Baby Box

“Baby boxes,” which originated in Finland as a means of lowering rates of sleep-related infant deaths, are now catching on in the U.S.:

Interesting; we initially attempted the traditional “crib-in-a-remote-state-room” sleeping arrangement with our progeny. That lasted less than one night – both girls slept in our bed. Obviously no SIDS.

We knew people who would put their kids down in “playpens”, on the floor, or even –no exaggeration– dresser drawers. But a box?

You learn something every day…

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da Queen

The Independent UK recently revealed that Queen Elizabeth II is a fan of a daily tipple, so much so that she indulges in six standard units of alcohol a day.

“The Queen’s cousin Margaret Rhodes says that her drinking routine never deviates, remaining the same day after day. As to what the Queen indulges in, it involves the following: prior to lunch she has a gin and Dubonnet, served with a slice of lemon and ice. During lunch she enjoys a glass of wine and, once evening arrives, the Queen sips on a dry martini, followed by a glass of Champagne.”

Hmmm…by our count that means a couple of doubles or a really full glass of wine. Good for her.

Please, Madame, have your gentle county folk reconsider their desire to keep OMP from visiting the isle. Perhaps you could give him a personally guided tour of the dungeons?
You know, for a “taste of the good stuff.”

We’d appreciate it. 1

da Queen

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  1. If you think about it, could you extend the same “courtesy” to Newt “Jabba” Gingrich? For some reason he has recently decided to crawl out of his hole and annoy..well, everybody. Thanks in advance.

Lees and Orts

KC floodingOver the years we’ve resided on 3 continents, 8 countries, 7 states (within the US), as well as over a dozen cities. We were once partners in a business in Kansas City.

Not once were any of those homes/offices located in a low lying area, much less a well known flood plain.

But, hey! That’s just us…

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It still remains our considered opinion that The Sopranos (The Best TV Show of All Time 1), was a documentary.

Warren (Dog Rest Him) of course objected, claiming we suffered from an idée fixe. We so wish he was around to see la costra nostra’s takeover of the White House:

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Thursday that he doesn’t know if his relationship with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus can be repaired, and he urged Priebus to publicly prove that he has not leaked damaging information to the media.

“If you want to talk about the chief of staff, we have had odds, we have had differences. When I said we were brothers, from the podium, that’s because we’re rough on each other. Some brothers are like Cain and Abel, other brothers can fight with each other and then get along. I don’t know if this is repairable or not — that will be up to the president,” Scaramucci said in a phone interview with CNN early Thursday morning, referencing the biblical brothers without mentioning that Cain murdered Abel.

Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice, said in a statement late Wednesday night: “We have seen an astonishing increase in the number of leaks of classified national security information in recent months. We agree with Anthony that these staggering number of leaks are undermining the ability of our government to function and to protect this country.” Flores added that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom the president has repeatedly attacked this week, “will aggressively pursue leak cases wherever they may lead.”

Mooch had earlier tweeted “In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45” and then later deleted it. 2

The tweet popped up within minutes of Politico’s revelation that Mooch is still making millions off his old businesses.

If we were Priebus, we’d take a pass on any boat ride OMP/Mooch might invite him along on.

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Goodbye and good riddance:

President Donald Trump has formally nominated Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to serve as the State Department’s ambassador at large for international religious freedom.

Brownback has served as Kansas governor since 2011. His name has been in the mix for the post for weeks, before the White House announced his pick.

If confirmed, Brownback will serve effectively as the head of the Office of International Religious Freedom within the State Department. That office is charged with promoting religious freedom as a key objective of U.S. foreign policy, according to the State Department’s website. The office’s mission is to monitor “religious persecution and discrimination worldwide, recommend and implement policies in respective regions or countries, and develop programs to promote religious freedom.”

Browback seems an odd choice to promote religious freedom, seeing as how he’s more of a religious bigot. But, you know, fuck it – Brownbackistanis need a break.

Sadly, they’re unlikely to get one as Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, who shares many of lil’ Sammy’s stupid and e-vil beliefs, will step into Brownback’s soiled loafers.

And so it goes…

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  1. For it’s time…
  2. What a fucking ultra maroon! Those forms are public. Have you ever seen a WH administration so full of incompetent jackasses? We mean…beside the Reagan WH.

The Reichstag Fire

reichstag fire“When Archie Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor, was finally fired at the end of the Saturday Night Massacre and they were filing out of his office, a reporter asked his spokesman, whose name if I recollect it was James Neal, “Jim what are you going to do now?” Neal said, “I’m going to go home and read about the Reichstag Fire.” To impede Bobby Mueller at this point, six months into his administration, Donald Trump would have to create the American equivalent of the Reichstag Fire. Got that?”

