First off, I should probably apologize for the light posting this week.  It turned out that there was plenty to discuss in last week’s open thread.  With the NFL protests dominating the news cycle, I didn’t see the point in posting anything else.  Hell, last week’s open thread ran all the way until yesterday.

Anyway, I’ll try to avoid last week’s topics as much as I can.  We’ll have to give some more time to watch what happens with the NFL.

So what’s up first?  How about Trump’s latest feud?  This time with the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Savage, as always.  The president is holding true to his “Hit me, I’ll hit you three times harder” credo no matter how bad the optics may be.  But is it justified this time?

I have to confess that I’m having a hard time overlooking the vital question of the day:

Gabby is referring to Carmen Cruz’s t-shirt that says “Help us, we are dying”.  Maybe my priorities are shit, but I really would like to know how that shirt came to get made with no electricity and get delivered to Cruz during a major humanitarian crisis so she could wear it on national television to complain about the effort to help the island.  Seriously, how did it happen?  It’s quite an accomplishment when you think about it.  Either that, or it’s a scandal that effort was being put into producing and delivering that shirt when there were critical supplies that needed to be moved.

If she genuinely feels like her city is getting insufficient support from the federal government and that it’s simply a matter of “inefficiency” that’s preventing essential supplies from reaching the people who need it, I say “more power to her.”

What bothers me is that she used the word “genocide” to describe what’s happening.  Genocide isn’t a natural disaster or simply a matter of “inefficiency.”  It’s a deliberate act.  Saying otherwise minimizes all of the acts of genocide that have happened over centuries to millions of people.

If anyone genuinely believes that the Trump Administration is deliberately allowing Puerto Ricans to suffer and die in a genocide out of some sort of callousness, I’m just going to say “fuck you” to that person.  Would not be worth debating.  Just fuck off and take it somewhere else, I say.

These were the same kinds of horrible accusations that were leveled against Bush during Hurricane Katrina.  I thought it was politically-driven garbage then and I think what Cruz is saying now is too.  Someone needs to get a straitjacket on her, honestly.  A floaty one, of course.  I don’t want to kill her.  I feel the need to say so before she has a t-shirt printed up suddenly that says “RVS Hates Puerto Ricans”.  True story.

If you ever wonder why some of us celebrate it when Trump punches back at people like Cruz, you have to understand how frustrating the Bush years were for us. It was infuriating to watch Bush absorb those awful attacks without hitting back.  Trump is right to call out this crap.  Accusing a sitting president of somehow enabling genocide is outside the bounds of what should be permissible from a politician in the middle of a coordinated federal disaster response.  It’s bad enough that we get that kind of hyperbole during campaigns.

A worthy debate can certainly be had over whether or not Trump has paid sufficient attention to this crisis and if there’s anything he could have been doing instead of obsessing about Thursday Night Football’s ratings.  We can even examine the reasons for the logistical breakdown that’s preventing critical aid from reaching the countryside.

But if you want to play the racism card, I’m going to tell you to share it with your therapist.  If you don’t have one, you need one.  That sort of hack partisanship has no place in a serious debate.  You’re in the Pizzagate wing of political discourse if you bring that up with me, just letting you know.

Next, if you haven’t yet watched Steven Crowder’s “Undercover in Antifa”, you need to.  Since Antifa is about to spring back like a bad Ghostbusters remake on November 4th with a national day of action, you might want to know what they’re really all about.  The mainstream media sure isn’t going to tell you, as the video reveals.

A librarian in Cambridge, MA made the news when she pointedly refused a donation of Dr Seuss books from Melania Trump.  The ensuing fallout drove her off of Twitter.  The librarian, Liz Soeiro, did make a good point that Cambridge is pretty affluent as school districts go and doesn’t have a need for any of the books donated.  It may be the first time in history that a public school has claimed to have sufficient funding for anything.

Soeiro could have stopped there–should have stopped there–but didn’t.  Her raging case of TDS kicked in and she had to refer to Dr Seuss books as “racist propaganda”.  This woman should be fired and put in a padded room next to Carmen Cruz.  Not because she was mean to the First Lady, but because she’s an insane idiot.

Dr Seuss was literally an anti-fascist.  Go read this and you’ll see what I’m talking about.  Dr Seuss was a vocal opponent of the “America First” movement before the US entered WW2.  If anything, he should be upheld as one of the historical heroes of whatever it is The #Resistance thinks it is.  What a wicked case of extreme ignorance this librarian has shown.

