44 thoughts on “Picture This”

  1. thanks, sturge.  always wondered if he was the model for the buffalo nickel

    Image result for buffalo nickel

    and this one too

    See the source image

  2. wiki:

    Red Cloud (LakotaMaȟpíya Lúta) (born 1822 – December 10, 1909) was one of the most important leaders of the Oglala Lakota from 1868 to 1909. He was one of the most capable Native American opponents that the United States Army faced in its mission to occupy the western territories, defeating the United States during Red Cloud’s War, which was a fight over control of the Powder River Country in northeastern Wyoming and southern Montana. The largest action of the war was the Fetterman Fight, with 81 U.S soldiers killed, and was the worst military defeat suffered by the United States Army on the Great Plains until the Battle of the Little Bighorn ten years later.

    After signing the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868), Red Cloud led his people in the important transition to reservation life


    Red Cloud’s War was the name the U.S. Army gave to a series of conflicts fought with Native American Plains tribes in the Wyoming and Montana territories. The battles were waged between the Northern Cheyenne, allied with Lakota and Arapaho bands, against the United States Army between 1866 and 1868. In December 1866, the Native American allies attacked and defeated a United States unit in what they would call the Fetterman Massacre (or the Battle of the Hundred Slain), which resulted in the most U.S. casualties of any Plains battle up to that point.


    [re treaty of 1868] According to Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa) Red Cloud was the last to sign “..having refused to do so until all of the forts within their territory should be vacated. All of his demands were acceded to, the new road abandoned, the garrisons withdrawn, and in the new treaty it was distinctly stated that the Black Hills and the Big Horn were Indian country, set apart for their perpetual occupancy, and that no white man should enter that region without the consent of the Sioux. … Scarcely was this treaty signed, however, when gold was discovered in the Black Hills, and the popular cry was: “Remove the Indians!”… The government, at first, entered some small protest, just enough to “save its face”… but there was no serious attempt to prevent the wholesale violation of the treaty.”


    Outliving all the other major Lakota leaders of the Indian Wars, Red Cloud died on Pine Ridge Reservation in 1909 at the age of 87, and was buried there in the cemetery now bearing his name. In old age, he is quoted as having said, “They made us many promises, more than I can remember. But they kept but one — They promised to take our land … and they took it.

  3. speaking of peoples and their land wars, here’s john last night (and boy is he gonna get into trouble for some of this — remember what happened to helen)

  4. moving on

    another segment that will also get oliver some feedback – pro & con, but beware that con group, john, they got guns.

  5. Interesting, but not surprising, that the US called it “Red Cloud’s War,” when we were invading their space.  Kind of like the “King Phillip War,” fought by the settlers when natives decided there were too many white folks (like some of my family) showing up on boats.  My 11-times great-uncle was killed in that fight. We invaded this continent, but unlike most refugees fleeing horrific conditions, there wasn’t desperation that pushed us here. They teach us that it was just for religious freedom and, for some of them, that was the reason. But for most, this was about greater economic opportunity, although some were probably doing OK for themselves back in England.

    My great-great grandfather fought to quell native uprising as a Union soldier during the Civil War, while his father-in-law, my great-great-great grandpa, fought for the Union and was killed at the “Battlefield of the Wilderness.”
    Did they fight in the GAR because they opposed slavery? I like to think so…but given that President Lincoln said he would do whatever needed to preserve the Union, it doesn’t seem that slavery was really his concern, so it’s questionable as to why most served. The native people were being oppressed and killed.

    Give me a picture and I’ll give you a thousand words. I do like to use all of the words.

  6. At the heart of the problem is that if Israel is to remain a “Jewish” state, then some form of apartheid is required which of course dooms it to failure.  Israeli Arab citizens do not have full rights.  Given full rights, the sheer weight of numbers would mean representation in the Knesset would become principally Arab. 

    Not quite sure how you solve the problem created decades ago with the promises of the British White Paper and the aftermath of WWII as the UN tried to figure out what to do with the survivors of death camps and the previous Israelis who had been living under Arab rule said, “Send them here”.  

    If you want to dig even farther back you come up against the British completely partitioning the Middle East after WWI into countries that had never before existed.  

