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I did spend two hours carefully reading the indictment. Not only does Joyce highlight its salient points brilliantly, but I want to briefly note why we owe the legitimate print and broadcast news establishment a deep expression of gratitude. In my opinion, almost all the details in Jack Smith's indictment validate the dogged reporting, one story at a time, that our "legitimate" news media has done over a period of many months. If you think about each element of the indictment, you may realize, as I did, that you heard or saw a version of the information previously because intrepid reporters went after the facts and developed the stories. Now Jack Smith has put meat on the bones and we definitely should thank him for standing up for democracy. But we also must thank our community of reporters and journalists for reminding us, as they do every day in so many ways, that a vibrant free press is essential to a true democracy.

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Joyce Vance

Hello Joyce,

Thank you for doing this and especially at this time in your life. Many blessings to you. I was wondering earlier.tonight whether you would be back, leading the charge and helping us get through the maze. But mostly I just wanted to say thank you - I was working late tonight burning the oil on my own company (a rinky-dink start up company not on your level by any means) website and needed a break. And I thought I would check in to see if you had given us your words of wisdom. So from one night owl, to another many many thanks🩵😇

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Joyce Vance

I'm ecstatic that this day has finally arrived. It's hard to explain to people who are not political wonks like all of us here are but the dread and anxiety I felt from November 8th 2020 when former GSA head Emily Murphy wouldn't release the transition funds to the Biden team all the way up to and including inauguration day was palpable. I couldn't sleep because of the 60 plus lawsuits Donald filed, the certification of the electors votes on December 14th and I agree Joyce that that's a stupid thing we do in this country that has to end for the sake of our future as a country, having to keep track of those documents on the national archives website page where they were uploaded to make sure that the correct ones were there and then of course the horrors of what was transpiring in the White House those many days and then January 6th. It was all too much and everything since then has continued to be too much. We've essentially been living through eight years of hell since Donald came down that escalator in the summer of 2015. I want him to rot in prison for the rest of his life. I hate him so much. He has ruined this country in so many ways. He's been a criminal his entire adult life and I'm so angry that prosecutors in New York and New Jersey in the 1970s and '80s hadn't already made it impossible for him to get to this point. We have got to stop idolizing people because it's destroying the fabric of this country. Sidebar, we learned yesterday that Lizzo is allegedly a vile piece of garbage too. That piece of news is the perfect example of this. Again sending you lots of love Joyce. You're an amazing person.

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Joyce Vance

Hi Joyce, I also want to thank you for writing this at such a difficult time. I just read about your mother's passing, and as sad as it is, I rarely read about women who loved their mothers as much as you and I clearly did. After more than a decade, she remains in my heart and will forever. And, when you said your mother missed the Pacific Ocean, you reminded me of how I said goodbye to mine. She also loved the ocean, and I wanted to send her off the way she would have wanted me to. My aunt (her sister) and cousin had come to Los Angeles from Austin, TX, for the memorial party at our temple that my mother would have loved. But, what I didn't realize was that they wanted me to scatter her ashes the next day, before they returned home.

And, perhaps, I shouldn't write this publicly (because it's not legal), but since I quickly had to decide what to do, and couldn't deal with renting a boat and all that entailed, I decided to scatter her ashes near Malibu Colony, where she had spent summers with my grandmother and sister at her uncle's and aunt's house as a child. So...I found a place north of the Colony where I could park my car. And we took our beach chairs, the rose pedals I had bought, my mother's ashes, and prayer books, as I had woven together a short ceremony I knew she'd like. And, when the time came, I walked into the ocean, where I scattered the rose pedals and the ashes.

But, I hadn't thought this out very well, so I was wearing jeans instead of a bathing suit, and was sopping wet afterwards, and hadn't brought a change of clothes. Still, I had planned that we'd have lunch at a restaurant that both my mom and dad liked, in Malibu, and so we did.

