Just A Reminder

As Rhode Island goes to the Primary polls tonight (Rhode Island is sooo Blue that the Republicans are the Monster Raving Loony Party and half the Democrats are really Republicans (if you want to see what a single party state is like look no further- rampant corruption, indeed for a time it operated as the political arm of the Patriarcas until they gave it up because the politicians were stealing too much).

Nope, I’m here to refresh your memory that Andrew Cuomo is scum. You should vote for Cynthia Nixon (mine? Chive and Scallion schmear with Onion and Tomatoes on Salt, but I’ve always favored savory and fish on a cinnamon roll with raisins, while not to my taste, is totally acceptable and were I to re-arrange the ingredients slightly as smoked Trout in a cinnamon/raisin/carrot glaze and a dipping sauce of crème fraîche incorporated with Chives and a generous Chive garnish you might even learn to like it.)

If eating your Pizza the wrong way (no utensils please, Di Blasio- looking right at you) or anti-Semitic falsehoods, slanders, and lies (raising her 2 kids Jewish) are your best material you not only deserve to lose, you should be drummed from the Party, run out of Albany on a rail, and sentenced to a lifetime as a token clerk in the 9th Avenue Subway.

Because of our elevated location (don’t let the ‘Hollow’ part fool you) and some ancient and obscure ‘Clear Channel’ rules, I recognize all these anchors from waiting for Colbert. It’s true that we have a perfectly good CBS channel here in Connecticut if your definition of ‘perfectly good’ includes results from the Brooklyn/Scotland (yes, those are real towns, Stars Hollow is Fictional) Swim Meet.


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America faces the aftermath of the Sept. 11th attacks; Nazis rescue Italy’s Mussolini; JFK confronts critics of his religion; Student leader Steven Biko killed in South Africa; Singer Johnny Cash dies.


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2018 Elections: New Hampshire State Primary

Tuesday September 11 is New Hampshire’s primary day. Voters are selecting challengers for popular Governor Chris Sununu (R) and candidates to fill the seat of retiring House Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH1). Vote are also choosing a Republican challenger for Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH2) The state is notorious for flipping between Democrats and Republicans to represent them due to a large number of voters registered as “not affiliated.”

In his bid for a second term, Gov. Sununu will face of of two Democratic challengers: Molly Kelly and Steve Marchand. Former state Senator Kelly and former Portsmouth, NH mayor Mr. Marchand are both progressives and have very similar policy views but both have their own baggage.

The state’s political establishment has thrown its weight behind Molly Kelly, a former state senator. Where her opponent, Steve Marchand, can come across as glib, Ms. Kelly is cautious and conservative. But 16 current and former state senators have declared their support for her, and analysts see her as the front-runner, especially in a year when female candidates are doing so well.

Mr. Marchand, a sometimes wonky politician who has painted himself as a progressive, is pointedly running to Ms. Kelly’s left. A former mayor of Portsmouth, Mr. Marchand has drawn criticism for his previous involvement in “No Labels,” a bipartisan group that has been derided on the left for naming Donald Trump a “problem solver” in early 2016. Mr. Marchand is making his second straight bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

There are nine Republicans and eleven Democrats on the ballot for Rep. Shea-Porter’s seat which was once reliably Republican but has flipped back and forth in each of the last four cycles. In 2016, it both returned Shea-Porter to Congress and backed President Donald Trump. Republicans see this as a possible pick-up seat.

On the Democratic side, the front-runners are Maura Sullivan, an ex-Marine and former official in the Obama administration with national support (she has raised more than $1.8 million, largely from outside the state), and Chris Pappas, a New Hampshire Executive Council member who has been endorsed by top local Democrats, including Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Ms. Sullivan, who was considered a possible candidate in the Illinois Sixth District until she moved to New Hampshire last year, has been accused of carpetbagging, a particularly negative charge in this historically insular state. Mr. Pappas has faced criticisms that he is too entrenched in the state’s establishment.

On the Democratic side, the front-runners are Maura Sullivan, an ex-Marine and former official in the Obama administration with national support (she has raised more than $1.8 million, largely from outside the state), and Chris Pappas, a New Hampshire Executive Council member who has been endorsed by top local Democrats, including Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Ms. Sullivan, who was considered a possible candidate in the Illinois Sixth District until she moved to New Hampshire last year, has been accused of carpetbagging, a particularly negative charge in this historically insular state. Mr. Pappas has faced criticisms that he is too entrenched in the state’s establishment.

