Sunday, February 18, 2018

To A Fallen Comrade"We called friend "

Nine years has passed , it  seems like a short time ago we call you friend . We knew who you were  thinking you would tell us in time , you never did  , did you not trust us  or just didn't care  who you hurt  .
You was  a lost soul  reaching out  , we felt  your pain , from what you told us   you had no family  or friends  to share your pain with , we knew  the  Mexican police was closing in on you .
We enjoyed the time we spent with you  , tried to make your life  a little more  worthwhile  , let you know no man was worth losing your daughter over  . 
When we found your blog  it was fun to rack old  Caruso over the coals  for how he treat women ,  I realize  you  was so full of hate  and the fun stopped , you was  full of hate so I decided to start a blog  so we could  have fun  we only wanted to  gossip about our families  and have a few laughs . You asked to be included  on the blog with us  , it was okay until you tried to turn it into a hate  blog , Keyser  befriended  you  and they  dogged him so bad  he moved his  blog .
We were the most hated  ladies  on the web , every Caruso  blogger was after us , we  weather the storm  and the fan girls found out  we was not  haters  , but we sure could fight  . Now , where are they , all gone  after nine years  we are still here with 5 blogs  , not bad  for  two women that didn't know a thing about  blogging  ... it was ten years last October  20, 2017 .
You came back  , we were happy to hear from you  , we was  kind of  skeptical   and wondered if  the therapy help you with your hate . We waited ... didn't take long  before you started another hate blog  about Caruso  , started up your old blog DCR  , we knew you had not change .  

This is the post I wrote  when we heard you  was gone :

"To A Fallen Comrade"We called friend         February ,21 2009

Bad things are going to happen.Painful,ugly,frustrating events are going to take place.There are no way around getting your feeling hurt,having your ego bruised,your trust weighed,your heart broken...believe me my friend I have been there,I am so very thankful I had a strong belief in God and a strong family unit,from the understanding you gave us,you had neither.There is not much you can do while you are going through your challenges,and difficulties,but there is something that you can remember that will make it a bit easier to bear.

Guilt says,there is nothing wrong in what I have done,shame says,"there is something wrong with me".

You can eliminate guilt by making amends for what you have done.You cannot eliminate shame until you atone/repent for the heartache you have caused others.We are glad we got to know you,you was opening up to us....You needed a smile , a kind word...because we don't know what troubles others have....I wonder was you trying to tell Jeannie/I goodbye,I truly think you was.....we might be down by one,but honey we are still here..."The Partners in Crime".

You know I always said flowers meant friendship....well old friend these are for you from Jeannie/Cupcake.You will always be remember with fondness...Its time now to write the book the three(3) of us talked about. Jeannie said you could do it...But hey that's just me...(GIGGLES) .

We hope you are well  and happy .

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bombshell indictment details Russian election interference operations

The 37-page indictment details efforts to support Trump and undermine Clinton.
By    CASEY MICHEL              FEB 16, 2018 
A bombshell indictment released Friday by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused 13 individuals and a trio of Russian companies of “interference operations targeting the United States.”

The indictment primarily details the efforts of the Internet Research Agency — the Russian organization responsible for spearheading Moscow’s social media interference operations during the 2016 U.S. election. While the 37-page indictment doesn’t identify any new Facebook or Twitter accounts created by the IRA, it does detail the methods with which the Russian operatives skirted and allegedly broke U.S. law — as well as hints at the Americans with whom they communicated.

The biggest takeaway from the indictment — alongside the details of the operations, from bank transfers to false identities — likely comes with the confirmation that Russian social media interference operations were dedicated to “supporting the presidential campaign of [Donald Trump] and disparaging Hillary Clinton.” As the indictment reads:

[Russian operatives] engaged in operations primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump… Specialists were instructed to post content that focused ‘on politics in the USA’ and to ‘use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump — we support them).

One Russian operative, according to the indictment, was even “criticized for having a ‘low number of posts dedicated to criticizing Hillary Clinton’ and was told ‘it is imperative to intensify criticizing Hillary Clinton’ in future posts.”

The indictment describes how Russian operatives impersonated Americans, traveled to the U.S. for intelligence gathering operations, and, in at least one instance, “communicated with a real U.S. person affiliated with a Texas-based grassroots organization.” The indictment doesn’t identify the individual or the organization, but notes that the “U.S. person [said] they should focus their activities on ‘purple states like Colorado, Virginia & Florida.’”

