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A Reformed Republican who has seen evil and shook its hand. (Nixon) He now spends his time trying to change the world for the better.

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Judge asks why Capitol rioters pay $1.5M, while U.S. taxpayers pay $500M

Judge asks why Capitol rioters are paying just $1.5 million for attack, while U.S. taxpayers will pay more than $500 million
Washington Post, might be a paywall, not sure

A federal judge on Monday questioned why U.S. prosecutors are asking Capitol riot defendants to pay only $1.5 million in restitution while American taxpayers are paying more than $500 million to cover the costs of the Jan. 6 attack by a pro-Trump mob.

Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell of Washington challenged the toughness of the Justice Department’s stance in a plea hearing for a Colorado Springs man who admitted to one of four nonviolent misdemeanor counts of picketing in the U.S. Capitol.

Howell has already asked in another defendant’s plea hearing whether no-prison misdemeanor plea deals offered by the government are too lenient for individuals involved in “terrorizing members of Congress,” asking pointedly whether the government had “any concern about deterrence?”

On Monday, she pressed the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington on why it was seeking to require only $2,000 in each felony case and $500 in each misdemeanor case.

I've been asking this question myself- shouldn't those bastards be paying the bulk of this? The scales of justice are tilted on this matter.

Safeway is reinstituting the mask mandate

At least at my local store in Kingston. I can't imagine the store manager doing that on his own. Probably will involve other stores as well. Either western Washington, or the whole state is my guess.

Dumbass in Port Hadlock removes his arm


A real genius blew off his arm and burned his granddaughter as well while making pipe bombs at his home on Tuesday.

Not much news about this, but I'm guessing he's a patriot of some variety. More will come out, I'm sure the ATF will be inclined to look at this.

WV should be shut out of the infrastructure funding

It is such a partisan issue, we should help their Senators by removing those funds. It will help them when they speak to their fiscally conservative republican constituents.

Netflix: A Monster Calls

It looks scary, and it might be for anyone younger than Jr High. It's adult material (death, bullying), but it turns out to be a very high quality film. I would watch this again.

Two thumbs up.

Washington's Access Online is down

I've been collecting unemployment for some time now. It's my ritual to fill out the online forms every Sunday morning, and today the website is at a snails pace. I am getting kicked out by random server errors, but each time I get one step closer. I can now see that I have emails waiting for me from the state.
All this after having the state tell me that they exposed my bank account transfer information to hackers last year. Incompetence is rampant in my state government. Of course they rewrote the site to use pop-ups, which no modern browser allows.

Lyrics have been a big distraction lately

I always have music going while I'm working during the day. Same when I'm perusing DU. Lately, I noticed how my music client will display the lyrics of the songs I'm listening to. WARNING: big distraction. I love watching the lyrics being posted in front of me. Satisfies an inner need to understand what the geniuses are saying to me...

I've gotta stop this, or I will never get anything done.

Too frightening
To listen to a stranger
Too beautiful
To put your pride in danger
You're waiting for
Someone to understand you

But you've got demons in your closet
(You've got demons in your closet)
And you're screaming out to stop it
(And you're screaming out to stop it)
Saying life's begun to cheat you
Friends are out to beat you
Grab on to what you can scramble for

I will get my shot tomorrow- the opportunities are expanding

My wife too! I'm 62, and she's (less than that), so we don't qualify yet, except for one thing. Our daughter is living at home with us, and she's in health care. So now the list has expanded in my state to include those in health care households. It makes sense. The vaccine opportunities are opening up...

The DOJ can make it difficult for Trump to ever run for office

If he is in prison for the rest of his life, it will be very difficult for him to run for office. Even harder for anyone to justify sending any funds to his campaign.

Thank you for the heart!

I needed that.
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