Saturday, May 25, 2019

Beach Report, 5/25/19

Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, and probably the busiest day we'll see on the beach this year.

The day was nearly perfect, 77 F, with a strong south breeze.
Skye was in Seventh Heaven. Even she got a little tired of all the kids who wanted to give her pets.
 Unicorn sighting!
A little unofficial cliff decoration.
A reminder of last night's beach party, to open the summer season.

Russiagate Declassification Conga Line

I went kind of quote crazy today, but it seemed worthy:

A reminder from PJ Media of the main focus, Declassification: it's what's for breakfast
Eat it up good and chew every morsel.

Late Thursday evening, President Trump ordered several agencies to cooperate with Attorney General Barr's investigation into the origins of the RUSSIA-collusion hoax and gave Barr the authority to “declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence” as he sees fit.
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This man is insane. Schiff Calls Barr Investigation Into Origins Of Russia Probe ‘Un-American’

Trump to Strzok and Page: You should have used a private server

Dumber than a box of rocks. CNN's Acosta suggests Trump ordered unsealing of 2016 intel to 'distract' from Pelosi spat
Ace, Mark Meadows: The Democrats Are Raging in Panic Because "There is information coming that will curl your hair" video at Ace's.
Battlespace preparation-- they're hurling out so many accusations that when proof of actual collusion -- and actual high crimes and misdemeanors -- comes to light, it'll just be another snowflake in the blizzard.
"There is information coming that will curl your hair. I can tell you that the reason why it is so visceral -- the response from the Democrats is so visceral right now -- is because they know, they've seen documents. Adam Schiff has seen documents that he knows will actually put the finger pointing back at him and his Democrat colleagues, not the president of the United States," he told host Sean Hannity.
Thomas Lifson at AmGreat: Russia hoax origins to be exposed as Trump authorizes AG Barr to declassify Russia probe documents
Heads are exploding all over the beltway, as the unraveling of the biggest political scandal in American history enters a new stage. Make no mistake, there is a plan and a timetable designed for maximum dramatic impact. President Trump finally has taken the long-awaited step to lift the cloak of classification and uncover the weaponization of the federal government’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies against his candidacy and then presidency. . . . The timing is intriguing. . . 
NYT (readable via MSN) Potential Clash Over Secrets Looms Between Justice Dept. and C.I.A.,
Though the ultimate power to declassify documents rests with the president, Mr. Trump’s delegation of that power to Mr. Barr effectively stripped Mr. Coats and the C.I.A. of control of their secrets. The move could endanger the agencies’ ability to keep the identities of their sources secret, former intelligence officials said.

Mr. Coats and Gina Haspel, the C.I.A. director, will fight hard to ensure that their most valuable secrets — the identities of sources — are protected, former officials have said. Ms. Haspel has been described as a fierce political infighter, but she has also been careful to cultivate a strong working relationship with Mr. Barr, former officials said.

Traditionally, the C.I.A. has been effective at intramural governmental fights, in large measure because its power comes from its information and its closely guarded secrets. By taking that power from the intelligence agencies, Mr. Trump and Mr. Barr may have weakened the C.I.A.

The intelligence agencies already have a degree of unease over the Justice Department’s ability to keep the identity of sources secret. The name of the F.B.I. informant involved in the initial investigation of the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia was inadvertently made public.
The WaPoo (30 day pass) has a similar screed in Barr could expose secrets, politicize intelligence with review of Russia probe, current and former officials fear
It appeared unprecedented to give an official who is not in charge of an intelligence agency the power to reveal its secrets. Current and former intelligence officials said they were concerned that Barr could selectively declassify information that paints the intelligence agencies and the FBI in a bad light without giving a complete picture of their efforts in 2016.
But note that Barr is the head of DOJ, of which the FBI, which is an intelligence agency, is a part. I'm awarding them 5 Pinocchios.

