Sunday Serendipity

Another wonderful work that comes under the heading of too good not to share.

Enjoy the music but most of all enjoy the day!

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  1. Jace…  wow!  you outdid yourself with making that selection… thanks for sharing!

    sj…  as a northerner, snow doesn’t really bother me… but ice….  goddamn ice!…  puts a dagger in my heart.  Stay safe.

  2. overlooked this yesterday… talk about ignoring an elephant in the room.

    newsweek:
    A Japanese engineer created a 28-foot robot modelled after those featured in his favorite childhood show “Mobile Suit Gundam.” The robot, which can be controlled from the cockpit, can walk around, move its torso and even shoot giant foam balls.
    Dubbed Mononofu, the massive robot is the brainchild of Japanese engineer Masaaki Nagumo, and was developed at the company Sakakibara Kikai, Reuters reported. The humanoid robot is nearly 30 feet tall and weighs more than 7 tons.
    Although a striking sight, the robot isn’t just for looking. It can be controlled by individuals seated in the cockpit. It can move its arms, upper body and fingers, and even walk forward and backward— granted at less than one mile per hour. The robot can also shoot sponge balls into the air at about 87 miles per hour.
    Nagumo voiced his desire to turn his completed robot into a potential business venture.
    “As an anime-inspired robot that one can ride, I think this is the biggest in the world,” said Nagumo, Reuters reported.
    Sakakibara Kikai manufacturers farming equipment, but has also created a number of robots to rent, usually for children’s birthday parties. However, if you want to rent the newest robot, it needs to be dismantled first so it can fit through the warehouse door.

    Robot rental is actually a pretty common. In China you can rent a robot to secure your house or office and turn lights on and off for around $475 a month, China.org.cn reported.

     

  3. and back to updates at snl

     
    the word historic in reference to trumpian activity
    “historic has become a polite way of saying ‘unbelievably terrible’ “

  4. Probable Derby Horses Now Set – Below are the top 19 points earners plus Gronkowski (Euro exception buy in) as they rank.  Below that are the five waiting in the wings depending on possible drop outs before race day.

    Rank
    Points
    Horse
    Jockey
    Trailmix

    1
    150
    Magnum Moon
    Luis Saez

    2
    134
    Good Magic
    Jose Ortiz

    3
    110
    Audible
    Javier Castellano

    4
    110
    Noble Indy
    TBD

    5
    107
    Vino Rosso
    John Velazquez

    6
    104
    Bolt d’Oro
    Mick Ruis

    7
    103
    Enticed
    Junior Alvarado
    Jamie

    8
    100
    Mendelssohn
    Aidan O’Brien

    9
    100
    Justify
    Mike Smith

    10
    90
    Quip
    Florent Geroux
    Pat D, XR

    11
    70
    Flameaway
    Mark Casse

    12
    54
    Solomini
    Flavien Prat

    13
    54
    Bravazo
    TBD

    14
    52
    My Boy Jack
    Kent Desormeaux

    15
    52
    Promises Fulfilled
    TBD

    16
    44
    Free Drop Bill
    TBD

    17
    42
    Lone Sailor
    James Graham

    18
    40
    Hofburg
    TBD

    19
    39
    Firenze Fire
    Manny Franco

    20
    EURO
    Gronkowski
    Jamie Spencer

    21
    32
    Combatant

    22
    29
    Instilled Regard

    23
    22
    Snapper Sinclair

    24
    20
    Reride

    25
    20
    Dream Baby Dream

  5. Jamie…  I’m still taking Good Magic.  But if Gronkowski makes the cut and wins, I’ll be partying…

  6. Hey Sturge   I’d like to ride along if that’s ok…Jaime -put me down for Vino Rosso

    For folks who haven’t participated before –this is so much fun .  It entirely changes watching the race when you have a horse to root for.

    Jaime puts on a great party for all of us – it is byomj (that’s mint julep although I would like to point out that in most places in the civilized world marijuana is legal)

  7. Hey Craig

    If you can get your hands on some pot cream (salve made with arnica and skullcap as well)  My friend’s 100 yo mother had a hip replacement and used this on the incision and loved it.  You can get made with the cbd strains –(not thc so just pain relief and you don’t get high —although personally I don’t see the point in that.)   You can probably find it in DC.

     

  8. kgc,  visualize pot cream for prince phillip’s incision… must have a delightfully proper English name.

  9. Disingenuous!  Christy & Suckabee spewing about Comey’s comments about Hillary…the comments that only helped Trumpsky…in an all-out effort to discredit anything Comey may say tonight.   Governor Bridgegate & Slanders…mouthpieces for an evil idiot.

  10. renee, and the twit continues the diatribe
    (Bloomberg) –– Donald Trump resumed a full-throated attack on James Comey, hours before the FBI director he fired in May will appear in a network television interview ahead of the release of a book that describes the president in unfavorable terms.
    “I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty. I hardly even knew this guy. Just another of his many lies. His ‘memos’ are self serving and FAKE!” Trump said on Twitter early Sunday, one of five Comey-related tweets of the morning.
    “Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!” Trump also said in what so far has been the final tweet.
    […continues…]

     

  11. politico:
    House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy says President Donald Trump shouldn’t fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because of the ongoing special counsel investigation.
     
