Monday, February 20, 2017

A Smile to Start the Week

It certainly was a wonderful day here in DC. Much much warmer than normal. Highs in the 60s. I did not have the day off but it was nice to go for my morning walk with no one around. The streets had fewer people on them than a Sunday.

Hope everyone who had the day off had a good one.

Here's a very funny strip about Sally stealing a crayon and all the ramifications from it.

Have a good week everyone.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Russians are Coming the Russians are Coming

Oh wait I guess they’ve already arrived.

It would be really funny if it wasn’t so serious. Michael Flynn suddenly remembers that he sorta maybe did indeed talk about sanctions with the Russian ambassador. And then kinda sorta mislead the VP on what was going on. The reason Flynn was asked to resign wasn’t because of what he did but because Trump had lost trust in him.

Not that there was any promises to the Russian on sanctions. Oh not all. The Obama administration announces sanctions against the Russians. The Russians say the will retaliate. Then they decided not to. What happened between those two events Flynn talked to the Russian ambassador. Just a coincidence? Yeah right.

And it seems there have been all sorts of contacts between the Russians and the Trump organization throughout the campaign.

It seems pretty obvious that nothing would have happened unless this had come out in the press:
Yet the situation didn’t come to a head until the public disclosure last week of what Flynn says was his faulty recollection of the call — and specifically, the fact that it included talk about sanctions, which Flynn and Vice President Pence had both denied.

Which leads to the question: Was the White House concerned that Flynn had apparently lied to them — or at least done something he shouldn’t have and failed to disclose it? Would it ever have taken corrective action if the situation hadn’t been made public?

At least some Republicans in the Senate say they will look into exactly what is going on here. Then again there’s Rand Paul who says why bother to investigate people in your own party. The House is even worse where the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz is essentially a Trump shill. Chaffetz didn’t see an investigation he didn’t like when it was Democrats or Hillary Clinton in particular. But when it comes to Trump well little or no interest.

This from a column by Jennifer Rubin in the Post:
In response to this farcical dereliction of duty, ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.) said in a written statement, “Chairman Chaffetz appears to be taking his marching orders directly from President Trump’s tweet yesterday — instead of investigating General Flynn’s lies and his troubling ties with Russia, he chose to target those who brought them to light.” Cummings added: “Congress should be doing independent oversight of the Executive Branch and protecting whistleblowers, not running interference while the White House conceals their abuses and misleads the American people for weeks. Chairman Chaffetz said he didn’t want to go on ‘fishing expeditions’, but that’s exactly what he’s doing here.”
She goes on to say:
In contrast with Senate Republicans, who seem to have perked up and see legitimate grounds for at least investigating Trump’s Russia ties, Chaffetz remains a Trump enabler, blocking essential investigation of raging scandals. So long as the Senate plunges ahead, however, the real damage here is to Chaffetz, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the GOP majority. If the GOP won’t do basic oversight on the biggest scandal to hit the White House in decades, why not put the Democrats in charge?
I have rarely agreed with Rubin (because she is way too conservative for me) but in this case I agree.

It is important to find out just how deep the Russians hooks are in Trump. What exactly Flynn promised to the Russians? And most important did Flynn act all by himself or at the behest of someone.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentines Wasn't Over and the Easter Candy was Out

I went to the store last night. It was after 9pm I will admit. But all the Valentine's Day candy was gone. There were still flowers available and like giant cookies saying be my valentine. The candy was not to be seen.

However, the Easter candy was out in force.

Now I love Cadbury eggs. Just LOVE them.

Still it does seem a little early. On the other hand Christmas stuff is up right after Labor Day these days so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Everything is Awesome in the Lego Batman Movie

Yes I borrowed the name of the song from the first Lego Movie. But it really does apply to this one too.

Before the review a little about how I get to see the 3D version of the movie for the regular price. The first 3D show time was at 10:15 on Saturday at Gallery Place. I got there a little more than half an hour early. The box office for the theaters is in the lobby of the mall. The theaters are two stories up. The doors into the mall must not open until 10 because the security guard had to open the door for people.

I got in line, actually I was the first person in line, I asked for one for the Lego Batman Movie at 10:15. He had a little problem with his computer. Then he said I had enough points on my Regal card to get in for free. Then he said sorry that wasn’t right because it was a new movie.

I get my ticket and go upstairs. I give my ticket to the ticket taker. She points out where my theater is. But she didn’t say anything about getting the 3D glasses. I pick them up by myself. I got my snowcaps. Then walked around and looked at the posters. Decided to go into the theater and went to it and said it was an 11:30 show. I looked at my ticket and sure enough it said 11:30. Well I’d wanted to see 10:15 in 3D and that’s what I did.

The movie itself is great.

Here are a few of the highlights:

When people are firing their guns at each other they make the sound of the gun going off. Just like you did when you were a kid.

The dialog between the Joker and Batman is like they are in a relationship. The Joker wants Batman to admit that he hates the Joker the most. But Batman refuses to. Batman says I hardly ever think of you.

Batman is afraid to be part of a family because of what happened to his parents. That's why he's never close to anyone. It's an underling theme of the movie and is done very well.

Batman goes to Superman's fortress of solitude to phantom zone gun to send the Joker there. Batman thinks Superman will be all by himself. Instead all of the Justice League is there having a party.

Alfred recites all of the different versions of Batman including that weird one in the 60s.

Telling Robin when they attack the bad guys words will appear on the screen.

There are many other cultural references so you need to really pay attention.

From one of the reviews:
Like a miniature universe made entirely of millions of tiny plastic bricks, “The Lego Batman Movie” looks and feels like it could only have been put together by a roomful of mad geniuses, moving in a ballet of well-choreographed creativity: It’s simultaneously epic and humble.

From the pew-pew-pew that accompanies the animated movie’s make-believe gunfire — the same serviceable but phony-as-heck sound effect that your 6-year-old might use when firing his (or her) finger at bad guys — to the roster of deliriously ecumenical villains recruited from every corner of pop-culture literature for this clever mash-up of comic books and construction toys, the new animated film is the definition of fantastic.
 Everything is Awesome in the Lego Batman Movie!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Now This is Funny

This is not the usual thing you come across seeing in someone's front yard. Barbie and Ken celebrate Valentine's Day. This is in someone's front yard. Besides Barb and Ken there was also a Valentine's Day tree with all sorts of Valentine wishes.

At the Natural History Musuem

There were other things to see at the Natural History Museum besides the butterflies. Like that small little diamond thingie.