Imagine That?

Whoever could have guessed that this might be a problem?

Washington (CNN)Former Trump campaign deputy Rick Gates told a federal court Thursday afternoon that he and his wife believe it’s “not prudent” for them to take their four children on a trip to Boston, after feeling threatened by an online commenter who invoked the Russian mafia.

A Boston Globe report on Gates’ scheduled trip, planned for next week and approved by Judge Amy Berman Jackson, “generated comments on the internet, some of which were of a threatening character,” Gates’ attorney said in a court filing.
One Globe reader posted two comments referencing possible violence against Gates in response to an online Boston Globe story published February 26 and titled “Following guilty plea in Mueller probe, Rick Gates plans to visit Boston.” The comments suggested Russians living in Boston could be angry with Gates, if Mueller targeted them in his probe.
The Globe late Thursday blocked the two comments.

Stay frosty and don’t drink any tea you don’t personally prepare for yourself!

Open thread.

119 replies
  1. 1
    Corner Stone says:

    Who is in charge of tracking/verifying threats like these to a federal witness?

  2. 2
    Corner Stone says:

    And if Gatesy is being threatened then Paulie will never crack because he’d be like turning the volume up to elebenty if he starts cooperating.

  3. 3
    Yutsano says:

    I don’t think the Russia mob is gonna be all that interested in a lowly tax agent in a backwater corner of Washington State.
    At least not dead anyway.
    Now if I GO to Russia…

  4. 4
    Annie says:

    This doesn’t make any sense. People can travel from Boston to wherever Gates lives now (which I assume is the DC area). Also, why would it only be Russians in the Boston area who are upset?

  5. 5
    Corner Stone says:

    Bill Weir
    ‏Verified account @BillWeirCNN
    4h4 hours ago

    After the @nytimes sued @interior we now have 25,000 of emails proving that the main motivations for shrinking Bear’s Ears and GSE National Monuments were oil, gas and coal. Just realizing how often I was lied to while reporting this piece:

    Link to CNN

  6. 6
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Corner Stone: In this case? Most likely a combination of the CI investigation running out of the Special Counsel’s office, the FBI organized crime folks, the Boston Field Office, and possibly the US Marshall’s Service.

  7. 7
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Annie: Far, far easier to deal with a target in transit to a place they don’t reside than it is to deal with the target at the target’s own home.

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  9. 9
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Corner Stone: That’s going to keep Zinke and the DOJ attorneys tied up in Federal court through the next presidential election.

  10. 10
    No Drought No More says:

    Let’s hope Mueller Inc. has Manafort’s Alamo covered. Of course, they can’t confiscate his shoelaces or razor blades until his bail is revoked.

  11. 11
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Just realizing how often I was lied to while reporting this piece:

    I don’t know who Bill Weir is (I assume a CNN reporter), but he is embarrassingly naïve.

  12. 12
    Corner Stone says:

    As it looks like we may not get a new indictment today, I maintain my inner glee at the fact that *all* the knives are out for Jar Jar. All of the IC, both foreign and domestic, as well as WH personnel who hate his guts. In a death match between J Kelly and Jared, there can be only one winner. All the rest of us.

  13. 13
    Citizen Alan says:

    @Corner Stone:

    The naivete of our useless media is almost precious. At this point, I don’t believe anything that any Republican says on any topic, but twits like this will continue to publish obvious lies as truth on into infinity.

  14. 14
    Mnemosyne says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    At this point, any reporter who claims they didn’t realize the Trump administration lied to them is themselves lying, IMO. It’s. What. They. Do.

  15. 15
    Yutsano says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I don’t know how old the piece is (can’t look at the Twits on the works browser) but by the time of the Bear’s Ears deal it was pretty smacking obvious truth and this administration were mutually exclusive.

  16. 16
    eric says:

    @Corner Stone: i see a new FISA warrant in the future……

  17. 17
    J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford says:

    @Corner Stone: Every picture of Jared looks like he’s wondering whether he just sharted himself.

  18. 18
    Roger Moore says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    That’s going to keep Zinke and the DOJ attorneys tied up in Federal court through the next presidential election.

    I certainly hope so. Gutting Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante may not be the worst thing the Trump Administration has done, but it feels the most personal to me because I’ve spent so much time visiting those places. They richly deserve protection, and yanking it away to please people who are going to ruin them forever is the act of a diseased, immoral mind.