    “I don’t see a basis for firing him in the handling of this probe,” the retiring Republican congressman from South Carolina said on “Fox News Sunday.”
    The president’s ire over the investigation into possible Trump campaign’s ties with Russia, which Rosenstein stepped in to oversee after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself last year, has grown considerably over the last week after Rosenstein authorized the raid in New York on longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
     
    Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, noted the decision to conduct the raid had to be made a the “highest level” of the Justice Department and that a “neutral, detached” federal judge “who has nothing to do with politics” had to sign off on the warrant, which was, in part, made on a referral by special counsel Robert Mueller.
     
    “I don’t know what Mueller was supposed to do other than what he did,” Gowdy said, adding the referral was made because Mueller’s team “came in contact with potential criminality.”
    “How this is Mueller’s fault just defies logic to me,” Gowdy said, and cautioned the White House against agreeing to a reported plan from former aide Steve Bannon on how to discredit the ongoing federal probe.

    “I don’t know who in the hell would take advice from Steve Bannon,” Gowdy said.

    […continues…]

  12. To any and all lurkers.  Kentucky Derby day is almost politics free.  You are not required to have an opinion about anything other than your horse.  There is no entry fee other than saying hello and there is absolutely no reward other than a year of bragging rights while laughing at others with poorer judgement.  I do provide links to a real betting site should you be interested in such things.

    In order to play just post a comment with your horse for the course.  It does sometimes get very crowded on the backs of the favorites.  Bets are accepted up until the post draw is completed on May 1 before the Derby on May 5.

     

     

  13. Still liking Vino Rosso.

    Ol’ SFB is going to blow a gasket one of these days and save a lot of time convicting him of a lot of criminal actions.  No matter what happens the books about his dealings and mob are going to be written for decades after he is long removed from office.

  14. trump combines the worst personality disorders of john tyler and richard nixon with twitter and nuclear cruise missiles. We are all bigly lucky to be alive.

    So far.

  15. Just in case you already have tossed the sport section away without reading the croquet results, the Johnnies beat the Middies 3-2.  It went long, almost to dark too.  Once again the Middies fall in a tough fight.

  16. I’ll bring my cantilevered 4 Seater saddle…..the rest can just grab ahold of something and try to hang…..

  17. the guardian:
    Trump’s press secretary issues clarification after posting misleading photo

     

    Sarah Sanders issued a begrudging clarification after being accused of posting a misleading photograph on Twitter of the president directing missile strikes

    Donald Trump’s press secretary issued a begrudging clarification on Sunday after being accused of posting a misleading photograph of the president online.
     
    Sarah Sanders was criticised for a tweet on Saturday that appeared to show Trump busily directing missile strikes against Syria from the White House situation room, with vice president Mike Pence at his right hand.
     
    “Last night the President put our adversaries on notice: when he draws a red line he enforces it,” Sanders wrote as a caption.
     
    Keen observers promptly noted that the photograph could not have been taken on Friday as the attacks were mounted – because by then Pence had arrived in Peru to deliver remarks at the Summit of the Americas.
     
    “Fascinating tweet in which Sarah Sanders reveals that Mike Pence was simultaneously in Peru and Washington,” said Walter Shaub, the former director of the office of government ethics. “If this new capability doesn’t scare our enemies, nothing will.”
     
    Sanders on Sunday responded with a new installment from the Trump administration’s series of prickly statements in which an inaccurate remark is simultaneously defended and amended.
     
    It said: “As I said, the President put our adversaries on notice that he enforces red lines with the strike on Syria Friday night. The photo was taken Thursday in the Situation Room during Syria briefing.”
    […continues….]

     

    btw, notice those name plates. guess the high turnover makes it hard to remember whose at the table now.

     

  18. DOJ Alumni Statement Regarding Rod Rosenstein, Robert Mueller, and the Rule of Law
    We, the undersigned, are proud alumni of the United States Department of Justice. We served this institution out of a commitment to the founding American principles that our democratic republic depends upon the rule of law, that the law must be applied equally, and that no one is above the law. Many of us served with Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein. Those of us who served with these men know them to be dedicated public servants committed to these principles. All of us served with thousands of their peers at the Department, who also swear an oath to serve, defend, and protect the United
    States, the Constitution and the American people. We know that there are thousands of public servants at the Department today who serve these principles and all of us.
    We are therefore deeply disturbed by the attacks that have been levied against the good men and women of the Department. Not only is it an insult to their public service, but any attempt to corrupt or undermine the even-handed application of the rule of law threatens the foundation of our Republic. We know the people who serve at the Department will bravely weather these attacks and continue to uphold their oaths by doing only what the law dictates. But it is up to the rest of us, and especially our elected representatives, to come to their defense and oppose any attempt by the President or others to improperly interfere in the Department’s work, including by firing either Mr. Mueller, Mr. Rosenstein or other Department leadership or officials for the purpose of interfering in their investigations.
    Should the President take such a step, we call on Congress to swiftly and forcefully respond to protect the founding principles of our Republic and the rule of law.
    If you are a former DOJ employee and would like to add your name below, click here. This list will be updated twice daily with new signatories.
     
