Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thursday's Exhale

After coming up for air yesterday, it was one long sigh today:

Gas company’s plan for speedy replacement work raises safety fears

They do it too quick and their could be more explosions, they do it the way it should be it's no heat or hot water this winter. Then there is the co$t.

Temporary visa holders divided over plan to shake up green card system

I'm glad the Globe is looking out for them.

The vexing search for an effective way to prevent shark attacks

Republicans taking grave risks in Kavanaugh case

Why? 

All women monolithic in their thinking

No backlash the other way given the unfairness and all?

RelatedKavanaugh Accuser Rejects Senate Hearing as Unfair

With each day that goes by this looks more and more like a political stunt, and a particularly lame one at that. 

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Red Sox banner returned 

They still haven't clinched.

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Trump admits ‘We have an attorney general,’ but says he’s disappointed in him for many reasons

He is not the only one.

Police: 3 injured, suspect dead in Wisconsin office attack

Was just a photograph in my printed paper.

Army stopped expelling immigrant recruits, but e-mail suggests it’s still trying

Cody Wilson, Promoter of 3D-Printed Guns, Charged With Sexual Assault of Child

NRA membership is up since Parkland killings

You mean pushing the gun control agenda backfired?

Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison

Police kill gunman after he shoots 4 in court lobby

Man pleads guilty to ‘Field of Dreams’ site vandalism

Trump: ‘We will be 100 percent’ with storm victims 

Now was that intentionally left off the Nation roster (click down once to see), or just you know?

Trump says he regrets not firing Comey sooner
President claims he’s OK with Manafort’s cooperation
Trump says 9/11 memorial reminded him of wall

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North Korea leader offers to dismantle nuclear test site

Talks between the United States and North Korea have reached an impasse over who should make the next move. Washington wants Pyongyang to take a meaningful step toward dismantling its nuclear weapons program. North Korea, however, is pushing for the United States to declare the 1950-1953 Korean War formally over, and claims Trump made a promise to that effect in Singapore.

Members of Trump’s own administration are known to be more wary about North Korea’s intentions, and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Trump political ally who is influential on national security, tweeted that he was concerned Moon’s visit would undermine efforts by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to impose ‘‘maximum pressure’’ on Pyongyang through sanctions.

There wasn’t enough in terms of new, concrete promises to satisfy many experts. Within Trump’s own administration, senior officials want North Korea to begin by declaring its nuclear and missile sites, rather than making piecemeal, unilateral concessions. Experts also believe that North Korea has continued to build nuclear weapons this year.

And the Vietnamese fired on US warships, Iraqis threw Kuwaiti babies out of incubators, Saddam had WMD, and Assad gassed his own people.

Najib Razak, Former Malaysian Prime Minister, to Face More Charges

Report: South Sudan troops raped, killed while peace pursued

Woman dies after storm blows caravan off cliff in Ireland

Macron’s new outburst gets business nod, draws web scorn

Terrorism is down worldwide, but State Department says Iran maintains ‘near-global reach’

Only if you exclude the United States.

EU and UK demand Brexit compromise over Irish border

Pakistan’s ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif freed after court suspends sentence

Catholic bishops plan a complaint hot line for sex abuse

India bans instant divorce by Muslim men

What will they do with the children?

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ACLU challenges jail’s policy of denying methadone to inmates

Man appeals conviction after dismissal of potential juror who said system is ‘rigged’ against black men

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Baker, Warren have large leads in new poll

Democrats hesitant on Gonzalez’s plan to tax big university endowments

The Globe agrees with them because of the numbers.

Can a Massachusetts Democrat beat a tall, popular Republican governor?

It all depends on how he dresses.

A pedestrian was killed and the driver was attacked in apparent retaliation in Watertown

Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition to open at Museum of Fine Arts

EEE is detected in area mosquito
Racial slurs found at elementary school
Hospital names unit for slain police officer
State receives first half of opioid funding

Man suffers life-threatening injury in shooting in Dorchester
Two scooter riders taken for wild ride on hood of car in Everett; driver arrested
Man arraigned in sexual assault case reported by woman who walked out of woods on Mass. Pike
Man charged with threatening Globe workers hires former federal prosecutor to defend him

Where is he getting the money?

Saugus High football coach headed to court to save job

Mass die-off of clams fouls Revere Beach

Hundreds gather in Saugus to remember victim of fatal shark attack

Lawrence teenager killed in gas explosion is mourned at funeral

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Decision on Humana’s Mass. tax break delayed

No kidding: At age 12, he’s running a business

New developer signs on to Andrew Square housing project

TALKING POINTS

China’s premier appeals for free trade amid tariff battle

Trump and Chinese tariffs: How not to make a deal

Europe to investigate Amazon’s dual role of merchant and platform

Stocks finish mixed but bond yields surge

Time to inhale again.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Coming Up For Air

I can't hold my breath that long.

The top story is a ‘another wakeup call,’ the firestorm that Susan Collins is in middle of is beneath the fold, and this is my page A2 National lead (wimping out?).

Part of the problem is there is no pattern like Weinstein and his wife keeps him on a short leash with his balls in a box. The only thing that has changed since 1991 is that victimhood is now a privilege even in the comical charade the confirmation has become.

