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Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy dies from coronavirus at 75

Source: Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy, the duo whose extraordinary magic tricks astonished millions until Horn was critically injured in 2003 by one of the act’s famed white tigers, has died. He was 75.

Horn died of complications from the coronavirus on Friday in a Las Vegas hospital, according to a statement released by publicist Dave Kirvin.

“Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” Siegfried Fischbacher said in the statement. “From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried.”

He was injured in October 2003 when a tiger named Montecore attacked him on stage at the Mirage hotel-casino in Las Vegas. He had severe neck injuries, lost a lot of blood and later suffered a stroke. He underwent lengthy rehabilitation, but the attack ended the long-running Las Vegas Strip production.

Read more: https://apnews.com/bf0c463f767d9e10f9ae44caa35f677b

I remember when I went to work on government project ...I and thousand of others had to be vetted...

I and those other thousands of new hires for the project had to give the FBI our complete history and associations, and had to wait until the vetting was completed because the project was deemed secret and classified, but everyone knew it was there. We all had to go through the process during and after hiring, so the FBI had to know that everything we did, because the project was based on your getting that secret classification rating from a G7 to whatever, and that if anyone asked what you did for a living you had to notify the FBI and the company because everything was based on the need to know basis format.
Then at the bottom of the form we had to state that everything was true and if it was false then we could be charged with lying to the FBI, because after all it was national security issue based on your classification and security clearance rating.

Which bring us to the story below and the one that the "guy" running the DOJ is trying to put forth......that apparently it is okay to lie to the FBI.................because after all in the AG Barr dogma ...............there are winners....who are above the law.......


There are presently along with this story two current issues where two people and others have lied to the FBI in all the truisms of fact, one was convicted and plead guilty and admitted in federal court that he was lying about everything he did, up too and including the FBI, and another one who also basically lied to the FBI to get a contract...................and possibly to the state............but some in the state of Utah, should have asked what, who, and when about the individual in question before giving state money........was and has admitted to being associated with white supremacists....and assisted in the drive by shooting.......according to the article .......


Now this bring us to this individual that you can read on this article and its reporting:

BUSTED: Violent neo-Nazi steps down from CEO post at government-contracted surveillance company after being outed

Published 2 mins ago on May 9, 2020
By Matthew Chapman


The question that needs to be asked is, what has happened to the vetting process:

The last paragraph in the article is absolutely shocking and what is transpiring here....

"This is not an isolated incident. In recent years, reports have surfaced of the extent to which far-right activists have sought to insert themselves into big tech and surveillance. Clearview AI, another prominent tech firm that provides facial recognition to ICE, the FBI, and local police departments around the country, has extensive ties to fringe pro-Trump conspiracy theorists and neo-Nazis."

What is happening in the Barr / Flynn issue and this Patton issue is a national security issue on vetting and lying to the FBI...............from all appearances the vetting process is being swept under the rug..............because after all there are winners.......who exactly are the winners.....


Larry Hogan's fake #resistance: His purchase of Korean COVID-19 tests looks like a PR stunt

Published 2 hours ago on May 9, 2020
By Salon- Commentary

Despite being the governor of a small state, Larry Hogan secured coronavirus test kits from “13 time zones away,” thanks to “nearly a month of diplomacy talks” and “middle of the night” negotiations. His “tell it like it is” approach provides “a contrast with the president.”

That was the story line Hogan wanted, and he got it, in no small part because the Maryland governor offers an irresistible profile for the media: a Republican — yes, a Republican! — who criticizes Trump. Having checked that box, little else mattered.

The Hogan-initiated negotiations that led to a South Korean company flying 500,000 coronavirus testing kits to Maryland were glowingly reported on by the New York Times (4/20/20), NPR (4/21/20) and pretty much everyone else. The past few weeks, it’s been hard to watch TV without seeing Hogan, the chairman of the National Governors Association, holding forth on shows like ABC’s “The View” (4/21/20), Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” (4/29/20) and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” (4/21/20).

Hogan’s victory tour for what he dubbed “Operation Enduring Friendship” was set to continue with a live conversation on April 30, branded “Leadership During Crisis,” with the Washington Post, a newspaper that generally loves him (FAIR.org, 11/21/18). But that morning, the bottom of the Post’s front page had a damning exposé (4/29/30) on Hogan’s South Korean gambit.


Why am I not surprised....................

GOP senator skips coronavirus hearing to fly on Air Force One with Trump

By Dan Desai Martin -May 8, 2020 1:00 PM
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) missed the hearing to hang out with Donald Trump in Arizona.

Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) did not attend a Senate hearing Tuesday on the federal government's coronavirus response so she could take a trip on Air Force One with Donald Trump.