    There isn’t really a “Two State Solution”.  It is more of a required multiple state solution and the right wing criminality of Netanyahu isn’t helping.  That this is all happening in a desert with insufficient resources for all the people trying to survive is another piece of the argument whether they are being shot at or not.



  7. I know this cartoon shows Biden in a bad light…  but WTF does anyone think the US should do at this point.  It goes on and on and on and on….
    ps…  I bought a Jewish bread called Babka at our local farmer’s market this past weekend….  never heard of it before…  but….   really really great stuff!

  8. Ms. Petri does a wonderful send-up of Tfucker Carlson.

    I was sitting at my desk watching the ceiling fan spin and drinking black coffee when he walked in. He looked like trouble, if trouble was Episcopalian.

    He said his name was Tucker Carlson and he wanted someone to investigate something. He looked like the sort of man who had worn a bow tie for years and probably would again. He said he had a case for me, but only if I had guts. I had plenty of guts and told him so.

    “What’s the case?” I said.

    Tucker helped himself to a seat at my desk. “A lot of unprecedented things happening, but honestly, not all of them are shocking,” he said. Tucker squinted when he talked, as if he was trying to read something printed in a small font that was just a little too far away for absolute comfort.

    “I’m not sure I follow,” I said. It was hot. I loosened my collar. A fly was ascending the frosted glass door slowly, climbing up from the nameplate like Sisyphus on the return trek. The TV one room over was blasting, and I could hear voices on it shouting about the need to buy gas.

    Tucker heard it, too. “Well, you know,” Tucker said. “On some level, let’s be honest about it, the White House approves of this disaster.” He squinted when he talked, like someone who had placed a very specific and confusing order in a restaurant and was now scrutinizing it with the hope that the waiter had gotten one small, particular detail wrong so that he could make things unpleasant for that waiter.

    “Listen,” I said, “I’m a private eye, and I’m prepared to take on a case, if you can tell me what I’ll be taking on. If you’ve got something you want investigated, I’m happy to investigate it. Just say the word. But you need to say the word.”

    He said he had a case. He said he would get to it. I urged him to do so. The ceiling fan spun lazily overhead. The fly began its trek up the frosted glass of the door once again, like a metaphor for the conversation. “The question is: why?”
    (Continues, hilariously.)

    What a joy to read on an otherwise barely tolerable Monday morning.

  9. To quote Ol’ Winnie and his description of the intentions and interests of Russia in 1939 in the month after Germany invaded Poland and Britain and France declared war on Germany starting WWII, which applies perfectly to the Israel/Palestine kerfuffle, “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”.  It is not understandable either from the inside or outside, and what Jamie said about Nettyahoo certainly doesn’t help.

  10. mixers, remember this?   who will be the helen of today and have eleven years later made any difference?


    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2010 — Veteran White House journalist Helen Thomas, who resigned in June over comments many viewed as anti-Semitic, has taken to the airwaves to defend the remarks, saying they were “exactly what I thought.”

    “I hit the third rail,” Thomas told Ohio radio station WMRN-AM in an interview that aired today. “You cannot criticize Israel in this country and survive.”

    Thomas, 90, caused an uproar May 27 when she said Israelis should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to Poland, Germany, America and “everywhere else.”

    Amid mounting pressure from her peers and a condemnation by the White House, she later resigned from her position as a columnist for Hearst News Service and member of the White House press corps, of which she had been part since the Kennedy administration.

    “They distorted my remarks, which they obviously have to do for their own propaganda purposes, otherwise people might wonder why they continue to take Palestinian land,” Thomas told WMRN reporter Scott Spears during the radio interview, referring to the Israelis.

    Thomas also called accusations that she’s anti-Semitic “baloney,” saying that she hopes her legacy will be her “integrity and my honesty and my belief in good journalism.”

    Thomas did issue a statement of apology after her comments became public, saying, “I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.”

    But neither Thomas’ apology nor her status as an esteemed member of the White House press corps warded off calls for her resignation.


    “Of course, Helen has the right, as a private citizen under the First Amendment, to speak her mind, even as an anti-Jewish bigot, but not as a member, much less privileged member with a reserved seat, in the WH press corps,” former special counsel and spokesman for President Clinton Lanny Davis said in a statement at the time.