On the Republican side there are six candidates:

State Sen. Andy Sanborn and Eddie Edwards, former enforcement chief for the state liquor commission, have emerged as the front-runners in the six-candidate Republican race. [..]

Edwards, who has received the backing of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, has sought to make the race about character and integrity, and he has also said he’d refuse to support Sanborn as the nominee. Sanborn, a four-term senator from Bedford, has acknowledged making a sexual “joke” to a Statehouse intern in 2013 but said a recent investigation into the matter was politically motivated.

There are other races but these are the ones that everyone will be watching. The polls close at 7 PM ET.

Who Greenlit This Project?

It’s National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and I never make jokes about about Suicide. I suffer from Anxiety and Depression but not that kind. I have a terminal condition, Life, and my sudden non-presence in it won’t solve anything (and that ladies and gentlemen is Depression, when even Death offers no relief).

What with Group and all, I’ve met quite a few including some that have later succeeded. It never mitigates and most often increases the damage. As toxic as you may think you are there are people who will miss you and why give them that satisfaction (I’ll piss on your grave yet W)?

Still, it takes a perverse nature to make a Suicide Prevention piece for the Army featuring a soldier who is serving a life sentence for murdering 16 Afghans in cold blood.

Oh yes. Meet Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. He “left his base in Kandahar on March 11, 2012 “and headed to a nearby village, where he killed four people, including a child, and assaulted six others. He returned to base for more ammunition before walking to another village, where he killed a dozen more, mainly women and children, in their beds.”

Confessions of America’s Most Notorious War Criminal
By Brendan Vaughan, Gentlemen’s Quarterly
October 21, 2015

The kid comes running out, screaming, from almost the same [direction] where the dog came from. I shot the kid.” He pauses. “Um.” Pauses again. “It was a quick reaction. You know, to be honest, you know—I hate it. I hate it. Every day, I think about it all the time.” Pause. “At this point, I just kind of turned and killed the man [Nazir Mohamed]. And pretty much after that it was autopilot.

Naim, an elderly man whose blood-pressure medication had allowed him to sleep through the attack. The women and children woke him up now, screaming, “The American is shooting people!” Naim told his family to hide while he investigated.
Rafiullah, who was wounded in the upper thigh of both legs after being shot allegedly by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.

But the instant he stepped out of the room and into the corridor, Bales shot him in the face and neck. Then Bales stepped across the threshold and looked into the room, where by now nearly 30 women and children were desperately trying to hide from him. He recognized the face of Na’ikmarga, the old woman who had struggled with him before running, and shot her in the head, killing her. Then, he says, he felt something “switch” inside him. He sprayed a fusillade of bullets, wounding four: Rafiullah, a teenage boy of 13 or 14, who was shot in both thighs; Parmina, a slightly older teenage girl, shot in the chest and groin; Sadiquallah, a boy of about 10, who took a bullet through the ear and into his skull; and Zardana, a 7-year-old girl, who was shot in the back of the head.

“I was so angry at these guys [the men who owned the homes] for putting their families in harm’s way like that,” Bales says, his voice tightening with a kind of agitated despair. “You wouldn’t make HMEs in your house. You wouldn’t have terrorists running to your house, bleeding. You wouldn’t have people run to your house for aid, where you have your wife and children sleeping. You just wouldn’t do it. To me, that’s hard. That’s really, really hard to comprehend.… So I blamed them, but I took it out on [the women and children]. I was just raging.”

A few minutes later, Bales entered the room of Sergeant McLaughlin, one of the two soldiers he’d been drinking with earlier. “I told him, ‘Yo, man, I just killed some military-aged males in Alikozai, and I’m gonna go to Naja Bien and finish it. Take care of my wife and kids.’ ” (The only male Bales killed in Alikozai who was even close to military age was Nazir Mohamed.)

McLaughlin didn’t believe Bales, thinking he must be sleepwalking. Bales stuck the barrel of his M4 under his nose and said, “Smell my weapon.” McLaughlin was sleepy, irritated, and unconvinced. He snapped at Bales to take care of his own kids. Bales kept insisting that he promise to look after his family, and finally McLaughlin relented, just so he could go back to sleep.

“I don’t think I expected to come back,” Bales says now. “Why else would I tell him to take care of my wife and kids? I grabbed a grenade launcher, a grenade belt, a couple extra magazines, and I rolled back out.”

