Sunday Reads: No Thank You, Pussy Hats and Clitoral Holy Veils

Good Luck

That is my new greeting from now forward, because with the fascist tRump leading our country…that is the best salutation you can expect.

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So many House Reps and Senate members are not attending the inauguration…I think the best reason was given by John Lewis, John Lewis: ‘I Don’t See Trump as a Legitimate President’ – NBC News

In an exclusive interview for “Meet the Press,” Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said he believes Donald Trump’s election is illegitimate because of Russian interference in last year’s election.

img_2752That link will take you to the interview video which you can see in full.

More on the controversy here: Did Donald Trump Just Come for John Lewis During MLK Weekend?

I don’t want to re-hash the shit tRump said. It is too disgusting.

Here is a full list of Dems refusing to show up to Russia’s puppet swearing in party: WHIP LIST: Democrats boycotting Trump’s inauguration | TheHill

A growing number of Democrats are saying they won’t watch President-elect Donald Trump take the oath of office next week.

The majority of Democrats plan to attend the inauguration and uphold the tradition of watching the peaceful transfer of power, regardless of party. But after an exceptionally divisive election, some are breaking with the norm.
As Jan. 20 draws near, 17 Democrats have announced they’ll boycott the inauguration.

Check out the names at the link.

img_2756And as that link above from The Root points out…all this comes on the weekend before we celebrate the National Holiday of MLK Day. (At least most of us will celebrate it.) YIKES: Biloxi, MS Sends Out Tweet Renaming Martin Luther King Day ‘Great Americans Day’ | Crooks and Liars

You know, this shit is beyond contempt.

I shouldn’t be surprised that a state that has the confederate flag actually IN it’s state flag is racist. I mean, they are literally showing us their “patriotic” American views, right? And yet I was still shocked by this tweet that was sent out by the City of Biloxi’s office twitter account this afternoon:

https://twitter.com/CityofBiloxi/status/820047337863151618

Yes, they renamed Martin Luther King Day “Great Americans Day.”

Twitter jumped all over this, and rightfully so.

The tweet has been deleted…but thankfully…the internet:

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As some in the comment section of the C&L post observed, Mississippi was the last state to ratify the 13th Amendment. (Back in 2013)

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The City of Biloxi responded of course: Gilich: Change name to match federal holiday

And get the name of the mayor…

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, responding to a flurry of comments about a city tweet today referring to Monday as “Great Americans Day,” believes the Biloxi City Council on Tuesday should take steps to update the city’s Code of Ordinances to reflect the official federal name of the holiday, “Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” commonly known as “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.”

img_2757“In my opinion,” Gilich said, “that is the appropriate step to take, for the holiday to have the same name as the federal holiday.”

Added the mayor: “This city’s longstanding support of our annual MLK celebrations speaks volumes about our support for this holiday. In fact, we’ve always celebrated this day as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.”

The issue arose this afternoon when the city tweeted a one-line sentence that said non-emergency city offices would be closed on Monday  “in observance of Great Americans Day.” The name has since been traced back to a City Council on Dec. 23, 1985 to proclaim the third Monday of every January “to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as other great Americans who have made important contributions to the birth, growth and evolution of this country.”

Fucking hell…bullshit.

img_2761Speaking of shit…It’s the great port-a-potty cover-up for Donald Trump’s inauguration – The Boston Globe

It’s the great port-a-potty cover-up for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Workers preparing for the inauguration Jan. 20 have taped over the name of the company — ‘‘Don’s Johns’’ — that has long supplied portable restrooms for major outdoor events in the nation’s capital.

Virginia-based Don’s Johns calls itself the Washington area’s top provider of portable toilet rentals. But the name apparently strikes too close to home for inaugural organizers.

Workers have placed blue tape over the company name on dozens of portable restrooms installed near the Capitol for the inauguration.

What a basturd !

Donald Trump’s Press Conference Was Reportedly Packed With Paid Staffers Who Cheered for Him | Teen Vogue

img_2754PEOTUS Donald Trump 2016 No Entry Favicon: The Trump administration’s first blunder is an embarrassing web design oversight — Quartz

ACA Repeal Would Lavish Medicare Tax Cuts on 400 Highest-Income Households | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Had to give you those in a link dump. I just can’t take this shit anymore. ( I did read the Quartz article, now that was funny.)

I will end this post with some interesting articles, because I have to.