All told, the defendants are accused of “conspir[ing] to obstruct the lawful functions of the United States government through fraud and deceit, including by making expenditures in connection with the 2016 U.S. presidential election without proper regulatory disclosure; failing to register as foreign agents carrying out political activities within the United States; and obtaining visas through false and fraudulent statements.”

While questions remain as to which Americans the Russian operatives communicated with, the indictment makes clear that the Russian operatives tried to primarily support Trump’s campaign, while undercutting Clinton’s. Indeed, some of those identified “communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign,” as well as “other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities.”

Coordinating with a number of LLCs and operating out of St. Petersburg, Russia, the operation, per the indictment, “employed hundreds of individuals for its online operations, ranging from creators of fictitious personas to technical and administrative support,” including data analysis and a graphics department. Approximately 80 employees within the broader Russian apparatus focused primarily on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

Some of those employees, including defendants like Aleksandra Krylova — at one point the third-highest ranking employee in the organization — traveled to the U.S. “under false pretenses for the purpose of collecting intelligence to inform” their operations. Others “oversaw the procurement of U.S. servers… that masked the [organization’s] Russian location when conducting operations within the U.S.”

The Russian operatives traveled extensively through the U.S., including to states like Nevada, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, and New York — all “to gather intelligence.” An additional trip to Atlanta provided further intelligence. While in the U.S., the defendants, according to the indictment, “posed as U.S. persons and contacted U.S. political and social activists.”

As it is, the indictment doesn’t shed any new light on specific fake Russian Facebook or Twitter accounts; rather, it details the efforts of groups already identified, including “Secured Borders,” “United Muslims of America,” “Blacktivist,” and “Heart of Texas,” confirming that the size of many of the pages “had grown to hundreds of thousands of online followers.” According to the indictment, the Russian operatives further tracked engagement using an assortment of metrics. As the indictment reads:

Defendants and their co-conspirators also regularly evaluated the content posted by specialists… to ensure they appeared authentic — as if operated by U.S. persons. Specialists received feedback and directions to improve the quality of their posts.

The indictment also details some of the methods with which the defendants purportedly purchased ads on Facebook as well as disbursed money, including opening PayPal accounts with fake identities. The operatives further “used, possessed, and transferred… the social security numbers and dates of birth of real U.S. persons without those persons’ knowledge or consent.”

But the efforts weren’t solely dedicated to undercutting Clinton’s campaign, or to sowing division across the U.S. As the indictment points, the Russian operatives “began to encourage U.S. minority groups not to vote in the 2016 U.S. presidential election” — or even to support third party candidates like Jill Stein. As one post read, “Choose peace and vote for Jill Stein. Trust me, it’s not a wasted vote.”

Mueller’s office announced an additional guilty plea on Friday. The plea, connected to Mueller’s ongoing Russia probe, details how a California man named Richard Pinedo “offered a variety of services designed to circumvent the security features of large online digital payment companies,” while also selling bank account numbers online. Pinedo, according to the plea, additionally “knew that many of the persons to whom he sold bank account numbers were outside the United States.” The plea does not detail where Pinedo’s customers were located.

This is a developing story and will be updated with additional information. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Chloe Kim, 17-year-old American snowboarding phenom, wins gold at women's halfpipe finals in Olympic debut

The American phenom has done it.

Chloe Kim, 17, won gold at the women's halfpipe finals Monday with a final score of 98.25. It was the U.S.' third gold medal of the Winter Olympics so far.

The event was over before it even began after Kim started things off with an impressive first-run score of 93.75 to put the rest of the competition on their heels. The run featured a flawless backside 1080. Kim, got off to another superb start on her second run before failing to land the second of a back-to-back 1080 combo. Kim had the opportunity to take a victory lap on her third run, having already wrapped up the gold medal by that point, but instead opted to improve on her final score, posting a near-perfect 98.25.

China's Jiayu Liu took silver with a best score of 89.75, while fellow American Arielle Gold earned bronze with a best score of 85.75. Thirty-four-year old Kelly Clark, one of the most decorated American snowboarders, fell just shy of earning a medal, finishing with a best score of 83.50.

Despite making her Olympic debut and being one of the youngest Olympians at Pyeongchang, Kim, who is the first woman to successfully land back-to-back 1080s, was a heavy favorite to take gold in the women's halfpipe.
The 17-year-old Long Beach native dominated the qualifying round Sunday, posting the two highest-scoring runs in the event - a 91.50 on her first run and a 95.50 on her second.

