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I have a request. Can we please stop referring to "Russian meddling".

Def: meddle (vb) - interfere in or busy oneself unduly with something that is not one's concern.

This was NOT meddling. This was an ATTACK, an act of war by a enemy attempting to destroy our Democracy, destroy our place in the world, destroy our economy, and install a puppet government.

So let's stop talking about meddling, let's call what it is, a Soviet Attack on our Sovereignty!!

And for the President to ignore his KNOWLEDGE about this attack and try and cover it up is giving 'aid and comfort to an enemy who has attacked us'.

Affidavit: 'key' Republican 'leaders' had secure back channel to the Kremlin in October 2016

From the affidavit against Mariia Butina a/k/a Maria Butina:

31. On October 4, 2016, U.S. Person 1 sent an email to an acquaintance. The email covered a number of topics. Within the email, U.S. Person 1 stated, “Unrelated to specific presidential campaigns, I’ve been involved in securing a VERY private line of communication between the Kremlin and key POLITICAL PARTY 1 leaders through, of all conduits, the [GUN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION].” Based on my training, expertise, and familiarity with this investigation, I believe that this email describes U.S. Person 1’s involvement in BUTINA’s efforts to establish a “back channel” communication for representatives of the Government of Russia.

(Page 11, Item 31)

The affidavit makes clear that 'U.S. Person 1'is a United States citizen and a political operative.' and that POLITICAL PARTY 1' is the Republican Party. So, who were the 'key Political Party 1 leaders'?

Could this be part of the reason the GOP leaders won't do squat to stop Trump?

Maryland's election system has ties to Russian money

Source: AXIOS

The FBI told Maryland officials that ByteGrid LLC — the election system Maryland uses to handle statewide voter registration, online ballot delivery and more — has ties to a Russian oligarch, reports the Washington Post.

The big picture: States are working to secure their election systems in anticipation of cyber attacks by Russia or other foreign actors ahead of this year's midterms, but each state runs its own system — and there remain vulnerabilities across the board.

In 2015, AltPoint Capital Partners, whose fund manager is a Russian and largest investor is a Russian oligarch named Vladimir Potanin, funded ByteGrid LLC, per the Post.

-ByteGrid LLC has a $7.5 million contract with Maryland that ends in 2019, and the state's attorney general is looking into whether the deal can be terminated.

-"Even the appearance of the potential for bad actors to have any influence on our election infrastructure could undermine public trust in the integrity of our election system," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said.

-Hogan and other top state officials have sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking for technical assistance to test the state's election security.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/maryland-election-system-security-russian-oligarch-daa82c9f-5fdc-4a7a-9238-79be900abaa2.html

This should make your blood boil!


Traveler Slams Seizure of Dogs by Ohio Authorities

CLEVELAND (CN) – A California man who was traveling through Ohio with his two adult dogs and 10 puppies claims in court that authorities seized the dogs, one of which is his registered service animal, because he did not have local dog tags.

John D’Angelo, represented by attorneys Michela Huth of Ohio and Richard Rosenthal of New York, sued the city of Middleburg Heights, two animal control officers, a police officer and Cuyahoga County in Cleveland federal court. The complaint was filed Tuesday night but was not made available by the court until Wednesday.

According to the lawsuit, Middleburg Heights police showed up at the Motel 6 where D’Angelo was staying with his two adult dogs – Sasquatch and Dazey, his registered service animal – and 10 puppies on July 4 of this year because friends who were visiting with D’Angelo had removed the smoke alarm in his room so they could smoke cigarettes.

Nothing further occurred with the police during that visit, but the following morning two Middleburg Heights animal control officers allegedly knocked on the door of D’Angelo’s motel room and claimed they could take his dogs because D’Angelo did not have Cuyahoga County dog tags.

Full story at link. The Cuyahoga authorities ended up taking his dogs, refusing to tell him where the dogs were taken or what process he needed to go through to get them back. They kept the dogs for a full week and finally returned them. D'Angelo and his attorney have filed suit in Federal Court seeking attorney fees and $100,000 in damages.

What the HELL is going on in this country? We have taken our dogs all over the country and have never had to 'register' them in the location we were visiting. Somebody just decided to fuck with this guy. Granted they probably could have cited him for disabling the smoke detector at the motel, but taking his dogs???

Forest preserve cop resigns after failing to help woman in Puerto Rico shirt.


Forest preserve cop resigns after apparently failing to help woman being harassed over Puerto Rico shirt

The Cook County Forest Preserve District police officer who was caught on video seemingly ignoring a woman’s call for help has resigned, the district announced late Wednesday.

Officer Patrick Connor’s resignation is effective immediately, and as of Wednesday he “no longer serves in the police department,” a district spokeswoman said in a written statement.

The announcement came amid a growing chorus of calls for the officer to lose his job over the encounter, which happened in mid-June but became an international scandal this week when video footage of the incident went viral and drew millions of views.

In the video, shot at Caldwell Woods in Chicago, a man confronts and berates a woman for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt. The woman appeals to the officer for help but the officer, seen in the background just yards away, appears not to respond.

Full story and video of incident at link.

Lawyers for Ohio State contradict Jim Jordan's claim he's not been contacted.


Posted Jul 3, 2018 at 11:30 AM
Updated Jul 3, 2018 at 8:13 PM

Lawyers for Ohio State contradict Jim Jordan’s claim he’s not been contacted

Congressman Jim Jordan denied hearing about Dr. Richard Strauss’ alleged sexual abuse while Jordan was assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University.

