Just How Interesting Will 2018 Be? And First Open Thread of 2018

Based on what we have seen in the first three days and know to be comming down the pike, very interesting indeed.

  1.  California declares itself a Sanctuary State

    I note for the record that the bottom sign was not added by the State, but by some wag. The State has been very quick to take them down, unlike most California DoT work.
  2. Fire at the Clinton Home in Chappaqua, NY:

    LET THE CONSPIRACY THEORIES BEGIN! Fire reported at Clintons’ house in Chappaqua. Scanner reports “said it was a bedroom fire and has been extinguished.”

    Via Ed Driscol writing at Instapundit

  3. DoJ Re-opens investigation into Hillary Clinton handling of Classified Materials.

    DOJ May Be Looking To REOPEN Hillary Clinton Email Investigation

    After a series of disturbing revelations, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he’d like to review the evidence.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is having quite the busy day. In addition to reorganizing the Department of Justice’s approach to enforcing federal drug laws as they pertain to marijuana, his office says he’s considering re-opening an investigation into whether Hillary Clinton improperly handled classified documents during her time as secretary of state.

  4. 2018’s first Blue Moon will also see a total lunar ecliplse.
  5. Ash Wednesday will fall on Valentines Day.
  6. Easter Sunday will fall on the first day of April
  7. Federal Mid Term Elections will be held.

I think 2018 just asked 2016 and 2017 to hold it’s drink.

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  • cathymv

    A fire broke out at Clintons chappaqua house:
    Hoosen…. where are you???

    BREAKING: Fire Reported at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Chappaqua Home – Burning the Evidence?
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/01/breaking-fire-reported-bill-hillary-clintons-chappaqua-home/

    is it bad of me to not give a crapola???

    • yetanotherjohn

      Your fine. Just remember ixna noa oosenha. We’ll just have to cover for him on Friday.

    • stan25

      Bill doing interns with cigars again. Only this time it was lit and the hot ash fell off.

      • Tragic power supply failure on the backup e-mail server…

      • cathymv

        I think that hillary was wearing her corduroy pantsuit again!! YOu know what can happen with thunder thighs and corduroy!!

        • Interesting, the spread was contained to the backup e-mail server and portable devices…

          • And there I thought I was making a joke. I can’t speak to the credibility of the source but:

            Fire Dept: Room Full Of Servers, Hard Drives Destroyed In Clinton House Fire
            A room full of servers and hard drives was destroyed in the Clinton house fire in Chappaqua, New York, on Wednesday, according to a Chappaqua Fire Department source, raising fears that incriminating evidence against the Clintons has been destroyed just days after a White House insider warned that Trump was preparing to prosecute their crimes.

            “I saw smashed up hard drives, melted memory cards and the charred remains of paper scattered all over the room and immediately knew the fire must have started there,” a Chappaqua Fire Department source told local news reporters, explaining that the house fire was “put out by Secret Service agents” before the Fire Department arrived.

            “I immediately called it a code 10-41 and requested a Fire Marshall.”

            Code 10-41 is firefighters’ code for a suspicious fire.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        So Bill had some hot ash in bed with him?

        I thought maybe the cigar had been in the “humidor” a little too long and he was having a tough time lighting it.

    • That is my second already odd point…

    • Par4Course

      Mueller’s “impartial” team is checking to see if Trump and the Russians had anything to do with the fire.

  • TheyTukRJobz

    While it will be interesting if the Democrats will put some novel spin on the successes of the Trump administration in the propaganda they will use for the election, the bottom line is that they are for the most part tired and predictable.

  • pennywit

    Steve Bannon and the White House are sniping at each other. I’m sort of enjoying the show.

    • I can’t say that I care for Bannon or Trump as individuals. I am pleased with President Trump’s performance of his duties, and hope this does not prove a distraction. Otherwise, let the cutting continue.

      • pennywit

        It’s probably going to. Trump already had his lawyer threaten Wolff and the publisher with a C-and-D. The publisher responded by moving up the book’s release date faster than you can say “Streisand.”

        • Glenn Instapundit has some interesting speculation on that…

        • Glenn Instapundit has some interesting speculation on that…

          • pennywit

            I saw. But I haven’t seen evidence that Trump is machiavellian enough to pull that off.

          • Making money in NY and NJ real estate is not exactly a strait forward proposition…

  • Wild_Willie

    I and thinking President Trump and Bannon are planning this so open up democratic news shows. I just ain’t buying this authors access to the WH especially since the author has in the past so many inaccuracies in past books. Somethings up and I think its good.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    An interesting factoid in the blowback from the attempt by Fusion GPS and the NYT to gin up another origination for the FISA court surveillance warrants.

    As noted by the Daily Caller, in the op-ed written by Fusion GPS partners Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch and published by the NYT, they complain that the Congressional committees investigating this mess have not released the transcripts of the closed-door interviews of GPS owners/employees. Yet, it was “‘…Mr. Simpson and his attorney [who] demanded during the interview that the transcript be kept confidential,’ Taylor Foy, a spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee, tells The Daily Caller.”

    Later is this nugget: “’It’s hard to believe Fusion GPS representatives really want these transcripts made public, especially since two of them pleaded the fifth,’ said the source, referring to Fritsch and fellow Fusion partner Thomas Catan’s decision to take the fifth during a closed-door interview in October.”

    • What we are seeing is the prep work as the House and Senate committees review and then leak the juicy bits of the DoJ/FBI IG report. Things are about to get truly ugly.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Do the House and Senate committees have the DoJ/FBI IG report at this time?

  • Walter_Cronanty
  • BAM!

    DOJ May Be Looking To REOPEN Hillary Clinton Email Investigation
    After a series of disturbing revelations, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he’d like to review the evidence.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is having quite the busy day. In addition to reorganizing the Department of Justice’s approach to enforcing federal drug laws as they pertain to marijuana, his office says he’s considering re-opening an investigation into whether Hillary Clinton improperly handled classified documents during her time as secretary of state.

    Excellent!

  • Walter_Cronanty

    When the records are actually turned over, I’ll really be interested in finding out the identity of the 3 journalists who accepted payment(s) from Fusion GPS. I wonder what other dirt will be revealed:

    A federal judge has ruled against Fusion GPS in the Trump dossier firm’s quest to block the release of its bank records to the House Intelligence Committee.

    Judge Richard Leon shot down all four of Fusion’s arguments against the release of 70 records of transactions involving some of its clients as well as journalists and researchers it has paid since Sept. 2015.

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  • Walter_Cronanty

    “Mr. David Robertson, calling Mr. David Robertson – please pick-up the white,…er, black Confederate Statue courtesy phone.”
    [Sorry, can’t help myself.]

  • pennywit

    The Cleveland Browns perfect season parade is too good not to share.