Fresh Hell Friday Reads: “He will Kill us All’

Good Morning Sky Dancers!

Well, the Iran Situation is turning into the usual Trumpian Clusterfuck. And, this is what some Dems on Facebook. etc want in his place:

“Grampa Simpson runs for president”

The concern, as articulated by his Democratic rivals and a wave of harsh online commentary, is that Biden sees contemporary America through a distorting haze of nostalgia.

I watched the Battle for Winterfield again last night. I can’t seem to get enough of the haunting “Night King” composition by Ramin Djawadi. I also keep looking for Arya to creep up behind what passes for our President these days with something that vaporizes him. Plus, there’s Joe imploding as he usually does to a chorus of but he’s our only hope. Voters of American, if Joe Biden is your answer you are asking the wrong damned question! The Grampa Simpson take is from politico and the keyboard of John F. Harris.

As thunderbolts crash around him, Joe Biden is facing an urgent question: What exactly is the rationale for his presidential candidacy?

The answers given by Biden sympathizers usually are rooted in character and personal history. Here is a decent man who has lived long and seen a lot, through setbacks and tragedy, and knows enough to understand and defend the timeless virtues that are so absent but also so needed in modern Washington. Late in life, the man and moment are in harmony at last for a heroic final chapter.

I’m sorry but Biden’s record in Congress and his habit of serially plagiarizing others, his treatment of Dr. Hill, and his damn inability to apologize for being totally insensitive to the feelings of others is disqualifying. A decent man does none of those things. A decent man realizes when what he says and does hurts others intentionally or not and he freaking APOLOGIZES and he makes amends and he works to never EVER do it again!

The hope is that voters will embrace Biden as a kind of American Churchill.

The past 24 hours raise, not for the first time, a more painful possibility: Grampa Simpson is running for president.

“There’s not a racist bone in my body,” Biden bristled indignantly on Wednesday evening. But that wasn’t the primary concern about a 76-year-old’s paean to his youthful past, in which conscientious senators like himself supposedly could work productively and with “civility” even with segregationists like James Eastland and Herman Talmadge.

The concern, as articulated by his Democratic rivals and a wave of harsh online commentary, is that Biden sees contemporary America through a distorting haze of nostalgia, that his values and assumptions were shaped by the last generation or even the one before that, that after many years in public life he still lacks the self-awareness or self-discipline to wonder whether modern voters will find his vagrant ruminations about the past as interesting or relevant as he does.

I’m not voting for fucking Joe Biden and I’m not going to be bullied into it or pleaded into it or kumbayah’d into it. Not going to do it. Wouldn’t be prudent at this juncture.

Biden, during 48 years on the national scene, has never had an especially strong ideological profile: He’s been a reasonably centrist Democrat for all of them. When he has deviated it was usually in right-leaning directions, as with his opposition to forced busing for integration in the 1970s or his support for expanding crimes covered by the death penalty in the 1990s.

Or his treatment of women and his real views on Abortion rights.

This history means that the most likely answer to the “why Biden” challenge will rest on character. The evidence of the past couple days—redundant to evidence amassed over several decades—is that if voters are going to embrace Biden’s character they must also embrace or overlook his penchant for the cringe-worthy remark. And realize that often the most cringey remarks will flirt with racial themes.

And misogynist and handsy. And yeah, totally ignoring any one at any time when it’s inconvenient for him.

Now, about the problem of Trump and his inability to have a cogent thought, any kind of strategy, and finding good people that can do that for him. This is the headline I woke up to from the NYT: “Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back.” Sort’ve sounds like a headline made for an impotent, senile old man doesn’t it? Only this one is not just playing with himself. He is the Commander and Chief and that should make all of us very afraid. Did some bad men shoot down your unmanned toy?

Yes he charged forward and then pulled out. Brave Brave Sir Donald! Dumb Dumb Sir Donald! This piece is written by the usual suspects: Michael D. Shear, Eric Schmitt, Michael Crowley and Maggie Haberman.

President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions.

As late as 7 p.m., military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the president’s top national security officials and congressional leaders, according to multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations.

Officials said the president had initially approved attacks on a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries.

The operation was underway in its early stages when it was called off, a senior administration official said. Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down, the official said.

There’s no adult in charge of the Pentagon right now. WTF? Why even think about this unless John Bolton is sitting on your shoulder whispering sweet war diatribes in your ear?

Jacqueline Alemany writes this for WAPO :Power Up: Impeachment, Iran, Immigration: Trump’s “I” word trifecta”

AND THEN THERE WERE THREE: Reps. Sean Casten (Ill.), Katie Porter (Calif.) and Tom Malinowski (N.J.) are three Democrats who knocked off Republicans to win their seat in 2018 and take back the House majority. As of this week, they’re also now all in favor of initiating impeachment proceedings against President Trump, despite the potential electoral consequences.

  • “I didn’t run for Congress to impeach the president” is becoming a common disclaimer for those members who are hesitant to launch formal impeachment proceedings against the president.
  • Trickle effect: The momentum for impeachment keeps growing as slowly, more Democrats come out in favor of an official inquiry because they are defending their oversight function under the Constitution. That despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) firm opposition to formal impeachment proceedings.
  • The tally: Seventy-three lawmakers are now in favor of beginning impeachment proceedings, per a running list being kept by my colleagues J.M. Rieger, Amber Phillips and Kevin Schaul.

