July 10, 2018

At the Tread Lightly Café...

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... you can keep your feet firmly planted on the ground.

The photo is from the Art Institute of Chicago.

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37 comments:

Jon Ericson said...

Violence in Trump's America

Sebastian said...

The guy in shorts looks too comfortable.

I hope he was told.

Andrew said...

That's a weird case of serendipity. I was just reading how Bryan Cranston's favorite Walter White line from Breaking Bad was "Tread lightly." It's what he says to his DEA brother in law after his identity is discovered.

Did you happen to read that, Ann? Where did your cafe title come from?

Scott said...
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Scott said...

On the commmute, I'm listening to an Audible audio book of Boris Johnson's "The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History." I'm struck by (a) how much Boris tries to emulate Churchill, and (b) how Donald Trump, as the brilliant, brash, egotistical asshole, is really very much like Churchill.

Paddy O said...

America's Top States for Business as rated by CNBC.

wild chicken said...

I'm reading Trump Revealed. It appears from his business dealings that he is a sociopath. I mean, he pulled every scam in the book, no regrets or empathy.

Now he's OUR sociopath.

wild chicken said...

Maybe that's a good thing?

Scott said...

Okay then, name the LEAST sociopathic president in American history.

Ann Althouse said...

“Did you happen to read that, Ann? Where did your cafe title come from?”

Funny. My title is inspired by the photo. The 2 figures in the artwork are almost without any weight on their feet in an odd contrast to the fleshly visitors in flatfooted, solid sandals.

R.J. Chatt said...

The Maillol sculpture is displaying the current instagram fad called the "Barbie pose" or "Barbie feet."

FullMoon said...

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is blistering at a proposed regulation that would prevent the union from siphoning fees from American workers’ Medicaid payments.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a proposed rule Tuesday that would require Medicaid payments to go directly to healthcare workers, ending a 2014 Obama-era rule that let third parties, such as unions and insurance companies, skim off a share of the paycheck before the worker saw any of it. (RELATED: CMS Rule Strikes Obama-Era Regulation That Pays For Third-Party Fringe Benefits Instead Of Health Care)

The SIEU, one of the largest public-sector unions in the U.S., referred to the proposed rule “as part of the [Trump] administration’s broad, coordinated attack against working people.”

“The proposed rule targets these home care workers and is designed to stop them from contributing their own wages to support their union in the same way that teachers, police and firefighters do,” the SEIU said in a statement. “This proposal is a transparent attempt to interfere with workers’ freedom to choose to join together in a union and advocate for higher wages, better training, and basic benefits like affordable healthcare and paid sick time that are crucial to ensure quality home care for our parents, grandparents and children.”

Though the Obama rule legalizing the practice went into effect in 2014, unions have been skimming money from Medicaid payments for nearly two decades, according to Freedom Foundation director for labor policy Maxford Nelson.

The practice has netted unions billions of dollars from public-sector home healthcare workers forced to pay union dues or “agency fees” equivalent to 85 percent of a dues payment to cover the cost of representation for non-members.

“It is very heartening to see this administration taking the first practical steps to stop states and unions from deducting money from the Medicaid checks of home caregivers serving our society’s disabled and elderly,” Nelson told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement. “This illegal and exploitive practice has victimized hundreds of thousands of caregivers. It has only been allowed to persist because it generated significant funds for a politically-connected special interest group.”

http://dailycaller.com/2018/07/10/labor-skim-medicaid/

StephenFearby said...

Bryan York dissects:

'"Evidence or argument relating to Mr. Manafort's work for then-candidate Trump's campaign in 2016 or the Special Counsel's investigation of the campaign's alleged collusion with the Russian government," the Manafort team wrote in a June 22 motion, "is wholly irrelevant to whether Mr. Manafort's personal income tax returns were false, whether he willfully failed to file reports of foreign accounts, and whether he conspired to commit, or committed, bank fraud."

Mueller's response was two-fold. On the issue of collusion, the special counsel, in a motion filed July 6, flatly said, "The government does not intend to present at trial evidence or argument concerning collusion with the Russian government and, accordingly does not oppose the defendant's motion in that respect."

To those Trump opponents who had hoped Mueller would unveil evidence of Trump-Russia collusion involving Manafort, it was a sharp and stunning admission: there's no collusion in the case against Manafort.

But Mueller did argue that the case has something to do with Trump. And this is it:'

'..."The government intends to present evidence that although various Lender D employees identified serious issues with the defendant's loan application, the senior executive at Lender D interceded in the process and approved the loan. During the loan application process, the senior executive expressed interest in working on the Trump campaign, told the defendant about his interest, and eventually secured a position advising the Trump campaign. The senior executive later expressed an interest in serving in the administration of President Trump, but did not secure such a position."

The lending company and the senior executive are not identified in the indictment, but the loans appear to fit an episode reported in the New York Times involving a small bank in Chicago, the Federal Savings Bank, and its chief executive, Stephen Calk, who was named an economic adviser to the Trump campaign in August 2016 but did not join the administration.'

