59 thoughts on “Picture This”

  1. a tale of two citizens: stone commuted, cohen re-committed.  read the book.

    from CNN via msn:

    By all accounts, Cohen had returned to a mostly quiet life with his family before Thursday, when he arrived just before 11 a.m. to the lower Manhattan courthouse to negotiate the terms of his transition to home confinement with two probation officers.
    There, alongside his lawyer, he was presented with the form. While most of the language in the document was unremarkable and standard — don’t talk to convicted felons, have your family do the food shopping — the first item was troubling for Cohen and his attorney, Jeffrey Levine. The clause banned Cohen from posting on social media and prohibited him from engaging with the media — specifically listing “books.”
    “The purpose is to avoid glamorizing or bringing publicity to your status as a sentenced inmate serving a custodial term in the community,” reads the document, which was obtained by CNN.
    Levine said that defense lawyers made their “objections known to the probation officers” regarding the line but had not refused to sign anything when US Marshals arrived and started to shackle Cohen.
    “I’ll sign exactly what you want me to sign so that I don’t have to go to jail,” Cohen told the Marshals, according to another one of his lawyers, Lanny Davis, but the Marshals said it was out of their hands.
    Cohen’s dishy book is said to be in its final stages of edits ahead of a September release.

  2. looks like they’re doing more than just ads

    from arizona central:

    At 5 p.m. Thursday, Lincoln Project co-founders Mike Madrid and Ron Steslow and the group’s executive director Sarah Lenti are hosting a virtual town hall for Arizona voters. The committee’s members are expected to talk about their efforts in the Arizona Senate race heading into the final months of the cycle with the hopes of winning over Republicans and independent voters wary of Trump. 
    “We’re hosting this Town Hall to meet Arizona voters where they are, and talk about the issues they’re facing under Trump’s and McSally’s failed leadership,” Lincoln Project co-founder and California-based GOP strategist Mike Madrid said in a written statement to The Arizona Republic. Find a link to the Town Hall below.
    Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The Lincoln Project: Meet Arizona Town Hall. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.
    “Arizona is a key state in 2020, and frankly, we don’t see Trump winning without it. So we’ve been ramping up our activity, both in Ads and as a grassroots organization there, reaching out to voters to make an honest appeal for them to choose patriotism over cowardice, and stand up to Trump and his enablers to protect America.” 
    A spokeswoman for McSally’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Lincoln Project’s activities in the race.
    The group has unleashed a series of videos and TV ads questioning Trump’s loyalty to the U.S. over foreign nations, such as China and Russia, his refusal to denounce the Confederate flag and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 130,000 Americans.
    With the control of the Senate in play, the group is increasingly ramping up its efforts to try to take out incumbent Republican senators who have not voiced opposition to Trump’s politics or policies.

  3. Another Saturday morning Traffic jam in East Bumfuck. This time Flatus there were fledglings bringing up the rear.  Three of them in fact.

  4. NYTimes:

    The commutation, which was immediately criticized by Democrats, adds Mr. Stone to a list of beneficiaries of Mr. Trump’s clemency in cases that resonate with him personally — or with people who have a direct line to him through friends or family — over thousands of other cases awaiting his review.
    According to the Justice Department, Mr. Trump has commuted the sentences of 10 people, not including Mr. Stone, but he has received 7,786 petitions for commutation. This puts him far behind his most recent predecessor, President Barack Obama, who commuted the sentences of 1,715 people, but closer to President George W. Bush, who commuted the sentences of 11 people.
    The Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution gives presidents unlimited authority to grant pardons, which excuse or forgive a federal crime. A commutation, by contrast, makes a punishment milder without wiping out the underlying conviction — in Mr. Stone’s case, the White House did not argue that he was innocent. Both are forms of presidential clemency.
    Here are some of the pardons and commutations issued by Mr. Trump:
    PARDON: AUG. 25, 2017
    Joe Arpaio

    [continues with conrad black, scooter libby et al]

  5. Them pesky radical left Sloveenians done set fire to Mellie’s statue and knocked it over.

  6. She’s there to keep an eye on him and let someones know if he begins to crack.  It’s possible she is very smart, as intelligence goes.

  7. So, we can’t make her testify ’bout that little 3 way tete-a-tete they had with the impaler.

  8. Man, how bout those super-patriot Republican senators. Ain’t they something?   I mean, whadda bunch of garbage.   

  9. Beautiful piece, I have the perfect spot for it.
    BTW any back story on the artist or the piece?

  10. L’artiste c’est moi.  As for back story, I once did an art storage cabinet for this respected artist/former university president (of 3 different universities, no less) who lived out this way and he ax me if I could make a “Wave” and a “Wind” for him.   He was a lot of fun, had him a powder blue T-bird and loved to take a big swallow when herself wasn’t around. Course he’d make me take one too.  Discussing cabinets and art stuff was a sure way to put her on the run and we’d continue unimpeded for a bit. Well, he died and so I never got the “Wind” part done and never delivered the “Wave” so it sits on me old side table.
    Dr Lawrence (Larry) Flaum.  One thing he told me: “North light is bullshit”.

