Monday Reads: Adult Day Care

Good Morning!!

Is this finally the beginning of the end? Trump has been attacking fellow Republicans for months, and this time one of them finally hit back hard. Yesterday Trump lashed out at Tennessee Senator Bob Corker on Twitter.

Of course none of that is true. Corker’s office said that Trump had repeatedly asked him to run for reelection, and offered to endorse him. As for the Secretary of State job, Corker withdrew his name from contention after his interview with Trump.

Corker’s Twitter response:

Then last night Corker gave a stunning interview to the New York Times: Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III’

Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”

In an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party, Mr. Corker said he was alarmed about a president who acts “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something.”

“He concerns me,” Mr. Corker added. “He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.”

Mr. Corker’s comments capped a remarkable day of sulfurous insults between the president and the Tennessee senator — a powerful, if lame-duck, lawmaker, whose support will be critical to the president on tax reform and the fate of the Iran nuclear deal….

 

The senator views Mr. Trump as given to irresponsible outbursts — a political novice who has failed to make the transition from show business.

Mr. Trump poses such an acute risk, the senator said, that a coterie of senior administration officials must protect him from his own instincts. “I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him,” Mr. Corker said in a telephone interview.

There’s more:

…Mr. Corker, speaking carefully and purposefully, seemed to almost find cathartic satisfaction by portraying Mr. Trump in terms that most senior Republicans use only in private….

Without offering specifics, he said Mr. Trump had repeatedly undermined diplomacy with his Twitter fingers. “I know he has hurt, in several instances, he’s hurt us as it relates to negotiations that were underway by tweeting things out,” Mr. Corker said.

All but inviting his colleagues to join him in speaking out about the president, Mr. Corker said his concerns about Mr. Trump were shared by nearly every Senate Republican.

“Look, except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here,” he said, adding that “of course they understand the volatility that we’re dealing with and the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road.”

Two Media reactions:

ABC News The Note: What’s dangerously serious about Trump’s feud with Corker

What happened to the calm part? The storms have begun, and just might spill over into real wars before they’re done. Sen. Bob Corker’s public feud with President Trump is no mere war of words, even in the Trumpian insult era. Corker is blowing the lid off of months of private frustrations and worries, harbored by erstwhile allies of the president, that the commander-in-chief is reckless, dishonest and could put the nation “on the path to World War III,” as Corker told The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin. “He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation,” Corker said. Combine that with the tensions between Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly, and this has far bigger consequences than your typical Twitter feud. Just words? Perhaps. But they are words that are spurring confrontation with a nuclear-armed North Korea, and more words will come this week that could lead Iran to restart its own nuclear program. Corker’s reference to the White House as an “adult day care center” suggests that grown-ups are ultimately in charge. This may be the week that tests that proposition, and sorts out high-level presidential strategy from absolute and dangerous recklessness.

Greg Sargent at The Washington Post, referring to the NYT interview: Bob Corker just confirmed it: Republicans know Trump is unfit.

Corker declined to answer when asked if he believes Trump is unfit for the presidency. But the only reasonable way to read all these comments is as a declaration that Trump is indeed unfit — and that most Republicans know it. After all, Corker had previously said that Trump’s inner circle is helping to “separate our country from chaos.” Now he has added that Trump needs to be restrained by his inner circle from devolving into conduct that could end up unleashing untold global destruction — and that most Republicans know it.

Corker is getting a lot of press plaudits for his unvarnished appraisal. But as James Fallows writes, there is a good deal that Corker can actually do right nowif he wants to mitigate the threat that he himself says Trump poses. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he has a range of powers that could help constrain Trump, including the power to hold public hearings to draw public attention to the ways in which Trump’s temperament threatens untold damage. At a minimum, Corker can be asked whether he intends to do these things, and if not, why not.

But whatever Corker says and does now, his new comments should precipitate a fundamental change in the way the press treats the ongoing GOP enabling of Trump. Corker has forced out into the open the fact that Republicans recognize the sheer abnormality and danger to the country of the situation we’re in, which opens the door for much tougher media questioning of them about their awareness of — and acquiescence to — this state of affairs.

This can start with a simple query: Do Republicans agree with Corker that Trump regularly needs to be constrained by his top advisers from engaging in conduct that threatens severe damage to the country and the world? If so, what are Republicans prepared to do about itrgent mentions.

