“Under siege, raided, occupied by FBI agents” Lawless Trump time for Justice.

Lee Heidhues 8.8.2022

Disgraced ex-President Donald Trump’s abortive Coup d’etat on January 6, 2021 was one of the most radical actions in American history.

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A day which will live in Infamy – January 6, 2021

The wheels of Justice grind slowly and exceedingly fine. Trump’s criminal violation of the American Constitution in trying to overturn the will of the American voters deserves the harshest Judicial scrutiny.

This Fascist (and that is what he is) needs to be dragged into Federal Court and made to answer for his crimes. He is a Clear and Present Danger.

Deutsche Welle 8.8.2022

Former US President Donald Trump said on Monday the FBI conducted a surprise raid at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Monday’s raid comes after the US National Archives and Records Administration in February notified Congress that it had reclaimed around 15 boxes of White House documents from Mar-a-Lago, some of which contained classified materials.

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Donald Trump’s America

“After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” Trump said in a statement.

Trump also said that FBI agents had forced open a safe as part of the raid.

In recent months, Trump has been giving strong hints over another bid for president. Meanwhile, the US Justice Department has been investigating allegations that classified records were taken to Mar-a-Lago after his presidency.

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Radical Trump inspired insurrectionists storm the US Capitol – January 6, 2021

A federal law called the US Presidential Records Act requires the preservation of memos, letters, notes, emails, faxes and other written communications related to a president’s official duties.

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Trump crashing on the shoals of January 6, 2021

And Monday’s raid appeared to concern boxes of documents that Trump brought with him from the White House to his luxury Florida home, the New York Times reported, citing two unnamed people familiar with the probe.

And separately, investigations in the January 6 siege of the US Capitol have been intensifying.

The FBI did not respond to requests for information, and it was unclear whether the reported raid was connected to either investigation.

Trump Coronavirus II 3.11.2020

Goodbye and good riddance

https://www.dw.com/en/donald-trump-says-fbi-carried-out-unannounced-raid-on-mar-a-lago-property/a-62749955

Top photo – FBI agents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida – 8.8.2022

 

9 years in the Gulag for Griner. From the basketball court to the Russian Court

Lee Heidhues 8.4.2022

Disgusting is the fact that  many of American basketball star Brittney Griner’s  fellow citizens, egged on by American fascist Donald Trump, are proclaiming on social media she deserves her nine year Russian prison punishment.  For what? Carrying a negligible amount of marijuana oil. I read it on Social Media and I am ashamed to call myself an American.

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Brittney Griner shackled and marched into a Kangaroo Russian Court for her sentencing.

The American basketball star, 31, detained in Moscow since two days before Vladimir Putin’s criminal invasion of The Ukraine has become a cynical pawn in international politics.

After a sham Russian court sentenced Ms. Griner, she is looking at 9 years hard time In a Russian Gulag.

 Unless  America and Russia, can cut a deal to secure her release.

Excerpted from Deutsche Welle 8.4.2022

A Russian court sentenced American basketball star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison for drug charges on Thursday.

Judge Anna Sotnikova found that Griner had committed the crime “deliberately,” and the sentence is close to the 10-year maximum penalty.

The 31-year-old athlete was found guilty of drug possession and smuggling vape cartridges with cannabis oil into the country.

Griner pleaded guilty in July to carrying the cartridges but said she had no intention of breaking the law.

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Brittney Griner from International basketball star to Criminal Putin hostage.

“I want to apologize to my teammates, my club, my fans and the city of (Yekaterinburg) for my mistake that I made and the embarrassment that I brought on them,” the three-time WNBA league champion and seven-time All-Star said before sentencing on Thursday.

“I want to also apologize to my parents, my siblings, the Phoenix Mercury organization back at home, the amazing women of the WNBA, and my amazing spouse back at home,” she added, her voice cracking.

Griner was also fined 1 million rubles ($16,000, €15,650).

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Brittney Griner. On the Court where she belongs.

https://www.dw.com/en/brittney-griner-russian-court-jails-us-basketball-star-on-drugs-charges/a-62711611

Smashing victory for women’s right to choose in ‘Wizard of Oz’ State of Kansas

Lee Heidhues 8.2.2022

Kansas, home of The Wizard of Oz. The voters have spoken loud and clear to uphold a woman’s right to control her body.

This is a good omen for the Choice movement which is shaken, stunned, angered and spurred to action by the Reactionary US Supreme Court ruling destroying the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

The Kansas vote sends a clear message to the Reactionaries. Their patriarchal take down of a basic woman’s right was a call to battle.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Kansas voters resoundingly decided against removing the right to abortion from the State Constitution, according to The Associated Press, a major victory for the abortion rights movement in one of America’s reliably conservative states.

