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Interesting piece on bullies in HuffPost

Kinda reminds me of someone we all know.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bullies-common-characteristics_l_5d668b39e4b063c341f8e4ba

McConnell needs to feel some pressure

Some people may feel the need to argue this, but McConnell has been pretty much putting the kabosh on anything the Democrats want to do for some time now, and yet somehow he's managed to stay under the radar except for the recent spate of "Moscow Mitch" tweets. Granted he doesn't inject himself into the spotlight as much as T does, which is probably why the MSM doesn't cover him as much, but he's certainly kept a low profile.

AFAIC, he has totally ignored and flaunted and shit on his oath of office and on the Constitution he swore to protect. "Why" is a separate question and not the subject of this post. He may afraid of something or someone, or afraid of blackmail, or hanging on to try to lose face, or any other reason, but I won't go there. I don't want to go there.

In any case, it was obvious a couple of weeks ago that he didn't like the "Moscow Mitch" label and that he was upset about it, and that it seemed to make him nervous. Apparently he would rather pull the strings from backstage and not be seen for who he is. So I think we need to ramp up the public pressure on him.

I've chosen to not be on social media, but many of you have chosen to be on it. I think the time is ripe to start bringing him up on there and put him on the radar instead of letting him stay under it. For all I know, like many other politicians, he may have some skeletons in his closet that should be exposed, and especially given the upcoming elections.

T gets all the blame for a lot of stuff, but, if it weren't for McConnell, he wouldn't be getting away with it.

Zeller Schwarze Katz

With apologies to the Zell area of Germany, here's what we had in our wine rack the other day:



Or, a little closer:



That's one of five our rescued cat had.

From the autopsy report: the plot thickens again.

From HufPost re: a piece in the Washington Post:

"The paper, citing two people familiar with the reportís finding, said Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones, including his hyoid bone ó a horseshoe-shaped bone which in men is located near the Adamís apple."


Okay, this is weird. Aside from the hyoid, the only bones in the neck are the cervical vertebrae, which are at the back of the neck. The word "including" indicates that other bones were broken, which would have to refer to the cervical vertebrae because there are no other bones in there. I couldn't access the WaPo article, but it seems to me that this wording could be deliberately misleading. By who, I don't have a clue.

The hyoid could be broken due to strangulation or just from the weight of the body onto the noose, but it's a floating bone, so conceivably it could have moved out of the way as he asphyxiated. However, the pressure on the neck from the noose could have also blocked blood circulation to the brain, which can be fatal within a few minutes.

We need more information on that autopsy.

Two points for me re: the Epstein mystery

I don't generally blow wind into my own sails, but I'm going to indulge in a bit of it here.

Back on Saturday the 10th, right after Epstein's death was announced, I posted a list of movie tropes that would probably be used if Hollywood decided to go with the story. Here are three of them:

If he was on suicide watch, why was he "found" after the hanging? Did the regular guards call in sick and were they replaced by others?

--- This morning it was announced that the guard at the time was a substitute.

What did he hang himself with? Is there any DNA on it besides his?

--- The opinion at the time was that there was nothing in the cell with which to hang himself. Now it appears that there was a top bunk and he hung himself by tying a noose onto the top bunk and leaning forward. This also gets into the removal of his cellmate, which indicates two beds, not one.

--- And, being such a high-profile inmate, why was he in a two-occupant cell with someone else in the first place, except maybe to give him access to that top bunk once the cellmate was reassigned?

Were there any cameras on him? Were they functioning?

--- Nope. The story is, the cameras looked at the hallway, not into the cells.

This is all going to get more interesting by the day.



Conspiracy theories? Seriously?

There's been quite a lot of traffic here about conspiracy theories regarding Epstein, and it's getting to the point of serious nausea.

"Conspiracy" is a great word and certainly a conversation starter, but let's keep a simple fact in mind: some government agencies do make people disappear for various reasons. The U.S. Marshals Service, for instance, has the Witness Security Program, which provides safety for witnesses in some types of major criminal cases. That's not a conspiracy: it's a legal mandate and SOP for the agency.

So to poh-poh the idea that Epstein may have been spirited away by a government agency for whatever reason, and to call it a tin-hat conspiracy theory is baloney. It's a question that needs to be asked: did he really die?

If it turns out he really died, then, fine; it's settled. But so far all we have as proof is what we've been told.

Maybe we just need more people from Missouri: "Show me."

I'm not going to get into why he may have been spirited away: that's a whole other conversation and I'm not going to waste my time on speculation. I can go there IF we find out he didn't really die.

Epstein: the plot thickens

We've seen it all before: the news, the alleged coverups, the conflicting stories, the everything else. So, if this were a movie or TV cop show, here are the plot points, in no specific order:

If he was on suicide watch, why was he "found" after the hanging? Did the regular guards call in sick and were they replaced by others?

What did he hang himself with? Is there any DNA on it besides his?

Were there any cameras on him? Were they functioning?

Once the ME determines cause and time of death, will it all be buried? Who IS the ME? Did the regular ME call in sick too?

Was the physical exam consistent with death by hanging? Crushed windpipe, dislocated discs, petechiae, bruises on the neck, etc.?

Cases are assigned to specific MEs by the chief ME. How did the ME who did the autopsy get selected?

Were there any "men in black" hanging around all this time?

Did the FBI insist on taking over the autopsy and the case?

Who were the first responders at the jail? What did they do?

Did the ME find any little puncture marks on the body? Any signs of succinilcholine?

What did he have for dinner last night? Who brought it to his cell? What happened to the tray and utensils?

Did he have any physical contact with anyone over the last couple of days?

And that's just in the first half of the movie...

In the second half, we get into whether he really died or was spirited away by a government cabal, never to be seen again.

Just received a call from Social Security

I just picked up a voicemail telling me my SS account was suspended because of suspicious activity, and that I should press 1 to find out about the case. Ha!

The stupid giveaway? Caller ID said the caller was "Anonymous."
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