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A Wingnut Classic....the poetry of Donald Rumsfeld.

The predominance of Afghanistan in the news had me remembering this...

South Florida: Commuter rail might finally come to the coast. Here's where it would run

OP's comment: Interesting, but with TriRail and Brightline, this seems like a lot of duplication.

A long-awaited blueprint for a commuter rail service on the east side of Broward County has emerged for public view, with potential stops including five cities and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Dubbed the Coastal Link, the idea is to hitch a Broward segment along the Florida East Coast Railway line with a proposed leg between Aventura and downtown Miami that’s been endorsed by Miami-Dade County officials.

According to a plan outlined by the Florida Department of Transportation, the Broward stops would include Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale — site of Brightline’s current station — as well as Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and the city of Hollywood.

Now, the FDOT is prepared to unveil the plan through virtual and in-person meetings scheduled for Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. The department has sent meeting notices to local public officials and property owners and tenants whose stores and homes are within 300 feet of the FEC tracks. ...............(more)


Lexington-bound flight returns to gate after passenger refuses to wear mask

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Delta passenger created a stir when she was escorted off a flight heading into Lexington from Atlanta.

She refused to wear her mask, even after flight attendants reminded her it’s a federal mandate.

For frequent flyer Father Jim Sichko, his Monday afternoon plane trip into Lexington hit a bumpy start before takeoff.

The baggage claim was full of irritated travelers who departed Delta flight 1088, almost 40 minutes late, because a passenger refused to wear her mask.

“It’s very frustrating because I find it’s very selfish of people. You know before you get onto the airplane, you have to check several boxes before you can even print your boarding passes. It’s just a sign of immaturity,” Father Sichko said. ...........(more)


Roger Stone claims Mike Lindell is being backstabbed by Steve Bannon -- and his own advisers

(Salon) Veteran GOP operative Roger Stone suggested this week that MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a prominent pro-Trump election truther, is being "stabbed in the back" by some of those around him, including Lindell's own advisors and Steve Bannon.

Stone's remarks, which came on a far-right QAnon-themed internet program, seem like an effort to defend the pillow tycoon, whose credibility in TrumpWorld is declining as he repeatedly fails to produce any hard evidence of 2020 election fraud.

"I think Mike Lindell has done great work," Stone told host Jeffrey Pedersen, who goes by the alias "The Matrixx." "I think he's been disserved by some of the people working for him. But he's got a heart of gold. He's a patriot. His instinct is absolutely correct. He has produced enormous evidence of irregularities in the election.

"But the left excoriates him, because he has the courage to speak the truth," Stone continued, "and then, making it even worse, you have people who are at least allegedly on our side like Steve Bannon, stabbing him in the back, questioning his public credibility," he continued.

Stone didn't return Salon's request for clarification on what advisers, other than Bannon, he thinks are misleading Lindell. ...........(more)


White Florida Man Wants to Use 'Stand Your Ground' Defense After Threatening Teens With Gun, Yelling

White Florida Man Wants to Use 'Stand Your Ground' Defense After Threatening Teens With Gun, Yelling Racial Slurs

Mark Bartlett, who threatened a group of Black protesters with a loaded gun and yelled racial slurs at them on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2019, is pushing for a “Stand Your Ground” defense.

The incident took place at Miami’s Brickell Avenue Bridge when a group of teens rode their bicycles to the bridge as part of “Bikes Up, Guns Down” to protest the lack of affordable housing in the city. Some of the protesters were as young as 11 years old, according to Local 10 News.

In a hearing Monday, the young boys Bartlett allegedly threatened testified that Bartlett, then 51, got out of his car with a loaded gun and called them the n-word and other insults. Multiple cellphone videos capture the incident. One of the young protesters, Jamal Anderson, recalled some of the slurs. Deante Joseph, another protester, also testified to being verbally abused. One video shows Bartlett yelling at one protester, “Get in front of my car! You f [expletive] piece of s [expletive],” and “N [racial slur]s suck!”

Videos of the incident show that none of Bartlett’s provocations caused the protesters to react with violence. In fact, witnesses said the group was peacefully protesting and it was Bartlett and his girlfriend who responded with aggression. ...........(more)


Clarkston man to Whitmer: 'We have been watching and know your every step'

(Detroit Metro Times) Kevin Dawe, 31, of Clarkston is facing jail time for allegedly sending threatening messages directed at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Monday.

Dawe has been charged with two counts of malicious use of telecommunications services, misdemeanors each punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

“There is a fine line between airing grievances with an elected official and threatening their life or their loved ones,” Nessel said. “My office stands ready to pursue criminal charges against anyone who crosses that line.”

This comes after federal and state agents in October announced that a group of self-described militia members were allegedly plotting to kidnap and kill Whitmer over her COVID-19 health restrictions. ..........(more)


Just looking at the the NY Times coronavirus tracker today......

..... the number of new cases is still high, but the curve definitely seems to be flattening. The number of new cases hasn't varied much over the last week.


Filthy urinal in New Zealand

Black bear euthanized after injured in Grand Traverse County hit-and-run crash


GREEN LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A female black bear has been euthanized after it was injured in a hit-and-run car crash in northern Michigan, authorities said.

The bear suffered injuries to its hindlegs that rendered them unusable, said Steve Griffith, a wildlife biologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The injuries were too extensive for the bear to survive, he said.

The crash occurred Sunday evening near the intersection of M-31 and South Long Lake Road in Grand Traverse County. The motorist who collided with the bear did not stop, but someone else called emergency responders regarding the injured animal, Griffith told MLive.com. ........(more)

Lauren Boebert's gas problem

Lauren Boebert’s gas problem: Far-right lawmaker concealed blatant conflict of interest
Colorado congresswoman's husband stands to earn $1.7 million from gas drilling, a fact she didn't mention till now


(Salon) As the AP and the Washington Post recently reported, Rep. Lauren Boebert, the pro-gun Colorado Republican and Trump loyalist, failed to disclose that her husband worked for an energy consulting firm even as she pushed for looser regulations on oil and gas drilling as a member of the House Natural Resources Committee. If the intention was to conceal the source of the Boeberts' income and the obvious conflict of interest, the Post reports, the failure to disclose could be a criminal act.

Further investigation by Salon reveals just how closely tied both the congresswoman and her husband, Jayson Boebert, are to the Colorado natural gas industry, which raises the question of why Rep. Boebert was assigned to the committee with direct oversight over-regulating that business.

As Salon previously reported, Rep. Boebert's financial disclosure filing earlier this week stated that Jayson Boebert earned close to a half-million dollars working for an energy firm called Terra Energy Productions in 2020, and is on track to earn $768,000 in 2021. That company name appears to be in error: The Post reports that Boebert actually works as a contractor overseeing drilling operations for the Houston-based firm Terra Energy Partners, which operates various subsidiaries in Colorado, including TEP Rocky Mountain LLC and Terra Energy Holdings LLC. Those companies collectively own more than 5,500 natural gas wells in Colorado's Piceance Basin, which is located in Boebert's congressional district.

TEP Rocky Mountain was the largest taxpayer in Garfield County, where Boebert owns a home and a restaurant, according to the county's 2020 analysis, which is public information. ...............(more)


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