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ghostoffuffle  ·  88 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Impeachment hearings: the Trumpians won before anything ever got going.

Working next three days. Thinking on this. If I don't respond, bug me because I tend to let discussions and ideas dribble off the court.

ghostoffuffle  ·  124 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump to hold G7 summit at his struggling Miami resort

I like to play a game sometimes where I imagine going back in time ten or twenty years and just reading current headlines to people to see how they'd react. Here's an excerpt from today's NYT:

    Mr. Mulvaney’s performance headlined another extraordinary day in Mr. Trump’s presidency. Mr. Mulvaney made his remarks after he stepped before the cameras to announce that the leaders of the Group of 7 nations would meet in June at Mr. Trump’s golf resort in South Florida, even as he acknowledged the choice could be seen as self-enrichment. In Texas, Mr. Trump hailed a Middle East cease-fire that would cement Turkey’s goal of pushing Kurds from Northern Syria as “a great day for civilization.”

    And on Capitol Hill, Gordon D. Sondland, the president’s ambassador to the European Union and a wealthy donor to Mr. Trump’s campaign, was implicating the president in the Ukraine scandal by telling lawmakers that Mr. Trump had delegated Ukraine policy to his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani.

What would somebody from, say, 2002 make of this?

ghostoffuffle  ·  124 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mulvaney confirms there was a quid pro quo

"I have news for everybody: Get over it. There's going to be political influence in foreign policy,"

- A totally unironic Mick Mulvaney

ghostoffuffle  ·  138 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Volker/Giuliani and others text messages

NO QUID PRO Q... wait never mind.

ghostoffuffle  ·  146 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Self-Impeaching: On the Trump-Zelensky Conversation

Dude, did you see the press conference last night? I'm not sure Pence is feeling all that chipper this morning.

I couldn't help imagining the interactions between congressional Democrats and Trump yesterday-

PELOSI: All right, boys, let's give him just enough rope to hang himse...

TRUMP: Is this all the rope you got? I need more rope. This knot only has seven coils, I need to make thirteen. Only the most beautiful knot. Hey, that guy doesn't have rope. Get that guy some rope, too.

ghostoffuffle  ·  146 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Nancy Pelosi Plans Formal Impeachment Inquiry of Trump

I refer you to the Watergate impeachment proceedings..

    Although many privately expressed doubts about Nixon’s innocence and criticized his handling of Watergate, congressional Republicans, with surprisingly few exceptions, publicly proclaimed Nixon’s innocence and opposed either his resignation or impeachment until nearly the end. Many congressional Republicans viewed Watergate as a political attack against Nixon and defended the president out of partisan considerations.

File under "nothing new under the sun." Also bear in mind: we like to think of the Nixon situation as a slam dunk in terms of public opinion, but there was little public enthusiasm for impeachment or removal from office even then:

    despite the increasingly negative views of Nixon at that time, most Americans continued to reject the notion that Nixon should leave office, according to Gallup. Just 26% thought he should be impeached and forced to resign, while 61% did not.

-From today's Pew Research article.

Another interesting tidbit from that article:

    By April, a resounding 83% of the American public had heard or read about Watergate, as the president accepted the resignations of his top aides John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman. And in turn, Nixon’s approval ratings fell to 48%.

Compare that to the present, when, as of August 5th- pre-all this shit- Trump's approval rating was 42%.

Now, I'm not Mister Sunshine about this or really anything. But there's a glimmer here. The true turning point in the Watergate proceedings was the recordings. I'm inclined to agree with mk; the transcript is pretty damning in and of itself, but if the White House offered it up this quickly when they offer nothing up without a fight, what else is waiting in the wings in terms of recorded evidence?

The minority leadership in the house has been conspicuously silent on the matter, as has the majority leadership in the Senate. Lindsey Graham being Lindsey Graham does not indicate that the President has the full support of his sucklings on this one. I'm very interested in the silence of Trump's minders-in-chief, and I'm curious to see how they respond after what these days counts as a stunningly long period of silence.

Again. It's way too early to determine the true fallout of this one. And God knows the sides are even more entrenched now than they were during Watergate. But this has got a different smell to it than the Russia investigation, the weight of which I was always skeptical about. There's very little plausible deniability here. We'll see.

ghostoffuffle  ·  146 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump's phone conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky

From what I understand from all the talking heads, "quid pro quo" seems to be a construct- the most convenient one at hand for the White House at the moment- and doesn't really need to be established to underscore the severity of what's already come to light. Based on the most current reading, there seems to be a consensus (from everybody not on the right side of the congressional aisle) that a sitting president pressuring a foreign head of state to dig up dirt on a political opponent is... pretty dang bad.

As for Barr, at this point it's his word against the written transcript:

    Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you. I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General. Rudy very much knows what's happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great.

Whether or not Barr ever followed up is maybe immaterial. As the head of the department that would have to work hand in glove with Congress on an investigation of this magnitude, Barr is demonstrably compromised.

ghostoffuffle  ·  146 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump's phone conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky

Holy cow. Even odds that Barr not only recuses himself but resigns by the end of the week.

Also: the White House agrees to release this transcript, but the DNI still holds fast (illegally, as it is, per whistleblower rules) to the original complaint. How much worse is the complaint? What more does it elucidate that the White House doesn't want touching daylight?

ghostoffuffle  ·  149 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fuffle beat "Some Kind of Weather"

Did you play it on speakers and record it? I'd offer to send the actual .wav, but I actually like the quality the re-record gave it. Dark. I like it!

ghostoffuffle  ·  149 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What do you make?

No, of course! Look forward to hearing it.

ghostoffuffle  ·  151 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: September 5: Trump tries to force Ukraine to meddle in the 2020 election

So here's a thought. The gist of the Mueller report: it's unclear whether or not Trump obstructed justice; since he ordered his administration to obstruct, but they didn't, the case for obstruction isn't as cut and dry.

Now there is, absurdly, new dirt. How did we get here oh my god. The acting director of National Intelligence presumably has the dirt. The acting director of National Intelligence has been asked by Congress to deliver the dirt: the acting director of National Intelligence refuses to give the dirt, citing orders from on high.

    Mr. Schiff told CBS that Mr. Maguire had told him he was not providing the complaint “because he is being instructed not to, that this involved a higher authority, someone above” the director of national intelligence, a cabinet position.


Is the director of National Intelligence then actually protecting Trump? Or, by following orders not to comply, actually providing grounds for unequivocal obstruction of justice charges?

BONUS QUESTION: does any of this matter, or will status quo be upheld no matter what this guy does? haha JK rhetorical bonus question

BONUS BONUS QUESTION: remember when a bunch of people decided they were gonna sit the last election out because Trump and Clinton were equally unpalatable and Bernie was the only reasonable choice and since it wasn't Bernie it didn't really make a difference? Remember that guys haha remember hahaha

I'm drunk but waaaaay not drunk enough. For the last three years and probably the next five

ghostoffuffle  ·  151 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: September 5: Trump tries to force Ukraine to meddle in the 2020 election

Everybody should listen to this series and spit on his name. I'm not one to wish ill on anybody, but I hope he chokes on a sharp chicken bone.

ghostoffuffle  ·  157 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What do you make?

Haven't had time to make real music recently, but I've been puttering around on a new (to me) analog drum machine I bought myself for my birthday. So I've been making beats. Like so:

Soon I hope to have the requisite time again to make songs out of said beats. Until then, just beats.