The defeat of the ballot referendum was the most tangible demonstration yet of a political backlash against the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that had protected abortion rights throughout the country.

The decisive margin came as a surprise, and after frenzied campaigns with both sides pouring millions into advertising and knocking on doors throughout a sweltering final campaign stretch.

“The voters in Kansas have spoken loud and clear: We will not tolerate extreme bans on abortion,” said Rachel Sweet, the campaign manager for Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, which led the effort to defeat the amendment.told supporters that a willingness to work across partisan lines and ideological differences helped their side win.“The voters in Kansas have spoken loud and clear: We will not tolerate extreme bans on abortion,” Ms. Sweet said.

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At a campaign watch party in suburban Overland Park, abortion rights supporters yelled with joy when MSNBC showed their side with a commanding lead.

“We’re watching the votes come in, we’re seeing the changes of some of the counties where Donald Trump had a huge percentage of the vote, and we’re seeing that just decimated,” said Jo Dee Adelung, 63, a Democrat from Merriam, Kan., who knocked on doors and called voters in recent weeks.

She said she hoped the result sent a message that voters are “really taking a look at all of the issues and doing what’s right for Kansas and not just going down party lines.”

The vote in Kansas, three months before the midterm elections, was the first time American voters weighed in directly on the issue of abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade this summer.

The referendum, watched closely by national figures on both sides of the abortion debate, took on added importance because of Kansas’ location, abutting states where abortion is already banned in nearly all cases. More than $12 million has been spent on advertising, split about evenly between the two camps. The amendment, had it passed, would have removed abortion protections from the State Constitution and paved the way for legislators to ban or restrict abortions.

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Kansas voters Just Say Yes to a Woman’s Right to Choose.

“We’ve been saying that after a decision is made in Washington, that the spotlight would shift to Kansas,” said David Langford, a retired engineer from Leawood, Kan., who wants the amendment to pass, and who reached out to Protestant pastors to rally support.

The push for an amendment was rooted in a 2019 ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court that struck down some abortion restrictions and found that the right to an abortion was guaranteed by the State Constitution. That decision infuriated Republicans, who had spent years passing abortion restrictions and campaigning on the issue. They used their super majorities in the Legislature last year to place the issue on the 2022 ballot.

Top photo: Margaret Hamilton and Judy Garland in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, 1939.

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/08/02/us/elections-arizona-primary-michigan#kansas-abortion-rights-vote

The Spirit of Jack Heidhues lives on The GGNRA Coastal Trail in San Francisco

Lee Heidhues 8.1.2022

I saw Jack’s Native Spirit in the Coyote with whom I crossed paths earlier today on The Coastal Trail as the Native inhabitant casts a glance my way.

It was one week ago that Jack made his final escape to escape the ravages of Metastatic Lung Cancer at the age of 14 and 271 days.

Liz and I have now returned to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) Coastal Trail where we have taken our five dogs on their daily walks during the nearly 37 years they were part of our family.
Lucky January 1986 – April 1999
Simba April 1999 – December 2009
Rainbow March 2000 – July 2010
Luke July 2010 – July 2020
Jack December 2011 – July 2022

During the past seven days Liz and I have once again enjoyed the Coastal Trail on the Northwest corner of San Francisco which provided five canine companions, Liz and me with joy, adventure, thrills, anguish, excitement and peace.

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Liz with Luke and Jack – September 2019

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A scenic and quiet spot
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A view of the historic Golden Gate Bridge
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Trees dominate the Coastal Trail hillside
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Monday afternoon on The Upper Coastal Trail
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Looking North from the Northwest corner of San Francisco
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Liz Rocks as she creates a sculpture at Mile Rock Beach tailed by Luke
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With the waves crashing just feet behind him a nervous Jack checks out Luke, a gentle dog who was always ready for a photo shoot – Mile Rock Beach, December 2018
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Seabirds fly over the Coastal Trail
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Rosalie and Liz revisit the spot of many dog walks
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Jack’s Native Spirit looks on

JACK A.K.A HOUDINI HEIDHUES MADE HIS FINAL JOURNEY HOME JULY 25, 2022

WRITTEN BY LIZ HEIDHUES WHILE LEE GRIEVED OVER THE LOSS OF HIS BELOVED DOG, JACK – 7.25.2022

IN MEMORY OF AND IN TRIBUTE TO

JACK A.K.A HOUDINI HEIDHUES WHO MADE HIS FINAL ESCAPE THE MORNING OF JULY 25, 2022.

HE ESCAPED METASTATIC LUNG CANCER.

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Jack says Goodbye – 7.25.2022

JACK HAD BEEN FEELING POORLY, COUGHING AND DISINTERESTED IN FOOD, NORMALLY RELISHED WITH GUSTO.

