Acorda, Presidente Michel Temer!
Wake Up, President Michel Temer!

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This video-commentary is a very serious wake-up call to president Michel Temer. His administration seems to be on the brink of disaster, and he does not seem to be doing anything whatsoever to save it. He has no new plans, no bold initiatives, no nothing — and still wants to penalize the hard-working population in a crooked welfare reform. People are fed up with what is going on. Nobody wants the return of the criminals from the Workers Party — far from it!!! — but Michel Temer must do something to tend to the needs of the people. The main portion of this commentary was written by journalist Silvana Destro, from Sao Paulo, right after a pathetic exclusive interview given by Michel Temer to a Brazilian TV network (Bandeirantes). Just this afternoon (April 18) Congress was invaded by… police! Officers from all over Brazil came to protest against the welfare reform plans that are being discussed by congressmen. The situation will continue to escalate, unless president Temer decides to engage the public opinion and offer new, sound, sustainable alternatives.

Alexandre de Morais – Meus 2 Centavos
Alexandre de Morais – My 2 Cents

In this video, I address the issue of Alexandre de Morais not having the necessary moral standings to fill the seat at the Brazilian Supreme Court. I explain that in 2000, he wrote a lengthy thesis in which he clearly stated that no person working for the Executive Branch should accept a nomination for the Supreme Court because that would be construed as a form of thanking/compensating the nominee, or even having that nominee to act as a shield for the president or other members of the Executive branch if legal issues came up. That written declaration of principles was blatantly ignored by an opportunist Alexandre de Morais, who readily accepted the nomination. A very bad, a very sad start. I finish my comments saying that it’s because of scum like Alexandre de Morais and others that Brazil is still a place that has to get a lot better to be considered just bad.

Crie o Diálogo Para Esta Foto!
Create a Dialogue for This Picture!

(Crédito/Credit: Dida Sampaio/AE)

O Blog do Lessa quer a sua participação! Na foto acima, Alexandre de Morais, indicado pelo presidente Michel Temer para um assento no Supremo Tribunal Federal, pisca de maneira muito suspeita durante a audiência da Comissão de Constituição e Justiça para o senador Edson Lobão, figurinha carimbada, com um pé na cadeia. O que os dois estariam armando?

The Lessa Blog wants your help! The picture above shows Alexandre de Morais, president Michel Temer’s choice for a seat in the Brazilian Supreme Court, blinking very suspiciously during his Senate confirmation hearings to a certified crook, Constitution and Justice Commission’s President Edson Lobão, who’s almost ready to go to jail. What would they be setting up?

Resumo da Ópera…
Summing it Up…

O STF se prostitui, dá facada nas costas do povo e joga a Constituição e o País no esgoto.
Simples assim. Está bom pra você?

The Brazilian Supreme Court acted as a prostitute, stabbed the people on their backs and threw the Constitution in the sewer.
Simple as that. It that enough for you?
(The picture shows a new definition of the acronym STF: we’re all cowards.)

Uma Nova Definição
A New Definition

A voz do povo é a voz de Deus… O resultado que mantém Réunan Calheiros na presidência do Senado provocou reação imediata: em vez de Supremo Tribunal Federal, a sigla STF agora significa “Só Tem Frouxo.”

Vox populi, vox Dei… The decision made by Brazil’s Supreme Court (Brazilian acronym “STF”) maintaining Renan Calheiros (currently being tried at that court) as president of the Senate drew immediate reaction from the streets: instead of “Supremo Tribunal Federal” (Brazil’s Supreme Court), STF now stands for something that could be freely translated as “there are only cowards.”
The phrase “Tell STF that I stay!” is a joke dating back to Pedro I’s days, when he declared he would stay in Brazil, denying his return to Portugal.

A Mídia e os Bastidores da Política…
The Brazilian media on backstage politics…

A coluna Painel, da Folha de S.Paulo, publica hoje que “ministros do STF e o Palácio do Planalto reagiram com perplexidade diante da abertura da ação de cassação de mandato contra Dilma Rousseff pelo TSE. Ministros do Supremo que não atuam na Justiça Eleitoral avaliaram que a fragilidade política de Dilma é “sem precedentes.” A cozinha do governo foi pega de surpresa com a maioria pró-investigação, apesar de a ministra Luciana Lóssio ter pedido vista — prazo com o qual auxiliares da presidente contavam.” As primeiras providências na ação “devem ser solicitar material da Operação Lava Jato, de onde os ministros acreditam que podem vir provas de crimes eleitorais da petista.”

Folha de S.Paulo newspaper’s “Painel” column informs today that “the Brazilian Supreme Court justices and the Planalto Palace were puzzled by the opening of cassation* proceedings against Dilma Rousseff’s term in the TSE (Brazilian acronym for Superior Electoral Court). Brazilian Supreme Court justices who are not active in the electoral court have concluded that Dilma Rousseff’s political fragility is “unprecedented”. Government aides were surprised by the pro-investigation majority, although justice Luciana Lossio had requested to examine the paperwork — an extra time they were counting on.” The first steps in the proceedings “should be requesting material from the Car Wash Operation. That is where justices believe that proof of Dilma’s electoral crimes may come from.”
*Yeah, the word may seem strange, but it is the technical term for what’s going on. It is not a repeal, it is not an annulment, it is not an abrogation, it is not a cancellation. It is, indeed, a cassation.
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A Frase do Dia
Today’s Quote

“Puxam uma pena, vem uma galinha.”
Teori Zavascki, ministro do STF, impressionado (segundo o jornal Folha de SPaulo) com as volumosas e muito bem documentadas informações (palavras dele) contidas no processo da operação Lava Jato.

“You pluck a feather and a whole chicken comes out.”
Brazilian Supreme Court justice Teori Zavascki, impressed (according to Folha de S.Paulo newpaper) with the “voluminous and very well documented” (Zavascki’s words) information contained in the Car Wash operation’s files.