Friday, May 31, 2019

Friday's Flu$h

Isn't that what you do with $h!t?

Boston teachers would get 2 percent pay raises under contract deal

How odd

My righthand-corner lead was this:

"Trump Tweets, and Then Retracts, Statement That Russia Helped Him Get Elected" by Peter Baker and Eileen Sullivan New York Times, May 30, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS — President Donald Trump lashed out angrily at Robert Mueller on Thursday, accusing him of pursuing a personal vendetta as Trump sought to counter increasing calls among Democrats for his impeachment.

A day after Mueller, the special counsel, spoke out for the first time and refused to exonerate the president, Trump dismissed the Mueller investigation as hopelessly tarnished and expressed aggravation that he could not shake allegations of wrongdoing that have dogged him since the early days of his administration.

Well, Mueller did fill the staff with Clinton lawyers and Deep State subversives.

Trump’s assertions of conflict of interest have been refuted not only by Mueller but even by some of the president’s own former aides, but Trump appeared determined to undermine the credibility that Mueller has developed over a long career as a lawyer, prosecutor, and the second-longest-serving FBI director in American history who worked under presidents of both parties.

RelatedRobert Mueller was true to form Wednesday, former colleague says

The split-screen day illustrated the dynamic that has come to define Trump’s presidency — railing against his adversaries one moment, then performing presidential duties the next.

SeeTrump says he didn’t know about efforts to hide USS McCain

While Democratic leaders continued to resist impeachment, viewing it as a political risk, more rank-and-file members along with many of the party’s presidential candidates were ramping up the pressure Thursday to open a formal inquiry.

Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman from Texas running for president, disputed Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s fears of a backlash against Democrats if they pursued impeachment.

“I believe those members of Congress who listen to the courage of their convictions at this moment of truth will be rewarded by the judgment of history,” he said.

The pre$$ used to be giddy about him (what is he, drinking again?), but that was before he called Netanyahu a racist

He's been dropping in the polls ever since!

Almost without exception, however, congressional Republicans have stood by Trump, solidarity that, if it held, would guarantee acquittal in any Senate trial that might follow impeachment by the House.

“Frankly, this isn’t what the American people elected them to do,” Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the second-ranking Republican in the House, said Wednesday night on Fox News. “I think there is going to be a heavy price for Democrats who go down this path.”

Mueller’s statement Wednesday, while carefully tracking his written report, shook up the debate in Washington and clearly got under the president’s skin. Mueller reported that he could not establish any illegal conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Russia, but he said he could not clear the president of obstruction of justice and essentially suggested that Congress take up that question.

The president’s case for his own defense, however, was marred by his own contradictory statements Thursday as he swung back and forth in his assessment of Russia’s actions during the 2016 presidential election.

Case for his own defense? 

I thought it was innocent until proven guilty in AmeriKa.

Shows you how far we have fallen. Now you have to prove your innocence.

Trump told reporters on the South Lawn as he prepared to depart for Colorado Springs. “You know who got me elected? I got me elected.”

Actually, it was Steve Bannon, but he crossed Kushner and now he is gone.

President Vladimir Putin of Russia has said publicly that he favored Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016, although he has denied an orchestrating an influence campaign on behalf of the Trump.....

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Underneath it and under the fold was this:

"In one swing House district, a Democrat’s focus is on anything but impeachment" by Jess Bidgood Globe Staff, May 30, 2019

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — Representative Angie Craig is among the vast majority of House Democrats who still are publicly backing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s methodical approach to investigating Trump without yet beginning an impeachment inquiry.

About 40 House Democrats who are furious with Trump, but even advocates of impeachment concede that the battle to open an inquiry is likely to hinge on red-to-blue districts like this one, a swath of suburbs and farmland south of the Twin Cities that Trump narrowly won in 2016 but swung to Democrats last year as they seized the House.

In most of those districts, which are the key for Democrats to keeping the House majority and possibly winning the presidency next year, the political dam has yet to break.

“The folks pushing for impeachment are stronger — it does remain to be seen whether that’s going to change Nancy Pelosi’s position,” said Ezra Levin, a cofounder of the national progressive group the Indivisible Project. “Whether or not that position shifts, I do think it’s going to be dependent on those districts.”

Political strategists say impeachment proceedings could alienate moderate to conservative voters whose support Democratic incumbents need to win reelection, although liberals have warned that not pursuing impeachment could demoralize the Democratic base.

So far, only a couple of the 43 Democrats who flipped Republican seats in the fall’s midterm election have called for the House to open an impeachment inquiry.

The Globe says that is a growing call for impeachment.

Privately, there’s a sense among some top Democrats that Mueller’s comments this week will shift momentum in favor of impeachment by strengthening the moral case to move forward, but for now, six weeks after the release of the Mueller report, Democrats remain deeply divided on a question that will shape their agenda in the House and the 2020 election.

The Twin Cities area illustrates this division. Ilhan Omar, who represents the safe Democratic seat in the Fifth District encompassing Minneapolis, has been a vocal advocate of impeachment, but a visit to the more politically moderate second district, just to the south, revealed fewer signs of impeachment fever, at least for now, and next door, in Minnesota’s Third District — another formerly Republican seat that Democrats picked up in last year’s midterm elections — Representative Dean Phillips also said he is not ready to endorse an impeachment inquiry, but acknowledged his patience is wearing thin.

Yeah, she has had a lot to say and the Globe will tell you what you need to know

She had better be careful about popping off and firing back, especially when it comes to a specific event (some are even implicating her in it). 

That’s not to say there’s no pressure on moderate Democrats to join the calls. This week, groups like Need to Impeach organized dozens of visits to representatives’ offices, and Stand Up America said its members made nearly 18,000 calls to Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday alone.

Some freshman Democrats who represent swing districts acknowledge they are facing more pressure from their constituents to back an impeachment inquiry.

“It’s certainly a factor, because it used to be the other way around. We used to have more people saying, ‘Don’t impeach,’ ” said Katie Hill, a California Democrat, according to The Hill newspaper, but for representatives like Craig, a call for impeachment would run counter to the strategy she is hoping will win her reelection — stressing bipartisanship and nuts-and-bolts issues like health care and constituent services.

“These aren’t places where [impeachment] will be helpful to the Democrats, because the more Democrats pursue it, the more the party is taking their eye off of regular people’s problems in the eyes of these voters,” said David Wasserman, who analyzes House races for the Cook Political Report.

But they are “hungry for the truth to come out.”

A 47-year-old former medical device executive, Craig first ran for the seat in 2016 and lost to Republican talk show host Jason Lewis before defeating him by five points in 2018. Now, she touts her status as the only lesbian mom in Congress — Craig and her wife have four boys — and as a card-carrying member of a local gun club.

