Friday Reads

It’s Friday!  Do you know where your closest bomb shelter is?

Well, those of you with grandchildren might get to do the everything-old-is-new-again game from your childhood. Duck and Cover anyone?duck-and-cover-100413736-primary-idge

Future President Crazy Pants has aides scrambling to say, no, he really doesn’t mean to tear down the Legacy of Ronald Reagan and start a nuclear arms race but that’s exactly what he said on Morning Joke this morning. Isn’t it amazing how not even his closest advisers can stop the crazy train that winds around his cranium where the synapses should be?

Der Cheetoh Hitler says “Let it be an arms race”. WTF else is that supposed to mean?

The president-elect Donald Trump has stunned nuclear weapons experts by appearing to call for a renewed arms race on his Twitter feed and in a TV interview.

“Let it be an arms race,” the president in waiting was reported to have told Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe programme, in an early phone call on Friday.

According to Brzezinski he went on to say: “We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”

The incendiary comment followed a tweet on Thursday in which Trump threatened to preside over a major ramping up of the US nuclear arsenal.

“The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes,” he wrote.

The volley of remarks had Trump aides scrambling into damage limitation mode, but their efforts were powerless to neutralise the shock waves of alarm and bewilderment provoked by the president-elect’s remarks

images-1I certainly remember the practices and movies we had to watch during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Are we headed that way again?

But wait, weren’t the Russians the bad guys?  Orangeholio appears to be violating the Logan Act as well as all kinds of other laws as we careen towards the end times with the Great Orange Satan.  He basically said buddy “Putin’s thoughts are so correct,”

President-elect Donald Trump on Friday praised Vladimir Putin and shared a Christmas letter the Russian president sent him.

“A very nice letter from Vladimir Putin; his thoughts are so correct,” Trump said in a statement. “I hope both sides are able to live up to these thoughts, and we do not have to travel an alternate path.”

In the attached letter, Putin emphasized the importance of cooperation between the two countries.

“I hope that after you assume the position of the President of the United States of America we will be able – by acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner – to take real steps to restore the framework of bilateral cooperation in different areas as well as bring our level of collaboration on the international scene to a qualitatively new level,” the Russian leader wrote.

images-2RaspPuti thinks all this worry over an arms race is just sour grapes. Fearless leader says we should embrace his new puppet and our KGB overlords.  But then he said this:

Putin also reiterated at the news conference his interest in better ties with the United States after the inauguration of Trump, who, during the campaign, espoused positions favorable to Russia, including joining forces to fight terrorism and considering recognizing Russia’s annexation of Ukraine.

The Russian president played down the significance of Trump’s tweet Thursday calling for the United States to expand its nuclear arsenal, calling it “nothing unusual” and saying that Moscow did not intend to pursue an arms race “that we can’t afford.”

Putin did say that Russia was modernizing its nuclear strike capability, which he said would enable it to overpower any missile defenses the United States is developing. Russia, he said, “will be stronger than any aggressor.”

Meanwhile, Election Observers have stated that the North Carolina elections were handled so badly that they state isn’t a recognizable democracy.  Let that sink in for awhile.

In the just released EIP report, North Carolina’s overall electoral integrity score of 58/100 for the 2016 election places us alongside authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies like Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone. If it were a nation state, North Carolina would rank right in the middle of the global league table – a deeply flawed, partly free democracy that is only slightly ahead of the failed democracies that constitute much of the developing world.

Indeed, North Carolina does so poorly on the measures of legal framework and voter registration, that on those indicators we rank alongside Iran and Venezuela. When it comes to the integrity of the voting district boundaries no country has ever received as low a score as the 7/100 North Carolina received. North Carolina is not only the worst state in the USA for unfair districting but the worst entity in the world ever analyzed by the Electoral Integrity Project.

That North Carolina can no longer call its elections democratic is shocking enough, but our democratic decline goes beyond what happens at election time. The most respected measures of democracy — Freedom House, POLITY and the Varieties of Democracy project — all assess the degree to which the exercise of power depends on the will of the people: That is, governance is not arbitrary, it follows established rules and is based on popular legitimacy.