  19. 19
    Corner Stone says:

    @J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford: He actually reminds me of a bad parody of Zoolander. That collage where Zoolander makes ALL the emotive faces. Only Jared can accomplish just the one: Baby Bird Out of The Nest.

  20. 20
    Corner Stone says:

    I have to admit. I wish I had a govt job so J-Law could pull a Red Sparrow on me.

  21. 21
    Gin & Tonic says:

    Killing a reasonably high-profile American in the US is a bridge that has not yet been crossed.

  22. 22
    JPL says:

    In whose interest was it to leak Melania’s immigration status? IMO it was Trump’s way of saying he could deport her for lying, if she didn’t straighten up and act like the loving wife. hmmm

  23. 23
    eric says:

    @Gin & Tonic: john kennedy to a white courtesy phone :)

  24. 24

    Just got back from writing at B&N. I expressed sympathy with the café worker selling me coffee over B&N’s financial troubles. She said if CEO didn’t have to be paid so much, there’d be no problem. Yay for her. Power to the people.

  25. 25
    WereBear says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Right? How old is he?

  26. 26
    cosima says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Not that you would know that from personal experience…

  27. 27
    Gin & Tonic says:

    @eric: Not yet been crossed by Putin.

  28. 28
    MattF says:

    I’ll have a cuppa, hold the Polonium.

  29. 29
    Jeffro says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady):

    She said if CEO didn’t have to be paid so much, there’d be no problem.

    But…the CEO’s a “Job Creator” (trumpet sound)…doesn’t that mean he deserves all of the cake, and everyone else should be grateful for the crumbs?

  30. 30
    Origuy says:

    @Corner Stone: I used to work for a computer company that did a lot of top secret stuff. I wasn’t in that division, but one area of our building was wrapped in wire to make it a Faraday cage. We would get memos advising us about honey traps and such. I didn’t see how I could be blackmailed, since I was single and no one would care if I were seduced by a Russian agent. Sounded like a good idea to me.

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    kindness says:

    With this administration we need a Dead Pool (yea that is a gruesome point of ‘humor’) where we pick who gets offed and when & by what group. At first I would have thought some wack job liberal would do it. Now I’m thinking it’d be an NRA wack job (anyone contemplating assassination is by definition a nut).

    I know who I’d like it to be (no not Trump, having him there will only help us in November) but I really don’t want to have an appointment with the Secret Service. No thanks.

  32. 32
    rikyrah says:

    I got nothing.
    Read this twice and still don’t understand.

    ………………………….

    Donations of deer semen make up majority of contributions in Texas candidate’s race: report

    A candidate in the race for a South Texas state House seat has reportedly received $87,500 in campaign donations, more than half of which is made up of deer semen donations

    http://thehill.com/homenews/st.....ssion=true

  33. 33
    WaterGirl says:

    @Corner Stone: Who do you think is more dangerous to the country? Jared or Kelly? At this point, I am thrilled to (maybe) have Jared out, but Kelly scares the hell out of me.

  34. 34
    Hoodie says:

    I was a bit surprised they were going to allow him to make that trip. Maybe part of his plea deal, or they didn’t want to spook him?

  35. 35
    rikyrah says:

    @Corner Stone:

    GOOD…NAIL THOSE MUTHAPHUCKAS.

  36. 36
    M. Bouffant says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Indeed. And all the Trumpazoids will pass it off as false-flag/Deep State/Fake News.

  37. 37
    rikyrah says:

    @Corner Stone:

    KELLY VS JARED

    root for lots of injuries.

  38. 38
    Raoul says:

    In the “whomever could have guessed that this might be a problem?” category, I am enjoying that Mike Huckabee’s racism and extreme partisanship made him have to resign within 24 hours of being appointed to the Country Music Association Foundation board.
    When country music can’t handle Huck, times are — in some ways — changing. Our Trumpian nightmare notwithstanding.

  39. 39
    rikyrah says:

    Silverman:

    Was McMaster on his way out anyway, before he became attached to the ‘ Jared is a National Security Threat’ story?

  40. 40
    Roger Moore says:

    @Origuy:

    I didn’t see how I could be blackmailed, since I was single and no one would care if I were seduced by a Russian agent. Sounded like a good idea to me.

