Not New Year Yet Motes

There are no rules: Marc Elias, one of the most prominent Demorat lawyers in the country, is  predicting that Democrats will attempt to prevent some duly-elected Republican House members from serving, and that they may even attempt to file litigation to prevent some Republican members from serving. So basically, the Demorat party doesn’t want to share, they want absolute power and control, exactly what they keep accusing President Trump of wanting. He is a former partner at Perkins Coie, the Democrat-aligned law firm that was heavily tied to the now-discredited Steele memo.  What he intends to do is try to remove sitting house members by charging them under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which was passed during the post-Civil War reconstruction period and charging them with “insurrection”.  He’s an attorney, he hasn’t been elected to anything, he just wants to run everything. I think the right quote is “First we shoot the lawmakers.”

Call it what it is:  The Honolulu Police Department said it is investigating after a man was accidentally shot in Niu Valley. Authorities said the incident happened around 1 a.m. Thursday on Halemaumau Street. Officials said the 38-year-old man was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Honolulu Emergency Medical Services said someone else accidentally set off the firearm, hitting the victim in the arm and abdomen. Okay, two guys, one of them a cop, are playing with a firearm at 1 in the morning. I’d bet there was alcohol involved. This is not an “accidental” shooting. This IS a negligent discharge. Let’s start calling them, what they are. Unless we can change that to “stupid drunken shat playing with a firearm”. Nah, that’s too long.

 This is just wrong: Two beloved pet dogs, two-year-old Odin and six-year-old Lucy, have been condemned to die for a crime the owners say they did not commit in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. In January of 2021, Odin and Lucy were accused of killing a neighbor’s cat, Big Boy. There was one alleged eyewitness who said he saw this event and identified the dogs. But the eyewitness changed his account and never showed up to testify. Since their incarceration in January of 2020, the dogs have not been allowed outside at all. Condemned dogs are forced to relieve themselves where they sleep and are never allowed to go outside for exercise or a walk at the county facility. Sixty-seven-year-old Nola Lowman and her son William Dillon, the dogs’ loving owners have exhausted their ability to pay for the growing legal fees and are raising money via GoFundMe. All the family wants for Christmas is Odin and Lucy at home where they belong. This is just wrong. Period.

A solution to a non-existent problem:  A Japanese professor has developed a prototype lickable TV screen that can imitate food flavors, another step towards creating a multi-sensory viewing experience. The device, called Taste the TV (TTTV), uses a carousel of 10 flavor canisters that spray in combination to create the taste of a particular food. The flavor sample then rolls on hygienic film over a flat TV screen for the viewer to try. To me, this ranks right up there with “Smell-o-vision”.

When did stupid replace comedy?

Spend spend spend: Uncle Joe wants to hire 87,000 new IRS agents. Today I spent an hour and fourth five minutes at the Post Office to pick up a package. Maybe they could spend some of that on additional clerks.

If you got a moment, please say a prayer for my Brother Danny Pagan. He and Kimmy were making the move to Louisiana and caught Covid. He’s on a ventilator and it’s bad…very bad. Please take a moment and ask Him, for him, for some peace. He’s a good man.

Second Monday, Last Week of 2021

Watching, listening, and snitching: Amazon has found a powerful ally to help it protect its sprawling operations from fraud and abuse: the U.S. government. The company has increasingly tipped off the Justice Department and FBI to investigate Amazon’s own employees and the sellers using its platform. In addition, it has hired dozens of former DOJ and FBI employees, some of whom are filling out its internal teams aimed at policing its platform. The federal government has also indicted 35 people for crimes related to Amazon in the past year and a half, according to an analysis of public records — a number that exceeds indictments related to other comparably large companies like Walmart and FedEx.  Amazon either tipped off the government or cooperated closely with the investigations. Remember that when you order your next copy of the “Anarchists Cookbook”.

