Post Apocalypse Now Monday Reads

“Summer Night, Hanabi (Fireworks)” by Kasamatsu Shiro, woodblock print

Good Day Sky Dancers!

I’m way out of it today, having lived through–at least–two scenes of Apocalypse Now! I didn’t quite experience the smell of napalm in the morning. It was more like that nasty smell of sulfur that comes with the use of way too much gun powder. I didn’t get to listen to Ride of the Valkyries either. It was more a thunka thunka type of rave music which seems to come with white Gen Xers and millennials as they move into your hood. It totally erased the sound of Corey Henry and his band coming from the more traditional New Orleans 4th of July and Vaughn’s.

I can’t really leave the house anymore on any holiday because of all of this. Temple can’t take it at all. She tries to crawl under me and is only okay when she’s basically glued to me. This year, Dinah my oldest cat was freaked. She’s my old girl and has been through enough that you’d think it wouldn’t bother her. It was that bad this year. Last year, I had shells raining down on my roof from the bar down the street that constantly ignores our ban on fireworks here in Orleans Parish. Those were so loud it shook my windows.

These huge swaths of fireworks zones also take their toll on a huge number of veterans. The last 4th of July my father saw included him believing that the Germans were attacking his base and that he had been taken captive at what was actually his group senior care home. He was especially freaked out by the Rumanian accented mother of the owners. I hear tales of many, many battle veterans of all wars dealing with PTSD for which these massive neighborhood blast zones create a living hell. I was told that the freedom to fire off these things should not be pitted against dog ownership and to just drug the dog with Xanax. I was not amused. I’ll tell my friend to just drug her husband. That way he won’t have to impinge on the rights of pyros and noise junkies.

The city couldn’t afford the big fireworks display, so Will Smith ponied up $100k to pay for it. It used to be the big display on the river was enough for folks. Not any more. I spent most of my young life with a box of sparklers and a ride to the big fireworks displays in my small Iowa town. We got a blanket and a picnic by the Lake at the Country Club and most of the city was at the picnic zones scattered around the lake. I later watched the big Country Club in Omaha’s fireworks from my front yard with my neighbors and sparklers. Bottle rockets were about the worst you ever saw and heard and all of it was short-lived. These freaking stands sell arsenals now. I’ve been glad the last two early Julys have included downpours and that everything is quite drenched.

By the way, thank you to Will Smith, but, sheesh, your movie production is getting up to $25 million in tax payer’s money, which we taxpayers eat about 80% of the giveaway so next time, let’s endow a few professors or provide some scholarships to our historically black colleges or perhaps give a few grants out to the culture bearers?

Kobayashi Kiyochika, Fireworks at Ike-no-hata

Anyway, I’m not sure it’s the Covid-19 experience or the former guy’s exit and path to prison, but wow, the last two days have been warzone-like. But there has always been wars of one kind or another on American soil. We’ve always known that the forced assimilation, enslavement, and genocide of indigenous Americans have stained the entire history of the United States. We don’t quite cover it up, but we don’t quite speak about it. It’s like we acknowledge our history with the kidnapping and enslavement of Africans, which turned into over a hundred years of literal ownership of people.

We’re only just learning about the Residential Schools in Canada established with the goal of erasing Native American culture. There is a picture display at the NYT and a narrative that is worth viewing. We’re also learning about the number of children that died in the custody of these religious indoctrination centers.

At times it was the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who came for them. Other times, it was a school van. However it happened, for generations, Indigenous families in Canada had no choice but to send their children to church-run residential schools established by the government to erode their culture and languages, and to assimilate them.

A national Truth and Reconciliation Commission declared in 2015 that the schools, which operated from 1883 to 1996, were a form of “cultural genocide.”

But the profound damage inflicted by the schools didn’t stop there. The commission cataloged extensive physical, sexual and emotional abuse at the schools, which were often overcrowded, understaffed and underfunded. Disease, fire and malnourishment all brought death and suffering.

Now, the national shame of the schools is again dominating the conversation in Canada.

Since May, new technology has enabled the discovery of human remains, mostly of children, in many hundreds of unmarked graves on the grounds of three former schools in Canada — two in British Columbia and one in Saskatchewan. Who they were, how they died or even when they died may never be fully known.

Takahashi Hiroaki (Shôtei),The Pine Tree of Success on the Sumida River, 1936 ca.

There is much bad news for the former guy and his not-so-merry gang of thugs. Giuliani better quickly remember the dirt he has on Trumperz. This is from the Insider: “Trump has cut off Rudy Giuliani, and is annoyed that he asked to be paid for his work on challenging the election, book says.”

Donald Trump’s family has cut off Rudy Giuliani, and the former president has been irked that the lawyer asked to be paid for his work challenging Trump’s loss in the 2020 election, a new book says.

On Sunday, The Times of London published an excerpt from “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” the coming book on the Trump presidency from the author Michael Wolff.

In the extract, Wolff delves into Trump’s postpresidential life at his Mar-a-Lago resort and describes Trump as frustrated by the lack of progress in his quest to overturn the 2020 election result.

Giuliani, a longtime ally and personal lawyer of the president, started leading the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the election on November 4 but departed sometime in February after a series of setbacks.

Since then, reports have detailed how Giuliani and his allies have sought to get paid for the legal work, but to no avail, falling foul of the president in the process.

