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Weekend link dump for January 13

“This island was on the brink of disaster. Then, they planted thousands of trees.”

“It seems strange that spending money to convince people to vote is protected as free speech, while voting itself is not. In fact, though, this reasoning is in line with the way free speech is discussed in the public sphere.”

“The 10 new Democratic House committee chairs who are about to make Trump’s life hell”.

RIP, Dr. Waun Ki Hong, trailblazing doctor and researcher at Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“In short, there is no such thing as parity in college athletics.”

I don’t endorse the idea of using fake social media accounts as a political tactic, even against a monster like Roy Moore. But at least if such things are equal-opportunity destroyers, then perhaps the odds of getting a decent regulatory solution improve.

The remarkable and uncanny political career of Jerry Brown.

“Buying heavily discounted, popular software from second-hand sources online has always been something of an iffy security proposition. But purchasing steeply discounted licenses for cloud-based subscription products like recent versions of Microsoft Office can be an extremely risky transaction, mainly because you may not have full control over who has access to your data.”

The town of Marfa gets the Simpsons treatment.

When are R. Kelly and Bryan Singer – and the people who have enabled them – going to be held accountable for their actions?

The “Gameday” model for campaign coverage needs to change.

“Paul Manafort shared 2016 presidential campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate the FBI has said has ties to Russian intelligence, according to a court filing.” I’m sure there’s an innocent explanation for that.

RIP, Howell Begle, attorney who worked to get royalty payments to R&B musicians who’d been screwed by the recording industry.

I love stories like this. Just read and enjoy.

RIP, Ron Mock, controversial death penalty lawyer.

Presidenting is hard. Also, Donald Trump is really bad at it.

“A gambling site is paying out thousands of dollars to people who correctly bet that President Donald Trump would tell more than 3.5 lies in his Oval Office address on Tuesday.”

RIP, Bernice “Bunny” Sandler, the “godmother of Title IX”.

“Here’s our mega-giant list of sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero shows we’re most looking forward to, with the standard caveat that any and all air dates are subject to change.”

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  1. Bill Daniels says:

    “The 10 new Democratic House committee chairs who are about to make Trump’s life hell”.

    Would be good for a laugh if all the witnesses say they aren’t getting paid, so they can’t make it in until the shutdown is over. In other words, want us to come in and get grilled? Pay for the wall, nd reopen the government, or pound sand until you do.

  2. Manny Barrera says:

    Bill are all Republicans delusional? Or maybe just Trump supporters?

  3. Flypusher says:

    I’d have a good laugh at them getting jailed for contempt.

  4. Bill Daniels says:


    “The 1986 OLC opinion reiterates the 1984 reasoning adding the observation that the power had
    not been used since 1935 (at that time over 50 years), and that “it seems unlikely that Congress
    would dispatch the Sergeant at Arms to arrest and imprison an executive branch official who
    claimed executive privilege”

    Good luck getting the Sergeant at Arms to arrest anyone. Also, is the Sergeant at Arms even getting paid? Seems like that is a government position that could be eliminated, since no one has been arrested for contempt of congress since 1935.

    Seems like we just found some government waste to cut.

  5. Flypusher says:

    Moving the goalposts again Bill. Saying “I won’t come in because I’m not getting paid” is a far different thing than claiming executive privilege. Given that the Dems control the House exactly because most of us are sick and tired of Trump acting like he’s above the law, I wouldn’t so blithely dismiss the possibility of them flexing a bit of muscle.

    You make dishonest arguments for a stupid, unpopular, and corrupt cause.

  6. Bill Daniels says:


    How many of Obama’s people ducked Congressional subpoenas? Quite a few. Most of them eventually drug in, lied, refused to answer, gave some doublespeak non answers, and the took the abuse from Congress members for a while, then left. Nobody got charged with lying, even McCabe. Brennan lied when he said they weren’t spying on every single American, and also when he said he didn’t spy on Congress members. How in your face do you need? No charges for lying, and no charges for violating the civil rights of Congress members or the citizenry.

    The one advantage you have now is, since Dems have the House AND the DoJ, you can get people on perjury traps, which is why anyone foolish enough to actually show up would have no option other than to ‘plead da fif.’

    If I was called to testify before Congress, that’s exactly what I would do. No perjury trap for me, thanks.

    At some point, though Trump will gain control of the DoJ, and then the House will be just as neutered as it was the last two years. Lots of made for TV moments, lots of Gowdy asking the tough questions, and lots of nothing happening as a result.

  7. Flypusher says:

    There’s a very easy way to avoid a perjury trap- don’t lie. Most people who have to testify have enough intelligence/skill to evade without telling an obvious lie, although I can understand why Trump and many of his minions are so vulnerable.

    Goalposts still aren’t put back, as none of this matches your original assertion.

  8. Manny Barrera says:

    Bill could you provide the names of all the Obama people that dodged subpoenas?

  9. Bill Daniels says:

    April 22, 2016 2:57 pm

    A lawyer for Bryan Pagliano, the former State Department computer staffer who set up Hillary Clinton’s private email server, recently informed Congress that he will not testify before Senate committees investigating Clinton’s email setup.

    The Associated Press obtained a letter sent by Mark MacDougall, Pagliano’s lawyer, on March 11 indicating that his client would “respectfully decline” the offers from the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Homeland Security Committee to testify before congressional lawmakers.

  10. Bill Daniels says:

    Fusion GPS, the espionage firm which ordered the completely fake Trump ‘dirty dossier’, which John McCain then handed to the FBI, and which Buzzfeed News then published as actual news refuses to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, their attorney wrote in a letter obtained by Business Insider.

    The founders of the opposition-research firm hired by Democrats to produce a dossier alleging ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia will invoke constitutional privileges and decline to testify.

    Fusion GPS describes itself as a “research and strategic intelligence firm” founded by “three former Wall Street Journal investigative reporters.”

    Fusion GPS is actually an opposition-research group for Democrats, and the founders, who are more political activists than journalists, have a pro-Hillary Clinton, anti-Trump agenda.

  11. Bill Daniels says:

    James Comey has told Senate Intelligence Committee aides that he won’t testify in a closed hearing next week about alleged ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

    The committee’s top Republican and Democrat had invited the former FBI director to Capitol Hill to appear behind closed doors next Tuesday


    Do you really need more stories? A quick Duck Duck Go search can yield all the results you want.

  12. Manny Barrera says:

    Bill, maybe one would qualify as Obama’s people. James Comey did testify but he wanted an open hearing. He agreed when they said they would release the transcript.

    That Clinton aide offered to testify behind a closed door session. The Republicans refused, they want to have a spectacle to use against Clinton.

    You and the Russian puppet and his supporters our destroying our country.