He’s no mayor Pete: Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro announced on Monday that he would begin a 15-day backpacking vacation with his wife and “first combatant” Cilia Flores, telling Venezuelans, “forget about me for 15 days.” Maduro’s vacation coincides with Christmas week and the new year, typically a time of large celebrations in South America. Venezuela’s electric grid failed once again last week, plunging 20 of the nation’s 23 states into darkness. Maduro’s regime did not offer any solutions for the problem, instead blaming unspecified enemies – presumably, the United States – for “attacking” the country. Amid extreme food insecurity, unreliable water and electric supplies, and no functional plan to address the rising threat of the omicron variant of the Chinese coronavirus around the world, Maduro told his citizens to simply forget that he exists in a video initially posted to Chinese social media outlet TikTok. Obviously, he has read the Buttigieg “School of Politics”.

 This time will be different: Black Lives Matter protester Cortez Rice, accused of threatening the judge overseeing the trial over Daunte Right’s fatal shooting was ordered to be held without bail Monday after he was deemed a flight risk, according to reports.  His lawyers argued he deserved bail after he had been denied bond earlier in the month. That was after he allegedly violated his probation for the third time. Rice allegedly live streamed himself inside a Minneapolis condominium where Rice reportedly made threatening statements toward Judge Chu and demanding she reverse her decision. She did, but claims it had nothing to do with Rice. He’s already left the state while under orders not to do so but promises to be good this time. Prosecutors argue; “This is the third violation on a case where he received a very, very generous departure from the guidelines on a gun case, which used to be unheard of, and he managed to get at least two violations on that very generous sentence, and then he picked up another criminal offense,” Rosas reportedly said. “The gun case alone would be sufficient for me to conclude that he would be a public safety risk.” He is charged in a “gun case”, violated parole 3 times, left the state, and threatened a judge. “Public safety risk”? Ya think?

Best offer I’ve heard: A Las Vegas strip club is trying to get more vaccinated by offering shots with a view. Visitors to Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club in Nevada will be able to get a booster or vaccine on Tuesday in partnership with Immunize Nevada through its “Boobs for Boosters” popup clinic. Anyone who shows up at the strip club can get both first and second doses of either Pfizer and Moderna, or a shot of Johnson and Johnson. People can also get a booster shot if they have not already gotten one of either Pfizer or Moderna. wait, there’s more: those who can show proof of being fully vaccinated and having received a booster will get a $200 gift card for all of GoBest’s ( the club management) venues and dinner for two at one of its restaurants.

If you got a moment, please say a prayer for my Brother Danny Pagan. He and Kimmy were making the move to Louisiana and caught Covid. He’s on a ventilator and it’s bad…very bad. Please take a moment and ask Him, for him, for some peace. He’s a good man.

Motes For Another Week

Can’t say it often enough: The furious wife of the NYPD lieutenant caught on video getting a raunchy lap dance from a female officer under his command, went berserk on a reporter Monday — as the rookie cop’s father blasted the married boss, saying he “should know better.” A red-faced Lt. Nick McGarry had to hold back his fuming wife outside their New Windsor home when asked about The NY Post’s front-page story “In the Line of Booty”, featuring a screenshot of the NSFW video of the rookie cop grinding in McGarry’s lap. “F–k you!” the wife seethed after charging at a Post reporter and photographer. Remember, someone is always listening, watching, and recording. Always.

Two tier system: Every time someone from the Jan 6 Insurrection pleads out, or is convicted, it’s plastered all over the msm. But how many trials have you read about from Portland, Dallas, Minneapolis, Seattle, Atlanta, or any of the other cities during the 2020 “peaceful protests”? Rittenhouse doesn’t really count, but how many other people were charged in that riot? The simple answer to both questions, NONE. And none of the Jan 6 arrestees are charged with arson, riot, insurrection, or murder. Seems a little one sided, don’t it?

Pot calling kettle mean: Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, on Tuesday called on Fox News to fire host Jesse Watters for targeting him with violent rhetoric at a conservative conference earlier this week. “The guy should be fired on the spot.” Speaking on Monday at Turning Point USA’s AmericaFest conference, Watters said to rhetorically “ambush” Fauci with dubious questions about the National Institutes of Health. The comments Fauxi is complaining about “Now you go in for the kill shot. The kill shot? With an ambush? Deadly. Because he doesn’t see it coming,” Watters said. I hate to say this, but those words could have been thought out better, especially in today’s culture. What I want to know is why the self admitted liar, career bureaucrat Fauci still has a job. Anyone?

