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Merry Christmas! This year for Christmas may each and every one of us...

...get exactly what we deserve.

Happy Karma, everyone!
Posted by The_jackalope | Sun Dec 24, 2017, 10:27 PM (1 replies)

When the heads of the IC speak out

First James Clapper (former DNI) went on CNN with this quote during an interview:

I think this past weekend is illustrative of what a great case officer Vladimir Putin is. He knows how to handle an asset, and that’s what he’s doing with the president … You have to remember Putin’s background. He’s a KGB officer. That’s what they do. They recruit assets. And I think some of that experience and instincts of Putin has come into play here in his managing of a pretty important account for him, if I could use that term, with our president.

Today, John Brennan (former DCI from 2013 to 2017) tweeted this:
https://twitter.com/JohnBrennan/status/943950252062707713
Pissing off the national intelligence community has been a fruitful political tactic since the twenty-third of never.
Posted by The_jackalope | Thu Dec 21, 2017, 07:59 PM (1 replies)

Remember who the head of the transition team was?

Pence is fucked.
Posted by The_jackalope | Sat Dec 16, 2017, 08:59 PM (7 replies)

Without apology to St. Dylan of Thomas

I have always thought that Dylan Thomas got it exactly wrong.
So, I have presumed to fix it for him.

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Go gentle into that good night,
Old age should not burn and rave at close of day;
Embrace, embrace the dying of the light.

Wise women at their end know dark is right,
Because their words have shone like pearls they
Go gentle into that good night.

Good women, the last wave by, seeing how bright
Their tender deeds have danced in the green bay,
Embrace, embrace the dying of the light.

Wild women who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learned, at last, they loved it on its way,
Go gentle into that good night.

Brave women, near death, who see with splendent sight
Warm eyes could shine like moonlight and be gay,
Embrace, embrace the dying of the light.

And you, my lover, there on the sad, triumphant height,
Bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Go gentle into that good night.
Embrace, embrace the dying of the light.

~for Kathy, of course.
Posted by The_jackalope | Thu Dec 14, 2017, 06:48 PM (6 replies)

Greedy Babies



In addition, the average American baby will be responsible for the production of about 1,500 tons of CO2, and will generate about 65 tons of solid trash.

This data can lead a reasonable person to only one sensible conclusion.

Abortion is an ecological act.

One abortion will do more good for all the species on this planet than a lifetime of veganism, recycling and driving electric cars.
Posted by The_jackalope | Thu Dec 14, 2017, 01:11 PM (1 replies)

Greedy babies



In addition, the average American baby will be responsible for the production of about 1,500 tons of CO2, and will generate about 65 tons of solid trash.

This data can lead a reasonable person to only one sensible conclusion.

Abortion is an ecological act.

One abortion will do more good for all the species on this planet than a lifetime of veganism, recycling and driving electric cars.

~The curmudgeon formerly known as GliderGuider.
Posted by The_jackalope | Thu Dec 14, 2017, 12:07 PM (7 replies)

Three months later, and it all caves in on me.

There aren't any support groups yet for people who have helped their soulmate die.

I used to fly gliders. The one thing I dreaded most was a low level stall-spin. The internal dialogue would go like this:

"God damn it. Fuck. Shit. Center the stick! Apply full rudder against the direction of the spin. Hold it hold it hold it hold it in until the rotation stops. GENTLY ease back the stick to pull out of the dive. Not so hard! You'll rip the fucking wings off. Oh god dear god please let me have enough altitude to pull out. Shit that ground looks close. Shitshitshitshit I sure wish I'd worn a fucking parachute."

Welcome to my evening.
Posted by The_jackalope | Wed Dec 13, 2017, 10:15 PM (38 replies)

I just saw this comment in a twitter feed. I wondered how it would be seen here.

"Political parties are now irrelevant in America. You’re either a patriot or a traitor."
Posted by The_jackalope | Fri Dec 8, 2017, 10:33 PM (7 replies)

Franken was torpedoed. It was an Op.

Check the date.
https://twitter.com/LeeannTweeden/status/136318663136518144
Posted by The_jackalope | Fri Dec 8, 2017, 09:10 PM (9 replies)

Yes, Trump could be indicted. The Nixon tapes case proves it.

Yes, Trump could be indicted. The ‘Nixon tapes’ case proves it.

As special counsel Robert S. Mueller III racks up indictments and guilty pleas, and President Trump continues to dig himself further into a potential obstruction-of-justice charge, a question lingering since Mueller’s appointment comes front and center: May a sitting president be indicted for a federal crime?

I believe the answer is yes. When I was counsel to the Watergate special prosecutors, one of the issues that we had to address during the investigation of President Richard Nixon was whether the president was subject to indictment for his role in the Watergate coverup. As we later informed the Supreme Court in briefing the “Nixon tapes” case, we concluded that a president may be indicted while still in office. The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel has taken a different position, first under Nixon and later under the administration of President Bill Clinton.

In fact, in the Nixon tapes case, the Supreme Court rejected essentially the same point that Trump supporters are making. There Nixon argued that, as chief executive overseeing enforcement of the federal laws, he was not subject to demands by the special prosecutor that the president produce evidence sought by the prosecutor. The court unanimously upheld the fundamental constitutional principle that no person is above the law, and even the president is subject to the ordinary obligations and prohibitions of federal law applicable to everyone else. The caption of the case says it all: United States v. Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States.

Whether Mueller and a grand jury conclude that Trump has violated the federal criminal law against obstruction of justice is a complex matter. There may be reasons of “prosecutorial discretion” not to pursue a criminal charge, even if one is otherwise justified. But the president and his supporters are claiming an immunity from criminal culpability that our constitutional system of justice does not and should not tolerate.

Philip Allen Lacovara, a former U.S. deputy solicitor general in the Justice Department, served as counsel to Watergate special prosecutors Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski.
Posted by The_jackalope | Fri Dec 8, 2017, 09:37 AM (1 replies)
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