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    Roger Stone's time in the barrel

    Pro tip:  If someone knocks unexpectedly before dawn, just slip out the back, Jack (pace, Paul Simon...)

     

    When you total up the years attached to the indictment pursuant to which Stone was taken in, he may get a chance to explore the tatooing talents of self-taught fellow inmates (to go along with the Nixon tatoo already on his back), it would appear that the dapper dark artist will be strongly motivated to give up his Godfather--or perhaps pull a "Frank Pentangeli" by way of "final exit"

     

    Poison Pills in Trump, McConnell Wall Bill 'Compromise'

    This is part of the "Great  Compromise" that Trump and McConnell made over the weekend to end the Trump government shutdown. This bill has nothing to do with the Wall or DACA.  It seeks to overhaul the immigration system to deny asylum application at the US border, make judicial review illegal, make asylum acceptance a whim of Homeland Security, and put a low limit on asylum acceptances per year with no provision for exceptions..

    Orwellian name "Central American Minors Protection Act of 2019."

    Some major points again:

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    18 U.S. Code § 4 - Misprision of felony

    It is certainly elucidative of how low the bar can go, that the argument over whether or not Trump actually subborned the perjury of Michael Cohen before Congress is the field on which this particular battle is being fought.

     

    Might we not, without exposing ourselves to the charge of excessively high expectations, reference the complaisant silence with which the false testimony was  greeted by the person who took an oath to see that the laws of the United States were faithfully executed?

     

     

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    "It takes two to Tango..."Your child kidnapped? $5,000,000 Demand? Her murder threatened?

    Among the most infuriating frameworks enunciated by the wise and profound who claim time on TV is the trope that by refusing to give in to utter blackmail, Pelosi and the Dems are part of the problem.

     

    Why not just split the difference at 2,500,000, opine such termpernent.ally diverse pundits as David Brooks and Chris Wallace.

     

    The manifest stupidity and racist motivation of the demanded WALL!!! is besides the point, I guess.

     

    While the media goes on and on about AOC being good at the social media

    seems to me that they are sorta trying to keep the suddenly hipster Senator on Twitter to themselves:

     

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    Atlantic pulls no punches Impeach

     

    Dump the Chump...

    This article appears in the March 2019 print edition with the headline “The Case for Impeachment.”

    It's  a long long read... Get yourself a warm cocoa or a stiff drink.

    Impeach Donald Trump

    Good guys don't always win

    if ever. And certainly the shut down isn't going to be one of those times.

    Before you start to convince me  the Democrats have done the right thing , don't bother. They have.

    And it's going to cost them votes. Good guys ,to repeat myself , don't etc.

    By next Friday if  the laid off  have  missed another  pay check, and there's no announced  end of it , whatever they think about Trump . they'll  be bitter with Pelosi and  Chuck.

    As to Trump ? Later. 

    The Liberaltarian demographic, ignored by political activists, analysts and pollsters at their peril

    I ran across this article from Nov. New Study Indicates Silicon Valley’s Elite Are Not As Liberal As They Think by @ NYMag.com.

    It reminded me of how geek world, since it's development, always seemed to tend to lean libertarian and therefore prone to prefer "third way" political solutions. With the polarization introduced by the Trump and similar populist movements, the lefty Democratic types seem to be getting hopeful that swings are coming over to their side and are thinking "oh boy, the DLC ways of thinking are dead, now we can finally go socialist." Um, but there's this Liberaltarian cohort out there, growing all the time. With lots of money. And a new kinda "don't like big gummint" and bureaucrats attitude. That will be swing supporters and voters if Dem candidates are too left. I've noted a thing watching Twitter over the last few months: even though this type may deplore Trump dolts and rural rubes, they also are very much prone to ridicule earnest lefty types like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Christian right and other socially conservative nutcases sector of the GOP may be dying out, but this group will be growing. And may be sympathetic to a lot ot "Freedom Caucus" type aims. Politicos ignore them at their peril.

    Excerpt:

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    TRUMP EXPLAINS ALL (LIVE CHAT)

    Our esteemed leader has (evidently) gone from concrete to steel slats? to curtain rods to....?

    Now the evil Dems have taken over the House (not the White House but the other House) and Spanky is having trouble keeping his sheets straight following his KFC orders delivered to his Lincoln Bedroom.

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    The Wall/Shutdown Fire? Look over here in the smoke

     

    And . . .

     

    Don't overlook Manafort's notes from the Trump Tower meeting...

     

     

    Follow this thread... twitter.com/jedshug/status/1082670785980968962

    Trump Shutdown Will End When...

    How will the shutdown end? Job action, sick in, strike, walk-out by enough of the federal workforce to slow functions of their department or agency, and create a crisis for the airlines, the federal prisons, the IRS, the federal courts, food safety inspections, NASA, CDC..?..you name it. Your guess is as good as mine. Trump doesn't know or care about what the 800,000 federal workers do. He doesn't care about them or their families.

    Returning Appropriated Art to Africa, the French Debate

    A recent report commissioned by Macron advises that art pilfered from the African continent and placed in French museums be returned to their home countries. Obviously, this view does not sit well with many French museum curators. To get a different perspective, the New York Times interviewed three Africans in the arts about the possible impact of the report.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/03/arts/design/african-art-france-museums-restitution.html

    Trump: I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General

    President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he essentially "fired" former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, criticizing the outgoing defense chief's service in the Marine Corps and his two years leading the Defense Department.

    "What's he done for me? How had he done in Afghanistan? Not too good," Trump said at a Cabinet meeting... "As you know, President Obama fired him, and essentially so did I," he explained to reporters, contradicting an earlier statement.

    Finally free to appropriate to the max

    Made me want to read her work

    Trump: A Petulant, Spiteful, Incurious Ignoramus

    WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Sunday that he would remove Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who issued a stinging rebuke of the president when he announced his resignation last week, from his post by Jan. 1, two months before he had planned to depart.

    "One aide said that though Mr. Trump already had the resignation letter when he praised Mr. Mattis, he did not understand just how forceful a rejection of his strategy Mr. Mattis had issued."

    One problem with partisanship

    Posting this because it made me think. Dagbloggers for the most part are great on sticking to the policies they favor no matter who is supporting them . But it gets at how partisan hatred, or hatred for one man or woman, does have the tendency to blind:

    And will get no credit from the left AT ALL. https://t.co/I3wnvL0pEk

    Wakanda Mess is This

    Forever 21 is marketing a new sweater with the Black Panther logo.

    This is the model, presented via Twitter.

    Social media responded bringing holiday cheer. The tweet rapidly disappeared.

    https://www.essence.com/news/forever-21-wakanda-white-man-sweater/

     

     

     

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    SHADES OF ROY MOORE

    Roy Moore is no longer 'hot news', to say the least.

    Recently I was reminded of an older interview with this Alabama embarrassment by a recent interview with our current presidential embarrassment.

    When Affirmative Action was White

    We had a recent discussion on the programs of the New Deal, how 'race neutral' the legislation was, passing with strong support from the southern Jim Crow states. This fact leading to some suspicion as to it's intended impacts on minority populations.

    Was it, in fact, a progressive policy primarily aimed at whites, not generally disenfranchised blacks? The book below argues the New Deal and programs like the GI Bill not only were not race neutral, they actually increased the economic and educational inequality of blacks and whites, in effect, they were "affirmative action" for whites. In the book the author argues that the gap created has not yet been remedied (2006).

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