I’m the daughter of a World War II Navy veteran. I am the daughter in law of a Korean War veteran. I am the mother of an Iraq War veteran. My sister, both brothers and husband are all Vietnam-era veterans.

I am both disturbed and disappointed that the Leader of the US Senate, Mitch McConnell has lied. He didn’t “skirt the truth,” or “fib.” No, he LIED.

He claimed that Mr. Trump and his staff were not allowed to participate in the House Impeachment Hearings. That is patently FALSE! We citizens have heard it on the radio, television and read in hundreds of published articles where Rep Schiff, Speaker Pelosi, and other members of the House leadership INVITED and ASKED Mr. Trump to participate, to invite and allow his staff to participate in the House Impeachment Hearings. AND THEY ALL REFUSED.

How is the leader of the US Senate allowed to LIE and not be called out for it? My family has not spent decades serving this country in uniform so that a politician could turn a very serious and necessary trial into a sham!

If our two senators fail to stop this sham and require witnesses and evidence to be presented, then they are allowing ALL future presidents — Democrat or Republican — to seek outside interference from foreign countries in all our future elections. Is that the America you wish to live in and serve?

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DLJohnson

Ann: It appears that you are perpetuating the Democrat mis- characterization of the "invitation" extended to President Trump and his staff to participate in the house impeachment inquiry hearings. The rules of the house hearings would not allow for President Trump to have his attorneys appear with him. I bet dollars to donuts that you would not show up to such a hearing if you could not have your attorney(s) present. It is bad form for you to chastise Trump or his staff for doing the same thing you would do if facing the same situation.

Show up but you cannot have your attorney(s) is not a polite invitation to participate. It is the prelude to an ambush. If you think the conduct of the Democrats has been fair, perhaps you should be the target of the same type of conduct. I am quite sure if that was to occur you would be screaming at the top of you lungs how unfairly you were treated.

Look up fairness in the dictionary and try to live up to its definition. Then read the definition of hate and then look in a mirror and reflect back on your words.

Gradh

DLJ, the president does not need to present himself to the HR for the initial phase of the impeachment process. It has nothing to do with fairness. Think of it, if you will, as a grand jury. The evidentiary phase is the arena of the prosecutor. A suspect or potential defendant would be foolish to expect that they or their legal representatives would be present. Once the trial begins in the Senate, then, please, don your apparel and ready yourself for a ride.

Your reliance on fairness as a flag to wave is profoundly telling that you have nothing to add to acquit the president of the charges presented. Such feckless disregard to the seriousness of what is occurring in the body of oversight, the US Congress exposes your complete lack of civic responsibility.

DLJohnson

Gradh: It is not a grand jury. All of this was under the guise of oversight. The witnesses called by the Democrats were allowed to have their attorneys present. But the "invitation" to participate conveyed to the President barred having his attorney(s) present.

Under your assumption to think of it as a grand jury, what would you call a prosecutor that focuses on an individual alleging crimes and then does not avail that individual his Fifth Amendment Constitutional Rights and subjects the individual to questioning without his attorney present? Wouldn't we call that prosecutor a criminal guilty of Civil Rights Violations under Title 18 of the U.S. Code?

This trial is not going to be the wild ride you purport it to be. Rather, the wild ride will begin for the Democrats during the November election when the American votes judge what they put the country through and how the Democrats took the stance that the voters vote cannot be trusted.

Gradh

DLJ, If we need to continue to use the grand jury metaphor, let us proceed:

One of the main differences from a trial jury, is that witnesses are not allowed to have an attorney present with them in a grand jury trial. Jurors can ask any questions they want of the witnesses. Witnesses have no way of knowing what evidence was presented to the grand jury because the meetings are held in secret. So the witness may not know if evidence presented was accurate or misleading, or if any charges might be filed against him. He can only guess at it by the questions the jurors may ask.

If the witness lies to a grand jury, he can be charged and convicted with perjury, even if he didn't know there were charges pending against him. Witnesses are permitted to plead the 5th though and refuse self-incrimination, if they are bright enough to realize they might be asked things where their testimony could be used against them!

If an indictment is brought by the decision of the grand jury based on evidence that would not be allowed in a later trial, suspects are not allowed to challenge the indictment. They have to wait and challenge the actual charges in the trial.

