Sunday Reads: How long must we wait?

 

After reading Boston Boomer’s post yesterday about all this…shit, it makes me even more disturbed.

I am not able to work my thoughts into words lately.  Maybe it is the fact that nothing or no one will hold this nightmare accountable…and that we are this close to having a cancerous monstrosity of this administration appointed for a lifetime membership to the Supreme Court. Together with Gorsuch…Kavanaugh and the rest of the conservative members will change our lives as Americans. The impact will be fatal. In an all to literal sense. It will solidify tRump…he will get away with everything. (And this is not pushing it too far, would tRump even take it to announcing himself…president for life?) Would Kavanaugh just nod and say, sure…it is within his executive rights?

I’m tired of being Chicken Little, or a Cassandra…but nothing gives me hope.

Here’s a few links you may have missed:

This article was recommended by Sarah Kendzior:

Some more issues with Women’s Tennis:

At U.S. Open, power of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka is overshadowed by an umpire’s power play – The Washington Post

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos managed to rob not one but two players in the women’s U.S. Open final. Nobody has ever seen anything like it: An umpire so wrecked a big occasion that both players, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams alike, wound up distraught with tears streaming down their faces during the trophy presentation and an incensed crowd screamed boos at the court. Ramos took what began as a minor infraction and turned it into one of the nastiest and most emotional controversies in the history of tennis, all because he couldn’t take a woman speaking sharply to him.

Williams abused her racket, but Ramos did something far uglier: He abused his authority. Champions get heated — it’s their nature to burn. All good umpires in every sport understand that the heart of their job is to help temper the moment, to turn the dial down, not up, and to be quiet stewards of the event rather than to let their own temper play a role in determining the outcome. Instead, Ramos made himself the chief player in the women’s final. He marred Osaka’s first Grand Slam title and one of Williams’s last bids for all-time greatness. Over what? A tone of voice. Male players have sworn and cursed at the top of their lungs, hurled and blasted their equipment into shards, and never been penalized as Williams was in the second set of the U.S. Open final.

 

We can only hope something good can come out of November:

And what about that plaid shirt guy?

And by the way:

Meanwhile…

 

Latest update on Florence:

17 years, is a long ass time!

Check out this tweet from Pasco Sheriff’s office…

And what the fuck is with the brown sock monkey?

In relation to that….

 

I want to end with this news out of Dallas…

 

This is an open thread.


26 Comments on “Sunday Reads: How long must we wait?”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    I think I’m going crazy….

  2. NW Luna says:

    Somehow I missed it, in the long count of slimy Kavanaugh deeds, that he’d represented Bush in blocking the 2000 Florida recount. This adds another Hell to the Hells to the No on confirming him to SCOTUS.

    • Gregory P says:

      These guys are setting the stage for a very, very terrible future for this country. History has proven that a fascist movement like they are instituting is very fleeting and ethereal but the damage they do in the short term will profoundly affect people for decades. Fortunately for us, fascists who usurp power usually wind up dead. Not many get to live out their days in prison. Add that to the fact that this country has a billion guns and it looks like millions will probably pay the ultimate price. All of this because people like mercer and the koch’s have no boundaries and worship greed.

  3. NW Luna says:

    That brown sock monkey

  4. Gregory P says:

    You know, that is the Dallas officer’s version of events. We don’t get to hear the other side. I truly have a hard time thinking that her version of events is accurate. The local news here said they were pressing charges on her but I bet it will wind up being highly reduced charges instead of capital murder.

    • bostonboomer says:

      The whole thing is hinky. Why would you shoot someone as soon as they open the door? It makes no sense? And they are only charging her with manslaughter.

  5. dakinikat says:

  6. bostonboomer says:

    I’m reposting this because I love it so much.

    • Delphyne49 says:

      Animals are the best!

      I know I don’t have what it takes to film something like this – I’d be looking for a way to get that puppy myself before it tumbled down that rocky hill. Glad Mama kitty came to the rescue!

