Sunday, April 18, 2021

Interview with Jessica H. Stone

Sheaffer Blue can't hold a job, a boyfriend, or her place in line at the liquor store. But she can solve murders. In Blood on a Blue Moon, set in Seattle's houseboat community, Sheaffer-just Blue to her buddies-tackles corrupt politicians, big money, and killers who think nothing of torching an old woman and blowing up her neighbors. In her current job as an insurance investigator, Blue must join forces with David Chen, a high-ranking detective on loan to the Seattle police department. Chen is precise, organized, and diligent-the polar opposite of Blue. Their relationship is icy. But when thrown together in life-threatening danger, things heat up, and sparks fly. Sheaffer Blue is a woman of many careers and many lovers, but the one constant in her life is murder.” Synopsis for Blood on a Blue Moon.

15) There’s a hoary old adage in writing circles: “Write what you know.” And that certainly seems to be the case with you, Jessica. Tell us how Sheaffer Blue came about. How long were you mulling that character until you’d finally begun Blood on a Blue Moon?

Sheaffer Blue has been hanging around in my head for ages.  I’ve seen her sailing the coast of Mexico, partied with her on South Polynesian beaches, and swapped stories of dozens of dock parties I honestly don’t remember when we first met. I suspect she’s an amalgamation of a gaggle of gutsy sailor girls who’ve welcomed me aboard or who’ve waved as we passed.

14) The houseboat community of a major US city is certainly a fresh and original backdrop and setting for a detective series. In fact, I don’t know of a precedent for it (Discounting, of course, the Terry McCaleb duology by Michael Connelly). I have my own ideas but what do you personally see as the advantages to setting your new series in Seattle’s houseboat community?

Ah, well, this first book in the series is set in a floating-home community much like one I lived in for a couple of years. I got the idea for this book when I saw a worker replacing a hermetically sealed drum (a floatation device) under a home.  It occurred to me that a drum, sealed tight, would be a great place to hide a body.  And you know, that’s how these things start. But Sheaffer will move on to other exciting venues as she’s a bit of a rambler.

13) Of course, Blood on a Blue Moon isn’t the only nautically-themed book you’ve written and published. There was also Doggy on Deck, a nonfiction account of life on the sea with your quadruped first mate, Kip McSnip. Tell us about some of your adventures on the water and have or will any of them find their way into your fiction?

Guessing this is the case for all fiction writers—everyday life—every adventure, word, smell, and moment can inform the work. No different for me.  I’ve spent half a lifetime on the sea, so much of that saltwater splashes onto my pages. The ocean offers up both deep, spiritual magic and unholy terror.  Even when I write of the land, the emotions felt at sea become part of the tale. The water has given me a great gift, and I hope to share it with others through words and stories.

12) I’d imagine that having a protagonist who lives on a houseboat is a wonderful way to escape the dreaded Cabot Cove syndrome. Are you planning, in future installments, to have Sheaffer set sail to different locales or is she in Seattle to stay?

Sheaffer is a wandering soul, and she will travel widely in her adventures. While she may check in on her buddies on Dock W from time to time, she has a whole world to explore and explore, she will.

11) For those who’d never been to your blog… What did you do in your professional life before you’d made the transition to writing? And had any of that knowledge or experiences informed your writing?

College professor—taught marketing, strategic business planning, and consumer behavior.  I was lucky to enjoy great students and intelligent colleagues. It was a good gig, but I’ve always been happier at the helm of a boat or at my keyboard than I was in faculty meetings. My former career comes into play in my writing through my ability to conduct research and stay organized when bombarded with data. Valuable skills, I think, for any writer.

10) Describe your typical writing day, if there is such a thing. Do you exclusively draft in notebooks or journals, on a laptop or is it both? Do you set a word or page goal and if so, what is it?

While Covid has messed with almost everything, some of my writing habits are cast in stone (nope, not a pun). Early morning with coffee, journal, and fountain pen. Then shower, dress, and hit the desk. I light a candle to call in the Muse. No page or word goal. I write until the characters stop acting out or until the Muse calls it a day. Then it’s on to the business of adulting and living in the three-dimensional world.

9) What are Sheaffer Blue’s strengths and weaknesses and why does she make such a compelling detective?

