11 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. a gun by any other name kills the same.
    in this case, size really doesn’t matter.

  2. how ironic. look who’s the actor not showing character. a kettle pot thingy by vlad quoted in 

    How Volodymyr Zelensky has rallied Ukraine, night after night, during 100 days of war | CBC News

    Back in June 2019, shortly after Zelensky was elected president, Putin was asked why he hadn’t congratulated the new Ukrainian leader. In a condescending response, Putin seemed to write off the actor-turned-president.
    “Well, it’s one thing to play someone and another to be someone,” Putin said. “The important thing is to have the courage and the character to take responsibility. He hasn’t shown his character yet.”
    For 100 nights, that character has been shown to Ukrainians and the world. And to Putin.

  3. The Marshall Plan also had the added benefit of boosting the US economy into the stratosphere.  We were one of the few untouched nations on the globe following WWII.  

  4. in case you weren’t following the news lately, trevor brings you up to date

    Jun 4, 2022 The GOP blames everything except guns for gun violence, an Indian couple sues their son for lack of grandkids, and Michael Kosta interviews foreigners about America’s “Door” problem. Here’s what happened this week.

  5. woodward & bernstein write again

    WAPO:

    President George Washington, in his celebrated 1796 Farewell Address, cautioned that American democracy was fragile. “Cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government,” he warned.
    Two of his successors — Richard Nixon and Donald Trump — demonstrate the shocking genius of our first president’s foresight.
    As reporters, we had studied Nixon and written about him for nearly half a century, during which we believed with great conviction that never again would America have a president who would trample the national interest and undermine democracy through the audacious pursuit of personal and political self-interest.
    And then along came Trump.
    […]
    Donald Trump not only sought to destroy the electoral system through false claims of voter fraud and unprecedented public intimidation of state election officials, but he also then attempted to prevent the peaceful transfer of power to his duly elected successor, for the first time in American history.
    Trump’s diabolical instincts exploited a weakness in the law. In a highly unusual and specific manner, the Electoral Count Act of 1887 says that at 1 p.m. on Jan. 6 following a presidential election, the House and Senate will meet in a joint session. The president of the Senate, in this case Vice President Mike Pence, will preside. The electoral votes from the 50 states and the District of Columbia will then be opened and counted.
    This singular moment in American democracy is the only official declaration and certification of who won the presidential election.
    In a deception that exceeded even Nixon’s imagination, Trump and a group of lawyers, loyalists and White House aides devised a strategy to bombard the country with false assertions that the 2020 election was rigged and that Trump had really won. They zeroed in on the Jan. 6 session as the opportunity to overturn the election’s result. 
    […]
    On that day, driven by Trump’s rhetoric and his obvious approval, a mob descended on the Capitol and, in a stunning act of collective violence, broke through doors and windows and ransacked the House chamber, where the electoral votes were to be counted. The mob then went in search of Pence — all to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s victory. Trump did nothing to restrain them.
    By legal definition this is clearly sedition — conduct, speech or organizing that incites people to rebel against the governing authority of the state. Thus, Trump became the first seditious president in our history.
    […]
    Both Nixon and Trump have been willing prisoners of their compulsions to dominate, and to gain and hold political power through virtually any means. In leaning so heavily on these dark impulses, they defined two of the most dangerous and troubling eras in American history.
    As Washington warned in his Farewell Address more than 225 years ago, unprincipled leaders could create “permanent despotism,” “the ruins of public liberty,” and “riot and insurrection.”

    And then along came Trump.

  6. If you ask them, they’ll happily explain to you how “well regulated” actually means “not regulated”

  7. Yesterday around 6:00 am we woke up to a fairly loud noise which had Mrs P and me asking what the hell that was. Well, turned out That was the largest of the three main branches of the 100 or so year old maple in front of our house breaking off and falling to the ground just in front of the front porch. Fell neatly missing the porch, shrub beds – just where I would have wanted it to fall if I had a say in it. 

    Well regulated militia. Right.

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