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Verbal Faux Pas of the Week – February 13, 2021

“My name is Bruce Castor, and I am the lead prosecutor – err – lead counsel for the 45th President of the United States.  I was an assistant DA for such a long time that I keep saying prosecutor, but I do understand the difference.”

Bruce L. Castor, in his opening defense of Donald Trump during Trump’s impeachment trial

It should be worth noting that, earlier in his career, Castor fought to let Bill Cosby go free while Trump’s other impeachment lawyer, David Schoen, was set to defend Jeffrey Epstein before the latter died in prison.

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Worst Quote of the Week – February 13, 2021

“The Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Louisiana has unanimously voted to censure Senator Bill Cassidy for his vote cast earlier today to convict former President Donald J. Trump on the impeachment charge.”

Louisiana State Republican Party, in a statement condemning recently-elected U.S. Senator Cassidy for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump

Cassidy was only one of seven Republican senators to vote along with Democrats to impeach Trump.

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Best Quote of the Week – February 13, 2021

“President Trump may not know a lot about the framers, but they certainly knew a lot about him. Given the framers’ intense focus on danger to elections and the peaceful transfer of power, it is inconceivable that they designed impeachment to be a dead letter in the President’s final days in office, when opportunities to interfere with the peaceful transfer of power would be most tempting and most dangerous as we just saw. Thus, as a matter of history and original understanding, there is no merit to President Trump’s claim that he can incite an insurrection and then insist weeks later that the Senate lacks the power to even hear evidence at a trial, to even hold a trial.”

Rep. Jaime Raskin, in his opening statement during Donald Trump’s impeachment trial

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A Solid Black Wolf

This photograph of a solid black wolf by Kurt Kemnitzer was named “Photo of the Day” for February 10, 2021 by Smithsonian Magazine.  Kemnitzer actually snapped the picture in November 2020.  While I’ve seen plenty of black domestic dogs, I can honestly say I’ve never seen a solid black wolf.  As a bona fide wolf lover whose favorite color is black, this photo is almost like a dream to me.

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Video of the Week – February 6, 2021

As a massive arctic hurricane swept in from the northwestern Pacific and into the northeastern U.S., panda bears at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C. did what many animals do with an abundance of snow.  They had fun!

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Retro Quote – James Thurber

“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.”

James Thurber

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Word of the Week – February 6, 2021

Ratiocinate

Verb

Latin, 17th century

Form judgments by a process of logic. Reason.

Example: I looked at my financial situation and had to ratiocinate what is most important right now.

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Photo of the Week – February 6, 2021

This week Capitol Hill police officer Brian D. Sicknick was honored in the Capitol Rotunda.  Sicknick was caught up in the January 6 riots where he sustained serious injuries and died later.

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Worst Quotes of the Week – February 6, 2021

“This categorical statement surely would have surprised the Framers of the First Amendment, who believed in freedom of speech but not so much in democracy.  The Framers of our constitutional system thought they were building a ‘republic,’ with limited suffrage and many checks on ‘democracy.”

Alan Dershowitz, claiming that the current impeachment of Donald Trump is an attack on free speech and arguing that freedom of speech is “essential to keeping it a republic, but not necessarily a democracy.”

“If you’re going to pursue this, and you wanna start calling witnesses, and you want to drag this thing out, it would be fair to have Kamala Harris’ tape play where she bailed people out of jail.  What more could you do to incite future violence, than to pay the bail of the people who broke up the shops and beat up the cops.  How’s that not inciting future violence?  Be careful what you wish for my Democratic colleagues; be careful what you wish for.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, on the current impeachment of former President Donald Trump

“I haven’t even looked at what all she’s done.  I’d have to hold back a statement on that. Travel in this weather it’s been a little rough looking at any news or whatever.”

Sen. Tommy Tuberville, regarding Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene

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Best Quotes of the Week – February 6, 2021

“When we defend equal rights of the people the world over, of women and girls, of LGBTQ individuals, indigenous communities and people with disabilities, the people of every ethnic background and religion, we also ensure that those rights are protected for our own children here in America.”

President Joe Biden, upon issuing a memorandum to protect LGBTQ rights as part of a human rights agenda for the United States

“There were a lot more Republican leaders, and their constituents, who attempted to push back then than there are now.  To a large extent, the people who have inherited the Birch legacy today, I think, are more empowered [and] more visible within the Republican Party.  There is much less criticism; there is much less of an effort to drum them out; there is a much greater fear of antagonizing them.  They are the so-called Republican base.”

Matthew Dallek, political historian at George Washington University and author of an upcoming history of the John Birch Society, on the growing acceptance of extremism in the Republican Party

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