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I refer everyone to this video of this past week's Friday News Roundup on NPR/Diane Rehm, with her distinguished guests
(1) John Dickerson chief political correspondent for Slate magazine and political director for CBS. Author of "On Her Trail: My Mother, Nancy Dickerson, TV News' First Woman Star."
(2) John Prideaux washington correspondent, The Economist.
(3) Karen Tumulty national political reporter, The Washington Post.
They start discussing HRC and her ineffectual and inept handling of whole email debacle at 24:20 on the video.
What's a poor Hill Fan to do? Desperately shriek that Diane Rehm, the Washington Post, The Economist and Slate are all right wing sources?
It's an excellent discussion of all the ways HRC is in trouble with her blundering attempts to spin her self-regulated document dump, SIX YEARS AFTER THE FACT, as complying with the regulations in place while she was SOS - AND the fact that this matter will take months to get sorted. And that her paranoid insecurity is her own worst enemy and the reason she seems incapable of transparency.
Anyone else reminded of the attempted early spin on the Watergate breakin? Nothing here - just move along. But then along came Martha Mitchell. A grateful nation thanks you, Martha.
When the Watergate scandal broke, it was Martha Mitchell, wife of Attorney General, John Mitchell and who was often self-medicated with martinis, who started calling up reporters about her fears that Mitchell was being set up as a scapegoat. The Mitchells lived at the Watergate at that time. Among those reporters were Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. She didn’t know how much John was really involved.
When it became apparent to Nixon and Mitchell that she couldn’t be shut up, they had her kidnapped and medicated. She still managed to call a reporter in the middle of the night about the incident. Well, the rest as they say is history.
Is there anyone involved in Hillary's document dump who will step forward? What about senders or recipients of incendiary or politically sensitive emails to her personal account? Just because Hillary "disappeared" incriminating emails from her server in no way guarantees they won't be revealed by others. As many have speculated, the GOP will hold on to any they discover until the election campaign. Perhaps save them to spring on her in the midst of a nationally televised presidential debate. Now, more than ever, her candidacy would be a train wreck waiting to happen.
Posted by Divernan | Sun Mar 15, 2015, 06:59 AM (1 replies)
If you’re a math enthusiast, maybe you’ll be celebrating the once-a-century day when the calendar and the clock align to represent the first 10 digits of pi (3.141592653).
As you remember from middle school geometry, pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and is always the same, no matter what circle you use to compute it. It is an irrational number that never repeats, with an infinite number of decimal places — though in 2013 a researcher took it to eight quadrillion places right of the decimal.
This year, the “Pi Day of the Century” will be marked in all kinds of creative ways. At the San Francisco Exploratorium, where the official celebration first began, you can participate in a pi procession and pizza pie dough tossing.
If you’re an applicant to the M.I.T. class of 2019, you’ll find out at exactly 9:26 whether or not you were admitted.
Posted by Divernan | Sat Mar 14, 2015, 07:41 AM (42 replies)
The above link is to the Warren-Hickox house in Kankakee, Il. It is located next door to and was built at the same time as the larger Bradley House (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._Harley_Bradley_House).
There's a photo of my friend's home at the first link:
Kankakee is the only city in the world where you'll find two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes side-by-side. Both homes have been privately owned and off limits to tourists – until now.
My childhood home, a classic Four Square, was a block away, and designed by one of Wright's apprentices when Wright came to Kankakee to build the 2 Wright houses.
The American Foursquare or "Prairie Box" was a post-Victorian style, which shared many features with the Prairie architecture pioneered by Frank Lloyd Wright. During the early 1900s and 1910s, Wright even designed his own variations on the Foursquare, including the Robert M. Lamp House, "A Fireproof House for $5000", and several two-story models for the American System-Built Homes. Unlike other houses of the style, Wright's versions featured more open main floor plans achieved by removing or minimizing partitions between the entry, living room, and dining room. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Foursquare
My parents actually considered buying the smaller of the 2 Wright homes (the one my friend's family eventually bought), but chose our home because it was riverfront and my Dad could have a dock and his beloved Chris Craft boat. The apprentice architect had greatly enhanced the classic design by adding sunrooms opening through french doors from both the dining room and the master bedroom - each with three walls of windows overlooking a beautiful river; multiple bay windows with window seats; a "hidden" servants' staircase; a 12 foot long hall/butler's pantry connecting the kitchen and dining room; several leaded glass windows and an integral garage. I live in a far more modest home today, but wow! what a childhood!
