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'Alternative' Mueller Report

https://www.businessinsider.com/doj-may-release-alternative-version-mueller-report-court-filing-2021-12

The Manhattan US attorney's office notified District Judge Katherine Polk Failla on Thursday that the department has "located and begun processing" the document, which is sometimes referred to as the "Alternative Mueller Report." Politico first reported the news.

Andrew Weissmann, a longtime former federal prosecutor who served as one of special counsel Robert Mueller's top deputies during the FBI's Russia investigation, revealed the existence of the report in his book, "Where the Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation."

Weissmann expressed deep dissatisfaction with the final report that was released to the public in April 2019 and accused Mueller of having let down the public. [snip]

Weissmann wrote in his book that "for posterity," he had all the members of Mueller's team "write up an internal report memorializing everything we found, our conclusions, and the limitations on the investigation, and provided it to the other team leaders as well as had it maintained in our files."


Of course, the timing of this seems conveniently tied to the publication of his book.

Sounds like the prosecutor did screw up.

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/12/03/oakland-county-sheriffs-blasts-prosecutor-parents/8862325002/

"In my entire 44-year career, I have never, ever seen a prosecutor announce charges in a major case without the suspect being in custody first," Oakland Undersheriff Mike McCabe told the Free Press.

"We don't let people turn themselves in," he said. "When a warrant is authorized by a judge, we go and get them."


On further reading, that was handled badly.

It still doesn't excuse them leaving town.

I don't know what to think about Ethan. He did a horrible thing and ended the lives of innocent classmates. He'll have to pay for that one way or another, though I hope a psych eval is involved. So many red flags beforehand were ignored or deferred, all the way up to the school meeting hours before the shooting. It's a mess. His parents didn't pull the trigger, but they did buy him a gun and left it unsecured. Any anger they may feel should be partly aimed at themselves for that.

"Crumbley's attorney says they're not on the run, they left town for their own safety

and will be back. But, they’ve been unreachable even to their own attorney. NOTE: they paid for an attorney for their case but their son, the alleged shooter used court-appointed attorney."

They left town for their own safety. Really? They left their 15 year-old son behind in jail with no family or friends for moral support, only a court-appointed attorney. They have their own attorney, but are not answering phone calls. They've grabbed a bunch of cash, ditched their car, and are now being pursued by dog teams and a large chunk of the available law officers in the area. Low ceiling is the only reason helicopters with searchlights aren't in the air.

That's some brilliant safety sense going on there.

I don't really feel any sympathy for them. Why leave your child in this situation - ever?

Any attorney with sense would have counseled them that charges might occur and they should not leave town. There's no way to argue that they are acting responsibly or in innocent ignorance. Even if they didn't know they were going to be charged, it's highly likely that they've known for hours now that they have been charged and are wanted. A phone call, one phone call could clear things up.

The prosecutor doesn't need to time the charges for the convenience of the people being charged. There's no "fair trial" involved here. The trial will not occur for a long time, if ever. The details for any additional charges re fleeing will be worked out later as well. However anyone wants to slice it, they skipped town, deserted their child, and are now evading capture. Any negative public perception is all on them -- no one else but them.

Excellent article - a must read.

It also shows how we, as a culture, take people who are pregnant for granted. I think the reason why we take people for granted and we decide that we don’t trust their decision-making when it comes to getting an abortion is because so many are women. We’re not interested in a woman’s aspirations and her decision-making. Her agency is often completely removed from these conversations.

It feeds off of the stereotype that a woman’s natural role is to be pregnant and give birth, so every and all risk should be taken by women to have a child. But in actuality, the risk of pregnancy is so substantial and it changes your physiology for the rest of your life. It’s one thing to voluntarily choose to take these risks because you want a child, but to do it to somebody against their will is downright callous. It’s unfathomable to think that adoption is a solution when you realize the risks of carrying a pregnancy to term.


The entire piece is gold: it covers everything clearly and calmly, with real world data to back up each point discussed.

Thanks for that! George Carlin could not have said it better.

Sister Joan Chittister makes many of the same points he did, and she is absolutely right.



The above is the clip most people remember. George had lots more to say about 'the sanctity of life':




The man was amazing.

Interesting Guardian article linked in tweet thread:

There’s a straight line from US racial segregation to the anti-abortion movement
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/08/abortion-us-religious-right-racial-segregation

Evangelicals considered abortion a “Catholic issue” through most of the 1970s, and there is little in the history of evangelicalism to suggest that abortion would become a point of interest. Even James Dobson, who later became an implacable foe of abortion, acknowledged after the Roe decision that the Bible was silent on the matter and that it was plausible for an evangelical to hold that “a developing embryo or fetus was not regarded as a full human being”. [snip]

Indeed, in 1971 the Southern Baptist Convention had passed a resolution calling to legalize abortion. When the Roe decision was handed down, some evangelicals applauded the ruling as marking an appropriate distinction between personal morality and public policy. Although he later – 14 years later – claimed that opposition to abortion was the catalyst for his political activism, Jerry Falwell did not preach his first anti-abortion sermon until February 1978, more than five years after Roe.

