[NBCNews] Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent on Wednesday for courtroom argument in two cases.
Chief Justice John Roberts announced that Ginsburg was "indisposed due to illness," a statement similar to the one he made on the first day of the term, Oct. 7, when Justice Clarence Thomas was absent with what a court official said was the flu.
The same court official said Wednesday that Justice Ginsburg was "home with a stomach bug."
The health of Ginsburg, 86, has been a subject of intense interest since she underwent surgery last winter for lung cancer and treatment over the summer for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas.
re #7: I believe the "No appointments in the last year" only applies if the Senate is controlled by the opposite party. Since Republicans control both the Senate and the White House, it doesn't apply.
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11/14/2019 13:14 Comments ||
PACIFIC PALISADES, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Dr. Bruce M. Hensel, a former longtime medical correspondent for KNBC in Los Angeles, was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of asking a 9-year-old girl to send him sexually suggestive pictures, authorities said.
Hensel, 71, was taken into custody about 10:15 a.m. by investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department's Juvenile Division, a spokesperson for the agency said. He was released later in the day after posting $5,000 bail.
He was seen leaving the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown L.A., where he dodged questions from Eyewitness News reporter Eileen Frere and quickly scurried into a car before driving away.
In a statement, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Hensel was charged with one felony count of contact with a minor for sexual purposes.
Hensel allegedly requested the images from the daughter of an acquaintance through a messaging app on or about Aug. 4, said Deputy District Attorney Angela Brunson of the DA's Cyber Crimes Division.
Hensel's attorney, Steve Sitkoff, released the following statement: "Dr. Hensel is completely innocent of the charge. We are cooperating with the authorities and look forward to a speedy and complete exoneration."
On Oct. 16, members of the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crime Against Children Task Force served a search warrant at Hensel's home in Pacific Palisades.
Items were removed from the hillside house as part of the investigation, an LAPD spokesperson said.
Hensel was a medical correspondent for KNBC for nearly three decades and had prior stints at NBC in New York and KCOP in Los Angeles. In addition to his reporting on medical issues for KNBC, he was known for answering viewer questions on the station's "Ask Dr. Bruce" segment. He won multiple Emmys for his work in addition to honors from medical organizations.
An online biography indicates Hensel also served as a medical professor at UCLA and hosted a nationally syndicated call-in radio show.
Last year he co-directed and produced a documentary about transgender relationships entitled "Beyond the Opposite Sex," which aired on Showtime.
If convicted as charged, Hensel faces a possible maximum sentence of 18 months in state prison, prosecutors said.
[Jpost] As an observant Jew, Yosef David was taught to believe in miracles.
That’s a good thing since David, a social worker from London, is going to need one to succeed in his new mission: unseating Jeremy Corbyn from Parliament in the general election on Dec. 12.
David registered recently as a candidate of the right-wing Brexit Party for the Islington North constituency in London, in what the Jewish News of London characterized as a "challenge" in an article Tuesday. In 2017, the district elected Corbyn, the Labour Party’s leader, with 73 percent of the vote. Only 0.8 percent went to UKIP, the party from which the Brexit Party splintered off.
Labour has won in Islington North in every election since 1937. David acknowledges that he’s probably no match for Corbyn.
"I am aware that overturning a 30,000-plus majority would be a miracle," David told the Jewish News.
So why run?
In the interview, David said it was a way of "highlighting the impact of the antisemitism epidemic in the Labour Party on the community."
[THEHILL] A Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, board voted to enact tougher energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs, pushing back against a rollback from the Trump administration.
A new rule from the Department of Energy (DOE) eliminates energy efficiency standards for half the bulbs on the market, a move critics say will make the U.S. a dumping ground for energy-sucking, cost-ineffective bulbs.
The vote from the California Energy Commission essentially bars sales of incandescent and halogen bulbs by adopting stronger energy efficiency standards. The state banned the sale of such pear-shaped bulbs in 2018, but the rule will now extend to all other shapes of bulbs ‐ a wide collection used in chandeliers, recessed lighting and other lamps that DOE just rolled back.
