September 17, 2022
On February 24, Putin thought his army could “waltz right in,” and Ukraine would fold within weeks. How wrong he was! Now approaching seven months, the Ukrainians are defined by their unrelenting gritty determination, as observed by their recent “pushing back” of Russia from Ukraine’s Kharkiv region.
It is incongruous how these honorable people are hell-bent on thwarting Putin’s authoritarianism, and seeking democracy like their European neighbors, while at the same time, the world’s (supposed) beacon of democracy, America, has witnessed one of its major political parties just as hell-bent on “obediently” moving in an opposite direction, exposing their addictive hunger to follow an immorally corrupt demagogic authoritarian.
America can delude itself and point to the MAGA Republicans as being “the problem,” but admit it, the majority of the “other” Republicans are only half-a-step behind, as most of them will likely acquiesce, and vote for the litany of fearmongering GOP endorsees, of Trump, this November. Frankly, I think very few GOP voters “get it.” They have little idea how their upcoming votes, in 2022, 2024, and beyond, could irreparably damage the course of America, perhaps to its demise!
We must emulate the soul of the Ukrainian people.
If I were queen, only grammar fights would be allowed. --with word play rather than sword play. I'd also give my Crown Jewels (keeping only 10 of my favorites) and the Crown itself to Patagonia, whose founder did something that deserves a place for man of the year in Time magazine and a permanent place in climber's heaven...
I will quit writing before I dissolve into a miasma of sarcasm and snark.
My comment is that Bob Dyland was right. "If my thought dreams could be seen/They'd probably put my head in a guillotine."
After yesterday, and DeSantis' demonstration he never understood any bible he ever read, or the Fundmentalist Bible is different from the real one, and after seeing all the high-fiving on the Right today over what was done, if any Republican ever tries to invoke "Christian" anything in my presence, I intend to kick him so hard between the legs that the "family jewels" will fly into orbit. Fortunately for them, Republicans who know me know to stay out of reach.
Thought I would share my response to this morning’s letter from Professor Richardson.
Twilight Zone, Episode 22- A particularly spiteful and hateful Governor of a southern U.S. state named Ron DeSantis enacts policies and practices which abuse migrants. Ron is mysteriously transported back to 1904, where he is in charge of a NYC immigrant intake office. Ron has the ability to decide who stays and who has to be deported. One such immigrant, who unfortunately does not make the cut, shares the same last name as our protagonist Ron. This unfortunate immigrant is put on ship to be returned back home to Italy. His misfortunes have only just started, as somewhere out in the vast depths of the Atlantic the ship encounters a very strong hurricane and sinks, taking the lives of all of its passengers, including our would be immigrant DeSantis. At the same time our immigrant DeSantis is sinking into the cold depths of an unforgiving ocean, our protagonist, immigration officer Ron begins to strangely fade from existence until he is gone. No more Ron. Poof! For it seems our protagonist immigrant officer Ron had deported his own maternal great great grandfather, making Ron’s present and future life impossible. Karma is a bitch.
What strikes me is the paradox of, on the one hand, Republicans claiming "crime" as a winning issue for the Republican party in the mid-terms, and on the other, the sheer number of Trump followers who are "involved" with the wrong side of the law. I find this almost cartoonishly hypocritical. I mean, c'mon! People intend to vote for these CRIMINALS to reduce CRIME...?
I would think the media might dwell on this point. Someone might wish to highlight the absurdity of it, especially during the next few weeks. The party of "assault weapons for all" might be at least a bit cognizant of the mockery they represent, wouldn't you think? I doubt the cop-killers of January 6th make the best poster children for the Republicans' focus on law-and-order.
This whole thing seems Shakespearean, in the scope of its duplicity.
I find it troubling that Judge Cannon is allowing the judiciary to go down the dangerous road of codifying executive privilege for a former federal official outside of what the current president either exerts or passes on. This ties a spurious privilege to a wannabe king rather than reserves the same right to a current executive conducting the affairs of state and shielding internal debate from congressional meddling.
Add to this the absurd argument that there is a "debate" about document storage. As a 43 year federal employee documents created in the course of government business are never mine. That business was routine. My God, state secrets could at any time be considered the property of this man-child? Trump did not comply with law and our judiciary is seriously considering that the whims of one person exist above the law.
My major concern governmentally has always been the Supreme Court. Seems like the Federalist Society has finally created the Court they wanted. I fear that Donald Trump will not be held accountable for the atrocities he has committed and that more of our individual and community rights will be taken away by this Court. I implore President Biden to enlarge it and for Americans to vote so we have the power to do just that. This is essential to our children’s survival in a free America.
I love that he went straight to the appeals court with the 100 classified documents and skipped all the hooha with Cannon. It’s a bit of a dis that she rightly deserves
I am concerned there has been no mention of FBI searching for documents in other Trump properties. If classified documents remain unaccounted for, will other properties…and their plumbing, be investigated?
I 💝 ALL your humor Robert Hubbell! You’ve offered up precious, wayyy too infrequent LOLs!!! Thank you!!!
What is the liberal antidote for the Federalist Society doing and what can we do to expand the SCOTUS?
Robert Hubbell, Have you read Lynn Truss, Eats shoots and Leaves, — blurbs “delightful, entertaining” and “who knew gramnar could be so much fun”? An entire chapter on commas.
Well, Robert, you've managed to throw two buckets of cold water on textural and originalist interpretations of the Constitution. I can almost hear our Federalist Justices: 'Oh! You wicked child! We're melting!"
If we could somehow have harnessed all the psychic energy we have expended over Trump and his acolytes, we would have solved the climate crisis by now.
I keep thinking of immigrants to the US as refugees. Although their respective nations are not at war, there is internecine warfare in the sense of drug cartels, climate catastrophe, poverty and hunger. Not only are we experiencing an influx of refuge seekers, so are European countries and the Middle East. I think the "problem" is world-wide and will only grow larger with climate chaos.
Would a dedicated organization such as the UNHCR be able to shed light on solutions? Establishing refugee camps temporarily? A coalition of countries which offer insight? Really, the number of stateless wanderers is legion. Our attempts to process claims for admission is a moot point. The causes need to be addressed.
The DOJ has had all of TFG's trove of documents in its possession for over 4 weeks. Unless I am profoundly mistaken, they have copy machines in the department, or scanners or digital cameras. I'd get to work, then send 10,900 documents promptly back to MAGA-Lago, leaving exactly 100 documents, marked "Secret, Top Secret and "for certain eyes only", remaining for the good justice to review. The DOJ knows that the vast majority of those papers are not relevant to the case they are investigating, won't be missed at the US Archive (Who needs another copy of Sports Illustrated) and will only clog the wheels of justice so unceremoniously bogged down in the mud by this special master business. TFG can sit amongst his boxes and pretend to have "won", the Special Master can go about doing whatever justices do with top secret information and the DOJ can quietly go about its business. After all, until there's a charge leveled and the process of discovery begins, there's no need for either side to divulge whatever source materials they have to support their claims or position. In all likelihood many documents are either copies, or have copies elsewhere with persons/departments who don't have the illusion of "executive privilege" attached and can be retrieved with a little gumshoe work. That information may well lead to other info which can be entered in evidence without ever referring to what was stored amongst the onions and potatoes in the basement in Florida. Give the fool and the fool's lawyers what they want; an alleged "win" in the maneuvering, something to crow about, while preparing the barbecue pit for the upcoming roast.