Kevin R. Brock at Da Hill,  Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice
IC leaders aren’t used to being held to account by the Justice Department, and their oversight by Congress generally is mild. Theirs is a comfortable world, obfuscated and kept mysterious by the liberal use of their classified-information shield. The demonization of Attorney General Barr has begun — a sign that he is probably on the right track. And the IC leaders are on notice.
Capt. Ed at Hot Air,  Graham: No Really, Declassification Will Be A Game-Changer

At CR, Defiant Trump: Democrats failed in ‘takedown attempt’ against me. So far . . . Also Capt. Ed, Schiff: Declassifying Crossfire Hurricane Data Is “Un-American”, Katie Pavlish at Town Hall says of that statement Adam Schiff Makes Quite a Revealing Statement After Trump Orders Declassification of Spying Documents
This is what we call projection. Schiff is accusing President Trump of exactly what the Left has been doing for years. Barr is investigating their scheming and corruption, which is making players like Schiff, former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brenna, former DNI James Clapper, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and others squirm.

It was the Obama White House, FBI and Department of Justice that weaponized law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies. Whether it was the IRS working with DOJ to target conservative tea party leaders or the FBI using a bogus Clinton funded dossier to justify domestic spying on Americans working for the Trump campaign.

Further, Trump isn't covering up anything. He didn't assert executive privilege over the Mueller report, 90 percent of which is non-redacted. The 10 percent redacted material relates to sources and methods, in addition to grand jury information.

It's easy to find out exactly what the left is doing. All we have to do is look at what Schiff and others like him are accusing the Trump administration of doing and we have the answer.
Sundance at CTH, Mueller “Team” Does Not Want Special Counsel to Testify…
Can you imagine the questions:

Q: Mr. Mueller, did you go to Oval Office on May 16, 2017, because you wanted to apply for the job of FBI Director?
A: No.
Q: Mr. Mueller, was the mysterious cell phone you left behind in the oval office that day actually yours?
A: No.

And then, as Rod Rosenstein takes a hard and uncomfortable swallow, the Weissmann constructed house-of-cards starts to collapse….
The Peacock, Robert Mueller wants to testify in private before Congress, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler says and Capt. Ed, Nadler: It’s Republicans’ Fault That Mueller Will Only Testify In Private, You Know ” … especially if the Republicans on the committee start asking him questions about the beginning of the — about this stuff, the beginning of the investigation.”  The Peacock again, House Judiciary Chairman Nadler Falls Ill at Mayor de Blasio Event in Manhattan. I'm usually above wishing misfortune on people over politics, but I might make an exception in this case.

And on to "Spygate." WaEx, Ex-FBI lawyer: Carter Page FISA application approved in 'unusual' way by McCabe, Yates, and Baker
In front of a joint session of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees on Aug. 31, 2018, former FBI Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson said she was normally responsible for signing off on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications before they reached the desk of her superiors for approval. Anderson said the “linear path” those applications typically take was upended in October 2016, with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates signing off on the application before she did. Because of that unusual high-level involvement, she didn’t see the need to “second guess” the FISA application.
Ace, Former FBI Deputy General Counsel: The Carter Page FISA Application Was Approved in a Non-Standard Way; Rather Than Letting Me First Review the Application, Andrew McCabe and Assistant Director of the DOJ Sally Yates Bypassed Me and Signed It Themselves Lock them up.

Svetlana Lokhova
Also mentioned by Ace, John Sexton at Hot Air reports Woman Accused Of Being A Russian Spy Sues Stefan Halper, WSJ, NY Times, Post, And MSNBC
Svetlana Lokhova is a British academic who works at Cambridge. Lokhova was born in Russia but has a British passport. Today she sued Stefan Halper, the Wall Street Journal, the NY times, the Washington Post, and MSNBC over stories which suggested she had contact with Gen. Michael Flynn on behalf of Russia. From Politico:
Svetlana Lokhova filed the suit Thursday in federal court in Alexandria, Va., seeking more than $25 million in damages from longtime University of Cambridge academic Stefan Halper as well as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and MSNBC.
Lokhova alleges that Halper and the news outlets conspired to spread a false narrative that she approached then-Defense Intelligence Agency Director Michael Flynn on behalf of Russian intelligence at a seminar dinner in England in 2014 and that Flynn and Lokhova had an intimate relationship.
Over time, as public attention focused on links between the Trump campaign and Russia — and after Flynn was fired from his role as national security adviser by Trump in February 2017, individuals hostile to Trump and Flynn seized on the alleged connection to Lokhova as evidence that Flynn had been compromised by Russia, she alleges in the suit.
You can read one of those 2017 stories here. The Guardian reported Flynn and Lokhova met at the dinner and exchanged emails afterward:

Sundace at CTH finds Evidence of Obama Administration Political Surveillance Beginning Mid-2012…., which in turn suggests the Obama admin began political spying about as soon as he could get the right people in place. Did they spy on Mitt? Does Mitt care?

JE Dyer at Liberty Unyielding, Spygate watch: The ‘purge’ of Italian intel, and Obama’s odd meet-and-greet, and a link to the Mysterious Mr, Mifsud.
Last week, George Papadopoulos and his Italian wife, Simona Mangiante, alerted social media users to reporting in Italian press that the Giuseppe Conte government had abruptly asked for resignations from four top national intelligence officials. (Their tweets refer to six, but the Italian reporting indicates that two of the references are to pre-existing vacancies. With the four requested resignations, the number of vacant positions at the top would grow from two to six.)

The pivotal significance is the connection of the individuals in question with Link Campus University in Rome: one-time haunt of Joseph Mifsud, the Maltese professor who apparently tried to set Papadopoulos up as a conduit for purported “Hillary dirt” to the Trump campaign.

George Papadopoulos reads this big move by the Italian government as preparation for “giving up Brennan.” We’ll have to wait and see how much of a connection it has to John Brennan, the former CIA director. But the connection to Link Campus is certainly there.
Fox, Trump used executive privilege in 'protecting the executive branch' from Congress, Levin says

and at last (today at least) Capt. Ed, “Commandeered”? CNN, MSNBC Unrepentant For Avenatti Promotion. Well, they'd have to have shame to be repentant, and they're shameless.

Rule 5 Saturday - "A Girl's Best Friend is Her Mother" - Taylor Momsen

This Rule 5 post inspired by Taylor Momsen Reveals Photo Of Smoking Hot Mother
Yesterday was Mother’s Day, and The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen celebrated by posting a photo of her beautiful mother, Collette Momsen. Taylor Momsen is currently hard at work on The Pretty Reckless’ fourth studio album, the followup to 2016’s Who You Selling For.

Taylor Momsen fronted Soundgarden for a reunion performance earlier this year at the ‘I Am The Highway’ Chris Cornell tribute show in Los Angeles. The Pretty Reckless opened for Soundgarden at Chris Cornell’s final show before his death in Detroit in May 2017.

A post shared by Taylor Momsen (@taylormomsen) on

Aw, that's sweet!
Taylor Michel Momsen (born July 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, model, and former actress. She is known for portraying the character of Jenny Humphrey on The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl (2007–2012) and Cindy Lou Who in the film How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).

She is also known for being the lead singer and frontwoman of the American rock band The Pretty Reckless.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Reason #6718 - #6719 That Trump Was Elected

Teenage Girl Kidnapping Suspect In Seattle Suburb Is A Twice-Deported Illegal Alien
We live in a country where, according to the Department of Justice itself, a whopping 43% of all federal offenses are committed by non-citizens.

