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Melania and Me

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff was part of the Trumps’ inner circle — until she wasn’t. Her memoir is a cautionary tale.

“I was there at the beginning,” Wolkoff writes. “I witnessed the transformation of Melania from gold plate to 24-karat gold. I believed she had the heart to match, that she was genuinely caring and loving and worth all of our attention. Throughout our early friendship, she lived up to what I saw in her. Watching her now, and seeing that only the gold shell remains, I have to wonder if that’s all she ever was, and I was the sucker who bought the fake watch on the street corner.

Yep, You are that sucker.

DHS official whose office compiled 'intelligence reports' on journalists and protesters has been rem

Source: Washington Post

A senior Department of Homeland Security official whose office compiled “intelligence reports” about journalists and protesters in Portland, Ore., has been removed from his job, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Brian Murphy, the acting undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, was reassigned to a new position elsewhere in the department, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a personnel matter.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/dhs-official-whose-office-compiled-intelligence-reports-on-journalists-and-protesters-has-been-removed-from-his-job/2020/08/01/f01247be-d3ff-11ea-8d32-1ebf4e9d8e0d_story.html?tidr=a_breakingnews&hpid=hp_no-name_hp-breaking-news%3Apage%2Fbreaking-news-bar

Democracy Dies in Darkness

OAC Has Nothing on John Lewis !

Deep State Mapping Project!!1!

Shared on a skeptics mail list - I don't know if this is parody, unintentional self parody, or .... REAL

I'm sure it belongs only in the lounge.


Robert E. Lee High in Virginia Will Be Renamed for John Lewis, District Says

Source: New York Times

“The name on the school building is something each student had to walk under, and you want that name to be someone they can aspire to be,” ..... “That person should be someone that a student can embody.”...

She has imagined returning to school and seeing Mr. Lewis’s name on the front of the building. “The feeling of knowing I go to John R. Lewis High is amazing,”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/24/us/robert-e-lee-high-school-john-lewis.html

A man confused by confusion ...

WaPo reports...

As racial justice demonstrations stretched into their third week, President Trump on Wednesday said he would “not even consider” growing calls to rename U.S. military bases that honor Confederate generals. “Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with,” Trump tweeted.

Confederate generals are what make us and our history the greatest nation in the world?

Either Or Or not sure.

A Chinese soccer legend has called for the downfall of the Communist Party in shock videos

Source: CNN

A retired Chinese soccer star has openly called for the downfall of China's ruling Communist Party... Hao Haidong, 50, was a household name among millions of soccer fans in China in the 1990s and 2000s..

Hao read out in Chinese a manifesto of the "Federal State of New China," a government proposed by Guo as an alternative to the Chinese Communist regime. "The Communist Party's totalitarian rule in China has caused horrific atrocities against humanity," he said, denouncing the party as a "terrorist organization" that has "trampled over democracy, violated the rule of law and dishonored lawful agreements.... I think the Chinese Communist Party should be kicked out of humanity. The ghost of Communism should no longer be allowed to drift in this world. This is what I've concluded after 50 years of living."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/06/asia/chinese-soccer-star-intl-hnk/index.html

This soccer player has balls.

Filing charges in George Floyd's death was the easy part. Now comes the hard part.

Paul Butler is the Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University. A former federal prosecutor, he is the author of “Chokehold: Policing Black Men.”

Analysis of he difficulties in getting a conviction against a police officer and the rational for the charges that were brought.

I am sympathetic to the desire to see punishment that reflects the gravity of the crime. First-degree murder in Minnesota carries a life sentence; 25 years is the maximum for third-degree murder. But police officers don’t usually get the maximum sentence in any case.

And a convicted murderer is a convicted murderer. That is far more likely with the third-degree charges because the prosecution has less to prove.

Meanwhile, there are risks on the other side. An acquittal in a case like this would be a crushing defeat not just for the prosecutors, but for all Americans who hope to see justice done. This is a case that prosecutors must win — and a third-degree murder conviction is better than no conviction at all.


Der Fhrerbunker nt

DC Mayor Orders Curfew, Activates DC National Guard

Source: Public Safety Alert

Mayor Bowser is ordering a city wide curfew for the District of Columbia... She has also activated the DC National Guard to support the Metropolitan Police Department.

Read more: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/3rd-day-george-floyd-protests-washington-dc/2318177/ to source
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