“Trump is annoyed that he tried to get paid for his election challenge work,” Wolff wrote, per The Times.

The excerpt said Giuliani had “gotten only the cold shoulder” while seeking payment from Trump amid the prospect of expensive legal battles of his own.

Trump’s family has “cast out, cut off” Giuliani, the excerpt said, without specifying which members of the clan.

Additionally, Crime Princess Ivanka may be headed to jail. We’ve see her captured dead to rights on a number of bad things but this one might stick. This is from Raw Story: “Trump biographer explains Ivanka Trump ‘is in peril’ along with Allen Weisselberg”

President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump is in about as much trouble as Allen Weisselberg is, according to biographer Michael D’Antonio.

Speaking to CNN’s Jim Acosta on Sunday, D’Antonio explained that the kinds of things that Weisselberg is accused of are similar to things that Ivanka Trump also did while working for the Trump Organization.

“You know, he really is acting as if he is going to go down with the ship,” said D’Antonio of Weisselberg. “I think this is astounding given Michael Cohen’s example. But there’s another thing that I notice in the president’s — or former president’s complaints. And his idea that, ‘Well, they’re going after really good people, and they would only be going after me because of political motivations.’ Well, the big problem for him is that he invited all of this. He ran for president in the first place as a publicity stunt. He wanted to amp up his visibility and increase his bottom line. He never intended to be elected president, and then when he became president, journalists started digging into the facts of his wealth, which has always been in doubt, and then people that he really hurt, that he steamrollered offer the years leaked documents to The New York Times that gave the truth about his taxes for the world to see. Faced with all of that, the prosecutions had no choice but to go after him. So, the idea this is political is crazy. He brought it on himself. These are practices that have been going on for more than a dozen years, and he’s getting what he deserves.”

D’Antonio explained that the way of doing business for Trump associates is something that has happened for years. It resembles more of an organized crime operation than an ordinary corporation.

“The other person who I think is in peril is Ivanka Trump,” D’Antonio also said. “One of the things that Allen Weisselberg is in trouble for is taking money as a contractor and then claiming self-employed status so that he can get some of the retirement benefits that the tax code allows for self-employed people. Well, we know that Ivanka Trump got quite significant sums paid to her as nonemployee compensation. That freed the Trump Organization from paying part of her taxes, and it put her in a status that I think the IRS would have lots of questions about. So, these folks don’t know how to play the game straight. I think everything they do is crooked.”

Well, even I might set off loud fireworks if the entire Trump Crime Syndicate winds up in prison! Have a good week! And remember, there were no military tanks abused in the making of this year’s 4th of July on the Mall.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

18 Comments on “Post Apocalypse Now Monday Reads”

  1. dakinikat says:

    • NW Luna says:

      Mexico sends rescue specialists to Florida, and the Florida governor disses Mexicans. Something’s wrong with this picture, and it’s not the Mexican rescuers searching for Americans.

  2. dakinikat says:

    There have been a series of arson attacks on Catholic Churches. It’s believed to be a result of the indigenous children found buried in mass graves at various schools associated with the church in Canada.

    • NW Luna says:

      I understand anger against the Catholics of that time and the Catholics who still uphold colonization principles. Burning churches now hurts parishioners and won’t bring the dead back to life. Most Catholics are horrified at the church’s genocide and ill-treatment of indigenous and poor peoples.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Yes. I don’t see how burning churches will change anything and someone could get hurt.

    • NW Luna says:

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  4. bostonboomer says:

    • NW Luna says:

      Whidbey Island, that bastion of progressive thought? Must have been sneaky indeed.

      • dakinikat says:

        I used to go up there for Buddhist retreats!! I wonder if they took over that facility there? I love Whidbey. … sheesh

  5. bostonboomer says:

    This is in Oakland, CA

    • Enheduanna says:

      My sister across the bay in SFO said it went on all night. It was the worst ever I have experienced here in ATL – 4 solid hours. Particularly bad from 9 – 11PM. Someone close to me shot the same thing off for two solid hours, making it miserable to try to watch teevee and of course my cats were freaked.

      I wish I knew how to fight back about this – it’s beyond a public nuisance and so dangerous.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I could hear some fireworks, but it wasn’t that bad. I don’t think I would have heard them if the air conditioner had been on.

        • NW Luna says:

          It wasn’t as bad as Oakland, ATL or SF for me, but bad enough. Pets distressed and frightened, people’s flight-or-fight reflexes triggered. Neighborhood blog reports several ‘brush’ fires started by fireworks, including one in a park which was bad enough 2 fire trucks had to respond. Fireworks debris in parks, playgrounds, streets, including melted garbage containers. Civic-minded volunteers are cleaning things up in a few areas.

          Last year in the city a couple dozen fingers and 2 hands had to be amputated because of fireworks injury — hope that will keep the perpetrators from setting off fireworks again. Haven’t heard this year’s total of injuries yet. It’s been so dry and hot here and tinder-dry east of the mountains — anything burning is dangerous.

  6. bostonboomer says:

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    • quixote says:

      excellent article. Fitting that Dump’s desperation to make sure nobody got an extra penny meant that he had to have two sets of books, one of which proves the scamminess of everything.

      A normal criminal would have just had the IRS-visible set and could have known nothing — nothing! — about any fraud.