69 thoughts on “O Canada”

  1. alternate thread title:  oh, canada, you too?
    ours last month – https://www.reuters.com/world/us/native-americans-decry-unmarked-graves-untold-history-boarding-schools-2021-06-22/
    and yours today –

    PRI via MSN:

    People in the small town of Quispamsis, New Brunswick, on Canada’s east coast, have always loved Canada Day celebrations. It marks the day on July 1, 1867, when three former colonies united to form Canada under the British Empire.
    Mayor Libby O’Hara said their celebrations are a major summer highlight: Cupcakes. Parade. Fire trucks. Games for kids.
    But everything was canceled last week after the second discovery within a month of unmarked mass graves at a former residential school for Indigenous children. 
    Dozens of communities across Canada have made similar decisions after two First Nations recently announced the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves near former residential schools. 
    On May 28, the chief of the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc people announced that a team using ground-penetrating radar had found 215 unmarked graves containing the remains of 215 Indigenous children in the interior of southern British Columbia. 
    And last week, leaders of the Cowessess First Nation said they had found 750 unmarked graves for children and adults.

  2. Trump business and its longtime chief financial officer indicted by New York grand jury. – The Washington Post

    NEW YORK — A grand jury in Manhattan filed criminal indictments Wednesday against former president Donald Trump’s company and its longtime chief financial officer, according to two people familiar with the indictments.
    The indictments against the Trump Organization and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg, will remain sealed until Thursday afternoon, leaving the specific charges against them unclear. Earlier Wednesday, people familiar with the case said the charges were related to allegations of unpaid taxes on benefits for Trump Organization executives.
    Weisselberg is expected to surrender Thursday morning at the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. (D), two people familiar with the plan said. He is expected to be arraigned later in the day in front of a state court judge. The Trump Organization will also be arraigned, represented in court by one of its attorneys.
    The criminal charges against the Trump Organization and Weisselberg are the first to result from the investigations by Vance and New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) and represent a dramatic turn in the long-running probes.

  3. Canadians talk just like Brooklyners, but it’s just the opposite:  in Canada it’s “Get off the car, eh?” and Brooklyn it’s “Hey, get off the car!”
    —Richard Jeni
    (guess you hadda be there)

  4. I have several highly valued cassette tapes recorded while playing music up in Moose Jaw. The tapes are mostly of the Saturday afternoon local talent contests where the locals would get up and sing and tell jokes etc.  Hilarious stuff.   

  5. Surreally from the edge, an alternate reality

    BID, the answer to your question is yes, but the right to invoke the 5th Amendment privilege applies only if there there is a threat of prosecution (even if you don’t realize it), so your analogy is flawed.  Using your example, if that doctor had not been charged with a crime before the deposition and he or she was asked a question that he knew could lead to charges, then the invocation of the 5th Amendment privilege is available to prevent him or her being from being “compelled” to testify against himself criminally.  If he had been charged or knew of the possibility that his actions could lead to charges and the prosecutor agreed that she would not prosecute him if he gave truthful testimony in a civil action concerning the same conduct, the prosecutor is estopped from bringing charges arising from that specific conduct even though the doctor admitted to conduct that was criminal.  The prosecutor, in entering into such an agreement, is acting in her capacity as a representative of the state, so the agreement bars the state from prosecuting, which would apply to any subsequent person occupying the office of the prosecutor because it is the state, not the prosecutor, that has the power to hold someone criminally liable for his or her conduct.  It’s a cart/horse thing.  

  6. an expert finding and conclusion


    Gen Michael Hayden

    You’re an asshole
    Quote Tweet
    Kevin McCarthy
    For the past several months, I’ve seen a disturbing trend at the National Security Agency. The NSA cannot be used as a political instrument. I’ve asked Rep. Devin Nunes to investigate and find answers on behalf of the American people. My full statement: bit.ly/2SDCxKl
  7. Devin will ask his mom and his cow and get back to Kevin quickly. And Hayden was right.

  8. I’ll get back up to Canada someday…  lots of relatives would love to see me…  and I’d love to see them too.
    patd…  I grew up miles from Boston…  I talk like that too.
    As for the Cosby thing….   it sucks…   but making sure the 5th Amendment stands is no small thing.  I wants those rights preserved for myself and every other American.

  9. Oh, Floriduh….  Wapo.

    A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a Florida law that would penalize social media companies for blocking a politician’s posts, a blow to conservatives’ efforts to respond to Facebook and other websites’ suspension of former president Donald Trump.

    The law was due to go into effect Thursday, but in issuing a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle of the Northern District of Florida suggested that the law would be found unconstitutional.
    “The plaintiffs are likely to prevail on the merits of their claim that these statutes violate the First Amendment,” Hinkle wrote. “There is nothing that could be severed and survive.”
    The law laid out fines for tech companies that suspended political candidates in the run-up to an election.
    Florida legislators approved the law after Facebook, Twitter and YouTube suspended Trump’s accounts for violating their policies following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), a potential 2024 presidential candidate and key Trump ally, touted the law as a stand against alleged censorship of conservatives when he signed it in May.


    Government that doesn’t understand the right to free speech is not an obligation for private entities to publish bullshit if they don’t want to.

  10. SCOTUS upholds Arizona voting restrictions.

    The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld two Arizona voting restrictions that a lower court had said discriminated against minority voters.

    Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote the opinion in the 6 to 3 ruling, which divided the court along ideological lines.

    The court was considering the shield provided by the Voting Rights Act (VRA), first passed in 1965 to forbid laws that result in discrimination based on race.

    The cases involved two voting regulations from Arizona that are in common use across the country. One throws out the ballots of those who vote in the wrong precinct. The other restricts who may collect ballots cast early for delivery to polling places, a practice then-President Donald Trump denounced as “ballot harvesting.”

    But the greater impact could be how VRA relates to an outpouring of new laws enacted by state legislatures that have changed voting procedures, and on the drawing of congressional and legislative districts following the 2020 Census.

    This is not good news.

  11. Kinzinger on McCarthy’s Jan. 6 investigation threat: ‘Who gives a s—?’ – POLITICO

    Rep. Adam Kinzinger knows GOP leaders wanted to scare him away from serving on the Democrat-led panel investigating the Capitol riot. And he doesn’t care one bit.

    “Who gives a shit?” the Illinois Republican, one of his party’s best-known Donald Trump critics, told POLITICO of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s warning to GOP members not to accept an offer from Speaker Nancy Pelosi to sit on the Jan. 6 committee.

    “I do think the threat of removing committees is ironic, because you won’t go after the space lasers and white supremacist people but those who tell the truth,” he said of McCarthy’s threat to strip committee assignments from any members picked by Pelosi to serve on the panel.

    Kinzinger’s references to “space lasers” and “white supremacist people” are nods to Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), respectively. 


  12. Doesn’t Kevin McCarthy have a corner under a desk in which to cower and from which to make tearful calls to his daddy?
    ”Call them off, daddy, I’m scared, boohoohoo”

  13. There’s several of them, elected gop, who are just wretched little crapweasels.
    Horrid, despicable, venal, vile, and reprehensible worms.
    Several……as in well over a hundred.

  14. Jan. 6th- McCarthy hides in a corner from supporters of his own party, tearfully calls daddy
    Jan. 27th- McCarthy flies to Mar-A-Lago for a hug from daddy, daddy sticks him with the bill
    June 30th-  McCarthy struts around the Capitol Building making threats like a tough guy

  15. Eugene Goodman held back a mob of white supremacists BY HIMSELF while McCarthy hid in a corner from supporters of his own party
    Goodman = tough guy
    McCarthy = water-carrying puto

  16. aside from liz, the others on the select committee so far according to salon:

    Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, was charged with leading the Jan. 6 panel. Other appointments include Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Jamie Raskin, D-Md.,  and Elaine Luria, D-Va.


    and only a few seconds thanking the search & rescue folk whose lives are on the line due to the about-to-fall 2nd structure, the about-to-blow-thru tropical storms, the heat exhaustion and constant mental anguish.  

  18. How about “Oh Shit Canada” ! 
    The little town about 60 miles Northeast of Vancouver BC that has been making news  setting All Time National Heat Records for at least 4 days in a row , ending in a reading of 121F degrees , has burned to the ground.


    The entire town of Lytton, British Columbia, has gone up in flames after breaking the record for the hottest temps ever recorded in Canada.

    Out-of-control wildfires fed by a historic heatwave that then created rainless thunderstorms have converged on the small Canadian village of Lytton, engulfing the entire town in flames and destroying 90 percent of it, including the city center.
    “It’s dire. The whole town is on fire,” Mayor Jan Polderman told CBC. “It took, like, a whole 15 minutes from the first sign of smoke to, all of a sudden, there being fire everywhere.”

  19. Looking at the smoke color tells me there’s  a lot of “duff” burning , the Canadians are not raking their forests floors.  

  20. Seems like a civil case masquerading as a criminal case. A little over $100k in lost taxes to NY over 15 years. Nobody goes to prison for that. Can’t believe they spent 2 years to bring forth this mouse

  21. craig, it’s just beginning.   they’ll add more.  the grand jury is still in session so they’re not through doing their thing.  also takes awhile after charges to get the rats & roaches scrambling from dark places…. if some haven’t already and snared themselves (allen) lesser charges.

  22. One thing about these giant heat domes , people on the downslope side  of the High  get lots of rain. 
    96-hour rainfall totals are crazy in the Lubbock area, check out these numbers

    Fluvanna 7.24
    Lake Alan Henry 7.19
    Lamesa 6.68
    Gail 6.66
    Colorado City 5.89
    Snyder SSW 4.51
    Hereford 3.89
    Sweetwater 3.76
    Plainview 3.73
    Wolfforth 3.71


    96-hour rainfall totals are crazy in the Lubbock area, check out these numbers

    This about one half to one third of the yearly averages,  in 4 days. 

  23. looks like felonies and systematic criminal behavior enough to trigger the NY RICO act later

    business insider:

    These were the 15 counts:
    Scheme to defraud in the first degree.
    Conspiracy in the fourth degree.
    Grand larceny in the second degree.
    Four counts of criminal tax fraud in the third degree.
    Four counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree.
    Four counts of falsifying business records in the first degree.

  24. Craig..  Neil Katyal on MSNBC explained that it takes a long time to build a case against a corporation.  He said what we will see now is just the beginning.  He said it took years of building cases against underlings until they landed the big fish of Kenneth Lay at Enron.

  25. also from that business insider link above:

    Weisselberg arrived in handcuffs while wearing an N95 mask, and was held by two assistant DAs flanked on either side. One of his attorneys, Mary Mulligan, briefly conferred with Mark Pomerantz, a prosecutor on Vance’s team, before the hearing began.


    Prosecutors also confiscated Weisselberg’s passport, saying that he’s wealthy and has access to a private jet. The judge permitted him to be released after he handed over his passport. 

  26. So you’re living in the Canadian woods  all your life  , and Death Valley  comes to town. 

    Canada heatwave: Hundreds of sudden deaths recorded

    Some 486 fatalities were recorded over the past five days in British Columbia alone, a 195% increase on the usual amount over that period.     …………… Ms Lapointe added that the western province had only seen three heat-related deaths over the past three to five years.


  27. Guys, i just think starting out with a useless indictment and an unstated imaginary assumption of more to come is not very promising.

    This feels like the Mueller disappointment all over again.

  28. That meeting in the Keys last week  about the roads –

    Another resident, Robert Schaller of Twin Lakes, an area further along in the planning process, muttered that he “should’ve done my due diligence” when buying his house last year. “I literally stand on my balcony and watch the water come up through my street,” he said. “It’s coming up right through the pavement.”
    Following a grueling seven-hour public meeting last week, held in the appropriately named city of Marathon, officials agreed to push ahead with a plan to elevate streets throughout the Keys to keep them from perpetual flooding, while admitting they do not have the money to do so.

    In the Florida Keys, Residents Face the Reality of Rising Seas


  29. Down to my last tooth.  In the old days your family members chewed your food , if you made it to this state.  I am glad we abandoned this custom. 
    Better to be eaten by the bear, and the magpies. 

  30. So I watched the “First Texan” today . Allied Artistes  . Joel McCray  as Sam Houston .
    All about “freedom” , as long as you were a white male , not Mexican, not Black, and of course not a Comanche. 

  31. Craig too much rot  now, watch the judge stick a gag order in his mouth.
    This may blow a vein in his head.  
    Trust me , he’s a cornered rat .

  32. I am really sick  of the sad life of Brittany Spears, the princes of Britain. 
    All the while  our world slips away.  They get endless hours of attention .
    While our world is crashing  by our own hand.  

  33. Britney Spears is allowed to earn millions of dollars, but has to ask for a man’s permission to spend it- there’s a place for her case in the national discourse

    In fact, she has to pay a man for the privilege of asking him for permission to make personal decisions

  34. indictment…….i see knight fork.   i sense doom in store for the would-be King of the Fleecemen.  Sooner or later the string always runs out.      Bye, Fa-leesah.
    I feel bad about feeling any joy whatever in their times of squirm for it’s all so wretched, sordid, and bleak.

    Hope springs infernal.

  35. Ladies and Germans…….I give you the Winner and still Champion: Speaker Nancy Pelosi.   She’s made them jump the right way every time.
    You have to take ALL the scent off the trap.
    —Sock-Eye Walsh, the greatest gambler Myrtle Beach ever knew.

  36. I might play cards with Madame Speaker, a friendly game of 5 draw, nothing wild……but it would have to be penny-ante.  If  you can’t afford to lose, don’t play.

  37. There are a growing tribe of peoples who exist now only in my head.   They’re there now, and no where else.   It’s always strange when they go, like they’re just stepping out for a pack of smokes and see ya in a bit;  but then you come to know that they have totally just moved from being there to being now only in your head.   This time it was the second mustang sally bass man, the man standing on Shaky Ground in “Teach a man to Fischer” after the Goober takes the slow train on down to Folsom Prison.    We rode for many years some mighty shaky ground, he and I;  and lots of it, like that summer and fall in ’72 touring the eastern states with Joe Savage the Snake Man. You coulda made one hellova movie bout those months.
    You can barely see him on the far side of the venue there, the whole recording being an accident, a simple twist of fate.

  38. https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/01/economy/global-minimum-tax-agreement/index.html

    “The United States has won international backing for its plan to overhaul the global system for taxing companies, a huge step toward simplifying a complex web of rules long exploited by big corporations.”

    “Countries including India, China and Switzerland have agreed to a broad framework for reform set out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Paris-based group said Thursday that 130 countries and jurisdictions were on board, representing more than 90% of global economic output.”

  39. https://reasonstobecheerful.world/canada-day-canceled-indigenous-residential-schools/

    “At the time of writing, the number of discovered children’s remains found exceeds 1,000, discovered on the grounds of just three of the 130 government-listed institutions that existed in Canada until 1996. “

    1996. Let that sink in.

    “The unprecedented #CancelCanadaDay campaign is a mass recognition of the harms Indigenous children and families suffered during the 165-year residential school reign of terror that underpinned the creation of the country. “