These are a lot for a person with a sound mind to deal with but I can’t even begin–and wouldn’t want to be there–to wander through the mind of Dotard Donald. You order your military on a mission and THEN you worry about fucking casualties? If this doesn’t move the impeachment meter, we’ve got no hope for the republic.

President Trump ordered an attack on Iran on Thursday in retaliation for the downing of a surveillance drone in the Strait of Hormuz but called the operation off just before it was due to occur because it would have caused extensive casualties, he said Friday.

In a series of morning tweets, Trump said he called off strikes on three Iranian sites minutes before they were to be launched because he was informed of the likely loss of life among Iranians.

“We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die,” Trump tweeted. “150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it.”

Such a death toll was “not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone,” Trump wrote, adding: “I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world. Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!”

Trump’s Friday morning tweets appeared to gloss over the fact that he was the one, as commander in chief, who had ordered the retaliation against Iran in the first place.

Iran said Friday the United States had “no justification” for a retaliatory strike and vowed to respond “firmly” to any U.S. military action.

Look. Old white men have been making bad decisions and failing upwards for way too long. They’ve been using the rest of us and ignorning what it does to us on the way.. Today just really reminds me of why it’s necessary to look for a leader that knows what it takes to face a complete uphill battle and still get there. It’s time for a different brand of leadership. I’m tired of being scared to death by ego and sheer incompetence.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

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37 Comments on “Fresh Hell Friday Reads: “He will Kill us All’”

  1. NW Luna says:

    Saw something late last night which implied that a comment of Putin’s is what stopped Trump. Let me see if I can find that again.

  2. dakinikat says:

  3. dakinikat says:

    and just because I still can’t get over this:

  4. dakinikat says:

    Uncle Clarence Thomas Dissents … thanks joe!!! Heckuva Job!

    • gregorypotts says:

      I shudder to think what position Thomas would take if ruling on the Constitutionality of Slavery. This guy is a disgrace in every way possible. Possibly, one of the 5 worst Supreme Ct justices of all time.

  5. dakinikat says:

  6. dakinikat says:

    Good goddess I cannot keep up with the Friday news these days!!!

    • Enheduanna says:

      Didn’t I just see something about Ivanka’s spa at the D.C. Hotel raking in $4 million? Assuming that is since the election but still – that $1.6 million figure seems low.

      • NW Luna says:

        The $1.6M is just for Trump alone. His spawn are collecting more $$$ from various interests.

        • Enheduanna says:

          Yeah I realized after I posted that the D.C. Hotel gets their money from foreign visitors eager to buy favors from Dump.

  7. dakinikat says:

    • NW Luna says:

      What is it with these old white men and their pointy waggy fingers? Every time they get called out on something they act like it’s someone else’s fault.

      • Enheduanna says:

        What’s even worse for me is that in spite of all the negative feedback they’ve undoubtedly got about pointing their fingers, wagging them and yelling or tone of voice – and even violating people’s personal space – neither he or Bernie will heed that advice. Especially with Biden it’s obvious he doesn’t see what”s wrong with any of it.

  8. Pat Johnson says:

    Let me first reiterate that if Biden is the nominee I will vote for him. Then, and only then.

    My hope is that it is someone else but Trump needs to go. Now if possible but go he must.

    Joe is sucking up all the oxygen in the room at the moment. But I do think that after the debates others will step forward o their own and become headliners. With 20-24 people running it becomes overwhelming to single out the most qualified. They need to be placed under the national spotlight to gain traction. Right now, Joe is a known quantity. Some of the others, not so much.

    For my money I would concentrate on: Warren, Harris, Booker, Inslee, and Castro. They have all held public office and have experience to their credit. The others are either less experienced or wholly unknown. They need to get out and lessen the field. I think Amy Klobuchar was sunk before she even started with tales of her staff mistreatment. Too bad because I had liked her but we do not want another tyrant setting up shop in the WH.

    My loathing for Trump keeps growing. Impossible to think it could get any higher but he never manages to fail. Over and over and over again.

    Great round up, Dan!

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  10. bostonboomer says:

    Nice post! Remember when Fridays used to be slow news days?

  11. RonStill4Hills says:

    Did anyone see the story Rachel ran on Andrea Thompson, Mike Pence’s former National Security Advisor and current Under Secretary of State for Arms Control, and her ties to Maria Butina known Russian spy.

    It seems strange to think that anything could blow my mind and this point, but this story blew my mind for real.

    These people are organized crime family and a nest of spies to boot!

    https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/pence-nsa-kept-butina-tie-secret-at-senate-confirmation-wapo-62291525910

  12. bostonboomer says:

    This should be interesting. According Michael Wolf, Weissmann was disgusted with Robert Mueller’s Hamlet-like dithering about targeting Trump.

    • NW Luna says:

      Ddithering, eh? “To charge, or not to charge with obstruction, that is the question….”

      And the answer should have been “Yes, damnit!”

  13. dakinikat says:

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  15. NW Luna says:

    Well, imaaaagine that!

    Trump’s account of Iran attack plan facing scrutiny

    But administration officials said Trump was told earlier Thursday how many casualties could occur if a strike on Iran was carried out and that he had given the green light that morning to prepare the operation.

    The confusion reinforced concerns about the Trump administration’s credibility at a time of military crisis.

  16. NW Luna says:

    Happy 1st day of Summer to all SkyDancers!