"The central doctrine of Christianity, then, is not that God is a bastard. It is, in the words of the late Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe, that if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you."--Terry Eagleton

"It is impossible for me to say in my book one word about all that music has meant in my life. How then can I hope to be understood?--Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice."--Bryan Stevenson

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Legal Doctrine of: "Barn Burned Down"

Privilege is never retroactive. Once disclosed, the information cannot be privileged and "undisclosed."

The closest case would be attorney-client privilege, where the attorney could be disciplined for improper disclosures.  I suppose a government employee could be disciplined retroactively, but I assume civil service laws protect them.

More "Human Scum" Found In Government Employ!


I Think His Egg is Completely Cracked

(Yes, actually; almost all of us do.)
(With Waldo?)

He has the nuclear codes. Just humor him.

In other news:
Apparently a meeting Zelenskiy didn't know about, even as he knew about it.
Oops.  The Deep State has reached the courts!
(No word on how much applause this line got.)

The Clown-In-Chief

Trump had advance knowledge and supported a protest by Republicans who told him they planned to barge into a secure hearing room on Capitol Hill where Democrats are holding impeachment testimonies, according to four people familiar with the matter.

Trump on Tuesday met with about 30 House Republicans at the White House to talk about the situation in Syria and the impeachment inquiry. During a nearly two-hour meeting, which focused mostly on the impeachment inquiry, lawmakers shared their plans to storm into the secure room, the people said. Trump supported the action, saying he wanted the transcripts released because they will exonerate him, the people said.

About two dozen GOP House members occupied the secure hearing room early Wednesday, delaying a scheduled deposition.

No doubt he thought this would work, too; if not for those meddling kids!

Once More, With Feeling

Articles of Impeachment will have to be debated on the House floor, and voted on by the House, in open session.

All evidence supporting each such article will be presented prior to that debate, in accordance with House rules and procedure.  All such evidence will, again, be publicly available, as it was in the Clinton impeachment and the Nixon impeachment investigation.

After the vote on the articles, if any are approved, said evidence will then be presented on behalf of the House to the Senate, in an impeachment trial. 

The Senate will decide whether or not to "overturn the results of an American presidential election," in conformity with the Constitution of the United States of America.  The House has no power to do that; only the Senate does.

This guy is so dumb I doubt he can walk and chew gum at the same time.  Then again, he is suing a cow over the cow's Twitter account, so there's that.

Brave, Brave Sir Robin

Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money

Well, at least it wasn't in the Senate chamber, huh?  Of course, that wasn't "mass civil unrest," either.  I understood whenever that kind of thing happens, the Sergeant-at-Arms clears the gallery.

Oh, that's right; the gallery....

And why am I not surprised Louie Gohmert was there?

"...the shit has hit the fan!"

That "Brooks Brothers Riot" was More Than a Dumb Stunt

I didn't post the entire Twitter thread; that's what the "*skip*" is all about.  You should read the entire thread (easy to do, just click on a tweet).  This response is also important:
These people are fucking idiots.

There's A Little More To It

“Ethnic cleansing is a crime against humanity,” [Richard Engel] explained. “By witnessing it, by being in a position to stop it but being order not to stop it, [U.S. special forces] could open themselves up to accusations that they were even aiding and abetting.’

He continued: “This was a very specific mission that was to fight against ISIS with a very small number of elite U.S. special operations forces. They were working, they had captured and killed tens of thousands of ISIS fighters. And then abruptly, for reasons that maybe we’ll know one day, President Trump has this call with Erdoğan and he decides to let Erdoğan, let Turkey invade and blow up the entire project.”

Engel noted that Trump was wrong to expect a few special forces to stay behind to takeover oilfields in the area.

“I don’t think he has any idea of what these special operations forces do,” Engel explained. “They don’t go around with buckets and pick up oil and fly them in helicopters back to the United States. They hunt down ISIS fighters. They do very specific missions. They look for hostages. That’s what they’ve been doing here.”

Engel also blasted the president for stereotyping the Middle East to “confuse” Americans.

