Posted: January 20, 2019 Filed under: Donald Trump, morning reads, open thread, racism, Republican politics, the GOP, white nationalists
The image above is from the town of Blue Ridge GA…as a White dead soldier is driven home…
Procession for fallen North Carolina Marine – Story | WAGA
USMC Sgt. Christopher J. Lockett died last week at a U.S. facility, but military officials have not yet offered more details.
Tuesday, his body was flown into Atlanta and driven in a solemn procession to Murphy. Hundreds lined Highway 515 in Fannin County, waving flags and showing their respect for the fallen hometown hero.
The people lining the streets are “tRump supporters,” in every sense of that description.
I do not want to diminish this man’s death, in any way, but I want to point out the hypocrisy…the difference in respect given this white soldier compared to other soldiers of color (killed in the line of duty)…as well as their gold star families.
Lest we forget:
The parents of Capt. Humayun Khan…
Donald Trump Criticizes Muslim Family of Slain U.S. Soldier, Drawing Ire – The New York Times
And the entire incident that occurred with the widow of U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson…
Trump Call Controversy Renews Spotlight On Gold Star Families : NPR
The widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four U.S. soldiers killed in a military operation in Niger earlier this month, says President Trump’s condolence call only made her feel worse.
Donald Trump keeps attacking Gold Star families like Myeshia Johnson. Here’s what he could have done instead. – The Washington Post
I started to write this post for Wednesday…but decided to hold it for today. I don’t know why, but it would appear like fate:
The Stupidity of Evil: Teens Shouting ‘Build that Wall’ at Native American Vet
Some high school young men from a private Catholic school in Kentucky had been encouraged to attend an anti-abortion “March for Life” near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on Friday. Nearby, Native Americans were rallying for their rights.
Vietnam Vet Nathan Phillips saw a mean crowd of white teens in Trump’s red “Make America Great Again” caps harassing four African American young men. He was beating his drum and chanting, and came forward, drawing the attention of the young thugs, realizing the danger, he said.
They then mocked and taunted him, doing a bad sing-along of his chant, and then one of the teens, an unbearably smug look on his face, planted himself in Phillips’s way and trapped him in the ugly crown of Mean Boys. They were chanting “Build the Wall.”
Nathan Phillips gave a chilling interview about the incident to CNN, in which he expressed fear about where the United States is going. Remember, Phillips risked his life for a country that had treated his people like crap, stealing their land, putting them on reservations, forbidding them to practice their religion, and occasionally massacring them.
Hannah Arendt spoke of the banality of evil, of the way in which boring routine bureaucracy had been deployed by the Nazis to commit unspeakable crimes against humanity.
What struck me from looking at those young men was that she could have perhaps even more usefully spoken of the stupidity of evil.
How stupid do you have to be to chant “build the wall” at a Native American whose people were here at least 13,000 years ago before the European undocumented migrants showed up in their lands?
How stupid do you have to be to chant “build the wall” at African-Americans whom white slavers kidnapped from their homes in Senegal and Nigeria and Angola and transported here against their will?
How stupid do you have to be as a Catholic not to know that anti-immigrant slogans like “Build the Wall” and “Make America Great Again” are the descendants of the racist slogans (such as “Keep America American”) that white Protestants of the 19th century ‘Know Nothing’ secret society chanted at Catholic immigrants from Ireland and Italy and Germany just before they burned down Catholic churches?
How stupid do you have to be to insist on a fetus’s right to life but to endanger the life of an elderly Vet by putting him into a bottleneck in the midst of an angry mob?
How stupid do you have to be to think that “Make America Great Again” could possibly mean anything when chanted by chickenhawk young men at a Vet who risked his life for this country?
How stupid do you have to be not to realize that the people Trump wants to keep out of the United States by building his idiotic, cruel and ineffective wall are for the most part Catholics?
Nathan Phillips said he is afraid for where the country of going because of the wave of hatefulness sweeping the country.
He is too polite to blame Trump for our collective national two minutes hate, but I’m not. This incident was Trump’s fault.
Mean boys in high school acting out evil may be a bit banal as well. But if Nathan Phillips is apparently afraid that hatred is contagious, I am afraid that stupidity might be an infectious disease.
The following are various tweets about this…another fucking disgusting episode in The tRump Chronicle of Shit.
This is an open thread….
Posted: January 13, 2019 Filed under: 2020 Elections, open thread | Tags: All Woman Ticket
And the new season is upon us…I’m not talking GoT…
Obama ‘new blood’ remark has different meaning for Biden | TheHill
Former President Obama’s talk about how politics need “new blood” is being seen as a blow to Joe Biden, the former vice president that Obama did not back to succeed him in 2016.
…Obama and Biden as friends…
…recent remarks like the one Obama made this week in Hawaii represent a sort of threat to Biden, who has told allies in recent days that he’s likely to enter the 2020 presidential race.
Obama was speaking broadly about the need for new blood in politics, not specifically the need for new blood in the Democratic Party.
But coming on the heels of Obama’s meeting with former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas), a rising Democratic star who most political observers see as competing with Biden for a slice of the primary electorate, it also sent a signal to the wider political world.
The remark and the burgeoning flirtation between Obama’s political network and O’Rourke also stings Biden given the 2016 campaign, when Obama backed Hillary Clinton and nudged the vice president away from the race, insiders say.
