Friday, August 7, 2020

Russiagate: Lay Down Sally

No need to leave so soon.  Still talking about Sally Yates testimony. Breitbart, Sally Yates Testifies that Joe Biden Was at Oval Office Meeting on Michael Flynn, but she doesn't remember him saying much; maybe he was just sniffing her hair.
She confirmed that Biden was there, but could not confirm whether he had brought up the Logan Act. “I don’t remember the Vice President saying much of anything,” she said. She said no formal decision had been made about investigating Flynn for violating the rarely-enforced Logan Act, though she said that she had been skeptical about the idea at the time.

Other important points in Yates’s testimony included:
– Yates testified that she would not sign the warrant application to the FISA court on Carter Page, knowing what she knows today. She acknowledged that the warrant, and the application for its renewal (both of which she had signed), had misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court, given that the FBI relied on the “Steele dossier.” However, she said she had trusted the FBI’s analysis — even though she knew something of the dossier’s political origins.
– Yates misstated several facts about the Michael Flynn case and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Yates claimed falsely that Flynn had lied to FBI agents — a conclusion very much in doubt, given new evidence. She also claimed falsely that he pleaded guilty twice to lying to the FBI; in fact, he only pleaded guilty once. And she claimed, falsely, that Flynn tried to “neuter” Obama administration sanctions on Russia; in fact, he asked Russia not to escalate. In addition, she testified George Papadopoulos had been a Russian intelligence asset — a false claim she had to walk back.
– Yates could not explain why she believed there was a “legitimate” reason for investigating Flynn even after FBI agents recommended dropping the case on January 4, 2017. Yates testified that she believed the FBI agents who made that recommendation had not yet seen the transcripts of Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak, but there is no evidence to substantiate that claim. (The reason the agents actually gave at the time: FBI leadership wanted the case to continue.) . . .
Prosecute her for lying to Congress; fair is fair after all. News Thud, Senator Hawley ain’t buying what Sally Yates is selling… Sundance has the whole interrogation at Senator Hawley Comes Closest….
In the questioning of former DAG Sally Yates, only Senator Josh Hawley came close to identifying the edges of the issues with Yates responses. What we see from the overall questioning is what I shared with y’all last week . . .

Also, Richard Grenell Discusses Yates Testimony: “She got away with questioning yesterday”…

Remember, if you hate Ric Grenell, you're homophobic.

Chuck Ross at Da Caller, Grassley Says Senate Democrats Acting Like ‘Cowards,’ Ignoring Evidence Of Russian Disinformation In Dossier
Sen. Chuck Grassley accused Senate Democrats in a fiery speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday of behaving like “cowards” by accusing him of falling victim to a Russian disinformation campaign regarding Joe Biden, while ignoring allegations that Russian intelligence operatives planted false information in the Democrat-funded Steele dossier.

“Truth be told, the Democrats should know a thing or two about Russian disinformation,” Grassley said in his speech.

“The Steele Dossier is the very definition of election interference, yet we hear no objections from Democrats,” he continued, adding that “Democrats got duped into falsely accusing their political rivals of doing the very thing they were actually complicit in.”
Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 08.06.20 (Afternoon Edition) The Geller Report features Obama Spying “Beyond What Anyone Thought Possible” and  Josh Hammer catches more projection at NYPo ‘Spying’ charges against Trump couldn’t be more absurd.

Tristan Justice at DaFed has 3 Things To Know About The Steele Dossier’s Primary Sub-Source
1. There’s No Steele Dossier Without The Sub-Source' . . .
2. Steele Exaggerated Sub-Source Claims . . .
3. Early FBI Sub-Source Interviews Were Clear Grounds To End Crossfire Hurricane . . .
Andrea Widburg at AmThink, It looks as if this Fall's hit show will be called ‘Obamagate’, Good, decent TV is getting a little thin. Paul Sperry at RCI, Ex-Colleagues See Durham Dropping Bombshells Before Labor Day
"Under oath, do you commit to not releasing any report by Mr. Durham before the November election?” Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.) asked Barr, citing longstanding Justice Department policy not to announce new developments in politically sensitive cases before an election.

“No,” the attorney general curtly replied.
. . .
During last week’s House hearing, Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., asked Barr if he would be able to "right this wrong” against Trump before the election.

“I really can’t predict that,” the attorney general answered. "John Durham is looking at all these matters. COVID did delay that action for a while. But he's working very diligently.”

Added Barr: "Justice is not something you can order up on a schedule like you're ordering a pizza.”

McClintock warned Barr that if he is succeeded by a Biden appointee, Durham’s investigation will simply go away.

"I understand your concern,” Barr sighed.
Sundance is  Considering the Durham Timeline…
Hopefully Mr XXXXX and Durham will deliver on behalf of AG Barr and the American people. However, if they don’t address the dual justice system -mid August- then things will be even bigger and even uglier.
Stephan Kruiser, PJ Media,  The Morning Briefing: Mainstream Media Hacks Are the Root of Most American Woes. That may be a bit of an overstatement, but it's true that
American media hacks spent years as the chief propagandists for the Russian collusion myth simply because they were in an extreme fit of pique over the fact that they couldn’t get Hillary Clinton elected president. It was the first time their power had been rejected on a large scale.

Despite that defeat, they still remain a powerful influence in narrative-shaping. Their power may be diminishing, but they can still do damage to freedom, democracy, and the overall American way of life.
A Trump impeachment witness cashes the check; NYPo, Trump impeachment witness Fiona Hill gets book deal and at Da Caller, Trump Impeachment Witness’ Book About ‘Polarized’ America To Be Released In 2021, Publisher Says.

From the Western Journal, Michael Flynn issues a call to arms: Exclusive from Gen. Flynn: This Is My Letter to America
We are witnessing a vicious assault by enemies of all that is good, and our president is having to act in ways unprecedented in decades, maybe centuries.

The biblical nature of good versus evil cannot be discounted as we examine what is happening on the streets of America.

It’s Marxism in the form of antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement versus our very capable and very underappreciated law enforcement professionals, the vast majority of whom are fighting to provide us safe and secure homes, streets and communities.

When the destiny of the United States is at stake, and it is, the very future of the entire world is threatened. . .
Despite his personal woes, inflicted on him by vicious Obama partisans, he keeps his eye on the big picture.

Fish Pic Friday - Sarah Melia

This week's edition features Sarah Melia:
Fishing with Sarah Melia Awesome fishing pics and video catching Mahi mahi, Red snapper, Grouper, Yellowfin Tuna, and more. No Matter what she and her fishing friends are catching they always look like they are having a great time and love fishing. Sarah has over 50,000 followers on IG and you can tell from the great fishing photos below why so if your not already on of her followers make sure to click follow. She is a Pelagic Girl and mostly fishes in her backyard in the Florida Keys.
She works for Remix Miami Sportfishing out of Miami:
Come fish aboard the Remix Miami Sportfishing charter boat along with Pelagic Pro Team members Capt JC Cleare (@invincibleproteam305_remix) and Sarah Melia (@sarahmelia305_fishing) for one of the best Miami charter fishing experiences. Miami and South Florida has some of the best fishing around and fishing aboard the Remix Sportfishing charter boat provides you with one of south Florida’s most well known captain and crews available. Our crew has over 20 years of offshore experience and an extensive tournament winning history. Remix Sportfishing guarantees an you an unforgettable fishing adventure. Whether chasing sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, or tuna we provide the best Miami sportfishing charters around.
Bikini Baits.


