Speeding Car Hits Police Car, Injures People In Dispensary Line

A speeding car hit an Elmwood Park police vehicle and nearly hit the police chief and people waiting in line on the first day of legal cannabis sales in Illinois.

Those waiting in line who were not injured…were remarkably determined to keep their appointments with legalized destiny.

“It’s kind of funny. It didn’t stop people from going into the dispensary,” he said.

— Read on www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elmwood-park/ct-elm-speeding-crash-tl-0109-20200103-g2rtag3nbjcp3hv4astgzmd74i-story.html

Sinclair Broadcasting: Buy Pot? No Guns For You (LIE)

Freshly legalized, and already Sinclair is scarecasting fake news about buying pot: they’re claiming your name will be added to a database and you won’t be able to buy a gun.

Illinois Sinclair Station Fearmongers Misinfo On Pot And Gun Ownership

Read at — https://crooksandliars.com/2020/01/illinois-sinclair-station-fearmongers

This Is Bad. Really Bad. And Also A Great Distraction

Imagine! A third war about to begin as a distraction from impeachment, polls, North Korea, and everything else that’s going wrong.

Meanwhile, did anyone think to check on whether there were big, mysterious purchase of futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exxhange in the last few days? Just sayin’.

U.S. strike killed Iran Quds Force chief Soleimani: U.S. official https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-blast-usa/u-s-strike-killed-iran-quds-force-chief-soleimani-u-s-official-idUSKBN1Z203V?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

Review: Why do these shoes have such high ratings? Bagivy “Beans” Slip-On Shoes

BEANS – WOMENS LIGHTWEIGHT SLIP ON COMFORT – Bagivy

WITH BEANS SHOES – YOU’ LL GO FURTHER THAN EVER SPECIAL DISCOUNT: 70% OFF TODAY WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT The healthiest technology in a shoe, our patented BEANS SOLE keeps the natural cushioning of your heels where it belongs for a pain-free life Easy On/Off With Slip-On Shoes Easy on/off design with pull tabs on the heel an
— Read on bagivy.net/products/70-off-today-beans-womens-lightweight-slip-on-comfort

Way, way back on November 28, I foolishly ordered some shoes that I’d seen advertised everywhere online – these slip-on, washable, well-nigh indestructible shoes that were shown in a video being filled with soapy water, run over by a car, and bent into different shapes. They looked cute, and fun, and they were affordable, so I recklessly bought a set of 3 in different colors. My thought was that I’d wear them around the house (I work from home) but they could go outside for short trips, etc.

They didn’t arrive until December 30, via China Post and then USPS. Good thing I wasn’t planning on giving them as a gift! I had been really worried, as after the first week, I noticed that the tracking site Arriva that I had to use wasn’t showing any progress after the initial flurry of activity. It took them a week to move within China from their origin to some sort of postal depot. Then for weeks, nothing. I started to worry that I’d fallen for one of many “fake product” sites hosted by Shopify, and that when they arrived, if at all, I’d realize I’d been “tooken.”

When they finally, finally arrived, they came in a postal bag that was only half-sealed – there was a gap wide enough for a shoe or two to fall out. Fortunately, all three pair were inside.

I had ordered purple, black, and grey. Tried them on with a fairly thick pair of wool socks.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the bags was an extremely strong chemical smell. The soles felt a little slick and plastic-y, not rubbery or grippy as you might expect for a shoe that at least SORT OF appears to be based on a sports shoe last.

The uppers feel nice and solid, and mold to my feet well. The inside lining is sort of harsh, and I swear, I can feel the little “beans” on the bottom (the traction things) through the inner sole and my socks. And the air-cushion in the heel is just odd, like balancing on a wobbly kitten heel. There are inner columns (visible through the side “window”) that I swear I can feel in my heels.

Maybe if I wear a thinner sock? Trying that with a pair, and also barefoot, since they’re washable, seems reasonable. If I had planned on wearing orthotics or some sort of insert, I’d have had to go a size up.

With thinner athletic-style socks, they are looser, but I can still feel the “beans” on the sole, and the height of the heel throws my weight forward onto the ball of my foot, which makes this sensation even more noticeable.