JACK WAS SEEN BY HIS VET JULY 19.

WE RETURNED TO HIS VET JULY 22 AS HIS COUGH AND APPETITE LOSS WORSENED.

X-RAYS WERE TAKEN TO SEE IF JACK HAD A PROBLEM WITH HIS ESPHOPHAGUS.

JACK’S VET INFORMED US AFTER LOOKING AT HIS X-RAYS THAT HIS LUNGS WERE RIDDLED WITH METASTATIC CANCER.

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Lee and Jack

WE TOOK JACK HOME AND PONDERED HIS PROGNOSIS.

OVER THE WEEKEND, JACK GREW WEAKER AND COUGHED MORE FREQUENTLY.

HE REFUSED TO BUDGE FROM HIS DOG BED IN OUR KITCHEN.

JACK WAS TELLING US IT WAS TIME FOR HIS FINAL ESCAPE.

JACK LOVED OUR KITCHEN AND SLEPT IN HIS BED NEXT TO OUR STOVE WHENEVER HE WAS HOME.

HE SAVORED THE INVITING AROMAS OF HIS MISTRESS LIZ ENDLESS COOKING.

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Jack in Liz’ kitchen

LIZ ROASTED CHICKEN AND SIMMERED RICE FOR JACK TO SUSTAIN JACK INTO ADVANCED DOGGIE LONGEVITY.

14 YEARS AND 271 DAYS.

JACK AND OUR KITCHEN WERE INSEPERABLE.

SO MUCH SO THAT – WHEN JACK WAS BOARDED AT A DOG BOARDER’S HOUSE IN THE WESTMOOR AREA BELOW DALY CITY IN SEPTEMBER 2019 — JACK DECIDED HE HAD TO ESCAPE AND RETURN TO THE KITCHEN HE LOVED SO MUCH.

WHEN THE DOG BOARDER REALIZED JACK HAD ESCAPED OUT OF HER DOUBLE FRONT DOOR, SHE IMMEDIATELY WENT OUT TO HUNT FOR HIM.

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THE DOG BOARDER AND THE COUNTY DOG CATCHER SPIED JACK IN SCRUBBY UNDERBRUSH SURROUNDING THE AREA HE HAD VANISHED INTO. WHEN THE DOG CATCHER GRABBED JACK’S COLLAR TO TRY AND SEIZE HIM, JACK SLIPPED OUT OF HIS COLLAR AND VANISHED PERMANENTLY.

WE DID NOT KNOW JACK HAD ESCAPED FROM THE DOG BOARDER’S.

WE WERE VISITING LIZ’S SISTER IN MISSOULA, MONTANA.

WE WERE ENJOYING THE LAID-BACK HIP SCENE OF THE BIG SKY COUNTRY WHEN LEE GOT THE FRANTIC CALL FROM OUR DOG BOARDER.

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Jack eagerly waits for Lee at the neighborhood library

SHE HAD BEEN SEARCHING ALL DAY AND OVERNIGHT FOR JACK.

JACK WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.

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Jack, Liz and her Magnavox boom box – Jack loved listening to ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ by Stan Getz and Joáo Gilberto during his daily walk.

JACK HAD STARTED THE FIRST LEG OF WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE A FIVE-DAY JOURNEY WALKING HOME FROM THE AREA NEAR MUSSEL ROCK STATE BEACH.

AS JACK WALKED, THE DOG BOARDER BEGAN A MASSIVE CAMPAIGN PUBLICIZING HIS ESCAPE FROM HER HOUSE, 10 MILES AWAY FROM HIS BELOVED KITCHEN.

THE DOG BOARDER CONTACTED HER EXTENSIVE NETWORK OF DOG BOARDERS, WALKERS, GROOMERS, LOST DOG FINDERS, AND NEIGHBORS TO SCOUR THE SCRUB BRUSH SURROUNDING THE SPOT JACK WAS LAST SEEN AT AND TO FAN ALL THE WAY OUT TO NEARBY THORNTON STATE BEACH.

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Jack rolls on the lawn outside the Legion of Honor

THE DOG BOARDER POSTED HUNDREDS OF FLIERS.

BACK IN MISSOULA, MONTANA, LEE WAS HAVING A MELTDOWN.

EARLY THE NEXT MORNING, LEE METHODICALLY WORKED HIS CELL PHONE TRYING TO GET A FLIGHT OUT OF MISSOULA AND BACK TO SAN FRANCISCO ASAP. HE SUCCEEDED IN GETTING US BOOKED ON AN SFO FLIGHT THE FOLLOWING MORNING, FRIDAY THE 13TH.