Without a doubt, Blue’s strengths are her intelligence and her tenacity when she uses them to good ends.  If she’d focus on her life, the way she focuses on solving murders, she’d go far. But she’s lazy and doesn’t care for anything that sounds or feels like work. Her only desire is to sail her boat, Ink Spot, down the coast of the U.S. to the south of Mexico, where she can spend her days in a hammock and her nights dancing with dark-eyed men.

8) You mentioned in an email last winter that you were collaborating on a thriller with your mentor, J.D. Barker. How’s that coming along and can you tell us anything about it?

Oh, gosh, miscommunication. J.D. Barker is a fantastic thriller writer – a master! He’s my mentor—a guide, a teacher. We’re working together to strengthen my skills, but we’re not collaborating on work. At least not yet. However, wow—what a goal! Okay, now you’ve got me dreaming of bigger and better things.

7) Your debut novel, The Last Outrageous Womanwon First Place in The Somerset Award for Women’s Literary Fiction, certainly an auspicious start. What was the inspiration behind that?

My mother lived in a retirement community in Florida. She belonged to a group of senior women who met once a month for lunch and conversation. They called themselves the Outrageous Women. During a visit to the Sunshine State, mom invited me to join one of their luncheons. Later that evening, my mother said it was sad—they had started with fifteen Outrageous Women, and now there were only five. I popped out with, “wouldn’t it be strange to the last outrageous woman?” BAM! Voices filled my head—they babbled and tittered and pushed each other out of the way—each so eager to tell her story. I had to excuse myself, run to find paper and pen, and write down everything those ladies had to say. In two hours, they gave me the entire outline of the novel. They stayed with me, chattering away until the book was complete, a full year later. When they’d finished telling their stories, their voices faded into mist.

6) Plotter, pantser or plantser?

Plotter. Ideas come in the morning journaling, walking the pup, sailing, standing in line at the deli. Ideas come all the time. What if? What would happen if? Questions start the musing, the wondering, but outlining and plotting—that’s where the story takes shape—at least for me. I use the beat sheet in Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody and the structure format in The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery by Robert J. Ray and Jack Remick. The Hero’s Journey, discussed by Joseph Campbell, is another useful model.

5) What are some of the advantages to living on a houseboat? How does it add to the writing experience?

Anything that floats is a catalyst to dreaming, to musing. I’m currently writing a thriller set on a whale-watching tour boat and, as one character tells another, “the best dreams you’ll ever have are the dreams you have at sea.”

4) You’d also written a nonfiction book entitled, Howto Retire on a Boat. Have you taken all your own advice?

For many years I lived on my sailboat while working at my teaching career.  When I transitioned to full-time writing, I traveled extensively and did house and boat-sitting around the globe.  At the moment, I’m a dirt-dweller living in a 125-year-old-home in a charming little town by the sea.

3) While growing up, who were your favorite authors and which ones would you call an influence?

My mother went to college when my sister and I were young, so I had the advantage of being exposed to many writers not often encountered until high school. I read Dickens and Fitzgerald and Salinger. My favorite book of all time is Moby Dick by Herman Melville. By far, the most influential writer for me was Ernest Hemingway. Say what you will about the man or his troubled life—the guy was a master with words.

2) Would you like to see more nautical-based mystery fiction or do you like being the only fish in that sea?

I enjoy novels set in all sorts of locations. It’s a joy to experience new places and situations through story so bring them all on!

1) Besides the Barker collaboration, what’s next for Jessica Stone/Sheaffer Blue? 

J.D. Barker is my mentor and teacher. Our collaboration is on my education—and while he’s a stern taskmaster, he’s also a kind and generous guide. I’m working on a thriller titled Turbulent Waters. It’s a stand-alone novel. Set on a whale-watching tour boat in the Straits of Juan de Fuca, Turbulent Waters tells the terrifying story of killers who kidnap a class of third graders and the emotionally-shattered stow aboard who risks everything in an attempt to save the children.

