Death Of A Statesman

Sad news today….the death of one of the last statesmen left in the US Congress, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland….

Rep. Elijah Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office says. He was 68. A sharecropper’s son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of a House committee that investigated President Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his black-majority district, which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore as well as more well-to-do suburbs. As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings led multiple investigations of the president’s governmental dealings, including probes in 2019 relating to the president’s family members serving in the White House, the AP reports.

Cummings was born on Jan. 18, 1951. In grade school, a counselor told Cummings he was too slow to learn and spoke poorly, and he would never fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer. “I was devastated,” Cummings the AP in 1996. “My whole life changed. I became very determined.” It steeled Cummings to prove that counselor wrong. He became not only a lawyer, but one of the most powerful orators in the statehouse, where he entered office in 1983. He rose through the ranks of the Maryland House of Delegates before winning his congressional seat in a special election in 1996. The Baltimore archdiocese tweeted that Cummings “generously shared his God-given gifts and talents w/the people of his beloved city, state, and nation for so many years.”

Rep, Cummings will be sadly missed by the Congress and the nation…..our Congress have so few actual statesman…men/women of conviction and decency….

IST would like to offer our warmest feelings toward the Representative and his family……

May He Rest In Peace.

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To Impeach Or Not To Impeach

“That is the question…..whether it is nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of social media or by pursuit to end them”  Book of Chuq…..act one, scene one…….

The chants for impeachment are getting louder from Congress and those in opposition are just as loud…..personally I think this partisan divide will do NOTHING to solve the problem this country has with governance.

We know how the Dems feel and if you are paying attention then you know how the Repubs feel….with that said….do we know how the rest of the country feels?

Looks like Americans are shifting on impeachment—at least according to a new poll of 2,059 US residents conducted on Thursday and Friday, CBS News reports. Much in the YouGov poll breaks down predictably between Democrats and Republicans, but a slim majority now approve the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, with 55% on board and 45% opposed (a 6-point approval boost over a Thursday poll). Among those, 87% of Democrats approve and 13% disapprove, while 23% of Republicans approve and 77% disapprove. CBS News notes that Democrats don’t appear divided over impeachment, as some had predicted.

The poll also shows that most Republicans believe Trump either acted properly or, if improperly, still legally and within the bounds of past presidential behavior. On that front, 71% of Republicans called Trump’s apparent pressuring of Ukraine’s president a typical presidential move, while 85% of Democrats disagreed; 41% of those polled called Trump’s actions illegal, and 31% improper but legal. Does he deserve to be impeached? Overall, 42% said yes, 36% no, and 22% said it was too soon to say. On Friday, FiveThirtyEight analyzed recent polling and found an uptick of up to 10% in pro-impeachment sentiment among Americans since mid-April.

Granted most polls are only a momentary snapshot of what the opinions of the country are….

Let’s say that the House votes to impeach the whole affair moves to the Senate…..but with a majority in the Senate in bed with the GOP what are the chances that there will be an acquittal?

Not everybody thinks it will will a easy task for the GOP….

Former Sen. Jeff Flake has his own take on how the Senate would respond to President Trump’s impeachment, Fox News reports. “At least 35” Republican senators would support impeachment if the vote were held privately, he said Thursday at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival. “I heard someone say if there were a private vote there would be 30 Republican votes. That’s not true,” he added in a Q&A. “There would be at least 35.” The frequent Trump critic talked more about it Friday, telling WBUR that “anybody who has sat through two years, as I have, of Republican luncheons realizes that there’s not a lot of love for the president.”

“There’s a lot of fear of what it means to go against the president, but most Republican senators would not like to be dealing with this for another year or another five years,” he went on. “So yeah, a private vote would go a lot differently, but that doesn’t matter because that’s just a hypothetical.” Asked what he thought of Democrats launching an impeachment inquiry, he said, “That was a pretty damning transcript. That was not anything you want your president to be doing. So I think we need to wait for the investigation to conclude and wait for likely testimony from the whistleblower him or herself before drawing conclusions.”

The saga begins and the results will be talked about for a couple of decades…..which side will be on the side of history?

A little history….back in the 90s Bill Clinton harmed national security by giving China some missiles and the tech to go with them and yet he was impeached for getting a blowjob….(has nothing to do with this impeachment but I do love to throw some history wherever I can)……

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An “Impeaching” We Will Go

By now anyone that has a TV or a social media account knows thatn the Dems will set on a course for the impeachment of Trump….

So I shall not be redundant or reiterate what has been blowing up your social media…instead I will let my readers know what the Repubs have to say about the turn of events….

  • Trump’s 2020 campaign manager: He tweeted, “Democrats have officially paved the way for a @realDonaldTrump landslide victory. The witch-hunt continues…” alongside the official campaign statement on the matter: “Democrats can’t beat President Trump on his policies or his stellar record of accomplishment, so they’re trying to turn a Joe Biden scandal into a Trump problem. The misguided Democrat impeachment strategy is meant to appease their rabid, extreme, leftist base, but will only serve to embolden and energize President Trump’s supporters.”
  • The White House: Press secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement accusing House Democrats of destroying “any chances of legislative progress for the people of this country by continuing to focus all their energy on partisan political attacks. Their attacks on the President and his agenda are not only partisan and pathetic, they are in dereliction of their Constitutional duty.”
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “Speaker Pelosi happens to be the speaker of this House but she does not speak for America when it comes to this issue,” he told reporters. “She cannot decide unilaterally what happens here. They have been investigating this President before he even got elected.”
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “Washington Democrats have been searching for ways to reverse their 2016 election defeat since before President Trump was even inaugurated. The result has been a two-and-a-half-year impeachment parade in search of a rationale. When investigations by Special Counsel Mueller and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence deflated their breathless accusations of a campaign conspiracy with Russia, Democrats have simply shifted to new arguments for their predetermined conclusion,” he said in a statement. The inquiry “simply confirms that House Democrats’ priority is not making life better for the American people but their nearly three-year-old fixation on impeachment.”

There are the major sources of comments on this turn of events.

Let the investigation begin.

This will be the second president that will face impeachment because of something to do with his re-election.

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Dems Proven Hapless

For years I have been calling the Dems all sorts of names such as clowns, cowards, feckless and hapless…..well the Dem controlled House proved yesterday just how hapless and impotent they truly have become.

Did you see the Theater of the Absurd?

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing yesterday and it was a waste of time and proved just how hapless these people are…..

The White House told Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s onetime campaign manager, not to testify about any discussions with Trump or his advisers when he appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The intention is “to protect executive branch confidentiality,” said Lewandowski, who never worked in the White House. “I recognize this is not my privilege,” he told the committee, “but I am respecting the White House’s decision.” White House lawyers took seats behind Lewandowski for the hearing, the BBC reports, and Lewandowski stuck to the script—or lack of one. That frustrated Democrats gathering information about whether to draft articles of impeachment against Trump and potential obstruction of justice referred to in the Mueller report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, per the Washington Post. It pleased the president, who tweeted “Thank you Corey!” for his “beautiful” opening statement.

A “contempt” suggestion was made by a lawmaker, and Lewandowski seemed to return the sentiment. The exchanges included:

  • Asked by Rep. Eric Swalwell to read the evidence he gave from the Mueller report, Lewandowski mocked his questioner as “President Swalwell.”
  • When Rep. Jamie Raskin said the tooth fairy isn’t real, Lewandowski said, “My children are watching, so thank you for that.”
  • “He’s filibustering,” Chairman Jerry Nadler said when Lewandowski demanded a copy of the Mueller Report, per Fox.
  • As Lewandowski talked over her, Rep. Pramila Jayapal yelled, “This is my time!” She added: “You are a witness before the Judiciary Committee. Please act like it!”
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, whose question he had called a “rant,” admonished Lewandowski as well: “This is the House Judiciary Committee! Not a house party!”
  • Lewandowski is reportedly thinking about running for the Senate from New Hampshire next year and, during a break in the hearing, tweeted a link to his website where supporters can sign up to help, per the Hill. “You are not on the campaign trail yet,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries told him.

The White House had invoked executive privilege Monday night to cover two presidential aides who were to testify Tuesday, Rob Porter and Pat Cipollone. Neither showed up for the hearing. “This is a cover-up, plain and simple,” Nadler said

The Dems are allowing these thugs pretending to be people to run the show…..they should send “Lew” Baby to the corner for contempt and any other d/bag from the Trump admin that wants to play hard ball.

But instead the Dems try to play hardball with a nerf ball….and then they wonder why they cannot get the attention they need…they have NO long term plan they just skate from one election to the next.

Dems have great ideas but really suck at the game of politics.

And for that they will always be playing catch-up.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Israel Is Afraid Of A Couple Of Women

This nation proves daily to the world just how cowardly and bigoted they are…..democracy my ASS!

I am not a fan of the state of Israel….they proved yet again that it is anything but a democracy.  A state that steals, murders, and destroys anything they care to do….they arm a radical bunch of bastards to do their dirty work at people that disagree with their policies.

AIPAC gives freebies to Congress people…free trip to Israel ……but polls show that most Americans do not approve of these freebies….

Seventy members of the U.S. Congress (16% of the total membership) are visiting Israel during recess. Most of the private funding for the junket arrives through an entity called the American Israel Education Foundation. AIEF officially formed as a “supporting organization of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee” (AIPAC) in 1988 and applied for tax exempt status in 1989.

AIEF formed to receive fully tax-deductible contributions for “educational purposes” that could then be funneled into AIPAC initiatives. AIPAC – then as now – is categorized by the IRS as a lobbying organization that can only receive non-deductible contributions. AIEF claimed in filings to the IRS that it would educate students and young professionals about the Middle East and pursue other educational endeavors with a bona fide social welfare purpose. There is nothing in its application for tax exempt status about junkets for politicians. Yet today AIEF funds AIPAC organized trips to Israel for members of Congress costing $10,000 or more per individual. AIPAC staffers organize and conduct the tours. Thanks to AIEF and a handful of similar groups, one out of every three privately funded congressional trips lands in Israel. A recent representative poll of 2,000 voting age Americans asked about the Democratic Party delegation to Israel reveals 65.7% opposed it and think representatives should instead return to their districts.

(antiwar.com)

I think this amounts to bribery and anyone who accepts the freebie is guilty……a lawsuit has been filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics……finally take these bastards to task…..

Antiwar activist group Codepink has filed a claim with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) arguing that yearly trips to Israel for freshman lawmakers hosted by the lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) are unconstitutional.

In a complaint, the activists claim that AIPAC’s use of a nonprofit closely tied to the group’s organizational structure violates laws prohibiting lobbying groups from gifting personal travel to members of Congress.

“These congresspeople are our public officials who are being taken by lobbyists to a foreign country for the purpose of increasing support for Israel — a country that already receives $3.8 billion a year of our tax dollars,” the group’s co-director Medea Benjamin said in a press release.

https://thehill.com/regulation/lobbying/457456-activist-group-files-ethics-complaint-against-aipac-over-congressional

The mighty Israeli government is afraid of a few women of color…..they have barred two women from entry into the apartheid state of Israel.  Kinda like the cowards they are.

Last week, 41 Democratic members of Congress visited Israel, and 31 Republicans are currently there now, reports the Jerusalem Post. Such routine visits don’t generate much attention. By contrast, the proposed visit of two more members of Congress very much surfaced as a source of international headlines—because those two members happen to be Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, vocal critics of Israel. On Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu’s government officially banned the pair, after being pressured by President Trump to do just that. Coverage:

