My nap dreams yesterday afternoon left me feeling something huge is coming in from New York City, regarding a book I wrote, or will write. I was told in the dream, I would have to change the name, of course.
I don't write a book unless the Muse sits me down and makes me write it.
If more comes to me, I will let you know.
My dreams last night left me feeling everything else in my life is all screwed up and backward.
I woke up this morning feeling like a turtle with his head, paws, feet and tail tucked way up in his shell.
Then, Kari Dangler called me and said she dreamed last night that the black armored knight on the black armored horse came back and cut off my head with his sword. I said I need to figure out what that black knight represents, because he's really important.
Kari said she doesn't want me to die, she is worried I will. I said that's all about her. Dying suits me just fine. She should be worried about me losing my soul. She seemed to have no clue what that meant, nor any interest.
I figured out later who the black knight is, which convinced me to pull out of reporting more on something going on in Key West, which involves the black knight, who is not this wandering royal pest next below.
Recent back and forth with Sancho Panza, who receives my daily email blast containing today's post at this website:
Got three emails for the same post! Just F.Y.I......
I thought I might have sent it twice to same list today, well, I guess I was paying even less attention. Thanks for letting me know.
There appears to be something awry in the copy and paste, it's not picking up the new set of email addresses sometimes, but is keeping the old set.
Sancho replied to yesterday's post:
God? God has this place in autopilot... or, if you prefer... you and I are like talking, jumping fleas in King Kong's ass!
In your case, King Trump's rump? I love the smell of smoked rump roast in the barbie!
Feedback, two duplicate messages this time... getting better!
I realized too late today that there were 2 duplicate messages. With 2 different batches of email blast addressees.
Now that I know what's happening, there is a way to stop it. It takes more time and hand work, but it stopped it today, when I sent out the other two batches of email addressees.
God is a puzzling creature indeed. That gets a fair amount of hand-wringing among the Amazons in "Wonder Woman", before Princess Diana leaves them to save the world from Ares, the God of War.
T-rump is beating up on the London mayor, who is Islamic and, I read today, in the past has condemned terror attacks as barbaric.
T-rump has no clue what a toad he is. Blinded by his own reflection in the mirror, he thinks he is Bruce Wayne.
I'm sure he really appreciated your vote :-).
Kill all Muslims and Fundamentalists of every denomination... kill anybody who worships or fears anything that cannot be eaten or be eaten by it! Trump is the most American president that has ever lived, why wouldn't I have voted for him!?
The fundamentalist American fundamentalist Christians voted for Trump.
Yes, those Satan worshipers should go first! Extreme vet the hell out of all of them, specially the Pope, that Hypocrite, hiding behind his golden WALL! Omnia tenebris sol acrior exurat... Long live Trump Rex!
In today’s Key West Citizen:
How long will NBA fans tolerate Trump-bashing by head coaches?
BY LARRY ELDER
The success of NBA San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich cannot be denied. In his professional career, the Popovich-led Spurs have won five championships.
Popovich is also a military vet. Fluent in Russian and armed with an Air Force Academy degree in Soviet studies, his first post was as an intelligence officer assigned to a top-secret facility operating spy satellites. He also played and coached basketball for the Air Force during his five years of active duty, achieving the rank of captain. So the man is not without experience and insight.
Here’s the problem. On several occasions, Popovich has teed off on Donald Trump, the first condemnation taking place just days after Trump’s election:
“It’s still early and I’m still sick to my stomach. Not basically because the Republicans won or anything, but the disgusting tenor and tone and all the comments that have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic, and I live in that country where half the country ignored all that to elect someone. That’s the scariest part of the whole thing to me. ... I’m a rich white guy, and I’m sick to my stomach thinking about it. I can’t imagine being a Muslim right now, or a woman, or an African-American, a Hispanic, a handicapped person, how disenfranchised they might feel. And for anyone in those groups that voted for him, it’s just beyond my comprehension how they ignore all that. And so, my final conclusion is — my big fear is — we are Rome.”
