Memories from Atlanta

Another post with discussions about traffic and commuting made me think of Atlanta.  And I think we have some Atlanta residents here.  I guess I can call myself a native.  I grew up there in the period from the early forties until the late fifties.  I went back a little over a decade ago for a high school reunion and the traffic was murderous.

I lived in Carey Park, West End, Lakewood and some other areas for which I don’t recall the neighborhood names. I attended three different elementary schools  (Carey Park, Lena H. Cox, West Haven) and four high schools  (West Fulton, Murphy, O’Keefe, and Fulton). I did two years at Georgia Tech and had my first full-time employment in Atlanta when the minimum wage was $.75/hr and that’s what I earned. Candy bars and Coca-Colas(6 ounces in the original bottle) were a nickel, except Mounds and Almond Joys were a dime. A cup of coffee was a nickel and cigarettes were twelve cents a pack, I smoked camels when I was 12. I rode the streetcar (River Line) back and forth to school part of those years.

I used to watch the stock car races from on a hill outside Lakewood Park’s one mile dirt track and I would hitchhike from Lakewood to Ponce de Leon ballpark where I was a ballboy for the Atlanta Crackers.

Atlanta was a nice city in them ole days. Traffic? I went anywhere in the area once I had a bike.


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Someday We’ll Know – Or Not

In an earlier post I ventured that eventually we might know what has gone on within the DoJ and the FBI.

TKC 1101 said ‘Trump must not only fire and jail the conspiracy, but he needs to rebuild the DOJ and FBI underneath the covers. If you were him would you destroy the FBI and DOJ or just clean it up? What is best for America?’

Hypatia said ‘It’s not so much what we  don’t know at this point, it’s what does  Trump know?’

The President seems really cool on this lately. TKC 1101 has suggested he has leverage, particularly over Rosenstein, and that appears correct. Rosenstein is doing things that can only happen if the POTUS allows.

Now it looks as if Trump’s leverage is very broad indeed. The Senate Majority Leader has really gotten with the program with judicial appointments. Mueller has been quiet (winding down?). The latest is the plea deal of James Wolfe, a measly guilty to one count of lying to the FBI when he committed major infractions of illegal disclosures of classified material, (protecting Senators on the Intelligence Committee?).

Dealmaking that restores institutional integrity might be sad but not bad for the country.

I get the feeling that Trump has all scenarios covered and is just waiting for the midterm election results to select the proper action.

There’s much detail that we may never know.


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Why is access to the Kavanaugh supplemental background investigation restricted?

Normal FBI background investigations are not restricted to the extent reported for the supplemental. Is the supplemental restricted just to prevent it leaking or is it actually classified sensitive because it contains information about crimes committed that may yet be subject to federal prosecution?


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Conspiracy Season

Nobody told me when I signed up that I could not propound a conspiracy theory. That’s one of the restrictions I disliked at the other site.

So here it is. Senator Diane Feinstein is a puppet. She is not a sock puppet. But more like a marionette controlled by a puppet master out of sight.

Remember when she was the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee during the 2 years leading up to President Trump’s election in 2016. She was one of the ‘gang of eight’ who got quarterly briefings on intelligence matters along with Burr, Schumer, McConnell, Ryan, Pelosi, Nunes, and Schiff. Notice California is well represented on both intelligence committees. These committees deal a lot with the DoJ, FBI, CIA, NSA, other intelligence components including the White House.

There was lots going on involving these committees during those two years related to the framing of the President’s campaign for collusion with Russia on election interference. There are two names that I have seen associated with the Senate Intelligence Committee that have been associated with questionable activities during the campaign and after, Dan Jones and James Wolfe. Jones left the committee and with some big money had connections with Fusion GPS and the Steele Dossier. Wolfe was involved in leaking classified information to the New York Times reporter. I think Jones operates now from California and I suspect there are quite a few staffers from California on these committees. Diane Feinstein left this committee and became the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mark Warner took her place on the ‘gang of eight’ and he has been involved in some strange transactions since. And we all know Adam Schiff has been active in hindering the work of the House Committee.