Related:

"A star collegiate golfer from Spain was attacked and killed by a homeless stranger while she was playing a round alone near her university campus in Ames, Iowa, police said. Celia Barquin Arozamena, who was working toward joining the pro tour while finishing her degree at Iowa State University, was stabbed Monday morning and left dead in a pond on the golf course, police said. Her body was found after fellow players saw her abandoned golf bag. She was 22. Collin Daniel Richards, a 22-year-old with a history of violence and drug use, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Investigators said Richards had recently told an acquaintance he had ‘‘an urge to rape and kill a woman’’ and that he was living in a homeless encampment near the golf course in Ames, about 30 miles north of Des Moines. Police said they recovered a knife and bloody clothing linked to Richards, who had completed a prison sentence in June and had prior convictions for burglary and harassment."

I can see why Long doesn't want the barracks near his home, but at least he wasn't an illegal, and it's a good thing Kavanaugh plays basketball and not golf. Too bad his accuser was also used as a pawn.

Even the behavior of saints has forced us to ask questions of ourselves to bring about necessary change and take a second look at them.

Gas explosions put spotlight on National Grid lockout, safety

The prime suspects?

Other than that, the first lawsuits have been filed amid sharp differences over the cause and the stroking has begun over who will pay?

Jay Gonzalez’s revenue plan would tax state’s major colleges and universties (sic)

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Already gulping and gasping by the time I turn to page A2:

"Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on US lands" Associated Press  September 18, 2018

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration rolled back an Obama-era rule meant to curb climate-changing pollution on Tuesday, easing restrictions on energy companies that allow huge volumes of natural gas to escape after drilling it from US lands. 

Smells so bad, but just wait.

The move rescinds much of a 2016 rule that forced energy companies to capture methane, a key contributor to climate change. The replacement rule from the Interior Department does not have the same mandates for companies to reduce gas pollution.

In other words, it's one of the executive orders Obama put forward in late 2016 after he lost the election (let's face it, the rejection of Clinton was also a rejection of his eight years of criminal and negligent stewardship). He didn't do anything about it before then.

It comes a week after the US Environmental Protection Agency proposed weakening a similar rule for emissions from public and private lands.

‘‘We’re for clean air and water, but at the same time, we’re for reasonable regulations,’’ Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told reporters.

Methane is a component of natural gas that’s frequently wasted through leaks or intentional releases during drilling operations. The gas is considered a more potent contributor to climate change than carbon dioxide, although it occurs in smaller volumes.

That's why they want a carbon tax on you and not a methane tax on gas and oil companies.

The Obama rule had been tied up in the courts ever since its adoption. It was put on hold in April by a federal judge in Wyoming.....

Meaning it never went into effect, so Trump effectively rolled back nothing!!

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Did you notice that they never used the f-word (fracking)?

Related:

"The head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog office announced his retirement Tuesday, leaving subordinates to pursue ongoing ethics probes."

Georgia has stalled in face of voting system risks

The black woman better win then.

Town accused of bias against Orthodox Jews settles lawsuit

For those who doubt the awesomeness of Jewish power.

"Pope Francis continues to be far more liked than disliked, with roughly one-quarter of the public saying they have an unfavorable impression of him, and a sizable share holding no opinion, but the drop-off is notable from earlier in his papacy, when his messages about acceptance toward gay people and other groups received widespread positive media attention, fueling his popularity....."

Trump must be envious (or proud); however, think of what a band of sick pedophile perverts they were giving positive media attention to in the name of pushing their sick agenda. 

It's a disgusting pre$$ is so many ways!

"A Chicago woman has been charged with making false statements about her contact with a former St. Paul’s School teacher to a grand jury investigating abuse at the school, according to the New Hampshire attorney general’s office. Stephanie A. O’Connell, 28, has been charged with one count of false swearing and one count of conspiracy to commit false swearing, the AG’s office announced Monday. Both counts are misdemeanors. Officials said she made false statements about David O. Pook to the Merrimack County grand jury."

Umm, paging Brett Kavanaugh. 

Of course, we all know a woman would never do that.

Former teacher at St. Paul’s is arrested after alleged relationship with student

Yes, it was ‘badly handled,’ but they are still pursuing charges based on a report that substantiates new allegations of sexual misconduct against 10 ex-staffers, including a late congressman (that would be the trailblazing Gerry Studds, who taught at the ‘haven for predators!’).

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Just thought you might need one after all that.

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"In North Korea, shouts for reunification and peace greet South’s leader" by Choe Sang-Hun New York Times  September 19, 2018

SEOUL — President Moon Jae-in of South Korea was greeted by throngs of North Koreans shouting “Reunification of the fatherland!” as he arrived in the North on Tuesday on a high-stakes mission to persuade its leader, Kim Jong Un, to commit to start dismantling his nuclear weapons program.

Moon is holding his third summit with Kim, a three-day visit during which the two will discuss improving inter-Korean ties and easing tensions along their countries’ border.

The big question hovering over the talks is whether Kim will agree to take steps to convince Washington that he is willing to denuclearize. US officials want to see concrete steps from the North, including submitting a full list of its nuclear weapons and facilities and fissile materials, and they want it to freeze its nuclear activities.

You mean he must appease them? 

Beyond that, think about what they are asking. The U.S. wants a list of what could basically be considered bombing sites. 

Yeah, just turn those right over to the U.S. like Hussein did. 

Kim expressed optimism Tuesday about the future of the negotiations, thanking Moon for helping bring about his June summit meeting with President Trump in Singapore.

“Thanks to that meeting, the situation around the Korean peninsula has stabilized and we can now expect more progress,” Kim said at the start of a two-hour meeting with Moon at the headquarters of the ruling Workers’ Party, according to pool reports from South Korean journalists in Pyongyang, the North’s capital.

What I think we have here, and what I think was decided a long time ago, is Kim knowing that the South, Russia, and China, are going to work around and, if necessary, leave the U.S. behind regarding peace. Russia and China gave him reassurances should the U.S. attack, and Trump is tagging along because he also knows this.

