Friday Reads: After the “Storm”

Good Day Sky Dancers!

There have been good and bad days in the history of this country. I’ve seen and remember quite a few now that I’m old and because I grew up in the TV age.  I remember when both Kennedys and Martin Luther King were assassinated. I remember the moonwalk.  I remember 9/11 and watching the live bombing of Baghdad.

You remember where you were on those days even if you were as young as my nursery school age sister who remembers when mother and our cleaning lady Mildred were watching the black and white TV showing the unfolding news in Dallas.  I’ll never forget watching the water rise after Hurricane Katrina and the faces of people trapped there. The last time Mildred and my mom were watching the TV with those same faces were those final days of Nixon. That was the year before I moved out to a dorm with my own TV.

I have the same kind of feelings today that I have about those no good, horrible, very bad days.  This is not a “I remember the moonwalk” kind’ve day which is what I had expected to experience the night of the 2016 election.  This is one of those days when you realize that we’ve lost something or someone precious and wonderful.  It’s a day that feels like some unknown innocence in you has made a hole in you letting you know that it was there and now it’s gone.

I’ve always rather laughed at the folks wrapped up in that Confederate Flag stuff.  I had a lot of thoughts about them over the years.  While none were postivie, none ever came close to thinking they’d storm Capitol Hill for a rich, orange, fat trust fund baby selling lies and false promises who as President, would tell them to do so.    Most of us knew some “thing”  was likely to happen.  It just  “the thing” that actually happened was worse than I imagined.

So, now we’re in the fallout and the aftermath has begun.  The how, the who, and the what-of-it–along with the blame game–is afoot.

This is from The Washington Post: “Pentagon placed limits on D.C. Guard ahead of pro-Trump protests due to narrow mission”.

The Pentagon placed tight limits on the D.C. National Guard ahead of pro-Trump protests this week, trying to ensure the use of military force remained constrained, as the Guard carried out a narrow, unarmed mission requested by the city’s mayor to help handle traffic ahead of planned protests.

In memos issued Monday and Tuesday in response to a request from the D.C. mayor, the Pentagon prohibited the District’s guardsmen from receiving ammunition or riot gear, interacting with protesters unless necessary for self-defense, sharing equipment with local law enforcement, or using Guard surveillance and air assets without the defense secretary’s explicit sign-off, according to officials familiar with the orders. The limits were established because the Guard hadn’t been asked to assist with crowd or riot control.

The D.C. Guard was also told it would be allowed to deploy a quick-reaction force only as a measure of last resort, the officials said.

Then the mission abruptly changed — and the Pentagon is now facing criticism from governors and local officials who say it moved too slowly to send National Guard troops to respond, a charge that its leaders denied Thursday.

The Capitol Police, the law enforcement force that reports to Congress and protects the House and Senate, hadn’t requested help from the Guard ahead of Wednesday’s events. But early Wednesday afternoon, its chief made an urgent plea for backup from 200 troops during a call with top Pentagon and city officials, according to officials familiar with the call.

On the call, Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund was asked whether he wanted help from the National Guard. “There was a pause,” one of the D.C. officials said. And Sund said yes. “Then there was another pause, and an official from the secretary of the Army said that wasn’t going to be possible.”

Also from WAPO and David Ignatius is this headline: “What went wrong with the protection of the U.S. Capitol.”

Some mistakes are obvious: The FBI underestimated the number of protesters, predicting a maximum of 20,000, which turned out to be less than half the number who showed up. The Capitol Police didn’t stand their ground at the perimeter or at the Capitol itself. The mayor was slow to request additional troops from the D.C. National Guard. The acting attorney general was similarly tardy in ordering elite FBI units into the Capitol. And the Pentagon brass worried more about avoiding politicization of the military than about stopping an insurrection.

In a seeming acknowledgment of the inadequate response, Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund announced Thursday night that he was resigning. The Associated Press reported that the Capitol Police had turned down offers of additional support from the National Guard and the FBI before the disastrous invasion of the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.

But as we look for who to blame in this catastrophe, let’s focus on the real culprits: President Trump, who incited the rioters and urged them toward the Capitol; the 13 Republican senators and 138 House members who challenged President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and egged on the insurgents; and the smug, self-appointed patriots who trashed the people’s house. Trump should face legal action for fomenting this riot. The members who risked the lives of their colleagues by encouraging the fanatics should be censured. The insurgents who ransacked the Capitol should be arrested and prosecuted.

There seems to be some movement towards arresting the Trump Rioters/Looters/Murderers/Mob/Insurrectionists but it’s going at a slower snail’s pace than would ever happen at a peaceful protest gathering something related to either recognizing the unequal treatment of Black Americans by the Justice System or some other march for justice.  The beatings and the arrests would have happened before folks were moving anywhere.

This is from CNN’s Nicole Chavez: ‘Rioters breached US Capitol security on Wednesday. This was the police response when it was Black protesters on DC streets last year”.

As hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol, breaking windows and wreaking havocpoliticians and activists were among the many who drew comparisons between the police response on Wednesday to that of last year’s Black Lives Matter protests.

The death of George Floyd — a Black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck — in May of 2020 prompted hundreds of protests nationwide over the summer. In many cities, including the nation’s capital, police met protesters with tear gas, violence and arrests.

However, Wednesday’s protests, many pointed out, were different. The Black Lives Matter Global Network, one of the most well-known organizations fighting for the well-being of Black people, described Wednesday’s riots as a “coup.”

The group said it was “one more example of the hypocrisy in our country’s law enforcement response to protest.”

“When Black people protest for our lives, we are all too often met by National Guard troops or police equipped with assault rifles, shields, tear gas and battle helmets,” the group said in a statement. “Make no mistake, if the protesters were Black, we would have been tear gassed, battered, and perhaps shot.”

White privilege was in full display as the kinds of folks the FBI and Right Wing Watch groups have been telling us for years.  The usual suspects that shoot up mosques, terrorize women at Planned Parenthood, and attack Black Lives Matter Protestors showed up to stage an insurrection. Remember when the FBI told us and the Republicans were incensed by their report?

This is from the NYT.  “These Are the Rioters Who Stormed the Nation’s Capitol.  The mob that rampaged the halls of Congress included infamous white supremacists and conspiracy theorists.” It’s reported by  Sabrina Tavernise and Matthew Rosenberg.  As I carefully place the the three pictures of those horrible assassination scenes in this post I can only wonder at the work of the secret service and others to get today’s national leaders to safety.  We could’ve lost any number of them this week.

There were infamous white nationalists and noted conspiracy theorists who have spread dark visions of pedophile Satanists running the country. Others were more anonymous, people who had journeyed from Indiana and South Carolina to heed President Trump’s call to show their support. One person, a West Virginia lawmaker, had only been elected to office in November.

All of them converged on Wednesday on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, where hundreds of rioters crashed through barricades, climbed through windows and walked through doors, wandering around the hallways with a sense of gleeful desecration, because, for a few breathtaking hours, they believed that they had displaced the very elites they said they hated.

“We wanted to show these politicians that it’s us who’s in charge, not them,” said a construction worker from Indianapolis, who is 40 and identified himself only as Aaron. He declined to give his last name, saying, “I’m not that dumb.”

But a good deal of them were dumb enough to post their faces to their social media and friends.  They should be hunted down, charged with every possible infraction, and dumped in a prison to spend eternity cleaning the johns.  One Capitol Police officer lost his life.  The one woman shot by Capitol Police was deep into the hate and lies of QAnon.

And now, we have the intrigue …

Something else indeed.

So, once again in the annals of our history we delve in to “untoward here”.  It is also very clear that it’s the usual suspects.  Our history is full of a lot of white people that follow down the path of strictly white, nationalistic populism and wrap it up with a flag on a cross.  We should be prepared to act.  This may indeed be our time to get the laws into place to undo these long standing national sins of racism, indigenous genocide, kleptocracy, misogyny, and basic hatred of any ‘other’.

We’ve got a new decade and an old struggle with new purpose.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

49 Comments on “Friday Reads: After the “Storm””

  1. dakinikat says:

    More of Trump’s “very fine” people”

    Former Marine Linked to Terror Plot Against U.S. Infrastructure
    Georgia native Nicholas Tindall is charged with lying about discussing terrorist plots against U.S. water and electric facilities.

    While Tindall doesn’t have any discernible social media presence, those close to him posted frequent photos of his path into the Marines. One of the photos show family members all touching a fatigue clad Tindall’s freshly shaved head. Another shows family members grouping around him shortly after his graduation in 2017. One photo from 2016 shows Tindall and his father attending an Atlanta Trump rally in February 2016. Tindall is in the foreground, while the president can be seen in the background speaking at a podium. The most recent photos of Tindall appear to show him celebrating Christmas with his family in December 2020.

    It is unknown if Tindall, charged in the Northern District of Georgia, is affiliated or linked to any specific organization. The Base, a neo-Nazi terror group under an intense FBI counterterrorism crackdown, had an active cell in Georgia, which prosecutors say plotted attacks against critical infrastructure in the region. Three of its members in that cell are currently facing terrorism-related charges.

    “While important details about this potential domestic terrorist plot, including the accused’s ideology, are not known, infrastructure is an attractive target for neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other violent extremists,” Joshua Fisher-Birch, a researcher who tracks U.S. based terrorism for the Counter-Extremism Project said.

  2. Simply amazes me that the source of this travesty remains in office.

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  4. MsMass says:

    Now this is the proper spin on this. Other headlines say devos and chao had an issue with Trump rhetoric, ha ha. What a joke that is.

