I'm trying to take a nap, but…

…it's a windy day and something outside the house is blowing against the wall. I'm distracted by the sound. Tap, tap, tap…tap, tap, tap.

Then I imagine I'm on a clipper ship homeward bound from Madagascar and go right to sleep.


While maintaining that she would accept the recommendations of the career Justice Department officials and FBI agents involved in the investigation, a Justice Department spokesperson made clear that Lynch, as the head of the department, would still be responsible for the final determination whether to bring any charges in the case.

The Loretta Lynch in the 1992 NYTimes piece is not the AG, Cryptome says

Cryptome (@Cryptomeorg)
The only two Loretta Lynchs on Martindale.com, the AG and probably the 1992 Clinton campaign aide pic.twitter.com/Tp4M5xnnmj


The new Democratic Party slogan

(Attorney general wishes she hadn't met with Bill Clintonhttp://goo.gl/SXWhDl and just about everywhere else)

"I certainly wouldn't do it again," Lynch said… 

About a third of US voters identify themselves as Democratic [Gallup]. Wouldn't it be nice if at least one of them didn't do it the first time?

This jackass is for you

The Latest: Fiberglass donkeys swarm Philly for convention

Fifty-seven fiberglass donkeys are being installed around Philadelphia ahead of the Democratic National Convention.…

They represent the 50 states, five territories, Washington, D.C., and overseas Democrats. 

(Boston Herald http://goo.gl/1w3mRY)


Just in time for a holiday weekend

Bosron Popsicle?? Come on, AutoCorrect, get your head in the game

With CBS on board again, Keith Lockhart is ready to take over prime time | Boston Herald

After dropping the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in 2013, CBS has returned to broadcast this year's July 4 event on the Esplanade with big names: Lovato, Nick Jonas and platinum-certified country band Little Big Town.

Back to the future… again

THE 1992 CAMPAIGN - Personal Finances - Clintons Joined S.& L. Operator In an Ozark Real-Estate Venture - NYTimes.com

The two lawyers representing the Clintons are Susan P. Thomases, a longtime friend, and Loretta Lynch…

Clinton put State Department info at risk by using a private mail server but…

Donald Trump used money donated for charity to buy himself a Tim Tebow-signed football helmet - The Washington Post


The Donald and the Newt

Gingrich, Christie are the leading candidates to be Trump's running mate

The former House speaker has particularly strong support from Trump confidants.…

Culvahouse, a former White House counsel who is managing the vetting for Trump, was the lawyer who vetted then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the GOP vice-presidential nomination during the 2008 campaign.

More: https://goo.gl/hOXmjs

The country's in the very best of hands 🎶🎶


What? Whaat?

Donald Trump leading revolution of white working class
The Washington Times

Everyone's looking for what Winston Churchill called a pudding with a theme.…

Or as Che Guevara put it, "The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall." ... Read the full story

Is there nothing from which we may be spared?

The nice thing about being a candidate for something…

Tech's real role in student debt

Hillary Clinton's campaign advisers sought to explain the student debt deferment portion of her tech agenda ... Read the full story

…is that you can say just about anything you want to without worrying because there is always somebody else to explain what you mean. No one will ever ask why the people doing explaining are not the ones who are the candidates and you're not just sitting at home watching the TeeVee like everybody else. 


Blowing over

Party that's going to keep us safe is, well, scared

Anxiety mounts over GOP convention's security - POLITICO

It's more dangerous. It's going to be far more dangerous for every one of us," said Regina Thomson, a delegate from Colorado.

Read more: 

When a little more executive overreach might be a good idea

More than 5,300 U.S. water systems violated lead-testing rules last year - The Washington Post

And the report found that despite more than 8,000 documented violations of the EPA's "Lead and Copper Rule," the agency took a formal enforcement action in only 908 cases. "This lack of accountability sends a clear message to water suppliers. ... There is no cop on the beat," the NRDC authors write.

You don't expect Congress to fix this, do you?

None of the above

Poll Asks Who Would Make a Good President, Voters say Neither

Sometimes it's best to just shut up

Northampton teen sent to hospital after snapping turtle bites finger, refuses to let go
NORTHAMPTON -- A teenage boy was taken to the hospital Tuesday night after a snapping turtle bit down onto his finger for 20 minutes before releasing it. The finger was saved, but the 15-year-old was not spared bite marks, police said. The teen...