North Korea is freaking out because they can’t figure Trump out.  I share their pain.  I support the guy and I don’t get him either.  The article lends credence to my opinion on this affair.  The one where Kim is stuck in his own trap because he thought he could rattle his sabre and draw concessions out of the allies.  Trump isn’t playing along, so Kim keeps rattling more.  And so it escalates.  The Norks seem to be genuinely confused that their old tricks don’t work anymore.

Do you feel like you don’t understand the North Koreans?  I suggest that you check out this lecture I stumbled upon.  It’s a fantastic explanation of North Korea’s motivations.

Our friends at Common Ground Podcast have a new show up on the NFL, American exceptionalism, and other current events.  Go check it out.

Is anyone watching Star Trek Discovery?  I’m not.

Hugh Hefner died.  Some people think he was a pornographer.  I don’t.  It’s my opinion that he played a very valuable role in making male sexuality mainstream.  Don’t you think the world is a better place because you guys can talk about your interests in current trends in music and entertainment while confidently emphasizing your love of tits?

I’ve long held Hefner in high regard.  In spite of the decadence, he has a long history of being a good deed doer.  In particular, I appreciate what he did for Bettie Paige (my favorite 50’s pin up model).  How do you feel about his life and legacy?

Finally, a stage prop fell on Marilyn Manson during a show last night.  Fans reacted with the amount of sympathy you’d expect.

What else is is there to talk about?

56 comments

  1. The Spanish authorities are showing how they feel about this independence thing:

    That’s a topic I haven’t paid much attention to with everything else going on. I’m generally supportive of independence movements and self-determination, but I recognize that national governments have a deep interest in stopping them.

    The day may come when we see the US government doing the same things to block secession in California or somewhere else. What’s happening in Catalonia might be instructive.

  2. Soeiro could have stopped there–should have stopped there–but didn’t. Her raging case of TDS kicked in and she had to refer to Dr Seuss books as “racist propaganda”. This woman should be fired and put in a padded room next to Carmen Cruz. Not because she was mean to the First Lady, but because she’s an insane idiot.

    An insane, disingenuous idiot.

    There’s a photo at the top of this article of the librarian in question dressed up as the frickin cat in the hat hosting a green eggs breakfast to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, posted on her own twitter page in 2015.

  3. Soeiro is definitely a piece of work. I wonder if she would reject a donation of Harry Potter books, with their harmful portrayal of Jewish people as the goblin bankers and all.

  4. I been seeing stories claiming that the Truck drivers union, is on strike, negotiating higher wages and or a seat at the table for the recovery and salvage operations.

    this especially distresses my wife, her aunt, lives on Vieques island, and we have not heard from her since the storm hit.

    It seems that another major factor is that San Juan has the only real port on the island that can handle larger ships. and the port took some time to clean and certify that is was safe for ships to dock. Also the USS Comfort, which Hillary mentioned, had to be pulled out of its evaluation run, get special permits, why? because she has not fully completed her Service life extension program she had to return to port, board medical crews, and head back out..

  5. I’m genuinely surprised the HuffPo would carry that story considering it isn’t critical of Trump at all.

  6. A Navy captain explains the misconceptions surrounding the relevance of the USS Comfort in the PR operation.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-09-30/no-trump-didn-t-botch-the-puerto-rico-crisis

    Comfort can add to the solution, but her lack of well-decks and large boats as well as her limited support of helicopter operations means that she has to go alongside a pier to be effective. In the immediate aftermath of a huge storm, pulling into a port that has not been surveyed for underwater obstacles like trees or cables or other refuse is an invitation to either put a hole your ship or foul your propellers or rudders.

    That being said, there was a broad misunderstanding of the Comfort’s mission. She is not an “emergency response ship” but rather a hospital ship. She was built to accompany a large military force into a war zone as part of a buildup over time of capabilities to respond to wartime injuries. She is manned by military and civilian mariners as well as active and reserve medical personnel. It takes time to both man and equip her for sea. Given that there was no certainty where the hurricane would hit, it doesn’t make sense to have readied her prior to its impact.

    It is revelatory of where the U.S. group mind is now that when the American public thinks about ships like the Comfort and Mercy, they automatically think of them as part of a civilian emergency response force rather than quietly considering the type of potential conflict that would require a hospital ship with 1,000 beds. I can tell you that when I think of those ships, I internally shudder at the thought of the type of conflict they were intended to support.

  7. I been seeing stories claiming that the Truck drivers union, is on strike, negotiating higher wages and or a seat at the table for the recovery and salvage operations.

    I don’t know. They’d be in deep shit if that were proven true. What is certain is that the logistical breakdown seems to be related to a lack of truck drivers, whatever the cause.

