Looks like Judge Parker in Michigan wasn’t fooled by Lin Wood, Sidney Powell, et al. all of whom are in deep do-do.

Law licenses in jeopardy, paying attorney’s fees of the other side …It doesn’t get much worse for lawyers.



34 thoughts on “RUH ROH.”

  1. from new york times yesterday:

    In her decision, Judge Linda V. Parker of the Federal District Court in Detroit ordered the lawyers to be referred to the local legal authorities in their home states for possible suspension or disbarment.
    Declaring that the lawsuit should never have been filed, Judge Parker wrote in her 110-page order that it was “one thing to take on the charge of vindicating rights associated with an allegedly fraudulent election,” but another to deceive “a federal court and the American people into believing that rights were infringed.”
    “This is what happened here,” she wrote.
    In her decision, Judge Parker accused Ms. Powell, who is based in Dallas, and Mr. Wood, who is based in Atlanta, of abusing “the well-established rules” of litigation by making claims that were backed by neither the law nor evidence, but were instead marked by “speculation, conjecture and unwarranted suspicion.”
    “This case was never about fraud,” Judge Parker wrote. “It was about undermining the people’s faith in our democracy and debasing the judicial process to do so.”

  2. Sarasota congressional candidate leads The Lincoln Project’s loony reel (

    A new ad from The Lincoln Project highlighting frantic opposition to mask mandates prominently features a Sarasota candidate for Congress.
    The video, titled “Our Kids Are Watching,” kicks off with Republican Martin Hyde making clear he will defy a Sarasota County Schools mask mandate. Hyde made his comments at a Sarasota County School Board meeting.
    “The choice here is not whether my son is going to wear a mask,” Hyde said, “because he is 100% not going to.”
    The Sarasota school district is notably one of 10 in Florida with a mask mandate in place that only allows students to opt out with a documented medical excuse.
    The advertisement from there goes into some more colorful testimony at local government meetings across the country.
    While Hyde’s comments may not be so conspiratorial, it’s a hyperbolic exchange between the candidate and board members that inspires the video’s name.
    “This is America, not North Korea,” Hyde says.
    “Could you please lower the tone? It seems like you are yelling,” interrupts School Board member Shirley Brown. “Children are listening.”
    The ad went live on the Lincoln Project’s social media page Wednesday evening.
    Hyde announced earlier this year he’s challenging U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan in a Republican Primary for Florida’s 16th Congressional District. Thus far, he’s largely self-financing.
    The candidate noticed his inclusion in the video by the national group.

    “Fully paid up crazy redneck deplorable now according to them,” Hyde said.

  3. Opinion | A dark day reminds us: Thousands of Americans are risking everything for this rescue mission – The Washington Post editorial board:

    These are dark hours — for the United States, for the families of its service members who have been slaughtered by terrorists in Kabul and, indeed, for the Afghan people, especially those who are mourning their dead and those still seeking haven abroad. The shadow cast by Thursday’s attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport is deep. But it cannot obscure the brilliance and sacrifice of U.S. military and diplomatic personnel, and those of allied nations, who have moved more than 100,000 people out of harm’s way under the most difficult circumstances imaginable. Their achievement shines through. President Biden said Thursday that the rescue mission by U.S. forces will continue, as it should.
    Yet it is uncertain how many more people they can save, for how much longer before the Aug. 31 deadline that still seems in effect.
    What the moment decidedly does not call for, however, is partisan finger-pointing and point-scoring. This country’s internal divisions have done enough harm already; in a complicated way, our inability to debate difficult foreign policy and national security choices rationally and in good faith is a part of what has brought the United States to this painful moment. The extraordinary men and women at Kabul airport, doing their duty, for the benefit of their country and for their fellow human beings, have set an example, and some have paid the ultimate price. The best tribute the nation could pay would be to face whatever comes next with less hatefulness and greater unity.


    “The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has requested communications between Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Trump White House officials in the months leading up to the insurrection.”

    pogo – Here’s another one for pile.

    “This demand comes after Paxton spoke at the pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C., before the insurrection began, touting his unsuccessful legal effort to overturn the 2020 election. “We will not quit fighting. We’re Texans, we’re Americans, and the fight will go on,” Paxton told the crowd.“


    “Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is using the state seal to shield himself against accusations by former top aides.“

    “In effect, the AG’s current employees are refuting charges from his former employees that Paxton makes his employees do things that are unethical or illegal. Because they didn’t sign the document, and because it comes from the attorney general’s office, it’s effectively Paxton’s personal declaration that he didn’t do what he’s accused of doing.“

  5. also from wapo:

    In emotional comments at the White House, Biden made clear that the attack would not cause him to rethink his strategy. Rather, he said, it reinforced his belief that the war must end and that the evacuation must proceed. He framed the deaths as the sacrifice of heroes performing a noble mission, and he suggested that any move to cut short the evacuation of Americans and their Afghan supporters would amount to caving to the terrorists.
    “I bear responsibility for, fundamentally, all that has happened,” Biden said, addressing the nation hours after the deadly attack. His voice broke as he invoked Scripture, history and personal loss to decry the double suicide bombing at the entrance to the Kabul airport, which stands as the last small acreage controlled by the United States in Afghanistan nearly 20 years after the war began.
    Biden promised to track down the killers responsible for the massacre, who he suggested were members of the terrorist group ISIS-K. “To those who carried out this attack: We will not forgive,” he said. “We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
    He spoke from the East Room of the White House toward the end of a day that will go down as the darkest of his early presidency, as a 78-year-old president whose life has been repeatedly marked by tragedy was now taking responsibility for another tragedy. The deaths marked the realization of the worst-case scenario that has hung over the president’s order for the military to withdraw from the United States’ two-decade war in Afghanistan.“It’s been a tough day,” Biden said as he came to the lectern.
    He noted that President Donald Trump had negotiated a deal with the Taliban to withdraw American forces. If he had reversed that agreement, Biden said, he would have had to pour thousands more American troops into Afghanistan to secure the country.
    “I have never been of the view that we should be sacrificing American lives to try to establish a democratic government in Afghanistan, a country that has never once in its entire history been a united country and is made up — and I don’t mean this in a derogatory way — of different tribes who have never, ever, ever gotten along with one another,” Biden said.
    “Ladies and gentlemen, it was time to end a 20-year war,” he added.

  6. What’s happening in Afghanistan right now is why previous presidents kicked the can down the road.   It was never going to be an easy withdrawal, nor was the Afghan government ever going to be stable. POTUS Joe made a hard decision and he’s humble enough to own it.

  7. Hah!  good for him. seems not everybody in TX are anti-masker nuts

    Dripping Springs ISD parent takes off clothes at meeting to voice concerns about mask mandates |

    At a school board meeting Monday, Aug. 23, one parent expressed his frustration with masking discussions in a unique way. James Akers, originally dressed in a sports coat and pants, made his way to the microphone during the public comment portion of the meeting.
    Akers said he has been a resident for 15 years and has put three kids through Dripping Springs ISD. He said one of his kids is currently in high school.
    “I do not like government or any other entity, just ask my wife, telling me what to do,” the man said. “But sometimes you’ve got to push the envelope a little bit and I’ve just decided I’m not going to just talk about it, but I’m going to walk the walk.”
    At this point, he started removing his clothes. 
    He said to the room that on his way over to the meeting, he ran some stop signs and red lights and “almost killed someone,” and said, “but by God, it’s my roads, too,” so he has every right to drive as fast as he wants.
    “We only follow certain rules for a very good reason,” he said as officers started walking toward him.
    “Mr. Akers, I believe you’re a swimmer, but if you wouldn’t mind putting your pants back on, that would be appreciated,” a district leader said.
    He then put his pants back on, said a few more things that were inaudible, and walked away from the microphone.[continues]

    talk about tongue in cheek

  8. mr. akers from dripping springs just might have started a movement: proudly naked nudists marching all over america carrying signs of “freedom” and “my body my choice”

  9. no kidding, they did have such signs in a ‘frisco protest.  WARNING: nudity & vulgarity ahead. the video at this link is for mature audiences only. click at your own risk.

    NUDE PROTEST – San Francisco, California January 27th, 2013


  10. Ms. Bronc, ditto.  
    OK, just so everyone knows, the thread starter above was drafted and posted to the site before the bombing yesterday in Kabul.  FWIW, while gratifying, the subject of the post means virtually little in this news cycle compared to the coverage of the death of our servicemen in Kabul yesterday.  Also, I want to go on record noting that I agree with Joe’s response – conditions on the ground in Afghanistan dictate that we stick to the short time frame rather than try to reassert control over an uncontrollable situation.

  11. And, today’s post is a nice example of a simple conversation starter for those not always in the mood write something more elaborate, which is also nice.

  12. On the subject of the day, I’m glad to see the court system finally dealing with the “neat ideas” the Trumpsters were using. The problem I see is that the court system is slow and it if you don’t have the money to risk fighting such idiocies then you are screwed.

  13. Pogo
    I’ve had it happen to several posts I’ve done. In our world what is important can change in a few seconds. That is why I’m glad we don’t feel the need to stay on topic around here.

  14. Almost all of us need clothing, even those who think their body is perfect. If you are over 25 we don’t need to see it. If you want to flaunt it take a picture and find an airbrush artist. Then I might look but I won’t guarantee not to laugh.

  15. As to Afghanistan
    The mess left for Biden to deal with ain’t easy and we need to remember that all of the Americans both military and state department employees are risking their lives to evacuate people who have helped us.
    Most of them should have been evacuated a year ago but people in the Trump administration like  Mr Miller blocked it from happening. The deaths of our Marines are result of bigotry in the Trump Admin.
    imnsho, Jack

  16. This is something I expected to see after the deal was set to leave Southwest Asia and Afghanistan in particular, repubs want to reinvade Afghanistan.  One of the big things in my life was the joy of living frozen for a short term tour in a combat zone (frozen means some command has you typed in its very near term org chart).  When Vietnam was collapsing and then Saigon fell I had a very bad feeling.  President Ford was working with congressional republicans to reinvade Vietnam in 1976.  While my orders to Germany, long term tours in peaceful area, were given to others, my freeze to a short term (thirteen month) life in a much less peaceful venue grew heavy.  I was discharged from active duty later in 1976 still under the freeze.  My specialty was short handed and the Air Force was not above pulling back reservists to active duty.  One reason I did not join the Reserves was a great desire not to prove the futility of reinvading Vietnam.  I truly did not trust anyone to not pull us back and with flags waving, bands playing and march right into hell.
    I am sure there are a few active duty and veterans ready to go back and retake Afghanistan, but many more are ready to close the longest war and get on with their lives.

  17. BlueBronc…  great comment!
    Human nature says that people hate to be proved wrong… and will go to great and stupid lengths to try to prove themselves right.  That’s why we are seeing people who refuse to take the vaccine for covid taking horse worming medicine.  They actually do take the disease seriously at this point, but cannot and will not admit it publicly by getting vaccinated.  This same stupidity is at work with repubs wanting to reinvade Afghanistan, IMO.  

  18. Anyone for a dose of sheep wormer?  Unbelievable.  Instead of walking into the doctors office and getting a simple injection, much easier than penicillin, which is free, these fruitcakes are buying and ingesting sheep wormer.  I guess the bleach was gone so toss in a big one.  Better take it with a big glass of moonshine to help it work all the way through.  No more sheep worms, but COVID virus will be happy to join in.

  19. Blue bronc
    Having grown up on a farm and administered wormer to my share of cattle. The mind boggles. I think I’ve still got the tool used to get the bolus on the back of the cows tongue so they had to swallow it. 
    It may be a business opportunity.
    So just call me Doc and open wide., now swallow, no we don’t give refunds cash only.

  20. DeSantis cannot block Florida schools’ mask mandates, judge says – The Washington Post

    A Florida judge ruled Friday that Gov. Ron DeSantis’s administration overstepped its authority in restricting school districts from enacting mask mandates after parents sued officials amid a surge in coronavirus infections.
    Judge John C. Cooper of Florida’s 2nd Circuit sided with parents from six Florida counties who challenged DeSantis (R) and state education officials in court this week, arguing that the governor’s order infringes on classroom safety guaranteed by the state’s constitution.
    In a milestone decision in the heated debate about mask mandates in Florida, Cooper declared that the state cannot require districts to offer voluntary mandates over “the preservation of general welfare,” comparing the masking issue to the difference between the right to drink alcohol and the criminality of drunken driving.


