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Hand dyer mainly to the quilters market, doll maker, oil painter and teacher, anti-fas, cat owner, anti nuke, ex navy, reasonably good cook, father of three happy successful kids and three happy grand kids. Life is good.

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I didn't do it, but if I did, you deserved it.

Russia Denies Paying Bounties, but Some Say the U.S. Had It Coming

Russia’s grievances against what it sees as American bullying and expansion into its own zones of influence have been stacking up for decades.


By Andrew Higgins and Andrew E. Kramer

July 3, 2020

MOSCOW — <snip>

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia responded with an ominous warning, saying weapons in the separatist regions could easily be sent “to other zones of conflict” — which many took to mean Afghanistan.


Russian officials have scoffed at the idea they would hire killers from a radical Islamist group that is banned in Russia as a “terrorist” outfit and that shares many views of the Afghan fighters who killed so many Red Army soldiers, and those of Islamic militants who caused Moscow so much pain in Chechnya during two wars there.

In remarks to a state news agency on Monday, Zamir Kabulov, Mr. Putin’s special envoy for Afghanistan and a former ambassador in Kabul, dismissed the Taliban bounties report as “outright lies” generated by “forces in the United States who don’t want to leave Afghanistan and want to justify their own failures.”

Amid a torrent of outraged denials, however, there have been pointed reminders that, in Russia’s view, the United States, because of its overreach overseas, deserves to taste some of its own medicine.


Remembering, of course "... Syria, where U.S. forces killed scores of Russian mercenaries in 2018". Are they buying "paybacks"?

Susan Collins, Congress's last New England Republican, facing toughest reelection yet

Susan Collins, Congress's last New England Republican, facing toughest reelection yet
The Democratic Senate primary is Tuesday, but November is already top of mind.
Quinn Scanlan
July 11, 2020, 4:02 AM



“The big picture is that she's in a fight for her electoral life here that she's really never seen before since she was first elected to the seat,” said Mark Brewer, a professor of political science at the University of Maine.


All three major race raters – Inside Politics, Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball – rate Collins’ race as a toss-up, meaning it’s basically anyone’s guess at this point whether she’ll be able to hold onto her seat, or lose to her Democratic challenger.

"This is an atmosphere like nobody has never seen in Maine before. Everything is so polarized. Everything you see happening in the country, you see in Maine," the Collins campaign told ABC News. "You've got Democrats and Republicans at each other's throats, and you have Senator Collins’ opponents flooding Maine with $20 million worth of false attack ads in an attempt to try to make this Senate race a referendum on Donald Trump. Senator Collins is going to run her own race, like she always does, on her own impressive legislative record."


“If Trump can be competitive again and come as close as he did in 2016 to winning Maine, she will win Maine – even if Trump will lose narrowly,” said Sabato. “But Trump has a long way to go to get competitive again.”

St. Louis Cops Seize Gun That Couple Pointed At Black Lives Matter Protesters

St. Louis Cops Seize Gun That Couple Pointed At Black Lives Matter Protesters
“They took my AR,” Mark McCloskey told a right-wing radio program.


By Mary Papenfuss


“We complied with the search warrant. They took my AR,” Mark McCloskey told the conservative Todd Starnes radio show. “I’m absolutely surprised by this.”


Mark McCloskey claimed he and his wife grabbed their guns during the protest because they were afraid for their lives from the “angry mob who came through my gate.” His wife insisted in a Fox News interview that she heard protesters talk about how they wanted to take over their home, kill her and her husband, and their dog.

But video of the protest that went viral shows protesters slowly sauntering past the couple on the sidewalk and not confronting them.


They have sued neighbors for making changes to their gravel road, sued a former employer for wrongful termination, sued others for defamation, and asserted “squatters’ rights” on common neighborhood property, according to the newspaper. This was apparently part of the land they claimed to be guarding with their firearms. McCloskey said in an affidavit last year that he had once challenged a neighbor cutting through that property “at gunpoint.”

Bob Woodward talked out of exposing Brett Kavanaugh as anonymous source

Bob Woodward talked out of exposing Brett Kavanaugh as anonymous source by Washington Post editor: report

By Joe Concha - 06/29/20 09:16 AM EDT



Woodward was reportedly set to expose Kavanaugh as an anonymous source for his 1999 book "Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate." At the time the book was being written, Kavanaugh served as a lawyer on independent counsel Ken Starr's team in its investigation of President Clinton.

The revelation would have publicly contradicted what Kavanaugh said in a letter to the Post in 1999, the Times noted.

Woodward's unmasking of Kavanaugh was set to be published in October 2018, according to the Times, which added that Post executive editor Martin Baron urged Woodward to not burn his source because it would be "bad for Bob" and the newspaper itself if Kavanaugh were exposed.


During his Watergate investigative reporting and for decades after, Woodward, along with Carl Bernstein, steadfastly protected his primary source, known only as "Deep Throat." In 2005, former FBI Deputy Director William Mark Felt publicly confirmed he was the source.

Trump fills his Twitter feed with wanted posters for people attacking federal monuments


Donald Trump may not have any great love for the U.S. Postal Service — in fact, he seems to be doing everything possible to hasten its demise, particularly since it will be the method that so many mail-in votes for Joe Biden will be delivered to election authorities — but today the president tried to emulate a post office wall on his Twitter feed.

