July 21, 2019

At the Deep Relaxation Café...

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... sink in and get comfortable.

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Don't think it came from our house.

107 comments:

Narayanan said...

Who is that?

traditionalguy said...

I appears to be the Democrat Party.

Ann Althouse said...

Looks like Trump's soul.

Let's get political.

Everything's political.

Howard said...

The Earf abides

Phidippus said...

"Don't think it came from our house."

Well, who put it in your back yard?

I would have noticed something like that right away.

anti-de Sitter space said...

Trad guy,

Gonna cower? Or defend yurself? man-up, man.

D. said...

>Looks like Trump's soul.<

I see your Trump and raise you:

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/07/must-see-three-videos-that-prove-radical-squad-leader-rashida-tlaib-is-an-violent-lunatic-with-unchecked-anger-issues/

Inga...Allie Oop said...

Looks like the bones and decay of old hairy white men.

narciso said...


Ah wonderful:

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/01/24/dnc_chair_candidate_my_job_is_to_tell_white_people_when_to_shut_their_mouths.html?fbclid=IwAR0vSZlC2UdjRIQ7-wBGZQObQa74C5aMisHLMp4g1T07hItrP7YBH0wBnr0

Ralph L said...

I guess wicker is out of style again, though I've heard that young people don't want old furniture of any kind. We've got several houses worth to dispose of after my father dies.

h said...

Everything is political:

ESPN sports commentator: Orange Man is Bad.

NFL football player: Orange Man is Bad.

Famous Rap artist: Man is not so bad.

Others: Famous Rap Artist is bad.

You can gain so much insight from these kinds of commentary that it's a wonder that any of you actually spend any time reading the Althouse comments.

traditionalguy said...

At least Trump still has a soul. A soul beaten up in a full life time of battles in Manhattan and the Media. Seriously, I love the Professor too much to ever fight with her.

We just watched Josh Donaldson be himself in the Sunday Night Baseball Game. The ESPN interviewer after the game asked him if he believed in UFOs. He gave a thoughtful answer that did not back down.

narciso said...

Here's a twist, tradguy, Bob baer was skulking around dealey plaza where he debunked the second gunman theory but then still drifted into Olivers stone territory with another Dallas connection, which a source pointed out to him, still led to fidel.

Drago said...

Looks like the bones and decay of old hirsute white women.

FullMoon said...

Darn it. I thought Liz Warren was an honest politician. What a revoltin' development this is.


"Warren’s legal work for Dow Chemical, first exposed by Legal Insurrection during the 2012 Senate campaign, was not to help the women, as Warren claims: “Warren’s expertise was used by a company fighting in court to limit its liability and payments to the women.”

https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/07/wapo-confirms-as-lawyer-elizabeth-warren-worked-to-limit-dow-chemicals-liability-to-breast-implant-victims/#more-289702

FullMoon said...

Inga...Allie Oop said...

Looks like the bones and decay of old hairy white men.

Aww, still bitter over the divorce, eh?

traditionalguy said...

The JFK hit is still Top Secret. No one will ever be allowed to know how 7 bullets from 3 directions came out of Oswald's rifle in 3 seconds. I was not there myself, as Josh Donaldson said tonight. He had never seen a UFO himself. But he had heard others had that he believed. And he did not ever want to see one.

The Donald crashed a wedding reception at Bedminster tonight. There were many happy deplorable people.

chuck said...

It's missing a cushion, no wonder no one uses it.

wild chicken said...

Trump is a beast.

Limited blogger said...

That's nasty

narciso said...

Baer used cutting edge forensics that proved the bullet came from the depository, not the daltex building and certainly not the grassy knoll, he used audio analysis to solve the latter issue.

narciso said...

You dont dump soil on wicker,

Limited Perspective said...

The intricate weave in the sofa must have been manufactured by a machine invented by a white man to release from tedious labor a child or woman. The machine invented by a white man made the product so easy to produce that some Chinese farm worker working for the slop of a pig's diet could escape his misery and get a job in a Chinese factory making a decent wage. The American who bought the Chinese junk furniture paid three hours wages for it and set it out once she could afford something nicer made in China.

Narr said...

Around here something that nice would be snatched up within a few hours.

Narr
how's it smell?

narciso said...

Here's where the story gets interesting though, they figured Oswald had an exit plan, they followed his bus and cab routes till the run in with tippit and surmised where he would have ended up if he followed certain routes

Clyde said...

