Reconstruction of the Peoples’ House

The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, was unlikely to find the White House in anything other than tip-top condition. [NF: Which we now know was untrue!] However, things weren’t quite the same when the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman, moved into the residence in 1945. To his surprise and dismay, it had serious problems. Not only was it drafty and creaky – it was downright unsafe. Chandeliers in the house were observed swaying for no apparent reason, and floors moved underneath people’s feet when stepped on.

All of the above resulted in a structural investigation being conducted on the building, revealing haphazard retrofitting, fire hazards and a second floor that was on the verge of collapsing. What’s more, the White House’s foundations were sinking, walls were peeling away, and disused water and gas pipes were weighing down the building and making it unsustainable. The situation was so bad that, in June 1948, one of the legs of First Daughter Margaret Truman’s piano fell right through a floorboard of her second-floor sitting room. This event, along with others, made the Presidential family and its aides realize that serious measures were required to save the historic building.

January 19, 1950: The East Room

In 1949, Congress approved a $5.4 million project to gut the building in its entirety, replacing its interior while retaining its historic facade. Architects, engineers, and workers toiled for the next 22 months, trying to figure out how to remove unstable structural elements while somehow ensuring the exterior of the building remained intact. All of the construction equipment used on the site had to be carried inside in pieces, then re-assembled before being used in order to prevent exterior damage. The first and second floors were replaced, while several expansions and basement levels were added, including a bomb shelter that was capable of withstanding a nuclear attack. President Truman and his family returned to reside in the White House in 1952, with a small ceremony marking the occasion. The First Family received a gold key to its newly-refurbished residence.

January 3, 1950: A second floor corridor.
November 6, 1950: Workers lay concrete ceilings for basement rooms below the northeast corner of the White House.
February 6, 1950: View from the servants’ dining room.
February 10, 1950: Workers dismantle a bathtub.
February 14, 1950: Workers gut a lower corridor.
February 20, 1950: The Blue Room.

February 23, 1950: Workers remove the main staircase.

February 27, 1950: A crane lifts a 40-foot beam towards a second-floor window while workers load debris onto a truck.
March 1, 1950: The east wall of the state dining room.
March 9, 1950: Men stand in the second floor Oval Study above the Blue Room.
May 17, 1950: Bulldozers move earth around inside the gutted shell of the White House.
Unknown date in 1950.
January 23, 1952: The Lincoln Room
June 21, 1951: The East Room
November 21, 1951: The state dining room.
December 4, 1951: A third floor corridor.
January 4, 1952: Workers install new steps on the South Portico.
January 23, 1952: The state dining room.
February 16, 1952: The South Portico with scaffolding removed.
March 24, 1952: Library of Congress employees place books on the shelves of the West Sitting Room.
March 27, 1952: President Harry S. Truman and First Lady Bess Truman return to the White House after the renovation.


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  1. Postal Service sued for seizing Black Lives Matter masks during 2020 protests— rollseyes so hard. good luck with that.

    A California screen printer is suing the U.S. Postal Service for seizing shipments of Black Lives Matter masks intended to protect demonstrators from Covid-19 during protests following the May 2020 murder of George Floyd.

    The cloth masks, with slogans like “Stop killing Black people” and “Defund police,” were purchased by the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and were meant to be shipped to D.C., St. Louis, New York City and Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed by a police officer. But four boxes containing about 500 masks each were marked as “Seized by law enforcement” and their shipment was delayed more than 24 hours.

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  2. EXCERPT: “Michael Louis was named as the suspect who shot and killed four people in a mass shooting at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    The suspect is also deceased. The nation’s latest mass shooting occurred on June 1, 2022, on the hospital’s second floor, which houses an orthopedic center. According to online records, the suspect has also gone by the names Michael Louis Baptiste and Michelet Louis Baptiste. Some sites called him Michael Lewis, but online records confirm the spelling as Michael Louis.

    The motive was revealed by police the morning after the shooting: Louis targeted an orthopedic surgeon named Dr. Preston Phillips, who was among the victims, police said in a news conference in which they released the shooter’s name. Amanda Glenn, William Love and Dr. Stephanie Husen were the other victims named. Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said Glenn was a receptionist, Love was a patient and the other two victims were doctors. “They stood in the way, and Louis gunned them down,” he said.

