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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

New Senator

One of the new Democratic Senators sworn in today by VP Harris was the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. He was on Rachel Maddow's show tonight ...



Happy



Today I watched the inauguration, something I've never done before. And I watched VP Kamala Harris swear in the 3 new Democratic Senators. And I watched President Biden sign executive orders, including one about rejoining the Paris Climate Accord.

At last, at long last, Trump is gone.

I know there are incredible challenges ahead, but for right now, I'm happy :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Almost inauguration

So close now to finally getting rid of Trump! I think even Mitch McConnell wants to dump him ...



But we still have to get through tomorrow without anything going terribly wrong. I saw that 12 members of the National Guard in D.C, have been removed today, two for their ties to right-wing extremism. Scary, as QAnon members have discussed posing as National Guard at the inauguration.

Meanwhile, Trump will slink off, with an early morning military going-away event at Andrews Air Force Base (he wants a 21 gun salute) ...



Looking forward to tomorrow with some trepidation.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

New video



New video of the Capitol rioters (almost exclusively white and male) from The New Yorker.

At one point the rioters tell the police that they have been sent by Trump, that they are eally all on the side side. Sort of.

At another point, you can see the retired Air Force officer with zip ties in the Senate chamber, photographing documents (he's now been arrested). Also a cop in the Senate chamber, outnumbered, watching all this and doing nothing. Oh, and then the rioters prayed, because nothing says Jesus like a bloodthirsty mob.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Riot aftermath

It's been hard to write a blog post lately. I'm still thinking about the Capitol riot. Every day brings new information about it, and it only gets worse.

It appears likely that some Republican House members helped the rioters, giving them tours and stategic info days before the riot ... Republican lawmakers are accused of giving Capitol tours to insurrectionists before the riot as new inquiries are opened.

And who were these rioters? Some were on a FBI terrorist watchlist ... Dozens of people on FBI terrorist watch list came to D.C. the day of Capitol riot. Many of them were retired military, and some of them were police ... Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops

And they were violent, looking to hang Mike Pence, shoot Nancy Pelosi, and harm or kill any Capitol police who stood in their way ...



And now gun-toting Republican House members refuse to go through metal detectors to go on the House floor ... House Republicans Disobey Police, Dodge Metal Detectors in Capitol. And Lindsy Graham has returned to the fold ... Lindsey Graham is reportedly back in Trump's 'good graces' after breaking things off last week. And the first of the rioters has asked Trump for a pardon ... The fur-wearing, face-painted 'QAnon Shaman' has asked Trump for a presidential pardon.

Will Trump pardon his brownshirts before his impeachment trial in the Senate?

Will the few moderate Republicans be able to wrest their party from Trump or will it be eaten alive by QAnon?

Stay tuned.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Arnold

From NPR: Recalling Nazis From His Childhood, Arnold Schwarzenegger Decries The Capitol Assault

I've got to say, if I ever would have voted for a Republican (for CA governor), it would have been for Arnold. I've watched almost every movie of his since Stay Hungry, and read his book, Arnold : the education of a bodybuilder (1977), after taking a couple of weight training classes at college.

Thanks, Arnold.

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Impeach!

There have been discussions about how Congress should facilitate Trump's departure. Some want him to be allowed to finish out his last few days without interference. Some want him to resign, and have Pence then pardon him. Some are hoping for Pence and the Cabinet to relieve Trump of command with the 25th amendment. But most Democrats want to see him once again impeached, and I'm one of them. Why?

First of all, we can't just do nothing ... he is a danger to the country and God only knows what he might do in the time he has left. And as for him resigning and getting pardoned by Pence ... he does not deserve a pardon, he needs to somehow pay for what he's done. And Pence will not invoke the 25th amendment ... Trump already has his zombie horde after Pence as it is.

But if he is impeached, there is one big benefit ... Trump will not longer have the option of holding office again.

Congress should impeach Trump again and bar him from holding any future public office

[...] The Constitution’s Article I, Section 3 provides for “disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States” as a penalty for an impeachable offense. And critically, while removal from office requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate, disqualification is different ....

Would the Senate vote to impeach Trump? They didn't last time, except for Romney, but I think this time would be different, if only because there are a number of Republican senators who want to run for president in 2024, but can't if Trump decides to run for president again.

Conservatives say we shouldn't impeach because it will cause division in the country. Seriously? That ship sailed a long time ago, and was dyed in the wool when Trump urged his followers to ransack the Capitol.

Impeach him.

Friday, January 08, 2021

New video



As the days go by, I'm getting more and more upset about the attack on the Capitol. More information is coming in - not from the authorities but from eyewitnesses and reporters - and that information is really disturbing.

The video segment above from Chris Hayes on MSNBC shows some new video of the mob attack. You cannot see that and believe anymore that this was just a protest by basically decent people. Did you ever see the movie about Benghazi? Think Benghazi.

And it's not just what the rioters did and tried to do. Why would the pentagon - the pentagon from which Trump recently fired the leadership, replacing them with his stooges - hinder sending in the National Guard? (The Pentagon blocked the DC National Guard from receiving riot gear or interacting with protesters without explicit approval from Trump's defense secretary)

People are dead. There better be a full investigation.

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Trump party

UPDATE: I've altered the post. When I first wrote it, I thought this video was made while the mob was attacking the Capitol. Actually it takes place earlier that day, during Trump's ralley, the one which incited the attack.

