Saturday, September 21, 2019

Rule 5 Saturday - Naomi Campbell

I'm going back to the old days for this week's Rule 5 extravaganza with Naomi Campbell:
Naomi Elaine Campbell (born 22 May 1970) is an English model, actress, and businesswoman. Recruited at the age of 15, she established herself amongst the most recognizable and in-demand models of the late 1980s and the 1990s  and was one of six models of her generation declared supermodels by the fashion industry and the international press.

In addition to her modelling career, Campbell has embarked on other ventures, which include an R&B-pop studio album and several acting appearances in film and television, such as the modelling competition reality show The Face and its international offshoots. Campbell is also involved in charity work for various causes.

Campbell was born in Streatham, South London, the daughter of Jamaican-born dancer Valerie Morris. In accordance with her mother's wishes, Campbell has never met her father, who abandoned her mother when she was four months pregnant and was unnamed on her birth certificate. She took on the surname "Campbell" from her mother's second marriage. Her half-brother, Pierre, was born in 1985. Campbell is of Jamaican descent, as well as of Chinese-Jamaican ancestry through her paternal grandmother, who carried the family name "Ming".

During her early years, Campbell lived in Rome, where her mother worked as a modern dancer. Following their return to London, she was left in the care of relatives while her mother traveled across Europe with the dance troupe Fantastica.  From the age of three, Campbell attended the Barbara Speake Stage School  and at 10 years old, she was accepted into the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, where she studied ballet.

Campbell has been convicted of assault on four occasions, after she was accused 11 times of committing acts of violence against employees, associates and other individuals between 1998 and 2009. During the first such case, heard in February 2000, Campbell pleaded guilty in Toronto to assaulting her personal assistant with a mobile phone in September 1998. Campbell paid her former employee an undisclosed sum and agreed to attend anger management classes; her record was cleared in exchange for her expressing remorse.  By 2006, eight other employees and associates had come forward with claims of abuse. During this time, Campbell was photographed wearing a Chip and Pepper T-shirt that read "Naomi Hit Me...and I Loved It".
No lack of NSFW pictures as she doesn't seem to have been exactly shy.

Friday, September 20, 2019

A Day at the Beach

We left for the beach around 11. It's gorgeous weather here, low to mid 70's, dry, clear, and not windy.

Here a couple of Variegated Fritillarys try to insure survival of the species.
 An Osprey on a dead branch overhanging the marina. They're quite active now. We're probably seeing this year's young in addition to the parents. They all look about the same.

 Don't step on the jellyfish! You'll slip. We both did a couple of times. This one is the Chesapeake Bay Sea Nettle. There were large numbers of them washed up, along with . . .
Mnemiopsis leidyi, the "Sea Walnut". A comb jelly, and not strictly a jellyfish.  Sea Nettles eat these. Comb jellys do not sting, but they do biolumensce. Native to the Chesapeake Bay, they are a damaging invasive in the Black Sea. We'd be happy to sell the Sea Nettles. . .
 Osprey with fish
 The eagles were out an about, too, but my camera finger was too slow to get a decent shot.
And what trip is complete without the Great Blue Heron?

How Resilient is Washington D.C.?

A kind of interesting article in the American University's radio station WAMU's website D.C. Wants To Be Resilient To Climate Change. Critics Argue Efforts Could Worsen Inequalities.
The idea of resilience — being able to bounce back from disruptive events — hasn’t always been applied to cities. In the 1970s, ecologists started talking about resilience in the natural world — in contrast to earlier ideas about a natural equilibrium in ecosystems. Since the early 2000s, resilience has been applied more and more broadly. After 9/11, the term gained traction in fields of psychology and national security, as the country grappled with the threat of terrorism. Lately, resilience has become a popular way to talk about adapting to a hotter world. But the resilience lens is not without its critics.

Malini Ranganathan, a professor at American University’s School of International Service, argues that resilience thinking often ignores the root causes that make some communities more vulnerable. Ranganathan and co-author Eve Bratman published a paper in June, looking at D.C. neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River, examining how a long history of marginalization and pollution has made residents there more at risk to climate change.

