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Buzzfeed's reporting is meaningless for this Democrat.

The only thing that does matter is what sworn testimony is given before a grand jury, or before a judge, or before a trial judge and jury, or before a Congressional investigative committee. Those are the only things that can lead to convictions, unless I'm missing something there (I'm not an attorney).

Those are the only things that may ultimately punish Trump and a number of his associates for any crimes for which they have been indicted, and then their being removed from power.

An impeachment of Trump would be good but does not necessarily expose and punish any and all crimes he may have committed and may not stop his administration's deconstructing of our government. It would, however be sweet revenge for his non-stop lying to the public.

For what little it's worth, Buzzfeed did acknowledge the statement from Mr. Mueller's office in an updated article. See.....



Here's a new twist for you...

Found on Twitter: Steve Vladeck @steve_vladeck

Our local federal court (the U.S. District Court for the [enormous] Western District of Texas) has just issued a general order freezing all civil litigation involving the federal government (except forfeiture cases) for the duration of the shutdown:


and an appropriate comment:

GWLaw @pgh_law
Replying to @steve_vladeck

Now Trump has managed to cripple the Judicial Branch. So be it. We cannot give in to this kind of hostage taking by that floch of malarial dreck. Otherwise, the ransom will be higher the next time.


This. From a U.S. Coast Guard Admiral....

The entries into our history books on Trump will later be seen with scorn and regret.....

I suspect the reporting time-line list is misleading to casual readers.

When I saw this:
“dual-purpose investigation” was overseen by Rear Adm. Brian Fort and completed 11 days after the June 17, 2017 tragedy"

That didn't read right at all. No way in hell the Navy completed a complex investigation in such short time.

The Military Times and Navy Times repeated the same statements.

See: https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2019/01/14/worse-than-you-thought-inside-the-secret-fitzgerald-probe-the-navy-doesnt-want-you-to-read/

This is a PDF of the reporting to date, although I had problems downloading the whole 3.1mb file:

Link: https://partner-mco-archive.s3.amazonaws.com/client_files/1503000639.pdf

(snip from PDF):
This preliminary report was concluded on 28 June 2017; the findings were that each of the injuries and deaths occurred in the line of duty and none were due to any member’s own misconduct. Commander, Carrier Strike Group FIVE (CCSG-5) approved the findings of the preliminary inquiry on 30 June 2017.
CCSG-5 also forwarded the line of duty findings to Navy Personnel Command (PERS-13) on 30 June 2017 to expedite processing of survivor benefits for the dependents of the deceased service members, and disability retirement or severance pay for the injured service members.

Reality (as I'm reading it):
* a preliminary investigation was completed on June 28, 2017,
* an additional Supplemental Preliminary Inquiry was submitted on August 11, 2017, and
* I assume a final report will be issued at some later date.

Thanks for the OP, Nitpicker............

Looking over her Twitter page today, I see....

she's somewhat changed her tune.....

Link: https://twitter.com/OMAROSA

A lot of stuff there suggesting she's strongly against the wall and the shutdown. Still a right-winger at her core, I'll bet.

Apparently, she is also getting married......

K&R. Thanks for sharing that newsworthy info, bluevoter4life.

Sounds like our ATC group is the one that should be declaring a national emergency. Hard for us laymen to see how our air traffic system can operate safely with that degree of personnel shortage, although we know you guys are doing your very best under the circumstances. And we thank you for your steadfast and highly professional service.

Even for non-crucial industries, how many could continue to operate with a potential 30-to-40% manpower shortage?

Our general public must somehow be made aware of this dilemma in plain, frank terms.....

This is another clear case of a right-wing tax-averse administration making bold and reckless policy decisions without consideration of the consequences.

Could there be a health or security issue they're hiding?

I thought it strange he didn't go to Mar-A-Lago for the holidays considering he doesn't let any governmental consideration interfere with his love for golf and rubbing elbows with millionaires at the clubs.

Other possibilities might be that the SS has told him they can't guarantee his safety at some US locations, or that his doctors have discovered a problem with his health.....

If questioned, he would likely claim a flair-up of his bone spurs.....
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Mon Jan 7, 2019, 08:47 AM (0 replies)

Limpballs and Hamnity will whip them back in line, in time...

Armed Forces Network has it covered every day...

See: http://www.afneurope.net/AFN-360/

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Just another example of outright Republican hypocrisy hidden in plain sight. They want to publicly chastise a Congresswoman for saying one M-F word at a private party, yet they fund a military media operation that broadcasts extreme right-wing political lies and deception to our service members every day.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Mon Jan 7, 2019, 12:52 AM (1 replies)

Kentucky police mourn doughnut truck fire

Oh noes, I just hope all the cream-filled chocolate eclairs made it to doughnut heaven!......

From: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46728111

Police in Kentucky have posted a tweet mourning the loss of a doughnut truck, which was destroyed after catching fire. The driver of the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts vehicle noticed smoke billowing from the back as he drove through Lexington. While no one was hurt in the fire, all the doughnuts in the back were reportedly destroyed.

It proved too much to bear for the local police. Lexington Police Department posted images online of heartbroken officers at the scene of the fire in the south-east of the city, near the corner of Man O' War Boulevard and Pink Pigeon Parkway.

Police departments around the country were quick to send messages of support to their colleagues.

Comments on Twitter:

No words. 😭 pic.twitter.com/eRzvxztVlG
— Lexington Police (@lexkypolice) December 31, 2018
Condolences from Chicago 🍩
— Chicago PD 14th Dist (@ChicagoCAPS14) January 1, 2019
In this line of work, some things can't be unseen. 😱🍩😫😪
My thoughts are with @lexkypolice officers in this time of tragedy. 😆🤣
— Officer Morton (@OfficerMorton) December 31, 2018

This is our international shame and a heavy cross to bear.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed Jan 2, 2019, 07:52 AM (6 replies)

America's left/right swing cycle is very destructive.

I feel many of your ten points are true short term, but I'm prone to be long-term negative because of human short-sightedness and complacency.

Unfortunately for us, Republican's cyclic "two Santa Clauses" tactic is still working for them in the long term. It does, however feel good that we're about to go into the "positive" side of that cycle.

Until the massive problem of global inequality is resolved, I fear the trends toward nationalism, protectionism, racism and worsening poverty and deadly conflict will continue.

I don't see much now to stop the process unless we experience a global cataclysmic event such as another Great Depression. Climate change will eventually do the job, although millions will die in the process. The world is very poorly prepared for it and still in denial, much like Indonesia has been for tsunami.

However, let's hope 2019 proves to make all of your points hold true for the sake of world-wide emotional relief.....
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