At a town hall held in a chapel in Northfield, Minn., this week, she talked up Democratic efforts to pass an anticorruption measure, and her own work on a bipartisan bill called the Local Water Protection Act.

Her most pointed allusion to the Trump administration came when she spoke of the effect Trump’s tariffs have had on farmers.

“We need adults in the room who know what the hell they’re doing on trade,” Craig said.

Although one voter, Jane Moline, 61, lightheartedly urged her to impeach Trump after the event, none of the 14 questions Craig heard from voters touched the issue — and she seemed to prefer it that way. 

Related:

"Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election dominated political headlines Saturday, but the topic nearly went unmentioned in the middle school gym where US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota met with Democratic presidential primary voters. After taking questions for about an hour, Klobuchar told reporters she was surprised no one in the crowd brought it up....." 

She is as out of touch as the pre$$, and that campaign is going nowhere.

“I’m one of the 31 Democrats who currently hold seats that Donald Trump won across the country,” Craig said in an interview. “Since I started running, I’ve had to differentiate myself from my Republican opponent, and also some ideas that perhaps come from my own party.”

Several of the Democratic voters who came to the town hall said they, too, were leery about moving too quickly on impeachment.

Lorraine Rovig, a retiree who said she is a precinct chair in the local Democratic Farmer Labor party, said impeachment does not seem practical without more support from Republicans.

“I think we’ve got a lying bum in office, and I’d love to have him go away,” Rovig said. “I just don’t see a pathway to it right now, so let’s work on the other stuff.”

So you will cheer an assassination?

Isn't that incitement?

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Looks like Trump is in a real jam, huh?

Gillette’s new ad, featuring a transgender man, seen as groundbreaking

I won't be buying any of their razors anymore.

Dozens of doctors, scientists warn Mass. marijuana is ripe for ‘regulatory failure’

The addiction $pecialist$ have a $evere ca$e of Reefer Madness!

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Census citizenship question was crafted to aid white Republicans, files suggest

That was my National lead, and the Democrats are counting on all those illegal votes in 2020. They can't win otherwise.

Louisiana’s Democratic governor signs abortion ban into law

He bucked the party, huh?

National spelling bee finals begin with 50 seeking title

What about the real bees?

US measles count nears 1,000, surpassing 25-year-old record

They want to get that needle in you!

Authorities say Army vet targeted Muslims among crowd he drove into

Doing the Jews dirty work for them.

Judge makes a jab at Trump as he gives lenient sentence to El Chapo witness

He uncorked a bottle of champagne after the jury convicted him after deliberating six days, and  the seized assets will be paying for the wall.

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Speaking of walls:

"Israel back in election mode and in uncharted territory" by Isabel Kershner New York Times, May 30, 2019

JERUSALEM — A politically fatigued Israel cranked back into election mode on Thursday, barely 50 days after its last national ballot and after the staggering failure of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government by midnight Wednesday.

Awwwwww, poor, poor, Israel!

With the next vote set for Sept. 17, Israel is in uncharted political terrain. Netanyahu is Israel’s first prime minister-elect to be unable to form a coalition after an election, and the first to force another one by dissolving a Parliament sworn in just a month previously. His aura of invincibility, formed over a decade in office, has been seriously dented.

Analysts described the chaos as unprecedented, even by the rough standards of Israeli politics, and the morning-after recriminations over who is to blame for the political crisis gave an early taste of the contentious season of campaigning to come.....

Like I give a shit about which blood-pouring-from-the-fangs Zionist rules that stain upon the Earth!

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That was my World lead, and it was paired at the top of the page with this:

"Kushner arrives in Israel to political chaos and a new roadblock for his peace plan" by Loveday Morris The Washington Post, May 30, 2019

JERUSALEM — Political chaos met presidential son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner as he visited Israel for meetings Thursday to bolster support for his peace plan, as the prospect of a second round of Israeli elections muddied the plan’s long-delayed rollout.

In a move that stunned Israelis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government by a Wednesday night deadline, and instead of giving a rival the chance to do so, his party forwarded a bill to dissolve the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.

The move means Israel will hold new elections on Sept. 17, less than six months after its April 9 vote. Netanyahu’s party led by one seat after the April parliamentary elections, but had the only clear path to forming a coalition. That path was not as clear as Netanyahu had hoped; however, the White House is running short of time to release its plan for how to solve the decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestinians before the 2020 US election campaign kicks into full swing. Analysts say Netanyahu is unlikely to want to address thorny political issues or the prospect of any concessions with the Palestinians during a campaign period.

‘‘I think the Trump peace plan is on ice indefinitely now,’’ said Dan Shapiro, a former US ambassador to Israel under the Obama administration. ‘‘They already understood that they couldn’t roll out a peace plan during an Israeli election or government formation, so now the same logic is going to apply. Anything in the plan that has the slightest hint of a concession or a hard ask to Israel will be political dynamite during a campaign.’’

Yeah, and you wouldn't want to interfere in the Israeli election campaign.

Of course, the plan -- otherwise known as a $ettler's wish list --was already dead on arrival.

That could push back the release of the political component of the plan until at least November, Shapiro said, when the makeup of the Israeli government should be clear; however, then Trump will be getting into his own reelection calendar. The White House is taking its first step of the rollout by holding an economic workshop in Bahrain in late June.

‘‘We are not anticipating any changes,’’ State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said of the economic summit.

Nor am I. Israel will keep on stealing land and killing Palestinians, and the Zionist-controlled American media will continue to ignore it.

Netanyahu addressed the political turmoil as he met with Kushner in Jerusalem. ‘‘And, you know, we had a little event last night,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s not going to stop us. We are going to continue working together.’’

Kushner would even give up his bed for him!

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President Trump’s advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner (center) greeted Israeli Prime Minister Banjamin Netanyahu Thursday as US special representative for international negotiatios, Jason Greenblatt, looked on. Kushner was in Israel to unveil the long-awaited US plan for Israel-Palestinian peace.
President Trump’s advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner (center) greeted Israeli Prime Minister Banjamin Netanyahu Thursday as US special representative for international negotiatios, Jason Greenblatt, looked on. Kushner was in Israel to unveil the long-awaited US plan for Israel-Palestinian peace. (MATTY STERN)

A picture truly is worth a thousand words.

Suspect in Lyon explosion claims ties to Islamic State group

Rescuers scour waters for survivors after Danube boat disaster leaves seven dead, 21 missing

Hindu veterinarian is latest to face blasphemy charges in Pakistan

Polish advocate for church victims resigns in scandal

On Everest, rising temperatures reveal remains of climbers

India’s Modi just won reelection in a landslide. Here’s what he could do next.

