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I'm grateful that the pandemic isolation has gotten me to start cooking again....

....not just take out all the time....

Just finished making (and eating) Chinese stir fry with braised tofu.


Lordy, there's MORE tape....

in Georgia. Includes references to Mark Meadows' visit to GA in December....

Trump was pressuring GA officials for some time.

They're calling it Biden's first major legislative achievement....

Indeed....And coming within the first 30-40 days....Passed ONLY by Democrats.

Let's not forget that the ONLY major legislative achievement that Trump and the ReQublicans EVER had was the massive tax give-away to the wealthiest among us.

Never let anyone forget - The Democrats are the party of the working people in this country....

Hope re the filibuster!

If you didn't see the segment on Lawrence O.'s The Last Word with Norm Ornstein, be sure to see it on re-run. He describes the way around the choke-hold we're in re the filibuster, AND it gives a nod to Manchin and Sinema so that they don't have to go against their promises to their voters to preserve it.

I went to bed so depressed last night that we are so screwed without passing HR1, and that it won't be possible to pass it in the Senate, but Ornstein's plan lifts us out of that hole, and I have hope tonight!

Ornstein's plan would revive the original intent and process of the filibuster and shift the burden of executing it once again to the minority, rather than letting them not even have to lift a finger to stop legislation. Sorry that I can't explain it in more detail but here's Ornstein's article in the WAPO.


Easiest lasagna ever!

Ravioli lasagna:

Just layer frozen ravioli (I use the organic spinach ones from Costco) with sauce, veggies, crumbles (meat or veggie) and cheese. Takes literally 10 minutes.....Then bake it covered at 400 for 40-45 min. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes after taking it out of the oven.


Ted Cruz is looking scruffy and much heavier than before.

He hardly looks Presidential, but I suspect he'll run just to make money....

A compelling reason to make DC a state:

They would be able to call out and activate their own National Guard.

How much would that have helped on 1/6/21?

I think McConnell cemented the divides in the GOP today.

He was obviously going after the donors who turned their backs on the party after the Capitol riot. He was saying to them that he agrees with them about Trump but wants them to stay with the party.....the Republican Party....

Trump will have no recourse but to start his own party, which not only he but also his radicals have been talking about. That means two possible radical right wing parties in addition to the GOP.

Mitch was going for the donor class and leaving Trump and the others to their own devices....

In a very real way, the GOP is falling apart.

No tears....

They want to destroy democracy in America, and now the GOP is splintering,

and it will continue.

Evan McMillan was recently on Last Word describing a meeting of the old guard about starting fresh. Halley is likely in that camp. Of course, then, there are the Never Trumpers and TLP. Trump plans to start his own "Patriot" party. There's chatter that the Proud Boys are splitting into factions and that some of them want to start their own Patriot Party.....

The center does not hold.....

"The destroyers will be destroyed".....

"When thou hast ceased to destroy, thou shalt be destroyed; and when thou hast made an end of dealing treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee."

Letter from Joni Ernst in response to a friend of mine who wrote to her about the impeachment:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me about our nation’s impeachment process. It is important for me to hear from folks in Iowa on matters such as this.
According to Article II of the Constitution, the President, Vice President, and other federal officers can be removed from office if convicted of “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” As you know, when articles of impeachment are first offered, the House Judiciary Committee decides whether or not to proceed with the impeachment process. If the Committee agrees to move forward, it will send a resolution stating why impeachment is necessary to the full House of Representatives. The House will then vote on the articles of impeachment and a simple majority vote would be necessary to adopt the articles and impeach the President.
Once impeached by the House, the President’s case then goes before the Senate for a trial where the House trial managers prosecute the case. According to the Constitution, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presides over the trial and the Senate acts as the jury. A two-thirds vote is required in the Senate in order to convict the President and the decision on whether to convict on each of the articles must be made separately.
On January 11, 2021, Speaker Pelosi presented the Article of Impeachment to the House floor. On January 13, 2021, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump by a vote of 232 - 197. On January 25, 2021, Speaker Pelosi sent the Article of Impeachment to the Senate for consideration. Currently, the Senate is set to begin its impeachment proceedings on February 9, 2021. However, the Chief Justice is not slated to preside over the trial -- instead the Democratic President Pro Tempore, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will preside.
Impeachment is an important constitutional tool. When we have a president that demonstrates he or she is unfit to continue holding office, it provides Congress a pathway to remove the president, to preserve the safety and security of our nation. Over the coming weeks, I will have the opportunity to listen to the arguments for and against convicting a former president—and as always, I will hear from my fellow Iowans, like you, on the matter.
My concern right now is that the president is no longer in office. As such, Congress would be opening itself to a dangerous standard of using impeachment as a tool for political revenge against a private citizen, and the only remedy at this point is to strip the convicted of their ability to run for future office – a move that would undoubtedly strip millions of voters of their ability to choose a candidate in the next election.
As I’ve said, President Trump exhibited poor leadership and holds some responsibility for the anarchy that ensued at the heart of our democracy. The individuals who lawlessly stormed the Capitol, murdered police, and attempted to prevent Congress from doing its job, should be held accountable to the full extent of the law.
I will be sure to keep your views in mind as the impeachment process come before the Senate. Feel free to contact my office with any further information, as I always enjoy hearing from Iowans.
Joni K. Ernst
United States Senator
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