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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Carl Bernstein calls for 'different kind of reporting' to take on 'malignant presidency'

Carl Bernstein is calling on journalists to commit to a "different kind of reporting" in response to a "malignant presidency" unlike any the country has seen before.

"We're in foreign territory," Bernstein said Friday on CNN's "New Day."

He added, "We have never been in a malignant presidency like this before. It calls on our leaders, it calls on our journalists to do a different kind of reporting, a different kind of dealing with this presidency and the president."

Bernstein is asking for what's BEEN done in the MSM to every Republican candidate/office holder for decades, he's just being wildly OPEN about it...

Illinois Races to Cobble Budget Dealas Downgrade to Junk Looms

Illinois is on the verge of its third straight fiscal year without a budget as Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic lawmakers struggle to agree on how to rein in the government’s chronic deficits, edging it closer toward becoming the first junk-rated U.S. state.

The gridlocked leaders have until midnight to reach an agreement to end an unprecedented impasse that’s left Illinois without a full-year budget since mid-2015. Without a deal around July 1, S&P Global Ratings has warned that the nation’s fifth-most-populous state will likely get downgraded again, losing its investment-grade status.

“If they miss this window, then they drop off a big cliff,” said Richard Ciccarone, the Chicago-based president of Merritt Research Services LLC, which analyzes municipal finances. “They would jeopardize their ability to maintain the services of the government, throwing it into serious crisis, and that provides a justification for a downgrade below investment grade.”

The Illinois Democratic legislature has been digging in its heels, loathe to change decades of corrupt government, even as "other peoples' money" has finally run out, fighting the new Republican Governor for two years in hope they can stay greasy and bloated until a new corrupt Democrat might win the office...

The fake news continues to be slapped down...

Vice Media’s Motherboard tech site has retracted two articles — supposedly revealing discord at Disney Parks about Donald Trump’s presence in the Hall of Presidents attraction — citing factual errors and questions about sourcing for the pieces.

“After a thorough investigation into the sourcing of two stories, ‘Here’s the Secret Backstage Trump Drama at Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents’ and ‘Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Donald Trump “Hall of Presidents” Installation,’ and the identification of several factual errors, we have decided to retract both pieces,” Motherboard said in an editorial note posted Wednesday in place of the two articles.

The note added, “We are conducting a full editorial review to pinpoint how this source was vetted, and how these stories were approved and published in violation of our usual editorial workflow. We fell short of our standards, and regret the error.”

The Motherboard story published on Monday, June 26, alleged that there was internal debate about whether Trump’s animatronic figure would be speaking in the exhibit. The story also claimed, citing an anonymous source, that Trump’s team was insisting on writing the entire speech for his robotic avatar in Disney World’s Hall of Presidents.

That led Disney Parks to issue a statement that Trump will in fact be represented in the Hall of Presidents with a speaking role. The earlier Motherboard story, “Here’s the Secret Backstage Trump Drama at Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents,” published May 19, had cited an anonymous source “close to Walt Disney Imagineering” who claimed the animatronic Trump “will probably not have a speaking role.”

Marble machine! This was posted over a year ago, just ran into it again. For those who missed it ...


Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch could be jailed for up to ten years if found guilty of misconduct, Judge Andrew Napolitano claimed Monday.

If emails exist between Lynch and former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz improperly discussing the Clinton email investigation, the former attorney general could be charged with “misconduct in office,” a felony carrying five to ten years in jail, the Fox Business contributor stated.

"It is alleged, this document has not seen the light of day if it exists, that there are one or several emails between Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Loretta Lynch concerning the behavior that Loretta Lynch will take to further the DNC interests while Mrs. Lynch was attorney general,” Napolitano stated. “That, if it happened, would be ‘misconduct in office.'”

“It’s a felony. Depending upon exactly what they charged her with, it could be five or 10 years in jail. It’s very serious. It’s the equivalent of obstruction of justice. It’s the same allegation they are making about the president.”

At this point it's just an allegation...

What the hell is going on with the Nebraska Democratic Party?

The Nebraska Democratic Party could use a facelift. Its leadership is filled with bad, nasty people, and its chairwoman is similarly disappointing.

One now-former party official, for example, was caught on tape recently celebrating the June 14 politically motivated assassination attempt on Republican members of Congress.

"His whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to fucking kick people off effing healthcare," former technology chairman Phil Montag said in reference to Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who was updated only recently to fair from critical condition.

"I hate this motherfucker. I'm glad he got shot," Montag said of the Louisianan congressman. "I wish he was fucking dead."

Audio of Montag's rant was authenticated this week by Nebraska's Fox42KPTM, which also reported he was let go as soon as his comments leaked to the public.

And a few days ago...

Another state party official, Chelsey Gentry-Tipton, who chairs the Nebraska Democratic Party Black Caucus, is fighting calls for her resignation after she was caught publishing a Facebook post mocking the shooting victims.

Owls fly very, very quietly...

An American wealthometer...

In retirement I'm a 5%-er...

Official warns Illinois finances in 'massive crisis mode'

The Illinois official responsible for paying the state's bills is warning that new court orders mean her office must pay out more each month than Illinois receives in revenue. Comptroller Susana Mendoza must prioritize what gets paid as Illinois nears its third year without a state budget.

A mix of state law, court orders and pressure from credit rating agencies requires some items be paid first. Those include debt and pension payments, state worker paychecks and some school funding.

Mendoza says a recent court order regarding money owed for Medicaid bills means mandated payments will eat up 100 percent of Illinois' monthly revenue.

There would be no money left for so-called "discretionary" spending - a category that in Illinois includes school buses, domestic violence shelters and some ambulance services.

" money left for... school buses, domestic violence shelters and some ambulance services."

I envision a "dust bowl" scene, with hordes of people who CAN, evacuating that state, select belongings strapped to their vehicles...


NJ Court: State Cant Criminalize Possession of Pencils and Other Lawful Objects...

... for Home Self-defense

Read through the entire piece to see how tortuous the language was to make possession of virtually ANYTHING in the home an illegal deadly weapon. I'll provide this one paragraph:

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The Attorney General of New Jersey took the unusual step of filing a “friend of the court” brief in the appeal, arguing that, while citizens are entitled to possess lawful weapons in the home for self-defense, the State is concurrently authorized to regulate the manner in which these weapons are possessed. “Everyday objects, which are entirely lawful to possess in their own right, even a pencil, can be used as weapons. The Legislature did not issue a wholesale prohibition on such lawful objects, but rather sought to regulate only the circumstances under which such objects may be possessed.” (Emphasis added.) This brief, consistent with the submissions by the prosecution, claimed the Second Amendment could not apply because Montalvo’s “disproportionate” response, arming himself where there was no “actual threat,” exceeded the boundaries of the right of self-defense in the home. In furtherance of this extremely narrow interpretation, the Attorney General’s brief asked that the court modify the model jury instructions for use in future cases to clarify that weapons for active self-defense in the home could be used only if the person armed himself spontaneously to repel an immediate danger.
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