Friday Reads: Drumpfistan Detritus

568bd9b21f0000a101e9cf1fGood Afternoon!

I’m going to litter this edition of the latest attacks of the petty dictator and his general on some one simply doing her job with the work of Gustav Klimt.   And no surprises!  It’s a black woman congressman who has represented her Florida District supremely well.

The Despot of Drumpfistan needs enemies to prop up his regime and his ego.  There is nothing he goes after with more relish than a woman.  It seems General Kelly shares that belief.  They have attacked a strong, principled woman of color and this shows their vision of white nationalism even more.  John Kelly’s lecture to Congresswoman Wilson included a list of what he considered American values which sounded a lot like the fever dreams of the patriarchy. Both Drumpf and Kelly did not use the names of any black woman involved in their attack.  How positively dehumanizing!

First up,  a Klimt break … because this thread is going to outline gross incompetence, pettiness, and meanness by Kremlin Caligula and the supposedly sane and normal general protecting the interests of our Republic.

Okay, I lied. First I’m going to highlight words spoken by former Presidents Obama and Dubya Bush about our country. Then, I’m going full bore be cause I believe Frederica Wilson and I watched Rachel last night.

the-maiden-gustav-klimtHere’s the full text of the Bush speech.

Our identity as a nation – unlike many other nations – is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. Being an American involves the embrace of high ideals and civic responsibility. We become the heirs of Thomas Jefferson by accepting the ideal of human dignity found in the Declaration of Independence. We become the heirs of James Madison by understanding the genius and values of the U.S. Constitution. We become the heirs of Martin Luther King, Jr., by recognizing one another not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

This means that people of every race, religion, and ethnicity can be fully and equally American. It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed. (Applause.)
And it means that the very identity of our nation depends on the passing of civic ideals to the next generation.

We need a renewed emphasis on civic learning in schools. And our young people need positive role models. Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children. The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.

gustav-klimt-mother-and-childAnd from Obama in Virginia:

“We’ve got folks who are deliberately trying to make folks angry, to demonize people who have different ideas, to get the base all riled up because it provides a short-term tactical advantage,” Obama told the 7,500 people gathered in the Greater Richmond Convention Center. “So the question for you tonight for the next 19 days: Do you want a politics of division and distraction, or do you believe in a better kind of politics?”

He praised Northam, a former Army doctor, pediatric neurologist and current lieutenant governor, as the kind of leader the country needs.

“At a time so many of us are cynical about government and public service, to have someone step up who you can trust and just wants to do right by the people of Virginia, that’s worth something,” said Obama, who in 2008 became the first Democrat to carry Virginia in a presidential race in 44 years.

Joy Ann Reid recognizes what’s what better than many since she reported on politics in Florida from Florida for a number of years. She delivers the facts to Kelly and his boss.

Frederica Wilson is no liar. On Thursday, Gen. John Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff, confirmed that. Kelly also made clear that he works for a man who has redefined the meaning of shameless.

The Florida congresswoman is the latest—and pointedly, the latest woman and person of color—to be attacked by Trump for daring to tell the truth about him. She joins a roster that includes broadcaster Jemele Hill, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and before that, a Latina former Miss Universe. Now add in Hillary Clinton and the more than a dozen women who have accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault. Trump has attacked or threatened a few men too, notably black NFL and NBA stars, Gold Star father Khizr Khan (along with his wife), decorated Vietnam War veteran John McCain and other United States senators, but he typically reserves his greatest vitriol for those who aren’t white and male. We’re all still waiting for the president’s sure-to-be-blistering response to Eminem.

Trump on Wednesday used one of his increasingly frequent press availabilities to essentially call Wilson a liar, after she told the world what he said to the widow of Staff Sgt. La David T. Johnson; one of four special forces soldiers killed during a still murky mission in Niger. Wilson first gave her account to local reporters in Miami who met the limousine carrying her, Myeshia Johnson and Staff Sgt. Johnson’s adoptive parents to the funeral home to claim the body of the fallen soldier. Apparently, the White House had alerted the media that he would call Johnson’s widow, evidently hoping to reap some rare good press for the most hated president in modern U.S. history.

She later repeated what she heard to national news outlets and to this reporter.

Handpainted-Portrait-Oil-Painting-Replicas-Portrait-of-Adele-Bloch-Bauer-I-Gustav-Klimt-s-Painting-onTrump goes on the offensive when he’s trying to hide something and cover up for his huge mistakes.  Rachel Maddow believes that the huge mistake of putting Chad on the travel ban list may have cost Staff Sgt Johnson and his comrades their lives. She makes a most compelling argument.