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As our neighbors learn of Jack’s death we are receiving condolences from many folks who came to know and love Jack. Our neighbor Colleen gave us this special floral ensemble which now sits where Jack spent so much time enjoying Liz’ kitchen.

A HARBINGER OF BAD LUCK, FRIDAY THE 13TH TURNED OUT TO BE THE SUPERSTITION THAT ALWAYS WAS. THE PLANE WE WERE BOOKED TO FLY OUT ON  WAS DISCOVERED AT THE LAST MINUTE TO HAVE A MALFUNCTIONING ENGINE. THE MISSOULA AIRPORT WENT TO WORK DRUMMING UP AN EMPTY AIRCRAFT.

EVERYONE WHO HAD BEEN QUEUING UP TO BOARD A COMPLETELY BOOKED FLIGHT WOULD NOW HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER HOUR FOR A REPLACEMENT FLIGHT. THE HOUR LENGTHENED INTO HOURS. AS THE AIRPORT ANNOUNCED OVER THE PA VARIOUS FLIGHTS THE PASSENGERS COULD SUBSTITUTE FOR THE SFO-DESTINED FLIGHT, WE WATCHED AS LUCKIER PASSENGERS RAN BY WITH THEIR CARRY-ON LUGGAGE TO SNAG FLIGHTS.

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Jack and Lee on Blade Runner skies day – 9.9.2020

WE WERE SFO BOUND. STUCK AT A VERY SMALL AIRPORT.

LIZ MADE LAPS AROUND THE TINY SECURITY AREA THAT WOULD BE OUR BORING LOUNGE FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.

FORTUNATELY, THERE WAS AN OUTDOORS DECK. LEE VENTURED OUT INTO THE HOT AND HUMID MISSOULA WEATHER FREQUENTLY.

A FUNCTIONING PLANE FINALLY TAXIED UP.

AS WE SOARED OVER THE GUSTY MISSOULA AIRPORT, LIZ BEGAN TO CHANNEL JACK. SHE KEPT REPEATING IN HER MIND, OVER AND OVER, “JACK, KEEP GOING NORTH. DON’T REVERSE COURSE. WE’RE ON OUR WAY HOME TO FIND YOU.”

WE RETURNED HOME TO SAN FRANCISCO TOO LATE FOR LEE TO START TRACKING DOWN JACK.

BUT THE NEXT MORNING, SATURDAY, LEE HIT THE ROAD, TAKING MUNI AND BART TO MEET WITH THE DOG-BOARDER IN WESTMOOR.

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Jack Heidhues – 10.27.2007 – 7.25.2022 RIP

LEE PICKED UP A HUGE STACK OF FLIERS TO POST AROUND OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

ATTENTION-GRABBING FLIERS.

LOST DOG. HIS NAME IS JACK. REWARD FOR FOUND DOG. WITH JACK’S PHOTO.

FLIERS WERE NOW CIRCULATING UP AND DOWN THE PACIFIC COAST, FROM DALY CITY TO SAN FRANCISCO’S SUNSET DISTRICT AND ENDING IN SAN FRANCISCO’S OUTER RICHMOND DISTRICT. A RADIUS SPANNING 15 MILES.

JACK ALSO MADE HEADLINES ON “NEXT-DOOR”.

LEE POSTED ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM THAT JACK HAD GONE MISSING. JACK WAS WELL-KNOWN AT SUTRO PARK, THE GO-TO PLACE FOR DOGS IN OUR OUTER RICHMOND DISTRICT NEIGHBORHOOD.

EVERYONE WAS SEARCHING FOR JACK. JACK WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.

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Jack and Liz with his dear companion Luke at Ocean Beach who passed away in July 2020 – 6.19.2019

LEE MET OUR NEIGHBORS SEARCHING AT THORNTON STATE BEACH. THEY HAD DRIVEN THERE SATURDAY AFTER HEARING JACK WENT MISSING.

WE WERE FACING THE AWFUL POSSIBILITY THAT JACK WOULD NEVER BE FOUND.

JACK HAD SEVERAL DANGEROUS HIGHWAYS TO CROSS ON HIS JOURNEY HOME.

HE HAD TO AVOID OTHER DOGS WHO MIGHT BE AGGRESSIVE, COYOTES WHO MIGHT ATTACK HIM, STRANGERS WHO MIGHT MAKE HIM THEIR CAPTIVE, OR MOTORISTS WHO MIGHT RUN HIM OVER.

LIZ WENT TO CHURCH AS USUAL ON SUNDAY.

SHE WAS SITTING IN A PEW WHEN A PERSON SURPRISED HER, SITTING DOWN NEXT TO HER AND PASSING HER A NOTE.

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Jack loved being vacuumed

THAT PERSON WAS LEE. ON THE NOTE WAS SCRIBBLED THE MESSAGE: JACK WAS FOUND.

