Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Foreign Relations Boil Down to Two Things: Talking With People or Killing Them." -- Unknown

"Mobs Do Not Storm the Capitol to Do Good Deeds." -- not James Lee Burke

"Colt .45s; putting bad guys underground since 1873." -- Unknown

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, August 7, 2022

If You Have Insulin-Dependent Diabetes, the Republicans Would Rather Fuck You Over Than Take the Chance of Joe Biden Claiming That He Did Something to Help You

Make no mistake about it, that's exactly what happened today, when the budget package passed the Senate:

The bill also caps Medicare patients’ costs for insulin, the expensive diabetes medication, at $35 monthly. Democrats wanted to extend the $35 cap to private insurers but it ran afoul of Senate rules. Most Republicans voted to strip it from the package, though in a sign of the political potency of health costs seven GOP senators joined Democrats trying to preserve it.

No doubt Ted Cruz and Moscow Mitch were fist-bumping each other on the Senate floor because they fucked over diabetics.

Russian Interference Continues

Last month, I mentioned that indictments have been handed down, alleging Russian funding American political groups to increase discord in this country.

Well, it seems that the grpup was a bunch of far-right "calexit" lunatics, helmed by an alleged American troll who lived for years in Russia before he may have taken Russian money and moved back to California to do Putler's dirty work. Said troll is bleating that he hasn't been indicted, but it would seem that the qualifier "yet" needs to be implied in his denials.

So, if you've been promoting the secession idea in California, congratulations: Whether or not you knew it, you've been doing Putler's work. If you don't immediately stop, you're a treasonous fuck.

(H/T)

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

Commie stuff at OSH:

Saturday, August 6, 2022

If You Are a Woman of Child-Bearing Years, and/or
If You Are Related to a Woman of Child-Bearing Years,
If You Vote Republican, You Are Stabbing Them in the Back.

Almost every woman that I know who has had children had one or more miscarriages. This is what I fear will happen: Any woman who has a miscarriage or a stillbirth will have that event reported to law enforcement. Detectives and the prosecutors will look at the case and, if they have even a hint of suspicion that something didn't go right that could have been averted by the mother-to-be, they will press charges.

Didn't take the right vitamins? Missed a neo-natal care appointment? Maybe had a few drinks or used non-prescription drugs? Be ready for a manslaughter or even murder beef.

It has happened already. It will get worse in those states that are trying to bring about their twisted version of a theocracy.

If you are a woman and you think you may be pregnant, you should consider fleeing to a free state. If you are running a company that needs to recruit more people, you may want to think about not opening or expanding your operations in states like Indiana, Missouri, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, etc.

ETA: Word is that medical recruiters trying to fill OB/GYN positions in abortion-ban states are finding it harder to recruit people.

CPAC: Fascism-Fest 2022

You can read about it if you have the stomach.

CPAC is a now a neo-Nazi organization. There is zero dedication to the Constitution or the rule of law.

Run, Josh, Run


It's a real event.

ETA, per a comment:

A Nation of War Criminals

Tens of thousands of cases of war crimes committed by Russian soldiers have been identified in Putler's war. Over three thousand were committed in Bucha, alone.

Interesting...

Strategy Page has an article about the unreliability of Russian infantry.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Russian dissident who is in prison for opposing Putin, argues that Russian opposition to the war is growing. I don't know as if that matters very much, Putler doesn't seem to care very much what his subjects think.

"Oh, Fuck Me! He's Stabbing Me! I'm Dead! .....I'm Dead."


The kid behind the counter is the owner of the business. Both perps were arrested.

As the saying goes, don't start none, won't be none.

Caturday

Camo-cat:

Friday, August 5, 2022

An Example of Why People Detest Politicians, CO Ed.

Joe O’Dea, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Colorado, said Friday that he would not support former president Donald Trump if he runs for president in 2024 — a switch from his comments during the primary.

