Thank Jesus for the anti-Trump Republicans who have given us permission to say “Happy Holidays” again. During Donald’s War Against the War on Christmas, we were not allowed to combine Christmas and New Year’s greetings into one concise salutation. Instead, we were forced to delineate exactly which holiday we were offering greetings for: “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year.” Merging the two into “Happy Holidays” was considered blasphemy and an affront to religious (read: Christian) freedom. But now that President Trump has lost his War Against the War on Christmas, he might be looking for conflagrationist opportunities in Iran and Iraq. That certainly would take the focus off impeachment. What is killing 25 Iranian militia members in retaliation for the death of one American contractor? A good start. (scroll down for full article)

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“NYT Exposé: Trump Top Aides Tried to Stop Him From Holding Up Ukrainian Aid; 84 Days Between Trump Inquiry About Aid and His Forced Release of Aid Raises New Impeachment Issues” (12/26/2019)
“Iranian-Backed Militia Target Iraqi Base, Killing 1 U.S. Contractor, Injuring Several Troops” (12/27/2019)
“U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria Kill 25 Iranian-Backed Militia, in Response to U.S. Contractor Death; Strikes Prompted Militia Supporters to Storm, Attempt to Occupy U.S. Embassy in Iraq” (12/29/2019)
“Kim Jong Un Says N.K. No Longer Bound by Own Testing Moratorium, Threatens Nuclear, Long-Range Ballistic Weapons Test Resumption, Says World Will See New Weapon ‘in the near future’” (12/31/2019)
“Iranian Militia Orders Supporters to Withdraw From U.S. Embassy in Iraq, Averting Crisis” (1/1/2020)
“World Extremely Nervous as Unstable Trump Faces Real Crises in Iraq, Iran, North Korea” (1/2/2020)

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Thank Jesus for the anti-Trump Republicans who have given us permission to say “Happy Holidays” again. During Donald’s War Against the War on Christmas, we were not allowed to combine Christmas and New Year’s greetings into one concise salutation encompassing the love for humankind many people feel through the period starting just before Dec. 25 and ending shortly after Jan. 1. Instead, we were forced to delineate exactly which holiday we were offering greetings for: either “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year.” Any attempt at merging the two into “Happy Holidays” was considered blasphemy and an affront to religious (read: Christian) freedom.

But now that President Trump has lost his War on the War Against Christmas, he might be looking for conflagrationist opportunities in Iran and Iraq. That certainly would take the nation’s focus off impeachment.

What is killing 25 Iranian militia members in retaliation for the death of one American contractor? A good start.

With our religious freedom now restored (including the right to secularism), and the “Happy Holidays” over with, it’s time to return to the business of saving our country.

Perhaps the holiday flirtation with love for humankind has touched some GOP legislators. Perhaps the rising tensions in Iran and Iraq are scaring the bejesus out of them, knowing the inept, self-dealing Trump is pulling the levers of foreign policy.

It is telling to note the long list of prominent Republicans who put country over party. Now juxtapose these with the long list of Republican invertebrates in Congress who, solely for seat-preservation, have decided to hold their noses, look the other way, and let a corrupt, incompetent, amoral president continue to degrade the presidency, endanger American democracy, and threaten foolish wars.

I posted this list early in 2019, but it bears remembrance.




Anti-Trump Republicans List Redux

Al Cardenaspolitical consultant, commentator

Ana Navarropolitical consultant, commentator

Anthony Scaramuccipolitical consultant, commentator, fmr. Trump communications director

Barbara Bushfmr. first lady

Bill Kristol political consultant, commentator

Bill Weldfmr. governor (Mass.)

Bob Corkerfmr. senator (Tenn.)

Charlie Sykes political commentator

Christine Todd Whitmanfmr. EPA administrator (George W. Bush), fmr. governor (N.J.)

Colin Powellfmr. secretary of state (George W. Bush), fmr. Joint Chiefs Chairman (George H. W. Bush)

Dan Senorpolitical consultant

David Brooksauthor, political commentator

David Frumpolitical consultant, commentator

David Jolly fmr. U.S. rep. (Fla.); has left Trump’s Republican Party

Elise Jordanpolitical consultant, commentator

Evan McMullinfmr. CIA operations officer, fmr. presidential candidate

George ConwayWashington, D.C., attorney, spouse of Kellyanne

George H. W. Bushfmr. president

George W. Bushfmr. president

George Will author, political commentator; has left Trump’s Republican Party

Gordon Humphreyfmr. senator (N.H.); has left Trump’s Republican Party

Jeb Bushfmr. governor (Fla.)

Jeff Flakefmr. senator (Ariz.)

Jennifer Horn fmr. Log Cabin Republicans board member

Jennifer Rubin political commentator

Joe Scarborough political commentator, fmr. U.S. rep. (Fla.); has left Trump’s Republican Party

Joe Walsh fmr. U.S. rep. (Ill.)

John Kasichfmr. governor (Ohio)

John McCainfmr. senator (Ariz.)

John Podhoretzpolitical commentator

Justin AmashU.S. rep. (Mich.); has left Trump’s Republican Party

Laura Bushfmr. first lady

Mark Sanfordfmr. U.S. rep. (S.C.), fmr. governor (S.C.)

Max Boot military historian, political commentator; has left Trump’s Republican Party

Michael Steelpolitical consultant, commentator

Michael S. Steelefmr. RNC chair, political consultant, commentator

Mike Murphypolitical consultant, commentator

Nicolle Wallacepolitical consultant, commentator

Richard Painterfmr. chief White House ethics lawyer (George W. Bush)

Rick Wilsonpolitical consultant, commentator

Sophia A. Nelsonpolitical consultant, commentator

Steve Schmidtpolitical consultant, commentator; has left Trump’s Republican Party

Stuart Stevenspolitical consultant

Susan Del Perciopolitical consultant, commentator

Tom Colemanfmr. U.S. rep. (Mo.)

William Millikenfmr. governor (Mich.

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Impeachment Timeline — This Week

[RECAP]: 12/21/2019 — White House emails (released through FOIA request) crystallize Ukraine aid timeline: 90 minutes after July 25 Trump-Ukraine call, White House ordered OMB to withhold Ukrainian aid and keep this directive secret

[RECAP]: 12/24/2019 — Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) says she’s “disturbed” at Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s (R-Ky.) vow of “total coordination” with White House during impeachment trial, statement that verdict is predetermined; Murkowski is first GOP senator threatening to break with GOP leadership; Trump World extremely nervous

 [IMPEACHMENT: DAY 94 — 12/26/19]

12/26/2019 — New York Times exposé details multiple highest-level aides trying to dissuade Trump from illegally holding up military aid to Ukraine; report of 84 days, between Trump’s first aid inquiry to his forced release of aid after whistleblower report, bolsters impeachment case, creates increased pressure to call witnesses such as Giuliani, Pompeo, Mulvaney, Bolton

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