    Even if you aren’t easily blackmailed, you might start thinking with the wrong head and do something you shouldn’t to impress the girl. It’s been known to happen, and once you’ve done something wrong, it becomes possible to blackmail you with that.

  41. 41
    Corner Stone says:

    @WaterGirl: My hopeful scenario is that Kelly forces Jar Jar and Ivana Jr out of the WH, then Trump flies off in a fit of rage and fires Kelly.

  42. 42
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Roger Moore: Everyone of these changes, including a lot of the stuff Pruitt is doing at EPA, is going to get challenged in the courts.

  43. 43
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @rikyrah: Maybe someone misunderstood “The price of support may be a little dear.”

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    MattF says:

    @Corner Stone: I’d be wary of what might happen next. Who dares to say “That’s a bad idea”?

  45. 45
    Corner Stone says:

    @Raoul:

    I am enjoying that Mike Huckabee’s racism and extreme partisanship made him have to resign within 24 hours of being appointed to the Country Music Association Foundation board.

    Who in the everlovin’ world of Fuck thought that appointment was going to be a good thing? Those are the people that should be forced to resign.

  46. 46
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @cosima: Know what from personal experience?

  47. 47
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Far, far easier to deal with a target in transit to a place they don’t reside than it is to deal with the target at the target’s own home.

    Merde—I better watch my back!

  48. 48
    sheila in nc says:

    @Roger Moore:

    do something you shouldn’t to impress the girl

    You mean like the episode on Big Bang Theory when the engineer takes his date to the lab so she can drive the Mars Rover and they drive it into a ditch?

  49. 49
    Raoul says:

    @Corner Stone: Agree!

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Even if you aren’t easily blackmailed, you might start thinking with the wrong head and do something you shouldn’t to impress the girl.

    “Wait a second…are you saying it was *wrong* to give her that TS/SCI data set? I wish someone had told me.”

  51. 51
    Roger Moore says:

    @rikyrah:
    My first thought was that this was machine translated from another language where deer semen was a rebus for something more sensible, the way you see bizarre translations of things on Chinese menus. But no, it sounds as if there’s an established practice of deer breeders making in-kind donations of frozen semen. Bizarre, but not ludicrous.

  52. 52
    Corner Stone says:

    @MattF:

    Who dares to say “That’s a bad idea”?

    No one is doing it now. I don’t believe for a second the self-serving leaks about Don McGahn or Priebus re: Sessions resignation.

  53. 53
    WaterGirl says:

    @Corner Stone: That would work for me.

  54. 54
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Corner Stone: I read the book (and its sequel) that the movie is based on. Was really good except for (spoiler alert!) the part where it’s a Democratic Congressperson who is selling secrets to the Russians. Author is former CIA so he knew better.

  55. 55
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @rikyrah: Here you go:
    https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2018-elections/2018/03/01/talk-big-bucks-deer-semen-donations-fueling-south-texas-campaign

    Ana Lisa Garza, a Starr County district court judge, is challenging Rio Grande City Democrat Ryan Guillen for the District 31 seat he’s held for eight terms.

    According to her last campaign finance report, Garza received $36,500 in monetary donations and $51,000 in in-kind donations, which are usually in the form of campaign advertising, polls or food and venue space for events.

    In Garza’s case, the contributions were listed as individual donations of deer semen straws from deer breeders.

    Each deer semen straw — from bucks with names like Gladiator Sunset, Sweet Dreams and Bandit — was assigned a $1,000 value, according to her campaign finance report. A straw refers to the container of ejaculate that is stored for later use. Breeders market their deers’ antler size and shape as reasons to buy straws from their bucks.

    Uvalde deer breeder Fred Gonzalez said the donors’ straws went into a semen tank to be sold as one lot at a Texas Deer Association event last month and donated to her campaign.

    Gonzalez, the treasurer of the Texas Deer Association, donated one straw to the lot. He said the deer breeding community often donates straws instead of money, although not usually directly to a political campaign.

    “Semen is a very common way for us to donate,” he said. “One collection on a buck could lead to 60 straws sometimes. If you have a desirable animal, it’s a way to bring value without breaking the bank.”