  11. Babke sounds delicious.  Throw in some nuts and I’m all in.
    Place yer bets:

    The Supreme Court on Monday said it will review a restrictive Mississippi abortion law that opponents of the procedure say provides a clear path to diminish Roe v. Wade’s establishment of the right of women to choose an abortion.

    Abortion opponents for months have urged the court’s conservatives to seize the chance to reexamine the 1973 precedent. Mississippi is one among many Republican-led states that have passed restrictions that conflict with the court’s precedents protecting a woman’s right to choose before fetal viability.

    In accepting the case, the court said it would examine whether “all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.” That has been a key component of the court’s jurisprudence.

    U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in a 2018 ruling that the Mississippi legislature’s “professed interest in ‘women’s health’ is pure gaslighting.”

    The issue is whether the MS 15 week abortion ban will run afoul of the  of Roe trimester framework and increasing state interest rule as refined by the viability test in the follow-up 1992 case Casey.  Kavanugh and Barrett will figure large in this case.  We’ll see how (dis)honest they were in their confirmation hearings.

  12.  [Israeli/Palestinian conflict] is not understandable either

    What don’t you understand?  Israel annexes land to which it has no legitimate claim, treats Palestinians as second-class citizens, and Palestinians don’t like it.  Rather clear-cut if you ask me

  13. A casual lie i used to hear a lot is “oh that conflict has been going on for thousands of years, we’ll never solve it”.
    Um, no, 1948, so it’s been “going on” for 73 years, not “thousands of years”

  14. Replace “Israelis” with “White American Colonialists” and “Palestinian” with “Indigenous Americans” in your mind and maybe it will make more sense, because they are very similar scenarios

  15. Ok, we’ve discussed this 300 times on this forum, no new points to be made, let’s talk about Prince Harry (jk let’s not)✌️

    Oh- synchronize your watches: based on what i observed over the weekend, we are 2 weeks away from learning whether loosened COVID restrictions were implemented at the right threshold or a terrible friggin’ mistake🤔

  16. here’s a picture of a chocolate babka…   it looks exactly like what I bought.

  17. COVID front – WV has faded down the stretch and is now 10% behind the national average in vaccinations and is .1 above the national average in deaths over the past week. Great job, Guv. 

  18. Smart money says Gaetz and Greenberg won’t be exchanging Christmas cards this year. As reported earlier, Greenberg pled guilty with a cooperation agreement. 

  19. Major upheaval in the fabric of the island.  (can fabric upheave?) Down the road a piece is one of those big golf gatherings, the PGA. I guess tha means Pacific Gas and A Lexus…….guess who will barely see the street this week.  It’s like quarantine deja groundhog vu.  

  20. South Carolina legislative and gubernatorial idiocy in full force … again.

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed into law a bill that forces death row inmates for now to choose between the electric chair or a newly formed firing squad in hopes the state can restart executions after an involuntary 10-year pause.

    South Carolina had been one of the most prolific states of its size in putting inmates to death. But a lack of lethal injection drugs brought executions to a halt.

    McMaster signed the bill Friday with no ceremony or fanfare, according to the state Legislature’s website. It’s the first bill the governor decided to deal with after nearly 50 hit his desk Thursday.

    “The families and loved ones of victims are owed closure and justice by law. Now, we can provide it,” McMaster said on Twitter on Monday.

    Last week state lawmakers gave their final sign offs to the bill, which retains lethal injection as the primary method of execution if the state has the drugs, but requires prison officials to use the electric chair or firing squad if it doesn’t.

    Seven Republicans in the House voted against the bill, most of them saying it did not make moral sense to approve sending people to their deaths, when three months ago, many of those same lawmakers approved a bill outlawing almost all abortions, saying all life is sacred.

    “If you’re cool with the electric chair, you might as well be cool with burning at the stake,” said Rep. Jonathon Hill, a Republican from Townville.

    I’m wondering if the legislation considers what mode of execution is indicated by the “Fuck you” choice. Oh, and cool? What about being drawn and quartered?

