Saturday, May 18, 2019

Most Ridiculous Headline of the Year

From the Washington Post today:

"Trump risks credibility as his policy veers between threats and inaction"

Credibility? Trump?  What the hell are they talking about?

And while we are on the subject of Republican credibility, consider Iran:

"On Tuesday, Republican Sen. Tom Cotton declared that the United States could win a war in Iran with just “Two strikes: the first strike and a last strike.” 

And little Marco just had to get his two cents in too:

"There is clear & persistent evidence,supported by observable movements on the ground,that Iran’s proxy forces in Iraq & Yemen plan to attack Americans with the intent of inflicting mass casualties"

Remember when you were taught about how we thought the Civil War would be over in a few weeks?  Or when both sides thought World War I would only last a month?

Remember when we went to war in Afghanistan 17 years ago and are still there?

Well, maybe nobody is told that anymore.  At least, not Republicans, who want nothing more than a war somewhere.  I'll just go out on this musical reminder; Whoopee, we're all going to die:


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

SHALL

From a very nice article at Vox, with comments from a number of law professors about Donald Trump's refusal to honor a legal request for his tax returns:


"The provision Rep. Neal is using is a specific statutory exception from that disclosure prohibition. That exception says that the secretary of the Treasury (or his delegate) “shall furnish” the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee with any tax return or return information requested in writing."

"Shall."  It all comes down to the meaning of this word.

"A reading of the plain language of the tax code indicates that Congress does in fact have the legal authority to request and obtain tax information from any filer, including the president... The statute says the IRS “shall furnish” tax returns to the committee chair upon request and that’s the end of it...

This is not an issue on which there is any possibility of reasonable disagreement. Any well-informed person who disagrees either that the Ways and Means Committee has an obligation to demand Trump’s tax returns as part of fulfilling its oversight duties or that Trump is legally obliged to turn them over is either a partisan hack or contemptuous of the rule of law."

The word "shall" has a very significant meaning in American law.  It means that there is no choice; that the order must be complied with.  Now, the corrupt Trump justice department is claiming that this is not what the word means at all.

Well, here is a suggestion.  In all fairness, I must reveal that this idea came from my son, Max, but it is a great idea.  If this is the new meaning of the word, I think it is time that Democrats take the opportunity to reconsider the phrase "shall not be abridged."

That should be an interesting conversation.

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Avalanche Moves On

The avalanche of dung.

It never ends.  The horrors that are being perpetrated by the Republican administration are so endless that it is almost impossible to keep track of them, particularly with a mainstream press that will willingly be distracted by any infantile antic that Trump gets up to.  Here are a few things that are in the news the last three or four days:

"Trump Calls For Asylum-Seekers To Pay Fees"

Sheer bullying brutality, directed toward some of the most helpless people on earth.  And his "base" loves it, because they are all a inhuman as he is.

"Vice President Mike Pence took a break from railing against socialism Friday morning to accuse Democrats of supporting baby murder."

Trump and most other Republican leaders have jumped on this claim, despite it being one of the most disgusting lies the Republicans have ever told.  And that is a pretty high bar to
pass.
Republican trolls target Pete Buttigieg with false sexual assault claims"

Hardly need to comment on this one, other than to say that this is the treatment that all other Democratic Presidential candidates are going to experience.  This is going to be one hell of an election.

"Trump sues to block Deutsche Bank from turning over information to Congress"

Consciousness of guilt.  It is real legal evidence, and there never was a clearer example of it than the behavior of Donald Trump.

"Pompeo: Trump Admin ‘Fully Supports’ Military Uprising Against Venezuela Prez...CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration backs Venezuelan congressional leader Juan Guaido in his call for a military uprising against President Nicolas Maduro."

The problems in Venezuela were created, in large part, by the deliberate actions of our government.  This is all about seizing the resources of the Western Hemisphere's largest source of oil, and anyone who thinks differently is a lunatic.

"Bolton: Yes, We Agreed to Pay North Korea But We Didn’t"

Oh yeah?  And we should believe John Bolton that the money wasn't paid?


"Republicans block $250 million to beef up election security"

Because why would they want election security?  That would be the end of their time in control.

"Coalition of groups sues over Barr policy seeking to jail some asylum-seekers indefinitely"

Life in prison without having committed a crime.  Do not fool yourself- this behavior, directed toward those who are least available to defend themselves will, if allowed to stand, will soon morph into Trump's right to throw anyone he wants into prison.  And anyone who doesn't think that is where this is leading knows nothing about the history of every dictator that ever lived.


"Trump leaps to new position, claiming that his campaign 'rebuffed' contacts from Russia"

Ha. 


"Trump administration rolls back offshore drilling safety measures following industry pressure"

Open corruption.  It's the new normal.

"Barr decided to clear Trump of obstruction before reading Mueller’s report"

Because of course he did.  He's a Republican.


"E.P.A. Proposes Weaker Standards on Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water"

And why not? Nothing is too vicious and criminal for Republicans.  Who even cares if it benefits the rich sociopaths that keep them in power- the fact that it hurts ordinary people is good enough for his base.


"AG Bill Barr's Senate testimony is so inaccurate, networks are fact-checking his lies in real time"

How long before he gets to 10,000, like Trump?

Oh well, just another few days in today's America.