Re: FullMoon's Elizabeth Warren article, I think that Johnny and Waylon said it best:

Johnny Cash - There Ain't No Good Chain Gang (With Waylon Jennings)

There ain't no good in an evil-hearted woman,
And I ain't cut out to be no Jesse James,
And you don't go writin' hot checks down in Mississippi,
And there ain't no good chain gang.


Same goes for Kamala, too.

narciso said...

Here's another example theres a fellow going on trial for capping the acting head of the gabinos, who was the rep for inzerillos from the old country, yet he pled to a charge where he was out in a year, but there was the hit on a bonanno chief five months before.

Original Mike said...

Blogger Inga...Allie Oop said..."Looks like the bones and decay of old hairy white men."

Well, that's hateful.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

At the Deep Relaxation Cafe ...sink in and get comfortable.

Mother Earth will swallow you, lay your body down.

Meade said...

“how's it smell?”

Lichen.

narciso said...

In other news:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7270149/State-TV-shows-Irans-flag-hoisted-seized-British-oil-tanker.html?fbclid=IwAR3Hh5DlUkyyuL5vXgnmYOyMu4zFYtTX7hvpFJLNcxTxA3PXd2gYIsG_nMw

Big Mike said...

The cushions are shot and whatever that is on top of the right side that is also a goner. But the wickerwork looks to be good shape, so I'd say that the unit is salvageable if someone has a decent work ethic and is unafraid of soap, water, elbow grease, and a paint sprayer.

Francisco D said...

Looks like the bones and decay of old hairy white men.

My first reaction was that Inga has not gotten laid in a really long time ...

... for a really good reason or two.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

“how's it smell?”

Lichen.


But would you lichen it to the smell of Trump supporters at Walmart?

Inga...Allie Oop said...

“Blogger Inga...Allie Oop said..."Looks like the bones and decay of old hairy white men."

“Well, that's hateful.”

OM exclaims “That’s not funny!”

Rusty said...

"lichen"
Lichen to what?

Meade said...

Mossly. But hey too. Moldy hey hey hey.

narciso said...


Going off the beaten path:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7261577/Ilhan-Omars-ex-husband-alleged-brother-glamorous-British-fashionista.html?fbclid=IwAR0lCtbxRv--Ez7Mj7quaid5AkIvsJ7NT93ULIgiqDbP2UpY87mDVX1owfc

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

get rid of that thing before you find a couple of "Ecosexuals"
in their 'mushroom suits' doing the nasty on/in it

Inga...Allie Oop said...

Their love can be a bit crustose
with areoles in bloom
“Their love can produce thread-like string,
called hyphae, when they plume

Their love has colonized the Earth
from deserts to the ice
These extremophiles exist
on sand, on trees, on gneiss

Who could these star-crossed lovers be?

Why are they symbiotes?
They reproduce asexually
unlike us mammal folk

A fungus, a mycobiont,
is one part of the pair
It often lives all on its own:
itself, dead things, and air

The other love, photobiont
can turn light into food
The trick is photosynthesis
a skill that’s pretty shrewd

Photobionts can be algae
sometimes cyanobac
Some lucky fungi can have both
at once, and that’s a fact

But what is this? A third partner?
Another fungus, yeast?
This ‘silent partner’ does provide
some toxic chemical feasts

A trio caught between two worlds
not fungi, not algae
A composite organism
of one, or two, or three

United now, this smart trio
sets out to reproduce
Small spores or fragments of themselves
are set on winds, diffuse

Some reproduce by using spores
sped off to parts unknown
The fungi that do not find mates
are doomed to die alone

Soredia, isidia
are reproductive packs
In orange, or green, or yellow hues
or purple, white, or black

O foliose! O fruticose!
O squamulose, and more!
The fungi and the algae have
so many types in store

Animals use them for their nests—
turkeys and hummingbirds
They’re almost all that reindeer eat
in winter, when they’re furred

People eat them as “famine food”
They’re not a tasty treat
They’re used in herbal remedies
in dyes, and perfumes sweet

So, once upon a time ago,
fungi, algae convince—
They fell in love, and they have been
lichen it ever since”

https://blog.education.nationalgeographic.org/2014/02/11/lichen-it-already/

Achilles said...

Deaths at the US border are lower under Trump than they were under Obama.

Period.

Trump is just a better Human being than Obama and is doing what he can to reduce human suffering while Obama and Bush did nothing.

