consultants are sandburs

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Ichan posts.

This link. A pragraph from the item:

As I discussed with you, I’ve received a number of inquiries over the last month regarding the recent appointment of Neomi Rao as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (or “regulatory czar,” as the press has dubbed her) – specifically questions about whether there was any overlap between her formal position and my unofficial role. As I know you are aware, the answer to that question is an unequivocal no, for the simple reason that I had no duties whatsoever.

[...] Nevertheless, I chose to end this arrangement (with your blessing) because I did not want partisan bickering about my role to in any way cloud your administration or Ms. Rao’s important work. While I do not know Ms. Rao and played no part in her appointment, I am confident based on what I’ve read of her accomplishments that she is the right person for this important job.

"Neomi Rao as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs." So Icahn wrote. Then --


What background? Try this:

Professor Rao serves as a Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and on the Governing Council of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, as well as co-chair of the Section’s Regulatory Policy Committee.

Professor Rao’s scholarship is informed by her service in all three branches of the federal government. Prior to joining the Law School, she served as Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Professor Rao also served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she was responsible for judicial nominations and constitutional law issues. In between government service, Professor Rao practiced in the London office of Clifford Chance LLP, specializing in public international law and arbitration. She clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas [...] Professor Rao received her J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School [...]

The finger on the kill switch.

AP released a story that Breitbart as well as other outlets carried, about the Icahn resignation from the "I had no say really" situation, and it looks fishy. So, Rao, who Icahn does not know and had no say in the appointment moved how? In some direction enriching Icahn with the distancing in advance of the shoe dropping?

Will a last rat abandon ship? If, when?

One possible answer, sitting on that advisory thing, what's it pay?

Last year, Politico named the names, but not
the compensation or perks.

Would a host of payday evacuees be anticipated? Or is it pro bono service for higher purposes, money aside as an irrelevance? Dominionist goals, uber alles?

What? A websearch yielding no informative returns on what it pays, if anything. What benefit package attaches, if any. Despite a plethora of returned links. A simple question must have a simple answer. Reader help on the answer would be welcome.

Finally, first rat reported, first and only, so far:

NPR reporting Aug 18, 2017, this link.

And despite the image, not the esteemed Mr. Fallwell (second generation Fallwell in the business, comparable to Trump Jr. in having an inherited cashflow domain - indeed, similar to the Donald himself, that inheritance way).

More on evangelical charismatists, hanging on: here, here, here, here and here. The last item in that set is in language I understand, about the man featured and his pattern of laying on hands.

__________FURTHER UPDATE____________
The Atlantic, curiously leading with a pic of a front-and-center White House figure, while a word search of the full item is devoid of the figure's name. Not about him? Or about him with press indirection? Then, if the latter, why the kid gloves indirection? Who's calling shots that way? Has there been any reported mood of surviror's guilt?

How does that lead photo image fit the headlining "Untethered?" Not a single tether in the scene depicted that Trump can rely upon? What?

__________FINAL UPDATE____________
More from The Atlantic, stating in part [italics and embedded links are from the original]:

Already, Breitbart is on a war footing. “It may turn out to be the beginning of the end for the Trump administration, the moment Donald Trump became Arnold Schwarzenegger,” editor Joel Pollak wrote on Friday, referring to the actor-turned-California governor, who won office as a populist outsider and exited with a 23 percent approval rating.

Bannon’s next steps are being worked out with Robert and Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire Republican donors who have been some of Trump’s most important supporters and Bannon’s consistent patrons. Two of Bannon’s friends told me Bannon met with Bob Mercer this week in New York while Trump was in town.

“First he’s gonna figure things out with Bob and Bekah,” said one Bannon ally earlier on Friday. “Breitbart's certainly the likely landing spot.” This ally said that Bannon may also move to a Mercer-funded outside group, or even start a new one.

Smoke without fire?

At least, it appears so, until the money talks.

Friday, August 18, 2017

It was worldwide news when the Taliban blew up two massive Buddha statues.

Breitbart wants bigger statue destruction numbers, see online opinion, here and here (this item for the last Breitbart link, in context). Chelsea begins presidential campaign with opinion on statues, sharp and glib but erroroneous, but she's after all a Clinton.

So much for little news, when there's a Breitbart blockbuster - a giant returns to fertile roots:

McArthurish in scope, charisma and bravado, (the Philipines promise, not the old soldiers thing).

Apart from anything to do with Breitbart, clearly, but back to statues, here, here and here.

Luckily we have no big Buddha items stateside, no Taliban, and as to other statues do remember Trump's favorite film is not Birth of a Nation.

