A Strong Case For Impeachment From a Republican Congressman

Representative Justin Amish of Michigan is the first Republican Congressman to say that the Mueller Report makes a strong case for impeaching the President. He does so in a series of persuasive tweets, and he tweets that Attorney General Barr deliberately misrepresented Mueller Report.  Four of Amish’s tweets are shown below, followed by  a paragraph from the Mueller report for reference.

“Here are my principal conclusions: 1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report. 2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct. 3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances. 4. Few members of Congress have read the report.”

“I offer these conclusions only after having read Mueller’s redacted report carefully and completely, having read or watched pertinent statements and testimony, and having discussed this matter with my staff, who thoroughly reviewed materials and provided me with further analysis.”

“In comparing Barr’s principal conclusions, congressional testimony, and other statements to Mueller’s report, it is clear that Barr intended to mislead the public about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s analysis and findings.”

“Barr’s misrepresentations are significant but often subtle, frequently taking the form of sleight-of-hand qualifications or logical fallacies, which he hopes people will not notice.
Under our Constitution, the president “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” While “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” is not defined, the context implies conduct that violates the public trust.”

From Mueller Report – For Reference

“If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment. The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred.”

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The President’s Greatest Fear

So, what specific thing does President Trump fear most of all as he fights with all his might to keep congress at bay by refusing to cooperate with any and all investigations into his behavior. Surely, he must cringe at the thought of having his financial business dealings exposed, especially if congress gets its hands on his tax returns. And yes, he must surely hope that the Attorney General will succeed in his efforts to keep the redacted portions of the Mueller Report from congress and the public. And most surely, the President is upset that his oldest son, Donald, Jr. has been subpoenaed to testify before a Senate Committee hearing. But none of these must cause the President to stay awake at night like the thought of having some of his closest aides testify before Congress and a live television audience – knowing that they must relate to congress the same damaging details they have already told the Special Counsel Investigators.
That damaging testimony is reported in the Mueller Report, but Trump knows that most of his supporters have not read the Mueller Report and that they believe him and the Attorney General when both say the report completely exonerates the President. But the President also knows that some of his staunchest supporters will be watching on Fox News if McGahn and other aides testify to Congress. Remember how riveting John Dean, President Nixon’s Whitehouse lawyer, was as he described in meticulous details to a congressional committee (on television) how he had warned President Nixon of a “cancer growing on the Presidency”? Then, imagine President Trump watching, (knowing that millions of others, including some of his own supporters are also watching) as his former WH lawyer, Don McGahn describes how the President asked him to commit crimes on behalf of the President – on more than one occasion.

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A Love Triangle – Vladimir, Don and Kim

One would expect that the open and simultaneous love affairs going on between President Trump and two of the nation’s staunchest enemies (Russian’s Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jung Un) would alarm most Americans, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The President’s supporters look the other way while his detractors are too stunned and amazed at his behavior to give an appropriate response. Furthermore, they believe the affair won’t last.

President Trump has expressed his admiration [read adoration] for Vladimir from the beginning of his campaign for President. He curried favor by calling Vladimir a strong, courageous leader, while attacking leaders of our closest allies as weak cowards. This affair has blossomed as Don has sided publicly with Vladimir on all issues related to America’s security. He has chastised his own security experts for accusing Vladimir and Russia of interfering in the election – always telling Vladimir and the world that he believes Vladimir when he says Russian didn’t interfere. In a recent phone call, where the conversation was apparently more than cordial, Don and Vladimir took time to blast the Special Counsel’s Investigation as a hoax and a witch hunt. This, in spite of the fact that the Mueller Report details how the Russians interfered to assist Trump in the 2016 election and that Trump and campaign aides welcomed that assistance. A few years ago, that would have been viewed as giving comfort to an enemy. It still is, but in a more romantic way.

President Trump’s relationship with the leader of North Korea started badly. The two leaders hurled insults at each other – as Kim Jung Un hurled rockets and spacecraft into the sky, provoking President Trump. But after meeting with Kim, and apparently believing everything Kim told him, Don warmed up to Kim’s advances. He went further by declaring his love for Kim, saying that he had fallen in love with Kim (yes, he made the announcement on National Television.)” Vladimir has not shown publicly any resentment toward Don since Kim has become an object of Don’s affections. That could mean that Vladimir is getting all he needs and wants from his affair with Don. Or it could mean that Vladimir’s affection for Don doesn’t run as deep asDon’s.

Don and Vladimir had a recent chat by phone, and when Donald described it in glowing and cordial terms, it seemed to set Kim off. Kim is visibly upset with Don and has been launching short-range missiles into the sky in protest – sending a not-so-subtle message to Don to watch his step in this three-way love affair. Love is mostly unpredictable, and three-way love affairs have been known to get out of hand, especially in cases like this where Vladimir and Kim are good friends. So, as President Trump says often, we’ll have to just wait and see.



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To Comrade Vladimir – With Love

President Trump had a one-hour phone conversation with Russian President Putin on May 3, 2019, and according to Trump it was a productive conversation. This is how President described the call in a tweet today.

