SANTA PRAYING: This image was posted a year ago on Facebook: “I keep getting choked up with this photo. Today, after Santa visited our patients and was on his way out, he noticed our Chapel. He asked if he could go in and pray for the kids he just visited. I, of course, said yes. I didn’t walk in with him right away but when I did I was so moved by this image I had to capture it. What a great reminder of the reason for the season.”
IMPEACHMENT: The only thing bipartisan was the NO vote [:32] – President Trump is only the third president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. But he is the only president to have been impeached solely by his opposing party.
“House Democrats voted Wednesday evening to impeach Donald Trump but, media high-fives aside, what have they accomplished? They have failed to persuade the country; they have set a new, low standard for impeaching a President; [and] Mr. Trump will be acquitted in the Senate.” – WSJ Editorial Board
IMPEACHMENT: [3:36] – The House’s vote to impeach is equivalent to a grand jury voting that there is sufficient evidence to warrant the indictment of a suspected offender. The trial phase happens in the Senate.
But now Pelosi is trying to stall the Senate’s right to take up the case by hanging on to the paperwork until the Republican-majority leadership agrees to HER terms for handling the trial. She has no authority to do this … at all.
American voters need to be aware that President Trump is the first president to be impeached for acts he allegedly committed that are not actual crimes.
Andrew Jackson was impeached for defying a law passed by a radical congress attempting to limit his use of presidential authority to fire a member of his own cabinet. He defied them and did it anyway and they impeached him for breaking their unconstitutional law. Thankfully, the senators refrained from removing him from office.
Bill Clinton was impeached for violating actual statutes. In fact, he suffered a heavy fine and had his law license suspended because of his actions. But the senators in that case decided that, while he had been a bad boy, his actions did not warrant removing him from office.
POLLING: CNN’s legal analyst didn’t like the results of CNN’s own polling. According to him, “Sometimes polls are wrong and, David, that poll is wrong. Just because I said so.”
Maybe so, but in this case, it is very unlikely. At Real Clear Politics, six of the impeachment approval polls are majority “no”, three are tied, and three are majority “yes.”
OBAMA: Colluding with Russia [1:48].
BIDEN: Abuse of power [1:15].
OBAMACARE: A federal appeals court has issued a ruling declaring the Obamacare individual mandate unconstitutional, “because it can no longer be read as a tax, and there is no other constitutional provision that justifies this exercise of congressional power.”
The individual mandate is the portion of the Obamacare law that requires Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine to the IRS.
FAKE NEWS: The Newseum, journalism’s $450-million monument to itself, is broke and will close at the end of this year.
GRAMMY NOTES: Once upon a time, I had 2 cats. Gabriel was in charge of the subtle, first morning offensive, which was to gently creep up my shoulder and ever-so-politely sniff at my nose which, QUITE BY ACCIDENT I’M SO SURE, resulted in his luxurious whiskers going UP my nose.
If that didn’t work, Raphael was crouched on top of my dresser, ready to launch an aerial attack on to the tummy of the lazy Cat Servant who inexplicably failed to GET UP and SERVE BREAKFAST.
CROCHET: Posted to my FB crochet group page – “All done. Bear and goodie bag are for my daughter’s friend. My daughter asked me to make a bear for her because she is going through a tough time.” Crocheters are just the nicest people!