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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Clowns, Clicks, Conspiracy, China, And CoVID-19

The Lancet Statement of Support
for all those working to
Contain COVID-19

https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S0140-6736%2820%2930418-9
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...designated researchers and infectious disease professions have a need and duty to continuously access and share the best available data on an infectious diseases, including applicable long term antibody data for a population... (anonymized when appropriate)...





ScienceMagazine, Scientists ‘Strongly Condemn’ Rumors and Conspiracy Theories About Origin of Coronavirus [CoVID-19] Outbrea... the buffoonery of United States Senators like Tom Cotton (R–AR) are unhelpful and harmful...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Trump:Nixon::Barr:Mitchell

...on May 17, 1973* Samuel James Ervin Jr. (D-NC) gaveled to order the House Committee on the Judiciary to investigate the Watergate break-in...stonewalling, subterfuge, subpoenas, standoff, sackings, and sentencing followed...Trump:Nixon::Barr:Mitchell...




...don't forget to laugh...TheOnion, Deutsche Bank Begins Removing Possessions From White House After Trump Defaults On Loan and TheOnion, Trump Reassures Struggling Farmers He Has Never Seen One Of Them And Cannot Be Sure They Even Exist and TheOnion, Bleeding John Bolton Stumbles Into Capitol Building Claiming That Iran Shot Him







*...also, on this day in history, May 17, 1954 the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)


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UPDATED 02/18/2020  FJA, Federal Judges' Association Calls Emergency Meeting After DOJ Intervenes in Case of Trump Ally Roger Stone and Atlantic,  Bill Barr Must Resign and Reuters, Former DOJ Officials Call on U.S. Attorney General Barr to Resign and  NYT, Barr Says Attacks From Trump Make Work ‘Impossible’ and WSJ, New Developments Feed Debate on Justice Department Independence and WP, Sally Yates: Trump thinks the Justice Department is his personal grudge squad...

...with the help of Attorney General Barr,** Republican senators voting for impeachment acquittal and a silent United States Supreme Court Chief Justice...there is an ignominious pathological lying sociopath at the top of our government...now is not the time for silent acquiescence...
"...Because the public is listening to what's going on, and I don't think people like the fact that you got somebody at the top basically trying to dictate whether somebody should be prosecuted. I just think it's a banana republic when we go down that road and we have those type of statements being made that are conceivably even if not influencing the ultimate decision, I think there are a lot of people on the outside who perceive that there is undo inappropriate pressure being brought to bear. And I just would hope that -- it's just, it's very disturbing that we're in the mess that we're in in that regard. Because I think having been a part of the prosecution for a long time and respecting the role that prosecutors play in the system I just think the integrity of the process is being unduly undermined by inappropriate comments and actions on the part of people at the top of our government..." -- Case 1:18-cv-01766-RBW Document 54-3 Filed 02/14/20 Page 5 of 16--
...kudos to a not so silent district court Judge Reggie Walton (aka RBW)...prosecutors could not explain to an increasingly frustrated judge why they were not charging McCabe...the public release of previously sealed court documents resulted in a DoJ letter to McCabe's attorney stating the obvious...that Andrew McCabe would not be charged...he just got in the way of an ignominious pathological lying sociopath's disinformation campaign...


** ...the irony of Barr's demand is beautiful...Barr, an acolyte of the extremist Federalist Society tells the ignominious pathological lying sociopath at the top that he can't "play" him if the ignominious pathological lying sociopath at the top is busy "playing" Barr...


UPDATED 05/29/2019 Reuters, U.S. Special Counsel Mueller Says Charging Trump Was 'Not An Option' and WP, Mueller Says Accusing Trump of A Crime ‘Not An Option’ Under Justice Dept. Guidelines and WP, Mueller’s Statement, Annotated: ‘If We Had Confidence That The President Clearly Did Not Commit A Crime, We Would Have Said So’


... congress and the courts must make extraordinarily clear, when properly subpoenaed a special counsel or others cannot choose whether to appear before congress or a court...they may respond and read aloud from a report, but they cannot decline to appear...



