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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?


Too tired for many words tonight so just a few random thoughts and snips etc.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? asked Juvenal. Translated, this famous phrase means something like Who watches the watchers?

Juvenal’s 16 satiric poems deal mainly with life in Rome… The Satires attack two main themes: the corruption of society in the city of Rome and the follies and brutalities of mankind. In the first Satire, Juvenal declares that vice, crime, and the misuse of wealth have reached such a peak that it is impossible not to write satire, but that, since it is dangerous to attack powerful men in their lifetime, he will take his examples from the dead. He does not maintain this principle, for sometimes he mentions living contemporaries; but it provides a useful insurance policy against retaliation, and it implies that Rome has been evil for many generations. (

IOW just like Washington DC. And for that matter, New York, London, Paris, Munich…seem’s everybody’s talking about swamp music.

I’m amused by people who make a living disclosing classified information, including the names of intelligence operatives wringing their hands about whether I can handle classified information …. Sometimes people can convince themselves that what they’re doing is in the higher interest, the better good. They don’t realize that what they’re doing is really antithetical to the democratic system that we have. They start viewing themselves as the guardians of the people that are more informed and insensitive than everybody else. They can–in their own mind, they can have those kinds of motives. And sometimes they can look at evidence and facts through a biased prism that they themselves don’t realize. (US Attorney General William Barr) [h/t Ace of Spades]

OTOH, the Special Counsel’s press conference held in the past 24 hrs (and one month later) was stumbling and suspicious. He appeared to stutter and rework various accepted legal standards along the way. As a result, even Alan Dershowitz now finds him utterly shameful noting that prosecutors can only conclude whether there is sufficient evidence to commence a prosecution. They are not in a position to decide whether the subject of the investigation is guilty or is innocent of any crimes…the suggestion by Mueller that Trump might well be guilty deserves no credence

And all the while, the impostors, the jesters and congress critters keep screaming Impeach 45! in a corrupt rolling campaign of angry, woke projection aimed at ending the Trump presidency ASAP.

Just move on.

“We know there was interference,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. “It didn’t happen on our watch. It happened on [the Obama administration’s], and we’re actually cleaning up the mess and trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”


James Madison said to the Virginia convention in 1788, “Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.”

In the United States of America, the response to Juvenal’s timeless question Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? is WE THE PEOPLE. Good on them. Unfortunately, thanks to a different history of political development, we Australians share none of the awesome constitutional rights to sunlight and disinfectant that the Americans enjoy. 

‘Go on – publish the predicate – I double dog dare you’ 
US President Donald Trump and A-G, William Barr


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