Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016
Evening Edition: Some random, mildly profound, thoughts, some snarky, some not. Don’t forget, you can always comment, and read comments over at Daily Kos here.
If you missed it, Obama awarding 21 Medals of Freedom was inspiring. Talk about graciously sharing the spotlight. Unlike Trump who today it was reported demoted Christie because he hogged the spotlight. It brought tears to my eyes, and to many of the recipient’s eyes too. Slideshow here.
|Michael Jordon choking back tears|
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016
A painting by Norman Rockwell was moved in the Oval Office for the first meeting between President Obama and Mr. Trump so it would hang over Mr. Trump’s shoulder. In the painting the torch of the Statue of Liberty is being repaired by five men, one of whom is an African-American. All of them are precariously roped to her flame.
Who moved the painting and why? It is clearly too small for that space; a larger landscape painting had hung there previously. Originally the Rockwell painting was displayed to the right of President Obama’s desk and the expansive window, over a Frederick Remington sculpture, The Bronco Buster.
What is the meaning of this gesture? Most of my grandfather Norman Rockwell’s paintings are about tolerance, unity and the inherent goodness and resilience of the human spirit. The reflection of that vision and the profound presence of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the bust below, by African-American sculptor Charles Alston, speak volumes without saying a word. Perhaps they are able to say what Obama could not in these circumstances of necessary protocol. from Huffington Post
“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’ ” the source said.
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016
It’s going to be Charlie Foxtrot the Richter Scale of 13 for American democracy and values. Click here to comment and recommend
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Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
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Friday, Nov. 18, 2016
Do we really need a Kent State moment?
THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2016
A registry for legal Muslim immigrants should be a wake-up call if he initiates it! It’s not only the racist and xenophobic demagogic things Trump can legally mandate, including how far he wants to push the pro-life agenda; but the empowerment of the white supremacists to take violent action.
We no longer should call these people by the sanitized term alt-right.
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I feel fully engaged. My shell shock at his win and avoidance lasted a few hours after he was declared the winner, and I was asleep during that time. Then I woke up at 3:00 AM and couldn’t resisted turning on MSNBC. Now I wake up every morning, turn on the TV and read the liberal websites. It gets crazier and crazier and the news coverage at least on the liberal MSNBC (of Bannon and Guliani, the amateurishness of the transition team, the Republican Trump apologists — ) depicts nothing but chaos and turmoil. I have to say that as bad as this seems for the country, it vindicates us. It also leave running the government to careerists who have run the nuts and bolts of the government through several administrations. My fear is once their new appointed bosses take over they will resign. That’s when the trains stop running on time.
As I sometime do, last night I woke at around 2:00 AM and the skeleton of a story came to me based on all the Trump surrogates infuriatingly spouting bullshit about how the Bannon they know couldn’t be the racist anti-Semitic champion of the alt-right because the Bannon who they work closely with was a Navy veteran, Harvard MBA, movie producer, and generally a hail fellow well met.
Here’s the story I came up with as I sat in our Waterfalls Cafe coffee shop. All the facts in it are true — and fascinating and were unknown to me when I started the story — except that Leonard Goldbaum never existed.
The amazing story of Hitler’s dog trainer
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I’m a Jew. In 1939 I was hired by Adolf Hitler to be his dog “ psychologist. “ As an animal behavior specialist of some renown, despite the fact that I was Jewish, I was hired to work in the little known “Woofan SS” experiment (reference).
I first meet Hitler and his dogs in his apartment above the Reich Chancellery. The dogs took to me immediately. I dread to think what would have happened if they hadn’t. Blondi and Bondi frolicked on the floor with me much to Hitler’s amusement.
I told him that we’d need to work gradually to establish rapport before serious training could begin. He was impatient but understood when I told him that this had to be a gradual process, which was true. By reputation I knew that one did not try to deceive Hitler, but when in his presence you knew that his penetrating gaze was nothing less than a foolproof lie detector.
