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Monkey in China predicts Trump will become president


Posted by Muddling Through | Mon Nov 7, 2016, 06:44 PM (2 replies)

Boston law firm accused of massive straw-donor scheme

Business as usual for members of the Democrat party.

"Hillary Clinton’s campaign is returning thousands of dollars in donations linked to what may be one of the largest straw-donor schemes ever uncovered.

A small law firm that has given money to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Harry Reid, President Obama and many others is accused of improperly funneling millions of dollars into Democratic Party coffers. The program was exposed by the Center for Responsive Politics and the same team of Boston Globe investigative reporters featured in the movie “Spotlight.”

The Thornton Law Firm has just 10 partners, but dollar for dollar, it’s one of the nation’s biggest political donors, reports CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil.

But according to the firm’s own documents – leaked by a whistleblower -- days or even hours after making these donations, partners received bonuses matching the amount they gave. "

Balance of article at the link.

I suppose MeeMaw's campaign will discount this because of Colin Powell's AOL e-mail account?

Posted by Muddling Through | Thu Nov 3, 2016, 08:19 AM (2 replies)

2 police officers killed in 'ambush' attacks

Well, shit................

"Two metro-area police officers were shot and killed in apparent "ambush style" attacks early Wednesday.

Police from Urbandale and Des Moines departments responded to a report of gunfire at the intersection of 70th Street and Aurora Avenue at about 1:06 a.m.

The first officers arriving on the scene found an Urbandale officer shot. The officer, whose name has not been released, died, said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek in a news release.

At about 1:26 a.m., a Des Moines police officer was shot and killed near the intersection of Merle Hay Road and Sheridan Drive while responding to the scene where the Urbandale officer was shot.

Both officers were gunned down in their patrol cars."

Balance of article at the link:

The suck is strong with this story.
Posted by Muddling Through | Wed Nov 2, 2016, 06:33 AM (36 replies)

Ex-attorney general sentenced to jail, then cuffed in court

This story makes me smile.

"NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Former Attorney General Kathleen Kane was sentenced Monday to 10 to 23 months in jail for illegally disclosing details from a grand jury investigation to embarrass a rival and lying about it under oath.

Kane was also sentenced to eight years of probation by a Montgomery County judge who said Kane's ego drove her to take down enemies and break the law.

Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy said Kane assumed an "off with your heads" mentality as she ran the state's top law enforcement agency. The judge called Kane a political "neophyte" who failed to make the transition from campaigner to public servant after she took office.

"This case is about ego — the ego of a politician consumed with her image from Day One," Demchick-Alloy said. "This case is about retaliation and revenge against perceived enemies who this defendant ... felt had embarrassed her in the press."

Balance of article at the link.
Posted by Muddling Through | Mon Oct 24, 2016, 08:00 PM (10 replies)

Prenda lawyers’ careers are up in smoke, but sanctions keep coming

This story makes me smile.

"After a few years suing Internet users over piracy claims, the lawyers behind the Prenda law copyright-trolling operation had made millions. But beginning in 2013, they were hit with repeated sanctions from federal judges. Now, their careers are in shambles—Paul Hansmeier had his law license suspended, John Steele is facing a bar complaint, and both may be facing an FBI investigation. (A third lawyer who was involved, Paul Duffy, passed away last year.)

Even as their scheme collapses, they continue to be hit with sanctions. This week, Hansmeier and Steele got hit with a big one. US District Judge John Darrah oversaw litigation related to one of Prenda's most audacious moves—their defamation lawsuit against their critics. They sued Steele's former housekeeper, Alan Cooper, and his lawyer, Paul Godfread, for accusing Steele of identity theft. For good measure, they also sued anonymous blog commenters who called Prenda attorneys "brain-dead" and "assclowns."

The defamation lawsuit resulted in a $12,000 sanction, but Godfread and Cooper also pushed an anti-SLAPP case against Hansmeier and Steele. Now that has resulted in Prenda's largest sanction yet—a sanction order for more than $600,000.

