Is Roger Stone Next On FBI’s Special Counsel Mueller’s Dance Card?

Ol’ Roger Stone is back in the headlines. Is it possible that he is about to finally get what he deserves? Please take a minute to read this post by our friend Gronda who has done her homework on this one, as always! Thank you, Gronda!!!

Gronda Morin


My guess is that Roger Stone, a long time political strategist and friend to the republican President Donald Trump will be next on the FBI”s Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russian probe to be invited for an interview where his testimony will be given under oath.

The circumstantial case that I have developed from public information leads me to think this. First, Roger Stone and Paul Manafort were business partners for years and their firm had actually previously done lobbying work on behalf of the president during his casino business days. Roger Stone has ties to Russia going way back and so does Paul Manafort.

As per the 8/6/15 Hill report by Mark Hensch, Roger Stone said he (was) resigning from the New York business mogul’s political team after concluding he is not aiding its progress…
“I resigned largely because I thought I was having no impact,” Stone told host Poppy…

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A Big Week

As I have said many, many times, I am not an economist. I did well in the few economics courses I took in college, but have long since forgotten most of what I learned. My knowledge of economics is miniscule, though I have a basic understanding of what drives the market. However, fellow-blogger Erik Hare is an economist and has a comprehensive understanding of things that most of us only vaguely even consider. His post today gives us some insight into upcoming events in the next week and how they are likely to affect the market, so I am sharing his wisdom and expertise, in lieu of my own, which is fairly non-existent. Please take a few minutes to absorb Erik’s timely post. Thank you, Erik, for permission to share!

Barataria - The work of Erik Hare

We have in front of us a big week. This may determine the course of the next year or so in the stock market, the economy, and in politics.

A lot is about to happen. Let’s run it down, day by day.

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Dear friend and fellow-blogger Hugh Curtler has just published his latest book! I am excited and heading over to Ellis Press to order my signed copy! Be sure to check it out! (And Hugh … with all those strike-throughs, it’s a wonder you managed 400 pages!) 🙂 Congratulations, my friend!


As threatened promised, my latest book featuring my very best  delightful decent blog posts from he past six years is now available, dedicated to my fellow bloggers. If you are interested in willing to buy this book, please contact the publisher directly:

Ellis Press

Box 6

Granite Falls,  Minnesota


The web page is   You can download the order blank and simply send your order directly to Ellis Press along with your check. For orders outside the continental United States, pease add $5.00 to help defray cost of postage. The price of $20.00 (USD) is  a heck of a deal  not bad given that the book is a bit more than 400 pages.  Moreover, those are pages full of  delightful tasty pretty good food for thought!

Please note on your order that you are a blogger, if you are one, and I have made arrangements…

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Black History Month In Canada… Richard Pierpoint – by John Fioravanti

I have fallen behind in my goal to share as many of John Fioravanti’s Black History in Canada series as possible this month.  In part that is because I was hoping for a return of the missing ‘re-blog’ button, and in part it is simply because it is my nature to fall behind.  It isn’t that I am inept or inefficient, simply that I sometimes bite off more than I can chew.  But a look at the calendar shows me that Black History Month is winding down and will soon be over, so I want to share at least one of John’s fascinating posts today.  This one highlights Richard Pierpoint, a former African slave who fought in the Revolutionary War and later, at age 68, fought in the War of 1812.  His story is one of courage in the face of the evils of slavery and bigotry, of hard work and storytelling.  Please read about this persona from Canada’s Black History archives.  Thank you, John, for this post and permission to share with my friends.Text dividers

Richard Pierpoint – Former Slave, Loyalist, Soldier, Community Leader, and Storyteller

Richard Pierpoint (also Pawpine, Parepoint; Captain Pierpoint, Captain Dick; Black Dick), loyalist, soldier, community leader, storyteller (born c. 1744 in Bondu [now Senegal]; died c. 1838, near present-day Fergus, ON). Pierpoint was an early leader in Canada’s Black community. Taken from West Africa as a teenager and sold into slavery, Pierpoint regained his freedom during the American Revolution. He settled in Niagara, Upper Canada, and attempted to live communally with other Black Canadians. In the War of 1812, he petitioned for an all-Black unit to fight for the British and fought with the Coloured Corps.

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History Lesson – by Hugh Curtler

Many have written, in the five days since the mass school shooting tragedy in Parkland, Florida, about the need for enhanced gun regulations.  It is always so, and I myself am working on a piece about the same.  Hugh Curtler’s piece, however, stands out for two reasons.  First, it is a calm, well-reasoned piece, rather than the emotionally-charged pieces some of us write.  Second, he references a book from a former Supreme Court Justice that proves beyond a doubt that stricter gun regulations, such as banning assault weapons and enhanced background checks DO NOT infringe upon the 2nd Amendment.  Please take a few minutes to read Hugh’s excellent work and leave him a comment letting him know what you think.  Thank you, Hugh, for permission to share.


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In the wake of the most recent spate of killings in a high school in Florida we hear once again the tired mantra “guns don’t kill people, people kill  people.” The whole thing is brushed aside as a case of poor mental health. And while there is some truth in this, since anyone who walks into a school and starts shooting innocent teachers and students has to be clinically insane, it remains a fact that guns DO kill people and automatic weapons kill a great number of people in a very short time. Let us now hush the mantra and the mindless dismissal of real causes to consider the fact that there is hard evidence that tougher gun laws do, in fact, reduce the number of gun deaths. This has been shown in the case of both Japan and Australia.

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While we were distracted, look what oozed in through the keyhole – by musingsofanoldfart

Our friend Keith Wilson wrote this post a couple of weeks ago … 05 February … and I meant to re-blog it when I first read it.  I actually thought I had shared it with you all, but I eventually figured out that I hadn’t, and by that time the re-blog button had disappeared, so I waited.  Obviously, holding my breath for the return of the button is not working, so I will share Keith’s post in this manner, for this is too important and we really need to get the word out.

