If you’re all excited about the Alabama vote, consider this:
“The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election.”
Judge “not qualified” but Senate confirms him anyway Courthouse News Service
… questions about his commitment to precedent and his ability to abandon his personal political views while on the bench. …. first circuit court nominee to receive a unanimous not qualified rating since 2006.
Teen arrested with enough Fentanyl to kill 17 million people
Courthouse News Service
Flavio Diego Rivera Davalos, 19, was arraigned Monday on charges of smuggling the drug through the border crossing at San Ysidro in a 2010 Ford Focus he drove and owned, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Pets get time in prison — for grooming South Sound Talk
“It’s a unique and different setting, but it really works for the animals,” said groomer and trainer Teresa Gaethe-Leonard, who is serving a 30-year sentence for murder.
She’s one of 18 women offenders working at the Prison Pet Partnership at the Washington Corrections Center for Women.
Note: Gaethe-Leonard was convicted of shooting her husband in a sensational trial that included wealthy boyfriends, bail jumping, and courtroom breakdowns. The details were captured in an Ann Rule true-crime book. This Seattle Times archive tells some of the story.
The editor-in-chief of Christianity Today posted a provocative editorial that concludes “Christian faith” was the clear loser in the Alabama special election.
“No matter the outcome of today’s special election in Alabama for a coveted US Senate seat, there is already one loser: Christian faith. When it comes to either matters of life and death or personal commitments of the human heart, no one will believe a word we say, perhaps for a generation,” the editorial explained. “Christianity’s integrity is severely tarnished.”
“A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush.”
“Donald Trump, the man, on the other hand, is uniquely awful. His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed.” If recent history is any guide, the unique awfulness of the Trump era in U.S. politics is only going to get worse. Trump’s utter lack of morality, ethics and simple humanity has been underscored during his 11 months in office.”
“It is a shock that only six Democratic senators are calling for our unstable president to resign.”
Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel’s investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign described him as “awful,” an “idiot,” and a “loathsome human” in a series of text messages last year, according to copies of 375 messages released Tuesday
Trump’s Jerusalem pronouncement may be just what Moscow needs
Opinion / Alexei Khlebnikov/ Moscow Times
Trump’s decision served to unify Muslims and Arabs in the region, who have been fragmented by internal conflicts over the last decades. They were again given an opportunity to stand together against a common enemy, in this case—the United States and Israel.
Given rising sectarianism in the Middle East, Shia Iran is the most likely to benefit from the U.S. move. Trump’s decision is likely to steal the spotlight from the issue of Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East.
Israel’s deepening ties with the Gulf states is likely to stall as Saudi Arabia and the UAE are forced to get in line with the Arab street in criticizing the U.S. and Israel. At the same time, Hamas and Hezbollah will be vindicated based on rising anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism in Arab countries.
U.S. relations with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE will most certainly sour too.
Against this backdrop, Russia can easily improve its public image in the Arab world by siding with Arab countries against the U.S. decision. If Moscow invests carefully, it might increase its influence in the region even further.
“In every western state, the Bureau of Land Management is sidestepping the law, shortcutting its reviews and doing everything it can to lock out the American public.”
Crazy dude bites passengers, plane diverts
CBS Los Angeles
A man biting his fellow passengers on a JetBlue flight forced the plane to divert to Las Vegas, where the man was taken into police custody.
Passengers on the flight say that somewhere over Utah, the man suddenly began biting his seatmates – whom he apparently knew – and hitting others on a Sunday flight from Los Angeles International Airport to New York-JFK.
Doctors on the flight tried to help by examining the passenger, but were also attacked. Another passenger said he jumped in to help restrain the man.
“I grabbed his hands behind his back and held him there while the flight attendants put the restraints on him,” said a man who asked to only be identified as Tom. “At that point, he started yelling and tried to come towards the flight attendant, behind me, at the time. I really had a hell of a time keeping him in place there.”
People mortgaging their homes to buy Bitcoin Business Insider
“We’ve seen mortgages being taken out to buy bitcoin. People do credit cards, equity lines … ”
Hundreds of malls in real trouble CNN Money
When anchor stores close, it causes big problems for mall owners and other retailers in the mall,” says Howard Davidowitz, chairman of New York-based retail consulting and investment banking firm Davidowitz & Associates. “And I’d say this problem is only in its second inning.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he was the victim of a fake news hit on Tuesday, and has turned over to Capitol Police a document that purports to detail lurid sexual harassment accusations by a former staffer.
This was an apparent effort to dupe reporters and smear a senator — both symptoms of an amped-up news environment where harassment charges are proliferating and reporters have become targets for fraud.
More fake news:
Claim that Schumer’s daughter told of her father’s affair with high school cheerleader
On 8 December 2017, the “America’s Last Line of Defense” web site published an article reporting that the daughter of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D.-NY) had recently spoken out about her father’s supposed affair with one of her high school classmates.
Although the site says its content “should be considered altered and satirical” it did get traction on social media as real news.
Homeless cooking fire blamed in LA inferno LA Daily News
An illegal cooking fire at a homeless encampment was determined to be the cause of the Skirball fire, which began last week, authorities said Tuesday.
US opens door to N. Korea talks AFP
And once again it’s not clear Tillerson, Trump agree
The United States is ready to talk to North Korea “without preconditions” but remains determined to force it to abandon its nuclear arsenal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday.
China and Russia responded positively to Tillerson’s remarks, even after the White House appeared to put his proposal in question by saying that US President Donald Trump’s “views on North Korea have not changed.”