That is an eye-gouging statistic. Nonetheless, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released 168,000 illegal aliens into the interior just since December, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection itself released another 33,000 into the interior just from March through May. Mass catch-and-release, which 2020 Democratic presidential candidates seem to be endorsing en masse, is quite literally deadly.
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Now, The Seattle Times highlights how a suspect charged with luring and second-degree assault after he allegedly tried to force a 14-year-old girl into his pickup truck is actually a twice-deported illegal alien:
King County prosecutors Monday charged a 51-year-old Burien man with luring and second-degree assault for allegedly trying to drag a Federal Way girl into his truck last week.
Esequiel Medina-Vasquez was arrested Thursday night and remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail, jail and court records show. ...
Federal court records show Medina-Vasquez, a citizen of Mexico, was deported from Arizona in 2007 and from Chelan County in Eastern Washington in 2014. After he was deported from Washington, King County prosecutors say he was again arrested in 2017 for entering the country illegally, but the charging documents don’t say where he was arrested.
Three juvenile MS-13 gang members
charged for brutal murder of 14-year-old. 
If she weren't 14 I'd wonder who she voted for, before lending my sympathy. But at least she wasn't murdered like the Maryland girl, ICE Sought To Arrest MS-13 Members Before The Brutal Murder Of A Teen Girl
a statement released the same day by ICE:
Josue Rafael Fuentes-Ponce and Joel Ernesto Escobar, both Salvadoran nationals, were previously arrested on May 11, 2018 when they were arrested by Prince George’s County Police Department (PGCPD) for attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, participation in gang activity, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted robbery, and other related charges. ICE officers lodged a detainer with PGCDC, however both were released on an unknown date and time without notification to ICE.
On May 16, 2019, PGCPD arrested the same individuals and charged them with first-degree murder.
“As law enforcement officers, we must continue to serve and protect the American public and act in the interest of public safety first,” said Baltimore Field Office Director Diane Witte. “These individuals had demonstrated violent criminal behavior before, and because they were released in spite of the lawful detainer, they were afforded an opportunity to take a life.”
If you’re sensing some heat over this, here’s why: Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar (allegedly) murdered a teenage girl with a baseball bat and a machete after she was lured into a wooded area. From the Washington Post:
[Ariana] Funes-Diaz was killed by MS-13 members and associates who were worried she would go to authorities about a kidnapping and robbery the group committed earlier in the District, Prince George’s County police and prosecutors said.
In the April 18 attack, which was recorded on a cellphone camera, Fuentes-Ponce struck Funes-Diaz with a machete and was seen washing the weapon in a creek after she was killed, according to police charging documents. The machete was later found abandoned in a park in the District, police said.
That brutal murder shouldn’t have happened because Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar should have been turned over to ICE rather than being released earlier this year. In fact, Fuentes had been ordered removed from the country in 2017 when he apparently didn’t show up for his immigration case . . .

Russigate: The Declassification Boogie

The big news, of course, is that President Trump has authorized AG Barr to declassify documents relating to the origin of the Russiagate hoax and ordered the heads of other agencies to aid in his quest. WaPoo (30 day pass), Trump gives Barr power to declassify intelligence related to Russia probe
President Trump has granted Attorney General William P. Barr “full and complete authority” to declassify government secrets, issuing a memorandum late Thursday that orders U.S. intelligence agencies to cooperate promptly with Barr’s audit of the investigation into Russia’s election interference in 2016.

The president’s move gives Barr broad powers to unveil carefully guarded intelligence secrets about the Russia investigation, which the attorney general requested to allow him to quickly carry out his review, according to the memo.

“Today’s action will ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions,” the White House said in an accompanying statement, which Trump then tweeted.
You can imagine APs take from the title,  Trump moves to escalate investigation of intel agencies.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff accused Trump and Barr of trying to “conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies.”

“The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase,” Schiff said in a statement released late Thursday. “This is un-American.”

Typically, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence coordinates declassification work by contacting various agencies where classified material originated to get their input on what should be released or not disclosed based on legal exemptions. The president, however, has the authority to declassify anything he wants.

A former senior intelligence official who served in the Obama administration said their principle concern is that the attorney general, hand-picked by Trump, could declassify and release selective bits to make the previous administration and former senior officials look bad. The former official spoke on the condition that the official would not be named in order to describe the concerns of intelligence professionals.
Comey, Clapper or Brennan? They all have stuff they want to keep hidden. Gateway Pundit, Schiff Panics: Accuses Trump of Cover-up With Declassification of Campaign Spying Docs

Da Wire, BREAKING: Trump Declassifying Information That Led To Russia Investigation, Capt Ed at Hot Air, Let The Gamechanging Begin: Trump Authorizes Declassification Of Crossfire Hurricane Origins, Ace, Trump Orders Intelligence Agencies to Cooperate With AG Barr's Investigation; First Round of Declassified Documents Being Prepped for Release
Wait, are you telling me they weren't cooperating before?