The authors argue that resilience planning often overlooks “everyday threats, such as gentrification or food insecurity.” To assess those underlying threats, they conducted a neighborhood survey, talking to close to 200 residents of Ward 7 neighborhoods Kenilworth, Eastland Gardens, Paradise and Parkside.
I'll let you guess what kind of neighborhoods those are. I used to get to sample in them. "Gentrification" is when rich white kids improve a neighborhood so much that poor minorities no longer feel comfortable or can't afford the rents. However, the article does offer this alternative view of "resiliency":
Resilience has gained popularity in part due to philanthropic support — D.C.’s resilience office was initially funded by a Rockefeller Foundation program called 100 Resilient Cities (Rockefeller cancelled the program earlier this year, but D.C. opted to continue to fund the office locally.)

Within the disaster response world, some critics see resilience as a trendy word without a lot of substance. “Resilience has supplanted the terms formerly used to describe the disaster risk management cycle — mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery — although it is unclear why such a highly abstract term is preferable to more concrete ones that are universally accepted and well institutionalized,” wrote Kathleen Tierney, the former director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, in a 2015 critique of resilience.

The term “resilience,” has nearly lost its meaning, argues Tierney, due to its “fadlike adoption.”

Others have a more philosophical critique of resilience. Finnish political science professor Julian Reid calls resilience a “neoliberal deceit.”  “The human is here conceived as resilient in so far as it adapts to, rather than resists, the conditions of its suffering in the world,” wrote Reid in a 2013 paper. “To be resilient is to forego the very power of resistance and accept one’s vulnerability to that which threatens.”
Resilience is one the those words, like "social" when attached to justice, that makes me bristle. It tends to brought out to buttress what ever leftist agenda item is under discussion, precisely because it has an infinitely flexible meaning.

Blowing the Whistle on Russiagate

If there's no evidence for a crime that Empress Hillary needs to exist, just invent the evidence.
Sater reportedly "began working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1998, after he was caught in a stock-fraud scheme." It was Andrew Weissmann who, as supervising assistant U.S. attorney, signed the agreement that brought Sater on as a government informant. Federal prosecutors wrote a letter to Sater's sentencing judge on August 27, 2009, in an effort to get him a lighter sentence: "Sater's cooperation was of a depth and breadth rarely seen."
Sater also was reportedly a CIA informant in the mid-2000s for the CIA during his undercover work with Russian military and intelligence officers.
The Mueller report mentions Sater more than 100 times but fails to mention that he was an active undercover informant for the FBI/CIA for more than two decades.
Beginning in late 2015, Sater repeatedly tried to arrange for [Trump attorney Michael] Cohen and candidate Trump, as representatives of the Trump Organization, to travel to Russia to meet with Russian government officials and possible financing partners.
Though his proposal appears to have been rejected by the Trump campaign, Sater persisted. "Into the spring of 2016," the Mueller Report notes, "Sater and Cohen continued to discuss a trip to Moscow." Sater emails Cohen that he is trying to arrange a meeting between "the 2 big guys," Putin and Trump.
Sater’s re-emergence "suggests the possibility of a more sinister counter-narrative: that someone may have been trying to lure Trump into a trap--a politically damaging entanglement with Moscow money," Morrison wrote.
Let that one sink in a minute. An active FBI/CIA asset working with Andrew Weissman long before the Special Counsel and the Russiagate scandel began, was apparently trying to push Trump into business deals with Russia and Putin in an attempt to "dirty him up."

From WaEx, Justice Dept. IG referred James Comey for criminal prosecution
Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said Wednesday that he referred former FBI Director James B. Comey for criminal prosecution this year after concluding he leaked sensitive materials to a friend. And the Justice Department watchdog told Congress he would “assess” Republican allegations of inconsistent statements in Mr. Comey’s testimony before the Senate.

Mr. Horowitz’s disclosure that he made the criminal referral marks his first public statement about the criticism lodged against Mr. Comey in a report released last summer. He told lawmakers it is standard practice to make a criminal referral when wrongdoing is suspected.

“We are required by the [Inspector General] Act to send information that we’ve identified that could plausibly be criminal to the Department of Justice,” Mr. Horowitz said.

The Justice Department ultimately decided not to prosecute Mr. Comey despite the conclusion by Mr. Horowitz’s team that he improperly leaked information to the news media. The documents leaked by Mr. Comey were sensitive but not classified.
Ace, Mark Meadows: Comey Told Conflicting Stories to Congress and the AG. We Need a Criminal Referral to Find Out Who He Lied To. But, lawyers gonna lawyer. Patterico goes apeshit over  Mark Meadows: James Comey Was Totally Trying to Hide This Thing He Testified to Under Oath!!!!11!1!
In context, Comey is being asked whether, as the Director of the FBI, he initiated an obstruction of justice investigation based on the President’s comments to the effect that he hoped that Comey would drop the investigation of his former campaign advisor and national security advisor.

