Donald Trump's defense team did the bidding of not only Donald Trump but also that of GOP leaders who felt that they can only win by cheating. Cheating is the Republican party's stock and trade and their allegiance is not to the truth or fairness but to their own political futures. In the past they have unabashedly cheated by gerrymandering, suppressing likely Democratic votes, rigging the Supreme Court and now being complicit in Donald Trump's attempt to rig the 2020 election just as his team did in 2016. The Republicans in the Senate have cheated by denying our nation a real trial, one that included documents and witnesses. There have been 19 prior impeachment trials in the Senate (two were of presidents) but, until now, there has NEVER been one that did not include documents and witnesses. Trump has been found not guilty on both impeachment charges but he has not been vindicated or exonerated. The Republicans in the Senate rigged the trial while Trump continues to try and rig the 2020 election as there is nothing to stop an emboldened Trump and impeachment will forever be off the table. If a president cannot be impeached for what Trump attempted to do, no future president can ever be impeached.
Now that Trump has NOT been removed by the Senate there is only one guardrail left and that's the already rigged 2020 election. We know Russia will play a part in it. If Trump wins in 2020 the final guardrail designed to preserve democracy, democratic elections, will have been breached. In that event, the gutless Republicans in Congress and Alan Dershowitz will get their way and the power of the president will be supreme over all else. Congress will have been effectively nullified. Trump will be our king and our 215-year-old experiment in checks and balances and democracy will be over. Democracy will have been shot and killed by Trump not on Fifth Avenue but on Pennsylvania Avenue and, as Trump stated, his complicit followers simply will not care.
The Senate impeachment trial, which will be remembered forever here in America and the world as the U.S. Republican Senators' Kangaroo Court, is over.
This was supposed to be a trial where witnesses and other documents were to be presented, like at other trials, but no, not one Republican Senator would vote for this.
Evidently when Trump was in Helsinki with Putin, he became Manchurian Candidate 2.0, because these 51 Trump-mesmerized Republican Senators felt that a new era in court proceedings was in order where no witnesses or additional information would be needed.
But in addition to the mesmerized 51, they had some help from another hypnotized person; this time a hired gun, Alan Dershowitz, a constitutional law professor.
Back in 1998, during the Clinton impeachment trial, Dershowitz said that an impeachable offense "certainly doesn't have to be a crime, if you have somebody who completely corrupts the office of the president, and who abuses trust and who poses great danger to our liberty, you don't need a technical crime."
However, he now has reversed his stance when it comes to Trump. Asked why he changed his mind on FOX News; he answered "I've been immersing myself in dusty old books and I've concluded that no, it has to be a crime."
So these "dusty old books" weren't available in 1998? Trump's liars club is getting larger.
Now Dershowitz reasons that "If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment."
Therefore, Trump can do "anything" as long as he believes his reelection is in the public interest, including bribing anyone who can help him get re-elected, holding back necessary military or humanitarian aid or shooting his opponent.
So now that the glove fits, the Senate must acquit. The hypocrisy of this man is incomprehensible.
And then the Senate voted on the two counts: abusing his office in seeking Ukraine investigations/holding back $391 million in military aid and of obstructing Congress during its impeachment probe.
One Republican Senator, Mitt Romney, broke ranks and voted "guilty" on the first count because Trump "was wrong, grievously wrong." At least America has one honorable Republican senator who voted his conscience and not just to keep his Republican seat.
As suspected, Trump was found not guilty by the gutless Republican majority.
What a continuing disaster this is and will be for our country. God help us!
The clock is ticking … March 16 is THE LAST day to make what is likely one of the most important business decisions you will make for your farming operation this year.
If you have not already visited your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office to make your election for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program and to sign your annual enrollment contract, you should call and make your appointment now.
Many of you are gearing up to head to the field for spring planting, but I cannot stress enough the importance of not letting this deadline get lost in the hectic day-to-day obligations of farm life. If you fail to enroll for 2019 ARC or PLC, you will be ineligible to receive a payment for the 2019 crop year.
