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Something is Fishy About the Lack of Witnesses at the Impeachment Trial

When we are young, we are taught about due process and one’s right to a fair trial. Part of this due process is the right to call witnesses to confirm the accused’s innocence or guilt.

The impeachment trial of you know who started today. Among the many points that were considered was whether or not to call witnesses. Not surprisingly, the Democrats wanted witnesses to be called. The Republicans argue that witnesses are not necessary.

I’m not a lawyer or a legal expert. I know where the boundaries of my knowledge lies. But I know enough to know that witnesses are necessary in any trial, regardless of whether it is on the local level, the national level or somewhere in between.

I have to wonder, in denying witnesses to speak for themselves, what the Republicans are hiding. Or, if they are not hiding something, they are afraid that these witnesses will reveal the truth. The truth that you know who did use his office for personal and political gain. By not going against you know who, they prefer to stay in power instead of serving the public who voted them into office.

Only time and history will tell how the impeachment trial of you know will turn out. Either way, the fact that Republicans refuse to call witnesses says it all, at least from my perspective.

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New Randy Rainbow Video "THAT DON! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody"

Last week’s impeachment of you know who is nothing short of history making.

That being said, the impeachment opens many doors for those who are ready, willing and eager to satirize the process and the man being impeached.

Randy Rainbow’s newest video, “THAT DON! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody” uses the song “Gaston” from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast“.

With his usual genius and spot on comedy, Rainbow makes us laugh at what is in reality a serious event which has implications to forever change the the political face of this country.

I can’t think of a better way to start the week.

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Thoughts On the Impeachment & You Know Who's Sea Wall Comment

Regardless of where you land on the political spectrum, I think it’s safe to say that this current President has, if nothing else, rocked the political boat.

You know who’s recent comment about the proposal to build a seawall to protect New York City from another Hurricane Sandy is both arrogant and ignorant. I don’t know where he was during the hurricane, but I know where I was. It was one of the scariest experiences of my life and a kick in the pants that climate change is real and destructive.

The ironic thing is that while he mocks the effort to protect the residents of New York City from another massive hurricane, he continues to believe that building a wall is the solution to resolve the issue of immigration reform. Building the wall and maintaining on the Southern border is a waste of money, time and the human resources. If he truly wanted to reform our immigration issues, he would be doing everything in his power to work with Congress. Instead he makes up lies and spouts false promises that will never become reality.

Speaking of, last week, he became the third President in American history to be impeached.

To be fair, this does not mean (at least at this point in time), that he will be even found guilty or removed from office. Only time can tell us that. But, the message is clear. No one, not even the President of the United States is above the law. He or she is as bound to follow the rules as any of us are.

As Senator Nancy Pelosi (D-California) stated on Real Time with Bill Maher,

“If I knew that the president is listening, I would want him to know that he is impeached forever, and he is impeached forever because he used the office of the president to try to influence a foreign country for his personal and political benefit. In doing so, he undermined our national security, he was disloyal to his oath of office to protect the Constitution and he placed in jeopardy the integrity of our election,” she added later. “He gave us no choice.”

As of now, we don’t know how this will all turn out. Regardless of what happens, it is a stark reminder of how important it is to what has to be done to keep our democracy alive. If we don’t, I am seriously afraid of what the consequences will be.

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Will the Equal Rights Amendment Be Ratified in My Time?

In 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced to Congress. It is designed to level to playing field for all Americans, regardless of sex. For nearly 100 years, this amendment has been bouncing around the halls of power and throughout the public consciousness.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. In the century since American women were given the right to vote, our achievements are nothing short of mind blowing. But those achievements only came by way of the hard work of generations of women.

As of this week, it appears that the ERA is one step closer to becoming the law of the land.

We live in a country and a world in which women are still second class citizens. For all of our achievements, there is still a long way to go until we are truly equal. Ratifying the ERA and writing it into the Constitution would go a long way to ensure that American women are truly and completely equal in the eyes of the law.

The question is, will our lawmakers have the balls to finally stand up and do what is right? Or will they put their put their heads in the sand and pretend that its still 1950?

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Thoughts On Cory Booker Ending His Presidential Campaign

There can only be one Presidential nominee. That being said, it is a natural occurrence that during the election season, the number of candidates will slowly be whittled down until one becomes the nominee.

Last night, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced that he was ending his Presidential campaign.

To be honest, I was not sure if he was the right person for the job. But I admired his courage, his tenacity and his love of this country.

But, I am also concerned about the lack of diversity among the leading Democratic contenders. As I wrote when Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) dropped out of the race, it is becoming appalling clear that the next Democratic nominee will be caucasian.

America is known as the melting pot of the world. Our diversity is our brand. It’s time that we lived up to that brand, especially in the halls of power.

