Get ready for all the double talk and spin and diversionary tactics that we are about to witness.
Forget The Fog Of War, this will be The fog Of Misdirection.
Welcome to the land of "facts don't matter".
So, did the democrats get it right?
Will the public be behind them and, drag kicking and screaming, a few republicans along the way?
Or will they play out the worst case scenario and lose the house majority too?
Will Trumps numbers go up or down or stay the same?
It can all be terribly confusing and complicated to follow.
And let's be honest, it's exhausting!
Would it have been wiser to just have waited for 2020 and let the people decide (barring any unforeseen interference by Russia or China or Saudi Arabia or someone else)?
Let's face it we already know the out come.
The Senate is going to acquit so what's the point right?
Let's look at another way;
The United States Of America is a giant Wal-Mart or Costco and, we the people are all the shoppers.
The store is crowded and we are all just minding our own business, doing our shopping when all of a sudden there is a gasp coming from someone behind you.
You turn to see what's going on and there in the middle of isle 34, there is a woman or man hitting their child.
Everyone watching is aghast.
"Someone do something"!
"Someone stop her/him"!
"Someone call the police"!
"This is terrible"!
But no one does anything and the person keeps hitting the child.
That's what NOT bringing Articles Of Impeachment would have been like.
It may be hard.
It may be unpopular.
It may be risky.
Maybe the democrats will lose seats.
Maybe trump will win in 2020.
But should we just stand by and watch and do nothing because it's safer?
Or do we try to save the child (our democracy)?
Democratic representative's in Trump districts are voting their conscience and risking their seats as the House votes to impeach.
You don't have to hate Trump to understand that he has committed acts of high crimes and misdemeanor's.
But, if we stand idly by and do nothing are we not complicit?
Should we not be willing to stand up for what's right...
Yep! This is exactly what you think it is.
It's a banana duct taped to a wall.
Thispiece of modern art sold recently for 125 million dollars!
Is this really who we are now?
In a world of such income inequality and poverty.
(In our city alone there are 11,000 + who are homeless)
It's a time when the current president has cut even more access tofood stamps and S.N.A.P.
Are there really those among us with so much disposable income that it can justify this?
A big Fuzzy Hug and a bunch of Kitty Kisses to Nancy Pelosi's gutsy reply to a reporter.
A huge Sticky Paw to the supreme court.
If you still think we live in a democracy let me just burst that little bubble for you.
Yesterday SCOTUS decided to halt the Houses subpoena for Trumps tax records.
For now the subpoena is stayed but if the court decides to hear the argument formally and lets the ruling stand, that's a really big deal!
Not only would the D.O.J be politically inclined to be in Trump's pocket, but so would the highest court in this country.
A big fat Kitty Kiss to photographer and film maker, Lauren Greenfield
If you are really in need of a further dose of depression, just watch Lauren Greenfield's Generation Wealth then; ( see art above)
And lastly, a big Sticky Paw to how emotionally vacant we have become:
A soldier spotted at an airport crying was berated with "don't let him on board".
Never mind that this was the reason for his tears.
Now keep in mind that this is the time of year that we are supposed to be a little bit nicer and a little more giving...
So, how did it become the symbol for what just might forever be known as a bridge too far?
To understand the situation you have to look at the time line for all of the weeks unfolding events surrounding Sharpie Gate.
One would think that someone in charge of the running of the country, wouldn't have a whole lot of time for all the self inflicted drama around something so seemingly inane.
But if we know nothing else about Donald Trump, by now everyone should be aware that the guy can not let anything go.
What's remarkable -- and telling -- about the now days-long saga over Alabama and Hurricane Dorian isn't that Trump didn't tell the truth initially. Or even that he continued to double and triple down on the falsehood.
It's this: Trump is so obsessed with being right that he blocks out any and all other responsibilities or duties as President to pursue that goal.
While the doctored map incident might not have convinced anyone Trump was correct in his assertion, it was effective in getting himself in the news during a period when most media coverage would be focused on the storm.
Donald Trump, whose career has been dedicated to the motto that there is no such thing as bad publicity, shows no signs of wanting the media storm to dissipate.
Spending a fifth day on Thursday repeatedly tweeting his defense and calling Fox News reporter John Roberts into the Oval Office to make his case.
And he re tweeted a storm readiness message from the Alabama National Guard — one from before Labor Day weekend. "I was with you all the way Alabama. The Fake News Media was not!" he said.
Even as Hurricane Dorian finally weakened, the clouds inside the Oval Office only darkened — and with his map, a fresh flood of defiant tweets and his staff's support, Trump spent days making a hurricane story about himself, positioning himself as a victim at the center of the week's main news event.
This may all seem small and petty and perhaps trivial, but is it really?
Is it petty and small that we now have someone in the White House who will do and say whatever
need be to convince anyone who will listen that they are right no matter what the consequences, no matter what the damage?
Or might this be just a little too small and petty?
Something so brazenly absurd that it actually makes a difference for once?