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I would like you to do us a favor though

Good weekend Widdershins!

Yes, words are important.  Words have meaning and sometimes imply more than what they seem.

though
/T͟Hō/
despite the fact that; although.
“though they were speaking in undertones, Philip could hear them”
even if (introducing a possibility).
“you will be informed of its progress, slow though that may be”
however; but (introducing something opposed to or qualifying what has just been said).
“her first name was Rose, though no one called her that”
adverb
however (indicating that a factor qualifies or imposes restrictions on what was said previously).
“I was hunting for work. Jobs were scarce though”

Donald Trump will soon find out how important words are since his words will probably soon lead to him being only the second U.S. President to be impeached. Of course we Widdershins, being the politically astute crowd that we are, all know that Nixon resigned before he could be impeached.

So lets take a look at some songs about words.  They’re out there.

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So there ya go Widdershins.  Big football day today, Saturday, for me.  LSU is playing Flo-Rita in a night game at Tiger Stadium.

Also, it’s an election day today and I have fingers crossed that John Bel Edwards gets the 50% plus 1 that will enable him to win outright in the primary and avoid a runoff.  He might be a blue dog Democrat but he’s given us expanded Medicaid and a state surplus in the budget.  As Molly Ivins wrote: You Got to Dance with Them What Brung You

Open thread of course but your musical contributions are always appreciated.

 

There are so many ways to look at Drumpf’s lack of fitness for the job of POTUS. To name a few:

  1. His abuse of the office of President for his and his cabal’s personal gain, for which the Democrats have opened an impeachment investigation.
  2. His indebtedness to hostile foreign countries like Russia, China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.
  3. His well-documented history of sexual assault and rape, including a long-time association with pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
  4. His corruption of the Senate, the Justice Department and the Supreme Court.
  5. His racism, which infects and contaminates all his foreign and domestic policy decisions.

These are all ample reasons to declare that gob of orange goo unfit for office. But there’s one reason I don’t notice a lot of punditry talking about: he’s too emotional to be President.

It often strikes me how the language used to describe the Mango Moron is so very different from the language used to describe any other President. Here are just a few examples from the past few days.

Went rogue

Panic

Erratic, abnormal, bizarre, unhinged, off the rails

Toddler, temper tantrum

Angry, in a panic

Crazy

Meltdowns

This is not how any leader should act, much less the leader of the free world. Yet where are the judgments being passed on his lack of fitness for being President because of his overabundance of emotion? Where are covers like this?

Where’s all the condemnation of his endless tweeting about his own imaginary genius and “great and unmatched wisdom?” Why has the media ignored his acting like an insane person every day, in public? Why aren’t they constantly demanding his resignation?

My theory is that Drumpf is allowed to be emotionally unfit for office because the media doesn’t take him seriously as President. They think of him as a clown and an entertainer, so they just give him a pass on everything.

As we’ve seen, however, IQ45 is more than happy to exercise the powers, real and imagined, of the President of the United States. As unfit and clownish as he is, he really in charge of the military. He really has the nuclear codes. He really can make horrible deals with foreign countries that deeply damage our economy. He really can lift sanctions on Russia and expose allies, like Ukraine and Syrian Kurds, to death at the hands of his foreign masters.

The media had better get its sh*t together, and soon. I don’t think we’re going to make it past 2020 with this lunatic at the helm.

He’s just too emotional.

This is an open thread.

 

 

I was able to crop his paw out

Good Weekend Widdershins

I bet you already guessed that I’ll be absent most of the day and into the evening today because football.

It’s been said  “weather: you just can’t do anything about it”.  Well, they weren’t counting on tRump and his ever handy sharpie.  He’s not going to let measly little things like science, or meteorology, or complex mathematical formulas get in his way.   That hurricane was going to Alabama-by-god!

So while we mere mortals can’t do anything about the weather, we can do something about weather music.  So let’s take a look at some songs about weather.

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Those are my contributions and I hope you’ll add some of your own below.

Open thread always.

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Addendum:  tRump had such a hit with the hurricane map he decided he’d finish up the border wall/fence also.

 

 

 

Good day Widdershins!

Is it a good day?  Well, certainly better than some we’ve had lately.

mb is having sinus issues so I’m taking a crack at doing the activist post.

