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Two other great points by Dersh at this Q&A: 1. The idea that impeachment can be for anything that gets 218 votes is bogus. There has to be a crime (in fact a "high crime"). The point was raised at the constitutional convention that perhaps impeachment could be just for "maladministration," and Madison explicitly rejected that, saying it would make the republic just like a parliamentarian system. There had to be a crime, and even with Andrew Johnson, who was universally hated, the House felt compelled to come up with a crime (albeit a dubious one, the violation of the Tenure of Office Act). And of course he said that nothing that Trump has been accused of is criminal, much less a "high crime." 2. During Clinton's impeachment, Lawrence Tribe argued vehemently that a sitting president could not be indicted. Now that Trump is President, Tribe has completely reversed his position. (Maybe that's well-known, but I didn't know it.)
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Just got back from hearing Alan Dershowitz speak at the unintentionally humorously named West Side Republican Club. I have to say he was fantastic. He's a powerful, mesmerizing, compelling speaker. It was all Q&A, and the first question was "Why are you still a Democrat?" He said that he hates the radicals and the influence they have, but he wants to stay in the party and influence it to the center, and that he can't join a party that doesn't support "a woman's right to choose, gay rights," etc. He mentioned that he has a brother-in-law, I think the name was Myron Cohen, who essentially agrees with him on the issues but thinks that those issues aren't ones that a president really influences, and on those, like foreign policy, taxes, Israel, he likes Trump, so he's become a Republican. He cited that in support of his contention that "true liberals" and "true conservatives" aren't that far apart and should be able to talk to each other, and it's the radicals that are really driving everyone apart. I don't entirely agree, but at least he was making the case for the old-style Democrats who still loved the country and believed in the rule of law. He also was bitterly angry at Obama over the Iran deal and especially over abstaining on the UN resolution on Israel in December '16. He said that Obama engineered that abstention (which allowed it to pass) out of spite against Bibi, and that as a consequence Dersh severed his relationship with Obama. Anyway, there was a lot of other good stuff. Two more I'll put in another post.
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There must be a recital space somewhere, whether attached to the Eastman or on campus, but I've not been there. Yes, there's a smaller recital hall at Eastman that's excellent, seats probably 400 or so. When I was there the Cleveland Quartet was in residence and had recitals in that hall.
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I can sell any time, John. But I’m going to hold out for 95 cents or higher. Where does Ashley Bianco go to get her reputation back?
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I feel the same way about those parties, porch. It's too stressful, I prefer to be alone. Unless the outcome is pretty clear in advance. Incidentally, it dawned on me that if the impeachment thing falls apart in the next few weeks or months I'll be able to sell my 'no' shares for $.99 or so, so no need to wait till January 2020.
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Ok, it made it to the Simpsons! https://twitter.com/ThePeoplesCube/status/1194371917790232576 You'll have to guess what "it" is, or click on the link for a 10 second video.
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I would think a bunch of criminal referrals of Obama administration people as suggested in that Newsmax link above might put a damper on the whole impeachment charade.
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Or to put it the other way around, I guess I won't collect on my 'no' bet until January 20, 2020.
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By the end of his first term, porch. Though I guess that's effectively next November.
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I agree, JMH, this is mainly a show investigation to try to throw up whatever they can against the wall in the hope that something sticks. They will want to prolong it as much as possible. I think if it ever does come to a vote there will be quite a few nays from the D side, though I suspect Pelosi will only let it come to a vote if it will pass.
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If the House ever votes for Impeachment you will see a citizen uprising like you have never seen before. Maybe, JiB, but I don't think people will take it very seriously. Incidentally I did put a bit of money down on "no," couldn't resist. But I'm guessing "no" will get even cheaper after the start of the hearings, so I'm holding off putting down more for when it falls below 20 cents. To answer Jim's other question, I don't think there's a minimum bet, unless it's $1 or something. There is a maximum on any single question of $850.
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Darn it, Clarice!
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Charlie Martin predicts "no." https://pjmedia.com/trending/prediction-no-impeachment/
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Jim, I think the $1.01 does give the house a penny. But, as I learned the hard way, PredicIt.org taxes winnings aside from that.
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MM, I won't even quibble over his "average median" :).
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"Trump will be impeached in his first term" is selling for $.78 at PredictIt.org. It's tempting to buy "No" at $.23. That was about what I paid for betting on him to win the election. But betting on sanity by the Dems seems a bigger long shot. https://www.predictit.org/markets/detail/3537
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No, JiB, I follow Groucho's rule about joining clubs. :)
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And you know who was a big fan of Gordon Liddy? My art major liberal (now) daughter As we've discussed, MM, I thought the G-Man was the best thing on radio. Much preferred him to Rush, because he would have guests on and was a good interviewer.
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If SCOTUS doesn't vote to allow Trump to end DACA then Trump will greatly enjoy his newfound executive powers by enacting all kinds of "laws" that the next president won't be able to get rid of. You're such a jokester, porch. We know made-up rules only apply to Republicans. Like the rule that it's scandalous to fire all the US Attorneys. Or the rule that a President-elect is not allowed to communicate with representatives of other governments.
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I guess TK answered my 2:41 question.
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Maybe you should consider reading the book. What book are we talking about now? Iggy beat me to it, but yes, monopoly power is almost invariably ephemeral unless it's granted and enforced by the government. The NCAA might be the best (worst?) counterexample, not sure what keeps it going. Last night Mrs K convinced me to watch Episode 1, Season 6 of "Silicon Valley," which I'd never watched before. The CEO of "Pied Piper" gives a speech to a congressional committee calling Facebook and Google empires over larger realms than any we ever rebelled against. There's something to that, though I suspect that in another 20 years they'll be distant memories.
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Sandy, last November Devos proposed major changes in the Title IX nonsense that Obama inflicted on the universities. That outraged all the right people, but there was a long "review and comment" period, and then of course lawsuits. This was the latest news I could find: https://www.courthousenews.com/devos-defeats-lawsuit-over-campus-sex-assault-policies/
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Some earth-shattering news: Mark Sanford is suspending his campaign for President.
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Paging Betsey DeVos Sandy, on balance it's a good thing that the federal government doesn't have much influence on the public schools. As it is, I think the D of E is trying to undo the damage wrought by Trump's predecessor in the Oval Office. It would be great if after that it just commits suicide.
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Catsmeat: To add to what DrJ said about exploring Rochester, if you're downtown you should definitely (given your interests) check out the Eastman School of Music, and see what performances are going on.
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