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Moscow Mitch's Nightmare scenario...

1) Trump is impeached.
2) Pressure builds as more and more articles are voted out...
3) GOP support for Trump evaporates.
4) Pence is also caught-up in Ukrainian corruption and dirty dealing for porfits.
5) Pence is also impeached before he can be seated as POTUS.
6) Pelosi ascends to POTUS
7) Thomas ends up failing health and leves SCOTUS
8) Pelosi immediately nominates Garland to his rightful seat.
9) RBG decides to retire under President Pelosi and is replaced with a 38 year old liberal woman.

Now, of course Moscow Mitch would try to block any SCOTUS appointments (even though he said THIS year that if an opening comes up, 'we would fill it')...and the calculus for removing Trump is entirely based on NEVER allowing President Pelosi to become reality...but damn would that be sweet retribution to the Republicans that sold their soul for 30 pieces of silver!

How to "fix" America in one move...

I have thought about dozens of things that could make America functional again as a governing concept...things like term limits, public funding of elections, public funded healthcare options, etc....but one thing can make it all moot over night.

A requirement that the Congress - House AND Senate - operate under a wealth cap - similar to the idea of a salary cap in sports terms, but in this case an overall Congressional mandate to reflect the distribution of wealth in the country through the make up of the Congress.

The chances of this happening? Absolutely ZERO...the power structure of this country would NEVER allow themselves to be removed from power in such a drastic and immediate way...but if the required congress had only 5% or fewer millionaires, there would be a whole new outlook on EVREYTHING the next day...

Translating Trumpanzee (an attempt to make sense of the senseless...)

An actual Trump response to a question about whether or not he cares that white nationalists (NEO-NAZIs and violent racists) find common cause with his words (followed by excerpts attempting to clarify or amplify the voices in his head:

It doesn’t concern me,because many people agree with me, and all I’m saying, they want to leave, they can leave now.

Translation: FUCK YOU...I hate all minorities and refuse to even say that they are equal to ME...no one is on my level, and really only the people that I am fleecing for membership dues at my clubs are even worth acknowledging...

It doesn’t say leave forever. It says leave, but what it says and what that, John, what that says is if they’re not happy with the United States, if they’re doing nothing but criticizing us all the time, you see these people walking down criticizing the United States...

Translation: I don't really care, do u? Wasn't is great when my super sexy, so totally in love with me because of ME and only ME (not my money or the spending she gets to do with other people's money on my grift) wore that to the border concentrati....er detention centers last year? God she is hot, almost as hot as my daughter, but we can't say that now...oh, yeah, those meddlesome brown women again...all I was saying is "love it or leave it", they would have totally been into me too in Vietnam era, probably too in love with Trump and my own VD-war to actually complain, but then, I mean, we all know that I am probably the best non-soldier maybe in the history of our country or even Western Civilization. But, yeah...love it or leave it and that means love Trump or get out.

we just hit the highest stock market in history. All of these incredible manufacturers that are in, these are great business people, they employ many people and we have workers with us too. They’re having the best year they’ve ever had. Can I say that, is that a correct statement?”

Translation: *(inner voice) Oh, shit. I am so bored with this question I have forgot what the fuck it was about in the first place...well, time to brag on Trump then...*
Yeah, so like Obama sucked and Trump is making this all happen as if the economy I inherited was the same as what Obama ran into back in 2009. Great, great great things are happening again in stocks and maybe I'm hearing bonds too, markets are great things and you may have heard Trump is causing the greatest market that anyone has ever even heard of...I am so awesome, so please bow down to me and make me feel loved for no payments for a change...

Look forward to your return good sir!

best wishes for speedy recovery

Why does the press allow this?

Trump today made a fool of himself further on the Charlottesville failures of himself and his administration, but the REAL story is the nonsense he spouts and NEVER gets challenged on from the press...

Josh Rogin

Trump on Robert E. Lee: "Whether you like it or not, he was one of the great generals." Then claims active duty generals told him Lee was their "favorite general."

