just observing – Impeachment

The impeachment trial began and the Democrats were ready with an edited video and presentations. Trump’s lawyers, not so prepared. I guess that’s what happens when you keep firing lawyers until a week before the trial starts.

Representative Jamie Raskin, who is the lead prosecutor in the impeachment, choked back tears in his presentation on Tuesday. He said his daughter never wants to return to Washington after what happened January 6th.
I’m in tears too. I know some kids so scared about the country they wonder if they can stay here.

The thought process is we all know the outcome before the trial. Not so fast I say. It is not without possibility they get to impeachment. Think about this:
Trump’s first lawyer gets up after the Raskin opening and compliments him on it! That makes it easier to vote guilty. In fact, another Republican switched to join the five who already supported the Democrats. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

Then add this, Republican Leader McConnell said he hasn’t “made up his mind on how he’ll vote.” He told every Republican they were on their own to vote their conscience. Trump never had (because he never gave) loyal support, so
don’t be surprised if this gets close. Senators like McConnell want to get rid of Donald Trump.

The Republican Party is in disarray. Yesterday Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama said he would not seek reelection. He is the fourth Senate Republican to say he will not run next year. That’s not a great prospect for regaining the senate.

One last thing on the impeachment, the videos and arrests. I ask again, why is this more important than the attacks on people, businesses and police in cities all across the country that they say nothing about? Is it because this is thee?

just observing – The World

At a press conference in Wuhan, China, World Health Organization officials said that the virus that causes Covid-19 was not from the lab, but “likely jumped from one species to another, before being transmitted to humans.”
Okay, so refunding the W.H.O. got us that.

George Schultz, the former Secretary of State under President Reagan, passed away. The Reagan foreign policy, of course, won the cold war without a shot being fired. I wanted to share this story about Schultz, and you can apply it to today and the America First argument.
George Shultz used to make a point of inviting new ambassadors about to depart for their assignments into his office, walk them over to the globe, and spin it. As it spun he would invite them to point, as it slowed down, to their country. So the young ambassador would shortly point to wherever he or she was headed — Japan, say, or Uruguay or some other exotic spot.
“No,” Shultz would say. ‘That’s not your country.’ Then he would spin the globe again and as it slowed he would suddenly stop it by pointing at America. ‘That’s your country,’ he’d say. ‘And I don’t want you to forget it.'”

just observing – politics

Who knew that President Biden, when he said a major priority in his first 100 days was students back in the classroom, meant 50% of students back in a classroom at least one day a week?
Well, that’s a heckuva goal. We have 40% of public school students in America are now have full-time instruction. 35% online-only. The rest (25%) are in a part-time hybrid plan.
So I guess he reached his goal before he took office?

Paul Manafort, who for a short time was chairman of the 2016 Trump campaign and pardoned by the President, cannot be prosecuted by N.Y. now.  They had planned to charge him, but a court ruled because the charges are too similar to those for which he was pardoned, they cannot.

This one struck me as odd. Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen were on Cohen’s podcast and agreed to “bury the hacket.” They said “both of our stories will be forever linked with Donald Trump, but also with one another.” Cohen then told her. “Thanks for giving me a second chance.” What? A second chance at what? Wasn’t her case thrown out of court and her lawyer facing life in prison?

Speaking of family, President Biden’s son Hunter still owns a stake in an investment company affiliated with the Chinese government, according to the White House. He owns a 10% stake in Bohai Harvest RST Equity Investment Fund Management Co., also known as BHR. He has repeatedly pledged to divest his shares, but that hasn’t happened yet, said White House press secretary Jen Psaki. “He has been working to unwind his investment but I would certainly point you — he’s a private citizen — I would point you to him or his lawyers on the outside on any update,” she said.
Oh, like the Trump kids Donald Jr. and Eric?
By the way, BHR is a billion-dollar investment fund backed by China that was formed in 2013 by Hunter Biden and Chris Heinz, the stepson of then-Secretary of State John Kerry.

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