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Senior Moment

I admit that there have been momentary glitches when I try to remember what Chrysler push-button automatic transmissions were called [Torqueflite] or GM limited slip differentials [Positraction], but how in the hell to you forget the name of the US Presidential residence – it is a White House.

Drumpf’s performance on the Truman balcony to start the Annual White House Easter Egg Roll would seem to be nonsense to the children and make their parents uneasy. I do wonder who they got to play the Easter Bunny since Sean Spicer is no longer available?

Is someone, like Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, going to explain to Trump why you can’t just order the regular military to enforce laws within the United States [see Posse Comitatus Act]. There is plenty of time – the ‘caravan’ crossed into Mexico from Guatemala, and it’s more than 2000 miles to the US border. It will take months for people walking, as is the case for this group of mostly Honduran refugees.

April 3, 2018   2 Comments

Immigration

So Trump had another Twitter seizure over the weekend and proceeded to display his limited understanding of anything involved in the problem. For example, he doesn’t seem to be aware that DACA only applies to those who entered the US before the age of 16 and have lived in the US continuously since 2007. No one who entered the US after 2007 is eligible for the program.

Given that Trump and his minions think almost everything is “fake news” I would go to a source they can’t dispute. Since the Trumpers claim that the US is a Christian nation I’ll cite the Bible on foreigners. These citations from the King James Version of the Bible are timely as we are still in the week of Passover, which is the starting point of these laws.

Exodus 22:21
21 Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Leviticus 19:33-34
33 And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him.

34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Leviticus 24:22
22 Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the Lord your God.

Matthew 25:35-36
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

The verses from Matthew are part of the ‘entrance exam’ for Heaven.

April 2, 2018   7 Comments

Happy Easter

Easter Eggs

This is what happens when you have small children – you dye your kitchen.

Yes, the festival of Easter, goddess of the Spring, is celebrated this time of year with the traditional symbols of fertility, the egg and the rabbit, by the people who settled around the Baltic Sea – the Teutons, Slavs, Finns, Prussians, Letts, et al. It is a festival of plenty after the hardships of winter, with the promise of new growth.

Of course, later groups took the celebration and turned it to other purposes, but I doubt Easter minds.

Like last year, I celebrated by buying stuff to rehab an apartment. People tend to move around holidays.

April 1, 2018   3 Comments

Real Life

I have been tied up with apartment manager stuff, so I missed the start of Pesach at sundown yesterday. I should probably watch The Ten Commandments as an act of contrition. Tomorrow is April Fools and Easter, but I don’t think you should attempt April Fools pranks on Easter unless you work for Faux News [rim shot].

I have been trying to put together a post on Cambridge Analytica, but every time I start something else pops up. Maybe tomorrow after I change some locks for a new tenant.

March 31, 2018   10 Comments

They Don’t Learn

Faux News talking head Laura Ingraham decided to give David Hogg a hard time. David has been turned down by several universities, despite having a 4+ GPA. It was a major mistake on Ingraham’s part.

First she got a talking to from David’s little sister who told her to try acting like an adult. Then David posted a list of Ingraham’s advertisers and suggested people call them. This is a technique refined by Spocko to deal with media bullies. Surprise, Ms Ingraham decided to apologize “because it was Holy Week”. David wasn’t buying it, and didn’t back down on his campaign.

GOP strategist Steve Schmidt applauded David’s courage in counterattacking, noting that most GOP politicians hide when someone on Faux News bad-mouths them. Schmidt makes the point that after you have survived a fire fight, snide remarks don’t have much effect.

March 29, 2018   14 Comments

Legal Problems

A lot of people seem to think that Trump is getting ready to fire Mueller. Of course he can’t personally fire Mueller, and would have to order Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein to do it. If Rosenstein refused, Trump would have to start firing people in the Department of Justice chain of command until he found someone willing to do it.

Why he would want to do it at this point doesn’t make a lot of sense to me as he can get an almost indefinite delay as he tries to find legal representation. He can’t get a public defender, so any proceedings would be on hold until he can’t find a qualified lawyer.

My wild guess as to why Trump has said nothing about Stormy Daniels when he had no problem attacking the Pope is that he doesn’t want to get hit with another defamation law suit. The easiest way to make Stormy Daniels go away is to drop the NDA. I seriously doubt he or Michael Cohen want to do that as there are probably other similar NDAs out there that might decide to hire Michael Avenatti.

March 28, 2018   2 Comments

The Attorney Search

Comrad Misfit has the screen shot, but it’s easier to read at Crooks & Liars: Craigslist DC Ad Seeks Lawyer For Trump.

The ad has since been taken down, but it highlights a real problem: the Mueller probe has absorbed all of the available lawyers willing to work on the problem, and most of them have been hired by witnesses. You can’t represent a witness and someone who may be affected by that person’s testimony. This was the reason that Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing couldn’t work for Trump.

