Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Calling Out Corruption

Another updated reminder for those who think what's happening is nothing more than a "left-wing media meltdown":

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and a Federal grand jury issued on February 22, additional indictments against the already arrested Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. Added to the original 16 charges, the new indictment lists 32 counts, including filing false individual income tax returns, failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, bank fraud conspiracy, and bank fraud.

Lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan is the latest to be indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and convicted by a Federal court in the Russia probe. Van Der Zwaan was charged with lying to the FBI regarding communications with Rick Gates who is also under indictment. He pleaded guilty on February 20, bringing the conviction count to four, with Gates expected to follow soon.

From the U.S. Department of Justice, Special Counsel's web site: "A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment on Feb. 16, 2018, against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of violating U.S. criminal laws in order to interfere with U.S. elections and political processes. The indictment charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft."

Reported by several news outlets: Rick Gates, arrested on October 27, 2017 by Robert Mueller, and indicted for money laundering, conspiracy against the United States, and other charges, will soon change his plea to guilty. For those who lost count, that is now three guilty pleas/conviction by Trump associates. Edit: Obviously, this didn't happen. It appears that Gates was taking too long, and as of Feb. 22, Mueller stopped waiting. See the update above.

White House aide George Banks resigned because he was told he would not be granted a permanent security clearance. No, it isn't domestic abuse this time; his problem is at least one incidence of marijuana use. Multiple sources report that at least three dozen White House employees are working on temporary security clearances. Does anyone get that this is a serious problem? What happened to the "I only hire the best people," thing?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Playing Chess With A Pigeon

Most of us have had the experience of arguing with someone who thinks it's his or her job to 'fix' everyone. That's the person who seems to believe that it's their responsibility to tell everyone else what's wrong with them, their way of thinking, and their opinions. Talking to people like that is like playing chess with a pigeon: no matter what you say, the pigeon will just shit on the board and strut around like he won anyway.

Monday, October 16, 2017

He Didn't Stop!

Baseball fans know that everything ramps up in playoff season. Exciting, dramatic plays take on an extra dimension in the post-season, when the season is on the line, and it is do or die, lose and go home. Saturday's ALCS game between the Astros and Yankees was one such game. The final, spectacular play of that game left many of us stunned and questioning what our eyes saw.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Baseball Is Not A Winter Sport

The Major League Baseball season is too long. The regular season begins in early April and extends, if your team is good enough, into late October, and possibly November. What ends up happening is that the most important games of the season – the playoffs and the World Series – are often played in some of the foulest weather we've seen all year.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Which Team Is the Best?

Which team is baseball's best in 2017? We're getting ready to find out with the playoffs and World Series coming up… or are we? The best team wins the World Series, right? Not necessarily. The 'cream rises to the top,' doesn't it? Maybe in milk, but not always in baseball.

What are you talking about? The best teams make the playoffs and then slug it out for the title, don't they? Not always. Just ask the 2001 Seattle Mariners, the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals, 2014 L.A. Angels, 2011 Phillies, or any other team that had baseball's best record in any year, yet did not win the World Series.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Good Guys With Guns

"When I go to a restaurant, I want to be sitting with friends who have guns on them," said Sammy.

"Why?"

"Because when the bad guys start shooting, I want to be near people who will defend me."

"Defend you by shooting the bad guys?" said Ellen.

"Yes."

"So," said Ellen, "when the shooting starts, your friends will jump up and start firing away?"

"That's the idea."

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Columbus Day Lie

Many Americans learned in school that October 12 is 'Columbus Day.' That day has long been celebrated as the day Christopher Columbus discovered America, when in reality, he did no such thing. October 12 is more accurately known as the day Columbus and his men landed on an island in the Caribbean Sea, mistakenly believing he was in the East Indies, and Asia.