“Very good call yesterday with President Putin of Russia. Tremendous potential for a good/great relationship with Russia, despite what you read and see in the Fake News Media. Look how they have misled you on Russia Collusion. The World can be a better and safer place. Nice!”

The conversation started like this:

President Trump: Greetings, Comrade Vladimir, I’ve called to apologize for the way the fake news and some members of the democratic party have drug your good reputation through the mud. President Trump said that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin went on to discuss special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The President’s comments on that subject were a mixture of amusement and deference to President Putin:

President Trump: “We discussed, he sort of smiled when he said something to the effect that it started off as a mountain and it ended up being a mouse, but he knew that, because he knew there was no collusion whatsoever, so pretty much that’s what it was.”
We may never know whether the mixed metaphor (mountain & mouse) quoted here is the fault of Putin or Trump. Could be that Putin rejected the overused metaphor, Mountain vs moll hill because it has a special connotation for his kind.

Why shouldn’t I side with the Russian President over the objection of my military and intelligence people on this matter the President went on to say. Putin told me he didn’t do it and I believe him – because Putin has proved himself to be an Honorable Man – as much so as Brutus was! The important thing is that Putin and I agree there was no Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential and we further agree that the Special Counsel’s investigation was a witch hunt and a total hoax from the beginning – even though the report was thorough enough to exonerate both of us of all accusations.

According to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump and Putin spoke very briefly spoke about special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusion not to charge the Trump campaign with conspiring with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.

Sanders: “The conversation was essentially in the context that it’s over and there was no collusion, which I’m pretty sure both leaders were both very well aware of long before this call took place.” Sure they did, Sarah, but thanks for reminding us of that.

With the Press Secretary’s reputation for demonstrating honesty and integrity as the Presidents spokesperson, her statement should help tamp down concerns about what was actually said during the call between Trump and Putin.

This was the exchange when a reporter asked President Trump about whether he discussed the problem that the Russians might interfere in the 2020 Presidential election:

Reporter: “Mr. President, did you tell him not to meddle in the next election?”

The President: “Excuse me, I’m talking, I’m answering this question. You are very rude. So, we had a good conversation about several different things”.

When asked again about Russian interference in future U.S. elections, Trump said: “We didn’t discuss that.” Why should President Trump object to anyone’s interference in the 2020 Presidential election – when he knows that the interference will help him get elected?

The phone conversation ended on a friendly note with President Trump insuring President Putin that he had his back – if anyone in in the US government tried to meddle in attempts by the Russian government to interfere with the 2020 Presidential election – if the interference would be to help Trump win. President Putin assured him that he was on President Trump’s side and that he appreciated the good will expressed by Trump.

What’s next with these two – Phone Sex?

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Protecting the Presidency – Bobill

Interviewer: This first question is for you, Mr. Barr, because you’ve been in the news headlines a lot lately: What reason can you give to believe a sitting President has a right to shut down a criminal investigation of himself?
Barr: When the premise of the investigation is false.
Interviewer: – Who gets to decide that?
Barr: The President, himself.
Interviewer: Why then shouldn’t any person being investigated for a crime be able to do the same?
Barr: Because the president is endowed by God and the Constitution with certain inalienable rights, and chiefly among these is the right to special consideration under the law.
Interviewer: Where in the Constitution is that found, Mr. Barr?
Barr: I’ll include that in my soon-to-be released summary of the Constitution.
The president was elected by the people to speak and act for them. How could he ever be expected to carry out his duties, if encumbered by the rule of law.
Interviewer: President Nixon, what is your position on whether the Constitution gives the President certain rights not granted to ordinary citizens?
Nixon: As I’ve stated many times, the President for all practical purposes, is the law and therefore cannot break the law.
Interviewer: And what about impeachment?
Nixon: Impeachment is not about the law; it’s concerned only with politics and was intended by the framers of the Constitution as a means to settle power disputes between the President and Congress. The mention of high crimes and misdemeanors was inserted into the Constitution to give the impeachment process some semblance of importance and dignity of purpose.
Interviewer: and what about attempts to impeach you?
Nixon: Totally about politics. Congress was jealous of the President’s popularity among the people and had to come up with some pretense to remove the President from office. They settled on turning a second-rate break in at the Watergate into a full-blown crime which gave them the pretense to start a never-ending witch hunt into the President and his administration. As I said earlier, impeachment is about politics. The President can be impeached for being politically incorrect – but not for the commission of a crime. I never committed any crimes; political mischief forced me to resign.
Interviewer: Thank you Mr. Attorney General and Mr. President and good night.

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Mystery Light – Investigation/Hypothesis

bathroom lightx From bedroom

This is a follow-up to my recent post about the strange Light or “thing” in my main bathroom. This morning, I observed the area in the bathtub where yesterday morning I saw what looked like an orange light, and the left photo above shows the photo that I made yesterday morning. This morning I observed the area from time to time during the same period as yesterday – with the lights on and off in the bathroom – and took a shower during the period. I observed no trace of the light during the period, so I continued my investigation.

