70 thoughts on “Picture This”

  1. good one, sturge.

    before it happens again jorge ramos in NYTimes op ed needs to be heeded by fellow journalists:

    MIAMI — I had the honor once of being kicked out of a Donald Trump news conference. I asked him a question he didn’t want to answer and a security guard threw me out. It happened on Aug. 25, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa, during Mr. Trump’s first presidential campaign.
    The news conference revealed with astonishing clarity who Mr. Trump really was: a dangerous populist, an anti-immigrant bully, and a threat to democracy and the free press.
    Some were paying attention. But as Mr. Trump’s base of support grew, journalists and politicians began paving his way to the White House. Ignoring that early warning sign in Iowa cost the United States dearly.
    Here’s how it all went down in Dubuque. I waited for a pause in Mr. Trump’s comments, raised my hand, said I had a question about immigration and stood up to start speaking. Mr. Trump pretended he didn’t see me and pointed to another journalist. But I kept talking.
    “Sit down!” he ordered me four times. I ignored him. “You haven’t been called,” Mr. Trump said. “Go back to Univision.” It was the Trumpian version of the racial slur: “Go back to your country.”
    He then gestured at a nearby security guard, who started pushing me back from Mr. Trump, and eventually I was forced out of the room. As the guard pushed me out, I told him not to touch me and that I had the right to ask a question. Outside the conference room, one of Mr. Trump’s supporters told me to “get out of my country,” not knowing that I was a United States citizen. Hate is contagious.
    Of all the reporters who were there, only MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt and ABC News’s Tom Llamas defended me against Mr. Trump. I was soon allowed to return to the room, where I was finally able to ask Mr. Trump some questions. David Gergen, a longtime presidential adviser, told The New York Times soon after the news conference that my exchange with Mr. Trump was going to be “one of the lasting memories of this campaign.”
    After my confrontation with Mr. Trump, several journalists expressed their solidarity with me. And yet, strangely and dangerously, the incident failed to shift the media’s obsessive coverage of Mr. Trump, which over time normalized his rude, abusive and xenophobic behavior. Some members of the press seemed fascinated by the Trump phenomenon; others wrongly thought that he would soon change his ways. The prevailing attitude was something along the lines of “That’s just the way Trump is, and we have to cover him no matter what he says.”
    Despite that behavior, journalists sought constant access to Mr. Trump during the campaign, and the media aired — sometimes without any criticism or context — many of his most mind-boggling comments.All of which contributed to Mr. Trump’s surprise, poll-defying victory in the 2016 election. And yet the attitudes and behaviors that came to define Mr. Trump as president were already visible in 2015. Several journalists — especially those of us who had worked in Latin America and covered strongmen there — saw this dynamic clearly and denounced Mr. Trump. But it wasn’t enough.
    At the time, I believed, as I still do, that the new normal established by Mr. Trump was great for ratings, but not for civility or democracy — and I made this clear publicly. If Mr. Trump could attack me, he could attack other journalists. And that’s exactly what he did as president, by calling certain media organizations “the enemy of the people.”
    We journalists should have been tougher on Mr. Trump, questioning his every lie and insult. We should not have let him get away with his racism and xenophobia. We should never again allow someone to create an alternative reality in order to seize the presidency.
    Perhaps it was the pandemic that was most responsible for putting an end to Mr. Trump’s presidency. But the entire debacle might have been avoided if we had simply paid greater attention — and offered more resistance — to the words and gestures of the undeserving man who descended the golden escalator of Trump Tower in 2015.

  2. too dangerous to not pay attention to since there are still 46 days more when D’ump could try this.


