Author Archives: Rook

About Rook

Coffee. Strong. Black. Don't even think about cream and sugar.

Lousy Birthday

Poor Tina. She’s stuck along side the road between McGregor, MN and Aikin, MN. She blew a tire on the way to check out locations with her daughter for her daughter’s upcoming wedding. It’s breaking my heart because I have to work and I don’t have any vacation time yet. Thankfully she has roadside assistance. Unfortunately, it’s pouring rain where she’s at.

Worst thing of all? It’s her birthday. I’ll be buying her new tires for a gift.

What To Do?

I’m finishing up my coffee and wondering what to do next. Run? Or just be lazy? It’s a bit chilly out right now, with a breeze coming off the river. Nothing too extreme, but it’s making me think being lazy is not that bad of a choice.

Blog Tech

I’ve updated to the latest WordPress build. Went pretty smoothly. No bugs that I can see. I also changed my blog’s theme. Seemed time for another change. My only complaint is they took away the Justify button on the interface. Oh well. I can live without it. At least my blog seems to load faster.

Invest in Popcorn Futures

(AP) Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination on Monday as he notifies the Senate Intelligence committee that he will not comply with a subpoena seeking documents.

That’s according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private interactions between Flynn and the committee.

I honestly did not see this coming. Not someone using the 5th. Commence the renewed chattering across the internet and Legacy Media.

Of course, as the last sentence of the quote indicates, this is yet to be verified, so it could be a whole lot of empty air. None-the-less, there will still be chatter.

Transcripts Already Exist!

As noted by Rick Perlstein:

(New York Daily News) As the Chicago Tribune recently pointed out, since 2011, the White House, like any state-of-the-art office, uses a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system, “an Internet technology that sends voice messages as packets of digitized data. The technology allows for retrieval of a text record of presidential conversations.”

Trump may or may not have “taped” the Comey dinner or other non-telephonic conversations relevant to the inquiry. And yet, imagine how many telephone conversations there must have been — whether with Comey or with White House aides or outside advisers — relevant not just to the Comey firing, but to Mueller’s broader brief to investigate connections between the White House and Russia.

Muller also enjoys another advantage in getting to the bottom of presidential malfeasance that Watergate-era investigators did not. After Nixon resigned the White House in disgrace in August of 1974, fears that he would destroy incriminating records in advance of his and his advisers’ criminal trials led to the passage in 1978 of the Presidential Records Act.

It requires Presidents, vice presidents and their staffs to “take all such steps as may be necessary to assure that the activities, deliberations, decisions, and policies that reflect the performance of the President’s constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties are adequately documented…and maintained as Presidential records.” They are then sealed for a specified interval of years — unless they are subpoenaed.

I don’t think there’ enough popcorn in the world for the political show that’s just starting.