That was right after the election. How does Popovich feel now? He recently slammed Trump again: “Usually things happen in the world and you go to work and you have your family and your friends and you do what you do. To this day, I feel like there’s a cloud, a pall over the whole country, in a paranoid, surreal sort of way. It’s got nothing to do with the Democrats losing the election; it has to do with the way one individual conducts himself, and that’s embarrassing. It’s dangerous to our institutions and what we all stand for and what we expect the country to be. For this individual, he’s in a game show. Everything that happens begins and ends with him, not our people or our country. Every time he talks about those things, it’s a ruse. Disingenuous, cynical.”
Imagine what would happen to the career of a coach who said the same thing about, say, President Barack Obama? Couldn’t a coach argue that Obama’s Iran deal gives the hateful ayatollahs a march toward the acquisition of a nuclear bomb? Couldn’t a coach argue that Obama’s insistence on releasing detainees from Guantanamo Bay means that a large number of the so-called “worst of the worst” will return to the battlefield, only to kill more Americans or American allies? Couldn’t a coach in good faith believe that Obama’s failure to use the term “radical Islam” emboldens our enemies and lulls us into a false sense of complacency? Couldn’t a coach argue that Obama, by invoking Ferguson in a United Nations speech and by saying “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” exacerbated racial tensions in America?
As for Trump, it should be noted that he got a greater percentage of the black vote and Hispanic vote then did Mitt Romney in 2012, while getting a smaller percentage of the white vote. Can you imagine the shelf life of any coach who, for example, pointed out that President Obama presided over the worst economic recovery since 1949 and made the case that Obama’s tax, spend and regulate policies harmed the economy?
Popovich is not the only publicly antiTrump coach in the league. Steve Kerr, the coach of the Golden State Warriors, whose father was actually assassinated by Islamic terrorists, criticized President Trump’s proposed travel restrictions in January: “I would just say that as someone whose family member was a victim of terrorism ... if we’re trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country, by really going against the principles of what our country is about and creating fear, it’s the wrong way of going about it.”
The coach of NBA’s Detroit Pistons, Stan Van Gundy, also slammed Trump after his November victory: “I don’t think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic and ethnic-centric.” The NBA is a private entity, and they could pass a rule banning coaches from making political statements during interviews. The right to make a political statement, of course, does not shield the speaker from the backlash that comes with exercising it.
How much longer will Texas NBA fans tolerate a Trump-bashing coach in a state the president carried by 9 percentage points?
I’m green with jealously of Larry Elder, because I am a worst-selling white author and not a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, even though I have written about 20 books and probably have been interviewed close to 350 times on local, regional and national radio, and perhaps three dozen times on local, regional and national television.
Would I be doing better if I was a black man?
If Elder’s bitch with those T-Rump-bashing NBA coaches is they don’t also bash now dead horse Barack Obama, then I’m with Elder on that.
But if Elder is a T-rumpite and that is why he is pissed that the NBA coaches are bashing T-rump, then I ain’t with Elder on that.
I don’t keep up with Elder, so I think he should have told in this article who he voted for U.S. president in 2008, 2012 and 2016. That disclosure, with the article above, would have told me enough to size Elder up.
Thank goodness for Wikipedia.
Elder at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in 2013.
|Born||Laurence Allen Elder|
April 27, 1952
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Brown University (A.B.)|
University of Michigan (J.D.)
|Occupation||Radio show host, writer, attorney|
In all events, Elder seems to think it’s more important for NBA fans to shut up those three T-rump-bashing coaches, than it is to get down on his knees and thank God the 1st Amendment, on which Elder totally depends on his livelihood, still exists in America, but it might not if T-Rump has his way.
I never heard Barack Obama attack the free press. I never heard him call FOX News, fake news. And I really did not care for him being president.
Barack Obama could have been a great president, but he started running for reelection as soon as he was sworn in, in 2009.
Then, he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for being half black and continuing George W. Bush's two really stupid, ruinous rich white American men's corporate wars for profit, which could not have been waged without heaps of black service men and women.
Obama promised hope and change. He lied. Now we have T-rump. That is change, but it ain’t hope, and Trump lies plenty, as Larry Elder has to know, if he don't have his head permanently stuck in the tar baby's ass.
Is it possible Elder is embarrassed his Republican Party put Trump into the White House, so Elder makes himself feel better by beating up on Barack Obama and NBA T-rump-bashing coaches?