  • About-face: Last month, Israel Ambassador Ron Dermer said the pair would be allowed to visit, but Prime Minister Netanyahu began signaling over the past week that he might reverse course, reports the Washington Post. It became official on Thursday. “The decision has been made; the decision is not to allow them to enter,” said Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely on Reshet Radio. The congresswomen were due to arrive on Friday, and the decision will not sit well with Democratic leaders of Congress.
  • The rationale: A new law allows Israel to bar people who support the movement to boycott Israel over its treatment of Palestinians, per the Wall Street Journal. Omar and Tlaib clearly qualify, as both have publicly backed the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. (Omar also has been formally rebuked by fellow House Democrats for using “anti-Semitic tropes.”)
  • Trump’s role: The president had weighed in Thursday morning, continuing his frequent criticism of the members of “The Squad.” “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit,” he tweeted. “They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!” Over the weekend, Axios first reported that Trump wanted the visit blocked.
  • The other reason: Netanyahu is locked in a close election fight, notes the New York Times, and he can’t afford to look weak to his base. Voting takes place in September. He and Trump have strong relations.
  • Itinerary: Omar and Tlaib had no visits booked with Israeli leaders. Instead, they planned to visit the West Bank cities of Hebron, Ramallah, and Bethlehem. Axios reports that the biggest fear of Israeli officials is that they would visit Temple Mount, which it describes as the most holy site for Jews and the third holiest for Muslims. Both Israel and the Palestinians make claims of sovereignty over it. Tlaib also wanted to stay longer to visit her grandmother in the West Bank.

A democracy would not do such a thing…..a cowardly bunch of racist toads would.

Israel is afraid of a couple of freshman representatives….typical cowardly intentions….kinda in the vain of the attack on the USS Liberty in 1967….that was cowardly and Israel has NOT shown me they are anything but a pack of cowards.

AIPAC is reporting they have broken with BiBi……

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Thursday broke with Israel’s decision to bar Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) from visiting the country, saying “every member of Congress should be able to visit.” 

“We disagree with Reps. Omar and Tlaib’s support for the anti-Israel and anti-peace BDS movement, along with Rep. Tlaib’s calls for a one-state solution. We also believe every member of Congress should be able to visit and experience our democratic ally Israel firsthand,” AIPAC tweeted Thursday.

https://thehill.com/policy/international/middle-east-north-africa/457568-aipac-pushes-back-against-israel-decision-we

Really?  More like a way to try and divert criticism….they will be back on-board in no time at all.  For now it is a good sign…only time will tell how serious this move is…..time will tell.

Since the Dems have egg on their face inb their undying support for Israel as a democratic state….after this the scramble will be on to try and fix the damage done by Trump and BiBi…..

Breaking News….Israel like Trump has waffled…..

Israel has decided to approve a petition by U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib to enter Israel on ‘humanitarian grounds’ so she may visit her Palestinian grandmother, the Interior Ministry announced Friday, this after it barred her from entering the country due to her support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

With millions and millions on the line with Israel’s decision…..they have changed their mind on Rashida so she could visit her grandmother in the Occupied Territory

Remember when someone said “It is all about the Benjamins”?

This proves that that is the case.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Lock Him Up! Lock Him Up!

Could not resist using one of the chants from the past…..but not the main point of this op-ed…..sorry for the confusion…..and my digression.

Impeachment is the word of the week….the media is pushing this hard trying to get a rise out of Trump and as usual it does what was intended……..Trump is Tweeting his ass off about the Dems and the process….in other words helping the MSM generate news that NO needs to know.

But think about it….is impeachment really what should be the main gest of the news?  Or the burning issue for the Dems?

Even Pelosi does not think so……

Democratic lawmakers eager to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump in the wake of the Mueller report were disappointed Monday night. Sources tell the Washington Post that in a conference call with lawmakers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior Democrats said there were no immediate plans for impeachment. The sources say Pelosi urged lawmakers to support the ongoing investigations of the president, saying: “We have to save our democracy. This isn’t about Democrats or Republicans. It’s about saving our democracy.” In a letter to lawmakers earlier Monday, Pelosi said that it is clear that Trump, at a minimum, has “engaged in highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior which does not bring honor to the office he holds,” but Congress has more than one way to proceed.


In the letter, Pelosi urged lawmaker to focus on the facts instead of resorting to “passion or prejudice,” the AP reports. During the 90-minute call, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told lawmakers about how the committee’s own investigation of Trump was unfolding, sources tell the New York Times. Minute before the call, Nadler’s committee subpoenaed former White House counsel Don McGahn. Some Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Jared Huffman of California, spoke in support of impeachment and urged their colleagues to consider the political cost of not holding the president accountable for the actions described in the special counsel’s report, sources say. In a tweet Monday, Trump said: “Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment. There were no crimes by me … so you can’t impeach.”

This is the best thing…..a push for impeachment will do little but energize his, Trump’s, base …….the “machine” can go back time and time again to the Bubbas and ask for $5 to help the president protect himself from those mean Dems…..keep in mind the Senate……there is not enough votes for a conviction…..No Chin Mitch will drag Dems like Manchin along with the GOP to protect this president from justice.

SO I agree with Pelosi (a first) let the impeachment investigation in the House proceed but do not make it the premier issue that some want….if they keep on this track they are guaranteeing a loss to Trump in 2020.  (IMHO)

What About 9/11?

Closing Thought–15Apr19

I am sick of these “people”(I use the term reluctantly) that are all over the Omar thing are the ones that use 9/11 as a political weapon……like the newest toad from Texas, and they have many……Rep. Crenshaw…

This from Shareblue Media…..*****I post most of the article because I have some readers that read the title and maybe the first couple of sentences and think they have a grip on what I may post about……my apologies to the American Independent******

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) reportedly told a New York City firefighter who survived the 9/11 attacks that he was too busy to listen to concerns about helping victims of the worst terrorist attack in American history.

“He really didn’t want to talk to us,” Rob Serra, told the NY Daily News about his encounter with the recently elected Republican. The firefighter told the paper Crenshaw said he was “too busy” to speak.

When Serra approached Crenshaw about renewing the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund during a visit to Capitol Hill in March, “He said he didn’t have any information and that his staff would take care of it.”

The compensation fund has recently had to cut its payouts to first responders and others who were hurt in the attacks, and needs Congress to authorize more money for its ongoing operation.

A total of 81,404 Americans rely on the fund, including 375 Texas residents.

Despite his callous stance, Crenshaw recently tried to use 9/11 as a political weapon.

Echoing right-wing media outlets like Fox News, Crenshaw falsely alleged that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) had insulted the memory of 9/11. Omar was pointing out that Muslims had unfairly come under fire after the attack, thanks to religious bigotry. But conservatives twisted her words — as they repeatedly have.

“First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something.’ Unbelievable,” Crenshaw wrote, smearing the congresswoman.

Noting his disingenuous attack and the manner in which he dismissed 9/11 survivors, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called out Crenshaw.

“You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes,” she wrote. “In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that?”

The compensation fund has recently had to cut its payouts to first responders and others who were hurt in the attacks, and needs Congress to authorize more money for its ongoing operation.

https://shareblue.com/gop-congressman-dan-crenshaw-too-busy-9-11-firefighter/

I dislike hypocrites but our government is made of these cowards…..

The GOP has tried to use the attacks on 9/11 as political props……and their actions show they could care less….all talk and no action….the credo of the American politician.

As despicable as I find this “person”….there is someone who is more despicable…..a person that promises support then renigs…..

In the wake of the controversy involving President Donald Trump sharing an edited video disparaging a Muslim lawmaker’s remarks about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it’s important to note that there’s still no indication that Trump himself fulfilled promises to donate to charities aimed at helping rescue workers who responded to those attacks

Less than a month after the attacks occurred, Trump appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” and made a promise to donate $10,000 to the Twin Towers Fund. Yet if Trump did give, there’s no record to indicate that he has done so, leading many to conclude that the promise has yet to be fulfilled nearly 18 years after the attacks.

https://hillreporter.com/trump-failed-to-make-pledged-9-11-donation-to-the-twin-towers-fund-in-year-after-the-attacks-30979

Yet another Repub that is in a class of cowards that the country can do without….and hopefully we will.