Arson devastates harvests in Iraq and Syria

Related: Off-duty soldier set fire to Palestinian fields 

Somehow that one didn't make the Globe!

Farmers face delayed planting amid extreme rain and flooding

I'm sure coverage of that will dry up by tomorrow.

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An ‘F’ in political courage on Beacon Hill

The Globe is for charter $chools.

The Mass. Pike is in for some massive disruption. Are we ready?

Then stay off it.

Want to fix our broken democracy? Have a block party

PFFFFT!

If this is the new ‘pro-life’ movement, count me out

Looking for accurate sex education? You won’t find it in Mass.

The Globe reads like a smut rag these days!

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New Hampshire becomes 21st state to abolish the death penalty

Their last execution was 80 years ago.

He may not become president, but Seth Moulton has done his country some service

Why does he still have a column?

At Harvard, a not-so-veiled rebuke of Trump by Angela Merkel

Who cares what she has to say?

Relatives name 5-year-old boy who drowned in Malden pool

Looks like child neglect, no?

Lawyers for indicted judge file motion to have her salary reinstated

She thought she was the law!

‘Watch your peanuts’ — Boston’s squirrels don’t back down

The place is infested with them.

DEP must answer more questions about contested gas facility in Weymouth

Alleged ATM scam suspect tied to ring that looted nearly $1m in five states, authorities say

Man’s death in Boston police station cell under investigation

Hmmmmmmm.

Why was that buried in the B-section?

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SJC chief justice always leaves a paper trail

Epizyme seeks early OK for drug to treat ultra-rare tumors

I'm sure they will Thrive like Theranos and Holmes, and speaking of cancer:

Don’t blink, but 5G is about to change a lot more than just watching movies

Yeah, “it is so frickin’ awesome,” and the cancer can be blamed on the Russians!

Neat trick, huh?

And they wonder why they are dying!

"GateHouse-Gannett merger talks underscore shaky state of the industry" by Jon Chesto Globe Staff, May 30, 2019

Stop the presses, folks. After surviving an ugly proxy fight, the newspaper giant Gannett’s next steps could be into Massachusetts.

Gannett’s latest would-be merger partner is none other than GateHouse Media, the biggest news chain in this state, led by longtime Massachusetts executive Kirk Davis.

That big reveal came courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, although the story implied Gannett might not be ready to tie the knot with GateHouse just yet. Gannett has been talking to other chains, too, such as Tribune Publishing and McClatchy, about a potential deal.

Newspaper analyst Ken Doctor refers to this industry dance as the “2019 Consolidation Games.” Size and scale, the thinking goes, could provide some measure of safety from the storm that’s savaging the industry.

Are you sure it wasn't all the agenda-pushing lies, elitist insult, and Jewi$h supremacism?

No one wants to read this shit anymore, and I have the blog hits to prove it!

Shares in New Media Investment Group, the GateHouse parent, rose 4.7 percent Thursday. Gannett’s stock jumped after the Journal’s story appeared online, but later settled back at a modest 1.6 percent increase after few details emerged. Tribune stock rose 6.6 percent, while the hopeful shareholders in McClatchy shot its stock up 15.4 percent.

Why wouldn’t investors be intrigued? It has been a rough go lately. The seemingly never-ending plunge in print advertising revenue has caused newspaper shares to drop like stones in the past year; advertisers are increasingly choosing Facebook and Google over their local papers. Even after the gains Thursday, Gannett stock was down nearly 30 percent over the last 12 months, while New Media shed more than 45 percent in value.

Yeah, the Globe's concern is the share price!

And they wonder why they are failing!

Doctor has some good news for the dwindling number of journalists who remain. He envisions some $125 million to $175 million in savings through cuts outside of the newsrooms that could occur over two years through a GateHouse-Gannett combination. That could preventor at least delaymore layoffs of editors, photographers, and reporters.

It would probably be a temporary reprieve. Doctor also recognizes this frightening fact: The fundamental pressures facing the industry will, in all likelihood, remain once the dust settles.....

The “Consolidation Games” mean job losses so “pray for them.” 

More like GOOD RIDDANCE!

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The war is over, Globe, and you lost!

Maybe these guys can help you out:

"Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea are forming a production company to pursue film and television projects, making a foray into Hollywood after decades in the public eye. The two have spoken to studios about financing a pipeline of programs, said people familiar with the matter. They would give a studio first crack at releasing the projects, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are at an early stage. The family hopes to use film and television to influence culture and society now that Hillary Clinton is out of politics. They plans to focus on stories by and about women."

Can I have you swear to that last one because I keep seeing a brokered Democratic convention with her parachuting from the ceiling to claim the nomination. 

So what are they going to do, use Clinton Foundation shakedown loot to finance the stuff?

Yeah, some people ARE ABOVE THE LAW! 

They must know too many secrets and have their elbows in it too deep to be punished.

And, as usual, Obama beat her to it!

Time to cancel Netflix if you haven't already!

Also see:

Newest floor cleaning robots can talk to each other

As they are spying on you!

Uber continues to run through money

It is continuing to bleed money even as it posts dramatic revenue growth and its IPO is off to a slow start before shifting into reverse!

Looks like they got a long road ahead!

Need a Lyft?

Better buckle your seat belt:

Safety regulators probing GM seat belt recall

Is there any car company out there that doesn't make a pos?

Oregon is flooded with pot, looking to ease production

Another new indu$try going up in smoke!

FedEx to deliver packages seven days a week, year-round 

Why does the package stink?

Disney may join Netflix in boycotting Georgia for filming in wake of abortion law

And lose all that tax loot?

T-Mobile and Sprint may divest of some airwaves to boost merger chances

Microsoft to sell subscription service for personal computer games

Deficit widens for a second month even before new tariffs

President Trump threatens Mexico with new tariff on all goods

Why not? 

His economy is turning south:

"Why the US economy may have already peaked for the year" by Martin Crutsinger Associated Press, May 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — The US economy grew at a solid 3.1 percent annual rate in the January-March quarter — a pace that will likely prove to be the high-water mark for the year before growth weakens in the coming months.

That’s the assessment widely shared by economists in light of the rising threats facing the US economy, from a raging trade war to more cautious spending by consumers and businesses to a global slowdown. Their collective forecast is that last year’s 2.9 percent growth — the fastest year of expansion since 2015 — will be followed by a more tepid 2.3 percent gain this year.

That pace would roughly match the average annual growth since the current expansion began in 2009.

The Trump administration, defying the assessments of mainstream economists, insists that its program of tax cuts, regulatory reform, and tougher enforcement of trade deals will produce dramatically higher annual growth above 3 percent for the next six years.