...it is highly likely that prayers and family interventions are insufficient to obviate our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al...can we have early elections...


...more rectum-ramblings from our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al...it's reminiscent of Nixon's "I've never obstructed justice...I'm no crook"...

...our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al. say's "I don't do cover-ups"...our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al. forgot the word "well"...




UPDATED 05/18/2019 Vox, Trump’s Reckless “Treason” Accusation Against the FBI, Explained and WP, Trump Warns of ‘Long Jail Sentences’ for Those Involved in ‘Spying’ on His 2016 Campaign and WP, We Don’t Have An Attorney General
...making five and six-sigma accusations without empirical evidence is drivel, disinformation, and dogma...when made by a senate-protected unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al. they are extraordinarily dangerous...

WP, Judge Orders Public Release of What Michael Flynn Said in Call to Russian Ambassador
WP, A Historical Parallel for Barr to Remember




Originally Published May 17, 2019;; Last Updated  February 18, 2020; Last Republished February 18, 2020:

Sunday, February 16, 2020

United States Senator Lindsey Graham

United States Senator Lindsey Graham a huckster or trumpster, I get them confused, from South Carolina told a Munich Security Conference 2020 gathering that as a "conservative" he's helpless to do anything about climate change, curiously saying it's business and the Baptists' responsibility?

Senator, last time I checked you write the laws and business follow them while the Baptists pray for "God" to cleanup "his" atmospheric mess.

I'm not sure what a "conservative" is these days, but they seem to often use a disinformation device know as "false choice"...please provide your data for the "false choice" between cleaning up the excessive atmospheric carbon and bankrupting business.

Senator, with all due respect you're full of shit, as are most hucksters and trumpsters.


Associate Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia Dies At Age 79

Associate Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia dies at age 79—he preached a static and stale legal pedanticism that neither our language nor Constitution could carry.


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UPDATED 03/23/2016 CRS, Justice Antonin Scalia: His Jurisprudence and His Impact on the Court and Merrick Garland’s Nomination to the Supreme Court: Initial Observations



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UPDATED 02/16/2020 Economist, Donald Trump is appointing federal judges at a blistering pace

...it's difficult to imagine a more toxic tag for any judge than "appointed by Trump"...

UPDATED 11/16/2019 CSPAN Attorney General William Barr Criticizes the Political Left and Law&Crime, Calls for AG Barr’s Impeachment Intensify After ‘Lunatic Authoritarian’ Federalist Society Speech [...a Barr impeachment is grounded in despotic behavior more contemptible than a "lunatic authoritarian speech"] and Text of DOJ, Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers the 19th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture at the Federalist Society's 2019 National Lawyers Convention Washington, DC, Friday, November 15, 2019 [...much of Barr's talk applies faulty anachronistic reasoning, which historical constitutional documents do not support...]


 ...unfortunately, Barr has wrongly and hyperbolically compared pushback against decades of conservative dogma, ideology and doctrine as war...

...Barr needs a different "Executive" as his "Exhibit A" before labeling pushback, opposition or resistance as war...

...preferably one that doesn't ask for or accept foreign electoral help...


UPDATED 10/08/2019 AP, Divided Supreme Court Weighs LGBT People’s Rights...well, isn't Justice Gorsuch just precious...wonder if Chief Justice Tawny took heed of "social unrest" when deciding Dred Scott...


UPDATED 08/11/2019 Reuters, House Democrats Seek Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh's Records

...the earlier (2018)  lower judicial council investigating 83 complaints against Kavanaugh ended when it decided it had no authority to investigate the higher Supreme Court...not a disability for Congress with its impeachment power...


UPDATED 10/07/2018 WP, Kavanaugh Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice After Divided Senate Votes for Confirmation and WP, In SNL’s Cold Open, Republican Senators Celebrate Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation and NYT, Kavanaugh Is Sworn In After Close Confirmation Vote in Senate

Welcome Justice "Kegger" Kavanaugh to Hell and Then Some

...Kavanaugh is an unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced Supreme Court justice...