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Thoughts on Julian Castro Ending His Presidential Campaign

As the November 3rd draws closer, the race among the Democratic nominees becomes tighter.

Today, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro announced that he would be ending his Presidential campaign.

I have mixed feelings about this decision. In a sense, as a voter, I have to respect the process. Not every candidate who throws their hat in the ring will win the nomination. There can only be one nominee representing the party.

But the problem with Mr. Castro, resigning from the race, is that it decreases the chances of a person of color winning the nomination. America has always been a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country. But we have recently embraced and accepted that fact. That includes politics.

Only time will tell who wins the Democratic nomination. My hope is that he or she will fully represent this country, especially those who have been disenfranchised simply because of skin color or family background.

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Just This Once, a Good Person With a Gun Stopped a Bad Person With a Gun

Gun control is one of those issues with the potential to tear this country apart. Among the many arguments against gun control is the following: “a good person with a gun can stop a bad person with a gun”.

On Sunday, at a small church in Texas, a man walked in and started firing. It could have been a massacre. But it was stopped by members of the church security team, two of whom gave their lives to save the lives of their fellow parishioners.

In this case, the fact that the security team was armed saved lives. That much is true and not up for debate. However, I still believe that this country needs common sense gun laws. It does not take a genius to understand to put two and two together. Lax and varied gun laws lead to mass shootings. A national gun law that mandates universal background checks is absolutely necessary.

Too many in this country have been lost to mass shootings. Until we take action, we will continue mourn for those who were taken by gun violence.

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Our Long National Nightmare is (Hopefully) Almost Over

To say that the Presidential administration of you know who has been controversial is an understatement.

In the history of the United States, there has never been a President like this man. Granted, there will always be a debate as to whether or not a President has done their job. However, there is a difference between the debate between citizens and a President who has put his needs above the needs of the country.

You know who was impeached tonight by the House.

Granted, tonight was half the battle. The decision to remove you know who goes to the Senate. The problem lies with Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) who has stated that he will “take my cues from the president’s lawyers.”

Party loyalty is one thing. I respect a politician who is loyal to his or her political party. But I don’t respect a politician who puts his or her job and party loyalty over the good of the country. As I see it, the good of the country is to impeach and remove from office a President who is only looking out for number one. He has neither the capacity or the ability to lead. He does not listen to advisors who are knowledgable in certain areas. Nor does he know when to stop.

That being said, if you know who is removed from office, then Mike Pence is President. Though in a certain sense, he is the lesser of two evils, he still sends a chill down my spine.

We will know soon enough about the fate of this current administration. I just hope that our long national nightmare will be over soon.

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Cry Me a River, Harvey Weinstein

Sexual assault and sexual harassment, especially in the workplace, is sadly nothing new.

When the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal hit the press two years ago, it was nothing short of earth-shattering. After a millennia of women not being heard about sexual misconduct by their male bosses, it was revelation.

Yesterday, Weinstein sat down with several newspapers and complained about his ruined reputation.

His childlike defense was the following:

“I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I’m talking about 30 years ago. I’m not talking about now when it’s vogue. I did it first! I pioneered it!” he bragged.

Cry me a river. He knew what he was doing. He knew that he was literally dangling work over their heads in return for sex. He is only crying foul because he got caught and lost everything.

I have a message for Mr. Weinstein. Grow up, grow a pair and admit what you did. An adult admits when they did something wrong. A child not only refuses to admit their error of their ways, they blame others and cast themselves as the victims. Care to guess which one Mr. Weinstein is?

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Bombshell Movie Review

Since the beginning of human history, sexual assault and sexual harassment has been the norm. Especially by powerful men who use sex as a tool against female subordinates or women who lack power. In our era, the balance is starting to tip against the men who use sex as a weapon, but not without the brave women who have come forward.

The new movie, Bombshell, tells the story of Fox News sexual harassment scandal from the perspective of the women who broke the scandal and stopped the harassment in it’s tracks. Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) and Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) are the headliners. Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie) is the newbie. Rumors of sexual indiscretions against the female staff by the late Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) have been floating around for years, but have not been verified.

The women must make a choice. Do they speak up and lose their jobs? Or do they stay silent and let the toxic atmosphere remain?

This movie is incredibly timely and at times, incredibly uncomfortable. But, I suppose, that is point of this film. Lithgow, as Ailes, is creepy, but not overtly so and not in the first few minutes of the audience meeting him. It is that initial lack of creepiness that makes the audience think that maybe he is not so bad.

If there is anyone to give kudos to, it is the makeup and hair teams. At first glance, one would not know the difference between the really Megyn Kelly and Charlize Theron in character. The resemblance is uncanny.

But, if this film has one flaw, it is that the slow burn is too slow. Anyone who watches the news knows how the movie ends. But it takes a little too much time for the filmmakers to get to that point.

Do I recommend it? I am leaning towards yes.

Bombshell is presently in theaters.

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