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Clarence Thomas should be removed from the bench and disbarred. He's been putting both hands on the scales of Justice for long enough.

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Yes! And take his wife with him!

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I knew Ginni Thomas is a trump supporter, but to this extent??? I have never had any respect for Clarence Thomas, and this confirmas it. He is compromised and should resign or at least recuse himself as other Justices have done. Thanks for the link to the article!

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The most frightening thing is that most of Americans have no clue about that… and of those who do?!

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Very good article! Knew she was pro DJIT & far right - but the incidence of right wing groups that she "chairs" or has a finger in? Doesnt look ethical at all.

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Abhorrent! And so blatant! Especially HIM! They are dancing on the graves of all the blacks as well as indigenous people, who were never treated with any respect to begin with, or treated with justice, or fairness...How can sit up on his throne and dismiss history? What does he see when he looks himself in the mirror!? He and his wife are laughing at all of us. And laughing at those truly believe in America, and who hope that she can deliver!

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I could not get through that article. (Anxiety.) But I got it: It's way worse than most of us knew. In a reality that sits in a close but currently unreachable place, Clarence Thomas is impeached.

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Thanks. We just listened to this. Bad taste in my mouth.

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Jan 23, 2022·edited Jan 23, 2022

OMG ... so disturbing! But necessary reading!

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It goes much beyond that. His wife is a member of the radical right groups and has had undue influence upon him. He should recuse himself when voting on such topics, but instead stands out as the lone dissenter this time.. He can not give an unbiased view on anything and therefore should be removed from the supreme court.. Perhaps that was her condition for not leaving him after his earlier foray into adultery and rape.

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Or perhaps his votes are the price of being found not guilty

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“Earlier” ? What is that about ?

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Anita Hill

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wait a minute?! Adultery and RAPE?!? What have I forgotten???

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Anita Williams(?) came out with charges prior to him being appointed to the Supreme Court. She used to work for him.

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Anita Hill… it wasn’t rape, but very ugly sexual harassment

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Thanks for clarification. My memory isn't what it used to be.

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Neither is mine! I only remember because I watched every minute of those hearings and Anita Hill’s bravery in speaking truth to power rocked my world. She was not well supported by Democrat Senators. Ted Kennedy was mum because he was a known womanizer and Biden was trying to be kind to everyone so he was a spineless ally, as he is (mostly) today.

PS I’ve always wished the Dems showed half the chutzpah and spine the Republicrimes show. They never give an inch and keep coming back for more. Tough as nails.

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Thanks…. I had forgotten!

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Clarence Thomas should be charged with giving comfort to or, aiding and abetting an alleged or suspected participant of the January 6th attempted insurrection and forced to resign or be removed. Even if she’s never convicted…he is Guilty by association. He should be above reproach as a “sworn member of the Highest Court in the Nation!”

At the very least…what about violating his Oath of Office, “ I, ________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."

Nowhere do I see with the exception of One’s Spouse! Or, “it doesn’t count because I had my Fingers crossed!”

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Clarence Thomas sits in Thurgood Marshall's seat - that thought alone gives me nausea. A mental midget, with apologies to little people.

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So long as the participant in the Jan. 6 attempted insurrection was merely ALLEGED or SUSPECTED, the avenue you suggest cannot be pursued. Y'know, 'innocent until proven guilty' is still the rule.

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I will never understand why he is on the bench in the first place, pease don't say 'someone's got the negatives?!!

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Sympathetically, perhaps, but not on the basis of anything he's actually done. The SCOTUS has always been political (ideally, far less so than the other two branches, and historically that's mostly held true)--that's why it's separate--it's just more unabashedly so now; keeping with our times and political movement that has Georgen Kennan'ed itself into a corner like a rabid animal the past 14 years. Anyway, this was understood by those who created it and it's just part and parcel of being human beings too. But...we don't "remove" people from jobs like that for their political leanings, we do so for malfeasance...this doesn't qualify. This might strike us as being so because it's judiciary, but I'm guessing (purely) wouldn't stand a legal review for one second.

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It was instructive to watch the segment on Ginni Thomas on MSNBC last evening, during Rachel's hour, if I recall correctly. Clarence has voted on cases in which there has been a conflict of interest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IemrkukybJ8

The commentator pointed out that SCOTUS has no code of ethics.

AND that John Roberts is ineffectual in managing the court by not having Clarence recuse himself...among other issues indicating an absence of leadership.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/01/31/is-ginni-thomas-a-threat-to-the-supreme-court

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Thanks for the clip of Mehdi Hassan talking with Jane Mayer. She did some fine investigative work in writing the article.

I just posted her article, in response to a comment above.

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Actually, it was Mehdi Hassan, with his sly humor.

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Oops. That's right.

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I think there are grounds, Robert: he should have recused himself because his wife is a "person of interest" in this ongoing investigation. So signaling, as he does, that he will protect the Trumpists at all costs is a sign that his judicial "independence" is a sham. I am well aware that the judiciary is a political organization (there was an interesting NPR report on this this very morning) but Thomas has been peculiarly empowered to engage in activities that would be regarded as ranging form questionable to nefarious were it someone not on the Bench.

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Jan 22, 2022·edited Jan 22, 2022

Then how about new regulations to set up ethic guidelines such as lower courts follow.

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If it becomes apparent that his vote in this case was intended to protect his wife from liability, that would be a different level of activism.

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Who knows what we may discover though, there’s a lot of pages to peruse!

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My gut is that something is going to come out….

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It'll never happen. SCOTUS Justices live in a world of their own. Even Chief Justice Taney, whose Dred Scott opinion helped bring about the Civil War, remained on the Court until his death in 1864.

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Judges like Taney and Thomas are excellent examples of why the court should be expanded and should have term limits.

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I’m reading y’all’s comments that it can’t be done, but if it were a possibility, what steps would you take to get the ball rolling

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1. Dilute Clarence Thomas's influence by expanding the court.--add seats to SCOTUS.

2. Keep up this heat in the court of public opinion.

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There is NOTHING that prohibits impeachment, you might remember the decades long effort by the Birchers to remove Earl Warren.

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It would take the revelation of criminal activity on their part to start the ball rolling to get a Justice removed from the SCOTUS. Being offensive and dishonest isn't enough. Something like running a ponzi scheme on the side might do it. It would be up to an investigative journalist to come up with such evidence because neither Congress nor the President can pursue it. But even then, look at all of the evidence which has been gathered about the defeated former president. Getting rid of him through the electoral process didn't seem to work. He's still around spouting lies and sowing dissention and supported by millions.

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Isn't Trump's magic that he never leaves his own fingerprints on the evidence? He positions others to take the fall.

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Isn't Heath's comment getting close to seeing Trump's fingerprints? "Washington reporter for Reuters Brad Heath noted that people close to Sidney Powell said Trump authorized this executive order (13) before his staff talked him out of it." I like to think the Committee is slowly closing in on Trump.

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I hope they are! What would make that report become substantive evidence?

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Yes, but they are getting sick and tired of him! This party isn’t going to go on much longer…

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I agree there. He's losing his usefulness to The Grand Plan. The Party is going to cut him off, rather than waste resources on rescuing him.

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What makes you say that... just because of the latest BS?

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So doggone frustrating!

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I can’t wait until there is proven collusion between “Dragon Lady” Ginny and Thomas in turn tied to 1/6/21. She is constantly violating the protocols of the SCOTUS

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Absolutely right, Linda.

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His wife attended/helped fund January 6th. He should have recused himself

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Why should he, if he was of the same mind as his wife was, and would have voted against it even if he were a bachelor. These Justices must be put out to pasture at a specified age or number of years on the bench.

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And shouldn't there be a limit as to how many one president can put on the bench during his term in office?

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No, this can work two ways. Final decision rests with the Senate which acts as a check on an out-of-control president. Perhaps that decision, though, should also require House approval. That would make appointments more democratic.

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And not bend the rules for one president and go in the diametrically opposite direction for another president.

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Yes. It seems there should be some way to determine the political leanings of a judge before she/he is nominated. And no one who is terribly conservative or terribly liberal would be appropriate. GWBsuh deliberately looked for "the most conservative black judge," exactly what should NOT be a criterion.

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Really Jack? they don’t collude huh?

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Not necessarily, although in the Thomas' case, I think the spouses do share the same philosophy. But look at James Carville and Mary Matalin, happily married but diametically opposed politically.

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Well, Carville and Matalin are two soulless sociopathic snakes without any ethics so that makes perfect sense.

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And if what you are happen to believe is indeed the case, it still does not prevent them from being happily married and disagreeing politically.

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And Clarence Thomas is pretty heavy-handed!

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As all of you know herein impeachment is the remedy for removing Clarence Thomas.

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Yes, it is totally allowed and should be done. The life appointment is NOT a shield from criminal or seditious behavior.

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I am sorry but what provokes this sub thread? I see nothing in Heather’s article about Clarence Thomas.

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He was the sole dissenting voice on the court about refusing Drumpf's claim of executive privilege.

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His dissent to releasing the presidential archives, an 8 to 1 decision, was mentioned by HCR in her 1-19 letter which you saw the following morning.

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He was the lone dissenter against the ruling, and has consistantly ruled against anything that was anti Trump. His wife, on the other hand, is very pro Trump.

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I’m wondering the same thing. The real thrust of the article was the release of archived docs that clearly show the planned execution of the coup. Thank you

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The sub thread, addressing Justice Thomas, was in response to HCR's posting dated Jan 19, in which she indicated his was the only vote against releasing the archived documents.

