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You may or may not know, but I have been flattened for the last three days by some sort of evil Martian Death Virus. It comes with a low fever, vicious chills and pain in every joint I have except my right knee. So there’s that…

bradley-manning-aiding-the-enemyAt any rate, with all the chatter about the various pardons issued by outgoing President Obama, including the Pvt Bradley Manning one, I thought that I would concentrate this Constitution Thursday on the Pardon power found in Article II. However, it’s possible that I will be in bed, shaking from chills and too sore to get up. So I figured I’d at least put up the show with John & I talking about the issue back in 2013. While this episode deals mostly with famous pardons up to that point, particularly Nixon, the process is the same; the effect is the same. And when this was recorded, I was also- as you can hear – quite sick! 

If I can get up, I will try to add some more up to date thoughts to it. But if not… at least you’ll have this before I am gone, taken by the Martian Death Virus. For which the CDC has issued no warning about and is unlikely to get the same headlines as THE EBOLA!!!!!!!

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Everybody keeps telling me how horrible 2016 was. Celebrity deaths, violence, the cancellation of The Jim Gaffigan Show. I get it, it was a bad year.

It’s hard for me to think in those terms. In January, I couldn’t walk without horrible pain. In February I went to Seattle for my Uncle’s funeral. While there it was clear that I could hardly stand up, let lone walk for more than a minute without swelling and the most intense pain I have ever had. I say that as a man who has gone through a shattered hand, three bouts of kidney stones and an infected pilonidal cyst (trust me, do not Google that). By the end of February the pain was – up to that moment – the worst I have ever had, and had essentially crippled me. Read the rest of this entry

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Back in 2014 when I was able to go on the Central Valley Honor Flight, there was one of these men from our region right behind me on the bus. We had wonderful conversations about the boats and how we both found our way into them. The truth is that it was men like him who inspired me to go into the depths aboard my generations boats. They are tough men who did amazing things, as that entire generation of Veterans did. They are fading far too fast and soon all that will be left is the memories and records they left behind. And those whom they inspired.

Outgoing President Obama has promised “retaliation” against Russian hacking. Putting aside the fact that nobody can show any definitive way that the supposed hacking impacted the election, what exactly does he plan to do? He says that sanctions are an option, but aren’t we already doing that over Crimea and Ukraine? Are we really going to start a war over what it basically a fake news story? To be clear, I have no doubt that the Russians were hacking us. Show me precisely HOW it effected the outcome of the election. You know, like the way that CIA hacking of certain American Citizens effected the 2012 election…

121616-arizona-sheriff-contemptSheriff Joe has finally given up his “investigation” of Obama’s Birth Certificate. After five years of turning up exactly nothing (because there isn’t anything there), he complained that his investigation “wasn’t being taken seriously by the rest of the country.” He is, of course, correct about that. But much like a Candidate for President who looks for any excuse to cling to to explain why the results didn’t go his way, he blames the media, the culture, the mysterious “them” and anything and everything except his own irrational behavior. Much like a President accused of misbehavior takes to bombing aspirin factories in the Sudan, perhaps Sherriff Joe could have had more success at his wild goose chase if it had not been widely seen as an attempt to deflect his own legal issues? In any case, we can now draw the curtain closed on one of the more colorful and odd characters of the past decade as he rides off into the sunset. Read the rest of this entry

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