Those who don't know it are the bureaucrats in the bowels of the Deep State, Military-Industrial Complex, and AmeriKan Empire, whose mouthpiece pre$$ spins it as tough Trump getting them to the table over sanctions!

Kim greeted Moon on Tuesday morning at the Pyongyang airport, kicking off a spectacle that stressed the ethnic affinity of the two Koreas, while giving few clues to whether he is willing to give up his nuclear weapons.

When Moon stepped off his plane, a smiling Kim was waiting on the tarmac with a military honor guard and a large crowd of Pyongyang citizens mobilized for his arrival.

As the motorcade carrying Moon and Kim to a state guesthouse wove through Pyongyang, huge crowds, mostly women clad in bright flowing dresses, lined the boulevard, waving pink flowers and chanting for reunification.

Over the years, the North’s propaganda toward the South has mostly focused on ridiculing it as an “American running dog,” but when it seeks warmer ties with the South, it also stresses the ethnic affinity of the two nations.....

You know what propaganda I'm sick and tired of?

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Yup.

RelatedNorth Korea says it will dismantle nuclear complex

And there it is again!

"Cybersecurity firm sees more Iran hacks as US sanctions loomed" by Jon Gambrell Associated Press  September 18, 2018

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An Iranian government-aligned group of hackers launched a major campaign targeting Mideast energy firms and others ahead of US sanctions on Iran, a cybersecurity firm said Tuesday, warning further attacks remain possible as America reimposes others on Tehran.

While the firm FireEye said the so-called ‘‘spear-phishing’’ e-mail campaign only involves hackers stealing information from infected computers, it involves a similar type of malware previously used to inject a program that destroyed tens of thousands of terminals in Saudi Arabia.

The company said that raises the danger level ahead of America reimposing crushing sanctions on Iran’s oil industry in early November.

‘‘Whenever we see Iranian threat groups active in this region, particularly in line with geopolitical events, we have to be concerned they might either be engaged in or prepositioning for a disruptive attack,’’ Alister Shepherd, a director for a FireEye subsidiary, said. 

Yeah, they just laid the groundwork for a coming false flag in which Iran is to be fingered for a preemptive strike (remember that term) that destroys the U.S. financial $y$tem based on the petro-dollar?

Of course, it would never be the false-flagging USraeli governments or the $oftware $ecurity firms that stand to benefit.

Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on FireEye’s report.

FireEye, which often works with governments and large corporations, refers to the group of Iranian hackers as APT33, an acronym for ‘‘advanced persistent threat.’’ APT33 used phishing e-mail attacks with fake job opportunities to gain access to the companies affected, faking domain names to make the messages look legitimate. Analysts described the e-mails as ‘‘spear-phishing’’ as they appear targeted in nature.

FireEye first discussed the group last year around the same time. This year, the company briefed journalists after offering presentations to potential government clients in Dubai at a luxury hotel and yacht club on the man-made, sea-horse-shaped Daria IslandWhile acknowledging their sales pitch, FireEye warned of the danger such Iranian government-aligned hacking groups pose.

I re$t my ca$e. 

Iran is believed to be behind the spread of Shamoon in 2012, which hit Saudi Arabian Oil Co. and Qatari natural gas producer RasGas. The virus deleted hard drives and then displayed a picture of a burning American flag on computer screens. Saudi Aramco ultimately shut down its network and destroyed more than 30,000 computers.

Who was behind Stuxnet, Flame, or Duqu (Israel remains the prime suspect)?

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Yeah, the propaganda that comes with mty pre$$ is suffocating!

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"Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe to publish book" by Matt Zapotosky The Washington Post  September 18, 2018

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who spent 22 years in the FBI, has become something of a lightning rod in the political battles over the FBI and the probe of whether Trump’s campaign interfered in the 2016 election.

A frequent punching bag for President Trump, McCabe was fired from the bureau in March just 26 hours before he could retire, after the inspector general presented Justice Department leadership with allegations that McCabe had authorized a disclosure to the media and then lied repeatedly to investigators about it.

Other than that he was a quiet guy who kept copious notes and kept his mouth shut. It ended up making him his share of friends and enemies.

McCabe alleged that his termination was politically motivated, meant to discredit the bureau and the ongoing Russia probe, but his problems would deepen. The inspector general soon released his findings publicly and referred them to federal prosecutors to explore whether the FBI’s former No. 2 official should be charged with a crime. The DC US attorney’s office in recent months has been using a grand jury in that investigation — a sign of its seriousness.

McCabe was once a key player in the Russia investigation, having taken over leadership of the bureau after Trump fired FBI director James Comey.....

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One can only hope the book tells you more than that shallow and superficial pos.

"Trump suggests his declassifying Russia documents will expose FBI wrongdoing" by Matt Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett The Washington Post  September 18, 2018

President Trump on Tuesday repeated a specious claim that the FBI spied on his campaign and suggested that his decision to declassify documents from the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election would reveal misconduct by federal law enforcement.

So the Washington ComPost is going to deny what everybody knows, huh?

In morning tweets apparently quoting from a television appearance by Representative Peter King, a New York Republican, Trump wrote, ‘‘What will be disclosed is that there was no basis for these FISA Warrants, that the important information was kept from the court, there’s going to be a disproportionate influence of the (Fake) Dossier. Basically you have a counter terrorism tool used to spy on a presidential campaign, which is unprecedented in our history.’’