...don't forget to laugh...


UPDATED 10/05/2018 NYT, The Senate Should Not Confirm Kavanaugh; Signed, 2,400+ Law Professors

...wow!...makes you wonder who the ABA, FBI, and Federalist Society spoke with about Kavanaugh...

...don't forget to laugh...NewYorkerSatire, Nation’s Criminals Ask for F.B.I. Investigation Kavanaugh Just Got...




UPDATED 10/02/2018 NBC, Text Messages Suggest Kavanaugh Wanted To Refute Accuser's Claim Before It Became Public and NewYorker, The Confusion Surrounding the F.B.I.’s Renewed Investigation of Brett Kavanaugh and NYT, The People the F.B.I. Has Interviewed in the Kavanaugh Investigation — and Those It Has Not and NYT, Chad Ludington’s Statement on Kavanaugh’s Drinking and Senate Testimony

...when you begin removing the wrapping around a carefully packaged Kavanaugh you discover misleading statements, dissembling,  lies, lack of candor, and earlier contact with potential witnesses...sounds like our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al. and its Republican Party schlepps in the senate...

UPDATED 10/01/2018 WP, Kavanaugh Would Not Be Confirmed If FBI Probe Shows He Lied To Senate Committee, Jeff Flake Says and NYT, Democrats Denounce Limits on F.B.I.’s Kavanaugh Inquiry as a ‘Farce’ and USAToday, Brett Kavanaugh Was 'Belligerent and Aggressive' Drinker, Yale Classmate Says and Vox, Why Kavanaugh's Accusers Can't Remember Everything and NYT, Judge Kavanaugh Is One Angry Man and Slate, You Don’t Have to Be a Person With Alcoholism to Be a Problem Drinker


...Kavanaugh is an unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced nomination to our Supreme Court made by our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al...both are boorish, bullying belligerent liars...



...don't forget to laugh...NewYorkerSatire, Jeff Flake Announces Retirement from Humanity and Merrick Garland Says He Enjoys a Nice Lemonade Now and Again




UPDATED 10/03/2018  Bloomberg, Trump Orders Kavanaugh FBI Probe After Senate Delays Confirmation Vote (only after some senators required probe)



and NewYorker, E-mails Show That Republican Senate Staff Stymied a Kavanaugh Accuser’s Effort to Give Testimony and WP, Sen. Kamala Harris Refuses To Vote, Democrats Walk Out of Committee Room (kudos to the junior senator from California et al.) and NYT, American Bar Association Urges F.B.I. Inquiry Into Kavanaugh, as Jesuits Withdraw Endorsement  and Vox, All-Male Senate Judiciary Republicans Tap Arizona Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell for Thursday’s Kavanaugh Hearing and Vox, Report: Senate Staff Asks Brett Kavanaugh About Fourth Misconduct Allegation and Atlantic, Lindsey Graham’s Furious Defense of Brett Kavanaugh and Atlantic, Kavanaugh Goes Nuclear

...the Republican's hearing on sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh is little more than their sham (Senator Graham (R-S.C.) and Kavanaugh doth protest too much) efforts to continue efforts to cram-down another unfit justice...but as Bob Dylan might say "The Times They Are A Changin'"


...appointing a female proxy prosecutor to conduct questioning for the majority committee of elderly all white male senators is a wonderful metaphor for a devolving and obsolete Republican Party...

...yes Senator Graham (R-S.C.), if you stand in a line awaiting your turn to sexually assault an impaired women you are a "gang rapist", whether you actually sexually assault the impaired women...your "righteous indignation" without the required FBI background investigation and thorough vetting is meaningless...