Now it looks as if the puppet master has been orchestrating what has gone on regarding the Kavanaugh fiasco for the last 3 months. Feinstein denies doing anything out of order but I don’t she is speaking for the actions of her staff. Grassley has called for some investigation into how the Ford case got handled the way it was.

I have suspicions that our government is not being run by those who we sometimes think are running it. Who else thinks congressional staffers from California and their outside contacts have an undue influence on what has been going on?


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Polls

I just responded to my first polling survey since forever. The knock on my door came a few minutes before I would be leaving for my daily walk. So the pollster got a response from both my wife and me. If I was walking he would have left with nothing.

When the politics gets hot, as now with Kavanaugh, I get a lot more calls from numbers I don’t recognize and which I don’t answer. I had to learn this through experience.

Is there evidence that the actual reporting of polling results influences voting, either how people vote or whether they vote at all?


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America Divided

‘It is possible to conceive men arrived at a degree of freedom which should completely content them; they would then enjoy their independence without anxiety and without impatience. But men will never establish any equality with which they can be contented.’

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

The division explained including why the energy is where it is. Perhaps those who value individual liberty must simultaneously arrive at a sense of desperation before they will be excited.


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A Question on Process Related to Immigration

One aspect of the immigration discussion is that it is illegal for a foreign national to enter or remain in the United States without authorization. What  is the nature of this illegal act, a felony or a misdemeanor? When someone is then apprehended for this illegal presence, presented for judicial action, heard and set for a future court date and released, but then fails to appear, what is the nature of this failure to appear, a felony or a misdemeanor? It seems this second act is a serious matter, a court appearance provided for the party to show why they should be allowed to remain in the U.S.


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The Complexities of Declassification

It is well publicized that a number of Congressmen have been pushing to get President Trump to declassify documents used in the DoJ/FBI request to the FISA court for a surveillance warrant on Carter Page, an associate in the Trump presidential campaign.

This process is not simple. The White House Counsel, Don McGahn, recused himself and all his staff from involvement in the Mueller inquiry.  Emmett Flood, with new staff not included in the recusal, are engaged in the process of reviewing possible declassification now.

Sharyl Attkinsson, in an interview with Fox and Friends on Feb. 7, 2018, commented on the topic of FISA court abuses. She said that all the information being revealed in the FBI text messaging that reflects all that FBI personnel bias against candidate Trump, and later President Trump, is not based on dislike or hatred of Trump. Rather, the concern that those people are reflecting is the unknown danger Trump in the White House would represent in the possible revealing of all the abuse that has been perpetrated for almost two decades of false information being used for warrants.

I have been interested in this allegation of FISA warrant abuse since it was first raised. I missed the interview mentioned when it happened. But this view can explain so much of the interaction seen between the House members, DAG Rosenstein, and the White House.  And, if what Attkinsson thinks turns out true, Robert Mueller, former FBI Director, is in the box, too.

No wonder there has been so much resistance from the DoJ in responding to these requests. I wonder how many close friends and associates of Jeff Sessions might be in jeopardy?


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A Point for Federalism

There is a post today at thedailybell.com by Joe Jarvis titled

‘Why an Ideal Society Would Be Based on Consent’.

I think his points explain much about the original concept of American government embodied in our founding documents: government by the consent of the people. Federalism provides an approach that helps this concept work in a country of immense geographical and population diversity as America now is. One could add cultural and political diversity to that as well.

Consent means one is in the country voluntarily. It does not mean that one who is here has everything operate according to that one’s preferences. Americans had the good fortune to have established for its people a system of Federalism in governing that provides room for many variations, and thus choices, at State and local levels while establishing a national approach governed at the federal level for those aspects requiring total unity of the States.

Americans over time have done many things to make this approach not work as envisioned while, over the same period of time, doing many things to make this country greater.

One of the things where I think America has failed is in teaching all members of each new generation and all immigrants what the Constitution to which they swear an oath to defend actually means. And that teaching should include what Federalism is and why it is so vital for the proper working of the consent of the governed.


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