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

The Ku Klutz Kaukus

(By American Zen's Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari.)
Yesterday, Punchbowl News' Twitter account exposed a seven page draft document announcing the formation of an "America First Caucus." It quickly proved to be one of the biggest bombshells and scoops of the still-young year. Reading the seven-page draft, it's easy to see why it's, for now (with all due disrespect to Matt Gaetz), the biggest lightning rod on the Hill.
     The eye-catching part is the blurb on immigration that states in part, "America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo Saxon political traditions."
     There's so much to unpack from these 21 words. First off, all nations have borders, even island nations. Sharing borders with two other North American nations hardly makes us unique. Secondly, it's only possible to see how America's "Anglo Saxon political traditions" are commonly respected only if you exclude the opinions of people whose continuing interests will be ignored by this caucus and that of the entire Republican Party in general. Go ask an African American, Latinx, Native American or Chinese American how they feel about our still-prevalent "Anglo Saxon political traditions." I'll wait here.
     The platform draft goes on to state that it wishes to roll back immigration law to pre-1965. That was the year the Johnson administration abolished immigration quotas on certain nationalities. It was known as the Hart-Celler Act and radically broke with Caucasian-centric immigration policies that heavily favored the white European model still heavily favored by right wingers, including those responsible for creating this nativist draft policy.
    Less than an hour after Punchbowl News' bombshell, the backlash was swift and, surprisingly, bipartisan. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) was among the first to pile on and the dependably-wonderful Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) asked, "I have some questions about your Anglo-Saxon caucus: Will non Aryans be allowed to join? If so, do we have to sit in the back of the room because we're not white? Can we have fried rice and nachos during the meetings? Asking for a friend."
    After the inevitable dust-up began, MTG, typically, lashed out at the "POS" "Communist" media, pointedly not her fellow Republicans. As one could expect, the criticism was filled with sound and fury, signifying nothing (Pointedly, she didn't deny its existence, just that the media misinterpreted it). Kevin "Charlie" McCarthy hopped off Trump's lap long enough to somehow stand at a microphone sans backbone to say the GOP was the party of Abraham Lincoln.
   Yes, he went there, with the classically right wing historical illiteracy fully-intact.
   Of course, one of the reasons why McCarthy has been so wishy-washy against the very most dangerous elements of his own caucus is because MTG has immediately proved to be a cash cow. In the first quarter of 2021, Forbes reported, Greene had taken in a haul of $3.2 million. As always with Republicans, as long as they bring in the parishioners and keep the collection plates full, who gives a fuck about horrible optics?

“(A) certain intellectual boldness..."
At first, it might be easy to dismiss this Nativist stunt as something comical that can and should be easily laughed off. This is especially tempting in light of Matt Gaetz (R-She Said She Was 18, I Swear!) announcing his support and pledge to join (Perhaps someone should take Gaetz aside and remind him the diminutive Congresswoman is considerably above the age of 17).
    That would be a grave mistake. After Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany in 1932, no one took him, seriously, either. In fact, Hitler was initially laughed at and looked upon as just another in a long line of ineffective, figurehead Chancellors who'd came and went in rapid succession before him. Likewise, it would be a mistake to laugh off this Nativist power play that seeks to catapult America back to the 19th century and beyond.
    Just the very idea of such a major party caucus automatically brings back the antebellum south, in which "Anglo Saxon political traditions" viciously fought its own government for four years at a cost of 600,000 American lives for the right to own black people as slaves. It raises the ugly shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 that barred Chinese laborers from entering the US by making use of the odious National Origins Formula that nakedly discriminated against certain immigrants based solely on their country of origin, one of the things abolished by the Hart-Celler Act of 1965. It brings back the hideously tragic specter of the Trail of Tears that killed countless tens of thousands of displaced Native Americans during the 1830 Indian Removal Act of Andrew Jackson's openly racist administration.
     Making the nascent Neo Nazi caucus even more vulnerable to dismissive laughter is the fact that its very name is cribbed from Donald Trump's own cribbing of the "America First" Committee that was founded in 1940 from the ashes of the all but defunct German American Nazi Bund that collapsed the year before under the weight of its own corruption and unpopularity. It was disingenuously billed as an anti-war committee (and perhaps it originally was) until it had gotten co-opted by authoritarian figures such as Charles Lindbergh  as a means to not oppose Nazi Germany's international rise to prominence.
    When Trump began his own Iron Eagle ascendance in US politics, we began seeing old Dr. Seuss cartoons drawn in 1940 and 1941 ridiculing the very concept of a movement that prized human life provided it was the "right" kind of people. Like Anglo Saxons with traditional political beliefs, for instance.
     Shamelessly, Herr Drumpf sallied forth, as historically illiterate as the party he'd cynically hijacked and without which he would've a been just a fringe also-ran third party candidate. Equally cynical Republicans, seeing the manic hatred and racism squirming like a sea serpent at his rallies and mistaking it as harmless political energy that would never one day turn on them, brought the shambling homunculus of Queens into their midst and they've been looking over their shoulders ever since, especially since January 6th.
     And here we now are, watching the terrible beauty of Yeats blossom like a corpse flower, a once in a lifetime event filling the political arena with the smell of putrefaction, proving the Republican Party is not the party of Abraham Lincoln but George Lincoln Rockwell.