That's not possible. I'm told they're straight-shooters and the very best of us.
Power Line, Trump signs declassification memo
Recognizing the danger to Democratic interests posed by a thorough and transparent investigation of surveillance against the Trump campaign, Rep. Adam Schiff wasted no time complaining about the declassification memo. He accused the president and the attorney general of conspiring to “weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies.”

But all they are really doing is providing access to information. If the information shows no wrongdoing, there will be nothing to “weaponize.” If the information shows wrongdoing, consequences should follow.
PJ Media, Susan Rice on Investigating Origins of Russia Probe: 'I Have No Idea What DOJ is Doing'. But was she on her way to see a lawyer?

Attachment 3, the 302 of Strzok being interviewed regarding his ambush interview with Gen Michael Flynn. "Flynn was unguarded and clearly saw the FBI agents as allies." Big mistake, don't ever talk to the FBI without a lawyer.

Althouse catches the legal community in wishful thinking in Bill Barr said something that was literally true but could still be considered a criminal false statement.
Lawprof Stephen Gillers explains in "When Is a 'Literally True”' Statement False and a Crime?"

I'll just excerpt the part about Bill Clinton:
Da Caller, Trump Accuses James Comey, Andrew McCabe Of Treason. Hey, it might be worth litigating. Ace, Mike Pompeo: Why Yes, It Happens to Be True That John Kerry Is Violating the Logan Act. I'm all for prosecuting him, and appealing all the way to the Supes if necessary. I don't believe it's constitutional, but lets find out before the Democrats try to use it on another Republican.
So open an investigation into John Kerry. Per Obama precedent, THE LOGAN ACT IS REAL, YO.

Put him under oath and subpoena all his financial records going back 8 years. Justice requires no less.

This man cannot be allowed to prance around as if he is King, immune to all laws.
Via Wombat's In The Mailbox: 05.23.19 (Morning Edition), Mark Steyn: Honey Traps & Money Traps, also, Investigation Without End

Via the Wombats, In The Mailbox: 05.23.19 (Evening Edition) VDH at American Greatness: Federal Rats Are Fleeing The Sinking Collusion Ship, Don Surber: Americans Want The FBI Investigated, Power Line, Will The Media Ever Pay A Price For Its Irresponsibility? Mark Steyn, Declassify Everything, Mr. President!,  BattleSwarm, Creepy Porn Lawyer Even Creepier, Weasel Zippers: Flashback – Media Drooling Over Michael Avenatti As “Savior Of The Republic”

Sundance at CTH claims Robert Mueller Did Interview President Trump Regarding Obstruction Case…, only it occurred before he was appointed Special Counsel. It's an interesting theory, but I'm unconvinced. I feel much more certain about this one from Bonchie at Red State, Details Show Obama Is Clearly Lying About His Involvement In The Trump-Russia Hoax. As Capt. Joseph Hazelwood knows, the Captain is responsible for what happens on his ship, even when he's lying in his bunk. Capt. Ed at Hot Air, CJR: Obama Admin Surveillance Of Reporters “Broader Than Previously Known”. And they stayed his friend and protector anyway.

Chuck Ross at Da Caller (again) Nunes To Trump: Ask Theresa May About Brits’ Handling Of Steele Dossier. Don't ask. Tell her. Besides, I doubt she'll last the week. UPDATE: Gone! Francis Turner at  L'Ombre de l'Olivier A Tale of Two Coups, compares the Spygate scandal to the Brexit mess, both examples of the ruling class being unwilling to honor the wishes of the voters.