“President Trump was trying to confuse the whole American people who think that the Middle East is a big just giant war zone, sand and blood,” he observed. “And he’s dwelling on these memories that people have, angry memories about Iraq, when you had lots of young men and women, hundreds of thousands of them cycling through Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“This is not that,” Engel insisted. “This was a specific counter-ISIS operation that was working. And what the world is going to see is the United States betrayed an ally. That is the only message that will be received out of this internationally. And that Vladimir Putin sticks with his friends.”
America First!  Right?

Right?  Anybody....? 

Pounding on the Table

Wotta coincidence, huh?

Apparently THIS is Their "Defense"

Dozens of House Republicans on Wednesday stormed the secure facility inside the Capitol where impeachment investigators have been deposing witnesses, forcing a delay to the proceedings on the heels of damning new revelations that could further imperil President Donald Trump.

The two sides were still trying to work through the standoff by mid-morning, with Republicans who do not sit on the committees leading the inquiry refusing to leave the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the Capitol, and Democrats insisting those lawmakers had no right to be there.

The view from inside the room:

“They basically ran over a member of the staff” to get in the room, said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). “They just came into the room and started shouting about the president. Literally some of them were just screaming … saying that the process is wrong.”

One Republican who has been able to attend the proceedings, Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah, acknowledged that the closed-door nature of the impeachment proceedings are consistent with the House’s procedures.

“This may be within House rules. That’s not the question. The question is, is it a good idea to impeach the president in secret hearings?” Stewart said. “This may very well be within Chairman Schiff’s and Nancy Pelosi’s authority to do this. I think it’s a bad idea.”

Please note this is an arguable point, but still "well within Chairman Schiff's and Nancy Pelosi's authority."  Storming into a closed Congressional hearing is not acting with any authority whatsoever.

And hearings are closed to preserve the integrity of the proceedings:

“It’s three floors below the Capitol, no cameras inside, no phones allowed inside,” [Rep. Eric] Swalwell said. “Any classified notes stay inside, classified conversations stay inside. It’s to protect the information, and in this case there was no special counsel, there was no special prosecutor.”

“The attorney general refused to even take up this case, so we have to do this in a closed environment because we know that if witnesses know what other witnesses will say, they will tailor their testimony and cook up alibis, and we have reason to believe that may be going on,” he added. “We’re trying to protect that information to the degree that we can.”

“So what we have seen — and I’m not going to go into it — but we have seen evidence that witnesses have talked to other witnesses, and the reason we’re having these hearings in this fashion is so that when witnesses testify, the information is held closely,” Swalwell said.

“If the information is getting out in the public, then they’re able to work together and try and get their stories, you know, together and aligned,” he added, “especially if they’re not necessarily innocent actors in this scheme.”

This is, after all, equivalent to a grand jury proceeding.  Lawyers for the potential defendants who storm a grand jury room quickly find themselves arrested.  Maybe we need similar laws for Representatives.  And then there's the matter of who's really interested:

“There were a lot when we started,” he said. “I counted about 75 people in this very small room, you know, about two-thirds of them were members. Now, at the end of the day, after all of the complaints about the process, after all of the attacks on the chairman, it was about, you know, a 10-1 ratio of Democrats to Republicans.”

Besides, the process itself is perfectly fair:

In reality, more than 45 House Republicans — nearly a quarter of the House GOP conference — already have full access to the depositions through their membership on one of the three panels leading the impeachment inquiry. During the depositions, Republican lawyers are given the same amount of time to question witnesses as Democratic counsels.
And eventually, whatever evidence leads the House to put forward Articles of Impeachment will at that point become public, and certainly have to be presented in a trial before the Senate.  Really, if the evidence is being contained, it's the best possible situation for all concerned.  Storming the room is just the desperate act of people with no idea how to govern, investigate, or run anything more complex than a two-car funeral procession.

Congratulate Me!

So I'll congratulate myself!

“It’s too early for me to be congratulated, but we have done a good job,” Trump said. “We’ve saved a lot of lives. Most importantly, we have avoided another costly military intervention that could have led to disastrous far-reaching consequences. Many thousands of people could have been killed.”

At this point, the president then took a series of contradictory shots at Obama by portraying him as both a rabid warmonger and a timid peacenik.

“The last administration said Assad must go,” he said. “They could have easily produced that outcome but they didn’t. In fact, they drew a very powerful red line in the sand. You all remember the red line in the sand when children were gassed and killed but then did not honor their commitment as other children died in the same horrible manner. But I did honor my commitments with 58 Tomahawks!”
And then I told the Kurds to go pound the "blood-stained sand" of Syria!