Thursday, August 6, 2020

In Baltimore $#!* Don't Flow Uphill

More than a dozen sanitary sewer overflows were reported in Baltimore Tuesday as Tropical Storm Isaias brought heavy rain to the city.

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works’ sanitary sewer overflow map shows 17 separate incidents on Tuesday, the largest of which led to 410,000 gallons ending up in the Jones Falls.

So far, just under 530,000 gallons have been confirmed to have overflowed, though of the 17 incidents reported, ten didn’t specify the size of the overflow.
. . .
The city recommends people avoid the affected waterways. Waterways throughout Baltimore are considered impaired and the city advises people shouldn’t swim in any city water source or waterway.
This is my shocked face. But they're not alone, close to home: Public Notification of Sewage Overflow in Prince Frederick
On the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, due to the excessive rainfall brought about by Tropical Storm Isaias, erosion beneath the Main Street roadway in Prince Frederick damaged a sewer line and caused a sewage force main to rupture. As a result, sewage was discharged 200 yards north of the headwaters of Parkers Creek.

A substantial quantity of effluent was controlled through shutting down pump stations and removal with pump trucks. At no time was there impact to service for water and sewer customers. The Department of Public Works is working to repair the line and roadway.

Because of the temporary sewage discharge, all residents and visitors are strongly cautioned to avoid contact with the waters of Parkers Creek or where the creek meets the Chesapeake Bay until Friday, Aug. 7, at the earliest.
Prince Frederick, and Parker's Creek in Google Maps. You can see the triangular sewage pond near the center of the clip:

Beach Report 8/6/20

 Another pretty good day, temperatures in the upper 70s-lower 80s, with reasonable humidity, and a bit of an east breezer
 This an the picture above taken while standing on the delta the tropical storm washed down out of the stream between Calvert and Long Beach. Georgia and Skye upstream, taking a dip.
Using the max zoom, the "crowd" at the top of the beach nearest the parking lot.
 An Echphora eroding out of a clay boulder.

Georgia found the big Snaggletooth, while I found a slightly pathological Carcharhinus, in addition to about 19 more sharks teeth and a Porgy tooth (well, maybe).

Russiagate: Sally Yates Testifies

And sundance, as usual provides the video.  Sally Yates Testifies to Senate Judiciary – Main Justice Deflects, Pointing Fingers At FBI… It's long, but I sat through, well, most of it, yesterday:

Lindsey did a pretty decent job of being polite, and making sure it wasn't all just unanswered accusations the way Jabba the Hut did to Bill Barr on the House side. She's a smart lawyer, so she wasn't thrown off her message very much:  What Flynn did was wrong (never ask why) and Bill Bar is interfering to let him off. She did pretty much lay the blame for any irregularities in the investigation of on Jim Comey. Matt Margolis,  PJ Media,  Sally Yates Says Comey Went 'Rogue' with Michael Flynn Interview
“I was upset that Director Comey didn’t coordinate that with us and acted unilaterally,” Yates said in response to a question from committee chairman Senator Lindsay Graham.

“Did Comey go rogue?” Graham asked.

“You could use that term, yes,” Yates replied

Yates was also unaware that Michael Flynn was being wiretapped, only learning about it after a now-infamous January 5, 2017, briefing in the Oval Office about Russian election interference with FBI Director James Comey, Vice President Joe Biden, CIA Director John Brennan, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. President Obama asked Yates and Comey to “stay behind” after the briefing was over, and it was during this more private meeting that Obama spilled that he was aware of wiretapped conversations of incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn, a man he previously fired from his administration, and whom Obama had personally warned Trump not to hire.
Ace, Sally Yates: Jim Comey Went "Rogue" In Setting Up the Pretext Interview With Michael Flynn and I Was Very Angry About That
Investigative reporter and Russia Hoax expert Lee Smith notes that this is the third time that Obama's partisan staffers have shifted all blame for Russiagate to Comey:
Sundance allows Devin Nunes to Discuss the Testimony of Sally Yates…

At Red State, "shipwreckedcrew", a former federal prosecutor? thinks Only Durham Indictments — Not a Report — Explain Other Investigative Decisions Made by Attorney General Barr
Attorney General Barr expects John Durham to be busy in the months ahead.
Read the whole thing.

 Ace, Fusion Ken Dilanian: Brennan Has Agreed to be Interviewed By Durham, but Clapper Has Been Told Durham Doesn't Need to Talk to Him
FusionGPS' second-favorite shill*, Ken Dilanian, tweeted:

Ken Dilanian @KenDilanianNBC Brennan has agreed to be interviewed by Durham, while Clapper has been told Durham doesn't need to talk to him.

So: Clapper did in fact leak, probably as a secondary source, the classified briefing given to Trump on January 5, 2017, a briefing given with the purpose of being leaked.

Why isn't he being interviewed, then?

Some possiblities:

1. Clapper knew he was caught out (a strong witness knew he'd leaked illegally) and has been cooperating for a while already.

2. Clapper is a target of the investigation, and I'm pretty darn sure that if you're a target of an investigation, and not a Republican, a prosecutor is required to mirandize you before an interview and alert you of your legal peril. And maybe Durham isn't ready to so alert Clapper yet.

3. Durham's covering everything up and fuck it, Nothing Matters.
John Solomon at JTN, Trump suggests DOJ has found 'breathtaking' evidence of wrongdoing in Russia probe
President Trump said Tuesday night that he believes the Justice Department has uncovered “breathtaking” evidence of misconduct during its investigation of the bungled Russia collusion probe, and he expect results to be released soon.

“I caught them, we caught them spying, using the intelligence apparatus of our country to spy on an opponent or an opposing party’s campaign both before and after the election,” Trump said when asked during an interview with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs what he expects U.S. Attorney John Durham to have found during his investigation.

Attorney General William Barr named Durham, a prosecutor from Connecticut, to be special prosecutor for reviewing the FBI and DOJ's conduct in the Russia collusion fiasco.

Trump said he didn’t want to “get overly involved” in the Durham review but expects a dramatic conclusion to the investigation of the investigators.
“I do hear it is breathtaking what they found. That’s all I can say, breathtaking. And hopefully it will come out soon. But it is beyond what anybody ever thought even possible,” the president said.
Chuck Ross at Da Caller reports Russian Bankers Seek Christopher Steele’s Testimony About His Dossier Source, Igor Danchenko
The bankers, who own Alfa Bank, asked a federal judge in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to submit a formal request to the British court system to compel Steele’s testimony in a defamation lawsuit against opposition research firm Fusion GPS and its co-founder, Glenn Simpson.

