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McDonnell jugde reduces sentencing

"Judge reduces guideline range to 78-97 months. Roughly 6.5-8 years. Said McDonnell did not obstruct justice, amount of bribes not >$120K" - from Matt Zapotosky's live blog at the courthouse.

https://twitter.com/mattzap/status/552491678813401088

The Price of Corruption

While we wait to hear Bob McDonnell's sentence, here's a good graphic from Denise Lu (Washington Post) on what other corrupt politicians got:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/local/corruption-sentences/

Bob McDonnell continues to use the "blame the wife" strategy.

Yesterday his daughter wrote the Judge blaming her Mom for the Governor's troubles. Today, Washington Post columnist
Petula Dvorak points out the hypocrisy of McDonnell's daughter in an excellent column:

"Maureen McDonnell’s daughter trashes her mother to help her father"

the crowning crime against Virginia motherhood was the public evisceration of the state’s former first lady, Maureen McDonnell — by attorneys, by her husband and, in the end, by her daughter.

The same grown children who helped trigger the federal investigation that led to their parents’ trial and convictions; the adult kids who allegedly raided the state’s executive mansion for glasses, pots and pans, and stacks and stacks of food, crates of eggs and cases of alcohol; who had a wedding catering bill paid for; who flitted across the country on a private jet; who played $2,000 golf rounds and took a $10,000 party gift — now at least one of them blames Mom.


PS: McDonnell will be sentenced next Tuesday. The Federal recommendation (which are not binding for the Judge) suggests 10-12 years. McDonnell's wife will be sentenced in February.

Normalizing relations with Cuba from Lalo Alcarez's "La Cucaracha"

KIMDb Kim Jung-un's Movie Page for US (Tom the Dancing Bug)

Ayn Rand Reviews Children's Movies

From the New Yorker by Mallory Ortberg

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

An industrious young woman neglects to charge for her housekeeping services and is rightly exploited for her naïveté. She dies without ever having sought her own happiness as the highest moral aim. I did not finish watching this movie, finding it impossible to sympathize with the main character. —No stars.

“Bambi”

The biggest and the strongest are the fittest to rule. This is the way things have always been. —Four stars.

“Old Yeller”

A farm animal ceases to be useful and is disposed of humanely. A valuable lesson for children. —Four stars.

“Lady and the Tramp”


A ridiculous movie. What could a restaurant owner possibly have to gain by giving away a perfectly good meal to dogs, when he could sell it at a reasonable price to human beings? A dog cannot pay for spaghetti, and payment is the only honest way to express appreciation for value. —One star.


More at:
http://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/ayn-rand-reviews-childrens-movies

From the Top Secret Files of Dick Cheney

From Tom the Dancing Bug:

Warren on NPR: "I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?"

The entire interview with Steve Innskeep of Morning Edition is here:
http://www.npr.org/2014/12/15/370817279/sen-warren-warns-that-spending-bill-sets-dangerous-precedent

Near the end, there is this exchange:

Sen. Warren, as you must know, that even as you were fighting over this in the Senate, there was a group called Ready for Warren that wants you to run for president, that released a letter signed by more than 300 people who describe themselves as former Obama campaign workers and staffers and aides. They want you to run. What do you say to them?

I'm, I'm not running for president. That's not what we're doing. We had a really important fight in the United States Congress just this past week. And I'm putting all my energy into that fight and to what happens after this.

Would you tell these independent groups, "Give it up!" You're just never going to run.

I told them, "I'm not running for president."

You're putting that in the present tense, though. Are you never going to run?

I am not running for president.

You're not putting a "never" on that.

I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?

The best Non-Fiction book I read in 2014:

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell

Amazon says:
Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won. Or should he have?

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms---all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.

In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers---The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw---David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.


Highly recommend, imho.

Need to make a Rum Cake for a Christmas Party.

Never made one before. Anyone have a good recipe?? TIA
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