    The suspect began firing “at anyone that was in his way,” said Franklin. One of the victims held the door to allow someone to escape out the back door and was shot and killed, he said, although he did not name that person. He later said, though, that Love’s actions helped others escape.
    1. Louis, Who Left a Note, Was Upset About Pain Caused by Back Surgery Performed on Him by Dr. Phillips
    2. A Person on a Video Chat With a Doctor First Called 911, Police Say
    3. The Suspect, Who Has Roots in New Jersey, Purchased an AR-15 Rifle the Afternoon of the Shooting, Police Say
    4. Police Were Investigating a Possible Bomb in a House in Muskogee Listed to Louis
    5. A Woman Was Rescued Who Was Hiding Under a Desk ‘at the Suspect’s Foot’


    All you have to do is look at the man to know he’s nuts:


  3. Entire Article @ FreeBeacon: “Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.), who was pictured riding shirtless on a camel during a lobbyist-funded junket in the Middle East, wants to use campaign money to pay for babysitters for his three children while he is on foreign government-sponsored business trips.

    In a letter sent on May 26 to the Federal Election Commission, Swalwell’s campaign lawyer said Swalwell receives “many invitations” to travel overseas because of his status as a “well-known member of Congress” and position in Democratic Party leadership. The lawyer urged the expansion of an FEC rule that allows candidates to use campaign funds to pay for nannies during campaign events and fundraisers.

    If approved, Swalwell will enjoy a job perk unavailable to most working Americans, who pay for their babysitters out of pocket or rely on family members to pick up the slack. Swalwell’s wife, a hotel executive, has traveled with Swalwell during his two recent foreign trips, including the one during which he rode bare-chested on a camel in the desert of Qatar. The U.S.-Qatar Business Council paid $19,400 for the Swalwells’ flights, lodging, and food. The Swalwells in February 2020 went on an all-expenses-paid work trip to Germany, staying in a hotel that cost $611 per night.

    Foreigners have long been attracted to Swalwell. A female Chinese spy named Fang Fang cultivated a years-long relationship with the lawmaker before he was elected to Congress. She fled the United States in 2015 after the FBI warned Swalwell about her activities.

    Swalwell, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, already uses more campaign money on nannies than any other member of Congress. His campaign spent $15,983 on child care through the first quarter of this year and $72,488 since 2019, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis of campaign finance records. Sen. Raphael Warnock’s (D., Ga.) campaign has spent the second highest on child care of any member of Congress—$61,279 since 2020.

    Swalwell has come under scrutiny for his profligate campaign spending, with one government watchdog group saying the Democrat uses his campaign coffers as a “private piggy bank.” Swalwell spent more than $20,000 on luxury car services and hotel stays last year and more than $7,000 at swanky restaurants in Washington, D.C., according to Fox News. He also paid a family member more than $17,000 for babysitting. Swalwell spent lavishly on alcohol, hotels, limo services, and restaurants from his campaign, according to reports.

    Swalwell has a history of financial difficulties despite his $174,000 salary. Swalwell reported owing between $50,000 and $100,000 in student loans, $25,000 and $65,000 in credit card debt, and $600,000 and $1.25 million in mortgages as of 2020. His student loans and credit card debt have remained at those levels for a decade.

    Candidates for Congress have since 2018 been allowed to use campaign funds to pay for child care during campaign events or fundraisers. The rule was implemented after pressure from groups that seek more women in office. Vote Mama Foundation, a nonprofit group that spearheaded the rule change, has said that steep child-care costs are a barrier for new candidates for public office, especially women.

    Swalwell told the organization that child-care costs forced him to “reevaluate” whether he should remain in his congressional job. “On top of the official duties, there is an obligation to campaign for House candidates and be away a lot. It was taking a toll financially,” said Swalwell, who noted in the interview his wife had recently received a promotion. Swalwell’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.”


  4. Entire Article @ FB: “A Democrat running for Congress in California says student loan debt is “one of the biggest crises faced by our country” as tuition costs “skyrocket.” He would know—as president of a local college’s board, he voted to hike tuition three times.

    Jay Chen became president of Mt. San Antonio College’s board of trustees in 2015, his LinkedIn states. Over the next four years, the Democrat voted three times to raise nonresident tuition, according to board meeting minutes. In total, per-unit tuition at the college for nonresidents has increased 45 percent during Chen’s tenure on the board. Total attendance cost for in-state students has also increased 32 percent since 2015.

