The Bishop and the Butterfly: Murder, Politics, and the End of the Jazz Age
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    How Should We Think About Impeachment?

    Impeachment hearings are here whether we want them or not. The next few weeks, like all of the weeks before them, will be full of misinformation and half truths. 

    There will be concerted efforts made by politicians and members of the media/entertainment complex to smear and attack people: most of whom none of us have ever heard of.

    Some of you will feel a knee jerk reaction to defend politicians and/or public figures you identify with. This is a natural instinct; I'm not asking anyone to transcend their humanity. I'm asking each and everyone to use their commonsense. Think about all of this in a clear and simplified way.

    Ask yourself: 

    1. Who has more motivation to tell the truth: someone under oath- who potentially faces perjury or someone outside of the legal scope of this investigation- who doesn't face any consequences for their words?

    2. Why would so many career civil servants risk their pensions and their family's economic future to come forward?

    3. Would you feel differently about any of the sworn statements or testimony if it were given about a politician you didn't identify with?

    4. What do all of the investigations, guilty pleas, and convictions say about this White House?

    5. Who benefits from the way you feel?

    There will be people trying to convince you not to believe what you are hearing and seeing. There will be people ascribing the most insidious motives to their fellow citizens. There will be people, with a history of lying, trying to convince you they are telling the truth. There will be people trying to convince you that loyalty to ideology and political affiliation is more important than loyalty to the principles of truth and justice.

    Donald Trump's innocence and guilt has already been decided by a majority of the country. There are people on both sides of the aisle who won't be swayed by any evidence that challenges their beliefs. We know this, but it shouldn't stop us from thinking critically about this process.

    The next few weeks will be a test of our collective integrity. We will either call a thing by its name or we will twist ourselves into knots to avoid speaking the truth. We will invest our intellectual horsepower into substantive dialogue or we will chase every distraction waved in front of us. We make this choice as individuals and collectively.

    Our judgement won't come from our peers in this moment, but from the progeny we bequeath this country to. This thought should dictate how we move forward.



    The word extortion is straightforward compared to quid pro quo.

    Danny, you're asking some good questions but it may be too late and I am sensing demonic forces at play. Too many people are giving false witness not speaking the Logos, to bring order from chaos, but the opposite. Heaven help us.

    Ah, so it's not interstellar lizard aliens wearing people suits. It's demons possessing people.  And you think that's more believable than lizard aliens? 

    It appears I've triggered a desert imp to crawl from under his rock to  torment me. 

    Demonic forces reside within all of us, part of human nature, it's our job to not let them possess us. 

    That explains a great deal.

    I like to let the demons possess me. I have a lot of fun, then I go to an exorcist and get it removed. Kind of like a bad hang nail. It's really the best of both worlds that way.

    Possession is 9/10ths of the law.

    Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.

    "hole in the wall - the annotated Crowley

    "Build it and they will come" - US border patrol

    This is why I come here. There's such a large pool of knowledge we all share that no matter what the reference people will get it. So often in conversation all I get is blank stares. Sometimes I won't even make the reference because I'm sure they never read it and won't get it.

    Yes, all my years in esotericism, I was waiting for you, my son. Now if I can just get the taste of Da Vinci Code out of my mouth (a debasing of the at least interesting Holy Blood Holy Grail)

    For me a Blank Stare is a high point.

    Compared with the usual reaction.

    (With good reason?) 

    I heard that. And I'm taking addresses and serial numbers.

    If I can find my pencil.

    Blank Stares? I usually work with Loaded Stares - much more lethal (depending on what I've been drinking - some of that Bump Stock I've been hearing about would be just peachy).


    Oh my my my...

    Demonic forces reside within all of us...

    I can always come here to get more on the moron...


    In regards to the first question, I see the matter in reverse; Who has a motivation to lie under oath, despite the danger it puts them in to suffer the penalties of doing so? From the Mark Twain perspective, it is an economy of effort: “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”

    In regards to the second question, the risk taken is either a matter of honor if the testimony is true or coercion if untrue. The exposure involved rules out instances of indifference.

    Number Three is hard for me to understand. I can't remember "identifying" with politicians. Even as I prefer one over another, there is a baseline dislike for them that always plays in the background. Politics is necessary for public hygiene. Being enthusiastic about them is like really enjoying having your teeth cleaned.

    Number Four suggests that either this administration is as corrupt as it seems to be by all the things we can see and hear or that the deep state is seriously kicking its ass by making it look like that way when it is not.

    Number Five. I not sure how to understand the question. I mostly feel like I don't want our Republic to disappear. If it survives, I realize that a lot of people I don't like or agree with will live in it too. I am okay with that.

    How the lying, soulless, user, GOP international crime syndicate mob boss Donald Trump thinks, or rather, projects:

      “The circus is coming to town. The corrupt, compromised, coward & congenital liar Adam Schiff Show on Capital Hill, brought to you by his raging psychotic Democrats & the top allies in the Media Mob. Everything you’re going to see in the next two weeks is rigged…..

        — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2019
         ….to hurt Donald Trump and we, the people that support him. The Left has never accepted the results of the 2016 Election. They never saw this coming. This is not just about President Trump. They hate everyone he is representing.” @seanhannity @FoxNews Sean the amazing warrior!

        — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2019
        “Millions of Americans will see what a partisan sham this whole thing is.” Rush Limbaugh @foxandfriends Also, why is corrupt politician Schiff allowed to hand over cross examination to a high priced outside lawyer. Did that lawyer ever work for me, which would be a conflict?

        — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2019
        The Democrats have stacked the deck against President Trump and the Republicans. They have leaked out everything. @SteveDoocy @foxandfriends

        — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2019
        “Nancy Pelosi cares more about power than she does about principle. She did not want to go down this road. She realizes this is a huge loser for Democrats. The Founders envisioned the worst people being in politics, yet they couldn’t envision this. You have these people taking…

        — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2019
        ….any laws or did anything wrong, and they have to move away from quid pro quo because there was no quid, and there was no quo. Ukraine got it’s money (3 weeks early), and there was no investigation.” @CharlesHurt @foxandfriends

        — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2019

        — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2019

        — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2019

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