People are still talking about Mike Pence’s ridiculous display at the Indianapolis Colts game yesterday on a day that was supposed to be dedicated to honoring long-time Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

As I’m sure you’re aware, Trump and Pence cooked up a public relations stunt. Knowing that a number of players for the Colts’ opponent the SF 49ers would kneel during the national anthem, the two agreed that Pence would fly to Indy from Las Vegas and then abruptly walk out on the game after the anthem. The press knew this, because Pence told them to wait outside for him because he’d be leaving soon. Pence then flew back out to California for a fund-raiser for Putin’s favorite Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and other Republicans.

Pence is getting plenty of criticism for using taxpayer money to fly back and forth across the country for a political stunt.

CNN: The price tag for Pence’s trip to Indianapolis.

How much did Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Indianapolis to watch — and then abruptly leave — a football game Sunday between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers cost?

Holier than thou

Here is an estimate of just the air costs (which does not include costs of advance personnel, Secret Service or support on the ground):According to the Air Force, flying a C-32, the model of plane used for Air Force 2, for one hour costs about $30,000. Pence’s flight from Las Vegas to Indianapolis Saturday took about three hours and 20 minutes, so it cost about $100,000.\

Pence then flew from Indianapolis to Los Angeles on Sunday, which took about four hours and 45 minutes, costing about $142,500.Some costs of the flight into Los Angeles will be reimbursed by the Republican National Committee because Pence is attending a political event there.

If he had flown just from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, a trip lasting about 90 minutes, the cost would have been about $45,000.

I don’t usually like Connor Friedersdorf, but he has a good reaction at The Atlantic: Mike Pence’s Flagrant Waste of Taxpayer Money.

On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence made a big show of leaving an NFL game early. He declared himself upset that some players knelt during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. “I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag, or our national anthem,” he declared, as if attacking those things was the intent of the athletes.

The NFL players knelt in protest because they believe that African Americans are being denied their self-evident rights to life and liberty by a prejudiced criminal-justice system.

“This is not about the military, this is not about the flag, this is not about the anthem,” 49ers Safety Eric Reid later told reporters. “My mother served in the armed forces. Three of my uncles served … I have the utmost respect for the military, for the anthem, for the flag … This is about systemic oppression that has been rampant in this country … I will keep doing what I feel is necessary, to use the platform that I have, to make changes. It’s really disheartening when everything you were raised on, everything I was raised on, was to be the best person I can be, to help people who need help, and the vice president of the United States is trying to confuse the message that we’re trying to put out there. I don’t know what to say about it.”

Pence is not compelled to agree with how players protest. But by fleeing the entire NFL game, he adopted the tactics of a childish, petulant snowflake who reacts to speech he dislikes by misrepresenting it, expressing umbrage, and retreating to a “safe space.”

The major difference?

When an immature teenager makes a show of fleeing from expression that he regards as politically incorrect, he’s typically evading ideas he ought to confront on his own dime. Whereas Pence spent taxpayer money to get to that NFL game. Lots of it.

There is so much more news, and so little time and space to discuss it. Most notably, Puerto Rico is still in agony, and the Trump administration seems determined not to help.

The Daily Beast: Without Power Until Next Year, Puerto Ricans Are Leaving—Maybe Forever

VIEQUES, Puerto Rico—Joe and Maria Bernard cook in the dark over a gas stove outside their small hotel, the Tropical Guest House. “The days feel shorter,” says Maria, “we just have 12 hours of daylight to get everything done.”

When it gets dark, the entire island of Vieques is dark.

Turnkey Hotel

This is life on the world-renowned tourist island. And it’s going to be life for at least the next six to eight months, if not longer, before electricity is restored here.

“We’re in denial,” says Maria, “we’re going to give it another two weeks maybe a month, then maybe we’ll have to go back to the States.”

In 2005, the couple traded in the bustle of New York and jobs in the television industry for a more rewarding future in Puerto Rico, which offered triple-tax exemption for resettling here. With their savings, they got a loan to buy their turnkey hotel.

Read more painful stories at the link.

Oh, and today is Columbus Day. From the New York Times: Why People Have Protested Columbus Day Almost From Its Start.