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Hello?!

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George HW Bush asked his team to find for the most extreme, conservative, Black judge they could find because it would jam the Democrats to try to torpedo a Black judge--no matter how extreme or unpalatable he was.

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It was GHWB's "fuck you" to the Senate for rejecting Bork.

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wow...and he always seemed like such a nice man...

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Outside of this, he pretty much was.

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He was a phony, I remember Willie Horton. Betcha that was an Atwater present. He, Stone, and Manafort were on the job then

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Oh, why can't everybody just play nice!

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Becky, you are being sarcastic I presume?

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No, I was not being sarcastic. I do wonder that.

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YES!!! MY GOD!

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Jan 25, 2022·edited Jan 25, 2022

Almost certainly true. In this instance, GHWB was playing the same kind of dirty politics that Bush 43 was persuaded (or persuaded himself) to engage in. Pretty disgusting but not surprising. On an interpersonal level, both Bushes appeared decent and even likeable. However, as political animals they (IMHO) definitely weren't.

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This seems to be a perversion of one in the hand is better than two in the Bush.

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Yup, - see my response as well!

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REALLY?!?

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He was clearly a token right winger. There are not a lot of them

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There was a very strong push to have a black Supreme Court justice to succeed Thurgood Marshall, and it had to get through Congress, and, it was "Daddy Bush" in the White House, and voila!

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You’ve “long wondered why” Michael. You are killing me, but, I’ll endeavor to enlighten you. Republicans are always; always trying to exploit insane Blacks that are filled with self loathing and who play it out on their own race. When I was in college Blacks called these traitors “Uncle Toms” They are the same blacks that were the trusted “house servants” of the Antebellum South. They are totally whack people who coincidentally like the mentally ill celeb Kanye West also happen to be Black. Republicans love rubbing these statistical “Black Swans”in the faces of the overwhelming majority of African Americans as though they were representative of the thinking of a people who have been enslaved, denigrated and cynically exploited since the 1600’s.

And TCinLA is also spot on. Revenge is always a classic Republican motivation

Hope this helps.

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I like Citizen 60's and TCinLA's terse comments on the matter. Your statements "You are killing me" and especially "I'll endeavor to enlighten you" are offputting. There's no need for you to be condescending; it's disrespectful.

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Michael, I seldom lose patience and was in fact being both disrespectful and condescending. But, in the interest of civic duty and fair play let me respond in this fashion:

I could understand one forgetting about Bork and the vengeance of Republicans to shove the most right wing whack they could promote and cynically made sure to choose an African American that would incite the use of the "race card" and "public lynching" at that time, might have missed your radar.

I suppose over time one may have lost memory of the public scourging of Anita Hill for honestly relating what a despicable freaking scumbag Thomas is. Finally, even forgetting how our now fearless President (then Senator) shoved her under the bus and then backed up over her was why we now have 6 Republicans on the SCOTUS. Yeah, I see how "you" could wonder.

So, I guess the only explanation I can find for how one might "wonder" about how Clarence’s rise was came about, must be left to other readers of this thread to decide.

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Although I appreciate your admission of condescension and disrespect, I was hoping for a simple apology--however difficult it may sometimes be to do so.

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Well, I thought I'd been the better man, but that went right over your head too.

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I know this is very serious excrement, but I propose we lighten the mood with some hyperbolic predictions and questions and see if anyone comes even close to the eventual truth.

Plane(? Planes) at Mira-a Lago, fueled and ready. Who is allowed and who is left behind? Melania(aka Red Sparrow) would certainly have her own Putin jetliner. Ivanka and Jared must be contemplating calling Liz Cheney for a deal. Leave Eric behind with the rest of the baggage. And how fast is Guilfoyle going to give back that ring(is it appraised?).

Importantly, do the Russians living in Trump Tower leave now? Does anyone in Trump properties continue to pay rent or fees? Are there sudden job vacancies at Deutsche Bank?

Are these documents the reason for Pompeo's weight loss? And where is Lindsey Graham? Is Stephen Miller calling Lukashenko about asylum? Where is William Barr?

Does the Secret Service detail with djt have an endless supply of burner phones recording conversations? And pics? Any undercover FBI agents feeding info to Attorney General Garland? Super secret Special Prosecutor and Special Grand Jury?

How many quiet divorce papers are being filed by Republican spouses?

Ok, early morning stream of consciousness palaver. Sorry if anyone is offended.

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None of your ramblings would even be surprising...that is the pathetic state of affairs in our body politic. We are living out a movie that no studio would have ever made made because the script was so insanely stupid. Put nothing past a leader who would let Sidney Powell guide him. Or Steven Miller. Or Rudy. Or the other Steve. Or Roger (not the rabbit).

