Sunday Sum Up: Quo Vadis?

Good Afternoon Sky Dancers!

It’s Persian New Year!  Yesterday was National Puppy Day!  I’ve been looking at all kinds of things to find some distractions but I still fell empty and wanting from my nearly 2 year relationship with Robert Mueller.  I can’t help asking what does this break up mean?  Is it really over?  Where do we go from here?

I appear not to be alone in my search for clues and answers.  So, here it is … the morning list of reads of what’s next  or entering the next phase of throwing the entire Trump/Kushner family syndicate in jail and out of the White House.


!Oh, and this:

Plus, mmm this:

Continuing on ..

and, for your consideration …

Well, go read and get back to me …

JJ should be back this week.   And, this is an open thread, no, really it is …

Meanwhile, here are some puppies to celebrate National Puppy Day a day late!!!

And read all about Nowruz (Persian New Year) here.


51 Comments on “Sunday Sum Up: Quo Vadis?”

  1. dakinikat says:

  2. bostonboomer says:

  3. dakinikat says:

    • quixote says:

      We don’t need more investigations to dot the i’s on the screamingly obvious.


      Aargh. Sorry about yelling.

      I get so jangled watching people try to convince themselves all this legal foofaraw shows the system is working.

      No. The fact that we couldn’t get rid of this garbage within three months of inauguration shows it is not working. It shows criminals who are rich enough can use the legal system to drag things out forever while they go right on robbing the country blind.

      • Enheduanna says:

        The fact he made it into office shows a broken system IMO.

        • quixote says:

          Exactly. But that’s on the previous Administration, who should have been the check and balance there. I don’t know if the legal system could have done anything before he was pres*.

  4. dakinikat says:

    Really scary breaking news

    CARACAS (Reuters) – Two Russian air force planes landed in Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100 troops, according to a local journalist, amid strengthening ties between Caracas and Moscow.

    • quixote says:

      The Venezuelan situation has as many sides as a disco ball.

      1) Levels of poverty and corruption in the country were and are totally out of hand. Something really did need to be done about that. Whether Chavez’s solution was a good idea or not is another question, but at least he was acknowledging the problem.

      2) The oil industry and the middle classes preferred to hang on to what they had, thank you very much. (So what else is new?)

      3) The situation spiralled out of control, as these things do (see French Revolution, Russian Revolution, etc., etc.). Maduro is a thug and an idiot and a dictator who is doing the opposite of helping matters.

      4) So Pence and the Trumpies are going to step in and help matters. /*wild uncontrollable laughter*/

      5) So Maduro invites in Putin. A bit like breaking a leg to take your mind off your cholera.

      Where does it end? Who knows. It’s already in hell but things can always get worse. The only good thing is the Dump and his Admin are so incompetent, they’ll probably just lose interest since there’s no good PR to be had.

      The poor Venezuelans will keep fleeing and dying in untold numbers. It’s all just so utterly horrible.

  5. dakinikat says:

  6. dakinikat says:

    • dakinikat says:

      BREAKING: “The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’”

      No conclusion from Special Counsel Mueller if Trump obstructed justice. He is NOT exonerated.

      But, Trump’s Attorney General will not pursue charges.

      The fix is in. No justice in America.

      They’re leaving to Congress where Mitchie will kill justice in her sleep

      • NW Luna says:

        “does not conclude that the president* committed a crime” but also “does not exonerate him” … Those two phrases do not seem reconcilable. If someone phrased that wording very carefully and exactly, the “does not conclude … committed a crime” is written to allow the existence of something wrong. Did the report not include a conclusion? Who decides that the facts turned up by the investigation do meet the definition of a crime? Is it a question of whether the POTUS* is indeed above the law?

        I’m likely grasping at straws here to find some hope we’ll see Trump & associates brought to justice. Right, there are state investigations, but I wanted the federal investigation to bring the criminal behavior to light.

        • NW Luna says:

          Was too naive and hopeful when I write the above before reading the Barr summary.

        • bostonboomer says:

          Mueller probably intended to leave it to Congress, but Barr stepped in and made a decision. It’s not up to him. We need to see the full report. Barr can’t be trusted.

          • Enheduanna says:

            Right – Barr makes a decision in less than 48 hours. Now let’s see them twist themselves into pretzels over why we shouldn’t see the full report that “exonerates” Dump.

  7. dakinikat says:

    • NW Luna says:

      Well shit. I read the letter and it seems clear that the Mueller investigation declined to conclude anything, citing difficult legal interpretation problems, and Barr concludes that everything is just fine and dandy. Not even a “tacit” coordination when Trump asked Russia to hack Hillary’s emails which are released the next day. Nope, nothing going on here, move along. Who are you going to believe, Barr or your lying ears and eyes?

    • NW Luna says:

  8. RonStill4Hills says:

    White mail privilege makes fools of us all once again. No conclusion, no obstruction.

