Israel strikes Syria

Admiral Janeway only became more dear with age.
My cat, Admiral Janeway, passed on yesterday. Given her health situation, this was probably the least traumatic way for her to go.

I am remembering that morning that Admiral Janeway walked up to my face and we spent a few minutes just looking into each other’s eyes. Of course, I already miss her terribly, but even more, I am enormously grateful that she came to me and gave me over fifteen years of her life.


Updates

  1. Originally published, February 10, 2018, 2:24 pm. I was not caught up.
  2. February 10, 2018, 2:24 pm:
  3. February 10, 11:25 pm: I am caught up. There are no new additions at this time.
  4. February 11, 11:51 am: I need a simpler workflow. I am not caught up.
  5. February 11, 2:21 pm:
    • Added Uber. There is more to come, even here.
    • I am not caught up.
  6. February 12, 12:45 am:
    • You are entitled to be skeptical. I think I am now caught up.
    • Developed commentary on James Comey. It’s possible you’ll see a story here I didn’t note.
    • February 12, 1:58 am: Added the picture of Admiral Janeway.

Donald Trump

Michael Lewis, “Has Anyone Seen the President?” Bloomberg, February 9, 2018, https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-02-09/has-anyone-seen-the-president


Unauthorized migration

This is really going to piss some folks off. It appears that some law enforcement agencies have failed to comprehend the distinction between civil and criminal charges as they apply to unauthorized migration. You cannot arrest someone on a civil complaint. And immigration offenses are civil. Which means, according to a federal judge, that local law enforcement cannot detain people on behalf of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).[1]

Joel Rubin, “L.A. federal judge rules that a key tool in Trump’s immigration crackdown effort is illegal,” Los Angeles Times, February 9, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ice-detainer-lawsuit-20180209-story.html


Syria

Israel reacted to a Iranian drone with a massive raid on Syria.[2]

Aron Heller and Sarah Al Deeb, “Israel downs Iranian drone and strikes Syria as F-16 crashes,” Associated Press, February 10, 2018, https://apnews.com/afe7e7c1bf534392a76c310178812f00/Israel-downs-Iranian-drone-and-strikes-Syria,-F-16-crashes

Times of Israel, “Israel launches ‘large-scale’ strikes in Syria after drone infiltration,” February 10, 2018, https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-launches-large-scale-attack-in-syria-after-drone-infiltration/


James Comey

I’m not qute sure how to explain the headline and lede in John Bennett’s story,[3] because, fairly obviously, Donald Trump did not clear the memo.[4] And indeed, Bennett’s story includes the White House defense of that decision.[5] I think, overall, the Hill story, by Jonathan Easley and Avery Anapol[6] is a little better done.

Aaron Blake argues well, and narrowly, that the White House, contrary to its promises, did treat the Republican and Democratic memos differently.[7] Whether the broader implication that might be (over?)drawn from such an argument—that the rejection is motivated by partisan consideration—is fair is another question—the White House is probably justified in pointing out that the two memos are different, not quite comparable memos, memos.[8] I haven’t time to check just now, but I believe I saw something about detailed footnotes which would have to be redacted entirely.

John T. Bennett, “Trump Will Clear Dems’ Intel Memo for Release,” Congressional Quarterly Roll Call, February 9, 2018, https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/trump-will-clear-dems-intel-memo-release/

Jonathan Easley and Avery Anapol, “Trump declines to approve release of Dem countermemo,” Hill, February 9, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/373229-trump-will-not-approve-release-of-dem-counter-to-nunes-memo-report

Aaron Blake, “The White House’s broken promise on the Democratic memo,” Washington Post, February 10, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/02/10/the-white-houses-broken-promise-on-the-democratic-memo/


Uber

Greg Bensinger, “Uber Agrees Not to Use Waymo Technology in Self-Driving Cars,” Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/uber-reaches-settlement-with-waymo-over-trade-secrets-1518192710

Russ Mitchell and Tracey Lien, “Uber reaches settlement with Waymo in dispute over trade secrets,” Los Angeles Times, February 10, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-uber-waymo-settlement-20180209-story.html


  1. [1]Joel Rubin, “L.A. federal judge rules that a key tool in Trump’s immigration crackdown effort is illegal,” Los Angeles Times, February 9, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ice-detainer-lawsuit-20180209-story.html
  2. [2]Aron Heller and Sarah Al Deeb, “Israel downs Iranian drone and strikes Syria as F-16 crashes,” Associated Press, February 10, 2018, https://apnews.com/afe7e7c1bf534392a76c310178812f00/Israel-downs-Iranian-drone-and-strikes-Syria,-F-16-crashes; Times of Israel, “Israel launches ‘large-scale’ strikes in Syria after drone infiltration,” February 10, 2018, https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-launches-large-scale-attack-in-syria-after-drone-infiltration/
  3. [3]John T. Bennett, “Trump Will Clear Dems’ Intel Memo for Release,” Congressional Quarterly Roll Call, February 9, 2018, https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/trump-will-clear-dems-intel-memo-release/
  4. [4]Aaron Blake, “The White House’s broken promise on the Democratic memo,” Washington Post, February 10, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/02/10/the-white-houses-broken-promise-on-the-democratic-memo/
  5. [5]John T. Bennett, “Trump Will Clear Dems’ Intel Memo for Release,” Congressional Quarterly Roll Call, February 9, 2018, https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/trump-will-clear-dems-intel-memo-release/
  6. [6]Jonathan Easley and Avery Anapol, “Trump declines to approve release of Dem countermemo,” Hill, February 9, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/373229-trump-will-not-approve-release-of-dem-counter-to-nunes-memo-report
  7. [7]Aaron Blake, “The White House’s broken promise on the Democratic memo,” Washington Post, February 10, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/02/10/the-white-houses-broken-promise-on-the-democratic-memo/
  8. [8]John T. Bennett, “Trump Will Clear Dems’ Intel Memo for Release,” Congressional Quarterly Roll Call, February 9, 2018, https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/trump-will-clear-dems-intel-memo-release/; Jonathan Easley and Avery Anapol, “Trump declines to approve release of Dem countermemo,” Hill, February 9, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/373229-trump-will-not-approve-release-of-dem-counter-to-nunes-memo-report

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