I actually suspect that Rupert Murdoch has been orchestrating everything from a mansion in Australia. After infesting his home nation, he put Boris in charge of the UK. Then he was bored and he hired O'Reilly, Hannity and then Carlson to run the US via the puppet called Trump. I bet Rupert and Putin have Zoom drinks together and laugh at how gullible and dumb Americans are.

It is as if an asylum released all it's inmates and they simply walked into the White House.

It is inexplicable.

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Very unfortunately, this is not a movie, but is all too reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s, and of Russia after the revolution there, and even Russia today. After Putin was made president for life, Trump said he liked that idea. He was dead serious. Trump, the MAGAs and nearly all Republicans in Congress, and in America, want to run America as they see fit, and they have no remorse for January 6. Whatever it takes to take over America is what they they are willing to attempt. We know this, because of how they treat January 6. They wish it had succeeded. Otherwise, they'd be howling for criminal prosecutions of the instigators, Trump on down. I was in a deposition yesterday with a young lady attorney who is proud she worked in the U.S. Department of Justice under Attorney Generals Jeff Sessions and William Barr. She is a Trumper. She is very smart, but I wonder if her soul is even engaged with her body and her mind? I am in my 80th year. What happens in America won't affect me all that much longer, but it will affect my children and their families. The entire world should shudder over an America run by the hard right, who are convinced God is on their side.

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@ Sloan Bashinsky, Since 2008 I have proposed that Republicans have envisioned a government that will do away with pesky Democracy; I call it Fascism 2.0. In point of fact my substack exposes this over 80 process of embracing Nazi and Christian Nationalism (Christo-Fascism) which always, includes a powerful unfettered Capitalism. If my line of reasoning is of interest lemme know and I’ll point you to my work.

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Heil!

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Well said!!

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I think I am gonna crown you "Bulls-eye Bill"

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Boy, have you been reading my mind. Proof that propaganda not only works, but can ensnare all kinds of disaffected know-nothings into a coalesced group of evil. And, they don't even know they are evil. Definition of a cult it seems. And the Rupert evil has been spewed non-stop for decades. The inmates have truly taken over the asylum and are attracting more and more "fairness" adherents, trying to "both sides" crazy and sane. Yes, Rupert and Vlad are laughing their arses off. Makes my blood boil to see intelligent people lap up the treasonous pap.

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Intelligent?

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Amazing how people can twist and shout to make bull schitt pile up nicely and to their satisfaction

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And in God's name, in so many cases :-)

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Loved this. I needed a bit of humor after reading today’s letter. It’s appalling to find ever more convincingly just how close we came to the unthinkable. And now Mitch McConnell claims the voting rights act would be government over-reach? Of course he also claims that Black Americans can vote as easily as Americans. Talk about Hoo, boy.

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Let’s not forget that McConnell let Trump get away with all of it in two impeachments. His wife cut and ran at the very end so she didn’t have to sign the 25A. I bet they’re deep in.

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Kentucky benefitted from McConnell’s wife having decision powers in her role as Transportation Secretary. It was interesting that she cut and run.

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I didn’t think so when I learned she would be one of the people to sign for 25A. McConnell is far from clean no matter how much he gives speeches that make him look good. If you follow his actions and wonder how he keeps getting re-elected with such low ratings it’s strange. Plus he doesn’t care about the people of Kentucky. They are in real trouble in so many ways with massive opioid addictions and lousy education.

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Hmm, might his elections actually be the results of questionable maneuverings? https://www.dcreport.org/2020/12/19/mitch-mcconnells-re-election-the-numbers-dont-add-up/

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exactly!

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What about "Chinese-Americans?" Personally, I know of one that is a disservice to America.

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If only Americans could vote as easily as Russians can in this country…

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Stephen, you've got to the heart of the matter!

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And good morning to you Lynell!

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Love this!

You win today!

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Bill these are interesting--and amusing--speculations but the operative here re: all of the marriages probably going bust is that if Guilfoyle dumps Trumpette she and he both are open to subpoenas and requirements to testify against each other. The deal with Trumpette is likely that they will marry as quickly as possible to stave off that little issue. Same goes for the Ghastly Ones' wives. Miz Lindsey is out on a limb because he doesn't have a tame vagina to cover his ass (sorry for the pun, but the problem is not that he doesn't have a "beard" as this person is usually called in female-centered circles but a "wife" to hide behind)--his toy boyz are probably keeping files and files of stuff they use as guarantees that he won't throw any of them under the bus.

I am sure there are below-the-surface levels of this iceberg we have no clue about. But I am also sure this is going to get interesting. And since Gorsuch clearly has an agenda that he needs public support to enact (threatening Sotomayor's health by refusing to wear a mask, for instance) he probably knows that jumping on the insurrection bandwagon won't help him.

