What Sarah Jeong Wants & Why She's Not Really Evil

Posted by Keeley on August 7, 2018 at 4:48 PM

Sarah Jeong is not a monster. A monster is unique, horrifying in its one-in-a-billion malevolence. It's a swamp creature, the real swamp creatures which of course are the ones who terrified kids in the 50's as they emerged from the muck. Or made them laugh if the costume really sucked.

» Continue reading "What Sarah Jeong Wants & Why She's Not Really Evil"...

They're Just Trying to Shorten Manafort's Trial

Posted by Keeley on August 2, 2018 at 5:09 AM

As Griffin Connolly helpfully tells us in his article in Roll Call when doing a 5-things-you-should-watch on the Manafort Trial:

Saying it loud for the people in the back: THIS IS A TAX EVASION AND BANK FRAUD TRIAL.

None of the 18 counts against Manafort deal with collusion or conspiracy with a foreign nation, and the word Russia has not been mentioned through the trial's first two days.

"Very few tax cases really do get a lot of attention," said Robert Barnes, a tax attorney who represented actor Wesley Snipes in a high-profile tax evasion case in 2008.

But Manafort's connection to the Trump campaign, which he managed for five months in 2016, has filled the courtroom with reporters and the internet with readers.

One of those onlookers keeping a close eye on the Manafort trial: the president. The way Trump sees it, Manafort's prosecution is the product of a "rigged witch hunt" by Mueller's team to discredit his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton.

» Continue reading "They're Just Trying to Shorten Manafort's Trial"...

Leaks, Chevron Deference & Judge Kavanaugh

Posted by Keeley on August 1, 2018 at 2:15 PM

One of the advantages of having lived on a 50-acre woodlot a few miles outside of town - and I mean a town of less than 10,000 not Chicago, or even Toronto - is you can enjoy guilt-free leaks. No, not that type. Leaks as in a discharge of waste fluid amongst the trees with the only the occasional sound of traffic to distract you.

» Continue reading "Leaks, Chevron Deference & Judge Kavanaugh"...

Schumer's Delight at Kavanaugh's Comments from 1999

Posted by Keeley on July 25, 2018 at 1:07 PM

One can imagine Senator Schumer's expression when an aide pointed out what he had found on Judge Kavanaugh's participation in a panel discussion on the landmark case United States v. Nixon. Eyes glowing with predatorial glee as he cackles heartily and then points peremptorily at his underlings saying something like: Get me every fricking word on this. Now!

» Continue reading "Schumer's Delight at Kavanaugh's Comments from 1999"...

Senators Disagree While Mueller May be Wrapping Up

Posted by Keeley on July 24, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Byron York at the Washington Examiner asks why Mueller is starting to hand off parts of his investigation to other areas of the justice system - like the SDNY with the case against Cohen and the case against Maria Butina farmed off to the DOJ's National Security Division who will prosecute the case against Butina. A case which seems to revolve around her not properly registering as a foreign representative (i.e. lobbyist) for the Russian government in her attempts to win influence with groups like the NRA.

» Continue reading "Senators Disagree While Mueller May be Wrapping Up"...

Spies & Criminals - A Discrete Line Has Been Blurred

Posted by Keeley on July 20, 2018 at 2:57 PM

Spies were spies and criminals were criminals back in the good old Cold War days. You might have criminals who were coerced into spy work, and you might have had spies whose intentions were essentially venal and not patriotic, but there was a discrete line between these two types of human activity, as it were. Even if spies could and did do some very criminal things like stealing, lying, brainwashing, maiming and killing.

» Continue reading "Spies & Criminals - A Discrete Line Has Been Blurred "...

Should We Stop Speculating About Strzok & Rosenstein's Animus?

Posted by Keeley on July 16, 2018 at 3:10 PM

So it was just coincidence the Special Counsel Bob Mueller finally had the indictments his prosecutors have been working on and leaking to the media once at least last November, ready and in order 3 days before the Helsinki summit between Trump and Putin. As Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein helpfully told the media who asked about the timing of the 12 latest indictments of Russian spies - members of the GRU which of course is Russia's military intel agency - who apparently hacked into DNC servers as well as DCCC servers, that it is:

» Continue reading "Should We Stop Speculating About Strzok & Rosenstein's Animus?"...