Please take just a minute to read the latest in our government’s attempt to help the rich get richer and ensure that the poor get poorer.


Independent views from someone who offers some historical context

KeithOn December 5, 2017, the Department of Labor under the guidance of the self-proclaimed populist President offered proposed regulations that would affect tipped employees. The 60 day comment period just expired, so unless the push back was convincing this proposal may become regulation. The proposal unwinds an Obama regulation which prohibits an employer from garnishing tips from workers who make at least the $7.25 minimum wage.

It should be noted that restaurant workers have a lesser minimum wage of only $2.13 which has been in place for twenty plus years. They can be paid an hourly wage this low, provided their tip income brings their total hourly pay to $7.25. As of May, 2017, the average combined wage and tip income for restaurant workers was $11.82 per hour.

In essence, the proposed regulation would allow an employer to garnish the extra tips above a total wage rate of $7.25. Now, the employer could be altruistic and reallocate this tip income to all workers, such as the cooks and buspeople (those that clean off the tables). This could also include the tipped worker who would receive a reallocated portion, but less than the direct tips garnished.

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Many thanks, Keith, for allowing me to share this important information!

Black History Month In Canada… Mary Ann Shadd Cary – by John Fioravanti

Alright, who made off with the re-blog button? 


This is how it’s supposed to look!

I have fallen behind on sharing John’s wonderful, enlightening posts about Black History Month in Canada, and I was planning to share two of his today.  But there was no re-blog button to be found.  Yes, I know I’m half blind and not seeing quite right, but I checked several other fellow bloggers posts, and … no button.  Checked my own … still no button.  So, sigh, I am forced to use “Press This” to share John’s post.  The main reason I prefer ‘re-blog’ is that it shows the first part of the author’s post, enough to grab the reader’s interest and  makes them want more. Other reasons I prefer ‘re-blog’ include that it is quicker, and it also notifies the original author.  In the interest of doing that, I will take the liberty of providing a brief snippet here, and ask you to please click the link to read the rest, for this lady in the annals of history is truly remarkable!

Text dividersMary Ann Shadd Cary – Educator, Publisher, and Abolitionist


Mary Ann Camberton Shadd Cary, educator, publisher, abolitionist (born 9 October 1823 in Wilmington, Delaware; died 5 June 1893 in Washington, DC). The first Black female newspaper publisher in Canada, Shadd founded and edited The Provincial Freeman. She also established a racially integrated school for Black refugees in Windsor, Canada West. In 1994, Shadd was designated a Person of National Historic Significance in Canada.

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Black History Month In Canada… Anne C. Cools

I have fallen behind in sharing John Fioravanti’s posts about Canadian Black History Month, but this evening I am sharing one about an awesome woman who has spend a lifetime fighting for the rights of not only black people, but also families and women, Ms. Anne C. Cools. Thank you, John, for sharing Canada’s history with us!

Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti

Anne C. Cools – Activist and Political Trailblazer

Senator Cools was the first black person to become a Canadian senator, and the first black woman senator in North America. These are just two of the many firsts and other leading roles she has taken on in her life.

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What’s Best Way To Insure Integrity Of The Vote In 2018?/ Florida Is Vulnerable

There is no longer a question of whether the Russians interfered with our 2016 election. They did. There is hard evidence to that effect. The remaining questions pertain to who was involved in helping the Russian government ensure that Donald Trump would be elected. The bigger question is how are we going to stop the Russians from interfering in our mid-term elections this November? Friend Gronda has written an excellent post on what we, as citizens and voters, can do … must do … to ensure election integrity, and we cannot afford to waste time, for the election is in a short nine months! Please read this post and use the helpful links she has provided to do your part to help make sure our votes count as we intend them to. Thank you, Gronda, for such great information!

Gronda Morin

The only person who is denying that US state voting computer data bases were attacked with several being penetrated in 2016 by Russian government operatives is the US republican President Donald Trump because he feels to admit this reality challenges his legitimacy.

Meanwhile, “we the people” are left with doing our part to light a fire under our US legislators to take action to protect our voting systems from being vulnerable to a repeat performance by Russia in the 2018 November mid-term elections.

There should be a push at a minimum  to have no electronic machines (DRE) without a corresponding paper trail for auditing purposes. Right now there are 15 states with this status.

My State of Florida is one of them where there are DRE electronic voting machines in various counties which are not equipped with a corresponding paper trail.

Watch the full interview with former CIA Chief…

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Black History Month In Canada… Rosemary Brown

Meet Rosemary Brown, a trailblazer who changed the world in her fight against racism and sexism. The story of Rosemary Brown is the latest installment in John Fioravanti’s series on Canadian Black History Month and she is a worthy addition indeed! I was inspired by this noble lady, as I know you will be too. Thank you, John, for telling us of this wonderful woman!

Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti

Rosemary Brown – Social Worker and Political Trailblazer

“To be black and female in a society which is both racist and sexist is to be in the unique position of having nowhere to go but up,” said Rosemary Brown.

A staunch feminist and a socialist, and Canada’s first Black female member of a provincial legislature, Rosemary Brown battled for equality and human rights in her lifetime. Black women have endured discrimination in Canada and much worse — over the course of history.

Rosemary Brown has the distinction of being Canada’s first Black female member of a provincial legislature and the first woman to run for leadership of a federal political party. Brown was born in Jamaica to a politically minded family. She immigrated to Canada in 1951 to pursue post-secondary studies in social work at McGill University (BA) and the University of British Columbia (Masters of Social Work). As a…

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