When President Donald Trump’s White House instituted the travel ban and randomly added the African country of Chad to the list, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow says it may have destabilized the region. That lack of allied troops could have then been the cause of the deaths of the four soldiers killed two weeks ago in Niger.

Maddow began by walking through the extensive history of the groups of African and French fighters who have managed to battle Islamic extremists like ISIS and Boko Haram in central Africa and actually win. Most of these groups are headquartered in Chad, because the best of the best soldiers managed to run out the majority of the terrorist groups.

Yet, somehow, Chad ended up on Trump’s travel ban list. When it did, there was an uproar of foreign policy experts who warned this was a terrible decision because it would destabilize the region and isolate American troops fighting there. Both the State and Defense Departments were also opposed to Trump’s decision to put Chad on the list, because they knew it would cause military problems in the area. But the Trump administration demanded it.

“Several terrorist groups are active in Chad,” Maddow cited the administration’s reasoning. “If that’s the reason you end up on the travel ban list, why wouldn’t you put Mali or Niger or even Iraq and Afghanistan?”

A former State Department official who worked on that region went even further, telling the New York Times that putting Chad on that list could truly put Americans in harm’s way.

Chad then began to withdraw their troops from the fight against Boko Haram in Niger. In fact, Chad’s troops were gone a week after Trump added Chad to the ban list. According to Reuters, once the soldiers left, Boko Haram moved back in and people began to flee for their lives again. Shortly after the “battle-hardened” Chad fighters left, four American soldiers were attacked and killed in an ambush by ISIS extremists in Niger. Chad announced it began pulling its troops out two weeks ago on Oct. 13, which Maddow said would put their timeline for withdrawal at the end of September.

“Which would be the Friday after the Trump administration made this decision to insult and harm our closest military ally in that region, against ISIS and Boko Haram where ISIS has been trying to establish another caliphate,” Maddow said. “But those Chadian troops were really doing something in Niger. They were protecting those villages in that whole region from ISIS militant groups being able to operate freely and be able to take more territory from there once again. And pulling those troops out had an immediate effect in emboldening those ISIS attacks.”

Within days of the Chadian soldiers beginning to pull out from protecting those villages from ISIS, four soldiers were ambushed.

072c52c0bba091cb782165894124b3c6--gustavo-klimt-klimt-artWhat’s worse, is the attack now has turned to Gold Star Families and Congresswoman Wilson.  Kelly got it very wrong and used patronizing and racist dog whistles to attack the Congresswoman.

When White House Chief of Staff John Kelly condemned a Miami congresswoman on Thursday for sneering at President Donald Trump’s condolence call to a soldier’s widow, the retired general recalled when the two attended a somber ceremony in Miramar to dedicate a new FBI building named after two slain FBI agents.

Kelly criticized Democratic U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson for claiming “she got the money” for the new building during the 2015 ceremony while he and others in the audience were focused on the heroism of agents Benjamin Grogan and Jerry Dove, killed during a 1986 shootout with bank robbers south of Miami.

Thursday night, Wilson said Kelly got the story flat-out wrong. In fact, she said Washington approved the money before she was even in Congress. The legislation she sponsored named the building after Grogan and Dove, a law enacted just days before the ceremony.

“He shouldn’t be able to just say that, that is terrible,” Wilson said of Kelly’s remarks in the White House briefing room, the latest volley in the controversy over Trump’s condolence call to a military widow from Miami Gardens, an area Wilson represents. “This has become totally personal.”

In 2015, Wilson won praise from Miami Republicans for sponsoring the bill to name the long anticipated federal building after two agents who became legends in local law enforcement.

Frederica Wilson 2

Kelly called US Congressman Frederica Wilson “an empty barrel”. 

I think Kelly took on the wrong Congresswoman. She is not going to be moved and she has righteousness on her side.

 

So, here’s a picture of Gustav Klimt and his cat!   Have a good Friday and a great weekend!

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?  

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33 Comments on “Friday Reads: Drumpfistan Detritus”

  1. dakinikat says:

    You may call Representative Frederica Wilson to thank her and give condolences for the loss of a family friend. She is well respected because she serves her community well. She wears her hats as a tribute to her grandmother.

    Miami Gardens office: 305-690-5905.
    Washington office: 202-225-4506.

    • Enheduanna says:

      I’ve been so impressed by what I have learned about Rep. Wilson. She sounds amazing.

      What a contrast to those two old bigot farts who refuse to apologize. And quelle surprise tRump totally botched the call, which – with any finesse at all – could have been expressed so much better. So there he is having to be coached what to say – at his age?? What a nincompoop.

