The Widdershins

Good weekend Widdershins

With lots of things happening all over, seemingly to the point of making you want to go screaming into the day (or night), I thought we might once again see how the political cartoonists are seeing things.

Naturally Trump rules the cartoons just as he seems to do with the news cycle, but there were other things that caught the eyes of our cartoonist friends, like the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. And that somehow got combined with tRump; go figure.  Below is a sample of the ones that caught my eyes.

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Okie doke Widdershins, hope you enjoyed those.  Open thread of course.

 

Our media is shocked, shocked! at the Mango Moron’s latest disgusting attacks on the four female JDs who are women of color. Fainting couches all over the country are groaning under the weight of all the privileged doyens and doyennes of the press who have not previously been able to admit that he is a dyed-in-the-wool, white-hood-wearing, white supremacist-loving, LEGAL immigrant-hating RACIST.

It’s no longer something they can avoid. Saith the Charlotte Observer:

“Go back where you came from” is among the worst of racist tropes. It divides us by ethnicity and skin color. It says that even if someone is a citizen or legal immigrant, they are not part of the rest of us. That runs contrary to who we should be as Americans, and if Donald Trump didn’t know it when he typed the words, he surely did later when people responded with appropriate outrage. But the same president who referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” and said African visitors would never “go back to their huts” once again doubled down on his racism.

It’s dangerous, destructive behavior, and at the least every Republican lawmaker in Congress should declare as much about their president’s outburst…

(snip)

….the Republican Party is firmly Donald Trump’s party now. It’s the party where insults and other ugliness are just being “rough around the edges.” It’s the party where locking legal migrants in crowded, unhealthy cages is acceptable immigration policy. It’s the party where it’s OK to say racist things so long as the next jobs report is encouraging.

Many people have written about Drumpf’s long, long, LONG history of racism, and I won’t go over the obvious here…but I will say, it’s encouraging to see at least some of the media using the correct words to describe him. And the snowball will keep rolling down the hill after the Democrats censure him, perhaps as early as tomorrow.

The text of the resolution, which is sponsored by freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.), obtained by The Hill “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should ‘go back’ to other countries.”

In my opinion, Drumpf has gone too far now. Back in the days before he began squatting in the Oval Office like a feces-throwing orangutan, he, and his enablers in the media, could still pretend his oh, so very white voters were motivated by “economic anxiety.”

But not any more. Not after ripping children from their parents at the border; not after putting human beings in conditions that would make the Nazis proud; not after trying to ban legal entry to this country by Muslims and to end legal asylum protections for Central Americans; not after declaring immigration a national emergency while ignoring climate change and the real national security threats posed by Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea.

No, if you are voting Republican now, you’re voting racist. There’s no way of avoiding that realization and that condemnation.

It’s too bad they didn’t listen to Hillary now, isn’t it?

This is an open thread.

Hello Widdershins!!!! Happy Weekend!

Our Fredster is trying to stay safe from Barry: let’s keep an eye out on this storm and Fredster, please be safe!

I know I’ve been MIA for a bit; I got so burned out by the craziness of it all that I just had to step back, not go back to Twitter, barely read the news. And you know what? Ignorance really is much more blissful. Not following every Trump fart can have a positive effect on your life!! But, of course, one can’t sit there with one’s head buried in the sand. As Al Franken wisely said right after Trump’s election: Folks, this is going to be a marathon, not a sprint. And so it is…

But I am happy to be back amongst friends here, I will try to be less absent as we get ready for the election of our lifetimes.

As far as our musical theme this weekend: let’s do a free-for-all. Dig up your favorite and maybe forgotten songs and melodies!

I will begin with – who else – Madge! This Oscar performance of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sooner or Later,” written for her and the film Dick Tracy, is stunning. She sings the hell out of it. (The song went on to win the Oscar.) And keep an eye on her huge diamond earrings and when one of them falls off.

And so are his friends.