    The Texas Deer Association’s political action committee has received $976,025 in deer semen donations between 2006 and 2016. It has given $885,695 to campaigns and interest groups in the same span. According to expenditure reports between 2006 and 2016, the PAC has never given in-kind donations in the form of deer semen. Though the straws donated to Garza were sold at a Texas Deer Association event, the organization’s political action committee did not contribute to her campaign.

    Gonzalez said he didn’t know how much the straws sold for or how the money was distributed to Garza’s campaign. He said the way he understood it, whatever price the collective lot of deer semen brought at the auction would go to her campaign. But her campaign finance report shows the individual straw donations from deer breeders, rather than one sum.

    Buck Wood, an Austin-based campaign finance and ethics attorney, said he’s unsure why the donations were classified as in-kind if the straws were sold at auction and the money was given to Garza’s campaign.

    “If they’d given her the straws, that would have been an in-kind donation,” Wood said. “But if they sold them and converted it to cash, that’s just a straight donation from whoever owned the property.”

    More at the link.

    Wear protection!

  56. 56
    Corner Stone says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    the part where it’s a Democratic Congressperson who is selling secrets to the Russians.

    “I’m sorry, Red. I just don’t have access to anything like you may be hinting at.”
    RED: *shows flashes of underboob* “Oh, really?”
    “Now that you mention it…uh,…here’s my codeword PIN and 2FA. Now what were we talking about again?”

  57. 57
    Roger Moore says:

    @Corner Stone:

    “Wait a second…are you saying it was *wrong* to give her that TS/SCI data set? I wish someone had told me.”

    There are plenty of other illegal things people do in their private lives that could be used as blackmail fodder, e.g. illegal drug use.

  58. 58
    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Buck Wood, an Austin-based campaign finance and ethics attorney

    That’s gotta be made up.

  59. 59
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @rikyrah: I’ve seen rumors since late last summer. At that point they were the President wanted to send him to Afghanistan to replace GEN Nichols. That didn’t happen. My understanding is that the issue they’ve got now is that there aren’t any 3 star billets either open for him to get a lateral move or a promotion in grade, as in become a Corps or Army Service Component Commander (this is the Army component of a Geographic Combatant Command like CENTCOM) or that don’t have someone already lined up against them for their next career move. Same thing for 4 star billets. So in order for them to move him out and keep him on active duty they either have to so something really creative or hose one of his peers. The unofficial motto of the US Army is “200 years of history unimpeded by progress”. So creative is unlikely. Hosing one of his peers would get really ugly, really fast. I honestly don’t know what they’re going to do. I’m not sure they have any real idea either.

  60. 60
    Aimai says:

    @Corner Stone: really? Just now realizing? holy crap when did they stop telling cub reporters “if your mother tells you she loves you: check it out!”

  61. 61
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Gin & Tonic: I really don’t want to know.

  62. 62
    cosima says:

    @Adam L Silverman: about easy targets when in transit… Shhh….

  63. 63
    WaterGirl says:

    @Adam L Silverman: What kind of idiot takes a gig like this without knowing whether there is a way back for him? Unless the military wanted him out? (Since they aren’t going to promote him… well that doesn’t seem like a vote of confidence.)

    What I want to know is this. It sounds like McMaster knew Jared was having secret meetings with foreign governments and he never told anyone until it leaked recently. How fucked up is that?

  64. 64
    Raoul says:

    In other random political tidbits:
    The EU is coming out swinging on counterpunch tariffs. Motorcycles and hootch, both no doubt aimed at high profile Republican states (WI & KY [TN too]). Orange juice, to go after Rick Scott’s Florida.
    But on the expanded list an item I noticed: Cranberries. Guess who is top producer? Not Maine. Not even close. 62% are grown in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin. I knew from too many drives across WI on I-90/94 that WI was one of the bog states, but not the biggest in production.
    Seems the EU has a particular chip on their shoulder about Scotty boy. Shame, really!

  65. 65
    Corner Stone says:

    MIT study shows how much driving for Uber or Lyft sucks
    Link to TechCrunch
    tl;dr version:
    It sucks. They make less than min wage in most locales and under $4 per hour in a number of places.

  66. 66
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Raoul: Guess who is top producer? Not Maine. Not even close. 62% are grown in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.

    I would’ve guessed Michigan. I must’ve read something somewhere.

