Suze Collins and the Infernal Charlie Brown Football

    Senator Susan Collins says that she is working with a group of Republican Senators to see if witness testimony will be allowed in the Senate impeachment trial. 

    Taking bets on whether the outcome will be better than when she said that she was seriously deliberating on how to vote on the Kavanaugh confirmation. At that time, she give her confirmation speech with a Mississippi Confederate seated at a table behind her.

    I hope I'm wrong in where I'm placing my bet.

    Republicans Claim Democrats Loved Qasem Soleimani

    Nikki Haley said Democrats mourn the loss of  Qasem Soleimani 

    Joining Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Monday night, former U.N. Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley discussed the response to the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Suleimani, saying that “the only ones mourning the loss of Suleimani are our Democrat leadership and Democrat Presidential candidates.”

    Lest you worry we are taking Haley out of context, she tweeted out the clip herself last night.

    Trump wins again

    Donald's set piece on the prior administration's  "foolish " no nuke agreement with Iran per se  -and its' associated role "providing the funding for Missile attack" could seem as evidence that he has finally lost all contact with reality and needs to be taken away for a long  rest.

    On the contrary, it was a great success.

    In the hours since  it's been the main topic, as he intended. As opposed the dangerous (for him) topics of the murder itself  and the need for Congress to revoke the extraordinarily improper Authorization to Use Force Resolution.

     

    Iran Warned Over Drop in Trump Polls

    NYT today:

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iran on Sunday that the United States could attack the country within its borders if leaders there take hostile actions against the President's interests in the aftermath of the drone strike that killed a top general.

    The answer to "Do you know anyone who you would call a racist?" before Trump was elected

    1/n Still don't have my broken computer / all my data back from repair (hoping sometime next week). Said I'd take a break, but it's a new year/decade so I feel obligated to tweet *something*. So here's a gem I just found. Too funny. pic.twitter.com/UHWaXNRrCC

    — Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) January 4, 2020

    Levar Burton Enters the Pity Olympics

    On the first day of this new year, LeVar “Kunta Kinte” Burton told all of Twitter that he wouldn’t tolerate any racial gaslighting in the new decade. The acclaimed actor, author and advocate released the first installment of This is My Story, a video series where he shares individual stories that capture some of the racist experiences most Black people in the U.S. “have in common.” On Twitter, Burton wrote:

    Pompeo: We Have Given Iraqi's Freedom !

    Can Republican flunkies and Trump sycophants get any more cynical than Pompeo today?

    Pompeo - "Iraqis — Iraqis — dancing in the street for freedom; thankful that General Soleimani is no more."

    Even Fox News reported:

    It was not immediately clear where or when the footage in the tweet was recorded.....

    The Iranian assassination

    When Harold Wilson's  got to Heathrow in 1964  the UK had just learned that the Brit Secy of Defense had been sleeping with the same 16 year old as the Russian ambassador . The press asked Wilsonwhat he thought.

    Answer:   " No comment"

                     "In technicolor"

    Which is what we should be saying tonight :     Practice .

               NNNNNNNN NO NO NO   etc

    A "blog" saying it was a Trump  election maneuver will be copied .

    distributed on the net and will cost us one vote per each reader. 

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    AOC is Joan of fucking Arc!

     

     

     

     

    Bernie Sanders was resurrected (from real, not virtual, near death...) by her endorsement, and his donations have exploded as reported today (35 Million for 4th Q 2019)

     

    I used to say that she was a political  comet.  That's incorrect.

     

    It's social conservative spin, BUT

    this which I noticed because Andrew Sullivan retweeted it, it's worth a look to see both:

    1) what we will see more of as white male privilege is made the main bogeyman in our culture, and

    2) how one can vie in the victimhood Olympics with selective stats:

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    Biden to Trump: Sure, I'll testify at the impeachment--jointly with you, punk.

     

     

    Which, of course, he did not say, thus wasting a golden opportunity.

     

     

    Why should Biden duck testifying, anyway?  if it were, say, AOC, or some other clapback *artist, the chance to make a direct attack on Trump with wall to wall tv coverage would be gold.

