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Donald Trump is out-of-control, destructive, counterproductive and incompetent. Congressional Republicans don’t care. But the judiciary is still taking its responsibilities seriously. And Trump doesn’t like it. He tweeted that judges are putting the country in peril. That if something happens it’ll be on the judges’ heads. That ‘people’ are pouring in. It is the usual asinine rantings of a damaged mind.

It is now so bad that even his nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, thinks it’s crap. He called Trump’s actions “disheartening” and “demoralizing”.

I hope the result is that judges stiffen their spine – and not cave into this unconstitutional bullying.

Perhaps this might inspire them:

Talking about bullying, in a meeting with sheriffs, Trump promised to ‘destroy’ the career of a Texas State Senator who wanted to reform civil asset forfeiture laws. A Pennsylvania State Senator, Daylin Leach, tweeted some words of support for this member of his tribe. To whit:

Is that Trump bleeding from ‘wherever’?

Jeff Sessions was confirmed as US Attorney General. In the process, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was censored and shut down by Mitch McConnell and the good old boys as she attempted to read a letter Coretta Scott King had written in 1986. A letter in which Mrs. King had expressed her discussed at Sessions’ racism. A sin that disqualified him then – but today is no biggie.

McConnell’s description of the event has been ridiculed as clueless, sexist and patronizing. To whit:

If McConnell thinks that an abashed Warren will slink back to the kitchen ……

Comedy of Errors: Trump placed a 3 am call to his National Security Advisor to ask if a weak dollar was good or bad for the economy. Mike Flynn replied it wasn’t his area of expertise – and suggested that Trump call an economist. It is pathetic. It’s not a yes or no question – something any Macroeconomics 101 student could tell you. And he ought to know who’s responsible for what in his administration.

Andy Borowitz keeps churning out delicious little satires. Today’s offering: Devos Comes in Contact With Book For the Very First Time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The GOP Believes the Constitution Mandates Only Republicans Pick Supreme Court Justices.

October 29, 2016

After Justice Scalia died, conservatives were faced with a left-shifting Supreme Court. Obama wasn’t going to nominate anyone nearly as right-wing as Scalia. In reaction, Republican Senators took the extraordinary step of making up a new tradition – and ignored Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland. Out of whole cloth, they created a new ‘rule’ – that […]

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Will Cell Phones Change Police Culture?

April 11, 2015

“Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence” ― John Adams. The Walter Scott shooting may turn out to be a watershed moment in American policing. Unlike the Michael Brown killing, there is video. And unlike […]

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Really? – Indiana’s New ‘Religious Liberty’ Law. Why Jesus Weeps.

March 29, 2015

“Don’t hide behind the Constitution or the Bible. If you’re against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet ‘H’ on your shirt, and say, ‘I am a homophobe!” ― Henry Rollins. As soon as Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana, signed that state’s ‘don’t have to serve gays’ act into law, he has been roundly […]

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“To Protect & Serve”. The Police have a Responsibility to the Community.

December 2, 2014

“When you have police officers who abuse citizens, you erode public confidence in law enforcement. That makes the job of good police officers unsafe.” – Mary Frances Berry. Ferguson police apologists make much of Michael Brown’s size and a video showing him, at the very least, throwing his weight around in a convenience store. They add that […]

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Did the St Louis Prosecutor Cover Up a Crime in Ferguson?

November 26, 2014

A grand jury looked at the evidence to decide if Michael Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson, should be tried. They concluded he shouldn’t. I believe the jurors were well intentioned, took their job seriously and rendered an honest verdict. But even so the question remains, were the proceedings fair? Can the process ever be fair when […]

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Really? – 8.19.14 – Cops Gone Wild; The Tea Party doesn’t Understand Satire; Love is a Liberal Plot; Coming to Jesus.

August 19, 2014

“God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh.” ― Voltaire A piece in ‘Raw Story’ describes how Habersham County, GA. refuses to pay the medical costs of a toddler severely injured and burned in a botched drug raid. The point that the author makes is that in an increasingly authoritarian state […]

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Really? 7.23.14 – Texas hates on women; Politicians with ADHD; Ignoring evidence; Cruel, but not so unusual; ACA games.

July 23, 2014

“And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite.” – Oscar Wilde Texas wants them barefoot and pregnant. Texas promotes abstinence-only sex ed. It has slashed funding for family planning services. It has so regulated […]

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Really? – 2.2.14 – A mixed week for the religious; A GOPer sneers at science; and the Supreme Court takes a beating.

July 2, 2014

It’s been a mixed week for the religious. Obviously the Hobby Lobby is great news for those who think arbitrary religious beliefs take precedence over national law. On the other hand, there were events less favorable to those who think that religion has some higher claim to moral or legal authority. More hypocrisy in the […]

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