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It’s Mueller Time

Get a beer, sit back, try not to get drunk on all the newsy goodness.

The hits just keep coming today. In just the last half hour, we learned that acting AG Matt Whitaker is not supervising Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Rod Rosenstein is. Huh. What’s that all about? It’s got to be something interesting to deflect Trump’s mole from derailing the investigation.

Previous to that, Trump said he had no ties to Russia when he was a candidate and he wasn’t lying about that but so what if he was? He wasn’t president back then so what’s it to you?

Previous to that, the Federales raided the offices of one of Trump’s tax attorneys in Chicago.

At about the same time, they paid a visit to Deutsche Bank, the number one bank globally for money laundering.

And we started the day off with Michael Cohen pleading guilty to lying to Congress about Trump’s business projects in Russia. (Interesting side note: I read a tweet somewhere that indicated that some WH staffers were shocked to find out that you could actually get indicted for that. Probably a lot of lawyers getting panicked phone calls this afternoon).

It’s about this time in the movie when Elliot Ness and the G-Men meet the bad guys in some public building in Chicago and the showdown begins complete with baby carriage careening dangerously down a flight of steps.

In this case, the baby has been headed for a meltdown ever since the Midterm elections. His tweets and public pronouncements are going south rapidly.

But let’s not forget that this baby doubles down when he’s being attacked. He’s going to fight this denouement with all he’s got and he’ll take everyone down with him if he can.

Is he dangerous? Um, probably. I’d take away the football and the launch codes if I were the Secret Service. We can’t have babies around dangerous things. He just might use them.


I’ll let Man in the Hoody have the last word here:

On another note: designer babies

You may have missed this story about the Chinese geneticist who has used CRISPR to design 2 HIV resistant twin girls.

Sounds great!


It’s not as impressive as it sounds. Here’s the scoop from Derek Lowe:

The nerdly short summary:

In other words, there’s no telling how this is going to turn out for these two girls. They are human guinea pigs. The scientist who did this gives the rest of us a bad name. Think Simon Barsinister or The Brain. The experiment is badly constructed with unpredictable outcomes.

Not only that but it just adds fuel to the religious right to stop trying more critical designs on a smaller scale, not going all the way to viability.

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.


Walk to work music. I’m bundled up and have on a long brown suede skirt with boots. But I’m thinking of warmth.