Lawyers for the bankers said in the court filing that information from Steele regarding Danchenko is “relevant to the reliability” of the dossier. It could also show whether Fusion GPS knew that Danchenko was Steele’s source, and whether information in the dossier regarding Alfa Bank was inaccurate before they shared it with journalists in 2016.

The Alfa Bank owners, Mikhail Fridman, Peter Aven and German Khan, are suing Fusion GPS and Simpson, over a Sept. 14, 2016 memo from the dossier that alleged the bankers had an “illicit” relationship with Vladimir Putin, and had bribed him for decades.

Lawyers for the bankers are required to submit a request for international judicial assistance because the targets are all British citizens and are not required to comply with subpoenas filed in the U.S.
 And a funny piece by George Bessemer at AmGreat, Alexander Vindman: They Aren’t Paying Me $1 Million for My Memoir for Nothing
On August 1, the Washington Post published an op-ed by the now-retired Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, of impeachment fame. The paper’s editors had to heavily revise the piece prior to publication. American Greatness has obtained the text of Vindman’s first draft.
. . .
To this day, despite everything that has happened, I continue to believe that only I, alone, held U.S. foreign policy together for three years.
I have not come, to testify...

Thursday Tanlines

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

A Good Topwater Strike!

From Facebook:
Alaska... one in a billion photo. The photo was taken at the entrance to Katlian Bay at the end of the road in Sitka , Alaska . The whale is coming up to scoop up a mouthful of herring. The kayaker is a local Sitka Dentist. He apparently didnt sustain any injuries from the terrifying experience. The whales mouth is fully open with the bottom half under the boat. Look at the picture again - He is in the whales MOUTH!

Photo: By Tim Shobe
Aha! If you follow the bottom link, you'll find it's a deliberate photoshop.

Even the Bay Journal Couldn't Find Something Nasty to Say

Trump signs Great American Outdoors Act into law
President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Aug. 4, signed into law the Great American Outdoors Act. Both houses of Congress overwhelmingly passed the legislation in July, which guarantees annual funding of $900 million per year for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Though the fund has existed since 1965, much of the money going into it each year has been shifted into other federal budgets. The intended use of the fund is to acquire and maintain local and national parks, trails, historic sites and other outdoor spaces for public recreation.

One priority use for the money is to spend $9.5 billion over five years to take on an estimated $21 billion backlog in repairs and maintenance that have hampered national parks, forests and wildlife refuges, as well as vast Western lands maintained by the federal Bureau of Land Management.

Funds for the conservation work will come from offshore oil and gas operations leases, not tax dollars.
So remember, when you go to a park, some of that money came from the oil and gas industry, not your taxes.
Since 1965, almost every county in the Chesapeake Bay drainage states has received matching grant money from the fund for local parks, trails and other open space uses.

Joel Dunn, president and CEO of the nonprofit Chesapeake Conservancy, called it a historic moment for conservation in the Bay region and across the nation. ” A fully and permanently funded Land and Water Conservation Fund means that conservation funding is effectively doubled, in perpetuity, for our national parks and public lands as well as our state parks,” he said.

Trump called the legislation a "very big deal from an environmental standpoint" and "the most significant contribution to our parks" since those of President Theodore Roosevelt. "We are proving that we can protect our treasured environment without bludgeoning our workers and crushing our businesses," he said.

Back To Normal at the Beach

The day after Isaias passed, the beach looks pretty much the same as it did before. Pretty nice weather, too, mid 80s and less humid
The storm tides for Isaias, which weren't all that high, didn't even move much around, although some of the logs in the tangle might have been pushed a little closer to the cliffs. Eighteen shark teeth, a crab claw and a Tilly bone.
The Spotted Beebalm in the dunes is starting to bloom, but if you look carefully at the photo, you'll find the true intended target of the photo.
It took about 4 tries to get this picture, a Common Buckeye.

Grin and Bear It

Russiagate, No, Really!

Are you shocked? Margot Cleveland at Da Fed names 8 Democrat Myths William Barr Debunked Between Deliberate Interruptions: 1: Barr overruled prosecutors’ sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone because of a Donald Trump tweet. 2: Barr dropped the case against Flynn because he was Trump’s friend. 3: Barr fired an acting U.S. attorney for investigating Trump associates. 4: Barr punished Michael Cohen but rewarded Paul Manafort. 5, 6: Barr used tear gas to clear out peaceful protestors for a photo op for Trump. 7: Portland is just a bunch of peaceful protestors. 8: The DOJ is sending federal agents to cities to bolster Trump’s re-election bid.

Breitbart, Charles Hurt: Nadler Calls Riots ‘Myth’ — Then Blames Them on Trump and Barr. Foolish consistency and all.

Via Wombats In The Mailbox: 08.04.20 Don Surber explains why Democrats Are Paying For The Mueller Report. Karl Notturno at AmGreat, Reflections on the Revolution "Should Trump win reelection, his first priority must be to clear out all of the snakes in his administration." They should have been long gone at this point, and would have been if not for the media, and the dedicated resistance within the Federal bureaucracy.
The number of grifters who have worked their way into or around this administration is astounding and disgusting, but it is understandable. Trump was not part of the establishment. He did not have legions of well-credentialed, loyal, party men who were already in D.C. and could easily seize the levers of power. At various times he opted to rely on people like Reince Priebus and Anthony Scaramucci. They’re probably the same guys who think sending me letters offering a “Gold Level Membership Card” for $2,020 is a good idea. Their daughters probably have Gucci purses and Doha-funded Instagram photos.

It took years for the administration to get a Presidential Personnel Office that tried to hire people who actually supported the president and even with that new office, they still have difficulty getting the Trump supporters in positions. Many agencies actually discriminated against people who had voted for Trump in the primaries. Swamp creatures infiltrated the executive branch with the rationale that they could correct and reform Trump. That’s the Heritage model.

That’s how we ended up with Mark Esper—a former chief of staff at the Heritage Foundation—as a secretary of defense who openly stymied the president’s efforts to put down riots in the city. Esper openly contradicted the commander-in-chief and excused his insubordination as an effort to remain apolitical and independent, as though whatever authority he has does not flow directly from the elected authority of the president of the United States. That’s how we saw the test balloons flown up for a military coup with an unprecedented denunciation from General James Mattis.

And the most infuriating part is that Mark Esper still has a job.
Sundance is in seventh heaven as Sidney Powell Highlights The Intersection of The Flynn Case With NSA Metadata (Surveillance) Abuse…, one of his favorite subjects.

Sundance: Point….
Most people who are not in the securities industry would NOT understand how this works. But Trump certainly does and Mnuchin definitely does. Bannon for sure understands this.

If you are a big trader – like Soros, Gates, Goldman Sachs, or a major bank – having inside information is a freebie – no risk – goldmine.

If you are a greedy political family like Pelosi, Clinton, Bushes, Feinstein, Burr, McCain, Obama; Biden Family – inside information is a freebie no risk goldmine for the entire family.

I guess if you are John Brennan or a foreign intelligence service, and you want to finance a nefarious off the books black op operation FOR FREE, outside of your normal budget, you can use inside information and stock trades to finance your operations.

