42 thoughts on “Give me your tired, your poor …”

  1. Advocates for migrants who were sent to Martha’s Vineyard sue Ron DeSantis | Ron DeSantis | The Guardian

    Attorneys representing the Venezuelan migrants and refugees allegedly duped into flying to the wealthy island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts have filed a class-action civil rights lawsuit against the Florida governor and other state officials.
    Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), a Boston-based legal advocacy group, filed the lawsuit on Tuesday challenging what it called the “fraudulent and discriminatory” scheme to charter private planes to transport almost 50 vulnerable people, including children as young as two, from San Antonio, Texas, via Florida, to Martha’s Vineyard last week without liaising to arrange shelter and other resources.
    The two charter flights cost about $615,000 – $12,300 per person – of taxpayers’ money, according to the legal filing.
    The civil rights suit is against the Florida governor, Ron DeSantis; the Florida transport secretary, Jared Perdue, the state of Florida, and their unidentified accomplices – who allegedly helped find and lure the asylum seekers on to the flights.
    “No human being should be used as a political pawn in the nation’s highly polarized debate over immigration,” said Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, executive director of LCR, which is providing pro bono legal assistance and accompanied the migrants to a military base on Cape Cod for shelter.
    The lawsuit is seeking to stop the Florida Republican officials from duping migrants and refugees into crossing state lines – and damages of at least $75,000 per person for the harm suffered.
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  2. meanwhile

    Putin announces partial mobilisation and threatens nuclear retaliation in escalation of Ukraine war | Vladimir Putin | The Guardian

    “To those who allow themselves such statements regarding Russia, I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction, and for separate components and more modern than those of Nato countries and when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal,” Putin said.
    He added: “It’s not a bluff.”

  3. also in the guardian today

    E Jean Carroll, the writer who accused Donald Trump of raping her more than two decades ago, plans to file a new lawsuit against the former US president.
    In a letter made public on Tuesday, a lawyer for former Elle magazine columnist said she planned to sue Trump for battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress under New York state’s Adult Survivors Act.
    That law, recently signed by the governor, Kathy Hochul, gives adult accusers a one-year window to bring civil claims over alleged sexual misconduct regardless of how long ago it occurred.
    Trump has denied raping Carroll and accused her of concocting the rape claim to sell her book.
    Carroll’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan said her client planned to sue Trump on 24 November, when the state law takes effect, and that the claims and Carroll’s existing defamation case against Trump could be tried together in February 2023.
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  4. What the hell is Putin talking about – “when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened,”? As “Secretary General António Guterres … publicly chided Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a news conference, saying it was “true and obvious” that there were no Ukrainian troops in Russia but Russian troops in Ukraine.” WaPo

    And best of luck to Ms. Carroll and her attorneys. Get the notice of deposition ready.

  5. patd – I could tell something was going on because of the constant barrage of attacks on my websites.  Whenever the ruskies are going to do something, launch a ship, attack an innocent country, they start trying to break into my website.  Why, you have to ask them. 

  6. Ha……Pootin plays Russian Roulette—boldly announces he’s not bluffing.  

    Mel Brooks sues for stealing his bit.

  7. have a hunch that putie’s nuke threat means he’s going to hit the big Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant the next time ukraine gets too close to border arsenals or moves on Crimea

  8. Pogo

    The new Disney live action The Littlest Mermaid is played by a black actress, Halle Bailey.  Right wing has lost its collective mind over the casting.

    See the source image

     

  9. A fighter jet went screaming over a short while ago.    I wonder what’s going on?  It was traveling NE to SW.  
     
    OM –  A belated, Happy Birthday!
     
    Sturg- Live From Golgotha, if you haven’t already read it, is pretty great. 

  10. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/commentary/putin-xi-jinping-russia-china-meeting-ukraine-war-concerns-2953276

    “It puts Xi in a tight spot, just weeks away from the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party on Oct 16.”

    “China values stability and a shaky war effort is not it. A united West exercising global leadership doesn’t help Xi paint a picture of Western decline, when China wants to reshape a new world order.”

    “Like the rest of the world, China is also suffering from the economic pain and inflation, in part wrought by Russia’s war.”