UPDATED 09/26/2018 WP, Kavanaugh Nomination: Third Woman Comes Forward with Sexual Misconduct Allegation

UPDATED 09/24/2018 Federalist, Fourth Supposed Witness To Kavanaugh Accuser’s Alleged Assault Indicates It Didn’t Happen and WP, Kavanaugh Accuser Will Testify Thursday in Front of Senate Judiciary Committee and NewYorker, Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from Brett Kavanaugh’s College Years and NewYorker, After the Kavanaugh Allegations, Republicans Offer a Shocking Defense: Sexual Assault Isn’t a Big Deal

...the "Federalist" is arguing a criminal case that doesn't exist and likely will not exist...

...nor is this a "he said-she said" or "innocent until proven guilty" case...

...it is she says with 91-98% veracity that she was sexually mistreated in a nation, which has a historical pattern of ignoring, dismissing, and mistreating women when they report sexual mistreatment (unsurprisingly, resulting in significant underreporting)...

...as a national policy on sexual mistreatment of women (and men) our nation must clearly, loudly, and continuously broadcast to our women (and men) that anytime you are sexually mistreated and report you will be believed, full stop...regardless of who your assaulter is...

...Blasey's assertion that she was sexually mistreated by Kavanaugh are enough to end his bid for a justiceship returning him to his judgeship on the DC Court of Appeals...

...conduct a fair investigate of the allegations of the sexual mistreatment and end his judgeship, if reasonable...

UPDATED 09/20/2018 Vox, The Fight Over Reopening The FBI Investigation Into Brett Kavanaugh, Explained and NYT, Everyone Deserves Better Than This Senate Spectacle and WP, Republicans, Be Forewarned: Kavanaugh’s Accuser Has Options and Intercept, Attorney Sent Letter To Chuck Grassley And Dianne Feinstein Claiming Federal Court Employees Willing To Speak About Brett Kavanaugh

...FBI interviews into the background of candidates for public trust positions is de rigueur...conflating these interviews with a criminal investigation mischaracterizes their purpose... (also, National Background Investigations Bureau)

..."cramming down" Kavanaugh amid ongoing sexual assault allegations is likely to further accelerate an already fast declining Republican Party (some might say already imploded) and decaying Supreme Court of the United States...

UPDATED 09/09/2018 Slate, I Wrote Some of the Stolen Memos That Brett Kavanaugh Lied to the Senate About and Salon, Merrick Garland asked to probe perjury allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and Vox, The Brett Kavanaugh Perjury Controversy, Explained By 4 Legal Scholars

UPDATED 09/07/2018 NYT, Brett Kavanaugh Hearings: Takeaways From Day 1 and C-SPAN, Senator Schumer on Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination


..."educated" is just one attribute and not the most important, which "qualifies" a person to sit on our United Supreme Court...Judge Kavanaugh lacks some of those other attributes...if Kavanaugh cannot answer a "hypothetical" whether a president can self-pardon for crimes committed before or during their presidency, maybe he can articulate a "hypothetical" in which a president can self-pardon...

...Kavanaugh is "independent" like our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al. is a "truth-teller"...imagine our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al. as a "unitary executive" and Kavanaugh joining Scalia's dead dicta to tell us that we cannot subpoenaed, indict, prosecute or otherwise get rid of our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al. so long as it occupies the Executive Office of the President of the United States...

...kudos to Senators Kolbuchar, Coons, Harris, Blumenthal, Mazie Hirono, Booker, Flake, et al...their questioning has begun to show pursuit of an imbalanced democratic governance agenda underpinned by dogma, drivel, and doctrinaire...or as the Chief Justice might say, gobbledygook...


...not only must the Senate decline to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh, it must await the renomination and senate vote on Judge Merrick Garland, before filling any vacancy on the Supreme Court...


UPDATED 07/10/2018 NYT, Brett Kavanaugh Is Trump’s Pick for Supreme Court and Reuters,  Top U.S. Senate Democrat Vows To Fight Trump's Supreme Court Pick and NYT, Conservative and Liberal Groups Gird for Battle Over Kavanaugh Image and CourthouseNews, Trump Picks Kavanaugh to Replace Kennedy on High Court

...Judge Kavanaugh...an acolyte of the deceased Scalia, Federalist Society protege, and docent of the "originalism" dogma docket is highly unlikely to do well a primary duty of an active justice, complement court credibility...

