Sunday Reads: “May the shadow of the moon fall on a world at peace.”


The Orange Turd was at it again…



*Edited to add the first tweet…

Second tweet…


Okay, the heel part is bad…and that is what most people seem to be focusing on, but what pissed me off more was the asshole is still condoning the white supremacist. Right?

I wanted to share this artwork with you, by cecile.dormeau .  When I saw it, I immediately identified with the drawing. Many of you may also see yourselves…I tell myself daily, I don’t give a shit about the horrors around me, talking bout this jackass twit above. I avoid the news as much as possible, for the sake of my sanity…and still, I lie awake at night, unable to sleep because…


Here is the image if the Instagram does not load properly:


I just love Dormeau…follow her, she is fantastic.


Just a few more Tweets:








Enough of that shit…on to something in historic news:

Wreckage of U.S.S. Indianapolis, Lost for 72 Years, Is Found in the Pacific – The New York Times

In the 72 years since the Indianapolis, a United States Navy cruiser, sank about 12 minutes after being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, the disaster has inspired controversy, dozens of books, a play and a famous scene in “Jaws.”

But the resting place of the Indianapolis had remained a mystery.

That was until Saturday, when a team led by Paul G. Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, announced that it had found unmistakable wreckage of the Indianapolis18,000 feet deep in the Philippine Sea, rekindling memories of the Navy’s worst disaster at sea.

“While our search for the rest of the wreckage will continue, I hope everyone connected to this historic ship will feel some measure of closure at this discovery so long in coming,” Mr. Allen said in a statement on his website.

Mr. Allen’s search expedition released pictures of wreckage on the sea floor, including a telltale piece of hull bearing the number 35 — evidence to the 22 still-living survivors that the ship they frantically escaped in the early hours of July 30, 1945, had finally been found.

The discovery promises to revive interest in the loss of the Indianapolis, the ordeal of the survivors and the controversial court-martial of the ship’s captain, Charles Butler McVay III. Roughly 400 of the 1,196 sailors and Marines onboard died in the initial attack, but those who escaped spent five days floating in shark-infested waters before they were rescued.

Only 316 men were saved after an aviator spotted them by chance.

I associate this wreck with the monologue from the film Jaws…


More on the find:

Photos from the wreckage of the Indianapolis, released Saturday by Paul G. Allen. At left, an anchor windlass mechanism; at right, a box that apparently held tools and spare parts and that bears the cruiser’s name. CreditPaul G. Allen

There is a lot more at the link, so please go and read the rest, plus watch the video about the underwater archaeology expedition.

Sad to see this come across my news feed last night:

Dick Gregory, cutting-edge satirist and uncompromising activist, dies at 84 – The Washington Post

The comedian Dick Gregory rose to national prominence in the early 1960s as a black satirist whose audacious style of humor was biting, subversive and topical, mostly centered on current events, politics and above all, racial tensions. His trademark was the searing punchline.

“A Southern liberal?” he once said. “That’s a guy that’ll lynch you from a low tree.” Another: “When I get drunk, I think I’m Polish. One night I got so drunk I moved out of my own neighborhood.” On segregation: “I know the South very well. I spent 20 years there one night.”

Mr. Gregory, 84, died Aug. 19 in Washington. His son, Christian Gregory, announced the death on Mr. Gregory’s official social media accounts. The cause was not reported.

His expert timing and bold humor — often pulled from the day’s headlines — inspired the careers of comedians such as Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.

Mel Watkins, a journalist and scholar whose books include “On the Real Side: A History of African American Comedy,” said that Mr. Gregory broke the mold among black comedians by employing political satire at a time when audiences expected black performers to do minstrel skits in baggy pants and outsize shoes and use slapstick humor.

“He was the comic that made white America aware of the fact that African American comedians were perfectly capable of satire,” Watkins said. “He was sharp. He was urbane. He smoked a cigarette on stage. He was very calm in demeanor but very outspoken in what he said. … He brought in current political and social issues into his comedy — which was astounding to most white Americans at that time. It was during a time when blacks were considered incapable of doing this.”

Read the rest of that obituary by T. Rees Shapiro, it is a very good article.

More on Dick Gregory:


Just a few more links for you, in dump fashion:

‘Las Ramblas cries but it is alive’: Barcelona recovers historic defiance | World news | The Guardian

‘It’s a total mess’: GOP sheriffs reportedly under pressure from Trump to break the law– via Raw Story

White Supremacists Didn’t Show Up In Boston, But These Awesome Signs Did | HuffPost

Sewing Seeds of Hate: Donald Trump’s Unforgivable Disgrace – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Steve Bannon returns to Breitbart: ‘I’ve got my hands back on my weapons’ | US news | The Guardian


One last visual feast before we go…there are some marvelous photographs here:

People in the Earliest Photography – These 39 Rare Portrait Pictures That Were Taken From the 1840s ~ vintage everyday


Girl wearing a white chemisette, holding long watch on chain, 1845


That is only one image for you…please go click on the link to see the others.

One day more:


My daughter sent me this tweet that is making the rounds…it is from a newscast in 1979. A reporter is discussing the next solar eclipse, on August 21, 2017…where he hopes to find…a world in which:

“May the shadow of the moon fall on a world at peace.”


Don’t know whether to laugh or cry…

I think I will cry.

This is an open thread.


