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And walks out with proof the Mango Moron is a big ol’ criminal. I mean, YUGE. The biggest! No one can crime like him. Believe me!!

Bolton, who left the White House in September — Trump said he was fired; Bolton said he resigned — did not respond to a question about whether he had used personal notes or official documents in his book.

The manuscript includes more than a dozen pages on Bolton’s interactions over Ukraine with Trump, his personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others, according to one person familiar with the project. In what this person called an “unflattering” portrait of the president, it also touches on other areas where Bolton is known to have disagreed with Trump policy decisions, including Venezuela and Turkey.

There is already so much coming out about this book. It’s incredible.

And:

Details that became public Sunday from Bolton’s unpublished book manuscript suggest that he could provide direct evidence that Trump sought to deny security assistance to Ukraine until Kyiv announced investigations into political opponents, including the Bidens. That linkage is at the heart of House Democrats’ case that Trump abused his power in holding up the Ukraine aid for his personal political benefit and then obstructed Congress’s subsequent investigation.

“I think it’s increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said Monday, repeatedly calling Bolton’s testimony “relevant.” “It’s important to be able to hear from John Bolton, for us to be able to make an impartial judgment.”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), another key moderate, said the reports about Bolton’s unpublished manuscript “strengthen the case for witnesses and have prompted a number of conversations among my colleagues.”

I think it’s safe to say that pissing off a belligerent wingnut who has more experience than Drumpf’s entire Cabinet put together was NOT A GOOD IDEA.

But don’t worry folks – Der Drumpfenfuhrer is on it!

In a series of late night tweets, Trump denied claims he told Bolton aid to Ukraine was tied to an investigation of the Bidens. “I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination,” Trump tweeted.

Well guess what, Donnie? You just destroyed any chance you might have had to claim executive privilege and stop Bolton from testifying. You truly are dumber than a brush full of J.B.’s mustache hair.

But now, the executive privilege argument is no longer available. Trump’s tweets directly denying the substance of Bolton’s reported allegations waive any privilege that might have protected them from public disclosure. Privilege is meant to keep a president’s secrets confidential. If the president reveals those secrets or publicly discusses the conversations himself, there is no longer any need to protect them from disclosure.

Now that Trump has accused Bolton of lying about their communications, the time has come to put Bolton under oath and see what he has to say.

Yes, the time has come. And I don’t think there’s going to be much the Rethugs can do about it.

It’s the weekend Widdershins

Note the above greeting:  no “happy” or “good”.  Nah, it’s just the weekend.

Why so meh?  Well, we’ve had the impeachment trial of Donald J Trump going on for most of the week and the Republicans seem singularly unimpressed.  Oh.  As if that was unexpected.  It sounds as if tRump’s defense team gave a lukewarm presentation at least according to mb.  I didn’t watch it.  I believe after the defense is done we come to the q&a portion of the program.

After the opening arguments conclude, likely later this week or early next week, senators will have 16 hours to ask written questions of both the impeachment managers and the president’s counsel.

Gee, what if the Repubs said “we’re good-no questions”?

Ah well, moving on

I was doing some searches for “songs about being angry” and the google machine returned a list and amazingly so many of the results were something like girls who are angry at boyfriends who did them wrong or similar things.  Nah, not gonna work.  Sooo, I changed my search terms and got a better result.

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Hoookay, comment as you wish.  Even throw in a musical selection.

I fed Bubba the cat so now I need to feed me!

 

Because let me tell you, there are 99 red trial balloons floating over the Senate right now. (I think they use Drumpf’s farts to fill those stinky things.) These Republican pishers will do and say anything to spread their poisonous cloud of hate, bigotry and ignorance over our country. They want to rig the game so they win all the time, and they really don’t care how they do it.

Take McConnell’s balloon about the rules of the Mango Moron’s impeachment trial. If they get these through, there will be “precedent” which they feel they can then re-use once a Republican President gets re-elected. (They’re not sure when that would be, but they do play the long game – unfortunately.) If they don’t get this crap approved, they will keep trying other sulfurous balloons until one stops floating, pops, and stanks up the joint.

Democrats…object to the wording of the section pertaining to votes to call new witnesses before the Senate. The rule includes a new hurdle before votes on witnesses and documents can occur: A majority of senators would have to agree to the concept of allowing witnesses and documents before they could vote on the individual pieces of evidence [emphasis mine].

You know when we “agreed to the concept of allowing witnesses and documents” in America? When the British justice system was brought to this country during colonial times, and then it was refined even further when the Constitution, our law of the land, was established. That was, like, a long time ago, dudes, and by now, everyone knows that a trial must allow witnesses and documents! As I used to say a lot more often, duh f’ing duh! And the American people agree in overwhelming numbers.

This is not a vote that, in a nation that respects the rule of law, would ever be taken. But there we are, the stinky, poisonous balloon of the infamous Unitary Executive (aka Dick-Tator) concept floating dangerously over the Senate.

Loyola Law School Professors Karl Manheim and Allan Ides write that “the separation among the branches is not and never was intended to be airtight,” and they point to the President’s veto power as an example of the executive exercising legislative power. They also cite other examples of quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial power being exercised by the executive branch, as necessary elements of the administrative state, but they contend that ultimately all administrative power belongs to Congress rather than the President, and the only true “executive” powers are those explicitly described in the Constitution.[14] In this understanding, Manheim and Ides follow in the footsteps of Lessig and Sunstein.[1]

Oh, but Drumpf has taken this much further, and his drooling sycophants in the GOP pretend to believe he comprehends the Constitution when he says, “Article II says I can do whatever I want.” It doesn’t, and he doesn’t. Check out this amazing account of when that gob of orange goo was asked to read the Constitution on camera by Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, a documentary filmmaker. All six living Presidents were participating, and each President selected his own section to read.