On Saturday, billionaire financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for the alleged sex trafficking of dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005. In a criminal indictment unsealed Monday, federal prosecutors claimed that Epstein lured underage girls, some as young as 14, to his luxurious homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach under the guise of paying them cash for massages. He then molested them and encouraged them to recruit other young girls to return with them. The victims who returned with new victims were paid a finder’s fee.

“In this way, Epstein created a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit, often on a daily basis,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a statement.

Lest we forget, this is what Drumpf said about Epstein in 2002:

“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”

Can you not hear the sleaze dripping from his voice as he says this? The nasty, pedophiliac drool? Oh yes. He knew exactly what that overprivileged piece of shit was doing to children.

That brave woman, E. Jean Carroll, told her story and was basically ignored by the media; not because they didn’t believe her, but because they did. We all know that gob of orange goo in the White House is a sexual predator. That is one of the many, many, MANY reasons we were all so devastated after Election Day in 2016; the knowledge that tens of millions of Americans actually voted for a known sexual predator instead of the most qualified candidate for President in the history of our country, because they hate women and all people of color. White people all across this country made that decision with eyes wide open. And now we are reaping the whirlwind as more and more of the pResident’s men are starting to get caught committing horrible sexual crimes.

People like Jeffrey Epstein are Donald Trump’s friends. People like Alex Acosta are his enablers. Trump’s Attorney General William Barr has recused himself from the Epstein case (for a reason that doesn’t pass the smell test). These are just the most recent “best people” Republicans are fine with keeping in power, but there are oh, so many more.

I just have to ask: what moral compass is being used here? If you’re a Republican, do you think raping children is better or worse than separating them from their parents and putting them in concentration camps? Is raping children better or worse than letting them be killed in school shootings nearly every day? Is raping children better or worse than taking clean air, food and water away from them?

This terrible travesty of an administration has caused us to ask these horrifying questions, to compare and weigh the many cruelties visited on children and to wonder, how can anyone be okay with this? Even more dreadful, it has caused us to answer that question thus: that Republicans will put up with anything to stay in power. It doesn’t matter who gets raped, as long as it isn’t them.

Here’s to truly draining the swamp in 2020. May we make it so that all the slimy sexual predators, like Jeffrey Epstein, William Barr, Alex Acosta and so many others, are sent to prison, along with their Cheeto-hued chief.

And may we make America, finally, a safe place for our women and children.

This is an open thread.

 

 

Greetings and Happy Fourth Widdershins

Yep, yep it’s a bit early but I won’t be around Thursday.

Thank goodness for friends who have friends who have a condo on the gulf coast.  The condo couple are going elsewhere for the fourth and offered to let *my* couple use their condo at Navarre Beach along the Florida panhandle.  My friends asked if they could bring me along since it’s a three bedroom place and the condo couple said sure if they would vouch for me.  Since I’m housebroken it was a go.  We’ll be heading out Wednesday afternoon and will probably stay through the weekend.

Since y’all are east coasters, formerly east coasters or west coasters here’s a little info.

It’s actually known as “the Emerald Coast” but everyone calls it the redneck riviera.

There is not — and I will take a hard, fast, definitive stance on this issue — a single place in these blessed United States that has better sand than the Emerald Coast. Not a one. It is paper white, fine, and as soft as the day is long.

That sounds good to me.  Oh and btw it’s not that “rednecky”.

Not sure if we’ll barbecue or anything.  There are just too many great seafood places around there.

There is supposed to be wi-fi available but I can’t honestly think of a reason to bring a laptop, can you?

So here’s a patriotic Fourth of July song or two for ya and I’ll see y’all later.

 

 

 

 

Open thread of course.

 

 

First the good news. How a small Turkish city successfully absorbed half a million migrants:

Gaziantep has grown by 30% due to newcomers fleeing the crisis across the border in Syria, but remains a model of tolerance and pragmatism. …

In one 24-hour period alone, Gaziantep took in 200,000 people. To put that in perspective, Turkey’s biggest city, Istanbul, with a population of 15 million, hosts 560,000 refugees in total. Gaziantep has just a 10th of the population but took in 500,000. …

Early on, the Turkish government pursued a policy of integrating the newcomers into urban areas, rather than let them fester in refugee camps. Only 4% still live in camps.

