The End is Nigh

Don’t be afraid

by baldilocks

In February 2016 at my blog, I published a post on what I call the Sandy Berger Precedent in relation to how Hillary Clinton got away with her gigantic and brazen email caper.

From Wikipedia:

On July 19, 2004, it was revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating [Clinton Administration National Security Adviser] Berger for unauthorized removal of classified documents in October 2003 from a National Archives reading room prior to testifying before the 9/11 Commission. The documents were five classified copies of a single report commissioned from Richard Clarke covering internal assessments of the Clinton Administration’s handling of the unsuccessful 2000 millennium attack plots. An associate of Berger said Berger took one copy in September 2003 and four copies in October 2003. Berger subsequently lied to investigators when questioned about the removal of the documents.

In April 2005, Berger pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material from the National Archives in Washington.

According to the lead prosecutor in the case, Berger only took copies of classified information and no original material was destroyed. Berger was fined $50,000, sentenced to serve two years of probation and 100 hours of community service, and stripped of his security clearance for 3 years.

I called it Rule of Law theater and concluded:

It’s important to keep pointing out what kind of Leviathan of corruption and, possibly, betrayal, our government has become.

This bears repeating yet again. Included in the pattern are Rathergate, the Russia Hoax, and now the Ukraine situation. These conspiracies have the same tilt; they come from the Left and most of them are intended to hobble Republican presidents.

The perpetrators are bold because they are long-entrenched in the federal government and in the media. And they will keep trying until …

What has them so afraid and implacable with this Republican president? He knows them and probably knows when the bodies are buried, figuratively, and, no doubt literally. He has the will to stop the cycle and, it appears, that’s what he’s been planning for far longer than the beginning of his presidential candidacy.

And here’s something else: he’s not afraid.

2020 is going to be a fun year.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Round 26 three picks (last round)

Sea:  Michael Taylor Wash of / Armando Rosario SS Mets/ Charlie Blackman Col CF

Mets    Chester Cuthburt KC 3B  /  Max Kepler Minn of / Jorge Polanco SS min
SD    Shane Bieber P Cle /  Brandon Guyer RF cle / Kyler Olsen P Cle
TB    Derrick Rodriguez SP SF /  Cole Colhern OF Cal / Ketel Marte  2b ari
SF  Mark Canha CF Oak  / Joe Musgrove SP Pit / Shin-Soo  Choo Rf Tex
StL   Sean Manaea Oak SP /  Robertson Chirinos  c Tex / Chad Gyorka 3b   StL
NYY   Mike Zunino Sea C / Tim Anderson CWS SS / Freddie Galdis SS SD
Washington Bruce Maxwell C Oak / Jose Castillo LHP SD /  Rougned Odor 2b Tex

Round 25 three picks

Wash:  Jose Abreu 1b CWS / Adeiny Hechavarria NYY ss/ james paxton SP
NYY:  Brandon  Morrow P cubs /  Hyun-jin ryu  LA SP / Kevin Pillar of Tor
StL:  Guillermo Heredia of Sea /   Jorge Alfaro C Philly /  Harrison Baider of StL
Sf :  Cle CF Rajai Davis  /  Ari Yoshihisa Hirano RP /  Brett Philips CF KC
TB :   Kyle Gibson Min P / Min P Jacob Odorizzi / Derek Holland RP SF
SD:   AJ Pollock cf ari /  Daniel Descalso 2b Ari / Chris Owings Ari of
Mets :  Jason Kitmas 2b Cle / K Farmer C LA /  Gregory Polonco of  Pit
Sea:   Evan Gattis C Hou / Noah Syndaggard SP NYM / LF Balt Trey Mancini

Round 24 two picks

Sea   Tyler Clipper P Tor /  Starling Castro Miami 2b
Mets    Brian Anderson Mia RF / Stephen Piscoty RF Oak
SD    2b Ryan Goins KC / RF Roswell Herrera of  KC
TB    Nicholas A. Castellanos of det / 3b Josh Donnalson cle
SF     Jose Ingeles Det ss / Jose Martinez 1b Stl
StL   Jameson Tallion Pitt P /  Atl Dansby Swanson SS
NYY    Andrew Miller Cle P / Dallas Keuchel SP Hou
Washington  Jose Alverez P Calif / Delino Deshields of Tex

Round 23 two picks

Wash   Gio Gonzalez SP Mil /  Manny Pina c Mil
NYY      Didi Gregorious SS NYY /  SP JA Happ NYY
StL:     K Freeland Col /  Rick Porcello p Bos
Sf    E Suarez Cin 3b / Matt Stasi Hou c
TB    Yusmeiro Petit Oak RP /  Jessie Winkler OF Cin
SD   Rick Pietta P Phil /  Jake Arrieta p Phil
Mets   Eddie Rosario LF Min /  Miguel Cabrera OF det
Sea   SP Trevor Cahill Oak Hill /   Marcus Simien SS  OAK