…Trump had selected the opening of Article II, the part of the Constitution that addresses a president’s election and the scope of his or her power. It would normally have been the perfect selection for a president—but was an ironic one for Trump, who had spoken of his desire to exercise his executive power as much as possible, including by threatening Congress and challenging the judiciary.

With LED lights on stilts in front of him, Trump took his seat. “You’re lucky you got the easy part,” Pelosi told him cheerfully. “It gets complicated after this.” But the president stumbled, trying to get out the words in the arcane, stilted form the founding fathers had written. Trump grew irritated. “It’s very hard to do because of the language here,” Trump told the crew. “It’s very hard to get through that whole thing without a stumble.” He added, “It’s like a different language, right?” The cameraman tried to calm Trump, telling him it was no big deal, to take a moment and start over. Trump tried again, but again remarked, “It’s like a foreign language.”

…Whatever the reason for Trump’s discomfort with the reading, several watching agreed on this much: He behaved like a brooding child, short-tempered, brittle, and quick to blame mystery distractions for the mistakes. “I didn’t expect this, but I felt sorry for him,” another witness said. “When [Vice President] Pence is reading it, when [former vice president [Dick] Cheney is reading it, I knew they knew the Constitution. And I thought, Before he got this job, he really should have read it.”

Yes, he really should have. Maybe that’s why 51% of Americans want the Senate to impeach and remove Drumpf.

51% of Americans polled said that the Senate should vote to remove Trump, while 45% said the Senate should vote to acquit him.

CNN’s poll also found that 58% of Americans believe the president abused his power and 57% believe he obstructed the inquiry by Congress into the matter.

These statistics represent an uptick in public sentiment against the president across almost every measure.

A Fox News poll last month found that 50% of voters believed Trump should be impeached and removed from office, 53% believed he abused his power, and 48% believed he obstructed Congress.

These numbers are only getting worse. That’s why those gross balloons are floating around everywhere. The Republicans are cornered. Let’s keep them that way!

This is an open thread.

Good weekend Widdershins

Ah yes, it certainly is getting crazy out there.  tRump is impeached.  Bill Barr is running the Justice Department like it’s a wholly owned subsidiary to benefit tRump, Pompeo at State had no idea that one of his ambassadors was under a possible threat in Ukraine, and Pence’s reputation as the good boy is being sullied.  And of course they all have one phrase in common:  I don’t recall.  They also all have at least one thing in common; Lev Parnas’ great note taking.  I tell ya, if the Dems do take the White House back this year they are going to have to tent the W.H., State and Justice Dept buildings just to get the taint out.

With all of that happening, lets’ take a look at some songs about crazy, going crazy and the like.

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(turn your volume down for this one)

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Okie doke folks, that’s about it for me.  We have had, ahem, crazy weather here with highs getting into the low 80s which means running the a/c in January plus my dehumidifier.  Now we have a yuge cold front heading down and we’re going to drop into the forties for the high on Tuesday. I think my sinuses can just give it up.

Of course open thread.

 

 

“I’d like you to replay the DNC hack but do it to Burisma. Make sure you add in a bunch of fake news about Hunter Biden’s corruption! KTHXBYE”

— Der Drumpfenfuhrer

As Stephen King wrote in his apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand,

“Do you think… do you think people ever learn anything?”

I sure hope they do.

This is an open thread.

Happy Weekend Widdershins!

2020 is full speed ahead. We have no idea where we’ll end up, but one fun thing that happened is that Rachel Maddow decided to take on the New York Times’ pathological hatred of Hillary Clinton.

Here’s a link to the clip on MSNBC:

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/another-vindication-for-clinton-as-probe-reportedly-hits-dead-end-76469317916

The NYTimes itself has, of course, acknowledged no guilt. They are perfect, according to themselves.

But we know better. We know they are guilty! So let’s talk about guilt and truth and lies through music!

As I watched the news with a mixture of terror, fury and disbelief over the past few days, I found myself trying to understand why Republicans are still trying to protect this bedraggled, juvenile, threadbare, traitorous, corrupt mess of an Administration. If they don’t care about this country (and I think they’ve made it abundantly clear that they don’t), then surely they care about the hideous, cartoonish spectacle of their Republican President tweeting belligerently about the war crimes he wants to commit? Are they not, at the most basic level, embarrassed by pictures like this? (Note the pic of HRC behind bars on the stock, just below the wackadoo extra Crusade-y Crusader’s Cross. Classy.)

I had a bit of a revelation during my ruminations. I realized that the Republicans are in the classic position of the dog having caught the car after so many years of chasing it. They have worked for decades to get a majority right-wing Senate, Justice Dept, Presidency and Supreme Court so they can finally fulfill their promises to their evangelical base – and more importantly, to transfer as much wealth as they can from the US Treasury into their own slimy pockets. The bumper is finally between their teeth, and the car has been getting them where they want to go; on the other hand, they are fully aware that the bumper could fall off while it’s moving at 95 miles per hour.

What’s a mangy, slobbery, old white cur to do in this situation?

There are only two options: Either hold on and hope for the best, or let go.

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Kellyanne Conway’s new job

Take the kids to work? NO!

That moment when *your* pussy gets grabbed

You go gurl! h/t Adam Joseph

“The” Book

Nice picture of our gal

Time till the Grifter in Chief is Gone

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Mueller Time!

Only the *best* politicans bought by the NRA

Marching for their lives

Perfect Picture

Rudy: oh shit the pee tape IS real!

Need Reminders?

Never too early to shop for Christmas

“Look this way”

Manafort’s Jail Photo

Indeed who?

Trump spam

IOW Dumb = Happy?

Simply Put

Ironic

Dems are coming for ya