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A couple of musings on today's hearings

The hearing make it seem nearly indisputably clear that Trump knew that the claims he was making were false. (I never doubted that for a moment) It is either that, or he is totally batshit crazy. (which I don't believe) Of course, without his recorded words, or a reliable witness to quote Trump admitting that it was all a lie about a lie. I don't know how his state of mind could be proved.

He encouraged his attorneys to file all of the BS law suits. Wouldn't you think that he would be personally financially responsible for costs of all of the investigations, court time etc. that he wasted in his fraudulent fund raising scheme? That might be real money even for Trump.

I wonder how long it will take for one of his people that he defrauded to decide to sue? How soon would that become a class action? (Makes me wish I had sent him a Benjamin.) Ambulance chasers all over the country will soon be contacting people who donated after the elections to "help fight the rigged election." And yet, he continues to tour with the same lies and the same kinds of fundraising. Apparently he can't smell the handwriting on the walls.

Like Capone, it may not be his biggest fraud that finally get him, but the fundraising fraud.

Watching the videos, I am waiting for the claims of right wingers that, "They cherry picked the depositions and only took the bad stuff." It is coming, wait for it.

It appears to me that Rudy needs to be losing a lot more than his law licenses...He already lost his mind now he needs to lose some freedom. One one of the politically important days in his legal career, he shows up tanked and delivered drunken advice that Trump embraced. I suspect that if he is ever charged he will plea that he is incompetent to stand trial, and that that would be the closest that he has come to truth since 9-11.

I find that Barr, as much as I despise him, is driving the biggest stakes in Trumps (lack of) heart. I love it.

All of our esteemed Republicans in the House and Senate, who were certainly aware of the truth, decided to stand back, ignore the criminality, or either actively or passively support the big lie, even after the 6th. None of them are fit to be an elected dog catcher.

I am laying in pop corn and Ju-Jus for the next one. You have to believe that when the air the final one, it will, in fact, blow the roof off.

I believe, after watching Jarad, Ivanka, giving testimony, that if pushed hard, with their futures at stake that they would throw bid daddy under the bus in a heartbeat. Barbie looked like a deer caught in the headlights.

The Justice dept. has access to all of this information, and probably a hell of a lot more. It is time for them to "LOCK HIM UP"
Or admit that they don't intend to, in spite of the evidence. Then the next thing to do is address the "pardons" as being part of the criminal conspiracy and therefore invalid.

All of the information about all of the debunked fake claims has been documented so well that I do not see how they could be attacked by Trump's defense team any better in the future than in the past.

Trump just may have simply overplayed his hand!

What does our future look like

If Trump and his criminal gang escape the attempted coup with impunity?

My proposal for reducing gun violence:

We should train and arm elementary students to protect the police from would be mass shooters.

Memorial Day memorial.

My Paternal Grandmother lost her only sibling at Croix Rouge Farm, on 26 July 1918, during The War to End All Wars. She was very close to him and she grieved his loss her whole life. She talked about him enough that I felt like I knew the kid. Monroe Suggs served with the 167th Alabama Regiment attached to the Rainbow Division. The unit was described as "unpolished" mostly rural lads from Northern Alabama, I think that "unpolished" means poorly trained. They were just cannon fodder...The attack that Monroe died in was a disaster, the German machine guns cut the boys to pieces. When the first wave was cut down, the survivors were reorganized and sent back for a second dose of the same. The Americans used the same tactics as the Soviets in WWII, just keep spending lives until the other side runs out of bullets.

It may have been easier on the family had they been able to have a funeral and bury him in the family plot, but that wasn't in the cards, he has spent the last 104 years in the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery. To my knowledge, no family member has ever been able to put a poppy on his grave. He was so unimportant, in the grand scheme of things, that you can not even find a photo of his headstone on the WWW.

So, on Monday, I will spend some times thinking back about the stories and honoring my Grandmother and her brother, Pvt. Monroe Suggs, 167th Alabama. Rest in Peace Uncle Monroe.

It is a crazy world we live in.

Earlier this month, I paid off my house mortgage five years early. It left me with no debt. My credit score dropped 50 points.

What are they trying to tell me?

Perhaps we should steal a play from the conservative playbook.

I worked at a major university. About every four months the anti-abortion crowd would set up in the "free speech" common area on campus with giant photos of aborted fetuses for the shock value of the "murdered children." Perhaps we should use the same tack by demonstrating at conservative venues with autopsy photos of gunned down children. Before and after photos. Make them view the fruits of their labors. I know that it is morbid and disgusting, but perhaps we need some shock to wake people up.

