‘Off with his head!’

What a card.

That old queen is at it again, this time questioning whether the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, should be arrested for treason. For, y’know, like, being a big ol’ blue meanie, an’ stuff.

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16 Responses to “‘Off with his head!’”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    FFS.

    “Every nation gets the government it deserves.”
    –Joseph de Maistre

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    As an ex federal manager, I am very familiar with whistle blower, freedom of information, and equal opportunity laws. They are very specific for a reason; they are designed to prevent retaliation for the legitimate questioning of illegal or unethical behavior of agency or employee. Inspector Generals exist for the same reason. Anyone who has been in the service knows this. Any other federal employee would get fired for pulling the shit the dumpster is. I just wish the psychotic coward and bully would finally lose his mind. It’s time for section 4 of the 25th amendment.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Meanwhile, in Hell, Dick Nixon is going all like, “What was I thinking? I should’ve toughed it out. Flip me over, boys, I’m done on this side.”

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Mega-dittoes here Paddy Me Boyo! The terms reprisal, retribution, retaliation seem unknown and/or inconsequential in certain circles, eh?

      Wonder how a “climate assessment” or IG / ombudsman visit at The White House would turn out. Not pretty would be my guess.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      That place is an inspector general’s nightmare. Trump figures you can’t fire the “don” so he does as he pleases. Laws don’t cover the president. Mueller sticking with the you can’t indict a sitting president DOJ rule and congress’s cowardice contributed to this shit storm we are enduring. And the worst part is that critical decisions this government needs to make, like dealing with the climate crisis, are being delayed or ignored. I truly fear for the future of our country. The next few months will tell the tale.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Leave us not forget the stacked Supreme Court. Which way you think that lot will break when/if the deal goes down?

      Remember your Dan “Odd Bodkins” O’Neill, from “Hear the Sound of My Feet Walking Drown the Sound of My Voice Talking”:

      “What is this ‘absolute truth’ thing?”

      “It’s a five to four decision in the Supreme Court.”

      • khal spencer Says:

        SCOTUS will probably say this is a What is even more interesting is that while the Constitution says the Senate has the sole power to try all impeachment cases, it doesn’t say the Senate HAS to try an impeachment case. A couple weeks ago Adam Winkler (ConLaw professor, UCLA) tweeted a question “what if Mitch refuses to hold a trial?” I thought he was daft until I re-read Article I.

        You want a shitstorm? Wait till that happens,

        • khal spencer Says:

          No idea what happened to that first sentence. What I was thinking is whatever SCOTUS will probably say now at 5-4, a court packing will result in another court packing as soon as the majorities change sides. And then another one. Pretty soon we will see some 21-20 decisions.

          Court packing is what one side says when the other side controls nominations long enough to swing the balance. Back in the sixties, I recall conservatives railing and cussing out the Warren Court and William Rehnquist railing in the wilderness in a bunch of 8-1 decisions where he was in the doghouse. The pendulum swings. Then it swings back. In the 30’s, the Donks had the foresight to stop FDR from packing the court. We should follow that example.

          • SAO' Says:

            21-20 decisions would mean that individually, each justice has less power. I’m all for that. Nothing magic about 9. But 21-20 would also mean less individual accountability, and then there’d be zero effort to be anything but a partisan rubber stamp.

            CPP continually reminds his readers that an elected judiciary is our Founder’s second worst idea. Not sure a nominated and confirmed version is any better. This last guy wasn’t on anyone’s Top 100 list. Just a party hack getting rewarded for carrying water. I know too many at the state level just like him.

          • khal spencer Says:

            The 9th Circuit has enough judges to field a baseball league but usually defers cases to subsets of justices. But if the next D president adds two justices to reverse 5-4 decisions to 6-5 the other way, the next R will add two more, to make 7-6, etc. Rinse, lather, repeat.

            The basic problem is the whole country and therefore government is highly polarized so the days of a judicious Senate confirming an O’Connor, a Ginsburg, Souter, or Kennedy are long gone. Adding justices doesn’t solve anything in the long run except to make the Supreme Court officially partisan, although The Turtle pretty much did that by squashing the Merrick Garland nomination.These people are deplorable.

            I recall that Kavanaugh got the American Bar Association’s highest rating until the shit hit the fan with his accusers. Yep, he is conservative (no surprise) but he was in fact on the ABA’s best qualified list and he was on the DC Circuit, which is a pretty important circuit.

