Saturday, December 14, 2019

Rudy’s Terrible Risk and the Friday Pick Six

As regular readers know, Rudy shot off to Ukraine in the midst of the impeachment hearings on these exact issues, to manipulate even more American policy and politics. It is smply astounding. One can only hope that Parnas’s information, the stuff he’s turning over to the FBI and Congress, leads to an arrest soon. Someone is paying for Rudy’s trips, someone who wants Rudy screwing all this up. That person is likely rooted in Russia, somehow, and the money must be well-covered, at least till this point. Parnas will tell the FBI, and they can act accordingly, we hope. But until that time, it is criminal that Secretary Pompeo is allowing all this to happen. Pompeo is responsible for all official foreign affairs and policy, yet doing absolutely nothing, in public at least. Pompeo is also risking everything. He may not know it, or at least may not deeply appreciate it. But he is getting called out. I find it highly inappropriate that a private citizen, Mr. Giuliani, is leading his own personal, highly-partisan investigation into U.S. assistance to Ukraine. @SecPompeo, take charge ! Why are you allowing OUR diplomacy to be privatized like this? Show some swagger ! — Michael McFaul (@McFaul) December 6, 2019 **** So Friday got here, somehow. This week flew by for me. I had too much to do, a birthday on Wednesday, and navigating some dad stuff that wasn’t easy. So the week is a blur. Friday is big for that group of a few dozen rabid readers of the “six” that are involved in critiquing choices in email and twitter, I sure wouldn’t want to disappoint a chance to question the offerings. 🙂  I love the feedback, even when you tastes are questionable. Smile. Your Friday pick-six. WHAT YOU SHOULD PICK TO CLICK Alright, normally we go with alt-rock from the best decade for new music, the 90s. Change of pace here, pure beauty. Freddy Jones Band: In a Daydream, some of the best singing and guitar architecture you’ll hear. BEST FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEKEND Going out west, home, for the Pac 12 championship, where my former employer, the University of Utah, vies for a spot in the national championship four. #5 Utah v. #13 Oregon TONIGHT: 7:00 p.m. Central, ABC BRAINFOOD TO IMPRESS NICOLE Really pushing the envelope this week. We tackle the theory of everything that haunted Einstein. Einstein died with a notebook in his lap, equations all over the page. He never got it, and no one else has, either, to this day.   BEST THING ON THE INTERNET Short one. Turns out, flat earthers ain’t that smart. They’re struggling with the concept of “round.” W. T. F? pic.twitter.com/bG3p9ybx4C — Abby Normal 🌊 (@KARAinFLA) December 5, 2019 BEST THING ON THE INTERNET THAT INVOLVES A DOG Going with puppies is a wayyy too easy. But wow, puppies easily overheat and love their stomachs on cool surfaces. My old dog did this type of thing when a baby. I cannot resist. “Puppy walk” – and zooms! – he’s beat. When your zooms are at 0% pic.twitter.com/940L69FOCo — Dogs are the best people (@_TheBestDogs) December 5, 2019 Bonus dogs. Because it’s important to realize that animals kill for food, not fun, like people. Weiner dogs may look like hot dogs but […]
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Fox News and Tucker Carlson are rooting for Russia. Here’s why I’m not.

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And the winner is (will be)… Bernie Sanders

I’m no seer, and Bernie was not my first choice, but I now fully believe Bernie Sanders will be the Democrat’s nominee to take the on Donald Trump in the 2020 general election. I don’t know why I...

