"Withering criticism of FBI as watchdog presents Russia inquiry findings" by Charlie Savage and Adam Goldman New York Times, December 11, 2019
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s inspector general on Wednesday painted a bleak portrait of the FBI as a dysfunctional agency that severely mishandled its surveillance powers in the Russia investigation, but told lawmakers he had no evidence that the mistakes were intentional or undertaken out of political bias.
While Democrats emphasized that the inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, had debunked President Trump’s accusations that the FBI conspired to overthrow his presidency, Horowitz insisted that his report was no exoneration — citing the serious errors, omissions, and misleading statements he found in court wiretap filings.
“It doesn’t vindicate anybody at the FBI who touched this, including the leadership,” Horowitz told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
While Democrats and Republicans clung to their political talking points, lawmakers on both sides also agreed that the surveillance problems Horowitz uncovered were severe. Several suggested that Congress should amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, to tighten permissions for national-security wiretapping.
Since it was released Monday, Horowitz’s report has largely been interpreted through a political lens. Because it debunked Trump’s conspiracy theories and concluded that investigators had a legitimate and lawful basis to open the inquiry. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and chairman of the committee, opened the hearing by acknowledging that the government of Russia — not Ukraine — sought to interfere with the 2016 election, and he did not quarrel with Horowitz’s finding that the FBI had a legitimate basis to open a full counterintelligence investigation into links between Russia and people associated with the Trump campaign, but he portrayed the wiretapping of Page as dubious and said it should have stopped after January 2017.....
Where I'm going to stop it because other than a mention that "FBI officials working on the investigation, called Crossfire Hurricane, omitted that Page had told the CIA about some of his meetings with Russians through the years,"there is nothing there.
That means Page was a CIA plant inserted into the campaign to provide the basis for a for a warrant based on the dossier of unverified claims by Christopher Steele, the British former intelligence agent. There is your interference, Lindsey, and it wasn't Russia.
I'm going to skip the flip below the front-page fold for now and proceed to my A2 National lead:
Judiciary panel takes first steps toward impeachment vote
It is sheer political madness, and here is the brief proof right next to it:
"The House on Wednesday passed its annual defense policy measure, which combined a $738 billion Pentagon price tag with legislation to provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid parental leave. The sweeping 377-48 vote followed weeks of arduous House-Senate negotiations that finally yielded a traditionally bipartisan measure, stripped of many add-ons sought by Democrats controlling the House. The result came over outnumbered protests by some of the chamber’s most liberal members, who said Democratic negotiators should have fought harder for House-passed liberal policies. They are also unhappy about the spiraling defense budget. The compromise between the Democratic-controlled House and the GOP-held Senate broke free after Republicans agreed to accept a Democratic demand — endorsed by President Trump in end-stage negotiations — for the landmark parental leave provision. Negotiators also endorsed Trump’s call for a new “space force” — a provision previously backed by the House on a bipartisan basis. Trump has said he’ll sign the measure, which is expected to pass the Senate next week at the latest (Associated Press)."
That's a quarter of the way around the clockwise track so.....
"A Georgia man apologized on-camera for slapping a female reporter’s rear end on live TV after the video clip garnered outrage among millions who viewed it online and prompted police to investigate the case as a possible sexual battery. WSAV-TV reporter Alex Bozarjian was doing a live broadcast from a road race Saturday in Savannah when one of the passing runners swatted her from behind. The video shows the stunned woman stop talking for a moment and stare. “You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me,” Bozarjian said on Twitter. Thomas Callaway of Statesboro soon stepped forward as the man who slapped Bozarjian. He went to the TV station to give an on-camera apology. “It was an awful act and an awful mistake,” Callaway said (Associated Press)."
He should have kept on running and be run out of town.
"An administrator for a Florida school district was suspended for seven days because she went to work on Halloween dressed as a flasher. The Broward School Board decided at a meeting Tuesday that Mary Coker’s decision to wear the costume didn’t warrant a demotion from her position as director of procurement and warehouse services. Superintendent Robert Runcie had recommended demoting Coker from her $154,286-a-year job. Coker, 46, apologized to the school board, the Sun Sentinel reported....."
