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May 30, 2024

So now that Trump's first criminal case is almost over

And the world hasn’t come to a fiery apocalyptic end, I wonder how many knots SCOTUS will tie itself into to deliver Presidential immunity to Trump? Doesn’t this prove that former Presidents can be brought to trial without the office being irreparably harmed? Doesn’t even the fact that Clinton had to respond to a Civil Suit *while in office* and it didn’t harm the office prove that too?

May 8, 2024

Does delaying all of these trials help/hurt Trump?

Trump and his minions are doing everything in their power to make sure that most, if not all, of his trials don't happen before Election Day and there is a concern that failing to get these trials done (or even started) before Election Day will help Trump evade accountability for them and prevent voters from making an informed choice. But I also have to wonder, does it really even matter at this point? Do most people seem to need a trial outcome to make a decision about Trump? The J6 committee already put a lot of damaging stuff out there, most of the information that would be presented at trial is already mostly known. Everybody knows Trump is trying to delay his trials. Shouldn't that tell most people something about how worried he is about the trials and how he is basically running to avoid ever having to be held accountable and to make all of these trials go away, possibly ever again? It seems all but certain people will go to the polls in November without a verdict in all or most of his cases. Will people feel more troubled about the fact that they don't know if the person they're thinking about voting for is an actual adjudicated criminal or not and vote FOR him or AGAINST him with that lack of information? Or are people just going to give him the benefit of the doubt and take their chances on voting for him despite not knowing? Or does it even make a difference one way or another?

May 1, 2024

What's up with the Georgia Trump RICO case?

It's been really quiet ever since the Willis disqualification hearing since the Judge ruled she could stay on the case and Wade left. I see some charges were dismissed in March but that seems to be the last story I can find at the moment. When's the next hearing? Is this on hold pending something?


January 22, 2024

"Project 2025" is already in motion

Project 2025 is becoming more widely known as a potential consequence of Republicans winning in 2025, at least at the national level but, considering the kinds of bills that have been introduced and, in some cases, passed, it seems to me that in hardcore right-wing Republicans in states with supermajorities have already taken the ball and are running wild with proposed policies and laws that are contained within their document, including:

1. Restrictions and attacks on LGBTQ persons, especially Transgender persons
2. Anti-abortion restrictions
3. Voting restrictions
4. Limiting/curtailing democracy in various ways (i.e. states imposing limits on local governments)

Possibly more examples but these are the ones that I came up with in short order.

Is everybody seeing what I'm seeing?

January 3, 2024

If the immigration problem is so bad and Biden/Harris so negligent about it, perhaps Republicans can explain this?

Biden administration to reopen four ports of entry at southern border


"On Monday, CBP encountered fewer than 500 migrants in the Del Rio sector of Texas, which includes Eagle Pass. A senior administration official called the number a “significant improvement over where we have been in recent weeks.”

"While it is important to note, as well, that this is the time of year when we normally expect to see encounters decrease over the holiday period, it's also important to note that the closing of ports of entry is something we do as a last resort," the senior administration official said. "It's something that we do not take lightly."

The drop was attributed in part to increased enforcement by Mexico, though no specifics were provided."

Where are the "open borders" that Republicans keep talking about?
December 3, 2023

Joe Biden Impeachment Looks More Likely After Walmart Confrontations: Comer

Source: Newsweek

"I do. I had a reporter ask, 'What's changed?' I tell you one thing that's changed. A great thing happened during Thanksgiving. The members went home, many of them for the first time, and circulated for the first time in over 10 weeks. And they met people in Walmart and people on Main Street. So they heard from their constituents. They were like, 'What in the world have the Bidens done to receive millions and millions of dollars from our enemies around the world and did they not pay taxes on it?' So they heard from their constituents, 'Yes we want you to move forward, we want to know the truth and expect the Bidens to be held accountable for public corruption,'" Comer said. "So I'm confident we're going to have the votes to move forward with this impeachment inquiry."

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/joe-biden-impeachment-looks-more-likely-after-walmart-confrontations-comer/ar-AA1kW8cX?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=eef3a118b54f44059dba21e33cd3205e&ei=12

Looks like Republicans are taking cues for impeaching Biden from their "Walmart constituents"?

October 2, 2023

They've given up fighting for hearts and minds

Now they’re just doing what they can legally and politically to suppress everything and everybody they don’t like.

October 1, 2023

Republican politicians say a lot of insanely dumb things

but saying that Rep. Jamaal Bowman intentionally (or not) pulling a fire alarm yesterday is somehow equivalent to J6 has got to top even some of their more asinine claims. 🙄😑🤦🏻?♀️🤪

September 29, 2023

Disappointed by reactions to Feinstein's passing

Not speaking of DU, but a lot of social media today has seemed rather disrespectful/dismissive towards Feinstein and ageist in general, with many people complaining about her dying in office. While there is a reasonable debate to be had about age limits for politicians, and even I came around to supporting her resignation (and McConnell’s), it just seems tacky to me for people to make this issue the whole discussion about her life and legacy. Anybody else feel the same way?

September 23, 2023

Fixing the migrant problem

Depends on all states working together with the Federal Government to tackle the issue and figure out a good way to handle the issue, not busing migrants all around the country with no coordination or plan just to score political points. Democrats have time and time attempted to address the issue while Republicans refuse to lift a finger and want to throw migrants right back over the border or punish them severely if not kill them for the “crime” of trying to enter our country without proper processing and politicize the issue. Until there is full cooperation I just don’t know what we should do. I don’t think Republicans want to solve the issue bc like with Abortion they crassly just use it for votes every election. Or they fear trying to do anything bc they’re afraid they’ll be accused of supporting “amnesty” and be primaried.

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Transgender Woman /Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.
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