135 thoughts on “Picture This”

  1. suspect there’s something foul afoot here after reading craig’s **observation** last thread and then reading this from Wapo:

    The Trump administration announced late Friday that Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, who has overseen a number of investigations involving the president and his political campaign, will be leaving that job, though Berman fired back that he had not resigned and intends to stay in the job to ensure the cases continue unimpeded.
    The surreal Friday night standoff marks the latest battle over the Trump administration’s management of the Justice Department. Democrats have decried what they charge has been the politicization of the department under President Trump and his attorney general, William P. Barr.
    Barr announced the personnel change in a statement, saying the president plans to nominate the current chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Jay Clayton, for the job.
    Berman issued a blistering public statement.
    “I learned in a press release from the Attorney General tonight that I was ‘stepping down’ as United States Attorney. I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position, to which I was appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,” Berman said.
    “I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate. Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption. I cherish every day that I work with the men and women of this Office to pursue justice without fear or favor — and intend to ensure that this Office’s important cases continue unimpeded.”


    **from fearless leader: When I saw how aggressively US Attorney Geoffrey Berman’s office was pursuing interview with Prince Andrew about Epstein pimping underage girls to him I thought Trump also must be in their sights**

  2. sturge, good choice

    theme for tulsa  this weekend  “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”  


  3. “Down, goes Frazier.”   I can hear Howard, now.   My grandpa was an amateur boxer.  He used to say he thought Cassius Clay was the greatest he’d ever seen, but he also said Ali was the greatest.  I was too little to understand that folks could change their names.    One Christmas, I got him a paperback of Ali’s life story (probably with money from my grandma).    He read it and re-read it.  Other than every Louis L’Amour and Zane Gray, it may have been the only other non-western that slipped into his library.  

  4. Yep, that’s one iconic photo. Love it every time I see it. 
    Jack, great music postings last might. Enjoyed it this morning. Not a clinker in the bunch. Willin’ is one of my favorite songs, and Little Feat’s cover is one of the 2 best made (along with Linda R’s) IMHO. All 5 of your selections are just terrific. Thanks for the Allmans – you know where I live musically. If I weren’t so inept I’d post the YouTube link to a few good selections, but I’m just incompetent at it.

  5. Quite a panel discussion last night on the Berman defiance.  Trump and gold plated nepotism squad definitely don’t want him prowling through their dirty laundry.  It is going to be interesting to see if we can get them out before any action can be taken by Moscow Mitch.


  6. Today’s picture always makes me play one song.  That and any excuse to play Mark Knopfler play the opening.



  7. Berman’s office has Prince Andrew on the run, was about to do a deal with British counterparts to force his testimony. There must be a connection here. Buckingham Palace to Trump: stop this or your next.

  8. last year, heavy.com ran a story about the barr-epstein connection titled 

    Attorney General William Barr’s Personal Ties to Jeffrey Epstein

  9. a couple of days ago from consortiumnews:

