Wednesday Reads: In the dark…

It is always in the dark lately, whether it is dealing with Russia or North Korea…or Puerto Rico..

Puerto Rico, Still Reeling from Hurricane Maria, Is Hit by an Island-Wide Blackout – Mother Jones

Puerto Rico’s power grid collapsed again on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

The grid has been unstable since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September. In the town where the storm made landfall, just 35 percent of residents had power when Mother Jones reporter AJ Vicens visited last month.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tweeted about the collapse on Wednesday morning, calling it a return to the day Maria first struck Puerto Rico.

Officials say it could take 24 to 36 hours to restore power to the island, home to more than three million American citizens.

And then there is this shit:

And Now A Word From The Home Office: Russia Announces The US Position On Future US Sanctions Against Russia – Balloon Juice

The defenestration of Ambassador Haley continues…

From Tass:

MOSCOW, April 18. /TASS/. The United States has notified Russia through its Embassy in Washington that it will not impose fresh sanctions against Russia for the time being, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry informed TASS on Wednesday.

“I can confirm that the US has notified the Russian embassy that there will be no new sanctions for some time,” he said.

The Washington Post’s Carole Leonnig confirmed this last night:

But it leaves an important question: who was informed first the Russian ambassador in DC or Ambassador Haley?

The US’s position on Russian sanctions has now been officially announced and confirmed by Russia through a Russian state news media outlet.

So once again we are in the dark…until Russia media, “sets us straight.”

As that interview with Carole Leonnig from Maddow stated, more information was coming forward. Here is Leonnig’s article:

More darkness….

 

All this going on meanwhile:

Mike Pompeo’s secretary of state position uncertain amid opposition | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump’s nomination of Mike Pompeo for secretary of state encountered significant headwinds on Wednesday, as the Senate foreign relations committee looked short of the votes to deliver him a positive recommendation.

A majority of Democrats on the Senate panel announced their opposition to Pompeo, who has served as Trump’s CIA director and was chosen by the president last month to replace Rex Tillerson at the helm of the state department. Concerns over Pompeo’s nomination were amplified among some Democrats after it was revealed late Tuesday that he secretly met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang earlier this month.

Senator Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the committee, criticized the CIA director for failing to disclose the North Korea meeting even as they discussed the topic privately.

“I don’t expect diplomacy to be negotiated out in the open, but I do expect for someone who is the nominee to be secretary of state, when he speaks with committee leadership and is asked specific questions about North Korea, to share some insights about such a visit,” Menendez said on Wednesday.

The uncertainty over Pompeo’s fate with the committee could force Republicans to take the unusual step of sending his nomination to the Senate floor without a favorable recommendation.

Last night the White House issued a statement about Barbara Bush, of course they fucked it up.

White House blasted as ‘sewage plant of ineptitude’ for writing the wrong year in statement on Barbara Bush’s death

You can go to the link to read the funny tweets.

One last link before the funnies, I have just a couple of weeks until my daughter gets married…so here is some new wedding dresses for 2019 from…hope you enjoy them: Spring 2019 Bridal Collections Archives | Tom + Lorenzo

04/18 Mike Luckovich: Vast emptiness. | Mike Luckovich

04/18/2018 Cartoon by John Cole

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Sean Hannity: 04/18/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - Sean Hannity

04/18/2018 Cartoon by Nate Beeler

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04/18/2018 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

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04/16/2018 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

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04/14/2018 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

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04/18/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

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Nick Anderson cartoon: 04/17/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson - Nick Anderson cartoon

Nick Anderson cartoon: 04/13/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson - Nick Anderson cartoon

04/11/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 04/18/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 04/17/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 04/12/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

 

Buying Coffee: 04/18/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Buying Coffee

Tax Day: 04/17/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Tax Day

Scooter Pardon: 04/15/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Scooter Pardon

Ryan’s Resignation: 04/13/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Ryan's Resignation

04/18/2018 Cartoon by Scott Stantis

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04/17/2018 Cartoon by Lisa Benson

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In Trump They Trust: 04/18/2018 Cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - In Trump They Trust

 

04/18/2018 Cartoon by Tom Stiglich

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So far that is the only Barbara Bush cartoon I could find…except one that I really didn’t like.

Not that that one is spectacular.

Anyway, would you believe I started to write this post at 12:30?

This is an open thread. A distracted open thread.

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28 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: In the dark…”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Blah…I got distracted, countless times writing this thread.

  2. quixote says:

    Yowzer. *Everything* about the news is so bloody awful I took a break from the cartoons by going to the wedding dress site! Good to see we’ve gotten past the all-strapless-all-the-time look.

