Fresh Hell Friday Reads: The Cruelty is the Point


Good Morning Sky Dancers!

I cried through Rachel Maddow’s show last night which is not a good thing when you need to lecture a class directly after the tears.  I’ve been trying to take a step back from watching any TV that doesn’t deal with the kind of future Star Trek promises.  Certainly, today convinces me that only cruelty, greed, and destruction will guide us in the future ahead of us given our current path..

I’m not sure why our elected officials seem unable to stop these things. It’s not like we don’t know how to impeach a president.  It’s not like the 25th amendment is a new idea.  I’m beginning to think that the key thing about our Constitution is that the framers had the inability to think that one day we’d see a Mad King George occupy the White House in what may or may not have been a legitimate election and that everything  and every one around him would be so corrupt and illegal and unconstitutional it would just lock up the system. I’m certain no one imagined that an entire group of elected officials who could do something would just enable it.

We know our history of mass kidnapping and enslavement of an entire race of people. We are aware of our slaughter of indigenous Americans for their lands and the destruction of their race and culture.  We know the cruelty of Jim Crow. We see the religious bigotry that frames the lives of women, religious minorities, and of the GLBT community.  I’ve always held out hope that even incremental progress meant we were still inching forward with an eye to “a more perfect union”.  Today, I just see the deliberate cruelty and oppression of White Nationalism and our hapless response to it.

By now, we should be better than this even though our history tells us that we are capable of some of the most deliberate acts of cruelty on a national scale.  You would think we’d embrace the idea of the shining city on the hill and not the Gulag, the willful destruction of the planet, and the concentration camp all for the profit and power of a few. But, here we are.  We are stuck in the moment.

I’m going to leave a few of these stories here before I pick up the phone to call my useless US Senators and ask them what exactly the label pro-life means to them.  Then, I’m going to go about my life in the shadow of Hurricane Katrina 14 years ago and the looming Dorian today.

The Cruelty is the point.

I can’t even bring myself to quote from these.  Be kind to each other and call what ever piece of the worthless group of shits you call your representatives.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?


24 Comments on “Fresh Hell Friday Reads: The Cruelty is the Point”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Stay high and dry if you find yourself in the path and be safe!!!

  2. RonStill4Hills says:

    What this administration is seeking to to is to re-establish Dred Scot, one front at a time.

    “Negroes had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect;”

    “Taking on Blacks as a class right out of the gate is a heavy lift, so lets disrespect the rights of some easier groups first, shall we?”

    1) Muslims seeking to enter the country.
    2) People covered under DACA
    3) Undocumented workers (shouldn’t have crossed illegally if you want to be treated like a human being)
    4) Asylum seekers (Yeah, you obeyed the law, but why you gotta be all brown?)
    5) Immigrant citizens and people with funny names or religions, including elected officials.
    6) Birth right citizen ship – “illegal sperm + illegal egg = criminal baby”.

    Now we are getting to the point, The 14th Amendment. Section one reads like it should have been in the same sentence with “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence. But the MAGAts absolutely hate it. To them it reads like a BLM manifesto.

    “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life , liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

    These white supremacists want to be able to designate groups whom they can abuse or disregard with impunity. Including by the way, women. If you are part of the privileged group but you challenge or in any way endanger the top dogs, you will find out really quickly that you only have the rights that they confer on you. Ask the victims of Epstein and Trump, most of those girls are from privileged backgrounds. But they have no value if they are a threat to the patriarchy. Ask Dr Blasey – Ford.

    And make no mistake, what is happening right now is a demonstration. They are demonstrating to their base what they are willing to do, what they are able to get away with and the weakness of the opposition to stop them.

    The Muslim ban, the border, “Send Her Back”, is all part of the same thing, they believe that expanding franchise citizenship beyond white males was a mistake and they want to turn it back.

    They won’t try to strip blacks and women of their citizenship up front, that is too hard. But set the precedent that “people are people when WE say they are people” and they will get there.

    In effect, if not in legal fact.

    Stop it now, we may not get a second chance.

    • dakinikat says:


    • Enheduanna says:

      The only thing that gives me hope now is young people. I watch the school kids walking to the bus stop in the morning from my office window (work from home) and they are all colors. They are growing up in more diverse neighborhoods now. Granted there is a lot of white male privilege going on – like that smug schmuck from Covington Catholic school – but those guys are going to have a hard time with girls I think. Incels not going to reproduce much hopefully. Young people are leaving the fundie churches.

      I am just hoping this is a last desperate paroxysm of the patriarchal system and the greed of the elite white power base. They are losing and this is their last stand. Unfortunately it’s going to be brutal.

      I guess we’ll find out what kind of country we are after the 2020 election.

