39 thoughts on “Surreally from the edge, an alternate reality”

  1. https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/29/politics/nyc-mayoral-race-results/index.html

    “…mistakenly included 135,000 test vote records in the initial tally.”

    “The mess amounted to a realization of many New Yorkers’ well-founded worries over the board’s capacity to competently manage the ranked-choice system.”

    “In flubbing the exercise, the board also risked handing additional fodder to right-wingers in states and municipalities across the country, who might now seek to parlay the error into momentum for suppressive new voting laws.“

  2. Ya running and ya running
    And ya running away
    Ya running and ya running
    And ya running away
    Ya running and ya running
    And ya running away
    Ya running and ya running,
    But ya can’t run away from yourself
    Can’t run away from yourself
    Can’t run away from yourself

    Ya must have done (must have done)
    Somet’in’ wrong (something wrong)
    Said ya must have done (you must have done)
    Wo, somet’in’ wrong (something wrong)
    Why you can’t find the place where you belong?

  3. We may have separate realities, but we share the same physical world with the unvaccinated and the unpatriotic, who are often the same folks. 

    So, is Fluffy Carlson just trying to get attention with his they’re-spying-on-me garbage, or, does he have something physiologically wrong with him? Spying on him? How? By turning on Faux Noise and listening to his nonsense?

  4. the hill:

    Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday again insisted that he is being spied on by the federal government despite the nation’s leading intelligence agency refuting his claim earlier the same day.  
    “Did the Biden administration read my personal emails? That’s the question that we asked directly to NSA officials when we spoke to them about 20 minutes ago in a very heated conversation,” Carlson said. “Did you read my emails? And again, they refused to say … ‘We can’t tell you and we won’t tell you why we can’t tell you.’ My emails. And the message was clear: ‘we can do whatever we want.’ ” 
    “Tucker Carlson has never been an intelligence target of the Agency and the NSA has never had any plans to try to take his program off the air,” the NSA said in a statement. “NSA has a foreign intelligence mission. We target foreign powers to generate insights on foreign activities that could harm the United States. With limited exceptions (e.g. an emergency), NSA may not target a US citizen without a court order that explicitly authorizes the targeting.” 
    On Monday evening, Carlson said his show had been contacted by an intelligence community whistleblower who claimed the government had been monitoring his communications relative to stories he and his team have been working on in an effort to leak that information and damage him. 
    “The whistleblower, who is in a position to know, repeated back to us information about a story that we are working on that could have only come directly from my texts and emails,” he said. “There’s no other possible source for that information, period.”

  5. Gaetz and Greene on the January 6 comission?  That’s like putting Rand Paul on an Infrastructure Committee.

  6. pogo, mobile turning blue?


    MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Monday, NBC 15 News broke the news a planned Trump rally in Mobile was scrapped after Battleship Memorial Park commissioners raised concerns about partisan politics. Tuesday, dozens weighed in about the controversial decision on Midday Mobile with Sean Sullivan on FM Talk 106.5. People texted and called in with their opinions.
    “In the spirit of neutrality, I think they’re doing the right thing,” said one caller.”I totally disagree with this. They’re just afraid to let Trump get any word in any time because they’re afraid once it becomes election time, he’s gonna get elected again,” said another caller.
    USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park Chairman Bill Tunnell says the commission sought an opinion about hosting the rally from the attorney general’s office. NBC 15 News obtained Attorney General Steve Marshall’s June 16th response, which notes their letter was dated May 26th, postmarked June 11th and received June 14th. Marshall wrote that wasn’t enough time for his office to render a formal opinion regarding the July 3rd event, but he did note case law that stated partisan political events can be held in public spaces as long as access to the property is available for all political parties.

  7. latest ad from LP. wonder if they’re still running their ads on fox, OAN and newsmax

    The battle for control of the Republican Party continues.

  8. Ah, the good old days with KO and monkey pox girl/California gubernatorial bingo/Sylvester Stallone’s mother. It was probably the hardest I’ve laughed in my adult life.

    I didn’t know Fluffy had stolen KO’s identity. Creepy, little guy.

    PatD – Loved that KO piece, including the fireworks going off behind him at…Yankee Stadium?

    Yes, it seems that god forgot to put a bubble in Fluffy Carlson’s level…or to give him a soul.

    My cousin-in-law (first cousin’s nephew) pitches for the Yankees. I still haven’t been to a game there. Maybe in September.


    “The Manhattan district attorney’s office is expected to charge former President Donald Trump’s namesake company and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, as soon as Thursday with tax crimes…”

    “The sun will come out tomorrow…”

  9. Just saw a banner that states that Cosby conviction vaccated by Penn court, he is released from prison.  WTF!  I hope there are other states with more cases to put his sorry rear back in prison.

  10. patd, Mobile county (Mobile and western shore of the bay) trends pink on the county election maps and Baldwin County (Eastern shore) is deep red.  Mobile going blue?  Not bloody likely.

  11. Cosby.

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned Bill Cosby’s sex assault conviction, setting the stage for the release of the 83-year-old comedian later in the day.

