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March 21, 2019

Roger Stone invokes Fifth Amendment in House Judiciary document request

Roger Stone invokes Fifth Amendment in House Judiciary document request


By Jacqueline Thomsen - 03/21/19 12:48 PM EDT

Roger Stone is declining to cooperate with the House Judiciary Committee’s request for documents in its investigation into President Trump's administration, business and campaign, citing his Fifth Amendment rights.


“As a current criminal defendant, with the presumption of innocence guaranteed to him, it is not in Mr. Stone’s best interest to participate in any additional proceedings, outside those in federal court, until the charges are resolved,” Smith wrote. “Neither will Mr. Stone confirm for your Committee the existence of, or produce any documents requested, for the purpose of being used against him in anyway or to further the political agenda of people who want nothing more than to avenge the loss of their chosen candidate for president in 2016 by deposing the legally elected office holder."

Smith also characterized the committee’s request for documents as a “fishing expedition.”

“I hardly need to say that the gossip and innuendo which surrounds Mr. Stone in the press and in the Congress, and the pending criminal matter, provides him with a reasonable basis to protect himself from the ‘ambiguous circumstances’ which some have embraced,” the letter states.


March 13, 2019

Old Rape Kits Finally Got Tested. 64 Attackers Were Convicted.

Old Rape Kits Finally Got Tested. 64 Attackers Were Convicted.

The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., committed $38 million in forfeiture money in 2015 to help other jurisdictions test thousands of backlogged rape kits.CreditJeenah Moon/Reuters


By Ali Watkins

March 12, 2019

By February 2017, Maisha Sudbeck had made peace with the idea she would never get justice. It had been five years since she was raped in Tucson by a man she had met online. The police had brushed the case off as a he-said-she-said standoff. For years, her rape evidence kit had sat untested. With two children and a new marriage, she had moved on with her life.

The detective said a grant from the Manhattan district attorney’s office had helped the Tucson authorities clear a backlog of untested rape kits, which preserve the DNA evidence left by an attacker. After five years, Ms. Sudbeck’s kit had finally been tested, the detective said. And the police had found a match in a database of people with criminal records: a man named Nathan Loebe.

“My chapter was reopened,” Ms. Sudbeck said. “Having my kit finally tested was a catalyst for hope.”

In February, Mr. Loebe was convicted of sexually assaulting Ms. Sudbeck and six other women. Ms. Sudbeck testified against him at trial.

Follow Ali Watkins on Twitter: @AliWatkins

March 11, 2019

Is This the Greatest Photo in Jazz History?


Is This the Greatest Photo in Jazz History?


Mr. Parent, a photographer with a knack for showing up at the right time and place, didn’t need much encouragement. He arrived at the jazz club early in the evening of Sept. 13, 1953. It was unseasonably cool for late summer. The New York Times front page detailed the marriage of Senator John F. Kennedy and the glamorous Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, R.I. The Brooklyn Dodgers had just clinched the pennant in Milwaukee.

The show that night was billed as the Thelonious Monk Trio. Monk, 35, was already a prolific composer and piano innovator, yet it would take a decade for his brilliance to be fully appreciated by mainstream America. The trio was rounded out by Charles Mingus, 31, on standup bass and the youngster Roy Haynes, a 28-year-old hotshot drummer everyone called “Snap Crackle.”

The Open Door was a dark little joint that Mr. Haynes would later characterize as “a dump.” The jazz historian Dan Morgenstern was slightly more generous in his description: “It was a strange place but had great music.” There was an out-of-tune piano in the front room that was presided over on most nights by a woman known as Broadway Rose. She sang popular songs of the day.


With Monk, Mingus and Haynes, he had certainly booked a top-shelf trio, reason enough to make the trip downtown. The word on the street that afternoon — and what a savvy Bob Parent already knew — was that there was a good chance Charlie Parker would sit in with the trio.

A version of this article appears in print on March 9, 2019, on Page MB5 of the New York edition with the headline: Four Titans of Bebop, and ‘the Greatest Photo in Jazz’.
March 10, 2019

Roy Moore 'Seriously Considering' 2020 Senate Run, Claims 2017 'Was Stolen'

Roy Moore ‘Seriously Considering’ 2020 Senate Run, Claims 2017 ‘Was Stolen’

The Alabama Republican accused of sexual misconduct and assault argued he unfairly lost in 2017.

