Thursday Clutter: Trump Impeached, Tulsi Gabbard, Mitch McConnell, Affordable Care Act Ruling, The Far Side, Twisted Sister, and more
Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. Looks like we've got a bit of a cold spell to deal with to close out the week. I need to re-wrap a window in the bedroom when we're done here, because that that arctic breeze this morning was just unnecessary. BDH and Little Buddha say they don't see any more snow in the immediate forecast though, so I guess that's a fair trade. Might still take my time getting out the door today, though. Anyway, we've got plenty to talk about, so let's get to it. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Thursday Clutter.
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Donald Trump has officially been impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The historic vote took place in the House last night, and as expected, it was almost entirely along party lines, with every Republican approving Trump's corruption. It looks like Speaker Pelosi will hold off on sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate until some further guidelines over the upcoming trial are negotiated. We feel better having Pelosi at the table, because Chuck Schumer would eventually cave to Mitch McConnell, and no one steamrolls Pelosi. If McConnell doesn't compromise with her, it's not impossible to imagine the House simply not sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate and thus leaving this indictment hanging over Trump's head.
There's no disputing Donald Trump made history yesterday. (pic via voanews.com)
Whatever happens next, yesterday was an important moment for accountability and a reminder that no White House occupant is above the law. Donald Trump's one-line bio will forever read, "a morally/financially bankrupt impeached sex offender." The only thing that can keep him in office is the most corrupt political party of our lifetimes, but there's no escaping that legacy. Republican Senators have one last chance to break from the clowns in the House, obey their oaths, and protect the country or else be forever linked to this ongoing attack on our country.
Representative Tulsi Gabbard voted "present" on both articles of impeachment because she couldn't make up her mind one way or the other. It's time to pull the plug on her presidential campaign. Anyone who can't make a decision on a critical issue like this has no business even talking about occupying the White House.
Donald Trump was in Michigan while the impeachment vote was happening, and how did he rise to the occasion? By implying that the late Representative John Dingell was in hell. That crassness didn't even go over well with his MAGA cult followers. Representative Dingell devoted almost 60 years of his life to public service, a concept that Trump can't begin to comprehend. This man represents the worst of our country on so many levels.
Just to be clear though, Donald Trump wants you to know he wasn't talking about himself when he said people are flushing toilets 10-15 times. Using the time-tested rule that the man lies about everything, this means you know he's flushing the toilet 10-15 times, which raises all sorts of new and disturbing questions about his health.
While all of this was going on, Mitch McConnell continued ramming through federal judge nominations. That's all the man cares about, and he's already significantly altered the judicial landscape for years to come.
Representative Mark Meadows announced he won't seek re-election next year. Rep. Meadows becomes the 24th House Republican to say they're jumping ship, so clearly the GOP's not feeling good about their chances of retaking the majority in 2021. He's expected to take a job with the Trump administration as a reward for years of defending the Great Pumpkin at every turn.
Senator Susan Collins made it official that she's running for re-election, so here's where you can go to donate in support of Sara Gideon's campaign. It's time the people of Maine had a worthy Senator instead of a Trump puppet.
A federal appeals court ruled that the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate is unconstitutional, but the court did not strike down the entire law. This likely means that the ACA will eventually be before the Supreme Court again after the 2020 election. That makes it all the more important that voters choose candidates who support protecting the law and send them to both the White House and Congress. In other words, let's not waste a minute with arguments about, "voting doesn't matter, they're all the same." The stakes are too high, and the differences too clear for that nonsense.
The Jacksonville Jaguars fired executive Tom Coughlin yesterday. The move comes just days after the NFLPA advised players to reconsider signing with the team following revelations over the disproportionate number of grievances filed against the team over the last two years. This is the second time the Jaguars have fired Coughlin. The question now is if this is enough of a housecleaning to alleviate player concerns, or if owner Shad Khan will need to take additional steps.
Good news, Far Side fans: Gary Larson is (sort of) back!
Hey, who wants to check out a teaser trailer for A Quiet Place: Part II? Have a look:
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Twisted Sister keep the holiday spirit going by closing things out with a stirring rendition of, "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," for today's, "Song of the Day." (Note: Sorry that the spacing is about to get funky for the rest of the way here. Our crack IT staff is still trying to figure out the cause of the problem.)
Thanks for stopping by everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Like we said, it's going to be a chilly couple of days, so be good, stay warm, and we'll catch up with you again soon. (Oh, and BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back to join them for season 2 of Chicago Fire. They're addicted to the reruns.) Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.
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