Categories Uncategorized This is a Terrible Pun and I’m Ashamed of Myself for Thinking of It Post author By John Scalzi Post date June 8, 2017 51 Comments on This is a Terrible Pun and I’m Ashamed of Myself for Thinking of It But not so ashamed that I won’t share it. And so timely: You’re welcome. Share: By John Scalzi I enjoy pie. View Archive → ← The Big Idea: A. J. Hartley → The Big Idea: Catherynne M. Valente 51 replies on “This is a Terrible Pun and I’m Ashamed of Myself for Thinking of It” Just in case you didn’t get it: https://youtu.be/JmcA9LIIXWw https://thetrumpimpeachment.com/media/compressed/meme_1496632198.jpg That’s an earworm I can live with this morning. Thank you! Ah, John… you Comey go, you Comey go. We can only hope that in a few more days, Trump will no longer be able to say “I’m a man without conviction”. Ugghhh! I’m ashamed of myself for laughing. I was going to congratulate you for not actually saying it, but then I saw the first comment… Made me laugh more than it probably should have and for that I am grateful. More proof that John Scalzi is a BAD MAN. But we knew that already. Thanks for the double pun…and thanks to nellern for the laugh. Thanks for the laughs! I hope I am still laughing (at trump) after Comeys testimony. #ComeyIsAPatriot Hell, I’m not North American and I understood it immediately. Nice song anyway, thanks for making me go back to my teenager years. For some, their teen years. For others, their kids’ teen years. Excuse me for a moment while I shoot coffee out my nose. Today is a good day. The sun is shining My family is healthy And John has made a good pun That’s a very tough earworm to get rid of. It could be worse. But still, earworm. And it’s already dug in deep. Just leave off the guy. I don’t agree with everything he did; but he mostly acted professionally. Look, you got what you dems wanted : Comey is fired. Let him testify and go on to private life. But, you didn’t get the big prize: Comey vindicated President Trump. No collusion with the Russians and no obstruction of justice Mr. Scalzi, you are a bad, bad man. XD Ouch. Ouch-ouch. Bad pun! Thank you. That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it Money for nothin’ and puns for free. Love it! Not ashamed to admit I loved that song when it came out. By George, a fine pun indeed! I looked at this for a good 10 seconds and when I figured it out, I burst out laughing. Doc Stat, I don’t think you’re understanding the opening statement Comey released yesterday. Doc Stat– Which Alt-reality are you coming from, and is it better for women and minorities there? If so, how do you get there? Also: is there a dimension portal where HRC is president, because I think I’d prefer that reality a lot more. Actually… is there one in which Gore won v. Bush and 9/11 didn’t happen? (And if you’re in a better alternate reality, why are you coming to this one? Just to gloat?) Serious science fiction question. I’m going to be disappointed it if turns out either you’re just trolling or you’re a Russian-bot. Because I’d like to know I have better written universe options. There’s no hope for you now. It’ll be Feghoots next. Artistically, that is a very fine picture of a chameleon? I posted this on Facebook 3 hours ago and not one like or comment. I think I need new friends… Thank you. I needed that. 😊 I’m ashamed that I got it immediately. As a fellow Gen-Xer, I got it right away, no hint needed. Well done. Made me laugh, but I have to say nellern made me laugh louder. Well done both. This song literally came on the radio not two hours after I saw this post. Just when I had gotten out of my head, too… I can’t believe you went there, but I guess somebody had to do it. Great podcast (Lovett or Leave it) from Crooked Media had that as a title a few weeks ago. Made me laugh then too. If you haven’t listened to any of their podcasts, you might really enjoy them. @GE (Not the company), I don’t know which part of my multi-part statement you’re referring to, so I’ll cover my bases. Collusion with Russia – Comey repeatedly said that President Trump was not under investigation. Further, no evidence has been produced. See Chris Mathews (no GOP lover there) about how the collusion theory “fell apart” with Comey’s opening statement and testimony. Obstruction of Justice – see Alan Dershowitz, member in good-standing of the Democratic Party and an Obama supporter. He said the Comey opening and testimony confirm that there was no obstruction; just a president who’s not very politically savvy making an understandable plea for his friend. Sorry, in reality, which many Dems have trouble with, your Hail Mary passes to win the presidency for Hilary after the election by finding collusion or obstruction just failed. And failed miserably. And before you fling out the usual insults: no, I’m not a Trump supporter. I opposed him in the lead-up to the general and did not vote for him (or her). Neither will I vote for his reelection. It’s just I accept that he’s president and believe he should be treated fairly in accordance with our laws and legal system. What we know is that Trump was not yet under investigation when Comey was FBI Director. My take on the Russians attempting to influence the election is that it’s very likely that it happened, it’s more likely that the Russians were operating the way an independent PAC is supposed to operate, with no direct contact with the candidate they support. There are still irregularities with Trump’s team, like Flynn’s alleged contacts and perjurious statements, and potential obstruction of justice, but as Comey said, that’s up to Mueller. As this point, Democrats know that the election is over, Clinton lost, but they still want Trump out because he’s a lousy President, trying to demolish the social safety nets, pollution controls, and the federal government so the top 1% will get even richer, just as Brownback did in Kansas. The problem is that Pence and Ryan are no better, and in my opinion, could be worse. Now I know I’m getting better: my laughter doesn’t lead straight to a coughing jag! Thank you, John! John, I want you to go to your room, and think about what you’ve done today… John, there’s a special place in Hell for people like you. I’ll see you there. Doc Stats, Doc Stats, whacha gonna do, whacha gonna do, when Comey for you… You’re whistling past the graveyard. Sucessful administrations, whether corrupt or pure as the driven snow, don’t find themselves under the gun less than five months in, Ivan. Washington is a company town. Trump and his enablers were deluded enough to think they could ignore that, and absent a threat to the status quo of the scale of 1860-61 or 1929-32, the truths of the place cannot be ignored. The obvious reality that Trump is guiltier than sin makes it clear he will die in prison, if he doesn’t end up with lead poisoning. He has a crappy lawyer, zero guns, and very little real money. He’s a dead man walking, in more ways than one. Watergate took roughly two years; this clusterfucked pissant will be done in half of that. Enjoy the ride. “You’re whistling past the graveyard. Sucessful administrations, whether corrupt or pure as the driven snow, don’t find themselves under the gun less than five months in, Ivan.” We’ve heard Maxine Waters say to the effect that “the fact that there is concern but no proof warrants an investigation”. What you’re saying is that because you cry-bullies on the left have spent the last 7 months since the election creating and believing conspiracy theories out of whole cloth that Trump is doomed. In other words, your slow-motion coup built on lies and unsubstantiated rumors is going to bring Trump down. According to Hillary Clinton, those who don’t accept the results of an election are the enemies of democracy. You and the neo-fascist Left who’ve committed dozens of violent riots and last week came armed-to-the-teeth and ready for slaughter to a protest in my city are dangerous, fascistic, barbarians who are threatening the Republic because you lost an election. Boo-hoo, grow up and deal with President Trump for the next four to eight years. Mallet time? I’m going to leave a couple of links here. One is to a complete copy of Comey’s pre-hearing written statement. It’s a quick and readable narrative of Comey’s meetings with the President. It’s true that “Comey repeatedly said that President Trump was not under investigation”. Comey makes that clear in this statement, and also makes it clear that it only applies to Trump *personally* at the time he said it. Passing over all the other bits (like where Trump first demands loyalty, and then after making everyone else leave the room, requests Comey “let this go” for Flynn), and still calling the statement a “vindication”, is at the very least an extremely wishful reading. In fairness, it’s also worth linking to Alan Dershowitz’s argument, also mentioned above. Here’s how he makes it in the Washington Examiner. As I read it, it basically boils down to “quashing investigations can’t be a crime if it’s the President doing it”. I leave it to legal experts (which I’m not) to decide whether the President’s various granted and claimed immunities in fact make him unindictable for such behavior. The more relevant question is whether it’s an *impeachable* offense. From the perspective of keeping the republic from sliding into autocracy, I’d answer that “yes”, when the President does it out of personal interest on a matter of national security or governmental integrity. (That was the case for Nixon, where Dershowitz has to admit that obstruction was one of the impeachment charges, but he claims that’s ignorable because of other charges.) From an on-the-ground political point of view, I’d say “not as long as Republicans hold the House, and aren’t convinced propping up Trump puts their jobs at too much risk”. Second WD’s motion. “Cry-bullies”? Seriously? As far as Dershowitz goes, Tribe’s opinion seems much more on point, as does Lacovera, who was of counsel during Watergate. Lacovera’s piece is in the Post. As far as the political side of the equation goes, given that Trump’s closest non-Russian international ally just got her head handed to her, presumably even the dullest Republican office holders are having second thoughts; Martha McSally’s address to the Arizona Bankers Association being an obvious example. The basic question is this: who will die (politically or otherwise) for Donald Trump? The answer is increasingly obvious – no one. There’s no mass movement here, and there never was; simply a charlatan who was able to con enough of the usual GOP decision-makers into believing they could control him to let him go forward. They obviously can’t, so history will take its course, sooner rather than later. We’ve seen this before, in 1972-74; an interesting question is whether Pence plays the Ford role, or that of Agnew. Doc Stat: Try expressing yourself without being an asshole to others here, please. Thanks. Comey and Lynch Sittin a tree P L O T T I N G . . . It reminds me of a nightmare I had a couple of years ago about Nancy Pelosi singing in leotards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWz9VN40nCA “Let’s get cynical, cynical. I wanna get cynical ….. Let me hear your BS talk … Dear John, Your very last sentence: “From an on-the-ground political point of view, I’d say “not as long as Republicans hold the House, and aren’t convinced propping up Trump puts their jobs at too much risk”.” is the one that everyone should be paying attention to and very few are. Discussions of legalities and where to draw the line on “obstruction of justice” and yada yada yada are irrelevant! Both the wording of the Constitution and historical precedent make it clear that there are extremely few offenses that REQUIRE impeachment. Conversely, there is very little to PREVENT impeachment, regardless of what a president has or hasn’t done. The decision is entirely in the hands of Congress and while it is informed by legal opinion, it is not in fact a legal issue but rather a political one. What too many folks are also ignoring is that even under normal circumstances, to initiate impeachment of a president from your own party is… well… fraught. To understate the matter! Really, you don’t want to have to go there. It’s made even more difficult in this case by the demonstrated fact that there is a 30% hard-core of Republican voters who will go ballistic if Trump is kicked out and who have shown in the past that they are not loath to speak with their votes. So, yes, the Republicans are going to be watching the polls and the run-up to the midterm elections and doing a lot of what-if scenarios. Things are going to have to look extremely grim for them to be willing to pull that -30%-voter trigger. At the rate we’re going, my best guess is that it will get there. Although maybe not before the midterms. Unless something so outrageous happens between now and then (and it well could with this administration) that the Republicans in Congress are so unified on getting rid of Trump that they can afford to give a pass to their members who would be at risk if they voted for impeachment. That’s a high bar. It requires significantly more egregious behavior than anything that could be plausibly (or even implausibly) be argued to be legal. AND it has to be something the public will actually care about.(Emoluments? Yeah, right, the average voter so gives an eff about those.) – Pax \ Ctein [ Please excuse any word-salad. Dragon Dictate in training! ] ====================================== — Ctein’s Online Gallery. http://ctein.com — Digital Restorations. http://photo-repair.com ====================================== Actually, as far as Dershowitz’ opinion goes: https://www.lawfareblog.com/view-supreme-court-alan-dershowitz-wrong-about-powers-president He’s an idiot. One of the other interesting developments this week was Mueller’s hiring of Michael Dreeben. Trump is, indeed, a dead man walking. Comments are closed.