By Amy Russo



“I’m seriously considering it,” Moore said of another campaign, claiming he faced an unfair playing field against Democrat Doug Jones when the two faced off for the empty seat left by Jeff Sessions when he became President Donald Trump’s attorney general. Moore continued:

I think that [the 2017 race] was stolen. I think that’s been pronounced in the national newspapers ― The New York Times, The Washington Post even has recognized that there was a disinformation campaign going on in September of 2017 by forces outside of Alabama that spent a lot of money not regulated by the [Federal Election Commission] in trying to dissuade Republicans from voting and encourage and enrage Democrats.

Last December, The New York Times reported that a band of Democratic techies carried out a small-scale Russian-style deception campaign targeting Facebook and Twitter in an effort to help Jones. However, the experiment was said to have not made any meaningful impact. A similar story appeared in The Washington Post the following month.

In a separate case in January, the Times revealed a group of progressive Democrats had waged a disinformation campaign, like the one previously reported, on Facebook and Twitter. While the Times noted “it is hard to say for sure” that the attempted trickery had zero impact, the Twitter accounts involved had a limited reach.

Undeniably detrimental to Moore’s 2017 run were the handful of stories that emerged shortly before Election Day from women who claimed to have been pursued by him as teenagers when he was in his 30s.


March 8, 2019

Photos for the Day -

In honor of International Women's Day.

Thaier Al-Sudani / Reuters
Students walk past a U.S. soldier in Baghdad’s Ameen district on October 14, 2008.

Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times/Getty Images
Kashmiri school girls playing during recess in Kulhama district, Bandipora on August 11, 2015 in Srinagar, India.

SIMON MAINA via Getty Images
Pupils walk on September 10, 2013 inside the Gambool high school in the Garowe region, Somaliland. The school is a project funded by the European Commission and has the capacity for 1,750 pupils both boys and girls. As key partners, Somalia and the European Union (EU) will be co-hosting a High Level Conference on A New Deal for Somalia in Brussels on September 16, 2013.

School girls, wearing surgical masks, cross a street at lunch time in Kyoto, western Japan November 19, 2014.

Lorgina Minguito / Reuters
A woman accompanies some students as they wade in the shallow part of a rocky beach to their school to attend the first day of classes in Sitio Kinabuksan, Kawag village, Subic, Zambales Province, north of Manila June 1, 2015.

Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket/Getty Images
Children sit on the ground with a temporary roof to protect them against the strong sun in a small village called Bilwadi in the state of Rajasthan. The children who come from nomadic families are 6-14 years olds who are taught mathematics as well as reading and writing in Hindi. This photo was taken on October 29, 2014.

Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images
Iranian school girls observe Members of Parliament discussing a draft to limit photographer’s and cameramen’s access to cover parliament’s open sessions in Tehran on February 27, 2013.

Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters
School girls walk past riot police standing guard outside Hillbrow magistrate court during an appearance of students who were arrested during a protest demanding free education at the Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, October 12, 2016.

Brian Snyder / Reuters
Precious Perez listens during a class on United States history at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts January 24, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 24, 2014.

ANTHONY WALLACE via Getty Images
School students walk down a street in Hong Kong on July 4, 2016.

HAIDAR HAMDANI via Getty Images
An Iraqi school girl walks up the bank of a river after crossing the waterway on a small wooden boat in the district of Al-Mishikhab, some 25 kilometers south of the holy city of Najaf, as they head to school on April 1, 2015. According to Iraqi women in this area boat is one of the only ways for them to travel.

FADEL SENNA via Getty Images
A Moroccan girl walks to the school in Taghzirt, an isolated village in the el-Haouz province in the High Atlas Mountains south of Marrakesh on March 4, 2016.

See the rest (60 total) https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/60-stunning-photos-of-girls-going-to-school-around-the-globe_us_58b70fc8e4b019d36d0ffc42

I for one welcome all the classrooms of our future leaders.

