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Most Corrupt

When are Republicans in Congress going to admit that Donald Trump is one of the most corrupt politicians in history?

A year-ago at this time, Democrats in Congress were in the process of impeachment proceedings against Trump.  Republicans in Congress were saying Democrats were trying to undo the results of the 2016 election.

Now guess who is trying to undo the results of the 2020 election?

Let’s see.  Trump and arseholes like Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz are claiming there was massive voter fraud, but nobody has produced massive voter fraud proof. Election Day was two months ago. 18 days before President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris take over at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Trump asked the Georgia Secretary of State to find him 11,780 votes.  Now that’s what you call massive voter fraud. Bingo.

How pathetic and silly is it that Trump thinks he can still overturn the election results this late in the game?

I am sure Saturday’s phone call that made it to yesterday’s Washington Post made the 140 Republican members of Congress and the dozen Republicans senators feel pretty good. You know, they are trying to overturn the election this Wednesday.

It looks like the Republican Georgia Secretary of State’s folks handed the phone call tape over to the Post to hit back at Trump.  It appears that they are tired of his sh_t. At some point, you have to say enough of this crap.

I listened to a lot of the phone call yesterday.  Trump is clueless. 

Republican outrage is being directed at the releasing of the phone conversation tape, not at the voter fraud.

The Republicans in Congress didn’t have the guts to impeach this crook, so the voters handled business a couple of months ago.

This is from Merriam-Webster:

Definition of treason:

1:the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign’s family

I am just going to call it what it is.  I fully expect media outlets to call it what it is.

What some Republican members, including Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, plan to do on Wednesday is treason.

One of my best friends, State Senator Carol Alvarado, gave my Dad a couple of Texas State Senate 2021 wall calendars. I hung them on his walls at his house this past weekend.  The calendar has commemorations on certain days.  On January 1, 1925, it says Governor Pat M. Neff appointed an all-woman state Supreme Court.  I did a second glance.  I did not know that.  I googled and it took me to Texasalmanac.com and I found this:

Three women comprised a special Texas Supreme Court for five months in 1925. It was the first all-woman high court in the United States.

These were not merely honorary appointments. Governor Pat Neff appointed the three women attorneys as a special state supreme court to hear the appeal of a case involving the Woodmen of the World (WOW), a fraternal association.

The Problem

The WOW was an influential political power in Texas, and virtually all elected officials, as well as most lawyers, were members. The association also offered a mutual insurance program with premiums that rose or fell according to the amount of money it had to pay out for insurance claims. Therefore most judges and attorneys in the state had a personal interest in cases having to do with claims against the organization and were ethically required to recuse themselves from cases involving the WOW.

In 1924, a lawsuit was appealed to the Texas Supreme Court involving the WOW. Trustees for the WOW were claiming two tracts of land in El Paso under a verbal “secret trust.” The supreme court was asked to decide whether it would review the decision of the El Paso Court of Civil Appeals in the case, styled Johnson v. Darr (114 Tex 516). If the high court agreed to review Johnson v. Darr, it then had to decide whether to uphold or to overturn the decision of the El Paso court.

At that time, the Texas Supreme Court was composed of three members: a chief justice and two associate justices. On March 8, 1924, Chief Justice C.M. Cureton certified to Neff that he and the two associate justices, Thomas B. Greenwood and William Pierson, must excuse themselves from hearing the appeal because of their membership in the WOW. The law provided that the governor should immediately appoint special justices to hear the case. During the following 10 months, Neff evidently attempted to find male judges or attorneys to sit on the special court. However, according to H.L. Clamp, the Deputy Clerk of the Supreme Court from 1902 to 1953, each time Neff offered an appointment to a male judge or attorney, the lawyer responded that he, too, was a member of the WOW, and therefore was disqualified from serving.

The Solution

Not until Jan. 1, 1925, only a week before the case was scheduled to be heard, did Neff finally appoint the special justices: three women, who could not possibly be members of Woodmen of the World because that organization did not accept women members.

Here is the entire story that I encourage you to check out:  Texas’ All-Woman Supreme Court | Texas Almanac.

MLB.com’s Alyson Footer put out the first MLB.com power rankings for 2021.  The Dodgers, Padres, Yankees, The ATL and Twins are the top 5.  She has us at 13 and the Rays at 10.  The Astros and Rays were in last season’s ALCS.

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