Blogger Recognition Award

 

Curtis of Iridiumeye has nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award.  His tag line is

“Reviewing the best movies and series you’ve never heard of.” “

In making the nomination, Curtis wrote;

“No, I’m not talking about the Warrior Princess. I’m talking about the owner of We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident. She’s been amazing these past few years and has been encouraging to me even when I would be open about some of my moments where I felt bad. Xena makes posts about current events, some autobiographical posts, political situations, and does multiple posts upholding anti-racism.”

This is a humbling honor.  This past year I’ve not been very active blogging, so knowing that encouraging a fellow blogger makes me “amazing” is more than an uplift.

Here are the Rules;

Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that person’s blog.

Thanks again, Curtis. You’ve put lots of time into your blog and deserve Blogger Recognition.

Give the story or history of your blog

It began in August 2012 as a place to put information and discuss the George Zimmerman trial, and in support for justice for Trayvon Martin.  Coming to the internet and being involved in following that case woke me up to a world of racial hatred and inequalities.  After the trial, I began reporting on cases involving police shootings and killings, and any trials resulting.  Along the way, I also posted music and messages for encouragement.  My blog turned out to be one that contains my various interests, including some movie reviews.  Beginning toward the end of 2018 I began blogging about cancer. I also reblog posts that might be of interest to my blog followers. Read the rest of this entry

Donald Trump and Constitutional Separation of Powers

Politico reports

“President Donald Trump insisted in a tweet Friday that he has a “legal right” to demand that Attorney General William Barr intervene in a federal criminal case — just hours after the Justice Department chief asserted that the president’s social media posts “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

“‘The President has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.’ A.G. Barr,” Trump wrote, paraphrasing the attorney general’s remarks in an interview with ABC News that aired Thursday.”

In my first college semester Political Science class, we learned and discussed constitutional separation of powers.  Forty of the 50 states have constitutions of the same.   Elected officials cannot intervene in court cases.

I remember many years ago organizations of citizens who saw corruption in federal courts wrote their U.S. Reps and Senators.  They all received letters that stated about the separation of powers and advised that they obtain private legal counsel.

It is a slap in the face of the U.S. Constitution and separation of powers for Donald Trump to assume that he has a legal right to demand the U.S. Attorney General to intervene in a federal criminal case or any other case.  He appears to be a man whose only motivation to be president of the U.S. is to use the power of the position to benefit his friends and pay retribution to those he cannot exploit.

 

The impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump

This is a great summary. Thanks.

Abagond

US President Donald Trump on February 6th 2020.

The impeachment trial of US President Trump (January 16th to February 5th 2020) ended yesterday. The Senate, controlled by his own party, the Republicans, found him not guilty. He remains the president.

The two charges:

  1. Abuse of power – for asking a foreign power, Ukraine, to help him win the 2020 election.
  2. Obstruction of Congress – for refusing requests for witnesses and evidence.

Acquittal: Only 48% of the Senate found him guilty of the first charge, 47% of the second. Well short of the 67% required by the constitution.

No witnesses called: All but two Republicans voted to allow no witnesses to be called. What kind of trial is that?

The Republican arguments during the trial showed that the facts were not on their side.

  • Some said Democrats had not proved their case – yet refused to allow any eyewitnesses to…

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GAO Decision –It is a Violation of Law to Withhold Funds Appropriated By Congress

Subtitle: The Jury in Trump’s Impeachment Trial is Rigged By Republican Senators Who Hold The Majority.

Donald Trump made it publicly known that he disregards all reports by U.S. Intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 Presidential Election.  It is more disturbing that currently, U. S. Congressional Republican Senators are disregarding the findings and conclusion of the GAO.  Sticking to Trump’s talking points, and in spite of the GAO’s report, Republican Senators declare that Trump did no wrong when withholding funds from the Ukraine.  Those funds were to assist the Ukraine in defending themselves against Russia’s aggression.

