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Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
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Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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Matt DeHart ... child predator, or CIA whistleblower framed by the Feds?

The government says Matt DeHart is an online child predator. He says that’s a ruse created because he discovered shocking CIA secrets and claims he was tortured by federal agents. The only thing that’s clear is that he’s in deep trouble.

On the evening of April 3, 2013, a battered blue pickup truck slowly crossed a bridge from International Falls, Minnesota, to the border station at Fort Frances, Ontario. The family inside — a clean-cut middle-aged couple and their dark-haired 28-year-old son — looked like any other vacationers heading north. The father handed over their IDs to the border guards. “We need the protection of the Canadian government under the U.N. convention against torture,” he said. “Because our son was tortured by the FBI.”

It sounded like something out of a Soviet-era spy thriller. Yet the family making the request couldn’t have been more all-American. Paul DeHart, a church pastor, was a retired Air Force intelligence analyst whose work was overseen by the National Security Agency. His wife, Leann, was a former Army voice interceptor. Paul explained that Matthew, their only child, had followed in their footsteps, poring over spy data gathered by drones in the Middle East for the Indiana Air National Guard. They had just driven through the night from their home in Indiana, Paul said, because they were fleeing the country they had once pledged to serve.

Matt, he explained, was a member of the hacktivist collective Anonymous and had created a repository on the Dark Web for leaked government files. After stumbling on a file that he believed detailed an FBI investigation into the CIA, Matt, the family was convinced, was subject to what Paul described as an elaborate and increasingly frightening ruse: raided and tortured by the FBI, hit with bogus child porn charges, shuttled between prisons for nearly two years.

Paul told the agents that his family had evidence to back up their account: court documents, medical records, and affidavits — along with the leaked FBI document Matt had found that exposed an explosive secret. It was all on two encrypted thumb drives, which Matt later pulled off a lanyard around his neck and handed to the guards.

You probably won’t read this piece about Syria

Article makes a most important point about where we are at this point in time.

AJE this week ran special content on a grim milestone because it's important. But our data told us something: few cared.

On the anniversary, we published a lot of content. There were stirring documentaries, powerful polemics, Syrian paintings, infographics, analysis, interviews, features and news. There was streaming TV. We tried to take our audience into the lives of those caught up in this.

But the number of people who came to our site that day was far lower than expected. As we watched the analytics, tracked our traffic, that stinging accusation of apathy seemed justified.

Australian Senator urges adoption of quolls. Want one?

Never heard of them before.

David Leyonhjelm has declared the quoll should replace the domestic cat in an effort to preserve native mammal populations.
In a speech to Parliament the Liberal Democratic Party senator argued making it legal to domesticate native animals like the quoll and bilby would ensure their survival.

"Certain kinds of wallabies make great pets. The quoll may replace domestic cats," he told the Senate.

quolls AND billby...(billbies?) oh, my. Great scrabble words, eh?


bilby, aka rabbit-bandicoots

Alabama is up for sale on Ebay!

Someone on Ebay, in protest of Alabama's stand on gay marriage, posted the state for sale.
The description of the sale "item" is marvelous!


We loved this state for many years, but now that Alabama is subverting federal law by allowing officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages, it's time to let her go. Frankly, 49 states is enough.

We've tried to trade Alabama to other countries in the world, but even Saudi Arabia and Iran thought it was, frankly, too backwoods and messed up. We even tried to deal it to ISIS, but they were worried that Alabama is too fundamentalist.

Much more at the link.

Here is link..scroll down past the flags for sale, about 1/4 down on page.

Friday night's Vice program is about Ferguson....lots of footage.

Edited to add: first part reports on Ferguson and militarization of police, and why cops are so aggressive.

2nd half of the show is about immigrants.

For those who have missed out, Vice is an excellent weekly news show which airs after Real Time, on HBO.

A former ambassador to Russia: 'There are signs of a coup' (re: Putin's disappearance from public)

Russian President Vladimir Putin was last seen in public on March 5, and in Russia there are increased fears he is the victim of an attempted coup by security organizations and the Russian army.

Israel’s former ambassador to Russia, Zvi Magen, told Haaretz he believes “there are many signs of a coup. The movement of the army around the Kremlin indicates that there is a change in government, or that an attempt at a change in government is being carried out.”

Magen believes those responsible for the potential coup are “branches or factions in the army who are working together or against one another, or wealthy businessmen, many of whom worked in these organizations. They could only be people who are free to walk around the corridors of the Kremlin.”

He says possible reasons include the ongoing sanctions imposed by the West on those close to the Kremlin, sanctions “that harm them personally. I don’t believe there’s a controversy there surrounding policy. They’re protecting their own interests.”

Didn't Bush say Putin was his soulmate, or something like that?

Ala opens investigation into elder abuse RE: Harper Lee

This is striking because the Dept. has been dinged for years for being too slow in investigating abuse cases.

Authorities investigating Harper Lee elder abuse complaint

Alabama authorities have reportedly launched an elder abuse investigation centered on beloved novelist Harper Lee.

Officials with the state's Human Resources Department and the Alabama Securities Commission began investigating Lee last month. The investigation got underway as concerns arose about the circumstances of the pending release of Lee's second novel, "Go Set a Watchman," the New York Times reported Wednesday from her hometown of Monroeville.

Investigators spoke with Lee last month at the assisted living home she lives in, called Meadows of Monroeville, responding to at least one complaint lodged with the state over concerns that Lee may be a victim of elder abuse, the Times reported.

Speculation about Lee's mental faculties and lucidity has been rife in the weeks since Feb. 3, when her publisher, HarperCollins, announced that "Go Set a Watchman" would be released this summer.

UPDATE: Case Closed

Another one bites the dust.....

Embattled Ferguson, Mo., lawyer Ronald J. Brockmeyer has resigned from his jobs as prosecuting attorney in Vinita Park and Florissant -

Breaking News, 11 minutes ago.

I shudder to think what would happen if that report came out and there were NO resignations.

Ferguson Police Chief to step down today, announcement forthcoming, says news.

Fox News is reporting, via sources, that Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Tom Jackson will resign today following the Department of Justice report. CNN is reporting that Jackson has indicated he is willing to step down, but does not mention timing. The police department has not made any announcement. -


If he wants to save his pension, and his ass, he would be wise to "retire" immediately, given the release of the report about the dept.
Let's hope this is indeed an accurate news leak.

Does this definition of sedition more closely fit what the Gang of 47 did?

conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.
synonyms: rabble-rousing, incitement to rebel, subversion, troublemaking, provocation;
rebellion, insurrection, mutiny, insurgence, civil disorder

We used to have a Sedition Act, but it was repealed in 1920.

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