  8. The NFL and team owners are morons who can’t seem to figure out that they have every right to tell players not to protest while in uniform and on the field. Great article on the controversy.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/20865444/inside-story-happened-players-took-control-nfl-national-anthem

    All eyes turned to Kraft, who had been one of the strongest advocates of hosting this meeting with players. He said that players, while within their rights to peacefully protest, needed to understand that, at the end of the day, the NFL was a business, and that everyone in the room needed to think about it that way and to think about the people they entertain.

    Several other owners echoed Kraft’s concerns that the president found a way to endanger the sport’s popularity with a divisive, politically charged issue. “This could kill football and end our business,” an owner said.

    The session was off to an ugly start. A few owners believed the players were delivering union talking points. Players saw something more monumental: The owners found themselves in a position of weakness; their worry about the impact on their business had become a crisis, and they needed the players to help them. “For the first time, the owners are afraid of the players,” Smith later said. “It has less to do with money and it has more to do with control. The owners are used to being in control — and they aren’t on this. They know it. They hate it.”

  9. Ah Discovery.. ugh yeah watched it, I was a bit underwhelmed. FX wise it was aesome, tomany lens flares and the “new” old Klingon’s were ok. this new gal, has a serious issues with the Klingons , which make her act irrationally, such things like assualting a fellow officer and taking command.. ect.. meh, ill stay with it see where it goes.,

    Now the Orville, wow, really not bad. a trans gender baby issue handled really well, and a old David Gerrold story recycled . pretty good.

    Note: amazon is doing a Snow Crash series and RINGWORLD!!

  10. Now the Orville, wow, really not bad. a trans gender baby issue handled really well, and a old David Gerrold story recycled . pretty good.

    Really? I’ve only heard negative things so far. Might have to check it out. You know sci-fi.

    Snow Crash series and RINGWORLD!!

    What are those?

  11. Jorge Rodriguez, CEO says that the disaster recovery effort is being screwed up by local ineptitude.

    http://nypost.com/2017/09/30/inept-puerto-rican-government-riddled-with-corruption-ceo/

    For instance, shortly after the hurricane hit, the government imposed a curfew from 6 pm to 6 am and then changed it. Now, it’s 7 pm to 5 am, and makes no sense. The curfew has prevented fuel trucks from transporting their loads. These trucks should have been allowed to run for 24 hours to address our needs, but they have been stalled, and so we have massive lines at gas stations and severe shortages of diesel at our hospitals and supermarkets.

  12. Snow Crash, which i havent read is Neal Stephenson novel, hes the current popular cyber junkie author.

    Ah Ringworld Written by Larry Niven back in the 70’s. Think HALO, but much much bigger, a artificial habitat, the size of earths orbit.
    The novel is about a 200 year old adventures that gets recruited to explore this object with a crew of Louis Wu, one super lucky human, an Kinz, Giant upright maneating Tiger, and a Puppeteer , a 2 headed.sorta, 3 legged super coward,whos the brains and money behind the trip.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringworld

  13. i was pleased by the Tick, lots of fun, way to short. and jacke Earl Haily as the Terror! WOT! loved taht!

  14. Ah Ringworld Written by Larry Niven back in the 70’s. Think HALO, but much much bigger, a artificial habitat, the size of earths orbit.
    The novel is about a 200 year old adventures that gets recruited to explore this object with a crew of Louis Wu, one super lucky human, an Kinz, Giant upright maneating Tiger, and a Puppeteer , a 2 headed.sorta, 3 legged super coward,whos the brains and money behind the trip.

    Just ordered it from Amazon. Thanks for the recommendation.

  15. So far social media has a 64- year old white male convert to Islam and member of Antifa and ISIS shooting up a county music festival in Las Vegas. I think that I will wait for more information before coming to any conclusions. Too much kitchen sink for my taste.

    One think is certain – this is a tragedy and it is heartbreaking. As of now they have 50+ dead and 400+ injured. I expect the death toll to rise some before it is over.

  16. FWIW, I’ve never known ISIS to claim an attack that they didn’t have something to do with.

    The Antifa social media accounts are fake. I’ve been watching them for months. They’re Russian trolls or somebody else. Deliberate disinformation.

  17. 48 Hour Irresponsible Speculation Phase

    Heh. I wonder how long it will take people to realize how monumentally fucked we are if ISIS is recruiting old white men in retirement communities for terrorist attacks. I really hope that report is erroneous.

  18. When you look at the Congressional GOP baseball shooter and now this guy, you have to wonder WTF is going on with Boomers nowadays.

