Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 5/23/2017


 

Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 5/23/2017
 


23 May 2017 at 12:17:34 PM
salon

Before it gets too hot, I'm spending a lot of time away from the computer and outside. It's been raining a lot lately, which is great and helping out random trees I've been transplanting from one place to another. I had plans to get a couple more loads of mulch for the yard to put o some calechi sections, can't decide whether to do it now or wait till fall to give time for fall/winter to break down and hopefully enrich the land. Anyway, posting may be random and light for awhile as I catch up on other projects.

Melania Trump swats away Donald Trump's hand. I read some gossip that they were actually planning to divorce before he won the nomination, also gossip about another woman. Don't know the gossip is true but definitely appears Melania doesn't like him. 

Course we already knew she didn't like him

Ethics office blasts Trump refusal to disclose lobby waivers

While each administration has the authority to grant waivers, there should be some central repository for the public to learn when an employee has been granted one, said Sean Moulton, the open government program manager at the Project on Government Oversight in Washington.

Mulvaney's letter last week indicated that administration agencies, such as Treasury, Commerce and Defense, wouldn't respond to Shaub. Separately, there's a longstanding legal question about whether the White House itself is subject to any disclosure to the OGE. The Office of the White House Counsel has until June 1 to comply with Shaub's data request or decline in writing.

Eisen called the move by Mulvaney "the latest salvo in his attack on good government."

I AGREE WITH SID MILLER RE: Barbecue

House Bill 2029 by state Rep. J.M. Lozano, R-Kingsville, is on its way to Gov. Greg Abbott and needs to be stopped. This bad bill gives places like BBQ joints a license to steal by exempting them from state consumer protection laws designed to protect Texans like you and me.

Right now, state law says that any business that uses a scale in a commercial transaction must have that scale checked by the state for accuracy, and must have the scale where it can be seen by the public. When you go and buy a pound of brisket from that corner BBQ restaurant, you can rest assured the scale they use will be accurate and where you can see it. It prevents any dishonest business owner from putting their thumb on the scale and ripping us off.

But somehow, the Legislature has decided that everyone that runs a BBQ joint is as honest as the day is long, that they’re so trustworthy they should be exempted from consumer protection laws.

Horse hockey. As Ronald Reagan said, “Trust but verify.” I trust my local BBQ guy, but I still want to see that when I buy a pound of sausage I’m getting a pound of sausage.

Supreme Court's ruling on North Carolina redistricting strikes down a Texas line of defense

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday in a North Carolina gerrymandering case could have major implications for the drawing of political maps nationwide — including Texas' long-disputed redistricting maps.

In a 5-3 decision seen as a major victory for minority rights groups, the court struck down two North Carolina congressional districts, ruling that lawmakers illegally packed African-American voters into them, minimizing their political influence in the state.

And in doing so, some experts say, the justices weakened a key argument that North Carolina, Texas and other southern states have made while defending gerrymandering that seemed to target minority voters: That such efforts were legal, so long as they were motivated by politics — and not race.

Taos citizens protected by First Amendment in recall push, high court rules (New Mexico)

“To hold that… the people cannot freely inform the government of their wishes… would raise important constitutional questions,” Vigil wrote, quoting a precedent-setting federal case on the matter. “The right of petition is one of the freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights.”

Armstrong said she celebrated the decision with “a little dance. We had been waiting so long for this result.”

Without the state statute and the First Amendment, Armstrong said, “there would be nothing to prevent someone from suing you for coming to a public meeting and saying ‘Don’t build that Wal-Mart down the street from my house.’ It’s particularly important as it comes now with so many grass roots protests going on. So many people experimenting with the way they can make their voices heard and seek redress of grievances.”

COURT ORDERS GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WITHHELD INFORMATION IN LAURA POITRAS’ FOIA LAWSUIT 

Laura Poitras—the Academy and Pulitzer Prize Award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist behind CITIZENFOUR and Risk—wants to know why she was stopped and detained at the U.S. border every time she entered the country between July 2006 and June 2012. EFF is representing Poitras in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit aimed at answering this question. Since we filed the complaint in July 2015, the government has turned over hundreds of pages of highly redacted records, but it has failed to provide us with the particular justification for each withholding—as it is required to do. In March, in a win for transparency, a federal judge called foul and ordered the government to explain with particularity its rationale for withholding each document.

 

 


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