AS LIZ READ THE NOTE, LEE’S EMOTIONS OVERCAME HIM. HE STARTED TO CRY FROM RELIEF AND JOY.

LEE MADE A HASTY EXIT TO GO HOME AND WAIT FOR THE DOG BOARDER TO BRING JACK BACK.

A KIND STRANGER IN THE SUNSET DISTRICT HAD SEEN THE FLIER ABOUT JACK AND HAD RECOGNIZED THE DOG HE FOUND WALKING ALONG JUDAH STREET WHERE IT INTERSECTED 44TH AVENUE.

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Jack stays warm under the blanket knitted by our neighbor Colleen

HE HAD FOUND JACK ON THE WAY TO THE DOGGIE BATH O’MAT ON JUDAH STREET, WHERE JACK HAD BEEN BATHED AND GROOMED FOR YEARS.

JACK HAD TURNED ONTO JUDAH STREET AFTER WALKING ALONG OCEAN BEACH FOR MILES.

HE WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA BECAUSE WE HAD ALWAYS WALKED DOWN JUDAH TO OCEAN BEACH AFTER PICKING HIM UP FROM HIS BATH. ONCE HE GOT HIS BEARINGS, JACK FIGURED OUT HOW HE COULD GET HOME. WE HAVE NEVER OWNED A CAR. OUR NOT DRIVING JACK AROUND IN A CAR HAD MADE JACK SMART ABOUT WHAT DIRECTION HE SHOULD BE HEADING.

THE STRANGER REFUSED THE REWARD OFFERED BY THE DOG BOARDER WHEN SHE PICKED JACK UP.

JACK’S PAWS WERE RAW FROM HIS FIVE-DAY JOURNEY. HE WAS THIN, DIRTY, AND EXHAUSTED.

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An exhausted and relieved Jack after his five day walk home – 9.15.2019

BUT JACK WAS HAPPY TO BE BACK IN LIZ’S KITCHEN WHICH HE LOVED SO MUCH.

HE IMMEDIATELY CRASHED IN HIS BED NEXT TO THE STOVE AND SLEPT FOR TWO DAYS.

JACK ALSO MANAGED TO ESCAPE FROM BALBOA PET HOSPITAL WHEN WE BOARDED HIM THERE THREE WEEKS AFTER HIS EPIC JOURNEY HOME.

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Jack dressed up for Luke’s birthday party

HE SLIPPED OUT OF HIS HARNESS AND RAN OUT THE FRONT DOOR TO WALK HOME. WE NEVER BOARDED JACK AGAIN.

THE NOTORIOUS ESCAPE ARTIST MADE HIS FINAL ESCAPE THIS MORNING. HE ESCAPED WITH DIGNITY FROM INEVITABLE SUFFERING THAT IS THE OUTCOME OF A TERMINAL DIAGNOSIS.

JACK WALKED AWAY FROM LIFE ON HIS OWN TERMS.

JACK. THE NOTORIOUS ESCAPE ARTIST. A GENTLEMAN AMBASSADOR OF OUR OUTER RICHMOND NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE HE TOOK DAILY WALKS FOR ALMOST 12 YEARS. 

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Jack with his playmate Luke. Named in memory of Luke Heidhues who passed away 7.21.2020  

 

 

 

‘The Old Man’: Elements of Graham Greene’s Vietnam-era ‘Quiet American’

Lee Heidhues 7.24.2022

Our daughter and I were exchanging messages earlier today and she cued me into ‘The Old Man’.  I need some well produced exciting escapist entertainment to get my mind out of the San Francisco political swamp in the dog days of summer.

When I think of Jeff Bridges I first think of the 2016 film ‘Hell or High Water’. In that film Bridges portrays a Texas lawman working his last assignment. That film is deep. When I saw ‘Hell or High Water’ six years ago I thought it a precursor to what the soon to be Trump era would become.

Taking time to watch both the film and the FX seven part series makes for interesting viewing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell_or_High_Water_(film)

Excerpted from The New York Times 6.15.2022

With the advent of peak TV, and its bidding wars for talent, came a rush of film legends to smaller screens. Within the last decade, performers at the level of Al PacinoJane FondaJulia Roberts and Christopher Walken suddenly discovered that it wasn’t beneath their dignity to star in a regular old television series.

It may seem as if nearly everyone who matters had already made the move, but this week TV snares another big name: 72-year-old Jeff Bridges, a true member of the aristocracy of American acting.

He has made a few guest appearances over the years, including with his father on “Sea Hunt” and “The Lloyd Bridges Show” 60 years ago. But “The Old Man,” a moody, deliberate, seven-episode thriller premiering Thursday on FX, is the first series he can call his own.