I typically visited the dogs once a week. Hitler made every effort to be there with us and on occasion rescheduled out appointments so he could participate in the training since it was crucial that he be able to communicate with Blondi and Bondi as well or better than I could.
One day have a good training session with the dogs I admired a beautifully carved chess set on a side table. Hitler asked me if I played chess and I told him I did, but was hardly a chess master. His eyes lit up and he told me about the time he was only 20 and he played chess with Lenin who was 40 at the time. He told me he beat him.
He pointed to a picture on the wall which I’d noted before but had thought nothing of. He said that it was an etching made by his art teacher Emma Lowenstramm, a Jew, who witnessed the game (reference). I was taken aback that there was no sense of prejudice when he casually noted that she was Jewish.
As the war took up more and more of his attention he had less time for our training sessions. The dogs had made progress. They had learned at least 100 command words, nothing more than tricks, but Hitler was delighted. To some extent they could communicate their wishes. Ranked against the dogs in our program they would be mid-range in talent.
As far as our chess games went I was clearly the lesser player. I did win from time to time and Hitler was very gracious. The rumors that if you played chess with Hitler you’d better allow him to win were unfounded. For one thing, he was a good enough player to know if you missed an obvious move. For another, he enjoyed the challenge of playing against someone of near, if not equally, as talented as he was.
After the war of course I learned about what the Israeli Declaration of Independence calls the extermination of six millions Jews the Nazi holocaust,* I discovered once the camps were liberated that the Nazis systematically murdered my brethren and almost all my extended family.
My wife died a natural death in 1943. I managed to escape from Germany to Switzerland and then made my way to England with the help of an SS Colonel and fellow animal psychologist from the SS unit where worked. I feel we are lucky we had no children.
As I write this I feel relieved that I too am terminally ill. I no longer want to live. I know that it is cowardly to want to escape my guilt. But so be it. I will die knowing that I am one of the few people who was as close to being a friend to Hitler as anyone could have been.
By Hal Brown, 2016
Authors note: The word holocaust only appears once in the Israeli Declaration of Independence where it is not capitalized.
|Speaking of trains, many homeless people like this sleep in from of Union|
Station in Washington.
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016
Trump Reportedly Considering Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist For Deputy National Security Adviser
Clare Lopez, reportedly on the short list for an advisory position in the White House, thinks Muslims are infiltrating the government.
Bedtime note after watching Lawrence O’Donnell:
What a choice (apparently) between war monger maniac, Jack D. Ripper Bolton and Rudy Guiliani as Secretary of State. The former knows something about foreign policy having been ambassador to the U.N. but would make the rest of the world even more terrified of the United States than they already are with Trump. Rudy was a prosecutor and NYC mayor and the city didn’t fall apart, although he is an evil, soulless person. He’s the saner choice between the two but he knows nothing about foreign policy…. oh great…. and Obama is on his way to reassure Angela Merkel that Trump isn’t about to bring chaos and crisis to the world. Now with that reassuring note I am going to bed.
This is the message I posted on the PDX Resistance Facebook page:
This picture (above right) is my Michigan State University ID… back then I was you and you were me. Now I want to feel like I can be a part of stopping the unfolding destruction we as a country have embarked on if only by supporting you and writing articles on Daily Kos.
The early 1970’s was another time where being part of a movement where, no matter the odds against us, we felt we had to do whatever we could to win.
When May of 1970 rolled around with the Vietnam War raging on and our friends dying, with Kent State Massacre being the catalyst, like all my friends I was ready to take a more active role in the battle so I became a student activist. Along with millions of others of my generation we took on the government and against tremendous odds we won. Finally the United States pulled out; but not before more than 58,000 Americans died, and estimates of total deaths go up to nearly 4 million.
Now it is up to you, but know that those of my generation, and the even older generation who fought for civil rights, are 100% behind you. When you look at us try not to see white haired and wrinkled geezers but remember what we looked like back in our day. You will be senior citizens someday too, and look back at the fight against Trumpism, a fight that you will suffer many setbacks in, but eventually you too will win.
|From Howard Covitz|
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016
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Thank you, Rutherford B. Hayes: The Posse Comitatus Act and Why We Need It Now More Than Ever
Maryland National Guard Sixth Regiment fighting its
way through Baltimore, Maryland, 20 July 1877
|Ironically In 1876, Hayes was elected president in one|
of the most contentious elections in national history.