    The President’s nominee for a top Pentagon job boosted calls for martial law on Wednesday.
    And that’s just one piece of the off-the-walls social media presence of Scott O’Grady, Trump’s nominee to become assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, CNN reported. O’Grady’s nomination was sent to the Senate on Monday. 
    O’Grady also retweeted numerous false claims that Trump had in fact won a second term in office, by a landslide, and described Joe Biden’s winning the presidency as a “coup” attempt carried out in coordination with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to CNN’s review. 
    The Pentagon nominee, if confirmed, would serve through the end of Trump’s presidency.
    On Wednesday, O’Grady retweeted an article about Michael Flynn’scall for martial lawin light of the election results. Then, he retweeted another message from the same account that had shared the article, CNN found.
    “I don’t know who needs to hear this,” read the message that O’Grady retweeted. “But calling for martial law is not a bad idea when there is an attempted coup against the president and this country happening right now.”

  3. also from TPM and sounding ominous:

    Two top Trump loyalists were installed at a Pentagon advisory board shortly after several board members were fired on Friday.
    Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, as well as David Bossie — Lewandowski’s deputy on Trump’s 2016 campaign and chairman of the group Citizens United — have been named to the Pentagon’s Defense Business Board, the Defense Department announced in apress release Friday.
    Earlier Friday, Politico reportedthat several members of the board, including the chair and vice chair, had been dismissed via a brief email from the White House’s liaison to the Pentagon. The Pentagon press release said Miller had “thanked 9 outgoing members for their service” 
    The advisory board is made up of more than two dozen volunteers who provide business advice to the Pentagon.
    “A number of board members have been terminated with a form letter,” Michael Bayer, the ousted chair of the board, told Politico. “In my experience, I was very surprised that the White House would, at the eleventh hour, adjust an advisory board that for 19 years has had a record of nonpartisan support with the department.” 
    “This kind of a move really will weigh heavily on people on the future and their willingness to serve on these outside advisory boards if they’re going to be subjected to political loyalty tests. It’s unprecedented. I’m just saddened,” Bayer added. 

  4. It’s freezing and the neighbor has rolled out his Hank-Hill-propane grill.  Hope there’s not a gathering. 

  5.  Wisconsin GOP official facing vicious attacks for contradicting Trump’s voter fraud claims

    On Saturday, the Waunakee Tribune published an interview with Fond du Lac Republican Party Chairman Rohn Bishop, one of the Republican officials in Wisconsin who acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, opened up about the attacks he’s faced from his own party since.
    “As chairman of the Republican Party of Fond du Lac County, he acted in defense of the party’s long-term interests, he said,” said the report. “But as a rare conservative voice rejecting pervasive but baseless claims of vote fraud on social media, he faced an intense backlash from conservatives throughout the state. Those responding to the post have called him a range of names including ‘useful idiot’ — and worse. ‘I had 48 hours of where it was — it almost broke me,’ Bishop told Wisconsin Watch.”

  6. 46 days until #46 is sworn into office and actually upholds the oath.  
    Anyone trying to stop this, or aiding and abetting (Republicans), should be charged with treason. 

  7. If Republicans are facing violent verbal/physical abuse from others in their own party, maybe it’s time to say the party’s over. 

  8. yup….   it’s beginning to look a lot like Xmas around here.  Gonna get at least a foot of snow today.  But I’ve got plenty of milk, bread, and eggs….  french toast!

  9. Giuliani's Michigan Witness Mellissa Carone Harassed, Sent Sex Videos To Boyfriend's Ex

    Two years before she’d become the breakout star of the clown show Rudy Giuliani brought to Lansing this week, Mellissa Carone was sending her then-boyfriend’s ex-wife graphic videos of the two of them having sex.

  10. patd…   plenty of batteries and at least a month worth of toilet paper.  The most important thing is we have a generator full of gas…  and 2 full gas cans.  We’ll be fine.

  11. The big question for me is are the cast of SFB and trudy’s “elite team” are they winners of a tv contest game show?  However they are found they should get an extra brown star on their arrest record or release from jail for time served.  I really feel bad for the writers at the Onion, even stoned and drunk they could not come up with this stuff.