...without credibility what is a court's announcement that a business baker can decide whether to deliver cakes into the steam of commerce based on his interpretation of the gospel according to Jesus...makes the constitutional interpretive efforts of originalism seem stupendously scientific...

UPDATED 05/22/2018 CLR, Reclaiming the Constitutional Text from Originalism: The Case of Executive Power

UPDATED 04/18/2017 Onion, Rookie Justice Gorsuch Assigned To Supreme Court Overnight Shift


UPDATED 04/08/2017 AP, Senate Democrats Secure Votes To Block Gorsuch The minority Senate members need not apologize for filibustering the Gorsuch nomination.

He's "mainstream" while attending Federalist Society meetings with its claimed membership estimated at 70,000 (6/7th lawyers and 1/7th law students)! However, such a small clique or core cabal of lawyers committed to pursuing an extreme libertarianism (aka neo-anarchism) is hardly representative of "mainstream" America, especially if they wear black robes on our Supreme Court.


It is not clear if criteria of the ABA Federal Judiciary Standing Committee's rating considers such a stagnant, extreme, and dogmatic2 judicial temperament in a justice of our Supreme Court?

UPDATED 03/20/2017 Bloomberg,Why the Supreme Court's Approval Rating Is Sliding and C-SPAN, Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing, Day 1; Live

Efforts to disguise libertarian dogma and doctrine (aka neo-anarchism) in black robes is likely to backfire while seriously harming our Supreme Court and nation.



UPDATED 02/02/2017 Reuters, Trump Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch seen in the mold of Scalia and NYT, In Judge Neil [M.] Gorsuch, an Echo of Scalia in Philosophy and Style and WP, Key decisions from Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch


Justices who pretend they can interpret our frabjous1 Constitution within today's context are preferable to those who pretend they can interpret it within yesterday's context.

UPDATED 03/21/2016 NYT, John Roberts Criticized Supreme Court Confirmation Process, Before There Was a Vacancy

Mr. Chief Justice, wonder if the Court's increasing patina tarnish (some might say sully or disgrace) is related to the politician requites?

UPDATED 03/17/2016 WP, Initial thoughts on President Obama’s decision to nominate Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court


UPDATED 03/05/2016 NYT, Supreme Court Nominees Considered in Election Years Are Usually Confirmed
PBS, Justice Antonin Scalia's Funeral Mass
Roll Call, Justice Scalia Lies in Repose at Supreme Court
Oyez, Supreme Court Virtual Tour, Including Captions for Chief Justices' Busts in Great Hall The casket appears to be traverse the bust of Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite, Great Hall-Middle West. USN, Supreme Court In Memoriam Associate Justice Scalia


WH, Watch President Obama Speak on the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Scalia
NYT, Justice Antonin Scalia: His Life and Career

-----notes-----

1. Feel free to spend time studying literature, poems, law, Lewis Carroll, and Alice Through the Looking Glass etc. as needed to interpret yesterday's (circa 1871 CE) context of "frabjous" or grab today's context from Google.

2. Dogma by definition is stagnant and not an element in the desirable set of attributes required of any lawyer, much less a nominee lawyer to our Supreme Court. An ABA Federal Judiciary Standing Committee, which rates a dogmatic lawyer "well qualified" is either unaware of the dogma or evaluating the nominee as "well qualified" to enforce an implicit agenda.

Horrifyingly, it is possible that the the ABA Federal Judiciary Standing Committee is ignoring the dogma and evaluating a Supreme Court nominee as "well qualified" to enforce an explicit agenda?








Originally Published February 14, 2016; Last Updated  November 17, 2019; Last Republished November 16, 2019:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

....This Is A Finding Of Fact, Unfolding Of The Truth...


