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As the Russia investigation was unfolding, a finding of Comey grossly exaggerating on Hillary emails became the story, and the bright bulbs at the WH thought it was their moment to fire him, doing it like this

earning them this page one in the NYT

and from Daily News

how it was reported in China

mostly because


a retrospective

and this piece recommended by Brian Fallon

what happened in effect was that

it was a cover  looking for a cover

that deep

in spite of the fact that back in November, Sessions said this

and at odds with his letter

even surprised the keen observers

and all the memories, considering the pretext was his bad attitude towards Hillary

they liked it

and 🍊

From Hillary’s campaign

and dems in Senate

more memories


But don’t worry folks, he got a letter from his lawyer

because that’s how smart they are

they thought this would do it

or as he said

Hillary people again, clearing the message

and my entire tweeter feed looked like this yesterday


So much so, Nixon Library weighed in

this is an interesting coincidence

some background info on the players

but in the end, they weren’t able to shut it all down



I must admit, I couldn’t come with a better headline than Pharyngula which follows the quote from Obama’s proclamation with a hearty

Get stuffed, you pandering, unprincipled hack.

It’s almost impossible to top that.

Maybe recalling the less hypocritical Bush the Smarter proclamation that atheists are not citizens

Sherman: Surely you recognize the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheists?

Bush: No, I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.

It’s really not all that different from Obama’s “call” upon the US citizens to pray. Those who don’t are excluded just as they wore in Poppy’s times.

The Confluence entry on this underlines how even religious tenets call for prayer to be private rather than ‘in your face and gives the perspective of how those of us excluded on this day feel

I have to admit to being one person that feels extremely uncomfortable when some one stands up in a crowd and suggests we offer up a prayer to his/her deity (whatever it is.) Being surrounded by people obediently reciting things gives me the same kind of creepy, uneasy feeling I get when watching “1984″ or those ‘we love fearless leader ceremonies’ they do in North Korea. I feel surrounded by aliens that might turn on me or shriek and point like those pod people did to Donald Sutherland.

Even from the religion side – there are some who remember that the separation of church and state has been enacted for the protection of the believers as well as the protection of the state .

As a Christian minister, I can’t understand why some clergy ever thought the National Day of Prayer was a good idea. It’s my job to advise people on spiritual matters; the state has no business usurping that role. My fellow members of the clergy and I don’t pass legislation or fill potholes, so maybe the government should just get off our turf.

Furthermore, the National Day of Prayer has always been soaked in the kind of offensive “God and country” rhetoric that many of us find nauseating. It was first proposed in the 1950s to show those godless commies a thing or two.

Of course, what makes Obama’s proclamations more jarring than previous ones is the fact that it comes on the heels of a court decision that it is unconstitutional

National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional because it calls on citizens to take part in religious activity.

Ah, but we now have a constitutional scholar in the White House so he can tear apart both separations: of powers and church and state.

Just like when we had an MBA, the economy went kablouie. It never fails.

In conclusion I will rally to the Pharyngula blog call of

Get stuffed, you pandering, unprincipled hack.


Page one of Washington Times wears this headline

Judge: Prayer day violates U.S. law

Obama to recognize national tradition

Ironically, the lawsuit leading to this decision was brought by the Freedom from Religion Foundation against Dubya. But this is a perfect case of Jr.jr

The lawsuit originally targeted then-President George W. Bush and members of his administration, but Mr. Obama is now listed as the defendant because the president enforces the statute in question by issuing a proclamation each year declaring National Day of Prayer.

Because proclamations for National Day of Prayer are released through the White House press office, Mr. Bush’s former press secretary, Dana Perino, was originally listed as a defendant, but has since been replaced as a defendant by Robert Gibbs, Mr. Obama’s press secretary.

The judge had decided yesterday

that the country’s National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional because it calls on citizens to take part in religious activity. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Barbara B. Crabb said the statute that created the National Day of Prayer violates the Constitution’s prohibition against the government establishment of religion

A determination that the government may not endorse a religious message is not a determination that the message itself is harmful, unimportant or undeserving of dissemination. Rather, it is part of the effort ‘to carry out the Founders’ plan of preserving religious liberty to the fullest extent possibly in a pluralistic society.'”

Of course, out constitutional scholar/Messiah doesn’t believe in separation of powers nor separation of church and state as he had his flunkies declare

The ruling will not stop President Obama from recognizing, as he did last year, a national day of prayer, said White House spokesman Ben LaBolt. Judge Crabb delayed the imposition of her ruling pending an appeal.

“We have reviewed the court’s decision, and it does not prevent the president from issuing a proclamation,”

This is the funniest part of the news

“President Obama is a constitutional scholar, and knows the issues at stake,” said the foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor.

Well, Annie, you should have paid more attention:

It was not the B0bots, but six million fundies staying home Election Day who elected Obama. Their pastors didn’t tell them to vote for a number of reasons – they were paid off before and after the election:

Before the election Obama did nothing to make his supporters in California to vote against proposition 8

Obama declared – repeatedly that abortion is not an issue of women’s freedom, but a moral choice.

During his campaign he pledged to extend Bush’s faith based programs, including allowing those federally funded groups to hire and fire based on faith.

He also openly courted the religious right using Reagan’s line “I know you cannot endorse me but I endorse you”

When congress was writing the stimulus, Obama personally asked House members to dump contraceptives funding from the bill

Obama’s Romneycare is establishing Scientology as the go to healer – prayers to be reimbursed as medical expenses

and also it restores funding for abstinence only programs education (i.e religious groups)

and culminating nicely with the Jane Crow Executive Order allowing religious hospitals/practitioners to discriminate against women, but protecting THEM from being discriminated against ( additional provisions to Hyde too)

and these were just a few I searched in my own blog.

Where were you, Foundation for Freedom from Religion when all these things happened?

Me? I learn to read the incoming threats from the way a candidate sells himself.

Bush sold himself as the first busines school graduate – he wrecked the economy.

Obama, the  first Constitutional scholar…. see how it works?

From the guy who told us not to rush to judgment on the Fort Hood killer, comes the most flagrant tampering with justice – as recorded by a tabloid in NYC – the place where the trial is to be held:

Newsday calls it a “prediction”

President Barack Obama predicted that professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be convicted and executed as Attorney General Eric Holder proclaimed: “Failure is not an option.”

Amusingly enough, after he let the little bird fly, Mr Constitutional Law professor caught himself

Obama quickly added that he did not mean to suggest he was prejudging the outcome of Mohammed’s trial. “I’m not going to be in that courtroom,

All righty then. Only on cover of tabloids then.

Someone remind me – what’s the point of pretending we have a trial now?

Unless we’re doing it Alice in Wonderland style. Even so, I am old enough to remember when the executive branch wasn’t interfering in the judicial – that quaint separation of powers notion!

To think I was ragging on  NY Post and other tabloids for prejudging the case before


h/t the  indigogrrl at the Confluence – here’s the Chuck Todd video where even Todd calls him on it – go to 1 min:45

and from the transcript she posted

TODD: Pressed on whether he was prejudging a verdict, the former constitutional law professor expressed confidence in the government’s case.

Pres. OBAMA: What I said was that people will not be offended if that’s the outcome. I’m not prejudging it, I’m not going to be in that courtroom. That’s the job of the prosecutors, the judge and the jury.

Looks like the “pressing” itself was scrubbed from the interview

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