Judge Darrah granted Godfread and Cooper the full $162,448.74 in attorneys' fees they asked for, plus the earlier sanction of $11,758.20. Then Darrah tacked on $500,000 in punitive damages as well.

Whether the damages and sanctions will actually be paid is an open question. As stated above, both men are reportedly facing criminal investigation and have already paid out multiple sanctions. Paul Hansmeier filed for bankruptcy shortly before he gave up his law license."

One wonders with which political party these attorneys were affiliated?
Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Oct 22, 2016, 01:21 PM (0 replies)

Watching "Containment" on Netflix

Suspense/Thriller set in Atlanta during a virulent outbreak of a modified flu virus. Off to an interesting start.
Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Oct 22, 2016, 01:05 PM (4 replies)

Imaginary Trump ad.

Not a Trump fan, but I found this amusing. YMMV.

Posted by Muddling Through | Tue Oct 18, 2016, 07:07 PM (0 replies)


Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Oct 15, 2016, 10:54 AM (0 replies)

Rolling Stone Goes to Trial

This story makes me smile. Both Rolling Stone and the U VA Administration have egg on their respective faces.

"A lawsuit stemming from the most famous of the modern rape hoaxes—the Rolling Stone account of a brutal but fictional attack on “Jackie” at a University of Virginia fraternity—gained ground last week. A federal judge in Virginia ruled that UVA administrator Nicole Eramo’s lawsuit against Rolling Stone should go to trial.

The lawsuit has been of enormous value in producing documents that exposed both the closed-minded incompetence of Rolling Stone and the poisonous, guilt-presuming campus atmosphere at UVA. However, unlike the lawsuit filed by the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity (reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s chief target), an Eramo victory would send, at best, a mixed message.

Judge Glen Conrad’s ruling allowed Eramo’s suit to proceed on multiple grounds. The dean’s strongest claim involves Rolling Stone’s manipulation of a mundane photo of her, to give her wild, almost devil-like eyes, with her back turned to victims demanding justice. Even the Rolling Stone fact-checker, who independently concluded that the fantasist “Jackie” was telling the truth, worried that the photo was too harsh.

Conrad also greenlighted a count involving Erdely’s claim that Eramo had discouraged Jackie from reporting her non-existent attack because she worried that UVA would develop a reputation as a “rape school.” It seems very unlikely Eramo—who comes across in the depositions as a true believer about a campus rape panic—ever uttered such a remark. But Erdely had two sources suggesting otherwise (Jackie and a fellow campus activist), and UVA refused a request to let Eramo be interviewed. Perhaps that will be enough for Rolling Stone to prevail."

Balance of article at the link.
Posted by Muddling Through | Tue Oct 4, 2016, 09:42 AM (6 replies)

Rahm Emanuel Concerned Gun Violence Could Spread To Parts Of City He Gives Shit About

"CHICAGO— Speaking with members of his staff in private Monday after receiving the most recent municipal crime statistics, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is said to have expressed his concern that the metropolitan area’s gun violence problem might soon spread to the parts of the city he actually gives a shit about, sources reported. “Listen, we’re at 3,000 shootings this year and counting—it’s only a matter of time before this violence migrates from the areas of the city I don’t give a fuck about into the areas that actually matter in my eyes,” the second-term mayor reportedly said, adding that it would be devastating to see such senseless shootings affect residents outside of the large swaths of Chicago he has written off entirely. “If we don’t do something soon to keep guns off the streets of those particular neighborhoods that I consider worthwhile, things could really spiral out of control. Enough is enough when it comes to the parts of this city that I choose to serve.” At press time, Emanuel was breathing a sigh of relief after learning that six Chicagoans killed overnight were shot dead in neighborhoods he couldn’t care less about."
Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Sep 30, 2016, 07:06 PM (4 replies)
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