Speaking to libertarian radio host Ross Kaminsky, of Denver’s KOA station, O’Dea said he hopes Trump “doesn’t run.”

“I don’t want to see him as president. Again, we’ve got a lot of great candidates, Ron DeSantis, Tim Scott, Nikki Haley, there’s a lot of great talent out there. We need to move this country forward,” O’Dea said. “I think that seeing a Biden-Trump rematch again in 2024 would rip the country apart. I think a lot of people are ready to move our country forward. So I wouldn’t support him running again.”

O’Dea, a self-described moderate Republican who is looking to oust Sen. Michael F. Bennet, said on June 21 — a week before the primary — that he would support Trump if the party nominates him in 2024
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So, when this clown needed only the votes of Republicans to win the nomination for Senate, he was out there, implying that he supported the TOFF. but now that he's secured the nomination and he needs the votes of Independents and Democrats to win, he's not supporting the TOFF.

I'm not saying that Mr. O'Dea is a weaselly backstabber whose word is not worth a bucket of warm pig shit, but it's pretty evident that is indeed the truth of the matter. It's guys like him, who turn their coat faster than Benedict Arnold, who give the voters a reason not to trust them as far as they can throw an anvil.

They Probably Don't Have That Much Insurance

it should be common knowledge by now that Alex Jones's lawyers sent the contents of his cell phone (and a lot of other stuff) to the plaintiff's lawyers in the current defamation-damages trial. The January 6th Committee wants to see it.

That mistake may have cost Jones the farm. It might land him in court on a perjury charge, especially if the judge in the current case makes a criminal referral.

All of which means that Jones might have a colorable case for suing his attorneys for malpractice. All of the partners in that firm will also probably be liable, right down to the soles of their shoes. Houses, investment accounts, expensive toys...poof!

Sinema Has the Hedge-Fund Guys' Back

Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Democrat of Arizona, announced on Thursday evening that she would support moving forward with her party’s climate, tax and health care package, clearing the way for a major piece of President Biden’s domestic agenda to move through the Senate in the coming days.

To win Ms. Sinema’s support, Democratic leaders agreed to drop a $14 billion tax increase on some wealthy hedge fund managers and private equity executives that she had opposed, change the structure of a 15 percent minimum tax on corporations, and include drought money to benefit Arizona
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It's a pretty safe bet whose money has been funding Sinema's campaigns. Not that there's anything wrong with that, Sammy Alito and the Supremes have said that money is speech. But it's worth noting of her three demands, only one arguably directly benefits her constituents. As to the rest, they fit the first princible of politics:

A Man Has Got to Know His Limitations

Madison Cawthorn, sure as fuck, does not.

This makes no sense on so many levels. This is nothing more than LARPing with firearms. Tam is right; the only good thing for Maddy is that, in a wheelchair, he's less likely to trip over his clown shoes.

(H/T)

(Origin of the title of this post.{They could have blown up Hal Holbrook with him carrying a cheaper gun.})

Because It's Friday

UP 4014 (Big Boy) is running this summer:

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Sneezing These Down, Here




The Wheels Grind Slowly

The U.S. Justice Department announced civil rights charges Thursday against four Louisville police officers over the drug raid that led to the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman whose fatal shooting contributed to the racial justice protests that rocked the U.S. in the spring and summer of 2020.

The charges are another effort to hold law enforcement accountable for the killing of the 26-year-old medical worker after one of the officers was acquitted of state charges earlier this year
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Three of the cops falsified documents before and/or after the botched raid and lied to the FBI about it (always a bad idea). The fourth cop retreated from the apartment, went around a corner in the corridor and then fired through the wall into the apartment. One would have to be a master apologist for the cops to come up with a rationale why blindly firing through a wall was acceptable. But that seemed to be OK in Kentucky.

Putin Still Has One Reliable Poodle in the Senate

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) was the only senator to vote against a resolution on Wednesday backing Finland’s and Sweden’s entry to NATO.