8:44 AM - Apr 26, 2019

OK, so first off EVERYONE knows is a favorite trope of Trump's sick mind...right up there with literally everything he touches, talks about or is involved with being the "greatest/biggest of all-time, maybe perhaps in forever".

That is bad enough, but it is more of a verbal tic than an affront to the truth any more...we KNOW he is a pathological liar and narcissist, but the bolded part above is what bugs me more...

WHO are these "active duty generals"?
Will they confirm that they met with you to discuss Civil War generals and monuments?
Where are they stationed?
Do these "active generals" frequently converse with the President regarding non-military mission topics?
Did they offer this up to you or were you asking them leading questions?
Under what conversation did the President of the United States engage the generals of the people's army in spit-balling about Robert E. Lee, the Civil War and ranking of US generals in history?
Did any of them seem to be on the verge of secessionist reverence for the criminal Lee?
Who was their second favorite general - Stonewall Jackson, Benedict Arnold (ok...NOT a general, but you understand the question, right?)?
What was their position on Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan leadership and generals? (somewhat more contemporaneous concerns of note for an active duty to discuss and opine on for his Commander in Chief, no?

Challenge that bucket of pus to NAME NAMES when he lies like that, make him stammer, make him retreat, make him angry, make him look like the fool he is...STOP letting him say patently untrue things to your faces and then act like it was not a lie. 10,000+ lies in 2+ years and ZERO guts from the assembled "media". These people are lucky I am not their editor or boss, they'd be out on their asses and unemployable in the industry for being such hacks.

Yeah, biased media? What a load of shit...

ActBlue link for donations to Pete's campaign...

It is simple to get it online for now.
Donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/duforpete

Well, this is refreshing...a place to come and NOT see silliness so soon in the cycle!

I have been nothing but impressed by Mayor Buttigieg in every appearance and interview I have seen to date, but the toxic infighting and craziness is starting to get me down lately.

Pete is the literal anti-Trump, we could not get a more stark contrast of qualification, quality, intelligence or empathy to present to the electorate than by nominating Pete for 2020.

I am really looking forward to the debates getting started and seeing this campaign develop over time!

How we MUST begin talking about Trump...a frustrated call to arms

Trump is evil incarnate. He has no center, no morals, no core beliefs. He cares not a whit for anyone not named Donald J. or Ivanka Trump (including his sons, other daughter, wives and pretty much every other life form on this planet).

He must be beaten over the head with a brutal and honest reflection of what he is...a raging narcissistic boil on the ass of humanity.

When Trump lies, it is not enough to say "President Trump says x,y,z." and leave it at that...when he lies, the proper response is "President Trump again lied in his response. This marks the x,xxxth lie of his administration and the y,yyyth lie of this current month. The number of lies from this President are following the chart you see on screen now, and this hews closely to the number of days until the election."

Literally nothing the man says in his pep rallies is true, nothing of any substance anyway.

You don't beat the bully by avoiding conflict. You beat the bully by standing your ground, taking their best shot and then dropping them with a counter-punch. Trump fancies himself a "great counter-puncher" when the reality is people he attacks - from the GOP primary field, to the current mess of Congress, to the press and more - ALL cower and allow him to suck the oxygen out of the discourse.

He lies. These are not factual inaccuracies or confusion...they are flat out lies. When he barks at the press in his rallies as "enemies of the people" and does his little hand (literally AND figuratively) gesture towards the press pool, they should en masse flip him the bird and refuse to ask ANY further questions until Trump truthfully answers JUST ONE QUESTION without bloviating about himself and lying in his initial response.

Our press is weak and mealy-mouthed and unworthy of the mantle of Murrow, Cronkite, and the giants of the 20th century. We need to replace 90% of them as they are nothing more than physically attractive empty suits and skirts. They lack the fiber to stand up to a classic bully and cultish liar. Our Democratic candidates must also be trained in the art of how to talk about Trump...disparaging him and being outraged is not enough. Wrapping him in his own lies over and over and over again is a better start, but he needs to be hit back on hard and the party is not rising to this challenge as a whole.