Tenacious isn’t he: A Hawaii man showed how tenacious he could be. He was involved in a car accident, instead of trading information, he jumped into the other person’s car and raced off. He drove down the road where he was involved in a second collision, and again he stole the other vehicle. He drove this car some distance until he crashed “at a golf course”. There he stole an unattended golf cart and drove across the course to a construction site, where he stole a truck. It appears he didn’t get too far before crashing the truck and stealing another golf cart trying to evade the police that were now chasing him. He crashed, again. His one hour and fifteen minutes crime spree then came to a halt when police apprehended him and filed numerous charges. Tenacious and stubborn yes, but as a driver, not so good.

Not funny: A primary school teacher in the UK has been axed after being caught on now-viral video kicking and slapping a horse. Sarah Moulds, 37, a mother of two who taught at Somerby Primary School in Melton Mowbray, sparked widespread condemnation when she was caught beating the horse after a hunt on Nov. 6. The Mowbray Education Trust suspended Moulds in November — but its chief operating officer, Paul Maddox, has confirmed that she has since been terminated. Moulds’ uncle, David Kirkham, defended the disgraced educator, whom he described as a “fantastic person who absolutely loves her horses.” Slapping, full arm open hand, and kicking, a right boot right between the front legs, is a funny way to show love. Ask any battered wife.

The weekend playlist included this cd of “Trucker” songs. Dave Dudley, Dell Reeves, and Red Sovine. A reminder of kinder and gentler times. (Yeah, I pick her up. Naw I seen that movie.)

If you got a moment, please say a prayer for my Brother Danny Pagan. He and Kimmy were making the move to Louisiana and caught Covid. He’s on a ventilator and it’s bad…very bad. Please take a moment and ask for Him, for some peace. He’s a good man.

The Third Christmas

For the past 20+ years it has been my Christmas tradition to share this story with old friend, new friends, and people I love. I hope you take away a little touch of joy from reading it. Please, share with your loved ones.

  The Third Christmas

    Julie and I had been married just 3 years; the second for both of us, and this one was shaping up nicely. I had a good position with the credit department at a Waikiki hotel; she was working for one of the largest grocery store chains. The kids were aware it was Christmas, so everyone was on their best behavior.
    It was two weeks before Christmas, my wife and I had just attended a small Christmas/Housewarming party for two friends of ours. Times were hard and it was tough for two single women, one with a child, to find a house that would rent to them, let alone be one they could afford.
    But our friends had worked hard, saved their money, and had finally managed to find a house not too far from where my wife and I lived with our 3 kids. The oldest was working that night so we had taken the two young ones, aged 5 and 6, to the party where they had spent the day playing with the daughter of our two friends.
    On the way home, my wife had turned to me and said,
 “They don’t have a Christmas tree or any presents.”
    I told her how they had had to spend everything just to get the house rented and they were just grateful for the roof over their head. They told me that was the best Christmas gift they could have gotten. My wife just nodded and said nothing more.
    The next day I received a small Christmas bonus from work and felt pretty good. So when I got home I gave it to my wife and “ordered” her to spend it on something she wanted.  And only on something she wanted.
    Days went by, as they will during the holidays, full of busy things, and I gave our two friends little thought.
    Until the Thursday before Christmas Saturday. I got home, took our oldest to work, and started dinner for the two young ones. By the time we were finished and I had cleaned up, it occurred to me my wife was a little late. Since she worked in a Foodland store, and it was the holidays, I figured they had just kept her a little late. I called the store and was very concerned when they told me she had left for home several hours ago. Since it was unlike my wife to be this late, and this was before cell phones, I was really worried. I called our neighbor and asked her to watch our kids while I used the motorcycle to backtrack her usual route. I was just rolling the Harley out of the garage when my wife drove into the yard.
    I didn’t know if I was happy or angry. But as she got out of the car I just walked over to hug her. But, before I could she opened the car’s rear door, and pointed inside.
    There on the back seat was a small decorated Christmas tree and several small but brightly wrapped presents. I guess the look on my face asked all the questions, so my wife simply said,
  “You told me to spend that money on something I really wanted. Well, I really want Dee and the girl to have a Christmas tree and some presents. There should be a Christmas tree in a new house. And everyone needs at least one present, especially a little girl”.
    I really didn’t know what to say. We got the two young ones out of bed and made the short drive to our friend’s new home. I honked as we pulled into the driveway and all three were standing on the second floor lanai when we all got out of the car. My wife and each of the two kids took presents, and me, I got to carry the tree up the stairs and into the living room.
    We stayed only a few minutes and then headed on home. As we pulled out of the driveway, our friends and their daughter all stood on the lanai, yelling “Merry Christmas”, and not even trying to hide the tears of joy on their faces. Neither did we.