Here are three key reasons why economists think growth has peaked for the year:

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Of course, those are the same guys who never see a recession coming. 

JPMorgan agrees to $5m settlement, the biggest ever, in an anti-dad bias case

Stocks muster slight gains after a listless day

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"R. Kelly charged with 11 new sex-related crimes in Chicago" by Associated Press May 30, 2019

CHICAGO — Prosecutors charged R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday with 11 new sex-related counts, including some that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, making them the most serious against him.

Cook County prosecutors charged the Grammy award-winning singer with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two counts of criminal sexual assault by force, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against a victim who was at least age 13 and under 17 at the time, The Chicago Sun-Times reported, citing court documents it posted on its website.

Then he is a PEDOPHILE!

The four aggravated criminal sexual assault counts carry maximum terms of 30 years in prison.

Kelly was already facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four women years ago, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred.

The new charges apparently pertain to a single victim, identified in the court filing by the initials ‘‘J.P.’’ It isn’t clear if she is the same person as one of the initial four accusers who also was identified by the same initials in court documents.

According to the filing, the first eight counts are from encounters that allegedly occurred between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2010. Three others pertain to alleged encounters between May 1, 2009, and Jan. 31, 2010.

Among other things, prosecutors allege that Kelly used force or threatened to do so to pressure the accuser into sex or to perform oral sex on him. She was underage at the time, extending the statute of limitations for bringing charges to 20 years from her 18th birthday, they wrote.

Kelly pleaded not guilty to the original charges and denied any wrongdoing after his February arrest. The AP couldn’t immediately reach him for comment about the new charges.

Kelly’s defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, didn’t immediately respond to an email from the AP seeking comment. He told the Sun-Times that he had received word of new charges from prosecutors but hadn’t seen any filings in the case. He did say he understood that the allegations are ‘‘from years ago.’’

We don't care about the when, only the what, Steve.

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If I were him I would holler racism as loud as I could.

RelatedNantucket judge orders alleged victim’s cellphone records be given to Kevin Spacey’s lawyers

Oh, yeah, remember him?

Did you see any other names in there?

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Thursday's $h!t

It starts with a big pile of crap that stinks:

"Mueller, in first comments on Russia inquiry, declines to clear Trump" by Sharon LaFraniere New York Times, May 29, 2019

WASHINGTON — Democrats seized on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s refusal to exonerate President Trump and his reference to Congress, saying the onus was now on the House and Senate to fully investigate Trump’s actions. The president’s aides tried to cast the event as not even newsworthy, just a repetition of a 448-page report released weeks ago.

And they would be right. There isn't any "real" news in the Globe anymore.

Mueller, 74, who carried out the investigation without speaking a word publicly, walked stiffly to the lectern and began tentatively, then delivered a succinct distillation of his investigation that was distinctly more powerful than the often legalistic language of his two-volume report.

This looks like a desperate ploy to raise impeachment! 

By the Times' reckoning, we should all be listening to radio and podcasts, not reading filthy newspapers.

In summing up his inquiry, he seemed to cast the president’s conduct in a more damning light than Attorney General William Barr, who has said Trump was not guilty of “obstructive conduct.”

Now it is not even obstruction of justice, but obstructive conduct!

Barr had also suggested that the president may have been merely acting out of frustration, not corrupt intent, when he tried to interfere with the special counsel’s investigation, including when he tried to oust Mueller.

He was either frustrated or trying to keep his son-in-law safe, and now it is all falling apart.

Mueller, by contrast, stressed the gravity of the allegations against the president. Although he noted that his office did not “make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime,” he said, “the matters we investigated were of paramount importance.”

He added, “When a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation or lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of their government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.”

As if government were interested in truth.

Btw, this is the guy who is neck-deep in 9/11 and was in Bo$ton during the reign of Whitey Bulger. That's why the Feds sent Whitey to be killed. He was going to blow the whistle (did you notice how Mueller didn't make the movie?).

Barr suggested at one point that the special counsel should not have collected evidence against Trump if he only intended for Congress to review it, but Mueller defended his inquiry as wholly justified.

The investigation was necessary both to preserve evidence and to hold accountable anyone who might have conspired with the president and could face criminal charges, he said. He also referred obliquely to the impeachment process, a point that is reduced to a footnote in his report.

Mueller said his news conference was his final word on his investigation. He suggested that Democrats in Congress were wasting their time in seeking his testimony because he would simply repeat what he stated in his report. “The report is my testimony,” he said.

Like I waste mine every morning reading Globe slop.

Although his comments suggested he was more troubled by Trump’s actions than Barr, Mueller took pains to defend how the attorney general handled his report — a subject of previous disagreement between the two men.

The president’s allies took advantage of that interim to cast the findings in Trump’s favor, prompting complaints that Barr was allowing them to shape the public narrative before the facts came out.

Yeah, that's the ma$$ media's job!

Mueller acknowledged that he and Barr had differed over whether to release his team’s summaries, but he said, “I certainly do not question the attorney general’s good faith in that decision.” He also complimented Barr’s decision to make almost the entire report public.

He left that to the Democraps.

Despite Mueller’s comments, Democratic House leaders vowed to continue to seek his testimony.

See: House Democrats want Mueller to testify, despite his reluctance

Republicans, meanwhile, said they were looking ahead to the results of a review into the origins of the counterintelligence investigation that ultimately triggered Mueller’s appointment.....

When are you going to investigate that, NYT -- and I don't mean some vague slop that doesn't go anywhere.

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What an "extraordinary spectacle," eh?

You have the option to read the AP version, if you wish, but Mueller’s done and the Globe says to reframe the debate over Trump’s actions so Congress can get to the endgame and take down Trump.

In battle against vaping, AG sues national retailer, alleging it targets underage consumers

Take it outside, will ya'?

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Trooper in OT scandal says many of his colleagues also committed fraud, bosses knew about it

Hey, it's Ma$$achu$etts, one of the most corrupt, if not most corrupt, state in the nation!

Where’s the beef? The North Shore, where they’re fighting over the No. 1 sandwich

Have you made your dinner reservations yet?


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McConnell called hypocrite after saying GOP would confirm justice in 2020

Now they are going after his wife, and has anyone seen Ruth Bader Ginsburg lately?

I mean, if her health is the issue......

"White House runs into health care industry ire as it plans executive order on drug prices" by Amy Goldstein and Josh Dawsey Washington Post, May 29, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Trump is preparing to issue an executive order to foster greater price transparency across a broad swath of the health care industry while consumer concerns about their costs for medical treatment emerge as a major issue in the leadup to next year’s presidential election.