Paying off the mortgage tomorrow! Yea!

Our insurance situation has become so intolerable that we have decided to pay off the mortgage four years early. I am going to kiss homeowner's insurance goodbye after 45 years of payments with no claims. Tomorrow we go to the bank to get a wire transfer to complete the payments. That is not the important part of this thread.

Since we are going inside the bank for the first time in two years, we decided to empty our piggy banks into the free coin counter. When I come home with change or maybe a paper dollar or two in my pants pockets, it goes into a liquid soap container on my dresser. My wife has a regular ceramic pig, piggy bank for the same purpose. After removing fifty bucks in paper, I just weighed the coins at 20.5 pounds including the canvas bag that holds them.

So here is the deal, who wants to guess what 23.25 pounds of assorted pocket change will total through the machine? The winner will get a round of applause and the title of DU psychic.

My guess is $200.00 and my wife's is $250.00. You can tell who is the optimist in the family.

Are we already two nations residing inside the same border?

We are so split as to render our nation's name an oxymoron.

Bedrooms, families, neighbors, religious institutions, local governments, state governments, the federal government and our courts are split on party lines. The issues do not matter nearly as much as party loyalty. We are no longer in competition for our ideals, we are at war.

Our problems were simpler during the Civil War the lines of demarcation were clearly defined and it became a contest of might vs might. In both warring parties, there were places of safety, far behind the lines. In our war today, there are no physical lines, no safe zones to retreat to. In the American Civil War, the Union did not win the war based upon their moral superiority, (which they clearly had) they won due to their willingness to shed blood, their numbers and industrial and logistical superiority. They beat the Confederacy into total submission, then occupied the land and punished the losers. That is the way wars end.

Wars only end when the victor and the vanquished have been defined. The winners go on to dominate and extract revenge on the losers. The determination of success or failure is not based upon good and evil, but by the ability of one entity to dominate the other. Is that the inevitable result here?

Today our war is cold, a war of words, of legislation, of decrees, but the battles are escalating. The right is waging and winning wars in the states, the lines becoming more clearly defined; is it a matter of time before it becomes a war of weapons and blood? Or just a total submission to the tyranny of the right? There are millions of "Patriotic" Americans, armed to the teeth and praying for a Reichstag fire and a charismatic leader to lead them. These are people who worship Donald Trump, Abbot, DeSantis, Greene and their kindred spirits, they have a complete void of morals or sense of justice. They want you to either be either totally submissive or dead. You can hope for the best, but you best have a plan for the worse.

We live in interesting times, we may be living witnesses to the destruction of Democracy. The next few months may determine the history for the next 100 years.

Oh how I hate insurance companies

I bought my first house when I was about 25 years old. Since that time I have paid insurance premiums to various companies, roughly 45 years and have never filed an insurance claim. I may be about to drop it.

When I built my house about 20 years ago, I had a 30 year roof installed. My insurance company sent us a note that they will no longer write a policy on a roof that is over 20 years old. My roof is fine, it went through the worst hurricane that this part of Florida had seen in recorded history three years ago without losing a shingle...It is good for another 10 years or more. (Which will probably be longer than I live!!!)

Not only do I have to get a new roof, but they can't tell me what the cost of the new policy will be when it expires in four months, if we do get a new roof....So, I can buy a $20.000.00 new roof that I don't need and then will be stuck with whatever the new policy will cost. It may double or triple? Who knows and who knows about next year? The insurance industry just doesn't want to write in coastal areas. (and I am 60 miles from the coast, but in Florida)

Of course, I went into a slow simmer and started checking out other companies. It appears that no insurance companies in Florida are writing new policies on houses that are over 20 years old! Now I will have to guess but that must be about 80% of the houses in Florida.

I am down to the short rows on my mortgage, and have the money in the bank to pay it off. I think that I will pay off the mortgage and tell the insurance company to go to hell and take my chances. I just can't stand the thought of having to do business in a situation where I have no options, no control and no say. It seems like everywhere we turn the working class people are being put over a barrel.

Thought Question: is important that neither house of congress is badly unbalanced

The closer the opposing sides are in numbers, the easier it is for big money to sway issues to their own benefit. It is easier to flip two votes than ten, in either direction on any given legislation. The end result is that nothing of substance will ever get done, no changes to the current system are possible. Perhaps that is why we have both an MSNBC and a Fox news. If the sides are evenly split neither side can overpower the other so the war never ends and becomes more and more destructive by the day. Divide and conquer? The results of the political stalemate is that no social progress can ever be made and no one can challenge the power of the few to dominate the many.

While we are at war with each other, the fourth branch of government is looting us; big time.
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