No Parade for Kennedy

 Posted by at 1:19 pm  Politics
Dec 162017
 

If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ve seen me slam Republican after Republican for heinous behavior, especially in my Republicans on Parade Series.  However, if I did not credit Republicans, on those very rare occasions that I see one doing something praiseworthy, I’d be as hypocritical as a Republican.  Therefor I have no parade for Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), at least not for this.

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In a hearing this week for six of President Trump’s judicial nominees, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) simply humiliated one of the potential judges. He asked Matthew Spencer Petersen a few questions that should be basic for anyone working in law. Yet Petersen, a Republican commissioner on the Federal Election Commission and a nominee to the U.S. District Court for D.C., not to mention a graduate of the University of Virginia law school, was stuck. The key exchange—over his understanding of a motion in limine and a few other legal terms—went viral.

“Do you know what a motion in limine is?” the senator asked.

“[M]y background is not in litigation…I haven’t had to, again, do a deep dive,” Petersen said.

“Yes, I’ve read your resume,” Kennedy replied. “Just for the record, do you know what a motion in limine is?”

“I would probably not be able to give you a good definition right here at the table,” Petersen said.

This is not the first time Sen. Kennedy has publicly challenged Trump’s wave of judicial nominees, many of whom are controversial and some of whom have been deemed not qualified by the American Bar Association, but most of whom have largely received a rubber stamp of approval from Republicans as they move through the confirmation process. Kennedy in fact is the only Republican to have voted against one of Trump’s judicial nominees so far. But there are a number of other ways he’s drawn attention to some of the most questionable, headline-grabbing people that Trump has nominated to the federal bench…

Inserted from <Mother Jones>

I’m not even a lawyer, but even I know that a motion in limine is a motion, with no jury present, to exclude evidence.  Almost every trial has them.

Here’s video.

Kudos to Kennedy.

You have to give Trump credit for consistence.  His judicial nominees are every bit as competent as he is.

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Dec 122017
 

It took me a lot of time to do my research, because the news fixated on whether Roy Moore will pay more attention to the election or the erection.   Keep your fingers, toes, and whatever else will cross (eyes for me) crossed.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:37 (average 7:51):  To do it click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Report:

Here’s the latest from our own fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends.

Scores:

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Woooo Hoooo!!

Standings:

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Congrats to Vivian for winning the regular season.

Playoff Schedule:

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Good luck to all!

Short Takes:

From NPR: President Trump has formally told NASA to send U.S. astronauts back to the moon.

"The directive I’m signing today will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery," he said.

Standing at the president’s side as he signed "Space Policy Directive 1" on Monday was Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt, one of the last two humans to ever walk on the moon, in a mission that took place 45 years ago this week.

Since that time, no human has ventured out beyond low-Earth orbit. NASA doesn’t even have its own space vehicle, having retired the space shuttles in 2011. Americans currently ride up to the International Space Station in Russian capsules, though private space taxis are expected to start ferrying them up as soon as next year.

I’d bet a buck that Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten intends to use the moon as a weapons platform. Fortunately, whoever he puts in charge will be too incompetent to launch a fart, let alone a space mission.  RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: It’s getting worse.

Before Trump decided to enflame the Middle East, just this past week he tweeted violent, fake, racist videos and said the Access Hollywood tape was faked.

Yale psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee:

What we’re seeing is someone mentally falling apart. This is what we mean when someone is coming unglued or unhinged. With stress, they will be less able to tell apart what is real from what is unreal, become more bizarre and, in the case of Mr. Trump, will likely become violent. He will have thoughts and reasoning that will be hard for us to follow because he is pulled more by his internal processes, what’s going on in his head, be they fantasies, conspiracy theories or imaginary threats than what is going on in the real world.

This is our reality:

At no other time in U.S. history has a group of mental health professionals been so collectively concerned about a sitting president.

If a regular person was acting as delusional as this president—making repeated calls for violence,  denying reality, saying he never said or did things we all saw him do—we’d be compelled to take action.

Throw a net over him, give him a nice padded cell, and treat internally with a cattle prod. RESIST!!

From Alternet: The Alabama Supreme Court stepped into Tuesday’s U.S. Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones on Monday night by blocking a lower state court’s ruling earlier in the day that ordered election officials to take steps to preserve digital images of every ballot cast Tuesday.

In effect, the Alabama Supreme Court’s stay—or freezing—of an earlier court order to preserve the digital ballot images undermines the best-case scenario for ensuring that an accurate vote count can be verified in the controversial Senate race.

You know what they are up to. Republican courts  prevented a recount 17 years ago today.  RESIST!!

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Stop SLAPP!

 Posted by at 12:45 pm  Politics
Dec 102017
 

SLAPP?  Until today I had no idea what that meant. Now that I do know, I’m very concerned about the way the Republican Reich’s corporate masters use SLAPP lawsuits to stifle dissent.  Fortunately, we have the Reich on the left, Robert Reich to explain it to us.

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Have you heard of SLAPP lawsuits? You soon will.

SLAPP stands for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.” It is a lawsuit brought by big corporations intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the overwhelming costs of a legal defense until they’re forced to abandon their criticism or opposition. And it may be the biggest threat to the resistance you’ve never heard of. 

Here’s an example: Resolute Forest Products, one of Canada’s largest logging and paper companies, has sued, in a U.S. court, environmental groups that have been campaigning to save Canada’s boreal forest…

Inserted from <Robert Reich>

Here’s the video.

For more information about SLAPP lawsuits, click here.

If you hear about a SLAPP, raise hell!