      • NW Luna says:

        Love her forthrightness and how she takes those cowboy-style hats and makes them her own, as her grandmother did. I’m going to look up more about her and her grandmother.

      • Catscatscats says:

        What i don’t get is why they don’t find someone ( maybe someone who is ex military or military adjacent with an understanding of their community) who can write meaningful, appropriate condolence letters and then just have him sign them. I would think a beautifully written letter signed by the prez would be a wonderful keepsake in memory of their loved one. Personally, i would NOT want to talk or listen to him. Let’s face it, orally 45 is a disaster unless you want to incite a riot or start a war.

  2. Thanks for your thorough coverage of this latest not-so-fine mess. Lawrence O’Donnell also gave a straight-up assessment of John Kelly’s racist and misogynistic roots in Boston last night. I also noticed a new tell from Drumfster: the tightly folded arms and scrunched up mouth when he’s caught in a lie. Sigh…

    • dakinikat says:

      Yeah. BB caught that too. He does fold his arms. This is just another example of how the truly go after women, people of color, anything outside of what they consider white male perfection. It’s sickening to see this! I thought we were leaving the children a world where we had chipped away at all that at least!

    • Enheduanna says:

      O’Donnell was good – he’s not afraid to let them have it when they deserve it.

      And how on earth could Kelly have gotten it so unbelievably wrong about Wilson’s speech dedicating the FBI building. What kind of messed up brain filter turns the speech she gave into the speech he thinks she gave? Just wow.

      • NW Luna says:

        Trump corrupts everyone who associates with him. Of course, you first have to agree to be corrupted.

    • NW Luna says:

      the tightly folded arms and scrunched up mouth

      Makes me see an autocratic and sadistic parent claiming “this hurts me more than it hurts you” right before beating a child.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    I posted this on the last thread, reposting it now. It’s very important, IMO.

    John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup, by Masha Gessen

    • dakinikat says:

      whoa … you know, just about every single damn one of us that have ever taught at a university have had active duty soldiers in their class. I have many every single time I teach and I always find out who they are because usually they’re in places that mean it might be a time challenge for them and I make sure I help them work through whatever duty that may challenge them. I had a special forces marine in a class right before we attacked Iraq and he was gone a few weeks to Uzbekistan to set up bases. Between watching all the military equipment get dropped off at the base by my house and what he was doing I knew we were going to attack. There was no shock and awe on my part. I spent the next year watching students get called up to active duty and leave my classroom with me trying to get them finished early. Hell, one of them was one of the first in Louisiana to be KIA.

      Any one with a father of a certain age is the kid of a veteran that either served in WW2 or Korea. I grew up with combat veterans–including my father—around me. All my uncles were in one theatre or another and my grandfather helped do the war bond programs for both wars. My grandmother lost her brother Jack to Mustard Gas a few years after he came home from WW1. We spent every memorial day, decoration day, and whatever cleaning up the family cemetery sites. I had cousins who served in Vietnam. One was on a swift boat and came home addicted to heroin. I’ve had students and friends serve in both the Gulf Wars. I have no idea why he thinks most have us have no contact with active duty soldiers. Hell, they patrolled my street daily years after Katrina. We fed them, made coffee for them, bought them beers when they were allowed out for some R&R. He needs to take that ramrod of his you know what …

      and both my daughters have friends that signed up too …

      • NW Luna says:

        I have no idea why he thinks most have us have no contact with active duty soldiers.

        Or contact with Veterans. Kelly’s willingly gone over to the dark side with Trump, and is insulting and contemptuous of American citizens.

        • Enheduanna says:

          Another thing Kelly completely ignores is Wilson’s role in preparing Johnson for the military.

          From WAPO: “She also founded a program in 1993 called 5,000 Role Models of Excellence, which helps at-risk minority youths prepare for college, vocational school and the military.”

          That’s how she knew Johnson.

      • Fannie says:

        Great post today Dak! John Kelly must not be aware of how many families we have that have served, and lost their lives on the battlefield, etc. My mother was named after her Uncle, William, she was named Willie, he died WWI. So many of us have been to cemeteries all over the country, and know our genealogy. He doesn’t seem to have a clue. Les we forget in 2007, Arlington Cemetery was a complete mess, because they cut back funds. Families didn’t know where their loved one were, and not much upkeep and maintenance was going on. They had to train a lot of staff to bring it up to honorable status.

        Sarah Huckabee Sanders came out and said HOW DARE YOU question a 4 star general, then she said back in my home town in Arkansas, we would say Rep. Wilson is “All Hat and No Cattle”……….yup that’s what she said.

        Haven’t been able to get through to Rep Fredrica Wilson, but will call again on Monday.

