Soviet Trial of the Sixteen, the “Case of the Trotskyite-Zinovievite Terrorist Center,” Moscow August 19-24, 1936. All sixteen defendants were sentenced to be shot and their personal property confiscated.

The Republican Show Trial of Donald Trump


From Wikipedia: A show trial is a public trial in which the judicial authorities have already determined the guilt, and/or innocence, of the defendant. The actual trial has as its only goal the presentation of both the accusation and the verdict to the public. There are characteristics of a show trial. Often, witnesses are not…

"Demonstrators" stand outside a security zone before the pro-gun rally Jan. 20, in Richmond. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Gun Humpers with Their Panties in a Wad


A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. What’s a “well-regulated militia”? Is it the folks captured by photo and video waddling around Richmond? Obese guys packing ridiculous weapons who would collapse if forced to march…

Corrupt Politician Being Thrown in the Lake of Burning Pitch, Dante's 8th Circle of Hell, 5th Bolgia

About that Oath in an Impeachment Trial


  WC, along with anyone born before 1973, share a distinction unique in the history of our country. We are witnesses to a third impeachment proceeding in our lifetimes. Perhaps it is because it has happened so infrequently that Senators Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham are unfamiliar with the U.S. Senate Rules for Impeachment, and…

William Barr on Capitol Hill on April 10. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Worst. Attorney. General. Ever.


This has been a hard post to write. WC had faint hopes that William Barr would serve honorably, that he would act as a restraint on Trump and as an enabler, not as a cheerleader. WC was probably being naive. Trump was unlikely to appointment anyone with scruples.   The late John Mitchell, Attorney General…