    • NW Luna says:

      Well said. They keep getting worse. The latest I’ve read on their pushback of the outrage at denying citizenship to children of overseas military or civil service is that it’s just different paperwork.

      • NW Luna says:

        “different paperwork” Reminds me of the story about civic tests for voting eligibility in the South:

        White voting official to white voter: “What’s the name of our current President?”
        To Black voter: “What are the names of all the current Representatives from all 50 states?”

    • dakinikat says:

      Probe of Missing Georgia Votes Finds Extreme Irregularities in Black Districts

      A trove of documents turned over in a congressional probe of missing votes in Georgia’s lieutenant governor race — along with other voting issues — revealed serious irregularities.

      The House Oversight and Reform Committee is investigating whether voting machine errors caused a large drop-off in votes in the lieutenant governor race between Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico and Republican Geoff Duncan, who won the election by about 123,000 votes. The probe is looking at why so many fewer votes were recorded in the race compared to other statewide races, as well as the voter suppression issues that plagued the 2018 state elections.

      There were 159,000 fewer votes cast in the lieutenant governor race than in the gubernatorial race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp. While it is common for down-ballot races to see fewer votes, the lieutenant governor race had twice as much drop-off as other statewide races, even though it was the second race on the ballot, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    This latest “ruling” from this hideous administration, led by an unfit man and his awful minions, is nothing short of deliberative murder. They are sending these sick kids to their deaths and are doing it with impunity.

    Where are the voices of compassion from this horrible, ineffective “pro life” party? Where is the outrage around what is happening to us as a nation? Where is the fairness and justice called for when this horrible man is allowed to punish innocents in this way because he can? Who are we any longer than just stooges, going along with this travesty while children of all people are being abused to this degree of barbarity?

    I was criticized early on when I mentioned the similarities to the Third Reich beginning to take shape. I was told I was practicing ridiculous comparisons to a murderous regime of 80 years ago. That nothing could compare with Hitler’s barbarity yet the comparisons begin to pile up.

    And the reason was that few attempted to stop that madman from his efforts to erase as many people as he could in creating an Aryan society that swallowed 6 million people in its quest. Does this look any different? Perhaps the number is nowhere near Hitler’s final solution but the effort is the same.

    Death for sick children? How can this be? What is the purpose? Who benefits from this wholesale murder of seriously ill children? How is this even justified? What is a parent to do when their child is made a pawn in such a sick and dangerous scheme? And last of all, why is this brutal, empty, ignorant egotist not challenged from within? Why is this traitor permitted to wage this type of revenge upon children in silence?

    I am unable to understand what is happening in today’s political climate. A mad man has ascended the throne and throwing poop all over the nation and those who can merely look the other way.


    • RonStill4Hills says:

      What makes this mans followers worse than Hitlers followers is, Hitlers followers did not have the example of Hitler on the History channel seven days a week.

      • quixote says:

        There’s a great line in Dickens work somewhere (Martin Chuzzlewit? Narrated as thoughts of the miser’s son, who becomes a murderer.) Criminals don’t struggle against committing a crime. They struggle toward it.

        Same with criminal politics. If they wanted to learn, it’s not difficult. They struggle not to.

  4. NW Luna says:

    This is awful. It also shows how ignorant men are of women’s physiology.

    • NW Luna says:

      19 states have filed a lawsuit against the Trump admin.

      Bob Ferguson, Washington’s attorney general, is among those behind the lawsuit filed in California. He claimed the immigration policies of Donald Trump were “reminiscent of shameful chapters in American history — the internment of Japanese Americans, and the forced separation of Native American families”.

      “Detaining families indefinitely and needlessly inflicting trauma on young children is not an immigration policy — it’s an abhorrent abuse of power,” said Mr Ferguson. “The president’s actions and policies are cruel, inhumane and illegal.” Governor Jay Inslee, who recently ended his bid to become the Democrats’ challenger to Mr Trump in 2020, said: “Washington will fight to stop this unconscionable policy.”

      • quixote says:

        “reminiscent” sounds polite to me. “Worse than” might be the right term, but I’m not enough of a historian to be sure.

        As Pat says, it’s the *deliberate* cruelty which is so horrendous.

    • NW Luna says:

      Speaking of menstruation …

  5. dakinikat says:

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    • NW Luna says:

      Mumps can be serious. There’s a risk of meningitis, encephalitis, hearing loss, testicular swelling and possible subsequent infertility, and it may cause pregnant women to have spontaneous abortions (miscarriages). It’s far more dangerous in adults than in children.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I wonder if that’s what caused my hearing loss? I had mumps in both cheeks as an infant and I found out decades ago that I have nerve damage in my ears.

        • NW Luna says:

          It could very well be. Mumps can cause damage to the vestibulocochlear nerve in one or both ears. We didn’t get a mumps vaccine until 1967.