So…we know from Donnie Jr. and other sources that the Russians have a huge financial stake in the family “business,” with Russian oligarchs (crime lords) paying exorbitant prices for apartments and condos in Slimy Towers, and otherwise underwriting and shoring up the con man’s “empire.” So why would Republican Congressional leaders say that Trump family finances are “out of bounds” in the Russia investigation? Is not the old adage of “Follow the Money” the most important factor in determining whether or not the President is compromised (nice way of saying that he’s a Russian agent)? After all, no one seems to care that he is a heartless, philandering, lying, misogynist bully. (That’s not grounds for impeachment as long as he is willing to sign into law the perverse ideological economic and social agenda of the extreme right.) But having the President of the United States exposed as an agent of the Russian Federation…that might not sit so well even with his most ardent followers (though they would probably not believe it to be true no matter what evidence Mueller digs up). So it makes perfect sense that Republican “leaders” would try to block the one area of the investigation that will most likely show that collusion, complicity, and treason by the Orange Slime are very much at the roots of his Presidency. Can the swamp drain itself? These people shall live in infamy.
What are the limits on Presidential Pardons? Following Gerald Ford’s infamous preemptive pardon of Nixon the Supreme court cited an 1867 Supreme Court decision during the Andrew Johnson administration which held that presidents have “unlimited” pardoning power. “It extends to every offense known to the law, and may be exercised at any time after its commission, either before legal proceedings are taken, or during their pendency, or after conviction and judgment,” If this interpretation holds, it means that the Liar-in-Chief could have any crime committed by ANYONE (death squads?) and preemptively pardon them. Such powers of tyranny cannot possibly have been intended by the framers of the Constitution, don’t you think?
As if our Democracy is not already in enough peril, supporters of the Liar-in-Chief are pushing him to immediately pardon ANYONE whom Mueller indicts. Can you imagine such brazenly criminal use of the Presidential Pardon? It’s one thing for a President to give a Pardon based on clemency and compassion and in cases of miscarriage of justice–but to use it as a tool to override the work of the Department of Justice and the Criminal Courts? Since the President’s oath of office is to protect and defend the Constitution, abuse of the Presidential Pardon to obstruct justice would most certainly be an impeachable office, don’t you think?
Politico posted this today. Can you think of anything more “destabilizing” to the US political system than putting a lying, philandering, misogynist, psychopath into the Presidency? I’d say that Putin has achieved a most remarkable victory!
“Intelligence officials and experts have long said that Russia’s primary goal is to destabilize the U.S. political system. But the U.S. intelligence community has also unanimously concluded that, at the same time, the Kremlin favored Trump over Clinton in the 2016 election and clearly worked on Trump’s behalf.”
Of all the infuriating lies the Orange Slime has come out with (at the rate of about 6 per day), two told in the aftermath of the Florida High School massacre stand out as particularly obnoxious. First he blames the FBI for spending “too much time” on the Russia investigation, and now he’s blaming the Democrats, saying “They just talk.” This guy is such an unbelievable $%^&**!!!
$3.99 or $0.39 per track for Promised Land? I need my friends to help me with an experiment. With so much free and pirated music on the web these days I thought that $.39 for a download or $3.99 for the whole album might provide some motivation for people to buy and listen to Promised Land. I’m going to try this for a week and see what happens. You can download here right now .
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I performed at a benefit for Veterans’ mental healthcare on Saturday (9/8/12) in Lewiston, and my friend Brian Patricks arranged for the video camera to be running. I don’t know who was actually behind the camera, but the video and sound quality are exceptionally good. http://youtu.be/nD5zPbKyWVQ. This is the kind of gig that musicians will jump at, even though the audience was small. It was a superlative room with professional sound provided by John Morrison Audio. I’d do it again any time! Also on the ticket, in a musical round robin were Brian Patricks, Shanna Underwood, and Kate Schrock. A great night.
From the Portland Press Herald 9/6/12:
‘Promised Land’ is a bluesy, rootsy record that should appeal to everyone from rockers to modern country fans.
By RICK JOHNSON
Summer is drawing to a close, and, like a lot of folks in Maine, I don’t want to let it go. Fortunately, for those of us who aren’t quite ready to trade flip-flops for fall sweaters, Peter Alexander has given us the perfect audio souvenir to remember the summer of 2012.
His new album, “Promised Land,” contains the kind of music that goes best with an ice-cold beer, a back porch and a late-summer sunset. Had I received this CD in early June, this most certainly would’ve been my soundtrack to many a summer’s night.
“Promised Land” is a bluesy, rootsy record that should appeal to everyone from rockers to modern country fans.
The blues-rock stompers such as the opening tracks “I’ve Got a Secret” and “Nine Miles High” have that classic barroom boogie sound guaranteed to get the party started right. And the country-tinged uptempo numbers such as the title track are sure to please anybody who appreciates the more raucous fare served up on modern country radio these days.
“Outside in the Rain” was a pleasant surprise. It’s an almost Jimmy Buffet-esque track that lyrically deals with gloomy weather, but Peter serves it up as pure musical sunshine, with bright and jangly acoustic guitars strummed over a catchy tabla beat.
“Heartache in the Morning” is a catchy but contemplative back porch-type of song, the jaunty “Johnny D” will get your toes tapping, and the laid-back shuffle of “Can Love Be Real” might just have you smiling broadly and wiping a tear at the same time.
All the songs on “Promised Land” benefit from a stellar production job. The sound is crystal clear, with loud and raunchy electric guitar that never overpowers the shimmering 12-string acoustic guitars.
Peter handles all the vocals, and proves himself a master of many styles. He starts with a gruff and bluesy howl on one track, only to slide into a velvety, vintage Kenny Rogers croon on another. And when he harmonizes with himself, the sound evokes the glory days of the Henley/Frey harmonies of the early Eagles.
Yes, summer may be coming to an end, but don’t let it get you down. Because in February, when you’re cooped up inside, the snow is flying and the temperatures are dropping, you’ll have the perfect antidote. Just pop open a cold beer, put on your flip-flops, crank “Promised Land” and let Peter Alexander take you back to mid-July with his perfect summer soundtrack.
Rick Johnson is a freelance writer and radio host who lives in Westbrook. He can be reached at:
What’s with the shirt? People are starting to ask a lot of questions.