    The state’s highest court tossed Cosby’s conviction as a result of an agreement he had with a prior prosecutor that would have prevented Cosby from being criminally charged in the case. This new ruling bars any retrial in the case, court documents say.

    Cosby is two years into a three-to-10-year prison term.

    The Supreme Court’s opinion also disagreed with the trial court judge’s decision to let prosecutors call five other accusers in addition to Andrea Constand, the Temple University employee whose allegation was the basis of the criminal case.


    Gotta read those court documents.

  12. from the opinion:

    J-100-2020mo – 104821740139246918.pdf (pacourts.us)

    Seeking “some measure of justice” for Constand, D.A. Castor decided that the Commonwealth would decline to prosecute Cosby for the incident involving Constand, thereby allowing Cosby to be forced to testify in a subsequent civil action, under penalty of perjury, without the benefit of his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. 2 Unable to invoke any right not to testify in the civil proceedings, Cosby relied upon the district attorney’s declination and proceeded to provide four sworn depositions. During those depositions, Cosby made several incriminating statements.

    D.A. Castor’s successors did not feel bound by his decision, and decided to prosecute Cosby notwithstanding that prior undertaking. The fruits of Cosby’s reliance upon D.A. Castor’s decisionCosby’s sworn inculpatory testimonywere then used by D.A. Castor’s successors against Cosby at Cosby’s criminal trial. We granted allowance of appeal to determine whether D.A. Castor’s decision not to prosecute Cosby in exchange for his testimony must be enforced against the Commonwealth.

    [51 pages later they wrote]
    For the reasons detailed below, we hold that, when a prosecutor makes an
    unconditional promise of non-prosecution, and when the defendant relies upon that
    guarantee to the detriment of his constitutional right not to testify, the principle of
    fundamental fairness that undergirds due process of law in our criminal justice system
    demands that the promise be enforced.

  13. clever move, nancy


    Pelosi invites Sicknick’s family and police officers who defended Capitol to sit in Speaker’s Box during vote on Jan. 6 committee

  14. OK, I read the Cosby decision. 
    PatD extracted the money part of the decision.  Had to run an errand and was listening to Chuckie’s MTP Daily stand-in talk with two of the subsequent prosecutors who, surprise surprise surprise, disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision.  The Supreme Court IMHO got it right for the reasons they cite and under other general principles of law.
    There are problems with the subsequent DAs’ reasoning – and you’ll get to hear it ad nauseum because they will be all over cable news trying to defend their decision to ignore Castor’s deal with Cosby.  The problems are two – the first and most important is that by making a public announcement of non-prosecution, Castor as an officer of the Court and a representative of the Commonwealth of PA took away Cosby’s right to plead the 5th in the civil case, Cosby relied upon that announcement and testified against his own interests in the civil casae depositions, ultimately settled that case, then had his deposistion testimony used to build the case against him in the subsequent criminal trial. And whether that deposition testimony was actually used in the trial, he relied upon Castor’s announcement to his detriment and the information gleaned from it was used to build the case.  It’s quite frankly typical prosecutorial misconduct.  The second problem with their reasoning is that they think the two lower courts properly found there was no agreement between Castor and Cosby.  They forget their Contracts 101 class – that a contract can be formed by one person making a statement he believes to be true o rthat he believes the second person will believe to be true that the second person relies upon to his detriment and acts upon that reliance even if there is no written contract (in this case it would be a non-prosecution agreement).  That reliance is elevated when the statement is made by an officer of the Court and representative of the State (since the State subsequently prosecuted him).  
    In short, like the decision or not, the PA Supreme Court got it right IMHO.

  15. Cosby released on a technicality?  So, he admitted to drugging and raping, but now he’s free?    

  16. BiD, it’s a legal thing, and it’s not a technicality.  BTW, I have no good feelings about this, but D.A. Steele, who brought the case after Castor elected not to prosecute so Cosby could not plead the fifth in the civil case against him should have his actions reviewed. Like it or not, Cosby’s rights were violated by the D.A. when he decided to prosecute and to use the depostition testimony against him. The trial judge fucked up and let him.

  17. Bink, great line – I doubt Rummy ever thought it’d be used that way when he said it.

  18. Hmmmph, Cosby’s rights were violated, but what about her right not to be assaulted by the creep? 

    If a doctor, during a deposition of a civil case, admitted to negligence that ended in killing someone (with the understanding that the info could only be used in the civil case), that evidence couldn’t be used in a criminal case?

  19. Although Justice wears a blindfold, She can feel the moral issue of turning a dangerous criminal loose when the criminality is dangerous and likely to happen again.  In those cases (I don’t have access to my legal libraries anymore) the courts have seen fit to hold until a legal entity can claim the person to prevent release in the public.  I don’t care if the criminal most likely is limp, there are medications, and he has demonstrated his knowledge of pharmaceuticals, to let him have his way up while destroying a woman’s life.

  20. i agree with pogo on 2 counts:

    1. the fifth amendment is NOT a technicality.


    2. bink best line of the day for which he earns a

    Image result for cartoon gold star funny

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