​Righteous Jim is Even More Righteous Than You Thought

Posted by Keeley on April 19, 2018 at 8:58 PM

James Comey really is that righteous, apparently. Before examining a quote from his book that deals with Martha Stewart's trial and her apparent crime of lying, it's helpful to remember a little bit about Puritan New England. Here's a description from The New England Historical Society of some aspects of their justice system:

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​McClatchy Media Article Revives Russia Story? Or Not?

Posted by Keeley on April 18, 2018 at 4:18 PM

Are McClatchy's Peter Stone and Greg Gordon correct when they state that in August or September of 2016, Michael Cohen did indeed go to Prague to meet with Russian officials or perhaps businessmen close to Putin?

Let's start with the opening paragraph of their story from last Friday:

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​Syria - How Would Putin Respond to a Show of Force?

Posted by Keeley on April 12, 2018 at 7:06 PM

Spare us the warnings of foreign policy experts regarding Syria please. Yes, Syria is a mess. Yes, Assad is protected by Russia, to an extent we have not yet tested. Yes, worst of all, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is now firmly established in Syrian territory. Not to mention Hezbollah.

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​Prosecutors Rule The World - Michael Cohen & Attorney-Client Priviledge

Posted by Keeley on April 11, 2018 at 7:49 PM

Is Andrew McCarthy - a former long-time prosecutor with the Southern District of New York (SDNY) who has been writing incisive and exhaustive reports on the Mueller probe in various articles for National Review - a dangerous man? Is Andrew Weissmann, one of Mueller's attack dogs and apparently a formidable prosecutor, dangerous? Is Mueller? Comey? Kenneth Starr? Patrick Fitzgerald? Is prosecutor-forced plea bargaining a perversion of the original intention of the Founders when it came to America's justice system?

Or are they all merely hard-driving prosecutors who get (or got) the job done?

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​The Caravan to Puebla and Possible Waves

Posted by Keeley on April 6, 2018 at 3:51 PM

Unlike Europe, the caravan of mostly Honduran and other Central American migrants is mostly symbolic, and has been happening for about a decade in southern Mexico, on what seems to be an annual basis around Easter time. Because of Europe, it is a very powerful symbol, one that posits the possibility of enormous waves of approaching migrants, rather than the steady stream of smaller groups that try to cross the border on a daily basis.

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​Let's Talk About Andrew McCabe's GoFundMe Campaign

Posted by Keeley on April 3, 2018 at 5:07 PM

Consider the curious case of Andrew McCabe's GoFundMe campaign, as Law Professor Jonathan Turley puts it in his piece in The Hill. Half a million dollars have been raised, smashing through the supposed goal of merely a third of that amount. All in the cause of the former FBI Deputy Director's legal defense fund.

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​Time Magazine Does an Epitaph on Jeff Sessions

Posted by Keeley on March 30, 2018 at 5:34 PM

Jeff Sessions is about to appear in black and white in Time Magazine in about a week. In a dry but fairly hostile and critical profile by Molly Ball (formerly with Atlantic) she paints a portrait of a severe and puritanical man who is isolated from many Republicans, and from Trump himself. But beyond her narrative that seems part-epitaph, it's the accompanying black and white photographs by Phillip Montgomery that take the cake.

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​SCOTUS' 24 Billion Dollar Immigration Call

Posted by Keeley on March 26, 2018 at 8:16 PM

It's here! The Omnibus spending bill. And it's got tons of cash for President Trump's border wall! About a billion dollars! One. Billion. Dollars! Wow!

You want a measure on how powerful the Supreme Court of the United States can be? Let's do a little addition, and subtraction, shall we?

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​The Austin Bomber & the Race Over 5G - Threats in Our Connected World

Posted by Keeley on March 22, 2018 at 9:16 PM

Who was Mark Conditt? The apparent Austin bomber was a home-schooled and church-going kid raised in Pflugerville, a suburb of Austin. No possible motive is anywhere in site, but apparently there was some sort of confession. So the media is sure to dig through the details of Conditt's life and try to see what went wrong, what drove him to the evil acts he undertook.

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​Forget Voters - Meet the Vegan Genius Who Hacked Facebook & Elected Trump

Posted by Keeley on March 21, 2018 at 1:44 PM

It couldn't be that enough voters in key electoral districts were just not convinced by Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate that they could vote for. No. That just won't do. We need a better narrative. The Russians did it. With Trump we think. The evidence is how mad the President gets when he tweets. Because so far no real evidence has shown up. But it will. At least as far as possible obstruction of justice is concerned. Collusion, maybe not.

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​Why We Have to Talk About Prostitutes in Moscow

Posted by Keeley on March 15, 2018 at 9:18 PM

Salacious but unverified. What do you think I'm referring to? What could it possibly be but that scene that was rumored to have taken place in 2013 at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow, on Trump's visit to the city for the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant.

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​Mr. President - Don't Do a Jimmy Carter With Kim Jong-un

Posted by Keeley on March 9, 2018 at 1:23 PM

As news spreads of an apparent meeting that has been tentatively scheduled between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un, it's helpful to remember a little recent history. Recent if you're my age of course.

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​Tariffs - Why You Don't Make Your Own Chicken Sandwich From Scratch

Posted by Keeley on March 7, 2018 at 2:59 PM

Do you like Chicken Sandwiches? Maybe on a toasted bun? With pickles, cheese, and tomato and lettuce as well? If so, there's a video on YouTube you should really see. A guy makes his own chicken sandwich. From the ground up. Literally. Everything from growing his own vegetables and grain (for the bread) to slaughtering and plucking and cleaning a chicken (no idea if it was free range).

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​Leaks & Winks Around Kushner's Security Downgrade

Posted by Keeley on March 1, 2018 at 10:34 AM

Who are the leakers - and who were the earlier leakers - in Trump's White House? It's a question one can't help keep asking and one that journalists will not answer as every one of them loves a good source and is almost always willing to keep those sources anonymous.

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​No Discount No Tax Break - Casey Cagle Takes Aim at Delta

Posted by Keeley on February 27, 2018 at 4:13 PM

Casey Cagle is Georgia's Lieutenant Governor and he's mad as hell at Delta airlines, apparently. His tweet threatening to cancel a planned tax rebate on fuel taxes that Delta may benefit from - the Georgia State Legislature is debating the matter - has caused some angry reaction. He feels it's his right as an angry supporter of the NRA, given that Delta is now no longer offering discounts to NRA card-carrying members.

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