Archive for March 15th, 2017
My ABC soap has reached its final resting place, as it were. The apothecary mug was just too big and actually awkward to use. Maggard Razors has these very nice empty tubs for $1.75 each. The 4-oz size turned out to be exactly right. Of course, I hacked up the soap to get it into the apothecary mug, then I had to hack it out, and press it into this tub, hacking off the bits that were too tall. Much hacking and hewing…
But the nice thing about soap, in small pieces it’s still the same soap. So you press it together with your fingers as best you can, and the water left when you load the brush welds it together. As I noted before, I got the puck for €33 directly from ABC’s own website. And they’re selling it now for €26.40. I really like it. And if you get it, pick up a few of the Maggard tubs, one for now, others for future use.
I got a very fine lather indeed—this is a good soap—and this time the almond fragrance came through clearly, for whatever reason. It’s a reassuring fragrance, somehow.
The shave was as smooth as silk. The S1 is right up there, close to if not with, the 102 and X3 (but keep in mind razors have a fair amount of YMMV).
A small dot of the ABC’s Tobacco Verde aftershave milk.
Sorry of the late posting. Cleaning lady here to day and threw me off schedule.
I would think that the logical thing for President Trump to do now is to explain what convinced him that then-President Obama had wiretapped his phones.
Adam Goldman and Emmarie Huetteman report in the NY Times:
In a striking repudiation of President Trump, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, a Republican, said on Wednesday that he had seen no indication of Mr. Trump’s claim on Twitter that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“We don’t have any evidence that that took place,’’ Representative Devin Nunes, Republican of California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said at a news conference on Capitol Hill. “In fact, I don’t believe — in the last week of time, people we’ve talked to, I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.”
If Mr. Trump’s Twitter claim is to be taken literally, Mr. Nunes said, “then clearly the president is wrong.”
Even a member of Mr. Trump’s cabinet, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, raised questions about the claim. In Richmond, Va., he told reporters that he had never given Mr. Trump any reason to believe he had been wiretapped.
Other top Republicans were threatening to block Mr. Trump’s nominee for deputy attorney general if the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not provide evidence related to the possible wiretapping.
Mr. Nunes and Representative Adam Schiff of California, the intelligence committee’s ranking Democrat, said the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, would testify Monday at the committee’s first public hearing on its Russian interference investigation. Mr. Comey could presumably resolve the question about the wiretap.
Mr. Schiff also challenged the statements of Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, who had said that while he was not aware of any investigation targeting Mr. Trump, the president spoke accurately when he said he had been wiretapped by Mr. Obama.
“Those two things cannot both be true unless he is suggesting that the F.B.I. was engaged in a rogue operation unsupervised by a court to wiretap Trump Tower,” Mr. Schiff said. “There is absolutely no evidence of that and no suggestion of any evidence of that.”
In another sign of pressure, Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said he would block the nomination of Rod J. Rosenstein to be deputy attorney general unless the F.B.I. answered his questions. Mr. Rosenstein had been expected to win Senate confirmation easily. The Judiciary Committee has prim . . .
Randy Balko’s list of links in the Washington Post has some grim news today. Here are just some of the links:
- Why cops don’t get charged with crimes when they lie.
- Missouri’s paltry public defenders system means poor people languish in jail, even for petty offenses.
- Oklahoma voters have shown that they want a less draconian criminal-justice system. The state’s politicians don’t seem to be listening.
- Utah lowers the DWI blood-alcohol threshold to .05. This is basically zero tolerance.
- A Louisiana man received a life sentence for stealing $14, then died behind bars from untreated cancer. His family is now trying to raise funds to give him a proper burial.
- Federal judge: FBI methods of spying on journalists should remain classified.
- The number of cellphones searched or seized by border patrol agents increased 1,100 percent in February of this year compared to February of 2015.
- Video of the day: The incident below took place in Alabama in 2014. The man police shoot, Michael Davidson, has no criminal record. He wasn’t armed. He didn’t lead police on a chase. There was no reason to think he was dangerous. He was holding his wallet, presumably so he could show the police his identification. Yet earlier this year, a federal appeals court found this shooting to be “reasonable” under the Fourth Amendment.
TRIGGER WARNING: Video is shocking, and the federal appeals court is out of its mind.