For those who don’t what Watergate is, the link will be at the end of this report.
When Woodward and Bernstein needed to speak to Deep Throat, their source in the Watergate scandal (which led to the resignation of Richard Nixon) they met him in an underground garage in the middle of the night.
They contacted him when they needed to discern if information they received was accurate. How did they do this? They had a plant which they would put on their balcony when they needed to speak to him. As he lived and worked in Washington, he would see the plant and meet them at their appointed time and place.
Looks like in Montreal reporters are going to have to be doing the same thing to deal with their sources. Email is out of the question as are cell phones. Beginning last January, Montreal police bugged the cell phone of journalist Patrick Lagacy, recording all his calls, texts and tracking all his movements. Is Lagacy a criminal? No. So Blanche you must be wondering why the police went to such lengths to keep tabs on him – 24/7. Certainly not to find out where he eats his poutine.
They was an internal probe of anti-squad police officers who were suspected of fabricating evidence (which they were subsequently convicted of) and hoped they would call or meet with Lagacy. This is nasty stuff as the last time we looked we live in a Democracy where, if journalists cannot be free to talk to their moles, well, we may as well go live in Cuba or mother Russia.
You know Trump is doing well when the stock market starts to tank. That happened today when one of the polls had him leading Hillary by one point. Before we get to what’s going on today, a bit of background information is necessary:
Normally, Friday is not a good day to drop a bombshell. However, if you are James Comey, head of the FBI, any day is a good day. On Friday Comey announced to the world that during the FBI investigation of Anthony Weiner aka the dude who couldn’t keep his iPhone camera away from his southern parts, they found some very interesting metadata.
What’s that you ask? Metadata is the address at the top of the email – who it came from and where it’s going. It seems that on Weiner’s computer there were many emails addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Why on his computer? Because he was married to Huma Abedin, right hand, left hand and everything in between to Hillary. She used her husband’s computer to send stuff, forwarded from her computer, to Hillary. Seems it was easier to print out from Weiner’s computer.
That is what Comey announced on Friday. There were no specific emails so many Democrats were furious with him that dropped this 11 days before the election. Given all of the press coverage we have watched about this, we have deduced the following: Someone saw something of great interest on those emails, something they could not divulge. And so, the inquiry into Hillary’s illegal server, which was kind of buried in July, was brought to the fore yet again.
For once, Trump was able to stay the course, keep his mouth in tact and focus on the matter at hand. Then, punkt – came a Wikileaks bombshell: It turns out that Donna Brazile who works for CNN, gave one of the debate questions to Hillary before the debate. Can you say stupid? She’s been let go but the damage was done.
There is still a very long week to go before the election. Blanche’s bet? Something jaw-dropping spectacular is going to come out about Trump, probably Friday or Saturday. Hillary is not going to take this week’s events and go quietly into the night. It ain’t over till the fat lady sings and she has not come close to singing the final song.
Picture this scenario: A city spends a few billion dollars to build a super-hospital. It is state-of-the-art and brings the best of the best doctors. So what happens? People go there to be treated especially for cancer and to the amazing emergency room. Sounds normal, eh Blanche?
Along comes the health minister, himself a doctor and says too many people are going to this hospital and it must stop. What?? Yes. The patients are a nuisance and cost way to much money. Off with their heads, give them cake and let them die elsewhere. They will not be treated at this hospital as it is too costly.
Here’s our suggestion: There’s a $2billion surplus in the Quebec government coffers. Give a few million to the hospital so your citizens can actually get care in the hospital that was built for just that. We looked up the definition of a hospital: an institution providing medical and surgical treatment and nursing care for sick or injured people. Can someone please send this to our moronic health minister?
Hold this date: November 14.
On November 14 the moon will be at its biggest and brightest in nearly 70 years and won’t be seen this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034.
A supermoon, technically called a “perigee moon,” occurs when the sun, moon, and Earth all line up and the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth. It’s super because it appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average full moon. Get your cameras ready.
Blanche, file this travel tip, pass it on to as many ignoramuses as you know and then don’t forget it.
A few months ago, an Emirates Airlines Boeing 777 crash-landed in Dubai. Miraculously no one was killed. Ah, but get this one: The evacuation process took much longer than it should have because passengers tried to leave the burning aircraft with their carry-on luggage. Even worse, other passengers didn’t leave the plane quickly because they stopped to shoot videos on their cell phones of the entire scene.
If, G-d forbid, your plane crash-lands, get the heck outta there. It’s bad enough to have to slide down that shoot. People who shlep their interhoisen and makeup in their carry-on risk tearing it, leaving those behind to jump. Idiots.