"Kushner has also told people that he thinks Mercer and her father, the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer — who poured $13 million into a super PAC that supported Ted Cruz’s campaign in the Republican primary and came around to Trump after he won the nomination — have taken too much credit for their role in Trump's victory, and he has expressed misgivings about their go-it-alone approach to outside spending boosting Trump’s agenda. 'If Bannon leaves the White House, Bekah’s access and influence shrinks dramatically,' said the GOP operative who talks to Mercer."

Bannon tune time. So, who had Pilate's ear? Shouting a choice for Barabbas? Commentary on the Bannon ouster by Kushner appears to not have been reported, nor sought, nor given.

Related or not this. On such a consideration, commentary by Mike Pence appears to not have been reported, nor sought, nor given.

In closing, the headline quote is from here. In the present situation, commentary on the Banon ouser by either of the Mercers appears to not have been reported, nor sought, nor given.

Silence may be golden, but candor is more of a hoot.

UPDATE: Re-reading, to quell ambiguity, make the one sentence, "Commentary by Kushner on the Bannon ouster appears to not have been reported, nor sought, nor given." It would be wrong to give readers misleading thoughts.

FURTHER: Is this a Breitbart version of ultimate insult?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Whitewash of treatment accorded black college athletes.

This site links to this lengthy online pdf item. (Lawyers paid by the word?)

Two screen captures - and the notion of glide-and-slice begging of a basic question, words as friends to some, enemies of others - click each image to enlarge and read; highlighting added:

You can put all the sophistry in the world into all the other 300+ pages, but "on campus" on the first page is a telling thing, given events off campus were the basis for keelhauling the five dismissed black athletes.

You can put sophistry into whatever, but when "criminal activity" or "criminal conduct" is mentioned, the words have precise meaning. A "crime" happened if after a trial or a plea deal a charging prosecutor gets judicial closure, that a crime happened. No trial, no plea, with all the due process dressings required; no crime. Only claims, allegations, denials, and for criminal convictions to happen the prosecutorial authority has to believe a crime happened with enough probable cause for such a belief, or he/she should not file charges. No charges were filed. Over an OFF CAMPUS set of circumstances where there was contention and denials, and defenses against criminal liability asserted; i.e., a defense by multiple parties and witnesses asserting consensual sex with multiple partners by an inebriated woman without any proof of record that she was too inebriated to consent.

How it was.

Sophistry aside, how it remains. And paper over things while the main problem now is at Johns Hopkins, because university students need learning experiences, this, and the firing of the head coach to replace his winning with a cheerleader yet to win a post-season bowl game; those things represent learning experiences. Got your learning, pay library fines and move on, others are in line and waiting.

Is there not a simple answer? At least a partial one?

A few days ago, this link highlighted suicide ratess among the young; in our US of A; this excerpt:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a new report on youth suicide, and the results are shocking. In just an eight-year period from 2007 to 2015, the suicide rate for teen girls between the ages of 15 and 19 have doubled, and authorities aren’t really sure why that is.

The new rate of 5.1 suicides per 100,000 people represents a 40-year high. In 1975, the rate was 2.9, and it increased to 3.7 in 1990 before dropping to 2.4 in 2007. But for some reason, the numbers have suddenly risen. And boys that age haven’t fared well either, seeing their suicide rate jump by more than 30 percent, from 10.8 to 14.2 per 10,000 individuals.

[...] “Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities,’ the CDC states. “While its causes are complex and determined by multiple factors, the goal of suicide prevention is simple: Reduce factors that increase risk (i.e. risk factors) and increase factors that promote resilience (i.e. protective factors).

With that site lacking any link to an online original source, the value of the remainder of the item beyond the excerpt is nearly useless.

However, it was notice, and websearch found other reporting. Readers are urged to attempt to find the referenced report online; while reporting links include HuffPo, CNN, and PressTV.

It is easier to explain than the media outlets mention. Put yourself into the position of a young person looking forward to fifty years of the crap the people who run the NWO and this nation's part of it; including the politicians they own in DC; that entire DC cesspool of consultants, generals, bought politicians, co-opted regulators, and hustlers of other stripes; and look at the greed collectively put under the loose rubric "Wall Street," and how the Occupy movement got put down smacking hard universally across the nation; then as a youth foreseeing fifty more years of that shit might you not then head for the railroad tracks?

In short, we owe the young of this nation a better future. The policy positions advocated by Bernie Sanders resonate among the young of the nation for an easy to understand good reason. Justice is better to anticipate than same old same old screwing with Paul Ryan the poster child of that status quo dark scenario.

Bleak perspectives lead to bleak conduct, and if any bull-shitter is really "PRO-LIFE" these are real and actual lives in being, and focus there before laddering out that embryo brand of crap. If sincere, and "PRO-LIFE" what the hell is holding you back?