  40. When I arrived in Akron to join up with the Snake Crew, I had a week to learn all the stuff,  the guy I’m replacing still there for a week.    So, first night tired from the all day and all night road trip and having run out of speed, I visited the bar and had some relaxers.   Several relaxers.   Much later, very relaxed, I ride with the band to Ramon’s Club and proceeded to crawl up on stage behind the amps and speakers and stuff and go to sleep.   At the height of the Snake show my friend the drummer, who invited me on this musical extravaganza,  wakes me up with a well-aimed mallet…..as I come to the light what I see is…….The house lights are totally out, there is a burning torch on each side of the stage, there is a smoke machine billowing out clouds of smoke,  there is an INTENSE strobe light flashing, there is a rooster on a perch flapping his wings and crowing his ass off, there is a black cloaked Ghoul center stage with a waving torch and a mic screaming “KILL!”, the band is making pure hell throbbing Wall of Sound NOISE……It is pretty strange, I’d say, but then on one side of the stage runs up a bald-head guy wearing nothing but a loin cloth and with TWO large snakes wrapped around him, their heads bobbing to stay level as he ran……ran across the stage and down into the audience again.   And there is genuine SCREAMING from the people over the snakes.   I guess that’s what 72 was like.  

    And yes, the rooster had his own mic.

  41. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/07/01/texas-democrats-special-session-walkout/

    “The line coming from Democrats across the spectrum: “Everything is on the table.” That includes another walkout like the one that doomed Senate Bill 7 in the final hours of the regular legislative session when Democrats broke quorum. But this time, such a move could now imperil the pay of their staffers, since Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed the funding for the legislative branch while telling lawmakers they could restore it in the special session that starts in less than a week.“

    So..start a Go Fund Me for staffers if Dems have to walk out to protect democracy.

  42. craig, yeah i see your point. we were expecting so much from mueller and so far got so little. hope springs eternal though.

    BUT just the filing of an indictment against a business can be devastating and the idea banks, backers, oligarchs and other sugar daddies will be shying away from the former guy like he’s poison makes me hope even more. 

    EXPLAINER: How could the indictment hurt Trump’s company? (apnews.com)

     NEW YORK (AP) — The criminal tax fraud charges unsealed against Donald Trump’s company Thursday are a blow to a business already reeling from canceled deals following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on hotels and clubs.

    The indictment may make it harder for Trump to strike new deals, get bank loans and bring in new money to his sprawling and indebted business.


    “Companies that are being indicted, whether they are private or public, big or small, face serious collateral consequences,” said Daniel Horwitz, a white collar defense lawyer at McLaughlin and Stern and former prosecutor at the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

    “Companies in the financial services industry are reluctant to do business with them,” Horwitz said. “Their access to capital is limited or cut off as is their ability to place their liquid assets with banks and brokerages.”


    The Trump brand has been damaged by his divisive rhetoric and stances. It’s unclear how successful a new licensing effort would prove.

    While he was in office, hotels and residential towers in several cities stripped his name off their buildings. His company had to scrap plans for new hotel chains because of a lack of interest by potential partners.

    Most damaging of all were accusations Trump incited the bloody siege of the Capitol in January. Real estate brokers, lenders and other businesses cut ties shortly afterward.

    The Associated Press reported earlier this year that condo prices in many buildings that have licensed the use of his name have fallen sharply, with brokers saying some potential buyers refuse to even look at apartments in buildings with Trump’s name over the door.

  43. The coolest  thing , was my dome connecters . They could be a really cool thing. 
    The next step, involved hundreds of thousands of dollars, to make the moulds. There are 3 . 
    But past that , I could build  a shelter in a few hours  out of these connecters.  All based on 1 1/2 pvc pipe. 
    They could be sold in tubs  with a tarp  sown to fit the size  of the dome. 
    A  24 ft ., a 32 ft dome. 
    The struts between hubs  are in the plumbing dept.  at Lowes. 
    The key to this is a really cheap way  to get people under shelter. 
    And I just found my  pitch pictures  on the Cannon . 
    Now to find the soft ware. 

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