This time Bales headed south, to Naja Bien, where the rifle and satellite phone had been found. He first went to the house of a man named Mohamed Dawud. When Bales walked in, he found his entire family asleep in one room. He dragged Dawud out of bed, yelling “Talib! Talib!,” and pulled him into the courtyard, where Dawud pleaded, “No Talib! No Talib!” Bales then shot Dawud in the head while Masuma, his wife, watched from a few feet away.

(H)e left Dawud’s house and proceeded to the home of Mohamed Wazir, 500 yards to the west—near the spot where the Americans had discovered the 150-pound bomb. Wazir was not there, but 11 members of his family slept inside. His brother and sister-in-law were in one room. In another, his wife, his mother, six of his seven children, and his 13-year-old nephew. Bales walked through the door and into the courtyard, where he again encountered a dog. He shot it.

He then entered the room where the family had been sleeping on carpets, huddled together for warmth. Awakened by the gunfire, a boy named Issa swung a shovel at Bales, hitting him in the back. Bales easily overpowered the boy, flipping him over his head into the center of the room. A kerosene lantern on the floor provided some dim light. As Bales moved through the room, he kicked and stomped on various members of the family, beating one so severely that, according to prosecutors, he “left hair and skin stuck to the wall.” Bales then set his M4 on burst and murdered all eight people in the room.

As he made his way through the house, he encountered one more soul: Shah Tarina, the elderly mother of Mohamed Wazir. Bales’s rifle was out of ammo, so he shot the old woman in the chest and head with his pistol. “She was not dead,” reads the Army’s account, so Bales “crushed her skull with his boot, stomping on her with so much force that her face and head were mutilated, leaving her blood splattered on the walls of her son’s home.” Bales then picked up her body, carried her into the other room, and laid her down with her family. The blankets and sheets were ablaze, the room bright with fire.

Bales is waiting for his Trump pardon, just like Paul Manafort-

Bales’ attorney, John Maher of Chicago, said earlier this month that if he runs out of options in the courts, he will seek executive clemency from the president.

Bales could face a receptive audience if President Donald Trump still occupies the Oval Office when his appeals are complete. Trump has freed people he believes were treated unfairly by the judicial system, pardoning five, including two for political corruption and infamous Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt.

From the U.S. Army official Facebook page (since deleted) Via Twitter

Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper

“As Army leaders we need to proactively build self-awareness and strenghten relations with our Soldiers, and foster a culture where individuals are motivated to seek help when needed without fear of stigma.” Lt. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands, U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1

This month we recognize National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and encourage the entire Army community to support each other and encourage individuals to seek help.

Which seems kind of redundant to me, but I didn’t write it. The blurb appeared next to a picture of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales in full gear, smiling.

Now I reccommend treatment for everyone and not just potential suicides or War Criminals but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea, only obvious and unoriginal.

(h/t Frank Dale @ Think Progress)


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Sights and sounds of this day in 2001, when America suffered the worst terrorist attack on its soil.

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The true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculating to meet and greet unknown fate.

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Cuomo is Scum

Wait! You think this is about rushing the completion of the new Tappan Zee Bridge and putting hundreds of lives at risk not to mention screwing literally Billions of commutes for years?

Maybe about starving the Subways for money throughout his tenure and refusing to ride them even to see just how bad the problems are?

No, Andrew Cuomo is waaay scummier than that, this is just the latest one.

Andrew Cuomo Owes Cynthia Nixon an ApologyAndrew Cuomo Owes Cynthia Nixon an Apology
The New York Times
Sept. 9, 2018

This is dirty politics, nearly as sleazy as it gets.

Days before Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s primary race for re-election on Thursday, the New York State Democratic Committee has sent voters a campaign mailer falsely accusing his challenger, Cynthia Nixon, of being “silent on the rise of anti-Semitism.”

It says she supports the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement against Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. She does not. It accuses Ms. Nixon of opposing funding yeshivas, private religious schools attended by many of the city’s Orthodox Jews. She has never said that.

“With anti-Semitism and bigotry on the rise, we can’t take a chance,” the mailer reads. “Re-Elect Governor Andrew Cuomo.”

This is the lowest form of politics, and the most dangerous, exploiting the festering wounds and fears along ethnic and religious lines.

“I didn’t know about the mailer,” Mr. Cuomo said at a news conference Sunday in Manhattan. “I haven’t seen the mailer.”

Sorry, Mr. Cuomo, but that strains credulity.