  21. Arkansas doctor treats jail inmates with de-wormer for COVID – (

    (CNN) — The Arkansas Medical Board is investigating after a doctor said he prescribed an anti-parasitic drug “thousands” of times for treatment of COVID-19, including to inmates in an Arkansas jail.
    The FDA has been warning against the use of ivermectin for treatment of COVID-19 since March. The drug is used to treat parasitic infections, primarily in livestock, and the CDC recently cautioned about an increase in reports to poison centers of severe illness caused by the drug.
    Justice of the Peace Eva Madison raised the issue during a county budget hearing in Fayetteville on Tuesday, saying a county employee had told her the jail’s medical provider was prescribing ivermectin to treat and prevent COVID-19.
    Dr. Robert Karas provides medical services to the Washington County jail. He has been the contracted provider since 2015, according to Madison.
    Madison said Karas defended his use of the drug during a phone conservation and again in a subsequent television interview after the practice came to light. Karas told television station KFSM that he began last October with prescribing the drug and has subsequently given it to family members and “thousands” of others. The doctor also recorded the station’s interview with his own camera and posted it online.
    In a CDC health advisory issued Thursday, the agency said the use of ivermectin can result in “gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Overdoses are associated with hypotension and neurologic effects such as decreased consciousness, confusion, hallucinations, seizures, coma, and death.”

  22. Blue Bronc, In Texas it is horse wormer, Ain’t no self repecting Texan gonna have anything to do with sheep. 
    BTW did a bit of googling, Ivermectin is a common active ingredient in both livestock and human dewormer. Of course the amount you give to a 2000lb horse is different from a 200lb man.  But if they survive the experiment at least they will be worm free.

  23. pogo, sorry that you were unhappy that your thread was run this morning. if fearless leader hasn’t a post on deck, the 1st draft in line gets posted. i don’t feel it’s my place to either edit a draft or decide if it’s appropriate.

    yes, i agree the 13 military and the 170 afghani deaths deserve respectful recognition. the 1000+  u.s. covid deaths yesterday do too.  if there had been a thread draft about them,  you can be sure it would have been published.

    again, my apologies.   


    “…malaria is one of the top public health threats around the world, with 200 million cases and 400,000 deaths per year. And while a number of other countries are malaria-free — most recently El Salvador, Algeria, Argentina, Paraguay and Uzbekistan — many more are eager to know how the Chinese did it.“

    Recently, West Nile virus has shown up in the DFW area. I’ve taken to covering myself in ground cloves. Mosquitoes hate it. I think it smells nice and it’s certainly better than aerosolized repellent.


    “Now, as security preparations ramp up for a “Justice for J6” rally planned for September 18 on the Capitol grounds, serious discussions are underway about reinstalling the temporary fencing around the Capitol’s perimeter, …”

    They never should have removed it. The threat still exists. My concern is that the chicken-fried Taliban in DC will be, somehow, emboldened by the actual Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

  26. Poobah, thanks. Prescience is not in my wheelhouse. 
    patd, let me get this straight… you’re apologizing for posting my thread starter?   Don’t be stupid. I’m grateful for being published even if in retrospect I wonder wtf I was thinking. 
    oh, and I guess I should say “Let’s Dance”. 

    US military conducts airstrike against ISIS-K planner
    CNN)The US has conducted an airstrike againstan ISIS-K planner, a spokesman for US Central Command said in a statement Friday.
    “U.S. military forces conducted an over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation today against an ISIS-K planner. The unmanned airstrike occurred in the Nangahar Province of Afghanistan. Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties,” spokesman Capt. Bill Urban said in the statement.
    The announcement of the strike came a day after President Joe Biden vowed to retaliate for a terrorist attack that killed 13 US service members and at least 170 others outside Kabul’s international airport even as he said the frantic mission to airlift Americans from Afghanistan would continue.(…)

    So I wonder what the RW (and LW) Biden detractors will find to criticize about this. It’ll be something. 


    “Hours after confirming the country’s first Delta case in the community, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered the entire nation into lockdown, with the backing of a broad consensus across the political spectrum. Ten days later, the outbreak had spread to 347 cases, with one person in intensive care, as of Friday.“

    “After struggling to get supply, New Zealand has one of the lowest Covid-19 vaccination rates in the OECD, with just over 20% of the population fully immunized.“

    “…once New Zealand has high rates of vaccination — perhaps between 70% and 80% — Covid could be treated like the measles. “We don’t lock down for measles. But we also don’t tolerate it in the community — we mount a public health response to eliminate measles when we have an outbreak.”

  28. POTUS Joe don’t play.  Hunt ‘em down and make ‘em pay at the time of our choosing.  Thank goodness for Biden.

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