The people who voted for Obama are evil people who don't care about deaths at the border, or are stupid gullible fools, or they want more corpses to stand on in their quest for power.

Meade said...

Mold as the hills but half ass musty.

anti-de Sitter space said...

I'm so relieved to see Meade in the thread.

He's still around!

Last time Althouse showed us a dilapidated image of chairs (back then is was an image of wood chairs on a porch), she was announcing that she was doin' a new dude.

I was worried that this white wicker was the white smoke proclaiming a new top-dog(walker) vortex-vicar.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

Mustee Shower Stalls by E. L. Mustee & Sons mustee.com

friends of Thomas Crapper**??

**Thomas Crapper was an English plumber and industrialist, but he was not the inventor of the flush toilet. The modern flush toilet design dates back to 1596, 240 years before Thomas Crapper's birth in 1836. English patents for flush toilets were issued in the 1770s. Public toilets were installed in England in 1854, when Crapper was just 18. And as for the word "crap", it has been used in English since 1440, based on Middle English crappe which came from earlier Dutch and Old French words, which in turn came from medieval Latin.

Limited Perspective said...

Some pathetic white guy named Alexander Fleming figured out how to use Penicillium chrysogenum, a species of fungus like that growing on the Chinese sofa, to save millions of women, people of color, gays, trans, queers, Muslims, L's, B's, Q's, R's, D's, WXY's and from what I've heard, also the Z's.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

@Limited P

sigh. Another bored Wasp!

"An idle mind is the Devil's workshop"

Meade said...

Goodness. She plumps the pillows for politics but pulls in only paltry poetics.

narciso said...

That thin line:
https://twitchy.com/jacobb-38/2019/07/21/will-they-ever-learn-espn-has-to-send-out-a-stick-to-sports-memo-after-host-goes-on-trump-bashing-rant/

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

we liked the poem-- too bad they are so ... sporadic

Limited Perspective said...

@Inga's infatuated stalker

Yep, sometimes I turn to Ann's website because I get bored. No argument there.

buwaya said...

I want something very much like that (but clean, and waterproof!) on our terraza in Malaga.

Its a pain to import rattan furniture from Manila, which would be ideal. But there we are.

Maybe wrought iron with tiles? I wouldn't mind having my great-uncles tiled table, decorated with scenes from Don Quixote. I just couldn't take my eyes off of it.

chuck said...

> Public toilets were installed in England in 1854

Tell that to NY City. Sometime between 1900 and now the idea of public toilets was lost in the United States. I blame progressive city planners and architects. It's a desert if you have got to pee. Food desert, pshaw, toilet deserts are everywhere.

PluralThumb said...

Sanitation Department has really nice furniture.

traditionalguy said...

Time to clean it and dare to repaint it white. Or you could take it in to Antique Roads Show. It is definitely an old soul. Tell the appraiser the names of all of the famous people who have sat on it. Like the NYT, you can just make it all up.

Otherwise, it's time to call the Junk Man.

FullMoon said...

Craigslist has similar furniture, for FREE!
I know, hard to believe.

key words:
vintage
shabby shiek
Imported
Needs cleaning

Meade said...

Trump said god damn.

(The pusherman.)

stephen cooper said...

There are many scenes from Don Quixote that look good when a good artist decides to apply her heart and soul to depicting the scenes ....

but poor Don Quixote understood so little of the world, and his quizzical friend Sancho understood even less -----

but, God bless their souls, they said many witty things, and as for Don Quixote, he had love in his heart, and as for Sancho, he too had love in his heart

not exactly the kind of love God has for us, that God has for you, or even for me, but still, in their way, they had love in their hearts

narciso said...

Cervantes did a hard stretch in algerian dungeon, after lepanto that could probably unmoored anyone

narciso said...

The latter half of Luke 20, shows jesus skill, he baits the pharisees into eating their words by questioning where does authority come fron.

Michael K said...

Some pathetic white guy named Alexander Fleming figured out how to use Penicillium chrysogenum

That was Florey, not Fleming who found the Chrysogenum strain. It was actually a secretary ,who was ever after called "Moldy Mary," who9 found the moldy cantaloupe.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

@Limited
you totally misconstrued the post.
as per the N. Mailer/moon landing thread the other nite--
re: the Apollo program as just another iteration of "bored white people looking for new territories to conquer",
so could be Fleming's important contribution sadly miscast.