  21. Sturg, yup, the PGA comes to Kiawah this week. How’s the ingress and egress to the island?  

  22. Bink

    1948 was just the establishment of the state date.  There is a whole lot of history prior to that date.  As far as Jewish residents were concerned, it was pretty much peaceful since Biblical times  under various governmental constructions until the larger Zionist movement of “Aliyah” from Europe to Palestine in the late 1800s increased the Jewish population that were already part of the “indigenous” people.  The British Mandate period following WW I  is what created a lot of the conflict as even the Palestinians weren’t actually Palestinians but rather shoved into a geographic area by the existence of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.  

    For purely enjoyable fictional reading to allow digesting a lot of that history, Michener’s “The Source” is worth reading if you haven’t before.  

  23. Two ways on and off of Johns and one way on and off Kitty-wah …….I’m not sure about traffic because I’m treating the PGA like it’s a virus and am currently in lockdown. 

  24. Had a nice internment service at the church Saturday. Just now finished getting all Dad’s stuff moved to auction house and checked out of facility. Back to DC Wednesday. Closure. 

  25. Closure’s good – but it doesn’t mean it’s over.  And that’s a good thing.

  26. Sturgeone

    Exodus is pretty well Jewish slanted in its political implications while The Haj tells the Arabic side of the conflict.  Taken together they come out somewhere in the middle of the argument.

    The reason I like The Source so much is that it follows the Michener style in going back to pre-history with an archeological dig at its lowest point and moves up through the strata of centuries to the modern era.  


  27. Yup I liked The Source also, just didn’t mention it as you had already 🙂
    I found a few inner sting things of “backstory” that time sitting with me old mother when the only thing to read in the whole house was a bible.   I was fairly up on the NT so I started with Joshua, mainly because I’d read a book by a military man which told how Josh had taken Jericho by tunneling under and sapping the walls at a weak spot which had been pointed out by Rahab to Josh’s two spies.   All that horn blowing was distraction.  Fur sho.  So I finished Josh and then wound up reading all the rest of the OT, except proverbs and psalms.     

  28. If some movie guy filmed the book of Joshua, the public wouldn’t stand for it.   Too violent, they’d say. 

  29. Mowed the weeds this afternoon.  Cut loose from the roots many nasty vines along with rogue trees in the wrong locations.  Not a single cicada found, soon, very soon.  I bought a battery start mower with rear wheel drive, although not new to the world of lawnmowers these are wonderful for those with back problems.  I like not wrenching my back trying to start old style. 

  30. Just shooed a bear out of our yard.  It was licking it’s chops while eyeing my bird feeders.  We took them down and into our garage.  
    Hey… you won’t get my bird feeders buster!

  31. Ike, the one-armed drummer, had a great solo on a tune called “Wipe”.

  32. https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/17/us/hospital-lawsuits-pandemic-invs/index.html

    “CHS in 2020 enjoyed its most profitable year in at least a decade, even as it was suing patients during the pandemic. The company made $511 million in net income last year, a big swing after four straight years of annual losses. That strong financial result led to the company’s top executives earning millions of dollars worth of bonuses…”

    “I can’t think of a worse thing a hospital system can be doing than suing patients for medical bills during a pandemic and a recession,”

  33. Manchin, Murkowski call for bipartisan Voting Rights Act reauthorization | TheHill

    Manchin and Murkowski, moderate-minded senators at the center of the Senate, sent a letter on Monday to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) saying that they “must not allow” voting to become a partisan issue.

    “Inaction is not an option. Congress must come together – just as we have done time and again – to reaffirm our longstanding bipartisan commitment to free, accessible, and secure elections for all. We urge you to join us in calling for the bipartisan reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act through regular order. We can do this. We must do this,” they wrote in the letter.

    Congress last reauthorized the 1965 Voting Rights Act in 2006. But the Supreme Court, in 2013, gutted the law when it struck down the formula for determining if state and local governments were required to get Justice Department preclearance for voting and election changes, arguing that it was outdated.
    Democrats have rallied around the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which would revive the formula and try to strengthen the 1965 law.


    Manchin and Murkowski, in their letter, don’t specifically throw their support behind one bill in particular.
    “We reflect not just on the positive impact this legislation has had on individual Americans’ ability to exercise their most fundamental right – the right to vote – and the strength of our democracy writ large, but on the important work we still have to do to realize that promise of ensuring the right of all to vote,” they wrote.

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