More US Deaths

Closing Thought–13Jan20

Sad news from Afghanistan…..two more Americans have been killed in country…..

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Both soldiers were killed in action yesterday when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The soldiers were conducting operations as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission. The incident is under investigation.

The deceased are:

Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin, 29, of Newport News, Virginia.

Pfc. Miguel A. Villalon, 21, of Joliet, Illinois.

Both soldiers were assigned to 307th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

For more information regarding Staff Sgt. Ian Paul McLaughlin and Pfc. Miguel Angel Villalon, media may contact Lt. Col. Mike Burns, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs Officer at (910) 432-6189 or michael.j.burns34.mil@mail.mil.

I am so sorry that these families have to go through this…..the thoughts and well wishes from IST go out to the families.

2020 Dems–Another One Bites The Dust #12

AS the season for voting we are witnessing more and more candidates dropping out of the running…..most recently it was Williamson…that is until today……one of the media’s favorites in the beginning Corey Booker is calling quits….

The Democratic field got smaller again on Monday: Cory Booker is out. The New Jersey senator, who has struggled in the polls and with fundraising, told supporters that he’s suspending his campaign, reports Politico. Booker said his campaign just didn’t have the money to “scale up and continue building a campaign that can win,” per the Washington Post. Booker’s exit means the Democratic field has lost another person of color. Tuesday’s debate in Iowa, for example, will feature six candidates, all of them white.

“I believed to my core that the answer to the common pain Americans are feeling right now, the answer to Donald Trump’s hatred and division, is to reignite our spirit of common purpose to take on our biggest challenges and build a more just and fair country for everyone,” Booker wrote in his email to supporters. “I still believe that,” he added. “I will carry this fight forward—I just won’t be doing it as a candidate for president this year.”

The closer we get to the start of the voting the whiter the candidate field becomes…..

As the tradition of IST we walk Booker to the campaign exit with the music of Queen…..

Still a big field waiting in the shadows….just people of color seem to be running for the hills.

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Would A Censure Be Better?

Paper #4

We now await the process to continue in the saga of the impeachment of a president….,the process is waiting to be given to the Senate for their part of the impeachment process…the Trial……

The games being played along partisan lines is just a waste of time for the “trial” will not be a impartial one….I say that because of what the Majority leader has said and the chairman of the Senate judiciary Committee, Sen Graham….they have made it clear that they will not be an impartial jury.

Praise be!  Looks like the partisanship in DC holds……the political center will fail…..and the broken system and process will remain badly broken…..and the president will survive the trial in the Senate and Trump will retain the seat of power.

I have tried to give my reader all the information I could about the impeachment process….the evidence, the analysis, etc.

https://lobotero.com/2019/12/19/the-house-on-impeachment/

https://lobotero.com/2019/12/20/impeached-now-what/

https://lobotero.com/2020/01/07/that-senate-impeachment-trial/

Personally, I think the GOP did all they could to obfuscate the process…..and there is what I see….the GOP has nothing to bitch about but the process…I keep waiting for one of them to talk or rant or bitch or moan about the evidence….so far I got nothing but theatrics.

Not to worry….the Dems are just as much a coward as the GOP…..especially those so-called moderates…..

Progressive Democrats in Congress directed contempt at several of their centrist colleagues for holding a meeting Monday where they discussed censuring President Donald Trump for his alleged attempt to bribe the Ukrainian government rather than impeaching him.

According to Politico, the conservative Democrats attending the meeting included Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), and Ben McAdams (D-Utah.), who represent districts that Trump won in 2016. 

Progressive Democrats offered little sympathy to the members, who are potentially vulnerable in their 2020 re-election campaigns.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/11/exactly-why-some-people-hate-democrats-progressives-rip-moderates-proposal-censure

Censure?

Believe it or not censure is not something new.  The so-called liberal group MoveOn.org was a censure move for Clinton called “Censure and move on” during his impeachment process….and the group has been a Clintonian mover and shaker ever since.

But a censure?  What the Hell does that mean?

It is less severe than expulsion, a censure (sometimes referred to as condemnation or denouncement) does not remove a senator from office. It is a formal statement of disapproval, however, that can have a powerful psychological effect on a member and his/her relationships in the Senate. In 1834, the Senate censured President Andrew Jackson – the first and only time the Senate censured a president. 

Censure is a formal disapproval that can be adopted by one, or both chambers of Congress. Unlike impeachment, censure is not a power provided by the Constitution, said Gregory Magarian, a professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. The House and Senate have adopted internal rules that allow them to draft and approve a censure resolution, which provides a public record disapproving of an official’s actions. Such a resolution is a rebuke, but does not carry any material punishment like removal from office.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/what-does-it-mean-to-censure-a-politician

But there is a bit of a problem with a censure…..many know the word but not many know what it is in reality….https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/166736

Back to me.