This put pressure, however, on the existing housing stock in Gaziantep, forcing up rents. Employers, meanwhile, took advantage of the sudden increase in the workforce to push down wages. There was also conflict over access to drinking water, and burgeoning resentment that the aid pouring in was going to Syrians, not to poor Turks. …

It was precisely to avoid this sort of conflict that the city adopted a new approach, based on integration.

The mayor, Fatma Sahin, established a migration management department. The idea was that Turks and migrants would receive equal treatment and benefits.

It persuaded the government to pipe in water from over 80 miles away to address the water crisis, and then set up a plan to build 50,000 new homes, as well as new hospitals and better public services. All were available to Turks and migrants alike.

“I said to them, we have to work together,” Yalçin says. “We are aiming for social cohesion, because Turkish and Syrian people are going to live together here[.”] …

What sets Gaziantep apart is that it didn’t wait. It was quick to accept the reality that the migrants were there to stay – and the sooner integrated, the better.

“Migration has always been with us,” says Yalcin. “It’s not a problem to be solved but a reality you have to manage. You should see the advantages. And you need to tell people the truth: these people are not stealing your jobs, they’re not stealing your houses.”

(It’s worth mentioning, since it may not be obvious to English-speaking readers, that Fatma is a woman’s name. Margaret Thatcher and many others are evidence to the contrary, but on the whole leaders who are women seem to do a damn good and visionary job more often than not.)

building a home using sand-filled plastic bottles for new refugees in SE Algeria
A project to help new Sahrawi refugees in SE Algeria by building them homes using sand-filled plastic bottles for walls. This is old refugees helping new ones, so not an example of integration among foreigners, but it’s the same idea.

 

So the good news is that solutions to the plight of refugees exist.

 

The bad news is that most places are doing the 180° opposite.

As I’ve pointed out in other blogposts, Trump is not the first to try sadism to stop refugees. The Australians did it years earlier. And they’ve dealt with the downstream consequences that we’re only imagining. The outlook is terminal.

The USA is imprisoning people it finds undesirable. Australia has already lived this nightmare

It’s long been observed that any network of camps, once established, becomes worse. As Andrea Pitzer shows in her history of concentration camps, One Long Night, over and over again since the invention of concentration camps in the late 19th century, in each iteration they develop their own terrible, internal logic. Laws are circumvented or changed, secrecy inhibits scrutiny, logistical problems complicate detention such that the brunt is always borne by prisoners, and a dynamic of brutalisation sweeps up prisoner, jailer and the whole society surrounding them.

Even if such camps are not deliberately constructed for the purposes of murder, they kill people. In Australia’s camps, dozens have died, a score or more at their own hands. …

Australia’s camps are now baked into its national politics. They look set to remain as long as there are elections to win, focus groups to placate, and no outside agency truly capable of enforcing any consequences for its architects. The longer that they are in place in the US, Italy and elsewhere, the more likely it is that in those countries, too, they will become permanent features of the political landscape. … [emphasis mine]

The difficulty of holding a nation’s most powerful people accountable is why it seems likely that the camps won’t be shut down on the basis of national politics. Angela Mitropoulos, a scholar on the topic, says only a globalized opposition can succeed.

And to me, that sounds even more depressing than the fact that we’re back to explaining that concentration camps are a bad idea. In a world with Xi Jinping, who puts millions of Uighurs in camps, with Putin, with The US’s own flabby version of an autocrat, with elections being rigged to make Europe fall apart, with the lack of respect and funding for the UN — with all of that the chances of a useful global response seem kind of microscopic.

But then there are the Greta Thunberg’s of the world. An idea catches fire and people decide they’re not going to take it anymore.

I just hope maybe once we can reach that point before the full disaster strikes, not afterward as we’re dragging ourselves out of the horror.

Good afternoon Widdershins

So today is the first of two big days for the Democrats.  Twenty, count’em, twenty Democrats (well minus Bernie) will be on a stage in Miami over two days to rip each other to shreds, but in a nice way, bless their hearts.