"Hooray for me! We got our oil, they got their sand!  It's too early for congratulations (or the Nobel Peace Prize I deserve!), but I'll take them anyway!"

King's X!

There is such a thing as arguments that undermine your point.  Consovoy just made one of those.

Competent lawyers aren't supposed to do that.  Competent lawyers also aren't supposed to reflect their clients, but represent his interests to the best of their ability.

Because Why Else Are We In the Middle East?

It's our oil, after all.  White man's burden/privilege, right?

The Maguffin

Alfred Hitchcock is credited with creating the term "Maguffin."  It's an item in a story that gets the action started, but really isn't important to the story at all.

The classic example is in "The Birds," where Tippi Hedren has a "meet cute" with Rod Taylor in a store in San Francisco, and because of the encounter buys two birds she takes in a cage to deliver to his apartment.  Learning he is away at his mother's for the weekend, she drives up the coast with the birds to deliver them (lest they sit in his apartment building hallway all weekend, and die from neglect).  Ferrying the birds across the bay to the house prompts the first bird attack of the movie, and when she reaches the opposite shore someone from the house takes the bird cage inside as Ms. Hedren is helped from the boat and her wound tended to.

You only see the bird cage again at the climax of the movie, during a particularly tense and otherwise silent moment.  The first 20 minutes or so of the film focusses on that bird cage; and then, having done the job of delivering Ms. Hedren to the locale of the action of the movie, they disappear.

In "Psycho," it's the embezzlement by Janet Leigh, which leads her to the Bates Motel in a thunderstorm.  Once she gets there, we quickly forget about the stolen money, especially after that shower scene.

The whistleblower is the Maguffin of the Ukraine scandal; which is why Trump keeps calling attention to him/her.  He doesn't like the way this movie is playing out.

A Reminder

Rick Perry is not a lawyer.

Rick Perry has been in government his entire adult life.

Rick Perry is an Aggie.

And proves it every day.

Defending the Indefensible

The "defense" of Trump is down to this:

“President Trump has done nothing wrong — this is a coordinated smear campaign from far-left lawmakers and radical unelected bureaucrats waging war on the Constitution,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement, insisting once more that “there was no quid pro quo.”

“Today was just more triple hearsay and selective leaks from the Democrats’ politically-motivated, closed door, secretive hearings,” Grisham added.

"Triple hearsay" is apparently like "double super secret probation," only worse.  I've never heard of "triple hearsay," actually, and all accounts of the statement Amb. Taylor read into the Congressional record indicate he spoke from his own personal knowledge, so I guess the "triple hearsay" is from people reporting on the statement Taylor gave that was released to the press.  The "radical unelected bureaucrats" language only hints at the Deep State conspiracy behind all this.  For that information, you have to go deeper into the White House:

“This is a mortal threat to the American system of government,” said Stephen Miller, the senior adviser for policy.

“It is best understood as career federal employees that believe they are under no obligation to honor, respect, or abide by the results of a democratic election. Their view is, ‘If I agree with what voters choose, then I’ll do what they choose. If I disagree with what voters choose, then I won’t, and I’ll continue doing my own thing. So basically it’s heads I win, tails you lose.

“‘If you elect Hillary Clinton, then I’ll implement all of her policies very faithfully, and if I see massive evidence of corruption on Hillary Clinton’s part, then I’ll keep it all a secret. If you elect a candidate I disagree with, then I’ll lie, I’ll leak, I’ll cheat, I’ll smear, I’ll attack, I’ll persecute, and I will refuse to implement, and I will obstruct at every single step of the way.’”
Everyone in government is an enemy of state, because l'etat c'est Trump.  It's understandable this interview isn't getting more attention in light of Taylor's testimony, but frankly, it proves the insanity doesn't run only from the Oval Office.

“We’ve made clear that your leaks will backfire and your sabotage will fail, and we’ll simply implement the policy doubly,” he said. “Not only will you not change the outcome, but the more that you try to leak and disrupt, the more determined the president will be in his course to accomplish that which he was sent here to do,” said Miller.

“The same people who made wrong judgment calls in Iraq, with respect to strategy in Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, too ... the people who made all these decisions now are so utterly convinced that they alone know what the right policy is,” Miller said.