As children, we had no knowledge of the architectural provenance of these homes in which we played hide-and-seek, had sleepovers, slumber parties, birthday parties, scout meetings, pre-prom parties, baked brownies after school, and just generally hung out. The Wright house was terrific for big parties because of the way the large rooms opened into each other. I know every nook and cranny of Wright's Warren-Hickox house, and remember them some 60 years later. But the best thing about those memories is that they are peopled with my family and my friend and her family (high school jock big brother, bratty younger brother, adorable baby sister and very kind parents) and my high school friends in their senior prom finery at our first "grown-up" party in that house.
Lovely memories - thanks for your post which triggered them!
Posted by Divernan | Sat Mar 14, 2015, 02:00 AM (1 replies)
Source: The London Times
Britain should “not pretend to be a world power” and curbing interventionism would be a key plank of any post-election deal between Labour and the SNP, the head of the nationalists in the UK parliament declared yesterday.
The collaboration between the SNP and Labour to block military action in Syria in 2013 provides a template for future foreign policy co-operation between the two parties, according to Angus Robertson, the SNP leader in Westminster.
His move comes as new Times poll by You Gov shows that Labour has made no progress in clawing back votes in Scotland.
Read more: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/scotland/article4380715.ece
SNP refers to the Scottish National Party. Westminster refers to the seat of the UK Parliament in London. The UK has "devolved" varying degrees of governmental powers to some of its member states, i.e., Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but not England.
For example, Wales and Scotland have each approved an indefinite ban on future fracking, so Big Fracking is trying to bribe the UK government to pass a law forbidding fracking bans or moratoriums by any member states/countries of the UK.
One of the ways the recent Scottish vote on declaring independence from the UK was defeated, was by the UK promising additional devolved powers to Scotland.
The question of military interventionism abroad is an evolving one in the UK. Just last September, the head of the Labour Party rose in the House of Commons to speak in favor of air strikes against ISIL in Iraq. http://press.labour.org.uk/post/98458975484/ed-miliband-statement-on-military-action-against
Ed Miliband statement on military action against ISIL in Iraq
(NOTE: I carefully considered whether this announcement was recent enough to qualify for LBN, and respectfully request that the time difference between the UK and the US be allowed for. The press release was midnight our time.)
Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, in a statement to the House of Commons, said:
Mr Speaker, I rise to support the government motion concerning military action against ISIL in Iraq. Let us be clear at the outset what is the proposition: air strikes against ISIL in Iraq. Not about ground troops.
Nor about UK military action elsewhere. And it is a mission specifically aimed at ISIL.
I think this push toward NON interventionism by the military is an extremely interesting and encouraging development. Must have the Military Industrial Complex in a real panic. Likewise for the pro-endless-war politicians and their owners/I mean lobbyists in the U.S. It appears members of the British Parliament and even entire political parties in the UK are not as whorishly for sale as their U.S. counterparts!
Posted by Divernan | Fri Mar 13, 2015, 08:39 AM (2 replies)
I put this post together in response to a comment in another thread, but decided to post it on its own thread.
12. Pleased to note that Erin McClelland is gearing up to challenge Rothfus
I heard her speak and field tough, unscreened questions in the last election, and she is most impressive, and ready for Washington. I'm thankful she has the drive & commitment to challenge Rothfus again. If our Democratic committee people - many of whom have no interest except going to parties and conventions - would bother to spend more time contacting registered Democrats in their wards, and making sure potential Democrats are registered, AND MOTIVATING PEOPLE TO GET TO THE POLLS, Rothfus never would have been elected in the first place.
You're absolutely right about Citizens United. The GOP/Big Businesses/corps., pour millions into Rothfus' campaigns because the Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District is NOT a sure win for the GOP. The only way we can overcome their money is to get people registered and to the polls.
My area Dem. committee people don't do door-to-door to collect signatures for petitions or hand out campaign literature; get yard signs out along the roadways or into yards; don't campaign for individual candidates; don't provide Democratic candidates with addresses and locations for yard signs; don't volunteer to be poll watchers, and don't show up at the polls to hand out literature, ask people for their votes or thank them for their votes. In other words, they're pretty much good for shit. Sounds like the same types with which Sestak became disgusted. If they're not physically fit enough (usually because of age) to do anything but sit around socializing and guzzling booze at their official gatherings, then they should get the hell out of the way. We have a huge contingent in the Pittsburgh area who are in their 60's & 70's, and they have blocked several generations of younger Democrats from getting involved as committee people.
Re their "Let's Party" attitude:
Bagpipers, street food vendors, and green shamrock T-shirts. Passers-by might have mistaken today's festivities at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local union headquarters in the South Side for an early St. Patrick's Day celebration.
But the event was the Allegheny County Democratic Committee's annual election endorsements where committee members cast their votes to decide which candidates the party should endorse in the upcoming May primary election.
The annual event draws some of the region's most powerful committee powerhouses and longest reigning political families. But though the event is steeped in tradition, some have begun to wonder if the endorsement process should be changed." I think we should get rid of endorsements," said Sam Hens-Greco, 14th Ward Democratic Committee chair. "We spend a tremendous amount of money and time on them, and there's more the party could be doing." Attitudes like this are part of the reason the ACDC plans to hold a convention this summer to re-examine the committees bylaws and endorsement process.
"We may make some adjustments, but we won't be eliminating them," said Mills. "You can see the committee people love it. Everyone's having a ball."
Look at the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation - 100% males; 17 of 18 Congressmen are white; 5Ds 13Rs; 2 white male senators, 1 D and 1 R. Then look at the statistics for party registration in the Keystone State:
As of December 31, 2014:
Registered Democrats - 4,047,193
Registered Republicans - 3,000,090
No Affiliation - 668,025
Libertarians - 47,357
For the primaries, only the Ds and Rs can vote, but come November we outnumber them by a goddamn ONE MILLION+ VOTES! There's no excuse for the fact that we don't have TWO Democratic U.S. senators representing our state.
As to the Independents, an ever increasing proportion of the electorate, this is where we desperately need committee people in each and every ward and district, pounding the pavements and knocking on doors to hand out literature and ask people for their votes. My aged knees no longer permit me to climb up and down my community's hills or trudge along it's sidewalk-less streets and roads. But I did do that for several decades for individual Democratic candidates, and it was my experience that many, many voters of whatever party affiliation, appreciated having someone politely ask them for their vote, answer questions for them, tell them the location and hours of their polling place; perhaps help them change their registration if they had just moved into the area, arrange for them to get absentee ballots or a ride to the polls.
On edit: And while I can no longer campaign door-to-door, I do arrange voter registration sessions at the senior community in my ward and district - people are constantly moving in and need to update their registrations, and they do turn out to vote. And I serve as a Judge of Elections and make damn sure no voters are intimidated by the local tea party jerks. Get out the vote, everyone!
Posted by Divernan | Mon Mar 9, 2015, 06:16 PM (2 replies)
North Dakota’s oil production began growing in the mid-2000s, when companies figured out how to extract oil from the state’s Bakken region. Around 2010, production in the state skyrocketed, and that boom brought in throngs of workers from around the county — a population increase that, as Thornton said, also brought with it an increase in crime. According to the Washington Post, violent crime in the state’s oil-rich Williston Basin region increased by 121 percent between 2005 and 2011. Drug use and prostitution are also prevalent.
“It’s not Mayberry anymore,” North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon told the AP earlier this year. “Our police and prosecutors are going to have to adapt to keep pace. We have organized criminal gangs selling drugs, sex trafficking, and out-of-state flim-flam men coming in. And the cases have become more and more complicated.”
One town in North Dakota — Watford City — has grown its police force from just four policemen in 2010 to 19 this year. The town experienced just 41 calls for police service in 2006, while in 2014, it experienced 7,414.
“There used to be a saying that 40 below keeps out the riff-raff,” said Steve Kukowski, a sheriff in Ward County, North Dakota. “That’s not true anymore.”
Posted by Divernan | Sat Mar 7, 2015, 09:00 PM (9 replies)
Talk about faux outrage! And as the judge says in trial court, when overruling an objection, the objector "opened the door" to a comment. Specifically, when Rahm described fellow Dems as "fucking retarded", his supporters cannot be heard to object to Dems calling Rahm a bastard.
Hope Obama sits this one out and doesn't make another bogus trip to Chicago for an opportunity to boost Rahm's campaign. Perhaps someone can remind him that Hispanics and teachers and unions are valued members of the Democratic party and deserve a level playing field when running in a primary.
An interesting question to me is what will Rahm do if he loses, i.e,. next career step. Certainly if he is available, Hillary would snap him up for her campaign staff. Hell, he could end up back in the White House as her chief of staff. That could happen even if he wins the run-off - resigning from elected office to get back to DC where all the real action is, baby! Or he could follow the Clintons' example of starting a boutique "charity" to launder corporate "donations" while simultaneously lobbying his political connections AND skimming off a healthy chunk of said "donations" to fund a five star life style.
Manny makes the point it would be best if Rahm were out of politics forever. That is so true. But Rahm is like the legendary rattle-snake, which keeps snapping lethally even after it's head has been cut off. He will always be a source of hubris, arrogance and self-interest wherever he ends up.