The most far-reaching element favored by the White House aides developing the order would require insurers and hospitals to disclose for the first time the discounted rates they negotiate for services, according to health care lobbyists and policy specialists familiar with the deliberations.

The idea has stirred such intense industry opposition, however, that it may be dropped from the final version, the sources said.

Compelling disclosure of negotiated rates ‘‘would have the ultimate anticompetitive effect,’’ said Tom Nickels, the American Hospital Association’s executive vice president for government relations and public policy.

The order also may include an effort to promote more competition among hospitals by slowing a trend toward consolidation, according to an administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity about details that continue to take shape.

The executive order, likely to be announced by mid-June and first reported by The Wall Street Journal, would carry the force of law but not bring about immediate change.

Then this is really a nothing article, isn't it?

The order reflects a conservative conception of how to tame rising health care costs, relying on competition — the idea that consumers will make prudent, price-minded choices if they are given enough information and options about where to get their care. Critics say patients are seldom in position to comparison shop.

With surveys showing that voters trust Democrats significantly more than Republicans to solve problems in the health care system, the order is, in part, a White House strategy for his reelection campaign to portray Trump as an ally of medical consumers.

This slop is making sick.

‘‘My understanding is they are trying to figure out what is going to have high splash value,’’ said Dan Mendelson, founder of Avalere Health, a Washington-based consulting firm.

The order also is a response to voters’ escalating concern about the growing burden of out-of-pocket health care costs.....

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Related:

Missouri governor doubles down on threat not to renew abortion clinic license

The tissue-harvesting Planned Parenthood doesn't have its paperwork in order?

Californians wish they were dreaming as record-breaking cold and wet weather hits

The Globe buried that at the bottom righthand-corner of page A2 because it would have conflicted with the narrative.

"White House kills plan for expanded criminal background checks for federal jobs" by Lisa Rein Washington Post, May 29, 2019

WASHINGTON — The White House, after receiving bipartisan criticism, quietly has withdrawn a plan to require applicants for federal jobs to divulge whether they went through a pretrial diversion program that helped them avoid prison.

The proposed expanded criminal background checks appeared to conflict with President Trump’s support for criminal justice reform, an effort championed by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, that has become an early issue in the 2020 presidential race.

The update to hiring requirements was posted for public comment in late February by the Office of Personnel Management.

An administration official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the decision, said the White House told the federal personnel agency to drop the new language following an outcry from advocates and a report in The Washington Post.

An OPM official confirmed the administration had dropped the proposal and said the agency would provide comment later.

The new requirement had escaped Kushner’s notice. It blindsided liberal and conservative groups, which formed an unlikely coalition last year to push major legislation through Congress called the First Step Act that revises sentencing laws and expands reentry and early release programs.

They just told you jwho is really in charge, and whatever happened with those bank records anyway?

‘‘The prospect of stigmatizing people who have gone through a diversion program is horrible,’’ said Jason Pye, vice president of legislative affairs for FreedomWorks, a conservative group that pushes for criminal justice reform.....

That is a Koch group.

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Yeah, Creepy Uncle Joe seems to be above it all while the only authentic candidate is Sanders.

Let the winnowing begin (bye, Seth)!

How about those Senate races in South Carolina and Alabama, huh?

Florida Cabinet meets in Israel, raising objections from watchdog, media outlets

The headline speaks for itself!

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Israel moves to hold new election as Netanyahu fails to form a coalition

That was my World lead, and rather than give Gantz a chance at a government, they are going to hold new elections. Maybe Netanyahu can do a better job of rigging them this time as Gantz becomes Israel's version of Subianto.

Accused of lying, Boris Johnson is summoned to court over Brexit claims

The New York Times says "after Britons voted to leave the bloc, 52 percent to 48 percent, many supporters abandoned the pledge, calling it a mistake, but....."

But what, NYT?

Britain vowed big changes after tower fire, but thousands still stuck in firetraps

It's two years later and not a thing has been done. 

That's government for you! Just an exercise in damage control and public relations while looting the populace.

Btw, why didn't the Grenfell (or any of the other skyscrapers we have seen on fire over the years, neither before nor since) drop into its own footprint like those three WTC towers on 9/11?

Dutch court bans Hells Angels motorcycle gang

They claim it is a violent organization that endangers public order.

You know, like the USraeli government:

"In UAE, Trump’s adviser warns Iran of ‘very strong response’" by Jon Gambrell Associated Press, May 29, 2019

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — President Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton spoke to journalists in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, which only days earlier saw former defense secretary Jim Mattis warn there that ‘‘unilateralism will not work’’ in confronting the Islamic Republic.

Doesn't he have a book coming out?

What is he doing over there interfering with US Foreign policy anyway? 

He's no longer a member of the administration. 

Isn't that treason?

The dueling approaches highlight the divide over Iran within American politics.

On Wednesday, Bolton told journalists that there had been a previously unknown attempt to attack the Saudi oil port of Yanbu as well, which he also blamed on Iran. He described Tehran’s decision to back away from its 2015 atomic deal with world powers as evidence it sought nuclear weapons, even though it came a year after America unilaterally withdrew from the unraveling agreement.

If that isn't flipping things on their head, I don't know what is.

What an embarrassment it is to have that human piece of excrement speaking for my beloved nation.

Bolton stressed the United States had not seen any further Iranian attacks in the time since, something he attributed to the recent military deployments — but he warned the United States would strike back if again attacked.

‘‘The point is to make it very clear to Iran and its surrogates that these kinds of action risk a very strong response from the United States,’’ Bolton threatened, without elaborating.

So who is the next false flag, John, and where?

Bolton spoke before talks with Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He declined to have his remarks recorded by journalists.

Where is the ma$$ media outrage?

A longtime Iran hawk, Bolton blamed Tehran for the recent incidents, at one point saying it was ‘‘almost certainly’’ Iran that planted explosives on the four oil tankers off the UAE coast. He declined to offer any evidence for his claims.

‘‘Who else would you think is doing it?’’ Bolton asked at one point when pressed. ‘‘Somebody from Nepal?’’

That would be a tall sell, even for the New York Times.

JWho is hiking up there anyway?

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has repeatedly criticized Bolton as a warmonger. Abbas Mousavi, a spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, said later Wednesday Bolton’s remarks were a ‘‘ridiculous accusation.’’

Separately in Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani said that the ‘‘road is not closed’’ when it comes to talks with the United States — if America returns to the nuclear deal. However, the relatively moderate Rouhani faces increasing criticism from hard-liners and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over the collapsing accord.

