Trump must go to prison.

I have no interest in immunity deals to get Trump out of office. Trump must be held accountable.

Former Bush II adviser Alan J. Steinberg wrote recently of Trump, “the self-professed supreme dealmaker will use his presidency as a bargaining chip with federal and state authorities in 2019, agreeing to leave office in exchange for the relevant authorities not pursuing criminal charges against him, his children or the Trump Organization.”

And like… maybe?

Impeachment is probably a non-starter. The Democrat-controlled House could hold a hearing and impeach Trump, but then the Senate has to vote to convict on the impeachment as well. Twenty Republicans would have to break with the party to manage a conviction and toss Trump out of the White House, and that seems pretty damned unlikely at the moment.

Trump, his kids, and his businesses are neck deep in serious legal troubles, so there might be leverage for an immunity deal in return for a resignation. I’m couldn’t say how possible or likely such a deal would be, since I know nearly nothing about that kind of legal wrangling.

But here’s what I do know: Trump is deeply mentally diseased. He’s probably a malignant narcissist and/or sociopath. His sense of self is deeply tied to his own mythology, that of the “winner,” the “great dealmaker,” the guy who never loses. So I’m not entirely sure that Trump is capable of recognizing that he’s in trouble he can’t get out of and striking a deal like that. It would subvert his own sense of self to a pretty gross degree.

I also don’t think he gives that much of a damn about his kids. I mean, he doesn’t act like he does.

I lean towards thinking that Steinberg’s opinion piece is just wishful thinking.

Also, an immunity deal? Hell no. Trump should go to prison. America needs Trump to go to prison. America needs to put this criminal president in jail for a good, long time. We need to show ourselves and the world that presidents are not above the law, that there are consequences for evil actions, even for the powerful.

The Trump administration has committed evils that are, as far as I can see, unprecedented in modern times. Step one in correcting those evils and making up for them is making sure that those who ordered those actions are called to account.

Anything less than that is just a declaration that we intend to allow more of the same.

Photo credit: Donald Trump, by Gage Skidmore (source and licensing).

New Year’s Resolutions: 2019

It’s that time of year again: Time to revisit last year’s resolutions, and make some new ones.

Last year’s resolutions were, in no particular order:

  • Read 30 books ✔️
  • Start exercising 😐
  • Lose weight 😐
  • Get finances in order ❌
  • Clean house ✔️

I read 60 books, so I blew that one out of the water, and I did get the house cleaned, de-cluttered, and reorganized. I didn’t start exercising, as in an actual exercise program, but I did start walking a ton more. I did actually lose weight, too, but I gained it all back over the holidays. So… half credit for those ones? Finances went nowhere.

This year’s resolutions, in no particular order:

  • Read more new books.
  • Start an actual exercise program and stick with it.
  • Lose weight and keep it off.
  • Get finances in order. No, for real this time.

I did a lot of re-reading last year, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s lots of new books out there I haven’t read. I’ve apparently gotten super picky about what I read, bookwise, in my old age, so I hardly ever look at new books. I’ll have to work on that.

Everything I read tells me if I want to feel better in general, I need to lose weight and exercise regularly, which sounds to me like some sort of torture program. But I guess. If I must. I’m tired of feeling vaguely crappy all the time.

And then, y’know, money. I fully expect at least a recession, and I’d like to get rid of some of my debt load before that settles in. I’ll probably need to revisit my budgeting.

I have a few other bad habits I’d like to work on – reading Twitter all morning, lazy blogging habits, that sort of thing. I have a few good habits I’d like to add, like sleeping more, eating better, getting my anxiety issues sorted out. I’m not going to make any of that official resolutions, though. That’s just stuff I want to work on.

At any rate, there’s my resolutions. Happy New Year, folks!

What did I read in 2018?

Most of these got read during long TV hiatuses – winter break, summer, that sort of thing.

One of my New Year’s resolutions last year was to read 30 books this year. I actually read 60, but they were mostly re-reads. I think 16 of these were new reads (bolded). Next year: more new reads.

  • The Herald Spy Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • The Mage Wars Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff
  • The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • The Arrows of the Queen Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • The Mage Winds Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • The Mage Storms Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • The Owl Mage Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • Vows & Honor, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • Kerowyn’s Tale, Mercedes Lackey
  • Exile’s Honor, Mercedes Lackey
  • Exile’s Valor, Mercedes Lackey
  • Take a Thief, Mercedes Lackey
  • The Collegium Chronicles, Mercedes Lackey (5 Books)
  • Wee Free Men, Terry Pratchett
  • A Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett
  • Wintersmith, Terry Pratchett
  • I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett
  • The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett
  • Lords & Ladies, Terry Pratchett
  • Carpe Jugulum, Terry Pratchett
  • Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett
  • I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, Michelle McNamara
  • Brief Cases, Jim Butcher
  • Storm Front, Jim Butcher
  • Fool Moon, Jim Butcher
  • Grave Peril, Jim Butcher
  • Summer Knight, Jim Butcher
  • Death Masks, Jim Butcher
  • Blood Rites, Jim Butcher
  • Dead Beat, Jim Butcher
  • Proven Guilty, Jim Butcher
  • White Night, Jim Butcher
  • Small Favor, Jim Butcher
  • Turn Coat, Jim Butcher
  • Changes, Jim Butcher
  • Ghost Story, Jim Butcher
  • Cold Days, Jim Butcher
  • Skin Game, Jim Butcher
  • Firefly: Big Damn Hero, James Lovegrove & Nancy Holder

William Vaughan on the New Year

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” – William E. Vaughan

I am definitely a pessimist this year.

William E. (“Bill”) Vaughan (October 8, 1915 – February 25, 1977) was an American columnist and author. Born in Saint Louis, Missouri, he wrote a syndicated column for the Kansas City Star from 1946 until his death in 1977. He was published in Reader’s Digest and Better Homes and Gardens under the pseudonym Burton Hillis. (Wikipedia)

James Agate’s New Year’s Resolution

“New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.” – James Agate

Yeah, I think I’ll add this one to my list, too.

“James Evershed Agate (9 September 1877 – 6 June 1947) was an English diarist and influential theatre critic between the two world wars. He took up journalism in his late twenties and was on the staff of The Manchester Guardian (1907–1914). He later became a drama critic for The Saturday Review (1921–1923), The Sunday Times (1923–1947) and the BBC (1925–1932). The nine volumes of Agate’s diaries and letters cover the British theatre of his time and his non-theatrical interests, including sports, social gossip and private preoccupations with health and precarious finances. He published three novels, translated a play briefly staged in London, and regularly published collections of his theatre essays and reviews.” (Wikipedia)

5TtRT: Medicare for all, Facebook, facts matter, Tesla, & privacy

Today’s topics include working towards Medicare for All, Facebook being terrible, reality vs. facts in politics, Elon Musk and Tesla, and how advertisers track literally everything about you.

I’m on vacation for two weeks, and I’m having a nice, quiet day after Christmas. We’re gonna go see the new Spider-Man movie this afternoon and then I’m gonna spend the rest of the day being lazy and not looking at the trashfire of news. I may just go ahead and play Minecraft all day. If I get motivated, I might clean a thing, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up if I were you.

Here’s some stuff to read.

5 Things to Read Today