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jcitybone

Homer Trump

Samantha Fuentes, who was shot in both legs during the Parkland assault, said she had felt no reassurance during a phone call from the president to her hospital room last week.

“He said he heard that I was a big fan of his, and then he said, ‘I’m a big fan of yours too.’ I’m pretty sure he made that up,” she said in an interview after being discharged from the hospital. “Talking to the president, I’ve never been so unimpressed by a person in my life. He didn’t make me feel better in the slightest.

Ms. Fuentes, who was left with a piece of shrapnel lodged behind her right eye, said Mr. Trump had called the gunman a “sick puppy” and said “‘oh boy, oh boy, oh boy,’ like, seven times.”

polarbear4

All elected officials must pass a course in empathy. That would disqualify a bunch of ’em.

jcitybone

Homer Rubio

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/375229-florida-shooting-survivor-we-should-call-ar-15s-marco-rubio

A survivor of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School criticized Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Twitter early Friday, suggesting he is “easy to buy” for accepting donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

“We should change the names of AR-15s to ‘Marco Rubio’ because they are so easy to buy,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sophomore Sarah Chadwick tweeted Friday.

jcitybone

Bad news for Homer Cruz?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/democratic-turnout-in-texas-up-for-nations-first-primary/2018/02/22/104982ec-1808-11e8-930c-45838ad0d77a_story.html?utm_term=.74f654f30a76

Democrats in Texas are early voting in large numbers ahead of the first primary elections before the 2018 midterms, stoking party optimism that backlash to President Donald Trump won’t escape the biggest conservative state in the country.

More Democrats have cast ballots than Republicans since early voting began this week in Texas, according to state election figures released Thursday, and turnout among Democrats is up 46 percent over the last midterm elections in 2014. For Republicans, meanwhile, turnout is basically flat.

orlbucfan

T and R, miz mags!! 🙂 LD has been giving us the excellent coverage of the Cruz-Beto race. Beto has followed the Dean 50-State-Strategy/Bernie’s 2016 campaign to the max. Definitely looks like it’s starting to pay off. Good.

polarbear4

hahahahha! Cruz gives the Vorta a bad name, and that’s hard to do. STDSN (Deep Space Nine) for those of you wondering. Jeffrey Combs is his usual excellent self as Weyoun.)

polarbear4

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/02/22/world-will-not-mourn-decline-us-hegemony

The U.S. is not just the top menace only to peace on Earth. It is also the leading threat to personal privacy (as was made clearer than ever by the Edward Snowden revelations), to democracy (the U.S. funds and equips repressive regimes around the world) and to a livable global natural environment (thanks in no small part to its role as headquarters of global greenhouse gassing and petro-capitalist climate denial).

The world can be forgiven, perhaps, if it does not join Eliot Cohen and Karl Vick in bemoaning the end of the “American Era,” whatever Trump’s contribution to that decline, which was well underway before he entered the Oval Office.

Ordinary Americans, too, can find reasons to welcome the decline of the American empire. As Chomsky noted in the late 1960s: “The costs of empire are in general distributed over the society as a whole, while its profits revert to a few within.”

The Pentagon system functions as a great form of domestic corporate welfare for high-tech “defense” (empire) firms like Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon—this while it steals trillions of dollars that might otherwise meet social and environmental needs at home and abroad. It is a significant mode of upward wealth distribution within “the homeland.”

The biggest costs have fallen on the many millions killed and maimed by the U.S. military and allied and proxy forces in the last seven decades and before. The victims include the many U.S. military veterans who have killed themselves….

orlbucfan

‘Homeland’ is just another word for ‘Nazi fascist stupe.’

polarbear4

The Cheapening Of Human Life
Assault rifles have more rights than schoolchildren.

How can this keep happening?

There’s a bigger problem embedded in the social order than our lack of effective gun laws, and I hope the movement that emerges out of the Parkland massacre makes the leap beyond anger and single-issue politics. The nation’s weak gun laws — the easy availability of AR-15 assault rifles — are, in fact, a symptom of the general cheapening of human life in American society, which is reflected in the nation’s ever-expanding obsession with war and a military budget the size of Godzilla. War always has a way of coming home.

Back in 2006, a few years after the invasion of Iraq, I wrote: “Bush’s war to promote terror — the perfect self-sustaining fear machine — isn’t just generating an endless supply of hardened enemies beyond our borders. It is also creating the conditions of social breakdown and psychological blowback within our borders. Guess what? Under Plan Bush, we’ll never be safe.”

The kids at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School might agree. Of course, Plan Bush has morphed into Plan Obama and, now, Plan Trump, whose recent budget proposal for next year allots $716 billion to the Department of Defense.

And hooo boy, this!

In that column, I also happened to quote the words of a certain lieutenant general who was gaining a reputation for his homicidal candor. Addressing soldiers during a panel discussion, he said: “It’s fun to shoot some people. . . . You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.”

The guy’s name was Mad Dog Mattis. He’s now, of course, America’s secretary of defense.

polarbear4

A sweet story about Cesar Chelala, his wife, and a shoeless man that ends with this:

Lord

on 8th Street

between 6th Avenue and Broadway

there are enough shoe stores

with enough shoes

to make me wonder

why there are shoeless people

on the earth.

Lord,

You have to fire the Angel

in charge of distribution.

polarbear4

“Cash Must Not Be Made the Scapegoat”

There are plenty of reasons to worry about living in a cashless (or “less cash”) society, including the vastly increased power it would grant to political and monetary authorities as well as the near-impossibility of ever escaping from the clutches of the banking system or central banks’ monetary experiments.

If anything, recent efforts to make it harder to use cash in Europe are having the opposite effect. According to data cited by Mersch, growth in overall demand for cash is outpacing nominal GDP growth.

In the last five years, the average annual growth rate of euro banknotes was 4.9% by value and 6.2% by piece. This rise includes denominations that are predominantly used for transactions, rather than for savings.

In other words, despite the preponderance of digital alternatives, most Europeans do not seem ready to give up notes and coins just yet. According to Mersch, they have nothing to worry about: printed euro banknotes “will retain their place and their role in society as legal tender for a very long time to come. There is no alternative to euro cash.”

It sure would be nice if he’s right. But many very important people, institutions, and companies — especially those that process electronic payments and take their cut on each transaction — think differently.

Oh yeah, fund the violence up the ying yang, but take away the little jobs from the people at the bottom. Sounds right on track. It might be harder to do in America–and that would be where I would welcome the right’s independent streak.

p.s. sorry i hijacked your thread, mags. didn’t know i’d find so many and now i must leave for a bit, anyway.

Torabs
Torabs

Thanks for starting the open thread magsview! I’m glad we can give LD a break from the task every now and then.

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