The driver, he don’t say nuthin’

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SALEM COUNTY, N.J. (CBS) – Dozens of drivers got into a sticky situation early Tuesday morning when a tanker spilled liquid asphalt onto a stretch of a major highway in South Jersey.

It happened on I-295 Southbound, between RT-130 South/Commodore Barry Bridge and RT-48. –Philadelphia CBS affiliate

According to New Jersey police spokesmen, the other motorists approached the  approached the tank’s driver and said, politely, “Good mornin’.”

But, according to Officer Bro. Rabbit, “The driver, he don’t say nuthin.”

After several more unsuccessful attempts to greet him, the motorists “became frustrated and began hitting the tank driver. That’s how they became stuck.”

The asphalt transportation company, Tar Bay B., had no comment.

This story is SO New Orleans. Obit for “Mr. Okra”

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First of all, you gotta love anybody who is known as “Mr. Okra.”

The only thing better would be “Mr. Fried Okra.”

Here is a wonderful obituary in the New York Times.

It captures not only what was unique about Mr. Okra but what is unique about NOLA.

The New Orleans Advocate says his tradition will be carried on:

Mr. Okra’s truck will roll again, continuing a tradition New Orleans shares block by block

The truck will be run by his son, Sergio, and Willie “Frog” Nelson, who have been working alongside Mr. Okra.

 

Judge reopening Flynn plea deal. He wants to know if Mueller’s team withheld evidence

Here’s the headline (link here)

How A Plea Reversal From Michael Flynn Could Uncover More Federal Corruption

Did Robert Mueller’s office withhold other evidence in Michael Flynn’s prosecution, either from the FISA court or from Flynn’s attorneys

There is reason to believe so.

It’s from a conservative site, The Federalist, but it is not really an editorial story. It’s news, possibly quite important news, and it has been completely overlooked.

On Friday, Judge Emmet Sullivan issued an order in United States v. Flynn that, while widely unnoticed, reveals something fascinating: A motion by Michael Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea based on government misconduct is likely in the works.

Just a week ago, and thus before Sullivan quietly directed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team to provide Flynn’s attorneys “any exculpatory evidence. ….

On November 30, 2017, prosecutors working for Mueller charged former Trump national security advisor Flynn with lying to FBI agents. The following day, Flynn pled guilty before federal judge Rudolph Contreras. Less than a week later — and without explanation — Flynn’s case was reassigned to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.

With [the judge’s new] protective order in place, Flynn’s attorneys should start receiving the required disclosures from the special counsel’s office. There is reason to believe these will include some bombshells. –The Federalist

We now know that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn believed he told the truth and were overridden by Mueller’s team. We do not know if that information or other exculpatory evidence was revealed to Flynn. We do know that the Mueller prosecution was bankrupting him and involved legal threats to Flynn’s son, which seemed to disappear after the father’s plea. We also know that Flynn failed to register as a foreign agent, as he was legally required to do.

We also know that the #2 guy on Mueller’s team has been reprimanded previously by a judge for withholding evidence and, separately, was overruled 9-0 by the Supreme Court for his prosecution of the Arthur Andersen accounting company, a prosecution that destroyed the company and cost over 10k jobs.

FYI: Judge Sullivan is the one who absolutely lacerated the US Attorneys who systematically concealed evidence in their corrupt prosecution of Alaskan Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, causing him to lose the election and swing the US senate. Do not mess with Judge Emmet Sullivan.

WH Aide can’t get security clearance because he once smoked marijuana????

White House aide resigns because he was denied a security clearance over past marijuana use (Politico)

George David Banks, who had served since February 2017 as special assistant to the president for international energy and environmental policy, told POLITICO that he was informed by the White House counsel’s office Tuesday that his application for a permanent clearance would not be granted over his past marijuana use. –Politico

This is truly reefer madness.

What’s next? Denying a security clearance because you hung out with Barack Obama in high school?

Went to college in the 1960s?

Lived in Colorado?

 

House Intelligence Committee now looking at targeting of Trump Campaign by Obama intel agencies, also raisng perjury questions

Exclusive at Real Clear Investigations: CIA Ex-Director Brennan’s Perjury Peril (link here)

Here is the heart of Paul Sperry’s report:

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes next plans to investigate the role former CIA Director John Brennan and other Obama intelligence officials played in promoting the salacious and unverified Steele dossier on Donald Trump — including whether Brennan perjured himself in public testimony about it.

In his May 2017 testimony before the intelligence panel, Brennan emphatically denied the dossier factored into the intelligence community’s publicly released conclusion last year that Russia meddled in the 2016 election “to help Trump’s chances of victory.”

Brennan also swore that he did not know who commissioned the anti-Trump research document, even though senior national security and counterintelligence officials at the Justice Department and FBI knew the previous year that the dossier was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Last week, Nunes (R-Calif.) released a declassified memo exposing surveillance “abuses” by the Obama DOJ and FBI in their investigation of Trump’s ties to Russia. It said the agencies relied heavily on the uncorroborated dossier to take out a warrant to secretly surveil a Trump adviser in the heat of the 2016 presidential election, even though they were aware the underlying “intelligence” supporting the wiretap order was political opposition research funded by Clinton allies — a material fact they concealed from FISA court judges in four separate applications. –Paul Sperry at Real Clear Investigations