Throwback Thursday: Red Rooster Farms, location unknown

It appears this was in the mid-1990s.

Location: Unknown.

I vaguely recall being in a rented car, exploring around looking for thrift stores and antique malls. We came across a store that was either in this building or next to this building.

But I don’t remember where it was. Somewhere near Las Vegas? Walla Walla? Portland? I searched online and found a “Red Rooster Farm” over in Western Washington, but I don’t think that we were ever driving around in that area.

Perhaps someone else will recognize the mural and remind me of the location.

Red Rooster Farms

Gabbard won’t say who funded her controversial Syria trip

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard won’t be at Donald Trump’s inauguration tomorrow.

No, she’s not one of those planning to stay away as a protest.

Foreign Policy reported yesterday:

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has just departed war-torn Damascus following what her aides described as a “fact-finding” mission to work toward ending the nearly six-year conflict in Syria.

Congressional travel to the devastated country is exceedingly rare, especially as fighting continues in direct violation of a recent cease-fire agreement brokered by Turkey and Russia. This week, Syrian government forces backed by Lebanese militants attempted to recapture a rebel-controlled area near Damascus that includes a pumping station that supplies most of the city’s water.

In its reporting on the trip, The Atlantic called Gabbard “the GOP’s favorite Democrat.”

It also notes:

…her visit to Syria, in theory, may constitute a violation of the Logan Act, which prohibits unauthorized individuals from contacting a foreign government that’s engaged in a dispute with the U.S. It’s worth pointing out, however, that no one has ever been prosecuted for alleged violations of the act.

Meanwhile, Politico reported that Gabbard’s office has refused to disclose who is paying for the trip.

Congressional leaders were blindsided by Gabbard’s trip to war-ravaged Syria with staffers saying she didn’t give the customary advanced warning to Democratic or Republican leadership offices.

Latimer wouldn’t say whether Gabbard met with Syrian President Bashar Assad. Lebanese officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the trip.

Hill insiders say they believe the trip was paid for by a non-governmental organization (NGO) but aren’t sure which one or if it has ties to the Assad regime. The trip, which Latimer called a “fact-finding” mission, was first reported by Foreign Policy.

A mid-week cat fix

I walked into the living room after finishing up a column and found the cats splayed out in and around a patch of afternoon sun. Rather than save this for Friday, I thought it worth sharing today.

Enjoy your moment of cat lethargy.

The kids

Series of search warrants in Kealoha probe

Hawaii News Now reporter Lynn Kawano got quite a scoop yesterday with its report that another search warrant had been served in the ongoing public corruption investigation involving the outgoing Honolulu Police Chief and his wife (“FBI raids second city building in police chief investigation“).

According to HNN, the FBI accessed a backup computer server that mirrors the Honolulu Police Department’s computer system. The server, located in the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building, maintains copies of the HPD electronic files and images.

The search of the backup server came during the same week that the FBI served a similar warrant on the office Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro, where Katherine Kealoha is a senior deputy, and a federal judge took possession of laptop computers used by Kealoha.

HNN quotes defense attorney Victor Bakke, who called the “unprecedented.”

Bakke also speculated that the series of search warrants indicates additional witnesses are now cooperating with authorities, describing additional details that are now being pursued.

The unusual investigation into the chief and his wife, a top city prosecutor, is finally starting to draw national attention. An Associated Press story by Jennifer Kelleher was picked up by ABC News and broke into broadcast and print news across the country (“FBI Serves Warrant at Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney’s Office“).

By the way, this morning’s online edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest newspaper, does not yet have a story on this latest search warrant executed at the city’s main municipal office building.