Tuesday, July 10, 2018

They’re Out

The rescue of the kids and their soccer coach from the cave in Thailand has been completed successfully.  Let it be remembered that former Thai Navy diver Saman Gunan died in the attempt to bring them out.

Now that they’re safe, let’s turn our attention to the more than 2,000 children that are still being held hostage by the Trump administration.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

And Another One Goes Down

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, resigned last night over allegations of sexual abuse of women.

Damn.

It took about three hours from the time the news broke to his leaving office.  Meanwhile, the Republican governor of Missouri, basically accused of the same charges, remains in office as if nothing had happened, to say nothing of Trump, who has a long history of serial assault.

Tell me again how all political parties are the same.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ryan’s Nope

Via the Washington Post:

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) has told friends and several colleagues that he has decided not to seek reelection this year and will soon inform colleagues of his plans, according to several people familiar with his plans.

The decision comes ahead of mid-term elections that were already looking treacherous for Republicans, who risk losing control of the House.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.  Let the rake do it.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Raid On Cohen

Now we’re getting somewhere.

The F.B.I. raided the Rockefeller Center office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, on Monday morning, seizing business records, emails and documents related to several topics, including a payment to a pornographic film actress.

Mr. Trump, in an extraordinarily angry response, lashed out hours later at what a person briefed on the matter said was an investigation into possible bank fraud by Mr. Cohen. Mr. Trump accused his own Justice Department of perpetrating a “witch hunt” and asserted that the F.B.I. “broke in to” Mr. Cohen’s office.

The president, who spoke at the White House before meeting with senior military commanders about a potential missile strike on Syria, called the F.B.I. raid a “disgraceful situation” and an “attack on our country in a true sense.”

It is not clear how the F.B.I. entered Mr. Cohen’s office, but agents had a search warrant and typically would have presented it to office personnel to be let in. The documents identified in the warrant date back years, according to a person briefed on the search.

The prosecutors obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from the special counsel in the Russia investigation, Robert S. Mueller III, according to Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, who called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.” The search does not appear to be directly related to Mr. Mueller’s investigation, but most likely resulted from information that he had uncovered and gave to prosecutors in New York.

The louder he screams, the closer they’re getting.

Charlie Pierce:

The FBI doesn’t raid the offices of high-end lawyers unless they are absolutely sure about what they’re looking for, and absolutely sure they’re inbounds, too. Attorney-client privilege is a serious business, and that’s a good thing. It’s pretty plain that this is a serious turn in Robert Mueller’s investigation. It’s also pretty plain that his investigation is going everywhere it can possibly go.

And knowing how Trump lashes out at anything nearby when he gets riled, folks in Syria better brace for an air raid.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018

Short Takes

Oklahoma teachers continue their march to the state capital.

Pruitt under pressure: EPA chief’s problems keep growing.

Yeah right: Trump says he was unaware of payment to Stormy Daniels.

Cyclist fired for flipping off Trump sues her former employer.

New Russia sanctions go after oligarchs.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Short Takes

87 million: That’s the number of Facebook users who got swept by Cambridge Analytics.

Trump backs off immediate Syrian withdrawal.

National Guard at the border will not touch immigrants.

No kidding: Rubio says federal funds needed to help the Keys recover from hurricane damage.

There are dozens of black holes at the center of the Milky Way.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

FIU Bridge Collapse

Here’s a link to local coverage from WTVJ in Miami.  The death toll stands at six according to reports.

It could have been a lot worse; Florida International University is on spring break so there was less traffic than normal, and the bridge was still under construction so there were no pedestrians on it at the time.  But the road that the bridge crossed, SW 8th Street, also known as Tamiami Trail, is a major east-west artery and is always busy.

(My office is ten miles east of FIU and I heard about it via Facebook.  But I marked myself safe just in case.)