I mean you, Abigale Whelan. I cannot understand you but I know we in the district can do better. You nailed down that legislative paycheck, Jesus must love that cashflow, but how about earning it?

UPDATE: Tune time. Encore?

FURTHER: Resilience.

screen capture source

Monday, August 14, 2017

Yesterday, Aug. 13, 2017, Vanity Fair had a severe case of Trump fever.

Tempertures rose, then the fever broke in cold sweat, where you can read the reporting here and here.

Trump Soho, plus an interesting link in one item to Richard Branson and five unnamed individuals.

Many names might come to mind, as well as, "Only five?"

In thinking of New York City figures of ill-repute, in fact or fiction, an interesting Facebook listing, here. As to artful dealing, might a Saudi yachtsman be on the bleeding edge of Trump ire?

And in all of things, Mike Pence is as loyal to Trump as a frog waiting to be kissed into something bigger. By a one-on-one dinner guest? Not likely if believing things the man says. By a transition team member, of which there were many, but few exceptionally well placed to retool a frog.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

And then, there is George W. Bush, portrait painter.

This link.

"We regard Ivanka Trump the way we do half-wit Saudi princes."

Of course you are free to regard her differently. Headline above is a sub-head from here. More product lines than thoughts? Perhaps. Would many product lines be needed?

Thursday, August 10, 2017


Zero Hedge online. Wikipedia. Video, here and here. Shia suffering.

This video.


Ron Paul. RT, here, and here. So - RT in cahoots with Ron Paul? That seems unlikely. More RT.


Vox, here, here.

Do your own websearch = Al-Awamiya seige

Here is one.

Do a websearch = Al-Awamiya seige cnn fox New-york-times washington-post msnbc This might be in the return list.

Do that last search adding: Reuters Associated-Press. Further and further from Saudi abuse against a Shite populace within its borders, the more mainstream press outlets you add to searching. And why is this not "news?" Sunni-Shia happenings in Iraq were better covered.

Figure it out.

Nothing to see here. Move along. Don't block the way for news delivery, with individualized doubt or questioning. Keep messages on track and repeated. Rachel Maddow and Trump and the Russians; now that's news, else it would not be repetitive. Would it?

The one in the blue tie is an idiot.

Foxy con.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Heads will roll?

Screencapture from here.

And if Occupy had not perished with a push and a whimper, there'd have been Kent State - Jackson State redux. These insecure despots, a/k/a "friendly" oil, pass Draconian measures, and chop heads. Welcome to the 21st Century; 7th Century style. But what would our National Guard do, again? Teach the children what follows if the velvet glove fails. Unless and until citizen action can alter the dour status quo. Here, there, everywhere - at least that is the hope. No fraud. No "HOPE" but actual hope. Real and not bogus sloganeering. Lower case lettering will do for the legitimate thing.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Anyone Can Legally Say “Eat Shit, Bob!”

We all can say it. Tweet it, because it's fewer than the max number of characters.

This link to download a pdf of a Scribd-posted item.

And do not take my word for the headline. The ACLU says so, p.5 of the download[scribd item].

And to a coal baron? Sure. And say it twice. Get a nuisance suit if millions watch it; the bet being Big-Time Bob does NOT sue me. If sued, there is venue to debate.

Grab on and kiss, Bob.

Image source, HuffPo telling the story, online here.

UPDATE: ACLU, telling the story, a web post apart from court filings. What if one of the comments were, "Kiss my Bob, Bob?" That would require an intermediate inference before running to the courthouse, papers in hand.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Seattle in a B.C. forest fire haze.

They really need a few days of August rain to wash the air clear. With the mountain pattern in the Puget Sound area, summer weeks without rain, add perhaps a thermal inversion, and the air can get foul. Part of the Seattle lore is it's always raining, partly true, frequently being the word; but not when you really need it.

Mercenaries murdered Iraqi citizens in a most brutal way, and get an appellate freebie; courtesy of the willing D.C. Circuit.

This link. The Head Merc, Erik Prince, is an apparent sociopath. For profit.

In dark ways. From a Dominionist family, or not?

Friday, August 04, 2017

Do not fault someone when they're right. Do not forget when they're wrong.

Right, Peter Tosh, the Legalize It album cover, and Cory Booker gets it right:


Wrong and living it, loving it. As befits the selfie.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Does a whore have to explain herself?

Apart from the headline question, Tom Emmer has under his name, a Strib op-ed. Longer than necessary. We understand Tom.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Explain to me again why I should trust Patty Murray in this hunker-in with Lamar Alexander to do in single payer?

Politico reports on the pair of perps.

This screencapture from here, back then, and guess what:

So now Patty Vote-Big-Pharma Murray rides in on a white horse to fix things.

Bet pharma gouging of us all is OFF THE TABLE FROM THE GET-GO. As with the Obama variety of Romneycare for the insurance industry, the mess that Murray-Alexander will tart up a bit and say with applause from Senate colleagues, "Done and we can move on." Expect that sell out.

Hope it is not so. But expect what is to be expected. Smoke and mirrors, and pharma price gouging being left standing; business as usual.

Trust the Sanders-Klobuchar vote Murray cast to show who Murray can be expected to be. Her and Cory Booker.

Poor Phizer. Shed a tear for Phizer.

This Reuters link.

A separate Reuters story, passing winds.

Could a "symphony" be an anti-trust violation if each musician is an independent contractor but the music for all is the same?

This link. Great harmony out of Wall Street would ignore the rest of us, or at least that argument could be made. Not a mainstream media thing, off in the specialized trade press; after all each musician is an obvious specialist and the rest of us might never hear any of the music at all. To our detriment, or just pay attention to "them Russians?"

"Them Russians," yes web-readers, do attend to that unfolding drama; with little time for a websearch related to clearly lesser concerns. Ask those fanning the anti-Russian patriot flames; no other patriot flames ought to matter they'd assure you.

Qatar. Entangling trade alliances? What has the WTO to do with regional one-upmanship? Between sovereign nations has sovereignty been compromise or bargained away, or perhaps tamped somewhat down in reach? [UPDATED - Emerates responds.]

A sign of what might have been, had TPP not been stomped upon so heavily that it lost its life? Al Jazeera online, here, opening paragraphs:

Qatar has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to challenge a trade boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

By formally "requesting consultations" with the three countries, the first step in a trade dispute, Qatar triggered a 60-day deadline for them to settle the complaint or face litigation at the WTO and potential retaliatory trade sanctions.

"We've given sufficient time to hear the legal explanations on how these measures are in compliance with their commitments, to no satisfactory result," Ali Alwaleed Al Thani, the director of Qatar's WTO office, told the Reuters news agency on Monday.

"We have always called for dialogue, for negotiations, and this is part of our strategy to talk to the members concerned and to gain more information on these measures, the legality of these measures, and to find a solution to resolve the dispute."

later in the item -

The text of Qatar's WTO complaint cites "coercive attempts at economic isolation" and spells out how the blockading countries are impeding Qatar's trade rights.

The disputed restrictions include bans on trade through Qatar's ports and travel by Qatari citizens, blockages of Qatari digital services and websites, the closure of maritime borders and prohibition of flights operated by Qatari aircraft.
Qatar rejects renewed calls to fulfill neighbours’ demands

The complaint does not put a value on the trade boycott, and Al Thani declined to estimate how much Qatar could seek in sanctions if the litigation ever reached that stage, which can take five years or longer in the WTO system.

"We remain hopeful that the consultations could bear fruit in resolving this," he said.

Not in it for the money; a matter of principle?

UPDATE: This Reuters link, summarizing Emerates' position.

Ryan Lizza.

Storyteller. Online, New Yorker, online: here and here. No excerpt, no quote here. At a guess the man is a baseball fan.

Politoco headline: "Graham troubled by report of Trump’s role in son’s Russia meeting response."

This link. I went into reading it thinking it was going to be Billy. A leading quote:

[...] Graham said Tuesday that reports that President Donald Trump personally dictated his son’s misleading statement regarding a meeting last summer with a Russian attorney “bothers me a lot,” as do the president’s regular requests that the Senate do away with the legislative filibuster, a non-starter according to the South Carolina lawmaker.

Still, Graham (R-S.C.) indicated that the possibility still existed for Trump’s presidency to “still be very consequential” if the president is able to refocus on healthcare and other legislative priorities.

"Still" three times in the same sentence? Politico must have been hot to post the story ahead of WaPo and others.

Alternatively, perhaps staff contraction got rid of proofreaders.

UPDATE: The Hill, online here:

The president’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, refused to speak about details regarding Trump’s involvement with the statement.

“Apart from being of no consequence, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent,” Sekulow said in his statement to The Post.

The lawyer could have made that a tweet, but perhaps did not have character-counting software on his workstation. One of those lawyerly triads, "misinformed, inaccurate, not pertinent," where we can recall how "life, liberty and happiness" was an appropriation, by a lawyer in his writing, from John Locke's "life, liberty and property," which actually expresses more clearly what America seems to be about, at least in our times and probably as much or more so, in Jefferson's.


Thinking about a crowdsource, a social website, Trumpet.

It would differ little from Twitter, but you could post a trump, or even a winning trick trump, or at best, a game winning trump play.

That way, basing it on bridge terminology, there's a defense against misappropriation of a brand name.

The other thought, a TV show, "The Mooch." It would be a take-off on The Apprentice and named after one.

Monday, July 31, 2017