Round 22 two picks

Sea  Kris Bryant Cubs 3b  / Jed Lowry Oak
Mets   Wilson Ramos C Phil /  Keone Kela Pit P
SD    Jackie Bradley JR Bos  /  Ian Kinsler 2b Bos
TB   Bryan  Holaday C  Mia   /  Nick Ahmed SS
SF    Travis  Jankowski OF SD / Alex Wilson P Det
StL   Greg Allen Cle CF /  Rhys Hoskins Phil
NYY  Mike Mousakas 3b Mil  / Nelson Cruz Sea
Washington   Josh Reddick Hou /  Ian Happ Cubs

Round 21  two picks

Wash  Reynaldo Lopez P Chi /  Corey Dickerson OF Pit
NYY    Adam Ottavino Col P /  Ryan Brawn C Mil

StL:     Delin Botances NYY P /  Daniel Murphy  2b/1b Cubs
Sf      Yuli Gurriel IF Hou  /  German Marquez Col P
TB    Kolten Wong 2b StL /  Luis Castello Cin sp
SD   Kevin Keirmaier cf TB  /    Cameron Mavin of Sea
Mets   K Yates SD P / Jason Hayward rf cubs
Sea   Brandon workman Bos P / Tanaka P Yankees

Round twenty (two picks per round)

Sea Albert Amora Jr CF  Cubs /   Chad Greene P NYY
Mets   Daniel Robertson TB LF /  Jay Chavez Cubs P
SD   Matt Kemp OF LA  / Kiki Hernandez utl LA
TB     Seth Lugo mets P /  Andrew McCuchhen NYY OF
SF    Elias Diaz Pit /  Scott Oberg p Col
StL   Nick Vincent Sea P /   Lou Trevino P Oak
NYY   John Holder P NYY / Billy Hamilton of Cin
Washington    Taylor Cole P  LAA / Dakota Hudson StL P

Round 19
Wash Bobby Poyner LHP Bos
NYY  Domingo German NYY SP
StL:  OF Khris Daivs Oak
Sf   Ozzie Alblez 2b ATL
TB   Brock holt Bos
SD  Jhoulis Chacin sp Mil
Mets  Annibel Sanchez Atl
Sea  Brian McCain C Atl

Round 18

Sea Zach Wheeler SP Mets
Mets  Yasmani Grendal C LA
SD  Miguel Rojas  ss Miami
TB    Nathan Eovaldi Bos SP
SF   Jace Fry RP CWS
StL  SP Jose Berrios Minn
NYY   Edwin Encarnacion Cle
Washington   Raphael Devers 3b

Round 17:

Wash Marwin Gonzalez Hou LF

NY  Max Munch LA

StL   SS Paul DeJong Cards

SF    Joey Gallo of Tex

TB Alex Gordon KC

SD  SD Matt olsen Oak 1b

Mets  Travis Shaw Mil 3b

Sea  Clay buckholtz Ari P

Round 16

Sea David Robertson P  NYY
Mets Blane Hardy Det P
SD  Steven Wright Bos
TB   Steve Cishek cubs
SF Sean Newcomb P ATL
StL Xander Bogarts BOS
NYY  Nick Markekus atl rf
Washington  Dee Gordon 2b Seattle

Round 15
Wash Jose Quintana Cubs
NYY Roberto Ozuna Hou
StL: SS Edwardo Escobar Arizona
Sf Cody Bellinger 1b OF
TB Justin Turner LA 3b
SD Eduardo Rodriguez Bos SP
Mets Jared hughes cin P
Sea Blake Treinen p Oak

Round 14

Sea 2b Adam Frazier Pitts
Mets Oliver Perez P Cle
SD Buster Posey C SF
TB Julio Teheran SP ATL
SF Kyle Hendricks SP cubs
StL Scooter Genette 2b cin
NYY Matt Weiters Washington
Wash Jeurys Familia P Oak

Round 13

Wash Craig Kimbrel Bos
NYY Charlie Morton hou P
StL Joe Mauer Min
SF Tomas Telis C TB
TB Joey Wendle 2b tb
SD Jeff Mathas c Arizona
Mets Wade Leblanc Sea
Sea Mike Clevenger Cleveland

Round 12

Sea Tanner Scott Baltimore
Mets Joe Panik 2b SF
SD Sean Dolittle Washington P
TB 3b Johan Camergo Atl
sf Corey Knevel P Mil
StL Yadier Molina C
NYY Jouchieam Soria Mil
Washington Shohei Othani P / DH

Round 11

Washington: LHRP Brad Hand Cle
NYY Brett Gardner OF
StL LF Benentendi LF Bos
SF 2B John Villar Balt
TB RHRP Ryan Braiser
SD Justin Miller Washington
Mets Trea Turner Ss Washington
Sea Kevin McCarthy KC P

Round 10

Sea RP Colin McHugh Hou
Mets Joey Votto CIn
SD SP Miles Mikokes StL
tb RP Raphael Iglesias Cin
sf Seranthony Dominguez Phil
Stl SS Jean Segura Seattle
NYY Steve Stausberg washington
Washington Jose Altuve 2b Hou

Round 9

Washington LHSP Marco Gonzalez Sea
NYY Louis Severino NYY
StL RHP Corey Kluber Cle
SF Mitch Hanager Sea
TB Kenley Janson LA
SD Of Marcel Ozuna StL
Mets David Peralta Arizona
Sea P Ryan Carpenter Det

