29 thoughts on “China Plays Trump Again”

  1. wapo:

    Sully, Bush’s service dog, will make one last journey with the former president

    The yellow Labrador retriever appeared woebegone, his head slack over his front left paw, his muzzle resting on the ground. Yet he was also steadfast, still keeping watch over George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, who died on Friday at his home in Houston.
     
    After accompanying the statesman and World War II veteran in the final months of his life, Sully, the late president’s service dog, lay before the casket holding what remained of him.
     
    The display of instinctual, animalistic devotion captured the reaction to Bush’s death in a way that the words spilled all weekend over the Internet could not. Dogs, wrote the poet Emily Dickinson, “know but do not tell.”
     
    In his knowing pose, the dog was at rest. He will accompany his person a final time, as Bush’s body is flown from Houston to Washington, CNN reported. An arrival ceremony is expected Monday at the Capitol, where Bush will lie in state in the rotunda until Wednesday, when family and friends will gather for a funeral at Washington National Cathedral.
     
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  2. Emily Dickinson in a letter:

    “You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large as myself that my father bought me. They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell.”

  3. Woke up this morning to the news that one of professional cycling’s bright voices has been silenced. Paul Sherwin has died at the age of 62. Mr Sherwin, along with Phil Ligget, basically taught me the sport and enhanced my love of it over the years.

    Dammit.

  4. I hate to hear that Paul Sherwin will no longer provide commentary for the TDF.  I always enjoyed his insight and comments with Phil Ligget and Bob Roll. although Phil retired, I always hoped he’d pop back in to discuss the Tour with Paul and Bob.  Changing of the guard, I guess.

  5. Patd

    Nice punny.  The big Trumpet is whining all over Twitter this morning.  He just can’t stand not being the center of attention.

  6. It’s in the 50s even here in NH.  Those ribs look scrumptious!

    Jace… someone will break out….  until then…  enjoy the ride!

  7. ha! bet scenes similar to this have erupted several times the last few days.  daily beast reports:

     
    If there was one thing it seemed most Americans could agree on this weekend it was that former President George H.W. Bush was generally a good man who had the country’s best interest at heart.
    And yet, somehow, the hosts of The View still found a way to turn his tribute into an argument on Monday morning.
    Things started off cordial enough with moderator Whoopi Goldberg noting how the remembrances from Presidents Clinton and Obama have helped remind us “how you can still not agree with somebody but be respectful of somebody.”
    “He seemed to be coming from a loving, kind place also,” Joy Behar added of Bush Sr. “That’s what I’m gleaning from what they’re talking about, that he was loving.”
    “He was also known for his humility as president,” Meghan McCain added, noting that as our last combat veteran to be elected “he was there to serve the people.”
     
    The unspoken contrasts with America’s current president continued as Abby Huntsman highlighted Bush’s 73-year marriage to Barbara Bush, who died eight months earlier, and his dealings with the media. “I loved his relationship with the press because we talk about that a lot on this show—they were tough on him, it’s not like they were easy—but he had such a respect for what they did,” she said.
    This led Behar to bring up another aspect of Bush’s legacy that has not gotten as much attention over the past few days.
     
    “As a candidate he said, ‘Those who think we’re powerless to do anything about the greenhouse effect are forgetting about the White House effect.’ Then he signed into law the Clean Air Act amendment of 1990, one of the most sweeping environmental statutes ever.”
    She then made the Trump comparison explicit. “This president that we have now is trying to unravel everything that he did and Obama did, and if I ever become a one-issue voter, it will be about pollution and the greenhouse effect and the fact that—”
    And just like that, she was interrupted by McCain. “Can we focus on the president, please? I don’t want to talk about Trump.”
    “Well, I do for a second, so excuse me!” Behar said. “Excuse me a second, please!” When McCain she was not “not interested in your one issue,” Behar replied, “I don’t care what you’re interested in because I’m talking!”
    “Well I don’t care what you’re interested in either, Joy!” McCain shot back as Goldberg hastily threw to commercial.
    When the clip appeared on the show’s Twitter account, the nasty exchange between Behar and McCain was magically missing. It’s almost as if it never even happened…
     

  8. speaking of the twit who should not be named but be ignored until after the funeral, if possible,

    good moment from 60 minutes last night:
    Norah O’Donnell: You said that watching his presidency and the criticism that he got as president–
    Former President George W. Bush: Yeah.
    Norah O’Donnell: –helped you.
    Former President George W. Bush: Yeah, it did. Because, first of all, being a child of a president is unpleasant. I mean, you watch somebody you love get lampooned, or made fun of, or harshly criticized. It hurts. And so by the time I became president, you know, I had to– a fair amount of asbestos (LAUGHTER) on my skin. And it didn’t hurt nearly as much, it turns out. You know?
    Norah O’Donnell: It was like fire retardant?
    Former President George W. Bush: Exactly. Fire retardant. (LAUGHTER)
    Norah O’Donnell: Did it bother your father to see you criticized while you were in office–
    Former President George W. Bush: Yeah. (LAUGH) It did.  in the end, though, you know, we both knew that’s part of the job, I mean, which is actually good, you know, for the country. I mean, you want your powerful people to be held up to scrutiny.
    Norah O’Donnell: When you look back at your father’s term in office as president–
    Former President George W. Bush:  Yeah.
    Norah O’Donnell:  –he starts, to many people, look better and better.
    Former President George W. Bush: (LAUGH) Yeah, we all do. (LAUGHTER) That’s the way time works. ……

  9. De mortuis nil nisi bonum dicendum est

    Well, to hell with that !
    Of course, I am referring to ghw bush, not to Mr Paul Sherwin.

  10. The last of the WWII era politicians in the Rotunda is sad in a very important way for me, I grew up with WWI, Korea and WWII veterans and their families, my playmates and schoolmates.  Not only is the period of dying a hard one to face because you know you and all your age are facing the finale, you might find yourself saying goodbye to others and you hang on;  my mother has few friends left at her age of 91 which leaves her essentially alone (except she has us to support her).

    Bush I was probably a very decent man, I view him as such.  He did allow my community, and others who contracted HIV/AIDS through means like blood transfusions, to suffer.  The passage of time will raise his presidential rating because we know more about the Middle East than we did a few years ago.

    R.I.P. Lt. j.g. George Bush.

  11. George H W Bush was among the last of the moderate, rational republicans. I don’t think that he was ever fully embraced by the conservatives in the party as evidenced by the way they turned on him over the whole no new taxes thing.  That he believed in science and the ability of government to run worthwhile programs sets him quite apart from the current Neanderthal Republican Party. I hope there are not too many comparisons over the next few days because it does a disservice to H W. He served his country with honor and integrity, two traits that contemporary republicans no nothing about.

     

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