March 7, 2019

March 7, 1965 - Bloody Sunday in Selma, AL

March 7
March 7, 1965 – Bloody Sunday

On Sunday, March 7th, 1965 hundreds of civil rights protesters were attacked and beaten by state and local police at the beginning of a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Bloody Sunday-Alabama police attack

Police Attack A Protester On Bloody Sunday

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) had been organizing protests in the Selma, Alabama area in support of African American voting rights. In response to the death of protester and deacon Jimmy Lee Jackson, who was shot dead by an Alabama state trooper on February 17, 1965, a march was organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and others from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on Sunday, March 7th.

Bloody Sunday-officers await demonstrators

On Bloody Sunday Alabama officers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge

As the marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge they found their route blocked by Alabama State Troopers. When the marchers did not turn around, the world watched on television as the nonviolent protesters were beaten with billy clubs and immobilized with teargas. The video of the brutal beatings by the Alabama Troopers which left over 50 people hospitalized sent shock waves around the world as people witnessed the violent horror of racism in Alabama towards African Americans.This march led to two other marches with the final one on March 21 receiving federal troop protection for the marchers, The publicity from the marches aiding in the federal Voting Rights Act being passed on August 6, 1965.

Abernathy Children on front line leading the SELMA TO MONTGOMERY MARCH for the RIGHT TO VOTE

Civil Rights Movement Co-Founder Dr. Ralph David Abernathy and his wife Mrs. Juanita Abernathy follow with Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King as the Abernathy children march on the front line, leading the SELMA TO MONTGOMERY MARCH in 1965. The Children are Donzaleigh Abernathy in striped sweater, Ralph David Abernathy, 3rd and Juandalynn R. Abernathy in glasses. Name of the white Minister in the photo is unknown.

Below is a Historical (Silent) Video of one of the Selma to Montgomery Marches

I wish someone could put sound to this.
March 7, 2019

Roger Stone on tenterhooks


He finds out Monday how long he can get for being a butthead.
March 7, 2019

The Real Bridge over the River Kwai




Souvenir post card.

The Bridge on the River Kwai, seen from the Kanchanaburi end. All trains call at River Kwae Bridge station, located about 200 yards before the bridge, a few minutes after leaving Kanchanaburi. The Bridge is now surrounded by cafes, restaurants, souvenir stalls etc. You can walk over the bridge, even though it's still used by 3 trains each way every day.

The Bridge On the River Kwai, in the afternoon sun from the Kanchanaburi side. The curved spans are 1943 originals, the 2 straight spans replaced ones damaged by US bombs in 1945.

Bangkok to the Bridge on the River Kwai by train for 100 baht ($2): Two daily trains link Bangkok's Thonburi station with Kanchanaburi & the Bridge on the River Kwai.

The third class seats on these trains are not crowded. Vendors sell drinks, fruit, food & beer, it's a very pleasant way to travel.

Hellfire Pass (Konyu Cutting)...

Another must-see is Hellfire Pass, or to give it its proper name, Konyu Cutting. This is located about 80 km (50 miles) north of Kanchanaburi, on the disused section of line beyond Nam Tok. Here, the Australian government has cleared about 7km of the old track-bed as a memorial to the 13,000 allied prisoners and 80,000 Asian labourers who died building the railway - though only 4 km is currently open to the public. The site includes the Hellfire Pass itself (Konyu Cutting, dubbed 'Hellfire Pass' by the PoWs for the way the worksite looked at night by torchlight, and pictured right). A taxi and driver for half-day from Kanchanaburi will cost about £35, and you can ask the driver to drop you at Nam Tok on the way back, to return to Kanchanaburi or Bangkok by the 12:55 or 15:15 train. There are one-day organised tours from Kanchanaburi, but these typically get only 30 minutes at Hellfire Pass, only enough to see the pass itself. If you go independently, you can walk past the locations of 'Three Tier Bridge' & the 'Pack of Cards' bridge several km northwest of the visitor centre. The peaceful walk through the warm shady jungle along the disused track-bed, past small cuttings and dips where the wooden viaducts used to be, is a very moving experience.


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