Addendum Wow, that was quick.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Pottersville Digest

(That's why they call themselves "sons of the soil", because they can't climb steps.)

     The dubious benefits of hiring a childish conspiracy theorist to do an adult's job.

     I plan on getting this new Richard Wright novel when it comes out.

     The Luddite caucus strikes again.

     Your Karen o' the day.

     This really heightens my sense of security.

     Take this as an article of faith: When right wingers are presented with an opportunity to save human lives with just a minimal amount of effort, they WILL avoid doing so any way possible.

     “God bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong.”
     This is actually made my stomach turn.

    They might as well have told them to tie one hand behind their backs. If this was a Black Lives Matter rally, they would've immediately brought in F-35s with nuclear-tipped warheads.

     J&J asked them for help with their vaccine's blood clotting problem. Pfizer and Moderna told them to fuck off.

     A Proud Boy Capitol rioter got COVID in jail. So naturally, his lawyer wants him released back into the general population.

     Like all other big right wing promises, this turned out to be a big nothing burger.

     It IS North Carolina, after all.

    This is absolutely heartbreaking. I adored her work in PEAKY BLINDERS as Aunt Polly. RIP, Helen McCrory.

     The January 6 riots were 100 days ago. What have we learned?

     Seriously, guys? Is that the hill you really want to die on?

     Why did you agree to distribute a book by Breonna Taylor's murderer, in the first place, you money-grubbing assholes, or did II just answer my own question?

     Another fine example of those rock-ribbed, conservative Republican family values!

     What, no sanctions on Dr. Seuss, Vlad?
Oh, well, then. Why not just go all the way and call it the KK Kaukus?
Another series of petty crimes by Pompous Maximus that will go unpunished.
Oh, you don't like Big Gubmint intrusion, Greg? Secede and see where that gets you.
Another horrific mass shooting, this time in Indianapolis. Lauren Boebert responded by saying, "Mass shootings are illegal." And finally...

Here we go. Let the demonizing of 13 year-old Adam Toledo begin.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

One Fewer Degree of Separation

     As I've said several times before, it's one thing to have enough dots to connect until a coherent narrative picture starts to emerge. But in the case of the revelations of the widespread collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in 2015 and 2016, there are so many dots that, like a TV screen, they make the picture.
     In the immediate wake of the Biden administration's announcements of a fresh wave of sanctions against Russia, the Treasury Department, of all places, dropped a bombshell on this morning's news cycle by announcing the government had finally closed some of the troubling gaps in the Mueller Report that had gone unanswered for five years.
     Among those gaps were, what did Constantine Kilimnik do with the internal voter polling data he'd received from Trump campaign chairman Manafort and his stooge, Rick Gates at Manhattan's Grand Havana Club on August 2, 2016? It was a meeting as notorious and disturbing to the Rod Rosenstein-hamstrung Mueller team as was the one between Donald Trump, Jr. and Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower on June 25, 2016 and Jeff Sessions' meeting with then Russian US ambassador Sergei Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel the same exact month as the Manafort-Kilimnik meeting.

