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    Heh:

    Just remember that the GOP questioning has gone as follows:

    Day 1: "There wasn't a quid a pro quo."

    Day 2: "How do you know there was a quid pro quo? You weren't even there when the call happened! This is second-hand information!"

    Day 3: "So what if you were on the call? You didn't talk to Trump directly! Plus aren't you a secret Ukrainian operative, Mr. Decorated military officer?"

    Day 4: "So what if you talked to Trump, Giuliani, Pence, Pompeo, and Perry directly? The President said he wasn't soliciting a bribe while he solicited bribes!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macheath View Post
    At some point, this will probably be included in the "Impeachment Hearings" chapter of the Trump presidency picture book.
    And the entire book could be printed with the font "Tiny Hand", now available to the world!

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    Holy shit, this lady's a hero!

    ...some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country—and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did. This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.

    The unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked our democratic institutions in 2016. This is the public conclusion of our intelligence agencies, confirmed in bipartisan Congressional reports. It is beyond dispute, even if some of the underlying details must remain classified.

    The impact of the successful 2016 Russian campaign remains evident today. Our nation is being torn apart. Truth is questioned. Our highly professional and expert career foreign service is being undermined. U.S. support for Ukraine—which continues to face armed Russian aggression—has been politicized.

    The Russian government’s goal is to weaken our country—to diminish America’s global role and to neutralize a perceived U.S. threat to Russian interests. President Putin and the Russian security services aim to counter U.S. foreign policy objectives in Europe, including in Ukraine, where Moscow wishes to reassert political and economic dominance.

    ...I refuse to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternate narrative that the Ukrainian government is a U.S. adversary, and that Ukraine—not Russia—attacked us in 2016. These fictions are harmful even if they are deployed for purely domestic political purposes. <spoken while staring, presumably, straight at Devin Nunes>

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    God, his smug orange face and simpering tone.

    https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1199181946166874112

    Celebrating the Centennial of women's suffrage: "I'm curious why wasn't it done a long time ago? And also, I guess the answer to that is because now I'm president, we get things done."

    People are yukking it up over Trump's apparent whiff on the meaning of "Centennial," but in reality it's even worse than that.

    Not only did we wait to celebrate the 100th anniversary until 100 years had actually passed (for some reason), the 19th amendment wasn't ratified until 1920. So the fact is, we're celebrating a year early just so you can have some good press on your watch, Don. You retard.

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    Just warming up the thesaurus for my completely non-confrontational holiday visit to Fox News territory.

    platitude A trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant.
    bombast Pompous oratory or pretentious writing.
    grandiloquence Pompous or bombastic speech or expression.
    meretricious Showy; gaudy; tawdry; based on pretense; attracting attention in a vulgar manner.
    sophistry A plausible but misleading or fallacious argument.
    specious Plausible but false; based on pretense; deceptively pleasing.
    deepity A statement that is apparently profound but actually asserts a triviality on one level and something meaningless on another.

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    When I settled into my hotel room last Tuesday night, the first day of the House Judiciary Committee's hearings was airing on all the news channels. I tuned into NBC News right around the time Republican lawyer Paul Taylor started questioning Jonathan "Unique Method of Interpreting Federal Law" Turley. It's at around 3 hours, 34 minutes here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlVETgYjNMc&t=3h34m

    I couldn't pay any attention to what was being asked or answered. Because there was a girl over Taylor's shoulder.

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    And she seemed to be acutely aware of the camera's position.

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    And she spent the next 15 minutes unnaturally straining her neck to keep herself in frame.

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    It was thoroughly distracting.

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    Especially when she started making pouty faces.

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    I salute you, porn librarian girl.

    Google "blonde girl sitting behind republican counsel" and you'll find out it's not even the first time in the past month that a pretty blonde girl has sat behind a Republican lawyer during one of these hearings. Republicans (or maybe just lawyers) really like pretty blonde girls, especially on TV.
    Last edited by Macheath; 12-09-2019 at 10:36 PM.

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    Okay, so that six-page screech Trump wrote had help writing to Nancy Pelosi, there's a lot of language in there echoing current Republican talking points about how very partisan these proceedings have been, and how offensive it is to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers and so forth.

    Let us take a moment to remind ourselves that impeachment is defined in the Constitution, and was designed by the Founding Fathers for this specific scenario: a President doing shit that would be criminal if he was not the President. Bribing foreign officials (with illegally hijacked funds) and inviting foreign interference in the democratic process, advising/requiring people to defy lawful subpoenas, lying continuously and in the face of mountains of evidence, etc.

    Try and excuse his behavior. Let's say Trump really was interested in Ukrainian corruption, Burisma, Hunter Biden. Why not in the previous two years? Well, there was a newly elected Ukrainian president as of May 2019, maybe he was worried Zelensky would be a regression from Poroshenko on the corruption front.

    But do Trump's motivations matter, if what he did -- and everything that happened since, to cover it up -- was illegal? He's being impeached for two things: abuse of power (strong-arming Zelensky) and obstruction of Congress (ignoring all subpoenas).

    Bill Clinton was impeached on two very similar articles: perjury (lying about Monica Lewinsky) and obstruction of Congress (encouraging Lewinsky to lie). Nothing uncovered in the lengthy Kenneth Starr investigation was impeachable. When Congress started digging into his infidelity, Clinton panicked and lied, and that's what got him impeached. When the Starr investigation began, Clinton and Lewinsky hadn't even met. But it didn't matter: they caught him in a lie, it was very clearly illegal to lie under oath, and boom, impeachment.

    This is so similar it's amazing, except that the underlying "crime" here is so much shadier. Instead of fingerbanging his secretary with a cigar, Trump pressured a foreign leader to announce an investigation of one of his political opponents. Even if you buy that it wasn't specifically intended to help him in the election, dat timing doe.

    As for partisanship... whatever. If anybody's being "partisan" (defined as valuing party affiliation over anything else) it's the guys in the Senate who have publicly announced their intention not to serve as impartial jurors in the coming trial, before they've even heard evidence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch McConnell
    "Everything I do during this I'm coordinating with the White House counsel. There will be no difference between the president's position and our position as to how to handle this."
    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsey Graham
    "I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind. I'm not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here. I don't need any witnesses."
    I mean, holy shit. Not even gonna pretend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macheath View Post
    ... fingerbanging his secretary with a cigar...
    Wouldn't it just be "cigarbanging"?

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    Dude, you're crazy if you think he's gonna pop a Cuban in there and not toss his doodles up the slush pipe.

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