Sunday, February 14, 2021

Valentine love notes and cockleburs from Key West and Republican America

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homeless nations: Key West and the Kingdom of Trump

Dreamed during a nap yesterday of my homeless woman friend in Key West. Dreamed last night of going to Key West, aka The Conch Republic, and spending a while in its homeless shelter on Stock Island, the island just above Key West ...

Séamus O Shoegrew
So few people are aware of these scenario’s or are capable of caring of such people. It like so many other conditions of our humanity have become overwhelming to those who do care. All the best Sloan!

Sloan Bashinsky
Thanks, amigo. I do truly hope Lady Karma is on the job 😎

Wow what a story.

Lee Ann
It is unfair that this woman is treated this way .I have seen the behavior of tourists, as I lived in Key west for 13 yrs. I saw drunk tourists throwing up on citizens porches, having sex in the streets, and behaving in dreadful ways. This woman should not be treated this way. Shame on them.

Sloan Bashinsky
Lee Ann, See my reply to Seamus 😎

Sloan, run again against the BLUE mayor and the Republicans - who will be fewer in number if they stay loyal to your new neighbor a little to the North.

Sloan Bashinsky
I now live in Alabama, Jerry, would have to move back to and take residence in Key West, register to vote there again. Have no interest in running for office there again. It was like talking to Republicans, even though they mostly were Democrats. Republicans in the majority above Key West. I think about living in Key West again, but reluctant to be so far from my daughters and their families, and can't afford two residences right now. Trump came to Key West after being elected in 2016, got a warm reception from Republicans and Confederate flag lovers. During Civil War, despite a Union navy base there, Key West was a Confederacy sympathizer.

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Try to imagine Sloan making a coherent posting.........nah!

Sloan, they only got seven courageous Republicans to say he should be convicted of doing what he did to cause the riots and death at the Capitol on Jan 6. Seven! What a sad day in America. But not unexpected. Now it's up to the criminal justice system!

Sloan Bashinsky
Gosh, the Senate moved really fast from voting to call witnesses, to voting on whether to convict. I was playing bridge online, then took a nap. I figured there were not enough votes to convict, which inspired my spoof on Trump beating Harris in 2024, almost! 43 Republican Senators made a deal with the Devil, literally. I wonder if that’s coherent for Republicans like Walt? Don’t see federal prosecutors striking a jury that will unanimously convict Trump of inciting insurrection. Perhaps fed and state prosecutors will get conviction of other crimes. Or not, due to jury striking. The Republican Party self destructed. Now the Trump Party. America is Netflix freak show series.

Sloan Bashinsky
From the NY Times Evening Briefing:
The House impeachment managers unexpectedly called for witnesses and then abruptly dropped the request, after striking a deal with Mr. Trump’s defense team to add to the trial record a written statement from Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington — a Republican who said she had been told that Mr. Trump sided with the rioters as they were attacking the Capitol.
Too bad the Dems did not include in the record the heated exchange during the riot between Trump and House Minority (Republican) leader Kevin McCarthy, in which Trump said the rioters were antifa, and McCarthy told Trump they were his people.

Sloan Bashinsky
More from that briefing: 
The Justice Department does not plan to focus on Trump in its investigation into the riot, but the evidence may give a clearer — and possibly more damning perspective.

Sloan Bashinsky
More from that Briefing - Mitch McConnel has no clue how deep a hole he dug with God:
In speeches and statements after the vote, several Republicans who had voted to acquit Mr. Trump still declared him responsible for the assault on the Capitol. Among them was Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader.
“The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president,” Mr. McConnell said, “and having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories and reckless hyperbole, which the defeated president kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet earth.”
Mr. McConnell’s stated reason for his “not guilty” vote was that Mr. Trump was no longer in office — even though it was Mr. McConnell who prevented the Senate from beginning the trial while Mr. Trump was in office.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi took that reasoning to task when she made an unexpected appearance at a Democratic news conference after the vote.
“It is so pathetic that Senator McConnell kept the Senate shut down so that the Senate could not receive the article of impeachment and has used that as his excuse for not voting to convict Donald Trump,” she said.
Nevertheless, it was striking that the leader of the Senate Republicans excoriated Mr. Trump using language that could have come from the House managers trying to convict him — something he certainly did not do the last time Mr. Trump was impeached.
“A mob was assaulting a Capitol in his name. These criminals were carrying his banners, hanging his flags and screaming their loyalty to him,” Mr. McConnell said. “There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.”

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