  7. Gregory P says:

    I just left this comment on a Facebook post where we were discussing gun violence. The guy pivoted and asked about the immigration issue:

    What do you consider about immigration to be an issue? In full disclosure I am married to an immigrant. Is it that rich white people illegally hire undocumented workers, pay them low and create an hidden underbelly of society for the sole purpose of exploitation? Or is it those that have to flee their countries after drug lords take over and murder scores of their fellow citizens so that they can supply the insatiable needs and wants of our fellow citizens? How about those that have to leave their homes where their families have lived for thousands of years because climate change has destroyed their ability to feed themselves? No, I bet not. So in reality, you want to do nothing about the issues that have caused immigration except to persecute those who need the most help. Seriously, jail the people who hire these folks and they’ll stop hiring them. Quit using the drugs that give drug lords money and power. Don’t support Administrations that sell our arms to our enemies and then divert that $$$ to drug lords and revolutionaries. Stop driving SUV’s and using our resources like a drunken sailor. Quit supporting animal agriculture. If you say that you are concerned about a mostly contrived issue how about learning something about that issue other than ludicrous talking points from people just trying to keep you off balance and unable to respond to their corruption.

    • Gregory P says:

      That is so strange. I copied and pasted that but when I compare the two versions they aren’t the same. This one is missing words, etc. The reason I posted it was I wanted to know if I had committed some kind of logical error. It is difficult to discuss these kinds of issues with people who are pseudo-intellectuals or people who don’t do their homework.

      • NW Luna says:

        Don’t know about the weird missing-words aspect. Immigration — you are polite to say he “pivoted,” when it sounds like he went off on a tangent to run from the previous topic (gun violence) where he couldn’t make any reasonable argument for his view.

        We are all immigrants here in the U.S. It may be ourselves, our parents, our great-great-great grandparents, but we’re all immigrants. We came here from somewhere else. Even American Indians came here long ago over the kelp highway and the Siberian ice/land bridge. So he has no rationale ground to stand on for being anti-immigrant unless he admits he or his ancestors made a mistake.

        Does he only want white people to come here? Racist. Does he only want rich white people to come here? Racist and classist.

        The Statue of Liberty has the famous lines about (I’m quoting from memory here) “give me your poor, your yearning to breathe free…” so the American tradition is to welcome those seeking refuge, whether from drug lords, war, droughts or other disasters. If he thinks those words should be chiseled off the Statue of Liberty, he’d better work to end wars, famines, drug demand, etc.

        Does he think there are enough people in the U.S. and we should shut the door? He’d better work for a 1 child per person limit and free birth control.

        So yes, I think you covered the reasoning quite well. Likely he’s an unAmerican racist classist selfish bigot. Also, stopping immigration without understanding why people come here is extremely short-sighted and foolish. It’s like shutting all the windows in your house to keep out the smoke from the house on fire in the next block.

        We have to keep reminding ourselves that logic is only persuasive to those who themselves use logic. It ain’t gonna work on the deplorables.

  8. Sweet Sue says:

    So now a black man doesn’t even have to leave his apartment to be shot by the police? Dwelling while black?

  9. NW Luna says:

    Now, whyever would he speak on policy at this venue?

    John Bolton delivers remarks at the Federalist Society

    White House national security adviser John Bolton addresses the Federalist Society to discuss the International Criminal Court and protecting American constitutionalism and sovereignty from international threats.

  10. NW Luna says:

    The U.S. is warning Congo that using electronic voting machines could backfire

    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has a warning for another country preparing for a presidential election: Use electronic voting machines at your own risk.

    These blunt warnings also underscore the fact that many U.S. states still rely on outdated machines that security experts say are vulnerable. The United States has been “remarkably slow” in “replacing voting machines most vulnerable to hacking,” the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law said in March.

    (endless screaming)