A reverend at Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan appeared on the front page of The New York Times after he criticized Christopher Columbus, the Italian navigator who sailed to the Americas on behalf of Spain in 1492.

The reverend, R. S. MacArthur, said Columbus was “cruel, and guilty of many crimes.”

That complaint may sound familiar to those who condemn the explorer for opening a door to European colonialism, which brought disease, destruction and catastrophic wars to the people who already lived here.

But Mr. MacArthur said those words more than a century ago, in 1893. His comments suggested he was more affronted by Spain, which he called “the poorest and most ignorant country in Europe,” than concerned about Native Americans.

He was one of many to have questioned the legacy of the explorer, whose arrival in the Americas has been celebrated in the United States for hundreds of years.

Read the rest at the NYT.

What’s left of Hurricane Nate has arrived in New England this morning giving us lots of rain and 40mph winds. I’m glad because it has been hot here for the past few days.

What’s happening where you are? What stories are you following today?

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46 Comments on “Monday Reads: Adult Day Care”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Take care Sky Dancers. He hasn’t blown up the world yet.

    • dakinikat says:

      Yet is the key modifier here!!

    • Enheduanna says:

      BB – hope Nate is good to you – we got some welcome rain here. And it’s still raining all the way down here too.

      Thanks for the info about Corker – I had only seen the tweets. Can’t stand the guy but at least he’s saying something.

      What a disappointment with the head of FEMA. He was supposed to be competent but I guess he’s just as bigoted as tRump. I will have to go back and read the stories – I know they’ll break my heart.

      • NW Luna says:

        Amazing how bad things can get and most Repubs still tolerate and turn a blind eye to Trump’s blundering and twittering around the edge of WWIII.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    I see Trump is playing golf again today–this time with Lindsey Graham.

  3. bostonboomer says:

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  4. Pat Johnson says:

    Does congress have a Harvey Weinstein problem?

    It is being reported that for the last 30 years Mr. Weinstein repeatedly harassed young career women by exposing himself and propositioning them as they began their careers. As a successful and powerful Hollywood producer, it is also being reported that many in that community were well aware of his penchant for compromising these women yet no one stood up to complain about his behavior and are acting as if this is the first they have heard it.

    The same applies to the GOP congressional majority. With the exception of Corker, who has nothing to gain or lose, no one else has come forward to express disgust at the behavior of Trump. Though he has given much to pause over the silence from these members of congress is deafening,

    Is he unstable? Is he unfit? Is he unprepared to deal with world issues on the global stage? Yes to all questions. Willing to undo every policy and program introduced by Obama he is putting the nation as a whole at risk.

    Our water, air and food supplies are in danger from deregulation. Women’s health is being used as a football, tossed back and forth from day to day. Overall healthcare is in jeopardy for no other reason than it bears the name Obama. We are on the precipice of nuclear war as this idiot plays “chicken” with another idiot in North Korea. Measures to reduce pollution are being thrown to the winds because they were introduced by Obama. Our allies do not trust us. We are lied to daily by the administration and its spokespersons who essentially stand unchallenged. People are scared and have every right to feel this way.

    His trip to Puerto Rico should be enough to prove this man’s unfitness. It is doubtful he knew that PR is a territory owned by the US. Throwing paper towels to those who have suffered immeasurably due to a storm was watching a completely out of touch man who called it “fun”.

    What will it take? How far does this moron need to go before the GOP leadership acts on behalf of the country first. When the warheads are on route to NK? When at least 1 million people are about to die?

    Is this what it will take before they speak out? They cannot plead “I didn’t know” when it has been obvious since day 1.

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  8. dakinikat says:

    very weird true story …

    • Enheduanna says:

      I’d rather have a zombie apocalypse than a vampire apocalypse.

      Dak – Z Nation is back….hahahaha

  9. Sweet Sue says:

    BB, can you tell me the simplest way-in simple language-how to make a clickable link to a story or review, as you do here?
    I may be a decent grammarian but I’m a moron at the computer.
    Pretty please?

    • Enheduanna says:

      Sue did you try just pasting the link? I just copy the https address from the address bar of the browser window you are in, then come over to this window here and paste it in the comment.

      • Sweet Sue says:

        Thanks, Enheduanna, that does sound like the easiest way to go. I know some blog hosts don’t like long links but when I try to research my eyeballs start to spin. I’ve been known to scream at YouTube editorials, “I don’t understand what the hell you’re talking about!”