We need an immediate bulldog - someone articulate, popular and unlikely to attempt a 2020 run. We need a lightning rod to get under Trump's skin and to shake him and keep him swinging at pitches in the dirt. We need someone to clear the air and allow our message and our eventual candidate to get clear of the gaslighting and bullshit vapors that emanate from Trump's fetid swamp of an administration.

I would LOVE to see Joe Kennedy III adopt this role. He has the pedigree, the story of his own work to help others, and the chops to be the stone in Trump's shoe. He is unlikely to run for President (though if he did, he would have my life dedicated to drumming up votes for him). He is an icon by birth, but a real person as well. He is the one that could take down Trump as a campaign surrogate unlike any other...

We are losing time by the second when we do not have a clear front-runner for the 2020 race...Trump has already been running for 2 years and won't stop for the next 2....it is literally the only thing he does that gains him any support (even if it is contrived and paid for). We need to counter that and we need a voice to carry the party message with impunity in the process....but we damn well better get started or this is going to be the end of the road.

Please send prayers/thoughts out to my aunt, uncle and cousins (Alaskan Bear victim)

The story that has been in the news yesterday and today about the Alaskan man missing since Monday and found after being mauled by a bear is a member of my direct family.

Michael Soltis was my first cousin, the eldest child of my Aunt and Uncle; and he was lost to us this week in tragedy. He went out for a hike in the woods near his home, as he had done countless times in his life and this time never returned. The cause was discovered amid a nearly additional tragedy, which was narrowly averted - as it is believed the bear that killed him attacked searchers trying to find Michael, and nearly claimed another life before being scared off.

Please send thoughts, emotions and if you pray, prayers for my aunt and uncle and cousins especially. This tragedy is more than any family should have to endure, but they deserve and need all the support that can be summoned to them. I will not name them all, in respect for their privacy, but each and every one of them are in my thoughts now.

Distance, age and circumstance kept Michael and I from being particularly close when we were children, as my aunt and uncles and cousins all grew up in and lived in Alaska, while my family was in the Chicagoland / Lake Michigan area...but I have very clear, fond memories of Michael as a child, when they visited us and we took a cross-country drive from Chicago to Florida; and when we visited them for a month in the summer before I started high school (and we toured what seemed to be the entire state in my aunt and uncle's Chevy Suburban (a dozen people on an unending tour of the great state of Alaska), and impressions of earlier visits for the birth of his siblings when we were both very young, other cousins of mine.

Michael was a free-spirited and adventurous soul, dedicated to exploration and outdoor living, which is how I remember him tonight and always. An easy-going, ever-present and semi-mischievous smile and a warm, caring disposition are what I recall, childhood impressions and memories that live on, that are apparent in the photos and memories being shared in light of this horrible time. Being kids from different worlds and experiencing those differences along the way. Riding motorcycles and canoes and bicycles. Throwing rocks across an ice-cold Alaskan lake shore (which did not end well) or into Lake Michigan from the beaches on its southern shores (which was truly less eventful)... Being kids exploring the area around the family home on those trips north, or trying to keep up with him around my own suburban neighborhood when they were visiting the lower 48.

To my everlasting regret and loss, we will not reunite or have a chance to ever look back on those childhood memories again in this life, but I carry them with me as my journey goes on with a loss deeply felt and sincere wishes for the pain to be eased for those in my family who were much closer and present in Michael's life day to day and are feeling his absence so keenly now.

Rest in peace Michael, you are no longer with us in body, but your spirit remains forevermore in the memories, minds and hearts of your family, friends and loved ones.


Appreciation Thread for my departed grandmother - Jane Hruskoci - 26Nov1922 - 02Aug2017

My family has lost our matriarch this evening to pneumonia and old age. She was 96 years old and has been fading away from us with dementia for the last 5 years plus. It is still hard to deal with the finality and the arrangements and loss.

She was a fantastic grandmother in my childhood and I have a ton of fantastic memories to cherish for the rest of my days. Just a silent thought and remembrance for Grandma...I will always love you and remember fondly the lessons and time you spent with me.

Pass swiftly and rest soundly knowing that your family carries on in your memory, today and for all the days to come after.
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