    Chen has not discussed his votes to raise tuition at the college on the campaign trail, where he is running to unseat Republican congresswoman Michelle Steel (Calif.). The Democrat has, however, lamented the rising cost of college tuition. Chen’s campaign site in September touted his trustee position at Mt. San Antonio College and called student loan debt “one of the biggest crises faced by our country as the cost of going to college continues to skyrocket.”

    But Chen went on to scrub that language from his site, suggesting he may have been concerned that his college’s repeated tuition hikes could be exposed. Chen’s updated education issues page contains rhetoric that is watered down considerably—the page does not mention Mt. San Antonio College, student debt, or rising tuition costs at all. Instead, Chen’s site merely states that the Democrat “supports efforts to make college more affordable and accessible to everyone.”

    Chen told the Washington Free Beacon that he was “able to keep costs low for Californians attending Mt. San Antonio College” during his time on the board and noted that most students pay in-state tuition. He did not return questions regarding why he changed the education section of his campaign site. The Democrat’s reasons for voting to raise tuition at Mt. San Antonio College are unknown—taped recordings of the school’s board meetings are only maintained for 30 days. Chen’s candidate financial disclosure shows he received a $3,750 “trustee stipend” from the college in 2020 and 2021.

    Prior to his role at Mt. San Antonio College—a two-year school based in suburban Los Angeles—Chen served on the Hacienda La Puente school board. As a board member in 2010, Chen spearheaded an effort to bring the “Confucius Classroom” program into the district’s K-12 classrooms. That program is funded and run by China’s Ministry of Education, a Chinese Communist Party arm that provides American K-12 schools with teachers and curriculum materials. It’s also linked to the CCP’s Confucius Institute program, which the State Department labeled a Chinese propaganda entity in 2020.

    Chen’s embrace of the Confucius Classroom program sparked controversy in his race against Steel. When the Republican highlighted Chen’s support for “CCP-sponsored schools,” Chen accused Steel—one of the first Korean-American women to serve in Congress—of engaging in “anti-Asian racism” and contributing to the “rise in violent, anti-Asian hate crimes.” Just months later, Chen mocked Steel’s accent during a campaign event.

    “She just had another town hall the other day. And it’s tough. Like, we’ve transcribed it,” Chen said. “You kind of need an interpreter to figure out exactly what she’s saying. The more she speaks, the better for us.” Chen’s comments prompted more than 20 Asian American advocacy groups to protest outside of the Democrat’s office.”


  5. EXCERPTS: “Two George Soros-backed prosecutors in suburban Washington, D.C., bounced a serial looter who committed multiple grand larcenies and assaulted a cop between their offices for years without a felony conviction.

    Fairfax County commonwealth’s attorney Steve Descano (D.) and Arlington County commonwealth’s attorney Parisa Dehghani-Tafti (D.) since 2020 dismissed or declined to prosecute a 25-year-old Maryland resident for nearly a dozen charges related to larceny. The looting incidents amounted to thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise and include felony offenses, including two grand larcenies and one assault on a police officer, making the offender eligible for years behind bars. The prosecutors found the looter guilty of just a few misdemeanors. No verdict levied more than a few hundred dollars in fines, and he served no time in prison.

    The out-of-state offender, Ronald Thomas, spent virtually no time in jail after his arrests thanks to bail reform policies instituted by Descano and Dehghani-Tafti. At least five times he was charged for committing crimes in one jurisdiction while on pretrial release in another. He was twice charged for committing larcenies within a day of having similar larceny charges dropped—with one of those incidents happening in the same county.
    Democratic megadonor George Soros donated more than half-a-million dollars to Descano’s and Dehghani-Tafti’s 2019 campaigns, helping them oust veteran prosecutors who had served a combined 60 years in their counties. Both ran on a progressive criminal justice platform, promising to end cash bail in most cases and reduce incarceration. They’ve kept those promises and pointed to a general crime decrease as proof of their platform’s success. Their critics have countered that fewer convictions can mask the true crime rate.

    “You can’t claim crime has decreased when you’ve also bragged about not prosecuting over 20 types of crimes,” Virginia attorney general Jason Miyares (R.) told the Washington Free Beacon. “The crime hasn’t gone away—only the prosecution.”