Can NATO Survive Resurgent Nationalism in Europe?

Posted by Keeley on July 13, 2018 at 3:15 PM

If you look at NATO spending figures as a percentage of GDP, you start to notice an interesting trend: as you move further East across Europe, the numbers rise.

After America - whose spending is just under 3.6% of GDP - you have only 3 countries whose military spending is above 2%. The UK is understandably one of them but the other two are Greece and Estonia. Greece is at the crossroads of Southern and Eastern Europe and in the late 40's fought a civil war against communist insurgents that might very well have resulted in Greece becoming a member of the Soviet Bloc.

» Continue reading "Can NATO Survive Resurgent Nationalism in Europe?"...

Beware The Da Beastie Code!

Posted by Keeley on July 10, 2018 at 3:47 PM

In the early 80's a trio of writers - Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln - wrote a speculative history titled The Holy Blood & The Holy Grail. Released in 1982, it suggested that Jesus was an aristocrat who in fact married Mary and whose blood line descended down to current French aristocrats. Sound familiar? Anthony Burgess, reviewing the book, wrote this:

» Continue reading "Beware The Da Beastie Code!"...

In an Age of Animus, The Ginsburg Standard Matters

Posted by Keeley on July 5, 2018 at 12:19 PM

This is interesting. As the Southern border becomes the focus of even more speculation with Sunday's election of Lopez Obrador in Mexico, we have a view of another key part of Trump's foreign policy agenda (yes, his plans for border security are a de facto foreign policy because they involve immigration and a neighboring country). His travel ban. Law professor Mike Rappaport at libertylawsite.org brings up an inconvenient observation about Justice Ginsburg and her relationship to said travel ban.

» Continue reading "In an Age of Animus, The Ginsburg Standard Matters"...

Overturning Roe v. Wade May Not Matter as Much as We Think

Posted by Keeley on July 2, 2018 at 10:20 AM

The abortion debate - always swirling just below or just above the surface - has erupted like Mount Etna spewing anger and hate on the part of so-called reproductive rights advocates who are furious that Justice Kennedy has treasonously left the court before the 2020 elections, or even before the mid-terms.

» Continue reading "Overturning Roe v. Wade May Not Matter as Much as We Think"...

The Big Blue Wave Coming in November

Posted by Keeley on June 28, 2018 at 10:31 AM

Americans - lots of them; at least a plurality and possibly a majority - are worried about the possibility of America becoming a "non-democratic, authoritarian country." This is according to a poll commissioned by the following organizations:

Freedom House

The George W. Bush Institute

The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement

» Continue reading "The Big Blue Wave Coming in November"...

Sarah Sanders & L'affaire Poule Rouge

Posted by Keeley on June 26, 2018 at 12:36 PM

Allow me to disagree with the causality in one of The Hill's pieces on the Red Hen Incident - or perhaps it will acquire so much cultural weight we shall be obliged to refer to it as L'affaire Poule Rouge. This didn't start with Trump's election and make its way to the dining tables and kitchen crannies of America. This sort of divide has been alive and well for at least a decade or two and has been building for a couple of generations now.

» Continue reading "Sarah Sanders & L'affaire Poule Rouge"...

Families at the Border - After Flores Then What?

Posted by Keeley on June 22, 2018 at 11:14 AM

Where in this country do we currently detain children with their parents for weeks or months pending trial? How is that a good idea?

That would be Senator Coombs of Delaware - a Democrat if you need to be reminded. Now take this quote from Senator Rubio - and I'll assume it's common knowledge what side of the aisle he's from and what state he represents:

» Continue reading "Families at the Border - After Flores Then What?"...

The Southern Border - High Tech & Medieval Brutality

Posted by Keeley on June 19, 2018 at 5:15 PM

At the Southern border we have brutality and we have a soon-to-be implemented brand-new iteration of high tech. And they will co-exist in ways we don't understand yet.

No, the brutality is not border guards enforcing a zero-tolerance policy. Yes, it is heartbreaking and yes, it is being portrayed as brutal, and yes, it is disturbing to watch some of those images. But the brutality is elsewhere.

» Continue reading "The Southern Border - High Tech & Medieval Brutality"...