    [416 signatures listed as of posting this comment]

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/04/14/congress-should-forcefully-respond-if-trump-fires-mueller-245-former-doj-officials-say/?utm_term=.69070eb5f558
    wapo story on above: Hundreds of ex-DOJ officials now urging Congress to ‘forcefully respond’ if Trump fires Mueller

  19. A Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said she thinks President Donald Trump would never sign legislation protecting the role of Robert Mueller as special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation, but Congress should pass such a bill anyway to send a message to the White House.
    Sen. Susan Collins of Maine was responding on “This Week” Sunday to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos‘ question, “Does Robert Mueller need protection?”
    “It would not hurt if we passed legislation to send a message to the White House that we want the investigation to continue,” Collins said. “But the fact is that the president is never going to sign that legislation, and there are some legitimate constitutional concerns about it.”

    She added that even “having the discussion in Congress helps send a very strong message that we do not want Mr. Mueller’s investigation interfered with in any way.”

    […]

    Stephanopoulos asked Collins if besides passing legislation there are “steps the Senate could take to protect the integrity of the investigation.”
    Collins said only the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, has the authority to fire Mueller because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from overseeing the investigation due to his involvement in the Trump 2016 election campaign.
    “Even if somehow Mr. Mueller were fired… the investigation is still going to go on, so it would not spell the end of the investigation,” Collins said. “If a new deputy attorney general were nominated by the president, I cannot imagine the Senate confirming that individual without a clear commitment to appoint a new independent counsel.”

  20. Remember what a stumblebum…..a clownish figure Bush 2 was seen to be …….right up until 9-11, when he became Bush-Man…..Presidential Mission Accomplisher………

  21. Trumpsky can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.  It just adds another charge of obstruction.  Yep, Cohen really set him off.   I wonder what they talked about after the FBI got Cohen’s records?  Prague?   If that side-trip is true & Trumpsky was a aware of it…

  22. I would not count on Susan Collins for anything

    Where is the follow up question about what she was promised for her bankrupt America vote?

  23. Interested to see if Comey’s interviews go well, not liking some of the book excerpts, got out of his lane a bit.

  24. When Willie L. Brown ran for mayor, I know people who voted for him because they thought he would be entertaining.  He was his usual corrupt selfish self and a terrible mayor.  To some degree I think that is why some people voted for SFB.

    I blame Republicans for the falling respect for government and for those who serve.  When I was growing up it was a big deal to be involved in local government.  Now, most people look at you like you suggested they go dumpster diving.  I served on a local regulatory board and a state commission.  I thought about running for office and when there was a vacancy on the Board of Supes I put my name in.  But in reality, I don’t have the temperament for dealing with the public.   I have a bad temper and a short fuse.   Fortunately there are lots of ways  to participate.   It makes me sad that politics has become a professionals game.   I can remember when it was volunteers at every level.  I liked it better that way.

    Although if Trump is what you get with citizen (sic) participation, I’ll just go quietly.

     

  25. Were the odd quotes from Comey’s book at the insistence of his editor to add something to make him seem personable? Trumpsky’s base isn’t the intended audience.

    Did the editor assess things incorrectly, thinking readers would want some trollish bits about Trump?

    Was the quote about Comey checking Trump’s hand-size but deeming it within the norm meant to convey that Comey was being fair in his assessment of Trump in other matters?

    It will be interesting to see how it plays on TV vs in print.

  26. I hope someone does ask him.   As usual those few remarks are getting the most attention because there is a ginormous audience for it.   I hope he did it because he knew it would drive SFB crazy (er)

  27. What I don’t understand about Comey and the Clinton Crap was why he made the decision on his own.  He could have gotten the same result and gotten someone from DOJ to go along for the ride.   I think he did overstep in the Clinton case and strategically made the wrong decision and an unfair one.   I guess he will go through life being slightly nauseous.

  28. I will probably watch the interview tonight.  However, when I think of Comey, I can’t help but think of the old adage…  when one lies with dogs, ya get fleas….

  29. Santorum is irrelevant and no amount of chatter from him (like CPR to an assault rifle victim) will help with a run 2020. He seems to be trying to fill the void left by those fleeing office.  He can’t fill the void when he is nothing.

  30. So, if Essential Consultants was the shell company used to pay Stormy Daniels & also make a $250,000 payment to the woman allegedly impregnated by Eliott Broidy, how was that “company” funded?

    Cohen claims he personally funded to Stormy Daniels payment, but if multiple payments were filtered through the company, where did the rest (or all) of the money really come from and what other business, if any, was handled through that company?

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