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You nailed Lindsey 👍

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Linda I love it when you let loose

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Hi Roland! Nice to have you back!

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Jan 22, 2022·edited Jan 23, 2022

Gaetz married most likely because he figured the Florida law of wife can’t testify would help him, but didn’t think it through that former “romantic” partners could. An ex-girlfriend has already been given immunity for her testimony. My guess is Trumpette has a string of ex’s willing to sing … unless they had to sign NDAs. 🙄

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Ugh...the NDAs...I forgot about that! no no no no!!!

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Wow! Definitely ahead of the curve thinking! Thanks for the good work.

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Wow! What are your medieval history lectures like?

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The ones that make the male medical students in the class acutely uncomfortable and fill the female medical students with glee are the ones where I lecture on ancient and medieval medicine. It's all about wandering wombs (aka "hysteria" from the Greek word for uterus) and menstruation as a form of disease. Two things we still have to deal with in the medical and cultural communities not surprisingly. I admit I love giving those lectures.

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I would kill to be a fly on the wall!!

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Loved it, no offense taken except Melania should be referred to as Mockingbird.

TFG is Mastadon. Lindsey Graham is a Potussy?😂

https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/50644565-squeeze-me

I’m currently reading Democracy In Chains (Nancy McClean) 😡 . I find it necessary to intersperse my “heavy” reading with humor so yours, and Hiassen’s are much appreciated !

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Love Carl Hiassen’s books. Wasn’t aware of Squeeze Me. As you say, just the levity needed to intersperse with all the heavy reading these days. Thanks for the recommendation!

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I just downloaded the book!

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I downloaded the audio version on Libby this morning and listened for an hour while on the treadmill. So entertaining! I’ll sit by my husband with my headphones on as he watches tv sports this afternoon. 😁

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Ha! Wait, don’t tell me… football!!! I am about to start it! Report back here upon completion!❤️

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Yup. Football when it’s cold. Golf when it’s hot. Lots of opportunity for reading. Will get back to you when I finish.

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Thanks much for mentioning Hiassen's "Squeeze Me." I hadn't heard of it. His novels are incredibly good medicine for me. When I feel down, I pull out my copy of "Stormy Weather" and begin to put things in perspective. Hiassen is beyond funny and talented--he's a national treasure. I'll get a copy of "Squeeze Me" today. It will help me decompress a bit.

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Democracy in Chains - McClean’s work is essential, and wow she held up under a right wing hit job to discredit her. But the naked truth tends to prevail in these things.

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tell me more!?

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Cynthia - if you have access to a Public Library do your town and yourself a good turn and get the book in paper OR as an ebook… If you then want to retain the book as reference then buy.

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As I write I am listening to a audible 'sample' of 'Democracy in Chains', (and I'm about halfway through 'Squeeze Me'). Is D in C really good? The number of books in my 'shopping cart' gets fuller every day!)

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where would they fly to? Russia might take them, but they will end up in a Gulag someplace...iDiJiT is of no use to Putin now...a gulag would be too good for them. Saudi Arabia might be an option, but then Melania would have to cover up that beautiful plastic surgery face. Perhaps the pilot will load just a enough fuel to get them over the ocean, put on his parachute and ditch the lot of them.

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I think they'll just move to a Caribbean island with golf courses but no extradition obligations.

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Epstein island?

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Melania won’t go with them. She will return to her handlers that set her up with Trump years ago. The Chinese aren’t the only ones who play the long game on spying.

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Actually you expounded on my single thought of wondering when chump would fly off!

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Bill - I have thought about this possibility for months now - and hope it does come to fruition. I wonder just how far it will reach. Is Jim Jordan “smart” enough to have fear?

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He’s going to be squirming around before long… he may not be smart, but all mammals at least have instincts!

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Wow! You will shortly receive a plum job offer from National Enquirer! 🤣

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Oh, you mean Trump’s one time journal of record - How quickly we forget. ;-)

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Offended? Quite not. I love some early morning slapstick comedy.

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Based on all this Independent former practicing attorney reads, sees on TV, on Facebook and hears in personal conversations, in the main, Republicans and their MAGA siblings could care less what the rest of America, and the rest of the world, think about January 6. What they care about is making sure they retake the White House and all of Congress at the ballot box, and from all I am seeing and hearing, they are making serious progress in that direction. It may well be that the only way to stop them is for Donald Trump to be seized and put on one of Elon Musk's rockets and deported to Mars, as the wheels of justice, perhaps should be in quotation marks, might move a tad too slow to to prevent Trump from being reelected again. And to prevent him from inciting the same folks and intimidating Republicans in office who do now bow down and kiss his feet. Even as I recently saw on CNN, Erin Burnett, that President Biden's approval rating had dropped to 33 percent, and among Independents, it had dropped to 25 percent. I'm among the 75 percent, who am not impressed with Biden's 1st year in the White House, but I for sure won't vote for Trump or Mike Pence, but I might vote for Elizabeth Cheney.