    “What is happening in Ukraine makes Putin look weak. And it makes Xi also look weak by association.”

    “It’s not hard to imagine that Putin’s public admission of Xi’s concerns was engineered to be in both leaders’ interest, with Russia playing the junior partner in the relationship and risking even more global approbation.”

    “The message was intended for an international audience – it was not covered by Chinese state media. It allows China to showcase its international standing, to show the world Xi can speak bluntly to Putin who will “explain in detail our position” in response.”

    “Though China is snapping up Russian oil and gas at highly discounted prices, Beijing has not lent support in ways that could trigger sanctions. Being seen to publicly “criticise” Russia could lend China more buffer to indirectly support Russia – such as recent agreements to pay for natural gas supplies in roubles and yuan.”

    “This, in turn, allows Russia to preserve a crucial economic lifeline while it spends millions a day on the invasion.”

    “How all this plays out should be closely followed until Xi and Putin meet again at the G20 summit in Bali in November.”

  11. Oh, good lord.  Is DeSantis behind the protestations against Disney for casting a black actress to play a mermaid as part of his I hate Disney campaign? 
     
    I hadn’t seen this name for Dumbass before, but I like it – The Barking Yam.  

  12. I’m not surprised that the MAGAts somehow think they are being cancelled by the casting of a non-white actress to play a mermaid.  
    I had a relative go off because they recast Jake from State Farm with a POC.  
    It’s sad.  It’s ridiculous.   It’s a DIVERSION from what they don’t want folks to think about…like abortion/women’s rights.  
    Another fighter jet went over.  They are so loud.  Like, this never happens. 

  13. https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/21/investing/global-markets-dollar-russia-mobilization/index.html

    “The US dollar climbed to a new two-decade high on Wednesday after Russia said it was mobilizing 300,000 military reserves in an escalation of the war in Ukraine.”

    “Russian stocks slid 3.5% Wednesday after the announcement, adding to heavy losses incurred Tuesday after Putin threatened to hold referendums to annex parts of Ukraine still occupied by Russian forces. The ruble also dropped nearly 3% against the US dollar.”

  14. https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/21/economy/fed-rate-hike-september/index.html

    “Overall, the new projections show the growing risk of a hard landing, where monetary policy tightens to the point of triggering a recession. They also provide some proof that the Fed is willing to accept “pain” in economic conditions in order to bring down persistent inflation.
    The higher prices mean that consumers are spending around $460 more per month on groceries than they were this time last year, according to Moody’s Analytics. Still, the job market remains strong, as does consumer spending.”

  15. Bob… belated Happy Birthday!
     
    My favorite Gore Vidal book is Julian.  I have a very old paper back copy that I paid 25 cents for at a church fair.  I treasure it!

  16. Alexandra

    “My view is you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.”

    Judge and special master Raymond J. Dearieon whether the Trump team needs to disclose what (if any) documents recovered at Mar-a-Lago had been declassified and when

    This is actually a fascinating legal area! Indeed, cake-having doctrine dates to the code of Hammurabi: “If someone shall seek to take a flat cake of pounded barley belonging to another man, his arms shall be cut off and he shall be flung into the water among the birds of prey.”

    Likewise, the Old Testament contains a tale concerning the having and eating of cake, in which two women arguing over possession of a cake (one wishes to have it, the other, to eat it) bring it before King Solomon to settle the dispute. Solomon seizes a sword and cuts the cake in half, giving half to each woman, and utters the following proverb, “Wow! This worked out flawlessly! Let’s try it with a baby!”

    She could have stopped right there, but she went on. 

    The New Testament offers fewer observations on cake, except that Jesus dodges the question entirely by just multiplying any grain products that are in front of him that could be the subject of dispute.

    Plato contemplated the question of having cake in his famous metaphor of the cake, coming to the conclusion that although many people thought they were having cake, some people were only having cake in their minds. Chaos ensued. This marked the beginning of the end of Athenian democracy.

    Roman cake law, meanwhile, said that anyone was entitled to cake if he or she had the appropriate state-issued coin and approached the cake using the proper forms and roads.