As we walked into the restaurant, and I headed straight to the bathroom to try and make myself look more presentable, I suddenly saw myself in the mirror. And, there I was with tears running down my face, looking like a complete mess. I sort of gasped for a moment, and then laughed aloud. And, I knew my mother, who had a great sense of humor and was a wonderful story teller and writer, would have laughed with me. She also would have been proud of my ingenuity. So, I brushed my hair, put lipstick on, and I was smiling when I joined my cousin and aunt for lunch. And, that night I wrote a story of our day, in a journal I'd bought to commemorate my mother.

I hope you are able to find a way to say goodbye to your mom that makes you laugh and cry, because you know she's proud of you!

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Aug 2, 2023·edited Aug 2, 2023Liked by Joyce Vance

Joyce Vance, you have provided the road map for this criminal indictment against the former president all night on tv programs as well 'How to Read the Indictment.' Here you started by providing a copy of the indictment to us right away. You took us through it step by step. Thank you, Joyce.

Your mother and mother-in-law aren't surprised, but I bet they are as impressed as we are, with you coming to the fore as you have. Brava!

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Thank you, Joyce.

And imho, it's really criminal that Trump and his co-conspirators were so fully focused on overturning the free and fair election and maintaining an iron grip on power -- there was no time for governing our nation reeling from the pandemic, and so many other urgent matters - not that Trump ever cared about much besides grifting. And still it's all a grift with him.

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Thank you, Joyce, for this explanation. I’ll share it with family and friends.

I’ve been keeping you and your family in my thoughts during this sad time. Your mother sounds like a wonderful person. May her memory bring you peace and may she rest in infinite love.

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Aug 2, 2023·edited Aug 2, 2023Liked by Joyce Vance

"The conduct, the swarm of different angles Trump worked to try and steal the election..."

~ Trump’s a one-man crime wave.

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Truly a gift; that, you are, Joyce. Blessings to you and your loved ones - chickens, canines, and felines included!

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Joyce Vance

Thanks for your succinct breakdown of the indictment. I'm sure your mom would be proud that you are able to continue this important work at such a difficult time!

We didn't get the Trump judge who stopped the grand jury proceedings to yell at the prosecutor for delaying the defense attorney who made the judge wait, so that's good. A fair judge is necessary for the process to stand on appeal!

Claire McCaskill suggested book club style sharing of this indictment. Perhaps we could arrange Zoom book parties. Whatever help the country needs to educate voters, it's time to step up!

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Thank you for your dedication to “Our Country”. You know I say that knowing that you have much on your mind right now. I have to admit that I was so hoping we could have your help tonight(a.m🥰). Again, you show your dedication to Our Country. Bless you. 🇺🇸🙏🏻

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When I saw you on MSNBC tonight, my first thought was that your mother would be so proud. Thank you for your steadfastness in this.

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Joyce Vance

ps: I shared your email even before reading it. I’ve begun my read, but since it’s going to be a late night as I read the indictment as well as the ‘conspiracy theory, according to the chickens’ piece, I’m taking a brief time out to send your dissection to friends and family:))

And I am advising them to save this for the reference library for the year ahead.

Many thanks, Valere

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Thank you for carefully explaining the legal aspects of all this for those like me who are not lawyers. Only a mother of one! Your assessments calm and assure me that there are reasoned voices out there. For me, it’s a frightening world in spite of having lived through the 60’s.

Please also know how sorry I am for the loss of your mother. It leaves a hole in your heart and rearranges your life. I appreciate that you can still continue to pilot us through these times during such a personal loss. My mother used to advise me to keep my hands busy during anxious or troubling times even something as simple as washing dishes. I’m sure she would applaud your knitting as therapeutic.

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As much as I wanted this indictment to come down, I hoped that it wouldn’t be this week, so that you could have time to step away and be with your thoughts and with your loved ones. Nonetheless, you stepped up to once again to give your readers what we needed to know, succinctly and with your humor and grace.

Thank you, Joyce.

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