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Author: BobR    Date: 06/03/2020 12:47:51

The last several days have been gut-wrenching. Seeing an innocent family man murdered by Minneapolis police (and by one he knew personally, apparently), followed by days of protests, riots, and more police brutality is horrific. There is so much that I could write about, the most egregious being tRump's attack on peaceful protesters so he could have a photo op with a bible he doesn't read in front of a church he doesn't attend after removing the actual clergy who were there providing aid and comfort to the peaceful protesters.

What makes that even worse is that apparently it was AJ Barr who ordered the "hit" on the protesters. This would be akin to the DA in your city ordering the police and National Guard to do... well... anything. How is this legal?

To add to that, there are apparently "security" personnel deployed with no indication as to what organization they belong to. There is some speculation that they are hired Blackwater goons:
Mother Jones reporter Dan Friedman noted that the “troops” stationed around the city are in military-style gear, but they lack any sort of insignia. If they were from any U.S. military branch, or from the National Guard, or from any police force, they’d bear the insignia from that group. When Friedman asked them who they’re with, their answer was the “Department of Justice.”

To be clear, there’s no such thing as a Department of Justice police force or military force. Instead, this appears to be some kind of private quasi-military contractor hired by the Department of Justice to patrol the streets of Washington DC.
(yes, it's "PalmerReport" - caveat emptor)

If this is true, then this is yet another red flag signaling a descent into fascism. The DOJ has no authority to deploy any kind of military-esque troops into the streets of DC.

All of this is a harsh reminder of the need to remove tRump from office. If the Senate is unwilling, then it's up to the voters and the good people of the United States to maintain pressure to hold back a complete military takeover, and vote him out. There were primaries in several states yesterday, including DC, IA, IN, MD, MT, NM, PA, RI, and SD. Former veep Joe Biden is less than 100 delegates shy of the 1991 needed to secure the nomination.

Along with the presidential primaries, there were also primaries for US House, US Senate, and various state positions. There was at least one bit of good news out that: Rep. Steve King (R-IA) lost in the primary to state Sen. Randy Feenstra. Steve King has been one of the worst in the House, and has been there 18 years. Good riddance and buh-bye. Feenstra will likely be very conservative, but one would hope he won't be a bigger asshole than King was. This is an interesting indicator that mainstream conservative voters are sick of the racist wing of their party.

In other election news, tRump is looking for a change of venue for the 2020 Republican convention. He has been threatening to move it, since NC is requiring social distancing rules. Now it looks like he's following through on that threat (although we'll see if that actually happens - he's not very good at following through on anything). I am reminded of "The Masque of the Red Death", and hopefully with the same result.

It's 5 months to election day. A lot can happen between now and then (and will), so let's be sure to keep our eye on the prize. We've suffered through 3 1/2 years of this aberration. We can hold on for a few more months to deliver the monster back from whence it came.
 

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Comment by wickedpam on 06/03/2020 13:36:42
Morning

I kind of like that the NC Gov called his bluff with saying they could still go forward with it just with the social distancing. Think we've heard it both ways that he either doesn't want to do the convention at all cause he's a germaphobe and wanted to cancel but blame in on the Gov or he wanted a giant blow out event so the koolaid drinkers could bask in his orange glow.

Comment by Raine on 06/03/2020 13:43:52
Good Mourning.

Comment by Scoopster on 06/03/2020 13:53:08
Mornin' all! I'm still waiting to be called about my appointment to get another COVID test. I can't go in for the second FNA biopsy until it's done.

BTW you might've seen this yesterday, but one of Mark Esper's advisers resigned in protest over the that gassing & subsequent photo op.

Comment by livingonli on 06/03/2020 13:57:56
Good morning.

Comment by TriSec on 06/03/2020 14:06:28
Greetings, comrades. A quieter day around these parts yesterday, but there were some clashes and looting in Brockton (City about 25 miles south of Boston.)





Comment by Scoopster on 06/03/2020 14:14:29
Quote by TriSec:
Greetings, comrades. A quieter day around these parts yesterday, but there were some clashes and looting in Brockton (City about 25 miles south of Boston.)

Looks like Providence was much quieter last night too, EXCEPT FOR THE FUCKING NATIONAL GUARD HELICOPTER BUZZING LOW OVER MY NEIGHBORHOOD ALL DAMN NIGHT!

Comment by Raine on 06/03/2020 14:24:41
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by TriSec:
Greetings, comrades. A quieter day around these parts yesterday, but there were some clashes and looting in Brockton (City about 25 miles south of Boston.)

Looks like Providence was much quieter last night too, EXCEPT FOR THE FUCKING NATIONAL GUARD HELICOPTER BUZZING LOW OVER MY NEIGHBORHOOD ALL DAMN NIGHT!

Glad you figured it out, Scoop.


Comment by Will in Chicago on 06/03/2020 14:33:11
Good morning, bloggers!!!!

I voted yesterday. Things seem relatively quiet here.

