Friday, September 14, 2018

It's Time...


  1. Still and cloudy here, but not raining yet. Will see.

  2. Stand back! These are just excerpts from the gnus this morning.

    BREAKING: Manafort Pleads Guilty And Agrees To Cooperate With Mueller Probe[Click]

    Mueller Runs Manafort Over Coals With Details From Ukraine Lobbying Scheme [Click]

    Democratic Insurgents Topple 6 New York State Senators [Click]
    Related: Democratic Socialist Salazar Wins, Overcoming Scrutiny Of Private Life [Click]

    Democrats Have More Candidates Than Any Party Ever [Click] Wow—finally Howard’s fifty-state plan!

    GOP Sabotage of Obamacare Pushes Democrats Left [Click] “One of the things conservatives have been completely oblivious to is the degree to which their manic uncompromising stance has strengthened the case for more left-wing health-care reforms within the Democratic Party while undermining the basis for more moderate ones.” Guess they never paid any attention to Marx… or to Otto von Bismarck, for that matter.

    Student Borrowers And Advocates Win Court Case Against DeVos [Click]

    I wonder what effect Hurricane Florence will have on voting…

    1. "GOP Sabotage of Obamacare Pushes Democrats Left" That certainly agrees with my experience. Nine years ago I was a strong supporter of Obamacare. Now the Reps have convinced me it's not working and I favor "Medicare for all."

  3. WOW! Posting this from
    Roll Call: “No matter how you look at it, this deal has to be seen as a massive victory for Mueller and his special counsel team.”

    “The only concession the special counsel made was to repackage the charges against Manafort in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia from seven counts to two and to ask judges for a shorter sentence.”

    “Besides that, prosecutors extracted a guilty plea, a cooperation agreement for Manafort to tell them everything he knows and fork over any documents they request, an admission of guilt to the 10 remaining charges from the Eastern Virginia trial, and likely a multi-year prison sentence for Manafort.”

    Key takeaway: “Holding out on cooperation with Mueller’s team for as long as he did not strengthen Manafort’s bargaining position — it weakened it.”
    “He wanted to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life.”

    — Kevin Downing, attorney for Paul Manafort, in a brief statement on why his client took a plea deal from special counsel Robert Mueller.
    USA Today: “As part of his plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, Manafort is going to have to surrender a lot of valuable real estate to the government, including a condo in Trump Tower.”

    “In addition to the high-rise condo owned by his former boss, Manafort will have to forfeit a brownstone in Brooklyn, New York, another condo in lower Manhattan, a house in the Hamptons, a house in Arlington, Virginia, three bank accounts and a life insurance policy.”

    Washington Post: “The combined value of those properties, according to estimates at and assigning the 2006 sale price to his Trump Tower property, is about $22.2 million. If those were sold at the values identified above and the money returned to the government, that alone nearly covers our estimated costs of the investigation to date.”
    Vanity Fair: “In recent weeks, it has also become common knowledge among close friends of Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, that Cohen is talking to the Mueller team, according to people familiar with the situation.”

    “For months, Cohen has appeared to signal his willingness to cooperate with the government, both with the Southern District of New York and the special counsel’s office. While prosecutors for the Southern District did not initially approach Cohen about a cooperating agreement before he pleaded guilty, many speculated that he could still cut a deal in the months between the plea and his sentencing in December. Those familiar with Cohen’s thinking were unsure about what he might have to offer prosecutors, but because he had worked so closely with Trump and his family for more than a decade, it was assumed that he could potentially be a useful corroborating witness.”
    How do you all like them apples?

  4. Still no rain. Since the forecast has changed so much-- 5" of rain vs 20" or more of rain. Etc. Am staying put. I expect elec outages, phone outages, so don't call Sheriff Chuck!

    1. *hug* Puddle. You and Beau stay safe!

    2. I make no promises about not calling Sheriff Chuck. I'm gonna trust my gut. If you go silent and your phone doesn't respond, and the news about your area seems ultra spooky, I'm going to send in a posse!!

    3. Besides, why should I mind about getting Sheriff Chuck to make a little effort for you? I figure he could use a little excitement anyway. 😉

    4. Did I mention that I still have Sheriff Chuck on speed dial?

      (I'll get Kimmy to call too. 😂)

  5. Trump's very bad, terrible, awful week. [Click] And many more!

    --Alan (who is getting his new not-so-basic cell phone set up--should go live some time next week)

  6. Somewhere today I glimpsed an article's headline about how to go back to a flip phone from a smart phone. Ha! I wonder if that's going to become a thing.

  7. We're headed to Maine for the weekend to see those adorable grands!

    Then on Monday I drive to and from NH for a Peer Meeting and I'm the Convener.

    So if you don't see me here until Tuesday, don't send Sheriff Chuck. 😄