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Bridges plays Dan Chase, a former C.I.A. agent who got involved in bad business in Afghanistan during that country’s war with the Soviet Union and had to go underground; he is flushed out of hiding when the series begins, and we watch as he goes on the run and tries to figure out who is after him, so many years down the road.

Chase is a Cold War true believer who went beyond the bounds of his assignment in Afghanistan, and there are elements of Graham Greene’s Vietnam-era quiet American in his character — the warrior whose naïve idealism and certainty (combined with a weakness for a local woman) makes him dangerous.

He also has an artless arrogance that can be charming right up until it turns frightening, a quality showcased in his accidental relationship with Zoe McDonald (Amy Brenneman), a lonely woman he encounters during his flight.

Bridges, the most natural and authentically human actor around, navigates the currents of Chase’s character with ease; he’s absolutely convincing at every moment, even when the writing gets a little too ornate and preachy, which it does with some regularity. And physically, he does a brilliant job of conveying Chase’s combination of lethality and frailty, a condition that is played more for poignancy than action-movie triumphalism.

Top Photo:  Jeff Bridges and Amy Brenneman in ‘The Old Man’

 

America rewards the wealthy and denigrates vast majority less fortunate.

Lee Heidhues 7.20.2022

Every person has a human right to have food. It’s a basic human right.

It’s regrettable that the AP refers to people who need food to survive as receiving “handouts”.

It’s a sign of disrespect towards the millions of Americans who are overwhelmed by the Capitalist system which rewards the wealthy and denigrates the vast majority less fortunate.

San Francisco is no stranger to the Food Bank. The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank serves thousands of residents each week. The citizens of all ages who are participants in the program would take exception to being labeled a recipient of “handouts”.

https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/sf-marin-food-banks

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Excerpted from AP via The People’s World 7.18.2022

Long lines are back at food banks around the U.S. as working Americans overwhelmed by inflation turn to handouts to help feed their families.

With gas prices soaring along with grocery costs, many people are seeking charitable food for the first time, and more are arriving on foot.

Distribution by the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Northern California has ticked up since hitting a pandemic low at the beginning of this year, increasing from 890 households served on the third Friday in January to 1,410 households on the third Friday in June, said marketing director Michael Altfest.

Inflation in the U.S. is at a 40-year high and gas prices have been surging since April 2020, with the average cost nationwide briefly hitting $5 a gallon in June. Rapidly rising rents and an end to federal COVID-19 relief have also taken a financial toll.

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The surge in food prices comes after state governments ended COVID-19 disaster declarations that temporarily allowed increased benefits under SNAP, the federal food stamp program covering some 40 million Americans.

The food banks, which had started to see some relief as people returned to work after pandemic shutdowns, are struggling to meet the latest need even as federal programs provide less food to distribute, grocery store donations wane and cash gifts don’t go nearly as far.

Tomasina John was among hundreds of families lined up in several lanes of cars that went around the block one recent day outside St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix. John said her family had never visited a food bank before because her husband had easily supported her and their four children with his construction work.

“But it’s really impossible to get by now without some help,” said John, who traveled with a neighbor to share gas costs as they idled under a scorching desert sun. “The prices are way too high.”

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Jesus Pascual was also in the queue.

“It’s a real struggle,” said Pascual, a janitor who estimated he spends several hundred dollars a month on groceries for him, his wife, and their five children aged 11 to 19.

Long lines return at U.S. food banks as inflation hits high

Nazis crushed in Germany. Back in the USA far Right extremism is on the rise

The Presidency of Donald Trump and his continuing influence in America is the most visible warning sign that the Neo Nazi extremist threat to America is real.

 Far Right Nazi sympathizers continue to rise up and increase their power in America with such groups as Proud Boys, Q’Anon, Oath Keepers, Storm Front, and others. A link to extremist groups compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center is attached.

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/groups

In Germany The People have been pushing back for decades against Far Right Nazi extremism.

The Far Right has always represented a Clear and Present Danger in the United States BEGINNING with the rise of the Ku Klux Klan after the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Deutsche Welle 7.16.2022

Mainz, Germany

Anti-racism groups and political parties on Saturday broke up a planned gathering of a German neo-Nazi group.

Mayor warns of dangers from extreme right

Earlier Saturday, Mainz Mayor Michael Ebling led a gathering of some counter protesters at the city’s main railway station and used a speech to denounce the planned Nazi meeting.

“They should take their brown backpacks, pack them up and start their journeys back home,” Ebling said.

He also warned against underestimating the danger from the extreme right.

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The neo-Nazi march in Mainz was outnumbered by thousands of counter protesters

The Interior Ministry of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate said the group was “obviously neo-Nazi.”