I have some cleaning to do and job hunting. We will have our third principal in three years and this new one is not really much of an administrator. My instincts tell me it is time to try to move on.

My hope is that we will see more people speaking out against the actions on Monday night. The worry I have is that Trump will grow more desperate as the months go by.,








Comment by TriSec on 06/03/2020 14:59:56
TriSec has been forced into a full layoff now, and also stepped back from the Head Conductor role. (I remain a regular tour conductor)

There's a lot of bad things going on. I have pivoted back to healthcare and updated my resume this morning.



Comment by BobR on 06/03/2020 15:09:05
Quote by TriSec:
TriSec has been forced into a full layoff now, and also stepped back from the Head Conductor role. (I remain a regular tour conductor)

There's a lot of bad things going on. I have pivoted back to healthcare and updated my resume this morning.


oof - that sounds troubling

Comment by BobR on 06/03/2020 15:09:27
Quote by Raine:
Good Mourning.

nice play on words

Comment by Raine on 06/03/2020 15:10:06
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Raine:
Good Mourning.

nice play on words

Why thank you sir!

Comment by BobR on 06/03/2020 15:10:24
From the Turnips page, this is an informative read

Comment by livingonli on 06/03/2020 15:16:35
I'm not sure what my situation will be once my stint here is done. From what I have heard from friends and former colleagues there has been a lot of cutbacks in TV staffing at most facilities where everyone is trying to get by with as few people as possible. I have been thinking of changing careers but I have to think about what else I could do after 30 years of TV work. I would like something with normal work hours and not the schedule that I had.

Comment by TriSec on 06/03/2020 16:38:47
Quote by BobR:

oof - that sounds troubling


Canada just cancelled the cruise season- ships are barred from entering until at least October 31.

We make 80% of our profits in September and October when all the ships are looking at the foliage in the northeast. Think of it - it's as if the mall, or your local retail street has been told they can't operate between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That will kill many of those businesses. One of our competitors has already given up, we don't know if it's permanent or not.

We're bleeding so much cash that I can already see signs that we won't operate through the winter next year, so...I'm hedging my bets.




Comment by Will in Chicago on 06/03/2020 17:27:14
Quote by TriSec:
TriSec has been forced into a full layoff now, and also stepped back from the Head Conductor role. (I remain a regular tour conductor)

There's a lot of bad things going on. I have pivoted back to healthcare and updated my resume this morning.



I am so sorry. If you want me to look over your resume, contact me.


Comment by BobR on 06/03/2020 18:12:58
The DoD has other ideas, WRT tRump's plan to send the military into states to quell the protests:
Less than 24 hours after President Trump said he was prepared to send troops into cities across America, senior officials in the Pentagon began to try to distance themselves from those words and from the idea itself, underscoring that not one governor had requested additional military assistance from Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

[...]

three senior Pentagon officials who spoke with The Daily Beast said they viewed the secretary’s comments on the call as a way to publicly show support for the president. They did not expect the department to actually implement a plan that would reflect the president’s rhetoric and force additional troops upon the states. (More than 20,000 national guard troops already have been deployed to assist local law enforcement during protests.)



Comment by BobR on 06/03/2020 18:14:46
Quote by BobR:
The DoD has other ideas, WRT tRump's plan to send the military into states to quell the protests:
Less than 24 hours after President Trump said he was prepared to send troops into cities across America, senior officials in the Pentagon began to try to distance themselves from those words and from the idea itself, underscoring that not one governor had requested additional military assistance from Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

[...]

three senior Pentagon officials who spoke with The Daily Beast said they viewed the secretary’s comments on the call as a way to publicly show support for the president. They did not expect the department to actually implement a plan that would reflect the president’s rhetoric and force additional troops upon the states. (More than 20,000 national guard troops already have been deployed to assist local law enforcement during protests.)


Also:
One of the sources, a senior administration official, insisted that the president wasn’t ordering tanks to roll down the streets, but was inquiring about “the kind of hardware” that could be used in military shows of force, and at one point Trump threw out the word “tanks.”

“I think that is just one of the military words he knows,” this official said

ohhhh SNAP!

Comment by TriSec on 06/03/2020 18:57:05
Military Helicopters Descend on Washington


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The UNTAET Regulation No. 2000/15 establishes panels with exclusive jurisdiction over serious criminal offences, including war crimes. According to Section 6(1)(b)(vii), “[m]aking improper use … of the distinctive emblems of the Geneva Conventions, resulting in death or serious personal injury” is a war crime in international armed conflicts.

Comment by livingonli on 06/03/2020 20:40:41
I am hearing some rumors that the unmarked troops may be coming from Erik Prince (remember Blackwater aka Xe aka...)

Comment by Scoopster on 06/03/2020 20:49:41
I'm so ready for this.



Comment by BobR on 06/03/2020 23:39:29
Quote by livingonli:
I am hearing some rumors that the unmarked troops may be coming from Erik Prince (remember Blackwater aka Xe aka...)

I mentioned that in the blog