The Reichstag Fire

Go With Her Gut

WASHINGTON — As legislators gathered Tuesday for a critical vote that would go a long way toward finally repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) was reportedly struggling to weigh the interests of her entire constituency against absolutely nothing. “Honestly, it’s a tough call—on one hand, you have opposition to the repeal from a majority of Republicans, virtually all Democrats, and the entire healthcare industry, while on the other, you have not one sound argument or credible opinion,” said Capito, admitting she was, even now, having difficulty balancing her desire to keep as many West Virginians insured as possible with there being no reason whatsoever to do otherwise. “This is an agonizing decision. Sure, there are sound justifications for voting no on ‘repeal and replace,’ but then there’s emptiness, literal emptiness, when you look for reasons to vote yes. All I know is, I have to get this right somehow.” At press time, Senator Capito had resigned herself to the fact that both sides had valid points and she would just have to go with her gut when the time came.

Go With Her Gut

Free US Military Weapons

If you’re not a US military or police buff, you probably have never heard of the 1033 Program. It essentially provides a bureaucratic means to transfer excess military grade weapons to local law enforcement agencies. Sure, you may not like local police departments having all types of military gear, such as grenade launchers, helicopters, boats, M14s, M16s, and so on.

And you probably won’t like how the agency seemingly doles out the weapons to anybody. All you have to do is apply, create a fake website, and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) will oblige. Law enforcement experience is not required. There doesn’t seem to be a requirement that the requesting agency actually be real, either.

That’s according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The government auditing agency created a fake website of a fake police department and applied for the surplus goods. The fake agency was handed $1.2 million in weapons, including night-vision goggles, simulated rifles, and simulated pipe bombs. The simulated rifles and pipe bombs could have been turned into “potentially lethal items if modified with commercially available items,” according to the report. Simulated weapons are used for training purposes.

The GAO even used a fake physical address—a dirt lot—for the fake law enforcement agency. According to Zina Merritt, a GAO director who coordinated the investigation, this sting operation of sorts found that the DLA did little to verify who was requesting the military leftovers and who was actually picking up the gear.

Free US Military Weapons

The Goldwater Rule

A leading psychiatry group has told its members they should not feel bound by a longstanding rule against commenting publicly on the mental state of public figures — even the president. 1

The statement, an email this month from the executive committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association to its 3,500 members, represents the first significant crack in the profession’s decades-old united front aimed at preventing experts from discussing the psychiatric aspects of politicians’ behavior. It will likely make many of its members feel more comfortable speaking openly about President Trump’s mental health.

…Called the “Goldwater rule,” the prohibition on offering opinions about the mental state of public figures was adopted after some psychiatrists answered a 1964 survey on whether Sen. Barry Goldwater, the Republican presidential candidate that year, was mentally fit for the Oval Office. The rule states that it is unethical to offer a professional opinion about a public figure’s mental health, including the presence or absence of a disorder, without that person’s consent and without doing a standard examination. In March, the psychiatric association reaffirmed the rule.

…Although opposition to the Goldwater rule has existed for years, it intensified with Trump’s candidacy and then election. In October, a book titled “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a Presidentwill be published.

The Goldwater Rule

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  1. Our diagnosis is prolly not in the DSM V, but we’ll offer it up anyway: It’s almost as if our country is being run by a megalomaniacal failed businessman on his third marriage –with no friends– who’s angry at the whole world. Oh, and suffering from Alzheimer’s. Think that about covers it.

We Gots da Votes!

So brain-damaged drama queen Sen. Walnuts has returned to WDC for the all important Repeal Obamacare At Any Cost vote. 1

This even though there is no sound reason for believing Sen. Walnuts will actually know what he’s voting for. That may sound cruel but it’s medically viable and –for those paying attention– consistent with his behavior of late. In fact, given the hole Mitch McConnell has dug for himself, I would not put it past him to have strong-armed the old guy into returning even knowing Sen. Walnuts might believe he’s voting to replace Trump via the 25th Amendment.

On the other hand, who can blame him? Today the rest of the ReThugs need 51 votes to begin their final debate on…afain, who the hell knows? Prolly just the motion to proceed. 2  Whatever it is will eventually unleash the kraken. And of course this is McConnell’s last ditch effort to pass something so that OMP doesn’t publicly bitch-slap McConnell’s multiple chins. Again. 3

We’ve no idea how this vote on something will go, but our sense is that what we’ve seen up to this point –ReThugs valiantly standing up and saying “No!” to previous versions of McConnell’s attempts to ass rape everyone– were all merely kabuki, and today an evil will be loosed upon the nation. 4

It wouldn’t hurt to call your senator and explain why this would be a disaster.

We Gots da Votes!

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  1. Gotta tell you – it’s impressive McConnell is willing to kill Sen. Walnuts in order to kill millions more. THTA’S commitment!
  2. If McConnell votes FOR the motion to proceed, but it fails, it’s done. However…that’s not likely – he can count (votes), which is why scrambled eggs for brains Sen. Walnuts was kidnapped and will be tied to the Senate floor.
  3. Fuckin’ pussy to take that from a senile old man; stand up, Mitch! Show some spine…oh, wait. Never mind.
  4. Sen. Walnuts is no more a “maverick” than we are Conan the Barbarian; his rep is all self-sustained. The arrogant fuck gave himself a nickname. Sure, he talks a good game, but ALWAYS votes along party lines. And if you think his coming back to WDC to essentially rob up to 32 million people of their health care, in order to provide a base tax cut for millionaires, is “mavericky”, have we got a Sarah Palin for you!