    Our kids are all grown now; our oldest even has children of her own, my grandchildren. And it is my hope, that someday they will all understand the spirit of Christmas by the example my wife gave, that third Christmas, many years ago.

It’s Christmas Thursday

How low can you go: Five heartless thieves were busted for looting the ravaged homes of tornado victims in Kentucky, officials said. The group of looters allegedly went to an area “particularly hit hard by the tornado” on Friday and ransacked the destroyed homes, according to Graves County Sheriff Jon Hayden. Law enforcement officers from several agencies quickly converged on the group, who were stopped while trying to flee the area with several damaged vehicles in tow. The vehicles “were owned by tornado victims that have been displaced by the tornado, in the hospital, and/or deceased,” Hayden said. When confronted by officers, group members gave contradicting stories, with some claiming they had received permission to be there, which deputies disproved after contacting the homeowners. There is good news, the Governor has announced that there are no missing persons from the tornado. All persons have been accounted for and located.

Not governor, empress : Abrams, who built her national reputation by advocating for voting rights, is calling on Congress to take action on federal voting rules as the Democrat launches a second bid to become Georgia’s governor. Senators including Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock, Abrams’ close ally, have been arguing in recent days that the Senate must try again on federal voting standards, despite earlier setbacks. The Constitution gives the individual state the right to set up its election procedures,. That’s why it’s called “States Rights”. So let me get this right, she isn’t elected to anything, but she’s telling the Congress what them “HAVE” to do and she wants the to run everything. Right? Uh, NO.

Has the world gone insane:  Margaret Buttimer, a 66-year-old grandmother, will spend this Christmas behind bars after being sentenced to one year in prison for violating Ireland’s mask mandate, with six months of the sentence being suspended. Buttimer was sentenced after being found guilty of not wearing a mask in a restaurant. The grandmother was initially imprisoned last week after breaching her bail terms by going Christmas shopping, having been ordered to stay away from stores. The answer is yes. Yes it has.

“Oh Oh Mister Kotter”: Headline; “Viral Vigilantes Or Snitches?” That’s an answer is so easy even Arnold Horshack could answer.

No answer is the answer: Last week Biden judicial nominee for the United States District Judge for the District of Nevada nominee Anne Traum dodged the same question 9  times during her “confirmation” hearing. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) asked the nominee; “Do you think we should forgive criminal misbehavior in the name of social justice?” Seems like a fairly straight forward question doesn’t it? The nominee danced, bobbed, and weaved and wouldn’t commit to an answer. Finally, exasperatred,  Kennedy asked her Fvorite color. That she answered; “Blue”. My thought, since she will not answer in the negative, she is does agree that “social justice” is more important than the “law”. Vote NO Senator, Vote NO.

Count on no one but you: The last 12 Christian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti and held in captivity for two months were not “released” as earlier reported. They found their freedom by escaping, according to their charity group, Christian Aid Ministries, and several other sources. In a first-hand account shared with the organization by one of the hostages, the group credited “the Lord” with saving them. One of the kidnapped missionaries described their plans to make their escape sometime between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. on the night of Wednesday, Dec. 15, when members of the gang holding them changed shifts. He said the charity, which is pausing its health, education and religious outreach in Haiti, “grappled for many hours over the proper course of action” after its workers were abducted for ransom. Troyer said many people reached out during the two months, including those who “provided funds to pay a ransom and allow the engaging process to continue.”  The U.S. .gov. had dispatched the FBI to Haiti the day after the kidnapping.  And that’s it. The fbi is an investigative arm in a foreign country. They have no action jurisdiction. Remember, nobody is coming. You have to save yourself and loved ones.

I’m in Hilo with the wife and dogs. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday and weekend. (No Rant this week, doesn’t seem right.)

Middle of the Week Motes

Does anyone care: As per tradition, Barack Obama has closed out the year with his annual picks of his favorite songs. I don’t know whose tradition this is, but not at my house. I really just don’t care what he listens to.

Speaking of music; Congratulations to Dolly Parton who just received 3 new certificates from Guinness World Records. The 75-year-old singing legend recently set two new records: most decades on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female with seven and most Number One hits on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female with 25. Dolly also beat her existing record for most hits on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist with 109 hits. I can say from personal experience, she is the warm, kind, and friendly person she is made out to be. Way to go Dolly.

Probably: Am I the only one that finds it just a bit “ironic” that Jeffrey Rambo is on the “National Targeting Center”, a secretive division of Customs and Border Protection? And trying to intimidate journalists? Okay, maybe not ironic, but certainly comment worthy.

Whhaatt? : Chicago, Illinois – St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square hosted a “drag queen prayer hour” for children last weekend. According to the Lutheran church’s Facebook post, “Seminarian Aaron Musser” preached in drag to children as part of “a dress rehearsal for joy.” Also known as grooming. The pictures show children around 5-7 years old. Now why the hell they allow a “Seminarian”, (a student in a seminary especially of the Roman Catholic Church) to teach/preach in drag to young children is beyond me.

Daaammmnnnn: Enraged monkeys have killed 250 dogs in an Indian district by dragging them to the top of buildings and trees and dropping them. Panic-stricken residents have also come under attack and say the acts of animal violence have been carried out ‘in revenge’ after a pack of dogs killed one of the monkeys’ infants. Pictures in Indian media appeared to confirm the attacks. In one, a monkey can be seen on a roof carrying a puppy to the edge of a building. Clearly not content with the extermination of the dogs, monkeys are now said to be going after young children. School children are reportedly being attacked by the monkeys, creating a further sense of panic among the villagers.   UPDATE: The Officials with the forest department from the Beed district of Maharashtra state said the monkeys were trapped on Sunday and released in their natural habitat. It appears that only two monkeys were involved in the dog killing. I bet they were “mom and dad” of the infant. And you thought revenge was only a human trait.

Need a couple of bucks: The U.S. government just offered a $5 million reward to anyone with information that could lead to the capture of each of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera’s sons. Commonly known as Los Chapitos, the men are infamous for their brash and ostentatious behavior and displays on social media. One of them—Ovidio Guzmán López—was captured but released by the Mexican government in 2019 in an incident that proved a national embarrassment for the administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The announcement from the Biden administration came on the heels of a similar bounty placed on the head of El Chapo’s brother, Aureliano Guzmán Loera aka Guano, and the tripling of the reward for his former Sinaloa Cartel partner Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada to $15 million. Nope, all my Mexican contacts are way too old, just like me. I’ll leave this one to the younger guys.

Where can I find one????

A Gingerbread Cookie Dragon. Where can I find one, or ten.

Tuesday Motes, Because, Why Not?

Chip Chip Chip: Last week Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced her anti-Islamophobia bill that would create a special envoy to monitor “Islamophobia” around the world. Why the hell is America monitoring “around the world”? Aren’t these people always saying the USA isn’t the worlds policeman? Since the 9-11 attacks that killed 3,000 innocent Americans, there have been 40k + Islamic terrorist attacks around the world. It’s not a “phobia” if it’s really happening. That’s the problem. And unless she plans on redoing the Constitution, we’re still free to say what we think. I don’t care what her “special envoy” says.

Point to remember: Always speak, text, and act as if someone was watching and recording. They probably are. And if you think the other guy is an informer/snitch, he probably is.

Not just anybody: After finishing the new “Aquaman”, Jason Mamoa is taking some time off here in Hawaii. I understand he likes bikes and riding. Hey Jason, you want to borrow mine? Not a problem.

That goes for Keanu and Snoop as well.

 A hero: Congratulations to Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe. While serving in Iraq he and his fellow soldiers were hit by an IED. While on fire and exposed to enemy fire, Cashe pulled several soldiers and an interpreter from a burning vehicle that was hit by an improvised explosive device. He died as a result of his wounds in 2005. He was originally awarded the Silver Star, but it has been upgraded to the CMO. Well done, Soldier. Well done.

From the theguardian :“Trump supporters and members of far-right extremist groups who took part in the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars from online crowdfunding sites by portraying themselves as maligned American patriots, martyrs and political prisoners”. Okay, I am really tired of these editorial comments being labeled “news”. Like the Jan 6 protest being labeled a “violent insurrection”. If it had been a real insurrection, we’d have a different President. And if you are jailed by the federal government, without bail, for a misdemeanor, for months at a time, you ARE a political prisoner. As far as raising money, I guess that’s only okay for BLM/Antifa, after their “peaceful protests” that cost cities over $550 million dollars. And finally, YES, they are patriots.

Since I do a rant on Sundays: This weekend I missed the birthday, December 19, of Princess Bernice Pauahi Paki. She was born in 1831, the daughter of High Chiefs Abner Paki and Laura Konia. The Princess was a visionary that loved her people and the land. She established a legacy that continues today through the Kamehameha Schools. The  Princess truly made the world a better place.

1883: Yes! Yes! Yes!

Almost Christmas, So Motes Anyway

A real entrepreneur: “90 Day Fiancé” star Stephanie Matto went viral when she revealed she sells her farts in a jar. Her $$ claims seem a bit much to me, upwards of $25k a month. But just in case, anybody want Mexican tonight?

If Trump was a dictator, he wasn’t very good at it: Sergey Tikhanovsky, the husband of Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison at ahigh-security penal colony, Belarusian state media BelTA reported on Tuesday. After a trial that took place largely behind closed doors, Tikhanovsky was convicted on charges including “organizing mass riots” and inciting social hostility, which critics say were politically motivated. Tikhanovsky, was arrested shortly after he declared his candidacy for president in May 2020.   His wife stood in his place but went on to lose the campaign and many international observers claimed the vote had been marred by widespread ballot stuffing and falsifications. According to the official results, her opponent won the election with 80.23% of the vote. She and her children have been living in exile there ever since. Maybe she should talk to Hunter, he has some connections in that area of the world, doesn’t he?

A happy ending: The remaining 12 hostages kidnapped by an armed gang in Haiti two months ago were released Thursday, according to the country’s justice minister. Seventeen missionaries representing Christian Aid Ministries, including 16 Americans and one Canadian, were kidnapped by armed men on October 16 while driving through the suburb of Croix des Bouquets, just outside of the capital city Port-au-Prince. The group had been returning from visiting an orphanage. The gang that authorities said was responsible for the kidnappings, 400 Mawozo, initially demanded a ransom of $1 million per hostage, but the circumstances surrounding the release were not immediately clear, including whether any ransom money was paid. Every now and then, things turn out right. Well, it would be better had the 3 rules been followed. 1) Identify  2) Locate  3) Punish harshly.   

Never let a crisis go to waste: First lady Jill Biden visited children severely wounded from the Christmas parade massacre in Waukesha, Wisconsin, using the occasion to remind parents to vaccinate their children for coronavirus.  Biden visited with an 11-year-old girl who was still being  treated at the hospital with a traumatic brain injury. She also visited with a 10-year-old girl who was suffering broken bones and a broken pelvis as well as a brain injury, but her public remarks focused only on vaccinations. No, they have no shame.

We are not “all in this together”. Politicians and state and local officials have not given up a single paycheck. They have not lost their businesses or homes. The have not laid awake all night wondering how they will feed their families or pay their bills. As they continue to enforce some of their draconian restrictions, not one of them is suffering from their own decisions. They are not now, and never will be any part of the WE in this.

 per·ju·ry/ˈpərj(ə)rē/; noun

LAW; the offense of willfully telling an untruth in a court after having taken an oath or affirmation. The United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack admitted Wednesday that it had doctored a text message cited by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) in his push Monday to hold former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt. Schiff had manipulated the text message, cutting out the full context and adding punctuation into it, which he falsely implied was authored by a Republican lawmaker. But there will be no punishment because, you know, Trruuummmppp. Oh, he hadn’t “taken an oath or affirmation”? Does that mean the “Committee” members don’t have to tell the truth in these proceedings? Am I the only one that see’s a problem here?