    @rikyrah: One story I saw said Mattis thinks HRMcM is a loose cannon wrt to North Korea. Also Condi Rice, having gifted us the remarkable Mr Tillerson, to say nothing of her illustrious self, has introduced Mattis to one of her proteges.

  67. 67
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @WaterGirl: He had been told to prepare for retirement from the Army at 3 stars before he was asked to become the National Security Advisor. His assignment as Deputy Commanding General of TRADOC and Director of Army Capabilities Integration Center was supposed to be his last. When he accepted the National Security Advisor assignment he was continued on active duty past what had been his previously scheduled retirement.

  68. 68
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Secretary Rice may have been the worst National Security Advisor in the past 30 years. And that includes LTG Flynn.

  69. 69
    WaterGirl says:

    @Adam L Silverman: So then there should be no obligation for the Army to find a place for him, right:? He leaves his current post and he is retired. No?

  70. 70
    Mike in NC says:

    @Adam L Silverman: We used to joke that the Navy’s unofficial motto was, “Sailing Full Speed Astern Into The 21st Century.”

  71. 71
    Annie says:

    @Corner Stone:

    And who replaces Kelly? Probably someone else equally disastrous.

  72. 72
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Yutsano:

    I don’t know how old the piece is (can’t look at the Twits on the works browser) but by the time of the Bear’s Ears deal it was pretty smacking obvious truth and this administration were mutually exclusive.

    The tweet is from roughly noon EST today — hardly archival. And I guess that’s part of my point (and yours, and Corner Stone’s): how can anyone covering any part of this maladministration act surprised, let alone shockedshocked, that they’re being lied to? As I said, I have no idea who Bill Weir is (I’ve looked him up on Google, but am quite certain I’ve never seen him on the Tee and Vee) but if he’s tweeting that he had NO IDEA those folks at Interior were lying to him, he’s way too innocent to be allowed to cross the street by himself.

  73. 73
    Fair Economist says:

    @Corner Stone:

    After the @nytimes sued @interior we now have 25,000 of emails proving that the main motivations for shrinking Bear’s Ears and GSE National Monuments were oil, gas and coal.

    And what was the reason for the steel tariffs? Insider trading by Carl Icahn. And I’ll bet by Trump, too. There will be a lot of corruption exposed when his taxes finally get subpoenaed.

  74. 74
    mozzerb says:

    @Steve in the ATL: I thought it was a rather odd book in some ways — it gave the impression of having been written during the Cold War, put aside until the author retired, and then incompletely updated to take account of subsequent developments.

  75. 75
    grammypat says:

    @rikyrah: There are many “canned hunt” ranches in Texas. The land owner surrounds the acreage with 8-10ft fences, stocks it with exotic animals, and charges “hunters” according to the type of animal(s) that they slaughter. The semen could be from prized bucks that’s gathered and sold in order to improve inventories. Sick, but fairly common.

  76. 76
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Adam@UpTop:

    Whomever could have guessed that this might be a problem?

    Adam, I love you, man, but please please PLEASE don’t do this to me and my fellow delicate-snowflake-grammar-pedants. In that sentence, it’s “whoever.” Use “whom(ever)” as the object of a preposition. You’re using it as the subject.

  77. 77
    Corner Stone says:

    @Fair Economist: I think we’re going to find proof that Trump’s family made a lot of money front running his tweets and/or blurted out policy announcements. If you took a 3X ETF that shorted the auto industry or just the DJIA within a few days of his announcement of tariffs you made a literal fortune.

  78. 78
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Adam L Silverman: yes, but in fairness, when she was promoted from that job the disaster she and everyone around her had created during the first Bush term made her tenure as SoS mostly unremarkable.

  79. 79
    grammypat says:

    @Raoul: KY and WI … I wonder what they have in common? Ya think maybe that the Senate majority leader and Speaker of the House being from those states may have anything to do with it?

  80. 80
    Gelfling 545 says:

    Good grief. I’m watching Ragnorak with my grandson. The Grand Master could be Trump – although not so loathesome to look at.

  81. 81
    trollhattan says:

    @Corner Stone:
    I drove cab one summer while in college. Never was so much time spent making so little hanging out with so many weirdos. Can only imagine how much worse when it’s even your car and not an ex cop car painted yellow, which BTW you were obligated to pay for the quarts of oil burned during your shift, along with the gas.