Maybe someone should give her a drug test. She sure could afford it.
Moving north now:
"A North Carolina school district apologized for an assignment that asked middle school students to compare the value of slaves and white people....."
Page A3 reverses direction twice:
"Gunman in Florida base shooting may have embraced radical ideology years before arriving in US, Saudi report says" by Missy Ryan Washington Post, December 11, 2019
The Saudi aviation student responsible for a shooting that killed three US sailors on a Florida base last week appears to have embraced radical ideology as early as 2015, well before he arrived in the United States for training, a Saudi government analysis has found.
The Saudi government says it is working with the United States and other allies to determine what motivated the shooter and improve screening procedures for military personnel and students being sent overseas.
Officials have scrambled to piece together limited information about Ahmed Mohammed al-Shamrani, who arrived in the United States in 2017 as part of an extended program to become a weapons systems operator. The 21-year-old was shot dead by a sheriff’s deputy after opening fire in a classroom. Eight people were wounded.
A few hours before the attack, a manifesto was posted on Shamrani’s Twitter feed decrying what he said were ‘‘crimes against Muslims,’’ citing the presence of military troops in Muslim nations, the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and US support for Israel......
Thus anyone who criticizes such things must be an extremist terrorist, etc, etc. You can see the agenda behind this mass casualty event for perception management purposes, casting even more doubt on its veracity.
The pre$$ narrative is always that of the poor, persecuted Jew:
"Weinstein and his accusers reach tentative $25 million deal" by Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor New York Times, December 11, 2019
After two years of legal wrangling, Harvey Weinstein and the board of his bankrupt film studio have reached a tentative $25 million settlement agreement with dozens of his alleged sexual misconduct victims, a deal that would not require the Hollywood producer to admit wrongdoing or pay anything to his accusers himself, according to lawyers involved in the negotiations.
The proposed global legal accord has gotten preliminary approval from all the major parties involved, according to several lawyers.
More than 30 actresses and former Weinstein employees, who have accused Weinstein of offenses ranging from sexual harassment to rape, would share in the payout — along with potential claimants who could join in coming months. The deal would bring to an end nearly every such lawsuit against him and his former company.
The settlement would require court approval and a final signoff by all parties. It would be paid by insurance companies representing the producer’s former studio, the Weinstein Company.
Because the business is in bankruptcy proceedings, the women have had to make their claims along with its creditors. The payout to the accusers would be part of an overall $47 million settlement intended to close out the company’s obligations, according to a half-dozen lawyers, some of whom spoke about the proposed terms on the condition of anonymity.
Representatives for Weinstein declined to comment. Lawyers did not respond to requests for comment for board members and other parties.
Meanwhile, Weinstein’s bail was increased from $1 million to $5 million on Wednesday over allegations he violated his pretrial release conditions by mishandling or disabling his electronic ankle monitor.
Judge James Burke warned the disgraced movie mogul that he’ll face jail if other issues crop up. Weinstein, 67, leaned on a walker as he came and went from a New York City courthouse for the bail hearing, looking as frail and pained as he did at a court appearance last week.
The poor rapist!
Weinstein’s lawyer said he is having back surgery Thursday to relieve pain from an August car crash and that he will recover in time for the Jan. 6 start of his trial on rape and sexual assault charges.
Weinstein is scheduled to be tried in New York in early January on charges of sexual assault involving two women. While his criminal prosecution has drawn public attention, the largely hidden negotiations over civil claims have been far more consequential for many of his accusers.
Yeah, it's all about the $$$$!
More than $12 million — one-quarter of the overall settlement package — would go toward some, but not all, legal costs for Weinstein; his brother, Bob; and other former members of their company’s board, the lawyers said. The board members would be insulated from future liability, and the alleged victims would drop their claims against Weinstein and other executives.
That will have some people blowing their stacks, and you will have to wait and see what the judge says.
The settlement would resolve lawsuits filed by dozens of women since 2017, when The New York Times exposed allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by Weinstein.
(Blog editor is aghast at how the New York Times toots its own horn with that myth of a conventional narrative! They are as bad as the FBI applying for a FISA warrant, making themselves sound better than they are!