  12. Recent Onion headline:
    ”White House Dishwasher Not Sure Why Trump Keeps Offering Him Pardon”

  13. Tacoma doesn’t have a clue what time of year it is.  

    Sort of holding to mid 40s but throwing in some rain next week just for a little variety.


  14. BB – They might just do Weekend Update with Drunk Girl You Wouldn’t Want To Meet At A Party.
    I’d like the cold open to be Brad Pitt reprising his role as Dr. Fauci, newly hired by Joe 46. 
    It is almost like they let that loon/drunk testify as yet another distraction.  They had to know she sent sex videos of herself to her former BF’s wife.   She’s one of those stories that will keep focus off of whatever we should be looking at that’s important.  
    However, SNL is the time and place for that; not real journalists the rest of the week. 

  15. not much has changed in this 2017 list of his monthly messes except of course the hundreds of thousands covid dead for which he’s responsible.  oh and yes our global standing, the economy and democracy itself in the trash can.

  16. speaking of russians and dastardly deeds

    zapped like leftovers?  fried brains? sounds worse than the cold war nuke scare.

    the hill:

    Mysterious neurological symptoms experienced by U.S. diplomats in China and Cuba appear to be caused by directed microwave energy, according to a new report by the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) obtained by The Hill.


    A source familiar with the symptoms told NBC News, which was the first to report on the findings from NAS, that the CIA had determined Russian operatives who had worked on microwave weapons were in the same cities as CIA agents at the time they began experiencing the neurological symptoms.

    “The committee felt that many of the distinctive and acute signs, symptoms and observations reported by [government] employees are consistent with the effects of directed, pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy,” the report says. “Studies published in the open literature more than a half-century ago and over the subsequent decades by Western and Soviet sources provide circumstantial support for this possible mechanism.”

    “The mere consideration of such a scenario raises grave concerns about a world with disinhibited malevolent actors and new tools for causing harm to others, as if the U.S. government does not have its hands full already with naturally occurring threats,” the report adds.

    The government has been probing the incidents for years, and while the State Department referred to them as attacks after they first appeared in 2017, the administration has walked back such language.

    Specifically, the NAS study examined four explanations for the symptoms, including infection, chemicals, psychological factors and microwave energy.


  17. A sober drinking game for tonight –
    One drink every .time he mentions the names of the the 2 Senate candidates. 

  18. This performance tonight should be a real insight into how much more  crazy this last month has made him. 

  19. CNN –

    After no Senate candidate received 50% of the vote in November, the races turned to particularly nasty runoffs. Democrats have charged that Perdue and Loeffler profited off the pandemic, saying their multi-million dollar stock trades drew the attention — although no charges — from the Justice Department. Meanwhile, the Republican senators have said they were cleared during the investigations, and have called Ossoff and Warnock socialists who will destroy America. Democrats have rejected those attacks as false fear-mongering.

    I was struck by this idea . .  that vampire capitalism is somehow more virtuous than  the government of Sweden .
    Funny how the GOP  senate found them clean , and the Barr DOJ .

  20. Georgia’s Republican Governor, Lt. Gov. and Secretary of State nowhere to be found at Trump Valdosta rally starting in 20 min. Perdue and Loeffler not on stage so far.

  21. BID, you asked, I googled and posted what I found. Could Bezos have donated more, sure. Should he?  I dunno. Not my place to judge but go ahead, but $125M strikes me as a lot of money. 
    Dumbass lost 6 cases yesterday. YOU LOST. GET THE FUCK OUT OF OUR HOUSE. 

  22. I would love to be a fly on the phone of Stacey Abrams.  Joe Biden didn’t win Georgia , she did …………… and he knows it. 
    And she’s been off the radar  for a month.  NPR  a few days ago ran a story about a young black man  working to get others  to vote in the runoff . 
    He threw out this factoid –
    Since Nov.  3rd,   23,000  more voters in Georgia can vote on Jan. 5th. 
    If you’re 18 on the 5th, you can register when yo’re 17. 
    If they can be registered by the deadline.  It’s pure genius  in these razor thin races. 
    That’s the hand of Stacey Abrams at work. 
    I hope Biden gives her the pick of the litter  after Jan 5th. 