What kind of inside information can be freely gleened from the NSA database? Correspondence between PUBLIC COMPANY CEO’s who are looking to do a merger, acquisition or spinoff of another public company; confidential audits of a company that may be in discussions to be acquired by a public company; confidential emails, phonecalls, texts between CEO’s, their accountants, their lawyers, their bankers, their competitors; their R & D department; their patent department.

Once the secret NSA information is obtained, stock trades are placed (by the ELITES and their families/cohorts) to capitalize and monetize the information. On any stock exchange anywhere in the world.
Adjust your tinfoil hat as needed. Which reminds us, today is the day Sally Yates testifies to Lindsey Graham's committee. Sally Yates to testify as part of GOP probe into Russia investigation. I expect massive memory loss.

Da Wire, Former Democrat Senator McCaskill Calls Grenell A Trump ‘Sycophant’; He Reminds Her About Past Vote. Remember, if you hate Ric Grenell, it's because you're homophobic.

More Wednesday Wetness

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Not Even a Hurricane Can Stop Russiagate

Even though he's down to a mere tropical storm. Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox:  08.03.20, Twitchy: Mollie Hemingway Calls Out Media Who Portrayed Christopher Steele As Superspy
Molly Hemingway at Da Fed, Media Silent As Christopher Steele ‘Hero’ ‘Spymaster’ Narrative Crumbles
It turns out Christopher Steele wasn’t 007.

For years, the media assured Americans that the dossier alleging treasonous collusion between Donald Trump and Russia was based on the scrupulous work of a mastermind British ex-spy and his vast network of credible and well-connected sources spread throughout Europe. It wasn’t true.

Steele did not personally collect any of the factual information in his reports. The “vast network” was instead a “social circle” of an American-based former Brookings Institute junior staffer, recently identified for the first time as Igor Danchenko. The friends didn’t have well-documented claims so much as rumors, drunken gossip, and outright brainstorming, conjecture, and speculation. Even that information was “multiple layers of hearsay upon hearsay” before it got to Steele, who then hyperbolically overstated it. And the damning claims of “collusion” appear to have been scandalously misattributed or invented out of whole cloth.

With such shoddy information collection and analysis methods, there was never any reason to give credence to any of the salacious allegations in the dossier, whether it was claims of secret deals with Russian oil concerns, secret meetings in foreign capitals, prostitutes urinating on Moscow hotel room beds, files of compromising information, or the careful cultivation of Trump, yes Trump, into the most effective Russian agent in history.

The media have a problem, then, given that they repeatedly led viewers and readers to believe Steele was a master spy. They can almost get away with ignoring the recent news that once again shows their previous reporting was catastrophically wrong. In fact, some media outlets did just that.

But after breathlessly reporting — day in and day out for years — what they claimed were important updates buttressing Steele’s collusion narrative, they can’t completely hide the on-the-record revelations showing how the collusion narrative was invented and used to undermine the Trump campaign and administration. . . .
The people who constructed the dossier counted on press compliance and the press complied. Just DNC operatives with press badges.

The rest is a sundance show. First, he reviews history, and catches Rod Rosenstein in misleading the Congress on how the Steele Dossier was used to support the Carter Page FISA warrants: They Won’t Like Full Sunlight – Rod Rosenstein Edition…

The former Deputy Attorney General, a man who AG Bill Barr has praised vociferously, testifies two months ago that the Steele Dossier IS NOT in the FISA application to spy on Team Trump. As Spiropoulos outlines, contrast that position with what the Inspector General and the documents already said.
Factual Stuff That Will Help Reconcile Issues Within Spygate and The Special Counsel…
The special counsel team authorized and released the Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages to the public in December 2017. It was a very smart Mueller team using a laser pointer to get their political opposition chasing remote controlled rabbits. The special counsel team controlled the remote.

The special counsel team took control over and then filtered the FBI investigative file of FBI Washington Field Office Supervisory Special Agent, Brian Dugan. The special counsel removed the evidence that James Wolfe leaked the FISA application on March 17th, 2017.

The special counsel team released the Adam Waldman text message capture to the SSCI as a head’s up after likely informing SSCI Vice-Chairman Mark Warner it was coming. On February 9, 2018, Warner had his pre-scripted defense in place. It appears Warner gave the Go8 the text documents knowing it would be leaked to media. Smart maneuver.

The special counsel team informed the FISA court on July 12, 2018, the predicate for the Carter Page FISA application was still valid. They lied. They did this because they planned to release another segment of SSA Dugan’s file to the public to water down the issue. Nine days after telling the FISC the application was valid, on July 21, 2018, the special counsel used the guise of a FOIA release to put the Dugan FISA equity into the public consciousness. What we know as the Carter Page FISA application was/is actually SSA Dugan’s work product. Again, this was from his investigative file.

The special counsel released Dugan’s work product (FBI equity), while simultaneously redacting the dates on the copy they released. It was the special counsel who redacted the dates. They had to do this because Dugan’s FISA copy had incorrect dates as seeded to capture the leak by SSCI Security Director James Wolfe.

Every public release of information from May 2017 through April 11, 2019, came from the special counsel. Neither Main Justice (AG Sessions) nor the FBI (Wray) released anything. The special counsel were releasing information in a controlled method and withholding other documents detrimental to their purpose of framing President Trump.
Status Update – DOJ/FBI Investigative Research on The Road…
USAO John Bash – Lots of discussion amid multiple circles about what West Texas USAO John Bash might be looking into. Is he looking back in time into the FISA(702) abuses that took place during the 2016 primary season?…. That would be in addition to the familiar “unmasking” aspect?… and, if yes, what would that indicate?

Short answer is: no-one is certain. AG Barr did mention that Bash is looking backward on the unmasking issues beyond the timeline scope of the 2016 presidential election. That would indicate surveillance “unmasking” and FISA “minimization” would meld because essentially the terms are synonymous depending on the type of intelligence exploitation.

Prior Obama officials were “unmasking” names associated with FBI investigations simply to dirty them up to give fuel to the fraudulent basis of “Trump-Russia”; that’s the political weaponization of intelligence. This did happen and Bash is cited with authority to review this carve-out of the ongoing DOJ investigation into DOJ/FBI intelligence manipulation.

However, if Bash is going into the issues of the NSA database being exploited for political opposition research via FISA-702 authorities (the intentional extraction of information with intentional non-minimization) well, that’s a more expansive kettle-of-fish than would seem to be possible to fully outline before the November election.

FISC presiding judges Rosemary Collyer (’16) and James Boasberg (’18) have already outlined the continued use of the NSA database for ‘unauthorized’ purposes.

Is this something that AG Barr would authorize USAO Bash to pursue?… that’s a big question without answer. We would hope yes, but think about the scale of that in totality to the interests of DC writ large… Ergo, I’m not confident.


When I walked Skye at 11 PM last night it was just starting to rain (again), and the wind starting to rise. According to the news, the eye was just coming ashore near the Georgia/South Carolina line.

