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“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.”

–Mahatma Gandhi

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  1. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Today’s headline in Politico……..

    “Is There a Barry Goldwater Left in the GOP?

    How one senator had the power to tell the president it was all over.”

  2. DENependent says:

    Denver Infill has a neat little thing showing satellite before and after views of various areas of downtown Denver. 2010-2019

    https://denverinfill.com/blog/2020/01/a-decade-of-infill-before-and-after.html

    Denverite has a look at other laws beyond the camping ban used by the city to move people experiencing homelessness.

    https://denverite.com/2020/01/21/its-not-just-the-camping-ban-that-keeps-you-on-the-move-if-youre-experiencing-homelessness/

    And Colorado Public Radio has an article about State Sen. Brittany Pettersen becoming the first legislator to give birth during a session.

    https://www.cpr.org/2020/01/21/for-the-first-time-a-state-lawmaker-has-given-birth-during-the-legislative-session/

  3. Gilpin Guy says:

    Love your quote today Pols.  So much more thoughtful then the old days when it was Rush's latest diatribe.  The quote itself presupposes the existence of an individual conscience which in Gardner's case is debatable.

  4. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    A million here, a million there — eventually, maybe it'll add up to corruption.

    D.C. attorney general sues Trump inaugural committee over $1 million ballroom booking at president's hotel

    Attorney General Karl A. Racine alleges in a civil lawsuit that the inaugural committee abused its nonprofit status by spending $175,000 a day to rent the ballroom of the president’s D.C. hotel — over the objections of its own event planner. The cost totaled more than $1 million, including food and beverages, far more than other hotels charged. Subpoenaed documents show committee officials were alerted to the problem but ignored warnings.

     

  5. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    It's pretty clear what strategy Trump's minions must employ:

    Were Trump trying to make a traditional legal argument, he’d have picked the wrong legal counsel. But that’s not what the president is trying to do. …

    And so the president’s defense, the argument and the team alike, has another purpose: It’s a message to Republican senators. It says to each of them that no, the White House will not make a factual argument on the merits of the case—not a real one, anyway. And no, it will not make a real legal argument either. It, rather, will announce that, per George Orwell, two plus two equals five. And it will demand of the senators that they get in line to endorse that proposition, preferably on television, where the president can see. It will be a failure of loyalty if they are not willing to do this. And they will be subject to retaliation. It’s not a strategy that would work in court. But the Senate is not, at the end of the day, a court.

    • ParkHill says:

      This is a great point.

      The second half of it is: "By agreeing, you are signaling your loyalty, and are now fully-compromised."

      This is the way kompromat and mafia corruption works. If you are participating in the violence, you can't turn on the Don without destroying yourself. 

  6. ParkHill says:

    Warren has a plan for that: “Cleanup the mess Trump has created

    Do any of the other Dem candidates actually have a plan to fix all the things Trump broke? He has had 4 years of wrecking ball governance: killing science, the EPA, immigration, workers rights, etc.

    Biden is going to get Republicans to help him, Sanders is going to be an inspiration, Buttigieg is going to speak 15 languages, Klobuchar – I’m don’t actually know.

    It isn’t even about all of Warren’s policy plans which will require new and better laws to be passed in Congress. It is about her knowledge of how the bureaucracy works, and her interest in restoring a functioning government.

    I can easily visualize Warren as a competent executive, picking great people for her cabinet, inspiring the government staff up and down the ranks, restoring science, regulation and policy. Imagine an office dedicated to protecting consumers from the ravages of monopoly capitalism; let’s call it the Consumer Financial Protection Board. 

  7. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    The CNN poll breaks down race by “white” and “non-white”:

    White
    Sanders 24%
    Biden 22%
    Buttigieg 18%
    Warren 13%
    Bloomberg 6%
    Klobuchar 6%

    Non-white
    Sanders 30%
    Biden 27%
    Warren 16%
    Yang 6%
    Bloomberg 5%
    Buttigieg 4%https://t.co/grLDov0XO4

    — Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) January 22, 2020

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