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Sloan, You are right. Like Hitler and other despots they want the legitimacy of elections to give cover to the fact that they rigged them. Unless you figure that 37% of the voting electorate is actually 70% or higher.

At the rate revelations on the plot are being exposed to daylight I’m thinking that ultimately (maybe before 2002) that Biden will declare that he has to stop the plot and work thought the details under a State of National Emergency. My further prediction is that Milley and Generals supportive of the Constitution are removing the traitors from the ranks.

I know scary, but everyone thought I lacked credulity on the 2008 meltdown of which I was 8 months ahead, They also looked at me like I was talking about Harry Potter over the Bush/Cheney WMD fiasco, when I said the whole thing was yet another play to get rich on oil with American blood. Finally, I was spot on about the genuine coup (which is still in progress toward plan B)

But, it’s like this. The plotters are stopped or I’ll see you soon a Texas border combined deportation and reeducation camp. Not a joke.

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I think Biden should have begun right away, based on the raw film footage of Trump and the Jan 6 mob, and Mitch McConnell's instant condemnation of Trump, to have Trump seized and held in a high security undisclosed federal detention center, without bail, because of the very clear and present danger he then was to America.

I have no idea what Miley, etc. are doing with a U.S Military that probably is 50 percent +- pro Trump.

I doubt the Heilers intend to deport the non-Heilers and the south of the border immigrant workers, because they need them to keep the American economic machinery working. Imagine America with no Democrats paying taxes and no Hispanic immigrants doing manual labor?

I missed the 2008 meltdown, but was told in a dream that year, by Archangel Michael, that Barack Obama had the potential to be the AntiChrist, which he proved shortly after being sworn in by accepting the Nobel Prize for Peace while waging the 2 Bush-Cheney right white men for profit war$: Afghanistan and Iraq.

Looks to me Biden's choice of Kamala Harris as a running mate was unfortunate, as she seems to be a very young girl in a grown up body.

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I don’t have a real bone to pick with your reply. I really am amazed that Biden did not use the PEADs (Presidential Emergency Action Directives) to “lock him up” especially since Trump and his Minions were only a step away in doing the same thing to Biden, based on the exposed planning documents and Power Points now in the hands of the 1/6/21 Committee. I think a lot had to do with fear of going into an immediate Lebanese Civil War. An outcome that I think gives far too much credit to the coordinating abilities of the Fascist Far Right.

I guess the real % of Officers that would support a right wing coup is at present going to remain a mystery. My rule of thumb is to apply what I’ve called the “37% rule.” That seems to crop up in virtually any gauge of support for Fascism in almost any issue before us.

My observation about illegal immigrants is that they play the same function as did immigrant Jews fleeing Russia to live in 1920’s and 30’s Germany as a political foil to feed meat to the Base.

Oh, I assure you were Trump to achieve his coup and/or a return to Fascist rule in 2024 that the economics of our nation will be just fine, as you may recall the trains ran on time in Italy under Mussolini.

Capitalism and Fascism are not and never were enemies and in fact both will take a back seat to the return of Fedualism by 2050 at the rate things are going.

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You're a riot, for real :-). Meanwhile, Trump and his Heilers conveniently ignore his own hand-picked Attorney General William Barr said there was no voter/election fraud. Not belonging to a political party (rhymes with religion, cult, etc.) is liberating 😎.

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Barr - I think giving DOJ legal sanction to a coup de’tat per his script for 1/6/21 and taking the fall when it failed (Trump always pushes his minions under the bus) was a bridge too far. It wasn’t that he didn’t love the idea, but his finger prints would definitely be all over the murder weapon.

PS here’s my substack: https://olflawriduhcracker.substack.com/p/onward-christian-soldiers?r=38b45&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

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wow...I am with you up to 'voting for liz cheney'! Actually, she blows my mind...in a real good way...but I have to pull myself back from time to time when I remember her views on everything else...

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And her daddy was seriously bad news, but would you rather have her in the White House than Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, Ron deSantis, etc. etc.?

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Yes...I get that...

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Does Guilofoyle regret not rushing to have a wedding in the White House? Now, that would absolutely take me down!

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‘How sweet it is! ❤️

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And a must reason for future daddy-in-law not to ever reside in the WH ever again!

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After reading HCR's letter (and before reading this comment), I felt that my prediction from before the election - that the Trump family would board their big jet and take off for places unknown but safe from U.S. prisons - had belatedly acquired ia heightened liklihood of actually happening. Coincidently, an article in todays NYT may provide an opportunity for the departing family. An island off the northwest coast of England is advertising for a king. There's even an old castle on the island. This king would manage the local pub and manage the island grass and rocks. His backgropund in the hospitality industry may provide excellent support his application. The "King of Piel" is cusomarily inaugurated, while sitting on an old chair while wearing a rusty helmet and holding a sword, by having a gallon of beer dumped on his head. Seeems fitting!

