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A Little Advice

For the record: insanity is a defense for the accused, not his/her lawyers: Giuliani to HuffPost: Trump could have ‘shot James Comey’ and not be prosecuted.

While it is assumed that a President could not be tried for a crime while in office, there is no barrier for an indictment. There are statutes of limitations that may require that charges be filed while a President is still in office.

Impeachment is not a criminal process and does not affect the prohibition against double jeopardy. A grand jury issues indictments. It would be up to the President to request a stay, to avoid problems with the requirement for a speedy trial. If the indictment is issued and the prosecution fails to pursue it, the President could have a civil rights complaint.

Many of those who have looked at the letter that Trump’s lawyers sent to Mueller bemoan the quality of Trump’s legal team. If you are known for not paying lawyers or following their advice, it would be extremely difficult to get competent legal counsel. OTOH, any lawyer would have a difficult time trying to deal with Trump in a competent manner.

June 4, 2018   2 Comments

Pitiful Agitprop

The 20 pages of bad lawyering by Trump’s attorneys was leaked to the New York Times. It claims that Nixon was right “if the President does it, it’s not illegal” and the President can pardon himself and cancel the Russian probe. They ignore the Supreme Court rulings against Nixon and against Clinton which reinforced the basic concept that not even the President is above the law. They also cite an old law on obstruction to use a loophole that was closed by a later law. Just pathetic.

The Twit-in-Chief claimed that Mueller leaked it, and the the Russia investigation was too expensive. No one has been able to present any evidence that there has ever been a leak of any kind from the Mueller team, so this was probably leaked by Trump’s legal team as part of their PR offensive. Further we spent almost 5 times as much on Melania and Barron’s stay in New York City in 2017, and more than twice as much on Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago [subject to being Bajo-el-Mar in the future].

June 3, 2018   2 Comments

Figures Of Speech

Insults have been in the news lately. Vox , and others, have noted that The NY Times published a list of people Trump has insulted on Twitter during the campaign.

CNN’s Don Lemon has a list of Trump’s racist history which may be behind his lack of a direct comment about what Roseanne Barr tweeted.

Samantha Bee made a mistake. As a Canadian educated adult she used an Elizabethan adjective with a synecdoche enhanced by dysphemism to make her point. The problem was she did not have a whistle, a clipboard, and some wall lockers for cover. Everything said in “a locker room” is apparently beyond criticism. What she said was harsh and shocking, but not as harsh or shocking as having your children taken away when you are applying for asylum in a supposedly civilized country.

This isn’t about Donald Trump defending his daughter. Trump didn’t suggest that Howard Stern be fired for his no class comment about Ivanka in a radio interview. Trump was attacking a critic, as he always does.

June 2, 2018   7 Comments

Billy Bowlegs Festival

Jolly Rogers

In order to generate “local excitement” [sell stuff] the chamber of commerce is once again annoying people with the Billy Bowlegs Festival. This year the unavoidable part runs from Friday, June 1st and finishes up on Monday. The really obnoxious parade on Monday screws up traffic and sends a lot of noisy people through my neighborhood.

Almost as bad as the parade traffic jam are the Friday fireworks. I know a lot of people enjoy fireworks, but they probably have not seen what loud noises and flashes of light can do to people and aircraft – I am definitely not a fan.

With luck it will rain the rest of the week… 😈

June 1, 2018   No Comments

June First

June 1st:

The official start of the hurricane season.

Events:
1495 – Friar John Cor records the first known batch of Scotch whisky.
1660 – Mary Dyer is hanged in Boston, Massachusetts, for defying a law banning Quakers from the colony. She is considered by some to be the last religious martyr in what would become the United States.
1890 – The United States Census Bureau begins using Herman Hollerith’s tabulating machine to count census returns.
1967 – The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released.
1980 – The Cable News Network (CNN) begins broadcasting.

Births:
1563 – Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, English statesman and spymaster (d. 1612)
1780 – Carl von Clausewitz, Prussian general (d. 1831)
1804 – Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer (d. 1857)

For some reason I didn’t make the list.

June 1, 2018   4 Comments

By The Numbers

1,475:

…in April U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials had told Congress that the agency “was unable to determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,475 unaccompanied alien children.”

Surge in migrant children at government shelters as Trump admin pushes ‘zero tolerance’:

A total of 30,000 children have been referred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement so far this fiscal year, HHS said.

Hurricane Maria death toll may be more than 4,600 in Puerto Rico:

That is more than 9/11 and more than Katrina, but Drumpf gave his response an A+, and isn’t any better prepared for this year’s season that officially starts tomorrow.

Almost 7 per day: the number of lies that Trump is currently averaging.