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Nov 212017
 

It’s Thanksgiving week, and I have nothing special planned for Thursday, other than my annual interlude with the Ellipsoid Orb.  My celebration is Sunday, because I can treat Wendy to a holiday meal.  She’s tied up with her own family on Thursday.  So I’ll be doing a lot of cooking this week.  Otherwise, I’m still improving and resting as much as I can.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:13 (average 5:20).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Report:

Here’s the latest from our own fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends.

Scores:

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Woooo Hoooo!!  Sorry Patty Monster!

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Kudos to Vivian and Seth, who lead the league.  Condolences to Jack, who lives under the Sasquatch and appears to be AWOL.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: Alex Jones Is Having More Children So He Can Beat The Globalists

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

This is the intellectual side of the Republican Reich. The rest are even crazier. RESIST!!

From Washington Post: A federal judge issued an injunction to permanently block President Trump’s executive order to deny funding to cities that refused to cooperate with federal immigration officials, after finding the order unconstitutional.

The ruling by District Judge William H. Orrick in San Francisco comes in response to a lawsuit filed by the city of San Francisco and nearby Santa Clara County and follows a temporary halt on the order that the judge issued in April.

Orrick, in his summary of the case Monday, found that the Trump administration’s efforts to move local officials to cooperate with its efforts to deport undocumented immigrants violated the separation of powers doctrine as well as the Fifth and Tenth amendments.

Kudos to the judge for making his temporary order permanent (pending appeal).  RESIST!!

From NY Times: The Justice Department sued to block AT&T’s $85.4 billion bid for Time Warner on Monday, setting up a showdown over the first blockbuster acquisition to be considered by the Trump administration and drawing limits on corporate power in the fast-evolving media landscape.

By challenging the deal, the Justice Department is taking an approach to antitrust issues that is starkly different from the Obama administration’s. In 2011, for instance, the department approved a similar deal — Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal — after imposing numerous conditions on the transaction.

If AT&T’s bid for Time Warner were to go through, the merger would create a media and telecommunications behemoth. By itself, AT&T is one of the nation’s largest internet and telephone providers. With its 2015 acquisition of DirecTV, the country’s largest satellite company, it also became the largest television distributor in the United States.

I oppose this merger for other reasons, but it should fail for those reasons, not because Trump is pissed off at CNN. RESIST!!

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Oct 312017
 

Let me apologize in advance if I’m short or make typos today.  Between going out yesterday, trying to keep track of the news, and watching last night’s religious tragedy, I’m feeling very wiped out, but there’s work here that needs to be done.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:07 (average 9:21).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Agony:

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Worthless stinking Orb!

Fantasy Football Report:

Here’s the latest from our own fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends.

Scores:

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Woooo Hoooo!!

Standings:

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Congrats to Seth, Vivian and I, the leaders among active players.  Condolences to Jack, who is buried in Sasquatch toe jams.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): We Have Indictments! Has Christmas Come Early?

 

When I wrote yesterday’s lead, I said that it would be outdated, before I published it. Woooo Hoooo!! RESIST!!

From YouTube (Trae Crowder Channel):

Dayyum!! RESIST!!

From NY Times: A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked a White House policy barring military service by transgender troops, ruling that it was based on “disapproval of transgender people generally.”

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia found the administration’s justification for the ban, which was set to take effect in March 2018, to be suspect and likely unconstitutional. She ruled that the military’s current policy should remain in place.

“There is absolutely no support for the claim that the ongoing service of transgender people would have any negative effective on the military at all,” the judge wrote in a strongly worded, 76-page ruling. “In fact, there is considerable evidence that it is the discharge and banning of such individuals that would have such effects.”

Kudos to the judge!  RESIST!!

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Every year it gets harder to clean the coal dust from my white patches

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Oct 012017
 

Welcome to October.  Wendy may be here before I finish writing.  It’s a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos will be televised.  May the blessed Orb shine its holy light on your team, unless they wear an eye-patch in California.  Tomorrow, please expect no more than a Personal Update, as I have an appointment with Christine for my cataract surgery four week follow up. 

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:28 (average 5:23).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (SNL Channel): The Chaos President Cold Open

 

Dang! They act almost as Republican as the Republicans. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: The widespread anger and outrage this week incited by Donald Trump’s comments on the NFL protests has once again shown how hypocritical and racist so many Americans are. Americans, Republicans in particular, are all for free speech but when black people exercise it, it sends some of them into a violent frenzy. It doesn’t matter who is doing the protesting, whether it’s black athletes or ordinary black citizens—they find any excuse to paint black protest as a danger to safety and democracy.

This is especially true if violence occurs at a protest. Recently, a police officer in Baton Rouge tried to sue Black Lives Matter for injuries he sustained during a protest against police brutality in July 2016. Along with suing DeRay Mckesson, an activist who attended the rally, the officer claimed that Black Lives Matter and Mckesson were responsible for inciting the violence that caused him harm. On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that the officer cannot sue Black Lives Matter and threw the case out.

If a crime was committed against the officer, and he was not injured in the process if committing police brutality, then he needs to sue the individual, who injured him. RESIST!!

From NY Times: Representative Nancy Pelosi might have retired from Congress had Hillary Clinton been elected, content that she was leaving the government in capable female hands.

“One of the reasons I stayed here is because I thought Hillary Clinton would win, we’d have a woman president and so there would be a woman not at a seat at the table, but at the head of the table for the world,” said Ms. Pelosi, the liberal Californian and longtime leader of House Democrats.

“We wanted to have a woman president,” she said in an interview for the New York Times podcast “The New Washington.” “But when we didn’t, then I couldn’t walk away and say, O.K., just let all the men have the seats at the table that are making decisions for our country.”

When Nancy Pelosi was Speaker, I called for her resignation on several occasions, because she is more centrist than progressive and more corporatist than democratic socialist. However, she is an effective Minority Leader. RESIST!!

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And look how much worse Lyin’ Ryan is than Agent Orange was!

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