Tuesday, September 24, 2019
To remind folks of the “wag the dog” scenario, where a president starts a bogus war to boost his re-election chances, this weekend’s music theme is about dogs that wag, cats that purr, American eagles that fly and songs about any and all animals.
This issue isn't just about whether anyone can prosecute criminal behavior by a President while in office, it's about Trump using the Office of the President to help himself politically in what may constitute dereliction of duty and treason.
Trump is a thug and a bully. He insults, mocks, belittles; and now, damns and curses anyone who disagrees with his methods. He reminds you more of a schoolyard bully that loses their nerve if you challenge them.
Everything Trump's touched lately is failing. Tariffs, negotiations with North Korea, controlling the deficit and keeping the economy growing. As his prospects for re-election keep dropping, Democrats show off a field of contenders who all look like winners against him. So this weekend's music theme is about winning and losing, playing the game and rolling the dice.
Brexiters have their own MAGA. They want the "Five Hundred Year Myth," of England; harking back to an entirely self-sufficient England that ruled the world - which never existed.

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  • AdLib-Short Posts:Here's the text of the letter from the seven senators: Seven freshman Democrats: These allegations are a threat to all we have sworn to protect By Gil Cisneros , Jason Crow , Chrissy Houlahan , Elaine Luria , Mikie Sherrill , Elissa Slotkin and Abigail Spanberger September 23 at 9:00 PM Our lives have been defined by national service. We are not career politicians. We are veterans of the military and of the nation’s defense and intelligence agencies. Our service is rooted in the defense of our country on the front lines of national security. We have devoted our lives to the service and security of our country, and throughout our careers, we have sworn oaths to defend the Constitution of the United States many times over. Now, we join as a unified group to uphold that oath as we enter uncharted waters and face unprecedented allegations against President Trump. The president of the United States may have used his position to pressure a foreign country into investigating a political opponent, and he sought to use U.S. taxpayer dollars as leverage to do it. He allegedly sought to use the very security assistance dollars appropriated by Congress to create stability in the world, to help root out corruption and to protect our national security interests, for his own personal gain. These allegations are stunning, both in the national security threat they pose and the potential corruption they represent. We also know that on Sept. 9, the inspector general for the intelligence community notified Congress of a “credible” and “urgent” whistleblower complaint related to national security and potentially involving these allegations. Despite federal law requiring the disclosure of this complaint to Congress, the administration has blocked its release to Congress. This flagrant disregard for the law cannot stand. To uphold and defend our Constitution, Congress must determine whether the president was indeed willing to use his power and withhold security assistance funds to persuade a foreign country to assist him in an upcoming election. If these allegations are true, we believe these actions represent an impeachable offense. We do not arrive at this conclusion lightly, and we call on our colleagues in Congress to consider the use of all congressional authorities available to us, including the power of “inherent contempt” and impeachment hearings, to address these new allegations, find the truth and protect our national security. As members of Congress, we have prioritized delivering for our constituents — remaining steadfast in our focus on health care, infrastructure, economic policy and our communities’ priorities. Yet everything we do harks back to our oaths to defend the country. These new allegations are a threat to all we have sworn to protect. We must preserve the checks and balances envisioned by the Founders and restore the trust of the American people in our government. And that is what we intend to do.
  • AdLib-Short Posts:Hmm...maybe that rumbling sound is the dam finally breaking? Seven freshman Democrats: These allegations are a threat to all we have sworn to protect https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/24/seven-freshman-democrats-these-allegations-are-threat-all-we-have-sworn-protect/ Pelosi quietly sounding out House Democrats about whether to impeach Trump, officials say https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pelosi-quietly-sounding-out-house-democrats-about-whether-to-impeach-trump-officials-say/2019/09/23/98a33fd8-de5f-11e9-8fd3-d943b4ed57e0_story.html Trump ordered hold on aid to Ukraine days before calling its leader, officials say https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-ordered-hold-on-military-aid-days-before-calling-ukrainian-president-officials-say/2019/09/23/df93a6ca-de38-11e9-8dc8-498eabc129a0_story.html
  • AdLib-Short Posts:Yes, it did go viral, keeping this madness concise is so important because otherwise people feel overwhelmed. As for the sign (and the other photos in that article), it is heartwarming. https://images.dailykos.com/images/720599/story_image/trumpisaliarohio.png
  • kesmarn-Short Posts:Those cloven hooves just don't seem to fit into army boots very well... Now, golf shoes?
