OK, I can contribute a moose in a swimming pool. Saw this a couple days ago on twitter and it gave me a chuckle.
Redd, You know I love you honey. My strongest thoughts for strength and healing are beaming their way to all of you.
Man, I wish I had know his initial appearance was going to be in front of Magistrate Lindsey. I would have gone to court for. This is NOT a woman you want to screw with. I would have given anything to see the death glare she probably gave him. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall in that courtroom!
Cynthia Kouril commented on the blog post Graham, McCain, Ayotte, And King Put Out Statement To Remove Boston Bombing Suspect’s Rights
Ok, enemy combatant means non US citizen who comes to US to do terror act-like 9-11 hijackers OR anyone (US citizen or not) found fighting against US forces on a foreign battlefield.
This kid does not fit the statute. No one has yet offered a legal theory about why this kid can ever fit under that the statute. Lindsey Graham should lose his law license for spouting this ignorance. He is an embarrassment to the profession.
Cynthia Kouril commented on the blog post One Suspect In Boston Marathon Bombing Killed, Another At Large
I have been in telephone contact with friend who lives on the same street in Cambridge where the suspect lived. She just texted me that they are being evacuated. This is consistent with reporting on CNN that reporters have twice been pushed back multiple blocks from the house where he lived.
No news is no news. How to keep the crazy theories at bay?
Cynthia Kouril commented on the blog post Still No Suspects Or Known Motive For Boston Marathon Bombing
I don’t even have a speculation. Somebody in Dan’s earlier thread queried qui bene? But if it’s just some nut, nobody benefits, so that may not even be a rational starting point.
Emptywheel has tweeted that it appears they are going to do a crowdsourced investigation, as they are asking for everybody’s amateur video. That is a big project, but makes a lot of sense from an investigation’s viewpoint. At this point, it looks like it’s in the hands of the forensics folks.
It’s because of Bojinka, which was a plan to hit several targets around US either simultaneously or in close series. It makes sense to put other known targets on alert until you know it’s not a continuing event.
RT @mbtatransitpd: If you see anything suspicious please cal 617-222-1212 or our SeeSay app.
Cynthia Kouril commented on the blog post DoJ Hid Routine Use of ‘Stingray’ Surveillance Technology from Federal Magistrate Judges
In the federal system, there are district judges who are appointed pursuant to article III of the Constitution and have life time tenure, they have to be voted on by Senate. They are trial judges.
There are also federal magistrate judges who apply for the job to the District Executive. They have a fixed term (IIRC it might be 10 years) and do not have to be voted on by Senate. Magistrates handle the pre-trial/ discovery phase of a trial and when it is ready for trial hand the case off to the District Judge. They also do arraignments.
District judges can delegate some other activities to a Magistrate such as deciding some motions and holding certain kinds of hearings, though the decision by the magistrate has to be confirmed by the district judge who did the delegating.
In civil cases, parties can stipulate to have their trial held in front of a magistrate judge.
Cynthia Kouril commented on the blog post Jamie Dimon Told Regulators He Would Not Follow Regulations
The important part about Dimon’s tantrum, is it means he has admitted his own culpability.
All the times that Preet Bharara winges about how hard these cases are to make? Well, Senator Levin’s hearing just laid out an open and shut case that any jury can understand. And it is not a case against a low level schmuck, it is case with an admission against interest by the CEO.
Back in my day, a nugget like that would have had federal prosecutors on their knees in thanksgiving prayer to whatever deity they worshipped.
Levin really has backed DOJ into a corner, they really do have to take Dimon to trial (unless he pleads to a full indictment)or admit that they are a sham of a law enforcement agency.
Made the corned beef and cabbage for dinner last night with a home made soda bread.
We will have leftover soda bread with Kerrygold butter and some marmalade for breakfast. Then off to a rugby game. Very Irish day for us.
Cynthia Kouril commented on the diary post Did Long Island Power Authority Try to Poison Pill National Grid From Buying PSEG LI? by Cynthia Kouril.
Very cool, previous post re: untransparent investigations into LIPA, quoted today at NYS Assembly hearing. And quotes where used to great effect by the witness who was a LIPA Trustee.
Cynthia Kouril wrote a new diary post: Did Long Island Power Authority Try to Poison Pill National Grid From Buying PSEG LI?
More on Long Island Power Authority: So What’s Up With Privatizing LIPA? Part 1 and Part 2 . Testimony on Privatization part 1 and Part 2 . In 1986, then Governor Mario Cuomo announced creation of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) . See, “Andy’s fuzzy math” Nichole Gelinas, New York Post, 1/10 /13 It took until 1998 to complete the sale of all of Long Island [...]
Cynthia Kouril commented on the blog post As Government Hypes “Cyberthreat” Private Companies Try To Cash In
To get the American people to accept waterboarding, we had “24″, to get people to fear cyber attacks on our utilities we had “revolution”.
It’s amazing how easy it is to sow propaganda disguised as fiction.
Cynthia Kouril commented on the diary post Has the Decision Already Been Made to Sell Long Island Power Authority’s T & D System to National Grid? by Cynthia Kouril.
That is one thing that is not NG’s fault. For some reason, the legislation that created LIPA included a prohibition on LIPA having access to hydro. So, when LIPA buys power from NYPA they pay 9cents per kilowatt. According to one NYS Assemblyman when the municipal power company of Rockville Centre (which is a village [...]
Cynthia Kouril commented on the blog post Mistakenly Released Documents Reveal Goldman Sachs Screwed IPO Clients
One of the problems here is how you define a “successful” IPO. Traditionally, good IPO underwriting meant that you sold out on the first day. The ability to attract share subscribers in advance is what you go to a venerable house for.
The important pert here, is the kickbacks.
Author’s note: Many, many thanks to our own Kelly Canfield who made all these gorgeous professional video clips. This post would not have been possible without him. As some of you may know, I testified before the joint hearings of the NYS Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Oversight and the NYS Senate Committee on [...]
Cynthia Kouril commented on the diary post The tale of three non transparent investigations into LIPA by Cynthia Kouril.
LIPA was formed to bail out the private company Long Island Lighting company (lilco). Lilco made a terrible business bet building the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant which had huge cost overruns and was never allowed to go fully operational. Lilco was on the verge of bankruptcy and its shareholders would have been wiped out, until [...]
Cynthia Kouril wrote a new diary post: The Tale of Three Non-Transparent Investigations Into LIPA
Author’s note: This post, and the post to follow tomorrow, would not have been possible without the hard work and talent of our own Kelly Canfield who excerpted all the video clips from hours and hours of committee hearing testimony. I owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Currently there are three investigations going on into the [...]
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