  11. heck, sturge,  didn’t know it was a certified object d’arty.  well done.

    here i thought you had managed to produce some really neat shaving off a slab of extra good wood,  kinda on the order of trying to pare an apple in one long peel.   that woulda been a work of art too but more in the grandma moses genre

  12. I made him anther piece which wound up on the desk of his son who had a desk doing something at UConn.  “Walnut Head” which was a softball-sized walnut sphere upon which sat a kind of walnut fez. It had a walnut pedestal and knot holes in the sphere looked like eyes. All wood which was knocked down by Hugo.

  13. depressing words noted in the hill:

    “You’re going to see our numbers and the Northeast numbers probably start to increase because the virus that you see now in the South and the West — California has real trouble — it’s going to come back here,” Cuomo said in a radio interview. “It is going to come back here. It’s like being on a merry-go-round. It’s totally predictable. And we’re going to go through an increase. I can feel it coming. And it is so unnecessary and so cruel.”

  14. Only thing that makes something “Art” instead of “Dickin Around” is the amount of time you put in dickin around on something.

  15. Just this past week, i had to move a project into a northern-facing room because the light in the southern-facing room was messing with my eyes and flooding-out all the detail🤷‍♂️

  16. It did start off as “drop off” from a piece which was cut out on a bandsaw leaving the wave trough and chunk behind it.  I used to sign some things “O. J. Dart” .

  17. Lovely Sturg
    You do have a way with wood and a very nice photo of it as well

  18. if worse comes to worse in the boonies folks around these parts have been known to

    sit something on a pedestal, call it a fancy name and rake in the dough from the city slickers.

    add a good yarn about it and you can jack up the price. 


  19. I used to dabble in that back when the economy was rockin and we had a vegetable and Flower stand out on the highway.
    Actually more than dabble—we rode it pretty well.

    Cabinets eventually crowded out all that nonsense lol

  20. North light is more steady through the day. That was really important in the days before electric lights. However for the last century and a half, not so much.

  21. On Curio Sales
    Yes, this is the very corncob that andy jackson used just before the Battle of New Orleans.
    That ain’t no shit.

  22. Oct of 07 the phone stopped ringing…..just like that.   And it barely rang for the next few years.  I picked up stuff I could fix and sell, I built cabinets dirt cheap, sold most everything I could get my hands on, I ate hot dogs till I was about to turn into a frickin hot dog, and even took a low-wage music gig.  It was the worst of times; it was the worst of times.  Now ask me why I despise Republicans.
    i took that one personal.
    Trickle down, indeed.

  23. Commissioner who Voted Against Masks in Critical Condition with COVID-19

    St. Johns County Commissioner Paul Waldron caught the coronavirus and went into septic shock after voting against a motion to mandate masks for county employees last week.
    His daughter posted on Facebook on July 9 that Waldron “went into septic shock and has many organs struggling.”

    “He is currently in the most critical of conditions,” she wrote. “I ask you not to doubt the power of prayer.”

    Last week, the St. Johns Board of County Commissioners took up the issue of whether masks should be mandated countywide. One of the motions would mandate masks for county employees. It failed by a count of 3-2, with Paul Waldron voting against it.
    Waldron represents District 3, which covers the southern half of St. Johns county, Florida.

  24. BigPharma screwing over COVID victims by price-gouging Remdesevir.   A nice plug for Biden at the end.    Warren is the best!

  25. 'I thought this was a hoax': Patient in 30s dies after attending 'COVID party'

    “Just before the patient died, they looked at their nurse and said ‘I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not,'” Appleby said.
    Appleby made this case public as the spike in cases for Bexar County continues. She wants everyone, especially those in the younger demographic, to realize they are not invincible.
    “It doesn’t discriminate and none of us are invincible,” Appleby said. “I don’t want to be an alarmist, and we’re just trying to share some real-world examples to help our community realize that this virus is very serious and can spread easily.”

  26. Lots of these people around. Trump has compounded this by saying 99.9 % of COVID cases are totally harmless. I’ll never get how any of them listen to his mountain of lies. 

  27. Patd, lol. Nope not Peabody ducks. Canada geese, and none of that duck, duck, goose shit. 
    Btw, it’s 81 in Portsmouth, 15% chance of precipitation through the evening. What a pussy. 

  28. Weird.  John Cornyn is running ads against Royce West, painting him as a Bernie Sanders liberal. (There’s a run-off between West and Hegar for the Dem nominee on Tuesday.)   My first thought is that he’s doing it because West is black and he doesn’t think he stands a chance against a black candidate.  He thinks he has a better chance against a white woman with a distinguished military career in November.    