Impeachment is a process that fines the two bodies of congress substantial latitude as to the process. Put down the silly fairness fllag that you carry around like a security blankey. It is most unbecoming.

antiteaparty

Excellent opinion Ann! There is a reason the #MoscowMitch hashtag is trending. He, like Dump, are traitors. They are willing to sell out our great country in order to cheat in elections and maintain power.

Gradh

Thank you, Ann, for making your voice heard. Yours is in a crowd that is gathering strong I too am profoundly disappointed with the SD senators feeble presence in the impeachment process. I am strongly suspect that their honor is rapidly tarnishing.

Again, Thank You.

Putin

DLJ, FOCUS, Comrade, I think you are rattled by this POG/Sofa Warrior thing you’ve got going with US Marine Infantrymen, who apparently think you were a combat shirker. (What this “Blue Falcon” thing?) Anyway, I think it takes a lot of courage for an exMarine to continually attack Americans who think Russians are controlling your President. You’ve been with us from the beginning! Semper fidelis (Россия)‼️

DLJohnson

Putin (possibly P&D Editorial Staff member?): You are seriously mis-informed. Once a Marine, Always a Marine. Ex-Marine only lives in your mind with the rest of your nonsense. You think Trump is controlled by Russia when you are controlled by George Soros. Pot calling the kettle black? How many third rate fictional war movies did you have to watch to come up with "Blue Falcon"? You couldn't have come up with that all on your own due to no experience being independent and continually in the clutches of your puppet masters. I think we will start calling you 4F or FUBAR. Which one fits you best?

Jolly Roger

Oh, look, Mr. “ex-marine” changed his photo!! (POG’s aren’t “former Marines.) Makes sense. His previous photo showed him in his POG “Blue Falcon” uniform. (Google it). But he’s still a bully and a coward.

He counts on civilians being impressed because he was in the Marines. But the Marines knew better and wouldn’t let him be an infantryman.

He still bears the emotional scars and lashes out to cover his humiliation. Typical. Real tough guys don’t need to talk tough.

DLJohnson

JR: You now feel bullied? Or, are you just trying to find and excuse for your conduct?

Gradh

Blue Falcon....Ouch. Interesting cover for a barb. It hides the meaning under the cover under the cloak of a royal color and a powerful hunter.....so typical of the military culture.

ClownsRus

How funny - our dear DLJ POGey-poo thinks the Press & Dakotan Editorial Staff is out to get him. Bless his heart! Isn’t he precious? (In his new photo, he’s not as ugly as his words.)

Just remember Mr. Blue Falcon, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you!

DLJohnson

Clown: I pose a question and you draw a conclusion. Who is the paranoid one?

ClownsRus

That’s funny! Paranoid? Me? No just the opposite. I think everyone is out to help me. Even you, POGey-poo.

You act mean, but you’re always serving up “softballs” for me to knock out of the park! Thanks, buddy! Blue Falcons rule‼️🐦🐦🐦

DLJohnson

Clown: Are you saying that you are extremely needy and that you lack any semblance of self esteem and confidence? Maybe what you see as "softballs" are actually "medicine" to treat your low self esteem. Unfortunately your ego is interfering with that.

ClownsRus

Golly, POGey-poo. How can I hit it out of the park if you can’t do any better than this? That didn’t even reach the plate.

But I DO see you’re trying to help me. As a Blue Falcon 🐦🐦🐦 you're familiar with “low self-esteem.” Thanks for reaching out, empathetic old buddy. Are we bonding?

Jolly Roger

Gradh, I gather you’re not a military man, but you should know that the divide in Marine Culture is between “grunts” who are the infantry who do the fighting and everyone else who are the pogues or POGs (Persons Other than Grunts).

Guys like DLJohnson - who was an MP - are referred to as “Blue Falcons.” You apparently Googled the term. MPs wear this label for their tendency to harass grunts on base while they’re between deployments. Guys like DLJ count on most civilians being entirely unaware of this essential distinction.

DLJohnson

Mr. "FUBAR": Why put out misinformation? All Marines start out as rifleman trained in infantry tactics after boot camp. It is only after they have been trained as an infantryman do they go onto training in a service determined or contract specified MOS field. Those who are being billeted with infantry units will go onto advanced infantry training and assignment to an infantry unit. Those billeted in other military jobs will go to their assigned MOS specific training and assignment to those MOS specific units.

