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Poisoned Spy Is a Warning to the West, Courtesy of Putin


The Poyntz case may not be of merely historical interest in Washington these days. We are in the unprecedented situation where the president and his retinue are under special counsel investigation for their secret ties to the Kremlin. Given Putin’s predilections, Americans who cooperate with Robert Mueller and his prosecutors, sharing information that will harm Team Trump, may be putting themselves at risk of Russian retribution.

Last week, Rick Gates, the Trump campaign official who agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation and spill the beans about Russia-related happenings in 2016, cancelled a spring trip to Boston in response to online threats of violence against him and his family. While this was most likely just noxious trolling of the sort that’s depressingly common regarding anything Russian, Gates made the right decision. In Cold War 2.0, the old Chekist rulebook has been thrown out. Anyone who’s deemed a threat by Putin may be at risk of getting lethal attention.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sun Mar 18, 2018, 10:00 AM (0 replies)

Do you actually realize how fundamental this change is?

People without guns are marching to state that they too, as disarmed people going about their
lives, also have rights.

For the longest while that has not been the case. Those without arms were afraid to protest, went
silently through the months, hoping nothing untoward happened.

Living in fear is no freedom. It is often not even civil. It is no way to experience life in the fullest.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Mar 14, 2018, 11:05 AM (15 replies)

Andrew Nagorski, Author, "Hitlerland"

Wide ranging interview of a former Newsweek journalist who has many a tale to tell about people and journalists who visited Germany pre-war. He's met many of the famous journalists of the period. He says people didn't take Hitler seriously, thought him a lightweight, or that he was a "marvelous demagogue". Have we heard this recently? And this interview is from 2012 so they had no idea Donald Trump would be anywhere near the presidency.

Did you know Richard C. Hottelet, the famed CBS journalist, was held by the Third Reich in 1941? I sure didn't.

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue Mar 13, 2018, 06:53 PM (1 replies)

The World at War HD (1080p) - Ep. 11 - Red Star: The Soviet Union (19411943)

They fought the Nazis with a very high price. They had no choice.

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sun Mar 11, 2018, 06:26 PM (2 replies)

Stockman on Trump's Tariffs: Dumbest Thing He's Has Done Yet

Trump really taken to the woodshed!
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sat Mar 10, 2018, 05:53 PM (3 replies)

Neighbors from Hell

Noisy rock music 3 nights a week, target practice on many weekends, afraid to complain, townships don't enforce zoning anyway.

Music's been going on a year, other issues 5-10

All I want to do is move, but how do you sell a property with neighbors like these?

Surely I'm not the only one with neighbors from hell

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sun Mar 4, 2018, 06:42 PM (17 replies)

Thomas Friedman: 'Code Red' The Last Word MSNBC

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Feb 28, 2018, 09:13 PM (9 replies)

Hey Look! On CNBC, tomorrow is March already!!!

After a rough February, stocks are entering what are typically two of the best months of the year for the market.

The S&P 500 closed out the final day of February with a 1.3 percent loss to 2,744. For the month of February, it was down about 2.8 percent, relatively modest after the gut-wrenching decline of 10 percent from January's highs in the first nine days of the month. Since Feb. 9, the S&P has sprang back 8.4 percent.

"March is actually a pretty good month. February on average is the third worst performing month for the S&P 500 going back to 1945," said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA.

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue Feb 27, 2018, 08:01 PM (1 replies)

Cryptic, Ominous, and yet Hopeful

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue Feb 27, 2018, 07:20 PM (6 replies)

Last February, Trump signed a bill making it easier for people with mental illness to buy guns

It did not attract a ton of attention at the time (nothing does these days) but about a year ago on February 28, 2017, Congress passed and Donald Trump signed a law revoking an Obama-era regulatory initiative that made it harder for people with mental illness to buy a gun.

Yet despite this effort to roll back even a very modest effort to restrain the ability of seriously incapacitated people from obtaining deadly weapons, this morning Trump tweeted that there were “so many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed,” implying that someone should have done something to report him.

So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018

But it’s Trump’s party — and Trump himself — who have consistently prevented the federal government from doing anything about this kind of situation. The Obama-era gun regulation wouldn’t have had a massive impact on gun violence in the US since it’s estimated that it would only affect about 75,000 people. And disability rights groups had their own objections to the bill so some liberal groups joined with the National Rifle Association in urging Trump to reverse it.

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Thu Feb 15, 2018, 11:11 AM (2 replies)
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