Open Thread For Nov. 13, 2018: Four No-Trump

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Lessee…no-shows a ceremony honoring the World War I dead? Check. And check out his excuse. No, not the rain. ‘Concern for Paris traffic.’

No-Shows Arlington Cemetery on Veterans’ Day? Check.

Urges that Florida military ballots not be counted?  Check.

Presides Over trainwreck On GI benefits? Check.

Happy Veterans Day, Y’All.

RIP Stan Lee. I don’t think any person’s vision gave me more joy as a kid than that of Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee. Avengers Assemble! BTW, if you haven’t already done so, now would be a great time to read one of my favorite novels of the past 25 years, The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, which takes place in the formative years of the comics industry. You will thank me.

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  1. Alby says:

    Stan Lee was a complex guy, certainly not beloved by all, and resented by many comics fans who think he failed to give his artist co-creators their due.

    But he also educated a lot of 10-year-olds in the ’60s about what all the social unrest was about. This appeared as “Stan’s Soapbox” after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.:

    Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them—to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. The bigot is an unreasoning hater—one who hates blindly, fanatically, indiscriminately. If his hang-up is black men, he hates ALL black men. If a redhead once offended him, he hates ALL redheads. If some foreigner beat him to a job, he’s down on ALL foreigners. He hates people he’s never seen—people he’s never known—with equal intensity—with equal venom.
    Now, we’re not trying to say it’s unreasonable for one human being to bug another. But, although anyone has the right to dislike another individual, it’s totally irrational, patently insane to condemn an entire race—to despise an entire nation—to vilify an entire religion. Sooner or later, we must learn to judge each other on our own merits. Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill out hearts with tolerance. For then, and only then, will we be truly worthy of the concept that man was created in the image of God–a God who calls us ALL—His children.

  2. RE Vanella says:

    Alexandria Ocasio Cortez joins Climate Change sit-in in the office of Speaker Pelosi.

    It’s a new day, folks. Start getting your heads around it.

  3. Alby says:

    Jerome Corsi says he was caught in a “perjury trap.” The normal English word for that is “lying.”

    They all must hang.

  4. RE Vanella says:

    “‘My crime really was that I dared to support President Trump,’ he said. ‘Now I’m going to have to go to prison for the rest of my life because I dared to oppose the Deep State.’”


    I like that the perjury trap was they asked him questions without telling him they already knew the answers so when he lied they knew he lied. This would be a great criminal defence in bizarro world.

    • Alby says:

      It takes a special kind of stupid to lie to federal prosecutors. You’ll notice it’s been pretty common among the indicted Trumpkins.

  5. bamboozer says:

    Corsi and Stone indicted on the same day, overly optimistic for sure, but then again Christmas is coming and we can dream. Oh yes, we can dream.

  6. RE Vanella says:

    As predicted by everyone, pigs massacre good guy with a gun.

    • Dan says:

      I truly believe that the primary motivating force behind a lot of the gun fetishism, especially the “open carry” activists, is that being able to carry and use a gun without getting killed by law enforcement is one of the most straightforward instances of white privilege.

      There’s an open carry group in Delaware that has a website and forum where they discuss their day-to-day activities scaring grannies in line at Wawa, getting comments at TGI Fridays, and of course encounters with law enforcement, because of the fact they are openly carrying a firearm. That many of them know little about guns is obvious from the forums. Plus, real gun enthusiasts who want to carry have CCDW permits and don’t really care that much about open carry. But these OC guys really get a kick out tweaking cops, and I think I know why.

  7. Dave says:

    Interesting article/book excerpt in Politico: regarding Andrew Johnson. and how he was removed from power:

    I think I’ll read the book, but on the surface there seems to be many parallels to today. Might be an interesting thought exercise as to who was the worst. I don’t mean the worst President. I mean the worst person.

    • Sussex Worker says:

      Andrew Johnson was not “removed from power”. The US Senate was short of the 2/3rds vote needed

      • Dave says:

        As far as impeachment goes that is correct. But the excerpt demonstrated how his cabinet and congress conspired to reduce his power. Perhaps I should have said “power was removed from him”

  8. Alby says:

    This is the most dead-on summation of Trump I’ve seen in a while:

  9. mouse says:

    I couldn’t even find the story on the Fix News Facebook site. No real information needed for the most vicious nasty ignorant belligerent bigoted rubes in our nation.

  10. Dan says:

    Has anyone besides Jerome Corsi suggested that Jerome Corsi is going to be indicted? In his field, there’s no such thing as bad publicity and he understands that.

    • RE Vanella says:

      Also a good point. In the scumbag world this gets you cred. Roger Stone and others have been saying their indictments were imminent for months.

      Still hilarious though.

  11. RE Vanella says:

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Right about Amazon’s Corporate Welfare

    Brought to you by….

    …The National Review

    It’s a new day, people. Try to grasp what’s happening.

  12. puck says:

    Extraordinary testimony by inmate Dwayne Staats:

    Inmate Dwayne Staats, who’s been charged with murder in the death of correctional officer Lt. Steven Floyd, took the stand Tuesday and admitted to masterminding the riot, citing deteriorating quality of life issues behind bars that he said were ignored for too long […]

    “Those who understand that the uprising needed to happen knew that sh*t was going to get worse before it got better,” he read from his writing.

    He further explained: “I guess that’s with anything we’re fighting for…that’s what the struggle is…keep pushing, pushing, pushing. You might get pushed back, but that’s the hope–that one day it’s going to get better.”