Sunday Reads: Oh Shit, Sunday?

It is one of those days….and if you have been following The Trials and Misfortunes of Dak, you will know she is having one of those
weeks!

Please, let's make this an open thread…for now. Post whatever flips your fancy.

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18 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Oh Shit, Sunday?”

  1. Enheduanna says:

    Sending everyone good thoughts today – especially Dak! Hope you are able to manage getting around and everyone in NOLA is safe.

    This is a an article from First Draft that pretty much sums up the racial resentments motivating the tRumplandians:

    https://first-draft.com/

    Not a happy read but an important one.

    • Enheduanna says:

      eeks hope that image isn’t too disturbing!

    • dakinikat says:

      Thanks! I’m hanging in here. I’ll feel better once a carpenter tells me what I’m in for …

      • Enheduanna says:

        Good luck. Roof repairs aren’t that big a deal. If your flooring didn’t get soaked, you will escape the dreaded industrial-sized fans the insurance companies love so much (and cats hate).

        I think we just had a five-minute rain bomb here! It went from nothing to sheets of rain in seconds. Seems to have passed – literally 5 minutes. So strange.

  2. dakinikat says:

    • roofingbird says:

      I don’t know what I think of this. Despite his baggage, he somehow seems more presidential, than the three above him, that is to say, able to think.

    • Enheduanna says:

      I think reason 3 most of all. If he didn’t want the job he could have said no. And he seems to be doing a pretty good job of eviscerating the department.

    • teele says:

      The trump White House: Where careers go to die.

    • NW Luna says:

      This says a lot:

      Instead of making the State Department stronger, under Tillerson it is becoming more like the foreign ministries in China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia — a bureaucracy with clerks but few policymakers, while the true power in government rests elsewhere, around the strongman leader and in the military and intelligence services.

      Plus, he’s used to being head of a corporation, without answering to anyone else and without anyone questioning him. Government isn’t like that (or shouldn’t be). Negotiating on behalf of a for-profit corporation is different from negotiating for a country.

      So far, as Enheduanna pointed out, he’s dismantling the State Department. He’s also not doing anything proactive about foreign nation cyber espionage, and not triggering scandals (so far), all of which Trump must like.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Rexit. Ha ha. I just saw Rex made a comment that the State Department will make formal statement about Russia’s reaction to the sanctions (I guess their recent decision to kick out our people. ) on September 1.

      http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/345554-us-to-respond-by-sept-1-after-russia-expels-diplomats

  3. NW Luna says:

    Wish we had the same law. Far-right thugs use the salute with impunity.

    Chinese tourists detained for giving Nazi salute in Berlin

    On Saturday, according to police, two Chinese tourists standing outside the building began giving Nazi salutes. They were briefly detained, accused of violating a German law that seeks to keep the Reichstag’s darkest chapter from repeating itself.

    The German Constitution, approved after World War II, makes it [the Nazi salute] a criminal offense, along with Holocaust denial and other symbols and signals associated with the Nazis.

    Several other European nations also ban the gesture. Switzerland’s Supreme Court last week upheld the conviction of a man who had performed the “Heil Hitler!” salute outside a synagogue in Geneva.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/chinese-tourists-detained-for-giving-nazi-salute-in-berlin/2017/08/06/078faa96-7ab5-11e7-b2b1-aeba62854dfa_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-card-world%3Ahomepage%2Fcard&utm_term=.8ddc5cec9d1d

  4. NW Luna says:

    Some Russians getting poured on:

  5. NW Luna says:

    Speaking of Comrade Rex, he’s interested in “…the Russian response to the sanctions…” Uh-huh.

    Tillerson, Russian foreign minister meet in Manila

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Sunday with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, for the first time since President Trump signed legislation imposing sanctions on Moscow, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency.

    Tillerson wanted details on the Russian response to the sanctions bill, Interfax reported.

    Tillerson, Lavrov and other diplomats are meeting in Manila for an Association of Southeast Asian Nations forum.

    http://thehill.com/policy/international/345496-tillerson-russian-foreign-minister-meet-interfax

  6. Minkoff Minx says:

    Howdy y’all. Today was the first time I was able to check my news feed reader in a week! With my Aunt in town from Florida, and then picking up the new puppy on Saturday…it has been busy.

    I go to check my news feed and expect some heavy stuff, since we are in the middle of a governmental crisis. This is the first story to greet me:

    http://thegrio.com/2017/08/07/two-women-man-usher-std-lawsuit/

    “The Usher drama is only growing.

    Ever since it was revealed that Usher allegedly infected a woman with herpes and subsequently settled with her in a lawsuit over the fact that he had failed to disclose his status to her, more people have come out of the woodwork claiming that they, too, have been in sexual contact with Usher without knowing that he had herpes.

    Now, two women and a man are reportedly preparing to file suit against Usher, reports TMZ, claiming that they were not told about his infection prior to sexual contact, despite California law requiring that he do so.

    Celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom is expected to hold a news conference on Monday along with the filing itself. One of the women will reportedly be joining Bloom during the news conference, while the other two will remain anonymous as Jane and John Doe.”

    Wow.

    I bet you anything…there is a tRump tweet about this.