Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sports Mini-Roundup

Arsenal beat Chelsea today to win the Football Association (FA) Cup.

Earlier this week I was listening to a country music station in Miami when the DJ came on between songs. "Nashville beat Anaheim last night 6-3," she began in a southern twang. " So let's all root for the Predators who are going to the Stanley Cup playoffs!"

If Golden State sweeps Cleveland they will be the greatest team in NBA history.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials. Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications.

The meeting also was attended by Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser.
Russia at times feeds false information into communication streams it suspects are monitored as a way of sowing misinformation and confusion among U.S. analysts.

[Ths Post published a thing last night. It was very convoluted. Confused the hell out of me. Russia planted fake information in one of their own legitimate communications. The fake info was that Loretta Lynch, Obama A.G., had told a person in the Clinton campaign that she would not let the FBI investigation into Clinton's emails go too far. Comey knew about this and that's why he went public, bypassing DOJ, and clearing Clinton. The story went on to say that the authenticity of the fake info was greatly called into question by Comey subordinates. But Comey believed it enough to make his announcement. (That story has now morphed today into a report by CNN that Comey KNEW the info was fake.). Confused Comey, too. The Post went on to say that Comey's premature clearing led to his October Surprise that he was reopening the investigation. Very convoluted.]

But officials said that it’s unclear what Kislyak would have had to gain by falsely characterizing his contacts with Kushner to Moscow, particularly at a time when the Kremlin still saw the prospect of dramatically improved relations with Trump.

The discussion of a secret channel adds to a broader pattern of efforts by Trump’s closest advisers to obscure their contacts with Russian counterparts. Trump’s first national security adviser, Flynn, [made] a series of false statements about his conversations with Kislyak. Attorney General Jeff Sessions...failed to disclose his own meetings with Kislyak when asked during congressional testimony about any contact with Russians.

Kushner’s interactions with Russians — including Kislyak and an executive for a Russian bank under U.S. sanctions — were not acknowledged by the White House until they were exposed in media reports.

The Post was first alerted in mid-December to the meeting by an anonymous letter...

[Hey, Ex-Quasi's, did you get an anonymous letter? Prolly not, You were Quasi-Official for so long nobody would trust you. Like Snowden.]

...which said, among other things, that Kushner had talked to Kislyak about setting up the communications channel. This week, officials who reviewed the letter and spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence said the portion about the secret channel was consistent with their understanding of events.

For instance, according to those officials and the letter, Kushner conveyed to the Russians that he was aware that it would be politically sensitive to meet publicly, but it was necessary for the Trump team to be able to continue their communication with Russian government officials.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

You tiny, tiny, tiny little man.

Greater Manchester

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Greater Manchester

Manchester United Beat Ajax this afternoon (normal people time) in Stockholm to win the Europa League and qualify for a seat at the big boys table next season in the Champions League. 2-0 was the score. Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Yeah right, like I've heard of him.) were the goal scorers.

Congratulations to our quiet neighbors.
Pope Francis upon being told of another priest pedophile.

Trump introducing the Pope to special advisor Jerry Sandusky.
Pope Francis in the receiving line to Melania Trump after greeting her husband:

"What do you give him to eat? Potica?"


"Frequently, people who go along a treasonous path do not know they are on a treasonous path until it is too late."
     -John Brennan, ex-CIA head, testifying before Congress yesterday in the Trump-Russia investigation.

Not in this case. Trump knew. Trump committed treason.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Public Confessions

I wish to have speaks.                                                                        This
has been on my mind off and on all day. I must needs pyramid my speaks before getting to the main speak because these are difficult things for me to speak and I do not like what they speak about me to speak them.

First layer in the pyramid: I hate Donald Trump. I do not like to hate, but I do. He is not the only person in the world who I hate and I wish I didn't hate anyone. I have been convincing in my expressions of hatred for Trump? No further testimony needed? I need not say that I would apply the sanction of the Nine Exterminations to him and to every one of the 63,000,000 who voted for him?

Second: I "know" Melania Trump only as a beautiful bimbo plagiarizing mental midget with giant tits. Seems okay. Have felt sorry for her for Trump's boorish, insulting treatment of her, as if she were only a beautiful bimbo plagiarizing mental midget with giant tits piece of arm candy. But she married the mother-fucker.

So then. Whoa, at the top of the pyramid already. Deep breath.

If my wife treated me like that in public while I was on my (ill-gotten) job, and repeatedly treated me with that disdain in public in my first 120 days in my new job, and didn't move in with me to our new house which came with my new job, I would scream at her until I was hoarse, I would not do so in public (although some minor indicia of my inner rage, facial expression, murmured threat to murder, would probably be uncontainable), I say I would not scream at her in public but in private, but until the walls of the private enclosure reverberated, with result that security forces would, no doubt, come running in alarm, perhaps with weapons drawn, I don't know, I would banish her from my life on the spot, and might strike her a blow.