There are removable inserts, and I have several pair of light orthotic-type shoe liners, which may improve the way the shoes feel when worn. But on each pair, it feels like there is a defect inside the right sole, just behind the toes, like a slight bump.

I’m not going to bother trying to return them. They are good enough for schlepping around at home and out to the mailbox, and I wore them to go to lunch just now (it’s not a wet or particularly cold day). They are very squishy, and frankly aren’t a super stable platform for anyone with balance issues, and they have too much flex and not enough arch support for anyone that’s on their feet all day. But for office work, seated, they’re fine.

I just can’t understand, though, why these shoes have such high 4 and 5 star ratings at various sites. I found numerous different sellers on Amazon offering the identical shoes, and most of them had 5 star reviews. Some of them were a bit suspect – rave reviews in not-quite-perfect English (you might even say they read like “Botlish”), interspersed with occasional 1 star reviews complaining about the chemical smell, the fit, and some inconsistencies.

Still, your mileage may literally vary. You may not get a pair with the “right toe bump” in the sole. If you don’t have high arches, they’re not bad and they look cute. Just don’t expect to receive them for at least 4-6 weeks.

Happy New Year? I Certainly Hope So

I used to be a blogger. I used to blog incessantly.

I stopped blogging, almost completely, about the time I got more caught up in playing around on Twitter, interacting with people. Also, I stopped even minimal blogging when Google killed off G+, because I was using a clever plugin to cross post anything I clipped and quoted on Google Plus back here to the “main blog.”

But we’re in almost-desperate times, and I’ve not been documenting the humdrum mundanity of life in these here Disunited States of ‘Merica.

January  1, 2020 iPhone Home Screen

My resolution to start blogging again started a few minutes ago with this tweet from BoingBoing’s Xeni Jardin:

On Twitter, since a short time after the disastrous 2016 election, I’ve been “resisting” but mostly roleplaying as an obscure Star Trek character, and even with the new

This shocked me, because I’m a long-time reader and admirer of Xeni’s work, and I could see from a quick archive search that I’ve been re-blogging Xeni’s posts here since at least 2004, probably much earlier. It just goes to show how little we know about people from their online personae. Even with the new Twitter TOS I’ll continue doing that as a “fan/commentary” account.

Resolved:

  • More blogging
  • More cycling
  • More attention
  • Less blobbing
  • Less excuses
  • Less hibernation

There’s a lot to do this year; the house needs work, my health needs work, and the entire country is afflicted with a man-baby sized cyst that needs to be electorally excised.

I hadn’t made much of an effort to cloak myself on Twitter, and crossposting to my Facebook profile is a calculated risk. But here goes nuthin.

Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father – The New York Times

In the end, the transfer of the Trump empire cost Fred and Mary Trump $20.5 million in gift taxes and their children $21 million in annuity payments. That is hundreds of millions of dollars less than they would have paid based on the empire’s market value, The Times found.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/02/us/politics/donald-trump-tax-schemes-fred-trump.html

The Year-Long Week

It’s become common in my circles on Twitter  to joke that time moves extremely slowly in Trumpland, but at the same time the news cycle moves at light speed. Every day, every night, something new happening.

 

This nomination brawl for Brett Kavanaugh has become all-consuming. I don’t want hard-right, anti-abortion, partisan operative on the Supreme Court. Politically, for me, he’s the worst choice I can think of for women, minorities, the disabled, the poor, labor, and anyone who opposes the issues that the donor class wants.

That’s BEFORE all of the allegations started coming out. The events of the last two days have shown me, and America, who Brett Kavanaugh really is: a mean, angry, vindictive, and entitled man who is unfit for the Federal bench, let alone the Supreme Court of the United States. 

I believe Dr Blasey Ford. I don’t think she’s mistaken in her identification of Kavanaugh as her attacker. I don’t believe Kavanaugh’s protestations. I think he’s forgotten a long-ago, fumbling attack on a young girl…and not merely because he and his friend Mark Judge drank to blackout stage. I think her testimony was extremely effective and sincere. And I think his testimony was appalling – revealing him to be temperamentally unfit for the office. 

Brett Kavanaugh reacts smugly to Lindsey Graham’s calculated tirade.

I think that either it was so commonplace and trivial for him that he can’t possibly pick out this single instance out of all the others.

