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I woke up this morning and when I looked at DU I saw in my in box

Someone gave you a valentine heart!
Thank you so much whoever you are you really brightened my day.
Posted by thinkingagain | Mon Feb 10, 2020, 08:40 AM (0 replies)

I saw this book on Friday the same day the GOP said no to witnesses

Claim of Privilege: A Mysterious Plane Crash, a Landmark Supreme Court Case, and the Rise of State Secrets by Barry Siegel

It just felt like something from glancing at the flap jacket from today's headlines. Was wondering if anyone has read it.
and what they thought?
Below is what I pulled from Amazon for details. Reading them I think you can see what I mean (hopefully I am not over my copy pasting limit)


“Barry Siegel’s Claim of Privilege uncovers the mystery behind a famous Supreme Court case, reveals its poignant human cost, and offers a timely reminder of the perils of government secrecy.” (Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times bestselling author of THE NINE)

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barry Siegel unfolds the shocking true story behind the Supreme Court case that forever changed the balance of power in America.

On October 6, 1948, a trio of civilian engineers joined a U.S. Air Force crew on a B-29 Superfortress, whose mission was to test secret navigational equipment. Shortly after takeoff the plane crashed, killing all three engineers and six others. In June 1949, the widows of the engineers filed suit against the government. What had happened to their men? they asked. Why had these civilians been aboard an Air Force plane in the first place?

But the Air Force, at the dawn of the Cold War, refused to hand over the accident reports and witness statements, claiming the documents contained classified information that would threaten national security. The case made its way up to the Supreme Court, which in 1953 sided with the Air Force in United States v. Reynolds. This landmark decision formally recognized the "state secrets" privilege, a legal precedent that has since been used to conceal conduct, withhold documents, block troublesome litigation, and, most recently, detain terror suspects without due-process protections.

Even with the case closed, the families of those who died in the crash never stopped wondering what had happened in that B-29. They finally had their answer a half century later: In 2000 they learned that the government was now making available the top-secret information the families had sought long ago, in vain. The documents, it turned out, contained no national security secrets but rather a shocking chronicle of negligence.

Equal parts history, legal drama, and exposé, Claim of Privilege tells the story of this shameful incident, its impact on our nation, and a courageous fight to right a wrong from the past. Placing the story within the context of the time, Siegel draws clear connections between the apocalyptic fears of the early Cold War years and post-9/11 America—and shows the dangerous consequences of this historic cover-up: the violation of civil liberties and the abuse of constitutional protections. By evoking the past, Claim of Privilege illuminates the present. Here is a mesmerizing narrative that indicts what our government is willing to do in the name of national security.

from Publishers Weekly

In 1948, three civilian engineers died in the crash of an air force B-29 bomber that was testing a missile guidance system; in their widows' lawsuit, the Supreme Court upheld the air force's refusal to divulge accident reports that it claimed held military secrets. But when the declassified reports surfaced decades later, the only sensitive information in them involved the chronic tendency of B-29 engines to catch fire, egregious lapses in maintenance and safety procedures, and gross pilot error. Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Siegel (Shades of Gray) ably recounts the case, a scandal and cover-up with grave constitutional implications. The 1953 Supreme Court decision gave the executive branch sweeping authority to conceal information under national security claims without judicial review, a precedent confirmed when the Court refused to reopen the case in 2003. (The author notes the influence of Cold War anxieties and the 9/11 attacks in these rulings.) Siegel insists on decorating the story with often extraneous human-interest profiles of everyone involved. But his is an engrossing exposition of the facts and legal issues in the case, which produced a disturbing legacy of government secrecy and misconduct still very much alive.

Posted by thinkingagain | Sat Feb 1, 2020, 11:04 PM (6 replies)

More prayers and healing thoughts please

The family is asking for prayers again for my nephew

Friday nights update on him was sounding like things were finally going a bit better.
But the update we got last night. That they are talking about transporting him to U W hospital in Seattle.
For a possible liver transplant.
Basically The liver is not doing things quite right.