Gee, that doesn't describe Trump at all, does it?  But Miller thinks this does:

“Never has someone occupied the Oval Office who is more undeterred and undaunted in executing the task that he was brought here and has pledged to execute,” he said.

I'm guessing that task didn't include giving Erdogan whatever he wanted in an act of moral cowardice almost impossible to understand, and then furthering that cowardice by abandoning the Kurds and the rest of Syria to Putin.  I'm also leaving out the part where Miller calls Trump's "accomplishments" "a miracle to behold."  That would just be piling on, at this point.

So the Deep State, i.e., anyone who disagrees with Stephen Miller or Donald Trump and has a government job, must be opposed and then extirpated, root and branch.  Stephen Miller thinks we elected a king.  The madness is coming from inside the White House, and not just from the Madman-in-Chief.

And let's be clear:  the White House really believes this shit:

"Senate Republicans don't have to defend Trump on everything, they just have to do their jobs,” said one senior Trump operative. “Part of that is holding hearings, calling witnesses, and forcing testimony on the misdeeds we already know about—Ukraine’s interference in the 2016 election against Trump, the Clinton campaign paying foreign sources to fabricate a dossier against Trump, the politically driven Kavanaugh smear campaign, the son of the former vice president influence-trading overseas, Adam Schiff trying to obtain dirt on Trump from the Ukrainian embassy, and more. What good is controlling half of Congress if Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff get to run the whole show anyway?"

All of this is utter bullshit the pursuit of which may end with Bill Barr disbarred and impeached for pursuing a criminal investigation with no grounds for such investigation (the true "witch hunt!").  That result has already driven Rudy Giuliani into hiding from cameras (which has got to be like gnawing off his own arm, to Rudy).

Republicans in Congress still haven't, except around the barest edges.  Trump is forced to fall back on this:

So here's a thought experiment, with the holidays bearing down on us.  Anytime between now and the end of the year, go to a crowded store, slip some item in your coat pocket, and continue to walk around the store.  If someone challenges you, you can say you meant to pay for it, and you haven't left the store, so it's not shoplifting, right?

Wrong.  Concealing the item is evidence of intent to steal, and that's all that's needed to prove shoplifting.  Did the store know you were going to leave without paying?  It didn't need to.  Did Ukraine know Trump was withholding funds until they stated they would investigate Biden?  They didn't need to; evidence of the conspiracy (at a minimum) is present in Trump agreeing with others (Sondland, for one) to commit the crime.  When lawyers argue the minutiae of law ('no quid pro quo!'), they are accused of relying on "technicalities."  When non-lawyers do it, and don't even understand what the "technicality" would be, who dare calls it justification?

These conspiracy arguments may reassure QAnon followers, but the rest of us have to sleep less comfortably than ever knowing who's running things in the White House.

I Hate Twitter Rabbit-holes

An opening statement by a lawyer in a trial is not evidence. An opening statement by a witness in a Congressional hearing  is evidence.  It is offered under oath as testimony.

Those law professors in the Quad would be happy to explain the difference. An English major or a linguist could explain how a word or phrase can have two different meanings depending on context.

This is going to be the quality of the defense of Trump. Might as well get used to it.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

And Clarence Thomas

called his confirmation hearing a "high-tech lynching." Which is more equivalent than Democrats in the minority (in the House) complaining about what really were trumped (sorry!) up charges.

Bill Clinton never said it about his impeachment. Bill Clinton also wasn't a racist.

Not fake news, WaPo, but really false equivalency.

Completely Exonerated!

Taylor never said the magic words and besides he's part of the Deep State.

The Day's News

Well, yeah....
Really hard to know what to think after this revelation. Because it's so unexpected.

Or it's another brick in the wall. Because without an absolute confession from Trump, how will we ever know what happened?

But if no one said...

...the magic words? If no one said "quid pro quo," then nothing happened! That's like a law or something.

A Time To Be Silent...

A time to speak. Guess which one this is?

But! The Whistleblower!

L'etat, c'est moi!

Or is this post another example of a "lynching"?

And Which State Does Sen. Graham Represent?

One of the few cases where a generalization is appropriate.

