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Bill Barr isn't very bright.

That is all.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed May 1, 2019, 04:53 PM (12 replies)

Sen. Kamala Harris

Damn, girl!

You could have left Barr a shred of dignity.

Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed May 1, 2019, 02:53 PM (8 replies)

Mueller could have raised his objections with Barr in person or by phone.

But he chose not to.

There's only one reason to do it by letter: to create a record. And the only reason to create a record is for future use by or with third parties.

In other words, Mueller put Barr out on Front Street.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue Apr 30, 2019, 09:05 PM (11 replies)

Please stop arguing the false choice between impeaching vs. not impeaching

That's not an issue. The House Democrats, with a couple of exceptions, are pretty much on board with impeachment. The question is not WHETHER but WHEN, HOW and with WHAT?

Arguing that "if we don't impeach, this will happen" and "if he's not impeached, that will happen" is a false binary. Very few people are arguing that he shouldn't be impeached. But we can't just jump in willy nilly. We have one shot and it has to be done right.

So, instead of bickering about a non-existent choice, why not focus on helping the Dems do what they need to do to get all the ducks in a row so that we can do an impeachment that sticks and actually results in the outcomes we want, instead of something that satisfies our red-meat -craving base but, in the end, just leaves us where we were when we started, if not in an even worse position?
Posted by StarfishSaver | Mon Apr 29, 2019, 12:20 PM (6 replies)

We have lost another civil rights giant: Judge Damon Keith

Judge and civil rights icon Damon J. Keith dies at age 96

Judge Damon J. Keith, a grandson of slaves and figure in the civil rights movement who as a federal judge was sued by President Richard Nixon over a ruling against warrantless wiretaps, died Sunday. He was 96.

Keith died in Detroit, the city where the prominent lawyer was appointed in 1967 to the U.S. District Court, according to the Swanson Funeral Home.

Keith served more than 50 years in the federal courts, and before his death still heard cases about four times a year at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

A revered figure in Detroit for years, Keith captured the nation’s attention with the wiretapping case against Nixon and Attorney General John Mitchell in 1971. Keith said they couldn’t engage in the warrantless wiretapping of three people suspected of conspiring to destroy government property. The decision was affirmed by the appellate court, and the Nixon administration appealed and sued Keith personally. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the judge prevailed in what became known as “the Keith case.”

Keith revisited the civil liberties theme roughly 30 years later in an opinion that said President George W. Bush couldn’t conduct secret deportation hearings of terrorism suspects. Keith’s opinion contained the line, “Democracies die behind closed doors.” A simi.lar phrase — “Democracy dies in darkness” — is now the slogan of The Washington Post, which has credited Keith.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/local/obituaries/revered-judge-and-civil-rights-icon-damon-j-keith-dies/2019/04/28/4570fd12-69d6-11e9-bbe7-1c798fb80536_story.html


Judge Keith was a great man. May he rest in peace.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Sun Apr 28, 2019, 11:14 PM (1 replies)

Elie Mystal: "The only people insisting that a woman or minority can't win the presidency ...

are the ones who won't vote for a woman or minority to be president.""

Word.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Sun Apr 28, 2019, 05:36 PM (59 replies)

Do y'all realize that the minute the investigation is called an "impeachment," the entire complexion

and narrative will shift, and not in a good way? Among other things, if this is framed now as an "impeachment," many of the people we hope and need to sway will shut down, seeing this as a purely political exercise intended to get a president out of office rather than actually uphold the Constitution. We may not see it that way, but a large proportion of the public will.

On the other hand, if the respective committees investigate and hold hearings outside of the impeachment process, as part of their regular oversight, they will have a better opportunity to produce and present the volume of evidence needed to convince the public that Trump must go than if the Judiciary Committee alone starts doing this now within the guise of an impeachment.

Let the Committees do its work, gather the evidence many incorrectly think only an impeachment inquiry can obtain and, use the evidence-gathering and information obtained and revealed to build a strong public case for impeachment and even removal.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Sun Apr 28, 2019, 05:32 PM (94 replies)

A word of hope and encouragement: This madness will end and we will recover

The questions still up in the air are: 1) how much longer it will last; and 2) how much time and work it will take to restore ourselves as a nation and a people.

Fortunately, the answers to both questions are totally up to us.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Sun Apr 28, 2019, 10:17 AM (2 replies)

If you REALLY want Trump impeached, here's how to help make it happen

The one and only reason the House isn't going full-steam ahead with impeachment right now is that they know the public is not with them on this yet and unless the public opinion changes, he can be impeached but he will remain in office.

Fortunately, they're moving forward with investigations and hearings that we all hope will help shift public opinion. But don't leave it up to them. You can help them change the landscape.

Most people that you and I know probably haven't actually read the Mueller Report and only know what they've heard and read about it, if they've even done that. But why now organize some friends or neighbors locally to raise public awareness about the Report, impeachment, obstruction of justice, etc.?

Write letters to the editor of your local paper. Dial in to radio call-in shows. Organize public forum or town halls to discuss the report and why and how local people can mobilize. It doesn't need to be a huge even just a few people is a success. You can do it at a local venue or even in someone's living room or basement. If your local politicians participate, that's great. But if they don't, do it without them. Visit your Senators' offices and insist on hearing from them whether they would vote to remove and, if not, why not. If you can't visit their offices, contact the local media and demand that THEY ask them the same questions.

This doesn't have to be a complicated or sophisticated effort. The main thing is to educate and mobilize people in your community. If this occurs in pockets across the country - here, and then there, and then there, and then there ... - it can have a real impact by helping to undergird and bolster what the House is doing and make it easier for them to take the steps we all want them to. The House of Representatives and Senate Democrats need help and support from their constituents, not constant waves of criticism and "advice" from the sidelines.

DON'T just complain! DO SOMETHING!
Posted by StarfishSaver | Sat Apr 27, 2019, 03:20 PM (16 replies)

We have more power in all of this than we give ourselves credit for.

Unfortunately, we seem to expend much of our energy demanding that Congress or Mueller or other people do something about it (and then getting worked up when they don't do what we think they should do when and how we think they should do it), yet we don't seem to put nearly as much energy into thinking much about what we can do ourselves and then following through with it.

What are YOU doing to fight back and bring our country back to its senses?
Posted by StarfishSaver | Sat Apr 27, 2019, 12:34 PM (5 replies)
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