Monday Reads: Drumpf Dump and then some kewl stuff

Good Morning!

I found some really interesting things for you to read and watch today but let’s just do a quick Drumpfistan Detritus Dump first.  It’s easy to look at US History and recoil from the dark side with its huge numbers of crimes and cruelties inflicted by ‘White Christian Hegemony’.  Andrew Jackson’s removal of hundreds of thousands of indigenous Americans from their Tribal Lands on the Trail of Tears should be forced reading every time we celebrate any holiday like Columbus Day.  The contributions of women in this country have long buried, discounted, and discouraged.  The absolute impact of how our country was built on the slave trade and on the institution of slavery which has created lasting effects of racism that just do not go away is poorly understood by many Americans. This last year we have learned how vested so many are in the idea of White Christian Male Hegemony that it hurts to watch any action taken by any one in the White House.  They will destroy everything to protect it.

Racist and misogynistic attacks by this Administration on two black women US Representatives–Maxine Waters and Frederica Wilson–and a young black gold star widow–Myeshia Johnson–continue to gall.  The blatant misogyny and racism and this ongoing dog whistle and bait show provide us a glimpse into minds that obviously believe that some gold star families are more ‘sacred than others.’  This leaves me shocked and deeply saddened.  The attacks are also awash with lies and so disrespectful that none of these old, white, ‘Christian’–yes I’ve taken to using ironic quotation marks–men can’t even speak their names correctly if at all.

This is not the power of soft bigotry.  This is full on white supremacist mode.  No thinking person can deny this.

 

 

 

A grieving, pregnant widow and mother of small children has been compelled to go on Network TV to defend the Congresswoman that mentored her late husband.  We all believe Frederica Wilson.

The pregnant widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was among four U.S. service members killed in Niger earlier this month, expressed a mix of blame and sorrow today on “Good Morning America,” saying she was “very angry” about President Donald Trump‘s condolence phone call and upset because she says he struggled to “remember my husband’s name.”

ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos spoke to Myeshia Johnson, who criticized Trump’s handling of the phone call that started a firestorm of controversy.

I still can’t move beyond this.  Meet a retired Chicago police officer …

We continue to stand witness to the suffering of our country men and women in the Virgin Islands and in Puerto Rico. The fact we now likely have incredibly failed military policy in Niger that ended the lives of 4 soldiers is at the heart of the Drumpf-created media circus that we’re watching. It serves to take our minds off of that and the suffering in our Caribbean territories.  McCain has joined in with swipes at Drumpf’s successful Draft Dodging during the Vietnam war.  Bone spurs?  Seriously?  Now would be a really great time for Congress to have some truth seeking hearings but their heads are up the asses of millionaires and billionaires seeking tax cuts.

Meanwhile, we have “Forever Wars”.  It also seems the groundwork is being laid for a few more.  It’s the belief of quite a few of us that the entire West Wing and the Drumpf Pentagon is out looking for an excuse to preemptively strike North Korea.

While President Donald Trump rattles sabers on Twitter and slams “Rocket Man” Kim Jong Un, there is also a perceptible hardening of tone among senior officials. Military action to halt North Korea’s march to a missile tipped with a nuclear warhead that could hit the US mainland appears to be a growing possibility.

Trump upped the rhetoric another notch in an interview with Fox Business Network broadcast Sunday, in which he said Washington was “so prepared, like you wouldn’t believe” for any contingency with Pyongyang.

“You would be shocked to see how totally prepared we are if we need to be,” Trump said. “Would it be nice not to do that? The answer is yes. Will that happen? Who knows, who knows.”

Trump’s power to shock has been eroded by the extraordinary spectacle of his nine months as President.
Yet it’s still stunning to hear an American President speaking so openly about the possibility of a war, that could, under some scenarios, cause the most devastation of any US conflict, at least since the Vietnam War.

And then, again, he talks shit about our allies who will probably leave us high and dry on any Drumpf war adventure.

Donald Trump has blamed a rise in crime in the UK on “radical Islamic terror”, despite there being no evidence to support the claim.

In an early morning tweet the President said: “Just out report: ‘United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.’ Not good, we must keep America safe!”

So, enough of this … let’s end on the UPSIDE of humanity.

A new prehistoric finding has paleontologists stumped.

Paleontologists in Germany have discovered 9.7 million-year-old fossilised teeth that a German politician has hailed as potentially “rewriting” human history.

The dental remains were found by scientists sifting through gravel and sand in a former bed of the Rhine river near the town of Eppelsheim.

They resemble those belonging to “Lucy”, a 3.2 million-year-old skeleton of an extinct primate related to humans and found in Ethiopia.

However, they do not resemble those of any other species found in Europe or Asia.

