Sunday Reads

Durga: The Dispeller of Darkness and Misery

We could all use some of her wisdom now…


10 Comments on “Sunday Reads”

  1. NW Luna says:

    Love the Goddess Who Rides a Lion painting!

  2. quixote says:

    I *love* that painting!

  3. dakinikat says:

    • quixote says:

      Oh hell. This is aimed against the Kurds in northern Syria. They have pretty much the only functioning government in the region. They’ve also helped the US a good bit, mainly because they get help in return I think.

      So let’s ruin the only halfway stable situation in Syria to pander to a dictator whose dearest wish is to destroy the Kurds because he doesn’t like having them in southeastern Turkey (across the border from Syrian and Iraqi Kurdistan).

      Erdogan is terrified the Kurds in the whole region (stretches across northern Syria and Iraq to western Iran) could decide to be a nation and he’d lose “his” Kurds and their territory. He would love to take over the Kurdish territory in Syria which, a) would piss off the Syrians massively, b) would piss off the Kurds even more massively who would fight to the last man and woman standing.

      (Ethnically and linguistically the groups are all very different: Turks are descended from Central Asian Huns and speak a Turkic language. Kurds are related to Persians and Armenians and speak an Iranian language. Syrians in the rest of Syria are mostly Arabs. There’s the same level of difference between all of them as there is between, say, the French and Russians.)

      So, anyway: a right royal mess.

      • NW Luna says:

        Thanks for that info. I know they are different cultural groups but didn’t remember all the language distinctions.

        Anything Trump does — or decides not to do — in the Middle East is bound to be trouble, especially when he is helping one of his favorite strongmen dictators. He also had to slam our allies (are they still allies of the US?) in his statement.

      • dakinikat says:

        I’m trying to write on this this morning It appears troops are moving already.

  4. NW Luna says:

    Federal judge rules Trump must turn over his tax returns to Manhattan DA, but Trump has appealed

    A federal judge on Monday dismissed President Trump’s lawsuit seeking to block the Manhattan district attorney from obtaining the president’s tax returns as part of an investigation into hush-money payments during the 2016 campaign.

    U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero rejected Trump’s argument that the presidency makes him immune to any investigation by any prosecutor.

    In his 75-page ruling, Marrero called such a claim “extraordinary” and wrote, “This Court cannot endorse such a categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity from judicial process.”

    The order would allow District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. (D) to enforce a subpoena he sent to Trump’s longtime accountants, Mazars USA. Trump had filed an unorthodox lawsuit seeking to stop that subpoena, saying that he would suffer “irreparable harm” if prosecutors obtained his tax returns. The Justice Department also took Trump’s side in the case.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal-judge-rules-trump-must-turn-over-his-tax-returns-to-manhattan-da-but-trump-has-indicated-he-will-appeal/2019/10/07/29e1fda6-e8a4-11e9-85c0-85a098e47b37_story.html