The Chimes at Midnight
Thursday, January 19, 2017
 
A Real Howler in the Globe Today
For the First Time Ever, Joanie Vennochi has nothing but nice things to say about Hillary Clinton because the Former Secretary of State has decided to "be a good sport" and attend Trump's inaugural tomorrow. Ms Clinton likely thought it was a Wake She Could Not Skip....regardless of the petty humiliations Team Trump has waiting for her no doubt.
Joanie goes on to snark at Rep's Capuano & Clark who have declined that selfsame attendance...I myself hold no one here to to any fixed standard that is what the enemy expects me to do so thats out First Thing.
No...the rules have been shredded and everyone is gonna have to find new rules to both live and fight by, and I have a feeling that "Being a Good Sport" is as Dead as Free Silver as of Noon Tomorrow no matter how much Joanie Vennochi longs for the antique political mores of Saint Ronald Reagan.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
 
If ACA get repealed
and its likely in the last seventy two hours of it's life, then those who about to lose coverage have a right and responsibility to shut down via direct nonviolent action the physical constituency affairs office your local congressperson, especially any beneficiaries of Dixie's current network of Rotten Boroughs.
Why limit action of the specific constituents of specific congresspersons? Invade someone else's damn district, the thieving bastards have imposed their own bitter agenda on the whole nation why shouldn't persons outside the district protest?
We have to stop playing by the Marquis of Queensbury rules, doesn't mean we are to dishonest or dishonorable but we must force a decision of grounds favorable to us...and thats a whole process and a half when you control NOTHING in DC.
I mean pester these people unmercifully...they wanted this cram it down their miserable throats!
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
 
So now Trump claims NATO is obsolete
or whatever the tweeted pejorative was, this doesn't surprise me though I've been waiting for the NATO combat boot to drop since election night.  Words fail me as to what a bad idea this is, and how much undeserved leverage this grants Vladimir Putin even before Trump is sworn in.
I dunno if Trump is a Russian Asset or pursuing a Weird Utopian "Nativist Power Bloc" Agenda, I am however pretty clear that without NATO strong & united the peace of the world is very much imperilled.
It means over the short term that the Baltic States & Poland are being offered up to Moscow (we are appeasing a third tier economy whose GDP 's rivals....Italy and yes that rankles) which puts Germany in an exposed position militarily and otherwise.
What people forget is the NATO (and its now defunct foe the Warsaw Pact) were defacto non-proliferation guarantors....both alliances were backed up by the nuclear umbrella of their bipolar sponsor, thus paradoxically allowing most of the member states to be non-nuclear actors.
If NATO goes for the terminal dirt nap how long before Berlin withdraws from the NPT and deploys its own nuclear detterent? Indeed sans NATO protection what choice would they have other than going Hat in Hand to Moscow?
And if this is the plan for whatever reason we have to be very very certain that their are irremedial political consequences for anyone who backs such a dangerous shameful plan here at home.


Monday, January 16, 2017
 
Its a Rough Week and Likely to Get Rougher
and we are bereft of the counsel of some of our very very best on this Cold Clear Martin Luther King Day....

But even in the darkest days of 1968 Doctor King could still crack a Preacher's Sort of a Joke....

So do not be downhearted....
Thursday, January 12, 2017
 
Captive Nations Day Ver 2.0
Rex Tillerson didn't disperse many doubts yesterday during his confirmation hearings, he came off as clueless and a little overwhelmed. Despite some very polite truculent noises abour the Russians he ended up getting schooled well and thoroughly by Marco Rubio the biggest Jobber in the US Senate.
I'll grant Tillerson means well, I doubt he is a utopian of any type if anything he seems like a likely realist (but then there are few true idealists at Foggy Bottom the Last One to Serve as Secretary of State would be William Jennings Bryan)....but he seems inhibited and underqualified. I took grim amusement in Tillerson's fastidious refusal to identify Putin as a War Criminal, it reminded me of all those shrieking posts on Facebook about Hillary Clinton eschewing the term "Islamic Terrorism".
I want to believe the best from Rex Tillerson he did after all take the BSA in hand and lead it into the 21st century on gender issues, but I think he radically underestimating just what we are letting Putin get away with, indeed the very topic seems toxic in extremis for Team Trump...which only inflames suspicions in turn.
And what kills me, these jobbers are giving the store away to Vladimir Putin who pretty much presides of a GDP the size of Italy whose main exports are ammunition, oil & mischief.
THAT is simply embarrassing....
At the end of the day, it comes down to this, either Trump et al are simply childishly naive about Putin and his intentions and will shortly be painfully shorn of those idealistic notions or else they are one and all STUPID enough to believe they may achieve power in the USA with the active backing of a foreign tyrant sans consequence.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017
 
Hi Dad Ya Proud of Me?
Dylann Roof is sentenced to death for shooting up a church with racist intent....I know people are squeamish about the Death Penalty but does anyone want this little mook strutting around behind bars posing as a "Race Martyr" and composing some Goddamned "Manifesto"?
No...better to bite the bullet ride out the appeals and let the executioner take his course....I know some of you are horrified by those sentiments I try to real with you, because its all getting very real out there.

Monday, January 09, 2017
 
Am I to Understand that the
"Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooter, one Esteban Santiago was able to ship his 9mm pistol in a locked case in his checked luggage sans ANY demure from the TSA?
Susbsequently as you all know, he simply adjourned to a rest room loaded his pistol and began a short but murderous shooting spree.
Seriously WE LET THIS HAPPEN!!!
Legally and fully compliant with the goddamn rules!!!
I think we seriously need to think about disbanding the TSA and declaring a state of "functional anarchy" in the air....everyone is encouraged to crade their M-1 Garand Carbines and Cherished Flamethrowers in Business Class!
We are the victims of a social engineering conundrum, "An Armed Society" was supposed to protect us all from these sorts of tragedies...instead said Armed Society has ENABLED random violence!
 Shit it is this very "Armed Society" from which we all need protection!!!
Seriously the next step is outright insurrection, we've armed ourselves so thoroughly that recourse to it, for whatever reason has become logical and....easy.




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