Flashback to March 2017:
Trump fumes over Sessions’ recusal from Russia probe
President Donald Trump, increasingly frustrated with his White House rollout, vented to top aides on Friday over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from any investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Prior to departing for Florida, where he is spending the weekend, Trump convened on Friday a group of senior aides in the Oval Office, including chief of staff Reince Priebus, senior adviser Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka Trump, chief strategist Steve Bannon, communications director Mike Dubke, and press secretary Sean Spicer.
The meeting was ostensibly to talk about next week’s packed schedule, which is expected to include the release of a new immigration travel ban and possibly an Obamacare replacement bill.
But at one point during Friday's meeting, Trump’s focus turned to Sessions, who on Thursday announced he would step back from any investigation into the presidential campaigns, including allegations that Trump’s team were in contact with Russian intelligence officials as the country was engaging in cyber-attacks designed to tilt the election Trump’s way.
Sessions came under pressure to recuse himself after the revelation that he met twice with the Russian ambassador last year, despite telling senators at his confirmation hearing that he had no contacts with the Russians during the campaign. Sessions, a chief adviser to Trump's campaign, has denied wrongdoing and said the meetings were conducted in his capacity as a senator.
The meeting on Friday got heated once it turned to the topic of Sessions. What, Trump wanted to know, was the logic of the move? The president made it clear he thought the whole thing had been handled poorly, and that Sessions shouldn’t have recused himself, according to sources familiar with the meeting. His exasperation was apparent.
At one point, Trump addressed White House counsel Don McGahn, who was also in the room, directly, and said he was unhappy about the turn of events, the sources said.
“There were fireworks,” said one person briefed on the events.
Priebus, Kushner, and Bannon all weighed in with their thoughts. “There was a robust discussion,” said a second person familiar what occurred.
Priebus, who was expected by some aides to go on this weekend's trip to Florida, stayed behind in Washington after the president's flare-up, according to two people familiar with the matter.
One White House official said Priebus needed to stay in Washington to work on the Affordable Care Act replacement and the new executive order.
White House spokespeople didn’t respond to requests for comment. That Trump was frustrated on Friday with the Sessions recusal was first reported by the Washington Post's Robert Costa in a tweet.
The Friday meeting was designed to prep for a week where Trump's team wanted to focus on substantive policy rollouts. The White House is planning to sign a revised executive order on his controversial travel ban at the Department of Homeland Security on Monday, according to senior officials familiar with the matter. The move is meant to get past a controversy that has embarrassed the administration, with judges batting down their previous order.
Bannon was heading on Saturday to Mar-a-Lago "for an EO launch meeting" with a team from the Department of Justice. They will meet with Department of Homeland Security officials and the president, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Trump’s team, meanwhile, has signaled to House Speaker Paul Ryan that they will embrace his health care bill next week, and aides hoped to get a marked-up bill ready.
To some degree, the president’s anger reflected a feeling that his week, which got off to a strong start with a well-received congressional address, was squandered.
It also underscored Trump’s dislike of admitting mistakes – or appearing like he’s giving ground. During a conversation with one associate on Friday, he expressed concern that Sessions recusing himself "made it seem like he'd done something wrong."
That Trump continued to obsess over Sessions, even after he recused himself, is not unusual. Days after Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser, Trump continued to question whether he made the right decision, people who spoke to him said.
In other phone conversations with several people over the last 48 hours, the image-conscious Trump has spoken more generally about his frustrations with his administration – and the perceptions surrounding it. "He’s tired of everyone thinking his presidency is screwed up," said one person who spoke to him.
After the meeting, Trump left for Florida, where he spoke at a Republican National Committee meeting on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, he sent out a number of tweets, some of which accused former President Barack Obama of tapping Trump Tower phone lines during the final days of the 2016 election, without citing evidence.
One White House official said he woke up Saturday morning to Trump's tweets and grimaced. It was unclear, this person said, where the president had gotten the idea, but that it likely wasn’t from an official source. "It could have come from anywhere," this person said.
Several other people close to Trump said they weren't sure where he got his information for the posts. One of these people said most of Trump's aides were back in Washington and woke up exasperated at the posts.
