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Even his own party leadership thinks he's on the Russian take

Our system of Government has a very obvious weakness. Apparently there is nothing in our Constitution or our legal system that allows us to charge members of Congress that are clearly on the take from a foreign power with a crime. Dana Rohrbacher is so blatantly in the pocket of the Russians that it is absolutely mind-boggling. He doesn't even seem to be all that ashamed of it. I mean hell why should he be? It's working for him.

But what really blows me away is the fact that there's doesn't seem to fuck all we can do about it.

The same is true of Trump. He has pretty much trashed everybody and everything but if you ask him to say something negative about the Russians he backs off in a hurry. He just won't do it. He scared shitless of the Russians and specifically of Putin.

The thing that is really just absolutely blowing me away is that our system of government has absolutely no answer for this. Because we've granted immunity to our governmental officials with good reason there is absolutely nothing we can do.

Dana Rohrbacher cannot be arrested for what he is doing. Trump can't be arrested for what he's doing. It looks like our founding fathers designed a system that was pretty good as long as everybody was working together in good faith. But if somebody just decides they don't want to follow the rules they are actually relatively immune from any sort of prosecution while they are in office.

What an incredible cock up this is!
Posted by Moral Compass | Tue Aug 29, 2017, 07:59 PM (0 replies)

Heard this on NPR on the way home

of course, Ken Paxton has the deckaref this to be absolutely outrages and he's going to appeal. Texans never seems to tire of paying for this crap. The Voter ID law was so discriminatory in its intent that it really kinda boggled the mind.

So, when they lost the first case in nothing flat they decided that they would just modify the long little bit and I hope that worked. It didn't. The new law was only slightly less discriminatory.

I often wonder how many simultaneous appeals we have that are winding their way up to the Supreme Court.

Texas doesn't have enough money to build roads that don't require a toll, educate their poor citizens, and actually provide some level of environmental oversight-- but they always have plenty of money to file these appeals and fight them to the bloody end. And then when they lose they go back to the drawing board.

What Texas will never do is admit that they were wrong and do something that is actually right. I'd say that this was the worst state government that I've ever lived under but I moved down here from Missouri so I'm kinda used to it at this point.
Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Aug 23, 2017, 07:07 PM (0 replies)

Unprecedented

I've seen a lot of administrations and this is the only one where people are continually resigning in protest.

This one has the added virtue of being very clever.

I like it.
Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Aug 23, 2017, 03:02 PM (0 replies)

Correction noted

I really found my mind sliding off what was happening on my television. I had to switch channels to preserve my sanity...

I'm sure you are correct. But my choice of appropriate songs stands.

I flipped over to The Golf Channel and they were airing "The Caddy" in honor of Jerry Lewis. That was way easier to stomach.
Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Aug 23, 2017, 02:55 PM (0 replies)

The music playing Trump in at the Phoenix rally was off

I was watching Lawrence O'Donnell last night on MSNBC and he played a clip of Trump's Nuremberg Phoenix rally. I noticed that the song that played him in was "You can't always get what you want" by the Rolling Stones.

It would have been far more appropriate if it had been "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" by Linda Ronstadt. They could've followed that one with "Lord it's Hard to Be Humble (when you are perfect in every way)" by Mac Davis.

Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Aug 23, 2017, 01:46 PM (9 replies)

Doesn't that just say it all

This is what a moderate Republican is now. A card carrying racist who believes that allowing any progress by non-whites somehow diminishes his world.

He wants "to take it back".

I love that phrase. Take it back from who? When you get it back what do you intend to do with it. If you are talking about rolling back civil progress to where do you intend to roll it back? 1950? 1860? 1776?

I know that all this isn't in this particular story. But this is what is going on in these people's hearts. They have been convinced that blacks and immigrants have stolen their country from the rightful owners (whites).

Once you believe that racist, rightwing facism flowers.
Posted by Moral Compass | Sat Aug 19, 2017, 10:27 AM (0 replies)

No one seems to know where all this fentanyl and carfentanyl is coming from...

I kept reading all of these anguished stories about opiod deaths. Seemed like most of the time these poor ignorant addicts were getting what used to be called a "hot shot". Something was used to cut the product that made it lethally strong. So strong that even naloxone couldn't save people.

Two terms cropped up over and over again. Fentanyl and carfentanyl. For some reason dealers were using these drugs to cut heroin. Fentanyl is roughly 100 times stronger than heroin. Carfentanyl's only approved usage is as an elephant pain killer. There is no known safe human dosage for carfentanyl. A few weeks ago a policeman who was involved in a bust almost died of an overdose because he got some carfentanyl on his shirt and brushed it off with his bare hand. The drug absorbed through his skin and he needed a dose of naloxone to survive.

So where is this fentanyl and carfentanyl coming from?

The answer is pretty simple.

You can order it off the dark web. Get the TOR browser and go to any number of sites and you can orden fentanyl and carfentanyl in whatever quantity you need. To make it fairly untraceable you just have to have some digital currency. Then you have it shipped to a PO Box.

Don't have to be a tech genius to pull this off. Took me roughly 15 minutes to figure this out.

The drugs are manufactured in China. Anyone can order them.

The supply chain of heroin is permanently polluted.

The only way to really deal with this would be to supply verified heroin to addicts. What are the chances that would happen?

Zero. Bloody zero.
Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Aug 16, 2017, 09:43 PM (1 replies)

Heather's blood is on his hands

This was inevitable.

He gave the racists, the neo-nazis, the kkk, and the white supremacists permission to express their hate. At his rallies he encouraged crowd violence against peaceful protesters.

He hired Steve Bannon the inheritor and guiding hand of Breitbart as his chief strategist--an avowed, unapologetic racist and anti-Semite. Oh yeah, Bannon hates Muslims too.

What did anyone expect?

This was as inevitable as night following day.
Posted by Moral Compass | Mon Aug 14, 2017, 02:14 PM (1 replies)

Didn't say that I thought the distractions will work

Nowhere in what I wrote did I say that I thought Trump's distractions would work. They certainly won't work on Mueller.

My fear is that the Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces will start a war to change the country's focus. If that happens you could see Mueller fired when the country decides that this sort of investigation is unpatriotic in time of war.


Posted by Moral Compass | Thu Aug 10, 2017, 08:34 PM (0 replies)

Poster is correct but fails to mention why Trump is doing what he's doing

The poster is absolutely correct. China will keep this from actually happening, but this is a treacherous fire they're playing with.

While I'm confident that China can rein in Kim Jong Un I'm not at all confident we can rein in our President.

He wants and needs his Reichstag fire, Tonkin Gulf, his justification for war...

He needs a war like a junkie needs a fix. This Russia issue is getting really real with the pre-dawn, no knock raid on Paul Manafort's house.

Trump is trying to stay one step ahead and throwing up more tweet shit every day. But the "fire and fury as the world has never seen" was a master stroke of distraction.

Nothing like the threat of imminent nuclear war to get everyone to look in some other direction than Mueller and the grand juries he's impaneled.

That Trump would go to this unthinkable well is proof positive that all of us that said he was completely unsuited to the office were spot on. It also underscores that this is a man who believes in nothing other than his money and his power and has no moral compass to guide him.

He is using the death of millions (maybe billions) and the destruction of the planet as a shield. There is nothing this cornered rat will not do--including using nuclear weapons.

While I'm not curled up in a fetal position sucking my thumb and whimpering I'm terrified at a very deep level. We have to rely on cooler heads to prevail. What a great time for the country to decide to host the most dangerous Amateur Hour ever.
Posted by Moral Compass | Thu Aug 10, 2017, 09:43 AM (2 replies)
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