    Investigation Discovery premiered  a three-hour special, “Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein?” on May 31, ….the first segment in a three-part series, that  focused on Epstein’s August 2019 death in federal custody. The series addresses Epstein’s alleged co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell, his links with billionaire Leslie Wexner, founder of the Victoria Secrets clothing line, and others, as well as the non-prosecution deal he was given.
    The special followed on the heels of Netflix’s release of “Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich,” a mini-series that draws on a book of the same name by James Patterson. 
    Promotional material for “Who Killed Jeffery Epstein?” promises that:  “… exclusive interviews and in-depth investigations reveal new clues about his seedy underworld, privileged life and controversial death. The three-hour special looks to answer the questions surrounding the death of this enigmatic figure.”  Netflix billed its series this way: “Stories from survivors fuel this docuseries examining how convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein used his wealth and power to carry out his abuses.”
    Neither documentary however deals at all with Epstein’s suspected ties to the world of intelligence.
    Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” a book published in December, Ben-Menashe is quoted as saying he worked with Robert Maxwell who introduced his daughter and Epstein to Israeli intelligence, after which they engaged in a blackmail operation for Israel. “[Epstein] was taking photos of politicians f**king fourteen-year-old girls — if you want to get it straight. They [Epstein and Maxwell] would just blackmail people, they would just blackmail people like that,” he says in the book.   
    Ben-Menashe also claims that Robert Maxwell had attempted to blackmail Mossad. “He really lost his compass once he started playing these games with people,” he told Consortium News.     
    “One of the things that are really key to this is that he [Epstein] befriended a very useful idiot called Prince Andrew,” Ben-Menashe told CN. “Now what really happened was that this Prince Andrew, with nothing to do, was having fun with this, and Prince Andrew brings in the fancy people, invites them to play golf with him, and then takes them out for fun. Then Epstein shows up, and these people are basically blackmailed.”
    “The only person that can talk, that probably knows quite a bit, is the great prince,” Ben-Menashe said. “He was with him [Epstein] all the time. I really don’t know what his future is going to be like, either.”
    Since a number of influential figures were named in a lawsuit filed by Giuffre against Ghislaine Maxwell the day before Epstein was found dead in his federal prison cell in New York, Ben-Menashe said: “I’m starting to think that lawsuit was his death sentence, because people didn’t want to be named. That’s my guess, it’s just a guess. Obviously, somebody decided that he had to go.”
    Epstein’s death was ruled a “suicide” by New York’s chief medical examiner. A pathologist hired by Epstein’s brother said it was homicide.
    More than nine months since Epstein’s death, no alleged Epstein co-conspirator has been arrested or charged with a crime despite reports of an active criminal investigation of Maxwell (who has disappeared), and multiple failed attempts of alleged Epstein victims to serve her with civil suits.
    “The criminal case against him, and all the evidence that was gathered against him as part of that, will never be made public unless someone else is charged,” said Webb. “So, the fact that they’re not charging anyone else is quite telling, and the fact that the mainstream media isn’t pushing back against that, I think is telling as well.”
    The omissions of major aspects of the Epstein case by the media, specifically its links with the intelligence community, seems to be yet another example of a buffer between justice and those responsible for rendering Epstein untouchable.

  10. Not a fan of the precedent it would set but would be sweet for taxpayers to get Bolton’s book and his profits, payback for not telling all when it mattered

  11. the Tulsa rally and its expectant protests being targets of ultra RW violence sure gives cover to whatever malevolence AG Barr has in the works in addition to firing U.S. Attys who are threats to him & tRump 


    hope someone is keeping watch

  12. Heather Cox Richardson has penned a long piece delving into Berman’s “firing” and how it’s going to play out.  It’s on Facebook and I don’t know how to link it but it’s a very fine explanation of Barr’s and Dump’s dilemma.

    The stakes are high, ladies and Bermans.

  13. Oh God he is still with us.  Where is the vengeful God when you need him/her?

  14. “Hope somebody’s keeping watch.”

    “Watch”. The motto of that school I attended way back when.  

    The Porter website:
    The spiritual side of Porter-Gaud is rooted in Porter’s development of WATCH: Words, Actions, Thoughts, Character, and Habits. Dr. Porter drew upon  2nd Epistle to Timothy, chapter 4, verse 5, which in the King James version reads “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” This formed the basis of the Honor Code that still exists in the form of a student-led Honor Council. In the Episcopal tradition, 

  15. We are Kaiser members and today we got information on how to demonstrate safely.  A  bit late but they meant well.
    We are going to Calistoga today about a two hour drive to have lunch with some friends who really have not been out of their house in 3 months except for medical appointments.  I hope we aren’t super spreaders.

  16. …going to a restaurant is very risky, but maybe can be done safely?  We all know the protocol, but definitely sit outside.

  17. We are not going to a restaurant.  We are having lunch in their backyard at two separate tables six feet apart.  It’s just the four of us.  They are extremely careful because of age and compromised immune systems.   We aren’t ready for general public interaction.

