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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook - The (Robert) Mueller Edition

from those wonderful folks at WYNC and OnTheMedia-dot-org

Other "handbooks" of theirs are available here:

A Call to Halt an Illegal Invasion of Venezuela - Kevin Tillman

Kevin Tillman, brother of Special Forces vet Pat Tillman and antiwar activist did this piece for Truthdig:


A Call to Halt an Illegal Invasion of Venezuela

It seems like every time I pick up a newspaper or go online, our country is starting another war. As a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, I am consumed by the situation in Venezuela, which is becoming more and more concerning.

I’m not a war correspondent, and I don’t have a Ph.D. in political science. But I have seen these conflicts firsthand, and I have felt the effects. Like many in this country, I have lost family members and friends in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I don’t want anyone else to have to experience that. Unfortunately, the inertia over regime change in Venezuela bears a striking resemblance to what happened in the lead-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

As was the case in Iraq, there are no legal or moral grounds to intervene in the affairs of Venezuela and no international laws to support such an intervention. There is nothing in the Constitution that sanctions meddling in the elections of a foreign country, and nothing in the Venezuelan constitution that legitimizes self-appointed presidents. Venezuela is not a threat. Venezuela is not firing missiles at the United States, attacking our allies or invading the U.S. with troops.

To be clear, this is not an endorsement of Maduro, any more than I endorsed former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (nor am I comparing the two). This is about our leaders thinking they have the right to interfere in the affairs of any country they choose. Not only is regime change illegal and morally wrong, it has proved to be disastrous.

The rest of the article:https://www.truthdig.com/articles/a-call-to-halt-an-illegal-invasion-of-venezuela/

Dan Rather on Trump's SOTU address: "This is who he is"


This is who he is, who he was, and ever shall be.


In the end, I doubt many if any minds were swayed. How many even watched? Does it matter? Do we care?


State of the Union speeches rarely last in the consciousness of the country. And one has a sense that this one is already being forgotten, or was never thought about in the first place.

B-R-U-T-A-L !!!!!

Black pussycat on the soccer pitch.

Happy Caturday!! (also Groundhog Day/Candlemas)


Black pussycat on the soccer pitch. Everton vs. Wolverhampton

A full 2 minutes 21 seconds of game diversion.

Happy Caturday!


A beer for today's Women's Marches. . .

The beer was brewed in March 2018 by Honolulu Beerworks. Some stories:



Proceeds from the sale of the beer go to The Pink Boots Society, an org for women in the beer brewing profession.


This is the only wall Trump should get.

Dr. Hook's Ray Sawyer, 'Cover of Rolling Stone' Singer, Dead at 81


Ray Sawyer, the Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show member who sang the 1973 Shel Silverstein-penned hit “The Cover of ‘Rolling Stone,'” has died at the age of 81.

The Alabama-born Sawyer – who founded the group with Dennis Locorriere, Billy Francis and George Cummings – was a member of Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show from 1969 to 1981. A few years before the band’s formation, Sawyer lost his right eye in a car accident; Sawyer wore an eyepatch that made him resemble the Peter Pan villain Captain Hook, which served as the inspiration for the Dr. Hook moniker.

In 1970, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show’s demo tapes wound up in the hands of author and songwriter Shel Silverstein, who recruited the band to become a vessel for his music: The group would turn Silverstein-written tracks like “Sylvia’s Mother” and “The Cover of ‘Rolling Stone'” into hits and released two albums of Silverstein-penned songs, 1971’s Dr. Hook and 1972’s Sloppy Seconds.

Happy Winter Solstice, Everyone!

and Happy Summer Solstice for our DU colleagues in the Southern Hemisphere:

Yes, I still have that vinyl EP as well as the Jethro Tull Christmas Album in CD.

Whoa!! This was unexpected. . .

. . .but no less sweeter than other victories in NY state last night.

Democrat Max Rose ousted incumbent GOP congressman Dan Donovan (NY CD-11) in
red Staten Island.


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