    Cake-having was clearly circumscribed in medieval Europe: “The Serf may have no Cake, for he is a Villein and lowest of the Low, and any Cake that appertaineth unto him belongeth of Right unto his Lord. His Lord may have and enjoy even unto eight Cakes, with a ninth to be partaken of upon days of Feasting.”

    And on she continued through the Renaissance and French Revolution  to the US and then to the present.

    And U.S. cake jurisprudence is founded on Marbury v. Madison, when the Supreme Court ruled that the judiciary had the first right to look at cake and decide whether it wants to have it or eat it before the executive branch gets a bite. All domestic cake law evolved from there, expanding to cover a whole range of confections.

    So, former president Donald Trump’s decision to take a bunch of classified documents with him to Mar-a-Lago after leaving office and then insist that he declassified them with his mind, but maybe did not, depending upon who is asking, seemed, at first, like a novel case: No president had ever tried this before! Maybe a new rule was needed.

    But actually, when you slice into it, it turns out: It’s cake. And when it comes to having and eating that, the rule is clear.

    For some reason I’m hungry.

  17. bId – One jet is training.  Mulitple jets are preparation for deployment.  If someone drives by the Pentagon on a Sunday you can get a feel for how interesting things are.  Empty parking lots, no issues.  A few vehicles, something is being watched.  A lot of vehicles, get ready for headlines.  I don’t plan on driving by this weekend. 
     
    I am finally going to retire.  Now to enjoy my next adventures.  For you KGB/GRU/FSB reading.  I am still out of everything you want to know – I know nothing you morons.

  18. Glad you’re jumping into the retirement pool.  The water is fine.  I’m too young to actually retire, but 35 years with my company was 25 too many.   I’ll probably get another job next year, but it’s only been a week and a half, so who knows. I’m doing the things I want to do for the rest of the year.  Will you still go to help during hurricanes? 

    I only heard two planes; saw and heard one, so I knew what it was.   Funny how quiet regular planes sound since I heard the fighter jets today.   I guess they have to move them around. 
     
    https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/21/politics/john-gibbs-womens-suffrage-19th-amendment-kfile/index.html

    “Therefore, since the increased presence of women in the workplace does not benefit men, women, or business operations, there is no factual basis on which to claim that it is better to have more women in the workplace,” he concluded.

    “We conclude that increasing the size and scope of government is unequivocally bad,” Gibbs added. “And since women’s suffrage has caused this to occur on a larger scale than any other cause in history, we conclude that the United States has suffered as a result of women’s suffrage.”

    “A Michigan candidate for the US House backed by former President Donald Trump once railed against giving women the right to vote…”

    I always wondered who the black people who showed up at Orange Adolf’s nazi rallies were. Now I know.

  19. I am still a volunteer with American Red Cross Disaster Services, with a big but . . . I am putting myself on the last to be called.  I have a lot to do during my last  couple decades and it is time to focus on me.
     
    There must be some concern at high levels because there has been a lot of traffic with the Huey type hell-of-a-copters this evening.  Guess some strategy types are shuffling around getting news in person. Something about living in the D.C. region you pick up on.  I am sure the russian embassy is watching with hot spy glasses.

  20. Since only one of my parents and only one of my four grandparents made it to retirement age, I decided to let go of daily grind for awhile and do things I enjoy while I’m around to do so.
     

  21. https://www.newsweek.com/how-break-arm-becomes-top-google-trend-russians-face-putin-ukraine-war-conscription-1744830

    “Google searches for “how to break an arm at home” surged in Russia after President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of the population to fight in Ukraine.”

    https://www.newsweek.com/russian-rail-website-crashes-after-putins-mobilization-decree-1744818

    “Putin’s decree also led to reports that flights out of the country were selling out in minutes. Flights from Russia to Armenia, Turkey and Georgia have all sold out…”

  22. Boom!!! Boom!!!
    Letitia James and the 11th Circuit take turns with Dumbass. As numerous commentators said tonight, this is Dumbass’s worst day in court – make that courts. 
    The drips became a flood today. Bwahahahahahah. Fuck him. 

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