He even went for the "Takes One To Know One" argument:
Although most would say following Constitutional procedure is the very antithesis of mob rule.

But I did say he represents South Carl
Carolina, didn't I?

You Knew He'd Find The Racist "Defense" Eventually

It's Only (13,022) Words

Now I want to know how many of them were coherent.

Monday, October 21, 2019

The Narrative Is All

My guess is the news won't report on this tomorrow because how do they report it?

A) the President is nuts?

B) the President is delusional?

C) the President is babbling incoherently?

D) the President is losing it in public on video for the world to see?

Better to just ignore it/pretend it never happened, I guess.

You people with your phony Constitution

But, but, but...

Bernie Sanders drew 25,000 in Queens!

Exactly. In Queens. A long way from Iowa. In many ways, a long way from a lot of the country.

No challenge to the politics if Queens; but it's never been a bellwether.

It's Always Money That Matters

It's a very minor thing, but this is why I take reports like this with a grain of salt:
Not that it's false, it's just that this doesn't contradict my analysis that Trump fears disclosure of his finances to prove he was letting the G-7 use Doral "at cost." Mostly because all the "rational" explanations for Trump's behavior ignore what he does in plain sight and assume he actually makes political calculations. Trump's only idea of politics is: who sides with him, and his enemies who don't.

His other public characteristic is that he's a liar. All he does is lie. He lies to his staff, by commission and by omission. They have to piece together a story that makes sense.
It's a minor thing. But with Trump, aside from "follow the money," the only other rule is "assume the worst, not the most reasonable."

And already, another example:
Trump has not changed. What motivates him is acclaim, and the fear of exposure. He never feared exposure over that military parade, and he got the parade despite objections. Doral represented exposure, and given the court cases, he knew it.

The Unbearable Burden of Knowing

"If" is once again the biggest word in the English language. For one thing, it forever negates the possibility of "when."
Still not now, I guess.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Be Careful What You Wish For might get it.

When Even FoxNews Has To Explain The Obvious

The Problem Is: He Means What He Says

Well, that and we all figured Trump was talking about Saudi Arabia when he first mentioned "securing the oil." Turns out we really shouldn't translate Trump into "normal." He's just as abnormal as he sounds. Any attempt to interpret him is to misunderstand him.

And then there's the fact he just makes shit up:

Not Really A Defense

...or an excuse. But apparently accurate, which is still a problem:

Follow The Money

Trump is losing every attempt to block access to his tax records. His greatest fear seems to be disclosure of any financial information. When he realized these questions would be asked, and that he has no shield to extend over his business (as the New York tax case has proved), he simply withdrew. What he fears is exposure, and every attempt at concealment on that topic is failing. Why add to that pile? And besides, EVERYTHING Trump touches dies:

Meanwhile, in Jordan

In between tweets 2 and 3, no. 3 actually cancelling the G-7 at Doral-Next-To-The-Airport, Trump posted video of Jeanine Pirro's show; then he tweeted video of Jesse Watters.

Speaker Pelosi is trying to sort out Syria.  McConnell wrote an angry editorial. Trump has insisted the Kurds love him.  Let us all be thankful SOMEBODY in government is actually DOING the work of government.  And let us all pause and shudder at the thought of the GOP still controlling Congress after 2018. Where in hell would we be now?

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Crumbled Like A Cookie

But he didn't cave!
Except when you do give up!

Now, about your egregious and internationally criticized fuck-up in Syria....

Weekend at Bernie's

A large crowd for Bernie in Queens? Isn't that kind of carrying coals to Newcastle?

And honestly: people survive heart attacks. But the heart attack doesn't make you stronger. It's the death of heart tissue, after all. It's not "ageist" to point that out; it's simply fact.

It Can't Happen Here

Not that we won't deserve it. Furthermore:

Is Victimhood....

...a good look for a Presidential candidate, or a President? Hasn't Trump pretty much buried that question?

Friday, October 18, 2019


As everyone else is asking:  "secured the Oil"?  The U.S. cut and ran.  We bombed our own bases after the Russians took over one of them.  We destroyed ammunition, everything that couldn't be carried, because the order to leave was so unexpected and departure was so immediate.  WTF are you talking about?
What planet are you hearing from?
Now the Kurds are terrorists?  The POTUS just said so.  And sure, Turkey is "secure."  They've invaded Syria and control a portion of it.  This is madness.