The simple fact of the matter is the New York Times sat on the Weinstein story for 13 years! They only published because the New Yorker forced their hand; however, according to the revisionist New York Times, they are now the ones who exposed it.
How anyone anywhere can believe anything that is in that paper is beyond me. It is at best distortions, at worst lies)
Although the producer’s accusers include some of the highest-profile women in the entertainment world, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Salma Hayek, none have joined the proceedings.
A lawsuit by actress Ashley Judd, who has said she intends to take Weinstein to trial, would not be part of the deal.....
Related: Child predators target of sex offender bill
Nothing about Epstein in there.
Time to leave the United States for the World lead on page A4:
"Aung San Suu Kyi, former democracy icon, defends Myanmar against genocide allegations" by Michael Birnbaum and Shibani Mahtani Washington Post, December 11, 2019
THE HAGUE — In an extraordinary appearance at the International Court of Justice on Wednesday, Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, categorically rejected charges of genocide leveled against her country and maintained her government’s longstanding denial of culpability.
The former democracy icon and Nobel laureate is the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize to be called to account for grisly crimes such as rape, murder, the burning of babies, and the large-scale removal of an ethnic group.
Maybe Obama will be someday?
Her decision to appear in court put her in the position of defending military leaders she battled during her 15 years of house arrest, but the move appeared to reflect a calculation that taking matters into her own hands would boost her at home ahead of elections next year.
Her appearance underscored what would be Myanmar’s main defense: that Gambia, which brought the case, does not have sufficient evidence to warrant the charges of genocide, one of the worst crimes under international law, and that the military was simply responding to a security threat.
She conceded that military officials may have crossed a line in responding to attacks by militants and used ‘‘disproportionate force,’’ but she said Myanmar’s justice system was addressing these allegations......
It's what is known as the Israeli defense as the Zioni$t War Pre$$ press brings up the refugee camps in Bangladesh, where almost a million ethnic Rohingya were forced to flee, while ignoring the decades of Palestinian refugees.
"As their negotiators resumed peace talks with US diplomats, Taliban militants set off a car bomb Wednesday and penetrated a medical facility attached to Bagram Airfield, the largest US military base in Afghanistan, killing at least two people and wounding at least 73, officials said. The daring attack on the base — which President Trump visited recently — lasted nearly 12 hours, and it was bound to complicate the negotiations. After a year of talks, the two sides had been on the verge of announcing an agreement in September when Trump called off the negotiations, citing a Taliban bombing that killed an American, a NATO soldier, and nearly a dozen Afghans. In the attack Wednesday, a vehicle laden with explosives targeted the southern part of the base, the site of a medical facility that was under construction. Several attackers then entered the base, engaging in a firefight with Afghan and coalition forces, Afghan officials said. Soon after the initial attack, a spokesman for the US-led NATO mission said the assault had been repelled, but later Wednesday, nearly 10 hours after the first explosion, the spokesman said that some fighters were still holed up in the medical facility. He said the air base defenses were not breached. Talks between the chief US peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, and Taliban negotiators have been underway in recent days in Qatar after they were restarted by Trump in November. Officials say that both sides are talking about ways to decrease violence, reach a possible cease-fire, and pave the way for talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government (New York Times)."
Related: 21st-Century Pentagon Papers
I would say airlift the patients to Pakistan but.....
"Hundreds of Pakistani lawyers, angered over alleged misbehavior by some doctors toward one of their colleagues, stormed a cardiology hospital in the eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday. The assault set off scuffles with the facility’s staff and guards that caused three deaths and left heart patients unattended for several hours, police said. Authorities said tension had been brewing between the city’s lawyers and doctors since last month....."
At least it's being reported here, right?
"China is the biggest jailer of journalists in the world this year, according to a press watchdog group. Turkey was second, and after Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the biggest jailers are Eritrea, Vietnam, and Iran. It is the first time in four years that Turkey was not the world’s top jailer....."
You can hide, but you can't run:
"On the final day of election campaigning in Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of hiding in a refrigerator in an attempt to dodge an interview with TV anchor Piers Morgan....."