The rain woke me up around 6, and a quick look at the rain gauge showed we'd already received 2 inches of rain, and the wind was whipping the branches of the trees around. The eye of the storm was just getting crossing the North Carolina/Virginia line.

A little before 7 PM, all the phones in the house went off, with a warning of a tornado warning. Apparently a radar signature indicated a possible tornado, and one was spotted near Leonardtown. Also, water spouts spotted over Taylors Island, headed generally in our direction. We made the kids take the baby to the basement, and are waiting out the warnings glued to the TV.

Skye is luxuriating in the rain under the back deck.

More later.

UPDATE: Power went out around 10:20 AM.

UPDATE: With the rain over, (4.7 inches since midnight) at least for a while, I decided to drive down and check the boat around 11 ish. The tide was high, above astronomical highest tide, but nothing outrageous, and the water extremely muddy. The boat was fine (my boat is in the picture, but not exactly obvious):

I drove around to the beach to take a look

The storm headed north across the bay and waves breaking in front of the mouth of the harbor

Looking south, toward the gas dock, some kid out in the water trying to surf. The waves looked about 3 ft.

Looking north, lots of waves, and not much beach, with mostly clear skies everywhere but north,

After I got home, we had lunch and Georgia, Skye and I walked back down for exercise. It had calmed down quite a bit more. By the time we got home around 1 PM, the power was back on.

Not exactly the worst tropical storm we've been through here.

Tuesday Tats

Monday, August 3, 2020

Beach Report as the Storm Approaches

An overcast and somewhat cooler, if very humid day, as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches. That band of clouds to the south traces back to Florida and Asias, and, a while after we got home, arrived with a bang, and a pretty good shower.
Best of today's finds; a large lower Snaggletooth that Georgia found, and a complete ray plate with clay still covering most of it.

Russiagate Stew

A pretty random lot, of mostly older material, but let's start with James Casey from atop Da Hill with  'Unmasking' Steele dossier source: Was confidentiality ever part of the deal?
Critics who claim that Attorney General William Barr has recklessly declassified this FBI electronic communication, putting Danchenko and other sources — and future source operations — in peril are wrong. Steele was a “non-U.S. Person,” and not an FBI source when he was de facto working for the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign to develop opposition research against Donald Trump. Steele subcontracted this work to Danchenko, also not a government agent or source, who, by his own admission during the FBI interview, provided what he categorized as “bar talk over beers” back to Steele. The fact that this kind of information in an FBI communication was classified as “secret” in the first place is unexplainable. How is bar talk by a collection of drinking friends a threat to the national security of the United States, the very description of what constitutes “secret” information?
Speaking of those "who claim that Attorney General William Barr has recklessly declassified this FBI electronic communication, putting Danchenko and other sources" The Ghost of Daniel Parker has a long Twitter thread on one of the Never-Tumpers who make such claims:
At Da Fed, William Corben The Michael Flynn I Knew In Iraq Was A Brilliant Patriot
A decade later, a retired lieutenant general Flynn transitioned from his second career as a savvy policy commentator, and a less-than-savvy K Street merchant, to throwing in with a pit crew during the demolition derby that was the 2016 U.S presidential election.

Then arrived an ominous apparition that haunted our national psyche for the next four years. Russian spooks, aided by saboteurs from the Trump campaign, were imagined to have subverted the paragon of our democratic system, a free and fair election. This phantasm dwelled in the hearts of Donald Trump’s most strident political adversaries. More troubling, it lurked in the fevered ideations of our national security, legislative leadership, and justice system.

This all changed after a gush of declassified transcripts and affidavits began flowing into daylight. Through the clarity of original source documents and sworn testimony, the allegations of “foreign collusion” evaporated under facts, giving way to a shockingly egregious pattern of governmental abuse.

While malfeasance emerged from multiple institutions, no organization discredited itself more acutely than the Federal Bureau of Investigation I have been privileged to serve for 22 years. With conflagrations ravaging the 2016 electoral landscape, the FBI should have served as a rule-of-law firebreak. But that role was enthusiastically abandoned by FBI headquarters arsonists whose names we have come to learn and loathe.

The entire fiasco has been a gut shot to the thousands of former agents whose careers faithfully adhered to the Constitution. How did law enforcement’s premier investigative agency, steeped with expertise in quashing public corruption, become so thoroughly devoted to abetting it?

The full answer awaits the completion of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s formal investigation, and possibly the deliberations of a federal trial jury. But FBI veterans also seek to know, how on earth was this allowed to happen?
Sharyl Attkisson is still looking for answers at AmThink Attkisson v. Holder: The Government Spied on Me and Now is Hiding the Guilty Parties. DOJ still hiding the pickle.

Breitbart,  Ron Johnson: ‘Corruption at the Highest Levels’ During Obama Admin Investigation of Trump’s 2016 Campaign
Johnson dismissed Jarrett’s remarks that downplayed former President Barack Obama’s role in a 2016 investigation into the Trump presidential campaign, adding there was “corruption at the highest levels.”

“Well, you will notice she didn’t answer your question,” he said. “She just talked about, in general, what the process should be. That’s not the process they followed. It is very clear that there was corruption at the highest levels of, certainly, the FBI. We have evidence of it. I’m looking forward to John Durham, wrapping up his investigation. I personally believe that the intelligence community was involved in this thing.”

Johnson continued, “Their initial goal was to exonerate Hillary Clinton, when — so that she could win the election. When she lost the election, their goals shifted to first — first and foremost, I think, sabotaging the Trump administration, which they have done a pretty good job of, also, I think initiating this diversionary operation, the smokescreen to cover up their wrongdoing. The fact that they — they used all the awesome powers of their agencies to investigate their political opponent. They didn’t want that revealed. It’s being revealed right now.”

“So, again, Valerie Jarrett simply isn’t answering the question,” he added. “That’s our job. We need to get the information. But, as I stated earlier, they still have so many of their supporters in these agencies. They are doing a pretty good job at hiding the ball. It’s hard to extract the information. But I’m a pretty tenacious guy.”
From Wayne Allyn Root at Town Hall Does Anyone Have the Courage to Indict Obama? I don't want to indict Obama, it's a bad political habit to get into, but it might be amusing to impeach him ab initio.

But if any one is going to do it, it has to be The Magnificent William Barr "The attorney general understands how the Democrats have misled the American people for the last four years." Angela Kelly at AmGreat.

Monday Morning Music - "Never See The Light"


Devilskin is a four-piece alternative metal band from Hamilton, New Zealand, formed in June 2010. The band consists of Jennie Skulander (lead vocals), Tony 'Nail' Vincent (lead guitar), Paul Martin (bass, backing vocals) and Nic Martin (drums).

Devilskin's debut album, We Rise was released on 11 July 2014 and peaked at #1 on the Official New Zealand Music Chart, and spent 47 weeks in the chart.  It was certified Platinum by Recorded Music NZ in March 2015. The band's sophomore album, Be Like the River, was released on 11 November 2016 and also peaked at #1.