I wasn’t going to get involved in the madness today on the streets of nola; been there done that.  I watched a bunch of the stuff on tv so that’s good enough for me. I had done the French Quarter thing one time.  A few of us gathered our pennies together and rented a room in the Quarter for Mardi Gras.  However, the crowds were so large they sorta pushed you in the direction they were going.  I was trying to get off of Bourbon Street to get to the hotel where we had the room.  When it got to that point I had had enough.

So moving on to the news…

Congressman Jerry Nadler of New York, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee just gave Donald tRump a big Mardi Gras surprise and it wasn’t a king cake.

The congressman sent document requests to around 81 individuals and entities.  The list was varied and interesting; he requested docs from the FBI!

Among the giftees of Nadler’s requests:

  • Donald Trump Jr.
  • Eric Trump (alas no Ivanka)
  • (they went to) Jared
  • Trump Campaign
  • Trump Organization
  • Trump Transition
  • Paul Manafort
  • Roger Stone
  • Yadda yadda

As the chairman said:

Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the requests issued to 81 individuals and entities would help the committee probe three main topics: obstruction of justice, including the potential interference by the president into criminal investigations; public corruption, including violations of the emoluments clause; and abuses of power, including attacks on the free press, the judiciary and law enforcement agencies.

And isn’t it interesting that those items/categories could lay the ground for impeachment charges against tRump.  Quell Surprise!

Nadler was also wicked smart in that the documents requested had already been submitted to the Special Counsel or other organizations so there’s no claiming executive privilege by tRump or the White House.

Aides to the committee said that they had intentionally limited their initial requests to material already provided to other congressional committees or federal investigators to ensure substantial compliance.

 

Said the chairman:

Mr. Nadler was explicit on Monday in saying that the House was no longer content to await the findings of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and would delve into many of the same issues, but with a different standard of evidence not wedded to a criminal indictment.

“We will act quickly to gather this information, assess the evidence and follow the facts where they lead with full transparency with the American people,” Mr. Nadler said in a statement. “This is a critical time for our nation, and we have a responsibility to investigate these matters and hold hearings for the public to have all the facts. That is exactly what we intend to do.”

So what are your thoughts Widdershins?  I say Laissez les bons temps rouler!

 

Open thread of course.

 

Photo by Nathan Dumlao

 

Good Weekend Widdershins!

This week there were two overarching themes in the political cartoons, Trump/Kim and Michael Cohen even though there were other things happening in the news.  So, we’ll call this theme(s) with variations.

Let’s take a look at what some of the cartoonists did this week.

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Okay Widdershins, hope y’all enjoyed these.  This is the final weekend of carnival, heading into Luni Gras and Mardi Gras. Not sure how much, if anything, I’ll be involved in.  This is the time when it gets absolutely crazy out there.

 

 

 

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Good Weekend Widdershins!

 

H/t to Uppity Woman’s blog for the idea for this post.  Thanks Upps!

That color above is red:  rage red, jealous red, angry red. You see, tRump had his nose rubbed into it at the G20 meeting in Argentina. Vladimir Putin just gave Donald (I’ve been hurt) tRump his back while he eagerly gave MBS a hearty hand grab at the meeting.  Was that a congratulations on the idea of bringing a bone saw to the Turkey meeting with Khashoggi?   tRump can’t do such things because we have a constitution, and laws and all that stuff.

Donald feels spurned.  He feels jilted.  Look at that picture at the top; he’s so all alone. He remembers the good days.

So let’s look at some songs about love gone bad. Jilted luvahs so-to-speak.  There’s a ton of songs out there about that.

(1) Another Lonely Night~Adam Lambert

(2) You’re No Good~Linda Ronstadt

(3) Tears Dry On Their Own~Amy Winehouse

(4) Don’t You Remember~Adele

(5) Kerosene~Miranda Lambert

(6) Bust Your Windows (Out Your Car)~Jazmine Sullivan

(7) You’re Breakin’ My Heart~Harry Nilsson

There ya go Widdershins, seven songs of love gone bad.  Feel free to add some of your own in the comments.