Speaking to the BBC’s HARDtalk this Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu scoffed at the Trump administration’s threat of sanctions over his country’s military operation in northeast Syria, saying that the threat is the result of erratic confused messaging that’s not doing anything to help the situation.

Cavusoglu laughed and mocked Trump for his constant tweeting about various issues, including Turkey.

“Different voices, different positions are coming from the United States, because of the differences between the administration, the State Department, Pentagon, and this and that,” he said.

According to Cavusoglu, there was never a “green light” from the US for the invasion, claiming that the invasion was only launched after the US and the Kurds did not “honor their commitments,” leaving his country with no choice but to invade.

He also said that Trump’s sanctions were meaningless and Turkey has “taken enough measures” to ensure they have no effect on its economy.

So Turkey didn't even need America to permit this invasion; and our President's tweets are a joke and his threats meaningless.  Well, yeah, that was obvious to us, but still.

I feel like America's great again!  Don't you?  Erdogan says Trump's letter to him was an insult.  Turkey's foreign minister mocks our President on the record in an interview.  Our President is oblivious to all of this, but whines about the House doing it's Constitutional duties:

If that's not Keeping America Great Again, what is it?  Or what is this?


The View from 30,000 Feet and 100 Years Later

Amusingly, this article makes no mention of Turkey, the ceasefire that never was, the letter to Erdogan that even Erdogan is using to bash Trump with, the rout of Americans, the slaughter of the Kurds, the more than off chance Turkey (not just Syria) is going to be closer to Russia than NATO when the immediate crisis is over, or the complete collapse of U.S. influence, not to say power, in the Middle East that this represents.

And I'm not a Middle East, or even foreign affairs, specialist.


Trump is Erdogan's Bitch

Which follows on the news from yesterday:
Not that there was any doubt, anyway:
And clearly "Friend" doesn't mean what Trump thinks it means:
“I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look,” Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.

“All you have to do is look like a stiff,” he said.
Your national representative to the world, America.  Cherish it.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Before, or after, Trump said this?

“When those guns start shooting, they tend to do things, but I will tell you, on behalf of the United States I want to thank Turkey, I want to thank all of the people that have gotten together and made this happen,” Trump said. “I want to thank everybody. And the other thing I want to thank as a group, I want to thank the Kurds, because they were incredibly happy with this solution. This is a solution that really — well it saved their lives, frankly. It saved their lives.”
Is that even English?  I mean, I recognize the words; but what they say is simply gibberish.  Does he imagine he's won an Academy Award?

That's the nicest way to describe it I can think of.

Mick Mulvaney is a God-damned liar

But you knew that.


Syria is Burning

Turkey is treating our President's letters with disdain. ISIS prisoners have escaped captivity.  American forces are bombing their own military bases.  Trump is telling the world precisely how many nuclear missiles (or does he know the number?  Is that better, or worse?) NATO has in Turkey.

And Mitch McConnell is concerned with process:

Nixon Was Smart Enough wait until the staff was asleep to walk the halls and babble to the pictures.  Trump is so stupid he passes out examples of his incompetence on the Senate floor . A spokesperson for Turkey dismisses the letter (this morning, on NPR) as a "leaked old letter" that was so ridiculous Turkey dismissed it out if hand.

No one in the world wants to believe Trump is proud of this letter. Perhaps those consequences are too frightening.
Neither is going to be used. We are stuck with this fool for 15 more months. I am reminded of the Hebrews, complaining to God about the Exile. God pointed out this was the consequences of their apostasy.  They demanded deliverance; God said it would come, but not just yet.

This is the consequence of refusing to take responsibility for our democratic republic.

God help us all.

Tweets Are A Window To The Soul

Funny nobody got a picture of THAT!

And Speaker Pelosi was right; Trump was very shaken by the House vote today. Now he's calling for a vote on a motion that doesn't exist and will never get to the floor of the House. But like a child, Trump doesn't care. He wants what he wants, and that's all that he knows.
a) You're the only person who can be scorned? b) Poor, poor pitiful me.

You've got to be supremely stupid

...and utterly amoral to think this is any kind of argument, or worse any kind of justification, for what is happening to the Kurds and our military personnel, in Syria right now.