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bitterross's Journal
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January 19, 2019

Will the Wall be the only Poision Pill in Trump's "Compromise?"

If, as suspected, Trump is going to propose a "compromise" to get the government open again, will the wall be the only heinous thing in it?

Trump's style of negotiation has always been the form where he must feel the other side has "lost" in the deal. That he's the only one better off for the deal.

Will he throw in some other nasty crap to crow about so he can feel and claim a "win" over the Democrats?

January 19, 2019

Gillibrand's Defense of Big Tobacco is far, far, worse than the Franken thing

Seriously. We need to stop focusing on her lynching of Franken so much and point out the other rather large holes in her character.

She defended Philip Morris at a time when the health risks of tobacco were already well known. When it was also well known that cigarette makers like Philip Morris manipulated the formula for cigarettes to make them more addictive. When it was well known that Philip Morris and others intentionally targeted the youth of the nation with their advertising and their promotion of their product.

She sold her soul when she defended Philip Morris and Big Tobacco. I despise her for that even more than her injustice toward Franken.

January 16, 2019

Nancy is Brilliant!

Not only does the suggestion he submit the SOTU in writing or read it from the Oval Office underscore the Trump shutdown, it would deprive the First Toddler of the pomp and circumstance he so loves.

He wouldn't get his little ego stroked by the joint session of Congress and all the focus on him, him, him he loves.

January 1, 2019

How would do we create a secular equivalent to religion?

There are many things that are good about religion. The community, charity, the fellowship, the sense of belonging. People's lack of the feeling of these things is, I believe, part of the reason we are a more selfish, self-centered, society with rampant substance abuse issues.

I believe that many, many people attend church and continue to call themselves Christian only for these more secular reasons. Not because they truly believe in the mythology of the Bible anymore than they believe in Santa.

How do we create a substitute that embodies these good things and dispenses with all the judgement, and Iron Age nonsense contained in the Bible? How do we create a sense of community without these institutions?

How do we then bring along the people who actually do believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old into reality?

November 18, 2018

Maybe we should wait and see what AOC does instead of going berserk now.

I'm seeing a lot of people exercising a lot of energy talking about some things a freshman representative has said. Sure, she has some big ideas and some frustrations with how things are currently. So does every person entering Congress I suspect. That's why they run. We should be happy about that.

I just think since she hasn't even taken the oath or taken the first vote or action in congress we're wasting a hell of a lot of time on nothing. While we do that, FOX Noise, Daily Caller and all the rest are fanning the flames with their reporting and enjoying the hell out of us taking the bait and arguing over nothing.

October 27, 2018

MAGABomber is great. How about MAGATerror for the mobs/shootings?

We should pin as much as we can to them and that damn MAGA

Maybe it should be MAGAterrorism?

October 26, 2018

Bet he won't be charged with terrorism

They don't want to call it terrorism. They don't want to discourage others from doing copy-cat pipe-bombs. Trump is, I'm certain, hoping for copy-cats.

October 12, 2018

Trump is Screwed now, the GOP has their SCOTUS.

The GOP has packed the courts and SCOTUS now.

Trump is no longer necessary.


October 1, 2018

Why I don't See Gamble vs. US as the issue

I'm seeing a lot of posts about this case and Kavanaugh. Frankly, I don't think this is the reason they want him. They may not even need him for the winning vote.

RBG has questioned this doctrine and in a recent case (Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle) she wrote a concurrence with Justice Thomas that suggested it was time for a “fresh examination” of this doctrine. Now, when the Venn Diagram of people who support a review has RBG and Clarence Thomas in the intersection of the sets I have to take note.

I believe this separate/dual sovereigns doctrine SHOULD be overruled. I think it DOES violate the Double Jeopardy clause. It's called an "exception" for a reason. It creates an exception to the otherwise plain language of the 5th Amendment.

Take a look at the details in the case that has worked its way up to the court and you might be more sympathetic. Think about the possibility of having your minor marijuana possession charge dismissed at the state level only to have Jeff Sessions' DOJ/DEA charge you AGAIN at the federal level.

BOOM, now you're back in jail, back in court, back in tons of JEOPARDY and spending money you do not have to defend yourself because you just went almost broke defending yourself in state court.

Or, you had a DA who see's the stupidity of marijuana being a Schedule 1 drug who let you off with some probation or dismissed the charges. Jeff Sessions and the tough on crime people don't like that. You need to pay. You need to go to federal prison for that one brownie you had.

THAT is the day-to-day reality of this case and the doctrine. This is actually happening on a more frequent basis. Joint state-federal task forces work together more and more now. When the state DAs lose their cases in state court, they hand it over to the feds for a do-over. Nobody likes to lose. They'll show you!

Trump and his band of criminals are not the people who need this the most. I would suggest that we common people need this far more. As the Federal government and its branches tasked with law enforcement continue to expand under the Republicans we common people need this more.

I don't like that it MIGHT provide a way for Trump to get his cronies out of trouble but I suspect it won't be that cut and dried. The law never is. The feds can choose not to charge people and leave way for the states to bring charges and Trump cannot do a thing about it.

I think, overall, ending the dual/separate sovereigns doctrine is the right thing to do for the country and the Constitution. If it lets some of Trump's cronies get away, then I'll have to live with that. Just as I live with, and fully support, the doctrine that it is better to let a dozen guilty people go free than imprison a single innocent person.

As a liberal and progressive I must look past my contempt for Trump, his cronies, and the current circumstances to the greater good. I must be consistent in my opinions, actions and support. So I, personally, must support the end of the dual/sovereign doctrine. Even if it might, might allow some of Trump's cronies to weasel out of trouble.


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