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Hilarious. Thank you.

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Morning Fab. How are you?

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Morning Christine. I'm ab fab and you?

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Ab Fab was my favorite show in the early 1990's - it was totally off the rails as only the Brits can do!

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It was a fantastic show!!

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I never heard of "ab fab" before. I'm glad you and Christine are.

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Have been reflecting on this past year. And coming to decision on whether to go for second run for school board seat. Have been working with other candidate since new maps edge me out of District that is best district for me. But consensus wants my name in there. Will have to decide what’s best soon.

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On the contrary, I love it.

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Will take any scintilla of levity possible on this. Thanks

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Ya know back in 2016 when I was doing “org charts” of all the Russian Mafioso and agents that were using Trump Tower and The Taj casino to launder billions… well those were more innocent times. But, I appreciate these insights and invite you to share your insight on these Q’s

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After all of this, and who knows how much more yet to come, the Republican Party is still the party of Trump; no platform, just Trump.

That fact is more frightening than the pitiful little man himself.

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No Trump.....and GOP falls into the void. A vicious and deadly competition between minor "wannabes" follows and it spirals out of control with ambition fighting hate.....and they still represent "nada", nothing other than their own desire for power; the people are cast only in the role of useful idiots. If they are in power this is a grave problem, if not.......... So it's a question of the time needed to take Trump out of the running and the will of the people to get out there and vote to protect their rights regardless of the obstacles and fight to win back control of their lives and their government. The Dems have essentially got till October this year to cut Trump off at the knees permanently as a sweep by GOP in the partial elections would doubtless shut down the Jan 6 committee and any DOJ action.

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My fear is Ron DeSantis stepping into the void. He has gotten nuttier and nuttier, and the FL Republican dominated legislature giving him everything he wants.

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it'll be like fighting cocks with spurs attached to their ankles, vicious dogs wailing in the night. Neither De Santis, Pompeo or whoever that is currently visible on that side has any chance of dominating any more than a minor faction....severely lacking in the charisma stakes if nothing else. These people can hardly be termed "sensible". There will no longer be any incentive to gather round one or the other when one might win oneself. There are no prizes for being the one that serves the dictator rather than being the one that dictates as those serving are useful but expendable....and their lives are often short.

I often come back to Putin's story of the death of the first Tsar 1000 years ago when it took the mutual slaughter of 17 pretenders to the thrown befor a surviving "champion" emerged.

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The cockfight has already begun. And many social media posts are fanning the flames. For the first time, polls (I hate polls) show DeSantis below the top two leading Dem contenders for FL Governor. However, DeSantis is sitting on a mountain of cash with no competition and the Dems will spend scarce dollars to win the primary with nothing remaining to fight DeSantis in an expensive media market. But I do hope you are correct!

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I believe what DeSantis is doing is not sustainable. He’s “acting” crazy but unllike TFG, he lacks the (crazy)gene mutation.Although it will certainly get worse here in Fl before it gets better….

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Yes. It was the State that put our Orange Co. Health doctor on Admin. leave for a memo wondering why the folks in his public health office were refusing vaccination. Other County health officials have reported on the increasing consolidation of power into Tallahassee-- more and more has to be approved by the State.

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I was glad to see the editorial from Florida Today stating Dr. Pino should be reinstated ASAP.

I’m sure Scott Maxwell will weigh in !

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I agree, Stuart, but I lack your conviction. On the other hand, if DEMs can triumph in November... (2022. 2024 will be too late)

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Time is of the essence, David.

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Wow! I knew nothing about that! Right on! DeSantis should be committed. What a nut.. but you are right...there's zero charisma in that confederacy of dunces..NOBODY!? Cruz!?!? Please say he doesn't stand a chance.. and dear lord... I keep thinking that Josh Hawley is waiting the wings..but also I have a feeling that something is going to comet about him re: January 6th... would LOVE TO SEE THAT! I would pay anything for front row seats!

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I know..me too : (

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It’s unquestionably over for Trump politically. The SCOTUS decision re the archives is the beginning of the end for him as future President and possibly as a free man.

I’ve read a ton of negativity about the MSM. There’s truth in some of it, but I often think it’s a little hysterical. Now watch them. They will be like ferrets, pulling out more and more damaging information. Their sources realize how exposed they are, and will be talking freely, either in fear or resignation.

But the real credit goes to this dogged, brilliant select committee. They are saving America. I hope, for maximum explosiveness, that their public hearings are sooner rather than later. A repeat of the dull thump when the Mueller Report fell is not to be repeated.

