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    THE TIMES THEY ARE ACHANGEN!

    Ike shows up in Bonn.

    And the Germans (whom Ike had hit pretty badly just a few years before) all cheer Ike and America.

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    NATO & US

    President Trump: Adds 2 Aircraft Carriers to USN Chesapeake Bay Fleet

    July 4, 2021 - President Trump will add two new Gerald Ford Class nuclear aircraft carriers to the Chesapeake Bay Fleet, the premier eastern Navy group which replaced the Atlantic Fleet. CINCLantFleet, the Atlantic Fleet, was mothballed after the demise of NATO in 2019. The Chesapeake Bay fleet, in Navy parlance, CINCPeakeFleet, has 5 nuclear carriers and 165 other warships which patrol the Chesapeake Bay between Virginia and Maryland. Occasional operations in the Atlantic seaboard are carried out in conjunction, and with the approval, of the Russian Navy.  President Putin asked for that gesture, and said he considers use of the CINCPeakeFleet resources beyond 10 miles from the US shore to be a serious and unnecessary provocation. An annual Fleet regatta within that 10 miles occurs off the coast of Florida at the President's resort at Mar-a-Lago every year on June 14, the President's birthday.

    Some Heresy on Immigration

    Just thinking out loud here about possible legitimate avenues moving away from rather than further into the current mess.

    Key elements of today's GOP and GOP constituencies act like an increasingly cornered endangered species.  They are reacting in desperation, now while they may believe they still have a chance to do something about it.  This seems to be a major reason why the immigration issue is such a flashpoint now.  Demographic, along with what they believe or assume to be inevitable cultural, dread.

    This is why we can't have nice things in NYC

    Tom Arnold's Plan B

    I still have hopes for the right comic(s) peeling off some of the Trump fan base. They've just been stymied by the fact that he started out as a caricature from the getgo.This sounds promising to me. He got fans from his The Apprentice rep as Mr. Genius Tough Billionaire and he's still playing the same character as president:

    Trump on Reporters, Hate Them, Wouldn't Kill Them

    On the Campaign Trail, Grand Rapids Michigan

     

     

    The Immigrant Problem: June, 1896

    The Atlantic has put this opinion piece from its archive up for free access:

    Restriction of Immigration

    "The question to-day is ... of protecting the American rate of wages, the American standard of living, and the quality of American citizenship from degradation through the tumultuous access of vast throngs of ignorant and brutalized peasantry from the countries of eastern and southern Europe."

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    No Senate quorum before 2019!

    Desperate times call for desperate measures.

     

     

    Fortune having delivered  us into the maw of Trump The Destroyer, she has also delivered the invalided John McCain, who may well be absent from the Senate for the duration.

     

     

    Pence can break a tie, but he does not count towards the 51 Senators required to do business.

     

     

    They may have to kidnap Manchin, McCaskill and Heitcamp,but it's a plan.

    How to get medical records and bills

    Just sharing, just ran across this fabulous tweet:

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    Ya Moqtada! A young gun comes of age.

    Among the several crimes against intelligence that adorn the record of the post invasion imperium in Iraq, the attempt to prosecute frame the son of an Ayatollah (himself martyred by Saddam) for the murder of a collaborating Mullah stands out...

    Moqtada al-Sadr was not only an aspiring Ayatollah in his own right, he was also commander of one of the two or three most powerful militias in Baghdad--they call part of Baghdad Sadr City.

    Forget Oz, it's Salvador Dali's world now, Toto

    Tom Arnold says he's teaming up with Michael Cohen and 'taking Trump down'

    By Avery Anapol @ TheHIll.com, June 22

    Comedian Tom Arnold said Friday that he and President Trump’s former longtime personal lawyer are teaming up to “take down” the president.

    Arnold tweeted a photo with Michael Cohen on Thursday with the caption "I Love New York," which Cohen retweeted without comment.

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    Bolton to announce the "Gaza Model"

    The esteemed author of the diplomatic hand grenade otherwise known as "The Libya Model" is turning his national security chops to the southern border contretemps.

     

    He will shortly announce the inevitable product of his careful reasoning, consistent with the need to enforce zero tolerance tempered by the prohibition on locally.concentrated internment (see what I did there?)  mandated  by PR prudence.

     

     

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    AN IMMODEST PROPOSAL

    I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricasie, or a ragoust.

    We should deal with Trump/Kim

    It's happening and it is immensely important.

    I'll open the floor gates and I expect that  after me the sensible people will join in.

    My belief is that Trump is actually pretty well qualified for today's meeting.

    He made money in a tough league. That's real.  Of course ,exaggerated but for him to exaggerate , there had  to be something for  him to exaggerate, There was some "there" there.

    The  Dagblog view  of his character is unsparing. None of us have a word of praise or even tolerance,

    Rightly so.

    He's  morally unspeakable.

    Kim's Critical First Minute Opening Line

    Trump: I'll know 'within the first minute' if North Korea is serious at summit meeting.

    I saw and envied your inauguration crowds, they were so huge, they were so much bigger than Obama's!

    I want you to denuclearize us, because of the wise teaching of you by your uncle from MIT you are smarter than so called experts!

    Dotard actually means great genius emperor in ancient Korean!

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    Blundering towards Bethlehem

    As Trump in Singapore bids fair to fulfill the mandate to provide his reality show with an audience pleasing finale, may we friends of humanity argue that no downside lurks in the prospect of a supine Trump, albeit producing a Potemkin peace?

    What I mean is this: Granting that Trump, by definition, understands nothing, what's the worst that could happen?

    The fear seems to be that Trump will "give away" too much in his zeal for a chance to sample the golden shower culture of Oslo. That is obviously bullshit.

    Ted Kennedy's Eulogy for his brother Bobby

    Fifty years ago today, Ted Kennedy delivered a eulogy for his brother Bobby considered by some to be the most profound speech of his career.  Katie Mettler at WaPo today offered an excellent writeup of that moment.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/06/08/those-he-to...

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