He lost the popular vote to Democrat Samuel J. Tilden
but he won an intensely disputed electoral college
vote after a Congressional commission awarded him
twenty contested electoral votes. The result was the
Compromise of 1877, in which the Democrats acquiesced
to Hayes's election and Hayes ended all U.S. military
involvement in Southern politics. (from Wikipedia)
This is ALL so fucking depressing (LINK)… first Leonard Cohen, and now Leon Russell has died (at 74) too…
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Back from Fred Meyer’s I am spitting mad.
On the protests: The nightmare scenario is that Trump orders the National Guard (can he do that?) to stop the protests using non-lethal force --- that he would even have to add non-lethal force is incredible thought.... but of course this could lead to lethal force from both sides.. Kent State?
Would soldiers who are after, all citizens too, actually using any kind of force against non-violent protests?
Warning signs will come when we learn of his appointments.... that a sherrif -- however unhinged as David Clarke -- is being mentioned to head Homeland Security is appalling. That a mere county sheriff, even from a big city like Milwaukie, without the credibility of even a big city police commissioner like William Bratton (NYC) would even be mentioned to head up Homeland Security is strange, but this man is dangerous. Read this….
Trump’s Dr. Jekyll could stop Mr. Hyde from Tweeting this morning:
Sat., Nov. 12, 2016
A pretty photo with a grim reminder.
More dangerously, Clinton’s and Obama’s very civil passages, which ended in applause lines, seemed to close off alternative responses to his minority victory. (It was hard not to be reminded of Neville Chamberlain’s statement, that “We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analyzing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will.”) Both Clinton’s and Obama’s phrases about the peaceful transfer of power concealed the omission of a call to action. The protesters who took to the streets of New York, Los Angeles, and other American cities on Wednesday night did so not because of Clinton’s speech but in spite of it. One of the falsehoods in the Clinton speech was the implied equivalency between civil resistance and insurgency. This is an autocrat’s favorite con, the explanation for the violent suppression of peaceful protests the world over
The second falsehood is the pretense that America is starting from scratch and its president-elect is a tabula rasa. Or we are: “we owe him an open mind.” It was as though Donald Trump had not, in the course of his campaign, promised to deport US citizens, promised to create a system of surveillance targeted specifically at Muslim Americans, promised to build a wall on the border with Mexico, advocated war crimes, endorsed torture, and repeatedly threatened to jail Hillary Clinton herself. It was as though those statements and many more could be written off as so much campaign hyperbole and now that the campaign was over, Trump would be eager to become a regular, rule-abiding politician of the pre-Trump era.
But Trump is anything but a regular politician and this has been anything but a regular election. Trump will be only the fourth candidate in history and the second in more than a century to win the presidency after losing the popular vote. He is also probably the first candidate in history to win the presidency despite having been shown repeatedly by the national media to be a chronic liar, sexual predator, serial tax-avoider, and race-baiter who has attracted the likes of the Ku Klux Klan. Most important, Trump is the first candidate in memory who ran not for president but for autocrat—and won.Recommended reading:
Autocracy: Rules for Survival
The bitter infighting that plagued Donald Trump’s campaign during the Republican presidential primary is starting to spill over into his team’s efforts to establish an administration and political operation, according to more than half a dozen sources familiar with the planning efforts.
Those rifts and others are complicating what was an already a herculean task for Trump’s team: building a massive new government for a man who has never held public office.
“It's the same situation as in the primary – everyone has the knives out for each other,” said a Republican operative who worked with the campaign and is now advising people on the transition team. Read article
Read article. If you see me I will have lots of extra safety pins to hand out. I got to Freddy’s at 7 and bought the last pack of 50.
The Safety Pin Promise
Previous pre-election stories here