I am saying that that is how I would react, I am ashamed to say it, would not excuse that behavior in myself or anyone else, am making a prediction of my behavior with the confidence of 62 years, am not writing a prescription for behavior, wish that I was a better person not to do it. But I am not.
I am Manchester.

Greater Manchester

"Yesterday, Manchester was one of the greatest cities on earth."
alongside the grief was an undeniable sense of community spirit.

One man who embodied this ethos was 35-year-old Sam Arshad, who co-owns the city's Street Cars Manchester taxi firm.

He happened to be driving past the arena on his way home when he heard screams.

"I was stuck in traffic and that's when I saw people rushing out," Arshad recalled. "I spoke to a police officer and he told me there had been an explosion and that we needed to evacuate the area."

He asked his fleet of drivers to turn off their their meters and not charge families, teenagers and children aiming to get home through the chaos to be reunited with their loved ones.

Arshad said he didn't think twice about giving free taxi rides to help those stranded.

"The audience was a very young audience and some people had come from far away, expecting to be picked up by their parents," he said.

He added that he "spoke to the drivers and pleaded with them that, if we could do anything, this was our time to help the people of Manchester. This is our city, at the end of the day … money's not everything, do you know what I mean?"

His drivers told him: "Whatever you want, gaffer, we're there for you," he recalled — gaffer being affectionate British slang for boss.

He is a Muslim, as are most of his drivers.

gives its response to terrorism. Never give in. X

"Yesterday, Manchester was one of the greatest cities on earth, and it remains so today."

But Manchester has shown this: whatever the hatred in the mind of this pathetic and warped perpetrator – whose name should be forgotten – it cannot begin to match the love and solidarity of Manchester. Those Mancunians who offered their homes to strangers. The taxi drivers who offered free rides home. These were instinctive responses, because it is ingrained in the soul of the people of Manchester to look out for each other.

It is a cliche to talk about the friendliness of the north...But whereas, in other cities, people can be in too much of a rush to bother with niceties, where icy politeness is a substitute for warmth, Manchester stands out. Strangers ask how you are, and mean it. People who have never met can strike up conversations on public transport and on the street: in London, that is seen, quite frankly, as a bit odd. That would have happened in that concert yesterday. That’s just what Mancs do.

Yesterday, Manchester was one of the greatest cities on earth, and it remains so today. The warmth, the solidarity, the unique Manc humour, all of that will thrive as much as it ever did. This was the city that helped bequeath modern industrial civilisation; it is a hurricane of creativity and talent...

A wretched soul has succeeded in inflicting immense suffering on that city...When the names of the dead emerge, and the loved ones share with us who they were and what they were like, let’s all remember just one. Let’s celebrate the warmth and talent of Manchester...Manchester will always overcome.

22 Now Dead in Manchester Massacre: IS Claims Responsibility

Man, I have always wanted to punch Trump but man that looks bad! She clearly has come to detest the man and cannot role play. She doesn't even live with him! Can't Trump take Tonka or whatever her name is, the one who cucks the felon, in public as surrogate? 


I didn't think at first but in seeing this there is no doubt. That is definitely, "Do not touch me with those short, stumpy fingers."

"On her first official trip, Melania Trump is dressed for control and containment"-WaPo


When she departed the White House on Friday afternoon, a day when the temperature ticked up past 90 degrees, Trump wore a high-waisted, pumpkin-colored leather skirt by designer Herve Pierre and a long-sleeve ivory sweater. She is not one to let the weather derail a fashion decision.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Manchester Attacks

Ariana Grande, performing in concert at the Manchester Arena, is only 23 years old. A young pop singer. Many of her fans, many, were young teen girls. They, young girls, were the targets of this apparent terror attack. This was hate, pure evil, and it will engender pure hate.

More Trump Attempts to Obstruct Justice, Impeachable Offenses

Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election.

Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president.

Trump sought the assistance of Coats and Rogers after FBI Director James B. Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on March 20 that the FBI was investigating “the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”
Current and former senior intelligence officials viewed Trump’s requests as an attempt by the president to tarnish the credibility of the agency leading the Russia investigation.

A senior intelligence official said Trump’s goal was to “muddy the waters” about the scope of the FBI probe at a time when Democrats were ramping up their calls for the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel, a step announced last week.

Senior intelligence officials also saw the March requests as a threat to the independence of U.S. spy agencies, which are supposed to remain insulated from partisan issues.

“The problem wasn’t so much asking them to issue statements, it was asking them to issue false statements about an ongoing investigation,” a former senior intelligence official said of the request to Coats.
In addition to the requests to Coats and Rogers, senior White House officials sounded out top intelligence officials about the possibility of intervening directly with Comey to encourage the FBI to drop its probe of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, according to people familiar with the matter. The officials said the White House appeared uncertain about its power to influence the FBI.
“Can we ask him to shut down the investigation? Are you able to assist in this matter?” one official said of the line of questioning from the White House.
Trump’s effort to use the director of national intelligence and the NSA director to dispute Comey’s statement and to say there was no evidence of collusion echoes President Richard Nixon’s “unsuccessful efforts to use the CIA to shut down the FBI’s investigation of the Watergate break-in on national security grounds,” said Jeffrey H. Smith, a former general counsel at the CIA. Smith called Trump’s actions “an appalling abuse of power.”