Yeah, I saw that show. Everything he said was true, and Obama was Nixon on steroids. Nixon only used the national security and law enforcement agencies to help him try and cover it up while lying to them; Obama used those very same agencies to actually commit the offenses. That is why he basically has to shut up, imho.

And that reminds me, remember when the pre$$ (and the WaComPo) used to lunge at these kinds of documents rather than running from them like they do now?

The tweet is a reference to Trump’s Monday night order that the Justice Department declassify materials related to the Russia investigation, including portions of a secret court order to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The order was issued under what is known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is commonly referred to in national security circles as FISA.

I chided the Globe for ignoring it and they turned the page in him long ago.

Democrats and former national security officials have said Trump’s directive is a dangerous one — threatening to undermine an investigation of his own campaign and potentially revealing confidential law enforcement sources. Representative Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Monday that the order was a ‘‘clear abuse of power’’ and that based on his conversations with federal law enforcement officials, the FBI and Justice Department would consider the release of these materials ‘‘a red line that must not be crossed as they may compromise sources and methods.’’

Between this and Kavanaugh, I am entirely disgusted with Democrats and will never vote for one ever again even there is no other name on the ballot. I'll leave it blank then.

The Justice Department, though, offered a somewhat muted initial reaction, saying in a statement that such a command from the president ‘‘triggers a declassification review process that is conducted by various agencies within the intelligence community,’’ and officials were ‘‘already working with the Director of National Intelligence to comply with the President’s order.’’

To not comply would be to defy the president and commit treason under the Constitution, so they will slowwalk and stonewall.

It was not immediately clear how soon any of the material could be made public.

That is where the print copy got redacted.

The president’s conservative allies had this month appealed directly to the president to release the materials, and they praised Trump’s directive as a win for transparency. Like the president, they have accused the Justice Department of hiding information they say would be damaging to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference.

That's the thing: Obama came in as the transparent president and prosecuted more whistleblowers while classifying more material than any president in history (just part of the illusion that made up that hypocritical persona and pre$$ imagery during his tenure) while this president has been one of the most transparent yet. 

In addition to ordering the declassification of the Page order, Trump commanded the Justice Department to declassify interviews conducted in the preparation of it. He also commanded the department to release the investigation-related text messages of former Justice Department and FBI officials who he has frequently criticized: former FBI director James Comey, former deputy director Andrew McCabe, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and former Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

The Globe never got up again after Strzoking out, but who remembers, huh (come to think of it, where has Lanny been?), and the path you want to follow is Ohr's.

Thousands of text messages from Strzok and Page already have been made public. That is because the inspector general discovered the two, who were involved in both the Russia investigation and the probe of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server, were exchanging anti-Trump sentiments, and their communications were eventually turned over to Congress and released publicly.

Since The Washington Post first revealed the existence of the Page surveillance order last year, details of the classified court orders also have been trickling out.....

That is because at bottom, the Globe is literally a Clinton paper.

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Related: 

"Three months before the 2016 election, a small group gathered at Trump Tower to meet with Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son. One was an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation. Another was an emissary for two wealthy Arab princes. The third was a Republican donor with a controversial past in the Middle East as a private security contractor. At the time, the emissary was also promoting a secret plan to use private contractors to destabilize Iran. The meetings, which have not been reported previously, are the first indication that countries other than Russia may have offered assistance to the Trump campaign....." 

I'm sorry, NYT, SAY AGAIN?

The contractor is Erik Prince (brother of Betsy DeVos) of Blackwater fame, the specialist is Joel Zamel, whose company employs several Israeli former intelligence officers specializing in collecting information and shaping opinion through social media and was paid up to $2 million, and the emissary would be the infamous Israeli fixer and interventionist George Nader, a convicted pedophile with a shadowy past, who frequently met with Jared Kushner and Michael Flynn.

"Senate backs bill to avert shutdown, boost military spending" by Matthew Daly Associated Press  September 18, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging, $854 billion bill that funds the military and a host of civilian agencies for the next year and provides a short-term fix to keep the government open through early December.

The measure includes $675 billion for the Defense Department and boosts military pay by 2.6 percent, the largest pay raise in nine years. The bill also approves spending for Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and other agencies, including a 5 percent boost for the National Institutes of Health.

Oh, the Globe hates a parade, and that boost in pay is a shot at Obama.

Beyond that, it looks like the Democrats can't complain either!

Senators approved the bill 93-7. The measure now goes to the House, where lawmakers are expected to approve it next week, days ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline for a government shutdown.

The Senate vote comes as House and Senate negotiators work to approve a separate spending bill that would pay for the Interior, Agriculture, Transportation, and other departments, as well as the Treasury and federal courts. When combined with a measure approved last week, the three compromise spending bills would account for nearly 90 percent of annual federal spending.

The rest was, again, redacted.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, Republican of Alabama, called the bill approved Tuesday historic, noting that the package boosts funding for medical research and the opioid epidemic, while providing troops with the largest pay raise in nearly a decade.

‘‘We are making real progress here’’ in approving spending bills before the new budget year begins Oct. 1, Shelby said. ‘‘We are going to make the appropriations trains run again.’’

The focus on agency-level spending bills marks a departure from recent years, when Congress routinely ignored individual spending measures in favor of giant ‘‘omnibus’’ spending packages that fund the entire government all at once — often after the new budget year had begun. 

Because Trump said he wouldn't sign another one of them.

The Senate had not passed a spending bill covering Labor or Health in more than a decade before approving one last month.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations panel, said he was pleased that the compromise bill eliminates contentious policy riders that Leahy and other lawmakers call ‘‘poison pills.’’ Such riders frequently lead to a spending bill’s defeat even as lawmakers from both parties agree on a vast majority of spending priorities.