...and then a decision will be made and that is a decision that goes beyond me...but we're not dominated by the polls...what we're dominated by are the facts and the truth and I do believe the truth will set us free...there are many things that the president does that are completely out of the question that are not impeachable...and they're about the election...

...but when it comes to violating the Constitution of the United States, as he undermines our national security, jeopardizes the integrity of our elections1, dishonors his own oath of office...that's about impeachment...I really have a real discomfort level of responding to what Republicans say because they are in denial about what has happened in the country... --from the below video interview with Speaker Pelosi--


...the majority in the Senate et al. are behaving like a parent who enters a room to discover their toddler is smearing feces on the wall and joins in hoping to create a Picasso...



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UPDATED 02/12/2020, AP, Trump: Stone Sentence 'An Insult To Our Country'

...hey, don't worry, be happy...Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) assures us the ignominious pathological lying sociopath has "learned...and will be much more caution in the future"...the senators voting to acquit the ignominious pathological lying sociopath may want to check Impeachment Article I...

UPDATED 02/05/2020 C-SPAN, U.S. Senate ACQUITS President Trump on Article I: Abuse of Power, 48-52 and  USAToday, Trump Ends State of the Union Speech Filled with Rally Language, Tensions with Democrats, Poignant Moments

...if the senate majority leader thinks the Senate's impeachment trial acquittal has stopped the scorching of our Republic he is sadly mistaken...it's not the Democratic Party, which is heavily invested in active disinformation campaigns and shaking down foreign governments to undermine our institutions and elections...the beauty of irony is boundless...


UPDATED 02/02/2020 C-SPAN, Alan Dershowitz and Rep. Adam Schiff Answer Question on Quid Pro Quo...any retired professor of law seriously advancing Dershowitz's argument deserves the honorific, "demeritus"...Professor Dershowitz, Demeritus...


...some verbal nonsense is not even wrong...

...but, don't forget to laugh...Intelligencer, AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Democrats, Impeachment and Cows
and NewYorkerSatire, El Chapo Outraged That His Trial Included Witnesses and Trump Says He Has No Intention of Having Bolton’s Book Read Aloud to Him and Trump Defense Team Scrambling to Find Example of Law Trump Did Not Break and Susan Collins Takes Hours to Decide on Lunch Before Ordering Exactly What Mitch McConnell Is Having



UPDATED 01/28/2020  NYT, Bolton Was Concerned That Trump Did Favors for Autocratic Leaders, Book Says and AP, FACT CHECK: Trump's Impeachment Defense and the Facts and APNewsOaklahoman, Trump Defense Counsel Ken Starr Says Impeachment Is 'Hell'

...attorneys that lie to a bunch of senators during impeachment proceedings presided over by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court are unlikely to lose their law license, but they should...the Breitbart propaganda is precious...Senator Joni Ernst et al. are looking for facts...really!...


...here's how our friends over at the Federalist Society see the impeachment hearings, Impeachment Gets Worse Ratings Than Soap Operas...maybe at their next presser "Joni" (R-IW) can Don a cheerleader's costume while Senators Scott (R-S.C.), Lankford (R-OK) and Barrasso (R-WY) dance with pom poms...that might boost the Republican Party's ratings?...

...the Republican Party hasn't seen "impeachment hell", yet...let them continue pursuing their "keep power at any cost" strategies and they'll be defending sociopaths "round the clock" in impeachment proceedings...the "bipartisan divide" will be the least of their concerns...that is impeachment hell!...

...don't forget to laugh as the Republican Party decays...it has worked very hard to amass its rot...as the quality of candidates for the Republican Party slide down the personality disorder spectrum from occasional bad behavior to serious law breakers or those that argue the law doesn't apply to them expect their "lawyers" to argue that the impeachment standards are too low...do not expect the GOP-RNC to argue that their candidates' character has decayed...unsurprisingly sociopaths do not tend to attract law abiding citizens...



...show us all the relevant documents and witness (e.g. PBS, WATCH: Full video of Trump appearing to say Ukraine ambassador should be removed)...let us worry about the 2020 election...historians will deal with the 2016 election...

