But yes: for the first time in a week or so, I can see blue sky. It's an amazing sight, something you almost forget exists when the October rains come.
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So, about this whole FusionGPS thing--
You may recall that--during the campaign last year--suddenly a dossier appeared alleging that Trump had visited a hotel in Moscow, rented the same suite Obama had stayed in, and hired prostitutes and had some kind of orgy involving urination. This dossier was the primary driver behind all the "Trump colluded with Russia" stories and investigations.
After the election, despite continued flogging by the Democrats and the media, it turned out to be a wad of complete nothing. The dossier was, in fact, fake news. The organization that had assembled it, FusionGPS, turned out to have heavy ties to Russia. And now, as time goes on, we are learning so many interesting things about this entire story, some of which defy belief.
First off, it's been shown that the Democrat party itself, and the Hillary campaign, paid FusionGPS (via a law firm) to assemble the file. Right there, that's bad enough, and it ought to be remembered the next time there's an election, but it gets better.
The FBI paid them to work on it, too.
Sometime in October 2016--that is, at the height of the presidential campaign--Christopher Steele, the foreign agent hired by Fusion GPS to compile the Trump dossier, approached the FBI with information he had gleaned during the project. According to a February report in the Washington Post, Steele "reached an agreement with the FBI a few weeks before the election for the bureau to pay him to continue his work."There's some speculation that FBI did that so the wiretap subpoenas to FISA could say "FBI-sponsored" on them instead of "law firm-sponsored", thus increasing the liklihood that the wiretaps would go ahead.
James Comey briefed Trump on the dossier. The same James Comey, FBI director, who decided that Hillary couldn't be prosecuted for her illegal e-mail servers, and his briefing conveniently omitted that the file he was briefing Trump on had in fact been funded by the Hillary campaign.
That last link draws its information from here, which is ten things to keep in mind about the file.
Overall, then, the whole FusionGPS imbroglio is looking to be the tip of quite a dirty-looking iceberg. Given the general mood of the electorate, the FBI allowing itself to be used to legitimize shoddy propaganda for the Democrat party isn't going to deflate the tires on the Trump bandwagon. The more of this kind of thing that comes to light, the more likely Trumpslide 2020 looks.
Quoth President Trump, "The whole Russia thing...this was the Democrats coming up with an excuse for losing the election."
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And, incidentally, all of this excludes what's being learned about the Uranium 1 scandal, wherein the Clinton Foundation got hundreds of millions of dollars from Russian sources while Hillary was Secretary of State and actively considering whether to allow the sale to go ahead.
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I agree with this, 100%. If we're going to allow women in the military, particularly in combat roles, then women ought to have to sign up for Selective Service the same way men do.
That is equality.
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The case of the Las Vegas shooting just keeps getting weirder. So a brother of the shooter has been arrested for possession of child pronograpy, so discovered because the authorities are looking for a missing hard drive.
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New York Times honoring a century of horror and death. I'll let the opening paragraph do the talking:
To mark the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution The New York Times has been running a series called "Red Century." In the spirit of its Pulitzer-Prize winning Moscow correspondent and uber fellow-traveler in the thirties, Walter Duranty, the articles in the main are an exercise in rehabilitation rather than historical evaluation. Given communism's historically unprecedented and copiously documented record of slaughter, torture, mass imprisonment, brutal occupation, and utter failure to achieve its workers' paradise of justice and equality, the question why the Times would attempt to mitigate the evil of a totalitarian ideology that led to 100 million dead cries out for an answer.Because 100,000,000 dead is "just a statistic". Omelettes, eggs, you know. And the glorious workers' paradise has never been implemented correctly.
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I, too, love this picture.
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Aww, bitch. Freddy, chase your dreams! It's not too late!
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So, it went and got cold.
40° yesterday afternoon, and last night they predicted 32° for tonight's low. Now it's predicted to be 34°, but even so, that's chilly.
It reminds me (as if the turning leaves and declining sun weren't enough) that it's autumn, and winter is on its way.
Yesterday evening, while I was working on reassembling the computer room, I got so hot I had to open the window. Of course, I forgot to turn down the heat, so the heater started running, and I remembered in a hurry. Closed the window later, after I was done and had cooled down; the house started feeling chilly by bedtime, so I turned the heat back up.
Windows by the front door have had condensation on them for several days. I keep catching myself worrying about where all that water is coming from, until I remember it's been raining constantly and the temperature has been dropping and that's where that water is from.
This morning, I was laying in bed, and the heater came on, and I felt content.
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Today's main task is to get some work done on the partition wall. I have a few errands to run, as well. No worries.