Sunday Reads

Good Morning

What a sunny way to start a Sunday post….a sun on skis. So, the images of today’s thread are from artist Celestino Piatti. You can see a bunch of his work here and read more about the artist here, Celestino Piatti – Swiss Graphic Design Foundation.


Why don’t we start of with a few tweets:

This tweet from @eaglewoman4 seems like a brilliant idea…if it could work:

Read some of the comments. Some claim that there could be precedent for this exact protection, as some tribes afforded protection to citizens during WW2 who faced being placed in internment camps. (I looked online and could not find any information on this…but it was not a very thorough search.) Still, it does seem like an idea to flesh out.


Meanwhile, it appears John Lewis isn’t the only one boycotting the SOTU:


I don’t think we will get anything together unless we go back to using paper ballots:


Over here tRump has been overly suggesting prison for his former opponent Hillary Clinton, in Russia…tRump’s puppet master has done just that:

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrested during protests – CNN

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested Sunday during anti-Kremlin protests in Moscow as rallies continue nationwide.

“I’ve been detained. This doesn’t matter. Come to Tverskaya (Street). You are not going there for me, it’s for you and your future,” Navalny tweeted after his arrest.
Within minutes of arriving at Pushkinskaya Square, where hundreds of protesters had gathered, Navalny was wrestled into a patrol van by police, in dramatic footage posted on Youtube.
Moscow Police said Navalny was taken to a police station for arraignment and to be charged for illegally organizing a protest. If found guilty, he faces 30 days in detention and a fine.
How long before we get the jealous tweet from the orange dictator?

Tweets from Navalny:

Translation: The detention of one person loses any sense if there are many of us. Someone come and replace me

Moving on…


Oh brother.

This weekend marks another Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz,

There is a key word here…which I think you may miss without knowing it.

It begins with the letter M.


I will leave with this latest breaking news:

Pennsylvania shooting rampage leaves 5 dead

Five people were killed and another was wounded Sunday in a shooting rampage in a small town 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said four people died at the scene and one died after being rushed to a hospital. The shootings took place at a car wash in Melcroft at about 3 a.m. ET. The facts were still being sorted out, but it was possible the shooter was among the victims, police said.

“There is no threat to the community, no imminent danger,” police said in a statement to USA TODAY. The identity of the victims, three men and two women, were not immediately available, police said.

Pennsylvania Shooting Rampage Live Updates: Deadly Attack at Small Town Car Wash

11:10 a.m. – A source at the scene told a KDKA reporter that the suspected shooter used a semi-automatic rifle. Police have not confirmed the weapon that was used.

This is an open thread.


24 Comments on “Sunday Reads”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Any other things catching your eye?

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      • Enheduanna says:

        Everywhere the tRump klan go and everyone they befriend ends up scorched. Nuchesse is probably toast now.

        As for Ivanka – she fancies herself the epitome of grace, poise and elegance? Please.

      • Enheduanna says:

        Also, too – Ivanka reminds me of Nicole Kidman’s narcissistic character in the movie “To Die For” – who plays “All by Myself” at her husband’s funeral.

    • Enheduanna says:

      Excellent post JJ. Lots of food for thought. I’m especially intrigued by the idea the NA community could provide sanctuary for Dreamers. It also struck me that most Dreamers are probably partially descended from Native Americans themselves. Their ancestors were here in the Americas for thousands of years. I can only boast about three hundred. tRump only three generations.

      • quixote says:

        The sad thing is, I doubt it’ll work to have it both ways. What I mean is that I just saw someone in the twitterverse outraged that Native Americans were only granted citizenship in the 1920s (or whenever it was) which is mindboggling. But the official reason for that is the sovereignty of Native Americans on their (reserved) land. That’s also why they’re in a position to offer asylum.

        But if there was a lot of insistence on the rights they have as sovereigns, I don’t have too hard a time seeing the Dump’s administration saying, Fine! No more federal assistance for you. And since the US has made sure there aren’t many ways to make a living on any land where American Indians have reservations, that would not be sustainable. (I know plenty of Indians, eg Oneida in WI, have done well with casinos and have even managed to spread the wealth around in their community, but those situations are outliers not averages.)

        Plus, the lack of ways to make a living means they wouldn’t work for long for asylum seekers.

        tl:dr; A nice and kind idea. No way to implement it.

  2. joanelle says:

    tweet from @eaglewoman4 seems like a brilliant idea…the dreamers would benefit and the reservations would benefit with an influx of educated workers to support their infrastructure.

    And a hearty Yay, Ruthi – at ninety Honorable Ruth Ginsburg is still a wonderful speaker, brilliant leader – love that woman!

    • thewizardofroz says:

      To be accurate, Justice Ginsburg is 85 (born in 1933) though I fervently hope she gets to 90 and beyond.

      Roz in NJ/NYC

  3. bostonboomer says:

    I posted this on the previous thread–a very important article at The Atlantic.

    The Plot Against America
    Decades before he ran the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort’s pursuit of foreign cash and shady deals laid the groundwork for the corruption of Washington.

    • Enheduanna says:

      Great article – I’m still reading. The picture of him with young Roger Stone and Lee Atwater is fascinating. Stone is revolting inside and out.

      How on earth does pond scum rise up to these levels of influence?

  4. bostonboomer says:

    JJ, I love that painting of the woman at a dressing table. Do you know who the artist is?

  5. RonStill4Hills says:

    The picture of the holocaust survivor with the nurse simultaneously warms my heart and breaks my heart. I marvel at what the human spirit can endure and overcome, but then I despair at what humans force other humans to endure and overcome.

    • Enheduanna says:

      What’s horrifying is that is how tRump, Miller and yes, Kelly, feel about immigrants from Mexico and the ME. They could care less what they’re doing to Dreamers and feel nothing when families are ripped apart.

      • RonStill4Hills says:

        Whenever I see Miller I think “Bald Goebbels.”

        What is it they say about “those who don’t study history…”

        My friend says, “Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat 7th grade.”

        I would go further and say, “Those who learn history from the internet are doomed to work in the Trump WH.”

        What is worse that Trump employs a little ALT-Right RACIST troll or that is is a little ALT-Right RACIST troll.

      • bostonboomer says:

        They would love to get rid of all people of color no matter how they got here.