32 thoughts on “Catch 22”

  1. and what do you do with them after the verdict?

    sometimes winning the war is easier than winning the peace afterward.


  2. Trump claims he declassified documents with his mind and that the FBI was actually looking for Hillary’s emails, Iran protests the killing of a woman by the “morality police,” Russians try to flee after Putin vows to escalate war in Ukraine, and NYC plans to install security cameras in all subway cars


  3. colbert last night stealing pogo’s “BOOM! BOOM!” cheer for the court

    An appeals court obliterated the former president’s defense in his classified documents case, and even Sean Hannity was confused when T** rattled off conspiracy theories in an attempt to change the subject. Also, if you’re working from home right now, it’s a good idea to check your house for squirrels.

  4. https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/23/politics/stephen-breyer-exclusive-interview-cnntv/index.html

    “You start writing too rigidly and you will see, the world will come around and bite you in the back,” Breyer said in his first televised interview since leaving the bench earlier this year. “Because you will find something you see just doesn’t work at all.

    “The comments from Breyer come days before the Supreme Court begins its first term without him in nearly 30 years. In the new term, the justices will consider issues including voting rights, immigration, affirmative action, environmental regulations and religious liberty — areas where the solid conservative majority can easily control the outcomes.”

    Yep, as in ROE-vember will bite Republicans in the back.

  5. https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/23/business/us-candidates-facebook-ads-targeting-invs/index.html

    “The tactic is made possible through a service that Meta calls “Detailed Targeting.” It allows political campaigns and other advertisers to show their ads to people who share specific interests, or make sure people interested in certain topics aren’t shown their ads. Facebook determines whether a user is interested in a topic based on the ads they click and the pages they engage with…”

  6. Sigh.  One of my cookbooks from the eighties, two editions after the first version I got in the sixties, is now in a meme on FB and Twitter.  It is about how you got it gifted to you by your grandmother.  Sigh, I hope to gift it to my great-grand children.
    There is a smell arising in cult land.  Report states SFB grifting PAC raised a total of forty dollars in August.  This seems odd, but supposedly confirmed by real people.  Perhaps the cult members are understanding they do not get anything more than an old script of hate mongering that does not work anymore.

  7. The grift may be losing steam, but the MAGAts still exist.  They are looking for a new piper to follow over the edge of the cliff, as they try to destroy our democracy.   DuhSantus.  Cruz. A yet unknown fascist. 

  8. BB, any chance that some of those conscripted russian men that were not able to fly out or break their arms in order to escape the draft, may follow the path taken back in march by earlier comrades like this one:

    Russian Soldier Surrenders, Hands Over Tank to Ukrainian Army for $10,000 Reward – Defense World

    that is if ukraine is stil making that “cash for clunkers” kind of offer.

    it’s also possible that the gulag prisoners that are being let loose to join up may see their future much brighter by surrendering forthwith when they get on the other side of the border.  wave white flags and hold up signs saying “food & freedom for guns” and “help the homeless”

  9. another day, another book to buy maybe or at least leaf through or watch interviews like this

    Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson talks to Ari Melber about applying a “cosmic perspective” to many current problems on earth, drawing on his new book, “Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization.” Tyson also discusses the difference between personal and religious “truths,” and the kind of objective truth that undergirds science and valid policy making. This digital exclusive is a full interview with Tyson. Excerpts aired on “The Beat with Ari Melber” on MSNBC.

  10. Someone posted a link to Keith Olbrrmann’s “Countdown” podcast the other day.   Mr Olbermann is kicking ass and naming names. Some about what’s happening now and plenty about what happened over the course of his MSNBC “Countdown” show and also how it happens to lead directly to the current situation at CNN. It’s delicious.   Welcome back Keef.
     After all this span I finally have a podcast on my phone.
     He’s killin’ it.

  11. Sturg, read that shrimp and grits and gullah article.  I probably should know this but which of the islands do you live on?

  12. The hits just keep on coming.  WaPo

    The legal dangers facing former president Donald Trump rose this week, after the New York attorney general filed a fraud lawsuit that could effectively shutter the Trump Organization and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit allowed federal investigators to continue their probe into classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago.

