Twitter crashed repeatedly on Wednesday during a highly anticipated live audio chat between Elon Musk, Twitter's owner, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, hampering the politician's announcement he is running for the Republican presidential nomination. Since Musk took over the social media platform in October, he has laid off thousands of employees including many engineers who were responsible for fixing software bugs. "Failure to Launch", "Crashed" and #DeSaster were among the trending Twitter topics in the U.S. during the chat session. read more
The Headline? "Clarence Thomas Had a Child in Private School. Harlan Crow Paid the Tuition.". Say what? Bottom line: Crow paid for private school for a relative Thomas said he was raising "as a son." "This is way outside the norm. This is way in excess of anything I've seen," said Richard Painter, former chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, referring to the cascade of gifts over the years. Painter said that when he was at the White House, an official who'd taken what Thomas had would have been fired: "This amount of undisclosed gifts? You'd want to get them out of the government." read more
The discovery of the text message contributed to a chain of events that ultimately led to Tucker Carlson's firing. read more
Carolyn Bryant was 21 years old in 1955, a former beauty queen with ivory skin, high cheekbones and piercing dark eyes. She lived a quiet life, raising two sons and working at her husband's Mississippi grocery, until a 14-year-old African American, Emmett Till, stopped in the store for bubble gum one August evening and was said to have wolf-whistled at her on the way out. Days later, on Aug. 28, 1955, Till was abducted, tortured and shot. read more
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his GOP allies have moved to shield the Republican leader from the state's notoriously robust public records laws as he prepares to launch a campaign for the White House. One bill advancing through the Republican-controlled state legislature would conceal information about DeSantis' travel and who he has met with at the governor's mansion. Another would allow state political committees " like the one where DeSantis has stashed $85 million for his future political ambitions " to report their fundraising activity less frequently. Separately, DeSantis in court cases has lately claimed "executive privilege" to block the release of records and to keep staff from testifying " a power typically reserved for presidents and which none of his predecessors had previously asserted is entrusted to the state's governor. If realized, it would give DeSantis tremendous new discretion to keep information about his administration from the public. read more
Hot Pockets Rations War among the ranks in the "well regulated Militia"? Even gun-fondling cosplayers gotta eat, no?
Customarily, media folks on a campaign sift through video of the candidate's well-planned, well-executed, inspirational roll-out announcement for imagery they can use from now on to goose the electorate. DeSantis blew by three-dimensional chess with this one to attain status as a punchline. One linked with Musk. Bravo, Guv Go Go Boots, bravo!
Soared with her as she blasted the roof of Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix back in Nov. 1969. An amazing entertainer and colossal presence in music. RIP.
"Give me a child till he is seven years old and I will show you the man."
Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)
Most folks aren't really in a position to uproot and move elsewhere because a government with jurisdiction over them goes berserk by forgetting its job involves all of the people, not just those who cleave to a particular party or religious view. And why on earth should they? That's how refugees are created, through ignorance and cruelty. One of my parents and three grandparents came to this country because of just that kind of ----. Fuhgedaboudit.
With the advances in genetical stuff? Pshaw! Two hunnert, at least.
~ Rep. Ronny Jackson (Q-Texass)
From the Institute for the Study of War:
The Russian information space responded with a similar degree of panic, factionalism, and incoherency as it tends to display when it experiences significant informational shocks. Some milbloggers fixated on the fact that the RDK and LSR are comprised of mostly Russians and labeled them traitors to Russia, baselessly accusing them of working under the GUR. Several milbloggers additionally speculated that the attack was a purposeful information operation intended to distract from the recent Russian capture of Bakhmut and to instill panic in the Russian information space in advance of a potential Ukrainian counteroffensive. Former Russian officer and ardent nationalist milblogger Igor Girkin remarked that he has long warned that such cross-border raids may be part of a wider Ukrainian counteroffensive strategy. Wagner Group financier Yevgeny Prigozhin took advantage of the incident to accuse the Russian government and its bureaucratic inertia of contributing to the attack and criticized the Russian MoD for being unable to strengthen Russian borders and defend Russia. The first observed line of Russian defensive fortifications notably runs 2km in front of Gora Podol, and the suggestion that RDK forces managed to penetrate the defensive line emphasizes the weakness of such fortifications at least when not fully manned by well-prepared and well-equipped soldiers. While the majority of milbloggers responded with relatively varied concern, anxiety, and anger, the information space did not coalesce around one coherent response, which indicates first and foremost that the attack took Russian commentators by surprise.
"When you say 'radical right' today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican Party away from the Republican Party, and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye."
After DeSantis's pre-bout victory laps, loud proclamations of "victory" over "woke," the Mouse danced him across the ring for most of the round. DeSantis smirked, scowled, growled, all to no avail. The Mouse just kept dancing. And then, out of the blue, came the "changing conditions" zinger the Florida Snowflake never saw coming. Saved by the bell. Until around 2. Hoo-haw.
Nothing new. Republican hystericals are routinely triggered by their own shadows.