Gave him the cold shoulder, huh?
Time to warm up:
"As a New Zealand island volcano vented more steam and mud, authorities announced that Monday’s eruption sent a tower of steam and ash an estimated 12,000 feet into the air....."
All that spew will result in cooling, not warming.
"Danish police have arrested some 20 people suspected of involvement in Islamist terrorism in a series of raids across the country, authorities said Wednesday. No details were given as to what the target was or when an attack would take place....."
After the full-page ad for the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet on page A5 comes:
Thunberg accuses leaders of ‘creative PR’ at climate talks
I say she and her friends end the environmentally-destructive and polluting wars first and go from there.
So when is she going to China to protest?
‘Les Mis’ soothes, breaks Hong Kong hearts
I'm told "spectators mentally and physically drained from six months of prodemocracy protests that have convulsed the city wept, wiping away tears and dabbing their eyes with big tears rolling down."
China scolds US over legislation
It made the Chinese snowflakes melt.
Israel heading for third election in less than a year after politicians fail to form government
The Washington Post says ‘‘the current political stalemate has left Israel’s parliamentary system and government paralyzed for nearly a year (thus the status quo remains and they are not so paralyzed as to forgo the bombing of Syria or the shooting of Palestinian protesters) and there is a national need for a breakthrough that will unite the people of Israel.’’
What would that be, a war against Iran?
"India passes controversial citizenship law excluding Muslim migrants" by Joanna Slater and Niha Masih Washington Post, December 11, 2019
NEW DELHI — Lawmakers in India enacted a fundamental change to its citizenship law to include religion as a criterion for nationality for the first time, deepening concerns that a country founded on secular ideals is becoming a Hindu state that treats Muslims as second-class citizens.
Like you-know who.
The new law creates a path to citizenship for migrants who belong to several South Asian religions but pointedly excludes Islam, the faith practiced by 200 million Indian citizens.
The measure was approved by a majority of the upper house of India’s parliament in a final vote late Wednesday. Its passage marks the latest political victory for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a strident nationalist in the mold of other right-leaning populist politicians around the globe.
Since winning a landslide reelection victory in May, Modi has moved swiftly to implement his party’s agenda of emphasizing Hindu primacy in India, a diverse democracy home to more than 1.3 billion people.
Hindu nationalist ideologues view India’s history as a series of humiliations — centuries of rule by Muslim kings followed by British colonialism — that must be redressed.
They despise the secularism embraced by India’s founders, who sought to create a country where all faiths were treated equally, and they accuse India’s previous leaders of pandering to religious minorities, especially Muslims, in search of votes.
Now, in just months, Modi has achieved some of their top objectives. In August, he reversed seven decades of policy in Kashmir, stripping the Muslim-majority state of its autonomy and instituting a crackdown that endures to this day. Last month, India’s Supreme Court greenlighted the construction of a grand Hindu temple at the site of a 16th century mosque illegally razed by Hindu extremists in 1992.
The government has also engaged in increasingly harsh anti-migrant rhetoric. The country’s powerful interior minister has called migrants who entered the country illegally ‘‘termites’’ and pledged to expel them. Earlier this year, Indian authorities completed a byzantine process aimed at identifying migrants in the northeastern state of Assam. Nearly 1.9 million people were left off the final list of citizens, raising the risk that they could be rendered stateless or deported.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill, which was passed by both houses of parliament this week, is another priority. It is effectively an amnesty for all Hindus, Buddhists, and Christians (as well as adherents of three smaller religions) who illegally entered the country before 2014 from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
The citizenship bill is ‘‘the first legal articulation that India is, you might say, a homeland for Hindus,’’ said Pratap Bhanu Mehta, one of India’s most prominent political scientists. Mehta believes the measure violates the Indian constitution, which guarantees equal rights before the law to all people within the country.
Modi and his second-in-command, Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah, have said the measure is necessary to offer refuge to persecuted religious minorities. Proponents say India owes a moral responsibility to such communities who have faced severe hardship and even violence, but the law does not provide any relief to members of oppressed religious minorities — mostly Muslims — from other neighboring countries such as China and Myanmar......