And Mark Meadows is trying to say that Comey lied, because as a private citizen he leaked a memo with the hope that it would spur the appointment of a special counsel to investigate obstruction of justice. Which Comey acknowledged in testimony in December 2018.

Meadows’s accusation is reckless, it’s uninformed, and it’s also a word we don’t use in polite company that people used to use to refer to the intellectually disabled. (Some people still do, and some presidential candidates think it’s pretty darned funny.)
As a private citizen, Comey was using documents stolen from the FBI to "spur the appointment of a special counsel to investigate obstruction of justice." The ongoing investigation initiated by McCabe, under Comey as FBI director, sought to find anything and everything on Trump, and weren't above planting spies to initiate things.

And speaking of McCabe, from Capt. Ed at Hot Air, McCabe Defense: Barr Would Have To Apply Double Standard To Prosecute Me While Letting Trump Off The Hook. Basically admitting guilt, and using the "all the other kids do it too" defense.
Clever. Not entirely bulletproof legally, but politically this argument from Andrew McCabe’s legal team is brilliant. If Donald Trump didn’t get prosecuted over obstruction detailed in the Mueller report because there was no underlying crime, as Josh Gerstein reports on their coming argument, how can William Barr’s Department of Justice go after him?
Not even nerf ball proof. McCabe is accused of lying to FBI. While I agree that should not be a lie to the FBI and DOJ, it is, as Michael Flynn can attest.

Chuck Ross at Da Caller,  DOJ Inspector General Says Democrats Haven’t Reached Out About FISA Abuse Hearing. Don't turn on the lights 'cause they don't want to see.

OK, just a couple more Lewandowski articles, one from Jeff Lord at AmSpec, Corey Lewandowski’s Home Run - Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee Democrats humiliated and one from AllahPundit at Hot Air, House Dems Weighing Contempt Charge Against Corey Lewandowski Over Tuesday’s Hearing.

VDH at PJ Media, Trump's Total Culture War
In 2016 and early 2017, Barack Obama appointees in the FBI, CIA and Department of Justice tried to subvert the Trump campaign, interfere with his transition and, ultimately, abort his presidency. Now, congressional Democrats promise impeachment before the 2020 election.

The usual reason for such hatred is said to be Trump's unorthodox and combative take-no-prisoners style. Critics detest his crude and unfettered assertions, his lack of prior military or political experience, his attacks on the so-called bipartisan administrative state, and his intent to roll back the entire Obama-era effort of "fundamentally transforming" the country leftward.

Certainly, Trump's agenda of closing the border, using tariffs to overturn a half-century of Chinese mercantilism, and pulling back from optional overseas military interventions variously offends both Democrats and establishment Republicans.

Trump periodically and mercurially fires his top officials. He apparently does not care whether the departed write damning memoirs or join his opposition. He will soon appoint his fourth national security adviser within just three years.

To make things worse for his critics, Trump's economy is booming as never before in the new 21st century: near-record-low unemployment, a record number of Americans working, increases in workers' wages and family incomes, low interest rates, low inflation, steady GDP growth and a strong stock market.

Yet the real source of Trump derangement syndrome is his desire to wage a multifront pushback -- politically, socially, economically and culturally -- against what might be called the elite postmodern progressive world.
And I was preparing to dive into the scandel du jour, but Stacy McCain did it for me in The ‘Whitleblower’ Is the Deep State Interfering in Trump’s Ukraine Policy
When the Washington Post started reporting about a “whistleblower” complaint about President Trump’s conversation with an unspecified “foreign leader,” speculation ran wild as to what it meant. But as Allahpundit at Hot Air figured out, it’s about Trump’s effort to get Ukraine to investigate corruption involving Joe Biden’s son. As part of that effort, apparently, Trump played hardball, conveying that U.S. military aid to Ukraine would be dependent on their cooperation.