'...The two Lender D loans are, apparently, the only connection between the Trump campaign and the broad array of criminal activity, some of it more than a decade old, alleged in the Manafort indictments. And Trump himself played no role in it.

Was a special counsel needed for that?'


https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/byron-york-mueller-reveals-tenuous-link-between-manafort-charges-and-trump

tcrosse said...

Silly me. I remember raving about Maillol to my French-Canadian relative, but I pronounced the two 'L' s in the middle á l'anglais. I was corrected.

J. Farmer said...

@Scott:

Okay then, name the LEAST sociopathic president in American history.

Calvin Coolidge?

Also, I don't think the Churchill analogy is very praiseworthy. Read Buchanan's Churchill, Hitler, and the Necessary War. Even if you are not convinced by Buchanan's main thesis (which I wasn't), he does quite a bit to puncture the balloon of the Churchill cult.

narciso said...

I posted on the other thread the fake news chum, the journal tried to throw at general Flynn, now that his arraignment has been set, it comes from two former lobbyists for qatar, muzin and allaham, who seem to be connected to the hacking of the uae ambassador'records

narciso said...

Who is supporting Asisi Hafter and other figures in North Africa and the middle east.

narciso said...

Can it not be confirmed they were on the other side:

https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/07/how-obama-admin-subverted-anti-drug-operations-against-the-taliban

Darrell said...
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Darrell said...

Manafort is getting shafted. He refinanced a home and applied for a mortgage. Using his tax returns, they charged him with bank fraud for overstating his income. Then using his mortgage application income as fact, they charged him with tax evasion. Now keep in mind that this happened years ago and there is a statute of limitation on both the bank action and the IRS filing. And keep in mind that Podesta had the same sort of tax filing omission, and he didn't have an armed SWAT team roughly frisk his wife in their bedroom when she was wearing a nightie with sheer knickers.

narciso said...

Seeing the fate under petain, quisling pavelic how can you say such a thing

Darrell said...

Also, the matter had already been investigated and the government decided not to prosecute. Actually, the government had lost similar cases, with juries seeing a minor overstatement as typical--not rare. Banks have been know to knock off a percentage of income to account for that.

Darrell said...

*known*

narciso said...

Sorry wrong link:

https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/07/how-obama-admin-subverted-plan-to-take-down-taliban-drug-running-just-like-it-shut-down-operation-against-hezbollah/

narciso said...

This plugs into the uae/Qatari feud that I mentioned 're general flynn


https://legalinsurrection.com/2015/08/report-high-ranking-amnesty-international-employee-linked-to-hamas-terrorism/

EDH said...

Somebody is going to have to break it to Catwoman that her villain costume no longer flatters her figure.

Humperdink said...

I see rumblings the commie-pinko dems want to pack the SCOTUS. Trump should propose reducing the size of the Soopreme Court to three (3). His three. It would be fun to watch.

gilbar said...

keep in mind that Podesta had the same sort of tax filing omission, and he didn't have an armed SWAT team roughly frisk his wife in their bedroom when she was wearing a nightie with sheer knickers.

No comparison here at all!
Podesta NEVER did (or even attempted) the crime Manafort did; which was helping Trump
IF a SWAT team frisked someone in his bedroom; it wouldn't have been his wife sheer knickers!

Bad Lieutenant said...


Humperdink said...
I see rumblings the commie-pinko dems want to pack the SCOTUS. Trump should propose reducing the size of the Soopreme Court to three (3). His three. It would be fun to watch.

7/11/18, 5:46 AM


I wonder, does it ever occur to the D that President Trump could do that too?

Bad Lieutenant said...

Nonsense gilbar, I promise you that Podesta knows people who make lingerie for six-year-olds.

Hagar said...

They know that trump is guilty; they just don't know of what.
However, someone among his associates must know something, so if we just keep squeezing them, eventually one of them will surely fold and give us a lead!

buwaya said...

A remarkably realistic female form.

Paco Wové said...

I've got my Tevas, my shorts, and my bald spot, and I will not be moved.

Big Mike said...

I don’t need anything from Amazon right now anyway, but I wonder whether helping out somebody who hates Sarah Palin with a blind, visceral hatred, but likes Kathy Griffin and Sacha Baron Cohen, makes this the right Amazon portal to use.

mikee said...

The statue pictured has a twin residing in the sculpture garden outside the Baltimore Museum of Art. When my kids were very young, we walked from our Hampden rowhouse to the museum a couple of times per month to see the beauties and to play hide & seek around the Henry Moore. Over about a six month period, my toddlers came to love this surprised statue of a naked woman. At first they would stand and gaze at it, then when they started giving it hugs I had to intervene.

So I told them it was a statue of their mommy, and that they should wave at it and say, "Hello, Mommy!" whenever we went to the garden. Amazingly, this worked, and the kids stopped hugging the statue.

Well, it worked until the next time my wife accompanied us on a walk to the sculpture garden, got very confused at the kids' salutation to the statue, and asked some rather pointed questions about the fit of her trousers. I survived, but just barely.

William Chadwick said...

Hot damn: a nude sculpture of swimsuit model Ashley Graham!

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