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Things People Have Been Impeached For In the Past

Just a few things to bear in mind when considering what counts as "high crimes and misdemeanors".  Read this list, and, however vague you might think the boundary to be, consider just how far beyond the following lines the President's alleged conduct has brought us:
Acting "contrary to the duty of his trust and station as a Senator of the United States" [Blount, 1797]Acting as a judge "in a state of total intoxication, produced by the free and intemperate use of intoxicating liquors" [Pickering, 1804]On numerous occasions, "with a loud voice, certain intemperate, inflammatory, and scandalous harangues, and did therein utter loud threats and bitter menaces ... against Congress [and] the laws of the United States duly enacted thereby, amid the cries, jeers and laughter of the multitudes then assembled and within bearing" [Johnson, 1868]Because his "personal habits unfitted him for the judicial office . . . and that his sobriety would be th…

Why VSAP 2.0 Should Not Be Certified

Text of my letter to the California Secretary of State office with public commentary on the proposed certification of the LA County VSAP 2.0 system's universal-use Ballot Marking Devices.


Dear Secretary of State Padilla,
I write to provide my comments on the VSAP 2.0 evaluation and certification process for LA County.  I have reviewed the written reports and corresponded with Dean Logan, RR/CC for LA County, to try to resolve open questions about the system and the process.  I have several open questions remaining, but with the deadline upon us I will give the feedback I can with the information I have. If I have interpreted anything incorrectly, please let me know, and please understand that I have done everything I can with the time allowed to gather information and form opinions
Background
I am a software engineer (B.S. Computer Science, M.S., Computer and Information Sciences).  I have worked as a software engineer in the industry for 30 years. I have ordinary skill in the art w…