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Rules? What rules?

In the interest of honesty, we are admitting that we are listening to very little of the rules committee hearings today, mostly because they sound like reruns.

But we did listen as Jamie Raskin, the Nadler replacement, was asked how many times the Dems plan on impeaching President Trump.

Apparently, as often as they feel like doing it.

Many, maybe even most, Americans with any interest in the impeachment of the President have read the transcript of the phone conversations Trump had with the Ukrainian president, Zelensky.

Yet even today, Democrats were maintaining that the transcript is a phony or at least that it is incomplete.

Remember, this transcript was not constructed by the President.  It was compiled by what you could call professional listeners, none of whom have testified that it is erroneous.

Maybe we are missing something, but throughout the document, it appears that President Trump is referring to things said and done during the 2016 campaign.

We agree that Trump should think ahead a bit before he says things.  Even the worst dummkopf should have been able to predict that even mentioning Joe Biden would trigger the Dems.

Still, to listen to today’s arguments, you would think that Trump was asking to have Biden executed by firing squad.

And then there is Chuckie Schumer, asking why the President doesn’t want witnesses to testify.

Uh, that was McConnell, not the President.  Trump has repeatedly said he doesn’t care who or how many “witnesses” are called, so long as Republicans get to call the people they want to question.

It will be interesting to see what “rules” the House committee comes up with. Maybe we are a bit jaundiced, but somehow we doubt they will be fair to all concerned.

A VERY short impeachment comment.

It seems superfluous to comment on the ridiculous impeachment mess, so we haven’t, until now.

Just remember…up to this point, everything the Dems have accused Trump of doing they have done themselves.

Who are Dems really impeaching?

What if it isn’t personal enmity that is driving the Dems toward impeachment?

Is it him, or us?

Many people believe that ANY anti-socialist Republican would be drawing the same kind of attack.

They point to the affinity for big government  that President Obama displayed, as well as what some saw as disdain for the country he was supposed to be representing.

Let us be clear.  President Obama doesn’t seem to fit the Jeremiah Wright or Al Green profile when it comes to racism. In short, he apparently was not bent on racial revenge.  He did however, clearly favor big government solutions to societal problems, as witnessed by Obamacare.

Ever since we have been privy to the emails of some of the FBI and DOJ Never Trumpers, people have been asking why such hysterical hatred towards one man. Surely he couldn’t have personally offended that many people.

Maybe it is not who he is, so much as what he so vocally stands for. i.e. America first, or to put it more politically, nationalism.

Some Dems, even most of them,  seem to be hell bent on making Trump voters and supporters pay for their “misguided” votes in 2016.

It’s hard to believe that even Democrats thought Hillary would be a strong, capable President.  What she had going for her was pliability. There is little doubt that she would have gone along with just about anything that would have put her and kept her in the Oval Office.

There seems to be an element of “we’ll show those rubes” in this impeachment fiasco.

Given that attitude, many people wonder if the President doesn’t deserve a commendation for “obstructing Congress”, rather than condemnation.

By the way, which high crime or misdemeanor statute does that charge fall under?

 

Impeachment, the flip side.

If you have been watching any of the coverage of the impeachment hearings and come away asking yourself “Is this all just a little bit too pat, too perfect?” we’ve got a deal for you.

While channel-hopping over the weekend we happened upon “Revealed – Ukrainian Witnesses Destroy Schiff’s Case.” an investigative piece on One America News.

This isn’t a channel we regularly watch, but given that the interviewees were three actual Ukrainian officials, it seemed worthwhile to hang around for a bit. If you fancy yourself a fair-minded individual, you might draw the same conclusion.

We aren’t presenting this with any conclusions.  You will however get a different slant than what has been presented up to now.  This isn’t “Fox News Sunday.” You can access the piece (which runs two hours, and still has another hour which was unaired as of Sunday night) on the oann.com website.

Bear in mind that the three officials are being interviewed here in the U.S. Three others ran into unexplained “visa difficulties” and couldn’t leave Ukraine. These aren’t hearsay witnesses.

Obviously Monday is not going to be a slow news day, but given the past history of results from the other Horowitz report, we would suggest that this is going to have approximately the same real news value as did the Mueller report. At worst, it will be a nothing-burger in terms of producing actual results.

At best it will raise questions about the validity of the FISA court process.

We have long said that ANY court which has so little curiosity relative to the origins of  requests for subpoenas that only hears one side of an argument is no court at all, and perhaps proving that maybe we don’t need the FISA court as currently constituted will be the real value of the report.