  29. There is a pic of SFB wearing a mask.  I am not linking to it just in case it is a “hoax”.   If he is wearing one it means someone got to him, and got to him hard.  I put him wearing a face covering on the same level as him telling Putin he hates him and wants to go down the slide on his own.  So acceding to wearing a face covering is very significant.  I expect some sort of distancing tonight or tomorrow.

  30. tRUMP’s move in Stone just proves the prez is controlled by Poo-tin.  Traitors stick together. 

  31. I’ve seen Bernie on the tube a few times lately, getting all worked up about trump and nearly shouting, “That’s why we need JOE !” 
    It warmed the cuttlefish of my heart. Um. Well, uh . . . some kinda mollusc thingummee.

  32. BB – He wore a mask on a visit to Walter Reed. As if our vets haven’t suffered enough, he has to burden them for a photo op.     Bounty?  Dead Americans from  COVID?   He’s not getting credit from me for doing something he should’ve done/made mandatory four months ago.  

  33. BB, Mrs. P mentioned the pic of SFB wearing a mask for a photo op visit to Walter Reed. I’m guessing someone he listens to (Ivanka) told him he’d better have some pics wearing a mask before the campaign really starts to heat up. It’s nothing more than a photo op. 

  34. jamie, thanks.  here’s a bit of what he said about stone in oped at wapo:

    Robert S. Mueller III served as special counsel for the Justice Department from 2017 to 2019.

    The work of the special counsel’s office — its report, indictments, guilty pleas and convictions — should speak for itself. But I feel compelled to respond both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper, and to specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office. The Russia investigation was of paramount importance. Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.
    Russia’s actions were a threat to America’s democracy. It was critical that they be investigated and understood. By late 2016, the FBI had evidence that the Russians had signaled to a Trump campaign adviser that they could assist the campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to the Democratic candidate. 
    Stone became a central figure in our investigation for two key reasons: He communicated in 2016 with individuals known to us to be Russian intelligence officers, and he claimed advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ release of emails stolen by those Russian intelligence officers.
    Congress also investigated and sought information from Stone. A jury later determined he lied repeatedly to members of Congress. He lied about the identity of his intermediary to WikiLeaks. He lied about the existence of written communications with his intermediary. He lied by denying he had communicated with the Trump campaign about the timing of WikiLeaks’ releases. He in fact updated senior campaign officials repeatedly about WikiLeaks. And he tampered with a witness, imploring him to stonewall Congress.
    The jury ultimately convicted Stone of obstruction of a congressional investigation, five counts of making false statements to Congress and tampering with a witness. Because his sentence has been commuted, he will not go to prison. But his conviction stands.
    We made every decision in Stone’s case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law. The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false.

  35. from an oped in NYTimes by folks who did documentary “get me roger stone”:

    So why did President Trump finally act? He was certainly prompted by Mr. Stone’s impending date with prison on Tuesday, but his own re-election prospects also likely played a part. When Mr. Stone was convicted in November, Mr. Trump was facing a close race with Joe Biden among likely voters in battleground states. Today, fewer than four months until Election Day, the polls point to a possible landslide defeat for Mr. Trump.
    The stakes in 2020 are far higher for Mr. Trump than they were in 2016. Back then, few expected him to win, including Mr. Stone. (We were filming him on the morning of Election Day, when he told us that he had just registered ImpeachHillary.org.) And because of the global fame Mr. Trump had amassed as the Republican nominee, any result was a win for him.
    This time if he is defeated, he will suffer global humiliation.
    President Trump has reportedly lashed out at his re-election team for his floundering campaign. As he seeks to right the ship, Mr. Trump would surely want to turn to Mr. Stone, whose political acumen he has trusted for nearly 40 years and who has far more experience in presidential campaigns than anyone else in the president’s inner circle.
    It wouldn’t be the first time Mr. Stone rescued a Trump campaign from disaster, beyond whatever Mr. Stone’s involvement was with WikiLeaks. When Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign careered after the “Access Hollywood” tape revealed his crude remarks about women, Mr. Stone sprang into action. During the second debate between Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton, Mr. Stone helped orchestrate an indelible moment: Sitting in the front row were several women who had accused President Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct. The scene rattled Ms. Clinton and muddied the scandal.
    After all they’ve been through together, it’s fitting that Mr. Stone and Mr. Trump have arrived simultaneously at a moment of great need. Mr. Trump has now rescued Mr. Stone, but can Mr. Stone return the favor?
    There’s even an off-chance that Mr. Stone doesn’t want back into the fray. He says he has found Jesus.
    But far more likely, Roger Stone hasn’t just been set free — he has been unleashed.

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