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March 31, 2019

LOL - eggs with Sean Spicer and Fox & Friends

So I get up to have the complimentary breakfast (not bad) at this Comfort Inn (not too good)we stayed at last night. On the TV is Fox News - Fox & Friends.

Topic - Democrats in denial about the Mueller report
Guest commentator- Sean Spicer

This is paraphrased but mostly accurate.

Spicer, “If you look at the news sources most Democrats and liberals get their news from they were all in on this Trump collusion subject and they can’t stop now. The major news publications New York Times Washington Post (lists several other newspapers) they’ve done about 8,500 stories on the supposed collusion. The so called major news networks ABC NBC CBS MSNBC CNN they’ve done about 3,200 stories on this. They just can’t stop now”

Co-host Pete Hegseth (suit filler and non-hand washer) wraps it up for the believers: “It shows how bad it is to only get your news from one source

I actually spit up my eggs laughing.

March 28, 2019

Trump backs off cutting Special Olympics funding.

#2 headline on ESPN

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he is backing off a budget request to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics, reversing course after his administration weathered days of criticism for the proposed cut.

Speaking to reporters as he left the White House for a rally in Michigan, Trump said he had authorized funding for the event. "I heard about it this morning. I have overridden my people. We're funding the Special Olympics.''

Trump's announcement came after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spent days defending the proposal, which drew widespread criticism from lawmakers as well as advocates and celebrities. Even before the president stepped in, legislators said the cut was unlikely to be approved.

The president added: "I've been to the Special Olympics. I think it's incredible.''


March 26, 2019

Virginia "transformation" of Juvenile Justice gets a new leader. Short article - worth a follow up.

Virginia is losing the leader of a sweeping transformation of its juvenile justice system that has dramatically reduced the number of youth going into state custody and attempted to improve the odds of keeping kids who've left custody from returning.

Those alternatives include the proliferation of community programs overseen by Boykin and placements at local detention facilities, including the Chesterfield Juvenile Detention Home, for low-risk offenders and those transitioning from state youth prisons.

Boykin has played a big role in the department's contracting with more than 125 companies to provide evidenced-based services to rehabilitate juvenile offenders in their communities instead of imprisoning them and to help those leaving custody transition back to their homes.

The department also has changed its approach to running its youth prisons, now just Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center in Chesterfield. Instead of relying on a strict prison approach, the state instituted a community-based model in every residential unit to focus on engagement, rehabilitation and education.

"The work is not yet done," Boykin said.


March 24, 2019

My wife's response ...Classic

Me: Did you see the news?
Her: Good or bad?
Me: Mostly bad. No proof of collusion. Couldn't find he was guilty of obstruction but couldn't exonerate him either. This is according to the Attorney General's summary letter.

Her: Well that could be a big fucking lie

March 24, 2019

Do we know how long Mueller's Report is?

I've searched a couple of ways but I can't find any mention of the number of pages or anything about its size.


March 23, 2019

Pollution... in pictures. Pre-EPA.

Vintage photos taken by the EPA reveal what America looked like before pollution was regulated
Link here https://www.businessinsider.com/photos-america-before-epa-documerica-2017-10

Smog, seen here obscuring the George Washington Bridge in New York, was a far bigger problem.

Smog was common, as this shot of Louisville and the Ohio River from 1972 shows.
Smog, seen here obscuring the George Washington Bridge in New York, was a far bigger problem.

Factories burned discarded automobile batteries in the 1970s, releasing pollutants into the air. Current regulations require the batteries to be recycled without contaminating the surrounding area, though some are exported.

EPA officials used briefcase-size monitors to test radiation levels. This image shows them testing the monitors in a Las Vegas lab before sending them out to be used.

This photo shows a burning barge on the Ohio River in May 1972. A fire on the Cuyahoga River in 1969 (the 13th time that river had caught fire) helped to inspire the creation of the EPA.

Mary Workman of Steubenville, Ohio, holds a jar of undrinkable water from her well in this photo. She filed a lawsuit against a coal company, accusing it of polluting her water. The EPA now uses the Clean Water Act to prevent companies from contaminating drinking water.

March 23, 2019

PRESS CONFERENCE - AG Barr between 3-5pm ET today. Dems conference call.

Yes I was looking through Fox News and found this

“The Attorney General wants to get this out tonight," the source said, noting that some procedural hurdles could delay Barr's release. “It will hit what is on everyone’s minds — no parsing of words, no games."

A separate source told Fox News that Barr is likely to report on Mueller's primary conclusions between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET.

Fox News has also confirmed that House Democrats, meanwhile, will conduct a conference call at 3 p.m. E.T. Saturday with “chairs of relevant committees” to discuss next steps regarding the Mueller report and messaging. New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries will host as Caucus Chair, and attendees will include Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff, as well as Committee on Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters.

If your interested in Glen Greenwald's take it's here too


March 23, 2019

Lara Logan (you know she used to be on CBS) discusses media bias with Mark Levin on Fox News

I count four times in this short article that Fox mentions CBS or 60 Minutes. I guess they were trying to establish her credibility or her former insider status.

Lara Logan, formerly of CBS, sounds off on media's treatment of Trump, other liberal bias

Former CBS News journalist Lara Logan says the mainstream media is not allowing President Trump to be “normalized” as the nation's leader and accused CNN, among others, of passing off opinions as fact in a Fox News interview set to air Sunday.

“I've never seen the press corps behave the way they do today," Logan told host Mark Levin on “Life, Liberty & Levin. "So, it stands out to me because it's a departure from what I've seen throughout the last three decades. There is something actually much more significant about what you're seeing happen with the White House press corps.”

Logan also told Levin that America’s academic institutions and newsrooms lacked political diversity.

“It's no secret that the vast majority of academic institutions in this country are liberal,” Logan said. “So what bothers me is that one political ideology dominates all of your academic, almost all, of your academic institutions. And that same political ideology dominates all of your newsrooms, almost all, of your newsrooms. I mean, let's face it, until Fox News in television. Where did you go if you weren't a liberally minded moderate, if you, like, if you wanted to hear an alternative point of view or a conservative point of view?”


March 22, 2019

I have some **advise** for DU. ....CHILL.

The report just got delivered. This is going to take some time.
Don't get freaked out about Barr using the word "advise"

offer suggestions about the best course of action to someone.
"I advised him to go home"
synonyms: counsel, give counsel, give counseling, give guidance, guide, make recommendations, offer suggestions, offer opinions, give hints, give tips, give pointers, direct, give direction(s), instruct, give instruction, illuminate, educate
"my lecturers advised me about the application process"
recommend (something).
"sleeping pills are not advised"
synonyms: advocate, suggest, recommend, commend, urge, admonish, bid, encourage, enjoin, push for, press for, subscribe to, endorse, champion, back, support, speak for, call for, campaign for, argue for, promote, prompt
"he goes on to advise an effective means of achieving this goal"
inform (someone) about a fact or situation in a formal or official way.
"you will be advised of the requirements"
synonyms: inform, notify, give notice, apprise, brief, give intelligence, send word, keep posted, warn, forewarn; More

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