Meanwhile, acting US defense secretary Patrick Shanahan said some 900 troops coming to the Mideast over the perceived Iran threat to reinforce the tens of thousands already in the region would be placed in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Another 600 attached to a Patriot missile battery have had their deployment in the region extended.

Bolton also said the US would boost American military installations and those of its allies in the region.

But no attack, right?

Bolton said that without more nuclear power plants, it made no sense for Iran to stockpile more low-enriched uranium as it now plans to do, but the United States also earlier cut off Iran’s ability to sell its uranium to Russia in exchange for unprocessed yellow-cake uranium.

That's right, Pilgrim!

Iran has set a July 7 deadline for Europe to offer better terms to the unraveling nuclear deal; otherwise, it will resume enrichment closer to weapons level. Bolton declined to say what the United States would do in response to that.

‘‘There’s no reason for them to do any of that unless that’s part of an effort to reduce the breakout time to produce nuclear weapons,’’ Bolton said. ‘‘That’s a very serious issue if they continue to do that.’’

Then let the attack begin, for it will finally bring the EUSraeli Empire to an end!

Bolton’s trip to the UAE comes just days after Trump in Tokyo appeared to welcome negotiations with Iran, but Bolton himself, for years before becoming national security adviser, called for overthrowing Iran’s government in interviews and in paid speaking engagement before an Iranian exile group.

‘‘I don’t back away from any of it. Those are positions I took as a private citizen,’’ Bolton said when asked about his prior remarks. ‘‘Right now I’m a government official. I advise the president. I’m the national security adviser, not the nation security decision-maker. It’s up to him to make those decisions.’’

Then God help us all!

He also dismissed reports that he faced criticism from Trump over his hard-line stance with what he described as an old proverb: ‘‘The dogs bark and the caravan moves on.’’

You know what dogs leave in their wake, right?

Now where is that pooper scooper?

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Also seeIranian jabs at Trump go viral on social media

So says Bloomberg

Related:

"A former Tehran mayor and vice president if Iran was arrested on suspicion of murder after his wife was found in her bathtub, shot several times. Mohammad Ali Najafi, 67, was arrested Tuesday and handed over to prosecutors Wednesday, the state news outlet IRNA said. It said Najafi confessed to shooting his second wife, Mitra Ostad, 35. Gun crime is rare in Iran, and Najafi’s prominence has made the crime all the more shocking, raising questions about media coverage of domestic violence....."

The New York Times says Iranians abuse their women so we must invade!

Of course, the domestic violence issue in AmeriKa has been overshadowed by the #MeToo movement!

Also related: 

"To get inside Mar-a-Lago, where President Trump was staying last Thanksgiving, 18-year-old Mark Lindblom walked along the beach until he reached an underground tunnel, leading straight to the luxury club. The narrow corridor dipped beneath South Ocean Boulevard, a shortcut so Mar-a-Lago Club members didn’t have to cross the street on their way to and from the beach. There was a sign posted right outside the tunnel, warning, ‘‘UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE RESTRICTED AREA,’’ according to federal court documents, but Lindblom, who was not a member of the club, was undeterred. ‘‘I wanted to see how far I could get,’’ the college freshman told a federal magistrate on Tuesday, the Palm Beach Post reported. As it turns out, he got pretty far: past Secret Service and all the way inside. For sneaking onto the property, Lindblom pleaded guilty Tuesday to entering or remaining in a restricted building. Lindblom, reportedly a business student at the University of Wisconsin, was sentenced to a year of probation and $25 fine after prosecutors acknowledged he had no ill intent, that he intended only to take pictures on his cellphone. The security breach is the latest incident at Trump’s private ‘‘Winter White House’’ in recent months, provoking concerns about inadequate security measures at the club."

It's a Washington ComPost piece, and it is a blatant signal to Trump regarding how easy it would be to assassinate the man, so he had better toe the line!

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Boston Teachers Union reaches potential contract deal with city

That will keep them coming back!

Don’t Be Like Us

Don't worry, I'm not one of you.

Delaware North, chaired by Bruins owner, wants in on professional sports betting

Related(?): Former Babson College soccer player charged with sending death threats to athletes

He bet on both professional and collegiate sports, and when teams or players he bet on lost, he would send them threats on Instagram.

Look for more of that as sports betting expands.

How about a drink?

"A state senator apologized after his drunk driving arrest. Next week, he’s fighting the charges in trial" by Matt Stout Globe Staff, May 29, 2019

After his March 2018 arrest on drunken driving charges, state Senator Michael D. Brady was repentant, apologizing publicly to his family, his constituents — even to police — before announcing he had admitted himself for alcohol treatment and counseling.

Left unsaid in the carefully worded statements: He intends to fight the charges.

Brady, 57, is set to go to trial Tuesday in Quincy District Court, where a conviction of operating under the influence could carry fines and jail time and potentially invite further discipline back on Beacon Hill.

The Brockton Democrat has hired Jack Diamond, a former Suffolk County prosecutor and Hingham attorney regarded as one of the state’s premier OUI lawyers. He intends to submit medical records from an optometrist in his defense, and in simply going to trial, Brady has taken an uncommon route.

The vast majority of drunken driving cases in Massachusetts — some 85 percent — are resolved outside of a trial, most of them through pleas, according to a study of OUI cases court officials commissioned in 2012. Most commonly, especially among first-time offenders, cases are “continued without a finding,” which carries most of the penalties of a guilty finding without giving the defendant a criminal record.

Through a spokesman, Brady declined to discuss the case ahead of his trial, citing advice from his lawyer. Diamond did not respond to requests seeking comment.

David Traub, a spokesman for Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey, a former lawmaker himself, said prosecutors would not disclose whether they offered Brady a plea deal to continue the case without a finding, but he said that Diamond is “likely aware that [it’s] the relatively standard disposition” for cases in Quincy District Court.

He said the office has not approached prosecuting Brady’s case any differently because he’s an elected official.

“The only notable difference [in this case] is the press attention being given due to his position,” Traub said.

Brady was pulled over in the early morning of March 24, 2018, when police said he was unsteady on his feet and slurred his words and his breath smelled of alcohol.

Brady admitted to drinking at a “work event” in Boston and at one point told an officer that “he was a state senator,” according to a police report. He failed several field sobriety tests, police said, and his license was suspended for nearly six months after he refused to take a Breathalyzer test.

He later pleaded not guilty to charges of operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a civil count of a marked-lanes violation. Diamond filed paperwork in February indicating he will submit records from a Brockton-based optometrist at trial, though his one-page affidavit didn’t explain why.

At the time of his arrest, Brady released a statement apologizing to a range of people “for any embarrassment and distraction that this incident causes.”

“I know that as a senator, I am held to a higher standard, and I will abide by the advice of my counsel as this matter is adjudicated by our judiciary,” he said.