The Senate approved the resolution in a 95-1 vote. One senator, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), voted present
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Good Ol' Josh, rasing his fist to support Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Because make no mistake about it, that was the practical effect of what he did.

Of course, America's Young Pioneer babbled on about China being a larger threat, even though it happens to be Russia that is engaging in trying to conquer a neighbor, and that's why we need to not worry about what the Russians are doing. Yet, when it came to North Montenegro's joining NATO in 2019, he voted yes; he wasn't as concerned about the threat from China (or appeasing Putin), probably because his Orange Overlord was in office.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Russia: A Nation of War Criminals

ISW assesses that Russian forces were responsible for the killing of 53 Ukrainian POWs in an explosion at a Russian-controlled prison in Olenivka, Donetsk Oblast on July 28. Two US officials anonymously confirmed to Politico on August 1 that no traces of US-provided High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), Ukraine’s most precise artillery system, were found at the prison site.[4] The Kremlin alleges that Ukraine fired HIMARS and precision-guided rockets to kill Ukrainian POWs and deter Ukrainian defectors. Satellite and other imagery from the site indicate that the attack only damaged one building, did not collapse the walls of that building, and did not leave any shell craters in the vicinity, very strongly suggesting that the destruction of the prison was the result of either a precision strike or an internally planted incendiary or explosive.[5] One US official told Politico that “the evidence showed the attack was not conducted by Kyiv.” If Ukraine had used something other than HIMARS to conduct the strike, the attack would almost certainly have left collateral damage around the facility, including craters and other damaged buildings. Given the US assessment that HIMARS were not used in the attack, ISW assesses that Russia was responsible for this attack on Ukrainian POWs in violation of the Geneva Conventions. (Footnotes are in the origal

It was apparently planned by the Russians.

At a background briefing for journalists in the capital, Kyiv, senior Ukrainian officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity outlined evidence to suggest that Russian forces appeared to be preparing for mass casualties in the days before the July 29 explosion.

Satellite images taken before the explosion, they said, show what appear to be freshly dug graves within the prison complex. A New York Times analysis of images from Maxar Technologies and Planet Labs confirms that some time after July 18 and before July 21, about 15 to 20 ground disturbances appeared on the southern side of the complex, roughly 6 to 7 feet wide and 10 to 16 feet long at first; some later appeared to have been lengthened and merged with each other. Whether they were graves is unclear.

The tell, for me, is that there has not been a single report of any Russian casualties. A purporte dmissile strike hits a Russian POW prison and not a single Russian guard or staff member was killed or wounded? That defies logic.

On another note, StrategyPage has noted that word that the Russians are the Nazis in this particular war has been making its way back to the Rodina.

Pro Tip: If You Have to Ask Yourself "Is This Legal".....

.... the answer almost always will be "no".

Two Arizona Republicans recruited by allies of former President Donald J. Trump to join an effort to keep him in office after he lost the 2020 election grew so concerned about the plan that they told lawyers working on it that they feared their actions could be seen as treason, according to emails reviewed by The New York Times.
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The use of the word underscored how well aware at least some of Mr. Trump’s allies were that they were undertaking truly extraordinary steps to keep him in office, so much so that they risked being seen as betraying their country.
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One person working on the plan, the Arizona-based lawyer Jack Wilenchik, conceded in emails that the Electoral College votes the campaign was working to organize “aren’t legal under federal law” and repeatedly referred to them as “fake,” The Times has reported.

Seems as though convicting Wilenchick of conspiracy to overthrow the government and filing false official documents should be a relative walk in the park.

A whole lot of these people, if there is any justice in this country, should end up doing time in a Federal slammer.

Backdating Blogger Posts

Yes, you can do that. All the way back to 1970.

I don't know what the rationale for that is, but the Lords of the Google might.