Multiple state and environment and consumer groups have already sued over the DOE rule, citing a portion of law that bars "backsliding" on energy efficiency standards.
But the California decision represents another instance of the state pushing ahead with greener policies than the Trump administration, using the size of its population to push companies to make more environmentally friendly products.
The green "religionists" are going to prevent me from buying the light bulb I need to be able to see my work and to do work on my home, car, engines and equipment.
The "green" replacement bulbs are much lower wattages, so called equivalent watts of around 13 to 24 watts.
I do not find them to be equivalent.
I think they lie about the facts when it comes to equivalents.
I have made do with 45 watt R20 spot lights, but they are not very bright for difficult to reach and see situations.
60W, 75W, 90W incandescent reflector bulbs, the more the better, for difficult to reach and see situations.
With incandescent bulbs one never has to worry about the color temperature because the light is a very broad frequency spectrum, high quality light.
But with green people who are not doing the work, they only see through a very narrow frequency lens.
One size fits all austerity.
Condemning rather than gracious.
They are blinded by and slave to their own legalism.
Throw the baby out with the bath water.
They just don't care.
O'Brien said, "The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power.
"What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal.
"We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power."
We need tariffs on everything California wants to buy from other states and everything California wants to sell to other states. It can be part of the Living Constitution (tm). And it's what New York and California are trying to do with us with their climate lawsuits.
[Yahoo via MSN] WASHINGTON — A Ukrainian company that employed Hunter Biden paid more than $450,000 to a prominent Washington think tank, including picking up the tab for energy-related conferences as part of a campaign to burnish its image in the United States after it was accused by Western officials of corruption.
Burisma’s support of the Atlantic Council was detailed last week by the Wall Street Journal, which said the company had given the think tank $100,000 per year for three years starting in 2016. The council lists Burisma as a contributor on its website.
The Atlantic Council told Yahoo News Tuesday that in addition to the $100,000 given annually by Burisma, the company “also reimbursed speaker travel and event costs, which ... amounted to around [$50,000 to $70,000] per year.”
In the public impeachment proceedings starting Wednesday, Republicans, led by House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., will likely focus on Burisma to justify efforts by President Trump and his associates to pressure the Ukrainian government to publicly announce it was investigating the company. Republicans have already delved deep into the dealings of Burisma in closed-door depositions over the past month.
The Democrat-led impeachment inquiry in the House is based on the allegation that because Trump wanted the Ukrainians to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden — a leading rival for the presidency — he attempted “to coerce a foreign nation to engage in political investigations designed to help his campaign,” as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., put it on Tuesday.
There is also the issue of an Atlantic Council-sponsored trip that brought a dozen or so congressional staffers to Ukraine in August. The trip included Republican and Democratic staffers, but one — Thomas Eager — worked for Schiff’s Intelligence Committee, and the group at one point met with Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine.
So Schifferbrains et al. launch a kangaroo court proceeding which results in their own leading presidential nominee's corruption aired for all to see.
This is truly something out of the Saturday morning cartoons.
Elmer Fudd shooting himself in the arse.
Wyle E. Coyote's ACME Rocket making a U-turn, with Wyle E. holding his incinerated little parasol and staring sheepishly at the audience.
Do we really deserve these shitheads?
What exactly did we do to invoke such punishment by the gods?
That's right, Lex. They threw old sleepy Joe under the bus. But don't worry. Hillary is waiting in the wings.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
11/14/2019 14:01 Comments ||
Er, I guess now it's Deval Patrick.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
11/14/2019 15:17 Comments ||
The Atlantic Council? Soros has provided some funding to the Atlantic Council. Soros also played a role in destabilizing Ukraine in order to set it up for an asset grab. Schiff's committee didn't really do a deep dive into the corruption in Ukraine. His star chamber kangaroo court wasn't interested in that at all. Smells of part of a cover-up.
[TEXASTRIBUNE.ORG] His campaign is suggesting that it no longer sees having a national platform as a must. Instead, it’s staking its hopes on a strong finish in Iowa, Nevada and Castro’s home state of Texas. "I AM....Cornhoolian!"
I was looking forward to hearing him expand on his comments on 'abortion justice' which would subsidize abortions for trans-sexuals.