Posted by Divernan | Mon Mar 2, 2015, 04:21 AM (0 replies)
Look, I'm a big supporter of the arts (at least to the best my tight budget allows), and I have been very impressed with the productions of the Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre - but their latest fund raiser leaves me ready to hurl. Here's the email invite I just received. Basically, Tom Corbett will be performing Shakespeare at Pittsburgh's most elite private club, The Duquesne Club.
'I am writing on behalf of Chuck Moellenberg, Partner at Jones Day and Co-Chair of PICT Classic Theatre's UnCommon Pleas, an evening of legal theatrical entertainment, co-sponsored by the Arts and Law Committee, Young Lawyers Division, and Homer S. Brown Division of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. Part of the proceeds will also benefit the Allegheny County Bar Foundation as well as PICT Classic Theatre's educational programs.
I'd never pay $250 for this, but would love to see a tape. Will Corbett speak from behind a podium? Because he moves with all the physical grace of a man with a corncob up his ass (as we used to say in the farmlands of the Midwest.) His public speaking has never been impassioned either.
And for another thing, Dan Onorato was the Democratic candidate defeated by Corbett for the governorship. Hopefully, Dan will be very impassioned and wipe the floor with Wooden Tom!
Oh, the tragedy. The Bard will be spinning in his grave! Or will be angry in the manner Shakespeare thus described:
The cannons have their bowels full of wrath,
And ready mounted are they to spit forth
Their iron indignation 'gainst your walls
King John (2.1.217-9), King John
France, I am burn'd up with inflaming wrath;
A rage whose heat hath this condition,
That nothing can allay, nothing but blood,
The blood, and dearest-valued blood, of France.
King John (3.1.349-52), King John
Thou hadst been better have been born a dog
Than answer my waked wrath!
Othello (3.3.402-3), Othello to Iago
Posted by Divernan | Fri Feb 20, 2015, 09:35 AM (3 replies)
With all the news stories covering Governor Wolf's actions, such as rescinding Corbett's last minute appointments, and introducing an extraction tax on fracking, etc., you'd think Corbett would be interviewed for comments. But nary a quote, as far as I have found. He evidently split Harrisburg with no forwarding address.
Best guess: He's fled to his South Carolina vacation home in Hilton Head - a frack free zone, of course. I hope he keeps his sorry ass there forever. But come the first major fracking disaster/fire/explosion/spill in Pennsylvania, I'd like some photos of him ducking reporters' trying to interview him about same.
I'll occasionally google him to spot the inevitable appointments to corporate boards and "of counsel" to major law firms. One assumes he's kept his Pennsylvania state law license active, and may hit the lobbying scene as well.
Corbett failed to report the 2012 purchase of a $265,000 Hilton Head condo in the annual filing under the governor's Code of Conduct, according to StateImpact Pennsylvania, a public radio investigative unit focusing on energy and the environment.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/harrisburg_politics/Corbetts-nondisclosure-of-vacation-home-purchase-raises-concerns.html#drdqIS32w8jcOdrz.99
Posted by Divernan | Mon Feb 16, 2015, 12:18 AM (3 replies)
They can only handle the rigors of their public and private lives with private jets, 5 star hotels, & entourages of handlers/servants. When the luxury private airline lounges for first and business class travelers, and the on board comforts of those classes of travel are deemed too insufficient, exhausting and/or stressful for travelers, said travelers either have too inflated an opinion of themselves (particularly when a so-called "charity" is footing the travel costs) or they are too physically fragile to hold any elective office, let alone the presidency.
It is undisputed that the presidency is the most exhausting, aging, & stressful of jobs. Bill's on borrowed time with his progressive heart disease; her medical history includes repeated blood clots of the brain and medical reports of heart problems revealed by a stress test.
As long as she plays this Koch-teasing game of repeated delays as to whether she'll declare, they keep raking in the $$$, i.e., anticipatory quid pro quos, for their personal speaking/consulting fees and their boutique, fully family-owned, "non-profit" corporation. If both their healths hold out until the summer, their joint, limitless and blind ambitions will result in her running. They are addicted to their pursuit of power/wealth - even when a loving couple would take their millions and retire. They are an extreme example of workaholics - I've seen the same attitude in senior partners at some law firms - they've placed their careers above healthy personal relationships w/spouses, and never taken the time to develop a passion for any other activities than accumulating wealth.
Posted by Divernan | Sun Feb 15, 2015, 10:30 PM (1 replies)