Wednesday Reads: Sick of this Evil

You can feel good

It has been so long since I think anyone of us can say…yes, I feel good.

I found that image somewhere on the net….Instagram, Facebook…I’m not sure.

No joke:

Oh and btw…the widow is pregnant.

Let’s try this:

This is an open thread.


27 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Sick of this Evil”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    So good to see you, JJ!

    I’ve been on the verge of tears all morning over what Trump said to that grieving woman. He claims its a lie and he has “proof.” But the call was overheard by several people.

    • Fannie says:

      I tossed and turned all night after listening to Rep. Fredricka Wilson. Then the media wanted to ask Rep. Wilson why she was using this in a political way! WTF!

    • NW Luna says:

      Repeating what I said over on TW, that after his last and hugest disrespect of the military, this “Captain” is likely to encounter rolling cannonballs if he steps on board ship.

  2. bostonboomer says:

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  4. Enheduanna says:

    JJ! Hope you are well. I think Fall is finally here in GA!

    So now we know how he really feels about all these service members, don’t we. They knew the risks, so it shouldn’t hurt as much.

    I know at first we were all supposed to hope tRump wouldn’t fail – that his administration would be successful – at something – but I don’t anymore. I never really did because I was so stung by the election. I hope he falls so hard, flat on his face, in complete humiliation. Whether it’s Mueller or impeachment – I hope his worst nightmare happens – he’s pushed out and his administration becomes the most ignominious in history. And I hope he realizes that before his Alzheimer’s wipes everything out.

    P.S. If Kelly’s son was married – Obama’s call would have gone to his wife, right? That is what I am reading.

  5. quixote says:

    There’s a thread by a vet saying, No, nobody signs up to get killed. About 1 in 5000 soldiers die in combat. (I’m pretty sure you’re likelier to get killed driving, and nobody goes to the grocery store expecting to die.) The service you signed up for is supposed to be giving you the platoon loyalty and general backup to make death as unlikely as possible. If it happens, there’s moments of silence and regret and searching what could be done to prevent that in the future. The words spoken over the caskets are not, “Tough cookies, kid.”

    Although somebody did make the good point that from now on, when the Dump whines about how nobody admires him enough and the “fake news” is so mean to him, we can all say in chorus, “You knew what you signed up for.”

    In his case it’s even true.

    • NW Luna says:

      Yes, you sign up because you want to serve your country, learn/practice/improve a skill or trade, help keep the peace and order around the world, be in a team, stand for something beyond yourself. Your buddies have your back and you have theirs.

      Drumpf signed up to feed his ego. He has no one’s back, in fact he’s a backstabber. I doubt if anyone on his “team” has his back.

  6. Fannie says:

    Thanks JJ, glad you’re back, and hope all is well at home.

  7. quixote says:

    This is off-topic, but I’m hoping maybe dakinikat can clarify. I’m looking at another article on Reuters about tax reform. The big hope is to do away with state and local tax deductions. That screws blue states so it’s a twofer ( money and revenge), I get that.

    What I don’t get is how it can even be on the table. Isn’t there some major foundational document that says US citizens must not be doubly taxed? Isn’t that part of what the whole Boston Tea Party foofaraw was about? And how is having the state and then the fed tax the same pot of money not double taxation?

    Confused (as well as the usual: angry, shouting, and like the 6,000,000 other Americans trying to figure out how to volunteer for Mueller so he can hurry up).

    • NW Luna says:

      My memory is hazy on this, but deductions for state and local taxes or at least sales taxes are a fairly recent issue. I believe it is possible for people in states with a state income tax to deduct those from their federal taxes. Washington state does not have an state income tax (though it gets proposed every so often, the regressive sales tax stays). One or both of our excellent Senators got a Federal reg passed some years ago that you could deduct state sales tax — I think basing it on that we had no state income tax to deduct. In reality it only works for people who spend lots of money, enough so that they can deduct. We have too little mortgage interest and other items to deduct. Unless we bought a new car or an enormous item I doubt we’d have enough to meet the minimum required for deductions.

      I’m convinced that unless you can deduct off the top of your taxes, most deductible “relief” only works for the rich people.

      IIRC the Boston Tea Party was about no taxation without representation. Though I’d guess, now that I’m older and cynical, that that was an excuse once the tax was raised a smidge too high.

  8. NW Luna says:

    Delphyne & cats3, if you’re interested in spinning, I added a few more comments with links under the bison topic in yesterday’s post.

    JJ! How often are you getting to spin these days?

    • catscatscats says:

      Thanks, Luna for the information on handspinning. I don’t knit, sew, crochet or anything craft-y for that matter, but I so admire people who do. Those Tracy Hudson photos were stunning, the colors and textures just pop. I want to check out the cultural aspects of spinning and the variation in spindles. The process is so ingenious, did it pass from one culture to another or did some brilliant women in each culture figure it out? Loved the video of the Qashqai woman spinning with that complicated spindle.

      • NW Luna says:

        Spinning goes back at least 30,000 based on the latest archeological research. My guess is that people figured it out back when humans were only a small population, and then as groups spread out the knowledge went with them. The cultural variations are fascinating. It’s the same principle but expressed with different tools and styles in various cultures.