The Senate Banking Committee, of which McSally is a member, held a hearing with Brian Miller, Trump's nominee to be special inspector general for pandemic recovery at the Treasury Department. Miller, currently a White House lawyer, would oversee more than $2 trillion in coronavirus response spending if he is confirmed.

Instead of participating in the hearing, McSally flew to Arizona with Trump.

McSally bragged about her trip with Trump on social media, posting a selfie with two other Republican members of Congress preparing to board Air Force One. In the photo, none of the members wore face masks or maintained distancing of six feet, both included in guidelines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended to slow the spread of the virus.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.



McSally has previously displayed a lack of interest in conducting oversight of the Trump administration.

In early April, Trump fired Glenn Fine, the acting Pentagon inspector general and the person tasked with chairing the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee created under the CARES Act.

When asked about the firing during a mid-April tele-town hall, McSally dismissed the question, saying, "I'm not dialed into the Washington, D.C., drama and those things that are happening."

Solution to have someone dialed in to protect my father and step-mother in Arizona:


Solution to the traitor that has Blood on His Hands:


Mass unemployment is a failure of capitalism

Published 1 min ago on May 8, 2020
By Richard Wolff, Independent Media Institute- Commentary

The difficulties caused to workers by record unemployment during the pandemic are a product of capitalism. Most of the time, employers decide to hire or fire workers depending on which choice maximizes employers’ profits. Profit, not the full employment of workers nor of means of production, is “the bottom line” of capitalism and thus of capitalists. That is how the system works. Capitalists are rewarded when their profits are high and punished when they are not. It’s nothing personal; it’s just business.

Unemployment is a choice mostly made by employers. In many cases of unemployment, employers had the option not to fire employees. They could have kept all employed but reduced their hours or days or else rotated off-work times among employees. Employers can choose to retain idled employees on payrolls and suffer losses they hope will be temporary.

However, unemployment is received almost everywhere and by almost all as a negative, unwanted experience. Workers want jobs. Employers want employees producing profitable output. Governments want the tax revenues that flow from employees and employers actively collaborating.

So why has the capitalist system periodically produced economic downturns wherever it has settled across the last three centuries? They have happened, on average, every four to seven years. The United States has had three crashes so far this century: “dot-com” in 2000; “sub-prime mortgage” in 2008; and now “coronavirus” in 2020. Thus the United States conforms to capitalism’s “norm.” Capitalists do not want unemployment, but they regularly generate it. It is a basic contradiction of their system.



They were one bad ass band..........

Smug and Coy..................William Barr..........

Bill Barr acting ‘strangely confident’ that Trump will win re-election: Ex-FBI special agent

Published 1 min ago on May 8, 2020
By Travis Gettys

Attorney General William Barr is acting “strangely confident” that President Donald Trump will win re-election despite a deadly coronavirus that’s claimed tens of thousands of lives and destroyed millions of jobs, according to a former FBI special agent.

The attorney general waved away concerns that his Justice Department had improperly dropped charges against former national security adviser Mike Flynn, saying “history is written by the winners” — which stands out as a red flag to former FBI investigator Asha Rangappa.

“He seems to be strangely confident that he’ll be on the winning side,” she wrote. “Why would that be?”

Barr refused to answer last May during congressional testimony when asked whether presidential candidates were offered assistance from a foreign government, before finally saying perhaps, but only if the offer came from a “foreign intelligence service.”


In other words he is traitor.....................

We Are Living in a Failed State

The coronavirus didn’t break America. It revealed what was already broken.


George Packer
Staff writer for The Atlantic

When the virus came here, it found a country with serious underlying conditions, and it exploited them ruthlessly. Chronic ills—a corrupt political class, a sclerotic bureaucracy, a heartless economy, a divided and distracted public—had gone untreated for years. We had learned to live, uncomfortably, with the symptoms. It took the scale and intimacy of a pandemic to expose their severity—to shock Americans with the recognition that we are in the high-risk category.

The crisis demanded a response that was swift, rational, and collective. The United States reacted instead like Pakistan or Belarus—like a country with shoddy infrastructure and a dysfunctional government whose leaders were too corrupt or stupid to head off mass suffering. The administration squandered two irretrievable months to prepare. From the president came willful blindness, scapegoating, boasts, and lies. From his mouthpieces, conspiracy theories and miracle cures. A few senators and corporate executives acted quickly—not to prevent the coming disaster, but to profit from it. When a government doctor tried to warn the public of the danger, the White House took the mic and politicized the message.