        • Enheduanna says:

          I’m the same way. Systems engineers don’t know how to translate for the end user so a lot of tutorials assume an intermediate or advanced user.

          I can edit the appearance of a link to replace the address with text in Word but not sure how to here.

        • bostonboomer says:

          Sue, paste the long link and I’ll fix it for you. I don’t know how to do it with html code, but I can edit it with the wordpress software.

          • Sweet Sue says:

            Thanks, BB. I’ll remember that.

          • quixote says:

            If this is your sentence and you want a link.

            html code:

            If this is your sentence and you want <a href=”copy-and-paste-the-address–the-http-etc-etc-etc-bit-here“>a link</a>

            so, your text, <a href=”“> the-text-you-want-to-represent-the-link </a>.

            Just copy the stuff in bold exactly, paste in the address and enter the link text you want in its place, and you’re done. It’s like tying your shoelaces: a lot harder to listen to somebody describe than to do it. Just go through it, letter by letter a couple of times and you’ll find the actual doing not so bad!

          • joanelle says:

            I have a question too. I haven’t been able to “like” posts since yesterday morning which means I have o go back to the beginning of the post to get into the comments. Anyone know by that happened and how I can undo it?

          • bostonboomer says:

            Are you signed in to WordPress, Joanelle?

          • joanelle says:

            I thought I was

          • bostonboomer says:

            Check and see at http://www.wordpress.com . I don’t know what else the problem could be, but let me know. I can ask Dakinikat if she has any ideas.

  10. Fannie says:

    Mercy these wild fires in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba County California has spread, and they can’t begin to get control.

    • joanelle says:

      We learned this morning that the daughter of close friends, and her young family were evacuated last night. Please keep them in your heart.

  11. Fannie says:

    State of Emergency in California for the following counties: Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma, and Yuba. The whole damn state has hundreds of fires, and people have died (10), and running to get away from the fires. Some don’t know which way to go, everybody is packed, and ready to run for their lives. And nothing, from Pence who is suppose to be in Fresno doing fund raising. And NOT a word from the WHITE HOUSE. The sonvabitches don’t care.

  12. Fannie says:

    Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County. https://youtu.be/6Rua76c8rJc

    • quixote says:

      I was reading in the LATimes about a winery in Napa. One minute the farmer saw the flames appear over a ridge far away. The next minute the 50mph winds had landed an ember from it in one of his fields. In moments, it was 100sq ft of fire. He ran back to his house through billowing smoke, Jumped in the car with family and was driving through flames to get out.

      😯

      I didn’t even know fires could move that fast. Makes sense of course if you think about flying embers for a second. Be way too easy to get caught in that. I understand they had to airlift even firefighters who got trapped behind firelines.

      • NW Luna says:

        They can jump amazingly fast. Hot winds in the right direction, and terrain that’s channeled just so — suddenly the whole area is a charnel house in Hades.

        A few years ago in Eastern Washington about 10 firefighters died when the fire they were fighting changed position and they were overrun by the flames. Every so often a tragedy like that happens. Fires in irregular terrain with unpredictable winds are extremely dangerous.

        • bostonboomer says:

          It’s terrifying. My sister lived near Santa Rosa until about a year ago. Thank goodness she’s safe now.

          • Fannie says:

            I remember the town from years ago, lots of ranches (horses) and now just full of rich people with big homes, and wine vineyards. Also, they have University in Sonoma, and lots of young kids go there. Bet your sister has stories from Santa Rosa, glad she is safe. By the by, how is your Mom?

          • bostonboomer says:

            My sister lived outside of Santa Rosa, near Occidental. My mom is doing well. She gets a little bored sometimes, but she has started to go out more and does a lot of activities.

      • Fannie says:

        OMG……….we celebrated our wedding anniversary yesterday. I told Bill about a couple I had met that were married for 75 years………I am hearing on tv, that a couple 99 yrs. and 100, married 75 years, couldn’t get out of the fire. It’s one of those things that really makes you cry.

  13. bostonboomer says:

    What a great idea it was for TX to allow open carry on college campuses. You’d think the officers would pat him down after arresting him though.

    Texas Tech Police Officer Shot Dead at After Student Busted for Drugs