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Second Democratic Debate, Night One

I didn’t watch the debate last night – I had a book to read, and given the choice between a book I’ve read a dozen times and listening to mostly center-lefts crank at each other on stage, I opted for the book. Warren and Bernie apparently both managed breakout moments, and there’s an awful frickin’ lot of Internet chatter over Marianne Williamson and how good she sounded and just, guys? No. No, do not, the woman is a bag of nuts.

“I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for.”
Elizabeth Warren

“I do know it, I wrote the damn bill.”
Bernie Sanders

Here’s a roundup of news articles talking about last night’s debate.

Due to CNN’s exclusive deal to air the second Democratic debate live, there doesn’t appear to be a complete version of the debate streaming anywhere online. 😒 Good job, CNN. We wouldn’t want people to be able to catch up on the debates or inform themselves or anything.

Here’s a look at what to expect tonight during the second night of the debate.

Donald Trump, by Gage Skidmore

Trump picks a conspiracy theorist for Director of National Intelligence

Daily Beast: Trump Intel Pick John Ratcliffe Started Theory of FBI Anti-Trump ‘Secret Society’

Donald Trump’s new pick for director of national intelligence played a role last year in popularizing what briefly became one of the right’s most easily debunked conspiracy theories about the investigation into the president and Russia, offering what he presented as evidence of an anti-Trump “secret society” operating within the FBI.

Of course Trump has proposed a conspiracy theorist for Director of National Intelligence.

(Image credit: Donald Trump, by Gage Skidmore.)

Baltimore City Hall from Northeast

Trump attacks Baltimore & Rep. Elijah Cummings

Baltimore Sun: Trump calls Baltimore ‘disgusting … rodent infested mess,’ rips Rep. Elijah Cummings over border criticism

After President Donald Trump attacked U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland on Saturday as a “brutal bully” and called his 7th District “disgusting, rat and rodent infested,” officials, residents and political commentators jumped to the defense of the congressman and his Baltimore home.

Some folks are arguing over whether or not this is racist. Let me settle the argument: Yes, it’s racist. Because it’s Trump, and Trump’s a racist.

And I know that sounds glib, but it’s not. The reason we know this is a racist attack is because Trump has a well-established and documented history of racism. He attacked Rep. Elijah Cummings because Cummings is a black man who has the audacity to criticize and stand up to Trump. He attacked Baltimore because it’s Cummings’ district and also because Baltimore has a large black population, which, in Trump’s mind, means it’s a terrible place. Because he’s racist.

(Image Credit: Baltimore City Hall from Northeast, by Steelplug.)

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller testified in Congress today.

I didn’t bother to watch because as far as I was able to tell from reporters and Twitter chatter, not a whole hell of a lot was going on. Republicans yelled, monologued, and muddied the waters with Fox News conspiracy theories. Democrats did a shit job of questioning Mueller, with the exception of Adam Schiff, who apparently did a pretty decent job.

As far as the upshot goes, Mueller confirmed that he didn’t indict Trump because of the Dept. of Justice rule that says sitting presidents can’t be indicted, but that Trump could be indicted after he leaves office. Trump ordered Don McGahn and others to lie to Mueller’s investigators. Mueller says that Trump’s people lying to him impeded his investigation. Mueller says that he didn’t clear Trump of obstruction of justice.

We knew all this already. We knew it even if we didn’t read the Mueller Report, because the media’s been reporting on this shit for, what, two and a half centuries, now?

Trump is a liar, a fraud, and a criminal. Trump should be impeached and then, once removed from office, indicted, given a trial, and if the universe is decent and good, put in jail for his remaining lifespan, and the same for all the toadies and cronies in his administration.

That won’t happen, though, because the House Democrats don’t have the sack to do it, and if they did, the Senate wouldn’t convict Trump. So, as always, if we want something done about the criminal president, we must do it ourselves.

Vote blue in 2020. It doesn’t matter who the Democrats run. It really, really doesn’t. We must keep the House in 2020, take back the Senate if at all possible, and vote for whichever yahoo, whomever it is, that the Democrats run for president. If, by some miracle, we accomplish all that, then we have to crawl up our representatives’ collective asses and die until they fix the hot mess that Trump and 30+ years of shitty, treasonous Republicans made.

Upside Down American Flag

How would you prove you’re a US citizen?

I want you to sit and think for a minute how you’d prove you were a US citizen if you were asked. You could show your driver’s license, social security card, birth certificate, or passport, right? What if you were told none of that was good enough proof? Then what would you do?