            With the Dems going to the left of Karl Marx and the GOP to the right of Atilla the Hun, I expect a lot more of this. Wait till the D’s control two branches and decide that we need an executive emergency order to shut down fossil fuel use and the heavily politicized Courts have to weigh in. Buy futures in blankets and alcohol. Not that I am a climate change denier with a Ph.D. in geochemistry, its just that nothing I hear out of the politicians makes me think they know their asses from holes in the ground on this topic.

            Shit, maybe we ought to keep it to bicycling….I’m not supposed to get so serious on this site.

          • SAO' Says:

            You’re off by a few years on his rating downgrade. He was downgraded back in 2006, based on judicial temperament mostly. Way before the serious and not so serious allegations (like his six digit debt). That’s over a decade where he’s not in the top 100.

            Lots of articles about his “highly qualified” rating that don’t mention years.

          • SAO' Says:

            Downgrade May 8, 2006

            https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/scfedjud/statements/kavanaugh.authcheckdam.pdf

          • SAO' Says:

            Then, after 12 years of good behavior, and in an attempt to take heat off of their own reputation, they gave him a provisional “well qualified” when they found out he was a short-lister. But they walked that back when the debt and misconduct issues became public, recommending a full investigation before voting on the nomination. I’ll say it one more time: there were a hundred judges without asterisks on their record. He wasn’t nominated because he was the best. He was nominated for carrying water. It’s been page 1 of the Koch Bros playbook. My old basic training bunkmate is another case. Average ratings his entire career. But he ran interference for Bush/Gore, and was handsomely rewarded.

          • khal spencer Says:

            Actually, I’m not sure the whole country is polarized. Unfortunately, the people who show up in the primaries and give us our choices are pretty polarized, hence the idea of being “primaried” by the extremes of one’s own party.

            Here in NM, the biggest gains in party affiliation are “none of the above” and they have been legislatively and judicially iced out as per a decision by our state supreme court. Only the mouth breathers need apply…

          • Larry T. atCycleItalia Says:

            “With the Dems going to the left of Karl Marx”? Really? Take a look at some polls my friend – I think you’ll find a lot of US voters are truly interested in what the various Dems are promoting. They tried that moderate, establishment candidate last time, remember? She won the popular vote but someone Don the Con lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
            Do we want to try the same thing again and hope (pray) for a different result? Impeach the MOFO already…and vote for anyone who isn’t a Rethuglican in 2020. Meanwhile, here in Italy we’re rid of Trump Jr. for now and the current Italian government’s saying a lot of things I like, starting with fighting climate change and easing up on the closed ports for those rescued from drowning in the sea.

        • khal spencer Says:

          A bit of hyperbole, Larry. Like I didn’t exaggerate on the GOP side too? I suspect some here think I underestimated.

          The polls I’ve seen don’t indicate the country as a whole is rushing to the port side as much as wanting to return the nation to an even keel after forty years of listing to starboard. As far as “modern monetary theory”, free stuff for all, a Green New Deal mixing climate policy with all the other progressive magic stuff? I’ve not signed on. Wev’e always had income inequality. But my stepdad’s job in a Chevy plant paid the bills and those jobs are gone poof. No one knows how to get them back.

          I still think there is something to be said for the idea that personal responsibility is the basis for a lot else and that means having skin in the game. As far as higher ed? Like your wife, mine has college professor (retired) after her name; Meena had to deal with the fallout of the failing K-12 system in Hawaii and suggests our bigger crisis is that many young people get their high school diploma and test into Bonehead English and Meathead Math. As a public university prof, she is not a fan of free college, suggesting that young people showed up at her college often thinking their credit hours were only worth what they paid for them, which wasn’t much. Heavily subsidized? You betcha. Free? Not really. The students have to have some skin in the game. Plus, they need to be ready for college, which is not happening. And, have something real to go to afterwards rather than becoming MFA baristas.

          Trump didn’t win that election. Hillary lost it and not just because she was a centrist/Republic in Sheep’s Clothing. Unlike Bill, she had the political skills of a box of rocks. I hope I won’t be headed for the polls with the clothespin on my nose again to vote for Anyone But Trump. I was one of Michael Moore’s “Depressed Democrats”. I hope I can leave the clothespin behind next year and vote for a Dem I am excited about like I was when Barack Hussein won two terms. (my paternal Uncle Ted once told me to keep his middle initial a secret: the S stood for “Saddam”, as some of the family was from Syria).

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