Censure?  NO go full tilt boogie or go home.

Do I want Trump impeached?

Yes I do.

Truth be told (something that is sadly missing in this process) I kinda hope that the president walks on the Senate side.

Yes I said I want him cleared by the Senate in case you were confused.

Yes, I want him to remain in office and doing what is doing.

Why?

I want the Dems to learn from their time against the GOP……the later is far better at politics and dirty deeds than the former.

Dems need to learn and learn the lesson hard.

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How To Buy A Campaign

We all know that it takes lots of cash to run for any office but especially for president it takes millions and millions….and I have been bitching for decades that money should not decide the best candidate……

The latest story about them 2020 Dem pursuit of the nomination has given us an example of just why money is the bane of democracy…..

Billionaire Steyer is spending his money and others but he has made it to the debate stage for January……..

And then there were six. On Thursday morning, just Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren had met polling and fundraising requirements to participate in Tuesday’s Democratic debate in Iowa. By Thursday evening, there was a new entry: businessman Tom Steyer, who Politico notes was able to take advantage of a surge in two early-state polls to qualify. In the first of two Fox News polls released late Thursday, Steyer ties for third with Warren with 12% among Democratic caucusgoers, behind Biden at 23% and Sanders at 17%. In the second poll, out of South Carolina, Steyer jumps to second with 15%, though he’s way behind Biden at 36%; Sanders and Warren come in at 14% and 10%, respectively. Buttigieg placed fifth in both polls, with 6% in Nevada and 4% in South Carolina.

Candidates can qualify polling-wise by Friday night’s deadline by reaching 5% in four DNC-approved polls, or 7% in two early-state polls. What likely helped push Steyer into debate contender territory in these two polls, per Politico: the $21.5 million he’s forked over in both states for direct-mail appeals and TV and radio ads. Steyer has spent $116 million on TV ads overall, reports the Washington Post, which compares his strategy with that of Mike Bloomberg, this campaign season’s other big spender. Cory Booker, Tulsi Gabbard, and Andrew Yang are the only other candidates who appear to have a chance to meet all requirements by Friday night’s debate deadline, but Politico says it doesn’t look likely. At least one more poll—the Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom survey—will be released before the door is shut.

Steyer has shot up in the polls because of the cash he spending in media….another candidate that is shooting up is Bloomberg and he as well is spending lots of cash on the media to gain in the polls.

Let’s not forget that Steyer is NOT the only billionaire in the race……Bloomberg is also willing to spend millions even billions to win this race….

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is apparently willing to become slightly less of a billionaire in his effort to escort Donald Trump from the Oval Office, and the New York Times reports that he’s willing to spend $1 billion from his personal fortune—even if he is not the Democratic nominee. “I really don’t agree with them,” he says of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, “but I’d still support them, yes, because compared to Donald Trump that’s easy.” The candidate, entirely self-funded, has already burned through $200 million in his late entry to the race, and the Times notes that he’s on a path to equal former President Obama’s entire 2012 spending by March. “You know how much money a billion dollars is?” he says. “It’s a lot of money to me. It’s a lot of money to anybody.” Bloomberg, for the record, is reportedly worth about $57 billion.

Bloomberg is taking criticism, particularly from Warren, who would like to take money out of politics, that he’s trying to buy the nomination. He shrugs, telling Reuters, “these are just political things they say, hoping they catch on and they don’t like me doing it, because it competes with them, not because it’s bad policy.” One major buy: A Super Bowl ad, which Trump is also buying at a reported $10 million for 60 seconds. “You can’t get to 330 million people by shaking hands. Television is still the magic medium,” Bloomberg says. “If the Super Bowl wasn’t a place to get to an awful lot of people they wouldn’t be charging a lot, or nobody would be paying it. This is capitalism at work.”

Shame that it comes down to money and not issues….but that is typical for a presidential contest.  Cash and slogans is about all there is to most campaigns…..GOP or Dem not much difference….

My take is that we Americans get the worse government money will buy.

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Professor’s Classroom

A simple quiz on this Monday…..enjoy….chuq

In Saner Thought

Good morning Class. It is time for the ever present pop quizz.

In an early American song the words, “turbaned heads bowed” were changed to “brow of the brave”. Which tune was this from?

Simple, huh?

well since it is I will give you a bonus question to assist your score.

What does the term “casus belli” mean in reference to foreign policy?

Good luck and please keep silent I need a nap!

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