Jennie Skulander

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Holy Cow Beach Report

Back in the low 90s with high humidity, and a west wind that doesn't get the beach too well.
Social distancing not too hard. Georgia and Skye ahead in the distance.
Someone taking the dog out for a paddle. I don't think Skye would approve.
So, I thought I had Georgia beat for the day when I found the 2 cusp piece of Cow Shark. Then she found the more or less complete one. Twenty teeth in total.
Looking south from above the "tangle" at Matoaka. Maybe Isaias will take care of that. Tuesday promises to be "interesting."

A Small Smattering of Russiagate

Not much as seeped through the weekend, but this one is a good one. Andy McCarthy explains how New Disclosures Confirm: Trump Himself Was the Target of Obama Administration’s Russia Probe Nothing really new here, but a great 30,000 ft view of their means and motives.
Among the most significant of the newly declassified documents is a memorandum written by FBI agent Joe Pientka III, the case agent on Trump-Russia. It was Pientka who, at the FBI’s New York City headquarters on August 17, 2016, purported to brief Trump and two top campaign surrogates — the aforementioned General Flynn and then–New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who was slated to run the transition if Trump won.

In reality, Pientka and the FBI regarded the occasion not as a briefing for the Republican presidential nominee but as an opportunity to interact with Donald Trump for investigative purposes. Clearly, the Bureau did that because Trump was the main subject of the investigation. The hope was that he’d blurt things out that would help the FBI prove he was an agent of Russia.

The Obama administration and the FBI knew that it was they who were meddling in a presidential campaign — using executive intelligence powers to monitor the president’s political opposition. This, they also knew, would rightly be regarded as a scandalous abuse of power if it ever became public. There was no rational or good-faith evidentiary basis to believe that Trump was in a criminal conspiracy with the Kremlin or that he’d had any role in Russian intelligence’s suspected hacking of Democratic Party email accounts.

You didn’t have to believe Trump was a savory man to know that. His top advisers were Flynn, a decorated combat veteran; Christie, a former U.S. attorney who vigorously investigated national-security cases; Rudy Giuliani, a legendary former U.S. attorney and New York City mayor who’d rallied the country against anti-American terrorism; and Jeff Sessions, a longtime U.S. senator with a strong national-defense track record. To believe Trump was unfit for the presidency on temperamental or policy grounds was a perfectly reasonable position for Obama officials to take — though an irrelevant one, since it’s up to the voters to decide who is suitable. But to claim to suspect that Trump was in a cyberespionage conspiracy with the Kremlin was inane . . . except as a subterfuge to conduct political spying, which Obama officials well knew was an abuse of power.

So they concealed it. They structured the investigation on the fiction that there was a principled distinction between Trump himself and the Trump campaign. In truth, the animating assumption of the probe was that Trump himself was acting on Russia’s behalf, either willfully or under the duress of blackmail. By purporting to focus on the campaign, investigators had the fig leaf of deniability they needed to monitor the candidate.

Just two weeks before Pientka’s August 17 “briefing” of Trump, the FBI formally opened “Crossfire Hurricane,” the codename for the Trump-Russia investigation. The Bureau also opened four Trump-Russia subfiles, related to Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos and Flynn.

There was no case file called “Donald Trump” because Trump was “Crossfire Hurricane.” The theory of Crossfire Hurricane was that Russia had blackmail information on Trump, which it could use to extort Trump into doing Putin’s bidding if Trump were elected. It was further alleged that Russia had been cultivating Trump for years and was helping Trump’s election bid in exchange for future considerations. Investigators surmised that Trump had recruited Paul Manafort (who had connections to Russian oligarchs and pro-Russia Ukrainian oligarchs) as his campaign manager, enabling Manafort to use such emissaries as Page to carry out furtive communications between Trump and the Kremlin. If elected, the theory went, Trump would steer American policy in Russia’s favor, just as the Bureau speculated that Trump was already corruptly steering the Republican party into a more pro-Moscow posture.

Besides obtaining FISA surveillance warrants against Page, the Bureau’s favored tactic — a common one in criminal investigations — was to create or exploit situations in which the suspects would be at ease. Either the settings would not seem investigative or, in Trump’s case, repeated assurances were provided that he was not under investigation. With no notice that the FBI was trying to catch them and even prompt them into making incriminating statements, Trump and his campaign advisers would be invited to talk about Russia. Agents parsed their statements and scrutinized their demeanor, searching for any indication of pro-Russia sentiment or uneasiness about the topic — anything that could be portrayed as incriminating. If the Bureau’s contacts with Trump officials were not covertly recorded (as they were, for example, when informants interacted with Papadopoulos), agents would generate written reports about them, the kind of reports the FBI routinely writes when building a criminal case.

This is exactly what Pientka did in connection with the August 17 “briefing,” under the supervision of Kevin Clinesmith, the rabidly anti-Trump FBI lawyer later found by the Justice Department’s inspector general to have tampered with a key email, and Peter Strzok, the rabidly anti-Trump counterintelligence agent who was later fired.

Pientka’s significantly redacted seven-page memo is worth reading. The point of it is not the national-security information provided to the candidate; that is just context for the Bureau’s documenting of statements made by Trump in response. For example, when the topic is differences in methodology between Russian and Chinese espionage, Pientka carefully notes that Trump asked, “Joe, are the Russians bad? Because they have more numbers [of FBI cases] are they worse than the Chinese?” After all, maybe we’ll find out he was reporting back to the Kremlin. When the topic turned to signals intelligence, Pientka notes that Trump interjected, “Yes I understand it’s a dark time. Nothing is safe on computers anymore,” and elaborated that his then-ten-year-old son had broken the code for access to a computer — you know, just the kind of badinage you’d expect from a co-conspirator in a Russian hacking scheme.

Pientka then recounts that when other intelligence-agency briefers took over to continue the briefing on other topics, Pientka did not leave; he stayed in the room “actively listen[ing] for topics or questions regarding the Russian Federation.” Here, in a classified report they figure no one will ever see, there is no pretense: FBI agents are monitoring Trump. Pientka notes that when one briefer said the U.S. was the world’s leader in counterterrorism, Trump interjected, “Russia too?” And when the discussion turned to cheating by Russia and China on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, “Trump asked, ‘Who’s worse?’” When the briefer replied, “They are both bad, but Russia is worse,” Pientka took pains to relate, “Trump and Christie turned toward each other and Christie commented, ‘Im shocked’” [sic].

You’re thinking, “So what?” Yeah, well, that’s the point. They had nothing, but the agents were exploiting the U.S. political process to try to turn nothing into a federal case. And would any public official voluntarily attend a security briefing, ostensibly meant to help him perform his public-safety mission, if he thought the FBI might be spying on him and writing reports with an eye toward portraying him as a hostile power’s mole?

Just as we’ve seen in the Flynn investigation, Pientka’s official FBI report is marked in bold capital letters: “DRAFT DOCUMENT/DELIBERATIVE MATERIAL.” Why deliberate over a draft when the purpose is to document a suspect’s statements? After all, he said whatever he said; there shouldn’t be a need to edit it. Drafts and deliberations are necessary only if a report is being massaged to fit the perceived needs of the investigation. Observe that, although the briefing was August 17, the memo is dated August 30. Nearly two weeks later, and it’s still in the form of a deliberative draft, meaning they’re not done yet.

