Politics – Mon Aug 28 17 17:35:31 2017

Here’s a pocketful of links, stacked up for easy viewing.

Black-clad anarchists storm rally, assault at least 5 people: BERKELEY, Calif. — Black-clad anarchists on Sunday stormed into what had been a largely peaceful protest here against hate and attacked at least five people, including the leader of a politically conservative group who canceled an event a day earlier in San Francisco amid fears of violence. – Tags: politics – https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/black-clad-anarchists-storm-rally-assault-at-least-5-people/2017/08/27/57149418-8b91-11e7-84c0-02cc069f2c37_story.html

Trump to Fully Restore Military Surplus Transfers to Police: WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to reinstate in full a program that provides local police departments with military surplus equipment such as large-caliber weapons and grenade launchers, according to a document obtained by The New York Times. – by ADAM GOLDMAN – Tags: politics – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/27/us/politics/trump-military-equipment-police.html

Clap Back: James Clapper On Why He Felt Compelled To Question President Trump’s Fitness to Serve: After more than 50 years in service of eight White House administrations, James Clapper was one of the least likely figures to publicly question a sitting president’s fitness to serve. – by Become a WGBH – Tags: politics – http://news.wgbh.org/2017/08/25/politics-government/clap-back-james-clapper-why-he-felt-compelled-question-president

Mar-a-Lago cancellations continue after Trump’s toxic tantrums: Charities continue to abandon Mar-a-Lago in favor of locations whose owners are less conflicted about the role of Nazis in our society. As we’ve said after each one of the other cancellations: ’bout time. – by Hunter, {{author}} – Tags: politics – https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/8/24/1692959/-Mar-a-Lago-cancellations-continue-after-Trump-s-toxic-tantrums

That’s it for this batch. Thanks for reading!

4 Pocket Links Wed Aug 23 20 20:06:13 2017

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Here’s a pocketful of links, stacked up for easy viewing.

Flickr: Repository of Resistance Memes: A really useful collection of Resistance memes, many were used in a recent “tweetstorm Google doc created by Jhamel. – by Honey DemForce – Tags: politics, theresistance, trump – https://www.flickr.com/photos/151634815@N03/sets/72157685219931514

CaptainsLog2017 on Twitter – by Herr Trump in, CaptainsLog2017 ??, Scarlet Witch 2017 ? – Tags: trump – https://twitter.com/CaptainsLog2017/status/900220349593374720

CaptainsLog2017 on Twitter PHX pics: #PhoenixRally pics thread – by East Coast, Deb, Dani G, Vicki Ringer, Dracula’s Spatula, Eric DeBlackmere, Kenny J #Resist, Cynthia Pease, Mrir, C Barker Congdon, CaptainsLog2017 ??, Scarlet Witch 2017 ? – Tags: trump – https://twitter.com/CaptainsLog2017/status/900219373956341762

The strange story of a ‘Blacks for Trump’ guy standing behind the president at his Phoenix rally: At a number of political rallies over the last two years, a character calling himself “Michael the Black Man” has appeared in the crowd directly behind Donald Trump, impossible to miss and possibly planted. Almost always, he plugs his wild website, Gods2.com, across his chest. – Tags: trump – http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/The-strange-story-of-a-Blacks-for-Trump-guy-11952070.php

That’s it for this batch. Thanks for reading!

4 Pocket Links Mon Aug 21 21 21:56:18 2017

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Here’s a pocketful of links, stacked up for easy viewing.

GOP senator unsure if Trump will be 2020 nominee: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told MSNBC that she was unsure whether President Donald Trump would be the party’s presidential nominee in 2020. – Tags: politics – http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/08/21/susan-collins-unsure-trump-2020-msnbc-sot-erin.cnn

Jeh Johnson: Confederate Statues Are ‘Neo-Nazi Rallying Points’: Martha Raddatz filled in on ABC’s “This Week” charged with the arduous task of eliciting some semblance of logic from Jerry Falwell Junior’s rationalizing of Trump’s deplorable defense of White Nationalists, KKK members and Neo-Nazis. – by Leftofcenter – Tags: politics – http://crooksandliars.com/2017/08/jeh-johnson-confederate-statues-are-neo

Angry Trump Grilled His Generals About Troop Increase, Then Gave In: WASHINGTON — President Trump’s skepticism about America’s involvement in Afghanistan was no secret to his staff. But his top national security officials were still taken aback at a meeting in the Situation Room on July 19, when an angry Mr. – by Maggie Haberman, MARK LANDLER – Tags: politics – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/21/world/asia/trump-afghanistan.html

Michael Snyder Wants To Take Over The GOP And Fill Congress With ‘InfoWars Candidates’: Michael Snyder, a radical Religious Right prepper pundit who is among the Republicans candidates running for Congress in Idaho for the seat being vacated by Rep. Raul Labrador, is a kindred spirit of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and a regular guest on his radio program. – by Kyle Mantyla – Tags: politics – http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/michael-snyder-wants-to-take-over-the-gop-and-fill-congress-with-infowars-candidates/

That’s it for this batch. Thanks for reading!

6 Pocket Links Sun Aug 20 2017

Here’s a pocketful of links, stacked up for easy viewing.

The most pernicious racism is the stuff we don’t even think about : ***Dave Does the Blog: Literally don’t think about, as in the stuff that passes below our consciousness, that we don’t detect, let alone ponder. The stuff where we don’t even think about it as racism because it’s just How Things Are in our minds, axiomatic assumptions about people based on their race. – by Dave Hill – Tags: Racism, Blogs – http://hill-kleerup.org/blog/2017/08/18/pernicious-racism-stuff-dont-even-think.html

From airline cancellations to that ropey hotel, what to do about botched holidays: The Guardian and Observer consumer champions have joined forces to bring you a guide to your rights … from lost luggage to flight delays and bad hotels It’s that season again. The sleepless nights, the stressful confrontations and the hours spent on phone and email seeking resolutions. – by Miles Brignall and Anna Tims – Tags: travel – https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/aug/19/airline-cancellations-ropey-hotel-what-do-botched-holidays

Fit in my 40s: ‘I’m lazy: cycling in a pack changed that’: We did this for what felt like hours, but was actually 40 minutes – did I mention the vicious headwind? A role model is like a lemon zester: it’s only once you’ve got one that you realise you wanted one. – by Zoe Williams – Tags: cycling – https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/aug/19/fit-in-my-40s-bella-velo-cycle-club-richmond-park

Trumps to skip Kennedy Center Honors; organizers are ‘grateful’: The White House has announced that President Donald Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events honoring recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors arts awards. – by Associated Press – http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-trumps-to-skip-kennedy-center-awards-20170819-story.html

Could Donald Trump lose in the GOP primaries?: President Donald Trump’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad summer vacation has sent the administration reeling. – by Peter Feaver, (c) 2017, Foreign Policy – Tags: politics – http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-gop-fp-comment-1efbba6a-8426-11e7-b359-15a3617c767b-20170818-story.html

A letter to my American friends: when did the dream die?: It is difficult for Americans to watch the presidential parody that is Donald Trump with anything approaching equanimity. But it is also hard for non-Americans – long-time friends and admirers of the United States – who look on helplessly from afar. – by Simon Tisdall – Tags: politics – https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/19/a-letter-to-my-american-friends-when-did-the-dream-die

That’s it for this batch. Thanks for reading!

A Pocketful Of Links From This Week

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Megachurch pastor resigns from Trump’s evangelical council: Most of President Trump’s evangelical advisers have stood by him this week following much criticism over his response to violent clashes in Charlottesville, even as several CEOs left business advisory councils. But one pastor quietly stepped away. – by Sarah Pulliam Bailey – Tags: politics – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/08/18/megachurch-pastor-resigns-from-trumps-evangelical-council/

James Fields Jr.: A neo-Nazi’s violent, rage-fueled journey to Charlottesville: Late in his senior year of high school, James Fields Jr. was excitedly mapping his future, hoping to join the Army right after graduation. – by Abigail Hauslohner, Paul Duggan, Jack Gillum and Aaron C. Davis – Tags: politics – http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-james-fields-jr-charlottesville-20170818-story.html

For Murdoch Empire, Perhaps a Decisive Point in Relationship to Trump: At 5:55 p.m. on Thursday, James Murdoch sent an email to a list of blind-copied recipients offering a striking repudiation of President Trump and a pledge to donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League. – by Emily Steel – Tags: politics – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/business/media/murdoch-trump-charlottesville.html

The rise and humiliating fall of Chris Cantwell, Charlottesville’s starring ‘fascist’: The white supremacists, nationalists and far-right trolls who starred in last weekend’s violent Charlottesville rallies have suffered no lack of humiliation in the days since. – by Avi Selk – Tags: politics – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2017/08/18/the-rise-and-humiliating-fall-of-charlottesvilles-starring-fascist/

Trump thanks Putin for expelling U.S. diplomats, infuriating State Department: President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for expelling American diplomats from Russia on the grounds that “we’re going to save a lot of money,” prompting dismay among many of the rank-and-file at the State Department. – by Nahal Toosi, Madeline Conway – Tags: politics – http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/10/trump-thanks-vladimir-putin-diplomats-241498

House majority leader to colleagues in 2016: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump: KIEV, Ukraine — A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill. – by Adam Entous – Tags: politics – https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-leader-to-colleagues-in-2016-i-think-putin-pays-trump/2017/05/17/515f6f8a-3aff-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

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Live Aloha

David and Ginny

November 2016 – we went to Hawaii to ride bikes and raise a little money for Honolulu Tour de Cure, and I some how managed to ride a road bike 38 miles on a very hilly course. Woo! Most of the time we stayed on Maui, and when we came back, autumn was over and winter was on its way.

Something else happened in November, but I can’t put my finger on it.