  18. Ah, you’ll be good.  Enjoy🍔❤️🇺🇸

    Sorry, had me a little worried, there. i have people in my orbit that are giving up on conducting themselves safely, they can’t take it anymore. So weak🙄

  19. Sturg…   LOVE that photo!
    and thanks for that Facebook post about Judge Berman….   somethings afoot…  and it stinks as bad as toe fungus.

  20. …must note that i appreciate how difficult this reality must be for single people and those living alone.  Humans are social animals, we need interaction with other people.
    But if you have family and you’re stir-crazy, sorry, but you’re weak and dumb.  Never cared until you became a direct threat to my existence.

    (^not directed at anyone, here. Just angrily musing out of frustration)

  21. Because we are both retired and live in a fairly isolated place our lives are not that much different except for the social, fun part.  Even though we have each other and are fairly entertaining.  It is not enough.  I miss my friends and going out.  
    The friends we are going to see are very interesting.  He worked for Harry Dent in the Nixon White House and later became the head of NORML in the 70’s.  Still kind of conservative but not a gooper anymore.  She grew up in Mexico where her Scottish father ran a sugar factory.  I’ll be the youngest there at 74.

  22. Me too. I’m currently wearing a California NORML tee shirt I’d take a photo but it is kind of grubby

  23. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/06/20/us/mass-poor-peoples-assembly-and-moral-march-trnd/index.html
    While I’m grateful to no longer have ice on the walls in the winter, or to have to boil water for dishes and baths, or use an outhouse like I did growing up, economic disparity is only magnified by advertising.  When I was a kid, I thought everyone had all of the stuff I saw on TV.  Well,  I still don’t have all the stuff, stuff, stuff, and, I realize that not everyone else does, either.   So, while there are very real problems like homelessness, food deserts, and, access to healthcare and internet, I hope the message doesn’t get overshadowed by what advertisers want folks to think they must have or they are missing out.  Envy is a powerful marketing tool.

  24. Not sure if last night’s storm that came from the north (fitting), hit Tulsa on the way down to us. 
    Bink – Dallas County now requires ALL employees and customers to wear masks.  No more assholeishness at the office.  We’ll see how that goes on Monday. 

  25. So much for freedom of expression.  tRUMP acts like a dictator, but he’s just a dick, as are those around him.

  26. It was choreographed in 2018 and is now a more important work than ever.  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with “Greenwood” about the Tulsa massacre.


  27. ABT announced that, sadly, this fall’s season will be virtual.   
    Ah, that’s Sonny Liston in the pic.  Just realized. 
    Sweet corn is done, potatoes still boiling.  

  28. excerpt from daily beast oped about woody gutherie center which is within walking distance of rump’s tulsa rally:

    Like Guthrie’s dad, Trump’s father, Fred, was a racist. After World War II, Trump used federal financing to construct massive apartment projects in New York’s outer boroughs and barred Black families from renting the units.  
    From 1950 to 1952, Guthrie rented an apartment in Trump’s Beach Haven complex near Coney Island in Brooklyn with his wife and children. He soon realized that there were no Black tenants in the building and wrote two songs, “Beach Haven Ain’t My Home” and “Beach Haven Race Hate,” about Trump’s racism. Kaufman discovered the songs—which Guthrie never recorded—in Tulsa’s Guthrie Center archives in 2015. 
    Folksinger Ryan Harvey combined, revised, and recorded the song with Ani DiFranco and Tom Morello, calling it “Old Man Trump.” 
    One verse  goes:
    I suppose Old Man Trump
    knows just how much racial hate he stirred up
    In the bloodpot of human hearts when he drawed
    That color line here at his eighteen hundred family project

  29. the hill:

    The Trump Death Clock truck moved in to join the camaraderie in Tulsa, Okla., ahead of President Trump‘s rally there Saturday evening.
    The truck displays digital statistics on three different faces of the vehicle, delivering a real-time tracker of alleged needless American deaths due to Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Guardian reported.
    The mobilized clock is strategically placed outside the BOK Center, where Trump’s rally is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday.
    Eugene Jarecki, an award-winning filmmaker, is the administer behind the clock and said the truck’s presence in Tulsa is a public service.
    “We want everyone who attends Trump’s rally to have an opportunity to make an informed choice based on real numbers,” Jarecki said.
    The display uses information pulled from the Trump Death Clock webpage, which claims, “Experts estimate that, had mitigation measures been implemented one week earlier, 60% of American COVID-19 deaths would have been avoided.”
    The tracker currently suggests that around 71,700 American deaths could have been avoided had the administration acted sooner in response to the pandemic.
    The website also hosts a public survey for anyone to fill out about which city the truck should visit next to lambast the president’s handling of the pandemic.