    Best wishes and joy to your daughter!

  3. bostonboomer says:

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  5. bostonboomer says:

    I love the Comey on the steamroller cartoon!

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Trump’s former voter fraud czar Kris Kobach held in contempt of court over ‘proof of citizenship’ law

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/trumps-former-voter-fraud-czar-kris-kobach-held-contempt-court-proof-citizenship-law/

  7. bostonboomer says:

    • NW Luna says:

      They’d never recognize Jesus the Jewish liberal street preacher if he stood in front of them saying “As you do to the least of these people, so you do unto me.”

  8. dakinikat says:

  9. dakinikat says:

    New poll finds race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke “too close to call”
    A new Quinnipiac University poll of Texas voters finds 47 percent support Cruz, the Republican incumbent, while 43 percent back O’Rourke, an El Paso Democrat.

    https://www.texastribune.org/2018/04/18/new-poll-finds-race-between-ted-cruz-and-beto-orourke-too-close-call/

  10. Minkoff Minx says:

    This is scary, my son’s has a lot of friends in school who are in the military…UNG is a big military college for officers school. All the people in the program have been called up to serve in eastern Iraq…a few are going to Syria. In their contract they are not supposed to be put into service until they finish their four years of college. But they are getting called in now, without even being able to finish this semester.
    I wonder what the fuck is going on.

    • NW Luna says:

      Oh, but Hillary’s a hawk!

      That is odd — why is it so urgent they have to pull these kids out of school and send them to the front? Does not bode well.

    • quixote says:

      What?!

      I completely discount all the bullshit tweets. Words to the dump are just tools to preen or bully or get something. They’re meaningless in his tiny hands.

      But that’s actual facts on the ground and means something.

      Assad has in the last few days been bombing the last rebel area (the same one where there was the recent chemical attack). With Putin’s and Dump’s okays obviously. The only other area of resistance are the religious nuts / Isis who are holed up in eastern Syria on the Iraq border.

      Hell.

  11. NW Luna says:

    I laughed so hard at those tweets pointing out Trump’s condolences on Barbara Bush’s death one year ago. Then tried to click through to the actual tweet just to see how it was phrased….Got a “does not exist” message. Haha, it’s been deleted. But I’m sure there are thousands of screen shots of it.

  12. NW Luna says:

    Get ready for “I hardly knew her at all.”

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  14. Sweet Sue says:

    Gawd, I have a sickening feeling that Nikki (locked and loaded) Haley is the going to be the first woman President of the US. Please, tell me that I’m wrong.

  15. NW Luna says:

    Senate votes to allow babies on the floor after Sen. Duckworth’s delivery

    The Senate passed without dissent Wednesday a new rule that will allow senators to be on the chamber floor with children under the age of 1, a change that followed Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s giving birth to a girl this month.

    Duckworth (D-Ill.), 50, became the first senator to give birth while serving in the Senate, sparking a debate about rules forbidding children from being on the floor while the chamber is in session. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) adopted children while serving in the Senate, but the issue did not resonate in the late 1990s or early 2000s.

    With 23 women now serving in the Senate, the issue quickly was resolved. Duckworth has been home since giving birth, and her colleagues realized that it might be easier for her to work if they changed the rules.

    “I would like to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, particularly those in leadership and on the Rules Committee, for helping bring the Senate into the 21st Century by recognizing that sometimes new parents also have responsibilities at work,” Duckworth said in a statement.

    The Senate did have a rule that no children were allowed in, so this is a step forward. Wonder why they topped the age limit at 1 y.o., though.

  16. RonStill4Hills says:

    Hey, I just thought of something…The hurricane is a sweet alcoholic drink made with rum, fruit juice, and syrup or grenadine. It is one of many popular drinks served in New Orleans.

    Replace the Rum with Jack Daniels and you know what you’ve got? A Stormy Daniels!

    On a more somber note: I did not like Barbara Bush for most of the time I was aware of her as a person. I thought she was a mean spirited snob. The thing that modified my opinion was her kindness to and effusive praise of Chelsea Clinton.

    She was certainly not all bad. She undermined the “rehab” with her Katrina comments, but generally speaking I prefer to think if her with generosity.

    Through the lens of the current shit show in the White House all the Bush’s are looking pretty damned good.

    I know this falls in the category of too soon, but considering how much guff Hills has had to endure, is anyone EVER going to ask “Where was Babs” while “Poppy The Molester” was grabbing asses for decades?

    I know she is not responsible for HIS awful behavior. But it galls me that Hills is held responsible for EVERYBODY’s bad behavior.