November 16, 2019

Posted by orrinj at 11:57 PM

ALL THE BATTLEGROUNDS ARE RED:


Posted by orrinj at 6:22 PM

ANOTHER COUNT OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE:

Can We Finally Stop Calling the Ukraine Call Summary a Transcript Now? (PETER WADE , 11/16/19, Rolling Stone)

"Read the transcript!" has been a mantra of President Donald Trump ever since he released a summary of his call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky over allegations he withheld aid to the nation unless its president agreed to manufacture dirt on the son of his political rival, Joe Biden.

But, in fact, the summary of the call with Zelensky is not a transcript at all; it's a summary with important facts withheld. This was verified by Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, who listened in on the president's call with Zelensky and testified before the impeachment inquiry on November 7. Her deposition testimony along with former National Security Council staffer Tim Morrison's was released by the House Intelligence Committee on Saturday.

"I recall that one of the issues he had noted was that the transcript released did not include the word Burisma. But on looking back at my notes, I do see that Burisma was mentioned by name in the call," Williams told the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence during her deposition.

Posted by orrinj at 6:18 PM

SAD WHAT PASSES FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL SINCE PATERNO THREW US OUT OF DIVISION 1:

1934: Syracuse football loses to Colgate, then watches its goalposts get chopped and sold (Johnathan Croyle, 11/16/19, Syracuse Post Standard)

With apologies to Georgetown basketball and Penn State football, arguably the fiercest rival Syracuse University ever had was with Colgate University's football team.

The two schools, separated by just 38 miles, first met on the football field in 1891, and for most of the next 70 years their annual game was the most anticipated on either team's calendar.

Fans participated in campus invasions, bonfires, kidnappings, head shavings and other pranks. Often Syracuse businesses had to board up their windows on the day of the games to avoid damage.

The game played on Nov. 17, 1934, is an example of just how wild a Colgate versus Syracuse tussle could be at the peak of the rivalry.

Posted by orrinj at 6:00 PM

NOW IT'S A COUP!:

Pence aide testified that Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine were 'inappropriate' (ANDREW DESIDERIO and MELANIE ZANONA, 11/16/2019, Politico)

A top national security aide to Vice President Mike Pence told House impeachment investigators that President Donald Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political opponents were "unusual and inappropriate," and "shed some light on possible other motivations" for the president's order to freeze military aid to the U.S. ally.

Jennifer Williams, who serves as Pence's special adviser for Europe and Russia, told investigators in early November that she took notes while she listened in on Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from the White House Situation Room, adding that she viewed Trump's requests for investigations as politically motivated.

This season's least unexpected plot twist is Mike shivving Donald to get the big job.

Posted by orrinj at 8:33 AM

RUN:

JAZZ NIGHT IN AMERICA: 'The Black Messiah' And The Legacy Of Cannonball Adderley (Nat Chinen. & Alex Ariff, 7/26/19, NPR) 

Cannonball Adderley was a mere 46 when he died, of a brain hemorrhage, in 1975. An alto saxophonist of robust intellect and irrefutable soul, he left a monumental legacy during his two decades in the spotlight -- as a member of the Miles Davis Sextet, an exemplar of 1960s soul jazz and the leading avatar of a brand of post-bop modernism with popular appeal.

This episode of Jazz Night in America takes a fond look at that legacy, illuminating it from multiple angles. Guided by our host, self-avowed Cannonball fanatic Christian McBride, we'll hear from some of Adderley's former bandmates, like drummer Roy McCurdy and tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts. We'll spend quality time with Patrick Bartley Jr., a young alto saxophonist who has taken Cannonball Adderley's music and message to heart. And we'll pull the curtain back on The Black Messiah, a 1971 album that has come to be seen as a classic.

Posted by orrinj at 8:25 AM

NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF IMPEACHMENT:

Trump's Contemptible Attack On Marie Yovanovitch (DANIEL LARISON, 11/15/19, American Conservative)

The president's public and personal attack on a member of the Foreign Service is contemptible and unprecedented. Going after a career diplomat like this reflects not only the president's usual disdain for our diplomats, but it shows his willingness to target and threaten public servants in the pursuit of his own personal interest. He abused his power by removing Yovanovitch, and he removed her because she was an obstacle to the shadow foreign policy that was being used to advance the president's personal interests.

The content of the attack is predictably nonsensical. U.S. diplomats are not responsible for the conditions in the country where they serve, and in any case the most difficult assignments are typically given to the best Foreign Service Officers. The fact that Yovanovitch was given hard assignments is a testament to her qualifications. Zelensky was going along with whatever Trump said because he wanted to stay on Trump's good side. When Trump declared that Yovanovitch was "bad news," Zelensky hastened to agree with him because he didn't want to make him angry. Trump does have the right to recall an ambassador, but the reason why he recalled this one underscores that his motives were bad, self-serving ones.

Now he is publicly attacking a witness in the impeachment inquiry, which almost certainly exposes him to new charges of illegal conduct. When someone as powerful as the president publicly goes after a witness, it is bound to have an intimidating effect on her and other witnesses. Trump has responded to an investigation into his abuse of power by committing more abuses that make impeachment that much more likely and necessary.

Posted by orrinj at 8:14 AM

LEAVING THE PERP-IN-CHIEF WITH NO OPTION BUT TO THREATEN HER:


Posted by orrinj at 7:34 AM

THERE'S NO BAD REASON TO IMPEACH HIM:


Posted by orrinj at 7:29 AM

THE YELLOW VEST IS THE RED HAT:

France: Tear gas fired as yellow vests attempt comeback (dEUTSCHE wELLE, 11/16/19)

Police arrested two dozen people in the French capital on Saturday morning as demonstrators commemorated the one-year anniversary of the sometimes-violent yellow vest protests against President Emmanuel Macron.

In northwest Paris, police dislodged demonstrators trying to block the bypass around the city and fired tear gas to push back protesters who were preparing to march across town towards the Gare d'Austerlitz in the south.

Posted by orrinj at 7:20 AM

ALONG THE ANGLOSPHERE:

Kosovars delighted to face English 'allies' (Ismet HAJDARI, 11/16/19, AFP)

With England already qualified after thrashing Montenegro 7-0 on Thursday, Sunday's match has little significance but nevertheless authorities and fans in the former Serbian province are gearing up to welcome their visitors.

Banners throughout the capital Pristina proclaim "Welcome and Respect" for England in a territory where a number of young people are named after Tony Blair in a tribute to the former British prime minister.

"Thanks to you we now play against you! Forever grateful to you our beloved England!" read another banner in Pristina.

Blair and US president Bill Clinton were the leading advocates of the 1999 NATO bombing campaign against Serbia in response to its late president Slobodan Milosevic's conflict with pro-independence ethnic Albanians.

A decade after the 1998-1999 conflict Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia, a move recognised by more than 100 countries, including the United States, Britain and most European Union member states.

"The most important is to receive them and to respect them as they are our friend. We are lucky for having such a friend," 29-year old economist Labinot Ajvazi said. "Let the best team win."

Posted by orrinj at 6:48 AM

THE RED HAT IS THE RED FLAG:

Suspected neo-Nazi charged with gun crime in Texas (AP, 11/16/19)

The US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas said in a statement that Bruce-Umbaugh was a passenger in a car stopped by local law enforcement Nov. 4.

Authorities recorded discovering an AR-15 rifle, two AK-47 rifles, a 9mm pistol, at least 1,500 rounds of ammunition, a small canister of marijuana and roughly two grams of THC oil inside the car.

Authorities believe Bruce-Umbaugh is a member of AtomWaffen Division, a neo-Nazi hate group.