Now we will have to suffer thru with only 10 candidates on the stage (in alphabetical order):
Elizabeth Warren and
Posted by: lord garth ||
11/14/2019 11:49 Comments ||
add Lil' Bloomie and Deval "Mini-Obama" Patrick
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/14/2019 12:04 Comments ||
[BIZPACREVIEW] Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan expressed the same shock at Wednesday’s impeachment inquiry hearing that no doubt many Americans are feeling as they watch this political theater play out.
The first public hearing in the inquiry included witnesses William B. Taylor Jr., the former top diplomat in Ukraine, and George P. Kent, a senior State Department official, two men who were unable to provide anything of substance to the inquiry.
Taylor even admitted multiple times during his testimony that he was merely there to pass along information he had heard secondhand. Jordan got a little tired of the rumors being passed off as evidence and he broke down the entire sham process as only he can. He, like many others, was confused how Taylor could argue he had a "clear understanding" of the alleged quid pro quo at the center of this impeachment inquiry when he had no new substantial information to provide.
"You’re their [Democrats’] star witness," Jordan said in awe after having Taylor admit he had no firsthand knowledge of any phone calls between President Trump and the Ukraine president and also that in multiple meetings with the Ukraine president, a potential investigation was never once brought up.
"I’ve seen church prayer chains that are easier to understand than this," Jordan continued. As Jordan then started breaking down the fact that Taylor’s information was all secondhand and contained no real substance, Adam Schiff ...Showboating U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Schiff has served in Congress since 2001. He currently serves as the chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In a manner reminiscent of Joe McCarthy, on March 22, 2017, in a interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC Schiff claimed there was “more than circumstantial evidence now” that Donald Trump ...The man who was so stupid he beat fourteen professional politicians, a former tech CEO, and a brain surgeon for the Republican nomination in 2016, then beat The Smartest Woman in the World in the general election... 's campaign colluded with Russia." Todd followed up by asking if he had seen direct evidence of collusion and Schiff responded that there was "evidence that is not circumstantial and is very much worthy of investigation... swooped in to save the day and gave Taylor a chance to respond.
"Let me just say, I don’t consider myself a star witness for anything," he eventually said.
"You don’t, they do," Jordan replied, pointing Schiff’s way.
[FoxNews] Sen. Lindsey Graham ...soft-spoken senator from South Carolina, former best buddy of John Maverick McCain. Since McCain's demise, Graham has become more outspoken, more Republican and more of a supporter of President Trump. The speech he gave in support of Brett Kavanaugh was downright manly and really cheesed off the Dems... , R-S.C., blocked a congressional resolution Wednesday that would have recognized the Armenian genocide by Ottoman Turks hours after he and President Trump met with Ottoman Turkish President Recep Tilapia Erdogan.
Graham objected to passing H.Res.296, according to The Hill, saying senators shouldn't "sugarcoat history or try to rewrite it lie through our teeth so as not to offend moon goddess jihad terrorists." Graham's office did not comment on the matter in response to a Fox News request.
Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., asked for consent to pass the resolution, which would have formally recognized the mass murder of more than a million Armenian Christians by Mooslems between 1915 and 1923. So now the GOP supports islamic quranic genocide. Can they sink any lower?
Graham objected to passing H.Res.296, according to The Hill, saying senators shouldn't "sugarcoat history or try to rewrite it lie through our teeth so as not to offend moon goddess jihad terrorists."
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11/14/2019 00:00 ||
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Well, then why doesn't the US and others who oppose Turkey leaven and let it keep whoever is faithless enough to stay? Which would probably be nobody considering that the Nordic countries want to stay allies with the US and Germany would prefer to pretend it doesn't have a military (and France isn't a member).
This is bullshit. America can just leave it and it's dead. Good luck having a EUTO. You can form military alliances as and when conflicts arise. No sense in paying for the military posturing of nations opposed to your policies all the damn time.
I think it's between 20 and 30 years ago. There was a very, very good reason to keep it until the Soviet Union completed its dissolution,even if they weren't as large a threat as people thought. But by Clinton's second term, we should have gotten out of there.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.