Hi there, Constant (and Not-So-Constant) Reader. Well, it’s rather late in my blogging schedule on this Thursday, but that’s what happens when you have two blogs and realize that while one of them is getting new content almost every day, the other one is not. So on this rainy and gloomy evening, I am posting this at a time when I’m usually not writing anything (except making edits here and there to a previously published post) on WordPress.
Right now, the storms seem to have cleared out; my computer’s Weather app tells me that conditions outside are mostly sunny (even though it’s close to sunset) and that it’s 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius) both in official and “feels-like” temperature. Earlier on, though, there were thunderstorms around; I know, because I heard booms of thunder in the distance and our dog, Sandy, was hiding behind the utility room door. She hates thunder almost as much as I do.
Luckily for me (and thee), the storms were not close, so I was able to write a blog post in A Certain Point of View about how I’m learning to play (and win) the Junks on Parade scenario in Killerfish Games’ Cold Waters. It took me longer than I thought; Blogger recently updated its look and functionality, so I had to unlearn what I had learned when I used Classic Blogger and get used to the new look and peculiarities.
I am not a fast typist by any stretch of the imagination, so I am sure that writing that post would have taken me at least two hours from start to finish. However, with all of the changes Blogger made, especially to its user interface, It took me far longer to do than I would have liked. I started writing the post at 1:30 PM Eastern; I published the final version at 6:30 PM.
Today has been a weird day, but at least Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist for President Trump, and three right-wing accomplices were arrested for fraud today. Apparently, Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea siphoned money raised by Kolfage’s GoFundMe campaign to build a huge section of Trump’s pet project, a wall along the border with our neighbor to the south, Mexico.
Per an article on Axios:
Former Trump administration chief strategist Steve Bannon pleaded not guilty on Thursday after being indicted and taken into custody in New York on federal fraud charges.
The latest: A federal judge agreed to release Bannon on a $5 million bond. His travel will be restricted to the New York and Washington, D.C. areas, and he will not be allowed to use private jets or boats without permission.
The state of play: Bannon, along with three others, allegedly defrauded donors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars for their own profit with a crowdfunding campaign called “We Build the Wall” that raked in over $25 million.
And as if that wasn’t enough for the embattled President, a federal judge denied yet another appeal from Trump’s lawyers and ordered that he give the Manhattan District Attorney’s office all of the subpoenaed tax papers and other financial records related to Trump’s alleged romps with adult film actress Stormy Daniels (real name, Stephanie Clifford) and former Playmate Karen McDougal before his 2016 election to the Presidency.
Per an article in Mother Jones:
A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit by Donald Trump that argued the president should not have to comply with a subpoena by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance for his financial records, including tax returns.
After explaining that the Supreme Court had already ruled against the President in regards to the release of his financial records, reporter Dan Friedman adds:
The Supreme Court’s decision allowed Trump to contest Vance’s subpoena on other grounds. On Thursday US District Judge Victor Marrero ruled that Trump’s new arguments—that Vance’s subpoena is “overbroad and issued in bad faith”—is “at its core” the same claim judges have already rejected.
“It amounts to absolute immunity through a back door, an entry point through which not only a President but also potentially other persons and entities, public and private, could effectively gain cover from judicial process,” Marrero wrote.
And considering that over 170,000 Americans have died as a result of the Trump Administration’s inept response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the President is becoming more strident and desperate for anything that distracts his followers from his legal and political woes.