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Name: Kathy Hinsman
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Hometown: Pittsburgh PA
Home country: USA
Current location: Pittsburgh
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Remember when Obama "got" Bin Laden?

Yes of course we all do. Joe Biden was there, Joe did his part to get OBL. We all remember because it wasn't that long ago. Let's remind the Repukes and tell them to STFU.

"Afghanistan is all Biden's fault" is total bullshit!

Rachel is on tonight

Stevie Nicks cancels 5 performances in 2021 due to coronavirus

Newser link: https://www.newser.com/story/309708/stevie-nicks-nixes-2021-performances-due-to-covid.html

Newser August 11, 2021

(NEWSER) – Stevie Nicks has canceled five forthcoming performances at music festivals, citing coronavirus concerns, she said in a statement Tuesday. Nicks had been scheduled to headline one day each of BottleRock Napa Valley in California and the Jazz Aspen fest in Colorado in September, per the AP. In October, she was to have played two days of the Austin City Limits Music Festival and one day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The dates were all the shows she had planned for 2021. "These are challenging times with challenging decisions that have to be made," the 73-year-old singer said in her statement. "I want everyone to be safe and healthy, and the rising COVID cases should be of concern to all of us."

The singer continued: "While I'm vaccinated, at my age, I am still being extremely cautious and for that reason have decided to skip the five performances I had planned for 2021." Most of the festivals themselves are moving forward with replacement headliners. Country star Chris Stapleton will take Nicks' place at BottleRock. "Because singing and performing have been my whole life, my primary goal is to keep healthy so I can continue singing for the next decade or longer," Nicks' statement said. "I'm devastated and I know the fans are disappointed, but we will look towards a brighter 2022."

Short article - no more at link.
(However there are several ignorant comments by Newser readers)

Thank you Stevie Nicks for making the right decision. Stay safe!

Ronan Farrow: Phone Call by Cuomo Raises Legal Issues

(Newser link) https://www.newser.com/story/309652/ronan-farrows-new-target-andrew-cuomo.html

Governor called White House in 2014 to complain about a federal prosecutor

(NEWSER) – The potential trouble for Andrew Cuomo keeps mounting. The latest arrives via an investigative piece about the New York governor by Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker. Farrow doesn't recount more allegations of sexual harassment, however. Instead, he reports that Cuomo made a highly improper, possibly illegal call to the White House in 2014 to complain about a federal prosecutor and an investigation of New York state politics. Now that call could factor into an ongoing impeachment investigation by state lawmakers. Details:

Farrow reports that a seething Cuomo called Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett in 2014 about Preet Bharara, then the US attorney for the Southern District of New York. "This guy's out of control," Cuomo said, according to Farrow. "He's your guy." This was in relation to the Moreland Commission, set up to investigate corruption in New York politics.

Jarrett tells Farrow that she quickly shut down the call when she realized Cuomo was calling to complain about the commission. She also reported it to the White House counsel, who agreed that Cuomo seemingly trying to use his political pull in regard to the inquiry was improper. "It's highly inappropriate and potentially illegal," adds Jennifer Rodgers of NYU Law School, a former prosecutor in Bharara's office. The story has multiple quotes to this effect from others.
Farrow's story asserts that the call fits into Cuomo's pattern of retaliating against those who he feels have wronged him, an allegation raised by some of his harassment accusers. Cuomo actually set up the Moreland Commission, but the story makes the case that he shut it down when it began getting too close to the governor himself and his political allies.

The story includes interviews with two women who played leading roles on the commission, Danya Perry (its chief of investigations) and Kathleen Rice (a commission co-chair). Both accuse Cuomo of pressuring them as the work unfolded. "He was pulling back subpoenas that were gonna go to friends and supporters of his—it was just really unbelievable," says Rice. Perry, while echoing that sentiment, adds that Cuomo once began telling her about his lackluster sex life with his girlfriend before she quickly changed the subject. "He was definitely very, very personal and fairly intrusive." (After Cuomo shut down the commission, Bharara ordered commissioners to preserve their documents, drawing the governor's ire.)

This Newser brief cites the New Yorker article by Ronan Farrow (pub. date 8/10/21) that can be read here: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/andrew-cuomos-war-against-a-federal-prosecutor (paywall) (I don't have access)


Pennsylvania county asks Sen. Doug Mastriano to stop seeking vote audit

(link) https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2021/08/10/Pennsylvania-county-asks-senator-to-stop-seeking-vote-audit/stories/202108100125

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette August 10, 2021

HARRISBURG — A Republican-majority county board in rural northern Pennsylvania on Tuesday accused a state senator of creating “unnecessary chaos” in pushing for a detailed review of how the county collected and counted votes in former President Donald Trump’s reelection defeat last year.