    These and other setbacks for Trump come as at least a half-dozen additional legal efforts proceed against him and his allies — committing him to months of legal wrangling as he seeks to raise his political profile for a possible 2024 bid while also increasing the prospect of becoming the first former U.S. president to face indictment after leaving office.

    Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed dozens of his former advisers, and many others, as part of a sprawling investigation into efforts to obstruct the transfer of power after the 2020 election. Separately, a Georgia grand jury has been looking at allegations that he tried to obstruct that state’s electoral count by pressuring Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) to “find” enough votes to overturn the election.

    An aspiring corporate partner for his new social media company has received subpoenas from the Securities and Exchange Commission. District attorneys in Westchester, N.Y., and Manhattan have ongoing investigations of his companies. One of his sexual assault accusers filed court papers last month disclosing her intent to sue him under a recently passed New York law that offers exceptions to the standard statute of limitations for sex crimes.

    Attorneys aligned with the Democratic Party have even begun to lay the groundwork for legal challenges if he declares another presidential campaign, under the premise that his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, as revealed by congressional investigators, bars him from serving in office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which disqualifies those who “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” from holding public office.

    “The people behind these savage witch hunts have no shame, no morals, no conscience, and absolutely no respect for the citizens of our country,” he told supporters at a rally in Ohio on Saturday in a retooled stump speech. “Our cruel and vindictive political class is not just coming after me. They’re coming after you, through me.”

    In other ways, Trump has been forced to adjust, devoting a growing share of political contributions to pay attorney fees. The summer’s planning for a fall presidential campaign announcement has been put on pause, according to two people familiar with the plans, who like some others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

    Two Trump advisers said the former president was surprised and angry at the lawsuit from New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) on Wednesday, and that her “attacks,” in the words of one of them, anger him more than other investigations. Trump has accused James, who is Black, of being “racist,” without explaining how.


    I wouldn’t want to wake up facing all that every day.  Glad he is, though.

  13. New nick for T**** from someone calling him or herself snowyphile at WaPo – Goldsphincter. Now that’s a classic.

  14. https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/23/politics/trump-grand-jury-court-fight/index.html

    “The court fight over privilege, which has not been previously reported and is under seal, is a turning point for Trump’s post-presidency legal woes.
    How the fight is resolved could determine whether prosecutors can tear down the firewall Trump has tried to keep around his conversations in the West Wing and with attorneys he spoke to as he sought to overturn the 2020 election and they worked to help him hold onto the presidency.”

    “Herschmann pushed Trump lawyers to provide him with more detailed instructions for which topics to assert privilege over…”

    “Herschmann himself is not in court fighting the subpoena. Instead, Trump’s lawyers are asking a judge to recognize the former President’s privilege claims and the right to confidentiality around his dealings. Herschmann’s grand jury testimony has been postponed.”

    “…a federal judge in California has already found email exchanges to and from John Eastman, Trump’s election attorney, wouldn’t be covered by this confidentiality…”

    “Executive privilege is a tougher pursuit for investigators, though not impossible to overcome. The Justice Department gained access to Nixon’s Watergate tapes for a federal grand jury in the 1970s because of a Supreme Court ruling that the criminal investigation needed the materials.”

  15. i mentioned the book that inspired this thread’s title in conversation, last night; weird!
    This is the 22nd comment of the thread!  Not as weird

  16. patd – from day one of the invasion there are reports of many crossing over to the Ukraine side, and in a few instances joining in the fight against their former units.  As with other things the numbers of deserters is not published.  I would expect that all units have some FSB/KGB types in them with better weapons to ensure they keep fighting for puttie.  But, there are many who have the “frag the lieutenant (FSB/KGB)” as a way to make life better and safer.