And with that, my printed paper's World section has come full circle.
Meanwhile, back in the U.S.S.A.:
Congress criticizes how Coast Guard investigates harassment
Biden proposes immigration overhaul in shadow of Obama era
He is still in the shadow of Obama, and if I had to rank the Democratic candidates I would probably say Sanders, Warren, Williamson, Gabbard, and that's about it. There are some I would never vote for as their presence is only there to distort the outcome. The only thing they will do is help deliver the election for Trump and with the deadline coming the Democrats better make some moves fast.
The second half of the A-section begins with these two articles above the fold:
Jersey City shooting suspect linked to Black Hebrew Israelite group
Looks like they banished Ali to New Jersey, and the above event is starting to stink of a self-inflicted, staged and scripted event for usual reasons.
Pretty soon, you won't even be able to question the received wisdom from on high:
"Trump order aids Education Department’s crackdown with wider definition of Judaism" by Erica L. Green New York Times, December 11, 2019
WASHINGTON — An executive order signed Wednesday that extends civil rights protection to Jews is likely to strengthen the hand of President Trump’s Education Department, where the department’s civil rights chief has been investigating some of the nation’s most elite universities for anti-Jewish bias.
Trump on Wednesday evening opened the door on a case-by-case basis to essentially defining Judaism as a race or national origin, not just a religion, under the Civil Rights Act. His order will also expand the definition of anti-Semitism to include some anti-Israel sentiments. Both moves have been pushed by Kenneth L. Marcus, head of the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, for years.
A Jewi$h caliphate is of no concern, and this proves Trump is in the pocket of Israel.
Even before the order, Marcus was already deeming Judaism a “national origin,” like Italian or Polish, to strengthen a campaign against what he sees as rampant anti-Semitism in higher education. At both the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, Marcus has opened “national origin” investigations to determine whether qualified applicants were rejected because of their Judaism.
In the University of Pennsylvania case, the rejected applicant claimed he had the “full support of the vice provost in addition to having multiple-generation legacy status,” yet was passed over for a student of a different gender, race, and religion.
In separate cases against New York University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Marcus has investigated whether administrators have allowed their campuses to become hostile environments for Jewish students by coddling anti-Israel sentiment. Last year, he reopened a long-closed case brought by a Zionist group against Rutgers University, saying the Obama administration had ignored evidence that the school allowed a hostile environment for Jewish students.
You have to jump through hoops and bend over backward for the chosen ones.
Marcus’ efforts come at a time of rising anti-Semitic attacks. An assailant involved in a deadly shooting on Tuesday at a Jersey City, N.J., kosher supermarket was found to have published anti-Semitic posts online, a law enforcement official familiar with the case said Wednesday, but Marcus’ approach has prompted criticisms that he is infringing on free speech and the rights of other minority groups while extending civil rights law well beyond its intent.
Yeah, that shooting event helped put a point on it all.
Those charges will grow louder with Trump’s executive order and its embrace of an expansive definition of anti-Semitism, one already used by the State Department, that labels as anti-Semitic “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination,” by, for example, “claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.”
Ever notice that their border wall is never an issue?
Jewish groups were largely supportive, with some liberal organizations opposing it. Palestinian rights groups were incensed.
Last month, in a resolution agreement responding to an anti-Semitism complaint, the Education Department required the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to revise its anti-discrimination policy to include “anti-Semitic harassment.” It was also required to describe in its policy how such anti-Semitism could manifest itself on campus. The changes have to be approved by Marcus’ office.
“The Department of Education is effectively strong-arming universities into adopting policies that would chill criticism of the Israeli government’s consistent and well-documented violations of Palestinian rights by falsely conflating it with anti-Semitism,” said Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, which opposes Marcus’ actions.
Also last month, the Office for Civil Rights opened a national-origin discrimination case against New York University that stemmed from an episode last year when pro-Palestinian groups were accused of disrupting a pro-Israel dance party.
It's fine for Zionists to disrupt pro-Palestinain events though.
“The department is deeply concerned about the rampant rise of anti-Semitism on campuses across this country,” the agency said in a statement Tuesday. “Free speech and civil rights are not competing values; they are both essential.”
