Another WTF Moment!

A few days ago, my laptop crashed.  I was able to resuscitate it, but the Bluetooth was completely dead, the pinned tabs on my browser were gone, and a few other minor issues.  I’ve been nursing BD (Baby Dell) along for quite a while now, and I’ve known it was inevitable that soon I would need a new one.  So, I bit the bullet and ordered one on Sunday night.  It was delivered today.  Sigh.  I will bond with it eventually, but first off it weighs twice as much as BD, so it has already knocked a cup of coffee and an ashtray to the floor as I tried to pick it up with one hand and couldn’t.  And, of course, I have spent the better part of my day today loading software, connecting to the internet, copying files only to lose them, installing a wireless mouse and disabling the touchpad, and various other things.  Long story short, this is going to be a short post this morning, for I have a myriad of things I must get done before I can go to bed and I’m exhausted.  But, one thing caught my eye today that I simply could not let slide …

In essence, Trump’s team of lawyers argued yesterday in defense of Trump’s phone call on July 25th that sought to trade U.S. aid to the Ukraine for the Ukraine’s public announcement that they were investigating Trump’s nemesis, Joe Biden, in order to help Trump’s bid for re-election.  Their defense?  That anything Trump did to aid in his re-election was in the best interest of the nation and therefore not impeachable.  Mr. Dershowitz’ exact words were …

dershowitz“Every public official that I know believes that his election is in the public interest. And mostly, you’re right. Your election is in the public interest. And if a president does something, which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment. . . .

The house managers . . . never allege that it was based on pure financial reasons. It would be a much harder case if a hypothetical president of the United States said to a hypothetical leader of a foreign country, ‘Unless you build a hotel with my name on it and unless you give me a million-dollar kickback, I will withhold the funds.’

That’s an easy case. That’s purely corrupt and in the purely private interest.

But a complex middle case is: ‘I want to be elected. I think I’m a great president. I think I’m the greatest president there ever was. And if I’m not elected, the national interest will suffer greatly.’ That cannot be an impeachable offense.”

SAY WHAT???

Excuse me, Messrs. Philbin and Dershowitz, but may I offer some clarification that you legal beagles apparently lack?

FIRST … Mr. Trump is the worst president, bar none, this nation has ever had.  He is a danger to our Constitutional foundation, he is a danger to the 1st Amendment right to a free press, to free speech, and to freedom of religion.  He poses a danger to the entire planet with his ignorant stance and policies on climate change, wildlife preservation, lethal chemicals and more.  His re-election is in NO WAY in the best interest of this nation!

SECOND … it is up to We the People to decide who should be our next president.  Election tampering is what put us in this terrible situation in the first place, and now you’re saying that it is perfectly fine for Mr. Trump to do whatever he damn well pleases to give him better odds on November 3rd, and that he cannot be held accountable for election tampering, manipulation, etc.

THIRD … You apparently fail to understand the precedent you set with your inane defense!  It is bad enough that somebody along the way said a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime, which is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard … or rather, it was until today!  So, from this point forward, whatever a president does to keep his seat in the Oval Office is okay with you jerks?  Well, guess what?  If your supposition is allowed to stand, then you just signed the death warrant for the United States of America, for by 2024, Donald Trump will have declared himself to be the dictator of the nation and you will have handed him the keys to the castle.

Whew … I had to take a short break after that tirade, for I was out of breath from the typing.  Folks, we have heard more ridiculous bullshit in the past six months out of Trump & Co, than I have heard in the entire 68 years before.  We cannot let this creepshow continue … and yet … how do we stop it?  I’m not sure, but I am planning to draft a letter outlining my three points above and send it to each and every republican senator later today.  And then, I think I’ll go out and break the law … since there is no longer any law and justice, why … I can do anything I please, right?  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

33 thoughts on “Another WTF Moment!

  1. Yup… the fix is in!
    “Late Wednesday, Republican leadership announced they had secured enough votes to block witnesses from appearing.
    The leader of Trump’s removal efforts, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., had been aggressively pushing the Senate to call one witness in particular: former national security advisor John Bolton.
    On Wednesday, the credibility of Bolton was called into question by uncovered video footage.
    Bolton reportedly wrote “bombshell” accusations in his forthcoming book that seemed to undermine Trump’s legal defense on the controversial Ukrainian phone call to President Volodymyr Zelensky.
    According to leaked excerpts obtained by The New York Times, Bolton claims Trump told him explicitly that foreign aid to Ukraine was being withheld in exchange for an investigation into political rival Joe Biden.
    Uncovered footage of an interview with Fox News, shared by the White House and their political allies on Wednesday, has contradicted that claim. In the video, Bolton discusses the controversial phone call. He described the exchange as “warm” and “cordial” and praised the president.”
    Trump shared the footage and labeled it “GAME OVER” for his impeachment rivals.

    Is it just me or does it seem like a cover-up is in progress?!

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  2. Thank you for sharing!.. I saw the handwriting on the wall last year, so I purchased two new laptops last fall and took my time getting them up and running while still able to use my old technology.. I learned a long time ago that the only way this ole Marine should carry something with one hand, it needs some type of handle attached… 🙂 🙂

    As for Trump, they have no defense, just “drowning men grabbing at straws”.. they are trying to use the same laws they avoided to protect Trump… if Trump is truly interested in what is best for this nation, the first thing he needs to do is read the Declaration of Independence… 🙂

    “There’s none so blind that will not see” (Ray Stevens)..

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    • Good for you, Dutch! You are a wise man. I, too, saw the handwriting on the wall … I mean, BD was 5 years old and is in use no less than 14 hours a day, usually longer. But, unlike you, I decided that if I kept nursing him along and ignoring the troubles, they would go away. But, fortunately, the old one is still functional and I’m slowly getting the new one set up properly.

      You’re right … they have no defense, but … do they really need one? They have the Attorney General, the SCOTUS Chief Justice, and the majority of senators on their side, not to mention the “big money donors”. Sigh. I don’t think too many of them have read the Declaration, nor the Constitution. Money speaks … loudly, it seems.

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      • As I said, I still use my old technology, just don’t get online with it.. I use a USB thumb drive to connect the old with the new as I learn the new… I will be the first to admit I am not the “sharpest tack in the box” but “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” ( F. Scott Fitzgerald)… 🙂 🙂

        As for Trump and his faithful followers it is all about image.. they want the world to believe they are following the rules and doing what is good for America when in reality they are not… a generation or two ago they may have pulled it off, but with today’s knowledge and technology they got caught… now they are just trying to cover their backside and it is possible with a “rigged jury”….. 🙂

        “It’s a saying they have, that a man has a false heart in his mouth for the world to see, another in his breast to show to his special friends and his family, and the real one, the true one, the secret one, which is never known to anyone except to himself alone…” James Clavell,

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        • I especially like that F. Scott Fitzgerald quote … I must remember that one! Yes, Trump and his followers got caught, and the jury is rigged, but that’s what I’m still puzzled by. Those senators would be heroes if only they would stand up for what is right, if they would hold Trump accountable for his corrupt actions, if they would put the interest of the nation and its people ahead of Trump’s personal interest. Have they been threatened? Bribed?

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  3. WTF is right! Trump’s crack team essentially admitted he guilty, except he’s so great that we should all overlook impeachment b/c Der Fuhrer wants to be re-elected. That’s the argument they’re going with?? Good luck with that.
    Yet somehow i feel Trump will still get off b/c the fix is in.
    You break the law? Never. That pesky honour, integrity and doing the right thing gets in the way. For Trump that won’t be an issue, he’s sold us out since day 1. I’m sure all our letters go straight into his round file. 😦
    Have fun with ur new laptop! If u want light and small, a travel size 12″ iPad is amazing, or a Surface Pro. Throw it in ur travel bag and blog in ur favorite coffee shop or anywhere. 🙂

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    • You may be right that “the fix is in”, but I won’t stop fighting in my small way until I’ve gone down for the third time, until there is no me left. I can’t just give up, for in so doing, we would never know what might have been. If we just give up, then we’ve lost without a fight. Thanks for the recommendations. I stuck with Dell, this one unfortunately much heavier than the last, so I have named him “Chubby Dell”, or CD for short. I hate getting a new computer, transferring thousands of files, re-loading software, tweaking everything. Sigh.

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  4. Jill, I am glad you got your computer woes fixed. Many things trouble me about the defense, but let me highlight three:

    – Dershowitz has done a 180 from on the impeaching a president without a crime (more on that later). He says he has studied more since the Bill Clinton trial, but as Chris Wallace said to him, you were a smart guy back then.
    – While on “The View” yesterday, he was asked about the GAO saying withholding the aid to Ukraine was illegal. He disagreed with that, but his opinion matters not, as it alleges a crime.
    – The defense team cites protecting the constitution, but to be brutally frank, they are protecting a person who is peeing all over the constitution and bullying the GOP Senate to acquiesce.

    It is not surprising, but highly disappointing, that the GOP leadership so disinterested in the truth. They can dismiss the testimony all they want, but I saw a parade of honorable, duty-bound diplomats and public servants testify under oath and at great risk about their concerns over the president’s actions. I have also witnessed a president and his attorney who bully and lie repeatedly. Why?