    Miyares also told the Free Beacon the Virginia prosecutors’ pattern of light prosecution will lead to more victims. “Just because a crime is ‘nonviolent’ does not mean there was no victim or that no innocent life has been affected,” Miyares said. “These far-left prosecutors repeatedly dropped charges against a serial larcenist and allowed him to commit more crimes and victimize more Virginians because they prioritize ideology instead of public safety.”


  6. Entire Article @ FB: “The National Institutes of Health is facing a congressional investigation for conducting a slate of “invasive, painful, and potentially deadly procedures” on puppies as young as six months old—all at taxpayers’ expense.

    Sen. Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) is requesting the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is helmed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, disclose information about a $1.8 million taxpayer-funded trial that will force feed puppies experimental hay fever drugs, according to a copy of the probe obtained exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon.

    The investigation was prompted by a Free Beacon report last month detailing how the NIH allocated $1,836,453 for a contractor to test an experimental hay fever drug on mice, rats, and dogs, including puppies as young as six months old. The most severe symptoms of hay fever, also known as seasonal allergies, are a runny nose and sneezing.

    Ernst seeks to discern why the NIH chose to experiment on dogs and puppies when alternative methods, such as guinea pigs as test subjects, were available. The Food and Drug Administration, which oversees medicines like those used to treat allergies, “does not mandate that human drugs be studied in dogs”—making the experiments all the more questionable, according to Ernst.

    NIH’s animal tests have become increasingly controversial in Congress and put the U.S. health agency under a microscope, particularly as questions linger about Fauci and NIH’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. NIH’s funding for labs in Russia and China also have generated concerns about the agency’s priorities. Ernst’s investigation comes amid a push by lawmakers to ban Fauci’s NIAID from conducting animal tests with taxpayer funds.

    “At least five different NIAID-funded tests on dogs, including puppies as young as six months old, are planned for this drug and will involve invasive, painful, and potentially deadly procedures,” Ernst wrote to Fauci on Thursday. “This taxpayer-funded dog testing commissioned by NIAID appears to be unnecessary. … NIAID’s contractor proposed an alternative, non-dog animal model to replace dogs for at least some testing.”

    While documents obtained by the White Coat Waste Project through a Freedom of Information Act request outline portions of these experiments, a portion of information was redacted from public view. Ernst is demanding NIAID come clean about the full extent of its experiments and the true cost to taxpayers.

    This would include internal information of the “pain category” associated with the dog tests and what percentage of the funding comes from the federal government. NIAID must also furnish information on the number of dogs slated to be used and whether “any funding for these tests [will] be provided to labs in China,” which often work closely with NIH on various projects.

    In light of the FDA’s ruling that dog testing is not required for human drugs, Ernst wants to know if “NIAID consult[ed] with the FDA to specifically discuss whether dog testing was required” or if it proposed “the use of any alternatives to dog or other animal testing.”

    NIAID has a history of conducting animal experiments that lawmakers and experts describe as barbaric. NIAID paid for dogs to have their vocal cords cut out so they could not bark during drug tests. In other experiments, dogs were infested with ticks and injected with cocaine. NIH also funded a lab in Russia that ran “horrific and barbaric experiments on 18 cats.”

    Justin Goodman, senior vice president for advocacy and public policy at the White Coat Waste Project, praised Ernst for working to hold Fauci accountable for these tests “and demanding answers about his troubling plans to waste even more taxpayer dollars to abuse puppies in five cruel and unnecessary tests to evaluate a new drug to treat a runny nose.”


  7. Dem protecting dem again!

    Entire Article @ FB: “A Georgia judge last month barred the public from attending a hearing in Sen. Raphael Warnock’s (D., Ga.) custody dispute, a sign that the court will take steps to shield Warnock from media scrutiny in his increasingly messy domestic battle with his ex-wife.

    Fulton Superior Court judge Shermela Williams, who was a registered Democrat before winning her seat in a nonpartisan 2020 judicial election, held the closed-door hearing on May 16 for Warnock and his ex-wife Oulèye Ndoye, a representative for the court told the Washington Free Beacon. Williams late last month also sealed an order in the case that detailed the former couple’s temporary custody agreement.

    The judge’s decisions are a political victory for Warnock, who in an April joint filing with his ex-wife asked the court to seal the case, arguing the publicity could hurt his campaign for reelection. The custody case has been contentious, with Ndoye accusing Warnock of “harassing” her and neglecting their children and Warnock seeking to subpoena her college records.