The United States Government Accountability Office, (formerly, General Accounting Office), is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. GAO is the federal government’s audit institution.  It is part of the Legislative Branch of government under the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921.   Its history is at this link.

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, GAO released its report on the withholding of funds of vital military aid to the Ukraine.  It found that President Trump broke the law when he withheld those funds.

Representative Adam Schiff, (D-CA) made the following statement regarding GAO’s findings. Read the rest of this entry

Dropping the Bomb: Lev Parnas’ interview with Rachel Maddow complicates Trump’s impeachment trial

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Well, now we know why Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi delayed sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate required to start President Trump’s trial.  She needed time to acquire additional evidence from Rudy Giuliani‘s indicted associate Lev Parnas after a federal court ruled that it was admissible.  That mass of evidence was released this week ahead of interviews Parnas had with The New York Times and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow who aired part-one of a two-hour video discussion last night (part-two airs tonight).

What Parnas revealed was a bombshell, to say the least.  Not only did he corroborate consistent witness testimony from the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry regarding Trump’s criminal scheme to coerce the Ukrainian government for personal political gain, he also implicated Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General William Barr, current and former Republican congressmen, GOP operatives and financiers, a…

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Blame It On Nancy — claytoonz

I agree with the Canadian. 

 

Yesterday, A Canadian CEO blamed Donald Trump for the lives lost by Iran shooting down the Ukrainian airliner. Iran was responding to the United States killing its top general while he was on his way to the airport in Baghdad. The general was killed after Donald Trump ordered his assassination. The CEO, Michael McCain, chief […]

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An Act of War: Trump Has Iranian General Assassinated — The Inglorius Padre Steve’s World

Friends of Padre Steve’s World, The great Prussian military strategist Carl Von Clausewitz wrote: “No one starts a war–or rather, no one in his sense ought to do so–without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by the war and how he intends to conduct it.” Late Thursday night I saw […]

via An Act of War: Trump Has Iranian General Assassinated — The Inglorius Padre Steve’s World

Happy New Year 2020

Thanks to everyone for their support through this year, and here’s looking forward to blessings and goodness for the coming year.

 

Happy Holidays To All

Season Greetings

Merry Christmas

Happy Hanukah

Happy Kwanzaa

Happy Holidays

 

What I Want For Christmas

To all followers, friends, and lurkers.  May you have a peaceful and blessed holiday.

The video below is a fav that I’ve posted in prior years.

Yep.  This is what I want for Christmas — every single last one of them.  🙂

 

U.S. President Donald J. Trump Impeached

December 18, 2019 is a day that goes down in history.  U.S. President Donald J. Trump was impeached by a majority vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

House Majority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, has not yet given the passed Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, which is led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Senators are to be impartial jurors at impeachment trials. McConnell has made public statements that he is not impartial and is working with White House personnel on how to conduct Trump’s trial.

During the debate in the House,  Republicans representatives presented their defense of Trump by accusing Democrats of wanting Trump impeached before he was sworn into office.  They made redundant and spurious arguments that Trump did not abuse his power when he made an Ukrainian investigation into Crowdsource and Joe and Hunter Biden conditional on releasing defense aid to Ukraine that Congress had already approved. Read the rest of this entry

Public Hearings On Impeachment of Donald Trump

December 17, 2019 UPDATE

On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee passed two Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump.  The matter has been moved to the full House of Representatives for a vote.  A vote is expected for this coming Wednesday.  If passed, Trump is impeached, and the matter then moves to the Senate to decide whether or not to remove Trump from office.

According to the Daily Beast,  the Senate is suppose to act as a “fair and impartial jury,” but both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham,  “have said explicitly their only goal is to end the trial as quickly as possible, call zero witnesses, and take their marching orders directly from the president himself.  They’re supposed to be the jury and they’re literally going on TV admitting they’re not going to be impartial and they’re going to take their orders from the president.”

