Hard-line Republicans and conservative commentators are mounting a whispering campaign against Jamal Khashoggi that is designed to protect President Trump from criticism of his handling of the dissident journalist’s alleged murder by operatives of Saudi Arabia — and support Trump’s continued aversion to a forceful response to the oil-rich desert kingdom.
In recent days, a cadre of conservative House Republicans allied with Trump has been privately exchanging articles from right-wing outlets that fuel suspicion of Khashoggi, highlighting his association with the Muslim Brotherhood in his youth and raising conspiratorial questions about his work decades ago as an embedded reporter covering Osama bin Laden, according to four GOP officials involved in the discussions who were not authorized to speak publicly.
What’s your favorite scary novel for Halloween reading?
I’m currently rereading The Historian which is such a wonderful spin on Dracula that takes you throughout Europe. It is a perfect mix of history, horror, exotic locations, and fairly good characters.
House of Leaves is another one that I am usually in the mood to read when the weather starts to get chilly. I have read it two or three times but I can’t remember the second half of the book for the life of me. It may be a book that collapses under its own weight but the first half is damn good.
I’m currently working my way through a book of short stories by Algernon Blackwood whom I have recently discovered.
It’s with a heavy heart that I must share this news from our friend Amanda:
This may be too sad, but I wanted to share my good boy Maximum Cat (he’s the most cat he can be). I brought him to the vet Tuesday night with what I thought was a tooth infection. It turns out it’s an aggressive cancer and he has a matter of days.
I adopted Max 11 years ago as a kitten. He is a graceless beast, who frequently got stuck behind furniture and fell down the stairs the first time her encountered them. He lived up to his name, topping out at 17 pounds, and has an absurd purr reminiscent of that frilled, poison spitting dinosaur from Jurassic Park.
Max has a lot of amazing qualities – he is good natured, laid back, and SUPER friendly. I never heard him hiss and he was always open to meeting new people. But what really makes him special was how he took to our daughter after she was born. He was her best buddy, rolling around on the floor with her, allowing her to pull his ears and tail, and crawling next to her as she learned to climb the stairs. She’s three now and knows something is wrong, but doesn’t really understand what is happening and, man, this sucks so much.
I am so lucky to have been Maximum’s person for the last eleven years. He is a magnificent basketball of a creature and makes your legs numb when he sleeps on you. I wish he wasn’t leaving us so soon, but I know that’s part of the deal when we adopt these furry jerks.
I wanted to share Maximum’s story because this sucks and I am sad and he is a handsome boy and I love him and will miss him.
Thanks for keeping the blog going and I’m sorry and understand if this is way too sad.
This is terrible news. The thing to keep in mind is that in a world filled with so much suffering, Maximum has had a wonderful life filled every single day with love and care. And he is a such a gorgeous cat! I’m sorry about your friend Amanda.
Pat Robertson responds to reports that the Saudis murdered a journalist by telling everyone to calm down and focus on the important things, like the lucrative arms deal we have with them. pic.twitter.com/06b7s3R6Xe