1. Here’s a typical unbiased New York Times front page headline regarding the impeachment trial (from last week):
“One One Side, Piles of Evidence, On the Other, Heaps of Scorn”
Here’s some more scorn: there is no evidence at all of impeachable offenses on that pile, and scorn for the President is being treated as evidence.
2. This is astounding. (From johnburger, and thanks) Check out this.
Discussing reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tried to quiz NPR anchor Mary Louise Kelly by asking her to find Ukraine on a map (why is this newsworthy?) , CMM host Don Lemon turned to Republican Never-trumper Rick Wilson and suggested that it was ” just a petty attempt to put her down, right?” Hilarity ensued.
RICK WILSON: Of course — of course. He’s just trying to demean her, and obviously it’s false. And, look, he also knows, deep In his heart, that Donald Trump couldn’t find Ukraine on a map if you had the letter “U” and the picture of an actual physical crane next to it. He knows that this is a, you know, an administration defined by ignorance of the world, and so that’s part of him playing to their base and playing to their audience, you know, the credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump — that wants to think that (does impersonation) “Donald Trump’s the smart one, and y’all — y’all elitists are dumb!”
WAJAHAT ALI, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: You elitists with your geography and your maps and your spelling!
WILSON: Your math and your reading!
ALI: Yeah, your reading, you know, your geography, knowing other countries, sipping your latte!
WILSON: All those lines on the map!
ALI: Only them elitists know where Ukraine is! Sorry, I apologize.
LEMON (laughing): Oh, my God!
ALI: But it was Rick’s fault. I blame Rick. But, in all honesty–
LEMON: Hold on — hold on — hold on. That was good, sorry. Rick, that was a good one — I needed that. Okay, so, listen.
ALI: But can I tell you what NPR should do? NPR should take a black sharpie, circle it all around that whole subcontinent — Bangladesh and Ukraine — and then just be like there’s Ukraine, right in the middle, just In honor of Donald Trump.
LEMON: A “U” with a crane on it — that is hilarious.
Lemon is 100% responsible for this hackery, and CNN should be suspending him at the very least. He has been drunk on the air twice; he no longer even attempts to hide his partisan biases. As this episode demonstrated, he has no concept of professionalism, and has obviously concluded that as a gay black man, his King’s Pass is ironclad.
3. Oh! Our mistake. All good then. In Colorado fertility doctor Paul Jones is being sued by six families for using his own sperm to impregnate women from 1975 to 1989. (This has happened before with other fertility doctors.) The families discovered Jones was the biological father through DNA testing.
Jones’ lawyers argue that the women have no basis for a complaint because they requested artificial insemination from an anonymous donor, and that’s exactly what what they received.
4. Go ahead—move to Canada because you are frightened that Trump-Hitler will take away your rights. A dozen anonymous posters have been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in damages for what Canada calls defamatory statements they made about a drug company in an internet chat forum. “If people want to make hurtful statements about others and then try to hide from the responsibility to prove the truth or other justification for doing so … their cowardice is reprehensible,” Justice Frederick Myers said in his judgment released Monday.
“Hurtful” comments are not defamatory in the United States, though a lot of people here would like to be able to punish them. O Canada!
Stockhouse.com said it was unable to give the real identities of the posters to the plaintiffs, but did provide email addresses, allowing the plaintiffs to serve the lawsuit.
The comments at issue were posted in 2014 and 2015 on the investor-oriented website stockhouse.com. They were directed at Toronto-based Theralase Technologies Inc., a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, and its principals, Roger Dumoulin-White and spouse, Kristina Hachey. Typical commment: “Roger is like a pest diseased dog spreading his filthy rabbies. A mangy dog that won’t go away until he’s put down.”
Not defamation. Opinion. As some readers know, I just defended a defamation suit, although I admit, my harsh comments did not reach the inspired level of “a pest diseased dog spreading his filthy rabbies.” Whatever they are.
5. Thanks, Professor—I had started a similar list, and now I can stop. From Alan Dershowitz Defense Argument Transcript: Trump Impeachment Trial January 27.
I will now give you a list of presidents who in our history have been accused of abusing their power, who would be subject to impeachment under the House Manager’s view of the Constitution.. George Washington, refusal to turn over documents related to the Jay Treaty. John Adams signing and enforcing the alien and sedition laws. Thomas Jefferson purchasing Louisiana without congressional authorization. I’ll go on. John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, arbitrary despotic and corrupt use of the veto power… Abraham Lincoln accused Polk of abusing his power of his office, contemptuously disregarding the constitution, usurping the role of Congress and assuming the role of dictator. He didn’t seek to impeach him. He just sought to defeat him. Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was accused of abusing his power for suspending the writ of habeas Corpus during the Civil War. President Grant, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan… [The Clinton/Gore campaign said] ‘George H.W. Bush… and his administration have abused their governmental power for political purposes.’ That’s how abuse of power should be used, as campaign rhetoric. It should be in statements issued by one political party against the other. That’s the nature of the term. Abuse of power is a political weapon and it should be leveled against political opponents. Let the public decide…. Barack Obama — the House committee on the judiciary, held an entire hearing entitled Obama Administration’s abuse of power…. It is inconceivable that the framers would have intended so politically loaded and promiscuously deployed a term as abuse of power to be weaponized as a tool of impeachment.”
6. UPDATE: How is this a “bombshell”? From the Huffington Post, via AOL:
“John Bolton, the former national security adviser, told Attorney General William Barr that he was worried President Donald Trump had grown too friendly with the strongman leaders of China and Turkey, according to accounts in an unpublished book Bolton wrote that was obtained by The New York Times.”
The report Monday is the second bombshell revelation from the unpublished manuscript this week.
When did what someone said they were thinking, suspected or worried about become relevant evidence of anything, much less a “bombshell.” This is the Mueller investigation hype game all over again. Talk about a flat learning curve….