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Tom Bowler
Nashua, New Hampshire
As a pragmatic libertarian, I believe that government's most important duty is to protect the constitutional rights of the individual.
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It was, Jane! :)
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Happy Mother's Day at JustOneMinute
First, I'd like to thank everybody who offered travel advice a couple of weeks ago for the drive from Key West to Mesa, AZ by my son and me. Also, thanks Jane for your offer of hospitality which we were unfortunately unable to take you up on. It was all very helpful, particularly JiB suggesting a SunPass for the Florida Turnpike. You can buy a transponder in a Publix supermarket, and then go online to activate it with a credit card. The thing has a couple of suction cups on it so you can stick it on the windshield below the mirror and you're good to go. Breezed through all the tolls. It was two weeks ago Sunday I got on a plane to Key West. Picked up the truck Monday morning and packed it up. Set out on Tuesday at about 9:30 after morning traffic died down. It was kind of a leisurely drive, 7 to 8 hours each day. We made Ocala on the first day. From there our overnight stops were Baton Rouge, San Antonio, El Paso, and then Mesa. It was pretty much I-10 all the way until we got to Lordsburg, NM where we picked up US 70 which became US 60 just outside of Mesa. It was a much easier drive than we expected and quite scenic. Very unlike New England, which is not to say New England isn't scenic. But this was different, like we were driving through a western movie in places. I discovered the senior discount at Red Roof Inn. You can get a room for $50-$55 a night with a refrigerator and microwave. And cable -- we kept up with the Bruins playoff series against the Blue Jackets. I had a 6-pack of Corona that I bought in Key West which I would put into the freezer each night after it warmed in the truck all day. But when we got back to the room after dinner (and all the beer that went with it) we'd be too tired to drink it. Took it out in the morning and put it into the next refrigerator at night -- repeat four times. Finally in Mesa we polished it off. San Antonio was a bit of surprise. I only got the see the inside of Lackland AFB my only other time there, but I remembered it being very flat. When we drove out the next morning I was routed through a region of ranches and a lot of hilly green pastures. Springtime. Maybe they turn brown in summer. I did not stay to help with the unpacking. My son got help from his mother and sister for that, and I took a red-eye from Phoenix back to Manchester. It was quite a trip. Escape from Key West! Thanks again!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Happy Mother's Day at JustOneMinute
Excellent Pieces, Clarice! Timely!
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on No Durant, No Problem at JustOneMinute
One can only speculate what Nixon and Kissinger might have accomplished, and what might not have come undone, had President Nixon paid more serious attention to a third rate burglary at the Watergate Hotel. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Libertarian Leanings
Great Pieces, Clarice. If Eric Felten's theory of the tarmac is true, then did Bill Clinton know about the Hillary exoneration draft that had been circulating at the FBI? He must have known exoneration was in the works. But Lisa Page testified to congress that the DOJ told the FBI that they would not prosecute on 18 793(f) while the FBI was arguing in favor of charging her. I suspect that by the time the tarmac meeting occurred, decision to charge or not charge had already been argued and decided. It makes sense that it would have been decided before the first Hillary exoneration draft was written, which I think was in May. It was only days after the tarmac meeting that Comey held his press conference, at which point the draft was final. That was early July. I don't see the advantage of having Comey rather than Lynch in control. The decision was made. So the conversation between Bill and Loretta may have gone down just as described, but I think the message was, it's time to end the Hillary investigation.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2019 on Saturday Morning at JustOneMinute
Thanks, Rick. I'll have to get to Page's speech later on. Back on the road soon. Last leg. Gus, I just think the word bias does not adequately describe the sheer evil and malevolence of our mainstream media. Otherwise, concur.
Toggle Commented May 4, 2019 on It's The Economy, Stupid at JustOneMinute
Posted by: rich | May 03, 2019 at 10:18 PM I thought the FBI (Comey?) said it was Papadopolous rather than the Steele dossier that drove them to seek FISA warrants on Page. Now I'm going to bed. Really.
