Once More With Feeling: 25th Amendment

How long must it take to get rid of a lunatic in the office of the presidency?

As Mattis told Omaha commanders when he set protocols for intervening with presidential nuke orders, “I don’t want you putting on a pot of coffee without telling me first.”

Now what?

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29 thoughts on “Once More With Feeling: 25th Amendment”

  1. in re biden from last thread IMHO
    as much as I love joe, no! no! no! on another go.   that is, unless, as I hope in warren’s case, it would be an early way to goad the bull(sh*t)ly like picadors leading up to the main attraction when the matador  (la matadora?), the real candidate, does him in. 

  2. meanwhile, look what happened
    Far side of the moon: China’s Chang’e 4 probe makes historic touchdown
     
    A Chinese spacecraft has become the first ever to land on the far side of the moon, according to state-run media, in a giant leap for human space exploration.
     
    The China National Space Administration (CNSA) landed the robotic probe Chang’e 4 in the unexplored South Pole-Aitken basin, the largest, oldest, deepest, crater on the moon’s surface.
     
    Early reports of a successful landing sparked confusion after state-run media China Daily and CGTN deleted tweets celebrating the mission. China Daily’s tweet said: ‘“China’s Chang’e 4 landed on the moon’s far side, inaugurating a new chapter in mankind’s lunar exploration history.”
     
    Official confirmation of the landing came two hours later via state broadcaster CCTV, which said the lunar explorer had touched down at 10.26am (2.26am GMT). The Communist party-owned Global Times also said the probe had “successfully made the first-ever soft landing” on the far side of the moon.
    An image tweeted by the English-language version of CCTV showed the first close-up shot of the far lunar surface.
     
    The mission aims to take detailed measurements of the moon’s terrain and mineral composition. The Aitken basin is thought to have been formed during a gigantic collision very early in the moon’s history. The collision is likely to have thrown up material from the moon’s interior, meaning that Chang’e 4 could provide new clues as to how the natural satellite was formed.
     
    The successful landing was touted as a “huge feather in China’s cap” by Malcolm Davis, senior analyst in defence strategy and capability at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
     
    “There’s a lot of geopolitics or astropolitics about this, it’s not just a scientific mission, this is all about China’s rise as a superpower,” said Davis. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm for the space program in China. There’s a lot of nationalism in China, they see China’s role in space as a key part of their rise.”
     
    The landing was greeted as “an impressive accomplishment” by Nasa administrator Jim Brindestine.
     
    A spokesperson from the Australian Space Agency said the agency did not have a comment on the mission except to offer China its congratulations on the success of the landing and to “wish them all the best”.
    [continues]

  3. now what in re mueller and federal courts?  here’s a report from courthousenews published 12/24/18:
     
    WASHINGTON (CN) – While a government shutdown is expected to grip parts of Washington well after Christmas, the federal courts system has enough money to run through Jan. 11.
     
    In a statement over the weekend, U.S. Courts said the federal courts system will be able to function by using leftover money from court fees and “other funds not dependent on a new appropriation.”
     
    The statement notes that most court cases will not be disturbed, with the exception being those that involve government attorneys put on leave. A lengthy shutdown also could cause more significant disruptions to the courts.
     
    “If the shutdown were to continue past three weeks and exhaust the federal judiciary’s resources, the courts would then operate under the terms of the Anti-Deficiency Act, which allows work to continue during a lapse in appropriations if it is necessary to support the exercise of Article III judicial powers,” U.S. Courts added. “Under this scenario, each court and federal defender’s office would determine the staffing resources necessary to support such work.”

    As one of nine departments feeling the brunt of the partial shutdown, the Justice Department is operating under a contingency plan published in September. Under that plan, criminal cases will continue running uninterrupted because they are a function “essential to the safety of human life and the protection of property.”
     
    Civil cases, meanwhile, “will be curtailed or postponed” for the most part, unless a court denies the government’s request for a new briefing schedule.
     
    “The department will limit its civil litigation staffing to the minimum level needed to comply with the court’s order and to protect life and property,” the contingency plan states. “Receipts of summonses, pleadings and motions by mail may be delayed.”
     
    According to the Justice Department’s contingency plan, on the other hand, more than 95,000 Justice Department employees will not be furloughed during the shutdown, about 85 percent of the agency’s workforce.
     
    The time between Christmas and New Year’s typically makes for a light schedule in courtrooms, making the impact of the shutdown unclear, at least in the short term.
     
    Larry Klayman, an attorney representing author and Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi in a lawsuit against Special Counsel Robert Mueller, said in an email Monday he is not expecting any delay in the case, which has a hearing scheduled for Jan. 3.
    Mueller’s office has said it will continue operating during the shutdown.
     
    The Supreme Court is out of session until after the new year, with the next oral argument scheduled at the court for Monday, Jan. 7.

     

     

  4. From a practical standpoint half of the cabinet members are newly installed and not likely to go 25th Amendment on IMPOTUS. It would be a good show, but I don’t rate a high likelihood of success. Sigh. 

  5. As long as the “media” and greedy old perverts keep normalizing the simpleton there is no chance of evicting the illegitimate president.  The senile old jerk is sinking lower and lower in his “thinking”.  We only have a glimpse of the universe his mind exists in.  That is one dingle berry brown place.

    Made the first major pan purchase to support going to induction cooking.  I am happy now.  The copper cookware is not good for frying eggs, or anything that needs uniform, edge to edge, cooking.  I spent the dollars and bought an induction fry pan, it is worth it. 

  6. Oh God this blog is so owned by the Trumpsters.
    It ain’t gonna happen. So lets focus on something that really will. Like, What is Nancy up to? or , How does the Democratic party keep the Bernie wing nuts from running off all those republican women who gave them control of the house?
    Jack

  7. On the other hand, I see ‘our’ use of the 25th as a pretext to fomentation of a coup as it will be intended to rid us of this twerp permanently; something for which impeachment is more appropriate.

  8. As to Uncle Joe for president, lol after he gets through with his mansplaining to all those suburban women…….. It’s not just age, like Bernie he is stuck in the past and can’t come forward. 
    Jack

  9. I agree with Flatus…  methinks impeachment is more appropriate.  Unless he does something really stupid such as declaring war on N. Korea or China.  Or he does do a SOTU and he starts howling and screaming at everyone and everything …  and it’s televised for all to see.
     
    Warren did a good interview last night with Maddow.  I’m glad she’s in the race…  but she doesn’t get my vote in the primary.  Neither does Joe.  This week’s Economist had a good article about why Joe wouldn’t make a good candidate.  But I can’t link to it.

  10. What I mean Jamie is it’s time for Klobuchar to form a committee to raise money and start hiring people, if she’s serious.. Warren just hired 4 top Iowa operatives, including Obama’s 2008 political director. Trips are good, but now’s the time to snap up the best workers and get rolling.

  11. In his rambling cabinet meeting yesterday he referred to the stock market decline as a blip.  Dummass thinks an 8% loss in the Dow for the year (2018) and down almost 15% from its high in early October is a blip?  What a maroon, what an ultraviolet.

  12. Yesterday was the burial for our friend.  It was the best and most appropriate funeral  I have ever been too.
    He died at home and they kept the body there,   Friends built the coffin and dug the grave.   People spoke spontaneously about their relationships.   Then everyone helped shovel the dirt.  Then there was eating and drinking.
    It fit his personality perfectly.   There wasn’t a dry eye in the place,   

  13. She has now been tweeting regularly for several days now taking positions.  I’m pretty sure she will announce within the next week one way or another.   You are right that she needs to get in or get out pretty quickly.  She was just re-elected to her Senate seat in 2018, so she’s safe.  
     

  14. By the way Amy is raising money and not just in Minnesota.  I have a friend in Philadelphia and he is raising money for her and has been for quite a while.

  15. As fun as it is to speculate on who’s in and who’s out for Democrats in 2020 and it is fun. It may be equally as interesting to toss around some possible republican names that might be tempted to step in and take on Trump. I don’t expect him to go unchallenged in the primaries and that can only be a plus for Democrats.

  16. amy most likely has all of franken’s professional campaign staffers ready and willing.  al certainly seems to be.
     
    as I said this morning, I really really hope that warren & biden are the first round hasslers to madden madder the madman.   she’s tweet for tweet able to humorously challenge the twit and he (joe) is more than the twit’s match for entertaining media moments.   just hope when the appropriate time comes they quietly recede from race and enthusiastically endorse and campaign for the real candidate.

  17. this from abc news gives an idea how house votes in the next two years (except those 18 outliers will probably join the majority on most bills):

    Despite some rumblings of ousting her following the midterm elections, Pelosi clinched the speakership with 220 votes. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy received the support of 192 Republicans. Eighteen lawmakers voted for someone else while three more voted “present.”

  18. from the link above:
     
    She said that the overwhelming victory of Democrats at the polls in November showed that the public wanted the House to challenge the president.
    “Our nation is at an historic moment. Two months ago, the American people spoke, and demanded a new dawn,” Pelosi said. “They called upon the beauty of our Constitution: our system of checks and balances that protects our democracy, remembering that the legislative branch is Article I: the first branch of government, co-equal to the president and judiciary.”
    Pelosi said that Democrats must be “pioneers of the future” and “accelerate a future that advances America’s preeminence in the world” by improving public education and workforce development. She also sounds a warning on climate change, calling it “a crisis manifested in natural disasters of epic proportions.”
    “This is a public health decision for clean air and clean water; an economic decision for America’s global preeminence in green technology; a security decision to keep us safe; and a moral decision to be good stewards of God’s creation,” Pelosi said about the need for Congress to combat climate change.
    She also referred to the “For the People” agenda, which Democrats campaigned on nationally, a package including bills on infrastructure, ethics reform, lowering health care costs and protecting those with pre-existing conditions. Pelosi mentioned other priorities as well, such as LGBT equality and implementing bipartisan background check legislation.
    However, before Pelosi can achieve any of these goals, the partial government shutdown must end. President Trump is refusing to sign any legislation which does not include funding for a border wall, which Democrats in the House and Senate are unwilling to provide.
    “We will debate and advance good ideas no matter where they come from – and in that spirit, Democrats will be offering the Senate Republican appropriations legislation to re-open government later today – to meet the needs of the American people, and to protect our borders,” Pelosi said about the Democrats’ immediate agenda.
     

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