    People inside the club can do anything they want.

    The election can be stolen.

    Lies and cover ups are perfectly excepts le.

    AndTtrump can appoint his own judges and jury. At the end of the day Barr made the decision.

    Jared, Junior, Ivanka, nothing.

    There is no justice.

    Repugs in full float mode.

    • quixote says:

      That’s how it looks to me too.

    • dakinikat says:

      Some body needs to kneecap Mitch McConnell for raping Justice and selling Liberty into slavery.

    • NW Luna says:

      Rich white privilege, while POC get locked up for years for getting caught with a joint, or not realizing that some past misdemeanor meant they couldn’t vote.

      *endless screaming*

    • gregorypotts says:

      I have no idea why anyone thought this was going to shake out any differently. There is a reason why Comey did what he did on the eve of the election. He was and is a misogynist prick that thought he was clever but got played. He was trying to set the table so that Hillary and Kaine would get impeached and convicted for the fake email fiasco leaving Paul Ryan as the President but what actually happened was that his interference tightened the race enough that Russian hackers and other malevolent actors could fix the results. No matter what happened in the election a coup was in effect. Either the results were going to get fixed or Hillary was going to get ousted. Democracy is basically dead in the USA and has been since 2000. We just don’t want to admit it. Just to many corrupt Americans brainwashed into thinking in terms of black and white, us against them. All of our wealthy “elite” are corrupt to the bone. We have an insane amount of white people who are over the top racist. We have just so many problems that need to get fixed but have an entire political party who doesn’t give a damned about our problems or our future. All they care about is building power and enriching themselves in the process.

  9. dakinikat says:

    Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s initial reaction: “It’s better than I expected.”

  10. Enheduanna says:

    Dak – did you see another Parkland survivor has committed suicide? So tragic and heartbreaking. No wonder these kids are dying of despair.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Yes, it’s horrible. The last I heard, the name wasn’t public.

    • dakinikat says:

      Yeah. Thought they might get an outbreak there … it happens … home they can get the kids counselling, etc asap

    • jan says:

      I feel so sorry for the parents and the other students!
      All of these kids should be getting counseling immediately. Can’t a few local psychiatrists step up and offer appts to the kids for free! God would say it was a very big mitzvah, don’t you think?

  11. bostonboomer says:

    Barr’s letter is a bullshit cover up. We need to see the full report.

    • bostonboomer says:

      • bostonboomer says:

  12. bostonboomer says:

    • bostonboomer says:

  13. bostonboomer says:

    • NW Luna says:

      • bostonboomer says:

        I thought he was told that he didn’t need to recuse. Where is Aravosis getting this?

        • NW Luna says:

          Told by whom? I thought Barr was asked by Harris or Klobuchar if he was going to recuse himself from matters relating to the Special Counsel because of his unsolicited memo that a POTUS couldn’t be charged. Sigh. Hard to remember everything.

  14. dakinikat says:

    From my friend
    Lamar White Jr.

    A few things:

    1. The Mueller investigation resulted in the indictments of 34 people, including six of Donald Trump’s close associates.

    2. Five of those six associates- including his former campaign manager, former national security advisor, former personal lawyer, former deputy campaign chairman, and a former campaign aide- were either convicted or pled guilty to a series of crimes. The sixth associate, Roger Stone, is awaiting trial.

    3. “Collusion” is not a crime; the crime is conspiracy, and as we now know, the Special Counsel only looked at whether the Trump campaign entered into an agreement with the Russian government.

    4. With respect to obstruction of justice, the Special Counsel made no determination. Attorney General William Barr has previously stated he did not believe you could ever charge the President with obstruction of justice, and he made the decision to decline prosecution.

    5. The Special Counsel never conducted an interview with President Trump.

    6. The reason the Special Counsel was hired was to determine whether the President committed obstruction of justice. Ultimately, the Special Counsel expressly did not exonerate Trump; his own Attorney General did.

    7. In 1974, President Richard Nixon argued that he was not guilty of obstruction of justice because he lacked “corrupt intent.” We all know how that turned out.

    I think point 6 about sums it up. Congress has to do its job even though Mitch McConnell will obstruct justice.

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  16. NW Luna says:

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  18. NW Luna says:

    I noted Barr’s letter talks about contact between the Trump campaign people and the Russian government. Nothing about working with hostile foreign state contacts who are not officially part of the Russian government.

  19. Pat Johnson says:

    Let’s face it: Trump is untouchable from this point on.

    Forget SDNY. Forget the state of NY. Forget any other entity who may charge him with crimes: from this day forward, with the GOP at his back, Trump is untouchable.

    He will continue to lie and lie some more and it won’t matter. He will continue to insult and it will not have any impact. He can now openly lift those sanctions which may help to make him the billionaire he craves to be and nothing will stand in his way.

    It’s over. A lawless, criminal enterprise will continue and we can only stand idly by.