     All those seemingly countless ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia had long since been established (Don't forget Maria Butina and her ties to GOP politics and money funneling into the NRA and Roger Stone and Wikileaks, in which stolen information and emails from the Clinton campaign were released into the public domain). And the coverup was so deep and viciously enforced at the highest levels of the government, it made speculation fruitless and redundant. This was because the right wing coverup and loud sneering about "the Russia hoax" had proven remarkably effective, especially among right wing voters who for years got all their guidance, news and, literally, even marching orders from Trump's now-defunct Twitter feed.
     Until now, the Mueller team, Congress and the American people who cared about the real news knew large chunks of the narrative's meat. The problem was in establishing some of the connective tissue. We knew that Gates was ordered by his boss Manafort, a longtime stooge of Russian and pro-Russian Ukrainian interests, to pass along to Kilimnik throughout the last three months of the 2016 campaign sensitive polling data that targeted Midwestern battleground states such as Wisconsin.
     And, while the investigators within the Mueller team must have had some educated speculation, what they couldn't prove, or even speculate on in the report, was what Kilimnik had done with that polling data.
     But now we know. Manafort, through Gates, had given Kilimnik sensitive polling data obtained directly from the Trump 2016 campaign, who in turn had handed it off to the Russian GRU, their answer to our DIA.
     The questions that remain are, did Manafort do this of his own volition or was he acting on Trump's initiative?
     The jury's out on that one (hopefully, someday, literally) but Manafort hastily offered his "services" to the Trump campaign for gratis in the summer of 2016 and Trump gladly hired him to be his campaign chair for certain reasons. Remember, Manafort had done some lucrative business with Russia and pro-Russian interests that included Oleg Deripaska, the Russian oligarch whose plane was spotted at a New Jersey airport the day of the Grand Havana Club meeting across the Hudson in Manhattan. And Trump must have been all too well aware of Manafort's treasonous relationship with Putin's Russia.
     But one could also make a persuasive case that Trump, being the lazy, incurious oaf he is, whose Mr. Bill understanding of the complex US-Russian relationship consisted solely of, "Obama bad and Russia good!" perhaps didn't wish to read the fine print of the agreement between his campaign chair and a proven Russian agent. And, typical of mob bosses for over a century, Trump used Manafort as his one degree of separation between him and Putin's government just as Manafort had used Gates as his go-between separating him from the GRU. Maybe Trump didn't issue the order from Trump Tower but he certainly must have known Manafort would do something beneficial to him and his campaign.
     Manafort, don't forget, got an early Christmas gift from Trump on December 23 last year: A full pardon, a reward for his loyal silence, another asset highly-prized among mob bosses whose underlings had taken the fall for the Godfather.
     However, Trump may still be on the hook because, instead of playing the fruitless, "What did Trump know and when did he know it?" game, federal prosecutors ought to be looking in whether they can charge Trump with knowingly accepting something of value from a hostile foreign government during a campaign for high office and not reporting the collusion, as he was mandated to do, to those same federal authorities.

Pottersville Digest

(You're damned right I take down names.)

     Of course Gomer and Allen West will be there. How could they not be?

     Your Karen o' the day.

     The cop who killed Daunte Wright, Kim Potter, has resigned. However, as Bree Newsome Bass says, it means nothing and changes nothing.

     "Despite the technology’s well-known flaws, Detroit police relied on it almost exclusively in their investigation. They did not perform even a rudimentary investigation into Williams’ whereabouts during the time of the Shinola shoplifting incident..."
     Yes, the Detroit PD literally doesn't know shit from Shinola.
     Amanda Marcotte: "(T)here's almost no way anymore to hold a politician accountable for corrupt behavior. And we're all much worse off for it because politicians are going to be increasingly emboldened to violate ethical standards or even commit crimes, knowing there's unlikely to be any penalty for it."
     Basically, whether you call it press fatigue or outrage fatigue, a lot has changed since John Edwards and Al Franken. And it can be traced straight back to Trump.

     Trump's old thugs are so unemployable they had to open up their own wingnut welfare office to keep them busy.

     He was a Socialist, they said. His business would go under, they said. He'd wind up on a bread line, they said.
     That was six years ago and since he raised the minimum wage of his employees to $70k, Dan Price's company's revenue has tripled, they acquired another company, home ownership has gone through the roof, they'd had kids and even improved their health.
     This video puts the lie to all the right wing nay-saying.

     "Cilurso explained he had a drinking problem and that he had a tendency to get angry while watching television, according to police."
     What, no talking black dog named Sam?