The real interest now lies in watching the DOJ. Are they going to clamber on the bandwagon now? Unless they act the far right masses are going to simply plug their ears and repeat ad nauseam, “I can’t hear you”, as each new revelation drops.

What happens after the bombs stop dropping on the Republican Party is a matter of intense interest. The current version is going to be eviscerated and Nature hates a vacuum.

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Eric, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you are a breath of fresh air. You’re also (effing) brilliant.

When it’s difficult to see the forest for the trees, it’s nice to have a satellite view from Canada (Eric) and Paris (Stuart) and Merida and Ecuador and Spain etc. etc.

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Thank you Roland. This sounds required, but I mean it genuinely. Your posts display enormous erudition and wit. I delight in them.

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Thank you Eric, very kind of you to say. Back in the spring you said something I will never forget: “When I see Roland, I read Roland.“ That’s a gift I will not soon forget.

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All this good news is wonderful...it is also very distracting from doing all WE can do to assure that every single person who is eligible to vote...

VOTES Intelligently...

that is our #1 job here, Eh!?

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I second that!

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The GOP civil war:

Intense infighting. Existential crisis. The white supremacy advocates on the side of democracy (Cheney, Romney et al) vs. the white supremacy advocates on the side of extremism, of breaking all the rules to form a new Confederacy (Trump alliance, incl. Putin).

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We may get three parties, or even four if the Dems can't hang together. The stranglehold of congresscritters is astonishing. Aside from the obvious two, there are NO R voices raised in even cautious rejection of these new findings, i.e., having the military take over voting machines.

Not one dissenting vote.

Are they all truly that callow?

Abandoning all integrity for position, dollars, racism, power-over?

This demonstration of fealty is frankly disgusting and IMHO, requires more than the best Scotch to burn it out of my mind.

The mid-term vote is going to be fraught with peril, suppression, rejection, chicanery--and I'm thinking there will be a severe shortage of staff to solve problems and challenges, although an over-abundance of white poll-watchers. Ever so grateful to live in a mail-in voting state! Just got a ballot for a local election--made me SO happy!

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Do the Republicans believe that ALL of the poll watchers will be Republicans?

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John bruner - Yes.

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Sure. They also believe that only R's have guns. Not the sharpest tacks....

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Very plausible. But how do you think it plays out? I think it could be protracted and there’ll be at least metaphorical blood on the floor.

If those on the si of extremism are to rule, it will have to be those not sharply distracted by their own legal appearances. There will need to be an infusion of new faces and they will have to keep the Trump movement alive, at a point when millions are ready to move on. Personally I think this faction is in extremis now.

The other side is going to scramble initially for people to fill roles. They have zero traction now, and in fact the midterms will see a whole new crop of eager beavers in the running only because they were crazier than anybody else with an (R) beside their name.

Defining what a sane Republican is will be the source of the infighting you talk about. I think this will take a long time.

All of which leads me to posit that a) if Merrick Garland gets his act together and b) the revelations don’t dry up in an unsatisfactory way, then the midterms could be a blowout - for the Democrats.

Of course it’s hard to predict the pace at which things will unfold. The House Committee, at this moment, faces an unforgiving deadline. A corrupt Supreme Court could deliver some kind of delay. The battle could rage on.

But I say that without much conviction, even given the heartache of the last few years. I think the tide is turning savagely on an evil and stupid cabal. Finally.

My question is - why do Americans always go so far when they gin up enthusiasm? They have seen the abyss and peered at it with fascination. They have poked at it over and over. And now because a few patriots held, they are (finally) about to draw back, many with the deepest reluctance.

Churchill’s comment that, “Americans always do the right thing, but only after exhausting every possible other option”, is proven grimly sanguine once again.

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WOW! Nice Eric! Real nice!

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Trump’s demise politically has been predicted often, but never is. That’s what’s so scary about this revelation. He’ll claim he knew nothing about it, never saw it. Absent an eyewitness or 2, he’ll be believed.

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yes, yes, a resounding YES~

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As Teri Kanefield says, trump supporters LIKE the lawbreaking. Trump may go down but this will make him a martyr.

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And Trump the sacreficial martyr will inspire each of the fighting cockerals seperately. It'll will not unify.They'll privately say "good riddens" while showering him with praise and trying to pull his "mantle" towards them as the "natural" successor.

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"...to cut Trump off at the knees permanently..." An unfortunate prerequisite for long-term incarceration, Eh!?

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figuratively , of course...but if he spent a long time on his knees it would do all of us a lot of good...if not him.

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Hey, it would eliminate his bone spurs problem.

Seriously, I love your line of thinking Stuart.

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he has already spent a long time on his knees in front of Putin

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What’s unfortunate about it?

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Ahhh... glibness is an essential to sharing in joy, Eh!?

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Nice Stuart. Very nice.

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