Alex Jones Concedes That He is Full of Shit and Spreads Lies For Money

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones said Wednesday that he now understands it was irresponsible of him to declare the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre a hoax and that he now believes it was “100% real,” a day after the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the attack testified about the suffering, death threats and harassment they’ve endured because of what Jones has trumpeted on his media platforms.

“It was ... especially since I’ve met the parents. It’s 100% real,” Jones testified at his trial to determine how much he owes for defaming the parents of a 6-year-old who was among the 20 students and six educators killed in the 2012 attack at the school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Don't be fooled, Jones knew all along that the Sandy Hook Massacre was real. He spread disinformation and lies to all of the low-wattage mouthbreathers who buy his shit so he could make a buck. The families of the murdered children have endured a decade's worth of harassment and death threats because of Alex Jones.

The proper outcome of these trials would be to take every cent Jones has and then turn him into shark chum. But he's so vile they might not eat him. And the courts can't order that he be fed to the sharks.

Christian Taliban Loses in Kansas


Kansas voters on Tuesday sent a resounding message about their desire to protect abortion rights, rejecting a ballot measure in a conservative state with deep ties to the anti-abortion movement that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to tighten restrictions or ban the procedure outright.
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While it was just one state, the heavy turnout for an August primary that typically favors Republicans was a major victory for abortion rights advocates. With most of the vote counted, they were prevailing by roughly 20 percentage points, with the turnout approaching what’s typical for a fall election for governor
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The Talibanistas tried to play a fuck-fuck game and lost. By putting the ballot measure on the primary ballot, instead of the general election ballot, they hoped to get it passed because a lot of voters don't bother to vote in the primary election unless they care about a particular candidate.

But that didn't work. The turnout was about twice as high as a normal primary.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Jon Stewart Just Beat the Fucking Shit Out of Ted Cruz

A bill enhancing health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits won final approval in the Senate on Tuesday, ending a brief stalemate over the measure that had infuriated advocates and inspired some to camp outside the Capitol.

The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 86-11. It now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law. He has said the bill “makes good on our sacred obligation” to care for veterans and their families.

I guess that the public shame of being called out for playing fuck-fuck games with veterans suffering from Baghram Lung was too much for most of those Trumpist assholes, who last week enjoyed celebratory fist-bumps over the pleasure of fucking over veterans.

Guess that those arrogant motherfuckers saw the light when they felt the heat.

The Disgusting Eleven who voted to fuck over veterans are:

Crapo (R-ID)
Lankford (R-OK)
Lee (R-UT)
Lummis (R-WY)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Romney (R-UT)
Shelby (R-AL)
Tillis (R-NC)
Toomey (R-PA), and
Tuberville (R-AL).


Even Ted Cruz couldn't stomach those repugnant assholes.

The Stench of a Coverup

The watchdog at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) abandoned efforts to recover missing text messages from across its various agencies deleted in the wake of Jan. 6 and minimized its criticism of those that failed to produce them, according to emails released by lawmakers.

The evidence, released Monday by the House committees on Oversight and Homeland Security, was accompanied by a renewed call for Inspector General Joseph Cuffari to step aside from his investigations into how DHS agencies responded to the Jan. 6 attack.
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The panel said it has also obtained evidence that Cuffari’s office has not attempted to seek records from a former DHS official’s personal cell phone.

And...

Text messages received and sent by top Pentagon officials who were part of the Trump administration on Jan. 6, 2021, have been wiped from their government-issued phones, according to a federal court filing that cites statements by the Defense Department and Army.

The text messages from that day — when a mob of Trump supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol — “were not preserved, and therefore could not be searched,” according to that filing
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Right. Text messages around Trump's failed coup were just routinely deleted and nobody thought anything about it?

That defies reason.

It's Always a Grift with the TOFF

He buried his ex-wife at his golf course so he could claim a tax exemption for it being a cemetery. As the linked story explains, he previously had claimed that his golf course was a farm so he could get a tax break for that.

He's always running some kind of shady con. He really is a bare-faced liar.