The Massachusetts Environmental Police were contacted for advice on how to remove the turtle from the teen, but did not respond.

Some things never change

Your Grandmother's Driverless Car
The Atlantic

The driverless vehicles of the 1920s were called "phantom autos," and they were remote-controlled by the tapping of a telegraph key. Read the full story

Driverless cars never ran yellow lights or veered into the wrong lane, Lynch added, and "that's more than a lot of cars with drivers in them do."


Adventures in time

The Lyndon, Vermont, Time Capsule
First mentioned in an 1891 Vermont newspaper, the capsule is an iron box containing proceedings of the town's centennial celebration. It was scheduled to be opened on July 4, 1991. Citizens have looked in the town vault, the bank and the library but have not found the box. The time capsule may not have been buried at all, since some ceremonies were canceled due to rain. Lyndon residents have vowed not to lose their new time capsule which is set to be sealed July 4.

This and eight other "most wanted" missing time capsules are listed on the website of Oglethorpe University's  International Time Capsule Society (http://goo.gl/tP8Cns). There is apparently no reward for finding one. But if you find one maybe your name could be listed in another time capsule somewhere and get lost too. 


As long as it makes 'em bigger and tastier, we're all for it

Perdue Announces Industry-First Animal Care Commitments

SALISBURY, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 27, 2016--Perdue Foods today announced a renewed focus on animal care...

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We're gonna run out of single quotes if we don't get over this 'Brexit' thing

Is this the end of "Live Free or Die"?

New Hampshire bans animal sexual assault : The Humane Society of the United States

This bipartisan effort was initiated to address the disturbing and prevalent issue of animal sexual assault in the Granite State.

And, um, how prevalent, exactly?

Sounds like a perfect fit

Net gains: Sharapova to Harvard Business School during ban

BOSTON (AP) - Maria Sharapova says she's headed to Harvard Business School while she serves a two-year doping ban. The 29-yea...

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declares Friday 'Pet Sounds Day' in honor of Brian Wilson performance | masslive.com

See, you just push this little button on your keychain…

Remote Starter Causes Car to Drive into Joliet Canal - Joliet IL Patch

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A cat fight in Texas

Texas city council votes to oust library cat

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) - A North Texas city council has started a cat fight by voting to oust the furry mascot of the c...

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All this science stuff may be fine in its place but…

How the sounds you hear affect the taste of your beer

…some people just can't leave well enough alone.

The really good news …

Conservative columnist George Will leaves GOP due to Donald Trump - NY Daily News

…is that maybe both of the major parties will crash and burn this year and then we can find something else to do. I hear the EU has an opening. 

But no kilts. Or bagpipes.

Donald Trump: Scottish Muslims coming to U.S. is OK - NY Daily News

Good morning

Maybe I am no good at taking tests (or maybe I'm too good, or maybe the test…)

I took the little test on this Time web page (http://goo.gl/fZgJnj) about, presumably, prevailing attitudes in various parts of the country. It said l'm best suited to one of the darkest green states (Oregon; relaxed and creative). But I live a continent away in one of the darkest blue states (Massachusetts; temperamental and uninhibited), and I spent my entire childhood and half of my adult life in red states (Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois and Georgia; friendly and conventional).

Can you spell "mongrel"? Or "dumb test"?

Bernie keeps on ticking

DNC Convention Costs Leaving Young And Poor Delegates Out In The Cold
Inquisitr News

The exorbitant costs of attending the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia on July 25-28 this year, is threatening to leave some delegates out in the cold. The DNC strongly requires delegates to stay at an appointed hotel, and costs for a room start at $569 per night, plus tax and fees, with the hotel requiring a five night minimum, putting base costs for attending the convention in the thousands, effectively shutting out anyone below a certain income bracket. Sanders and Clinton delegates are Read the full story


The exact number of pledged delegates is still up in the air with the vote in California still being counted, and with Bernie Sanders pulling back four percentage points from the initial announced results. Hillary Clinton was announced the winner of California by 13 percentage points, but she now only holds a lead of nine, with the predominantly Bernie Sanders-leaning provisional votes still being counted.

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