UPDATED 01/23/2020  Economist, The Strange Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump: Designed to Acquit and C-SPAN, Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 2 and C-SPAN, U.S. Senate: Impeachment Trial (Day 3) and WP, Trump’s Impeachment Defense Is Designed to Destroy Guardrails on Presidential Power and U.S. Senate: Impeachment Trial (Day 4) and U.S. Senate: Impeachment Trial (Day 5)







The House managers show what is best about America while Pasquale "Pat" A. Cipollone et al. show what is worst. 

McConnell et al. can follow rules that enable an unfair or sham impeachment trial, but their "work-product" is not the last word or America's future.

Surely, the Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. regrets presiding over these proceeding?




⚖-----former Solicitor General Neal Katyal's latest book Impeach, The Case Against Donald Trump is instructive...as is the short video The Rules for Rulers:



...what are the senate-keys getting and giving from the "wannabee king" to retain power (hint, it's unnecessary to over think the "wannabee king" as a future dictator)...


UPDATED 01/19/2020 FoxNews, Trump’s Impeachment Defense Team and NYT, Senate Republicans Are Bathed in Shame


...is Alan Dershowitz auditioning for the lead actor role in an upcoming Woody Allen comedy?...


UPDATED 01/16/2020 CSPAN, Senate Impeachment Trial Oaths and NBCNews, Rep. Adam Schiff Read The Articles Of Impeachment To The Senate





..."a republic, if you can keep it"...

...the response most often attributed to the octogenarian and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin when asked what type of government the constitutional convention delegates created...so far so good!!!...

UPDATED 01/15/2020 CSPAN, Speaker Pelosi Announces Impeachment Managers...



...a wonderfully diverse and professional impeachment prosecution team...

UPDATED 01/13/2020 ABCNewsThisWeek, Trump will 'be impeached forever': Pelosi

...kudos to Madame Speaker and those members voting (Final Vote Results Roll Call 695 and 696) to impeach Donald John Trump...


...their votes will forever proudly rebuke the ignominious actions of the conspicuously unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, unlawful, untrustworthy occupant of the White House, its senate sycophants and any future aspiring wannabe authoritarians...our nation is forever grateful for their principled preference for good governance...more leaders like those voting "Yea" in roll call 695 and 696, please...



...why does "Moscow Mitch" believe that an independent senate impeachment trial will or should conform with a House impeachment?...sycophancy is not a desirable behavior for any senator...sycophancy for the purpose of perpetuating a conspicuously unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, unlawful, untrustworthy presidency is dangerous and destructive of our nation...

...compare and contrast sycophant and partisan...

01/10/2020 C-SPAN, Limiting Military Action Against Iran, Speaker Pelosi and Newsweek, Iranian Missile System Shot Down Ukraine Flight, Probably by Mistake, Sources Say


...wonder if the "dumb-ass duo" envisioned that their "gunboat diplomacy" and "saber-rattling" could down a civilian airliner, killing all 170+ passengers aboard...of course it's unlikely the "dumb-ass duo" thought an "elephant-walk" (a costly test of war readiness) at Hill AFB could trigger a battlefield SAM site shot...which is precisely the point of  the above war powers limiting concurrent resolution...


UPDATED 01/07/2020 RollCall, Road Ahead: House To Debate Iran War Powers As Impeachment Articles Hold Continues and SpeakerPelosi, Dear Colleague on Introduction of War Powers Resolution

...kudos to the Speaker and House...a set of 535 commanders in chief trumps a dumb-ass duo deciding to go to war while taking Mulligans on the back nine...there are no Mulligans in war...unlike the golf course every shot counts on the battlefield...

...Senator Graham et al. stultify themselves while trying to shield the impeached president's behavior...the real arguments they're  advancing in the highest courts (USCA-DC 19-5331 mp3) and elsewhere are beyond stultifying...there is no executive "prerogative" (maybe counsel means privilege?) to obstruct investigations into criminal behavior (official or unofficial), [remember Nixon]...