        And that Qashqai spindle — it’s not really that complex — it’s basically an upside-down version of a Turkish spindle. Turks are very popular in the current handspinning revival.

  9. NW Luna says:

    His Dark Materials [film version of 1st book: The Golden Compass] is many things to many people: it changes its guise as quickly as a child’s daemon, moving smoothly from fantasy quest to political thriller, murder mystery to love story. On my first read, it was all adventure, a swirl of witches and armoured bears and knives that could cut through the very fabric of air. But as I’ve reread the series nearly 10 times over nearly two more decades, it’s become about growing up in all its terrifying, world-destroying power.

    Which is why I am elated by the publication – on Thursday – of The Book of Dust. We will not only see our beloved Lyra as a baby, but also as an adult. We never stop growing, and it is Pullman’s dearest wish for us that we never stop learning, either. His Dark Materials is still teaching me 17 years on. As Pullman has it: “‘Thou shalt not’ might reach the head, but it takes ‘Once upon a time’ to reach the heart.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2017/oct/18/his-dark-materials-the-enduring-terrifying-appeal-of-philip-pullmans-world

    • Delphyne49 says:

      I loved this trilogy and can’t wait to read The Book of Dust!

      • NW Luna says:

        The Book of Dust Vol 1: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman review – worth the wait

        Philip Pullman is the living heir of Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald and, yes, CS Lewis – in spite of Lewis being his chief bugbear, whom he attacks furiously for his religiosity and misanthropy. While JK Rowling carried on the tradition of jolly school adventures and gripping supernatural yarns, he has chosen the pilgrim road of fantastic metaphysical allegory, and his new book nods to Spenser’s The Faerie Queene in the same way as His Dark Materials took on Milton and Paradise Lost. In this longed-for opening volume of the new trilogy, Pullman faces his lineage without apology: his young heroine is even called Alice, and the story follows her as she is swept down the Thames in the eponymous canoe of the hero, Malcolm. But whereas the Thames offered Carroll’s Alice an idyllic, pastoral meander, a very contemporary apocalypse explodes around this older Alice.

        https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/18/the-book-of-dust-vol-1-la-belle-sauvage-by-philip-pullman-review

        Speaking in the Oxford’s 17th-century Bodleian library, which itself features in his hugely anticipated – and heavily embargoed – novel, Pullman also told press that La Belle Sauvage is a darker book than its predecessors.

        Quipping that novel, the first in The Book of Dust trilogy, should be called “His Darker Materials”, Pullman said that as an author, “I’ve got older and perhaps more cynical, closer to despair”. “It is a darker book, I don’t deny that, but that’s the story that came to me and wanted to be told.”

        La Belle Sauvage’s publication is being marked with special late openings, parties, signings and read-alongs in bookshops around the UK. It is expected to be one of the year’s biggest sellers, after it topped Amazon’s charts when it was announced in February and been tipped by booksellers to head the bestseller lists this Christmas.

        https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/19/philip-pullman-launches-la-belle-sauvage-sequel-the-book-of-dust-his-dark-materials

  10. MsMass says:

    wow, that Trump-o-matic cartoon was great. Looks like a piece of art.

  11. RonStill4Hills says:

    As usually Pumpkin-puss loses his shit after being challenged by women. Women of color in particular, seem to get under his skin. He called them disgusting. He and his evil surrogates keep saying Democrat Congresswoman hoping that he can rely on Democrat and Congress to blot our the rest of the optics of calling a Goldstar Mom and Widow disgusting. The CONGRESSWOMAN was just a witness.

    Nicole Wallace pointed out that when Cindy Sheehan was Lambasting Dubya, that, as a Gold Star Mom, they were more concerned with making sure she had food, water and security from nutcases while she picketed the Crawford ranch, rather than “counter punching”. I take her word for it, I don’t really know if they were looking out for her well-being but I don’t remember Bush calling her a disgusting liar.

    Orangutrump is so obsessed with proving how tough he is that he is setting himself on fire. This is the Khan Debacle times two small kids and a six month pregnant widow!

    Plus I don’t see any of these woman backing down. The two elected officials seem cut from the same cloth as Maxine Waters and Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

    • Enheduanna says:

      I agree – what a moron. tRump has no idea what he’s up against – blinded by his megalomania and absolute belief in his own omnipotence. He has no idea. If he had to go into a room alone with Rep. Wilson and Maxine Waters he’d come out with pee all over himself.

      I think he’s lost the military to be honest. I don’t see how any service member can excuse this.

      • RonStill4Hills says:

        According to the dossier he might like pee all over himself. Ewwwwww! I couldn’t help myself😇🙏🏾.

    • NW Luna says:

      Trumpf gets more repulsively evil every day. A young soldier’s pregnant widow! Not to mention the disrespect for Sgt Johnson, a man who had more real patriotism and courage than Trumpf can ever imagine.

  12. NW Luna says:

    Hateful and hate-filled Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak in Gainsville. h/t to socalannie.