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SNL Writers Meeting

They can lead with a homage to Franz Kafka: a reporter is told that if the name of a city is included in the article on why you can’t take your laptop on a plane, well, people will die as it reveals sources of intelligence. However it is perfectly OK if the President tells representatives of a foreign power what the name is, because it isn’t classified. When the reporter checks to see if the name of the city can now be mentioned, he is told, of course not, it would compromise sources.

Next a little skit showing how even someone who has been involved with the legal system for years can forget that law enforcement officers are taught to take notes of their interaction with the public to refresh their memory if called upon to testify.

May 16, 2017   Comments Off on SNL Writers Meeting

Read The Constitution

A teaching moment:

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley defended President Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey, saying that he can “fire anyone he wants.”

“The president is the CEO of the country,” Haley told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday. “He can hire and fire anyone he wants.”

The United States is not a corporation and doesn’t have a Chief Executive Officer. The President, the job that Mr Trump actually fills, may hire at will lower level employees of the Executive branch for appointed positions. He may nominate individuals for upper level positions in the Executive branch and judges in the Judicial branch. To be hired those nominated must be confirmed by the Senate.

The President has no power to remove judges or members of the Legislative branch. He may fire any member of the Executive branch who has an appointed position.

The actual Constitution, even including the Amendments, doesn’t take that long to read. Members of the Federal government should take the time to read it once a year.

May 16, 2017   Comments Off on Read The Constitution