After making the explosive claims – and trashing Arnold Schwarzenegger's TV ratings – in the Twitter rant, the president headed to the golf course near his Mar-a-Lago resort.
My father told me many times when I was a boy that I needed to learn how to play golf, because all business deals are made on the golf course.
I don't think I have ever heard of even one golf course in Russia.
Jeff Sessions is from my home state, Alabama. His reputation there for ethics is not good.
He must have thought his ass was sho nuff in a huge sling, to recuse himself.
Four top law firms turned down requests to represent Trump
Top lawyers with at least four major law firms rebuffed White House overtures to represent President Trump in the Russia investigations, in part over concerns that the president would be unwilling to listen to their advice, according to five sources familiar with discussions about the matter.
The unwillingness of some of the country’s most prestigious attorneys and their law firms to represent Trump has complicated the administration’s efforts to mount a coherent defense strategy to deal with probes being conducted by four congressional committees as well as Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.
The president’s chief lawyer now in charge of the case is Marc E. Kasowitz, a tough New York civil litigator who for years has aggressively represented Trump in multiple business and public relations disputes — often with threats of countersuits and menacing public statements — but who has little experience dealing with complex congressional and Justice Department investigations that are inevitably influenced by media coverage and public opinion.
Before Kasowitz was retained, however, some of the biggest law firms and their best-known attorneys turned down overtures when they were sounded out by White House officials to see if they would be willing to represent the president, the sources said.
Among them, sources said, were some of the most high-profile names in the legal profession, including Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly; Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Paul Clement and Mark Filip of Kirkland & Ellis; and Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell.
The lawyers and their firms cited a variety of factors in choosing not to take on the president as a client. Some, like Brendan Sullivan, said they had upcoming trials or existing commitments that would make it impossible for them to devote the necessary time and resources to Trump’s defense.
Others mentioned potential conflicts with clients of their firms, such as financial institutions that have already received subpoenas relating to potential money-laundering issues that are part of the investigation.
But a consistent theme, the sources said, was the concern about whether the president would accept the advice of his lawyers and refrain from public statements and tweets that have consistently undercut his position.
“The concerns were, ‘The guy won’t pay and he won’t listen,’” said one lawyer close to the White House who is familiar with some of the discussions between the firms and the administration, as well as deliberations within the firms themselves.
Other factors, the lawyer said, were that it would “kill recruitment” for the firms to be publicly associated with representing the polarizing president and jeopardize the firms’ relationships with other clients.
Another lawyer briefed on some of the discussions agreed that the firms were worried about the reputational risk of representing the president. One issue that arose, this lawyer said, was “Do I want to be associated with this president and his policies?” In addition, the lawyer said, there were concerns that if they took on the case, “Who’s in charge?” and “Would he listen?”
None of the lawyers who turned down the White House overtures responded to requests for comment by Yahoo News.
The White House began discreetly reaching out to assemble an outside legal team several weeks ago, after the public uproar over the firing of FBI Director James Comey — who is due to testify before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday — followed by the appointment of Mueller as Justice Department special counsel.
Among those who began calling around on the president’s behalf were White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, senior counselor Kellyanne Conway and White House counsel Don McGahn. In some cases, the discussions led to meetings or phone calls between the lawyers who were approached and the president himself.
Some of the sources who spoke to Yahoo News said the top lawyers and the four firms that rejected the overtures were not exhaustive of the list of firms approached by the White House. Among those who also were reportedly approached were Reid Weingarten of Steptoe & Johnson and A.B. Culvahouse Jr. of O’Melveny & Myers.
The hiring of Kasowitz has been criticized by some who view the New York lawyer as a pit-bull litigator who lacks the finesse to represent the president in probes that involve the public arena. Among the cases on which he has represented Trump over the years were lawsuits involving Trump University and divorce proceedings.But one of the sources said that Kasowitz has been reaching out to Washington legal veterans to solicit ideas and suggestions about how to craft an overall defense strategy, including how and when to publicly release information that might be helpful to the president’s defense, the source said.
former Alabama practicing attorney
emphasis on practicing
KILL ALL THE LAWYERS? A Client's Guide to Hiring, Firing, Using and Suing Lawyers