This Needs To Happen


Author: craigcrawford

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  1. abcnews:

    In search of historical guidance and legal tools to respond to the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol last week, members of Congress and legal scholars alike are re-examining a little known section of a Reconstruction-era constitutional amendment.
    Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, in theory, gives Congress the authority to bar public officials, who specifically took an oath of allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, from holding office if they “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the Constitution and therefore broke their oath. But the provision has rarely been used or tested, and so scholars are unsure about how exactly Congress could exercise authority under this provision and to what end today.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., formally asked her colleagues on Sunday for their views on this part of the Constitution.
    Then Monday, Democrats’ explicitly referenced it too in their newly drafted article of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
    “It doesn’t say anything about Confederates, it’s about anybody who commits this kind of thing. My view is it would apply to President Trump and bar him for holding any office either right now or in the future,” Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War historian Eric Foner told ABC News on Monday.
    Foner emphasized the part of Section 3 that refers to those political and military leaders who previously took an oath of office. He argued the provision was not intended to bar average Confederate soldiers from public office, but specially those who had previously sworn to protect the U.S. Constitution.
    “It was a punishment for having rebelled but, in a sense, a rebellion after having taken an oath. It was perjury they were punishing them for,” he said. “(Trump) took an oath to support the Constitution and now he has given aid to insurrection and that is the kind of thing the people who wrote the 14th Amendment were trying to avoid. Even though it has only been used a handful of times in American history, it’s there.”
    According to Foner, for a few years the law was enforced in the South and there were examples of people who had to leave their public offices at the direction of the U.S. Congress and local officials, because of they had previously been Confederates. But in 1872, Congress passed a larger amnesty law, and Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was essentially shelved.
    Some have wondered whether the same part of the Constitution could be applied in this case to also punish sitting members of Congress for their potential role in inciting violence by way of perpetuating misinformation around the election.

  2. from alternet:

    Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz should be afraid. Very afraid. There’s a very real possibility that they might soon find themselves on the business end of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
    Hawley and Cruz — likely in that order — are truly in danger of getting booted from the U.S. Senate by their fellow senators.
    As historian Michael Beschloss and others have noted, the legal basis is clear, dating back to the post-Civil War amendment ratified during Reconstruction in 1868. Amendment XIV Section 3 states definitively that “no person shall hold any office” if as a member of Congress they “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
    It’s never good news to get caught helping out in a civil war when you’re holding a job with qualifications that read “hasn’t helped out in a civil war.”
    Well, that’s what Hawley and Cruz just did: The organized insurrectionists incited and directed by Donald Trump to attack the Capitol were doing so in the name of a borderless civil war. (The fact that Trump continues to shun any expression of sympathy for fallen Capitol police officers confirms he regards them as enemy casualties).


  3. With all of the crap that has happened at Ft. Hood and other bases, I’m not surprised that there were military in the mob.  That needs to be addressed.  
    For their to have been (and be) scumbags working at the Capitol, that can’t wait.  They need to be found and charged.  Hopefully, there is a digital trail that will make it easy to find and prosecute them.
    Disbar Ted Cruz.

  4. and if MLK and inauguration days in DC are not enough to worry about


    The FBI warned Monday that armed far-right extremist groups are planning to march on state capitals this weekend, triggering a rush to fortify government buildings amid concerns that the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol last week could spread throughout the country.
    The memo is something of a raw intelligence product, compiling information gathered by the bureau and several other government agencies, an official said. Some of it is unverified, and the threat is likely to differ significantly from place to place, though the memo said there were plans in all 50 state capitals, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the bulletin is considered a law enforcement document not authorized for wide public release.
    But the data points it highlights for law enforcement are nonetheless troubling — including that there was information suggesting people might storm government offices, or stage an uprising were President Trump to be removed from office, the official said.

  5. Renee, my admiration for Bill Belichek just grew immeasurably. Refusing the President Med of Freedom based upon the horrible events of last week. Yesterday he showed a degree of character I did not know he possessed. (Oh, and by the way, ROLL TIDE ROLL)

  6. Jimmy Kimmel

    I’m all for healing, but before we heal we need to make sure the surgery is finished. There’s a large cancerous tumor that still needs to be removed.


  7. bid – for many decades white supremacists, kkk and ‘vangicals have been enlisting in the military to gain training for the war to take over the U.S.  Scandals at the military academies concerning the above, especially the ‘vangicals, are almost yearly. 
    Here is a link to the NY Times article about the ‘vangicals and how they are so deep into the SFB cult.