The three Tioga County commissioners all read portions of a statement at a board meeting urging state Sen. Doug Mastriano to reverse his demand that Tioga and two other counties turn over election records and equipment to the Intergovernmental Operations Committee he chairs.

“It is time for Sen. Mastriano to withdraw his demands and to let responsible Republicans get back to work on subjects such as recovering from COVID-19, addressing the opioid crisis and the ‘help wanted’ issue,” the statement said.

Mastriano said a week ago he expected to have a committee vote within two weeks on his proposal to subpoena the elections material from the vote last November as well as from the May primary. There are indications he may face opposition from fellow GOP senators — so far he has not issued the public notice required for a committee to vote and Republican leaders in the Senate have not signaled their support.

- snip-

This is significant:
Democratic-heavy Philadelphia County’s elections board voted unanimously not to comply. Tioga also turned him down. York County, with a strong Republican majority of voters, raised concerns about his demands but has not expressly said yes or no.

In tiny Fulton County, which did allow third parties to examine its election records and equipment earlier this year, the Department of State has decertified its voting machines, leaving the county with the large and unanticipated expense of replacing them. Other counties have been similarly warned against allowing such access.

- more at link -

So Sen. Mastriano, are you providing the funds to these small counties for replacing the brand-new voting machines that have been decertified because of your demands?

Hmmm ....

Looking back on Jan. 4th - Steve Schmidt knew something was up

DU link: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100214798847 Jan. 4, 2021

This MSNBC clip was posted on the morning of January 4th. Steve Schmidt himself is a never-Trumper and he could see that the Senate GOP members were splitting into 2 camps. He predicted that Liz Cheney would lead the "democracy" Republicans and Kevin McCarthy is probably leading the "Trump autocratic" Republicans. He predicts that the Cheney-led group will lose to the Trump-autocratic group.

(at about 6:00 on clip) Steve says that America has many great inventions, but our greatest American invention is the peaceful transition of power that we have shown the rest of the world since 1797. It's our greatest American export, the fact that our people are freely electing their leaders. That is what is being attacked here. There is no sin that Trump and his people have committed that is more grievous than the poisoning of America's faith in their free election system.

I am extrapolating his script here and I hope I'm hitting the main ideas. But WOW! You have to listen to this yourself to realize that Steve Schmidt had the gist of the WHOLE thing before it happened!

I salute you Steve Schmidt! This is it, before it happened.

Something for teachers to smile about

Found on Reddit /s/MadeMeSmile!

We can all learn to love reading

Found this on Reddit but I suspect it might have been reposted from Twitter.

Pittsburgh PA street sign - this is an official street sign

If you're familiar with Pittsburgh, it's posted on Grant St. & Blvd. of the Allies.
That's a high-traffic area in Downtown Pittsburgh.
I believe they may be posted elsewhere as well.

Found on Reddit!

Tick Bites: How to Remove a Tick

Summer and early fall months are the time we're more likely to encounter a tick. Checking for ticks is not for the squeamish, but it needs to be done regularly during tick season if you go outdoors. Don’t be shy to ask for help — you can’t see everywhere ticks may lurk.

Ticks love the dark, damp creases and folds of your body. Check all along the hairline, behind your ears, in your armpits, behind your knees, and between your legs. Ticks tend to crawl upwards, so if they hopped on at ground level they may migrate as far as your head.

If you should find a tick: First of all, don’t panic. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease and even if this one does, you stand a good chance of avoiding infection if you remove the beastie within the first 24 hours.

To remove a tick once it has become attached to you, firmly grasp it as close to the head as you can with fine-tipped tweezers, and in one steady motion pull the tick up and away from the skin. Be careful not to squish its body.

This next advice is very important: Do not twist it out, cover it with petroleum jelly, douse it with alcohol, or dab at it with a hot match. These ideas aimed at bugging the tick to get it out can actually cause it to inject more mouth secretions into your system, thus increasing the chances of infection.

However, don’t worry if the mouthparts remain in the skin; they alone do not carry much of the bacteria that cause disease, but rather serve as a conduit to pass them from the tick’s body into a host. Put the tick in a jar of alcohol to kill it. Then treat the bite with antiseptic.

Write on your calendar the date you were bitten. Keep an eye on the site of the bite and make sure you know what early symptoms of the disease look like, so you can recognize them in case they appear.

This handy advice comes from a book I'm reading - Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden by Rhonda Massingham Hart.

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