Sunday Night Open Thread

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This weekend went by way too fast. I’m watching “The Right Stuff” on Netflix. I’d forgotten what a great movie it is.

How are you winding up the weekend? Open thread.

General Meow’s Chicken


No cats were harmed in the creation of this post.

The mister and I are driving out in the country. Lots of Trump signs, which means he wins on Planet Peggy (Noonan).

Open thread!

Serenity Now, Damn It! (Open Thread)

Here’s an objet d’art that adorns a column of our tiki bar, wreathed in springtime’s fragrant Confederate jasmine:

jasmine mask

It’s Friday, thank merciful dog, and the second season of “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” has dropped on Netflix, so I’ve got that going for me. Any plans this weekend?

Open thread!

Democratic Debate Open Thread Part II

Have at it!

An Update on the Planned 2nd Amendment Support Demonstration in Pittsburgh


Last night Anne Laurie posted about an announced rally of 2nd Amendment enthusiasts who had planned to have an open carry demonstration at/adjacent to Donald Trump’s rally in Pittsburgh today. In the comments I posted the following reiteration and clarification:

I think it is important to reiterate (or, perhaps, clarify) that the open carriers are not demonstrating to get open carried made legal in Pennsylvania. Rather, per what Al Giordano tweeted, they are demonstrating while open carrying to demonstrate their commitment to the 2nd Amendment. They’re not trying to get the law changed, as was the case for the past several years in Texas. They’re basically just showing up armed to show up armed. And to make sure everyone knows they’re showing up armed to show up armed. Basically its an exercise of and in narcissism.

The Pittsburgh City Paper has reported (h/t: LAO) out that things are a bit more detailed than yesterday’s reporting implied.

Yesterday, an open-carry support group posted a message on Reddit saying they would be armed and patrolling outside Trump’s Oakland appearance. The goal was to inhibit potential protesters. Trump is holding a town hall meeting with Fox News’ Sean Hannity  inside the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall at 5:30 p.m. A screenshot sent to City Paper yesterday afternoon details plans for a group of 50 people to patrol in loops armed with guns around Oakland blocks to stop potential protesters from starting roadblocks. The screenshot has since circulated on social media but appears to have been removed from Reddit.

The link to the Pittsburg sub-reddit is here (h/t: RawStory). You can see the responses to the original post even though it has been deleted. The Pittsburgh City Paper story I linked to above has this screen grab of the original and now deleted sub-reddit post.


While it is unclear if this is the 2nd Amendment supporters demonstration that was reported about yesterday just with more details, or if this is something different and in addition to it, this is a very different dynamic than what Pittsburgh thought it was dealing with yesterday. Open carry is permitted in Pennsylvania except in Cities of the First Order. The only Pennsylvania city that is a City of the First Order is Philadelphia. Here is the link to Title 18 of the Statutes of Pennsylvania’s Consolidated Code. Title 18 lists the criminal offenses. Chapter 61 includes within it the carry statutes for firearms and delineates crimes relating to firearms in Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh authorities are now facing not a lawful demonstration of open carriers in support of the 2nd Amendment. Should this Pittsburg sub-reddit organized activity take place they are potentially facing vigilantism. Such an action, should it occur, has the potential to get out of control and do so in dangerous and unpredictable ways. The discussion at the sub-reddit includes the argument that open carrying Pennsylvanians trying to engage other, and presumably anti-Trump, protestors would, if anything goes wrong, be covered under Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine. Chapter 5 of Title 18 of the Statutes of Pennsylvania’s Consolidated Code provides the legal definition and explanation for the use of force in self defense – including the revised Castle Doctrine. Here’s a two part discussion by a Pennsylvania attorney on the pros and cons of the changes to Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine that became law in 2011.

* July 28 Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix.

Saturday Evening Horrorshow: Ex-Speaker Denny Hastert (R)

On the one hand, this feels like pious voyeurism. On the other hand, his Repub fellows voted Hastert Speaker (to replace Newt Gingrich, who’d run into trouble over his own sexual/financial shenanigans) while grandstanding about that vile man Bill Clinton, who’d ‘taken advantage’ of a twenty-three-year old intern — a mere child, misled by a powerful older man, we were assured. More importantly, He’s old, he’s sick, he’s very sorry for what happened all those many years ago, is it really important we lock up some poor grampa who’ll never have the opportunity to re-offend? is the argument made every time another Catholic priest or other authority figure is exposed… and the near-universal answer from their victims seems to be “Yes, it’s important.”

From the Chicago Sun-Times, in his old stomping grounds:

The man who was once second in line to the presidency sexually abused five students while a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School decades ago, according to a new court filing by federal prosecutors.

A sentencing memorandum filed late Friday finally ripped back the curtain on damning sexual abuse claims at the heart of an indictment leveled against Hastert last May — claims that haunted the former U.S. House Speaker enough that he paid a fortune to hide them from the world…

Attorney Steven Block wrote. “While defendant achieved great success, reaping all the benefits that went with it, these boys struggled, and all are still struggling now with what defendant did to them.”

Hastert’s sentencing day will be the worst of his life, his lawyers have acknowledged. They have asked for probation for the ailing, once-beloved 74-year-old pariah in an apologetic plea for mercy filed Wednesday. Hastert has pleaded guilty only to a financial crime…

Politico includes a wealth of detail:

[E]ven as the prosecution laid out damaging claims that Hastert made sexual contact with at least three members of the wrestling team under the guise of giving them massages, the government stopped short of calling for prison time for the former speaker as a result of his guilty plea last year to a felony charge that he broke a federal law on reporting cash transactions while paying hush money to one of the former students.

The sentencing filing from prosecutors Friday night revealed that when the FBI first learned that Hastert was withdrawing large sums of cash from his bank accounts, he claimed he was being extorted by one of the former students. He even cooperated with the FBI in a sting operation of sorts by making recorded telephone calls to the unnamed man. Prosecutors said that Hastert did not follow the FBI agents’ instructions about what to tell the man and that the man’s “language and demeanor were inconsistent with an individual extorting defendant through threats.”
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Bundy Bunch Update

Just a quick Bundy Bunch update for our junkies out there – you know who you are!

We start things off with retiring after his term ends Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid once again making a push to have Gold Butte turned into a National Monument. In a speech on the Senate floor this past week he indicated that now was a good time as the Bundy men were all in jail awaiting their trials for multiple offenses committed in Bunkerville in 2014 and at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Carol Bundy, Cliven’s wife, was not amused.  She responded to Senator Reid’s proposal in this Facebook video.

For those of you in the Ohio, Kentucky, West (by God!) Virginia areas (and possibly parts of Indiana and Pennsylvania if you’re willing to schlep that way, the Oathkeepers are opening their own store! Specifically, the Ohio Oathkeepers are opening the Oathkeeper’s Outpost to sell survival and related gear at the Woodland Mall in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Finally, and thanks to terribly in need of professional assistance loyal commenter LAO, here’s Cliven Bundy’s rather uniquely worded pleading to be released on bail.

bail appeal