can be raised over the denial of free speech in Germany (and there are many), Erdogan is the last person who could credibly raise them.








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Stocks Are Up 5 Percent Under Trump. So How Long Will the Rally Last?

By KATE KELLY

Looking closely at what is required for the president's promised big initiatives, some hedge fund managers are bracing for a sell-off.
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mystery lawyer seen at local bar


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This happend at the Saddleback Saloon in Sealy last night.




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