  17. oh the injustice! the inhumane-ity!

    the guardian:  

    A woman has been charged with three crimes after she took a raccoon called Rocky to a bar in North Dakota.
    Erin Christensen faces up to two years in prison and a $7,500 fine after she took the raccoon to Maddock Bar for happy hour on 6 September.
    A bartender said no one was bitten by Rocky during the visit, but the outing nevertheless prompted a health scare, with North Dakota’s health and human services department issuing a warning about possible rabies exposure.
    Christensen, 38, was arrested last week afterauthorities found her and the raccoon by serving several search warrants in and around Maddock, in the north of the state.
    She told the Bismarck Tribune that police “brought a battering ram to break down the front door of the house” after they finally located her and Rocky.
    Christensen described it as “a shock-and-awe campaign”.
    She has been charged with providing false information to law enforcement, tampering with physical evidence, and unlawful possession of furbearers.
    Christensen said her family found Rocky on the side of a road about three months ago. She said they were nursing the raccoon back to health, and planned to release him back into the wild.
    Instead, Rocky was euthanized after his capture. He tested negative for rabies.
    Raccoon ownership is illegal in North Dakota, but Christensen described Rocky’s plight as “unfair”.
    “Too much was done to detain an innocent raccoon,” she told the Tribune.
    “They were not worried about the health of us if we had rabies or not. They were worried about finding and killing Rocky and putting me behind bars.”
    Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States, kept a raccoon called Rebecca as a pet during his time in the White House.
    Rebecca was presented to Coolidge in 1926 by a Mississippi supporter who suggested the president eat the raccoon. Instead, the family “fell in love with her”, according to the White House Historical Association website.
    One of Rebecca’s favorite pastimes was “playing in a partly filled bathtub with a cake of soap,” Grace Coolidge, the first lady, would later reminisce.
    When the Coolidges left the White House in 1929, they sent Rebecca to the Rock Creek Zoo, according to the White House Historical Association, because they wanted her to live with other raccoons.

  18. https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/23/politics/matt-gaetz-justice-department-probe/index.html

    “Prosecutors have recommended against charging Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz in a federal sex-trafficking investigation, according to a source familiar with the matter.”

    “The recommendation comes in part because prosecutors have questions over whether the central witnesses in the long-running investigation would be perceived as credible before a jury, the source said.”

    Credible witnesses? I thought there was a financial trail via Venmo, and, he asked for a pardon for something or other.

    “In July, prosecutors agreed to allow a key witness and cooperator in the probe, Gaetz’s close friend Joel Greenberg, to proceed to sentencing in December on charges including soliciting sex from a minor. The Justice Department had sought repeated delays in his sentencing in anticipation of his assistance with the Gaetz investigation.”

    “Gaetz sought a preemptive presidential pardon from Donald Trump, an aide to the former president told the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.”

    “Greenberg, a former Florida county tax official, pleaded guilty to six charges last year. He had told the Justice Department about encounters he and Gaetz had with women who were given cash or gifts in exchange for sex, CNN has reported.”


    “Nearly a year after Greenberg’s June 2017 payment, Gaetz Venmo’d Greenberg to “Hit up ___,” using a nickname for the teen. She was 18 years old by then, and as The Daily Beast reported, Greenberg described the payment as being for “School.”

  19. from the bismark trib



    “He was still being bottle fed, and he was learning how to forage food that we would place around trees and obstacles,” she said.

    Christensen believes authorities could have observed the raccoon rather than immediately killed it.


    “My children are devastated and inconsolable,” she said. “They cried for hours, yesterday. No good deed goes unpunished; clearly that is a harsh lesson for young people to learn.”

  20. https://www.texastribune.org/2022/09/23/dan-crenshaw-texas-tribune-festival/

    “…U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston, continued to distance himself from some firebrand conservatives…”

    “…the two-term congressman admonished “alt-right” politicians and their supporters for wanting “to wear a jersey and just scream at the other side.”

    “They remind me of the far left more than anything,” Crenshaw said. “If the first words out of their mouths are ‘RINO’ and ‘establishment’ and ‘globalist,’ rest assured they are not very thoughtful and they are probably about to lie to you. I’m just sick of it.”

  21. The beleaguered Tenants of “Kushnerville” 

    BREAKING: Jared Kushner’s property mgt company has agreed to pay a $3.25 million fine and uncapped restitution on claims of mistreatment filed by any of the 30,000 tenants who lived at the Baltimore-area complexes owned by the company


    Former tenants will be able to start filing claims in three months, and will then have a year to do so. The claims will be for rent they had to pay despite major maintenance issues. Separately, tenants assessed excessive late fees and court fees will be automatically reimbursed.

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