Friday Reads: Revolutionary War Airport Stories

It’s Friday Sky Dancers!

My Dad was a First Lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps when, we all mistakenly thought, the Air Force branch of the military was in its naissance.  We hear so many brave stories about the Tuskegee Air Men and Women Fly Girls that my family must’ve have overlooked all the stories of American’s Revolutionary Airports and the Battles my brave ancestors saw.

Here, I thought my ancestor–who was a surgeon under George Washington during Valley Forge or the Six that signed the Declaration of Independence then went back to their newly formed states to begin things like living through the “shot heard ’round the world”.  I thought that we could find nothing new about the revolution they started.  I must’ve missed the family dinner conversation about Revolutionary War Airports or slept through the lectures at university.

Now I can learn about the role of airports in the Revolutionary War just by listening to the Russian Potted Planted in the White House during his speech at the Dictator Parade on what usually passes as a splendid celebration of Independence Day on the Mall.  Well, I would but having been a student of history since forever and even majoring in it at University I can tell you I’m not that gullible or stupid.  And, you know me, I couldn’t let this one go.

President Donald Trump read most of his Independence Day speech from a prepared text, but stumbled on his history at one point: He talked about airports during the American Revolution.

“Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over airports,” Trump said of the fighting force created by the Continental Congress in 1775.

There was no air travel in 18th Century America.

Well, D’oh!!!!!

Of course the Twitterati had fun with it!!!  We’re all such sticklers for things like actual facts and data.  Perhaps these words will live in history and all of our children will learn about that brave Continental Army “ramming ramparts’ and  taking over airports. Who knew that Continental Airlines was undoubtedly part of that fray?

I’ve only seen parts of his speech but honestly, a third grader could do a better history report and presentation.  The weird teeth thing and finger wagging just isn’t in the holiday spirit.  And, I have to go there but WTF was with the Mail Order First Bride’s dress?  She couldn’t afford one with both sleeves?  Soft Porn not paying that well these days? At least we got to see the tit job we paid for because when it rained, Melania became a participant in nature’s wet whatever that was.  The first pair were on full display; nipples and all.  I guess Mother Nature prefers mammary glands au naturale.  Does C-SPAN or CNN or FOX have to follow those nudity guidelines any more?

The Internet went crazy with jokes and memes about what the Revolutionary War would have been like with airports after President Donald Trump made a confusing reference to Revolutionary-era soldiers seizing airports in his 4th of July speech in Washington.

“Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiant,” Trump said during a speech on the National Mall.

I could post these all day.  Since I’m basically off this week I just might.  Meanwhile, back in the country that is Trumpfuckistan we have other headlines.  Oh, wait, this is about Evangelical Christians who are basically the foot soldiers of Trumpfuckistan.  Maybe we should call them Evangelical Trumpians.  This is from The Atlantic and the keyboard of Peter Wehner. “The Deepening Crisis in Evangelical Christianity. Support for Trump comes at a high cost for Christian witness.”  Maybe we can finally put an end to this entire Zombie cult and its place in US History as the American Inquisition.

I recently exchanged emails with a pro-Trump figure who attended the president’s reelection rally in Orlando, Florida, on June 18. (He spoke to me on the condition of anonymity, so as to avoid personal or professional repercussions.) He had interviewed scores of people, many of them evangelical Christians. “I have never witnessed the kind of excitement and enthusiasm for a political figure in my life,” he told me. “I honestly couldn’t believe the unwavering support they have. And to a person, it was all about ‘the fight.’ There is a very strong sense (I believe justified, you disagree) that he has been wronged. Wronged by Mueller, wronged by the media, wronged by the anti-Trump forces. A passionate belief that he never gets credit for anything.”

The rallygoers, he said, told him that Trump’s era “is spiritually driven.” When I asked whether he meant by this that Trump’s supporters believe God’s hand is on Trump, this moment and at the election—that Donald Trump is God’s man, in effect—he told me, “Yes—a number of people said they believe there is no other way to explain his victories. Starting with the election and continuing with the conclusion of the Mueller report. Many said God has chosen him and is protecting him.

The data seem to bear this out. Approval for President Trump among white evangelical Protestants is 25 points higher than the national average. And according to a Pew Research Center survey, “White evangelical Protestants who regularly attend church (that is, once a week or more) approve of Trump at rates matching or exceeding those of white evangelicals who attend church less often.” Indeed, during the period from July 2018 to January 2019, 70 percent of white evangelicals who attend church at least once a week approved of Trump, versus 65 percent of those who attend religious services less often.

The enthusiastic, uncritical embrace of President Trump by white evangelicals is among the most mind-blowing development of the Trump era. How can a group that for decades—and especially during the Bill Clinton presidency—insisted that character counts and that personal integrity is an essential component of presidential leadership not only turn a blind eye to the ethical and moral transgressions of Donald Trump, but also constantly defend him? Why are those who have been on the vanguard of “family values” so eager to give a man with a sordid personal and sexual history a mulligan?

Part of the answer is their belief that they are engaged in an existential struggle against a wicked enemy—not Russia, not North Korea, not Iran, but rather American liberals and the left. If you listen to Trump supporters who are evangelical (and non-evangelicals, like the radio talk-show host Mark Levin), you will hear adjectives applied to those on the left that could easily be used to describe a Stalinist regime. (Ask yourself how many evangelicals have publicly criticized Trump for his lavish praise of Kim Jong Un, the leader of perhaps the most savage regime in the world and the worst persecutor of Christians in the world.)

These people embrace so many lies and myths as truth that it’s no wonder their minds don’t blow up from the contradictions.  There are few people I actually run away from but this is the group I will cross the street to avoid.  I just can’t deal with people that sick, twisted, angry, and delusional at all.

The Equity Markets and some of our traditional measures of the economy continue to ignore some underlying bad fundamentals like this from WAPO: “‘This doesn’t look like the best economy ever’: 40% of Americans say they still struggle to pay bills”.  Of course I’m interested in why this expansion isn’t like the rest even though it’s long and looks fairly good at the high level stylized facts.

The stock market is at record levels, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing at a new high Wednesday ahead of the July 4 holiday, and President Trump has made the economy’s strong performance a centerpiece of his reelection campaign.

But this expansion has been weaker and its benefits distributed far more unevenly than in previous growth cycles, leaving many Americans in a vulnerable position.

This is a “two-tier recovery,” said Matthew Mish, head of credit strategy at the investment bank UBS. About 60 percent of Americans have benefited financially, he said, while 40 percent have not.

The 40 percent — which Mish calls the “lower tier” — have seen paltry or volatile wage growth, rising expenses for housing, health care and education, and increased levels of personal debt. They tend not to own homes or many stocks.

In discussions with 30 Americans unable to pay all of their bills, a clear pattern emerged: Most were able to eke by until they faced an unexpected crisis such as a job loss, cancer, car trouble or storm damage.

The extra expense caused them to get behind on their bills, and they never fully rebounded.

Economists fear such precarious financial situations put many Americans at risk if there is even a mild setback in the economy, potentially setting up the next recession to be worse than anything in recent history except the Great Recession.

“So many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck,” said Signe-Mary McKernan, vice president of the Center on Labor, Human Services and Population at the Urban Institute. “We are headed toward a political crisis, if not an economic one.”

The Enumeration Clause of the Constitution is pretty clear about the purpose of the Census but then, when did rule of law stop KKKremlin Caligula?  From WAPO, we get the latest on how the Trump Administration is trying to do an end run around the Constitution and a SCOTUS decision.  We have another few hours (2 p.m edt today) to see what the end run will be and if they can further bemuse a Federal Judge.

The question had seemed settled after the Supreme Court ruled last week against the Trump administration. As late as Tuesday evening, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the census, said the administration was dropping its effort and was printing the census forms without the citizenship question.

But Trump, in tweets Wednesday and Thursday, said he was not giving up. He tweeted Thursday morning: “So important for our Country that the very simple and basic ‘Are you a Citizen of the United States?’ question be allowed to be asked in the 2020 Census. Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice are working very hard on this, even on the 4th of July!”

The reversal came after Trump talked by phone with conservative allies who urged him not to give up the fight, according to a senior White House official and a Trump adviser, who both spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Trump was furious and thought the Commerce Department and the Justice Department — which has been arguing the case — had given up the fight too easily. He complained about Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.,who he said he thinks is lined up against him, the adviser and senior officials said. Trump also complained about Ross.

Before Trump’s tweets plunged their week into chaos, Justice officials thought the president understood how few legal options remained, according to people familiar with the matter. They had earlier told the White House that the case was a dead-end and that pursuing it would be a waste of time.

Those people said that Attorney General William P. Barr had talked to Trump and had tried to explain his limited options after the Supreme Court’s ruling.

After the Supreme Court called the government’s reason for the question “contrived,” many wondered how the government could suddenly come up with a new rationale.

“What were they going to say?” said Dale Ho, director of the Voting Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union and a lead attorney for plaintiffs in the New York lawsuit. “ ‘Here’s our real reason? Or here’s a new reason?’ Well, that’s kind of reverse engineering on a decision that’s already been made, which was the very definition of pretextual. . . . We had them in an inevitable checkmate.”

Well, there’s a lot more out there and I hope you share it.  Meanwhile, I’m trying to decide if I’m going to go visit with the Warren Campaign staff at a cocktail party event down the street.  That should be interesting at the very least.

Just remember though, we should all be thankful that those first patriots did what they needed to do to secure those airports! so very long ago!!

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?