Open thread of course

 

 

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It’s a mess. All of it. The whole damned thing is a disaster. Dump nukes NATO, issues an executive order to fire some judges, nominates a hyper-partisan former Bill Clinton hunter and Bush White House torturer to be the new SCOTUS (which justice Kennedy might have used some unethical backchannel shenanigans to make happen), Roe is on the chopping block, etc. etc. I don’t need to make a full list, you already know. So where the bloody hell is the Democratic leadership? Chuck? Nancy? Bueller? I think we have all been asking this question for a long time. Why are the national Democratic leaders not leading protests and rallies to oppose Trump? Why is Maxine Waters the only member of Congress to seemingly be an avowed member of The Resistance? They may not have the votes to stop him and McConnell/Ryan – but why are they not making any noise to make it seem like they give a damn? It’s demoralizing, yes? I’ve been raging at them for some time, I know you have too. A few days ago The Hoarse Whisperer wrote an interesting thread on twitter that attempted to answer that question. And I think he made a very compelling argument for why Nancy and Chuck are not on TV every day screaming at Trump and McConnell and generally wreaking havoc, and why it may actually be the correct strategy.

The Hoarse Whisperer argued that by placing themselves in front of the camera as “leaders of the Resistance” Chuck and Nancy and Kamala, etc., will make every single election around the country about the Democratic leadership, not about the specific Democratic candidate, and that would be a disaster for Democrats. Imagine San Francisco liberal Nancy Pelosi every day on TV calling Trump a dumbass. One reason Democrats have managed to flip almost every special election, even in deep red states, is that although Republicans keep trying to tie Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer or Kamala Harris to each candidate, the “establishment” leaders of the party – by staying largely out of the way – allow each candidate to disown them and run on local issues…and then win. (Pelosi actually said recently that she doesn’t care if Democrats like Connor Lamb bashed her as long as they win their elections.) The public thinks their absence a sign of weakness or lack of determination to fight Trump. (It may actually be with Schumer, who is a wuss, but definitely not with Pelosi, who is a legislative warrior.) The public wants to see Pelosi storm the barricades because it will feel like she’s doing something even though legislatively there is nothing she can do at the moment. But in reality all Nancy Pelosi storming barricades would do is make each special election, in every red state, about Nancy Pelosi, the San Francisco liberal. So it’s not a sign of weakness; it is a strategy for Democratic party leaders to stay out of the way and let others be the faces of the Resistance. And the special elections results so far are evidence that the strategy is working.

What do you think about this? I actually was convinced by this argument.

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Another question: this photo of Melanie Trump is from Brussels. Does it look like she had kidney surgery?

And a bit of literature trivia: The Booker Prize is a prestigious British literary award, given each year to an English-language work of fiction published in the UK. To commemorate their 50th anniversary the Bookers decided to create a special award this year, to recognize the best novel out of its past 50 winners. It’s an impressive list made up of Salman Rushdie, William Golding, Hilary Mantel, Kazuo Ishiguro, Margaret Atwood

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Michael Ondaatje

and many other writing geniuses. The judges narrowed the list down to 1 title from each decade and then they let the big words loving public vote on the ultimate winner. And the prize was given to….Michael Ondaatje’s “The English Patient.” I’m sorry to our friend Pat, a former member of our blog, who detested Anthony Minghella’s movie adaptation with every fiber of her body. It’s a shame because I consider it to be one of the top 10 best (English language) movies ever made. And Ondaatje’s novel – quite different from the movie in some key story points, but breathing the same fire in spirit – is truly a masterpiece of words. When I read it I would go back and re-read entire pages because of the beauty of Ondaatje’s language. It is poetry in prose. And the characters he created are magnificent and rich with life. From the title character, the “English” patient – a man who betrayed everything he believed in for a woman he loved; to the young nurse, Hana, who tries to give him comfort in his final days because he reminds her of her loved dead ones and she is desperate to hold on to her memories for as long as she can; to the young Indian sapper Kip, whose life is consumed with finding bombs to diffuse and if he misses one – he knows people will die. “He spends all day searching,” Hana says at one point, “and at night he only wants to be found.” One of the most beautiful passages in the book – read in its entirety in the movie – is from a journal the Patient’s beloved, Katharine, left behind in a cave where she died alone.

My darling, I’m waiting for you — how long is a day in the dark, or a week? The fire is gone now, and I’m horribly cold. I really ought to drag myself outside but then there would be the sun. . . I’m afraid I waste the light on the paintings and on writing these words. We die, we die rich with lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have entered and swum up like rivers, fears we have hidden in, like this wretched cave. I want all this marked in my body. We are the real countries, not the boundaries drawn on maps with the names of powerful men. I know you will come and carry me out into the palace of winds. That’s all I’ve wanted — to walk in such a place with you, with friends, on earth without maps. The lamp is gone now, and I’m writing in the darkness.


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