There’s no supporting evidence in the report that was released on Friday. That last part is interesting, if predictable. I’ve long believed that, Tsarist, Communist, or autocratic, Russia behaves pretty much the way it has behaved since Peter The Great. But this is a whole different bit of business. It’s time for progressives to stop quibbling. The president-elect has to condemn this, openly and categorically. The Republican leadership in the Congress has to be right behind him while he does it. His transition team needs to release everything it knows about their end of this business, and they have to waive immunity and open themselves up to questioning by the special committee of the Congress that this information demands. If none of these things happen, then the transition team, the president-elect for which it works, and the congressional majorities that share its party affiliation have failed the country and have forfeited a good part of their political legitimacy.
But, no, the president-elect is deflecting towards NBC, and Paul Ryan’s knee-jerk reaction about “partisanship” will simply not do. If the president-elect is delegitimized, it’s on him now. It’s time to start acting worthy of the office he’s going to hold.
Another gun, more dead people, this time at the airport in Fort Lauderdale. From CNN:
He was a lone shooter and we have no evidence at this time that he was acting with anyone else,” Barbara Sharief, a Broward County commissioner, told CNN.Witnesses told news outlets that the gunman, who appeared to be a man in his 20s wearing a “Star Wars” T-shirt, had been firing into the crowd at baggage claim. The Broward County sheriff, Scott Israel, said that no shots were fired by law enforcement, countering reports that the gunman had been shot by the police. Sheriff Israel said at a news conference that the gunman was arrested without incident. John Schlicher, who told MSNBC that he witnessed the attack, described the gunman as a “slender man” who was “directly firing at us” while passengers waited for their bags to come off the carousel.
Apparently, the guy flew from Alaska to Florida. His gun was in his checked baggage, which he is allowed to do because Second Amendment. So he picks up his bag, takes out his piece, loads it in the bathroom, and ventilates a bunch of his fellow passengers. Somehow, I don’t think it’s likely the guy adhered to the TSA guidelines. Or maybe he did. It doesn’t really matter. Does this strike anyone else besides me as the world’s easiest and most predictable mass murder? Guns and this country, man. I just don’t know.
Hey, all you cats ‘n kittenz out there in Sofia and Plovdiv, don’t worry. You’re going to learn to love Sousa marches and old minstrel tunes. From the Beeb:
Since 1 January, state-funded Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) has been filling its airwaves with classical pieces, jazz and traditional folk music instead, the Novinite news agency reports. It’s locked in a dispute with the non-profit Musicautor organisation, which manages the rights to work by both local and international artists – 14 million pieces of music in total. Even the traditional version of the national anthem is off-limits. Listeners tuning in on New Year’s Eve instead heard the BNR symphony orchestra and choir’s take on the tune, Balkan Insight reports, adding that the copyright row means only music made before 1945 can be played. BNR itself says it cannot play “95% of today’s modern music repertoire”. Musicautor wants BNR to pay more in royalties – triple the amount it pays at the moment – to bring it more into line with national radio in other EU countries. But radio director Aleksander Velev says that’s impossible unless it gets more funding or drops a regional broadcast, which would “tarnish the radio’s public mission.”
Somebody owns the copyright on the Bulgarian National Anthem and it’s not the Bulgarian government? This is even better than Michael Jackson owning the Beatles catalog. Whose investment advisor is that far-sighted and how can I hire him?
There was some talk up in the Commonwealth (God save it!), most of it from Republicans, that Senator Professor Warren was going to hang it up after one term. On Friday, she put all that to rest. From The Boston Globe:
The people of Massachusetts didn’t send me to Washington to roll over and play dead while Donald Trump and his team of billionaires, bigots, and Wall Street bankers crush the working people of our Commonwealth and this country. This is no time to quit.
Of course, this doesn’t mean we will lack for entertainment.
Warren has remained popular in Massachusetts, but could face a challenge from Curt Schilling, the former Red Sox pitcher turned conservative firebrand who has said he plans a Republican bid. Requests sent to Schilling for comment were not immediately answered.