The Wednesday Read

Intelligent individuals learn from every thing and every one; average people, from their experiences. The stupid already have all the answers. ― Socrates

These topics caught my attention in the last 24 hours:

  • Lynching Comments
  • Ambassador William Taylor
  • World Series Poll Results


Tuesday morning President Donald Trump woke people up with this tweet:

So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!

The Democrats went wild with condemnation after Trump used the word “lynching.” Republicans said things like, “that’s not a word I would have used.”

But then something happened on the way to the condemnation party.

CNN reported that in an appearance on CNN in October 1998, however, Biden said the impending impeachment proceedings against then-President Bill Clinton could be viewed as a “partisan lynching.”

Oh my…

What we have here are two crotchety old men (Trump & Biden) who should probably be spending the limited time they have left on God’s beautiful earth fishing or sitting in the shade watching their grandchildren play and sipping lemonade. Neither should be President.

As for the lynching comments, they have no place in our society in any time period. It’s disgusting that a sitting U.S. President in 2019 and a sitting U.S. Senator in 1998 would even think to use that harmful and hateful word.

Shame on them.


The big news of the day in the impeachment world is the testimony of William Taylor, who Reuters identifies as a career diplomat and former Army officer who serves as the charge d’affaires in the U.S. embassy in Ukraine.

Taylor testified on Tuesday that President Donald Trump made the release of U.S. security aid to Ukraine contingent on Kiev publicly declaring it would carry out politically motivated investigations that he demanded.

Of course, Democrats believe this testimony is the “smoking gun.” Republicans? Not so much. You can read the Reuters report HERE.

CBS News reported that Taylor’s extraordinary testimony left lawmakers stunned and there were audible gasps in the room. CBS News also reported that it was the most damaging testimony to date. On the CBS Evening News, anchor Norah O’Donnell said, “His opening statement has been published and I can tell you it’s worth reading.”

You can read Taylor’s statement HERE.


On Sunday I asked readers which team (Washington Nationals or Houston Astros) would win the World Series. Here are the results:

Houston Astros – 64%
Washington Nationals – 36%

The Nationals took game one in Houston last night by a score of 5-4. It was a pretty good game.

Thanks to all who voted in The Western Word poll!