Trump’s Attack On Yovanovitch – An Attack On Strong, Independent Women

Former Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch raising right hand to swear to provide, under oath, truthful testimony in the Impeachment Inquiry hearings open session in the U.S. Capitol.

  by Tony Wyman   If it is possible for a man to more thoroughly demonstrate contempt for accomplished and independent women than the tweet sent from Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz the day former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch testified before Congress about President Trump’s misconduct in Ukraine, I am not sure how. I mean, of course, other than bragging about being such a “star” you “can do anything,” you can even “grab them by the pussy.“ About the graduate of Princeton, Moscow’s Pushkin Institute, and the National Defense University’s National…

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Writer’s Lounge – Ambassador Taylor, President Zelenskyy, Taco Bell And “Chalupa”

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  Impeachment Inquiry features faulty GOP counter narratives   Everyone that is paying attention, is following the open hearings at the Capitol, where committee witnesses are being interviewed by Democrats and Republicans. As such, we won’t get too far into that, other than sharing just a few observations. The main argument GOP House members seem to be advancing – and this will be consistent going forward, is that the testimony of Ambassador Taylor and  Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, is “hearsay” and that as such,…

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Writer’s Lounge: Fiona Hill, Rudy Giuliani, Gordon Sondland, Donald Trump, ERA

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  If Jim Jordan is leading the team, you might want to bet against that team.   In perusing the transcript of the Fiona Hill deposition before the joint House Impeachment Inquiry committee, presided over by Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), I happened across this gem, which gives us a bit of a preview how ineffective House Oversight Committee member Jim Jordan (R-OH) is going to prove to be when he is moved over to the House Intelligence Committee as replacement for Devin Nunes (R-CA), who has become a self caricature. …

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Writer’s Lounge – Virginia, Pennsylvania, Matt Bevin, Monday Night Football Cat

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Writer’s Lounge 11/7/2019   Considerable hay has been made about the capture by Democrats in Virginia of both state houses in the Virginia General Assembly for the first time since 1994 – and there is plenty of hay to be made of that. Then there is the more than likely win of Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear over incumbent Republican Matt Bevin, of whose re-election, Donald Trump, the night before the election, told supporters “You got to get your friends, you got to vote. Because if you lose, it sends…

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The Man Box: How an Obese, Draft Dodging, Misogynist Became the Masculine Role Model For Men

by Tony Wyman There is a young man I know named Jack who lives in a small town in Ohio. He’s the longtime boyfriend of one of my favorite kids, Morgan, a tiny, perpetually-tanned, explosion of smiles and energy who seems to be one of the happiest people on the planet.  And Jack is a large reason why. Beyond the fact that he’s movie star good-looking, Jack is pretty much everything a young women should look for in a man.  He’s considerate, gentlemanly, protective without being overbearing or controlling, and,…

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How Discredited Policies Of The Days Of DEVO Have Driven Us To The Fiscal Edge

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The eighties had some bright spots. These include the lyrical riffs in Guns and Roses marvelous Sweet Child o’ Mine, the bass line in Billy Idol’s catchy White Wedding and just about everything Great White and Metallica did. There were also some highs in  GOP’s economic experiment, but largely it was a mixed bushel of apples, most of them rotten or full of worm-holes and bruises. That didn’t stop the GOP from using them in a pie that we are still choking down to this day.

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Writer’s Lounge 10-31-19, Lt. Col. Vindman, Kseniya Kirillova, Jack Dorsey

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  by Richard Cameron   Thursday Evening Greetings. Are you going to go tricking or treating or planning on a little of both?   What do you know?  What do we know?  What do you want to know?   Well, we can only tell you what we know and since the beginning of the week, it’s a lot. That’s partially because, the hearings on Capitol Hill on the Impeachment inquiry were the building of a foundation, a rock solid one, for the next phase of construction on a body of…

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Republicans Target Iraq War Veteran Alexander Vindman For Character Assassination

video still of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, heading to Congressional meeting room to testify to House Impeachment Inquiry committee.

  by Richard Cameron   For a party that paid so much lip service to caring about the military, veterans and “patriotism”, the GOP sure doesn’t walk the walk. If a dispute involving the rule of law, comes down to an allegiance with men that honorably served their country in combat and leadership roles as versus a coward who evaded military service 5 times and the only thing tough on him is his mouth – they choose the mouth that roared. Today, another distinguished veteran is being targeted by the…

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Trump’s Failing And Feckless “Executive Privilege” Impeachment Strategy

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  by Richard Cameron   Friday closed out yet another turbulent week for the endangered presidency of Donald Trump. The White House counsel’s office, Cabinet agency level attorneys and GOP members of Congress in both houses have been maintaining that the House Impeachment Inquiry is either unlawful, un-Constitutional or lacking in “due process” or all of the above. Trump himself, tweeted, “The Ukraine investigation is just as Corrupt and Fake as all of the other garbage that went on before it.”  On the matter of whether the inquiry / investigation…

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Writer’s Lounge 10-25-19 Tobin’s “Foxocracy”, Jennifer Puebla On Courage

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  Well, time for a Friday Writer’s Lounge.  Hope you will say TGIWL (Thank God it’s Writer’s Lounge). And then again, on second thought, maybe we shouldn’t blame Him for this. Thank Goodness for Writer’s Lounge? We could go for that. First up, we have news about a new partnership we’re excited about. National Compass is joining forces with Tobin Smith, to bring you the opportunity to get yourself a free e-copy of his incredible new book, “Foxocracy”. Why are we making this offer? For our part, National Compass has…

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