Good News, Bad News

Starting with the good news …

The U.S. Supreme Court made a right and proper judgment on Wednesday (for a change), ruling against the former guy in his attempt to hide evidence of his own and others’ involvement from the House committee investigating the attempted coup on January 6th 2021.

Trump wanted to prevent the Congressional committee investigating the insurrection of January 6, from gaining access to White House records for that day and the days leading up to it, invoking executive privilege. The justices overwhelmingly, 8-1, ruled against him.  Executive privilege can only exist while you’re an executive … which Trump no longer is!

The ruling on Wednesday opens up a trove of documents to congressional investigators who have sought them to determine Trump’s actions and mindset in the weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 attack, as well as what he did as his supporters were rioting at the Capitol.

Among the documents sought by the committee are speech drafts, call and visitor logs, handwritten notes and other files previously kept by senior Trump aides like chief of staff Mark Meadows, adviser Stephen Miller, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and White House associate counsel Patrick Philbin.

The only member of the high court who signaled he would have granted Trump’s request for emergency relief was Justice Clarence Thomas who has proven time and time again that he has outlived his usefulness on the Court.  To me, the surprise in this ruling was that the three justices appointed by Trump during his tenure in the Oval Office, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett, all voted against his interests and for truth, justice, and democracy.

A half of a thumb-up for the Court for (finally) doing the right thing.


And then, the bad (really bad) news …

The two bills languishing in the Senate that would have protected our constitutional right to vote, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, are DOA – Dead On Arrival, thanks to 52 people … 50 ‘Republicans’ and Joe Manchin and Kyrsten B. Sinema.  Given the draconian laws that have been passed in some 40+ states that would disenfranchise Blacks, Hispanics, the poor, the elderly, and the young, voting will no longer be ‘fair and equal’ or just or democratic.

The last best hope, and it is a slim one indeed, is that the courts rule against the states’ aggressive measures to skew the outcome, but given recent history, I’m not holding my breath on that one.

A number of groups have already said they will withdraw their support from Manchin and Sinema over their unwillingness to protect our voices at the polls, but unfortunately neither of them are up for re-election this year.  Both will be up for re-election in 2024, leaving us with few choices for removing them from the Senate for another three years.

The United States Constitution gives the Senate the power to expel any member by a two-thirds vote, but given the current makeup of the Senate and the fact that the 50 Republican Senators seem to love Manchin and Sinema (and why wouldn’t they, for both are Republicans at the core), the odds of that happening are slim-to-none and it has not happened since 1862.

I wrote a scathing letter to my own Republican Senator Rob Portman tonight indicating that I was highly disappointed to find that neither he nor any other Republican in the Senate could find even a smidgeon of conscience.  Under ordinary circumstances, I would have informed him that I would be actively seeking to ensure his bid for re-election fails, but I cannot do that, because he is retiring at the end of this term.

And so, we are left with few choices and little voice.  One thing we can and must do to whatever extent possible, though, is offer to help those who would otherwise be disenfranchised by helping them with unwieldy registration forms, providing transportation, child care, or whatever else they need to ensure they can cast a vote and vote the clowns out of office in November!

45 thoughts on “Good News, Bad News

  1. The Good News was indeed very good even though there should not have been a single dissenting vote. Onto the Bad News. As Colin Powell said : “Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.” The same might be said of Manchin, Sinema and the 50 No’s from the other party…they are the personification of bad news and it doesn’t seem that there will be any improvement in the near future! Really like your choice of a cartoon! WHAK!! Thank-you!

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    • Agreed … there shouldn’t have been a single dissenting vote, but methinks Ginny Thomas wears the actual judicial robe in their family. ‘Nuff said. Let’s hope they find enough to put the former guy behind bars for the rest of his life! Me? Vindictive? 😉

      I knew you’d recognize and like the ‘toon! Thank YOU! WHAK!!!

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  2. Just read about the Supreme Court¡s vote to open the papers. Yeah!
    Now, the rest? Those 2 Dems should be kicked out of the Party. No matter what the consequences. And Biden needs to get his act together.
    How’s your health? Getting better? 🙏🏻

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    • Agree, those 2 DINOs need to go extinct. Sleepy Joe gets a pass, he’s doing everything humanly possible under current conditions, many of which are out of his administration’s control, and serious problems he inherited from the former guy.

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    • Some have suggested that Manchin and Sinema should join the Republican Party, but the trouble with that is that it would give the Republicans a majority in the Senate which would be even more disastrous than at present! As for Biden … remember that he is only one person and that most of what he’s trying to accomplish depends on cooperation from Congress, which he is definitely NOT getting these days. I think what he has accomplished is great, considering that the Republicans have thrown roadblocks up at every turn. If he were to attempt to do such things as voting rights or social programs via executive order, the Court would strike him down in a heartbeat. This nation is so divided today that … it’s a wonder anything gets done. Sigh. Answered health question in last comment … better, but far from where I want to be 😉

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  3. Some other fairly good news Jill to tack-on to yours here. From Heather Cox Richardson’s blog “Letters from An American.” She is a Harvard University Ph.D. grad, former professor of History at M.I.T. and UMass-Amherst, and now Professor of History at Boston College. Here are some excerpts from her “Letter” of Jan. 19, 2022: *

    Just before midnight last night, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that her office has “uncovered significant evidence indicating that the Trump Organization used fraudulent and misleading asset valuations on multiple properties to obtain economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions for years” and is taking legal action “to force Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump to comply with our investigation.” She concluded: “No one is above the law.”

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    This evening, the Supreme Court denied Trump’s request to block the National Archives and Records Administration from sending documents from the Trump administration concerning the January 6 insurrection to the January 6 committee. The vote was 8 to 1. Justice Clarence Thomas, whose wife, Ginni, supported the January 6 rallies, was the dissenting vote.

    The Big Lie from the former president that he had won the 2020 election and been cheated of victory led to the January 6 insurrection; it has now led to a crisis in voting rights, as Republican-dominated state legislatures have rewritten their laws since the 2020 election to suppress Democratic votes and hand election counting over to partisan Republicans.

    So, not fully what most sane, reasonable, intelligent Americans want to read/hear. However, if they can permanently nail the former guy to the proverbial Wall of Shame & Disgrace, at least that’s a good step in the right direction! 🙂

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    * – Source: https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/january-19-2021-a53

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    • Yes, I do get Ms. Richardson’s nightly newsletter, and while I don’t always read it, I did read this one and let out a cheer at this news. Coupled with the Georgia Attorney General’s decision to request a grand jury to assist with the investigation into Trump’s attempt to overturn the election results in Georgia, methinks Donnie is in for a rough road! Couldn’t happen to a more deserving person!

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      • Wholeheartedly agree! Fair and just consequences as decided and dispensed in a court of law are SUPPOSED to be for everyone in the U.S., EVERYONE, no exceptions! Not for some and none for others (or less).

        Sadly Jill, and I’m sure much of our Congress and SCOTUS over the last few decades are deeply regretting that we don’t apply the same laws, fairness, and justice to our Presidents, the Executive Branch staff, and Congress members. “No one is above the Law“? No, that isn’t the case except for Richard M. Nixon, who actually was never punished or jailed. We all know WHY he wasn’t:

        …a global embarrassment and degradation of America’s image to our enemies. We chose to Save Face in the short-term instead… but set a now horrendous precedent for future Presidential or Congressional dereliction of public duties in the long-term. A perpetual double-standard now. Yes, we are indeed American hypocrites today. Prime example: the former guy and everything he got away with and non-stop, blatant lies multiple times per day!

        Yes, we all must admit now that our “patriotic” words today in context with our most sacred, founding federal papers/documents mean less and less now when compared to what we let our government officials get away with frequently. There is no denying that there are and have been many Presidents and other federal officials that are indeed and have been, Above the Law.

        That can and will never translate into:

        We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

        Nor can it ever translate into our Criminal and Civil Laws & Penal Codes when some are afforded special privileges while others are not. That is NOT a democratic Republic, not even close.

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        • You are so right, my friend. The reality is that those with substantial power and wealth are quite often beyond the reach of the law. I thought what Richard Nixon did was horrible, but … after seeing Donald Trump getting away literally with murder (his response to the pandemic) for years, Nixon begins to look like an amateur, a teddy bear. What disturbs me most is that only about half the country is even upset with Trump’s perfidy while the other half cheer him on and want to put him back in the Oval Office! What has happened to people’s brains, to their conscience??? Have the effects of climate change so altered their brains that they are no longer capable of coherent thought? No, these days this is not a democratic republic, and if the future of our nation contains Donald Trump, this nation will become an autocracy, plain and simple.

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  4. SIGH. This one’s tough to take Jill. That said, I’m wondering if the next move by Dems should be to break up each of the individual components of the Freedom to Vote Act, and watch the traitor Republicans vote it down, and explain to the American people why. In other words, for example, one component, making election day a federal holiday. Why on earth would they be against that? Another component, allowing a two week window for early voting. Why would they be against that? I’d do it for every damn one of the components and put their asses on record. What do you think?

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    • That’s not a half bad idea, Jeff! Like you, I would love to see how they justify their decision to strike down a bill to allow early voting, or postal voting, or accepting a student ID, or making it a federal holiday as most western nations have already done! I love your idea! Let’s do it! Oh wait … it isn’t up to us … never up to the people who have some common sense, is it? Sigh.

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  5. my own state has a bill under discussion that would make it a felony to provide transport to a voting site to anyone “not within their immediate family”…talk about some dystopian world….I am living in one right now!

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  6. People should be frightened by what the GOP is getting away with. What I can’t reconcile in my mind is the magnitude with which Trump did whatever he wanted in spite of opposition yet Biden seems to have his hands tied at every turn. Where is HIS executive privilege? What concerns me most is the way our country now looks to the rest of the world. Our government is not diverse, nor is it producing for the good of the all which screams that we would not be able to help anyone else in the world.. 😕🥺😔💔

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    • Your comment is right in line with my post for Friday morning … the media, even the so-called ‘mainstream’ media, seems to be determined to make it seem as though Biden has been a complete and total failure, when quite the opposite is true! And imagine what he might have been able to accomplish in his first year if he had even a modicum of cooperation from Congress!!!

      On another note, did you see what Mitch McConnell said? “African-American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.” WTF??? Methinks he will pay for that comment! Sadly, though, he isn’t up for re-election this year, so he can’t be ousted.

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      • Say WHAAT?! The idiot! I am so damn tired of seeing his draggy face and listening to his halfwit, fence riding, looking over his shoulder wishy washy statements. He and Lindsay Graham need to board a slow boat to whatever realm they can find to take them in.

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        • Yep, he is an idiot … a cunning, conniving idiot … and like you, I am sick to the death of seeing his ugly mug. The only one I hate worse is the former guy and every time I see his, I almost punch my laptop screen! As for Lindsey G … never has there been a more two-faced, lying … well, I’ll bite my tongue so as not to be too offensive. 😉

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  8. Jill, with this SCOTUS decision, I wonder how many might start cooperating now that discovery is more imminent. By the way, being from Ohio there is another piece of good news for you. The Ohio supreme court ruled against the most recent attempt at gerrymandering in the state. It means the designers have to go fix it. This has happened a couple of times in NC the past five years or so. Keith

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    • That’s a good question, Keith! And, of those who do cooperate, how many will tell the truth? I read that the committee is asking Ivanka to come testify, but that woman is just as much a liar as her father. I doubt that oath will mean much at all to her.