According to police, about 3,000 people — made up of church groups, labor unions and antiglobalization activists — helped to push back the extreme-right march through the western city of Mainz.

About 50 members of the hard-right New Strong Party (NSP) had gathered for a protest, around half of the number the party said would show up.

NSP members shouted such slogans as “Nazi city Mainz” and “Revolution now” before being prevented from moving forward, police said.

Clashes then erupted between officers and NSP members, and police said they responded with pepper spray.

The neo-Nazi group then relocated to another part of the city, according to the EPD news agency.

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American Nazis march in New York City –  1939

Academy Award nominated documentary of American Nazi rally in New York City – 1939

German local media reported scuffles between police and counter protesters.

Authorities clamp down on Neo-Nazi groups

In April, German police raided around 50 premises in a nationwide crackdown on banned neo-Nazi groups.

Four suspected right-wing extremists were arrested.

In February, members of neo-Nazi groups marred the remembrance ceremony of the World War II bombing of the city of Dresden.

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Neo Nazis in Germany – 2022

The participants of the far-right march walked into the city center to the sound of Richard Wagner’s music.

 

The German composer, whose known antisemitic views have drawn widespread criticism, was Adolf Hitler’s favorite composer.

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-neo-nazi-march-blocked-by-opponents/a-62499602

Top photo:  American right wing extremists on the march

“We’re seeing Girl Bosses for mass incarceration.” Puppet DA new hires

Lee Heidhues 7.15.2022

High and middle level attorneys and staff who worked with  Progressive DA Chesa Boudin were summarily fired in The Friday Morning Massacre.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s Puppet District Attorney Brooke Jenkins campaigned eight months as a leader in the political coup d’état  which ousted the democratically elected Progressive DA.

The Puppet DA was handsomely rewarded for her political treachery and dirty work. Jenkins sits in Chesa Boudin’s office without having to face the voters and earn the job.

The Puppet DA purged the office today.

The Puppet DA is bragging about the fact her top four deputies are women.  This is small consolation to the people who labored tirelessly with Chesa Boudin for 30 months to bring Progressive and fair Justice to the DA’s office.

It’s all being swept away in the aftermath of the 7.2MM MAGA funded Coup d’état which overthrew Chesa Boudin on June 7, 2022.

Kudos to SF Gate reporter Eric Ting who is the one scribe telling the World what is REALLY going on in The Puppet DA’s office.

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Excerpted from SF Gate – Eric Ting – 7.15.2022

New San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins fired 15 people in her office on Friday, with one in particular prompting an outcry. It comes in the first week after Jenkins was appointed to her role by Mayor London Breed following the recall of Chesa Boudin.

“I want to commend @BrookeJenkinsSF for firing me today,” wrote Dylan Yep, who was previously in the data department. “I had every intention to continue working to fight the obscene racial disparities that permeate the San Francisco criminal legal system — a goal she only has interest in paying lip service to. She was wise to hang up before I could get a single word in — otherwise she would’ve been forced to answer for her racist, carceral, and data-free policy plans. Or explain why I was fired.”

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The new look for Justice in the San Francisco District Attorney’s office after the Mayoral led Coup d’etat which ousted Progressive DA Chesa Boudin

 

Managing Attorney Arcelia Hurtado was the first member of the office to lose her job. She had served as the DA Office’s representative on the city’s Innocence Commission, which investigates potential wrongful convictions in the city. The commission was established by Boudin in 2020, and Jenkins signaled support for allowing it to continue in a KQED interview on Thursday.

“The decision by Brooke Jenkins to fire Arcelia Hurtado is deeply concerning, especially given the promise she made just yesterday to allow the Innocence Commission to continue to function,” said University of San Francisco law professor Lara Bazelon, the chair of the commission. “Arcelia was critical to the commission’s function. It is also concerning because Arcelia was the head of the DA’s post-conviction review unit, which, among other things, is currently considering the petition by Mayor London Breed’s brother Napoleon Brown to be granted leniency and released from prison following his conviction for carjacking and manslaughter. I can see no legitimate reason for firing an attorney as rigorous, competent and ethical as Arcelia.”

Other notable staffers fired included Kate Chatfield, Boudin’s chief of staff; Tal Klement, assistant chief of general crimes; Rachel Marshall, Boudin’s communications director and policy advisor; Mikaela Rabinowitz, director of data, analytics and research; and Lateef Gray, managing attorney of the independent investigations bureau, the department that oversees investigations into police officers.

“I came to DA Boudin’s office to fight for criminal justice reform; that battle has never felt more urgent,” Marshall said in a statement. “There is no question that DA Jenkins’ approach differs dramatically from my values. My passion for the mission to reform our legal system is stronger than ever and I am eager for the next opportunity to effect change.”

