92 thoughts on “understanding the rage”

  1. wapo:

    The security perimeter around the White House keeps expanding. Tall black fencing is going up seemingly by the hour. Armed guards and sharpshooters and combat troops are omnipresent.
    In the 72 hours since Monday’s melee at Lafayette Square, the White House has been transformed into a veritable fortress — the physical manifestation of President Trump’s vision of law-and-order “domination” over the millions of Americans who have taken to the streets to protest racial injustice.
    The White House is now so heavily fortified that it resembles the monarchical palaces or authoritarian compounds of regimes in faraway lands — strikingly incongruous with the historic role of the executive mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, which since its cornerstone was laid in 1792 has been known as the People’s House and celebrated as an accessible symbol of American democracy.
    […]
    … the resulting picture is both jarring and distinctly political — a Rorschach test for one’s view of Trump’s presidency. His supporters see a projection of absolute strength, a leader controlling the streets to protect his people. His critics see a wannabe dictator and a president hiding from his own citizenry.

  2. bet that new fence stays up ’til after election (and then some – maybe til the day before Joe’s inauguration )

  3. Pwussy. A scared old man who mistakes hiding behind walls for strength. Not my president. 
    Rev. Al gave a good old fashioned barnburner of a eulogy for George Floyd. Stirring and powerful. 

  4. Look at the WH pics today.  The yellow bellied, orange bucket of lard finally built his f’ing WALL!  Except that he built it around the people’s house.  So he thinks he’s a tough guy? He looks scared shitless!  Like V for Vendetta said, people should not be afraid of their government, the government should be afraid of the people!  Amen!

  5. It’s a wall.  Part of it will be see-through.  ~tRump is such a visionary.~  He got his military parade in DC this week, as well as his wall.   Such a fool.
     
    Saw a video of police in Indy groping a black woman’s breast (probably to make her move away and “resist arrest”) and then violently take her down with his baton around her neck.    Indianapolis, too.  Police violence is everywhere.   Official oppression is what they called it when a woman was raped by police several years ago.  WTF?

  6. NYTimes:

    Two Buffalo police officers were suspended without pay on Thursday night after a video showed them shoving a 75-year-old protester, who was hospitalized with a head injury, the authorities said.
    The video taken by WBFO, a local radio station, shows the man approaching a group of officers during a protest stemming from the death of George Floyd. After he stops in front of them to talk, an officer yells, “push him back” three times; one officer pushes his arm into the man’s chest, while another extends his baton toward him with both hands.
    The man is seen flailing backward, landing just out of range of the camera, with blood immediately leaking from his right ear. The video shows an officer leaning down to examine him, but another officer then pulls the first officer away. Several other officers are seen walking by the man, motionless on the ground, without checking on him.
    Mayor Byron Brown said on Thursday night that the man was in serious condition.
    The video, which rapidly spread across social media, added to a growing body of videos from across the nation that showed officers responding to protests against police violence with more police violence. Fury among online supporters of the protests was heightened by the police department’s initial claim that the man “tripped and fell,” a description at direct odds with the video.

     

  7. How hard is it to create a simple diagram of a complex logical process?  It is very hard.  Eventually I will get it done, but it is not easy or fast.

  8. On Twitter this almost minute by minute description of NYPD brutality to group of peaceful protestors

    Got maced, beaten with a baton, had my hands ziptied, and got sent in a boiling hot paddywagon to a crowded Queens Central Booking cell for participating in a 100% peaceful protest in the Bronx tonight. I am fine. What I saw the cops do tonight was fucking terrifying.

    https://twitter.com/gradepending_/status/1268765464727113733

  9. BTW,

    Anyone suffering under the delusion that the State of WA is completely sane should know that we keep our crazies on the eastern side of the mountains.  They were having a good time last night with the “Anti-Fa invasion”

    Matthew Randazzo
    @RandazzoTweets
    DEVELOPING: In the tiny, remote town of Forks, WA, locals on Facebook are claiming they blocked the highway out of fear that an incoming bus was an ANTIFA bus of looters come to burn down the town and then chased and harassed the bus though town while repeatedly talking guns.
     

    Plus This to camping family 

     

  10. When my dad and all my uncles were in an anti-fa organization it was just referred to as the US Army.
     

  11. Can someone help me understand something? Even if the Insurrection Act is invoked, don’t any deployed units need to be properly identified? Don’t they have to identify themselves when questioned, say by the press or some legal authority? Isn’t it illegal to deploy any armed units that can’t be identified? Otherwise, how does anyone know that they are legally deployed, and that one must legally follow any of their directives – aside from from fear of being assaulted or shot?
    Just curious.

  12. Sturg, how about that, me too.  Of course for dad it was called the U.S. Navy, and for one uncle the U.S. Army Air Corps – he’s the only one that remained a member of that antifa organization, later known as the U.S Air Force.

  13. Poobah, not sure, but even if you’re off by a day you’re only 1/5478 off.  Not bad accuracy unless your doing  a moon shot or something.

  14. A head and neck surgeon’s view of rubber bullets.  Wapo.

    Lilun Li is a head and neck surgery resident at George Washington University Hospital in Washington.

    My patient locked eyes with a police officer in D.C.’s Lafayette Square around 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Moments before, law enforcement officers sprayed him with tear gas as they aggressively cleared the area of peaceful demonstrators to make way for President Trump’s arrival at St. John’s Episcopal Church. While trying to wash out his eyes, my patient saw a series of rubber bullets fired at the bodies of fellow protesters. Looking up, he saw the police officer seven feet away aiming straight at him. That’s when the rubber bullet struck him in the face.

    After recovering from the initial shock of his injury, he noticed he was bleeding from his chin. He walked to the closest emergency room, George Washington University Hospital, where a trauma protocol was activated. His initial evaluation revealed an actively bleeding gaping wound through his chin and lip, exposing his jaw bone. CT imaging demonstrated multiple ballistic fragments embedded within the soft tissue of his face.

    As a head and neck surgeon, I have treated many facial trauma patients, including gunshot wound victims. Even I was surprised at the extent of my patient’s injury sustained from a supposedly “benign” rubber bullet. I spent hours cleaning his wound, extracting numerous pieces of plastic and metal that were embedded in his lip and chin and removing tissue that was no longer viable because of the injury. Despite his fear of needles, my patient remained calm and cooperative, allowing me to put in the multiple layers of sutures required to cover the exposed bone and close the complex lip and chin wound.

    * * *
    The classification of rubber bullets as “non-lethal” is misleading and inaccurate. Anyone who has access to these weapons, as well as the public, should know of their ability to inflict significant trauma and death. The potential benefit of clearing crowds with rubber bullets must be heavily weighed against the risk of severe injury and even death, especially in the context of peaceful political protesting. Law enforcement should also consider the extensive medical care required to treat severe injuries from these weapons, which will strain an already overwhelmed health-care system during the covid-19 pandemic.

    (Continues  – the good news is the victim was able to go home that night and recover)

     
    The Pwussy’s version of being strong – LAW AND ORDER!!! ~~~

  15. My VP picks from Jamie’s WaPo “quiz” were, in order: Tammy Baldwin, Gretchen Whitmer, and Keisha Lance Bottoms.

  16. Once again #TrumpPlague In Chief steps on a positive message – – improving employment numbers – – by drooling all over himself with an insane, rambling, self-pitying diatribe on dozens of unrelated topics.

  17. I could swing with Tammy…..though I know the other two would be just fine.  I trust Joe.

  18. Trump just said he’s going to buy an RV and drive to New York with First Lady, first called it a “trailer” then had to ask Pence what they’re really called.

  19. What I would hate to see after “the pick” 
    He shoulda picked…..
    He coulda picked……
    If he’d only have picked…..
    Stow it, Mate, and get aboard.
     “All ashore that’s going ashore.”
    ”Now hear this. Now hear this. Clean sweepdown, fore and aft. Sweepers man your brooms.”

  20. Can you image Trump driving himself anywhere?  I doubt he has been behind the wheel of anything for a couple of decades at least.  These days he wouldn’t fit.

     

  21. Wow. Trump suggests George Floyd is marveling at today’s jobs numbers from Heaven: “Hopefully George is looking down and seeing this is a great day for our country.” Black unemployment actually rose, now almost 18%. 

  22. Can you imagine the rolling security perimeter that would be required for donnie dipshit’s tin-can tour of America?  It would be history’s first billion-dollar roadtrip.
     
    What does he care?  It’s not his money🤷‍♂️

  23. Craig…  yeah… I think it is our anniversary….    hopefully…  many more to come!
     
    Spent the morning on the phone talking to good friends.  Sometimes ya just need to reconnect.

  24. Free Lunch today in DC

    This is a reminder if you are protesting in Washington, DC that we ordered lunch for protestors (12-2PM) at the following locations: Old Ebbit: 675 15th St NW The Hamilton: 600 14th St NW

     

  25. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/05/politics/john-kelly-agrees-with-jim-mattis-on-trump/index.html
    Happy Anniversary…but let’s hold the celebrating until we have officially dumped tRump. 
    A guy on a park bench with his wife, minding his own business in Minneapolis was shot, point-blank in the head, with a rubber bullet.  He’s still in ICU.  This from someone who lives a short way from where George Floyd was murdered and who had worked security with him. 

  26. Cuomo asked “what have we become?” when describing the cops who didn’t stop to help and walked on by the fallen man bleeding on the sidewalk.

    https://www.syracuse.com/coronavirus/2020/06/cuomo-on-video-of-buffalo-police-shoving-protester-sick-to-my-stomach.html
    Albany, N.Y. — The city of Buffalo should fire police officers involved in shoving an elderly protester to the ground on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today.
    “I was sick to my stomach,” Cuomo said of his reaction after seeing video of the incident. “It was the same feeling I’ve had for 90 of the past nights when I would get the death total from the coronavirus. I would physically get sick to my stomach.”
    Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was right to suspend two officers involved in the incident, which drew widespread condemnation and anger, Cuomo said during a press conference in Albany. He said whether to fire the officers is an issue involving the local police contract, but the city should pursue it.
    The district attorney should look at potential criminal charges, he added.
    Local officials should act quickly, he said. He noted that some of the anger in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd resulted from prosecutors not moving fast enough to file charges against police.
    “People want answers and they want accountability and they want it quickly,” Cuomo said.
    Cuomo showed video of the Buffalo incident during his press conference today. He said he spoke with the protester involved on the phone.
    The man could be seen bleeding in the video, but was later listed in stable condition at a hospital. He suffered cuts and a concussion.
    Cuomo wondered aloud several times why the officer pushed the man.
    “You see that video and it disturbs your basic sense of human decency in humanity,” Cuomo said. “Where was the threat?
    “It’s just fundamentally offensive and frightening.”

  27. The initial comment from police was that he “tripped.”   Wouldn’t you think that officers, everywhere, would be on their best behavior right now?   The inherent arrogance of power is astounding. 
    Invoking the name of George Floyd at a presser.  tRump has gone from being the worst president to being the worst excuse for a human being.  Shame on him! 

  28. Joe K III

    @joekennedy

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    Our system was founded on racism, white supremacy, and oppression. It’s not broken. It’s working the way it was designed to. We must use this moment to tear it down and build something better.

  29. All this time I’d thought it was the American institutions of law and justice which would end this travesty…..when all along it was Twitter and iPhones.

  30. renee, yep the pandemic is teaching us a lot of lessons about how it feels to be helpless and to be scared of people around you on public streets possibly causing you harm through no fault of your own..   good job by the reporter dawn turner and PBS 

  31. You can have your idiot Dirty Harry, I’ll take Colombo. And Jack tf Webb, for that matter.  

  32. That image will never go away.  As Hunter S said……You can run but you just can’t hide.   

  33. It was Hunter who got me to register and vote for Jimma Cottah.  Pinche Hunter, lol

    Not sure I’d wanna have spent the weekend with him, but he sure could bang it out in the old Royal.

  34. Poobah, I was out roaming around during the lunch hour and heard Professor Pwussy (aka SFB, aka President Dumbass) talking as if better than expected job numbers (I’d wager that VERY few of those jobs did not exist before the what, 40M unemployed folks hit the rolls) has solved racial inequality in the US.  BTW, President Dumbass, George Floyd is dead – he ain’t rejoicing over jobs.  I didn’t think this was possible, but he’s getting worse.

  35. The first thing Dylan ever wrote was probably something about getting the hell out of Minnesota.

  36. And tonight I will hoist a glass of wine to those of us who have survived these last 15 years and another to those who did not. (And they will not be virtual glasses of wine 😁)

  37. And ya think, all the little feller wanted was to be like Ricky Nelson, Elvis, Chuck Berry, and Roy Orbison……..That’s what determination can do for ya…..

  38. I read all of this today.  I often don’t get to.  I agree with all y’all on everything.

  39. Yes Tiptoe, this is a good day for us all to agree on everything we all say today, even whatever cranky claptrap Bink comes up with. Unless Ping Pong shows up. 

  40. wapo:

    Former White House chief of staff John F. Kelly, a retired Marine Corps four-star general before he was hired by President Trump, issued veiled criticism Friday of Trump’s leadership and disagreed with the idea of deploying the military on American streets, as Trump has said he is considering.
    “The idea that you would unleash American active-duty folks, unless it’s an extremist situation,” is unwise, Kelly said during an interview with former White House communications adviser Anthony Scaramucci, now a Trump critic. “The troops hate it. They don’t see it as their job,” Kelly said.
    “These are domestic issues,” Kelly added, referring to racial unrest and protests on American streets in the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis last month. Kelly did not directly mention the Floyd case or comment on Trump’s rhetoric that the response must be to “dominate” the streets with a law-and-order response.
    “These are civilian responsibilities and we should be very, very careful before we contemplate sending in” uniformed military, whose primary responsibility is the “away game” of defending U.S. interests abroad, Kelly said.
    Appearing by video link on Scaramucci’s new “SALT Talks” forum, Kelly said he agrees with former defense secretary Jim Mattis’s concerns about Trump as a danger to the country’s political system. In an op-ed this week, Mattis said Trump is a threat to the Constitution.
    “No president, ever, is a dictator or a king,” and must be checked by Congress and the courts, Kelly said, by way of agreeing with Mattis’s overall critique. “I think we need to look harder at who we elect. I think we should start, all of us, regardless of what our views are on politics, I think we should look at people that are running for office and put them through the filter of, ‘what is their character like? What are their ethics? Are they willing if they are elected to represent all of their constituents, not just the base?’”
    Kelly acknowledged tension with Trump before he left the White House job in January last year, although he declined to directly criticize Trump or comment on whether he agrees with Trump’s self-assessment that he is a “very stable genius.”
    Scaramucci thanked Kelly for firing him in 2017 after less than two weeks on the job.

  41. I hear chatter of gay escorts on the verge of outing a certain in the closet senator.
     

  42. “Scaramucci thanked Kelly for firing him in 2017 after less than two weeks on the job.”  Would like to know more about this. There will be a dazzling array of bizarre info coming out after the dictator can no longer bully people into submission.  There will be stuff that we can’t even imagine in our wildest thoughts, musings, or dreams. There will be a collective OMG! coming from we the people.

  43. Hi VB

    Please stay safe.  Sorely miss Jim.  His voice right now would be a joy to hear.  Glad you are passing along the words from the past.  maybe the latest crop of marchers could learn the chant

    “Hump Me, Dump Me, Donald Trump Me”

     

  44. The last gasp of a desperate man
    When will SFB moon the American public

  45. Blue, Ivana did have a lovely handbag to store that Bible in.  I’m glad that white people shoulder the blame for the Trump shit show!
     
    Happy Anniversary Trail Mixers! I hope you’re all doing well!

  46. Tom D’Angora
     

    @TomDangora

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    The gay internet is exploding over #LindseyGraham today. An Army of gay escorts are claiming, Lindsay has used their services for years and are trying to figure out how to get around the NDA he has them all sign. It is rumored that DC male escorts now Senator Graham as “Lady G”

  47. Second night of discussion of Bobby Kennedy’s death on the The Dick Cavett Show.  Lauren Bacall showed up late, pocketbook in one hand, cigarette in the the other.  Why not, most of the men on the panel are smoking.   Discussing gun control.   

  48. good question to think about that rosa brooks asked “what am I gonna do” when he loses and doesn’t go but calls out the tough guys.  plan now she says.

    Bill asks Real Time panelists Rosa Brooks and Michael Steele what happens if Trump loses the 2020 election and calls the “tough people” into the streets.

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