While driving down Route 55 in Lagrangeville, New York (about 60 miles north of New York City) on the way to a medical appointment yesterday, I spotted a sign outside of Kelly’s Steaks and Spirits that sure lifted mine! The sign announced that they DO NOT air NFL games in that establishment and the sign further went on to say:


If I were not driving at the time I would have taken a picture.  I do not have the resources to go out for dinner, but that sign alone (in NEW YORK) is enough reason for me to want to check that place out if the opportunity to dine out should ever present itself to me. Predictably, the Trump Derangement Syndrome afflicting people has caused an outbreak of hatred and poor reviews for this establishment.  At the top of their page, Facebook highlights certain words they think we need to know people are using:


MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals. 

Last Wednesday I posted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had spent $3.2 million in his first four months investigating Russian meddling in last year election and any links between President Trump and Russia.

But that’s not the real number: the Department of Justice spent $6.7 million, saying it’s not “legally required to figure out this total”(emphasis added),

according to a report released Tuesday.

Of the total, only $3.2 million was spent directly by Mueller on salaries, travel, rent and equipment through September.

The other $3.5 million was spent on DOJ operations and would have been spent on its own pre-existing Russia investigations if Mueller hadn’t been tapped to take over in mid-May. DOJ said it wasn’t legally required to figure out this total, and past special counsels didn’t tabulate it.

Peter StrzokAndrew Weissmann, and now Jeannie Rhee,

. . . this week, details of Rhee’s client relationships emerged, revealing that she representedObama Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes during the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigation of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack.
. . .

Also this week, it was reported that Rhee represented the Clinton Foundation in 2015 against a racketeering lawsuit brought by conservative legal activist group Freedom Watch in 2015. Rhee also represented former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a lawsuit seeking access to her private emails.

You read that right: The Clinton Foundation was her client, and Rhee represented Hillary in a lawsuit involving the missing emails. As if that were not enough, her husband served as special assistant to then-Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder.

You can’t make this up.

Hey, when you’re hiring Dem buddies from WilmerHale, they don’t come cheap. No wonder Mueller’s spending big bucks.

Conflict of interest, your name is Mueller.

Debra Heine finds yet another Dem defender on Mueller’s team,

Aaron Zebley served previously as Mueller’s chief of staff at the FBI and as a senior counselor in the National Security Division at the Department of Justice.

. . . in 2015 when he was a lawyer, he represented Justin Cooper, the IT staffer who personally set up Hillary Clinton’s unsecure server in her Chappaqua home

Zebley went the whole nine yards, and, are you sitting down?

is also the aide who destroyed Clinton’s old BlackBerries with a hammer.


Deb points out that he is often referred to in the media as Mueller’s “right-hand man.”

John Le Carré could not make this up.

The economy: Three headlines, 1 news (emphasis added)

WaPo neutral: The U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs in November, showing strong growth amid historically low unemployment

WSJ stats: U.S. employers hired workers at a strong rate in November and the unemployment rate held at a 17-year low, signs the economy is on its firmest footing in at least a decade.

NYT nostalgic: The U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs in November, a sign that hiring remains strong eight years into the current recovery.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog

Wednesday Morning I woke up to a phone call saying I was laid off and the situation for the month and the bills were completely in doubt

It is 2 AM on Friday, I really should be in bed because I have to go to the 8 am mass and then take DaWife for a scheduled MRI but I’m not in bed because I’ve been too busy opening emails, sending thank you notes and updating my goal totals.

I’m stopping at this point partly because I have to sleep but mostly because even though there are over 40 emails from tip jar hits and new subscriptions we’ve made the base cash goal with some to spare to pay the paypal fees that will come.

My thanks to Ed and Glenn for the link and to all of you who have kicked in.   I’ll be thanking you all personally by email when I get back home from Worcester and get through the rest of the emails.

It’s unlikely that we have the 91 more subscription necessary for me to not have to worry about a job and do this full time but I know that at least though January I don’t have to worry if the bills are paid.

That’s a really big Christmas gift.

If you’re interested in padding that number to February you can do so by hitting DaTipJar

As for the book Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer

You guys have me selling better than the Pope as of yesterday at least on kindle

12,000 paperback copies sold at $6.99 can make me a full time author, reporter and writer next year   And of course it would make an excellent Gift for the person of faith on your Christmas list.

And if we get enough new subscribers (90 more at $20) then I’ll never have to shake DaTipJar for anything other than a special project like CPAC

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Either way to all who kicked in thanks once again, you’ll be getting a blast email with the final numbers as soon as I have them and if you haven’t gotten your personal thank you it’s because I haven’t opened your email yet but I’ll get back to that mail tomorrow as soon as DaWife and I are home.