...reigning in the out of control executive is long over due...as an aside those who've doubted whether women can govern, let them doubt no more...


 UPDATED 01/16/2020  USAToday, Watchdog: White House budget Office Violated Federal Law by Withholding Ukraine Security Funds and GAO, Office of Management and Budget—Withholding of Ukraine Security Assistance and APMcConnell and Pelosi give no signs of budging on impeachment

...kudos to the Speaker and senate minority leader...Chief Justice John Roberts has a duty to make publicly clear he will not preside over a sham impeachment trial...the idea that he 's there as "eye candy" or a "partisan rubber stamp" is nonsense...

UPDATED 01/02/2020 JustSecurity, Exclusive: Unredacted Ukraine Documents Reveal Extent of Pentagon’s Legal Concerns

...“Clear direction from POTUS to continue to hold [appropriated Ukraine military funding.]”...released redacted email from former Wisconsin GOP cum RAG Party head Michael Duffey who is now a political appointee at the Office of Management and Budget...wonder why the RAG Party senators are ignoring relevant redacted facts?...

...understanding these emails in the context of Ukraine's history and its persistent progress toward autonomy makes impeding current diplomatic efforts more than criminal...of course it's highly unlikely that Duffey et al. know much about Ukraine's long-suffering efforts toward autonomy, inspite of periods of extraordinary cruelty by Russia...

...kudos to President Zelensky on the prisoner exchange, gas contract signing and New Year conversation with Putin...and planning for a future connection to the euro-grid...an event, which will present the "BlackEnergy " hackers w ith new and more dangerous challenges...

UPDATED 12/18/2019 C-SPAN, U.S. House: Debate & Vote on Articles of Impeachment


...digressive diatribes, conspiracy theory, sloganeering or parroting  (SHAM, CIRCUS, WITCH-HUNT, PARTISAN-COUP, ELECTION VENDETTA, SCHIFF SHOW etc.) will not substitute for pertinent facts and evidence...

UPDATED 12/12/2019 C-SPAN, House Judiciary Committee Debates on Articles of Impeachment

 
 ...the only response to any president's failure to recognize Congress's impeachment authority is immediate impeachment. and removal...
...those that think this Executive's response is customary...let them think that no more...

UPDATED 12/10/2019 C-SPAN, Articles of Impeachment and HouseJudiciary, Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for High Crimes and Misdemeanors (pdf); Article I Abuse of Power and Article II Obstruction of Congress



UPDATED 12/09/2019 C-SPAN, Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment, Report by the Staff of the Committee on the Judiciary and House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Inquiry Evidence Hearing


...so far the House minority's response to overwhelming evidence of impeachable conduct is that the House is partisan and moving too fast...as always history will judge...meantime all future presidents will know that asking for, accepting or coercing foreign electoral help will result in their swift impeachment, even when that president tries to blockade all evidence...a wonderful message that will only strengthen our democracy (republic)...

UPDATED 12/05/2019 C-SPAN, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Articles of Impeachment



...the Speaker of the United States articulates a bright-line between behavior that is impeachable and partisan...blur the line at your own risk, so says our Founding Fathers and Madame Speaker...attempt to erase that line and you'll be immediately impeached...


UPDATED 12/05/2019 C-SPAN, LIVE: House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Inquiry Hearing



UPDATED 12/03/2019 WP, House Intelligence Committee’s Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report (latest  document posted to the growing collection of impeachment documents; 60 to date)

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UPDATED 11/21/2019 C-SPAN, House Speaker Weekly Briefing







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1. ...impeachment and removal is the only way to lawfully, peaceably and reliably end a constitutional threat presented by any president's willingness to ask for, accept, or coerce foreign electoral assistance...by definition the president's own action(s) has removed elections as the customarily reliable method of  preserving a democracy (republic)..

...contrast this with the Judiciary's power to annul an election to meet the same ends...














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