Mr. Cuomo dominates the state Democratic Party. It acts ethically or abominably at his direction, or at the very least, with his campaign’s blessing.

The committee no doubt sent this garbage in the cynical hope that it would prove effective with ultra-Orthodox Jews, who generally vote as a bloc, making them a sought-after constituency for New York politicians.

Geoff Berman, executive director of the state Democrats, said Saturday on Twitter that the mailer was “a mistake and is inappropriate and is not the tone the Democratic Party should set,” saying it wouldn’t happen again. Sunday, he went further, saying the party would “work with the Nixon campaign to send out a mailing of their choosing to the same universe of people.”

Even if that were possible so late in the campaign, it’s not enough.

Mr. Cuomo has an obligation to personally apologize and condemn these outrageous attacks. Voters deserve to hear Mr. Cuomo describe Ms. Nixon as a worthy opponent who abhors anti-Semitism. He should make sure that message gets to ultra-Orthodox voters ahead of Thursday’s elections. And he should fire the party official who came up with the idea for the flier.

While Mr. Cuomo is at it, he might also mention that Ms. Nixon attends a Manhattan synagogue. Saturday night, her rabbi, Sharon Kleinbaum, issued a joint statement with her wife, the teachers’ union leader Randi Weingarten, on Facebook, calling the charges in the mailer a “baseless lie.” Other Democrats have also condemned Mr. Cuomo and the Democratic Party for the flier.

State Sen. Liz Krueger, a Democrat who hasn’t endorsed a candidate in the primary, said in a statement released by the Nixon campaign on Sunday: “I am doubly offended and aghast that my party organization would produce and mail such a false, damaging attack on Ms. Nixon and then watch the Governor and key staff act surprised they had done this. Shameful.”

Given all the ethical lapses in Mr. Cuomo’s administration, of which he has also pleaded ignorance, this smear is appalling. It is the kind of cynical behavior that detracts from Mr. Cuomo’s often-impressive ability to govern. If he is not careful, it could make voters feel they have no choice but to vote for someone else.

New Yorkers! You do have a choice. Vote for anyone except Cuomo, even Sam’s dog Harvey. A demon possesed mutt would be a better Governor, and a better Democrat.

Three years ago I came to Florida without a nickel in my pocket.

Now I’ve got a nickel in my pocket.

Look, in a little while I’m going to hold an action sale at Cocoanut Manor, the suburb terrible or beautiful. You must come over. There’s going to be entertainment, sandwiches, and the auction. If you don’t like auctions, we can play contract. Here it is – Cocoanut Manor – 42 hours from Times Square by railroad. 1,600 miles as the crow flies and 1,800 as the horse flies. There you are – Cocoanut Manor glorifying the American sewer and the Florida sucker. It’s the most exclusive residential district in Florida. Nobody lives there. And the climate – ask me about the climate. I dare you.

Very well – how is the…

I’m glad you brought it up. Our motto is Cocoanut Beach, no snow, no ice, and no business.

And now whether you like it or not I’m going to tell you all about Florida real estate. It is the first time it has ever been mentioned here – today.

I’m sorry, Mr. Hammer, but I’m afraid…

Do you know that property values have increased since 1929 one thousand per cent? Do you know that this is the biggest development since Sophie Tucker? Do you know that Florida is the show spot of America and Cocoanut Manor the black spot of Florida?

You told me that yesterday.

I know but I left out a comma.

I’ll not stand here any longer and be insulted this way.

Aw, don’t go away and leave me here alone, you stay here and I’ll go away.


Anna Akana

I like definition 1- “Ghosting can mean the viewing of a stream/streamer for the purpose of gaining information that could be used to gain an advantage against them” but I think she means definition 2- “the shutdown/ceasing of communication with someone without notice”.

While I try to be consistent in my writing (a good way to find out if I am active online) the truth is I disappear for extended periods of time with no warning and NO EXCUSES!

None of your damn business is what. The Internet is public duh, and if I don’t tell you I’m of hunting with my dog Rex (humans mostly, it’s for sport- I’m not a cannibal), or even have a dog (currently dog free and I sure wouldn’t name them Rex).

I do it in real life too. One time I didn’t talk with the Gilmores for more than a month (no message, just having too much fun and forgot). That stopped when the nice Police Officer knocked on my door, asked to see my ID and said- “Call your Mother, she’s worried. Now sign here, it says I found you and we talked and you were visibly alive with no obvious injuries.”

