Breaking News – Bark Bark Woof Woof The Blog of Mustang Bobby Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:55:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 90241377 Primary Results Wed, 29 Aug 2018 07:45:26 +0000 Florida is setting up for an election between two very different candidates and ideologies in the governor’s race: Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee for the Democrats and Rep. Ron DeSantis for the Republicans.  They couldn’t be more different if you were asked by Central Casting to choose two polar opposites, and that seems to be the theme for the election as a whole, from governor down to local contests.

Andrew Gillum is African-American, setting up the possibility of being the first black governor of the state, and got backing from Bernie Sanders.  He came from behind to win in a field that included Gwen Graham, a one-term Congress-person and the daughter of former governor and senator, Bob Graham.  Ron DeSantis came out of the woodwork to beat Adam Putnam, who has been running for the office since he was in high school, thanks to a tweet by Trump.  He’s a Trumper all the way and this race is going to get really nasty really quickly; there are still parts of the state where whistling Dixie isn’t just an expression, and setting up an unapologetic liberal with a right-wing Trump-sucker will bring national focus, and that means lots of money for PAC ads and all sorts of shit.

Speaking of all sorts of shit, the Senate race between incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott has been set for months, and that too is going to be a study in contrasts.  Mr. Nelson is old school; moderate, unassuming, and competent, while Gov. Scott has been a disaster for the environment, education, and still stinking of corruption.

Locally — as in Miami-Dade County — the race a lot of people have been focused on is the one for U.S. House District 27, which happens to be my district.  Ileana Roz-Lehtinen, a somewhat moderate Republican, is retiring, and the primary race generated a lot of contenders, including David Richardson, who is openly gay.  Donna Shalala, who served as Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration and then was president of the University of Miami from 2001-2015, came back to the area, dumped a ton of money into the race, and won.  She will go up against Maria Salazar, guaranteeing that the district will send a woman to Congress.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about how Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, the Republican running for Congress who claimed that she was abducted by Christ-like aliens and still keeps in touch with them via telepathy did, she got 1,684 votes.  The endorsement by the Miami Herald was a big help.

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What A Day It Was Wed, 22 Aug 2018 07:11:32 +0000 Just to recap August 21, 2018: Paul Manafort was convicted on eight counts; Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts and in doing so implicates Trump in violating campaign finance laws; Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), a vocal supporter of Trump, was indicted on campaign finance charges, along with his wife.

And my niece gave birth to a baby boy.

Eight And Eight Tue, 21 Aug 2018 21:23:46 +0000 Paul Manafort has been convicted on eight counts, and Michael Cohen pleads guilty to eight counts.

In addition, Mr. Cohen said that he paid off two women to silence them at the direction of Trump.

Cue up Brunhilde.

They’re Out Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:44:17 +0000 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.

And Another One Goes Down Tue, 08 May 2018 06:51:03 +0000 New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, resigned last night over allegations of sexual abuse of women.


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.

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Short Takes Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:00:44 +0000 Trump still undecided on attacking Syria.

Never mind: Trump considering rejoining TPP.

Inspectors back UK findings in Russia poisoning case.

Woman accuses Missouri governor of abuse.

Thunderstorm destroys Taj Mahal minarets.

Short Takes Thu, 12 Apr 2018 07:00:25 +0000 Trump says “missiles will be coming.”

Plane crash kills hundreds in Algeria.

Zuckerberg says his private data was harvested.

FBI raid on Cohen’s office sought information on “Access Hollywood” tape.

Tolkien’s first Middle Earth story to be published this summer.

Ryan’s Nope Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:16:50 +0000 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.

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Short Takes Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:00:17 +0000 Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is in an arms race with Russia.

Twenty dead in Brazil prison break attempt.

Trump cancels trip to Latin America summit.

Suspects in beating of gay couple on South Beach under arrest.

Politicians are not invited to the royal wedding.

Raid On Cohen Tue, 10 Apr 2018 07:28:42 +0000 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.

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