     Your Brad o' the day: Sundown Town edition.
     I'm amazed Trump didn't make this crooked loser his head of Customs and Border Protection.
     On Tuesday, it seemed as if even Chauvin's defense team couldn't believe the shit that was coming out of their own witness's mouth.
     It doesn't surprise me this is coming from a guy who thought Puerto Rico still had to weigh in on the presidential election.
     No word, yet, on whether his co-conspirator Jesus Christ had been arrested and charged.
     "A Missouri state lawmaker exiled from the House Republican caucus over accusations of sexually and physically abusing his children years ago on Tuesday said he will step down."
     Oh, those rock-ribbed Republican family values.

     "The first thing some of the women were asked to do when they got to the house parties in the gated community in suburban Orlando was to put away their cellphones, according to two women in attendance who spoke to CNN in recent days. The men inside, a who's who of local Republican officials that often included Rep. Matt Gaetz, did not want the night's activities documented."
     I'm sure they didn't.

     Trump's Mini Me is finally retiring.
     Really, are we any the poorer for this omission?
     Manslaughter? Bullshit. Prosecutors could easily make a case for murder two or three.
     I'm sure he's very fine people.
     So, he still didn't get his pre-trial release agreement revoked for violating the terms by keeping a machete... why?
     Only in fucking Idaho.
     It came out yesterday in Politico that Gaetz's iphone was seized by the feds last winter.
     Gutfeld's "comedy" show got jerked off. OK, now THAT'S funny.
     "An hour before curfew."
     There was no brainwashing involved in the Qanon movement. It was strictly involuntary and depended, I think, entirely on an already preexisting predisposition to reject anything that wouldn't comport with a right wing world view.

Another Napoleon of crime bites the dust.
Yet another red letter day for Republican family values.
Oh my. Over 150 Venmo payments to girls as young as 17.
One of those sanctions is that all our diplomats there will have to leave Russia at the end of the day today, essentially ending diplomatic relations with Russia. It's on. It's so on.
The WaPo provided a horrifying 3-D video of what it was like on the ground for Capitol c ops on January 6th.
Looks as if Liberty's purge of the Falwells is complete.
     Meanwhile, this happened in the ironically-named Loveland, CO. The female victim was 73, 5' and 80 pounds, has dementia and sensory aphasia. They refused her medical treatment after fracturing her arm and dislocating her shoulder.
     All over $13 worth of products for which she didn't pay at Walmart.

So, a white guy in Minnesota dragged a cop with his truck. How come he was neither shot or tased? Oh, right...
     Racist porch monkey gets schooled by little kid over his treasonous flag.

Last night, Geraldo put the hurt on Danny Bongos on Sean Handjob's show. And finally...

Today, our government finally made official that it's made a link between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russian intelligence and, surprise, surprise, the links run thusly: Manafort=Kilimnik=Russian intelligence. It's a link that was hidden from Mueller's team. Now we have to find out who'd buried that link.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Pottersville Digest

(Yeah, it cuts both ways, guys.)

     "Accidental discharge"?! If your cops don't know the difference between a taser or a handgun or their left from right, maybe they shouldn't be cops with the power of life and death.
     From the "Things a Totally Innocent Guy Would Do" files, "She Told Me She Was 18!" edition.

     Gee, what happened to law and order and security at all costs?
     Yes, idiots like Cornyn are hammering Biden for not being a lazy, spittle flecked lunatic like Trump.
     Typically, the venue shut down their Facebook page after the blowback.
     It won't be too much longer before Teddy goes back to shitting his pants again.
     Hopefully, this will be the start of widespread reparations.
     Aw! Widdle Donnie Dumbo got a participation trophy like the also-ran he truly is. It looks like an aluminum mixing bowl you'd get on clearance at Lecter's.

     This is the start of a long ripple effect. Since this was posted, the killer cop and Chief "Accidental Discharge" have since resigned. albeit with their pensions intact.

     Trevor Noah nails exactly what's wrong with the Brooklyn Center PD's defense of their own cop.
     The cop who'd murdered Daunte Wright, Kim Potter, is also the union president. She was also a member of the negotiation team.

