Inspection- Ellis Schmellis

by Ken Carman

 There are times I watch the actions of others and wonder, “Something stinks here. Why isn’t anyone seeing the obvious? Am I missing something? I hope so because otherwise it sure seems they are.”
 There has been a lot of speculation about Judge T. S. Ellis, no relation to T.S. Elliot, in the Manafort trial. In fact what T.S. Elliot was to masterful poetry T.S. Ellis is to unprofessional judging. And, Inspectionoh, ALL the excuses! He’s “just like that.” (Then he shouldn’t be a judge.) He’s tough. (“Tough” is OK, prejudicial jerk isn’t.) He’s got a huge 8×8 up his…OK, I made the last one up, but not that inaccurate when it comes to describing his behavior and attitude: like badgering the prosecution with just plain weird stuff: “a tear in his eye.”
 Ellis should hold himself in contempt.
 By the way, so what if the prosecutor did have a tear? What the hell has that got to do with anything except joyfully splurting verbal jizum all over the court room? Seems pretty obvious he’s a judge with an agenda no judge should have. What would that agenda be?
 Gee, appointed by Reagan? Why am I not surprised?
 Ruled in favor of no rule of law for Blackwater? Why am I not surprised?
 Ruled in favor of no rights for an American citizen José Padilla that Bush ‘terrorism’ thugs turned into a vegetable before he was ever actually tried: and they had to go for lesser charges. Yes, you know by now: I am not surprised.
 Ellis is an early beneficiary of Reich wing court packing: a practice that appoints more puppets and marionettes than Avenue Q, Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street ever had.

 ”It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood, a torture filled day in the neighborhood. Won’t you be our rutabaga?”

 I believe Ellis KNOWS Manafort is burnt toast, guilty as hell, and the first domino that, if he falls each fall after that should lead right up to Trump. What to do? What would any Reich winger judge poser do?
 Ellis wants a mistrial.
 A mistrial? WHY IN HELL…?
 This one is easy. The slower the dominoes fall the longer the Mueller goes on. The longer Mueller goes on the more tired of it all the public will get. The more tired the public gets the more likely it won’t reach Trump, or at least there will be enough judges on the highest courts to make sure Trump gets the big Monica no matter how guilty he is. Despite all the noise I think Mueller is further along than Trump and his puppets want. To keep moving the goalpost Grumpy ole Ellis is perfectly willing to have, not the 8×8, but Trump’s hand up his ample tuchus.
 I seriously doubt any ethics charges against Ellis would ever be pursued, but let’s not forget there are plenty of Reich wing Kamikazes willing to sacrifice their careers, even their freedom, for the orange scamster. Besides… while it may be (Stephen) Miller time, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s also pardon time!
 Ken Starr, Trey Gowdy, Congress investigating Hillary: so many right wing puppets who KNOW how to streeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetttttttttttcccccccchhhhh investigations out. Thankfully, Mueller is no Ken Starr. But what a clever tactic! Keep doing all to make the investigation last and last while bitching about how long it’s lasting. Why it’s enough to make less thoughtful people say, “Enough is ENOUGH!” Despite there being a history of investigations going on a hell of a lot longer than this one has, many without a single indictment. Doesn’t matter if it’s not Russia-related, anymore than supposed ‘crimes’ discovered investigating Clinton should have been ignored. This is the toxic soup ya’ll cooked up in the 90s, Reich wingers. STEW IN IT.
 And right on cue Brett Kavanaugh who gleefully pursued Bill has had a change of heart. So partisan-ly convenient. And that’s the biggest danger here too: if this succeeds all a president and his enablers have to do from now on is use these tactics to make damn sure rule of law no longer applies to any president, or their associates. Impeachment would even be off the table. Impeachment usually requires investigation: it always has: lengthy investigation, then trial. How much success do you think Congress would have if; in trying to avoid this long, drawn out “complain about how long it’s taking while making it last longer” tactic, they just went straight to impeachment with little to no investigation, a quick trial at best, to avoid the stalling tactics?
 This is the path towards tyranny.
 ”No COH-LOU-SION my…”
 How much you want to bet if it becomes precedent it will only apply to Republican presidents?
 Reagan is reaching out from his grave to help provide unequal protection where Republicans can’t be held responsible. All courtesy of 40 years of packing courts with marionettes and puppets. Yes, it’s been going on at least that long. This reminds me. What was that phrase used in the 90s the right laughed at? You know, the one that after all these years could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt?
  Oh, yeah…

 ”Vast right wing conspiracy”

Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 40 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks, and into the unseen cracks and crevasses, that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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