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Eliminating the Presidential Pardon power

It is Andrew McCarthy at National Review that is proposing it. It is a good idea, but obviously, the reform doesn't come soon enough for it to stop Trump abusing it. Since you can do anything you want, I would propose that a compromise to remove pardon protections with a look back time that includes the last year of Trump's administration. Normally Ex post facto is wrong, but, given the level of corruption we have seen, it should happen.

Why did Obama issue a pardon to James Cartwright? This article talks about that pardon and cites it as a political pardon. The only other example of "political" Obama pardons were the ones for drug offenders which were compassionate and smart. So smart that one person who was missed, and even a little questionable given the surrounding circumstances, was pardoned by Trump in a real big show basically sticking it in the face of Obama.


Doomsday Pardon

Lifted from Jimmy Carter's Draft Avoidance Pardon with CAPITALIZATION signifying edits.

I,DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States, do hereby grant a full, complete and unconditional pardon to: (1) all persons who may have committed any offense between JANUARY 1, 1900 and JANUARY 20, 2021 in violation of ANY FEDERAL STATUTE, LAW, or any rule or regulation promulgated thereunder; and (2) all persons heretofore convicted, irrespective of the date of conviction, of any offense committed between JANUARY 1, 1900 and JANUARY 20, 2021 in violation of ANY FEDERAL STATUTE, LAW, or any rule or regulation promulgated thereunder, restoring to them full political, civil and other rights.

Biden and Harris need to be in separate locations

even for the inauguration. The same for Pelosi. I don't know if our Pro Temp will be seated by that time, but the same for Leahy.

I guess you could argue that it is giving in to the terrorists, but you also have a Covid reason for a more scaled down/even virtual inauguration.

The security for this event is still being provided by Trump's administration, and no one can be trusted in it.

Thank you Stacey Abrams, Raphael Warnock, and Jon Ossoff.

Confirmation hearings for Biden Cabinet

Have these been scheduled for the new Congress? Here is a news story from 2017 to see what timeline happened last time.


Kia ball drop

My wife wanted to see New York ball drop for the New Year. Instead we had a huge Kia videos screen pretty much obscuring everything. She wasn't pleased.

I don't think Kia got the bang for their advertising buck that they anticipated. In another direction it was a Volkswagen banner. Not quite as obnoxious, but you really still couldn't see the ball drop.

I wonder if there is a message in that two foreign auto companies are prominently being displayed to the point of distraction for our uniquely American celebration.

Had to talk my son in law down regarding aliens

He asked me about the recent report by the former head of the Israeli Space program of the existence of aliens and our cooperation with them.

I gave him the Carl Sagan quote of extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

Not sure it did any good.


Venkman from Ghostbusters is more moral than Wonder Woman. What a world.

See WW84.

All Warner Brothers 2021 releases going to HBO Max


AT&Tís Warner Bros. announced on Thursday that all of its films scheduled to launch in 2021 will be released on HBO Max at the same time they are available in theaters.
Itís an example of how AT&T is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic, allowing people to safely watch new movies at home without having to venture out to a movie theater
Itís currently a one-year plan.

This is going to change the economics of big budget movies. Box offices for the expensive blockbusters are probably going to be a 1/3rd of what they were before Covid. Of particular concern to me is Dune which will be the first half of the book. How much will they spend to film the second half now?

Stars are going to be taking smaller pay days or not working. The number of big budget movies are going to go down as well as the amount that is spent on these movies.

Disney will probably soon follow. I am guessing Universal/Peacock as well.

Horrible thought - Trump might go down in history

as the individual who has won the most total votes when running for President if he is the Republican's candidate in 2024. He is already that right now having 1-2M or so more than Obama.
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