Monday Reads: If You give a Brute a Book

Good Morning

Sky Dancers!

Well, the tacky family has returned to the UK to prove that at least 40% of Americans are,in fact, vapid wankers that voted for a family of vapid wankers.

Questions this inquiring mind wants to know today.  First, is Melania up for a role in “Call the Midwife” because she certainly is dressed for it.

Second, why are Mnuchin and the Mrs taking selfies on the balconies of the Buckingham and why are the Kushners in the balcony one over?  Doesn’t the Palace Guard have orders to shoot intruders on sight?

Third, what happens when you give a book to a brute that was written by a real statesman and leader?

Then, a sense of irony is never left when one follows Her Majesty.  M’am gave the infamously unread KKKremlin Caligula a book.  That’s right a book.  And not just any book but one of those huge voluminous Churchill books that even the most bookish go through slowly because, well it’s Churchill and it’s extremely challenging reading. “Queen Elizabeth gives Trump a first edition of Churchill’s ‘The Second World War’ “.  Hopefully, it will go to the Library of Congress where some one will adore it.

Queen Elizabeth II gave President Trump an abridged first edition of Winston Churchill’s “The Second World War” after the president arrived for his first state visit in the United Kingdom on Monday.

CNN reported that the book was presented in a crimson and gold-tooled cover, and featured hand-sewn headbands in the colors of the United States and United Kingdom flags.

Churchill wrote the books following World War II based on his own notes and diaries. His accounting spans multiple volumes, though the abridged version presented to Trump is a single volume.

While Trump has expressed admiration for Churchill, he has in the past indicated that he does not read much because he does not have time.

CNN reported that the queen also gave Trump a three-piece pen set in a presentation box. First lady Melania Trump received a silver box that featured rose, thistle and shamrock images similar to the ceiling pattern in Buckingham Palace’s music room.

Have we established he’s probably never even read a book?  I can’t tell you how long it took me to get through my Grandfather’s edition of “The Gathering Storm” and that was before the internet and cable.

The homeland of my family is not disappointing me at all.  “Trump faces giant penis mowed into field near airport where he lands for UK state visit, in climate change protest”.

A teenager has mowed an anti-Trump message, complete with a giant penis, into the grass of his family home ahead of the US president’s UK state visit.

Ollie Nancarrow spent his weekend mowing the words “Oi Trump” into his lawn, near Hatfield Heath, in Essex.

The 18-year-old also used the mower to etch a giant polar bear, penis and the words “climate change is real” into the grass, according to the Bishop’s Stortford Independent.

This all is quite funny and I hope it makes him squirm  more than the sight of John McCain’s name on a ship.  Oh, and removing it was not an “unreasonable” request according to KKKremlin Caligula’s Hand of the Dick.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said it was “not unreasonable” for a White House staffer to ask the U.S. Navy to move the USS John S. McCain warship so President Donald Trump wouldn’t have to see it during his visit to a naval base in Japan.

Mulvaney told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that he “absolutely” believes someone from the White House’s advance team made the ask knowing Trump had a contentious relationship with the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated Navy veteran.

“An advance team is hundreds of people,” Mulvaney told host Chuck Todd. “The fact that some 23- or 24-year-old person on the advance team went to that site and said, ‘Oh my goodness, there’s the John McCain. We all know how the president feels about the former senator. Maybe that’s not the best backdrop. Could somebody look into moving it?’ That’s not an unreasonable thing to ask.”

“Seriously?” Todd asked.

Mulvaney doubled down: “It’s not. It’s certainly not.”

The Pentagon is not amused.

The Pentagon has told the White House to stop politicizing the military amid a furor over a Trump administration order to obscure the Navy ship named for the late Sen. John McCain from view during President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Japan.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan told his chief of staff on Friday to speak with the White House military office “and reaffirm his mandate that the Department of Defense will not be politicized,” Shanahan’s spokesman, Army Lt. Col. Joseph Buccino, said. “The chief of staff reported that he did reinforce this message.”

Shanahan confirmed details about a Navy email that said the White House military office wanted the USS John McCain kept “out of sight” when Trump was in Japan about a week ago. The internal Navy email came to light last week, triggering a storm of outrage.

Oh, well, back to the important stuff, like the unwelcome party in the UK for First Family of Grift and Treason.  This is from The Independent and   Anna Vickerstaff

Tomorrow, as Donald Trump proceeds with his state visit, I’ll be part of a team of people babysitting our Trump Baby blimp as he soars through the skies of London.

Last year Trump Baby joined 250,000 people on the streets of London with a further 150,000 people around the UK to protest his visit. Upon seeing the balloon, Trump said “I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London”. That’s exactly the point.

We know Trump isn’t a joke – he is responsible for rampant xenophobia, sexism and transphobia and the creeping rise of far right politics. His climate denial and persistent facilitation of the fossil fuel industry is a death sentence for communities in the global south. But if flying a balloon caricature is what gets under his skin – then that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Trump has repeatedly shown that he doesn’t respond to reason, to facts or to science. What he does respond to is humiliation. Our balloon is part of a proud history of political satire in the UK that sends a clear, orange, message to Trump and his politics of hate that they are not welcome here.

