Republicans defeat Democratic bid to hear witnesses in Trump trial
— The Senate on Friday night narrowly rejected a motion to call new witnesses in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, paving the way for a final vote to acquit the president by next week. — In a 51-49 vote …
The famed “three-part” government of checks and balances died today.
Obstruction of congress was the game changer, note: there is now no real impeachment power. All is now raw, vile partisanship from snakes who have the temerity to claim that the OTHER side is the partisan side. Continue reading
ALAN DERSHOWITZ FOR THE DEFENSE: L’ÉTAT, C’EST TRUMP
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker
— Donald Trump’s lawyer says that the President can do just about anything he wants. — An hour into the Senate trial of Donald John Trump on Wednesday, the emeritus Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz came to the floor to answer …
Do you remember the Joe Biden/Sarah Palin debate?
“Mind if I call you ‘Joe’?”
The moment she said it, you knew the “fix” was in: some devious, demonic slur was just waiting, scripted, in the wings. But that was just the beginning.
Dumber than a post, there was no way to prep “barracuda” Sarah for an actual, semi-formal debate — a salient and vital part of public life going back to Athenian democracy.
The level of ignorance was shameful, but the party who pounded their chests braying their “morality” — while exhibiting a “shotgun” wedding couple on stage as some twisted nod to family values — had a plan: Sarah would just ignore public debate, rhetoric, facts and couth, and behave as barbarically as she could.
Nothing has changed. No one remarked on the disgusting and vile spectacle as adults or educated humans would. Somehow it was suddenly “normal” and her obscene performance was praised by those with zero standards whatsoever, i.e. the American public and punditry.
We now view an even MORE obscene spectacle. Continue reading
At the moment of Constitutional crisis, THIS appears:
Ambassador Bolton, withdraw your book
Fred Fleitz / Fox News
— “Tune in to see Fred’s exclusive interview with Laura Ingraham on ‘The Ingraham Angle’ at 10 PM ET on Fox News Channel.” — It was crushing to read weekend press reports that my friend and former boss John Bolton plans to publish a tell-all book …
Right. The horses have left the barn, so let’s buy a padlock for the door.
This is stuff from another dimension, probably Superman’s Bizarro World. Listen: Continue reading
Emotional Schiff Speech Goes Viral, Delighting the Left and Enraging the Right
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times
“But here, right is supposed to matter. It’s what’s made us the greatest nation on earth. No constitution can protect us if right doesn’t matter any more. And you know, you can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country” …
For this instant, we stand at a crossroads. A crossroads as profound as any yet witnessed by our nation in some sevenscore and four(ish) years.
This constitutional crisis we face seems to have invented itself after the fizzle of the Muller Report. Ironically, the crucial phone call having taken place the day AFTER Robert Muller’s Disney Hall of Presidents audio-animatronic™ testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. Continue reading
We used to leave partisanship at the water’s edge. Now we can’t even leave it at the jailhouse door.
Politico: Republicans livid over Nadler’s ‘cover-up’ accusation
Senate Republicans are fuming after Rep. Jerry Nadler accused them on the Senate floor of engaging in a “cover up” to protect the president, seizing on his remarks Wednesday as a significant misstep that they say undercuts Democrats’ impeachment case.
The fact that it might be true only amplifies the display of crocodile tears from a defense that has no facts with which to defend itself. Thus, the traditional “ad hominem in substitute for debate or thought.”
Last night, it became apparent that the “Know Nothing Party” that presaged the divisions leading to the first Civil War has been replaced by the “I Don’t WANNA Know Nothing Party” presaging the second. Continue reading
White House Calls Impeachment Charges ‘Frivolous’ and ‘Dangerous’ in Legal Brief
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal
— President Trump’s legal team argued Monday that the articles of impeachment were frivolous and dangerous and should be swiftly rejected by the Senate. — Mr. Trump’s team filed a 110-page legal brief …
Tomorrow, what a nation fears will be a kangaroo court will convene to Whitewash felonies, high crimes and misdemeanor in the mistaken notion that this is all “just politics.”
Well, if so, so was WWII.
But let’s not waste time on the endless minutiae and sophistry that comprises the entire core GOP case. Let’s talk about oaths and let’s talk about facts. Continue reading
Donald J. Trump (the “J” stands for “Judas”) made a speech this morning taking a weird victory lap over having had US air forces targeted but nobody having been killed. As distorted/reported by Faux Nooz™:
Trump to make statement on Iranian missile strikes, assures nation ‘All is well’
Brooke Singman / Fox News
President Trump declared Wednesday that Iran “appears to be standing down,” in the wake of missile strikes on American bases in Iraq that he said resulted in “no casualties.” …
That is amply dealt with elsewhere. What I wanted to point out were these two deeply disturbing statements buried in the ofttimes nonsensical, macho braying text: Continue reading
John Bolton, Ambassador ofttimes to CloudCuckooLand has issued an embarrassing and highly calculated statement that he is willing to testify …
Before the Senate, that is.
During the present impeachment controversy, I have tried to meet my obligations both as a citizen and as former National Security Advisor. My colleague, Dr. Charles Kupperman, faced with a House committee subpoena on the one hand, and a Presidential directive not to testify on the other, sought final resolution of this Constitutional conflict from the Federal judiciary. After my counsel informed the House committee that I too would seek judicial resolution of these Constitutional issues, the committee chose not to subpoena me. Nevertheless, I publicly resolved to be guided by the outcome of Dr. Kupperman’s case.
This fairly drips with a false nobility that nothing in Bolton’s past justifies. We have a clear abuse of power, a shakedown of a foreign government, and Bolton clearly has information vital to the case. But DEMOCRATS run the House of Representatives (given a mandate by the “Blue Wave” of 2018 that our mainstream media denied happening until even a blind man could tell that it had HAPPENED) and Mr. Bolton decided to play partisan politics rather than patriot.
The squirming on the question of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin is quite evident in the first paragraph. Continue reading
Note that an apologia is NOT what we currently term an ‘apology’; it is a defense and a denial of accusation. There is no admission of guilt. The opposite, in fact:
A formal defense or justification.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.
Donald J. Trump (the “J” stands for “Judas”) has decided to toss out the ultimate distraction: an open act of war against Iran, an assassination carried out in broad daylight and claimed by Team USA with chest beating and puffer-fish expansiveness.
Airstrike at Baghdad airport kills Iran’s most revered military leader, Qassem Soleimani, Iraqi state television reports
BREAKING: It was not clear who carried out the strike, but the death of Soleimani, the Iranian Quds Force commander, seems certain to send tensions soaring between the United States and Iran…
Within hours, the Pentagon took responsibility and announced that Trump had ordered the “hit.”
Assassination as a tool of statecraft is historically stupid and counterproductive. But let’s dive into that with a short fisking of the Official Statement from the Pentagon: your tax dollars at work both slaying AND rationalizing the murder. Continue reading