Kavanaugh Is Not Fit To Be On A Supreme Court Because Of What He Didn’t Do

Should come out in wash today

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On Tuesday a pampered, hugely advantaged and once beloved 81-year-old black man went to jail for 3-10 years for a crime he undoubtedly committed 14 years ago, and perhaps 60 or more equally appalling offenses that escaped judgment since he grabbed the golden ring, the prosecutors said.

Former comedian and America’s marvelous TV dad Bill Cosby will spend what is perhaps the balance of his life in a Pennsylvania prison cell paying off his sentence for drugging and sexually abusing women for a hobby.

Thursday morning a privileged, white Maryland federal appeals court judge born with a silver spoon embedded in his psyche goes to a mock trial before the Republican-controlled judiciary committee of the U.S. Senate for committing an alleged high school sexual assault and an alleged prurient exposure offense while at Yale University during periods of acute alcohol inebriation. His character is on trial. Potential Supreme Court justices…

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Trump’s Tryst With His Russian Buddy Is Suddenly Very Revealing

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One has to hand it to ol’ Trumpleforeskin for his foresight. This week the besieged buffoon revealed he hasn’t even read the ultra-sensitive Russian intelligence documents he ordered the Justice Department to declassify. Even though officials at Justice finally prevailed and Trump finally agreed to walk back the request, who would have believed such willingness to show his Russian buddies how we steal all their secrets?

LogoThe activities of disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn, the mysterious Carter Page, fired FBI agent and Trump piñata Peter Strzok, and obscure FBI agent and Russian expert Bruce Ohr, will be revealed if the intelligence community actually bows to Trump’s ludicrous demands. Trump, ever so callous, thinks the revelations will exonerate him of alleged collusion with the Russians.

It’s entirely possible Trump is tearing a page from Bob Woodward’s book, “Fear: Trump In The White House,” the former Washington Post reporter’s blockbuster account…

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Could Jack Ryan Save Us From Ourselves?

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Put a Tom Clancy twist on the sordid tale coming out of the White House and it smells strongly of malodorous intrigue.

Is the upheaval in the White House a coup-that-wasn’t or a quiet-rebellion-that-is? Clancy would ask why it isn’t apparent that something rather than someone is trying to usurp the power of the presidency.

Conventional wisdom suggests that no person or even a small group of malcontents can successfully take over the reins of leadership without being exposed, so what about this time?  Easy! Sometimes reality trumps fiction but never Clancy’s heroic character, the unflappable Jack Ryan.

What a cabal he’d face! In our Clancyesque tale, a band of dispirited Executive Branch power players is joined by members of a shat-upon federal bureaucracy, along with the combined might of select media chiefs and politicians, all ignoring the Constitution in their efforts to derail a madman, himself no stranger to…

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Could Jack Ryan Save Us From Ourselves?

THE SHINBONE STAR

Put a Tom Clancy twist on the sordid tale coming out of the White House and it smells strongly of malodorous intrigue.

Is the upheaval in the White House a coup-that-wasn’t or a quiet-rebellion-that-is? Clancy would ask why it isn’t apparent that something rather than someone is trying to usurp the power of the presidency.

Conventional wisdom suggests that no person or even a small group of malcontents can successfully take over the reins of leadership without being exposed, so what about this time?  Easy! Sometimes reality trumps fiction but never Clancy’s heroic character, the unflappable Jack Ryan.

What a cabal he’d face! In our Clancyesque tale, a band of dispirited Executive Branch power players is joined by members of a shat-upon federal bureaucracy, along with the combined might of select media chiefs and politicians, all ignoring the Constitution in their efforts to derail a madman, himself no stranger to…

View original post 745 more words

Could Jack Ryan Save Us From Ourselves?

THE SHINBONE STAR

Put a Tom Clancy twist on the sordid tale coming out of the White House and it smells strongly of malodorous intrigue.

Is the upheaval in the White House a coup-that-wasn’t or a quiet-rebellion-that-is? Clancy would ask why it isn’t apparent that something rather than someone is trying to usurp the power of the presidency.

Conventional wisdom suggests that no person or even a small group of malcontents can successfully take over the reins of leadership without being exposed, so what about this time?  Easy! Sometimes reality trumps fiction but never Clancy’s heroic character, the unflappable Jack Ryan.

What a cabal he’d face! In our Clancyesque tale, a band of dispirited Executive Branch power players is joined by members of a shat-upon federal bureaucracy, along with the combined might of select media chiefs and politicians, all ignoring the Constitution in their efforts to derail a madman, himself no stranger to…

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Nature Gives Heartless Trump One Last Chance To Redeem Himself

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History tells us an American president’s foremost duty in times of both calm and turmoil is to reassure the American people. A powerful presence is particularly welcome after a catastrophe has struck. That burnished image of the president stepping up to the challenge with calm assurance and wise counsel has always shown brightly before Donald Trump fouled the highest office in the land.

The self-ordained greatest emergency management chief in history has been dealt one more chance to do more than throw paper towels at mortified Puerto Rican Americans and tweet bullshit. He is already standing with one foot over the chasm. A little shove or a tiny misstep will be fatal to him and the whimsical world he lives in.

For those who detest his presidency, it is a Hobson’s choice indeed. If Trump rises to the occasion, as unlikely as it now seems, his impending dispatch from the…

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The elephant in the room: Time for aging Boomers to make things right

Good stuff

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— Andrew Prendamino/The Shinbone Star

Back in the mid 70s I was a student at Amityville Memorial High on Long Island, and one of my teachers was a charismatic character who was bigger than life. I had him one year for world history and two incidents really stand out in my memory. The first was memorable for its execution as he demonstrated how kids went to school at another time in history. He was late and kids were starting to get restless when the classroom door BOOMED open and he crossed to the desk and kicked the trash can on a high arc to the rear of the room and yelled, “On your feet!”

Everyone scrambled to their feet, the tension in the air palpable, some shivered in fear…

“That’s how classes started in Sparta!” He smiled and said, “Take your seats.”

Then there was the lesson on “The Flaming…

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Is there more to the attacks on Trump than meets the eye?

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It is high time the focus shifted from the banal bloviations of the Great Bloviator to allow more attention on a different example of Donald Trump’s many afflictions.

Simply stated, the man is now semi-officially nuts. More to the point, the guy nominated to be a justice on the Supreme Court was selected by a babbling madman. In a few weeks, Brett Kavanaugh may well be the newest justice of the United States Supreme Court at a moment that only bodes well for Trump.

It is hard to say whether candidate Kavanaugh is a good appointment or not. The hard-core left despises him and the hard-core right sees him as the guy who will destroy Roe v. Wade.

At the center of the storm, another drama is unfolding in the Senate between its red and blue antagonists, the warring factions debating whether 42,000 pages of classified documents detailing the candidate’s…

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