Blah, blah, blah. Then there is this actual quoted dialogue about how much Obama loves “Joe” …seriously:
“The president loves this guy, loves Joe, thinks the world of him. He would go in a battle ditch with Joe but that’s different than giving his brand to him,” one ally of Obama’s said in describing the political dynamic and the former president’s actions.
“He has an incredible soft spot for him. And I’m sure he’ll do everything he can to make Joe feel good, but he won’t come out and make Joe his candidate,” the ally said. “And I think that hurts Joe.”
Poor Joe Biden. I don’t know why I started this post off with this little nugget from the Hill. Perhaps, it was the way they are already framing Biden in this coming blood sport of the Democratic Presidential Primaries. If you read the rest of the article, it once again brings up Hillary…and how she stole Joe’s chance back in 2016, by gaining Obama’s support. Considering the fucking horrible display the press has given Warren and Harris, the mysoginistic treatment we saw of Hillary back in 2008 and 2016 will be nothing compared to what the women candidates will face this time around.
This, for me at least, makes the case for an even for bolder Dem ticket in 2020:
An all women ticket.
Yes, I am for a full kitty administration. Fuck all these dickheads who have gotten us where we are today!
This is an open thread.
Posted: January 8, 2019 Filed under: open thread, U.S. Politics | Tags: Trump tantrum
Here’s a fresh thread in case anyone wants to discuss the televised Trump tantrum tonight. One good thing, Rachel Maddow is going to be on at 8PM with Chris Hayes and will follow the Trump tantrum with other guests on her show.
A few reads:
George Packer at The Atlantic: The Suicide of a Great Democracy.
Also at The Atlantic: Why Mike Pence Couldn’t End the Shutdown.
Reuters: A growing number of Americans blame Trump for shutdown: Reuters-Ipsos poll.
CBS News: Every congressperson along southern border opposes border wall funding.
This is a wide open thread.
Posted: December 30, 2018 Filed under: 2016 elections, 2020 Elections, children, Congress, Discrimination against women, Donald Trump, House of Representatives, ICE Immigration and Customs Enforcement, morning reads, open thread, physical abuse, PLUB Pro-Life-Until-Birth, the GOP, tRump crimes against humanity, U.S. Politics, Vagina
^My New Year’s Wish ^
Now for some interesting tweets:
Regarding the Kelly interview this morning:
And I want to end with this:
And what is with all this Beto shit! Stacy Abrams ran a hell of a campaign…and came damn close to winning, even with all the possible illegal voter suppression that Kemp succeeded in achieving while acting as Secretary of State and running for Governor. She has a future ahead of her, but like Harris…she is a black woman.
This is an open thread…
Posted: December 19, 2018 Filed under: morning reads, open thread, Political and Editorial Cartoons, U.S. Politics, Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons
Well, yesterday Judge Sullivan kicked Michael Flynn’s ass…it was a beautiful thing.
Take a look at the following links to get caught up if you missed it:
Rachel Maddow 12/18/18 | MSNBC the full episode from last night!
Judge shocks court with harsh rebuke of Flynn; sentencing delayed
Was Michael Flynn Still Working For Turkey While He Worked In The White House? | Crooks and Liars
Flynn sentencing postponed | Suburban Guerrilla. Susie Madrak
Hullabaloo What the hell is it? by Tom Sullivan
What did Flynn Know about Russian ties to Trump and When did he Know it? Juan Cole
The Trump Foundation was also forced to shut down yesterday. (Leaving the 900+ bucks left in its accounts to be divided up among charities per the NY Attorney General’s discretion. Via MSNBC)
Corruption allegations force Trump to dissolve charity foundation
And…Chris Cuomo released a letter of intent on the Trump Moscow Tower:
CNN obtains Russia documents signed by Trump
In response to the massive breaks yesterday, the headlines today…especially the last hour, seem to jump out like:
Hey, what do you know?
Trump claims U.S. has defeated ISIS in Syria | Reuters
Trump Admin Reportedly Preparing to Pull Out of Syria
Trump Blasts Off on Twitter as His Charity Dissolves
Anyway, here are your cartoons for the day:
12/19/2018 Cartoon by Joel Pett
12/19/2018 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies
12/18/2018 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies
12/18/2018 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies
Maria Ressa and the Freedom of the Press: 12/19/2018 Cartoon by Angelo Lopez
Maria Ressa exposed Duterte’s drug war in the Philippines. Now she faces a possible prison term – CNN
While the government has hardly been shy about its intention to go after both dealers and users, hard data on the number of killings has often been tough to come by. One indispensable source of information, both for the international media and readers in the Philippines has been the upstart news site Rappler, which is now facing a reckoning with the government it has been a dogged check upon.
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and her company were formally indicted on multiple counts of tax evasion
last week, charges critics say are politically motivated and designed to silence independent media in the southeast Asian country.
12/18/2018 Cartoon by Matt Wuerker
12/18/2018 Cartoon by Steve Artley
12/18/2018 Cartoon by John Cole
12/16/2018 Cartoon by John Cole
12/13/2018 Cartoon by John Cole
Face melt: 12/17/2018 Cartoon by Ed Hall
Melania sees Santa: 12/15/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath
Maria Butina guilty: 12/14/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis
12/14/2018 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson
12/19/2018 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson
12/19 Mike Luckovich: Flag on the side
This is an open thread.