Whatevering These Down, Here




The Taliban Hasn't Changed One Bit

The U.S. drone strike that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri on the balcony of a Kabul safe house intensified global scrutiny Tuesday of Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers and further undermined their efforts to secure international recognition and desperately needed aid.

The Taliban had promised in the 2020 Doha Agreement on the terms of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan [which was negotiated by the Trump Administration] that they would not harbor al-Qaida members or those seeking to attack the U.S.

Yet a mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks, who has called for striking the United States in numerous video messages in recent years, lived for months apparently sheltered by senior Taliban figures.

The safe house where al-Zawahri was staying in Kabul’s upscale Shirpur neighborhood was the home of a top aide to senior Taliban leader Sirajuddin Haqqani, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official. Haqqani is deputy head of the Taliban, serves as interior minister in its government and heads the Haqqani network, a powerful faction within the movement.

It is risible that the Taliban is claiming that the strike violated the Doha Agreement whicle ignoring the fact that sheltering al-Zawahri in the house of a high government official's aide in a wealthy section of Kabul also violated the Agreement.

"We want your aid, but we're going to continue to shelter terrorists." ... good luck selling that message.

Monday, August 1, 2022

The Right-to-Lifers Hate Women and Want Them to Die

This is the story of a young woman who wanted to have her child. But the fetus didn't develop a skull, the condition meant that there was a good chance of sepsis, and that termination was the only safe option. The local doctors were afraid to abort the fetus, so the family went with the mother, out-of-state, to have the procedure.

There, of course, they were met with the usual Bible-thumping asshole protestor who yelled at them, even when told it was to save the life of the mother.

Women are going to die because of those six black-robed ideologues who believe in their own personal divinity.

This is not hyperbole. All you have to do is look at the hoops that people with cancer and chronic pain have to deal with, because states and the Feds have severely cracked down on prescriptions of pain medicine. Doctors may not like the idea that their patients suffer, but they like the idea of running afoul of an overzealous prosecutor and cops even less.

Is Russia Losing the War?

This Twitter thread argues that they are

I may have some thoughts later on.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Another Giant from the Sixties Has Gone

Nichelle Nichols, who broke barriers for Black women in Hollywood when she played communications officer Lt. Uhura on the original “Star Trek” television series, has died at the age of 89.

Her son Kyle Johnson said Nichols died Saturday in Silver City, New Mexico.

“Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration,” Johnson wrote on her official Facebook page Sunday. “Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.”

Nichelle Nichols's impact on culture in the 1960s can hardly be unsderstated. Dr. King understood her omportance, which is why he persuaded her to stay with the show when she wanted to drop out. A generation of Black girls came to believe that space could be theirs, too. A few did so.

A True Great Has Passed

Bill Russell, the NBA great who anchored a Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in 13 years — the last two as the first Black head coach in any major U.S. sport — and marched for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr., died Sunday. He was 88.

He was a champion basketball player in an era when Black players weren't fully accepted. He was the first superstar, the true GOAT. Russell was known for being a team player, passing the ball to others who scored. His team won more championships than that steakhouse dude who some think is the GOAT.

Happy Birthday, Rorge

Your Sunday Morning Aluminum Noise

Oshkosh 2022:


That'll buff right out, you betcha!

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Truth About Russia


The Warsaw Pact was an "agreement" between a master nation and subservient nations. As soon as the Soviet Union fell apart, so did the Warsaw Pact. Nobody since 1914 has voluntarily entered into a defense pact with Russia. In Russia's worldview, nations fall into two categories: Client states and potential enemies.
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StrategyPage has looked into the supply of Russian munitions and has concluded that the Russians are heading up Shit Creek without propulsive equipment:

Russia believed the Ukraine invasion would succeed quickly and be over within weeks. That was a major miscalculation because months of sustained combat have depleted Russian stockpiles of guided missiles and rockets as well as unguided artillery shells. That may seem odd but post-Soviet Russia could not afford to maintain manufacturing facilities capable of producing large quantities of ordinary artillery shells and unguided rockets. That was not going to be a problem if the Ukraine invasion was over quickly. It wasn’t and now the Russians have less artillery ammo to fire at the Ukrainians. This got worse when Ukraine finally began receiving American GMLRS (guided rockets) in late June. The Russians lost lots of shells when these GMLRS rockets hit Russian ammo storage sites within range. Forced to establish new ammo storage sites farther away from the front line, the Russian also discovered that they did not have enough additional trucks to transport the shells to artillery units near the fighting.

I am, by far, not an expert on the Russian way of war, but it does seem that, for a very long time, the Russians do best when their troops are supported by massive amounts of artillery fires. As it is now, there are reports that the Russians have been using senior commanders (colonels and up) to run company-grade actions. And it's hard to motivate soldiers to go into battle when the price of being wounded is to be killed by one's own officers.

The takeaway here is that the Ukrainians appear to have a real chance of winning this war. Which, in a way, is also terrifying, as who knows what Gospodin Putler will do in that eventuality. He knows full well that Russian history is not kind to losers.

Jon Stewart Talks About Cancun Cruz (and the Rest of His Caucus of Venal Assholes)

He points out that the bill has not changed since those fuckwads first voted for the bill in June:

At this point, any veteran who votes for any one of those 42 Republicans should then rip up their DD-214.

Additional Risk of Wildfires in Europe

Explosions:

The First World War ended 104 years ago, but thanks to wildfires burning the European continent, echoes of the Great War are being heard. And seen. And nearly killing firefighters because bombs left over from the conflict are blowing up.

A massive wildfire is currently raging in the Kras region in Slovenia’s southwest. The fires are having the unexpected effect of setting off multiple unexploded ordnances (or UXOs) left in the ground from World War I. ... “The problem is that because of the unexploded ordnance firefighting units cannot penetrate into the fire but can only act on its edges,” Slovenian Defense Minister Marjan Šarec told the Slovenian Press Agency
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I don't know what Slovenian is for "I didn't sign up for this shit." (Which, so far as I know, was Melantonia's catchphrase from 2016-on.)

“Fat, Drunk and Stupid is No Way to Go Through Life, Son.”
(But You Can Still Get Into the Army)

It’s getting harder and harder to find people to enlist in the Army. With the service expected to miss its projected end strength for this fiscal year by about 10,000 people, the Army isn’t in a position to turn any potentially qualified applicants down. That is why it is considering establishing a prep school of sorts for people who don’t meet the minimum aptitude or body fat percentage requirements to enlist. A basic training course to get ready for basic training, if you will.

Sixty years ago, faced with similar issues (and a looming war), the Kennedy Administration began a presidential physical fitness program. Those who were in elementary school back then will remember this:



The John Birch Society probably proclaimed it to be a commie plot. Ted Cruz and the TOFF would take the same stance today. For nothing says "lack of physical fitness" like those two birds. (At least Josh Hawley can run.)

Economic Wonkology About Russia

This is a fairly lengthy paper that argues that, despite Russian propaganda and articles by their fellow-travelers in the West, that the Russian economy is cratering under the pressure of allied sanctions.

Russian imports have dropped drastically. Chinese companies are not stepping up to help Russia. China exports more than ten times as much to allied nations than they export to Russia. Those companies don't want to run the risk of being sanctioned, whether officially or unofficially.

The paper goes into a lot of detail and, as far as I can see, none of it is good news for the Russian economy.

Caturday

Double lap-warmer:

Friday, July 29, 2022

Don't Worry, Gun Control is Coming Soon

Across America, Black women are taking up arms in unprecedented numbers. Research shows that first-time gun buyers since 2019 have been more likely to be Black and more likely to be female than gun purchasers in previous years, a finding that aligns with surveys of gun sellers.