  30. NBCNews has learned six members of the Trump campaign advance team staff tested positive for COVID-19. Campaign says that group will not be in attendance at tonight’s rally.

  31. a tidbit on the berman barr kerfuffle

    The US attorney in New Jersey, Craig Carpenito, will be acting US attorney, Barr said.
    Berman was never confirmed by the Senate. Instead, in accordance with a law that says he can serve until the vacancy is filled, he was appointed by the judges of the district.
    Steve Vladeck, a professor of law at the University of Texas, said on Twitter it was “clear” that “Barr lied [and] something really stinks”.
    “Legally, Barr can’t fire Berman,” Vladeck said. “Berman can be replaced by a Senate-confirmed successor. Not clear: Whether Trump can fire Berman. Whether Barr [or] Trump can name his replacement without Senate confirmation. Why this happened.”
    Vladeck also pointed out that Carpenito has neither been confirmed by the Senate nor selected by district judges.

  32. Trump rallygoer sans mask: “We had a friend who died from Covid, and his son was on a ventilator, he almost died. So we know it’s real, but then at the same time you don’t know what the facts are, you feel like maybe one side plays it one way and the other side plays it another.” https://t.co/WGoKD1ihaW

  33. You know how you go to a horror movie cause you wanna be a’scairt?  I’m watching this today because I wanna be weirded out. And creeped out.

  34. Yeah, i really don’t watch trump start a civil war, which seems like what he is trying to do.
    Pretty sure you’re watching the collapse of America, in real time, so that’s neat🤷‍♂️

  35. “…you don’t know what the facts are…”. They need to work on a vaccine for stupidity.  

  36. …they have one, it’s called “education”.

    (requires many doses over a long period of time to be effective)

  37. Right now we are sitting in a wet storm of heavy rain, visibility is about two hundred feet.  It just keeps on keeping on. 
    The Tulsa fiasco is just perfect.  It is a staged performance by the wasting scoundrel.  There may not be much left of a brain, but he does do chaos well.  This gets his base to the point of the big O.  IT gets the majority of the country another reason to dump the jerk and put him away for a long time.  Overall, it gets people talking about him, which is what he thrives on.

  38. They may not be at the rally, but tRumpCo’s advance team surely interacted with someone or touched something, possibly infecting non-rally-goers in Tulsa.  (Unless, they didn’t test positive and SFB not getting the sickness makes him look less feeble, physically.) Someone will be asymptotic at the rally, infecting others, who will infect those back in their home states.  Just in time for the 4th of July, racists attending the rally will be fighting the sickness.   

  39. Now Trump is trying to directly fire Berman.  Two laws in conflict.  This could get interesting.


    Now Trump is doing the back shuffle “I’m not involved”. That is Barr’s to handle.

  40. tRUMP has fired Berman.   The rally was quite a distraction.   We know SFB is hiding something about Epstein.  Did he call the prison hit on him?

  41. Dump has fired Berman only according to Barr.
    Dump said on the way to the plane, “It’s up to the attorney general Not my department”.

  42. WAIT!  Why now, while eyes are on Tulsa??? (My eyes aren’t actually on Tulsa. I’ll see the highlight reel at 5pm.)

  43. One of LP’s friends caught the COVID virus. He’s a collegiate golfer, was at a tournament and was playing pool one evening with a few guys who were asymptomatic but we’re CV-19 positive. He got it, had a few tough days and is much better now. Not sure how he did in the tournament. 

  44. SFB says he’s not responsible for Berman’s  firing.  This is all on Barr?  BS.  Again, who at tRumpCo was involved in the Epstein prison hit and how high up does it go?   Hey, if SFB can spew unfounded conspiracy theories, I can, too.
    And, why today? 

  45. another glitch for barr reported in NYTimes:

    Mr. Barr’s attempt to fire Mr. Berman got pushback on Saturday from an unexpected source: Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and a close ally of Mr. Trump.
    Mr. Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — the body that would approve Mr. Clayton’s nomination — suggested in a statement that he would allow New York’s two Democratic senators to thwart the nomination through a procedural maneuver. He complimented Mr. Clayton but noted that he had not heard from the administration about any formal plans to name him.
    Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, urged Mr. Clayton to withdraw his name from consideration for the post and called for an investigation into the decision to dismiss Mr. Berman.

  46. Can Prince Andrew work a deal for himself, spilling the perverted beans on tRUMP?   Someone needs to compile everything from Bolton, Omarosa, Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels, and others, and connect all of the dots.  

  47. now that lindsey has won his primary he doesn’t have to worry about yRUMP messing with his election.  I don’t think Donnie would want Jaime Harrison to win and cause the GOPers to lose the senate.

  48. Maybe tonight there might be actual drool.  The whole world is watching. Greatest ratings since the invention of ratings.  Bigger than Elvis.  Greatest ratings since Thag first say, “That nice try, Og” as Og lay there with a massive mastodon wound in his upper abdomen and a crushed foot, kinsmen gathering around murmuring in affirmation of Thag’s assessment. 67% of the available audience was watching.

  49. I’m not watching.  Thought it was happening this afternoon.  It’s even better that it’s happening tonight because it’s 85 degrees with 56% humidity in Tulsa.  Let Mother Nature make them miserable awhile longer.   

  50. Watching the deplorables flow into the arena is like watching an impending train wreck.  You can’t look away. 
    They should announce, look to your left and look to your right.  Those people won’t be voting in November because they’ll be dead. 
    As for Picture This:  That’s what I’d like to do to the people I encounter who AREN’T wearing a mask.  Either smack them in the face or kick them in the balls!

  51. That the orange bucket of lard got rid of Berman means……..the usual….a little distraction and there’s something in the pipe line that’s another orange bucket of lard crime. 

  52. Asshole DeSantis claims the increase in Covid-19 cases is due to TESTING!!!  As if…as if testing is the culprit.
    How deep is stupid?  And, denial is more than a river in Egypt.

  53. The white, rally-goers sound as if they barely have enough functioning  brain cells to manage involuntary actions, like breathing.  The black family interviewed at the rally (wearing “Black Voices for…” you-know-who tees) sounded stilted, coached, on the payroll…but maybe that’s because it seems so ridiculous that anyone but uneducated, white folks and rich, white  folks who benefit from SFB’s  policies could actually support Orange Julius.   And, that’s all of the coverage I need for the night.

  54. Welp….so much for large size ratings
    So now it’s just a fizzled distraction.
    Aha! That was their diabolical plan all along.

  55. The Tulsa COVID Trump rally turnout is a disaster.
    Meanwhile, Trump’s acceptance speech in Jacksonville as COVID cases explode here should be interesting. Of course, Trump will still be saying it’s all just going to fade away. 🤬


    Brad Parscale

    Radical protestors, fueled by a week of apocalyptic media coverage, interfered with
    supporters at the rally. They even blocked access to the metal detectors, preventing people from entering. Thanks to the 1,000s who made it anyway!

    Like his boss a full MAGA LIAR

  57. Bwahahahahahah. Snowflakes. 
    Behind him I see one person in the frame with a mask – none when they zoom in. And one black guy. Wonderful image. 

  58. Pogo
    Yep, snowflakes! Old tired replaying of the greatest hits. “Lock her up” is all they got? Joe is gonna win. Nothing new from this crowd.

  59. Tony, poor babies. Those mean protesters scared over 721000 people away?  I hear there was one protester illegally arrested for trespassing- only she had a ticket. So now wearing an “I can’t breathe “ shirt is trespassing. Dear. SFB, ever hear of the SPEECH part of the first amendment?  