"FUBAR": Is your response tell tail evidence of your anti-police attitude and beliefs? Did you get cited for "being stupid in public without a permit"? Or did you get arrested for "failure to do right in a do right zone" and now have your own personal war against law enforcement? Yes, it appears that "FUBAR" is a good moniker for you.

Jolly Roger

Yup. You’ve described the process. You still ended up as a POG and a Blue Falcon at that.

DLJohnson

And sadly your are still "FUBAR", a.k.a "Jody".

ClownsRus

Hey, POGey-poo, isn’t it usually POGs like you who get to be “Jody” while the real warriors are off on combat duty? (Talk about earning your Blue Falcon “Wings”!)

DLJohnson

Clown: The answer to your question is no. You and "FUBAR" are the types that fill that role.

OnTheFence2020

DJL, That goes against all Marine lore. It’s the stay-safe-at-home POGs that get the opportunity to be Jody.

DLJohnson

OnTheFence2020: You are using the wrong bait. Just continue to watch the Democrats loose their impeachment. Your assertion is incorrect. It's the "4Fs" and the "FUBARs" that are Jody, look in a mirror if you need an idea of what "Jody" looks like.

ClownsRus

POGey-poo are you OK? Your postings are getting nonsensical. And your insults are losing their punch, old buddy.

You should have VA benefits. POGs can’t have PTSD, but still, the VA has some great therapists.

DLJohnson

Clown: The stress of pretending to be an adult getting to you? It is okay to crawl into your immature self. I was thinking of comparing you to a three year old, but I did not want to insult the far superior three year old. Go find your Mom, we think you need a diaper change.

OnTheFence2020

Has anyone noticed that Mr. POG has ceased his railing about “pseudonyms” ever since E pluribus pointed out that he is the only one on this feed to naively give us all access to his real identity? He’s given everyone his full name and middle Initial, his Marine MOS and that he’s worked in law enforcement in Yankton SD. Google “Douglas Johnson Yankton SD” and see how much info there is on him - especially if you pay $20 to one of those online background checkers. But still he continues his insults. Go figure. How fortunate he is that most South Dakotans have more integrity than he does.

DLJohnson

OnTheFence2020: You need to change your name because it is clear that you fell off the fence and rolled far left. You need to work on your Antifa skills. If you don't like the insults, quit doing stupid sh*t. Do you mean like your integrity of standing up and saying, "this is who I am and this is what I believe"? Wait, you don't do that! You must be ashamed of who you are? From your statement I can conclude that you do not consider yourself in the group, "most South Dakotans".

OnTheFence2020

Mr. Blue Falcon, Pointing out that you’ve been carelessly and foolishly sharing your identity with everyone in cyberspace has nothing to do with politics. Instead it has to do with stupidity - yours.

And I count each insult as a personal victory. There’s no better proof you have nothing significant to say.

DLJohnson

OTF: Thanks for admitting that you are stupid. By the way, what you are doing is not pointing out carelessness it is you being the manure that fertilizes seeds of hatred and bolsters bad/criminal behavior in others. Too bad that you set such a low level for you personal victories. Not as monumental as graduating from diapers to pull ups.

Jolly Roger

The Clown is right, Mr. POG. Your postings are getting nonsensical. And even though the VA has some great therapists, there still is no cure for either cowardice or stupidity.

And you might try another theme besides that threadbare old “baby” trope. Not only are your insults losing their punch, but you’re getting tiresome. I think you want to be respected, not ridiculous. Blue Falcons seldom understand what a joke they are to everyone else.

DLJohnson

JR: I am glad that you can recognize what you are afflicted with. I am sorry that there is no cure for what you have. Your political views are troubling along with you closed mind. I gotta ask, how did that impeachment go for you? The Democrats haven't figure out yet that what they are doing is just adding fuel to the Trump campaign. They need to change their approach if they expect to have any success. Ask yourself, are you better off than you were 4 years ago? If you say no, you are lying to yourself. I've seen people go from relying on a hand out to accepting a hand up and becoming self reliant and increasing their self respect.

Why be dependent on a political party whose goal is to make you dependent on them and in control of where you go in life? Cut the strings from you "puppet masters".

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