I tried to find a Bingo card or cards for the events but could not.  However, courtesy of someplace, LA Times, NY Times, somewhere, I found a drinking game for each night.  And should you not imbibe in liquor or partake of other mind-alternating substances, well just pretend that you do.

FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Presidential debate, night one

Who’s on stage: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, former Rep. John Delaney, Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Tim Ryan and former U.S. Housing Secretary Julián Castro.

Take a drink if:

  • De Blasio references President Donald Trump as “Con Don.”
  • A moderator or candidate refers to O’Rourke as Robert (his actual first name).
  • A candidate dances around whether they’re in favor of impeaching Trump.
  • Warren says, “I have a plan for that.”
  • A candidate says a progressive stance is not socialism.
  • De Blasio starts a response with “listen.”
  • You have to Google who a candidate is.
  • Klobuchar mentions the Midwest.
  • A candidate turns a question on policy into an attack on Trump.
  • Booker mentions he is vegan.
  • An attempt to answer a question dissolves into multiple candidates shouting over each other.
  • All the candidates give the same answer on a yes or no question.
  • Hillary Clinton is mentioned

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FOR THURSDAY NIGHT

Presidential debate, night two

Who’s on stage: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet and Kamala Harris, Rep. Eric Swalwell, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, author Marianne Williamson and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Take a drink if:

  • A moderator or candidate jokes about pronouncing (or mispronounces) Buttigieg.
  • Biden says “folks.”
  • A candidate turns a question on policy into an attack on Trump.
  • Harris has to defend her record as a prosecutor.
  • A candidate says a progressive stance is not socialism.
  • All the candidates give the same answer on a yes or no question.
  • Attacks on Biden tally more than 10, then take a drink after every five more.
  • Sanders wags his finger aggressively.
  • A candidate dances around whether they’re in favor of impeaching Trump.
  • You have to Google who a candidate is.
  • Gillibrand has to explain her shift in opinion about gun laws.
  • Sanders calls himself a socialist.
  • Hillary Clinton is mentioned.

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Okie-doke Widdershins, you are all set.  Get your cocktail glasses, ice, favorite adult beverage or any other accoutrements that you feel you might need to prep for the next two nights.

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Kellyanne Conway’s new job

Take the kids to work? NO!

That moment when *your* pussy gets grabbed

You go gurl! h/t Adam Joseph

“The” Book

Nice picture of our gal

Time till the Grifter in Chief is Gone

Hopefully soonerJanuary 21st, 2021
18 months to go.

Mueller Time!

Wise Words from Paul Ryan

B-I-N-G-O!

Only the *best* politicans bought by the NRA

Marching for their lives

Perfect Picture

Rudy: oh shit the pee tape IS real!

Need Reminders?

Never too early to shop for Christmas

“Look this way”

Manafort’s Jail Photo

Indeed who?

Trump spam

IOW Dumb = Happy?

Simply Put

Ironic

Awrite! Here’s your damned wall

Dems are coming for ya

NEXT DEMOCRATIC DEBATES

The next set of Democratic debates – 2 nights again, will be July 30th and 31st on CNN.

Not sure of times.

Lineup for Detroit Dem Debates

NIGHT ONE, Tuesday, July 30, 9 pm Eastern each night

  •     Steve Bullock
  •     Pete Buttigieg
  •     John Delaney
  •     John Hickenlooper
  •     Amy Klobuchar
  •     Beto O’Rourke
  •     Tim Ryan
  •     Bernie Sanders
  •     Elizabeth Warren
  •     Marianne Williamson

 

NIGHT TWO, Wednesday, July 31:

  •     Michael Bennet
  •     Joe Biden
  •     Cory Booker
  •     Julián Castro
  •     Bill de Blasio
  •     Tulsi Gabbard
  •     Kirsten Gillibrand
  •     Kamala Harris
  •     Jay Inslee
  •     Andrew Yang

Moderators will be Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper

There’s even info on who stands where but I’m not interested in who is in the center square.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/18/cnn-dnc-pick-second-debate-lineups-1422147