In no way was this intended to reference/slight you.
You are a child of the universe, and no less than the trees
and the stars, you have a right to be here, now.

we hope this clears things up, and thank you for the opportunity

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

@narciso
unmoored lol !

...and we mean that in a good way-- like, clever!

walter said...

Blogger FullMoon said...
Craigslist has similar furniture, for FREE!
I know, hard to believe.
key words:
vintage
shabby shiek
Imported
Needs cleaning
--
"Organic"

PluralThumb said...


"Looks like the bones and decay of old hairy white men"

That's just off, I don't see any dentures in the couch anywhere. Otherwise thanks for a future camouflage tip

Michael McNeil said...

Brought over from another thread:

Notice that even Inga can generate an HTML link in her comments. Please don't just give up after only a single try or two.

If you're having trouble getting it to work (it's extremely easy to make such links, but you've got to know which characters to put where), then simply practice a few times (on, say, an Althouse cafe post), then delete your mistakes. Then you'll have it.

Here's how it works (note: omit the line endings I'm showing for clarity between sections; also, capitals vs. lower-case letters make no difference). I'm creating a link to Althouse's blog as an example:

text that precedes the link
<a href="https://althouse.blogspot.com/">
text that names the link e.g. Althouse
</a>
text that follows the link

Which then comes out looking (in one's posting) like this (notice that the link works!):

text that precedes the link Althouse text that follows the link

____

There is one potential gotcha in that some operating systems (iOS was doing it for a while with iPhones and iPads) will attempt to substitute angle-quotes (“e.g.”) when you actually type straight (double) quotes ("e.g.") — if you can't see the difference, zoom in. Straight double quotes are required for surrounding the http link, as shown in the example above.

The solution to this issue (in iOS, using iOS's crappy on-screen keyboard) is to hold your finger down on the double-quote key until the subsidiary menu opens up (displaying several different types of quotes), then select the straight quote.

Yancey Ward said...

It will be interesting if any of the candidates in the first debate next week use that WaPo against Warren. If I were Sanders, I would definitely use it because it definitely looks like Warren has been lying about it the entire time.

Yancey Ward said...

She definitely needs to offer a believable and verifiable explanation for how she hasn't been lying.

Lawrence Person said...

Tucker Carlson on Democrats and rigged college admissions.

walter said...

Or..just use http://www.easyhyperlinks.com

walter said...

(might be a good link to fold into comments terms)

eddie willers said...

The ESPN interviewer after the game asked him if he believed in UFOs. He gave a thoughtful answer that did not back down.

In the same interview we find out he is a vegan. How does someone jack it 450 ft. eating bean sprouts?!

mockturtle said...

I'm about halfway through War and Peace and am enjoying it far more than I thought I would. Tolstoy isn't Dostoyevsky but this is a damned interesting novel once you get past the initial chapter or two and you realize that the schemes of the aristocratic social affairs are inextricably linked with those of the military. And, of course, as with any Russian novel, getting used to the myriad names for each character. I expected it to be rather dull and it decidedly is not.

mockturtle said...

Full Moon: Shabby shiek? Not shabby chic? Although it's more amusing to think of a shabby sheik, yes? A rather shopworn Arabian tribal leader.

Yancey Ward said...

Mock,

You might want to read Anna Karenina, too, if you haven't already. In my estimation, it is an even better novel than War and Peace.

mockturtle said...

Yancey, I read Anna Karenina while in my teens and didn't particularly like it. But then, I don't recall there was much military action in it. ;-)

mockturtle said...

PS: And it may not have been a good translation. Maybe I'll give it another shot.

Inga...Allie Oop said...

“There is one potential gotcha in that some operating systems (iOS was doing it for a while with iPhones and iPads) will attempt to substitute angle-quotes (“e.g.”) when you actually type straight (double) quotes ("e.g.") — if you can't see the difference, zoom in. Straight double quotes are required for surrounding the http link, as shown in the example above.

The solution to this issue (in iOS, using iOS's crappy on-screen keyboard) is to hold your finger down on the double-quote key until the subsidiary menu opens up (displaying several different types of quotes), then select the straight quote.”

No, you don’t need to use any quotation marks what so ever when hyperlinking.

Ty said...

I saw this piece in Paris; it gave me chills. Glad you also were able to enjoy it.

Inga...Allie Oop said...
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narciso said...