Brady had been previously cited for drunken driving in 1998, also in Weymouth, where police said he admitted to drinking “a lot of beers” before driving his car into a telephone pole, but Brady, then a Brockton city councilor, avoided drunken driving charges after appearing in a closed-door clerk’s hearing in Quincy District Court. A criminal count of driving to endanger was reduced to a marked-lanes violation, a civil infraction that cost Brady $100, and he was found responsible for not wearing a seat belt and fined $35.

Brady’s case was one of many the Globe reviewed as part of a Spotlight series examining the secretive court hearings.....

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Check this out:

The long history, culture of the BPL

Also see:

"The city is set to launch this week a privately sponsored campaign, Fund for the Boston Public Library, the first major philanthropic endeavor of its kind for the 171-year-old civic institution. It’s part of an effort, officials said, to build on the library as an integral community resource in an age of fast-paced technological advances and increasing income inequality. “The realization is that to respectively do everything our residents are asking of us, and we can live up to, really requires more funding and resources to do that,” David Leonard, the library’s president, said in an interview ahead of the planned announcement Wednesday, adding that fund-raising efforts were never before “at the level the library, as one of Boston’s treasured cultural institutions, truly deserved,” though the city funds most of the library’s nearly $50 million budget....."

That is when I stopped reading, and they already have $2.8 million in donations in hand.

Lincoln woman who served as World War II spy surprised with Congressional Gold Medal

Steamship Authority ferry run canceled Wednesday due to ‘mechanical issues’

Panel urges state courts to eliminate ban on cellphones and other electronic devices

Did you see the names in there?

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How the Merrimack Valley won, despite losing Amazon’s HQ2 contest

With app, commercial real estate startup plans to enhance landlord-tenant relations

For these biotech workers, love (of music) is the drug

Newest Boston hotel’s name sounds familiar

Chinese tech giant Huawei heads to court to fight US ban

Related(?):

"Another round of selling gripped Wall Street on Wednesday as nervous investors fled health care, technology, and other high-risk stocks in favor of the safety of bonds. The broad sell-off, which lost some momentum in the last hour of trading, keeps the market on track for its fourth consecutive weekly loss and its first monthly drop this year....."

Also see:

Nissan and Renault talk about Fiat merger proposal

And as Facebook tries to calm fears over metadata use, Pelosi calls them ‘willing enablers’ of Russian election interference

What more is there to talk about?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wednesday's War Report

From the front lines of the Bo$ton Globe:

"Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, [but] that peaceful assumption was shattered Tuesday morning when a man wielding two long-blade knives stabbed 17 schoolgirls and two adults at a bus stop in a suburb southwest of Tokyo, according to police. One of the girls, an 11-year-old, and a 39-year-old man died in the assault, and the attacker fatally stabbed himself. By Tuesday night, police had not identified a motive. Officials at Caritas, the Roman Catholic school in Kawasaki that the children attended, said they had received no warning and did not know the attacker.

I'm not saying it did not happen; however, it stinks like another staged and scripted event.

While violent crimes, particularly mass killings, are rare in Japan, they tend to involve knives, rather than guns, when they do occur. Three years ago, a former employee of a center for people with disabilities in Sagamihara, also southwest of Tokyo, killed 19 people in the facility with a knife in the worst mass killing in Japan since World War II. In 2001, an apparently deranged man burst into an elementary school in Osaka and killed eight children with a kitchen knife. And in 2008, a 25-year-old man who had posted a series of warnings on an online bulletin board plowed a rental truck into a crowd of pedestrians in the Akihabara electronics district of Tokyo before stabbing passersby, killing a total of seven people.

The attack occurred on the last day of President Trump’s visit to Japan. He and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were visiting a Japanese military ship and greeting US troops when news of the stabbings emerged....."

That was my World lead in print, and looks like it was intended to ruin the trip.

Related: 

News analysis: Japan rolled out the red carpet, but Trump veered off into personal fixations

The hypocritically projecting Jew York Times quotes none other than William Kristol, the conservative columnist and prominent Trump opponent and PNAC founder who helped bring you the Iraq invasion, and who is now defending Joe Biden!

What is interesting is that the Jew York Times told me the president refused to back down from a Twitter post a day earlier in which he took aim at Joe Biden, while the Washington ComPost was telling me he apologized Monday as media coverage grew a few pages later.

C'mon, guys, get your stories straight! In case you didn't know it, consistency is crucial to keeping the lies going. Otherwise, you lose all credibility!

Time to send this garbage back:

Israel just held elections, but it might have a do-over

As if I gave a damn which blood-pouring-from-the fangs Zionist was in charge of that shit stain upon the Earth.

"Syria said an Israeli attack against a military post in the country’s south on Monday killed a soldier and injured another. Israel, in a rare statement acknowledging firing into Syria, said it was responding to antiaircraft fire from Syria against one of its combat planes. The back-to-back statements come amid heightened regional tension over Iran’s role in Syria and other parts of the Middle East. They also follow a number of reported Israeli strikes on Syria in the past 10 days, according to state-run media.

Right, Israel only responds to provocations and this is the first I've seen of the bombing campaign in print. WTF?

Israel does not usually comment on reports concerning its strikes in neighboring Syria, though it has recently acknowledged striking Iranian targets there. A statement from the Israeli army said that earlier Monday a Syrian antiaircraft system fired at one of its aircraft ‘‘as it was carrying out a routine flight in Israel. The projectile landed in Syrian territory. In response, we targeted the Syrian launcher that was responsible for firing it.’’

That means the Israelis -- once again -- violated Syrian airspace!

The Israeli military ‘‘sees any threat against its aircraft with great severity and takes measures to defend them.’’

Yeah, that trope regarding endless Jewish victimhood for no reason has been sooooooo plaaaaaaaayed, sorry. No one is buying that shit anymore.

Related: Globe Trying to Goad Trump Into War

Now we are told democracy at risk (by a banker of all people), which is also Wilson's trope to get us into WWI, and which has been used to push for all the wars ever since! Must make the world safe for "democracy!"

"Iran’s influential Revolutionary Guard said Tuesday it doesn’t fear a possible war with the United States and claimed that America hasn’t grown in power in recent years — the latest tough talk from Tehran amid escalating regional tensions and a crisis with Washington....."

Yeah, the Iranians appear unimpressed with Japan’s offer to mediate the crisis.

"President Trump on Monday denied that the United States is seeking regime change in Iran, dialing back hawkish rhetoric days after ordering 1,500 additional US troops to the region. Actions by the Trump administration had heightened questions about whether the president was seeking a military confrontation with Iran. ‘‘We’re not looking for regime change. I want to make that clear,’’ Trump said at a joint news conference Monday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ‘‘We’re looking for no nuclear weapons.’’

