tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:/ Right Here, Right Now 3.0 2016-12-06T21:32:54Z tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/1113423 2016-12-06T21:32:53Z 2016-12-06T21:32:54Z These people do not think the normal rules apply http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-borgias-of-pennsylvania-avenue.html

These people do not think the normal rules apply to them and so far there’s no reason to believe that any of the Trump family or the Kushner family plan to sacrifice anything in order to serve the public. In fact, all the evidence shows they plan to take full advantage of their connections. Just this past weekend, it was revealed that when Ivanka met with the Japanese prime minister her company was in intense negotiations with a major Japanese retailer — which is partially owned by the Japanese government. They’re just going for it.
tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/1112910 2016-12-04T23:14:49Z 2016-12-04T23:25:12Z NY Times on the Trump family entanglements.

It’s hard to pick out one quote. You’ll have to read it.


tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/1112367 2016-12-02T01:16:37Z 2016-12-02T01:16:37Z Trump - The man of the people

tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/1112012 2016-11-30T21:01:48Z 2016-11-30T21:14:11Z Trump and the Blind Trust, with a nod to Obama. NPR has a nice summary of the blind trust issues with a brief survey of recent conflicts.

Two weeks ago, the Washington Post pointed out that Trumps “adult kids” are, in fact, participating in the transition. And because we live in the era of ' "War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength, Freedom is Slavery.”’, there’s an actual discussion of what constitutes a blind trust. Vanity Fair suggests Mitt Romney had already moved the bar at the presidential level.

From the Vanity Fair article: "As a freshman senator, Barack Obama—whose wealth comes almost entirely from his book royalties—set up a blind trust but later that same year sold all of his stocks and closed the trust because he decided that even such an arrangement could not protect him from the appearance of a conflict. Most of his wealth is now invested in U.S. Treasury bonds and diversified funds—about the most transparent option available. What’s good for the country is good for Obama, and vice versa, to coin a phrase.”

The Obama presidency is relatively scandal free. As far as I can recall David Petraeus is the only administration official convicted of a crime. And, as far as I can recall, this is the first administration since Jimmy Carter that a senior staffer hadn’t been convicted of a felony during the administration.
tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/1111823 2016-11-30T00:59:31Z 2016-11-30T00:59:31Z McConnell says he won’t recuse himself from wife’s cabinet confirmation
Don’t expect Congress to keep Trump in line.

tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/1111822 2016-11-30T00:36:47Z 2016-11-30T00:36:47Z The Emolument Clause
“The American public has a right to know that the President of the United States is acting in their best interest, and not because he or she has received some benefit or gift from a foreign government like Russia or China or any other foreign entity,”

tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/1111821 2016-11-30T00:34:25Z 2016-11-30T00:35:26Z NY Times: Potential Conflicts Around the Globe for Trump, the Businessman President http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/26/us/politics/donald-trump-international-business.html?_r=0

Mr. Trump has acknowledged a conflict of interest in Turkey. “I have a little conflict of interest because I have a major, major building in Istanbul,” he said during a radio interview last year with Stephen K. Bannon, the Breitbart News executive who has since been designated his chief White House strategist. “It’s a tremendously successful job. It’s called Trump Towers — two towers, instead of one. Not the usual one. It’s two.”

These tangled ties already have some members of Congress — including at least one Republican representative — calling on Mr. Trump to provide more information on his international operations, or perhaps for a congressional inquiry into them.

“You rightly criticized Hillary for Clinton Foundation,” Representative Justin Amash, Republican of Michigan, said in a Twitter message on Monday. “If you have contracts w/foreign govts, it’s certainly a big deal, too. #DrainTheSwamp”
tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/1111815 2016-11-30T00:02:05Z 2016-11-30T00:02:05Z That Ship Is Sailing Elaine Chao, who has held various posts in Republican administrations, is proposed as Secretary of Transportation in the new administration.

During GHW Bush’s administration, she served as Deputy Administrator of the Maritime Administration.

Her family owns a shipping company. 

tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/1111770 2016-11-29T19:21:24Z 2016-11-29T19:21:24Z GSA's Trump Hotel Lease Debacle
As the clock ticks down towards President-elect Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, the window is rapidly closing on the General Services Administration’s opportunity to extricate itself from the Trump Organization’s lease of the historic Post Office Pavilion. The lease—in which Donald Trump would, in effect, be both landlord and tenant—now presents unprecedented and intolerable conflicts of interest. 