March 27, 2018   5 Comments

Another Poll

My former Congresscritter found a Marist College poll on the Mueller investigation conducted among registered voters between March 19 and 21, 2018 with a margin of error of ± 3.4%.

Overall:
72% said Mueller should finish the investigation
11% said Mueller should be fired.

Democrats:
83% said Mueller should finish the investigation
4% said Mueller should be fired.

Independents:
76% said Mueller should finish the investigation
8% said Mueller should be fired.

Republicans:
57% said Mueller should finish the investigation
25% said Mueller should be fired.

It doesn’t look like firing Mueller will help the GOP in the midterms. Trump has enough problems with finding lawyers and civil law suits. Firing Mueller doesn’t buy him anything positive. With Trump facts and logic rarely prevail.

March 26, 2018   No Comments

Interesting

Faux News commissioned a poll of registered voters on on gun control. The polling was done March 18 through 21 of this year and has a margin of error of ± 3%.

91% favor universal background checks for all gun purchases.
84% favor a mental health check for gun purchases.
72% favor raising the age to purchase all guns to 21.
69% favor armed guards at schools.
60% favor an assault weapon ban.

These are registered voters, so the poll doesn’t include many of those who participated in March For Our Lives. In a few years I suspect that the numbers will be even more lopsided especially on the assault weapon ban.

March 25, 2018   6 Comments

They Did Good

The March for Our Lives was a success for a lot of reasons. Every major media organization covered it all day. The organizers expanded their message beyond the Parkland shooting, and just school shootings to include all children being shot in this country. The stage was opened up to others representing different groups of victims of violence including the kids in urban areas who are being killed and wounded in the streets.

Among the speakers was Naomi Wadler, an 11-year-old elementary school student from Alexandria, Virginia. Listen to her and and understand why the NRA should be very afraid.

This movement is giving others the motivation to speak out about what the NRA has done to prevent the current laws from being enforced.

March 24, 2018   6 Comments

Changes

David Bowie and/or Weird Al Yankovic are two people uniquely qualified to write the soundtrack for the Trump administration. SCRotUS had his lead Mueller attorney, John Dowd, resign and he then fired General McMaster to replace them with two Faux News pundit/contributors: Joseph E. diGenova as an attorney and John Bolton as a National Security Advisor.

You would need the resources of SETI to locate less qualified applicants for any position in government.

March 22, 2018   4 Comments

Very Interesting

Following the the old saw about “Even a blind hog might find an acorn”, when my Congresscritter Matt Gaetz started talking about a “cabal” at the FBI, I thought I would take a look. Now I don’t put a lot stock in the blitherings of frat bros, but something was bothering me about the Bureau.

There does seem to be an anomaly in the leadership of the FBI and its predecessors. In the 110 years of the existence of the organization there has never been a Democrat appointed to head the Bureau.

It’s time to bring in new leadership with a new philosophy and appoint someone like Eric Scheiderman, the current attorney general of New York. That would certainly refocus the Bureau on catching criminals. 😈

March 20, 2018   21 Comments

Vernal Equinox

It’s that time of year. Spring arrived at 11:15AM CDT this morning, so this is the first full day. You can watch it come at em>Archæoastronomy.

The air is already filled with pollen and the live oaks are dropping last year’s leaves. The azaleas have already peaked and the pear trees were snowy with blooms at the end of February..

I would note that locally we have had 12 hours or more of daylight since St. Patrick’s Day, and usually do.

March 20, 2018   Comments Off on Vernal Equinox

Two Scientists Died Last Week

Stephen Hawking: Visionary physicist dies aged 76. He was born on 8 January 1942, 300 years to the day of Galileo Galilei’s death and died on 14 March 2018, 139 years to the day of Albert Einstein’s birth. For the core of his professional life he was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, a position earlier held by Sir Isaac Newton. He belonged in their company.

A major achievement of Professor Hawking was his book A Brief History of Time, a book everyone with any interest in space or time should read. It was written for non-specialists to explain what the Big Bang Theory and other basic precepts of physics are all about. After reading the book you can appreciate his work on discovering the way the universe operates.

Louise Slaughter, microbiologist and one of six scientists in the House of Representatives, died at age 88. Louise represented the 25th District of New York, which is the city of Rochester and most of Monroe County. She has been in Congress for over 30 years and was intending to run again this year. She would have been reelected because she made it a point to actually represent the people in her district.

She was on the county commission when I lived in Rochester, and then ran for the state assembly. She did a lot of good which is why she kept getting elected in a Republican leaning area.

March 19, 2018   Comments Off on Two Scientists Died Last Week