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31 May 2019


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Made me smile

Kelly Hall

I am sad that impeachment talk seems to hang on whether or not the Senate would convict Trump based on the evidence in the Mueller report. As if the President can only be held to the legal standards of criminality for private citizens.

What of honor? What of leadership by example?

Imagine if Trump was a junior officer, three years into his obligated service. Even if a command investigation failed to turn up enough evidence for a slam dunk court martial, and if the CO decided to not prosecute formally, I believe hypothetical Ensign Trump would face non-judicial punishment. He would likely receive a formal letter of reprimand that details his behavior that the CO finds unacceptable, and have to endure the shame of receiving that letter formally, in his dress uniform. The goal of the CO is to shame and shock the junior officer, to convince him to reflect upon his behavior and mend his ways.

President Trump's conduct while in office can charitably be described as "other than honorable", and for that behavior he deserves an official rebuke. If Congress can't agree on an impeachment, then a formal censure from Congress is warranted.

As for Trump's less-than-honorable behavior prior to becoming President, that's not Congress's problem.

Barbara Ann

Welcome back Colonel, in fact may I wish you many happy returns today.

This is a fitting allegory of the current unfolding political saga in so many ways. Méduse was captained by an incompetent political appointee. When it foundered many of the crew were forced to take to a raft because there were too few lifeboats - failed insurance policy anyone?

The raft's occupants were left to their fate once it was realized that having them in tow endangered those in the boats. And of course famously, they turned on each other in their desperation to survive.

So let us now see who is cut adrift, who is willing to sacrifice others in order to save their own skin and let us one day soon, meet the captain of this doomed vessel.


Kelly Hall
"The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." —Article II, Section 4 What would be the charge, specifically?

Martin Oline

Gericault didn't paint it, eh? Well, I guess my copy of The Wreck of the Medusa by J. Miles is going to slip down a few notches in the 'to be read' pile.

Kelly Hall

The House has been censuring presidents since 1800; while censure is not called out explicitly in the Constitution, there's precedent.

There's a lengthy list of Trump actions that I consider beyond incompetent and into the range of dishonorable. I don't believe these actions must be criminal to rate a censure: I think our President should follow a higher standard than "hasn't (yet) been convicted".

My partial list of other-than-honorable Trump actions:

  • public statements critical of the AG Sessions for his recusal

  • abuse of security clearance process for family members

  • conflict of interests relating to Trump hotels and resorts

  • dangling pardon for Flynn based on testimony

  • asking Flynn and McFarland for false statements

  • asking McGahn for false statements

  • failure to correct Cohen's false congressional testimony

  • dangling pardon for Cohen based on testimony

  • dangling pardon for Manafort based on testimony

  • false public statements relating to Stormy Daniels affair and payoff


Long attributed wrongly to Gericault

Not sure, what you try to suggest here. I am no art historian, of cause.

Thus from within my limited perception context, so far I am leaning towards the somewhat ad-hoc interpretation that Gericault may have already used a public scandal to advance his career. Which admittedly I may have situated as the artist's publicity tool, later in time.

Never mind my more chosen personal sphere, the love of words. ... Has ever anyone looked into public scandals at Shakespeare's time. Apart from let's more arbitrarily the murder of John Marlowe?

But attributed wrongly?


joanna - You are a stereotypical humorless German. My joke is that the Democrats will look like the rafters if they impeach Trumpf.


Kelly Hall I certainly hope the Dems take your advice.


Not humorless, quite the opposite really and rather open to all its variants from irony to sarcasm ...

But yes, from early on I felt impeachment would be a really bad idea. Did they ever reflect on the pretty obvious and thus necessarily resulting victimlogy? Never mind they wouldn't have a chance in hell. Understand? Not sure how to putit better.

Would be a bit, now I am ironic: like killing the master promising to bring back the American Dream. No?

Barbara Ann

The choice of subject matter for the purposes of the artist's career advancement is hardly a safe one and in fact during his lifetime its reception in France was cool at best. When exhibited in London a couple of years later, however, it was a huge hit. The fact that just few years after Waterloo the event appears to perfectly encapsulate French moral inferiority may be relevant. It seems to me the equivalent of an ambitious British artist choosing to paint the battle of Isandlwana, or perhaps an imagined scene of desperation from Franklin's inglorious expedition. The fact that is was painted by a Frenchman at all at this time says a lot to me about French cultural robustness.


The Democrat establishment are bereft of any new policy ideas or the ability to advance any policy framework through the House let alone bring along the Senate. Egged on by the TDS afflicted "fake news" media all they've got is politicization. Their Mueller silver bullet failed. So they'll go with an impeachment with all the media hysteria accompanying it fully realizing that they don't have the votes in the Senate convict.

I'm not certain how this will play out in the mid-west where the next election will be decided. OTOH, an impeachment would possibly force Trump to get aggressive about releasing all the incriminating documents and communications about the attempted coup by the Obama administration law enforcement and intelligence leadership. Of course they would claim that what Trump is doing is purely political and that they were only doing their patriotic duty. We're going to be in for more TDS media frenzy. The last time they lost an election with sure thing Hillary. Do they expect to win with the same tactics with Sleepy Joe and his long track record of being in the pocket of the financial industry?


Poor democrats, didn't their chosen team swear an oath, like the Horatii? Kind of sucks to find out they were all Curiatii.

Seamus Padraig

What of 'innocent until proven guilty'? A strong dislike of the president on your part does not constitute a crime on his part.


freely associating ....




"The American Dream" as well as the American "Middle Class" have always bee a puzzle to me. The Dream seems to mean owning a house to a lot of people. The Middle Class is what, a European style bourgeoisie?

Harlan Easley

Happy Birthday

Harlan Easley


Barbara Ann

OK, enough with the waiting.

People, I fear you are all so far overlooking the small matter of our host's BIRTHDAY TODAY.


Several years ago a small group gathered at Arlington Cemetery with relatives and survivors of Israel's attack on the USS Liberty, an event that killed 34 members of US military.
A few days ago, a Christian Evangelical network, TruNews, broadcast a two-part series on that event, including an interview with a survivor of the attack.

Lyndon Johnson ordered rescue planes to abort their rescue mission. He explained that he "did not want to embarrass an ally."
Evidence has surfaced that at the time of LBJ's stand-down order, Mathilde Krim, wife of a Hollywood film executive and major Democratic donor, was an overnight guest in LBJ's White House. According to an article at the time of Krim's death, it was an 'open secret' that LBJ and Krim were lovers.
LBJ was not impeached for either of these "dishonorable" acts.

Kelly Hall, sow does your list of Trump's peccadilloes compare to LBJ abandoning a US Navy vessel and its crew when they were attacked, killed, life-boats strafed, etc.?

English Outsider

Sounds like trying to salvage something from the wreckage of the Russian scandal. "Well, even if he's not guilty of anything there's always conduct unbecoming."

Came across a delightful expression the other day. I look around the English sites more than I used to. Little local upset over here. On one of the sites I found a lady of impeccable conduct reproaching a "remainer" who'd been bold enough to raise his head above the parapet. Called him a "Trolly thing".

Not a term I'd care to use myself. But it took my fancy.

Patrick Armstrong

As an outsider, it has always seemed to be that a succinct definition of the "American Dream" is that your kids will be better off (you define "better") than you were.
Not unique to the USA, of course, but the inspiration for many many immigrants.


I think Trump is a buffoon who should not be President but that is not an impeachable offense. I think the Democrats would be stupid to try to impeach, it would fail miserably in the Senate and probably lead to a trump victory in 2020. Compared with Bush and Cheney, Trump is a minor sinner. Bush and Cheney should have been impeached for putting together a false case for going to war in Iraq. That is the kind of mistake that cost thousands of lives a couple trillion dollars. If ever there was a case for impeachment - that was the big one we missed.


jdledell Agreed. The Mexican tariff threat is incredibly stupid. Trump pretty much had that trade deal in the bag and this may just ruin it. I fought the falsely "sold" Iraq invasion as hard as I could including to Hannah, Scooter and Cheney's faces. Once the thing was decided I offered to accompany the 3rd Infantry Division as an adviser but the neocons would not allow it in spite of the land force commander's request.


Patrick Armstrong - In my family on both sides, the "American Dream" seems to have meant fewer Indians to fight for the first couple of hundred years.

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