When we moved into our house we started to just pile anything we didn't have a place or need for into the unfinished basement. This started with all the boxes we didn't have a place for in the upstairs and continued as we settled into the house. It was pretty disorganized down there with lots of stuff we probably don't want or need anymore. Today my wife and I tackled it. It is MUCH more organized now and I took a load of stuff (Ford Edge packed floor to ceiling) to the recycle depot, and we have another full load of donations plus just “garbage” which I will take to a municipal “big bin” event where you can dump anything you want. I feel an immense sense of relief at having this job done.
Popped a couple of pork shoulder pieces on the smoker for pulled pork today, too. We're taking them to a friend's for dinner tomorrow night. Looking forward to maybe eating a little of it (quality control!) tonight when I take it off the smoker.
Really good Lawfare podcast: The Lawfare Podcast Bonus Edition: Jim Baker on the Russia Investigation – a very in depth discussion on how the Russian involvement in the 2016 election came to light and what it feels like to be at the FBI while Trump systematically dismantles it.
I just did something that has been bothering me lately. I attributed a wide set of actions happening at many levels by many people to “Trump” as if he has masterminded this plan to tear down the FBI so that everyone who was in top positions there that was investigating him has been removed from their job under a cloud. This was done on purpose. It is sending a message: investigate the Trump Administration and you're gone. But it isn't like Trump is sitting there with an Excel spreadsheet late at night modelling different approaches and considering outcomes.
Here's what probably happened: some evil guy was saying “you know what you need to do, you need to fire each and every one of them” and Trump was thinking “I should, I should fire them all for investigating me” and then the evil guy actually started the ball rolling, and then other evil guys got involved, and the all worked together – calling good people out in the press, creating crazy consipiracies for Fox News to explain why people were getting fired, punatively and publically firing people just before then pension for a lifetime of service kicked in, etc.
None of this was Trump. It was done under his authority and with his blessing but probably had no actual specific direction by him. He's just there, screaming on Twitter, while others are taking care of business and probably helping themselves to some benefits along the way (sowing the seeds of dissent in the institutions that maintain the rule of law, you know).