This is not materially different from the Obama administration’s plan on January 6, 2017. That is when the FBI’s then-director, James Comey, “briefed” Trump in New York City. This briefing came just a day after Comey met with his Obama-administration superiors — the president, Vice President Biden, national-security adviser Susan Rice, and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. They discussed withholding information about the Russia investigation from President-elect Trump and his incoming team.

Consistent with this White House strategy session, Comey did not actually brief Trump about the Russia investigation; he buzzed Trump with an allegation that the Putin regime might be in possession of blackmail material — the pee tape — that it could hold over Trump’s head in order to get him to do the Kremlin’s bidding.

The point was not to give information. It was to get information: to provoke Trump into making incriminating or false statements, or statements evincing consciousness of guilt. Outside Trump Tower was an FBI car equipped with a laptop so Comey could immediately write an investigative report. The director and his team treated this as an investigative event, not a briefing. Comey memorialized Trump’s statements, as well as his physical and emotional reaction to the suggestion that Moscow might have video of the soon-to-be president cavorting with prostitutes. If a case had ever been made on Trump, Comey could then have been a witness, with his investigative report available to refresh his recollection about Trump’s comments and comportment.

That is one of the main reasons such reports are done.
Insty responds, IT WAS A SEDITIOUS POLITICAL HIT JOB, BY CORRUPT LEADERS IN THE FBI, THE DOJ, AND ELSEWHERE IN THE GOVERNMENT: New Disclosures Confirm: Trump Himself Was the Target of Obama Administration’s Russia Probe. "And it counted on support from a corrupt press, which it got."

Anything else? Not much, and even then, pretty tangential. First, a reminder from John Solomon at JTN that the Obama/Biden administration long tilted towards the Russians, and didn't really give a flying fuck if they spied or meddled in our elections, Tech hub Obama, Biden and Clinton helped Russia build set off U.S. intelligence alarms DOD, FBI warned of Skolkovo espionage operation by Russia before 2016 election, according to new book.
Skolkovo was perhaps the Kremlin’s boldest maneuver yet. Envious of America’s technological success, the Russians sought to re-create the West Coast high-tech industrial hub in the suburbs of Moscow. But unlike the bottom-up innovation that defines Silicon Valley, where computer geniuses like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs pinched their pennies and built the first personal computers in their garages, Skolkovo was a top-down state-run project that sought to replicate decades of trial and error seemingly overnight.

It was also a ploy to steal American intellectual property and transfer technological secrets to the Kremlin.

Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy described the Skolkovo scam best: “The project was like an espionage operation in broad daylight, openly enhancing Russia’s military and cyber capabilities.” Indeed, multiple Defense Department (DOD) agencies and the FBI condemned Skolkovo as an espionage front that posed a clear and present danger to U.S. national security.

In 2012, the U.S. Army Foreign Military Studies Program at Fort Leavenworth examined the security implications of Skolkovo and concluded that Skolkovo was an apparent “vehicle for worldwide technology transfer to Russia in the areas of information technology, biomedicine, energy, satellite and space technology, and nuclear technology.”
. . .
The Kremlin and the Obama State Department praised the civilian endeavors of Skolkovo and its “clusters”—information, energy, biomedical, and even space technology (among other seemingly innocuous initiatives). The promoters of Skolkovo in Moscow and Washington conveniently neglected to mention the military applications.
WaFreeBee, Former U.S. Marine Sentenced to Nine Years in Russian Prison
Former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed was sentenced by a Moscow court to serve nine years in prison on Thursday, the New York Times reported.

Already imprisoned for 11 months, Reed was sentenced on charges of assaulting and endangering the lives of two Russian police officers. Reed, his supporters, and his family denied the charges, describing them as politically motivated.

"I think anyone who has eyes and ears and who has been in this courtroom knows that I’m not guilty," Reed said. "They didn't ask me anything about fighting police, they asked me where I served in the Marine Corps, what deployments I was on…. Everything about this case is political."
I rather expected him to be traded for Maria Butina, but apparently she wasn't worth that much since we gave her back for free. Could we trade him for Clapper, Brennan or Comey, or perhaps all three?

Linked at Pirate's Cove in the weekly Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup and links.

Palm Sunday

Starring yesterday's Rule 5 winner, Bebe Rexha

Linked at Pirate's Cove in the weekly Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup and links.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Opening of August Beach Report

July is usually the worst, or at least hottest month around here, and Aug. 1 found us at a tolerable 85, with reduced humidity and some light clouds after yesterdays storm.

A look from the north of Calvert Beach across the little creek, rain swollen today, to Matoaka.
Turning the other direction, south to Calvert and Long Beaches. Not crowded by any means, but getting used.

Considering it was dead high tide, not a bad day for fossils. 19 sharks teeth, 2 drum's teeth, one stingray barb, and a broken crocodile tooth.
Some nice clouds across the Bay looking at Taylor's Island.
I found this soldier in the cliffs north of Matoaka . . .
inches from his sworn enemy. It appears to be the deadly Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle.

WuFlu? Hu Knew?

Time for one of the occasional updates on the WuFlu. I'm going to start with our own situation, here in Maryland, and Calvert County. According to the state site, Maryland is one of those states undergoing a "second wave", with rising cases:

However, the rising cases are occurring in conjunction with rising testing, with the amount fraction of tests coming back positive staying almost exactly constant at 5% . . .

Meanwhile, the number of deaths remains near constant, averaging in the single digits per day even though it's had more than the requisite three weeks to start seeing a rise in deaths.

It sure looks to like the apparent second wave is largely a function of increased testing and contact tracing. I could be wrong.  Total confirmed deaths in MD are about 3000, and still concentrated in the highly urban counties surrounding DC and Baltimore.

As for our Calvert County, population ~90K, we're still muddling along with a 612 total cases, with 11 deaths total and a few more cases per day. Curiously, the state site reports 27 deaths, but the County site explains that the state site reports deaths of nursing victims whose official residence is in Calvert but died elsewhere as Calvert County deaths. Now think about that on a national scale?

Now, back to the world. Issues and insights, Despite What You’ve Heard, The COVID Crisis Probably Peaked Two Weeks Ago. Some funny reporting, but Florida, Texas and Arizona are heading down and never approached NY NJ levels of sickness or deaths. From Zero Hedge, Sweden: The One Chart That Matters. No lock down? No problem.
Sweden has been harshly criticized in the media for not imposing draconian lockdowns like the United States and the other European countries. Instead, Sweden implemented a policy that was both conventional and sensible. They recommended that people maintain a safe distance between each other and they banned gatherings of 50 people or more. They also asked their elderly citizens to isolate themselves and to avoid interacting with other people as much as possible. Other than that, Swedes were encouraged to work, exercise and get on with their lives as they would normally even though the world was still in the throes of a global pandemic.
However, two of the countries who locked down hard, and have been cited as success stories? Coronavirus: German officials 'very concerned' by rising cases and Hong Kong is ‘on the verge’ of an outbreak that could lead to hospital system’s collapse, chief executive says. Remember "15 days to flatten the curve?" Good times! Only the curve won't stay flat until a certain level of herd immunity is in effect. Nic Lewis at WUWT, Why herd immunity to COVID-19 is reached much earlier than thought – update. Good news, if true. All models are wrong, some models are useful.