  19. A caller on Rush Limbaugh today:

    We’re barely 12 hours into the Vegas shooting and the FBI are confident there’s no ties to ISIS, yet almost a year into the Russia investigation and they’re not sure of Trump collusion.

  20. Zurvan , ill caution you, its part of a large series. 3 follow up books and 4 prequel books along with the rest of Know space novels sand short stories as background. hes a bit dry at times and the last 2 novels in that series are pretty much so.,but it makes for a great overall story and impressive idea.
    His often partner in written novels ,Jerry Pournell, whom passed recently, worked very well with Niven to produce even better stories. Motie in Gods eye, Luficers Hammer, Footfall, Legacy of Herort , Inferno…ect..

  21. The Russian links just keep coming. I assume they’ll be requesting more office space soon.

    Maybe Mueller could charitably donate a cubicle to the FBI so they can have a guy figure out whether Paddock was in contact with an ISIS representative before saying there was no link. It’s weird how fast they can draw conclusions about lack of foreign involvement when there isn’t any political incentive to draw out the investigation, isn’t it?

  22. His girlfriend traveled there…yesterday, and is actually from there. Supposedly she’s headed back to the States tomorrow.

  23. Forensic psychologist Dr Welner, who worked on the James Holmes shooting, in an interesting interview. He discusses possible motivations and how the political/media climate enables killers like Paddock.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvMPeJYhPg4

    His point that a younger perpetrator would be more likely to seek notoriety through a mass shooting of strangers (Klebold and Harris, Cho, Holmes) than an older killer who is looking to create a spectacle to bring about a desired outcome (Hodgkinson) is worthy of consideration.

  24. He did this when she wasn’t in the country, ostensibly to protect her from his actions. He sent her some money, which is a bit of a wrinkle. It is hers if she didn’t have anything to do with the massacre. If she did, confiscating it is fine.

    I guess my gut is saying she had a “feeling” that something was wrong but didn’t know anything specific.

  25. It’s interesting. On a different board, there are tinfoil hats everywhere. Did you know that there was a shooter on the fourth floor too? And that this was government sponsored to get the Hearing Protection Act shelved? This was apparently all an effort by the Deep State to usher in UN style gun control.

  26. I guess my gut is saying she had a “feeling” that something was wrong but didn’t know anything specific.

    I’d be amazed if she didn’t know anything at all. The preparations he was making should have been noticeable.

    It’s interesting. On a different board, there are tinfoil hats everywhere. Did you know that there was a shooter on the fourth floor too? And that this was government sponsored to get the Hearing Protection Act shelved? This was apparently all an effort by the Deep State to usher in UN style gun control.

    The conspiracy sites are fun because they are really good at coming up with great questions, but the most idiotic answers.

  27. The preparations he was making should have been noticeable.

    Depends. Some articles say that she did live there with Paddock. It looks like a pretty tiny house where it would be difficult to hide a shitload (and damn, that is a shitload) of guns and explosives. If she lived there it would be hard to imagine that she didn’t at least know he had an arsenal. Simply having an arsenal is not considered suspicious though.

    All of the other preparations are just logistics like scoping the hotel, booking a room, and moving the equipment over there. This could be done without her knowledge. All in all, though my gut says she’s innocent of the actual crime, it wouldn’t surprise me if she had suspicions. This is similar to the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It was a small apartment and she was never charged. She almost certainly saw odd things but they couldn’t prove she participated in the crime or had prior knowledge.

  28. Why we should be taking Daesh at their word when they claim attacks?

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-terror-attack-claim-real-true-legitimate-fake-false-how-to-know-a7701046.html

    “What people seem to not understand is that an inspired attack is an attack by the terror group.”

    That’s exactly it. Nobody has an ISIS membership card.

    In any event, it’s getting to be ridiculous that the FBI is denying that Islamic terrorism was the motive and not providing us with ANY other one. They must have found something by now to get an idea.

  29. This has reached ludicrous speed.

    San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who had previously said her criticisms of the federal government’s handling of Hurricane Maria relief were about saving lives and “not about politics,” took a shot at President Donald Trump by wearing a shirt that read “NASTY” on it during a Univision interview.

    So glad she has time to prepare a gotcha for Trump while her citizens are starving.

  30. So glad she has time to prepare a gotcha for Trump while her citizens are starving.

    She is doing a fantastic job of getting politically woke t-shirts to the island though. She should try attending a FEMA meeting so she can ask if it’s possible to get them distributed to everyone in San Juan.

  31. I’m glad it’s easier to get t-shirts printed here, sounds like a good entrepreneurial opportunity there though. Get onto it!

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