Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Stories below the fold: How Convenient

Turkish murder of Russian ambassador blamed on the opposition groups. Presumably this will lead to a larger crackdown/arrest of opposition.

As the church lady says:

the bad news: Putin is already mad at Turkey, and payback's a bitch.

Western Digs summarizes the five newest "rewrite the history books" archeological finds in North America.

The Texans were here 3000 years before the Clovis people? How inconvenient.


China's space program review on StrategyPage. They are launching a lot of private satellites cheaply for various folks.

I remember when Bill Clinton was helping share with them rocket technology to send up private satellites cheaper, (and I'm sure it had nothing to do with of all that lovely money the corporations donated to him).

Bernard Schwartz donated about $1.5 million to the Democratic Party and Clinton’s 1996 campaign for reelection between 1994 and 1998. Schwartz, who was at the time chairman of Loral Space & Communication Ltd., seems to have used his influence to persuade the Clinton administration to switch the licensing authority for missile exports from the Department of State to the Department of Commerce, as the latter was more vulnerable to political influence.
heh. How convenient. Reminds me of all those donations to the Clinton Foundation before the election.

 but SP says they stole the rocket design from Russia, not the USA.


An immigrant maid accused the favorite for leading the IMF of sexual abuse, and  so they elected a French lady, who presumably didn't ask maids for blow jobs, to take his place.

Now she was convicted of corruption negligence in her previous job but will not go to jail.

Lagarde was found to be at fault on Monday for failing to challenge a 404m euro ($420m) compensation payout to businessman Bernard Tapie over the sale of the Adidas sports brand to Credit Lyonnais bank.
Presumably, like the corruption here in the Philippines, there is a back story with links that we peons won't read that explains why she was given a pass (the excuse is that she was such a nice lady):

She also cited Lagarde's good reputation and international standing as reasons why the court did not hand down a punishment in a case that could have carried a sentence of up to a year in prison.

How conveeninet..


why did female journalists miss the story of all those women voting for Trump?

City Journal notes

They had heads full of academic theory and millennial angst but little life experience with—and virtually no interest in—military wives from South Carolina or Walmart managers from Staten Island, who also happen to fall into the category “women.” Nor did the new luminaries or their bosses seem to notice that the latter group far outnumbered their own rarefied crowd.

The problem is that most women don't have glamorous jobs like they do. Or as Erma Bombeck once quipped: (paraphrase) I don't believe working at Woolworth's at a minimum wage is a more important job than caring for my children.

as for the 15 year old anti women "vulgar remarks" by Trump that were found and publicized: How convenient.

 Actually I thought he was describing how some women pursue rich and famous men. I disapprove that he said men could act on their sexual aggression, but I've seen enough women who went after doctors to know what he says is reality.

I suspect other women have seen this too and just shrugged and thought Sheesh how typical of men.


The hyperventillation and campaign to have the Electoral college flip votes has ended: Trump lost two votes, Hillary four

Sort of reminds you of the recount kerfuffle, doesn't it? All that proved was that Trump got more votes in Wisconsin, and that there were a lot of extra votes in Detroit that had been counted for Hillary.

Lots of hype but no "there" there.

Now, if someone would check illegal voting in California and Chicago...


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