As for the impeachment?  Well, Rep. Al Green seems to think any white person should be impeached, since over 150 years ago his forebears were slaves. He seems to forget that America abolished slavery in 1865, following Britain in 1833 and France in 1848.

Prior to those times nearly every nation on earth was involved in importing Africans as slaves, courtesy of the nation of Portugal on whose ships these people were transported as part of the Atlantic slave trade.. In fact the importation of slaves was banned in the U.S. in 1808.

We certainly don’t know what will happen in November of 2020, but if just being a white man is reason enough for impeachment, we’re making a pretty good guess.

But we digress. Give a listen to these three Ukrainians. You may have some questions that Democrats are surely not going to explore this week.

And a-w-a-a-a-y we go.

Well, she went and did it, to absolutely no one’s surprise. Of course we are referring to the oh-so-Catholic Nancy Pelosi giving the go-ahead on impeachment.

The thing is, we believe her when she says she doesn’t hate the President.

We do take issue with her hiding behind her ashes, however. This has nothing to do with faith. It’s just business.

It will be interesting to see what specific articles they come up with.

Apparently, going to the courts for legal opinions is “obstructing” and questioning Ukraine about the shenanigans surrounding the 2016 election is bribery, or quid pro quo or something.

One thing is for sure. All those ISIS-like cultists who voted for the President are pretty convinced this is just another step in the all-too-obvious attempt to pull off a coup.

As for good ol’ Joe the Smurf, let’s not forget he was part of the effort to stop the President from even being elected in yes, 2016. That’s bound to leave a mark.

So now we can quit speculating about “will they?” and sit back and see how they do at this impeachment thing.

In the meantime, is there any chance the House might get around to USMCA, or any of those dull and boring things they haven’t been doing?

A tip for a Happy Thanksgiving.

You’ve really got to wonder about people who view people on one side of our political spectrum as ISIS cultists, a definition reportedly given to Trump supporters by an MSNBC contributor by the name of  Malcolm Nance.

Does that presuppose that the people on the other side are members of some other cult, say Branch Davidians or some other “religious” cult?

All of this puerile name-calling has become not just ridiculous but counter-productive. Honestly, listening to some of these people makes one wonder if we are looking at a case of mass arrestment of brain development.

Assuming you are even paying attention to the impeachment folderol in Washington, (and many people aren’t) what good does it do to label every person with an opposing opinion as some sort of evil doer?

Still, this is bound to come up at the dinner table tomorrow. If you’re lucky, everyone at the table agrees and if you are not lucky, there won’t be much “happy” about the holiday.

My family (comprised of both Republicans and Democrats) had the perfect solution to this. In a nutshell, it was called “shut up and eat.”

Seriously, at my house you didn’t talk during dinner, unless it was to say pass the potatoes. The idea was that someone had spent a lot of time to produce a good meal, and letting the food sit around and get cold was no way to honor that effort.

Once the dishes were cleared and the leftovers were in the fridge, then we could sit around and gab all we wanted, and we did.

Try it.  You might like it.

TGIF – November 22, 2019.

OK we admit it.  We did not watch every minute of the “impeachment inquiry” BS, as we are not into masochism.

But we did watch some of it, and if that drivel is going to be the basis of impeachment, we suggest buying your favorite liberal a truckload of crying towels for Christmas.

Between a brass-polishing Lt. Colonel, and the histrionics of Adam the Schiffter, this could have almost qualified as a comedy. Almost.

Mr., er, Lt. Colonel Vindman, like most of the rest of the cast, has a right to presume anything he wants. He can presume the moon is made of gouda, not green cheese, if he wants.

But good gravy, since when do we impeach a President on anyone’s presumptions?

This claptrap has long since gone from the sublime to the ridiculous, and if random comments are any indication, the Democrats are doing a lot more to re-elect Trump than is his own party.

More bad food.

According to the USDA, more than 97,000 lbs. of Romaine lettuce is adulterated with E. Coli. Honestly, how does this stuff get on our store shelves?

And in the same ABC article, apparently cottage cheese and chicken products are also unsafe to eat.

Maybe we’d better stick to real meat burgers?

About cheaper Rx prices.

Recently we saw an ad for a drug and in the fine print (very fine) it noted the drug’s retail price was $3,354 a  month. Of course the maker and some of the discounters noted that large discounts were available, but still, over three grand a month?

We do understand that some of the “overpricing” goes into research and development, but shouldn’t there be some other way to fund those endeavors?

Perhaps taxpayers could voluntarily contribute to a fund for R & D, and get a tax credit for it?

There’s gotta be a better way than taking it out of the hides of patients and insurance companies.