Having come back from his morning golfing excursion — you know, the one that he took to his Virginia Trump National golf club after canceling his trip to his rainy New Jersey Bedminster resort supposedly because he was going to “make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced” — the president fulfilled his promise to keep “the arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators” at bay in a way that few would have initially expected.

Trump’s idea of ingenuity in enforcing the law against those who would tear down his precious monuments to those defenders of slavery and the Confederacy enshrined in marble and granite was to transform his Twitter feed into a series of 15 wanted posters featuring photos of protestors who tried to bring down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House.

Formatted as an “Attempt to Identify” the individuals whose photos are included in the posts by the United States Park Police, Trump’s use of his Twitter feed to turn attention away from the major news of the day — that Russia paid the Taliban a bounty for each U.S. soldier that they killed — and his failure to address that hostile act was somewhat laughable given that, unlike the Trump followers who risked COVID-19 to attend his rallies this week, many of the people in the photos have their faces covered by protective masks that have the added benefit of concealing their identities while providing anti-viral protection.


To "President" Trump. I am Spartacus. I did it. Come and fucking get me.

And if it wasn't me, I sure wish it was,

You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument

You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument

The black people I come from were owned and raped by the white people I come from. Who dares to tell me to celebrate them?


By Caroline Randall Williams

Ms. Williams is a poet.

June 26, 2020

NASHVILLE — <snip> A tough, tough snip.

Dead Confederates are honored all over this country — with cartoonish private statues, solemn public monuments and even in the names of United States Army bases. It fortifies and heartens me to witness the protests against this practice and the growing clamor from serious, nonpartisan public servants to redress it. But there are still those — like President Trump and the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell — who cannot understand the difference between rewriting and reframing the past. I say it is not a matter of “airbrushing” history, but of adding a new perspective.


It is an extraordinary truth of my life that I am biologically more than half white, and yet I have no white people in my genealogy in living memory. No. Voluntary. Whiteness. I am more than half white, and none of it was consensual. White Southern men — my ancestors — took what they wanted from women they did not love, over whom they had extraordinary power, and then failed to claim their children.

What is a monument but a standing memory? An artifact to make tangible the truth of the past. My body and blood are a tangible truth of the South and its past. The black people I come from were owned by the white people I come from. The white people I come from fought and died for their Lost Cause. And I ask you now, who dares to tell me to celebrate them? Who dares to ask me to accept their mounted pedestals?


The dream version of the Old South never existed. Any manufactured monument to that time in that place tells half a truth at best. The ideas and ideals it purports to honor are not real. To those who have embraced these delusions: Now is the time to re-examine your position.


This is an important piece. Its almost rendered to a fraction of what it is by snipping. I've tried to give it justice.

New standards released on social distancing for the election ...

America's pandemic response doesn't bode well for a potential cyberattack

America’s pandemic response doesn’t bode well for a potential cyberattack

Opinion by
David Ignatius
June 25, 2020 at 5:51 p.m. CDT



This stark message was contained in a little-noticed white paper recently released by the bipartisan Cyberspace Solarium Commission, titled “Cybersecurity Lessons From the Pandemic.” As the paper highlighted, the covid-19 outbreak has been a stress test for our national crisis-management system — and that system has, to a frightening extent, failed. The challenges of a cyberattack would be even greater.

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), the panel’s co-chairs, describe the disorganized response to covid-19 this way: “The pandemic produces cascading effects and high levels of uncertainty. It has undermined normal policymaking processes and, in the absence of the requisite preparedness, has forced decision makers to craft hasty and ad hoc emergency responses.”

President Trump’s chaotic and sometimes counterproductive personal management of the covid-19 crisis has underlined the need for clear executive authority that can coordinate different federal agencies and state and local responders. Trump dismantled or disdained the management tools that might have been useful — and seemed to develop a love-hate relationship with experts who could have helped frame a coherent response, such as Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

This problem of coordinating the executive branch in a national crisis was the centerpiece of a report issued in March by the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. The group brought together Congress, the executive branch and private experts to recommend how to cope with the threat of a crippling cyberattack. As the report was released, covid-19 was beginning to spread in the United States, and I wrote that the pandemic was a foretaste of what we’d experience in a debilitating cyberattack. Now, after three months of White House missteps, the commission’s findings are even more relevant.


The Liberal Plot ...

CDC chief says coronavirus cases may be 10 times higher than reported

CDC chief says coronavirus cases may be 10 times higher than reported

Agency expands list of people at risk of severe illness, including pregnant women

Lena H. Sun and
Joel Achenbach
June 25, 2020 at 4:05 p.m. CDT


The number of Americans who have been infected with the novel coronavirus is likely 10 times higher than the 2.3 million confirmed cases, according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Using that methodology pushes the tally of U.S. cases to at least 23 million. Redfield said the larger estimate is based on blood samples collected from across the country that look for the presence of antibodies to the virus. For every confirmed case of covid-19, 10 more people had antibodies, he said.

Redfield and another top CDC official said that young people are driving the surge in cases in the South and West. They attributed that to the broader testing of people under 50. “In the past, I just don’t think we diagnosed these infections,” Redfield said.


For the first time, agency officials also said pregnant women may face higher risks of severe illness from the virus than nonpregnant women, including needing treatment in intensive care units and respiratory help with ventilators. However, they do not face higher risk of dying. Officials said they are still researching the effects on newborns.


A lot more information at link. A lot more information!!
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