OR, he didn’t think “humping” a smaller, weaker female counts as an assault. He didn’t get any, so it didn’t happen. So he forgot about it, as she wasn’t one of the elite girls he had to treat with more respect.

It’s been a rough week for assault and abuse survivors. I’m one of the lucky ones that didn’t suffer anything more serious than being poked and groped by “handsy” boys. And yes, dammit, it’s not right that those boys thought they could touch girls without consent. Somehow, I escaped anything worse once I went on to college. I heard dark rumors of things happening out of sight at frat parties, but I do remember feeling the need for groups of girls to look out for each other at parties (especially when leaving).

The turmoil of today’s Senate Judiciary committee meeting, with the odd flakiness of Senator Flake’s fakeout vote, which both enabled Kavanaugh to proceed on to the full Senate for a vote, but with a week’s delay for the FBI to finally reopen the background check to look into “current allegations.”

And Trump has actually authorized this, but I suspect Mitch McConnelll still controls the floor vote and could disregard the “pause” for the FBI.

The other allegations that are currently out there? I don’t know how far they’ll go toward coming in to testify or not.

Meanwhile, I have questions.

What’s the reason the Rs were all screaming about holding the SCOTUS seat open until 2020? As far as I know, the Ds hope to defeat this nominee’s confirmation…. but delaying until after the midterms is a pipe dream, let alonge until 2020. Is it because the Rs fear they will not only lose big in the midterms, but lose the White House in 2020? And what should they worry? Trump won’t stick around long enough for that, he’lll resign in a hissy before the Dems get a chance to air his dirty-money laundry.

Why did the Rs think having a female prosecutor asking questions for them was a good idea? They dumped her as soon as she got too close to the truth about a very intriguing date: July 1, 1982.

Finally, who else thinks Lindsey Graham’s job interview for AG went well? 

The American Bar Association had concerns about Kavanaugh 12 years ago. Republicans dismissed those, too.: History repeated itself. At least it had a spell of deja vu when the American Bar Association released an extraordinary statement at a crucial moment that raised concerns about Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to a powerful judicial position — just as it had done 12 years earlier. – by AVI SELK – Tags: politics – https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/28/american-bar-association-had-kavanaugh-concerns-years-ago-republicans-dismissed-those-too/

Survivors feel both hope and fear after Kavanaugh hearing, advocates say: (Reuters) – For sexual assault survivors, Christine Blasey Ford emerged as a new hero on Thursday, triggering a surge in calls to a national rape hotline as she told senators that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were teenagers. – by Jonathan Allen, Gabriella Borter – Tags: politics – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-kavanaugh-women/survivors-feel-both-hope-and-fear-after-kavanaugh-hearing-advocates-say-idUSKCN1M82VH

Under pressure, Trump orders FBI Kavanaugh probe, causing week delay: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump, under intense pressure from moderates in his own party over his Supreme Court nominee, on Friday ordered an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh at the request of Senate Republicans, a move that will delay the con – by David Morgan, Richard Cowan – Tags: politics – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-kavanaugh/under-pressure-trump-orders-fbi-kavanaugh-probe-causing-week-delay-idUSKCN1M8174

That’s it for this batch. Thanks for reading!

Why Silence From Trump and Iowa GOP On Celia Barquín Murder?

Richards was sent to prison last year only after he tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana, failed to complete an anger-management course he started four times and didn’t pay court-ordered fees to a halfway house, court records show.

Even then, the two-year sentence was reduced to about seven months after credit for good behavior and some jail time already served.

After his release, Richards was arrested weeks later for public intoxication. Soon, he was living in a tent in a homeless encampment in the woods near the Coldwater Golf Links in Ames. He told an acquaintance that he had an urge to “rape and kill a woman,” police said. He allegedly stabbed Barquin and left her body in a pond near the ninth hole.
— Read on www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-iowa-stabbings-reaction-20180919-story.html

Apparently murdering while brown, employed, but undocumented is a terrible, very bad thing that becomes a national outrage.. Murdering while white, homeless and an incorrigible ex-con does not merit commentary from the national GOP/NRA sound machine, or even a tweet from the Scrotus En Queef.

In both cases, the victims were young women who were engaged in solitary athletic pursuits – running and golfing. Women who dare to be alone, sweaty, and physically fit in public must really be triggering to these predators.