And the correct response is, “So?” Is it the position of Democrats and their media allies that the apparently corrupt dealings of Joe Biden’s son in Ukraine should not be investigated? And as has been noted, Russia wasn’t the only foreign government “meddling” in the 2016 election — Ukraine did it, too. So if the Biden-Ukraine scandal is connected to that “meddling,” isn’t it logical that Trump would want Ukraine to investigate it? He’s the President of the United States, after all, and this investigation involves American interests, which he is sworn to protect.

This is not a scandal:
Both The Washington Post and The New York Times report that an intelligence official who worked in the White House filed the complaint Aug. 12 after growing alarmed about the details of a phone call that President Donald Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, citing two people familiar with the matter.
Trump and Zelensky, who took office in May, spoke by phone July 25. The Ukrainian government released a read-out of the phone call that said the two leaders spoke about corruption investigations “that have hampered interaction between Ukraine and the USA.” . . .
Details of the complaint have spilled into public view following a tense battle between House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence.
Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG), sent Schiff letters this month making it clear that he disagreed with Maguire’s decision not to turn the whistleblower complaint over to Congress. Atkinson said he found the complaint credible and “urgent,” a threshold that requires the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to sent an intelligence community whistleblower complaint to Congress.
But Maguire, with guidance from the Justice Department, declined to turn over the complaint, saying it involved privileged communications.
Rudy Giuliani has admitted that he acted as Trump’s representative in discussions with Ukrainian officials. Again, the question is, “So?”
Only in the minds of Democrats, for whom everything Trump does is scandalous, is this considered a scandal. And it is apparent that this “whistleblower” is a Democrat operative embedded in our intelligence bureaucracy, a perfect example of the “Deep State” problem that Trump’s supporters have been talking about for three years. The bureaucrats seem to believe that they should have more influence on U.S. policy than the President himself, if the President doesn’t share their worldview.
Related links:

Acting DNI Joseph Maguire Refuses Adam Schiff's Subpoena - PJ Media

Trump’s communications with foreign leader are part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy chief and Congress, former officials say - The Washington Post

Whistleblower complaint about President Trump involves Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter- MSN

Whistleblower complaint about President Trump involves Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter - The Washington Post

Fish Pic Friday - Brandie Metts

For Fish Pic Friday this week we have Brandie Metts,  Brandie, Bass, and Bonefish
Brandie Metts (@brandiemetts on Instagram) has been fishing the waters of her native Florida since she was a little girl. She grew up on Anna Maria Island on the state’s Gulf Coast, but her family had a lake place near Inverness.

The chain of lakes outside Inverness are prime bass fishing territory, and largemouth are what Brandie reeled for during most of her youth. Like most of us, she started digging her own worms, putting them on her hook, and tossing them in the water.

Turns out, she was good at it — and loved it. After her family got a boat, she moved up to artificials but would still toss out the occasional shiner to lure in the bucketmouths. In spite of her proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, Brandie was almost exclusively a freshwater reeler until a few years ago.

Eventually, Brandie made her way down to Big Pine Key and struck up a relationship with a guide who worked the Keys’ inshore waters and renowned flats. Under his guidance, Brandie figured out how to fish the flats.

“I’m just addicted to fishing, wherever I am,” she says. “It’s something I’ve always loved.”

Brandie learned to sight cast the flats, looking for the big three — permit, tarpon, and bonefish — and would get out on the water as often as she could.

“It took me a long time to be able to see bonefish,” Brandie says. “They can disguise themselves really well in skinny water.”
Me too.
These days, Brandie lives in Boca Raton, where she works and is attending school at Boca Beauty Academy. But she still makes time for fishing.

Instead of bonefish and bass, though, she heads a few miles offshore, where a combination of deep water and the Gulf Stream bring pelagics like sailfish and other billfish, as well as species, like tuna and kingfish relatively close to the Florida coast.
Her Facebook page.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Can Goats Save the Bay?

Probably not, but they can be used to eat some of the invasive plants, No kidding about it: Goats fight invasive species at Towson University
The goats, from Harmony Church Farm in Darlington, have been visiting campus yearly since 2014. They’re herded to The Glen Arboretum (commonly just called the Glen), a 10-acre patch of forest in the middle of Towson University’s campus, and left to eat. The goats are fans of invasive plant species like English ivy, Asian bittersweet and garlic mustard.

“The goats will clear this out, and then we have student volunteers who come out and pull the root stems,” said James Hull, a retired Towson University professor and director of the Glen.

