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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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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.

 

 

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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Good weekend Widdershins

The past week or so has been a lot of college bowl games (leaving the best for last on Jan 13th) and today started the NFL wildcard playoff games.  The Saints play their wildcard game Sunday at noon central time and of course I’ve got my fingers crossed for that.

So let’s take a look at some political cartoons again.  They run the gamut from Christmas to New Years to the latest Iraq mess.

 

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As they say in the Looney Tunes “that’s all folks”.  h/t to The Week for having the cartoons in an easy to find and use location.  And I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of them concerning the Iran kerfuffle.

Open thread of course.

 

From 270towin.com

Happy New Year’s Eve Day, Widdershins! Yes, it’s that time of year when we all think about the year that was, and the year to come. And, it’s that time of year when I typically share my fearless, and often wildly inaccurate, predictions for 2020. Come, join me in the gentle art of prognostication!

  1. Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee for President in 2020. Either he will be removed by the Senate, or he will be so damaged by the ongoing impeachment (and possible second impeachment!) that his approval with the base dips below 35%. At that point, McConnell and the Senate Republicans will cause him to be removed, to make room for…
  2. The Republican ticket for 2020 will be Mike Pence and Nikki Haley. Do not kid yourselves – this ticket has the potential to be extremely popular with the Republican base, and white evangelicals would come out strongly for it. However, it must be said that Mike has all the charisma of a cardboard cutout of himself, and he is up to his neck in the Ukraine bribery scandal. In some ways he would be just as toxic as the Mango Moron, and I do believe that the right team of Democrats could easily beat him. Which leads me to…
  3. The Democratic ticket for 2020 will be Biden/Harris. I don’t like writing this, but, we have to be realistic about the base. Biden has a high majority of black support – it’s not even close – and black people will be deciding the nominee. This is the way the Democratic nomination has gone for decades, and that won’t change now. Here are some recent figures:It is amazing to me how all the pundits on the TeeVee do not seem to grasp this basic fact about how the Democratic nominee gets selected – that it’s up to black people. For example, if a white person wins Iowa and New Hampshire, but then gets crushed in the South on Super Tuesday, that’s a big ol’ no from the base. They will be looking to see who wins in South Carolina, not the two whitest states in the country.From the article linked above:

    If Buttigieg wins Iowa but flops with Black voters in South Carolina, then he will have a difficult time winning a national election as a Democrat. Likewise, if Donald Trump overperforms among Black voters, it will be incredibly hard for Republicans to lose. Candidates increase their chances of winning the presidency by taking the long-range approach of energizing Black voters in the country’s rapidly growing Black-majority cities—especially in swing states—rather than simply winning big early.

    Yes, and since Joe has a hold on the base, he will be the nominee. At that point he will have to pick a VP who is young enough to take over if/when he has a health issue in the first term, and is a WOC – someone who has an ardent following and who can excite the base to come out and vote. That person will be Kamala Harris, who just turned 55, and who already has a strong base of support from her Presidential run. This teaming would unify the Party and create the excitement we need so badly. And that leads me to…

  4. Joe and Kamala will win in 2020, and we will have a fully Democratic government in 2021 for the first time since 2009. The House will stay Democratic and perhaps gain a few seats, and the Senate will flip.
  5. Bernie Sanders will finally become irrelevant once he loses the nomination by millions of votes AGAIN. His pathetic followers will continue to whine for a while, then they will lose interest and find another savior for 2024. Tulsi Gabbard, most likely.

That’s all for now, Widdershins. What are your predictions for 2020?

This is an open thread.

Good holiday er something widdershins

According to the good ole Farmer’s Almanac, winter started on the 21st of December.

Seasons of 2019 Astronomical Start Meteorological Start
SPRING Wednesday, March 20, 5:58 P.M. EDT Friday, March 1
SUMMER Friday, June 21, 11:54 A.M. EDT Saturday, June 1
FALL Monday, September 23, 3:50 A.M. EDT Sunday, September 1
WINTER Saturday, December 21, 11:19 P.M. EST

Can’t prove it by me since we got to a comfortable 67 ° and I cut the a/c on just to “move the air” a bit.

Nevertheless let’s look at some songs for winter. Oh and this will also be the weekend post.

 

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And last, on a classical bent:
Franz Schubert: Winterreise “Gute Nacht”

 

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Okie doke.  Add some of your own selections if you wish and naturally open thread.

 

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Widdershins, the moment we alternatively cheered, feared and thought would never come, has almost arrived. Drumpf and his Republican enablers can SUCK IT.

I always had faith in Pelosi doing the right thing on impeachment, but personally, I worried that Drumpf’s inevitable acquittal in the Senate would help him in his re-election campaign. Little did I know the man would self-impeach in such a flamboyant way, in public and in writing, numerous times! And in a criminal way! And that Americans would be much more in favor of impeachment and removal after about two months of investigation, than they were in favor of impeachment when Nixon was at a similar point in his process! Mea culpa Nancy, you are a genius. Hats off to you!

Speaking of public opinion, I’ve noticed impeachment is gaining traction lately. Editorial boards across the country are finally  starting to take the position that the Mango Moron deserves that forever asterisk next to his name. According to a recent Fox News poll (Dec 8-11), a majority of the American people are in favor of impeachment. Fox News’ own pundits were shocked.

“The Fox poll came out — and I was stunned by this,” Kilmeade said on “Fox and Friends.” “This says 50 percent of the country want the president impeached. I was stunned to see that that’s the number, because I thought that things were trending away.”

Actually, the Fox News poll released Sunday said that 54 percent of Americans want to see President Trump impeached. Fifty percent support impeaching him and removing him from office; an additional 4 percent support impeaching him but allowing him to remain on the job. Forty-one percent don’t think he should be impeached at all.

As I mentioned last week, people all over America are taking to the streets tonight and demonstrating in favor of impeachment. I checked my little corner of North Dallas, Texas, and whaddaya know! There are marches here too – almost 2500 people are signed up. It’s a good sign. I hope some of you will come out as well!

I know how unlikely it is, but I admit it – I really want Drumpf to be removed by the Senate. Oh Yahweh, please let that be my Hanukkah miracle – I don’t ask for much, oh Lord! Just to cover all my bases, I’ll ask Santa to add it to his list as well.

This is an open thread.

 

 

 


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