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AP’s Today in History for September 10th

Hungary lets East German refugees leave for West Germany; Louisiana U.S. Senator Huey Long fatally shot; Elias Howe gets sewing machine patent; ‘Gunsmoke’ premieres; Singer Jose Feliciano born.


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One Organization at a Time

Rebecca Gordon

Sometimes the good guys do win. That’s what happened on August 8th in San Francisco when the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association (APA) decided to extend a policy keeping its members out of the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

The APA’s decision is important — and not just symbolically. Today we have a president who has promised to bring back torture and “load up” Guantánamo “with some bad dudes.” When healing professionals refuse to work there, they are standing up for human rights and against torture.

It wasn’t always so. In the early days of Guantánamo, military psychologists contributed to detainee interrogations there. It was for Guantánamo that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved multiple torture methods, including among others excruciating stress positions, prolonged isolation, sensory deprivation, and enforced nudity. Military psychologists advised on which techniques would take advantage of the weaknesses of individual detainees. And it was two psychologists, one an APA member, who designed the CIA’s whole “enhanced interrogation program.”

Here’s a disclaimer of sorts: ever since I witnessed the effects of U.S. torture policy firsthand in Central America in the 1980s, I’ve had a deep personal interest in American torture practices. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, I wrote two books focused on the subject, the latest being American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes.

For a year and a half, I also served on a special ethics commission established by the APA after ugly revelations came out about how that organization’s officials had, in the Bush years, maneuvered to allow its members to collude with the U.S. government in settings where torture was used. In fact, an independent review it commissioned in 2015 concluded that “some of the association’s top officials, including its ethics director, sought to curry favor with Pentagon officials by seeking to keep the association’s ethics policies in line with the Defense Department’s interrogation policies.” Indeed, those leaders colluded “with important DoD officials to have [the] APA issue loose, high-level ethical guidelines that did not constrain [the] DoD in any greater fashion than existing DoD interrogation guidelines.”

In the wake of that independent review, the APA’s Council of Representatives voted that same year to keep psychologists out of national security interrogation settings.

It’s modestly encouraging that this August two-thirds of its governing body voted against a resolution that would have returned psychologists to sites like Gitmo.

What makes the new vote less than completely satisfying, however, is this: the 2015 vote establishing that policy was 157-to-1. This year, a third of the council was ready to send psychologists back to Guantánamo. Like much of the rest of Donald Trump’s United States, the APA seems to be in the process of backsliding on torture.







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Bees besiege Times Square street, drawing swarm of tourists

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was a case of hold the honey, double the mustard in Times Square at lunchtime on Tuesday.

Police shut part of 43rd Street near Seventh Avenue after a thick swarm of bees gathered atop a blue and yellow umbrella over a hotdog cart in an area of Manhattan already buzzing with swarms of pedestrians, tourists and traffic.

A police officer who keeps bees himself, arrived at the scene in Times Square, known as “The Crossroads of the World,” at 2:30 p.m. (EST), wearing a mesh-hooded beekeeper suit. He deployed a vacuum cleaner-like device to collect the bees unharmed, said New York Police Detective Sophia Mason.

The scene drew crowds of tourists taking photographs.

“It took about 45 minutes to suck them up,” Mason said. “They are at an undisclosed location. They will rehive them.”

No one was injured in the incident, Mason said.

“The bees just wanted some hot dogs,” she added.

(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Chris Reese)

Not A Rant

Personally I think it’s kind of a bad thing to nominate a proven public perjuror to a lifetime appointment as a Federal Judge and worse still a Justice of The Supreme Court.

Another point is, particularly if he gets approved, his policies are deplorable. Abortion and Contraceptive privacy rights sure, but he also hates affirmative action, Native Americans, Business regulation of any sort, and loves him some Embezzling, Extortion, and Bribery, Defrauding Charities, Tax Evasion, Money Laundering, Abuse of Power, Treasonous Conspiracy with a hostile foreign government, and Obstruction of Justice NONE of which should distract a President from the serious job of Presidenting though investigating a money losing real estate deal (just the one), non-hacked email, Benghazi, BENGHAZI, BENGHAZI!, and blowjobs are perfectly a-ok (though hush money payments to former mistresses using illegal Shell Companies is Off Limits).

Let’s not forget that Brett Kavanaugh is also a ill mannered boor and a horrible excuse for a human being you wouldn’t want breathing the same air.

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