Spike Hampson at AmGreat has a simple request. Let's Make Sure 'Obstruction of Justice' Is Properly Defined. Not all forms of resistance to a prosecutor is obstruction regardless of how they feel about it.
The Department of Justice is not synonymous with "justice."  We all sincerely hope that the Department pursues true justice most of the time, but anybody with any worldly experience knows that sometimes it doesn't.  Obstructing the activities of the Department of Justice should not be automatically viewed as obstructing justice.  Even if the Department of Justice is behaving honorably, a person who interferes with its investigation to keep it from arriving at a false conclusion should not be found guilty of obstructing justice.  Only a person who attempts to block the department from discovering something true should even be considered for prosecution based on obstruction of justice.
WaFreeBee, Democracy Alliance Members Fund ‘American Oversight’ Investigations of Trump "Group running FOIA op on Trump admin claims to be nonpartisan". I'm shocked, shocked to find out the contrary. Politics ain't bean bag!

Capt Ed is a busy man, Breaking: Banking CEO Indicted For Bribing Manafort To Get A Trump Admin Gig. News flash, Manafort is scum. So why didn't the FBI warn Trump instead of opening an investigation on him? Because they could.

Twitchy, Didn’t pull a single punch! Rep. Doug Collins NAILS Democrats for the real reason they want to question McGahn (watch)

Michael Tracey at Spectator USA captures my impressions in Maria Butina: jailed for the crime of being Russian. She’s a political prisoner, caught up in the mess of the Mueller probe
Maria Butina was not a Russian spy. She did not trade sex for influence. She had nothing to do with any clandestine espionage activity, nor did she ever hide her dealings with American political officials. In fact, she unabashedly loved America – perhaps to a fault. But she’s currently sitting in jail, and almost no one will say a word in her defense. The ordeal to which she’s been subjected is jaw-dropping for its recklessness and absurdity.

There’s so much that’s wrong with this case, it’s almost hard to know where to begin. Maybe the most obnoxious malfeasance was committed by moralizing media members who saw fit to cast judgment on her personal romantic decisions – as if that was ever remotely any of their business in the first place. Butina was in a long-term relationship with an older man, Paul Erickson, a fact automatically skewed as proof (somehow) that she was a transactional harlot. The sleazy hunch was never supported by actual facts, but that didn’t stop journalists from spewing the most malignant theories about what could have possibly possessed her to enter this consensual adult relationship. When it comes to the wider Trump-Russia saga, all ordinary journalistic and ethical standards are chucked decisively out the window.
On the other side of media malfeasance, Twitchy ‘Too shocked for words’: Somebody’s conspicuously missing from CNN’s homepage "We can remember a time not so long ago when CNN couldn’t get enough of Michael Avenatti. But now?" Dr. John at Flopping Aces shares Creepy Porn Lawyer highlights and flashbacks

We Lost Again!

 In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands.

Those are among the reasons Oahu’s Kailua Beach Park has been selected as the best stretch of sand for an annual list of top U.S. beaches.

Stephen Leatherman, a coastal scientist and professor at Florida International University, has been drafting the list under the alias “Dr. Beach” since 1991.

Leatherman uses 50 criteria to evaluate beaches, with the most important categories being water cleanliness, safety and management of the beach environment and its facilities. Leatherman uses data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to grade the beaches on water quality and has been to all the beaches on his list.
 It's a tough job, why can't it be me!
In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands.

Those are among the reasons Oahu’s Kailua Beach Park has been selected as the best stretch of sand for an annual list of top U.S. beaches.

Stephen Leatherman, a coastal scientist and professor at Florida International University, has been drafting the list under the alias “Dr. Beach” since 1991.

Leatherman uses 50 criteria to evaluate beaches, with the most important categories being water cleanliness, safety and management of the beach environment and its facilities. Leatherman uses data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to grade the beaches on water quality and has been to all the beaches on his list.
Anything in the Chesapeake Bay is going to fail on water quality alone, every time, alas,  although down near the Atlantic in Virginia, it's better. Estuaries are just not conducive to clean water, for a number of reasons.

On the other hand, if we won, a lot of people would try to crowd our beach (which is, after all, a private beach for use by community members only) and it can be pretty crowded on week ends and holidays anyway.