‘‘We did our job and focused on what we should be doing — making responsible, thoughtful decisions about how to fund these federal agencies and leaving controversial policy issues out of it,’’ Leahy said in a refrain that has become familiar on the Senate floor in recent weeks as Leahy, Shelby, and other leaders fend off partisan proposals. 

Now if you will excuse him, he has to head over to the Judiciary Committee meeting over Kavanaugh!

Utah Senator Mike Lee, a conservative Republican, blasted the bill for failing to address right-to-life issues.

‘‘For the second straight year of unified Republican governance — unified pro-life governance — Congress’s annual spending bills will include no new reforms protecting unborn children, or getting federal taxpayers out of the abortion business,’’ Lee said. 

That's odd considering the defen$e money that will be used to also abort lives (in a manner of speaking).

Despite Lee’s comments, under longstanding law and regulations, federal funds cannot be used to pay for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or when the woman’s life is endangered. Planned Parenthood, a major provider of health care services, receives federal family-planning grants and separately provide abortions.

The bill approved Tuesday provides $147.9 billion for military equipment and upgrades, including $24.2 billion for 13 Navy ships, including two Virginia-class submarines and three fast-moving littoral combat ships. The relatively small ships are intended to operate in congested areas near the shore against small boats and mines.

The bill also includes $9.3 billion for 93 new F-35 aircraft and more than $4 billion for Black Hawk, Apache, and other helicopters.

Let's just hope the gas main doesn't blow up under your car or in the basement, or the bridge fall down when you are crossing it.

The 5 percent boost for NIH is the fourth straight significant increase for the biomedical research agency. The measure would hike spending for Alzheimer’s research to more than $2.3 billion, essentially quadrupling spending levels from four years ago on a disease that requires hundreds of billions of dollars for dementia-related care.

The bill also would provide a $206 million increase for treatment of opioid addiction, bringing spending to $3.8 billion to confront what lawmakers called an epidemic of abuse. It would also boost spending for the Head Start preschool program and increase maximum Pell Grants for college education. 

It's a win-win for everyone, huh?

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"Trump says US considering permanent military base in Poland" by Justin Sink Bloomberg  September 18, 2018

President Trump said the US is looking ‘‘very seriously’’ at establishing a permanent military base in Poland.

Polish President Andrzej Duda, eager to secure a commitment, said his country would not only help pay for the facility but name it ‘‘Fort Trump.’’

I saw that, and Trump looked not only humbled by it but like he didn't even want it named after him, like he thought it was stupid. Then he he just kind of went along with it according to the way I read his body language. 

Trump raised the possibility of a new base during a meeting Tuesday with Duda in the Oval Office, telling reporters the two would discuss the issue, and ‘‘we’re looking at it very seriously.’’

‘‘Poland is willing to make a very major contribution to the United States to come in and have a presence in Poland,’’ Trump added. ‘‘If they’re willing to do that, it’s something we will certainly talk about.’’

At a press conference afterward, Duda said Poland would name the facility after Trump. Duda offered to pay ‘‘billions’’ of dollars to defray the costs of the base, Trump said.

The Polish leader has sought additional military support from the United States, citing the risk posed by an emboldened and expansionist Russia. Duda has asked for a permanent US military base in Poland to serve as a deterrent, and his government has said it would contribute financially to the establishment of such a facility.

Beyond the blatant anti-Russian propaganda posing as news we get a permanent deterrent in Poland. 

What does that mean? 

Is anything permanent? 

If so, should the U.S. not have bases in Germany and Japan?

What if the "enemy" becomes a "friend?"

After Russia seized Crimea during Barack Obama’s administration, the United States and NATO allies established a constant, but fluctuating, rotation of troops in Poland under the European Reassurance Initiative. Poland has argued for a permanent, costlier plan, including a headquarters.

Not only did they not seize Crimea, the whole Obama coup of 2014 has been totally whitewashed by Bloomberg. 

Of course, then they would have to explain that once that happened Crimea voted to secede from the Ukraine, and that they then petitioned Russia to join, and Russia accepted. 

If Bloomberg provided that background, they would then out themselves and their lousy and distorted "journalism." 

The fact that they repeat lies and distortions makes one question reading them at all.

The construction of a base would risk upsetting Russian President Vladimir Putin even as Trump has warmed relations with the Kremlin. 

WTF? 


Really? 

Trump tried to warm relations with them and you saw what happened.

As for upsetting Putin (or any other Russian leader), since when has the AmeriKan Empire given a sh!t?

The plan may meet opposition among European allies chagrined by Poland’s turn toward autocracy, including a revamping of the judiciary that critics say will remove judges who won’t take orders from politicians.

Still blaming them for getting you into World War II, huh?

Poland says it already meets the NATO goal of spending 2 percent of its gross domestic product on defense, a target that Trump has criticized other European allies for failing to meet.

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That was $weet music to Trump's ears. 

This hit a sour note with me:

"Putin blames downing of Russian plane in Syria on ‘tragic chance events,’ plays down Israeli culpability" by Louisa Loveluck The Washington Post  September 18, 2018

BEIRUT — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday described the downing of a Russian plane in Syria as the result of ‘‘tragic chance events,’’ appearing to dial back a rare flare-up in tensions with Israel.