Scientists were so confused by the find they held off from publishing their research for the past year, Deutsche Welle reports.

Herbert Lutz, director at the Mainz Natural History Museum and head of the research team, told local media: “They are clearly ape teeth. Their characteristics resemble African finds that are four to five million years younger than the fossils excavated in Eppelsheim.

“This is a tremendous stroke of luck, but also a great mystery.”

At a press conference announcing the discovery, the mayor of Mainz suggested the find could force scientists to reassess the history of early humans.

I discovered a gem of a page on FaceBook.  It’s called History’s Women Adventurers. It’s loaded with video after video of amazing women. Now, I’m looking for more about them.

From Scary Mommy: GIFS of “women just destroying SHIT”. Yup. You’re enjoying some of them on this post!  Do take a brief look at the lives of two adventurous women!  You’ll be glad that you did! The Facebook page is an amazing collection of short videos of adventuring women’s lives. Here’s an article about the effort to celebrate the legacies of these women.

 

Also, go Check out Doug McCash’s tweeter feed for artwork on homes and buildings through out New Orlean’s 7th ward.  Doug is an Arts and Entertainment writer at The Times-Picayune. There’s some really fine street art out there.

Chad Knight is the Digital artist from Portland whose CGI sculpture is up top.

So, at least I ended my rant with something uplifting.  Destruction and creation and evolving life;  What could be more human?

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

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32 Comments on “Monday Reads: Drumpf Dump and then some kewl stuff”

  1. palhart says:

    Can you tell us what the gorgeous woman’s head and hair is made of? If it’s not wizard photography, where is its site? Just beautiful.

  2. RonStill4Hills says:

    Funny how no one on the right called out Roy Moore for his cowboy hat and six shooter. I guess cowboy hats are only funny when blacky wears them.

    I know I am beating a dead horse when I keep being up Dred Scot. “the vlack man has no rights that the white man is bound by law to respect.”

    How many white Gold Star families has Trump gone after?

    Why can’t he apologize when all that is being alleged is that he was awkward in his delivery of condolences? Because you will not force him to humble himself to a n****r, ever. He wouldn’t apologize when he smeared the black President and he damn sure won’t apologize to a black woman.

    There is no ambiguity here. That is what you are seeing.

    Why go into attack mode with such overkill? Because, how dare these black females challenge me! If his white male minions see him back down the sky would fall.

  3. dakinikat says:

    • bostonboomer says:

      Thanks for posting that. I read it this morning before I went out. I think it’s the best of the articles I’ve read on the Kelly debacle.

  4. dakinikat says:

    • Enheduanna says:

      My heart just cries out for this beautiful couple and the sacrifice they’ve made. Myeshia Johnson is very brave to be so young. I couldn’t have gone on national teevee just out of fright alone.

      • quixote says:

        Yes. And to think she’s doing that with so much grace within days of finding out she’s lost her husband forever.

        She’s obviously as strong as he was.

  5. Enheduanna says:

    Dak – thanks for the pictures and gifs. ! also loved the Bessie Coleman story. France has put us to shame a couple of times like that.

  6. Enheduanna says:

    I was encouraged by this piece at Hullabaloo:

    https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/10/blurring-voting-lines-by-bloggersrus.html

    Apparently, there is every possibility we are looking at a mass exodus of Puerto Ricans to the mainland U.S., where, they are free to resettle and VOTE. States like FL, TX and PA could see an influx of Democratic-leaning voters.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Great post, Dak! I love the gifs and the illustration at the top. Thanks for giving us some relief from the Trump garbage.

  8. NW Luna says:

    Alexandra David-Neel I knew about, but not Bessie Coleman. I’m glad to know her story and that it’s getting better known.

  9. Sweet Sue says:

    Just watched gold star father, Khizr Khan, talking about his love for our country and Constitution on Anderson Cooper’s show. Cried like a baby. Oh God, bring goodness back to our world.

  10. RonStill4Hills says:

    I am particularly distressed about the death threats and other attacks on Rep Wilson. What is her supposed crime. She said the “Dear Leader” made an awkward phone call.

    We can dismiss it as crazies and cyber-bullying but don’t fool yourselves.

    This is how you eventually get to infallible strongmen like Der Fuhrer and Il Duce.

    Fanatical fanboys who put on brown shirts and attempt to silence critics with greats of violence.

  11. Enheduanna says:

    It will take decades to uncover all the grift and harm these vultures are doing:

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/dollar300m-puerto-rico-recovery-contract-awarded-to-tiny-utility-company-linked-to-major-trump-donor

    P.S. If you look up “grift” at Merriam-Webster, the Dump family is literally listed as an example:

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grift