    • Enheduanna says:

      Agree, DeVos and Chao are cowards. Issues with his rhetoric??? They didn’t have any problem with his p*ssy-grabbing rhetoric, or his Mexicans are rapists and murderers rhetoric. More than four years ago.

  5. djmm says:

    Thank you for this excellent post.

    Not that we could not have deduced this, but The Washington Post reports that President Trump was in a rage after the failure of his coup attempt.

    Politico reports that his admission of defeat caused consternation among his most rabid followers. However, after this morning’s tweet, they are back on board. These are really scary, and truly irrational, people. I was not surprised to read that Mrs. Babbit was the subject of a protective order (once renewed), because she allegedly rammed his ex-girlfriend’s car and threatened her, well before she and Mr. Babbit married.

    • quixote says:

      She sounds nice :/

    • Enheduanna says:

      Is Dump still tweeting? I thought they suspended his account.

      • dakinikat says:

        I guess they’re “filtering” them now … as long as it’s not seditious or violence inciting they let them through

      • bostonboomer says:

        He was suspended until he deleted the offending tweets. They also said if he goes back to the lies about the election, he’ll be banned. I’ll believe it when I see it.

        • thewizardofroz says:

          Twitter has now suspended his account permanently.

          Facebook and Instagram have already suspended him indefinitely.

          Roz in NJ/NYC

          • Beata says:

            Trump is unfit for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, yet he is still POTUS? How can this be? Congress should be working 24/7 to impeach and remove him from office. This is a national emergency.

        • Beata says:

          Well, my comment made it sound like I think it is a national emergency that Trump is unfit for social media platforms. That is not what I meant. I meant if the man can’t even be trusted with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, how can he be trusted to be President for the remaining days of his term? He is a danger to the country and to the world. Congress needs to work nonstop to get him out of office. No time should be wasted.

    • dakinikat says:

      Thank you for our nice words!

      Evidently the guy from Georgia that died from a heart attack was a victim of karmic self attack! He tasered himself in the balls while trying to steal a painting from the House gallery.

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    Okay we have more arrests …

  9. dakinikat says:

    I hope they throw the book at this smug asshole … funny how none of these guys are getting shot up

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  13. NW Luna says:

    It wouldn’t be safe to have Trump there, and there needs to be ultra-tight security at the Inauguration.

    Trump tweeted that he would not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20, breaking with a long-standing tradition of outgoing presidents attending the swearing-in ceremony of their successors. Biden told reporters that he agreed with Trump’s decision to skip the ceremony, though he would welcome Vice President Pence.

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    • RonStill4Hills says:

      Can this possible be true? OMG!

      • NW Luna says:

        I didn’t believe it at first either. From the linked article:

        According to new data released Friday, employers cut 140,000 jobs in December, signaling that the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is backtracking. Digging deeper into the data also reveals a shocking gender gap: Women accounted for all the job losses, losing 156,000 jobs, while men gained 16,000.

        These are net numbers, which can mask some of the underlying churn in the labor market. Of course many men lost their jobs in December, too — but when taken together as a group, they came out ahead, whereas women fell behind.

        Meanwhile, a separate survey of households, which includes self-employed workers, showed an even wider gender disparity. It also highlighted another painful reality: Among women, Blacks and Latinas lost jobs in December, while White women made significant gains.

        Economists often warn against reading too much into a single month, but December’s job losses capped off an already awful year for working women — particularly women of color.

        Black and Latina women disproportionately work in some of the hardest-hit sectors in the pandemic, often in roles that lack paid sick leave and the ability to work from home. As schools and day cares closed, many were forced to make hard trade-offs between work and parenting. “Those sectors are less likely to have flexibility, so when employers are inflexible or women can’t come to work because of caregiving responsibilities — they have to exit the workforce,” said C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

        Overall, women are still down 5.4 million jobs from February, before the pandemic began, as compared to 4.4 million job losses for men. They started 2020 on roughly equal footing, with women holding 50.03% of jobs, but ended it holding 860,000 fewer jobs than their male peers.

  17. jslat says:

    Guess what some of the deluded trumpnuts are saying about the Capitol police letting people in? They say that Pelosi told the police to do so in order to set a trap for them. Once they were in the building, some Democrats started the violence and the poor trumpnuts are being blamed!!!???? This was on a protrump Facebook page (Dinesh D’Souza) with tens of thousands of comments still promoting the trump election conspiracy theories. For those of you that may think Wednesday’s horror show at the Capitol taught these people anything. Forget it. They are so wrapped up in their cult, they will twist the truth and not even realize they are delusional.
    The comments on trump announcing he was not attending the inauguration were stunning. They still believe he won!!! They support him and want him to run again. What they say about Biden & the democrats is so delusional, it’s sickening.
    Cult trumpnuts. (sigh) I have no idea how you can reach these people. 😢😢💔😢😢