Today Trump is fishing for apologies from sundry people for various “insults”. When is he going to apologize for any of his lies and insults? Respect is earned – he hasn’t even applied for the “job”…

May 31, 2018   2 Comments

Come & Gone

The National Hurricane Center stopped issuing advisories on Alberto at 4AM CDT and handed it off to the Weather Prediction Center. Heavy rains from the storm are still a flood risk for the Mid-South and the Midwest.

Roseanne Barr started the day as the star of a highly rated sitcom on ABC and then posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, an advisor to former President Obama. She, the rest of the cast, and the show’s crew are now unemployed. ABC, a division of ‘The Mouse’ [Disney], dropped the show as they viewed the Tweet as a violation of network standards. Ms Barr claimed the tweet was a joke.

May 29, 2018   8 Comments

Subtropical Depression Alberto – Day 4

Subtropical Depression AlbertoPosition: 31.4N 86.2W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North [350°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 996 mb ↑.

Currently about 50 miles [ 80km] West-Northwest of Dothan, Alabama.

At 10PM CDT all tropical watches and warnings have been canceled and Alberto has been downgraded to a subtropical depression.

Alberto is beginning to interact with the land and losing strength. At 4PM CDT Alberto came ashore near Laguna Beach, Florida about 43 miles [70km] East of me.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

May 28, 2018   No Comments

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Memorial DayThis is a picture from one of the columbariums at the Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place of many of those who served the United States since the middle of the 19th century.

That is my Father’s marker. He didn’t know those located around his marker, but they all shared service to their country as part of their life.

The country continues to ask for service and people still respond to that call. As you think about the sacrifices represented by Arlington and other cemeteries, ask yourself if you have done what you could to prevent misuse of the willingness of some to serve.

It is rather for us the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

May 28, 2018   2 Comments

Subtropical Storm Alberto – Day 3

Subtropical Storm AlbertoPosition: 28.5N 85.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [315°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Minimum central pressure: 991 mb.

Currently about 95 miles [ 155km] South-Southwest of Apalachicola, Florida.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Gulf Coast from the Suwannee River, Florida to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for portions of the northern Gulf Coast of the United States from Crystal River, Florida, westward to Navarre, Florida.

Alberto has strengthened and slowed down. The current track looks like it will be closer to me, but still to the East leaving me on the weak side.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

May 27, 2018   No Comments

Testing

I’m testing a new anti-spam program. I was satisfied with Akismet, but after updating today, they told me that I had to re-register with WordPress.com. I humored them up to the point where I saw a Google “Lazy G” appear. To hell with that.

I’m trying out a new plug-in, so there may be problems as it gets ‘acquainted’ with y’all.

If anyone is in a European country, I envy you and I’m not tracking you or anyone else. I have enough trouble tracking down my phone and my socks to worry about other people. I don’t knowingly use cookies for anything other than snacks, but I assume WordPress uses a session tag of some sort to keep track of things.

If you are commenting, your chosen user name and a web site, if you chose to include one, are the only things displayed. The e-mail addresses which have to be reasonable but not necessarily real, are used to make spoofing of commenters more difficult.

The GDPR took effect today It appears to be a melding of the worst ideas of the former GDR {German Democratic Republic] and the DPRK [Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea] in that it is officious, intrusive, and ‘for your own good’ whether you want it or not. Despite the fact Cinco Bayou is still in Florida, I have been getting e-mail from everyone I have ever done business with telling me about their new privacy policy.

I guess I’ll go batten down hatches for Alberto’s arrival tomorrow morning.

May 26, 2018   8 Comments

Subtropical Storm Alberto – Day 2

Subtropical Storm AlbertoPosition: 23.9N 84.6W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [015°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1001 mb ↓.

Currently about 120 miles [195 km] West-Southwest of the Dry Tortugas.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Dry Tortugas in the Florida Keys; the west coast of the Florida peninsula from Bonita Beach to the Anclote River; and the northern Gulf Coast from the Aucilla River westward to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Mouth of the Pearl River.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for portions of the northern Gulf Coast of the United States from Crystal River, Florida, westward to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

May 26, 2018   No Comments

Subtropical Storm Alberto

Subtropical Storm AlbertoPosition: 19.4N 85.7W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East [090°] near 5 mph [ 7 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb.

Currently about 180 miles [ 290 km] South-Southwest of the western tip of Cuba.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum to Cabo Catoche; the western Cuban province or Pinar del Rio; and for portions of the northern Gulf Coast of the United States from Indian Pass, Florida, westward to Grand Isle, Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and metropolitan New Orleans.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for portions of the northern Gulf Coast of the United States from Horseshoe Beach, Florida, westward to the Mouth of the Mississippi River.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

May 25, 2018   No Comments

DON’T PANIC!

Towel Day

You do know where your towel is?

May 25, 2018   2 Comments