Matt Gaetz Goes to War With Georgia Governor, and Friday Pick Six

Matt Gaetz knows that daddy knows best, indeed Gaetz owes his station in life to adhering to the principle. Representative Gaetz did  not like the fact that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp   has chosen to ignore Trump’s directive on whom to nominate to the U.S. Senate, and will make the choice himself. Trump wanted Doug Collins because of course he did. Trump wants the most loyal Trumpers in place. “Loyalty” is the only quality Trump values. Matt Gaetz is loyal and went after Kemp on Twitter. We can get to the heart of the action by including three tweets in one here just below: So Matt Gaetz thinks trump is a God. https://t.co/d84boEXQdT — Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) November 29, 2019 Nice, huh? Just to make it slightly crazier, Gaetz had to “go at it” with some responders on Twitter and did it with typical Gaetz “dignity.” PS – I adamantly deny wearing jean shorts or anything acid-washed after 1998, but that isn’t the real point. I do own some jeans on the tighter side, which is nothing to be ashamed about. — Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) November 29, 2019 Holy shit, dude. Grip yourself. Maybe just have a beer or two, instead of thirteen, maybe? Okay, even though it doesn’t “feel” like a Friday, it is, and so we’re going to keep up with traditions even on a holiday weekend and open up our Thanksgiving edition of the Friday Pick Six. WHAT YOU SHOULD PICK TO CLICK I’m posting Coldplay, because I am, that’s why. That and because it’s my daughter and I’s song, sue me (bad idea, for many reasons). “Yellow” BEST FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEKEND The big game: 1 Ohio State v. 13 Michigan ABC 11:00 a.m. CST BRAINFOOD TO IMPRESS NICOLE What it would take to terraform Mars:   BEST THING ON THE INTERNET: Low level flying!   BEST THING ON THE NET THAT INVOLVES A DOG A dog meeting a service member, owner, happy Thanksgiving: She was on duty for 2 years, her dog Murphy doesn't recognize her but what happens later is truly amazing ❤️ pic.twitter.com/FN33BqeB1x — 🌊Fras🌊 ppl's🌊 Choice (@fras99) November 28, 2019 And bonus best thing on the net that involves a monkey. My heart… This little monkey was injured & nursed back to health by a Veterinary Centre in South Africa. When he was rescued, his family followed him to the centre & waited on the roof for weeks. Checkout their reactions…❤️😭 pic.twitter.com/4PvaadqBCu — FierceWarriorNStilettos (@InactionNever) November 28, 2019   YOUR WEEKLY REAL PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT BARLETT: About to nominate the nation’s first woman Chief Justice:   Happy Friday, all, gotta run. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com and on Twitter @MiciakZoom

Trumps Legitimize News Organization that Calls Impeachment “Jew Coup”

This is beyond “unsettling.” And though none of this is “surprising,” it isn’t getting enough attention. Anti-Semitism and racism power the most savage instincts within Trump’s base, and Trump is delivering on their support, a positive feedback loop. First, the headline: what… tf pic.twitter.com/pgGlsKfNcs — Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) November 26, 2019 So, you say, who cares? Tru News is probably just some [skinhead] guy in his basement. Don’t overreact over one racist site. Or, at least that was my first reaction, until I hit the link. Tru News is likely made of skinheads, and it is a far right racist organization (obviously) but it is one that Trump is doing his best to dignify and legitimize. This reporter Trump just called on, who lobbed a softball question about his "great peace deal" in the Middle East, is from TruNews, an far-right/ultra conservative, christian media site that posts Trump-friendly "news" articles. pic.twitter.com/R0KWno6FXd — Melanie Schmitz (@MelsLien) September 26, 2018 Trump called upon a Tru News “reporter” during a presidential press briefing, and no it was not by accident. In any presidential press setting, the president has total control over granting press passes generally, never mind upon whom to call. Trump purposefully lifted “Tru News” to the highest media pedestal in the United States, the ability to attend presidential press-conferences and ask question. “Jew Coup,” says an organization that carries a White House press pass. Not to be outdone, the man who sees himself as the 46th president of the United States, Don Jr. gave an interview to Tru News recently: Reminder that Don Jr. gave that Tru News outlet an interview recently https://t.co/5lHD981jjw — Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) November 26, 2019 This is utterly horrifying. It is also makes me realize that there is another dangerous element at work in the entire impeachment matter that I hadn’t fully appreciated. That being, what happens when Trump and his followers interpet an acquittal as a license to really get abusive? Will this become increasingly “normal”? Of course, it is natural to point out that most Trump supporters are not anti-Semitic and would not tolerate outright anti-Semitism from Trump or the White House. But that assumes that people on the Right will have the courage to even voice their opposition. Right now, perhaps most of the Right-wingers still feel free enough to loudly criticize Trump, should they so choose. That won’t necessarily always be the case, if they continue to grant him unlimited power. Trump enablers might, at some point, enable Trump right out of ever being accountable to anyone, supporter or not,. Even now, pre-impeachment vote, I wonder how many Republicans have chosen to back Trump due to nothing more than abject fear of what Trump does to the people that anger him. Again, we’re not even out of his first term, yet, and think of how far we’ve come. Think of how far Trump can go, if not stopped in impeachment, or by elections. Dictators become even more powerful when they no longer need “support,” only silence, and that is the direction we’re heading. Moreover, keep in mind how tribal society can be. Views that some might have found abhorrent become increasingly tolerated if they are increasingly accepted in one’s tribe. This isn’t just some skinhead in his basement with a website. This […]
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After Trump is acquitted it will be necessary to impeach him again….and again

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Something is happening here. What are we not being told?