The new executive order targets schools’ federal funding, mirroring the threat made by Trump in March when he signed an order protecting the right of conservative speakers to challenge “rigid, far-left ideology” on campuses.
Well, there is free speech and then there is free $peech.
For years, as the head of a Jewish civil rights organization, Marcus lobbied the department to extend national-origin protections to Jewish students because it does not have jurisdiction over religious discrimination. He unsuccessfully filed several civil rights complaints with the office, and in 2017, complained that the department had “found countless civil rights violations against women and against African Americans, but when it comes to anti-Semitism on campus,” he added, “the agency has been paralyzed.”
Now on the inside, Marcus has divided the Education Department. Last fall, the department had to walk back Marcus’ assertion that it was using the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism to re-examine a seven-year-old case against Rutgers University. The department said it would determine whether anti-Semitism cases fell under its jurisdiction “on a case-by-case basis.”
Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, has condemned “boycott Israel” activists as “bullies,” and this year, she called the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions — or BDS — movement “one of the most pernicious threats” on campuses, but she has also prided herself on interpreting existing laws narrowly: The department has rescinded a number of Obama-era guidance documents that relied on flexible interpretations of federal laws, even as Marcus has asserted a Jewish “national origin” by fiat, but behind Marcus’ agenda is the weight of the White House. The anti-Semitism executive order repeatedly refers to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which extends protections on the basis of race, color, or national origin, then states, “Discrimination against Jews may give rise to a Title VI violation when the discrimination is based on an individual’s race, color, or national origin.”
Last weekend, Trump touted the NYU investigation as proof of his administration’s pro-Israel bona fides. In remarks to the Israeli-American Council National Summit that included a series of anti-Semitic tropes, Trump invited Adela Cojab, who filed the complaint against NYU, to speak. “My university failed to protect its Jewish community from ongoing harassment, from attacks on social media, to resolutions on student government, to boycotts, flag burnings, and physical assault,” Cojab said.
I thought Adelson was gravely ill.
"Patriots owner Robert Kraft was invited by President Trump to share a few words at a White House event Wednesday celebrating Hanukkah and Trump’s signing of an executive order aimed at combating anti-Semitism; however, in introducing Kraft, Trump seemed to unknowingly rub in that the Patriots have fallen from the top seed of the American Football Conference. “As usual, his team is mired in first place. Have you ever been in second place?” Trump asked Kraft as the Patriots owner made his way up to the podium. In fact, the Patriots have ceded the top spot in the AFC to the Baltimore Ravens. The Patriots sit in second place right now, with 10 wins to the Ravens’ 11 with three weeks of the season left to play. The Patriots do, however, still lead their AFC East division. While introducing Kraft, Trump also called him a “friend” who has been “a tremendous success in so many businesses,“ noting that the public knows his name “because he signs Tom Brady’s check every week.” Trump also mentioned the late Myra Kraft, who died of cancer in July 2011. “His wife, Myra, passed away a longer time ago than we think, Bob. That was a big tough time for you and for me, too, and for Melania.” Trump also said Kraft is a “special friend of Israel”: “Nobody is closer to Israel than Bob Kraft.” Kraft, for his part, praised the executive order when he took the podium’s microphone in brief remarks, calling it “a bipartisan issue.” “My wife, bless her memory, would be smiling now,” Kraft said."
He also thanked Trump for “working very hard to serve the best interests of the country,” and you know which one he meant.
As I flip the page to see the front-page turn-ins, my interest is on life support and I'm losing my breath.
It's one last gasp and.....
"People’s comfort levels with AI seem to be growing as they become more exposed to it. Is it any wonder that we’re starting to think it might be OK if the machines take over?
You can "trust it more."
I guess that is the end of newspapers, huh?
The truth is self-evident and there can be no compromise. Time to move on from the Baron.
Maybe this will help kill the pain as you commemorate 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge with a brief ceremony regarding this day in history.
It's a bridge to the past as you look to the future, and I wish you well with the prescription for Vivitrol. I hope it is a stabilizing influence for you that leads to greater and greater heights.