Feeling much better

I’m not sure if it’s the benedryl calming my allergies down at night, or just getting knocked out by the benedryl itself, but I am doing way better. My mood the last two days has been great, and I’m back to getting shit done. Just in time too, because we have awesome friends coming over tomorrow, and I have more shit to do this weekend.

Also, I decided that the blog needed a face lift, something a little brighter. I still might change it again.

Here is Chelsi, in her garden. Not only is she a fantastic model, but she’s one hell of a tattoo artist, and an amazing artist in general. She gave Laure her first tattoo last year, and is chomping at the bit to do my first. I still haven’t decided what I’m going to get. Whatever it is, it’s going to be something geeky. Whenever I get to looking at tattoo ideas, I always end up looking over Starwars and RPG stuff. Two things that have had a huge impact on my life.

Anyway, yeah. I’m all over the place with this post.

Chelsi, in her garden.

Sleep apnea strikes again

I’ve had trouble sleeping since I was in college. It comes and goes, but it occurred to me this evening that I haven’t been sleeping for shit this week, which explains my mood. I’ll have to start taking something before bed for a week or so, and see how I do.

 

Here’s Liz, being flexible. It hurt my knees just watching her hold this pose.

I found myself in a bit of a funk this afternoon

I’m not sure what brought it on. I got a good night’s sleep last night, I don’t feel tired, it’s been a productive day… I dunno. It happens some times.

I think I need to take the night off. I’ve been dedicating almost every evening, and every free day, to working on the teardrop. It’s so close to being finished, and our vacation starts in just over three weeks, so I’m feeling a lot of pressure to cross the finish line. It really sucks the fun right out of things.

On the bright side, my Fitbit has been awfully proud of me lately. So I’ve got that going for me.

And here, boobies.

 

A bit of politics

…because this particular bit has been bouncing around inside my head for a few days, and needed to get out.

I am not a lawyer. So take these opinions for what they’re worth.

Article II, section 2 of the US constitution states that the President ”…shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment”. So if he’s being impeached, he can’t pardon himself for what ever crime or crimes are in question there. The fifteen minutes of searching I did turned up several cases establishing precedence for a president preemptively pardoning someone, and that a pardon can be made before an indictment is brought. As stated earlier, the way around this is to impeach him.

Impeachment requires that the House of Representatives vote, by a simple majority, to impeach the president. If that succeeds, then it’s the senate’s responsibility to try the president. This of course means someone has to preside over the trial, and finding someone to do that, who doesn’t have a blatant conflict of interest, could be a challenge.

Given the insane party-over-country credo demonstrated again and again by the GOP in the face of countless legal and ethical gymnastics, many of which those same politicians showed they would not tolerate from Bill Clinton, there is no telling if an impeachment would lead to a conviction, or a removal, or a parade for Donald Trump.

Many people are drawing parallels between Nixon and Trump. Granted, they are following the same PR play-book, damn near word for word, but there are some stark differences. While Nixon was a corrupt, morally bankrupt president, he wasn’t stupid. Trump… is a different story. Also, Nixon actually won the popular vote to become President, whereas Trump did not.

Nixon discussed pardoning himself when impeachment became imminent, then resigned three days later after learning that wasn’t possible. Not that he had a need to pardon himself, because Gerald Ford preemptively pardoned him anyway. It’s extremely likely that Trump’s predecessor  would follow Gerald Ford’s example, and pardon Trump of whatever he gets convicted of. Who would succeed an impeached Trump is difficult to tell, since damn near everyone in the line of succession is somehow involved in this Russia business, or knew about it and chose to look the other way. When this all goes down, a lot of people are going down with it.

Regarding this “the president can’t obstruct justice” garbage, obstruction was one of the charges being leveled against Nixon, and it was also the one of the charges that Clinton was impeached on. The precedence is there. The idea that it can’t happen is just more hot air from Trump’s legal and PR teams.

There have been many indictments so far, and many more are in the works. There has already been witness tampering, and numerous cover-up attempts. Countless lies have been backpedaled on by Trump’s PR people. Trump has so many ties to Russian money, and the Russian government, that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. Trump and his staff have lied about said ties so many times that even they can’t keep it all straight.

Too much to cite in that last paragraph, go read it yourself.

The question isn’t “if” Trump is going to be impeached for a whole menagerie of criminal entanglements, it’s “when”.

As an apology for the political shit, here is our very dear friend Genie.