Leo Tolstoy and the Origins of Spiritual Memoir – Los Angeles Review of Books

TWO THINGS ARE TRUE about Leo Tolstoy in 1879. First, he had mostly given up on fiction, having published his two titanic novels, War and Peaceand Anna Karenina. The latter book exhausted him physically and morally: not long after its appearance, he termed his saga of adultery “an abomination.” He found novel writing to be a poor substitute for confronting religious issues and his existential lot. Second, because of his early literary acclaim and the immoral lifestyle it had spawned and enabled, he was miserable. He was so ashamed of himself that post-Karenina his ambivalent atheism collapsed and he sought a new relationship to the “truth.” He abdicated the throne of novelist and took up the mantle of religious critic — on the side of Christianity and against it.

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…he asserts, in defiance, that “Christian teaching plays no part in life; one never comes across it in one’s relations with others and one never has to deal with it in one’s own life.” He pegs believers as “stupid, cruel, and immoral people who think themselves very important.” He tags unbelievers as the finest people he knows: they have “[i]ntelligence, honesty, uprightness, goodness of heart, and morality.” He renounces religion in favor of “reading and thinking” — in essence, reason — and recalls that five years prior “my only real faith […] was a faith in self-perfection.”

More at the link of course.

 

Pink ‘Pussyhats’ Planned for Women’s March on Washington

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Molly Cleator, right, takes part in the “pussyhat” social media campaign to provide pink hats for protesters in the women’s march in Washington, D.C., the day after the presidential inauguration, in Los Angeles, California, January 13.

I want to make one of these hats…if I could just remember how to knit.

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The last two links are with a H/T to some Sky Dancers via Facebook:

Recently Uncovered – 1930s Map of US Medicinal Plants for Pharmacists | Homestead Guru

Modern medical science relies heavily on pharmaceuticals to treat patients. In fact, the use of medicinal plants has become taboo and is often labeled (incorrectly) as pseudo-science.

There was a time in American history when big-Pharma did not have such an influence on doctors, pharmacists, or medicine. During this time, pharmacists actually prepared medicinal plants for people in need to treatment.

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From natural plants to elements!

This awesome periodic table tells you how to actually use all those elements – ScienceAlert

 

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whether you’re looking at something common like calcium, iron, and carbon, or something more obscure like krypton and antimony, how well do you know their functions? Could you name just one practical application for vanadium or ruthenium?

Lucky for us, Keith Enevoldsen from elements.wlonk.com has come up with this awesome periodic table that gives you at least one example for every single element (except for those weird superheavy elements that don’t actually exist in nature).

There’s thulium for laser eye surgery, cerium for lighter flints, and krypton for flashlights. You’ve got strontium for fireworks, and xenon for high-intensity lamps inside lighthouses.

Oh and that very patriotic element, americium? We use that in smoke detectors.

First unveiled in 1945 during the Manhattan Project, americium is produced by bombarding plutonium with neutrons in a nuclear reactor.

The resulting americium is radioactive, and while the tiny amounts of americium dioxide (AmO2) used in smoke detector produces alpha radiation to sniff out a fire, it will deliver approximately zero radiation to anyone living nearby.

I kinda want to tell you all about rubidium and how we use it in the world’s most accurate time-keeping devices, and how niobium can help make trains levitate,but you should just check out the periodic table for yourself.

Be sure to go to the link to see the interactive periodic table. It is very cool.

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And that is all for this Sunday, this is an open thread….

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43 Comments on “Sunday Reads: No Thank You, Pussy Hats and Clitoral Holy Veils”

  1. janicen says:

    I don’t even know what to say about those nuns’ wimples. Wow.

    • Enheduanna says:

      Jaw-dropping isn’t it?

      JJ – you find the most astonishing information. It really is a mad mad mad mad world.

    • Pat Johnson says:

      I was educated by the Sisters of St.Joseph but these nun habits are bizarre. You have to wonder who was behind this design which is wholly ridiculous.

      Good “round up” JJ. It keeps getting worse out there. Most people I talk to are as concerned as I am about what awaits us after Friday.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      We now know from whom the Teletubbies drew their fashion inspiration.

  2. Sweet Sue says:

    Great post, JJ. You’re a trooper.
    What else can we do but laugh all the way to the bone yard?

  3. dakinikat says:

    On the day we celebrate the birthday of a great social justice/civil rights warrior I would like to take time out to send a big ol’ message to T-Rump the Russian stooge.

  4. NW Luna says:

    JJ, what an interest mix of links!

    Knitting (or crocheting) a PussyHat — If you haven’t yet seen it, there are a number of easy patterns on Ravelry and a Rav group too!

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pussyhat-project

    http://www.ravelry.com/groups/pussyhat-project

  5. NW Luna says:

    The transition team for President-elect Donald Trump asked the head of the D.C. National Guard to remain in command throughout Inauguration Day after media reports that he would leave in the middle of the ceremony created controversy, the Guard said.

    Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz told The Washington Post on Friday that he will be removed from his post immediately after Trump is sworn in as president. That irked at least one D.C. Council member because Schwartz will have to abandon his post during one of the Guard’s most important operations, helping maintain security and order during Washington’s highest-profile event.

    As is customary for presidential appointees, Schwartz had offered his resignation after Trump was elected. In an interview Friday, Schwartz said he learned he would be replaced on Jan. 20. He said the transition team ultimately asked him to stay in the job for a few additional days, but only after the report of his departure had been published Friday on The Washington Post website.

    Schwartz said he turned down the transition team’s offer because, by then, he had begun packing up his office and notified his staff. He said he believes the offer came only as a result of the negative attention his departure attracted.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trump-transition-team-says-it-asked-dc-national-guard-general-to-stay/2017/01/14/c0aa76b2-da80-11e6-9a36-1d296534b31e_story.html?postshare=7121484452754387&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.6e83eeef3949

    • contrask says:

      that still bothers me. I am worried about the safety of the marchers. I know something is going to happen. This country is on the verge of war. I just can’t sit back and let it happen! I finally sent my concerns about his rally thugs to the Democratic Coalition Against Trump people. I see now they have a FB page “Bikers for Trump” – ugh! Look at this post “Please help support- Bikers For Trump- at Trumps Presidential inauguration. We have the only pro- Trump permits for the inauguration. Anti Trump groups have gobbled up all other areas and are actively preparing and advertising for people to join their effort to cause chaos and mayhem. Remember the Bikers For Trump standing toe to toe against black lives matters and shoulder to shoulder with law-enforcement at the RNC in Cleveland, Ohio. We need financial help for the folling things: ……” – Typical, they can’t spell FOLLOWING, lol. Peaceful, my ass – I’ve seen them in action. But it is funny they hold the only permit for a pro-trump organization at the inauguration. His only one? That is hilarious!

      • NW Luna says:

        I just saw something about a Trumpist group targeting the Women’s March participants, and not to respond to any surveys or other attempts that ask for personal info.

        • palhart says:

          LUNA, what I immediately thought was the trump thugs are compiling an enemies list. If they don’t think we all aren’t bowing down to trump, they’ll beat us down?

          • NW Luna says:

            Oh yes.

            rrrr. Can’t find that info (@7:11pm) again. Saw in reply to someone’s tweet about the Women’s March. So many pieces of info and I don’t bookmark them all.

  6. NW Luna says:

    • bostonboomer says:

      I heard they told him they couldn’t accommodate him because it would be their busiest day of the year. How could tRump go there after attacking John Lewis?

    • contrask says:

      That is really beyond the pale. He can’t even make nice for 1 national event like that to honor a great hero, Unbelievable? Unamerican, UnPOTUS and all the other twit tags you can think of.

  7. NW Luna says:

    h/t to Fredster at TW. CIA chief tells Trump he’s a dangerous idiot. On Fox News no less.

    The outgoing CIA director charged on Sunday that Donald Trump lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the United States, delivering a public lecture to the president-elect ….

    “Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests,” Brennan declared.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TRUMP_GAOL-?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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  9. contrask says:

    I am totally surprised someone hasn’t had a lot of fun with the Don’s Johns in light of the GoldenShowerGate deal. Really funny. I am dreading this so much.

    • NW Luna says:

      Probably why they taped over them! I’m still sure that the blue tape is getting removed nightly. 😀

  10. Earlynerd says:

    Here’s a well-deserved bit of irony concerning the predator-elect’s inaugural:

    So the PEOTUS, who many find to be deep-dyed in the racist strain of American politics, will have a famous beware-the-racists American painting hanging literally over his head. Cool

    http://blog.wataugawatch.net/2017/01/framed.html

  11. Minkoff Minx says:

    Have you seen this one:

    http://www.newstatesman.com/world/2017/01/gaslighter-chief-takes-office-remember-youre-not-going-mad

    It is good.

    My mom has her pre-op today. We are getting closer to surgery everyday.

  12. NW Luna says:

    • palhart says:

      They’re making a list of supporters/loyalists to give favors/ business. Then they will blame or criticize anyone or state not cooperating with them. trump has started unnerving world leaders and companies.

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  15. NW Luna says:

    One of Crowley’s few smart decisions:

    Monica Crowley, Donald Trump’s pick to be senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council, said on Monday that she will not take up the job.

    It has been alleged that Crowley, a radio host, columnist and sometime contributor to Fox News, plagiarised parts of her PhD thesis and a 2012 book.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/16/monica-crowley-national-security-trump-plagiarism