  8. so D’ump productions is taking his last stand at the alamo?  well, not the real alamo, but alamo tx -to view D’ump’s “wall” i.e. his fence –  but close enough for reality tv.   must be trying to identify himself and his seditionist thugs as travis and his 179 fighters.  does that make nancy santa anna?

    it certainly is, as chris cuomo noted, symbolism and incitement for his followers to die for his cause

  9. Mary Trump on why Trump is visiting Alamo, Texas

    President Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, tells CNN’s Chris Cuomo that Trump is “undoubtedly” visiting Alamo, Texas, to invoke the symbolism behind the historic battle that happened there.
  10. Pogo…  congrats!  We watched the first half…  then went to bed.  Stayed up too late several nights in a row to watch NFL playoff games.  Bill Belichick has always had a profound respect for the military and those that serve.  He also very much believes in racial justice.  Also the Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, is a very devote Jew.  I’m sure some of the t-shirts the assholes were wearing didn’t sit well with either one of them.

  11. I love Tammy Duckworth.  When Tammy Duckworth speaks…  I listen.
    I also love Mary Trump.

  12. I get a 5 things you need to know today email from CNN each morning.  It’s pretty informative.  The first item on today’s list is the Capitol riot.  Here it is.  

    Capitol riot 

    The FBI has warned that “armed protests” are being planned at all 50 state capitols and the US Capitol leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next Wednesday. And two US Capitol police officers have been suspended and at least 10 others are being investigated for behavior during last week’s riot. Meantime, House Democrats plan first to vote this evening on a resolution urging VP Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from power, then vote tomorrow on an article of impeachment charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection.” But let’s get something straight: Impeachment itself would not ban Trump from holding future office, as some viral claims suggest. For that, the Senate would have to hold an additional vote on the matter. Another avenue that’s getting attention is the 14th Amendment, which bars from federal or state office any officeholder who takes part in insurrection or rebellion against the US.hersare being investigated for behavior during last week’s riot. Meantime, House Democratsplan first to vote this eveningon a resolution urging VP Mike Pence to invokethe 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from power, then vote tomorrow onan article of impeachment charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection.”But let’s get something straight:Impeachment itself would not ban Trump from holding future office, as some viral claims suggest. For that, the Senate would have to hold an additional vote on the matter. Another avenue that’s getting attention is the 14th Amendment, which bars from federal or state office any officeholder who takes part in insurrection or rebellion against the US.

    I think it lays out the issues for the 25th and 14th amendments and impeachment, particularly with respect to bars on holding future government positions.

  13. Parler’s amateur coding could come back to haunt Capitol Hill rioters
    Some 80 terabytes of posts, many already deleted, preserved for posterity.

    By now, you may have heard of the hacker who says she scraped 99 percent of posts from Parler, the Twitter-wannabe site used by Trump supporters to help organize last Wednesday’s violent insurrection on Capitol Hill. What you may not know yet is the abysmal coding and security that made the scraping so easy.
    To recap, the scraping was pulled off by a hacker who goes by the handle donk_enby. She originally set out to archive content posted to Parler last Wednesday in hopes of preserving self-incriminating material before account holders came to their senses and deleted it. By Sunday, donk_enby said she had collected roughly 80 terabytes of posts, including more than 1 million videos, many of which contained the GPS metadata identifying the exact locations of where the videos were shot.


  14. Does SFB realize who lost at the Alamo?
    Jim Jordan can rot in hell. The Republican brand has tRUMPsky’s stink all over it.  An ex-coworker’s daughter is on a ventilator. She’s in her 30s.
    Meanwhile, I am working with folks who are mad that MLK is now a paid holiday, because they “ should’ve picked a different holiday”  like prez’ day or the Monday after Easter.    They are just that racist.  

  15. With all the Congress Critters testing positive, It should become a House/Senate rule that no mask, no admission to the floor.  If they want to speak or vote they must be masked.


  16. I see the creepy Goopers are saying it is the fault of both sides.  Some new member from South Carolina was saying everyone is responsible
    Simply not true 

  17. Something new from Amazon Prime, delivery overnight.  The other day I was looking at a product and one of the optional free delivery periods was between 9pm and midnight or 3am.   I live near the Baltimore warehouse.  A guess is that having overnight deliveries would reduce the burden on the daytime delivery trucks.

  18. jamie, this was reported december 15th by fox:

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday said masks would be a requirement for members in the chamber as the number of coronavirus cases – and related deaths – rise throughout the U.S.

    On the House floor, the speaker said members would not be recognized if they were not properly wearing their face coverings – and recognition would be withdrawn if masks were removed while a lawmaker was speaking, according to the official Twitter account of the chamber.

    Recognition is when a representative is permitted to speak.

  19. from marketwatch:

    As a growing list of companies cut political spending in the wake of last week’s Capitol Hill riots, some banks that have done business with President Donald Trump are following suit.