Every morning in the endless month of March, Americans woke up to find themselves citizens of a failed state. With no national plan—no coherent instructions at all—families, schools, and offices were left to decide on their own whether to shut down and take shelter. When test kits, masks, gowns, and ventilators were found to be in desperately short supply, governors pleaded for them from the White House, which stalled, then called on private enterprise, which couldn’t deliver. States and cities were forced into bidding wars that left them prey to price gouging and corporate profiteering. Civilians took out their sewing machines to try to keep ill-equipped hospital workers healthy and their patients alive. Russia, Taiwan, and the United Nations sent humanitarian aid to the world’s richest power—a beggar nation in utter chaos.

Donald Trump saw the crisis almost entirely in personal and political terms. Fearing for his reelection, he declared the coronavirus pandemic a war, and himself a wartime president. But the leader he brings to mind is Marshal Philippe Pétain, the French general who, in 1940, signed an armistice with Germany after its rout of French defenses, then formed the pro-Nazi Vichy regime. Like Pétain, Trump collaborated with the invader and abandoned his country to a prolonged disaster. And, like France in 1940, America in 2020 has stunned itself with a collapse that’s larger and deeper than one miserable leader. Some future autopsy of the pandemic might be called Strange Defeat, after the historian and Resistance fighter Marc Bloch’s contemporaneous study of the fall of France. Despite countless examples around the U.S. of individual courage and sacrifice, the failure is national. And it should force a question that most Americans have never had to ask: Do we trust our leaders and one another enough to summon a collective response to a mortal threat? Are we still capable of self-government?



We’re faced with a choice that the crisis makes inescapably clear. We can stay hunkered down in self-isolation, fearing and shunning one another, letting our common bond wear away to nothing. Or we can use this pause in our normal lives to pay attention to the hospital workers holding up cellphones so their patients can say goodbye to loved ones; the planeload of medical workers flying from Atlanta to help in New York; the aerospace workers in Massachusetts demanding that their factory be converted to ventilator production; the Floridians standing in long lines because they couldn’t get through by phone to the skeletal unemployment office; the residents of Milwaukee braving endless waits, hail, and contagion to vote in an election forced on them by partisan justices. We can learn from these dreadful days that stupidity and injustice are lethal; that, in a democracy, being a citizen is essential work; that the alternative to solidarity is death. After we’ve come out of hiding and taken off our masks, we should not forget what it was like to be alone.

This article appears in the June 2020 print edition with the headline “Underlying Conditions.”

"Are we a capable government" ................not unless you get out and vote your very life depends on it..........

I Just Flew. It Was Worse Than I Thought It Would Be.

The surreal experience of flying during a pandemic, and the false promise of a return to normal

5:00 AM ET

The cabin was restless. It was a weekday afternoon in late April, and I was among dozens of people boarding an airplane that most of us had assumed would be empty. Flight attendants were scrambling to accommodate seat-change requests. Travelers—stuffed shoulder to shoulder into two-seat rows—grumbled at one another from behind masks. An ominous announcement came over the in-flight PA system: “We apologize for the alarming amount of passengers on this flight.” Each of us was a potential vector of deadly disease.

I arrived at my assigned row, and found a stocky, gray-haired man in the seat next to mine. When I moved to sit down, he stopped me. “Sit there,” he said gruffly, pointing to the aisle behind us. “Social distance.”

Not eager for a confrontation, I decided to comply. Within seconds, though, a flight attendant materialized and ordered me back to my assigned seat. My recalcitrant would-be seatmate, vigorously objecting to this development, responded by blocking my entrance to the row with his leg.

A standoff ensued, with the irate passenger protesting that there were plenty of empty rows where I could sit (there weren’t) and the long-suffering flight attendant all but threatening to kick him off the plane (she didn’t). Finally, he relented and I squeezed awkwardly into my seat as the man muttered profanities under his breath.


Trump Hints At More Russia Probe Mud Being Dredged Up For His Campaign

By Tierney Sneed
May 8, 2020 10:11 a.m.

President Trump suggested Friday that the Justice Department’s reversal in the Michael Flynn case was only the opening credits in a larger operation to make alleged FBI Russia probe corruption a keystone of his 2020 campaign.

Appearing on Fox and Friends the morning after the Justice Department announced it was dropping Flynn’s case, Trump said that there was “more to come.”

Trump said that there was “no relationship I had with Russia,” and that was why “shifty” House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff “didn’t want to release any of those documents,” referring to dozens of transcripts from House Intel’s Russia probe that were also released Thursday.

“There’s more to come, from what I understand, and they’re going to be far greater than what you’ve seen so far and what you’ve seen so far is incredible,” Trump promised.


Okay just for laughs then lets have looks see on the grand jury testimony, since everything was a fake there traitors................lets have the testimony, that 23 people said you should be indicted.......your going down traitors.......I have sneaky suspicion that the judge in the case is not going to happy............... .
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