Was it one of these:

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/826979-which-english-translation-of-anna-karenina-was-the-best

Inga...Allie Oop said...

Anna Karenina, why haven’t you read it yet? I read it when I was in my teens.

Made with no quotations marks.

Limited Perspective said...

@ Inga's

I did misinterpret. I wrote sarcasm and missed your joining sarcasm in return. Good grief, i must be getting old.

@ Steve

When I was working on my chemistry degree, there were these little bios in the text books when each new topic was introduced. I'm not a historian, so that is what formed my mind about the people (the old white guys again) who made and developed our modern world. Thanks for reigniting my interest in how fungi could be developed into an antibiotic. I will look into the story at some point, keeping your post in the hopper.

Inga...Allie Oop said...

I read War and Peace in my 20’s, loved it.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

Putin Comes Clean On 2016 'Meddling': "Perfectly Clear Ukrainian Oligarchs Gave Money To Trump's Opponents"

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-21/putin-comes-clean-2016-meddling-perfectly-clear-ukrainian-oligarchs-gave-money

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

Good grief, i must be getting old.

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Crazy World said...

I saw that too 9:37, My President the wedding crasher on one of wonderful properties. Life is Grand.

Crazy World said...

LOL Meade with the pusherman, still traumatized by that song.
Peace & Aloha to you guys

Earnest Prole said...

Don't think it came from our house.

Surely this is a parody of bourgeois anxiety and not the genuine article.

Bruce Hayden said...
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Bruce Hayden said...

“There is one potential gotcha in that some operating systems (iOS was doing it for a while with iPhones and iPads) will attempt to substitute angle-quotes (“e.g.”) when you actually type straight (double) quotes ("e.g.") — if you can't see the difference, zoom in. Straight double quotes are required for surrounding the http link, as shown in the example above.

The solution to this issue (in iOS, using iOS's crappy on-screen keyboard) is to hold your finger down on the double-quote key until the subsidiary menu opens up (displaying several different types of quotes), then select the straight quote.”


Beat my head against this more than once.

Not sure that works with older IOS versions. I have six IOS devices, 2 iPads and an iPhone in each category of up-to-date and obsolete OS versions (Apple tries to force you off of old hardware by refusing to update IOS for it). I do not believe that pressing the key pops up the subsidiary menu with the extra keys in the Obsolete versions of IOS. I do like the feature because both my partner’s first and last names have special marks above characters.

The other problem I have with IOS with have HTML is that it automatically capitalizes single I’s (for the nominative first person singular pronoun). If you put a lower case “i” in angle brackets, IOS will capitalize the first one, but not the second one (after “/“), and Blogger will choke. So, I use capitalized “I” in both, which is a pain.

My solution to both issues is to have a Note with all the HTML that I might need, both as a matched pair, and singularly, in pieces. With the latest IOS on iPads, you can switch applications by putting four fingers on the screen and swiping right. For HTML links, I swipe to my Notes app, copy the desired HTML, swipe back, paste, then paste in the desired text (including URLs). Works faster for me than keying in the HTML, and I don’t run into the quotes problem.

No, you don’t need to use any quotation marks what so ever when hyperlinking.

Usually, but not always. The problem is that blanks, and certain other characters, are legal in URLs, but not in HTML, unless in quotes (or other approved delimiters). The alternative solution to putting URLs with these characters into Anchor (A) HTML elements to form hyperlinks is to use escape sequences (e.g. I believe %20 for blanks). I find it much faster to copy and paste the entire HTML sequence, then paste or key the text into the desired places.

stevew said...

It's a metaphor for the state of our society and, in particular, our national politics.

Narayanan said...

What is the trick when using Short URL

Mr. Forward said...

It’s a parody couched in a metaphor
It's shabby chic and quite unique
It smells like lichen
And looks like the hair and bones
Of old white men
Couch surfing zen
The truth about wicker
Dispose of it quicker.

iowan2 said...
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iowan2 said...

Very good. I very much appreciated the tutorial. Only at Althouse! btw, no quotes used

iowan2 said...

Wow. Just watched a segment on morning schmoe, about the Puerto Rico protests. 5-6 minutes about the embattled Gov.. Talked about the messages made public that put the leadership in a bad light...not a hint about the rampant corruption of the government in general or specifically the corruption that kept aid for the hurricane recovery away from the people, and filtered into the govt officials...Like President Trump explained, and was ridiculed by the Democrats for doing so.

Marcus said...

