Monday Open Thread

Another Monday. Another court afternoon for me. Another open thread for you.

What I'm reading: News from Sinaloa. Was Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar the one who mustered the troops (with help from Mayo Zambada) in Culiacan this weekend to win the release of his half brother Ovidio Guzman Lopez? So far, it seems that way to me. I also don't think the Government cared about the citizenry as much as it did the families of the military who were threatened. How involved was the DEA? The Government said the police and National Guard were going to arrest Ovidio based on an extradition order. Who was doing the surveillance on Ovidio's girlfriend? Mexico or the U.S. I'd bet the latter.

All topics welcome.

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    All I have to say (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Oct 21, 2019 at 03:27:46 PM EST
    is when you think we've hit bottom we have not. Every day with Trump is worse and there is no bottom and the GOP is just fine with all that. After all this, the GOP needs to be completely destroyed as a political party.

    While it will likely get worse ... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Oct 21, 2019 at 04:06:41 PM EST
    ... before it gets better, there are signs that the GOP's wall of solidarity surrounding Trump is starting to crumble.

    The decision by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff to conduct the impeachment inquiry as a de facto grand jury through closed door hearings and testimony certainly appears to have been a wise one, because it's deprived House Republicans -- in particular, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) -- of a public venue to grandstand and obfuscate before the TV cameras.

    Further, it now compels the GOP caucus to rely on the dubious intellectual and legislative faculties of that dim-witted "Sage of Bakersfield," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), to defend their position, and he's clearly punching well above his weight class.

    I'm speculating, obviously, but I think McCarthy will be unable to hold his caucus together once Schiff goes public with his findings and articles of impeachment are formally introduced in the Judiciary Committee, and that as many as 50 vulnerable or retiring GOP members may ultimately vote with the Democrats when those articles reach the House floor.



    46 years ago last night, ... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Oct 21, 2019 at 03:46:48 PM EST
    ... U.S. Solicitor Gen. Robert Bork fired Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox at the order of President Richard Nixon, after Atty. Gen. Elliot Richardson and Dep. AG William Ruckelshaus had both resigned on principle rather than carry out the directive.

    Most Americans certainly didn't realize it at the time, but far from being the master stroke which he had envisioned would shut down the Watergate investigation once and for all, the now-infamous "Saturday Night Massacre" ultimately proved to be the key to Nixon's undoing and political downfall. The public outrage that Prosecutor Cox's removal provoked was both spontaneous and sustaining.


    It's a different world now. (none / 0) (#4)
    by Chuck0 on Mon Oct 21, 2019 at 04:21:04 PM EST
    There is no one in orange jesus' administration with that much integrity.

    This is what economic imperialism looks like. (none / 0) (#5)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Oct 21, 2019 at 05:11:43 PM EST
    The 1,450-mile Colorado River is one of the world's most developed and regulated river systems, and an essential water source in an arid region. The battle for its riches -- and the story of its demise -- goes way back:

    The Guardian | October 21, 2019
    The Lost River: Mexicans fight for mighty waterway taken by the US - "The Colorado [River] originates in the Rocky mountains and traverses seven US states, watering cities and farmland, before reaching Mexico, where it is supposed to flow onwards to the Sea of Cortez. Instead, the river is dammed at the US-Mexico border, and on the other side the river channel is empty. Locals are now battling to bring it back to life. There are few more striking examples of what has come to be known as 'environmental injustice' - the inequitable access to clean land, air and water, and disproportionate exposure to hazards and climate disasters. Water in particular has emerged as a flash point as global heating renders vast swaths of the planet ever drier."

    More from The Guardian:

    "In the 19th century, the river flow in Mexico was over 1,200 cubic metres per second. Then the US began taking control of the Colorado and turning a desert into an agricultural heartland.

    "In 1901, the US built the Alamo canal through Mexico, which diverted river water to farmland in California's Imperial Valley. Across the border, ambitious American businessmen, aided by corrupt Mexican officials, took control of most arable land and water.

    "Construction of the Hoover dam in 1936 reduced the river flow in Mexico to 164 cubic metres per second. In 1942, the US constructed the All American canal, bypassing Mexico to directly supply the Imperial Valley and surrounding cities.

    "The Colorado's demise was sealed in 1944, when Mexico and the US signed an agreement to construct the Morelos Dam at the border and guarantee water to Mexico only for agriculture. After the Glen Canyon dam was built in Arizona in 1966, river flow in Mexico plunged to 8.3 cubic metres per second. The river has not flowed to the sea since 1998."

    Worth a read.