"Ex-national security adviser 'to defy Senate Russia inquiry'"-BBC

That is because of Trump.

Trump reportedly has sent positive messages to Flynn to stay strong, etc. What he intended by those messages was "stay quiet." 
The Cavs, with just one loss, guarantee themselves a trip back to Boston this week and a shorter layoff before the NBA Finals.
There will be an NBA Finals. Right?
LeBron James snipes at a reporter after Game 3 loss: "You only ask questions when we lose... You always come around when we lose, I swear."
James' rough night continued after the final buzzer. Walking toward the podium in the bowels of The Q, a heckler emerged from the Lexus lounge and James snapped back at him and began to walk toward him -- according to numerous eye witnesses.
LeBron James who was, once again in a fairly big playoff game, missing in action. Bizarrely missing in action, and it was shades of what happened against the Boston Celtics in 2010 in his last go-round with Cleveland the first time, and shades of what happened in the Finals against Dallas - when LeBron just inexplicably shrank and disengaged  and didn’t even want to touch the ball through the last quarter and a half of the game. He did not make a basket, LeBron James, for the last 19:12 of the game. He made a free throw.

“I’m going to say it again. On occasion, LeBron James can be as mentally fragile a superstar as we have ever seen.Inexplicably, weirdly, oddly… he just went completely passive last night.

...he can be very fragile psychologically, emotionally. I think we saw that last night.
(emphasis in original)
...what exactly was going on with LeBron James?
James played 45 minutes but managed just 13 shots, making one lonely bucket in the second half.
James looked sick or tired, or sick and tired.
James had a strange night. He seemed distant, almost detached.

"James Disappears"

If you google that as I just did, you'll get, humorously to me, Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance in 1975, the disappearance of Jim Thompson, who I had never heard of, in 1967, but the top entries, tweets and other immediate social media comments are on who I was searching for, LeBron James.

LeBron James has been typical playoff Big Games James this post-season and Cleveland has been unbeatable, literally. Today Boston's coach called Cleveland's lineup "perfect." Through 2/12 quarters they were and led the overwhelmed, overmatched and minus-their-best-player "Celtics" by 21. And then LeBron James did something he had done before, with more apparent reason, in 2008 against Boston, in 2010 against Boston again (his last game in Cleveland, Part I) and against Dallas in 2011--LeBron James disappeared.

James disappeared against Boston for the fourth time in his playoff career, this time in the friendly confines of Dan Gilbert's Pawn Shop, and this "perfectly constructed" team self-destructed, coughed up that three touchdown lead and LOST 111-108. After blowing the "Leprechauns" out by 40+ in Chowder Town the game before.

James played 45 of a possible 48 minutes and scored 11 points, shot 4/13 and had six turnovers. "I didn't have it tonight," said Himself, and that may be all there is to it, but that's not all there was to his previous vanishing acts, they were canaries in coal mines of deep dissatisfaction that led to change, in direction of the teams he played for and ultimately in direction he took his talents.

We all have days when we "don't have it" but James hasn't had those days in the playoffs, except for those three others and those weren't just days he didn't have it, those were days when he had had it, when he had seen things that he couldn't accept. Only God in heaven knows what this disappearing act after 10 straight wins this post-season is about. Maybe he just didn't have it and there is no subtext. If so, that'll be the first time.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Video shows the terrifying moment a sea lion yanks a girl into the water


    After 146 Years, Ringling Brothers Circus Takes Its Final Bow


    This is what you give us? For shame!

    Hey, You Guys: Did You Take the Day Off?

    Truth does not take a day off, Former Quasi's.

    It's getting dark out, Chief WaPo, do you know where your reporters are?

    "People got what they voted for."-Sen. Marco Rubio

    Si, and they like it. 77% of Republicans approve of Trump's performance in office.

    Premiership Final 2016-17

    The truth is, God's Righteous Team of Angels in Blue swatted those stingless "Hornets" of Watford 5-0 to clinch third in the table and a bye into the group qualifying stage of next season's Uefa Champions League.

    The Team of Ex-Cannibals in Red beat relegated Middlesbrough 3-0 to get fourth and the UCL play-in.

    The Quaker Gunners beat Everton 3-1 to finish one point behind the "Echos" and will have to content themselves with the echo of the UCL that is the Europa League.

    Manchester "Buccaneers," 6th, and the aforementioned Everton,7th, will join the Arse on Europa unless the aforementioned "Bucs" win Europa at Ajax on Wednesday.

    In addition to the aforementioned Middies, Hull and Sunderland descend a level to sip Coca-Cola. The Northeast would be without a rep in the top flight next season were it not for Newcastle, safely in the top two in the Championship and thus guaranteed promotion.