Inga...Allie Oop said...
I read War and Peace in my 20’s, loved it.

It had been published then?

THEOLDMAN

Jersey Fled said...

Inga...Allie Oop said ...

"I read War and Peace in my 20’s, loved it."

In the original Russian?

Drago said...
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Drago said...

"Iran-backed terrorist cells could be deployed to launch attacks in the UK if the crisis between London and Tehran deepens, intelligence sources have warned."

UK Telegraph

By all means, lets allow millions of foreign enemy combatants into our nation via the now official democrat party position of open borders.

And while we are at it give all these foreign 5th columnists a conplete buffet of free stuff (another fundamental policy position of the dems) to facilitate their terrorist activities.

What could go wrong?

Michael McNeil said...

As Bruce Hayden points out above, not using (straight double) quotes to bracket the URL in your HTML link will work sometimes, and won't work other times.

FullMoon said...

mockturtle said...

Full Moon: Shabby shiek? Not shabby chic? Although it's more amusing to think of a shabby sheik, yes? A rather shopworn Arabian tribal leader.

7/22/19, 12:07 AM


Compounding my mistaak, I had to spell-check "sheik".

Narr said...

I just gesture to people with "Name@930" and paraphrase. When/if I master the proper fingerings, I'll quote and link.

Narr
Until then . . .

Michael K said...

When I was working on my chemistry degree, there were these little bios in the text books when each new topic was introduced.

When I was in medical school, with each new topic, especially organ systems, a professor from Childrens Hospital who was into medical history would give a lecture on the history of that subject. It was a great introduction. They don't do that anymore. Finally, I wrote a history of Medicine for students. It took a couple of years but it is still selling on Amazon.

Yancey Ward said...

This was the version of Anna Kerenina I read when I was in college and again about 15 years ago. I had to read it in college for a course in Russian Literature. I loved the novel a great deal.

Unknown said...


get this album by member of baby lemonade:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6irS_tWyXg

Bruce Hayden said...

REPORT: COMEY LIED TO, SPIED ON, TRUMP

Real Clear Investigations reports that Inspector General Michael Horowitz will say in his upcoming report that, although James Comey told President Trump he was not a target in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, Comey had actually been spying on Trump to see if the president was colluding with Russia. If an Obama-appointed Justice Department official so concludes after a lengthy investigation, it will be devastating for Comey.

A lot of ramifications here. Fairly obviously, the head of the FBI spying on his boss, the President, from whom is derived all of his power, Constitutionally, is both illegal and insubordinate. But almost as bad is that he apparently bald faced lied to Trump. If it was illegal for Gen Flynn to lie to Peter Strzok, after McCabe set up their interview with Flynn at the White House, it was worse for Comey to tell Trump that he wasn’t being investigated, when he really was. If. You can’t lie to government officials, Trump is at the top of the list of government officials. He might be able to claim necessity, if he truly had probable cause to believe that Trump had colluded with the Russians. But, of course, Comey knew better, because he did know, by then, that the Steele Dossier was fabricated partisan rubbish, and even if he didn’t know personally (he seems very much to have known personally), the agency he headed very surely knew, and had known for better than six months, and he legally spoke for the agency. But Comey wasn’t after proving collusion- he was trying to prove Obstruction of Justice. And committed just that specific crime when he lied to the President.

For a long time, I felt that Comey was the dupe, run around in circles by his top people, esp DD McCabe, as well as DNI Clapper. I still think that was the case. BUT there are limits to how far that defense should protect him. And he crossed that by lying to the sitting President, in order to entrap him through charges of Obstruction. He was the one Obstructing Justice. He doesn’t have ultimate authority to decide that sort of thing. The first clauses in Article II give that power to one person - the President. The FBI Director only has as much discretion there as the President delegates to him. Comey may have believed himself a Boy Scout, and loyal to the Rule of Law, but he should have started by reading the Constitution, the source of all power in the US government.

AG Barr has been warned that if he doesn’t get some serious prison time for the attempted coup members, esp Comey, McCabe, and Yates, a large percentage, maybe even half the country, will not trust the legitimacy of the FBI in particular, but also the DoJ in general, for at least a generation. Those agencies operated extra legally, and extra. Constitutionally, in trying to remove a duly elected and installed President through abuse of their power. The person from whom all their legal and moral power is Constitutionally derived.

We will see if he has the fortitude and strength to do this job, or if it is already too late.