  • Kalima-Short Posts: But the Ukrainian leader was apparently left with a different impression. Murphy, who spoke with Zelensky during an early September visit to Ukraine, said Monday that the Ukrainian president “directly” expressed concerns at their meeting that “the aid that was being cut off to Ukraine by the president was a consequence” of his unwillingness to launch an investigation into the Bidens. Trump ordered hold on military aid days before calling Ukrainian president, officials say https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-ordered-hold-on-military-aid-days-before-calling-ukrainian-president-officials-say/2019/09/23/df93a6ca-de38-11e9-8dc8-498eabc129a0_story.html — Obama lawyer worries Ukraine could be blackmailing Trump after he did ‘something terribly wrong’ https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/obama-lawyer-worries-ukraine-could-be-blackmailing-trump-after-he-did-something-terribly-wrong/
  • Kalima-Short Posts:It is. Laying out the truth is so powerful. I heard it went viral. Makes you want to print it and stick it somewhere you can see it every day. Maybe in 6ft letters like the people below. This warmed my heart too. — "TRUMP IS A LIAR" In Six Foot Tall Letters Over I-70 Looks Even Better Than You Think It Does https://www.dailykos.com/story/2019/9/22/1887197/--TRUMP-IS-A-LIAR-In-Six-Foot-Tall-Letters-Over-I-70-Looks-Even-Better-Than-You-Think-It-Does
  • AdLib-Short Posts:Thanks for the link, Kalima. This is a very solid article.
  • AdLib-Short Posts:This is a very common syndrome. The older, more establishment candidate with most name recognition begins a primary as a leader but as that short-lived benefit evaporates and voters seriously begin to consider candidates based on how they present themselves in debates, rallies, etc., the establishment candidate recedes. Consider how close the primary between Hillary Clinton and virtually unknown Bernie Sanders became in 2016. Being the "inevitable" or "safe" candidate works initially but voters eventually make up their minds based on who candidates are today and who they think will do the best job. I wanted Biden to run in 2016 so I clearly like him but going through the motions as he is at this age and in this race, he clearly lacks the sharpness and clarity that he had 4 years ago as VP. It annoys me when the politically correct Biden supporters complain that accurately identifying the cognitive issues he's suffering from is "ageism". Their goal is to suppress truth and demonize those who speak it. They don't want to hear that he does indeed have age-related issues and apart from his moderate/conservative views that are unattractive to me in a post-Trump era, those alone are meaningful reasons to support a better, uncompromised candidate.
  • AdLib-Short Posts:Maybe Satan had bone spurs?
  • TOCB-Short Posts:That indeed seems to be the calculus of "Blue Dog" Democrats AND Pelosi's camp. It is obviously a purely political calculus, and is probably an incorrect calculus given trump's hold on the republican base and the GOP. These people will never abandon trump for any reason, so it is pointless to appeal to their so-called patriotism. As a Democrat, I will not support a candidate at any level who opposes impeaching trump based on constitutional grounds, REGARDLESS of the politics. In my heart of hearts, I believe that republicans and Independents in republican districts who voted for Democrats in 2018 did so at least in part because they disliked what trump was doing, and if they see that Democrats are too weak to hold trump accountable, they are less likely to support Democrats in 2020. They may stay at home, but they are not likely to vote for Democrats who are weak on impeachment. THIS IS MY OPINION.

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