Fifteen Russian service personnel were killed late Monday after Syrian air defenses hit their reconnaissance plane. Russia’s Defense Ministry had initially claimed that the crash was indirectly the fault of Israel, saying that the Israeli military had not given adequate warning to the Russian aircraft and that Israeli pilots had used the plane as cover while they attacked Syrian targets, but Putin, speaking in Moscow on Tuesday, played down claims of Israeli culpability. ‘‘It looks most likely in this case that it was a chain of tragic chance events, because an Israeli aircraft did not shoot down our aircraft. But, without any doubt, we need to seriously get to the bottom of what happened,’’ he said.

Well, forget him then. All the Putin sycophants one the web talking about him being some kind of hero, wrong. He's just as much a Zionist puppet and tool as the rest. They kill his soldiers while deceptively using the flight as cover (why does the U.S.S. Liberty now ring through my head like a bell?) and he cuts 'em a pass. I understand not wanting to escalate tensions, but at what point does one stop appeasing the blood-dripping-from-the-fangs Zionists?

Now look at this event from the Syrian and Iranian perspective (forgetting that Putin violated Syrian sovereignty by agreeing to the deal in Idlib with Erdogan). Will he really be there for you? I know what he has said, but.... ?? 

Of course, no one is there for the Palestinians.

Russia, which began carrying out airstrikes in support of the Syrian government in September 2015, is one of President Bashar Assad’s strongest allies in a war that has entangled competing international powers.

In a sign of the conflict’s broader dimensions, Israel’s air campaign in Syria is aimed at checking archrival Iran, Assad’s other key ally, which has deepened its influence by backing progovernment fighters and building military bases in the country.

Yeah, you see, only the U.S. is allowed to do that (see Poland above).

What this also tells you is Assad is not going to ask Iran to leave and might even ask them to stay, and why shouldn't he? They are responsible for him winning on the ground and won't abandon him like Russia might.

Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enjoy a close personal relationship and have used face-to-face meetings to address issues of mutual interest in the Middle East. It was unclear Tuesday whether the latest crisis would test those ties.

‘‘As for retaliatory measures, they will be aimed first and foremost at further ensuring the safety of our military personnel and facilities in Syria. And these will be steps that everyone will notice,’’ Putin said.

The confrontation between Russia and Israel erupted only hours after Russia and Turkey agreed on a plan aimed at averting bloodshed in Syria’s Idlib province, the last-held rebel enclave in the country, ending weeks of speculation that an offensive there would prompt a full-scale humanitarian disaster.

The Kremlin said Tuesday that the downed jet would in no way prevent the Idlib deal from going ahead.

‘‘This incident will have no effect. This agreement is a significant breakthrough,’’ Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

The Israeli military said Tuesday that its fighter jets had targeted a Syrian military facility in the port city of Latakia ‘‘from which systems to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon.’’

The weapons were meant to be used by the Lebanese Shiite militant group to attack Israel ‘‘and posed an intolerable threat,’’ the army said in an unusually detailed statement.

Israel does not usually comment in the aftermath of its strikes in Syria, although military officials said this month that more than 200 have been carried out since 2017.

Yeah, Israel and the United States are the only nations that may violate sovereign nation airspace with impunity.

The Israeli Defense Ministry blamed ‘‘extensive and inaccurate’’ Syrian surface-to-air missile fire for the downing of the Russian plane and said Israeli jets were back inside Israeli airspace when the missiles were launched.

That's a little like blaming the rape victim for resisting, isn't it?

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Fortunately, the French are providing medical aid.

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The Globe editorializes that one year after Maria, Puerto Rico needs final vote on statehood.

And if they reject it?

Look at what has been back-paged already: 

Hurricane Florence’s death toll rises as floodwaters overwhelm region

The victims include a 1-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost her grip on him while trying to get back to dry land.

That is a grief I cannot imagine, and that's what happens when you refuse advice to flee.

Michael Jordan donates $2 million for hurricane relief in N.C.

I'm tremoring in anticipation of the Heinz Awards, aren't you?

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Shark attacks prompt call for better cell service

Where is that bug spray?

"A federal grand jury has indicted a California man on charges that he threatened to shoot and kill Boston Globe journalists, calling them “the enemy of the people” in response to the newspaper’s editorial campaign denouncing President Trump’s political attacks against the press. Grand jurors in US District Court in Boston formally indicted Robert Darrell Chain, 68, on seven counts of use of interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat to injure another person, prosecutors said Tuesday. Chain was arrested last month at his Encino, Calif., home and charged by criminal complaint. He’s free on $50,000 bond and slated to appear in federal court in Boston on Sept. 24. Chain’s wife, Betty Staszek Chain, an attorney representing her husband, has not returned repeated requests for comment. “The seven counts charged in the indictment relate to seven separate threatening phone calls that Chain allegedly made to the Globe newsroom,” prosecutors said in a statement. The alleged threats began Aug. 10, after the newspaper’s editorial page first called on news outlets nationwide to use their opinion pages to support the free press. Authorities determined that all of the threats, some of which were recorded, were made by the same caller. Authorities said they found 20 firearms in Chain’s home, including a semiautomatic rifle purchased in May. No charges have been filed in connection with the guns."

Sorry to breaking the chain regarding what smells like a staged, scripted, and self-inflicted scream for sympathy.

R.I. residents blast town council vote requesting ban on Nike purchases

The proposal was nonbinding and doesn't even require action while it was unclear what — if any — Nike products the town’s departments use, so why was the vote even taken and why did it make print?

Because it keeps the sh** going, isn't it?

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I wouldn't bet on him resuming his NFL career anytime soon (wasn't that good a QB anyway):

"No surprises in early MGM Springfield casino revenue numbers" by Jon Chesto Globe Staff  September 17, 2018

MGM’s new casino in Springfield opened with much fanfare last month: a grand parade featuring Budweiser Clydesdales and a marching band, and a crowd waiting at the door. MGM boasted it received 150,000 visitors in just its first weekend, but what about the casino’s gambling revenue? It’s probably too early for MGM to celebrate on that front. The first returns are in, and they’re essentially unremarkable.

Yeah, the Globe was all in before quickly folding.

MGM [is] on track for over $430 million for a full year. MGM had originally predicted $500 million annually, by year three, but Paul DeBole, a political science professor at Lasell College in Newton, says he would have expected MGM to be jamming in its first week, due to all the media attention and hoopla.

He looks at another metric: average daily revenue per slot machine. By his conservative calculations, using an eight-day period, that figure totals $360 per day, roughly in line with spending at the same time at Plainridge Park, an all-slots casino that opened in 2015. DeBole says he would have expected a much higher figure during MGM’s opening week. 

Not a good omen for your night's worth of betting!

For MGM’s part, at least on the record, it’s all good.

Yes, it’s hard to draw much of a conclusion out of just eight days, but.....

It's looking like the southern New England market for gambling is already saturated.

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So what were they expecting anyway?

Btw, where is the sports betting window?

What do you mean there isn't one yet?

Might want to look in to a lawsuit.


"Once again, Wall Street’s jitters over the escalating US-China trade dispute proved to be short-lived. US stocks closed solidly higher Tuesday as investors largely brushed off the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods. A swift response by China, saying it will increase tariffs on $60 billion worth of US goods, didn’t dampen investors’ mood, either....."

I'm told Trump is getting away with it for now, but if it changes it means investors have turned on him and his presidency will then be effectively over.

Sort of like another CEO:

Tesla facing Justice Department investigation over Elon Musk tweets

The light at the end of the tunnel is a train.

"Indigo Ag lands massive new investment as it pushes new farming practices" by Andy Rosen Globe Staff  September 18, 2018

Indigo Ag president and chief executive David Perry attributed the strong interest in his company to the clamor for innovation in the agricultural industry, decades after the “green revolution” changed the way the world fed its growing population.

“It’s arguably the world’s most important industry. Every human being on the planet depends on it multiple times a day,” he said. “And it’s really the last of the big industries to not be disrupted by new technologies and business models.” 

Or not. Some people on this planet go hungry or starve, and the pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs have changed a lot.

Though years of industrial agriculture have increased the amount of food that can be grown, Perry argues that it has also divorced many plants from natural microbes that help them grow. By restoring those relationships, Indigo said, the company’s technology can further boost production even in situations where water is scarce.

This year, the company has also been pushing an initiative to change the way grain is sold.....

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I was always told not to talk with my mouth full.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Going Under

In more ways than one.

Let's start when we were still barely above water:

Brett Kavanaugh and accuser will testify before Senate panel Monday

This is the story that will ripple all week, and it is not going to end well for one of them. 

Just in case Trump has another nominee waiting in the wings, a rising star in the Republican Party who will no doubt be harassed and be given a good going over; however, he should be able to weather the attacks as long as he isn't tied to any terrorism (was she set-up like Pitts?).

If worst comes to worst, Kavanaugh can always use the Goldstein defense:

"Ex-president of suspended frat to stand trial in sex assault" AP  July 20, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia judge Thursday ordered the former president of a suspended fraternity at Temple University to stand trial on sexual assault charges.

After a preliminary hearing at which his accuser testified Thursday, Ari Goldstein was ordered to stand trial on attempted sexual assault, attempted rape, simple assault, and other charges. One charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse was dismissed, and a formal arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 2.

Temple University officials suspended Alpha Epsilon Pi in April after at least three women alleged they were sexually assaulted at the fraternity house. The reports also included allegations of underage drinking and drug use.

The charges against Goldstein, 21, stem from allegations made by a woman who said she attended a party at the fraternity house this year.

The woman testified that Goldstein locked her in a room at the fraternity house after offering to smoke marijuana with her. He then groped her and tried to force her to perform oral sex, she said. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault.

Goldstein’s attorney, Perry de Marco Sr., said after the hearing that his client had not committed a crime. He called the allegations, ‘‘MeToo gone wild.’’

Goldstein was arrested in May as he was set to leave the country on a scheduled trip to Israel. His bail was set at $2 million at the request of the Philadelphia district attorney’s office, which had originally asked for a higher bond amount.

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Maybe you would like to take a look inside?

The pussies are literally coming out of the woodwork, and I'm not mocking the issue of underage drinking. The Senate panel must fully investigate the accuser’s claims and crucify that little liar on the altar of the establishment (looks like Jim Jordan won't be Speaker of the House, either) if they are fooled by her act.

I'd say the Good Old Playboy's network is over but.....

"Profits are up 25 percent, and Playboy sees lots of opportunities to expand, particularly in the US. Five years ago, Playboy bailed on its licensing business in the domestic market, investing instead in places where the Playboy brand still conveyed an air of American exceptionalism. There are five Playboy clubs, cafes, and beer gardens in Southeast Asia and one in London.  The opening of a New York beachhead gives Playboy Enterprises Inc. a chance to reintroduce the brand in person to an American audience.

I am getting such mixed messages here.

Recently, however, insatiable bed-hopping has lost its glamour. These days, the news is strewn with stories about once-revered men who for years allegedly abused their positions of workplace power in pursuit of serial sexual conquests — in so doing, ultimately wrecking their reputations and careers. 

One still gets excused, even if he is still a lecherous pervert!