ARC and PLC provide financial protections to farmers from substantial drops in crop prices or revenues and are vital economic safety nets for most American farms. These programs cover 20 commodities produced in the U.S.
FSA anticipates more than 1.7 million producers will enroll in ARC or PLC — that’s a lot of producers to assist in a short period of time. As of Feb. 3, FSA records in New York show 3,876 farms out of an expected 18,112 farms have completed ARC or PLC enrollment for the 2019 crop year.
Want to maximize your time visiting with FSA? Inquire about deadlines and options for also enrolling in 2020 ARC or PLC and updating PLC payment yields. Our staff will help you make the most out of your visit or set you up with a future appointment to help check FSA programs off your lengthy “to do” list.
If you’re still unsure about the choice of ARC or PLC, we offer online decision tools to help you determine the best program election for your farming operation. To access these tools, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.
When I was a child I was told that anybody could become president ... and sadly, it's happened! Therefore it may be best if we view with "tongue in cheek" humor what's happening now.
Perhaps it's important to first give the definition of the word "politics." It is derived from the word "poly," meaning "many," and the word "ticks," meaning "blood sucking parasites." And so — perhaps — it's no accident then that jokes about politicians are among the most often repeated!
Mark Twain was best known for his political humor: “Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.”
Even President Reagan said, “In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.” He also said, “Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession but I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”
History has also proven that people are the same the world over ... easy to be fooled! However, at this time in our history there's a consensus among most of us that "an honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought." Many agree that the honest politician is actually a mythical creature!
Unfortunately we have a tendency to re-elect those who are repeat offenders! (Donald Trump knows this and it's to his advantage that the repeat offenders are being re-elected because politicians dare not stand up to their party's president! )
Whether we're Republicans or Democrats, we're like divorced parents who care more about getting the kids to hate the other one than they are their well-being. (We need to instead recognize that politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason.)
When Trump says he wants to "Make America Great Again," it's really only for the "One Percent." (That "tax break" he gave to the 1% could have paid for the entire health program for every American!)
As a member of the clergy it is important to remind folks from time-to-time that God does not take sides in American politics.
It is said that “St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland.” I wonder though if he could do that for Congress?
On many occasions, unfortunately, I have run into religious missionaries (trying to be polite here) on poorly lit streets at night in Auburn using tactics that border on harassment. These are almost always big tall young men approaching lone women walking home from work or from the supermarket.
Bad idea. I would like to address the cults now and let me drop polite mode. Do not assume that because a woman is walking at night that we are lost souls, desperate needy people, uneducated or just weaklings. Do not assume you can just approach any woman in the dark when you do not know her. Any strange man approaching me at night is a potential threat to me, so based on my self defense training, your aggressiveness could get you hurt.
When someone ignores you or is not interested, drop it. Do not get sarcastic and taunt a person. I am a Christian and what you are doing is not any behavior Christ would condone.
I think the right people will read this message because you know who you are. Like our singer Toby Mac says, unwise Christians probably scare more people away from Christ than anyone else does.
As the 2019 Democratic candidate for Cayuga County District attorney, I had the opportunity to meet each of the three Democrats competing to be the congressional candidate for the 24th Congressional District this year. While I am confident that any of these three fine individuals would be a better choice than John Katko, I believe that Roger Misso is the candidate best able to beat the Republican incumbent — but more importantly the candidate best able to represent the unique needs of Cayuga County within the district.
As you may already know, our congressional district is largely rural, and the people of Owasco, Moravia, and Weedsport have very little in common with the urban and suburban people of Syracuse. However, every day decisions made by Congress affect the people of our community. When Canada placed a tariff on U.S. milk products to put pressure on Wisconsin Congressman Ryan, Cayuga County dairy farmers felt the pain.
Having grown up in Red Creek, our own backyard, Roger Misso has the Cayuga County way of life sewn into the fabric of his character. I believe that when Roger says that he understands the specific concerns of our communities, he means it.
I ran my campaign on the belief that the people of the towns and villages across Cayuga County have been left out of the debate surrounding the opioid epidemic, and Roger’s background and character and what lead me to believe that he will be the most credible candidate to identify the federal resources and funding that Cayuga County needs to continue to address this major priority.
It was apparent that Donald Trump did not want to unite the country at his State of the Union address; he even refused to shake the hand of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, solely because she was doing her job for the sake of this democracy and the citizens whom reside in this country.
The Republican Party (complicit), in addition to chanting "four more years," stood up even when Donald Trump took a moment to breathe the air, many appeared bewildered and lost, and the congress were in a state of "anger" over Donald Trump's behavior, lies and his commentaries.
It was lie after lie after lie and more lies; it was apparent that the only people who believed Donald Trump were the Republicans. We are living in sad days and it is "quite evident" that the Republicans "will not" hold Donald Trump accountable for anything. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said "I believe he learned something from the impeachment trial" and said she would vote to acquit Donald Trump. The Republican congressmen/women and Republican senators are all in collusion with Trump and America must now react in kind by holding the Republican Party accountable.
Therefore, the motto of the Democratic Party should be "Vote them (Republicans) out" of office.
The belief of divine intervention as an ever-present reflection amongst many as constant is a safe assumption. Cohesively, the mechanisms of life’s journey also warrants attentive reflection on its mystery and ambiguity. The miracle of life somehow seems to be an unappreciative phenomenon that garnishes individual risky habits. What preempts some to disregard detrimental factors and very few to avail personal risk-management as apropos to survivability?
The plight of life’s external forces, natural disasters and accidents are inevitable. Now, let’s take into account accidents, disease, and unfortunate circumstances that could have actually been avoided if personal-risk-management was individually prioritized. Wrapping our minds around 100s of millions of people that smoke tobacco seems preposterous. To each his own, but are smokers adding value to their lives or are they taking away from it? Because no health advantages exists and annotations of death warnings coupled with carcinogen contents clearly visible on packets; I would say that smokers "take away from their allotted time to live." How strange is it that many invest in material wealth, get vehicle oil changes like clock-work, make friends remove their shoes before dwelling entering, but risk the health & wealth of their most precious gem — their bodies?
From another angle, let's evaluate a person traveling under conditions of dangerous fog levels too thick for safe driving. Although weather advisory suggests no traveling that person risks the safety of themselves, their children and others by driving anyway. The outcome was a tragedy with parent/child perishing! The presumption here is that non-attention to risk-management and taking the possibility of imminent danger for granted put this parent and child in harm's way, which did not add value to life and depleted the probability of a potentially longer life expectancy.
None of us created life or had our hands in its inception; therefore, cannot determine its longevity or time of passing. But we do/can intervene in our own life’s designed blueprints by interrupting its innate architecture with added detriments like drugs, alcohol, mental stress, poor dieting and poor decision making. The learned inspiration here is to avoid and prevent those Russian-Roulette mechanisms in life that inhibit our full potentials and experiences or that overshadow the joys of life’s natural regimen.
Francis Conole and Roger Misso were asked a direct question on whether or not they support New York state's dangerous bail reform policies. Unfortunately instead of being straightforward, these men deflected, launching partisan and baseless attacks against U.S. Rep. John Katko. I think this tactic is disingenuous and misleading.
Misso and Conole are each applying for a job to represent us in Congress. So as voters, we deserve to know where they stand on critical issues of public safety, like bail reform. This rushed law has already let out dangerous criminals and made our community far less safe.
Congressman Katko is doing his part to call for a repeal of this law and to enact policies on the federal level that reform post-trial release, safely. So instead of using their time to craft statements that deflect from the issue at hand, why can't Conole and Misso just tell us their position on bail reform?