27 Comments on “Sunday Reads: “May the shadow of the moon fall on a world at peace.””

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Still working on some formatting issues. I haven’t check to see what the fuckwad has done today. I’m afraid to look. lol

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    I can’t remember if I shared this yesterday:

  3. Sweet Sue says:

    Good Sunday post, J J.
    File under it’s a small world: I worked with a woman whose father died while serving on the USS Indianapolis. Whether during the attack of afterward; she didn’t know and didn’t want to.
    My mother booked acts into a folk/ light rock/ comedy club called “The Main Point, ” and she and Dick Gregory had a mutual admiration society. She always said that he was not only hilarious, but also highly intelligent and a truly spiritual man.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Wow Sue, amazing.

    • Fannie says:

      Very special. I always enjoyed him, and believe I seen him in early 1970, in Chico, Ca.

      • joanelle says:

        One of my friend’s dad was one of the 300+ survivors of the Indianapolis, I can’t image the horror.
        One of my cousins was aboard the Forrestal in the gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. Fortunately Bobbie was one of those kids who was never where he was supposed to be, as had he been on time that day, he would have been among the 134 sailors who perished.

        • Sweet Sue says:

          I’m so glad that there were survivors but I can’t imagine any of them being “right in the head” ever again. I know that I wouldn’t.

  4. RonStill4Hills says:

    The Jackass-O-Lantern may resign in disgrace as his long history criminality and money laundering is exposed by the Mueller investigation. He may be removed by a Dem congress if we can elect one.

    But I promise you, as long as he maintains the position that racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, religious discrimination and police misconduct are LIBERAL MYTHS concocted to disparage and disadvantage hard working straight white conservative Christians, he will never be repudiated by the mainstream republican party. Period.

    IMO the posturing being done by GOP officials expressing outrage over the blatant defense of and appeal to white supremacists will come to nothing. They will NOT turn away from him because he is THEM, a clumsy, stupid, amateur, arrogant version of them.

    The sophistry and semantic obfuscations undertaken to perpetuate the lie that racism is not really a factor in our lives is part and parcel of the rightwing orthodoxy…”the Ku Klux Klan and the Neo-Nazis are repugnant and un-American and why does the liberal media have to make everything about race?”

    He is doing what they do. He is doing it with less skill and less artfully, but it is the same idea. I have stated before “Blue Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” is the same thing as “guilt on both sides.” How can appeals to stop the killing of unarmed civilians be misconstrued into an expression of anti-white hatred. What he is really saying is “no matter what you see with your own eyes, it is still OK to oppose liberals, democrats,feminists gays and civil rights on general principle.”

    Anyone who wants to chant “All Lives Matter” to the police, I agree with that and will chant right along with you. Every persons life carries equal weight with me. Anyone who is chanting that slogan at BLM activists is really saying, “STFU!” . Millions on the right who know better than to openly defend the Klan, will equate BLM with the KKK and other terrorists with hesitation. They have been taught that any complaint from the left is illegitimate whining and “identity politics.”

    The denial of white privilege in general is an insidious form of psychological abuse. The white patriarchy is alive and well, it is not dead, it isn’t even that sick…

    Consider the Charnesia Corley case, do you think that an affluent white male would have had his pants forcibly pulled down while his anus was inspected for drugs for 11 minutes, for the alleged crime of running a stop sign, and that the event would have been deemed proper by a court? If you say that you believe that such a thing is even a possibility I am going to have to call “Bullshit!”

    So again, why can law enforcement kill people of color and poor people with impunity? Why can they abuse women without consequence? Because enough white people in this country like it that way. Not all, not all by a long shot, but more than just Trump and his idiot family. Denying the reality of bias is an industry on the right.

    Denying that sexism was a factor in the election is a perfect example of what I am talking about.

    Thanks for giving me a space to rant.

  5. ANonOMouse says:

    Good post today JJ……..I’m within 40 miles of the path of the total Eclipse. I’ve chosen the top of a hill in the cemetery where all of my family is buried. I’ve packed a picnic lunch with chicken, wine, cheese and we’re taking our dog. I’ve seen a partial eclipse, but never a total eclipse. We managed to snag Eclipse glasses from my Corneal doc. Every hotel, motel, campground for hundreds of miles is filled. So I’m glad we live close enough to be able to see it with just an easy drive.

    And JJ, You’ll never quit giving a shit, NEVER!

    • Enheduanna says:

      Mouse – I know you’ll have a great day and I hope the skies are clear. I hope this event brings us all a little bit closer in some mystic way – how great is the universe we live in?

    • Fannie says:

      Super……..Weisner, Idaho……jacking the prices up like crazy.

    • joanelle says:

      How are you protecting your dog’s eyes?

  6. Minkoff Minx says:

    • Enheduanna says:

      What is happening with these collisions? That is the second one in a short space of time.

      JJ – thanks for the Indianapolis story. I will never forget that scene in Jaws.

  7. Enheduanna says:

    It’s unbelievable they let this lunatic post on Twitter without supervision. When are the GOP going to do something about him. It’s beyond embarrassing – he is a national disgrace.

  8. Fannie says:

    Really enjoyed the old photos……….gotta look at them again! That’s very early.

  9. Sweet Sue says:

    Sweet Jesus, those 1840’s hairdos were brutal.
    Great pictures!!