That one of the scandals involves the president of the United States allegedly covering up an extramarital affair with a former Playboy Playmate is a further turn of the screw for Playboy’s brand managers. An aura of pin-striped male entitlement is not what they’re after. Playboy is perhaps the most extreme example of the conundrum facing masculine brands in the #MeToo era. Across the retail landscape, marketers have been tamping down the testosterone.

For a while, it looked as if Playboy, too, might turn cottontail and head for safer ground. In the fall of 2015, during the home stretch of Barack Obama’s eight-year tenure, the company announced it would no longer publish nudity in its magazine, but the relative demureness was short-lived. A little more than a month after Donald Trump’s inauguration, Playboy reintroduced nudity....."

So they are blaming Trump for that, too.

Maybe Kavanaugh should have smoked pot instead (and why has no one asked), but I suppose that that would have given him the wrong chemistry for the job.

The next thing you know they will be accusing him of pedophilia.

After police encounter, an uneasy return to Smith College

She is transferring to UMass where there is a more diver$e campus.

Finalists in MLK memorial design competition unveiled

You know, in light of the #MeToo movement, that polecat needs to have his legacy reevaluated.

Recount makes Lori Trahan’s win official in Third District primary

Yes, the gas explosions are fastly fading and oddly enough, life not as normal as yesterday (WTF?!!!!), although they at least have their faith!

Authorities search for cause of Revere fire that displaced 100 residents

You know what is the prime suspect.

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‘Hamilton’ and the sound of dissent

Can't hear ya', Globe.

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Fatalities mount in Florence’s aftermath with water still rising

The FEMA chief was on his way until he was stopped by Congre$$:

FEMA chief’s woes mount as House GOP launches travel inquiry

What a fiend, huh?

Traffic-snarling selfies spur plan for tram to Hollywood sign

I've already had my say regarding $cum celebrities and their spew.

Camel stampedes through circus, injuring 6 children

Did you know camel sh** smells like weed?

Survey shows 2m US teens are vaping marijuana

Ex-senator sentenced to 15 years for child sex trafficking

That will be a one-day wonder, and why doesn't the pre$$ investigate and ferret out those things more?

Prosecutor recounts 16 shots Chicago cop fired at teen

The gunman was fatally shot and 3 officers were injured.

I noticed that the Globe totally ignored the declassification of the bogus FISA warrants and the hypocritical (and creepy) Joe Biden spewing hate (he means the Zionist Jew settler movement as represented by President Jared, right?).

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In typhoon’s wake, scores of bodies found in Philippines

Floods in Nigeria kill more than 100

China accuses Taiwan of using students as spies

Turkey, Russia agree on demilitarized zone in Syria

Just wondering what right they have to carve up Syria amongst themselves; however, that all may not matter for the Globe felt fit to ignore what I saw on the Fox crawl last night:

Russia detects missile launches from French frigate off Syria’s coast in Mediterranean

Russia says Israel indirectly to blame for downing of plane over Syria

Russia Blasts Israel: You're to Blame for 15 Russians Killed

The official story is that Israel launched air raids against sovereign Syrian territory, and the Syrian air defense system mistakenly downed the Russian jet in response. That's the official story. All it proves is that any attempts at peace will be shot down

Like in Ukraine:

Russia says missile that shot down flight MH17 was Ukrainian

The next theater of war(?):

Mattis condemns Russian influence-peddling in Macedonia

Or maybe halfway across the world?

As Korean leaders meet, US remains wary

Yeah, PEACE might BREAK OUT and we will be ASKED to LEAVE!

Air Force must grow to face China and Russia, officials say

At least they let you know where we are headed despite the warming relations.

Ethiopia’s ethnic divides rock its capital

CIA destabilization and coup in progress (for the usual reasons). Stay tuned.

Someone is sticking needles into strawberries in Australia

Which migrants do the work there?

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Speak of the devils:

US cuts refugee cap to historic low of 30,000

They are celebrating in Idaho.

Michael Bloomberg may run for president as Democrat

He's a billionaire who has had it with Trump, and can we just get through the midterms first?

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After deadly attack, officials plan to meet to discuss shark safety efforts

The Globe tells you how and why it happens and what is behind the concerning’ spike, and I don't know what you do with the seals other than dump them at sea.

Supreme Judicial Court orders new trial in 2012 Boston murder case

Plymouth officer to seek review of decision clearing captain

Final cost of Longfellow Bridge project a tad overbudget

Man used toddlers to help him steal from Salem, N.H., mall arcade game, police say

Financial impact of nurses ballot question? Depends who’s counting

Victim in weekend fatal shooting was 29-year-old Dorchester man

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Laid-off older workers file age discrimination complaint against IBM

Look on the bright side: more time to watch TV.

Trump imposes tariffs on $200 billion more of Chinese goods

That caused a bit of a slide, and the fallout from the ma$$ media's obsession with Kavanaugh is no one is talking about the booming economy or the fact that Wall Street salaries are at their highest levels since 2008.

Biotech’s idea for a better ACL treatment gets funding from NFL players union

Not a good day for golfing, especially if alcohol is involved.

UK leader warns rebels: It’s my Brexit agreement or no deal

They responded that their May be a deal without her!

Diver who helped with Thai cave rescue sues Elon Musk

From the deepest depths (no wonder it stinks) to the highest peaks and beyond:

SpaceX says Japanese billionaire will be passenger on first moon voyage

They going to phony up a landing, too, huh?

The reason to is so hard to read the Globe these days is because they suffer from what is known as ‘‘collective narcissism’’ — a kind of communal selective memory and self-importance that psychologists are just beginning to study. After a while you get tired of the noise that comes from their sandbox (where the you know is).