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After ONE debate, we shouldn't be ignoring all but 4 candidates...

Who initially lead largely because of name recognition, or because they entered earlier.

We're about a year and a half away from the election - and at this same point neither Bill Clinton nor Barack Obama were the frontrunners.

We have two dozen that would be 100 million times better than Donald Trump.

We should be trying to get to know all of them better - not just make an initial, media bolstered, snap judgement.
Posted by ElementaryPenguin | Sat Jul 20, 2019, 01:31 PM (15 replies)

Nobody here seems to be paying attention to Michael Bennet

But I think he's potentially a very strong candidate.

He's likable, thoughtful, very knowledgeable, compassionate, sincere, and commands respect.

I think he carries himself like a leader.

I actually see him as a cross between Barak Obama and Mr. Smith (Goes To Washington) - there's a Jimmy Stewart-esque authenticity to him - partly due to his similarly halting speech pattern.

He entered late because of his prostrate cancer - but it's VERY early.
Posted by ElementaryPenguin | Fri Jun 28, 2019, 09:02 AM (19 replies)

PROBABLE CAUSE is the standard for federal indictment - NOT "beyond a reasonable doubt" !!

So why did Mueller act like he had to have a "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard to bring a case or accuse of a crime?

How do prosecutors obtain federal indictments?

By law, a federal indictment can only be brought (or in technical terms “returned”) by a grand jury, which is a body of 16 to 23 citizens chosen from the community. The grand jury hears evidence and testimony from witnesses presented by the prosecution. It has the power to ask questions, and subpoena witnesses and documents on its own. Once the grand jury hears the evidence, it votes to indict or to not indict, based on whether there is “probable cause” to believe the defendant is guilty.

Posted by ElementaryPenguin | Sun May 5, 2019, 03:06 PM (17 replies)

Impeachment is for UNACCEPTABLE WRONGDOING by a President - NOT limited to technical crimes.

It's up to Congress to fully expose the wrongdoing - with impeachment investigations, proceedings - perhaps an impeachment trial...

And ultimately up to the public as to whether these fully exposed wrongdoings are deemed acceptable.

Presidential abuses of power are not usually crimes technically - but are considered "high crimes and misdemeanors" as referred to in the Impeachment Clause.

We never needed Mueller to find crimes - (though he obviously feels he found them as far as obstruction of justice).

Nothing Nixon did unto itself would constitute a specific technical crime.

Posted by ElementaryPenguin | Fri Apr 19, 2019, 07:15 AM (5 replies)

Trump is guilty of this crime in plain sight: 18 U.S. Code  3. Accessory after the fact

Trump and his campaign knew the Russians had hacked the DNC, Hillary, Podesta and were interfering in our election, but publicly said they weren't - vouching and covering for them when in office, and repeatedly covering for them as a candidate.

18 U.S. Code § 3. Accessory after the fact
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Whoever, knowing that an offense against the United States has been committed, receives, relieves, comforts or assists the offender in order to hinder or prevent his apprehension, trial or punishment, is an accessory after the fact.

Except as otherwise expressly provided by any Act of Congress, an accessory after the fact shall be imprisoned not more than one-half the maximum term of imprisonment or (notwithstanding section 3571) fined not more than one-half the maximum fine prescribed for the punishment of the principal, or both; or if the principal is punishable by life imprisonment or death, the accessory shall be imprisoned not more than 15 years.

(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 684; Pub. L. 99–646, § 43, Nov. 10, 1986, 100 Stat. 3601; Pub. L. 101–647, title XXXV, § 3502, Nov. 29, 1990, 104 Stat. 4921; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, §§ 330011(h), 330016(2)(A), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2145, 2148.)
Posted by ElementaryPenguin | Thu Apr 18, 2019, 12:23 PM (7 replies)

How soon before it's LEAKED in it's ENTIRETY?

The Mueller Report.

Any bets?

When THAT genie's out of the bottle, there'll be no way for Barr and Traitor Don to put it back in.
Posted by ElementaryPenguin | Fri Mar 29, 2019, 02:03 PM (36 replies)

Is Trump going to successfully turn this country into a dictatorship?

From the outset of his administration, it was clear that this is what the orange slime bag had in mind, but I was convinced he was hopelessly overmatched. I'm no longer confident that he will fail. I honestly didn't foresee the right so easily and so widely accepting treason.
Posted by ElementaryPenguin | Sun Mar 24, 2019, 10:16 PM (19 replies)

Trump has taught me that I can despise someone more than I despise Dick Cheney!!

Inconceivable! Unfathomable! Impossible! Yet ABSOLUTELY TRUE!!!

Posted by ElementaryPenguin | Sat Sep 23, 2017, 07:50 PM (16 replies)
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