Toggle Commented May 4, 2019 on It's The Economy, Stupid at JustOneMinute
From Melinda's link this afternoon: The smell of fear blanketing Washington Thursday further manifested in the New York Times story detailing shocking facts about the FBI’s use of spy “Azra Turk,” working with FBI asset Stefan Halper, to try to entice George Papadopoulos in September 2016. I wonder how long The Times sat on that story. Oh, I suppose Times journalists really could have been so disinterested that none would have any idea of what was going on with Papadopolous. But wasn't Papadopolous the purported reason that the original FBI counter-intelligence investigation was opened in the first place -- the one Mueller was appointed to take over? So where was the journalistic curiosity? We need another name for the Mainstream Media. It's not bias, it's malevolence. Maybe Malevolent Stinking Media, MSM. On a lighter note, Jack and I have made it to El Paso on our trip from Key West to Mesa. We packed the truck on Monday and left on Tuesday morning. We'll be in Mesa tomorrow. It hasn't been a bad drive at all, lot of nice scenery. But other than that it's been Red Roof Inns, restaurants for supper, and road. It's bedtime.
Toggle Commented May 4, 2019 on It's The Economy, Stupid at JustOneMinute
Porchlight and anonamom, Thanks for the great travel advice!
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2019 on If You Lack For Worries at JustOneMinute
What a beautiful hotel, rse! It may be too far out of the way, though, since we'll be driving in on I-10. I'll have to file that one for future reference.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2019 on If You Lack For Worries at JustOneMinute
Anonamom and TomR, Thanks. I use WAZE from time to time, and I'll probably use it on this trip. Two downsides I've noticed with it: 1.) It won't calculate a trip much longer than 500 miles (all the way from VA to NH didn't work), and 2.) the app occasionally just quits, and then you have to start it up again. Picks good routes though.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2019 on If You Lack For Worries at JustOneMinute
Jane 10:48 AM Thanks, Jane.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2019 on If You Lack For Worries at JustOneMinute
Thanks, JiB. I think the Florida/Ronald Reagan Turnpike is one of the ways Google Maps says to go.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2019 on If You Lack For Worries at JustOneMinute
Thanks for the offer, Jane. We're going to be trying to get to the state line on the first day. Not sure how realistic that is. Maybe we can stop and say hello on the way through, but right now I don't know when that will be.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2019 on If You Lack For Worries at JustOneMinute
Marlene, Stephanie, and fdcol63, Thanks so much. I'm helping my son move, so we're looking for the most direct route. I expect it will be a tiring trip, but I'm really looking forward to it.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2019 on If You Lack For Worries at JustOneMinute
I'm going to be taking a road trip from Key West to Phoenix soon. It looks like the way to escape Florida is I-75 up the west side of FL to I-10, then across. Do any Floridian JOMers know of a better way?
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2019 on If You Lack For Worries at JustOneMinute
Reading about the mysterious incident here: http://www.pythiapress.com/wartales/colby.htm
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2019 on If You Lack For Worries at JustOneMinute
Thanks, Narciso.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2019 on If You Lack For Worries at JustOneMinute
Who's Herb, Clarice?
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2019 on If You Lack For Worries at JustOneMinute
Dry rubbed a chuck roast yesterday, seared it on blisteringly high heat... Posted by: lyle | April 21, 2019 at 12:10 PM Lyle, As I began reading this I thought you were channeling Rudy Guiliani talking about his "Meet The Press" appearance. :)
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2019 on Happy Easter at JustOneMinute
Bruins and Leafs at 7:00.
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2019 on Peter Pan For President at JustOneMinute
Right! How could I forget about Dukakis, Henry! Especially with that memorable tank turret shot which probably was the thing the did him in. I suppose Kerry might qualify as a blank slate, considering that his crowning achievement over a lifetime in politics was getting James Taylor to sing "You've Got a Friend" to the French. His slate was retroactively blanked. God almighty, Massachusetts can really turn 'em out!
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2019 on Peter Pan For President at JustOneMinute
The attractive blank slate! Past players in this role include Gary Hart, Bill Clinton, Howard Dean, John Edwards, and of course Barack Obama. TM! How could you forget Jimmy Carter who, if I'm not mistaken, remains a blank slate to this very day!
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2019 on Peter Pan For President at JustOneMinute
Henry, The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a Dane County judge’s ruling that invalidated all of the Legislature’s actions in a December extraordinary session. What an amazing story. It's like the progressives' dream come true, where a properly enlightened judge can cancel unacceptable legislation en masse. Was there even any need to consider what was actually in the invalidated legislation? It's exactly what Democrats want from their judicial appointees: judges who see the law as the obstacle in a game that they have to win by interpreting their way around it. What a crazy time we've been living through.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2019 on Just Awful In Paris at JustOneMinute
Excellent Pieces, Clarice!
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2019 on Almost Like Journalism at JustOneMinute