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SFPD takes charge in San Francisco

“San Francisco has taken 10 giant steps backwards,” Rachel Marshall said. “Jenkins was dangled in front of us because she’s a Black woman, which was supposed to make us feel better, but the firings are terrifying. I hope this raises the ire of the left, and makes us realize we must fight or we will lose. We always say a shift to the right can’t happen in California, but it is happening right here in San Francisco.”

On Twitter, Kate Chatfield  blasted the firings.

“The resentencing/innocence commission unit: gone. Police accountability: gone. Data and transparency: gone. Political corruption investigation: gone. Champion for victims and children: demoted,” she wrote.

Kate Chatfield also sharply criticized framing from news outlets that Jenkins’ first wave of senior staff hires were all women. “We’re seeing Girl Bosses for mass incarceration,” she wrote.

Several fired staffers other than Chatfield also left Jenkins pithy notes on Twitter on their way out.

“While en route to Santa Barbara for a wedding with fam, new SF DA Brooke Jenkins called and fired me on spot,” wrote Ryan Khojasteh, a felony prosecutor who worked on juvenile reforms. “Odd choice to fire a non-management felony prosecutor in the courtrooms every day that never lost a case.”

https://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Brooke-Jenkins-makes-wave-of-firings-17308456.php

Top photo:  Puppet master Mayor London Breed and her Puppet DA announce her appointment at San Francisco City Hall – 7.7.2022

 

Friday Morning Massacre. Breed’s Puppet DA spills political blood on the floor

Lee Heidhues 7.15.2022

Today will go down in San Francisco history as The Friday Morning Massacre.

Mayor London Breed, who led the political Coup d’etat against Progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin, is now seeing her vengeful law ‘n order political agenda carried out.

Puppet District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, ex-Assistant District Attorney working for Chesa Boudin, quit last October and spent eight months as the Recall spokeswoman.

Breed  handsomely rewarded her for performing these dirty political chores.

After just a week  being sworn in as Puppet DA she is carrying out her benefactor’s wishes. This is the stuff of corrupt dictatorships.

Chesa Boudin’s top staff was summarily sacked.  Replaced by hard core law ‘n order prosecutors whose Mission will be to undo all the reforms put in place in the past 30 months. 

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Most disturbing is the selection of Nancy Tung as the new boss of Special Investigations. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that one of Tung’s responsibilities will be to investigate “police misconduct”. This is reprehensible.

Nancy Tung ran against Boudin in 2019.  She finished third in the four person race. During the campaign Tung was the only candidate who said she would not prosecute  SFPD cops who murdered Mario Woods in 2015.

Tung is on the Board of Directors of the virulent law ‘ order NGO StopCrimeSF. Tung, like her new boss the Puppet DA, spent the last several months campaigning to Recall the Man who beat her in a democratic election.

Now, without having to face the voters, Tung has been rewarded a place at the Table. A Table at which the voters emphatically rejected giving her a Seat in 2019

https://missionlocal.org/2020/09/officers-who-killed-mario-woods-used-unnecessary-force-but-will-face-no-discipline/

Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle 7.15.2022

In among her first significant moves as San Francisco’s district attorney, Brooke Jenkins on Friday began a massive overhaul of her office’s personnel, firing several employees and announcing the posts of four new lieutenants who will help lead her management and transition teams.

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Rachel Marshall, Boudin’s director of communications and a policy adviser, was among the first to be fired.

The shake-up comes a week after Jenkins was sworn in as the city’s new top prosecutor — the culmination of an historic recall of her former boss, Chesa Boudin, in which she played a major role.

Jenkins’ new top hires, Ana Gonzalez, Nancy Tung, Tiffany Sutton and Rani Singh, have all spent several years as prosecutors in the Bay Area, and some of them sparred publicly with Boudin in the past.

Tung, an Alameda County Assistant District Attorney, will be the chief of special prosecutions, taking on sensitive cases that could range from domestic violence to police misconduct to fraud. She will also serve as the lead liaison for the the office’s community partnerships across San Francisco.

Like Jenkins, Tung also has a history of conflict with Boudin. She ran against him for District Attorney in 2019, coming in third in the city’s ranked-choice voting contest and was cast as the candidate most in favor of stricter penalties for people accused of crimes.

Tung also publicly supported Boudin’s recall, and was rumored to be Breed’s second-choice pick for District Attorney. This year, prior to Boudin’s recall, Tung told the San Francisco NAACP that she would seek the office again if Boudin was ousted.

“I promised the public that I would restore accountability and consequences to the criminal justice system while advancing smart reforms responsibly,” Jenkins said in a statement Friday.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/sf/article/S-F-D-A-Brooke-Jenkins-has-picked-an-all-female-17307823.php