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If You’re Ready to Give Up on the World, Read About These Elephants, Reaffirm...

As we sit and watch how an entire nation’s foreign policy was reconstructed to serve the political purposes of one man, it is easy to lose hope. For that reason, I suspect it is a good idea to take a break, for just a moment, and take-in a jaw dropping act of love, perpetrated by a better species, elephants. I intend to get to the bottom of what happened here and will continue to research this matter, but at this point, I am just stunned by what I am reading. I am certain there is some embellishment, but wow: A herd of elephants marched 12 hours to the house of Lawrence Anthony after he died – the man who saved them. They stayed there silent for two days. Exactly one year after his death, to the day, the herd marched to his house again. It is something that science cannot explain. pic.twitter.com/xWJXJW3vJw — Jordan Coombe (@Jordan_Coombe) November 18, 2019 Science cannot explain it because science will not look into anything that isn’t pure reductionism, unfeeling, devoid of spirit, molecule to molecule. If an endeavor rejects spirit and love, how can that discipline understand what these elephants did? I am a scientists, trained biologist, and yet science has a blindside, that is certain. I cannot understand it, but I am going to look into it more closely, because I desperately want to know all that I can about this. More information: This incident of 2012 was narrated by his wife Francoise Malby Anthony in her book https://t.co/N9GAnFleBC pic.twitter.com/gs341rGIBu — Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) November 19, 2019 And more information here. And some more information with respect to a sanctuary in Tennessee. There is an amazing elephant rescue in Tennessee. I dare you not to cry when you see this piece. It’s been around awhile but gets to me every time. https://t.co/rIcgiKL0OI — BABB (@Stumpycat1145) November 19, 2019 For some reason, I thought we could all use a break to contemplate something “bigger” (ha) and better than ourselves. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com and on Twitter @MiciakZoom
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At long last, sir. Have you no decency? In a word, yes.

There’s no doubt about it, there’s definitely frigging in the rigging. It appears that as these primaries are going on, the more moderate wing of the Democratic party may be exerting a little influence. While a die hard socialist like Bernie Sanders may never waver, Elizabeth Warren seems to have moderated her heath care stance a bit, by coming out for a Medicare for all “option.” That seems to be in opposition to her earlier stated goal of entirely government run healthcare, with no private insurance interference in the market. Maybe she got the memo that her stance was limiting her appeal. But that is not the reason for this article, just a little news tidbit thrown in for your consideration. The main thrust of this article is what may appear to be a dynamic in the race that is starting to show, but that is not based fundamentally on policy. For this purpose I am going to reference both national as well as early primary state polling. I’ll be blunt, I’m terribly disappointed in Joe Biden. Even before he got in the race, he was the odds on front runner. But after a balls-to-the-wall online roll out, followed by a door buster announcement rally, the campaign has languished. He has seemed to be lackluster and uninspired, and has struggled with his past record. He has also been gaffe prone, which may have led his campaign to shelter him from too many personal appearances, which is exactly the opposite of what early state primary voters want, they crave the personal attention. Worst of all, his debates have been terrible. I expected a much better showing from Joe Biden, a man I greatly respect. On the other hand, at least 3 polls show South Bend Mayor Pete Buttieing topping the field in Iowa, outside of the margin of error in two of them. And there is at least one poll that shows him a strong third place in New Hampshire, the first in the nation primary, a week after the Iowa caucuses. Buttigieg is the mayor of the third largest city in the state of Indiana, which is not known for being a population giant. And yet he is surging in the early state polls. Why? There is a plethora of other highly qualified, highly personable, and highly effective campaigners out there, looking to make their mark. But when you look at the polling, you have a man whom many consider to be too “mainstream” for the party’s recent bent leading the national polls, and a young up and comer, with no relative national exposure, half of whose supporters call him “Mayor Pete,” to avoid his last name, surging to the front. What gives. I have a theory. Pet Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden on one side of a line, and everybody else in the field on the other. Now, look at Biden and Buttigieg, how they look, how they appear, just how they feel. And then do that on the other side. I think you’ll find that when you look at Biden and Buttigieg, you’ll realize that there’s something there, something ephemeral, something you can’t quite put into words, but something that you know is there just as surely as you know exactly where to scratch when it itches. It’s called decency. There’s just something about the two of them that says that […]
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Putin’s longterm aim: reverse America’s Cold War win

Republicans were once proud of claiming that Ronald Reagan won the Cold War. “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear down this wall” was the moment often cited as the key point of challenge in a war that...

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