    Deutsche Bank DB,+0.94% will no longer do business with Trump or any of his companies, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, citing sources. A spokesman from the German lender declined to comment. Trump reportedly owes the bank over $300 million.

    Meanwhile, Signature Bank SBNY,+3.61% on Tuesday released a statement on its website, calling for Trump to step down.

    “At this point in time, to ensure the peaceful transition of power, we believe the appropriate action would be the resignation of the president of the United States, which is in the best interests of our nation and the American people,” said the New-York-based bank in a statement on its website on Tuesday.

    A spokeswoman for the bank said in emailed comments that at the time of last week’s riots by pro-Trump supporters on Capitol Hill, the bank “began contemplating how to address their displeasure and shock. In light of these events, Signature Bank issued a statement on its website on 1/7/2021 and updated it today with an even stronger response to the current situation.”

    “We witnessed the president of the United States encouraging the rioters and refraining from calling in the National Guard to protect the Congress in its performance of duty,” the bank said on its website on Tuesday. Wednesday’s riots have resulted in the deaths of five persons.

    “In conjunction with all of this, Signature Bank began the process to close President Trump’s personal accounts. Signature Bank pledges it will not do business in the future with any members of Congress who voted to disregard the Electoral College,” the spokeswoman said.

    She confirmed that Trump’s personal accounts with the bank are worth around $5.3 million, citing public information in Trump’s latest financial disclosure report.

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  20. Patd

    I thought so, but those idiots who wouldn’t mask when everyone was in protective lockdown should face some sort of ethics charges.  

  21. Your global standing is pretty grave when even Luxembourg won’t take a meeting.

    EU Snubs Pompeo

    BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled his Europe trip at the last minute on Tuesday after Luxembourg’s foreign minister and top European Union officials declined to meet him, European diplomats and other people familiar with the matter said.


  22. It sounds like the whole world is sick and tired of trump and his minions…

  23. The tRUMP brand is WORTHLESS.  Losing money is the only thing to make Republican-media/propaganda and congressional critters still siding with SFB understand what they have helped to happen.    

  24. jamie – The guy who refused to mask up in my doc’s office and then spit in another patient’s face got charged.   Willfully endangering someone’s health (during a pandemic) should be a punishable offense. 

  25. The dominoes are falling on tRUMPsky.  Woo-hoo!   There’s your headline when they toss his orange backside.  Woo-hoo!

  26. Any Republican not willing to vote to impeach and remove tRUMPsky is clearly a seditionist and should be charged, as such. 

  27. I want him to lose his presidential pension, security detail and travel expenses.  Taxpayers should be reimbursed by him for damage to the Capitol.  He should have his golf outings paid for with tax dollars for the rest of his sorry life. 

  28. So, SFB still has a YouTube channel for his neo-nazi propaganda?  Why aren’t they shutting him down?  No terms of service violation? 

  29. jamie, more mask rules for house 


    House members will have to walk through metal detectors before they enter the House chamber, the acting Sergeant at Arms for the House of Representatives announced Tuesday, in an order that highlighted a mask rule on the floor as well.

    Members will not be allowed to enter the chamber without a mask, acting Sergeant at Arms Timothy P. Blodgett said, and will be removed from the floor for not wearing one.

    Additionally, a procedural measure that the House will be voting on Tuesday evening related to the impeachment push will also impose new fines for those who refuse to wear masks on the floor.


    The new fine scheme expected to be adopted Tuesday night will resemble the one that House Republicans imposed in 2017 to punish members who take video and photos on the House floor, according to a senior House Democratic aide. Those fines were in a reaction to how some Democrats live-broadcasted from their cell phones demonstrations Democrats held on the floor that year to protest the lack of action on gun control.

    House members will face a $500 fine the first time they are found to be in violation of the mask requirement, and a $2,500 fine awaits them for a second offense. The penalty will be docked from member pay, according to the Dem aide, so that campaign funds cannot be used to pay it off.


    The addition of metal detectors will also change the way the House side of the Capitol operates for members. Members of the public and media go through metal detectors when they enter the Capitol complex, but lawmakers are allowed to bypass those.

  30. Son who heads up the Stryker repair and supply at Lewis-McChord received two messages today.  The first was the one from the Joint Chiefs laying out all aspects of the military swears allegiance to the  Constitution not the President.  The second was a note that the National Guard might not be able to bring in the latest batch of Strykers because they were on call to deploy to DC.


  31. if mitch is for impeachment then why doesn’t he go along with schumer’s request for them to call a special emergency session asap upon house delivery this week and get it over with.

  32. With only 7 left to vote, not a single Republican has voted to begin debate on impeachment 

    (edit: was debate on resolution to request pence to invoke 25th, which passed along partisan lines)

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