Trump’s Exoneration

We have a problem.

For the sake of this discussion let us presume that Trump and all connected with him are completely innocent of any form of wrong doing with respect to Russia. However, only you and I know this.

Now, allegations (which in this hypothetical are unfounded) have been made about Russian ties to the Trump campaign. Trump needs to be shown blameless so that this issue will be put to rest.

Here is the problem:

Who can do this?

Jeff Sessions? He is not credible simply by virtue of his appointment. The same problem holds true of the Assistant AG as well as the soon to be FBI Director.

I have been distressed by people’s propensity for #Russiantojudgement but that doesn’t mean we should never have a judgement.

I am confident we will find a way through this but I don’t see what that will be and it bothers me.

Drowning does not look like drowning

“Of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult.”

“In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening.”

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

In this brief (930 word) article the always illuminating Mario Vittone describes what drowning actually looks like.

Read it. Read it now.

Share his article.

FBI Entrapment?

I have my misgivings about Glen Greenwald. Sometimes he seems more like an activist than a reporter. However, this seems to fall within the bounds of investigative journalism.


Latest FBI Claim of Disrupted Terror Plot Deserves Much Scrutiny and Skepticism

This is not the first time I have heard of the FBI using these tactics. I am a huge fan of hunting down terrorists down. I believe we should put mad dogs down, but does poking a dog with a stick until he bares his teeth and then shooting him count as protecting us?

If the article is accurate then this practice needs to be stopped not just for reasons of justice and liberty but because it will piss off the people who will be the most likely to know of a threat. If they don’t trust the authorities they wont talk to them. This is not a new thought. It is a fundamental principle of law enforcement.

Way to Stay Classy Toronto

In the BBC’s Toronto Mayor Ford ‘threatened fellow school coach’ Ford has apparently not only used more than just crack, gone on drunken rants about killing people, made crude comments about oral sex at a press conference, and been accused of ordering a jail beating, he is NOW reported to have threatened a teacher and made “players roll in goose droppings.”

He was working as a volunteer school coach and was fired in 2013.

I like the part where he dismisses the documents from the school as “fictitious rumours and allegations.”

Apparently they can’t have him recalled.

Well, if he is re-elected, Toronto will truly have the government they deserve.