 

 

So, it’s likely Clinton could’ve won North Carolina and the voter suppression and tossing of provisional ballots just let the big guy waltz through.446770225-bert-the-turtle-duck-and-cover-film-educational-film-prevention

The Rockettes and Mormons are livid at the thought of participating in the Trump Installation.  No one wants the karma of recognizing Cheetoh Hitler. The Rockettes parent company is indicating that participation would be voluntary now.  I wonder how that will work.  The Beach Boys–which is basically Mike Love who is a well known celebrity asshole–are considering an offer.  I doubt Brian Wilson will want any part of it and wonder if he can exercise his copyright rights.  Meanwhile, Miami will have the real celebs performing a protest concert.   The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is getting an earful, though.

I have a few things that I’d like to share that will take you back even further than Cold war.  Here’s some wonderful old photos of New Orleans including some of its more shameful history.

So, that’s it for me today. I’m exhausted and I just need a break from stuff badly.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today

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23 Comments on “Friday Reads”

  1. MsMass says:

    Some love for the holiday season:

    hope the link works.

  2. The worst part is, when a lot of us tried to dissuade people from voting for Trump, the imagery was often painted as “Do you really want this guy getting access to the nuclear codes?”

    And now he will. Ain’t that something…

    • dakinikat says:

      Yeah. That’s where you really wish you could say “I told you so.” And before he’s even hung up the Persian whore house curtains in the Oval office!

      • I often wonder if Trump supporters are still happy with their choice, but it would be embarassing beyond belief for them to say otherwise at this point. Who wants to admit when they’ve been duped? Esp in adulthood?

    • gregoryp says:

      Sorry for saying this but the Fake Christians in this country want to bring about the end times because of the apocalypse prophesies. I call them fake because they are nothing but racist bigots who don’t have a clue about Jesus actual teachings and their meaning. Joseph Cannon linked to a poll some time ago that showed a highly significant portion of Trumps followers believed he would use nuclear weapons. When you do the math it turns out to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 35-40 million people voting for a guy they believed will cause WWIII. Turns out that for these folks burning up the planet is a perk not a problem.

      • Wow… I’m not a believer, but I hope to any God we’ve got that you’re wrong about that. I don’t want to believe that about people, esp in such large numbers.

        But it is highly suspect to me how many people are okay with his fondness for Putin.

      • NW Luna says:

        Jesus the street preacher, who said: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “Help the poor and the sick” would not be welcomed by these fake Xians.

  3. purplefinn says:

    More scary developments: “President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has asked the State Department to list its workers who focus on gender equality and ending violence against women, in what’s being seen as an echo of an earlier request for the Energy Department to list employees who work on climate change.

    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/22/506629695/trump-team-asks-state-dept-to-name-those-working-on-gender-equality

    I can imagine all these people being replaced by Frump picks. At least the State Department is resisting.

  4. roofingbird says:

    That is an amazing compilation of LA photos!

  5. NW Luna says:

    So, it’s likely Clinton could’ve won North Carolina and the voter suppression and tossing of provisional ballots just let the big guy waltz through.

    I remember watching Election Night when the early results from NC were looking good. Then the #s started to change and go downhill. They must have decided to shove the provisional ballots into the shredder about then.

  6. NW Luna says:

    An email from the Rockettes’ union to the performers admonished that they are required to do the job: “You are all employees, and as a company, Mr. Dolan obviously wants the Rockettes to be represented at our country’s Presidential inauguration, as they were in 2001 & 2005.” The email added, “The ranting of the public is just that, ranting.” On Facebook, the writer-performer Amanda Duarte shot back, “It’s perfect, actually. What could be more fitting for this inauguration than forcing a group of women to do something with their bodies against their will?”

    https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/12/inauguration-donald-trump-celebrities-rockettes/511607/

  7. NW Luna says: