Archive for January, 2017

Where Are Your Troubles Now

The Washington Post has a deep peek into the West Wing in which, in demonstrating why Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is important to the administration, White House adviser and descendant of House Harkonnen Steve Bannon has this to say:

In a lengthy email, Bannon described Sessions as “the clearinghouse for policy and philosophy” in Trump’s administration, saying he and the senator are joined at the center of Trump’s “pro-America ttwitlermovement” and the global nationalist phenomenon. “In America and Europe, working people are reasserting their right to control their own destinies,” Bannon wrote. “Jeff Sessions has been at the forefront of this movement for years, developing populist nation-state policies that are supported by the vast and overwhelming majority of Americans, but are poorly understood by cosmopolitan elites in the media that live in a handful of our larger cities.”

“Cosmopolitan elites”? Didn’t know I was living in Weimar. At least he didn’t say it from atop a banquet table in a beer hall.

That is the straight stuff. From the top now, right from the Oval Office, the Republican Party is attaching itself to contemporary white nationalism the world over. If the Republican Party doesn’t like the way that sounds, it can distance itself from its president and from his handlers. Or, it can own this particular political strategy lock, stock, and armbands.

The party is daring the country to stand by the progress it has made on its founding principles ever since the ink dried at Appomattox. It is trying to bluff a self-governing republic into committing suicide just the way those renegade CBP officials are trying to bluff people out of their green cards. It is relitigating the Civil War and World War II at the same time, and right out in public. Damn, things are fragile right now.

Charles Pierce


Nits Make Lice

Asked on Monday whether Twitler’s order should apply to 5-year-old children, White House press secretary Cabbage Man gave a clear answer: yes.

“That’s why we slow it down a little. To make sure nitsthat if they are a 5-year-old, that maybe they’re with their parents and they don’t pose a threat. But to assume that just because of someone’s age or gender or whatever that they don’t pose a threat would be misguided and wrong.”

At dawn on November 29th, 1864, Colonel John Chivington and 700 men reached the edge of Black Kettle’s camp on the banks of Sand Creek. Some regular army officers protested that to attack the peaceable village would betray the army’s pledge of safety. Chivington ignored them. “Damn any man who sympathizes with Indians,” he said. “Kill and scalp all, big and little; nits make lice.”


Republicans are as quiet as church mice as Herr Twitler pumps out executive orders at a fevered pitch, doing exactly what he said he’d do during the campaign, for all of those who were paying attention: advancing a white nationalist agenda and vision of America, whether that be by demonizing blacks in a-mongo-confabthe “inner city,” Mexicans at the border or Muslims from the Middle East.

Not only is Twitler a literacy-lite, conspiracy-chasing, compulsively lying bigot, he is also a narcissistic workaholic who now wields the power of the presidency. You could not have conceived of a more dangerous combination of characteristics. He is the paragon of the clueless and an idol of the Ku Kluxers.

Twitler’s America is not America: not today’s or tomorrow’s, but yesterday’s.

Twitler’s America is brutal, perverse, regressive, insular and afraid. There is no hope in it; there is no light in it. It is a vast expanse of darkness and desolation.

Charles M. Blow

Bone Road






Good Americans

Don’t rejoice in his defeat, you men.
For though the world stood up and stopped the bastard,
The bitch that bore him is in heat again.

Bertolt Brecht

Herr Twitler signed an executive order Friday instituting “extreme vetting” of refugees, aimed at keeping out “radical Islamic terrorists.”

“I’m establishing a new vetting measure to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America,” Twitler said during his signing of the order. “We don’t want them here. We want to make sure we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas.”

In German media, it was German citizens who were targeted for extinction by a vast international conspiracy. Hitler portrayed the Holocaust as a ttwitlerdefensive act, a necessary move to destroy the Jews before they destroyed Germany. Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda, and Otto Dietrich’s Press Office translated this vision into a coherent cautionary narrative, which the Nazi propaganda machine disseminated into the recesses of everyday life.

A Massachusetts man was charged with hate crimes after he threatened an airline worker at Kennedy International Airport who was wearing a head scarf, kicked her and told her “Twitler is here now” and “he will get rid of all of you,” officials said on Thursday.

In Istanbul, during a stopover on Saturday, passengers reported that security officers had entered a plane after everyone had boarded and ordered a young Iranian woman and her family to leave the aircraft.

An official message to all American diplomatic posts around the world provided instructions about how to treat people from the countries affected: “Effective immediately, halt interviewing and cease issuance and printing” of visas to the United States.

How do I get back home now?” said Daria Zeynalia, a green card holder who was visiting family in Iran. He had rented a house and leased a car, and would be eligible for citizenship in November. “What about my job? If I can’t go back soon, I’ll lose everything.”

Shortly after noon on Saturday, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, an interpreter who worked on behalf of the United States government in Iraq, was released. After nearly 19 hours of detention, Mr. Darweesh began to cry as he spoke to reporters, putting his hands behind his back and miming handcuffs.

“What I do for this country? They put the cuffs on,” Mr. Darweesh said. “You know how many soldiers I touch by this hand?

On Friday, which was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Herr Twitler issued an executive order to the Department of Homeland Security that now requires it to publish a list of “criminal actions” by immigrants on a weekly basis.

The order makes no distinction whatsoever between documented and undocumented immigrants.

Twitler wants Americans to hear Mexican-sounding and Middle-Eastern sounding names associated with criminal activity every single week.

As he signed the order, Twitler read out the names of US citizens murdered by illegal immigrants.

The Nazi paper The Criminal Jew published photos of Jewish people who had committed crimes. A Nazi directive to the German press declared, “Jews are criminal by disposition. The Jews are not a nation like other nations but bearers of hereditary criminality.”

On the day that Herr Twitler signed an executive action limiting immigration and refugees from war-torn nations, one man is trying to humanize the people whose lives are lost or saved by those decisions.

Russel Neiss created the @Stl_Manifest twitter account to recount the fate of passengers on the St. Louis, a ship that fled Nazi Germany in 1939 with more than 900 Jews seeking refuge in Cuba and, then, Miami. The ship was turned away, returned to Europe and more than 250 of its passengers died at German hands.

“When we say we remember and when we say ‘never again,’ it’s important to actually remember and mean ‘never again,’ ” Neiss said. “We talk about refugees in the abstract. But these are real people whose lives hang in the balance. When we say no refugees allowed, there are real lives here—women, children, men.”

As he waited inside the Delta Sky Lounge at Terminal 2, he approached an employee in her office. She was wearing a hijab.

“Are you fucking sleeping? Are you praying? What are you doing?” Rhodes said to the employee before punching the door, which hit the back of the employee’s chair.

When the employee asked what she’d done to Rhodes to make him angry, he responded: “You did nothing, but I am going to kick your ass.”


You Won’t Learn

U.S. Agents Take Undocumented Immigrants Into Custody Near Tex-Mex Border

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade

Exiled Thucydides knew
All that a speech can say
About Democracy,
And what dictators do,
The elderly rubbish they talk
To an apathetic grave;
Analysed all in his book,
The enlightenment driven away,
The habit-forming pain,
Mismanagement and grief:
We must suffer them all again.

Faces along the bar
Cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out,
The music must always play,
All the conventions conspire
To make this fort assume
The furniture of home;
Lest we should see where we are,
Lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night
Who have never been happy or good.

There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.

W.H. Auden

When I Worked

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