So what were Trump and his family and his sycophants doing just before his rabid mob sacked the Capitol?

They were celebrating ...



Questions

The day after Trump's brain-dead followers invaded the Capitol, there are so many questions. Why were the Capitol police not prepared for something like this, and why were they so nice to the rioters? Joe Scarborough dwells on this, dropping the F word in his anger, which I see they dleleted from the video ("you open the f*cking doors for them") ...



When peaceful protestors filled Lafayette Square on June 1, 2020, they were met with a heavily armed and violent police presence - on horseback, for God's sake. Why were yesterday's rioters treated so differently? Because they were pro-Trump instead of anti-Trump?

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Trump's coup

Who did not see this coming? Trump's zombie horde, whipped into a frenzy by his lies about a stolen election, have broken into the Capital.



From the L.A. Times Editorial Board: Trump is responsible for the violent storming of U.S. Capitol

The champions

It's atill early but it looks like both Democrats, Raphael Warnock and Jon Osshoff, have won their snate seats in Georgia ... What a Senate Majority Means for Democrats

This means that the Democrats will have the majority in the senate, given that the tie-breaker vice president, Harris, is a Democrat. Chuck Schumer, not Mirch McConnell, will be the majority leader. Biden's cabinet picks may well get approved. Bills from the House may actually get a vote. And senate committees will have Democratic leaders.

Yay! :)

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

How?



How is it possible that an unarmed and non-threatening man can be shot in the back at point blank range 7 times in front of his children, and there be no charges lodged against the shooter? One of the main points of "defund the police" was to change the incredilbe level of legal protection for police officers.

Monday, January 04, 2021

RIP: Gerry Marsden



Sad to see that Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers has died - Gerry Marsden, English Singer-Songwriter, Dead at 78

The Pacemakers were a band from the same time as the Beatles, same manager, and from the same place: Liverpool.



Sunday, January 03, 2021

Trump audio

From The Washington Post, audio of Trump trying to force Georgia's Secetary of State to lie and say Trump won ...



God, he's certifiable!

Saturday, January 02, 2021

The Lincoln Project

As more Republicans in Congress vow to contest Biden's win on January 6th, I was reminded of just how lucky we are that Biden did indeed win the election. And one of the key facotors that made that possible, I believe, was the help of The Lincoln Project.

I was reminded of this when I came across this 60 Minutes piece from a couple of months ago ...



Yes, they're Republicans, but thank God we had their help in dumping Trump. And they're not done - they plan to continue working against Trumpism after Biden takes office.

Go Now

The first song I ever heard from The Moody Blues was Go Now (1964). This was before The Moodu Blues that I especially like - the one with Justin Hayward - it was before Justin joined the band, and was sung by Denny Laine who left in 1966 ...



So where did he go? He joined Paul McCartney and Wings. Here he is doing that song again with them. I think I still like the original better.



Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year

A new song by Ringo, with help from his friends, including Paul McCartney ...



Even in 2020, Ringo Starr Keeps the Peace, Love, and Music Going

Raphael Warnock

I've been reading about the upcoming special election in Georgia. One of the Democratic contenders is Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Martin Luther King Jr.'s former church.

One of the things about Warnock that has been in the news is the fact that he is pro-choice. The main reason this is newsworthy is that pro-life political/religious conservatives have for decades spread the lie that one can't be both pro-choice and Christian. That isn't the case now, and in the past it was even less so.

Randall Balmer, a priest in the Episcopal church, former editor of Christianity Today, and a professor of history at Columbia and Dartmouth, has written in the past about how the Religious Right became pro-life for political gain (The Real Origins of the Religious Right).

But what made me think of this today was a really detailed article in The Atlantic. Here's the beginning of it ...

How Raphael Warnock Came to Be an Abortion-Rights Outlier

When the Democratic Senate candidate Reverend Raphael Warnock tweeted that he was a “pro-choice pastor,” backlash arrived within minutes. Conservative commentators including Ben Shapiro and Erick Erickson lined up to mock Warnock. A group of conservative Black ministers recently sent Warnock a letter asking him to reconsider his position. Representative Doug Collins, a Republican and an ordained Southern Baptist minister, called the tweet “a lie from the bed of hell.”

In this brief and explosive incident, one of the most significant dynamics of America’s abortion politics was laid bare: the seeming invisibility of pro-choice religious voices. It’s not that pro-choice faith leaders such as Warnock aren’t out there. It’s that, for decades, they’ve been losing the fight for the spotlight ...


Hope the Democrats win in Georgia!

Another pandemic

Thinking of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius - he gets mentioned in the episode of Fringe that I re-visited tonight. I've been a fan of Marcus Aurelius since college philosophy and history classes. He was a Stoic philosopher as well as emperor and wrote a book, the Meditations.

He wrote "our life is what our thoughts make it" and believed that a person could face hardship as long as they had the right attitude. And wow, did he need to believe this, because life handed him a lot of challenges: his wife was a piece of work, his sone was as crazy as a bedbug, he was at war, and he ruled during a terrible pandemic.

I saw this video tonight about Marcus Aurelius and how he handled the plague. He acted in all the ways we wish Trump would have, but didn't. As the maker of the video put it - he showed up ...



Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Possum

Saw this today - people adopted a baby possum :)