  60. It’s so bizarre that trump doesn’t realize he is killing off his own voters.  Maybe he is just a very elaborate serial-killer; certainly making his way up the charts of the most successful ones.

  61. This rally is tRUMP’s bucket of water.  He’s melting, he’s melting.  Just saw the pic of an empty upper-deck. (symbolic)  Ha!  Joe is “in his basement” laughing his ass off.   There was no overflow crowd.  Now, do you think Repugz finally realize they are backing a loser?    SFB’s shoes aren’t the only things with no traction. 
    Who paid the family they interviewed on the news who were wearing the “Black Voices for tRUMP” tees?  Why would any person of color support  someone who wants to keep Confederate symbols?   

  62. Besides the orange bucket of lard’s usual Bull Shit, he simply tells the deplorables what they want to hear.  That simple.
    Glad to see Jim Jordan and Tome Cotton maskless!  YES!

  63. The guy with the Hawaiian shirt who is armed is a boogaloo boy who wants civil war.  When this ends soon, there might be chaos and death outside.

  64.  Celebrating SFB’s bust of a kickoff with wine and almond butter. Tastes a bit better tonight. 

  65. “there’s still space”  The chant of the tRUMP re-election campaign dying on the vine.
    Booger-losers are ruining Hawaiian shirts for the rest of us. 

  66. “Testing causes COVID. Ha!  An idiot lying to idiots.   ” BiD, its like P.T. Barnum said……

  67. Talking heads say:  tepid presentation, poor turn out, Wallace type talk from 1950’s. Nixon like. Outside arena potential powder keg & lard ass came with a can of gas and matches.  He wants that.

  68. MSNBC is showing trdumpstrrs leaving the rally. No joy in sight. They look like concertgoers leaving what they thought was going to be a Rolling Stones concert And it turned out to be a Rolling Stones Tribute concert by a shitty band with a crappy PA system. And a baby trump Balloon is in attendance. I wonder who gets the ax over this one. 

  69. lol, i’m guessing that tribute band would be named “Wild Horses” or “Beasts of Burden”.

  70. So, there’s certainly enough people at the arena in these pictures to make this a potential (likely) super-spreader event, but all the empty seats show that all Trumpistanis might not be as dumb as i think.  Maybe they’re no longer Trumpistanis🤷‍♂️

  71. Trump in Tulsa: “Here’s the bad part. When you do more testing you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, slow the testing down please.”

  72. …pretty sure all 9000 of those [very fine people] have Covid, now.

    (the yelling, the cheering, the sweating… at least one of those unmasked dolts coughed)

  73. The Sundays did a great cover of “Wild Horses.”
    Local news aired a few seconds of it live in their promo.  Orange Julius told the mindless wonders that they were “lucky” to have him as their president.  Maybe the folks there are just highly suggestible and he’s the world’s most egotistical hypnotist…or Bink’s serial killer thing. 

  74. The local station here referred to it as a “large gathering.”    Cracker Barrel. Ha! 

  75. I’m wondering how long two of my coworkers were around before they knew they had been exposed to someone with COVID and self-quarantined.  
    tRUMP did his fear-mongering thing and threatened his lemmings with tanked 401(k)s if he wasn’t re-elected.  Ummm, that already happened…because he failed to take the virus seriously early on.  

  76. No joke: if you live anywhere near Oklahoma (TX, LA, AR, MO), you might want to conduct yourself as if trump just unleashed a biological weapon in your area (because he did).  Avoid restaurants- be very careful at work and the grocery store.  Tell your friends the same.

  77. i have one of those cloth masks a nice lady made for me (i get a lot of compliments on it😉), but now i’m doubling up with a disposable surgical mask underneath it, and frankly, with mindfulness about distancing, i feel relatively comfortable in a social environment.  Just a tip. 

  78. bink, that was how a lot of healthcare workers got thru the time when PPEs were in short supply and they had to make their surgical masks last for a week.  they would wash the cloth covering every night when they went home.

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