  23. Ever been to Valdosta?  Not a lot there.
    Yes , and I’ve been to Oklahoma.  And no I’ve never been to Spain. 
    Famous onions. 

  24. Love of movies taking me away from politics.  If you have Netflix, be sure to see Mank.  The era feels authentic, Amanda Seyfried is brillliant as Marion Davies, the black and white filmography is excellent and the writing of Citizen Kane is informative.  


  25. Pogo
    I’ve been to Valdosta many times. The only thing that stands out is almost being in Florida. Nothing much else!

  26. A word about Waylan’s Telecaster …..
    It has what was known as a “shoe” on the body.   This was 74′ , and he had refined it  from it’s beginnings.  At the birth of  Rock  a hell of a lot of kids were doing leather crafts , it was a big hobby. 
    Elvis  had one on his  axe , and boom ,  it was a fad .  But just amongst a very tiny group.  Eddie Cochran  got one,  Buddy Holly  made one for his standard   guitar too. 
     Waylan when out on the “Winter Dance Party”  tour as Buddy’s bass man . The Crickets were long dead. 
    I always loved that flag from the 50’s  he flew on all those Fenders,  they were some real weddings cakes. 

  27. I bet I drove over 10,000 miles listening to Gershwin.  It is perfect traveling music.  Whether you’re snaking  your way through a Spring time forest of dogwoods  in Miss., or pulling the grade out of Gallupe bound for the “Flag”, and the “Little America” shower in the ponderosa at th top of the grade. 
    This music has a a lot of muscle. 

  28. On the other hand,  if  you’re South bound on the 95  in  North Carolina  , running fender to fender  at 80 mph in three lanes  with 18 wheelers , you’ll want Eddie Vetter along for the ride –

  29. Make America Great Again 
    Trump has driven  heart disease to number 2  on the kill chart. 

  30. Tony, but it’s North Florida. It’s just as sophisticated as South Georgia and south Alabama. If your standards are low enough any of them are fine. 

  31. Blue see Iceland , they melt snow off their sidewalks with it. 
    The real key here is advances in heat pumps, and drilling .  Best thing about it ….  It works almost  everywhere.  
    It’s  55 degrees , 50 feet  below your feet.  Always. 
    That is the key , the heat pump  uses this battery to heat , or cool your house. 
    The big cost has been drilling the hole for single family homes. 
    But if developers do it  at the start  of a plot.  It get’s really cheap. 
    One hole for ten homes , not ten for ten.  That is a big ass number.  

  32. Trump rambled and ranted about himself for nearly two hours at GA rally, gave Loeffler and Perdue two minutes combined, both upstaged by crowd cheering for Trump.

  33. I did 6 months in Valdosta once.   RumKeg Lounge at Howard Johnson.  Whoever said there’s nothing there was entirely correct.
    Well, there was a very nice interstate.
    It’s also where I learned about setting the drums on fire.
    Wolf, the drummer, who actually hailed from Moose Jaw, would turn all his tomtoms flat and then during the drum solo Eddie on one side and I on the other would squirt the surfaces full of Ronson lighter fluid. At the appointed time Eddie and I would toss lit matches on the drum heads while Wolf played. It was amazing.

  34. For sometime now,  exact pictures  from my past keep popping into my head. 
    I can smell the railroad ties in Clovis , and see the roses in the dining car windows , as they  clicked off to Los Angeles . 
    What is amazing , I can see very sharp details. 
    I can see the day I learned to stretch    deer skin  at Grand Lake.  Right down to the tacks. .
    That lesson was a very big day. 

  35. SFB has to keep up the rally mentality.  Somehow, he has to keep his followers brainwashed into thinking he’s not a giant loser with tiny hands.  

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