Some people have asked whether a personal attack on Trump is fair. The same question that was posed after Tommy Robinson and Nigel Farage were doused in milkshakes during their recent European election campaigns.

The answer is yes. Trump is responsible for thousands of personal attacks and the power and politics of the far right is a dangerous threat to the lives of thousands here and around the world. Every policy signed that removes reproductive rights from women, every detention or deportation that separates a child from a parent, every climate denial shouted into the smoke of a February wildfire is an attack on millions of individuals.

The Stop Trump protests in the UK are about more than a balloon. It’s a gathering of those who want to stand up to Trump’s vile dialogue and politics, standing in solidarity with those most affected by them in the UK. For the thousands of us in the streets, there are thousands more organising and campaigning every day to create a future free from Trump’s hate.

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We could use a future and a now free from Trump’s hate.  What’s on your reading and blogging list today?


29 Comments on “Monday Reads: If You give a Brute a Book”

  1. dakinikat says:

    • Enheduanna says:

      Happy Monday Dak. The pictures at that thread are fantastic. That so many Brits cooperated to provide the absolutely perfect reception for him – bravo!!!

      • dakinikat says:

        I inherited my mother’s warped sense of humor which was refined by years of watching Monte Python. I totally had fun scooping up all those pix.

  2. dakinikat says:

  3. quixote says:

    “Some people have asked whether a personal attack on Trump is fair.”

    Showing him up for the self-inflated tantruming infant he is? Duh. Of course it is. It’s what free speech is for.

    (The milkshakings? They’re fun and funny, but, no, they’re actually not. They’re a very very very mild form of personal violence. The problem with that is who decides what’s mild? And who decides who deserves it? See “punch a Nazi” for an example. Kind of satisfying when it’s Mr-Nazi-whose-name-I-forget at the receiving end, but then when the Nazis are the ones deciding, it’s all a lot less funny. And if you say it’s good when done by some people, you either accept that everybody punches everybody all the time, or you have to say might makes right. Neither of which is fair or any way to run a world.)

    And I guess while I’m picking nits, I have to say I also dream of a world where penises aren’t synonymous with “go to hell and suffer.” As they also are in all the “Fuck you’s” that are everywhere all the time. I mean, on the one hand I’m cheering on the teen and his Olympic lawnmowing skills and laughing myself silly. But I’m also dreaming of another world.

    • NW Luna says:

      I’m with you. Though I am laughing at the “Feed him to the corgis” sentiment.

      • quixote says:

        These are Royal dogs, Luna! I see them putting their noses into the air, turning around, and doing that thing with their back legs that dogs do when they’re going through the motions of covering the shit.

        And I see the Queen with her little dogwalking scarf on her head saying, “Good boy.”

    • dakinikat says:

      I think just making sure he sees the a picture of McCain’s ship projected on all the buildings is adequate or repeatedly tweeting bad pix of him … i’m believe in full on trolling

      • quixote says:

        That kind of trolling, aka rubbing his nose in the revolting truth, absolutely! As much as possible!

        I also loved how the Brits didn’t show up for his stupid motorcade.

  4. Enheduanna says:

    A couple of good articles at Think Progress about Faceborg:

    https://thinkprogress.org/ftc-has-facebook-in-its-sights-after-new-regulator-agreement-754f70920fc2/

    https://thinkprogress.org/facebook-misinformation-pelosi-climate-science-8bc80493ac7c/

    I’m agreeing with Warren about breaking them up. I would love to see that happen.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    • bostonboomer says:

      What’s with Trump’s vest?

      • NW Luna says:

        Even his tailor hates him. Also quite the difference in expression between those two state visits. Queen’s thinking Could I have my corgies just happen to trip him?

      • dakinikat says:

        It looks like a bib

      • quixote says:

        I’m sure he does that over-long stuff, also with his ties, because in his tiny mind it makes him look less obese. (Plus, he looks like he’s wearing Spanx or something under that waistcoat.) But that doesn’t explain why his tailor didn’t make sure the coat worked with the ridiculous waistcoat. Unless, of course, as Luna says, he hates him.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    • bostonboomer says:

      That leaning forward stance to maintain balance is a symptom of his dementia.

    • bostonboomer says:

  7. NW Luna says:

    That Byron flooring is the bestest!

    • quixote says:

      Reminds me of the story about him “running” his business by looking at fabric swatches for furnishings. Because picking out curtains he can handle.

  8. NW Luna says:

    The minimum age would have been 16. Nope, Louisiana Republicans want child brides younger than that.

    • dakinikat says:

      One of the dreadful woman leges blocked me before I knew she was on the planet. Prolife means forcing you to marry to rapist is spot on …

  9. bostonboomer says: