43 thoughts on “Picture This”

  1. NYTIMES op ed:

    Why Should Immigrants ‘Respect Our Borders’? The West Never Respected Theirs

    Immigration quotas should be based on how much the host country has ruined other countries.

    By Suketu Mehta

    Mr. Mehta is the author of “This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto.”

     

  2. wapo:

    President Trump announced Friday night that a deal was in place that would avert threatened tariffs on imports from Mexico in exchange for that country’s taking “strong measures” to curb the influx of Central American migrants at the U.S. southern border.

     

    The agreement, which came just two days before Trump had vowed to impose a 5 percent, across-the-board tariff on one of the United States’ top trading partners, called for the Mexican government to widely dispatch its national guard forces to help with immigration enforcement, with priority in the south, on its border with Guatemala, according to a joint statement.

     

    In addition, the two countries would expand a program known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), created this year, that allows the United States to return Central American migrants to Mexico while they await the adjudication of their asylum hearings in U.S. immigration court, a process that can take months.

    […]

    “I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border.”

     

    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador tweeted about the deal shortly after Trump, adding that he would still hold a planned rally in Tijuana on Saturday meant to “defend the dignity of Mexico.”

    “Thanks to the support of all Mexicans, the imposition of tariffs on Mexican products exported to the United States was avoided,” he wrote.

    [continues]

  3. the guardian:

    Followers of astronomy were in for a surprise on Friday, when Donald Trump announced that the moon is part of Mars.

     

    In a tweet, apparently commenting on his own administration’s space policy, the president said: “For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago.”

     

    He added: “They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!”

    Trump’s declaration shocked many space enthusiasts, because the moon has not traditionally been regarded as part of Mars.

     

    The leading theory is that a collision between Earth and a planet-sized entity, many years ago, resulted in debris that eventually became the moon. On average Mars is 140m miles from the moon. Nasa did not immediately respond to a question from the Guardian asking if the moon is part of Mars.

     

    Irrespective of whether the moon is part of Mars (it isn’t), Trump’s announcement was doubly surprising given his previous enthusiasm for a moon trip. His criticism of Nasa for “talking about going to the moon” came just three weeks after Trump championed the idea of a lunar visit.

     

    On 13 May Trump said in a tweet: “We are going back to the moon,” while in March Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine, who was appointed by Trump, announced plans to send US astronauts to the moon by 2024. In October Mike Pence, the vice-president, said: “Our determination is to see Americans back on the moon in the very near future”.

     

    There is a possibility ​Trump’s tweet was a comment on Nasa’s broader plan to eventually travel to Mars from the moon, but either way it soon emerged that Trump’s moon reversal may have been provoked by the Fox Business tv channel.​ One hour before the president offered his take on the moon’s origin and his criticism of Nasa, Fox guest Neil Cavuto had expressed scepticism over a moon trip.

    Cavuto reportedly told the TV cable network that Nasa is “refocusing on the moon, the next sort of quest, if you will, but didn’t we do this moon thing quite a few decades ago?”

     

    The White House did not immediately respond to a Guardian question about whether Trump’s statement should be considered official guidance. In ancient times the moon was worshipped as a god, while more recently some children’s stories have speculated that it is made of cheese.

  4. For those interested in history, mathematics, and Albert Einstein, there is a play on PBS that makes the dense material both entertaining and informative:  Light Falls 

  5. sturge, that’s a mite modern gas pump for what looks like such an old timey store.  I picture something like these in front of it

  6. “lock me up. lock me up”

    politico: Michael Flynn fires legal team with sentencing looming on federal charges

    […]

    Flynn’s decision to shift legal teams is a mistake, said Peter Zeidenberg, a Washington defense attorney and former prosecutor in special counsel Pat Fitzgerald’s CIA-leak probe.

     

    “This is a very foolish thing to do. Flynn’s lawyers had positioned him to get probation for a single count of false statements. Given what he was facing, that is remarkable. It will go downhill from there,” Zeidenberg said.

     

    Flynn “simply cannot do any better than that, under these circumstances,” he added. “If he tries to withdraw his plea, he is going to get pummeled. Unless he has gotten some signals that he may get pardoned — always a possibility — this makes no sense.”

  7. Rather than suffer through hours of ‘our President’ yesterday I watched last year’s royal wedding. Such a a happy affair with all its racial nuances, loving glances, beautiful scenery, and sheer joy.

  8. Yard is done. Was able to skip by the habitat as the weather, until yesterday, has been bone dry for a month. We had 2.28-inches since Thursday night with no sign of puddling

  9. We are at the beginning of a three-day heat wave.   We are practicing staying cool.
     
    Not many but a few people I know seem irrationally angry at Nancy P for not moving faster in impeachment.
    I don’t know what they think impeachment will bring?  

  10. impeachment does not equal justice.  It’s an step along the way but it is nowhere near justice 

  11. Finally got through some of those pesky chores one must do when getting back from vacay.  I bought several new bird feeders and have them filled up and hung.  I take them down at dusk and put them in the garage…  put them back out in the morning after my shower.  Black bears are mostly nocturnal.  

    Pogo…  hope you, the Mrs., and LP are having a ball in England.

    I didn’t watch any cable news while on Cape Cod…   it makes vacations so much more pleasant.

    KGC…  the Senate won’t remove trump….   besides…  it’s kinda more delicious to watch Nancy playing with his head.

  12. “…delicious to watch Nancy playing with his head.”

    renee, like this:

    Washington (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed how President Donald Trump handled his latest trade and immigration talks with Mexico, repeating her claim that the President throws “temper tantrums.”

    “Threats and temper tantrums are no way to negotiate foreign policy,” Pelosi said in a statement Saturday, a day after the President announced he’d rescinded tariff threats to Mexico after reaching an immigration enforcement deal.

    […]

    In her statement, Pelosi took issue with Trump’s relationship with Mexico and said the President’s actions “undermined America’s preeminent leadership role in the world” by threatening tariffs on a nation she described as “our close friend and neighbor to the south.”

    […]

    Pelosi pledged in her statement that Congress would hold the administration accountable “for its failures to address the humanitarian situation at our southern border,” and said Trump had undermined both efforts in Congress to address the border and efforts with Mexico to address smuggling networks.
    Her statement echoed previous admonitions of Trump’s behavior, including when she said last month that Trump had a “temper tantrum” after he left a meeting between them. Trump said in response that he was “an extremely stable genius” and denied having a “temper tantrum,” as he pointed to White House officials who vouched for him.
  13. As long as the Republicans are in lock step with Trump then impeachment = a three ring circus.  We have more serious things to do, like Smearing as many Republican enablers with Trump stink as you can. If if the Urban/Eastern/west coast Democrats would get their heads out of their collective ass, they have an opportunity to flip the farm belt states from Montana  to Texas.
    But the odds of them doing that …………..
    Jack

  14. But Pat, she needs the rest of the blabbering run in front of a camera idiots to get on board.
    Jack

  15. computers don’t have ears and if there is a human they are poor suckers just trying to buy food and feed the kids.  Having known a few of those desperate call center workers if I happen to get a human, I just politely say no thankyou. Why screw with someone who is already having a shitty day.
    BTW if you call me and I don’t have your number in my phone, leave a message. I rarely answer unknown numbers and never out of state.
    Jack

  16. Pat
    Glad to help
    Have a few ideas and will start putting them together but when it comes to classical stuff there is no way I can replace Jace, I flunked music appreciation. So for me what he posted most Sundays was knew and interesting to me. So I will stay away from anything that takes a big symphony to produce, it is not my thing.  So if it is “Your Thing”( I’m talking to everybody out there) Post your favorite and we will let Pat* sort it out so  we have a little variety.
    *Notice how we are still making Pat work hard.
    Jack

  17. Well, the non-drought in the Mid-Atlantic continues.  Rain continues without or without prayers.  Heard from my boat mechanic.  He got the engines running.  He also said it was the first rain rain he has seen in months.  He was in Florida and enjoying the weather there.  Now he is soaked.  I am watching grass grow, some species have drowned, others took over from those and drowned.  Next up to be planted is rice.

  18. Jamie and Pat, that’d be the place. Having a ball indeed. England’s in the rear view mirror. Lucerne is next -after the Vatican – then back to Florence then finish with Paris over the next 7 days. Beats shot out of working. 

  19. nytimes:  Mexico Agreed to Take Border Actions Months Before Trump Announced Tariff Deal

    WASHINGTON — The deal to avert tariffs that President Trump announced with great fanfare on Friday night consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions with the United States over the past several months, according to officials from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations.

    Friday’s joint declaration says Mexico agreed to the “deployment of its National Guard throughout Mexico, giving priority to its southern border.” But the Mexican government had already pledged to do that in March during secret talks in Miami between Kirstjen Nielsen, then the secretary of homeland security, and Olga Sanchez, the Mexican secretary of the interior, the officials said.

    The centerpiece of Mr. Trump’s deal was an expansion of a program to allow asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their legal cases proceed. But that arrangement was first reached in December in a pair of painstakingly negotiated diplomatic notes that the two countries exchanged. Ms. Nielsen announced the Migrant Protection Protocols during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee five days before Christmas.

    And over the past week, negotiators failed to persuade Mexico to accept a “safe third country” treaty that would have given the United States the legal ability to reject asylum seekers if they had not sought refuge in Mexico first.

    Mr. Trump hailed the agreement anyway on Saturday, writing on Twitter: “Everyone very excited about the new deal with Mexico!” He thanked the president of Mexico for “working so long and hard” on a plan to reduce the surge of migration into the United States.

    It was unclear whether Mr. Trump believed that the agreement truly represented new and broader concessions, or whether the president understood the limits of the deal but accepted it as a face-saving way to escape from the political and economic consequences of imposing tariffs on Mexico.

    Having threatened Mexico with an escalating series of tariffs — starting at 5 percent and growing to 25 percent — the president faced enormous criticism from global leaders, business executives, Republican and Democratic lawmakers, and members of his own staff that he risked disrupting a critical marketplace.

    After nine days of uncertainty, Mr. Trump backed down and accepted Mexico’s promises.

    Officials involved with talks said they began in earnest last Sunday, when Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary of homeland security, met over dinner with Mexico’s foreign minister. One senior government official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the closed-door negotiations that took place over several days, insisted that the Mexicans agreed to move faster and more aggressively to deter migrants than they ever have before.

    […]

    In fact, Mexican officials had already made the same promise months earlier when Ms Nielsen met in Miami with Ms. Sanchez and aides to Marcelo Ebrard, the Mexican foreign minister. The purpose of the meeting, according to people familiar with it, was to press the Mexicans to act faster.

    Ms. Sanchez also told Ms. Nielsen that the Mexican government’s new national guard, which had been created just a month earlier to combat drugs and crime, would be redirected to the border with Guatemala, the entry point for most of the Central American migrants.

    [continues]

  20. Hey… to whomever gives a shit….

    I’m taking War of Will for the Belmont.

  21. Trump LIED about the timing of the Mexico deal?  I’m shocked! WHAT A FUGGING GAS-HOLE. But his low IQ followers are buying it hook, line and sinker. 

  22. I’m beginning to think I want to get Trump in a poker game. Not that I’m great at poker but a man who telegraphs his bluffs like Trump……….. Man that is just money laying on the table.
    Jack

  23. Harry Truman played poker and drank bourbon.  Good qualifications for a presidential candidate.
    Jack

  24. So of all the candidates out there who would you most like to get in a poker game and who would you avoid at all cost.
    I think Biden is the one I would most like to have in a poker game, he has always struck me as a natural born sucker and the best part is he will leave happy and come back again.  The one I would hate to set at my table, Kamala Harris.  She would be the person who would want to cut your heart out and eat it raw, She wouldn’t even leave you enough money for  bus fare, make you walk and smile all the time.
    Jack

  25. My latest love affair with a “western” is the recent remake of True Grit.  It feels much more honest and deeper than the John Wayne original 

     

  26. Next up is “The Stranger Wore a Gun”
    The Stranger Wore a Gun is a 1953 Technicolor Western film directed by Andre DeToth and starring Randolph Scott and Claire Trevor.[1] Based on the short story “Yankee Gold” by John W. Cunningham, the film is about a former spy who moves to Arizona to join a gold robbery, but reconsiders and decides to change his life. The film is one of the first 3-D western movies; it earned an estimated $1.6 million at the North American box office in 1953.[2] The supporting cast features Joan WeldonGeorge MacreadyAlfonso BedoyaLee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine.

  27. For me it was High Noon. Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, Katy Jurado and Lloyd Bridges.

    “Former marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) is preparing to leave the small town of Hadleyville, New Mexico, with his new bride, Amy (Grace Kelly), when he learns that local criminal Frank Miller has been set free and is coming to seek revenge on the marshal who turned him in. When he starts recruiting deputies to fight Miller, Kane is discouraged to find that the people of Hadleyville turn cowardly when the time comes for a showdown, and he must face Miller and his cronies alone.”

    And I watched every episode of Roy Rogers, a slew of Gene Autry, The Lone Ranger, and later Sky King and Maverick. 

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