(h/t Daring Fireball)
tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/1111459 2016-11-28T18:36:09Z 2016-11-28T18:36:09Z Why Corruption Matters Paul Krugman explains all.

Remember all the news reports suggesting, without evidence, that the Clinton Foundation’s fund-raising created conflicts of interest? Well, now the man who benefited from all that innuendo is on his way to the White House. And he’s already giving us an object lesson in what real conflicts of interest look like, as authoritarian governments around the world shower favors on his business empire.
tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/1110061 2016-11-22T18:48:53Z 2016-11-22T18:48:53Z The Grifter In Chief met with the NYTimes today

My favorites:

"Trump acknowledges the DC hotel he owns is "probably a more valuable asset than it was before." Says the brand is "hotter.””

"Trump on his businesses/conflict q's: "The law's totally on my side, the president can't have a conflict of interest.”"


tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/1110028 2016-11-22T17:09:45Z 2016-11-22T18:41:54Z Trump Foundation admits to violating ban on ‘self-dealing,’ new filing to IRS shows
President-elect Donald Trump’s charitable foundation has admitted to the IRS that it violated a legal prohibition against “self-dealing,” which bars nonprofit leaders from using their charity’s money to help themselves, their businesses or their families.
via The Washington Post.

tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/1110027 2016-11-22T17:08:55Z 2016-11-22T17:08:56Z A Handy List of Donald Trump’s Biggest Conflicts of Interest

One of Dan Quayle’s old staffers is keeping a list of the ways Trump could offend the constitution.


tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/1109869 2016-11-21T23:26:34Z 2016-11-21T23:26:35Z Ivanka Trump’s Presence at Meeting With Japan’s Leader Raises Questions
The potential for conflicts of interest between President-elect Donald J. Trump and his family’s business ventures emerged again Thursday evening, when a photograph was distributed that showed his daughter Ivanka at a meeting between Mr. Trump and the prime minister of Japan.

tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/1109868 2016-11-21T23:24:34Z 2016-11-21T23:24:34Z Grifter-In-Chief

Report: Trump pressed Argentina's president about stalled building project


tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/866045 2015-06-05T16:58:18Z 2015-06-05T17:16:51Z Saying good-bye to the Sacramento Bee

For my entire life (that I can remember), my household has subscribed to the local newspaper. This was the case when I was growing up, this had been the case since I've been on my own up until last Friday.

A week ago I decided to quit getting the paper version of the local newspaper - the Sacramento Bee. One of the benefits of the print version is that you get the digital versions for free. I had found that I wasn't reading the print version so much and decided to drop it.

In my mind my account would have two checkboxes - 'gets the paper', 'gets the digital'. I tell them I want to drop the paper, the Bee unchecks the 'gets the paper' checkbox and all is good. They were all ready setup for auto-payment. Life goes on.

But it turns out there's a dependency. The 'gets paper' checkbox is what allowed me to get the digital version. So, I lost all access. Many emails and phone calls ensued to restore my access. It turns out I was really just starting over. Had anyone told me that a week ago I probably would have logged in with a different email address and restrated. There is no way to manage this on my own online.

A side note, if you go to the Bee site and say you want to subscribe to the digital edition, you're prompted to provide your zip code so they can check if you're in a delivery area. You wouldn't know this from that sort of clumsiness, but they got an early start on 'online'. I participated in a focus group about moving online at the Bee 20 years ago (it seems) and have the coffee cup to show for it. Apparently no one who learned those lessons stuck around.

But in the mean time, I had gone a week without the Bee. And my general disrespect for the editorial side is now extended to the business side. So, I'm going to just sit with this and see if I miss it.

I still get the Sunday NY Times. It's nice to get a physical paper (I'm old, I know.) and that print subscription also gets me full digitial access. Many years in, that's working out fine. I don't think I'll mess with it.

tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/781138 2014-12-10T06:51:03Z 2014-12-10T06:52:30Z Microsoft Remote Desktop Update
Ok. That’s how you pronounce Yosemite, but that’s not how you spell it.

tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/769845 2014-11-14T19:02:24Z 2014-11-14T19:02:24Z Palau - Searching for Heroes

Searching for WWII M.I.A. in the Western Pacific

tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/768359 2014-11-11T21:01:14Z 2014-11-11T22:12:06Z The world's worst password requirements.