Hull said about 200 student volunteers will turn out to the Glen and either pull out the roots of invasive plants or work to plant new trees in the forest. Ultimately, Hull wants the Glen to become a “living museum” that houses all 120 or so tree species that are native to Maryland. At last count, the forest is home to 108 species, Hull said.

Harmony Church Farm specializes in forest-clearing work, said Roni Cassilly, a former schoolteacher and owner of the farm. She has a total of 22 goats that she takes around to private landowners and the town of Bel Air to ingest invasive plants. Invasive species are often targeted for clearing because they can prevent native plants from growing and thriving.

“Invasive plants are taking over all of Maryland’s forest,” she said. “Lucky for us goats like the invasives.”

Towson University paid Harmony Church Farm for two days of goat grazing with grants from BGE and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. University officials could not immediately provide a dollar amount.

The goats, all of which Cassilly can identify by sight and name, typically eat off leaves, so human workers can go in behind and snip vines and pull roots. She first got goats to manage the forest that’s on her Harford County property.
If they still have to remove the roots and vines by hand, wouldn't it be easier to find the vines with the leaves still on them? This sounds like a bit of a boondoggle.

On some islands, the importation of goats has proven to be an ecological nightmare. Without predators to control them, wild goats will literally strip the vegetation to nothing. At least these goats are under control.

Russiagate - Featuring Extended Lewandowski Coverage

Before we skim into the extended coverage of Corey Lewandowski's congressional testimony, there are some new developments. First, John Sexton at Hot Air reports that Rep. Meadows complains that Comey’s Congressional Testimony At Odds With What He Told IG Horowitz, New Referral Needed
“We’ve taken, now, your report and we’ve put it side by side [with] congressional testimony that James Comey made before the joint oversight and judiciary hearing and I’m finding just a number of irregularities,” Meadows said. He continued, “So would it be appropriate if ranking member Jordan and I were to refer those inconsistencies to the IG and if we did that would the IG look at those inconsistencies?”

“It’s certainly appropriate for us to get a referral about a then-employee of the department, which is I think the hearing you’re probably referencing, and then we would assess it,” Horowitz replied.
Lying to Congress is a crime? Who knew? Well, besides Michael Cohen, of course. At Town Hall, Jim Jordan Says Comey, Mueller, And Lewandowski Have Something In Common
"@CLewandowski_ worked with the Trump campaign for nearly 2 years. He testified they did not collude or coordinate with Russia. Sounds familiar. James Comey, sitting at the same table as Lewandowski: same answer. Bob Mueller: same table, same answer. Time to move on," Rep. Jordan tweeted.
Chuck Ross at Da Caller (via Doug Ross), YOU’LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE, COPPER! Andrew McCabe Says He Won’t Take a Plea Deal. I'm pretty sure he's counting on DC jury nullification. Maybe we can bankrupt him they way he and Mueller bankrupted Flynn.

From sundance at CTH, Louie Gohmert isn't exactly enamored of IG Horowitz either in Louie and The Cold Fish…

At AmThink, Thomas Lifson wonders Did FBI and CIA have an agent provocateur who tried to entrap the Trump Organization in a Russia deal? Felix Sater.
Judicial Watch is hot on the trail of a potentially explosive revelation: that an agent who had previously worked for the FBI and CIA  as an informant --  recruited by Andrew Weissmann in 1998! -- actively tried to set up a business deal between the Trump Organization and Russian interests, in order to implicate Trump with “collusion.”  In a press release, JW lays out the background of its new FOIA lawsuit seeking:
And so onto the coverage of the Lewandowski testimony, all sound and fury, and signifying nothing. We start with the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.18.19, who provides American Greatness's Lewandowski’s Contempt For A Contemptible Congress and Legal Insurrection: Corey Lewandowski Trolls Befuddled Democrats On Judiciary Committee.

Doing the rest the easy way; find something you like!

Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows Discuss Fallout from Lewandowski Testimony…  - The Last Refuge

Inspector General Michael Horowitz Testifies on Matters of High Interest – FISA, Comey, McCabe, SpyGate… - The Last Refuge

The LOOK on his face! Rep. Doug Collins just RIPS into Jerry Nadler and Dems during today’s oversight hearing and DAMN son (watch) –

CNN Guest: Lewandowski Owned The Dems Today - Town Hall

I've Said Some Very Unkind Things About Corey Lewandowski and I Take Them All Back - Red State

Impeachment Hearing Quickly Devolves Into Chaos As Lewandowski Refuses To Answer Questions - The Daily Caller

Lewandowski Announces Senate Run During Impeachment Hearing- PJ Media

Lewandowski Slams Hillary During Impeachment Hearing: I Didn’t Delete My Emails - The Daily Caller

What were Dems thinking when they invited Corey Lewandowski to testify? - Hot Air

Democrats, stuck in Watergate mode, bungle Lewandowski testimony - Byron York, WaEx

Corey Lewandowski Just Made the Democrats Look Utterly Bloodless - GEN

Pelosi says she would have held Lewandowski in contempt ‘right then and there’ - The Washington Post

Corey Lewandowski is the perfect model for a sustained Trumpian legacy - The Washington Post

Corey Lewandowski gets honest about lying to the news media - The Washington Post

Doug Ross @ Journal: Larwyn's Linx: Michael Flynn Graymails the Government several links!

Democrats’ Impeachment Obsession Is a Danger to Democracy – American Greatness

Midnite Music - Nilüfer Yanya Likes Straws

Nilüfer Yanya: Tiny Desk Concert

Has she no compassion for the turtles?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Virginia To Catch Em All, Let God Sort 'Em Out

Menhaden Industry Leader Says it Will Exceed Bay Catch Limit
The East Coast’s biggest menhaden harvester says it won’t follow the catch limit managers have set for the Chesapeake Bay. The small fish is used commercially to make fish oil and food for pets and livestock. But it’s also a key piece of the Bay’s food chain.

Over the weekend, Omega Protein, a Canadian-owned commercial fishing operation based in Reedville, announced its intention to exceed the Chesapeake Bay catch limit for menhaden established by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).

In 2017, the commission set the annual Bay catch limit at 51,000 metric tons (mt), the five-year average of Omega’s annual catch in the Bay. (Maryland prohibits the industrial harvest of menhaden in its portion of the Bay). Omega filled the rest of its 216,000 mt total annual menhaden quota for those years by fishing on the Atlantic’s continental shelf between North Carolina and New Jersey.

The 2017 cap passed with an overwhelming vote by the Commission’s thirteen states and three agencies, with only Virginia and New Jersey dissenting.

Recent numbers show the coastwide menhaden stock is not being overfished, but the commissioners saw the new Bay cap as a precautionary move, because menhaden play key ecological roles in the Atlantic coastal ecosystem, and the Chesapeake serves as a nursery for about 30 percent of the stock.

The concern is that heavy fishing in the Bay will deplete the menhaden stock, posing problems for striped bass, osprey, dolphins, and other species that depend on them for food.

In Virginia, which accounts for 75 percent of the annual catch of these oily little fish, menhaden are managed by state lawmakers. The 2018 General Assembly, led by legislators from the Northern Neck where Omega is headquartered, refused to enact the new Bay cap. That meant that, by state law, the cap remained at the 87,216 mt limit– much higher than ASMFC’s 51,000-mt limit.

ASMFC chose not to pursue punishment against Omega since the company hadn’t substantially exceeded the lower harvest in the previous five years. In 2018, Omega’s Bay harvest remained below 51,000 mt, as the company’s big purse seine boats fished primarily in the Atlantic.

But this year, Omega did exceed the cap. The company points to bad weather offshore and higher concentrations of menhaden in the lower Chesapeake as the reasons. Its Bay catch puts Virginia is out of compliance with ASMFC.

Back to the Beach

Actually, Skye and I went down late yesterday afternoon after we bailed her out of Lorry's dog spa, but the weather was gray and dreary, and I didn't record it. However, I did see a perfect steal of a fish from an Osprey by a Bald Eagle.
Today was bright and sunny, cool and breezy. Fossil hunting was awful, a single small tooth. But I did get to watch an adult eagle try, unsuccessfully, to steal a fish from a juvenile.

The Ospreys are out in great numbers, trying to fatten up for their soon-to-be journey south, while avoiding, if possible, being robbed by the eagles.
 A crab pot dragged ashore.
A Cloudless Sulphur in Goldenrod by the dunes. I also saw a relatively uncommon Mourning Cloak up in the Kudzu, but it was gone by the time I got my phone up.

