Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Deep Dark Fears




Even CNN Sees the Light






Paleoclimatologists, who study climates of the past, know that Earth's climate was not as stable for our ancestors as it has been for us.

These abrupt, harsh changes could mean life or death, often forcing whole populations to move if they wanted to survive.

For example, one well-studied event 8,200 years ago was a sudden cold shift that lasted over a century, recorded in Greenland ice cores and within the fossil record across Europe, the researchers said. It occurred when the North American ice sheet decayed after the last ice age and released meltwater into the North Atlantic Ocean, disrupting the currents that brought heat to Western Europe. This triggered large-scale population crashes in northern Britain and large cultural changes in southern Europe, they said. 

Maryland My Christmas Tree









In 1974, during halftime at a Maryland-Virginia  football game, in College Park, Virginia's pep band outraged us  homeboys. An announcer read from an oh-so-discourteous script, while the band - a Mack Sennet inspired ramshackle - played tunes like "Maryland, My Christmas Tree" (Maryland's anthem, "Maryland My Maryland," shares its melody with "O Christmas tree).  There were easy targets; like our about to be jailed Governor - Marvin Mandel (D), and erstwhile Gov. Spiro Agnew (R). I was in the crowd, and was way pissed .. then.  Now, it appears that the Cavalier pep band was onto something. 





Register and vote in 10 minutes



I watched the election news that night in 1994, and did a woop-d-woop when she was declared the winner over Democrat Parris Glendenning.  But wait.  Before I could chug m celebratory Manhattan ... in the last second sufficient votes were found in some Baltimore precinct to giveGlendenning the victory.  I know.  It was so slick that Dems in Seattle and Minnesota used it.

Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock





Monday, October 15, 2018

SNORTS




Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Kiss


Arizona bikers were riding South on the US-93 when they saw a girl about to jump off the Hoover Dam Bridge.  So they stopped. George, their leader, a big burly man of 53, gets off his Harley, walks through a group of gawkers, past the StateTrooper who was trying to talk her down off the railing, and says, "Hey Baby.....whatcha doin' up there on that railin'?"

She says tearfully, "I'm going to commit suicide!!"

While he didn't want to appear "sensitive," George also didn't want to miss this "be-a-legend" opportunity either so he asked ..."Well, before you jump, Honey-Babe...why don't you give ole George here your best last kiss?" 

So, with no hesitation at all, she leaned back over the railing and did just that ... and it was a long, deep, lingering
kiss followed immediately by another even better one.

After they breathlessly finished, George gets a big thumbs-up approval from his biker-buddies, the onlookers, and even
the State Trooper, and then says, "Wow! That was the best kiss I have ever had, Honey! That's a real talent you're wasting, Sugar Shorts. You could be famous if you rode with me. Why are you committing suicide?"

"My parents don't like me dressing like a girl." 

It's still unclear whether she jumped or was pushed.

Hucker


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Or, just let us pull out any buds?




Just when you think they can’t get any worse




Friday, October 12, 2018

And the yearbook says ...



Thursday, October 11, 2018

Black Swallow of Death



No comment necessary


Forest Hills High School’s band performed the skit against Brookhaven High School. Two officers in Brookhaven, Mississippi, were shot and killed in gunfight less than a week prior to the halftime 

routine.

Plot remove Trump ....


 










Since The New York Times first reported the allegations, Rosenstein, the No. 2 Department of Justice (DOJ) official, has tried to downplay his role in them. His office has suggested that he thought the discussions were a joke, that Rosenstein never gave an order to carry out such a plot, and that he does not believe Trump should be removed from office.

But making those statements through a spokesperson is a bit different than having Rosenstein himself face Congress and answer the questions under penalty of felony if lawmakers think he is lying.


Don’t tell former FBI general counsel James Baker that those now-infamous discussions about secretly recording President Trump and using the tapes to remove him from office were a joke.

He apparently doesn’t believe it. And he held quite the vantage point — he was on the inside of the bureau’s leadership in May 2017, when the discussions occurred.

Baker told Congress last week that his boss — then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe — was dead serious about the idea of surreptitiously recording the 45th president and using the evidence to make the case that Trump should be removed from office, according to my sources.

Baker told lawmakers he wasn’t in the meeting McCabe had with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in which the subject came up. But he did have firsthand conversations with McCabe and the FBI lawyer assigned to McCabe, Lisa Page, about the issue.

“As far as Baker was concerned, this was a real plan being discussed,” said a source directly familiar with the congressional investigation. “It was no laughing matter for the FBI.”

Word of Baker’s testimony surfaced just days before Rosenstein was set to be interviewed in private on Thursday by House Judiciary Committee lawmakers.

Since The New York Times first reported the allegations, Rosenstein, the No. 2 Department of Justice (DOJ) official, has tried to downplay his role in them. His office has suggested that he thought the discussions were a joke, that Rosenstein never gave an order to carry out such a plot, and that he does not believe Trump should be removed from office.

But making those statements through a spokesperson is a bit different than having Rosenstein himself face Congress and answer the questions under penalty of felony if lawmakers think he is lying.

Baker’s account to lawmakers this month clearly complicates an already complicated picture for Rosenstein before Congress, assuming he shows up for Thursday’s interview.

But even more so, Baker’s story lays bare an extraordinary conversation in which at least some senior FBI officials thought it within their purview to try to capture the president on tape and then go to the president’s own Cabinet secretaries, hoping to persuade the senior leaders of the administration to remove the president from power.

Even more extraordinary is the timing of such discussions: They occurred, according to Baker’s account, in the window around the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Could it be that the leaders of a wounded, stunned FBI were seeking retribution for their boss’s firing with a secret recording operation?

I doubt this is the power that Congress intended to be exercised when it created the FBI a century ago, or the circumstances in which the authors of the 25th Amendment imagined a president’s removal could be engineered.

This wasn’t a president who was incapacitated at the time. He was fully exercising his powers — but in a way the FBI leadership did not like.

And that makes the FBI’s involvement in the tape-record-then-dump-Trump conversations overtly political — even if Rosenstein believed the whole idea was farcical.

Keep in mind, this is the same FBI that, a few months earlier during the 2016 election, had its top counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok talking to Page — his lover and the top lawyer to McCabe — about using their official powers to “stop” Trump in the election and having an “insurance policy” against the GOP nominee. That insurance policy increasingly looks like an unverified dossier created by British intelligence operative Christopher Steele — a Trump hater himself — that was bought and paid for by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign through their mutual law firm.

“You walk away from the Baker interview with little doubt that the FBI leadership in that 2016-17 time frame saw itself as far more than a neutral investigative agency but actually as a force to stop Trump’s election before it happened and then maybe reversing it after the election was over,” said a source directly familiar with the congressional investigation.

Baker provided some other valuable insights in his congressional interview. As I reported last week, he revealed that he accepted information in the Russia investigation from a lawyer for the Democratic National Committee.

And my sources also confirm that Baker admitted he received a version of the Steele dossier from left-leaning reporter David Corn of Mother Jones magazine, and then forwarded it to Strzok’s team. Corn says that occurred in November 2016, right after the election.

That transaction is significant for two reasons. First, at the time, Steele had just been fired from the FBI probe for leaking to the media and he wasn’t supposed to be further assisting the probe. So Corn essentially acted as a back door to allow information to continue to flow.

Secondly, the FBI was using the news media as an investigative source outside the normal chain of evidence.

Whatever you think of Rosenstein or the Russia probe, the statements Baker made to Congress have implications for all Americans.

The FBI was created to investigate crimes and stop foreign intelligence and terrorism threats. It was never designed to be a broker in the political process of elections or the execution of the 25th Amendment.

John Solomon is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work over the years has exposed U.S. and FBI intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal scientists’ misuse of foster children and veterans in drug experiments, and numerous cases of political corruption. He is The Hill’s executive vice president for video.


What's really notable here is that I found it on THE HILL, a relaible prom date for congressional Dems.  Clap Clap.

Mueller Probe Flat illegal



Wednesday, October 10, 2018

To understand Christine Blasey Ford



Brett Wins Again



Ann Coulter on Swedish Television





Sigh ... looks younger every day

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Somali Pirate Surprise



Saturday, October 06, 2018

Righteous Guest Rant

On the topic of impropriety — didja hear what Kagan said yesterday?

In essence, she declares . . . compLETEly inappropriately . . . that the court’s “legitimacy” will be at the very least questioned, if not impugned, any time there’s a 5/4 vote after Kavanaugh is seated.

Her logic is that Kennedy’s retirement eliminated the “unpredictable” or “middle” voice, leaving 4 lefties and 4 conservatives on the court, giving Kavanaugh the deciding vote on anything close.

In other words, she declared herself to be a raging liberal who fears that the precious leftiste agenda so treasured by Obamanites will be jeopardized unless something can be done TODAY to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation . . . OR . . . some bombshell evidence appears which will support a DJT impeachment whether the blue wave materializes or not.

Aren’t SCotUS justices s’posed to be impartial, apolitical, rational mature adults removed from the pressures of recurring elections so that they can ride herd on lopsided Congresses?

And in that regard, how appropriate was it for Darth Vader Ginsberg to say that the country would find itself in deep doo-doo if Trump were elected?

Seems to me that Miz ‘Lena has done fo’got Mistah Middle, John Roberts, who’s closer to center even than Kennedy. And Gorsuch is not exactly a dyed-in-the-wool right-wing hardliner.

How is she gonna attack Amy Barrett when Trump nominates HER after Ginsberg takes that final nod-off.

Does anybody anywhere understand that the whole idea of central gummint was that it would provide for the common defense of the several states, conduct international affairs with other sovereign governments, and play referee amongst the individual states when they got into pissing contests over reciprocity or transportation or tariffs?

NOWHERE in the Constitution is health care, much LESS abortion, mentioned, and the 10th Amendment provides very nicely for issues it doesn’t address specifically; it relegates them back to the states, or to “the people,” where they logically and legally belong. So even if Roe V Wade is scrapped, the abortion issue simply becomes one for the states to work out for themselves. 

IOW, you live in a state where the majority of people are against abortion, you outlaw it; if they’re in favor of it, you authorize it.  But in ANY case the government doesn’t pay for it.  If someone lives in a state where abortion is illegal and wants to visit friends or family in one where it’s O.K., that’s called “freedom.”  Just don’t make a big friggin deal out of it when you get it done.  

My opinion is that big pharm would be in favor of legalizing it, so most states would either legalize it or refuse to penalize it.  The issue would become moot.  I mean, you KNOW that Noo Yawk and Mexifornia would allow it, and even those who DIDN’T would provide special exceptions in case of rape, incest, and health danger to mother.  My guess it would be about 50/50 when all the smoke cleared.

If I were a drinkin man, I’d say “I need a drink!” But I ain’t, so I’ll just sit here and rage against the dying of the light . . . of reason.

Ron metzger

game changers