That led to the discovery that the section of the bathroom wall that I believed to be adjacent to and to run parallel to the wall in the other bathroom, in fact separates the main bathroom from another bedroom – and a clothes closet encloses that section of the wall in the that bedroom. The closet door has been open since plumbers were in the house a few weeks ago. I noticed this morning that the plumbers had cut a nearly-square rectangle in that wall. The right photo above is a high-ISO, low-quality photo that shows the hole in the wall, through which can be seen what I believe is a section of the bathtub. A window on the opposite side of the bedroom wall, which is not covered by a shade, exposes the area of the bathtub shown in the photo to light from an easterly direction.

This new information triggered an hypothesis. I believe that yesterday morning which was bright and sunny during the period of my observations, one or two things (or maybe both) occurred to produce the mysterious light: 1 – the incident light on the outside surface of the bathtub was sufficiently bright to project its image through the wall of the bathtub, or 2 – the incident light heated the wall of the bathtub until it glowed through the bathtub wall. When I came home yesterday at noon, I believe the direction of the sun was such that the light incident on the bathtub was too weak to produce the effect seen earlier, and this morning was overcast and rainy during the period of interest.

I predict that by observing the bathtub in darkness starting near sunrise on a typical sunny day, the light will be observed and will diminish in shape, size and intensity – until it completely disappears as the sun gets higher in the sky. Furthermore, I expect that long-term changes in the light’s size, shape and intensity will be observed as a result of changes in the angular relationship between the sun’s direction and the hole in the bedroom wall – produced by seasonal changes. One important question still nags me a bit: Why have I never noticed the light before? The only answers I can come up with follow: First, I’ve had no reasons to look for the light nor seldom have I had reasons to spend time in the bathroom in darkness. And if even if I had spent time in the bathroom in darkness, the light would have been seen only during specific periods of the day and only if the closet in the adjoining bedroom was open. And finally, I usually shower later than the period of yesterday’s observations. Stay in touch to see how my hypothesis checks out.

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About Poetry – And My Verse Explained

Real Poetry – And My Verse Explained – by bobill

Note – Text enclosed by brackets [ ] is a link to further reading.
I have loved poetry as far back as I can remember, and now, after years of reading and studying poetry and poets, I have a little better appreciation and understating of what poetry is about. My all-time favorite poem [“Elegy Written a Country Courtyard”] by the English poet, Thomas Gray (1716-1771, a poem that is bound to stir the emotions of almost all readers. My all-time favorite poet is [Emily Dickinson (1830 –1886)] one of the most famous American poets, who lived almost her entire life in the same house in Amherst, Massachusetts and who wrote nearly 1700 poems.

This remainder of this post is not about poetry in general, but about my own amateurish attempts to express myself in verse. I started writing down lines of verse almost as soon as I starting to read and enjoy poetry. My preference has always been for pre-twentieth century poetry, which is mostly written in rhyme, so most of my verse has some rhyming scheme. Much of my verse is not original in style, but rather copies the styles of other poets. It was some time after I began writing verse before I realized that I was doing that, but I haven’t worried much about it. I have included some of my verse here, along with notes about the verse or circumstances under which I wrote it.

Katie Smiled
Katie Smiled when we met –
Looking up from the chair she sat in;
Ann Landers, you love to get
Sweets into your column –
So, put this in:
Say I’m romantic,
Say I’m a fool …
By looks and brains denied,
Say I’m over the hill –
but add: Katie Smiled.

I wrote the above poem about a real-life incident and a real person named Katie, and it emulates the style, form and content of the poem, [“Jenny Kissed Me”] by Leigh Hunt.

A Promise Made
Alas, the last I saw my friend,
I told her I’d see her after;
Now all is left is my regret
And memory of her laughter.
The void between that promise made –
And when it’s finally kept
Exceeds the universe I know
In length – and height – and depth.

I wrote the verse above after the unexpected death of a dear friend. It is written in the style of Emily Dickinson, one that builds drama in the first stanza and then resolves that drama in the second. The verse is also similar in purpose to one of Dickinson’s poems.

If my being sad –
would make you happy,
I’d go out and gather grief –
Invest in desperation –
Beyond most all belief,But if I saw you happy,
There would go my grief –
And with it my investment –
No bailout – no relief.

If my being happy –
would make you happy,
I’d go out and corner joy –
Invest in love and charity
And watch my fortunes grow.
I’d share that joy forever
Compounded interest – that –
No bank could hold the dividends
My investment would begat.

This above verse is also written in the style of Emily Dickinson, but using an investment metaphor for love was my own idea.

The Price of War
Join up brave young patriot –
Duty calls – and pride,
With flags a-waving smartly –
And a parent at each side:
One who asks you not to go,
And one who cheers you on,
Reluctant mother, willing dad –
The seeds unequal sown.
Welcome home fallen hero –

With solemn steps – and pride,
In flag-draped coffin – carried –
With a parent at each side:
One who begged you not to go,
And one who cheered you on,
Grieving mother, regretful dad –
The burden equal borne.

The verse above is one of my all-time favorites. It suggests a disagreement between a young soldier’s parents over his volunteering for military service which adds to the sorrow of losing a son – and it brings home the emotional conflict between service to country and the attendant sacrifices involved.

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