Round 8

Seattle Giancarlo Stanton NYY
Mets OF Brandon Nemo NYM
SD George Springer HOU
TB Walker Bueller LA
SF Jeremy Jeffress Mil
StL C Salvadore Perez KC
NYY Christian Vasquez C
Washington C Blake Sweihart Bos

round 7

Washington C Martin Maldonado Hou
NYY Aroldis Chapman NYY
StL RHSP Trevor Bauer Cleveland
SF OF Ben Zobrist cubs
TB C Wilson Contraris cubs
SD C Gary Sanchez NYY
Mets P David Price Bos
Sea Matt Carpenter StL

round 6

Sea Addison Russell SS Cubs
Mets Edwin Diaz Sea
SD Inf Javier Baez Chi
TB Whit Merrifield KC
SF M Folynewicz Atl
StL OF Juan Soto Washington
NYY Gleyber Torres NYY
Wash Anthony Rizzo cubs

Round 5

Washington CF Lorenzo Cain Milwaukee
NYY Aaron Judge NYY
StL 3b Matt Chapman Oak
SF Utl Alex Bregman Hou
TB LHSP Patrick Corbin Ari
SD 1B Jesus Aguliar Mil
Mets Roland Acuna JR
Sea Ross Stripling LA

Round four

Seattle JT RealMuto Mia
Mets SP Carlos Carrasco
SD JD martinez Bos
TB Paul Goldschmidt StL
SF Clayton Kershaw LA
StL LHRP Josh Haider Mil
MYY Bryce Harper Washington
Washington 3B Anthony Rendon Wasington

Round three

Washington SS Francisco Lindor Cle
NYY Garrett Cole Hou
StL Sterling Matte Pittsburgh
SF Michael Brantley Cle
TB SP Zach Greinke Arizona
SD Blake Snell TB
Mets RHSP Aaron Nola Phil
Seattle Freddy Freeman Atl

Round Two

Seattle Geraldo Parra OF COL
Mets: Francisco Cervelli Pits
SD 3b Nolan Arenado Col
TB SS Alderton Simmons Angles
SF P Justin Verlander Hou
StL P Chris Sale Bos
NYY 2b 2b DJ Lemhew Col
Washington Max Scherzer Washington

Round 1.

Washington Mookie Betts Bos
NYY Mike Trout Cal
StL Jacob DeGrom Mets
SF Manny Machado LA

Tampa Bay Christian Yelish MIl
San Diego Trevor Story Col
Mets Jose Ramirez Cle
Seattle of Malix smith TB

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Patrick 63 chooses to pick team
Alvin (by proxy) 68 chooses to draft
Mark Gionet 337 draft

Mike Kennedy 383 draft

Mike F 410 draft

Elliot gionet 740 draft

Patrick chooes Seattle Mariners
Elliot Gionet Mets
Mike F Chooses San Diego
Mike Kennedy Tampa Bay

Mark Gionet San Francisco
Alivn St. Louis
Sherwood NYY

Peter Washington

Division Rolls
Alvin 804
Patrick Rolls 456
Mike K 645
Mike F 291
Sherwood 161
Peter 423

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Elliot Gionet Mets
Mike M San Diego
Sherwood NYY
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Play the long game on Iran

Everything is focused on Iran. Everyone seems worried we’re going to war in Iran. And every time someone says President Trump is a warmonger (unlike President Obama, who was just quiet about killing people overseas), he goes off and does something non-warmongerish, like attacking the firms that ship oil to Iran.

He’s doing this because it really isn’t about Iran. The Iranian economy and government is on the brink of collapse. It’s propping itself up, but there are increasing protests against corrupt regime officials. There are similar protests in Hong Kong against corrupt Chinese regime overreach, and in Russia against election rigging.

War has a funny way of uniting an entire population against another population. Iran is itching for a war, not because it would win, but because it would distract its population from the poor economic situation they live in every day. Going to war with Iran, right now, is that last thing that we should be doing.

Instead, we need to apply pressure to what is propping up the Iranian regime, in this case Russia and China. Clamping down on illegal oil shipments is a start. But let’s take it one step further. The Russian oligarchs and Chinese officials that control most of the wealth in these countries are extremely unpopular. If their roles were emphasized, and sanctions imposed on their foreign investments, it would stoke the sympathy of Chinese and Russian populations.

The other point is looking at emerging countries and tamping down on their future oil requirements. Part of the reason oil continues to exert influence is that every time one country begins to ween off of oil, another emerging economy requires it. If the population of India suddenly started joining the middle class lifestyle, it would place a huge demand on oil that gives Russia and Iran significant influence. If the U.S. began exporting cheap, safe nuclear energy, that would make public transit viable in these countries, and keep oil from coming back in vogue. That’s playing the long game, but its our best bet for a long term win against Iran.

This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency.

The Left Vs the Right in Two tweets

Maxine’s in an online friend of mine and used to be one of the Liberal voices on DaTechGuy on DaRadio Panel. She’s a nice lady with a great family.

Every now and then however she illustrates the difference between left and right perfectly like in this exchange about impeachment