Resuming Regular Russiagate Coverage

So, did anything exciting happen while we were off, cruising Alaska, and meeting family in gold country? It seems like I did read a few articles, but nothing stood out as great progress, so I guess I'll just start on the fly.

On the subject of Michael Flynn's sentencing, George Parry at AmSpec says Michael Flynn Graymails the Government "Will the FBI risk disclosure of its dirty tactics in its persecution of Michael Flynn? Flynn’s new lawyer thinks it won’t." It couldn't happen to nicer people:
So why and how was Flynn targeted for destruction by the FBI and Justice Department? Powell’s discovery motion seeks answers to these questions by demanding the production of evidence exposing the links between the investigation and prosecution of Flynn to the Obama administration’s efforts to target, spy on, and frame Donald Trump. To that end, the motion requests that Judge Sullivan enter an order compelling the government to produce a range of exculpatory evidence including, but not limited to, the following:

“Any and all evidence that during a senior-attended FBI meeting or video conference, Andrew McCabe said, ‘First we f–k Flynn, then we f–k Trump,’ or words to that effect….

“A letter delivered by the British Embassy to the incoming National Security team after Donald Trump’s election, and to outgoing National Security Advisor Susan Rice (the letter apparently disavows former British Secret Service Agent Christopher Steele, calls his credibility into question, and declares him untrustworthy)….

“The unredacted Page-Strzok text messages as well as text messages, emails and other electronic communications to, from, or between Andrew McCabe, James Comey, Rod Rosenstein, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr … Andrew Weissmann … regarding Mr. Flynn or the FISA applications or any surveillance (legal or illegal) that would have reached Mr. Flynn’s communications….
. . .
The list goes on, but you get the idea. The motion indicates that, far from conducting a fishing expedition, the defense is aware of highly embarrassing and potentially incriminating activities by officials of the FBI, Justice Department, and Special Counsel’s Office and wants the documents, recordings, and other evidence pertaining to those matters.

In her public comments, Powell has stated that she hopes to have Judge Sullivan dismiss the case against Flynn based on the government’s misconduct in hiding exculpatory evidence. Just so. But to those of us familiar with the dark art of graymail extortion, it is apparent that the motion has been carefully crafted and calculated to scare the bejesus out of the government at the mere possibility that Judge Sullivan might actually order production of even a small fraction of the demanded discovery.

Moreover, if Judge Sullivan grants the defense even partial relief, the prosecutors will then be faced with a bitter choice, to wit:

(a) They can produce the damning evidence of the government’s corrupt activities in order to continue the prosecution of their ludicrous and petty false statements case against Flynn. Or (b) the prosecutors can do the smart thing by dropping the charges and quietly disappearing into the witness protection program.
Chuck Ross at Da Caller reports on how  Ex-Comey Aide Describes How FBI Chief Prepared For Infamous Trump Tower Meeting. Personal diaries my ass!
The report revealed that Comey and the FBI hatched a plan before the briefing about how to use the one-on-one session in order to collect information from Trump for an investigation into whether the campaign worked with Russia to influence the election.

The report said that FBI witnesses told the inspector general’s office that top officials strategized about the briefing ahead of time. And after the meeting, Comey typed up notes and held a video conference call with other FBI officials back at bureau headquarters to discuss what Trump said.

Comey also shared his memo with the FBI counterintelligence team working the Trump-Russia probe, saying that it should be included in the investigative file. The report also said that Comey told FBI officials that the information from Trump should be treated as if it were derived under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA.
From sundance at CTH, McCabe’s Lawyers Say: Obama’s Team Will Defend Him – Obama’s Team Say: ‘What, Huh’? I'm pretty sure that McCabe's lawyers will try the black mail tactic too. But most of the people he would have dirt on are already gone, too.
Yes, that’s correct. Andrew McCabe, who is being accused of lying under oath, lied about the production of character witnesses who the defense claimed were going to speak about McCabe’s integrity. In essence, he lied about the character witnesses.

You just can’t make this stuff up folks.
 Also from sundance, Representative Jim Jordan Discusses Upcoming IG Report and Democrat Impeachment Plan…

But will there be accountability? Brian Cates at ET, Without Accountability, There Can Never Be Trust in Our Government
The crimes here amount to a deliberate attempt to subvert the federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies and turn them into political engines of partisan policy to shield political friends and destroy political enemies. After covering up serious crimes committed by their political friends, these key government officials used their offices to manufacture crimes to use as a pretext to investigate and punish their political enemies.

