Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 4/2/2017


Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 4/2/2017

2 April 2017 at 8:12:14 PM

Some great news- The US may finally see widespread "Super Wi-Fi" deployment-Slashdot

[T]he technology has promised speedy internet for rural citizens and to help urban dwellers get connected in buildings and rooms that are now twilight zones for Wi-Fi signals... And because the spectrum is regulated and largely reserved for television signals, Super Wi-Fi transmissions don't have to contend with interference from random devices like microwaves or cordless phones, as do signals in other wireless bands. Super Wi-Fi signals generally won't be as fast as regular Wi-Fi signals, but for many customers, they'll be faster and provide better service than what they'd get otherwise...

Judge rules Trump may have incited violence. 

The courts keep taking Donald Trump both seriously and literally. And the president's word choices are proving to be a real headache.

A federal judge in Kentucky is the latest to take Trump at his word when he says something controversial. Judge David J. Hale ruled against efforts by Trump's attorneys to throw out a lawsuit accusing him of inciting violence against protesters at a March 2016 campaign rally in Louisville.

At the rally, Trump repeatedly said “get 'em out of here” before, according to the protesters, they were shoved and punched by his supporters. Trump's attorneys sought to have the case dismissed on free speech grounds, arguing that he didn't intend for his supporters to use force. But Hale noted that speech inciting violence is not protected by the First Amendment and ruled that there is plenty of evidence that the protesters' injuries were a “direct and proximate result” of Trump's words.

“It is plausible that Trump’s direction to ‘get 'em out of here’ advocated the use of force,” Hale wrote. “It was an order, an instruction, a command.”

Michael Flynn failed to disclose he's a Russian agent - Dvorak


Is Melania Trump EVER going to leave New York? Maybe she's waiting till the White House is remodeled in that ghastly gold crap Trump has in his tower in NY.

The daily cost to protect the Trump family in New York City ranges anywhere from $127,000 to $146,000, New York Police Commissioner James O’Neil said in a statement.

Activists have also pointed at the whopping figures surrounding the president’s weekend trips to Mar-A-Lago, his private estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Taxpayers foot a $3 million bill each time Trump travels to the exclusive club for golfing and hosting world leaders, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Melania Trump may not reside in the White House just yet, but she’s been planning her arrival ever since Trump took over the Oval Office. The new first lady replaced former President Barack Obama's crimson red curtains with golden drapes, swapped out the couches for gold-flaked seating and hired interior designer Tham Kannalikham to redecorate the presidential pad in February.

Asystem designed to make people disappear-Slate

 f I killed someone on the street in broad daylight, I‘d be entitled to an attorney. But those summoned before the immigration courts, including infants who have been brought here by their parents, have no right to counsel. They can hire immigration lawyers, but only if they can pay for them. Most of them can’t, and volunteer lawyers are scarce. So children, parents, and grandparents are locked up for months, sometimes years, waiting for a day in court. When they show up in front of a judge, they do so alone and terrified. Those who don’t speak English are provided an interpreter who tells them what’s being said, but no one is there to tell them what’s really happening.

American citizen who was detained by ICE for week is suing

Those officers initially arrested Aguilar on drug charges, according to Roth. He pleaded guilty, and spent about two weeks in county jail for the offense. After the two weeks were up, he would have been free to go. But ICE thought he was undocumented, and wanted to deport him.

The officers kept him in the county jail so agents with ICE’s Chicago field office could take him into custody. According to the complaint, they picked him up on or around March 7 and moved him to the Boone County Jail in Burlington, Kentucky, where they contract out space to detain people facing deportation.

At that point, Aguilar told them he was a U.S. citizen. They didn’t believe him.

“He said, ‘Hey, I’m a citizen!’” said Charles Roth, who is representing Aguilar. “And basically they said, ‘Tell it to the judge.’”

Then they didn’t let him see one.

Schiff on those documents Nunes saw

Schiff questioned just how the White House knew that the documents they showed him were the same reviewed by Nunes considering that press secretary Sean Spicer has pushed back against any notion that it was the president's team who provided the information to the GOPrepresentative.

“How does the White House know that these are the same materials that were shown to the chairman if the White House wasn't aware what the chairman was being shown?” Schiff said Sunday. “It was told me ... that these materials were produced in the 'ordinary course of business.' The question for the White House and Mr. Spicer is, 'the ordinary course' of whose business?”

"If these were produced either for or by the White House, then why all of the subterfuge?" Schiff said. "There’s nothing ordinary about the process that was used here at all."

GOP hates mothers - Trumpcare

If health insurance could sell plans that did not cover childbirth, then young women of childbearing age would be the only people who bought plans that covered it. And having a baby would be extremely expensive. Indeed, in the unregulated market that existed before Obamacare, it was common for women to buy insurance they believed covered their childbirth but in fact did not. In 2009, Sarah Wildman described her not-atypical experience of getting a $20,000 bill from her insurance company for a standard delivery.

And it is true that, if we let Krauthammer buy insurance that didn’t cover maternity care, that change would, on its own, reduce Krauthammer’s premiums. That reform would make sense if you think of having a baby as some kind of yuppie extravagance.

The Beclowning of the Executive Branch 

1) Shane Harris, Carol Lee, and Julian Barnes, “Mike Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity,” Wall Street Journal.

Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has told the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional officials investigating the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.

Let’s just stop to appreciate the fact that stories like these normally appear in year seven of an administration, not day 70.

The granting of immunity does not automatically mean that the person has committed a felony. But as a former high-ranking national security official once put it, “When you are given immunity, that means you probably committed a crime.” That former high-ranking national security official was Michael Flynn in the fall of 2016.


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