First we do the 2nd, then the 1st then we can ignore the rest of that pesky "Constitution" thingy.
It's another day, another crazy proposed bill in Virginia. While the state has been making headlines for their assault on the Second Amendment, that's hardly the only bullet point on their agenda.
The state doesn't have much respect for the Second Amendment, and we're about to see if their attitude is the same towards the First. Bill HB 1627 is titled "Threats and harassment of certain officials and property; venue," and was introduced by Democrat Jeffrey M. Bourne on January 16th.
[The bill] Provides that certain crimes relating to threats and harassment may be prosecuted in the City of Richmond if the victim is the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. In addition, threats to damage property may be prosecuted in the City of Richmond if the property is owned by the Commonwealth and located in the Capitol District.
Posted by: Mercutio ||
01/25/2020 06:55 ||
Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats
[National Review] Goodbye to the peaceful transfer of power.
The frenetic opposition to Donald Trump by the Washington establishment, the new progressive, hard-left Democratic party, and in particular the veterans of the Obama administration has led to the ruination of a number of hallowed protocols and customs.
Impeachment has been redefined as a mere vote of no confidence and will become a rank political ploy for years to come once an opposition party gains a majority in the House. It is taking on the flavor of a preemptory device, a vaccination, rather than a medicine, as if to prevent future hypothetical crimes in the absence of current impeachable offenses.
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Sharyl Attkisson; the deliberate nullification of the constitutional treaty-making prerogative of the Senate during the Iran deal, whose secrete accords were never disclosed to the American people; and the warping of the CIA, DOJ, FBI, and National Security Council
Warping? Don't be confused by the natural curvature. It's the way they roll.
Bloody civil war has a tendency to clean out a lot of institutions that thought themselves centers of power and beyond accountability. Humans seem to have a reaction to alter behaviors in such circumstances.
[NYP] - Robbery is up almost 30% in New York City since the first of the year. Is this a statistical blip, a trend ‐ or a New Year’s bail-reform gift from Albany, robbery now largely being a revolving-door offense in the Empire State?
Time will tell, but consider this as well: According to the latest NYPD stats, the number of shooting victims in the city is up 31% since New Year’s Day ‐ so at the very least Gotham appears to be off to a rocky 2020 compared to last year.
Which should not surprise: Not only does government usually get more of what it encourages, when it comes to crime, it also gets more of what it fails to discourage.
Sad to say, New York falls down on both counts.
Albany’s bail-reform initiative got off to an ominously comical start. When the feds had to take custody of alleged serial bank-robber Gerod Woodberry because local judges had to keep turning him loose ‐ well, what else was there to do but laugh?
But consider this: Robbery in the third degree became a revolving-door offense Jan. 1, and this was followed by a dramatic, 29% spike in reported robberies, according to the most recent ‐ albeit very short-term ‐ CompStat numbers.
[NR] Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) on Friday said if Republican colleagues attempt to compel Hunter Biden to testify in the impeachment trial of President Trump, he will vote against the subpoena.
"I don’t want to call Hunter Biden. I don’t want to call Joe Biden. I want someone to look at this when this is done," Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill.
"I don’t think it’s wrong for us to look at the Biden connection in the Ukraine, the $3 million given to the vice president’s son by the most corrupt company in the Ukraine," Graham said. However, he added, "To my Republican friends, you may be upset about what happened in the Ukraine with the Bidens but this is not the venue to litigate that."
Republicans such as Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) have repeatedly threatened to subpoena Hunter Biden if Democrats follow through on their intention to summon former White House national security adviser John Bolton. Paul and colleague Ted Cruz (R., Texas) have suggested the idea of "witness reciprocity," allowing Democrats to call a witness to testify in exchange for a Republican witness.
Graham acknowledged he will need several Republican senators to vote with him to prevent a subpoena of Hunter Biden and that he doesn’t yet know of other senators who would join him.
The fate of possible votes regarding Bolton and other possible Democratic witnesses was still unclear. A group of moderate GOP senators, including Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah, have signaled support in the past for allowing witnesses at the trial.