    In the April filing, Warnock said his opponents could use the “public records in order to gain some political advantage or gain,” as he fights to hold his seat in one of the most hotly contested races of the midterm elections.

    The argument appears to have resonated with Williams, who as of 2008 was a registered Democrat in Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, according to voter records. The local affiliate of the AFL-CIO, a labor group aligned with the Democratic Party, also endorsed her judicial campaign in 2020. Georgia does not allow voters to register with a party affiliation, and the state’s superior court races are nonpartisan.

    Williams faced criticism in May for delaying the execution of convicted murderer and child rapist Virgil Delano Presnell Jr. over the objections of the victims’ families. Presnell has been on death row for decades for killing an 8-year-old girl and raping her 10-year-old friend in 1976.

    Ndoye in February petitioned the court for a revised custody agreement, saying Warnock neglected his scheduled visitation days with their two young children and left her “financially strapped” by failing to reimburse her for child-care expenses. She is asking the court to allow her to move the children out of state so that she can attend a program at Harvard.

    Warnock in a May 11 filing denied Ndoye’s allegations and requested primary custody of the children. The couple split in 2020 after four years of marriage. After their divorce, Ndoye accused Warnock of intentionally running over her foot with his Tesla during an argument. He denied the charge. Warnock is running against Republican Herschel Walker, a former NFL star, in a race that could determine party control of the U.S. Senate.”


  8. Well, duh! WTF did y’all THINK would happen, idiots??!!??

    Entire Article @ FB: “After Washington State passed a law to constrain police officers, state drivers are refusing to pull over when asked by cops.

    Northwest News Network recorded nearly 1,000 failure-to-yield incidents in 2022. Patrol officers have described a sharp rise in motorists fleeing traffic stops, speeding away sometimes in stolen cars, according to one county police chief. Washington House Bill 1054, which Governor Jay Inslee (D.) signed into law last year, has banned police from pursuing traffic violators in their cruisers, unless the officer is granted permission by a supervisor or the perpetrator is suspected of being under the influence or having committed a violent offense, is causing imminent danger, or must be identified.

    “Something’s changed. People are not stopping right now,” a Washington State Patrol sergeant told the Associated Press. “It’s happening three to five times a shift on some nights and then a couple times a week on day shift.”

    The change comes as elected officials have passed laws to restrict traditional policing tactics involving the use of force and the duty to intervene in cases of officer misconduct. More than half of U.S. states instituted such reforms since the killing of George Floyd in May 2020.

    Washington State Republican lawmakers and law enforcement leaders criticized the police bill, saying it has hamstrung the efforts of law enforcement to preserve public safety, according to the AP. Democratic state lawmakers, however, lauded the bill, with its chief sponsor saying he doesn’t “believe pursuits in a 21st century policing system are needed.”

    Crime data for Washington are not yet available. Homicides, often considered the leading indicator of a crime tendency, were up 46 percent in 2020.”


  9. Time for me to mow again. We’ve got a week to 10 days of rainy weather coming, allegedly, so I need to do it now while it’s dry and before the grass gets too long. BBL…..


    1. Yeah! All done and I got the weed eating done, too, and also did a bit more pruning on the Willow Tree, as well as clearing Weigela branches in front of the gas meter – God forbid they have to get out of their truck!!! SMH


  10. EXCERPT: “The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), directed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, last year paid $9.8 million to government researchers to test a monkeypox treatment, the National Pulse reported.

    According to the National Institutes for Health (NIH), which oversees the NIAID, the research began Sept. 28, 2020 and will conclude Sept. 27, 2025. Its goal is to carry out a “randomized, placebo-controlled trial of the safety and efficacy of tecovirimat for the treatment of patients with monkeypox virus disease.” It is unclear if the grant provided for any payments in 2020.

    The NIAID awarded the grant to the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, a federally funded research and development center in Frederick, Maryland, supported by the National Cancer Institute. According to the grant abstract:

    “The similarity between monkeypox and the variola [smallpox] virus, coupled with concerns about the potential of the variola virus as a potential bioterrorism agent, have placed monkeypox treatments at the forefront of public health and scientific research agendas in many countries.”

    On May 25, SIGA Technologies Inc. announced that it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an intravenous formulation of the antiviral tecovirimat (called TPOXX) for the treatment of smallpox. Although smallpox was eradicated in 1980, the treatment was developed in the event smallpox were to be used as a bioweapon.