    Yeah, great bidnez model.

  82. 82
    trollhattan says:

    @grammypat:
    Cheney blasted his lawyer at one of those. “Here Dick, go shoot this stupefied pen-raised pheasant and we’ll get you some more. Wait, that’s not a pheasant!”

  83. 83
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Yeah, that’s straight out of either Dickens or Kubrick. Or, obligatory, ¿porqué no los dos?

  84. 84
    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Gelfling 545: Someone get the melt stick away from him!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @mozzerb:

    I thought it was a rather odd book in some ways — it gave the impression of having been written during the Cold War, put aside until the author retired, and then incompletely updated to take account of subsequent developments.

    That is spot on

  86. 86
    Pluky says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Adam, Cosima was not the only one to read your ever so casual (far, far indeed) assessment of the relative ease of offing someone in transit relative to at their usual abode, and then feel a bit chill. But then, perhaps your experience is only “theoretical”.

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    grammypat says:

    @trollhattan: There are too many of those places to count and birds are just a small portion. The giveaway that a particular ranch is one of those death-traps is the height of the fencing along the roads.

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    Shana says:

    @Fair Economist: I saw something earlier today speculating that it’s designed to help the R candidate in PA running against Lamb.

  89. 89
    Corner Stone says:

    @Pluky: Shit happens.

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    Bill Arnold says:

    @WaterGirl:

    It sounds like McMaster knew Jared was having secret meetings with foreign governments and he never told anyone until it leaked recently.

    (Not sure if this has been discussed yet; busy workweek kept me from reading. Sorry about any duplicates.)
    McMaster lost a lot of his shine for me when it came out that he was on the prepare-for-war-with-the-DPRK side vs Mattis and Tillerson. I don’t particularly care about circumstances; if e.g. he was simply taking the other position in the argument to fill out the debate, it was still the wrong thing to do, even in any plausible utilitarian calculation. Assuming truth of the report of course.
    e.g. Report: H.R. McMaster to Be Fired – at Kelly and Mattis’s Behest which links to White House Wants Pentagon to Offer More Options on North Korea (2018/02/01 for this last – month ago)
    Oh, and does anyone know of a good profile of Stephen E. Biegun ?

  91. 91
    Corner Stone says:

    @Shana: I find this to be wildly beyond Nooners-level of irresponsible speculation. I would be very interested to see polling before/after in PA-18 if these tariffs ever actually happen.

  92. 92
    WaterGirl says:

    @Bill Arnold: These guys are playing with fire every single day and they have no fucking idea what they are doing. So scary.

  93. 93
    WaterGirl says:

    @Corner Stone: I saw the same reporting yesterday, though I don’t know where.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Shana: In other PA-18 news, it’s almost as if Social Security is an issue people care about that is good for Democrats

    Ms. McCoy voted for Mr. Trump — “I figured it would be a change” — but she plans to vote for Mr. Lamb, because she is worried that Republicans in Washington will cut Social Security to pay for the recent tax cut. “I’m going back to my Democrats,” she said.

  95. 95
    Fair Economist says:

    @Shana:

    I saw something earlier today speculating that it’s designed to help the R candidate in PA running against Lamb.

    I’ve seen speculations on that too, but think about it. What does Trump care about more, his bank account or the Republican party?

  96. 96
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Tech question for the BJ hive mind:

    Over the past couple of weeks, the glass touch screen on my iPhone became detached and started pushing up. Took the device in on Wednesday and the nice folks at UBreakItWeFixIt determined that the (factory original) battery was bulging and forcing the glass up and away from its seating. I touched the old battery, and indeed it was soft and swollen and clearly unhealthy. Several hours and $50 later, I had my iPhone back with a brand-new battery.

    But here’s the thing: with this new battery, the charge drains almost before my eyes. Just this evening, I’ve tracked it:

    5:15 pm 100%
    5:30 pm 80%
    5:45 pm 65%
    6:05 pm 50%
    6:15 pm 45%
    6:30 pm 40%

    In the past 75 minutes it’s lost 60% of battery power. I haven’t drained it with graphic- or media-heavy apps; have merely been reading Facebook and a couple of blogs, and typed a few comments. No games, no videos or anything like that.

    This seems wrong to me. I’ll take it back tomorrow or Monday to the store that replaced the old battery, but any suggestions in the meantime?