[BREITBART] Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff ...Showboating U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Schiff has served in Congress since 2001. He currently serves as the chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In a manner reminiscent of Joe McCarthy, on March 22, 2017, in a interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC Schiff claimed there was “more than circumstantial evidence now” that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia." Todd followed up by asking if he had seen direct evidence of collusion and Schiff responded that there was "evidence that is not circumstantial and is very much worthy of investigation"... (D-CA) claimed on the Senate floor Friday afternoon that Russia had carried out a propaganda "coup" by manipulating President Donald Trump ...the Nailer of NAFTA... Schiff, delivering the closing address on the third day of House Democrats’ opening argument on the first article of impeachment, claimed that Russia had done a "psychological profile" of Trump and manipulated him into believing Russian intelligence.
Drawing selectively from the president’s past statements, Schiff claimed that Trump believed Russia’s claims that Ukraine had interfered with the 2016 presidential election, ignoring U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessments.
In fact, Trump has acknowledged for years that Russia "meddled" in the last presidential election, explicitly saying that he accepted the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies, though he says he did not think Russia’s intervention affected the outcome, and he also has long believed that "others" also attempted to influence the outcome.
Schiff portrayed Trump as a puppet being controlled by Russia: "It’s not just a propaganda coup, it’s not just the undermining of our agencies. It’s also that the buy-in to that propaganda meant that Ukraine wasn’t going to get money to fight the Russians. I mean, that’s one hell of a Russian intelligence coup. ... Has there ever been such a coup? I would submit to you that in the entire length of the Cold War, the Soviet Union had no such success."
In fact, Trump provided, and has continued to provide lethal military aid to Ukraine, unlike President Barack Obama If you like your coverage you can keep it... Going further, Schiff accused Trump of "betrayal" of his country, playing a debunked video clip of then-candidate Trump allegedly inviting Russia to interfere in the presidential election (Trump was joking at a presser).
Schiff urged the Senate to remove Trump from office because of the risk of having a president so easily manipulated, and who would "coerce an ally" to investigate a political opponent.
You can laugh all you want. They really believe in this stuff.
Of course we know it's a pile of crap, but they are 100% bought in to this. In their movie, they are the heroes bravely resisting a dictator. A dictator whose decisions are regularly overruled by judges. But it doesn't matter. What matters is that they were right the whole time, Trump is null and void, and Pence needs to appoint Hillary as Secretary of State and then resign after Trump is removed. THAT will bring things to rights.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
01/25/2020 2:24 Comments ||
Brennan had the assets and analytical expertise to craft an evil Russian cover story and that is precisely what he did.
Had Clinton been elected, none of this would be taking place.
'Erb, I'm NOT LAUGHING. This is an absolute disaster for our Republic and our form of government.
We don't have a parliamentary system. We can't vote "No confidence" and then re-form the government by calling elections. In their moronic zeal, these fools have created a precedent that will bring us to ruin.
You can laugh all you want. They really believe in this stuff.
So did the conspirators who murdered Caesar. It's all self rationalization. They forget how it all came out in the end, them dead, and Augustus operating the place with far more powers than Caesar ever had.
"He is a dictator. This must not stand, and that is ... another reason he must be removed from office." House manager Jerry Nadler closed out his remarks this afternoon with some of the most fiery language that's been heard so far directed at Pres. Trump. https://t.co/AyIXUvwxIupic.twitter.com/ygGzhb6geJ
These people are deranged. They're using words they have no understanding of-- Nadler has almost certainly never met or seen, in the flesh, an actual dictator-- and they are doing so with no regard for evidence or facts.
This is a complete and utter disgrace. They are spreading shit all over the Capitol.
And unlike the rhetoric leading up to the Civil War-- cf Sumner and Brooks, for example-- this is OVER NOTHING. Our nation is not facing some existential crisis over two completely incompatible economic and social systems.
Our policy disputes, such as they are, remain trivial compared to the Fugitive Slave Act.
Every one of our disputes is perfectly amenable to resolution by our standard electoral and legislative/political processes.
There is no looming "civil war"-- no race war, no economic war, no "war on women" to send them into "Gilead". That's utter nonsense.
Schiff, Nadler, Pelousey, Schumer, Warren, Cortez et al: these people are fools and opportunists. Slightly better-educated versions of Avenatti and Kaepernick, every one of them. Shame on these disgusting morons.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
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Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
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