        • Enheduanna says:

          Re: Sanders – I loathe these people so bad I can’t watch the news anymore. I can’t bear to hear their voices or look at their smirky contemptuous faces. tRump is the worst with his ridiculous pout and constant stream of gibberish. It makes my skin crawl to see him jut out his chin and clench his teeth in fake-defiance like a three year-old.

          The folded arms is a defense posture that I’ve seen mentioned all over the Innertubes today.

          • Sweet Sue says:

            Sanders: Hate to sound like an effete, Coastal liberal but at the podium, today, she wished someone “Happy Burtday,” three times. Uggggggghhhhhh.

          • RonStill4Hills says:

            Effete liberals can criticize covfefe conservatives.

        • RonStill4Hills says:

          The All Hat No Cattle was a blatant attempt to get a laugh…it was picked up some in the ugly Alt-Right media but rather than hurting or humiliating the Congresswoman it just made plain the ugly attempted to slime and discredit a critic.

          All this fuss to cover up the fact that he is awkward and tactless.

          Deed he obstruct justice to thwart the Russia probe? Give me a break.

          This piece of crap won’t admit who farted in a empty elevator.

          • Sweet Sue says:

            And Sanders stole it from Molly Ivins who applied it to George W. Bush whom she famously dubbed “Shrub.”

  4. NW Luna says:

    …many of the women felt uneasy as soon as they met him. The sickening allegations have reminded me just how important it is that we trust our instincts.

    If you don’t get to the bottom of this piece, please remember this crucial caveat: I am not placing one iota of blame on the women whose trust was abused – the responsibility for that will always lie with the person who did the abusing.

    In the case of Harvey Weinstein, and so many others, the choice about whether to ignore our instincts is distorted to the point of being almost meaningless. The women’s decisions were deeply affected by the fact that their entire careers could rest on this man – a fact Weinstein knew how to play all too well.

    That’s what power does. It doesn’t just affect the choices we have available to us, it affects the way we choose between them.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/20/women-sexual-harassment-gaslighting-instincts

    • Sweet Sue says:

      Kelly doesn’t care, Dak, because many people say she did say offensive things off camera just like thousands of Muslims celebrated Sept.11 in Union City because, although there is no video, many people told Trump they did. Many people!! Snap to and never question a four star general.
      West-cough-Moreland.

  5. Enheduanna says:

    I got this from Sister#1 today about their fight for off-leash recreational space for people and dogs in the Bay area:

    http://hoodline.com/2017/10/run-spot-run-park-service-drops-plans-to-update-ggnra-dog-rules?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=stories&utm_source=Hoodline+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=3afff64800-daily-digest-10-19-2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e61dc2951f-3afff64800-249828949

    They’ve won the fight! And great dog pics at the link.

    Just to add a non-tRumpian palate cleanser.

  6. bostonboomer says:

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  7. Pilgrim says:

    Washington Post today has a real good piece from its EDITORIAL BOARD, decrying John Kelly’s attack on Frederica Wilson, and pointing out that what he said about her was quite contrary to the clear facts, as shown on the video of the event.

  8. teele says:

    Trump told Mrs. Johnson that her husband “knew what he was signing up for.” After Gen. Kelly’s despicable performance in service to the Doltard, I will definitely make sure that any teen I come in contact with who expresses an interest in joining the armed services, will know EXACTLY what s/he is signing up for: use as a tool by vicious, unprincipled, lying filth, who will be reckless with their policies and strategies, men so low that they are willing to abase themselves before an obviously crazed monster, sullying the heroism of their OWN CHILD in the process. Kelly has certainly done the armed forces no favors in their increasingly difficult recruitment drives. Perhaps that is his intention, a way to insure privatization of our defensive forces, creating a mercenary imperial army — like the kind that eventually brought Rome to its knees. We are in the dying days of our great civilization.

  9. bostonboomer says:

    I forgot to say, I love the paintings in this post!

  10. Sweet Sue says:

    Klimt, one of my all time favorite painters. Breathtaking works in person at museums.
    I’ll have to research but I do believe there’s a small NYC museum dedicated to his art.

  11. RonStill4Hills says:

    “I am so sorry it came across so negatively” – Scene.

    That was all the acting that that piece of shit had to do and it would have been over. But that is not how bullies operate.

    He saw a small black woman in a big red hat and he thought he could smear her and get away with it. He should have asked somebody. She is out of their league.

    WAPO is right that Kelly owes Rep Wilson an apopolgy but TRUMP is he one who owes an apology to the whole GODDAMNED WORLD!

    IMPEACHMENT NOW!!!

  12. Sweet Sue says:

    “Women were sacred” declares the slavish toady of Pussy Grabber in Chief.