    The U.S., Canada and Europe have approved an oral formulation of TPOXX for treating smallpox, and Europe also approved it for treating monkeypox and cowpox. As of May 30, the NIH project had not generated any publicly available studies, papers or patents, according to The National Pulse.”


  11. Awwww Mama deer and her baby so cute.

    Dog was chasing rabbits and I had to stand outside with her. Mama deer looked ready to fight. Dog wasn’t even worried about the deer. But better safe than sorry. She has a little one so very worried.

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  12. Entire Article: “Pesticides have “screwed up the balance of nature,” Dr. David Carpenter told Children’s Health Defense Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on the 100th episode of “RFK Jr. The Defender Podcast.”

    Carpenter is a leading expert on the impacts of toxic chemicals on human health, a professor of environmental health sciences and the director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the State University of New York at Albany. He and Kennedy discussed what Kennedy called the “global apocalypse of insects.”

    “Something like 80% of winged insects have disappeared over the past decade,” said Kennedy. Carpenter explained that herbicides and neonicotinoids, a type of insecticide commonly referred to as “neonics,” are to blame — but not in the way one might think. Neonicotinoids are a class of pesticides that at first “everybody thought was just God’s gift to mankind,” said Carpenter. They are not sprayed on plants, but instead, they are used to coat seeds or impregnate them.

    “They get incorporated into the leaves of the plant and any insect that eats the leaves or the stems of the plant is killed as well,” Carpenter explained. Neonicotinoids don’t kill bees directly, he said, but interfere with their sleep and their navigational systems, leaving them unable to return to their hives.

    “The neonicotinoids don’t kill the bees, but they screw up their life function to the point that they might as well kill them,” Carpenter said.” The loss of bees has wide-ranging ecological effects, said Carpenter. Animals, plants, and humans are directly or indirectly affected.

    “What are the birds eating?” Carpenter asked. “The birds that used to survive by eating insects?” Carpenter said it’s no wonder we’ve seen a decline in songbirds. “Most of the songbirds are insect eaters, but there are very few insects to eat any longer.”

    He added: “Our dependence on bees is extraordinary because they’re the pollinators. They’re the ones that pollinate the fruit trees, the apples and the oranges and the apricots and the pears. But they also pollinate a lot of garden vegetables, a lot of grain seeds. And if we don’t have the pollinators, what are we going to do?”

    Pesticides and herbicides have been helpful in increasing food production, Carpenter said, but we have to also consider the unintended consequences of using those products. “We are too dependent on these chemicals,” he said. “And the result is we have screwed up the balance of nature.”

    Watch the podcast here:

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  13. EXCERPT: “Harvey Weinstein lost a bid to have his 2020 rape and sexual assault conviction thrown out, according to a ruling by a New York appellate court Thursday. In an unanimous decision, the court shot down Weinstein’s argument that he was the victim of misguided rulings by the trial judge – including one that allowed jurors to hear about allegations of misconduct for which he wasn’t charged.

    “We reject defendant’s arguments, and affirm the conviction in all respects,” read the decision from the Appellate Division, First Department. “We perceive no basis for reducing the sentence, and we have considered defendant’s remaining arguments and find them unavailing,” the decision continued.

    Weinstein’s spokesman Juda Engelmayer said: “We are reviewing all of our options and will seek to petition the court appeals and beyond. We are disappointed, but not surprised.”

    Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg lauded the ruling, saying it upheld the “just verdict.”

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  14. From the Bee:

    “WASHINGTON, D.C.—After admitting on national television that she had not anticipated the intensity and length of America’s inflation pains, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen was seen in her office poring over a copy of Economics for Dummies.

    The secretary, hired for her brilliance in possessing a checklist of acceptable physical characteristics, has been praised for her renewed desire to understand how moneys work.

    “Huh, I was way off when I said inflation risks were small and manageable,” Yellen was overheard muttering to herself while using a crayon to circle the book’s key principles about how money does not grow on trees. “My staff should read this brilliant work of economic genius once they’ve finished The Communist Manifesto.”

    The Biden Administration reportedly stands by retaining Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary, stating, with a snort, that replacing her with some white dude would throw off their very important gender diversity ratio.

    At publishing time, Secretary Yellen had finished Economics for Dummies and, with a firm grasp on high school-level finance, fired her team of economic advisors, Mr. Magoo, Gonzo, and the Marx brothers.”

    Also from the Bee:

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  15. People still posting fake news….SMDH – when will people learn??!!?? And yes, I know all about Lead Stories!

    EXCERPT: “Did the military arrest the current White House deputy chief of staff, Jennifer Brigid O’Malley Dillon? No, that’s not true: Lead Stories received an email from a duty officer at the Pentagon who told us the claim was not true. The claim was published by Real Raw News, a site known for writing false claims about public figures. Real Raw News’ website has a disclaimer that states, “This website contains humor, parody, and satire.”

    The claim appeared in an article published by Real Raw News on June 1, 2022 titled “Military Arrests White House Deputy Chief of Staff” (archived here) which opened:

    U.S. Army Rangers on Wednesday arrested former Biden campaign manager and current Deputy Chief of Staff Jennifer Brigid O’Malley Dillon at a Washington, D.C. hotel, the result of a military investigation into whether she took part in a ballot harvesting ring in which Democrat-liberal sympathizers, known as “mules,” illegally collected and deposited ballots into drop boxes in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin during the 2020 presidential election.”

    Another one that is apparently not true: “Did former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy say he saw the movie “2000 Mules” at Mar-a-Lago and that he “always believed that rampant cheating occurred” in the 2020 election? No, that’s not true: The Republican from South Carolina told Lead Stories both claims are “100 percent false.”

    The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) by the account Trey Gowdy Now on May 9, 2022. It opens:
    In an email to Lead Stories on May 11, 2022, Gowdy said he had not made the comments:

    “Both assertions are totally false. Haven’t seen the movie (at Mar a Lago or anywhere else). Didn’t even know there was a movie. Never said what was attributed to me. So both are 100 percent false.”


  16. EXCERPT: “A leading Republican gubernatorial contender in Michigan has been removed from the ballot by a state appeals court, which means his name is unlikely to appear on the state’s GOP primary in August. As reported by The Associated Press, the Michigan Court of Appeals actually kept two GOP contenders off the ballot after ruling that state election officials who suspected signature fraud did not have any obligation to examine campaign petitions line by line.

    The report noted: “The court first ruled against Perry Johnson, a wealthy businessman considered to be a leading candidate for the Republican nomination, and then applied the 12-page decision to investment adviser Michael Markey.

    The opinion would seem to doom the chances of former Detroit Police Chief James Craig and entrepreneur Donna Brandenburg, who were also barred from the ballot last week.

    There appears to be no dispute that fraudulent signatures were turned in by paid circulators, though there’s no evidence that the candidates were aware of the scam. In a court filing, attorneys representing the Board of State Canvassers called it an “unprecedented situation.”’

    The board actually tied on the question of whether the candidates were ineligible, meaning there was no definitive decision to reinstate them. State election officials said that Johnson, Craig, Markey, and Brandenburg failed to meet the 15,000-vote signature threshold because there were too many fraudulent signatures.

    In the case of Johnson, some 7,000 signatures were moved to the scam column after election staff discovered dead voters on petitions along with misspelled names and some signatures with first names only accompanied by the last initial.

    On appeal, Johnson asked the higher court to overrule the canvassers and place his name on the ballot. He argued through attorneys that he would meet the signature threshold if the state election bureau would examine each signature line. Only about 20 percent of the 7,000 signatures were compared to signatures in the qualified voter file.”


  17. EXCERPT: “One’s morning cup of coffee being dubbed a “life line” of sorts may be more than just a cliche or joke because a new study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that those who drink coffee, even with a teaspoon of sugar, may be 30% less likely to die.

    “Moderate consumption of unsweetened and sugar-sweetened coffee was associated with lower risk for death,” the researchers concluded. Over a period of seven years, the study compared those who do not drink coffee with those who consume 1.5 to 4.5 cups of coffee that is unsweetened, artificially sweetened, and sugar-sweetened. The researchers showed that people who drank unsweetened coffee were 16-21% less likely to die during the study period, with those drinking about three cups per day having the lowest risk of death when compared with noncoffee drinkers.

    The researchers also noted that results between artificially sweetened coffee and mortality rates were less consistent. Dr. Christina Wee, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a deputy editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine, told the New York Times, “It’s huge. There are very few things that reduce your mortality by 30 percent.”

    In a corresponding editorial, Wee noted that “according to a 2022 estimate, Americans drink 517 million cups of coffee per day, and 66% of Americans surveyed reported drinking coffee within the past day.”


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