My least favorite password issue is those sites that don't let you paste in the password field. That pretty much guarantees that you'll use something simple.


tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/766867 2014-11-07T20:15:25Z 2014-11-07T20:17:35Z Gorillas in the Crossfire


tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/766488 2014-11-07T02:01:50Z 2014-11-07T02:01:50Z Current Shuffle Lucy Wainwright Roche, There’s a Last Time For Everything  (her cover of Tell Your Girlfriend is a 2014 favorite.)

The Both, The Both  Aimee Mann & Ted Leo. Didn’t see that coming.

Taylor Swift. 1989, Pop Music and because it makes Molly feel old. She says ‘The woman with the #1 album is younger than me!’ I say ‘Wait until you’re older than the President.’  Because that’s how we roll.
tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/765875 2014-11-05T23:52:11Z 2014-11-05T23:52:11Z Pathetic Voter Turnout in CA


Imperial, Los Angeles at the bottom.

30% overall. Median was 37%.

tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/765870 2014-11-05T23:33:51Z 2014-11-05T23:33:52Z Not that I want to race to the bottom
But these make me feel a little better.

tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/765812 2014-11-05T21:31:47Z 2014-11-05T21:31:48Z Most technology could be reduced this way "But not everybody is willing to pay $250 for a knob that turns up the heater.”

From an article about Nest.

In my case, since I have two thermostats, it’d be $500 for two knobs...
tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/744063 2014-09-19T18:39:35Z 2014-09-19T18:42:47Z If Android has sold all those phones, why aren't they used?

I have a web app that I've sold to three entities just south of San Francisco. I track (using Google Analytics) the visitors, partially so I know which browsers I need to test against. I think I wasted my money on that Nexus 7.

When I look at the mobile tools used to access the site it's surprising to me that iOS (iPhone and iPad) are so far ahead. There's a thought that iOS remains the more attractive platform to developers because people actually use the phones for more than just phone calls. 

(And yes, I know there's not a thing called 'Android' selling all those phones. But you know what I mean.)

tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/629734 2013-12-12T17:56:51Z 2013-12-12T17:57:26Z From the local police blotter

Time: 1034 hours 

Report #: 13-10333 

Charges: PC 211 

Location: 8400 block of Elk Grove Florin Rd. 

Victim: XXXXX, WILLIAM (WMA, 27) 

Suspect: "MIKE" (BMA, 20's) 

 V-1 placed an ad on Craigslist selling medicinal marijuana. V-1 was contacted by S-1 and they arranged to meet at the above location. Upon arrival, V-1 showed S-1 the 1.5 pounds of processed marijuana he was selling. S-1 walked over to his vehicle then returned and brandished a handgun. S-1 threatened V-1 then fired one round into the air. S-1 took the marijuana from V-1 then ran over to his vehicle. S-1 then fled in his vehicle northbound on Franklin Blvd. S-1's vehicle was described as a 2000 Dodge Neon gray in color. S-1 was described as a black male adult, 20's, 5'10", 180 lbs., wearing a black baseball hat with a gray puffy jacket. V-1 was not injured in the robbery and the marijuana was valued at $2,600. 

tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/215329 2013-01-28T21:24:41Z 2013-10-08T16:06:58Z Irish Folk Furniture

(h/t Glen Hasard)
tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/215337 2013-01-28T18:43:29Z 2013-10-08T16:06:58Z Immovable Object vs. Unstoppable Force - Which Wins?

(h/t The Loop)
tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/215344 2013-01-02T22:59:18Z 2013-10-08T16:06:59Z Banana Slicer Gadget on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Hutzler-5717-571-Banana-Slicer/dp/B0047E0EII/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Read the comments.
tag:blog.leehinde.com,2013:Post/215357 2012-12-26T22:10:41Z 2013-10-08T16:06:59Z The Milk Carton Kids I thought for sure I'd posted this link before, but no…