Prior to the Winter Games, Kim won gold in both women's halfpipe and women's slopestyle at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics. Kim is also a four-time X Games gold medalist, becoming the first person under the age of 16 to win three gold medals in 2016.
While winning your first Olympic gold medal is a special feeling in of itself, the achievement is most likely even more memorable for Kim since she's the daughter of South Korean immigrants and she still has family living there.

Kim became even more of a fan-favorite after the teenager tweeted about eating churros and craving ice cream during her qualifying round Sunday.

She continued her food-loving tweets Monday, posting about her love of breakfast sandwiches before her third run of the event.

“Wish I finished my breakfast sandwich but my stubborn self decided not to and now I'm getting hungry,” Kim wrote.

Former President Barack Obama and wife, Michelle Obama, celebrated the unveiling of their official portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

AOL.COM EDITORS            Feb 12th 2018 11:26AM
Former President Barack Obama and wife, Michelle Obama, celebrated the unveiling of their official portraits at the National Portrait Gallery on Monday, as the nation observed the latest art installations.

The Washington D.C. event commemorating the Obama family's time in the White House marks the first time that black artists were commissioned to work on the presidential works.

Artist Amy Sherald worked on the portrait of the former first lady, while Kehinde Wiley presented his floral composition of the 44th U.S. commander in chief.

See the presidential portraits and other images from the momentous unveiling:

Michelle Obama took the time on stage to thank those who laid the groundwork before her, including her own parents. Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, was present at the event.

"I'm also thinking about all the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who in years ahead will come to this place and they will look up, and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall," Michelle Obama said.

"As we see today, we still have a lot more work to do," she added. "But we have every reason to be hopeful and proud."

Artist Amy Sherald says she saw influences of Piet Mondrian and the Gee's Bend quiltmakers in the dress the former first lady is wearing in the image, designed by Michelle Smith.

Sherald thanked the first lady during her remarks, saying, "Thank you for bringing light and clarity to my journey."

Former President Obama thanked Sherald for "so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love," before joking about the experience of working with Kehinde Wiley on his own portrait.

Obama said he requested less grey hair and smaller ears but was rejected due to Wiley's "artistic integrity."

Obama also nodded to former White House aides present in the audience, saying, "We miss you guys. We miss the way you carried yourselves." Shouts of "We miss you too!" echoed back.

Obama spoke on politics as well, saying it's not about "celebrating the high and the mighty and expecting that the country unfolds from the top down, but rather that it comes from the bottom up."
He also spoke of the similarities between himself and artist Wiley, saying, "Both of us had American mothers who raised us...and African fathers who were absent from our lives."

Wiley explained the floral backdrop for Obama's portrait, noting it symbolizes Obama's background influences of Chicago, Kenya and Indonesia that shape the man he is today.

"The ability to be first African-American painter to paint the first African-American doesn't get any better than that," Wiley stated.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Trump blocks Dem memo

Donald Trump speaks about Rob Porter departure and Adam Schiff memo, 9 February 2018

In spite of the fact that Mr Trump earlier overruled FBI objections to release a Republican document, he has blocked the release of a Democratic rebuttal to the Republican memo alleging bias against the US president by the FBI's Russia probe.
The White House said on Friday Mr Trump could not declassify the memo because of "sensitive passages" that create "concerns for national security".
A congressional panel this week voted unanimously to release the document. Democrats say their memo contains corrections to errors and omissions in the Republican document.
Last week, Mr Trump defied warnings from the FBI to release a Republican document that alleged the agency had abused its power by investigating a Trump adviser as part of its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Democrats argued that the memo cherry-picked information and was misleading. On Monday, the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee voted unanimously to declassify the 10-page Democratic memo, which aimed to counter the Republican document.
Adam Schiff, who wrote the second memo, said at the time that Republicans had "found themselves in an insupportable position when they released a misleading memo and refused to release the Democratic response".
Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said it was a matter of "fundamental fairness" the memo be declassified, urging the president to demonstrate he was not trying to undermine the Russia investigation.
But in a letter to the committee's chairman, White House Counsel Don McGahn said Mr Trump had decided against approving public release of the Democratic memo "because the memorandum contains numerous properly classified passages".
A separate letter, from FBI chief Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, also said releasing the memo would create national security concerns.
Isn't that what they said about the Republican memo?? That had no effect on Trump's approval of it's release. This guy is so obvious with his distractions and misdirection, that it strongly indicates he has something to hide. Are you not so sick of his lies and machinations that you want him gone from the office of president ?? Speak up.
 I guess Batman was in the military....Who knew??