Posted by thinkingagain | Sun Sep 15, 2019, 09:05 AM (3 replies)

Prayer (positive thoughts good vibes) needed for my nephew

Sat night my nephew was critically injured. He has been hospital they had to remove part of his liver. The doctors are having problems stopping the bleeding he just went early this morning for a second surgery attempt to try and stop the bleeding . Once they get that fixed (stopped) they will do a other surgeries my brother in law when he told me that did not know what that intaled. My nephew has a couple of things going for him he is young just under 30 and he is in good health and shape. So I guess I ask for guidance for the doctors, for the blood clot in the right places. Rapid healing, strength for the family. His immediate family are strong believers in God and prayer.

Posted by thinkingagain | Mon Sep 9, 2019, 08:00 AM (10 replies)

Trump has Sharpieitis

As defined by

Believe that your sharper than everyone else
Believe That once you do something it’s permanent
Believe You can make your mark anywhere you want
Believe that you are bolder than anyone else
Believe that if you write with a big black marker no one will notice what an idiot you are

Add your own or improve on mine 😊
Posted by thinkingagain | Thu Sep 5, 2019, 07:32 PM (4 replies)

Today settled it my cat is weird

First in the past year and a half there has been a uptick in creatures in my house.
Bats, mice, small rats, birds sometimes alive when never had the problem before sometimes dead sometimes laid out in parts in what looks like a strange ritual paying homage to the television. This is possibly because I have seen her she watch Law & Order SVU.
Anyhow in the past week or so I have been finding dead earthworms on my back deck puzzling the ability of these worms getting on to my deck has been interesting as I live in a split level home the deck is pretty high up. This morning I found a very large half alive earthworm on the floor near the spot she likes to leave her dead catches.
I have never heard of a cat “catching earthworms (night crawlers?). I am astounded.
Now if I could just train her to gather these new catches instead of the others on a schedule that works for me I could possibly rent her out to a fisherman. 😊
Posted by thinkingagain | Tue Aug 27, 2019, 10:11 PM (12 replies)

Got Kinda ticked off today

Took my young grandson to lunch today at McDonald’s live in mostly a conservative area so used to Fox News being on its irritating but I never thought much more beyond we will eat and leave.
Today for some reason it irritated me. I think I thought “really you cater to kids and you put that” Anyhow after looking around seeing a fairly good mix of ages in the restraunt I asked if it was possible to change it. The young girl came back and said “they said NO! they’ve been through this before and it’s a legal thing”.
That ticked me off! to her because it wasn’t her fault I said “ Seriously maybe they should put on something like animal planet that shouldn’t offend anyone” she said “yea”.
Then I went and sent McDonald’s an email complaint and said much of the above but also added basically this “seriously a legal thing” unless Fox News is sponsoring the tv time in McDonald’ and if they are then that should be clearly posted.
I would suggest either animal planet or you tube videos if puppies and kittens. a local restraunt has something like that playing and it’s relaxing and people of all ages can enjoy unless they are cruel and heartless.
I await there reply.
Knowing the area I live in I probably would of been ok if they had said something like most of the patrons prefer it ( elderly conservatives drinking their coffee) but to say it’s a legal thing I can’t think of any reason mcdonalds would legally have to put on Fox News over some other channel unless they are paid to do so so the answer pissed me off.
Posted by thinkingagain | Mon Aug 12, 2019, 04:39 PM (38 replies)

maybe this sounds weird regarding the Mueller investigation

But maybe we should have had outside investigators like maybe Canada.
Similar to if something happens by a police officer they have to have outside investigators such as another police agency. I think mueller is trying to say something but being shut down by the gop, trump and his “picks”
Posted by thinkingagain | Mon Mar 25, 2019, 09:32 AM (1 replies)

All I know is if I ever commit a crime

I want to be able to pick my own investigators , Judge and jury like Trump basically was able to do with the investigation.

Posted by thinkingagain | Mon Mar 25, 2019, 09:24 AM (0 replies)

More hearts ❤️❤️

I’m feeling loved tonight thank you so many are so thoughtful may you all receive many ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Posted by thinkingagain | Fri Feb 8, 2019, 11:22 PM (0 replies)
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