     Because they're always the victim, don't you know?
     Your Brad o' the day.
     It's about damned time we left Afghanistan. It's only cost us thousands of lives and trillions of dollars.
     These are True Believers. They knew exactly what they were doing and they were not innocent victims.
     I'm glad they're putting this on record, BEFORE the bill is passed. Besides, it's not as if it has any chance of getting signed into law by Whitmer.
     Slave auctions. Yes, they're still a thing, at least in Texas.
     Your literal Brad o' the day.
     The ripples continue to widen in the tidal wave of toxic sludge that is Matt Gaetz's life.
     Oh well, at least he got a cock marble out of the deal and maybe Leonardo DeCaprio will play him.
     I'm surprised MyPillow guy didn't name it MySpace.
     Your Karen o' the day. And finally...

     Fox: Not racist but #1 with racists.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Pottersville Digest

(Life has its cruel little ironies.)

     Jeff Gannon, anyone? Not exactly the finest hour for the White House press corps, is it?
    Cy Vance's expansion of his probe to include Barry Weisselberg paints a portrait of a weak, talentless man who never had to pay for anything in his life and is still supported in middle age by his daddy.
     I think we can chalk this up to right wing terrorism, what do you think?
     Methhead Mike loses yet another contract.
     Don Young's always been a thug so I believe Boehner here.
     As the Old World Irish would say, "Oh dear, she's a wee bit teched in the head, she is."
     Unlike Trump, Pence actually tried to do the right thing on January 6th, even if only in the interests of saving his own skin.
    I suppose by tomorrow, Matt Gaetz (R-Epstein) will be calling for a lobby and Super PAC to represent the interests of middle aged men who pay children for sex.
     If you can get behind the Globe's despicable paywall, here's a story that just broke. I'll give you a sample paragraph:
     "Today Boston police are fighting to keep secret how the department handled the allegations against Rose, and what, if any, penalty he faced. Over the years, this horrific case has come full circle: The father who brought his daughter in last summer to report abuse by Rose was the boy allegedly abused at age 12 in the 1995 case. The department's lack of administrative action back then may have left Rose free to offend again and again, from one generation to the next. Prosecutors now say the boy recanted his story under pressure from Rose, a common phenomenon for young survivors of abuse when faced with demands from their abuser. Though the criminal case against Rose was dropped as a result, a separate police internal affairs investigation went forward and concluded Rose broke the law."

     It ought to be mentioned right now that SoS Barbara Cegavske is the Nevada GOP's only state-wide elected official. Yet, they're trying to remove her for doing her job.

     "Total stone cold loser"? Remind me which one won his re-election bid last November, again?
     "Competent Trumpism"?! Isn't that kind of a contradiction in terms?
     Live from Mar a Lago, it's Saturday night!
     Kaitlyn Bird gets it.
     "There is no era of the nation's history in which white people built fortunes without racial subjugation, and white Americans are so aware of this, many can't imagine an economy without it. Simply, white voters didn't embrace bigotry because they faced economic precarity; they faced economic precarity because they embraced bigotry."

     Admittedly, this makes for some dry reading but it's worth it just to get to the Jamie Dimon quote at the end. (Tip o' the tinfoil hat to Constant Reader, CC.)

     This is a whole 'nuther rabbit hole that involves Trump, Giuliani, Parnass and Fruman.
    Leave it to Republicans who pretend they see vast evidence of voter fraud that doesn't exist yet strenuously ignore vast evidence of child sexual abuse... until a Democrat's in the White House.
     Democrats want open borders, eh? This is exactly the same kind of right wing horseshit we saw in the first couple of years of the Obama administration (2.5 million deportations).
     I have a black friend doing contract work in North Carolina and I worry about him a lot for shit like this.
     Poor little right wing rich boy is about to learn a lesson about allowing himself to be radicalized by a huckster.
     Well, the reviews from last night's Trump grievance session are in and they aren't good...
    Katie Hill's interview with Jim Acosta this afternoon shows the stark differences between Hill's scandal and Gaetz's. Hill was a victim of revenge porn. Gaetz showed potential revenge porn to lawmakers on the floor of the House.
    This is the guy Matt Gaetz once called his friend. From childhood, he was a one man crime wave just waiting to happen. And finally...

     Here's the horrifying detention and assault of Lt. Nazario last December, through three different perspectives.

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