Progress is being made on a vaccine, WaEx, Moderna begins trial of coronavirus vaccine with 30,000 volunteers and AP, Virus vaccine put to final test in thousands of volunteers. If they're willing to subject 30k people to it, it must be reasonably safe. But from NYPO, Majority of people say they won’t take COVID-19 vaccine within first year. Jazz Shaw, Hot Air, Poll: If The Vaccine Is Approved, Will People Actually Take It? And it's not just the usual anti-vax idiots. Nobody want to buy a car in it's first year of production, and people are, rightly, a bit leery of a vaccine when it first comes out. I'll get it, though.

Via Wombat's In The Mailbox: 07.31.20 American Thinker: Hydroxy Hysteria Reaching A Fever Pitch. This week's highlight reel would certainly feature:
Dr Stella Immanuel, gave an impassioned shout-out for hydroxy:
I’m here because I have personally treated over 350 patients with COVID. Patients that have diabetes, patients that have high blood pressure, patients that have asthma, old people … I think my oldest patient is 92 … 87-year old. And the result has been the same. I put them on hydroxychloroquine, I put them on zinc, I put them on Zithromax, and they’re all well.
All of you doctors that are waiting for data, if six months down the line you actually found out that this data shows that this medication works, how about your patients that have died? You want a double-blinded study where people are dying? It’s unethical. So guys, we don’t need to die. There is a cure for COVID.
From the media’s reaction, you might have thought she was recommending bloodletting or exorcism as a cure for cancer and heart disease. The video of this press conference was promptly removed from Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Those tweeting or retweeting the video found their accounts suspended, including Donald Trump, Jr.
WUWT, Dr Stella Immanuel V Dr. Fauci-TKO. HCQ Championed. Tyler O'Neil, at PJ Media, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Remove Doctors' Coronavirus Video, Claiming It Is 'False' Dr. Immanuel is also apparently a crank on other issues. Like Linus Pauling. Who the are the media ignoring entirely? Matt Margoliss, Hydroxychloroquine Is 'the Key to Defeating COVID-19', Says Yale Epidemiologist and Donald Trump Jr. Suspended from Twitter For Sharing Video on Hydroxychloroquine. JTN, Yale epidemiologist: Dr. Fauci running 'misinformation campaign' against hydroxychloroquine
Dr. Harvey Risch, a noted Yale epidemiologist,  has accused White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci of waging a "misinformation campaign" against the drug hydroxychloroquine, claiming the medication has shown consistently encouraging results in treating COVID-19 when used properly.

Hydroxychloroquine has been at the center of a protracted political debate since March, when President Trump cited the drug as a promising possible treatment for the novel coronavirus. HCQ has long been used by doctors to treat malaria along with other syndromes such as arthritis and lupus. The World Health Organization lists it as an essential medicine, while nearly five million Americans hold prescriptions for it.

Since Trump's speculative endorsement of the drug, media outlets and medical officials have for several months aggressively promoted various medical trials that have determined the drug has no effectiveness in fighting COVID-19; many commentators have also insisted, in spite of the drug's decades-long safe track record, that it is too dangerous to be used to cure the disease.
Noted medical expert Scott Adams, Episode 1076 Scott Adams: Trump is Medically Correct and CNN Might Be Killing Tens-of-Thousands. They've deliberately chosen  to kill tens of thousands of innocent American just to screw Trump.

I would take it, AZ and zinc if I were to test positive (but I'd have to get tested). The risks are small if you don't have a heart arrhythmia to start with, and the possible benefits large. The key seems to be in getting them before you're so sick you need to go to the hospital.

Some good news for my prospects of getting the WuFlu from the Sun, How your HEIGHT could double your risk of catching coronavirus, scientists discover.

On the school opening debate, Wired, Some Countries Reopened Schools. What Did They Learn About Kids and Covid? "Studies from around the world suggest that success depends on class size, distancing, the age of the students, and how prevalent the virus is locally." So it can be done, maybe not everywhere. Bill Gates on back to school: Benefits in ‘almost every location’ outweigh costs for young children (the Peacock). Put your money where your mouth is. Marc Thiessen at WaPoo, Schools aren’t that risky, and teachers are essential workers. We must reopen. Nicole Russell at the Atlantic. I Can’t Keep Doing This. Please Open the Schools. "The idea that I might have to continue to work while facilitating another subpar semester of virtual learning is almost too much to bear." My view? Pension off any teachers over 60. Send the rest back to work.

And the pure raw politics of it all? Maggie's Farm, How political is the virus?.

Way too political. Ace, Incredible: New York Times Publishes Tearjerker Piece About Their Incredibly Wealthy Privileged White Friends Who Are Forced to Move Out of Their Million Dollar NYC Apartments Into Their Vacation Homes Due to Covid "Note that these people are "forced" to move from their luxury Manhattan condos to their luxury Hamptons vacation homes due to the maladministration of DeBlasio and Cuomo, who the New York Times enthusiastically support." They should be forced to isolate in NYC.
David Marcus at Da Fed, New Biden Ad Fails To Explain How He Would Have Handled Coronavirus Differently. But the Empire Strikes Back, Althouse, An effective presentation of what Trump got right and Biden got wrong about the coronavirus.
Matt Margoliss, Here’s Exactly How Andrew Cuomo Covered up His Deadly Nursing Home Policy. About 2/3 of  the deaths in MD are nursing homes and assisted living, too. They used to call pneumonia "the old man's friend". Maybe that need updating.

The Post Millennial: New York governor calls outdoor concert 'illegal and reckless,' but allows mass protests to continue, and we clearly see that some peoples funerals are more dangerous than others.

At ET, Roger Simon warns of  Dr. Fauci and the Perils of Deep State Medicine. Ace, Fauci Won't Say if "Protests," Which He Admits Spread the Virus, Should be Limited, Though He Continues Advocating for Limiting Church-Going and Work. Mediaite, Dr. Fauci Rebukes Trump’s Tweetstorm Against Him: ‘I Have Not Been Misleading the American Public’, however, he does bend with the prevailing (liberal) wind. Politico, Fauci: Virus rampant in U.S. because of inadequate, patchwork shutdowns. He has a hammer.  And yet,  Fauci Testifies That Trump’s Decisions On Virus Saved Lives  (Weasel Zippers.) Not a good Biden ad:

Politico, Louie Gohmert, who refused to wear a mask, tests positive for coronavirus, Sara Carter, Rep. Louie Gohmert: ‘I Will Use Zinc, Erythromycin, and Hydroxychloroquine’ to Fight Coronavirus. Will the media credit "the hydroxy" if his case is asymptomatic? I dare Democrats to say they won't take it if they test positive.