Ooh. 2012 Les Miserables is on Netflix.
"And I'm Javert. Do not forget my name. Do not forget me."

So needy, Javert. Alighment: Lawful Clingy.
The Bishop of Digne is one of my absolute favorite fictional characters. I have read the beginning of Les Miserables many more times than I've read the book in full.
I quite like Anne Hathaway's rendition of I Dreamed A Dream. It's a song that's good when it's sung all soaring and operatic like Susan Boyle, but for a movie where you don't need to play to the cheap seats it's nice to have a rawer emotional spin on it, wretched as it should be.
It's really convenient that the cabinet that Javert hid his baton behind is the one piece of furniture in a three-block radius they didn't use for the barricade.
Do you hear the people sing,
singing a song of angry birds
It is the music of a people
who do not know the words.
His singing's still not great but Gladiator-El really acts the heck out of his last scene.
Ironically watching this almost caused me to lose my 141 day French streak in Duolingo.
I've always been really iffy about the finale ending with all the dead arrayed on a celestial barricade, singing about being beyond the barricade and putting away swords. Like, the imagery seems a bit off to me.

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13 Jan
Yes! The impeachment is very loosely akin to an indictment, which is where the decision is made to bring charges. The House is very roughly like a grand jury in this analogy.

Next, managers from the House will act effectively as prosecutors for a trial in the Senate.
The Senate can vote to convict and will, in the event of a conviction, vote for the penalty. The two things we're looking for are removal from office (likely moot by that point), and barring him from holding office in the future.
It takes a two-thirds "supermajority" to convict and so the magic number we are looking for is 67, which will mean (if all Democrats hold the line) at least 17 Republicans crossing the line. This is far more likely to happen if McConnell comes out for conviction.
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13 Jan
So as I alluded to in my impeachment thread, I don't think the Democrats made their case as strongly as they could have, but they didn't need to because Donald Trump himself made the case for them.

The Senate trial will be different and I hope they make the strongest case.
Today was really more of a procedural vote than anything. The votes needed were lined up beforehand, with some wiggle room on the Republican side.
There is a chance! For my money, assuming nothing major and unexpected changes between then and now, the chance rests on enough Republicans seeing and seizing on a chance to be FREE of him.

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Louie Gohmert, who sued to have the Supreme Court say that his party's vice president can, should, and must overturn the results of our democratic election, wants us to know that he thinks impeaching Trump is a dangerous threat to our experiment in self-governance.
Darrell Issa is insisting that Donald Trump's conduct hasn't escalated over four years but has been extremely consistent.

The Republicans are kind of doing a terrible job of defending Trump.
Representative Hakeem Jeffries has a powerful delivery. If I were running for anything he'd be on the list of people I'd want to stump for me.
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I've been reading this and they do a good job of laying out the case, including making the case for why they don't need to have an additional investigation process. They're largely relying on a record of events that happened in public - statements, tweets, posts, etc.
The committee makes the note that previous impeachment proceedings have included an investigation phase but they also note that the Constitution leaves it to the House to determine its own procedures, and in this case they've determined investigation is unnecessary.
It's possible for House members to disagree with what the facts mean, but the facts are assembled in the report, and the committee's conclusion is that they are damning enough.
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The MAGA talking point that Trump is promoting, that the 25th amendment "will come back to haunt" Biden, and that that shouty woman in Florida said to the British TV man... so far as I can tell, it's based on the conspiracy theory that President Kamala Harris is the Dems' endgame
You know, there are people on here who go around saying "How did a guy who hid in his basement all summer win 81 million votes?" as if "Joe is hiding in his basement" isn't a talking point they invented and a thing that actually happened.
So the targeting on this 25th amendment whataboutism is really weird because in their worldview, Joe Biden being removed by it is *exactly* what the Democratic establishment already wants to do, and has always planned to do.
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I was just about to start rewatching Breaking Bad for the second time since Quarantimes began and instead I started rewatching Better Call Saul. And that's called growth.
Don't think I ever twigged Jimmy saying that his clients in his first public defender case are "near honor students" before.
Yeah, both shows are really well written as far as characterization goes. It's just that one of them structures the entire narrative around a character I really don't enjoy watching at all.

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