Unless this behavior is punished with the utmost severity, no one will ever be able to place trust in the federal government. The ball of accountability will soon end up in the court of U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

If the big plan of President Donald Trump and Barr here is to fully expose what the Spygate plotters did, but then let them all walk away without any consequences—as some people are claiming—then they are planning to undermine the government they’ve been entrusted with safekeeping. It would be a stunning dereliction of duty.

Nobody would know better than Trump what it would mean to let all the criminals who tried to sabotage him just walk away. Endless bluster about restoring the rule of law and faith in the institutions of the U.S. federal government would be demonstrated to be nothing but hot air.She says reads it so well.
Gina Shakespeare
Go to the site and let Gina Shakespeare read it all to you.

CDN, Spygate: What’s Hillary Clinton’s connection to foreign spy Joseph Mifsud? My guess is she paid him, indirectly.

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.17.19,  the Weasel Zippers laughs as Lewandowski Derails Impeachment Hearing By Refusing To Answer Questions Without Copy Of Mueller Report, and Twitchy: Corey Lewandowski Trolls Duke Nukem By Calling Him “President Swalwell” At Hearing and from Chuck Ross at Da Caller, White House Restricts Corey Lewandowski’s House Testimony

And speaking of using the powers of government for political purposes, from Breitbart, Manhattan District Attorney Subpoenas Trump’s Accounting Firm for Personal, Corporate Tax Returns.

Water Bottles for Wednesday

If all you see is an ecologically damaging water bottle, you may have low T:

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Weed du Jour - Mountain Misery

We decided to take a hike in the woods today, our last full day in the Sierras. We picked a short trail near Arnold, up above Murphys a few miles, up among thick Douglas fir, Ponderosa Pine, and Incense Cedar forests.

The weed of the day was Mountain Misery:
Low, spreading shrub with pungent, sticky, fernlike leaves, often forms dense carpets

Mounntain Misery got its name from what many forest visitors consider to be an unpleasant combination of sticky leaves and a medicinal aroma. The shrub forms dense carpets in ponderosa pine and mixed-conifer stands in the Sierra, often covering extensive areas. Hikers walking through such tracts soon discover that the plant’s black gum sticks to boots and clothing. The resin makes Mountain Misery highly flammable, and it is among the several Sierra shrubs that invade recently burned areas. California’s Miwok Indians, who called the plant Kit-kit-dizze, drank a tea steeped from the leaves as a cure for a number of ailments.
According to Monika, Mountain Misery often interferes with rescues, because it can make search dogs nose blind, requiring a rest before resuming searches, which are apparently all to common in this area.

I had hoped the butterfly was a new species, but it appears to be an ordinary, common Pearl Crescent  However, we did see several California Sisters  a Common Ringlet or two, and a tiny blue of some sort. Sorry, no pics.

From the left, Brigitte, Mark, and Monika.

Palm Sunday Yet Again

Home soon:

Even though I wasn't listed, I'd like to mention the Wombat's Rule 5 Sunday: Paulina Porizkova and FMJRA 2.0: Baby, Hold On To Me.

Friday, September 13, 2019

San Fran Sunrise

Now, the drive to Murphy’s

It's Fish Pic Friday, Again!

Female angler Cheyenne Lee out of Stuart, Florida isn’t even 21 years old, yet she already a holder of multiple World records for women’s spearfishing.

Cheyenne can often be found in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, or spearfishing tournaments, and she is certainly one to keep your eye on into the future.

Her Instagram followers know her as “Spear_Life” and you can follow her here.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Smooth Sailing

Smooth seas as the Grand Princess cruises down the Oregon and Northern California coasts towards the disembarkation in San Francisco tomorrow morning.

If I have one complaint about this cruise it’s the number of “sea” days. Four is just too many. Not much to do but go to shows, eat, drink, and exercise if you feel like it, and I don’t much feel like it.

Special Tanlines Thursday

Help me out & Head over to @fishbras & vote for my picture, so I can qualify for Fishbra of the Year!! 
#minibra #pinfish #ladyangler #tanlines #girlsjustwannahavefun #fishbra#yolo #boobs #fish #please #thankyou

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Butchart Gardens

After the Butterfly Garden we headed off to Butchart Gardens, which we visited once before, about 40 years ago. They’re still stunning: