The collapse of Monarch: inside the doomed airline in its last days | Business | The Guardian

I’d never heard of this airline before last week. Then I caught a call from someone who’d been booked on them. There was no other way to help him, had to sell him a new ticket on a new carrier, and he’ll pursue refund with them himself.

In the week running up to the collapse of Monarch Airlines, one crew member noticed that something was awry. The soap had run out on a flight back to Gatwick and a request to replenish supplies was left unanswered. A few days later, on Monday this week, Monarch was no more: almost 2,000 staff would be laid off and the travel plans of 860,000 passengers would be disrupted.

Link: The collapse of Monarch: inside the doomed airline in its last days | Business | The Guardian

Emmy Awards: Jeffrey Wright @jfreewright deserves to win. #Westworld

Absolutely, hands down, Jeffrey Wright deserves the Emmy for best supporting actor. Will he get it?

Deserves to win: Jeffrey Wright
Critics love him on “Westworld” — he has a magnetic screen presence and the ability to deliver a big twist.

Link: Emmy Awards 2017 predictions: Who will win, who deserves to win and who could surprise us all – The Washington Post

Priest who left KKK still hasn’t made restitution for cross-burnings

Remember the family victimized when the local KKK burned a cross on their lawn, but they won a lawsuit? President Reagan dropped by to visit them.

Funny thing, they never did collect on the settlement. The leader of the local KKK disappeared.

Many years later, he turned up as a Catholic priest, and NO ONE wants to talk about him. Not his diocese, not his former diocese, not current and former parishioners, no one. The Washington Post did find a few people willing to talk about him, like old schoolmates who were shocked by his transformation from racist skinhead to priest.

He still had some anger issues, though. He seemed to work through them by protesting at abortion clinics, and by “teaching history.”

But hey, forgiveness is freely offered, right?

Last week, some parishioners were struggling to reconcile the priest they knew with his violent past and failure over decades to make amends to his victims, actions the diocese has now offered to broker and says Aitcheson is willing to do.

Maybe the Church needs to stop protecting racists. It looks a little too much like when they move pedohiles around and protect them, too.

Source: Priest who left KKK is testing parishioners’ ideas about redemption – The Washington Post

Trump Org Was Negotiating For Moscow Tower During Candidacy – Sater

If this had gone through last summer, would it have been a deal breaker for the Trumpist base?

Probably not. Make Moscow Great Again!

Nevertheless, the details of the deal, which have not previously been disclosed, provide evidence that Trump’s business was actively pursuing significant commercial interests in Russia at the same time he was campaigning to be president — and in a position to determine U.S.-Russia relations. The new details from the emails, which are scheduled to be turned over to congressional investigators soon, also point to the likelihood of additional contacts between Russia-connected individuals and Trump associates during his presidential bid.

White House officials declined to comment for this report.

Source: Trump’s business sought deal on a Trump Tower in Moscow while he ran for president – The Washington Post

How To President, Part 2 – Visit A Vandalized Golf Course? Not Unless He Owns It

Resident Drumpf may see this item in the Washington Post, but it’s unlikely as his news reading is “curated” for him so that he sees stories that are positive (and mostly about him).

However, since it’s on a golf course, he may feel moved, but it’s not as if it happened at one of his own golf properties, is it?

Source: Swastika found carved into green at Minnesota golf course – The Washington Post

How To President, Part 1 – Comfort A Black Family That Endured KKK Cross Burned On Lawn

This may be instructive (though it probably won’t be) to a certain cheddar-hued gesticulator.

President and Nancy Reagan visit the Butlers of College ParkThe Day President Reagan comforted a black family

In 1982, President Reagan read about a black family in College Park, MD that had just won a civil suit against a local KKK member who had burned a cross on the lawn of their home. He was moved, and insisted on meeting the Butler family. He asked staff to arrange it, and they were contacted at their work to give advance notice (both husband and wife worked for the government printing office). After completing some work and taking some meetings, he helicoptered over after 4pm to visit their home with his wife Nancy.

It was a cordial visit, that ended with hugs and good wishes. It was symbolic, but also warmly personal. The College Park family not only won their suit (it’s unclear if they ever got the money awarded), but the President of the United States dropped by to personally offer his support. It was a remarkable moment.

I never cared for Reagan, but I never doubted that he was President, though in his later years I had my doubts about his mental capacity. He was “the photo opportunity President,” and I remember thinking that he never missed a chance to be part of a “feel good” story.

But he made this happen, and he reached out to the Butlers in a way that seems, in hindsight, heartfelt.

Source: The day President Reagan comforted a black family who had a KKK cross burned on their lawn – The Washington Post