    (Yes, Bluetooth is turned off. Yes, screen backlight is minimal. Yes, I routinely close all the windows I’m not using.)

    Thanks! I know there’s some good advice out there!

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @FlipYrWhig: Grandson wants to know why I’m snorting out coffee. What to say, hmmm.

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    Juju says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: which number is your iPhone? I have a 6 and I’m waiting for the $28 battery fix. My phone battery does the same thing. Sometimes it will read almost dead and when I go to charge it, it will charge up to 75% from 5% in seconds. iPhones have been having battery issues, and my phone is one of many. That’s all I know.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @Origuy: Hopefully if you had any clearance, you got some counter intelligence training and were told other things to watch out for besides honey traps.

    Like a sympathetic ear for disgruntled employees. Low level worker bees can do a lot of damage. IIRC, the real life spy behind the “Falcon and Snowman” story was a gofer. He sneaked the secrets out in the bag that he used when he was sent out for booze.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @Roger Moore: Why are there deer breeders? Are there places where people want MORE deer in their neighborhoods? In my opinion deer have got the breeding thing well in hand. Or hoof.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @WaterGirl: Yes and no. In one respect he’s on extended service time. In another there may have been an assurance made that a promotion would be forthcoming at completion of the assignment as National Security Advisor. I have no further actual information for you on this. I’ve not been in touch with LTG McMaster since before he became National Security Advisor.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym: It’s the same concept as culling cows or horses. Weed out inferior specimens and breed magnificent 12 point bucks that rich people can have mounted on their trophy wall.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Fair Economist: Mueller has had his tax returns for months.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I fixed it. Happy now?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: She was fine as Secretary of State. Her problem as NSA was that she was supposed to be the firm gatekeeper and honest broker for the Interagency. Instead she prioritized her relationship with President Bush, let VP Cheney and Secretary Rumsfeld and their deputies walk all over her, Secretary Powell, and the entire process.

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    danielx says:

    Nobody could have predicted…

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Pluky: I was never here.

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    Ken says:

    @Roger Moore:

    you might start thinking with the wrong head and do something you shouldn’t to impress the girl

    I’m a little surprised to see there’s over 100 comments and no one has mentioned Petraeus.

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    Ken says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Not yet been crossed by Putin.

    There are no recorded incidents of dolphins attacking a human. This either means they don’t attack us, or they only do it when they know there won’t be any witnesses.

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    ukko says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    Definitely take it back and get a new battery, that phone repair place should stand by their work. I always tell people to take a bulging battery back to the apple store even if it is an older phone, the store people get scared and might cut you a deal on it since exploding iphones are bad press. Once it has a non-apple battery in it they will never touch it again.

    I was at the store when a gentleman who was in your position was literally so-loud-someone-should-call-security shouting at the poor girl telling him that she would have replaced it for free had he come there first, but since it had a knockoff battery there was nothing they could do.

    After he stormed out many of us customers congratulated her on her ability to stand up to that asshole.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:
    1) Go to settings and then battery. It’ll provide you with some diagnostics. If everything looks okay there, then

    2) Take it to the Apple store. I was at the one in my area last night. Took the Mom to get her a new iPad as we were trading in my old one for store $ towards the purchase. While there I asked them to check my iPhone 6’s battery to make sure I didn’t have one of the early obsolescence ones. They ran the diagnostics, took about five minutes total. Turns out I have a very, very good battery. But they’ll be able to handle it for you.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Ken: Well, you gotta hand it to those dolphins. They just wanted it more.

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    matt says:

    boy, our government sure is corrupt.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Ah, the possible double-secret agreement.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I have trouble with who and whom myself. I’m mostly okay with the pedantry, but sometimes I think it goes a bit too far.

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    @WaterGirl: The rule I remember from grade school is to use “whom” where you’d use “him”. IIRC this is rarely if ever inaccurate.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @WaterGirl: Most likely not that. General officer/flag officer promotions, especially above 2 stars, is strange and fraught with politics.

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    afanasia says:

    @rikyrah: Well, it does seem to have resale value. Favorite quote: “Semen is a very common way for us to donate,” Romance is dead.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @afanasia: What’s the matter? You don’t find the question, “May I exchange my semen with you?” to be romantic?

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