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Happy Father's Day?


Heartbreaking...a father and young son hugging each other.

Father Martin is a Priest, who I think was recently in a CNN story recently about Catholic leaders speaking out about the family separation.


MSNBC to start its own streaming service

This may have been posted before, but I didn't see it.

It's being reported that MSNBC is planning on launching a standalone streaming service this year.

Recently Fox News announced plans to launch a standalone streaming service for cord cutters. Now it looks like MSNBC will follow Fox Newsís lead by launching their own cord cutting service.

According to a report from Variety, MSNBC is hiring staff to help create the new streaming service. This new service will be made up of original programs created specifically for the new streaming service. While some hosts from MSNBC News will be on the network, donít look for live streams of your favorite MSNBC programs.


I was excited about this until I read that it won't have my favorite MSNBC programs. Here's what the article says about that:

So why is Fox News and MSNBC just not offering a live feed of their current cable networks? Sources say that both Fox and NBC donít want to upset cable networks who are paying big dollars to carry the news networks. It looks like Fox and NBC both see original content as a way to reach cord cutters without endangering their lucrative deals with cable companies. So if you still want access to MSNBCís cable feed you will still need a service like Sling TV.

Still, this could be interesting. I'll be watching for it, since I'm a cordcutter.

Catholic Bishops: Trump's immigration policies are immoral

Leading US Catholic bishops have escalated their criticism of the Trump administration's immigration policies, calling new asylum-limiting rules "immoral" and rhetorically comparing the crackdown to abortion by saying it is a "a right to life" issue.

One bishop from the US-Mexico border region reportedly suggested "canonical penalties" - which could refer to withholding the sacrament of Communion - for Catholics involved in implementing the Trump policies.

The comments came as the US Conference of Catholic Bishops - the organising body of bishops - gathered for a biannual meeting in Fort Lauderdale. The topics of migration and asylum have long been a focus for the US church; more than 50 per cent of US Catholics under the age of 30 are Latinos.



Conservative religious leaders who have long preached about the sanctity of the family are now issuing sharp rebukes of the Trump administration for immigration policies that tear families apart or leave them in danger.

The criticism came after recent moves by the administration to separate children from their parents at the border, and to deny asylum on a routine basis to victims of domestic abuse and gang violence.

Some of the religious leaders are the same evangelicals and Roman Catholics who helped President Trump to build his base and who have otherwise applauded his moves to limit abortion and champion the rights of religious believers.

The Rev. Franklin Graham, a son of the famed evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham and an outspoken defender of President Trump, said in an interview on Tuesday on the Christian Broadcasting Network, ďI think itís disgraceful, itís terrible to see families ripped apart and I donít support that one bit.Ē


Supporters of Trump's admin. on immigration seem to be narrowing down. Maybe this is a good sign, that some are beginning to say no, this is immoral, this is disgraceful.

So when is Trump going to pardon Manafort?

He'll need to pardon Manafort before Manafort panics and flips. I read that it's possible, now, that Manafort will spend the rest of his life in jail, since he's not out on bail, anymore.

But if he pardons him NOW, he can only pardon him for witness tampering. Not for the main issues that will be prosecuted.

So...can Trump pardon him AGAIN, if he's found guilty for money laundering or the myriad other legal issues he has?

Trump doesn't care about people. So his only interest in pardoning Manafort is to prevent him from flipping. But now that he's incarcerated before the main event, this could be tricky.

Manafort's in the Slammer!

Trump embraces candidate with racist ties

Unbelievable. I don't know I keep saying "unbelievable," because it's all so believable.

DOJ report gives Trump the ammo he needs for his "deep state" wacko conspiracy theory

Per CNN:

Except that the report also includes an August 2016 text message exchange between FBI lawyer Lisa Page and FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was intimately involved in not only the Clinton email investigation but also the FBI inquiry into Russia interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign.

Here it is: (bolding is mine)

PAGE: "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!"

STRZOK: "No. No he won't. We'll stop it."

Those seven words are what Trump and his allies will seize on -- casting them as definitive proof that the "deep state" not only didn't want him to win but was actively working to keep him from the White House.


I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that Peter Strzok has some 'splain' to do to the FBI Director.

The White House has already seized on it.

During Thursday's press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "The President was briefed on the IG report earlier today and it reaffirmed the president's suspicions about Comey's conduct and the political bias among some of the members of the FBI."

I worked in a professional office for many years. We knew that when we sent emails to each other related to the matters we were working on, we needed to keep it professional, neutral or pro-client, and nothing we'd be embarrassed about, or our employer would find embarrassing, if the client saw the email. We might SAY things to each other...but in an email about something we were working on? Never. We knew that office emails weren't private, and could be seen by someone at some time.

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Trump's personal attorney splits with his own legal team

Source: CNN

(CNN)President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has split with the legal team that has shepherded him through a criminal investigation that included a high-profile FBI raid, a source familiar with the change said Wednesday.

The split could signal a shift in legal strategy and comes amid mounting pressure on Cohen as criminal charges could become likely. Sources familiar with Cohen's plans tell CNN that his main goal right now is to have a legal team with experience in the Southern District of New York, which is handing the probe.

The first source familiar said Cohen had not yet met with prosecutors to speak about a potential deal, and it's unclear whether either side is seeking one.

Cohen has not been charged with a crime, but the FBI raid of his home, hotel room and office in early April revealed that prosecutors had zeroed in on his personal financial dealings, including the payment he made to porn star Stormy Daniels on Trump's behalf before the election.

Cohen has found a new lawyer, but the name of Cohen's new lawyer was not yet known.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/13/politics/michael-cohen-legal-team/index.html

Note the story says that Cohen has NOT met with prosecutors.

No one knows what this means. Maybe he's just changing attorneys. Maybe his existing attorneys aren't sure they'll get paid or they don't want to continue reviewing all those documents. I remember his attorneys arguing in court that they couldn't complete the privileged doc. review by a certain date because of the number of materials & tapes, and that it was costing an exorbitant amount of money already, and the staff was already working almost around the clock.

The timing is very interesting, because the document review was due to be completed THIS MONTH. Maybe he's hoping changing attorneys will get him an extension on that deadline.

Infectious, fantastic musical numbers in movies

Joseph Gordon Levitt in 500 Days of Summer. This number was waaaaay too short, and thoroughly infectious. "The morning after."

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