    Keith

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    • Remember that Dershowitz defended O.J. Simpson … and more recently, Jeffrey Epstein? His reputation precedes him. Like you, I am disappointed and disgusted by the GOP members of Congress who don’t bat an eye at taking our tax dollars to support them, yet forget their oath to us, the oath to protect and uphold the Constitution. What, exactly, are they afraid of? I would be more afraid of the nightmares that would haunt me at night than the oaf in the Oval and his intimidation tactics.

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  5. Please be careful out there on your crime spree, I don’t think Trump’s defence is a trickle down defence. If he gets away with that defence it opens the gate to all future presidents (after Generalissimo Trump has departed with all his medals weighing the coffin down on his State Funeral) to use the same defence, What I do is for the benefit of my Country. But maybe they can stop that defence in it’s tracks by asking ‘What if what he did proves not to have been for the benefit of the country?Should he not then have to pay a penalty for moves that put the country at risk like almost sending it to war with Iran recently?
    Cwtch

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    • Don’t worry … it’s not likely to be much of a spree! Yes, that’s my fear, that all the safeguards, the checks & balances that were put in place to keep a president from becoming a dictator, are being shredded. I wonder, if what he has done proves not to be to the benefit of the nation, if any of the die-hard republicans would even care? He’s giving them what they want, or at least they think he is. I read something a while back where a woman said she really didn’t care if he took over the government and became a dictator, as long as the economy remained good. Not the brightest bulb in the pack, obviously, but I wonder if perhaps she is the voice of today’s Republican Party?
      Cwtch

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    • I haven’t watched it, either … I really don’t have time, when I can read the summations & analyses, and can watch relevant clips if I choose. Scottie said he had watched it, then made the same comment as you, that those were hours of his life he can’t get back. So true.

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  6. Hello Jill. I wish you the best with your new laptop. I am a nerd techie and I love getting new equipment. I understand what you mean about the presidents legal team. I stayed up watching the day 9 of the trial on C-Span online until 10:30 PM and got up at three to finish what I missed. I will never get those lost hours of my life back. The House Managers have put forth a clear compelling narrative that shows the crime, how it was committed, and why. The president’s legal team has blown smoke everywhere and they have yelled squirrel in every direction. Instead of saying tRump did not do it, they are simply saying if he did it then it is OK. One thing I noticed was that the House Managers agreed to abide by the Chief Justice’s rulings with the idea of dealing with things quickly. The presidents legal team said hell no, they would argue in court any motion that Roberts as Presiding Officer makes. They know that the law and evidence against them, so they are going to make it as painful as possible to move forward with finding it and dealing it. The presidents team are saying tRump is above the law and will refuse to accept any judgments he doesn’t like. And I am afraid the Republicans are buy it. Sleep well. Hugs

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    • I wish you lived closer, for I would have you get some of this set up done for me … I used to be a techie back long time ago, just like I used to be able to work on my own car. But then, cars and computers became more complex and I haven’t kept up. The new computer and I are currently “getting to know each other” and one of us is doing a bit of cussing … I won’t say which. 😉

      I should think that Chief Justice John Roberts’ word would be the highest possible authority and that BOTH sides should have no choice but to abide by it! I’m rapidly losing faith in the justice system in this nation, and the peoples’ good sense, too! Sigh. Hugs!

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      • Hello Jill. One of my dreams is to win the lottery and be able to afford to travel around to see all the wonderful internet people I talk to online.

        Setting up of a windows machine has to be done with the understanding that everything is set to report all your activities and data use back to Microsoft. Right from the original setup when agreeing to the licencing when it asks you to accept somethings ( you should turn them all off ) to going carefully through the settings menu as it repeatedly tracks and reports on you , many times the same thing repeated in different areas of the settings menu. First go to Cortana and turn all that off, then go to privacy and turn everything off except the things you need your camera and mic for. As you go through the settings you will see that there are places it stores the activities and history of what you are doing on the computer. It also wants to share them between devices and to pick up where you left off on one device with a different device. The thing is to do that it needs to record and send to Microsoft all your activities. Turning these things off doesn’t effect how you use the computer, it just keeps Microsoft from gathering data on you to sell to marketers.

        Jill I think the Republicans have poisoned the Justice System. Right now the Republicans are arguing tRump can do anything he wants and can not be held accountable. Basically they are for making him a king just to avoid him rallying the base against them. They seem to think they can ride tRump out and return to being bastards to any Democratic president afterwards. I have only gotten through half my normal morning news sites so far as I had to go get my allergy shots. But the Republicans have simply given up the idea of trying to pretend tRump did not do it or that it was wrong to do. They are saying openly, ya he did it and it doesn’t matter because he is a “R” and your not. Even grade school kids have more sense. Hugs

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