Falwell, who had founded his own segregation academy in 1967, was eager to join forces with Weyrich and others to mount a defense against the IRS and its attempts to enforce the Brown v Board of Education decision of 1954 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “In some states,” Falwell famously groused, “it’s easier to open a massage parlor than a Christian school.”

So how did evangelicals become interested in abortion? As nearly as I can tell from my conversation with Weyrich, during a conference call with Falwell and other evangelicals strategizing about how to retain their tax exemptions, someone suggested that they might have the makings of a political movement and wondered what other issues would work for them. Several suggestions followed, and then a voice on the line said, “How about abortion?”


It boils down to racism, money, and power. Same old, same old.

Good. It's ridiculous that Gov Stitt is trying to pull this stunt.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/29/politics/pentagon-oklahoma-vaccine/index.html

Stitt ordered Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino, the newly appointed head of the Oklahoma National Guard, not to enforce the vaccine mandate. Mancino, who acknowledged it put him in an awkward situation, said that under state orders, his commander was the governor. But he also said that if the guard were called up under federal orders, called Title 10, he would enforce the vaccine requirement.

A defense official who briefed reporters on the issue said that members of a National Guard unit, even under state orders, called Title 32, are still required to meet federal mission requirements, including medical requirements such as vaccine mandates.

Guard members who refuse to get vaccinated risk losing their status in the National Guard and the federal pay that comes as part of training, drills and more.

Both Title 32 and Title 10 are paid for by the federal government, not the states.

This is real? Seriously? Wow.

For those who don't do Twitter:

Heidi Cuda @Heidi_Cuda
THIS JUST IN: The 2022 annual conservative CPAC conference will be held in Budapest, because of course. H/T
@ruthbenghiat
Budapest to host CPAC in 2022 - BBJ
Budapest will host the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a gathering of conservative activists and elected officials from the United States and beyond, in 2022, the Budapest-based...
https://bbj.hu/politics/foreign-affairs/world/budapest-to-host-cpac-in-2022

1:14 PM · Sep 24, 2021


Because 'America First' and all that. No doubt Tucker Carlson is pleased.

Politics, timing, and cost overruns.

Australia wanted to keep sub construction in Australia, which was costlier and contributed to delays. France's Naval Group won the contract for the sub build, but the project was again delayed by a request for an extension. Concerns about the situation, as well as rumblings about pulling out of the agreement with France, have been going on for years. This is not the quite the big surprise France is claiming, but it could have been handled better.

Design on future submarines hits nine month delay 01/14/20
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/design-on-future-submarines-hits-nine-month-delay-20200114-p53rd2.html

Naval Group takes next step with Australia but its position is still in danger 09/10/2021
https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-news-archive/2021/september/10688-naval-group-takes-next-step-with-australia-but-its-position-is-still-in-danger.html

‘Lost the plot’: How an obsession with local jobs blew out Australia’s $90 billion submarine program 09/14/2021
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/lost-the-plot-how-an-obsession-with-local-jobs-blew-out-australia-s-90-billion-submarine-program-20210913-p58r34.html

Australia to Pass France's Naval Group; Looks to the U.S., U.K. for Nuclear Submarines 09/16/2021
https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30440/Australia_to_Pass_France_s_Naval_Group__Looks_to_the_U_S___U_K__for_Nuclear_Submarines

Why Did the Deal with Naval Group Collapse?

Australia’s Ministry of Defence recommended three contenders for the competitive evaluation process, and it picked French shipbuilder Naval Group as the eventual winner. The company won the Collins-class replacement program, also known as SEA1000, in 2016 with its Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A design. This conventionally powered diesel-electric submarine is based on a scaled-down version of the nuclear-powered Barracuda (Suffren) design that is now entering French Navy service.

The Australian media have long been reporting citing sources in the Defence Ministry that the deal with Naval Group to build a dozen submarines for the Navy was not making progress.

It is said to be due to a combination of reasons, including cost blowouts, missed delays and political. Since negotiations with France began, Australia has had three prime ministers, three deputy PMs, three failed treasurers, five defence ministers and four ministers for defence industry. Of the 15 individuals to have held these portfolios, seven have left the Parliament.

While the project was initially estimated to cost between $20-25 billion, it is now reportedly pegged at around $65 billion (AUS$90 billion). France, meanwhile, is said to be paying $10.2 billion for six Barracudas for its own Navy.

Even the idea of building a submarine powered by a diesel-electric engine was considered a fail.

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