     

    American Descendents of Slavery

    The Russians and other counties are going to attack the 2020 elections. One obvious way to do this is by spreading discord. They will be aided in this effort by Moscow Mitch who is slow walking efforts to combat foreign interventions into our voting process. The African American community will be a prime target. A recent debate about reparations is a possible way to sow division within the black community. The discussion revolves around who should receive these hypothetical reparations. Should reparations go to all blacks, or just blacks who are descendants of slavery?

    Virginia and Humpty Dumpty

    The New Year rolls in with movement towards removing Confederate statues representing the state of Virginia.

    Governor Northam is offering a bill to remove General Robert E. Lee, the overrated Confederate general is from it's place as one of Virginia 's contributions to the statuary in the U.S.Capitol. 
    https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/virginia-governor-seeks-removal-of-confederate-statue-from-us-capitol/2191799/

    We had "Freedom Fries", they got:

    Trump's gaining

    at least if you accept the composite poll of polls  with which 538 today tops his report. 

    The actual  Trump numbers it posts on the right axis are  52.1 disapprove, 43.4 approve.

    I don't  have access to its  similar earlier  reports   but if you overlook the unsophisticated  approach . I confess to just placing   a transparent ruler on today's chart point  reflecting today's  approval , the highest since his swearing in before   " the greatest crowd in the history of Inaugerations (or was it  all   pubic events ever.) 

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    River of Ice, River of Shit

     

    One of the Fugs most poignant renderings was a song called Wide, Wide River (of Shit,) the theme of which was an impending surge of misfortune in which the world might drown.  I believe it had something to do with Vietnam.

     

     

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    Hundreds of Thousands Take to Streets in All 50 States 'Time to Impeach and Remove Trump'

     

    Published on
    Wednesday, December 18, 2019
    by Common Dreams

    Note: With a h/t to Buffalo Bill at Dead Net Central

    Note: Common Dreams work is licensed under a Creative Commons
    Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely.

    " Vicente Fox 2020"

    Earl Landgrebe 2.0

    At the height of the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon was running low on friends. When the U.S. House voted to begin impeachment hearings, for example, the vote was 410 to 4. One of the four was an Indiana Republican named Earl Landgrebe.

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    Friends? Ivanka and Christopher Steele since 2007

    Some salacious political intrigue?

    Oh how I would really relish the possibility ...

    Note: Moved from Dag In The News.

    Here's the ABC headline:

    'Dossier' author Chris Steele met Ivanka Trump years before Russia scandal, source says

    In the car

      I asked whether Ted would be there. 

    Driving to the  Christmas party at a home  for the “developmentally disabled “ . 

    Guys who can’t live outside. Crazy ,probably  called  although one of them can do complicated math puzzles  in his head. When he’s not violent. Mostly true now.

    Only  one really talks. But they get along.  With one another and the staff,.  
    And enjoy the holiday  food. Cooked by the staff and to some extent by staff from other houses who like to come by . It’s a good scene.

    "The Man Who Predicted Nazi Germany"

    In 1919, John Maynard Keynes foresaw the chaos that would follow from the Versailles peace treaty.

    Guest op-ed by Dr. Jonathan Kirshner (professor of political science at Boston College) @ NYTimes.com, Dec. 7

    On Dec. 8, 1919, Macmillan Press published a book by a relatively obscure British Treasury official who had resigned from the government in protest over the Versailles treaty that brought the epochal trauma of the First World War to its conclusion.

    Nikki Haley and the Confederacy

    Nikki Haley was hailed as one of the adults in the room when she joined the Trump administration. She went to disappoint expectations by becoming another Trump toadie.

    I’d thought Haley was better than that. I was wrong. She was one of the heroes in my 2016 book, Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Went from the Party of Reagan to the Party of Trump. Even after accepting a job in the Trump administration as ambassador to the United Nations, I hoped Haley could walk the tightrope of maintaining her dignity and reputation as a serious conservative while remaining relevant in a party that has become dramatically more populist and nationalistic in the Trump era. 

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