Of a personal opinion, I question if Republican Representatives and Senators do not want to impeach Trump and remove him from office because they do not want V.P. Pence taking over the role of President.  I wonder why?

 

 

December 10, 2019 UPDATE

The House Judiciary Committee’s two proposed articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday.  The first article charges him with abuse of power for pressuring Ukraine to assist him in his re-election campaign by damaging Democratic rivals. The second article charges him with obstruction of Congress for blocking testimony and refusing to provide documents in response to House subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry.

You can read the full Articles of Impeachment here.

DECEMBER 3, 2019 UPDATE

CNN says of the 300 page House Intelligence Committee report, that it contains witness testimonies, timelines and phone records that accuse “Trump of perpetrating one of the most serious political crimes in the history of the United States. ”

Rather than add it to comment section, I am embedding a link to the full report here.   The Finding of Facts portion begins on page 39 as;

Based on witness testimony and evidence collected during the impeachment inquiry, the Intelligence Committee has found that:

I.  Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States—acting personally and through his agents within and outside of the U.S. government—solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The President engaged in this course of conduct for the benefit of his reelection, to harm the election prospects of a political opponent, and to influence our nation’s upcoming presidential election to his advantage. In so doing, the President placed his personal political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangeredU.S. national security.

The impeachment inquiry starts on Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

 

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, public hearings begin on the impeachment of Donald Trump.  My intent is to keep this post as a discussion and update thread until those hearings are completed.  Updates, including any available videos of the hearings, will be posted in the comment section below.  Feel free to add to them.

The public hearings will be live streamed on most major media networks and on USA Today online.

For a breakdown of Committee Members and schedule, see NBC News.

According to MSNBC:

“On the eve of the historic impeachment hearing, the top impeachment investigator, Rep. Adam Schiff tells NPR there is enough evidence to impeach Trump for bribery, for abusing “official” powers of the presidency and because Trump was “offering official acts for some personal or political reason.”

Below is a list with links to transcripts of depositions that have been released to the public. Click on the words that appear in blue to open the links, which will open in another window.  Transcripts of testimonies are in pdf. Read the rest of this entry

Recurrence of Breast Cancer. Cancer Stem Cells.

Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with recurrence of breast cancer after 20 years. Actress and singer Dianne Carroll recently died after battling breast cancer.  She was first diagnosed in 1998.

In my latest visit with my oncologist I brought this up asking how breast cancer returned after so many years.  He explained to me the difference between estrogen receptor and Her2 positive breast cancer.  Although I had an aggressive type of cancer cells (Her2 positive), the prognosis is better at having no recurrence after 5 years.  Something he said also made me very sad.  He said that estrogen receptor breast cancer never goes away.   What causes breast cancer to return?

In July 2018, the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, published a study titled “Breast Cancer Stem Cells”.   The study was funded by a National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute grant.

Researchers, as well as many cancer patients, have wondered why there is recurrence of cancer.   As long as there is possibility of the cancer returning, patients live on egg shells. Read the rest of this entry

Rep. Elijah Cummings Provided Strength and Calm for Urban Baltimore — BCNN1 WP

He stood up for the poor and the disadvantaged throughout urban America — but Elijah Cummings was principally the strong voice and political advocate for Baltimore, where he was revered as his hometown’s champion. The Democratic congressman lived at the doorstep of some of the city’s worst rioting, including violent 2015 protests following the death […]

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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Awareness For Men

One in 833 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.  According to Breast Cancer.org, in 2019, about 2,670 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

This post is to encourage men to not neglect lumps or nipple changes of their breasts.

Men carry a higher mortality rate than women because they are generally unaware that they can have breast cancer and are more likely to delay diagnosis and thus, treatment.

Risk factors for men include exposure to radiation, high levels of estrogen, and a family history of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Read the rest of this entry

Mystery Blogger Award

Ilene of the Cancer Bus has nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award.

Thank you so much Illene.  This is truly an honor.  Illene discovered this blog when I wrote about insurance companies making decisions for cancer patients. In our communications, I feel as if I’ve known Illene for a very long time.  She is an amazing person who shares her journey living with metastatic breast cancer on her blog, Cancer Bus.

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto, who describes the award as;

 

WHY DID I CREATE THE AWARD?
I created the award because there are a lot of amazing blogs out there that haven’t been discovered, yet. And, most of these blogs deserve recognition. For that reason, I decided to create my own award; and nominate people who can also nominate others; and so on. This is one of the best ways to create a friendly community and build a link between bloggers in the blogosphere; as everyone gets nominated and they too can spread the fun by nominating more people for the award.

I decided to call the award “Mystery Blogger Award.” Why? Because the meaning of my name, “Enigma” is “mystery.” So basically, it’s named after myself; the creator. Plus, I think it’s cool because there are so many blogs that are still a mystery to us; and when we get to know them, it’s divine! And we find friends where we least expect.

WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

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Former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger Sentenced To 10 Years for the Murder of Botham Jean

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Botham Jean

On Sept. 6, 2018, Botham Jean was 26 years old when he was shot dead in his apartment by then Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.  Amber claimed that she thought she had gone to her own apartment and finding the door opened, that someone was inside.

Botham Jean was an accountant for Price Waterhouse, Coopers, an international auditing firm.  Testimony at trial included that he was eating ice cream in his apartment when Guyger opened the door.

On September 9, 2019, an arrest warrant for manslaughter was issued for Guyer.  According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Guyger told investigators that she parked on 4th floor of the garage instead of the 3rd floor.  When she put her key in the door of what she believed was her apartment, the door was ajar. She yelled at the purported burglar to show his hands, and then she fired twice.

A Dallas County grand jury indicted Guyger on November 30, 2018 on one count of murder.  Guyger plead not guilty.

The 31-year-old Guyger was fired from the Dallas Police Department days after the shooting. Her trial began on September 23, 2019. Read the rest of this entry

Day-3 of Impeachment Inquiry: Whistleblower complaint released ahead of congressional testimony

I’ve been tied to the news about this.  Here is the Whistleblower’s Complaint at this link.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

This is day-3 of Donald Trump’s impeachment process.  Events are moving at light-speed, and it appears that the president – who had escaped accountability in the Mueller investigation and countless other transgressions – has finally gone too far even for Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill.  Yesterday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for the release of the whistleblower complaint detailing Trump’s corrupt interactions with the Ukrainian government.  That the demand was quickly complied with is very telling.  It indicates that Trump has lost control over this situation, and that Congress’ tolerance for continued obstruction by his administration has come to an end.

A redacted copy of the formal whistleblower complaint filed by Inspector General Michael Atkinson has been submitted to Congress ahead of today’s testimony by acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire.  The still unnamed whistleblower has also agreed to testify…

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Our Primary Purpose — Eddie Two Hawks

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. Dalai Lama XIV Eddie’s Garden Photos

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U.S. tourism drops, GOP to cancel primaries, Trump coerces NOAA, Dem controversy, and health concerns

Thanks for the updates.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Tourism to the U.S. is declining due to international concerns over mass shootings, xenophobia, trade wars, and foreigners’ dislike of President Trump.  The loss of revenue to American businesses is estimated to be in the tens of billions from 2018-2020.  GOP officials in several states are planning to cancel their presidential primary elections in order to protect Trump from challengers to his reelection campaign.  Embarrassed by his contrived, inaccurate, and illegal publicized “weather forecast” for Hurricane Dorian, Trump apparently coerced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) into rebuking its own National Weather Service (NWS) agency for having the temerity to tell the truth.  NOAA’s statement was suspiciously authorless and the timing of its release suggest that the White House ordered it as an act of retribution and to protect Trump’s prodigious yet fragile ego.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is involved in another internal party…

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