      Yes, I cheered when I read about the decision of the Ohio Supreme Court to reject the gerrymandered maps!

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  9. why only a half a thumb up for the court, and not a whole thumb or even two? Even with good news you can’t give full credit where it is due? I really don’t understand your absolutely negative mind, how it works and why you seem to take such revelry in being so miserable all of the time.

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  10. Not speaking racially, Jill, but a real black and white post, or rather, white and black. Good for the Supreme Court (as you said, they could not give executive privilege to a non-executive!), and total irresponsibility on the Senate, who could not garner enough votes to keep Democracy democratic, as in protecting the right to vote, which is essential to any democracy. The USofA is officially dead in the eyes of the world. It is all over but the grieving, and the inability of ex-Americans to face that truth!
    FROM HERE ON IN, I will refer to the country south of Canada as the United States of Idiots, not meaning the majority who fight the injustices in their nation, but the RULING MINORITY who retain the real power. Maybe you should call it Topsy-Turvy Moppetland, and the people the Flop-Flipped Freedom-Führers! This is what I am seeing from this day forward, unless and until you can return sanity to your land.

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    • Sigh. While I cannot disagree with anything you say, it doesn’t change things. I decided some time ago that I don’t really see myself as an “American” anymore, but rather a citizen of the world. However, since I still live here, I still feel an obligation to keep fighting for the nation to do the ‘right thing’, to stop being a nation where only the rich are valued and only the white, male, Christian rich at that. There are days that I despise this country, but … it’s where I live and if I don’t keep trying to make my voice heard above the din, then I don’t deserve to live anywhere.

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      • You always deserve to be here, Jill. But I have to say I feel a damnsight better off having been born in Canada rather than in the USI. WE DEFINITELY HAVE OUR PROBLEMS! But I will take Canada over most (not all) as a good country to live in. So far we are keeping our NATIONAL CONSERVATIVE PARTY at bay. However, we have not yet succeeded in electing a Socialist (NDP) Into party. We still have a long way to go…

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        • Yeah, most days I wish I had been born in Canada or almost anywhere other than this nation of greedy, selfish, violent people. I hope that Canada never latches on to a Trump-like politico.

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  11. It’ll probably be made illegal to help with registration forms, transportation, etc. After all, wasn’t there an attempt to prevent anyone offering water to people waiting to vote? Or did I dream that?

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    • Yes, I believe it was in Georgia where they made it illegal to provide water or food to those waiting in line for hours. And Suze just mentioned in her comment that her state is trying to pass a law that would make it illegal for anyone other than immediate family to offer transportation to the polls! Isn’t that the biggest load of b.s. you’ve ever heard??? I will take any of my neighbors to vote no matter what idiotic laws are passed! Luckily, I live in a state that, while we do have a Republican governor, is still relatively fair. Sigh.

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        • You’re right … there is no credible justification, only the Big Lie that the 2020 election was “stolen” from Trump, giving states the incentive to do what they’ve wanted to do for decades — keep Blacks and others from voting and ensure that most voters are white, middle-to-upper class, males. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  12. One big Hoorah and one Huge Boo. The Court’s decision was a surprise and one I never thought to see. Maybe that right decision will lead to something that can be used to clobber Trump and his cronies. and perhaps include some thing on Clarence Thomas’s wife that will make him resign his position. Then a chance to get another Democrat on the bench so that the voting rights can be sorted.

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    • I think that Trump and his family are facing some rocky roads ahead, and I cannot say it breaks my heart. The prosecutor in Georgia is asking for a Grand Jury to investigate Trump’s efforts to overturn the election, and in New York, the Attorney General is digging deep into Trump, Inc.’s financial cover-ups.

      I fully agree that Ginny Thomas’ comments regarding January 6th should be grounds for Clarence’s removal from the Court, effective immediately! She has long been an outspoken Trumpeter, but her comments about January 6th and its participants are beyond unconscionable.
      Cwtch

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