Well, good, because Iran doesn't have any and isn't building any. 

You might want to check the Dimona plant in Israel, though.

A number of Democrats have expressed alarm about whether Trump’s actions would lead to war, and they also had questioned the administration’s interpretation of intelligence to argue that Iran was preparing for offensive action and therefore had to be countered. Trump’s meeting with Abe on Monday focused partly on the possibility that relations between the United States and Iran could improve. That could set the stage for US talks with Iran, Trump suggested, saying that ‘‘I do believe Iran would like to talk.’’

No, they don't, you damn huckster and self-deluded fool!

"France said it would do all it can to spare the group from execution in Iraq. Although it has made no effort to bring back the captured fighters, France is outspoken against the death penalty globally. The sentencings in Iraq come amid controversy about the legal treatment of thousands of foreign fighters who had joined the Islamic State at the height of its power in Syria and Iraq when the militant group declared its self-styled caliphate. Human rights groups are concerned they are being rushed through Iraqi counterterrorism courts in trials that raise questions over whether justice is being done. Convictions are often based on confessions that defendants and rights groups say are extracted by intimidation, torture, and abuse and without due processAlthough European Islamic State members have been sentenced to death, none has actually been executed in Iraq....."

If you didn't think ISIS™ was a western intelligence asset, the French just confirmed it. Worried wether the head-loppers and organ-eaters are treated fairly!

What a conundrum, huh?

RelatedFrance, Germany clashing over Juncker’s successor at EU

So nice to see France and Germany at war again! 

I'm sure the Jew York Times will provide the narrative, I mean, tell us what we need to know about the European elections.

Must be an omen, huh?

"Venezuela’s ambassador in Geneva mocked as ‘‘ridiculous’’ a US walkout Tuesday from his chairmanship of the United Nation’s main disarmament body, launching barbs at President Trump and laughing as he claimed a David-over-Goliath diplomatic victory over the United States. Jorge Valero was reacting to the walkout by Washington’s ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, Robert Wood, which was the latest choreographed US move to try to pressure Venezuelan President Nicol├ís Maduro’s government.

Oh, yeah, I'm sure he is running for exile after this!

So this is what it has come to, huh? 

The U.S. now a laughingstock in front of the whole world!

Valero spoke to reporters after taking the chair of the conference plenary, which prompted Wood to walk out and tell reporters that a ‘‘rogue state’’ had taken over the conference chairmanship. Venezuela’s turn in the presidency follows in the alphabetical order of members, and right after the United States’ leadership. Wood said the United States will boycott Venezuela’s four-week presidency.

I'm sure that will draw fire from some quarters, maybe even a court challenge!

The Globe left it to the Herald to cover the actual event, of course.

The US walkout and boycott appeared mostly to be political theatrics, however. It was far from clear whether the US move would have an impact on a body that has struggled and failed to come to a consensus on major issues in recent years. Wood also led a boycott of Syria’s presidency of the conference last year....."

Contrary to popular opinion, I want the U.S. to invade and occupy Venezuela so it can become another Vietnam after all the ‘‘good that came out of that’’ in case you don't remember.

Then hundreds will gather to honor those who served in the Wars for the Jews.

Speaking of dying veterans:

"The magazine is ‘‘so essential in the psyche of sports,’’ said Samir Husni, director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi, even after the magazine lost some of its luster with ESPN’s entry to sports journalism decades ago. ‘‘I don’t think Sports Illustrated is going anywhere soon,’’ Husni said....."

The $elf-$erving pre$$ has literally become a cartoon caricature of itself:

"Exhibit highlights cartoonists’ focus on First Amendment" by Andrew Welsh-Huggins Associated Press, May 27, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The First Amendment right to free speech is no laughing matter, as illustrated by a new exhibit at the world’s largest cartoon library.

The political cartooning display runs the gamut from a 1774 etching by Paul Revere criticizing Britain’s use of tea as a political weapon to a 2018 cartoon lampooning the blocking of online conservative commentary.

Did you see the one about Hamilton?

Other cartoons take on political correctness, flag desecration, fake news, campus conduct codes, and the role of Twitter in public discourse.

The exhibit combines drawings contributed by several dozen cartoonists with material from the library’s own collection. Many are from newspapers, but offerings include cartoons from The New Yorker magazine and even ones that first appeared online, on websites such as Politico.

In a 1971 cartoon by Karl Hubenthal in the now defunct-Los Angeles Examiner, a smug Supreme Court justice examines the decision upholding the printing of the Pentagon Papers. Far below, a woman tugs at his robe and questions ‘‘the moral question’’ of printing stolen government documents.

The headline: ‘‘Totally ignored.’’

Yeah, don't tell us the government secrets. The population might actually learn the truth about the lying, looting war criminals running things. Don't want that!

The inclusion of a cartoon from a long-gone paper underscores one of the biggest challenges for cartoonists: the decline of print newspapers and the elimination of many full-time cartooning jobs.

Oh, BOO-HOO-HOO

Maybe if they weren't so shallow and superficial and full of lies, things might have turned out better! 

They have no one to blame but them$elves!

Twenty years ago, the country had about 150 full-time editorial cartoonists, according to Telnaes. Today it’s down to about 40.

Just last week, longtime Columbus Dispatch editorial cartoonist Nate Beeler lost his job amid a series of nationwide layoffs by GateHouse Media. Beeler has a cartoon in the Ohio State exhibit that satirizes campus free speech ‘‘safe spaces.’’

Concluding a series of Friday tweets about his layoff, Beeler said, ‘‘Lastly, my heart goes out to the other cartoonists and journalists across the nation caught up in these layoffs. It’s a devastating trend in the news business.’’

Well, you $cum have brought it on yourselves, and this $elf-centered $lop isn't helping the cause!

While the digital age has created new opportunities, it’s still tough for cartoonists to make a living, said Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes.

Meanwhile, social media has been both a blessing and a curse.

‘‘Social media is both positive in that readers are more engaged and appreciative of cartoons but also enables special interest groups to target cartoonists and their publications when a cartoon challenges their beliefs and agenda,’’ she said.

And we see how the jew$papers react when their agenda and beliefs are challenged!

In 1988, the US Supreme Court upheld political cartoons as protected speech in a case involving a Hustler Magazine parody ad that lampooned the Rev. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority, an ad that’s on display at the Ohio State exhibit......

Maybe while you are over there you can check out this exhibit.

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More worried about them than Assange, and that tells you all you need to know about the American pre$$ and its journali$ts.

If you want to see some good cartoons, go HERE!