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan never witnessed abuse by the Ohio State University wrestling team’s doctor and he hasn’t been contacted by anyone investigating possible incidents that occurred while he was an assistant coach two decades ago, the Urbana Republican’s spokesman said Tuesday.

However, lawyers hired by OSU to probe the allegations said Jordan was contacted — both by phone and email — to request an interview, but he never responded.

Ian Fury, a spokesman for Jordan, said in a written statement that Jordan “never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State. He has not been contacted by investigators about the matter but will assist them in any way they ask, because if what is alleged is true, the victims deserve a full investigation and justice.”

A written statement from Porter Wright Morris & Arthur attorney Kathleen Trafford, provided by the university, said investigators had previously contacted Jordan’s office by email and phone to request an interview.

There must be a few Republicans (probably in the wild) willing to tell the truth. Looks like the wheels might be coming off of Jimmy's ride to Speakership.

This appeared in the Columbus Dispatch, a pretty decent paper.

Merkel Asks Mueller If There's Anything She Can Do to Help (Borowitz)


Merkel Asks Mueller If There’s Anything She Can Do to Help

BRUSSELS (The Borowitz Report)—The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, took a break from the nato summit in Brussels on Wednesday to ask the independent counsel, Robert Mueller, if there is anything she can do to help.

According to those familiar with the phone conversation, Merkel told Mueller that she would take a leave of absence as leader of the German government and move to Washington to work full-time for Mueller “if that would be of assistance.”

Touting her credentials, Merkel told Mueller that she was fluent in Russian and could be helpful in translating the thousands of Russian-language documents that the special counsel has in his collection of evidence.

“I will work for free and pay my for my own food,” Merkel said. “I just want to make this stop.”
Mueller reportedly thanked Merkel for her offer but told her he had to wrap up their conversation because he had “Emmanuel Macron on the other line.”

Pub Owner's Response To A Dad Asking If His Disabled Son Can Enter Is Incredibly Heartwarming


Pub Owner’s Response To A Dad Asking If His Disabled Son Can Enter Is Incredibly Heartwarming

A pub landlord has proven that good people do exist when she took to Facebook to send a truly heartwarming message to the family of a disabled customer.

When a father looking to go out with his family felt the need to ask permission to bring his son with disabilities to the pub, the pub’s owner was incredulous. Steph Tate, who owns The Barrel Chapeltown pub in Sheffield, England, reached out to the man saying: “Everyone is welcome in my pub”. What she wrote in response is going viral for its heartwarming message:

“Yesterday a parent came in and asked me if his wheelchair bound child was ok to be in the pub, I was confused why he felt he needed to ask. This man went on to explain that his child sometimes makes loud noises and waves his arms about, people have made comments in the past when he has taken him out. “It broke my heart that a parent felt they needed to ask if it was ok for his child to be here just like anyone else.”

“My intention is not to embarrass the parent who I spoke to yesterday, it has played on my mind all night about how this man must have felt asking me if his child would be accepted in here. It then got me thinking about how many other people must be in the same position. Whether you need us to get you extension leads to plug specialist equipment in, help moving tables/chairs for wheelchairs or any other help you may need, everyone is welcome in my pub and help will always be offered by all of my staff. If you’re sat at home with a disabled child, partner or friend and feel on edge about taking them anywhere due to fear of someone making comments please feel free to bring them here. If I find anyone making negative comments or being disrespectful they will be asked to leave not you.


This is the kind of place I want to live!

China Slaps Two-Thousand-Per-Cent Tariff on Tanning Beds (Borowitz)


China Slaps Two-Thousand-Per-Cent Tariff on Tanning Beds

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In the latest salvo in its escalating trade war with the United States, China has slapped all tanning beds slated for export to the U.S. with a two-thousand-per-cent tariff. By artificially hiking up the cost of its tanning beds, China succeeded in sending the price of tanning beds worldwide soaring in overnight markets.

In what some experts regarded as a related move, China also placed a four-thousand-per-cent tariff on all spray-tan products headed for the U.S., as well as instant-tanning lotions, makeup foundation, and several popular hues of orange paint, including butter rum and burnt sienna.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, blasted China’s tariffs on its full range of tanning products, calling the move an “act of war.” “What China doesn’t understand is that it is far from the only player in the tanning game,” Sanders said. “The United States stands ready and willing to import tanning beds from our friends in Canada.”

In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to reporters’ questions about the prospect of Canada shipping tanning beds to the United States. “It doesn’t look good,” he said.
Posted by Stonepounder | Mon Jul 9, 2018, 02:34 PM (6 replies)

Save money on your Pet Meds.

We have discovered a way to save significant amounts of money on some Pet Meds. It doesn't work on meds that are unique to animals, but often the meds that the vet prescribes for you Cat or Dog are the same as those for humans. If your pet is going to be in the meds for more than a month do the following:

Check out the web page goodrx.com. You can plug in your medication and dosage and your location and it will pop up a page with pharmacies in your area and how much they charge for the meds. Usually at prices MUCH less than buying them from the Vet.

We have an old dog with CHF. The vet prescribed Hydralizine. The first 30-day supply from the vet cost $50. I checked GoodRX and found that Kroger sold it for about $20. I had my Vet call in a prescription for Kroger. He called in a prescription with 2 refills available. Kroger just batched it all together in a 90-day supply and charged us about $40 with our GoodRX coupon. (They will mail you a card and a thingy to go on your keychain.)

Worth checking out.
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