I can think of one recent editorial writer who basically conceded that one of the reasons behind making it more expensive to own a gun is to keep guns out of the hands of poor people:

As for the cost of meeting these firearm requirements making it more difficult for low-income individuals to obtain guns, that is probably true. However, my guess is that people living in low-income neighborhoods have many higher priorities — such as improving failing schools, access to quality affordable housing, improving health outcomes and lowering crime rates — than getting access to firearms.

That's pretty much the way it has been for a very long time. When gun control laws have been enacted in the 19th and 20th Centuries, the objective was to keep guns out of the hands of those people. When the Black Panthers began openly carrying long guns, conservatives tripped over themselves to pass laws to stop them from doing so. But when white, far-right folks did the same thing in the 2010s and into the current decade... crickets.

On another note, it seems that Jedgar Hoover was bereft of a sense of humor:

In December 1964, Buchwald turned his pen directly on Hoover, joking that then-President Lyndon Johnson couldn't fire the FBI director - because the lawman didn't actually exist.

"What happened was that in 1925 the Reader's Digest was printing an article on the newly formed Federal Bureau of Investigation and as they do with many pieces they signed it with a nom de plume," the column read. "They got the word Hoover from the vacuum cleaner - to give the idea of a clean-up. Edgar was the name of one of the publisher's nephews, and J. stood for jail."

Imagine the last administration with a director as fascist as Jedgar, coupled with a wannabee tyrant like Sir Scarfs-a-Lot.

Sure, It Was Just Routine Deletion (Again) and Yet, More

Text messages for President Donald Trump’s acting homeland security secretary Chad Wolf and acting deputy secretary Ken Cuccinelli are missing for a key period leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to four people briefed on the matter and internal emails.

This discovery of missing records for the senior-most Homeland Security officials, which has not been previously reported, increases the volume of potential evidence that has vanished regarding the time around the Capitol attack.

Yeah, sure. "Routine reset," they say. Tell me another one. Hell of a coincidence that both DHS and SS texts just happened to be deleted.

Meanwhile, in crime news:

An indictment was unsealed today in Tampa, Florida, charging a Russian national, working on behalf of the Russian government and in conjunction with the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), with allegedly orchestrating a years-long foreign malign influence campaign that used various U.S. political groups to sow discord, spread pro-Russian propaganda, and interfere in elections within the United States.

As alleged in the indictment, from at least December 2014 until March 2022, Aleksandr Viktorovich Ionov, a resident of Moscow, together with at least three Russian officials, engaged in a years-long foreign malign influence campaign targeting the United States. Ionov is the founder and president of the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia (AGMR), an organization headquartered in Moscow and funded by the Russian government. Ionov utilized AGMR to carry out Russia’s influence campaign.

“Ionov allegedly orchestrated a brazen influence campaign, turning U.S. political groups and U.S. citizens into instruments of the Russian government,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “The Department of Justice will not allow Russia to unlawfully sow division and spread misinformation inside the United States.”

According to the indictment, Ionov — working under the supervision of the FSB and with the Russian government’s support — recruited political groups within the United States, including U.S. Political Group 1 in Florida, U.S. Political Group 2 in Georgia, and U.S. Political Group 3 in California, and exercised direction or control over them on behalf of the FSB.

It's going to be interesting when it leaks out what these political groups were and whom the unindicted co-conspirators are.

Recommended Sentence: Lock This Guy in an Iron Box in the Nevada Desert During the Summer for a Few Hours

A man has been arrested after leaving a 3-month-old Husky puppy with its mouth taped shut locked inside a hot car while he gambled at a Las Vegas casino.

The incident occurred on July 20 when the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department received a call from security at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino at 3600 S. Las Vegas Boulevard at approximately 3 p.m. when they discovered a puppy locked inside a vehicle on the top floor of their parking garage with its mouth taped shut, police say.

The dog still is not fully recovered. The sadistic perp should also not fully recover.

Because It's Friday

A Garrett: